THE GREAT PLAN OF ALMIGHTY GOD
By Neville V. Stevens
New International Version used throughout unless otherwise specified.
God announced that the House of Israel would end their days in terror. No sooner had He done this and His servants duly reported it, than terror struck and the War on Terror began in earnest. God announced it, and it is rapidly being fulfilled. God appointed a premier nation to conduct His affairs and even referred to that nation as a son. And a mighty son indeed it is! No other nation dares to stand against them in open combat or challenge them in all-out war. The nations tremble when this mighty son speaks, yet the hatred for this mighty nation by the entire world is almost complete. Did you ever stop to wonder why it is that America Ė the mighty Ephraim Ė is so hated by so many? Is it something they have done? Which nation or people could fairly and rationally state that the mighty United States of America has mistreated them? There is not one! All of the nations on the face of the earth have been blessed in one way or another by this mighty power.
The root of kindness that God imparted to this nation has been spread to all parts of the world, and many people have been the recipients of this inherent kindness; and the magnanimous kindness by America to all people can be clearly seen by all who are willing to acknowledge it. One glaring example was the earthquake in Iran in January 2004. Which nation eclipsed America in the outpouring of aid and assistance to these people? Not one! Food, equipment and aid workers were rushed to the stricken city by America, and all this to a nation that openly expresses hatred for America! What other nation is there on earth that feeds and comforts their enemies? And which oil-rich Arab state attempted any form of like assistance to these stricken people? There were none! Sure there were a few token gestures by some Arab states, but nothing on the scale of U.S. aid. They were too busy spitting their venom against the U.S. to engage in any real assistance to their own Moslem kinsmen. There are many examples of Ephraimís kindness and compassion, but these all get lost in the storm of hatred that emanates from the world of Islam, and increasingly the whole world.
All of which brings us to a major point. Can the whole world be unified under the qualities of compassion and kindness, and change their views towards those who extend such virtues? At what point is the rest of the world likely to acknowledge that this way is best and fervently embrace it? Are they ever likely to embrace Americaís benevolence and acknowledge them as a righteous nation?
The answer can be found in America itself. Half the American people engage in petty grandstanding against their own nation, and continually Ė and unjustly Ė find fault with their own administration. When America acts to bring peace to the most degenerate of nations, and to cleanse it of evil, these subversives go ballistic in their opposition to it all. Some Democrats literally foamed at the mouth against the war in Iraq. They were prepared to dance with the devil to prevent it happening. In this regard, they were prepared to side with nations who are unfriendly, and in some cases, outright enemies of the U.S. and adopt their reasoning to prevent the war. Sure it has a lot to do with politics and electioneering, but doesnít this still make them hypocrites?
With the first flush of success of the war against Babylon of old, suddenly the Democrats began to think they had better start being patriotic. Their knife-edge reasoning was that they supported the troops in the field, but not the administration that sent them. They refused to concede any reason for going to Iraq in the first place. They thought that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction just as everyone else did, but in their minds this was not sufficient reason to depose this dictator. Later, when finding weapons of mass destruction proved elusive, they claimed that this was the only justifiable reason for going to war, and that the motivation had been based on a false premise.
As for weapons of mass destruction, of course Saddam Hussein had them; anthrax, VX nerve gas and other biological agents were being produced, and this is well documented. What Saddam Hussein lacked was the delivery system to use them. He needed time to curry favour with, and bribe the nations that could supply him; namely, Russia, France and Germany, all of whom were happy to supply him at inflated prices, and under the guise of secrecy. The timing of the invasion was bad for all those who were on the wrong side of the ledger. They were about to be accused of acting against UN resolutions in continuing to supply and do business with him. And of course, the extent of their duplicity is now becoming very evident.
Remember the pathetic accusations against Haliburton, the oil industry supply company that was accused of overcharging the U.S. for Iraqi oil? The only reason for these accusations for minor misjudgments in accounting procedure was that Vice President Dick Cheney was once the CEO of the company. It seems these contrived allegations died a quick death in the wake of the real scandal that emerged. The UN became the melting pot of the most scandalous behaviour in the history of the world, with tens of billions of dollars being creamed off into the coffers of UN criminals and Islamic groups for the express purpose of bringing about the destruction of Americans and Israelis.
We now know who the principle beneficiaries of the Ďoil for foodí program were. Russia and France received much wealth by trading with Saddam under the guise of Ďoil for foodí program. Others too, like Kofi Annan and his bunch of crooked henchmen in the UN administration. These creatures were in cahoots with the devil himself. Estimates of between 10 and 20 billion dollars went into the coffers of these thieves. Little wonder that so many were unified in their opposition to the war in Iraq. Their duplicity was about to be discovered! Their outward concern for the plight of the Iraqi people was classic hypocrisy in action, since it was they who were bleeding off any benefit they may have received from the Ďoil for foodí program.
Itís hard to imagine what the purpose of the United Nations is when they openly support some of the most evil dictators on earth, and insist on their right to continue to rule. Considering the high standards by which they judge America, how can they continue to support such evil regimes as that of Saddam Hussein? Doesnít justice cry out from the graves of the millions of people he has slaughtered? There is civilization and barbarism, and nothing in between. The hope that Saddam Hussein would reform and join the world community (as it was commonly stated) does not mitigate for the vile crimes he has committed. On this reasoning, perhaps Ted Bundy might have reformed if they had allowed him to go on killing for a while. Why consider the victims when there is a chance the killer will reform? This is the type of reasoning of evil degenerates. I would imagine that the opinions of some of these people would change if they were sitting in one of Saddamís torture chambers. Men like Saddam Hussein, Pol Pot, Idi Amin, Josef Stalin, Ayatollah Homeini are all evil monsters. All of them tortured and killed their own people for purely personal reasons. Mercy and justice are not within the range of their mentality. All of these vile creatures were rulers of the heavenly realms and had no regard for any form of decency or mercy, and they openly flaunted their power over others. But not all rulers of the heavenly realms are so blatantly and obviously evil. Some of them appear as angels of light in order to deceive. They are just as evil, but they mask their evil and present a mask of virtue. They like to be feted as virtuous leaders and to walk the hallways of respectability. This gives them the opportunity to regulate world opinion by having a voice in the UN.
Kofi Annan is one such man. Itís almost beyond belief that this man should have made it to the top echelon of this organization without being detected of his previous vile abuses of power. The Rhwanda slaughter was one such event that was again magnified on the tenth anniversary in 2004. In 1994, Kofi Annan held the position of UN administrator of the UN peacekeeping forces around the world, and also the UN distribution of food aid to starving nations. Even at that time, the whole world knew that the food aid was going directly to the militant groups wherever it was distributed, and in the case of Rhwanda, it went directly to the Islamic Hutu, who engaged in the slaughter of the Christian Tutsis. During the 100 days of this slaughter, absolutely no effort was made to make peace, and to prevent the slaughter. Kofi Annan insisted that his UN peacekeeping force had no mandate to keep the peace. Itís hard to believe that a peacekeeping force could have no mandate to keep the peace. If not to keep the peace, what was the purpose of their presence?
Under Annanís watch, Tutsis gathered in churches for sanctuary, which made it all the easier for Islamic beasts to slaughter them. One million Christian Tutsis were hacked to death with machetes, or shot down, or burned alive Ė and the UN peacekeeping force stood by and watched without intervention. Perhaps like me, you still recall those blood-curdling images that were shown at that time of Moslems hacking Christian women to death in a village while UN soldiers stood by and watched without intervention.
The United States of America urgently sought a new mandate in the UN to stop the killing by giving the Ďpeacekeeping forceí powers to intervene. But the proposed mandate was blocked and deferred for weeks, during which time the slaughter of the Tutsis was completed. It was Kofi Annan that insisted on citing a certain clause in the existing mandate that prevented intervention. The Satanic influence that was involved in this whole episode was obvious.
Perhaps not so obvious is why Satan decided to slaughter the Christian Tutsis. Given half a chance, Satan would slaughter every Christian and Jew on the face of the earth. The Tutsis just happened to occupy a strategic position on the African continent adjacent to the Islamic behemoth of the Middle East. He wanted to set an example to all African states that Christianity is not welcome, and what it can expect as long as it continues to exist. His example was that Christians and Jews must be slaughtered wherever they exist.
Long, long ago, Almighty God foresaw a scenario playing out in the African continent. He prophesied of these tall, smooth-skinned people, characterized by the Christian Tutsis, who originated in the land divided by rivers Ė Ethiopia. These people are fine-featured and tall, as opposed to the average African black with their broad noses and round-faced appearance. So they are easily identified. The former Emperor of Ethiopia Haile Selassie knew the origins of his people and claimed descent from King Solomon through his union with the Queen of Sheba. He even presumed to call himself the ĎLion of the Tribe of Judahí Ė a title of Christ Himself. The people of Judah Ė the Israelis Ė actually ransomed many of these people, paying tens of millions of dollars to go and pick them up and transport them to Israel to live in freedom. It may surprise some to know that these Ethiopians have maintained a Christian priesthood in and around Jerusalem for centuries, and share real estate with Roman Catholics and Eastern Ordodox priesthoods in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.
Satan wants to convey the impression that there is safety in being a Moslem, but extreme danger in being a Christian or a Jew. By sheer weight of numbers, he plans to make Christianity feel his wrath, and recant their religious views. Christians generally are weak today, with no determination to actually serve God, but they merely acknowledge Him for any benefits they might derive from their beliefs. Foremost is their hope of further life in the hereafter and the reunion with loved ones. Theyíd have a very hard time finding support for their views in the Bible based on their present understanding. Eventually, they will find out that God is not the fool they thought He was. The Mighty Christ set the example of unshakeable and dedicated obedience to God even in the face of death. It was He who said that man must live by every word of God. So anyone who thinks they can continue to do as they please and still retain favour with God are going to find themselves tragically mistaken!
In the days of Daniel, God made it very clear that He would set up a Kingdom that would never be destroyed, and that it would eventually fill the whole earth. But it was never suggested that the Kingdom would burst on the scene with a great visual display of pageantry. On the contrary, Jesus said that the Kingdom would start among the Jews in the Holy Land. He also said that it would begin as a tiny mustard seed that would grow into a giant tree, and eventually fill the earth. Jesus also made it clear that with the establishment of His Kingdom His servants will fight, and at that time, they will defend the City that bears Godís Name. His servants will have the title of Sons of Jerusalem, and Almighty God will be their God.
As for any suggestion that the Kingdom will arrive with great pageantry, the early stages will see some very humble beginnings, not least of which is a reenactment of the arrival of the King as it was portrayed by the Christ two thousand years ago. Jesus fulfilled the part of the prophecy relevant to that time when He rode a donkey into Jerusalem. He plans to do it again when Ephraim and Judah are in serious trouble. Itís the latter part of the prophecy ofZechariah 9:9 that remains to be fulfilled. And the time is rapidly approaching, and is about to be fulfilled: Zech 9:9 "Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your King comes to you righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the warhorses from Jerusalem, and the battle-bow will be broken. He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River (margin: Euphrates) to the ends of the earth. As for you (Daughter of Zion), because of the Blood of my Covenant with you, I will free your prisoners from the waterless pit. Return to your fortress, O prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you. I will bend Judah as I bend my bow and fill it with Ephraim. I will rouse your sons, O Zion, against your sons, O Greece, and make you like a warriorís sword." At the time when the Daughter of Zion will rejoice to see their King arrive on a donkey, they will be prisoners about to be freed. Godís battle-bow will be filled with Judah and Ephraim when God rouses his Sons of Jerusalem for battle against the king of Greece. There is a clear distinction here between the Sons of Jerusalem and the Daughters of Jerusalem. God mentions the Blood of His Covenant in relation to the Daughters of Jerusalem, and calls them prisoners of hope. They will enter into captivity with the hope of being rescued (note the words: and having salvation). Perhaps in the past, your ideas of salvation have been a little different from Godís Ė yet it should not be! The Scriptures are very clear, and the prophets of old declared it, salvation means salvation from our enemies (see Luke 1: 69-71).
Now is a very good time for the Churches to speak of the hope of salvation, provided they make it clear what the Bible definition of salvation is, because it is about to become a life and death issue. When this occurs, these prisoners of hope will be rescued, and God has announced that He will restore twice as much to them. This is a clear indication that they will lose everything they own, and forfeit all their rights to freedom in the hope of being rescued by God. When theyíre rescued, they will find themselves in another place, and a better place, and they will truly know who Godís enemies are. In this newfound environment, they will fulfill what God has said to the Churches:Rev 2:26-29 "To him that overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations Ė he will rule them with an iron scepter; he will dash them to pieces like pottery Ė just as I have received from my Father. I will also give him the Morning Star. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the Churches." This Spirit is now telling the Churches, and this Spirit is the Spirit of Prophecy Ė the Testimony of Jesus (Rev 19:10).
One thing that is abundantly clear is that what the Churches have been teaching for years is not prophecy, but foolish fabrications that have been generated from their own minds. They have taken woeful liberties with Godís Word in concocting their wild ideas. Now is the time to repent of their foolishness and to start waking up to themselves. What did they hope to gain? Surely not salvation! As long as they persist with their lies against Godís best interests, there is no hope of them being rescued. And this comes from the mouth of the one who is appointed to rescue (seeLuke 1:69 again). As a point of interest, the words spoken by Zechariah the father of John, were spoken six months before the Messiah was born. Those Church leaders who desire to hold their respective congregations together, let them do it with Truth, and give credit to God that He has mounted the rescue bid for all those who live in hope, and are the recipients of the Blood of the Covenant.
You may be surprised to know that the vacancies in the Brotherhood of the Sons of Jerusalem are fast being filled, and the cut-off point is fast approaching. Even in the vast sea of humanity today, a description of a tiny mustard seed can only be a small number. The comparison of a mustard seed to the tree it produces shows that God will get the job done with a very small number initially. God doesnít rely on great hordes of people, but favours a small group whose minds are attuned to His Way. In time, all of humanity will see the advantage of having the mind of God.
Continuing in the Book of Zechariah we find that after the Christís second appearance on a donkey entering Jerusalem, the iron bar will be smashing people to pieces like pottery as Godís mounting fury gets underway, and will culminate with the Christ challenging all nations to come to Jerusalem for a showdown (Zech 14:1-3). The iron bar smashing pottery is a figure of speech to show how utterly destroyed Godís enemies will be. In fact, the weapons of God are far more sophisticated, and unlike anything on earth today. Zech 9:14 "Then the LORD will appear over them; His arrow will flash like lightning. The Sovereign LORD will sound the trumpet; He will march in the storms of the south (see Isa 63:1-6 for a more complete account of this), and the LORD Almighty will shield them (the Sons of Jerusalem Ė see V13, last part). They will destroy and overcome with slingstones." When the Sons of Jerusalem destroy Godís enemies, it will be no contest with the LORD Almighty shielding them, and if armed with only slingstones, the result would be the same. In terms of destroying, which is Godís overall objective Ė to wipe out Satanís brood Ė Godís enemies Ė and to establish the House of Israel as the premier nation on earth, God has appointed a destroyer Ė one who will rank with the mightiest of warriors. In fact, he and his brothers will be fellow servants with the mightiest of Godís warriors (Rev 19:10, Zech 12:8).
In the same theme where the Sons of Jerusalem are mentioned as being taught by God (Isa 54:13), God also mentions the destroyer that He has equipped and armed for the task. Concerning the Sons of Jerusalem, God says this in the next verse: Isa 54:14-15 "In righteousness you will be established; tyranny will be far from you; you will have nothing to fear. Terror will be far removed; it will not come near you. If anyone does attack you, it will not be my doing; whoever attacks you will surrender to you." Itís always comforting to know the outcome in advance. At that time, there are sure to be some who want to make a name for themselves by attacking the Army of the Living God. God will enforce their surrender. At that time, these captives will be stripped naked, jailed, whipped and humiliated for all the world to see, and the pictures will be circulated to the Moslem media as a deterrent to anyone else who thinks they can challenge Godís army. Some may even be dragged through the streets and then strung up from a bridge. After these Moslem scum have publicly admitted their evil, and apologized, they will be dispatched in the same way that Jewish reporter Daniel Pearl was, and their bodies cast on a dung heap. Then they will have the opportunity to test Satanís lies about the 70 virgins in heaven. Their eagerness to get at them will be a disappointment! Justice will be done, and retribution will be swift. An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth will be the standard when dealing with Godís enemies. Godís servants will not be blindsided into believing that Godís enemies must be treated with kindness when captured. Godís servants will demonstrate to all that any of Godís enemies can expect no mercy. What these Muslim scum have done will be brought down on their heads tenfold. There will be no thoughts of treating such prisoners humanely under the false premise that they might do the same to allied prisoners. Retribution will be ramped up to the point that Godís enemies will fear to harm their captives knowing what the outcome will be when retribution follows. Any attack on the occupants of the Holy Land will result in devastating destruction and slaughter, and the guilty will never be spared! Did God ever suggest that His sons of Jerusalem will weak? No, He plainly said that they would be notably strong! As for that cute little document everyone refers to as the Geneva Convention, only Godís people Israel upheld it, while Godís enemies continued to violate it to this very day! In the day of rescue Ė the day of salvation Ė it will become abundantly clear to all why the Sons of Jerusalem donít uphold the Geneva Convention, because those who hope to be rescued with have seen plenty of violations of this Convention in the most vile form, and will know that it was designed against them, in order to protect Godís enemies.
Continuing inIsa 54:16 "See, it is I who created the blacksmith who fans the coals into a flame and forges a weapon fit for its work. And it is I who have created the destroyer to work havoc; no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me" declares the LORD." Just remember that this is speaking of the Sons of Jerusalem Ė the very ones that Jesus said would be taught by God (John 6:44-45). I hope that no-one is silly enough to imagine that their pathetic Ďpropheciesí of the past had any connections with the teachings of God Almighty! The only coals that were fanned into a flame by the mindless dribble of so many wannabees in the Churches, is Godís anger against them for their wanton disregard for His Living Word.
As a point of interest, Judas Maccabee was called ĎThe Blacksmithí because of his efforts to clear the Holy Land of insurgents. In those days, Judas Maccabee was thought to be fulfilling Scripture of the establishment of the Kingdom, but he was over two thousand years too early. But at least the Jewish people did, at the time, understand the nature of the coming blacksmith, and the role he would play. Even today, they long for the arrival of the Messiah, the Mighty Commander who will fulfill all prophecy and establish the Kingdom of God that will last forever. What most people donít seem to realize is that the vast majority of the Jewish people had to reject the Messiah at His first coming. And donít forget that it was the minority of Jewish people that took the Gospel into the whole world after the men of Galilee delivered it. Why should it seem strange to some that the Jews rejected Jesus? Hasnít the whole of Christianity rejected the real Jesus in favour of a weak substitute devised by them? Jesus didnít come as a warrior the first time, but with a message, and this message was largely that He was the Messiah who would arise to fight and to establish the Kingdom of God.
What everyone needs to know is that wars will continue to the end when the Mighty Christ finally hands over the Kingdom to the Father (1Cor 15:24). And God doesnít intend to be on the losing end of these wars, otherwise how would the Kingdom be established? Itís true that nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and victories and losses will abound. But when God wages war in the interests of His emerging Kingdom, things will be very different. Presently, God is awaiting the vilest of outrages by Satan and his demons (Rev 12:7-10), and once this happens, all bets are off! While Godís servants will be engaged in fighting the whole world, God will set equalizers in place to even the odds. Satan will be earth-bound, but Godís servants will not! They will be highly visible in the air, like an eagle flying overhead, and their firepower from the sky will be unlike anything that could be imagined. Anyone who tries to harm them will receive an instant and devastating response. Isa 40:29-31 "He gives strength to the weary, and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on eagles wings; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Why should anyone doubt Godís intentions to make those who trust and hope in the LORD like His Mighty Son Jesus? Would God send them on potentially dangerous missions but not equip them with the strength and vigor to handle it? God makes the point that even youths grow weary, but says that those who hope in the LORD will not grow weary. There is an example of this in the Bible; this was when Elijah outran a galloping horse over a distance of twenty miles (1Kings 18:45-46). God wants everyone to know this, and to understand what it means.
Letís not kid ourselves that self-righteous platitudes will ever sway Satan or his brood! Donít think for one moment that God has any expectations that Satan and his offspring could even be remotely decent or compassionate. Letís dispel any thoughts of favourable or compassionate behaviour from any human beings that have aligned their philosophies with the mind of Satan. Those who put their hope in the LORD, rather than the concepts of men, will soon learn the wisdom of such actions. God envisages a whole new world through the establishment of a Righteous Kingdom Ė a Kingdom that will not rely on the hopes and dreams of those who never knew God. At the most crucial moment of His time on earth, the Christ made it clear that His servants would fight to establish the Kingdom of God (John 18:36). Jesus had previously said this: Matt 11:12 "From the days of John the Baptist until now, the Kingdom of Heaven has been forcefully advancing and forceful men lay hold of it. For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come. He who has ears, let him hear." Johnís father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied concerning his son (Luke 1:67). What he said through the Holy Spirit concerning his son (Luke 1:68-80) was not fulfilled at that time. John the Baptist died prematurely, just as Jesus did, before fulfilling all that is written of them both. As John 18:36 indicates, there is a future time when forceful men will establish the Kingdom of God. If this is unclear to some, just remember that hours before His death, Jesus instructed His disciples to arm themselves with swords to give the appearance of being transgressors. He pointed out that this was to fulfill a certain prophecy, which is found in Isa 53:12. The lying scribes and even the Churches of God today, cannot bring themselves to believe what Jesus said, when He spoke of fulfilling that which is written in the Book of Isaiah. They tried to camouflage the meaning to support their own sickly, weak doctrine. Isa 53:12 "Therefore I will give Him a portion among the great, and He will divide the spoils [of war] with the strong, because He poured out His life unto death, and was numbered with transgressors. For He bore the sin of many (not the whole world) and made intercession for the transgressors." Who were these Ďtransgressorsí? They were His own disciples! The whole world will consider them to be transgressors, because they wonít be living according to the standards of this world. Jesus was numbered with these; so was Jesus also a transgressor? You should know that He was not! So it was the perception of others that caused this tag to be applied. Who are the Ďtransgressorsí for whom Jesus makes intercession to the Father? We are given the first clue in Isa 53:10 "Yet it was the LORDíS will to crush Him and cause Him to suffer, and though the LORD makes His life a guilt offering, He will see His offspring and prolong His days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in His hand." So the Ďtransgressorsí are those who are patterned after the Son, and who become His offspring. And what is Jesus the Christ that must be emulated by His offspring? Heís a Mighty and Just Warrior of God who will deliver a righteous Kingdom to the Father. Jesus is no transgressor, so who is it that loves to accuse His offspring of being transgressors? Itís none other than Satan the devil, and all his offspring who love to falsely accuse: Rev 12:10 "Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: "Now have come the salvation and the Power and the Kingdom of our God, and the authority of His Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. They overcame him by the Blood of the Lamb and by the Word of their Testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows his time is short." What follows in the next five verses identifies the object of Satanís hatred Ė a woman and her offspring.
As a point of interest, there is noMark 15:28 in the NIV. This reference to transgressors was deliberately inserted in the KJV, to put a completely different meaning to the prophecy. John Markís book was sloppily written, and has almost no references to the Old Testament, but it was most likely lying scribes who added V28 and which has been omitted from the NIV. Presumably, they wanted to add their own ideas to the meaning of the Scriptures that Christ used.
So what will prompt Satanís venom against the woman and her offspring? I can tell you this that it is not because they sing Christmas carols about the baby Jesus! Rather itís because for all the peoples on the face of the earth, only this woman has arisen in defense of God and His reputation, and the reputation of His Son Jesus. Only these have stood steadfast in the face of lying wannabeís who twist and pervert the Scriptures to their own advantage. Only the woman serves their Creator faithfully and upholds His values. And only the woman knows who the children of the devil are, and who the children of God are (1John 3:10) and only these know the reason why Christ came (V8). Everyone else has neither understood nor cared! They neither cared about Godís kingdom nor took any interest. They cared only for their own welfare and reputations. Satan doesnít bother to persecute and accuse those who present no threat to him among Christianity (though he still hates all of Christianity), but his venom is reserved for those who pose a threat to him. Slowly it began to dawn on him which direction this threat would come from. His capability of deceiving the whole world is beginning to erode as he realizes that God has appointed a Ďwomaní that canít be deceived (see Matt 24:24 Ė and note the words Ďif it were possibleí). They know that Satan will resort to lying wonders and deception, and he will deceive a lot of people, in fact, he has deceived the whole world in one way or the other. Sure, Satan has picked off some even in this Brotherhood over the years, but only by using his devices that appeal to towering egos and the love of money. But God knows how to refine His people like silver and gold, and to prepare them to withstand the most vicious attacks of Satan and the rulers of the Heavenly realms. Most of the refining process (Mal 3:3) comes from believing God and the desire to serve Him to the exclusion of all else. And these sons who serve Him are described in Mal 3:16. Remember how Satan offered great power and cities and wealth to Jesus if He would fall down and worship Him? Jesus treated him with the contempt he deserved. No amount of inducement could persuade Jesus, and the same is true of His faithful offspring. Why would this Brotherhood care about the riches of this world, when they will be administering in the Kingdom that will girdle the world? What could Satan possibly offer that would be of any worth? What about life itself? Satan canít even offer this, but he can offer death forever. And this is the reward for those who are beguiled by him.
You would think that after WW2 and the Hitler experience, appeasement policies towards evil dictators would never again be considered, but this was before looney-left liberalism made its debut. Suddenly, everyone wanted to be an intellectual, and liberalism sounds so much more intelligent than rational thought, because it gives them grounds for being controversial, and empowers the pretender to devise arguments against the norm. Their arguments are always weak, but seem to have the favour of the gullible. The more evil the act, the more rights the perpetrator seems to have.
Thereís a wild one raging at the moment. The Senate inquiry into 9-11 is looking to blame someone for not catching the Moslem scum before they committed the atrocity. Naturally enough, itís the Presidentís head they want. Presumably, the President should have ordered every Moslem in America to be rounded up and jailed before it happened. That would have fixed the problem. But of course, this would not have been acceptable to anyone Ė but it would have been a solution. But no, the senate inquiry is seeking different grounds for their criticism. They seem to be suggesting that suspects should have been tried before they were arrested to protect their rights and to guard against wrongful arrest.
Youíll recall the case of Zaccarias Moussaoui, one of the plotters of the 9-11 hijacking, and how after he was arrested the liberals screamed that his rights would be violated if his laptop computer was accessed. What special rights does Moussaoui have that ordinary Americans donít have? Well it seems that he has plenty! There is something seriously wrong with the whole justice system in America.
As an aside, a bit of trivia has just crossed the news wires. Marsha Stewart was finally convicted by a jury, not of insider trading, but of Ďlyingí to investigators. It seems that lying by investigators in their appeals to media sources to generate support for their prosecution was not taken into account. What no-one was told was that the Imclone stock suffered a temporary set-back when a drug they planned to market was not approved by the Federal Drug Administration on the basis of evidence supplied as to its effectiveness. They required more information. This information was provided and a few months later the drug was approved, and Imclone stock soared once more. The insider trading of this company stock was sourced from the very company itself. No-one else was privy to the information of how the FDA verdict would go, and the first to know this information outside of the directors of this company was a stockbroker, who, under instruction, began selling the stock before it plunged. Marsha Stewart was a long way down the information chain of this whole sordid saga, but it was she who became the scapegoat and took the fall. With the approval now of the Imclone pharmaceutical product by the FDA, the Imclone stock is now trading at former levels. But this is no longer important now that the halls of justice have claimed their victim.
You may be beginning to wonder what all of this has to do with Godís Great Plan. It may seem to be far removed from any purpose that God has for mankind. But in fact, God is conditioning His people to form a righteous nation that will continue forever, and to be citizens of the Kingdom of God. In order to augment this, God is calling certain people to duty beginning with the Tribe of Levi, followed by the Tribe of Judah, and afterwards, joined by Ephraim. The first crop, or the firstfruits, will be the Levites who have forsaken the evil that would be detrimental to sound government. Just as Adam and Eve succumbed to the knowledge of evil and corrupted their minds, so God is vigilant for those who reject the call of evil and hold to righteousness in all its forms. The first step in rejecting evil in all its forms is to be able to recognize it. Itís not enough to do what seems right, because, increasingly, what seems right is becoming the norm, and it actually leads to death just as God has said (Pro 14:12). This is just as true of nations as it is of individuals, because itís individuals that pervert the course of nations. When individuals pervert nations, they do it by doing what seems right and structure their arguments to win others to their cause.
The Apostle Paul made a very good observation in this regard inRom 8:5-7 "Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the sinful mind is hostile to God." Doing what seems right leads to death, and crooked pathways lead nowhere, but Paul went on to advise on the correct path in V7 "It (the sinful or hostile mind) does not submit to Godís Law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God." Lawlessness marks all those who are sinful and hostile to Godís Spirit. For this reason, God plans to write His Laws in the hearts and minds of all those He saves and redeems from death. At that time, all those who were receptive to Godís Laws will find rest and stability, and after God writes His Laws into their hearts and minds and pours out His Spirit upon them (Eze 36:26-27), they will rejoice at the perfection of those Laws. The lawless, however, will have no place of rest, and in their distress will seek death. They will quickly find that there is no place on this earth for those who treat God as a fool.
God oversees a most favoured nation, and He identifies this nation as Ephraim Ė a prince over his brothers. Ephraim was the son of Joseph Ė a prophet of God. Joseph was elevated over his brothers in Egypt, and his children, Ephraim and Manasseh, were princes. Under the hands of Jacob, these two princes were blessed, and those blessings became binding. At the time that Ephraim and Manasseh became the princes over their brothers, things were about to get tough for the children of Jacob. Within a generation or so, they became slaves to the Egyptians. The Egyptians quickly forgot how they had been saved from starvation through the wisdom and efforts of Joseph, and soon they were enslaving his offspring, and his brothers. In time, all the brothers developed into a nation of about two million people Ė all of whom were harshly treated as slaves. In their distress, God raised up a Levite and a prophet Ė Moses Ė to rescue them and bring them into the Promised Land. We all know of the mighty power that God imparted to Moses in order to carry this out.
Once out of Egypt, God used a series of miracles to reestablish His Laws, and to demonstrate which days were holy to Him. The Levitical Priesthood was established to oversee these requirements, and a temporary facility was established, which was called the Tabernacle. This facility was fashioned as an exact replica of the one in Heaven (Heb 8:5), where the High Priest of God administers to His Father. It was vitally important that everything was made as a perfect reproduction of what exists in the Heavenly Sanctuary. And those who ministered in this earthly sanctuary had to stand in the place of the High Priest of Heaven. In so doing, they were the Christís surrogates, so the standard had to be very high.
Eventually, this great nation of people, the House of Israel, crossed the Jordan River and settled in the Holy Land. It wasnít easy, and they spent years driving out and slaughtering the occupants in order to reclaim Godís Holy Land. The problem was that many settled down and quickly forgot their commitment to God to completely clear the land of degenerates. The fact is that they divided along tribal lines, and sought their own self-interest. And while initially, they agreed to a unified force to drive out the inhabitants, the reality was quite different. Self-interest overrode duty. The result was that they had to endure 400 years under the judges, with very little respite from troubles and conflict. Some of the judges were indeed men of war, and, at times, brought relief from the conflicts, but generally, the people preferred to negotiate their way out of trouble in order to buy peace.
But is this what God intended? Wars are won by fighting Ė not talking! And Godís intentions, and His instructions, were clear. So the House of Israel learned their lesson the hard way, and found themselves in constant conflict with Godís enemies. All this served as an example for those on whom the end of the age has come (1Cor 10:11). It all had to be done differently, and Godís instructions would finally be done to the letter. Those who are created donít have the right to tell the Creator how things should be done. God is God Ė and He will be obeyed!
If Ephraim is a son of God Ė and he is Ė is it likely that the nation of Ephraim will win the respect of the nations by promoting the Godly qualities that God has imparted to them? Can the battle be won to win Ďthe hearts and mindsí of such degenerate nations? An honest, yet naÔve observer would conclude that surely this must happen. And it will happen eventually, but not in the present political climate, and not while the real rulers of nations remain unrestrained, and this is the baffling part of the equation that cannot be resolved. At a later time, when these rulers are restrained and the House of Israel is established in the Holy Land that God gave to the Patriarchs, human reasoning will be unobstructed by the influence of these spirit rulers. Many nations who are now the enemies of God will have a change of heart and begin to recognize the qualities that God imparted to Ephraim. In fact, the whole House of Israel will be recognized as the people of God Ė after God has poured out His Spirit on all the Tribes of Israel and they become one nation.
Of course, Ephraim today doesnít recognize that God imparted these qualities and steered them on their current course of action. They donít realize that it was God that made them so mighty, or that He lavished such blessings upon them. If they did, then they would understand that God had a reason for doing so. Yet God wants to make it known to all that kindness and benevolence are not enough to tame the offspring of Satan Ė the vicious brood that he has been preparing for thousands of years for a final showdown.
God is making it very clear that Satanís brood are wild animals Ė even snakes and vipers Ė that have no thoughts of decency and human kindness. They are never grateful for any kindness shown them, and from the least to the greatest of them, they are all evil. Men, women and children have been engaged to kill Americans and Israelis, and increasingly, European Israelites.
Over three thousand years ago, God instructed the House of Israel to go and slaughter all the inhabitants of the Holy Land Ė men, women and children Ė and utterly clear it of Satanís degenerates. They didnít do it! No doubt some of the Israelites decided that compassion overrode instruction Ė even Godís instruction! They were beguiled by the persuasive pleas of these degenerate nations, and imagined that they could live in harmony with them. Such thoughts should have set warning bells ringing in the face of Godís specific instructions Ė but no! They thought they knew best, and they imagined that the remnant of Satanís brood could be tamed and incorporated into their nation. They soon discovered the error of their ways, and for hundreds of years afterward, they were engaging the Philistines in battle with a tragic loss of life. In time the Philistines became their masters.
And has the House of Israel learned their lesson? Not so! Gaza today, the traditional home of the Philistines, is still the thorn in the side of the Jewish occupants of the Holy Land. They are still there, and they are still plotting the destruction of Godís people Israel. In all these thousands of years, have these satanic scum learned to live in peace? Have they made any attempt to live in peace, and conduct themselves in a decent manner? They never have, and they never will!
So what is the solution? Well, Godís instructions still stand! And His instructions will be carried out Ė totally and completely. No ifs or buts, no flushes of sanctimony, no hesitancy in regard to collateral damage. Just totally and completely! The instruction is that they have got to go Ė and this will be carried out. But who is going to do it? Certainly not America who have buried Godís instruction in a sea of contrived compassion that overrides any form of logic, and a constant concern for collateral damage! The Israelis would, but not in the current political climate with the U.S. enforcing their views on taming Satanís brood, and bringing them prosperity.
No, God will have to appoint His own army to do this, and He has already set His plans in motion. God is presently preparing His commanders to do the job. And commanders they are Ė of devastating weaponry that this world could not imagine. The fire that comes down from the sky at that time will not be AC-130 Spectre gunships. Such weaponry will look like toys compared to the devastating armaments of God. Initially, God will not put His commanders up close and personal with the enemy, where they might allow a worldly compassion to override Godís instructions. God intends for His human sons Ė His commanders Ė and their wives and children to be very strong in the eyes of all observers. After the first few salvos, whenever the world sees the eagle overhead (seeIsa 40:31 again) they will tremble and choke with fear. God intends to make His mighty power known! And He intends to make the nations really tremble; not with words or threats, but with action!
