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- After going through the news networks, we are still in this prophetic impasse. There are of course many things happening here and there, but nothing of major prophetic immediacy.
- Turkey threatens to launch "imminent operation" in Syria provoking Russia's anger! Echoes of Eekiel 38! (19 February)
These will change on Sundays or as the Lord leads.
Psalm 78:31-34 “The wrath of God came against them...in spite of this they still sinned, and did not believe in His wondrous works, therefore their day He consumed in futility and their years in fear. When He slew them, then they sought Him; and they turned and sought diligently for God.”
Isaiah 5:20 “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil; who put darkness for light and light for darkness; who put sweet for bitter and bitter for sweet! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes.”
Jeremiah 23:22 “If they had stood in My counsel, and had caused My people to hear My words, they would have turned them away from their evil ways and doings.”
1 Corinthians 2:15 “He who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one.”
Romans 16:17 “Note those that cause divisions contrary to the doctrine which you have leaned, and avoid them.”
Shabbat (Sabbath) begins on Fridays at 6pm and ends on Saturdays at 6pm. The purpose of this report is to help the church and Israel become reconciled in Messiah.
21st February 2020
Shabbat Shalom to all!
Generally speaking firstly:
I have shortened the main editions from an average of 3500 words to about 2500 words. This makes for easier reading without skipping sections, which people do, if it’s long. The Sabbath Report remains at about 1000 words on average. I have also increased the font size slightly.
Don’t miss Edition 510, the new one, entitled “Falling away from what?” I have some exciting material on prophecy and the rapture for you amongst some other things.
Dealing with Bible prophecy is very exciting and extremely important, but we also need to know how to sit down, shut up, and wait as well. (Believe me, I don’t like waiting either.)
The problem is if we don’t wait when required, we can get bent out of shape with all sorts of strange, untrue revelations and presumptions which are way off. It’s easy to get ahead of things and into trouble.
Right now we are in the waiting room on the railway siding. What’s that puffing sound I hear getting closer?
Okay, let’s get into today’s message:
How to go to hell - It’s very easy!
■Firstly, you must believe that there is no hell, and that even if there is, a loving God would not send anyone there. That’s your first giant step to hell.
■Stay ignorant of the truth and deny that God-created little voice in your heart saying that He and His word is truth. – “Suppress the truth in your unrighteousness.” (Romans 1:18)
■Use your human reasoning to get rid of your conscience.
■Exalt and enthrone yourself and your opinions as a god.
■Deny and cast down the essential, truth of the cross of Calvary and the resurrection.
■Deny the fact that God calls sin – sin! Be a law unto yourself, with your own worldly-wise ways. Grey out biblical light and merge it with darkness.
■Believe that you are very important, and in no need of repentance and correction. Just stay as you are – you can be wonderfully successful and happy on your own – you can do it.
■Believe that God, (if there is a God) will save you because you are more good than bad.
■Deny the existence of Satan and his power. Deny the existence and influence of demons.
■Deny the truth that salvation is exclusive and only for those who are truly born-again of the Spirit of God. While you’re about it, you might as well deny Yeshua, God, and the Holy Spirit.
■Obey the voices and actions of the masses. Be informed by them. Follow their traditions customs, ways, entertainment, fun and doings. Be one of the crowd and don’t rock the boat.
■Believe the mass-media and surrender to their authority.
■Believe that all religions are equal with their own legitimate way to the same God.
■Give yourself to ministers who themselves are not born again and Spirit filled.
■Believe that you’re a Christian because you went to church on Easter and Christmas.
■Learn how to lie to yourself, trust in yourself, and believe the lie that you don’t need a Saviour.
■Live for the here and now, and focus all your attention on money and materialism. Live for “me now”.
■Love the world and it’s wisdom and serve it unquestioningly.
■Believe in and exalt all gods, read your horoscopes, uplift your fortune teller, clairvoyant and witchdoctors.
■Flaunt your sexual adventures, practises, and beliefs. Give yourself over to lust.
■Deny God’s definition of family and in fact God’s definition of everything!
■Learn how to hate Jews and real Christians.
■Thrive on pride and live a carefree life. Live in external peace getting rid of anything that convicts your conscience.
Here are some of the matching verses: James 4:4, Romans 12:2, Mark 8:36, John 16:33, 1 John 2:16 and many more.
How to get to heaven:
●Only the love of God demonstrated upon the cross can save you. ●Take up your own cross daily once His cross has saved you. ●Recognise that you are incapable of saving yourself, a sinner in need of repentance. ●Call on our Lord in all sincerity, to save you. ●Be baptised in water and in the Spirit. ●Reject all your rubbish that has kept you away from God. ●Make it your determined effort to follow our Lord, believe and do His word. ●Fully surrender to the truth of the Bible. It is true even if no one in the world believes it! ●Set your heart to love and get to know our Lord more and more. ●Get into fellowship with like minded believers. ●Ignore the rejection of friends of the world. ●Take up and use your spiritual gifts and weapons. ●Write down your vision, progress and spiritual goals and desires. ●Do something memorable, dramatic and demonstrative at your major spiritual milestones. ●Be different.
Love the Lord with all your heart mind soul and strength.
Pray for our Lord to cleanse and re-sensitise your conscience. Then Your renovated conscience, in tune with the Holy Spirit will lead you and approve you before God.
The most incredible thing is that when you get saved, God does not count or remember any of your sins. The slate is clean so that you can move forward unhindered and in confidence. But for those who remain unsaved, they are dead in their sins, weighed down and fully condemned forever. (2 Corinthians 5:19, John 3:16-19)
The greatest tragedy of all is that most people carry on living for self. without even questioning which road they're on!
New and old believers, welcome to glory and eternity.
Edition 489: October 1st 2019
These are words of life!
If you, believing that you are a Christian, get left behind at the rapture of the church, it means that you are not really saved. Ultimately, you will have no excuse. But all is not lost!
A professing Christian is only a true Christian if born-again of the Spirit of God. A person who claims to be a Christian because he goes to a church, sings songs, and prays, or is not a Jew or Muslim, is not a Christian. The Bile speaks in numerous places of many and few. Many who will not be saved who thought they would, and few who will be saved.
If you have any doubts about your salvation, I strongly suggest you read the verses listed under the tab “Salvation” on the right hand side of this website. Read them and do them.
In this edition I want to paint a picture of what sort of world the left behind will be left to.
You cannot make sense of what is going on in this crazy world without a thorough knowledge of God’s word, and particularly the prophetic word. Only the word of God informs you of what is really going on and why, and what you must do about it.
Immediately after the rapture, heaven will be out of your reach. There is no second rapture or second chance at being caught up to meet the Lord in the air, and no second invitation to attend the marriage feast of the Lord in heaven.
As a left behind one, you will go with the world, immediately into the tribulation period, which begins immediately and not later as some false teachers claim.
The events that will start the tribulation period:
The events of the tribulation will come about suddenly, in one day. They will begin in a moment in the twinkling of an eye!
There are a number of things that the Bible groups together. They will happen at the same time or very close to one another. They are: ●The ending of the church age or dispensation. ●The start of the seven-year tribulation period (Daniel’s 70th week). ●The rapture of the true born-again church. ●The removal of the restrainer, which is the Spirit-filled church. ●The identification of and release of the antichrist. ●The signing of a peace covenant for seven years.
These events all occur simultaneously. There is no inter-dispensation time-period.
The Old Covenant began in an instant as Moses came down from the mountain with the law cast in stone. (This was on the original day of Pentecost.) The Old Covenant ended in an instant as the Holy Spirit descended and the law was transferred from stone, to the hearts of man. This was on the day of Pentecost as the church age or dispensation began.
Likewise, the church age will end in a moment at the rapture. Then the next dispensation, the seven-year tribulation (Daniel’s 70th week) begins immediately. If not, where do those who die in the interim period go? Are they heaven bound or Millennium bound?
