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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.
19th July 2019
Shabbat Shalom to all!
“Expectation”: One simply little word with so much meaning!
Bible prophecy creates in us great expectation and excitement and hope. It brings things from the spiritual dimension into reality.
But as you can imagine, it does the opposite when the expectation is built on false prophecy, error and pure lies. It then all works in reverse. The failure kills the expectation, the excitement and hope. It actually goes much further in wrecking evangelism and other related Christian issues.
So when these Christian counterfeits come up with all these new dates for the rapture and others things found in prophecy, do they think of the damage they are causing to others? Of course not! – All they think of is themselves on a pedestal.
Rather than enhancing the gospel, they are attacking it!
Well, we have just had the giant failure of the July 17th 2019 rapture predictions made by many of those who published You Tube videos and teachings on how “for certain” this was! “It’s 100% for sure,” they said. “The Lord told me” they said. “I had a dream about it” they said. The rapture is July 17th2019 they assured all their gullible fans.
Their evidence was of course totally shockingly inadequate, superficial and absurd, to say the least!
The problem is their influence on the weak and gullible.
Let me clarify my position on the rapture again. Firstly I which it was yesterday!
►I believe that the most possible scenario is on the Feast of Trumpets. This would be one in which the other prophecies on the ground all dovetail. The Feast of Trumpets qualifies because it is the only one of the seven that could start over one of two days. Remember the Hebrew idiom and name for the Feast of Trumpets: “The Feast of which no one knows the day or hour!” This is because “No one knows the day or hour of the New Moon’s sighting. It does not mean: “No one knows the time!”
There are many other amazing aspects to The Feast of Trumpets and its associated meanings and applications, which I deal with as we get closer. But again, I say, there are many things that must be dovetailing together, otherwise – back to the drawing board!
With all of these date-setting failures in mind and the multitude of other attacks on Christians and the word of God, it has and will thrive until its grand conclusion!
Just think of it: Christianity began with 12 ordinary people, they were all martyred for their faith. The gospel spread around the world at lightning speed, and is still doing so today. And yes you are one of the participants of it all.
- Heaven is already rejoicing at your coming! (Luke 15:7)
- Hell from beneath is excited about you, to meet you at your coming...” Isaiah 14:9
You will receive a welcome into eternity! Which of the two verses above will be your welcome?
When the good news of the Kingdom arrives it marches in and kills the evil spirits of witchcraft and creates and makes new communities of glory growing forever outwards.
Do not grow discouraged by failed date-setters. Protect your faith and strengthen it. Keep your expectations and hope high. Be very discerning. Be holy now.
Revelation 22:11 “He who is unjust, let him be unjust still: He who is filthy, let him be filthy still. He who is righteous, let him be righteous still. He who is holy, let him be holy still.”
Edition 56. 22nd October 2010
In this edition:
●The me-now generation
The me- now generation
The great error of this day is: "Yes you can." I've got news for you. "Yes you can't"
How many times have you heard: "God wants you to have it all, He wants you to live an abundant successful life"?
Well, this may come as a shock: God wants to kill you!
All those who want to die, please stand in a line right here.
Why is this line so short?
You see, the modern church has failed to "rightly divide the word of God" We need to make a clear distinction between temporal and positional truth. If not we will get all sorts of things wrong, mixed up and out of context.
Let me explain. Temporal truth is all the Bible verses that relate to 'self' or to my pride. Positional truth is all the verses that relate to my position in Christ or in Him. It relates more to spiritual reality.
Positional truth Temporal truth
We have the mind of Christ
Have a mind to suffer
We are alive with Christ
I die daily
We are seated in heavenly places in Christ
Take up your cross daily
We have abundant life
If you find your life you will lose it
We are more than conquerors in Him
O wretched man that I am
Greater is He in me
In me dwells no good thing
We are joint heirs of all things
I count all things as loss
I am strong in the Lord
I must decease
These look like big contradictions, but they are not. Its all about applying scripture to the right areas of life. Almost all of the "In Him" or "in Christ" verses relate to our glorious raised position in Christ and in His kingdom. As you can see we need to apply the right verses to the right areas of our being. It is the self-life that needs to die, decrease and suffer under our cross.
In the original, the Bible uses a number of different words for the English word life. "Psuche" refers to our psychological state or soulish realm. It's the domain of our mind and thinking. The word "zoe" means spiritual life. This refers to our new re-created spiritual state. "Bios" is the word for biological life and "biotokis" is the word used meaning lifestyle. They all have different meanings and applications.
Where the Bible says "Identify yourselves with the humble" It uses the word for lifestyle which is "biotokis"
It is our "psuche" that needs to decrease and die daily. It is our "zoe" that is already re-created and risen. You need to apply the right versus to the right areas.
Romans 8:6 "To be carnally (soulish) minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace, because the carnal mind is enmity against God, for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can it be."
If the "carnal or soulish mind is death", obviously this is where the problem lies and this is the area that needs to "die daily"
It's only when the cross has done its deadly work in the self life that we are ready to be messengers of the cross.
If you apply all the positional truth scriptures to the temporal or self life area you will get completely out of balance, just like the modern prosperity bunch.
If you only see all the temporal truth scriptures, you will be overbalanced and a dreary, legalistic turkey.
If you try to apply all the positional truth scriptures to the temporal or soulish area, you will become extremely self- orientated. You will believe that it's all about "me now" and "my rights."
Of course God does want us to have a successful life, but success God's way involves death to self!
When I am dead to self I will have no trouble exalting the virtues and rights of God. I will see things His way and when the ways of the un-regenerate world contradict God's ways, I reject one and chose the other.
God's rights verses human rights:
The top image is of one of the EU buildings. It's surprisingly similar to the Babel painting.
Europe was once in the dark ages. The light of reformation and spiritual enlightenment came its way. Now Europe at large is the world centre of spiritual darkness.
The word Babylon or Babel means confusion. But if you study it you will see it means more than that. It means to 'mix together'. This was just what Babylon was renowned for. They mixed together all sorts of beliefs thinking that this was the way to God and to peace. God destroyed them.
The main issue with human rights today is that it mixes all sorts of values and things together thinking that this is the way to God and world peace. Human rights presume that all have equal rights and that there are no absolutes.
Now, of course human rights are right in many areas. Racism for example is unbiblical.
But there are many areas where human rights conflict with God's rights.
The ultimate end of human rights is the removal of God, His word and his family.
Humanism and atheism are twins of hell.
Human rights of the modern era are born in the godless religion of humanism. Humanism is a Christ-rejecting, satanically inspired religion in which the human being is exalted as supreme.
Here's a good example. Do the Palestinians have human rights? Yes of course they do, just the same as anyone. Do the Palestinians have rights to part of Jerusalem and Israel? Absolutely not. God has chosen this for the Jews. This isn't because the Palestinians are less important. It's simply because this was and is God's choice! This seemingly little issue of the human rights of the Palestinians to part of Israel will soon become such a big issue it will draw in the whole world and divide it.
There will be a few (like myself) who will stand with God and His word against the human rights of the Palestinians to the land of Israel.
God has set up three institutions for a strong nation. These are family, church and government. Homosexuals want to redefine family. Homosexual rights were born in pride. Church and government are both under attack as well. Can a nation run by humanism survive? Never! These issues are a lot more than human rights. They are essentially devil-rights to and will result in the downfall of many nations. Those three institutions, family church and state are like a tripod. If you take out one leg its going to fall over.
2 Timothy 3:1 "In the last days perilous times will come, for men will be lovers of themselves..."
God sees abortion as murder. When pregnant Mary met with pregnant Elizabeth, unborn John the Baptist "leapt with joy" in her mother's womb. There are many other examples of a foetus being a living person in the Bible. Humanism sees abortion as a woman's right. Ironically, many who support the murder of the unborn reject the Biblical command to discipline their children. They say they believe in "children's rights"! They believe in children's rights but also murder them!
