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Jeremiah 4:5-6 “Declare in Judah and proclaim in Jerusalem and say: Blow the trumpet in the land; cry and gather together and say, ‘assemble yourselves, and let us go into the fortified cities.’ Set up the standard toward Zion. Take refuge, do not delay! I will bring disaster from the north and great destruction.”
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●We await big things prophetically! It may be very soon. We await some dramatic developments on the war front, with WW111 brewing, Syria awaiting destruction, Amman, Jordan too. Iran and Turkey are in the gun-sights and Israel is on the brink of being drawn into it all! These are all prophetic players and all in the news right now!
●This current tense situation, may become the catalyst that will draw Israel into war.
●April 18th will see Israel hold a massive celebration to mark her 70th birthday since being born in a day. It will be tagged: “A nation born in a day.” It will have many prophetic overtones. I will be bringing you some interesting things in this regard as we move nearer.
●Pressure is mounting on Netanyahu due to corruption allegations. That may be so, but be aware that both Netanyahu and Trump do not fit in with the New World Order agenda.
Shabbat (Sabbath) begins on Fridays at 6pm and ends on Saturdays at 6pm. The purpose is to help the church and Israel become reconciled in Messiah and to identify the rift, and the needed restoration. There is much in the church that needs to change before it can be fully reconciled with the Jew. Likewise, changes in Jewish thinking are also needed.
Edition 57. 30th October 2010
In this edition:
●Concerted attack on Israel by the church
Dramatic news events
A number of news events have just occurred that are so important that they need to be dealt with now. They are shocking indeed, but also point to the veracity of Bible prophecy and the soon coming of our Lord.
As regular readers know I've often spoken of the coming onslaught on Israel by the world and supported by much of the church. This issue is of major importance. The Bible prophecies that Israel will be betrayed by a large part of the church. Israel is the rising fence that no one can straddle. It is the issue that will cause many to run with the world peacemaker, Satan, straight down the road to hell.
Why is it that so much of the church is now openly coming against Israel in a concerted manner? It's almost as if some invisible force is directing them from the sidelines!
Matthew 12:30 "If you're not with Me you are against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters." This verse flies in the face of modern day thinking. Note it does not say "if you are not with Me that's okay because your opinions are valid."
Here are the events that I will look at:
●The Catholic church turns on Israel.
●The Methodist church condemns Israel.
●The Anglican church in a move that threatens Israel.
●The Presbyterian church comes against Israel.
●World Council of churches continues with it's anti-Israel program.
●Palestinians to declare statehood in 2011.
The church greatly endangers Israel.
●Catholic church calls for Israel to get out of the "occupied territories." In a two week synod a few days ago at the Vatican, Middle Eastern bishops of the Catholic church decided that Israel was the "root of the Middle East woes" The final statement declared that Israel must end "occupation". It went on to say that security barriers, military checkpoints, the jailing of terrorists were the reasons behind many of the problems.
In clarifying remarks the synod declared that "the Holy scriptures cannot be used to justify the return of the Jews to Israel and the displacement of the Palestinians" The notion of a "Jewish state" was rejected.
Israel's ambassador to the Vatican, Mordechai Levi, decried the synod's view.
A week ago Benedict XVI and Vatican bishops called on the international community to "take the steps to put an end to the 'occupation' of the territories" The Vatican called for Jerusalem to be given a special status which involves dividing it.
Israel's deputy foreign minister Daniel Ayalon reacted angrily to this, calling it "Arab propaganda."
●The Methodist annual conference has now reviewed its policy on Israel. The church voted to boycott products from Israeli "settlements" calling them illegal. It enflamed the Israeli Chief Rabbi "This is a sad day for Jewish-Methodist relations". The Methodist Conference has "swallowed hook line and sinker a report full of inaccuracies, misrepresentations and distortions of Israeli policy" he said. "The Methodist church should hang its head in shame, just as surely as it will cause the enemies of peace to cheer from the sidelines."
The report also declares that Zionism, and in particular Christian Zionism, is incompatible with Methodist beliefs. The 54-page report was produced by a working group chaired by the Rev Graham Carter, a former president of the church. It states: "The key hindrance to security and a lasting peace for all in the region is the occupation of Palestinian territory by the state of Israel, now in its fifth decade."
It omits mention of Hamas's desire to eliminate Israel.●Anglican archbishop of apostasy.
The archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, the head of the worldwide Anglican Church, recently proclaimed, "Christian doctrine is offense to Muslims."
One publication said "It's hard to know where to begin to assess such a statement, when one considers the source. Officially, the archbishop of Canterbury is the chief bishop and principal leader of the Church of England, the symbolic head of the worldwide Anglican Communion and the diocesan bishop of the Diocese of Canterbury".
Not only did the archbishop apologize to Islam for Christianity, he turned history on its head in the same document, accusing Christianity of "being promoted at the point of a sword."
The Anglican church has long been a voice of enmity towards God's plan for Israel, being an adherent to the evil doctrine of replacement theology. (I must add that there are some within the Anglican church who do support Israel)
Retired South African Anglican Tutu has just renewed his call for a boycott of Israel.
●A new organisation called Churches for Middle East Peace has just organised a "religious rally against Israel". It's participants include many mainstream denominations. Some of these include sections of the Catholic church, the Anglican church, the Methodist church, the Presbyterian church, the Alliance of Baptists , the American National Council of churches and other Calvinist churches. One participant called Friends of Sabeel called for the dissolving of the Jewish state and replacing it with a "multi-ethnic Palestine".
●Presbyterian church of the USA at its recent synod adopted a dangerous new policy. This is called the Middle East Study Committee (MESC) and was put together by a group of theologians who set out to use theology to delegitimize the Jewish state of Israel. This group calls for the US to withhold financial and military support to Israel. It apologizes to the Palestinians for the fact that the church conceded that Israel has a right to exist. It denies any connection between biblical covenants and the Jewish people. Oddly, this new Presbyterian policy is sub-titled "breaking down walls" It will in fact do the opposite. Reading through all the details it is nothing short of a declaration of war against Israel.
The Anti-Defamation League called this new policy an "offensive attack on Israel, which mixes toxic bad history with politically motivated distortions."
●The World Council of Churches (WCC) has always been anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian. There is a 'same-spirit' among all its members. In fact all multi-faith organisations are anti-Israel without one single exception. In 2007 the evil multi-faith WCC launched an anti-Israel global initiative. It has spearheaded many others since then.
In reading up on all the recent World Council of Churches material, I felt a terrible deathly spirit of antichrist over all the material. Some of it made me very angry. In fact I won't even write on it, it just makes me feel sick. I have not one single positive word or thought towards them. This organisation is prime-evil in disguise.
Isn't it interesting that many of these church institutions are dying dinosaurs in their own right, yet still have the energy to launch attacks against the work of God!
Israel in growing danger:
There is a fast rising swell of churches around the world taking a stand against God's plans for Israel, Jerusalem and the Jews. Many others are complicit in their silence, but what is particularly important is that many are now coming out in open attack.
Why is this happening:
Firstly, a large part of the church is coming against Israel because it's politically correct to do so.
Secondly, it's happening because deceived, blind leaders are following a spirit and the people at large couldn't be bothered to find out what God's word says. They are blindly submitting their spirit and soul to their church leaders and church doctrine without question.
Please don't email me and tell me not to point out all this stuff and just let things be. My friends, that would not be walking in love. Love warns of coming danger. We are heading for very dangerous times. Eternity is at stake for many!
Judas the betrayer:
Right in the midst of the disciples was the betrayer. Judas thought he was right in what he was doing. He was politically correct. He had the unsaved world (the Romans) on his side. Although the betrayal led to the crucifixion, what Judas and his unsaved partners couldn't see was that God had a plan of victory right through it all!
The betrayer committed suicide and went to hell. His work of betrayal failed. He thought he was right, but ignored Gods plan. He was the failure. All those that were on his side were left in ultimate failure. Our Lord rose from the dead into glorious victory as will all of His true disciples.
Today a large part of the church is the betrayer of God's purpose and plan to bring salvation to the Jews and through them to complete His plan, which He began thousands of years ago. Church betrayal will result in a second Holocaust, but in the midst of it God's plan will be accomplished and ultimate glorious victory will be the end, while the betrayers will be doomed. Church betrayal will result in them being cut off! (Romans 11:22)
You can't come against the work of God ultimately. You can try but you will broken in pieces.Replacement theology (supersessionism)
Replacement theology holds that Jews are not actually Jews. Christians are! It is the evil doctrine that replaces Israel with the church. It maintains that God has finished with the Jews and has no future plan for them. It maintains that all the curses in the Bible are now upon the Jews and all the blessings are on the church. It maintains that the eternal covenants God made with the Jews are for the Christians and that they have no relevance for the Jews. It maintains that the church has superseded the Jews. It rejects any importance for the city of Jerusalem.