1 Thessalonians 5:2-3 “You yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say ‘peace and safety, then sudden destruction comes upon them as labour pains and they shall not escape.”
The term “Day of the Lord” above is a reference to the entire tribulation. There is a verse where the “Day of the Lord” is a reference to the final day of the tribulation and there is also a verse where it relates to the entire church age. You must go by context.
Here we see that the context is the tribulation period as the words “peace and safety” relate to the coming signing of the peace covenant of Daniel 9:27 at the start of the tribulation.
Note that the people crying “peace and safety” will not escape!
Interestingly the original word used in the verse above for “peace” is not the regular word. It is: Strong’s: “Peace” G1515. Meanings: National peace, or a political peace treaty.
The original word used for “sudden” is Strong’s G160 meaning: Sudden, unforeseen, or unexpected.
Note what the verse above does not say: It does not say, “When they say peace and safety then comes peace and safety for three and a half years!” It does not say, “Then comes a delay for anything up to ten years before the tribulation begins”! The coming destruction of the tribulation period will be sudden, severe and will run right through the seven year period, intensifying to a crescendo in the last half. No unsaved people will escape it!
So, if you miss the rapture, you are in for untold hell on earth. Amongst other names, the tribulation is called: The day of sorrows, the wrath of God, the indignation, the day of vengeance, and a time like never was nor ever shall be again!
It’s good to remember that God’s love includes severity and the judgment of sin and evil, to create real peace, safety, harmony, glory and all things godly good!
The God of a second chance:
So, if you are left behind at the rapture, is it all over for you? Are you hell-bound?
It most certainly is all over in terms of the destination of the true born-again church. It is all over in terms of hell on earth – the tribulation period. But no, you will still have a second chance to get and be saved in the tribulation.
You will then become what we call “the tribulation saints.” A great many people, both Jew and Gentile will be saved in the tribulation. What constitutes salvation in the tribulation will not be the same as it is now in the church age. People will be saved, but not born-again of the Spirit as we are.
The destination of those saved in the tribulation will be the new Millennium.
There will be a huge number of people who will not respond to salvation in the tribulation. They will become supernaturally motivated and driven enemies of God and His work and will end up in hell.
Here are a few phrases I’ve strung together from the Revelation to seven churches. Note again – these are messages to the churches:
“I will remove your candlestick from its place.” “I will spew you out of my mouth.” “I will cast you into great tribulation.”
Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.”
The judgements of the tribulation are a great horror. The judgement of the believer for reward is a great honour!
Rapture, resurrection, judgement and the display of the rewarded believer to the universe, will once and for all demonstrate the glory of God’s correctness.
A message from God to the world’s leaders:
Isaiah 14:9 Hell from beneath is excited about you, 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...”
Isaiah 10:13-14 “By the strength of my hand (antichrist) I have done it, and by my wisdom for I am prudent. I have removed the boundaries of the peoples and have robbed their treasuries; I have put down the inhabitants like a valiant man. My hand has found like a nest the riches of the people, and as one gathers eggs that are left, I have gathered all the earth and there was no one who moved his wing, nor opened his mouth with even a peep.”
Ezekiel 28:17-19 “Your heart (Lucifer) was lifted up because of your beauty, you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendour, I cast you to the ground and laid you before kings that they might gaze at you...You have become a horror and shall be no more – forever.”
Isaiah 5:14 “My people have gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge; their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst. Therefore Sheol (hell) has enlarged itself and opened its mouth beyond measure; their glory and multitude and pomp, and he who is jubilant shall descend into it.”
Revelation 17:13-14 “These (nations) are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast...They will make war with the Lamb...”
These verses above are indeed a horror. They speak succinctly of the socio-political world in the tribulation period. They speak of mass control in a one-world system of domination.
Be careful of Satan’s love for you! Tolerance and relevance to the world is a deadly trap. They are the danger words.
How to spot the dangerous false teachers and messages:
Deception is prevalent now, but will be far worse in the tribulation. It will have many of the same characteristics, although it will be more intense and with supernatural manifestations.
Deception always works through those with a spirit of error within them. It always works through those with pride in their hearts. There are many fruits and ways to spot it.
The big common denominators in false messages are an overt or covert anti-Israel bias. Secret Jew hatred lurks in the shadows. They will get worse and worse. They will fool many who will have “itching ears” and who are ignorant of the scriptures.
A major, most important thing to look for or to note amongst any teacher at any time is the place of the cross of Calvary, and the need to take up your own cross. The cross must always be central. Those who don’t teach the cross, very soon teach “another gospel”, full of all sorts of error!
You can make Yeshua easily acceptable to the masses – just remove the cross. You can never be at peace with the world with the cross active in your life. The cross removes Satan. Where there is no cross, Satan is there! The cross separates you from the world and makes you at peace with God.
1 Corinthians 2:12 “We have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given us by God.”
Galatians 1:6-8 “I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Messiah to a different gospel...Even if we or an angel from heaven preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.”
Jeremiah 2:21 “I planted you a noble vine, a seed of highest quality. How then have you turned before Me into the degenerate plant of an alien vine?
Jeremiah 6:17-19 “I set watchmen over you saying, ‘Listen to the sound of the trumpet!’ But they said, ‘We will not listen.’ Therefore hear, you nations and earth...Behold, I will certainly bring calamity on this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not heeded My word, nor My law, but rejected it.”
If you or your church won’t teach eschatology, you have capitulated to the enemy, whose desire is to obscure the importance of end-time doctrine.
Israel it is your time:
Israel it is your time! Immediately after the rapture, God’s salvation will swing over to Israel! Many nations will surround you, Israel and hate you, and try to destroy you. Some nations will love you and support you.
You will be their light in the very dark tribulation world! You are about to shine like never before! Your coming light will be the light of God in you. It will bring salvation amongst the nations, before the nations meet their doom in judgement.
Have a look at the following verses. What a dramatic, incredible picture:
Acts 13:47 “I have set you (Jews) to be a light to the Gentiles that you should be for salvation to the ends of the earth.”
Isaiah 60:2-3 “Behold the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you (Jews), and His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.”
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.”
Zechariah 12:10 “I will pour on the House of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; the they will look upon Me whom they have pierced...”
Romans 11:12 If their (Jews) fall is riches for the world and their failure is riches for the Gentiles, how much more their fullness?”
Romans 11:15 “If their (Jews) being cast away is the reconciling of the world, what will their acceptance be, but life from the dead.”
Ezekiel 20:41-42 “I will accept you (Jews) as a sweet smelling aroma when I bring you out from the peoples and gather you out of the countries where you have been scattered; and I will be hallowed in you before the Gentiles. Then you shall know that I am the Lord, when I bring you into the land of Israel, into the country for which I lifted My hand in an oath to your fathers.”
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.”
Israel’s great sign:
Isaiah 66:19 “I will set a sign among them (Jews)...they shall declare My glory among the Gentiles.”
So, what is this great sign that causes the Jews to declare the glory of God to the Gentiles? This is obviously a tribulation verse, because it is the job of the church to declare the glory of God to the Jews now in the church age.
The sign to the Jews can only be the rapture of the church, leaving them, God’s chosen people behind! That will be the catalyst, the fuse, the spark that ignites salvation amongst the Jews, causing them to get saved and to be the agents of evangelism to the Gentiles!
What incredible drama!
Genesis 28:15-17 “Behold I am with you and will keep you wherever you go and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you. Jacob (Israel) awoke from his sleep and said, ‘Surely the Lord is in this place and I did not know it.’ And he was afraid and said, ‘How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.’”
The verse above should silence every ant-Semite out there and every teacher of replacement theology! If you mess with or change God’s plans and order of things - you are a fool.
In the tribulation period, those left behind will become God-haters. Some will repent, but the masses will go headlong into their great eternal dilemma.
Two attitudes amongst those left behind:
Revelation 16:11 “They blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores and they did not repent of their deeds.” (Verse 21 “They blasphemed God because of plague of hail.”)
