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Edition 443: November 13th 2018
Wonders of the Millennium:
We are getting closer to the end of this age, and then the tribulation period begins lasting for seven years, and then the Millennium. In many ways the Millennium will be like Eden. It will see the earth restored to the way it was meant to be, before the fall of man.
We must bear in mind that God’s creation includes, nature, wildlife and environment. It includes the entire world of animal species, as well as the great physical landscapes. It also includes every inch of the entire universe and worlds we had no idea existed.
The wilderness is a fragile treasure, with many hidden messages revealing God (Romans 1:20), and showing the heart of man. Environment, biodiversity, and all things natural are inextricably linked.
Nature and environment is God’s art, His music, and His poetry and must be seen as such. When you do, you impute required value to the wilds! Man by nature, preserves and protects what he values.
We are all well-aware that man has made a mess of his job as custodian and steward of nature. But what is coming will blow Satan’s plans to hell, and blow your socks off in wonder and awe!
Deliberate environment destruction is Satan’s attack on God. That’s all about to end.
God’s concern and love of nature is about to be revealed in a spectacular new world.
There are a number of words translated - “beauty” in the Bible. But one of them has an incredible, insightful meaning. It applies to our Lord and to you – in resurrection! Only those born-again of God will soon be exquisitely beautiful, forever!
Beauty: Strong’s H1927 “Hadarah.” Meanings: Adornment of glory, holy glory, splendour, perfection.
Psalm 96:9 “Oh worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him all the earth.”
Psalm 50:2 “Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God will shine forth.”
Isaiah 33:17 “Your eyes will see the King in His beauty; they will see the land that is far off.”
Believers have a glorious, beautiful future ahead in all respects. Now, we are like grounded eagles.
Habakkuk 2:14 “The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea,”
The Millennium will be part of the kingdom of God.
Romans 14:17 “The kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”
Note the word “righteousness” in the verse above. It means right standing or being right with God by justification through the new-birth. It is exclusive to the new-birth. Note the fruits of peace and joy.
The essence of Satan’s kingdom is: unrighteousness, false peace and temporary happiness.
The outcome of your choice to go with God, or go with world will have eternal consequences.
Worlds to come:
This present world-system will soon be destroyed and a new glorious, pure, holy and righteous world will come about. This is the Millennium. After that, comes the “eternity of eternities, which we know very little about.
2 Peter 3:13 “We, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.”
Hell, in a sense is an eternal world as well.
Yes there are other worlds out there with life on them. The Bible hints at them.
The original word used for “worlds” is aion and can be translated “age.” It has a number of applications making it plural, and is better translated “worlds” as it is in the two verses below.
Hebrews 1:2 “He made the worlds.”
Hebrews 11:3 “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed, by the word of God...”
Psalm 19:1 “The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows His handiwork.”
Born-again, resurrected believers will not be confined to this earth in the Millennium. It is those who were saved in the tribulation who will go through into the earthly Millennium, with longevity restored, but in natural bodies.
Those who have returned from the marriage of Lamb in heaven will be set up in the New Jerusalem, which will “fly” mysteriously above the earth. Believers will be engaged in ruling and reigning on earth as well, and wherever else we are commission to in the universe!
Of course there may be variations to all of this. We can’t be absolutely sure of the little details, but there is enough in the Bible to set our hearts on fire in faith for this grand future.
How the earth got into such a mess:
God created the earth in perfection as a dwelling place for man, the pinnacle of His creation.
Psalm 115:16 “The heaven even the heavens are the Lord’s; but the earth, He has given to the children of men.”
Then came Satan, who infiltrated Eden and its residents. The great fall of man was followed by an all-encompassing curse. Man rejected God’s way and chose his own. That developed over time into godless humanism.
We see it characterised in: ●Darwin, representing creation without God. ●Freud, representing the soul without God. ●Marx, representing the socio-political / economic world without God. All are a godless failure.
All attempts by the world to make the world a place of world peace have not only failed, but been destroyed by God, all for the reason that God and His ways were excluded!
Isaiah 24: 4-6 “The earth mourns and fades away; the world languishes and fades away. The haughty people of the earth languish. The earth is also defiled under its inhabitants, because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinances, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore the curse has devoured the earth, and those who dwell in it are desolate...”
Hosea 4:1-3 “Hear the word of the Lord you children of Israel, for the Lord brings a charge against the inhabitants of the land: There is no truth, mercy or knowledge of God in the land...therefore the land will mourn; and everyone who dwells there will waste away, with the beasts of the field and the birds of the air, even the fish of the sea will be taken away.”
Way back in my teenage years I developed a love and passion for the great wilds. I did much work, most of my adult life for endangered species and the preservation of environment. Soon after I was saved in 1976, the verse below sprang to life for me personally.
Jeremiah 9:10 “I will take up a weeping and a wailing for the mountains and for the habitation of the wilderness a lamentation, because the are burned up, so that no one can pass through them. Both the birds and the beasts have fled; they are gone.”
I have a close affinity with the wilds. I used my position in the media to bring awareness and support for wildlife and the environment, for many years.
Proverbs 31:8 “Open your mouth for the speechless.”
It’s important to understand the position of wildlife, wilderness, environment and nature in the earth because it is all part of God’s creation, and He puts great value on it.
Psalm 50:10-11 “Every beast of the forest is Mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know all the birds of the mountains, and the wild beasts of the field are Mine.”
Psalm 104:24-25 “O Lord, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom, You have made them all. The earth is full of Your possessions – this great and wide sea, in which are innumerable teeming things, living things, both small and great.”
Satan will be bound in the Millennium, the curse on mankind and on nature will be gone. But just before we get to the Millennium, in the soon-coming seven year tribulation period, nature itself will become man’s worst enemy!
Surprise, surprise... nature will be changed, but it will be no friend of man. It’s almost as though God himself gives nature the chance for incredible revenge in a rampage of terror on this world.
The tribulation will be a time like no other! (Matthew 24:21, Daniel 12:1, Joel 2:2)
The world will see the “wrath of God” the “wrath of man” the “wrath of Satan” and the “wrath of nature” all manifesting at the same time. The same sort of massive demonstrative judgments of the Old Testament will be back, but much worse.
So, before the Millennium begins the earth will see nature’s last stand in revolt against man!
The earth mourns:
War, politics, greed and ignorance have already plunged huge numbers of species into extinction, reflecting the evil heart of man and the course of the world.
The loud, living wilderness is fast becoming a silent desert in many places. The world will soon end up where it is headed. You can see how Satan in many false religions disrespects, hates, misuses and kills God’s creation. The plight of the rhino being a case in point!
Mankind was ordained to be stewards of God’s creation. He has turned that stewardship it into cruel domination. The wolrd will pay the price!
Because of new-age involvement in all things green, that does not mean that we relinquish our own responsibility to manage God’s green, living art. Oh, did you know God is green?
Job 39:8 “The range of the mountains is His pasture, and He searches after every green thing.”
The earth gets excited!
Romans 8:18-22 “I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God...The creation itself will also be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know the whole creation groans and labours with birth pangs together until now.”
Can you hear creation groaning? I can! But it also has within the groan a growing excited, and an earnest expectation. What is this great expectation of creation? It is the revealing and manifestation of the glorified saints in the Millennium!
The groaning of creation is starting to turn to a hum. Soon it will be song, and then a massive orchestral celebration!
There are so many things in the Millennium that will be truly wonderful and amazing. One of these things will be some sort of new covenant with nature and all of creation. Here is a hint of it:
►Hosea 2:18 “In that day I will make a covenant for them with the beast of the field, the birds of the air and the creeping things. Bow and sword of battle I will shatter from the earth, to make them lie down safely.”
►Job 5:22-23 “You shall not be afraid of the beasts of the earth, for you shall have a covenant with the stones of the field; the beasts of the field shall be at peace with you.”
Note that the two verses above are the opposite of the verse below showing the result of the curse originating with Adam.
Genesis 9:2 “The fear of you (man) and the dread of you shall be on every beast, and bird of the air, on all that moves on the earth and in the sea.”
So God brings us, the church into the New Covenant. He brings Israel into the New Covenant and He brings nature itself into the New Covenant.
