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Edition 351: 15th February 2017
Rapture, Rams, Shofars and more:
Rapture, Rams, Shofars and more:
I have written about the Feast of Trumpets many times, but this is mostly new.
The Feast of Trumpets is perhaps the most wonderful of the seven feasts. It has so many meanings, applications, symbols, signs and idioms in and around it. It is richer with typology than any of the others. Some meanings are hidden and some are found only in ancient Hebrew tradition, being largely lost in today’s practices.
In this edition I will look at a few of these incredible signs. There are many more which I haven’t shared yet and will sometime soon.
People say that all seven of the Feasts of the Lord have been fulfilled and have no applications for the church today – Wrong!
The prophetic aspect of the feasts are still on the go right now and will be completely fulfilled in the Feast of Trumpets, the Feast of Yom Kippur and the Feast of Tabernacles at the Second Coming and into the Millennium.
The traditional, anti-Israel view is that all the feasts have been fulfilled. There is nothing left to be fulfilled because Israel is now the church. This view is founded in the Babylonian-influenced churches
The next Feast of Trumpets / Rosh Hashanah occurs on the 21st and 22nd of September.
Is Rosh Hashanah for the church or Jews or both?
Personally, I believe that the rapture will happen on one of the two days of the Feast of Rosh Hashanah / Feast of Trumpets, as do many others.
Some say or ask, why the rapture would happen on a Jewish feast day when the church is Gentile and not Jewish.
The question alone offers an incredible insight into the success of Satan in re-characterising the church through the Catholic rejection of the feasts and other Hebraic traditions.
We must see biblical things “rightly divided” in dispensational terms, which are part of the Bible’s own revealed method of division. Some things apply to Israel and some things to the church and some things to both. You need the Holy Spirit to lead you.
Everything that is in and of the Old Covenant has some sort of prophetic application to the New. Besides that, Jewish time in dispensational terms is not complete yet.
The next great (very, very great) biblical, prophetic event on the horizon is the great dispensation change closing the church age and sending the world into the seven year tribulation, which is in fact another dispensation completely.
The feasts that have been fulfilled were done so in order. The remaining ones will also be fulfilled in the continuing order. Remember that the feasts prophetically, plot the course of the ages.
One of the feasts would most certainly be assigned in fulfilment to this huge milestone and world-changing event, the start of the tribulation. Because the Feast of Trumpets is next, it is therefore this feast that will mark this massive dispensational change.
As we go on, you will see exactly why this feast fits the bill so perfectly.
But let’s presume the original question is legitimate and say that the feasts have no application for the church. That would mean the Feast of Trumpets will find its fulfilment in the start of the tribulation period, which is for the Jews.
Good point – that’s true! But hang on right there. If we believe in a pre-tribulation rapture, that means that the rapture would take place right here at the start of the tribulation for the Jews! So there you have it – rapture covered, either way!
Miracles of Rosh Hashanah, also called The Feast of Trumpets:
Some of the names of this feast are: ●Rosh Hashanah, or the head of the year. ●Yom Teruah, or the day of trumpet blowing. It is called: ●Zicharon Teruah, the day of the shout for joy. It is called: ●Yom Hazicharon, the day of remembrance of sins. It is called: ●Yom Hadin, The day of judgement.
Rosh Hashanah also speaks of: ●The return of the King. ●The coronation of the King. ●The call of alarm, judgement, tears, sacrifice, and introspection.
Some of the many associations of the Feast of Trumpets:
●It represents the birthday of the world at the day of the creation of the world.
●It also represents the birthday of Adam and sin!
●Also born on this day were Yeshua, Cain, Abel, Abraham, Elisha and Joshua.
●Cain killed Able on this day.
●Rachel conceived Joseph on Rosh Hashanah. Leah conceived on this day.
●The dry land appeared after the flood of Noah on this day.
●Isaac was offered up on this day.
●The First Temple was dedicated on this day.
Rosh Hashanah is the feast at which the shofar is blown. No other form of trumpet is to be used. But here is the amazing thing:
The word Shofar comes from a root word meaning beauty. The sound can be made to sound like a deep sobbing – relating to repentance. It can also be made to sound like an alarm of judgement. It can be made to sound triumphant as in joyous victory.
The Hebrew meaning of Shofar also means “incising” or cutting deeply.
The shofar is blown with 100 blasts on each of the two days of the feast.
When the shofar is blown, the people tremble. (Amos 3:6)
The shofar is also associated with calling the dead from the grave.
The shofar is associated with spiritual warfare (Number 10:9).
Within the 100 blasts are nine required staccato blasts of the shofar known as the Teruah. Their purpose is to “awaken the soul.” Interestingly the word “Teruah” means to shout and nine is the number of finality.
A ram has two horns!
Even the shape of the ram’s horn shofar is important. It is to be curved, representing bending over in humility or bowing. The bend in the shofar is believed in ancient tradition to represent the transfer between this world and the next.
►The Feast of Trumpets is associated with Abraham placing Isaac upon a rock to sacrifice him, before the angel stopped him and pointed to the scapegoat. That rock is currently under the Muslim golden Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
►The Torah reading for Rosh Hashanah is Genesis 22 where Abraham takes Isaac to sacrifice him and the ram gets its horn caught in the thorns representing the sins of the people. Remember that when Adam sinned the earth sprang forth with thorns symbolising the curse going through to nature itself and the whole world.
Tradition claims that the ram caught in the thorns was trapped by the curve in its horn, but it was only the left horn, with the right horn being free.
At the Feast of Trumpets two ram’s horns are to be blown. Both must come from the same animal.
The left-hand horn / shofar which was caught in the thorns, representing the sin of the world, was to be blown first. This first sounding symbolises judgement on sin. This symbolises the start of the tribulation period of God’s judgement upon the world. This shofar is called “The first trump.”
The right-hand horn / shofar is then sounded. The blasts are celebratory and symbolise victory and deliverance. This symbolises the rapture of the church. This is called “The last Trump.”
The first trump is a symbol of the final regathering to Messiah of the Jews and their judgement. The last trump is a symbol of the rapture and the resurrection of the dead.
By the way, a shofar trumpet is also used at the Feast of Pentecost. This is also known as the “first trump”. This tradition came about due to the fact that the original Pentecost was the day Moses came down from Sinai with the law of God in stone. That day became the original birthday of Israel.
For the church, our Pentecost, being the day the law was implanted in our hearts, was the birthday of the new dispensation, which began at the “first trump.”
So we have a “first trump” blown at the birth of the church. Would it be surprising that the “last trump” will be at the end of the church age?
So we are very likely to see the tribulation period begin on the Feast of Trumpets, which means that the rapture would also occur then.
I reject the new popular teaching that there will be a long gap between the close of the church age and the start of the tribulation. It is hogwash.
Now let’s move over to the New Covenant and one of the rapture letters of Paul.
1 Corinthians 15:51-52 “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.”
Most who believe in a post-tribulation rapture use this verse, saying that Paul was referring here to the “last trumpet” in the book of Revelation, which closes the tribulation period or dispensation. They say that this is where the rapture takes place because that’s where the “last trumpet” is.
They are wrong.
►Paul could not have been referring to anything from the Revelation, because it was only written some 60 years after Paul! Again, Paul could not have been referring to this trumpet because it is not a shofar! A shofar is very specifically called for at the Feasts of Trumpets.
Paul had to have been referring to the “last trumpet” a shofar, of the Feast of Trumpets. The Greek word used in the verse above is “salpigx”, which the equivalent of the shofar in Hebrew.
But here’s the amazing thing: Paul is giving us a clue as to when the rapture will take place. There is absolutely no doubt in anyone’s mind that 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 are rapture verses, unless you’re stark raving mad!
►So, if these are rapture verses, and Paul says it will be at the “last trumpet” and he was referring to the Feast of Trumpets, guess when the rapture will take place?
Again bear in mind that the “last trump” of the Feast of Trumpets is the right hand horn / shofar, which is blown on the second day of the feast and it symbolises victory, release, joy.
It looks to me like the odds are stacked up for a “Trumpets” rapture!
The Temple and Trumpets:
Tradition claims that the shofar blasts are also a remembrance of the destruction of the Temple, causing the fear of God to arise. Numerous verses predict a rebuilt temple in the tribulation period.
The shofar blasts look back to the previous temples and forward to the next.
As we have seen, the Feast of Trumpets is associated with Abraham placing Isaac upon a rock to sacrifice him, before the angel stopped him and pointed to the scapegoat. Remember, that this particular rock is under the Muslim golden Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
The Dome is the imposter and will soon be destroyed in judgement, making way for the Third Temple.