Revelation 11:13 “In the same hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell and seven thousand men were killed, and the rest were afraid and gave glory to the God of heaven.”
Note in the verses above that many will turn on and blaspheme God as the tribulation judgements intensify. They will not repent. Note also that some did repent and wisely gave glory to God. But anyone who thinks that this time period will be a pick nick, are greatly mistaken. Just have a look at the following two scriptures.
I can’t even image it:
Revelation 9:6 “In those days (tribulation) men will seek death and will not find it. They will desire to die, but death will flee from them.”
Revelation 6:16-17 “They said to the mountains and rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of His wrath has come and who is able to stand.”
At the end of the day, God is right, pure and holy, and His people will also be right, pure and holy. It is His love that destroys and gets rid of all attacks on His ways, character and plans.
All the nations of the world will ultimately be shot down and destroyed. The world in the Millennium will be a whole new deal – totally different. There will be no United Nations! It will go up in smoke.
There is a new excitement in the spiritual air! Can you sense it? Something is happening in the spirit realm. A transition is already there!
If you are left behind at the rapture, when the shock subsides, turn your eyes upon our Lord. Turn your heart to Him. Turn your ways to Him. Stand with Him and His purposes and above all, receive His word afresh in your hearts and mind. Make it your determined effort to endure through to the end.
You will have a chance to be saved in the tribulation period, but not from the tribulation troubles. You will need great strength and courage to stand. You will not have another chance after that.
Psalm 96:9 “Oh worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him all the earth.”
I took the background picture of the thundering Augrabies Falls in flood, and superimposed the heron which I took in the Okavango, into the picture.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 488: September 24th 2019
These are words of life!
We have one week to go until the Feast of Trumpets, which is the next of the seven to be fulfilled. (30th September – 1st October.) It will see prophetic fulfilment in the ending of the church age and the start of the tribulation period. This is also where the rapture takes place.
It is looking less likely that this feast in a week’s time will be it. A lot still has to be fulfilled. Things can of course all happen very quickly, but if it not now, I will continue to watch and pray for insight.
On the other hand this could be the most exciting week in history! Either way, time is short and we need to be ready now for what is coming. It will come soon!
Last time, I looked at the parallels between the various “end-times” that have shaped world history. The big common denominator being the arising of pride and rebellion. I looked at the “I wills.”
For the believer, the opposite is true. As our Lord approaches, humility towards Him is required.
Proverbs 18:12 “Before destruction, the heart of a man is haughty, and before honour is humility.”
1 Peter 5:5-6 “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble, therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.”
James 4:10 “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you up.”
Some definitions of humility: ●A low view of yourself. ●Freedom from pride and arrogance. ●Being dependant on someone else. ●It is lowliness of mind in the sight of God and His word. It is not grovelling in the dirt. ●The humble have a regular diet of humble pie!
True biblical humility is total surrender to the will, ways and word of God and resistance to the ways, will and word of the world! We are never to humble ourselves to the world-system, the dictates of the flesh and the demonic.
We are to resist the devil, bind the devil and his works, and cast him out. Don’t go on a witch hunt after devils and demons everywhere, but do take required biblical action when necessary. (James 4:7, Mark 16:17, Mark 3:27)
We are to come out of the world, hate our lives in the world and die to the world. Likewise we are to die to self and the flesh nature through the work of the cross. (2 Corinthians 6:17, John 12:25, Colossians 2:20)
None of these things above are defined as humility. So, we need to correctly apply the word to pride and sin and to our lives before Him in humility.
Please understand that as these end-times develop, mankind arises in pride towards God. As Satan sees his demise coming, he pours out wrath and persecution. (Revelation 12:12-13) At the same time, the wise exercise great humility towards God and His word.
Humility before God is a choice. It must be your choice. It is the required ingredient to have God’s knowledge, understanding and wisdom, especially for these end- times.
By the way, Spirit led knowledge is God’s input. Understanding is God’s organising of the knowledge, and wisdom is the application of it all. “Gnosis” is one of the original words for knowledge, but “epi-gnosis” is the word for knowledge that comes from above, by revelation. Similarly, “logos” is the word for ordinary words and “rhema” is the word for the word enlightened by God.
Proverbs 11:2 “When pride comes, then comes shame; but with the humble is wisdom.”
The Bible makes it very clear that there are two sources of wisdom:
James 3:15-17 “This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthy sensual and demonic...But the wisdom that is from above is first pure...”
1 Corinthians 1:19“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent...God has made foolish the wisdom of the wise.”
Surrender in humility to God involves surrender to His word. That means to surrender to the full doctrine of Messiah (Hebrews 6:1-2). It means surrender to a “fully preached gospel” (Acts 20:27), which is the “pillar of all truth” (1 Timothy 3:15).
Obviously this includes the 35% or so of biblical eschatology!
In this time, tragically, more and more spineless, deceived pastors and teachers are not only avoiding eschatology, in their pride – they are even coming against it.
Much of the church today is ignorant and deceived about all these end-time things. They have become targets for the devil! They are moving in pride and not humility! They are surrendered to the god of self and of the world and they can’t even see it.
You need to find reliable sources of eschatology and value them as gold.
Guidance and safety in these dangerous days:
We all need guidance because we are all on an incredible journey. Some will end in eternal suffering and some will end in untold glory – forever.
Psalm 25:9 “The humble He guides in justice, and the humble He teaches His way.”
The world is frantically trying to build its new Babylon – the kingdom of the world. Their new kingdom, just like Babylon is full of sin, and evil, which they rename and then accept.
The kingdom of God is in righteousness and peace. (Romans 14:17)
Satan is the god of this world and also the god of unsaved man. He has always tried to exalt himself and his world above God. His agents – the world-system, fallen man and the demonic are his prime tools to build his new world of counterfeit peace.
Remember that Satan wants to turn mankind into a god that he can control, and he wants a world that he can control. Now have a look at these verses:
Satan said to Eve, “You will be like God” if you eat of the tree. (Genesis 3:5) That was a big lie. But here is the truth: God says to us: “We will be like Him!” (1 John 3:2)
What an amazing thing: “You will be like God” or “You will be like God!”
Do you see it? “You will be like God”, Satan’s way, without the cross, is the way to be like the god of this world – Satan. But those who humble themselves now in this life under the true God will be like God in the resurrection! How amazing is that? (Yes it is already a done deal in Him, but we still await the manifestation of it.)
Not only will we be like Him, our new world is something so glorious in every respect that we can’t even fully imagine it! Our new world that is coming soon will be the most exquisite splendid, superb, flawless, incomparable creation ever.
Psalm 149:4 “The Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation.”
Satan’s new world, like his new man, will be a failure. His new tribulation-filled world will be the protective home of sin, evil and wickedness, all with the common purpose of exalting and worshipping Satan and dethroning God.
Be sure of this: There are two kingdoms and you will be part of one of them forever.
One of the many required ways to spiritual safety in this day is to fall before the entire word of God. You need to receive it all and not edit out, what you don’t like. You are not to remove or change any part of scripture. You are not to avoid Bible prophecy.
1 Thessalonians 5:19 “Do not quench the Spirit, do not despise prophecies.”
May I share a personal testimony: Early in my Christian life, I was told of and realised the importance of the Bible. I often walked around holding my Bible on top of my head. I often bowed down on the floor to it. For me that was symbolic of the realty of surrender to the word. For me doing something demonstrative accompanied by radical prayer – worked. I often do demonstrative things with other things too. It works and also makes people think you’re nuts, which I like, because it means they’re nuts. I have now studied my Bible for over 40 years and still can’t get enough!
You don’t just drift out of sin in your life. Yes it has been defeated once and for all by the cross, but in our flesh or soul-life the battle must still be fought. And let me tell you that it is not a hard battle when you begin by changing your thought life and you are led by the Spirit.
Our new world will be characterised by holiness forever. The world’s new world will be a stench of sin. The new world of the unbeliever will last for a very short time and then it will last for a very long time in hell itself.
