THE GREAT PLAN OF ALMIGHTY GOD
By Neville V. Stevens
New International Version used throughout unless otherwise specified.
The significance of Georgia (mentioned in Chapter 1)is that long ago a group settled there and were known as the Cossacks. These people had their origins in Germany, and were originally called the Teutonic Knights. They emulated the Knights of the Temple (Knights Templar) and held to many of their teachings, mainly in the area of chivalry and defending the weak. What they lacked in knowledge they made up for in courage. Like their mentors, the Knights Templar, they protected the Jewish people Ė the Sabbath-keepers Ė even though many of these Sabbath-keepers were in fact Celtic Levites.
Migrations of the Teutonic Knights from GermanyĖ shown in yellow top-right corner.
Throughout Europe, anti-semitism continually raised its ugly head, and what riled these persecutors was the practice of Sabbath-keeping, and this is what identified the object of their hatred. The Celtic Levites were different from the Jewish people in that they were Christians, but they protected the Jews, knowing they had been blinded by God to the Truth about Jesus the Messiah. The Celtic Levites knew, even then, that the time would come when Judah would feature most prominently in prophecy and would become the saviours of many people. It was this very teaching that inflamed the thinking of so many of mainstream Christianity, who sought instructions from the Gentiles. Gentile Christianity had already abandoned Sabbath-keeping centuries before, and hated all those who held to a contrary view.
As the dark ages descended on Europe, bloody persecutions became rife. In Germany, the noble Teutonic Knights were beginning to upset the rulers who wanted to persecute and kill all Sabbath-keepers in order to gain favour with Gentile Christianity. Both Catholicism and Protestantism became the persecutors of anyone who upheld the Seventh-Day Sabbath in accordance with the Commandment. By 1530, Protestant Martin Luther had become foremost in his hatred of Judaism Ė a derogatory term reserved for Sabbath-keepers. It was a convenient ploy to make the charge that the Jews had put Jesus to death, and were therefore worthy of death.
The Teutonic Knights did not see it this way, and so Protestantism rebelled against them and eventually drove them out of Germany and into Poland. From there they developed an affinity with Eastern Europe and eventually offered their services to Catherine the Great to drive out the Ottoman hordes from Russia. For their successful services, Catherine offered to give them all of Siberia as a homeland. However, they didnít like the look of Siberia, but they liked the place of their frontier border Ė Georgia. Georgia was on the Black Sea and had port facilities for trade, and fertile lands for their flocks and herds.
Prior to this, in 1576, Stephen Bathory of Poland reformed the Teutonic Knights and they became known as the Cossacks, an elite fighting force, who arraigned against Ivan IV of Russia, and led three successful campaigns against him. Ivan the Terrible is still revered by many of the Mongoloid Russians today for his ruthless and barbaric practices.
As it all worked out, Georgia proved to be a perfect solution and a just reward. And it didnít hurt at all that the former Teutonic Knights, called the Cossacks by the Poles and Russians, had secured a border between the Russians and the Mongol hordes Ė which had driven into Turkey and integrated with the Moslem hordes to form a powerful union Ė the Ottoman Turkish Empire. Not surprisingly, the Ottoman Turks hated Christianity with a vengeance, just as present-day Moslems do. With the support of the Mongols, they hoped to overrun and slaughter all of Europe.
Interestingly, it was the very people whom Germany had rejected Ė the Teutonic Knights Ė who would later become their saviours. The Georgian Cossacks formed up to attack the supply lines of the Ottoman Turks as they drove into Eastern Europe, severely disrupting their supply to their frontlines. The Ottoman Turks faced a severe problem Ė whether to open a new front to destroy the Cossacks and capture Georgia, and so rid themselves of the problem, or to endeavour to circumvent the Cossacks by securing other means of supply. The difficulty of launching a major offensive against Georgia would mean that Russia would be drawn into the war on their southern flanks, creating a major and unsustainable two-front war against two formidable powers Ė Russia and Europe. The Ottomans really didnít want Russia involved so close to their borders. With the slowness of a bear, the Ottoman Turks moved into the Holy Land and gained an enforced alliance with the Egyptians, creating a vast coastline from which to launch their offensives and supply their soldiers on the frontline. It was the final defeat of the Turkish fleets that saw the demise of the Ottoman Turkish Empire.
Much of Russia to the far west was already conquered by the Ottoman hordes, but Russia was a minor prize compared with all of Europe. The Cossacks were light-horsemen armed with slashing swords and lances. They generally terrified and destabilized the Ottoman hordes with their lightning raids. The Cossack regiments were developed as a counter-force to Ottoman Moslem Imperial Guard who were called the Spahis, that is, riders or light-horsemen. The Spahis numbered 100,000-strong, and were the elite soldiers of the Ottoman Empire. What is strikingly unique about the Spahis is that they were predominantly Christian slaves. This is how the Atlas of World History, Vol 1, pp. 209, explains it: ĎThis army of elite soldiers became the terror of Europe: the Spahis (riders), composed of renegades (converts to Islam), and the Janissaries (Christian children raised as slaves to become fanatical Moslems) fought with iron discipline for the ĎMaster of the faithfulí. Numbering up to 100,000 men, they eventually formed a state within a state.í And on the same page we read a further description of these Janissaries (the term janitor derives from this): ĎThe [Islamic] State: successes were due to the autocratic power of the sultans and the effectiveness of the army. For this reason, 20,000 Russian and African (Egyptian and Libyan) were imported annually; added to this was the Ďtoll of boysí (every 5th Christian boy had to be surrendered to supplement the ranks of the janissaries).í As anyone can well imagine, these Christian boys were treated like animals and given the filthiest cleaning tasks imaginable, all this in addition to the disgusting sexual behaviour of Moslems. These children were thoroughly demoralized and forced into the Islamic religion, and later became fanatical soldiers for the Ďmaster of the faithfulí Ė Mohammed!
By 1683, the Ottoman Empire had conquered all of Greece, N. Africa, and most of Eastern Europe, and Germany was fighting for their very existence. Meanwhile, Georgia had held the fort to prevent passage between the Black and Caspian Seas.
Interestingly, many of these former Christian slaves swapped sides when they saw the battle going against them with the Cossacks. They recognized their own blood relatives in the Russian Cossacks and came to their senses. It seems to amuse the Ďrulers of the heavenly realmsí to have Christian brother fighting Christian brother. They imagined that defections would go the other way when the enemy saw the strength of their own forces. In the end, Satanís strategy failed, and so did the Ottoman Empire.
Later, when the Ottoman Empire was crushed by Europe, a remnant was left behind who were called Egyptians Ė or colloquially Ďgypsiesí. These were liars, thieves, prostitutes and fortune-tellers and were generally despised. They constantly moved around and rarely settled in one place, and were a constant, dark reminder of the Ottoman Empire. It was these that Hitler despised almost as much as the Jews. Others from the Ottoman Empire did settle in Eastern Europe Ė predominantly in Romania and Bulgaria creating an Arab-Mongol appearance among the masses. It was this ethnic mix that set the artificial boundary between Eastern and Western Europe. This was perpetuated by the rise of Communism Ė which found fertile ground in the minds of the Eastern Europeans.
With the rise of Communism, and the destruction of the Romanoff family, German rule ended in Moscow, Russia. Mongoloid types arose to power, culminating in men like Kosygin, Breshniev, and Krushchev.
At the end of the Second World War in 1945, the Russians took tens of thousands of German soldiers captive, and treated them as slaves. But gradually these slaves found their niche in society and emerged as intellectual thinkers and gained ground in Russian politics. The old guard of Mongol Communists were finally isolated. A new era began. Right on cue, the Germanics gained ascendancy and found favour with the West. And so began the long, hard slog to embrace Democracy and Rule of Law Ė and Christianity. In the Lenin and Stalin eras, Christianity was outlawed and persecuted, but now that the Russians have recognized Islam as the real enemy, following their battles in Afghanistan and Chechnya, they have again embraced their Christian roots of the Germanic White Russians.