The Dome of the Rock and the other Mosques on the Temple Mount have now gained a false legitimacy, while even the idea of the Third Jewish Temple, still to come, is scorned by the world today.
It would not be at all surprising that the new Third Temple on the original site would have some relation to the Feast of Trumpets. Isaac’s rock is speaking!
Israel, Jerusalem, the Temple Mount and the Jews have all become the modern scapegoat. Actually, it’s Bible prophecy that has become the scapegoat. Actually it’s truth itself that is the new scapegoat, allowing evil to flourish and ultimately Satan and the antichrist to walk onto the stage as God.
But, beware, the ultimate scapegoat is Yeshua, our Lord and Saviour, and although slain, He rose again in glory and power and is coming back not as a Goat or a Lamb but as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, to devour all that is illegitimate and cross-less in the world.
Dome of the Rock – your days are numbered as are all the enemies of the Jews.
Bible doctrines are cast in stone; many other biblical things can be a matter of interpretation. But there are some biblical things that are more-sure than anything.
The seven feasts will all find their complete fulfilment in huge events soon to play out. It is impossible that they won’t. It is also impossible that they won’t continue to be fulfilled until their prophetic completion, in order.
It is impossible that the next in line for fulfilment, Trumpets, will not find fulfilment in some major prophetic event. All of the characteristics of this feast point to the dispensation change beginning the tribulation, which would then also see the rapture.
We know when the next Feast of Trumpets is and the next and the next, just by looking at the Hebrew calendar.
Is this coming one it? It may be. It looks very much like it so far. This is what we don’t know for sure. It may be Trumpets of 2018. I hope not. If it is, we will wait with anticipation. But be sure that the tribulation / rapture is very close at hand.
As I have said many times and will continue to do; be careful putting all your eggs of hope in one basket. We must have all the signs of prophecy lined up like ducks in a row. Then we will have it. If not, it doesn’t matter what signs there are in the sky or in the feasts – its back to the drawing board.
What signs are in place and what signs are still to appear:
Signs largely in place:
●The gospel preached in all the world, (Mark 13:10)
●Exploding knowledge, travel, technology, is fulfilled, but ongoing (Daniel 12:4).
●Israel is back in the land as a nation since 1948 and Jerusalem restored to the Jews in 1967 (Isaiah 66:8, 11:10-12, Jeremiah 30:3-4, Zechariah 10:10 and many more). The regathering is not complete.
●Israel springs forth with natural abundance (Isaiah 35:1, Ezekiel 36:11, Isaiah 41:18-20, Isaiah 27:6).
●The love of many believers grows cold. (1Timothy 4:1).
●World moral decay, including arising violence, terror, and aggressive homosexuality as in the days of Noah and Lot (Genesis 6:4-11, Matthew 24:37, Luke 17:26)
Signs still to come:
●A global currency, world government and control system (the mark of the beast) headquartered in a revised Roman Empire (EU) with an Eastern leg and a Western leg. (Revelation 13:7).
●Signs appearing in the sun, moon and stars. (Luke 21:25, Revelation 12).
●The veil of spiritual blindness on the Jews to their Messiah must lift more speedily. (Matthew 23:39, Romans 11:25, Acts 15:14-16.)
●The building of the Third Temple on the Temple Mount is required by prophecy at the midway point in the tribulation, so it will need to be built early in the first half. (Isaiah 66:9 and many more.)
●The dividing of the land of Israel and the city of Jerusalem. (Joel 3:2, Zechariah 12:3) This is partially done even now, but is far from the completed end-time prophetic requirement.
●A peace treaty or covenant between Israel and “the many” must occur on day one. (Daniel 9:27, 1 Thessalonians 5:3)
Some of these signs do not need to be in place before the rapture and start of the tribulation, but they need to appear very soon afterwards. We will see signs of the signs coming beforehand.
Will we see the rapture coming?
We know that Elijah was raptured alive into heaven. Here is the story:
2 Kings 2:2-3 “Then Elisha said to Elijah, ‘stay here, please, for the Lord has sent me on to Bethel.’ But Elisha said, ‘As the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you’! So they went down to Bethel. And the sons of the prophets who were at Bethel came out to Elisha and said to him, ‘Do you know that the Lord will take away your master from over you today?’ And he said, ‘yes I know; keep silent!’”
2 Kings 2:11 “Then it happened, as they continued on and talked, that suddenly a chariot of fire appeared with horses of fire, and separated the two of them; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.”
Do you see it? Elisha knew beforehand that the Lord was about to take Elijah in rapture.
I pretty much doubt that either of them had any idea, weeks, months or years beforehand. But Elisha knew that day.
Does this mean that as the time for our rapture draws near we will gain more knowledge of it and know very soon beforehand? I would say that’s a very real possibility. It already looks that way as more and more revelation is revealed to the Lord’s prophets and watchmen.
At the same time, more and more false prophets and deceivers are appearing as well, serving their god of confusion well.
Did Noah know the time of the coming judgement by flood, a type of the tribulation?
Hebrews 11:7 “By faith Noah being warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear and prepared an ark...”
It seems he did know. The Bible also gives the time pretty clearly. (Genesis 7:6, 11-13).
Does this mean that we can know when the tribulation will start and when the rapture will be? Yes! I believe that as the time approaches the Spirit of God will reveal more and more to us.
Those who continue to argue that “no one knows the time, or the day and hour”, don’t have the foggiest idea what they are talking about. Sometime soon, I’ll explain it with biblical exegesis and you will be shocked. Here’s a hint: It’s got nothing to do with time.
My Jewish and Christian friends, we are in a time of fast-approaching prophetic fulfilment. It’s all looming, gathering and threatening. The world and its god are on a collision course with the living God.
The left-hand shofar of judgement is about to sound. The right-hand shofar, the last trump, of victory and rapture will sound soon.
There are messages in the stars, in the air and in the book. They are there for all to see. Are you ready for eternity in your new glorified, heavenly, eternally beautiful bodies?
I took the background picture from a chopper in the Mweni cutback in the Drakensberg Mountains. “Mweni” is Zulu for “The place of the needles.” I also took the picture of the Black Ibis flying off into the sunset and combined the two for fun.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 350: 8th February 2017
How to be ready for what lies ahead:
How to be ready for what lies ahead:
We always need to be looking ahead. If we only see and live in the here and now, we’ll not be complete as believers. We need to know and see what lies ahead for us, but we also need to see and know the obstacles to us moving forward with our Lord.
There is an ongoing battle in the spirit realm for our souls.
Fulfilling God’s call is most satisfying! It is music to our ears and to God’s ears. As we become valuable and precious diamonds in His hands.
What is your life? If your life is connected to the world and its worldliness, it’s going to be rocked and shaken. If your life is consumed “in Him” it is safe and secure.
The empty and the half-baked:
When there’s nothing inside, people must show and express the outside. Pride of life takes over. Today’s empty world is centred on the exterior, on the flesh, and materialism – it’s their god.
Today most people are universally shallow spiritually. Very rarely do you find totally committed, diligent and radical believers.
Hosea 7:8-9 “Ephraim has mixed himself among the peoples; he is a cake unturned (half-baked). Aliens have devoured his strength, but he does not know it.”
If ever there is a verse describing the condition of most of the church today – this is it. It is all mixed up with worldliness, the traditions of Babylon, the witchcraft of the mass-media, and the opinions of man. A half-baked cake is cooked on one side only...Wrong!
This is just like the lukewarm believers of Laodicea, they are half-baked in their love for the Lord, their knowledge of God’s word and the application of their spiritual gifts.
Why is it that so many people blindly and without question accept the traditions of the world? It is because the world creates comfort zones. People often need to be severely shaken before they look around for the truth.
Many people are simply ignorant or arrogant or both, which is a sure way to be blinded by God. Another huge reason is because so few are equipped with God’s freely promised gifts of the Spirit, to see and deal with these things. There is a very strong power behind the things of the world.
The world has been on a slippery slope for ages. Most are totally, ignorant of it. Morals have been declining along with values and virtues. Most of the church is on the same slippery slope. The reason is because far too many are spiritual slobs. This is why deception is the greatest end-time sign.
The way to peace is the way of the destruction of the enemies of peace in your own life, through God’s ways and methods.
Living for self is an ever downward-winding spiral into darkness and death, while living for our Lord with self crucified is an ever upward-winding spiral into glorious light and life. Both ways are full of fruits which soon become evident.
The way of the Lord is to come to Him in full surrender, brokenness, humility and fear seeking Him, His holiness and purity.
When you come to our Lord and enter His presence, you are entering a dimension of fiery, glorious majesty and holiness.
You need to allow God to interfere in every area of your life and make you uncomfortable at first.
