The Climax of World History…Israel’s Future pt 15

“I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.” (Zechariah 12:10 NASB)

One of the climactic scenes in the book of Genesis was when Joseph, as Pharoah’s regent, revealed himself to his brothers. They had thought that he, Joseph, was an Egyptian prince. When they realized that this was the brother they had betrayed years earlier, selling him to the gentiles as a slave, they broke down into stunned, guilty and awestruck tears.Joseph, however proved to be gracious to his brothers .

A climax in the Gospel of John, occurred after the resurrection, when the apostle Thomas wouldn’t believe in the resurrection because he hadn’t seen Jesus.

“Unless I see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”(John 20:25 NASB)

But there followed another occasion where Jesus did appear to the disciples and Thomas happened to be there with them,

” Jesus came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing.” Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” “(John 20 NASB)

The force of the realization that Jesus was indeed alive, and the shame of his unbelief, brought Thomas to his knees in worshipful adoration,”My Lord and My God!”. What would make a strictly monotheistic Jew worship a companion and friend as God? Nothing less than a resurrection from the dead!

Certainly a turning point in the book of Acts, came when the fiercest antagonist of the christian church, Saul of Tarsus, encountered the risen Jesus on the road to Damascus. He, Saul, a zealot of zealots had tried to destroy the nascent church, He had tortured and forced some believers to renounce Jesus. Saul,later said of himself in Acts 26:9 -

“So then, I thought to myself that I had to do many things hostile to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.”

How dare the Christians claim that the Messiah of Israel had died a criminals death, crucified! Hung upon a tree! “Curseth is everyone who hangs upon a tree!”, Jesus was obviously a man accursed of God! How could they dare say he was the Messiah?

But when he saw the risen Jesus- a lot of things clicked… for example, the passage in Isaiah,

…we considered him stricken by God,
smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.(Isaiah 53:4-5)

That helpless and defeated man, hanging between heaven and earth, derelict of all friends, lovers, and even abandoned by God himself…That man wearing the very crown of the curse,(thorns)…He really was cursed of God, cursed indeed! But not for himself…but for us sinners! When Saul saw this, when he recognised who Jesus really is and what he had done against him, it slew him, morally and spiritually.

The climax of my own life; I was raised in the Catholic church, and used to wonder at the crucifix. What is this all about? Should I feel sorry for Him? Should I feel guilty about the cross? Is it an example to me of suffering? I know that this is an act of Love, but what is it supposed to mean to me and what could I do about it?

When I was 19 years old, I read the Bible for the first time. By reading the sermon on the mount I was gripped by the horrible conviction that I had broken the law of God and was liable for eternal punishment(Hell). Jesus teaches us that righteousness is not just a matter of external observance but of the heart.

For example, it is not enough that I have never killed anyone, or committed a specific act of adultery. The Law of God is spiritual, therefore the hatred I have in my heart makes me a murderer already in the sight of the Holy God. The lust I have in my heart is already a breaking of the seventh commandment.

I began to pray every night that I wouldn’t die and go to hell, ‘please Lord ,I don’t want to go to hell!’, I’d cry! I didn’t know what else to do about it, I knew I had broken God’s law and was liable to judgment. I had conviction of sin, but no faith to be saved.

My freshman year in University, I began to attend a non catholic church, an Assembly of God church. This was something I had never done before, I really didn’t know that there was a whole world of evangelicalism until then. The sermons and worship touched me and afterwards I ran up to the altar call to try to shake the feeling of guilt and dread that had gripped me. I prayed the sinners prayer and arose exactly as I was before (I still had no faith, only conviction). I must have answered 30 altar calls, but to no avail.

One evening I sat reading in my rented home, deeply in despair. I was attending the church, but knew I wasn’t saved, I had broken the law of God , and didn’t know what to do about it! I was so distracted that I didn’t comprehend passage of the Bible I was reading, I just read and reread the same passage in despondency. Then I did ‘hear’ in my heart the Holy Spirit say to me-“Look down at what you are reading and understand it!’-

The passage I was distractedly reading was 2 Corinthians 5:21-God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.- Instantly I was made to see that Jesus had died for my sins, and made himself my substitute in judgement, and faith to be saved came into my heart.

I looked upon the crucified one, whom I had pierced, I could see that he had died for my sins , and I did indeed mourn for Him…as I received the salvation he bought for me.

You can take what happened to Joseph and his brothers, to Thomas, and to Saul of Tarsus and to me and millions of others down through time, as the foretaste of the climax of human history, the recognition by Israel of her long despised and rejected Messiah ,Jesus.

