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Edition 337: November 9th 2016
The amazing messages of the 7 feasts and the 7 churches:
The amazing messages of the 7 feasts and the 7 churches:
Isn’t it amazing that a book written on average, 2000 years ago by a great many authors, is so full of truth and so relevant for us today? So many of its messages are only coming to light now.
For your benefit, in this edition, I’ve presented you with some of these amazing truths and messages that can only be of supernatural origin and design.
The number seven in the Bible means spiritual perfection and completion. We are going to look at the perfect and complete messages to the seven churches and to Israel in the form of the seven feasts.
Some of these messages overlap, but the main point is that they so accurately plot the course of church history and the course of Israel’s history, both culminating in either the tribulation, or heaven and the Millennium.
This is all about signs, symbols, word meanings, numbers, and hidden messages revealing the ultimate glory of God! It’s a message of trumpets, shofars, menorahs, swords, war-cries, rallying- cries, peace, rest and comfort.
There are many today, who deny that these messages have any relevance for the church or Israel today. They are WRONG!
The feasts of the Lord are divine appointments, with divine prophetic messages. The seven letters are divine prophecies.
The essence of the seven letters and the seven feasts:
The seven letters to the seven churches in Revelation chapters two and three, contain messages for those particular seven historic churches. They contain messages for all believers at any time.
But, amazingly they contain hidden messages that plot the entire course of church history, from its birth to its dual conclusion of some into the rapture and some cast into the tribulation.
The messages contained in the seven feasts of the Lord, likewise contain many wonderful messages for us and the Jews today. The feasts also have powerful symbolic messages for the Jews. But perhaps the most powerful, is the messages plotting the entirety of Jewish history from their birth through to the tribulation and the Second Advent and Millennium.
You can’t lump Israel and the church together. Many have tried and ended up in the satanic swamp of replacement theology, unable to get out. God has a central salvation plan for His people. He knew that His Jewish people would reject Him, rebel, fall, go into captivity and dispersion and then return to Him.
His plan takes all of this into account, and ends up being a great success, but it is not the plan for the church. It is only when you separate and distinguish between Israel and the church and apply the relevant verses that everything falls into place.
Church history in the seven letters:
Explanation of diagram:
This view is the plot of church history. The first three churches represent the time period from their beginning up to their end. The following four churches represent the time periods from their start up to the present and beyond.
Much more on the plot of church history is revealed and contained in the fullness of each message.
The first three now contain the “dead in Messiah” and will be part of the rapture. The last four represent the church world today.
●Ephesus: The word means “beloved.” It represents the early church from about 30AD to 100AD.
●Smyrna: The word means “myrrh” or bitterness. It represents the 10 successive persecutions of the early church by the Romans, in which almost the whole church was savagely killed. This was from around 100AD to 315AD and the advent of Constantine.
●Pergamos: The word means “thoroughly mixed.” This represents the beginning of the fall of the church into the dark ages as paganism was mixed into the church. It represents the time from 315AD to about 600AD and the birth of the Catholic church.
●Thyatira: The word means “Perpetual sacrifice.” This represents the perpetual crucifying of our Lord in the Catholic Eucharist. It represents the satanic, Jezebelic control of the church and the separation of the clergy above the laity. It represents the Catholic created dark ages of mass murder from 600AD through to and into the tribulation.
●Sardis: The word means “Escaping.” It represents the unsuccessful reformation era as the church tired to escape the Catholic, satanic darkness. This church is told “it has a name to live but is dead.” It represents the period from about 1500 through and into the tribulation.
●Philadelphia: The word means: “Brotherly love.” It represents the church that has a love for Israel, knows the word. It represents the period from about 1750 to the rapture. The Hebraic flavour of the church is revealed in Philadelphia church. This church also rejects the ministry of rabbinical Judaism.
●Laodicea: The word means “People ruled.” It represents the ecumenical, denominational, Spirit-less, blind, powerless, lukewarm church which is spat out by our Lord. This is the modern church where all is relevant, valid, greyed-out, and without absolutes. It is the time period from about 1900 into the tribulation.
Do you see the entire history of the church wrapped up here? Of course, if you take the trouble to read the seven messages, there is so much more, and it’s amazing indeed.
The course of Israel’s history:
The seven feasts are primarily for Israel, but contain vital messages for the church as well.
Leviticus 23:2 “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: The feasts of the Lord, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts.”
Leviticus 23:44 “So Moses declared to the children of Israel the feasts of the Lord.”
The seven feasts are:
●Passover: This feast has a double reference for the Jews and the church. For the Jews it represents the original Passover and release from Egyptian captivity. For us it is a reminder of that, but is fulfilled in the cross of Calvary – the complete Passover. Jews are still to see this.
●Unleavened bread: This represents sin as seen symbolically in leaven. This feast represents the cleansing of sin, in the eating of unleavened Matzos, which is “spiked and striped”. This is as far as the Jews see things. For us it represents our Lord’s burial.
●Firstfruits: Israel was called the firstfruits of God (Jeremiah 2:3). It represents the giving of the first offering of the harvest. Today this is as far as the Jews can see. For us it represents the resurrection of our Lord from the dead.
●Pentecost: For the Jews, this feast looks back to the first original Pentecost on the day Moses came down from the mountain with the tablets of stone. This was the original birthday of Israel as the law was given in stone. For us it represents the law being given in our hearts and the birthday of the church as seen in the coming of the Spirit.
●Rosh Hashanah: Now things change! This feast represents the end of the church age, the rapture, and the start of the tribulation period. From here on the church is not included in the following feasts because it has no place in the tribulation. This feast represents the start of the massive judgements upon the earth and Israel, as well as the beginning of their spiritual awakening.
●Day of Atonement: This represents the wrath of God and the second half of the tribulation. Some believe it will be fulfilled in the Second Coming. I have no problem with that, but prefer the wrath of God fulfilment, because of all the parallels. The church has no part in any of this.
●Tabernacles: This feast will be fulfilled in the completion of the salvation of the Jews, and the Second Coming, going through into the Millennium.
Do you see the plot of Israel’s entire history right here in these feasts?
Today there are many people who deny the messages of the feasts of the Lord, by saying that they were all fulfilled in and by the church and there is no further fulfilment coming.
These are people of replacement theology – “buyer beware.”
The unholy convocations of the church:
The church has largely ignored the warnings and messages in the seven letters to the churches. It has totally ignored the messages contained in the feasts of the Lord. Instead it has given reverence and all-importance to Satan’s convocations founded in Babylon.
The traditions of the Baal worshippers were taken, some slightly modified others not, by the Catholic church and infused into the church and presented as truth.
To create a Jew-unfriendly church the Catholics introduced many of these evil traditions, which today remain deeply rooted in the church. These include:
●Christmas, ●Easter, ●Lent and others.
The dual message of the seven churches and the seven feasts:
As we look at all these messages together, there are some startling facts we would all do well to take serious note of, because this is God’s view, summation, plot and plan!
We see that only two of the seven churches are safe, Philadelphia and Smyrna. The others are mixed with severe warnings like, “If you don’t repent, you’ll be removed.” If you read through the seven letters in one go you will be shocked to see just how severe and critical it all is.
As we look at the seven feasts we see that because Israel is still largely blind to and rejects the fulfilment of Passover (the cross) they go blindly, unsaved, into the tribulation period.
So here we see the severe destination of the spiritually blind both of the church and Israel.
Many other passages tell us that most (not all) of the Jews will believe in the Messiah in the tribulation, especially towards the close of it. Many, of the church who thought they were saved and land in the tribulation, will also respond positively, but too late to be included in the body called “the church.”
The main point of this exercise is to demonstrate how serious these things are. Do not take any aspect of your salvation lightly. If you are wise, you will often examine yourself against God’s word and the doctrine of Messiah to see if you are still on the right road.
Are you aware that it’s very possible, and probable that the tribulation period will begin next year, 2017? Are you aware that the rapture may well take place next year, 2017? Are you aware that the true born again believers in our Lord, may meet face to face with our great King, and Saviour next year, 2017?
Are you aware the greatest watershed of humanity may occur as early as next year, 2017, with the great majority of the so-called church and all the unsaved plunging headlong into the wrath of God?
Thoughts on a pure true and safe church:
As you can see, Israel without the Lord goes into the tribulation. Significant sections of the church will also go into the tribulation.
Has you minister taught you well?
The greatest aim of a Bible teacher is not to teach, but to break and melt the hearts of the people into the glory of the Lord. It is to exalt, extol, uplift, magnify, reverence and reveal the glory of the Lord. Today, most just teach words. Their words are dead letter filled with ulterior motives and methods of manipulation.
When the truth is properly presented and applied it will break you open and let in the resulting peace right into your heart now! The kingdom is within us, it has already arrived.
