THE GREAT PLAN OF ALMIGHTY GOD
By Neville V. Stevens
New International Version used throughout unless otherwise specified.
Just to put a few things into perspective about what has happened in the past few decades concerning the development of the petroleum industry. America once held supremacy in world oil markets, but as target areas for development became fewer, the oil companies began to look elsewhere.
The Nigerian-Biafra slaughter
Many readers would not remember the slaughter of more than three million Biafrans in the late 60’s and early 70’s. In fact it was poorly reported because correspondents couldn’t get anywhere near the conflict to report it for fear of being killed. The full extent of the slaughter was only known after it had all ended.
What precipitated this conflict was the discovery of petroleum, and the sniff of unprecedented wealth to a poor nation. Shell, Exxon and Chevron moved into the area and began to develop these vast resources. There was conflict over who had the right to negotiate petroleum royalties, and so the Nigerians decided to eliminate the competition. So they ‘invented’ an enemy – the Biafrans. The black-beast rulers of Nigeria wanted to consolidate their position and reasoned that the best way to do this was to activate their army under the pretense of war. It works every time! And the rulers became the unassailable dictators of the region. Plenty of slaughter, rape and pillaging appealed to the soldiers and ensured their loyalty to their leaders.
The rulers had it all figured out! With plenty of petro-dollars and a loyal army they became wealthy tyrants. Obscenely opulent palaces sprung up everywhere, together with the limousines, private jets, and frequent shopping sprees in Harrods of London. They modeled their newfound wealth and lifestyle after the Saudi Arabians. The broad masses remained poverty-stricken and continued to live in third world conditions. They dared not complain to the ruling-class for fear of the consequences.
After a while their revenue stream was not enough to satisfy their greed for wealth. They wanted more, and they began to eye the revenues of the oil companies. So they began a propaganda war to blame the oil companies for the poverty of the people. They wanted the oil companies to fund the entire development arm of government. Sure enough, it was the petroleum companies who became the enemy, even though they were providing over half the Nigerian national income, most of which found its way into the bank accounts of tyrants. Petroleum income also provides 95% of Nigeria’s foreign exchange reserves.
Are the petroleum companies really to blame? They’ve built roads, schools, hospitals, they’ve funded projects to create jobs, provided water wells, and electrical power generation. They’ve provided funding for mechanized farming, storage, and marketing facilities. The greedy beasts that control government wealth have provided none of these things. The rulers instigate demands against the petroleum companies but baulk at any suggestion of contributing themselves. To even the casual observer the blame and the responsibility lies squarely at the feet of the greedy and self-serving dictator-rulers.
Of course, CNN recently did a story on this and managed to find plenty to blame on the oil companies – particularly Chevron. They even managed to stage, or to cooperate with the staging, of a woman’s demonstration and the demand for a higher standard of living for the poor. The Nigerian leaders drove hordes of women and children into the facilities of the oil companies to demonstrate their poverty, and to reinforce their demands for more money. Typically, CNN ignored the obscene wealth of the rulers, and their flagrant disregard for the plight of their own people and blamed the American oil company.
This woman was sentenced to be stoned to death by a Sharia court for having a child out of wedlock. Typically, among these hypocritical black beasts, no man was charged.
Sure enough, we find that Nigeria adopted ‘Sharia’ law, the law of Moslem lunatics, in 1999, and now they’re busily targeting women to be stoned to death for what Moslem men routinely do with any harlot they find. And prostitution is rife in Nigeria. Like all Moslems, they’re a nation of pigs. Shariah law gives the rulers more power to rule by fear. It has nothing to do with justice or the welfare of the people. It has everything with the absolute power of life and death by the rulers of the heavenly realms. The last thing they want is to provoke an argument with God, and so they impose impossible hardships on their own people, in order to accuse God’s people Israel of lesser standards. It’s a power-play that won’t work for many reasons. In the first place, God has no interest in the children of the devil. They are worthless and less than nothing to Almighty God (Isa 40:17). Shariah law is Satan’s attempt to prove that his people uphold higher standards of righteousness than the people of Israel – the people of God.
The rulers of the heavenly realms are goading God by claiming to uphold items of the Law of Moses. The well-orchestrated publicity is designed to highlight God’s Laws in relation to those who oppose them. The whole affair is a sneering insult against God who has determined that in His Kingdom, those who willfully and flagrantly violate His Laws should be put to death in this manner. The rulers of the heavenly realms have in mind to highlight the type of cruelty they ascribe to God and to challenge Him to refute their actions. And of course, the ploy will work among all those who disagree with God’s methods. Those who believe that God should forgive them for anything and everything, even though they do it in rebellion and in the full knowledge of God’s Laws, would insist that God is wrong to appoint such things within His Law. Because such people have never been weaned of breast milk, they have no ability to distinguish good from evil (Heb 5:13-14).
Of course the hypocrisy of Islam is so blatant that anyone can see it in action today. They care nothing for God’s Law, they want to uphold ‘Shariah’ law. They have in mind to accuse God and abuse His right to make just Laws. Their purpose is to ridicule and insult God, and they literally dare Him to challenge them.
The interesting part of all this is that people are converting to Islam in droves, in spite of all the outrageous hypocrisy and the wanton disregard for the welfare of these people by the rulers. Killing a few of their own people is a small price to pay to establish themselves in rulership by fear. This is precisely how their false-prophet Mohammed gained power. Once he had inflicted enough death to ensure obedience to him, he worked religion into the mix.
Allah insists that his degenerate followers walk round and round like mindless zombies for days on end, chanting the Koran. And none of them can give any logical reason for doing it.
Seen again in center of picture, this is supposedly the place where Mohammed ascended to heaven. Satan wants all his followers to know that his prophet ascended into heaven just like the Christ. Always the liar and murderer he was from the beginning and a cunning counterfeiter.
Moslems are supposed to visit Mecca (Makkah) at least once in their lifetime at the time of the Haj. For many Moslems this is beyond their means. The big attraction is that it gives them the right to wear a white pudding-bowl on their heads and to be referred to as ‘Haji’. Their desire for this honour often overrides any form of common decency, and many fund their trip by selling their children into slavery. If you think this is a lying exaggeration, then read the story of the Saltana, the Saudi princess in the book ‘Desert Royal’. In this book she freely admits it, but assures everyone that the children are usually well looked-after by the buyers. She neglects to mention that the girl-children are routinely circumcised following the sale by the Moslem slave-traders. This involves removing the labia majora and the clitoris, supposedly to ensure fidelity to their new masters. Some of these children are forced to undergo hymen reconstruction so they can be sold as virgins for a higher price.
The slave trade in children among Moslem countries is becoming endemic. Recently, one of the U.N. agencies got wind of a slave ship, which they had been aware of for years, leaving Nigeria for Mauritania carrying a cargo of children. The captain was tipped off and slipped out of port with his cargo on board. The agency pursued it and turned it back. Back in port, they found no children, only their ‘carers’ were on board, but there was plenty of evidence that children had been on board. The only explanation possible was that the children were tied to an anchor and sent to the bottom of the ocean. This, incidentally, was the method used to destroy evidence a couple of hundred years ago when British gun-ships were pursuing slave-trading ships. All too often the slaves would disappear during the night of the pursuit, and when the ship was captured and boarded, the evidence was gone.
And where do all these slave-children come from? Well, there is a flourishing trade in many West African countries, where men have multiple wives and breed their own children to be sold as slaves. It’s difficult to imagine the degenerate minds of men who reproduce themselves and then sell their own offspring into slavery for money. Today, it’s Islam that is the motivating force behind it all.
People in the Western World live in a cloistered world of self-delusion, and refuse to believe the type of bestial behaviour common among the degenerate nations of this world. If they hear of these things, they assume them to be isolated instances where the offenders are punished and the matter resolved. But there is no justice in these countries. It doesn’t and couldn’t happen, because the worst offenders are those in positions of rulership. So we hear all these stories but they tend to go over our heads. Most people in the civilized Western World know they can’t correct injustices everywhere, so they ignore it, but by ignoring it, they encourage this type of behaviour to grow and expand. Oddly enough, whenever any of the U.N. agencies do criticize any nation for violations of human rights, it’s usually directed against the Western nations. The reasoning is simple. The Western nations are an easier target than the degenerate nations in the Moslem world. The West has lots of left-wing loonies who support criticisms (whether real or imagined) against their own country.
Almighty God takes a different view. Every nation that develops the minds of animals deserves to die and to be erased from the earth. God doesn’t want them on His earth, and they certainly will not be welcome in His Kingdom! Jesus made this clear inMatt 13:40 "As the weeds (sons of Satan V38-39) are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will weed out of His Kingdom everything that causes sin and all those who do evil. They will throw them into a fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth." Shouldn’t the people of God – the only people He ever chose out of all the families of the earth (Amos 3:1-2) – have the same ideals and do the same? Well, it seems they don’t, and they won’t! It seems they lack the same Godlike qualities of the people God is now preparing (Luke 1:17) – note the words ‘to make ready a people prepared for the Lord’. Obviously, these people believe in God’s type of justice, and this is why a prophet of God was sent to prepare them. And just as obviously, these people had to be prepared before God visits them. This is a reference to Micah 7:4 "…The Day of your watchmen has come, the day God visits you." But more about this later.
God has given the West a target. The target is all the nations that surround the Holy Land. This is where trouble will arise, just as God said it would. It would start at the Euphrates River and spread to the ends of the earth. With the evidence mounting daily, no-one should be under any illusions of the meaning to what God has said. If they refuse, or even defer for much longer, they will suffer terribly for their inaction. The House of Israel is reluctant to do the job properly anyway. All too many radicals have the ear of government, and they are steering a course for ‘peace in our time’. In other words, let the next generation handle the problem, so that we can continue to appear righteous and humanitarian, with gushing concern for human rights. They reason that by grandstanding about the rights of the Iraqi people or the Palestinian people, these degenerates will see them as virtuous and change their opinion about them. While all this is going on, just one tiny nation is willing to defend the Holy City and the Holy Land to the death! Only the Israelis stand ready to do this! God has determined to give them considerable help to achieve this!
War against Iraq
Now, it seems, we have everyone trying to prevent a war against Iraq. The primary thrust of the argument has emerged as the injustice that would result in attacking a nation that has not attacked America. This argument has strengthened by the apparent lack of Saddam’s fingerprints on the September 11 outrage. When in all of history was it necessary to wait for an aggressor to strike the first blow? Hasn’t Saddam declared his position in regard to America and Israel? Should America wait until Saddam Hussein carries out his oft-threatened and blood-curdling desire to inflict death and destruction before they can act? Hasn’t Saddam Hussein defied the U.N. and the whole world? Saddam Hussein has called for the destruction of America and Israel, for jihads against both of them, and has funded a reward system for successful strikes against innocent people. Regardless of any form of creative reasoning on the part of the looney-left, massive rallies have been held in Iraq against ‘big Satan’ (America), and no-one can be forced to rally in the streets if they are unwilling to do so, and especially with the gusto and enthusiasm exhibited by these demonstrators. It’s all very well to hide behind the myth that the Iraqis people are really a peaceful people – history doesn’t support this!
Saddam Hussein looking all regal on his golden throne. He sees himself as a great ruler and king. Notice his symbol on the wall behind him of an eagle. This ruler wants everyone to believe that he is the eagle.
What a coincidence! The Palestinian martyrs cemetery has the same symbol at the entrance. Could it be that they honour Saddam Hussein because of the rewards he pays for killing Israelis and Americans (seven Americans were killed in the Hebrew University bombing in 2002).
But more to the point, by allowing a tyrant to continue to plot against the West, it encourages other rogue nations to do the same. There is an axis of evil, and this is about 90% of the whole world. Human nature hasn’t changed in 6,000 years, all that has happened is that some nations have managed to disguise their evil tendencies in the interests of economic expediency.
Another view of Saddam’s throne room with his eagle symbolhighlighted on the back wall. Saddam believes he is the incarnation of Nebuchadnezzar. You’ll recall that when Nebuchadnezzar was punished for his arrogance, he grew feathers and claws like an eagle (Dan 4:33). Because he thought of himself as an eagle, God made him look like one. Almighty God has a habit of doing this to arrogant, disobedient beings. God is telling us something very important. For example, the once glorious Lucifer is now a loathsome dragon.
