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Edition 372: July 4th 2017.
God’s Psychology for today:
The use of anti-depressants has more than doubled in the last decade. Not surprisingly, suicide rates are rising at a phenomenal rate worldwide, alarming the researchers.
Today the war is intensifying. It’s a war against God, a war against truth and for your soul. All of this creates disproportionately high stress levels in society.
As we charge forward into dramatic prophetic fulfilment, the great shaking will intensify and many people will be shaken to their core.
People will lose hope in the gloom. Heavy-heartedness, misery, worry, dejection and soul-desolation will rule all but the spiritually strong.
It is only the living God and His truth-counsellors who can effectively help. You cannot go outside of God’s word and ways and expect to be set free in these intensifying storms.
Psalm 37:30-31 (Amp) “The mouth of the uncompromisingly righteous utters wisdom and he speaks justly. The word of God is in his heart and will be stable.”
The problem is stress, distress, depression, anxiety, rejection, mental turmoil and instability. Today, Christians are more prone than ever before, to these same psychological problems that we see in the unsaved.
The reason is that today, modern Christianity has changed and become “relevant” to the world in many cases.
Today far too much of what passes for Christianity is sugar-coated, whitewashed, soft-soaped hogwash. Cross-less Christianity, the flavour of the day, is powerless.
In fact, Christians are likely to become even more of a target for the devil in the near future. (Revelation 12:12) They are Satan’s greatest enemy. Many of the attacks on Christians will be of a spiritual nature and will come in the form of evil spirits, curses and deception.
Today we live in a world of emotionally weak and disturbed people with little or no spiritual, “skeletal” backbone. Anything to do with taking up a cross, and the real truth, has to be watered down, changed or modified so that it doesn’t offend their spineless being.
With self “enthroned” and the god of this world sharing this throne of devils, demons, and witches, the results are clear to see. Modern man is a failure!
The depravity of man is continuously pushed further and further into the mire with no restraint. People are not getting better and better, but worse and worse with all manner of psychological issues driving them further into despair.
The kingdoms of this world await destruction, and only then, will the new world be pure, holy, and clean. Until then we are to raise and keep the cross of separation between us and the world.
The cause of man’s problems...A diagnosis:
1 Corinthians 2:14 “The natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
James 3:15 “This wisdom (demonic) does not descend from above, but is earthly (worldy), sensual (soulish), demonic.”
●An incorrect diagnosis of the problem compounds it not helps it.
The source of man’s problems is the sin nature. It is not called “mental illness” or any such thing. That would imply it can be fixed with pills or psycho-babble.
The cause is sin flowing in the blood of all humans born of Adam. This curse was infused into the blood of mankind right from the fall in the Garden.
You can’t take pills to make sin go away. You can take pills to make the effects go away for a short time, but then, you will soon see that you have not advanced at all.
2 Corinthians 7:10 “Godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.”
Amazingly, mankind can’t see that sin kills. He can’t see that his own sin is his worst enemy, not best friend! You will never get rid of sin as long as you befriend it and make it welcome.
Is stress and depression sin? In the grand scheme of things it is. It leads away from God. If you are honest with yourself, you would have to admit that all depression is a result of not being able to get your way with something or other.
Most times people prone to stress and depression have opened the door to “the spirit of heaviness” to come in and control them. (Isaiah 61:3) They become pessimists and have a dark cloud over them that won’t go away.
►Interestingly, the word “heaviness” is Strong’s H3544, “Keheh” meaning darkness!
The spirit of heaviness is exactly that, it is a dark spirit – a demon spirit. Deliverance, not pills is the answer. You can’t fix it outside of God’s ways because you can’t even see it – it’s a spirit! Deliverance, is the answer.
Bear in mind that there are some people that you will never be able to help, because they have “been handed over,” as revealed in Romans 1 and other places. (Please read that chapter.)
I am not referring in this edition to those with a genuine physical problem leading to their psychological problems.
The answer is the cross of our Messiah, and its resurrection-power, combined with personal repentance. This repentance is multi-facetted and is also seen in taking up your own cross, denying self, the world and the influence of the demonic.
The great answer to mans problems is death! If you are dead and someone comes along and rips you apart with the most hurtful words – it makes no difference does it? If someone comes along and praises you, again it makes no difference because you are dead!
We are to die to self. Then we are free!
From man’s viewpoint or the secular psychologist, the answer to man’s problems is to let your inner self have unrestrained expression. And use pills to keep any negative feelings or effects away.
Personally, I don’t know one person who has ever been truly helped and set free by the world’s psychologists. There may one somewhere, but I’ve never seen one. I do know of some who have had their problems compounded. Talk about having the odds stacked against you!
Sin is in the blood of Adam and his offspring. Now, have a look at this incredible Old Covenant verse, which is actually prophetic of the redemptive work of the cross:
Leviticus 17:11 “The life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.” The Amplified Bible renders it this way: “For it is the blood that makes atonement, by reason of the life it represents.”
Adam’s blood is curse-rich. The blood of Messiah is fully redemptive!
The word “soul” in the Old Covenant is Strong’s H5315: “Nephesh” meaning - Activities of the mind, emotions, the will and the character. It is the equivalent of the Greek word “Psuche” from which we get the word “psyche” relating to the soul of man and not the spirit of man.
So, in this incredible verse above we see that soul-life is affected by the blood. Whose blood do you have in you? Adam’s un-atoned for blood, or the miracle-blood of our Lord, by faith?
Modern man’s godless psychology...An incorrect diagnosis:
Jeremiah 17:5 “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the Lord.”
Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way which seems right to man, but the ends thereof are death.”
►Sigmund Freud, one the hero’s of psychology, once said: “The biggest culprit of mental illness is the church.”
The source of man’s problems from man’s point of view is God’s word which defines and condemns sin. Mans answer is the eradication of sin and then redefining it as acceptable behaviour.
Psalm 107:17 “Fools because of their transgression and iniquities were afflicted.”
Ephesians 4:17-18. (Amp) “Do not live as the heathen do in their perverseness, folly, vanity and emptiness of their souls and futility of their minds. Their moral understanding is darkened and their reasoning clouded. They are alienated, estranged, self-banished from the life of God, with no share in it.”
Man’s psychology is non-confrontational and therefore submits to and flows with the sin nature. Man’s psychology is one with the word of the world and all its demons!
►The main thrust of secular psychology is not to make you well, but to change your value system, so that you can fit in with the psychologist’s boss – the god of this world.
The secular psychologist is not your friend. You are not his patient. You are his victim! He is a co-worker with the sin-nature in you. He is a true employee of the god of the world – Satan, to which they are blind.
From their point of view, self must have restraints removed and be allowed to express itself.
Express self and don’t suppress self, is their way. They believe that the church has created the “guilt feelings” which are a cause of mental illness.
So the blame is subtly shifted to the value system of the Bible.
To them, you have achieved wellness when there are no more guilt feelings.
Man is self-sufficient and if left alone will find the right way from within himself, the psychologist claims. Man is an island and the centre of his own universe, they say. Man is one with the world. Man is essentially good, they believe.
Actually, you can’t deny guilt. You can try to suppress it, takes pills and injections, see as many shrinks as you like, but because you were created by the living God for His purposes, you can never get rid of the weight of guilt and sin – it’s always right there.
Bear in mind that the unsaved psychologist does not recognise man’s spirit. They only deal in the soul realm.
If Satan can get to your spirit, he gets to your soul and then body!
Don’t think these are all inconsequential matters! They are of major importance. You can’t bargain with God. You can’t own Him and make Him your puppet!
Proverbs 1:25-28 (Amp) “You have treated as nothing all My counsel, and would accept none of My reproof, I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your terror comes, and when your panic comes as a storm and desolation, and your calamity comes as a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you. Then they will call on Me but I will not answer.”
John 3:19-21 “This is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil...But he who does the truth comes to the light...”
These two verses above show the disastrous reason why the unsaved can never be truly set free! They reject God’s word. They are spiritually dark and in the dark! But the following verse was delivered by our Lord to the mass murderer, Saul of Tarsus (ISIS country) as he went down the road to Damascus:
Acts 26:18 “...I will turn them (Jews and Gentiles) from darkness to light and from the power of Satan, to God, that they may receive forgiveness for sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.”
Only the born-again, Spirit-filled counsellor can really help you. All others do not have insight into the things of the Spirit and always wrongly identify man’s problems. Only the Spirit of God gives true sight and reveals these deep things of God.
