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Exodus 19:5-6 “If you (Israel) will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation...”
Amos 9:15 “I will plant them (Israel) in their land, and no longer shall they be pulled up from the land I have given them, says the Lord God.”
Isaiah 41:11 “Behold all those who were incensed against you (Israel) shall be ashamed and disgraced; they shall be as nothing, and those who strive with you shall perish.”
Isaiah 44:18 “They do not know nor understand; for He has shut their eyes so they cannot see, and their hearts so they cannot understand.”
Shabbat (Sabbath) begins on Fridays at 6pm and ends on Saturdays at 6pm. The purpose is to help the church and Israel become reconciled in Messiah and to identify the rift, and the needed restoration. There is much in the church that needs to change before it can be fully reconciled with the Jew. Likewise, changes in Jewish thinking are also needed.
15th November 2019
Shabbat Shalom to all!
The evil “I am”:
This is the ‘me now’ generation, ruled by ‘me, myself, I.’ It is the generation where the cry of the masses is “I am, and there is no other”. Here it is written in ages past:
Isaiah 47:10 “You have trusted in your wickedness. You have said, ‘no one sees me.’ Your wisdom and your knowledge have warped you; and you have said in your heart, ‘I am, and there is no one else besides me.’”
One of the titles of our Messiah is “I am.” So, which ‘I am’ are you going to serve?
In the last few weeks I had two dramatic, most insightful encounters with two individuals, who had professed to be believers for years. Let’s call them Mr A. and Miss B.
Mr A has a foul mouth. I asked him to watch his language, and then spoke of something I had written here in The Prophetic Scroll (TPS). Well, Mr. A exploded and condemned me and TPS, with a tirade of swearing. To be honest, I was shocked to see the sudden extent of his antagonism.
Miss B then came along and exploded because I pointed out that the Bible condemned some of her witchcraft practises which she had tried to mix into her so-called Christianity. She instantly yelled like an electrified Jezebel, rejecting everything I said including the words of the Bible.
These two events are indicative and symptomatic of the world today, including some of the modern compromised churches.
Firstly, let’s analyse the events:
Both Mr A and Miss B were challenged to repent of sin. Both had a violent reaction to the conviction. It was not me or TPS or the Bible that they were offended at, but the personal application of conviction repentance and change, which was now on the table.
It was the conviction that they tried to get rid of by choosing the way of confrontation, and hostility. The way of spineless love would be to say nothing and tolerate it. The way of real godly love is the way of rebuke, and correction. (2 Timothy 3:16) If the individual will not receive it, so be it.
In the light you see the truth, but you also see sin. The light of God will reveal it and what to do about it. The darkness will hide it and attack the light! You can only repent from sin. If you remove what is called sin, re-name it, or water it down, no repentance is required and anything goes.
A hazy spiritual light will give you unclear half truths.
There are a number of bad things at work within many people. They want nothing standing in the way of self’s sin. They want no conviction. They are their own “I am.”
They want to bring people, ministries and the Bible down because it correctly identifies sin and opposes their participation in it. They try to exalt themselves above all authority.
They must tear down the things of God to give expression to their sin-nature.
The world and its god, fallen man and his god, are speeding down the road to soon coming doom.
●These end-times are bringing our Lord closer. ●The antichrist is also getting closer.
●The Man of holiness is drawing near. ●The man of sin is drawing near.
But for sin to flourish, holiness must be cast down. This is the state of the world today.
The problem with many today is that they are deceived, ignorant, don’t care, are proud, with no knowledge of God, and no restraint and discipline.
Most people today are a living offence to God. Of course, they can’t see that, because they are in the dark. It is the responsibility of the church to shed God’s light into this fallen world now.
As the end of the age approaches, the true church is becoming clearly visible in the light of God’s truth, and so is the false church! The eternal glorious kingdom of God, which will be the real survivor, is becoming more evident all the time, but it is exclusive.
By the way, the false church is not destroyed by God in the tribulation. It is destroyed, by its own god, the false Messiah!
The false church is becoming easier to spot. It is designed to make you comfortable in the world and in sin. It hides and obscures sin and its consequences. When the cross is obscured, sin is elevated.
The comfort of the world is not worth the effort of seeking. The world will comfort you in your sin and say, ‘it’s all okay now’. The word of God will not comfort you in your sin. It will condemn and convict you, and then empower you to change and become holy. That is what real true love is all about!
The well used term “There is now no condemnation,” is greatly misused in the church. In reality it is associated with repentance. It is conditional. Here it is:
Romans 8:1 “There is no condemnation to those who are in Messiah, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.”
The woman caught in adultery was forgiven by our Lord. (John 8:10-11) But He said to her, ‘Now go and sin no more.’ This was the command of repentance and correction. She was not forgiven to continue in adultery.
Tradition holds that this was the “woman of sin” in Luke 7:37 and in fact was Mary Magdalene. If it was her, that means that her repentance led to her being the first one to see our Lord resurrected. It is a repentant attitude and life that cause spiritual sight.
May I say, that if you want a healthy spiritual life, break from the world’s ways and join and receive the word’s ways. Repent of sin now, but be advised, that a walk of repentance will do you more good than any exercises ever will!
Yes be free in your God-given liberty, but always keep an eye on the old sin nature and its desire to self-resurrect and trip you up.
Above all, in these dangerous days - exalt, uplift, revere and magnify the word of God in your life.
Be encouraged, stand strong – you can and must!
Edition 73. 20th March 2011
In this edition:
●The soon coming paradise and who will be there.
●News from the Middle East and beyond.
The concerted military attack on Libya is designed to remove the tyrant Gaddafi. At time of writing it's too early to say exactly what will follow, but we do know that Libya is one of the participants in the great war of Gog and Magog who attack Israel.(Ezekiel 38 & 39)
Libya will make a fateful mistake and join up with a confederacy of Muslim / Arab nations to attack Israel. This confederacy will include Egypt (the king of the south), Russia, the kings of the east, which would include China. It will include Turkey, Iran, Ethiopia and others. Ezekiel 38:9 "They will ascend coming like a storm covering the land like a cloud..."
This will be a unique war. Much of Israel will be defeated, but God Himself will then come in and cause Israel to destroy her enemies completely, giving Israel a stunning victory. You don't want to be in a war where God is directly involved...not very clever!
Right now we are seeing the stage being set. We will soon see a confederacy of Islamic states that will come against Israel, provoking the anger of God.
●The blind western press has whitewashed the Muslim Brotherhood. If you believe the superficial rubbish presented in the media, think again!
"Allah is our objective; the Prophet is our leader; the Quran is our law; Jihad is our way; dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope". - The Muslim Brotherhood.
Does this sound like the motto of a moderate peace loving non-violent organisation? Let me tell you some things you will never see in the western press: The Muslim Brotherhood is the parent organisation of Al Qaeda. They are committed to filling the leadership vacuum in the Arab world. Their ultimate goal is to establish Shariah law around the world. Their secret behind-the-scenes plan is the expansion of Islam. They will come as sheep, befriending their enemy...just as Satan does!
They same is true of the Arab League. They come as sheep, but if you take the trouble to look more deeply into them they have war against Israel in their hearts.
The events unfolding in the Middle East will eclipse all others as we go forward. We need to watch Israel now. The upheavals in the Middle East will soon focus on Israel. Some news coming to me from my sources indicates that one Arab nation may soon do something purely to provoke a response from Israel. When and if this does happens it will unite the now-divided Arab world against their common enemy - Israel. We have the seeds of the Third World War developing now.
There is now a growing danger that Israeli prime minister Netanyahu will succumb to pressure and divide Jerusalem and Israel itself. Of course this has already been done to some degree, but the timing now makes it of paramount importance. When this happens beware! I've used these verses many times before, but here goes again.
Joel 3:2 "I will gather all nations and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat and I will enter into judgement with them there on account of My people, My heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; they have also divided up My land." Note that the dividing of the land brings war and not peace!! Note that the dividing of the land will happen!!
Zechariah 12:3 "It will happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all people; all who heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all the nations of the earth are gathered against it. In chapter 14 it's revealed that half of the city will go into captivity and in verse 3 it says that Lord Himself will go forth and fight against those nations. We are now in the forerunner period of these events.
Politicians need to read and understand God's position...but they won't
If you look down at the previous edition, note that I published it on the 8th March. This was four days before the Big Japan earthquake / tsunami. The edition is titled "I will shake all things" One verse used speaks of the "distress of nations" and the "sea and waves roaring."
The Japan earthquake / tsunami most certainly adds to the catastrophic world scenario right now, especially in light of the Christchurch quake, the Queensland floods and the dramas in the Middle East. But all of this is nothing compared to the severity and intensity of what is coming. These are only the beginnings of birth-pangs. The events of the tribulation period combined will wipe out one third of the world's population.
The soon coming paradise
●Please see edition 64 titled "Why the unsaved are unsaved" for more on these subjects.
The previous edition is titled "I will shake all things" and deals with God's wrath on this proud arrogant, Christ-rejecting world. This all gives way to ultimate peace, tranquillity, glory and victory. But this incredible peace comes God's way and not man's way. It is exclusive and includes only those who have been saved through the cross and blood of our Messiah.