By the way, the crown of thorns was in fact payment for the curse on nature, which originally manifested in the environment springing forth in thorns. (Genesis 3:17-18)
The excitement of nature in Israel:
Isaiah 35:1-6 “The wilderness and the desert shall be glad for them, and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as a rose...Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped...Waters shall burst forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert.” (See Isaiah 27:6)
This portion of scripture above (and many more) speaks of the anticipation of nature ahead of the coming salvation of the Jews. In fact this has all been happening for a while already. The deserts of Israel began to spring to life just after Israel’s independence in 1945, which is a precursor to their soon-coming salvation.
Israel, the head of the nations:
Jeremiah 31:7 “Sing with gladness for Jacob, and shout among the chief (Lit=head) of the nations; proclaim, give praise and say, O Lord save Your people, the remnant of Israel.”
Israel will be a blessing to all nations and bring peace to the world in the Millennium.
The world’s god, Satan knows that Israel will become holy, righteous, and redeemed of God in the tribulation, and will be the agent of salvation to the world. This is why Satan’s people hate Israel.
Isaiah 4:2 “In that day the Branch of the Lord shall be beautiful and glorious; and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and appealing for those of Israel who have escaped. It shall come to pass that he who is left in Zion and he who remains in Jerusalem will be called holy.”
Isaiah 52:9-10 “...The Lord has comforted His people, He has redeemed Jerusalem. The Lord has revealed His power in the eyes of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.”
In Israel there are two significant eagles of note: The Imperial Eagle and the Golden Eagle. The former speaks of kingly rule and the latter of royalty.
Here are some amazing characteristics of eagles:
●They don’t flap around excessively. ●They mount up on their wings. ●They soar above the world. ●They stir up the nest and throw the young out teaching them to fly. ●They fly and hunt alone. ●They are the highest fliers. ●Their call is a piercing scream. ●They attack when the sun (Son) is behind them. ●They fly staring into the sun (Son) with their two eyelids generating strength into their cylindrical bones. ●They have incredible eye sight. ●They have one enemy, the serpent. ●Eagles represent power, freedom and transcendence, beauty, honour, grace. ●They are true riders of the storm!
Isaiah 40:31 “Those who wait on the Lord, shall renew (Lit=exchange) their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”
Ezekiel 36:35 “So they will say, “This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden...”
Isaiah 51:3 “For the Lord (when) 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.”
Isaiah 11:6-9 “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat. The calf and the young lion; a little child shall lead them...The lion shall eat straw like an ox...They shall not hurt nor destroy in My holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord.”
Isaiah 32:15-16 “When the Spirit is poured out from on high, the wilderness shall become fertile...Then justice will dwell in the wilderness. The work of righteousness shall be peace and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance forever.”
The verses above give a wonderful insight into what’s coming – and soon!
All creatures great and small:
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 those who love Him.”
At the end of the day, all creatures will praise and worship our Lord of all. That includes many strange heavenly creatures too.
There are strange fiery, living creatures inside flying “wheels within wheels”, the colours of “awesome crystals” (Ezekiel 1:19-28)
There are Seraphim, Cherubim , six-winged creatures full of eyes, four winged creatures and more! (Isaiah 6:2) There are creatures with four faces, flying like eagles (Revelation 4:7) Multitudes of angels and celestial beings, the heavenly host, and the mighty ones. (And you too!)
Seraphim means “the burning ones” and points to purity, power and judgement.
Numerous verses speak of the colours of heaven, and the New Jerusalem. They include: Gold, blue, purple, silver and green. Others speak of incredible supernatural trees and spectacular plants.
By contrast the Bible reveals the creatures of hell: Devouring locusts and scorpions with special tormenting powers (Revelation 9:3-10). Leviathan (Isaiah 27:1) a serpent-like dragon, or sea monster of chaos. Horned beasts and monsters (Revelation 13:1)
This is a huge very exciting subject. I will deal with other aspects further down the line.
The Millennium will be characterised by Kingly rule, and the full manifestation of glory in our Lord, in His people in the earth and in the universe. It will be characterised by all truth.
Psalm 85:10 “Mercy and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. Truth shall spring out of the earth.”
There will be a unified language. (Zephaniah 3:9) And not before the Millennium!
The purpose of this edition is to give you a glimpse into the near-future and the glory that lies ahead for the saved of God. Be encouraged and look ahead with your eyes of faith.
2 Corinthians 4:17 “For our light affliction, which is just for a moment, is working for us, a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”
1 Corinthians 15:49 “And we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the form of the heavenly Man.”
Psalm 37:11-13 “The meek (humble) shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. The wicked plots against the just and gnashes his teeth at him. The Lord laughs, for He sees his day coming.”
The final enemy, death will be destroyed forever.
We are about to witness the kiss of God on all creation. No it’s not a princess kissing a frog. It’s the Prince and His kiss will do a lot more than transform frogs!
I took this picture of the giant baobab tree in the Limpopo region and the flowers in the Namaqualand Desert. I created the picture above in the main body from a picture I did in the Drakensberg Mountains, mixing it with a picture I took at Augrabies Falls and a fish egle.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 442: November 6th 2018
Standing before the Lord:
Tick tock, tick tock goes the prophetic clock!
We are right on the verge of major end-time prophecies coming to pass. People look excitedly at all the events unfolding – and rightly so. But some people either don’t see, or underplay the biggest, soon-coming event of all time for themselves personally.
Are you ready to stand before the King of kings, Lord of lords and Judge of judges – the grand perfect, holy, God of the universe? Do you remember the words of the hide-and seek game: “Coming ready or not”? Well, this is not a game...it’s the real deal!
As a believer, ready or not, you will soon stand alone – very alone before our Lord in judgement. Everything, including your thoughts will be judged. You will receive reward and loss of reward. How wise it is to be ready!
As believers, we will never stand before our Lord in judgement for salvation. That is a done deal, achieved on the cross and through the new-birth. But we will be judged for our works.
This edition is a heart-felt desire to help you prepare confidently to meet the Judge.
Hebrews 6:1-2 “Let us go one to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith towards God, of the doctrine of baptisms (plural), of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead and of eternal judgment.”
Resurrection, rapture, reward, and hell all have eternal outcomes!
Cleansing judgement is coming.
The overall principle of judgement, is love in action. It is a powerful cleansing agent.
A new Eden, a new paradise of unimaginable wonder is coming soon on the wings of the destruction of this present polluted “paradise.”
A world released from the restraint of God’s influence doesn’t get worse and worse. It gets worse and worse and then judgment!
We are to come out of what God has decreed to be evil and is doomed.
1 John 2:15-16 (Amp) “Do not love or cherish the world or the things that are in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, craving for sensual gratification, and the lust of the eyes, the greedy longings of the mind, and the pride of life, which is assurance in one’s own resources and the stability of the earthly things – these do not come from the Father but are from the world.”
Today the fruits of the evil one in the world are arising. All man-made, plans to make the world a better place to live in are essentially plans to make it a better place to sin in.
1 John 5:4 “Whatever (whoever) is born of God, overcomes the world.”
Revelation 21:7 “He who overcomes shall inherit all things and I will be his God and he will be My son.”
We as believers, have authority to judge in areas where we have responsibility. We all have responsibility over ourselves. We must fearlessly judge ourselves. This involves deep change, but also involves your influences and whom you let into your life and how far.
Are you secure in your life choices? You can only really be secure when you have chosen God’s way which itself is secure. All else is as a secure as a mud hut in cat 5 hurricane and a magnitude 10 earthquake at the same time!
Restraining yourself not to sin is good, but not the best. The best is when the restraint, over time, becomes automatic and it has changed you into a new holiness-loving individual. You are then a true conqueror of sin and free indeed!
1 John 3:6 “Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him.”
Exercised restraint, over time, turns the attractiveness of sin into repulsion. Deliberate restraint refines you in your walk on the narrow road.
Restraint grows. It begins at the great U-turn, when you begin to deny self and the sin-nature. Then, the attractiveness of sin begins to wane. If you don’t, you lose the restraint and your conscience becomes dull and eventually seared.
►The more you do something the more normal it becomes. The more you don’t do something, the more normal that becomes!
If you are truly saved, you will get to know our Lord more as you seek Him. Your life’s direction changes with your priorities and your lifestyle. Your depth of character changes, and what you even perceive to be sin changes. Your change is deep and enduring.
Proverbs 4:18-19 “The path of the just is like the shining sun that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day. The way of the wicked is like darkness, they do not know what makes them stumble.”
If your path is not getting brighter – you are on the wrong path.
Some people never change because they are not saved!
Power to change:
Philippians 3:10 (Amp) “My determined purpose is that I may know Him, and become progressively more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognising the wonders of Him. And that in the same way, I may come to know power flowing from His resurrection; and that I may so share in His sufferings as to be continually transformed into His likeness.”