And the first to acknowledge Godís Army will be the leaders of Judah. These are the ones who have been forced to fight with both hands tied behind their back because of the opinions of the world. Just remember that the Palestinians have again and again declared a holy war (jihad) against the Israelis! Yet the Israelis have continued to offer peace and co-existence, but all to no avail. The mindset of the Palestinians is total destruction of the Israelis, and nothing short of this will suffice.
Weíve all seen the futility of trying to make peace with them. Incredibly, Washington theorized that if the Israelis armed and equipped 40,000 Palestinians as a security force, then they would police their own people. There has never been one attempt from this security force to arrest any suicide bombers. Instead, these security police have constantly engaged the Israelis in firefights, and dedicated their time to sniping, inciting riots and causing general unrest. The idea was a complete failure, and one that caused the deaths of many Israelis, and now itís proving impossible to get the weapons back. So whose crazy idea was it to give weapons to an avowed enemy? Well, it happened during the eight years of the Clinton administration, and this says it all. Has the U.S. administration learned from this? They are doing exactly the same thing in Afghanistan and Iraq. They are equipping the enemy with weapons to police their own people, but the weapons are being used against America! How long does it take to learn a simple lesson like this?
Leaving aside all the baloney of peace overtures towards these degenerates, is anyone listening to their avowed intentions? Havenít they openly stated that there will be no solution to this present crisis until the Israelis are wiped off the face of the earth. Didnít they reinforce these views when they danced in the streets at the deaths of thousands of Americans on September 11? These were Palestinian men, women and children Ė the whole accursed brood Ė who delighted at the atrocity of the deaths of Americans. How much more do you think they would rejoice at the mass destruction of the Israelis? They want sovereign rights over all the Holy Land, and Christians and Jews, whom they call infidels, are not welcome.
History is not written to honour the dead but to inspire the living. And if we cannot learn from the lessons of history, then history will be repeated Ė surely and inexorably! The very satanic brood that caused the Tribes of Israel so much trouble millennia ago are in the process of repeating the outrage. As the Apostle Paul noted inEph 6:12 "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the power of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm." These are the rulers of the spirit realm Ė that unseen dimension, but they are real and they are the rulers, they wield authority over lesser beings, and they exercise the power of this dark world. They are the evil motivating force behind all outrages, and itís their declared intention to wipe the Tribes of Israel from the face of the earth. While our struggle is against them, itís through their brood that outrages are committed. Incredibly, there are some who not only deny their existence, but canít imagine that anyone would be involved in a struggle with them. Godís true servants will tell you differently! They know all too well who the enemy is, and they stand ready at all times to combat their vile schemes. Paul made it clear that we should be equipped with the armour of God to Ďextinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil oneí (V16). All of which is the precursor for the reality that is about to unfold.
But it runs much deeper than this. God has called upon His true servants to be raised to the rank of the mighty spirit commanders of God. These commanders of God are mighty warriors, and the Bible gives us two very good examples in Michael and Gabriel, and the measure of their battle prowess is found inDan 10:20. The prophets of God come equipped with the Testimony of Jesus. The Apostle John, the last remaining Apostle of that era, was also a prophet. In the twilight of his years he was raised to the rank equal to the mighty commanders of God: Rev 19:20 "At this I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, "Do not do it! I am a fellow-servant with you and with your brothers who hold to the Testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the Testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy." You may have noticed that at this most extreme time in all of history, the Churches do not have the Spirit of Prophecy! In fact, all their contrived Ďpropheciesí have been an offence to God. They all failed dismally!
God intends to make clear who His servants are, and in a manner that cannot be refuted. When you see the eagle flying overhead, you will have no explanation for what you see, but you will know that it is nothing like any man-made object. The eagle is a combat craft with far-seeing Ďeyesí, and it also has devastating weaponry Ė unlike anything on earth. Didnít God forewarn of this? He spoke of his sons, all of whom are taught by God, and He also spoke of their appearance in Jerusalem at a time of great chaos and confusion (Zech 12:5). One of their first tasks will be to hammer the nations that surround the Holy Land and turn them into ashes to be trampled underfoot (Mal 4:1-3). So who are the Sons of Jerusalem to be like? God tells us! Zech 12:8 "On that day, the LORD will shield those who live in Jerusalem, so that the feeblest of them will be like David, and the House of David will be like God, like the Angel of the LORD going before them. On that day, I will set out to destroy the nations that attack Jerusalem." At that time, these people will already be living in Jerusalem, and their great power will cause the leaders of Judah to say, "The people of Jerusalem are strong, because the LORD is their God" (Zech 12:5). Then the Jewish people will be called upon to consume nations like flaming torches among sheaves of wheat (V6). Note the words: "They will consume right and left and the surrounding peoples, but Jerusalem will remain intact in her place." As a student of the Bible, you no doubt know who surrounds the Holy Land! They are all Moslems! And Judah (the Jews) will join the Sons of Jerusalem in destroying them. And why is this so hard for some to believe? Hasnít there been enough evidence of their rampant evil? They claim to be doing all this evil in the Name of Almighty God, but they completely reject the Bible in favour of the Koran their most Ďholyí book. They donít honour Godís Name, but instead use the parochial word for the oak tree Ė Allah! Clearly, this is their hostile way of discrediting Godís use of the olive tree as a symbol. Olives and acorns are similar in appearance, but markedly different in substance. This is yet another example of Satanís mindless fakery. Generally speaking, Muslims are as thick as two bricks when it comes to intelligence. Have you ever wondered why? In the madrasses in Pakistan for instance, they learn nothing except the Koran. They sit bobbing up and down reciting the Koran for year after year. They have to memorize it in order to become a mullah. Even if they do succeed in memorizing it, they still finish up with an IQ of less than their hat size. Pakistan has 80,000 madrasses (schools), so Islam generally has generated a fair crop of idiots who canít think for themselves.
In the light of all that God has said, itís incredible that the Churches of God could have believed that they would bypass all these events in favour of their funny Ďraptureí theory of a place of safety, where, presumably they would sit it out in nonchalance and with a sense of well-being. Their spurious ideas were spawned to generate income to support the lifestyle of the upper echelon of the hierarchy. It was the carrot and stick approach, and nothing more, and of course, the donkey always takes the carrot. The ultimate goal became a Ďplace of safetyí. Weíll examine this spurious idea shortly. Oddly enough, itís those who have suffered the most and remained faithful to God that will be granted the promised Rest among the Churches of God and the whole House of Israel.
The Almighty God is a compassionate God Ė to all those He has chosen as His own. And of all the families on the face of the earth, He has chosen only the offspring of the Patriarchs, the children of Israel. Yet He has left the door open to any Gentile who desires to be grafted into the tree and follow Godís instruction to His people Israel. And eventually, there will be a great number of these.
In time, the premier nation of the earth will be established in the Holy Land. Ephraim will end their days in terror Ė just as God has said, but the remnant will return when they are rescued and will join the Sons of Jerusalem and Judah, and together they will fight against the surrounding nations. The boundaries of the Holy Land will be greatly expanded, and will eventually fill the whole earth. And all of this will be achieved by conquest rather than foolish talkfests. In the interim, many people will begin to understand just how derelict they have been in understanding Godís objectives.
Compassion and mercy will be extended to those who are worthy of it, but such virtues will not be squandered on the undeserving. God has set the standards, and those who fail to live up to them will not be welcomed into Godís Kingdom. Evil-doers and trouble-makers benefit no-one, and lawlessness will become a thing of the past. But in the interim, the vast majority of all Bible prophecy has yet to be fulfilled.
Mainstream Christianity will fall over when they realize what is happening, and how unprepared they are for the events that will occur. Some may even begin to understand what anti-Christs they have been, and how treacherously they have dealt with Godís Word. God has suggested that they will look up and curse Him when they see how little their endless litany of sanctimony has benefited them. When they realize how well they have served themselves, and how faithful service to God was non-existent, they will have pause to reflect. In the foolishness of their teachings, and the pathetic utterances of their own perceived prophecies, they will realize that they had no light in them.
At the end of a long dark night, there will be a new dawn. The Apostles and prophets spoke of it, and longed to see that day:Luke 17:20 "Then He said to His disciples, "The time is coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it. Men will tell you ĎThere He is!í or ĎHere He is!í Do not go running off with them. For the Son of Man in His Day will be like the lightning that flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other." Lightning, of course, flashes briefly, but it does light up the sky momentarily. This is what one of the days of the Christ will be like. In fact, great flashes of light will consume left and right the enemies of God, and they will be ashes underfoot, just as God has said in Mal 4:3. This is the day that the Apostles wonít see, because all of this will occur before the resurrection of the saints. Itís almost beyond belief that any erstwhile student of the Bible could have failed to realize this. Preachers have been so preoccupied with pumping up the emotions of their congregations with promises of glorious outcomes for doing nothing, that they have send them all into a deep slumber. They reason that there is no need to check any further; after all, theyíve got all they need from God. They believe that their reward is eternal occupation in heaven, but strangely, none of them are too keen to get there!
So what is the outcome? Will America win the war on terror? Will their desire to curry favour with Godís enemies win the day? Will the whole world rejoice to have peace and security and prosperity? Will it happen? The answer is an emphatic no! Those to whom America wants to bring peace and security are just as treacherous as they have always been. No amount of kindness will change that fact. Can a leopard change its spots? No, and neither can these degenerate Moslem beasts change their ways. I would have thought Jesusí advice would prove this point inMatt 7:6 "Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces." Jesus made it clear which dogs He was talking about (Matt 15:26), He was speaking to a Canaanite.
Hasnít God provided abundant evidence of this? Look at the Palestinians. There is no more poignant example of evil treachery than in these degenerates. Every concession has been made to these evil creatures, but nothing is acceptable Ė except the total destruction of the Israelis! They want every member of the House of Israel out of Arab lands, and this is the avowed intention of the entire Arab world. But you no longer have to believe me, because they have been plainly stating it themselves. The only concession that any would be willing to make to any Israelite is have them there as slaves Ė to mistreat, torture and kill them at will.
Anciently, Babylon became the hellhole of rebellion against God. Successively despots, starting with their first king Nimrod, have ruled it. Not surprisingly, God hated Babylon from the very outset. Satan wielded great power and control in that region over all the masses, and built a city to his glory Ė the city of Babylon. In this city he generated hostility to God and induced his brood to worship idols in defiance of God. But God vowed to remember this city at the end of Satanís allotted days (six millennial days) and bring it to absolute ruin Ė never to be found again. Well this hasnít happened yet, as many U.S. soldiers today can attest. They have been in that ancient city and have seen it for themselves. They have also seen the restructuring this city has undergone through the efforts of Saddam Hussein. When God destroys this city, it will never be found again, because it will be buried in an abyss of a great earthquake that will swallow it up.
Letís be sensible enough to understand that God means what He says when He speaks of Babylon! No amount of fanciful theorizing will get around it. Rome, New York or even Washington donít cut it as a human devised substitute for what God has said, and this type of mindless fabrication of the Scriptures has no currency of the facts. What it does do is make God look like a fool and a liar, but in view of the lying distortions that currently exist among the religious, it is not likely to affect the views of those who are openly hostile to God and His Word.
PLACE OF SAFETY Ė OR PLACE OF REST?
Have you ever wondered what God really has in mind concerning His Great Plan? If it were as simple as most of Christianity believe, then why was it necessary to deliver the Book of Revelation long after Godís Plan had been fulfilled according to prevailing views? The Book of Revelation doesnít reflect the pleasantries upheld by the platitudes of mainstream Christianity. Rather it speaks in terms of stark horror and foreboding. Throughout Christian history it has never been understood, although this has not stopped many people from putting their own interpretation on it.
Firstly, the whole Book is for the Churches of God as the opening chapters show. And this is confirmed in the final chapter by these words:Rev 22:16 "I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this Testimony for the Churches. I am the Root and Offspring of David, and the Bright Morning Star. The Spirit and the Bride say, "Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!" Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take of the free gift of the Water of Life." So itís very clear that the Churches of God have a very significant role to play in the Kingdom of God. What has never been clear to them is what this role is! To this very day theyíve continued to put their own spin on everything without any concern for all that God has spoken of throughout the Bible. The only prophecy they want fulfilled is anything that is beneficial to them. Actually engaging in strategy to ensure that all prophecy is fulfilled is totally alien to them. Their idea is that if God wants to do something Ė then let Him do it Himself. We can be thankful that Moses and all the great men of God were not this way. Godís servants do everything in their power to ensure that all Scripture is fulfilled Ė just as the Christ did (Matt 26:53).
God has withheld knowledge until the very endtime when He planned to drop the bombshell of what He requires of all humanity, and what He has done to prepare His true servants for His service. Every true Bible student knows that God sends His servants the prophets to warn.
In the wake of all that has happened throughout 6,000 years of human turmoil, God has raised up a son to serve Him. This son is one of the Tribes of Israel Ė the son of Joseph. This son has been given wealth and power and prestige above all the nations of the earth. From the humblest of beginnings this son has become the most powerful and influential nation on earth. No nation can stand against him when he goes out to war as the armies of the Living God. But this mighty son doesnít know how to bring peace. They should know since Almighty God has given them enough examples of how to deal with those who reject Godís model for humanity. While this son has all the wealth, power, prestige and strength above any other nation, they lack one vital ingredient: Wisdom! And this is the Wisdom of God Ė which is also the Testimony of Jesus Ė and the Spirit of prophecy! (SeeRev 19:10). At a precise moment, another Son will arise who will receive all the gifted qualities of Ephraim: Rev 5:12 "In a loud voice they sang, "Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and Wisdom and strength and honour and glory and praise."" In this, God is foreshadowing the removal of His prodigal son, in favour of One who is worthy of praise and honour!
We have come to the time when prophecy must be fulfilled relating to this son of God. Their sins have been stored up (Hos 13:12) until the time of discipline: Jer 31:18 "I have surely heard Ephraimís moaning: ĎYou disciplined me like an unruly calf, and I have been disciplined. Restore me, and I will return, because you are the LORD my God. After I strayed, I repented; after I came to understand, I beat my breast. I was ashamed and humiliated because I bore the disgrace of my youth.í Is not Ephraim my dear son, the child in whom I delight? Though I often speak against him, I still remember him. Therefore my heart yearns for him; I have great compassion for him," says the LORD."
Ephraim is like a silly dove (Hos 7:11), easily deceived and senseless Ė always trying to bring peace to nations who have never understood the meaning of the word. Godís instructions are clear to the House of Israel: When they go in to possess the land that God is giving them, they were to drive out or utterly destroy the inhabitants and not leave any to regenerate and turn and cause them trouble. They were to remember that the House of Israel is Godís chosen nation for populating the earth and that no other people anywhere have any rights to life Ė except if God grants it. In order to be granted life, Gentiles must be grafted into the genealogical tree and become grafted Israelites. God has held out the olive branch to all those who willingly obey Him, and who choose to live as His people Israel Ė their heirs and successors Ė and according to Law.
Almighty God has never departed from His Plan to make all Israel the heirs of all the earth. From the very outset He created a division of mankind (Gen 3:16) and declared His intention to create a nation patterned after His Son Ė the Word of God Ė His Spokesman. He placed it all in His hands to bring a righteous nation to fruition. And this is what all the Scriptures speak about. God intends to restore the House of Israel as the premier nation on earth and to teach the Gentile nations the Way of God. But this wonít be accomplished until they come to understand Ė and beat their breast! Ephraim is presently steering a course away from God and His Way. God has made Ephraim the premier nation on earth, but the more God calls them the further they go from Him (Hos 11:2). They sanction evil in all its forms, and care nothing for upholding Godís Law and instructions. They devise roadmaps for peace Ė but never deliver peace! They seem obsessed with only bringing peace to Godís enemies! They have yet to understand that there is no real Ďroadmap for peaceí according to their philosophy! They are never going to bring peace to Godís enemies, and because they insist on doing so, God will bring destruction on them!
Not surprisingly, God gave Ephraim time to try their own methods in order to understand the futility of it all. He has given them time to reflect on the utter futility of trying to tame such evil beasts and to understand that they donít want peace Ė only destruction of all the House of Israel! These unreasoning beasts can never be persuaded to live in peace because they never have, and they never will! Unfortunately, only God and His servants understand this, because only His servants have been taught by Him. All of Christendom has insisted that the quest for peace continues, even in the face of boundless evidence of constant failure. Against Godís express instructions, they believe that the pursuit of peace by peaceful means is the only solution.
Because they have refused to acknowledge Godís Way and have devised ways of their own, these have led to crooked pathways. Their efforts will be expended in vain, and will never achieve the desired objective. Long ago, God instructed the House of Israel through the Levite priesthood. God chose the Levites for this very role. The priesthood was still in effect when John the Baptist arrived on the scene, but had become corrupted, with simony filling the seats of the priests. John was the son of a Levite priest, and was a true Levite priest, but he disdained the Pharisaical priesthood as being corrupt and called them vipers Ė a term used by the Christ on a number of occasions Ė meaning the offspring of the Serpent Satan. The Apostle John identified them as the children of the devil (John 3:10). And truly they were! They were greedy, self-serving hypocrites who loved the approbation of men. These vipers were the same creatures that were present when Cain killed Abel (Matt 23:33-36). These vipers ruled over the Jewish people and sought every occasion to make their burden heavier, but they didnít raise even their smallest finger to uphold their own fabricated laws. They were lovers of money, honour and prestige, and would not accept any challenge to their authority. While they held John to be a prophet, and acknowledged that he was also a true Levite priest Ė something that they themselves could not claim Ė they were somewhat hostile towards John for refusing to align with them or even dress like them.
When John identified his cousin Jesus as the Son of God, and they heard this confirmed by the Holy Spirit, they interpreted this as a challenge to their authority, and began to plan the death and destruction of the Christ and all His disciples. But they had to tread lightly for fear of the people, who recognized the Power of God in Jesus, and the total absence of anything like this in those who claimed to be the religious leaders. These religious leaders saw their authority being whittled away and sought to field all sorts of trick questions to discredit Jesus.
But donít be too quick to judge the Jewish people for the conduct of the Jewish leaders in Christís time. They had been manipulated by the forces of evil Ė by the rulers of the heavenly realms. Satan chose those who were easily flattered by power and the approbation of people, and who guarded their power and prestige against all reasoning. Not all people fall into this category, and Satanís obvious targets are limited. Generally speaking, the Jewish people were receptive to Christís teachings, and the early converts were all Jews. It was through the efforts of these that Christianity reached the rest of the world.
The very nature of humanity is to know good and evil and it was left to the Son to demonstrate the right choices. Generally speaking, Christianity believes they have made the right choices and enjoy the favour of God. By periodically generating emotional fervour they feel convinced that they have fulfilled their obligations towards God.
Throughout the days of the Apostles there was a perception of imminence, of a quick end to human rule and the return of Jesus Christ. These were the men who knew and understood the teachings of the Christ and lived their lives believing that His return was imminent. Around 66 years later, probably 96 AD, John, the last remaining Apostle, received the Book of Revelation. Again the theme of imminence is present, and the Church is instructed that the Christ will come quickly. The whole Book speaks of prophetic events, which will culminate in the rule on earth of the Father and the Son. Though the Apostles were aware of many prophetic events that needed to be fulfilled prior to Christís return, the Book of Revelation enumerated them in far greater detail. But of all the Apostles, John was the only one still alive to receive this instruction (John 21:22). With the passing of John, the Book of Revelation was left to gather dust as far as the fulfillment of the prophecies were concerned. Generation after generation continued for many centuries without any indication of the final fulfillment.
A THOUSAND YEARS LATERÖ
One millennial day later, the Knights Templar realized who the real enemy was and rallied the nations to fight for the Holy Land against the Moslem insurgents. But as it turned out, they were one millennial day too early, and there was no lasting peace and no Kingdom of God established. But God commended them for their service, and consequently, Satan rallied the rulers of the heavenly realms to destroy them. Later, there were thousands martyred and their properties seized, and many were burned at the stake. Many were driven out of France and England and many found themselves exiled in Spain. But Satan was not finished even yet, and led Torquemada the Inquisitor to pursue them through the Spanish Inquisition. Torquemadaís net swept widely, and Templars, Jews, and Huguenots and others were caught in it. Tens of thousands were subjected to this purge, and while the object was to rid the realm of judaisers as they called Celtic Christianity, it didnít hurt the coffers of Gentile Christianity when the wealthiest were targeted first and their properties seized. And this just happened to be the Templars and the Jews (God knows why but Heís not telling).
But God had yet another job for the remnant to perform. This job entailed providing the pathway to the Americas and the establishment of the mighty nation of Ephraim, and history provides the means by which God accomplished this. And so the fledgling nation of Ephraim emerged to become the mightiest nation on earth, and in time all the Gentile nations would tremble when the mighty Ephraim spoke. No other nation has equaled the power of this mighty nation. It became a safe haven for all the Tribes of Israel to live in peace and safety among their own brothers, and particularly the Jewish people who found peace and prosperity, and today their numbers far exceed their Jewish brothers who live in little Israel.
A casual observer might conclude that God has again established the Tribes of Israel in their own homeland. And the evidence of this is true. But it is not the Promised Land! Because of things unknown to humanity at this time, this is neither the time nor the place for the gathering of all the Tribes of Israel in accordance with Bible Prophecy. To be sure, all the Tribes of Israel occupy transitional lands, which God has given them and where He has settled them, but they have yet to understand that God plans to establish them in the land that He promised to the Patriarchs. And nothing is going to change Godís resolve! Itís true that Ephraim had to become the prince of all his brothers in the endtime, and that he had to pursue the nations to the ends of the earth, and duly, Ephraim accomplished this.
The Bible speaks again and again of Ephraim in the capacity of being a prince among his brothers. The rest of the Tribes scattered throughout Western Europe receive far less mentioning. Ephraim and Manasseh were the sons of Joseph the son of Jacob. Joseph became a prince over his brothers in Egypt just as Josephís dream had foretold (Gen 37:9-11). At the time of the dream, Jacob chastised his young son, but kept the dream in mind in anticipation of its fulfillment. When it was fulfilled, Jacob himself bestowed firstborn status on the youngest of Josephís sons Ė Ephraim was the prince over his brothers.
When the time came to deliver the House of Israel from slavery in Egypt though, God didnít choose the Ephraimites to do it. Instead, He chose Moses of the Tribe of Levi. Ephraim seemed to drift out of the spotlight of prophecy for hundreds of years. Some 450 years later, Ephraim began to make his move through his descendants to wrench away ten of the Tribes from the mother City of Jerusalem. Under the auspices of Jeroboam, an Ephraimite, the House of Israel was divided into two nations Ė the northern and the southern nations. The northern ten Tribes rapidly descended into paganism. The southern two Tribes remained faithful to God and His City despite the fact that they had the tyrant Rehoboam ruling over them.
To make matters worse, in time the northern ten Tribes allied themselves with Godís enemies, notably Syria (Arameans), and declared war on the southern two Tribes. Just beyond Syria, to the north and east, a behemoth was arising Ė the Assyrian Empire. The Assyrian Empire controlled the territory throughout Eastern Turkey, Iraq and Iran. King Ahaz of Judah bought their alliance against his foes by stripping the gold and silver from the Temple and offering it as a bribe to the Assyrians. But to summarize, the Northern Tribes were defeated by the Assyrians and driven into captivity. Finally, the remaining two Southern Tribes were conquered and taken into captivity by the Babylonian Empire. After seventy years, which were mentioned by Jeremiah, they reemerged as a fledgling nation in the Holy Land. They never lost their love of the Holy Land and their desire to return was undiminished.
The Northern Ten Tribes however, had no desire to return, and sought their own destiny in other lands, notably Europe. Their pagan ways had alienated them from any desire to serve God or to return to Him. Perhaps they would have remained alienated from God forever, except for a very special event in the Holy Land Ė the appearance of the Christ. News of this and all that He did, filtered through to them, and they were to learn that the Christ had specifically come with a message for them Ė the Ďlost sheep of Israelí, and a new devotion for God developed. In time, Christianity spread throughout Europe, while rapidly declining in the Holy Land.
Satan and his forces reasoned that as long as they had mastery in the Holy Land, Christianity would only be a foolish aberration among the Europeans, and would eventually fall into the slipstream of the rampant paganism of the Saxons and others. Satan reasoned that Christianity would fail to gain momentum among people who had been severely corrupted. But God had other ideas. Jesus had come with a specific message for them, concerning them and future prophecy, which had to be fulfilled. So it was not the slam-dunk that Satan had envisaged. Against all odds, Europe proceeded to yield to God, though with a variety of outcomes of factionalism and dissention. All of this caught Satan somewhat flatfooted and so he took steps to corrupt Christian beliefs, and lead them down a faulty pathway. The biggest impediment to his ambitions was the British Ė the original inhabitants of the British Isles, who held to a view of their origins and associations to the Tribes of Israel. He had to eliminate the Celts and destroy their reputation making them a curse and a byword among all the other Tribes. He rallied Saxons, Angles and Danes against them, and drove them into the western provinces of Wales and to the northern extremities of the Island to Scotland, and to Brittany in France. Eventually, the mighty Celts were conquered as an independent nation, and Satanís counterfeit Christianity gained preeminence. With the false doctrine came the eradiction of all knowledge of the Ďlost Tribes of Israelí. And this is exactly what happened. Mainstream Christianity, under the auspices of Satan, vehemently repudiated the importance of Godís chosen Family of all the families on the face of the earth, and sought to unify them under the banner of a controlled environment Ė a doctrine of his own devising. And any dissenters would be pursued and killed. All Christians would conduct their affairs his way Ė or else! Importantly, any suggestion that Europe was the Ďlost Tribes of Israelí would he harshly dealt with, until all suggestions ceased to exist, and they truly became Ďlostí as to their origins.
Today, the Tribes of Israel have no idea who they are, but with one exception: the Tribe of Judah has never forgotten that they are the people of God. And the reason is that they continued to honour Godís Sabbath Day and all of His Holy Days. This has continued to be Godís identifying sign down through the ages:Isa 58:13-14 "If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my Holy Day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the LORDíS Holy Day honourable, and if you honour it by not doing your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words, then you will find your joy in the LORD, and I will cause you to ride on the heights of the Land and to Feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob." The mouth of the LORD has spoken."
It was very clear to Isaiah to expect a future time of Godís intervention, like when the mountains quaked at the time of Moses Ė a special time when they would see the mighty Power of God:Isa 64:1 "Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before you! As when the fire sets twigs ablaze and causes water to boil, come down to make your Name known to your enemies and cause the nations to quake before you! For when you did awesome things that we did not expect, you came down, and the mountains trembled before you. Since ancient times no-one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for Him. You come to the help of those who gladly do right, who REMEMBER your ways." And just to put things into context, Isaiah spoke of the new heavens and the new earth, and this will definitely cause the mountains to tremble. Isa 65:17 "Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth." God plans to renew the face of the earth. It will be as it once was Ė a symbol of the Power and Might of Almighty God. Isaiah had previously spoken of this in Isa 40:3-4 "A voice of one calling: "In the desert prepare the way for the LORD, make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God. Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the Glory of God will be revealed, and all mankind together will see it. For the mouth of the LORD has spoken." Isaiahís words recorded here were to become the frontispiece of the Message of the one whom Jesus identified as the Elijah to come Ė John the Baptist (Luke 3:2-9), and he spoke of the axe being laid at the root of the tree, and that every tree that does not produce good fruit will be thrown into the fire (V9). This certainly doesnít sound like God is kidding around, does it?
When God comes down and shakes the earth again, Heís going to make His Great Name and reputation known to all. Not to do them good, but to repay them for their evil! The created ones donít dictate to the Creator how they will behave. The Creator Himself makes the rules! He makes the distinction between those who are good and those who are evil. InIsaiah, chapter 63, following right after the great slaughter of those in the land of Mecca and Medina (the cities holy to Moslems), detailed in V1-6, God begins to remind the House of Israel (V7) of all that He did for them. He says: V7 "I will tell you of all the kindnesses of the LORD, the deeds for which He is to praised, according to all the LORD has done for the House of Israel, according to His compassion and many kindnesses. He said, "Surely they are my people, sons who will not be false to me", and so He became their Saviour. In all their distress He too was distressed, and the angel of His presence saved them. In His love and mercy He redeemed them; He lifted them up and carried them all the days of old. Yet they rebelled and grieved His Holy Spirit. So He turned and became their enemy, and He Himself fought against them." We have not yet seen the bloodbath of Mecca and Medina in the ancient homeland of Edom (Esau). This is still to come. But the timing is identified as: V4 "For the day of vengeance was in my heart, and the year of my redemption has come." Surely itís no surprise that God would act to take vengeance Himself against the cities of His enemies. Especially since the House of Israel has refused to do so! Even worse, the House of Israel is now paving the way for the most evil of cities to arise: Babylon! The House of Israel is intent on doing the Babylonians good, rather than repaying them for their evil. The Mighty Christ will set the example of destroying the Ďholyí cities of Islam, and later, after Babylon has served Godís purpose of punishing the House of Israel, it too will be destroyed, and in a spectacular way.
God said,"Surely they are my people, sons who will not be false to me." Would a faithful son side with his fatherís enemies? Would they side with a religion that is plotting the destruction of the people of God? Theyíre sending their sons and daughters to be killed by a foreign god, and for the express purpose of honouring that foreign god and his religion. The House of Israel should have remembered that God is a jealous God (Exo 20:5). They should have made some attempt to understand what provokes Him! The House of Israel refused to honour Godís Sabbath, and now theyíve sought to honour a foreign god who has supplanted Godís Sabbath with the sixth day Ė Friday. And theyíve chosen to honour this god! Are they crazy or what?
In the past when God destroyed the northern Ten Tribes of Israel, it was because of the religion of the nations around them that they became enamored with, and chose to forsake their God. They loved all the pageantry and the fornication that went with it, and they lost their minds in the realm of evil. That realm of evil pervades them even today, and everyone wants the right to do as they please, even those things that are against the very course of nature. Somehow theyíve developed the mind to support any evil, but have a mindset against doing those things that God has proclaimed as good. The first day or the sixth day of the week is OK by them, but the Seventh Day? Theyíll have none of it! Little wonder they never understood the principle behind it! It was the precursor to the Millennial Sabbath Ė the Day of the LORD Ė and that Day is here. Mind you, the start of the seventh millennium in 2001 (which is the correct way of calculating millennial beginnings) brought some severe warnings to the Ďlost sheep of Israelí when the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were hit by Satan and his rulers of the heavenly realms. It was planned to put ten aircraft into action, with the fourth destroying the White House in Washington, but the timing was out as far as fulfilling the prophecy concerning this city (Isa 28:1-3). The Babylonians had to be beaten down one more time.
Outside of this Brotherhood, the connection was not made as to its significance of the 9-11 disaster. And it occurred just seven days before the Feast of Trumpets in that year. This also is significant Ė but only to this Brotherhood of the Sons of Jerusalem! The significance of it all has to be withheld so as not to forewarn Satan and his rulers, who might otherwise tumble to it and go all out to confound prophecy to cause it to fail. Like the whole House of Israel, Satan and his rulers know nothing and they understand nothing. This Brotherhood likes to keep it this way, until the precise moment arises.
As the Lordís Day dawned, the Seventh Millennium, God permitted an outrage to draw attention to His enemies, and to test Ephraimís determination to punish them. Would they understand Godís warning and recognize the enemies of God? It seemed at first that they would. But they began the campaign in Afghanistan by first making friends with Pakistan who were already an enemy, and buying their favour. For billions of dollars in bribes, Pakistan made all the right noises, and offered token support for the campaign. The rest of Islam didnít react to Pakistanís actions, and there was a reason for this. Behind the scenes, Pakistanís national hero, their nuclear bomb-maker, was actively engaged with a consortium of Moslem countries to build nuclear weapons. It now emerges that Iraq, Libya, Egypt and Syria were actively conspiring to build nuclear weapons using the expertise of Pakistan and their celebrated bombmaker. It was only the rank-and-file Pakistani Moslems that were outraged at Musharef, the President of Pakistan, because they were not in the loop, but the Moslem leaders of the evil Islamic nations were, and knew that Musharef was being duplicitous with the U.S. The proposed nuclear weapons joint-program was seen as their ticket to the destruction of America and Israel. This story actually broke in the media on the Feast of Pentecost, 2004, and is covered more fully in the next chapter of this article. The realization that all this has been occurring has sent the U.S. Administration into shock that their intelligence agencies had not uncovered it. They were too busy focusing on Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden to know what was happening elsewhere. The blame game started immediately and heads began to roll. George Tennant, director of the CIA quit, presumably for family reasons. The U.S. Administration was shell-shocked that this had gone on undetected, and right under their noses.
But it presented other problems as well. Whereas the Whitehouse and the Pentagon had carefully crafted the belief that the ĎWar on Terrorismí was against just a few phantom terrorists who never really had a public face and who were really operating independently of their respective countries. Islamic countries Ė they would assure everyone Ė were really onboard in the war on terrorism, and had nothing to do with terrorism themselves. Now that it has emerged that their special relationship with Egypt, for example, has been duplicitous and deceptive, the U.S. is having a hard time un-muddying the water. America has issues with Iraq (as we all know), Iran (who they donít trust, and have accused them of being a part of an axis of evil), Libya (who have been considered to be pariahs for years), Syria (who are well-known to be harboring known terrorists, and are known to be sympathetic to terrorist groups), and Saudi Arabia (who are known to be the clearing house of terrorist funding, yet always seem to get under the radar of suspicion Ė officially!). Then there are the Pakistanis who openly express hatred for America and the Israelis in their madrasses and mosques. But for unknown reasons are now considered to be friends. Afghanistan is filled with incoherent lunatics, who are completely unpredictable, except in their determination to produce Heroin for shipment to the U.S. for the underworld drug trade. The Afghanis are a ruthless and dangerous people, and both the former Soviet Union and the U.S. has found this out through experience.
But the real dark horse is Egypt who likes to appear statesman-like to the world while continuing to plot against America and the Israelis. Just remember that since 1948 Egypt has spearheaded three major attacks against the Israelis in the hope of destroying them. Itís Egypt that will be a dominant player as the King of the South, when the King of the North arises in power. So Egyptís ambition is well-stated in the Bible, and God has detailed the outcome. The King of the North will come like a whirlwind and secure the northern region of the Middle East, and Egypt will marshal the southern regions to hold out against him. But God will give the victory to the King of the North. At that time, the might and power of Ephraim will be just a fading memory. With the un-ceremonial exit of Ephraim, the nations will do as they please, and their hearts will be set on conquest.
So despite all efforts to sanitize the behavior of these Moslem nations, they continue to prove to be enemies of all Christians and Jews, but most particularly Americans and Israelis. And no amount of window-dressing is able to disguise this fact. But vengeance is in Godís heart and He will repay His enemies, and the Mighty Christ canít wait to get started! Once the fire is kindled, it will become an inferno:Luke 12:49 "I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is completed! Do you think I have come to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division." So much for the petty and mindless nonsense being taught today by those who never knew God or His Christ!