All the things that people put their trust in will be shaken to their roots. The time period we are in now is described in the Bible as being "perilous". It's also called the time of "birth pangs" or "labour pains". Well, the good news is that after birth pangs comes the birth. This birth is the new glorious, perfect world or millennium age of peace.
When looking at all the troubles, catastrophes and dramas of the world and its people, it's good to bear in mind that this is temporary and that what is coming is even beyond our imagination. Romans 8:18 "For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us." 1 Corinthians 2:9 "Eye has not seen nor ear heard, nor has entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for him."
There are many other sections of scripture dealing with unimaginable glory to come. There are also a number of scriptures dealing with the fact that the entire universe will be our domain in the future.
There are also a number of scriptures dealing with the fact that at resurrection we will receive new eternal bodies that will be the same in make up as that of our Messiah after His resurrection. It will have both spiritual and physical qualities. We will know all things.
1 Corinthians 13:12 "Now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall known just as I am known."
Isaiah 51:3 "The Lord will comfort Zion; He will comfort all her waste places; He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord. Joy and gladness will be found in it, thanksgiving and the voice of melody."
Jeremiah 33:3-6 "Call on Me and I will show great and mighty things which you do not know...I will reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth."
The problem with the perilous times and birth pangs is that it produces enormous amounts of stress, pain, depression and torment. It's a terrible thing to suffer these things without a future hope.
What a difference it is when you have hope and your faith is growing in our Lord and His amazing word.
The nature of the paradise to come:
There are far too many sections of scripture dealing with the coming glorious future to deal with here, but let's just outline the main points:
God's original perfect plan for man and the world will finally be manifest.
We will be in eternal supernatural bodies...just like that of Yeshua / Jesus after His resurrection. This body has both spiritual and physical properties which are interchangeable. This body can travel at the speed of thought. It can transcend the physical by moving through solid objects like walls.
We will be in perfect form. We will be different from each other according to our reward state. We will be recognisable to each other.
It will be sin free. The source and power of sin, Satan will be bound and cast out. Perfect holiness will abide.
It will include perfect environment. The source of environmental imperfection and imbalance, Satan will be gone. God will lift the curse that is on nature itself that came as a result of the fall of man.
It will include a "playground" which is the entire universe.
We will not have to wash the dishes.
The eternal paradise is not for everyone:
Today there is a strong movement growing within Christianity believing that all people will be saved and hell is only allegorical. All roads lead to Rome they say! All religions are legitimate they say!
Believe what you will, but here is the biblical truth. It's really incredibly stupid to reject God's word in favour of the word of some demon possessed Christian wolf in sheep's clothing.
I encourage you to read these verses. Don't skip on to the next section. These verses speak about the profound truth that Jesus is the one and only way to salvation and paradise. Don't gamble with truth!!
John 14:6 "I am the way the truth and the life; no man comes to the Father but by Me."
John 3:18 "He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."
John 3:36 "He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him."
John 3:3 "I say to you, unless one is born again, you cannot see the kingdom of God."
John 8:24 "I say to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins."
Acts 4:12 "Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven whereby we may be saved."
1 John 2:23 "Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the father also."
1 John 5:12 "He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son does not have life." (grk=Zoe or spirit eternal life)
Hebrews 9:22 "...Without the shedding of blood there is no remission."
1 Timothy 2:5 "For there is one God and one moderator between God and men, the Man Jesus Christ."
1 Corinthians 3:11 "No other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ."
Eternal paradise is exclusive! That statement will make many universalists angry! That doesn't change the truth at all.
●Just think about it; if there are other legitimate ways to God, the cross and blood of Christ would be meaningless.
I think the most horrible and greatest regret of all time will be when those who were so close to salvation in Jesus Christ, but rejected it, end in hell.
The counterfeit emergent church is destined for eternal hell:
I have just become outraged at the news that one of the blasphemous emergent church leaders, the wolf whose name I will not even use, is gathering a huge following based on heresy and the removal of God's warnings relating to hell. He has written a book titled "Love wins". In a previous book "The Velvet Elvis" he rejects the virgin birth and downplays the need for conversion. He rejects the truth that Jesus is the only way to salvation, embraces the Yoga masters, and supports homosexuality. He is a modern day liberal enemy of the cross of our Messiah.
●There is nothing loving about false doctrine!!!
●There is nothing loving about removing God's warnings signs. That is hatred in action!!!
●The book "Love wins" is incorrectly titled. It should be "Hatred wins." It's hatred to remove God's warnings.
I warn you reading this. If you are a follower of anyone within the 'emergent church', you are destined for eternal hell.
The sort of people that fall for this sort of Satanic deception are those who are either ignorant of the truth, have a problem with God, have not surrendered themselves fully to our Lord, or who are demon possessed to start with. It is incredible pride and arrogance to interfere with God's word.
Emergent church followers, in their deception, arrogant pride and contempt, will rise up in judgement against God and His word relating to the following verses on hell and it's eternal nature:
Emergent church followers will accept everything but the truth. Those who proclaim the truth are and will be there greatest enemies!
Daniel 12:2 "Many of those who sleep (death) in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life and some to shame and everlasting contempt."
Luke 16:23-24 "And being in torments in Hades he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off and Lazarus in his bosom. Then he cried and said, Father Abraham have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue for I am tormented in this flame."
2 Thessalonians 1:9 "These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power."
Revelation 20:10, 15 "And the devil who deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever...and anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire."
Revelation 14:11 "And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever..."
Matthew 10:28 "Do not fear those who can kill the body, but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell."
Matthew 13: 49-50 "So it will be at the end of the age. The angles will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth."
Matthew 25:41, 46 "The He will say to those on the left hand, Depart from me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angles...And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into everlasting life."
2 Peter 2:4, 17 "For if God did not spare the angles who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgement...These are wells without water, clouds carried by the tempest, to who the gloom of darkness is reserved forever."
And there are many more.
●Please see editions 13 and 64 for more on this.
The image above stands in front of the UN building. It shows the beating of a sword into a ploughshare. It's their symbol of world peace. Sounds nice hey?
"When they say peace and safety sudden destruction comes upon them" - 1Thesselonians 5:3 Counterfeit Christianity promises peace in this world now and forever. God's truth promises internal peace now and forever to His own children and wrath for the world's children, with eternal hell to follow.
There's incredible safety, joy, comfort, peace and assurance in believing God and His word at face value. Are you confused or fed up with the modern church? Return to the old ways where the truth stands supreme.
Jeremiah 6:16 "Ask for the old paths where the good way is, and walk in it; then you will find rest for your souls.
Are you ready for eternity?
Are you ready for paradise? Here are some issues to consider:
The identity of the paradise-bound true church is this: It has and preaches the full complete word of God. It keeps the word. It preaches the judgement of God including eternal hell for unbelievers. It warns of the Babylon-characterised counterfeit church. It is unified in the Abrahamic expression of faith. It has a Hebraic flavour. It will be smaller in size than the majority. It will embrace the cross of Christ and be empowered by it. The gates of hell will not prevail against it.
As revealed in the verses of scripture in this edition, the overall condition for salvation is exclusive and comes by faith in our Messiah. Other portions of scripture reveal that this is salvation by faith in the finished work of the cross and shed blood of Messiah, resulting in His substitutionary death and bodily resurrection, ascension and second coming. The virgin birth is central to salvation. After the new birth, adult water baptism is required and then spirit baptism. These three are the foundational pillars of spirituality.
Study of the Word of God under the leading and inspiration of the Holy Spirit is essential for growth in our Lord. A soft, broken and humble heart before Him is essential to be led into truth. A hard impenetrable heart to the devil and his ways is essential.
Salvation is not by works or the keeping of laws. Works most certainly do come into the picture, after salvation. The works that we do in response to the leading of our Lord by His Spirit result in rewards that are bestowed on believers at the entrance to eternity.
We have a wonderful promise of spectacular glory laid up for us in the near future.
Rev22:12 "Behold I am coming quickly and My reward is with Me to give to everyone according to his work."
These rewards for works will be eternal and set us apart from one another for ever. Some will enter with no reward but be "saved so as by fire", while some will be rewarded with gold, silver, precious stones and various types of crowns. It remains to be seen exactly what these rewards will be or how they will be bestowed on us. Some believe that the rewards are literally gold etc. I'm quite happy to wait and see.
These rewards will not simply be for any works, but only those inspired by our Lord and His leading.
The most basic precondition that's needed to even begin to see God's leading and calling is to deny self and take up your own cross daily. The application of the cross purifies our thoughts, kills self-will and all our own good ideas. "It's not I that live but Christ" says Paul. It's the work of the cross embraced and applied in our lives that gets rid of the garbage and purifies us. The new life within, gives us the desire to and ability to know the truth.
Psalm 145:18 "The Lord is near to all those who call upon Him in truth".
The cross is a deadly instrument of death and also the way to resurrection. This is what we need in our lives now. Paul said."I must decrease so that He increases."
The cross is the instrument that puts to death self, the world and the demonic in our lives. We are freed by the work of the cross to see and be led by the Spirit of God.
John 16:13 "When He the spirit of truth has come, He will guide you into all truth...and He will tell you things to come."
A glorious eternal paradise is coming soon. It's exclusive. There is only one way to be saved. All roads do not lead to heaven. Many churches like the emergent church movement are fulfilling prophecy perfectly. They will end up joining the great international, universalist, one world movement headed by the False Prophet and Satan himself.