There is a wonderful power that emanates from the resurrection. It is the power that helps us in transformation. But we must understand that there is also a power in sin and darkness.
●Powers of darkness: Luke 22:53. ●Power of demons: (principalities) ●Ephesians 6:12. ●Power of Satan: Acts 26:18, Ephesians 2:1-3.
Interestingly the word “power” in the verses above is ●Strong’s G1849 “Exousia”, meaning power of judicial authority. The word “power” given to us is ●Strong’s G1411, “Dynamis”, meaning miraculous force, mighty strength. It is the word from which “dynamite” comes.
Your sin-nature, residing in self is the devils legal right into your life, so kill him – crucify self. He cannot penetrate the cross. The sin-nature likes the status quo, hating the cross!
The cross was Satan’s victory for a brief moment. The resurrection was his total defeat and God’s eternal triumph forever! There is great power in that!
►When you have applied the cross and repented over something, God has removed it forever. Don’t go and bring it out from under the cross again, and don’t let people condemn you for that sin which is now as far removed as the east is from the west!
Do remember that the powers of darkness have a judicial authority in the world-system. We are to “crucify the world to us”. (Galatians 6:14)
The unsaved are not aware that they are fulfilling the sin of Lucifer. They are exalting themselves and their ways above God and His way. They think they are creating their own paradise! Their end is a ride with the Valkyries, a dance with demons in a paradise lost!
Modern man is about to find out the hard way that he not the centre of the universe. Behaviour determined by fallen man is about to explode under the judgement of God.
Brass is always a type of the judgment of God. (Bronze is similar to brass with the same meaning.)
●“Heavens of bronze”! This is a most remarkable curse. Deuteronomy 28 spells out the blessings and curses of God for obedience and disobedience.
Deuteronomy 28:23 “Your heavens which are over your head shall be bronze and the earth which is under you shall be iron.” (Iron is a symbol of crushing.)
The symbolism in the verse above, speaks of being totally covered by judgement as seen in the sky of bronze, and having crushing defeat below your feet. It relates to the unsaved, but can also apply to defeated Christians under the weight of an enduring, expansive curse.
●The brazen (brass) laver of the temple was made of brass with pieces of mirror imbedded into a frame of bronze. (Exodus 38:8)
The brass laver was used for the washing and cleansing of the hands of the temple priests, to make them pure. This was also a type of Messiah.
As they looked into the laver made with brass and mirrors they saw themselves precariously surrounded by judgement!
When you look in the mirror if you see yourself, you’re in trouble! If you see our Lord looking back at you, that’s good. He is reading you and preparing you for your great triumphal entry into heaven.
2 Corinthians 3:18 “We all with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image, from glory to glory, by the Spirit of the Lord.”
●Moses, at God’s command, made a bronze serpent. (Numbers 21:9) He was to put it on a pole. “Anyone bitten by the snake, or who looked at this bronze snake would live.”
That’s very strange, because a snake bite is associated with death not life!
This is a powerful type of our Lord being raised on the cross of Calvary, where He “became sin and death for us.” Salvation emanating from all who receive the work of the cross is life!
If you have not been bitten and judged by this life giving snake, you are still un-judged, unsaved and poisoned by your sin.
●Amidst the amazing descriptive terms used for our Lord in the opening chapter of the Revelation we see Him returning with “feet of brass, refined in a furnace.” (Revelation 1:15) This speaks deeply of the pure, holy and cleansing judgement of our Lord.
The final act:
►Job 36:7 “He does not withdraw His eye from the righteous; but they are on the throne with kings, for He has seated them forever, and they are exalted.”
The last thing God will do is judge! Judgement is a powerful, holy, cleansing and revealing thing. It strips away the evil and leaves you truly exposed and open.
Will the real you please sit up straight. After judgement, you will be the new you forever – eternally glorious and beautiful in every way.
After judgement you are clean, holy, and pure in every area of your new life of glory. This new you will now be ready for eternity. After judgement, you will be exalted and enthroned with our Lord, ready to rule and reign with Him in the entire universe.
God answered the rebellion of Lucifer with judgement. He answered Adam with judgement. He answered Babylon with judgement. He answered Egypt, Jericho, Sodom & Gomorrah and others with judgement.
God answered you, dead in your sins with judgement. He pronounced us all - guilty as charged. But then He gave us the free gift of 100% perfection in spirit. And now we work that perfection from the inside to the outside.
One thing I can absolutely promise you, is that our judgement for reward and loss of reward, will be a once-off act and then it will be forever over, but with its enduring results.
The Judgement seat of Messiah:
Romans 14:12 “Each of us shall give account of himself to God.”
2 Corinthians 5:9-11 “We must all appear before the judgement seat of Messiah, that each one may receive the things (reward) for what was done in the flesh (works), whether good or bad. Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men...”
1 Corinthians 3:12-15 “If anyone builds on this foundation (salvation in Him) with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will reveal it, because it will be revealed by fire. If anyone’s work endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss, but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.”
The two verses above succinctly explain the believer’s judgement for reward and loss of reward. But don’t miss that it is a “terror!”
Let’s have a look now at some little-known, vital aspects of our coming judgement:
John 2:24 “Yeshua did not commit Himself to them because He knew all men...He knew what was in man.”
Psalm 50:21 ‘You thought that I (God) was altogether like you...”
Proverbs 21:2 “Every way of man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs his heart.”
Psalm 139:1-2 “O Lord you have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up. You understand my thought afar off... There is not a word on my tongue, but You know it altogether.
Psalm 139:16-24 “Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. In Your book they were all written. The days were fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them...Search me O God and know my heart. See if there is any wicked way in me and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Unlike in a normal courtroom, we will have no lawyer or defence team. We will have no excuses. This will be a judgement of total justice. Rewards will be given and lost for exactly the right reason. The Judge knows everything, right down to our thoughts!
2 Peter 1:10 “Brethren, be even more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you do these things (previous verses), you will never stumble.”
Colossians 1:12-13 “Thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints of the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and translated us into the kingdom of the Son of His love.”
Rewards are given for sacrificial giving, and for obedience to the will of God.
The terror of the Great White Throne Judgement: (Revelation 20:11-15)
I strongly suggest that you read the verses of the Judgement seat of Messiah (above), and the Great White Throne in one go. It gives you a glorious and shocking picture.
All unbelievers appear at this judgment. They are judged because they rejected the salvation God. They are all cast out to hell.
Let’s have a look at some little know facts:
Psalm 7:10-11 “My defence is of God, who saves the upright in heart. God is a just judge, and God is angry with the wicked every day.”
The unsaved cannot please God with anything, because they are of another, foreign family and god. In case you think VIP’s, celebrities, kings, presidents and world leaders will escape judgement, think again!
***Psalm 110:5-6 “The Lord is at your right hand. He shall execute kings in the day of His wrath. He shall judge among the nations, He shall fill the places with dead bodies, He shall execute the heads of many countries.”
The essence of the thinking of modern man is wrong. It is wrong, wrong and wrong again!
Psalm 10:13 “Why do the wicked renounce God? He has said in his heart, You will not require an account.
Psalm 50:21 “You thought I (God) was altogether like you.”
Ecclesiastes 12:14 “God will bring every work into judgement, including every secret thing, whether it is good or evil.”
In these few verses above we see the entire problem of man encapsulated!
●He thinks God is like him. ●He compares himself with the world around him. ●He thinks God will not require an account of him. ●But every aspect of his life will be judged!
►For individuals it’s the Judgement Seat or the Great White Thorne Judgement! Corporately it’s the marriage feast of the Lamb, (Revelation 19:7) or the great feast of vultures. (Matthew 24:28)
The eternal rule of the saints:
Psalm 103:19 “The Lord has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all.”
What follows is absolutely incredible! For the sake of space, I’m not writing out these verses. You can hover your mouse over them, or study them yourself. But I have summarised the main points just below.
Matthew 19:28, 1 Corinthians 6:2, Revelation 2:26, Revelation 3:21, Revelation 20:6, Revelation 21:7, Romans 8:17, Psalm 8:6, Daniel 7:18, Daniel 7:22, Daniel 7:27.
●Believers have been ordained to sit on God’s throne. ●The saints will judge the world, with Him! ●Believers will be given power over the nations! ●Believers will reign with Him. ●We will inherit all things. ●We will share in His glory as co-heirs. ●God will give us dominion over His works. ●The saints shall receive the kingdom forever and ever. ●The greatness of the whole everlasting kingdom shall be given to the saints.