Endtime Bible prophecy speaks a great deal of the two southern Tribes, Judah and Levi, but of the Ten Northern Tribes, the so-called Ďlost Tribesí, the only Tribe that features prominently is the Tribe of Joseph, and especially Ephraim. In fact, the Book of Hosea could be described as Ephraimís Book, since it speaks almost exclusively of them.
God appointed a mighty saviour to come to the rescue of the Tribes of Israel in times of conflict. This is the surrogate son who regulates the conduct of the nations, and has the power and might to do it. Those nations who donít like Ephraim dictating terms of peace will certainly not like God doing the same thing. They neither like Ephraim or God ruling over them! And any lip-service to God is on the condition that God reacts according to their own views on how things should be done.
On the 60th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, all of Europe paused to reflect on the outcome of that war if Godís mighty son had not acted. The allied European forces knew they faced certain defeat unless America entered the war. But God had in mind for a lesson to be learned, and He delayed their entry, and allowed Britain and Europe to plead and wait. While the outcome was assured, much severe fighting resulted before victory was declared. But the whole world now knows who won that war. It was Godís son, the mighty Ephraim.
And now, sixty years later, is the world grateful to Ephraim? Do they honour this mighty power and savior? Not at all! And neither will they honour Godís other Saviour Ė His Son Jesus when He acts to bring peace through the crucible of war. This time, God will appoint a different army Ė one that is attuned to Godís Way of doing things. This army will strike down left and right sparing no-one among Satanís brood. A clear Plan will be in place, and this Plan will detail what it will take to bring lasting peace. Because of the actions of Godís army, there will be reactions by Satanís brood against the exposed flanks of the exposed House of Israel. Duly, the House of Israel will blame Godís army for the retaliatory hostilities. But they will be reminded that it would not be occurring if they had done the job right in the first place. Godís army will be doing what they failed to do, and they will begin in the Holy Land and spread to the surrounding nations Ė and then take the fight to the whole world. The Ďlost sheep of Israelí will have to wait for their turn to be rescued Ė and this will take years!
Unfortunately, the House of Israel did not receive any good advice from the Churches of God or any of Christianity generally. But this will gradually change as the intensity of war and terror increases and certain trainee Ďkings and priestsí will begin to understand the error of their ways and repent of their former beliefs Ė the leavening of Satan, and turn to God in earnest. These will begin to instruct many among the House of Israel, and lead them to expect salvation at the appointed time. For their faithful service (even though belatedly), and this service is detailed inDan 7:21, 25, they will afterwards inherit the Kingdom of God (V27). These are a special people who will bring many others to salvation, to be rescued and brought back to their ancient Homeland Ė the Holy Land. As the offspring of the Woman (Rev 12:17) Ė the Woman is the people of Jerusalem Ė and their offspring will receive some very special help. They will receive the Testimony of Jesus Ė the Spirit of Prophecy (Rev 19:10), and they will be known as faithful Commandment-keepers of the Almighty God. Their service will bring many others into the fold. God has made it clear that those who reject knowledge now can only look forward to destruction now and death forever. The unforgivable sin is the sin against the Holy Spirit, and those who fail to acknowledge Godís Holy Spirit in those whom God has appointed to detail His Will as His Holy Spirit leads them, will get what their actions deserve (2Cor 11:13-15). God couldnít be clearer on making His intentions known. For those who turn away, there is no further sacrifice for them! For those who once had Godís Holy Spirit, they can only expect to face a raging fire, which will consume them. Then they will know the consequences of treating God like a fool!
Itís true that for a long time God winked at (as Paul put it - KJV) or overlooked ignorance, but the time has come to repent of such ignorance (Acts 17:30). Even the sins of Ephraim were overlooked Ė though kept on record (Hos 13:12), but now God insists on everyone coming to their senses and repenting of their outrageous views of His proposed salvation.
Did you even wonder why the blessings of Moses the man of God did not include the Tribe of Simeon (Germany) inDeut 33? Or why Dan is described as being like a young lion cub among the flocks of Bashan? A young lion cub kills for the sake of killing, and when set among the sheep for which Bashan was famous, was determined to destroy the flock. The Tribe of Dan you will recall is omitted from the Blessings of the House of Israel in Rev 7:5-8, but Simeon is included there. What must Simeon have thought of Mosesí omission? And particularly since Moses departed immediately for Mount Nebo in Jordan, and there he died and was buried in the valley opposite Beth Peor. So Simeon was left with the stigma of receiving no blessing or mention. Itís my guess that this was the start of Simeonís long-lasting jealousy and arrogance towards his brothers. This arrogance was to raise its ugly head many times throughout history. Almighty God exploited this arrogance in Simeon, and provided us with many lessons Ė foremost among these was Simeonís (Germanyís) arrogance towards his brothers. Germany never stopped trying to gain ascendancy over all his brother Tribes. So there are compelling reasons for Mosesí omission of Simeon from the blessings. Yet in the final carve-up mentioned in Rev 7 Simeon is once again in great favour. All that happens to bring about this change of heart is another story entirely which has yet to unfold.
There is even a strong indication that Judas Iscariot was of the Tribe of Simeon. He loved money, power and prestige, and couldnít live without it! As it turned out, he died without it! And he suffered the fate of the accursed. Judas was a greedy, self-serving thief, a crafty, cunning manipulator, who cared only about himself. This man was an eye-witness to all the wonders that had been done, but he couldnít retain knowledge and quickly forgot all about the wonders he had witnessed as the prospect of making thirty pieces of silver overrode all other considerations. He became emboldened when the Christ spoke of His disciples eating His flesh and drinking His blood, and this alienated many followers. Jesus didnít explain what He meant at that time, but chose to wait and see who departed following what they believed was offensive. They had uncovered what they believed was a fault with Christ. The more they discussed it the greater it became magnified. They reasoned that if Jesus were truly of God then He would not have said such a thing. In their minds, Jesus had advocated cannibalism and this was totally unacceptable. Later of course, they realized they had jumped the gun, and had falsely accused Jesus. They had been tested and had failed the test! They came limping back after they learned of the Passover that Jesus had desired to keep with the 12 Apostles, and the explanation of the meaning of the symbols used, but it was too late to participate in that all important Passover!
Only eleven of the Apostles remained faithful and confessed that Jesus was the Christ and held the key to life. Nothing would turn them from their resolve to serve the Father and His Christ. And, of course, their faith was vindicated prior to His death and departure when He said:Luke 22:15 "I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer." Jesus then went on to show that He was the Passover Lamb, and they had to eat of His body and drink of His blood. Those who ate the traditional sacrificial lamb had to eat the lamb, but not the blood because the life is in the blood. But under the terms of the New Covenant it was a requirement to drink the blood of the Lamb of God in order to impart life to the receiver. The eating of the Passover Lamb and the drinking of His blood was the new Passover. There was no need to purchase a lamb; the Passover Lamb was already there. It remained only to eat His flesh and drink His blood. It was the drinking of the blood that imparted life. There are some today that deny that Jesus is the Lamb of God Ė the Passover Lamb Ė that must be eaten in remembrance of Him as the Passover Lamb. Those who fail to observe the New Passover as He instructed have no part of Him, and neither are they His. This is what He says: Luke 22:19-20 "And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me." In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the New Covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you." If the life is in the blood, then you have to wonder why some people seem to think they have rights to life when they refuse the very blood that can impart it!
The whole point of the New Passover was to partake of the very body and life of Jesus the Christ. No-one can have any part of the Christ or the Kingdom of God if they are not seeded with His bloodline. Since babies donít choose their parents, God provided another way for anyone to become a part of the bloodline of His Glorious Son. And the New Passover is it! Itís a glorious blessing to all those who participate, but a mailed-fist to all those who do it unworthily. The New Passover is the first step in participating in the body and life of the Christ, and a reminder that God plans to populate this earth with the offspring of His Glorious Son. Almighty God is less concerned with the circumstances of our birth than He is with the circumstances of our minds. The New Passover is the first step in developing the mind of Christ, and actually being a part of His Body. God intends that this new body has no hint or trace of the mind of Satan or his body. The offspring of Christ must be a whole new entity by the renewal of the mind. And none can come to the Father except through the Son, and none can come to the Son except the Father draws them (John 6:44). Itís these who are drawn by the Father and received by the Son who are taught by God (same verse). As Isaiah points out in Isa 54:13, these are the Sons of Jerusalem. How evident this is becoming today! You only have to read what the religious pretenders are teaching today to know they have not been taught by God! And neither do they have any concern for the instruction of Godís Spirit.
In the context of the Passover, the offspring of Christ is mentioned inIsa 53:10 "Yet it was the LORDís will to crush Him and cause Him to suffer, and though the LORD makes His life a guilt offering, He will see His offspring and prolong His days, and the Will of the LORD will prosper in His hand."
In order to participate in the New Passover, each potential seed or offspring of Christ should have every trace of the contamination of Satan washed away in baptism Ė or Ė at the very least, their feet should be washed as a prelude to participation. The feet are a symbol of the true Gospel of peace (Eph 6:15). The washing of feet symbolizes a commitment to walk in the ways of Christ. Remember how Jesus said to Peter that he could not have any part of Him, except his feet are washed by Him? And how Peter responded with Ďnot only my feet, but my hands and head alsoí (John 13:7-9). It was an interesting and thoughtful statement by Peter, and whatever our hands do, and whatever we think with our minds, it should be to the glory of God. Self-interest should be far-removed from the offspring of Christ. Unfortunately, self-interest is endemic in the churches of this world. They seem intent on making everyone in their congregations twice the sons of hell as they are. If you follow their line of reasoning, you would have to believe that Godís only purpose is to give everyone on earth a clean bill of health, and to welcome them into everlasting pastures. The blood on their hands, and the mindless rhetoric of their feeble understanding, they believe should not be an issue, as long as their lip-service is compatible with the emotional fervor they love to generate. In some cases, they equate Godís Holy Spirit to falling flat on their backs and foaming at the mouth. What logical mind could possibly equate such activities with Godís Holy Spirit? Such activities can only result in severely muddled minds Ė the very antithesis of the Mind of Christ.
Interestingly, amid all this New Passover ceremony, and the betrayal that was to follow, Jesus took time to reiterate the problem of religious pretenders wanting to lord it over their brothers:Luke 22:24 "Also a dispute arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest. Jesus said to them, "The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who exercise authority over them call themselves benefactors. But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one at the table? But I am among you as one who serves. You are those who have stood by me in my trials. And I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father has conferred one on me, so that you may eat and drink at my table in my Kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the Twelve Tribes of Israel." How could they be like the kings and authorities of the Gentiles and still hope to judge the Twelve Tribes of Israel? Thereís not a chance of it happening, and Christ warned them not to be this way.
This was not the first time the matter was raised and Christ made sure that this lesson was hammered home for all time just prior to His death. Jesus had previously made it very clear when He had gone into great detail about avoiding the ways of the Gentiles inMatt 20:25-28! And He had also mentioned the cup from which they were then drinking, and no doubt they recalled what Jesus had previously said in Matt 20:22-23 "You donít know what you are asking," Jesus said to them. "Can you drink the CUP I am going to drink?" "We can," they answered. Jesus said to them, "You will indeed drink from my CUP, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father." Jesus had no authority to grant those sorts of privileges and he made it very clear! But not clear enough for some people! And later, when they did drink of that CUP, there was one there that did not see this clearly at all. This was the insidious liar Judas Iscariot.
Judas was the bag-man, a position he coveted, and so he reasoned that if he hung in there, then there was a prospect of getting the contents of the bag as well as thirty pieces of silver. All he had to do was to betray Christ, and deliver Him to His death, and the other eleven Apostles would be hunted down and follow the same fate.
Judasí mind raced ahead to the final outcome. Anticipating the final outcome, and as the only surviving apostle chosen by the Christ, he would have all the honour and prestige he had always wanted. He would have the favour of the killers and could carry on and build a lasting organization; howbeit with a few changes favourable to the consensus of those who had formerly plotted to kill them. He would rally the troops by magnifying Jesusí failure, and indicate that God had chosen himself, as the only survivor, to carry the baton. The plan seemed foolproof until Satan dumped him and his sanity returned. It was then he realized what he had done! It was all too late and there was no way back! Distraught and crazed with grief over the realization of what he had done, he hurled the money at the murderers and went and hanged himself. Had things turned out the way Judas had planned, his self-propelled magnificence would put the present Pope to shame.
Jesus Himself suggested another way out for such people:Matt 18:6 "But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea." There are plenty of self-serving teachers of lies who openly advocate disobedience to the CUP, which Christ drank, and to the New Passover He instituted as the Lamb of God.
All those who do serve God have very great responsibilities! And if they let down in their responsibilities, they will find themselves in big trouble:Luke 12:46 "The Master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect Him, and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the unbelievers." That Master had poured the CUP when a certain hour had fully come (Luke 22:14). As for coming on a day when He is not expected, or at an hour that unbelievers are not aware of, this is precisely what will happen! And while no-one knows the day or the hour except the Father, that certain day and hour determines who are Godís and who are not. Anyone who defies Christís instructions, and teaches others to do the same concerning the Passover, are already condemned. And their best option is the millstone. The same dialogue continues in Luke 12:47 "That servant who knows his Masterís will and does not get ready or does not do what his Master wants will be beaten with many blows. But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much more will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked." If this is speaking of Godís servants who do understand Godís requirements and know how they are supposed to serve God, what will be the outcome of those who have attempted to serve God according to the precepts of men Ė who refuse to follow the instructions of the Master? Well, again, the millstone is the best option! God is not concerned with those who reject knowledge Ė they are already marked for slaughter but not for reasons honourable to God. God is only concerned with those who will willingly drink of the CUP that Christ drank from, and who are prepared to undergo the same baptism that He endured (Luke 12:49-51). And the key word here is willingly!
Note: We have an example of Jesus calling Peter the rock, and it was on this rock that He built the Church. In fact, from the first meeting of Simon son of Jona (Peter), Jesus changed his name to Cephas, which means a Ďsmall rockí (John 1:42). Nevertheless, shortly afterwards, Satan was able to manipulate Peterís thinking process, and he momentarily began to reason from a human point of view. And if you believe Christ (and hopefully you do!), then you will realize that Satan was right there as part of the action. He fed Peter some mumbo-jumbo prompting him to suggest that Jesus should try to save His life (Matt 16:22). It drew the response from the Christ in V23: "Out of my sight, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men." Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it."
So we learn just what can happen even to the rock that was set to continue the task of building the Church following Christís departure. Peter still had some learning to do, and no doubt he learned from this mistake. The problem is that many people donít! In fact, most people are so driven by egotistical motives that they never think like God, or even consider the things of God; rather they act like brute beasts in their reasoning, and pursue a course of rejecting knowledge and teaching falsehood. There are many people today who firmly believe that Jesus, the Son of God, had to be killed as the Passover Lamb. He is even referred to in Christian homilies as the Pascal Lamb (Passover Lamb). What they are not prepared to believe is that God requires the same martyrdom from them if they are to follow His Son. If they seek to save their life, then they will lose it! But if they go willingly to the slaughter, then they will find life! And isnít this what the Christ said?
The fact is that most Christians throughout the centuries have not been called upon to go as sheep to the slaughter as the Christ was, though they were required to be prepared to do it if the occasion arose. There were, however, periods of history when martyrdom of Christians was rampant. Many preferred death to dishonouring God, and these were commended for their faithfulness. It was not a happy outcome for Satan that Christianity continued to grow in numbers, and so, rather than continue to kill them, he went all out to corrupt them. He whittled away at their resolve to obey, and introduced a form of licentiousness that would become unrecognizable to the precepts taught by Christ. The way of the Gentiles was practiced, and Christian leaders dressed to be noticed with ostentatious regalia, and adornments that would put the magnificence of kings to shame. They built basilicas and cathedrals, expensively decorated in ornate embellishments, and people began to believe that such hallowed embellishments could not be ignored. In the minds of many, the Christian religion had come of age. The lifestyle and teachings of the Lamb of God was largely ignored. Christianity had become powerful and almost invincible, so any suggestion of Christ-like humility was soon swept away and forgotten. Such lifestyle platitudes were only required of the people rather than the clergy. Monasteries were established that became self-sufficient with their own livestock, vineyards, and garden produce. All of which was to produce goods to feed the hierarchy, which was becoming top-heavy, and needed more and more novices to produce the goods to maintain their lifestyle. The papal food-tasters enjoyed a lavish lifestyle Ė until the Pope began to age, or did something to earn the displeasure of the Cardinals, then they frequently died horribly of arsenic poisoning.
All this followed the earlier widespread martyrdom of the saints, and it was resolved that it would never happen again. To this end, all suggestions of willing martyrdom were eradicated as unnecessary, and with the power of organized Christianity to defend the faithful, impossible. But the faithful were considered to be those faithful to mainstream Christianity, those who had divested themselves of obedience to God in favour of obedience to the church. Satanís corruption was complete! All that remained was to mop up the pockets of resistance, and martyr them as criminals, and true Christianity would be extinct. A counterfeit form of Christianity would become the dominant form of worship.
Gone were the days when the clergy would consider the precepts taught on the Holy Mountain of Mount Tabor in Galilee, when the Teacher taught the people as they sat down on the grassy knolls, and where they were fed from the common food basket of fish and bread. Mount Tabor was a significant site, and Satan realized that it might have ramifications for the future, so a monastery was built there. The clergy had taken quantum leaps to secure their position in absolute grandeur, and this type of grassroots behaviour was alien to them. They had bigger fish to fry, and this was largely political. Europe was predominantly the domain of Christianity, but even as it became saturated with mainstream Christian doctrine, there still remained green fields beyond just waiting to be exploited. And wherever Europe ventured to explore, the clergy followed, establishing monasteries, churches, together with the precepts of mainstream Christianity. No stone was left unturned to corrupt the religion of the European Israelites. The ways of the Gentiles, of lording it over others, were firmly established, and the power and might of the clergy was complete. It became a relatively easy matter to inflame hatred against all opposition and to institute pogroms and inquisitions at will.
The clergy of mainstream Christianity became famous for sitting on their hands when wars were waged among nations, but were quick to move in and mop up afterwards when the masses were vulnerable to the desire for peace. At such times there was plenty of cheap labour to build lavish churches and monasteries and to establish their religion among the poor and disillusioned.
Even Satan knows that holding an organization together is not an easy task when dealing with human beings. He has the same problems with the rulers of the heavenly realms. He canít risk a rebellion, because ultimately, rebellions are costly in terms of disruption to nations and lifestyles. So when the Vatican began to fall into disfavour and the Protestant movement began to spread, Satan saw it as an opportunity to further divide all of Christianity. Protestantism began to rival Catholicism in strength and scope, and because of political boundaries, it spawned a wide diversity of beliefs, all of which proved favourable to Satanís strategy. Each in their own style followed the way of the Gentiles with a controllable hierarchy, and a desire to suck dry the pool of potential converts. Satan is unconcerned about whatever these church groups teach, as long as they donít believe God! They can argue and fight all they like about doctrine, and Satan couldnít care less. But let anyone teach that God must be believed, then he will launch his attack immediately.
Finally, all of mainstream Christianity succumbed to Satanís deception and corruption, and the teachings of the Teacher were nullified and unrecognizable. Such teachings as the New Covenant Passover were soon circumvented with a concept of a holy communion or a Lordís supper. In Satanís mind, this was a real stick-in-the-eye for his famous Brother, and a guarantee that no-one who observed these counterfeit doctrines would enter the New Covenant and become real Christians. The jaws of the trap had shut and snared their bounty. And the centuries rolled on to fulfill Satanís six millennial days of rule.
But the dawning of a new Day Ė a millennial Day Ė was to bring about great changes, and preparations had to be made. Firstly, a shepherd had to be raised up (Zech 11:16) to gather the flock in preparation for fulfilling the prophecies of the Seven Churches. And as reluctant as they are to fulfill their commission, they will be compelled to do it, just as Jonah was when the great fish swallowed him when he attempted to run away from his responsibilities towards God. And this just happens to be the point made by the Christ in relation to His death and resurrection as the Passover Lamb Ė the sign of Jonah the prophet (Matt 12:39-40). Only those raised up by this shepherd will have the grounding in Bible Study to understand the requirements, but not until itís forced upon them. Perhaps they believe that staying away from big fish will save them and thwart Godís plans? Who knows! But nothing will thwart Godís plans; the chains will only get heavier (Isa 28:22). Isa 28 is of course, the chapter that speaks of the City of the greatest nation on earth Ė Ephraim Ė the United States of America (V1-3).
There is an interesting adjunct to the story of Jonah. Firstly, it should be borne in mind that Jesus made a direct comparison to Himself and Jonah concerning his death. The main point that Jesus made was that just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea creature, so would Jesus be three days and three nights in the grave. Jesus gave this answer in response to a request for a sign Ė by the rulers of the heavenly realms. To them, Jesus said no sign would be given except that of the prophet Jonah. What later troubled His questioners was the fact that Jesus fulfilled this perfectly. At face value, this would seem to be the end of the matter. Far from it! It was only the beginning. And while the Book of Jonah only runs to about 48 verses and then abruptly ends, it points to other significant prophesies. Foremost is the prayer of Jonah that points toPsalm 18 directly. Many have assumed that the Book of Jonah is a quaint story that has no real meaning, yet Jesus referred to Jonah as a prophet, and indicated that He, Himself, would fulfill the sign of Jonah. And this adds a whole new dimension to what the prophet wrote.
Jonah called out to God in prayer from the belly of the sea creature, and this is the account of what he said:Jonah 2:1-10 "From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the LORD his God. He said, "In my distress I called to the LORD, and He answered me. From the depths of the grave I called for help, and you listened to my cry. You hurled me into the deep, into the very heart of the seas, and the currents swirled around me; all your waves and breakers swept over me. I said, ĎI have been banished in your sight; yet I will look again towards your Holy Temple.í The engulfing waters threatened me, the deep surrounded me; seaweed was wrapped around my head. To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you brought my life up from the pit (means destruction or grave), O LORD my God. When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, LORD, and my prayer arose to you, to your Holy Temple. Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs. But I, with a song of thanksgiving, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. Salvation comes from the LORD." After this God rescued him, and he went and did as he was commanded.
In relation to Godís Holy Temple, which Jonah mentions twice, there is also a reference by the Christ to His own body. He said, "Destroy this Temple, and in three days I will raise it up." Jesus was referring to the Temple of His body (John 2:19-20). It was this selfless act by Jesus that guaranteed that God would grant salvation to His people, and this is reflected in the words of Jonah: "Salvation comes from the LORD". So there are very good reasons why the Christ referred to Jonah as a prophet! When Jonah cried out to the LORD, he was in some very serious trouble, yet at this time he quoted Scripture Ė a sure sign that he was a man of God and was still living according to every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. He was quoting from Psalm 18. What is so interesting about this is that he was quoting King David Ė the forefather of Jesus, who was called the Son of David Ė a major point that is driven home in Rev 22:16 in a message to the Churches of God. In addition to this, the words of Psalm 18 are also found recorded by the Levite priest and prophet Samuel in 2Sam 22. And finally, they are reproduced in the Book of Habakkuk (Hab 3). Jesus likened His death at the hands of His enemies to that of Jonah with His reference to three days and three nights.
Jonah described his pending death in this manner:Jonah 2:5 "The engulfing waters threatened me, the deep surrounded me; seaweed was wrapped around my head. To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever." In the Psalm of David, we find a slight variation to the wording but the message is the same: Psalm 18:4 "The cords of death entangled me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me. The cords of the grave (Sheol) coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me." In both cases of Jesus and Jonah, they were rescued from the power of the grave after three days and three nights. Yet the three prophets: David, Samuel and Habakkuk expand greatly on this and give escalating events in very graphic detail. While Jonah made mention of the roots of the mountains, Habakkuk describes the mountains as crumbling and collapsing: Hab 3:3 "God came from Teman, the Holy One from Mount Paran (Moses also mentions this in regard to endtime prophecies in Deut 33:2. Both prophets are speaking of the same events). His glory covered the heavens and His praise filled the earth. His splendor was like the sunrise; rays flashed from His hand, where His power was hidden. Plague went before Him; pestilence followed his steps. He stood, and shook the earth; He looked, and made the nations tremble. The ancient mountains crumbled and the age-old hills collapsed. His ways are eternal."
When God says He will once again shake the earth Ė He really means it! And when He does, the mountains will crumble and the age-old hills will collapse and the foundations or roots of the mountains will be exposed (how do you think manmade buildings will fare in this day, when mountains crumble and collapse?). This is also mentioned in the Book of Revelation, where the nations will be so traumatized that they will call on the mountains to fall on them to hide them from the face of the One who sits on the Throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb (Rev 6:16-17). John the Baptist began his ministry by detailing these very things: Isa 40:3 "A voice of one calling: "In the desert prepare the way for the LORD, make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God. Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the Glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all mankind together will see it. For the mouth of the LORD has spoken." (See Luke 3:4-6 for the appearance of John the Baptist and his quoting of these words.)
And what was the significance of Nineveh Ė the City where Jonah was sent? It was called a great city, but by todayís standards, 120,000 people is not all that significant when one considers the cities today that have numbers in the millions. No doubt it was a great sprawling city if it took three days to walk through it. When Jonah finally got going, he walked a dayís journey into it before he began to prophesy (Jonah 3:3-4). Nineveh was the capital of the Assyrian Empire, which was defeated by the Babylonian Empire. The people of Nineveh and the Assyrian Empire are the Kurds today. Formerly, they allied with the Persians under the name of Medes, and joined in the defeat and conquest of Babylon. Amazingly, the people of Nineveh listened to Jonahís message and repented in sackcloth and ashes. Even Jonah was amazed at the outcome, and being familiar with the prophecies of David, Samuel and Habakkuk, he still expected disaster to befall them. In fact, he went out to a barren hill to wait for the city to be destroyed, and came dangerously close to perishing from the heat of the sun (Jonah 4:8).
The Christ made it clear that those men who repented at that time in Nineveh will arise in the judgment to condemn the generation of serpents and vipers who love to corrupt human beings (Matt 12:41, 43-45). God is not averse to placing His Spirit in Gentiles who have truly repented and become God-oriented, and who live their lives in obedience to God. In fact, it is said of Jesusí teachings that the Gentiles who were living in the very shadow of Death have seen a great light. Matt 4:13 "Leaving Nazareth, He went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake (Sea of Kinnereth) in the area of Zebulon and Naphtali to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah: Land of Zebulon and land of Naphtali, the way to the sea, along the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles Ė the people living in darkness have seen a great light, on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. From that time on Jesus began to preach, "Repent, for the Kingdom of God is near."" When we study what Isaiah said in this regard (Isa 9:1-2), we find that the scenario is greatly expanded. We find that nearly 800 years later, Jesus is fulfilling the first part of what Isaiah wrote showing the starting point for the fulfillment. But Isaiah goes on to say much more, and in this context, Jesus said that the Kingdom of God is near Ė but not there yet! And when you see all these things happening, you will know that it is very near, and when it begins it will never end Ė just as Isaiah says: Isa 9:6 "For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on Davidís throne (which was in Jerusalem) and over his kingdom (which is still the Holy Land Ė not Britain as some have foolishly imagined), establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this."
Obviously, these things have not yet occurred, and Davidís throne is not yet occupied, and neither is the Christ ruling over Davidís kingdom. If Christ were ruling over Davidís kingdom, then no external power on earth would dare to try to enforce a roadmap for peace against the Prince of Peace! Once again, the king of Assyria (who is also the ruler of Persia Ė seeEzra 6:22-7:1) will be a rod or club in Godís hand to exact justice against a godless nation: Isa 10:5 "Woe to the Assyrian, the rod of my anger, in whose hand is the club of my wrath! I will send him against a godless nation, I will dispatch him against a people who anger me, to seize loot and snatch plunder, and to trample them down like mud in the streets. But this is not what he intends, this is not what he has in mind; his purpose is to destroy, to put an end to many nations. ĎAre not my commanders all kings?í he says."
God will favour and protect the ruler of Persia in order to ensure that prophecy is fulfilled (much more on this in the next chapter). Godís overriding desire is to establish the whole House of Israel in the land that He gave His friend Abraham. Itís the only place where they will find peace and rest in the coming holocaust Ė but not yet! The House of Israel, and Ephraim (U.S.A) in particular, still think they know the way to peace, and they love to design roadmaps for peace. They still think they can march into the very heartland of Satanís brood and win the hearts and minds of the people. What they fail to understand is the treachery of these people. Theyíll greedily take all the aid that is offered by America, but continually plot their overthrow. Geraldo Rivera, war correspondent of Fox News, recently said that these Moslem hordes in the battle zone appear hospitable and friendly, but would cut your throat for ten cents. Moslems are greedy opportunists who are driven by a desire to take things that are not their own. God mentions thisHab 1:5-7 "Look at the nations and watch Ė and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told. I am raising up the Babylonians, that ruthless and impetuous people, who sweep across the whole earth to seize dwelling-places not their own. They are a feared and dreaded people; they are a law to themselves and promote their own honour." With the term Ďin your daysí, God goes on to make it clear which days He is talking about. In chapter three of the Book of Habakkuk (Hab 3:3) we find the prophecy of the Mighty One arriving from Teman, which is also spoken of by Moses, Samuel, David, and as well as Habakkuk. Teman is the area of the Sinai Peninsula and Saudi Arabia. Itís in this area that Islam was born and spread to the rest of the region and now to the world. They are rapidly infiltrating virtually every nation on earth and stirring up trouble and bloodshed, and all because of a religious ideology Ė which just happens to be Satanís ideology! Itís Satanís ideology to destroy the Western nations and rid the earth of the Tribes of Israel.
As for the Mighty One coming from Teman and Mount Paran in the Sinai Peninsula, Isaiah records His purpose inIsa 63:1-6. This is when the Mighty One, the Christ, becomes covered with blood after waging war on the Moslem hordes in the south. It also prepares the way for the king of Greece to come (Dan 10:20) after Gabriel has softened up the Persians (same verse). Interestingly, Moslems like to infiltrate and live in Western nations, but they make it extremely unpleasant for Westerners to live in their lands Ė particularly around Mount Paran and in Teman. The traditional homeland of Esau is the region surrounding Mount Paran, and Ishmael lived in Teman Ė Arabia today. So itís obvious whom the Mighty Christ will be targeting! Itís certainly not Christians and Jews! God openly states that He hates Esau: Mal 1:2 "ÖWas not Esau Jacobís brother?" the LORD says. "Yet I have loved Jacob, but Esau I have hated, and I have turned his mountains into a wasteland and left his inheritance to the desert jackals."
Godís faithful servant David made it clear that he hated Godís enemies:Psalm 139:19 "If only you would slay the wicked, O God! Away from me, you bloodthirsty men! They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your Name. Do I not hate those who hate you, O LORD, and abhor those who rise up against you? I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies." The latest catchcry in Islam is to scream in the streets that Americans and the Israelis are fighting against God and Islam. These enemies of God seem to think they have the right to misuse Godís Name to condemn Godís people. As for the Edomites (the children of Esau), God has some very unflattering remarks for them! Ps 137:4 "How can we sing the songs of the LORD while in a foreign land? If I forget you, O Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill. May my tongue cling to the root of my mouth if I do not remember you, if I do not consider Jerusalem my highest joy. Remember, O LORD, what the Edomites did on the day that Jerusalem fell. "Tear it down," they cried, "tear it down to its foundations!" O daughter of Babylon, doomed to destruction, happy is he who repays you for what you have done to us Ė he (Edom) who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks." Yes, Esau and his brood are called a daughter of Babylon Ė one of many of Babylonís harlot daughters! Babylon is the mother of harlots (Rev 17:5).
Wouldnít it be nice if the false prophets would now admit their flagrant disregard for Godís instructions and acknowledge who the ĎBabyloní of the Bible is! For years they trumpeted their lies and distortions concerning this vital issue. In this day and age, when everyone is expected to sign the Ďsorry-bookí for a word out of place, and sacrifice their careers for virtually nothing, the false prophets are deathly silent. You wonít find their signatures in the Ďsorry-bookí.
Itís very strange how people like to invent their own mythical ĎBabyloní when God refers to only one Babylon Ė the city that resides on the Euphrates River. And the same hostility towards God that was first generated in that land in Mesopotamia still exists today in much the same form. They still speak of God with evil intent and misuse Godís Name to further their cause. And to further identify these people, God has referred to them as the daughters of Babylon! He also says they are doomed to destruction!
Do those who invent their own mythical ĎBabyloní really hate those who hate God and misuse His Holy Name to condemn His people? No, they donít! Do they consider Jerusalem their highest joy? No, they donít! Yet itís the City of a Great King, and will be the joy of all the earth in time to come. The daughters of Babylon only want to tear it down! And all those who side with Godís enemies are themselves Godís enemies, though some seem to think they have virtue on their side when they do these things. It shows how out of step they are with God and His teachings in these matters.
And here again God speaks of salvation, and again details the meaning of it:Ps 108:6 "Save us and help us with your right hand, that those you love may be delivered. God has spoken from His Sanctuary: "In triumph I will parcel out Shechem and measure off the Valley of Succoth. Gilead is mine, Manasseh is mine; Ephraim is my helmut, Judah my scepter. Moab is my washbasin, upon Edom I toss my sandal (a severe insult among Moslems); over Philistia I shout in triumph." Who will bring me to the fortified City? Who will lead me to Edom? (a reference to Christ destroying Edom Ė Isa 63:1-6) Is it not you, O God, you who have rejected us and no longer go out with our armies? Give us aid against the enemy, for the help of man is worthless. With God we shall gain victory, and He will trample down our enemies." Itís not surprising that the children of Joseph Ė Ephraim and Manasseh Ė feature prominently in the salvation and deliverance of the House of Israel as also does Judah. The rest of the Tribes of Israel are conspicuous by their absence in these verses. Those other Tribes in Europe are hell-bent on defending Islamic nations and making a case against Ephraim, Manasseh and Judah as aggressors against the innocent. Their foggy reasoning seems not to recognize the vile despotism of the rulers of Islam! They certainly donít see anything wrong with Islam using Godís Name to condemn His people. In fact, they tend to agree with Islam in this matter. On the one hand they are fearful of Islam and their treacherous ways and the vulnerability they feel to Islamic bombs, but believe they can find favour with them by ostracizing America and the Israelis. This type of reasoning is destined to prove to be very costly in human terms. The old European Tribes of Israel have almost no role in the rescue of Ephraim, Manasseh or Judah from captivity, because they themselves will experience captivity and a persecution that will eclipse that which they imposed on the Jews. Those who shipped out Jews to death camps will suffer an even worse fate! In some ways, itís poetic justice that they will be enslaved by the very nations they loved and defended and supported. Immediately to the south, in the African continent, there are many Moslems just waiting to enter Europe to seize dwellings that are not their own. Theyíve been trying to do this for centuries! These evil creatures are filled with the wine of Satanís fury for the House of Israel. So old Europe can expect some company!
