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●Trump signs into law new “Genocide Prevention Act,” aiming at prevention of anti-Semitic attacks on Israel. It is named the “Elie Wiesel Act” after the Holocaust survivor.
●US troop withdrawal from Syria has begun.
●Turkey upsets the US by buying Russian S-400 missiles.
Shabbat (Sabbath) begins on Fridays at 6pm and ends on Saturdays at 6pm. The purpose is to help the church and Israel become reconciled in Messiah and to identify the rift, and the needed restoration. There is much in the church that needs to change before it can be fully reconciled with the Jew. Likewise, changes in Jewish thinking are also needed.
Edition 168 17th July 2013
Peace for today:
Please note that this news section deals only with news events, which have a Biblical or prophetic aspect to them.
●Iran has been out of the limelight of late but nothing has changed especially with their nuclear program. Netanyahu has been trying to persuade the US to attack Iran. According to the Times of Israel, he says that Israel will launch a last ditch attack on their own, if the US backs out. (14th July)
●New Iran president shows his colours! “Rohani reaches out to Hezbollah, Syria’s Assad, and Hamas in bid to strengthen those who are against the Zionist regime.” (Y-Net 16th July)
●If you have not seen the previous edition (167), please do so, it is very important. Relating to and adding to that edition, my sense is that Iran will blast onto the world news very soon, perhaps within weeks or months. The great war of Ezekiel will not start right now, but the forerunner period is now!
●United States...the clock is ticking; the writing is on the wall; your doom is near. (See previous edition). Watch for the US government to make an historic mistake very soon.
●Egypt will break out into full civil war very soon. It will drastically affect the whole region.
●Syria continues to unravel with the death toll now well over 100,000. It is intensifying now. The UN says the death toll is now 5000 a month.
●Watch for prophetic events to arise in Jordan very soon!
●A dangerous secretive Islamic force made up of Al Qaeda, Hamas and others, called El Giza Al Sidi is planning to disrupt oil production through Egypt’s Suez Canal.
●The EU demands that Israel acknowledge East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Golan as “occupied”. They say the 1949 borders must apply. Netanyahu tells the EU to go jump! The EU is playing with fire...but that’s not surprising as fire is their future.
●Hamas is testing missiles capable of reaching Jerusalem.
●Comet Ison is being hailed as the “comet of the century.” It will be here in November and will be the brightest ever seen. There is nothing unusual about comets, but this one is a real biggie. It is no prophetic sign on its own, but combined with all the others it may have some significance.
Peace for today:
Before we even begin let me explain the image above. I created it to represent perfection. The prism takes white light and distributes it into the seven colours of which it is made. Seven is the number of spiritual perfection. The menorah also represents light and the number seven. The Fibonacci diagram represents mathematical perfection. Read on my friends!
Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”
There is such a thing as “perfect peace.” Peace is the fruit of reconciliation with God. But what is perfect peace?
Perfect peace suggests inner peace with God, and peace of mind in this evil world. It is peace that emanates from the “perfect One and the knowledge of Him and His ways. This “perfect peace” is absolutely exclusive! It is unattainable for anyone outside of the application of the cross of Messiah.
Note in the verse above, that “perfect peace” comes from an intimate “knowing” and a complete “trust” in Him. Perfect peace is only found in God’s ways illuminated by His light.
Peace is more than knowing Him; it includes knowing where you are going. I can’t tell you how many times I have been lost in a desert while working on endangered species or on some photographic trip. Sometimes it got rather concerting! Peace is knowing where the road is and where it goes. It involves knowing Bible prophecy as well as God’s directions for you personally.
Peace in this day is all but impossible, but for those few who will pay the price. Oceans of deep peace are for them.
Stress, torment, fear and many other such emotions are the order of the day for the Spirit-less human and it is about to get much, much worse!
If you’ll excuse me for saying so, I’ve never known stress! I choose not to. I’ve had many things go wrong like all of us, but I live stress-free in all realms (including financial.) because I chose to. The result is that I think I know what I’m talking about on this issue. My background is the media world, a world closely associated with the very opposite of peace.
True, deep peace is the sister of Godly holiness.
In holiness and peace is beautiful security and acceptance by the God of the universe. So many people get their lives, their characters and personalities all messed up due to rejection and the fear of rejection. What wonderful security, peace and contentment there is in knowing you are fully accepted by the Living God!