All of the pressures being brought to bear on Israel, will lead to that end. Her rejection by the world community, the unrelenting hatred of the Arab/Muslim world, the fact that the Arabs have been put in a position of power by the placement of easy ,pure crude oil,the rise of antisemitism in Europe and elsewhere, all are calculated by Satan to destroy Israel, but they are being used by God to get her to the point of desperation in which she will call out to God for salvation.

Zechariah says that in the midst of this final end times seige, Israel will be given the spirit of grace and supplication, an anointing of Godly sorrow for sin and unbelief. They will have to experience a real day of Atonement, a deep soul-searching, and at tat point,

“They will look upon Me whom they have pierced…”

When did you pierce the LORD, Israel?

They will mourn for Him as for an only son and they shall weep over him bitterly as one that weepeth for an only Son…”

The weeping will be both national and corporate, as well as individual. The mourning will involve every person, “In that day there will be great mourning in Jerusalem…every family by itself and their wives by themselves”, at the recognition of the enormity of the national sin against the heavenly antitype of Joseph.

That this is the One Isaiah and David predicted ,despised and rejected, and pierced for our sins,will be manifest to all of the nation. This risen Christ, who arrested the Pharisee , will arrest the Pharisee nation, in their national crisis.

And a fountain shall open to them for cleansing of sin, which shall also quench the spirit of false prophesy and usher in the long anticipated Day of the Lord. It is the same fountain the church has testified to in song-

There is a fountain filled with blood,drawn from Emmanuel’s veins and sinners plunged beneath the flood, lose all their guilty stains.

This is the climax of world history, the salvation of Israel, the vindication of the Messiah, the fulfillment of all promises. The resurrection of the world from the dead, look for it my friends, pray for it ! Prepare for it!

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The Nations Go Mad…Israel’s Future pt 14

This is a reprint of a couple of articles I did in 2010-

 

“In that day says the Lord ,I will strike every horse with confusion, and its rider with madness; I will open my eyes on the house of Judah, and will strike every horse of the peoples with blindness. …In that day I will make the governors of Judah like a firepan in the woodpile, and like a fiery torch in the sheaves; they shall devour all the surrounding peoples on the right hand and on the left, but Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place-Jerusalem.”( Zechariah 12:4-6)

What will be the outcome of Jerusalem being made a “cup of trembling”, maddening her near neighbors into an irrational, self-destructive fury ? How will the world eventually react to the “burdensome stone”, which frustrates the nations of the world in their quest for a godless Utopia? Her enemies, near and far, will rise up against her, in a series of brief and intense wars, in which they will ultimately be utterly defeated.

Zechariah 12:2 already predicted that the nations around her would be “in seige” against her. This month the news has been dominated by the “flotilla fiasco” which seems to underscore this fact. Ultimately the Arab Muslim neighbors of Israel, Arabia,Yemen,Southern Lebanon(Hezbullah), Gaza(Hamas) , Jordan,Syria and Iraq, will unite in a concerted effort to see to it “that the name of Israel be remembered no more”(Psalm 83:4) as the 83rd psalm predicts.

Ezekiel 38 also predicts a coming war against Israel , this time from the rest of the Muslim world, yet headed up by Russia, Libya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Turkey, the “stans” of the Caucasian mountains, all will descend as a cloud to “take a spoil” , but the devastation will almost be absolute!

In the quote above I have highlighted in bold the three words of the curse that God will put on the adversaries ; confusion, blindness and madness. The cup God makes the nations of the world to drink will cause them to be confused, it will blind them and it will make them utterly mad!

The ironic thing is that this is the same cup God caused Israel to drink, when He judged her.According to tHe curse of the Law, in Deuteronomy 28:28-29.

“The Lord will strike you with blindness,madness and confusion of heart, and you shall grope at noonday,as a blind man gropes in darkness;you shall not prosper in your ways; you will only be oppressed and plundered continually and no one will save you.”

Now that the set time to favor Israel has come, the cup she once had to drink, is to be given to those Gentile nations that have oppressed her and furthered her afflictions all these years.This is the meaning of the utter madness of the Arab nations for the last sixty years, as well as the madness that is now afflicting the rest of the world’s leaders.

Just two maxims will suffice to illustrate such blind, confused madness. “The Palestinians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity”- by an Israeli politician, (I am not sure which one). And this by Golda Mier, “Peace will not come to the Middle East until the Muslims decide that they will love their own children more than they hate us”. Does this not illustrate the self-defeating ,retrograde, consistently destructive policy that the Arab Muslim world has pursued these many years?

