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Edition 427: July 24th 2018
Revelation 22:11 “He who is unjust, let him be unjust still. He who is filthy, let him be filthy still. He who is righteous, let him be righteous still. He, who is holy, let him holy still.”
The unrighteous, filthy world is racing to its, doom. The kingdom of God is growing in godliness and glory. There is an impassable gulf between the two; it is a fast rising fence of separation.
These end time pressures will neutralise many, destroy many or shape many. Keep the fence high!
But, before we talk about the rising fence, let’s have a good look at the astounding fence itself!
The miracle, true fence:
The cross of Calvary is filled with drama, depth, messages and miracles.
It is the miracle, pinnacle of the fence!
●Crucify: Strong’s G4717 - “Stauroo.” (Also G4957). Meanings: Impale or fence off. The original term comes from driving pales into the ground to fence-off an area. This is the origin of the word, ‘Palisade.’ It corresponds with the Latin, “vallum” which means to set a wall, fence or fortification.
So, here within the meaning of this word alone, we see a wondrous miracle-message of note!
“Crucify” means, to ‘impale’ and fence-off. The fence is a barricade or fortification. It is the eternal, great ‘No-Entry’ sign. The cross is the ultimate implement of separation.
Beloved brethren, this is the real story of the cross of Calvary. Those who contain the work of the cross in their hearts by the new-birth are eternally separated from the world, sin and Satan.
If you are a true believer, you too have been crucified! “I’ve been crucified with Messiah.” (Galatians 2:20) The separating work and power of Messiah’s cross is in you!
●Holy: Strong’s H6944 – “Qodesh”. Meanings: Apartness, separateness, sacredness of God.
●Unholy: Strong’s H2455 - “Chol.” Meanings: Commonness, profane, wicked.
●Sanctify and saint: Strong’s H6942 – “Qadash” Meanings: To be set apart, consecrated, hallowed.
On the right side of the fence, which is the cross, we have: Fence-off, fortify, apartness, sacredness, separation, holiness and similar. On the wrong side of the fence we have: Unholiness, commonness, togetherness, mixing together, wickedness and similar.
Separate and apart:
It is the world and its inner-voice, the mass-media, driven by Satan, which tries to keep believers, apart from the fence, keeping us apart from Satan in them!
The mass-media are the perpetrators of deadly apartheid. Satan desires to keep us apart from God. It is the word of our Lord instructing us to be separate from the world.
We must understand that both God and Satan are on the move. The result is that the fence between them is rising ever higher. These things are not static, especially in this time period.
As the things of the devil worsen and intensify, they are causing the fence of separation to rise ever higher. They now have much more to dethrone, before they can come to God and experience all that He has for them in the kingdom.
The horror of the fence is that there are few on the right side and many on the wrong side. There is a narrow, constrained path leading to the good side.
The fence of holiness is the triumphant fence of victory separating two kingdoms forever.
Today, the beauty of holiness shines brightly and strongly because of the thick, encroaching darkness all around us. The contrast is becoming so vivid and clear.
Tragically, much of the church today does not have the slightest idea what holiness is!
It’s a heavy burden obeying the word of the Lord when you are obeying the word of the world! But when you yield willingly to our Lord, His “burden is light” and it soon becomes a burden obeying the world and its masses charging down the road to hell.
A holy conundrum:
“Come out and be separate says the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 6:17)
“Become all things to all people.” (1 Corinthians 9:22)
The two verses above appear to be contradictions. They are not. We can become all things to all people from a position of separation. Becoming all things to all is in the context of winning them to Messiah and not participating in any sin.
What we will or won’t do or be involved in, is a sign of our growth in the Lord, and a sign to the lost.
Sometimes there is grace in yielding (not compromising). But there is always grace in being a nice person, although there are times when a severe approach is needed.
Yes we must be separate and apart from the world. We must tailor-make our approach to unbelievers, but within the confines of holiness.
Be careful of the comfort of hell! That means we are to be careful of getting too close to unbelievers who are really looking for acceptance, assurance, approval and comfort in and of their evil lifestyles.
Being separate does not mean going and living in a cave. It does not mean giving up your job. It’s an internal separation, although there may be things at certain times where physical separation is required.
You are still to be the best you can in what you are called to.
This means that we must be led by the Spirit in all these things.
Sitting silently like a half-baked blockhead on the fence:
1 Kings 18:21 “Elijah came to the people and said, ‘how long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, then follow him.’ But the people answered him not a word.’”
What a great verse (above) identifying the double-minded, unstable in all their ways! (James 1:8)
Hebrews 12:26-28 “...He has promised saying, ‘yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven...so that the things that cannot be shaken may remain. Since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace and serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.”
As God shakes everything that can be shaken, all those sitting on the fence will be shaken off by the earthquakes of judgement. They will land in a deep valley. It’s called the “valley of decision.” It is filled with multitudes. (Joel 3:14)
The fence cannot be breached with philosophy, intellect, theology, legalism or religious works. It can only be breached by the supernatural resurrection power of God. Your gateway is the cross.
The smart and sensible thing to do when you have fallen off the fence into a valley of mud is get up, clean yourself off, throw aside your past ways and go through the nearby, narrow gate, with single-minded determination. The cross is the way into glory!
If you have fallen off the fence into the mire of the pigsty, do have a look over the fence to the other side. Do you see your Father there preparing a party for you? And He will clean you up too if you go back to Him, Mr. Prodigal, Welcome home, buddy!
Psalm 118:19 “Open to me the gates of righteousness; I will go through them and praise the Lord.”
The deeper you go into worldliness, the closer you get to the heart of Satan himself, and that always has nasty fruits with it, and much devastation.
I recall once doing a photographic feature down a gold mine 3 kilometres deep. As we descended, the air pressure increased, and it got hotter and hotter. That’s the idea of approaching hell.
The rising fence or wall has much writing on it. Have you seen the billboards, placards and banners on the fence? Did you see the sign: “The days of Noah and Lot” Or the sign: “Devil’s playground that way” Or the sign: “Your days are numbered.”
On one side of the fence we see degeneration of character and a fall in virtues and values with arising evil, and wickedness. We see a world going crazy with hatred for everything and everyone on the other side of the fence – where God and His people are.
Rather than repent, the world is justifying and neutralising sin. It is trying to breach the fence from their side.
Proverbs 17:15 “He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the just, both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord.”
Psalm 55:19 “...Because they do not change, therefore they do not fear God.”
Satan comes to kill, steel, destroy, lie, deceive, confuse, bring darkness, dark light, error, and more.
Buy flaming gold and anoint your eyes:
Revelation 3:18 “I counsel you to buy from Me, gold refined in fire, that you may be rich...and anoint your eyes with eye salve that you may see.”
The verse above is from the letter to the lukewarm, fence-sitting church of Laodicea, which God spits out. They are spiritually blind. Note that spiritual eyes are aligned with the eternal rewards, here compared to “refined gold!”
Gold is refined by a fire of judgment upon all impurities!
Your eyes are like a gateway into your soul. You must guard the gate!
There are too many forbidden things we can see too easily with our eyes! In this context, sight, imagination and thinking are closely related. They lead to actions.
Psalm 101:2-3 “I will behave wisely. I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. I will set nothing wicked before my eyes.”
And a few verses further on, here is the Lord’s response: “My eyes shall be on the faithful of the land. He, who walks in a perfect way, will serve Me.” (Psalm 101:6)
Psalm 119:37-38 “Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things and revive me in Your way. Establish Your word to Your servant, who is devoted to fearing You.”
The Bible tells us where to look:
Luke 21:28 “When these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws nigh.”
We are to look up, to look to eternity, to look to what we can’t yet see. But as we do, we must also look back to where we have come from, and what we have achieved as believers. We are always to look to our solid foundation, and our Lord impaled on the fence.
We are to look up with great expectation and hope, and backwards with thankfulness. We are to eagerly wait for our Lord. Even all creation is “eagerly waiting.” (Romans 8:19)
Don’t look over the fence! Be careful what your eyes see and ears hear in these days. It gives you leprosy rather than fine gold!
God lights up where He wants you to walk, so you can see the way ahead. If you won’t walk in His path, He switches the light off and you must say, “Hello darkness, my old friend.”
Don’t look over the fence so that you can go back to the other side! Remember Lot’s wife.
Mind your mind:
The Bible speaks of end-time “corrupt minds, destitute of the truth.” (1 Timothy 6:5) That’s the way it works! Truth is the anchor of your soul.
Thank God for your guilty conscience. Without it, you blunder on into ever worsening sin. The secular psychologist gets you to ignore your guilty conscience, saying that your sin is not sin, but a church-created obstacle to your behaviour being fully expressed.
The mass-media gets you to deny your guilty conscience, because it says sin is normal and everyone is like that.