One of the great missing doctrines of the Bible today also happens to be the most powerful and is absolutely required to give you spiritual eyes, revelation and godly wisdom. It is the Fear of the Lord! It is one of my personal favourite doctrines.
90% of believers today, perhaps more, have no idea what the fear of the Lord is. The result is that they are unholy, complacent, compromised in their attitude to God. They are not radical for our Lord and are lukewarm, half-baked believers.
The fear of the Lord comes by choice. You must choose to learn it and know it. But it also comes other ways.
One way the fear of the Lord comes is by Bible prophecy. The great prophecies of the world and Israel’s judgement, punishment and coming Holocaust are an earth shattering fear.
Psalm 19:9 “The fear of the Lord is clean (pure), enduring forever.”
You can be saved by God, but never truly fulfilled and moulded into your calling without a great, great God and a solid reverence towards Him.
The lives of many today are a reflection of their ordinary God, invented by their teachers. They’re a spiritual wreck, a mess and more of a product of hell than heaven. Those with a great, monumental, majestic, supremely high and holy God are right with God.
The duty of the church:
A true church will be known by what it allows and by what it roots out, measured by the doctrines of the Bible and not church dogma.
The blood- soaked abominations of the Catholic church through the age have cast a dark, ugly, evil shadow over the church – especially in the eyes of the Jews. Much of this deep, anti-Semitism is prevalent in the church today. It has never been rooted out and spat out of the mouth of the church.
Yes, we know that much of the church will be “spat out” of God’s mouth! But if we spat out the garbage first, things would be a little different.
●We are commanded to “comfort My people (The Jews)” Isaiah 40:1-2. ●We are to make them jealous. (Romans 11:11, 14) ●The gospel is to go to the Jew first. (Romans 1:16) ●“The time to favour Israel has come” (Psalm 102:13)
Today, so much of the church is formed and fashioned by the mass-media. The church believes that to remain relevant to the world today, it must fit in with the beliefs of the world as commanded by the mass-media, especially on all things related to Israel.
The unseen agenda of the media is not to give you information or make you a better more informed person. It is to change you and change your thinking. Their agenda is to make you like them. It is to kill your conscience so that Satan himself has free, easy access to your soul. The agenda of the mass-media is Satan’s!
It is most dangerous to go into the world with no conscience. It is the media that is the great conscience killer.
Today the church highly esteems the heroes of the entertainment world and the voice of the media. They bow down to it. They may as well have them in the pulpit! They have not rooted out the very heart and soul of Satan from their midst.
They are destined for the Great Tribulation!
How to get ready for the Lord’s coming:
First and foremost get off your throne. Dethrone self! Change your thinking. Yes you can, the Bible says you can. Train and discipline your thought life to be a holy place. As you see yourself as “undone” repent and repent again of all known sin. In your thinking, uplift, exalt and embrace the cross of Calvary.
Pray with desperation and fervour to know our Lord more and more and make Him known by your life. Develop an almost automatic attitude of thankfulness to our Lord for all He has done and all He will still do for you. Thankfulness brings the grace of Messiah to you.
Write your progress down. Write your vision. Make it plain before your own eyes. (Habakkuk 2:2) Measure and mark your days. (Psalm 90:12) Be aware of watershed, big signpost areas of your life, where major spiritual accomplishments were achieved.
Psalm 90:12 “Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
Psalm 39:4 (Amp) “Lord, make me to know my end, and to appreciate the measure of my days, let me know and realise how frail I am – how transient is my stay here.” Verse 7 “Now Lord, what do I wait for and expect? My hope and expectation are in you.”
You can never get true deep satisfaction, contentment and fulfilment in your life by indulging self or living for self, because you will always be outside of God’s plan. Self in the world is Satan’s playground. You can only be content and happy in the world, with self ruling, if you have a seared conscience. (1Timothy 4:2)
The true real gospel must chase you away or set you on fire for our Lord. “You” being self and all it entails.
John 14:16-17 “I will pray to the Father and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him for He dwells with you and will be in you.”
The reason why many people hate our Lord is because He is not like them! So what must they do? They must change their tune fast or try to change our Lord and make Him just like them!
The Lord that many preach is not hated, because He is a man made by the delusional power of evil wolves in the pulpit.
Today, many have never got passed arguing with God’s word, trying to modify it and replace it and make it fit them and their own ideas.
A major requirement in our lives is a simple attitude of thankfulness. True praise and worship emanating from your very heart is born in thankfulness, without which you’ll be able to sing songs, but you won’t be in praise or worship.
Romans 8:14 “Those who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God.”
I took this picture of the African Spoonbill landing. I applied various textures to create the effect.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 336: November 2nd 2016
False prophets today
False prophets today:
In this edition, I will be looking at false prophets in Bible days and today. I’ll be looking at today’s false teachers and false watchmen (analysts of Bible prophecy, and signs of the times).
Matthew 24:4-11 “Take heed that no one deceives you...Many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.”
2 Timothy 3:13-14 “Evil men and imposters will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them.”
The verse above in Matthew is from the discourse in which the disciples come privately to our Lord and ask Him what will be the signs of His coming again. There are actually five times in this discourse alone where He warns of deception, error and false prophets!
Note in Timothy above, that it’s a progressive worsening thing. Note also that we are to know from whom we receive.
The Bible says that we can have many instructors, but few fathers. We can’t always know our spiritual fathers well, but we can know their hearts and fruits. In much the same way, we must know who the deceivers are.
Who are the false prophets?
Firstly, a false prophet or teacher is not one who disagrees with you on every little thing.
A false prophet is one who is of a false spirit, which will be seen in their fruits, actions and doctrines.
Here’s a classic example of a false prophet:
Deuteronomy 18:20-22 “The prophet who presumes to speak a word in My name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die...If a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, the prophet has spoken it presumptuously, you shall not be afraid of him.”
On many occasions, false prophets and teachers arise from within the church. These are people with motivations of self seeking, self elevation and self importance. They are often people with deep rooted psychological problems, like rejection. They then use these things to gain a following and acceptance by the people.
Acts 20:30 “From among you, men will rise up speaking perverse (misleading) things, to draw away the disciples after themselves.”
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.”
The end purpose of the spirit behind the false prophet is to defeat you, blind you and kill you, spiritually, which is why they are to be killed. Hold on there! We don’t kill them physically, but we must “kill” them from our lives and sphere of influence. Don’t ever receive one word from them.
Isaiah 28:7 “They err in vision, they stumble in judgement.”
False prophets then, are not just prophets with a false message. They are agents of spiritual forces of evil. The Bible talks about the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error. (1 John 4:6)
Methods of the false prophets and teachers:
The reason why part of the church in the end-times is described by God in the Bible as vomit is fairly and squarely because of the leadership. If you remove Bible prophecy from your doctrine you are doomed to be lukewarm to God and His word. It is the lukewarm who are spewed out as vomit.
I have never met a person who knows and loves Bible prophecy who is lukewarm to the things of God. Some may be wrong about some issues, but lukewarm they are not!
False prophets are powerful agents of the devil to sneakily get access to the lives of weak, ill-equipped or gullible believers and neutralise them.
One of the major messages and actions of the false prophets today is found in the collective “prophecy” or message of the denominational churches. Their collective “message” is division avoidance of prophecy and numerous other errors.
Their “prophecy” to the world is a gospel with Bible prophecy and all its judgement removed or watered down.
●A gospel with prophecy, judgement and the severity of the Bible removed, blinds the eyes, and leads the world and much of the church into a kingdom of darkness, where all is relative and relevant. At the helm is another Messiah with no cross! He looks like and sounds like the original, but he is a counterfeit, a fraud, a liar, a murderer, the prince of hell.
This church, below, ignored all the warnings of God:
Revelation 2:22 “Indeed I will cast her (church of Thyatira) into a sickbed and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds.”
Here we see an entire stance by a great deal of Christendom as a “false prophecy” and false testimony to the world. These churches can fit in perfectly with the world!
Some of the lies of the modern church are: ●sin is irrelevant, ●holiness is relative and therefore irrelevant, ●judgement on a Messiah rejecting world would never come from a loving God. ●There are many legitimate ways to God. ●The church has replaced Israel and now all the blessings of God for Israel come upon the church while the curses remain on Israel.
►The great Hitler lie: “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough it will be believed.”
The lies of the leaders:
Many churches today are a product of the prophets of Baal, Babylon and Rome.
Jeremiah 23:13-17 “I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria. They prophesied by Baal and caused My people Israel to err...Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you. They make you (Israel) worthless; they speak a vision of their own heart, not from the Lord. They continually say to those who despise Me, the Lord has said, you shall have peace, and to everyone who walks according to the imagination his own heart, ‘No evil shall come upon you.’”
