How UNESCO fulfills Ezekiel 36…Temple MT

Also, thou son of man, prophesy unto the mountains of Israel, and say, Ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord:  Thus saith the Lord God; Because the enemy hath said against you, Aha, even the ancient high places are ours in possession:

 Therefore prophesy and say, Thus saith the Lord God; Because they have made you desolate, and swallowed you up on every side, that ye might be a possession unto the residue of the heathen, and ye are taken up in the lips of talkers, and are an infamy of the people:  Therefore, ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord God; Thus saith the Lord God to the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys, to the desolate wastes, and to the cities that are forsaken, which became a prey and derision to the residue of the heathen that are round about;

 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Surely in the fire of my jealousy have I spoken against the residue of the heathen, and against all Idumea, which have appointed my land into their possession with the joy of all their heart, with despiteful minds, to cast it out for a prey.  Prophesy therefore concerning the land of Israel, and say unto the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I have spoken in my jealousy and in my fury, because ye have borne the shame of the heathen: Therefore thus saith the Lord God; I have lifted up mine hand, Surely the heathen that are about you, they shall bear their shame.(Ezekiel 36:1-7)

Ezekiel 36 is a compliment to Ezekiel 6. In Ezekiel six a curse is pronounced on “the Mountains of Israel” , the very heart of biblical Israel, known as Judea and Samaria, but presently referred to by the Kings of the earth, as the West Bank, or as “the occupied territory”.

The mountains which once teemed with Jewish life and with forests,streams and some farmland, would become desolated, the Jews would be taken out of it, all but a tiny remnant and the land would become a desert for the sins of the inhabitants thereof.

Ezekiel 36 is also a prophecy to the Mountains of Israel. It comes in a series of chapters predicting the total restoration of Israel at the end of the Age. The mountains would once again be made lush and fertile and Jewish cities and villages would teem with people, and those who oppress and persecute the Jews would no more be seen there.

The prediction begins with a quotation of the enemy, that ‘Alas,even the Ancient high places are our possession’.  A High Place is a Holy Site, a place of reverence to a given people. Later on the prophecy predicts that the Land of Judea would be “taken up in the lips of talkers”. These “talkers” have appointed God’s land as a possession to the “nations round about”.

This is an amazing prophetic description of the situation today on the Temple Mount. UNSECO has re-classified the Land of Judea and most of the sacred sites of Israel such as The tomb of the Patriarchs, the Temple Mount and the Tomb of Rachel as being Muslim sites and not Jewish.

The UN in particular, through the UNESCO, (United Nations Science, Educational and Cultural Organization) have taken those “Holy places” and apportioned them as World Heritage sites, of the Palestinian people in spite of the fact that they were, are and always have been known to be explicitly Jewish for centuries.

In the CAMERA*article, UNESCO and The Revision of Jewish History,   Ricki Hollander writes;

For years there has been a concerted effort by Palestinians and Muslim states to rewrite history and eradicate any Jewish connection to Judaism’s holiest sites. The latest attempt takes the form of a UNESCO resolution sponsored by Arab states that essentially erases Judaism’s connection to the Temple Mount, calling it only by its Arab name.

This follows closely on the heels of a similar Palestinian-Jordanian draft resolution to UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee in July 2016 that simiilarly called for a return of the Temple Mount to its alleged “historic” status quo before 1967, as if history starts and ends with the 19 years of Jordanian domination over the site when Jews were barred from visiting.

These resolutions are clearly based on falsehood and distortion. But UNESCO has a history of siding with anti-Israel forces: In April 2016, it passed a very similar politically motivated resolution condemning Jewish visits to and policing of the Temple Mount, which it similarly referred to only by its Arab terms – al-Aksa Mosque/al-Haram al Sharif. While France, a member that voted for the April resolution, subsequently apologized for this, Palestinians and Muslims were encouraged to step up their campaign. France did not vote against the latest resolution, but abstained from voting.

Despite negative reactions to the draft resolution by UNESCO’s director-general and others, the resolution passed by a vote of 24-6, with 26 abstentions. Media outlets reporting on such ahistorical, politically motivated actions should make sure to include the historical facts and implications of such moves.

Ezekiel saw it all and predicted it,  the “Talkers” are the Arab States, the UN, Unesco and the nations of the world, daring to presume the right to vote on the sovereignty of the Land God gave to Abraham,Isaac and Jacob.

The boast that Ezekiel heard, and now the world is hearing about “the Ancient High Places” now being the possession of the enemy, is seen in the Arab “outrage” and rioting over the Jewish State’s attempt to put metal detectors and cameras as a security measure over the Temple mount, in the wake of a recent terror attack on Two Druze police, by Muslims using the sanctity of the Mount as a refuge to carry out their perfidy.

The most High mentions “the rest of the nations and Edumea, as being complicit in the outrage of wrongfully taking possession of God’s land “with all of the joy of their hearts and despiteful minds”.