This is all little-known, yet it is so profound! To me this is so extremely sobering. What amazing grace!
This all occurs after rapture / resurrection and we have stood before our Lord in judgment and been made totally new.
The closer you get to God, the more you see that His judgement is in fact pure love in action.
We are all destined to appear in that great hall. We will then be destined for the great wide universe, for heaven, for the New Jerusalem, and for worlds we never knew existed.
I feel a growing excitement as the coming of the Lord nears. I feel a wonderful confidence and also a growing fear!
1 Timothy 4:7 Amp “...Train yourselves towards godliness – keeping yourselves spiritually fit.”
There’s a “terror” involved in the loss of reward, because of the eternal effects and great regret. There’s a huge terror involved in the Great White Throne Judgement, because it ends in hell.
Psalm 33:5 “The Lord loves righteousness and justice (judgement).”
We will be in eternal joy with pleasures forevermore, eternally incorruptible and undefiled. We will be just like our Lord forever.
Ephesians 2:6-7 “God raised us up, even when we dead in trespasses and made us alive together with Messiah and raised us up together, seating us together with Messiah in heavenly places, that in ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace and kindness.”
►Don’t miss the next edition, “The wonders of the Millennium.” It is a follow on – Lord willing.
This is a composite of some of my pictures: Baobab tree and fever trees.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 441: October 29th 2018
How long, O Lord?
The big question every believer wants to know is how much longer until the coming of the Lord? So many prophetic things are all lined up and ready to go. It’s like all the actors are in the wings, the lights are dimming but the curtain is still down.
Prophetic events are like a fuse burning, a ticking time bomb; a clock with one minute to go! It’s like an elastic band stretched out and wound up. It’s like the ultimate war-lord with a hand hovering over the big red button.
So here we sit waiting patiently and some like me, not so patiently. Will someone please hit that big red button already! But do not become discouraged. Our Lord’s will, must not offend.
Acts 17:31 “He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness, by the Man whom He has ordained.”
Zechariah 14:7-8 “It shall be one day which is known to the Lord...and in that day living waters shall flow from Jerusalem...And the Lord shall be King over all the earth.”
Hebrews 10:25 “...As you see the Day approaching.”
1 Thessalonians 5:4-5 “You brethren are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. Therefore let us not sleep as others do, but let us watch and be sober.”
As we look at the verses above, we see that our Lord knows the exact day, and that we are to be in the light in this regard. That does not means we will know the exact day, but to fulfil these verses, it will have to be very close to the exact time.
(The verse that speaks of the Lord not knowing the day, applied to the time-period when He was here on this Satan-infested earth.)
I think there is very little time left. Personally, I doubt we can go any further than the Feast of Trumpets next year. That is already stretching things! It is more likely that we will see things develop very rapidly now, and perhaps within months.
As you see, I’m avoiding actual date setting, down to a day, but not the wider time period.
Habakkuk 1:2 “O Lord, how long shall I cry, and You will not hear? Even cry, ‘Violence!’ and you will not save.” The Lords reply: “Look among the nations and watch – be utterly astounded! I will work a work in your days which you would not believe, though it were told you. For indeed, I am raising up the Chaldeans (Babylonians)...”
The verse above has a prophetic dimension to it, with Babylon being a type of the modern world. It must become fully “ripe.” That’s happening right now!
►James 5:7-8 “Be patient brethren, until the coming of the Lord...Be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.”
I really don’t like the first part of this verse above. I don’t want to be patient! But I suppose that’s just tough, so I have to grin and bear it! But the second part of the verse, I really do love. So, let’s just get on with the job, but always with a keen, impatient eye on prophetic developments.
You know that lousy feeling when you run out of time to complete something, wishing you had started sooner? That feeling should motivate us now to establish our hearts and be ready.
Isaiah 49:23 “...They shall not be ashamed who wait for Me.”
Establish (sanctify) your hearts...urgently:
So, we are told to “establish our hearts” while we wait for the Lord.
If you are saved your heart is already established. But “heart” sometimes refers to our soul, or self-life which is where we must do the work of sanctification. This word means “to make as a saint.”
●Holy: Strong’s H6944. “Qudesh.” Meanings: Apart, separate, pure, sacred.
●Saint: Strong’s G40. “Hagios.” Meanings: Holy, set apart, pure.
Sanctify, is the same root word as saint, which is the same root word as holy.
Leviticus 20:7 “Sanctify yourselves and be holy, for I am the Lord your God.”
Now, let’s look briefly at one of those wonderful, strange ways of God’s working:
Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you. Before you were born I sanctified you.”
Apart from destroying the abortionist view that life only begins at birth, this verse above, is mysterious! Before we were born, we were sanctified – made holy! How can anything be done for us before we were born?
It’s all related to one little word – foreknowledge. God knew us before the foundation of the earth, never mind before being born! (Ephesians 1:4) He knows what choices you will make in the future, even now. We can’t comprehend that.
So, now we have to establish our hearts renew our minds and sanctify ourselves. But how much easier when we know that God knows that we will do it and walk in ways He has already prepared.
Acts 20:32 “I commend you to God and to His word of grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.”
When you have spent half your life or more studying all about our Lord, led by His Spirit, praying and growing, you can do nothing but love Him more. The more you draw near to Him, the greater you fear Him as well. But this is a safe fear. It neutralises all other fears and gives birth to many wonderful things.
The unsaved don’t sanctify themselves. Manu believers too are in love with the world and do nothing to prepare themselves for eternity.
Psalm 52:3-4 “You love evil more than good, and lying rather than speaking righteousness. You love all devouring words, you deceitful tongue.”
Jeremiah 14:10 “Thus says the Lord to the people: They have loved to wander, they have not restrained their feet. Therefore the Lord does not accept them. He will remember their iniquities now, and punish their sins.”
2 Timothy 3:4 (Amp) “They will be treacherous, betrayers, rash and inflated with self-conceit. They will be lovers of sensual pleasures and vain amusements more than lovers of God.”
●The course of this temporary world is down. (Ephesians 2:2) It is getting worse, with no restraint. Life’s journey in the world is towards increasing darkness, because that is the nature of the god of the world.
●The course of this eternal kingdom is up. (Daniel 2:44) It’s a journey in the light, towards the light. It is a journey of increasing holiness, consciousness and resentment of sin, with growing multi-dimensional peace.
The world can’t do it, because the key to the end of sin does not come by trying to be good, but by death. Death to sin occurs on the cross only! Only the cross creates true holiness.
In this shocking verse below (and there are many other similar verses), we see the end result of not giving attention to sanctification:
Revelation 3:4 “You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments, and they shall walk with Me in white for they are worthy.”
The previous verses call for watchfulness and repentance! Note well that only a few were worthy!
The mind of modern man thinks he is invincible and needs no guidance and especially, no judge. That’s just why the world is in a mess and deteriorating.
Most people are seeking a better life in the world. They are seeking some reward at the end of the rainbow. But outside of God, when they find the end, they find they’re in hell.
Do you dream of being wonderfully, truly wealthy with God, forever in eternity? Is your treasure laid up in heaven?
Modern man has reduced himself to the level of a robot, cold and dead, but blindly alive to the devil. In his deep darkness he can’t even see that the family of man are charging down the wrong road.
With the world of digital automation has come the loss of dirty, muddy kids, which are healthy kids. ‘Automated’ modern kids are destitute of character, forever spoilt.
The unsaved can’t see their own dark kingdom, because their “lamp” emits darkness!
Luke 11:34-35 “The lamp of the body is the eye. When your eye is good, your whole body is full of light, but when your eye is bad, your whole body is full of darkness. Take heed that the light that is in you is not really darkness.”
Only in His light do we see the kingdom of God and also the kingdom of darkness. If you only see one, your light is faulty. Light shows up the devil, evil and sin. Light shows us holiness.
Proverbs 20:27 “The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord, searching all the inner depths of his heart.”
The one who judges himself and examinses himself in line with the word is full of God’s light! (2 Corinthians 13:5, 1 Corinthians 11:31,)
We need the spirit of wisdom and revelation now like never before. We need to put on the whole armour of God now! It’s easy to become discouraged when having to wait, but wait and stay strong.