Isaiah 9:16 “The leaders of this people cause them to err.”
Jeremiah 50:6 “My people have been lost sheep, their shepherds have led them astray; they have turned them away on the mountains...”
Isaiah 9:15-16 “The prophet who teaches lies, he is the tail. The leaders of this people cause them to err, and those who are led by them are destroyed.”
The tragedy revealed in these verses above is that the leaders have led the people astray, and they have actually led the people to destruction!
It can be demonstrated from many verses that the false prophets of Israel were a major cause of Israel’s captivities. Much the same relates to the church now!
What are some of the modern false doctrines?
The most dangerous false prophecies, false teaching and presumptions of the church today are identical to the world system’s major message pronounced by the mass media.
The word of the liberal is: “Every day in every way we are getting better and better.”
The deception is that you can achieve world peace as well as personal peace by being good, loving, coming into unity and all working together. This is the cross-less way. It has no answer to sin, so it must accept sin.
The true way to peace lies on the far side of the cross, on the far side of judgement!
Ezekiel 13:1 “The word of the Lord came to me saying, Son of man prophesy against the prophets of Israel who prophecy out of their own heart, ‘Hear the word of the Lord,’ Woe to the foolish prophets who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing!’” Verse 10: “They prophesy peace when there is no peace.”
●Perhaps one of the biggest modern deceptions is that being good is good with God! Good will land you in hell, my friends! Satan is the god of good and evil. There is a huge difference between good and godly, purified good! Good that has been cleansed by the cross and washed in Messiah’s blood is the only valid good!
Some other big end-time deceptions include:
●The obscuring or removal of the centrality of the cross. ●The heretical doctrine of cessationism, which essentially teaches that the gifts of the Spirit ceased with the last apostle and are not for today. ●The removal or obscuring of all Bible prophecy on Israel, Jerusalem and the Jews. ●The Inter Faith Movement and its presumptions.
Today it’s almost fashionable to say “The Lord told me.” I have no problem with that generally, but it normally goes further: It normally progresses to, “the Lord spoke to me with an audible voice,” and “its 100% for sure”, Be sure that these are 100%, false prophets and teachers.
Amazingly these people are normally spiritual disasters in their own lives and when “the Lord’s word” uttered by them, inevitably does not come to pass, they don’t apologise or repent. Tragically, spiritually disturbed people still follow them as they go to their next “word from the Lord.”
Of course God can speak to an individual in an audible voice. But if it is said publically and prophetically, if it was the Lord, it would have come to pass exactly!
I heard a woman proclaim that God had spoken to her and given her His voice about certain things. She had previously appeared on a TV programme in which the host introduced her saying that she had heard the voice of the Lord many times before and it had all come to pass.
I took the trouble to look it up. There is no record or evidence anywhere from anyone that any of these things ever came to pass. She is a false prophet and liar!
Knowledge of God’s word and God Himself is the only way to protect against deception.
Wolves in the pulpit and on the internet:
Matthew 24:24 “False christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even the elect.”
2 Thessalonians 2:9-10 “The coming of the lawless one (antichrist) is according to the working of Satan with all power, signs and lying wonders...among those who perish because they did not receive the love of the truth.”
Beware the sensation-seekers. They are full of pride, self opinion, self importance and self, self, self. They use manipulation in their persuasive talk. They even intimidate by accusing you of all sorts of things if you don’t feed their gods by your agreement. They use lies, exaggerations and twisted facts to get you to exalt them. They are controllers.
Many of them are backed by powerful Jezebel spirits.
A.W Tozer: “They who degrade or compromise the truth in order to reach larger numbers, dishonour God and deeply injure the souls of men.”
The Internet combined with modern digital techniques of manipulation, is already, and will produce many more lying signs and wonders. It is so easy.
The problem with the fraud prophets on YouTube and elsewhere on the Internet is that they cheapen the internet for everyone. They cast doubt on everything on the net! They cause many to stumble and fall into error.
Don’t write off the internet or the video channels because Satan has his workers in there. It remains the best form of mass communication today and God is using it in many wonderful ways.
Be careful before you write off us sign seekers! It was those who saw the signs in the sky at our Messiah’s birth that knew. The others saw and knew nothing. This is the story of our day. The world marches on blindly to its doom with the signs right in front of them, just like in the days of Noah and Lot.
John 14:29 “Now I have told you before it comes, that when it does come to pass you may believe.”
►If Satan is the god of this world, then the mass-media is His mouthpiece. The hidden, but very real aim of the media is the same as that of Satan. It’s also the same as secular psychologists, which is not to inform you or make you a better person, but to change your values, virtues and morality. It is to change you into one of them.
They subtly remove your sensitivity to the Spirit of God. They strip you of your resistance to them, bit by bit. A well used political method of gaining agreement is getting rid of resistance.
If your heart is wrong, you won’t find the truth, no matter how hard you try. You will be led into error and if not careful, increasing depths of error. Many on the internet and Youtube are highly dangerous, being run by sensation seeking manipulators and the deceived!
Test the spirits and know the word:
We as believers are to test the spirits. We have the Spirit of God living in our hearts. We are to test the spirits against the Holy Spirit in us. We are not to test the spirits against the spirits of the world and the media or churchianity.
We are to examine ourselves to check if we are in the faith as we go forward.
The first “prophetic sign” of a church in trouble with God is when they remove Bible prophecy, (27% of the Bible). How can you test the spirits when you’ve messed up the word of God?
When God withdraws His Spirit and hands you over – you are on a slippery slope named doom! You will hear, believe, answer to, and follow the false prophecy of the mass-media and the god of this world!
Many believers today are lazy bums. They have never even bothered to inform themselves of the truth of prophecy.
The grave danger of remaining ignorant of the scriptures after a fair amount of time being saved is that deception is growing and intensifying fast – very fast. How can you even identify it if you have not advanced with our Lord?
Deception and error always have consequences. It’s never neutral morally, doctrinally in relationships, or in any other sense. You can always test yourselves against these things.
Today there are many who have become shipwrecked because of numerous deceptions out there. I get a huge amount of emails from people wanting counsel and help. For your benefit, here are two previous editions dealing with counselling. They have both had immensely positive responses. (There are others too if you click on the “Editions by Subject” button on the right and then go to “Counselling.”)
So if you need counsel or know of others who need counselling, these editions are a suggestion:
Edition 83 - Counselling believers in perilous times: HERE
Edition 104 – Turning curses into blessing: HERE
False prophets always catch the gullible:
There is always a danger in not moving forward with the Spirit of God, as He moves.
Many people will continue to follow false prophets even after their prophecies don’t come to pass. There is something really wrong in the heart of man that they will rather disobey God and follow liars and deceivers.
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.”
In the verse above we see which people will be deceived and in the verse below we see the deceiver in action.
Isaiah 29:9-10 “They stagger, but not with intoxicating drink. For the Lord has poured out on you the spirit of deep sleep, and has closed your eyes, namely the prophets; and He has covered your heads, namely the seers.”
Isaiah 5:13 “My people have gone into captivity because they have no knowledge ...” The word “knowledge” is Strong’s H1847 meaning “perceptive, discerning” knowledge.
Proverbs 28:4 “Those who forsake the law (word) praise the wicked.”
Isaiah 59:14 “Justice is turned back and righteousness stands afar off; for truth is fallen in the street.”
How do you know which watchmen or analysts of Bible prophecy you can trust?
●It is those who have spent half their lives in radical pursuit of God. ●It is those who know the scriptures backwards and love them and still regularly study them, led by the Spirit. ●It is those fully open to all of the doctrine of Messiah in total surrender – no arguments. ●It is those with the marks of cross-bearing all over them. ●It is those who are crucified to self and the world and dead to its ways and dictates. ●It is those who sit in humility and brokenness before our Lord. ●It is those who in their own lives clearly separate and distinguish between truth and error, right and wrong, holiness and sin from God’s viewpoint. ●It is those who fear the Lord as is evident in their lives. ●It is those who care nothing for offending people with truth. ●It is those who are loved and hated supremely.
All these things will be evident in various ways at various times in the person’s life.
Bible prophecy verifies the veracity of the Bible. You will never find a church that avoids prophecy that is solid and strong – never. You will always see a church that casts down prophecy; removing other doctrines and sections of the Bible as well. It soon becomes a worldly ineffective mess.
The true prophets, teachers and watchmen:
The true and right prophet, teacher or analyst of prophecy, is the one who will always point you away from himself to our Lord. He will highly esteem and exalt the glory of our Lord and direct you to Him.
The man of truth will cast the light of God on your path:
Isaiah 42:16 “I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known. I will make darkness light before them...”
