If We Walk In The Light…Studies in Darkness and Light pt 1

If we walk in the light, as He is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another and the Blood of Jesus Christ God’s son, cleanses us from all sin.? (I john 1:7)

What does it mean to ‘walk in the Light’?

We know it doesn’t mean that we walk in sinless perfection, otherwise we would not be assured that the one who walks in the light is continuously cleansed from all sin by the blood of Jesus Christ.

What then does the passage mean,’If we walk in the light…”.

Earlier in the same section of scripture, John tells us that the message we heard from the start is this, “…God is Light, and in Him is no darkness at all.”

What is light? It is in scripture an emblem of beauty, splendor, purity, and of safety. It also symbolizes Revelation, “in thy Light shall we see Light...”.God Himself dwells in Light that no man may approach.

Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.( I Timothy 6:16)

None of the above explanations answer the question about what it means to walk in the Light, though all of them do describe the nature of God.

Scripture directs us to another function of the Light of God that I believe gives us the answer.

Light exposes everything, showing all things in their true character.In the true light, all things are seen for what they are, and nothing more or less than what they truly are.

Isaiah found this out when he encountered the vision of God in the temple;

In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.  And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.  And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.  Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.(Isaiah 6:1-5)

When the Prophet received a glimpse of God in His glory,(High and lifted up), He also saw himself through new eyes, and called upon himself damnation. To truly see God is to see yourself in all of your sinfulness.

Simon, who would one day become Peter,  had a similar experience when he was a fisherman, and thought he was just dealing with a mere preacher, in Jesus. The preacher wanted to borrow his boat one day.

And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret,  And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets.  And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship.  Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.  And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.  And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.(Luke 5:1-6)

Suddenly the fisherman realized that this Jesus was not just an itinerant Rabbi, He saw the glory f God in Him, just as Isaiah had in the temple. Simon’s  reaction was similar too,

When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.(Luke 5:8)

Literally the text says that Simon was” falling down while looking up…” at Jesus as He denounced his own sinfulness in the presence of the Glory of God.

In both cases an encounter with God became a painful revelation of the Self, both men became keenly aware of their deep sinfulness and worthiness of nothing but damnation(Woe).

The true Light exposes and is uncomfortable to sinful men.

To walk in the light is to be willing to walk in the Holy light of exposure to God. I remember going to church for the first times, and thinking, “Who is telling the preacher my sins?” , and also thinking, “They can all see me, how sinful and unworthy I am”. These were   my feelings, but I was wrong. God is the one in church who “exposes the secrets of men’s hearts”. It isn’t the preacher or the congregation which gives you those feelings, it is God himself who is light.

I have no doubt that Isaiah and Simon wanted to run but in both cases they remained in the Light of God, and found a beautiful truth…the same Light that exposes sin and evil within us, will also purge it out of us if we but remain in the Light!

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Sin is Horrifying…On Sin

The Wages of Sin is death and the gift of God is eternal Life(Romans 6)

And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.(Matthew 5:29-30)

Once again in my life a tragic story plays itself out.

Someone close to me has sinned, and is caught, and refuses to admit to all of it. The sin creates a sense of betrayal, loss of trust in the sinner, and hurt to those of us who love this person and want to believe that all is well with his soul.

But the sin is evidence that it is not well.

In the person who was caught in the sin, it has created a kind of shame but an unwholesome shame, for there are yet many unanswered questions. The sinner seems to remain in a murkey cloud. He is ashamed, but still remote, depressed rather than convicted. Still concerned primarily about self…or about what we think of him, but not about God.

By the standards of the world, the sin is “not really a big deal”, although it would incur some displeasure.

But we have come to know that all sin is a horrifying cancer, and sin carries within itself the malignancy which would ultimately separate us from everything truly worthwhile, forever!

That is what sin does, it separates.

Adam sinned and then hid from God.He then blamed his wife, and God for his own sin. He refused to confess his sin to God, thus insuring his banishment from the garden and from God. Sin darkens the judgment also, causing us to always make the wrong decision.

The sentence passed by the Righteous Judge? Death. Adam would be separated from God, his wife, his environment, his work, and even from himself. At the end comes the ultimate separation…the man dies physically and is separated from his own body.