Today, there is little hatred for sin, but fast rising hatred for all forms of godly authority, and anything that identifies and condemns sin.
Mankind always needs an authority to turn to for support. When God and His word are rejected, people are automatically filled with illegitimate authorities like those of their culture, traditions, peers, friends, majority views, media, celebrities, sportsmen and the like. These then, become the unwritten law and standard.
People go from being a friend of the world, to loving the world, to praising the wickedness of the world, to welcoming Satan. Switch on CNN anytime to see biblical truth before your eyes: “Those that forsake the word of God praise the wicked.” (Proverbs 28:4)
As you accept and normalise sin, the more your conscience is seared and your mind darkened.
In fact, with a “seared conscience,” (1 Timothy 4:2) you can’t identify sin anymore. A terrible reversal then takes place, orchestrated by Satan, and you love or “praise” sin and evil.
There is pleasure in sin, says the Bible, but it is only for a season. (Hebrews 11:25) Then you need more sin. You are now on a slippery slope downhill! Or you can go God’s way, which is the path of life, with fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore! (Psalm 16:11)
Satan’s big thing is “Do what you will.” But when that is combined with blindness to sin, and the loss of inner restraint from rejecting God’s ways, and searing your conscience – you are in great trouble – hindered of many demons.
Spiritual sight and thinking is absolutely indispensible in these days. You need it now!
The Christian who has rejected the gifts of the Spirit is in danger. They do not have the gift of discernment of spirits. How can they be safe, when you are partially blind?
2 Corinthians 10:4-6 “The weapons of our warfare and not carnal, but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds and casting down every high thing, exalting itself against the knowledge of God.”
If the light of the church is getting dimmer, you can be sure that the world is getting even darker fast. It has no light of its own. The world’s light is “great darkness.” (Luke11:35)
You must be growing in the Lord all the time. Part of that includes the knowledge of hell, which is vital for your spiritual value system and balance.
Israel and the rising fence:
The world hates and rejects all the major tenets of scripture, especially relating to God’s plan and purpose for Israel. Like stuck, scratched, records they spew out their anti-Israel rubbish all the time.
This fence is rising. We have those who are with our Lord and His plans on one side, and the world and a lot of the compromised church, on the other.
The parable of the prodigal son applies to backsliders. But it applies so excellently to Israel as well.
Malachi 3:17-18 “They (Israel) shall be mine, says the Lord of hosts, on the day that I make them My jewels. I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him. Then you shall again discern between the righteous and the wicked, between the one who serves God and who does not.”
At this stage, Israel is largely blind to the real fence between them and the world! It is the crucified Messiah – God of glory, raised and with healing and forgiveness in His “wings.”
How to secure your fence:
Why is it that so many people can’t get into the kingdom of God even though they want to, and why is it that so many make it in, and then just can’t go any further?
Here are some basic principles needed to secure your growth and prevent your fence from falling. Please note the all important words:
Psalm 119:63 “I am a companion of all those who fear You and keep Your precepts.”
Psalm 119:18 “Open my eyes that I may see wondrous things from your word.”
Psalm 119:155 “Salvation is far from the wicked, for they do not seek Your statutes.”
Psalm 95:8 “Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion and as in the day of trial.”
Luke 8:18 “Take heed how you hear.”
Psalm 145:18 “The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.”
Putting these points together we come up with this:
●We must actively fear the Lord. We must seek and keep His word. ●We must ask Him to open our spiritual eyes. ●We must maintain a soft heart before our Lord and to His word. ●We must cultivate discipline in our hearing and obeying His word. ●We must call on and study in all truth.
We are to have strong secure fences between us and false doctrine, and false prophets in the church. We are to keep them out. We are to break down all fences and barriers between all true churches of the living God.
The true Christian must have a fortified, strong, rising fence and watchman at the gate.
Pray for the strength of your fence. Know that the devil’s strategy is to divide and conquer! Satan gets through breaches and breaks in your fence.
Support and sympathy for Satan’s strategy, is the objective of the mass-media. Keep your fence between you and media very high and secure!
The issues these days are really coming into focus and people are becoming more polarised. It’s not so much an East / West or liberal /conservative issue, but a God, Satan issue, which few can see.
Please take note again of our introductory verse. Note that the things on the world’s side of the fence will get worse and worse.
Things on God’s side of the fence and in your own life can potentially get better and better in the face of the world’s worse and worse!
The path of the righteous is like the shining sun that shines ever brighter unto the coming Day. (Proverbs 4:18)
Here are the last words of King David before he died:
“The God of Israel spoke, the Rock of Israel said to me, that when one rules righteously, ruling in the fear of God, He dawns on them like morning light, when the sun rises on a cloudless morning, when the tender grass springs out of the earth, shining clearly after rain. Truly my house stands with God...” (2 Samuel 23:2-5 Amp.) See also: Job 11:17, Job 17:9, Psalm 97:11, and Proverbs 15:24.
I took the buffalo picture in KwaZulu-Natal and the baobab tree near the Limpopo River.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 426: July 17th 2018
Cursing or Blessing Israel:
We are on the verge of great worldwide calamity, war and destruction and the judgement of God. And it’s all centred on Israel and God’s will and plan.
The Jews, Israel and Jerusalem are the focus of God’s work now. Israel, the church and the world are all ripe! Many of God’s people are focussing on these things now too.
Those who come against, Israel are in fact, cursing themselves!
It’s always a good idea to establish what, or who God is blessing and join with them! You could call that, ‘enlightened self interest.’ But, it’s much, much more than that!
Genesis 12:3 “I will bless him who blesses you and curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
Defining the Palestinians:
The Bible speaks of the twins Esau and Jacob. Esau was the origination of the Arabs today. Jacob is the origination of the Jews. Ishmael also refers to the modern day Arabs. Edom and Moab today are also references to modern day Arabs and Palestinians. Islam is the predominant religion.
In reality there is no such thing as a true Palestinian or Palestinian state, but that’s another story.
Cursing Israel – the definition:
Cursing Israel is seen in two areas:
●Anti-Semitism is the action of coming against Israel and the Jews by the world. It includes political, verbal, military, terror and economic areas – the BDS Movement (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions), is an example of economic anti-Semitism.
●Replacement theology is the church arm of cursing Israel. It presumes that the church has replaced Israel, that the Jews are no longer God’s chosen people or have any defined prophetic role in God’s plans. They maintain that the word, “Jerusalem” must be replaced with the “church” and that there is no place for a Zionist state. By logical extension, they are anti -dispensations, and post tribulation rapture believers. Replacement theology is also called supersessionism, meaning that the church has superseded Israel. They believe that all the blessings in the Bible for the Jews, are now for the church, while all the curses are for the Jews. It is largely held by the churches of cessationism. These are the Spirit-less churches who reject the baptism in the Spirit, claiming that the gifts have ceased.
Both anti-Semitism and replacement theology, are essentially of the spirit of error, and both are championed by the mass-media, being Satan’s mouthpiece in these days. Both are cursed practises and belief systems.
I have always maintained that replacement theology leads to replacement reality! In fact replacement theology leads to anti-Semitic thinking and behaviour and ultimately to the antichrist.
God’s covenant with the Jews is eternal and unbreakable. It breaks those who oppose it!
Blessing Israel – the definition:
Blessing Israel is also found in two main areas:
●Blessing Israel works in that it brings blessing, even if the people involved are not saved, or even if it is a nation as a whole. The blessings come in many areas, primarily material.
●Blessing Israel from a Christian perspective involves standing with and supporting God’s prophetic word, plans and ways for Israel, Jerusalem and the Jews. It believes in dispensations and a pre-tribulation rapture. It maintains a literal approach to prophecy. It brings blessings in material things and huge, as yet-unknown, future rewards for its adherents. It produces many spiritual blessings and fruits. It is a position hated by the mass-media and the world-system.
There is growing, widening division between churches of replacement theology and those who reject it. There are also a large number of churches changing their position and now standing with Israel.
Just in case you were not aware, The Prophetic Scroll stands heavily against the entire anti-Israel crowd on all fronts, and is strongly pro- God’s prophetic word on Israel.
Anti-Semitism and replacement theology is self-destruction! It is cursing yourself.
The funny thing is that one of the tenets of replacement theology is that they believe the curses of the Bible are now for the Jews, while all the blessings are for the church. But here is God’s position:
Deuteronomy 30:7 “The Lord your God will put all these curses on your (Israel) enemies and those who hate you and persecuted you.”
Malachi 2:2 “If you will not give glory to My name, says the Lord of hosts, I will send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings.”
The context of the verse above includes God’s work with Israel. So, churches of replacement theology...even your blessings are cursed!
At the end of the day, you can temporarily frustrate the plans of God, to your own detriment, but you cannot reverse or stop God!
Numbers 23:8 “How shall I curse whom God has not cursed?”