Edumea, the ancient name for southern Jordan is particularly mentioned. The Jordanian Waqf is the Muslim body which seized the Mountain in 1948, and controls it to this very day. Ezekiel knew that by the Spirit of God. When Israel seized Jerusalem back in 1967, the world beheld hardened Jewish paratroopers weeping at the site of the wailing Wall. The Temple Mount was back in Jewish hands for the first time since 70Ad! But curiously and immediately, Moshe Dayan, a secularist Jewish General, on behalf of a secularist Jewish Government, turned the Temple Mount back over to the Waqf, as a gesture of good will to the Arabs.

The King of Jordan, (reportedly a moderate, reasonable Muslim) is participating in the fiction that there is nothing Jewish about the Holy Sites, including the Temple Mountain,

His Majesty King Abdullah II on Saturday spoke before an assembly of local newspaper editors and journalists, saying “he spared no occasion to put the Palestinian cause and defend Jerusalem before the world,” according to the Petra state news agency, adding, “There is no voice that speaks better than Jordan as we carry out our historic political and legal role to stop the Judaisation of holy sites despite the difficulties and challenges.”

Most historians agree that the Temple Mount’s “Jewish” nature predated that of its modern Arab identity by some thousands of years. The Temple Mount housed the two Jewish temples in Biblical times, with much archaeological and historical evidence proving ancient Jewish presence on and around the Mount. In the early Middle Ages, long after the Second Temple was destroyed, the birth of Islam led to the construction of a mosque on the holy site which Muslims believe to be the “al Aqsa Mosque”, or the “farthest mosque”, referred to in the Quran. However, Islamic scholars dispute this.Jordan’s King Vows to Stop Judaization of Temple Mount

Read more at https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/92370/jordans-king-vows-stop-judaisation-temple-mount/#CixYvs1Ulb22bOPK.99

Today the Waqf has control , and determines who can go on the mountain, how long they can stay, what they can say and not say on the Mount. When Jews are allowed to come up to MT Zion they are followed by Temple Mount Guards(Muslims) to make sure they do not utter so much as a prayer.

There is something so spiritually sensitive about this Mountain, that the Dark Powers of the earth fear a change of status on it. Much of the final controversy and horrifying judgments of the Last days are called by Isaiah, “The controversy of Zion”.

For it is the day of the Lord’s vengeance, and the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion.  And the streams thereof shall be turned into pitch, and the dust thereof into brimstone, and the land thereof shall become burning pitch.  It shall not be quenched night nor day; the smoke thereof shall go up for ever: from generation to generation it shall lie waste; none shall pass through it for ever and ever.  Isaiah 34:8-10

 

*(Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America)

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Some Clarity on The Temple Mount … (hopefully)

And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.(Luke 21:24)

In lieu of recent events in Jerusalem surrounding the Temple Mount, there has been a difference of opinion which has arisen among prophecy watchers in the Christian community.

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On the one hand some of us were cautiously excited when headlines in Jerusalem proclaimed  that the Jordanian Waqf was no longer controlling the 38 acre platform which many believe is the site of the first and second temple of God, both of which were destroyed on Tisha’Ba Av, (The ninth of the month of Av).  The first temple was destroyed in 587 BC and the second was destroyed and razed in 70 Ad.

(Ironically as of sundown this evening, it is Tisha’ba Av).

On the other hand there have been some who vigorously dismiss any connection of the event on the Temple Mount as examples of “Christians not knowing what they are talking about”, and foolishly exacerbating the realtime situation occurring there. One otherwise brilliant and useful prophecy teacher went so far as to warn Christians to stay away from the (subject of) the Temple Mount, “it is a deception and isn’t holy” and that we shouldn’t concern ourselves with it.

Why does each side take their particular position on this issue?

(Mind you as in so many other issues, it is not a salvific issue and by no means should Christians divide over it).

I am a proponent of the first position for these reasons;

  • No one can tell me that the Temple Mount has no prophetic significance in the light of scriptures such as Revelation 11, Luke 21:24 and Matthew 14-16. Jesus himself told those watching for his return tat an event would occur on that mount which would launch “Great tribulation such as the World has never seen before ,nor will it ever see again”.
  • The Temple Mount is desecrated currently and desolated indeed. Both sides recognize this, there is already an “Abomination which makes desolate” upon it, the Mosque of Omar and the Dome of the Rock.
  • The Temple Mount happens to be the place and in the only city on earth where God has placed his name forever, even in a desecrated situation are Christians expected to ignore it? I think Not.

I believe that the other side of this issue is mistakenly assuming that we who see the Temple Mount as a prophetic issue, regard it as “Holy” somehow, and that we believe there would be some validity to the Temple in which sacrifices will be made, until the Anti-Christ cuts them off after 3 and a half years.

But most of know better than that. I don’t think Christians should be financing or supporting the rebuilding of the Temple. It is only of significance as prophetic fulfillment.

I know that the Temple Mt. is currently desecrated, and that any Temple built in the Tribulation will in itself be an abomination, as predicted in Isaiah 66,

Thus saith the Lord, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest? For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the Lord: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.  He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog’s neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine’s blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations. I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not. (Isaiah 66:1-4)

AntiChrist will come into the faux”Holy Holies” of that Temple and committed the ultimate sacrilege, most prophecy people know all of that full well.