The ideals of trying to raise the living standards of third world countries are about to end in futility. It may seem desirable to promote world trade and to create prosperity for third world countries, but the greed-factor would prevent them from ever prospering and living in peace. These ideals are not appreciated by satanic forces who don’t seek peace. They want prosperity all right, but they don’t want to earn it by hard work and diligence. They want to take what doesn’t belong to them by force. The whole world seeks the destruction of the whole House of Israel – and they always have! Nothing any human being could say or do could ever change this! Tyrants don’t respond to the generous olive branch so often offered them amid peaceful overtures, they only respond to the mailed fist of force. Almighty God has warned again and again of this, but the House of Israel is not listening. Peaceful, diplomatic overtures don’t bring peace, even though they may appear to defer the inevitable. And the inevitable is that the whole world will marshal their forces against the West to destroy them from the earth. This is their plan and this is their goal.
The Demise of the Soviet Union
It’s amazing how quickly the lessons of history are forgotten. Hitler was ignored until it was too late to stop him. When he finally was crushed, after much procrastination, it opened the door for another evil nation to step up to the plate.
The wheel of history always seems to turn full circle. Germany plunged the world into war by invading Poland. Their country was reduced to rubble and then divided between east and west. At the conclusion of the war, millions of Germans found themselves under Soviet rule and separated from their own homeland. The Poles too, found themselves under the tyrannical rule of the Soviet Union. The west retained half of Berlin by means of a narrow corridor accessed through Soviet East Germany. As early as 1948 the Soviets blockaded this access route and forced the now-famous airlift to feed the Berliners. This lasted about 12 months before the Soviets caved-in and opened the corridor.
The Polish Pope supported the Solidarity movement, and helped to bring the Soviets down.
You’ll recall that Stalin signed a non-aggression pact with Hitler to stave off any German invasion. It was Stalin’s hope that Hitler would exhaust himself fighting the Allied Forces, and leave the world in chaos. Instead, he soon found himself fighting for his own survival. Stalin had hoped to pick up some nice prizes: whole countries incapable of defending themselves in the aftermath of the war. His plan didn’t go as he had anticipated, and after the war, with his own country in ruins, Stalin decided to take reparations by force. His delusions of grandeur were undiminished, and he immediately began a land grab. He was unconcerned with the welfare of the peoples who had suffered terribly, and began to mop up Eastern Europe. War-weary, the West declined to intervene, and the Poles, in particular, suffered the outrage alone. The Cold War began and outrageous and incompetent diplomacy prevailed.
President Reagan was preparing for the famous speech at the Brandenburg Gate, and this was when Colin Powell urged not to offend the Soviets by mentioning the Berlin Wall. Others argued that it was an opportunity to make history and to stop kowtowing to the Soviets.
It was the courage of the Poles, who were the first to stand up to the Soviets, that led to the demise of the Soviet Union. Men like Lech Waleza, a Gdansk shipyard electrician and union organizer, was the one who first orchestrated Solidarity against the Russians. He had some help from the Polish Pope, and a great deal of help, later on, from President Reagan. The Soviets lost Poland, and this started the downward trend of the breakup of Soviet influence.
The speech writers sent this memorandum to Colin Powell. It says, ‘The Brandenburg Gate speech is better than before, but the staff is still unanimous that it’s a mediocre speech and a missed opportunity.’ Eventually, they bypassed Colin Powell and sent the draft directly to the President – he liked it and history was made.
Governor Ronald Reagan won the Presidency of the U.S. in 1980. Beginning his political life as Governor of California as a Democrat, he soon realized the type of lunacy that prevailed among them and made his charge for the White House as a Republican. Naturally enough, he managed to alienate the Californian looneys. They began to accuse him of being a third-rate actor, and a useless President. As usual, as they do with everything else, the Californians got it wrong. The world soon forgot that President Reagan was once an actor when he began to stride the world stage like a lion. He called a spade a spade, and he called the Soviets ‘The Evil Empire’. Many diplomats choked on their caviar and cocktails over this, but soon saw Reagan as a man of vision. He ridiculed the meaning of ‘Détente’, which had become official U.S. policy, and became obstructionist and even belligerence towards America’s enemies, causing a rethink of their foreign relations. The old Soviet Guard became wobbly-legged, and knew that their time was up. Reagan had implemented economic strategies against them through brilliant planning, and the cold winds of change began to blow across their vast territories. To claw back what remained, they promoted moderation in their leadership and Mikail Gorbachev became their leader, with a style that was a complete departure from that of the old guard.
President Reagan gives his famous speech at the Brandenburg Gate: ‘Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!’
The West noticed the thawing of relationships with the Soviets, and moved to consolidate diplomatic ties. This is the attitude that prevailed when President Reagan went to Berlin and gave an address in front of the Brandenburg Gate. This is the speech that changed the world dramatically. For weeks the speechwriters had argued over the content of this speech. Colin Powell (Secretary of State today) was then National Director of the Security Council, and he wanted nothing that was controversial, or anything that might offend the Soviets. There was a lot of head-butting as Powell tried to water down the speech, but President Reagan sighted a draft from one of the more insightful of the speech-writers, and liked it. It contained the words, ‘Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!’ The speech reverberated around the world and the Soviets baulked. They were immediately and totally isolated. The German people were emboldened by these strong words from a strong President and began to tear down the wall. The Soviet guards fled in panic, and history was made.
John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev. Weak, indecisive Presidents don’t bode well for the welfare of the American people. When vision is lacking the people perish, and procrastinating brinkmanship is a sure way to bring it about.
Prior to this, we saw the results of a weak president when John F. Kennedy met with Krushchev. During the press meeting, Khrushchev said to Kennedy, ‘If you ever do anything to Berlin we will crush you! Berlin is ours!’ Kennedy’s face all but turned to stone in shock, and he said nothing. Sure he was young, and sure he was inexperienced, but he sure was weak! It was this very statement that emboldened Khrushchev to transport intercontinental ballistic missiles to Cuba to threaten America. During this crisis, Kennedy’s advisors urged him to act, but Kennedy deferred. Only after receiving intelligence that America’s nuclear arsenal was greater than Russia’s was he sufficiently encouraged to reacting. He apparently reasoned that in a nuclear winter, and an exchange of nuclear weapons, America’s arsenal would outlast the Soviets. This is what consoled him!
Whenever America refuses to act decisively they suffer the consequences. This is true in times of war and in times of peace. There are plenty of examples of this during wartime. Who can forget the fall of the Philippines and the Bataan death march, when 100,000 Americans surrendered and died at the hands of the Japanese. It was within Roosevelt’s power to rescue them, but he feared that it may be seen as an abandonment of the Philippino people, and so he sacrificed his own people, and in so doing, sacrificed the Philippinos as well. Some months later, Macarthur arrived with 440,000 troops and began to claw back ground, and through commando raids were able to free some of the surviving prisoners. This was little consolation for the families of the tens of thousands that had suffered horrifying deaths in slavery.
The one thing the Democrats are good at is conducting inquisitions. During the cold war, they feared ‘the enemy was within’. Communism was the big bogey, and they relentlessly hunted down anyone who had ever said anything that could be construed as pro-communist. The McCarthy witchhunt began. It’s seen today as merely a sore on the morals of a few protagonists who were woefully misguided. Eventually it all blew over, but it served to further America’s resolve to never let it happen again. Today, ‘the enemy is within’ – there are eight million of them living in America, but no-one is prepared to accuse Moslems of anti-American behaviour. Even though they have found dozens of Moslem organizations, posing as charity organizations, raising funds for satanic forces hostile to America, they still don’t see Moslems as posing a threat to national security. The lunatic fringe of government has even reinforced the view that they pose no threat. It would be fortuitous indeed if the only good Moslems were only those living in America. The rest of Islam has made it very clear that they have nothing but hostility for America and the Israelis.
The McCarthy inquisition. It would never get off the ground today, even though they would have a real target if they did: murderous Moslems! There have been too many ill-conceived witch-hunts in America! Why pick on the Moslems when you have people like Martha Stewart to persecute. The U.S. agencies would much rather pick on people like the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas, and burn them alive, than pick on Moslems. Moslems seem to be almost sacrosanct – but Christians aren’t! It seemed, just recently, that they were set to pursue the Roman Catholic Church to extinction over a few rogue priests. It’s odd that the same standards don’t apply to murderous Moslems! I think I can hear the twilight zone echoing in the background.
It’s a huge bonus for the forces of evil that America is so easily deceived. And this is exactly how Almighty God has described them. Remember God’s warning inHos 7:11 "Ephraim is like a dove, easily deceived and senseless…". Doves are a symbol of peacemakers. No-one provoked Islam to war – they chose this route themselves. They’re the ones who have been bombing U.S. embassies for years, they’re the ones who bombed the USS Cole. They’re the ones who chant death to Americans and Israelis. They’re the ones who hijacked the planes and fly them into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Who provoked any of these acts? It might seem sensible to some to speak of peace to such mindless degenerates, but God’s warning is explicit, and He calls such activity senseless! If America wants lasting peace with Moslems, then they should be aware it is only achievable through the crucible of war. If they want to continue to deceive themselves, then God Himself will fight against them! And all their so-called ‘friends’ will seize the moment.
You’ll notice that in prophecy there is very little mention of the Tribes of Israel by name – with the exception of Ephraim, Judah and Levi. Not much is said about Reuben, Gad, Asher, Simeon, Manasseh or any of the others. And why is this? God is remembering the time when the Ten Tribes abandoned Jerusalem because they objected to King Rehoboam, the son of Solomon. In their hearts, they were not rejecting a king, but they were rejecting God, and they quickly found a substitute in the form of pagan gods. It was Jeroboam, an Ephraimite, who led the rebellion, with the result that all Ten Tribes became one nation – a nation in rebellion against God. No doubt Jeroboam was persuasive, and suggested that every man was entitled to make his own decision. So in the third generation of the line of David, they ‘democratically’ rejected Jerusalem and the son of David. They needed some replacement theology to hold the masses together, so they chose paganism and embraced it with all the enthusiasm of the pagans around them.
Twenty five centuries later, they were using the same ploy to reject a king, in this case George III, and to become a nation in their own right. God wants everyone to know which nation it is that wields great power over all the Tribes of Israel. Once again, it’s Ephraim! And Almighty God has dropped clues for us throughout history so that we can know which nation God refers to as Ephraim in prophecy. In the days of Solomon’s son Rehoboam, it was Ephraim who got the upper hand, and established a government over the northern Ten Tribes. He promised them freedom from oppression, but delivered only slavery. Sure enough, God made good His threats and they were conquered and led away as slaves. Ephraim today is barreling down the path to repeating history. At the time when Ephraim wields power over the whole House of Israel, only two of the Tribes are determined to protect Jerusalem and secure the Holy Land. These are the original two Tribes that remained faithful to God and His City – Judah and Levi.
The Northern Ten Tribes quickly became like harlots, committing adultery against God. Yet, God remembers them as Virgin Israel, and is determined to do them good in the final days. At the most crucial time in history, God has referred to them as ten virgins, five of whom are wise and five are foolish. When Christ spoke of this, He was referring to the ‘lost sheep of Israel’ – those to whom He came (Matt 15:24). The political split between the nation of Ephraim could not be closer, with the nation divided equally between Republicans and Democrats (if you don’t believe this, just count the hanging chads). In human terms, it’s not hard to discover who are wise and who are foolish! It’s not hard to decide which side of the political spectrum is most damaging to the welfare of the people. It’s not hard to decide which side of politics is more inclined to faithfulness and acknowledgement of God. One side is dedicated to promoting immoral behaviour and promoting favour with all the enemies of God. And it’s patently obvious which side this is! This is how the Christ describes the ten virgins: Matt 25:1 "At that time the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the Bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five of them were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The Bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep." And how they fell asleep! They had their lamp with them (even in every courthouse), which is the Word of God – the Bible. Half of them had no oil at all, and the other half kept their oil sealed in a jar. For centuries, they stumbled along expecting the Bridegroom to come at any minute. When He failed to arrive, they grew drowsy and fell asleep. Is God saying that the Kingdom of Heaven is like the ten virgins? Is the Kingdom of God to comprise wise and foolish alike? If you think this then you are missing the point! What Jesus was saying is this: ‘At that time the Kingdom of Heaven will be like [the] ten virgins’. The ten virgins are presently the only super-power on earth! They presently have the power to gore the nations to the ends of the earth like a mighty bull – the mightiest of the bulls that uphold the whole earth. But they are sound asleep! They are not watching, and they are not hammering the nations to the ends of the earth. They are allowing the nations to build up their forces and to strike at the very hand that fed them, instead of acting as a deterrent to the aspirations of mad rulers. In the past, nations trembled whenever Ephraim spoke, but today, they are exploiting his weakness. Today, there are many people in Ephraim who are not only drowsy, but drunk on Satan’s wine.