Numbers 23:20 “I have received a command to bless; He has blessed and I can't reverse it.”
Those who think they are neutral!
There is no such thing as neutrality when it comes to the things of God!
Matthew 12:30 “He who is not with me is against Me, and whoever does not gather with Me scatters.”
Those who think they are neutral are absolutely not. They are deceived, spineless and lukewarm! (Revelation 3:16, Isaiah 5:20)
These are they who put light for dark and dark for light. If your vision in these things is blurred and of mixed opinion, you are in the dark – how great is your darkness. (Matthew 6:23)
Proverbs 24:24-25 “He who says the wicked are righteous, him the people will curse and nations will abhor him. But those who rebuke the wicked will have delight and a good blessing will come.”
Neutrality, in the face of evil is a curse!
An amazing discourse:
God spoke to Nehemiah and told him to rebuild the wall surrounding Jerusalem. The wall represents the contained security and well-being of the children of Israel. (Nehemiah 2:10)
Nehemiah 4:1 “When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he was furious and indignant and mocked the Jews.”
Sanballat was a Persian leader. (Iran today)The name means “The secret enemy.”
Nehemiah 4:7-9 “When Sanballat and the Arabs heard that the walls of Jerusalem were being restored, they became very angry and all of them conspired together to come and attack Jerusalem and create confusion. Nevertheless we made our prayer to God and because of them, we set a watch against them day and night.”
Nehemiah 4:15 “It happened to our enemies that God had brought their counsel to nothing...”
Nehemiah 6:16 “When all our enemies heard of the rebuilding, all the nations around us were disheartened in their own eyes, because they perceived that this work was being done by God.”
In this incredible, powerful discourse we see: ●The call of God to the Jews, the indignation and mocking of the Jews by the Arabs, which would include Islam today. ●We see that they are really the secret enemy with no intentions of peace. ●We see a large conspiracy (UN, EU today) ●We see them trying to create confusion. (Satan is the god of confusion.) ● We see the counsel of the nations coming to nothing. ●We see the need for watchmen. ●We see that God is doing this work.
Isn’t this the entire Israel situation, in one portion of scripture? Amazing indeed!
Add to this the story of Balak, the king of Moab (Jordan / Palestinians today), who hired Balaam to curse the Israelis who were moving into their God-given land at the time.
This is a type of the curse of replacement theology and anti-Semitism, ahead of the Jews moving into their spiritual land of salvation in these days.
The short version is that Balaam could not curse Israel. He tried, but could only speak blessing. Prophetically, this means that those who come against Israel will ultimately fail!
The doctrine of Balaam, which is to curse Israel, is found in a most telling accusation against the church of Pergamos. (Revelation 2:14-15). This same church also holds to the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, hated by our Lord. This is the doctrine that separates the clergy above the laity in dress, title and the like, to keep them subservient to the leader, even while coming against Israel.
What an amazing thing! Here we see God condemning part of the church for what is today, the curse of replacement theology and placing stumbling blocks in front of Israel!
Isn’t this a warning to all churches not to mess with Israel?
By the way, the Jews never displaced anyone from a country that never existed. Jerusalem was never the capital of a non-existent state called Palestine. Israel never went to war to occupy any land that was not God given to them by God. Look it up!
These bones don’t die!
The Nazi’s tried to put all the Jews in their graves. But Jewish graves full of dry bones are suddenly flying open, alive. Don’t count on very dry, burnt bones being dead!
Ezekiel 37:3 “Can these bones live?”
Ezekiel 37:11-12 “These bones are the whole house of Israel...they are very dry and our hope is lost. O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come out and bring you into the land of Israel...I will put My Spirit in you and shall live, and I will place you in your own land.”
Micah 7:8-9 “Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; when I fall I will arise, when I sit in darkness the Lord will be a light to me...He will bring me forth to the light, and I will see His righteousness.
Isaiah 4:2-4 “Those of Israel who have escaped and those who remain in Zion and Jerusalem, will be called holy, when the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion and purged the blood of Jerusalem, by the spirit of judgement and by the spirit of burning.”
So you think you can curse the Jews? You champion fool!
Ezekiel 13:18 “...Will you hunt the souls of My people and keep yourselves alive?”
Amos 9:15 “I will plant them in their land, and no longer (Lit=never again) shall they be pulled up from the land I have given them, says the Lord your God.”
Do you think this is all a matter of opinions? Do you think these are not important issues? What if I told you that your views on Israel today will curse you or bless you? Do you know that your views on this subject have eternal consequences not only for you, but others who you influence?
If you don’t like what I’ve just said, you can take your scissors and cut the following three verses out of your Bible. Then you can’t see them, but you will still be cursed.
Deuteronomy 30:7 “The Lord your God will put all these curses on your (Israel) enemies and those who hate you and persecuted you.”
Deuteronomy 27:17 “Cursed is the one who moves his neighbour’s landmark. And all the people shall say Amen,”
Deuteronomy 27:18 “Cursed is the one who makes the blind to wander off the road. And all the people say, ‘Amen.’”
Cursing God’s word:
John 8:37 “I know that you are Abraham’s descendants, (Pharisees) but you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you.” (Matthew 12:14, Mark 3:6)
The spirit of error is hostile to the spirit of truth. The spirit of error sought to kill our Lord. The spirit of error seeks to kill Jews and God’s plans for Israel. The spirit of error is behind the cursed, satanic replacement theology.
The Spirit-less churches do have a powerful voice. It is the same voice of the mass-media. It is the voice of a host of evil satanic spirits. It casts down a great part of God’s word.
Preacher, do you want to preach to get great numbers and much money, but with no godly results? Just preach against God’s plans for Israel. Replace those thousands of verses with your own fancy, dead, lifeless philosophy.
Preachers of replacement theology are destroyers of biblical interpretation, and exegesis. They are a brood of poisonous vipers.
The fall and rise of Israel:
God commanded Hosea to take a harlot wife. This was a type of God’s view on Israel's harlotry! Hosea’s wife had a daughter which God told him to name “Lo ru Hama”. The name means “Not pitied.” She then bore a son whom God named “Lo Ammi.” The name means “not My people.” (Hosea 1:6-8). These names were prophetic of Israel’s rebellion and fall.
Hosea 1:10 “...In the place where it was said to them, ‘You are not My people’, there it shall be said to them, ‘You are the sons of the living God.’”
What an amazing story! Israel’s rebellion produced - “Not My people”, “not pitied”, but then the grand turn-around and conclusion – “sons of the living God”!
Romans 11:25-27 “Don’t be ignorant of this mystery, lest you be wise in your own opinion, that hardening in part has happened to Israel.”
Romans 11:2 “God has not cast away His people whom He foreknew...”
Thanks to so many verses like the one above, we now have that same foreknowledge! We know all about Israel’s future, and we stand with her and bless her!
Hosea 2:23 “I will sow her (Israel) for Myself in the earth, and I will have mercy on her who had not obtained mercy; Then I will say to those who were not My people, ‘you are My people’! And they shall say, ‘You are My God.’”
What incredible drama, and it’s all happening now!
The fall of Israel was a messy affair, but the regathering, arising and soon-coming salvation is an exact affair. God uses accurate measuring instruments to describe His work. These He uses for the land, the city and the people.
He uses a “surveyor’s line” and a “plum-line.”
Zechariah 1:15-17 “I am zealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with great zeal. I am exceedingly angry with the nations at ease...Therefore thus says the Lord: ‘I am returning to Jerusalem with mercy, My house shall be built in it’, says the Lord of hosts. A surveyors line shall be stretched out over Jerusalem...The Lord will again comfort Zion and again choose Jerusalem.”
So, the stupid, blind nations of the world think they can divide Jerusalem! (Joel 3:2)
Amos 7:7-8 “Behold the Lord stood on a wall made with a plumb-line, with a plumb-line in His hand. And the Lord said to me, ‘Amos, what do you see’? I said, ‘a plumb-line.’ Then the Lord said, ‘I am setting a plumb-line in the midst of My people, Israel. I will not pass by them anymore.’”
Jeremiah 4:1 “If you return, O Israel, says the Lord, return to Me, and if you put away your abominations from My sight, then you shall not be moved.”
Insanity and madness:
The Bible is so full of descriptions, and incredible prophecies of Israel’s fall, regathering and coming salvation that you have to be insane, mad or demon possessed, not to see it. Yet much of the church, all of the mass media, and the world have set themselves up to be cursed by God.
Obadiah 1:2-3 Behold, I will make you (Edom – Jordan / Palestinians) small among the nations; you shall be greatly despised. The pride of your heart has deceived you...You say in your heart, ‘Who will bring me down to the ground?”
Isaiah 34:5 “My sword shall be bathed in heaven; indeed it shall come down on Edom, and on the people of My curse for judgement.”