Replacement theology was brought into focus by Martin Luther, who wrote a series of the most hateful words against the Jews ever. His writings prefigured the Nazi holocaust almost exactly. Interestingly Hitler often quoted these words written by Luther.
Luther's works volume 47: "The Jews are a miserable accursed people. What shall we Christians do with this rejected and condemned people...we dare not tolerate them. We should set fire to their synagogues and schools and bury and cover whatever will not burn, so that no one will ever see a cinder of them. This is to be done in honour of our Lord and Christendom. I further advise that their houses also be seized, burned and destroyed....their Talmudic writings and prayer books must be taken from them...and much more. Luther died two days after this cursed writing. These volumes go on to define replacement theology.
Interestingly, the Lutheran church today is strong into replacement theology.
Replacement theology leads to replacement reality! The church (much of it) is and will again be responsible for a great many troubles that are coming on Israel.
Most are not aware that Hitler wanted to create a millennium of peace. He believed the Jews were an obstacle to this. Today the world's "roadmap to peace" is essentially no different. It aims to set up Middle East peace, which will translate into world peace, by replacing Israel with Palestine and the Jews with the Palestinians.
Don't be so naive and deceived as to think that the Palestinians want to live under a two state solution. If they do accept it, it will only be as a strategy to take the whole land.
Hitler surveying 'perfect' people for his Jew-less world of peace!
Who are the Palestinians?
The Arab people who became known as the Palestinians were of many different origins. Most originate in Jordan and Egypt and some from Cypress. The majority originated way back from the Philistine people and not from the land of Israel. Palestine on any map is a region and not a country. It was never a state. The Jews never displaced anyone from a country that didn't exist.
The land was given by God to the Jews, then it fell to the Romans, then it came under Ottoman control, then the British mandate controlled it, then the UN gave it back to the Jews.Here is an excerpt from the Palestinian Charter(PLO) It is directly contrary to God's prophetic will and plan:
Article 22: "Zionism is a political movement organically associated with international imperialism and antagonistic to all action for liberation and to progressive movements in the world. It is racist and fanatic in its nature, aggressive, expansionist, and colonial in its aims, and fascist in its methods".
"Israel is the instrument of the Zionist movement, and geographical base for world imperialism placed strategically in the midst of the Arab homeland to combat the hopes of the Arab nation for liberation, unity, and progress. Israel is a constant source of threat vis-a-vis peace in the Middle East and the whole world."
"Since the liberation of Palestine will destroy the Zionist and imperialist presence and will contribute to the establishment of peace in the Middle East, the Palestinian people look for the support of all the progressive and peaceful forces and urge them all, irrespective of their affiliations and beliefs, to offer the Palestinian people all aid and support in their just struggle for the liberation their homeland." (Hogwash!)
●Ramallah October 2010: Salam Fayyad said that they would declare statehood in the summer of 2011.
●A joint survey of Israelis and Palestinians published last week revealed that the majority of Israelis want peace and the majority of Palestinians want war and reject peace talks.
●Reuters (October11 2010) : "Israel makes settlements offer; Palestinians say no." Prime Minister Netanyahu offered Palestinians a trade off. This incorporates a freeze on building of settlements, if they recognise Israel as a Jewish state.
Please don't send me emails on this, it won't change what I believe.
Democracy has been elevated to god-status by the god of this world.
If we were in 1940 now and we had 10 people in a room and we voted on weather homosexuality was okay or not. Realistically, we might get 9 against, citing Biblical opposition to homosexuality as a reason, and one in favour. Democracy would vote homosexuality out. Now fast-forward to today and the same scenario. Now we would get something like three against and seven in favour and democracy would say it's okay. What has changed? God's word hasn't. Modern man has changed, replacing God's values with their own.
Democracy will eventually vote God down and out, in fact its already happening at an alarming pace.
Democracy is and will vote Israel out and the Palestinians in. It will vote for a divided land and city of Jerusalem. It will eventually vote for the antichrist himself.
Democracy is only okay when it is itself in subjection to the word of God. Democracy is on a hell-bent collision course with the living God!
In fact anything released from God's influence will manifest the spirit behind it..
I'm not suggesting a theocracy, I'm simply warning of the inherent dangers of democracy. Most people think that the majority is right. They believe in safety in numbers. There will be a great number in hell.
Prophecy spells it out:
930 times the Bible declares that Israel belongs to the Jews!
Christian, you can only give the Palestinians their "rights" to the land of Israel if you replace the Word of God with your own word!
Genesis17:8 "I give to you and your descendants the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan as an everlasting possession and I will be their God."
Jeremiah 3:10, 31 "Hear the word of the Lord O nations and declares this in the isles afar off and say, He who scattered Israel will gather him...for the Lord has redeemed Jacob." Behold the days are coming says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah...for I will forgive their iniquity and remember their sins no more."
Ezekiel 11:16-19 "Although I have cast them off among the Gentiles and although I have scattered them among the countries, I will be a little sanctuary for them in the countries...Then I will give them one heart and will put a new Spirit within them and take away the stony heart."
Ezekiel 20:41-42 "I will accept you as a sweet aroma when I bring you out from the peoples and gather you out of the countries where you have been scattered and I will hallowed in you before the Gentiles. Then you shall know that I am the Lord, when I bring you into the land of Israel, into the country for which I lifted My hand in an oath to your fathers."
Amos 9:14-15 "I will bring back the captives of My people Israel, they shall build the waste cities and inhabit them. They shall plant vineyards and make gardens and eat fruit from them. I will plant them in their land and no longer shall they be pulled up, from the land I have given them says the Lord."
Zechariah 2:12 "The Lord will take possession of Judah and His inheritance in the Holy Land and will again chose Jerusalem. Be silent all flesh before the Lord."
Prophetic judgement on the end time church and those in replacement theology:
Ezekiel 36:2-7 "The Lord says: "Because the enemy has said of you (Israel) , Aha! The ancient heights have become our possession" Therefore O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord, surely I have spoken in My burning jealousy against the rest of the nations and all Edom (Arabs), who gave My land to themselves as a possession, with whole hearted joy and spiteful minds in order to plunder the open country...I have lifted My hand in an oath to Israel, that the nations around you shall bear their own shame, but you Israel shall shoot forth your branches and yield your fruit."
Isaiah 49:26 "I will feed those who oppress you with their own flesh, and they shall be drunk with their own blood as with wine. All flesh shall know that I am your Saviour and your redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob."
Isaiah 51:22-23 "See (Israel) I have taken out of your hand the cup of trembling and the dregs of the cup of My fury: You shall no longer drink it. I will put it into the hand of those who afflict you, who have said to you, 'lie down that we may walk over you'..."
Jeremiah 30:16 "Therefore all those who devour you shall be devoured and all your adversaries will go into captivity. Those who plunder you shall become plunder and all who prey on you I will make a prey". vs22 "You shall be My people and I shall be your God."
Amos 1:13 "For the transgression of the people of Ammon (Arabs), I will not turn away it's punishment, because they ripped open the women with child, that they might enlarge their territory."
Zechariah 12:3 "It shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem and I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples and all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it."
Romans 11:21 "For if God did not spare the natural braches (Jews), He may not spare you either...If you do not continue in His goodness you will be cut off." vs25 "For I do not wish you to be ignorant of this mystery, lest you be wise in your own eyes that hardening in part has happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in."
1Timothy 4:1 "The Spirit expressly says that in the latter times some will depart from the faith giving heed to deception and doctrines of demons."
2 Thessalonians 2:3 "That Day won't come unless the great apostasy comes first"
What can you do:
What you need to do is find out what your church believes on the Israel, Jerusalem, Jew issue. Find out what your church leader believes on replacement theology. It is not my right or duty to tell anyone to leave this or that church. What I am saying is that the fence is rising fast and your eternal destiny could depend on these issues.
Don't get involved with some of these organisations with a right-wing political agenda. Don't get involved with any organisation that supports violence. We as believers walk in love, but sometimes that love also means separation and a breaking from the evil spirits at work in mounting an ever increasing resistance to Israel and Gods work of bringing them to salvation.