Know your enemy:
2 Timothy 3:13 “Evil men and imposters will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.”
It’s quite obvious to say that the devil is the enemy. But it’s not so obvious how he attacks.
Here’s one way that I’ll be writing a lot more on in two editions time:
Most people would not see the mass-media as their chief enemy. The media has cleverly delegitimized anyone who questions them, especially true born-again Christians. The subtle purpose of this is to elevate themselves to the position of God and destroy opposition to Satan.
On top of this the media has misrepresented the enemy, making them a peace-loving friend. The media has presented Islam as a religion of peace – that is a huge and fatal lie to believe. The media, CNN in particular, claims that “terror doesn’t have a religion” – another huge lie.
The media refuses to report the fact that Islam’s Quran states that the Jews are the legitimate owners of the land of Israel, as will be discovered in the end-times.
The media are clever deceivers, hiding all these truths amongst their lies.
The media has a strategy not of information, but of disinformation. It is to misdirect you, to blind you to the truth, and fill you with huge lies. Their intention is not to inform you but change you into a “worshipper” of the world and its evil god.
The mass media are the world’s supreme liars and they do it again and again and again.
I have used this analogy a few times before. I’ll be using them a lot more too!
The Bible uses the word “kosomkratos” for “world-power”. The Bible says that Satan is the god of this world, this “world-power”.
In ancient Greek we have an interesting word. It is “Hoopokrites.” Obviously it’s where the word “hypocrite” comes from. But in ancient Greek theatre, the hoopokrite was the person who came onto the stage to introduce the next act. If a comedy act, he would wear a smiley mask, if a tragedy, he would wear a reverse-smile mask. We still have these two masks today representing theatre.
The big thing is that the person behind the mask is not the same as the mask he shows! Satan comes as an agent of good and evil – both of the same source.
Satan is the world-power and hoopokrite! The masks are the mass-media!
This is the way the god of the media operates, make no mistake!
I warn you today. Do not receive one word from the multitudes of self-proclaimed prophets, Jezebels and false teachers putting out numerous videos (and in other formats) of their proclamations, which never come to pass.
You can spot them, because they never repent.
If you declare something publically and say, “the Lord gave me this” and it does not come to pass, in Old Covenant times you were to be put to death.
Today the principle is the same. We don’t kill them now, but you must “kill” them from your life.
If you do not kill them from your life, your next deception, and those after will be deeper and deeper.
God’s Wisdom has power:
Yes Satan and his agents are the world-power and not to be underestimated. But that world-power is soon to meet its match in ultimate, total destruction.
There is another power, which is glorious, forever powerful and strong, eternal and fully available, exclusively for true believers.
1 Corinthians 1:24 “To those who are called, both Jews and Gentiles, Yeshua is the power of God and the wisdom of God.”
1 Corinthians 1:18-19 “The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: I will destroy the wisdom of the wise...Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the wise?”
Matthew 22:29 “You are mistaken not knowing the scriptures nor the power of God.”
Are you full of wise, powerful power?
Specific end-time attacks:
Today, Satan’s time is getting shorter by the day, so are his attacks. His greatest attack is on the truth. To counter this we need to have the spiritual insight to see the attacks. This comes safely through the baptism in the Spirit.
Are you offended by the truth? If you are it shows that you are living a lie! You will never be free.
Many people have wrecked their lives, missing God’s call for them.
The good news is that until the day you step into eternity, it’s not too late. If you have totally wrecked your life in sin and wickedness and living for the devil, you can redeem the time now. You can “buy back” the time the devil has stolen from you.
I’ve always been fascinated by those amazing verses saying the “first will be last and the last first.” Do you know what that means? It means that those who get saved or dedicate their lives to the Lord, last in the queue, will jump the queue right up to the front. It doesn’t mean that those who have been lifelong servants of our Lord are cast aside, at all. They will still receive all their due reward.
What I love about those verses is that it offers great encouragement to those who messed up their lives, wasting it all, and finally repent.
Living for self gives you no real purpose in life. It leaves you empty, unfulfilled with a life that is an entire waste, but thanks be to God – there is always hope, until the last minute.
I have compiled the following from numerous verses dealing with end-time attacks:
●”Test the spirits”. ●Know the “whole counsel of God.” ●Note those who cause doctrinal division, and who are mockers and avoid them. ●End-times will be characterised by those who won’t endure sound doctrine. ●The truth will be “cast down in the street” and many will not receive the love of the truth and God will delude them. ●Many will try to change the truth for a lie.
How to be ready:
In light of all the signs of the very soon coming of our Lord for us in a pre-tribulation rapture, we need to know how to get and be ready for Him and we need to know what to do and what not to do.
There are many voices out there today. There are multitudes of opinions and multitudes in the valley of decision. Some voices are right on the mark, and many are way off.
Once we cross the glory-line, there is no going back to fix things. In numerous previous editions I’ve highlighted many of these things, but now there is a fast-growing urgency, so, for your benefit, I would like to present you with these words to help you cross the line in victory:
The big ticket items are the following:
The devil attacks the believer in the areas of self, the world and the demonic. These are the main big areas which must be dealt with firmly and until victory is achieved.
The Bible shows that it is the power of the cross † which is the dynamite to break the attacks.
●Self: “I (self) have been crucified † with Messiah; it’s no longer I (self) that lives.” (Galatians 2:20)
●The world: “The world has been crucified † to me and I to the world.” (Galatians6:14).
●The demonic: “(Demons), principalities and powers have been disarmed, by the nailing to the cross † all these that were contrary to us.” (Colossians 2:14)
There are many more verses dealing with these three areas of attack and the answer in the cross.
Note that in all three areas above, the application of the cross is the answer to these satanic attacks.
It’s easy to spot someone walking in the power of the cross. They are the walking dead. They have the marks of the cross all over their lives, and they are free, free, free!
The power of the cross, which is only available to those who are born-again, puts our human reasoning to death. It empowers us to die daily to these evils. It gives us power to reign over darkness even now, and in the age to come. It is the power that defeats the enemies we face.
As we embrace the cross of Messiah and take up our own cross and die, we live with a life that is more alive than ever before. As we lose our lives, we find life – real victorious, glorious life. As we die to self, the world and the demonic, we become full of wisdom – God’s wisdom!
Fear, confusion, stress, complacency and the like are not of God. Where He is at work the fruits are; comfort, assurance, confidence, calmness, peace and enlightenment, and a million more.
The measure of growth:
The biggest measure of your growth in our Lord will be seen in the fruits of the Spirit becoming more and more evident in you.
There are numerous other signs including a passionate love of the truth, knowledge of it and application of it. Another common growth-fruit is thankfulness and generosity.
A measure of growth in your life will be seen in your freedom and liberty in the Spirit. It will be seen in the fact that the pure truth will be your very shelter, protector and leader in these days.
You’ll not be subject to deception and being led astray. Isn’t it interesting that some people never get free from deception. They always fall into the traps. They have no knowledge of God, fear of God or true humility before God.
If you are growing in the Lord, you won’t be perfect in soul from the start, but you will see and embrace the words of God as words of pure gold, a treasure of truth, and jewels of eternity.
A true mark of growth in the Lord by the Spirit will be seen in how quickly and willingly you drop the error, sin, evil and general hogwash in your life. It will be seen in how quickly you become an enemy of the traditionalists.
If you are growing in the Lord you will love all of the word. You will see it as more valuable than your “necessary food”. (Job 23:12)
As you see God, you will fall in surrender and repentance and “abhor yourself.” (Job 42: 5-6)
Ezekiel 3:10 “Son of man, receive into your heart all My words that I speak to you, and hear with your ears (Lit=diligently, discern and perceive).”
You will embrace all of Bible prophecy, which constitutes one third of the content of the Bible.
The power of prophecy will most certainly assist you in breaking every unholy god in your life, apart from showing you what’s coming and the way ahead.
So you’re a Christian?
If you get genuinely saved and get run over by a bus the next day, you will be saved. But if you are not run over by a bus, there are many requirements.
Have you been born-again as a specific, deliberate act of choice at a point in time? ●Have you been baptised in water as an adult? (Not the occult form of infant sprinkling). ●Have you been baptised in the Spirit “since you believed”? ●Have you been taking up your cross daily? ●Have you been denying self, when required? ●Have you been cultivating the fear of God? ●Have you been cultivating the love of God? ●Have you been studying the word of God to find yourself approved by Him? ●Have you been walking in all the doctrines of Messiah? ●Have you been seeking to know your calling?
If so you are on the road to great eternal rewards!
There’s a time issue in your salvation. Make every day count. If you drift along you are wasting your eternal brightness. It’s no accident that our eternal resurrected state is compared to the brightness of the stars.