God came to Him though, and in a foretaste of the final judgment day, Adam was called out of hiding, to face God in the nakedness and deformity of his sin. No matter how unready, when God comes, all will be pulled out of hiding and into the light.

How sin mutilates the personality!

Behold the “Planned Parenthood” execs, casually eating salads and drinking wine as they discuss the sale and removal of infant body parts! Those who at one time no doubt were little girls playing with baby dolls! How did they turn out this way?

Moses predicts that in their apostasy against God, Israel’s delicate , refined and beautiful woman would do something unspeakably brutal! She will eat her own child!!

The tender and delicate woman among you, which would not adventure to set the sole of her foot upon the ground for delicateness and tenderness, her eye shall be evil toward the husband of her bosom, and toward her son, and toward her daughter, And toward her young one that cometh out from between her feet, and toward her children which she shall bear: for she shall eat them for want of all things secretly in the siege and straitness, wherewith thine enemy shall distress thee in thy gates.(Deuteronomy 28:56-57)

We are seeing this on display now in the Planned Parenthood revelation, and in the well dressed and spoken female spokesmen they have trotted out there to justify the unspeakable and to demonize those appalled by it!

One sin brought about the ruin of the human race. Think about it…every tear, every disease, every war and all of the misery of squalor and poverty commenced as an outflowing of one sin. The man took of the forbidden fruit, he repudiated the rule of God and chose to do his own thing.

What did it take to bring about forgiveness of sin and to reverse sin’s curse?

Nothing less than the suffering, humiliation and death of the Son of God for us. Jesus had to come and die an agonizing death to expiate sin!

How awful is sin! It is the “evil of evils” and is worse than all suffering(for it is the cause of it).

I fear sin and when someone I love has sinned, I burn! If my children would lie, or take something that wasn’t there’s or do something else sinful, my wife and I would grieve and cry out to God. I fear sin and don’t want any of us to be banished because of it!

Hell is like the cross in this sense… It is God’s way of letting us know how serious sin is. We look at the cross and contemplate, “Is this what it actually took to rescue us?”. Likewise we consider the warnings of Hell and realize, that it is the only place in the universe for those who will not let go of sin!

We can scarcely believe that there is anything we can do that is so awful as to be deserving of that horror of eternal punishment.

But the issue is not what we did, but who we did it against… . Modern people have no sense of God in his majesty and holiness. To sin against him in any way is to sin against goodness and truth itself!

One day I saw an odd-shaped little mole on my wife’s toe, and showed it to a doctor at one of her checkups. He took a very serious look and said that it would have to be removed. She was pregnant so I said,”After the Baby is born doctor”, but he said “Now!”. That day He cut it out f her foot and analyzed it. It was a matter of life and death.We found out it was a malignant melanoma which had not yet gone sub-cutaneous.

I am praying for my friend, that he submit to the one thing we can do to be delivered of the guilt and power of our sins. If He would just fully confess to it, and allow the cleansing of the blood of Jesus to restore him to fellowship with God and man, Peace could be restored, and love and joy will be possible.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.(I John 1:9)

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The Climax of History…Zechariah 12

“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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Tish Ba’Av; Israel’s day of sorrows

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)

For al of Israel, a solemn day commences at sundown, Saturday July 25, till sundown the 26th It is called 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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The Nations Go Mad…Zech 12 pt 2

“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)

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Jerusalem,The Heavy Stone in The Road…Zechariah 12 pt 2

In a previous article , “A Cup of Trembling” , I pointed out the amazing prediction of Zechariah 12:1-2 . In the last days, Jerusalem would become a point of international contention, ultimately drawing the whole world into the strife.

In continuance of this theme, I would like to give a brief exposition of the rest of this chapter of scripture.

“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!

Postscript- the above article was written in 2010, but here is a current (2015) article which confirms the thesis.

Expose: The Vatican Wants to Lay its Hands on Jerusalem

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Jerusalem’s Final Conflict and Deliverance is Nigh…Zech 12 pt 1

In view of the recent article,A Seat for the Pope at King David’s Tomb Op-Ed: Exclusive: A Seat for the Pope at King David’s Tomb, I thought it fitting to re-run this 2010 esxposition of Zechariah 12. Prophecy is being fulfilled this very day! Maranatha!

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.

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