The true prophets of God as well as today’s analysts of Bible prophecy are the ones who are called of God. Their prophecies and analysis of it comes to pass and is correct.
They will sometimes sit and scratch their heads thinking, “Why does this person hate me so much, when all I’ve done is given him the truth.”
1 John 4:6 “We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.”
John 16:1 “These things I have spoken to you that you should not stumble.”
The true modern prophets will be totally focussed on our Lord and His word. They will attack the false prophets and expose them. They will teach that peace is coming when it is, and war is coming when it is.
Because they will be Spirit led and inspired, trustworthy handlers of the truth and its holiness, you will feel safe around them.
I did this painting some years ago. It’s a mixed media incorporating gold leaf as well. It’s not my current style. I sold it to a gallery in Switzerland.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 335: October 26th 2016
Signs of the times, olives and doves!
Signs of the times, olives and doves:
Isaiah 8:18 “Here am I and the children whom the Lord has given me! We are for signs and wonders in Israel from the Lord of hosts who dwells in Mount Zion.”
Bible prophecy is so fantastic, wonderful, glorious, and majestic – there’s nothing like it on earth! It’s filled with comfort, love, purity and holiness. It’s also filled with terror, fear, wrath and destruction all at the same time. Most don’t believe it in spite of the fact that it is all happening anyway, leaving them behind locked up in the prison of the ignorant.
How many times have you heard people say “I’ll believe it when I see it?” Actually, no they won’t. Luke 16:31 “...Neither will they believe if they see one rise from the dead.”
Believing is seeing, but seeing does not always mean believing! Believing is a heart issue with God, which opens your eyes. A closed heart is a sure way to closed eyes!
In this edition, I would like to deal with signs, times, seasons and many such things. As a freight train approaches it creates all sorts of sounds, sights and signs.
►Further down, I have a spectacular revelation and sign to share with you about ravens, doves, olives, kings and the soon coming of our Lord! (Under the picture).
Knowing the signs?
Are we able to see and know the signs or are we forbidden from knowing the signs and their messages as the majority of churches today teach?
Acts 1:7 “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father has put in His own authority.”
The verse above so clearly refers to the disciples themselves, asking our Lord about these end-time signs, way back then. It wasn’t for them to know at the time, because it was all too far into the future.
Now here is the answer for us in these days. Note that it’s the opposite!
Please don’t send me emails with the lame, dead, mistranslated and applied “No one knows the time!”
1 Thessalonians 5:1-4 “Concerning the times and the season, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you....You brethren are not in darkness that this Day should overtake you as a thief.”
Matthew 24:32-33 “Now learn the parable from the fig tree; when its branch has already become tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that the summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things, know (Lit=I command you to know) that it is near, even at the very doors.”
So, has God given us multitudes of signs in many areas to confirm and add to our faith? Yes of course.
Genesis 1:14 “God said, let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from night; and let them be for signs and season and for days and years.”
We are to search out signs and meanings:
I’ll let these profound verses below speak for themselves:
●Deuteronomy 29:29 “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.”
●Daniel 2:22 “He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, and Light dwells with Him.”
●Daniel 12:4 (Amp) “You Daniel shut up the words and seal the book until the time of the end. Then many shall run to and fro and anxiously search the Book, and knowledge of God’s purposes, as revealed by His prophets shall be increased and become great.”
●Daniel 8:19 (Amp) “Behold, I will make you know what shall be in the latter time of the indignation (tribulation) of God upon the ungodly, for it has to do with the time of the end.”
●1 Chronicles 12:32 “The children of Issachar had understanding of the times, and knew what Israel ought to do.”
These men of Issachar had astronomical insights. They were watchers of the skies. They read into these signs messages for Israel in times of war. (Be careful here – don’t go overboard! Also don’t throw the baby out.)
Primary and secondary meanings:
All of the biblical signs, symbols, numbers and parables contain a central, primary, most important message. These are normally the face-value, first meaning.
But there are also many secondary meanings in the signs, sometimes quite a few. These we could call applications. They do not nullify the primary meanings, but are like overlaid layers.
There is a danger here in taking an analogy too far and reading too much into the sign. In dealing with these things, we much be sensitive to and be led by the Spirit of God.
When Bible prophecy contains more than one message, this is called the law of double reference.
Let’s look a bit further:
●The greatest sign and message of all is that which we see in fulfilled Bible prophecy itself. All the prophecies of the Old Covenant that have been fulfilled in the New, were fulfilled literally and exactly in time and space. That on its own is a major sign of the veracity of the Bible, and its supernatural content. It also means that this pattern of literal fulfilment will continue.
Interestingly, today many, including Bible teachers mock and scorn the astronomic sign of Revelation 12. But the Bible itself calls it a “great sign!” (Look it up, it’s pretty spectacular)
Revelation 12:1 “Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet...”
●Arguably, the greatest of all prophetic signs is Israel becoming a nation in 1948 and Jerusalem being restored to the Jews in 1967. Israel’s very existence and the great return to the land are also powerful signs.
●We see great signs in the messages of the seven letters to the churches in the Revelation, which plot the course of church history. Every church that ever existed can find its identity here, with God’s commendation and condemnation.
●We see great signs in the messages of the seven Feasts of the Lord, which plot the course of Gods people, and contain many other incredible signs and messages.
Our Lord uses signs for many purposes least of them is to warn the world and His people of what is coming. Many people believe that Bible prophecy becomes void if the people turn and obey the Lord.
That sounds good, but its rubbish. Pure Bible prophecy foretells and predicts something that is coming, ready or not. It deals with God’s foreknowledge. He predicts things He knows will occur because He owns the future and knows all about it.
This also does not mean God is sitting in heaven pushing red buttons to make things happen. He will be doing that in the tribulation period.
God always warns of impending judgement beforehand. It’s His nature!
A very great sign for the world now:
What follows is a spectacular revelation. It is largely hidden below the surface. For your benefit, here it comes:
We are now in the Hebrew year 5777. The Rabbis drop the thousand and refer to it as 777. In their custom they assign a word or acronym coming from the numbers for the year. This year it is the word “Oze” meaning might in the regal or kingly sense. The primary acronym for “oze” is the olive leaf, which comes from the letters making up 777 (all three together). The Rabbis are now calling 5777 the year of the olive leaf!
Some of the Jewish sages say that the essential “oze” or might of the Bible is in the olive leaf.
In Hebrew, the number seven is “zayin”. It also has an association with a crown and a sword, which comes from the meaning of the singular use of “zayin.”
What follows is well known amongst the Hebrew Rabbis and Jewish traditions. But they have missed the most spectacular meaning in the signs of what follows, because they have not yet found the Messiah.
●In Hebraic custom the symbol of the olive fruit represents King David. The olive leaf symbolises the Son of David - Messiah.
●The olive leaf is one of the symbols on the official Israeli emblem. The Rabbis describe the leaves of the olive tree as its “wings.”
●Moses threw a branch into bitter water, which transformed the bitter water into sweet. In the Hebrew Scriptures it was an olive branch (Exodus 15:22-26).
●Olive oil is also a light source. In Bible days lamps used olive oil as their fuel source, turning darkness into light. We know the parable of the ten virgins, five who did not have enough olive oil for their lamps.
●It has been discovered that olive leaf extract is a powerful healer of cardio vascular (heart) problems.
●In the Bible, olive oil is used as the anointing oil. It is also used today in anointing people for Holy Spirit blessing and work.
What amazing doves!
Do you know that the prophet Jonah was sent to the nations of the world to warn them? He didn’t like that so a big fish swallowed him and spat him out on the beach, with his tail between his legs.
But Jonah spent three days and nights in the belly of that whale. This is clearly a sign and symbol of our Lord’s crucifixion, burial and resurrection.
Do you know that in Hebrew tradition, Jonah was the Shulamite woman’s child raised from the dead by Elijah?
So, Jonah got up, went to Nineveh and delivered God’s warning message.
But here’s the amazing thing. You can look it up: The name Jonah means “dove!” Dove? It should have been whale or something like that! But no, God chose a dove to bring his message of judgment to the nations. This dove had spent three days and nights in death and been raised from the dead!
Nineveh was a city full of evil, and horrific unrestrained terror and violence.
►Today the ruins of the city of Nineveh lie within the city borders of Mosul. This is the home of the terror group ISIS and the present battle to liberate it. ISIS recently blew up the shrine of Jonah in Mosul (Nineveh). Good one ISIS, that’s going to serve you well!!
Why did our Lord say that the only sign given to this evil generation is the sign of Jonah? Could it mean that version two is right upon us now? Yes!
In Nahum chapters two and three you will find descriptions of the destruction of Nineveh including by water! We know the Mosul dam is ready to burst, which would flood Mosul – modern day Nineveh! There are no whales in this dam, only a dove sitting on the wall!