There are a great many churches fast becoming aware of these issues and changing their tune. They are now aligning themselves with God and His work. You may want to seek out a church that is open to this.
The only way you can adopt an anti-Israel approach is by denying or casting down the truth of the Bible and prophecy in particular. Many of Israel's enemies in the church do use the Bible but in an allegorical manner. In other words they cast down the literal meanings and foist into it whatever they want it to say.
Isaiah 59:14 "The truth has fallen in the street"
We are on the verge of monumental times. Many will betray Israel. Thankfully, many will not. Many who do will repent and change their ways in line with the Bible.
There are fearful consequences for betraying Israel.
Perilous times are upon us and in the midst is glory and victory.
In the midst of all the confusion, betrayal and apostasy, God will have His watchmen for Israel. He will have many who will be a blessing to Israel. He will have His glorious church moving ever forward with Him in victory.
There is one profound way to say safe and moving with God in these days and that is to have a humble, broken attitude before our Lord and His word. A soft heart and a head full of the WORD is the way to glory.
Matthew 16:3 "You hypocrites, you know how to discern the face of the sky, but you can't discern the signs of the times!"
Matthew 24:33 "When you see all these things know (command) that its near right at the very door."
Hebrews 10:25 "Exhort one another, so much more as you see the Day approaching."
Heaven or hell:
These images were taken of Benedict meeting and praying with Muslims and other religious leaders in a multi-faith meeting in Jerusalem recently. The multi-faith movement sounds good and politically correct. If there are other ways to be saved, the cross and shed blood of our Lord were meaningless.
Only the cross and shed blood of our Lord offer salvation. All other roads may lead to Rome, but be careful, Rome is doomed. Some religious leader giving legitimacy to other religions doesn't legitimise them with God. If you believe that there are other legitimate ways to heaven other than through the cross of Calvary, you are in grave danger.
This is a really amazing painting by Marc Chagall. It is titled "resistance" It symbolises centrality of the cross, but also the resistance of the people to the work of God in their midst. Unfortunately there is no difference today!
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 56. 22nd October 2010
In this edition:
●The me-now generation
The me- now generation
The great error of this day is: "Yes you can." I've got news for you. "Yes you can't"
How many times have you heard: "God wants you to have it all, He wants you to live an abundant successful life"?
Well, this may come as a shock: God wants to kill you!
All those who want to die, please stand in a line right here.
Why is this line so short?
You see, the modern church has failed to "rightly divide the word of God" We need to make a clear distinction between temporal and positional truth. If not we will get all sorts of things wrong, mixed up and out of context.
Let me explain. Temporal truth is all the Bible verses that relate to 'self' or to my pride. Positional truth is all the verses that relate to my position in Christ or in Him. It relates more to spiritual reality.
Positional truth Temporal truth
We have the mind of Christ
Have a mind to suffer
We are alive with Christ
I die daily
We are seated in heavenly places in Christ
Take up your cross daily
We have abundant life
If you find your life you will lose it
We are more than conquerors in Him
O wretched man that I am
Greater is He in me
In me dwells no good thing
We are joint heirs of all things
I count all things as loss
I am strong in the Lord
I must decease
These look like big contradictions, but they are not. Its all about applying scripture to the right areas of life. Almost all of the "In Him" or "in Christ" verses relate to our glorious raised position in Christ and in His kingdom. As you can see we need to apply the right verses to the right areas of our being. It is the self-life that needs to die, decrease and suffer under our cross.
In the original, the Bible uses a number of different words for the English word life. "Psuche" refers to our psychological state or soulish realm. It's the domain of our mind and thinking. The word "zoe" means spiritual life. This refers to our new re-created spiritual state. "Bios" is the word for biological life and "biotokis" is the word used meaning lifestyle. They all have different meanings and applications.
Where the Bible says "Identify yourselves with the humble" It uses the word for lifestyle which is "biotokis"
It is our "psuche" that needs to decrease and die daily. It is our "zoe" that is already re-created and risen. You need to apply the right versus to the right areas.
Romans 8:6 "To be carnally (soulish) minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace, because the carnal mind is enmity against God, for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can it be."
If the "carnal or soulish mind is death", obviously this is where the problem lies and this is the area that needs to "die daily"
It's only when the cross has done its deadly work in the self life that we are ready to be messengers of the cross.
If you apply all the positional truth scriptures to the temporal or self life area you will get completely out of balance, just like the modern prosperity bunch.
If you only see all the temporal truth scriptures, you will be overbalanced and a dreary, legalistic turkey.
If you try to apply all the positional truth scriptures to the temporal or soulish area, you will become extremely self- orientated. You will believe that it's all about "me now" and "my rights."
Of course God does want us to have a successful life, but success God's way involves death to self!
When I am dead to self I will have no trouble exalting the virtues and rights of God. I will see things His way and when the ways of the un-regenerate world contradict God's ways, I reject one and chose the other.
God's rights verses human rights:
The top image is of one of the EU buildings. It's surprisingly similar to the Babel painting.
Europe was once in the dark ages. The light of reformation and spiritual enlightenment came its way. Now Europe at large is the world centre of spiritual darkness.
The word Babylon or Babel means confusion. But if you study it you will see it means more than that. It means to 'mix together'. This was just what Babylon was renowned for. They mixed together all sorts of beliefs thinking that this was the way to God and to peace. God destroyed them.
The main issue with human rights today is that it mixes all sorts of values and things together thinking that this is the way to God and world peace. Human rights presume that all have equal rights and that there are no absolutes.
Now, of course human rights are right in many areas. Racism for example is unbiblical.
But there are many areas where human rights conflict with God's rights.
The ultimate end of human rights is the removal of God, His word and his family.
Humanism and atheism are twins of hell.
Human rights of the modern era are born in the godless religion of humanism. Humanism is a Christ-rejecting, satanically inspired religion in which the human being is exalted as supreme.
Here's a good example. Do the Palestinians have human rights? Yes of course they do, just the same as anyone. Do the Palestinians have rights to part of Jerusalem and Israel? Absolutely not. God has chosen this for the Jews. This isn't because the Palestinians are less important. It's simply because this was and is God's choice! This seemingly little issue of the human rights of the Palestinians to part of Israel will soon become such a big issue it will draw in the whole world and divide it.
There will be a few (like myself) who will stand with God and His word against the human rights of the Palestinians to the land of Israel.
God has set up three institutions for a strong nation. These are family, church and government. Homosexuals want to redefine family. Homosexual rights were born in pride. Church and government are both under attack as well. Can a nation run by humanism survive? Never! These issues are a lot more than human rights. They are essentially devil-rights to and will result in the downfall of many nations. Those three institutions, family church and state are like a tripod. If you take out one leg its going to fall over.
2 Timothy 3:1 "In the last days perilous times will come, for men will be lovers of themselves..."
God sees abortion as murder. When pregnant Mary met with pregnant Elizabeth, unborn John the Baptist "leapt with joy" in her mother's womb. There are many other examples of a foetus being a living person in the Bible. Humanism sees abortion as a woman's right. Ironically, many who support the murder of the unborn reject the Biblical command to discipline their children. They say they believe in "children's rights"! They believe in children's rights but also murder them!
The national constitution of the country in which I was born used to begin with the words: "In submission to almighty God we declare that..." It has since been re-written and changed. It now begins with: "We the people declare that..." There were many things that needed to be changed, but not the replacement of God with "we the people". Guess who will have the last laugh?
Psalm 2:1-4 "Why do the nations rage and the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves and take counsel together against the Lord...He who sits in the heavens shall laugh. Then He will speak to them in His wrath."
There is a very powerful principle relating to government revealed in Hosea 4:1-10 "There is no truth or mercy of knowledge of God in the land" It goes on to reveal the end result speaking of the "breaking of restraint", the "land mourning" because of the questioning of the authority of the priest.
I could go on and on, but the bottom line is that we need a Biblical world view. I'm not talking about a theocracy, but a world view in which Gods rights are recognised and exalted above the rights of the state and humanism.
The Ten Commandments (all ten of them, which includes keeping the Saturday Sabbath holy) used to form the basis of the legal and political systems. Today the world system is built on sand and a huge storm is coming fast.
Actually the real reason the world has become dominated by the variable values of humanism is because the church has slinked away from its responsibility. In its quest to become relevant, the church has become tolerant of the world and it's ways. Tolerance, my friends is the last evil virtue of a collapsing society. Because the church no longer defines right and wrong and it accepts the garbage of the world, the world itself can't see the difference.