The "gates of hell" will not endure against those of the truth. Wonderful, spectacular eternal glory awaits the children of the living God.
Psalm 62:5 "My soul wait silently for God alone, for My expectation is from Him."
Psalm 119:18 "Open my eyes that I may see Wondrous things from your word."
Psalm 66:16 "Come and hear all you who fear the Lord."
Heaven or hell:
Old man you better not be laughing at God and His perfect word. The Bible declares that He will laugh at and mock all those that have laughed Him off! The problem is that if God laughs at you in your calamity it will cost you dearly. In fact if you do not respond to His salvation call, your laughter will turn to weeping and howling from your abode in hell.
Old lady, if you have made right with God through the cross of our Messiah, eternal laughter is set before you. It will be the laughter of happiness and unimaginable joy. All you pain and suffering will be so far gone. Happiness, joy and eternal victory, with rewards are your future.
Here is a painting representing the garden of Eden by Thomas Cole done in 1828 The future that lies before us will be like the garden of Eden restored.
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 72. March 8th 2011
In this edition:
●I will shake all things
●What Israel thinks of the Middle East upheavals.
What Israel thinks of the Middle East turmoil:
The current upheavals in the nations surrounding Israel represent a new paradigm shift. The speed with which the turmoil has spread is quite amazing. But what of the nation caught right in the middle?...What is Israel thinking?
Israelis are increasingly becoming worried about what this is all leading to. Some rabbis are talking of the forerunners to the great war of Gog and Magog. One rabbi said that this all shows that "our Messiah is soon to appear."
Israeli Jews are increasingly searching Google (in Hebrew) for their Messiah. Some 50,000 searches a month have been recorded and it's increasing all the time.
The 'stage' is being set. The 'furniture' is being re-organised and the 'actors' are waiting in the wings. What we are witnessing is the preparation for the greatest drama of all time which will begin to take centre stage soon.
The events in the Middle East and North Africa of late are unstoppable. It's like a genie being let out of the bottle. You can't put it back in. It's like there is a giant invisible puppeteer silently pulling the strings. People want to bring down their zombie dictators and rightly so, but what will follow is the problem.
The Arab / Islamic nations in conflict, may well present a new united face of opposition to Israel. The Muslim Brotherhood are no peace-loving harmless bunch as they're believed to be by many in the West. You will see their true colours emerge soon!
The changes sweeping the Arab world may appear to be pro-west, but this is a thin veneer. You can be sure that the barrel of a Kalashnikov held by Al Qaeda or others will come into play.
I will shake all things: Nations, Israel and the church
This is a very positive edition, but you'll have to read it all to get the full picture.
Luke 12:49 "I came to send fire on the earth and how I wish it was already kindled." These are the words of our Messiah!
Luke 21:25 "There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the seas and the waves roaring; mens hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming upon the earth, for the powers of heaven will be shaken."
Revelation 6:4 "Another horse, fiery red, went out and it was granted to the one who sat on it, to take peace from the earth..." God will remove peace from this earth! When He does this no one will find peace!
Isaiah 13:13 Therefore I will shake the heavens and the earth will move out of her place, in the wrath of the Lord of hosts and in the day of His fierce anger."
Nahum 1:2 "God is jealous and the Lord avenges; The Lord avenges and is furious. He will take vengeance on His adversaries, He reserves His wrath for His enemies."
Some like Rick Warren are casting down the Word of God and are pushing for global peace, while our Lord is promising global wrath. "For when they say peace and safety; then sudden destruction comes upon them as a woman in labour."- 1Thessalonians 5:3
Huge destruction is coming. The worst will be in the second half of the soon coming tribulation period, but we will see many forerunners or "birth pangs."
It's all about pride, arrogance and the rejection of God's word. The rejection of God's word always leads to its own problems and to ultimate failure. God is not some angry Man spewing judgement everywhere. He has a plan for the world. He knows best. His judgment is on His enemies and on those who follow Satan's plans of rebellion to Him.
For those who believe in our Lord, His ways and His word, there is no judgement except for reward. For those who humble themselves before our Lord there are oceans of peace now and in the future, even as all things get shaken.
Joel 3:16 "The Lord also will roar from Zion, and utter His voice from Jerusalem; the heavens and earth will shake; but the Lord will be a shelter for His people."
In Him is peace and joy that surpasses understanding.
Hebrews 12:26 "His voice has promised saying, yet once more I shake not only the earth but also heaven. This "yet once more" indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain." God will shake everything that can be shaken, so that which cannot be shaken will be strengthened and endure.
It's important to understand that only that which is of the kingdom of God is unshakeable.
God will shake the proud nations, the proud churches, the pride of Israel. God will shake all self assurance, arrogance and the pride of all people.
When what you put your trust in starts shaking violently, you automatically look for something stable to hold onto. This will be a time of incredible revival as people turn to the safety of the kingdom of God.
Arrogance against God's plans for Israel and the Jew:
One of the big reasons for the coming judgement is because of the world's collective actions against Israel, led by Satan himself.
Do you know why Pharaoh and the Egyptians came against the children of Israel as Moses led them to freedom? It was because God had said "Let My people go." Today the situation is the same. This is now the second Exodus! God is saying that His people will return to their land and to spiritual salvation. God says in His word that He will bring the Jews back into their land in blindness and then the veil of spiritual blindness will be lifted.
Modern day Pharaoh's in many guises will again pursue the Jews just like before.
Ezekiel 35:5 "Because you (Arabs) have had an ancient hatred, and shed the blood of the children of Israel, by the power of the sword at the time of their calamity, when their iniquity came to an end, therefore as I live says the Lord God, I will prepare you for blood and blood shall pursue you."
Ezekiel 28:25-26 "When I have gathered the house of Israel from the peoples among whom they are scattered, and am hallowed in them in the sight of the Gentiles, then they will dwell in their own land which I gave to My servant Jacob. And they will dwell safely there, build houses and plant vineyards; yes they will dwell securely, when I execute judgment on those around them who despise them. Then they shall know that I am the Lord their God."
Micah 4:11-13 "Now also many nations have gathered against you, who say, "Let her be defiled, and let our eye look upon Zion." But they do not know the thoughts of the Lord, nor do they understand His counsel; For He will gather them like sheaves for the threshing floor. Arise and thresh O daughter of Zion; For I will make your horn iron, and I will make your hooves bronze; You shall beat in pieces many peoples."
Isaiah 42:14-16 "I have held My peace a long time, I have been still and restrained Myself. Now I will cry like a woman in labour, I will pant and gasp at once, I will lay waste the mountains and the hills and dry up all their vegetation; I will make the rivers coastlands. I will bring the blind by a way they do not know, I will lead them in paths they may not have known. I will make darkness light before them. These things I will do for them and not forsake them."
Haggai 2:7 "I will shake all nations and they shall come to the Desire of All Nations and I will fill this temple with glory says the Lord of hosts (armies). "
Psalm 125:2-3 "As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds His people from this time forth and forever. For the sceptre of wickedness shall not rest on the land allotted to the righteous."
The above verses speak very strong words of warning against those who in their pride reject God's plans for Israel and in fact stand in His way.
But Israel will also come under God's judgement for her rejection of Messiah and God's plan. He chose them for a purpose, which will come about. Unfortunately, as with the nations their pride has got in the way and blinded them in the interim.
The pride of Israel:
Ezekiel 5:5-9 "This is Jerusalem I have set her in the midst of the nations. She has rebelled against My judgements by doing wickedness more than nations, and against My statutes, more than all the countries around her, for they have refused My judgements and they have not walked in My statutes. Therefore, thus says the Lord, because you have multiplied your disobedience, more than the nations around you...Indeed I even I am against you and will execute judgements in your midst, in the sight of the nations around you. I will do among you what I have never done and the like of which I will never do again, because of all your abominations."
This is staggering verse of scripture. This is the reason why the Third World War will soon break out starting in the Middle East and involving Israel. God will allow her to come under severe judgement. Israel will soon be involved in a terrible war, but God will cause the Jew to turn to Him in this shaking.
God will not allow Israel to be destroyed and will bring her to victory, but only after some serious damage has been done and His plans have been achieved.
The above verse is shocking. The verse below is as shocking, but on the positive side!
Micah 7:8-9 "Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; When I fall I will arise; When I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me. I will bear the indignation of the Lord, because I have sinned against Him, until He pleads my case and executes judgement for me; He will bring me forth to light and I will see His righteousness."
The pride of people and the nations:
Jeremiah 50:32 "The most proud shall stumble and fall...I will kindle a fire in his cities and it will devour all around him."
Isaiah 2:12,19 "For the day of the Lord of hosts shall come upon everything proud and lofty, upon everything lifted up and it shall be brought low." "They shall go into the holes of the rocks and into caves from the terror of the Lord and the glory of His majesty, when He arises to shake the earth mightily."
Isaiah 13:9 "Behold the Lord comes, cruel with both wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate and He will destroy the sinners from it."
Isaiah 29:14 "I will again do a marvellous work among this people; for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hidden."
These verses above are frightening indeed for the unbeliever and the proud and arrogant. I've said a thousand times, that pride always blinds you and here we have clearly spelt out...right out of the mouth of God!