The national constitution of the country in which I was born used to begin with the words: "In submission to almighty God we declare that..." It has since been re-written and changed. It now begins with: "We the people declare that..." There were many things that needed to be changed, but not the replacement of God with "we the people". Guess who will have the last laugh?
Psalm 2:1-4 "Why do the nations rage and the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves and take counsel together against the Lord...He who sits in the heavens shall laugh. Then He will speak to them in His wrath."
There is a very powerful principle relating to government revealed in Hosea 4:1-10 "There is no truth or mercy of knowledge of God in the land" It goes on to reveal the end result speaking of the "breaking of restraint", the "land mourning" because of the questioning of the authority of the priest.
I could go on and on, but the bottom line is that we need a Biblical world view. I'm not talking about a theocracy, but a world view in which Gods rights are recognised and exalted above the rights of the state and humanism.
The Ten Commandments (all ten of them, which includes keeping the Saturday Sabbath holy) used to form the basis of the legal and political systems. Today the world system is built on sand and a huge storm is coming fast.
Actually the real reason the world has become dominated by the variable values of humanism is because the church has slinked away from its responsibility. In its quest to become relevant, the church has become tolerant of the world and it's ways. Tolerance, my friends is the last evil virtue of a collapsing society. Because the church no longer defines right and wrong and it accepts the garbage of the world, the world itself can't see the difference.
We are called the "light of the world". The light of the church today is darkness. Its a self obsessed, consuming, me-now light of confusion.
If our Lord preached the same message as many churches do today, He would never have been crucified.
I was chatting with a friend the other day and he said he wished I wouldn't be so dogmatic about these things. "Other religions have equal rights to God and heaven, All roads leads to Rome" he said!
All roads lead to Rome!!! Oh yes. If you're on the road to Rome you're on the road to hell!
I got an email from a reader the other day saying: "I wish you wouldn't talk about hell so much" No, is the answer.
"The axe is laid at the root of the tree" declares the Bible. If you kill the tree at the root all the fruits and branches die. Not just one or two. When you apply the axe to the root of the tree of self and me-now, all the fruits of humanism and everything else that's not right die. This allows God's ways to develop fully in us with His fruits.
Here are some characteristics of the me-now generation:
●They're in love with the things of the world.
●They're in love with their own selves and their own opinions and ways.
●They're essentially greedy and misers.
●They are blind to prophecy and the signs of the times.
●They will be filled with pride.
●They will be inconsistent, unstable and sufferers of stress.
●They will be blind to their own critical situation.
●They will have no understanding of or fear of hell.
●They will have no fear of God
Here are some characteristics of a spiritual person:
●They will walk in the fear of God and in humility before Him.
●They will be full of all the fruits of the Spirit.
●They will be in inner rest and without stress.
●They will have a desire to please others.
●They will walk in truth, and see error while being led by the Spirit.
●They will be dead to the ways of the world.
●They will be holy and forgiving
●They will accept Gods authority and will themselves have authority.
The revival cry:
Today the church world is screaming about revival. It's a revival of me-now, self-obsessed ways.
Real revival is nothing but a new beginning in obedience to God. This is why the great majority of the church will be led astray by the false prophet in the coming days. They are entrenched in their half baked ways.
For revival to hit this world the church needs to be revived into the truth first. A revival of the same old garbage dressed slightly differently is a waste of time. The church needs to get rid of all humanistic thinking and the re-gurgitation of their Babylon-based ways.
Truth is the big thing. Truth is the daughter of God. Truth rightly divided and applied is safety. Truth is the enemy of error. Truth is the way to peace. Truth is the way foreword. (Bible truth that is)
The church needs to prepare for a great revival which God Himself is just starting to initiate. Its a revival involving the Jews coming to salvation. Unfortunately much of the church will stand in God's way and proclaim that its ways are right and it has the answer. They will not change. They will be cut off.
Romans 11 speaks of the re-grafting of the natural olive branch that was cut off, back into the tree. This it says is the Jews. It goes on to warn the wild olive branches that were grafted in (the Gentile church) that they will also be cut off if they come against Gods new work with the Jews! Verse 22 "You also will be cut off"
I wonder how many church leaders today know of the severity of this warning?
Not only will much of the church stand in God's way, it will be part of the coming persecution of the Jews.
There will be no revival until there is a return to truth. Be very careful of many of the modern revivals. They are revivals of half truths, church doctrines exalted above God's word and revivals of barriers to the Jews coming to our wonderful Jewish Lord and Messiah.
Why is the church silent on Israel? Why will much of the church stab Israel in the back?
They will do so because they will follow blindly the satanically driven world drive to give the Palestinians their human rights.
The Messianic movement today rejects the traditions and convocations of the church. They will be an inviting and welcoming home for the Jews.
If you want to get someone really mad, just come against their traditions. Wars have been fought over this. Tell a nice happy traditional church member that his traditions of replacement theology, Christmas, Easter and many others are born in the occult and he gets mad!
Church beware...God is just beginning to do a new thing which includes none of the old church traditions. His new thing will involve the Jews en-mass. Are you ready church for this. Are you ready to change your traditional make up drastically? Are you ready to welcome the Jews into your new church with new Hebraic traditions?
The church needs to repent of being an obstacle to the salvation of the Jews. They need to repent to the Jews.
Unfortunately much of the church will be cut off. They will go with their dead humanistic, Babylonian traditions. they will try to revive their dead ways and they will come against those who are moving with God in His new ways.
Much of the church will be like the older brother, getting jealous over the returning prodigal son.
Others will welcome the Jews in, but will tragically try to mould them into their evil old traditional ways. "Come now Jew boy, now that you're saved have a ham sandwich."
Thankfully many others will throw a party like you've never seen before, with no ham!
What I've just spelt out is exactly what is revealed in prophecy.
The me-now generation runs deeply into all areas of modern life, the church included. Me-now thinking dominates in the form of humanism and human rights exalted above God's rights. It all operates through 'self' gone to pot. In the church, the lack of the application of the cross leaves 'self' on the throne. This is the surest way to deception.
The answer is the cross and death to self and a return to truth.
Isaiah 54:13 "All your children shall be taught by the Lord and great shall be the peace of your children. In righteousness you shall be established."
John 14:27 "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you, not as the world gives you, give I to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither be afraid."
Isaiah 48:22 "There is no peace says the Lord for the wicked."
Heaven or hell:
Young woman there is only one way to heaven. Yes you had better ponder the issue because your eternal destination depends on your choice! Don't follow the masses blindly. What if you do and they are wrong? Once you step into eternity, you won't be able to change your mind. Please make the right choice, I think I would like you for an eternal sister.
These people all thought they were right as they welcomed Hitler into Berlin. I wonder how many of those people in this image are now in hell. The point is simply that the majority are not always right. If you put your trust in the majority consensus you are in grave danger. Tragically, this is all coming again soon, with a large part of the church waving the anti-Israel flag again!
This is one of my own paintings. Its loosely based on the menorah. The menorah is a symbol of light. In Zechariah 4: 1-6, Zechariah has a vision of a menorah. Then God interprets it in verse 6 saying "Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord. This is a mixed media collage in which I've used multiple layering techniques.
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 55. 17th October 2010
In this edition:
●Safety in the coming mega-storms.
Safety in the soon coming mega storms:
In this edition I am not speaking of the tribulation period, but the time period just before it begins.
2011 is going to be a monumental year for the world.
There are some huge mega-storms about to hit the world with great fury. Their destruction will be widespread and will spare very few. Do you know what's coming? Are you ready? Will you be safe?
I'm not talking about the weather. What I am referring to is round two of the world financial crisis, double dip recession and the coming economic meltdown. I'm also referring to socio-political hurricanes and the upheavals of war. Oh, yes...and the weather will play a part!
The events coming in 2011 will be shocking, but what comes in the tribulation period will be far worse. The events of 2011 will be the forerunners of the tribulation. It is the start of the judgement of God on a Christ rejecting world.