An interesting aside to all this is the differing philosophy of Communism and Democracy. Communism, as the name implies, required people to work a couple of days every week on collective projects for the government. This only works if the people agree with what the government is doing. Since the people didnít agree Ė because they never prospered Ė neither were they prepared to work. Coupled with this, they were treated like slaves by the overseers. Democracy, on the other hand, took an entirely different route. Through taxes, direct and indirect, most people work two days a week for the government, but without the slavery associated with Communism. And under Democracy everyone prospered.
Well, Russia has emerged as a Democratic nation, and what is more, they have embraced an even more equitable taxation system Ė a system based on Godís principles; they have a flat-tax where everyone pays a certain percentage of their earnings to the government Ė and regardless of how much they earn everyone pays the same percentage. President Bush, in his recent meeting with President Putin of Russia in 2002, commented favourably on this taxation system and its fairness and equity. To be sure, the wealthy pay more tax, but only at the same percentage rate of poorer people.
Godís percentage in support of His Kingdom is ten percent, and when Godís Kingdom is established the whole House of Israel Ė the descendants of Jacob Ė will be required to pay it (Mal 3:6-12). Presently, the descendants of Jacob donít recognize anything about the Kingdom of God or how it will emerge. And they certainly wouldnít recognize the Kingdom of God with its diminutive beginnings like a tiny mustard seed. There are, however, some that do. These are the sons of the Kingdom, and are also called the Sons of Jerusalem. These are the advance guard Ė the watchmen over Israel. These are the Levites that are being purified for the rescue of the whole House of Israel. From their inauspicious beginnings, and their dedication to God and the Kingdom, they are appointed to get the ball rolling by beating the nations with a rod of iron Ė just like David and his famous Son Christ! Psalm 2:7 "I will proclaim the decree of the LORD: He said to me, "You are my son; today I have become your Father. Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession. You will rule them with an iron scepter; you will dash them to pieces like pottery. Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned; you rulers of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the son, lest he be angry and you be destroyed in your way, for his wrath can flair up in a moment. Blessed are all those who take refuge in him." It should be pointed out that this is directed to David. God became Davidís Father when he received the Spirit of God. David was also a Ďfatherí to the One who was born the ĎSon of Davidí. In the Book of Revelation we find these words: Rev 22:16 "I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this Testimony for the Churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star." So in this regard, David was also the root and offspring of Jesus in that Jesus was born of the House of David. But David was also the offspring of Christ because he was a prophet and bore the Testimony of Jesus, and had the very Spirit of Christ and was therefore Jesusí offspring. God speaks of Jesusí offspring as those who prolong His days on earth (Isa 53:10). Jesusí offspring are those who have the mind of Christ. David was one of these.
We find that Judah and Levi were brothers of the same mother and father (Jacob and Leah). They also shared the same kingdom under David, and continued in service to God under Davidís son and grandson. The other Ten Tribes bonded against the House of David under the banner of the Ephraimites. It was a former servant of Solomon who led the rebellion Ė Jeroboam, an Ephraimite. And while the whole House of Israel has rebelled against Almighty God and gone off on a tangent, God has remained faithful to the promises He made to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He has never wavered in His resolve to make them a great nation in the land He gave to Abraham. Billions of Israelites have lived and died since then, but their offspring survive to this day. If this were not so, then this would make God a liar. And if any believe that God has done away with the House of Israel, then they too, are calling God a liar.
Under the guise of Christianity, many people have invented their own doctrine. Mainstream Christianity decided all their followers go straight to heaven (non-followers go to hell) when they die, and so there is no need for a resurrection. Other churches believe in a resurrection of the dead, but are not sure what happens to the bodies of those resurrected, since they believe that the final destination of the saved is heaven.
While Christianity generally are unsure what is to happen to those who die, God is quite sure and plainly says so. God makes it clear that He gives life and He can take it away. We are made out of the dust of the ground, and when we die we return to dust. There is no consciousness in the grave, and the dead know nothing. And the dead remain dead unless they have the Spirit of God. Itís through the Spirit of God, which lives in the sons of God, by which people will be raised from the dead.Rom 8:11 "And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit, who lives in you." And Paul also added this: V14 "Because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God." And concerning Godís children, Paul also added this: V16 "The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are Godís children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs Ė heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His suffering in order that we may also share in His glory." Most people are quite prepared to share in His glory, but are totally reluctant to share in His suffering. In fact, the catchcry has become that Christ suffered in our stead, so itís the gravy-train from here on out. Yet here we find Paul telling us that we must share in His suffering, and this comes immediately after he speaks about being raised from the dead Ė just as Christ was. If indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you, then you are obligated to share in Christís suffering if you hope to share in His glory.
Donít be planning an escape route or hoping for better outcomes, because if you do, then you will not share in His glory, but you will find yourself in the raging fire prepared for the devil and his angels. As a man, Jesus had to believe that God would raise Him from the dead. Yet even when He faced death, He had the option to call it all off. At any moment He could have called on ten legions of angels and they would have been put at His disposal immediately. Had He done this, then mankind would have ceased to exist and the whole world brought to calamitous and total destruction and Jesus would have had no co-heirs or offspring. There would have been no-one to follow in Christís footsteps, or share in His suffering, or share in His glory. The Plan of God would have come to an end with no fruition.
We find some of Christís words in support of these things inLuke 20:36 "And they can no longer die; for they are like the angels. They are Godís children, since they are the children of the resurrection." Itís the children of the resurrection, that is, those who have already died, who are truly Godís children. Christ went on to add an interesting explanation: V37 "In the account of the bush, even Moses showed that the dead rise, for he calls the Lord Ďthe God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacobí. He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all [three] are alive." To Moses and God, those who have Godís Holy Spirit are as good as alive, even though they are still waiting in their graves for the resurrection. Itís not surprising that God refers to Moses as ĎMy servant Mosesí in Mal 4:4. Like all Godís servants, Moses believed God, and he believed that those who have died with the Spirit of God are as good as alive.
Other true servants of God will also be raised from the dead at the appointed time, including men like Daniel. Godís word to Daniel was as follows:Dan 12:9 "He replied, "Go your way, Daniel, because the words are closed up and sealed until the time of the end. Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand." V13 "As for you, go your way till the end. You will rest, and then at the end of the days you will rise to receive your allotted inheritance."
David also will be raised from the dead and will be king over the House of Israel once more (Eze 37:24-28) and this will happen in the Holy Land that God gave to the fathers (same verse). In fact God speaks fondly of all those who have served Him with all their heart. What sets these servants apart from the rest of the world is that they believe God and hold to everything He has said. The comments God made to Daniel are very interesting. He speaks of many being purified, made spotless and refined. God clarifies these instructions in Mal 3:3 "He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; He will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the LORD will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness, and the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem will be acceptable to the LORD, as in days gone by, as in former years." And while this is all going on, God has instructed Daniel that the wicked will continue to be wicked right up to the time of the end. He says, "None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand." And this is the whole point! None of the wicked understand! But the wise do! The problem the wicked face is that they donít understand theyíre wicked. They know there is an avalanche of Bible instruction for obeying God and His Commandments, yet they ignore it all in favour of some fanciful doctrine flanged together by men who understand nothing. And all this at a time when all hell is about to break loose and engulf the whole House of Israel.
Christ was not ashamed to call Himself the Root and Offspring of David, yet many have sought to find fault with David. David admitted he wasnít perfect, but his mind was perfectly attuned to the love of God. He feared God more than his enemies, and specifically requested that God would not take His Holy Spirit from him (Ps 51:11). As human beings, none of us is perfect, so itís not a good idea to be seeking imperfections in others, especially when it comes to picky little issues. God expects perfection in those He is purifying, but this is a process that takes time. God knows this. He also overlooks the sins committed in ignorance Ė a point made by Paul.