They only thing that is withholding the massive insurgence of Godís enemies against all the Tribes of Israel is the mighty Ephraim Ė the United States of America Ė the prince among his brothers. Islam and all the world fear Ephraim, and are reluctant to engage him in battle. The whole world knows that there is no restraining force like the USA. When Ephraim speaks, men tremble with fear knowing that Ephraim has the power to carry out their threats. If this mighty power were in the hands of any other nation on earth, they would not use it in the same compassionate way that Ephraim does, as history shows. Unfortunately, Ephraim has carried this compassion to extremes, and has tried to induce the same compassion and mercy in those who hate God and misuse His Name. At the very least, they should have known that those who surround the Holy Land are the enemies of God because God has confirmed it time and time again.
There would not be a lot of significance to Jonahís account about Nineveh, the capital of the Assyrians Ė except for one thing! Nineveh occupies a position on the Tigris River, north of the Euphrates River and the evil city (Babylon) that resides on it, and is the traditional home of the Kurds Ė the former Assyrians. God sets up rulers and He also destroys them (Dan 4:17). God plans to set up a powerful spirit ruler called Cyrus who will do Godís bidding. Cyrus will choose a Mede as the human ruler, and later, will facilitate the reconstruction of the Temple of God. For this service he will enjoy Godís protection, and Gabriel the archangel will be assigned to this task (Dan 11:1).
Because God is a merciful God, in time He will rescue from death some of the House of Israel. Others will cross the Euphrates River after God has divided it into seven streams so they can cross over in sandals. This is how they will arrive at the established Ďplace of restí.
The first group will be men of war Ė elite soldiers Ė who will join the sons of Jerusalem and Judah in their war to clear the Holy Land. The Tribe of Joseph is destined to play a significant role in the ongoing development of the Kingdom of God. Presently, the House of Joseph is greatly at odds with God on the way and means to ensure peace. When it comes to organizing the church choir, or rearranging the deck-chairs on the Titanic, America excels, but when it comes to preparing the pathway for the Kingdom of God, they are hopeless and increasingly useless. Theyíve lost the plot completely! In speaking of the House of Israel, God says this inIsa 59:8 "The way of peace they do not know; there is no justice in their paths. They have turned into crooked roads; no-one who walks in them will know peace." And just before the start of Chapter 60 of Isaiah (which is titled ĎThe Glory of Zioní in the NIV) God has this to say: Isa 59:15-20 "Truth is nowhere to be found, and whoever shuns evil becomes a prey. The LORD looked and was displeased that there was no justice. He saw that there was no-one, He was appalled that there was no-one to intercede; so His own arm worked salvation for Him, and His own righteousness sustained Him. He put on righteousness as his breastplate and the helmet of salvation on His head (see Eph 6:14-17); He put on the garments of vengeance and wrapped Himself in zeal as in a cloak. According to what they have done, so will He repay wrath to His enemies and retribution to His foes; He will repay the Islands (or continents) their due. From the west, men will fear the Name of the LORD, and from the rising of the sun (see Mal 4:2 concerning the Sun and Godís healing), they will revere His Glory. For He will come like a pent-up flood that the breath of the LORD drives along." (This pent-up flood is mentioned in Matt 24:38-39. Notice the words Ďthis is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Maní - V39.) When the Sun of Righteousness arises, the Ephraimites will be fired as the Ďarmies of the Living God, and God will no longer go out to battle with them. Instead the Redeemer will come to Zion and her sons Ė those who repented and were taught by God. Continuing in Isa 59:20-21 "The Redeemer will come to Zion, to those in Jacob who repent of their sins," declares the LORD. "As for me, this is my Covenant with them," says the LORD, "My Spirit who is on you, and my Words that I have put in your mouth will not depart from your mouth, or from the mouths of your children, or from the mouths of your descendants from this time on and forever," says the LORD." Isa 60:1 "Arise shine, for your light has come, and the Glory of the LORD rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and His Glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn."
I still remember a certain newsgroup and the crazy contributors who so hated the Great God of the Universe that they relentlessly attacked His Son and called Him a fake. What characterized these people was their appalling ignorance of the Bible. They rejected Jesus, being the fake Jews that they are (Rev 2:9, 3:9), but were never able to explain why Jesus was able to do so many miracles or by which Power He did them! In this they were identical to the demon-possessed Scribes and Pharisees of Jesusí day. The funny part about it all is that while they rejected the New Testament, they also rejected most of the Old as well. It was a clear demonstration to this Brotherhood of what to expect when dealing with mindless fools, and as Paul said, "Have nothing to do with them!" (2Tim 3:5). Our Beloved Christ said much the same thing when He said in Matt 10:14 "If any will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet when you leave that home or town." This also applies to newsgroups that are populated by pretenders! God has also said "If they wonít listen to Me, then they wonít listen to you" (Eze 2:7).
As for these false prophets, God has this to say:Jer 20:16-20 "This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Do not listen to what the [false] prophets are telling you; they fill you with false hopes. They speak visions from their own minds, not from the mouth of the LORD. They keep saying to those who despise me, "The LORD says, ĎYou will have peace.í And to all who follow the stubbornness of their hearts they say, ĎNo harm will come to you.í But which of them has stood in the council of the LORD to see or hear His Word? See, the storm of the LORD will burst out in wrath, a whirlwind swirling down on the heads of the wicked. The anger of the LORD will not turn back until He fully accomplishes the purposes of His heart. IN DAYS TO COME YOU WILL UNDERSTAND IT CLEARLY." When they see all the doom and fearful gloom around them (see Isa 8:22), itís as well that they do understand clearly the reasons for it.
God takes a slightly different view to America on what the present war is all about. They take the view that the war is against terrorism, and truly it is against terrorists, and most assuredly, Ephraim will end their days in terror, but God has made it clear that the war is against Islam, and even identifies the territory of their origins. Islam is Satanís religion for rallying his brood. And Islam is the visible enemy, but as Paul said inEph 6:12, the real enemy are those who control them, and these are not flesh and blood! These are the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms; in other words: spirit rulers of another dimension that is invisible to human beings.
Islam openly and flagrantly proclaim that their war (jihad) is against the West as well as against Christians and Jews, whom they describe as infidels. Their bogus book of teachings (the Koran) openly declares that Muslims should not permit infidels to live. They also declare that every Muslim should be willing to be martyred in the pursuit of the destruction of Ďinfidelsí. You will note that Islam has yet to provide any good reason for their hatred of Christians and Jews Ė except that they are not Muslims! This goes against all the concepts of human decency and logic, but then their father the devil is not logical!
Since God intends to establish a Kingdom that will last forever, and since that Kingdom is to be populated with human beings, it stands to reason that God intends a certain class of human being to predominate and to set the example as the Kingdom expands to fill the whole earth. Whereas human beings have generally reviled Godís Laws, God intends to establish a people who will never depart from them. At a certain time, God will pour out His Spirit on the whole House of Israel, and write His Laws in their hearts and minds. But first the land of Israel, that is, the Holy Land, must be prepared for the arrival of the House of Israel, and with their arrival, Godís Spirit will be poured out on them.Eze 36:6 "Therefore prophesy concerning the land of Israel (that is, the Holy Land) and says to the mountains and hills, to the ravines and valleys: ĎThis is what the Sovereign LORD says: I speak in my jealous wrath because you have suffered the scorn of nations. Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I swear with uplifted hand that the nations around you will also suffer scorn. But you, O mountains of Israel, will produce branches and fruit for my people Israel, FOR THEY WILL SOON COME HOME. I am concerned for you and will look on you with favour; you will be ploughed and sown, and I will multiply the number of people upon you, even the whole house of Israel." That is, all who are still alive or in a word Ė the remnant. As the Apostle Paul wrote: Rom 9:27-28 "Isaiah cries out concerning Israel: "Though they be as the sand by the sea, only the remnant will be saved. For the Lord will carry out His sentence with speed and finality."
This is Godís purpose, and this is Godís Plan. He will establish a Kingdom forever, and populate it with the only people He has ever chosen on the face of the earth (Amos 3:1-2, Deut 7:6, 14:2, 2Sam 7:23-24). God further states: Eze 36:24 "For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you back from all the countries and BRING YOU BACK INTO YOUR OWN LAND. I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new Spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my Decrees and be careful to keep my Laws." Itís amazing how many corrupt Christians there are out there who have devised many arguments against obedience to God and His Laws. At the most crucial time in all history, God is going to demonstrate the importance of obedience to His Laws. And those who have willingly taught to the contrary will get what they deserve! And in V28 "You will live in the land I gave to your forefathers (Abraham, Isaac and Israel); you will be my people, and I will be your God."
Is there any nation on earth that diligently obeys Godís Laws? Which nation reveres the Seventh Day Ė Godís Sabbath? Which nation honours Godís Annual Holy Days at a national level? The House of Israel detests Godís Annual Holy Days and have substituted them with their own religious festivals. The only nation that comes close to obedience to God in this manner are the Israelis. Generally speaking, Christianity walked away from obedience to Godís Laws long ago. They supplanted Godís Truth for a cacophony of lies, and disarmed any form of obedience to God with emotional rhetoric, and were soon promoting the pagan view that when a person dies he goes straight to heaven. Apparently, Almighty God has nothing better to do than to welcome those who have never served Him into everlasting glory! For starters, the silliness of all this negates the whole Book of Revelation, and there are going to be a whole lot of bewildered and disillusioned people when they realize what happens to those who have chosen to believe the lies of men.
Cunning and deceitful men have devised all sorts of teachings to make God look foolish and even petty. In the course of six thousand years every conceivable form of religious idealism has been explored and practiced, yet God has made it clear for this entire duration that He requires obedience to Him and the Laws that He has established for the good of all mankind. Anything that falls short of this is not righteousness, and neither is it acceptable to God. Sin is the transgression of Godís Law (1John 3:4), and God has made it clear that the breaking of His Laws is lawlessness. Just imagine a world where lawlessness prevailed and everyone did as they pleased! God knows that laws are essential for good order, and good laws should be based on the teachings of the Creator! All right-thinking people know that the laws of the land are important for their well-being and safety. Most Christians and Jews also believe that the Ten Commandments of God are the cornerstone of the law of the land, and that the Word of God Ė the Holy Bible Ė is the basis for the ultimate oath that can be made in the courtroom. Generally speaking, Christians and Jews are not offended by the presence of Godís Ten Commandments having a pride of place in the hallways of the court system, and neither do they object to the presence of the Bible in the courtroom. So what caused the turn of events that resulted in a monument to Godís Ten Commandments being removed from a courthouse with such a public display of antagonism?
Removing the Ten Commandments from a courthouse in Montgomery, Alabama. The argument was that this monument to Godís Laws sends the wrong message to some American citizens.
The truth is that most people acknowledge the Commandments of God as mere tokenism. When it comes to reality, they donít want to be ruled by God. The want the right to do as they please and they donít want to be restricted by God and His Law. With mounting prosperity comes mounting desire to regulate their own behaviour without recourse to Godís instruction. And those who live on the fringes of society seem to make the most demands for change. These sorts of people live their lives without any form of social conscience. Not content with normal living conditions, they want to live in a world of drug-induced stupor, or engage in rampant sexual behaviour against the course of nature. They want the right to have same-sex marriages, and the rights to challenge every schism in the social structure to accommodate every form of excess and evil that the human mind can devise. In the world they envisage, there is no place for the Laws of the Creator.
The argument for removing the monument to Godís Ten Commandments from the courthouse was that it sent the wrong message. Incredibly, it was a Moslem spokesman, who added fuel to the reasoning by saying that he had no desire to be regulated by Christian and Jewish beliefs, thereby reinforcing this argument. This was then ramped up to conclude that the courts were victimizing eight million Moslems living in America. How come alien Moslems living in a Christian and Jewish society entered this debate to become the focal point of the argument?
The simple answer is that people are more willing to defame Godís Laws than they are to defame Islam Ė whose hearts and minds they hope to win! No one can win the hearts and minds of the heartless and mindless! The madness of this whole saga was the work of the rulers of the heavenly realms and their ongoing fight to obliterate Godís Truth, and ultimately, to force God to abandon His people. Satan the devil stands ready to bring his teeming hordes against the House of Israel in force; just as soon as he feels assured that God wonít be with the House of Israel in battle. With each act of defiance of God, Satan knows that His people Israel become more and more alienated from Godís favour.
And how many people are there today in the West who believe that Islam has some sort of claim to the Holy Land? The answer is that most of the House of Israel does, together with most of Christianity! How could they get it so wrong? God plainly states whom He gave this land to, and He also states who are going to be brought back to occupy it. And just so there is no possible mistake about Godís intentions, God makes it very clear what the outcome will be:Eze 37:24 "My servant David (who was long deceased when this was written) will be king over them, and they will have one shepherd. They will follow my Laws and be careful to keep my decrees. They will live in the land I gave to my servant Jacob, the land where your fathers lived. They and their children and their childrenís children (children will continue to be born Ė forever) will live there forever, and David my servant will be their prince forever. I will make a Covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting Covenant. I will establish them and increase their numbers, and I will put my Sanctuary among them forever. My dwelling-place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my people. Then the nations will know that I the LORD make Israel holy, when my Sanctuary is among them forever."
In the lead-up to this, there are certain procedures to be adopted. Obviously, if a mass exodus of all the House of Israel were to begin to occupy the Holy Land today, we would have the Holy Land filled with people who would be bickering and arguing against obedience to Godís Laws. Most would argue that Islam has every right to be there as well. Is this what God expects? Is this what God has commanded and determined? Are any of the nations of Israel willing to yield to Godís Way and His intentions? Over the millennia none have! Sure there have been some pockets of obedience among the masses, but God envisages a whole new heart and mind for the whole House of Israel, and thanks be to God, He knows how to accomplish this.
Presently, the whole House of Israel is firm in their belief that they are living in a form acceptable to God. Each of the Tribes is convinced that they are virtuous and upright, and that their structure of rule of law obviates any need to examine Godís Law as a reference point. Most would argue that their law structure is based on Biblical guidance and principles, and in some countries, the Bible is still the Book of Oaths in the courtroom. Surely, they reason, this is enough. To what end could God require more than this?
Well, God does require more than this! Itís not acceptable to God that human beings devise their own laws while they flagrantly violate His Laws. So certain procedures will be adopted. While Ephraim (the U.S.A) is busy trying to enforce democracy on Godís enemies, God is busily setting them up for a fall. Ephraim is endeavouring to enrich the very ones who have despised God and His Holy Land and who are presently plotting to destroy the Israelis and overrun His Land. Oddly enough, during the first Gulf war, which the Israelis had no part of; Saddam Hussein lobbed 39 scud missiles on their cities. It all seems a little strange that when the enemy was at his very gates, Saddam is expending his scud missiles on a neutral party. What was Saddamís strategy? But more importantly, what was Satanís strategy? Knowing that the Israelis have nuclear weapons, was he tempting them to use them, and inflame the whole world against them? But of course, the Israelis never responded (at the insistence of the U.S); not even with their own scud missiles. The U.S. did install Patriot Missile Systems to intercept the incoming scuds, but with limited success. Nevertheless the scuds did little damage. But Saddamís act demonstrated to all Islam what the ultimate target is Ė itís Godís Holy Land! Once America is neutralized and no longer a mighty power, Satan intends to do what he failed to do throughout two world wars Ė to wipe the Jews from the face of the earth and to seize the Holy Land.
Throughout history, Satan understood nothing of prophecy, but from antiquity he has known who Godís chosen people are. He knows where the Tribes of Israel settled around the world, and he clearly knows how to identify Jews. The fact that his famous brother Jesus chose to align Himself with Judah is enough to foment Satanís rage. He blames the Jews for keeping alive the hope of the Promised Land. Christianity had abrogated this hope long ago in favour of a place in heaven. But, in Satanís mind, the Jews had stubbornly refused to abandon the hope of the Promised Land. Even worse, they had trickled in to become a super-power in the region, and were proving impossible to dislodge. In spite of Satanís best efforts, the Israelis have broken the back of all invading forces and left all of Islam humiliated. Satan knows only too well that a Mighty Hand has regulated the events and has sustained the Israelis in war. God Himself intervened to turn the tide of war. It was these acts by God that magnified His intentions in the Holy Land, and which awakened the American conscience to the aspirations of the Jews. After Satanís third assault, America began to take notice, and began to enforce the Israelis right to exist.
God knows all about Ephraim. He describes him like a child growing up. He fed and trained this child to become a mighty prince, and there were some lessons along the way. With the Second World War America became of age, but continued to renege on defending the innocent. President Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR), naturally enough a Democrat, wanted to remain neutral. America was enjoying their peace and prosperity and had no desire to extend mercy to their suffering European brothers. The child was not yet a man! But like the good Father that He is, God was about to make a man of Ephraim. They got a good kick in the guts to awaken them in the form of Pearl Harbour, and suddenly FDR was forced to act like a man. Japan would rue the day of this outrage, he assured the world in his Ďday of infamyí speech. Then Hitler declared war on America, and manliness in America became an epidemic. Not all Americans shared FDRís recalcitrance to enter the war in Europe however, and neither did all agree with his stance to support the traitorous Vichy cake-eaters in southern France, and especially against De Gaulle and the freedom fighters!
The Vichy government were actively supporting the Nazi regime and were rounding up De Gaulleís partisans and killing them. They were also against their own Jewish citizens, and happily turned them over to slaughter. In a reverse twist of logic so typical of Democrats, FDR was actually funding the Vichy in the hope of winning their Ďhearts and mindsí to turn against Hitler. FDRís views against De Gaulle were well-known, and it was only through the efforts of Churchill, who provided some cohesion, that De Gaulle survived to become the President of France. Typically, America had backed the wrong horse! Itís become a disease, and prevails to this day. When De Gaulle became President of France, itís not surprising that he harboured resentment for his treatment by FDR. And neither is it surprising that his mindset was transmitted to the French people, and this also continues to this very day. Sure the French are arrogant today, particularly at leadership level. They can still count the headstones of those who died as partisans for the liberation of France because of the foolish and mindless decision taken by a Democrat, who couldnít distinguish between good and evil.
The mindless reasoning of Democrats seemed to be set in stone from that time on. Even today, they seem to want to support the enemy against their own people, and their faulty arguments have succeeded in regulating public opinion. Itís beyond fortuitous that the Democrat Administration in power at the time was forced to go kicking and screaming into a theatre of war. God forced them to do so.
Itís fairly obvious that God intended for America to delay entering the war, and this is why a do-nothing Democrat was in power at the time. The reason for Americaís late entry was so the world would know that a mighty power was about to arise just as God had foretold. God wanted the whole world to know that it was at the mighty hand of His son Ephraim that the war was won. It was obvious to all from that time on that the Ďsleeping giantí had awoken. But all the power and might does not compensate for lack of wisdom Ė a point made by God (Hos 13:13). God has some other comments as well, such as Hos 12:8 "Ephraim boasts, "I am very rich, I have become wealthy. With all my wealth they will not find in me any iniquity or sin." Because they are so rich, they feel they can do no wrong. But let it be far from other nations to bring accusations against them. By the standards of this world Ephraim really is a righteous nation, but they have not attained the righteousness that God expects from them. If Ephraim really wants to possess Godly righteousness, let them now identify Godís enemies and do them harm rather than good. In this regard, Ephraimís lack of wisdom has become a treasonable offence against God.
God set their instructions in writing when He said of Joseph:Deut 33:17 "In majesty he is a firstborn bull; his horns are the horns of a wild ox, with them he will gore the nations, even those at the ends of the earth. Such are the ten thousands of Ephraim; such are the thousands of Manasseh." Ephraim takes the name of his father Joseph as the premier son, the equivalent of the firstborn, in the final carve-up of allotments (Rev 7:8) while Manasseh appears under his own name (V6). God makes it clear who will emerge as the mightier power with Ďten thousands of Ephraimí and Ďthousands of Manassehí. When Joseph gores the nations to the ends of the earth, who fields the greatest army? Isnít it Ephraim? Isnít it Ephraim who relies on their own strength and their many warriors? And isnít this what God has said in their regard: Hos 10:13 "But you have planted wickedness, you have reaped evil, you have eaten the fruit of deception. Because you have depended on your strength and on your many warriors, the roar of the battle will rise against your peopleÖ" Though it may be an affront to the sensibilities of those who never knew God, it must be said that Ephraim is in the very heartland of the wicked Babylonians, desperately trying to do them good. Those who plant wickedness, reap evil! ĎEaten the fruit of deceptioní is an interesting term. Didnít Satan himself deceive Eve, when she ate of the fruit of deception? America is in the heartland of Satanís territory, and have eaten the fruit of deception. While they envisage peace for the Iraqis, God has said that the roar of the battle will rise against your people. And so all the doubters will just have to wait to see if God is right! But I can state most emphatically that Ephraim is not! Here we see that the one who has the majesty of a firstborn bull is acting like a silly heifer. Lack of wisdom seems to be the problem just as God has said. God has said this: Hos 10:11 "Ephraim is like a trained heifer that loves to thresh, so I will put a yoke on her fair neckÖ" They just love to harvest in Satanís fields, which is largely a carry-over of the philosophy of the clergy, who love to cast pearls before swine. V12 is where God speaks of planting wickedness and reaping evil. Surely the message is clear, but Ephraim is too busy prancing around like a heifer in Satanís field to notice what is happening.
But anciently, God spoke to the Levite Priesthood of a red heifer that was without blemish and had never been under the yoke. The instruction was to take the heifer and slaughter it outside the camp (Num 19:1-10). But why specifically a red heifer? The answer is because this red heifer is currently engaging the rider of a red horse Ė the emerging Medo-Persian Empire, which is described at the opening of the second seal (Rev 6:3). The American nation has never been under the yoke of tyranny, but all of this is about to change. This is one of the many parables that God has spoken to His servants the prophets, just as the Book of Hosea states: Hos 12:10 "I spoke to the prophets, gave them many visions, and told parables through them." Jesus spoke in parables so that no-one would understand, but now the time has come to speak plainly, the time of which God spoke these words: Jer 23:25-32 "I have heard what the prophets say who prophesy lies in My Name. They say, ĎI had a dream! I had a dream!í How long will this continue in the hearts of these lying prophets, who prophesy delusions from their own minds? They think the dreams they tell one another will make the people forget my Name, just as their fathers forgot my Name through Baal worship. Let the prophet who has a dream tell his dream, but let the one who has my Word speak it faithfully. For what has straw to do with grain?" declares the LORD. "Is not my Word like fire," declares the LORD, "and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces? Therefore," declares the LORD, "I am against the prophets who steal from one another words supposedly from me. Yes," declares the LORD, "I am against the prophets who wag their own tongues and yet declare, ĎThe LORD declaresí. Indeed, I am against those who prophesy false dreams," declares the LORD. "They tell them and lead my people astray with their reckless lies, yet I did not send them or appoint them. They do not benefit these people in the least." Declares the LORD". Godís Word is like a consuming fire, and like a hammer that breaks a rock to pieces. How does this compare with the feather-duster approach of the clergy today? And how they love to have dreams that cast them in a good light. They love to lie of such things as Ďfire on the horizon that disappears when they prayí (a private joke among the Brotherhood). The message of their lies can only be assumed from their convoluted minds, and is meaningless! In fact, worthless except to magnify their worth in the eyes of the gullible and make them feel important. All their lies serve to do is to destroy Godís Name and reputation.
God makes the point: "For what has straw to do with grain?" (V28). When threshing, the straw is the worthless part that is discarded, and only the good grain is kept. The message is that Ephraim is like a heifer that loves to thresh, but they value the straw over the good grain.
So what was God speaking about when He makes the distinction between straw and grain? God has made it very clear at the start ofJeremiah Chapter 23. Jer 23:1-6 "Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of my pasture!" declares the LORD. "Therefore this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says to the shepherds who tend my people: "Because you have scattered my flock and driven them away and have not bestowed care upon them, I will bestow punishment on you for the evil you have done," declares the LORD. "I myself will gather THE REMNANT of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them and will bring them back to my pasture, where they will be fruitful and increase in number. I will place shepherds over them who will tend them, and they will no longer be afraid or terrified, nor will any be missing," declares the LORD. The days are coming," declares the LORD, when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land. In His days, Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the Name by which He will be called: The LORD Our Righteousness."
God makes it very clear that only THE REMNANT will be saved out of the House of Israel (Rom 9:28-29, Isa 10:22-23), but of that REMNANT Ė those who remain Ė they will be gathered from all the foreign lands where God will drive them, and none of the remnant will be missing. They will have learned a hard lesson, and will willingly serve God from then on and forever. Obviously, it is going to take a distinct change of heart, the type of change that is not gained by their present affluence and uncommitted loyalty to God. This remnant will be miserable, pathetic people who will come trembling and remorseful and grateful to God for rescuing them. They will not be in the physical state to be armed for war. But this wonít matter, since Godís Army will be active anyway. But God does have a surprise for these people. Once again they will be able to reproduce offspring, and to be fruitful and increase in numbers. None will need to say ĎI am only a dried out treeí because of being a eunuch (Isa 56:3-5). And most will be eunuchs until God gives them the means to reproduce. God confirms this as the time when He gathers the exiles of Israel (V8). Castration will be the means that Satan will adopt to ensure the extinction of the House of Israel, but God has other plans.
War will continue to the end, just as Daniel confirmed (Dan 9:26) when the Kingdom of God will have filled the entire earth. With the continuation of these battles, right decisions must be made, and these decisions will be based on Godís long-standing instruction. His Word that has been ridiculed by both the clergy and the Tribes of Israel will become the standard for all nations. The distinction between straw and grain will become evident to all, but most particularly to those who fight the wars in the Name of God. Throughout this entire period, no consideration will be given to any nation that attempts to stand against God and His people Israel. To do so will be seen as defiance of God and the retribution will be fierce. At that time, Godís Name and Reputation will be greater than any living being, and of greater worth than all the nations of the earth combined. His Sons and Daughters will defend this Great Name and Reputation (Mal 3:16) forever into the future. And those who rise up in defiance will be crushed like ants. The lessons that are now in progress will loom too large in the minds of Godís Sons to ever let it happen again. No rebellion will ever again succeed, because at the first sign of it, those responsible will be crushed to extinction!
While the clergy has been actively involved in diminishing Godís importance in favour of their own, God has been raising sons who will serve Him faithfully. Like the Mighty Warrior Christ, these sons have been implanted with Christís Spirit to do as He would do in all circumstances. And what the Christ can do and will do is totally alien to the clergy today! When was the last time you heard the clergy refer to Jesus Christ as the Great Warrior that He is? Be honest! You never have! And if you never believed Jesus is the Great Warrior of God, then you have never believed Christ! Join the ranks of the dreamers and the unbelievers.
When Ephraim came of age and became a man with the Second World War, the whole world knew that this was an invincible power that would become a wide-ranging influence in the world. Even in the final carve-up of territory after the war, there was a dearth of backbone in the decisions made, and those decisions have continued to haunt America. Russia became a super-power that almost rivaled America in power and might for many years. Once again, God was forced to act to put someone into power who had some guts, and through this President, the Soviets would be brought to their knees. This was the man who would rank as one of the greatest of all Presidents Ė Ronald Reagan. Having defeated Jimmy ĎPeanutsí Carter the peanut farmer, Reagan put some backbone back into the Presidency. And what a strategist President Reagan turned out to be! What a towering giant compared to ĎPeanutsí! And how the Democrats hated him! They foamed with rage when the Berlin Wall came down. Then when President Reagan used economic strategies against the Soviets, and they began to crumble, President Reaganís political adversaries became even more vocal against him. Some may argue that after President Carter anyone could look good, but President Reagan left office with a 70% approval rating. This makes him one of the most distinguished of all U.S. Presidents.
But President Reaganís accomplishments run much deeper than this, and one of these is the pressure he put on the Soviet Union to release Jewish Ďpoliticalí prisoners from the gulags. Through his efforts, one million Jews migrated from the Soviet Union to Israel. His compassion for the suffering Jews was well-received by God. In the space of about one year, the Israeli population increased by 20%. The Jewish people will be forever grateful for men of his caliber.
It was a sad state of affairs when Democrats began to question President Reaganís intellect. He made them all look like minions. And when he left office, he didnít become a mendicant like Carter, who has continued ever since kissing up to the enemy, and aligning with all the looney organizations operating under the guise of humanitarianism and conservation. Carter should go back to his farm and continue counting his peanuts. The man is a disgrace to the American people! And from what I have heard from the clown, he should be tried for treason. I saw this man sitting with a whole lot of foreigners who were spitting venom against America while he placidly sat there showing a wall of teeth, and agreed with them. Not a word did he utter in defense of his country. Where do the Democrats dredge up all these mindless clowns as their presidential candidates?
God hates indecisive Ďblown around in the windí weaklings, those who havenít the mind to think for themselves. God loves those who are strong and courageous, and who defend His reputation and stand ready always to uphold His values Ė even in the face of death! Itís no small thing that God is requiring of those who will enter His Kingdom once itís established. He will require them to uphold His Word steadfastly, and to go to the slaughter in defense of His Word. Just imagine how those people will fare who refused to even uphold Godís Laws while they lived in peace and safety! How much momentum will they have when they must choose liberty or death? If they have to profane Almighty God and His Law to obtain liberty these weaklings will do it, and by their actions will come under the wrath of God. But if they count their lives as nothing, and believe God can raise them from the dead, and if they donít seek to save their lives, then they will find life everlasting. So if itís liberty if they profane God and His Laws, or death for upholding them Ė which action will God uphold as righteousness? The willing action of Jesus as He went to the slaughter? Or the action of a cowardly traitor to Godís Way? Those who measure up to the fullness of the stature of Christ are the only ones who will survive. Unless you have the courage of Jesus, and the determination of Jesus, and unless you have the obedience of Jesus, then you are worthless to God.
Perhaps you know that when God instructed Joshua to enter the Promised Land, He told him to be strong and courageous Ė four times! (Josh 1:6, 7, 9, 18). Why so much emphasis? The reason was that there was always a danger of being weak and conciliatory to Godís enemies, and failing to observe His instructions. Perhaps not from Joshuaís point of view, since he was a man of great courage, but because others may have attempted to inject their weak opinions, and try to water down Joshuaís resolve to faithfully obey. There is something of a twist to all this. You see Joshua was of the Tribe of Ephraim. And Joshua was the righteous example of what God expects from the leaders of Ephraim. As for the righteous acts of Joshua, we will deal with these shortly.
God gave us plenty of examples of what human beings become when left to their own devices and without the benefit of sustainable Laws to regulate conduct. He gave us the perfect example when He destroyed all life at the time of Noah. That generation had been completely corrupted and practiced the most base of human practices. They were worthless and useless for any purpose. Only Noah and his family gained Godís favour. This has become the perfect example of Godís resolve to eradicate evil from the earth. The problem today is that most people canít differentiate between good and evil. Among the clergy, this ignorance of all things evil is worn as a badge of honour. They like to convey the impression that they are too pure to see any evil at all. Oddly enough, the exposed conduct of some of these people tells another story entirely. What disgusting practices they engaged in while duplicitously claiming to be vicars of God. The hierarchy assured everyone that these cases were an extreme minority, but they were to be seriously mistaken as the evidence mounted to become an avalanche of wickedness.
Why should anyone be surprised? Those who refuse to live by Godís Laws are capable of the most excessive of evil that has ever been done on earth. God judges the inhabitants of the earth by the state of their minds. Each human being has it within their power to regulate their thought processes for good or for evil. When human beings cannot differentiate between good and evil, and when they gloss over atrocities and refuse to act, then they become the pawns of Satan the devil.
When justice becomes such a low priority that people refuse to act to defend the innocent, and when they suborn the evil of wanton dictators for whatever reason, then they are acting against Godís greater interest. Almighty God holds a whole nation responsible for the actions of their leaders. Perhaps this seems unfair to some, but history supports this view. Take the example of Germany during the Second World War. Did the Germans generally support their fuehrer in his monstrous ambition to destroy lesser nations and plunder them? Didnít they rally to all of his plans? Wasnít it considered a privilege to be a part of the Nazi SS? Were only evil men recruited to the killing of millions of Jews, or did ordinary men and women join this organization only to embrace the evil based on convoluted reasoning? It was a very short step from decency and compassion to outright evil, and they succumbed to the propaganda that lead to this reasoning. After the war, when the allied appointed courts began to string up these swine on the gallows, wives and mothers defended their sons saying that they were devoted family men and fathers. They couldnít believe they were guilty of such atrocities. It seems that all these vile creatures were good family men and loved animals according to their defenders.
Then there were some who claimed they did disagree with some of Hitlerís methods, but felt that such methods were necessary for the greater good of humanity. They believed that by eliminating what they termed sub-humans (that is, Jews), they were preparing the world for a better future. Naturally enough, they saw themselves as the master race who would deliver utopia to the world. Against all odds, there were some Germans who never succumbed to the propaganda Ė who guarded their minds against the excesses of evil Ė and protected the Jews. They risked their lives to harbour and protect Jews knowing that the penalty was death. And there were some who went to their deaths rather than betray Jewish families under their protection. But such decent people were the extreme minority.
Notwithstanding, the Allied Forces took the view that all Germans were evil and had to be slaughtered. They bombed the hell out of the German cities killing everyone in them without regard for men, women or children. Tens of thousands died in the firestorms and the cities were reduced to rubble. Didnít the Allied nations rejoice to see such justice delivered? Not until Germany surrendered and submitted itself for the punishment of unconditional surrender did the killing stop. It seems that the allied nations had a better understanding of justice in those days than they do today.
The Germans seemed to have a natural proclivity to believe they were the master race, and hence they were vulnerable to the call of the rulers of the heavenly realms. They may not have known that they are the people of the Tribe of Simeon, but they certainly knew that the Jews were of the Tribe of Judah. The German name of Jews is Juden. Where were the clergy who should have been warning of the dangers of killing Godís people? As a Christian nation they should have resisted the persecution of Christís own Tribe. But of course, Christianity was quickly outlawed in favour of the perceptions of a master race, which eclipsed everything else in importance. As in the case of Judas Iscariot, when Satan departed from his grand scheme the sanity of the German people returned, and in the squalor and poverty of post-war Germany, the people realized that they were not the master race after all! And such thoughts have not entered their heads since. In fact, the lesson they learned will hold them in good stead in coming days.
God knows how to get His peoples attention. He knows how to eradicate faulty reasoning, and He knows how to purify His people. When people are reduced to mendicants, and in want of all things, they become all too aware of what lead them to their own demise. Almighty God knows this is the starting point to getting His peoples attention. He knows that the more He blesses them, the further they go from Him. But God had in mind to show Ephraim the extent of the many blessings He was willing to impart for obedience, and during the course of this prosperous time, God continued to overlook their faults, and to store up their sins for punishment at a later time. Today, itís become fashionable to discredit the Creator, and to devise the means to eliminate His influence. Those who uphold the principle of a Creator God and acknowledge Him as the Creator of all things, quickly find themselves isolated by the Ďintellectualsí. In fact, God relishes the challenge of demonstrating His Great Power, and proving His existence. But He also knows that when His people knew Him as the Creator, they were not thankful, and neither did they serve Him, but sought other ways to occupy their time. And as Paul has said, they gave themselves over to vile practices that were not only against Godís instructions, but also against the very course of nature. They didnít want God to regulate their practices, and so God gave them over to reprobate minds to commit unspeakable evil.Rom 1:18 "The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world Godís invisible qualities Ė His eternal power and divine nature Ė have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the Immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the Truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator Ė who is forever praised. Amen."