Many people can't or wont believe that God is the supreme judge of all things. We all need to realise what judgement is. It is not essentially an act of vengeance. It is an act of purification. God is pure and holy and His new world and universe will be absolutely pure and holy forever. So the judgement of God is in fact a creative act of love. It's the installing of righteousness and the removal of corruption.
If you have one rotten apple amongst some good ones. You don't throw them all out. You throw out the one with corruption in it so that it doesn't spread to the others.
The eternal family of God will live in the glory of purity, holiness and perfection. The removal and destruction of everything evil is holy, good and right.
A hard hearted blind world:
In the previous edition I discussed how and why God blinds the eyes of them that believe not. The Bible also declares that God hardens the heats of unbelievers.
Is this fair? Yes of course it is simply because it's God who is at work. But the key is that the people first turn away from God in their own self righteous pride. God then hardens their hearts and blinds them to spiritual reality.
God hardened the heart of Pharaoh after refusing to let the Israelites be free. Was God wrong. Of course not. You see the Bible also declares that Pharaoh hardened his own heart! Then God came in and hardened his heart. God gave Pharaoh plenty of opportunity to repent and change. God now says; you want to go that way...okay you go. I will harden your heart more and blind your eyes.
1 Samuel 6:6 "Why then do you harden your own hearts as Pharaoh did?"
Exodus 9; 12 "The Lord hardened Pharaoh's heart, just as He had told Moses."
What Pharaoh could not see or understand was that God had a plan for the children of Israel. Pharaoh was filled with his own arrogance, pride and self will. He could only see things his own way.
We need to meet God's conditions. He does not need to meet ours!
A dangerous shocking truth:
There is a much deeper, far reaching and shocking reality in this story of the exodus from Egypt. Egypt (and Babylon for that matter) are always types of the world system. We are now at the door step of the modern Exodus. The children of Israel are already starting to come into their spiritual promised land. They are about to see and recognise their Jewish Messiah en-mass!
The modern Pharaoh's of this world, with their foolish hearts darkened and spiritual eyes blinded, will again come after the Jews. They will gather around Jerusalem and the fields of Israel to kill them. Will you be one of them? Before you say, "no never" the Bible shows that the whole world will come against them led by the antichrist, who will have with him an enormous 'spiritual' group or body including much of the church! The Bible reveals that the false prophet will be the sidekick to the antichrist. He will lead a massive religious multi-faith group against Israel.
The last modern-day Pharaoh, Hitler had his own ideas about creating a millennium of peace. But the Jews were not part of his plan. Nothing has changed.
A second Holocaust is coming.
Satan will cause much trouble for the Jews on the verge of their flight from spiritual Egypt to the spiritual promised land.
God will have His own watchmen and warriors standing with and for Israel as these dark days arrive. He will have some people who will be secretly hidden amongst the Jews, just as He had in ages past.
You know the story of Joseph hidden in Egypt for a specific time and purpose. The story of Esther is similar. Today God is looking for modern day Josephs and Esthers!
Both Joseph and Esther were placed by God in their situations just at the right time for a spectacular role. When God created you it was no accident. It wasn't fate. You were born into a time and place with the most incredible opportunity to be part of the plan of God Himself, with eternal implications for you and many others.
Esther 4:14 "For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this."
I ask you this question. "Have you come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" It's a very powerful question. It may even cost you your life. Will you take up your God given call and role or slink away and melt in with Egypt, Babylon and the Rev. Pharaohs of this world.
Reverend Pharaoh will lead you to hell!
The days are soon coming where fence sitting will slice you in half. You need to be fully on God's side. God has many people on His side, but He is looking for more. He is looking for those who will throw off the occult church-created traditions and put on the Godly convocations and practises.
God's army doesn't only have warriors on the front line, but many back room people as well. You need to find your own call and fill it.
I must say that it's kind of odd saying these things when the pressure is not really on us yet. Right now we are in the lull before the storm. But being forewarned is being forearmed. Now is the time to find and know God's will and plan and get prepared.
There are many people, some I know personally, who have wasted their lives. They've given themselves over to the world and it's ways. They are really happy. Soon they will howl and weep in desperation as they see how they missed God's amazing plan for their lives and eternal state.
What is coming
Riots in Europe:
Riots and social unrest will be seen all over the world.
Economic melt down is now almost inevitable.
World stock market melt down is coming.
Drought and famine will intensify.
Massive food inflation is coming.
War between Israel Iran is inevitable now.
We now face the convergence of multiple mega-trends, which collectively can do immeasurable damage to the world economy.
Right now we have Peak Oil, sovereign insolvency and currency debasement all on the go at the same time. We now have a number of unsustainable trends converging. They are not independent of each other, but highly interlocked.
There is a moratorium on deep sea oil exploration on the go as a result of the BP oil spill. Have you noticed that the oil price has been edging higher of late? This moratorium will only be due for revue in 2012. In the mean time oil supply is falling.
Sovereign debt issues in Europe and in the US are now completely out of control and unsustainable. World growth would have to be flying high on steroids to have any hope of meeting the debt requirements. I won't bore you with all the numbers, but I can assure you I've studied the entire subject diligently. In fact I write on the subject for financial publications and speak regularly on a number of radio programs on the subject.
Currency debasement as a result of governments trying to print their way out of debt, will only add to the overall problem. This is one of the reasons why gold continues to make repeated new highs.
The troubles with Israel and Iran have dominated the news, but there is another very deadly war brewing that could send oil through $200 a barrel and cripple the half-crippled world economy. This is a huge conflict coming within the Arab world itself. The Shia and Sunni Muslims have been at odds with each other for ages. This could soon erupt into full scale war between them. It wouldn't be the first time
The great conflict of Elam:
Jeremiah 49:34-39 "The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah against Elam saying: Behold, I will break the bow of Elam. Against Elam I will bring the four winds...there shall be no nation where the outcasts of Elam will not go, for I will cause Elam to be dismayed before their enemies. I will bring disaster upon them, My fierce anger says the Lord and I will send the sword after them...but it shall come to pass in the latter days; I will bring back the captives of Elam says the Lord."
The map below is very important. The large arrow point to the location of ancient Biblical Elam. The smaller arrow points to the city of Bushehr and the bottom arrow points to the straits of Hormuz.
Here is what's very interesting indeed. Elam in Biblical times was larger and includes most of this map. It is modern day western Iran. Ever heard of Bushehr? It's the location of Iran's brand new nuclear power station that has been the source of much controversy lately. And the Straits of Hormuz is the Iran control gateway, through which 40% of the world's oil travels in huge tankers.
The description of the "latter days" conflict in Jeremiah (above) is really scary. It looks like this will be a big war. Here we have oil and nuclear wrapped up in one. This conflict is due very soon!
A war of the nature spoken of by Jeremiah in this region, will push the oil price far higher. The world economy is very fragile right now. the economic recovery has stalled. Any new shocks will send it spiralling into a crippling recession and depression similar to that of the 1930s.
Sub-Prime 2 is almost upon us.
Get ready for a world economic tsunami of massive proportions.
The seeds of sub-prime 2 have been sown and are growing! The American dream is life liberty and happiness, on credit, even if you are not credit worthy! That's actually exactly how most Americans think. They think that the state owes them a home and a living. Well, this dream became a nightmare. Sub-prime1 proved that you can't live on credit without paying your dues. That's so simple, yet Americans couldn't and still can't understand it.
Foreclosure city is now the dirty name of every US town and it's getting worse.
Again, as with sub-prime 1, the banks took a major hit because, after foreclosure, these assets (homes) were steadily losing value, so the banks couldn't sell them on at a profit. The rate of foreclosures has been escalating to more than during sub-prime 1.US banks have again created this new coming tsunami themselves.
US banks have hired 'foreclosure mills'...law firms that specialise in foreclosures and evictions. These 'mills' have been involved in interfering with structure of the mortgages themselves. This is where fraud is now being uncovered on a massive scale.