A large part of the church will try to take saved Jews to Babylon again! End-time Babylon is a type of the world-system, with a cursed religious system of paganism, which the Catholic’s introduced into the church, essentially to keep the Jews out.
The job of the church is to keep the doctrine of the Catholics out, not the Jews. The job of the church is to keep itself and converted Jews free from a new Babylonian captivity.
The job of the church is to take the pure gospel to the Jew first. The job of the church is to make the Jew jealous through the grace we have in the undiluted truth.
The highly successful early church never conformed to Babylon and Rome for one second. They were in fact slaughtered by Rome.
Jeremiah 27:18 “If they are prophets and the word of the Lord is with them, let them make intercession that those left in the house of the Lord, of Judah and Jerusalem, do not go to Babylon.”
Many churches today are a conformist, compromised home of Roman hogwash – no place for Jews. Many of today’s churches are in fact the “hunters” of Jeremiah 16:16, hunting down the Jews.
How to bless Israel:
Let the Lord lead you. But if you are fortunate enough, and blessed enough to be a true Christian at this time in these days, you should have a method of blessing Israel, especially if you are a pastor.
Stand with Israel in prayer. Agree with God’s word on Israel, and actively reject that which opposes God’s word on the Jews, Israel and Jerusalem.
We are to repent on behalf of Israel. We are to stand in the gap for her.
The church often uses the verse about “standing in the gap” (Ezekiel 22:30) for missionary work. That’s fine, but the interpretation is profound indeed.
During the time of Israel’s rebellion, and wicked leaders, the walls of Jerusalem had been partially destroyed. So, God seeks for a man to stand in the gap (of the wall) on behalf of the whole land and people, so that He would not destroy it. He found none, therefore the “indignation” follows!
It is our job now, to stand in this gap. It is the gap through which Israel’s enemies flood in.
Job 22:29-30 “...So light will shine on your ways. He will save the humble person...He will even deliver one who is not innocent; yes he will be delivered by the purity of your hands.”
There are so many ways to bless Israel. I have heard of such encouraging things of late.
If you begin with the supposed rights of the Palestinians you are in trouble. You begin with the rights of God and His word! Many church leaders get it all wrong!
I warn many of you Christians: You are sitting on the fence. God will shake you off and down. You will fall down, down, down! You are in greater danger than you can even imagine!
Those who replace Israel with the church...when the pressure is on, you will replace Christ with the great peacemaker, the antichrist!
At the Exodus, Israel was pursued by Egypt. At the birth of the church, it was pursued by Rome / Babylon into the wilderness of the dark ages!
Israel today is at an important juncture. The second Exodus is on the go. She must beware of pursuing Egypt (type of the world) which includes pursuing Babylon (type of the world and false church) and its offshoot, Rome, a type of world religion.
Mass-media, you would not support Hitler because that’s not popular, but in your thick blindness, you can’t see that you are one spirit with Hitler!
Zechariah 8:13 “It shall come to pass that as you were a curse among the nations, Israel, so I will save you and you shall be a blessing. Do not fear.”
Psalm 33:10-12 “The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing...The counsel of the Lord stands forever...Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.”
These are all huge, world-moving issues today, filled with great gravity and importance!
Cursing Israel leads to blessing the Palestinian cause and the world terror of Islam. Blessing Israel leads to their soon coming salvation and salvation then going to the world by Messiah.
You can be a fellow champion of Satan’s champions – the mass-media, or champions with and for our great God, His word and ways, and His people.
Ezekiel 20:41 “I will accept you(Jews) as a sweet aroma when I bring you out of the peoples, and gather you out of the countries where you have been scattered, and I will be hallowed in you before the Gentiles.” “Hallowed” means: Pure, holy, separated.
Jeremiah 50:20 “In those days and at that time, says the Lord, ‘the iniquity of Israel shall be sought, but there shall be none; and the sins of Judah, but they shall not be found; for I will pardon those whom I preserve.”
Isaiah 27:6 “Those who come He shall cause to take root in Jacob. Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the world with fruit.”
I took these pictures in the beautiful tropical forests of Gabon.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 425: July 10th 2018
The course of the nations:
Invisible strings attach the nations to their prime controller. The nations are on course – a deadly course of decay in the dark. The nations are contaminated and must go bad.
Degeneration and deterioration are the keywords.
The collective consciousness and group-speak of the nations is a deadly thing. It gives confirmation to the plan of the devil. You need to know the ways of God well to escape the terrible grip of band-wagon thinking. The contraposition is where the truth is.
If the kingdom of God could be called a nation, it is increasing in glory, majesty, magnificence, splendour, triumph and all things good, even now and will be forever.
One thing we must realise is that the course of the nations cannot continue for much longer without judgement coming upon the whole world.
Lucifer tried to exalt himself above God. In so doing, he also exalts himself above God’s law, which is why the nations are in such a mess. They are trying to be above the law! As such, they are a law unto themselves, and failing miserably!
Jeremiah 10:23 “O Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man who walks to direct his own steps.”
Jeremiah 17:5 “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the Lord.”
The Bible says that the “truth is being cast down in the street.” (Isaiah 59:14)That means the law of God is also being cast down. It is the law which identifies sin.
We as believers have a higher law – the law of life in Messiah in our hearts.
By casting down God’s laws and exalting their own ways, the unsaved are being hit with the huge double whammy of no identification of sin, and no restraint!
The nations in their quest to change and do away with God’s laws have let a genie out of the bottle. Just like wafting smoke, you can’t put it back in!
God’s choice and way is to have nations with defined, separate identities and strong borders. This is the case for Israel and also the nations of the world. The reason is simple. Nations under God can keep evil out and righteousness in, effectively.
This does not mean a nation must become a theocracy, but it does mean that God-based laws and leaders that respect God’s laws, should be in place.
A godly nation does not mean that all people are automatically saved. “The whole world lies under the wickedness of the wicked one.” (1 John 5:19) But it is God’s will to have stable secure nations, as revealed in the verse below, and for the reason shown.
1 Timothy 2:1-2 “Pray for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence ...for God desires all men to be saved and come to knowledge of the truth.”
When a nation is under God in peace and quiet, it is easier for the gospel to go out.
A nation under God is impacted in the areas of family, church and state. That’s like the tripod of stability. If you remove one leg, the tripod will fall over.
Acts 17:26-28 “He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on the earth, and determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, so that they should seek the Lord and find Him...for in Him we live and move and have our being.”
Psalm 147:13-14 “He has strengthened the bars of your gates; He has blessed you children within you. (Jerusalem) He makes peace in your borders...”
All nations and world economies are heading for international domination and control. Here is the shocking, soon coming reality:
Isaiah 10:13-14”By the strength of my hand (antichrist) I have done it, and by my wisdom for I am prudent. I also have removed the boundaries of the people, 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.”
Revelation 13:3 “...All the world marvelled and followed the beast.”
Revelation13:7 “...Authority was given him (antichrist) over every tribe tongue and nation.”
Revelation 17:13 “These (nations) are of one mind, and they will give their authority and power to the beast.”
When Adam fell, he became a puppet of Satan. He bought into the lie that he could be like God in his independence from God.
►The nations must be removed from being “under God” to being “under Satan”, so that he can gain control of the world. That is what brings God’s wrath and destruction.
Removing the boundaries:
God set boundaries between good and evil. ●He set boundaries between nations. ●He set boundaries betweenmale and female, ●He set boundaries between child and parent. ●He set boundaries for young children, seen in discipline. ●He set the boundaries of law and order. ●He set spiritual boundaries keeping the occult and witchcraft out. ●He set the boundaries of Israel. ●He set the boundaries between the saved and the unsaved. ●He set boundaries betweenheaven and hell.
To create nations under Satan, all of these boundaries must be removed. Chaos and anarchy are the ingredients and working constituents required for mass control by Satan.
You tell me, are any of these boundaries being tampered with today? Yes sir – all of them!
If there was a verse saying, “You shall not eat peanut butter because it sticks to your mouth.” You can be sure that CNN and others of the mass-media would be having 24/7 panel discussions on the virtues of peanut butter!
It is the things of God that are being broken down so that the things of the devil can flood in.
The philosophy behind borderless equality is togetherness as one, with no separation. That necessitates the removal of the cross, because it is the eternal separator!
A classic example of how nations under God can be brought down is seen in Europe today. It was once a godly place – sort of, anyway! Today all things of God are far, far away. Europe is in darkness.
Some nations in Europe are now Juden Frei, meaning free of all Jews. Those countries are now in the process of being run over by Muslims. They have kicked God out and God has let the enemy in like a flood! Mark these words: Economic and political chaos is soon going to explode onto this stage!
Uncontrolled immigration is an attack on a nation’s stability. That is why Israel won’t let the flood of migrants in, like Europe has done.
Generally speaking, border security is not to keep good out, but evil.