The time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine. (2Timothy 4:3) Deceiving imposters will grow worse and worse, deceiving many. (2Timothy 3:13-14) Error will overthrow the faith of some! (2Timothy 2:15-18) That means that false doctrine lets the enemy in. (Acts 20:27)
Standing with Israel:
Israel is God’s time clock. We must hear its heartbeat!
If you have a valuable treasure chest and you’ve lost the key, and then suddenly you find the key, you will love it, and value it. The Jews are that key! They are the key to open the treasure of salvation to themselves and all others who would be saved in the tribulation.
Our job as Christians is to recognise them as a highly valuable key, but more than that – to love them. Your love for the Jews is also a key to the treasure chest of eternal reward for you!
We see that the church of Philadelphia in Revelation 3:7 has this key. Here it is called the “key of David,” and is directly associated with those who help (father) Jerusalem. (Isaiah 22:21-22)
God’s purpose is to graft the Jews back into their olive tree again. (Romans 11:24-25)
Because of Israel’s fall they were cut off from their own olive tree and grace went to the Gentiles in a new dispensation.
God brings Israel out of the world to bring them into their land and then His kingdom. That’s just the same for us. We are brought out of the world, by new-birth, into a cross-cleansed kingdom within us, and then to heaven at the rapture.
The world and the worldly church will meet their god with his feet on the cursed dust of the ground. We, the true church, will meet our Lord in the air, putting superman to total shame.
Numbers 23:9 (Amp) “From the top of the hills, I see Israel, the people, dwelling alone. They shall not be reckoned among the nations.”
Do you see this incredible verse above? That’s why Israel is hated by the world! It can’t and won’t assimilate into the world because God has a separate, holy plan for them.
If you can’t see yourself as a Christian in this verse above too, you better go back to the drawing board! We are not reckoned with the nations!
►We are about to see the Trump / Kushner “deal of the century” to bring peace to Israel by forcing some sort of assimilation on them. It will lead to the soon coming deal with the antichrist!
The real reason behind anti-Semitism and its evil twin, replacement theology, is because Israel can’t fit in with the nations and the world-church. The god of the world, doesn’t like that, but God’s plans will win through.
Psalm33:4 “The word of the Lord is right and all His work is done in truth.”
Jeremiah 31:13 “...I will turn their mourning into joy.”
Standing against Israel:
If you are a church of replacement theology, you must go through the tribulation. If the church has replaced Israel and Israel is the key to the salvation of the Gentiles in the tribulation – that’s you!
Apart from being blind and ignorant of the scriptures, you will be under a curse as you stand against Israel. That curse will deepen your blindness and compound your problems.
These issues are major spiritually charged end-time issues and dramas. Be warned.
Powerful occult forces, curses and doctrines of demons will intensify greatly in the coming days around this subject – Israel.
►Israel is the ultimate prodigal son! God has not forsaken Israel. Israel will be in trouble with God “until!” (Romans 11:25)
Micah 7:9-10 “I (Israel) will bear the indignation of the Lord because I have sinned against Him, until He pleads my case and executes justice for me. He will bring me forth to the light, and I will see His righteousness. Then my enemy will see and be covered with shame...”
God has always treated Israel’s rebellion severely. That’s because He has put His name, His glory and His honour in them (Including Jerusalem.) But God knows that they will soon repent and be restored. The world does not know that and can’t see it.
Outside of God, man can’t know any of these things. He can’t know God, His nature or character, or His judgements, or His righteousness, or holiness.
The wonders of Bible prophecy:
Prophecy is the missing element from all world religions. But one third of the Bible deals with prophecy in some way. That means that the churches that won’t touch Bible prophecy are of the world’s spirit. You can see it many other areas too.
Bible prophecy deals with the coming of the Lord, judgement, heaven, hell and much more!
Bible prophecy distinguishes the true Messiah from the antichrist.
One of the main objections Jews have to Yeshua being the Messiah is that He did not bring peace to the world as prophecy requires. Have a look at the following verse:
Matthew 4:8 “The devil took Yeshua up an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, ‘All these things I will give to you, if you will fall down and worship me.’ Then Yeshua said to him, ‘Away with you Satan, for it is written, you shall worship the Lord your God only and Him only will you serve.’”
Satan has executive authority (Strong’s G1849 “Exousia) over the kingdoms of the world. (Ephesians 2:1-3, 6:12) But, God’s kingdom is now in Spirit and in our hearts. So, peace is here now. Only at the Second Coming, when the world-system is destroyed, will full world-peace come.
Another often mentioned objections to Yeshua being the Messiah is that If He is, why have Christians persecuted millions of Jews for so long?
That is a deep tragedy. The answer is two-fold. It is that much of the persecution occurred at the hands of counterfeit Christians. The Catholics of the dark ages were far from being Christians! The second response is that cursed replacement theology has infiltrated much of the church in these days. Replacement theology leads to replacement reality!
According to prophecy, the antichrist will promise to bring in world peace in unity and love.
The antichrist will say that he is here to bring love, peace, harmony and unity to the world. Yeshua will bring war, wrath, and destruction to the world. He will then create a new born-again world, an Eden on earth, a paradise of glory and deep eternal peace.
If you go through life without the knowledge of Bible prophecy, you have no concept of what sin is or righteousness and judgement. You are adrift in a storm without a rudder.
Genesis 28:16 “Then Jacob arose from his sleep and said: ‘Surely the Lord is in this place and I did not know it.’”
The verse above speaks of Jacob who became Israel, but it applies excellently to all who awake to spiritual sight. Suddenly, they see the “Lord in this place!”
●Do not delay your repentance. Do not delay your pursuit of God through His word. The Lord is already “in this place!”
The current situation:
The biggest return of Jews to Israel will be from the USA. The murderous shooting of Jews at Pittsburgh recently may well lead to the start of the great prophecy in which our Lord “roars and brings His sons home from the west.” (Hosea 11:10)
Right now Russia, Iran, Syria, Gaza, Golan, Lebanon / Hezbollah and the Palestinians are all waiting in the wings. They are all aligned ready and waiting. I’m not really interested in all the minor news events relating to these issues. It’s the big picture that is of vital importance.
We are seeing a worldwide, consistent development amongst liberal, lefties. They are all quickly consolidating into beasts. They are all raging with the same voice. They and their leaders are all raging in unison against the virtues and values of our Lord.
Psalm 33:16 “No king (world leader) is saved by the multitude of an army, or a mighty man delivered by great strength. (in numbers)
We will see the preparations for the soon-coming antichrist summit. We will see the beginning of the major wars of prophecy, starting up.
The entire Middle East is ticking and tocking! The picture is becoming amazingly clear.
So, in our wait for our Lord of glory, we sanctify ourselves urgently. We line up with God’s word on Israel, we watch for the main prophetic events.
How long, O lord? Soon and very soon!
People who are truly godly cause others to see a glimpse of God and to turn to and reflect on God. It often causes the unsaved to stop and think, even if they don’t respond now.
The unsaved have to try to be self-important and self-sufficient in their pride. Their pride is linked to the world-system which is the great manifestation of pride – all doomed
►Pride is trying to be someone you’re not. We, as true Christians are becoming someone we are!
This is composite of a few of my pictures: Sunset, olive tree, kokerboom, elephant.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 440: October 23rd 2018
Eternal worlds to come:
It’s a terrible, fast-deteriorating world descending like lightning into the pits!
The world is doomed to hell. The world is destined for glory.
Well, which is it? Glad you asked!
The world is moving faster and further away from all that is truly godly. We are in what the Bible calls “perilous times,” These end days are succinctly described in the Bible as the rapid deterioration of godly character, with the love of sin self and the world coming in like a flood.
“He has set eternity in our hearts.” People, worldwide at least sense coming eternity.
Everything God does has eternal consequences, especially relating to judgement upon sin.
The Christian can’t fit in with this world because he is holy, and because the world’s heart is not. We are essentially two people. Born of man and born of God. We are becoming more like what we have already become in heart. Tragically many Christians are becoming more like the world of man!
Are you treasuring up for yourself wrath, or are you treasuring up for yourself gold, silver and precious stones – forever? Are you drawn to the world or to overcoming the world?
There are a number of occasions in the Bible where God has supernaturally destroyed entire cities, as well as the entire world of that day.
It’s instructive to look at the reasons and see what we can learn for our day.
Bear in mind that all of these supernatural events occurred in Old Covenant times. God does not operate that way today in the church age, but will again very soon in the tribulation period, which technically, is the closing of the Old Covenant.