Holiness God’s way is perfect, because it is on the far side of the cross. The cross effectively strips away all that’s not of God. Holiness and peace are inextricably linked. They are sisters, brothers and family forever.
Biblical doctrinal truth is also inextricably linked to peace. If you try to fit the wrong piece of a jigsaw puzzle into it, you won’t have peace in that regard. When you fit the right piece in you go - “ahh that’s it”...and peace.
The opposite of peace is war in the political sense; stress, anxiety, instability and torment in the personal sense.
Real perfect peace can only be found as you come into God’s plan for your life. He created you for a great plan and purpose. Outside of it you are essentially a thief of your own life and thieves are messed up people.
Un-holiness is the root cause of stress, distress, tension, unhappiness and joylessness. It is progressive...it marches forward eating into your peace.
Believe it or not, we are heading for a world of great instability and troubles on just about every front. It’s easy to point out all the Bible prophecies that are being and are about to be fulfilled, but in the middle of it all people are coming apart at the seams like never before.
You need to have your head right and solidly in God’s cloud of provision and protection in these days, for your own good and so that you can stand as a pillar of support for others.
Proverbs 12:20 “Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil , but counsellors of peace have joy.”
Isaiah 7:9 “If you will not believe, you will not be established.”
Isaiah 45:7 “I form the light and create darkness, I make peace and create calamity; I the Lord do all these things.”
Some people wonder where the God of compassion, love and gentleness is in these end days and in the face of unfolding Bible prophecy. I want to tell you exactly where He is. He is right where He always has been...in the midst of holiness!
His wonderful, magnificent, glorious presence is available to experience in and through the application of the cross of Messiah. There is no other way to get there.
Many deceived preachers and teachers will try to give you God’s peace and goodness this side of the cross. That is the way of the counterfeiter. Of course His goodness and love extends into this dark world to reach and rescue those that will, out of it. But don’t for one minute think that you can live without increasing terrible tribulation, hardship, stress and destruction in this world within its system and without going through the cross.
Today, a godless world is all around us. It has no hope. It will go up in the eternal smoke of God’s wrath and anger soon. People in and of this world system have no hope either. Their peace is as dead and as a piece of driftwood. They are already in a wasteland of destruction and tragically, can’t see it.
The heart of man is desperately wicked says the Bible. Modern man is out of sync and out of kilter with God. This is a sure way to stress, anxiety, fear and many other sins. (Yes I did call stress etc. sin!)
Today we are in a spiritual environment of growing conflict between Satan and God, which is manifesting in many ways all around us.
The nations are growing in stress, anxiety, anger, fear, depression, suicide and much more. The very fabric of society is not getting better - it’s getting far worse, and fast. The dreams of many have become nightmares.
Drug use, alcoholism, addictions enslavement, divorce, instability and much more is commonplace.
A life-style centred on materialism produces stress and not peace. The world’s desire is money and materialism isn’t it? The world gives their all for it thinking it will bring happiness, but it brings the opposite. Why would that be? Simply it’s because Satan is the god of this world and he is behind the insatiable desire to possess and own things.
I know an individual who used to be very happy long ago, with little in terms of material possessions. He is now the financial director of a large, successful company and he is desperately unhappy. He is in debt up to his ears, and has become a rather nasty, arrogant individual.
God will soon shake everything that can be shaken. Can you imagine how many people are going to be rocked to their very cores? The Bible reveals that masses will seek suicide but not find it! (Granted that is in the tribulation period, but these things are just starting to heat up now.)
Peace of the Prince of Peace:
The peace of God can only be known and experienced in the light of God’s truth as it reveals the narrow road ahead.
Psalm 119:165 “Great peace have they that love your word and nothing causes them to stumble.”
Philippians 4:7 “The peace of God which surpasses understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Yeshua our Messiah.”
Psalm 32:17 “The work of righteousness will be peace and the effects of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.”
John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled nor be afraid.”
So now we have great peace, which surpasses understanding, in quietness and assurance forever, which the world cannot give you! How great is that!
Imagine an army going to war from a position of peace. That’s similar to the picture in the Revelation of true believers being called the bride and the army. Imagine an army going to war in wedding clothes!