But that doesn’t mean that we should ignore the Temple Mount, or the atrocities committed on it. Prophecy directs us to pay attention to that piece of real estate.

We are not a stumbling block to Jews and Arabs for pointing these things out, as someone has wrongfully accused of being. As long as we are seeking to understand scripture, we may get some things slightly wrong but that doesn’t mean we are twisting and speculating.

As for the charge that by our searching and blogging on scripture passages about the Temple Mount we are actually making the real time situation worse, just remember, What is happening there in Jerusalem is the dealings of God himself. “I (Jahweh) will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling…and a Burdensome stone to all of the nations round about…”.(Zechariah 12:1-3)

Would reporting on other scriptures such as the coming Ezekiel 38 war be rebuked because it might provoke the Muslims? Ridiculous!! Christians are called to search, and long for the coming of the LORD< and part of that is the imperfect but valid  practice of trying to determine the meaning and appliction of these prophecies, and sharing those findings wth others.

 

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On Forsaking the Body of Christ…church

And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.(hebrews 10:24-25)

One trend I have been noticing lately with a good many of those who would consider themselves Evangelicals, Pentecostals and Charismatics, is that many are dismissing the importance of commitment to a local church, or in some cases they have just left off going to church.

I know many longtime Christians, who have given up on the church. They are confessing Christians who believe, but for various reasons, they no longer support any local congregation.

Jesus said, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it…”. There is no “plan B”. For we who live in the end of the Age, participation in the church, the body of Christ, and “Pillar and ground of the Truth” is the means of grace and flourishing spiritually.

Why is this generation so lax about church? How is it that people who have previously been converted and once burned with Spiritual fire,  frequenting fellowship and worship/teachings as often as possible, are now so blasé about church, they no longer see the need to support one?

I think there are obviously a number of factors, some understandable and others inexcusable. Many people have had experiences in which their church leaders allowed the church to change, lowering the standard of teaching, even bringing in heresy, and false practices such as Charismatic nonsense(Toronto,Brownsville). Others have gotten offended and couldn’t be bothered to humble themselves to work things out with their brethren.In some cases Spiritual abuse by the leadership was perhaps a factor.

Like it or not, the Church is still important to God’s purposes, and is indeed the “body of the Messiah”.It is easy to miss all of that in the day to day mundane aspect of learning to love and worship with people of all walks of life, and to allow others to wash your feet as you wash others. God’s plan hasn’t changed, It is still true, that “Wherever two or more are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them….”.

Like the description of Jesus himself, it is also true of the church that “…(S)he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him…(Isaiah 53:2) We too, (the church) are “despised and rejected of men” and have little outward attractiveness to draw the World in.

All we have is the Love of Jesus and the Truth of the Word.

There are a good many Churches who have sought to remedy the problem of outward attractiveness, having received professional training from the marketing world and the church growth industry.

No money is spared to purchase the finest buildings, the” hippest pastors” , studio quality music, they have remade once staid and plain Evangelical churches(Whose emphasis was at one time the Word of God), into worship centers,complete with coffee shops ,gyms and game rooms.They now seek to attract the unchurched. No longer can anyone say of these church ” there is no beauty that we should desire them…”.

It works, as far as drawing in large crowds. Everyone wants to be part of something successful, Hip and growing.

When I was young , going to mass meant coming into a fantastically decorated, otherworldly building, with beautiful and in some cases awe-inspiring statues of Angels, Jesus, His mother, and stain glassed beauty. The Priests dressed in august robes, stoles and embroidered cowls. To walk into Mass on a Sunday morning in the early 1960s was a sensual experience, one smelled incense, saw the colors and felt as close to heaven as it was possible. Even the language seemed Ancient, ethereal, and otherworldly (Latin).

But we never found God there. I never heard the Word of God. No one there could tell me how to be saved…

One day I walked into an Assembly of God church in Ames Iowa. The building was plain and unadorned, no statues, pictures, candles or bells. A small group of people were praying and worshipping, lifting hands to God, tears streaming down many of there faces. At first I thought it phony, I despised it, “This couldn’t be church!” (the minister had no sacred clothes, just a bad polyester suit).

But I saw people of all walks of life; here a businessman, there a washerwoman, with closed eyes, weeping and I can only describe it as Adoring God and Jesus Christ.

The very secrets of my heart were revealed,(I thought the preacher was speaking directly to me in all of my sin and filth).

I had stumbled into the church.

I had never seen it before…the body of Christ…small, marginalized, despised by this world, but lifting up Jesus (as though he was real to them!).

Many years have passed since that day, and I have since been saved and allowed the church to shape me, and to disciple and indoctrinate me, (I knew I needed it). I love this body that Jesus made…He is there wherever they are!

There is no question one can be hurt in church, for all God has to work with are sinners. People will hurt us and we will no doubt hurt others, in the course of time. This is one of the ways God sanctifies and shapes us, chipping away the old man and bringing forth the new.

But too many of us up and leave a church, just at that point the LORD had been bringing them to where they would have had to deal with others and themselves.

One thing people do not understand is that church isn’t a consumer good, like a restaurant, or a health club. The question isn’t “what can I and mine get out of this church?” There will always be a “better church” with more programs and ‘benefits’. This is merely the consumer mindset brought into the Church.