Paul used the example of homosexuality as a forerunner to burgeoning evil, and indicates that this type of behaviour leads to reprobate thinking. And itís quite amazing how homosexuality has become so popular and accepted throughout a society that is fully aware of Godís feelings on the matter. But it seems that God is out of touch with the desires of a Ďmoderní society, they reason. Even clergymen, in the hope of being seen as pious and beneficent, supported the homosexual lifestyle and even attempted to augment same-sex marriages. Ever populists, their clamber for popularity overrode any considerations of their Creator God. With the darkening of their foolish hearts and minds they began to support all sorts of vile practices, and in short order, they were widening their views to consider all vile practices to be good. The madness of their minds even translated the evil, murderous ways of dictators to be forgivable and tolerable. Their licentiousness led to a tolerance of all things opposed by God.
Perhaps you still remember the ĎMars rockí, the rock that was found in Antarctica. When a microbiologist examined it under the microscope, she believed that she could see fossilized bacteria tracks in it. Other microbiologists vehemently refuted her findings, but someone from NASA said something to the effect: "Iím saying that this is a rock from Mars, now prove me wrong." Since no-one could prove him wrong, it automatically became Ďthe rock from Marsí. It just so happens that NASA was seeking funding at the time for a Mars probe and needed some good propaganda. So it became Ďthe rock from Mars that has evidence of bacterial life, which indicates life on Marsí. The then President of the U.S., President Clinton said, "Ooooh! This may be the first step to proving that life on earth came from another planet." He then proceeded to throw money at them in the hope that it could be proven that all life on earth migrated from somewhere else. Little wonder that God infers that they exchanged the Truth of God for a lie. What this so-called Ďrock from Marsí did show was the gullibility of all who believed the story. Notably, it was President Clinton that gave it legs and acted on it. And the perception was born that all life migrated through bacteria from another planet. So it can be seen just how gullible people can be in their desire to suppress Truth and discredit their Creator. And these godless men call themselves scientists! There seems to be a lot of stupid, ignorant men who claim to be scientists, and this comes from their inner cravings to be seen as intelligent. And among such people, it has become fashionable to be seen to be challenging their Creator. Mere mortal men seek glory at the expense of all that can be clearly seen, and which clearly shows the existence of a Creator, yet they become fools as their thinking becomes futile. Since they found no life on Mars, nor any bacteria, it became an expensive lesson in sheer futility. As King Henry VIII would have said to these mendicants, "Off with their heads!"
In case you havenít noticed, licentiousness is becoming rampant as it gains momentum across the nation of Ephraim. Whereas once upon a time, propaganda was received with skepticism among the wise, but today, anything that is anti-Creator is widely accepted as the norm. The theory of evolution is being widely promoted as the Ďfactí of evolution. The word Ďcreatureí indicating a created entity, is now called an Ďanimalí Ė even if itís a worm or a fly. Have these people become fools or what? Theyíve become like Ďanimalsí themselves, and incapable of rational reasoning. Personally, I would prefer to call such people Ďwormsí Ė a term God uses Himself against the Tribes of Jacob (Isa 41:14). To fully understand what God means you would have to study some references in the Books of Job and Psalms. To touch very briefly on it, Job referred to his Arab Ďfriendsí as those who turn night into day (Job 17:12), and then proceeded to identify himself as one who faces corruption and death, and then made a reference to worms being his mother and sister (V14). Not to miss an opportunity to attack Job, Bildad the Shuhite referred to Job in these terms: Job 25:5-6 "If even the moon is not bright and the stars are not pure in his eyes, how much less a man, who is but a maggot Ė a son of man, who is only a worm." Naturally enough, Job delivered a salvo over this, but the thrust of what he said in the distress of facing death, was to give glory to God as the Creator of the heavens and the earth. In the Book of Psalms, David, a son of man, and the King over all the Tribes of Israel, speaks of a son who was nurtured from birth (Ps 22:9). In this parable, David became the son of man and referred to himself as a worm and not a man (V6). He then describes a scenario of being surrounded by ravenous animals moving in for the kill (V12-22). Yet in this parable we find references to the Son of Man Jesus relating to His hands and feet being pierced, and the casting of lots for His clothes (V16-17), which was obviously fulfilled by Jesus. As we have said many times before, Ephraim is a son of God (Jer 31:20) and one who will be rescued and brought back to the Holy Land after he has repented and been restored to grace (Jer 31:18-19) after he has acknowledged the disgrace of his youthful behaviour (V19). This son is about to lose all his wealth and power, and will soon experience the nature of the Ďravenous animalsí that God will bring against them. God speaks often of His evil enemies as being ravenous animals and vipers.
God has told many parables through His servants the prophets and traditionally these warnings have been ignored. God raises a point by asking if it is because He has been silent that they donít fear Him:Isa 57:11 "Whom have you so dreaded and feared that you have been false to me, and have neither remembered me nor pondered this in your hearts? Is it not because I have been silent that you do not fear me? I will expose your righteousness and your works, and they will not benefit you. When you cry out for help, let your collection [of idols] save you! The wind will carry them all off, a mere breath will blow them all away. But the man who makes me his refuge will inherit the land and possess my Holy Mountain." Those who possess Godís Holy Mountain will be called the Sons of Jerusalem. Have you seen an increase in strong winds lately? Any record gales and flooding?
But who are these who have been false to God and have not feared Him? In view of their conduct, they wouldnít want to hear God speak out, because when God speaks the mountains tremble and quake, as the ancient Israelites found out at Mount Sinai. But God wonít remain silent forever and when He breaks that silence, they will surely fear Him! And to whom is God speaking? At the end of the previous chapter He tells us:Isa 56:9 "Come, all you beasts of the field, come and devour, all you beasts of the forest! Israelís watchmen are blind, they all lack knowledge; they are all mute dogs, they cannot bark; they lie around and dream, they love to sleep. They are dogs with mighty appetites; they never have enough. They are shepherds who lack understanding; they all turn to their own way, each seeks his own gain. "Come," each one cries, "let me get wine! Let us drink our fill of beer! For tomorrow will be like today, or even far better." Israelís watchmen are so blind that they cannot see the beasts of the field amassing against them! They canít seem to bark to warn Godís people. They are in a slumber, an intoxicated delirium, drunk on the power of their collection of idols, and always optimistic that things will continue to get better. As long as God is far off somewhere, they have no desire to fear or serve Him!
But those who will possess Godís Holy Mountain disagree with Israelís blind watchmen and their shepherds who lack understanding. God calls on His faithful servants to shout out the warnings of God, because Israelís watchmen and shepherds are never going to do it!Isa 58:1 "Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet. Declare to my people their rebellion and to the House of Jacob their sins." Of all the shepherds and watchmen and other wannabeís on the face of the earth, only Godís servants have been shouting it out that the Ďwild beastsí of the earth stand ready to devour the Tribes of Israel. Itís to Godís servants that He has commissioned this task: Isa 57:14 "And it will be said, "Build up, build up, prepare the road! Remove the obstacles out of the way of my people." God plans to bring His people Israel home by a tortuous route, and this road must be prepared. Itís a real road, in fact a highway, for the people of God that will be built. God makes a few other points such as the one in V17 about sinful greed. During their long fast they will turn to seeking God, and at that time they will be required to share with the hungry, and provide shelter, and not to turn away from their own flesh and blood (Isa 58:6-7). At that time, if anyone has two coats he should give one away to the needy, and actively show compassion to the poor and downtrodden. When all greed and avarice are gone, and His instructions observed: V8 "Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the Glory of the LORD will be your rear guard."
What has gone wrong that the House of Israel finds themselves in such a mess? Theyíve had to develop a fortress-like mentality to guard them from Moslem terrorists trying to do them harm. Why have they been unable to distinguish between good and evil? Surely their enemy has plainly declared themselves! Why arenít the dogs barking out a warning? ĎPour the wine, tomorrow will be even better,í say the blind shepherds. But hasnít God warned of this wine? Arenít they drinking of the cup of Babylon and her harlot daughters Ė the intoxicating wine of the harlot of Babylon? God has strongly warned against this! Jesus also provided another Cup of purity, the wine that represents His own blood, and He prepared this Cup for His people. Itís the wine of purity, not the wine of deception.
But Israel is not willing to drink from the Cup of righteousness, but only from the cup of evil. God is now telling them to drink deeply of the cup of evil, and to expect the consequences of their actions. Long ago God warned against listening to the lying deception of Babylon and her harlot daughters, and God tells why He will destroy that city of Babylon:Rev 14:8 "A second angel followed and said, "Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great, which made all the nations drink the maddening wine of her adulteries." Perhaps you may now realize why the Cup that Jesus gave to His disciples was so important, since it represents the diametric opposite of Satanís cup of deception. Because they have repudiated the Cup, the watchmen and the shepherds of Israel must drink the cup of Satanís harlot city Ė the cup of deception until they go mad. And believe me, they are already doing it! So the choice is to drink from the Cup of Purity or to drink from the cup of deception. But there is also a third cup! This is the cup of the wine of Godís fury!
Hasnít God said that He will give this harlot the cup of His fury?Rev 16:19 "The great city split into three parts, and the cities of nations collapsed. God remembered Babylon the Great and gave her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of His wrath." Didnít Jeremiah speak of this very thing? And hasnít God spoken of punishing Babylon and burying it so it will never be found again? God makes it very clear who will drink of the Cup of the fury of His wrath in the Book of Jeremiah. Jer 25:15-16 "This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, said to me: "Take from my hand this cup filled with the wine of my wrath and make all the nations to whom I send you drink it. When they drink it, they will stagger and go mad because of the SWORD I will send among them." What is so interesting about this is which nations will feel the Sword of God at their throats! God actually names them! He actually tells us which countries are drunk on the cup of Satan and his city of Babylon, and who will subsequently feel the wrath of His Sword as they drink the cup of the fury of Godís wrath. Heís going to repay these harlot daughters of Babylon with real blood Ė their own!
Almighty God hates human deception, and He hates all those who have corrupted His people with lying fabrications about His enemies. From earliest times, God has made it known who His enemies are, and who have traditionally perverted His Name and opposed His people. And now all these harlot daughters of Babylon are hell-bent on destroying all of Godís people Israel. The watchmen and shepherds of Israel share the view that if they drink enough wine, the problem will go away. Theyíve drunk themselves into a stupor, but the problem still exists and gets worse with each day. Theyíre determined not to believe God! They say they will win the war on terror and everything will be lovely once more. But when they first started to drink the wine of Satanís deception they condemned themselves. And the blame is squarely on the shoulders of the watchmen and the shepherds, who failed to warn. They were too busy papering over the holes in their wall of deception. Israelís shepherds long ago stopped believing anything that God has said.
And who are those who will feel the Sword of God at their throats? God tells us:Jer 25:17 "So I took the cup from the LORDíS hand and made all the nations to whom He sent me drink it. Jerusalem and the towns of Judah, itís kings and officials, to make them a ruin and an object of horror and scorn and cursing as they are today; Pharaoh king of Egypt, his attendants, his officials and all his people, and all the foreign people there; all the kings of Uz; all the kings of the Philistines (those of Ashkelon, Gaza, Ekron and the people left at Ashdod); Edom, Moab and Ammon; all the kings of Tyre and Sidon; the kings of the coastlines across the sea; Dedan, Tema, Buz and all those who are in distant places; all the kings of Arabia and all the kings who live in the desert; all the kings of Zimri, Elam and Media; and all the kings of the north, near and far, one after the other Ė all the kingdoms on the face of the earth. And after all of them, the king of Sheshach (margin: Babylon) will drink it too."
You may have noticed that Jerusalem and towns of Judah are first mentioned. God intended Jerusalem and the towns of Judah to be an object of horror and scorn and cursing Ė as they were in that day when this was written. When this was written they were a captive remnant in their own land after the mass of them had been slaughtered or transported away as slaves. Only a remnant of them was left. Today, you must have noticed that all the Babylonians (including her harlot daughters) have openly declared that they will destroy Jerusalem and Judah and everyone in it. Well, there is going to be a slaughter of all the rebels, and the remnant will be an object or horror and scorn and cursing once more. TheBook of Lamentations of Jeremiah illustrates clearly what it was like after the Babylonians sacked the country.
But the Sword of God will descend on all those who seize the Holy City and the lands of Judah before anything else! They Sword of God will clear the Holy Land of all the harlot daughters Ė not one will remain! Itís then that the leaders of Judah who remain will understand the strength of the Sons of Jerusalem. Immediately after this, they will jointly start consuming the surrounding nations like a firebrand in a woodpile or sheaves of grain (Zech 12:4-6). From then on, the Sword of God will sweep through all the surrounding nations (and God has named them), and the Babylonians will be destroyed one after the other.
Then the King of Greece will come (Dan 10:20), and with great subtly will deceive many. The King of Greece will flange together a coalition of all the Balkan states to form a formidable Greek/Macedonian Empire. He will see himself as the reincarnation of Alexander the Great, and will have his heart set on the conquest of the Holy Land. Unfortunately, many will be overcome by his wine of deception and will think him to be the good guy. The Sons of Jerusalem will find themselves isolated and will make a last stand on the Temple Mount. Both the Princes of Levi and Judah will be killed, and the world will rejoice. But this is a story for the distant future. Many years will pass before this happens. Only those who are not drunk on the wine of Babylon will see and understand the howís and whyís of all this. God has covered it all in the glorious Book of His Word, and has made it known to His servants the prophets. Now is not the time to be declaring the minutiae of all that will happen. God has no intention of declaring His hand to His enemies.
To all the unbelievers, you have enough to contend with in the immediate future without leaping to speculation of things that you cannot and will not understand until they are declared to you. But at the height of it all, you will know that God has sent a prophet to warn. Those who are receptive to Godly hope will receive the appropriate encouragement. God knows how to get the attention of His people Israel, and He knows that they donít listen to Him when all is going well for them. As long as they live in their cloistered towers of arrogance, and have nothing better to do than to winge and whine about the cost of fuel, and try to blame fast-food outlets for their bloated appearance, and to castigate others for all their own failures, who launch witch-hunts against the innocent, and who herald their own accomplishments as a badge of righteousness Ė they will never understand the difference between good and evil!
America has become the most litigious nation on the face of the earth. Whenever adversity strikes itís got to be someone elseís fault. Forgiveness and mercy and sacrifice has become totally alien to them at the societal level, but at the international level, they have endless mercy and sacrifice for Godís enemies. The Babylonians, they say, are basically good, and need all the tender mercy they can get. They reason that if they rebuild all their cities and restore their economies and rearm their armies, the Babylonians will be eternally grateful. America reasons that once the Babylonians become like them, and embrace all their characteristics, they will become a pristine society with out-flowing love and appreciation. God has stated otherwise!
The American people know themselves that as long as all is going well for them, they can wax very lyrical about their concerns for others. They believe their great wealth can solve all problems on the international scene. But they are becoming aware that their benevolence is not well-received by those who have never learned about righteousness. Like wild animals, they turn on the hand that feeds them Ė America. In this regard, America has become just like the wild animals theyíve been feeding; they have turned against the very One who fed them and led them, and brought them to manhood (Hos 11:1-4). The news today is starting to read like a parable of condemnation. All of Americaís virtuous overtures towards Godís enemies are being spat in their face. Would a few billions of dollars more help the problem of failed political lobbying to convert Satanís brood. What about a trillion dollars? Would this win the hearts of minds of the Babylonians? No! Satan and his hordes want it all Ė and they want to see the whole House of Israel plundered and destroyed as nations and eradicated from the earth. They have in mind to kill the old, rape the young women, and castrate the men.
Everyone knows what happened to the Jews just seventy years ago. Everyone is so sure it can never happen again because they have legally empowered the United Nations to prevent it happening again. They have all the legal protocols in place to take care of any problem that arises, and over 190 nations are now onboard as signatories to these protocols. But as British PM Neville Chamberlain, to his chagrin, would tell you, a signature on a piece of paper means nothing when dealing with the rulers of the heavenly realms. And which atrocity did the UN ever prevent? Itís slowly emerging just how complicit the UN governing body has been in supporting some of the vilest of nations at the expense of the innocent. And America has continued to be duped by them.
British PM Neville Chamberlain with his Ďpeace in our timeí letter. The ink was scarcely dry before he realized what a fool he had been to trust such evil monsters.
Speaking of the Jews, and the holocaust they had to endure, they emerged as a strong, yet diminutive nation in a sea of Moslems swine. And they had to continue to fight for their very existence. In the early days, they did it with little more than slingshots. But as they got stronger, they learned how to deal with trouble spots. Back in the 80ís it was learned that Saddam Hussein was building a nuclear reactor in conjunction with a consortium of French companies. The Israelis knew that Americaís approach to such a threat would be minimalist, and the wrangling would drag on for years, until Saddam had weapons to drop on the Israelis. There was no point in discussing the matter with Washington, so the Israelis equipped special aircraft with long-range fuel tanks, and set off to destroy the facility. The first sign of their success were the howls of protest from Saddam Ė closely followed by outrage from the French. America castigated the Israelis for not telling them first, but admitted that they would not have consented to such a raid.
The Israelis know the futility of relying on America when the crunch comes. They reasoned that if the Iraqi bombs had destroyed their people, the likely reaction from America would be to dig up Franklin D. Roosevelt to ask him posthumously what he would do. And the answer would have been to wait three years before making a decision to defend the defenseless. Good olí FDR, may he rest in peace. Three million Jews died before FDR would decide to commit troops or fall on his sword in failure. Many thanks to the Japanese for making the decision for him and ending the mindless procrastination!
This same endemic mental aberration continues to this day among Democrats. Twelve years of sanctions against Saddam Hussein was not enough for them Ė they wanted many more years of happiness and well-being for Saddam. He had to be protected at all costs, and the Democrats hailed as heroes American human shields who went there to protect him.
U.S. human shields. This group of misguided Americans went to Iraq to stand in the way of U.S. guns for the protection of Saddam Hussein. Note the Palestinian headgear draped around his neck! How the Democrats loved these wackos!
Since then, the Democrats have grudgingly admitted that Saddam was not a nice guy, but as long as he was engaged in killing others and not them, they chose to continue to tolerate him. When Saddam chose to kill Americaís former allies, the Kurds, they just looked away and mumbled something about an ĎIraqi civil warí that was not their concern. America will rue the day they ever betrayed the Kurds. The Kurds were the only real allies America had in the Middle East besides the Israelis. To add insult to injury, America has just accused Achmed Chalabi, the Kurdish leader, of spying for Iran. Let me make this clear! ALL Shiites spy for Iran! Iran is their homeland! This is why all Sunnis hate them! Iran and the Shiites will take over Iraq in a coalition with the Kurds. This coalition will be the reestablishment of the Medo-Persian Empire of old. The Kurds, the Medes, and the Assyrians are the same people! Where the Kurds live today are their ancient homelands Ė in the region of that great city of Ninevah, the former capital of Assyria.
For years now, the Israelis have had a special relationship with the Kurds. Soon you will be hearing a lot more about this. Even today, there are many Israelis working in the Kurdish lands of Northern Iraq as secret service agents in cooperation with the Kurds. The reason for this special relationship with the Israelis is only partly because of the desire of the Kurds to favour the Holy Land of God. The overriding reason is that one of the rulers of the heavenly realms has Godís favour to come to power. And God Himself will propel him to power, and beat down all obstacles for him to take power. I might mention that America has once again backed the wrong horse, and will pay a very great price for their lack of judgment/wisdom in persecuting the man who just happens to be the spirit rulerís first choice.
Itís probably not all that surprising that America seems so prone to making mistakes. They just do what seems right to them. As God has said of them, they believe that with all their wealth no iniquity or sin will be found in them (Hos 12:8). So this is their excuse! But what about the Churches of God? Whatís their excuse? If only some of the loose cannons in the Churches of God would learn a little history! They keep raving about Assyria being Germany! But they canít supply a shred of evidence in support of their views. If only they would believe God, then perhaps they might be able to face reality and shed some of the nonsense that has so beguiled them for so many years. For all these years theyíve had their gun-sights trained on other Christian religions as being the enemy, yet have utterly failed to notice the real enemy Ė Godís enemy Ė Islam!
When Americans are killed in Iraq, itís a time of great rejoicing to the Iraqi people. Here they dance and shout with glee. Donít believe that its just terrorists who hate America Ė itís the whole accursed brood!
Itís Godís intentions to call out all the ancients, those rulers of the heavenly realms who formerly opposed Him, and deal with them one after the other. All of them will get their moment of glory, and one after the other they will be consigned to oblivion. There are many of them, and each of them have firm ideas on what their roles will be. It should come as no surprise that when the King of Greece flanges together a consortium of ten Middle-East countries, they will be like iron bound together with clay. There
will be no real cohesion, but they will be bound to the common purpose of the destruction of the Children of Israel. And that bonding agent will be Satanís counterfeit religion of Islam. These degenerates donít hesitate to kill their own people, and they donít care if they blow up a hundred of their own as long as they get one American. And all those Iraqis, whose hearts and minds America hopes to win actually dance in the streets when an American is killed.
Tens of thousands of Kurds were gassed following Saddamís paranoia that they were a threat. There was no question that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. He used them to kill his own citizens.
Photo credit: History Channel
In the Gulf War, the Israelis wrongly assumed that America would destroy Saddam and his entire regime, but were staggered by the result of that war which achieved absolutely nothing except to liberate the Kuwaitis Ė and at the same time, doomed nearly a million Kurds to a horrendous war and a great slaughter. And all because the Joint Chief of Staff believed in the sanctity of Saddamís life above his subjects! And where did he get this twisted view? Certainly not from the Bible! There was no hesitation in killing thousands of Iraqi soldiers, but for whatever mindless reasoning, their commander-in-chief Saddam Hussein had to be spared. And so the Israelis had to endure eight years of the Clinton administration and his love affair with Yasser Arafat and the peace talkfests at Camp David, while Saddam funded the Palestinians for terrorist attacks against the Israelis. A lot of innocent people had to die because of that mindless decision to spare the life of Saddam Hussein.
There was Saddam Hussein funding and rewarding the most reprehensible type of terrorism Ė the bombing of innocent men, women and children, and of all places, in the Holy Land of God. And he was spared? What sort of madness is this? Then there was Yasser Arafat, whom President Clinton spent so much time cuddling and kissing. An established terrorist and a lying snake, this frog demon was feted as an honourable guest at Camp David, when President Clinton believed he could strike a peace deal. Did he succeed?
Leaving aside the outrages of al Qaeda for a moment, what about Hezbollah and Hamas? Arenít these Moslem terrorist groups? Isnít Hezbollah funded and supported by Syria and their occupied territory of Lebanon? To further identify the treachery of those in high places, Kofi Annan, the Secretary General of the U.N. personally funded the Jenin terrorist camp for Hamas and had great rapport with Sheik Yassin, that paralyzed frog demon who is also the leader of Hamas. He is a detestable creature Ė and one that is possibly the most vocal person on earth in promoting the destruction of Jews, Christianity and the entire Western World.
(Thereís a postscript to this. Since this was written Sheik Yassin has been killed by the Israelis. The missile that killed him was so accurate that it vaporized his body. The only part they recovered for burial was his head, and even then, most of his brain was extruded through his nose. It must have been a real challenge to the mortician and his use of modeling clay to rebuild that head. I suspect it was really a clay model that was shown briefly on camera. Leaving aside the humour of it all, it really was poetic justice to see this Moslem swine killed in this manner. Many Israelis have suffered the same fate at his hands Ė men women and children have been blown to pieces. So itís good riddance to the Moslem dog! And at Godís hand, many more will join him. These evil creatures will be eradicated from the earth!)
Once again, the U.S. and its allies are back there in the heartland of Islam trying to rake together a democratic government, while all of Islam festers with outrage that the Iranian Shiites are gaining a foothold in the region. The two big divisions of Islam are Sunnis and Shiites and there is veiled hostility between them, though the Sunnis are more vocal in their hatred of the Shia. It seems it has only just begun to dawn on the Whitehouse that they are trying to set up a government in Iraq that is unacceptable to the majority of all Islam Ė the Sunnis. The powerplay is to give the Shiites the Government. The Medes and Persians once ruled that entire region, including all of Iraq, and now nothing will allay the fears of the southern states and the rest of Islam that this is about to occur again. America has become so blind-sided that they canít see what is happening. Yet they have put all Islam on notice that they have proposed June 30, 2004 for this to occur, and the Sunni nations are outraged that their worst fears will be realized. Notwithstanding, America is fulfilling prophecy, and they blithely continue to alienate about 90% of Islam in doing so. America is firmly convinced that they will be loved by all of Islam for giving power and sovereignty to Shiites and their Iranian fatherland. America should not be giving power to any Iraqis, but should be beating the tar out of the Sunni regime of Saddam for the outrages he have committed against the world, as well as what he planned to do. And America should be acting now, while they still have the means to do it. What they are supposed to be doing is completing the task they failed to do in 1991. They abandoned the Kurds and the Shiites in the south to their fate, and sat idly by while a dreadful slaughter occurred. Apparently Kuwaitis were far more important than Kurds. The Kuwaitis certainly suffered from Saddamís invasion, but not on the scale of the Kurdish slaughter!
Islam is very conscious of their history, and have long memories for perceived injustices against the Western nations. They constantly mention the crusades yet go apoplectic at any mention of it by the Western World. Strangely enough, it was Saladin the Shiite that first succeeded in overrunning the Holy Land and driving out the Crusaders where all the rest of Islam had failed.
Satan needs to buy time to marshal all his troops to a common cause. His many rulers of the heavenly realms donít always share his views, and are reluctant to allow their own power bases to be destroyed or compromised. These spirit rulers understand what the end game is, and that is to destroy Godís people Ė the House of Israel. They are, however, painfully aware that Satanís various strategies have led to failure in the past.
Long ago they followed Satan in a rebellion against God based on Satanís belief that God would relinquish power in their favour, and give them carte blanche to do as they pleased and to devise systems that would be beneficial to them. They soon found themselves exiled on earth and God departed from the world that He loved. To them, it seemed like a partial victory, albeit a bittersweet one. The face of the earth was totally destroyed and in chaos, but they reasoned that at least they no longer had to yield to Godís instructions.
We have a real life example today of the mentality of the earthly rulers of the spirit realm in Saddam Hussein. He could do as he pleased and live a lavish lifestyle unequalled anywhere, while continuing to build opulent palaces while his people starved. And he virtually had the consent of the whole world to do so Ė all except the United States of America. Just one nation refused to budge even in the face of world opinion - America! Other nations were busily engaged in trade with Iraq, and some were owed billions for goods and services already provided. Even a change in government in Iraq might have jeopardized these repayments, a war would certainly do so. They were not amused. Even the United Nations was against any interference of the Saddam Hussein regime. And it now emerges why! High-level officials, from the top down, were receiving kick-backs from this regime. Little wonder why they were so vocal in wanting to increase the level of Ďoil for foodí programs. The U.N. officials were skimming off billions of dollars and becoming rich through the Saddam regime. This slush fund was supposed to insulate Saddam from adversity and keep the U.N. onside. It almost worked! The Democrats in the U.S. willingly cooperated in trying to make the case for increasing the Ďoil for foodí program, emotionally citing the deaths of many children on the advice of U.N. officials as the result of aid not getting through to those who needed it most. With so many U.N. officials actively engaged in receiving kickbacks from this program, itís little wonder that some sections of the Iraqi community were not receiving any benefit.
As the scandal started to emerge, did you notice who the scapegoat was planned to be? The U.S. Democrats got the ball rolling by accusing Haliburton (a U.S. company of which the Vice President, Dick Cheney was once CEO) of being the prime offender. This accusation (which has never been substantiated) was designed to wash away any suspicion of those who were really guilty. And who was really guilty of receiving these enormous kick-backs? It was UN officials! Kofi Annan, the Secretary General of the U.N. attempted to blindside the world community by appointing an internal investigation. It was like putting Dracula in charge of the blood bank. No doubt his Ďinvestigatorsí did their best to remove any incriminating evidence involving him and themselves. When this became obvious, America called for an independent inquiry, which is about to get underway. Itís a bit late shutting the gate after the horse has bolted. How independent it will be remains to be seen. The Ďindependentí investigator was appointed by Kofi Annan.
An interesting observation occurred a few years ago when Kofi Annan was shown to be the chief contributor to the Jenin terrorist camp in the West Bank. After this accusation, he completely disappeared off the radar screen for at least two weeks, before finally re-emerging wearing his humanitarian hat. By sheer coincidence, this grand reentry revolved around pleas to assist the Iraqi children by increasing the Ďoil for foodí program. Dutifully, the left-wing loonies ran with it, and the Jenin accusation was forgotten.
And now that the facts of the Ďoil for foodí scandal has broken, and an enquiry is about to get under way, itís been revealed that a Swiss company was engaged to monitor the monetary structure of this program and to act as Ďchecks and balancesí to provide transparency to all transactions. Youíd never guess who was involved as the principle player in this Swiss company! This is the man that okayed the checks and fattened the bank balances of the thieves in the UN. It was Kofi Annanís son Kojo! Damage control started immediately, with a spokesman for this Swiss company and the UN program stating that Annanís son was mainly involved in Ďhumanitarian aidí for African states. Everyone is supposed to believe that of all the companies on the face of the earth, this Swiss company was chosen to provide transparency for the honest distribution of the funds, and it was mere coincidence that Annanís son was a principle player in the company involved in the scam. No wonder that hard evidence of the culpability of Annan and his cronies were so hard to find. But at the other end, in Iraq, the details are beginning to emerge from documents recovered, and some these are now in the hands of U.S. investigators.
(Postscript: It now seems that Paul Bremer, the U.S. administrator in Iraq, has been stalling the inquiry into the Ďoil for foodí program from being properly investigated. At least this is the perception of some of the media, who are unable to find out anything that is going on concerning this investigation. To say the least, there is definitely no transparency in the investigation, only ducking and weaving. While they seized many documents in Iraq relating to this scandal, nothing much is happening. It now emerges that Kurdish leader Achmed Chalabi was holding some crucial documents that would have indicted Kofi Annan and his henchmen, and so they raided Chalabiís house, breaking down the door, and seized everything including files and computers. Naturally enough, the Administration has lied about the reasons for the raid, and tried to defuse their scandalous behaviour. Chalabi, a former agent of the CIA, was a friend of the U.S. and the Israelis, and it was he who located Saddam Hussein so that he could be captured. This is why British PM Tony Blair was the first to announce the capture. Chalabi and Blair are friends, and Chalabi lived in Britain for eight years. America did a deal with Chalabi so that they could take the credit for Saddamís capture. But Achmed Chalabi had crucial documents linking Kofi Annan to the Ďoil for foodí program, and itís not in Americaís best interests to shake the UN from the top down, so Kofi Annan and his dreadful son Kojo, unless something slips through the net, will be found to be blameless. America has a habit of protecting the guilty while convicting the innocent. No-one is ever likely to know what all the documents were that were seized from Chalabi. One political observer, who is knowledgeable of that region, said "America will rue the day they ever did this to Chalabi (reference to the raid)." He went on to say, that America "added greatly to the insult by accusing him of spying for Iran".)
Around 190 countries are represented in the United Nations General Assembly, most of whom hate the U.S., even though the U.S. pays the lionís share of the fees to sustain the organization. For years now, the nations of the earth have used the UN to cane the U.S. and Israel at every opportunity. The UN, for years, has been a cesspool of wanton corruption and theft, and, at one stage, the U.S. refused to fund the UN until that crooked Egyptian Boutros Boutros Ghali was replaced. But this gypoís theft and corruption was penny-ante compared to the Ďoil for foodí program, which, to his delight, Kofi Annan inherited in 1997. The U.S. might as well have given him the keys to Fort Knox. I think the perception was that Kofi Annan didnít have the brains to be a master criminal, but how wrong they were! Boutros Boutros Ghali looked like the typical Egyptian criminal, but Kofi Annan didnít. As a Ghanian, Annan seemed harmless and controllable, even though he was well-known to be favourable towards the Moslem cause.
Opening scenes from the movie ĎBlackhawk Downí. Here we see UN food aid trucks delivering food to the starving masses while the cameras roll Ė as was the custom of the UN when deliveries were made. But as soon as the UN cameras were turned off, it all turned ugly.
Once the UN drivers and the cameras were gone, the rebels arrived to pick up their bounty. They would open fire on the people and kill them, and then seize the food shipment for the rebel troops. This has gone on for years!
Itís quite amazing how left-wing loonies pursued Haliburton for allegedly overcharging by a few million dollars, and how Dick Cheneyís name kept getting linked with the accusations because of his involvement with the company years ago. And now that the true extent of the criminal activity among UN officials has emerged, thereís been deafening silence on the whole episode. Even more astounding is the fact that these same accusers of Haliburton are now screaming for more UN involvement in the affairs of Iraq! Logically, you would think they would be screaming for an inquiry of all UN accounts, not just the Ďoil for foodí program, but the Ďhumanitarian aidí in African states as well. The very essence of the African aid amounts to multiple failures to provide anything. The whole world knows how much Ďhumanitarian aidí to African states went directly to rebel factions. In Mogadishu, Somalia, UN food trucks were driven to a specified location and the drivers got out and left. The rebels then drove them away, killing any of the people who tried to get to the food. The UN had a base in the city of Mogadishu, with several thousand troops, who incidentally, at Americaís demand, reluctantly flanged together a convoy of a thousand heavy vehicles to rescue the U.S. Delta force who became trapped when the two Blackhawks were shot down. Now it should have been a simple task to distribute food aid! But always they insisted on driving an unarmed convoy of food aid trucks to the very heartland of rebel factions and then abandoning it. And for years they have gotten away with it!
The scenes shown here from the movie ĎBlackhawk Downí which is factually based on the events that occurred in October of 1993 show the reason why America decided to intervene in the affairs of Somalia. The people were starving because the UN continued to deliver the food aid to Moslem militias instead of the people. What seems to have escaped the U.S. administration, even today, is whom it was that fought against the U.S. forces. Officially, it was the Moslem Militias, but in reality, it was the very people who were supposed to be starving and in need of help Ė the very people America went to help! The whole city of one million people armed themselves to kill Americans. Not only did they fight the Americans who were there to help them, but they were fighting on the side of those who traditionally kill them for wanting the UN food aid they were entitled to. If ever there was a clear-cut case for not trying to win the hearts and minds of Moslems Ė this is it! You simply canít do it because you are not dealing with rational people but with mindless animals that are driven by the rulers of the heavenly realms to do their bidding. These evil creatures have no form of the humanities as we know it, but are driven by motivations that can scarcely be understood except in comparisons to wild beasts.
Almighty God doesnít favor giving food aid to Moslem countries. And the reason why so many are starving is because He has withheld the blessing of rain in due season. Generally, God sends rain on the just and the unjust, but He also reserves the right to withhold it, and He frequently does. Itís one of the penalties nations pay when they act against Godís best interests. And this penalty is not something that will pass real soon, but will continue on Ė probably forever. God makes it clear:Zech 14:17 "If any of the peoples of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD Almighty, they will have no rain. If the Egyptian people do not go up and take part, they will have no rain. The LORD will bring on them the plague He inflicts on the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. This will be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all nations that do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles." Since this is clear enough, it remains a mystery why the Western nations are so hell-bent on feeding Satanís brood. Itís doubly baffling that they do it through a crookís paradise like the UN, when they know that the food aid never gets through to the starving people.