An important precept among the nations that abide by Ďrule of lawí is that Ďignorance of the law is no excuseí. In the secular world, there is a presumption that every citizen should understand the law, even though the law may consist of tens of thousands of pieces of legislation, which even the judges and lawyers donít understand. Frequently, it requires the Federal Supreme Court to interpret its meaning. And even in the Federal Supreme Court, the panel of judges can never agree unanimously. Even in this there is a distinction between the righteous and the wicked, and each political party tries to stack the bench with those who think as they do.
Generally, Christianity likes to think they are above politics, and they see their agenda as something entirely different. This is indeed strange considering that Godís agenda is to maintain the promise He made to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and the 12 Tribes of Jacob [Israel]. The patriarchal fathers believed God, and expected that when they arise from the dead, they will see their offspring in the Land that God promised them. This is Godís purpose and this is His promise to the Patriarchs. To this end, God has appointed the Church that Christ built to facilitate Godís promise, and to assist in bringing this about. To the Church, this should be foremost in their minds, but the sad truth is that it isnít! How, then, can they call themselves servants of Almighty God if they are not prepared to fulfill His will?
As we previously learnt from Paul, concerning the 7,000 that God has reserved, these have one major thing in their favour Ė they refused to bend the knee to Baal. This requires a certain frame of mind Ė one that is not receptive to satanic propaganda. In this day and age when the forces of evil are constantly bombarding us with mindless propaganda, which goes against all logic, about half the people are deceived.
Fortunately for us, Godís Law is clear and unambiguous. It embodies ten central principles that are sheer brilliance in themselves. These ten principles or Commandments are embodied throughout the Scriptures and form the core of human understanding. Without these the wicked will continue to be wicked right to the end Ė just as Daniel recorded Ė and they will never understand the principles of Godís teachings. And while the central theme of Godís teachings is obedience, God has also made it clear that there is a severe downside to disobedience.
Godís instructions are detailed in the Book of Isaiah as Ďprecept upon precept, precept upon precept line upon line, line upon line, here a little and there a littleÖí and God did this deliberately so that only those who followed this principle would understand. And I might add that only the NKJV gets this exactly right:Isa 28:9 "Whom will He teach knowledge? And whom will He make to understand the message? Those just weaned from the milk? Those just drawn from the breasts? For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little and there a little." God also adds this: V11 "For with stammering lips and another tongue He will speak to this people." It should be pointed out that these words were originally written in Hebrew, but this is not the language of the endtime prophets, because how many in the 12 Tribes of Israel would Ďunderstand the messageí? Even Christ spoke mainly in Greek Ė the language of the day. So in order for God to Ďteach knowledgeí, his servants must speak in the language of the day so people will understand the message. As a point of interest, there have been many times when Iíve wanted to do a series of articles on the Book of Ezekiel (and some other books for that matter), but each time Iíve been forbidden to do it. The reason is that knowledge must be taught precept upon precept, line upon line, here a little and there a little. This is the means by which God chose to conceal His mystery Ė the knowledge of Truth. And this is the precise reason why no-one is able to understand Godís message Ė unless they believe Godís messenger who has been empowered to understand it. And of course, God does mention who His messenger is (Mal 2:7) Ė itís Levi! This is the same messenger who will precede the True Messenger of the Covenant (Mal 3:1) Ė the Invincible Christ!
As far as the Hebrew language is concerned, it is all but dead in the world. The Israelis adopted it as their official language a few years ago, but the majority of people living there speak English. The father of the Arabs, Ishmael, also spoke the language of his father Abraham, and from then on began to corrupt it to become Arabic. There are many similarities between Hebrew and Arabic, but Arabic has become the language of Satan the devil, and there are nearly one billion people today that speak Arabic and its dialects.
If you want the perfect example of Ďprecept upon precept, line upon line, here a little and there a littleí, you need only go to the dialogue of the Apostles when they were choosing a successor for Judas Iscariot.Acts 1:15 "In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about one hundred and twenty) and said, "Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through the mouth of David concerning Judas, who served as guide for those who arrested Jesus Ė he was one of our number and shared in this ministry." And in V20 "For," said Peter, "it is written in the Book of Psalms, ĎMay his place be deserted; let there be no-one to dwell in ití (Ps 69:25), and ĎMay another take his place of leadershipí (Ps 109:8). (You may like to read Psalms 69 and 109 to figure out how Peter knew this referred to Judas). They adopted an established precept found in the Book of Psalms. Other lines or verses completed the instruction, and so they chose those who had been with Christ from the beginning. And of course, the lot fell to Matthias. So this is how the holy men of God determined the Will of God Ė by seeking instruction from the Scriptures. Not having the Breastplate and the Urim and Thummin, it was necessary for them to cast lots, and to leave the final decision to God. But there was one other consideration, those for whom the lots were cast had to have been with the Lord Jesus from the time of Johnís baptism until the time Jesus departed. V21 "Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who had been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning with Johnís baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness to the resurrection." And again we see emphasis on the resurrection.
Itís amazing how many people refute Godís instructions for using precepts and lines (verses) to determine Godís Will. They understand nothing of the precepts of Godís instructions, and they care even less. Most of them have nothing in common with the Apostles and disciples and in most instances their doctrine has nothing in common with the Scriptures. When Jesus, the Apostles and disciples mentioned that Ďit is writtení they choose to ignore it. They prefer to ignore the Scriptures that Christ used.
Unlike the New Testament, the record of the resurrection in the Old Testament is sparse. Youíll recall Christís comments about Moses believing that the fathers were as good as alive Ė implying a resurrection. There are a number of similar references in the OT, but nothing that spells it out with absolute clarity. Itís not surprising then that two major divisions existed in Christís time when the Pharisees believed in a resurrection of the dead, but the Sadducees didnít. Paul actually exploited this division at one stage, and got them fighting among themselves (Acts 23:6-9). Quite suddenly, we find the Pharisees siding with Paul against the Herodians (Sadducees).
The same situation exists today among Christianity in general. The vast preponderance of them believe that a resurrection is not required. They believe that while they are burying the body, the person is already in heaven Ė or hell. Itís strange they should think this when, as Christ confirmed, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are still in the grave, even though they are as good as alive and will be in the resurrection. And not only this, but Gentile Christianity believes they have hundreds of their agents, whom they call Ďsaintsí already in heaven and circumventing Christís position as Mediator between God and men. Protestants and Catholics have been teaching these same things for centuries. They have certainly taken great liberties with Godís Word!
But there are great gaps in their theory! On the one hand they assure their followers that they will go straight to heaven when they die provided they die as good Catholics or Protestants, but not so with the Ďsaintsí. Sometimes it takes decades or even centuries for the hierarchy to decide if someone really is a saint. They have all sorts of cardinals and clergy pondering the events of the candidateís life to determine if heís to be declared a saint. Apparently the Ďsaintsí donít enjoy the same privileges of the laity Ė unless authorized by the clergy through exhaustive examination. Do you ever get the feeling that most of mainstream Christianity must be cretins to believe such illogical stupidity?
So people are easily deceived when they begin to generate doctrine from their own imagination. And they always manage to do this without consulting the Scriptures.
Youíll recall how Jacob listened to Josephís dream of the sun, moon and stars, when he said they all came to bow down before him. Jacob was a little upset at the time at the suggestion that he and Rachel (who was already dead) would come and bow down to him, and he said so. But he kept it in mind. Many years later, as Jacobís time was nearing its end, he blessed the sons of Jacob, Ephraim and Manasseh, making the younger greater than the elder. And also mentioned that the two sons would be his as Reuben and Simeon were. In this, he elevated Ephraim and Manasseh to the rank of full sons Ė not grandsons.
He said that Ephraim and Manasseh would be great, but that Ephraim would be greater.