Not so the Kingdom of Heaven! What the ten virgins have failed to do will be done by the fledgling Kingdom of God, and they will gore the nations to the ends of the earth. And they will begin by destroying all the nations that surround the Holy Land. Human power will be no match for the Power of Almighty God! In God’s Day – the seventh millennial Day, there will be no equal rights for the nations who have no rights at all. All those who plotted the destruction of Jerusalem and the people of Jerusalem, will die like flies. This is God’s promise and this is the fulfillment of all God has said. And after many wars have been fought, and after God has rescued the House of Israel, He will arraign all that remain of the nations against Jerusalem in a final showdown. God makes no secret of how deep the blood will flow in the winepress of this event (Rev 14:20). God has spoken, and you need to listen!
Accept that the ten virgins have been asleep for centuries, and are completely out of sync with all of God’s teachings. Accept that Almighty God is going to root out every detestable liar and murderer on the face of the earth and institute a righteous Kingdom. And on a personal level, accept that you have been woefully misguided to believe things that were grossly insulting to God. Accept that what you thought the Christ or Messiah should be like is not in accord with God’s teachings. If you begin to accept these, then you will have your eyes opened to understand the Scriptures, and you will be well on your way to becoming a servant of God and a son or daughter of the Kingdom.
You’ll recall how Jesus said ‘the Kingdom of God is steadily advancing, and forceful men will take it by force’ (Matt 11:12). And He added, ‘He who has ears, let him hear’. These comments were made in relation to John the Baptist, of whom Jesus said was ‘Elijah – if you are willing to accept it.’ So now we know what the role of Elijah is. He’s not only a Levite priest, but a warrior as well, who will take the Kingdom of God by force. The Capital of God’s Kingdom is Jerusalem, and this is the City they will secure and protect like dutiful sons. They will drive out the Palestinian dogs, and give fair warning to all the nations surrounding the Holy Land – but of course, these nations won’t listen!
As an aside, if the Israelis had secured the Temple Mount, driven out all the Moslems from the Holy Land, and destroyed the mosque now sitting on God’s Holy of Holies, God would have made them the other super-power on earth. The whole world would have cowered before them, and groveled at their feet. But after God gave them great victory they caved in and divided Jerusalem with God’s enemies. This was adultery in its worse form! But of course, we all know who instigated this betrayal – it was Ephraim! Senseless and deceived Ephraim wanted to curry favour with God’s enemies! So the Israelis never received God’s gift, and they continue to pay the penalty even today. While the blame lies squarely at the feet of Ephraim, the Israelis are not completely blameless. God will forgive little Israel and the leaders of Judah, but He will never forgive Ephraim for this act of treachery, and they will pay the penalty in full. They now face a long, dark night. They need to buy some real oil (the Holy Spirit) for their lamps, from those in the position to supply it, but they prefer to buy oil (petroleum) from God’s enemies. How exact God has been in spelling out this dilemma now faced by Ephraim and his brothers! Ephraim has missed every opportunity to exact justice, and always falls short of the mark. They have one last chance to redeem themselves and to strike a deadly blow with overwhelming force against God’s enemies or face oblivion. And God is growing impatient at all the wrangling going on. They either do it or they don’t! If they don’t, then they will face God’s fury!
They had sufficient reason to go out with overwhelming force and vaporize the Iraqis, but instead they chose a soft target in Afghanistan! They managed to flatten some mountains in Tora Bora, and kill a handful of Al Qaeda and Taliban, and claimed a successful mission. They didn’t even get Bin Laden! They knew exactly where he was, and permission was sought from headquarters to storm the cave. It took 2 days for a decision to be made, giving Bin Laden time to fly the coup. So now America has troops on the ground, surrounded by enemies, and still looking for Bin Laden. What a farce!
In the meantime, the forces of evil are building all over the world, and being steered by the ruler of Babylon – the former territories of Nebuchadnezzar! Meanwhile, the American people are assuaged into believing that the arch-rebel and enemy is Bin Laden, and as soon as he is liquidated, peace will descend on earth. They have the stupid idea that all Islam will retreat back into their hole on notification that Bin Laden is dead. If the American people want to be senseless and deceived, they should expect no help from Almighty God!
The one thing that is evident in the Scriptures is that God doesn’t need America to bring peace to this earth. Nor did He ever anticipate that America ever would bring peace. This was not His purpose. God confirms that He has treated Ephraim like a son (Hos 11:1-4), but Ephraim has departed from God’s Principles and chosen their own independence to act as they see fit – to do what seems right. And it seems right to those who are deceived and senseless!
Long ago, God made alternative plans. As unlikely as it appears to most people today, God is about to set up a Kingdom that will last forever. Even though this Kingdom will begin like a tiny mustard seed, it will grow to fill the whole earth. These things should be well-known to any Bible student. What is less well-known is that God will strip away the House of Israel’s power to make war, and give all His power to His seemingly insignificant Kingdom. At the same time, Satan will give his power, and throne and great authority to his representative (Rev 13:2). By then, however, Satan will have lost his supremacy of the air. He will make the blunder of his life in waging war directly against God (Rev 12:7-10) and will find himself marooned on earth.
The senseless conduct of America hasn’t helped the cause. Here were a handful of Satan’s insurgents who struck at America and virtually got away with it. In outmaneuvering God’s powerful force on earth, Satan’s hopes are bolstered that he might outmaneuver God and spring a successful coup. He knows it’s a long shot, but he thinks he may succeed. Obviously he wouldn’t plan a war against God if he were certain he would lose. Driven by desperation and the faint hope of victory, he will do it!
Most Christians are oblivious to all these things because they have the expectation that God must do as they demand. After all, they reason, God is obligated to welcome them to everlasting pastures because of all the nice things they’ve said about Him. They reject any talk of violence and bloodshed, and want nothing to do with it. They want peace at any price, together with the assurance of rewards.
God is in the process of choosing just a few people who have come to their senses, and who have acknowledged that God’s Way is right. These are the ones God has chosen to establish His Kingdom and to prepare the way for the King – the Mighty Commander of Armies. It’s in the hands of these few that God will place overwhelming power – the power to rescue the House of Israel and to bring them back to the land God gave to His friend Abraham. Many wars will be fought, and wars will continue to the end. God confirms this and has never suggested anything different. The feeble-minded beliefs of Christianity today is widely at variance to all that God has said! They’ve ignored everything that God has said, and painted their vista of peaceful outcomes. Surely if they believe the dribble they teach, then they must think God is insane. They reason that God shouldn’t be thinking in this way; instead He should be converting the world to the way of love – the type of ‘love’ they teach. Is God impressed with mere words? Such people are only concerned with love of themselves, and care nothing for the suffering of others, but they have certainly created the illusion that they do.
At the time when the embryo of the Kingdom of God is established, there will be a perception that these people are scoundrels, and even Jesus Christ ensured that people generally would think this. Remember how He ordered swords to be purchased to fulfill a prophecy?Luke 22:36 "He said to them, "But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one. It is written, ‘And He was numbered with transgressors’ and I tell you that this must be fulfilled in me. Yes, what is written about me is reaching its fulfillment." The disciples said, "See, Lord, here are two swords." "That is enough," He replied." It was important for Jesus to be seen to fulfill all that was spoken of Him. In this case, the emphasis was on Isa 53. There are some important references to the Christ in this chapter. This is the chapter that inspired some people to assume that Jesus had offspring to Mary Magdalene. They’ve assumed that the only way that children can be born to God is through sexual intercourse. Was Adam the son of God? The Scriptures say he was (Luke 3:37), and Adam was created. Furthermore, Jesus is described as the second Adam. Neither of them was produced by sexual intercourse! And neither is the human body of any great significance, but the human mind is. It’s the thinking pattern of the human mind that is of greater interest to God. The body is relatively insignificant. The body can be killed, but the Spirit of God lives on (in those who have it), and by this means, will be raised from the dead.
Yes, the whole world will consider the fledgling Kingdom of God to be transgressors, trouble-makers and outright scoundrels – all except the leaders of Judah! They’ll quickly come to their senses. They will quickly recognize unjust persecution when they see it, having suffered so much of it themselves. And God has said of the Jewish people:Isa 40:1 "Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the LORD’S hand double for all her sins." The slaughter of six million Jews (men, women, children and babies) is a clear reminder in our time of the price paid by the Jewish people. Jesus further advised that He would not be seen by them again until they say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord’ (Luke 13:35). God tells us when this will happen in Zech 12:10-11. This follows a great fight, when the leaders of Judah will realize that the sons of Jerusalem are strong (V5), and will begin to follow their example (V6). At the instructions of the LORD, the dwellings of Judah will be saved first (V7) and the House of David will be established – and will be like God (V8). That is the time when God sets out to destroy all the nations that attack Jerusalem (V9). The House of Judah will combine with the House of Levi (V12-14) to become the House of David and the Kingdom of God. This is when the Kingdom of God is taken by force – by forceful men. It will start with a great fight and the merciless slaughter of God’s enemies. It will be a warning to all the world how God deals with this adulterous scum. And as a further warning God will set out to destroy all the nations that attack Jerusalem (V9 again).
Has God given fair warning to all those who despise Jerusalem and the Holy Land, but seem to favour the territories and city of Babylon? Has He warned of the consequences of sacrificing the Jewish people to satisfy adulterous Moslems? Hasn’t He made it clear that Jerusalem is the City of a Great King? Where, then, is all the outrage for the atrocities that are being conducted in it by the Moslem hordes – the enemies of God – the nations that surround the Holy Land? The 10 nations of Israel will rue the day they ever treated these things lightly! Has God asked too much of those who claim to be faithful to Him, that they should revere the City of the Great King?
But what of Christians who should know that Jesus cried over this City of God. Doesn’t this mean anything to them? Apparently not! They want peace for the Palestinians – who have no right to set foot in the City. Apparently, mainstream Christianity wants peace at any price, even if it means forsaking the City that Jesus loved.
James made it clear that by befriending the world one becomes the enemy of God.James 4:4 "You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred towards God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God." You’ll notice that James used the word ‘adulterous’ in the correct context. By befriending the world you are committing adultery against God and you become an enemy of God. God makes it even clearer when he refers to Babylon and her disgusting adulteries, which she enforces on the world. This is why God has said that those who partake of her adulteries will go straight to the lake of fire. As you have probably noticed, one of the Houses of Israel is steeped in trying to befriend the world, supposedly in the interests of peace and the promise of trade. Subversives like Colin Powell and others are determined to ensure this! How subtle these people are when they paint their vistas of peaceful coexistence. Satan chooses his agents well!
It all comes down to mental aptitude! This is what God is trying to instill in all His people. He wants you to see things as He does. But this is impossible until you dispense with all the nonsense you have been taught in the past by those who have nothing in common with Almighty God. You don’t have to be blind, even though most would insist they are not! Yet it’s quite amazing how apoplectic some people become at any suggestion that God has not abandoned His people Israel. They insist that He has! If they admitted that He hasn’t, then they would have to reconsider prophecy that relates directly to the whole House of Israel, and this doesn’t suit their mindless doctrine. Christ made the point that anyone who is not with Him is against Him. How many people today are with Christ? How many even share in His objectives? By now you should surely know what these are (1Cor 15:24-25). By understanding these objectives, you will clearly understand what Christ is! He is the Mighty Warrior who will accomplish these things, and He is also the Faithful Servant who serves the Father. He is presently the High Priest of God in heaven, so in this regard, He is a Warrior Priest. What is less understood is that God has appointed a priesthood on earth, and He did this in the days of Moses. And for all the cynics who believe this priesthood was done away, just remember that it continued through John the Baptist in Jesus’ day, and is also present today!
There are many people who are ever learning but never able to come to the knowledge of the Truth. Now why do you suppose this is? God gives us a clue: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?" (NKJV). Those who are mere babes aren’t going to understand much. Babies love to play and don’t understand much apart from that. But babies do grow up, and it’s expected that their newfound knowledge will enhance their understanding of many things. The above verse inspired a similar statement in the Book of Hebrews: Heb 5:12 "In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you elementary truths of God’s Word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil." I don’t need to remind anyone that there is a great dearth of knowledge on how to distinguish good from evil today! Those who have not yet been weaned from the breast have no chance of understanding who is good and who is evil. They remain oblivious to God’s teachings! And God can’t teach anyone who is not receptive to His message.