A “mega Church” then does to countless little local churches what a Walmart does to the old storefront shopping districts in little towns. It wipes them out, by offering the “Customer” more and better, and even prettier. I have actually had people explain to me, “We had to leave because we can’t worship to the old Hymn style, we need the Music of the CWHN(Church of whats happening now).

This betrays a lack of understanding of the church, its function and what a spiritual approach to Church would look like. Christians are not ‘religious shoppers’, consumers looking for the best deal. We are all witnesses to our generation of the reality of God.What counts is what God wants of you and what He can offer the church through you.Where does He want you?

Don’t get me wrong , I am not one who believes that everyone in my town should go to our church, we are blessed with a number of valid evangelical gospel preaching churches. Nor do I object if a cult or heretical church goes out of business.Jesus himself warned he would take our Lamp stands out, if we remain apostate.

I happen to believe that many of God’s people have become tired of the whole subject, they have supported churches which changed radically without their agreement, or they have participated in things because their church joined a fad or false revival, or they have had a sour experience here or there with the brethren, and they just don’t think they need church.

So they take themselves out, when the true church needs them more now than ever. It is always worth while to keep seeking fellowship, and to make it a priority, and if you are a parent to make sure your children love church and revolve their life around worship in the body. Don’t model to them that it is unimportant, you will rue the day you did. We need each other!

No Cd or television preacher can take the place of a human being handing you a piece of bread and saying “This is my body broken for you…” .

This is particularly true at the end.

 

 

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The Temple Mountain; The Eye Of The Storm…endtimes prophecy

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.(Psalm 2:1-6)

The “Kings of the Earth and their rulers”, the so called movers and shakers, the ruling elite along with their experts in every field, (law, religion, ethics, political science,education, entertainment), have a controversy with the Most High God, “He who sits in the heavens”.

The controversy centers around Zion, a hill on a range of Mountains which includes the site of the city of Jerusalem, Mt Moriah where Abraham offered his son Isaac, and the Temple Mt, aka Mt Zion, the site of Solomon’s tamale and the site of the second temple built by Zerubbabel.

The Muslims regard it as their third holiest site, even though it is never mentioned by name in the Quran. Judaism regards it as her holiest site, being the supposed location of Solomon’s temple. The US secretary of State has adamantly declared that the Temple MT be off limits to Jews and Christians, and that only Muslims can pray there.

There is even a joint Jewish/Palestinian/Catholic plan to cede sovereignty of the Temple MT to the Vatican of Rome. From this ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS ARTICLE;

The Israeli government and the Vatican are deadlocked in discussions over the status of the religious sites. Vatican officials are now reiterating their demand for control over the religious sites in the ancient and holy city founded by King David as the capital of ancient Israel and now the capital of the reestablished Jewish state.

Danny Ayalon, Israel’s deputy foreign minister, declared that Israel might consider giving the Vatican “a greater role” in operating the sites. In the last weeks, the Roman Catholic Church’s authorities increased their political initiatives for Catholic control over some sites in Jerusalem.

The Vatican’s former arcibishop in Jerusalem, Michel Sabbah, just promoted an appeal to the European Union and United States to “stop the Hebraization of Jerusalem”.

The Kings of the Earth literally want to stop the Hebraization of Jerusalem. U.N. resolution 181 has decreed that Jerusalem shall be an international city.

The “Palestinian Authority”and the Jordanian Waqf, have been given custody of the Temple Mount, even after Moshe Dayan liberated East Jerusalem bringing it under Israeli governance, in 1967.

The Waqf has authorized the gutting of the land underneath the pavement where the Mosque of Omar and the Dome of the Rock sit, in order to build a massive Mosque complex into the Mountain. Tons of potentially priceless relics of early Jerusaelm and the previous temple are being scooped into dump trucks and hailed off as rubbish, where they are scavenged by archeologists at the dump sites.

The Muslim world also wants to “DeHebraize” Jerusalem and the temple Mount, seeking to eradicate any trace of Jewish history to perpetuate the commonly believed myth that Jerusalem has always been a “Muslim” city.

Muslims are very worried about any developments on the Temple MT. It is as though they know they have an illegitimate claim to it and could be evicted at any time.The modern ‘intifada’ which broke out in 2000, and led directly to 9-11, the Arab Spring and the horrifying mess we see in the Middle East today, began simply because Ariel Sharon led a delegation of Jews to take a walk on the Temple MT.

It seems that the whole world has an agenda for Jerusalem and the Holy Mountain, that differs radically from the one God has stated in the second Psalm, and other places.

God sees the lies, the duplicity, and the malice which animates the “World Community” in their attempt to de-legitimize Israel and erase her as a nation and people.

People do what they do for varying reasons.

Some people just hate the Jews.The Arab World has a name for the miraculous birth of Israel, they call what happened in May 1948, “Al Naqba”, ‘the disaster’.Many Christians hold the Jews in contempt because they erroneously believe that the church has replaced Israel and God is through with the Jews.The POPE literally wants to build a “Palace” on Mt Zion, a papal residence and seat of power.