The very face of this prevailing evil in the UN has been Kofi Annan, and now it emerges that itís his son who acts as his surrogate behind the scene. Letís call a spade a spade! This black beast has been presenting himself as a pillar of virtue to the world and carefully obfuscating his true motives. Donít be fooled by his pious demeanour! This carefully orchestrated faÁade of righteous innocence has fooled everyone, and enabled him to distance himself from his involvement in the Palestinian terrorist camp in Jenin (officially called Ďa refugee campí) and the deaths of so many Israelis that resulted from it. Even though he never directly pulled the trigger that killed so many, he is directly responsible. The same is true of Osama bin Laden! Both were funding terrorist training camps and training insurgents to kill the innocent. And both are equally culpable of committing terrorist acts!
Slaughtered Tutsi Christians lie in the grounds of their church. One million Tutsis paid with their lives for their beliefs. Itís probably the worst bloodbath to occur in decades. Men, women and children were killed indiscriminately.
Can you imagine what the outcome would have been if after the September 11 massacre, the U.S. had petitioned the U.N. for support against all terrorism? If it hadnít been for Britain, Australia, and later, some NATO forces (mainly Poland), America would have been isolated. Ever since it was established, the UN has only been interested in distributing and controlling the billions of dollars earmarked for humanitarian aid. And the reason for this is now becoming obvious. As far as Ďpeacekeepingí is concerned they never do anything. On the very eve of the anniversary of the slaughter ten years ago, the UN watched as one million Tutsis in Rwanda were slaughtered. It was the sickening, hypocritical speech of Kofi Annan marking this anniversary just recently in April 2004 that drove home what sort of person this is. It was he who headed the UN security and peace-keeping forces at that time, and it was in his power to act. He did nothing for these tall, smooth-skinned people who are mentioned in the Bible, and who live as Christians among a sea of Moslems. He allowed them to be slaughtered. But this wasnít reflected in his speech; rather he blamed other UN members, not by name, but by inference: America! This cunning lecher had the gall to blame someone else as he stood there attempting to replicate an angel of light. Itís a powerful lesson for not being fooled by outward appearances.
Men of faith down through the ages longed for a country of their own (Heb 11:14). They didnít long for what this world has to offer, but desired with all their hearts to live in the Land of Godís righteousness. They saw it afar off and longed to return. It was this attitude that characterized the Jewish people throughout the ages, who always longed to return to the Land that God gave them. They had a saying, ĎNext year in Jerusalemí. Through good times or bad, their resolve was never shaken or altered. They always wanted to return to God, and it was all or nothing. So perhaps everyone can understand why God loves the Jewish people so much. From their inauspicious beginnings, they became an invincible force in the Middle East, and whenever they were attacked, God acted to give them victory.
But as always, those who are insincere joined them, and slowly introduced heresies that are against Godís interests. In recent years, theyíve taken on many of the characteristics of this world, the type of political correctness that leads to disaster. God intends to purge the rebels, and get the little nation started once more on the right track. When this occurs, they will know that a prophet is among them, and they will know that the Sons of Jerusalem are strong! Political correctness will have no part of the decision-making; instead, they will receive their instructions from God. At that time, those who oppose God will die without mercy Ė just as the Scripture says:Heb 10:26-31 "If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the Knowledge of Truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and a raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. Anyone who rejected the Law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the Blood of the Covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of Grace? For we know Him who said, "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," and again, "It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God." Under the Law of Moses, which many reject today, offenders died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. The writer then goes on to say, "How much more severelyÖ". Well God will treat it much more severely when people treat as an unholy thing the Blood of the Covenant that sanctified them! What can be more severe than death without mercy? When God speaks of a raging fire consuming His enemies, He is speaking of those who have treated as an unholy thing the Blood of the Covenant! Itís going to be much more severe for such people! Those who have treated the precious things of God as unholy, and especially those who have taught others to do so, will die without mercy, and at a time when they will seek death but cannot find it. So severe will be their circumstances that they will long for a merciful death!
The Spirit of Grace (seeJohn 14:17, 26) will only descend on those who with great desire long to keep the Blood of the Covenant in a holy manner. This was Godís first gesture to the House of Israel in Egypt under the instruction of Moses. It was called the Passover, because the Death Angel passed over those who kept it according to Godís instructions. Jesus instituted a new Passover, which also fulfills the original intent of the Passover in Egypt. Those who treat this Passover Ė the Blood of the Covenant Ė in an unholy way, will be treated most severely! Itís not enough to feign righteousness and build a pretentious view of Godís requirements while ignoring very specific instruction. You will find that God clearly defines how He will be worshipped, and anything that falls short of Godís instructions renders such people useless.
Almighty God has very specific ideas on how nations should live. He is the Creator and He makes the rules. Itís not acceptable for the created to say to the Creator ĎWhy have you made us this way?í It seems that humanity doesnít like the type of lifestyle that God envisages, and they want to make their own rules. Every despot that arises seems to have his own ideas how they will expend their allotted 70 years of life. The same is true of all those who have feigned righteousness for whatever advantage it may bring them. God is creating once and for all time a Sonship that will exist forever in the Family of God, and will bear the Family Name. God gives the precise number Ė itís 144,000 (Rev 14:1-5). There are others who will be greatly rewarded for their service, and these will have a place of honour also in Godís Kingdom, but will not have the Family Name of the Father and the Son engraved on them. The 144,000 are the Bride of Christ Ė a relationship as close as a husband and a wife, who symbolize the perfection of a Godly Family. This has a lot to do with the profound mystery that the Apostle Paul spoke of in Eph 5:32.
In the following verses toHeb 10:26-31 (quoted above), the writer goes on to speak of the persecutions the faithful brothers endured. And then in V35 "So do not throw away your confidence, it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the Will of God, you will receive what He has promised. For in just a very little while, "He who is coming will not delay. But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him." Who is this righteous one that could shrink back and earn Godís displeasure? Itís certainly not Jesus! Of Jesus, God said "This is my Beloved Son in whom I am well pleased", and when the Book of Hebrews was finally written, God was indeed very pleased with His Mighty Son. Instead, God is speaking of an offspring of Jesus who comes when the Babylonians are arising. Verse 38 is a direct quote from Hab 2:3, 4. And indeed, it is just a little while now! The Babylonians have arisen and are sweeping across the world just as Habakkuk said in Hab 1:5-7. When this Brotherhood told everyone, they didnít believe it Ė just as God said inV5. Why didnít all those Ďbrain-surgeonsí in the Churches of God believe it? They were too busy inventing their own prophecy and devising their own means of what they believed was ĎBabyloní. How titillated they became with their own speculation. Now it really is time to learn the meaning of Heb 10:26-31, unless they want to die without mercy! And from what I have seen of some of these weaklings, they donít want to die at all Ė especially for God. One fool said that he wouldnít serve a God that would require the death of His people. The God he is referring to, and whom he claims to serve, required the death of His own Son! And that Mighty Son obeyed without question. This man is so poorly grounded in knowledge that he forgot the very purpose of his faith.
Since itís Godís purpose to establish a Place of Rest (Heb 4:6), God has appointed a Brotherhood of faithful people who will carry out His Plan. These are the firstfruits, and are called the Sons of Jerusalem. They alone have been taught by God (John 6:44-5, Isa 54:13). God has definitely NOT taught those who donít believe that Babylon has arisen and is sweeping across the earth!
In the Place of Rest, things will be markedly different to the way things are now. Contrary to the ambitions of Judas Iscariot, the Apostles and disciples had all things in common (Acts 2:44). This is also the way things will be in the future when entering Godís Rest. And when the elect from the House of Israel enter Godís Rest, it will be like a great army, which gets its food and provisions from headquarters Ė just as armies do today. And this was the way it was anciently when the Israelites were required to maintain a great army to drive out the inhabitants before them. When the House of Israel crossed the Jordan River to enter the Promised Land, they were told to settle their families and prepare for war to drive out all the alien inhabitants. It was a requirement that all able-bodied men present themselves to the commanders of the army and prepare for war. Unfortunately, some of them were half-hearted about it, and only wanted to settle down and stay out of the fray. This was typical of several of the Tribes of Israel, and of them it is said they didnít share in the faith of those who obeyed (Heb 4:1-3 Ė see margin) and refused to believe God and trust in Him for the final outcome. Consequently, the marauding people who were left in the Promised Land became a constant thorn in their side, and constantly warred with the Israelite settlers. The Philistines became the dominant foe, and over the ensuring centuries, Israel found themselves constantly at war with them. All the judges, from Joshua to Samuel, had to contend with the same problem. Itís very probable that many regretted not taking care of the problem at the very outset in obedience to Godís instructions. Everything had gone horribly wrong, and it all hinged on their failure to heed Godís instructions from the outset!
The fact is that Israel and the Philistines were living side by side with some degree of tolerance; all of which seemed to indicated that a peaceful co-existence was possible. In the days of Samson, he was able to move freely among them, and even choose a wife from among them, amid feasting and merriment. It was the great strength of Samson that induced the tolerance of the Philistines. It was dangerous to provoke him, so they sought to tame him by intermarriage, and at the same time, to learn the secret of his great power. It was clear that the Philistines had no intentions of living in peaceful coexistence; their only interest was in the total destruction of the Israelites, but it was in their interest to create the illusion that peace was possible, provided that the Israelites made enough concessions. And so the politics of the day ebbed and flowed, with frequent violent clashes occurring everywhere. Over a period of about 400 years, and from time to time, these became all-out war. But never did the Philistines concede their claimed right to the Holy Land. In their minds, there was only one favourable outcome, and this was the total destruction of the House of Israel.
Well, three thousand years and a hundred generations have now passed and their resolve is undiminished. Yet itís the same generation that continues to exist, the same generation that was present with the murder of righteous Abel. A ruling class that is unrestricted by human lifespans! These are called the rulers of the heavenly realms or the spirit world, who live in an unseen dimension of existence. And they still control the same brood of human subjects and closely monitor them.
God has in mind for the Sons of Jerusalem to be like Samson, and indeed they will be. Their strength will be renewed and their bodies transformed, and they will be strong and youthful, just like Samson. Their very appearance with strike terror into the hearts of the terrorists! These are some of the gifts God has prepared for those who love Him and serve Him, strength and vigour, and for their service Ė eternal life in the Family of God. How the Apostles longed to see this day, but they wonít see it (Luke 17:22), because their resurrection comes later. And how vastly different it will be to those who never believed God, and who never attempted to understand Godís purpose.
When the place of Rest is established, things will be a little different. It will be a real place of Rest, and it is called Godís Rest. Thereís been a great deal of preparation for entering Godís Rest, and it all began with the Apostles. The Apostles were in the place of Godís Rest Ė the Holy Land Ė at the time, but at that time, there was no Rest Ė only the promise of a future Rest (Heb 4:1). They were setting the example of how it will be in Godís Rest. There are some who are not equipped to handle this, just as there was in the days of the Apostles, but certain protocols were established, and these followed along the lines of the Essenes (means ĎBreastplateí) of which John the Baptist was closely linked (the first century historian Josephus gives a good description of these people). The protocols established are detailed in the Acts of the Apostles: Acts 4:32 "All the believers were one in heart and mind." And this says it all! But there is more: "No-one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the Apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all. There were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the Apostlesí feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need." So the protocols established by the Apostles were to take care of the needy in the community of believers. I would stress that this was how it was in THE PLACE of Godís Rest at the time of the Apostles. It was not Godís intention to set up Kibbutzim (Jewish settlements where all things are shared) all over the world, but only in the place of Godís Rest. Itís strange how the Jewish people understand this, but Christianity apparently doesnít! All too often, Christian groups have decided to form their own style of Kibbutzim and live in enclaves separated from the rest of society. This was true of the Mormons in Salt Lake City, and with Jim Jones and his followers, and also David Koresh and the Branch Davidians Ė all of which drew the ire of the U.S. government, which then moved to break them up, and with tragic results. It seems the U.S. government will tolerate any type of religious fervor except those who isolate themselves into a kibbutzim lifestyle.
Nevertheless, this is the way it will be when the elect of the House of Israel enter Godís promised Rest. Presently, believers donít hold everything in common, and this is not required, but it is essential to provide for the needy among the believers.
In time, and after Godís Rest is established, there will be allocations and allotments to various people, not only of houses and lands but also of cities Ė just as Jesus said (Luke 19:17), but this is to be determined by the Christ as part of His rewards. In the lead-up to this, no-one will have any claims over anything, and everything will be common property, as will all possessions in the place of Godís Rest. There will be no hoarding or gratuitous plundering for personal advantage, and all plunder will serve a common purpose. Godís Rest will be set up as an army, and by an army. Initially, as a small army, but later growing to a great army. The purpose of this army is to save the dwellings first. It begins with the Sons of Jerusalem, with Judah joining them, to consume right and left all the surrounding peoples (Zech 12:5-6), to secure the Holy Land and to save the dwellings in Judah first (V7). This army will be unlike any other army before, and will have supernatural powers and overwhelming weaponry (V8). In other words, Godlike power!
Many people will experience a complete restructuring of their former beliefs when they see these things occurring. At that time, they will know whom the Sons of Jerusalem are, those who were taught by God (John 6:45). Jesus quoted from Isa 54:13, and note the words Ďand great will be your childrenís peaceí. In time people will understand why it was necessary for these sons to precede them and establish the place of Godís Rest. There will be no place for greedy, self-serving individuals whose only goal is to grab everything for themselves and hoard it. Only those who share the common interest of all others will have right of passage in that day.
Now it may well be that a Levite established this particular protocol in the days of the Apostles, and in the place of Godís Rest, since this is included in the transcript inActs 4:36 "Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the Apostles called Barnabas (which means Son of Encouragement), sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the Apostlesí feet." Others did the same. Apart from Barnabas, the only other written example is that of Ananias and his wife Sapphira, but with an entirely different outcome (Acts 5:1-10). On the face of it, I probably wouldnít react as Peter did with this couple, but then Iím not privy to all the facts. Itís possible that Ananias and his wife were mean, covetous, chisellers who feigned poverty whenever a believer had a need. Peter made the point that it was their prerogative to keep part of the money from the sale (V4) Ė this was not the issue. The issue was that their secret agenda was to lie to the Holy Spirit and to God, and to claim they gave all the proceeds of the sale. In this way, they could bask in the glory of their charitable act, yet feed their indulgence for hoarding material possessions they really didnít need. God has specific requirements for those whom He is prepared to call a son, and one of these is the willingness to show outgoing concern for others, and not just in words, but also in deeds! Itís very probable that these two people didnít believe it is more blessed to give than receive Ė they saw things the other way around! Regardless, it was Godís judgment that these two people die, and it was God Himself who carried out the execution!
This is not unlike a situation that developed in the days of Joshua the son of Nun. The Israelites had destroyed the city of Jericho and killed all the inhabitants. The gold and silver of the plunder was supposed to go into the treasury of the LORDíS House (Josh 6:24), but a certain man decided to steal some of it as a personal nest egg. Suddenly, they lost their invincibility against their enemies (Joshua 7:4-5). All this occurred after they crossed the Jordan River and entered the Promised Land. Joshua approached God to enquire of the reason why, and God answered him: V10 "The LORD said to Joshua, "Stand up! What are you doing down on your face? Israel has sinned, they have violated my Covenant, which I commanded them to keep. They have taken some of the devoted things; they have stolen, they have lied, they have put them with their own possessions. This is why the Israelites cannot stand against their enemies; they turn their backs and run because they have been made liable to destruction. I will not be with you any more unless you destroy whatever among you is devoted to destruction." Well the outcome was that Joshua discovered the man; it was Achan son of Zerah, and he was found to be guilty, as God had said, of being a lying thief. If Peterís condemnation against Ananias and his wife seems severe, notice the penalty of Achan son of Zerah: V24 "Then Joshua, together with all Israel, took Achan son of Zerah, the silver, the robe, the gold wedge, his sons and daughters, his cattle, donkeys and sheep, his tent and all that he had, to the Valley of Achor. Joshua said, "Why have you brought this disaster on us? The LORD will bring disaster on you today." Then all Israel stoned him, and after they had stoned the rest, they burned them."
Joshua knew that the severity of Godís displeasure called for drastic action. The action of this one man had resulted in the deaths of 36 soldiers when God withdrew His support for the army in the battle against Ai (V4), so Joshua called for the death of this man, as well as his sons and daughters and all his lifestock. In addition to this, all his possessions were burned. God was satisfied with Joshuaís judgment, and once again supported the army (Joshua 8:1) and this time they successfully destroyed the city of Ai. As a reward for those who didnít steal the plunder of Jericho, God permitted the armies to keep the plunder and livestock of the city of Ai for themselves (V2). It brings to mind something Christ said: "Seek first the Kingdom of God and all these things will be added to you." Those who didnít steal Godís possessions at Jericho, were rewarded with gold and silver and livestock from the City of Ai. The only loser was the lying thief Achan!
It seems that everyone has their own ideas on how God should conduct Himself, and have very set ideas on what standards God must uphold. Itís odd though! They donít seem to understand that the Great Creator God has any rights to set rules and laws for them!
In the account of Peter and his dealings with Ananias and his wife, they had not stolen the money, as Peter confirmed, but they had lied because of their greedy, hoarding tendencies. Itís quite possible that Ananias and Sapphira had a reputation for being mean and covetous, and lacked the qualities taught by Christ of it being more blessed to give than to receive. Of special note, Paul mentioned this very thing in speaking his final words to the shepherds of the Seven Churches (Acts 20:32-35).
It is not a requirement of the Churches of God to have all possessions in common at this present time, and neither is it a requirement to have Kibbutzim, but at the Feasts, this should surely be practiced as an indication of their preparedness to enter Godís Rest. In Godís Rest, there will be an abundance for everyone, in marked contrast to what will exist before they actually get there. It will require great effort to get to the place of Godís Rest.
And neither is this a requirement among the lost sheep of Israel today wherever they have been scattered around the earth, though by nature, they do recognize their responsibility for caring for the needy among them. But they are certainly not obligated to have all things in common. This, however, will be a rigidly-enforced requirement for any who hope to enter Godís promised Rest. And entering Godís Rest will not be easy! In fact it will be impossible for those who have dedicated their lives to deliberately corrupting Godís Truth!
Oddly enough, the Churches of God have an obsession with plotting their own destiny, and are firmly convinced that all that is written is for their exclusive benefit. To be sure, they have an important role to play in the grand scheme of things, but their role is entirely different to anything they could imagine. Their role is to go into captivity with the whole House of Israel and to set the standards of obedience to God and His Laws. At that time, they will be required to extend hope to the House of Israel that a rescue bid is on the way. This rescue bid will be mounted by the one God has appointed to the task. All the Churches of God should be well-aware of the prophecies concerning this. It was foreshadowed before Jesus was born and appeared on earth Ė in fact, six months before:Luke 1:67 "His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied: "Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed His people. He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the House of His servant David (as He said through his Holy Prophets long ago), salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us Ė to show mercy to our fathers and to remember His Holy Covenant, the oath He swore to our father Abraham: to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve Him without fear in holiness and righteousness before Him all our days. And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the Way for Him, to give His people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the Rising Sun will come to us from heaven to shine on all those living in darkness and in the shadow of Death, to guide our feet to the path of peace." The path of peace is the path to the place of Godís Rest!
Jesus has already appeared as a man on this earth, but He is due to come yet again, but this time, not as a man but as a Mighty Conqueror Ė the Christ and Messiah, the promised Deliverer. And yet again, an anointed one, a prophet of the Most High will precede Him Ė to prepare the Way for Him. The holy prophets spoke of this long ago inMal 3:1.
God is the God of Israel and no other nation! The holy prophets also confirm this inAmos 3:1-2. As part of the oath He swore to Abraham, God said He would rescue them from the hand of their enemies. He once did it in the land of Egypt, but He also plans to do it again, and bring them back to the land He swore to give to the three Patriarchs and their offspring.
Peter alluded to the day of a thousand years, and spoke of fires melting the very elements (2Pet 3:8-11), and adds in V11, "What kind of people ought you to be?" Well with blazing fires and magma flows everywhere, it will require some special protection to get through it: Isa 43:1 "But now, this is what the LORD says Ė who created you, O Jacob, He who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by my Name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour; I will give Egypt for your ransom, Cush and Seba in your stead. Since you are precious and honoured in my sight, and because I love you, I will give men in exchange for you, and people in exchange for your life. Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west. I will say to the north, ĎGive them up!í and to the south, ĎDo not hold them back.í Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth Ė everyone who is called by my Name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made."
Read it very carefully! Does this sound like anyone is already saved? It doesnít seem to follow the expectations of Christianity today, does it! And when you hear lunatics bellowing on the street corners today proclaiming salvation, and handing out silly tracts of meaningless words together with the offer of being instantly Ďsavedí, you wonder why they have so much difficulty following Jesusí example (Isa 42:2, Matt 12:19). And who is it that God calls my sons and my daughters? Isnít it Israel? And isnít it Israel that bears His Name?
Christians today are called after Jesusí title Ė Christ Ė and bear the name ĎChristianí. They are not called after the Family Name of God, and neither are the nations of angels that God formerly created. No, itís Israel that bears His Name, and it is Israel whom God loves above all the nations of the earth. And it is Israel that will be the recipients of the promises made to Abraham and His descendants through Isaac and Jacob (Israel). These 12 Tribes of Israel are Godís chosen sons and daughters of all the families on the face of the earth Ė and no others!
Note: Isaac is not extensively mentioned in the Bible. Isaac is notable for three things:
Firstly, he was chosen by God to be a sacrifice on Mount Moriah by the hand of his father Abraham. Abraham was prepared to follow this instruction believing that God could raise him again from the dead (Heb 11:19).
Secondly, he was the father of Jacob and Esau, the twins who were born to him. He recognized that Jacob was entirely different to Esau, and seemed to develop an attachment for Esau. It was Jacobís mother Rebekkah that recognized the qualities of Jacob, and who sought to protect him from the violence that Esau was planning against him.
Thirdly, Isaac is known for his mistake in trying to bless Esau in preference to Jacob, and was thwarted by the actions of Rebekkah. Some believe that this was achieved through deception, but overlook the fact that this is what God planned from the beginning. Rebekkah recognized that God favoured Jacob, but Isaac did not! Rebekkahís stance was vindicated when God later expressed how much He hated Esau (Mal 1:2). God set this woman to see through the fog of deception, and to carry out Godís Plans.
Rebekkah would have been aware of the stories of Abraham concerning Ishmael and Isaac, and how Abraham was reluctant to listen to Sarah when she requested that Ishmael and his mother Hagar be sent away. This is the account:Gen 21:9 "But Sarah saw that the son whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham was mocking, and she said to Abraham, "Get rid of that slave woman and her son, for that slave womanís son will never share in the inheritance of my son Isaac." The matter distressed Abraham greatly because it concerned his son. But God said to him, "Do not be distressed about the boy and your maidservant. Listen to whatever Sarah tells you, because it is through Isaac that your seed will be reckoned. I will make the son of the maidservant into a nation also, because he is your offspring."
Itís true that Abraham had great concern for his son Ishmael and was still hoping for a favourable outcome to the ongoing disputes. But it was clear to Sarah that there was a real danger to her son Isaac, and she realized that decisive action had to be taken. The situation had become very serious, and this prompted Sarah to make her demand to her husband. As it happened, God agreed with the woman. Godís response was decisive in this matter! The son of the slave woman was not to share in the inheritance of Isaac, just as Sarah said. It distressed Abraham greatly to send his son Ishmael away, but he did it on Godís instructions, and according to Sarahís forceful request. What is more, Abraham followed the instruction perfectly, and sent the slave woman and her son away without anything of Isaacís inheritance. Personally, I fear I may have baulked at sending my son into the desert with only a pitcher of water and a little food. It would be a very severe test! But Abraham believed God when He had said that Ishmael would survive to become a nation, and so he trusted and believed God for the outcome.
Itís true that Ishmael became a nation just as God stated, and the Arabs acknowledge him as the father of their nation. In time, Ishmael (the Arabs today) numbered 12 nations, but never did they share in Abrahamís inheritance, even to this day. But they have never stopped trying to take this inheritance by stealth. They became a great sea of humanity surrounding the Inheritance Ė Godís Holy Land. Since the days of Abraham they have never stopped trying to possess it as their own. No piece of land in the entire earth has been subjected to the violence that Godís Holy Land has suffered at the hands of Godís enemies. And God intends that no amount of violence will be equal to the violence He will inflict on all those who have committed these acts. You only need to read the Book of Revelation to understand what God has held in reserve in order to carry this out. God intends to make an example of all His enemies for all time and for evermore.
Human beings have been setting their own agendas for too long, and they have had powerful allies in this corruption of Godís instructions. Their allies are the rulers of the heavenly realms who have masterminded all rebellion against Godís instruction, and have never swerved from their intention of destroying the offspring of the Patriarchs, and stealing their inheritance. The mastermind behind all of this is Satan the devil, and he has further urged his brood to infiltrate every Israelite nation. In Europe, they are becoming an unstoppable flood and the Europeans are beginning to baulk at giving them liberal access and particularly now that they have made their intentions known and declared their aspirations for delivering terror. Itís a pity the Europeans hadnít listened to the Matriarch Sarah, when she said, ĎThe slave woman and her son will never share in the inheritance of my son Isaac." God has in mind that if they wonít listen to Sarah, then they will eventually listen to another Ďwomaní (Rev 12:14) who will be actively involved in enforcing Sarahís advice!
Is this what God intended? Well, judge for yourself from the words of the Book of Isaiah:Isa 51:1 "Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness and seek the LORD. Look to the rock from which you were cut, and from the quarry from which you were hewn; look to Abraham, your father, and to Sarah, who gave you birth. When I called him he was but one, and I blessed him and made him many. The LORD will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; He will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the LORD. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing. Listen to me my people, hear me, my nation: The Law will go out from me; my justice will become a light to the nations. The islands will look to me and wait in hope for my arm. Lift up your eyes to the heavens, look at the earth beneath; the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment and its inhabitants die like flies. But my salvation will last for ever, my righteousness will never fail." Itís never been a more appropriate time to look to Abraham and Sarah for some really good advice! Boot out the Arabs and drive them from your borders! They must not share in the inheritance of Abraham and Sarah or their son Isaac! Isnít Godís advice good enough for the House of Israel? They seem to disagree with their mother Sarah, whom God supported in this matter. God said "My righteousness will never fail" in the above verse, and God is telling his people Israel what righteousness is. The Arabs must never share in the inheritance of Isaac!
Itís evident that Godís righteousness is entirely different to that of the House of Israel. In due time, all of Israel will acknowledge this:Isa 64:6 "All of us have become as one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away. No-one calls on your Name or strives to lay hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us and made us waste away because of our sins. Yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the Potter; we are all the work of your hand." Itís a great pity that people donít remember that they are merely clay in the hands of the Potter when they bellow out their own perceived righteousness. Itís a pity they donít listen to good advice when the Potter gives it. But God has in mind for them to listen when He hides His face from them, in the same manner that He did when His Son Jesus went to His death. And there is a definite parallel to all this.
How could the House of Israel continue to favour the enemies of God against Godís good advice? What has possessed them to imagine that their righteousness overshadows their Maker. Godís righteousness will never fail, but the perceived righteousness of His people Israel has already failed, and now they face recompense for their sins.
Satan and his demon rulers know who the 12 Tribes of Israel are, but Israel and mainstream Christianity does not! Satan knows who to target, and has rallied his troops to do so. And any nation that is recalcitrant about following his instructions to destroy the House of Israel suffers his wrath. When he commands his brood, he expects action, but not all his spirit rulers share his impulsiveness. They reason that why should they stick their necks out? Why should they invite destruction from mightier nations than them? If Satan wants to call the shots then let him start the battle! Let him start some bold moves and prove he is capable of pulling it off.
Satan knows he is dealing with creatures that are rebellious and hostile towards God, because this is the nature of those who followed Satan to his exile on earth following the initial rebellion against God. Itís worth noting that these creatures actually believe they drove God into exile by their wanton destruction of the earth so long ago. They corrupted their habitations and then rebelled against God when He objected and warned. They mounted an assault to dethrone God from the Sacred Mountain, and were violently hurled back to earth Ė and Jesus was an eyewitness to this event as He has stated (Luke 10:18).
For six thousand years Satan has sat enthroned as the god of the earth. It is not a position he will willingly relinquish! Nor does he tolerate any insurgence to depose him. Heís ever vigilant for any form of opposition, and is quick to respond to any threat whether real or imagined. Heís forever plotting and scheming, and is a master of lies and deception. Heís a class above the other rulers of the heavenly realms, and they know they cannot match his subtly and cunning. While they build monuments to their own glory, they always add embellishments to honour Satan. Ziggurats and human sacrifice was seen to be a favourable way to gain Satanís favour. But any nation that became too strong could become a threat, leading to rebellion, and so periodically, Satan impresses upon everyone just who is boss! His modus operandi it to say, ĎSee all these kingdoms? Iíll give them all to you if you do as I request.í (He even tried this stunt on the Christ!) He then proceeds to instruct his gullible chosen ruler to go and destroy the kingdoms, and slaughter everyone. He usually ensures there are vast casualties on both sides so as to prevent any spirit ruler becoming too uppity again. His strategy is that with depleted human resources, nothing too opulent will be built again for some time to come. The defeated spirit ruler is often left to wonder what it was that he did to attract Satanís displeasure.
The rulers of the heavenly realms know that Satan gives kudos to those who are able to marshal human resources to enslave the people to their will. He likes the right choices to be made by his rulers, so as to add to his empire of totally compliant nations. Heís ever vigilant for the slightest wind of change, and any ruler that shows any sign of regret about their disobedience to God is amply and swiftly dealt with. In the past, a reduction of human sacrifices was enough to make him suspicious. Any form of dialogue, which favoured God, was enough to set warning bells ringing in Satanís mind. And of course, the slightest comment challenging his authority was enough to send him into a rampage of destruction. Weíve all seen enough human examples to identify this pattern of behaviour among the children of Satan.
One of the problems the rulers of the heavenly realms face is the brevity of life of their human resources. Their chosen human leaders have undergone extensive training under their aegis, and are not easy to replace, and he tends to empower though bloodlines Ė the succession of sons. Some human rulers, under certain conditions, become populists rather than tyrants, and lack the ruthlessness to conform, and this tends to negate the power of the spirit ruler to achieve the goals set by Satan.
Map: Looking down from the North Pole. A typical East versus West scenario that seemed foolproof until Stalin blinked. Stalin saw himself as being superior to Hitler, and was content to let him do all the hard work to accomplish the Grand Plan Ė which he himself would mastermind. Stalinís plan was still in effect at the warís end, and he moved to mop up the spoils. As far as Satan the devil was concerned the jig was up, and the master plan had failed. He abandoned Stalin and turned to the Middle East to prop up his sagging fortunes, and to plot the next line of strategy. Ever so reluctantly, he has had to accept that Bible Prophecy evidently favours the Tribes of Israel, and delineates all that will occur, and itís on this ground that prophecy will be fulfilled or fail. Satan has his heart set on causing Bible Prophecy to fail, and is amassing his brood to ensure it does!
Josef Stalin appeared to be the perfect choice for the period in which he lived. From humble beginnings he arose to become an absolute tyrant over a vast nation. At the time, Satan was busily trying to wipe the Jewish people off the face of the earth to prevent a future king from arising. Without the Jewish people, prophecy could not be fulfilled. Of this he was certain! The strategy was to align the Soviet Union with Germany and create a northern corridor all the way to Japan, who was busily marshalling the Orientals under their banner. After the conquest of Europe, this massive block of humanity could focus on the Americas just over the North Pole, and the U.S. would find themselves fighting a battlefront that extended from the conquered Britain to Japan. Virtually the whole northern hemisphere would be arraigned against them. And Satan had in mind to rally South America to strike from the South. According to Satanís plan, America would be the last bastion of liberty, but would find themselves fighting the whole world.
But Satanís had misjudged Godís mighty son Ephraim, and he realized to his shock and horror that God was not willing to hand them over. Instead, they entered the war in Europe and the Pacific in December 1941.
Stalin had signed a peace treaty with Germany, but blinked when America entered the war, and began making overtures to the Allied forces and distancing himself from the Axis powers. Germanyís expansionist policies were coming to an end. There were not too many countries that would succumb without a fight, and the Allied forces were keeping them engaged. Supplies were drying up as more and more nations refused to supply him, even for gold currency, and Germany needed to keep supplied. It was patently obvious that Russia would be targeted to meet these requirements since it was not possible to supply arms without invoking the anger of the Allied powers. And anyway, why would Stalin want to supply Hitler Ė whom he hated! Satanís plan began to unravel as he saw his proposed power block fighting each other.
Satan knows that his rulers of the heavenly realms are not supple and compliant, but hostile and unpredictable. Any form of rationale does not easily move them! Theyíve become embedded in their own little niches among peoples whom they can control, and donít welcome outside interference even from Satan himself. These nations of fallen angels girdle the globe and spend most of their time plotting against each other. But they recognize that a greater threat to their existence is imminent. They know that time is running out, and that God has spoken of His sons and daughters inheriting Godís Family Name. Under these terms, Satan and his rulers know that their lifestyles will not be sustainable, and if God unleashes His Great Power through His sons and daughters, then they can expect utter destruction.
Satan exploits every crack that develops in the strategy of the Western World. The whole world knows that every possible means has been exploited to bring peace to the Middle East between the Israelis and the Palestinians. This has led to a fatigue of efforts developing, where the West wants total cooperation and compromise from the Israelis to bring a solution at any cost. Satan wants Jerusalem and the whole of the Holy Land brought under his control, and none of his brood are prepared to offer any compromise on this.
SATAN RETHINKS HIS STRATEGY
Satan learned a bitter lesson during WWII. It was his intention to wipe the Jewish people from the face of the earth and thwart all Godís plans. To complicate matters even further, the Jewish people emerged from all this and formed the nation of Israel with the sanction of all of Europe under the mandate of the newly-formed United Nations, and settled in the very heartland of all of Satanís aspirations. He reacted immediately, rallying his brood to destroy them, but found the Israelis driving them off with little more than slingshots. In spite of all the adversity that had befallen the Jews in Europe, they still retained the love of their God and the Promised Land! Whereas in Europe the Jewish people had gone as sheep to the slaughter, in the Holy Land they had suddenly become an invincible force, with an overriding ambition to secure Godís Holy Land and fight off the invaders. In spite of all that had happened in Europe, the Jewish people loved their God and appreciated His gift of settling them in the Land of their forefathers the Patriarchs.
Well, Satan decided that he would match their enthusiasm for their God by rallying his brood to the same kind of reverence for him. He had instilled this in his brood from the days of Mohammed the false prophet, and this dedication had spanned many centuries. His brood became vicious killers of anyone whom they considered to be Ďinfidelsí. As the children of Satan they inherited all of his characteristics, and history has shown them to be subtle, lying, vicious degenerates who slaughter the innocent with merciless glee. Their hatred of the Tribes of Israel is almost as great as that of Satan himself.