We are called the "light of the world". The light of the church today is darkness. Its a self obsessed, consuming, me-now light of confusion.
If our Lord preached the same message as many churches do today, He would never have been crucified.
I was chatting with a friend the other day and he said he wished I wouldn't be so dogmatic about these things. "Other religions have equal rights to God and heaven, All roads leads to Rome" he said!
All roads lead to Rome!!! Oh yes. If you're on the road to Rome you're on the road to hell!
I got an email from a reader the other day saying: "I wish you wouldn't talk about hell so much" No, is the answer.
"The axe is laid at the root of the tree" declares the Bible. If you kill the tree at the root all the fruits and branches die. Not just one or two. When you apply the axe to the root of the tree of self and me-now, all the fruits of humanism and everything else that's not right die. This allows God's ways to develop fully in us with His fruits.
Here are some characteristics of the me-now generation:
●They're in love with the things of the world.
●They're in love with their own selves and their own opinions and ways.
●They're essentially greedy and misers.
●They are blind to prophecy and the signs of the times.
●They will be filled with pride.
●They will be inconsistent, unstable and sufferers of stress.
●They will be blind to their own critical situation.
●They will have no understanding of or fear of hell.
●They will have no fear of God
Here are some characteristics of a spiritual person:
●They will walk in the fear of God and in humility before Him.
●They will be full of all the fruits of the Spirit.
●They will be in inner rest and without stress.
●They will have a desire to please others.
●They will walk in truth, and see error while being led by the Spirit.
●They will be dead to the ways of the world.
●They will be holy and forgiving
●They will accept Gods authority and will themselves have authority.
The revival cry:
Today the church world is screaming about revival. It's a revival of me-now, self-obsessed ways.
Real revival is nothing but a new beginning in obedience to God. This is why the great majority of the church will be led astray by the false prophet in the coming days. They are entrenched in their half baked ways.
For revival to hit this world the church needs to be revived into the truth first. A revival of the same old garbage dressed slightly differently is a waste of time. The church needs to get rid of all humanistic thinking and the re-gurgitation of their Babylon-based ways.
Truth is the big thing. Truth is the daughter of God. Truth rightly divided and applied is safety. Truth is the enemy of error. Truth is the way to peace. Truth is the way foreword. (Bible truth that is)
The church needs to prepare for a great revival which God Himself is just starting to initiate. Its a revival involving the Jews coming to salvation. Unfortunately much of the church will stand in God's way and proclaim that its ways are right and it has the answer. They will not change. They will be cut off.
Romans 11 speaks of the re-grafting of the natural olive branch that was cut off, back into the tree. This it says is the Jews. It goes on to warn the wild olive branches that were grafted in (the Gentile church) that they will also be cut off if they come against Gods new work with the Jews! Verse 22 "You also will be cut off"
I wonder how many church leaders today know of the severity of this warning?
Not only will much of the church stand in God's way, it will be part of the coming persecution of the Jews.
There will be no revival until there is a return to truth. Be very careful of many of the modern revivals. They are revivals of half truths, church doctrines exalted above God's word and revivals of barriers to the Jews coming to our wonderful Jewish Lord and Messiah.
Why is the church silent on Israel? Why will much of the church stab Israel in the back?
They will do so because they will follow blindly the satanically driven world drive to give the Palestinians their human rights.
The Messianic movement today rejects the traditions and convocations of the church. They will be an inviting and welcoming home for the Jews.
If you want to get someone really mad, just come against their traditions. Wars have been fought over this. Tell a nice happy traditional church member that his traditions of replacement theology, Christmas, Easter and many others are born in the occult and he gets mad!
Church beware...God is just beginning to do a new thing which includes none of the old church traditions. His new thing will involve the Jews en-mass. Are you ready church for this. Are you ready to change your traditional make up drastically? Are you ready to welcome the Jews into your new church with new Hebraic traditions?
The church needs to repent of being an obstacle to the salvation of the Jews. They need to repent to the Jews.
Unfortunately much of the church will be cut off. They will go with their dead humanistic, Babylonian traditions. they will try to revive their dead ways and they will come against those who are moving with God in His new ways.
Much of the church will be like the older brother, getting jealous over the returning prodigal son.
Others will welcome the Jews in, but will tragically try to mould them into their evil old traditional ways. "Come now Jew boy, now that you're saved have a ham sandwich."
Thankfully many others will throw a party like you've never seen before, with no ham!
What I've just spelt out is exactly what is revealed in prophecy.
The me-now generation runs deeply into all areas of modern life, the church included. Me-now thinking dominates in the form of humanism and human rights exalted above God's rights. It all operates through 'self' gone to pot. In the church, the lack of the application of the cross leaves 'self' on the throne. This is the surest way to deception.
The answer is the cross and death to self and a return to truth.
Isaiah 54:13 "All your children shall be taught by the Lord and great shall be the peace of your children. In righteousness you shall be established."
John 14:27 "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you, not as the world gives you, give I to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither be afraid."
Isaiah 48:22 "There is no peace says the Lord for the wicked."
Heaven or hell:
Young woman there is only one way to heaven. Yes you had better ponder the issue because your eternal destination depends on your choice! Don't follow the masses blindly. What if you do and they are wrong? Once you step into eternity, you won't be able to change your mind. Please make the right choice, I think I would like you for an eternal sister.
These people all thought they were right as they welcomed Hitler into Berlin. I wonder how many of those people in this image are now in hell. The point is simply that the majority are not always right. If you put your trust in the majority consensus you are in grave danger. Tragically, this is all coming again soon, with a large part of the church waving the anti-Israel flag again!
This is one of my own paintings. Its loosely based on the menorah. The menorah is a symbol of light. In Zechariah 4: 1-6, Zechariah has a vision of a menorah. Then God interprets it in verse 6 saying "Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord. This is a mixed media collage in which I've used multiple layering techniques.
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 55. 17th October 2010
In this edition:
●Safety in the coming mega-storms.
Safety in the soon coming mega storms:
In this edition I am not speaking of the tribulation period, but the time period just before it begins.
2011 is going to be a monumental year for the world.
There are some huge mega-storms about to hit the world with great fury. Their destruction will be widespread and will spare very few. Do you know what's coming? Are you ready? Will you be safe?
I'm not talking about the weather. What I am referring to is round two of the world financial crisis, double dip recession and the coming economic meltdown. I'm also referring to socio-political hurricanes and the upheavals of war. Oh, yes...and the weather will play a part!
The events coming in 2011 will be shocking, but what comes in the tribulation period will be far worse. The events of 2011 will be the forerunners of the tribulation. It is the start of the judgement of God on a Christ rejecting world.
Many people can't or wont believe that God is the supreme judge of all things. We all need to realise what judgement is. It is not essentially an act of vengeance. It is an act of purification. God is pure and holy and His new world and universe will be absolutely pure and holy forever. So the judgement of God is in fact a creative act of love. It's the installing of righteousness and the removal of corruption.
If you have one rotten apple amongst some good ones. You don't throw them all out. You throw out the one with corruption in it so that it doesn't spread to the others.
The eternal family of God will live in the glory of purity, holiness and perfection. The removal and destruction of everything evil is holy, good and right.
A hard hearted blind world:
In the previous edition I discussed how and why God blinds the eyes of them that believe not. The Bible also declares that God hardens the heats of unbelievers.
Is this fair? Yes of course it is simply because it's God who is at work. But the key is that the people first turn away from God in their own self righteous pride. God then hardens their hearts and blinds them to spiritual reality.
God hardened the heart of Pharaoh after refusing to let the Israelites be free. Was God wrong. Of course not. You see the Bible also declares that Pharaoh hardened his own heart! Then God came in and hardened his heart. God gave Pharaoh plenty of opportunity to repent and change. God now says; you want to go that way...okay you go. I will harden your heart more and blind your eyes.
1 Samuel 6:6 "Why then do you harden your own hearts as Pharaoh did?"
Exodus 9; 12 "The Lord hardened Pharaoh's heart, just as He had told Moses."
What Pharaoh could not see or understand was that God had a plan for the children of Israel. Pharaoh was filled with his own arrogance, pride and self will. He could only see things his own way.
We need to meet God's conditions. He does not need to meet ours!