Here’s how it works:
God’s Spirit in those who are born-again of the Spirit directs and inspires the human spirit of the believer. Man’s spirit then directs the body. The spirit is God-conscious, the soul is self-conscious and the body is world conscious.
Spirit of God → Man’s spirit → Man’s soul → Man’s body.
Only the word of God can divide you up correctly, so that we can apply the correct verses to the right areas of our life. Unredeemed man can never know his inner self or true nature. This can only be known or seen in the mirror of God’s word.
Hebrews 4:12 “The word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and joints and marrow (body), and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
With the correct application of scripture, godly change filters through to every area of our lives, even our character and personality changes.
We change relative to our godly desire to change, godly knowledge, and obedience to the Spirit of God.
Godly psychology or philosophy (the search for wisdom) begins with His Spirit, your spirit, your soul and body. All are involved!
Psalm 1:1 (Amp) “Blessed, happy, fortunate, prosperous and enviable is the man who lives and walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, neither following their advice, plans and purposes, nor stands submissively in the path where sinners walk, nor sits down to rest where the scornful and mockers gather.”
Note the direction in the verse above: Walk →Stand →Sit! That’s what you call slowing down!
The grand, glorious, wonderful answer:
Proverbs 3:5-7 (Amp) “Lean on, trust and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind, and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know and acknowledge Him and He will make straight and plain your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear and worship the Lord, and turn entirely away from evil.”
As we do and obey the lessons of the verse above, we move into right-standing with God in all areas of our lives, and inner peace is the glorious result.
Holiness is the way to peace. Biblical holiness, inspired by the leading of the Spirit of God is the precious “pearl of great price” and value. It is food for a stable mind, enduring in the things of God.
To be in this fast deteriorating world without the restraining power of the Spirit of the living God in you, is far worse than walking a tightrope in a howling gale, with no safety net, traversing tissue-thin ice with flaming fires below it!
My friend, real discernment is a gift of the Spirit. If you do not have the gift, you do not have the discernment; you have only your own self-generated insight to go on.
You can’t receive from God what you don’t believe in!
In far too many cases, man’s emotional problems are a result of demonic activity somewhere along the line. Most people under the curse of the demonic don’t even know it, because they continue to reject the methods to see and deal with evil spirits.
Proverbs 26:2 “The curse without a cause will not alight.”
James 4:7 “Submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
Set free, stay free:
When you have battled a long battle and broken through to victory, be careful not to open doors to the past again.
Mark 4:19 (Amp) “Then the cares and anxieties of the world, and distractions of the age, and the pleasure and delight and false glamour and deceitfulness of riches, and the craving and passionate desire for other things creep in and suffocate the Word and it becomes fruitless.”
Proverbs 4:20-23 “My son give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart; for they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.”
The verse above can also be translated “Bow your ear to My word.” That has a wonderful picture of servitude – bowing the ear! It is also seen in Proverbs 22:17-18.
Some (very few) will be used greatly of our Lord in the coming great shaking. Even now the need is great. Some will be like a pillar in the temple of God, holding up the whole structure.
Those who are free themselves and who have the knowledge, understanding and wisdom of these things will set others free and be instruments of God’s peace in the turmoil.
As a counsellor of the things of God, you have an enormous responsibility upon you. You will either compound people’s problems, leading them into even greater bondage, or you will help to set them truly free indeed.
“Let not many among you be teachers (counsellors too) knowing that we will receive a greater judgment.” (James 3:1)
Colossians 1:28 “Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Messiah.”
Tragically, many churches today are a pig-pen with wolves in pulpits masquerading as sheep, and the people can’t even tell, or care to know the difference any more. They are absolutely ineffective in delivering people from their problems and setting them free.
The true church has Spirit-led and revealed Bible truth as its source. The counterfeit church has dead-letter as its source. It produces death, with a few pretty bows and bells on it.
●Be a giver. Most of all, give thanks freely and liberally. Thankful people have grace upon them.
●Learn to be content in your heart in whatever outward situation you are. (Philippians 4:11)
●Stay away from health spas and the like, where self-indulgence is professionally administered.
●Beware of the transfer of spirits, especially through masses of Jezebels in the church today.
The ways of God are not the ways of the world. In most cases they are contrary. The way of truth is a beautiful, majestic, but narrow road!
Don’t follow or be influenced by the masses. They are always wrong in every generation. Far too many are schooled by superficial YouTube fools and shallow messages, mixed with error and deception.
Our Lord is a Lamb and a Lion, beware the “wrath of the Lamb” (Revelation 6:16) and the wrath of the Lion. (Proverbs 20:2, 19:12)
If you muzzle a lion, it will one day soon, bite through that muzzle and bite your head off! Learn to love the Lion! Submit to the Lion and the Lamb and the full counsel of God. Then the Spirit of God will set you free indeed, show you things to come and lead you into great peace.
Psalm 119:165 “Great peace have they that love your word and nothing causes them to stumble.”
Isaiah 32:17 (Amp) The effect of righteousness will be peace, both internally and externally, and the result, quietness and confidence forever.”
I took the background picture of a section of Augrabies Falls and the thin waterfall at Dragon’s Back in the Drakensberg and the Black Eagle picture, and merged them all together.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 370: June 27th 2017.
Mass-media and the coming Holocaust:
Right up front let’s define our terms. Firstly the coming Holocaust will take place in the tribulation period and may be the result of a few wars and attacks on Israel, not just one. Some of these conflicts like the Gog & Magog war, may in fact begin just before the tribulation.
By “Holocaust”, I’m referring here to the fiery wars and disasters of the tribulation period coming upon Israel, the world and the world’s church.
By “mass-media”, I’m referring to the conglomerate-owned and listed media like CNN, SKY, BBC and others, but also other forms like print and social media.
The coming Holocaust is revealed in numerous verses. Here is one, filled with drama, tragedy and ultimate victory.
Zechariah 13:8-9 “It shall come to pass in all the land (Israel) says the Lord, that two thirds in it shall be cut off and die, but one third shall be left in it. I will bring the one third through the fire, will refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name and I will answer them. I will say, ‘This is My people’, and each one will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’
And to the media, here is one of the tragic messages:
Job 42:7 “...My wrath is aroused against you and your friends, for you have not spoken of Me what is right...”
We must understand that the earth, created by God is adorned with and is “wearing” the world-system of which Satan is its god. (2 Corinthians 4:4)
We could quite accurately say that the world is alive and breathes the breath of its devil-boss.
The earth speaks of great beauty and natural wonder as is seen in numerous verses, especially in the Psalms. But the world has a different voice speaking. This voice is the word of Satan, with all things of God stripped out. The mass-media is the voice of the world and its god.
The mass-media serves and does the will of its big-boss, Satan, to bring about his purposes.
This is why the Bible instructs us to “love not the world, nor the things of the world.” (1 John 2:15) The Bible instructs us to “hate our lives in the world.” (John 12:25) We are to be “crucified to the world.” (Galatians 6:14)
Let me put it another way: We are to die to the voice, opinions and influence of the mass-media.
The evil master-plan of the mass-media:
If the mass-media is the voice of the world, it is the voice of the “god of this world.” It is therefore incompatible with the voice and word of God.
In pre-Adamic times, Lucifer, which means “Light bearer” tried to exalt himself to be equal with God.
The first appearance of the “media” headed by now-fallen Lucifer, who became Satan, was in the Garden of Eden with the world’s first dose of fake news in the form of fake truth!
Genesis 3:4-6 “The serpent (Satan) said to the woman (Eve), ‘You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God knowing good and evil. So the woman saw that the tree was good for food, pleasant to the eyes and desirable to make one wise, she took of the fruit and ate. She also gave her husband and he ate.”
In summary this great deception was: You can be wise and be like God if you reject His word, and hear my word instead. Your eyes will then be opened with wisdom and you will be like God!
There is a much greater, deeper meaning in this “being like God”. It includes the man-made creation of a God-like world of peace and safety.
The mass-media will soon chant the devil’s chant – “We can create a God-like world without God, and we will all be like God.” In fact they will say – “We will be God.”
What a powerful lie! The truth is that you die as they did by rejecting God’s word. Spiritual eyes are blinded and you will never be like God or reach God. Humanism is doomed.
Man has always tried to be like God and create world peace. We saw this in Babylon, all the world empires and now the final attempt to create a new one- world of peace.
Let’s have a brief look at the failure of Babylon:
Genesis 11 reveals the destruction of Babylon because they were “one” and tried to exalt themselves to equality with God.