There is a very easy way to get rid of all of this ugly, heavy stuff. Just cast down the Bible. Throw it out and reject it. That way you can carry on blindly serving the god of this world. You can carry on having fun, fun and more fun, even 'good' Christian fun. It will bring the judgement of God upon you. It will make your eternal position worse.
There is safety in humility and surrender before our great God Lord and King.
The pride of the church:
"The gates of hell will not prevail against the church" says the Bible. But the very same Bible points out that not all of those who claim to be "the church" are the church. There is one section of the church that will be forever safe. It is the church that trusts supremely in our Lord and His word. The gates of hell will not prevail against this church.
Only the church of Philadelphia in the book of Revelation chapter three is completely commended with not one word of condemnation. This is the church that is told: "He opens the door and no one shuts." This church is assessed by God and told that it "keeps My word." This church is commended for having "little strength" (That would be self -orientated strength) This church has the "Key of David" which is referred to in Isaiah 22 as the "key that opens the door to Jerusalem" meaning that this church has a Messianic flavour.
Most of the other churches assessed by God in Revelation chapters two and three are in trouble in one way or another. They are not safe. One church is promised that it will "spewed out" of God's mouth. Another is promised by God "I will kill your children (offspring of the church) with death". Another is told that it will be cast into "great tribulation."
A great deal of the professing church of the this era will be swept away in judgement. They will fall for the devil's end time counterfeit plans. The Bible declares: "The love of many will grow cold". We are in the time period that is just starting to see the "great apostasy" of the church.
Cain and Able were brothers. They were a type of the true and false church. Cain's religion produced the first murderer and is a type of the church that has and will kill the true saints. Abel's religion, produced the first martyr.
In all of this there is tremendous safety, peace and security...but it's only for those who humble themselves into God's plans and will. All pride and rebellion to God will come tumbling down. The answer is to simply give up resisting God. Give up following the ways of the world and its god.
Pride and self assurance are the most dangerous qualities anyone can possess!
James 4:6 "God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble."
The battle for the spirits and souls of people is intensifying. The battle against God's will is intensifying.
The story of David and Goliath is full of symbolism. David is a type of Israel and of Christ, while Goliath is a type of the world and of antichrist. Goliath had was six cubits high, had six pieces of armour, and his sword was six weights of silver. This identifies him with the number of Satan which is 666. This also identifies him with the world system of whom Satan is it's god. Goliath was large and from a large army. He had the odds stacked in his favour. David was small in comparison, but with God at his side, he defeated the much larger enemy.
Within the story of John the Baptist we see another type. He was God's prophet of things to come. He had his head taken off. It did no damage to Gods plans.
The world and its god, Satan will run headlong into the God of glory soon. This collision will cause the greatest shaking the world has ever seen. It will be a real event, but will also take place in the spirits and souls of all people.
The days are dangerous now, but they will become a lot worse soon.
John 9:4 "I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is still day; the night is coming when no one can work."
The greatest part of this shaking and the reasons for it relate to God's plans for the Jew, Israel and Jerusalem. This is all part of the way God will bring peace to the world, but it will all explode first, due to the playing out of the great spiritual conflict.
God has a plan and so does the devil and his world. Guess which one will persevere and prevail?
Psalm 105: 8-11 "He has remembered His covenant forever, the word which He commanded for a thousand generations, the covenant He made with Abraham and His oath to Isaac, and conformed it to Jacob for a statute, to Israel for an everlasting covenant, saying to you I will give the land of Canaan as the allotment of your inheritance.
Genesis 13:15 "For all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants forever."
Psalm 129: 5-8 "All who hate Zion will be put to shame."
Heaven or hell:
Pride is a prison of your own making. It will never set you free. It feeds off itself. "Be careful that the light that is in you is not really darkness" says the Bible. God always resists the proud. It cause blindness and deception. The end of all pride is hell.
Humility is the characteristic of those destined for heaven. Not only is the destiny heaven, but humility sets one truly free now. Of course humility needs to be combined with truth, but humility gives sight. With a humble heart truth is easy to find and walk in.
Here is a painting by Mikhail Turovsky. He was born in 1933 and is well known for his images of suffering during the Second World War. Here is one of them. we are now close to the Third World War.
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 71. 17th February 2011
In this edition:
●The writing on the wall
●Amazing plans for the new Jerusalem Temple
Amazing plans for the new Jerusalem Temple:
●Please have a look at the video clip (in the videos section above) Which for the first time, will take you on a virtual tour through the Temple Chamber Hewn in Stone. This video is based on the exact, highly detailed plans now complete of this incredible Temple.
This will be the third Temple. It will be built on the Temple Mount, Jerusalem. It is the Temple in which the antichrist will declare himself as God at the midway mark of the tribulation period. (2Thesselonians2:4) The third and final Millennium Temple of Ezekiel 40 is not this one. In the Millennium there will be a completely new Temple built according to the plans of Ezekiel.
The Temple Institute has already completed all the vessels, implements, High Priest clothing, musical instruments and everything else needed. It's all ready and waiting. These are not replicas but the actual objects built out of gold, silver etc.
The image below is just three of the hundreds of blueprints recently completed.
There is one little problem though and that is the Muslim mosque standing on the site. The area opposite the Golden Gate is open and may be used, but the most likely scenario is that something will happen soon which will either destroy the mosque or some agreement may be reached which would facilitate the building of the Temple on the open section of the Temple Mount.
The bus below in a Jerusalem street bears a banner proclaiming the soon-to-be built Temple.
According to prophecy, this Temple does not need to be complete until the halfway mark of the tribulation period. It could come about as a result of the peace deal made with antichrist and Israel at the start of the tribulation.
The image below shows some of the actual Temple vessels recently completed and ready for use in this coming Temple. (Thanks to The Temple Institute.)
Many Christians object to the fact that this Temple will be built. Claiming that Jesus has fulfilled everything and we are now the temples of the Holy Spirit. Of course this is true, but we need to remember that the Jews are brought back into their land in spiritual blindness to Messiah and only then is the "veil" lifted (en-mass) The Temple is prophesied in numerous places. It will be built!
The writing on the wall
Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin were the words God inscribed miraculously on the wall of Babylon's palace.
The word 'Mene' was written twice. When this occurs in the Bible it means that God is putting double emphasis on it. He is stressing the point with absolute surety. Another example of this is in Revelation 18:2 "Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen"
Daniel 5: 25-26 "This is the interpretation of each word. Mene: "God has numbered your kingdom and finished it"; Tekel: "You have been weighed in the balances and found wanting"; Peres: "Your kingdom has been divided and given to the Medes and Persians."
Okay, here's the story:
The king of Babylon had a wild party. Belshazzar was a belcher of significance...a true party animal of note. He used gold and silver vessels (cups) from the Temple, for this party, which his father Nebuchadnezzar had given him. They drank wine from these Temple vessels, got drunk, praised their gods and had a wild, crazy time.
At the time of the party, the city was being surrounded by enemies. The king turned a blind drunk eye to the siege that was lying waiting.
God then joined the party, but He was angry. What infuriated God was the fact that holy Temple vessels were being used for this drunken party.
As Belshazzar slugged down his last ever cup of wine, God supernaturally inscribed His judgement on the wall.
Belshazzar was shocked but didn't know what it meant and called for Daniel to interpret it. He then gave the interpretation, which was the judgement of God on Belshazzar and his kingdom.
That very night Belshazzar was slain. Afterwards a general submission followed, but later Babylon fell to her enemies.
The pride and arrogance of one man who dishonoured God's holiness, brought down a whole nation very quickly.
Daniel 5:22-23 "But you Belshazzar have not humbled your heart although you knew all this and you have lifted yourself up against the Lord of heaven. You have brought the vessels of His house before you."
Why was God so angry:
It was simply because God's holiness was violated. These were the holy vessels of the Temple that had been set apart and purified. Does God care about what He has deemed to be holy? This story shows the shocking truth, that He most certainly does care, even about little details of holiness.
Of course nobody is sin free and perfectly holy. But , it's God's standard that we need to uphold and not water down to worldly levels. We are not to interfere with God's holy standards.
It is the duty and responsibility of leadership to uphold God's standard of holiness and purity.
The shocking bottom line:
God was not mad because the king used the wrong cups for a party. He was mad because the king had brought God's holiness down to his level. The central issue here is that leadership is responsible for what it does with God's holiness.
Prophetic implications for today:
We need to identify Babylon as a 'type' in relation to today's world. Is there a message in this 'writing on the wall' for the world today? You bet!!
Babylon is used in numerous scriptures as a type for the world system and a type for the worldly church.
These words of warning and judgement were written on a wall ages ago, but have a profound prophetic meaning for the world and the church today.
The Bible uses typology in many instances. Babylon is a type for the world system and of the church today (a large part of it) "Babylon the great" is the Biblical term used to describe the world system and "Mystery Babylon" is the term used for much of the church and it's Babylon-infested religion. (There is a bit of crossover application to both the world and the church.)
Babylon fell as a result of God's judgement and will never arise again.
Jeremiah 51:29 "Every purpose of the Lord will be performed against Babylon, to make the land of Babylon a desolation."
Jeremiah 50:46 "At the noise of the taking of Babylon the earth trembles and the cry is heard among the nations.
Isaiah 13:19 "And Babylon the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldean's pride, will be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah ."
The writing on the wall for the world:
Babylon was the city that tried to reach God by building a tower, against the will of God. It was the city of internationalism. It was the city which saw the origination of the modern banking system. It was 'politically correct.'
