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Edition 29. February 15th 2010
In this edition:
●The greatest reunion ever
A remarkable reunion in Messiah
Before we get into this edition let me just say what it's not about. This is not the British / Israelite doctrine or any similar doctrine claiming that any national group is now the ten lost tribes of Israel. Those are all doctrines of deception based on nationalism and national pride.
What's it all about?
The ten lost tribes of Israel will be "found" again and return, but with a dramatic inclusion. The Bible says it will be so.
Let's do a bit of history firstly. There were 13 tribes of Israel at first, but it is the twelve that we are concerned about here. These were divided into the southern and northern kingdoms. The northern and southern kingdoms were often at odds with each other. The southern kingdom was called the house of Judah and was made up of the tribes of Benjamin and Judah, while the northern kingdom was known as the house of Israel or Joseph /Ephraim and was made up of ten tribes. The ten tribes become scattered and "lost" after exile and never returned to the land. In some 2900 odd years the lost tribes have really become truly lost and assimilated into the nations where they found a home.
What a home coming!
Ezekiel 37:16-17, 22 "Take a stick for yourself and write upon it: 'For Judah and for the children of Israel, his companions.' Then take another stick and write on it: 'For Joseph the stick of Ephraim and for all the house of Israel, his companions.' Then join them one to another for yourself into one stick and they will become one in your hand." Verse 21 "Thus says the Lord, surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone and will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land and I will make them one nation in the land."
Now the detective work starts. We need to identify who is who in this spectacular prophecy of reunion.
The first stick is called Judah, the children of Israel. This we can safely identify as the two tribes that were not scattered. The second stick is interesting and more difficult to identify. It is called Joseph and Ephraim.
Ephraim was one of the sons of Joseph through a Gentile Egyptian woman. So Ephraim is essentially Gentile with an Israelite father.
Josephs father, Jacob had his name was changed by God to Israel. In Genesis 48 Joseph brings his two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh to be blessed by Jacob (Israel) This is a lengthy passage, but what is of major importance is the fact that the blessing went to Ephraim the younger son first rather than to Manasseh, who was the eldest and should have received the full blessing first. Joseph pointed this out to his father and here is what he said:
Genesis 48: 19 "And his father refused (to change the blessing) and said "I know it my son, I know it: he (Manasseh) shall also become a great people, but his younger brother (Ephraim) shall be greater than he and his seed shall become a multitude of nations." The original Hebrew word used here for 'nations' is the word 'gowy' which means foreign nation or Gentiles. In other words, it's not the nation of Israel! But now we must understand that these Gentile nations are rooted in both Joseph an Israelite and his Egyptian wife, so these Gentile nations are connected to Israel through their father Joseph. In some respects Joseph is also a type of Messiah.
So these Gentile nations are connected to Israel in Messiah as we'll see just now.
Ephraim then, is the modern day Gentile nations into which the ten tribes were assimilated. The prophecy above of Ezekiel 37 doesn't limit the Gentile nations it actually expands them in the term "the companions" of Joseph and Ephraim.
The ten northern tribes of Israel, referred to here as Joseph and Ephraim were scattered abroad. They moved north of Israel into the Gentile nations. They eventually spread into many nations including some in Europe, Russia, Ireland the UK, and much later, the commonwealth countries including the US.
Over time the tribes became assimilated into these Gentile nations.
This is the identity of the 2 sticks:
"Joseph" would be a reference to Jews (Israelites) who are scattered around the world. The house of Ephraim and his companions" is no doubt a reference to Gentile believers in Messiah.
Many Jews have found a home within the Gentile nations and many of these will soon recognise their Messiah. So as the two sticks come together in one they will include the Jews of Israel (Judah) who get saved, the Jews of the world (Joseph) who get saved and the Gentiles of the world (Ephraim) who get saved.
All come together as one in Messiah.
While Israel has been scattered among the Gentile nations, she has found a sanctuary, especially in the UK and US, but has also come under the evil influences of Gentile paganism and evil practices.
Hosea 8:8-14 " Israel is swallowed up now they are among the Gentiles, like a vessel in which there is no pleasure...Because Ephraim has made many alters for sin...Israel has forgotten his Maker."
Amos 9:9 Speaks of the fact that God will scatter and sift Israel among the nations, "yet not one smallest grain will fall to the ground." God knows exactly where His sheep are. In His sight none are lost!
Jeremiah 31:10 "He that scattered Israel will gather him."
Ezekiel 11:16 Although I have cast them far off among the heathen and scattered them among many countries...I will gather you from among the peoples...and I will give you one heart and put a new spirit within you."
Zechariah 10:6 "I will save the house of Joseph, I will bring them back and have mercy upon them. They shall be as though I had not cast them off...Those of Ephraim will be a mighty man."
Yes, in 1948 Israel became a nation again and many wonderful prophecies were fulfilled but this isn't the reunion spoken of here. Israel's nationhood is not her spiritual rebirth. The prophecy that we are concerned about here relates to Israel's spiritual rebirth. The reunification or joining of the two sticks is talking about both houses of Israel ultimately coming to the Lord as one. This full spiritual re-gathering still lies ahead.
The dramatic twist in all of this lies in the final make up of the whole house of Israel.
According to our "two sticks" prophecy above, both houses of Israel will be reunited in the land and in the Lord, but a huge, huge group of many millions of Gentiles from around the world will also be part of this grand reunion and in fact become part of the whole house of Israel.
Amazing New Testament insights.
Shockingly, very few Christians know a single thing about this. Most, including pastors read over these verses of scripture with their church-doctrine glasses on and are blind to what the scriptures clearly and obviously teach. Unfortunately many Christians have been deceived and taught a lot of hogwash by their blind guides and are generally too lazy to check things out for themselves.
The entire message of the restoration and unification of the two houses of Israel is outlined in the New Testament.
James 1:1 "James a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ. To the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad." This clearly indicates that the book of James is addressed to the tribes who are scattered abroad.
Matthew 10:5,6 "Do not go the way of the Gentiles...but rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." These words from our Messiah are what we call the great commission. Notice who the primary recipients are supposed to be!
John 11:52 "Not for that nation only but also that He would gather in one the children of God who were scattered abroad."
John 10: 6 "Other sheep I have which are not of this fold, them also I must bring and they will hear my voice and there will be one flock and one shepherd."
Romans 9:23 " That He might make known the riches of His glory...not of the Jews only but also of the Gentiles."
Romans 1:16 "I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes to the Jew first and also to the Greek (Gentile)"
Can you see what the above verses are saying? The whole of this edition which comes largely from the Old Testament is found right here in the New Testament as well. I wonder why the church ignores this.
As I said in the last edition, the church has grabbed the Jewish fruit and rejected the Jewish root. In fact many churches are coming against Israel in many ways, by not supporting her. She needs to be supported even in her temporary blindness.
Types and shadows:
There are many examples in the scriptures which parallel the joining of the two sticks.
The story of the prodigal son is one, the reunion of Joseph, sent into Egypt with his brothers is another.
The incredible story of the wild and natural olive tree branches in Romans 11 is an exact parallel.
Romans 9 :25-28 "I will call them My people who were not My people...though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of sea, the remnant will be saved"
Both houses of Israel will be reunited. The lost tribes will be found, saved and will bring with them untold millions of Gentiles believers all into one grand glorious union.
Israel is not complete yet, it will be shortly and with the grand reunion will come untold millions of Gentiles, all united as one in Messiah.
Many gentile Christians want no part with Israel, while there are Jews who want no part with the church. Both are wrong.
All of His sheep will be saved including the "lost sheep of the house of Israel"
God is now doing His final work. It is to reunite all believers, Jew and Gentile as one. The Bible calls these "All Israel"
It's important to understand who "all Israel" is. It's not all Jews nor all Gentiles, it is a remnant within Israel and many Gentiles who ultimately make up "all Israel".
The Bible plots this drama from start to its a glorious finish. At the end of the day, God's final purpose comes to pass His way, just as it is laid out in the scriptures. God's chosen people become one in Him. believing Jew and Gentile will be united under Messiah.
The church is largely alienated from Israel while Israel is alienated from their Messiah. The church is partially blind to its roots in Israel even as Israel is largely blind to her Messiah in the church. The church has failed by abandoning Israel and Israel has failed to recognising Yeshua Hamashiach (Jesus the Messiah). Neither situation is going to last!! Victory is just around the corner!!
There are not two chosen people, there is one single royal priesthood a Holy nation in the Kingdom of Messiah.
When Gentiles are saved by the Jewish Messiah of Israel, Yeshua Hamashiach, He brings them into His one eternal covenant. When Gentiles get saved they are no longer Gentiles, neither are they Jews. They are one new Kingdom person. Likewise when Jews are saved, they are no longer Jews but part of the great undivided Kingdom of God.