But there is a lot more toIsa 28. In V12, God begins speaking about His Rest. This is a reference to the Millennial Sabbath. (This theme is also taken up in the Book of Hebrews.) Isa 28:12 "To whom He said, "This is the Rest with which you may cause the weary to rest," and "This is the refreshing": yet they would not hear." (NKJV). So to whom is God speaking? Well, He tells us! It’s Ephraim! And God makes it clear in unflattering terms! V1 "Woe to that wreath, the pride of Ephraim’s drunkards, to the fading flower, his glorious beauty, set on the head of a fertile valley – to that city, the pride of those laid low by wine! See, the Lord has one who is powerful and strong. Like a hailstorm and a destructive wind, like a driving rain and flooding downpour, He will throw it forcefully to the ground. That wreath, the pride of Ephraim’s drunkards, will be trampled underfoot. That fading flower, his glorious beauty, set on the head of a fertile valley, will be like a fig ripe before harvest – as soon as someone sees it and takes it in his hand, he swallows it. In that Day the LORD Almighty will be a glorious crown, a beautiful wreath for the remnant of His people."
So it’s ‘goodbye Washington’ and ‘hello Jerusalem’! Surprised? Why would you be? Isn’t this what all the Scriptures have been saying for thousands of years? Fully half of all Americans are reeling under the intoxicating influence of the wine of Babylon’s adulteries. And Babylon’s influence is spreading from the Middle East into all the world – but most are too drunk to see! Ephraim would be better off drinking breast milk than Babylon’s wine. And every spurious argument in defense of Islam is just another nail in the coffin. We all know where that city is situated, which God calls the wreath and pride of Ephraim. We all know that Washington is Ephraim’s center of government. And Washington refuses to go to war against God’s enemies. If the servants of God held just one-tenth of Washington’s power to make war right now, there will be no real estate left in any of the countries surrounding the Holy Land. God’s true servants don’t care about Satan’s Babylon, or Ephraim’s Washington for that matter, they care only about the City of a Great King – Jerusalem! This is the City that must be defended at all costs! This is the City that is worth dying for! And unless everyone learns this one simple truth, they face oblivion. Quite frankly, the present generation is too far gone to be of any value. It is far better to have a new generation that can be drawn from the breasts and taught the message of understanding. A new generation that has had a bit of the pride and arrogance beaten out of them! By then, they will not be thinking of making friends with God’s enemies, and never again will they think Ephraim’s city is more important than God’s City Jerusalem. You may even think this is a petty matter, and that I’m blowing it out of proportion. Think as you will, but be aware that such thoughts will definitely cost you your life! You cannot side with the enemy and be a servant of God. If you side with those who oppose God’s Truth, then you become God’s enemy! There will be no Judas Iscariots or Benedict Arnolds in God’s Kingdom. If you can’t be faithful in such small matters, then you will never be a servant of God.
The message to Ephraim continues inIsa 28. The most vulnerable nation on earth today is little Israel. They are surrounded by the enemy, but are unable to take decisive action against them. And why? Because Ephraim is too weak, and too drunk on Satan’s wine, to support them! They want peace at any price with the satanic, Islamic hordes that are now sweeping across the globe. When President Bush spoke of getting rid of Yasser Arafat and his hordes, Colin Powell rushed over there and started kissing-up with them. I can’t understand why Powell hasn’t been frog-marched out of the Whitehouse. He scoffs at any suggestion that creating a Palestinian state within Israel, with Arafat at the helm, would endanger Israel. The man is quite mad and a dangerous influence on everyone in government. I would remind everyone, yet again, that it was Colin Powell who stopped ‘Stormin’ Norman Swartzkoff at the gate of Baghdad from killing Saddam Hussein. And the grave consequences of this are being felt today with increasing intensity. God has a message for Ephraim in this regard: Isa 28:14-15 "Therefore hear the Word of the LORD, you scoffers, who rule this people in Jerusalem. You boast, "We have entered into a covenant with Death, with the Grave we have made an agreement." If you want to know the meaning of Death and Grave go to Rev 6:8, and note that these names are capitalized to indicate evil rulers. It’s a bit rich when Ephraim dominates little Israel and tries to rule over them to prevent them taking decisive action against the Palestinian dogs. Washington, that city, even objects when they take action to defend themselves, and calls it ‘heavy-handed’. What unmitigated gall!
Well, it’s all wearing a bit thin now! There are too many innocent Israelis being blown to bits by mindless, Islamic murderers while Washington sits on their hands and does nothing. The time has come when Washington will no longer call the shots defending the evil against the good. They want covenants and agreements with Death and the Grave! This is precisely what they are doing! Washington has been busy building defenses in their own country to prevent the overwhelming scourge from touching them, but at the same time, expect Jerusalem to put up with it! This is precisely what God says about them:V15 "…When an overwhelming scourge sweeps by, it cannot touch us, for we have made a lie our refuge and falsehood our hiding place." Well, it worked for a while until 19 Moslems created chaos and struck fear into the hearts of all Americans. Just when they thought Death and the Grave were going to hold up their end of the agreement, the peace was shattered. Dealing in lies and falsehoods only gets everyone in trouble. And this is not righteousness! This is also a lesson that Christianity is soon to experience when they learn of God’s righteousness. Lies and deception just don’t cut it!
The House of Israel is presently writing their own script on what they believe is the way things should be. Unfortunately, they have predicated their beliefs on the ideas of groups who have been asleep for centuries. Satan the devil was pleased to encourage the House of Israel to become Christian nations provided they continued to portray the Christ as a weakling. Satan wanted them all to become weaklings and to demonstrate against war in any form. Furthermore, he’d hoped that long-haired fags living in San Francisco, and wearing flowers in their hair, would spread to all Israel. Some of his projects have had remarkable success.
ConcerningV15 God goes on to answer them, and to assure them that real righteousness is not far off: V16 "So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed. I will make justice the measuring-line and righteousness the plumb-line; hail will sweep away your refuge, the lie, and water will overflow your hiding-place. Your covenant with Death will be annulled; your agreement with the Grave will not stand. When the overwhelming scourge sweeps by, you will be beaten down by it. As often as it comes it will carry you away; morning by morning, by day and by night, it will sweep through. The understanding of this message will bring sheer terror."
God is warning Ephraim! Don’t think He’s kidding! If I’m outraged that America lacks the guts to take decisive action against the overwhelming scourge of Islamic terrorism, then believe me, God is more so! The longer they delay to exact justice and righteousness, the worse it will be for them. There are others who will exact justice and righteousness, and God identifies them with the building symbols of the measuring-line and the plumb-line. Like stone-masons of old, they will build the Temple (see Zech 6:15). This is the Levite Brotherhood, but many will join them to build the Temple (same verse). But believe me, they will be scrutinized to see if they are among those who hated God’s teachings and tried to destroy His Work. Those who are guilty will be shipped back to the enemy that they loved so much (same verse), and there they will die! God doesn’t tolerate insincere people. Don’t take Almighty God for a fool!
Yes, the Sons of Jerusalem will secure Jerusalem, and they will use overwhelming force to do it. God put the whole world on notice long ago what He plans to do, and how He will do it. The rulers of the heavenly realms know all about God’s great power, but those who profess to serve Him don’t! These rulers know that if God says a nation will perish, then they are powerless to stop it. They are careful not to provoke God, but the House of Israel doesn’t understand this. Ephraim, in particular, thinks they can build a barrier to keep out the overwhelming scourge, but God says it will come again and again, morning by morning, by day and by night until it sweeps them away, and nothing will stop it!
A similar thing happened long ago, when the House of Israel refused to go in and possess the Promised Land. For forty years their bodies fell in the desert until a new generation emerged that were more willing to do as God commands. Everything that has happened to span six thousand years are examples for us. You’ll notice that God says, "The understanding of this message will bring sheer terror". God wants you to understand that terror is the terrorist’s weapon. God also likens it to hail and floods, because these, among other things, are God’s weapons against recalcitrant people, who think they can rely on their own defenses, and refuse to act on God’s orders. They refuse to secure the Holy City Jerusalem, they refuse to defend the Holy Land, and they refuse to attack the swine who surround the Holy Land. And all those who surround the Holy Land are Moslems who hate Ephraim and the Israelis. They really are without excuse! In relation to hail and floods, don’t forget that God’s Word is a two-edged sword. It cuts both ways! Those who don’t fight God’s enemies will find themselves fighting God. And since the House of Israel won’t acknowledge who God’s enemies are, the result is inevitable.
‘The understanding of this message’ is the key to the whole thing. Those who should understand it, those who supposedly study the Word of God, have understood none of it. They are dreamers, who dream of wonderful outcomes while they do nothing. Among the most extreme of them, are those who are looking for worthless ‘miracles’ – tears rolling down the cheeks of statues, blood appearing on hands to indicate a ‘stigmata’, and other worthless phenomena designed to deceive people. Then we have other groups, like the Seventh Day Adventists, who build thousands of hospitals so they can claim to have the gift of healing. They surely must know what the gift of healing is from Christ’s many examples! They certainly don’t have it!
But what of the gift of healing? Does anyone have it today? We recently heard that the Pope will be recommended for ‘sainthood’ at some distant time in the future because ‘he healed someone of cancer’ (wink, wink – I wonder who the stooge was? They omitted to mention his name). So, does God heal today? Yes, He does! But not in the same manner as Jesus, Peter and the other Apostles did. Contrary to all the pantomimes conducted on stages by charlatans, God is not giving great demonstrations of healing and other miracles. Now if He did, then everyone would believe in His great Power – right? Well, it didn’t happen in Christ’s day, instead the religious nuts saw all these things and killed Him anyway.
We now know that it was the rulers of the heavenly realms that plotted this. They use a form of hypnosis to rally their murderous mobs, and it’s easily done among those who are mentally unstable or emotionally vulnerable. Those who are being manipulated don’t realize it – usually until it’s too late! Then they are horrified by what they’ve done (e.g. Judas Iscariot). We’re seeing it all the time now, with mindless murders, rapes and abductions. The defense council’s catchcry has become ‘he was acting out of character, he or she is really a nice person’. And all too often they are – until they allow themselves to be manipulated by evil forces. They get a fixation in their mind and can’t control it, and it’s usually against someone else and for no logical reason. And even though it goes against all logical benchmarks, it seems perfectly normal to them. They’re under a ‘hypnotic’ spell but don’t know it! They succumb to an external influence of which they are unaware.
So in the interests of emotional stability, let’s all assume that God is not performing any miracles today as Jesus did in His day. We’re not seeing any corpses raised to life days after they’ve died and have begun to stink, as was the case with Lazarus. No-one is touching a severed ear and restoring it instantly as was the case with Malchus. No-one’s shadow is passing over the sick and healing them instantly (e.g. Peter’s shadow). But still we are assured that God is performing miracles today. Some of the examples of these so-called miracles are when a person has liver cancer and has a transplant with a pig’s liver, and lives. ‘A miracle!’ they shout. But is it really? Does God heal through these bizarre rituals? If He does, then why does He give us specific instructions on how to deal with the sick? And why did God withhold these so-called ‘miracles’ for six thousand years? It’s only in the last few years that these things have been done. So this type of ‘miracle’ was not done for nearly two thousand years since the days of Christ. If this is the way God heals then there has been a dearth of healing during this entire two thousand year period!
But then, God does promise great feats of healing, raising the dead, and other mighty miracles, but the question is, to whom? Jesus was talking to His disciples – the twelve – when they asked Him to show them the Father and added that this would be sufficient for them. They had already seen the many miracles!John 14:9 "Jesus answered, "Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather it is the Father, living in me, who has done this work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. I tell you the Truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my Name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask for anything in my Name and I will do it. If you love me you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counsellor to be with you forever – the Spirit of Truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and shall be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." The Spirit of the Father lives in Jesus, and it was through this Holy Spirit that He has done this work. He told His disciples to believe this, or at least to believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. Jesus also confirmed they would do even greater miracles and will do what He had been doing. He began by saying, ‘Don’t you know me, Philip’, and this is the problem with most people! They don’t know who and what the Christ is! Prophecy declares exactly what the Christ is, and Jesus is that Christ. He’s the Mighty Conqueror who will restore the Kingdom to Israel. The disciples even had the expectation that this would happen at that time (Acts 1:6). Twelve Apostles received the Counsellor on the Day of Pentecost in 30AD. This is the Spirit of Truth – an addition to God’s Holy Spirit, which imparts a double-portion of God’s Holy Spirit. Jesus confirmed this Spirit would be sent in His Name: V25 "All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Counsellor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my Name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you." This Counsellor whom the Father sends in Jesus’ Name is the Spirit of Jesus, and will remind His Disciples of all He taught them, in fact, His entire Testimony – the entire Testimony of Jesus. You’d be surprised how often Jesus referenced prophecies in the only Scriptures that existed in His time. It was from these that He taught. He even opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. This was after He was raised from the dead. Luke 24:44 "He said to them, "This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms. Then He opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, "This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in His Name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem." This preaching to all nations is a reference to a very late event which immediately precedes the destruction of the City of Babylon (which will be swallowed up in a great abyss), and just before the beast enforces his mark on the world. The account is found in Rev 14:6-9. Most of these things are well-covered in earlier articles at our website.