People who've lost their homes are now finding out that they have legal recourse to get their homes back. Since this all hit the fan, Bank of America, JP Morgan and others instantly stopped foreclosures.
Can you see the problem?
People who are unemployed or unable to pay their mortgage dues are legally getting their homes back. Banks have been forced to halt foreclosures of others who can't pay. So at the end of the line who takes the big hit? The banks do.
Another offshoot of this fraud is that many are now finding that they have a legal loophole not to pay their mortgages even if they can.
Alarm bells are staring to ring.
Quantitative easing, stimulus or whatever you want to call it did not get to the source of the US problem, which is the employment and hosing crisis. Actually that's the fruit of the problem. The real problem is the American mind-set that credit no matter what, is their right...and that hasn't changed!
I have a very uncomfortable feeling that all of this is going to explode very soon and as with sub prime 1, it will knock on to the whole world, bursting property bubbles in China other places and sinking the world into another credit crisis of monumental proportions.
Add all of this to the situation of already stressed banks in Europe and we have a huge problem ticking like a time bomb!
Much of the modern church is in much the same position as the world. It is blind to its call and and God's plan. Here is a very interesting reality that is worth taking note: A church that doesn't teach or preach on eschatology (end times) will not teach on God's truth relating to the Jews, Israel and Jerusalem. They will be the churches teaching and preaching replacement theology (the evil, satanic doctrine that presumes God has ditched Israel and replaced her with the church.) These churches will be full of self importance and full of nice strong motivational self- orientated preaching. They will be teaching and preaching out of the energy of the flesh disguised as the Spirit.
If they are into replacement theology they will not teach end times, if they don't teach end times they will be into replacement theology. These two are inextricably linked.
The fence is rising. Those that are into replacement theology are setting themselves up to be taken over by the spirit of the false prophet. They will at some time in the near future become our worst enemies.
They will lead a new Holocaust.
Safety in this time:
Petra is coming. But before we get to that actual situation where God will supernaturally protect fleeing Israel, we will be in a situation where the protection of God will be available for many believers. Yes I said many!
There will be many whom God will allow to be martyred! That's His business and I wouldn't second guess it.
The most powerful way to be safe at any time, and specifically in this soon coming time of immense trouble and testing for the world, is to know our Lord deeply and intimately. Our Lord says, in a few places, "depart from Me, I never knew you". How do we get Him to know us? The Bible says that those who love Him are known by Him and also that those that know Him are known by Him!
John 1:12 "As many as received Him, to them He gave the authority to become the children of God"
1 Corinthians 8:2 "If anyone loves God this one is known by Him."
Galatians 4:9 "But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn away..."
Psalm 31:20 "I will hide you in the secret place of my presence."
This is incredible safety in troubling times. Please note that it's not automatic. If you are a half hearted believer, or if you are "lukewarm" there is a promise for you. It is that you will "spewed out of Lord's mouth"
There is an old song that goes "The things of the world grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace" If we are growing in the right direction with our Lord, you will be able to test it and measure it by how strong the attractions of the world are in your life.
Our great Lord, Messiah and King will protect you and me through the coming storms.
Part of the package of knowing our King includes knowing as much as we are permitted to know about the terrible and violent soon coming tribulation period and the soon coming of our Lord.
The issue is not so much about being right on a particular date for the start of the tribulation and the coming of our Lord, but looking and watching for the signs and being ready.
On a personal level, I will never ever, not for one second, consider or submit to the army of deceived very reverends, bishops, priests, ministers and pastors and others who continuously teach that "no on knows the time". They often don't say it but they mean; "therefore don't bother looking or watching". Be careful they are a great danger to your very soul!
Let me repeat these verses that I've used a dozen times "Those that love His appearing purify themselves." "End time scoffers say where is the hope of His coming, all things will carry on just like normal"...just like in the days of Noah!
What do you think those guys were doing on the roof of the wedding-house, where the bridegroom was being expected. They weren't watching rabbits! They knew a wedding was about to take place and they had many signs that the bridegroom was going to arrive soon. They weren't up there waiting for months. They didn't know the exact time but they did know more or less.
To be prepared in this time we need to know the signs and know them well. We need to be watching and ready. We need to be right with our Lord in heart and doctrine and we need to know His word well. We need to look deeply into our own hearts and "examine ourselves". We need to be clean and pure. We need to have a full compliment of spiritual armour to strengthen our defences and we need to have the spiritual weapons of warfare at our disposal and in use.
There is so very much of church tradition that we need to forsake forever and replace with the truth.
Tough times are coming. The world is not getting better and more peaceful. Huge dramas are about to break onto the world stage. We need to know what they are and be ready.
We need to know that our God will protect us in the coming days.
We need to have hope and encouragement.
Hope is a vital part of our lives. It's actually important in everyone's life, because without it life becomes meaningless and empty. Many people are without hope in this world and in a desperate state.
Ephesians 2:12 "At that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, have no hope and without God in this world"
Hosea 14:5-6 "I will belike the dew to Israel, He shall grow like the lily, and lengthen his roots like Lebbanon. His branches shall spread, his beauty shall be like an olive tree."
Heaven or hell:
Old lady, don't give up hope. You will soon walk into eternity and get a new body. A young one that will be perfect in every way and it will be eternal. But my dear, if you don't know our Lord, you will go to hell and your sufferings will be much worse than ever and eternal. Don't listen to people who say there is no hell.
Old lady you look very depressed and sad. Do you know that salvation is free and it is so simple anyone can walk into it. Its as far from you as that door just behind you. getting to know our Lord will lift you high and give you victory forever.
Here is another of my own paintings. It's a Fish Eagle grabbing some food. It is God Himself who will sustain us in the coming difficult times and cause us to fly like an eagle with His provision above the cares of this world.
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 54. 29th September 2010
In this edition:
●Deadly spiritual blindness
●The so-called peace process and talks relating to Israel dividing the land and the city of Jerusalem may break down soon over the settlements issue. There are new war drums beating in the background. Either way, we need to look for a peace treaty to be signed. this may come through these current negotiations or in an attempt to end a war not yet on the go. It is the signing of a seven-year peace treaty that kicks off the tribulation period. It will most probably happen on a feast of trumpets.
Deadly spiritual blindness:
If ever there is a time and a desperate need for pure spiritual insight it is right now as the Spirit of the living God is being poured out. At the same time the deadly spirit of Satan is also intensifying. Spiritual blindness and deception, which go hand in hand, have deadly, eternal consequences!
We are in an environment of intensifying spiritual conflict. if you are blind and in a war, you're in trouble.
As the coming of our great Lord and King gets nearer, all of His attributes get nearer and everything He has laid up for us gets closer. As the coming of the antichrist nears, the more he will deceive people including Christians who are not well armed and prepared! He comes in camouflage, as an angel of light, but with him comes hell eternal.
If you don't have spiritual light and insight you won't even see your own need for light. You will carry on into oblivion.
Have you ever wondered why some people just can't see what you see? You can explain spiritual things till you're blue in the face and they just can't see. There's nothing wrong with their intelligence, they're just blind to many things of God.
The main reason many can't see or understand is because they are not born of God in the first place. The new birth is the starting gate.
John 3:3 "I say to you, unless one is born again you cannot see the kingdom of God."
Acts 9:18 "Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales and he received his sight at once and he arose and was baptised." This verse relates to Paul receiving his natural sight after being struck blind, but it most certainly also relates to spiritual sight. Note that as He "saw" he was obedient and went to be baptised right away.
After salvation and adult baptism comes a whole new world of following our Lord as we are led by His spirit.
The following verses of scripture may shock you, but they come straight out of the Bible and give us great insights into spiritual blindness.