Other enemies of Israel are pragmatic, in a cowardly and craven way. They imagine they can just sacrifice Israel, in the interest of appeasing the Muslim world and perhaps staving off the World War which seems imminent. “Let the Muslims have it all! Why do the JEWS have live in the midst of the Arab lands?”. In this kind of thinking all concessions are given to the Muslims, no matter what atrocities they commit, even though the JEWS pay the price for it.

By now we should realize that this hasn’t worked out too well. Do you remember (in our lifetime) when Islamic Terrorism was the Jew’s problem and not anyone else’s? God told Abraham”I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you…”.

There is a storm brewing, the” controversy of Zion” spoken of by Isaiah and all of the prophets, involving thee entire earth, which has one Agenda for Israel, Jerusalem and Mt Zion, and the God of the Bible who has hs own plans for Mt Zion.

The sword of the Lord is filled with blood, it is made fat with fatness, and with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams: for the Lord hath a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a great slaughter in the land of Idumea. And the unicorns shall come down with them, and the bullocks with the bulls; and their land shall be soaked with blood, and their dust made fat with fatness. For it is the day of the Lord’s vengeance, and the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion. And the streams thereof shall be turned into pitch, and the dust thereof into brimstone, and the land thereof shall become burning pitch. It shall not be quenched night nor day; the smoke thereof shall go up for ever: from generation to generation it shall lie waste; none shall pass through it for ever and ever.( Isaiah 34:6-11)

 

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The Times Of The Gentiles?

…Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.(Luke 21:24 b)

In my last article  I observed that the events of the past week may well lead to the complete fulfillment of several end time prophecies.

I refer to the shoot out on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Israel’s holiest site.

*Three ‘Palestinian’ terrorists murdered two Druze policemen on the platform [,which is the former site of both Jewish temples.

  • The Jerusalem police department , no longer willing to allow the Holy Temple site to be a refuge for terrorists, took control of the site, for the first time in 2000 years.
  • A large metal detector was erected at the entrance as an allowance for Arabs who want to pray there.
  • Predictably Arab boycotts, riots, shootings and vandalism have broken out in response, but the Jews have held their ground so far; all visitors to the Temple Mt will be screened by metal detectors, (This has been the case thus far for all but Muslims).
  • Israel has seized control of the  Temple Mount from the custodianship of Jordanian Waqf.
  • (Evidently by the time of the writing of this article, Jewish authorities have taken down the Metal detectors at the gates ad installed sluices for Muslim worshippers to pass through, to make it easier to spot any one with a package or bulk,  to be pulled out of line and inspected with hand held metal detectors.)

Jesus said that Jerusalem would always be “trodden underfoot of the gentiles”, a technical, ritualistic term, which means she would be ceremonially defiled. This could only refer to what lies at the heart of Jerusalem, the holiest place to all of Judea, the place which was sanctified for the location of the first and second temples. This situation would continue until the fulfillment of the “Time of the Gentiles”.

This is why Moshe Dayan turned the Temple Mount over to the custody of Jordanian Waqf immediately after Jewish Paratroopers seized the city of Jerusalem and famously wept at the “Wailing wall” the section of retaining wall of Both Temples.

HE no doubt didn’t know why he was doing it, he had his own orders from the Golda Meir Government, which was largely secular and even atheistic. From his perspective, it was reasonable to appease the Muslims, and not rile their sensibilities by driving the Waqf off of the site.

But the real Spiritual reason had to do with the timing of God. Evidently ,June 1967 was not the time of the fulfillment of the “times of the Gentiles”. I do believe that time is drawing very near and these recent events have served as a portent of that.

What exactly did Jesus mean by the expression, ” the Times of the Gentiles”?

The expression refers to the situation Judah found itself in, from the time of the Babylonian captivity. Judah and the remnant of Israel would lose their national sovereignity as a result of her repeated and unrepentant sin.

One Gentile power after another would rule over her, as Daniel saw in his interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream in Daniel 2. Until the very time of the end, the Jews would be ruled and supervised by Babylon, Persia, Greece, and Rome (the Roman phase would come in several long phases, the two Legs ,Feet, iron mixed with clay, and finally ten toes.

Romans, Arabs, Crusaders, Ottomans, and fairly recently British, then the U.N. and America,  have all had their turn at ruling or supervising over Israel, and the Jewish remnant.

Jerusalem has and will become a tremendous controversy, a literal “burdensome stone” and  “Cup of trembling”  to the Gentiles,(Nations of the world), the Kings of the earth shall deliberate over her, as if she is theirs to divide and distribute. The UN has split Jerusalem in two, and spend a good deal of time deliberating over the status of Jerusalem.

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. God is known in her palaces for a refuge.

 For, lo, the kings were assembled, they passed by together.They saw it, and so they marvelled; they were troubled, and hasted away.Fear took hold upon them there, and pain, as of a woman in travail. (Psalm 48:1-6)

One day soon this will come to an end.

Paul, like Jesus before him, referred to the ‘fulness of the gentiles’, yet to come in. Evidently there is a set number of Gentiles slated to be saved,

For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.  And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:  For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.(Romans 11:24-27)

When you see Jewish Sovereignity over her most Holy site, know for sure that the time of the gentiles is coming to its conclusion and that the new order of Messiah is drawing nigh.