So what are God’s instructions on healing? Well, God gives specific instructions for His people in all matters of human welfare. We find this inJames 5:13 "Is any of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is anyone sick? He should call the elders of the Church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the Name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make that person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years." So how did Elijah get into the picture here? This is the bit that was rarely quoted in the many things written on healing in the Church of God literature. God wants us to understand something very important.
But firstly, let’s deal with something else. Elders are not those who have been ordained by men – they are men who have been ordained by God. They are men who understand the Scriptures. I have personally known many men who were ordained by men (and raised to the rank of…blah, blah, blah) who didn’t understand the Scriptures at all! They were like wood ducks, men who parroted only what they were taught – by men! They developed a repertoire of Scriptures, which they hammered to death, and continued to toe the line of the hierarchy. Yet they understood virtually nothing of the Scriptures, but they sure made themselves sound impressive. The upshot of this was that they managed to turn everyone in the congregation into wood ducks. And anyone who questioned them on matters of Scripture, or anything for that matter, were threatened with having a bad attitude. You know the type of thing that went on, and still goes on today. Greedy, self-serving hypocrites that sat with you and feasted with you (Jude 1:12) – but didn’t have the Holy Spirit (V19). If they had the Holy Spirit they would have understood the Scriptures! They didn’t! But they followed natural instincts like brute beasts to seek the approbation of men, and gloried in their positions of authority – over God’s people no less! And without the slightest qualm of conscience. Sure, some of the Churches of God have watered this down a bit now, but they still ensure that they and their cronies are the only ones who are allowed to preach in the Church gatherings. So it’s a case of the blind leading the blind. I think we all know where this type of hierarchical structure came from! Such people have a lot to answer for, and they will answer for it! To be fair, there were some good and decent men, they were usually titled ‘local elders’ and did serve the Church well – as well as they could, given the impossible restraints imposed on them. And while we shouldn’t disagree with Jude, for many it was a creeping disease that crept up on them. Paul’s letter to Timothy goes part way in explaining this: 1Tim 6:3 "If anyone teaches false doctrines and does not agree with the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, he is conceited and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy interest in controversies and arguments that result in envy, quarrelling, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between men of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of Truth and who think that Godliness is a means to financial gain." Paul was speaking of circumstances that existed then, while Jude wrote of how it would be in the final days. Nothing much has changed, has it?
The term ‘evil suspicions’ speaks volume for the conduct of some people. We’ve all come across people who are sneeringly suspicious about everything, and doubly so where it relates to money and sexual matters – and of course the very Words spoken by God! Others were literally robbed of Truth when they sought to expand their knowledge and were beaten down to fit into the mold.
Those who continue to live in the hierarchical structure they knew and loved so much never seem to grow in grace and knowledge. They seem only to want to eclipse everyone else and pull rank on them. Even worse, they try to get rid of anyone who might outshine them, or at least, stab them in the back at every opportunity. It’s a tragedy that this sort of thing happens, but it’s been happening in the Churches of God for decades and they can’t seem to divest themselves of this type of baggage. Hence, when the flood comes and sweeps them away, they will still know nothing (Matt 24:39). May God help anyone who tries to pull these stunts in the Levite Brotherhood and drag their hierarchical baggage with them from the Churches. They really will be without excuse!
As for grace and knowledge, there seems to be misunderstandings of what grace means. We should be growing in grace in accordance with the grace God has extended to us for our past failures in obedience. We should also overlook the faults of others who have wronged us. So grace means growing in Godliness in order to be like the Father and His Son. What it doesn’t mean is being stupid in regard to those hostile to God. That is, lawless men! Peter put it this way:2Pet 3:17 "Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To Him be glory now and forever." We hear a lot about people whose sole doctrine is ‘grace’. These are lawless men who despise God’s Law and His teachings. Their sole purpose is to lead men away from their secure position as obedient servants to God and His Law.
We also have the examples given by the Apostle John, and John was speaking to the brotherhood of the Church:1John 2:9 "Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him." John then goes on to address them as ‘little children’ and confirms they have known the Father and the Son. He confirms they have overcome the evil one (V13). And concludes by saying: V14 "….I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the Word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one." Those who are strong are the ones who live by every Word of God – not just the bits that they deem acceptable!
And the other part of the equation is knowledge. It’s the knowledge of the Word of God that guards us from the error of lawless men. Lawless men have all the subtlety of the evil one – Satan the devil. Satan is the arch-rebel against God. God has not appointed anyone to lawlessness, and all lawless men will suffer the consequences of their actions. When lawless men crept into the Churches of God and began to corrupt the teachings of God, they did astounding damage! Such men are not brothers! And any who think so are still walking in darkness. In searing their consciences and advocating lawlessness, they have made themselves the enemies of God. Once someone turns wholeheartedly to lawlessness, they quench the Spirit, and there is no way back. We find the knowledge of this inHeb 6:4 "It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the Word of God and the powers of the coming age, if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace." Those who still have a flicker of the Holy Spirit, even after they have been deceived by the evil one, can still come back provided they are still able to recognize the Truth when they see it and come back to repentance. Those who love lawlessness, and continue to live lawless lives, who deliberately campaign against God’s Truth, and who can’t recognize the knowledge of God’s Truth, are dead men walking. They’re finished! And there is no way back! When the powers of the coming age are recognized, all the sorrow for their past conduct will count for nothing. And for their part in subjecting Him to public disgrace, the Mighty Christ will say, ‘I never knew you! Depart from me, you evil doer!’ (Matt 7:22-23).
At the end of Christ’s ministry on earth, His disciples faced a test. He said something that was seemingly outrageous, and His 120 disciples baulked and went into meltdown. When He looked around, only the twelve were still with Him. Jesus had spoken of cannibalism, of eating His flesh and drinking His blood. This was too much! The Christ they knew and loved had gone too far this time, and they were leaving. Jesus could have stopped them by saying, ‘No, no, you don’t understand! I’m not speaking of cannibalism, but of the Passover, when you will literally eat my body and drink my blood in the symbols I will give you.’ But Jesus said nothing! It’s worth remembering this example, because Jesus’ Testimony is the Spirit of Prophecy (Rev 19:10), and the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms reveal things that will greatly affect your life, and these will destroy all the fanciful nonsense you have been taught about the Christ. God doesn’t give you the option to pick and choose what is acceptable to you, you either do as God instructs or you have no part of Him. If you disagree with God’s Word, then it would be better to tie a milestone around your neck and throw yourself into the sea – before you do something really silly!
Well, the 120 disciples did come limping back. Better late than never, but it was only the 12 Apostles (Matthias making up the twelfth), who received the Counsellor. Only the Apostles lived by faith and believed all that Christ had said. What was too hard for them to understand clearly, they accepted it as an article of faith. Their faith was vindicated when they sat down to the special Passover instituted by Christ, and then they understood the meaning of what He had said. The 120 only came back when they realized that Jesus had arisen from the dead. These are mentioned again inActs 1:15.
God has not put any limitations on the size of this Levite Brotherhood, and nor does He deny anyone being grafted into this branch. (How many figs does it take to fill a basket? Well, it depends on the size of the basket!) But all must meet God’s standards of righteousness – which is God’s righteousness – not the type of righteousness formulated by men. It requires the unswerving and faithful obedience and belief that all that God does is right! It requires the faith to believe in things not yet seen (Heb 11:1). If your faith is such that you require visual evidence before you believe, then your faith is worthless. You either believe God or you don’t! You will certainly see God’s vindication and the vindication of His servants, and at the time of the powers of the coming age, then you had better be on the right side of the ledger.
So how did Elijah get into the picture inJames 5:14-17? Well, we are given a further clue in the next two and final verses of the Book: V18-19 "My brothers, if one of you should wander from the Truth and someone should bring him back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover a multitude of sins." There is much to consider in these few verses. By now readers should understand that John the Baptist came in the Spirit and Power of Elijah. The 12 Apostles understood the Scriptures and knew that the time would come, before the Great and Dreadful Day, when Elijah would again appear, teaching the Law of Moses, and turning the hearts of the children to the fathers, and giving the heart of the Fathers to the children, in a ministry of repentance from false teachings. The role of a prophet is to warn people away from the error of their ways.
In a strange way, repentance is a form of healing. If you have a few maladies in your body, then they are nowhere near as serious as those in your mind if you have been blindly following men who don’t have God’s Holy Spirit. Turning someone from the error of his ways covers a multitude of sins. To a large extent, the shepherds of today have reinforced the error of the ways of the flock with their mad doctrine, but were constantly on the lookout for anything they perceived as sin. Did they ever get it backwards! All the congregation ever heard was ‘breast milk’ not ‘strong meat’. The hashed and rehashed basic doctrine until it was almost considered a sin to swat a fly on the Sabbath. Later, many of them did a complete back-flip and refused to obey God in anything!
In the early days of the Apostles, they thought the Christ would redeem Israel at that time, and restore the Kingdom of God. Later, Peter spoke of the Great and Dreadful Day of the LORD, and said ‘the earth and everything in it would be laid bare’, and said, ‘What kind of people ought you to be?’ So the Apostles knew there was a time in the distant future when Elijah would appear exactly as God has said. They knew this Elijah would precede the Christ and prepare the way for Him – because they understood the Scriptures.
But we also know that John the Baptist came"in the Spirit and Power of Elijah, and to [impart] the hearts of the Fathers to their children, and the disobedient to the Wisdom of the righteous – to make ready a people for the Lord." (Luke 1:17). We have a strange situation here! While John came in the Spirit and Power of Elijah, when asked, he said he was not that prophet! (John 1:21). Jesus said he was Elijah who was to come – ‘if you are willing to accept it’ (Matt 11:14). So who was right? John already knew that he had fulfilled his commission to prepare the way for the Christ, because He was there, and it was he who had identified Him. John was only too happy to lay down his life and to await the time of that prophet in the distance future. But Jesus also made this very clear! Matt 17:11 "Jesus replied, "To be sure, Elijah comes and will restore all things. But I tell you, Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but have done to him everything they wished. In the same way the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands." The ruler (Herod) killed John, and then, in the same way, proceeded to kill the Son of Man. So it was preordained that these murders would occur, and this is the way it was. John the Baptist, as Elijah, was killed, and so was Jesus as the Christ. Just as surely, both will be present when the Day dawns!
To illustrate how mad people can be, after they had murdered Jesus, they said, ‘Let’s see if Elijah will come and save Him’ (Matt 27:49). They would have been in a whole lot of trouble if he had! There was an expectation by some that Elijah might appear in ‘a fiery chariot’ and rain fire down on them. Long before this, the disciples considered this an option (Luke 9:54). While the murderers knew what was said of Elijah as a warrior with the power to command fire from heaven (as Elijah did in the days of Ahab and Jezebel) they waited anxiously until Jesus was dead. No doubt they were greatly heartened by the fact that Elijah didn’t appear.
Elijah, ‘that prophet’, was not scheduled to appear at the time. But he was scheduled to appear at the time of the power of the coming age. In fact, he is mentioned in the Book of Revelation as one of two witnesses with the power to destroy their enemies with fire by merely speaking the words. This is the power of the coming age – a power that is not known at this present time.Rev 11:4 "These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. If anyone tries to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies. This is how anyone who wants to harm them must die. These men have power to shut up the sky so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying; and they have power to turn waters into blood (just as Moses did) and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want." So there are some obvious differences between the Servants of God and lawless men! Lawless men always seem to be talking about ‘grace’, even though they don’t understand the meaning. And the power of the coming age is going to be vastly different to all that is being taught today. No doubt lawless men will disagree with God’s two servants on how things should be conducted. They couldn’t conceive that God’s servants would burn up their enemies, and what is more, that God would not only support them, but would empower them to do it! There are obviously some big gaps in their knowledge if anyone believes these things to be unchristian. God counsels His people to be strong! Weak people are notorious for betraying others. Weak people are notorious for subjecting Christ to public disgrace. And weak people are notorious for siding with the enemies of God. So you can understand that the two servants of God are not weak people! Anyone who tries to harm them – yes, anyone! – will be struck down and burnt alive, and it will be done by the Power of God – the Power of the coming age. So now you know that the insipid, weak routine practiced by so many, is not the Power of the coming age. And unless you are enjoined to the branch of the tree – the olive tree – then you are not God’s. God’s servants are not transgressors, even though you may believe they are. The reason why you may believe this is because you have been living in Satan’s world of delusion. You probably believed that God’s two servants would be wandering around Jerusalem shouting ‘Give your heart to the Lord’. No, they’ll be wandering around burning their enemies alive – anyone who tries to harm them! God has spoken and you should believe Him!