As it turned out, Josephís dream came true, and all the brothers came to him, and bowed down to him, in order to get food during a severe famine. After Jacob had blessed Ephraim and Manasseh, he then called in all his other sons and told them what would befall them in the last days (NKJVGen 49:1). Of particular interest at the moment are the comments concerning Simeon and Levi. They donít get a good wrap from Jacob. Jacob was still remembering how they slaughtered a whole city of Gentiles because of the perceived violation of their sister. At the time, Simeon and Levi were young and impulsive men, though exceptionally talented swordsmen and warriors. But Jacob could see no justification for this act and plainly told them so. What is more, Jacob then had to flee the area before other nations heard about it. Yet he must have pondered the act, and wondered if perhaps they hadnít inherited some of the characteristics of their mighty great-grandfather Abraham. Remember when Abraham rode out with just 318 men from his own household, and led the slaughter of the king of Babylon and his allies, in order to rescue one of his own Ė his nephew Lot. Recall how the Mighty Prince, the One who would become the Christ, arrived to greet him on his return from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him.
Yet to Jacob it was a dangerous undertaking at a very critical time. To Simeon and Levi their sister had been raped by Gentiles, when in fact, she was probably seduced, but it made no difference to them. Gentiles were the enemy Ė especially since they were living in their land, that which they had inherited from their forefather Abraham. In their view these Gentiles were less than worthless anyway, and slaughtering them was a service to future generations. Their feelings towards these Gentiles was evident by the fact that they insisted that they be circumcised before being worthy of their sister. And not just the prospective groom, but the whole city. Simeon and Levi took the opportunity when the Gentiles were sore and vulnerable after circumcision to slaughter them all. To them, this was justice and richly deserved. Jacob thought it was excessive and told them so.
Anyway, Jacob pronounced what would be in the last days:Gen 49:5 "Simeon and Levi are brothers Ė their swords are weapons of violence. Let me not enter their council, let me not join their assembly, for they have killed men in their anger and hamstrung oxen as they pleased. Cursed be their anger, so fierce, and their fury, so cruel! I will scatter them in Jacob and disperse them in Israel." This is some indictment against Simeon and Levi and Iíll be the first to admit that the conduct of Simeon (Germany) in these last days has been well described. For about 40 years in the first half of the twentieth century they were vicious and cruel and their conduct woefully misdirected. They warred against their own brother nations Ė the House of Israel Ė and ignored the enemies of God. Today, the Germans are resisting war, particularly a war against a mass murderer like Saddam Hussein. Theyíve become weak and unresponsive to reality. But this is all about to change, and Germany is destined to become a defender of the House of Israel in the final carve-up. At the moment, their self-interest is overriding their judgment. This is true of the whole House of Israel with the exception of Judah who presently reside in a sea of Godís enemies.
Jacob was assessing the qualities that had been instilled within each of his sons. From earliest times God set the characteristics of all the Tribes and Jacob identified them. About three centuries later, the time came when God led the House of Israel out of Egypt to go back to the land of the fathers Ė the land that God had given them. He sent Moses and Aaron to threaten Pharaoh and to curse him and his nation until he allowed them to depart. When the House of Israel departed, they left behind a ruin, and it will be this way again when the House of Israel is again brought out of captivity and into the Holy Land.
Even after they departed from Egypt with Moses, it was still forty years before they entered the Land flowing with milk and honey. And to get there, they had to fight all the nations that lived there. As anyone can imagine, they were not militarized while in Egypt, and it took some time before they learned the art of war. By the time they crossed the Jordan River (and were again baptized as they were when they crossed the Red Sea) they were well able to go in and dispossess the nations living in Godís Land. It was at this time that Moses declared them to be Godís people Ė and as Moses said, on that very day!
Moses organized the people into Ďthe armies of the Living Godí and declared they must fight and drive out all the nations, which were then occupying Godís Land. All the Tribes confirmed this commitment, even those who settled east of the Jordan, namely Reuben, Gad (and later, half the Tribe of Manasseh).
Jacob knew that the last days would be very significant to his offspring. God changed Jacobís name to Israel, and Jacob knew that his sons would become powerful tribes in their own right. Collectively they would grow into nations that number like the stars of the sky and the sand of the sea. God told him all these things. And now that they number in the hundreds of millions, the time has come for Almighty God to fulfill His promise to the Patriarchs. If God came to earth today and told the whole House of Israel to leave their present country and go to the land that God is giving them, none would move Ė except possibly a few Jews and a few Levites. Their answer would be a resounding Ďno thank you!í Presently the whole House of Israel is quite happy where they are. As for Ephraim (U.S.) they are the richest nation on earth, and so they reason that God would be offering them something inferior. Fortunately for us, Abraham was of a totally different view when God said the same thing to him. He got up and left. When the time comes for a nation and people to be established in the land that God has given the House of Israel, the Levite Brotherhood will do exactly as Abraham did. As the dutiful sons of God, they will do whatever God requires of them without question. Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness (Gen 15:6, James 2:23, Rom 4:3) Ė and so do the Levites believe God!
Many Christians think they believe God Ė but they donít! They consider Godís promise of the Holy Land as being something inferior. They are quite happy where they are and hope that God will forget the promises He made to Abraham, the father of the faithful. In fact, most Christians view Godís promise to Abraham with sneering insolence. They have no interest in the Kingdom of God, and they have placed their hope in something entirely different. They canít foresee a day when they will need to be rescued, and have all confidence in their own government to protect them.
It took just 19 Moslems to terrorize the U.S. Fifteen from Saudi Arabia and four from Egypt Ė the so-called Ďfriendlyí Moslem nations Ė those which the Americans hold in such high esteem. It seems the wheel has turned full circle and we are experiencing the same scenario experienced by the Patriarchs. Age-old enemies have arisen to destroy America and Israelis Ė just as God has said! And no-one believed God. They were too busy inventing their own enemies and expected God to comply with their judgment. All along, it was just as God has said Ė the sleeping enemy would awaken in the endtime and arise from the former territories of Babylon Ė and you will recall that Babylon, under Nebuchadnezzar, conquered the entire Middle East. It is these Babylonians, these ruthless and impetuous degenerates who will sweep across the whole earth seizing nations (dwelling-places) that are not theirs (Hab 1:6). God tells us to look at these nations and watch (V5) Ė because God Himself is going to raise them up to do as He said they would. They were virtually powerless until this endtime when oil wealth filled their coffers and fueled their resolve to destroy all vestiges of the House of Israel. America became paralyzed with fear when just 19 of them destroyed the World Trade Center, and partially demolished the Pentagon. And who inspired the sleeping cells of suicide bombers? It was Iraq Ė the homeland of a powerful ruler of the heavenly realms. This ruler is just like Pharaoh, stubborn and obstinate, and hell-bent on the destruction of all the House of Israel.
Iraqi suicide bombersare quite prominent in anti-U.S./Israeli rallies. Saddam Hussein is the major benefactor for Palestinian funding against the Israelis. He devised the method and gave the instructions. He also pays a $25,000 reward to the families of all Palestinian suicide bombers.
Palestinian suicide bombers. Palestinians parade to honour their suicide bombers, thousands of which are presently being recruited. Palestinians must do as the beast of Babylon instructs them or risk losing their funding. And they do it all publicly to rousing cheers from the Moslems.
The nations of the earth Ė Satanís nations Ė secretly rejoice that the United States of America have been traumatized by just 19 Moslems. Itís led to a wholesale conversion to Islam, even among predominantly Catholic nations like the South Americas. A Levite brother from New Hampshire recently sent me a news article about the widespread interest in Islam in South America. What really caught my eye was the mention of a Church of God pastor who embraced Islam. Itís hard to believe that such a man could so dishonour the Great God whom he claims to serve! But I guess this is the legacy of the crazy Ďpropheciesí that have been taught in the past when so many believed that it was the Catholics who were the evil ones. I guess this guy believed that anyone who kills Catholics must be the good guys. And there are plenty of Catholics being killed by Moslems in Egypt and Saudi Arabia and elsewhere in the world of Islam Ė and with official sanction.