 

 

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The Temple Mount; Why It took So long…

But if ye shall at all turn from following me, ye or your children, and will not keep my commandments and my statutes which I have set before you, but go and serve other gods, and worship them:  Then will I cut off Israel out of the land which I have given them; and this house, which I have hallowed for my name, will I cast out of my sight; and Israel shall be a proverb and a byword among all people: And at this house, which is high, every one that passeth by it shall be astonished, and shall hiss; and they shall say, Why hath the Lord done thus unto this land, and to this house? And they shall answer, Because they forsook the Lordtheir God, who brought forth their fathers out of the land of Egypt, and have taken hold upon other gods, and have worshipped them, and served them: therefore hath the Lordbrought upon them all this evil.( I Kings 9:6-9)

Those of us who have eyes to see have witnessed an unprecedented event in the past week.  The world rushes by, oblivious to the significance of the event but for those waiting the arrival of King Messiah, a mixture of Joy, Dread and Awe accompany the events of recent history.

Let me be direct and succinct; for the first time in two thousand years, the Jews themselves have control of their Holiest site, the temple Mount in Jerusalem, and have been gathering there to pray openly.     

This article is an exploration of the implications of this event.

When three ‘Palestinian Terrorists  attacked two Druze policemen last week, and engaged in a fatal shootout on the Temple Mount, The Police Department of Jerusalem took control of the Holy Mountain, and installed metal detectors at it’s entrances. Muslims have been boycotting the temple Mount, ever since, and predictably, staging deadly riots and demonstrations.

This change of hands of custody of the Temple Mount, would mark the first time in two thousand years, Jews have been in control of it.

Solomon warned  Israel by the Holy Spirit that if she were ever to turn from serving God, Israel would be cut off from the Land, and God himself would cast the temple, the visible symbol of Israel’s relationship with God, out of His sight!

He also warned that the site of the temple, would be a public testimony to all of the world, of the Holiness and Righteous Judgment of God, who wouldn’t even spare his covenant people the consequences of their sin and hardness of heart.

Daniel predicted that an “Abomination which makes desolate” the holy Mountain, would be erected. Something which occurred in the days of Antiochus Epiphanes, as well as in the Roman Period, and eventually which stands today in the form of the “Mosque of Omar”, and “The Dome of the Rock” desecrating the Holy Place. The blasphemous statement, “God has no Son” , is inscribed on Mosque which was erected on the Holiest site to the Jews, in the seventh century and which stands prominently today on that Mountain.

Interestingly enough, Solomon’s prediction of the destruction of the Temple was fulfilled twice, once in the year 587 bc , and then a second time in 70 Ad. Ironically both of those occurred on the same calendar date, Tisha B’Av, the ninth of the month of Av , roughly corresponding to late July or early August.

The three weeks preceding the destruction of the Temple in 70 Ad, are considered a period of mourning by Israel, They commemorate the breaching of the walls of Jerusalem by the Romans, which would lead to the utter destruction of the the Second Temple, commencing on the 17th of Tammuz. (It was on the 20th of Tammuz, 2017, that the shootout occurred which led to the new status of custody, which we now see in Jerusalem).

It was fifty years ago, in  June of 1967, when the newly reborn nation of Israel retook Jerusalem for the first time in centuries. We all saw battle hardened jewish paratroopers weeping at the wailing wall, and fulfilling partially the wistful prayers of Jews worldwide and for centuries through their long night of exile,”Next year in Jerusalem!”.

But we stand dismayed at what happened next, because it didn’t seem to fit our narrative. We thought Israel would fully occupy Jerusalem, and possibly sanctify the Temple grounds, and perhaps re-instate Temple worship and thus fulfill the prophecies of events of the last days.

Instead General Moshe Dayan turned the custody of the Temple Mount over to the Jordanian Waqf, (Waqf, in Arabic means’ Cease’!).The Waqf would determine who would “ascend the Holy Hill”, and who could pray or not pray (Muslims only), they would be in control of what went on , at the Holiest site of the Jews. The Waqf would be allowed to hollow out the Holy mountain, to destroy priceless artifacts from Jewish antiquity, including the first Temple,and even to desecrate the Holy site at will.

Muslims have been seen urinating on the platform which once housed the temple, and ancient , petrified Cedar beams, possibly from Solomon’s original temple, have been removed from beneath the site and burned as firewood!

Why has it taken so long for Jews to retake the temple Mount ? Since it is the Holiest site to all of Judaism, why didn’t it immediately become Jewish controlled since 1967? How could even secular Jewish leaders turn such a sacred site over to Muslim control?

The only sense I can make of it, is found in the Words of Jesus himself, in Luke 21.

…Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.(Luke 21:24b) 

Jesus warned that Jerusalem would be ceremonially defiled…“Trodden underfoot of the Gentiles”, is a ritualistic technical term, which of necessity refers to the Temple Mount itself. For How Long would Jerusalem endure this defilement by Gentile occupation of it’s most sacred spot?  Until the time of the Gentiles be fulfilled…

Perhaps in our next article we should explain that phrase, ‘the time of the Gentiles…”.