A dangerous shocking truth:
There is a much deeper, far reaching and shocking reality in this story of the exodus from Egypt. Egypt (and Babylon for that matter) are always types of the world system. We are now at the door step of the modern Exodus. The children of Israel are already starting to come into their spiritual promised land. They are about to see and recognise their Jewish Messiah en-mass!
The modern Pharaoh's of this world, with their foolish hearts darkened and spiritual eyes blinded, will again come after the Jews. They will gather around Jerusalem and the fields of Israel to kill them. Will you be one of them? Before you say, "no never" the Bible shows that the whole world will come against them led by the antichrist, who will have with him an enormous 'spiritual' group or body including much of the church! The Bible reveals that the false prophet will be the sidekick to the antichrist. He will lead a massive religious multi-faith group against Israel.
The last modern-day Pharaoh, Hitler had his own ideas about creating a millennium of peace. But the Jews were not part of his plan. Nothing has changed.
A second Holocaust is coming.
Satan will cause much trouble for the Jews on the verge of their flight from spiritual Egypt to the spiritual promised land.
God will have His own watchmen and warriors standing with and for Israel as these dark days arrive. He will have some people who will be secretly hidden amongst the Jews, just as He had in ages past.
You know the story of Joseph hidden in Egypt for a specific time and purpose. The story of Esther is similar. Today God is looking for modern day Josephs and Esthers!
Both Joseph and Esther were placed by God in their situations just at the right time for a spectacular role. When God created you it was no accident. It wasn't fate. You were born into a time and place with the most incredible opportunity to be part of the plan of God Himself, with eternal implications for you and many others.
Esther 4:14 "For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this."
I ask you this question. "Have you come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" It's a very powerful question. It may even cost you your life. Will you take up your God given call and role or slink away and melt in with Egypt, Babylon and the Rev. Pharaohs of this world.
Reverend Pharaoh will lead you to hell!
The days are soon coming where fence sitting will slice you in half. You need to be fully on God's side. God has many people on His side, but He is looking for more. He is looking for those who will throw off the occult church-created traditions and put on the Godly convocations and practises.
God's army doesn't only have warriors on the front line, but many back room people as well. You need to find your own call and fill it.
I must say that it's kind of odd saying these things when the pressure is not really on us yet. Right now we are in the lull before the storm. But being forewarned is being forearmed. Now is the time to find and know God's will and plan and get prepared.
There are many people, some I know personally, who have wasted their lives. They've given themselves over to the world and it's ways. They are really happy. Soon they will howl and weep in desperation as they see how they missed God's amazing plan for their lives and eternal state.
What is coming
Riots in Europe:
Riots and social unrest will be seen all over the world.
Economic melt down is now almost inevitable.
World stock market melt down is coming.
Drought and famine will intensify.
Massive food inflation is coming.
War between Israel Iran is inevitable now.
We now face the convergence of multiple mega-trends, which collectively can do immeasurable damage to the world economy.
Right now we have Peak Oil, sovereign insolvency and currency debasement all on the go at the same time. We now have a number of unsustainable trends converging. They are not independent of each other, but highly interlocked.
There is a moratorium on deep sea oil exploration on the go as a result of the BP oil spill. Have you noticed that the oil price has been edging higher of late? This moratorium will only be due for revue in 2012. In the mean time oil supply is falling.
Sovereign debt issues in Europe and in the US are now completely out of control and unsustainable. World growth would have to be flying high on steroids to have any hope of meeting the debt requirements. I won't bore you with all the numbers, but I can assure you I've studied the entire subject diligently. In fact I write on the subject for financial publications and speak regularly on a number of radio programs on the subject.
Currency debasement as a result of governments trying to print their way out of debt, will only add to the overall problem. This is one of the reasons why gold continues to make repeated new highs.
The troubles with Israel and Iran have dominated the news, but there is another very deadly war brewing that could send oil through $200 a barrel and cripple the half-crippled world economy. This is a huge conflict coming within the Arab world itself. The Shia and Sunni Muslims have been at odds with each other for ages. This could soon erupt into full scale war between them. It wouldn't be the first time
The great conflict of Elam:
Jeremiah 49:34-39 "The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah against Elam saying: Behold, I will break the bow of Elam. Against Elam I will bring the four winds...there shall be no nation where the outcasts of Elam will not go, for I will cause Elam to be dismayed before their enemies. I will bring disaster upon them, My fierce anger says the Lord and I will send the sword after them...but it shall come to pass in the latter days; I will bring back the captives of Elam says the Lord."
The map below is very important. The large arrow point to the location of ancient Biblical Elam. The smaller arrow points to the city of Bushehr and the bottom arrow points to the straits of Hormuz.
Here is what's very interesting indeed. Elam in Biblical times was larger and includes most of this map. It is modern day western Iran. Ever heard of Bushehr? It's the location of Iran's brand new nuclear power station that has been the source of much controversy lately. And the Straits of Hormuz is the Iran control gateway, through which 40% of the world's oil travels in huge tankers.
The description of the "latter days" conflict in Jeremiah (above) is really scary. It looks like this will be a big war. Here we have oil and nuclear wrapped up in one. This conflict is due very soon!
A war of the nature spoken of by Jeremiah in this region, will push the oil price far higher. The world economy is very fragile right now. the economic recovery has stalled. Any new shocks will send it spiralling into a crippling recession and depression similar to that of the 1930s.
Sub-Prime 2 is almost upon us.
Get ready for a world economic tsunami of massive proportions.
The seeds of sub-prime 2 have been sown and are growing! The American dream is life liberty and happiness, on credit, even if you are not credit worthy! That's actually exactly how most Americans think. They think that the state owes them a home and a living. Well, this dream became a nightmare. Sub-prime1 proved that you can't live on credit without paying your dues. That's so simple, yet Americans couldn't and still can't understand it.
Foreclosure city is now the dirty name of every US town and it's getting worse.
Again, as with sub-prime 1, the banks took a major hit because, after foreclosure, these assets (homes) were steadily losing value, so the banks couldn't sell them on at a profit. The rate of foreclosures has been escalating to more than during sub-prime 1.US banks have again created this new coming tsunami themselves.
US banks have hired 'foreclosure mills'...law firms that specialise in foreclosures and evictions. These 'mills' have been involved in interfering with structure of the mortgages themselves. This is where fraud is now being uncovered on a massive scale.
People who've lost their homes are now finding out that they have legal recourse to get their homes back. Since this all hit the fan, Bank of America, JP Morgan and others instantly stopped foreclosures.
Can you see the problem?
People who are unemployed or unable to pay their mortgage dues are legally getting their homes back. Banks have been forced to halt foreclosures of others who can't pay. So at the end of the line who takes the big hit? The banks do.
Another offshoot of this fraud is that many are now finding that they have a legal loophole not to pay their mortgages even if they can.
Alarm bells are staring to ring.
Quantitative easing, stimulus or whatever you want to call it did not get to the source of the US problem, which is the employment and hosing crisis. Actually that's the fruit of the problem. The real problem is the American mind-set that credit no matter what, is their right...and that hasn't changed!
I have a very uncomfortable feeling that all of this is going to explode very soon and as with sub prime 1, it will knock on to the whole world, bursting property bubbles in China other places and sinking the world into another credit crisis of monumental proportions.
Add all of this to the situation of already stressed banks in Europe and we have a huge problem ticking like a time bomb!
Much of the modern church is in much the same position as the world. It is blind to its call and and God's plan. Here is a very interesting reality that is worth taking note: A church that doesn't teach or preach on eschatology (end times) will not teach on God's truth relating to the Jews, Israel and Jerusalem. They will be the churches teaching and preaching replacement theology (the evil, satanic doctrine that presumes God has ditched Israel and replaced her with the church.) These churches will be full of self importance and full of nice strong motivational self- orientated preaching. They will be teaching and preaching out of the energy of the flesh disguised as the Spirit.
If they are into replacement theology they will not teach end times, if they don't teach end times they will be into replacement theology. These two are inextricably linked.
The fence is rising. Those that are into replacement theology are setting themselves up to be taken over by the spirit of the false prophet. They will at some time in the near future become our worst enemies.
They will lead a new Holocaust.
Safety in this time:
Petra is coming. But before we get to that actual situation where God will supernaturally protect fleeing Israel, we will be in a situation where the protection of God will be available for many believers. Yes I said many!
There will be many whom God will allow to be martyred! That's His business and I wouldn't second guess it.
The most powerful way to be safe at any time, and specifically in this soon coming time of immense trouble and testing for the world, is to know our Lord deeply and intimately. Our Lord says, in a few places, "depart from Me, I never knew you". How do we get Him to know us? The Bible says that those who love Him are known by Him and also that those that know Him are known by Him!