The two branches of the tree that are scheduled to appear are the representatives of the House of Levi and the House of Judah. The original Elijah was a Levite priest just as John the Baptist was, and just as the final Elijah is. The Kingdom of God must be established and also the crown of that Kingdom. There must be a rightful heir. Only the House of David – through the linage of David – has the right to wear that crown and to reign as king. For a short while there will be a caretaker king who will receive the crown, and then set it aside for him to whom it rightly belongs (Zech 6:12). The appointed caretaker king will also be a Levite priest (same verse).
Most men would sell their souls to become a king or even a congressman or senator. They’ve obviously set their sights too low. If they really applied themselves they could become the Pope, then they could really be magnificent. God will select as caretaker king a man who wants only to be a servant of God and to serve Him faithfully. The man He will choose despises any honour from men, a man who has nothing in common with anything this world has to offer, and shuns the trappings of wealth. God’s servant seeks only the honour that comes from the Heavenly Father. God’s servant is no show pony! In fact, the very next time this man dresses like a show pony is when God orders it (Zech 3:3). Oddly enough, John the Baptist was also a rough man who wore a camel-hair coat, and there is no way to make camel-hair garments look glamorous.
So what has all this to do with healing and the association with Elijah inJames chapter 5? Well, Jesus associated healing with the forgiveness of sins. And so does the Book of Psalms. (Remember Christ mentioning ‘the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms’ in Luke 24:44?) Concerning the Book of Psalms we find this: Ps 103:1-5 "Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise His Holy Name. Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases; He redeems my life from the pit (grave) and crowns me with love and compassion. He satisfies my desires with good things, so that my youth is restored like the eagle’s." Well the eagle is healthy and strong, but not as youthful as he’d like to be – yet! The eagle just happens to be the Elijah, who will prepare a people for God. To do this, God will refine the Levites, refining them like silver and gold and making them pure (Mal 3:1-3) – and they will become the watchmen over Israel. And it’s from Israel that God will prepare a people. But all this is covered in other articles.
Recall that Jesus said that those who receive the Counsellor ‘will do greater things than these.’ And truly they will! There will be vast numbers of people raised from the dead – whole armies. They will crush whole nations with their God-like Power, and of course they will heal the sick and rescue the captives.
Despite all this, we learn inJohn 10:41 that John the Baptist did no miracles. How can this be? John said he was not that prophet, but he knew he was a forerunner of him. In the same way, God names Levi, as the forerunner of that prophet – even though both are the same man. But Levi must first be anointed to that role by the Christ Himself when God (Christ) visits the watchmen.
In the same Psalm (Ps 103) that speaks of healing and forgiveness of sins, and of the eagle, God also adds some very important words: Ps 103:19 "The LORD has established His throne in Heaven, and His Kingdom rules over all. Praise the LORD, you His angels, you mighty ones who do His bidding, who obey His Word. Praise the LORD all His heavenly hosts, you His servants who do His will. Praise the LORD, all His works everywhere in His dominion." It’s very clear from these verses that the mighty angels of God do His bidding and also obey His Word. We are advised that mankind was made a little lower than the angels. But we find somewhat of a switcheroo in the latter Scriptures. In the Book of Revelation we find that the human servants of God, who have the Testimony of Jesus, are equal to the mightiest angelic servant of God (the Christ excepted, of course). The mightiest angel among God’s heavenly servants (under Christ) and the human servants of God will be equal: Rev 19:10 "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." And just for emphasis, it is repeated again, but this time the fellow-servants are further described as prophets: Rev 22:8 "I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me. But he said to me, "Do not do it! I am a fellow-servant with you and with all your brothers the prophets and all who keep the Words of this book. Worship God!" Oddly enough, these things were well-known in ages past, and the Scriptures that Christ and the Apostles used, clearly spells it out: 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 all the nations that attack Jerusalem."
Once again the Eternal Gospel will be preached starting in Jerusalem, and all the nations are going to hear it this time, and go into shock! They started a fight with God when they attacked His nations of Israel, but when they moved against Jerusalem, they wrote their own epitaph in blood. They wanted a fight, now they will have to fight to the death! Like most of Christianity, they couldn’t conceive that the Mighty Christ would arise to act in this fashion. They believed the warnings would go on forever. As God has said, if those who don’t deserve to die, must die, how much more those who have made themselves the enemies of God? The days of the prophets have begun, and as is God’s Way, He has sent a prophet to teach the Truth and to warn! The prophet, along with his brother prophets, have made clear the meaning of what John recorded in the Book of Revelation, and this Book is for the endtime. God tells us who this prophet is, and his name is Levi (Mal 2:4), and he is a priest, and the messenger of the LORD Almighty (V7). And naturally enough, Levi has many brothers and sisters – those who, by the mercy of God, are being purified like silver and gold (Mal 3:3).
Paul spoke of marriage between a man and his wife, and concluded by saying he was speaking in a mystery about Christ and the Church (Eph 5:32). What inspired his comments concerning this? Well, Paul was speaking about the Book of Malachi, which makes it all very clear. And this mystery was to be revealed by God’s prophet. Long ago, the ‘lost’ Tribes of Israel abandoned Jerusalem, and even fought against the Jews (Judah and Levi – who remained faithful to the City and their God). After this, the Jews were forcefully driven out of Jerusalem and into captivity. For thousands of years they have strived to re-enter the Land that God gave them. The 10 Tribes of the House of Israel, though, couldn’t care less! They don’t even desire the Holy Land, and have no real love for it. If push comes to shove, they’re prepared to abandon it to the Moslems. The Jews, on the other hand, are prepared to fight to the death for the Land God gave them long ago. And this is the big difference!
So let’s examine all that God has said, concerning this aspect of Levi’s message as the messenger:Mal 2:10 "Have we not all one Father? Did not one God create us? Why do we profane the Covenant of our fathers by breaking faith with one another? Judah has broken faith. A detestable thing has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem: Judah has desecrated the sanctuary the LORD loves, by marrying the daughter of a foreign god. (Judah is fornicating with a foreign harlot – see note 1 below) As for the man who does this, whoever he may be, may the LORD cut him off from the tents of Jacob – even though he brings offerings to the LORD Almighty. (Even though he might be a Levite) Another thing you do: You flood the LORD’S altar with tears. You weep and wail because He no longer pays attention to your offerings or accepts them with pleasure from your hands. You ask, "Why?" It is because the LORD is acting as the witness between you and the wife (Heb: ishshah meaning woman – note 2) of your youth, because you have broken faith with her, though she is your partner, the wife (and woman) of your marriage Covenant. (Those of the 144,000 of the Tribes of Israel – note 3) Has not the LORD made them one? In flesh and spirit they are His. And why one? Because He was seeking Godly offspring. (The offspring of Christ – Isa 53:10 – note 4) So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith with the wife (woman) of your youth. "I hate divorce," says the LORD God of Israel, "and I hate a man’s covering himself with violence as well as with his garment," says the LORD Almighty. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith. You have wearied the LORD with your words. "How have we wearied Him?" you ask. By saying, "All who do evil are good in the eyes of the LORD, and He is pleased with them" or "Where is the God of justice?" (Note 5)
Note 1:Judah is jumping in and out of bed with the great harlot by trying to make peace with her evil brood. Under normal circumstances Judah wouldn’t do it, but they are being coached by Ephraim on how to make peace with everyone. As the words of the song Exodus says, the Jews are prepared ‘to fight to make this land our home’. The song also confirms ‘This land is mine, God gave this land to me’ and this should be impressive credentials for any nation! What other nation can claim this with certainty?
Ariel Sharon, that great freedom-fighter and warrior, walked on the Temple Mount and sent these harlot forces into a frenzy about 2 years ago. All Islam called for a jihad to slaughter the Israelis and drive them into the sea. Perhaps the rulers of the heavenly realms were worried that Ariel Sharon was the Eagle who will cause them so much damage. The Jewish people are sick of being weakened by the constant overtures of Ephraim (U.S.) and their idea of peace. The Israelis have put America on notice that if Saddam Hussein tries to lob another 39 scud missiles on them, they will bomb them back to the stone-age with nuclear bombs. No wonder God loves the Jewish people so much! They know how to deal with God’s enemies! All and any nation that attacks Jerusalem will join them in total destruction! God has spoken!
Note 2: The ‘woman of your youth’ was Moses – the one who led the children of Israel out of Egypt. God Himself sent Moses to rescue them and to bring them out on eagle’s wings. At the most critical time in all history, God has said to remember the Law of His servant Moses (Mal 4:4). Why should any be surprised that another prophet just like Moses would arise as the woman and the eagle? And right now the eagle is watching – something an eagle is good at. An eagle sees his prey a long way off, and can strike before the prey is aware of his presence. Most Bible students should be aware of the woman (Rev 12:14), and they should also know that this woman has offspring (V17), those who obey God’s Commandments and hold to the Testimony of Jesus.
Note 3: God makes it clear that the Bride of Christ will comprise 144,000 people – 12 thousand from each of the Tribes (Dan omitted, and a double-portion to Joseph). This is the marriage Covenant that God had with Israel anciently, but He divorced them because they were unfaithful. They wanted to play the harlot with other nations and their gods. Like a harlot bride, they will be brought back when they learn their lesson. God has determined that they will learn that lesson the hard way so they will never forget it throughout all generations to come. While the woman is securing a place for them to live – the Holy Land, which God promised to the patriarchal fathers, God is also preparing the offspring (7,000 who have been sealed by God) to join the House of Israel in captivity, and to keep the faith alive. Through their direct efforts, the 144,000 will be sealed also, and together will become the Bride of Christ. And that’s it! That’s the Bride of Christ. There will be many others, an innumerable multitude, but they will not be the Bride of Christ. To be sure though, their rewards will be great.
Note 4: God is seeking Godly offspring! From earliest times He has made this known. He plans to greatly expand His Family – the God Family, who will bear His Name. The offspring are the Church that Christ built, the people of the Spirit of God, who will prolong Christ’s presence on earth – Isa 53:10. And in V12 we find the reference that Christ was numbered with transgressors – those who wield the sword, and with whom He will ‘divide the spoils with the strong’. And this leads us to the next note.
Note 5: Here we have a reference to people who think these ‘transgressors’ are evil, but accuse God of seeing them as good, and then question God on His meaning of justice by contemptuously saying, ‘Where is the God of justice?’ God is warning them of their contempt! Jesus Christ was careful to ensure that He would be seen as being numbered with transgressors. So as the Day of Reckoning comes, and the ministry of repentance expands to take the Kingdom by force, there are many who will disagree with their methods. God is warning those sons-of-bitches (female dogs) to be very careful about whom they accuse!
Justice embodies qualities of mercy, and mercy is not something you will find in Satan’s brood. They are cruel and merciless and have no pity for anyone, least of all Judah and the House of Israel. Having seen first hand the way they kill innocent people and then dance in the streets with joy, should have been enough to identify them, but Ephraim is senseless and easily deceived. They can’t seem to learn their lesson, and exact justice. Do you recall what Jesus said?Matt 9:13 "But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ Did you do what Christ commanded? Did you go and learn? If you did, then you would have gone to the Scripture that Christ quoted: Hos 6:4 "What can I do with you, Ephraim? What can I do with you, Judah? Your love is like the morning mist, like the early dew that disappears. Therefore I cut you to pieces with my prophets, I killed you with the Words of my mouth; my judgments flashed like lightning upon you. For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings. Like [men], they have broken the Covenant – they were unfaithful to me there." V10 "I have seen a horrible thing in the House of Israel. There Ephraim is given to prostitution and Israel is defiled. Also for you, Judah, a harvest is appointed [when I return the captives of my people] – NKJV]." Yes, it’s Judah – the most persecuted people on earth – for whom a great harvest is appointed when God returns the captives of His people. This has not happened yet, but it will when Judah also learns the meaning of mercy from God’s prophets. The captives will be shown mercy when they are rescued from the hands of God’s enemies.
