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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A Wonderful And Awful Clarity… Israel’s Future pt 9

And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war… And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.(Revelation 19:11,19)

One of the beautiful things about living in these turbulent last days, is the wonderful clarity that current events reveal. Evil at the highest levels has usually tried to hide behind a facade of benevolence if not righteousness, at least in the formerly Judeo Christian Western world.

Thus western politicians in the past have pretended to be Christians , or virtuous, or at least to respect the Holy, good and true.  They have always justified themselves and their actions as being “for the people”, or for “the children”, or on behalf of some oppressed  group, “women or minorities”.

But here in Revelation 19, we see with remarkable clarity, that the “Kings of the Earth” and their armies, though seemingly siding with the good and true, step out of the shadows and openly side with “the Beast” . They range themselves directly against the Lamb of God. This is what most have been doing all along but in the end all pretense is dropped and we finally see who is who!

This expression “Kings of the Earth and their Rulers” goes far beyond the political or government leaders. Educators, Intellectuals, Pundits , Entertainers also and other media and cultural opinion makers also usually take pains to give the appearance of being conscientious and compassionate, ever on the side of the underdog and interested in truth.

But recent events, particularly in the Gaza of Israel have polarized the world, bringing out into the open the true nature of many of these celebrity “do gooders”.

In both the war in Gaza and in the emergence of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant(ISIL), Evil is now on full display, and thanks to modern technology, the whole world is an unavoidable witness to it. No one can deny that they know what is going on, and not even the carefully crafted propaganda which once fooled so many masses of people, can cover up the current expose of full frontal EVIL in all of its naked deformity.

There is first of all,  the spectacle of  the Hamas controlled State of Gaza, raining thousands of Rockets indiscriminately upon the cities and towns of Israel for years, and hiding behind its own women and children, using them as human shields to prevent the counter attacks of the Jewish military. The fact that this reprehensible tactic even works is testament to the compassion of Israel even for the children of her enemies.

Terrorists are transported to battle in ambulances, rocket firings are staged from hospitals, schools and residential areas. Israel actually warns those in areas she intends to bomb, giving civilians a chance to flee. There are numerous reports coming out that Hamas is holding Gazans captive, using their own population as human shields..

Can there be any clearer contrast?

On the one hand, the State of Israel waging war humanely, even towards avowed enemies, than treating the wounded and maimed in hastily constructed field hospitals not far from the front. Pleading daily with the civilian Arab (hostage) population to flee from the war zone lest they be hurt.

On the other hand the world sees Hamas shelling and rocketing cities of Israel with impunity, then playing the victim when Israel responds. It doesn’t take a genius to see that there isn’t even a shred of moral equivalency. Clearly Israel is on the side of civilization and Hamas sides with savagery.

But the streets of formerly civilized places such as Rome, Paris,London, and Chicago are filling up with ever growing crowds of protestors. These are angry, anti-Semitic crowds, menacing onlookers, assaulting any one who looks Jewish, and calling for the extermination of Israel, death to the west and solidarity with the Palestinians!

Yes, thats right, millions around the world, are lining up to show their unqualified support for a people who literally shoot from behind their own children, Kidnap and murder other people’s children and then pass out sweets and celebrate when such acts of appalling degeneracy are committed.

This is  as surreal as the time Yasser Arafat, the father of modern, ruthless, terrorism and mayhem…recieved the Nobel prize for peace! So many “do gooders” began wearing the Palestinian Kafeyah in solidarity with the blood thirsty, perverted monster. It became a sign of what? Chic-ness? Being part of the avant garde?

In a similar fashion many young people sport t-shirts with a romantic picture of Che Guevarro, the cowardly executioner and mass murderering Communist.

Some of these recent demonstrations ominously include marchers carrying the black flag of ISIL, the Sunni Terror army, bulked up and steroided with Western armaments and training. One of ISIS’s recently released leaders , told his former US military jailer,”I will see you in New York”.

Does it not bother the ‘enlightened’ western throngs that they are marching in solidarity with people recently known for and even boasting of capturing little children, beheading some of them, sawing others in half, and marrying away little girls as young as 9 to hardened and depraved sub human Jihadis, as prizes of war?