The “glory” of this world will go up in the smoke of judgment. The destruction of God will show no respect for all the Ferrari’s and Lamborghini’s in the world. Everything that man esteems highly will become a pile of ashes. Go tell that to your local Ferrari dealer!
There are so many pressures today from so many sources. There is really only one way to safety and that is through humility and its product of applied knowledge, understanding and wisdom of God’s word.
You must know your Bible, led by the Spirit extremely well in these days. You must be radical about it! You must be diligent in the extreme. Days of great regret and many tears lie ahead for many Christians who have been slobs in their seeking of our Lord.
Many so-called Christians who get left behind at the rapture will become angry with God instead of themselves. They will turn to the occult, witchcraft and deceivers. Of course many will repent and become tribulation saints. They will still have an opportunity to shine like jewels before God.
Have a look at this astounding portion of scripture:
Malachi 3:16-17 “Those who feared the Lord spoke to one another and the Lord listened and heard them. So a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the Lord and who meditate on His name. They shall be mine, says the Lord of hosts, on the day that I make them My jewels and I will spare them as a man who spares his own son who serves him.”
The following verses have the headline: “The Great Day of God.” So, one could extrapolate from this that those written in this book are those who are “spared” and are those of the pre-tribulation rapture.
Note the key points: ●They feared the Lord (humility before Him). ●They spoke with one another (had like-minded fellowship) ●They were known for knowing the word.
This is not the Lamb’s book of life. This is a special book for those who have specially excelled! Don’t you think it is amazing that God Himself would write a book with the names of His favourites in it? He calls the “jewels.”
Don’t tell me that God does not have favourites. That’s your tradition. Yes He has no favourites in terms of the foundation of salvation, but He most certainly does in other areas.
I believe that many reading these words are already written indelibly, by God in this book!
People today live in a world of usurped authority and as a result, they are led into misinformation, myths, evil traditions and pure deception. They have opened themselves to be controlled by the ultimate, secret, camouflaged controller.
Submission and obedience to God’s authority is a very wonderful thing. It actually sets you free in liberty from the dictates of the flesh and the world, and above all it gives you spiritual insight.
In the tribulation period, people will be exposed to the mark of the beast, which will be a control mechanism and a unifier to create subservience. The new digital man is dead, hell-bound puppet.
Humility and Israel:
Humility is required to see God’s call and plan for Israel.
Jeremiah 13:15-16 “Hear and give ear; do not be proud, for the Lord has spoken. Give glory to the Lord your God, before He causes darkness, and before your feet stumble on the dark mountains, and while you are looking for the light, He turns it into the shadow of death and makes it dense darkness.”
Ezekiel 7:7, 10-11 “Doom has come to you, you who dwell in the land, the time has come, a day of trouble is near and not of rejoicing...Behold the day! Behold it has come! Doom has gone out; the rod has blossomed, pride has budded. Violence has risen up into wickedness.”
In these two dramatic verses above, we see the blinding effects of pride relating to Israel and her fall. The same is true for the world and its blinding pride on Israel’s coming repentance and salvation.
Just like the keyword for homosexuality is “pride” the keyword for anti-Semitism and replacement theology is “pride” resulting in the blindness it creates.
How can you go into spiritual warfare in ignorance and blindness to God’s choice and will? Show me an anti-Semite or minister of replacement theology and I will show you a blind, ignorant, deceived man, riding the beast into his own personal soon-coming Holocaust.
►2 Chronicles 6:6 “I (God) have chosen Jerusalem that My name may be there...”
►Zechariah 3:2 “The Lord said to Satan, the Lord rebuke you Satan! The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you.”
►1 Chronicles 21:1 “Now Satan stood up against Israel...”
►Job 41:34 “Satan is king over the children of pride.”
These few verses above should shock a bit more than the socks off the anti-Israel crowd. It should shock them to their boots, but alas, they are too thickly blinded and deceived to even know that their boots are standing in an ocean of cow dung.
Suffering, signs, spirits, eyes, rapture and glory!
Zechariah 3:8-9 “Hear O Joshua the high priest, you who have companions who sit before you, for they are a wonderful sign; for behold, I am bringing forth My Branch. Behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua: Upon the stone are seven eyes. ‘Behold, I will engrave its inscription,’ says the Lord of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.”
I have never seen an appropriate analysis of the verse above. Perhaps it is because it is for this time!
►Who are Israel’s “companions?” This is often a term for Gentile believes who are companions of the Jews. Can we say that they are the born again church? – Yes we can.
►What is the “wonderful sign” that they are? It is the recognition by the Gentile church of the Jewish Messiah as theirs, but it will also be a spectacular unprecedented sign to the Jews, when the church is taken in rapture.
► “Bringing forth My Branch” is the return of the Lord.
► “Seven eyes upon a stone,” is symbolic of the seven Spirits of the Lord, the seven gifts of the Spirit in the church, and the seven churches of the Revelation. We the church, are built on the “stone (Rock). We the church, are also called “living stones.” That would give us “eyes upon a stone”! This also has connotations of spiritual insight and wisdom.
Now comes the spectacular dramatic event that will crown history!
► “I will take away the iniquity of the land (Israel) in one day.”
How can that be? How can the sin of a nation (Israel) be removed in one day?
How long does the rapture take? It happens in a split second on one day. The church will be gone that quickly. What a shock those who are still unsaved in Israel will get! If ever there is something that will cause immediate repentance and salvation, it will be the fact that God has taken the church and left them – the chosen people!
We know that God is opening the veil of blindness. We know that He is doing the work, which began when Israel was born in one day in 1945 (Isaiah 66:8).
Did God give us a precedent? Did He show us things to come beforehand? Yes He did. Israel’s national salvation in one day was a precedent and forerunner of their soon coming spiritual salvation in one day too! (John 16:13, Isaiah 42:9)
Isaiah 66:8-10 “Who has heard such a thing? Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion travailed she gave birth to her children...Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad with her, you who love her...”
If you have been influenced by the deception of the Revelation 12 sign teachers, please wipe your mind clean. If not it will cloud your vision. The nation giving birth in a day is Israel, not the church.
Here is an interesting exposition of the word “travailed” from the verse above:
Travailed: Strong’s H2342 –“Chuwl.” Meanings: Travail, writhe, twist, suffer, torture, distress, fear, tremble, be in great pain. (These are characteristics of the tribulation.)
This has a double reference to it. The verse is speaking of Israel’s national birth in a day as well as Israel’s coming spiritual birth in a day caused by the shock of the rapture – as she goes into the tribulation period!
Do you see how neatly that all fits together?
Isaiah 66:19 “I will set a sign among them (Jews)...they shall declare My glory among the Gentiles.”
Your life and set of circumstances is ordained of God in the sense that what you do with it all determines your eternal state. You only have one life to make your choices. They are more important than you can imagine.
Psalm 145:1 “I will exalt You, my God, O King and I will bless Your name forever and ever.”
Proverbs 3:34-35 “Surely He scorns the scornful, but gives grace to the humble, the wise shall inherit glory, but shame shall cover the legacy of fools.”
Psalm 40:4 “Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust, and does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.”
Can you hear the trumpet? Can you hear the knocking on your door?
I took this picture at sunset on the Chobe River – Botswana.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 487: September 17th 2019
These are words of life!
I’ve said many times of late – time is short, very short! It’s time to set your heart will, mind and soul after our Lord and His word. It’s time to repent – NOW. The King is coming!
Wherever you find repeating patterns of events and consequences in the Bible – you’re onto something. You better take note so that you don’t become another victim of history.
There are a number of “end-times” revealed in the Bible. ●We have the original end-time of the rule and reign on earth of Lucifer, resulting in the pre-adamic fall and destruction of the world that then was. ●We have the end-times of Adam and Eve and the dispensation of innocence, resulting in the fall which saw the curse of sin enter the world. ●We have the end-times of the world of sin and evil in the days of Noah. ●We have the end-times of the world dynasty of Babylon. ●We have the end-times of all the world empires like Rome. ●We have the end-times of the modern world-system. ●We have the end-times of the Millennial world.