Jeremiah 50:2 “Declare among the nations, proclaim and set up a standard; proclaim and do not conceal it. Say – ‘Babylon is taken, Bel is shamed. Merodach is broken in pieces; her images are broken to pieces.’”
●“Bel” is the lord or god of Babylon. He was believed to be a “good” demon-god associated with Jupiter. (Strong’s H1078)
● “Merodach” means “rebellion”, but was also a name for a Babylonian deity responsible for bloodshed and slaughter of human victims. (Strong’s H4781)
●There was another demon-god in Babylon, named “Nibiru” or “Marduk” also called “Jupiter.” It means “The gate of crossing or transition.” But more about that another time!
● Babel / Babylon: Webster’s Dictionary gives the following etymology: From the Hebrew words “Bab” meaning “gate” combined with “el” or “ilu” meaning “god.” This is “the gate to god.” Strong’s concordance lists the meaning of the word Babel / Babylon as “confusion by mixture.” When you go deeper into the origins, you see that it is the mixture of good and evil as a way or gate to God!
So, in this amazing story we see mankind’s fateful attempt to build a tower, gate, or bridge to God, so that they could be like God in a God-like paradise. Human good as well as violence were employed to create this objective. But God destroyed it all!
We are now at the same position again. The world, headed by the god of fake-news – Satan, and his tool, the mass-media are again throwing out the things, ways and word of God to build their own world of peace and safety – their way! Do you want to guess what the end will be?
We as true Christians already have “world peace” in our hearts! We have and are in a kingdom of peace. But we did it God’s way, not the way of the media. This is why the world hates us.
Like true born-again Christians, Israel stands in the way of a new-world order in a big way as well.
Why does the mass-media hate the Jewish state?
Matthew 24:9-13 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you (Israel) and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake...”
As a result of the rebellion and sin of the Jews they were scattered among the nations of the world. But they were never able to assimilate into the nations. They always kept their Jewishness and identity.
Zechariah 10:9 “I will sow them among the peoples (nations), and they shall remember Me in the far countries. They shall live together with their children, and they shall return.”
But there’s much more! The land of Israel itself has a call upon it, and it cannot assimilate into the world either. The land, the city and the people all have eternal covenants attached to them by God, for His grand purposes.
God has a clear and distinct plan and purpose for them, which is not the plan of the world. This is why the nations and the media hate Israel. They can’t control them and bring them into submission to the devil and his new world of sin.
►While there is an Israel there can be no one-world government, because God has chosen and called Israel to be different and separate from the nations for His will and purposes.
This statement above is of major importance. It is far reaching and profound. This is why the Bible makes such an important issue of the creation and endurance of the Jewish people and the land of Israel.
Part of the satanic role of the media in the tribulation period will be to do what they do well – unite the world in enmity against Israel!
But it will all backfire on the gods of fake news.
Our Lord will soon “pierce” the blind eyes of the Jews with His sight-seeing power. They will see! He will “pierce” their hard, dead hearts, with His once-pierced life and they will live!
Zechariah 12:10 “I will pour on the House of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look upon Me whom they have pierced...”
The media’s hatred for Israel is fuelled by the same hatred for true born-again Christians.
Here are some profound verses of scripture:
1 Chronicles 21:1 “Now Satan stood up against Israel...”
Zechariah 3:2 “The Lord said to Satan, The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you!”
Micah 4:11 “Many nations have gathered against you (Jews), who say, ‘Let her be defiled, and let our eye look upon Zion.’”
In these verses above we see Satan’s resistance to Israel (land), Jerusalem and the Jews. The mass-media thrives on trying to bring down God and His word. But do they ever have an almighty shock coming.
Isaiah 14:1 “The Lord will have mercy on Jacob and still choose Israel, and settle them in their own land. Strangers (Gentiles) will be joined to them and they will cling to the house of Jacob.” (Christian Zionists are these “Strangers” now, and it will be Gentile tribulation saints in the tribulation period.)
Romans 11:29 “The gifts and calling of God (upon the Jews) are irrevocable.”
Why will Israel and the Jews be hated so intensely in the tribulation period? Because they will be righteous and Satan’s new world order will be full of sin.
Isaiah 42:6 “I the Lord have called you in righteousness, and will hold your hand; I will keep you and give you as a covenant to the people, as a light to the Gentiles.”
Romans 11:26 “Ungodliness will be removed from Israel.”
Isaiah 43:12 “I have declared and saved, I have proclaimed, and there was no foreign god among you; therefore you are My witnesses, says the Lord.”
The great mistake of the blind mass-media:
The media thinks that Islam is a religion of peace!! They think that you can make peace by dividing the land of Israel and the city of Jerusalem and handing it to the Palestinians! That’s their eternal deadly chant – it’s all driven and motivated by their god of evil.
God’s plan is the opposite and it is spelt out in eternal covenant in a number of verses. Here is one:
Genesis 17:19 -21“God said: ‘No, Sarah your wife shall bear a son, and you shall call him Isaac; I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant and with his descendants after him. As for Ishmael (Arabs) I have heard you and blessed him...but My covenant I will establish with Isaac.”
These covenants involve the Jews, the city and the land! (If you would like more on this, please click the “Teachings” tab at the top and go down to “Covenants and Promises.”)
Even though the Jews rebelled and broke their side of the covenant, it still stands. It is eternal.
Jeremiah 31:35-36 “Thus says the Lord, who gives the sun for light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and stars for light by night, who disturbs the sea and its waves roar. If those ordinances depart from Me, says the Lord, then the seed of Israel shall also cease from being a nation before Me forever.”
Islam, Rabbinical Judaism and apostate Christianity will come together with other religions to form the backbone of a new-world order in the tribulation period.
They will reject God’s covenants with Israel and His prophetic word and do the will of Satan by creating a world religion to serve the coming antichrist.
The mass-media are blind to the things of God, but they have full sight of the things of the devil!
A slap in the face for the mass-media:
Isaiah 52:15 “He shall sprinkle (Lit=startle) many nations. Kings shall shut their mouths at Him; for what had not been told them they shall see.”
Isaiah 60:12-15 “The nation and kingdom which shall not serve you (Israel) shall perish, and those nations shall be utterly ruined...You have been forsaken and hated, so that no one went to you. I will make you an eternal excellence, a joy of many generations.”
Zechariah 2:8-12 “He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you (Israel); for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye....Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion! For behold, I am coming, and I will dwell in your midst, says the Lord...The Lord will take possession of the Holy Land and will again choose Jerusalem.”
These verses above reveal the great failure of the mass-media. They have failed and will fail again. God’s will and plan will be done and theirs will end in the fiery furnace of God’s Holocaust upon them.
The coming Holocaust upon the mass-media and the nations:
●Adolf Hitler said this: “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.”
This could well be the silent unwritten motto of the modern media! It most certainly is true in their dealing with Israel!
Satan will be the world’s greatest peace-maker. He will come in trying to make peace and the world will buy it, because they are blind to all things spiritual. They think they can make world peace without going God’s way!
The media will welcome, promote and legitimise the coming man of peace with great fanfare, but the media will fail!
Psalm 21:8-12 “Your hand will find all Your enemies; Your right hand will find those who hate You. You shall make them as a fiery oven in the time of Your anger; The Lord shall swallow them up in His wrath, and the fire shall devour them...For they intended evil against You; they devised a plot that they were not able to perform. Therefore You will make them turn their backs; You will make ready Your arrows on Your string towards them.”
Isaiah 65:11-12 “You are those who forsake the Lord, who forget My holy mountain (Israel)...therefore I will number you for the sword and you shall all bow down to the slaughter; because when I called, you did not answer, when I spoke you did not hear, but did evil before My eyes and chose that in which I do not delight.”
It all ends in the world’s greatest, monumental failure, fire and destruction! As all previous Holocaust’s upon Israel failed, so the coming Holocaust will ultimately fail, but God’s Holocaust upon them will endure!
Ezekiel 22:19-21 “...Yes, I will gather you and blow on you with the fire of My wrath, and you shall be melted in its midst.”
Psalm 2:1-6 “Why do the nations rage and the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth and rulers take counsel together and set themselves against the Lord...He who sits in the heavens shall laugh...He shall speak to them in His wrath and distress them in His deep displeasure...”
Isaiah 65:13-14 “Behold, My servants shall rejoice, but you (who forsake the Lord –verse11) shall be ashamed; behold, My servants shall sing for joy of heart, but you shall cry for sorrow of heart, and wail for grief of spirit.”
Jeremiah 30:11 “I am with you, says the Lord, to save you; though I make a full end of the nations where I have scattered you...”