●The world in Noah’s day:
The world was destroyed by the supernatural act of God in a flood in the days of Noah. The reasons were many, including: Increasing wickedness, violence and perversions, occult and demonic activity.
2 Peter 2:5 “God did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly.”
There was a terrible spirit of complacency amongst the people then as well. They presumed that everything would continue as it had always done.
Matthew 24:37-39 “As in the days of Noah, so shall it be at the coming of the Son of Man, for they were eating, drinking, marrying, and giving in marriage until the day Noah entered the ark, and they did not know until the flood took them all away, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.”
The overall purpose of the flood was to cleanse the earth of all evil and restore it to righteousness.
●Sodom & Gomorrah were destroyed by instant supernatural fire because of the sin of homosexuality and excessive sexual perversions as well as with angelic beings manifesting as humans. Genesis 19:1-29,
Jude 1:7 “As Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality, and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.”
2 Peter 2:6 “God turned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterwards would live ungodly.”
●Babylonwas destroyed for widespread sin, 2500 years ago, and the pride of the people (Chaldeans pride.) The city was never to rise again. (Isaiah 13:20-22, Jeremiah 51:64) But we see “Babylon the Great,” rising to be destroyed at the Second Coming. Here, Babylon is clearly a type of the end-time world-system and its orthodox religions.
The chief reason for its destruction was the pride of its elevated materialism and its commercial success. (This was the same reason for the fall of Lucifer.)
Babel, the same original word for Babylon, was a humanistic attempt to reach God by human works (building a tower of man-made bricks.) Babylon comes from the name Bab-ilim, meanings “gateway to God”. In Hebrew it means “confusion.”
Note in the verse below, Babylon is a clear type of the world system.
Isaiah 13:11 (Verse 1) “The burden against Babylon, which Isaiah saw.” “I will punish the world for its evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; I will halt the arrogance of the proud, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.”
Babylon and its tower represent the supernatural final destruction of God upon the whole world and their humanistic religions in the tribulation. (Revelation 17 &18)
Babel was made of man-made bricks – the dust of the earth. The curse upon Lucifer / Satan was that he would eat the dust of the earth as a serpent.
Genesis 3:14-19 “...You shall eat the dust all the days of your life...For dust you are (man) and to dust you shall return.”
Again we see the association of Babylon with the world in the word, ‘dust.’
●Egypt: It was destroyed because they refused to “Let My people go.” (The Jews) And when they finally did, they pursued them, wanting to bring them back to Egypt.
Egypt is a type of the world, and here the story speaks of the world coming against God’s plan for Israel by preventing the modern Jewish homeland from full Jewish ownership and possession, and pursuing the Jews militarily, and by the acts of the Palestinians and their evil sponsor the UN.
Exodus 3:7 “The Lord said, ‘I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows.’”
Exodus 7:4 “Pharaoh will not heed you (and let My people go), so I will lay My hand on Egypt and bring My armies and My people, the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great judgments.”
●Jericho was destroyed supernaturally by God, (Joshua 6) because they stood in the way of, and obstructed the children of Israel on their way into the Promised Land. The city was also full of evil and the occult as well.
The walls of Jericho were a testimony to its proud fortified strength and protection of the evil within. God had told the children of Israel to destroy these evil nations that stood in their way.
Joshua 6:17-18 “Now the city shall be doomed by the Lord to destruction, it and all who are in it. Only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all who are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers who were sent.”
●The world today:
Micah 5:15 “I will execute vengeance in anger and fury on the nations that have not heard (of God’s promises to Israel).”
Jeremiah 48:8 “The plunderer shall come against every city; no one shall escape...”
Isaiah 26:5 “He brings down those who dwell on high. The lofty city He lays low, to the ground, to the dust.”
The entire chapter of Isaiah 24 deals with the horrific destruction by God of the entire end-time world. It pulls no punches!
The list of horror:
So, let’s list the main causes and reasons for these huge supernatural judgements of God. You tell me if they bear any semblance to us today!
●Escalating wickedness, ●iniquity, sin, ●violence, ●homosexuality and perversions. ●Occult and demonic activity. ●Complacency, pride, and self-exaltation above the ways of God. ●Unholiness and unrighteousness.
●Standing against Israel. ●Obstructing the Jews. ●Coming against Jerusalem and supporting Israel’s enemies.
Note that the reasons for God’s supernatural judgement upon cities and the world fall into three main categories: (1) Sin. (2) Satanic. (3) Israel.
Does all of this above, paint a picture of today? You bet it does – exactly! These issues all brought supernatural judgement. Do you think that anything has changed? Note well that some of the verses I’ve used, above, declare that this is all an example for us today.
Has the world learnt anything from these horror judgements of God? Not a thing! The only thing you can do is change in yourself and be right with God.
It’s all due to go bang big time! Then, like the dove returning to the ark with an olive branch of peace, the true new godly world-order will be here in all its majestic glory – forever.
The world today has had judgement, signed, sealed, and passed on it for all the above reasons collectively. But the judgement is now stayed, even from a legal viewpoint, because the world still has time to repent and change its ways. We know prophetically, that this won’t happen, but God does things decently, in line with truth and in order.
Spirits over cities
Many cities of the world have distinct spirits over them. As we have seen in the examples above, it was an entire city that had the problem.
Today, cities like San Francisco, Cape Town and others have a new-age, homosexual spirit over them. Of course not every person is subject to those spirits, but there are distinguishable consistencies.
Many towns, cities and provinces in Africa and Asia have witchcraft spirits over them. Many others have a spirit of poverty over them. Many cities in Europe have a liberal godless spirit over them.
It’s actually the same for individuals. It’s called a transfer of spirits. Most of these cities need heavy deliverance, change, and large-scale spiritual warfare to set them free.
In most of these cities where these spirits cover the whole place, you see very little true spiritual activity and growth. Sometimes you see missionaries, in spiritual authority, breaking those spirits. That is when you do see spiritual growth as a result.
Proverbs 29:2 “When the righteous are in authority the people rejoice; but when a wicked man rules, the people groan.”
Proverbs 28:28 “When the wicked arise, men hide themselves, but when they perish, the righteous increase.”
Today this situation is becoming much more apparent than before.
The price has been paid:
Yeshua died and paid the price for your sins. But it goes further. He died for the “sin of the world.” (John 1:29) What is the “sin of the world?” It is every aspect of the root of all sin, evil and unrighteousness. It includes the curse on nature and all mankind originating with Adam.
But, as an individual, you still need to receive the payment for your sins, before it becomes effective. Likewise, the world needs to receive the payment to become a world of nations under God.
Isaiah 35:8-10 “A highway shall be there, it shall be called the Highway of Holiness. The unclean shall not pass over it...The ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing, with everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.”
Jeremiah 31:4 (ESV) “I will build you up and you shall be built, O virgin Israel! Again you shall adorn yourself with tambourines and you shall go out in the dance of the merrymakers.”
Psalm 96:9-13 “Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him all the earth. Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad, let the sea roar; let the fields be joyful, then all the trees of the woods will rejoice before the Lord, for He is coming to judge the earth in righteousness and with His truth.”
The word “eternity” (Strong’s H 5703) has both the dimensions of time and space associated with it: It means, everlasting, eternal, evermore, continuous existence. The concept does continue beyond the realms of time and space.
2 Thessalonians 1:8-9 “In flaming fire, our Lord will take vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power.”
Psalm 52:5 “God shall likewise destroy you forever.”
Psalm 92:7 “When the wicked spring up like the grass, and when all workers of iniquity flourish, it is that they may be destroyed forever.”
You and God own your life in a joint partnership of eternal glory.
When you walk along a dark path on a moonless night with a lamp in your hand, the light spreads all around you. But as you move on, the darkness reclaims the area you have just left. Darkness retreats in light but then advances in the absence of light.
We are the “light of the world.” (Matthew 5:14) The light will go out in a blinding flash at the rapture. Then the new light upon the Jews will shine upon the Gentiles and into this dark, dark world. (Isaiah 60:3)
The world’s honeymoon with the devil is just about over. Deep, deadly, eternal darkness is just on the horizon. Now, the world’s destruction and eternal marriage in hell lies just ahead.
John 3:19 “This is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather that light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.”
The winds of the world are hurricanes of evil, blowing to hell. We must have the wind in our face.
Pray for revelation of heaven and hell and of judgement to come. Pray for the fear of the Lord – the ultimate protection against all other fears!
As a believer, hold on tight to all that is secure. Don’t turn away with the world. It’s time to be strong and endure. It’s time let God work deeply in every atom of your being.