Each of these “end-times,” although they span world history, has amazing, consistent, repeating patterns that are evident in each of them.
They all have one major ingredient, which is pride leading to their destruction. But as each end-time approached the pride and rebellion to God increased dramatically. This is exactly where we are now, and there are dozens of lessons to be learnt.
These great and tragic manifestations of end-time pride are characterised by the cry of Satan-filled man and the whole world-system: “I will” and “me now.”
Pride almost always turns to a curse in a person’s life if not dealt with.
These lessons become significant because of their repeating patterns and consequences.
2 Thessalonians 2:4 “He (antichrist) opposes and exalts himself above God.”
Daniel 11:3 “A mighty king shall arise, who shall rule with great dominion, and do according to his will.”
Satan in the form of the antichrist is called “the wilful king”
Let’s look briefly at some of these ‘end times’:
►The fall of Lucifer and the pre-adamic world:
Isaiah 14:13 “You (Lucifer) have been cut down to the ground. You who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above God; I will sit on the mount of the congregation...I will ascend and I will be like the Most High, yet you shall be brought down to Sheol (hell).” (Note the “I wills”)
►The fall of Adam and Eve:
Genesis 3:6 “When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant too the eyes, she took of its fruit and ate. (I will eat of it) She also gave to her husband and he ate.”
“I will be like God” was the lie they bought into.
►The fall of the world in Noah’s day:
Genesis 6:3-5 “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh...Then the Lord saw that wickedness of man was great in all the earth and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”
2 Peter 2:5 “God did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah , one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood of the world of the ungodly.”
Matthew 24:37 “As in the days of Noah, so also will it be at the coming of the Son of Man...”
The people in Noah’s day thought: “We will not be judged, we will continue as always.”
►The fall of Babylon Genesis 11:3-4 “Then they said, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly. They had bricks for (instead) of stone and asphalt for mortar. They said, ‘come let us build a tower whose top is in the heavens; and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered over the face of the earth.’”
The fall of Babylon was due to the people exalting their will above God’s.
►The fall of all the world empires: These are well documented throughout the Bible. Rome became a God-hating dynasty which was destroyed. (Revelation 2:22 17:2-6, 18:19)
►The fall of the modern world:
Isaiah 24:4-5 “The earth mourns and fades away, the world languishes and fades away; the haughty (proud) people of the earth languish. The earth is defiled under her inhabitants...because they have broken the everlasting covenant.”
Isaiah 24:19-20 “The earth is violently broken and split open. The earth is shaken exceedingly. The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall totter like a hut. Its transgressions shall be heavy upon it...” (Jeremiah 30:7, 11)
Again, as each end-time approaches, wickedness reaches a climax and people dig in with pride and rebellion against God. And each time God destroys them...and the world learns nothing again and again!
Why is modern man so wicked? Because he can! All he is doing is revealing the nature of his god. The arising of you is a terror when you are not submitted to the living God.
Instead of repentance, when judgement upon evil is approaching, all hell breaks loose. We see this classically illustrated in the following verse:
Revelation 12:12-13 “Rejoice O heavens and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea for the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that his time is short. When the dragon saw that he had been cast down to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child” (Yeshua)
Do you see the relationship here between time being short, increasing wrath, and persecution of the godly and truth? This fully manifests in the tribulation. but we are in the forerunner period now.
A very soon-coming great catastrophe:
The world is on the brink of trying to make peace its own way.
You can’t have salvation without the cross, or peace without going God’s way.
Peace is not the main issue – truth is, and bear in mind that God will ultimately bring peace through war, not through the peace efforts of man.
We are now on the verge of the fall of God’s eternal covenant with Israel. This attempt at world peace (Daniel 9:27) in the form of the coming peace treaty will “confirm a covenant between Israel, the antichrist and the many” (world) It will, by default break God’s existing, eternal covenant and arouse His fury and wrath.
Daniel 11:28 “While returning to his land with great riches (antichrist), his heart shall be moved against the holy covenant; so he shall do damage and return to his land.”
Note in this prophecy above that we see the antichrist moving against the holy covenant. That could of course be the cross-bought salvation covenant, but in context it relates to God’s eternal covenant with Israel.
Here are some more shocking verses relating to God’s covenant:
Psalm 89:34 “My covenant I will not break, nor alter My word that has gone out from My mouth.”
Isaiah 28:15-18 “Because you (Israel) have said, ‘we have made a covenant with death, and with Sheol (hell) we are in agreement. When the overflowing scourge (tribulation period) passes through, it will not come to us, for we have made lies our refuge and under falsehood we have hidden ourselves’...Your covenant with death shall be annulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand. When the overflowing scourge (tribulation period) passes through, then you shall be trampled down by it.” Verse 22 “Destruction is determined, even upon the whole earth.”
Daniel 11:32 “Those who do wickedly against the covenant, he will corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong and carry out great exploits.”
Romans 11:29 “The gifts and calling of God (upon the Jews) are irrevocable.”
Daniel 11:36-37 “This king (antichrist) shall do according to his own will: He shall exalt and magnify himself above every god and shall speak blasphemies against the God of gods and shall prosper until the wrath has been accomplished, for what has been determined shall be done. He shall regard neither the god of his fathers nor the desire of women, nor any god, for he shall magnify himself above then all.”
Israel cannot sign any sort of peace covenant with the world, Palestinians, antichrist or anyone, without breaking God’s pre-existing eternal peace covenant made thousands of years ago.
Israel will be duped by the god of this world into thinking a peace covenant is the way to peace. Israel will rise up saying “I will” sign this deal. I will, I will, I will.
As Israel, rebels against God one final time, so God brings judgement in the form of the tribulation, at the same time He opens the veil of blindness upon the Jews to Himself – their Messiah of glory!
Israel, finally says, “I will exalt the Lord!”
What terrifying, wonderful, majestic drama and glory!
The target of the enemy:
In the midst of all this drama, the enemy in the form of the mass-media and its religious side-kicks will try to trip up God! Not very clever! The half-baked church will be a primary tool of the devil.
The enemy will, and is now trying very hard to obscure the cross from the Jews. The relationship and alliance between Israel and the church is absolutely key to Israel’s seeing who their Messiah is.
The command of God to Gentile believers is “Comfort my people” not shoot them down! (Isaiah 40:1) The command of God is to bless them and stand with them.
The churches of replacement theology and many You-Tube ministries think they are doing God a favour by condemning the Jews all over again. As I’ve said before, many of them are of the spirit of Hitler just without gas chambers!
There is a mass of confusion-clubs of Jezebel’s and wizards all at war with the real truth and each other. All are manifesting just like in the days prior to the Holocaust, and they can’t see the blood-stained signposts of WW11.
Far too many churches are silent on the Israel issue. Silence in the face of attack is tolerance. Actually they are true betrayers.
Here is the job of the church, then and now:
Romans 10:14 “How then shall they (Israel) call on Him who they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard and how shall they hear without a preacher.”
False prophets and deceptive spirits lurk in pulpits and pews and all over the Internet!
Have a good, solid look into these incredible two verses below and note the main points:
Jeremiah 23:30-32 “I am against the prophets, says the Lord, who steal My word, everyone from his neighbour. I am against the prophets who use their tongues and say, ‘The Lord says.’ I am against those who prophesy false dreams and tell them and cause My people to err, by their lies and their recklessness. I did not send them.’”
Acts 8:9-10 “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 who they all gave heed, saying ‘This man is the great power of God.’”
These two verses are a clear description of so many of our so-called prophets and teachers today?
It’s tragic when we find all this garbage in the church. We could expect it in the world and its media!
In fact, the world’s media are just like Lucifer – exalting themselves above the knowledge of God.
They speak with false authority backed by multitudes of opinions. Where there is no fear of the Lord, and truth is cast down in the street, there is no fear of their lives being on the wrong track, or fear of sin, or judgement to come. “The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom”.