God does not have two covenant people. Yes He has made covenants with Israel, the Jews and the land of Israel itself. Yes He has worked in different ways with the church in this era of Grace. These are all temporary situations along the road to one glorious united Kingdom of God.
The end of the age, which is coming soon, will see Jew and Gentile believer wonderfully glorified together as one. The blood of Messiah will restore and end all bad-blood between brothers. The blood of Messiah is the unifying agent of God.
Hosea 11:10 "They shall walk after the Lord, He will roar like a lion. When He roars, then His sons shall come trembling from the west."
Hosea 14: 4-8 "I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely, for My anger has turned away from him. I will be like dew to Israel...Ephraim will say, 'What have I to do with idols anymore."
Heaven or hell:
Young Jew, you need to break from legalism before the sun sets on your life. You have the ten commandments strapped to your forehead, that's the wrong place! You need the love of God in your mind and heart. You do not get saved by obeying or displaying an outward law. Of course I know that love for our Messiah will create in you a desire to obey Him, but salvation is a free gift of the grace of God. This must come first and its exclusive, it only comes through Yeshua Hamashiach (Jesus the Messiah) Works and traditions do not make you right with God. Yes there is a place for them but after the Spirit of God has moved into your heart.
Old lady, one day you will stand up straight again. You will get a new body that will be forever young and you will live forever in your new body, how about that! But what an eternal tragedy if you, in your new body move into hell. Then you will wish you had your old body back again! We are all going to get a new incorruptible body, whether we like it or not, but whose neighbourhood we're going to hang out in forever is dependent upon what we do with the free gift of salvation offered now.
In closing this edition here is a rendition of our Jewish Messiah, Jesus by Rembrandt.
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 27. January 31st 2010
In this edition:
●Fulfilled Bible prophecy speaks volumes!
●Don't gamble against immeasurable odds!
The voice of God in prophetic fulfilment.
Prophecy speaks. It speaks about things that are to come from the standpoint of the prophet. But once these things have come and gone, fulfilled prophecy continues to speak, but it now speaks a new thing, which you dare not underestimate.
Bible prophecy has a 100% fulfilment record. Not one has missed! Can you see what fulfilled Bible prophecy is saying? It's saying reject it at your own peril! It's saying if you reject it you're gambling against immeasurable odds!
You may think that rejecting or sidelining Bible prophecy is very stupid, and you would be quite right, but there are untold millions who do just this.
I would like now to discuss the issue of fulfilled Bible prophecy as proof of the veracity of the Bible itself. But first a word of warning. You can see that 2+2=4. but if your heart is not right, no amount of proof will make any difference. To be right with God we need to have a soft and broken heart before our Lord and His word, then these things all truly add up in a remarkable way.
Its no use giving intellectual accent to prophecy, or the Bible in general and still being a hard hearted sinner destined for hell. The Bible declares that even the demons believe and shudder at their future!
God Himself is the ultimate prophet. The Bible says that He knows the end from the beginning!
Amos 3:7 "The Lord does nothing unless He reveals His secrets to His servants the prophets."
The fulfilment pattern:
There is a very clear pattern of prophecy fulfilment in the Old Testament. Every single one that saw it's fulfilment in the Old Testament was fulfilled accurately and literally in time and space. Yes of course there are many allegorical lessons that we can learn from these, but we can never say that there fulfilments was not literal.
Every single prophecy of the Old Testament that had fulfilment in the New Testament, was again fulfilled in exactly the same manner. They were all fulfilled literally with not one single miss. Some were very detailed as we will see.
Now we come to the New Testament prophecies. Again every one that saw it's fulfilment in New Testament times was fulfilled exactly, literally without exception. Every one that has been fulfilled in our day has followed the exact same pattern.
Now we come to the remaining unfulfilled prophecies of both the Old and New Testaments. Obviously, logically, they will be fulfilled in the same pattern, which is literally with no exceptions.
The odds of all prophecies being fulfilled exactly and literally is immeasurable. It is the one thing that separates the Bible far above all other religious books. Only God can see the future exactly and predict it, without fail.
The big thing that this is all saying is this: If there is a completely sure visible pattern of past fulfilment of prophecy then you can be absolutely sure that the remaining unfulfilled prophecies will continue to be fulfilled in exactly the same pattern.
Prophecy speaks accurately. It opens many doors into a glorious future.
Fulfilled Bible prophecy is the atheists nightmare!
There are so so many poor, blind believers out there with no idea or no interest in prophecy, its quite amazing. In fact they are really a product of their bind leaders!
Many so called prophets have come and gone with many failed prophecies. Nostradamus for example is hero - worshipped by many, but many of his prophecies never came to pass. Equally as many are so vague and general, that anyone can make almost anything fit them. Yes he did have many that did come true. It's worth bearing in mind that most of his prophecies were simply taken from the Bible to start with and regurgitated in a different form.
Today there are many who call themselves prophets but are themselves in great need of prophetic understanding. You can't lead others with so-called prophetic utterances if you don't understand the grand prophetic picture of the Bible.
There are no prophets that are like those in the inspired Word of God!
2 Peter 1:16-19 Speaks of three disciples who saw the risen Lord with their eyes and heard Him with their ears and then it says that there is something even more sure than seeing and hearing. verse 19 "We have the prophetic word made more sure, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts."
This is an amazing portion of scripture. It says that prophecy is more sure than seeing or hearing. The morning star is the planet Venus and shines in the darkest part of the night signally that the day is about to dawn. When you recognise and realise the importance and significance of prophecy, that star has arisen in your own heart and it means that you now have spiritual eyes to see and understand.
Can you see how important these things are?
Fulfilled prophecies of the Old Testament:
●Isaiah 7:14 "The virgin will conceive and bear a Son and shall call His name Immanuel"
●Micah 5:1 "But you Bethlehem, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come the One who is to be ruler of Israel, whose goings forth have been from everlasting to everlasting."
●Zechariah 9:9 "Behold your King is coming to you. He is just and having salvation, lowly and riding on a donkey, a colt the foal of a donkey"
●Isaiah 9:6 "Unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulders. His name will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God."
●Isaiah 50:6 "I gave My back to those who struck Me, and My cheeks to those who plucked out My beard, I did not hide my face from the shame of spitting."
●Isaiah 53:7 "He opened not His mouth. He was led as a lamb to the slaughter."
●Isaiah 53:5 "He was wounded for our transgressions."
●Zechariah 12:10 "Then they will look upon Me the one whom they pierced." 13:6 " What are these wounds in your hands? Then He will answer and say, those with which I was wounded in the house of My friends."
●Daniel 9:26 "Messiah will be cut off, but not for Himself"
●Zechariah 11: 13 "He would be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver". Psalm22 and 34:20 None of His bones would be broken
Isaiah 66:8 Israel to become a nation in a single day.
●Some other prophecies of the Old Testament, fulfilled in history: The exile of Israel. Preservation of their identity while in dispersion. The Hebrew language would be restored to Israel after being lost for 2000 years. Jerusalem would be restored to the Jews. Israel will prevail over its enemies. The ruins of Israel will be rebuilt. Israel will be a prosperous nation. The desert will bloom again. Israel's fruit will fill the world. The Jews would be restored to Israel, initially in spiritual blindness. Their return would be from the whole world. And many many more!
Fulfilled prophecies of the New Testament:
●Matthew 24:14 Before the end comes, the Gospel will preached in all the world.
●Matthew 24: 23-25 There will be false Messiahs before His return.
●Matthew 24:32 Israel will become a nation.
●Luke 21 23, 24 "Jerusalem will be trodden down by the Gentile, until the time of the Gentiles is fulfilled".
●Acts 2: 24-31 Jesus would be raised from the dead.
●Ephesians 2:8-10 He would ascend to God.
●1 Timothy 4: 1 Believers will depart from the faith.
And of course many hundreds more
The bottom line:
The big bottom line in fulfilled prophecy of both the Old and New Testaments is that they were all fulfilled exactly and literally.
This means that God can see the future. it means that His word is supernatural and trustworthy. It is His word. It means that if prophecy was fulfilled in this manner, you can bet your life on the fact that the remaining prophecies will be fulfilled in the same pattern.
I've presented just a few fulfilled prophecies above, there a thousands of others. It's important to realise that there are five times more prophecies of the second coming and related events, as with the first coming of our Lord. One fifth of the Bible is prophetic.
There are a great many prophecies for today, which remain unfulfilled. Most of these are right on the doorstep. I'll deal with unfulfilled prophecies in a coming edition. It's important to understand what fulfilled prophecy is essentially saying first, because it lays the foundation.
The overall purpose of prophecy
God has given the church five ministry giftings to make it work properly and be complete. These are apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher. If one is missing the church is incomplete right at its foundation.