The globalists think they are out to destroy nationalism, but they are out to try to destroy God. They are anti-God and His word. The nationalist agenda is God’s way for Israel – all through the Bible. This is also why the liberal left hate Israel and its claim on the land and the city.
The world capital of nationalism is Israel. The world capital of modern globalism is end-time Babylon, the mass-media and all the collective, intellectual dung-heads of the world.
We do in fact have successful, unified globalism right now! True believers are “one new man,” with “neither Jew nor Gentile, male or female” – all one in Messiah. But this new universal, global man is about to go to heaven for seven years and then to glorious eternity.
This kingdom of perfection is exclusive. It is a forbidden kingdom to all the unsaved of the world.
It is written and it will come to pass, and all things will end up God’s way! The “write” of the modern scribes is a powerless,deception!
How to fix any nation’s crime problem in one sentence:
Romans 13:3 “Rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good...”
That’s it – one verse, which is the answer to all crime in a nation.
The authorities (police, law) must be a terror to the criminal and seen as such. If not, an inverse takes place and the criminal becomes a terror to society! It’s that simple?
The law must be a terror, or the criminal will be a terror. The law can show mercy when required, but must be the overall God-ordained terror.
This is the way things work in Israel. Their laws against terror are the toughest in the world.
Sin advances because it can. Punishment produces correction and repentance, but if you remove punishment you are in grave danger.
The liberal mind believes in the inherent goodness of man. God believes the opposite!
Interestingly, the criminal mind, motivated by Satan always comes against the authorities. The discourse above in Romans 13, speaks also of authorities as being minsters of God. That simply means that the office of the authority in a nation is of God.
Cain said to the Lord after murdering his brother and being “marked” by the authority of God: “My punishment is more than I can bear.” (Genesis 4:13) That is the root of the criminal’s hatred for the authorities! You see it everywhere.
He was only concerned about himself and not his victim.
Today we see nations that are strongly against crime, being successful and just the opposite, with those weak on crime. They become terrorised by the criminal.
The nation – Israel:
Hitler’s “final solution” for the Jews was the Holocaust. But the world’s biggest backfire ever was that as WW11 ended, Israel became a nation born in a day! (Isaiah 66:8)
Instead of destruction, came the miracle of Israel’s birth as a nation! From death came life.
Now we come to a great modern miracle soon to take place. God will remove the iniquity of Israel in one day! (Zechariah 3:9) So, the nation of Israel was born in a day, and the spiritual birth will take place in one day. Will the spiritual birth occur just as the world goes into tribulation and WW111?
God chose a people, a land and a city to complete His purposes. 40 times in the Bible, God swore an oath to the Jews which included the land for the nation.
The nations hate Israel because it contains the plan of God. The world is of its god – Satan.
Micah 7:9-17 “...He will bring me (Israel) forth to the light, and I will see His righteousness. Then she who is my enemy will see, and shame will cover her who said to me, where is the Lord your God? ...The nations shall see and be ashamed of all their might; they shall put their hand over their mouth. Their ears shall be deaf. They shall lick the dust like a serpent...They shall be afraid of the Lord.”
Zechariah 12:9 “It shall be in that day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem!”
Interestingly a nation under Satan is almost always anti-Israel.
The raging nations:
Psalm 2:1-2 “Why do the nations rage and plot a vain thing? The kings and rulers of the earth set themselves to take counsel together against the Lord, saying, ‘let us break their bonds in pieces...”
The nations want to destroy godly ways and structures, which are the “bonding” and strength of the nation. If they can do this, they deliver a weak nation to the devil on a platter!
Why do the nations so blindly accept evil and sin? Why do they fall for the lies of their heroes and villains? The world and the sin-nature of man are all of the same satanic spirit and they can’t see the difference even if they tried!
The nations compare themselves amongst themselves, and set their morality accordingly – not wise! The people become acclimatised to the standard of the nation.
When the masses are complicit there is power. There is strength in unity, even if it’s ungodly.
You can’t make peace with the world. You can’t make the world a place of peace. To do so, would mean that you must make peace with the devil and remove the cross.
The media, the movies, and the entertainment world, always say that they are simply reflecting the morality of the present world. That may be partially true, but the full truth is that they also create an evil morality, giving it authority, and then justifying it with comments like, “Everyone is like this.”
The media are masters of selective editing to create the picture they want.
Proverbs 28:4 (Amp) “Those who forsake the law (word) of God and man, praise the wicked, but those who keep it contend (get angry) with them.”
Psalm 119:53 (Amp) “Burning indignation, terror (Lit=horror) and sadness seize upon me because of the wicked who forsake your law (word.)”
Hosea 4:1-2 There is no mercy, truth or knowledge of God in the land...They break all restraint.”
We are our Lord’s ambassadors of stability in the shaking and raging nations!
Ambassador: One of another country, representing and speaking for his king or emperor.
2 Corinthians 5:20 “We are ambassadors for Messiah, as though God was pleading through us...”
But many of the Lord’s ambassadors have joined up with the world-system and are now total sell-outs that can't be trusted.
Tragically, many vociferous ambassadors are now gone or silent. The world has lost its marbles. It has lost its innocence! It is now guilty as charged!
The world today is the antithesis of holiness and all that is of God. It is evil, wicked, corrupt, obscene, depraved, hateful, vicious, vile, and just plain wrong. Wrath is its future!
When you remove God from a nation, don’t think that democracy has any validity!
The biggest enemy we will face in the run-up to all the end-time events will be the mass-media and the Spirit-less, spineless church.
Satan’s strategy is: “Corrupt them and conquer them.”
►The devil keeps control by keeping nations apart from God and His ways. This is the true apartheid of the mass-media! The mass-media is the self-appointed judge of all. They are evil censors, doing the work of their master. They censor godly ways and life on every front. They are the high-gods of apartheid and censorship.
We need to use spiritual warfare gifts to maintain godly virtues and values in the nations.
Nahum 2:1 “He who scatters has come up before your face. Man the fort! Watch your road! Strengthen your flanks! Fortify your power mightily!”
People love the world because they can’t see it. They see its thin veneer of deceptive beauty. They cannot see its true nature, or its ruler in camouflage.
The Hebrew words for “night” and “mixture” have the same root word. The nations, in their darkness have mixed into their deadly cocktail, all of the world’s wickedness.
Proverbs 28:28 “When the wicked arise, men hide themselves; but when they perish, the righteous increase.”
Proverbs 29:2 “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when a wicked man rules, the people groan.
The near future of the nations:
The seriousness, gravity and truth of God’s word are frighteningly revealed and spelt out in the verses below. The full horror of it all will take place in the tribulation period, soon to begin. But as you read through the verses, may they impact you deeply.
Ezekiel 7:5-10 “A disaster, a singular disaster has come! An end has come; it has dawned for you! Doom has come to you, who dwell in the land. A day of trouble is near and not of rejoicing. Upon you, I will soon pour out My fury...I will judge you according to your ways and your abominations...Doom has gone out; the rod has blossomed. Pride has budded.”
Zephaniah 1:14-17 “The great day of the Lord is near, it hastens quickly. The noise of the day of the Lord is bitter. The mighty men shall cry out. It is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of devastation and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, a day of trumpet and alarm against the fortified cities and high towers. I will bring distress upon men and they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the Lord. Their blood shall be poured out like dust, and their flesh like refuse.”
Psalm 33:10-12 “The Lord brings the counsel or the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect. The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of His heart to all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, and the people who He has chosen as His own inheritance.”
It is national suicide to kick God out of a nation.
How do you see the nations?
Jeremiah 4:26 “...I looked and behold, all the cities were broken down at the presence of the Lord, by His fierce anger.”
Yeshua loves and nourishes His bride. The antichrist hates and kills his bride the false church and the unsaved of the nations.
Today there is a new normal all around us. It is a normal full of advancing evil and wickedness. This requires the same normal from us and that is: “I have been crucified to the world and it to me.”
When the world is going in the wrong direction, you better be going the other direction fast.
The tragic sum of godless modern man is: “Me now!” and “Do what you will!” But all of this is about to run into the great ruler of the kingdom of God – the eternal, glorious, nation of God!
The course of the nations is doom. But you can live in that gloom perfectly victoriously! There is real revival when the church influences the nation.
Our nation - the kingdom of God, is the answer. Do you have your passport? You need it!
This is one of my paintings from some time ago. It is a mixed media creation using some collage elements, air-brushing and other techniques.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 424: July 3rd 2018
Looking back from eternity!
When people go away on holiday, they normally do so in excited anticipation. They think ahead of what their trip will entail. That’s the idea of this edition. It is the great déjà vu! But this is very real and irreversible. This will lead you to plan ahead!
The big thing here is that once we step into eternity, our position is signed, sealed and delivered. There is no going back to change or fix things. There will be no repentance allowed. It’s final!