What the Bible says:
These verses fly in the face of modern thinking. They relate to everyone, great, small, wise and idiot. After reading these amazing and shocking verses of scripture you may want to blame God. Let me tell you that's not a good idea. it will be much better to look into your own heart first. There, if God permits, you will see the problem.
You see, very few people will admit it, but they have actually set themselves up as God's judge. They have exalted themselves and their own opinions above God.
John 9: 39 "For judgement I have come into this world, that those that do not see may see and that those that see may be made blind."
2 Thessalonians 2:10-11 "...They did not receive the love of the truth that they might be saved and for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie."
Matthew 6:23 "If your eye is bad your whole body will be full of darkness, if then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness."
John 3:19-21 "This is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light. He who does the truth comes to the light."
Romans 1:21 "Although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened ."
Isaiah 44:18 "They do not know nor understand, for He has shut their eyes so that they can't see and shut and darkened their hearts so that they can't understand."
The above verses will come as a shock to many. It is God himself who blinds the minds. He is in the blinding business! If you don't believe me read those verses again. But there is a very obvious reason why this is the case. Its because of the rebellion of people to God. They have turned from God. They want no part in God's Kingdom. They love themselves, the world system and all its evils. In rejecting God and His word they are exalting themselves and replacing all the ways of God with their own ways.
Self righteousness, self dependence, or pride is the big problem. Trusting in yourself and your own good works rather than the saving grace of the living God is the reason God will hide His Face, His Kingdom and His ways from you. God then comes in and makes sure that you will not see, by blinding your eyes.
2 Corinthians 4:3-4 "Our gospel is hidden to them that are lost in whom the god of this world has blinded the eyes of them who believe not."
Now, in this verse (above) it teaches that Satan "the god of this world" has blinded the eyes of unbelievers. It's not a contradiction. Of course Satan would not want anyone to see into God's glorious kingdom or to see his own workings for that matter.
Spiritual blindness is a monumental problem because you will not see that there is a war on the go. You won't see demonic forces at work in the world. How can you defeat an enemy that you don't know exists or can't see?
God will also not not let unbelievers with hard hearts participate in, or even see His Kingdom as well.
What incredible difficulty for unbelievers to see and understand spiritual truth. Both God and the devil have darkened their hearts and understanding.
Blind teachers and preachers:
Matthew 15:14 "Leave them alone, they are blind leaders of the blind, and if the blind leads the blind they will both fall into the ditch."
There are many preachers today who are no more than wolves in sheep's clothing. They are spiritually dead and blind themselves. I continue to be more and more shocked by some of the trash and garbage I see and hear today being presented as gospel truth! It's not so much what they are preaching but what they are not! A great many have great words but with no transforming power. The one big thing that is missing from the modern gospel is the cross. If your church is not teaching and preaching the application of the cross run away from it fast. They are poisonous vipers! (See edition on the centrality of the cross)
They preach in the energy of the flesh and not in the energy of the Spirit and they can't see the difference!
Revelation 3:16-17 "Because you are lukewarm and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out my mouth. Because you say I'm rich and increased with goods and have need of nothing, and you don't know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, naked and blind."
Today we have many liberal churches and ministries proclaiming a message of tolerance to many evils in the name of relevance. They say that the gospel needs to be relevant to today's world. They say that today the world accepts abortion, homosexuality and many other such things, therefore we need to accommodate and tolerate them. What they actually mean is accept the evil. You see, homosexuals don't really want equal rights only, they actually want us to become like them! These churches and their leaders who are accepting of all things modern have become God's judge. They have locked Him up, shut Him up. They have put Him under their feet...or so they think! They have a very big nasty surprise coming!
Isaiah 5:21 "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil; who put darkness for light and light for darkness...Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and prudent in their own sight."
The above verse speaks of those who neutralise all things. They make absolutes variable and grey out truth. Note that these people have sight alright but it is their own sight springing from their dark hearts.
Spiritual darkness in the pulpit is the reason for 30,000 existing, different so-called Christian denominations! What a failure!
Without clear spiritual insight from the church leadership especially the prophets the world will be led into confusion, deception and moral morass. Isn't it amazing that the people of Noah's day could see him building a big boat. They heard his warnings, but they carried on their lives as normal. Their self-opinion blinded them to the soon coming judgement.
A very good way to ensure continued spiritual blindness in your life is to cling to religious traditions.
Mark 7:13 "You make the word of God of no effect through your traditions which you handed down."
Mark 7:7 "Their heart is far from Me and in vain they worship Me teaching as commandmensts the doctrines of men."
Colossians 2:8 "Beware lest anyone cheat you you through empty philosophy and empty deceit, according to the traditions of men, according to the basic principles of this world and not according to Christ."
God does not honour the traditions of man! He honours the traditions and convocations that are exclusively of His word. The occult practices of Christmas, Easter and many others rooted in Babylon and Egypt and adopted by the Catholic church and fed through to Christendom at large, need to be completely expelled from the lives of the God- seeking believer. They need to be replaced with the Feasts of the Lord, Passover, and Shabbat.
Israel's blindness and coming clear sight:
Isaiah 29:10 "For the Lord has poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep and has closed your eyes..."
The rebellion of Israel to God has repeatedly led them into trouble. On their rejection of the Messiah they were again led into trouble. As a response to their refusal, God blinded them and scattered them into many nations, but preserved their identity because He was not finished with them.
Romans 11:25 For I would not have you to be ignorant of this mystery, lest you be wise in your own eyes; that blindness in part has happened to Israel, until the full number of the Gentiles has come in."
Isaiah 42:16 "I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known; I will make darkness light before them."
We are now on the threshold of the recognition of the Messiah by the Jews. They were brought back to their land largely in blindness, but now the veil is starting to lift. It's still early days, and exciting days at that!
The tragedy is that the veil of darkness and blindness is descending on much of the church as they reject God's plan for the Jews, the land of Israel and the city of Jerusalem.
Our Lord will complete His work with the Jews, which He started thousands of years ago. His favour will soon swing to them big time! Much of the church won't like this out of pure jealousy!
Romans 11:21-22 "For if God did not spare the natural branches (Jews), He may not spare you (church) either...if you don't continue in His goodness you also will be cut off."
Don't underestimate this!! It's very serious business. What these verses in Romans 11 teach is that God will restore Israel and at the same time cut off much of the church that comes against this new work of God. If your church teaches replacement theology (that God has replaced Israel with the church and has no future plan for them) get out of that church! The church that comes against, or is silent on what God is doing with Israel and the Jews is in mortal danger. The Spirit of the living God has left them, leaving them dead to Him and alive to deception.
I've said before and I'll say it again; one of the big dividing issues between the true church and the false counterfeit church is the whole issue of Israel, the Jews and Jerusalem. It is a rising fence which you can't sit on. You must be one side or the other. One side will lead to glory and the other to hell. (There's obviously a lot more to this, some of which I've dealt with in many other editions.)
John 8:12 "I am the light of the world. He that follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life."
Good eye sight sees the full range of the spectrum colours. As God opens our eyes more and more to His glory we can know and anticipate many great things to come. Personally, I have a very rich, vivid imagination. But the Bible teaches that no human can even begin to imagine the glory that has been laid up for us. Wow, how about that!
The entire universe will be our domain...can you imagine that?
Spiritual sight only comes by and in humility before God and His word. Perhaps the most powerful verse in the Bible is this: James 4:6 "God gives grace to the humble and resists the proud." How can you do or know anything of God if He is resisting you? Alternatively, if He is giving you grace, you are safe, but it only comes in humility. A few verses before this one we get the incredible discourse on friendship with the world. Verse 4 "Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity to God. Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God." So we really need the Grace of God that comes through our humility before Him so that we can even see what the world is, so that we can break free from its dominance.
The big cause of spiritual blindness is pride and self righteousness or trust in self. The big answer is humility before God and His word. The big answer is to have a broken soft, open heart before out great King and His word. Humility before God will allow Him to open your eyes and see the full spectrum of what we need know so that we can do His will and fulfil His plan for our lives.