Because Ephraim wants to show mercy to those who don’t deserve to live, they are going to have to beg for mercy before it’s granted to them. And when they do, they will be well-aware that God’s army will rescue them with overwhelming force, literally heaping up the dead of God’s enemies. Then they will know what mercy means! God will have mercy on His people! And their sacrifice will end!
There is a Godly principle of not casting pearls before swine. For this reason, God has been careful to conceal His Truth and to speak in cryptic terms. The Truth however, is available to all who seek it with all their hearts and search the Scriptures for understanding. At this time, God has given some specific instructions that men should seek instruction from His priest and messenger:Mal 2:7 "For the lips of a priest ought to conserve knowledge, and from his mouth men should seek instruction – because he is the messenger of the LORD Almighty." Knowledge has not been conserved by those who should have done so! Much knowledge was lost long ago. Historic records are farcical, and people get all pumped up inventing their own ideas of history. They selectively choose what to believe. But this is not only true of history, but it’s also true of the earth and this creation. Science (‘falsely so-called’ is the way Paul put it) is a laugh. You can’t imagine how intelligent human beings could get it all so wrong!
There are some things that should be obvious, however, they are not always obvious to some, who continue to be suspicious of everything and can’t retain knowledge in their minds. Through the efforts of Satan and his demons, any sparse knowledge they gain is quickly taken away. For the sake of those who are able to retain a thin veneer of knowledge, it becomes necessary to constantly remind them of certain Scriptures relating to prophecy. To many others, it is impossible to impart knowledge. Then there are those who drink up knowledge and thirst for more – these are the ones who become servants of Almighty God. It’s these true servants who seek the pearl of great value. You’ll recall Christ’s comments in this regard. It involves an overwhelming desire to serve God to the exclusion of all else. It requires you to seek first the Kingdom of God – for this is Christ’s primary object – to secure the Kingdom and wipe out all of Satan’s works. Christ explained a parable about the Kingdom of God to His disciples:Matt 13:37-43 "He answered, "The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the sons of the Kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is at the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will weed out of His Kingdom everything that causes sin and all those who do evil. They will throw them into a fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the Kingdom of the Father. He who has ears, let him hear." Jesus then goes on to give some examples of how the Kingdom will be. When it’s established, people will still be looking for it. They’ll need to track down the good seed, which stands for the sons of the Kingdom. At that time it may require considerably more than wishful thinking. This is what Christ said: V44 "The Kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it." I don’t want to convey any impression that is not intended. God doesn’t require anyone to sell all they have to purchase the Kingdom! God only requires His people to give Him ten percent of their increase, and this includes all the House of Israel. Paul and Barnabas mention who is authorized to collect God’s tithe (Heb 7:9) – and it’s not the Church! So all those Churches who have collected God’s tithe and squandered it on church buildings, colleges and houses for the clergy, be aware that it will all be swept away. As Peter said, ‘The earth and everything in it is to be laid bare. What sort of people ought you to be?’ God’s tithe is for the Kingdom, and the benefactors will be the sons of the Kingdom and all who will return to the Holy Land and become part of the Kingdom of God.
There will come a time when people will go searching for answers, when they realize that God has not spoken in vain. Then it will be at great price that they find the pearl of great value. God mentions this in the Prophets:Amos 8:11 "The days are coming," declares the Sovereign LORD, "when I will send a famine through the land – not a famine of food or thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the Words of the LORD. Men will stagger from sea to sea and wander from north to east, searching for the Word of the LORD, but they will not find it." And why from north to east? Because God is raising up the figs He craves and when the basket is full, He will spare His people Israel no longer (V1-2). In Ephraim (U.S.) God has called many of these figs from the original thirteen states that established Ephraim as a nation. This is the area on the eastern seaboard of the U.S. These are not only the figs God craves, but also the sons of the Kingdom. These figs or sons of the Kingdom are also the woman, and these have been taught by God. The time is very near, when these depart to fulfill their role of taking the Kingdom by force, and this will begin in Jerusalem! This is the time when people will go looking for the Word of the LORD – but won’t find it! Those who are taught by God will be gone. Remember what Christ said in John 6:45 "It is written in the Prophets: "They will all be taught by God." Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from Him comes to me." As a student of the Bible, you would have checked in the Prophets where this is written – right? So you would now know to whom Jesus was referring: Isa 54:11-13 "O afflicted City, lashed by storms and not comforted, I will build you with stones of torquoise, your foundations with sapphires. I will make your battlements of rubies, your gates of sparkling jewels, and all your walls of precious stones. All your sons will be taught by the LORD, and great will be your children’s peace." So now you know who are taught by and listen to the Father. It’s not the Churches, because they can’t agree on anything, so the Father obviously didn’t teach them. No, those who are taught by God are the sons of Jerusalem – that afflicted city. The sons of Jerusalem are the ones appointed to prepare a people for God (Luke 1:17).
You’ll see many people who can’t retain knowledge for more than a few minutes. Confronted with God’s own words, they immediately try to circumvent them with bland statements. We’ve all seen it and it will continue to happen. For such people it should be mandatory that they sit down and write out1Cor 15:24-28 a thousand times. It would represent a foundation on which people could build on their knowledge of who and what the Christ is! Some people might think that God is pleased that they continue to present the Christ as a weakling – but God is not pleased! And neither is God pleased when they kiss up to His enemies! This is not loyalty and faithfulness to God! It’s treasonous and treacherous, and reflects the qualities of Balaam. You’ll recall that God mentions Balaam in Rev 2:14. Both Jude and Peter mention this Balaam, and together describe his tactics (Jude 1:11, 2Pet 2:15). Balaamites are cunning creatures who seek to destroy God’s people by whatever means is available to them. They’ll do anything to start trouble and to weaken the nations of Israel. There are hordes of them now, and they’ve even infiltrated the Churches of God. The teachings of the Churches of God have been so bland, that they’re unable to recognize any sort of subterfuge. They listen with itching ears to any sort of wacko theories and lack any form of wisdom to debunk them. They lack any form of zeal for God, because they’ve forgotten, long ago, the meaning of faithfulness. They’ve succeeded in making God look petty, and have campaigned and conspired ‘to clean up His act’ by ignoring everything He’s said! They’ve replaced God’s teachings with their own. Now, they believe, if only everyone would think as they think, then it would be a fait accompli. Then everyone could live and die and do as they please without any obligation to their Maker. Since, according to them, God’s only purpose is to get everyone saved, they can rely on His unlimited patience and His grace. Provided you’ve said something nice about Him at some point in your life – you’re a shoe-in.
Perhaps they should have listened a little more closely to all that Jesus said, then they may have understood their predicament a little better. The outlook is not good! Not only have they not been taught by God, they’ve continued to ignore everything He’s said. At the very least, they should understand that we are entering a time of trouble, the like of which, has not occurred in the history of the human kind. These are the words spoken by Jesus:Matt 24:21 "For then there will be great distress, unequalled from the beginning of the world until now – and never to be equaled again. If those days [were] not cut short, no-one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened." Once a feeding frenzy starts among the sons of the devil, it is almost unstoppable.
It’s a natural instinct for all human beings to cling to life, regardless of what they have been told about an afterlife, which always seems a bit curious. If they are so sure they are going off to heaven when they die, then why delay? Well, the good news is they are not, so they haven’t clung to life in vain. And if they never received God’s Holy Spirit, then this is the only life they will ever know.
It should be clear to all that Christ said many things that were not clearly apparent. They were unknowable except by reference to the former Scriptures – those used by Christ. It’s clear that Jesus didn’t want the crowds to know, and so He spoke in parables. When asked why He spoke in parables, He explained:Matt 13:10 "The disciples came to Him and asked, "Why do you speak to the people in parables?" He replied, "The knowledge of the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even that which he has will be taken away from him. This is why I speak in parables: ‘Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing they do not hear or understand.’ In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: ‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be forever seeing but never perceiving. For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them." So as long as they remain willingly blind and deaf to the knowledge of the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven, Christ will not heal them!
One man tried to pull rank by saying he had served God for over 40 years. This is a favourite ploy of many pretenders, which they do in order to acquire recognition and lord it over others. The fact is he had not served God for a single day! Even the Pope has done a better job than he. This man had no knowledge of the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven, and as far as the Kingdom is concerned, he didn’t know what it was, where it would arise, or who was appointed to establish it. What is more, he didn’t know that the Kingdom was to be established on earth with Jerusalem as its capital. This man was still spiritually blind and deaf after more than 40 years. Christ had certainly not healed him either physically or spiritually, and he suffered chronic illness – literally!
Christ spoke in parables so that none would understand. This flies in the face of everything that mainstream Christianity teaches today. They teach a doctrine that is so simple that a baboon would understand. (Though a baboon would probably question the logic behind it!) What is obviously missing from this pathetic doctrine that so many believe is the knowledge of the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus even gave more examples. Again speaking of the Kingdom in the same chapter:Matt 13:33 "He told them still another parable: "The Kingdom of Heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount (three measures) of flour until it worked all through the dough." Jesus spoke all these things to the crowds in parables; He did not say anything to them without using a parable. So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet: ‘I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.’" Obviously the woman described in the parable was set to make three loaves of bread. Remember how Jesus said, ‘I am the Bread of Life’ in John 6:35, 48? (You’ll recall that V44 is speaking of the sons of Jerusalem who are taught by God).
One thing that is clear in the Prophets is that three Tribes feature very prominently in endtime prophecy: Levi, Judah and Ephraim (in order of birth). These are the dough from which the bread will be made. At the risk of restating the obvious, just remember that God speaks of the endtime and says this:Zech 9:8 "But I will defend my House against marauding forces. Never again will an oppressor overrun my people, for now I am keeping watch. 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 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 [Euphrates] River 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 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 (Sons of Jerusalem), against your sons, O Greece, and make you like a warrior’s sword." This prophecy covers a lot of ground.
After Jesus was killed and resurrected, He triumphed over His enemies in the Abyss. We are assured that God has reserved 7,000 as His offspring who will follow in Christ’s footsteps and do the same thing. These are the termed ‘daughters’, that is offspring, of the ‘woman’. The ‘woman’ is their parent body – the Branch of the tree that God chose in place of the firstborn. Of course, these 7,000 people are not all daughters biologically, but comprise both men and women even though born of women, a comment similar to one made by Christ:Luke 7:28 "I tell you, among those born of women there is no-one greater than John; yet the one who is least in the Kingdom of God is greater than he." (All the people, even the tax collectors, when they heard Jesus’ words, acknowledged that God’s way is right, because they had been baptized by John. But the Pharisees and experts in the law rejected God’s purpose for themselves, because they had not been baptized by John." John came preaching of the coming Kingdom of God. Jesus said that of those born of women, there is none greater than John, yet those who are in the Kingdom of God will be greater than he. The reason is that those in the Kingdom of God will have the Powers of the coming age. Those in God’s Kingdom are His trusted servants – tried and tested like silver and gold – men and women who uphold God’s righteousness, and believe Him and trust Him in everything. The Scripture confirms that John did no miracles. It was in this same Scripture that we learn a little more about John’s baptism: John 10:41 "Then Jesus went back across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing in the early days. Here He stayed and many people came to Him. They said, "Though John never performed a miraculous sign, all that John said about this man is true." And in that place many believed in Jesus." Those who had been baptized by John believed Jesus is the Christ! Baptism is like a trial or test, which one must undergo in order to understand God’s purpose. In order for us to understand this more clearly, Jesus also spoke of a baptism He had to undergo: 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 came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division." So this baptism was quite a trial, and Jesus was distressed until it was completed. When the fire is kindled, there will be no peace on earth! Jesus went on to add some other interesting things: V52 "From now on, there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law, and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law." Jesus was speaking of a time when there would be no peace in the family. Remember how He spoke of five wise and five foolish? Now we have the five wise starting to hack on each other and the nation begins to disintegrate as peace disappears from their world. The division that Jesus spoke of will reach global proportions. In speaking of the five in one family, He was quoting the former Prophets in Micah 7:6. This is prefaced with God’s words in Micah 7:1 "What misery is mine! I am like one who gathers summer fruit at the gleaning of the vineyard; there is no cluster of grapes to eat, none of the early figs I crave. The Godly have been swept from the land; not one upright man remains. All men lie in wait to shed blood; each hunts his brother with a net. Both hands are skilled in doing evil; the ruler demands gifts, the judge accepts bribes, the powerful dictate what they desire – they all conspire together. The best of them is like a briar, the most upright worse than a thorn hedge. The Day of your watchmen has come, the Day God visits you." The watchmen are God’s servants, and the Day of the watchmen has certainly come! And this is the Day that God visits. This is the time of confusion when no-one trusts anyone, and no-one knows the difference between right and wrong. People are already becoming horribly confused about everything. Scapegoating is rife! Everyone looks for someone else to blame. Martha Stewart is guilty unless she can prove herself innocent, and officials are demanding evidence from her to incriminate herself. And they’ve specified that they only want documents that prove guilt not innocence! Presumably, the Fifth Amendment no longer applies. The powerful dictate that she be convicted because she got out of the Imclone stock on time, and they didn’t! No-one tipped them off so someone has to pay!