Peace is not the absence of troubles. It comes from how you chose to live in the face of everything the world has and is.
Because peace is one of the fruits of the Spirit, it is at enmity with the fruits of the flesh, legalism and the like. That’s why some people will despise you. The flesh always wars against the Spirit.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
1 Corinthians 2:9 “Eye has not seen nor ear heard, nor has entered into man the things which God has prepared from those who love Him.”
James 3:17 “The wisdom that is from above is first pure then peaceable...”
Psalm 37:10-11 “For yet a little while and the wicked will be no more...the meek shall inherit the earth, and delight themselves in the abundance of peace.”
Isaiah 54:10 “My lovingkindness will not be removed from you, and My covenant of peace will not be shaken, says the Lord.”
The counterfeit peace the world gives.
Romans 8:6 “To be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”
1 Thessalonians 5:3 “For when they say peace and safety, then sudden destruction comes on them as labour pains upon a pregnant woman and they will not escape.”
The peace that the world offers is short-term, superficial and shallow.
The world’s peace is the similar to happiness. The old English word “hap” means ‘by chance’. It is the root of the word, “happen”, as well. Today this happened and I am happy. Tomorrow that will happen and I am not happy. This is the nature of the peace the world offers!
The world thinks that peace is associated with money and materialism. A stupid red Ferrari may make you happy for a while, but it will never satisfy you and bring you true peace. (By the way, if someone gave me a Ferrari, I would drive the hell out of it for two days and then sell it!)
People look for Ferrari-peace and when they find it all they have is metal, fibreglass and no peace.
The point is that the world’s peace is as shallow as its god - Satan, but it is just as deceptive.
This world is filled with confusion. There is no peace in confusion. The Bible declares that “our God is not a God of confusion” but that Satan is.
Killers of peace:
Excessive materialism, enslavement to the ways of the world, sin, lusts, self-seeking, pride, judgementalism, arrogance and many such things will kill your peace.
As a true believer, false doctrine will ring a bell in your soul and give you an uncomfortable feeling.
I recall a tragic incident a short while ago. I was discussing with a friend who had been a believer since the 80s. Now she has fallen for the hogwash of the cross-less emergent church movement. She was feverishly trying to argue her point. It wasn’t really her content, but the fact that she was so far out of peace! She is on stress medication.
Today we have many within the Messianic movement who want to return to law-keeping. The fruits of legalism are always all wrong! They are the opposite of peace. I could show you a great many emails from such people. They are all consistent in one thing and that is they are judgemental, arrogant, proud and full of all sorts of garbage. They get freaked out because you don’t obey them! In essence they believe that salvation comes through the cross plus the law. (By the way, I believe that there is a place for the law; it is to point you to Messiah.)
The fruits of those in the Spirit are all good.
Impossible deadly peace:
Revelation 6:4 “Another horse fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one, who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another and there was given to him a great sword.”
The verse above is a shocker indeed! We are already in the “labour pains” and forerunner period to this situation which will be in the tribulation period. This verse really flies in the face of the one-world crowd and the Inter-Faith movement trying to bring in world peace without going God’s way!
►In the Garden of Eden, Satan laid the foundation for the new world order. He said “You will be as God (deity) knowing both good and evil” Now think about this: If you know good and evil, you would rather choose good, not so?
So, building a new world order of peace, based on human good would be a good thing? Actually human good is doomed! Building a new world order of peace is part of the human good that will be destroyed just like Babel.
The world’s roadmap to peace for Israel is just the same. It will bring war and the mass destruction of perhaps billions of people!
There are certain situations where God has a clear, strict plan and going outside of it brings His wrath.
Jeremiah 6:14 “They have also healed the hurt of My people slightly saying, peace, peace, when there is no peace.”
Matthew 10:34 “Do not think I came to bring peace on the earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.”
We are fast approaching a time in which believers will have to decide to be obedient to modern governments or God’s word. When the word of the government contradicts God’s word you will have peace in disobedience!
Why can the world not have peace? The simple answer is because they have rejected the Messiah and His cross. If you could build a world of peace outside of the cross, what use was the cross? O yes, you can build a tower of peace just like the one called Babel, or you can try and bring in a thousand years of peace just like Hitler wanted, or can kill all the Jews who get in the way of world Catholic peace, just like the popes did in the Inquisitions. BUT God destroyed them all.