The deadly dimmer of your own eternal brightness is the love of the world and the complacency it brings. The dimmer is living for self, entertaining demons, and the sin in your life.
In a city or even suburbia, the stars are dim because of the lights all around. But if you go way off into the wild, you see the stars like never before, because there are no other lights distracting from them in brightness. I have encountered this thousands of times.
1 Corinthians 15:40-42 “There are celestial bodies and terrestrial bodies and the glory of the one is not the same as the other. There is one glory of the sun and another glory of the moon and another glory of the stars; for one differs from the other. So also will be the resurrection of the dead...”
Daniel 12:3 “Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.”
My friends, in the resurrection we will be like those stars, each being different in brightness – forever. The eternal condition is forever! Don’t you think that alone is a good reason to get your act together?
Hebrews 12:1 “Since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off every weight and sin that hinders us and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us.”
If you have been in a traditional church for a fair amount of time you are largely ignorant of God’s word. The central main thing is for your own personal growth in the Lord, in His word, by His Spirit.
Doctrine doesn’t bring the presence of God into your heart. It doesn’t kill you and raise you up again as a new person. It points the way, but don’t think a signpost can do your job! Today many churches are as dead and boring as a sign post!
What a shock when the unsaved see that born-again Christians have been judged, declared guilty of sin, and set free because Yeshua paid the price for our sin. The highest court in the universe not only set us free, but made us kings and priests, and they are left behind after the rapture to endure judgement and wrath.
They may say that they believe in Jesus. But that’s not good enough. They believe in an external, exterior, historical Jesus – another Jesus. They listened to and believed the wolves in the pulpit. The Bible says, “Even the demons believe and shudder at their future.”
►May I suggest that you go to the link at the top right on this website, called “Salvation”. Even if you have been saved for a long time, it’s good to refresh it all. Just read through the verses. You will see what salvation is and isn’t.
The way of the Lord comes to us with options. We can choose to hear and obey the truth. If not, the truth doesn’t change, but we do. We will then go the way of pain and suffering.
The importance of beauty in your life:
There is untold magnificent beauty all around us in so many different fields. People who are self-obsessed rarely see it or recognise it.
It may be beauty in art, music, nature, environment, or any such thing. Admiration for beauty gives you culture and makes you civilised. It expands your horizons. Admiration or participation in these areas of beauty always turns your focus outward, away from self-obsession.
Our life in eternity will be full of wonderful, beautiful fellowship with God, angels and fellow believers. It will be full of beauty, peace, rest and joy. It will be full of knowledge, holiness, glory and life in the supernatural. It will be beyond our imagination! (1 Corinthians 2:9)
There is a spectacular glory that will be revealed in us! (Romans 8:18).
You can only shine God’s light out of you after it has shined into every area of your life. If you are not truly born of the Spirit of God, your light is actually darkness, no matter how bright it may appear.
The other day I was seeking some verses or “words” for 2017. These are them:
Proverbs 10:25 “When the whirlwind passes by, the wicked will be no more, but the righteous has an everlasting foundation.” Vs 29 “The way of the Lord is strength for the upright.”
Proverbs 11:30 “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life.”
One day driving around in the wilds, I spotted this lion on a rock under the tree.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 349: 1st February 2017
The Strategic Grand Plan of the Ages:
The Strategic Grand Plan of the ages:
In this edition I want to lay out before you some of the big issues of Satan’s grand plan of the ages and God’s Grand Plan of the Ages. Both are coming to a head right now and into the months ahead. I’ll look at the agenda’s and strategies that we need to be aware of now.
These are some of the big-ticket items for the soon coming close of the age.
There is great and growing danger out there, intensifying and already swallowing up many people into ever deepening deception. This is the time to know God and His word, like never before.
Satan’s major overall strategy is to destroy what God has done, is doing and will do. Of course he can never win, but he has and can cause great problems along the way, especially as his end approaches.
Satan’s strategy is to get the Christian to believe that he doesn’t need the gifts of the Spirit today. (I have a number of articles on this website on the lies of cessationism).
At this time, the attacks are intensifying and will become a lot more powerful very soon. The Bible describes the love of many believers “growing cold” and the “shipwreck” of the faith of multitudes in these end times.
Disarming the innocent is actually arming the guilty and opening the door for the works of the devil to flood in.
In the same way, ignorance of God’s word and casting down the spiritual gifts of warfare weapons is disarming the Christian in the face of a terrible spiritual onslaught.
If Satan can disarm the Christian he has basically won the battle over that person! Do you think Satan and his demons and disciples are going to lay down their weapons as their demise approaches? You have to be stark raving mad!
In the church, Satan’s big ticket items are ignorance of the Spirit-led word, deception and disunity.
God’s word warns all over the Old Covenant and the New of the dangers of these times specifically. Sometimes His warnings are direct and in your face and sometimes hidden in signs, symbols, parables, poetry and prophecies.
God’s innuendos and insinuations are no whispers of illusion and not to be taken lightly.
The power of prophecy shows you what’s coming but also calls the believer to repentance, correction, action and then ultimate victory.
The Deceiver and the deceiver’s disciples:
Many people don’t deliberately set out to deceive others, but they don’t realise that they are blinded to and in their deception. They don’t realise that they are doing the devil’s work, while in this ignorance.
But there are many with ulterior motives out there who do set out to deceive. They are sensation seekers, manipulators out to get the approval of man, to boost their self importance and their bank accounts. Those operating in this world of self-importance and self-exaltation are always driven by the god of this world and powerful demonic forces – always!
Satan has a host of his deceiving disciples inside and outside of the church. Satan knows who the gullible are and he always targets them.
Another big reason why so many people get deceived is that they are cursed. They have entertained demons, witchcraft, Satan-worship and the like and are not free from its lingering effects. Others are simply under generational curses, which they don’t even know exist. Others have a natural propensity to always be drawn into false teachings or the beautiful side of evil and get themselves cursed.
I strongly suggest that you look up and watch a video or two of Derek Prince’s excellent teaching: “From curse to blessing.”
Deception throws your balance off. You may be saved, but you are unbalanced and can never fulfil God’s wonderful plans for you.
Some of today’s great deceptions and errors include:
● The preaching of heaven without hell.
● A cross-less Messiah.
● A lack of teaching of the fear of God.
● Salvation without repentance.
● Thinking that you’re above correction and rebuke.
● The arrogance of thinking that you can live without knowing God’s word.
● Spirituality devoid of the power that only comes in the baptism of the Spirit.
● Resistance and rejection of God’s plans for Israel.
● The love of self, the world and the demonic.
● Tolerance of all things right and wrong.
Deception is proof supreme of a person who does not know God and has no fear of God.
Deception is always condemned in the Bible. It is the number one major sign in these end-times. It is rooted in the spirit of error which is cursed! It has a nasty habit of enslaving its victims. It’s like a dark cloud over them causing them to make the wrong choices and decisions. It ultimately leads into the grip of Satan.
Many people are too afraid to break out from the chains of crowd bias and what the majority thinks and does. They are influenced, led and bound by the approval and fear of man.
If you have not discovered it by now, true biblical Christianity is for the brave, the strong and the pure radical.
Satan’s agenda is to brand you if you don’t fit his mould. You can see this in the mass-media. For example: Those who oppose homosexual marriage from a biblical point of view are branded “homophobic.” The word is immediately given negative overtones and used literally as an identifying brand.
Basically anything that is not in line with the agenda of the media is branded. A shocking but true example is this: The media freaks out when anyone condemns the Quran, but it scorns those who believe the Bible!
The media wants to form your thinking and change your actions. The media wants you to be one of their products – a product of their boss, Satan.
I count it an honour to be branded by them!
If you were to read the book of Acts from beginning to end, you would be shocked to see how the early disciples dealt with deception and the attacks of the devil. The situation today, according to the Bible, is worse, and the church does nothing but appease the devil.
How to be free from deception:
Deception and being deceived is no small issue. Unfortunately, if you have been a victim of major deception, it will always hang like a mist over you. You are “tagged” so to speak. Of course you can get free in the truth of the Lord’s word, but the “mist” remains, which is clearly seen by others and not yourself.
To be free, firstly, admit to yourself that you are ignorant of God’s word. Repent of your ignorance and under the inspiration of the Spirit of God, in the Fear of God – “Study the word to find yourselves approved.” (2 Timothy 2:15)
There is no substitute for knowing your Bible thoroughly in these days. If you have not spent many years separated unto intensive study of the Bible, you are not qualified to be in any form of ministry.
Learn what true doctrine is and you will spot the false.