Lunatics in the FBI have become rabid in pursuing a man for whom they have absolutely no evidence linking him to the anthrax mailings. The media have become just as rabid in believing the FBI’s lying innuendo. The most powerful man in the Justice Department, Federal Attorney John Ashcroft has lead the charge of falsely accusing an innocent man. And he is innocent unless they can provide evidence to the contrary. Remember the presumption of innocence in law? The ‘judges’ in the Justice Department seem to have gone insane! They accept any sort of lying propaganda to sustain themselves in office, and the disease is spreading rapidly.
Continuing inMicah 7 we read this: V4 "…Now is the time of their confusion. Do not trust a neighbour; put no confidence in a friend. Even with her who lies in your embrace be careful with your words." And this is from where Jesus quoted in relation to division and lack of peace: V6 "For a son dishonours his father, a daughter rises up against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law – a man enemies are the members of his own household. But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for God my Saviour; my God will hear me." So Jesus plainly tells us how it will be in the Day of the Watchmen, and the time when He removes peace by bringing a sword, and confusion reigns. And we are seeing plenty of it now!
Now learn something about how God leads us to Truth, with here a little and there a little, line upon line…. You’ll notice that Jesus lead us to the Book of Micah by referring to what the prophet had said. So indeed we are led by what Micah said to what other prophets said in the same context (Jer 8:13).
Jer 8:11"They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious. Peace, peace,’ they say, when there is no peace. Are they ashamed of their loathsome conduct? No, they have no shame at all; they do not even know how to blush. So they fall among the fallen; they will be brought down when they are punished, says the LORD. I will take away their harvest, declares the LORD. There will be no grapes on the vine. There will be no figs on the tree, and their leaves will wither. What I have given them will be taken from them. "Why are we sitting here? Gather together! Let us flee to the fortified cities and perish there! For the LORD our God has doomed us to perish and given us poison water to drink, because we have sinned against Him. We hoped for peace but no good has come, for a time of healing there was only terror."
Of course, all these examples are miniscule compared to what lies ahead, and God has warned us in advance. This is the Day of Reckoning, this is the time to be on your guard. The forces of evil are spreading all over the world now, and their perversion is gaining momentum among those who are not attuned to God’s Great Plan. The evil spirits of the spirit world are infiltrating everywhere, and God has warned to trust no-one in your own household, not even the one who lies in your embrace. All are vulnerable to the influence of demons, all those who refuse to guard their minds and hold fast to the faith imparted by the Apostles, Prophets and Psalms. Those who are weak are obvious targets. But those who are ambitious are even more dangerous. In this we have the example of the one who was infiltrated by Satan himself – Judas Iscariot. Judas had no idea he had been infiltrated until Satan abandoned him, and he plunged into the deepest depression.
It’s funny how Satan’s representatives always appear as ‘angels of light’. And how they love to grandstand about their ‘righteousness’! It’s been my observation that those who have no sense of humour are people to watch. But then I might be wrong, largely because I have an outrageous sense of humour. God scoffs and laughs at the children of Satan (Ps 2:4), and so do I. I find it amusing to subject them to ridicule for their mad and illogical behaviour. Those who are steeped in Satan’s ways find it offensive, yet these same people will stand idly by while the Name of their Saviour is brought into open shame, and even consider it their duty to cozy up to the people who do it. These people care nothing for God’s reputation, but challenge their reputation and they turn into madmen, and foam at the mouth. So by their fruits you will know them!
The purpose of a prophet is to rightly divide the Word of Truth, and to understand what God means in what is written. This is a gift from God – the gift of the Counsellor. Those among the watchmen who have been growing in grace and knowledge will understand these things clearly. You too, can be a watchman and be a part of the Brotherhood if you live by God’s every word, and turn to Him in obedience with all your heart. The Door is not yet shut, and the Door is the Spirit of Prophecy. You’ll recall who the Door is (John 10:3, 7-8, Strongs Conc. 2374: door). He’s also the Mighty Christ, the Commander of Armies, the One who will save you and return you from captivity – provided you believe that He is the One who was appointed by God to do this. Read again what He is appointed to do (1Cor 15:24-28). And never forget it!
You’ll also recall that Christ spoke a parable concerning the Door inLuke 13:23 "Someone asked Him, "Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?" He said to them, "Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. Once the owner of the House gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Sir, open the door for us.’ But He will answer, ‘I don’t know you or where you came from.’ When the Owner of the House gets up is a clear indication of Jesus Christ, who is presently sitting on God’s Throne and beside the Father. Acts 3:21 "He must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything, as He promised long ago through His holy prophets." But when He gets up – watch out! It will be all too late for late pleas. All that has been said through His holy prophets long ago will come to pass with great intensity and rapidity. The flood is coming and the restoration will begin.
In the final Book of Prophecy, the Book of Revelation, God tells us of what it will be like just prior to Christ’s return:Rev 22:12 "Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates and into the City. Outside are dogs, those who practise magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolators and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. I, Jesus, have sent my angels 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 the free gift of the Water of Life." And of course, the free gift of the Water of Life will flow from under the threshold of the Temple, just as the Levite priest and prophet Ezekiel said in Eze 47:1.
When Christ returns, those outside the Holy City will be dogs, superstitious conjurers of evil, the sexually immoral, murderers, idolators, and everyone who loves and practices lies. So gathered within the City will be those who are none of these things. And who do you suppose will be in the City and protected from these craven beasts by a wall of fire? Do these verses describe the end? NO! They describe the beginning of the end! You surely know that all the Churches will not be gathered in the Holy City before Christ arrives! What could possibly trigger such a migration before Christ arrives? But the Spirit and the Bride (that is, the Firstborn of the Bride) will be there, and the call will go out to the Churches to ‘come’.
The Churches of God will then be in the region established by the Levite Celts millennia before, when they provided a pathway to Europe. This time around, they will be provided with a pathway to Jerusalem from the land of those who conquered the Northern Ten Tribes. Anciently, these were the Assyrians, afterwards they were known as the Medes who allied with the Persians against Babylon. Today they are called Kurds.
(Of interest to all those budding historians is a book available on the bookshelves right now, called ‘Neighbours, not Friends – Iraq and Iran’ by Dilip Hiro, 2001, pp 5, para 2). This is a well-researched book and gives a lot of background of the Kurds today, and who they were anciently (pp 5, para 2). I mention this, because a long time ago, the Churches of God fabricated a scenario that linked the Assyrians with the Medes and Chaldeans, and then began to blindside everyone by saying the Chaldeans settled in Northern Italy. This was an attempt to link Rome with Babylon. And then claimed the Assyrians had migrated to Germany and, they say, the Germans are the ancient Assyrians. It was a load of tripe designed to enable them to generate their own prophecies from their wild imaginations. What was absent from their deliberations was any form of evidence from the Bible!)
God is going to provide another pathway – not to Europe, but to Jerusalem! And this will be from Assyria:Isa 11:16 "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 from Egypt." We don’t have to guess when this will be! The whole chapter describes the time. It’s actually the follow-up to Zech 9:11-13 – compare with Isa 11:13-16. Isaiah begins with these words in Isa 11:1 "A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit." Jesse was the father of David. Compare this with what Jesus said in Rev 22:16.
We find further information inIsa 11:10 "In that Day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples, the nations (of Israel) will rally to Him, and His place of rest will be glorious. In that Day, the LORD will reach out His hand 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, from Babylonia, from Hamath and from the islands of the sea. He will raise a banner for the nations (of Israel) and gather the exiles of Israel; He will gather the scattered people of Judah from the four quarters of the earth." God is going to repatriate those who have been driven into exile and slavery – just as it was when He brought them out of Egypt. When you see the banner unfurled on the bow, you will know that redemption is near.
Those who are left of God’s people, and this will be few, they will realize their crazy mistakes, and determine to address this wrong. Will they then go out and fight the enemies of God and defend the Holy Land? Good news! At last they will! This time they will fight under God’s Banner – the Banner of strength and invincibility!V13 "Ephraim’s jealousy will vanish, and Judah’s enemies will be cut off; Ephraim will not be jealous of Judah, nor Judah hostile towards Ephraim. They will swoop down on the slopes of Philistia to the west; together they will plunder the people of 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; 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 in sandals."
At long last, Ephraim will get their act together, and start plundering the peoples of the east, and they will swoop down on the Philistines (Palestinians), and cut them to pieces. And all this after all their power is gone and there is just a scattered remnant left. In that Day, they will trust in their God and serve Him, and together with Judah, will begin to fight God’s enemies. Why anyone would want to be a slave is beyond me! But then most people are not listening to God. They think they know the way to peace, and they keep saying ‘Peace, peace’ when there is no peace! Long ago, God warned that trouble would arise in the endtime, and He clearly told us from where it would arise! He placed great power in Ephraim’s hands, but Ephraim is too self-righteous to use it. They’ve been deceived! Someone invented the phrase ‘collateral damage’ and they’ve taken it literally. This was not the case when they used their great power against Germany and Japan. They leveled the cities of Germany, and vaporized the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. By this use of overwhelming force, with no regard for collateral damage, Germany and Japan have become peaceful and respectable nations – and they’ve prospered. What has changed? The phrase ‘collateral damage’ has changed it all and turned the Western World into wimps.
Be honest with yourselves before God. When God says a nation deserves to die, does He mean that the women and children – the next generation of breeders – should live? Does God want His enemies to survive forever, and continue to breed? Take the example of the Palestinians! Are the women and children blameless? What about the aged who are beyond military service. Are they also blameless? And how could you fight a war against Palestinians without killing women and children? They place these in the frontlines, and shoot from behind them. They sent their own children in as suicide bombers to kill innocent people! Would God want them spared to breed again another nation of dogs? In due time, you will find that all of Satan’s brood have his mind and attitude, every nation! Those who have the mind of Satan are the sons of Satan. None of them deserve to live!
There are some women and children who will be sent away to breed up in the backblocks of the new continent. These are the dragon-worshippers, and they will await the arrival of their famous son, their root and offspring, at the end of the Millennium, when Satan is released for a short time. But God has a very great purpose in doing this! This will be Satan’s final shot at life.
Almighty God hasn’t spoken of all these wars for nothing! He is proving for all time, that those who live lawless lives develop the mind of the lawless one. It takes the Spirit of God to see God’s point of view. Since most people don’t have the Spirit of God they can’t agree with God. His mighty angels stand ready to execute God’s instructions in a heart-beat, and so do His true servants. These are above the madness of this world, whether it be super-sanctimonious, self-righteousness, or the degeneracy of Satan’s own brood. Those who disagree with, or disobey God, are not worthy of Him, and they will surely be caught in the net! If anyone imagines that Christianity was designed to convert the world, then it’s now clear that it has failed. God is keen that everyone should listen to His warnings, but does He care about those who refuse to listen? God cares nothing for those who refuse to listen and obey! And such people have become altogether worthless. They are fit only to be gathered up and burned. Such people are not content with God’s mercy, they want to be honoured, they want power, and God’s Truth means nothing to them! In their minds, the Great Creator has become their servant, and they demand honour and respect from Him. In their minds, God is obligated to grant their every wish, and overlook their every fault, and no servant should demand obedience of their master. They are fully resolved that if God demands obedience from them – they’ll refuse to serve Him! They believe that if they can convince everyone to refuse obedience to God then God would have to lower His standards. In their view, if God expects people to love Him, then He needs to stop acting like a tyrant.
Well, such people have never known God! And neither could they begin to understand what God plans to do and why. Christianity is sure that when Christ returns they will receive bountiful rewards, but they can’t seem to explain what would entitle them to such rewards. The vast majority of Christianity never knew God and neither have they served Him. To their everlasting shame, they’ve served only themselves. If there is anything that is absolutely detestable to God it’s those who advance their own cause, who are filled with the guile of the serpent and attack those whom God has made holy. God has a way of sorting out the sheep from the goats, and He makes a clear distinction between those who serve Him and those who don’t (Mal 3:18). By their fruits you shall know them! Did anyone notice that God likes figs – especially the early variety?
Almighty God has decreed that when the basket is full of figs, He will spare the House of Israel no longer (Amos 8:1-2).
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