I hope you see from these verses above, that it is not wise or clever to go the way of the world, especially in dealing with God’s holy calling, and plans for Israel. If you do – you are gambling with eternal fire!
Your great disconnect:
You must make a conscious effort to sever, break, cut and disconnect from the opinions of the mass-media. You must do it now, before it all becomes a lot more supernaturally charged.
By the way, I’m not speaking of normal news items and the like, in the media. I’m speaking of their slant, and their opinions relating to anything to do with God.
“Love not the world” (1 John 2:15) is one of the great “disconnect” verses in the Bible! That obviously includes the voice of the world, the media.
Jeremiah 8:8-9 “How can you say, ‘we are wise, and the law of the Lord is with us’? Look, the false pen of the scribe certainly works falsehood (fake news). The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken. Behold, they have rejected the word of the Lord; so what wisdom do they have?”
You must see and understand that the world is headed for false, fake peace, motivated and inspired by the god of the world and his agents. You must see the invisible spirits involved.
It’s not just the error of the media; it is also their attack on the truth and those who are already born of the truth and those about to be born of it – Israel. You need protective spiritual armour and offensive spiritual weapons in these days!
It’s not just the psychological warfare of the media and their fake truth and fake news; it is also their intimidation, attack, and attempts to demoralise believers. You must see it, know it and stand strong!
Here is perhaps the most profound verse in the Bible applying to the media:
Proverbs 28:4 “Those who forsake the law (word of God) praise the wicked.”
Also please be aware that a great and dangerous source of much of the fake news in all these things is much of the church. Many churches are one with the world!
You must see with eyes of God’s revelation in these days of concealment of the truth.
Understand that the mass media will, albeit inadvertently, lead you to its great boss – Satan!
The world can’t save the world. The world can only destroy the world. Only God saves the world after destroying the old sin-filled, evil world.
The mass-media will inspire a coming Holocaust on Israel, but then it will absolutely backfire on the nations and the media themselves.
Isaiah 24: 4-6 “The earth mourns and fades away; the world languishes and fades away. The haughty people of the earth languish. The earth is also defiled under its inhabitants, because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinances, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore the curse has devoured the earth, and those who dwell in it are desolate...”
After this great destruction of the media’s new world order, comes the creation of God’s new world order called the Millennium – exclusively for those who are His. It will be a world of glory, majesty, holiness, splendour, grandeur and triumph. The curse will be gone and unimaginable wonders will be right here.
I took this picture in a “secret” forest right at the top of a misty mountain called the “Hangklip.” I merged the flower into the picture for added interest.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 369: June 21st 2017.
Mysteries of the Rapture:
In the previous edition we looked at some of the mysteries of God and what that really means. By way of a quick summary, here are some main points:
The word “mystery” in the original is “mysterion” meaning “hidden from those on the outside, or hidden from the ungoldly.” It does not mean that those things are hidden from the believer – quite the contrary.
Romans 16:25 “Now to Him who is able to establish you according to the gospel and preaching of Yeshua the Messiah, according to the revelation of the mystery which was kept secret since the world began but now has been made manifest and by the prophetic scriptures has been made known...”
The rapture of the church is one of these mysteries:
1 Corinthians 15:51 “Behold I show you a mystery: We shall not all sleep (die) but we shall be changed in a moment in a twinkling of an eye...”
This is why the unsaved cannot even comprehend what the rapture is, and why they mock us! To them it’s all a closed up mystery - an Enigma.
Unveiled and revealed Bible prophecy is vitally important in so many respects, least of all in assisting us to fear the Lord. Only those who know and understand the fear of the Lord, have access to true deeper revelation and biblical wisdom.
But why does a huge part of the church not teach on these wonderful things? Is it still a mystery to them, or are they just deceived, teaching only nice, happy, motivational, me-now sermons?
Is your church destroying you by preaching from the Bible?
If you or your church will not hear or receive or teach on the prophetic word, especially the prophecies of the greatest prophet ever – Yeshua, you are in danger of being destroyed. You must “heed the prophetic word.” (2 Peter 1:19)
One of my early mentors from the 70s, Derek Prince, often said, “Ignore the prophetic word at your own peril!”
Some are thinking – that’s a bit outrageous Joel! Who are you telling I’m going to be destroyed because I ignore prophecy? Don’t you know I’m a Christian and I love Jesus?
Okay, well here is the word of the Lord, out of the Bible for you and all church leaders:
Acts 3:22-23 “Moses truly said to the fathers: ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet (Yeshua) like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear in all things, whatever He says to you. And it shall come to pass that every soul who will not hear that Prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.’”
So, I say again, is your church destroying you? Is your minister leading you to destruction by teaching you nice happy motivational sermons week after week and teaching nothing on prophecy? Just read that verse above again!
The churches, ministries and individuals who won’t teach Bible prophecy are a great danger to you, but also an affront to our Lord. They are rejecting prophecy, a major aspect of the greatest prophet of all – Yeshua! No wonder their churches are dead and being destroyed in great numbers.
Do you know that a huge number of churches are falling apart right now? They are “being utterly destroyed.” The numbers are staggering. But what is more staggering is that there is one consistent common cause. They are all Spirit-less churches, mostly denominational, which don’t believe, preach or teach end-time prophecy, including the rapture!
Perhaps an even greater, unsurprising tragedy is that the “utter destruction” that the Bible promises to these who won’t teach prophecy is resulting in the Spirit of God moving out to let in an evil, dark spirit – and they can’t even see it.
On the other hand, a large part of the church is seeing phenomenal growth amongst those who would dare not reject the prophetic teaching of our Lord. This is especially true in the eastern nations today.
Again, I ask, is your church or minister preparing you for destruction by what he won’t teach? And please don’t tell me that this is the way it’s always been. My friends, this time things are different!
You see, it’s not a matter of what you want to believe. It’s not a matter of cherry-picking your doctrine. I tell you as a believer, if you do not know or get to know prophecy in these dark days – you are headed for destruction!
This does not mean that we all have to agree on every last, little detail, but we must agree on the big, major, doctrinal issues. (Hebrews 6:1-2)
Here’s a nice little prophecy for those who won’t preach the fullness of the word:
Isaiah 29:11-14 “The whole vision has become to you like a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one who is illiterate, saying, ‘read this please’; and he says, ‘I cannot for it is sealed’...Inasmuch as these people draw near to Me with their mouths, and honour Me with their lips, but have removed their hearts far from Me, and their fear towards Me is taught by the commandments of men...Therefore the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hidden.”
What happens to our bodies and when?
Thankfully, all true believers will soon get new resurrection bodies. These will be new supernatural eternal, glorious bodies, completing our salvation.
Our new bodies, will be given to the “dead in Messiah” and “we who are alive” at the time. It will occur in a blinding flash at the rapture.
Here is the classical rapture verse:
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 “The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Messiah will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and thus we shall always be with the Lord.”
Now, note what happens as the rapture occurs:
1 Corinthians 15:51-53 “Behold, I show you a mystery: We shall not all sleep (die), but we will be changed, in a moment in a twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet (for the church age.) For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible (old bodies) must put on incorruption, and this mortal, immortality.”
These new bodies will neither marry nor produce children. That is very important to remember!
Matthew 22:30 “In the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like the angels of heaven.
In regards to marriage and childbearing, we will be like the angels who do not marry. Other verses reveal additional, incredible supernatural qualities, which we will receive. We will be just like Him. (Romans 8)
Now consider this huge difference in the Millennium:
Isaiah 65:20-25 “No more shall an infant from there live but a few days, nor an old man who has not fulfilled his days; for the child shall die one hundred years old...My elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands, they shall not bring forth children for trouble (but will still produce children)...the wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like an ox...”
Do you see what I see? It is huge!
If there is no pre-tribulation rapture and only a post-tribulation rapture, this would mean that all the saints together - of the church age and the tribulation, would get their resurrection bodies together as we go into the Millennium.
So, would we all be marrying and producing kids and working like normal in the Millennium? Or would be in resurrection bodies, not marrying, like the angels?
Sorry, you can’t have it both ways.
The answer is an incredible proof of a pre-tribulation rapture. It is another group, the tribulation saints who go into the Millennium in natural bodies, but with longevity restored!
Wonderful rapture meanings:
What’s in a name you ask?