 

 

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Rodney Howard-Browne; the meaning of Spiritual Drunkenness

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:  Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.1 Peter 5:8-9

“Drink and get drunk on the “new wine of the Spirit.”” (Rodney Howard-Browne The Toronto Curse, Sydney Allen Hunter, 1996)

“I’m just the Holy Ghost bartender,” he informed us. “I just serve the new wine and tell them to come drink.” (“An Evening with Rodney Howard-Browne” (from the Newswatch column of the Christian Research Journal, Winter 1995, page 43) by Julia Duin)

About 25 years ago, a worldwide revival movement broke out among Charismatic and Pentecostals, which was supposed  to bring new life and blessing to the declining churches, through mysticism, spiritual experience and especially through a phenomenon called “spiritual drunkenness”.

It was alternately known as “the Laughing revival”, “the Toronto Blessing”, and “the Brownsville revival”.

Unlike revivals of old, which were usually the result of heartfelt prayer, humble tears and deep confession of sin and iniquity, this new “revival” was a Postmodern affair, in full accord with the philosophy of our times.

By Postmodern I mean that it’s leaders held an almost visceral aversion to doctrine, (i.e. revealed Truth, as in scripture).

For example when I went to Toronto Canada in 1995 to research my book, WEIGHED AND FOUND WANTING;putting the Toronto Blessing in context, hundreds of pastors from around the world were waiting in line for hours in subzero weather, to get a seat at the Toronto Airport Vineyard, where they would be able to participate in services where people shook uncontrollably, some barked like dogs, thrashed on the floor, staggered in drunken trances, and a host of other mystical experiences which would come upon them  after “soaking prayer”.

I interviewed a good many pastors, asking them what would be the “message” they would be preaching when they returned home. Almost to the man they repudiated preaching, saying something like “We don’t preach anymore, we preached for years and it did no good, we have the Spirit now, and don’t need ‘doctrine’.”

The “revival”, very much the result of the ministry of Rodney Howard-Browne, was an experience based, anti doctrinal movement, “head Knowledge” was taboo, as was “dry dusty doctrine”.

In the place of Preaching and teaching Doctrine, Spiritual Drunkenness became the focal point of the Revival, thus Howard-Browne’s blasphemous title, “God’s Bartender”. He referred to his meetings as “An evening at Joel’s place”, nd called those who attended to “belly up to the Bar and have a drink”.

He actually led a congregation in an ad hoc drinking song in one service according to a witness, Julie Duin, a reporter for the Christian Research Journal,

…This set the stage for the rest of the meeting, as Howard-Browne began explaining how “holy laughter” has set his ministry apart. “I’m just the Holy Ghost bartender,” he informed us. “I just serve the new wine and tell them to come drink.”
Laughter, he explained, “bubbles up” from the same place the gift of tongues comes from. It was all in some deep spiritual reservoir that needed to be tapped the same way.
Howard-Browne then began pumping us up to do just that. He led us in a song with these words: “I am drunk, I am drunk. Every day of my life I am drunk. I’ve been drinking down at Joel’s place every night and every day. I am drunk on the new wine.”
Then he asked us all to lift our hands and “let that river of joy come out of your belly.”…(An Evening With Rodney Howard-Browne) 

What exactly is Spiritual drunkenness? Has there ever been a Christian Revival based upon it? Have any true Prophets, Pastors or teachers of God ever stood in the name of God and attempted to induce congregations of God’s people into Spiritual drunkeness?

What does scripture even say about it?

Howard-Browne and the other apologists for this false revival usually cite the account of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, as a justification for this false experience;

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)

Indeed the Pentecostal experience is in the Bible, and it occurred as a “sign and a wonder” to Israel exactly as Joel and the other prophets predicted. But there was no spiritual drunkenness or simulations of inebriated behavior in this account.

But when Peter stood up to explain by scripture what was occurring, some bystanders mocked the Apostles, accusing them of drunkenness,

And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this?  Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.(Acts 2:12-13)

Notice the accusation of drunkenness wasn’t serious, the Spirit tells us that they were mocking when they accused the Apostles of being drunk, there was no behavior which suggested drunkenness.

Peter was quick to rebut even the notion that there was any drunkenness whatsoever among the Apostles, Spiritual or otherwise,

But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;(Acts 2:14-16) 

The utter distortion of this passage by Howard-Browne and others, is a major foundation for why RHB considered himself “God’s Bartender” and his meetings of Spiritual drunkenness as being called “Joel’s Place”.

He and other false prophets of his ilk, have corrupted an entire segment of the Church, (i.e. Pentecostals,Charismatics, and some Evangelicals) , inducing them into mysticism, experienced based spirituality, humiliating public experiences in the name of the Holy Spirit, irrational laughter at inappropriate places, not mention drawing whole congregations far, far away from the Word of God.

Behold the following video and weep at the reduction to absurdity that these servants of Satan have reduced millions of unwary churches and Christians into.

 

 

All of this time these congregations could have been studying scripture, evangelizing, growing in grace and preparing for this very dark hour, but instead they have been swept away by vanity and lies, and are either non existent, backslidden, relegated to trivial nonentities that no serious person would pay any attention to, in a time when sinners desperately need churches and Christians full of the true Holy Spirit and the true Word of God, to show them the way.