Because we as believers are in a spiritual environment, you can be very sure that if something as important as the prophetic is missing, the devil will oblige and fill the gap! He will fill that gap with human opinion and many other things. You see, prophecy is essentially a look into the mind of God, who Himself knows the future! Many churches today have nothing more than the mind of the leader.
With the knowledge of the prophetic missing from the church, it is blind and is in extreme danger, much more than it can imagine.
In fact the Bible predicts that the world will throw their weight, give their hearts minds and souls blindly to the antichrist and his sidekick the false prophet in days not far from now.
Prophecy gives us light in this dark world, it brings hope, peace, security and everything that the world can't give.
Arguments against prophecy:
●There are many who say it's all open to interpretation. Well, this is simply another way of casting down the importance of prophecy and the Bible itself. The Bible warns that in these days, just when prophecy is being fulfilled at an alarming rate, there would be people who would become last days scoffers and end time mockers, saying "where is the hope of His coming, all things will carry on as normal". Does this sound familiar? It's just the same as the scoffers in Noah's day! (2 Peter 3:3 and Jude 18)
●There are some who say that prophecy is simply a warning and if we heed the warning, the events will not come about. This is most certainly true with some portions of scripture. For example the Bible warns Gentile churches that if they come against or boast against what God is doing with the re-grafting of the Jews back into their own Olive Tree (Romans 11), they (the Gentiles) will be cut off, just as the Jews were cut off for their unbelief.
Thankfully there are many who have heeded the warning and will not be cut off. There are also many who won't heed the warning and will be cut off. (Please read the previous edition on replacement theology for much more on this.)
But the great majority of prophecies are not conditional. They are God's look into future events. They will happen exactly.
●Some believe that God is sitting in heaven pushing button, so to speak. He is making this or that happen. This is essentially Calvinism gone to pot. Because God knows the future it doesn't mean that He is making everything happen. Although we need to be aware that in the tribulation period, when His anger and fury is in play, there are many things then, that will be a direct result of His action.
●People make the big mistake of thinking that prophecy is all doom gloom and bad news. Let me put it another way; the correct way.
If you throw a criminal in jail, the environment in which he operated is now cleansed and a little bit better. Well, Bible prophecy, although it deals with many issues, is primarily centred around the cleansing of this world and the purifying of the universe! It's all about the coming glory of purity, holiness, righteousness, peace, calm and untold joy. But first of all, the trash has to be taken out!
God's prophetic word, is not bad news at all, its the best news ever! It's only bad news if you're in love with the world and it's ways.
Prophecy is not given to us so that we can be fascinated. It's not given to us so that we can prove ourselves right and others wrong (that only increase your guilt) It's not even given to us so that we can know the future (although that is a secondary purpose). It's given to us so that we can know God and His ways more deeply and intimately and be ready for Him at His coming.
The big thing is to know God and be known by Him!
Fulfilled Bible prophecy is so powerful and incredible on many fronts. It's main central theme is the destruction of Satan's kingdom and the triumph of our God of glory and His kingdom. It's greater purpose is the purification of the universe and setting up of the glorious eternity of eternities.
1 John 3:3 "Everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure." The "hope in Him" that is being referred to here is the hope of His coming. If this subject is not taught, or you are ignorant of it, how can you be complete?
2 Timothy 4:8 "Finally there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness...but not only to me, but all who loved His appearing."
Heaven or hell:
The crowns of this world are useless, valueless, and meaningless compared to the crowns of glory which are laid up before us. These women may think they're important because of their crowns, but its what God thinks that counts. These crowns will fade, as will the reasons for which they were given. Let me tell all you ladies something: If you are saved, born again of the Spirit of God, your beauty will never fade. You will never grow old, wrinkled and full of stretch marks. In eternity your glory will shine forever. it will be incorruptible!
Eternal crowns of glory are all that matter. The crowns awarded by our Lord to his servants will never fade and never be able to be taken away. They are given for the acceptable works of righteousness done by His servants. Gold, silver and precious stones are also used to symbolise the eternal rewards given to believers who faithfully did His will and His work, His way. What a tragedy to stand before God and be stripped of every reward of man and be awarded no eternal crown.
Luke 4:18-23 Jesus was handed the book of Isaiah, he found the place where it is written: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me"...He closed the book, gave it back and sat down. He then said "Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 26. January 22nd 2010
In this edition:
●The failure of replacement theology
●An incredible conclusion!
Replacement theology's extreme danger to Israel
Please don't take this subject lightly, it's of monumental importance today, and will be the issue that will identify who will go on in ever increasing deception and who will go on in glory! This is a tragic and extremely exciting issue, depending upon your position.
Before we get into the meat of this edition, let's define our terms, so we're on the same page:
Replacement theology is a far reaching doctrine invented by the church and practiced by the great majority of churches today. Thankfully, there is a big swing away from it back to the ancient immovable truth, as more and more become aware of it and also respond to the Spirit of God and His current work.
Replacement theology is essentially the doctrine that declares that God replaced Israel with the church. It goes further, believing that God has no plan for the Jews except that they should join institutionalised churchianity and become Christianised. It goes still further in believing that God has no plan for the land of Israel and Jerusalem.
It's proponents teach that God has set aside Israel and the Jews and made the church the new Israel. They teach that wherever you see the word Israel or Jerusalem in the Bible, you simply replace it with the church. They believe that God's work with Israel ended at Calvary with the Gentile church now superseding Israel and the Jews.
There's nothing new with replacement theology, its been around for ages. But it is tragically gaining momentum today. It's very strongly entrenched in almost all denominational churches and is especially strong in all Calvinist churches. Unfortunately it's also being proclaimed by a growing number of Pentecostal churches.
Replacement theology is widespread and powerfully entrenched in the World Council of Churches and its members. It's an ugly anti-Semitic doctrine born in hell that runs side by side with its evil sisters A-millennialism, supersessionism and the various forms of liberation theology, especially Palestinian liberation theology.
It has its roots in the allegorical interpretation of scripture, which had its roots with Augustine and Origen way back when. Augustine wrote that "Bible must be interpreted with reference to church orthodoxy". What blasphemy!
Allegorical interpretation sees fit to apply allegory wherever the interpreter wishes. it "spiritualises" the scriptures and takes away literal meaning especially of the prophetic. It is inconsistent, divisive and dethrones the Bible.
Replacement theology is full-blown dangerous deception, error and the root of anti-Semitism.
In Acts 15 Paul, Barnabas, Peter and James convened a meeting of the elders to decide upon what conditions non-Jews would be admitted to the church, which was mostly Jewish back then. Today the opposite is true.
Many are accidental supporters of replacement theology, by being uninformed or neutral. With God there is actually no such thing as neutrality. He says; "If you're not with me , you're against Me".
It's the root of the Holocaust, and will again be the underlying theology which will lead the world's resistance to Israel.
The truth is that God has a distinctive plan for the Jews and the land of Israel in the coming days. The Bible speaks of the fact that God will bring the Jews back into their land in spiritual blindness and will then lift that veil of blindness as He brings them to salvation and uses them for His powerful end time purpose.
The failure of the "replacement" church:
You may be able to steal from the bank and get away with it, but you're a giant fool if you think you can ever steal anything from God and get away with it!
Replacement theology is theft by the church. On the one hand it attempts to steal what God has promised to Israel and on the other hand, rejects Gods plan for Israel.
Because this evil theology replaces Israel with the church it actually leaves Israel open to be taken over by the Palestinians. The Bible shows clearly that this will occur and invoke the fury of God. Joel 3: 2 & Zechariah 12: 3
Replacement theology is Christian pride and boasting in action. The Bible has nothing good to say about pride. It blinds you...always! "God gives grace to the humble and resists the proud"
We must understand that Israel was elected, rejected and is being accepted again. There are portions of scripture dealing with each; you can't get them mixed up or ignore what doesn't suite you
Romans chapters 9 and 11 are very important in dealing with this.
Romans 11: 25-27 "I don't want you to be ignorant of this mystery, so that you are not boastful or proud. Israel has experienced hardening in part, until the full number of Gentiles has come in" (Much of the church is ignorant of this and exalts itself above Israel)
Israel's hardening is partial until a particular point in time. This is when the full number of Gentiles has come in. When will this be? Good question! Luke 21:24 tells us. "Jerusalem will be trampled on by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled." This began in 1967 when Jerusalem was restored to Jewish control for the first time since it was destroyed in 70AD. It is therefore in our time!
Romans 11 goes on with a powerful picture of an olive tree with the natural branches broken off. These it says are the Jews, who were cut off because of their unbelief. Then comes the incredible grafting in of the wild olive branches. These are the Gentile believers.