Here are some of the words used to describe the rapture in the Bible:
●The catching away. (1 Thessalonians 4:17)
●The escape. (Luke 21:36)
●The gathering. (2 Thessalonians 2:1)
●The transformation. (Philippians 3:20)
●The rescue and deliverance. (1 Thessalonians 1:10)
●The blessed hope. (Titus 2:13)
●The mercy. (Jude21) (not a mercy)
●The instant changing. (1 Corinthians 15:51)
●The manifestation of the sons of God. (Romans 8:19)
●Redemption of our bodies. (Romans 8:18)
Let’s string those together. The rapture is described as:
●The catching away. ●The escape. ●The gathering, ●The transformation. ●The rescue. ●The deliverance. ●The hope. ●The mercy. ●The changing ●The manifestation. ●The redemption.
Does that paint a glorious picture or what? Just those words alone reveal a great deal about the mystery of the rapture.
Glorious pre-tribulation rapture types:
●Enoch is a well-accepted type of the rapture of the church. He was taken alive by God, before the flood of Noah, a type of the tribulation. (Hebrews 11:5) The Bible says, “God took him.” (Genesis 5:24)
This amazing phrase is Strong’s H3947 “Laqach.” Meanings: Take, carry away, seize, capture, stolen, capture as flash of lightning, receive in marriage.
Isn’t that the rapture, perfectly pre-figured in the Old Covenant? How incredible is that!
●Joseph has so many types and meanings associated with his story. Let’s have a look at a few:
Just as Joseph gets ready to reveal his true identity to his brothers, something amazing occurs:
Genesis 45:1 “Joseph could not restrain himself before all those that stood before him, and he cried out, ‘make everyone go out from me!’ So no one stood with him while Joseph made himself known to his brothers.”
Who are these that are taken away before Joseph reveals himself to his brothers? In type, we could say that this was the church. The great revealing is done to the Jews alone. Joseph is a type of our Messiah, who has no helpers or missionaries or church evangelists with him. He does the work alone, as is seen in many other verses.
There is a similar type in the story of Daniel and the fiery furnace. The three children of Israel are thrown into the fire, but Daniel himself, a type of the church here, is nowhere to be found!
There are many other glorious types of the rapture hidden in the stories of the Bible.
More on the mystery of the rapture in the Old Covenant:
Is this amazing passage below a hidden story of the rapture? Is the church not the “faithful man” and the “first ripe fruit”?
Micah 7:1-4 “Woe is me! For I am like those who gather summer fruits...there is no cluster to eat of the first ripe fruit, which my soul desires. The faithful man has perished (disappeared) from the earth, and there is no one upright among men...The day of your watchman and your punishment comes; now shall be their perplexity.”
The word translated “perish” is Strong’s H6, “Abad.” Meaning: “escape, flee, taken, perished, void”
Is this verse below not another Old Covenant verse which could apply to the rapture?
Isaiah 26:20-21 “Come my people, enter your chambers, and shut the door behind you; hide yourself as it were, for a little moment, until the indignation (tribulation) is past. For behold the Lord comes out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity. The earth will also disclose her blood, and will no more cover her slain.”
Ephraim and Manasseh are the modern day Christians of the West. Some say they are the British, some say the US. They are neither. They are the redeemed of the nations which would include the true born-again disciples of all these nations.
Hosea 9:11 “As for Ephraim, their glory shall fly away like a bird – no birth, no pregnancy, no conception!”
The surrounding context of the verse above speaks of the rebellion of Israel and its coming troubles. But right here we have this astounding verse! Is it not a type of the rapture?
No one knows! – Rubbish!
Even the unbelievers know and repeatedly misquote this verse, as do many Christians:
Matthew 24:36 “Of that day and hour no one knows, no not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.”
They all say, you see, it says no one knows when the rapture will be!
Prepare for a big shock!
If you read the preceding verses they are speaking of the tribulation period. In fact a previous heading is “The Great Tribulation.” If you read the verses following Matthew 24:36, again they are speaking of the tribulation period. If you read the other parallel gospel accounts, again, they are speaking of the tribulation period.
So why then, right in the middle of a lengthy and involved discourse on the tribulation period, would there suddenly be a verse saying “no one knows” when the rapture of the church will be?
The answer is simple. Matthew 24:36 is not talking of the rapture at all. In fact, it is not talking of anything that has to do with time! Are you surprised?
Let’s do a quick word study:
Matthew 24:36 “Of that day and hour no one knows...”
It is the conditions of the time (tribulation) which are being spoken of. It is saying...of these horrendous tribulation conditions no one knows! That changes the entire meaning doesn’t it? That also makes it completely consistent with the surrounding context.
Now let’s dig a bit deeper!
Matthew 24:36 “Of that day and hour no one knows...” What “day and hour”? Is it the rapture? No it is not. Again the presumption is wrong, wrong, wrong!
The Bible uses the term “Day of the Lord” for various events. One usage is to describe the entire church age. One usage is to describe the very last day of the tribulation and the Second Coming. The most common usage is to describe the seven-year tribulation period.
You have to go by context to see which one is being referred to.
So now we have the word “day” as a reference to the tribulation. Let’s go on:
Revelation 3:10 “I will keep you from the hour of trial that will come upon the whole world...”
The Bible uses the word “hour” to refer to the entire seven year tribulation.
So now we have “day” and “hour” as references to the tribulation period. So, let’s go back to Matthew 24:36. This is what it is saying: Of these terrible conditions in the tribulation period, no one knows. He can’t even imagine how bad it will be.
Again that satisfies the surrounding tribulation-context and the context of the parallel verses.
But what about the term, “no one knows the day and hour,” being used as an idiom for the Feast of Trumpets, the next to be fulfilled prophetically? This feast is also known as the feast of which no one knows the day and hour, due to it beginning on the new moon, which could occur over two days?
If Matthew 24:36 is a reference to the tribulation period as a whole, and the Feast of Trumpets marks the start of the tribulation then we can rightly use this as a marker for a pre-tribulation rapture as well, because they occur in conjunction with each other.
So now, please get rid of the use of that verse saying no one knows the time of the rapture!
Will we see the rapture coming?
There will be numerous signs of the coming tribulation, so yes we will, because it occurs as the tribulation begins.
By the way, I totally reject the work of various people and ministries on YouTube and elsewhere claiming that there is a gap between the rapture and the start of the tribulation. Some say the gap will be days, some say 30 days, some say perhaps even ten years. None of them have any substantial Bible verses to back them. They only have somewhat stretched ideas from some verses. Their real reason is to perpetuate their belief in imminence and “no one knows the time.”
There is much more to that, which I will share at another time. In the meantime, I reject it all.
Apostasy: A mystery revealed:
2 Thessalonians 2:3 “Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away (apostasy) comes first and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition.”
The verse above has been the source of much confusion and debate over the years. Many people have taken it to mean that the rapture can’t happen until the apostasy or falling away of the church.
The “Day” spoken of in this verse refers to the entire seven year tribulation period.
The word “apostasy” can also be translated as “departure.” If you do a word study, you will find something amazing.
“Apostasy” is used 18 times. It is used 16 times as a verb and twice as a noun. Four times it means leaving the faith. That means that 14 times it means depart or get up and leave – permanently.
We must take the context into consideration as well as the frequency of the use of the word.
So, it should say: 2 Thessalonians 2:3 “Let no one deceive you by any means, for the tribulation period, will not begin unless the departure (rapture of the church) happens first and the man of sin is revealed.”
Doesn’t that now make a whole lot of sense? And we have not violated or changed the word, just corrected erroneous translations!
The tragedy of unbelief:
There is a principle revealed in the Bible, which people would do well to take heed of. It’s not” when I see it, I’ll believe it”! It’s just the opposite. You must come to the Lord in belief, and then you will see.
Matthew 13:58 “He did no mighty works there (Nazareth) because of their unbelief.”
Hebrews 3:19 “They could not enter in (to the Promised Land) because of their unbelief.”
Psalm 78:21-22 “The Lord was furious; so a fire was kindled against Jacob, and His anger came up against Israel, because they did not believe in God, and did not trust in His salvation.”
Psalm 95:10-11 “This is a people who go astray in their hearts and they do not know My ways, so I swore in My wrath, they shall not enter My rest.”
Psalm 106:14-15 “They (Jews) lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tested God in the desert, and He gave them their request, but sent leanness into their soul.”
Psalm 55:19 “Because they do not change, therefore they do not fear God.”
Do you see why so many will remain blind and dumb to the things of God?
My friends, unbelief in any of these spiritual issues, including the rapture, will blind you!
I have so much more on these subjects, never shared, which I will in future editions. Some of the material I have for you is truly amazing – we are heading for exciting times!