Galatians 4:9 “Now, after you have known God, or rather, are known by God, how is it that turn again to the weak and beggarly elements to which you desire again to be in bondage?”
Do not fear correction, or discipline at the hand of God.
►Discipline gives you value and importance. If you are not disciplined you feel that you are not worthy to be corrected. It devalues you. This is why the Bible says that parents, who won’t discipline their children physically, hate them.
True love warns of hell. True hatred never speaks or teaches on it.
Understanding of hell is vital to one's spiritual health and stability. Reward and punishment are both major doctrines of God.
Today’s world is sin-mad and rejects the law of God, judgement, and hell to come. The world thinks that their perception is truth! They have nasty surprise coming.
Grace leads to repentance, but hell must be integrated to show up grace.
Jeremiah 15:17 “I did not sit in the assembly of the mockers, nor did I rejoice; I sat alone because of your hand, for you have filled me with indignation.”
John 12:31 “Now is the judgement of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.”
Luke 12:49 “I came to send fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled.”
Galatians 1:4 “He gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age.”
Eternal destruction is a result of the eternal judgement of God. (Hebrews 6:2) There is no mercy once His grace has run its course!
The judgement to come upon you and me as individuals will be eternal. The judgement upon the world and its nations and cities will be eternal. The world is soon to be judged in the seven-year tribulation and at the Second Coming. It will never rise again.
The “smoke” of its judgement will rise forever.
Proverbs 11:11 “By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted, but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked. “(Media!)
Malachi 3:18 “You shall again discern between the righteous and the wicked, between the one who serves God and the one who does not.”
When truth has been perverted, diluted, changed, and ignored for so long and so deeply, when it does appear, it will be seen as a huge, shocking and preposterous lie.
Eternal safety and glory:
Safety is stepping out every day in righteousness and holiness. Safety is on the far side of the cross. Being safe and secure is psychologically good. Safety creates assurance, confidence, stability, endurance, rest and peace.
The knowledge of Bible prophecy is like knowing the road map to a foreign destination. You can’t be safe without it. One third of the Bible deals with prophecy. Within that the breakdown is five in one, for prophecy of all end-time events compared to the first coming of our Lord.
Isaiah 57:15 “Thus says the high and lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy place with him who has a contrite and humble spirit.”
Deuteronomy 33:27-28 “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms; He will thrust out the enemy from before you, and will say, ‘Destroy!’ Then Israel shall dwell safely...The heavens also shall drop dew.”
Everything in creation is spinning, singing and dancing. In eternity, man is going to be conductor of this spectacular symphony. But man today, is singing his own tune to his own beat, out of harmony and sync. It’s a symphony of discord, of fools professing themselves to be wise!
Exodus 15:18 “The Lord shall reign forever and ever.”
Some strange and wonderful thing unites and ‘ignites’ people who have prophecy alive and shining in their hearts, like a star. (2 Peter 1:19)
Those that love Bible prophecy, see something terrifying in the hearts of those who don’t love it. All Christians should be involved in some way with ministries that have a prophetic aspect to them.
Those who reject or downplay Bible prophecy are blindfolded, walking a fraying tightrope, with thin ice beneath them!
I took the background picture in the Namib Desert and the King Protea in my garden.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 439: October 16th 2018
Esther the magnificent:
This Bible story is so full of rich, powerful symbolism and typology for our day, and the church, as well as the false church – and the false Messiah, and also for Israel.
If you think you know the story – I bet you don’t...read on my friends and be amazed!
The story in a nutshell:
Main points: The king had a banquet and wanted to display queen Vashti to his guests. But she was having her own banquet at another location, so refused the summons of the king. Vashti was then rejected as queen and banished, never again to come into the king’s presence. Messengers were then sent into all the land to find another queen for the king. They found Esther, an orphan raised by her Jewish uncle Mordechai .
She was given the herb, myrrh to be prepared for the king. She was brought before the king who showed favour to her. She became the new queen and shared the king’s throne. At this stage the king did not know that Esther was a Jew.
The king appointed the Hitler-like Haman, to be prime minister over Persia. Haman ordered all of Persia to bow down to him.
Mordechai refuses to bow down to Haman, enraging him. He then hatched a plot to kill Mordechai and all the Jews of the Province. Esther helped Mordechai uncover a plot. Haman then constructed a large gallows to hang Mordechai on, but ended up being hung on his own gallows after Esther told the king of the plot. Then Mordechai became the king’s new counsellor.
The Jews, then with the king’s authority, massacred all of Haman’s agents (about 75,000).
The story ends with the celebration of Purim, also called the “Fast of Esther,” at which the “Scroll of Esther” is read. Even today it is a public holiday and includes a dawn to dusk fast. It is symbolic of the destruction of the enemies of the Jews, and a celebration of coming liberty and joy.
Aspects of the characters:
The name Vashti means: “Outward beauty”.
Vashti was a beautiful woman, but her beauty was all superficial and exterior.
Vashti hated the Jews. She brought Jewish women before her and forced them to break the Sabbath to show that she was superior, in her pride.
She hated the Jewish women even more when she could not make them unholy, showing that she could not conquer them.
Vashti is a type of Eve rebelling against God. She is a powerful type of all Jezebels. She is well accepted as a type of the false, counterfeit church and the churches of replacement theology amongst us today.
She is a symbol of arrogance and pride and self-centredness.
The Talmud explains Esther 1:12, where Vashti refuses the summons of the king. It says, she sent him humiliating, insulting and undermining messages, thus kindling his wrath.
►In Hebrew, one of the words for “evil” is kelipa meaning an outer shell. For evil to exist it must be ‘clothed’ and ‘protected’ by its shell. The beauty of evil is in its outer appearance. The shell restricts the light and the true nature of what is underneath it. Take it away, and you meet its ugly heart.
Sin is the clothing of evil.
Vashti represents the reign of evil in the world, in its beautiful deception.
Vashti is a perfect example of the Jezebel spirit ruling in the church today (both female and male.) The desire of the Jezebel spirit is to conquer God, usurp His authority and ways.
Vashti was a Babylonian. Her grandfather was Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, who destroyed the Jewish temple. Her father was Belshazzar who threw a party and invited guests to drink out of the stolen temple vessels. “Drink of the god’s of gold and silver,” he said. This was when the writing appeared on the wall saying, “God has numbered your days and brought your kingdom to an end.” Babylon then fell to the Persians (modern day Iran). Vashti was the only survivor.
Babylon is one of the types of the world-system. When Babylon was destroyed, the Bible says it was never to rise again, which is a type of the soon-coming total destruction of this world-system, never to rise again, Vashti came out of this. Vashti was forbidden from ever entering the king’s presence.
►The Talmud records that Vashti refused to come before the king when summoned saying to him, “You were my father’s stable boy!”
Bear in mind that our Lord is the ultimate “stable boy,” the real king, born in a manger!
Hebrew legend claims that Vashti developed a skin disorder and grew a tail. There’s some interesting typology there! What you can say is – so much for her beauty!
►In Hebrew, the word “skin” is the same word for “blindness.” Note the similarity with word evil, meaning “outer shell” (above.)
Spiritual blindness is incredibly dangerous because it blinds you to truth, to error and to sin. In so doing it kills your conscience. Blindness silences and sears the conscience.
You know the term “thick skinned?” In truth, it also means thickly blinded!
Blindness almost always results in self-exaltation, because you must then elevate yourself to make up for your ignorance created by blindness.
Vashti represents all the churches of replacement theology and anti-Semitism.
Vashti represents the outwardly beautiful, evil slut, the whore of Babylon / Rome.
You can be born outwardly pretty like the whores of Hollywood, but you can’t be truly beautiful. Only after being born-again, are you thoroughly and enduringly beautiful.
Vashti was stripped of her royalty and her beauty and became truly ugly.
Vashti ended up joining the ranks of all other Jew haters, like Goliath and many churches today, destroyed or headed for destruction. They are all responsible for their own destruction.
The name Esther means: “Star.”
Genesis 26:4 “I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands, and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed.”
In Hebrew Esther’s name is: “Hadassah.” This name means, “Myrtle,”- a beautiful tree.
When Esther was preparing to meet the king she was given the herb myrrh. Although it is bitter to taste, it has a beautiful aroma to it. Myrrh is a resin which turns to oil which bleeds from the injured branch of the Commiphora tree, which is also where frankincense comes from.