You will know the deceivers by their fruits. Listen to the way they speak, the way they subtly elevate themselves. Listen to their manner of speech. They use manipulation, shouting, and phrases like “I’m telling you this” as though they have God’s authority behind them. They say, “God told me.”
They are not open to rebuke, repentance or correction. Many are pure false prophets and refuse to get out of ministry immediately as they must.
They try to get you to recognise God’s authority in them. My friends, you either have it or you don’t! You can’t manufacture it. If you really have God’s authority in your life you will be hated before you will be accepted! But it will be seen and known by the fruits.
Be careful of people always after new, secret revelation with personal, private interpretations. Any new doctrines or interpretations must find agreement with other mature disciples.
Perhaps the greatest reason why there are so many deceivers out there is because the church is so terribly divided.
Deception within the church promotes confusion within the church. It elevates the deceivers and those who propagate the deception further. They must be struck down and thrown out of the church just like Jezebel of old.
This is the season of great things in our Lord. It is also the season of great deception and its twins - ignorance and arrogance.
Hold the cross high in your life. Embrace it, take it up daily and let it crucify you, destroying the sin in your life. It is only the cross and shed blood of Yeshua that truly cleanses from all sin including deception.
The spirit of liberalism:
Liberalism is one of the big strategies of Satan in these days.
Liberalism is a spirit...an evil spirit!
Liberals have to be controllers to further their causes. They are sore losers when they can’t get their way.
Liberals are masters of deception and they mostly don’t even know it. Their underlying beliefs and philosophies are very noble and “good”.
I hope you have learnt by now that human good is unacceptable to God. Good must go through the cleansing work of the cross!
The heart of the liberalism is equality. That sounds good, but what they mean and how it always works out is equality between right and wrong, sin and holiness. Equality must always be forced into being and controlled.
In trying to justify and make right and wrong equal, they end up glorifying sin and putting down holiness and righteousness.
The enemy is globalism, socialism and equality as opposed to freedom, which exalts choice and independence.
Crowd-speak and crowd-confirmation bias is very powerful if you are weak and ignorant of God’s word and without His spiritual gifts. I could name you many people who I know personally that have been swallowed up by the devil when they fell for the voice of the majority.
The biggest lie perpetuated by the liberals is peace comes by appeasement of the evil of the devil. Of course they don’t see their ways as evil, they can’t see because God has blinded their eyes. They think that what the Bible calls evil is just human rights.
The liberal left in the church:
The liberal Christians are especially dangerous, because they must deny the power of the cross, which is the instrument that separates between sin and holiness.
What follows is an indictment on liberalism generally and specifically in the church. Once you read this, your only way forward as a liberal is repentance, or to continue under the dark cloud of the devil himself into ever-deepening curses.
If you have any traces of these things, you need to root them out of your life with a passion!
The prime goal, motivation and principle of the liberal left, including the mass-media of the world, is that equality is the fundamental principle of life. This is justice they say! The left always believes that inequality is evil.
This ignores and gets rid of the real reasons for inequality, poverty, failure, and the like, which is spiritual. It is a result of curses, of sin and wickedness. This is why secular psychology always compounds your problems and doesn’t help you. It’s because they reject sin, curses and ultimately the devil.
Globalism means no borders. To go with the full idea of globalism there must be a borderless value-system and morality-system decided upon by the gods of globalism, the mass-media and the political liberals.
A globalist world is a cloak of camouflage for the devil to walk right in, undetected.
To go with the idea of globalism, there must be a universal religion, an inter-faith religion, which can mix in with the globalist world view and its values. The only ones excluded from this would be those who are truly born again of the shed blood of Messiah and with the separating work of the cross evident in their lives.
God is not removing borders. He is raising borders! Acts 17:26 “God has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation.”
Physical borders are being referred to in the verses above, but it is the cross and our spiritual warfare that is our “border and defence.”
The inter-faith movement destroys these godly borders and blends and merges together all ways to God, sin, holiness, wickedness, and evil into one big melting pot. What they don’t know is that they will be melted in the fury of God in the tribulation!
You can’t have world peace outside of the cleansing work of the cross!
You can’t have peace with sin. Sin is alive and forever marching forward in ever greater leaps and bounds. It is the great destroyer. Sin dwells in the blood of mankind – the blood of Adam. So you must get rid of sin.
You have one of two ways to get rid of it. You can get a blood “transfusion”, infusing the sinless, pure blood of Messiah into your heart...which we do by faith.
Or you can simply rename sin and call it good. You can rename it as the media does and call it an acceptable human behavioural right. You can just say that it’s okay.
Do you think that renaming it deals with the sin problem? You see, the blood of Adam has the curse of God flowing in it. Just like Adam’s curse spread to all of nature, seeing it spring up with thorns as a result, so the cursed blood of Adam in every human is full of the “thorns” of sin.
Mark 7:21-23 “From within, out of the evil heart of men, proceed evil thoughts...all evil things come from within and defile a man.”
How tragic it will be for all these globalists, when they find out that the world peace they were working for gets totally destroyed by God; and God Himself brings in world peace in the Millennium, on the wings of all things truly pure and holy...all things that have gone through the cross!
The fulfilment of Bible prophecy brings one shocking truth to everyone. It means eternal judgment is near – very near. Time is almost up.
Do you know why most people reject eschatology, end-time teaching and Bible prophecy? It’s because it all means that God is a judge and judgment is coming. People like a happy little gentle Jesus they can control and put away in their back pocket when not needed. People like the Lamb but not the Lion of the tribe of Judah.
Christian ministers love to preach on the Lamb and ignore the Lion, as if that will make the Lion go away!
Today we are seeing the radically different ideologies of the people begin to clash, and clash they must. The age-old strategy of the devil is to clash with God in whatever ways he can. The pressures being brought to bear are having a very powerful effect right before our eyes.
Do you know the toothpaste tube law? When you squeeze it, what’s inside comes out! All these pressures arising today are identifying just who is who in the zoo. The pressure is also “discovering” the heart of many so-called Christians. It is showing them up as true disciples of the devil, hell bound while they think they are serving God.
What is coming?
Psalm 2:2-3 “The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against His anointed, saying, ‘Let us break their bonds in pieces.”
Psalm 1:1 “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord.”
The nations will conspire to get rid of God’s ways. It’s coming soon.
Globalism is coming. Trump may force it back into retreat for a while, but it will be a short while. Does that mean Trump must change his tune? Most certainly not! It means that he could be overthrown or forced out somehow.
There will be a global economic and religious system in operation in the tribulation. You can’t stop it. It is Satan’s last stand.
A peace system or covenant of some sort with Israel and “the many” will come about. (Daniel 9:27) You can’t stop it – it is coming. That will bring the tribulation period to the world and the rapture of the church.
The above factors are coming. They are the main big items of Satan’s strategy and agenda for the near future.
Ultimately, all of Satan’s plans will be destroyed in great judgement and all of God’s plans will endure. Don’t you think it’s wise to get on the winning side?
It’s very easy to let your focus on knowing and pursuing God slip away in the face of all these pressures and multitudes of opinions, but don’t do it.
Great and exciting times are coming. The world will soon erupt in fury, and God’s word will go out. Right now we are seeing the clash of the cultures of Satan and God arising.
We are heading for the days the prophets of old looked forward to. Great and terrible days are coming soon.
Matthew 13:17 “Many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear and did not hear it.”
It’s time to activate, awaken and ignite the fire of God’s Spirit in your heart to deal with the fiery darts of the devil.
Truth is pure, holy, secure, loving and fulfilling, because it cleanses and makes you right. It makes you 100% right. It’s only hated by those led by Satan.
Do you know how nice it is to be right? Okay, not from a pride point of view. It is so good to be on the winning side! And that means the winning side with God, His word which is truth, and with Israel.
The winners are clean, pure, holy, true and right and will be full of glory forever!
I took this picture of the orchid using the light-paint technique. I laid the orchid on a mirror at night outside, sprayed with water, set the shutter to open for 2 minutes and “painted” with the light of a little halogen torch, in front and behind.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 348: January 25th
The error of imminence:
The error of imminence:
The doctrine of the rapture is the most exciting of all. It is highly controversial thanks to the devil’s interference in it. It has so many misconceptions associated with it as well, and all out attacks by many within the church.
The imminence is not a salvation issue, so don’t get bent out of shape about it. But do dive into the scriptures afresh with eyes of logic open. I have a far greater problem with those who deny the rapture altogether and the post-tribbers, than with those who believe in imminence.
The doctrine of imminence essentially maintains that the rapture can happen at any time, without any previous warning signs. There will be no way of knowing when it will happen, except that it will happen before the tribulation period begins.
I am in full agreement with the pre-tribulation rapture position, but not the imminent occurrence.