The real meaning of Spiritual drunkenness, is that it is a judgment from God himself on unfaithful people.(Remember that Judgment begins in the house of God…).

I close with this excerpt from a book I wrote in 1995, Weighed And Found Wanting;Putting the Toronto Blessing in Context, 

How are we to interpret spiritual drunkenness? What are we to make of “partying with God?” Is this a biblical concept? No doubt, it feels good, but is it really God honouring? To put the question in a different light, did Jesus and the disciples ever “turn people on” to this kind of intoxication? Can we really equate spiritual drunkenness with fullness of the Holy Spirit? I hope to fully explore these and other related aspects, and also to offer a biblical perspective of this experience for you to judge by.

Spiritual Drunkenness is Biblical

It is true, that the Bible speaks of the condition touted as “drunk in the Spirit.” But the interpretation, the significance of it, is different than the current one. The Old Testament prophets as well as Jesus and the apostles did speak of the phenomena, but warned of it as a judgement from God on an unbelieving people, which it would blind, deafen and render useless those so afflicted. The biblical descriptions of spiritual drunkenness given by the prophets are striking in their similarity to the manifestations I have seen in services and on videos.

Moses, for example, warned about the “man, woman, family or tribe” whose heart would turn away from the Lord to go after other gods, because of bitterness and discontent. Moses warned us that that one would actually “bless himself in his heart saying, “I shall have peace though I walk in the imagination of my heart,” and would go on to, “add drunkenness to thirst.” (See Deut 29:18-21). We have a lot of

people today, who have drifted away from the God of the Bible, to worship and seek the presence of a god who exists in their own imaginations.

But they have learned to “bless themselves” in their hearts, or reaffirm to themselves that everything’s all right. Because they have left off the fountain of living waters, to drink out of broken cisterns that can hold no water, a tremendous spiritual thirst has developed. But have they turned in repentance back to the God of the Bible? No way, that’s “bondage,” “doctrinal,” and even “religious.” Instead of doing that which would humble them, they have responded to thirst with drunkenness, exactly as Moses foretold.

Isaiah also speaks of this phenomena in stark terms.

Isaiah 28:7-8 But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgement. For all tables are full of vomit and filthiness, so that there is no place clean.

Notice, it is the strong drink and the wine that caused the people to err, and go out of the way. Even the priest and the prophet “err in vision and stumble in judgement.” I think that this is an extremely important thing to note, for much of the leadership of this “Mystical Revival” are composed of those who consider themselves to be prophets. Even if it were true that they are prophets, Isaiah warns us that those who participate in this become blind and go into error!

Isaiah is even stronger in his denunciation of this in his next chapter.

Isaiah 29:9-14 Stay yourselves, and wonder; cry ye out, and cry: they are drunken, but not with wine, they stagger, but not with strong drink. For the Lord hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he covered. And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot: for it is sealed: And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying Read this, I pray thee; and he saith, I am not learned. Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men: Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.

There are several remarkable details in this passage that I would like to emphasize.

• Verse 9 is a strong teaching that it is spiritual drunkenness and not alcoholism that is being condemned in this passage.

 

• Verse 10 tells us that this is a judgement, from the Lord, upon us, our “prophets,” rulers and seers. The judgement consists of blindness, slumber, and staggering drunkenness, especially on leaders. What really throws many people off these days is the fact that in many cases, seemingly sound, solid, respectable leadership are suddenly endorsing all of this as a move of God. Others may not endorse it, but are extremely reluctant to cry out against it. Now would be the “shining hour” for a group like the Assemblies of God to rise up and offer true leadership, as in days past, and soundly and scripturally take a stand against this heresy.

• Verses 11-12 teach us that confusion, indecisiveness and inability to understand have brought us to the point where even learned men aren’t sure what the Bible says, even though the people look for leadership. Eventually, the Bible is delivered to unlearned people, as verse 12 says. Notice that the unlearned don’t refuse to teach, they just say, “I am not learned.”

In other words, the time has come when theology and disciplined study of scripture is being held up as the antithesis of true spirituality and “unlearnedness” is being boasted of. As Rodney Howard Browne says,

A diploma can’t heal anyone. Place your doctorate on a wheelchair patient in the name of Jesus and see what happens. The devil’s not afraid of a diploma. When you show him that piece of paper, he’ll pull out his diploma and say, “Join the gang, you and I went to the same school!” The power of God is not going to flow through those who have theory, it’s going to flow through those who have revelation.1

Is there anyone who thought that a diploma could heal anyone? What does a doctorate have to do with the devil? Is knowing the scriptures mere theory, as opposed to revelation? This is called setting up a straw man so you can boldly kick it down, and this is what these teachers do all of the time. They posture themselves as champions for “revelation knowledge” and cast those who want to be doctrinally scrupulous as dried up, highly educated, “dead heads.” Jesus made no such distinction. It was He who said, You do err, not knowing the scriptures or the power of God. To Him, knowing the scriptures was equated with knowing the power of God!

 

 

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