In verse 20 we are told "not be proud or boastful but to FEAR"! Let me quickly add that when God says you need to fear Him for a particular issue you'd better listen up! Much of the church ignores God right here! "Fear, for if God did not spare the natural branches he may not spare you either...and you also will be cut off....How much more will these natural branches (Jews) be grafted back in to their own tree?"
Verse 29 says "The gifts and calling of God are irrevocable."
This is not talking about calling or gifts of the Spirit as many teach. In context it is talking about the calling and gift of Israel to the world, which will be completed God's way!!
In many ways Israel has to deal with an enemy on many fronts. Islam is one and the church of replacement theology is another.
The true church is a "mystery" and a separate work of God that interrupts not replaces the Old Covenant. It has its own distinctive character. It started at Pentecost and lasts for 2000 odd years before the Old Covenant comes to its climax in seven years.
The "replacement church" is on thin ice. Its about to become strongly empowered by a counterfeit force. It's now in the twilight years of God's patience.
If Satan can get rid of the significance of Israel he can bring down the veracity of the Word of God and a large part of the church is helping him!
You need to be aware, in terms of timing that all of these issues are strongly related to the second coming of our Messiah and the general time period we are in now.
The rise of Christian Zionism:
A recent report in the Jerusalem Post says "Evangelicals are seeing the error of replacement theology" Thank the Lord for this! Christians United for Israel is one organisation presenting a united face to Israel in this regard and is also putting their money where the mouth is. They've collected and distributed millions of dollars to Israel. They organise and run regular "Night to Honour Israel" events in each major city of every one of the US states.
This organisation has literally hundreds of member churches with over five million individual members (including myself) It has a number of saved Rabbis on the board as well as Benjamin Netanyahu.
Many churches around the world are seeing with new eyes. Unfortunately these will remain the minority because the Bible teaches that the masses will join forces to come against Israel and the Jews.
Gods purpose is not to favour the Jew above any other, but it is to bring blessing and salvation to the world through His work using the Jew as the whole prophetic picture unfolds.
The impossibility of replacement theology:
There are so many hundreds of verses of scripture that make no sense at all if the church has replaced Israel. It devalues and undermines Israel and exalts the church in arrogance and pride. When the church relates to, instead of replaces Israel the pieces of the giant jig-saw all fall into their correct place and the picture is clear.
Replacement theology in all its forms is irreconcilable with the Bible. It simply can't fit in with almost all verses dealing with the re-gathering of Israel. It also has major problems with what is actually happening now.
There is however one very brilliant way to legitimise replacement theology, and that is simply to deny or cast down the veracity of the Bible. The satanically inspired allegorical method of interpretation does just this. It takes away the literal meanings and foists into it whatever the interpreter wants.
You can't fit the church into dozens of portions of scripture relating to Israel and the Jews. here is one chapter among hundreds.
Jeremiah 31: 8-36 "Proclaim, give praise and say, O Lord save your people, the remnant of Israel. Behold I'll bring them from the north country and from the ends of the earth...a great throng will return...Hear the word of the Lord you nations, "He who scattered Israel will re-gather him'...they'll come streaming to the goodness of the Lord. Behold the days are coming says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah...For I will forgive their iniquity and their sin I'll remember no more."
If the church is Israel since when will God bring us back from the ends of the earth. Since when was the church "scattered". Since when does God make a new covenant with the church; that's done already.
Why replacement theology will lead to war:
This may shock you, I hope it does...with a positive outcome!
As goes the spiritual so goes the natural. This is a principle as sure as gravity.
Replacement theology leads to the horror of replacement reality! It is the devil's Trojan horse in the church.
It was this theology that was behind Hitler. He quoted from Luther in his evil book Mein Kampf. Luther wrote that the "Jews were damned and rejected" and that "they and their synagogues should be burnt so that not even a cinder of them remains" and many other things that I will not write.
The encyclopaedia of Judaica comments on this saying "The whole Nazi Holocaust was pre-outlined here by Martin Luther" By the way, Luther was one of the reformers and I have no problem giving credit where due. He did open the eyes of the church to some degree in other areas. He also caused immeasurable harm.
The world's two state solution or "roadmap to peace" is a direct contradiction of God's one state solution and will bring down the wrath and judgement of God. It will all lead to world war.
God's one-state solution imports the Jews into the land and expands the land itself, while He expels the Arabs as owners of the land.
Jeremiah 12:14 -17 "My evil neighbours who touch the inheritance of My people Israel, I will pluck them out of the land of Judah. After I have done this I will return and have compassion on My people and will bring them back into their land" This is a one state solution. The "evil neighbours" and the two-state mob would do well to read this, but they won't!
Joel 3:2 Declares that dividing the land of Israel brings war not peace.
Daniel 11: 39 Speaking of the coming Antichrist says "This foreign god will rule over many and will divide the land for gain at the time of the end" The rest of this section describes coming war.
The Catholic church stood by in silence during the Holocaust! Right now a great many churches are silent on these issues as Israel's enemies gather and war clouds rise on the prophetic horizon.
What you don't talk about speaks volumes!
Silence is not golden in this regard!
Another form of replacement theology:
By the way, another powerful example of replacement theology in a somewhat different form is in the Arab world. Islam essentially believes that God started His work with Moses and the Jews, but they didn't fulfil His plan and form the Muslim religion, so God ditched them and moved onto Jesus and the prophets. They also didn't fulfil God's plan, so He ditched them. Mohamed did, so the Muslims have now replaced the Jews and the Christians, who now don't have a legitimate right to exist. This in fact the root behind the Islamic world's hatred of the Jews and Christians. But please read edition 16 for a truly wonderful outcome to even this large problem.
Some related verses:
Zechariah 8: 13 "It will come to pass that just as you were a curse among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, so I will save you and you shall be a blessing."
Ezekiel 11: 17-19 "I will gather you from the peoples and countries where you have been scattered and I will give you the land of Israel...Then I will give them one heart and will put a new spirit within them."
Isaiah26:15 "You have increased the nation, You are glorified, You have expanded all the borders."
Hosea 2: 23 " Then I will say to those who were not my people, you are My people, and they'll say, You are my God"
Time is short. The Bible says that God will not strive with man forever.
Amos 8: 11 "The days are coming says the Lord that I will send a famine and a thirst on the land, not of bread or water, but of hearing the words of the Lord"!
My friends, a time of spiritual darkness and deception is coming. There is one sure way to stay safe with our Lord and this is to develop and maintain a soft heart before Him and to be right in doctrine.
There are so many churches today that follow replacement theology. You need to be warned and stay clear of popular US preacher Rick Warren. He declares that Christians should stay away from Bible prophecy. He suggests that it's a diversion of the devil. He is a strong proponent of replacement theology and regularly says that the Palestinians own the land.
●Yes I agree; Bible prophecy makes no sense at all with Israel and the Jews removed and replaced by the church! Rick Warren has fearlessly set himself up as God's editor!
●Bible prophecy is the "eyes" for the church. Take it away and you're a blind sitting duck in the devil's sights!
Other well known modern adherents and promoters of replacement theology include, Dominionist David Wilkerson, Robert Schuler, Gary North, David Chilton and many others.
The tragedy is that many Christians have given themselves blindly to their church leadership, and it's doctrine. As a result they don't have the eyes to see nor the ears to hear anything that may be beyond church doctrine. They falsely presume that because their preacher uses the Bible, everything must be fine.
Imagine standing in the middle of a railway line which is not parallel. it may be fine here where you're standing, but further down the line the error grows very wide.
Replacement theology is a sure road to disaster.
You need to know exactly what your church leader believes in regard to these things. Go and ask him. If your church is silent on this issue, go and ask them why.
The Alon example of excellence : Alon International is a body of believers serving our Lord Jesus Christ. (in an amazing way, I might add) If you look at their website at www.alon.org.za and go to the "doctrine" page it has the normal statement of faith. But then it has a section titled "Alon comment on Israel" Here you will not see any neutrality at all. "We do not embrace replacement theology" it says and gives the details. This is what your church needs especially in this day and age!
Replacement theology is not some little error in the church. It is the biggest in history. It is a doctrine of devils that will lead to the deaths of who-knows how many people. It will be the rejoicing of hell, but only for a short season!
Today the Gentile church, full of paganism is no place for a Messianic Jew. They are intolerant of replacement theology. The identity of the modern church has shifted far from what it should be. This is a tragedy and one of the reasons why a large part of the church will be "spewed out."
The Jews say to Christians "You'll have to forgive us Jews for being a little nervous of you. Two thousand years of Christian love has worn down our nerves."
If you want a sure-fire way to be clear of all forms of replacement theology, simply read the Bible from Isaiah to Zechariah. It should take you no longer than a week or two. No, I'm not trying to be funny.
Many are teaching and preaching many wonderful things and God is using them greatly.
An incredibly powerful conclusion:
This is truly amazing!!!