In many ways humility is similar to taking up your cross daily. It is the work of the cross applied to our lives that brings deliverance from the world, self and the demonic. As I take up my cross and die daily, it is I that is decreasing and Him who is increasing. If its not I that live but Christ who lives in me, He has perfect sight into everything!
There is of course another very important aspect to spiritual insight and this relates to the coming of our Lord. Today there is a huge amount of confusion and controversy around this subject. Confusion, my friends, does not come from God. Note that the following verse relating to the coming of our Lord for the church says that we are not in darkness!
Today we are in desperate need of people with prophetic vision and insight.
1Thessalonians 5:4 " You brethren are not in darkness that the Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all children of light."
The effects of spiritual sight:
John 16:13 "When He the spirit of truth has come, He will show you things to come"
Isaiah 33:3 "Call on Me and I will show great and mighty things which you do not know."
Job 15:8 "Have you heard of the secret council of God? or do you limit your wisdom to yourself."
Job 42:5 "I have heard of You by the hearing of my ear, but now my (spiritual) eye sees You, therefore I abhor myself and repent in dust in ashes."
Those who have and are applying humility and the cross into their lives get the grace of spiritual sight. The paradox is that as I yield to God I rise in authority. Humility before God does not make you a door mat it makes you a powerful friend of the living God. This brings authority, understanding and real wisdom into your life.
The road to spiritual insight is the road of truth, which ends in the knowledge of God, discernment, understanding and wisdom. This is the place of deep peace!
Spiritual blindness originates in pride / self will / self trust / self assurance. Spiritual sight originates in humility, cross bearing, brokenness and surrender to God and His word.
The fruit of seeing, knowing God and being known by Him is deep joy, rest, fulfilment and peace that surpasses understanding. Its available, in fact it's promised to you if you chose to go His way. It's the opposite of the fruits of the Christ-less world which are stress, worry, and depression.
James 3:17 "The wisdom that is from above is first pure then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits without partiality and without hypocrisy."
What an incredible tragedy it will be for many who will stand before God and be cast into in hell, only to find out that God had an amazing, wonderful plan and purpose for their lives all along and they ignored Him rather to go with the flow of the world and its ways! They decided to be independent of God and self sufficient! They stole their lives from God.
Perhaps the biggest tragedy of all is that everyone will have their eyes opened to all things by God in the future. For many it will be too late.
As kids we used to go to a railway track and put ours ears on the track. You could feel and hear a train approaching long before you saw it. Spiritual insight gives a new exciting larger dimension to life.
Psalm 119:18 "Open my eyes that I may see wondrous things from your word."
Psalm 119:105 "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path."
Psalm 119:130 "The entrance of your word gives light and understanding"
Psalm119:165 "Great peace have they that love your word and nothing causes them to stumble."
Heaven or hell:
Young woman, without our Lord at the helm of your life you may as well be blindfolded. Your life will be a directionless frustrating mess and ending in eternal hell. There is none so blind as those that will not see, goes the cliché, but in truth there is none so blind as those who can't see! If you come to our great King in humble surrender, that blindfold will be vapourised!
"Now we see through a glass darkly but then face to face, now I know in part but then I will know just as I am known" Dear old lady, very soon your old eyes will look into the eyes of the King of King and Lord of Lords; the one who has the power to give you glorious pure sight. When you look into our Messiah's eyes will it be with confidence as a beloved daughter?
Here is one of my own paintings. This is a collage, mixed media creation in which I've hidden many symbols. In the top left is the Hebrew letter Chet and in middle right the Hebrew letter Shin. There various menorahs olive leaves, pieces of the dead sea scrolls, a shofar blower and more.
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 53. 26th September 2010
In this edition:
●The great dispensation debate
This is a controversial subject with two major divergent views, but it's actually very clear if you take the Bible at face value. Those that reject the dispensation view have a problem making certain things fit together, while the dispensational view sees all pieces of the jig-saw puzzle of prophecy fit together perfectly.
What the Bible says:
Firstly, before we get into the meat of this subject lets define our terms from a pure Biblical perspective.
The word "dispensation" in the Bible comes from the root word Oikonomia, which is also the root word for "economy". It means a system of administration. God worked differently with man in the different dispensations. There were different ways God worked and different responses required by man. Each new dispensation brought in new factors. Sometimes various things were carried over from previous dispensations and sometimes certain things were not.
There are nine times the word is used in the New Testament. These are the most important:
Hebrews 1:1 "God who at various times (dispensations) and in different ways spoke in times past, to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son."
Ephesians 1:10 "In the dispensation of the fullness of the times, He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both in heaven and on earth." (This relates to the dispensation of eternity, beyond the Millenium)
Ephesians 3:2 "If indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God, which was given to me for you." verse 9 "and to make all people see what is the dispensation of the mystery (church age), which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God."
Those who believe there are no different dispensations have a problem with the above verses.
There are eight dispensations revealed in the scripture in which God spoke and dealt with mankind in different ways. Here the are:
In the above image note that the dispensation of law is the same colour as the later shorter tribulation period of seven years. This is simply because the age of grace or church dispensation is a parenthesis in the middle. In a certain sense the tribulation period is the closing of the Old Testament.
Some Bible names for the seven year tribulation period:
Here are some of the names or titles the Bible uses for the entire seven year period.:
The tribulation. The wrath of God. The wrath of the Lamb. The Day of wrath. The wrath of Almighty God. (17 references to wrath of God as the entire tribulation period) The time of Jacobs trouble. Daniel's 70th week (week of years-original) The time of affliction. the days of vengeance, the hour of temptation to come upon the whole world. The indignation. The time of sorrows and trouble.
In each of the above portions of scripture only Israel and the Jews are in view. The church is called the mystery dispensation. It was hidden to previous dispensations. It is not in view in any of the tribulation verses. If it is not, this adds weight to a pre-tribulation rapture of the church.
Why the controversy:
The controversy essential boils down to one big issue. Will we go in a pre-tribulation rapture or go through the tribulation, which is also called the wrath of God. Rapture or wrath is the question.
The Bible teaches that "God reserves His wrath for His enemies." Nahum 1:2 Romans 9:22-24
Some argue that there are no dispensations, because God doesn't change. Of course God is the same yesterday today and forever, but God changes the way he deals with man from time to time and He requires man to change in his response.
The question and controversy relates to the Mosaic law and the church age or dispensation of grace. The tearing of the veil n the temple in Jerusalem as our Lord died, indicated that the law of Moses was no longer in effect as a rule of life, because the veil separated believers from the Holy of Holies. The Bible declares that we are now a "kingdom of priests a holy nation and a royal priesthood" This is new and very different from the Mosaic law period.
The grace of God was obviously here in the Old Testament period, but the new dispensation of grace brought about a new way of functioning. Paul says that "you are not under law but under grace."
The final seven years of the Mosaic dispensation is also called the time of Jacob's trouble or the tribulation period. It is also called the 70th week of Daniel. This period completes the Old Testament in a way.
Let's have a look at the incredible prophecy of Daniel's 70 weeks. The word "week" is the original word 'shabua' and means "a seven" It can refer to a week of days or a week of years. In the context its a week of years. The prophecy indicates a 490 year period of God's dealings exclusively with Israel and Jerusalem and not the church.
The prophecy reveals that it will take 69 weeks of years until Messiah is cut off. Then comes the 70th week or seven year tribulation. God determined that all 70 would be for Israel. The church was not in the 69 and can't be in the 70th! To be consistent with other portions of scripture there has to be a gap between the 69th and 70th week. This gap is the 2000 year church age or age of grace, also called the mystery dispensation in the Bible.
The church will not be present during any part of the 70th week.
The church is absent in all verses of scripture relating to the 70th week, the tribulation or Jacob's trouble in the entire Bible.