Their false prophet Mohammed introduced a form of monumental hypocrisy and treachery that is probably unmatched in the annals of history. Tribes and whole nations buckled under his influence rather than suffer the mindless slaughter that would be forthcoming if they did not. He parceled out cities and territories to those who supported him, and destroyed those who didnít. Having secured his power base, he then set about to build a religious structure with himself as the head. And so began his propaganda campaign to show that he was the prophet of god on earth. And truly he was Ė but not a prophet of the Almighty God Ė but Satanís nominated prophet! This uneducated, illiterate jerk appointed scribes to record his inspired Ďwritingsí to convince his followers that he was really a man of god. Amazingly, he fashioned his doctrine on a counterfeit version of Judaism, but substituted the sixth day of the week as the Moslem Ďsabbathí. In the ensuing years, and under various leaders, Islam even consulted with Jews to learn more of their belief system so they could counterfeit it for their own purpose. When they learned of the exact spot of the Holy of Holies in the Temple, they built a mosque there and proclaimed it to be the most holy site of Islam after the birthplace of Mohammed in Mecca. Today itís considered to be the third most holy place after Mecca and Medina.
Satan made it mandatory for all his rulers to teach hatred for the Jews and all the House of Israel, and to demand absolute commitment to himself as Allah. All his brood must be willing to give their lives in martyrdom; they must present themselves as human sacrifices to the glory of Allah. Any nation who failed to do so would face his fiercest wrath. His rulers took it to heart, but found difficulty in implementing it. Some few tried, but faced utter defeat and humiliation. This called for some careful strategy where damage could continue to be inflicted, but the guilty nations could claim innocence. Training grounds could be set up for terrorists, and a reward system implemented, but each ruler could still deny any culpability. Money could be channeled by secretive means, and terrorist acts mounted and rewarded, while the nations involved could claim innocence, and blame the phantom terrorists who were supposedly acting within their territories without their knowledge. It worked perfectly! A whole new era had dawned. Chip away, break the spirit of the House of Israel, but always claim to be their friends. Success will breed success, and more and more nations will engage the enemy covertly. Set up agents everywhere, and where possible, make sure that U.S. dollars flow to the coffers of Islam. Above all, make sure that the American way of life is ridiculed as undesirable, and a threat to world peace! Create slogans like ĎAmerica is the greatest threat to world peaceí, ĎIsraelis are the aggressorsí, ĎIslam is a peaceful religioní and make sure these are invoked at every opportunity. With each vile act of blowing innocent men, women and children to pieces, blame the Israelis for provoking it. Rally the subversives among the House of Israel to become the public face of Islam in its defense.
After each vile attack, make sure that disclaimers are issued in defense of Islam, and blame the phantom Ďterroristsí. Interject that Islam is a peaceful religion at every opportunity. Speak of the historic atrocities of Christianity and the Crusades against poor defenseless Islam. Magnify all collateral damage as murderous aggression by America and the Israelis. Inflate the numbers of casualties to increase the scorn. Whenever a suicide bombing is carried out, renew vocal attacks on the collateral damage the U.S has inflicted in Iraq and Afghanistan, and deflect any criticism of the suicide bombings. Instill the concept of Ďfreedom fighters against an aggressive adversaryí and claim the West is only interested in exploiting Islamic nations. Invoke the word Ďcrusadeí at every opportunity to teach the West that they are to get some of their own medicine.
Make every effort to bleed the U.S. white for humanitarian aid, but never offer any kind of humanitarian aid from Islamic coffers for anyone except Moslem terrorists. Create the illusion that Islam is downtrodden and defenseless. And play the trump card of demonstrating how religiously devout Islam is, with frequent footage of the masses bowing down to Mecca, the city of their Ďprophetí Mohammad. Make sure that the illusion is created that Islam worships the same God as Jews and Christians, so that empty-headed Christian clergy will consider Muslims to be brothers.
Infiltrate all the House of Israel with Moslem communities, and create sleeper cells, and organize. Never tolerate Christians and Jews to live in a Moslem country. Issue jihads against them and either kill them or drive them out, and make sure that the blame is laid against ĎMuslim extremistsí rather than Islam in general, and issue denials of any official role in such events. Organize street rallies for the media, and vent hatred towards Americans and Israelis. This type of fervor encourages others to join the fray and build hatred for the Western World and democracy. Moslem spokesmen can issue denials and claim that such rallies were not officially sanctioned, and still give the impression they are trying to stamp out this type of activity. This will actually generate sympathy for Islam as a whole as they Ďstruggleí towards the ideals of democracy and peaceful coexistence. The gullible Western World will see this as a ray of hope for peace, and will try even harder to find that elusive common ground.
Make sure that Islam is seen as a crusader for peace, and make frequent comparisons of America being a crusader for war Ė an aggressor acting against the best interests of Islam with a secret agenda to steal all their oil. Speak frequently of Americaís greed and self-interest. Take every opportunity to sow doubts among the gullible in America. Show favour for the U.S. Democrats who are easiest to subvert. Feed them a constant diet of misinformation and exaggeration. Subvert the agents among the Democrats, and induce them to backflip on any form of good judgment. Generate sympathy among them for the ideals of Islam, glorify those who act as human-shields for Moslems against the American aggressors.
In time, America and the Israelis will tire of Ďroadmaps for peaceí and become thoroughly demoralized. The Israelis will be forced to make even more concessions to bring about a solution. The Palestinians must never claim to be a sovereign state, but always an occupied territory Ė occupied by Israeli aggressors, even when Israelis no longer have settlements in the West Bank or Gaza. As a sovereign state, any act of war on their part could be severely dealt with under International Law, so itís imperative that it doesnít happen. In addition to this, and in the event of a sovereign state being proclaimed for the Palestinians, they would have no-one else to blame for their woes. They could only blame themselves for their inability to provide a workable economic state for their people if they were a sovereign state, and Islam in general would be robbed of any reason to blame the Israelis. Since the overall strategy is to blame America and the Israelis for everything, the whole strategy would become unworkable. So the edict is to make sure a sovereign state is never declared for the Palestinians. Derail all attempts to make it so by increasing terrorist acts at critical junctures of any talks.
The Palestinians and the Holy Land are always to be the prime issue, and an excuse for the radical behaviour of Ďfreedom fightersí. Keep the people informed on all strategy through the mosques, religious leaders and schools. Make sure that martyrdom is considered the highest ideal that any Moslem can aspire to! Train the children in the schools to desire martyrdom and equip them to carry out suicide bombings. Create martyrdom posters of them before the event to generate enthusiasm, and to inspire others to do the same.
Create the illusion that any Israelis inside the Ďoccupied territoriesí inflames and provokes terrorist activity, and entices terrorists to act as snipers and suicide bombers. Make every effort to change the subject whenever itís mentioned that over a million Palestinians live in Israel, and some even have seats in the Knesset (Israeli Parliament). If the subject canít be changed during an interview, then make the claim that one million Palestinians live in peace in Israel as responsible citizens, which demonstrates that Palestinians are really a peaceful people who only want to live in peace. Strenuously deny that any of these are engaged in sniping and suicide bombings, or any form of subversive activity. Sneer at any suggestion that the one million Palestinians have all the rights and entitlements of all Israelis. Instead, create the illusion that they are considered second-class citizens who are deprived of their homeland by an aggressor.
And finally, donít promote Arafat as a devout Moslem, but as a closet-Christian who celebrates a mass every Christmas. This will appeal to Christianity throughout the world, and give legitimacy to the Palestinian claim for the Holy City of Jerusalem. The Palestinians will love him even more for his devotion to deception, and will recognize that this is all a part of a grand plan. Since lies and deception are the name of the game, there is advantage in encouraging Christianity to believe the gap between them and Islam is narrow, and encourage Christianity to be willing give away Godís Holy City for peace.
Since Christianity has no real desire to serve God, theyíve become a fertile breeding ground for deception and conversion to Islam. Satan has recognized that mainstream Christianity has no depth of commitment to their religion and is easily beguiled by the promise of peace and security. By dangling the carrot, Islam has induced Christianity to fall headlong into delusion and to believe lies!
And this is Satanís grand plan that must continue to be observed by all of his brood. Prior to the War in Iraq, a Palestinian sovereign state seemed desirable, in order to provide a launching pad for a united Arab front to launch an all-out offensive to kill all the Israelis. Satan was counting heavily on the Tribes of Israel reacting against the War in Iraq to prevent the discovery of his weapons of mass destruction, and the duplicity of the nations who were trading with his agents. But in the end, only the descendants of the Tribe of Joseph could not be deterred. And the U.S., Britain and Australia engaged them.
Satan was induced to believe that God would react as He originally did when He sent Joseph into slavery in Egypt ahead of his brothers. Satan knows that he is no match for the combined forces of Ephraim and Manasseh, and he knows that only God Himself, acting against them, will bring about their demise. Satan had hoped that he had done enough to invoke Godís anger against them, and to expect a reaction. When it didnít come, he launched a prolonged guerilla war to demoralize them.
A rational mind may have thought the best solution would be to feign obedience to the allied forces and settle into a pattern of compliance. But Satanís mind is not rational, and neither is his desire to see the destruction of the Tribes of Israel in any way diminished. Most people seem to think that Satan sits in a corner wearing a dunce cap. They envision him as the tempter encouraging a fat person into eating another cream bun or something equally mundane. Satanís purpose is to regulate the thinking patterns of vast multitudes to see his point of view and to coax them into anti-social behaviour by departing to unacceptable standards of decency. He prides himself on being a cunning manipulator and a broad-spectrum strategist. He is a prince of the earth Ė not a back-alley thug. He doesnít get involved with mundane misadventure of human beings Ė as some would have you believe. He has legions of demons to do all these sorts of things. Itís these demons that have been given the power to stir up trouble and to move the masses to insurrection and chaos. Some of these are already under punishment in the Abyss, and are soon to be released to strike at the worldís population and torment them. The prince of the Abyss will be directing them. In that day, there will be no doubt in the minds of anyone who is responsible for this torment. They will see their tormentors, and will realize that all that God has said all along is true (Rev 9:2-6). No one will say in that day that demons donít exist, they will be painfully aware that they do! Their very appearance will show who and what was behind all the madness and terror on the earth, but this time, their mindset will be programmed to attack only those who DONíT have the Seal of God. God makes it clear who have the Seal of God on their foreheads (Rev 7:3-8). Itís the House of Israel Ė but only the remnant of 144,000 Ė 12,000 from each Tribe except Dan. Joseph makes up the 12 with a double portion. These are people who are of the very essence of their father Abraham and their mother Sarah, who both honoured God and determined that the son of a slave women would never share in the inheritance of their son Isaac. These 144,000 will realize why God hated the offspring of Satan, and they will realize that inherent in all of Satanís offspring were the locust demons Ė and the whole world will see them for what they are!
Furthermore, in times of great trouble, a tiny remnant of the former Churches of God will be empowered to deliver the message of the Testimony of Jesus. They will be given a double portion of Godís Holy Spirit to empower them to make the necessary explanations of what has occurred and why. Gone will be the days of their stupid prophecies, and they will start to believe God and they will understand that to share in the inheritance of Jesus they must become like Jesus Ė the Mighty Christ. Theyíll need to divest themselves of the foolish and inane belief system that brought disrepute to the Christ Jesus and His Father. They will have to submit themselves as clay to be shaped by the Potter, and if this means going to their deaths as sheep to the slaughter, they will be required to do so willingly and to honour their Heavenly Father Ė just as Jesus did!
When you take Godís views as recorded in the Bible, and compare them to those of Christianity today, there is a great disparity in objectivity. God makes it very clear what His objectives are, while Christianity has a blurred vision that is not supported, and cannot be shown to be supported, by the Bible.
Almighty God is not interested in knowing the excuses of why people defy Him. He knows their minds are well-blogged with feeble excuses based on human reasoning. God is only interested in those who have divested themselves of personal honour and glory, and stand ready to serve God in the most humiliating of circumstances. How shallow will their former words seem when they stood in the congregation and weaved their charades of fantasy to send the congregation into a deep sleep with the promise of wonderful outcomes. How empty and worthless was the hope they shared! "Jesus did it all for us," they proclaim, "and all we have to do is believe on Him. If you have taken Jesus into your heart you can do anything you please. All those nasty laws of God have been done away."
Itís going to be interesting to see how their belief system plays out when Bible prophecy comes crashing down on them, and their wives and children are horribly violated before their very eyes. I hope they realize at that time that since they didnít want to listen to God, He has no obligation to listen to them as they cry out for help. And why should they cry out for help? Isnít this type of conduct perfectly permissible under their terms of lawlessness? Didnít they openly teach that lawlessness is the way to serve God? Why complain when they get what they deserve? (2Cor 11:13-15). I wonít complain when it happens to them, Iíll just call it justice! This Brotherhood will be too preoccupied with the affairs of the righteous to care about the woes of the lawless!
Of course, if Islam were just a few isolated pockets of terrorists then it would be easy to eradicate them from the earth by targeting them accordingly. But the fact is that one and a half billion Moslems, one fourth of humanity, are masquerading as a peaceful religion while actively encouraging terrorist acts and continuing to deny culpability.
God permits Satan to slaughter and destroy his own people (Isa 14:20) because this demonstrates Satanís mindset and clarifies Godís reasons for deposing him. History is full of Satanís outrages against his own people, and his people never prosper except insofar as they worship him and create monumental structures to his glory. He is particularly receptive to those who worship him as the sun god, and who offer human sacrifice. This indicates that such people acknowledge him as a god and as being far worthier than mere human beings. Satan hates human beings because he considers them inferior to him. He now understands that human beings will be his nemesis, and will ultimately displace him. He has absolute control over his own brood, the majority of humanity, but is forbidden to move against the House of Israel for fear of incurring Godís wrath. Again and again, he has incited them to fight against each other, brother against brother, and then distanced himself from the outcome or any culpability. If Godís own people can be incited to war against each other, then God should act against them to stop it, he reasons. After all, heís not their keeper! To this end, Germany was the perfect ally for Satanís plans. Theyíre one of the 12 Tribes Ė the Tribe of Simeon, and they hated all their brothers Ė with a little help from Satan! Possessing monstrous pride and arrogance, they were the perfect target for his plan! Whenever adversity befell the Germans, it was always someone elseís fault. They were perfect for his purpose! You can just imagine the bun fight that ensues when Satan and his rulers get together to plot strategy. You see it all the time at the human level among Satanís brood. The perfect example today is the United Arab League. The Ďdiplomatsí spend half the time hurling insults at each other. The greatest insult against Iraqis is to criticize their moustaches. The Arabians make reference to the sole of their shoes or sandals Ė presumably to trample on others. It may sound petty, but this is the nature of the beast. They may appear as Ďdiplomatsí but underneath they are a cauldron of hatred and venom, and their only unifying factor is their hatred for the West and the Israelis.
Yet itís the House of Israel that Satan hates with a vengeance because theyíre Godís people. His only weapon against them is to corrupt them from within, thereby incurring Godís anger against them. Heís been quite successful at this, but cannot understand why God hasnít moved to destroy them.
One can just imagine what some of Satanís frequent presentations to God consist of. He probably says things like: ĎIt seems that your sovereign nation is not doing too well, doesnít it? They openly defy you, and show contempt for your Laws. If you are their God, then why do you permit it? When they go to war, are they really going in your Name? My people do! They worship me as their god, and call me Allah, and they go to war in my name! According to your standards, who are the faithful people? The people who know their god or the people who donít? Why do you permit such rebellion by your sovereign nation? I donít! Any who rebel against me are decisively dealt with, as my record shows. I show no favour for any nation under my control except those who react favourably to my will. Youíve lavished wealth and prestige on your sovereign nation, and how do they treat you? Are they grateful? Are they respectful? I would suggest they are not! I would suggest to you that if you reached out your hand to strike them, they would curse you to your face!"
This is the way that cunning, crafty liar speaks. His insidious, suspicious, accusatory mode of dealing with others is what characterizes Satanís nature. His sneering cynicism has led him to become the arch-rebel of the universe, and his offspring have inherited his characteristics. When Jesus appeared on earth, Satanís first act was to try to induce Him to fall down and worship him. This is another of Satanís characteristics; he wants every living thing to worship him and feed his insatiable ego. And any who resists him are targeted for destruction.
Unfortunately for Satan, his power doesnít extend to the House of Israel, and to destroy them, he must induce God to move against them. His best and most successful campaigns to corrupt them seem to have fallen on deaf ears, because God appears to be ignoring these growing violations. This has led to Satanís growing frustrations. In this one thing, Godís destruction of Israel, Satan stands ready to support Him and even to provide his forces to execute the order and complete the task.
But Almighty God has chosen not to move against them yet, and this continues to add to Satanís frustration. For the moment, the sins of Ephraim are being stored up, and the penalty is set to be delivered in one fell swoop, with cascading disaster that will seem to be endless. All their devices for peace and safety will be swept away, and only the bleakness of continuing chaos will signal Godís displeasure.
God is setting out to provide the pathways for entering His Rest through the crucible of war. In fact, Almighty God has set His heart on creating a righteous nation through the crucible of war and chaos (Isa 42:25). It will be a time of trouble unlike any that has ever occurred. It will be a time of decision-making, when people will need to make the right decisions or cease to exist forever. There are already nations in the heavenly realms Ė nations of spirit beings, but God has in mind to create a Godly nation born of the earthly realm Ė a realm that has understood heartbreak, carnage and deprivation, and which can appreciate the need for Godís form of justice and government.
Satan is pinning his hopes for conquest on what Isaiah wrote inIsa 42:23 "Which of you will listen to this or pay close attention IN TIME TO COME? Who handed Jacob over to become loot and Israel to the plunderers? Was it not the LORD, against whom we have sinned? For they would not follow His Ways; they did not obey His Law. So He poured out on them His burning anger, the violence of war. It enveloped them in flames, yet they did not understand; it consumed them, but they did not take it to heart."
IN TIME TO COME? Indeed the time has come! Ephraim in particular is making a mockery of Godís Way by befriending His enemies. They seem determined to bring peace and prosperity to those who serve Satan as their god. Where did God ever suggest that the role of the House of Israel is to provide salvation for Godís enemies? What does Ephraim hope to achieve? To empower Satanís forces even more?
The Israelis fell into the same trap under Ephraimís provocation! At Ephraimís insistence, they armed 40,000 Palestinians with side-arms and automatic assault weapons to police their own people. And did they police their own people and stop the suicide bombings? No! They used the weapons against the Israelis, and further compounded the problem! Ephraim has so much egg on their face theyíre starting to look like an omelette. Simply put, Ephraim doesnít know the way to peace!
God intends to show how peace will be achieved. He demonstrated this with ancient Israel when He told them to go in and possess the Promised Land. His instructions were to utterly slaughter all His enemies Ė man, woman and child Ė and to completely eradicate them from His Land. But they failed to do it, and in time these degenerates began to breed in great numbers and regrouped to cause nothing but trouble. Wars continued endlessly until Solomon enjoyed Godís promise of peace during his reign. God rewarded His servant David for his dedicated service by granting peace to his son Solomon. For forty years, David battled Godís enemies to bring peace to the Holy Land, and his reward for this was peace for his wise son Solomon. There is certainly a lesson in this for us all.
Today, peace is unattainable in the Holy Land unless Godís original instructions are implemented. God plans to make sure this lesson is learned for all time! Only those who are convinced of Godís strategy and His Way will be used to carry out Godís instructions. This time it will not be done through the power of numerical strength, but by the power of God. In fact, Godís Kingdom will begin like a tiny mustard seed, which will grow to eventually cover the whole earth.
Presently, we see the Tribes of Israel posturing with their petty, political grandstanding, which is designed to show their deep concern for Godís enemies, and to demonstrate their desire to bring them peace. How Ďnobleí of them! Any fool can see that the Holy Land is the flashpoint and motivator of all of Satanís brood, and every mention of peace is universally focused on the success of the Palestinians for wiping out the Israelis and securing the Holy Land for themselves. Surely there isnít anyone on earth who hasnít noticed this! But the prevailing view is that terrorism is only terrorism if itís conducted outside of the Holy Land. Within Godís Holy Land itís considered to be a fight for freedom for the Palestinians, and not terrorism!
The West continually states that they wonít negotiate with terrorists. How strange, when the U.S. spent years negotiating with Yasser Arafat Ė a proven and admitted terrorist! His record shows that he is the man who set up terrorist training camps, and who established special wings of the PLO for the execution of terrorist acts against the Israelis. Apparently the definition is, that if you only blow up Jews then you are a freedom fighter, but if you blow up anyone else then you are a terrorist. If you launch an unprovoked attack on innocent people as Bin Laden did, then you are a terrorist Ė except if your name happens to be Yasser Arafat, then you are a freedom-fighter and a statesman, and worthy of being given Godís Land.
Under the terms of the Ďroadmap for peaceí it was determined that the Palestinians should stop the terrorism, and the Israelis should immediately vacate the settlements in Gaza and the West Bank. The Palestinians agreed to a 3-month moratorium on suicide bombings and terrorism against the Israeli population. It seems to have gone unnoticed that the Palestinian leadership has the power to do it! Itís the leadership that turns terrorism on and off like a water tap. Yet the West viewed it as a noble act! But never did the West view it as an admission that they, the Palestinians and Yasser Arafat, have been guilty all along, or that they had the power to stop it, but instead actively promoted it, and treated as heroes all who engaged in it. The Palestinians even promoted it through a reward system, which is well-known to Washington Ė a big fat check to the family of the suicide bomber.
Anyway, the moratorium was declared while the Israelis evacuated the settlements. As long as the evacuation continued, they were happy to stop the killings. But when the Israelis began to demolish the settlements, the mood changed rapidly. They wanted the Israelis out, but they wanted to keep their dwellings. They wanted to be able to move right in and occupy them. The Israeli government exposed their greedy, mercenary ways, and the Palestinians were caught flat-footed, and exposed for their greed and cunning, and their real motives were exposed.
The West had the opportunity to explain to the Palestinians that since they wanted the Israelis out, so they are leaving. They wanted the land back, so now theyíve gotten the land back. The West could have concluded by saying ĎIsnít this what you wanted? Wasnít this your stated objective?í But apparently it wasnít! They only wanted to steal dwellings that were not theirs! (SeeHab 1:6). And this is a favourite ploy of Satanís brood. The Israelis exercised their right to remove their own property and left no dwellings for them to steal. Naturally enough, the Palestinians were exposed as lying tricksters, and so the suicide bombings resumed.
Youíll notice the 3-month moratorium was designed to last only as long as it took the Israelis to leave. It was certainly not a permanent denunciation of terrorism Ė a fact that seemed to have slipped right over the heads of Washington. An impartial observer would have to wonder what Washingtonís philosophy is! Itís okay for the Palestinians to drive out the Israelis living among them, but itís not all right for the Israelis to do the same! Is this how it works? There are over one million Palestinians (in fact closer to two million) living among the Israelis. I wonder what Washingtonís reaction would be if the Israelis agreed to remove their citizens from the disputed territories, and then claimed the right to remove all Palestinians from their territory! Surely this would be fair! But not in Washington! Washington lives in a world of delusion and hypocrisy. They not only donít know the way to peace, but it seems they donít even know the way to sanity! The double standards are becoming very, very transparent!
Waving aside all the petty politics and grandstanding, and the insanity that prevails when dealing with Islam, the desired outcome is assured, and God plans to see that it is so. Satan and his evil forces will not win, but neither will those of the House of Israel who have corrupted Godís instructions, and His overall Plan. After God has purged the rebels, and exposed the whole House of Israel to the full force of Satanís fury, God will provide some rest. It will be after much humiliation and breast-beating that the House of Israel will begin to have a change of heart. God will give them a heart of flesh rather than a heart of stone, and He will put His Spirit within them so they can, at last, see clearly. Their blindness will be removed, and they will see the enormity of their errors.
They will recognize their treasonous conduct of siding with Godís enemies, and for trying to regenerate them to world stature and prosperity. Their oppressors will be the very nations whom they so desired to help. Because they failed to recognize the satanic characteristics of these people, they will turn like wild animals against them. Then the House of Israel will begin to see where their feeble-minded ideas about God has led them. Theyíll also understand how mainstream Christianity has beguiled them. Theyíll soon understand that God has in mind something far greater than the ideals generated by falsehood and deception. Then they will understand that God has planned all along to create a righteous nation of sons and daughters patterned after His Faithful Son. God favours people who can stare adversity in the face and emerge triumphant and obedient: people who are rock-solid for Godís Way and His Laws.
To this end, the House of Israel will undergo severe testing, in order for God to purge the rebels and to preserve the faithful. And the final test will be to seek the peace that God will offer, and to enjoy the Rest that God is preparing.
Getting back again to the continuing prophecy line ofIsaiah chapter 11, we find that God is planning to raise a banner for the nations of Israel to rally around. The flag they presently rally around will be but a distant memory. Isa 11:10 "In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to Him, and His place of Rest will be glorious." Itís not just the place of Rest but also the time of Rest that is being referenced here; and this is made clear in the Book of Hebrews. Some have assumed they have already entered this time and place of Rest, but clearly they havenít! Heb 4:1-3 "Therefore, since the promise of entering His Rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. For we also have had the Gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not share in the faith of those who obeyed (margin). Now we who have believed [will Ė see V6] enter that Rest, just as God has said, "So I declared on oath in my anger, ĎThey shall never enter my Rest.í" So even when the Book of Hebrews was written, the promise of entering His Rest still stood as a reminder of a future Rest that will be glorious.
Itís the time of the Rest that is all-important now, as well as the question of entering it. Whether they like it or not, everyone enters the weekly Sabbath every week. Whether or not they actually rest on this day in accordance with the Fourth Commandment is another matter entirely Ė and most donít! Nevertheless, the Sabbath remains just as it existed when created:Heb 4:4-7 "For somewhere He has spoken about the seventh day in these words: "And on the seventh day God rested from all His work." And again in the passage above He says, "They will never enter my Rest." It still remains that some will enter that Rest, and those who formerly had the Gospel preached to them did not go in, because of their disobedience. Therefore God again set a certain day, calling it Today, when a long time later He spoke through David, as was said before: "Today, if you hear His voice do not harden your hearts."" And if God set a certain day, calling it Today, then which Day would this be? God Himself set the day when He rested on the seventh day of creation, and commanded its observance forever as a day of rest. But God has spoken through the prophets of another day of rest that is still to be fulfilled. And this is the Day, called Today, that will require one to actually enter. It requires one to enter it in order to Rest! Whereas the weekly Sabbath requires no effort to observe Ė in fact, it requires one to rest and most donít find this too hard, but the Rest Ė the day called Today Ė does require some effort: V11 "Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that Rest, so that no-one will fall by following their example of disobedience. For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart."
The weekly Sabbath is a pointer to Today. Six thousand long years of human misrule will culminate in a Day of Rest Ė the promised Day Ė the seventh millennial day, which is called Today. And every effort must be made to enter that Rest. Those who had trouble resting on the weekly Sabbath are never going to enter that Rest! This Rest is not only the time of the millennial Sabbath, but it is also a place! And this place must be entered into through effort. Getting back again toIsa 11, God makes this very clear: Isa 11:10-12 "In that Day (called Today) the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to Him, and His PLACE OF REST will be glorious. In that Day the Lord will reach out a second time to reclaim the remnant that is left of His people from Assyria, from Lower Egypt, from Upper Egypt, from Cush, from Elam and from the islands of the sea. He will raise a banner for the nations and gather the exiles of Israel; He will assemble the scattered people of Judah from the four quarters of the earth." In that Day (called Today) God plans to provide the PLACE OF REST. It will not be easy to enter it, because it will require great faith and obedience. At that time and in that Day, there will be no other PLACE OF REST except GODíS REST! This will be the only PLACE OF REST in the day that God has called Today.
God plans to gather the exiles of Israel and Judah. He further identifies the exiles of Israel as Ephraim Ė the prince among his brothers Ė who are destined to play a major role in expanding the borders of the place of Rest along with Judah.V13 "Ephraimís jealousy will vanish, and Judahís enemies will be cut off; Ephraim will not be jealous of Judah, nor Judah hostile towards Ephraim. (The reconciliation of Judah and Ephraim is well-documented in Eze 37:15-28.) They will swoop down on the slopes of Philistia to the west; together they will plunder the people to the east. They will lay hands on Edom and Moab, and the Ammonites will be subject to them. The LORD will dry up the gulf of the Egyptian sea (the Red Sea); with a scorching wind He will sweep His hand over the Euphrates River. He will break it up into seven streams so that men can cross over it in sandals. There will be a highway for the remnant of His people that is left from Assyria, as there was for Israel when they came up out of Egypt." Yes, itís going to be like the exodus from Egypt all over again, and they will also come out of the territory of Assyria on foot and cross the Euphrates River as they do so. The Euphrates River will be an obstacle, and so God will divide it into seven streams so that men can cross over in sandals. They are going to have their feet washed seven times as they cross. Perhaps theyíll even learn to count to seven Ė a problem that has perennially existed when understanding that the Sabbath is the seventh day not the first day (fake Christianityís day of rest - Sunday) or the sixth day (the Moslem Ďsabbathí - Friday) Ė but the seventh day Ė Godís day of rest! And when the reach the seventh crossing of the Euphrates River, they will know that their Rest is near!
Youíll recall that God dried up the gulf of the Red Sea when He brought His people out of Egypt in the days of Moses. In that day they were baptized as they passed through the waters and the cloud:1Cor 10:1-6 "For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers, that our forefathers were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. (You might like to consider what was said of the baptism of John the Baptist Ė Luke 7:29-30). They all ate the same spiritual food and drank the same spiritual drink, for they drank from the spiritual Rock that accompanied them, and that Rock was Christ. Nevertheless, God was not pleased with them; their bodies were scattered over the desert. Now these things occurred as examples, to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did." V11 "These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, ON WHOM THE FULFILLMENT OF THE AGES HAS COME." If you donít understand that God raised up a prophet just like Moses, who appeared as the Christ, and that this Prophet was also the Rock that accompanied the whole House of Israel and who represented the Living Water, then you are totally ignorant and will never understand anything. What is more, those who actively teach to the contrary are already condemned and will never enter Godís Rest. If God was not pleased with those who refused to enter Godís Rest, and scattered their bodies over the desert, donít imagine that anyone will find favour who refuse Godís offer of Rest now. Today is the day God spoke of!
Itís very strange how people refuse to rest on Godís Sabbath! If God had said you must work twice as hard on the Sabbath Day then they would have something to complain about. Instead, God said you must rest, take it easy, and just enjoy the rest. But no, they would have none of it! Theyíll happily rest on any day, as long as itís not Godís Day of Rest!
So there remains a day of rest, and it points to the Day of Rest that God calls Today. Speaking of counting days to determine the Seventh Day, God also instructs us to count weeks, seven in all to arrive at the Feast of Pentecost. He tells us to number our years at 70. We are also told to expect a seventh millennial year, which God calls Today. For the life of me, I cannot understand how the Churches of God could fail to tumble to the preliminary meaning of the seventy weeks spoken of by Daniel! Yet the Churches of God never did! Itís so obvious, yet it demonstrates that those who are blind and deaf see and hear nothing! Little wonder that Jesus had a favourite saying, ĎHe who has ears, let him hear!í The fact is that the Feast of Pentecost is a variable date yet it always falls on a Sunday. If it didnít, then the meaning of the seventy weeks would be negated. So those who insist on observing Sivan 6 as the date of the Day of Pentecost have entirely missed the mark and exposed themselves as foolish deceivers. There is one Scripture that absolutely crushes their idea of a Sivan 6 date, and this is found inJoshua 5:10-12. This just happens to refer to the date when the Israelites entered the Rest Ė the Promised Land. Iíve noticed that the Sivan 6 deceivers have now opted for a Sivan 7 date in order to circumvent this Scripture! They simply refuse to let go of their deception and believe God. Believe me that there will be a time when the House of Israel and the Churches of God will be diligently counting days, weeks, months and years in hope of entering Godís Rest! When all hope is gone, they will realize that God has planned their rescue, and raised a great army to do so!
Anciently, and after 40 long years of wandering the desert, the Israelites entered the Rest, but they didnít do it according to Godly faith. It was a prime condition that the Gentiles were to be driven from the land completely! But they refused to do it, and consequently, the Gentiles remained a thorn in their side. There were examples of Godly faith, and the best example is that of Judah. Their leader, Caleb, sought the territory for Judah, and Joshua granted it according to Mosesí instructions. Only Joshua of the Tribe of Ephraim, and Caleb of the Tribe of Judah gave a favourable report of the land they were sent to spy out, and believed that through the mighty power of God they were well able to go in and possess it. The other nine Tribes refused (Levi wasnít sent on this mission), and reported that the people were too strong. Because of their refusal, God added 40 years to their wandering in the wilderness and this is when their bodies were scattered over the desert (1Cor 10:1-6), and they never entered Godís Rest. Because they lacked the faith to do as God instructed, they died, and never entered the Promised Land! Joshua and Caleb however, did! They were granted long life and vigour because of their faithfulness. This is the account of Caleb: Joshua 14:7-9 "I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the LORD sent me from Kadesh Barnea to explore the land. And I brought him back a report according to my convictions, but my brothers who went up with me made the hearts of the people melt with fear. I, however, followed the LORD my God wholeheartedly. So on that day Moses swore to me, ĎThe land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance and that of your children for ever, because you have followed the LORD my God wholeheartedly." And as Paul says in 1Cor 10:11, the LORD their God whom they followed wholeheartedly was the Rock, the very One who became the Christ. Those who refused to serve the Mighty One died in the desert. V10 "Now then, just as the LORD promised, He has kept me alive for forty-five years since the time He said this to Moses, while Israel moved about in the desert. So here I am today, eighty-five years old! I am still as strong today as the day that Moses sent me out, Iím just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then." Naturally enough, Caleb received his reward for his wholehearted service to God!
God knew at the very outset that only three Tribes Ė Levi, Judah and Ephraim would have the backbone to enter Godís Rest! God knew because He programmed it to be so. It was all planned, and God will carry it out Ė Today! The day that God calls Today has arrived, but there is no sign of anyone preparing to enter that Rest, except Judah and Levi, and Judah is approaching it all wrong! They have the means to do as God requires of them Ė to free the land of the degenerates that currently occupy much of Godís Holy Land, but whenever victory is within their grasp, they are forced to turn back Ė by silly Ephraim! Ephraim is famous for turning back on the day of battle:Ps 78:9-10 "The men of Ephraim, though armed with bows, turned back on the day of battle. They did not keep Godís Covenant and refused to live by His Law." They are also famous for failing to identify Godís enemies. On both counts, their behaviour seems to be heavily influenced by a corrupted Christianity who seems to suffer from the same type of delusion.
But the Rock, the Mighty Christ, knew that by setting an example, and going to His death Ė the literal killing of the God of the Old Testament Ė the precedent would be set for following Him as sheep to the slaughter. This was all predestined to be. All who would be kings or priests must prove their faithfulness to God! If the Son of God must deliver a righteous Kingdom to the Father, and this is His commission, then the Father insists that the inheritors of this Kingdom be patterned after His Son Jesus the Christ.
I donít know why itís so hard for Christianity to come to terms with what God has planned. From the earliest time, He planned for the whole House of Israel to live in the Promised Land and to occupy it as the premier nation on earth. What ancient Israel did in the time of Moses and Joshua is about to be played out again, only this time it will be done properly and in complete accord with Godís Great Plan.