In this edition I’ve included a brief description of the psychological conditions of people in the tribulation period, who missed the rapture, which I’ve compiled from numerous verses.
The origin of the “imminent” doctrine:
Those who believe in the imminent rapture always say that the early church believed it would be raptured at any time without prior warning. They say that Paul himself believed he would be raptured at any time.
The key “imminence” verse is: “No one knows the day or hour of the Lord’s coming” (Matthew 24:36)
Paul writes on this saying: “Concerning the coming of our Lord and our gathering together to him, be not soon shaken...that day will not come until the falling away (Lit=departure of the church) comes first...” (2 Thessalonians 2:2-3)
And Paul also says: “The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet of God and the dead in Messiah will arise first, then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air and thus we will always be with the Lord.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)
So here we see that Paul was the author of some of the great rapture verses.
But hang on a minute, Paul could not have believed in imminence for himself, nor could the rest of the early church!
Paul was told by our Lord that he would die an old man. So how could he have been looking for an imminent rapture? Some of the early churches were told that they would die in persecution.
Many who criticise us for rejecting imminence go into the ditch on the other side and accuse us of being date-setters.
Is it in God’s character to warn before judgement? It most certainly is. So why should that situation now suddenly be any different?
So many churches, ministers and ministries are beginning to see eye to eye on these things like never before in these days.
Rapture and dispensations:
The rapture would be easier to prove as an imminent event if it was lifted out of prophetic time and seen as a separate event without anything else occurring anywhere near it, but that is not the case.
The rapture clearly ends the dispensation of the church, with a new dispensation beginning immediately. This new one is called the seventieth week of Daniel, or the time of Jacob’s trouble, or the seven year tribulation. These terms are all for the Jews and not the church.
There is no and can never be any inter-dispensation period of time. Because of the different destinies of the dead, dispensations must follow each other immediately as they did in history. For example, the Bible says that the “dead in Messiah will rise first and we who are alive will be caught up...” That is not the same destiny as the Old Covenant saints.
So, we have to see the rapture as the event ending the church age and starting the seven-year tribulation with the revealing of the antichrist. Before the tribulation as a dispensation, can even begin the “restrainer” must be removed.
I’m not getting into this in any detail here, but there is enough biblical consensus and agreement amongst students and watchers that the “restrainer” is in fact the church indwelt by the Spirit of God. He is not the Spirit of God alone, nor the church alone, but both. The Spirit of God will still be here in the tribulation, but in a limited capacity as He was during Old Covenant times.
The “restrainer” to be removed is not the archangel Michael, because he is “released” to help out in the tribulation, not taken out of the way as the restrainer is.
No one knows the day?
Does the Bible say “no one knows the day or hour of the Lord’s coming or the tribulation start?
We may not know the actual day and hour of the rapture / tribulation start, but we are most likely to know within a very short period of time. “Day and hour” is in fact a very short, specific space in time.
God will give us warnings as the day approaches.
Here are some examples of God’s warnings
Ezekiel 3:17 “I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel, therefore hear and give them warning from Me.”
Ezekiel 33:6 “If the watchmen sees the sword coming, and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned and they are taken away in their iniquity, his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.”
There are many more.
The point is that God warns. These verses relate to Israel, but as said, the rapture begins the dispensation of the “seventieth week” which is for Israel.
Perhaps one of the biggest reasons that so many oppose anything to do with the rapture and tribulation start is because it is all about judgement, and people don’t like that!
It’s the “crowd speak” and the “confirmation bias” of the group that gives them comfort and assurance that they’re okay. But the biggest problem they have made is in following each other into a fool’s paradise believing no judgement is coming.
Feeding your naive, short-sighted flock with happy promise-box verses and saying to them, “these are for you for today and for the year” is actually tremendous error when in fact great judgement is coming soon.
The all-important identification:
I heard someone ask the question: “Why would the rapture happen on a Jewish feast day when we are Christians and not Jewish?
The rapture is very much about Israel and the Jews as well! The end of the church dispensation immediately begins the dispensation where the Jews are primarily in focus and this is coming soon.
It’s very important to know and understand your spiritual heritage. Although the dispensation of the church is mainly Gentile and is about to end, we have a strong heritage and identity with those Jews who are to become tribulation saints.
Is the true church a product of Israel or Babylon / Rome / the Catholics? Its heritage is entirely of Israel, and the Jews. We all know the lineage: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, who became Israel, the Jews and Messiah and the church. Well, if we trace it back the other way, we see our heritage. It is the church, Messiah, the Jews, Israel, Jacob, Isaac and Abraham.
Every one of the identities found in Babylon, Rome and the Catholics are the counterfeit!
Galatians 6:16 “As many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and the Israel of God.”
The Bible speaks of the Israel of God and the commonwealth of Israel. These are the true, saved Christians. We are of the commonwealth of Israel and not of Rome!
As such we have our identity forever merged with Israel. If your church has no Israeli, Jewish identity it is counterfeit, formed and born in Babylon / Rome.
It’s not God’s style to trip up His own children! It’s not His style to catch them out. Throughout the Bible, God warns of coming judgement. God uses many signs, symbols, parables and even hidden messages to inform us.
He uses His watchmen to watch and warn and He does all things decently and in order. (1 Corinthians 14:40)
We are commanded to "watch, be ready and know the signs". Most churches today say, "don't watch, don't bother with these silly signs, just give us your money and you will be happy!"
The doctrine of imminence doesn’t quite add up. The Bible commands us to “know the times and seasons.” Yes, this is a broader term than “day and hour” but it still carries great importance.
What does God get out of imminence? The answer is nothing really. What does God get out of pre-warned and knowing children? He gets; readiness, holiness, watchfulness, and children in inner peace.
What if you’re wrong?
The argument used against those who are watchful in terms of signs and dates is always, “What if you’re wrong?”
It’s a very good argument, which I understand. Personally, I’m always careful with the words I use.
Firstly, don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Never make these signs your central thing. Watch, pray, be ready, look at times and season, but always with an air of caution. Your central and main thing must always be knowing Him with times and seasons secondary.
“People will be discouraged if you’re wrong” they say. Well, again these are people with their eyes in the wrong place.
If you were at the train station and the schedule says the train is due at 9am and it doesn’t come, what are you to do? Well, simply, you would think it’s late and wait a bit longer. You wouldn’t get all discouraged, leave the station and go home.
It’s the same thing here. If the Lord does not come at the expected time, just wait! He’s coming soon!
Now, what if you were to go to the train station, but you had no idea when the train was coming (imminence)? Are you likely to be caught off guard? Of course you are.
Imminence will catch many off guard and not ready, while knowing when the train is coming will see many ready and prepared to step right in!
To be honest, imminence does nothing for my faith. Personally, I live in an always ready state anyway. So imminence, for me would be no big deal.
On the other hand, if I knew my Lord was coming within a short space of time that would motivate me more now than ever to be ready. But, as said, you should live ready all the time!
The plot contained in the Feast of Trumpets:
The seven feasts of the Lord have a miraculous, specific yet different message for Israel and for the church.
The seven feasts plot the course of history!
The feasts are: Passover, Unleavened Bread, First fruits, Pentecost, Trumpets, Yom Kippur, and Tabernacles.
●Passover represents the original Passover when the children of Israel sprinkled the blood of the lamb on the doorposts. This was fulfilled in the shed blood of Messiah at the cross.
●Unleavened Bread represents holiness, the cleansing of the Jewish home and eating of matzos. This was fulfilled further by the work of the cross.
●First Fruits represents the first harvest offering to God. This was fulfilled in the resurrection.
●Pentecost represents the law given to Moses in stone, and the original birthday of Israel, as Moses came down from the mount on the first Pentecost. It was fulfilled in the law now given in our hearts by the Holy Spirit and the birthday of the church. Its fulfilment includes the dispensational change from the 69-weeks of years of the Old Covenant to the New Covenant.
●Trumpets(Rosh Hashanah / New Year) represents the warning trumpet blasts of God, the judgement of God, and a new dispensation, the seventieth week of Daniel. It is still to be fulfilled.
●Yom Kippur (Atonement) represents the wrath of God in full fury. It has not been fulfilled yet and will be in and by the second half of the tribulation period, called “the wrath of God.”
●Tabernacles represents the coming of our Lord to “tabernacle” with His people. This has not been fulfilled yet and will be at the Second Coming, which is also a dispensational change into the Millennium.
So here we have the incredible plot of history from the Old Covenant law, through the cross, into the tribulation, the Second Coming and the Millennium.
Note the last three are in red. These are the fall feasts, still to find fulfilment in future events.