The only references to the church in the Revelation are in chapters one to three, preceding the 70th week or tribulation period and right at the end where they are seen returning with our Lord to the earth at the end of the period. (There are references to tribulation saints on earth in this time. These are they that are saved during the tribulation period)
The 144000 of the Revelation who are commissioned with evangelism during the tribulation are all Jews. (Revelation 7:4-8) If evangelism is the job of the church how come only Jews are in view here?
Arguments against dispensations:
Many argue that the word dispensation is not in the Bible. Well, as seen above, it is and many times!
Some argue that the last trumpet of Revelation 11:15 is the same as the last trumpet of 1Thessalonians 4:16 and 1 Corinthians 15:51. It is not the same. In the Revelation it says "The seventh angel sounded his trumpet...the kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord." This is simply the last trumpet for the tribulation. It signals the end of the tribulation period or the close of the Old Testament dispensation.
1 Corinthians 15:51 "Behold I tell you a mystery, we shall not all sleep (die) but we shall all be changed, in a moment in a twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet, for the trumpet will sound and the dead will be raised incorruptible and we shall be changed." This trumpet is the last trumpet of the dispensation which began at Pentecost, called the church age or mystery dispensation. There is a last trumpet for both the church and Israel.
1 Thessalonians 4:16 "The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet of God and the dead in Christ will rise first."
The last trumpet for the church sounds before the wrath of God. The last trumpet in Revelation sounds right at the end of the wrath of God or tribulation.
The last trumpet of 1 Corinthians 15:51 and 1 Thessalonians 4:16 has no trumpets preceding it, so it is not the last in a series. It is the last for the church dispensation. The last trumpet of Revelation is the last of a series of seven trumpets.
The trumpet closing the church age occurs in a "twinkling of an eye" while the last trumpet of the Revelation does not.
There are resurrections of the dead who are part of the church and a different resurrection at the end of the tribulation. Some argue that this can't be. Actually there have already been many resurrections in history. For example; Elijah, the dead body of Moses, many at the resurrection of our Lord and others. So it is quite conceivable that we have two resurrections!
If you mix these up into one, there are many problems created with many other portions of scripture. Many things will not add up.
Many argue that God doesn't deal separately with Israel and the church. This makes a total mockery of a huge number of passages of scripture and creates an untidy illogical mess.
There are many who become believers in the tribulation period. These are called tribulation saints and will meet the Lord at His second coming. But they are not part of the church as such.
The rule of logic:
If the way you put the Bible together ends up with pieces that don't fit, something is wrong. This would mean that you have to either ignore portions of scripture or adhere to the terrible allegorical method of interpretation, which allows you to make it say what you want it to.
Logic dictates that the method or belief that has has everything fitting together like a jig saw is correct. We need to consider and take all of scripture in its context.
If you reject dispensations:
If you reject dispensations there can be no rapture at all. The dispensation rejecters believe in a post tribulation rapture. It's also called the grand U-turn. At the end of the tribulation the Lord returns to the earth with His saints. If the rapture happens then, people will rise to meet the Lord in the air and came straight back to the earth with Him.
A simple view of the church as a mystery dispensation in between the Old Testament is consistent with the Bible.
The dispensation problem:
The problem that continues to hover around dispensationalism has nothing to do with the Bible itself. It has been and is caused by some people who take dispensations to an extreme and over-apply it. They claim that there can be nothing carried over from one to another. This is not the case. Many people over-apply dispensations on the one hand and on the other many reject dispensations completely. Both are wrong.
The Bible itself is clear. The big picture can only be seen without contradiction with dispensations in view.
Titus 2:13 "Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ."
Heaven or hell:
Young Palestinian, you still have time to make right with God. You have a very, very important choice before you. You can go the way of your family and your friends and your people or you can break away from the traditions that will lead you to hell. Our Lord and Messiah may be Jewish, but he loves you much more than any of your own people ever will or can. He will set you free indeed.
Old woman, you have very little time left. Have you made right with God? If you have God will make right with you and welcome you into His glorious Kingdom for all eternity. It would be a terrible situation if you have a hard life of suffering now and on your death your eternal suffering begins. The Kingdom of our God is a Kingdom of never ending peace, and joy.
Here is a painting by Rembrandt of the prophet Jeremiah mourning over the future of Jerusalem.
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 52. 12th September 2010
In this edition:
●Devastating famine coming soon
Famine is coming now:
If you read through other editions you will notice that we have far too many prophetic things all dovetailing together at the same time. You need to be an idiot not to see it! It's all pointing to the soon coming of our great King and Messiah, who is the only One with the real solution for all the world's problems.
Jeremiah 9:10 "I will take up a weeping and wailing for mountains and for the habitation of the wilderness and a lamentation because they are destroyed.
There is a perfect storm coming soon...a nasty one. This storm of circumstances is gathering momentum fast and could have dramatic consequences for the world economy.
"We will soon be experiencing a worldwide food crisis of unprecedented magnitude" says Agriculture News. It goes on to say: "Water shortage crisis to hit the US and the world" This story is being repeated by many agricultural experts around the world right now. "Will 2010 be the year the world runs out of food" says one specialist publication.
Record setting droughts, exploding populations and crippling crop failures all over the world are combining to set the stage for a devastating food crisis which will escalate into 2011.
Many parts of the US are now starting to suffer crop failures. The US has always been seen as the world's reservoir. A new disease called "late blight" is absolutely devastating tomato and potato crops in the US. The prices of these are just starting to rise now. In addition farmers all over the US are reporting disappointing harvests. Wheat harvests in particular have been poor in some states.
Ug99 is confounding agricultural scientists. It's a new horrific wheat fungus also called stem rust. It's very difficult to get rid of. Scientists estimate that it could decimate 80% of the world's wheat crop.
29% of the world's fisheries are in a state of collapse according to a Canadian Scientist. This number will rise in coming years.
The World Bank has just warned: "80 countries are now facing serious water shortages that will threaten their citizens and economies."
At the moment there are some 1 billion people in the world who go to bed hungry, with 3.6 people starving to death every second.
World famine comes with its partners pestilence, disease, starvation, and death. It will lead to world economic collapse. The world economy is heading for double dip recession without any of this as a contributor!
The floods in the south of China have been in the news of late, but almost the entire north of this massive country is now experiencing its worst ever drought. This has resulted in massive crop failures. Ground water has dried up so there are no working wells for irrigation. The land has become parched. The problem with this is that it has prevented planting for next season. So crop failure for the new season is guaranteed.
90% of the groundwater of the cities and surrounding has now dried up. 75% of all of the lakes and rivers are now polluted. 700 million people are now drinking polluted water.
This enormous country has also seen devastating drought and wild fires recently. The drought has led to crop failures on a massive scale. Because of this Putin has intervened and stopped all wheat exports until next year, when the situation will be reviewed. But the drought has been so severe that it has prevented planting for the next season. So, as with China, next years there will be little or no crops to fail.
It's not just wheat, but other grains and crops that are failing throughout Russia.
The spread and growth of deserts is alarming. It goes hand in hand with deforestation which is also alarming particularly in the Amazon region and the central African rain forests. Desertification is like a disease of the earth drying up fertile land and upsetting the balance of nature. The degradation and degeneration of land is spreading so fast in some regions that scientists believe there will soon be an imbalance in the very structure of our atmosphere, due to missing elements. This adds to climate and weather instability. Many rivers that were once strongly flowing are now seasonal with many drying up completely.
Arable land is now being lost at 35 times the historical rate due to the advance of deserts.
It's a losing battle simply because there isn't the political will do take action on these issues. A new global effort is needed to stem these tides. In some cases it is too late anyway.
The UN has just issued this brief:
One third of the earth's land surface is now under threat! Already 250 million people are directly affected by desertification. A further 1.2 billion people in over 110 countries are at risk now.
The fastest growing desert now is in northern China, where much of the region has become a dust bowl.
Spain is seeing large areas of land that were once fertile now turning to desert. 36 countries in Africa are now deteriorating due to the influence of desertification. Canada is being affected by rapidly growing desert.