I encourage you to know these things well. They may just be your lifeline. If you click on the “Editions by subject” button and go down to “Rapture”, there are numerous other editions with a wealth of information on this spectacular subject.
I placed the orchid on a mirror, sprayed it with water, left the camera shutter open for two minutes (at night) and “painted” the flower with the light of a small pen-light.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 368: June 14th 2017.
The Great Awakening:
In this edition I’ll be discussing the various awakenings which are of great importance in these days. These awakenings are directly associated with the biblical “mysteries”, which I’ll also deal with.
This will encompass:
●The awakening to holiness now.
●The awakening of the true Christian in rapture.
●The awakening of the Jews to their Jewish Messiah.
●The awakening of the unsaved world to judgement.
Here are some of the biblical uses and meanings of the word, “Awake”:
Awake: (Hebrew): Strong’s H 5782 “Uwr” meaning: “To be aroused or stirred, to stir up, to be excited and triumphant and to arise to watchfulness.
Awake (Greek): Strong’s G 1453, “Egeiro” meaning: To appear, raise up, to arise from the sleep of death. It can also mean to be sober minded.
The mystery of the “mysteries:”
When you wake up you see. When you are asleep you don’t see! But there is a greater depth to these things spiritually. We must understand that some things for some people are impossible to see.
They are asleep or blinded because they are a God-created mystery. These mysteries are hidden to the unbeliever, but God reveals them to His own family – the true believer. But there are still certain conditions to be met before we get the mysterious password to this wisdom.
So, the awakening must be from God’s perspective. Many spiritual mysteries can only be awoken to and understood by those on the inside. It’s like having a password to a secret club. You can’t come in without it, or with the wrong password.
So, the mysteries of God are not total mysteries, they are conditional and exclusive.
Here is the meaning of the word:
Mystery: Strong’s G3466, “mysterion” meaning: “Hidden, not obvious to the natural understanding, or hidden from the ungodly”.
Just in this meaning alone, do you see why many will never be able to awaken, see, or recognise many spiritual things.
Here are some of the Bible “mysteries”:
● The mystery of Israel’s blindness. (Romans 11:25) ● The mystery of the rapture. (1Corinthians 15:51) ● The mystery of revelation. (Romans 16:25) ● The mystery of the gospel. (Ephesians 6:19) ● The mystery of Godliness. (1Timothy 3:16) ● The mystery of the kingdom. (Mark 4:11) ● The mystery of God’s wisdom. (1Corinthians 2:7) ● The mystery hidden from generations, now made manifest to the saints...Messiah in you, the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:26-27) ● The mystery of iniquity (sin). (2Thessalonians 2:7)
So, what we have here are mysteries to the outsider and the unbeliever, who is without the Spirit of God. To the insider who meets the conditions, and those who operate in the discernment of the Spirit of God, the “mysteries are revealed.”
Do you see the incredible benefits of coming to our Lord His way and why this is so important?
The awakening to holiness and righteousness:
1 Corinthians 15:34 “Awake to righteousness and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I say this to your shame.”
Sin is one of the “mysteries” mentioned above.
Do you see why the unsaved can’t awake to righteousness? They can’t see what sin is. God has hidden its meaning from them. If you can’t see what sin is, you can’t see the only answer – the cross! You can’t get rid of something you don’t recognise.
But this verse above is also addressed to the believer who has fallen into sin, as is the verse below.
Romans 13:11-12 “...It is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armour of light.”
We are the ones who need to awake out of darkness which has come into our lives when the light of God has dimmed through sin.
This is also a powerful admonition to the backslider, and here is another:
Ephesians 5:14-16 “Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light. See that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”
Backsliders beware! Your time is running out. Yes our Lord will lovingly welcome you back into the fold on repentance, but bear in mind that His grace has limits. Bear in mind that the days are becoming more evil and you will slide further and further away!
Renewal, revival, revitalisation, resurgence, are some of the awakenings we are seeing. Prodigals and backsliders are sliding back to our Lord. This is all the work of our Lord. It is the latter rain of the Spirit of God.
Multitudes are in the valley of decision and storming to salvation. These works are now occurring in the eastern nations of the world at an alarming rate. Jews, Muslims, Chinese, Indians and even those in Bongo-Bongo land and beyond are awakening to the saving grace of the Spirit of God.
The awakening of the Christian to full salvation:
Very soon now, all true believers will suddenly awaken in new, glorious, supernatural bodies, incorruptible, ageless and forever perfect and beautiful.
Our old lives will be gone in a blinding flash. The final enemy – death, will be dead!
What a momentous day that will be. We will awake in a peace-paradise of unimaginable glory, majesty and wonder. Serenity, joy and ecstasy will rule our grandiose new world.
This is all a great mystery, but we as true saints of the living God believe it all, while the world thinks we are crazy for believing such things.
Isaiah 26:19 “...Awake and sing you who dwell in the dust; for your dew is like the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out its dead.”
Psalm 17:15 “I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness.”
Again, the rapture of the church is one of the “mysteries.” How can you believe it as an unbeliever? You can’t!
This is why the unbeliever has no hope (Ephesians 2:12) and we have that fulfilling “blessed hope.” (Titus 2:13)
The awakening blast:
The Feast of Trumpets is so called because of the many trumpet blasts that occur to herald and close the Feast. There are many different types of trumpet blasts, each with major, significant meanings. Most relate to the coming judgement of the tribulation period – the end of one dispensation and start of the next.
This feast is the next to find prophetic fulfilment, specifically in relation to the Jews. It will mark the start of the tribulation period and their mass salvation.
One of the trumpet blasts is called “The awakening blast.”
It has great, wonderful and frightening symbolism attached!
The “awakening trumpet blast” is sounded to awaken the Jews to their Messiah. It is also the herald of their judgement and of the world (but more on that further down.) At this trumpet blast the world will see the Lamb of God transformed into the Lion of Judah!
It’s not surprising then that this trumpet blast may well also signal the rapture of the church, because it occurs right at the start of the tribulation period.
The awakening of the Jews to their Messiah:
Zechariah 8:13 “It shall come to pass that just as you (Israel) were a curse among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, so I will save you and you shall be a blessing. Do not fear and let your hands be strong.”
Notice who is the prime evangelist to the Jews is at this time. It is “I” the Lord Himself! The church will be gone.
As the “Awakening trumpet blast” sounds on The Feast of Trumpets, it will “shatter” the air. The mysterious reverberation will be the signal for millions of dry bones to begin flying together and to be miraculously joined to each other just at the right places. Sinews, muscles and flesh that was long thought dead, will come to life in a flash and masses of Jews, no longer spiritual Holocaust-like skeletons will awaken and arise!
Amazingly, much of the church and all of the churches of replacement theology hate this idea. They can’t see through the thick fog of the prejudice and hatred!
The Jews will march forward through walls of wailing, with golden gates open and welcoming. The new weeping and howling will be of pure joy! Jews will again dance like David danced, in celebration!
They will walk forward through a parted veil into glorious light. There standing before them will be the one whom they pierced, offering forgiveness, love and compassion to them all. What wonderful drama!
Jeremiah 31:17 “There is hope in your future (Israel) says the Lord, and they shall come back to their own borders.”
Isaiah 29:18-19 “In that day the deaf shall hear the words of the book (Lit= scroll) and the eyes of the blind shall see out of the obscurity and out of darkness. The humble shall increase their joy in the Lord, and the poor (in spirit) among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.”
Isaiah 29:23-24 “When He sees His children, the work of My hands, in His midst, they will hallow My name, and hallow the Holy One of Jacob, and fear the God of Israel. These also who erred in spirit will come to understanding, and those who murmured will learn doctrine.”
Israel’s spiritual blindness is one the “mysteries” we looked at above. Do you see why the unbelieving world can’t see it or understand it? Do you see why the unbelieving world, the modern demon possessed scribes – the mass-media, have no idea why Israel is blind and soon to see after miracle spiritual eye-surgery?
Poor old media! They will forever have a thick veil of hefty blindness over their eyes. They will forever serve the devil himself.
The awakening of the unsaved to judgement:
Jeremiah 6:10 “To whom shall I speak and give warning, that they may hear? Indeed their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot give heed. Behold the word of the Lord is a reproach to them; they have no delight in it.”
Isaiah 5:14-21 “Therefore Sheol (hell) has enlarged itself and opened its mouth beyond measure; their glory and multitude and their pomp and he who is jubilant, shall descend into it...Woe to those who call evil good and good evil; who put darkness for light and light for darkness...Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!”