Right now we are on the very escarpment, the rocky height and cliff-edge with a sheer drop below! The political situation in Israel, with today’s election on the go, political turmoil in so many nations, the liberal left shooting themselves in the foot everywhere in the world at the same time, and all the arising anti-Semitism worldwide – are all signs we are on the edge!
Israel is about to take centre stage again. The “Deal of the Century” is about to be released. War drums are thundering on numerous Israeli horizons. Palestinians, with the world in their lap are gearing up for their final push to claim new frontiers in Israel.
Iran has a new-found weapon – hit the oil market. This can potentially cripple the world economy in a flash! Will the US allow it – no sir!
The world stands on the edge of the precipice with not even a shudder, and not even a look over their shoulder to the truth of God’s word and covenant promise to Israel.
Here are a few of the many verses revealing God’s will, plan and purpose for Israel in these days.
I strongly suggest that you study and know these verses, because they are opposite of the world’s beliefs today:
Numbers 33:50-55 Instructions for the conquest of Canaan: “Moses, speak to the children of Israel and say to them: When you have crossed the Jordan into the land of Canaan, then you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, destroy all their engraved stones, destroy all their moulded images and demolish all their high places...but if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then it shall be that those who let remain, shall be irritants in your eyes and thorns in your sides, and they shall harass you in the land where you dwell.”
Nehemiah 2:19-20 (Nehemiah comes to Jerusalem and views the wall) “But when Sanballat the horronite, Tobiah the Ammonite official and Geshem the Arab heard of it they laughed us to scorn and despised us saying, ‘What is this thing that you are doing? Will you rebel against the king?’ So I answered them and said to them, ‘The God of heaven Himself will prosper us; therefore we His servants will arise and build, but you have no heritage or memorial in Jerusalem.”
Obadiah 1:10 “For violence (Lit-Chamac, Hamas in English) against your brother Jacob (Israel) shame shall cover you and you shall be cut off forever.”
Isaiah 14:27 “For the Lord of hosts has purposed, and who will annul it? His hand is stretched out and who will turn it back?” (This discourse is centred on the destruction of Assyria, and Philistia, the modern day Palestinians.)
God’s will is not for any sort of arrangement that would see Islam become the majority. God’s will is above democracy!
The answer to “I will:”
Of course there is no harm in strong determination to excel or do your best, but when the “I will” violates God’s will that’s where the problem lies.
The answer is humility before the Lord. The answer is yielding to the word and not the world.
1 Peter 5:6 “Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.”
“I will” is always a matter of choice. “I will humble myself” shows exactly whose responsibility it is!
In these days you must have your daily dose of deep truth.
Pride creates tentacles attached to and enslaved to their creators, disconnected from God.
Clean your roots. Clean your culture. Break free! You must do it!
You must be sealed of God in these days. The seal of the world will lead you to the mark of the beast and the seal of hell!
“I will” in rebellion to God, originates in the heart of Satan, but as an individual, it is your choice to doom yourself or place yourself in line for untold blessings!
Isn’t it amazing that so few churches worldwide have anything at all to say on these prophetic end-time events? Their blinded flock get swallowed by the world’s lies, misinformation and pure non-information of preachers – blinding them.
Failing to tell the whole truth on an issue is not a direct lie, but it has the same consequences of leaving you with gaping holes in your faith. Many say: “We don’t get into this end-time stuff, because it scares people.” That is such common rubbish. Their people are left with plenty of faith and hope in the fallen and fast-falling world!
For many people, the Bible is their worst enemy and for many it is their best friend. There is no middle ground with Yeshua. Likewise there is no middle ground with the Bible.
I took these pictures in the forests of KwaZulu/Natal. This is a lilac-breasted roller.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 486: September 10th 2019
These are words of life!
The Feast of Trumpets, also called Rosh Hashanah (The Jewish New Year) occurs this year on September 29th – October 1st (Leviticus 23:23-25) The seven feasts of the Lord are filled with idioms and important messages that we dare not avoid or ignore.
They plot the course of Israel from Passover to their coming salvation, and they plot the course of the work of God from the cross to the throne, they also plot the course of the major events of Bible prophecy, with many astounding, hidden messages within.
Each of the feasts, in biblical order, has a historic fulfilment as well as a prophetic fulfilment.
The feasts are: ●Passover (the cross), ●Unleavened bread (holiness) ●Firstfruits (resurrection) ●Pentecost (church age) ●Trumpets (rapture /tribulation start) ●Atonement (wrath judgement) ●Tabernacles (Messiah dwelling with us).
In these amazing feasts we see history from the original Passover, representing the events of the cross, the course of the church age, the rapture, the tribulation, the Second Coming and Millennium.
We see the grand plan for Israel from being elected, rejected, regathered, repented and to finally being accepted.
In the feasts we see God’s plan through the ages for Israel and for the church!
In terms of fulfilment, right now we are at the transition from the first four feasts, fulfilled in the events of the cross. We will shortly see the close of the church age and the start of the tribulation period, which are seen the final three feasts. The next due for fulfilment is The Feast of Trumpets.
This may be the most important Feast of the Lord! In this edition, I will outline a few biblical basics and present you with some pure logic, and reveal some amazing messages. We must know what to be aware of, what to look for and what to avoid and ignore.
Basics of the Feast of Trumpets:
Here are some of the meanings of this feast:
Rosh Hashana: Head of the year. Yom Teruah: Day of shofar blowing. Yom Hadin: Day of Judgment. Yom Hazikaron: Days of awe. Yom Hakesesh: Day of concealment. Yom Ha-Zekaron: Day of remembrance. The feast is characterised by: The coronation of the King, the Resurrection day.
This feast day is also known as “The day of which no one knows the day and hour,” because it begins on one of two days - when the new-moon is sighted.
The feast is the start of the “high holy days of awe.”
Leviticus 23:2 “Speak to the children of Israel and say to them: The Feasts of the Lord are, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts.”
Colossians 2:16-17 “Let no one judge you in food or in drink or regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Messiah.”
We see in the verses above that they are the feasts of the Lord. They are a holy convocation and that they are the shadows of things to come. We dare not remove them or change their order.
By the way you could quite accurately say that the Babylonian / Catholic created feasts of Easter and Christmas in which the pig is substituted for lamb at the main meal, is of the false, counterfeit lord!
1 Corinthians 10:11“All these things (Old Covenant) happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages has come.”
The feasts are not exclusively for Israel as some teach. Our Lord, as well as the apostles and the early church all participated in the feasts. The rejection of the importance of the feasts is a brick in the wall. We must tear it down to build up. (Jeremiah 31:28)
I’m not suggesting that born-again Christians need to partake in the feasts in a legalistic manner, but we should know them, know their messages, approve of them, bless them and support them. For the many that do practice them – they already know that there is a blessing upon it.
The Hebrew month of Elul (preceding Rosh Hashanah, which begins in the month of Tishrei.) traditionally sees the trumpet blown once a day to warn the people to be ready and return to the Lord. However on one day the trumpet is not to be blown. This is called the “hidden day” Elul 29, the day of release at end of a Shemita year. The symbolic reason is to hide the coming event from Satan. This also ties in with the words of our Lord: “No one knows the day or hour.”
Traditionally, on this feasts, apples dipped in honey are eaten. Pomegranates are eaten. The crown of the pomegranate when viewed from above forms a perfect Star of David pattern. In fact that is the origin of the national symbol of Israel, which comes from the pomegranates attached to the robe of the high priest.
The Feast of Trumpets begins as the new moon is sighted, beginning the Hebrew New Year. It is the only feast that begins at a variable time. It could be one of two days, because the sighting of the new moon could be on either day.
So, no one knows the exact day or hour. When the new-moon is sighted by two witnesses, the Shofar sounds and the Feast begins.