And now this cup of madness is being indulged in by Obama, the European Union, the Russians and the rest of the so-called “Kings of the Earth and their rulers”(Psalm 2). There can be no other explanation for the contrary, self-destructive, ruinous policies our “intelligentsia” are pursuing.

Abortion? Madness! Homosexual marriage? Utter madness! Global Warming and the policies that will affect millions and will ruin otherwise modern, thriving economies? Insanity! It seems that common sense has died, and the Leaders of the world can’t make a sound decision. As God says in Proverbs 8 of His Wisdom-“All they that hate me,love death!”.

We are at the stage in world History that Isaiah prophesied,

“Therefore hear this you afflicted, and drunk but not with wine. Thus says the Lord,the LORD your God, who pleads the cause of His people, see I have taken out of your hand the cup of trembling, the dregs of the cup of my fury; you shall no longer drink it,But I will put it into the hand of those who afflict you, Who have said unto you,’Lie down that we may walk over you…”(Isaiah 51:21-23)

“In that day I will make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all the peoples to lift, all who lift it shall injure themselves”(Zechariah 12:2 the Tanakh)

The Word for “Injure themselves, can be interpreted as “Lacerate themselves”.

On the very week that the Ariel Sharon administration succumbed to the years long American diplomatic pressure on Israel to evacuate Gush Katif, the Jewish community in Gaza, hurricane Katrina struck our southern coastal area, ultimately to the detriment of the Bush presidency.

The following bullet points are from a World Net Daily article about the GAza/Katrina connection,

Gaza’s Jewish communities were located in Israel’s southern coastal region; America’s southern coastal region now lies in ruins.
The U.S. government called on Louisiana residents to evacuate their homes ahead of the storm. The Israeli government, backed by statements from U.S. officials, demanded Gaza residents evacuate their homes.
Katrina, written in Hebrew, has a numerical equivalent of 374, according to a biblical numbering system upheld by all traditional Jewish authorities. Two relevant passages in the Torah share the exact numerical equivalent: “They have done you evil” (Gen. 50:17) and “The sea upon land” (Exodus 14:15).
Bush, from Texas, and Rice, from Alabama, were the most vocal U.S. backers of the Gaza evacuation. Hurricane Katrina hit the states in between Texas and Alabama – Louisiana and Mississippi.
Similarity in scenes: Many residents of Jewish Gaza climbed to their rooftops to escape the threat of expulsion, while residents of the Gulf Coast climbed on their own rooftops to protect themselves from the rising waters. Jewish Gaza homes described as beautiful and charming were demolished this week by Israel’s military. Once beautiful homes in New Orleans now lie in ruins.
The day Katrina hit, Israel began carrying out what was termed the most controversial aspect of the Gaza withdrawal – the uprooting of bodies from the area’s Jewish cemetery. There have been media reports of corpses floating around in flooded New Orleans regions.
Did God Send Katrina as a Judgment for Gaza? by Aaron Klein ( http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=32196 )
Now fast forward to April 19th 2010, which happened to be the 62nd anniversery of the modern state of Israel. While millions of Jews and friends of Israel celebrated the fulfillment of the prophecies of Israel’s regathering and rebirth, President Obama gave a speech outlining changes in foreign policy, most notably towards Israel .

The changes involved the longstanding use by the United States of veto power in the UN security council , whenever Anti-Israel resolutions are introduced.

I quote from an April 19th,2010 FoxNews.com article entitled; “Obama and Israel;Showdown at the UN?” by Ben Evansky-

The Obama administration is reportedly signaling another major shift in policy towards one of its staunchest allies, Israel, and this shift could change the way it votes at the Security Council. The change would mean an end to the US’ use of its veto power in the United Nations Security Council when certain anti-Israel resolutions are introduced for a vote.

Reports surfaced a couple of weeks ago, that a senior US diplomat met with Qatar’s foreign minister in Paris. They discussed the possibility that the US was giving serious consideration to not using its veto if a vote on Israeli settlements was to come up. It has been the policy of successive administrations to veto virtually all anti-Israel resolutions at the Security Council…

The very next day, April 20th ,2010, an explosion on a Gulf of Mexico oil rig, killed 11 workers and commenced the world’s worst natural disaster, that has not even yet been abated! Check out this video put out by Hickory Hammock Baptist Church in Milton ,Florida… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPtaMgqOwL4

Who knows if there is a direct connection? He who sits in the heavens shall laugh-the Lord shall have them in derision…I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you…Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD!