The world is messing with God's holiness. It is has become an institution of pure evil. It is the home of humanism and everything that seems right but is condemned by God. State is not the church and the church is not the state, but the state was never ever meant to be completely removed from the influence of the church.
The church should always be above the state. In fact the basis of all law comes from the Ten Commandments.
The world has taken God's holy word and effectively cast it down and trashed it. Isaiah 59:14 "Justice is turned back and righteousness stands afar off and truth is fallen in the street."
The world has its own God-devoid ideas coming from its own evil heroes.
Many say that Babylon prophetically refers to the USA. This is most certainly true, but it goes further and actually refers to the whole world system.
The ultimate eternal judgement of God is about to fall on this world system. It will never recover.
Jeremiah 25:11-12 "And this whole land shall be desolate and an astonishment, and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years. Then when the seventy years are completed, I will punish the king of Babylon...and make it a perpetual desolation."
It's worth bearing in mind that God always warns before He pours out His wrath. He did this in the days of Noah, Lot and Babylon. This is exactly the situation again today.
The world is drunk on its own power, self importance, ego and pride. It casts down God's holiness, but the writing is on the wall now.
Today the writing is on the wall for Washington, Europe and in fact the whole world.
The writing on the wall for the church:
Revelation 18: 2-5 "And he cried mightily with a loud voice saying Babylon the great is fallen is fallen and has become a habitation of demons...for all the nations have drunk of the wine of her fornication. The kings of the earth have committed fornication with her and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury. And I heard another voice from heaven saying "Come out of her My people, lest you share in her sins.
There is little doubt that "mystery Babylon the great" refers to the Catholic church (and other similar orthodox churches.) But it also refers to mixture or inter-faith movement. In its final form it will be a massive world religious body that will unbeknown to itself, be headed by the devil in the form of the Biblical 'false prophet'. This religious body will direct worship to the antichrist, whom it will think is our Lord.
God requires His servants to be separate and to present a lifestyle separate from the world. Going right back to Adam, God required a separation. The problem with Adam's sin was not eating of all the good stuff in the garden, but eating of the one thing God said don't eat of. The problem was mixture. Mixing what was allowed with what wasn't is the big problem.
God says "don't be unequally yoked with unbelievers" (2 Corinthians 6:14) God says "They shall teach My people the difference between the holy and the unholy and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean." (Ezekiel 44:23)."God says "how can a spring produce bitter and sweet water." (James 3:11) God says "because you are lukewarm, I'll spit you out of My mouth." (Revelation 3:16)
The word Babel or Babylon (the same in the original) means to mix together or mingle. The influence of Babylon on the Catholic church has produced mixture. A mix of occult-based pagan-based evil. A huge part of the church has wallowed it all hook line and sinker.
The main pagan characteristics of Babylon that have filtered into the Catholic church have also filtered through to much of the non- Catholic church as well.
The story of the writing on the wall is all about God's holiness being violated. This means that this story has profound meaning for the church today.
The city of Babylon was the home of mixed religion. It was the origin of inter-faith.
How do you know if you are vulnerable to fall into the Babylon-church trap?
The mark of the true believer set apart to God is this: He will reject the Babylonian influences in the church and obey God and maintain Godly convocations.
●What about the Bible verses say we are free from having to observe certain days and eat only certain foods etc?
Colossians 2:14-17 "Having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us...He has taken it out of the way and nailed it to the cross...Therefore let no one judge you in food or in drink or regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ."
Romans 14:2-6 "For one believes he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables. Let not him who eats despise him who does not...One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each one be convinced in his own mind. He who observes the Day observes it to the Lord and he who does not, does not observe the Day to the Lord..."
Galatians4:9-10 "But now after you have known God or are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage. You observe days and months and seasons and years?"
The three verses above (and there are more) speak volumes. Yes we are truly set free from observance of these things in a legalistic way. But can you see what they are saying? They clearly instruct those who want to celebrate certain days not to bring others down who don't want to celebrate days. It's all above walking in love with fellow believers.
Have you noticed how those under the bondage of legalism always put others down who don't keep their rigid set of laws?
The big thing with observing the Sabbath, the feasts and the like is that it identifies us with something. This is of major importance! If you celebrate Christmas, Easter, infant baptism and other such things, you are identified with the Babylonian church.
If you celebrate Shabbat, Passover etc. you are identifying with God's holy line of truth and His people the Jews. You are also in a position to make the Jews jealous as the Bible commands. But be careful of coming under the bondage of legalism.
The best way to measure whether you are in danger of legalism is to observe what it does with your walk of love to others.
You don't need to observe days legalistically, but I can tell you that there is a great blessing in observing and identifying with these holy convocations. On the other hand, there is a curse on all pagan festival observance.
The gates of hell will not prevail against the true church. A divided kingdom will not stand. (Mark 3:24)
Candidates for deception:
●Those who do not take up their own cross. ●Those who always say; "I think..."or..."It seems right to me"...or..."I feel good about that". ●"This is what many others think also, so I'm okay". ●Those filled with personal ambition. ●Those unwilling to suffer persecution. ●Those who are ignorant of the Bible. ●Those who live for themselves and are self orientated. ●Those in love with the world and just want to have fun.
Today, the church is at the crossroads. For many, they will go on blindly into greater and greater deception. For others they will hunger and thirst for God Himself, His holy ways and His holy word. Great glory lies ahead for untold millions while great grief lies ahead for others.
We are in a spiritually charged era. There is a battle on the go in the spiritual world for the eternal souls of people.
The central doctrine of the new universal one-world-religion is good intentions! To qualify all you need is to be a productive and respectable citizen identified by common tradition.
I heard someone say the other day, "Why can't we all just get along"? There is only one way we can all get along and that is by applying the cross to our lives and maintaining a central Bible-based doctrine in the Spirit. It is the cross that separates, and gloriously so!
The writing on the stone given to Moses will keep us safe from the writing on the wall of Babylon's palace. Both came from the exact same supernatural hand of the living God. One demonstrated pure holiness and the other the holiness of Gods judgement.
God's holiness was represented in the Temple vessels that were abused by Belshazzar. It brought him and his nation down. God's holiness is represented in the Ten Commandments...don't think you can trivialise them.
For us as believers, the writing on the wall applies to our relationship to both aspects of Babylon. Come out of her My people says the Bible. Come out the world and come out of the worldly church!
This is not the time for unity with the Babylon-rich church. Its the time for separation unto God and a greater disunity with the world and its religious systems. Belshazzar was led by fatal stupidity.
Romans 1:21-22 "Although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor were thankful and their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened."
Today a lot of the church has been influenced by the culture of the world and is now irrelevant to God. It has lost its influence and in most cases fallen in love with the world system. The new secular spirituality is a product of blind, deceived leaders, motivated by Satan posing as God.
Many believers are saddened at the state of the church, but are too chicken to break with its unholy traditions. Many are becoming shocked at the state of the church and are breaking free. Many are excited by God's new work. They're ready to return to our Hebraic roots.
Whatever your position, dear believer, please bear in mind that Our Lord only has one body. We need to be careful how we deal with people in the regular church. We want them, as brothers and sisters to move forward. We can reject the error, but we must not reject the people, except in extreme circumstances. We don't know who's who in the zoo and who will remain trapped in traditionalism forever. We don't know who will wake up and move forward with our Lord into glory.
The spirit of Babylon entered the Catholic church way back in 315 AD. It's still there. The 'daughter' spirit is in Protestantism and it's still there too. The answer is to recognise the spirit of Babylon and come out of her.
Essentially God brought doom and destruction on Babylon because of the misuse of a few pieces of metal! But these were holy Temple vessels. If God took the misuse of Temple vessels so seriously, then it will be the same now. We are God's Temple. We are God's workmanship. We are to build our lives in line with His holiness. Don't think you water down His holiness.
Revelation 18:21...Thus with violence the great city of Babylon will be thrown down and shall not be found anymore."
God always warns of impending judgement. Most aren't listening. They're too busy. Some don't care and some don't believe it. That changes nothing. The wise will see, hear, take note and prepare themselves to avoid and escape the judgement.
Judgement has been passed. The outworking of the sentence of destruction is about to play out on the world stage. The judgement and sentence is final and irreversible.
The judgement of God was fully carried out on His own Son as our substitute. Everything and everyone inside of Christ and His kingdom is free from eternal judgement.
We are about to enter the most monumental time in the history of the world. The wrath of God, man and the devil will all run side by side. The glory of God will be at work saving, transforming and uniting His body in newness of life. Our God offers oceans of peace and joy in the midst of stress and turmoil!
Psalm 90:12 "So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom."
John 9:4 "I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work."
Heaven or hell:
The origin of the word 'culture' comes from two root words meaning worship and work. Multiculturalism on its own is not the problem, but multi-faith most certainly is. Babylon was the first home of multi faith. God warned that he would destroy it and He did. Today the same situation is before us as much of the church promotes multi faith. If there are other ways to God, the cross has no meaning! Hell is the end of multi faith. You with the fancy earrings, how many gods do you have and worship?
Your feathery headdress may scare some kids away, but it will not scare away any demons, as you believe. In fact it's a sign of attraction for a host of demons that will possess you, blind you and send you to hell. To enter heaven you need to repent, be delivered and set free and then you need to follow our Lord and Messiah.