These end-time related verses are similar. Isaiah 21:11 "Watchman what of the coming night?" Isaiah 62: 6 "I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem, who shall never hold their peace day or night" Jeremiah 31: 6 "For there shall be a day when the watchmen will cry on Mount Ephraim. "Arise and let us go up to Zion. Proclaim, give praise and say "O Lord save Your people" Isaiah 52:8 "Your watchmen shall lift up their voices...for they shall see eye to eye when the Lord brings back Zion."
Here's the big thing: These verses all use the original Hebrew word 'Notzrim' derived from 'Natsar' for "watchmen". This just also happens to be the modern Hebrew word for a Christian. These Old Testament words were written long before Christianity existed! In fact the word Nazareth is also derived from this same word.
Early Christians were called Nazarenes!
●This speaks of the fact that in these days God will have people with some association with Nazareth, the ones whom the Jews call Christians, standing as "watchmen" watching out for and with Israel and seeing eye to eye as this grand prophetic drama of the ages plays out! What glory!
Can you see the amazing prophetic significance now? God chose the word for "watchmen" that the Jews would later use as their word for a Christian and the same word from which Nazareth is derived and they were written down by the prophets long before the Christian era! Those verses most certainly have prophetic relevance to our day!
Is God speaking to you now, or of you, dear reader? I have a strong feeling that some reading these words now are finding the very purpose for which they were born!
Thank God that today, the number of Christian watchmen is growing fast. This is in spite of the fact that the number of Israel's enemies are growing at the same time.
Will you be one of those who will stand for Israel, when the satanically charged "replacement" church joins the world in coming against Israel? I know I will stand with and for her! Before you say yes, it may be costly!
Israel will soon stand alone as she waits for her Messiah, will you stand with her?
"If you bless Israel you'll be blessed and if you curse Israel you'll be cursed" declares the Bible. Don't argue with that, it's the way it is!
Today God is raising up watchmen for Israel. This can involve anything from simply praying, to sharing or joining with others or doing whatever God calls you to, in this blessed purpose.
Those Christians in the "replacement" camp are working for a doomed, cursed purpose. It'll be popular with the masses though!
The way to be blessed is very simply to line up with what God has already blessed!
●God's wonderful purpose will culminate in all of His family coming together as one...what glorious drama! In a coming edition I'll share with you perhaps the most exciting, dramatic, soon coming uniting of the "WHOLE HOUSE OF ISRAEL, Judah and Ephraim!
●I will share with you just how the current Zionist Christian / Hebraic roots move of God is literally the exciting corporate, awakening of the House of Ephraim!
For further reading on this subject please read: Hal Lindsay's powerful well researched book "The road to Holocaust" Here he deals with the fact that replacement theology will be the road to a new Holocaust! Dwight Pentecost's monumental book "Things to come." Here he deals exhaustively with all the covenants and just about everything you can imagine relating to these issues. Derek Prince also has tons of material on these issues.
Romans 11:12 "If their transgression (the Jews) was riches for the world and their loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their fullness bring"
Micah 7:8-18 "Do not boast or gloat 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'll see His righteousness...The nations shall see and be ashamed of all their might. They shall put their hand over their mouths and they shall lick the dust like a serpent. Who is a God like You pardoning iniquity and passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage?"
Heaven or hell:
Jew, Muslim and Christian...you've all had claims to the land of Israel and to the favour of God. Do you know that it all makes no difference to your personal eternal destination? There is only one thing that saves you from hell and delivers you into the eternal presence of God and that's a deep personal belief and commitment to Yeshua / Jesus.
Old men, you're on the doorstep of eternity. You're going to live forever, but where will you dwell and with whom? Once you get there it will be too late to change your mind! Nobody likes to suffer, but suffering regret for eternity...yikes! On the other hand what a wonderful outcome to get into your eternal abode with rewards and congratulations from none other than the King of Kings!
In closing here is a woodcut done by Gustave Dore showing the prophet Micah urging the Jews to repent. They didn't but they will! (Thanks to the Adelaide University Library.)
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 25. January 17th 2010
In this edition:
The power of testimony
This edition is a slight detour from the main theme of prophecy in general, but it does fit into a neat spot.
The lives of so many millions of people today are being rocked and wrecked by so many things. This is the age of insecurity and the devastation of lives. When peoples lives are shaking they look around for something to grip onto...something that is stable!
If you've read any of the previous editions, you'll know just why this is happening and that it's not going to get better. In fact very soon everything and everyone that can be shaken will be shaken and everything that doesn't have an enduring foundation will fall.
We are at the start of a huge spiritual battle. It's a battle for the lives and souls of untold millions of people.
But I want to focus down to just a few people now, so that you, my dear reader can see that even if you are one who is being shaken now, that all is not lost. In fact this could well be the start of many profound things in your life's purpose.
I've recently come across a number of old friends. All are believers and all have gone through tragic and terrible times. One good friend has had her family life wrecked by suicides and dramas that would have knocked anyone for a loop. She has had her spiritual life rocked, but is now starting to see the light of day again.
Another girl, my very special wide-eyed beautiful friend from about 20 years ago, recently came back into my life. We were very good friends, but after her marriage and her moving to another city we drifted apart.
She has just gone through a terrible split up, come under incredible stress and has also had her spiritual life rocked.
In many ways I wish I could take her place, so that she can go free
Here is where deep eternal issues come into play.
It's very simple: You can take all the garbage that the devil throws at you and let it crush you, or with our wonderful Messiah at the helm, you can take all the pressure and devastation and let it turn you into a diamond of great value.
You see, when the cross of Calvary is applied into our lives, it puts to death all the rubbish that comes from the world, the flesh and the demonic and it raises us to a new life. This new life on the resurrection side of the cross is deep, rich and full of purpose!
Tears of regret generally get you nowhere, but after metamorphosis, tears of joy are another thing altogether. These God remembers as He prepares you for many new things.
The amazing, miraculous thing with our Lord is that we can take all the time that's been robbed from us and "buy it back" and still have a powerful godly life that is a testimony and and a help to many people in these perilous times. The other side of the story is to have no application of the cross into your life, which means you're essentially living for self and have all the diamond potential lost!
The very worst thing anyone can do as a believer under pressure is to turn from our Lord and give an even greater victory to the devil.
Many people are standing at the crossroads. They can die to self and go on into God's wonderful calling, or live for self and continue wasting their time and everyone else's!
In many ways, going through devastation can either be the very issue that plants you securely like a tree of righteousness or sends you down the river with the flood.
The big thing is that God has a purpose, plan and calling for each of us. This is where true depth, joy, purpose and meaning comes into one's life.
It's not God's fault that so many people wreck their lives, but it is His plan that it gets turned around for His glory!
What a waste to go through so much pressure in life and miss God's purposes.
There is enormous eternal value in seeing God's hand at work as He brings you through the fires to His purpose. Allowing Him to use you as a living testimony can feed so many people with eternal food.
You see, at the end of the day, life is a drop in the ocean of eternity, but what we do with it now has eternal consequences for us and others.
The Bible uses the analogy of fire hitting a pile of wood, hay and stubble and a pile of gold, silver and precious stones.
When fire hits the first pile, nothing but a puff of useless smoke is left to drift aimlessly away. But when fire hits the second pile, these are refined and endure. This relates directly to the lives of believers. As we enter eternity, some will scrape in with no reward and others will enter with a reward-state that will be with them for eternity!
A life lived for "me, myself, I" is a life wasted, while a life given to our great God and His purpose and plan is a life with eternal value.
It's easy to see which is which. Is your life a giving life or is it a constantly receiving life? An outward looking, giving life is the way to go.
The testimony of Watchman Nee:
This wonderful man of God had a tortured life...literally! His ministry started in China about 100 years ago. Then he was thrown into prison for his faith and for trying to set up a secret printing operating for the gospel. From prison he smuggled out numerous hand written notes, which have subsequently become the hundreds of Nee books. When this was discovered by the authorities, they ripped his tongue out his head with a pair of pliers.
Nothing they could do silenced him. This testimony actually saw many of his prison guards becoming secret converts. He was finally martyred in prison.
His life of persecution is still bearing incredible fruit.The spirit of God is still moving through this man's selfless life.
It's actually just like the title of one of his books- "The release of the Spirit" Its all about brokenness and how "the alabaster box" containing the expensive perfume, must be broken to release the aroma.
John 12:24 "Except the grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone, but if it dies it bears much fruit" This is the principle of brokenness!
Prison authorities tried relentlessly to get Nee to deny his faith.
When he died, they cleared out his prison cell and this was the note they found under his pillow:
"Christ is the Son of God who died for the redemption of sinners and was resurrected after three days. This is the greatest truth in the universe. I now die because of my belief in Christ."