Now please join me in imagining what the future holds for you. Imagine that we are there already, and we now are looking back to the times of our lives on earth.
My prayer for you is that you see the gravity, severity, importance and great potential of these things and make the necessary changes and adjustments now before it’s too late.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 “He has put eternity in the hearts of man.”
Judgement, your great friend:
God’s judgement judges! It condemns and purifies. It cleans out sin. It leads to repentance now. It creates a new world of purity and holiness. It makes us right with God.
We have been judged for sin on the cross of Calvary. We take up our own cross of judgement upon ongoing sin in our lives – daily. We are free. What a great friend we have in the cross of Messiah.
We will soon be judged at the “judgement seat of Messiah” for the works we did in response to God’s call and leading. This judgement seat is essentially a reward seat. These rewards we receive are eternal. They set our eternal state with God. This judgement seat is fearful, but a great “friend”.
The unsaved world has no such friend. To them, coming judgement is a terror. They have no cross of salvation, and no daily cross, to clean them up as they go. They have no promised assessment of their works for reward!
We fear the Lord with a cross, which removes all terror from us and gives us confidence. The unsaved have no cross. They will fear the Lord in absolute terror, full of their unforgiven sin.
Psalm 96:11-13 “Heaven and earth rejoice, because He has come to judge the world.”
The things that lie ahead for the true believer are beyond our imagining in wonder, majesty and glory. But that’s all after judgement has cleansed us and the universe forever.
We know very little about what’s out there. Many great, but stupid philosophies and presumptions rule the day about the universe and eternity.
The Bible gives hints at some of what lies out there. There are others worlds with life on them. There is a real place called heaven. The expanse of the universe is unknowable. There is more incredible wonder and beauty out there than we can imagine.
We will be supernatural beings able to materialise and dematerialise at will, and travel at the speed of thought throughout the universe.
Here is the shocker:
The Bible declares that we will rule and reign with our Lord forever. We will “inherit all things.” We will know everything there is to know!
The rule and reign will be on the earth in the Millennium, but it will not be limited to that. We may well be ruling and reigning in the entire universe too.
The demise of sin:
The sin of the world has already been removed through the cross of Calvary, but its effects still linger, because its author and god, Satan is still to see his demise completed.
Psalm 103:12 “As far as the east is from the west, so far He has removed our transgressions from us.”
In other words, our sins are forever gone, never to be seen again!
Colossians 2:18 “Let no one defraud you of your reward.”
We must beware of the seducing power of the world. It nullifies our rewards and damages us severely. One of Paul’s faithful co-workers, Demas, left him and went back into the world, because he secretly “loved this present age.” (2 Timothy 4:9-10)
The spirit of the world, which contains the spirit of error, ridicules the things of God, neutralises sin, mocks righteousness, and denies judgement to come. It exalts and glorifies man now. It focuses on the temporary and material world. “Me now” is the world’s slogan.
The Spirit of God at work in us, which is the Spirit of truth, convicts of sin, righteousness and judgement to come. (John 16:8) It exalts and glorifies God. It focuses on the eternal.
More and more, what the Bible defines as sin is now being legitimised by the world, but it will not last for much longer.
Today there is no guilt in sin. It has been neutralised. There is no shame in sin anymore. So, the unsaved think that they have no need to repent!
The sinner must be made to know and feel helpless and condemned under the weight of sin. It is the preaching of the law that identifies sin and causes guilt.
Romans 3:19 “...Every mouth may be stopped (by the preaching of the law) and all the world may become guilty before God.”
●The law defines what sin is and what holiness is. It points the way, as a schoolmaster, to the answer, which is the law of life in Messiah.
●The world redefines sin as normal, and holiness as obedience to the world! It points the way as a schoolmaster, to its answer – Satan and hell.
Did you know there are degrees of sin and eternal punishment? Here are a few of the many verses relating to this: Matthew 10:15, 11:21, John 19:11, Revelation 20:12, Hebrews 10:29.
Likewise there are degrees of good works and eternal reward. Here are some verses relating to this: 1 Corinthians 15:39-41, 2 Corinthians 4:17, 5:10.
We will differ from one another in brightness, as the stars differ from each other. (1 Corinthians 15:41) That annihilates the philosophy of eternal equality. Yes, we will all be equal in terms of foundation, but what we build on our foundations will be totally different.
Many believers, at the judgement seat, will “suffer loss of rewards.” (1 Corinthians 3:15) They will still be saved, but due to them being turkeys all their lives, they will have no reward. Likewise those who die just after being saved, will have no reward, but will be saved.
The next time you look up at the stars, just remember that you are looking at what believers will be like forever, in terms of their reward state! So, do you think it’s important?
All sin will be gone, but it’s inconceivable that we will not know for what we suffered loss of reward. So there will be great regret and sorrow. That won’t last for five minutes though!
Isaiah 65:17 “Behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former shall not be remembered or come to mind.”
Salvation with no rewards will still be beyond imagination in glory, but what is coming for those who were obedient to our Lord’s word in this life, is beyond the limitations of language.
The eternal rule, reign and magnificent state:
We rule and reign forever! (Revelation 22:5, 20:6, 11:15 2Timothy2:12)
This verse below is the envy of every government in the world. It is the envy of the mass media. It is the envy of all the one-worlders!
Isaiah 9:6-7 “The government will be upon His shoulders... Of the increase of His government and peace, there will be no end...”
What follows is a description of the some of the biblical factors of the eternal state, I have put together for your benefit:
●Nothing runs down or gets old. ●There will be no sin and evil. ●Everything will be pure, holy and clean. ●There will be full, perfect knowledge of all things. ●We will co-reign in the universe with our Lord. ●There will be perfect environment. ●Those who were humble before God will now be fully exalted. ●The transition between the natural state and spiritual will be at will, instant and immediate. ●We will be fully supernatural beings. ●There will be hosts of angels all around, and heavenly beings of incredible magnificence – glorious creatures beyond imagination.
●There will be no more tears. (Revelation 20:4) ●There will be no more death. (Revelation 21:4) ●There will be no more pain or sorrow. (Revelation 21:4) ●All things (including environment) will be new. (Revelation 20:5) ●The saints (all true believers) will inherit all things. (Revelation 21:7) ●There will be no more curse. (Revelation 22:3, Romans 8:18-23) ●Former things will not be remembered (Isaiah 65:17, Revelation 21:4) ●There will be no decay or corruption (Romans 8:21)
●There will be no rejection, loneliness, failure, fear, stress, or any psychological ailments.
We are about to participate in the final consummation of the age and receive the final stage of our salvation – a glorified resurrected body. We are now exiles in this world. We are the doorstep of the end of this evil age. We have been invited to a wedding to put all weddings to utter shame.
Philippians 3:21 “He will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body.”
Daniel 7:18 “The saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever and ever.”
The great regret of those in hell:
If unsaved, when you look around hell, you will ask, “Where are my friends, family and loved ones”? Your unsaved friends and family will be there. They will be waiting for you. Suddenly, they will appear. You will be able to commiserate in tearful regret with them all.
Here is a most shocking verse:
Isaiah 14:9 “Hell from beneath is excited about you, to meet you at your coming. It stirs up the chief ones of the earth and the kings of the nations.”
Note that many of the world’s leaders will be there too!
Regret, bitterness, gnashing of teeth, and deep distress will rule! Anguish, heartache heartbreak, weeping, wailing and lamenting – but all too late for repentance.
The residents of hell will look back and say: “If only we had listened to the preacher”. “If only we had not listened to the mass-media”. “If only we had not trusted the opinions of us all.”
Hell is real. It is the place of eternal punishment for demons, fallen angels and unsaved humans. It is referred to as the place of eternal torment, which will involve pain and suffering. There will be different degrees of this suffering.
Matthew 25:46 “These will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
Matthew 10:28 “Do not fear those that can kill the body, but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
Matthew 13: 49-50 “At the end of the age, the angels will separate the wicked from among the just and cast them into the furnace of fire. There shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”
Psalm 9:17 “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.”
Jude 1:7 “As Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, who gave themselves over to sexual immorality and went after strange flesh, suffer the vengeance of eternal fire.”
2 Corinthians 7:10 “Godly sorrow produces repentance, to salvation, not to be regretted, but the sorrow of the world produces death.”
Hell is forever!
The torment of Babylon (world-system) endures forever. (Revelation 19:3) The torment of the devil also lasts forever. (Revelation 20:10)This is why Satan wants to prolong this age. When it ends his torment begins!
●Eternal judgement, which includes hell, is one of the foundational doctrines of Messiah. (Hebrews 6:2) How can you remove a major foundation stone from your “building” and expect to endure?
If you, as a believer are ready to give up...Don’t.
Numbers 14:4 “Let us now appoint a leader and return to Egypt.” (This was after the Exodus!)