Satan and his demon rulers are ever so subtle. Itís not surprising that they choose their mark and project them as angels of righteousness. There is a tendency in human outlook to see such people as examples of righteousness. And some people are experts at projecting an image of righteousness that deceives many people. And anything they donít understand they are experts in circumventing. Those who are skilled workmen of God easily detect this type of behaviour. They are not beguiled by outward displays of righteousness, but judge according to the Word of God. The true workman knows that if any comes along and is not teaching according to the Law and the Testimony, they have no light of dawn Ė regardless of how much dazzling light they project with outward appearance. Popes, cardinals and bishops of Gentile Christianity are famous for their outward appearance. If they were to dress like a humble carpenter then they wouldnít get the admiration they so desire! And neither would they get the type of respect that they demand! Most people think that the first step to sating their egotism is to dress to stand out from the crowd.
In regard to dress, God Himself will decide who gets to wear dazzling white clothing (Rev 7:9) Ė which represents the righteous acts of the saints (Rev 19:8). We have plenty of examples of people who dress to be noticed, and there is nothing wrong with dressing decently, but when itís done to project an aura of outward display of righteousness, then there is plenty wrong with it. Popes and archbishops milk it for all itís worth! And their followers become so bedazzled that they actually believe these people speak in Godís Name.
It is Godís declared purpose to build a nation after the pattern of His Son. They must first be willing to partake of the Body and Blood of this Faithful Son, and to live according to the pattern He has established. And a description of this pattern is found inIsa 42:1 "Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him and he will bring justice to the nations. He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, and a smouldering wick he will not snuff out (perhaps a better rendering of this might be: An embattled reed He will not break, and a flaming torch He will not snuff out. Jesus made a reference to John the Baptist being a reed that is not shaken in the wind). In faithfulness he will bring forth justice; he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on the earth. In His Law the islands will put their hope." Moses was the one who proclaimed this Law Ė the Law of Moses. Moses was a man of God and Jesus was just like him! (Acts 3:22, Deut 18:15). Both upheld the righteous Law that will bring justice to all nations. God has had many faithful servants, but none to equal the Righteous Son who serves Him Ė Jesus Christ! Yet Moses was of the same pattern and delivered his Law for all Israel (Mal 4:4). Moses endured all the same hardships as the Tribes of Israel in the wilderness, but remained faithful to God. He never complained and whined about adversity, and he kept his mind firmly fixed on the principles and instructions of God. When judgments had to be made, these were made according to the knowledge God had given him. He never departed from the desire to fulfill all that God had said.
With the exception of a handful of people who strongly supported Moses, most spent their time looking for loopholes in the Law and seeking to bring accusations against Moses. Godís response to this type of behaviour was to order them to move to a new location along with new worries and problems to solve. In this way, they quickly forgot their petty grievances against Moses. Even today this drama is carried out among those who love to sow discord and bring accusations against things they donít understand. Some may imagine that God is incapable of moving them to a new location and giving them some real problems to solve, but this is precisely what God has in mind, not only for the House of Israel, but also for the Churches of God.
Itís well known that the Apostle Paul established seven Churches in Turkey in Asia Minor. Throughout Paulís ministry, there is very little to commend these Churches. In fact, Paul prophesied of them in rather scathing terms:Acts 20:25 "Now I know that none of you among whom I have gone about preaching the Kingdom will ever see me again. Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of all men. For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God. Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the Church of God, which He bought with His own blood. I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise and distort the Truth in order to draw away disciples after them. Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears. Now I commit you to God and to the Word of His grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among those who ARE sanctified. I have not coveted anyoneís silver or gold or clothing. You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions. In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus Himself said, ĎIt is more blessed to give than to receive.í"
Years later, the Book of Revelation was delivered, and we find the whole Book is addressed to them Ė and names them! What about all the other Churches that had been established all over the world at that time? Well, they donít even get a mention! And this is very strange indeed, unless there is a good explanation. Well there is a very good explanation, and weíll get to it shortly. But first notice the words Ďby this kind of hard work we must help the weakí.
This is not exactly what the shepherds of the Church of God had in mind when they set themselves up as shepherds in the 20th Century. How did they ever expect to havean inheritance among those who ARE sanctified? They were not willing, by hard work, to help the weak. They did set up an infrastructure, which they called Ďthird titheí Ė a product of their own invention Ė but the shepherds themselves never paid it. So in this regard, the shepherds never personally helped the weak. It was merely a greedy ploy to extract more from the flock and to exploit it for their own advantage. They created the illusion that they were beneficent towards the flock, but not from the first tithe, which they coveted for themselves, but were not entitled to collect anyway! Only Levi is authorized to collect the tithe! These greedy, self-serving thugs were driven by avarice and never achieved sanctification. And neither did they help the weak from their own hard work with their hands.
Paul said of these shepherds of the seven Churches that then existed, that the Word of God could Ďbuild them up and give them an inheritance among those who ARE sanctifiedí. These shepherds were not sanctified! But they could have been, but only if they followed Godís instructions. But it wasnít to be! Yet it was these very Churches in Asia Minor which became the pattern for the prophesied seven last Churches, and God has identified them by name (Rev 1:11), and then in Chapters 2 and 3, God gives a synopsis of these Churches in the last days, and again, by name! God wanted to make sure there are no misunderstandings about this!
They became the protťgť of the shepherd whom God raised up to tend the flock, and whom God positively identifies as a shepherd over the flock:Zech 11:15 "For I am going to raise up a shepherd over the land who will not care for the lost, or seek the young, or heal the injured, or feed the healthy, but will eat the meat of the choice sheep, tearing off their hoofs. Woe to the worthless shepherd, who deserts the flock! May the sword strike his arm and his right eye! May his arm be completely withered, his right eye totally blinded." If God says He is going to raise up a shepherd over the flock, then you had better believe He did it! For further details of this shepherd, read the article ĎWho is the Flock marked for Slaughter?í at our website.
When Paul was addressing those shepherds in Asia Minor (Turkey today), he referred to them in the plural. God had previously mentioned just one shepherd whom He planned to raise up inZech 11:15, but by the time of Paul there were seven shepherds over seven Churches in Asia Minor. It was these seven Churches that Paulís prophecy referred to, and this is confirmed in Rev 1:11. Eventually, the seven Churches of God in Asia Minor disappeared and were not heard of again in any detail, either by Paul or others, but still these Churches of God remained an integral part of prophecy. When the prophet John received the Book of Revelation, he was on an island adjacent to the region of the seven Churches in the region of modern-day Turkey.
You probably know that the Turks and the Greeks have been involved in a long-running dispute over the Island of Cypress. The Greeks are of the view that they have had enough of the excesses of Islam, who have infiltrated their lands in the past, particularly in the days of the Ottoman Empire, and now Islam wants to control Cypress. The Greeks are ever-aware of their most favoured son Alexander the Great, and his means of dealing with Arab hordes. After Alexander had inherited the kingdom of his father Phillip, he secured all the land to the Danube (the area called the Balkans today) and trained an army for the conquest of the Arabs. The Balkans were the target of the Islamic Ottoman Empire, and they occupied and populated it right to the border of Austria. The Greeks today believe that they are the heirs of all of Greece and the Balkans (and Cypress for that matter), the Greek-Macedonian Empire that was established by Alexander, their great king. The Greeks have watched for generations the insurgency characteristics of Islam, and in recent years, have watched the Western World favour Islam over Macedonians. In the Balkans war, NATO targeted the Macedonian Serbs (usually called Bosnians) in favour of the Islamic Croats. It may have gone unnoticed by the world, but America went to war in favour of the traditional enemies of the Greek-Macedonian Empire.
Amid a great flush of sanctimony, America has arrested and put on trial Slobadan Milosovic, the Macedonian leader, accusing him of atrocities against the Moslems. No sooner had they done this, than Moslems began their atrocities against America, which demonstrates the futility of doing anything to help Moslems. They always turn like dogs on their benefactors! The Greeks and Macedonians have never done anything against America, and it was yet another case of America backing the wrong horse. American indiscretion in favouring Islam is coming down on their heads. They accuse Milosovich of atrocities, but donít seem to see the massive upsurge of Islamic atrocities. Even 9-11 wasnít enough to convince them!
The Greeks and Macedonians could teach America a few things about Democracy, and they could also teach America how to bring peace Ė because they know how to make war as the exploits of Alexander the Great will show. At least Alexander knew how to identify the enemy! One of the characteristics of Alexander was that he made no pretense at being self-righteous. Ambitious, bombastic, ruthless, merciless, a born commander of armies, but any who sought his favour had to earn it. He decimated every nation and reduced them to rubble. He enslaved the people under extreme hardship, but offered them hope if they embraced his ideals. The nations he conquered grew to love him, because ultimately he brought them peace. His offer was life or death Ė life if they obeyed him, or death if they didnít, and Alexander was not known for conducting fair trials.
In fact, Alexander had some very cute methods of dealing with POWs. When he fought the Persians at Granicus in Turkey, any Persian prisoners taken were horribly tortured to death in full view of the Persian armies. Alexander wanted them to see what would happen to all captives. It struck fear into the heart of the Persians and broke their spirit. Alexander wanted them to be sure to understand that they would die without mercy at his hand. At the time Alexanderís forces were outnumbered by the superior forces of the Persians, but this didnít worry him. He decided that Greek wisdom would prevail over the arrogance of established empires. He didnít expect to lose, and the army he then faced was a minor distraction from his greater goal of imprinting his power over the entire Middle East.
Today the Greek-Macedonians are sitting back and quietly watching as America continues to favour their former enemies of the Arab world. It was through their conquest of the Arab world that Greece became the epitome of wisdom in the ancient world. Their influence spread globally, and the Greek language became the standard in all the educated world. The greatest library in the ancient world was built to honour Alexander in Alexandria, Egypt and promote the wisdom of the Greeks.
Thereís a ruler in the Greek-Macedonian region who is not flesh and blood, and he has a plan. Since this plan is completely at odds with Americaís objectives of bringing peace to the Middle East, this ruler plans to bide his time until the moment is right, and he has seen the writing on the wall.
Cypress remains divided despite the best efforts of the Greeks to unify it. Ballots and Western methods of dispute-solving have failed. What would Alexander have done in such circumstances? This ruler knows exactly what he would have done, in fact, he has personal knowledge of what he did do and why. If Alexander the Great were around today, he would be very cynical about Americaís lack of wisdom. The truth is that the whole world is cynical about Americaís lack of wisdom, and cannot understand why they are so hell-bent on protecting and favouring Islam when their stated objective is to destroy America! I can tell you this: Alexander would have launched himself like a whirlwind and a maelstrom against the Moslems scum today the moment they opened their mouths against him! Notwithstanding, this spirit ruler will when the time is right, and he will be called the Beast!
Almighty God foretold all these things long ago. All the human beings involved in the events of ancient history are dead, but the invisible rulers who motivated them are not! These are still alive and well, and God has some long-standing issues with them, and He plans to take revenge on them. One by one God will deal with them, and lead them down the path to destruction. Despite their best efforts to thwart Godís Plan, they will find themselves outmaneuvered and fighting for their very existence. Then finally, God will bring their whole brood for a showdown in the City of the Great King Ė Jerusalem.
The servants of God must walk a fine line of speaking of Godís intentions, yet being careful not to declare His secrets prematurely to His enemies. God views it as an act of treachery for His servants to be blabbing secrets to his enemies and forewarning them. Those who do such things will be beaten with many blows. Jesus referred to it as casting pearls before swine, and warned not to do it. The servants of God are expected to know the dangers of Ďrunning aheadí as John put it in2John 1:9. The servants of God are expected to be watching all that is happening, and refraining from foolish speculation about things that may influence Satanís plotting and give him an advantage. They should understand who will be the object of Satanís hatred, and whom he will pursue as his primary target when he makes the greatest blunder of his existence. Itís the Woman who is mentioned in Rev 12:13. The first thing one does in warfare is to identify the enemy, and the second thing is to make it as hard as possible for them to gain victory. Even America is not silly enough to hand their battle plan to the enemy. In fact, an important part of any battle plan is to confuse the enemy. Itís worth remembering these things. Times are becoming critical!
God has said He will dry up the seven streams of the River Euphrates so that men can cross over in sandals. Close by, in the former territories of Assyria, will be the remnant of the House of Israel who will soon be returning home to Godís Place of Rest. The seven Churches will be in Turkey to fulfill prophecy, and to provide much needed instructions to the Israelites. As the offspring of the Woman mentioned inRev 12:17, they will be endowed with the Testimony of Jesus Ė the Spirit of Bible Prophecy Ė and will instruct many. It will be as Isaiah wrote in Isa 11:15-16. In this chapter of Isaiah, we have a description of the Mighty Christ and His resolve to deliver justice to the poor of the earth. Isa 11:3-5 "ÖHe will not judge by what He sees with His eyes, or decide by what He hears with His ears; but with righteousness He will judge the needy, with justice He will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth; with the breath of His lips He will slay the wicked. Righteousness will be His belt and faithfulness the sash around His waist." The poor in those days will be the Ďlost sheep of Israelí Ė the Ten Tribes who formerly repudiated their mother Jerusalem and finished up a conquered people and were enslaved in Assyria and Asia Minor. Their repudiation of Godís Holy City was to come back and haunt them.
In the very next verse, we find that God has again chosen Jerusalem and speaks of the restoration, inIsa 11:6 "The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion together; and a little child shall lead them. The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. The infant will play near the hole of a cobra, and the young child put his hand into the viperís nest. They will neither hurt nor destroy on all my Holy Mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea." Jerusalem will be occupied and settled, and children will be born and raised in an atmosphere free of terror and savage animals and poisonous vipers. At that time, God will have stretched out His hand to redeem those who remained faithful to the Holy City Ė those who refused to abandon it Ė just as they did during the time of, and under the rule of, the tyrant King Rehoboam. They endured his whips and scorpions for the sake of Godís City that bears His Name. Not so the ten Tribes who went into exile!
Eventually, around 130 years later, the faithful Tribes of Judah and Levi were also subjected to conquest, slavery and exile from the Holy Land. But there was a marked difference in their attitude. No sooner had they been conquered and taken into slavery for their sins, than they began to desire to return to Godís Holy City and rebuild the ruins. They endured the carnage and slaughter and still desired to return to worship their God. But it was to be seventy long years before Jeremiahís prophecy was fulfilled, and their desires were finally realized. They had learnt a severe lesson and resolved not to repeat it, and dedicated themselves to the service of God, but in times of trouble on all sides. For centuries they struggled and made some progress. Men like Judas Maccabee arose as a warrior taking the fight to their enemies. The situation resembled the time when the Israelites were brought out of Egypt. Wars and turmoil ensued to drive out the enemy, and to secure the Holy Land.
HEROD THE GREAT
Eventually, a ruthless tyrant arose who would proclaim himself sovereign over Jerusalem and the Holy Land. He was something of a master strategist who gained the favour of the ruler of the Roman Empire. One of Herodís first acts was to claim ownership of Jerusalem and to establish it as the Holy City and in the eighteenth year of his reign, to build a Temple. He was now the king over the sacred City and would tolerate no opposition. So when news of the birth of the promised King reached his ears, he was determined to destroy Him regardless or who or what He was. And we all know the story of how he killed all baby boys under two years of age to ensure he killed the new King. Herod was a ruler of the heavenly realms just as Pharaoh was. He sought Godís favour by building the Temple but wanted all the credit and all the glory. The rulers of the heavenly realms are famous for getting rid of anyone who might threaten their authority, and they are absolutely ruthless even though, most of the time, they seek to justify their actions. In this instance, Herod had no time to justify his actions and ordered the slaughter of the baby boys with all haste. Not only did he fail to kill the King, but God took his very life a few months later, and the new King survived him.
From Herodís example we can learn a lesson. Just because someone openly desires to serve God or gain His favour, doesnít necessarily mean they belong to God. Even demons believe in God and absolutely tremble with fear. But itís not within them to be partisan on any issue Ė they always want to control everything. Some could be described as closet-tyrants, and while they project an image to gain great favour, they can turn in an instant into foaming animals. Herod was plausible, friendly, and even statesmanlike in all that he did, as long as it suited his purpose. He sought the favour of the Jews as being the people of God, even though he was an Edomite himself. It was because of his background as an Edomite that he almost succeeded in gaining Arabia as part of his kingdom from Octavian and Antony in Egypt. Herod contended that as an Edomite, he had regal rights to the western part of Arabia, the homeland of the Edomites and the Nabateans whose capital was Petra. Much later, Herod Antipas, son of Herod the Great, married the daughter of the King of Nabatea, but she fled when Herod Antipas took his brother Philipís wife Herodias, fearing for her life. She fled to her fatherís capital of Petra and never returned. Presumably, Herod Antipas still retained the ambitions of his father to secure Arabia as part of his kingdom by marriage.
Somewhat peripheral to all this are the accusations by John the Baptist against Herod Antipas for taking his brother Philipís wife (who was also Philipís niece). Herod imprisoned John and later beheaded him. This was when Herod really found himself in trouble. King Aretas of Petra waged war on him on account of his daughter, and Herodís forces faired badly. He was forced to appeal to Tiberius to have the matter resolved in a truce, but without success. Tiberius died at that time, and his successor Caligula, rather than resolve the issue, accused Herod Antipas of treasonable conduct and exiled him to Gaul (France). It was his nephew Herod Agrippa the First that leveled the charges against him and made them stick. Agrippa was concerned that Herod Antipas had destabilized the region by causing the war with King Aretas of Petra.
With the departure of Herod and Herodias to exile in France, Salome, the daughter of Herodias, and the one who requested the head of John the Baptist, was left vulnerable and in danger of becoming a pariah. But this little strumpet was nothing if not resourceful! She quickly seduced her uncle Philip, the tetrarch of Iturea, and managed to marry him. When he died four years later, she leapt into the bed of her cousin Aristobulus, who had a small kingdom in the Lebanon region, and married him. A little later, Herod Agrippa II succeeded in bringing the whole region under his control leaving Aristobulus and Salome isolated and powerless, and presumably, fleeing for their lives.
All of which goes to show that the batting averages of all those who sought to control Jerusalem have not been good. The Herodian line of rulers kept a firm grip on the Holy Land and even restored the Temple at Jerusalem, and made sure that satanic agents controlled everything. He rewarded his agents with wealth and privilege in return for creating a harsh and impossible environment for those who wanted to return to God. They added thousands of picky little laws including the paying of tithes on homegrown herbs. There were crazy requirements (which they never observed themselves) and made sure that everyone knew that in order to serve God the people had to observe the burden they themselves had placed upon them.
It will take 40 years for all the preparations to be completed for the Place of Rest. The Holy Land must be cleared of Satanís brood. Houses and infrastructure must be completed, and the Temple must be built. During this long period, the House of Israel will be taken far away from their present lands, and will once again know the slavery they formerly suffered under the Egyptians. While their end as nations will come quickly, the horror of existence will continue, and they will be despised by all the nations of the earth. But at that time, a fledgling Kingdom will offer hope, and it will be seen that violent men take it by force (just as Jesus said) and these will show no mercy to those who have no rights to walk this sacred ground. Those who have shown no desire to establish Godís Rest in the Holy Land will die in captivity and their bodies will fall in the desert Ė just as it happened in the days of Moses. It will be a new generation that will come to know and understand Godís purpose, and hold the hope of entering His Rest.
THE ROCK Ė the Most Holy of Holies. Now housed and adorned with a mosque Ė a symbol of Satanís hatred for his Father and his most famous Brother. This Rock is supposed to be housed in the Temple of God not a mosque. And soon it will be! (View from above).
Naturally enough, those in the fledgling Kingdom of God will enjoy the ultimate longevity of lives, and will have their youth restored. All their former maladies and physical shortcomings will be removed and they will be vibrant and strong, and well able to do all that God requires of them.
God describes the whole Temple Mount as being holy. But there is one section that stands out above all others, and is called the Holy of Holies. This is the Rock and is, itself, the dwelling-place of God in the future. The man-made structure of the Temple was designed to house this most precious Rock. This Rock represents the pinnacle of Godís majesty, and the very symbol of the Most Precious Cornerstone Ė which is His Son, the Christ. So it should come as no surprise that Satanís brood now have control of it and wonít relinquish it. Such is the hostility of Satan and his brood to the things that are sacred to God.
Satan knows this was the Holy Rock and the Most Holy Place, and he also knows that this was the place of the Holy of Holies in the Temple that Solomon built to Godís glory. Satan knows very well that this Rock stands in the very land that God gave to the 12 Tribes of Israel. Of all the land on the face of the earth, Satan wants this ground more than any other, and he is absolutely obsessed with possessing it. Slowly but surely, the Western World is coming to the view that in order to have peace, Satan should get what he wants. Itís clear from Satanís brood that they want the Temple Mount and all the ground around it Ė the entire Holy Land!
THE ROCK Ė which represents the Chief Cornerstone. It seems to be a real coup to Satan that he now controls the most precious piece of real estate on the planet. This is all about to change, and the only rocks Satan will see for the next thousand years will be his prison.
God is not amused! When He sees such wanton defiance of all that He has said concerning Jerusalem, and when He sees His most favoured nations siding with His enemies to desecrate and overrun His Holy City, there can only be one outcome: severe punishment! Itís called the Day of Vengeance (Isa 63:4, Jer 46:10), a time when God acts to set the record straight and to punish the guilty. The House of Israel are not particularly concerned though; they consider theyíve done enough in the way of service to God, and Jerusalem is just not worth fighting for. If giving away Jerusalem and the Holy Land will bring peace from Satanís brood, then so be it, they reason. Of course itís all a lie, Satan and his brood are as greedy as the Grave, and like Death are never satisfied (Hab 2:5). Make one concession to them and they want more. You canít placate these evil creatures! Itís as well for the House of Israel, and particularly Ephraim, to know that handing over concessions involving the Holy City will be viewed as the worst possible act of treachery against God. And no mercy will be shown the guilty! And this act of treachery is dangerously close to being committed. The rulers of the heavenly realms have become so emboldened that they openly state that the root cause of all their terrorist acts is Jerusalem and the Holy Land. Give these to us, they say, and all terrorism will stop. And the West is starting to believe them. Itís as good as signing their own death warrant if they believe this lie! God has withheld many secrets from the House of Israel because, quite frankly, they didnít deserve to know. God reveals His secrets to His servants the prophets, but there is one single factor that has never been a secret, and this is Godís love of Jerusalem. All of Christianity should know that this is the CITY of a GREAT KING! And even the House of Israel has no excuse for not knowing this. But in the interests of peace Ė the way of which they have never known Ė there are moves afoot to find occasion with the Israelis to desert them, and leave them to the mercy of Satanís hordes. The fact that Ephraim will turn against Judah is well-documented in the Bible. But in doing so, they will soon find that salvation is of the Jews, and God be praised, the Jews are the most forgiving people on the face of the earth. The Jews will join Godís Army and together they will crush all the surrounding nations, and pave the way for the establishment of the Place of Rest in Godís Kingdom.
Almighty God is a power-sharing God. He delights in sharing His great power with those who share His views on everything. Itís not unlike a king or corporate entity who chooses advisors and appoints men of ability to administer their plans. In Godís Kingdom there will be tiers of government and rulership, and at all levels, these appointments will be made by God Himself.
There is trouble ahead! In fact, it is a time of trouble so bad that it has no parallel in history. It is a time so bad that God has vowed it will never be repeated. Itís also called Jacobís trouble. When ancient Israel exited from Egypt, they eventually entered the Promised Land, but they didnít find the promised peace, because they failed to listen to God and to exercise Godly faith. It was always Godís intention to settle them in the Holy Land, and to settle them in peace, but they would have none of it.
The day they crossed the Jordan River, the manna from heaven stopped, and they ate the produce of the land (Joshua 5:10-12). They had arrived, but they found no rest. Pockets of resistance continued, and these degenerated into whole nations attacking them. Was it Godís intention to inflict this upon them? No, it was Godís intention for them to come to their senses and obey Him! But right at the outset they decided they could live in peace with the heathen that occupied much of the land, and allowed them to stay Ė and against Godís express instructions! So they lived out the curses that God had forewarned them of and faced centuries of opposition on all sides. Real peace was not realized until the arrival of King David, and even then, peace was achieved only in the twilight of his years. But this legacy was enjoyed throughout the reign of his son Solomon. It had taken nearly 400 years to achieve this peace. Oddly enough, it could have been achieved in as many days, but the House of Israel didnít have the heart to serve God according to His instructions. God granted Solomon peace during his reign, but this peace only lasted for one generation. The next generation saw the nation divide into two, with ten Tribes deserting Godís Holy City Jerusalem. They openly worshiped pagan gods, and soon forgot all about God their Maker. They wanted to be just like all the other nations around them and to be able to choose their methods of worship. They liked the style of pagan worship with the feasting and sexual orgies that accompanied them. They became so enmeshed in this lifestyle that any return to God was unthinkable.
Again, generations passed, and for a while, the northern ten Tribes found allies among those God had warned them of. They even formed an alliance to attack the southern kingdom of Judah and Levi but failed in their quest. In the wake of this a behemoth arose, the nation of Assyria, and conquered them and led them away in slavery. In time they extracted themselves from the slavery and settled in lands far away. 2724 years have now passed, and the Holy Land is no longer an option for peace. In fact, the land that God promised Abraham and his descendants has become an undesirable hell-hole to the lost sheep of Israel. Who would want to live there? Certainly not the Ten Tribes! Only the Jews! They love the land that God gave them anciently, and are prepared to die for it.
So has God forgotten about the promise He made to the Patriarchs Ė Abraham, Isaac and Jacob? Does Godís promise still stand of settling their descendants into the Holy Land in peace and safety? The question could be asked, ĎWhy would He bother?í since the northern Ten Tribes exhibit no desire to go there. For 3Ĺ thousand years, from the time of the Exodus until now, the northern Ten Tribes have had to fight for every square foot of ground they possess, and now they only want peace. But peace is proving to be allusive, and every effort to extract conformity to rules of behaviour among the heathen nations has proven to be unattainable. The heathen nations donít want peace, and they have made this very clear! Ephraim Ė the U.S. today, are sure they have the formula to bring peace, but Satanís brood want none of it! They consider it to be toxic propaganda that weakens the resolve of their people to destroy the U.S. and its allies, and this is their overall goal. America, they contend, can keep their peace overtures Ė they donít even want to listen! And they certainly donít want their people listening to it. Most of these nations control their own airwaves in the media, so that their people are not influenced by talk of peace. And as an offset, they constantly bombard their people with anti-American propaganda to create the desired hatred.
To show how well this propaganda campaign has worked, the whole Islamic world hates America so much that they cannot rest until they see them destroyed. These degenerate Moslems view nothing America does with favour. In contrast, how has Americaís propaganda worked to win their hearts and minds? Has giving Islam a clean bill of health concerning terrorism in general worked to win their approbation? Has Americaís mad propaganda worked to placate them or change them? Do you ever hear any favourable comments about America from any Moslem leader? All Moslem leaders know that to merely suggest that America has any virtue would bring an immediate attempt on their life. There is a fanaticism among all of Islam that makes them unpredictable and dangerous even to their own leaders. Even those Moslems employed by the U.S. in Iraq are dying like flies at the hands of their own people.
America is out of their depth and caught in a trap from which there is no escape. They were foolish to imagine they could tame Satanís brood. False friends are worse than true enemies, and they can be far more damaging than the true enemy that openly states his opposition. False friends, and America has plenty of them, stand ready to stick the knife at the first opportunity. Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan are typical examples of false friendship, and these three are the very ones whom America most often calls Ďfriendsí. The true enemy can be dealt with in the manner that they deserve, and as Sun Tzu (The Art of War) would say, you must first know your enemy and your enemy is not your friend. And even more poignantly, Godís enemies are not our friends and neither are they Americaís friend.
There are so many examples of the treachery of Islam that it simply cannot go unnoticed. They cut the throats of hostages on camera and then whine and complain about Ďtortureí in Abu Ghraib prison. Somehow their accusations get more coverage than their outrages. Their hatred is for all Americans, but let anyone in America accuse all Islam, and howls of derision emanate across the land from all the sanctimonious do-gooders who are blindsided from the truth. When you see Moslem women and children dancing in the streets at the deaths of Americans, you know itís not a few isolated terrorists who are the enemy. Itís all of Islam!
To be perfectly honest, Christianity today should know who Godís ancient enemies are, because God has made it abundantly clear in the Bible. So clear in fact, that no-one serious student of the Bible could fail to see it. He has spoken again and again against Babylon and the Babylonians, and identified them as those nations that surround the Holy Land. These Islamic nations are to be the first targets of Godís Army, and indeed, that of the Messiah as well (Isa 63:1-6). So why have the Churches of God remained ignorant today? The reason is that they could never bring themselves to believe God! They followed only the powers of persuasion to believe anything except Godís Truth. They never believed that the Babylonians would swept across the earth plundering and destroying. And now that itís happened, and continues in intensity, they still donít believe it.
Let me tell you a little secret. This Brotherhood couldnít care less about those who donít believe God; we only care about those who do! And neither are we interested in the pathetic excuses of those who refuse to obey God; we care only for those who do! You are either with God or against Him Ė and there is nothing in between. If you are with God, then you will obey Him and serve Him, and you will believe Him. Anything short of this makes one an unprofitable servant.
Jesus was asked a question,"Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?" (Luke 13:23). "He said to them, "Make every effort to enter through the narrow Door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and not be able to." The Door is going to be narrow to the Place of Rest, because everyone will be scrutinized as they enter, and some will find themselves turned away Ė they will not be able to enter. The words Ďmake every effortí doesnít seem to match the present conceptions of most people today, who think it only requires to mumble something about ĎJesus being their personal Saviorí and they are instantly saved. In that day, it will require real effort, and there will be no free rides for the undeserving. Then Jesus adds more concerning their whining and complaining about their qualifications (V26) and in V27 "But He will reply, ĎI donít know you or where you come from. Away from me, you evil doers!í" And what would Ďor where you come fromí mean? Jesus had to prove His linage in order to be accepted as being of the House of David. Since these people must also prove their qualifications for being of the House of David, they must truly be of the House of David. The truth is that some of these will not be of the bloodline of the House of David, but must be of the bloodline of the Son of David Ė the Christ. In other words, they must have the Spirit of Christ living with them, and soon to be in them (John 14:17), to be a kind of firstfruits (James 1:18) and join Godís chosen Firstfruits or wave offering (Num 8:13-16).
The Kingís Gate Ė Sealed off by Moslems to prevent the King from entering. They even put a Moslem graveyard in front of it, presumably to prevent the King desecrating Moslem graves. This is the classic example of the antichrist.
But of course, the Christ will not be standing there at the Door of the House of David to vet everyone who tries to enter Ė others will do that. It will be those who live in Jerusalem (Isa 22:21). These will have the key to the House of David (V22). These are appointed to act on Christís behalf, and will act by the authority of the Father and the Son. The Sons of Jerusalem will be fully qualified to vet all the wannabeís trying to get through the Door, and this Door represents Christ (John 10:9, 10 Ė the KJV uses the word Ďdoorí and the NIV Ďgateí). As a point of interest, one of the entrances to the Temple Mount is called the Kingís Gate, which is a doorway that was sealed off by Moslems centuries ago to prevent the future King from entering. They hope!
The House of David was originally all 12 Tribes when David ruled, but they abandoned the Holy City and only two Tribes remained Ė Judah and Levi. And the House of David became just two Tribes: Judah and Levi. It was the Tribe of Judah from which Jesus had to prove his linage to satisfy the inquisitorial nature of the rulers of the heavenly realms. And even when He did so, they accused Him of being born of fornication. They are such disgusting creatures!
THE CHURCH AND THE KINGDOM OF GOD
Itís true that the true Church of God sought the Kingdom of God and didnít engage in the nonsense of mainstream Christianity of believing that everyone who died wafted off to heaven. The problem is that the Churches of God didnít understand what the Kingdom of God was or how it would be established. To be sure, they understood that Godís promises to the Patriarchs would be upheld, and that the Promised Land would be the place of Godís Kingdom, but the means by which God would complete this task was far from their understanding. They baulked at being like the Jews and fighting for Godís Holy Land, and all but dismissed the idea of Jerusalem being the City of God. Not really important, they believed, since there is to be a New Jerusalem descending from heaven. And the precious Rock Ė the Chief Cornerstone Ė that was housed in the Holy of Holies, well this means nothing either! They had their own rock, and this was set in the Celtic throne of Scotland. This was the rock they revered Ė for obscure reasons that seem only to make sense to them! Quite frankly, they are not interested in the Precious Cornerstone that represented Christ.
If they had begun on this path of questioning some of the obvious flaws in their beliefs, they might be forced to review everything that God has said concerning them, and this could force major doctrinal changes Ė which would have been resisted by the hierarchy. Theyíve spent some seventy years establishing their doctrinal platform, and they donít intend to change this regardless of what Scripture says. There is a growing tendency to ignore all prophecy now, and a growing belief that God will scoop them all up before prophecy actually begins to be fulfilled. Once they are all home and hosed, God can do anything He wants, they reason. In other words, all glory to them, and to hell with the rest of the world. God will sort it all out, so who cares? In their minds, as long as they get credit for obeying Godís Laws, they couldnít care less how prophecy unfolds.
All of which brings us to an important principle, and the means by which God reveals his secrets to His servants the prophets. Itís certainly no secret that God hid His Truth of all that He plans to do from everyone Ė except those who were appointed by Him to understand. And all these secrets remained hidden throughout the passage of 6,000 years. But at the appointed time, God acted to reveal His Truth and to empower His servants to understand prophecy and the many mysteries of God. God went to great lengths to conceal His Truth so that no-one would understand, except those appointed to do so. True to the pattern of Godís ways, God never called the mighty and noble Ė those with insatiable egos Ė but humble men and women who would stand in awe of Him and honour His Name. God calls servants who are least like the arch-rebel Satan, who has a towering image of himself, and considers himself equal to God. God actually hates those who have inflated views of themselves, because He knows this trait can quickly get out of control and emerge as unrestrained personal glory seeking. Many of the traits of Christianity today are indistinguishable from Satanís methodology. We see church leaders seeking fame and glory out of all proportion to any responsibility towards God. They donít guard Godís reputation, but they sure do guard their own reputations! And this is what makes them unworthy of God.
God places no value on those who are driven by self-interest, and seeks those who closely resemble His Faithful Son Jesus. Now if Jesus had been motivated by self-interest, He would never have submitted to that horrific death. But He knew that He must set an example for others to follow, and to set the standards by which men may serve their Creator.
Most Christians would happily believe that Jesus didnít deserve to die. The reason being that He was completely innocent. God agrees. But does this mean that those who are not innocent deserve to live? Did Jesus take the fall for everyone so that they could do as they please? No, He didnít! What is more, this same Jesus is putting everyone on notice that their salvation is not as sure as they thought it was.
To the chagrine of all those who could never believe God, God has appointed the Sons of Jerusalem to do what no-one else could ever do, to establish the fledgling Kingdom of God. And this will be done in an atmosphere of trouble like never before. With the nations of the earth falling like dominoes, the first signs of Godís Place of Rest will emerge, growing in strength and power and preparing for the great rescue of the remnant of the House of Israel.
And that, friends, is the good news of the Kingdom of God!
All rights reserved