The word “Shofar” (trumpet) in Hebrew is Strong’s H 3104 – Yowbel. Meaning a rams horn trumpet. But did you know that “Yowbel” is also the word for “Jubilee?” There’s a message in that!
Rabbi Jonathan Cahn’s new book, “The Oracle” is excellent. He deals with some of this tie up between jubilee and shofar in the book.
There is a very interesting Greek word used for “trumpet” on some occasions in the Bible:
Trumpet: Strong’s G4536 – Salpigx: Meaning a shaking, quivering or reverberating sound.
This word refers more to the sound than the trumpet itself. In other words a shofar can make a salpigx sound if blown accordingly.
This feast is full of trumpets blasts, more than one hundred, all of incredible meaning.
Here’s the interesting thing: At the end of the trumpet blasts the last trump sounds. It is a slow, shaking, quivering reverberating sound.
But why that and what does it mean? Read on!
The last trumpet and the twinkling eye:
1 Corinthians 15:51-52 “Behold I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep (die) but we shall be changed, in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye, at the last trump. For the trumpet will sound and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”
In this exciting discourse above, Paul is using analogies that would be very familiar to the early church, with its largely Jewish membership and background. He is using the lingo of the feasts!
Some say that the “last trump” is the same last trump used by John on Patmos in the Revelation. Quite simply, the Revelation had not yet been written when Paul was writing, so he could not have been referring to that “last trump” There is a last trump for Israel at the end of the tribulation and a last trump for the church age.
Let’s step back a moment. There are 101 trumpet blasts to be made on the Feast of Trumpets. They are required to have a variety of durations, with the last blast, being the long quivering blast.
Here are the blasts:
Tekiah = 1 long blast. Shevaim = 3 short blasts Teruah- 9 quick blasts in quick succession. The three groups of blast are repeated three times and then again eleven times. This adds to 99 blasts. The one missing blast would make it 100. So, the last trump is the 100th.
The term “last trump” is very specific. In fact the word is “trump” and not trumpet, which could mean any trumpet. The word “trump” in the Oxford Dictionary refers to a particular blast or sound from a trumpet.
This is very important! Why must the last trump be the long shaky, reverberating, quivering blast? It is because it represents a powerful, great shaking! It represents the start of the tribulation period, where everything that can be shaken will be shaken. The rapture occurs right at the beginning of this great world shaking!
The last trump then, is distinct from all the other trumpet sounds or notes of the Feast of Trumpets.
Let’s go back to our key verse above (1 Corinthians 15:51-52). The word “moment” in the original is “atomo” – the smallest division of time possible. That’s how quick the rapture will be. Then we see another interesting phrase – “twinkling of an eye.”
This is also a powerful idiom originating in the Feast of Trumpets. It relates to when the rapture will happen. The twinkling of an eye is that time period at dusk, just as the sun sets on the horizon forming a brief twinkle.
Is this giving us another clue that this feast will be marked by the rapture, and even that the rapture will occur in the early evening?
So, Paul is using the language and idioms of the Feast of Trumpets in his rapture discourse of 1 Corinthians 15!
Here we see, that the rapture will occur in a blinding flash and then the slow drawn out shaking and quivering of the world in tribulation will begin.
The restrainer of evil, the Spirit filled church will be gone in a flash, with all the God haters rejoicing. This will usher in the greatest shaking and manifestation of evil ever seen.
I suspect that in the tribulation, many who hated the church will wish that it was still here to bring at least some sort of restraint into the world! (Matthew 24:21, Joel 2:2)
Don’t be fooled, the last trump is the great sign and a massive wake-up blast to the Jews, and those left behind.
1 Thessalonians 4:16 “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. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.”
US President Trump:
With all the "trumps" of this feast, some would wonder about the relevance or tie-up with President Trump. I would not go too far with this, but I for one, most certainlt don't think it is a coincidence that we have modern day Trump blast, friendly to Israel at this particular time!
After all it is God who raises up national leaders and brings them down for His ultimate purposes, in His time. (Daniel 2:21)
The nay sayers:
These are the days of required discernment in times of terrible trickery.
As with all important things of God, the devil confuses and brings in doubt, denial and deception.
Jeremiah 6:17 “I have set watchmen on your walls saying, ‘listen to the sound of the trumpet’! But they said; we will not listen.”
Be very sure of this one fact: If there is no last trump to end the church age, the church goes through the tribulation! You can’t have a dispensation of grace still within the Old Covenant dispensation. One must end before the next begins (immediately)
There are many Bible teachers out there who are spiritually banished to Palooka Island. They have no insight and are of the spirit of the world and all its error. Leave them. Even in this issue of the feasts there is a lot of dangerous error out there.
For some reason they hate the Feast of Trumpets most.
If you deny the importance and relevance of the last trump, the reason is generally because you are of replacement theology.
The reason some reject the Feast of Trumpets or change the order of the feasts is to get rid of the pre-tribulation rapture.
There are many familiar verses of scripture written by Paul where he uses very familiar idioms known and respected by the early church, which was mostly Jewish. Today, thanks to the evils of the Catholic church, these idioms and symbols are unfamiliar to the modern church except for some.
Many simply follow each other in the errors. They have come under the same spirits.
Many teach that the rapture will be fulfilled by and in the Feast of Pentecost. If that is so, everything in this edition is meaningless trash. If that were so, what would fulfil trumpets? The order would be out and many things will not add up.
The original Feast of Pentecost was about the giving of the law on this day when Israel was at the foot of Mt. Sinai. Moses came down the mountain with the law in stone on this day. It is therefore prophetically symbolic of the law being changed from “in stone”, to “in our hearts” which occurred on the New Covenant day of Pentecost as the church age began. Acts 2:1-4
The Feast of Pentecost, logically and in order, comes as the Old Covenant closes and the New begins. There are certain aspects of Pentecost that could associate it with the rapture, but then there are also aspects that fit any of the feasts.
The Feast of Pentecost was fulfilled by Pentecost – simple!
And now just to confuse the crowd that say “no one knows the day or hour, not even the Lord.” Here is a verse from the Bible for them to put in their promise box:
Zechariah 14:7 “It shall be one day which is known to the Lord, neither day nor night, but at evening time it shall happen.”
Much false doctrines and errors have the purpose of changing established doctrine and getting rid of key elements of our Christian life. It always knocks on to other doctrines.
God’s desire is for all to be saved. He knows what’s coming and when!
1 Thessalonians 5:9 “God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation.”
Imagine having a terrible life with all sorts of tragedies and things going wrong, remaining unsaved, and then going to hell! Imagine also having a terrible life with all sorts of things going wrong, but getting saved and then going to heaven forever!
The Feasts of Trumpets proclaims the rapture and hell on earth, for seven years. It intensifies to the wrath of God represented in the Feast called Yom Kippur (Days of Awe), but then comes the Feast of Tabernacles, where our God Himself lives with His own family in a whole new dispensation.
What an incredible journey!
The family of God in the very near future will all be united in supernatural wonder and glory – ready or not. (Better to be ready!)
1 Thessalonians 4:14 “For if we believe that Yeshua died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep (have died) in the Lord.”
Psalm 37:18 “The Lord knows the days of the upright and their inheritance shall be forever.”
By obedience to your calling you can live a fulfilled life with meaning purpose plan direction, discipline expectation mission and reward at the end of it all!
I took these two pictures in one of my old favourite places – the Drakensberg Mountains.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 485: September 3rd 2019
The power of the resurrection:
These are words of life designed to impact and change you from within!
Philippians 3:10-11 “May I know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if by any means, I may attain to the resurrection of the dead.”
Here above, Paul, after being saved for many years, asks this profound question. It identifies our subject, of which most people are ignorant – “The power of the resurrection.” Note also that Paul, by no means has a complacent attitude about being resurrected himself.
Philippians 3:20-21 “Our citizenship is in heaven from which we also eagerly wait for the Saviour, the Lord Yeshua, the Messiah, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body...”
The word “transform” above comes from a root word meaning metamorphosis.