Genesis 19:26 “Lot’s wife looked back and she became a pillar of salt.” Luke 17:32.
The great relief of those in heaven:
If saved, as you look around, you will ask, “Where are my friends, family and loved ones”? Suddenly you see them, but many will not be here. There will be great joy, relief, release, peace, rest and great reunion. We will all be shocked to find some who we thought would never be saved, here in heaven.
Saved Jews will look back in shock at the fact that they were blinded to their Messiah who took away their sins, and it was not law-keeping that saved them. Perhaps that is why the Bible is so full of the most incredible parables, descriptions and joyful emotion about their coming salvation.
2 Corinthians 5:17 “If anyone is in Messiah, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.”
We will look back and be so thankful for the grace of God that led us to salvation. We will be so thankful for those who taught us well, and led us to this place of great reward. We will see that angles were our invisible companions on earth. They will now be with us in reality.
We will see that it was the hand of God leading us protecting us and guiding us.
We will see exactly who it was that we thought were men of God, but were the devil’s disciples trying to leads us astray. We will see exactly what false doctrine was.
We will see exactly what a dangerous mine-field the world was through which we walked. We will see its judgement and final end.
2 Peter 1:4 “Exceedingly great and precious promises have made us partakers of the divine nature, escaping the corruption in the world through lust.”
We will see those at the Great White Throne Judgement of God, the unsaved who were our friends, colleagues and family as they are condemned to hell. (Revelation 20:11-15)
“Many people, if permitted to speak on judgement day would curse you for leading them to hell, by your worldly lifestyle”. – Charles Finny – 250 years ago!
Bear in mind that you will meet the people that you were entrusted with or had dealings with here on earth in their judgement.
Psalm 17:15 “As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness. I shall be satisfied, when I awake in Your likeness.”
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 who love Him.”
Think about these things:
You can change your thinking. How much of eternity do you think about? When you train you mind to think about right things and cast down evil imaginations, you are on the right course.
There is a wonderful thing about getting old. The Bible aligns age with wisdom. But as everything else starts to run down, grace at work turns your attention to eternity! Old age weans us from the temporal realm to the eternal – which is all very good!
The tragedy is to get old disgracefully!
To those Christians who have lost a child in death, here is a word of encouragement. Job lost everything. God gave back to him all he had lost, except his departed children. They, in fact were never lost! You will meet them again!
The final enemy is death. It will be destroyed. (1 Corinthians 15:54) We are to forget those things that lie behind us and move forward and upwards to ever intensifying light. (Philippians 3:13)
1 Corinthians 15:55 “O death where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory.”
If you are a Christian woman who has had an abortion, and now regrets it, you must repent, but you will meet your unborn child again, and be united in glory, where there is no sin or guilt.
What you must do:
Colossians 3:2 “Set you mind on things above, not on things of this earth, for you died and your life is hidden with Messiah.”
2 Peter 3:11 “Since all these things will be dissolved (world), what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness.”
Philippians 3:14-15 “I press towards the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Yeshua the Messiah...Have this mind in you.”
Job 17:9 “The righteous will hold to his ways, and he who has clean hands will grow stronger and stronger.”
Salvation is not a patched up old life. It is death of the old and new birth and resulting life. Our lives are of supreme value when we go God’s way. The best way to love your life is to lose it, so that pure godly, resurrection life comes through.
In all these things we should have an attitude of real gratitude and thankfulness for every breath we take and everything we have! When last did you thank the Lord for the water you drink?
We will soon be in His presence. Many who think they will be there won’t.
The source of holiness, strength, power and the knowledge of sin is the knowledge of God.
God comes with pardon and a sword! Our Lord is a Lamb and also a Lion. The truth contains goodness and severity, mercy and judgement. The message is: Heaven and hell repent or perish!
Too many ministries today give the impression that God loves the sinner so much that they have nothing to fear at all and no radical change is needed.
God will make you what no man, institution of learning, or church can do, if you go His way.
I His presence is life forevermore, light, sight, revelation, understanding, knowledge, wisdom, strength, power, peace, rest, fullness of joy, blessing and victory.
See also: “The glory of the future universe” - Edition 197
Lions! I took these pictures in the wilds of Southern Africa. The painting (inset) is one of mine from long ago in mixed media.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 423: June 26th 2018
Interpretation: Truth or Error!
Bible interpretation depends on the condition of your heart. What you receive from the word of God by way of correct, Spirit-led interpretation becomes revelation to you. Without the Spirit-leading, it all remains second-hand dead letter. If you have received Bible prophecy well, one day you will look back and say, “Thank you Lord for lighting my path.”
2 Peter 1:19 “We have the prophetic word made more sure, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place...”
Please note in the verse above, that the prophetic word is a light that shines in the dark. If you do not know it, or reject it, or water it down, you are in the dark in a deeply dark and dangerous world.
This realm of interpretation of prophecy has many pitfalls, many varied opinions and much debate, but running through the centre, is the right way. You will feel it in your heart and bear witness to the truth, rightly divided and applied.
In this edition, I have things to say, and then an example of correct interpretation of a most dramatic portion of scripture, which will be great revelation for you, and a key to the entirety of prophecy.
Some interpretation principles:
Luke 8:18 “...Take heed how you hear.”
Job 34:29 “...When He hides His face who then can see Him, whether it is a nation or a man alone.”
The two verses above show that there are conditions to be met. Note that this can apply even to an entire nation. It is always pride that causes blindness.
You see what you believe, your actions follow! So believing right is a most important thing.
You don’t need to be an intellectual to interpret correctly. You need to be humble. This is why intellectuals are generally so far wrong on biblical issues. To humble their intellect, is what they can’t do, thus deafening their ears, and blinding their own eyes to God.
Hazy, foggy, allegorical doctrine is the sign of the liberal. Have you ever noticed that liberals are never humble people? They are always full of pride.
We must interpret prophecy literally. That is historically accurate. This literal approach does not rule out allegory, or symbols, types and figures of speech, if obvious, but the literal always comes first.
Most of the churches that reject the fullness of the Spirit, and the gifts, use the allegorical interpretation method and their own many and varied opinions. This is why there is so much confusion around the subject. “Our God is not a God of confusion.” (1 Corinthians 14:33)
Without the fullness of the Spirit, and the operation of the revelatory gifts, you are in danger of being puffed up in pride, as you come up with all sorts of fancy speculation and explanations.
In many ways, Bible prophecy is like the headlights of the car travelling through a dangerous wilderness in the dark. With no headlights, you will soon be vulture-food!
It is Satan’s desire to pervert prophecy and blind people to its miraculous life-changing power.
The literal approach to prophecy is of prime, major importance for Israel, Jerusalem and the Jews, as we will see further down.
The power of erroneous prophecy:
We are in a spiritual environment, and this environment is charged with many evil powers. We must know it, and recognise it to be victorious.
Behind the world system is a planned system, with its own illegitimate power, heading towards a planned goal, and it’s all hostile to God and His people.
Many verses speak of the power of the law of sin, from which we must be freed, by the power of the cross and resurrection.
“The whole world lies under the power of the evil one.” (1 John 5:19) The world has this satanic power contained in it. We know that demons also have power. So it is sin operating through self, the world and the demonic, which all contains evil power.
This power is manifest where the cross is absent. It may take so time for the power to flourish, and it may do so in various ways, but it will do so and it will all fall in the end, as it is overthrown by a far superior power!
Prophecy and prophetic interpretation that originates in the “spirit of error,” contains this negative power. It actually has the power to cause the shipwrecked faith of many, especially the weak in faith, the new in faith, and the gullible.
What to me is amazing is that some people never get tired of being wrong and wrong again. They’re spiritually blind to the spirit of error driving them.
A sure way to be led astray is to give yourself to teachers who have repeatedly been wrong, without repenting. They are a trap for you to fall into.
The satanic host know well whom they can mislead, and entrap and bring under their power. They also know whom they have no power over at all!
Because we are in a spiritual environment, with alive, active attacking spirits of error, we need desperately, to be led by the Spirit of truth. (John 16:13)
There is a great danger when the authority of interpretation is the interpreter who sits full of pride on the throne of his life. That illegitimate authority rubs off on many and leads them astray. It’s like a curse at work, causing great harm.
Pride, legalism, rebellion and sin all work together. Be warned that humility can also be full of sin, if it has no cross attached. Many come across in humility to deceive you. Pride-filled shepherds in humble disguises are a lot more dangerous than you can imagine.
Bible teachers, who do not repent of error, go further and further into deception. That is almost like a law! Run away from them or you are in danger of coming under that spirit.
People who have been saved a long time and are always learning, but never coming to the knowledge of the truth, are a nuisance. (2 Timothy 3:7)
These are the ones who are fundamentally gullible, with something deeply wrong in their hearts. They could be full of pride, under a curse, or simply without repentance from past errors and associations.