John 1:12 "As many as received Him, to them He gave the authority to become the children of God"
1 Corinthians 8:2 "If anyone loves God this one is known by Him."
Galatians 4:9 "But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn away..."
Psalm 31:20 "I will hide you in the secret place of my presence."
This is incredible safety in troubling times. Please note that it's not automatic. If you are a half hearted believer, or if you are "lukewarm" there is a promise for you. It is that you will "spewed out of Lord's mouth"
There is an old song that goes "The things of the world grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace" If we are growing in the right direction with our Lord, you will be able to test it and measure it by how strong the attractions of the world are in your life.
Our great Lord, Messiah and King will protect you and me through the coming storms.
Part of the package of knowing our King includes knowing as much as we are permitted to know about the terrible and violent soon coming tribulation period and the soon coming of our Lord.
The issue is not so much about being right on a particular date for the start of the tribulation and the coming of our Lord, but looking and watching for the signs and being ready.
On a personal level, I will never ever, not for one second, consider or submit to the army of deceived very reverends, bishops, priests, ministers and pastors and others who continuously teach that "no on knows the time". They often don't say it but they mean; "therefore don't bother looking or watching". Be careful they are a great danger to your very soul!
Let me repeat these verses that I've used a dozen times "Those that love His appearing purify themselves." "End time scoffers say where is the hope of His coming, all things will carry on just like normal"...just like in the days of Noah!
What do you think those guys were doing on the roof of the wedding-house, where the bridegroom was being expected. They weren't watching rabbits! They knew a wedding was about to take place and they had many signs that the bridegroom was going to arrive soon. They weren't up there waiting for months. They didn't know the exact time but they did know more or less.
To be prepared in this time we need to know the signs and know them well. We need to be watching and ready. We need to be right with our Lord in heart and doctrine and we need to know His word well. We need to look deeply into our own hearts and "examine ourselves". We need to be clean and pure. We need to have a full compliment of spiritual armour to strengthen our defences and we need to have the spiritual weapons of warfare at our disposal and in use.
There is so very much of church tradition that we need to forsake forever and replace with the truth.
Tough times are coming. The world is not getting better and more peaceful. Huge dramas are about to break onto the world stage. We need to know what they are and be ready.
We need to know that our God will protect us in the coming days.
We need to have hope and encouragement.
Hope is a vital part of our lives. It's actually important in everyone's life, because without it life becomes meaningless and empty. Many people are without hope in this world and in a desperate state.
Ephesians 2:12 "At that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, have no hope and without God in this world"
Hosea 14:5-6 "I will belike the dew to Israel, He shall grow like the lily, and lengthen his roots like Lebbanon. His branches shall spread, his beauty shall be like an olive tree."
Heaven or hell:
Old lady, don't give up hope. You will soon walk into eternity and get a new body. A young one that will be perfect in every way and it will be eternal. But my dear, if you don't know our Lord, you will go to hell and your sufferings will be much worse than ever and eternal. Don't listen to people who say there is no hell.
Old lady you look very depressed and sad. Do you know that salvation is free and it is so simple anyone can walk into it. Its as far from you as that door just behind you. getting to know our Lord will lift you high and give you victory forever.
Here is another of my own paintings. It's a Fish Eagle grabbing some food. It is God Himself who will sustain us in the coming difficult times and cause us to fly like an eagle with His provision above the cares of this world.
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 54. 29th September 2010
In this edition:
●Deadly spiritual blindness
●The so-called peace process and talks relating to Israel dividing the land and the city of Jerusalem may break down soon over the settlements issue. There are new war drums beating in the background. Either way, we need to look for a peace treaty to be signed. this may come through these current negotiations or in an attempt to end a war not yet on the go. It is the signing of a seven-year peace treaty that kicks off the tribulation period. It will most probably happen on a feast of trumpets.
Deadly spiritual blindness:
If ever there is a time and a desperate need for pure spiritual insight it is right now as the Spirit of the living God is being poured out. At the same time the deadly spirit of Satan is also intensifying. Spiritual blindness and deception, which go hand in hand, have deadly, eternal consequences!
We are in an environment of intensifying spiritual conflict. if you are blind and in a war, you're in trouble.
As the coming of our great Lord and King gets nearer, all of His attributes get nearer and everything He has laid up for us gets closer. As the coming of the antichrist nears, the more he will deceive people including Christians who are not well armed and prepared! He comes in camouflage, as an angel of light, but with him comes hell eternal.
If you don't have spiritual light and insight you won't even see your own need for light. You will carry on into oblivion.
Have you ever wondered why some people just can't see what you see? You can explain spiritual things till you're blue in the face and they just can't see. There's nothing wrong with their intelligence, they're just blind to many things of God.
The main reason many can't see or understand is because they are not born of God in the first place. The new birth is the starting gate.
John 3:3 "I say to you, unless one is born again you cannot see the kingdom of God."
Acts 9:18 "Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales and he received his sight at once and he arose and was baptised." This verse relates to Paul receiving his natural sight after being struck blind, but it most certainly also relates to spiritual sight. Note that as He "saw" he was obedient and went to be baptised right away.
After salvation and adult baptism comes a whole new world of following our Lord as we are led by His spirit.
The following verses of scripture may shock you, but they come straight out of the Bible and give us great insights into spiritual blindness.
What the Bible says:
These verses fly in the face of modern thinking. They relate to everyone, great, small, wise and idiot. After reading these amazing and shocking verses of scripture you may want to blame God. Let me tell you that's not a good idea. it will be much better to look into your own heart first. There, if God permits, you will see the problem.
You see, very few people will admit it, but they have actually set themselves up as God's judge. They have exalted themselves and their own opinions above God.
John 9: 39 "For judgement I have come into this world, that those that do not see may see and that those that see may be made blind."
2 Thessalonians 2:10-11 "...They did not receive the love of the truth that they might be saved and for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie."
Matthew 6:23 "If your eye is bad your whole body will be full of darkness, if then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness."
John 3:19-21 "This is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light. He who does the truth comes to the light."
Romans 1:21 "Although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened ."
Isaiah 44:18 "They do not know nor understand, for He has shut their eyes so that they can't see and shut and darkened their hearts so that they can't understand."
The above verses will come as a shock to many. It is God himself who blinds the minds. He is in the blinding business! If you don't believe me read those verses again. But there is a very obvious reason why this is the case. Its because of the rebellion of people to God. They have turned from God. They want no part in God's Kingdom. They love themselves, the world system and all its evils. In rejecting God and His word they are exalting themselves and replacing all the ways of God with their own ways.
Self righteousness, self dependence, or pride is the big problem. Trusting in yourself and your own good works rather than the saving grace of the living God is the reason God will hide His Face, His Kingdom and His ways from you. God then comes in and makes sure that you will not see, by blinding your eyes.
2 Corinthians 4:3-4 "Our gospel is hidden to them that are lost in whom the god of this world has blinded the eyes of them who believe not."
Now, in this verse (above) it teaches that Satan "the god of this world" has blinded the eyes of unbelievers. It's not a contradiction. Of course Satan would not want anyone to see into God's glorious kingdom or to see his own workings for that matter.
Spiritual blindness is a monumental problem because you will not see that there is a war on the go. You won't see demonic forces at work in the world. How can you defeat an enemy that you don't know exists or can't see?
God will also not not let unbelievers with hard hearts participate in, or even see His Kingdom as well.
What incredible difficulty for unbelievers to see and understand spiritual truth. Both God and the devil have darkened their hearts and understanding.
Blind teachers and preachers:
Matthew 15:14 "Leave them alone, they are blind leaders of the blind, and if the blind leads the blind they will both fall into the ditch."
There are many preachers today who are no more than wolves in sheep's clothing. They are spiritually dead and blind themselves. I continue to be more and more shocked by some of the trash and garbage I see and hear today being presented as gospel truth! It's not so much what they are preaching but what they are not! A great many have great words but with no transforming power. The one big thing that is missing from the modern gospel is the cross. If your church is not teaching and preaching the application of the cross run away from it fast. They are poisonous vipers! (See edition on the centrality of the cross)
They preach in the energy of the flesh and not in the energy of the Spirit and they can't see the difference!
Revelation 3:16-17 "Because you are lukewarm and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out my mouth. Because you say I'm rich and increased with goods and have need of nothing, and you don't know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, naked and blind."