Here is a painting by Rembrandt showing Belshazzar and his harem in shock as God wrote their doom on the wall. Note the Temple vessels that were being used.
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 70. 4th February 2011
In this edition:
●The importance of the number 70
●Egypt and beyond in prophecy
Egypt and beyond in prophecy:
There are many prophecies relating to Egypt and her neighbours in the Bible. Some of these refer to her as the "King of the South" Others refer to Egypt directly.
I want to have a look at a one remarkable prophecy in Isaiah 19:1-25. But let's start at the end so we can see what time period this is referring to.
Isaiah 19:24-25 In that day Israel will be one of three with Egypt and Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land, whom the Lord of hosts shall bless saying, "Blessed is Egypt My people and Assyria the work of My hands and Israel My inheritance."
This is clearly an end-time portion of scripture. It reveals that Egypt (and a large part of the Arab world) will come to know the Lord. This is most likely in the tribulation period. It is not the case yet.
So, we know that this section of prophecy relates to these days and into the near future.
Let's now have a look at the tragedy that will unravel before these Arab nations respond to Messiah.
(I've shortened this portion of scripture, using only the relevant points)
Isaiah 19:2-22 "I will set Egyptian against Egyptians, everyone will fight against his brother, and everyone against his neighbour, city against city...I will give the Egyptians into the hands of a cruel master and a fierce king will rule over them...the rivers will turn foul...and everything sown by the river will wither and be no more...the fishermen will mourn...those who weave fine fabric will be ashamed...all who make wages will be troubled of soul....Neither will there be any work for Egypt...And the land of Judah will be a terror to Egypt....and the Lord will strike Egypt, He will strike it and heal it, they will return to the Lord and He will be entreated by them and heal them."
Jeremiah 25:15-24: "For thus says the Lord God of Israel to me: "Take this wine cup of fury from My hand and cause all the nations to whom I send you to drink it. and they will drink it and stagger and go mad because of the sword that I will send among them." This portion of prophecy sees nations come against Israel causing her to be left temporarily wrecked. It includes Gaza, Edom and Moab (Jordan) Tyre (Lebanon) Arabia (Saudi Arabia)
●Powerful new alignments are underway surrounding Israel. In Lebanon, Hezbollah was behind the collapse of the pro-West government. Now Hezbollah has launched its own candidate into the power vacuum. It's now emerging that Iran and Syria were behind the whole situation. Israel is now under great threat and danger from Lebanon and Syria, both on Israel's northern border.
●On the south western border of Israel, new political turmoil in Egypt could see radical Islamic forces gain control.
In fact the real danger in Egypt lies in what may still come. In 1979 the moderate middle class deposed the long standing ruler of Iran. Radical Islamic groups capitalised on the situation and "hijacked" the transition to bring in their own Ayatollah Khomeini (to be followed by Ahmedinajad) The same sort of thing could happen in Egypt with pro- Al Qaeda and Hamas forces coming into power.
●The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) which is trying to get its own candidates in power in Egypt and Jordan has just said. "We will bring down all governments friendly to the US and Israel in the region." The MB is aligned with Egyptian Islamic Jihad, and other extremists. They have also said that when in power they will open the border with Gaza. This will allow an almost unlimited weapons flow into Gaza.
●Egypt's economy was strong until recently. It is now cash strapped and has just been downgraded. It is near to collapse.
●There are currently behind-the-scenes activities on the go in Russia, which will bring it and its southern Muslim states into the fray.
●There is already a simmering deep hatred and rising tension between the Sunni and Shiite Muslim sects in much of the Arab world, but notably in Yemen and Saudi Arabia.
●The Jew is often turned on as a scapegoat in these situations.
Psalm 83:3-5 "They have taken crafty counsel against your people and consulted together against your sheltered ones. They have said come let us cut them (Israel) off from being a nation, that the name of Israel be remembered no more....they form a confederacy against You. Edom (Jordan) and the Ishmaelites (Arabs) Moab and the Hagarites, Gebel Ammon, and Amalek, Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre (Palestinians and Lebanon) Assyria (Syria) has joined with them."
The London Telegraph is reporting that the US government secretly backed and supported leading figures behind the Egyptian uprising.
Westerners, especially Americans don't like to think that a large part of the Arab world hates them and has no time for them or their forms of democracy. Of course it is true that a tyranny founded on injustice will never last, but this situation will make way for Islamic forces committed to the destruction of Israel and the hatred of the west.
Don't be fooled (like most westerners) into thinking that this Egyptian and Middle Eastern crisis is a triumph for democracy.
The map below shows the location of the nations experiencing upheavals. Note that Israel is now surrounded by hostility. The arrows point to the main trade and oil tanker routes.
Whichever way you cut it, Israel is increasingly being surrounded by forces dedicated to her ultimate destruction. It's like a nightmare jigsaw-puzzle falling into place one piece at a time!
Note how fast these things are happening.
●This could be part of the incredible alignment of nations ahead of the great war of Gog and Magog in Ezekiel chapters 38 &39. This present situation is most certainly part of the forerunner period into the soon coming tribulation. It's no small issue and should not be underestimated. It will affect many things, not least, Israel, oil and the world economy.
The importance of the number 70
It's very important to realise that we are not to have faith in numbers or dates. We need to believe in our Messiah and His coming, by faith and not by mathematics. There are too many discrepancies and variables with starting points and calendar changes through time, for us to be exactly sure with many of these dates.
A great many very sincere people, some with amazing knowledge, like Isaac Newton, have come up with elaborate date-sets. Many don't agree with each other.
Many who have not known our Lord like Nostradamus, the Mayans and others have also tried their hand at date setting, trying to predict what they call the end of the world.
●Let me do a quick detour here and explain the term 'end of the world'. Some teach that the Bible says the world will never end. The original definition of "world" means the socio-political and economy order resting upon the earth. We could say that the earth is adorned or clothed with the world. The one is not the other though. This current world system will most certainly be destroyed and come to a bitter end soon. It will be replaced by a new world adorning the earth, headed by none other than our risen Messiah.
So, although we may not be able to know the exact time of these things, we're commanded to watch, look and be ready. We do know that the time is very near and wisdom dictates that we need to be ready all the time! Many Bible scholars disagree on the exact times, but there are a great many who do agree within a very slim margin of error!
There are many time related clues hidden within the scriptures that do have profound meaning for the diligent seeker. There are far too many signs all dove-tailing together right now for it all to be coincidence.
I believe that new things will be revealed and opened up to us from the scriptures, by our Lord as we enter the most dramatic times the world has ever or ever will know!
The number 70 in the Bible is of vital importance, as are many other numbers. This number though, relates strongly to Bible prophecy, Israel and Jerusalem in particular. Don't underestimate the power and significance of 70.
Ecclesiastes 8:5 "A wise man's heart discerns both time and judgement."
1 Corinthians 14:40 "Let all things be done decently and in order." (The original word used here for "order" means mathematical design, plan, and construction. This is the way God works.)
Isaiah 46:10-11 "God declares the end from the beginning and from ancient times things that are not yet done."
Numbers in the Bible have meanings. These numbers and their meanings are derived from the Bible itself and from verses of scripture relating to the number in various ways.
Here are a few of them:
Unity/ New beginnings
Union/ Division/ Witnessing
Divine completeness and perfection
Creation/ The world
Grace/ God's goodness/ Pentateuch (first five books)
Weakness of man/ Man under sin/ Evils of Satan
New birth/ Resurrection
Finality/ fruit of the spirit/ Divine completeness
Prefect order/ Law and responsibility
Disorder and judgement
Apostasy/ depravity and rebellion
Trials; Probation/ Testing
Israel's oppression/ First advent
Judgement of the World
Holy Spirit/ Pentecost
Punishment/ Forgiveness/ Restoration of Israel
Divine period of probation
Holy Spirit/ Tree of Life/ Jesus
●70 is a combination of two perfect numbers: 10, which signifies perfect order and 7 which signifies spiritual perfection. 70 then, signifies perfect spiritual order.
●70 is associated with Israel and Jerusalem. Genesis 46:27 "All the persons of the house of Jacob who went to Egypt were seventy." Daniel 9:24 "Seventy weeks are determined for you people (Israel) and your holy city (Jerusalem)..."
●70 is associated with the temple on the temple mount in Jerusalem which was destroyed in 70AD. Our Lord predicted this by saying "Your house shall be left to you desolate." There were 70 years between the first and second temples in Jerusalem.
●70 relates to judgement and punishment. Jeremiah 25:11-12 "And this whole land shall be desolate and an astonishment, and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years. Then when the seventy years are completed, I will punish the king of Babylon...and make it a perpetual desolation."
●70 Jubilees from the Exodus to 2018 (Some date this at 2015) Interestingly there are 40 jubilees from the Christ's crucifixion to 2018
●70 relates to forgiveness and the end of forgiveness. Matthew 18:21-22 "How often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? up to seven times? Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven."
●70 is associated with discipleship. Luke 10:1 "After these things the Lord appointed 70 others and sent them out two by two."
●70 is the generation of man. Psalm 90:10 "The days of our lives are seventy years."
With all of the above in mind we can presume that 70 is very important, and will be prophetically, important in our day.