I cut my spiritual teeth on the writings of this man (and a few others) Here are just a few of his many powerful life changing books dealing with brokenness:
"Not I but Christ" "A living sacrifice" "The release of the Spirit" "The messenger of the cross" "The normal Christian life"
To summarise: He believed, experienced and taught that self needed to die, so that Christ could shine. A sacrificial lifestyle is the way to go. Brokenness releases God's Spirit through us. To be an effective messenger of the cross we need to be crucified people, taking up our cross daily. The normal Christian life is sacrificial, where brokenness creates victory, joy and glory. This can only be done by the application of the cross.
The testimony of Alon:
Alon is a Messianic church with a Kibutz flavour to it. It's a fellowship up in the mountains and forests of the Limpopo region of South Africa. Alon has bases in Cape Town, Jeffries Bay and Israel. It's a wonderful community of believers involved in the arts, music, farming, carpentry, interior decor, two restaurants, a number of businesses a nursery, primary and high school, an orphanage, a hospice and other things including regular missionary work in the nations of the world.
It's a ministry with people of all races, from many countries and all walks of life, but central to everything is a heart with and for Israel and God's prophetic plan for the Jews now and into the future.
It's a ministry with a powerful leadership base, who have all gone through incredible hardship and unjustified persecution.
This has done nothing but deepen their walk with our Lord and seen the ministry strengthen greatly.
The reason I mention this is because it demonstrates strongly that what God has planted can't be destroyed. It can only go from strength to strength.
I've been involved with this ministry for more years than can I remember and I know that God has been preparing it for the last 20 years or so for the exciting times that lie ahead.
Have a look at the website at:
On a personal level or an organisational level, what God plants can't be destroyed, it can only grow through troubled times.
God only uses whom he has prepared. Brokenness that comes into our lives from the devil can only be to one's benefit if we look for and find God and his purposes through it all. Weather this has been our lot or not, we still need the brokenness of and from God in our lives if we are going to be used by Him.
Brokenness essentially comes through our choice to apply the cross to every area of our lives. As we do this we are delivered progressively into newness of life. It's a life of glory.
In this new life on the resurrection side of the cross, we see with new eyes. We see spiritual reality as opposed to religious obsession.
Cross-less Christianity is all around us. It is rooted in the flesh and full of "yes you can" great ideas all destined for hell.
When we bow down to God, our reason is defeated. All that originates in our minds is brought into the subjection of our risen Messiah of great glory. We now begin to see things God's way. All false doctrine is destroyed.
As we apply the cross to every area of our lives, we immediately identify with all others who've gone through the cross. We're in instant unity and automatic disunity with cross-less Christianity.
The Godly church.
I have mentioned these things in previous editions, but its worth repeating.
The testimony of much of the church today is lacking one major thing and that is the application of the cross. We are lacking people who teach and preach the cross. God requires a crucified person to preach the cross.
If your church does not exalt, preach and teach the daily application of the cross; run, run, run away from it. If the cross is being correctly applied it will produce results. It will "melt" many people into Gods glory and chase others away. It will NOT be neutral on the big issues of the day.
A church where the application of the cross is central will be driven by the energy of the Spirit as opposed to the energy of the flesh.
A cross-central church will have a powerful Abrahamic expression to it, which is characterised in a heart for the Jew and Gentile. It will be keenly involved in the prophetic; it will have a pastoral and teaching ministry that is Bible-balanced, has a Hebraic flavour to it and will be regularly involved in missionary work and evangelism.
The Bible declares that in this day, there will be "multitudes in the valley of decision" The Bible declares that in these days "Truth will be cast down in the street" "The love of many will grow cold" and many will be "spewed out of the mouth of God"
As many reject the absolutes of the scriptures in favour of variable values, their lives will fall apart bit by bit.
Many will wake up and come searching for the truth. Yes the end time picture will be one of devastation, but it will also be a time of the salvation of very large numbers.
God will use those whom he has prepared for this great end time harvest.
The testimony of God in our lives needs to be the testimony of the cross. It is the power of God.
Many churches today impart eloquent words, theory and concepts, but not deep life. They do not preach the cross in the spirit of the cross and their converts are spiritually sick and shallow. You can't transfer what you do not have! They have no spiritual authority.
The one who has no deep experience of what he proclaims is a counterfeit and a fraud.
We need to bear the cross we preach! This is the testimony full of clean power and authority.
2 Corinthians 4: 12 "Death works in us but life in you"
It's really only as the cross is allowed to burn deeply into our own lives that we can transfer resurrection life to others.
There is something about a person who has the marks of the cross on his life. You can't explain it in words really, but this person has deep spiritual reality within him. This person is a living testimony of the glory of God, who reigns supreme in him!
Heaven or hell:
They say that the eyes have it. They say that the eyes are a window into the soul. What is in your soul young girl? Is Yeshua / Jesus deeply rooted in your heart? If so...good, but you still need the work of the cross to clean out every "room" of your soul. Young girl in spite of what many say, heaven and hell are real! Don't gamble your life on it not being so!
Old man, you look like you've had a long stressed life. If you are still alive, you can turn that all around into glory, even now at your ripe old age! Your life has so much potential. Did you know that God has an incredible plan to make you a living testimony to those around you.?
In closing here is a Marc Chagall impression of Job, turning to the Lord. He was a man of great suffering. Job 42: 5,6 "I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my (spiritual) eye sees You, therefore I repent in dust and ashes." He lost everything, but as he came into God's plan the Bible says Job 42:10 "So the Lord restored Job's losses...The Lord blessed his latter days more than in the beginning" What a testimony!
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 24. 1st January 2010
In this edition:
●Preparing for Messiah.
Preparing your heart and mind for the soon coming of our Lord
I'm not really into new year's resolutions, but there is something to be said for picking a point of identification for new things in life. Time is short, so the sooner we all get radical in our pursuit of the Lord, the better. The word radical comes from the root word radix, which means "to go to the root"
I can assure you dear reader, that my aim and objective in these editions is not to prove myself right and others wrong or to impress with any fancy words. It is to help you in whatever way possible to be right with God and be ready for Him at His coming. These are all eternal issues with eternal consequences!
God's plan for you in perilous times:
Some things are unique for each individual while others are universal. In this edition I'll deal with the more general issues.
Perilous times are here and will intensify greatly from here on. But you need to have something other than what is all around us as a measure. if your standard of comparison is the icy-cold average church today, then you are in grave danger! "If you compare yourselves among yourselves you are not wise" - 2 Corinthians 10:12
If your standard of measure is what you think and what the world is saying and doing, you are on a slippery slope to hell. You see, the world is moving. The Bible talks about the "course of this world". Its moving at great speed ever further away from God. If your Christian life is essentially no different to the world, you are a monumental failure and a fast growing one at that. You will then be moving, on course with the world away from God.
Whenever I see a funeral and hear the sobbing and wailing, I wonder where that person in the coffin is now. People at funerals always pick on the good things to say. "What a wonderful person he was". Nothing wrong with that, But at death you meet God. What's important is what He says, not the people left behind! Their words are powerless. God will say either "Well done good and faithful servant" or "depart from Me into hell" Imagine the regret, the OOPS of discovering that your whole life was on the wrong course and wasted.
No one ever said on his death bed, that he has spent too much time studying the Bible and preparing himself for God.
God has a plan for every human on earth and it's not His fault if people won't come to Him and go His way.
God's plan for you is to be a leader! Yes all of you. No not a leader in the normal sense, but a leader of your own life. He wants you to lead your life led by His Spirit, to glory and not to be a follower of the world! Be careful of being a dumb sheep of the world and a stupid traditionalist!
I once (actually eight times) read a wonderful book by A.W. Tozer called "The set of the sail" It's all about how you need to set and constantly adjust the sail to move forward. You need to set the sail in a particular way to move forward against the winds of this world. The easy way is to do nothing and go with the wind, but your end will be a big nasty surprise to you!
The necessity of solitude:
Eagles never fly in flocks, they fly alone. The Bible uses Eagles as a type for believers in a few places. Deep divine fellowship with our God of glory can only be experienced by you alone as you separate yourself to Him. People who forsake the world's ways and abandon themselves as they push, alone into the presence of God, are those that are romanced by Him and come out forever changed.
I'm not talking about independence from God, just the opposite in fact; but I am talking about spending a time removed from all the noise of the masses and opinions of people. You can't live on second hand revelation for long.
You can't hear the voice of God for yourself in the midst of multitudes of voices. Single mindedness with our Lord comes in our own private faith.
Another important factor relating to solitude with God is that it teachs us to shut-up and listen to Him. It sets our focus on Him alone. The busier you are the more hectic your world. You can only really bow your life to God when you see Him as He is and you can take no one with you to do this.
A.W. Tozer said this: "Stay in the secret place until the surrounding noises begin to fade and God's presence envelops you."