My friends, this is all happening now – just switch on the news and in the midst, the crucified and risen dove, Jonah calls for repentance!
(For more on the battle in Syria and surroundings, and the original ISIS terrorist, Saul of Tarsus, see the previous edition.)
Now, we know the Noah story. How did it end up? Noah sent out a dove. The dove came back with an olive leaf in its mouth.
Remember that the olive leaf symbolises the Messiah. It is linked to this year 5777.
Do you see what is unfolding? Noah’s dove and Jonah the dove are building up to it!
●The central message of Jonah the “crucified” dove, raised from the dead, is that total destruction and judgement is coming upon the nations of the world, and its people if they will not accept the finished work of the cross.
●The central message of Noah’s dove with an olive leaf is, the judgement of God is almost over and a new world of peace is coming. In today’s terms it means world peace is coming when Messiah returns at the end of the judgement upon the world called the tribulation.
This may blow your socks off:
The Hebrew words for olive leaf are, “zayith” = olive, “aleh” = leaf; together it is aleh-zaith.
The gematria of “aleh-zaith” in Hebrew is 522. This is also the identical gematria number, 522, for the Hebrew word shlom olam meaning eternal world peace!
This number 522 also happens to be a multiple of the gematria of the name Noah which is 58. (9x58 = 522), with nine being the number of finality. Five is the number of grace and 22 is the number of disintegration according to Bullinger’s “Number in Scripture.”
I don’t want to get into this here and now, because it’s a lengthy affair. Many sages and Rabbis have done the elaborate calculations pinpointing the date of the return of the dove to the ark. They put the date at Elul 25th. In Hebraic tradition this was the day of creation.
Just like the olive leaf, when Messiah comes He will bring peace and turn all things bitter into sweet. But first the raven must fly!
The raven must fly!
Genesis 8:7 “Then Noah sent out a raven, which kept going to and fro until the waters had dried up.” (The raven did not return to the ark.)
In Hebrew custom the raven is an unclean bird and the dove clean. The raven here represents the flesh, sin and all that is not of God, while the dove represents the supernatural plan of God – His way.
●The raven represents failure for the people in much the same way as ten of the twelve spies sent out by Joshua came back with an evil report, while two brought back the good, conquering report.
The dove with the olive leaf represents Messiah and the raven with nothing, the anti-Messiah.
●The raven has many mythological meanings. Firstly in Greek mythology it symbolises eternal life. In our application here, this would be a sign of eternal life in hell.
●The Greeks believed that the raven was a “messenger” bird of their god Apollo, a type of antichrist.
●Because the raven can smell death, being a carrion scavenger; some cultures believe the raven is a symbol of impending death and destruction.
●The raven is believed in some cultures to represent sadness.
●The raven is highly esteemed in the occult and witchcraft.
Compare all of these characteristics to those of the dove and you get the point!
Tragically, the Jews at large will only see and accept their Messiah at the end of the tribulation. They will follow wolves and ravens in their blindness until then.
To summarise: ●We see this Hebrew year being the year of the olive leaf. ●We see that the olive leaf symbolises the Messiah. ●We see that 777 is associated with the olive leaf. ●We see the dove with the olive leaf returning to the ark symbolising the end of the tribulation period and coming of Messiah. ●We see that the gematria of the olive leaf is identical to world peace. ●We see the antichrist of ultimate failure symbolised in the raven.
Bear in mind that the above discourse dovetails in with our Lord’s prophecy saying that His coming again will be “as in the days of Noah.”
Please understand that the Messiah is not returning (Second Advent) this year. He will not return until the end of the tribulation (except for the rapture which occurs before.)
The wonderful application of all of this is that Messiah will begin to appear to the Jews now, this year, as the veil of spiritual blindness is lifted. This brings them into peace with God. This continues and increases through the tribulation.
What the Jews need to see and will begin to in ever increasing numbers from this year, is the dove of peace, the Holy Spirit, descending and alighting on their Messiah as it did at His baptism (Matthew 3:16.)
Baptism represents death and resurrection to new life as a work of the “dove” of resurrection life, the Holy Spirit. My Jewish friends, you need to die to your old ideas and beliefs and be raised into glorious resurrection life.
Yes, this is the year of the olive leaf in the doves mouth for you (representing Messiah), but you need to see the dove on your Jewish Messiah’s shoulder! Do not follow the raven!
The sign-less church:
Bible prophecy constitutes 27% of the Bible. If you leave it out, your gospel is incomplete. It is then a dangerous deception in these days.
Matthew 16:3 “...Hypocrites, you know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times.”
Today most churches avoid Bible prophecy and the signs of the times. These ministers who are really wolves behind the pulpit are dooming and blinding their sheep to the domain of dark doctrine and the shallows of spiritual blindness, dead letter and superficiality.
In fact the Bible says that if you, as a man of God, do not warn the people of coming catastrophe, their blood will be upon your shoulders. (Ezekiel 33:6)
I wonder how much blood the wolves behind some pulpits have on their hands. Can you see their bloody hands? I can!
To have no prophetic insight, knowledge or understanding in this day, means you are blind in the face of immeasurable danger!
Some signs to look for now:
Daniel 12:8-10 “I heard, I did not understand. Then I said, ‘My Lord, what shall be the end of these things’? And He said go your way Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed until the time of the end...When the wise shall understand.”
Note and understand from the verse above that there are specific signs for this time period, in spite of the great majority of churches being silent on them!
In looking for signs, keep your foremost focus on seeking our Lord first. In looking for signs, keep tuned into the Spirit of the Lord. Let things go that don’t add up in your heart.
● Watch and know what is happening in the Middle East now, particularly Syria and Iraq. Watch for Russia’s actions and military movements in the region. These are all consistent with the prophecies of WW111 in Ezekiel 38 & 39.
● Watch for the involvement of Israel in any of these conflict zones. It is coming according to prophecy.
● Watch for development around the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Watch for events leading to a rebuilt temple.
● Watch for European and United Nations actions against Israel, Jerusalem and the Jews.
Zechariah 8:2 “I will return to Zion with great zeal; with great fervour (Lit=fury and rage). I am zealous for her,’ the city of truth, the mountain of the Lord, the holy mountain.
Other verses describe Jerusalem as: A city not forsaken, the city David, the city of God, the city of righteousness, the city of the great king, the city of perfect beauty, the joy of the whole earth.
Put that lot in your pipe and smoke it, stupid UNESCO!
Watch for the dome of fire!
The central sign-rich stage is the Middle East. Then we zoom in to Israel, Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. This must be our primary place of prophetic interest.
In all these things look primarily for signs of the soon coming of our Lord, by rapture before the tribulation begins. Its fine to look for coming tribulation events, but that should always be secondary, because they will be after the rapture.
I took this picture of a curious giraffe in the early morning light, in the Kruger Park.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 334: October 19th 2016
Amazing prophetic insights:
Amazing prophetic insights:
In this edition I want to have a further look at some things we have just touched on before and others not at all. Most of these things relate to the rapture of the church and the following tribulation period.
When we pre-tribulation rapture believers, look at the tribulation period, there is always a sense of glorious victory and thankfulness that we will “escape these things.” The post-tribber always looks ahead to the tribulation with fear, gloominess and despair!
Most of this edition requires pure simple logic. I know that many will bear witness to these truths and their hearts will leap for joy!
Luke 21:25-26 (Amp) “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars, and upon the earth distress, trouble and anguish of nations in bewilderment and perplexity, not knowing which way to turn at the roaring of the tossing sea. Men will swoon away and expire with fear, dread and apprehension and at the expectation of the things that are coming upon the world, for the very powers of the heavens will be shaken.”
Psalm 19:9-11 “The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever. The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether, more to be desired than gold, fine gold, sweeter than honey and the honeycomb. By them, Your servant is warned, and in keeping them, there is great reward.”
Insights into the tribulation period:
Right up front let me say that the true, born-again church will not go through any part of the tribulation. But not all who think they are the church are the church! Many entire churches will go right into the tribulation!
Many are believers in name only. Their hearts are far from God, as can be seen in their fruits and love for the world.
All of the unsaved will go into the seven-year tribulation. Many will get saved and become “tribulation saints”. Many will turn viciously against God, cursing him, knowing that the judgements are from Him.
The entire world system will be destroyed in the seven-year tribulation. We as believers are offered a great escape before it all goes bang.