Myrrh is a herb used to prepare dead bodies for burial. It was brought to our Lord by the wise men. He was prepared for burial with myrrh.
(The church of Smyrna bears the name “myrrh” within it, and in the Revelation it is the church of suffering and martyrdom.)
The branches of the myrtle tree are to be used for the construction of the “booths” used at the Feast of Tabernacles. Interestingly; this command includes the branches of the olive tree too. (Nehemiah 8:15) So, here we see Esther associated with the myrtle tree, the olive tree and the herb, myrrh.
The olive tree in Romans 11 represents Jewish believers and Gentile believers, and the Feast of Tabernacles (booths) is symbolic of and will be fulfilled at the Second Coming and the Millennium.
Esther is a type of the true end-time church, with a pro-Israel bias.
Esther was inwardly beautiful. She was humble and ended up highly exalted to the throne. She was a true hero of God.
Esther is symbolic of, and represents the bride of Messiah.
Esther is all about a most beautiful woman, a true “virtuous woman”, with a beautiful mind. (Proverbs 31)
Esther and the Feast of Tabernacles:
Esther is associated in name and type with the myrtle tree and the olive tree, used for the construction of the “booths” of the Feast of Tabernacles. (Nehemiah 8:15)
The myrtle is a beautiful, low shrub-like tree, found in the desert regions of Israel, with a beautiful aroma coming from it. It contains within it a rare, expensive oil. It represents the beauty of humility.
The myrtle tree is known for being drought resistant growing within rocks and rocky outcrops. It is a tree “built” on the rock!
The flowers of the myrtle tree look like shining stars. (The name Esther means “star.”)
The image below shows the myrtle tree, its flowers and the blood red resin myrrh.
What’s in a name, you say? Well, as you can see plenty!
The olive branch of the tabernacle booth, also speaks of the olive tree and oil, which is anointing oil of the Bible, and represents both Jewish and Gentile believers in Romans 11.
The olive branch comes from the root which goes down deep – all the way to Adam!
The great mystery-miracle of the ages is seen in the cut-off, now dead branches of an olive tree, suddenly, like the “dry bones”, coming to life – new godly, spiritual life, as God grafts them back into their own tree again.
As this great miracle takes place, wild olive branches, grafted in, are cut off and fall dead to the ground because they became jealous of God grafting in the natural branch again. This represents much of the modern church of replacement theology.
Vashti represents the cut off branches and Esther the living, true branches?
Please note that three of the seven churches of the Revelation, will go into the tribulation period. They are Thyatira, Laodicea and Sardis. (There are only some in these churches who will be saved.)
Are you an apostate broken branch, with no oil? Are you a friend of the whore Vashti and the Hitler-style antichrist, Haman - Esther’s enemy? Are you a thorn in the side of Israel?
Isaiah 55:12-13 “You shall go out with joy, and be led out with peace; the mountains and the hills will break forth into singing and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn, shall come up the cypress tree, and the myrtle tree; and it shall be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”
Haman the Agagite:
Haman means: “The rager, the mad one, tumult”.
Agagite (Agag of the Amalekites) means: “Higher than high, powerful.”
The Agagites were the people who were arch-enemies of Israel. Haman came from them.
Interestingly, the Agagites were one of the Arab tribes which God had told the children of Israel to destroy as they went into the Promised Land. They only partially fulfilled this.
Numbers 33:50-55 (Instructions for the conquest of Canaan): “Moses, speak to the children of Israel and say to them: When you have crossed the Jordan into the land of Canaan, then you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, destroy all their engraved stones, destroy all their moulded images and demolish all their high places...but if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then it shall be that those who let remain, shall be irritants in your eyes and thorns in your sides, and they shall harass you in the land where you dwell.
Thorns are a type of the curse!
Today Israel is plagued with many Arab “thorns” in their side, because they only partially obeyed God, when told to destroy these people. Note again in Isaiah 55 above, that when the Lord plants the myrtle tree it will be with no thorns!
If you don’t thoroughly destroy what God has told you to, it will come back to haunt you!
Today, Haman is a type of Hitler and all the world’s anti-Semites.
God made sure that Haman’s plan to kill the Jews would backfire on him, as it will on all those today of a similar ilk!
The great grand, glorious conclusion:
Esther had a secret relationship with the Jews which was not public knowledge. Esther was an orphan adopted by the Jew Mordecai. We too are adopted sons, adopted by Israel, grafted into the Jewish olive tree. (Romans8:17, 11:17)
If we disclaim, disown or replace our Jewish heritage and relationship, we will be cut off. That warning is mentioned twice in Romans 11!
To stand with and for Israel does not mean being anti-Arab. But it does mean being anti-those who are anti-God’s plans for Israel. In the final days, many Arabs will come to the Lord. (Isaiah 19)
The Gentile church was grafted in as a wild olive tree branch, and the Jews will be re-grafted in as much of the church is cut off for resisting God’s plans.
What to me is so shocking is that Romans 11 is so clear and such a powerful warning and so few pay any attention to it at all.
The application for today:
►Israel was created, elected, rebelled, rejected, repented, regathered, and accepted.
Those few words above, spell out the world’s greatest, most powerful, wonderful drama ever!
Those few words spell out the course of the history of this world from beginning to end. Those few words speak of untold millions of people going to hell and others to heaven – forever.
Vashti and Haman represent all the enemies of God’s plan for Israel in and out of the church.
Vashti will join the reign of the false prophet and the antichrist.
We are to repent on behalf of the Jews for all the damage the church has done to them. You may say that the Jews are guilty of so many things, but let me tell you that so are you! You and I are guilty as charged, but now forgiven, made right, pure and holy.
It is not just for our own good that we have been purified by the cross of Calvary, it’s to be transmitted to others.
Job 22:30 “He will even deliver one who is not innocent; yes he will be delivered by the purity of your hands.”
Isaiah 52:1-2 “Awake, awake! Put on your strength, O Zion; put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem the holy city! For the uncircumcised and the unclean shall no longer come to you. Shake yourself from the dust, arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem; release yourself from the bonds of your neck, O captive daughter of Zion!”
To fulfil God’s great, dramatic plan and purposes for Israel and the world, Israel is about to “awake, awake! And you and I can be part of that process. The way for the church is the way of Esther. It is to “comfort My people.” (Isaiah 40:1)
Numbers 24:9 “He (Israel) bows down and lies down like a lion. Who will rouse him? Blessed is he who blesses you, and cursed is he who curses you.”
►The most important verse in the book of Esther and one which my Lord lit up like a godly fire for me personally and The Prophetic Scroll is:
Esther 4:14 “If you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place...Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for a time such as this?”
Today the burial place and tomb of Queen Esther and Mordechai is located in Hamandan, Iran (Persia of old) It is a place revered by the Jews. The epitaph on the grave of Esther reads “Esther the righteous,” and on the grave of Mordechai, “The holy ark of Mordechai, the righteous.”
The walls around the tomb are inscribed with verses from the “Scroll of Esther.”
An ancient Hebrew tradition claims that the large hole between the two graves leads to Jerusalem. When Messiah comes the Jews of Persia will migrate to Jerusalem through it.
Iran recently downgraded the tomb from a World Heritage site.
A very good idea:
It’s an excellent thing to find out how things end before putting all your eggs in the stupid-basket! And God tells us just how things will end!
Isaiah 46:10 “God declares the end from the beginning, and from ancient times, things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand.”
Vashti and Haman were heroes – of the devil himself, with all his characteristics. They are “heroes” now seen in the likeness of the modern media and many political leaders.
These are critical and important days and times. Because we are now in the lull before the storm, does not mean that these things are less important. They are all likely to break out onto the world stage with great drama very soon and suddenly.
Vashti the Jew-hater was banished from ever appearing before the king again. The proud, arrogant Haman was unceremoniously executed, and then had all his merry men killed by the Jews. Its not clever coming against God's choices and ways!
Esther was given the golden sceptre of authority and was dressed as royalty. She shared the king’s throne. The end of our faith is not resurrection but ascension to the throne of God as a co-heir and ruler as Esther was.
A Jewish couple recently had children. They named their son, Mordechai and their daughter Esther. Talk about having God on your side!
The Prophetic Scroll, is an Esther ministry, so if you want to get in its way – good luck!
I know many people who are of the Esther spirit. One in particular is my friend Joanne Smith in New York! I don’t think she knows how valuable her work has been for God’s kingdom and His people. She will be bright star shining forever!
I took these pictures in a fever-tree forest in KwaZulu/Natal.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!