Concerning the rulers Ė the kings of the earth Ė God has this to say:Ps 2:1 "Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather against His anointed one. "Let us break their chains" they say, "and throw off their fetters." (And isnít this typical of Moslems? They think the Western World has kept them in fetters. This is a constant claim by the Palestinians against the Israelis). God replies: V4 "The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the LORD scoffs at them. Then He rebukes them in His anger and terrifies them in His wrath, saying, "I have installed my king on Zion, my Holy Hill." I frequently find myself laughing and scoffing at all those who, being of the House of Israel, defend Islam and their treachery, and endeavour to find fault with certain sections of Christianity. Though itís hardly a laughing matter, the sheer stupidity of some people commands nothing less.
This is another example where Christians Ďrefuse to believe the Truth and so be savedí. Itís to be expected from those who have never had Godís Holy Spirit, like the Mormons who have an inbuilt hatred for Godís mighty son Ephraim, and which dates back generations. Or the Seventh Day Adventists who are sickeningly self-righteous, and think they are more righteous than God (they donít drink wine even though Jesus did, they donít eat meat even though God says certain animals are good for food, but how they love to dispense worthless medication in their many hospitals). And donít they follow the teachings of a demon-possessed Ďprophetessí called Ellen G. White who fueled all the nonsense about the Pope and the Catholic Church? But why single out these two church groups? There are thousands of them all teaching contrary to Godís message, and none of them have the Spirit of God! No-one who has the Spirit of God can go on sinning like this, and making their proselytes twice the sons of hell as they are. The Spirit of God is only given to those who obey God Ė and believe Him!
In speaking of the endtime, God spoke of a shepherd whom He would call to duty. This was a revelation given in parable form to Zechariah the prophet. It was given in parable form so only the wise would understand (a point made by Daniel). Only those who cling to every word of God and stand in awe of Him would understand. This shepherd, whom God speaks of, had an important duty to perform. He had to reestablish the Covenant that God made with all Israel Ė a Covenant of obedience to Godís Law. For a lone man searching the Scriptures for understanding, he did admirably well. And full credit should be given to him for being able to cut through so much of the traditional error that has been a stumbling-block for so many. Itís also worth noting that he is the only shepherd whom God refers to in the endtime who was destined to precede Levi and to build on the foundation laid by the Apostles (1Cor 3:10). So this man, Herbert Armstrong, did what he was destined to do. Mistakenly, he believed he was Levi (Mal 2:4), but thatís another story.
Through his efforts many people were called, and out of this large number, a few were chosen. It was out of this huge pool of converts that God has set aside just a few thousand people who are not deceived by satanic forces. These are people who are steadfast in their resolve to go to their deaths rather than serve Satan or engage in Baal-worship. This is what sets them apart from the others. These few thousand are obscured from view and probably considered rejects by many of their brothers and sisters. They go about their business constantly aware of the need to serve God unconditionally. They are not persuaded by myopic visions of political correctness, environmental madness, or any of the Ďbig issuesí promoted by small-minded people. They donít engage in rent-a-crowd theatrics and neither have they anything in common with those who do. Theyíve already made their choice to serve God no matter what. In time they will be greatly strengthened, and have an overwhelming desire Ďto share in Christís suffering.í When they face this persecution they will be given the words to speak just as Christ promised (Luke 21:12-15). The perfect example of this is the persecution of Stephen, who is considered to be the first martyr of the Christian era following Christís death and resurrection.
These people know they have a Father Ė the Almighty God of Heaven, and they also know they have a Mediator Ė the Mighty Christ. What they may not understand is that they also have a mother Ė a mother who loves them and cares about them, and who will guide them in their paths. Their mother is like a lioness protecting her young. A lioness is ferocious in defense of her young, and fears nothing except the father of her cubs. God speaks of a Lion who is King over all Ė this is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. This Lion is a ferocious, yet just Warrior. He knows the difference between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who donít. This Mighty Warrior is fearsome to all those who oppose His Father and He has no regard for them. Yet the Mighty Warrior, Godís Champion, recognizes who is behind all the carnage that has occurred during the six millennial days of mankindís existence. For this reason, God plans to kindle a fire specifically for the devil and his angels, not only for them, but for all those who failed to serve God in the manner prescribed by Him.
The time is not far off when some people will be shocked senseless to know they have never served God in their entire lives. Jesus gave plenty of warning when He said this:Matt 7:22 "Many will say to me on that day, ĎLord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your Name, and in your Name drive out demons and perform many miracles? Then I will tell them plainly, ĎI never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers.í" Those whom Jesus refers to here are those who have brought the reputation of the Father and the Name of His Son into disrepute. They continue to teach lies in His Name, and make their converts twice the sons of hell as they are. Itís a bit rich for such people to think they are serving God!
Those who truly desire to serve God, who wish to rededicate their lives and fulfill the contract that they entered into at baptism, will need to limp back to the basics detailed by the shepherd whom God called to oversee His Church. Donít expect too much help from me, because this is not my commission. The Levite Brotherhood has a completely different job to do, even though they do it in complete accordance with all Godís Laws. In the Book of Hebrews we find similar problems with people who wanted to slaver over the basics and rehash them endlessly, and the writer had to warn people to get their act together and prepare to move onto strong meat (Heb 5:11-14, 6:1-3). If it were good instruction in that day, then itís doubly good today! Instead of becoming teachers and teaching their brothers and sisters in the Church, they continued to strain over picky, little issues that should have been settled in their minds years before. It seems they are forever learning but never seem to come to the knowledge of the Truth (2Tim 3:7). And of course, Paul was speaking about the last days, and how perilous they will be: 2Tim 3:1-5 "But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God Ė having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them." The people Paul is speaking of here have a form of godliness, yet they deny the real Power that imparts godliness. Paul was speaking of Christians not those who hate any form of godliness Ė and there are plenty of them around! Yet these Christians are more concerned with their own pleasures and seem to lack any form of love of God. Youíll notice how so many people, who set themselves up as teachers (or preachers), have an overwhelming love of themselves. Paul says, ĎHave nothing to do with them!í Their only purpose is to make you twice the sons of hell as they are Ė to quote Jesusí own words. And Paul says: 2Tim 3:6-7 "These are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over weak-willed women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, always learning but never able to come to the knowledge of the Truth." This is not an indictment against women, but against hypocritical Christians who proselyte and make people twice the sons of hell as they are.
Budding anthropologists might be interested in the type of looking-glass used by those of Abrahamís day in 1800 BC. Some of the translators of the Bible changed the meaning of glass lenses (also mentioned in the Book of Job) because of their perception that none existed so long ago.
Clay tablets, scores of them, were unearthed from the same spot, giving dates and details of the period. It should be mentioned that Abraham was a famous astronomer of his time. It would be difficult to see much detail without some form of glass lens.
There was a time when the Apostle Paul despaired of trying to impart meaningful knowledge to some Christians. He begins by mentioning the Seal by which they were marked:Eph 1:11 "In Him we were chosen, having been predestined according to the Plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His Will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be the praise of His glory. And you also were included in Christ when you heard the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in Him with a Seal, the promised Holy Spirit, which is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are Godís possession Ė to the praise of His glory." You will notice that Paul was speaking to the Church of Ephesus, and confirmed they had received a deposit of the Holy Spirit Ė an Ďearnestí (a legal term) or part-payment. But all was not well in some respects, and Paul mentioned this. He knew there was a need for the final payment Ė the full measure if you like, of the promised Holy Spirit. V17 "I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation, so that you may know Him better." Clearly, they had yet to receive this payment, and there was a deficiency in their knowledge of God. Paul kept asking for this gift to be bestowed on them in order for them to know the Father better. The Father never granted this Spirit of Prophecy or Revelation at that time to the people of Ephesus.
Paul prophesied, but only in part:1Cor 13:9 "For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears." He admitted that he saw things only through a smoky looking-glass.