Bible names and descriptions of the tribulation period:
●Jacob’s trouble (Jeremiah 30:7) ●Seventieth week of Daniel for “My people” (Jews) (Daniel 9:27) ●Day of Israel’s disaster (Deuteronomy 32:35), (Obadiah 1:12-14) ●The wrath of God (Revelation15:1) ●The hour of judgement (Revelation 14:7) ●The day of distress and tribulation (Deuteronomy 4:30) ●The overflowing scourge (Isaiah 28:15, 18). ●The day of vengeance (Isaiah 34:8) ●The year of vengeance and retribution (Isaiah 34:8) ●The day of wrath and ruin (Zephaniah 1:15) ●The day of darkness, blackness, and gloominess (Zephaniah 1:15)
Let’s string these descriptions together:
Coming upon “My People” (Jews) is disaster for Israel, the wrath of God, the time of judgement, distress and tribulation. An overflowing scourge, vengeance and retribution, is coming. Ruin, darkness, blackness, gloominess.
If you look at the character of these points above, and there are many more, you can only come to the conclusion of a pre-tribulation rapture. Since when is even one of these points above due to come upon the church?
The very purpose of the tribulation period is to bring Israel to salvation and to bring wrath, punishment, vengeance, judgement upon the world for its sin.
We, as believers have been brought to salvation and received the judgement and punishment due to us. Our Lord paid the price and gave the resulting salvation to us as a free gift.
On the cross, in the agony of suffering for us and payment of the price for all our rebellion, our Lord said “IT IS FINISHED.” That meant the payment for all sin was finished and completed by the cross. The only condition is that it must be believed and received, through the new-birth.
If you say the church now has to pay again for our sin by the events of the tribulation, you are saying, His work is NOT FINISHED. You are the deceived liar. How dare you tell our Lord His work on the cross was incomplete!!
I hope you also see why there will be such great regret, sorrow, sadness, gnashing of teeth, weeping and wailing by the masses during the tribulation.
Imagine the shock of discovering (too late) that all these horror judgements are due because of sin, evil and wickedness. But that someone had came along and fully paid the price for them all, so that they could go free. And they rejected Him. Now they must pay up!
Imagine the shock of having to pay for something that was already paid for, but you rejected it, and now you can’t pay because you are full of the disease that you want to be free from. You can’t pay for sin with sin! You can only pay for sin if you have no sin!
Amazing insights into the people of the tribulation:
The verses I’m going to use below are most interesting, but few people have any idea what is fully contained in the messages.
●Note in these verses below, that they all occur in the tribulation period. ●Note that they deal exclusively with the Jews and not the church! ●Understand that the great commission given to the church has been taken over by Jews in these tribulation verses. ●The conclusion must be that the church is not here during the tribulation and God is completing His initial call to the Jews given in the days of Abraham.
Zechariah 8:22-23 “Many peoples and strong nations shall come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the Lord. In those days, ten men of every language of the nations shall grasp the sleeve of a Jewish man, saying, ‘Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.”
Isaiah 49:6 “I also will give you (Israel) as a light to the Gentles, that you should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.” (Context from surrounding verses is during the tribulation.)
Isaiah 55:5 “Surely you shall call a nation you do not know, and nations who do not know you shall run to you (Israel,) because of the Lord your God, and the Holy One of Israel; for He has glorified you.” (Context is in the tribulation.)
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.”
There are so many other verses like these. In terms of correct Bible hermeneutics, interpretation and application, you can only say that the Jews are the primary focus in the tribulation.
►We have now seen that the tribulation is to bring judgement and punishment on the sinful world. We’ve seen that the Jews do the work that the church should be doing and we’ve seen that the church is mysteriously absent during the tribulation. Where is the church?
So, why is the church not fulfilling her role as evangelists and mission workers in the tribulation? Consider the following:
Ambassadors of Messiah:
In a few passages, the Bible refers to true born-again believers as “ambassadors for Messiah” (2 Corinthians 5:20). The word “ambassador” means a non-permanent envoy or messenger.
The ambassador to a foreign nation was historically called home first before a declared war would start.
Isn’t that an amazing insight? Even today, when a nation goes to war with another, the ambassadors deliver the judgment and are then recalled. If we are the Lord’s ambassadors to this world, and the war of the entire tribulation period is coming soon, where would we be recalled to?
If we are “aliens and exiles” (1 Peter 2:11) in this world, temporary, non-permanent envoys, our home “nation” is heaven! That means a pre-tribulation rapture!
We are to be faithful ambassadors of a lot more than salvation only. We must deliver the news of the coming judgement. We must represent and describe our eternal home country as well. It is a powerful tool of evangelism.
If the future universe, our home, is pure, holy, sinless and righteous, that is what we must present to Satan’s world.
Please understand that the course of the world (Ephesians 2:2) is constantly moving further away from God, while the absolutes of God’s word have not and are not changing to accommodate the world.
Quite an insight:
2 Thessalonians 2:1-7 “Concerning the coming of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah and our gathering together to Him, we ask you not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit, or by word or by letter as if from us that the Day of the Messiah has come.. Let no one deceive you by any means, for that Day (tribulation period) will not come unless the falling away (departure) comes first and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition...and now you know what is restraining, that he might be revealed in his own time...He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.”
I’ve highlighted the “departure”. The original word used has the definite article in front of it, meaning that it is wrongly interpreted as a general “falling away” of the church. The correct word (and it is in Strong’s), is “the departure” of the church.
Do you see how one single word can change an entire meaning?
The character of the whole world changes in a flash at the rapture. It’s not simply because of the rapture, but because the antichrist steps unrestrained, onto the world stage then. The dispensation changes immediately at that point.
As we have seen, the purpose of the tribulation is to bring judgement and punishment on the world. It is to bring Israel to salvation and restoration. The church is already saved and made holy and righteous.
Zechariah 8:13 “It will come to pass that just as you 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.”
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.”
Isaiah 49:22-23 “Thus says the Lord God: Behold I will lift My hand in an oath to the nations (Gentiles), and set up My standard for the peoples; they shall bring your sons in their arms and your daughters shall be carried on their shoulders. Kings shall be your foster fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers; they shall bow down to you with their faces to the earth, and lick up the dust of your feet. Then you will know that I am the Lord, for they shall not be ashamed who wait for Me.”
Why in the tribulation do the Jews preach to the Gentiles? Why is there such a powerful consistent theme of the Jews blessing the world? That is the church’s job!
Here we see a job which was given to the church being performed in the tribulation by the Jews. This is the blessing of God going to the nations.
Again it begs the same logical question. Where is the church? – Have a guess!
Isaiah 13:6-13 “Wail for the day of the Lord is at hand! It will come as destruction from the Almighty...every man’s heart will melt, and they will be afraid. Pangs and sorrow will take hold of them; they will be in pain as a woman in childbirth. They will be amazed at one another; their faces will be like flames. Behold, the day of the Lord comes, cruel with both wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate; and He will destroy its sinners from it...I will punish the world for its evil; I will halt the arrogance of the proud...Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth will move out of its place, in the wrath of the Lord.”
The single greatest reason for the tribulation period is spiritual. It is because the world will not accept the only legitimate payment for sin – all sin, including the hidden sin-nature born of Adam, flowing in all unbelievers.
It is only the shed-blood and sacrifice of the cross that is the full, once-off payment.
If we were in any part of the tribulation, we would be partaking of the punishment and judgement for sin upon the Messiah-rejecting world. We would be twice judged for sin. This would also mean that the work of the cross was insufficient and unfinished in dealing with our sin.
The cross or the tribulation:
Repentance for salvation is a one-time event. The new birth is a one-time event. You don’t get born again, again and again each time you sin. If you have rightly divided between body, spirit and soul and applied the right verses, to the right areas of your life, you will see and know this.
On-going repentance is in the area of the soul, not spirit. It can be likened to humility, fear of the Lord, sorrow for sin, straightening out your life and the like. For the true believer the power of sin has been removed, but we still need to deal with its lingering effects and invasions into our minds.
The world’s sin, evil and wickedness is heading for a confrontational end under the wrath, judgement and punishment of God.
The world has a choice. It does not have to go that way. It can choose the judgement poured out upon our Lord and Saviour as a substitute, at the cross.
We do not pay twice for our sins! It’s the way of the cross or the way of the wrath of God!
At the Great White Throne Judgement, we see the unsaved trying to be saved based on their works. “Books were opened. Their names were not found in the Lamb’s book of life.”
Now, their own personal book of all their works is opened, because they have chosen salvation based on their works. This is the horrifying tragedy of most of the world, including its great people. They really do think that if there is a God He would save them because they’re good people.
The big mistake they have all made is believing that they can pay for sin with sin. They didn’t know that the required passing grade is 100% and they are now bankrupt.
Only our Lord lived a sinless life. Only He could pay fully for sin, and He gives it to us at the new-birth...for free!
Unfortunately those who choose the tribulation method of payment for sin will still not make it. What a shock to have to pay with the world for all its sin and then have to stand before the Lord to personally pay for all their own sin again and still end in hell.