Today we have many liberal churches and ministries proclaiming a message of tolerance to many evils in the name of relevance. They say that the gospel needs to be relevant to today's world. They say that today the world accepts abortion, homosexuality and many other such things, therefore we need to accommodate and tolerate them. What they actually mean is accept the evil. You see, homosexuals don't really want equal rights only, they actually want us to become like them! These churches and their leaders who are accepting of all things modern have become God's judge. They have locked Him up, shut Him up. They have put Him under their feet...or so they think! They have a very big nasty surprise coming!
Isaiah 5:21 "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil; who put darkness for light and light for darkness...Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and prudent in their own sight."
The above verse speaks of those who neutralise all things. They make absolutes variable and grey out truth. Note that these people have sight alright but it is their own sight springing from their dark hearts.
Spiritual darkness in the pulpit is the reason for 30,000 existing, different so-called Christian denominations! What a failure!
Without clear spiritual insight from the church leadership especially the prophets the world will be led into confusion, deception and moral morass. Isn't it amazing that the people of Noah's day could see him building a big boat. They heard his warnings, but they carried on their lives as normal. Their self-opinion blinded them to the soon coming judgement.
A very good way to ensure continued spiritual blindness in your life is to cling to religious traditions.
Mark 7:13 "You make the word of God of no effect through your traditions which you handed down."
Mark 7:7 "Their heart is far from Me and in vain they worship Me teaching as commandmensts the doctrines of men."
Colossians 2:8 "Beware lest anyone cheat you you through empty philosophy and empty deceit, according to the traditions of men, according to the basic principles of this world and not according to Christ."
God does not honour the traditions of man! He honours the traditions and convocations that are exclusively of His word. The occult practices of Christmas, Easter and many others rooted in Babylon and Egypt and adopted by the Catholic church and fed through to Christendom at large, need to be completely expelled from the lives of the God- seeking believer. They need to be replaced with the Feasts of the Lord, Passover, and Shabbat.
Israel's blindness and coming clear sight:
Isaiah 29:10 "For the Lord has poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep and has closed your eyes..."
The rebellion of Israel to God has repeatedly led them into trouble. On their rejection of the Messiah they were again led into trouble. As a response to their refusal, God blinded them and scattered them into many nations, but preserved their identity because He was not finished with them.
Romans 11:25 For I would not have you to be ignorant of this mystery, lest you be wise in your own eyes; that blindness in part has happened to Israel, until the full number of the Gentiles has come in."
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."
We are now on the threshold of the recognition of the Messiah by the Jews. They were brought back to their land largely in blindness, but now the veil is starting to lift. It's still early days, and exciting days at that!
The tragedy is that the veil of darkness and blindness is descending on much of the church as they reject God's plan for the Jews, the land of Israel and the city of Jerusalem.
Our Lord will complete His work with the Jews, which He started thousands of years ago. His favour will soon swing to them big time! Much of the church won't like this out of pure jealousy!
Romans 11:21-22 "For if God did not spare the natural branches (Jews), He may not spare you (church) either...if you don't continue in His goodness you also will be cut off."
Don't underestimate this!! It's very serious business. What these verses in Romans 11 teach is that God will restore Israel and at the same time cut off much of the church that comes against this new work of God. If your church teaches replacement theology (that God has replaced Israel with the church and has no future plan for them) get out of that church! The church that comes against, or is silent on what God is doing with Israel and the Jews is in mortal danger. The Spirit of the living God has left them, leaving them dead to Him and alive to deception.
I've said before and I'll say it again; one of the big dividing issues between the true church and the false counterfeit church is the whole issue of Israel, the Jews and Jerusalem. It is a rising fence which you can't sit on. You must be one side or the other. One side will lead to glory and the other to hell. (There's obviously a lot more to this, some of which I've dealt with in many other editions.)
John 8:12 "I am the light of the world. He that follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life."
Good eye sight sees the full range of the spectrum colours. As God opens our eyes more and more to His glory we can know and anticipate many great things to come. Personally, I have a very rich, vivid imagination. But the Bible teaches that no human can even begin to imagine the glory that has been laid up for us. Wow, how about that!
The entire universe will be our domain...can you imagine that?
Spiritual sight only comes by and in humility before God and His word. Perhaps the most powerful verse in the Bible is this: James 4:6 "God gives grace to the humble and resists the proud." How can you do or know anything of God if He is resisting you? Alternatively, if He is giving you grace, you are safe, but it only comes in humility. A few verses before this one we get the incredible discourse on friendship with the world. Verse 4 "Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity to God. Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God." So we really need the Grace of God that comes through our humility before Him so that we can even see what the world is, so that we can break free from its dominance.
The big cause of spiritual blindness is pride and self righteousness or trust in self. The big answer is humility before God and His word. The big answer is to have a broken soft, open heart before out great King and His word. Humility before God will allow Him to open your eyes and see the full spectrum of what we need know so that we can do His will and fulfil His plan for our lives.
In many ways humility is similar to taking up your cross daily. It is the work of the cross applied to our lives that brings deliverance from the world, self and the demonic. As I take up my cross and die daily, it is I that is decreasing and Him who is increasing. If its not I that live but Christ who lives in me, He has perfect sight into everything!
There is of course another very important aspect to spiritual insight and this relates to the coming of our Lord. Today there is a huge amount of confusion and controversy around this subject. Confusion, my friends, does not come from God. Note that the following verse relating to the coming of our Lord for the church says that we are not in darkness!
Today we are in desperate need of people with prophetic vision and insight.
1Thessalonians 5:4 " You brethren are not in darkness that the Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all children of light."
The effects of spiritual sight:
John 16:13 "When He the spirit of truth has come, He will show you things to come"
Isaiah 33:3 "Call on Me and I will show great and mighty things which you do not know."
Job 15:8 "Have you heard of the secret council of God? or do you limit your wisdom to yourself."
Job 42:5 "I have heard of You by the hearing of my ear, but now my (spiritual) eye sees You, therefore I abhor myself and repent in dust in ashes."
Those who have and are applying humility and the cross into their lives get the grace of spiritual sight. The paradox is that as I yield to God I rise in authority. Humility before God does not make you a door mat it makes you a powerful friend of the living God. This brings authority, understanding and real wisdom into your life.
The road to spiritual insight is the road of truth, which ends in the knowledge of God, discernment, understanding and wisdom. This is the place of deep peace!
Spiritual blindness originates in pride / self will / self trust / self assurance. Spiritual sight originates in humility, cross bearing, brokenness and surrender to God and His word.
The fruit of seeing, knowing God and being known by Him is deep joy, rest, fulfilment and peace that surpasses understanding. Its available, in fact it's promised to you if you chose to go His way. It's the opposite of the fruits of the Christ-less world which are stress, worry, and depression.
James 3:17 "The wisdom that is from above is first pure then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits without partiality and without hypocrisy."
What an incredible tragedy it will be for many who will stand before God and be cast into in hell, only to find out that God had an amazing, wonderful plan and purpose for their lives all along and they ignored Him rather to go with the flow of the world and its ways! They decided to be independent of God and self sufficient! They stole their lives from God.
Perhaps the biggest tragedy of all is that everyone will have their eyes opened to all things by God in the future. For many it will be too late.
As kids we used to go to a railway track and put ours ears on the track. You could feel and hear a train approaching long before you saw it. Spiritual insight gives a new exciting larger dimension to life.
Psalm 119:18 "Open my eyes that I may see wondrous things from your word."
Psalm 119:105 "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path."
Psalm 119:130 "The entrance of your word gives light and understanding"
Psalm119:165 "Great peace have they that love your word and nothing causes them to stumble."
Heaven or hell:
Young woman, without our Lord at the helm of your life you may as well be blindfolded. Your life will be a directionless frustrating mess and ending in eternal hell. There is none so blind as those that will not see, goes the cliché, but in truth there is none so blind as those who can't see! If you come to our great King in humble surrender, that blindfold will be vapourised!
"Now we see through a glass darkly but then face to face, now I know in part but then I will know just as I am known" Dear old lady, very soon your old eyes will look into the eyes of the King of King and Lord of Lords; the one who has the power to give you glorious pure sight. When you look into our Messiah's eyes will it be with confidence as a beloved daughter?
Here is one of my own paintings. This is a collage, mixed media creation in which I've hidden many symbols. In the top left is the Hebrew letter Chet and in middle right the Hebrew letter Shin. There various menorahs olive leaves, pieces of the dead sea scrolls, a shofar blower and more.