But he felt that the full-payment of the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation would benefit the Ephesians by allowing them to know the Father better. Jesus, of course, came to reveal the Father, but ever since then, the Father has been ranked second by all those who have different agendas, and that agenda has been to teach about a false Jesus. The perception of Jesus being the Mighty Warrior-Son of God is not a part of their agenda. Paul knew of these deficiencies in the Ephesians and plainly said so:V18 "I pray also that your [eyes] may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and His incomparably Great Power for us to believe. That Power is like the working of His Mighty Strength, which is exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule, authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under His feet and appointed Him to be Head over everything for the Church, which is His Body, the fullness of Him who fills everything in every way." Paul continued to pray that their eyes may be enlightened Ė because obviously they werenít! He had to reinforce Christís role as the Mighty Conqueror and His incomparably Great Power and His Mighty Strength.
For some reason or other, these are the very qualities that so-called Christians ignore. They prefer to be weak and wishy-washy, and feign humility in order to gain converts. In the same letter to the Ephesians, Paul again counseled to be strong, and identified those whom Christ will replace Ė the rulers and authorities of the heavenly realms:Eph 6:10 "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His Mighty Power. Put on your full armour so that you can take your stand against the devilís schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." You will notice that Paul said to be strong! You will also notice that he wasnít advocating resistance against flesh and blood humans, but against those who are not flesh and blood, that is, the rulers and authorities of the heavenly realms. These are the ones that Christ is going to crush with His Mighty Power and Great Strength and they will be ash under His feet (see 1Cor 15:24-25).
What began in Ephesus will be concluded in Ephesus and this is the age that Paul said was to come. Paul knew that he couldnít understand all prophecy at that time because most prophecy refers to the endtime age. He knew that Christís purpose was to prepare a Kingdom to hand over to the Father (1Cor 15:24). Paul, together with all the Apostles, knew that perilous and calamitous times would mark the final days. He knew the spiritual forces of the heavenly realms would not go quietly. These men of God also knew that the Mighty Christ would have a fight on His hands.
The evil rulers however, do not know the extent of Godís Power, which will be exerted through the Mighty Warrior Himself to bring about their demise. They are of the mistaken belief that God will preserve all the cities and infrastructure that have been developed over thousands of years. They constantly refer to historical buildings and artifacts as if they were sacred. They refer to Ďsacred sitesí as if they were sacred to God. They almost dare God to bring it all to ruin, and have conditioned the minds of their evil offspring to value such things above Godís Will. They consider the words of Peter as an idle threat:2Pet 3:10 "But the Day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be?"
If you have been following along in all the articles at the Zion Ministry website, you will know that for a long time God has remained silent Ė and why Ė and He plainly tells us so. You will also know that the Mighty Son of God awaits the signal from the Father to arise and to go forth as the Mighty Champion. You will know that He plans to destroy the devilís work, and to cut down the rulers and authorities of the heavenly realms. You should also know that God has appointed just one man to identify the Mighty Son of God when He returns. You may think this is a no-brainer, that every eye will see Him at that time Ė but you would be wrong!
Luke recorded a wonderful little story of how Jesus entered Jerusalem riding on a colt, the foal of an ass. As He began to descend down the road from the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began to joyfully praise God:Luke 19:38 "Blessed is the King who comes in the Name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!" Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, "Teacher, rebuke your disciples!" "I tell you," He replied, "if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out." At this point Jesus began to cry over Jerusalem Ė the City of God, and said: V42 "If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace Ė but now it is hidden from your eyes." Even now, Jerusalem doesnít know what will bring it peace. The Jewish people donít recognize their Saviour (but they will Ė Zech 12:10), and the Christians living there are totally confused along with the rest of Christianity.
Luke goes on to quote some more detail concerning Jerusalem inV43 "The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and your children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of Godís coming to you." You may believe that all this happened long ago, and it is now history, and up to a point, this is right. There was a primary fulfillment of this in 70AD. But Jerusalem still doesnít know what will bring it peace. As far as peace is concerned, Jesus plainly said He had not come to bring peace Ė but a sword! Today we have people trying to make peace with Godís enemies who only want war (provided they win!) So under these circumstances, peace is unachievable through words, but it is achievable with the sword.
Now the Israelis are forced to build hundreds of miles of walls to keep the Palestinian insurgents out. It would have been better to have taken Godís advice and driven the Palestinians right out of the territory Ė man, woman and child! The time will come (and itís not far off!) when no walls will be needed, and there will be no Palestinians in the Holy Land. Soon you will see how Almighty God deals with these Islamic dogs who think they have rights in the Holy Land.
Just as Jerusalem didnít recognize the time of Godís coming then, they will have the same difficulty when the Mighty Christ returns with awesome Power and Great Strength. Christianity is sure they will recognize Him, because they have been taught to expect to see Him coming in the clouds and all the saints with Him. Is this what God says will happen when Christ arises to restore everything? Is this how Christ will return to destroy the devilís work and to crush the rulers of the heavenly realms? Well, the Bible says nothing of the sort! Christ must reign until He achieves all this! (Acts 3:21, 1Cor 15:25). We have a very accurate description of how He will return: Acts 1:6 "So when they met together, they asked Him, "Lord, are you at this time going to restore the Kingdom to Israel?" He said to them: "It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by His own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." After He had said this, He was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid Him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as He was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. "Men of Galilee," they said, "why do you stand there looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen Him go into heaven." Yes, this same Jesus, the man they knew and loved, will return in the same way when the time comes to restore the Kingdom to Israel Ė just as God has promised to the Patriarchs. (Notice also that the two angels referred to them as ĎMen of Galileeí who lived in the region of the Northern Kingdom of Israel.) It was a relatively inauspicious departure, and so will His return be. Lo, and behold, we find that He will again arrive in Jerusalem on a colt in preparation for bringing peace through the sword: Zech 9:9-13 "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 of Ephraim and the war-horses 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, because of the blood of my Covenant with you, I will free your prisoners from the waterless pit. Return to your fortresses, 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."
Yes, this is how your King will appear: gentle and riding on a colt, the foal of a donkey because He will be appearing to His own first. And this at a time when the power of battle will be stripped away from Ephraim. At Jesusí first coming He was a king without a crown. He ruled no territory, and His own people rejected Him. Things will be a little different at His return! When you see your King again riding on a colt, youíll either rejoice as the Daughter of Zion, or be dismayed and disappointed that He doesnít appear as the Mighty Saviour you will by then be hoping for. In captivity and dismay, and in want of all things, you will earnestly desire to hear the battle-cry, and the hope of a rescue. When the latter-day counterpart of John the Baptist identifies the Mighty Champion, Ephraim will be dismayed and believe this to be the same false Jesus thatís been taught for centuries by those who never knew Him Ė that is, all talk and no action. At that time, they will not be looking for platitudes, but overwhelming force through a mighty army to rescue them. Youíll note that there were not too many platitudes being muttered on September 11, 2001. The whole nation of Ephraim wanted revenge with overwhelming force. It doesnít take much to knock the vultures off their perches Ė the ones who teach a false Jesus Ė when this type of disaster occurs.
With so many people to rescue, the Holy Land as it now stands would not be able to accommodate them. More land will be needed and there is plenty in Saudi Arabia. The Mighty Champion has issues with Ishmael and Esau, and plans to deal with them decisively. One of His first acts will be to go out to battle against Esau and Ishmael (Isa 63).
Edom (Esau), Teman, Paran are those who occupy Arab lands in the region of Saudi Arabia. Mecca (Makkah) is also in Saudi Arabia, and this is called The Wicked Land (Mal 1:3-5). God hates these people! Itís strange that so many people disagree with God!