Talk about failure!
I know I’ve laboured this point a fair bit, but how many unsaved people do you know that think they’re okay?
The nature of the world:
I was looking for a verse the other day. So I was going through thousands of my hand written and categorised notes as I often do. One old yellowed page of notes that I wrote in about 1980 jumped out at me. So here is a summarised view of just what it was that jumped out:
1 John 2:15-16 (Amp) “Do not love or cherish the world or the things of the world, if anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh (craving for sensual gratification) and the lust of the eyes (greedy longings of the mind) and the pride of life (assurance of one’s own resources or the stability of earthly things) – these do not come from the Father, but from the world itself.”
The world has a hidden god. If the veil were lifted, people would be shocked! The world is ruled by Satan, hosts of demons and evil spiritual forces, masquerading as good angels of light. Here are a few of the many Bible descriptions of the world:
●All of the works of the world are evil (John 7:7). ●The entire world, not just bits of it, “lies under the power of the evil one.” (1 John 5:19) ●This evil beast is the one who “deceives the whole world” (Revelation 12:9). ●The kingdom of God is not of this world. (John 18:36). ●It is impossible for the world to receive the truth (John 14:17). ●The world is on course, heading for destruction. (Ephesians 2:2) ●The world’s wisdom is the essence of foolishness. (1 Corinthians 3:19). ●The world blinds the minds of the unbeliever. (2Corinthians 4:4). ●The world has a multitude of variable values contained in its many mixed voices. (1Corinthians 14:10)
The answer to the world:
●We are to be crucified to the world. (Galatians 2:20) ●Set you mind above the world (Colossians 3:2). ●As our Lord is now, so are we in this world – way above it! (1 John 4:17). ●The kingdoms of the world will become the kingdoms of our God after judgement upon it. (Revelation 11:15). ●We are not conformed to the world and its ways. (Romans 12:8). ●We are aliens and exiles in this world – not part of it! (2 Peter 2:11). ●We are in this world for now, but not of it. (John 17:14) ●We are to hate our lives in the world. (John 12:25).
I took this picture at a waterhole at the magnificent, enormous, Etosha Game Reserve, Namibia. Etosha is 22,200 sq km, while the Kruger Park is 19,000 sq km.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 333: October 12th 2016
World peace Man’s way or God’s way:
World peace Man’s way or God’s way:
Before we begin, this is edition 333. Ezekiel 33:3 “When he sees the sword coming upon the land, he must blow the trumpet to warn the people...” Jeremiah 3:33 “Call to Me (Israel) and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” Isaiah 33:3 “At the noise of the tumult (tribulation) the people shall flee; when You lift Yourself up, the nations shall be scattered.”
Everyone wants to live in peace. Everyone wants to be able to put their head down at night and sleep peacefully. Logically, this desire for personal peace must extend outwards to the nation and the world.
Here’s the interesting conundrum: You can have peace God’s way or you can have peace man’s way and end in hell, which is the very antithesis of peace.
We are in a time now of accelerating prophetic events, including massive wars and conflicts and everything but peace. New wars are about to break out. Huge dramas in the geo-political arena are going to rock, shake and rattle the world. A new world economic catastrophe will soon hit.
There are some incredible, powerful, wonderful keys of truth right before us that can and will produce the goods in the face of everything falling apart. But there is a master deceiver, with his plan camouflaged and hidden, as a deadly trap right before everyone too.
The original ISIS terrorist:
A man once wanted a world of peace. The early Christians stood in his way, so he massacred and killed them. One day, he set off down the road from Aleppo, Syria, to Damascus, the Syrian capital, to murder more Christians.
What he didn’t count on was bumping into God on the Damascus road. God threw him to the ground and struck him blind, leaving him grovelling in the dirt. His name was Saul of Tarsus! The city of Tarsus is next door to Aleppo and Antioch, although today they’re technically on the border of Turkey. That area, in those days was known for its violence and what we would call today, pure terrorism. Saul of Tarsus was a Jew, but not your happy friendly type that you could go and eat bagels with. He had a lot in character with ISIS today.
Interestingly, ISIS was founded in this very same area and today is trying to set up dominance and a caliphate right along the sides of the road to Damascus with Jews and Christians dead.
We know the story – Saul suddenly realised that something supernatural had happened. “A light from above fell on him.” (Acts 9:3) Something outside of, and above his understanding had knocked him flying to the ground – blind! As he looked up, expecting the next blow, perhaps to kill him, he heard the voice of the Lord.
Saul, full of fear, said, “Lord what do you want me to do?” (Acts 9:6)
This was what we know as the Damascus road conversion. His name became Paul and he became the killer of devils and demons, with a God-given, commission, and supernaturally equipped ministry of salvation, victory and peace to his previous “infidel” Gentile enemies.
Not even 1000 Shakespeare’s could have come up with such incredible drama and even with a touch of satire to it!
This is the road to peace! It is to be struck blind to your own ideas and goals. It is to be knocked flat to the ground in brokenness and surrender. It is to be supernaturally converted, hearing God’s voice and rising in obedience to it. It is to now see with new God-given eye-sight.
Peace the world’s way
Many years ago I was commissioned to cover, journalistically and photographically, a massive World Council of Churches conference in Rustenburg South Africa, called “The Road to Rustenburg”. This was all about churches coming together in unity to create a new world of peace. The title of the conference was a play on “The road to Damascus.”
The essential big-ticket item was this: We are all going down the road to Damascus. We need a socio-political change. We need to join the oppressed, which would then bring world peace.
Many similarities with the road to Damascus story were presented by many keynote speakers. Every single one of them had one missing ingredient, which was the supernatural conversion of Saul.
One of the speakers even likened his road to Damascus interpretation with the rebuilding of Babel, citing Genesis 11:6 “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language , and this is what they begin to do; now nothing they propose to do will be withheld from them.”
He went on to point out the power in unity and when all become one with a single purpose. He kind-of forgot about the fact that God destroyed it all, like he did with the plans of Saul of Tarsus.
So this then is the world’s way to peace. It excludes the genuine new-birth and supernatural conversion and leaves all participants as demon filled, blind to the things of God, continuing down the road to Damascus (or Babel) with socio-political motivations, objectives and inspirations.
Little do they know, see or understand the soon coming total annihilation of Damascus (Isaiah 17), or remember the destruction of Babel.
Peace man’s way excludes the required supernatural God-created metamorphosis to new-birth. It will bring you peace alright – peace with the world, peace with Damascus and Babel, and have you got a nasty surprise coming!
Those who are of this world-peace, must “bomb” God’s word, His people, the Jews, and true biblical Christians, because their way to peace is totally different, separate and unacceptable to them.
Messages of doom:
Do you know Bible numbers have meanings? For example: 1=unity, 2=division, 3=trinity, 4=world, 5=grace, 6=man under sin, 7=spiritual perfection and completion, 8=resurrection and so 4th!
When these numbers appear in three’s they are more important.
●4 is the number of the world.
●444 is the gematria of Damascus.
In Strong’s concordance we see additional interesting snippets. “G” in front of a Strong’s number means the original word is in Greek and “H”, in Hebrew.
●G444 is the number of the word, “Anthropos”, means: human being.
●H444 is the number of the word, “Alach”, meaning: Becoming morally corrupted.
●The word “Syria” is Strong’s H759, “Aram”, Meaning = “Exalted” (as in pride).
So now putting this together we see a powerful message:
The city of Damascus, capital of Syria, symbolic of the world, is doomed to total and complete destruction, “never to rise again” (Isaiah 17). The number 4 (world) is engraved into Damascus and Syria. Proud, corrupted, unsaved human beings are inextricably linked to it all in their doom.
Building peace the wrong way:
An insane German, worse than any terrorist, tried to build a perfect world of peace, to last for 1000 years! God’s chosen people, the Jews, stood in his way, like the Christians did for Saul of Tarsus. Hitler was his name.
The reason why Hitler hated the Jews was because God loved them and has His own plan for world peace involving them.
Let me give you some shocking news:
●The word, “Iran” comes from the word “Aryan”. These were an ancient Germanic people of an area in present-day Europe called Germany. They then moved down and assimilated with the Persians.
●The word “Aryan” means “noble” and was associated with perfection in nobility.
The Aryans were associated with human perfection in bodily form, which is why Hitler was so obsessed with them and believed he could create his new perfect world of noble peace with Aryans.
●The name “Adolf” means “The noble wolf.” How many “Adolfs do we have behind pulpits? Hoooo boy!
►Interestingly one of the gematria calculators set to Hebrew calculates the number of “Aryan” as 522 and the number of “Holocaust” as 522.