Not even the most ‘progressive’ liberal westerner can evade the raw ugliness of the evil on display these days. There are ISIS propaganda pictures of the lines of captured Iraqi soldiers, marching in bent submission, being kicked and beaten by their ISIS captors, then lined up and shot.

ISIS has also released self congratulating pictures of captured Christian women  under the gunpoint and glare of  Burqaed ISIS women, and covered by other ‘brave Islamic warriors’ holding assault rifles on the defenseless women  as they are led away in a line, tied together by the hand, off to be sold into sexual slavery and unimaginable horrors.

This is Islam and these are the real Muslims. ISlam, thy name is EVIL!!!

This should be simple for anyone with a functioning human conscience; Christianity is believing in and acting like Jesus. Islam is believing in and acting like Mohammed. These are the ones who are acting like Mohammed. How could any civilized person stand in solidarity of any kind with them?

This has to be a demonstration of spiritual blindness. Certainly moral blindness comes into play here. Could this moral confusion be the judgment that has come upon us for abortion? Or for trying to maintain the morally dissonant acceptance of gay marriage? Has the world become reprobate and no longer can distinguish right from wrong?

MSNBC, CNN, Fox, the BBC, ABC, and CBS, all so called champions of womens rights and political correctness, and who eagerly repeated the left’s charge recently that the conservatives are waging a “war on women” because we aren’t willing to be forced to pay for any harlot’s birth control, have little or nothing to say about this real “War on women”.

My friend and brother Mark in South Africa posted this lament of the lopsided media coverage of the war in Gaza, by a member of the media in the UK,

Western TV screens never show Hamas – not a gunman, or a rocket launched at Tel Aviv, not a fighter shelling a nearby kibbutz. In these past few weeks, it has seemed as if Israel’s F-16s and Merkava tanks and 155mm artillery have been fighting only wailing mothers, mangled children, run-down concrete slums.”
Benny Morris – The Telegraph.

Do we not live in the day of the Lie? This is (seemingly) their hour and the power of darkness.

But the true and Living God sees and is taking names.

The clarity I speak of is remarkable, it is almost as though the time for pretence is over and multitudes are openly siding with evil and showing utter hatred and contempt for good.

Perhaps we have come to the day that Jesus warned us of…

And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.(Luke 21:34-36)

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The Two Objects Of The Dragon’s Fury… Israel’s future pt 8

And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.(Revelation 12:15-17)

The apostle John was given several visions which constitute the Revelation. In the vision of Revelation 12, we are given a Divine perspective of the mystery of anti-Semitism. This is the  Divine answer to the real historical events of Genesis 3.

Israel is a woman, clothed with the Sun, standing on the Moon and crowned with 12 stars. She is in agony of child-birth, for she has been chosen by God to bring into the earth the man-child, that is, the Messiah.

Satan is a Dragon. Originally, in Genesis Satan was a serpent, but by the time of this vision, He has become a Dragon, invested with all worldly power(Political, juridical,  Military, economic…). These are the Heads, Horns and crowns of the Dragon.

The Dragon seeks to thwart the birth of the man-child, (Who is the “seed of the woman”). Furthermore the Dragon could not prevent the completion of mission of the man-child..

The Man-Child is born, accomplishes His mission and is ascended to Heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Most High God. The Dragon has been proven to be impotent, he cannot prevent the man-child from accomplishing the salvation of the world, even though virtually all worldly power has been handed over to him.

But since he cannot get at the man-child, the Dragon turns on the woman and her seed, as Genesis predicted He would.

And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.(Genesis 3:15)

Who are the “seed of the Woman”? The Prophecy in Genesis 3 indicates a two-fold answer to this question; The ‘seed of the woman’ who would eventually crush the serpent’s head, but at cost to himself, is none other than the Messiah, the Lord Jesus. By his death on the cross,

… he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.(Hebrews 2:14-15)

The same scripture also indicates a corporate “Seed”, which would ever be at enmity with a corporate “seed of the serpent”. Jesus and John the Baptist, for example warned the God defying “brood of vipers” of the coming wrath, calling upon them to repent.

Who are these “Seed of the woman” and “seed of the serpent”?  Are they of a natural or are they of a spiritual affinity ? In the case of the woman, the natural seed of the woman are the Jewish people, chosen by God to be witnesses to the world.