You either serve God or you donít. But if you do, then you will need to do it as God has instructed or you will receive no credit whatsoever! Too many people think they can serve God in a luke-warm fashion and can somehow seem acceptable to God. It canít be stressed enough that God demands absolute loyalty and obedience and anything that falls short of this is a virtual death sentence. Are you Christ-like? If you are, then be prepared to prove your unyielding obedience to the Father as Christ did!
As Moses has said in the Song of Moses, ĎThese are not just words, they are your whole life!í (Deut 32:47). In other words, your whole life must be a testimony of obedience and compliance with all that God has said. The time will come, and itís not far off, when blasphemers will be put to death without mercy. You are either for God or you are against Him Ė there is no half way.
Christianity had to survive for 2,000 years. This would not have happened if Christians had decided to alien themselves from everyone. It was Godís intention for the Church to live in peace with everyone, and generally, this was done. God even made provision for Gentiles to be a part of the Church, and in some respects this was for the good of the Church, rather than for the good of the Gentiles. And Paul gave the Gentiles fair warning of this (Rom 11:19-21).
Yet, there was a perception among the Churches that an endtime ministry would arise Ė a ministry of repentance. The problem is that most of Christianity think they have nothing to repent of. The whole focus of their perceptions of repentance has been to find fault with others over picky little issues. Itís been a boon for the clergy to always have something with which to accuse others. Repentance, as God sees it, is decidedly different to that which is taught by the clergy. Itís not necessary to remind everyone of what is predominantly in the minds of the clergy in the confessional. Itís sex! They seem to have a preoccupation with it.
With God, repentance is a state of mind. All human beings have a brain and the ability to think. The fact that all humans donít think alike is symptomatic of backgrounds, perceptions of standards, and education. As we have seen, Christian slaves become vulnerable to conversion to Islam when confronted with the risk of survival. People generally will do anything to save their lives. God knows this, and so does Satan (Job 2:4).
Almighty God has reserves of Power that cannot be imagined. As Jobís true friend Elihu said, if God withdrew His Spirit then all mankind would perish together. God has chosen not to use this option. Yet if Godís servants caved in to the madness of this world, and began to tolerate the enemies of God, then He would! He would rain utter destruction down on the whole earth. Itís just as He has said inMal 4:6 (and Ďcurseí means Ďutter destructioní). Godís true servants are not those who pay only lip-service to Godís objectives, they are prepared to fight in defence of Godís reputation and His Great Plan. Godís servants are the adversaries of all those who oppose God. All of mankind together are less than worthless to them because all have dishonoured the Great God of heaven. Godís true servants know who their Father is, and they serve Him with all their hearts. They are uncompromising and unyielding to anything resembling disrespect for Him. They are truly the offspring of Godís Mighty Son Jesus through His Spirit. They think as He does, and they serve the Father as He does. Just as Christ is the High Priest of heaven serving Almighty God, so His servants are priests on earth, who offer the gifts prescribed by Law (Heb 8:4). Christ also mentioned that when the Kingdom of God is established, then His servants would fight (John 18:36). There is a big difference between the servants of God and the mealy-mouthed weaklings who continue to bring disrepute to Godís Holy Name.
Why does Christianity continue to disregard such important Scriptures? How else do they hope to be rescued from the hands of their enemies? Hasnít the Bible continually said that war would be the order of the day in the final carve-up of the earth? Isnít the final violation of Jerusalem the last straw as far as the Mighty Christ is concerned? Doesnít He then gather all the nations of the earth for the final showdown? (Zech 14:3) This is when Christ will come with all His holy ones. This is when the Mount of Olives will split in two to form a great valley and a pathway for all the nations of the earth for the final showdown, and this will be the great sacrifice of blood. In fact, the blood will flow to the depth of a horseís bridle. Perhaps you would like to consider what is written concerning what occurs before this.
In the Book of Isaiah, God taunts the nations of the earth to prepare for battle and to be shattered:Isa 8:9-10 "Raise the war cry, you nations, and be shattered! Listen, you distant lands. Prepare for battle, and be shattered! Prepare for battle and be shattered! Devise your strategy, but it will be thwarted; propose your plan, but it will not stand, for God is with us." God even repeats the warning for emphasis, so donít imagine that God doesnít mean what He says! Presently, God is hiding His face from both Houses of Israel. Conspiracies abound to sanitize the conduct of the Babylonians (all of Islam). But it is hard for the looney-left side of politics to make any ground while strong leaders are in both Houses of Israel (George W. Bush and Ariel Sharon). But their satanic objectives of the looney-left will eventually weaken the resolve of the people. God gives fair warning of this also: V11-14 "The LORD spoke to me with His strong hand upon me, warning me not to follow the way of this people. He said, "Do not call conspiracy everything these people call conspiracy; do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it. The LORD Almighty is the One you are to regard as holy, He is the One you are to fear, He is the One you are to dread, and He will be a sanctuary; but for both Houses of Israel He will be a stone that causes men to stumble and a Rock that makes them fall." You might like to consider that there was a stone and a Rock when Jesus formerly walked this earth. He called Simon ĎPeterí and ĎCephasí which means small stone, but later called him a rock. The massive Rock that is destined to crush whole nations and fill the whole earth is Jesus Christ! Peter was merely a shadow of this Mighty Warrior, but a true warrior indeed, and quick to wield the sword. A modern counterpart of Peter will arise in the last days to fulfill his destiny as a witness and servant of God. This will happen when the leaders of Judah come to their senses and realize what it means to be strong. Theyíll have a demonstration of this by the Sons of Jerusalem, and then they too, will mow down the surrounding nations like firebrands in a woodpile (Zech 12:5-6), and in just a little while. But not before they learn a very severe lesson. They have not protected the Holy Mount of God, and they have allowed Moslems to overrun the Holy Place, and continue to do so, even though they hold sovereignty over it and could prevent it!
Everyone knows that Satanís brood went berserk when Ariel Sharon walked up onto the Temple Mount! The devil is well aware what the Scriptures say about the leaders of Judah, and is trying to prevent them from becoming strong. They used the pretext of Ariel Sharonís stroll on the Temple Mount to start the most intensive campaign of terror yet. The Palestinians themselves are mindless degenerates, but the rulers of the heavenly realms are manipulating them like glove-puppets. The rulers of the heavenly realms have a far greater agenda Ė they intend to thwart Godís Plan at every stage. God laughs and scoffs at them Ė and so do I! I taunt them and ridicule them at every opportunity. Nothing they could say or do now could lessen the impact of what is about to be done to them. And let me state emphatically, Ďcollateral damageí will not even be a consideration.
This is the Day of the LORD Ė the Seventh Millennial Day Ė the Day when the Mighty Champion arises to act. This is the time when Godís servants are sealed with the Holy Spirit of Jesus Ė the final payment of Godís Holy Spirit to understand prophecy and to teach Godís Plan to both Houses of Israel. Of course, the only ones who are listening to Godís message are His true servants Ė and God has made a clear distinction between them and all the pretenders (Mal 3:16-18). Those who donít fear God more than anything else on earth, and who donít tremble at His Word, quite simply are not Godís servants!
Continuing in the Book of Isaiah:V15-16 "And for the people of Jerusalem He will be a trap and a snare. Many of them will stumble; they will fall and be broken, they will be snared and captured. Bind up the Testimony and seal (we all know what seal means because Paul tells us) up the Law among my disciples. I will wait for the LORD, who is hiding His face from the House of Jacob. I will put my trust in Him."
And the Mighty One adds a little more:V17-18 "Here am I, and the children the LORD has given me. We are signs and symbols in Israel from the LORD Almighty, who dwells on Mount Zion." So here we see that the offspring or children of Jesus are signs and symbols in Israel. The children are those who have the very Spirit of Jesus and hold to His Testimony, and the Testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy (Rev 19:10). If there is any doubts about the foregoing Scripture, you might like to consider the last few verses of Isaiah 8: V19-22 "When men tell you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people enquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living? To the Law and the Testimony! If they donít speak according to this Word, they have no light of dawn (see 2Pet 1:19). Distressed and hungry, they will roam through the land; when they are famished, they will be become enraged and, looking upward, will curse their king and their God. They will look towards the earth and see only distress and darkness and fearful gloom, and they will be thrust into utter darkness."