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 53. 26th September 2010
In this edition:
●The great dispensation debate
This is a controversial subject with two major divergent views, but it's actually very clear if you take the Bible at face value. Those that reject the dispensation view have a problem making certain things fit together, while the dispensational view sees all pieces of the jig-saw puzzle of prophecy fit together perfectly.
What the Bible says:
Firstly, before we get into the meat of this subject lets define our terms from a pure Biblical perspective.
The word "dispensation" in the Bible comes from the root word Oikonomia, which is also the root word for "economy". It means a system of administration. God worked differently with man in the different dispensations. There were different ways God worked and different responses required by man. Each new dispensation brought in new factors. Sometimes various things were carried over from previous dispensations and sometimes certain things were not.
There are nine times the word is used in the New Testament. These are the most important:
Hebrews 1:1 "God who at various times (dispensations) and in different ways spoke in times past, to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son."
Ephesians 1:10 "In the dispensation of the fullness of the times, He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both in heaven and on earth." (This relates to the dispensation of eternity, beyond the Millenium)
Ephesians 3:2 "If indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God, which was given to me for you." verse 9 "and to make all people see what is the dispensation of the mystery (church age), which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God."
Those who believe there are no different dispensations have a problem with the above verses.
There are eight dispensations revealed in the scripture in which God spoke and dealt with mankind in different ways. Here the are:
In the above image note that the dispensation of law is the same colour as the later shorter tribulation period of seven years. This is simply because the age of grace or church dispensation is a parenthesis in the middle. In a certain sense the tribulation period is the closing of the Old Testament.
Some Bible names for the seven year tribulation period:
Here are some of the names or titles the Bible uses for the entire seven year period.:
The tribulation. The wrath of God. The wrath of the Lamb. The Day of wrath. The wrath of Almighty God. (17 references to wrath of God as the entire tribulation period) The time of Jacobs trouble. Daniel's 70th week (week of years-original) The time of affliction. the days of vengeance, the hour of temptation to come upon the whole world. The indignation. The time of sorrows and trouble.
In each of the above portions of scripture only Israel and the Jews are in view. The church is called the mystery dispensation. It was hidden to previous dispensations. It is not in view in any of the tribulation verses. If it is not, this adds weight to a pre-tribulation rapture of the church.
Why the controversy:
The controversy essential boils down to one big issue. Will we go in a pre-tribulation rapture or go through the tribulation, which is also called the wrath of God. Rapture or wrath is the question.
The Bible teaches that "God reserves His wrath for His enemies." Nahum 1:2 Romans 9:22-24
Some argue that there are no dispensations, because God doesn't change. Of course God is the same yesterday today and forever, but God changes the way he deals with man from time to time and He requires man to change in his response.
The question and controversy relates to the Mosaic law and the church age or dispensation of grace. The tearing of the veil n the temple in Jerusalem as our Lord died, indicated that the law of Moses was no longer in effect as a rule of life, because the veil separated believers from the Holy of Holies. The Bible declares that we are now a "kingdom of priests a holy nation and a royal priesthood" This is new and very different from the Mosaic law period.
The grace of God was obviously here in the Old Testament period, but the new dispensation of grace brought about a new way of functioning. Paul says that "you are not under law but under grace."
The final seven years of the Mosaic dispensation is also called the time of Jacob's trouble or the tribulation period. It is also called the 70th week of Daniel. This period completes the Old Testament in a way.
Let's have a look at the incredible prophecy of Daniel's 70 weeks. The word "week" is the original word 'shabua' and means "a seven" It can refer to a week of days or a week of years. In the context its a week of years. The prophecy indicates a 490 year period of God's dealings exclusively with Israel and Jerusalem and not the church.
The prophecy reveals that it will take 69 weeks of years until Messiah is cut off. Then comes the 70th week or seven year tribulation. God determined that all 70 would be for Israel. The church was not in the 69 and can't be in the 70th! To be consistent with other portions of scripture there has to be a gap between the 69th and 70th week. This gap is the 2000 year church age or age of grace, also called the mystery dispensation in the Bible.
The church will not be present during any part of the 70th week.
The church is absent in all verses of scripture relating to the 70th week, the tribulation or Jacob's trouble in the entire Bible.
The only references to the church in the Revelation are in chapters one to three, preceding the 70th week or tribulation period and right at the end where they are seen returning with our Lord to the earth at the end of the period. (There are references to tribulation saints on earth in this time. These are they that are saved during the tribulation period)
The 144000 of the Revelation who are commissioned with evangelism during the tribulation are all Jews. (Revelation 7:4-8) If evangelism is the job of the church how come only Jews are in view here?
Arguments against dispensations:
Many argue that the word dispensation is not in the Bible. Well, as seen above, it is and many times!
Some argue that the last trumpet of Revelation 11:15 is the same as the last trumpet of 1Thessalonians 4:16 and 1 Corinthians 15:51. It is not the same. In the Revelation it says "The seventh angel sounded his trumpet...the kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord." This is simply the last trumpet for the tribulation. It signals the end of the tribulation period or the close of the Old Testament dispensation.
1 Corinthians 15:51 "Behold I tell you a mystery, we shall not all sleep (die) but we shall all be changed, in a moment in a twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet, for the trumpet will sound and the dead will be raised incorruptible and we shall be changed." This trumpet is the last trumpet of the dispensation which began at Pentecost, called the church age or mystery dispensation. There is a last trumpet for both the church and Israel.
1 Thessalonians 4:16 "The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet of God and the dead in Christ will rise first."
The last trumpet for the church sounds before the wrath of God. The last trumpet in Revelation sounds right at the end of the wrath of God or tribulation.
The last trumpet of 1 Corinthians 15:51 and 1 Thessalonians 4:16 has no trumpets preceding it, so it is not the last in a series. It is the last for the church dispensation. The last trumpet of Revelation is the last of a series of seven trumpets.
The trumpet closing the church age occurs in a "twinkling of an eye" while the last trumpet of the Revelation does not.
There are resurrections of the dead who are part of the church and a different resurrection at the end of the tribulation. Some argue that this can't be. Actually there have already been many resurrections in history. For example; Elijah, the dead body of Moses, many at the resurrection of our Lord and others. So it is quite conceivable that we have two resurrections!
If you mix these up into one, there are many problems created with many other portions of scripture. Many things will not add up.
Many argue that God doesn't deal separately with Israel and the church. This makes a total mockery of a huge number of passages of scripture and creates an untidy illogical mess.
There are many who become believers in the tribulation period. These are called tribulation saints and will meet the Lord at His second coming. But they are not part of the church as such.
The rule of logic:
If the way you put the Bible together ends up with pieces that don't fit, something is wrong. This would mean that you have to either ignore portions of scripture or adhere to the terrible allegorical method of interpretation, which allows you to make it say what you want it to.
Logic dictates that the method or belief that has has everything fitting together like a jig saw is correct. We need to consider and take all of scripture in its context.
If you reject dispensations:
If you reject dispensations there can be no rapture at all. The dispensation rejecters believe in a post tribulation rapture. It's also called the grand U-turn. At the end of the tribulation the Lord returns to the earth with His saints. If the rapture happens then, people will rise to meet the Lord in the air and came straight back to the earth with Him.
A simple view of the church as a mystery dispensation in between the Old Testament is consistent with the Bible.
The dispensation problem:
The problem that continues to hover around dispensationalism has nothing to do with the Bible itself. It has been and is caused by some people who take dispensations to an extreme and over-apply it. They claim that there can be nothing carried over from one to another. This is not the case. Many people over-apply dispensations on the one hand and on the other many reject dispensations completely. Both are wrong.
The Bible itself is clear. The big picture can only be seen without contradiction with dispensations in view.
Titus 2:13 "Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ."
Heaven or hell:
Young Palestinian, you still have time to make right with God. You have a very, very important choice before you. You can go the way of your family and your friends and your people or you can break away from the traditions that will lead you to hell. Our Lord and Messiah may be Jewish, but he loves you much more than any of your own people ever will or can. He will set you free indeed.
Old woman, you have very little time left. Have you made right with God? If you have God will make right with you and welcome you into His glorious Kingdom for all eternity. It would be a terrible situation if you have a hard life of suffering now and on your death your eternal suffering begins. The Kingdom of our God is a Kingdom of never ending peace, and joy.
Here is a painting by Rembrandt of the prophet Jeremiah mourning over the future of Jerusalem.
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!