It’s always the same ones, just the ones who you would expect, who repeatedly fall into the mire. They never learn!
Error produces discouragement when it is revealed as such. Truth always comes out in the end. When it does, it shames error. Those who have clung to error and put it to bed in their hearts will end up wrecked with their followers.
Be humble before God when dealing with prophecy, or be humiliated. Many won’t change from wrong to right when they discover it – out of pure pride.
The throne of pride is a stolen throne, but tragically that same enthroned pride also sits on the throne of other people’s lives. They have let it in. There is a deadly transfer of spirits in these things. This is especially evident in sects and cults. It’s like a highly contagious disease.
Pride, whenever identified must become your uninvited nightmare-guest. Kick him out fast.
A tragic example of how pride disguised in humility caused over a thousand years of failure, and led to deep, dangerous errors like replacement theology is seen in the Catholic founders.
Augustine was a founders of what became replacement theology. He hated the Jews. He ruled that the Bible can only be interpreted in subjection to church orthodoxy! What arrogant horror! That toxic garbage is still playing out today, in the form of replacement theology.
It was in fact the Catholic church, led by powers of evil, that produced the dark ages, while everything about the true gospel is light!
Through its entire Spirit-less history, they have been hostile to the Jews and Israel.
The reformers brought significant light to the darkness, but they stopped short. Most rejected the fullness of the Spirit with the gifts. They produced a church divided. Today there are over 30,000 denominations. Their approach to prophecy is almost entirely allegorical, with a few exceptions.
Many Spirit-less denominational churches today are champions of replacement theology – haters of God’s unique plan for Israel, lovers of Palestinian rights above the God-given rights of the Jews.
It’s never my desire to interfere with individual churches. I love them all, and hope and pray for great revival, unity and blessing, but there are some you need to run away from fast. They will do you much harm. It is these Spirit-less, anti-Israel churches of replacement theology.
This issue is fast becoming one of the big issues of the day and it will become much bigger very soon!
Now let’s look into a few powerful Bible stories that have within them, major prophetic messages. These stories that follow, have been terribly misinterpreted by many, explained away, watered down, changed and messed up by so many minsters of no consequence.
Allegorical methods of interpretation have been used, producing confusion, replacement theology and other great errors.
This presentation below is the pure, correct, literal rendition, which is in fact, finding fulfilment now before the eyes of the world.
Jacob’s ladder, almonds, olives, bones and Israel:
In the following incredibly profound discourse, we see the entire course of the end-time Middle East situation in graphic detail. It originates with the twins, Esau and Jacob.
Esau became the father of the Arab people and by extension, the Palestinians, as well as the religion of Islam. Jacob had his name changed to Israel and is universally accepted as the father of Israel, and the Jews today.
Genesis 27:41 “So Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing with which his father Isaac blessed him, and Esau said in his heart, ‘the days of mourning for my father are at hand; then I will kill my brother Jacob.”
This verse above sets the stage for the eternal hatred of the Arabs for the Jews. Now, a few verses on and we see something amazing:
Genesis 28:12-17 “Jacob dreamed and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. And behold, the Lord stood above it and said: ‘I am the Lord God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac. The land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants and your descendants shall be as numerous as the dust of the earth. You shall spread abroad to the west, the east, the north and the south and in you and in your seed, all the families of the earth will be blessed...Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, ‘surely the Lord is in this place and I did not know it. 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.’”
This all occurred in the town called “Bethel”. (Genesis 28:19) This word means “House of God.” But Bethel was previously called “Luz” which means “almond tree.” The Hebrew word for “almond” also means “watch or watchful.”
In Jeremiah 1:1-11, the Lord asked Jeremiah what he had seen in a vision. He said, ‘an almond branch.’ The Lord said: “You have seen well, for I am watching over My word to perform it.”
The almond is closely associated with Israel in many verses. The Lord instructed that the Temple Menorah be decorated with gold almond blossoms. The menorah is a symbol of the tree of life, giving off the light of life. (Those are almond blossoms in the picture above.)
Bear in mind that the almond is the first tree to blossom after winter.
Aaron’s rod that budded was an almond branch. According to Numbers 17:2, the twelve sons of Israel had their names written on this rod. Aaron’s rod represents Israel, the authority and judgement of God, and the supernatural miracles of God.
Aaron’s rod budded although the branch had long been cut off from the tree. This speaks wonderfully of the Olive branch (Jews) being grafted back in to their tree (Romans 11:17) and also of dead, dry bones coming to life miraculously and being made new spiritually! (Ezekiel 37:12-14)
Aaron’s rod budding also speaks of resurrection from the dead, seeing as the dead branch budded. The rod also speaks of the authority of God over the nation Israel. But there is an imposter “rod”!
Psalm 125:3 “The sceptre of wickedness will not remain on the land allotted to the righteous.”
A “sceptre” is a rod of sorts representing authority and power. This “sceptre” is no doubt Islam. Its days are numbered!
Do you see what we have here? I hope you do, because it would change the course of world history if they knew it. This is prophecy, incredibly spelling out just what we see today!
Here are the main points:
●The Arab people, the Palestinians in particular, have an inbuilt ancient hatred for Israel. ●They are out to kill the Jews. ●Angels are messengers of God, and here we see the message coming from God to the Israelis and to the world, and back again. ●We see that God Himself has given the land of Israel to the Jews, exclusively. ●We see the worldwide dispersion (diaspora) here, and the regathering. ●We see the great culmination, with the Jews blessing the whole world with salvation! ●We see that Israel becomes “the awesome house of God.” ● We see that Israel is to be saved by going through the “gate of heaven.”
Perhaps the most important, far reaching few words of this dramatic prophecy are: “God was in this place and I knew it not.”
●To Israel: God is in this place, ready or not, and He has decided, He has given you the land, blessed you, and given you your amazing future about to dawn.
●To the unsaved world and especially political leaders: God is in this place – Israel, and in Israel’s destiny. Do NOT challenge or come against God in this entire situation. You will regret it!
●To the church: God is in this place – Israel, in what He is doing with and for them. Don’t you dare throw Israel out and say the curses are now for them, and the blessings for the church. The true church is already blessed and Israel will soon experience enormous blessing, as you, the church of replacement theology, are cut off. (Romans 11:21-22)
●To the Palestinians: God is in this place – Israel! You have set out in hatred to kill your brother, the Jews! – You will fail and fail again, until you are destroyed.
Israel itself is a major prophecy of God to the world. God is in it!
You may want to bear this astounding verse in mind: “We can do nothing against the truth, but only for the truth! (2 Corinthians 13:8)
The message of the flood:
The flood of Noah is a type of the end-time destruction of the world. The Ark came to rest on Mt. Ararat. This word “Ararat,” means “Holy Ground.” And “God is here” (in this place).
Everything of the world of that day was left in the destruction of God’s judgement, except Noah and family. What remains after judgement is “holy ground.” God is in the place where the ground is holy! That also speaks prophetically of the Millennium and beyond.
When we see and apply the power of the cross of judgement to our live, we are on holy ground and God is in this place! The world is now dead to us, as we are to it! (Galatians 6:14)
So, if you have been crucified with Him, and are taking up your cross, you are on holy ground! Do you know who else is on holy ground with you? Do you know that God is in this place? It is He.
The world was judged by water, it will soon be judged again by fire. We have been judged by the cross of Calvary and holy ground is the result! And that brings God into this place and us into His place forever – pure and holy.
When God is in this place, so is His voice. We had better hear it clearly. He has spoken.
The things that God has spoken prophetically in His word over Israel, Jerusalem and the Jews will come to pass exactly. It is true! God is in it!
You have two choices. You can align yourself with our great God, Lord and Saviour, or you can follow the world as it races for a fiery judgement. You can do nothing against the truth!
What an amazing thing!
If the dispersion and regathering of Israel were so succinctly prophesied, and they have happened exactly, the rest of prophecy will continue to be fulfilled in the same manner! Those who come against these plans of God have in fact, cursed themselves, like a withered dried up blade of grass.
Psalm 129:5-6 “Let all those who hate Zion be put to shame and turned back. Let them be as grass on the housetops, which withers before it grows up.”
The voice of the Lord is a powerful and fearful thing. The response to His voice is beautifully, poetically described in a number of the Psalms.
It is a voice of glory and thunder, powerful and full of majesty. It breaks and splinters forests. It divides the flames of fire and shakes the wilderness. It shakes the world and everything that can be shaken. It shakes the earth and the heavens.
The voice of the Lord causes the rivers to clap their hands, the trees to clap their hands, the sea to clap its hands. It causes the hills to be joyful.
The Lord is in His voice with all power and authority.
The Lord’s voice is to be heard.
I took the picture of the elephants in Etosha and the lichen on a rock.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!