The big bottom line in this is that food production will come under pressure causing the prices to rise. Right now some commodities are still okay with large stockpiles while others are in trouble. Most of them are heading in the wrong direction now. The wheat price is rising fast although not at 2007 record levels yet, but it won't be long before it gets there and then goes higher.
The wheat price:
Disappearing bee syndrome:
This is also called colony collapse disorder (CCD)
One third of the bees have gone in the US and South America. Colony collapse is escalating around the world.
Bee colonies are disappearing fast. This is not only bad news for honey production. Bees play a vital part in the pollination of many plants including fruits and vegetables. Flowering plants require insect pollination. As many as 90 commercial crop species are pollinated by bees. Some of these include: apples, citrus fruits, strawberries, onions carrots, sunflower, nuts, coffee, soya beans, cottons and many others.
This will cause a worldwide decrease in these products and many other that are related like cattle feeds etc.
Scientists are now warning that this will soon cause a collapse in the food chain.
The Guardian has just published this report: "Fears for crops as shock figures from America show the scale of the bee catastrophe. The world may on the brink of a biological disaster after news that a third of US bee colonies have gone."
"Bees in terminal decline" says the Observer.
The problem is that colony collapse is coming along at the same time as world water shortages and growing famine, which will exacerbate the whole problem.
What the Bible says:
There are hundreds of Bible verses speaking prophetically of dramatic famine, pestilence, starvation and death coming. Most of these relate to the tribulation period, but we need to realise that this won't all happen overnight. We are now in the forerunner period leading up to the tribulation. It's also called the time of "birth pangs". So we can expect many of the prophesied catastrophes of the tribulation to begin to appear now.
There are many judgements of the tribulation that will be an instant supernatural act of the wrath of God and others that will involve environment and nature going crazy. These will be progressive in development.
I won't deal here with any of the prophetic judgements of the Revelation, because all of them occur in the seven year tribulation period. They are much worse than any of the forerunners. The subject of this article is the forerunner time period we are in now.
Luke 21:10 "Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom and there will be great earthquakes in various places and famines and pestilences with fearful sights and great signs from heaven." This is one of the "signs of the end of the age" It is a verse relating to the tribulation, but as said many of these things will start to appear just before hand as the season approaches.
Why are these terrible things happening?
The big bottom line is that "God is not mocked" You can ignore Him and disobey Him, but at the end of the day, you pay. The same principle applies on a global level.
There are many verses of scripture relating to agricultural land being allowed a "Sabbath rest". 2 Chronicles 36:21 is one of them. If the land is not permitted its Sabbath or jubilee rest it will revolt!
Mans great commission was also to steward nature and not abuse it blindly for pure monetary gain.
Read the verses below, and then also just read the underlined sections.
Leviticus 26:1-19 "You shall not make idols etc and bow down to them. You shall keep My Sabbaths and reverence My sanctuary...if you keep My word then I will give you rain in its season, the land will yield its produce and the trees their fruit ...but if you do not obey Me and keep My word, I will appoint terror over you, wasting disease and fever and you shall sow in vain...I will break the pride of your power.
Deuteronomy 28:15 "If you do not obey the Lord your God and keep His commandment, all these curses will come upon you and overtake you. (includes famine pestilence etc)
Ezekiel 5:11-13 "Because you have defiled My sanctuary with your detestable things and your abominations, therefore I will diminish you, My eye will not spare you, nor will I have any pity. One third of you shall die of pestilence and famine in your midst...thus My anger shall be spent and I will cause My fury to rest upon them..."
Ezekiel 14:13 ""When a land sins against Me by persistent unfaithfulness, I will stretch out My hand against it; I will cut off its supply of bread and send famine on it."
Hosea 4:1-10 "There is no truth or mercy or knowledge of God in the land...therefore the land will mourn and everyone will waste away with the birds of the air and even the fish will be taken away...because you have forgotten the law of God...they shall eat but not have enough because they have ceased obeying the Lord."
Jeremiah 14:13-16 Is a discourse on false prophets who prophecy peace and say that there will be no famine. "These prophets prophecy lies in My name and I have not sent them".
The above verses show that it's not God's fault at all. It is the fault of rebellious man.
Here is God's way:
Psalm 37:18 & 21 "The Lord knows the days of the upright and their inheritance shall be forever, they shall not be ashamed in the evil time and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied." "I have not seen the righteous forsaken nor his seed begging bread."
Joel 2:18 "Then the Lord will be zealous for His land and pity His people and will say "Behold I will send you grain, new wine and oil, I will no longer make you a reproach among the nations." vs 22 "Don't be afraid you beasts of the field; for the open pastures will spring up and the trees will bear fruit..." This occurs as Israel repents and turns to the Lord.
The nature of the coming food crisis and its related partners will cause an economic collapse. The world economy is just starting to emerge from recession. It is still on crutches. In fact the recovery has now topped out and is just starting to head back down again. Growth rates are slowing. It's easy to knock over a person on crutches. The world economy is fragile and simply doesn't have the capacity to sustain any new shocks at this time.
The problem is that natural calamities can intensify and spread rapidly.
Social upheaval and riots.
Because of the very nature of man, he is inclined to react with violence when he can't get what he wants. Food -price riots have just started as basic food prices rise. Five countries have just seen food riots. We are still in the early days of this, but these are things that wars are fought over.
One of the amazing things about the coming big war of Ezekiel 38 and 39 (also called the war of Gog and Magog) is that one of the reasons for the invasion of Israel relates to food. Israel has had many crippling famines in the past, but as their spiritual eyes begin to open, God is blessing them with abundance.
Of course you may ask and legitimately...why does God pour His judgement out on innocent people and why does God allow this to happen when in it's in His power to stop it all? The answer is actually quite simple. The battle really originates in the spiritual world and God's solution to all the evil emanating from Satan himself, is salvation through the blood sacrifice of Yeshua / Jesus on the cross. Obedience to His word follows. Everything outside of the work of His cross has to come under judgement.
Besides, you can't really blame God when He has spelt everything out clearly in His word. He has warned very clearly that these things will occur. He has warned that you are hell-bound without the saving grace of Christ. Through His love He has promised safety and eternal salvation for those who want it, and it's for free! He has given us His word and He places the author in the hearts of His family by His Spirit.
At the end of the day everything that God does will be just and righteous and nobody will be able to disagree. Everyone will rightly have to say amen to their own judgement. It will. At the end every knee will bow to Him. It's enlightened self interest to bow the knee to Him now rather than at the great white throne judgement where it will be too late.
These coming natural catastrophes are going to intensify greatly. They will create stress, distress, and depression on a wide scale. During the tribulation period untold masses will turn to the Lord.
What's coming is untold disaster, judgement then comes eternal absolute glory. There will be no more Satanic influence in this world, and no more curse. Nature itself will be set free, never again to be subject to satanically driven man.
Peace will soon be taken from this earth, but it's coming back in purified glorious form.
Isaiah 32:15 "The wilderness will become a fertile field, justice and righteousness will dwell in nature"..
Romans 8:18-23 "For I consider that the suffering of the present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God...because the creation itself will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole of creation groans and labours with birth pangs together until now and not only they but we also who have the first fruits of the Spirit, we also groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body."
Job 38:8 The range of the mountains is His pasture, and He searches after every green thing."
Heaven or hell:
None of you will ever be able to hide from the eyes of the living God. You may be able to do so now, but soon all will be laid bare before God. If you have made right with Him while alive you are safe forever. If not you will stand before God and you will see Him. He will cast you into the prison of hell.
Heaven awaits all of those that are His. We will be deliverd into the glorious liberty of the family of God. What awaits all believers is unimaginable glory. The universe will be our playground.
Here is a woodcut done by Gutave Dore. This is one of the "Paradise Lost" series representing Lucifer surveying Eden. Thanks to the Adelaide Library.
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!