Spiritually, the seed of the woman are all of those down through time who would stand with Adam and Eve on the ground of the promise, and who would patiently wait for the Lord to descend from heaven to save them and to undo the work of the serpent. They admit that they are helpless sinners in need of a God sent saviour.

They are those who humbly acknowledge that sin requires death, and yet they rely on the God appointed substitute. The seeds of the woman are pilgrims, who will have to endure persecution in view of the eternal prize, all the while expecting the final triumph of the Redeemer.

In other words, the seed of the woman are Jews and True Christians. The Dragon and his seed utterly hate real Christians and Jews.

The seeds of the serpent refuse to acknowledge God, nor thank Him, much less admit their own helpless condition, nor the need to be saved by the God appointed substitute, Jesus Christ. Proudly they deny the need for salvation.

They always take the side of the serpent in the issues of their day, whether they actually believe in the Devil or not. Jesus rebuked Peter , saying he was like Satan, because he “savored the things which be of men and not of God”. Satan is a humanist, not a Satanist, he savours the things that “be of men”, ie human autonomy, pride, independence from God.

The seed of the serpent alternate between the denial of God’s existence, or complaint about the concept of a “merciful God” in view of the perceived injustice of the world. They don’t hesitate to defy God’s revealed will, for they allow themselves no reverence for him.

They actually believe the serpent’s lie, considering themselves, or man in general to be “as gods”, able to define for himself right and wrong, good or evil, beauty and meaning, with no reference to the real God.

These are the God resisting “brood of vipers” that John the Baptist railed against, the children of their (true) father, the devil, and who never fail to take the stand of their father, against the Most High.*

The world is rapidly being sharply polarized around two issues; the hatred and persecution of the Jews, and the hatred and persecution of Christians.

Who did the Ancient Romans refuse to tolerate, after they were thrown out of the Synagogues? The Christians. Who do Muslims hate and fear the most? Jews and Christians? WHo did the Roman Catholic Popes belittle, grind down and even exterminate at times? True Christians and Jews. When Atheists came to power in Europe through Fascism and in Russia through Marxism, and in China through Communism, who did they persecute with the most fervor? Christians and Jews.

Who is forbidden so much as a presence on the entire Arabian peninsula? Jews and any expression of the Body of the Messiah. Who is ISIS ruthlessly seeking to slaughter, rape and plunder now that there is enough tolerance of such savagery among the leaders of the West? Jews and Christians. This is the Dragon unleashed.

Do you think CNN, Fox news, MSNBC, ABC, The BBC, or any other western “news” outlet would give as much coverage of Muslim atrocities as they do feigned Jewish atrocities? Would the coverage be the same if ISIS were a group of misguided christian in name only neo crusaders? The Whole World Lies in The Power of the wicked One!

The Dragon has always hated the woman and her seed…“those who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ”. 

Get ready for an even greater “flood” to come out of the Dragon’s mouth. Words, propaganda, incitement to hatred and outrage is going to be leveled at Jews and Christians which would make Goebbels blush with pride and admiration.

Current events are revealing the true nature of everyone who is either a witness to them or is involved in them.

How could anyone stand up in defense of Islam, the religion of rape and murder, on display for all of the world to see? Yet millions do, demonstrating their moral blindness, deafness and inability to judge, as they take their stand with Islam, even in the face of blatant depravity, such as HAMAS hiding behind children, ambulances and hospitals, knowing the Jews to be too humane to knowingly destroy such things.

Yet millions around the World fill the streets of Paris, Berlin, Cairo, and other major cities, demonstrating against the Jewish state!

The Serpent is aroused, knowing his time is short, and he is wroth wroth the woman and her seed. So also are all of those under the thrall of the serpent, and on the way to a fiery judgment.

 

* I am very indebted to a book by Erich Sauer called The Dawn of World redemption, particularly for my understanding and description of the nature of the “two seeds”.

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Anti Semitism is Satanic…Israel’s Future pt 7

And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.  And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.( Revelation 12:1-3)

We return to the vision of John the apostle, in Revelation 12, which explains the spiritual reality behind the phenomenon of anti-Semitism. The woman is Israel. As in Joseph’s dream, she is clothed in the Sun, and with the moon, and crowned with twelve stars.

She has labored and travailed, bringing forth the Messiah, and the written scripture, and maintained the true worship over centuries, enduring the reproach of humanity in the process.