 

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Israel’s Final Conflict and Deliverance…Israel’s Future pt 13

This is the word of the LORD concerning Israel. The LORD, who stretches out the heavens, who lays the foundation of the earth, and who forms the spirit of man within him, declares: “I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves. (Zechariah 12:1-3)

The last chapters of Zechariah have an amazing relevance to the world situation we see unfolding before us today. It is uttered in the name of the Creator God, who continuously sustains his creation, most notably of His ongoing work of creation, forming the spirit of man.

God , the creator ,will one day make Jerusalem to become a cup of trembling ,(KJV) , to those nations round about her.

The idea of a cup of trembling is a judgment administered , which causes the neighboring nations, to reel, to go mad, to lose the capacity for sound judgment which leads to self-destruction.

In the hand of the LORD is a cup
full of foaming wine mixed with spices;
he pours it out, and all the wicked of the earth
drink it down to its very dregs. Psalm 75:8

True to this prophecy, the nations of the world are in great turmoil about the so-called “status” of Jerusalem. Though Jerusalem is manifestly the capital of the State of Israel, virtually none of the nations of the world will put an Embassy there, including the USA. They fear inflaming the Moslem near neighbors of Israel.

The Obama administration has attempted to make the appeasement of the Muslim world a centerpiece of its foreign policy. Therefore it has taken an unprecedented US stance toward Israel especially regarding Jerusalem and Judea. See Obama and Judea

Obama and his secretary of state have called for a strict “no natural growth” policy for Judea,(The West Bank), and they severely condemned Israel for approving the building of housing Units in East Jerusalem. see Administration Condemns Jerusalem Housing.

Islam has been claiming that Jerusalem has never been anything but a Muslim city, one of the “holiest’ sites of the Muslim faith. Yet the Koran doesn’t mention Jerusalem by name anywhere.

In its effort to erase any sign of Jewish history in Jerusalem, the Wafq, the Muslim custodianship of the temple mount, has been moving tons of rubble from beneath the surface of the site of the temple, dumping it in gravel pits outside of the city. Archeologists are finding priceless artifacts of the previous two temples in the rubble.

There is a reference in the Koran to “Al Aqsa”, literally, the “farthest place” from Mecca, where Mohammed supposedly rode a winged horse en route to a heavenly Muslim prayer meeting with Jesus and Moses.It is interesting that in Obama’s Cairo speech to the Muslim world, he referenced this obscure story, “the Isra” , the sole Muslim claim to Jerusalem, and that only by inference.

The Bible ,however has more than 800 direct references to Jerusalem. It is “the city of the great King”, the “Joy of the whole earth”, Mt Zion, the sight of the future capital of the world, the counterpart to “the heavenly Jerusalem”. God is “zealous for Jerusalem with a great fury” we are told earlier in Zechariah.

Jerusalem, we are told by our Lord Jesus, will be trodden under foot of the Gentiles until the time of the Gentiles be fulfilled. For the time being, it is as “Sodom and Egypt”, (Revelation 11) ,but is destined to be the city where Righteousness dwells, and out of which the Law of the Lord shall stream forth to all of the world. No wonder there is such a storm around it.

The UN wants to make it an international city, the Vatican wants custodianship over it, Islam claims it as one of its holiest sites, The Gentiles insist on it being divided into two cities, One the capital of the “Palestinian” state,the other side the capital of the Jewish state. Islam doesn’t like the name Jerusalem, they call it “Al Quds”, and so did a senior Obama security advisor in a speech recently. There is a storm brewing exactly as the Prophet said it would, God is making Jerusalem a cup of trembling, making mad the nations of the world.

“And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples;all who would heave it away will surely be cut to pieces, though all nations of the earth be gathered against it.” ( Zechariah 12:3)

 God says that it is He that will make Jerusalem to be a stone that “the nations of the earth” would presume to pick up and carry away, however they would find to their detriment that it s too heavy for them to do so, and the ones who try are literally ‘Lacerated’ for their failed efforts.

The idea is that in some way, “all of the nations of the earth” are walking down a road, progressing towards a common goal. At some point they come to an obstruction in the road, a heavy stone sits in the way of progress.As I stated in the last article, only the existence of the UN would allow us to really say that “all of the nations of the earth” are in any kind of common walk.

The road is the path towards some kind of globalist “world order”. It is post national, post christian, the possible fulfillment of the utopian ideals of millions over the centuries. The day is almost here,it is right around the corner,”Peace on earth and goodwill towards men” , (of course without God). But there is one stubborn trouble spot, the middle east! How are we going to solve the quarrel between Jacob and Esau?