This is the lot for most people! Many, try as they may, will never be able to find peace. It’s impossible.
Deuteronomy 29:19 “...He blesses himself in his heart saying, I shall have peace even though I walk in the imagination of my own heart, as though a drunkard could be included with the sober.”
The above verse is preceded by the worship of false gods and the curses that result. This speaks of the self-righteous and arrogant who think that they have peace.
There is only one way to build a world of true, eternal peace and that is God’s way. It is to build His Kingdom!
The peace of Jerusalem and the key of David:
Jerusalem is the only city in the world whose peace believers are commanded to pray for. Peace is even in the name Jerusalem.
The name Jerusalem has various derivative meanings. Some of these are: “Possession of peace”, “Reign of peace”, “Foundation of peace.”
Psalm 122:6 “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, may they prosper who love you.”
Isaiah 62:6-7 “I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem, who shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent and give Him no rest until He establishes and makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.”
Psalm 125:5 “As for such who turn aside to their crooked ways, the Lord shall lead them away with the workers of iniquity. Peace be upon Israel.”
Peace is far from Israel, and prophecy reveals it will get worse. So why are we to pray for it? The first reason is simply that our Lord says so.
But there is also a far deeper reason:
►When you pray for someone or something, you get a sense of identity and compassion with them; you become one in spirit so to speak. Our Lord wants us to pray for Jerusalem, Israel and the Jewish people not just for them, but also so that the door of identity with them opens wide. When we pray for the peace of Jerusalem we are also praying for ourselves.
Let’s a look at this as revealed to the Church at Philadelphia in the Revelation, the only one of the seven letters with no condemnation levelled against it from our Lord:
Revelation 3:7 “...These things says He who is holy, He who is true, He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts...”
Isaiah 22:21-22 “He shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the house of Judah. The key of the house of David I will lay on his shoulder and no one shall shut the door.”
So, now we see that the “key of David” is given to those who have a ‘fatherly compassion’ for the inhabitants of Jerusalem – the Jewish people.
This defines Messianic believes exactly doesn’t it? These are they who “pray for the peace of Jerusalem.”
Isaiah 40:1 “Comfort My people says your God. Speak comfort to Jerusalem.” The word “comfort” in the New Covenant Greek means “A calling to one’s side.” This implies standing with and for Israel. It has a sense of identity, walking together, and even cuddling up.
Today there are many churches worldwide “praying for the peace of Jerusalem” They are, “comforting My people” - they have the “Key of David”.
Not surprisingly there are many churches led and inspired by Satan who will pray against a Jewish Jerusalem, coming against God’s people in favour of the Palestinians. They will receive the key opening their door to hell, which shall be shut behind them and never opened.
Have you ever wondered why so many churches never pray for Israel, the Jews or Jerusalem (God’s way)? It’s because they don’t have the “key of David”. Many of them will be “spewed out of God’s mouth”!
The verses below speak of the terror of the seven-year tribulation period and the glory of the thousand-year millennium. These two are separated by only seven years and may begin very soon. I believe in a pre-tribulation rapture, but for those who don’t, there is great comfort and hope in the fact the troubles will be short-lived.
Revelation 6:4 “Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one, who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another and there was given to him a great sword.”
Revelation 21:4 “God will wipe away every tear, there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying; and there shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
There is often a fine line between love, compromise, tolerance of evil and God’s holy truth. It’s all about your hearts motivation. Warning someone that they’re on the wrong road can be totally judgmental or totally love.
If your motivation is right you will be a messenger of peace. Bear in mind that messengers of peace must be in peace themselves to be a credible witness.
True, deep peace can only be found in the deep presence of the Living God. It can only be found in being right with God and His perfect word. It can only be found in separation unto God.
Real deep peace with God can start at day one in your spiritual life, in a limited form, but as you go on and depending on how serious you are in embracing our glorious Prince of Peace, it gets deeper, better and extremely valuable.
Isaiah 25:8 “He will eliminate death forever and will erase tears from all faces.”
Psalm 37:37 “Mark the blameless man and mark the upright; for the future of that man is peace.”
I took this picture in the beautiful Namaqualand desert. It represents peace, beauty and quietness.
Shalom and grow in grace!