The Dragon, is “that serpent of old…”, the Devil. Note that He is crowned with seven crowns and has seven heads and ten horns. It is enough at this point to note that this description of the Devil tells us that all of the worldly power, political and military are at his disposal. John tells us in his first epistle, “The whole World lies in the (power of) the wicked One”.

And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.(Revelation 12:4-5)

The Dragon stood before the pregnant woman waiting to devour the coming man-child, destined to rule the world.  But the Dragon was unable to do so.Having failed to devour Christ, the man-child, resulted in the Dragon being thrown out of heaven, to the earth in great wrath.

The Devil knows His time is short, and that if He is going to evade judgment, He must destroy the ones God has promised to preserve, Israel and the church, “the Woman and the remnant of her seed”. This is the meaning of the rising tide of anti-Semitism and the concentrated attempt to isolate and destroy the fledgling state of Israel.

Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.(Revelation 12:12-13)

For Jews, France and Germany have begun to resemble 1938, and thanks to the waves of Islamic immigration, much of the formerly sympathetic Judeo Christian world is awash with anti Israel demonstrations. Every University campus in the western world now has anti-Israel agitation clubs, and even in the evangelical churches there are those who are teaching the heresy of the disenfranchisement of Israel.

We are  beginning to see and hear the flood of words, Media propaganda, coming out of the serpent’s mouth, accusing the woman, stirring up hatred and resentment even among once fair-minded people, all in an attempt to destroy the woman.

And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.(Rev 12:15)

Satan is wroth with Israel, and with ‘the remnant of her seed‘ , ie the church. The Muslims proclaim, “First we will annihilate the Saturday people, and then we will destroy the Sunday people”. Satan’s arch apostle, Mohamed, declared in one of the Hadiths, that “The last day will not come until we have wiped out the Jews. On that day if a JEw hides behind a Rock, even the rocks will cry out, ‘here is a Jew hiding, servant of Allah, come and Kill Him! ‘ “.

The world is also headed for a Christian persecution madness. The neo Pagans who have now taken the reins of power in the once Judeo Christian West have no place in their ‘brave new world’, their perverted, godless, humanistic Utopia, for those who insist that there is only one true faith, and that sin is evil, and that all men must appear at the throne of God’s judgment.

And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.(Revelation 12:17)

 

 

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The Spirit Behind AntiSemitism…Israel’s Future pt 6

And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.(Revelation 12:1-5)

In a recent article we began an exploration of the mystery of the near universal hatred and antipathy towards the Jews. We examined possible human reason why people seem to have hated, blamed and suspected the Jews of much evil.

Such causes as envy at the successes of Jewish people, and badly misreading scripture, or the fact that God exiled the Jews and caused them to be perpetual strangers in the diaspora over the centuries, all factor in, no doubt. Also the fact that even in their estrangement from God and temporary exile, the Jews are yet a witness to the reality of the God of the Bible would be a reason why those who hate God would hate the Jews.

But there is a virulent, irrational aspect to anti-Semitism which points to even deeper, darker causes than these. I believe tat the vision the Apostle John had in Revelation 12 is a spiritual explanation for Anti Semitism.

There is a correspondence between the Sacred books of Genesis and the Revelation. As it was in the beginning, so shall it be at the end, for there is continuity in the Divine Revelation.

Genesis three features a woman, in a garden of delight, being tempted by a serpent. By the time we come to Revelation 12, the woman is in labor, with child, and the serpent has become a multi-headed, multi crowned Dragon! There is a man in the garden also, He was called to rule the world. In the vision of John, there is now a man-child, destined to rule all nations.

Who is the woman? We know who the woman is in Genesis, she is Eve, the mother of us all. But who is the woman in Revelation? She is clothed with the Sun, with the moon under her feet and has a crown of 12 Stars.

When I was a Roman Catholic, I used to think the woman was the Virgin Mary. Our little church even featured a statue of Mary, standing on the globe, crushing the serpent underneath her feet. She had a crown of 12 Stars.

Of course this was a blasphemous misinterpretation of the original gospel in Genesis 3:15, the promise of the “Seed of the woman” who would himself crush the serpent’s head , but would bruise his own heel. Mary, the mother of Jesus, didn’t crush the serpent’s head, for she confessed that she too was a sinner in need of salvation.