It doesn’t matter who, every one of the “Kings of the earth and their rulers” who have tried to solve the problem of the so-called status of Jerusalem have failed to their own hurt. The sun set the British Empire because of it.

Uncle Sam says, “I’ll take care of it”, and rolls up his sleeves and squats to lift the stone, but cannot move it, and has severe cuts on his arms to show for his efforts. Every American President since Eisenhower has tried and failed to solve the Jerusalem problem. None of them would dare move the US Embassy to it, out of deference to the Muslims, although most of them promised to when running for office.

In the first year of his administration, President Obama made an unprecedented appeal to the Muslim world, and that from Cairo, Egypt. *He made clear in the speech His sympathy with Muslims, and his desire for the so-called “two State” solution.

Obama personally has condemned the Netanyahu Government for authorising the building of housing in East Jerusalem. His administration, as well as the UN , the EU and Russia believe that East Jerusalem should be reserved as the capital of the Palestinian state.

Ominously, one of Obama’s national security advisors, John Brennon recently refered to Jerusalem as “Al Quds” in a speech to an Arab american student group.”Al Quds” is the name given to Jerusalem by Islamists who want to deny the Jewish history of the city, insisting that it has always been Jewish.

This pandering to Islamic terrorists by a representative of the world’s lone super power is an example of just how heavy the stone is and how desperate the world is to move it.

Zechariah’s prophecy comes closer to realisation as the “Status” of Jerusalem is argued about and maneuvered for by the movers and shakers of the World. I just dread the “lacerations that are sure to follow. Maranatha Lord Jesus!

 

 

 

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How To Obtain A SWORD ON THE LAND

Many have been asking how to obtain my new book, a Sword on the Land;The Muslim World In Bible Prophecy.  Since I wrote it in march of 2013 it has consistently proven to be validated by subsequent events in the Middle East. I believe that part of our current calling as Witnesses is to be able to interpret the “Handwriting on the Wall” as Daniel did in His day. Many people know something is wrong but don’t know how to describe the situation Biblically. Ironically there has never been a better time to point to current events and connect them to Biblical Prophecy.

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I think this is a timely book, but have had a hard time getting its message out. I have contacted every Christian apologetics or Prophecy ministry I know, and there has been little interest. Would anyone know how we could get this message out, while these things are so current? 

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Israel’s Feasts Are a Divine Schedule…Israel’s Future 12

And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the Lord, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts.(Leviticus 23:1-2)

God has laid out in many ways the future of Israel and of the world. Prophecy is one of them, the Song of Moses for example, Another way that the Lord has clearly told His people and whoever has ears to hear, what the future would be, is in the Festal Holidays of Israel.

The word ‘feasts’ in the above cited scripture, is literally,”Appointed times“. These are appointments on a schedule. God has pre-arranged special appointments with His people throughout History, and he has taught them ta prophetic schedule via the yearly holidays He has ordained for the chosen people.

The feasts of Israel are divided into three special sections. There are the three Spring Feasts, Passover,Unleavened Bread and First Fruits. Then there is a lone summer feast, Pentecost, and finally there are the three Fall Feasts of Israel, the feast of trumpets, the Day of Atonement, and finally the Feast of Tabernacles.

The Spring appointments with Israel have already been kept. Messiah has come and offered himself as the Passover Lamb. He was crucified on Passover, after a thorough inspection for flaws by the High Priest and the religious leaders of Israel. The feast of unleavened bread is the removal of sin (Leaven,corruption), out of the house, as a consequence of Passover. Three das after the feast of Passover, te High Priest would go to the barley field and gather the first sheave and offer it as the first fruit before God. On that same morning around thirty AD , Christ rose from the dead.

THose appointments have already been kept.

After fifty days, the feast of Pentecost occurs, in the summer. Around thirty AD again, there were a group of Jewish believers meeting in the temple on the day of the feast of Pentecost, fifty days after the ressurection.

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.(Acts 2:1-4)

God has kept the first four of the ordained appointments in history with Israel his people, although for the most part they were unprepared or oblivious to what was happening.

But there are three feasts yet to come, The feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, and the feast of tabernacles,

The Feast of trumpets has been partially obscured by the Rabbis, the emphasis of it being Rosh Hoshanah, or New Years day. What are trumpets sounded for? Warning, and Assembly. When the trumpets are sounded, and the congregation gathers together for assembly, worship or for war.

Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand;(Joel 2:1)

And when they shall blow with them, all the assembly shall assemble themselves to thee at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.(Numbers 10:3)

Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it?(Amos 3:6)

The Trumpet of God has certainly been sounding to the ends of the earth since May,1948, with the resurrection of Israel and the return after almost two thousand years of exile. The Jewish people are coming out of their exile in the Muslim world; Russia, Europe, India,China, and literally from the very ends of the earth.

The sound of the trumpet should provoke trembling though as both Joel and Amos attest.

The Feast of Trumpets actually commences something called the “days of awe” the time between this feast and the next, more solemn feast(Actually a fast), the day atonement. On tat day the people of ISrael are literally commanded to repentance, self examination, and humiliation of souls.

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:  “Also the tenth day of this seventh month shall be the Day of Atonement. It shall be a holy convocation for you; you shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire to the Lord.  And you shall do no work on that same day, for it is the Day of Atonement, to make atonement for you before the Lord your God.  For any person who is not afflicted in soul on that same day shall be cut off from his people.  And any person who does any work on that same day, that person I will destroy from among his people.  You shall do no manner of work; it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.  It shall be to you a sabbath of solemn rest, and you shall afflict your souls; on the ninth day of the month at evening, from evening to evening, you shall celebrate your sabbath.”(Leviticus 23:26-32)

This is the meaning of our current season of affliction, I believe the time has come for Israel to enter into her fall appointments with God. Passover, Unleavened bread , Firstfruits and Pentecost have already happened in history. Most of the nation missed out on the full significance of these events.As Jesus lamented, they did not know their time of visitation. But there remain three feasts.

The Trumpet has been sounding, and Israel is regathering, and the time has come for her to deeply soul search and repent. The “Days of Awe” correspond to the “time of Jacob’s trouble”, the prophetic “Night”, “Affliction” and as Daniel warned, “The time of tribulation, such as has never happened before nor shall ever happen again”. 

The pressure will accomplish the goal, Israel will repent and be re-instated as Kings and Priests and the whole world will be resurrected!

For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without teraphim: Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the Lord their God, and David their king; and shall fear the Lord and his goodness in the latter days.(Hosea 3:4-5)

All of this is in preparation for the final appointment with Israel  Feast of Tabernacles. God has an appointment with Israel, He will once again dwell in the midst of them and there will be a Messianic Banquet, a wedding feast that shall be the ground of all true Joy and happiness!

And in this mountain shall the Lord of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined. And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations. He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the Lord hath spoken it. And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the Lord; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.(Isaiah 25:6-9)

The feast of tabernacles corresponds to the final, glorious future for the children of Israel, chastened and redeemed, but restored to their ordained glory as the Holy nation, dwelling with God forever.

As it is written of this people,

Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.(Isaiah 60:1-2)

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The Time Of Jacob’s Trouble…Israel’s future pt 11

The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, Thus speaketh the Lord God of Israel, saying, Write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book. For, lo, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, saith the Lord: and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it. And these are the words that the Lord spake concerning Israel and concerning Judah. For thus saith the Lord; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace. Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness? Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it. For it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him: But they shall serve the Lord their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them.(Jeremiah 30:1-9)

God has promised a bright future for his chosen people, the children of Abraham,Isaac and Jacob, but first they must pass through a tremendous time of testing. So also must the whole world, the Muslim world, the decadent western world, the Hindu, Bhuddist and Communist world,all must come under Divine Judgment for their sins, particularly for the sin of rejecting the salvation God has offered through his Son Jesus the Messiah.

But the testing Israel undergoes is unique. What the nations must undergo is punishment. “The wicked shall be cast into hell and all nations that forget God”. There are two kinds of Gentile nations, the wicked, who have never been impacted directly by the gospel, and are thereby twisted in their laws, mores and in every other area. Secondly there are the nations who were once Judeo Christian, and greatly benefitted by the gospel, but have cast all of that off. Both are doomed.

But Israel’s trial, though severe, is remedial. Every pressure brought to bear upon Israel is designed to bring them to the point that they cry out to the Messiah who once came to them,”… lowly on an Ass, bringing salvation…”(Zechariah 9:9).

The prophet Jeremiah, looking past the looming captivity in Babylon, and the return 70 years later, predicted a greater return, not merely from Babylon, but from being scattered to the ends of the earth. After centuries of exile, a miracle,Israel shall return to the land .