I am aware that many within the churches of replacement theology reject any future fulfilment for the Jews. They are more wrong than you can imagine! They say that everything has already been fulfilled by our Lord. Of course that is true spiritually speaking, but it is not true in reality for the Jew.
An additional problem with that view is that to make all the feasts fit our Lord you have to jump around from the cross to the Second Coming and back to the cross.
God has revealed, in the feasts, the continuous plot of the ages.
So the next feast to find its fulfilment is Trumpets, the warning signs of God, which will be fulfilled in the rapture and the tribulation start.
The Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah) :
This feast is incredible in that it has numerous names and meanings, all of significance.
In Jewish tradition Rosh Hashanah is the universal birthday of the world. It was the day of the creation of Adam, but also the day sin entered the world. So this day is a commemoration of creation and the fall of man.
One of the numerous names of the feast is: “The feast of which no one knows the day or hour.” The reason for this is because it begins on the sighting of the new moon, which could be over a two day period.
Was our Lord giving us a hint when the rapture would take place when He said, it would be on a day that no one knows the day or hour? Can we know when it is?
Of course we can know when this feast occurs simply by looking at the Hebrew calendar. But which one will be the one of actual fulfilment?
If we could know which Feast of Trumpets, would we be violating the “no one knows the day and hour” verse? No we would not because this feast could occur on any one of two days.
How will we know which Feast of Trumpets?
Personally, I believe that God will reveal and unveil more and more things about this as we get nearer.
There will have to be a confluence of signs, symbols and events all dovetailing together. When we see that – we’ve got it! Without all the signs together, it’s back to the drawing board.
If it’s not this Feast of Trumpets, it will be the next in 2018.
Watch for all the signs starting to come together like ducks in a row. I already see dozens starting to take shape apart from those already known and evident.
Tribulation descriptions of terror:
What follows is a brief description I have put together of the psychological conditions of people in the tribulation period. I’ve compiled this from the hundreds of verses on the subject. As you read this, bear in mind that those who are taken in the pre-tribulation rapture will see none of this, and be experiencing the exact opposite of it all.
The final hours of the tribulation:
Many will have lost the desire to live. Dark demons will be all around. Many will turn against God in a futile, blaspheming rage of bitter hatred. Emptiness of spirit and soul will be magnified and multiplied.
People will see visions of shock and suddenly realise that they’re not visions! Fright, terror, deep sorrow and overwhelming fear will engulf many.
People will “see” the eternal glory of heaven, but be unable to reach it as it suddenly dims into darkness before them. Terrible torment and suffering will be the order of the day. Like a broken clay doll people will continue to live in their suffering. Suicide will be the thought, but they will not die even through trying.
Enormous supernatural events of God’s wrath will shake and rock the whole world. People will see their friend, “mother earth” turn into a whore of destruction as even the previously gentle creatures of the earth become enraged flesh eaters.
The sun will burn to such a degree that the earth will be scorched and many millions will die from its heat. Nations will become filled with hatred for each other and Israel in particular. They will become murderous killing machines.
People will realise that punishment is the reason for the judgement, but it will be too late for them. There will be many masses with them, but they will be more alone than ever before.
They will wish they had paid attention to God’s servants before when they had the chance. But they will now be paralysed in their fear.
People will see the devil and his demons and now understand why they are one with them.
Fearful tears of deep regret and shame for attacking God all their lives will engulf the people. They will wish they did non-exist. “Somebody help me” will be the call, but there will only be others in the same situation around them. Howling and crying in great despair.
The stench of fear and the flood of tears will fill these people, abandoned, alone and empty, as hell and eternal suffering approaches.
The world’s heroes, paupers and kings will all be there in the same boat. Many will find their own family members right there in the midst of the terror, screaming and suffering with them, all unable to help each other one bit.
People who were great in the world’s eyes will be there. All the church wolves who thought they were shepherds will be there as their flock now tries to kill them for leading them into the great tribulation.
People will know the truth now, but it will be too late. That alone is the greatest terror. There will be no place to run or to hide.
Indescribable chaos will rule. The lucky ones will be slaughtered, releasing them from the ongoing torment.
The most wretched of all, in the deepest torment ever will be those who once walked with the Lord and His family, but turned their backs on Him and walked away, rather to serve the world.
In this, the worst time the world has known or ever will know, many will turn in all sincerity to our Lord for salvation. They will not b be saved in the born-again sense belonging to the church, but they will become “tribulation saints.” Most of them will be immediately killed.
But my friends, you don’t have to go through any of this. You can be redeemed and set free right now. If you’re not already saved, do the wise thing and get saved fast!
So many things are starting to take shape prophetically, and many more will occur within months. We are in exciting times alright! Turn your eyes your heart and soul to our Lord and His word in surrender. Learn and cultivate the fear of the Lord, and He will show you many wonderful things to come!
I took this picture of the Kokerboom (quiver tree) out in the Richtersveld. The branches of these trees were used by the Bushmen (Koi) for quivers for their arrows.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 347: 18th January
7, 70 & 777 Unfolding!
7, 70 & 777 Unfolding
I did say that this edition would be on the “error of imminence”, but due to the urgency of the current events, this must take precedent.
The number seven is called the perfect number. It is the seal of God as found in numerous places in the Bible. It’s like the watermark of God. As always, don’t go overboard with these things. Numbers, signs and symbols should always be secondary to pure doctrine, but don’t go into the ditch on the other side of the road and throw it all out. Signs are important at the right time.
7 is important on its own. 70 is an important prophetic number as is 777. Each have their own meanings and applications.
I’ve reported before on the following, as have a number of others, but it bears repeating:
●2017 is the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, which paved the way for Israeli statehood. (100 is the number of promise.)
●2017 is the 70th anniversary of UN resolution 181 in 1947, again paving the way for Israel’s statehood in 1948. (70 is the number of the restoration of Israel, and is also seen many times in relation to punishment.)
●2017 is the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem being re-captured by the Jews in 1967. (50 is the number of the Spirit of God and Pentecost.)
►Donald Trump is the 45th US President. In Hebrew the gematria of the number is the word “Abi-albon” meaning “father of strength” (one of David’s heroes). 45 is also the biblical number of preservation. You can find more on this HERE and HERE.
►Some have pointed out the following in relation to Donald Trump: In his first day in office, he will be 70 years, 7 months and 7 days old.
2017 is the 70th jubilee since the Exodus, the 120th jubilee since Adam and the 40th jubilee since the cross. Yes, I know about the controversy of the timing of the jubilee. Some believe the last jubilee was last year, and some believe its timing is out by a year and will be over in the 2017 – 2018 time period. It’s interesting, but don’t put too much weight on the jubilees.
Numbers, glorious numbers:
Before we go further, let me explain the significance of the numbers in the rest of this article.
Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic, the original languages of the Bible, are alpha-numeric. This simply means that each letter of the alphabet has a numeric value. So you can in fact add up the numeric value of a word.
In the Bible numbers have meanings as well, which are derived from the uses of those numbers in the verses concerned.
Then when we come to Hebrew, we also have additional elements. For example the number “7” can be expressed like that or as “seven”. Then, by adding up the numeric value of each letter in “seven,” we get another meaning, which would be the gematria or the numeric value of “seven.”
On top of this, Hebrew contains pictograms within the letters and numbers. In other words each Hebrew letter looks in picture form like an object.
The picture at the top of this edition shows the number “zayin” (7), which is also a pictogram. It shows a crown on top of a sword.
God has done this. He has hidden many of these wonderful mysteries just below the surface for the diligent to dig them out.
Some of these numbers and meanings in scripture are so incredible and marvellous; they are an all out miracle, proving the veracity of the Bible.
1 Corinthians 14:40 “God does things decently and in order.”
The numbers 7, 70, and 777:
●The Hebrew number “7” is “Zayin.” The pictograph of the Zayin is remarkable. It has a crown on top of the base which looks like a sword. There is a straight line from the sword through to the crown. This is referred to as the light from God (crown) to man. So, “Zayin” represents the light of God and the sword of God towards man.
You can find more on Zayin HERE.
●The number “70” has a clear reference to Jerusalem (Jeremiah 25:11) Daniel 9:24 “Seventy weeks (of years) are determined for your people and for your holy city...”
The meanings of 70 are “completeness” and “judgement”. It is related to the punishment and restoration of Israel.
70 is also the number of nations and languages that were the origin of all nations of the world today. So, 70 is a reference to the nations of the whole world.
●777 has a number of meanings. It is associated with the genealogy of Yeshua.
The word Yeshua Messiah has the numeric value of 777.
The gematria of the words “God, heaven and earth” in the first verse of the Bible, adds up to 777.