And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.(Genesis 3:15)

“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name”.(Luke 1:46-49)

The European Union, a new political entity heavily influenced by Roman Catholicism, has chosen as its flag the 12 Stars in a circle, the so-called “Crown of Mary”.

But the woman in the vision is not Mary. Then who is she?

Let us interpret scripture with other scripture, Revelation with Genesis in this case.The identity of this vision is revealed in the story of Joseph and his dreams.

“And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me. And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?”(Genesis 37:9-10)

The twelve stars are the sons of Israel, and the Sun and the Moon are Jacob and Leah. Thus the Woman in the vision is Israel.

What does the part mean about Israel laboring in birth? The chosen nation has ever been in labor, for beyond the reception and custody of the written Word of God, and the maintenance of a Holy nation of Priests and Kings, and the sole witness to the true God in a pagan world, Israel’s great task was to be the vessel through whom the Messiah, ‘the seed of the woman’ should come into the world to save us from our sins.

Now why dost thou cry out aloud? is there no king in thee? is thy counsellor perished? for pangs have taken thee as a woman in travail. Be in pain, and labour to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in travail: for now shalt thou go forth out of the city, and thou shalt dwell in the field, and thou shalt go even to Babylon; there shalt thou be delivered; there the Lord shall redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies.(Micah 4:9-10)

All of the above, though being Divine privileges, have involved a lot of pain, endurance and hatred from the world which “lies in the power of the wicked One”.

The Red Dragon? The very text tells us who that is…

…that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.(Revelation 12:9)

The Dragon waited for the woman to give birth, that He might devour the man-child, ‘the seed of the woman who would one day crush the serpent’s head’. The ‘man-child’ is Jesus of Nazareth, “Born of a woman, and born under the law“.

From the time of the announcement in the garden of Eden, of the coming ‘man-child’, all through the calling and election of Abraham,Isaac and Jacob, and on into the history of the twelve tribes of Israel, the serpent has ever sought to destroy the ‘seed’, before He could rise up to rule and crush the Devil’s head.

This is why Pharoah took Abraham’s wife, and Isaac’s wife, and tried to obliterate the children of Israel, tempting them to commit fornication with idolaters, , trying to wipe out the grandchildren of David through Athaliah, or to get the Jews to intermarry with Pagans in the days of Nehemiah.

Behind all of these incidents was the Serpent seeking to devour the seed! Thus, as we will elaborate in our next article, Anti-Semitism is Satanic! Everywhere antisemitism is promoted, you are hearing the hiss of the serpent.

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Tish B’Av …Israel’s National Day Of Sorrow

(Tish B’Av, the ninth of the Hebrew month of Av comes this year between August 4-5. I am republishing an earlier article for this occassion. Keep looking up everybody!)

How hath the LORD covered the daughter of Zion with a cloud in his anger, and cast down from heaven unto the earth the beauty of Israel, and remembered not his footstool in the day of his anger!

The LORD hath swallowed up all the habitations of Jacob, and hath not pitied: he hath thrown down in his wrath the strong holds of the daughter of Judah; he hath brought them down to the ground: he hath polluted the kingdom and the princes thereof.

He hath cut off in his fierce anger all the horn of Israel: he hath drawn back his right hand from before the enemy, and he burned against Jacob like a flaming fire, which devoureth round about.

He hath bent his bow like an enemy: he stood with his right hand as an adversary, and slew all that were pleasant to the eye in the tabernacle of the daughter of Zion: he poured out his fury like fire.

The LORD was as an enemy: he hath swallowed up Israel, he hath swallowed up all her palaces: he hath destroyed his strong holds, and hath increased in the daughter of Judah mourning and lamentation. (Lamentations 2:1-5)

Tuesday, August 9th, is Tish B’Av (the ninth of the month of Av) in the Jewish calendar. The day is marked by fasting, mourning and solemn prayers by pious Jews around the world, in commemoration of both the Babylonian destruction of the Temple, in 586 BC, and the Roman destruction of the Temple on the same calendar day in 70 AD.

Not only had those two horrors occurred on that day, but there have been many,many other incredibly horribly occurrences which concern the Jewish people,on this same calendar day through history.

Incredibly , it was on the ninth of Av that;

* The Sages tell us that the 10 Spies discouraged Israel from occupying the Land God gave them, resulting in the forty years wandering in the wilderness.