Here is evidence that is difficult to deny:
Psalm 90:10 says that the generation of man is 70. The Bible declares (Matthew24:32-34) that the generation that sees all these things (Israel, which is the 'fig tree', becoming a nation) will be the last. Israel became a nation in 1948. So, 1948+70= 2018. If the Second Coming will in 2018 then we need to come forward seven years for the tribulation period, which brings us to 2011 for the start of the tribulation!
Zechariah 1:12-16 "Then the Angel of the Lord said; "O Lord of hosts, how long will You not have mercy on Jerusalem and the cities of Judah, against which you were angry these seventy years.?"..."I am zealous for Jerusalem and Zion with great zeal. I am exceedingly angry with the nations at ease...I am returning to Jerusalem with mercy..."
Is the above section of scripture giving us a clue to today's world?
When Israel became a nation in 1948, the war of independence began right away. Israel has fallen under attack by large Arab powers in six major wars since independence. The governments of the world have been against Israel in many ways since independence. We could say that although Israel has been free, she has been in a new form of Babylonian captivity. Babylon is a type for the world system. Could it be that Israel will be released from this new bondage 70 years after the 1948 year of independence in 2018?
Now let's have a look at a remarkable verse of scripture. Matthew 18:21-22 "Then Peter came to Him and said "Lord how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?" Jesus said to him "I do not say to you up to seventy times but up to seventy times seven."
Interestingly the term "up to" actually means "up to and not beyond" in the original. In other words, there's a limit.
70x7=490 is also called the great forgiveness cycle. But why this odd number in relation to forgiveness or release?
For the answer we need to look at Daniel's incredible prophecy of 70 weeks.
70 Weeks are determined:
Daniel 9:24 "Seventy weeks are determined upon your people..."
The original word used for 'week' is "sabuwa" which means a seven. The context of the verse makes it clear that we are talking about sevens of years and not days. (These are Hebrew years of 360 days) "Seventy weeks" then is 70x7=490 years.
70 weeks (years) or 490 years are determined upon your people (the Jews) These events will take place according to Daniel the prophet:
●The triumphal entry of Messiah into Jerusalem
●The cutting off or crucifixion of Messiah (not for Himself...for us)
●The destruction of Jerusalem and the temple.
●The coming of the antichrist.
●The antichrist setting himself up as God in the still-to-be built temple (abomination of desolation)
●The coming of the seven year tribulation period and desolations.
●To finish transgression and make an end of sins.
●To bring in everlasting righteousness (Millennium and beyond)
The starting point of the prophecy, until the coming of Messiah the Prince is indicated as the command to restore and re-build Jerusalem and it's walls. This is found in Nehemiah 2:1-8 and is called the decree of Artaxerxes. According to well researched chronology this happened at 445BC. This was the starting point for this great prophetic clock. It may have been one year earlier at the decree and not the start of the rebuilding of Jerusalem. This would account for the one year difference in some of the views.
This incredible prophecy sets the time for the triumphal entry and crucifixion. Logic dictates that there has to be a gap of about 2000 years between the cross and the final completion of this prophecy, which is the seven year tribulation and the establishment of the Millennium.
The gap represents the church era or dispensation. If there were to be no gap, all would have been fulfilled long ago.
It's not my purpose to go into all of Daniel's 70 weeks here, but to demonstrate that 70 is important in God's scheme of things and dealings with the Israel and the world.
The word jubilee comes from the Hebrew word "Yobel" which means shofar or trumpet. On a jubilee, debts are cancelled, slaves released, liberty declared and property returned to the original owner.
A Bible jubilee occurs every 50 years. The 50th becomes the first of the next cycle. So it's actually 49 years. Every 70th jubilee is a "Great Jubilee."
Major events occurred on Jubilees: The great exodus from Egypt. The decree to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem, The Resurrection.
Years allotted to mankind is 6000. This can also be broken down to 120 jubilees. The 6000years allotted to man ends approximately in 2015
The 120th jubilee, which is a great jubilee ends in 2018.
Be aware that there are different views on the jubilee. Some say it can only be counted while Israel is in the land. This may be so in terms of the celebration aspect, but not in terms of a pure number count. Some say it must be counted every 49 years and some every 50 years. This is one of those ongoing discrepancies with dates.
Here is something quite amazing:
1917 was the year of the Balfour Declaration, which was the foundation and starting point for Israel's transition to independence. This was on a jubilee year. Fifty years, or another jubilee later, brings us to 1967. This was the year Jerusalem was restored to Israeli control. Fifty years, or another jubilee later brings us to the 2017- 2018
1917 was the Balfour declaration which saw the end of the Islamic Ottoman empire's control of Israel and the British mandate come into being, paving the way for independence.
November 29th 1947 saw the UN decree to establish Israel as a nation. Then in May 1948 it actually came about.
1917 was the 68th jubilee. 1967 and the return of Jerusalem to Israel was the 69th jubilee. The 70th jubilee is the next and last which will be in 2017-2018.
From the temple destruction in 70AD to 2018 is 1948 years 1948 was independence year.
It would be perfectly consistent, reasonable and expected that the millennium will begin on a great jubilee.
The 70 jubilees begins when the children of Israel enter Canaan in 1416 BC. The 70 jubilees will end 3430 years later in 2015 AD. Others believe the 70 jubilees will end in 2018. Either way...its all pretty close.
Another interesting prophecy is found in Hosea 6:1-2 "...He will bind us up. After two days He will revive us; on the third day He will raise us up, that we may dwell in His sight." Now, in 2 Peter3:8 it speaks of a prophetic "day" being a thousand years. This then means that there will be about 2000 years between the first coming of Messiah and the second.
What's very important when dealing with calculations and dates is to have a sure date. This can be either a starting date or a later date from which we can work back. To find the exact starting date for creation or the creation of Adam is a nightmare. Many have tried and come up with differing results.
But we do have two key prophetic dates that are a sure thing. The first is the date of Israel's independence , 1948 and the second is the date Jerusalem was restored to Israel in 1967. So with these two known dates we can get somewhere. Using 70 as the length of a generation: 1948+70 = 2018 and using 50 as the length of a jubilee: 1967+50= 2017. Obviously we are out by one year. But its all very close. I'm sure that it'll all add up perfectly as we get greater insights further down the line.
What about those who say "no one knows the time"?
This is a dangerous statement made by many deceived leaders and repeated by many blind sheep. The Bible says no such thing. What it says is no one knows the specific "day and hour." There is a huge difference. But let's take it a bit further and look into these verses.
Matthew 24:35-36 "Then heaven and earth will pass away, of that day and hour no one knows" So what day and hour is it talking about? In context it's the time right at the end of the Millennium and the creation of the new heavens and earth!
Another verse says: "Watch therefore, for you don't know the hour". This refers to a very specific point in time.
The feast of trumpets is the next of the seven feasts to be fulfilled. It symbolises judgement. The tribulation will begin on a feat of trumpets.
It's important to understand that the Feast of Trumpets is also called the Feast of which no one knows the day or hour. This is simply because it starts when the new moon is spotted. It's a reference to an exact point in time and not the time in general..
The Second Coming is compared in the Bible to the days of Noah and the days of Lot. The time of the judgement was known in both cases.
Solar and lunar eclipses.
●According to NASA there have been very few sets of lunar and solar eclipses falling on Feast days throughout history. 1948, the year of Israel's independence saw a grouping of lunar and solar eclipses on the Feast days. This also occurred in 1967, the date of Jerusalem's release.
●Mid tribulation is marked by the prophecy saying that the "sun will go dark and the moon will turn to blood".
In 2015 solar eclipses will fall on the Feast of Trumpets, and lunar eclipses or blood moons will fall on Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles.
●From the creation of Adam to the Abrahamic covenant was 2018 years. Could it be that from the time of the Second Adam (Jesus) to the full manifestation of the covenant (Second coming) will be 2018?
●At the end of the 70-year Babylonian captivity, the children of Israel were free and got a new temple. 70 years after Israel's independence could it be that Israel gets the new final Millennium Temple? The third Temple will be built at or just into the seven year tribulation. This is not the final Millennium Temple described in Ezekiel 40. This third temple will be the one that antichrist enters at mid tribulation and declares himself to be God.
In many of these things there is a margin of error or uncertainty to take note of, but we are close! Don't be dumb like some people and quit your job and head for the hills to wait for the Lord, or other such things. But do be ready always.
There is one huge big overriding factor that should be staring you in the face. All of these things dove tail to a point in time that is not far from now. The differences that do exist are slight and will be cleared up as we move into the brave new world.
Ecclesiastes 7:19 "Wisdom strengthens the wise more than ten rulers of the city.
Ecclesiastes 8:1 "Who is like a wise man and who knows the interpretation of a thing? A man's wisdom makes his face shine and the sternness of his face is changed."
Heaven or hell:
Young woman, will be shocked when all these incredible things begin happening? Yes I agree much of what is coming is shocking, but there is great safety, and joy in our Lord and saviour. Do you know that He will "keep you from the things about to come upon the world." But you need to be His child and you can only become His by birth. Once you are born again, fear gives way to faith!
Hey you in your fancy paint and headdress; do you know that the word "culture" comes from two root words meaning worship and work? Your illegitimate worship will blind you to the things of God. You will not see that His coming is near and you will not be ready for Him. Hell awaits those who are foolish enough to consume themselves in the work and worship of false gods.