Isaiah 14:9 “Hell from beneath is excited to meet you at your coming; it stirs up the dead for you. All the chief ones of the earth it has raised up from their thrones, all the kings of the nations.”
The demons and devils are stirring as they awaken to their soon-doom. Their works are flooding the world. (Revelation 12:12) Multitudes in the tribulation period will fulfil the above verses perfectly! (Joel 3:14)
In many ways the doom of the unsaved is a great tragedy, and catastrophe, simply because of their blindness, which is self-caused.
Today, people are full of the burdens of sin. The hefty pressures and stresses of modern living are weighing people down all over the world. They look everywhere but to our Lord for answers. The world is awakening to a welcoming devil, whom they can’t see or even believe exists.
Sin is a mystery to the unsaved. They call it human rights and many other incorrect names. They are blind to the mystery of sin, the mystery of godliness, and the mystery of hell right before them.
They can suppress the stress with pills, but there is no pill to make sin go away. There is no forgiveness-pill. They are soon going to awaken from their nightmare-sleep into judgement and eternal destruction.
You see, the unsaved are essentially all thieves. They’ve stolen their lives, created by God for His purpose and now use it for their purposes. They are empty, cursed and doomed and a result.
One of the greatest questions anyone could ask, and often leads to great depression and psychological problems is: What is the purpose of my life? Why am I here? Is this all there is? Even the very wealthy and those who think they have arrived, must still ask the question: Is this Ferrari or Rolls Royce, all there is?
Why can’t my red Ferrari and my Rolls in the garage forgive me and make me right with God? Why can’t my car love me back and comfort me? Because it’s a car you idiot! The same is true for the entire world’s materialism.
Only our God can fill the empty void in your heart created by Him, to be fulfilled by Him. A car, a plane and yacht don’t fit in there. Even God’s beautiful natural creation can’t take away your sins.
Personally, I’m a tree-hugger, I love them, but I can tell you from experience that trees don’t hug you back. They don’t even say thank you for admiring them!
Tragically, the world is seeing a massive increase in suicides now. Amazingly the answer was right before them. The answer is fulfilment, peace and victory in our Lord! But people will rather listen to the devils demon-inspired mass-media. (Talk about fake-news!!!)
The mass-media believes that man is the measure of all things. The ways of the world are the measure, they believe! But man is devolving! His ways and world are deteriorating. The ways of modern man are like a blind man staggering around, leaning on Satan for guidance.
When you awaken to God’s plan and purpose for your life, wonderful things start happening. The world’s great mysteries begin to clear up. Hope arrives at your door and you begin to see with new eyes. Suddenly you see that the thing in your garage is a dead, cold, piece of metal.
Hell is one of the “mysteries”. The unsaved can’t see it, yet it’s their eternal home. The unsaved world will awaken soon and in an instant they will understand the mysteries of sin, hell and why they are there. They will have to say “amen” to their judgement.
If they had a vision of approaching hell, their story would change in a flash.
What do you have to do to wake up? And what do you have to do to see and understand the mysteries of God, which are inextricably linked to awakening?
You must be born-again. You must come to our Lord in absolute surrender, brokenness, and humility. You must choose the fear of the Lord and forsake your own ways. You must set your heart to know Him and follow Him.
Daniel 12:2-3 “Many of those who sleep in the dust will awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever.”
Many humans are destined for exaltation and eternal elevation, right in the face of many heading for the depths of hell.
We must awaken to watchfulness now! Many are not watching. Many remain blinded by their shameful, deceived, blind guides!
Jeremiah 5:31 “The prophets prophecy falsely, and the priests rule by their own power; and My people love to have it so. But what will you do in the end.”
Many of these things, my friends are on the doorstep!
I took this picture of the African Fish Eagle in one of our local game reserves.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 367: June 7th 2017.
Hunger for God:
In these fast approaching end-days, the pressures, tests and challenges are intensifying. “The love of many will grow cold”. There are wonderful answers and provisions in the Bible for those who will seek them out. There are many who will endure and many who will be swept away with the world!
This edition will shatter some of your views.
It’s not okay!
It’s not okay and not enough to believe in Jesus – “even the demons believe and shudder!” It’s not okay to simply call yourself a Christian and think you’ve arrived. It’s not okay to measure yourself amongst yourselves, or the masses of these days, or most of the modern churches today.
You must come to salvation through the new birth and then set your heart and soul and every aspect of your life to follow our Lord, grow in Him and know Him more and more intimately.
You must be radical in your pursuit of our Lord in these days; otherwise you are in danger of being swept into mediocrity and onto the road to hell.
Today, the lives of many, Christians included, are filled with spiritual ignorance, emptiness, vacancy, and vulnerability to all manner of deception, error, sin, and modern idolatry.
People want acceptance and not rejection. That’s fine, but God will not accept you and your idols.
The essential, single-minded pursuit of God:
Yes, we are saved in an instant, but we need to “hunger and thirst for righteousness”. We need to have a driving desire, a longing, yearning, zeal and passion for truth in this dark, gloomy, world.
You cannot and will not counteract the war on truth in these days, if you are not selective, discerning, and single-minded in your hungering after our Lord and His truth. In many cases even the modern churches have conceded to error, concealed, shrouded and hidden the truth.
You need to spend time, separated to our Lord, alone in your deep pursuit of God and knowledge of His word and ways, in prayer and study. You must “take heed that you are not deceived”!
Pursuit of God, if done right, produces discovery and revelation of our Lord. If done right, you will notice that it also produces a great disconnect with the world.
Our calling as believers and our purpose is to live above the world. It is to stand against the blast of the wind of the world and set the sail of our lives so that we can move forward against that ill-wind! It is to be other-worldly. That’s one of the reasons the world hates us – because we are not like them.
Do you fit in comfortably with the world and its ways? If you do, you need to get saved and begin to hunger after our Lord!
As a believer, it’s very hard to grow above the level of your church and its leader, if he and they are products of modern-world Christianity. I’m not calling on anyone to leave their church – that’s between God and you. But I am calling you to great heights in and with our Lord.
Guard your heart with all your strength! You can’t have a heart that is wrong and live right! “Blessed are the pure in heart: For they will see God.”
Today much of the church, especially the spirit-less church is doomed and doesn’t even know it. Their flock are pampered, passive, blinded wimps, going along with the dangerous flow of the world. Much of the modern church has married the world. Amazingly, the Bible prophesied it.
The sign of spiritual ruin is all around us, it is lukewarmness and a mixture of truth and error and the chasing after ear-tickling, motivational me-centred hogwash.
Obstacles to your hunger for God:
●Do not set your heart after miracles, signs and wonders. They do not determine truth! When and if they come along, well and good! Even then question them. Truth can withstand scrutiny.
●Don’t trust what the world thinks. It has been fashioned and formed by the god of this world.
●Do not trust yourself and your own heart!
Proverbs 28:26 “He who trusts in his own heart is a fool.”
Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked, who can know it?”
Job 28:13 “Man does not know its value (wisdom), nor is it found in the land of the living.”
●Very few people are aware of how much they have been formed and fashioned after the lives and opinions of modern man, the world system and hidden demons.
They have mixed themselves with the deadly mixture of truth and error. Mixture produces confusion and makes you lukewarm, ready to be “spat out by our Lord.” (Revelation 3:16)
Leviticus 19:19 “You shall not let your livestock breed with another kind. You shall not sow your field with mixed seed, nor shall a garment of mixed linen come upon you.”
You can’t find “mixture” being spoken well of in the Bible. It is universally condemned. It produces sterility.
●Be careful of the “love” crowd! They will lead you the wrong way! Are you surprised?
"God is love" does not mean love is God. If love is God that means that anything that is love is of God and is right. That is wrong and pure deception. Do you see how the devil cleverly reverses the truth to deceive and capture many?
Note that the powerful end-times, “perilous times,” verse in 2 Timothy 3:1-2 speaks condemningly of “Lovers of self, the love of pleasure” and more. Clearly then, everything that is of love is not necessarily of God! In fact these people have a form of godliness, but deny its power, which lets Satan rule.
God sends strong delusion to people who “believe the lie and had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2 Thessalonians 2:11)
Don’t tell me that everything that is love and pleasure is of God!
If you as a man say you love another man, love is involved. But is it of God because it is love? – Never!
True biblical love always includes rebuke and correction, measured against the Bible. “As many as I love I rebuke.” (Revelation 3:19)
●Don’t get hung up on hobby-horse doctrines and try to prove everyone wrong and yourself right. Don’t centre on exposing of error!