The Hebrew sages don’t use the “thousand” part of the Hebrew year 5777. They simply say it is the year 777. So, this is the Hebrew year 5777 or simply 777 which ends on Rosh Hashanah in September.
Hebrew sages believe that this Hebrew year 5777 is the year of the sword, as mentioned above, but some of them also believe that this is the year of the “olive leaf”, believing that it is the year of the Messiah and world peace. I think all you can really say is that we are on the edge of many things playing out!
The unfolding of prophecy:
►Remarkably, the great war of Gog and Magog in Ezekiel 38 & 39, which many refer to as WW111, has the numeric value in Hebrew of 70! You can find much more on this HERE.
Do you see that the 70-nation UN meeting just ended in Paris, discussing the dividing of Jerusalem and Israel, may lead to the war of Gog and Magog very soon?
We are now just a few days beyond the “Fast of Tevet” (10th Tevet), which is a commemoration of Nebuchadnezzar’s siege of Jerusalem. This led up to the destruction of the Temple for the first time.
Bear in mind that Nebuchadnezzar was the king of Babylon. Therefore he was in fact king over the Jews for 70 years of captivity!
Ezekiel 37:27-28 “My tabernacle (temple) shall be with them (Israel); indeed I will be their God, and they shall be My people. The nations shall know that I, the Lord, sanctify Israel when My sanctuary is in their midst forever.”
Very few people understand what this verse above is actually saying! It is quite clear!!
My friends, the nations of the world, with many churches are ready to perform their fateful act of dividing Israel and Jerusalem.
Imagine being so incredibly stupid as to divide Israel for what will be very short-term, supposed gain, only to pay for your ignorance for eternity, while God’s will and ways continue “forevermore!”
Bear in mind that the Second Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 AD.
The 70-nation UN sponsored conference in Paris:
A few days ago (Friday 15th), 70 nations came together to decide what to do about ownership of Jerusalem and the age old Palestinian / Israeli conflict. The meeting ended up with no real substance to it and nothing new. It was just a bunch of taking hot-heads, seeking to delegitimize Israel and enthrone the Palestinians.
The much bigger problem though is what this meeting leads to. Firstly, it’s yet another brick in the wall of dividing Jerusalem and Israel. Their agenda is not a Palestinian state living in peace side by side with the state of Israel, but instead of Israel!
This spineless UN conference has already backfired in that the nations there have identified themselves fully with Satan and against God. And by the way, that goes for all the churches supporting the Palestinian cause above God’s.
The Paris 70-nation conference has produced a resolution that may be taken further at a later time.
But don’t jump the gun here. I’ve read the entire resolution which has been drawn up and is to be adopted. It really amounts to zero in terms of prophecy and just affirms the same old story of blaming Israel for everything.
There are no actions to be taken in the resolution. It’s just the re-affirming of the Two-State Solution and “need for a negotiated agreement” and all the same old hogwash.
But, we will watch to see what else this all leads to. One thing that is most certainly of importance is the timing of it all. If it leads to actual actions to be taken, which it may do, then it’s a different story.
Noah’s father speaks from the grave!
In the book of Genesis we see that Lamech (Noah’s father) was 777 years old when he died, which was 5 years before the flood. (Genesis 5:28-31). This can also be written then as 7775. Right now we are in the Hebrew year 5777. So here we have the number 7775 associated with the flood of Noah, which was the wrath of God on evil, and the mercy of God on Noah and his family and then the new dispensation which resulted.
The Bible says that the coming of the Son of Man will be “as in the days of Noah.” (Matthew 24:37)
7775 signalled a new dispensation. Will 5777 see a new dispensation, as in the days of Noah?
The number 7775 in Strong’s concordance is attached to the word “Shavah” which means “A cry for help.” If the world would sincerely cry for help from God now ahead of coming judgement, it would receive it, but it is crying for God to punish it in its rebellion!
The Rabbi’s believe that this year is the year of the sword, with some believing it is also the year of the olive leaf. So if we put them together, it was in fact the “sword” of God in the judgement of waters at the flood that produced the olive leaf and the new dispensation.
One thing the Rabbi’s are wrong about is that world peace, symbolised in the olive leaf, is not going to bring the Messiah onto the stage until the end of the tribulation.
Moving to divide, moving to secure:
We’re seeing some interesting moves right now!
The Vatican has recently opened an Embassy in East Jerusalem, which is the subject of disputed Palestinian territory. The Vatican has most certainly cast their lot in with the Palestinians and confirmed their enmity to God and His plans.
They are preparing for their role to divide Jerusalem!
And this applies to the other orthodox churches as well like the Anglicans.
Interestingly, Francis calls Abbas an “angel of peace.” In his explanation, just like the mass-media, he said that Abbas would be the mover and maker of peace.
In a reciprocal move, last week the Palestinians opened an Embassy right inside the Vatican. At the inauguration, the PA leader told Francis that Jerusalem is the capital of the Palestinians.
Did you know that the meaning of the word “pope” is “father” and the Bible forbids us to call anyone father! Did you know that the meaning of the word “Abbas” (PA leader) is “father?” So, here we have to fathers of error, deception working together!
So. Let’s just look at this again. These two “fathers” open Embassy’s in each other’s back yards, the one calls the other the peace making angel and the other calls out that “Jerusalem is ours”!
The Catholic church has begun its transformation into the tribulation-bound beast. No I’m not saying Francis is the antichrist beast, although I do believe he will become part of the beast trinity or at least some significant part thereof.
In case you were wondering, I have the utmost disrespect and contempt for the Catholic and other orthodox churches.
President Trump has indicated that he is going to move the US Embassy now in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem – a mighty symbol of identification with Israel’s eternal ownership of Jerusalem. He will move the US Embassy in solidarity with and to secure Jerusalem as Israeli property.
Do you see how quickly Jerusalem is becoming the centre of the world?
While the world tries to divide Israel and Jerusalem, God has brought Israel back to the land as one. Israel was divided between Judah and Israel, but in the regathering and return to the land, look what happens:
Ezekiel 37:16-17 “Son of man, take a stick for yourself and write on it: ‘For Judah and 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.’”
Ezekiel 37:21-22 “Surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone and will gather them from where they have gone to their own land; and I will make them one nation in the land...nor shall they be divided again.”
By the way, the verses above speak favourable of Israel’s “companions.” Who are they? It is the Gentiles, who are of God and His word. It is a reference to Christian Zionists.
Are you a companion of Israel and God’s will, word and ways? I hope you are, but if you are be prepared to stand as a hated minority. I know all about that first hand!
Your choice is God’s will and way, or the will, way and opinions of the scum organisation called the UN and its evil plans, and of course its spiritual leader – Satan.
What does it all mean?
●It means that God’s eternal peace treaty with Israel is under threat by Satan and his peace treaty.
●It means that Satan will soon create war so that he can make “peace” and deceive the world!
●It means we are about to see Jerusalem in conflict, the Temple rebuilt and the nations of the world becoming supernaturally charged with madness in relation to Israel like never before.
●It means the sword is about to fall.
●It means we are close to the veil of spiritual blindness lifting from the eyes of the Jews much faster.
●It means that the mass-media will become even more satanically empowered. It means that a great proportion of the church will fall for the multitude of deceptions out there.
●I expect to see things escalate quickly. Much prophecy still needs to be fulfilled, but it will happen fast now.
Any of these above-mentioned facts on their own, may not carry too much weight. But when combined and all put together in God’s giant blender – watch out.
You and I are called to be ready all the time. We are called to study to show ourselves approved unto God. We are called to keep clean from deception in all its forms. So it really doesn’t matter if all things are delayed. Be ready now and always.
You can ignore this if you want. The wise will not. This is a warning from God:
I warn you that we are now entering a time in which the spiritual conflicts and great deception around Israel, Jerusalem and the Jews will become so strong, powerful and intense that you will be sucked into an ever deepening decent, if you do not set your heart after God’s truth on these issues.
You must know, receive and believe all of God’s word on these vital issues now. This is the only way to safety.
Be warned: “God is not mocked” the world is about to learn many lessons very quickly – the hard way!
Some will not escape. They will become empowered by forces that they can’t see and didn’t even know exist.
Jeremiah 31:31-36 “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...I will put My law in their minds, and write on their hearts; and I will be their God and they shall be My people...If those ordinances (the sun, moon, stars, roar of the seas) depart from Me says the Lord, then the seed of Israel will cease from being a nation before Me forever.”
This incredible verse above, speaks of God’s eternal will and plan for Israel. When last did your church minister preach and teach on this verse and others just like it?
If you want to mess with Jerusalem and God’s plans, you will get a lot more than your fingers burnt!
I took this picture of a magnificent kudu and a little impala in the Etosha Game Reserve, Namibia.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!