 For thus saith the Lord; Sing with gladness for Jacob, and shout among the chief of the nations: publish ye, praise ye, and say, O Lord, save thy people, the remnant of Israel. Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the coasts of the earth, and with them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and her that travaileth with child together: a great company shall return thither. They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn.0 Hear the word of the Lord, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock.(Jeremiah 31:7-10)

Israel is currently being restored, politically,economically, linguistically, geographically and physically. This is the banner miracle to the world, as of May,1948 the world has no excuse for disbelieving the Bible. What God promised in days of old, against all expectation and desire of the people, He performed. This is the distinguishing mark of the last days because all of the prophecies assume Israel back in the land.

But what will it take to restore Israel spiritually?

Jeremiah heard a “voice of trembling and fear” and saw a man travailing in pain as if He were a woman in labor. He saw people with pale faces, he saw that it was the Day of the Lord.The last days are often likened unto a woman going into labor, and the events of the last days are called “Sorrows”, literally “Birthpangs” by Jesus in Matthew 24.

Jeremiah, by the Spirit of the Lord called the brief, intense final season of the world as we know it, “The Time of Jacob’s Trouble”. We are thereby reminded of the story of Jacob, as a prophecy of the last days.

Jacob had prospered in the world after leaving home, fleeing from his murderous twin Esau. Even when others tried to cheat him, God blessed him and he always seemed to come out on top of most arrangements. But when he left his uncle Laban’s land, to come back into the Holy Land(Sound familiar?), He heard Esau was coming after him with an army and a murderous intent.

Jacob underwent a preparation that involved personal separations. In his fear and agony through the long night, as he anticipated his twin brother’s murderous revenge, Jacob began dividing himself from everything he owned; his flocks, servants, wives and children, until finally He was reduced to himself.

There He was, by himself, when God came unto Him. At first He wrestled with God, then in the dark of the night, after God touched his hip (His strongest place), He simply clung to God until morning, refusing to let him go.This is where Jacob received a new name from God, ISRAEL, He who strives with God!!

Really, who is it that Israel has been striving with all of these centuries? She has been fighting God. But in the night, that we call the great tribulation, the “time of Jacob’s trouble”, God separates his people from everything, all friends, lovers, allies, and any other natural mainstay.

Esau  surrounds her, for the Muslim world are the custodians of the hatred of Ishmail and Esau, and incites much of the rest of the world to turn on Israel. God is removing her natural strength, to bring her to see that He alone is her Rock and Saviour. 

Notice that it is the time of “Jacob’s” trouble, and not “Israel’s ” trouble. Jacob is the man of his own cunning and devices, he doesn’t always recognize the grace of God. Currently Israel is Jacob, for the most part unspiritual, in the power of reason and human ability, technology and humanistic sensibilities. But soon, after the Long night the true Israel will be seen in the chosen people and the whole world will be resurrected! 

God set Jacob free, turning him into Israel, and Jeremiah says that once again, God will use the long night of wrestling, to “Break the yoke” off of Israel,and restore the Holy nation to the Priesthood and the service of mercy in the name of God! OH Hasten it dear LORD.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! SHalom!

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The Navel Of The Earth…Israel’s Future pt 10

Thus saith the Lord God; This is Jerusalem: I have set it in the midst of the nations and countries that are round about her.(Ezekiel 5:5)

Are You Come to take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.(Ezekiel 37:12)

In the passages of Ezekiel above, Jerusalem and Israel, are each  literally said to be set in the center of all nations. Certainly they are the center of God’s attention and increasingly they have become the center of world concern no matter how hard people try to ignore them. THe Passage in Ezekiel 38 literally says that the people of Israel are set in “The navel” of the Land.

The Sages say, “Israel is the center of the world, and Jerusalem is the center of Israel and the temple mount is the center of Jerusalem”. I don’t always agree with Rabbis and Sages, but in this case they are spot on.

The temple mount is the true “ground Zero” of the world, being the place where Abraham offered Isaac, and was told that God would provide Himself a Lamb…” (Genesis 22). It was also on the temple Mount that the Most High chose to place His holy name and presence, that Israel might be the nation of priests and that the whole world might come and pray there, to the Only True God.

When the Temple of Solomon was sanctified, and God moved in, te Shekinah glory of God filled the place, the priests were prostrated, truly slain in the Spirit, and so too were the worshippers assembled. No one was able to stand, Thus the Light was set on the lampstand, and the city set on the hill that the whole world might walk in its light.