Psalm 91:1 "He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High, shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty"
God's presence is in the "secret place" you can only go there alone. This is where you will find the "path of life" and receive visions of eternal glory?
●Moses was most affected as he spent time alone with God separated from the people. Even his face was 'burned' with glory!
●Jacob wrestled alone with God. He was 'branded' by that encounter, which saw him physically impacted for the rest of his life. This encounter saw his name being changed to Israel and resulted in him dying to the old as he moved in a new dimension with God afterwards. He became the forefather of Israel.
●As Daniel separated himself alone to God, he received spectacular celestial visions, full of incredible meaning even for our day.
●Yeshua / Jesus Himself often separated Himself alone unto God in the desert. In fact He fasted alone for 40 days before His ministry began.
●Paul had deep encounters alone with God. In fact, after salvation, he spent 14 years alone in the desert before his ministry began.
●John spent his last days alone on the island of Patmos, where he sought after God with great zeal. This resulted in more amazing, incredible visions from the heart of God than anyone in history has ever had.
No one can do this for you, you need to press into the presence of God alone. This is the way to the place of perfect peace. This is the place of transformation. People can give you information and even inspiration, but only a lone divine encounter can really transform you and leave you forever gloriously changed.
A single glimpse through the prison windows of this world to eternity has life-changing power. You can only do this in the solitude of your own faith.
The Christian life is a journey pictured in the feasts of the Lord. We go from Passover (salvation), through Pentacost (filled with the Sprirt) to Tabernacles, which represents being in His presence.
The richness of God's experiences for us doesn't end at Pentecost. After Pentecost comes Tabernacles!
On the other side of the solitude coin is fellowship and relationship with other believers. This is essential in terms of balance. But be careful, don't think you will advance with God if you are in close, friendly fellowship with a bunch of half- baked believers, in love with the world and its ways.
What is needed is a clear distinct separation in terms of time between fellowship with people and fellowship alone with God.
It's a good idea to seek out some radical believers, who are seriously intent on seeking the Lord no matter what and relate to them.
The single life:
The Bible exalts the single life. There are very many very successful singles in the Bible. Here are some of them: Yeshua / Jesus, Paul, Daniel, Jeremiah and many others. Marriage is for the majority, but there is much to be said for the single life.
By way of testimony, in 1980 I set my heart after our Lord in a new way. Through much prayer and fasting, the Lord impressed upon me and birthed in me the desire to be single. I set my life then in dedication to Him as a single. But it came with great pressure from people who had no understanding of this. Celibacy is a gift and calling from God. It's a glorious life. Of course marriage can be successful as well.
Here is an interesting discourse. 1 Corinthians 7: 26- 33 "Because of the present distress its good for a man to remain as he is. If married don't seek to be loosed, if single don't seek to be married. If you marry you haven't sinned...but I say this, time is short...I want you to be without care, he who is unmarried cares for the things of the Lord and how he may please the Lord."
The implication in the above portion of scripture is that the closer we get to the coming of the Lord the more we should be concerned with doing his will and being single really sets you free to do this.
Matthew 19 speaks of the fact that single life can be by birth, calling or choice!
If you're not called to be single and want to by choice, God will come into your life like a flood and fill the gaps. He will be your partner in a special way, I can testify to that.
By the way, the 144,000 of the Revelation, who will impact the whole world with their ministry, will all be singles. (Revelation 14: 4 and 7:4-8)
The issue here is that to be right with God at His coming, you need to be in your right calling. You need to know it and walk in it.
Please don't send me emails, I'm not against marriage. This is just for those few who want to be free to do God's will un-restricted as they see the soon coming of the Lord.
Young people out there, this may not be easy; but let me tell you that a life of calculated, deliberate abstinence is the way to a powerful life! You'll be able to live a life without the stress of regret and become the apple of God's eye! He will use you and reward you.
Know your Bible:
As we get closer to the Revelation of our Messiah of glory, we need to be ready. Weather we go in the rapture, stay here or die first, we are very near to our Lord's coming. The way to be right with God is to have a soft and broken heart before Him and to know your Bible backwards. We need both. The Bible itself will help greatly in our transformation. It'll help us transform our way of living. Die without its influence and you'll regret it forever!
Very few people today take the Bible seriously. They play with it. They're enslaved to nice Christian fun and games and they worship the world. Actually you're a giant fool if you play with a two edged sword! If you have the Bible deeply rooted in your heart you are free from any and all enslavement.
The Bible is alive and eternally wise, it will never reveal its secrets to the, the casual enquirer, the curious, the irreverent, or the sceptic. To them it's a hidden, dark, confusing mystery. This is one of the divine qualities of the Bible. You can't know it or hear its voice outside of its spirit or its requirements. "The things of the Spirit are spiritually discerned", says the Bible.
The Bible is the only book in the world that certainly and accurately plots the future for the world and all those who will be ready for heaven. It's the only book in the world that gives you and I the way into the future and spells out the peril of going the wrong way. It's the only way to real deep peace with purpose.
You don't need to know everything in the Bible, but there is much that you dare not misunderstand.
I must say in my own pursuit of my God and the more I've studied His Word in the last 30 years or so, the more I've had untold peace in my heart. It's also left me with an ever growing understanding that there is a whole new world out there.
If you are approaching your spiritual life correctly it will have Godly results.
The Bible declares that those who are ready, will be rewarded. These rewards are eternal. In eternity we will all be different. Yes, we will be equal in terms of the foundation of salvation, but some will scrape in by the skin of their teeth and have their futile works burned up like fire hitting straw. Others will be like those adorned with gold and jewellery and wear crowns of glory forever. Some will have great authority relating to future worlds, kingdoms and other places in the universe!
Did you know that there is special eternal reward given only and exclusively to those that look for the coming of our Messiah.? Here it is 2 Timothy 4:8 (amp) "Now there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, for being right with God, which the Lord the righteous judge will give me on the great day; but not only to me but all who have loved and yearned for and welcomed His return."
If you don't know your Bible in this time, you are in much greater danger than you can imagine.
Dr. Derek Prince:
There's a lot to be said for 'last words'. I want to share with you a very interesting true story. Brother Derek Prince, whom I consider one of my spiritual fathers, died at about 90 a few years ago. He was arguably the greatest Zionist Christian of modern times. He was British, with his ministry headquartered in the US, but he lived in Jerusalem. He had an extremely profound, radical and prolific ministry, which started in the Second World War. He was loved, adored and hated by the traditionalists. Thousands of people carried his coffin down the streets of Jerusalem. I actually met him in the 1970s.
Just before he died, a US senator visited him and asked him what he believed was the main thing God was doing now. Brother Derek struggled for breath and said, " He is restoring Israel and the Jews and starting to judge the nations of the world. He then slipped into eternity.
Many times I have been left with his profound words ringing in my head for ages afterwards. When I heard this, these words rang loud and clear and still are!
If God is starting to restore the Jews and Israel now, be very sure that the nations of the world will determine their own destiny by how they respond to God's work. This principle is just as valid for the individual.
If I may add one thing to Brother Derek's words: The Bible declares that judgement begins in the house of God. So yes God is restoring Israel, starting to judge the nations AND He is now starting to judge the church. Part of His judgement on the church (only the lukewarm and non-spirit filled churches) is to withdraw His Spirit and let them continue in their own strength motivated by the spirit of the world.
The leadership of many churches today IS the judgement of God on lukewarm Christians!
This entire issue of the salvation of the Jews and the land of Israel on the one hand and replacement theology on the other hand will be a fence of division rising higher and higher. Those on the side of Gods work will go on in glory, while those on the other side will grow in deception as they work for and with the devil.
If ever there was a man who was ready to step into eternal glory it was this man. In a future edition I'll share amazing key points within the testimonies of a few men of God who dramatically impacted the world. (None will be modern living preachers)
I encourage you to study the teachings of Derek Prince. There is a link to his material under the "links" button.
Truth and error:
If your church is into replacement theology or neutral towards these things, it and its pastors need to fear greatly what is coming upon them. On the other hand when you fear God, and His entire Word, you have nothing else to fear. The fear of God gives you confidence and contentment.
Let me share this with you. I know an individual, a pastor, who says he loves the Jews. But when asked what he thinks of the basic human rights of the Palestinians to a part of Israel and Jerusalem, he says; "yes of course they have these rights. This is the world's roadmap to peace" he says.
Incredibly, this is exactly the sort of absolute cow dung that is so prolific today. He knows that the Bible says something about the Jews somewhere, so he proclaims this like a sort of insurance policy. He knows very well, all about human rights. These he exalts above God. This pastor has set himself up as God's judge! What a big surprise he has coming soon!
Of course I'm not against human rights generally, but where they conflict with God's rights, guess which one to chose?