Truth always exposes error, but you need insight, knowledge, understanding and wisdom to deal with error. You need the God-given weapons.
Sometimes people come under demonic influence by going after spiritual error without the spiritual strength of truth in their hearts. You need the supernatural power through the gifts of the Spirit to even see some deceptive error.
The occult and the believer:
Many believers have had an involvement with the occult in their lives, before being born-again. Some still mix various dark, condemned practices in with their Christian lives now. It is a far greater issue than most are aware of.
At the close of this age the battle will absolutely intensify in the spiritual, supernatural and with occult power at work.
You cannot have any involvement at all with these things as a believer. You must rip it all out of your life forever. Don’t underestimate the great danger you will place yourself under if you have any participation with the following practises. Please read this entire section and take note of it.
Here are just some of the occult practises absolutely condemned in the Bible:
●Divination: It consists of fortune telling, consulting familiar spirits. ●Consulting the dead: Which would normally be through a medium. ●Astrology: It includes horoscopes, fortune telling, card reading, and the use of a prognosticator or star-gazer. ●Witchcraft: It includes sorcery, spells, the use of enchanting materials like drugs, certain types of music, dancing and the like. ● Idol worship: It includes the elevation, exaltation and consulting of charms, various items, art works, carvings etc. ●Devil worship: It includes the direct worship and consulting of Satan himself.
Here are a few shocking verses dealing with this subject:
Leviticus 20:3 “I will set My face against that man and cut him off from his people, because he has given some of his descendants to Molech, to defile My sanctuary and profane My holy name.”
Note in this verse above, the witchcraft resulted in God cutting the man off from his people. I know some Christians who have ventured back into satanic activity after being saved, who are forever cut-off from the people of God.
Acts 8:9-11 “There was a certain man named Simon, who previously practised sorcery in the city and astonished the people of Samaria, claiming that he was someone great, to whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest saying, ‘this man is the great power of God.’ And they heeded him because he had astonished them with his sorceries for a long time.”
Note that Simon was “previously” involved with the occult!
People run to people like this. People elevate and idolise them. People almost worship them. People lift them up onto a pedestal. People claim that these ones are great! People say that they must be of God because of the great power or insight that they have!!!!!
Do not think that because something, someone or some ministry appears to be “great” it is of God automatically. Untold million are deceived this way.
Did you know that King Saul had within him a mixture of spirits? He committed suicide on the battlefield after consulting a witch!
This is not the way to hunger after God. You do not elevate anyone ever for their fame, insights, so-called miracles or supernatural doings.
Most of the illegitimate signs, wonders and insights these days are by people weak in spiritual character, who secretly want to elevate themselves. They want recognition and acceptance. They have a pride problem backed by Satan. They want you to “hunger” for them and not God’s truth through faith.
If you set your heart to blindly follow and hunger after any individuals, you will be led astray. You will not find the depths of God.
Acts 13:8-12 “Elymas the sorcerer withstood them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith. Then Saul, also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him and said, ‘O full of all deceit and all fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease perverting the straight ways of the Lord? And now indeed the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you shall be blind, not seeing the sun for a time.’ And immediately a dark mist fell upon him, and he went around seeking someone to lead him by the hand. Then the proconsul believed...”
Acts 16:16-19 “Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune telling. This girl followed Paul and us and cried out, saying, ‘these men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.’ But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, ‘I command you in the name of Yeshua, the Messiah, to come out of her.’ And he came out that very hour. But when her masters saw that their hope of profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas...”
What an incredible situation! Please note that it does Satan no harm to uplift the servants of God. Satan himself told the truth in this verse above. He said that these men were servants of God and they were. But there was an evil hidden agenda. Paul saw through the self-promotion!
Be very careful of individuals or entire ministries excessively promoting themselves, Watch out for manipulation – it is deadly. Watch out for hidden financial agendas. In most cases they are using our Lord as their sponsor. Be careful of people or ministries who reject you because you question them and their motivations.
Now, do you want to get closer to our Lord? Do you want progress in your hunger after Him? Read the verse below:
2 Timothy 3:8-13 “As Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth; men of corrupt minds, disapproving concerning the faith; but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all.”
These men resisted the truth. Can I say that again? They resisted the truth. They had only bits of it that suited them. They rejected the truth that they deemed objectionable! They could progress no further!
There are untold millions in this category. They are stuck where they are. They can’t go any further even though they may want to. How many churches do you know that are stone dead? They are stuck in a perpetual rut. They will not open themselves to all of the truth.
People who have been directly involved in the occult should never be in the ministry. Of course they can be saved and forgiven, but there is almost always a problem of them falling back somewhere along the line.
If you have been directly involved in the occult, Satan regards you as his possession and ownership and he will not easily let you go. He may release you for a time. You have created a situation for yourself that is almost impossible. You need to be actively on your guard all the time!
A word of warning: Don’t ever contemplate getting into occult activity. It is often irreversible – don’t take the chance!
My friends, if you as a believer do not grow in the things of God you will remain thoroughly worldly and you may think that’s fine, but read on!
1 Corinthians15:19 “If in this life only, we have hope in Messiah, we are of all men most pitiable.”
James 3:15 “This wisdom (demonic) does not descend from above, but is earthly (worldly), sensual (self), demonic.”
Note from the verse above, that believers who are worldly, are descending and declining. It goes from worldly ways to self-orientation to being demonically driven. The direction is down.
The way out of the devil’s traps:
Many times people who’ve been involved in the occult feel trapped. There’s a good reason for that. In the Bible, the word used for “divination,” which includes most of those satanic activities, is “python.” (Strong's G4436)
A python is a snake that kills its prey by coiling around it and strangling it. The spirit of “python” does just that. It slowly squeezes the breath and life of God out of you.
In these evil days many will turn to Satan for help because modern churches are not setting them free. Don’t ever make a deal with the devil. It will trap you, and ultimately strangle you to death.
God does not mince his words in this regard. He calls you an “abomination” if any of these satanic activities are in you, or you participate in them. He turns a deaf ear to your prayer.
The way out is through genuine, real and complete repentance. There is always a price to pay in this regard. In most cases it’s a visible, demonstrative act of repentance that is the first step.
This involves the sacrifice of all contacts and identification with the items of the occult. Burn every book, idol or contact item. Destroy them all. Don’t sell them. Don’t give them away – burn them. Then you need to forsake the people involved as well. If you don’t say goodbye to them all, you are on thin ice, with fire below.
I tell you now, with the authority of God, if you do not, forsake it all you will not get free.
To be truly free you need to solidly repent, set your heart, mind and soul to love the truth, and fear our God in all humility as you come to him in surrender.
You need to embrace the cleansing cross of Calvary and learn what it means to take up your own cross daily.
1 Thessalonians 5:21 “Test all things, hold fast to what is good and right, and abstain from every form of evil.”
Some helpful verses in this regard:
Psalm 25:9 “The humble He guides in justice, and the humble He teaches His way.”
Psalm 19:9 “The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever.”
Job 28:28 “To man He said, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord that is wisdom...”
Proverbs 8:13 “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate.”
Proverbs 14:26-27 “In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, and His children will have a place of refuge. The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to avoid the snares of death.”
Proverbs 22:4 “By humility and fear of the Lord are riches, honour and life.”
Consider your ways:
2 Corinthians 13:5 “Examine yourselves to see if you are in the faith...”
Psalm 144:4 “Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow.”
James 4:14 “...What is your life? It is even a vapour that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”
Here today, gone tomorrow. Yes maybe, from the perspective of the world, but no one is ever truly “gone.” What is gone is the moment, the vapour, the mist of our lives on earth, which includes our opportunity to make eternal good of our lives – God’s way.
Seeking and finding our Lord in a more intimate and deeper, growing way, involves forsaking a lot. It is costly. It is not some cheap easy-believism, as present by many today. It is not for sissies and spiritual slobs.
This why so few will find Him in that special way – they are not prepared to pay the price! They are the original cheapskates! Are you a spiritual cheapskate?
Psalm 2:11-12 “Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in your way...Blessed are those who put their trust in Him.”
By the way, the verse above most certainly includes praise and worship in service to the Lord. Today most praise and worship is devoid of the fear of the Lord – totally! Sometimes, after watching some praise and worship, I think I would have got more from Led Zeppelin or Jethro Tull!
My friends, having a diligent heart after God is the way to truth, safety, fulfilment and glory!
I took this picture of the remains of a Camel-Thorn tree in the beautiful Namib Desert.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!