But Israel proved faithless, and her faithlessness would at times have the effect of covering the light with a bushel basket, as time and again the prophets and finally Jesus would warn them. Eventually Ezekiel had a vision of the lifting of the Shekinah,

Then did the cherubims lift up their wings, and the wheels beside them; and the glory of the God of Israel was over them above. And the glory of the Lord went up from the midst of the city, and stood upon the mountain which is on the east side of the city.(Ezekiel 11:22-23)

The Lord’s throne lifted from the temple and settled for a time on the Mt. of Olives, as the sign of a sure judgment on Jerusalem.

The Temple would eventually be rebuilt, after the punishment of the 70 year Babylonian captivity. The day came when “The LORD WHom You seek…” came suddenly into the temple, in the person of Jesus of Nazareth. He warned of a second judgment and destruction of the temple, in Matthew 23.

Echoing Ezekiel’s prophecy, the LORD Jesus pronounced woe upon Jerusalem, destruction of the Temple, and announced that “Your house is left to you desolate”, calling the temple an empty house. He then left the Temple and proceeded to the Mount of Olives. The last thing He told Israel from the temple, in his capacity as the Messiah, was that they would not see Him again, until Israel would truly say unto Him, “Blessed is HE that comes in the name of the LORD”, the priestly greeting from the temple to the Messiah.

From the Mount of Olives, He warned that the Temple Mount would be desecrated, an “Abomination of desolation” as Daniel called it. Thus it has been ever since, for the Romans built a temple to Jupiter on the razed site, then the Muslims built the “Dome of the Rock and the Mosque of Omar, which sports a blasphemous lie inscribed in Arabic around the dome, “God has no Son”. This is the very center of the earth!

Shortly after Jesus pronounced this judgment, He offered himself as a sacrifice to God for the sins of the whole world, hanging on a cross between heaven and earth,on a spur of the Moriah range of mountains,within site of the Temple and of the place where Abraham offered Isaac.

Thus at this spot, did God deal to Satan the fatal blow.The seed of the woman did crush the serpent’s head, and the serpent indeed bruised his heel.

“Now is the judgment of this world and now is the prince of this world cast down, and I , if I be lifted up from the earth will draw all men unto myself”(John 12)

We know that the Lord accepted his sacrifice, because on the third day after He was crucified and was buried, God did raise Him up from among the Dead! Jesus is alive!

It was on the Mount of Olives, forty days later, that Jesus ascended up to Heaven, just as Ezekiel saw the Shekinah glory ascend from the Mount of Olives. The Prophet Zechariah saw a gleam of blinding light penetrate a very dark day, when he beheld the LORD himself rise from te throne of glory, to save his besieged people. Where does He touch down? The Mount of Olives.

Consider Jerusalem itself. The Divine Psalmist teaches us to sing,

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness. Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.(Psalm 48:1-2)

Jesus quoted this in his Sermon on the Mount, when He said, “Swear not at all, neither by Heaven for it is God’s throne, nor by earth for it is God’s footstool, nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King”.

Jerusalem is the only city on earth of which it could be said, God has put his name there forever. The final abode of all of the redeemed of humanity is “The New Jerusalem”, the city of peace. We know that currently, peace has been hard to come by for the Jerusalem which is below. The city is referred to in Revelation as “Sodom and Egypt, the city where our Lord was crucified”. But Yet it remains set in the center of the earth, and as the center of prophetic and divine dealings.

The U.N. has divided the city in two, and the Catholic church wants to take custody of it. The Royalty of Europe have vied for the ancient title, “King of Jerusalem”.Though it is never mentioned by name ,not even once in the QURAN, Islam claims Jerusalem as its third holiest site.

The future of Jerusalem is grim at first but ultimately glorious. The Evil ones are building a siege about it, on many levels. Economically, morally(through false witness in the press) Spiritually, (through corrupt and backslidden Christian clergy), politically, because of the moral reprobates who currently run this world, and yes they will be beseiged militarily.

The burden of the word of the Lord for Israel, saith the Lord, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him. Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.(Zechariah 12:1-3)

Jerusalem will eventually be taken, (very temporarily) and over run by savages.  Many will flee into the wilderness of Jordan and relive the literally days of the tabernacles in Exodus, and will know God’s provision in the wilderness. Many of the Jewish residents of Jerusalem will be captured and imprisoned, perhaps to be used as slaves or hostages as bargaining chips.

Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives…(Zechariah 14:1-4)

But the Messiah of Israel will then come to her as in olden times, to save her. This over running of Jerusalem will be the last straw, by that time the children of Israel will have recognized the One whom they have pierced and will mourn for him as for an only son.

Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east,…(Zechariah 14:3-4)

Are you ready?Who may abide the day of his coming, and who will stand when He appears? Maranatha Lord!

 

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