Many church leaders will not be ready for the Lord at His coming. They will be found working with and for the devil in disguise, promoting the ways of the world. The shocking thing is that the implication within the Laodicea church of Revelation chapter three, is that huge amounts of churchy people will be spewed out of the mouth of the Lord like vomit! It's not just a few.
There is coming a time very soon where the pressures on Israel will intensify dramatically. Much of the church will stand against Israel with the forces of darkness. Will you? When the pressure is on, will you identify yourself with Israel and God's work? I know I will.
God may well use the hatred of Islam to drive Bible believing Christians and Jews closer together in the days ahead. Islam has a an eternal hatred for both the Jews and Bible believing Christians. Please read edition 16 for a liberating detailed view of this. Israel is now beginning to recognise more and more that its true eternal friends are Messianic Bible believing Christians.
Benjamin Netanyahu, the President of Israel, who is also on the board of Christians United for Israel (link above left) recognises this and has often said exactly this.
You can never be right with God while being wrong in the major, big, foundational doctrines of the Word of God. Jeremiah 15:16 "When I discovered your words, I devoured them and they became my heart's joy and delight."
I know an individual who has been a believer for many years. He always battles with worldliness. He doesn't own a Bible!
The key of David:
The book of Revelation is the Revelation of Jesus Christ and it has within it the revelation of the body of Christ. God presents His view of the church. God's entire summation of the church is contained in the seven letters in Revelation chapters two and three. The message to the church of Philadelphia is the only one with not one word of condemnation and has only commendation. It's worth taking note of what God thinks of the church in these letters.
If you have any interest in following our Lord and being ready for Him, you should seriously consider this letter. Use it as a measure or standard. Don't bother about what this person or that says about this church or that. Consider God's view! You may stand before your church leadership now, but you WILL stand before God, answerable to Him soon. He judges according to His Word and not according to your church's word.
Here are some incredible and wonderful keys to glorious success with God. These are the issues that define a successful church, from God's point of view. These are the ingredients that you need to be right with God and ready for Him. They are found in the message to the church of Philadelphia in Revelation 3: 7-13
●The big thing about these believers as opposed to others is that they are associated by God with the key of David and as a result, our Lord says that He sets before them "an open door, which no one can shut"
The "key of David" is further described in Isaiah 22 :20- 23 This key refers to the unlocking of the wisdom of David and the scriptures in general, but also relates to authority. This key refers to those who "are a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the house of Judah" In other words these believes are identified with the Jews and Israel. These are they who will have a compassionate involvement with the Jews and this great end time move of God. Jeremiah speaks of this in chapter 33: 14-16 saying "I will fulfil My gracious promise which I made to the house of Israel and to the house of Judah...In those days Judah will be saved."
Can you see it now? These believers are the ones, who will see with God's prophetic eye what He is doing in Israel, Jerusalem and with the Jews. This is a Messianic church with an Abrahamic, Hebraic expression. THE KEY OF DAVID OPENS THE DOOR THAT NO ONE CAN SHUT! No one can shut the work of God; people can only destroy themselves trying to.
Do you want to be ready for our Messiah when He comes? Good, me too. We need to be doing what He is doing and working with Him. Remember that neutrality actually sets you against our Lord's work. Our Lord says that "if you are not with and for Me you're against Me."
This powerful Godly church is further identified with the following characteristics.
●"You have little strength" This implies that "self" has been crucified and defeated by the application of the cross by these believers. Self - strength and human effort has been brought down. "It's not I that live but Christ" "I must decrease and He must increase."
●"You have kept My word and not denied My name." This implies that these have studied and devoured the Word of God and keep it in their hearts. They are singular in belief, with the gods of this world kept out.
●These reject those of the "synagogue of Satan". These would be the rabbinical Jews who reject Yeshua / Jesus. It also implies that they know the difference, meaning that they have a Messianic, Abrahmic expression.
●These are commended a second time for keeping the word of God "You have kept My word to persevere". They are told that they will be kept out of the "hour of trial that will come upon the whole world to test it" The original words used here are very enlightening. "Kept out" actually means kept completely clean out away from. and the "hour of trial' is a reference to the tribulation period."
●These believers are informed that they will be made a "pillar in the temple of God" A pillar holds up the whole building! Talk about a success!
This church is contrasted in a most horrific way with the next church in Revelation 3, called the church of Laodicea. This word comes from two root words meaning people and opinions. This is the self motivated and opinionated church. These are the ones who are lukewarm to the things of God and His word. They are mixed with worldliness and end up being spewed out of the Lords mouth. You can read more about the seven churches in edition 11.
To be ready for Our King of glory at His coming involves knowing and following our Messiah and His word; all of it!
When is the Lord coming?:
I would encourage you to read edition 9, which has a lot more on this subject. Our Lord is coming soon. There are so many issues all dovetailing together now. It is very likely that 2011 may be the start of the tribulation. If it isn't, we are still instructed to look for His coming. Titus 2:12, 13 "Denying ungodly and worldly lusts we should live soberly, righteously and godly...looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our Lord and God." We need to be ready and looking all the time. We are commanded to know the signs of the times.
You see, if you get run over by a bus tomorrow, then the coming of the Lord arrives for you tomorrow! You have one day left to get ready! It's too late after the bus has moved off.
●To be ready for the Lord means to be found doing what he has called you to do. This involves doing His work relating Israel. ●To have the cross applied to all areas of life and to have died to the world, the flesh and the demonic. ●The Bible says that the Lord is coming for a "spotless church, without blemish" ●The way to be ready is to know your Bible very well. ●Part of being ready involves "looking for His coming" ●Being ready involves cultivating a deep romance with our Lord in solitude. ●Find likeminded believers and relate to them regularly. ●You set your eternal "brightness" or "reward" state here on earth now. ●The greatest (in the truest sense of the word) greatest tragedy of all time for any person is to have a life wasted to the world when God arrives!
Isaiah 33:6 "Wisdom and knowledge will be the stability of your times and strength of salvation; The fear of the Lord is His treasure." What an incredible verse of scripture! The original word 'stability' is the word for a gyro. A gyro is a fast spinning wheel which was used in the hull of ships. When set in motion it would keep the ship on course. Storms could come from this side or that, but the ship would stay on course. Gyros are used today in many direction finding instruments. Wisdom and knowledge of our great God and his Word is the way to stability in our times. The conditions of today are unstable to say the least. Many people are as unstable as a blind, one legged drunkard with a broken crutch. Sadly, many Christians too. But there IS a wonderful way to stability in our time. Added to the requirement of wisdom and knowledge is the fear of God.
Do you want to be ready for Him at His coming? Do you want to be "His treasure"? That's great, I do too. The way is to fear Him! "Ahh, come now Joel, that's old fashioned hogwash. Don't you know fear is no way to live?" Maybe so in the general sense, but not with God. Only those that have a good healthy fear of Him will move forward. In fact the very reason for the instability of the world is that it has no fear of Him. Here's the formula for glory: Wisdom, knowledge and the fear of God. That will make you a very valuable and eternal treasure and ready for heaven!!!!!
Heaven or hell:
I always loved your hairstyle Prof. Einstein, you were really different. I've always had a strong attraction to controversial people like you. Your brilliant insight into nuclear fusion was really behind the invention of the atom bomb. I think we're very close to seeing that blast onto the world scene again. You had such knowledge and wisdom; much more than most people, but did you understand the reality of heaven and hell? I know you believed in God, but did you fear Him enough to be your Jewish Messiah's treasure? I know you were very critical of the church for its murderous history of the Jews at first. I'm with you on that! Then in 1940 you softened to the church, because it had started to allow intellectualism. But did you consider that brains can't save you? You know all about that now, don't you? You knew that the Yeshua / Jesus is King of the Jews. But even the demons believe that and shudder at their destiny, says the Bible. So what's needed is more than an intellectual belief. Oy vey, Professor Einstein, where are you now, did you make a very big mistake in your life's calculation?
Hey, young girl, if brains couldn't save the old man next to you, why do you think that beauty can save you? "Well, I'm basically good" you say. Oh yes, well, that can't save you either. "Well, I don't believe a loving God would send me to hell". Oh yes, that won't change anything. "Well, I don't actually believe in God, you know". Do you seriously think that will make Him disappear? "Well I want to be happy, I'm still young". Do you know that what God offers you with salvation is much better than happiness? It's called joy and stays deep within your heart in happy times and unhappy times. Young woman, the winds of God's Spirit are blowing your way. Don't be so foolish as to ignore Him. You don't know when you will step into eternity. You need to be ready now. Once you get to your eternal destination, that's it...signed, sealed, delivered!
In closing here is a painting by Marc Chagall representing God's defence of Israel. It is titled "The face of Israel" The original is a lithograph done in 1954. It shows the angel Michael with sword in hand defending Israel. In this day are you going to stand with Michael and Israel as the world comes against her? I know I will!
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!