Perhaps you believe that such calamities will not overtake you. Perhaps you believe your government will slam the door shut on any future insurgence by 19 Moslem terrorists. Perhaps you believe it happened once but it wonít happen again. But then again, perhaps you have forgotten that there are eight million of these swine living in the U.S. as citizens! And everyone of them is a glove-puppet in the hands of the rulers of the heavenly realms!
Both Houses of Israel have Ďbeat around the bushí too long! They need to get their act together and identify the enemy. Itís Islam! They can pontificate all they like, but in the end the face of Islam will haunt them Ė unless they take decisive action today! They need to declare war on all Islam and start flattening all the nations that surround Israel. They need to level their cities and crush them like ants and eradicate the earth of them. If you think this is harsh, then be aware that a mightier power and stronger will emerge that will do just that! You are living in dream-world if you believe it will be any different. Godís army will leave nothing standing and then you will know what it means to be strong!! Those who disagree will see plenty of distress and darkness and fearful gloom.
Itís understandable that some people will baulk at such statements because they have believed others who donít have Godís Holy Spirit (even though they are convinced they do!). Because of the conspiracies that abound among those who understand nothing of Godís Ways, and who are determined to weaken the nations of Israel, both Houses of Israel will fall. And if you have decided to ignore the Law and the Testimony you will be among them.
You saw a mere shadow of the strength of Godís army when the mighty Ephraim arose to crush Germany and Japan in the Second World War. You saw overwhelming force used, you saw cities demolished, you saw Ďinnocentí civilians vaporized, and you agreed it was a just cause. You know that these two nations were so decisively beaten that they emerged as respectable and decent nations. You need to ask yourself why such overwhelming force was needed then to bring peace to the world then, but is not desirable now. God knows what will bring peace, and so do His servants. Godís servants have no regard for anyone who doesnít honour the Great God of Heaven. In fact, they will be standing by for three and a half years while the carnage goes on in both Houses of Israel. And when both Houses of Israel start coming to their senses, and refrain from looking up and cursing their God, they will get a little help.
Before September 11, 2001, most people would never have believed anything God has said in relation to the final days Ė no-one except Godís true servants! As a matter of fact, the Churches of God were waiting for the Catholic priesthood to rise up and beat them over the head with their handbags. They were all preoccupied with spinning their theories about Babylon/Rome Ė and the gullible believed them. No wonder they had no light of dawn. Talk about the blind leading the blind! What did they hope to achieve with this fanciful pack of lies? Shouldnít they have been consulting their God? And during this entire period when this fanciful nonsense was taught, Islam was hard at work trying to destroy one of the Houses of Israel Ė and no-one made the connection! I can tell you this: Those ministers that spun this line have a lot to answer for, and they will answer for it! They know that nothing they taught was backed up from the Bible, but this didnít deter them. Consulting their God was not a part of their strategy Ė gleaning a market-share of converts was!
And this is the big difference between them and Godís true servants. Godís true servants consult God in everything and believe everything He teaches. Most of them rose up early before the stark physical realization of all that God has said became self-evident. Almighty God especially treasures those who came early Ė before September 11 Ė among the Brotherhood. They recognized Godís Word as Truth and believed Him. Because they believed God they knew what to expect. They resolved to have nothing to do with anyone who teaches lies. And you will recall that Paul used these words. The glorious Light of Dawn can have nothing to do with darkness. And this is especially true on a global level. What possible reason would both Houses of Israel have for befriending the dark evil forces of Islam Ė the evil brood of Satan the devil? What possible association can light have with darkness?
Every day you wake up and smell the coffee and believe everything is wonderful in the world. You know that evil forces are building up all over the world, but you feel secure knowing that the Department of Homeland Security is hard at work protecting you. If all that God has foreshadowed comes true then you can always do a back-flip Ė swap horses in mid-stream as it were Ė and seek considerations from God for services earned Ė is this what you think? Bear in mind what Jude had to say about men who have slipped into the Church (Jude 1:4). He calls them filthy dreamers (V8), and says they donít have the Spirit of God (V19). In all likelihood, these are the very men who have been formulating your thoughts, because itís obvious this refers to teachers Ė lying teachers!
Donít believe that this is unique to the Church of God Ė itís been going on for generations in both Houses of Israel. In the U.S. about half the people are attuned to Satanís siren song; itís like music to their ears to hear all rationale turned upside down. In the U.S. eight million Moslems could shout ĎAllah is greatí from the rooftops and no-one would object. But let anyone mention God in the Oath of Allegiance and the lunatics become apoplectic. These are called Democrats and they do it so well. Little wonder that Jesus, who said He Ďcame only to the lost sheep of Israelí also spoke of half of them having no light for their lamps.
Those who need oil for their lamps will need to purchase it. Thereíll come a time when those who once had Godís Holy Spirit and have let the lamp go out, will need to give all they have to buy that precious oil, and they will need to pray earnestly that God will grant them grace. Itís a bit like the merchant that found a precious pearl of great price, and went and sold everything he had to purchase it. There is always an easy way and a hard way of doing things Ė the losers in this world choose the hard way. As a first step perhaps you should purchase a New International Version Bible (NIV). Itís by no means a perfect translation of the Bible Ė far from it! But it does preserve certain words and phrases consistently throughout the Bible, and secondly, this is the version used by all the Levite Brotherhood.
Most Christians would conclude that God is unfair because He doesnít think as they do. Long ago, God put everyone on notice that His thoughts are not our thoughts or His ways our ways. You may have thought they were, but if you are not a servant of God, then they definitely are not! Godís servants are the prophets to whom He reveals His Great Plan. You cannot serve God unless you understand what He plans to do. How would you understand what God requires of you unless you know what is in His mind?
We have now entered the day of the prophets Ė the Day that all the prophets spoke of. Itís called the Great and Dreadful Day of the LORD (Mal 4:5). Itís a great Day because itís the time of the establishment of Godís Kingdom, but itís a dreadful Day in that everything that has been built is about to be demolished. God doesnít put new wine into old wineskins, He likes everything to be made new. About the only thing that wonít be demolished is the Holy Land. The Holy Land will be kept rock-steady as everything around it is demolished. And the dwellings in the Holy Land will be saved and preserved from the time that Godís Kingdom is established (Zech 12:7). Year after year destruction will sweep across the earth amid furious and chaotic slaughter. When the devilís fury reaches its peak, it will be a time of many woes for the inhabitants of the earth (Rev 12:12), so donít let anyone beguile you with the hope of good outcomes.
This is why God sends His prophets in advance Ė to warn! He knows that when all these things happen, the myopic view of Christianity will focus the blame on God. For reasons known only to them, itís always Godís fault! God has made it abundantly clear that humanity has been cohabiting with Satan and his demons for 6,000 years! Yet whenever anything goes wrong, God is the one to blame Ė not Satan!
Presently, the devil is under the restraint of God and he knows better than to provoke God, but when he is finally cast to the earth in defeat and after losing the great battle (Rev 12:7-9), he will know no restraint. In that day, September 11 will be a distant and fading memory, and will be overshadowed by catastrophes of far greater magnitude. In that day, life will be cheap, and a human being will be worth less than nothing. Then perhaps some will agree with what God says in Isa 40:17.
All these things must occur for prophecy to be fulfilled. Itís been the hope of Christianity that they would transform the world with their teachings in order that God would have no reason to bring the fulfillment of all prophecy and all the horror it portrays. While it might seem to be an attractive proposition, itís not based on any form of realism. The reason why will become clear in the concluding chapters of this article (probably ten chapters in all). I should mention that at the conclusion of this article all hell will break loose. But then, if you donít believe God, why would you believe me? Iím only His humble servant who cares only for Godís reputation.
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