Here is a painting by Sara Kestelman representing the Holocaust.
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 69. 14th January 2011
In this edition:
●Wise words of old (part three)
Wise words of old (part three)
●This edition is aimed more at your heart than your head. You can know many things and still have a rotten heart. You can have a heart after God and be in ignorance of much truth. Both a soft heart and a head of wisdom are needed. Please also see: "Wise Words of Old" parts one and two. They are: edition 17 and edition 40.This is the third in the "Wise Words" editions. I've divided it into two sections. The first is a collection of some of my favourite words, from God. These are living words that have become a part of my life. They are more important than any words that have ever come from the mouth of any human being ever.
The second section is a collection of quotes from one of my favourite men of God. These are men who've been influential in moulding the foundations of my life. They're old-school disciples, who are long gone, but with a living, deep message. If these words were relevant back then, they are much more so for the neglected hearts of today's superficial, self-centred believers.
*** Please be aware that many of these quotes are from memory as the original books are long gone. Therefore they may not be word for word. It's the message that counts.
Wise words from God:
Job 34:29 "When He gives quietness, who then can make trouble? And when He hides His face, who then can see Him, whether it is against a nation or a man alone?"
Job42:5-6 "I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my (spiritual) eye sees You. Therefore I abhor myself and repent in dust and ashes."
Psalm 16:11 "You will show me the path of life; in your presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forever more."
Psalm 18:32 "It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect."
Psalm 25:4-5 "Show me Your ways O lord and teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation, on You I wait all the day."
Psalm 27:4-5 "One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in His temple. For in the time of trouble He will hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me and set me high upon a rock."
Psalm 30:10-12 "You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, to the end that my glory shall sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God I will give thanks to You forever."
Psalm 42:7 "Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls; all your waves and billows have gone over me."
Psalm 119:11 "Your word I have hidden in my heart." Verse 133 "Direct my steps by Your word and let no iniquity have dominion over me."
Psalm 119:63 "I am a companion of those who fear You and those who keep your precepts."
Psalm 119"104-105 "Through Your precept I get understanding, therefore I hate every false way. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path."
Psalm 119:165 "Great peace have they that love Your word and nothing causes them to stumble."
Proverbs 3:5-7 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths." Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil."
Isaiah 33:6 "Wisdom and knowledge (of God) will be the stability of your times, and strength of salvation. The fear of the Lord is His treasure."
Jeremiah 10:23 "O Lord, I know the way of a man is not in himself; it is not in man who walks to direct his own steps."
Jeremiah 15:16 "Your words were found and I ate them and your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart."
Jeremiah 17:5 "Cursed is the man who trust in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the Lord.'
Jeremiah 17:7 "Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is in the Lord, for he shall be like a tree planted by the waters."
Jeremiah 33:3 "Call to Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty which you do not know."
Wise words from men of God:
A.W. Tozer (1897-1963)
●"If I see aright, the cross of popular evangelicalism is not the cross of the New Testament. It is rather, a new, bright ornament on the bosom of a self-assured and carnal Christian. The old cross slew men, the new cross entertains them. The old cross condemned; the new cross amuses. The old cross destroyed confidence in the flesh; the new cross encourages it."
●"The world is perishing for lack of the knowledge of God and the church is famished for want of His presence."
●"As sunlight falls on an open field, so the knowledge of the holy God is a free gift to men who are open to receive it. But this knowledge is difficult because there are conditions to be met and the obstinate nature of fallen man does not take kindly to them."
●"These quasi Christians follow a quasi Christ. They want His help, but not His interference. They will flatter Him but never obey Him."
●"To be Bible taught and not Spirit taught is a great error."
●"The Pharisees looked straight at the light of the world for three years and not a single ray of light reached their inner beings. The gospel is light but only the Spirit gives sight."
●"Self is the opaque veil that hides the face of God from us. It can only be removed by spiritual experience, never by mere instruction. There must be a destructive work of God in us before we are free. We must invite the cross to do it's deadly work within us."
●"The man who takes up his cross will soon find that he is moving away from the grave. Death is behind him now and a joyous increasing life is before him."
●"Because the world is whitewashed, blind people posing as believers can't see it at all.
●"A whole new generation of believers has arisen believing that it is possible to accept Christ without forsaking the world."
●"To accept Christ means that we are to accept His friends as ours, His enemies as ours, His ways as ours, His rejection as ours, His cross as ours and His future as ours."
●" When we are too glib in our prayers we are speaking to ourselves."
●"We can prove the quality of our truth by its effect on our self-life God must have our full consent to kill and displace our self-life with Person of Christ. Another certain test is this: What is its effects on our relationship to the world. A further test of the genuineness of our spiritual experience is its effects on sin and our desire for holiness."
●"Our Lord cannot fully bless and use a person until He has fully conquered him."
●" You can and must make your thoughts a clean sanctuary. Our thoughts are the decorations inside the sanctuary where we live. Your thoughts pretty much decide the mood and climate of your heart."
●"Be hard on yourself, easy on others. Bear your own cross, but don't lay one on another's back."
●"Compromise will take the pressure off. Satan will not bother a person who has quit fighting. The cost of quitting will be a life of peaceful stagnation...a cost we cannot afford."
●"Satan cares little whether we go astray in false doctrine or become stagnant. Either way he wins."
●"It would be near impossible today to get anyone to attend a meeting where the only attraction is God and a cross of death to be taken up."
●"Grace saves, but it doesn't save you and your idols."
●"If your life does not worship God, your lips do not worship God either."
●"It doesn't matter how many times you've been through the Bible. It's how many times its been through you.".
●"Refuse to be average, let your heart soar as high as it will and your roots be grounded in God. This is the way to an abundant, fruitful life."
Derek Prince (1915-2003):
●"Islam has 99 names for God, none of then - Father"
●"When God promises to bring Israel back to their land at the close of the age, He still calls it "your own land". In God's sight the ownership of the land has never changed or never will."
●"The Bible never reveals it's secrets to the casual enquirer, the curious or the irreverent sceptic. To them its foolishness."
●"When you fear God you fear nothing else".
●"We must push alone into God's glorious divine presence. Moses was branded by God as he sought Him alone. Jacob wrestled alone with God before becoming Israel. Paul sought the Lord alone in the desert for 14 years before his ministry really began. Daniel had dramatic celestial encounters alone with God. Jesus fasted alone in the desert for 40 days. John saw into the future alone on Patmos".
●"The need for solitude and quietness was never greater than it is today."
●"The Bible is the prison window of this world through which we can see the glories of eternity. If you have the Bible deeply embedded in your heart you are truly free from the world's prison."
●"A single sentence from the mouth of God has more wisdom than all the books of the world."
●"All roads but one lead to Rome and eternal judgement. Only the road lit by God's word leads to eternal glory."
●"We need to understand that God doesn't just tolerate us, His favour is upon us! He is passionately committed to us. We don't have any reason to doubt our access to Him."
●"I'm convinced from the scriptures, that poverty is a curse. If not, why do you work so hard to get rid of it? If it's a blessing, why not pursue it."
●"Satan makes slaves, God makes sons."
●"Our basic problem is that we don't realise how valuable we are."
●"The key to happiness is not being loved, but having someone to love."
●"God is concerned with the restoration of two peoples to whom He's related by covenant, which He has declared He will never break. The first is Israel and the second is the church."
It's only with a heart and soul surrendered to our Lord and His word that we're really able to soar like an eagle and break free from the chains of bondage, depression, stress and everything else that comes with the territory of this world.
It takes time and diligence and denial of self to break into this glorious liberty, but, it's worth every little bit.
we are fast entering what the Bible calls "perilous times". This will seen on every front and will cause many to fall away and become spiritually shipwrecked. This tragic time will deter many from their God-given calling and place in our Lord's body.
This is the time to strengthen your foundation and everything that's been built upon it by God. The storms are coming!
In the midst of spiritual anarchy, chaos on every front, and terrible times, God has a plan of victory for those that will walk in His ways. Please don't neglect your heart. Cleanse it and fill it with our wonderful Messiah's word and ways.
The most important thing of life, with eternal consequences is to know God and be known by Him. How do we get Him to know us? 1Corinthians 8:3 "If anyone loves God, this one is known by Him". Here is the amplification of the original words used. "If anyone loves God truly, with affectionate reverence, prompt obedience and grateful recognition of His blessing...he is known by God."
The frightening opposite to this is recorded in a number of verses relating to professing Christians standing before God in judgement- "Depart from me, I never knew you."
Jeremiah 5:22 "Do you not fear Me, says the Lord, will you not tremble at My presence."
Daniel 2:22 "He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, and light dwells with Him."
Heaven or hell:
Old man, you've been blessed with a very long life. What did you do with it? Did you live for yourself or did you live for our Lord? Did you take the trouble to know God? Did you prepare yourself for eternity. Did you simply follow the traditions of your people or did you break free into God's plan for your life? Once you step over the line into eternity, it's too late to make any changes!
Old lady you.ve also been blessed with a long life. What did you do with it? What a tragedy to be given a long life and waste it all. What a tragedy to have many years of potential growth in the grace of Gods will and to miss it all and be cast out into an eternal hell. Very soon you will know whether you've made the biggest mistake anyone can ever make or not!
Here is a painting representing the Apostle Paul by Rembrandt.
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!