* 586 BC, Nebuchadnezzar fulfilled the prediction of Jeremiah, destroying the Temple in Jerusalem, killing one hundred thousand Jews, and carrying hundreds of thousands of others off, into Babylonian captivity.

* 70 AD, Titus fulfilled the predictions of Jesus, surrounding the city of Jerusalem, imposing a siege and finally on the day of TishB’Av, destroying the Temple, not leaving One stone upon another.

Two and a half million Jews were killed in this war, by famine, disease, infighting and One million Jews were killed in that war, much of the nation was exiled, and 100,000 Jews sold to Roman slave markets.

* On 132 AD, Tish B’Av, the Bar Cochba revolt was crushed, killing over 100,000 Jews.

* 133 AD, Turnus Rufus plows site of the Temple. The Romans then built on the Holy Site the pagan city of Aelia Capitolina .

*1095 AD, On TishB’Av of that year was the date Pope Urban II called the first crusade, which resulted in the killing of more than ten thousand JEws, and the obliteration of Jewish communities in Germany.

* On TishB’AV 1290, all Jews were expelled from England , property was confiscated and killings of Jews occurred.

* In 1492 on the same date, TishB’Av, all Jews were expelled from Spain, by order of the “Holy order” of the Inquisition. There were forced conversions, family separations, pogroms, and much loss of property.

*In 1914, on Tish B’Av , Britain and Russia declare war on Germany. First World War begins. The First World War led to the Second World War and the Holocaust. Over 400 pogroms immediately following the war in Hungary, Ukraine, Poland and Russia.All but one-third of world Jewry would perish.

*On TishB’Av 1941, Hermann Göring ordered SS general Reinhard Heydrich to make all the necessary preparations for the Final Solution.

*TishB’AV, saw the 1942 mass deportation of Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto to the Treblinka concentration camp begin.

* On TishB’Av 1994, the deadly bombing the building of the AMIA (the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, Argentina) which killed 86 people and wounded some 300 others.

* On TishB’Av 2003, at the Democratic National Convention, Barak Obama was catapulted from relative obscurity to national fame, after giving a speech which electrified the convention. He would go on to become the most avid anti Israel president in American history.

There are many many other calamities that have befallen Israel upon this tragic day. I believe there are several conclusions we can glean from the uncanny circumstances of the day.

* TishB’Av points to the veracity of the Word of God. Moses warned that should Israel break faith with God, That they would be scattered across the Gentile world,

And the LORD shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other; …And among these nations shalt thou find no ease, neither shall the sole of thy foot have rest: but the LORD shall give thee there a trembling heart, and failing of eyes, and sorrow of mind:…(Deuteronomy 28:64-65)

Our God is faithful in Judgement as well as in His promises of mercy.

* Yet in spite of these terrors and calamities, God in mercy has kept his covenant to keep the Jewish people,

This is what the LORD says,

he who appoints the sun
to shine by day,
who decrees the moon and stars
to shine by night,
who stirs up the sea
so that its waves roar—
the LORD Almighty is his name:
“Only if these decrees vanish from my sight,”
declares the LORD,
“will Israel ever cease
being a nation before me.”(Jeremiah 31:34-35)

The Sun, moon and stars would have to perish before God will alow the Jewish people to perish!

* Our God is a merciful Saviour, who will again turn His attention to the Jewish people in Love and mercy-

“At that time,” declares the LORD, “I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they will be my people.”

This is what the LORD says:

“The people who survive the sword
will find favor in the wilderness;
I will come to give rest to Israel.”

The LORD appeared to us in the past,[a] saying:

“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.
I will build you up again,
and you, Virgin Israel, will be rebuilt.
Again you will take up your timbrels
and go out to dance with the joyful.
Again you will plant vineyards
on the hills of Samaria;
the farmers will plant them
and enjoy their fruit.
There will be a day when watchmen cry out
on the hills of Ephraim,
‘Come, let us go up to Zion,
to the LORD our God.’”

We can see by the signs of the times that the Biblical prophecies are being lined up for fulfillment, and the time spoken of in Psalm 102 has come-

Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come.For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour the dust thereof. So the heathen shall fear the name of the LORD, and all the kings of the earth thy glory.When the LORD shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory.He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the LORD.(Psalm 102:11-16)

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