●The term in the Greek for “burnt offering” in the New Covenant, is the word: “Holokaustoma” (Strong’s G3650). It is the word from which “Holocaust is derived.”
Genesis 22:3-8 speaks of Abraham offering his son Isaac as a “burnt offering” to the Lord. Some translations define this “burnt offering” as a “Holocaust”. On the cross, our Lord became the “sin-offering” and the “burnt offering” for all.
Tragically, in spite of the massive price paid by the Jews in the Holocaust, they have still not paid the price for sin required by God. Our Lord Himself became the “Holocaust” for us and the Jews. He was our “burnt offering”, and through Him alone comes salvation.
My Jewish friends and brothers and sisters in waiting, your Jewish Messiah was your Holocaust! He paid the price completely for your salvation. If you reject Him again and again, the Bible declares that another Holocaust is coming your way. Please make the right choices now!
No salvation, no eternal peace:
So, we have seen a deadly link and association with the doom of Damascus, the doom of the world, the doom of man’s way to peace. We have amazing connections with Iran, Syria, the Holocaust, and the Holocaust to come, and many other things I’ll not get into now in this edition.
The unsaved hate us because they’re ugly, earthy, hell-bound larvae, and we’ve been transformed and made beautiful and perfect by God-given metamorphosis – the new-birth!
The unsaved believe world peace will come by unity and an inter-dependent human family, with universally accepted ideas. Their morality is variable, relevant for today, all inclusive, with no absolutes, virtues or values. There is no such thing as sin for them, and obviously no true holiness.
The world thinks: “Be like us. Then you will be one of us.”
World peace mans way, is man-made.
The power of the true Christian comes from the cross. That is His cross and your own cross taken up daily. The cross gives you the power to be different to the world and keeps you from integration into the world and its ways and thinking.
You know the stupid, insane statement, “He’s so heavenly minded. He’s no worldly good”? It’s a great lie. It has the bad, fiery breath of Satan on it. The truth is this: The worldlier you are, the more powerless you are. The more worldly you are, the greater your friendship with Satan and the more an enemy of God you are.
Worldliness in your life is a great and powerful measure of your walk with our Lord. “If you are born of God you will overcome the world.” (1 John 5:4)
The masses want an unholy God. They want a God that they can give birth to, manufacture, control and dictate to. They want a God that they can “edit” and judge. They want a God that’s not essentially different to them. You see people hate it when you’re not like them or you show them up by the things you do or won’t do.
People hate God’s holiness working in people. They say they love God, but actually hate His holiness. The reason is because the “heart of man is desperately wicked” says the Bible and they secretly love sin, wickedness and evil.
They don’t know it yet but they love Satan, not God!
The mass-media – the world’s voice:
The love of God gets rid of sin and is holy. The love of the world accommodates and includes sin.
The world’s mass media are the architects of world peace. The world’s politicians are the builders using these plans of the architect. But neither of them are aware that they are deluded, blind, demon-inspired puppets of hell, building a world for destruction.
The world’s mass media are perhaps the most evil of all institutions in the world. They have prepared for themselves the worst corner of hell! They have led more people there than any others. They have cursed God more than any others.
The world’s mass-media hates you in the name of love. Actually their love is so shallow it’s a joke. The mass-media wants to control you through misinformation and error which is their truth!
Their biggest cursed acts are seen in their redefining of what godly holiness is. They have redefined truth! They have redefined sin and destroyed holiness.
They have killed the conscience of the world.
The god of this world, Satan, with his co-workers the mass-media and much of the church, is responsible for the de-valuing, de-sensitising and the making of monsters out of the people.
Tragically, much of the church has done exactly the same thing, working blindly in cahoots with the media and its god, Satan. Instead of confronting sin, the church now teaches how to accommodate sin. Today most Christians think that if they fit in with the world, they’re okay with God. That’s the unadulterated garbage they’ve been taught, by their Spirit-less Adolfs!
Proverbs 28:4 “If you forsake the law (word) of God, you will praise the wicked.”
Peace never comes in wickedness.
1Thessalonians 5:3-4 “When they (unsaved) say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labour pains upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you brethren (saved) are not in darkness, so that this day should overtake you as a thief.”
It is Satan himself, as the antichrist that comes with promises of peace, just like he has done with past empires. And has the world learnt?
Daniel 11:21 “In his place shall arise a vile person, to whom they will not give the honour of royalty; but he shall come in peaceably, and seize the kingdom by intrigue.” (The word “intrigue” here is Strong’s H2519 meaning “fine promises of peace.”)
Daniel 8:25 “Through his cunning he will cause deceit to prosper under his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart. He shall destroy many in their prosperity (peace). He shall even rise against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without human hand.”
You would think that the world would have learnt from Babel. You would think that the world would have leant from every war Israel has fought in – winning them all! You would have thought the world would have learnt from the Nazi’s, who failed to destroy the Jews.
Do you think the world has leant from Babel? Here we have the nations of the world in unity trying to create peace again, in the near future: Revelation 17:13-14 “These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast. They will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them...”
The world led by its voice of evil – the mass-media, has learnt nothing and is about to plunge headlong into its final huge, monumental, prophesied eternal destruction. Amazingly, the answer is right before the world – it is the truth of the Bible. Amazingly, the answer is being ignored again as the world chooses Satan, at the command of the mass-media. “Give us Barabbas”, they say!
Every single time Israel ceded land for peace it brought conflict and not peace – not one exception. That alone should speak loudly.
God has given the land to Israel with covenant promises. It must be, and remain a Jewish state, for God’s final purposes.
Land for peace is the way, plan and action of Satan working through his chief agents, the world’s politicians, religious leaders and mass-media.
How can you have land for peace, in rebellion to God ever produce peace?
How to kill God:
You can go down the road to Damascus or a new Babel of peace, to create world peace, by killing God’s people, but you must kill God as you encounter Him. You must kill His word.
Many entire nations like France, the Netherlands and others in Europe are prime leaders in the attempted murder of God. Many nations like those of Europe, once had the fire and light and God burning bright within them. They tried to kill God, because they loved sin more. They killed His word. They are now empty, dead shells of depression, futility and hopelessness.
They have been handed over to the gods of sex, the gods of humanism, the gods of Babylon and Babel and the gods of Islam and multi-faith with all it’s stinking stench! Their peace is a lie, that’s why so many of them commit suicide. You don’t mock God and His word and get away with it.
●To have peace man’s way, you must accept sinful lifestyles in the name of human rights.
●You must acclimatise yourself to sin, and accommodate it.
●You must remain in ignorance to the unseen world of demons.
●You must kill your conscience, and sensitivity to our Lord and His word.
●You must kill the cops. They represent the authority structures of God – like it or not. (Romans 13)
●You must kill God’s law, because it identifies what sin is demanding punishment for it.
●You must kill Bible prophecy, because it spells out your doom.
●You must kill God, so that your pride, ego, self reliance, own opinions and love for evil can flourish.
●You must kill God because He has the keys of hell, your eternal destination.
►Have you God killers got a big surprise coming! There is still time to cast your pride down and humble yourself before God.
Everlasting righteousness and holiness:
The future world will be contained in a universe of eternal, everlasting righteousness and holiness. Isn’t that something?
Only that which has gone through the cleansing, purifying, sin-removing, Holocaust-removing work of the cross will be part of the eternal glory, soon to come.
Daniel 9:24 “Seventy weeks are determined upon your people and for your holy city, to finish transgression and make an end to sins, to make reconciliation for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness...”
Psalm 119:142 “Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness and Your law / word is truth.”
Romans 6:22 “Now having being set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.”
Everlasting peace for any individual is inextricably linked to salvation, everlasting righteousness and everlasting holiness.
Isaiah 32:17 “The work of righteousness will be peace and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.”
Psalm 119:165 “Great peace have they that love Your word and nothing causes them to stumble.”
Isaiah 54:10 “The mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but My kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace be removed.”
My friends, the world is on its road to Damascus, carrying bricks to build the new tower of Babel – a bridge to heaven and world peace.
Unless you, personally, get struck down and are left blinded to your garbage, grovelling in the dirt, you are doomed. Unless you see a “great light” shining from above and arise and say “Lord what must I do,” you will go the way of the worldly crowd.
Peace comes on the wings of the final death throes of self under the discipline of God.
Unless you swiftly change sides from “killer” of God’s word and His people, in the name of world peace, to God’s side, His way – your doom is fast approaching!
The cross of Calvary saw the Jewish Messiah of majesty and glory, become your Holocaust! Reject Him and an eternal far worse Holocaust is coming your way! Don’t put it to the test!
I took this picture of this massive, old, beautiful, strange Baobab tree in a private game reserve in the Limpopo province, north of where I live.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!