It carries the meaning that some of the original will remain, but the transformation will be spectacularly different in so many ways. The new transformation will “conform” to something, or Someone – our Messiah. Lord and Saviour!
The power of the resurrection is not just something related to Messiah. It will soon include you and in fact the whole earth!
If you look at all the characteristics of our Lord after His resurrection, that is just what we will be like, but with our own individual characteristics!
So, at the instant of rapture, a great, great supernatural power will hit us and every single atom of our being will be re-created into something that will put Superman to shame. The power of the resurrection goes much further. It destroys every abode that Satan had in our lives. It transforms our character and personality into something pure and holy. We will have all knowledge.
Talk about power! We will be made of supernatural power!
Power: Strong’s G1411 – “Dynamis.” Meanings: explosive miracle power, might, force, strength.
Let’s have a look into this power that will soon change us, as revealed in the Bible.
This is the power to: ●Be conformed to His likeness in resurrection. (2 Corinthians 3:18) ●It is the power to conquer sin and walk in holiness. ●It is the power to overcome Satan and his demons. ●It is the power to overcome the world. ●It is the power to have sins forgiven. ●It is the power to snatch and grab all believers out of this earth in rapture.
This power will be so forceful and strong and such an incredible mystery that it is unimaginable for us and will shock all those left behind at the rapture.
1 Corinthians 2:9 “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those that love Him.”
Isaiah 64:4 “Since the beginning of the world, men have not heard nor perceived by the ear, nor has the eye seen any God besides You, who acts for the one who waits for him.”
Psalm 31:19 “Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You, which You have prepared for those who trust in You.”
There are so many mysteries of the universe and of the kingdom of God still to be unveiled, which we shall be see, know and even participate in.
This power is at work in us as true believers in a limited form even now.
Ephesians 3:20 “To Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Messiah Yeshua, throughout all ages , world without end.”
The power and the glory:
Resurrection power and the very glory of God are inextricably linked.
1 Chronicles 29:11 “Yours, O Lord is greatness, the power and the glory, the victory and the majesty. All that is in heaven and on the earth is Yours, Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and You are exalted as head over all.”
Psalm 63:2 “I have looked for You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory.”
I know from my own point of view and experience that just thinking and praying over this coming power and glory is a very humbling experience. It takes your breath away!
Obviously the unsaved world are the scoffers and mockers and nay-sayers. But unfortunately many believers, especially those still living for self, and the world are also nay-sayers.
They say that everything is going to carry on just the same. They stagnate with their views, set in concrete. The normal natural world is their standard and focus.
What lies ahead for you is determined by your choice, and what you believe and do about it! If your focus is the world, you are in for misery and great misery is your future.
The more people try to create a better world the more obnoxious, wicked and evil it becomes. They can’t do it. They will always find at the root of the self-life and the world – Satan. Most people are heading in that direction.
They reject everything out of the ordinary, and then call us crazy!
As a believer you must downsize the influence of the world in you – now. You must identify the enemy in your own self-life – the sin-nature and die to it. Get ready for the most important day in your life. This is the day of your death or rapture.
To examine your progress, it’s always a good idea look back and take stock. Look at how many spiritual milestones there are in your life.
In almost all the important things of God, the devil is at work trying to subvert and wreck the things of God. He comes as an angel of light, the chief counterfeiter.
►The counterfeit of the power of the cross is human intellect, and reasoning!
Job 15:8 “Have you heard of the secret counsel of God, or do you limit your wisdom to yourself?”
Acts 17:32 “When they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked, while other said, ‘We will hear you again on this matter.’”
An absolute requirement:
To be saved you must believe in our Lord. But believe what?
You must believe that He is God, You must believe in the substitutionary work of the cross of Calvary. You must believe that He defeated the enemy. You must believe in the resurrection. You must repent! If humanly possible, you must be baptised by full immersion as an adult.
Romans 10:9 “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Yeshua and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Romans 6:5 “If we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly, also we will be in the likeness of His resurrection.”
1 Corinthians 15:13-17 “If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Messiah is not risen...then your faith is in vain...and you are still in your sins!”
The doctrine of the resurrection of the dead is one of the seven all-important key, foundational doctrines of Messiah as revealed in Hebrews 6:2. It is included with the just-as-important doctrine of “eternal judgment.”
Some characteristics of resurrection power:
The power of the resurrection is death to all death. It places you in eternity, in glory forever.
Luke 20:36 (In the resurrection) “Nor can they die anymore...”
Isaiah 25:8 “He will swallow up death forever, and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces. The rebuke of His people He will take away from all the earth.”
John 17:3 “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God and Yeshua the Messiah whom You have sent.”
Romans 8:29-30 “Whom the Lord foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among brethren...These He also glorified.”
Romans 8:22-23 “We know that the whole of creation groans and labours with birth pangs until now, and not only they, but we who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.”
Bear in mind that there are many things that the Bible just hints at, and gives quick glimpses of, that are beyond our imagination. There is an entire universe out there. God did not create it for no reason. It is all part of the dimension of our future.
The resurrection of damnation:
The power of resurrection extends right through to the unsaved. This is the power behind the “impassable gulf” that will forever separate the saved and unsaved. (Luke 16:26)
John 5:29 “The hour is coming when all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth – those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of condemnation.”
Daniel 12:1-2 “At that time, your people (Israel) shall be delivered, everyone who is found written in the book. Many of those who sleep (die) in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.”
Acts 24:15-16 “I have hope in God, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust. This being so, I myself always strive to have a conscience without offence toward God and man.”
Everyone will be raised! Not everyone will be saved. What a terrifying thing to be raised by the power of God and imprisoned in hell, because you trusted in the world and its ways!
Let me tell you, that there are a great many people out there who will not be saved no matter what. So many times, I have heard Christians say, that people will believe if they see supernatural miracles or someone raised from the dead.
Yes, many will respond positively, but some are so set in their ways, nothing will move them.
Luke 16:31 “If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though they see one raised from the dead.”
Israel, your repentance is required by your God – now!
Hosea 6:1-2 “Come let us return to the Lord; for He has torn us, but He will heal us; He has stricken us, but He will bind us up. After two days, He will revive us. On the third day He will raise us up, that we may live in His sight.”
Isaiah 58:8 “Your light shall break forth like the morning, your healing shall spring forth speedily, and your righteousness shall go before you. The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.”
Israel, your time is now, but it is running out fast. You are about to be thrust onto centre-stage and right into the limelight.
You have three choices: See and recognise your Messiah and be saved now. Or go through into the tribulation period where you may be saved. Or remain unsaved and secular.
Churches, what are you preaching?
How many churches are preaching the full gospel as revealed in Hebrews 6:1-2, which includes resurrection from the dead and eternal judgement, as foundational doctrines?
Does your church teach on these things? To be a fully rounded, fully equipped and a growing church, all seven of the doctrines of Messiah must be taught and preached and practiced. The areas in which you compromise will be the areas of your weakness and defeat.
Resurrection is a powerful force, but also a powerful hope in the face of all the storms of life. There is nothing more positive than the hope of resurrection. Tragically, very few churches teach on it.
It’s quite normal to look at the things we can see. But we need to set our eyes on what we can’t see yet, and the very powerful hope of glorious resurrection. (Colossians 3:2, 2 Corinthians 4:18)
Acts 4:33 “With great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Yeshua. And great grace was upon the all.”
Romans 8:18 “I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed in us.”
I’ve said many times and will continue to say so, Once we step into eternity, there is no going back to change things or make things right. It is all signed sealed and delivered – forever.
Don’t give up because of pressures or for any reason at all. Go forward my friend – forward to glory. What is coming is incorruptible glory full or supernatural power, able to transcend the spiritual and the physical. Magnificence and majesty are right before us.
This supernatural resurrection power will also transform this earth and in fact the entire universe, when the time comes around! Hope in our Lord and His work
I took these two pictures in the Namaqualand Desert during flower season. It is flower season again now.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!