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THE WORLD IS MARCHING TOWARD THE TIME WHEN GOD PLACES HIS KING ON THE THRONE
The Psalms offer much encouragement for believers and have done so for many centuries. They offer comfort for a variety of troubling situations and provide perspective to help us deal with troubling emotions.
Many saints recognize the prophetic value of the Psalms. Psalm 22, for example, provides vivid details of Jesus’ crucifixion many centuries before that type of execution even existed. Who but God could have revealed such specifics almost a thousand years in advance?
While reading through Psalms several times in the past few years, I have observed anew their prophetic value. Many of them look forward to Jesus’ return to earth and His reign over the nations of the earth.
The apostle John wrote about this time in Revelation 20:1-10 where he provides the length of this intermediary kingdom before the eternal state. We refer to this time as the Millennium because John specifically tells us that it will last for one thousand years.
A multitude of verses in the Old Testament speak of this future rule of King Jesus. For this post, however, I will highlight what the Psalms tell us about God’s King.
GOD THE FATHER GIVES THE KINGDOMS OF THIS WORLD TO HIS SON
I love Psalm 2 because it sets the stage for all other Messianic prophecies in the Psalms. Here we learn that it’s the Father who gives the nations of the earth to His Son as His inheritance.
In Psalm 2:7–8, we read this:
Psalm 2:7–8 KJV – “I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.”
Daniel 7:13-14 provides added context to these verses. There, “one like the son of man” approaches the “Ancient of Days” who gives Him a realm such “that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him.” Similar to what we read in Psalm 2, the Father gives the Son dominion over the kingdoms of the world.
Psalm 2:9 describes Jesus’ future rule in a way that eliminates interpreting it as His headship over the church or the eternal state:
Psalm 2:9 KJV – “Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”
Jesus most certainly doesn’t rule in such a way over His bride. And such a reign can only apply to a time when sin and death still exist, which eliminates the eternal state.
I wrote the following in my book, The Triumph of the Redeemed:
The presence of rebellion and harsh judgment during this reign of Jesus, as we see in Psalm 2, differentiates it as well from the eternal state where sin and death will no longer exist (Revelation 21:4). No other time fits with the conditions of Jesus’ rule as described in Psalm 2; it must be the Millennium where Scripture indicates that sin and rebellion will occur (Zechariah 14:16–19; Revelation 20:7–10). Only the millennial reign of Jesus aligns with the conditions described in Psalm 2.
Psalm 2 opens the door to glorious prophecies throughout the Psalms that tell of Jesus’ triumphant Second Coming and the praise-worthy glories of his thousand-year reign over the nations.
JESUS WILL PUT AN END TO WARFARE
When I arrive at Psalm 46 on my trek through the Psalms, I stop and read it several times. During these chaotic times, it reassures me of God’s sovereignty and future reign over the nations.
In a context that speaks to the coming Tribulation period as described in the book of Revelation, Psalm 46 tells us that Jesus will put an end to all the warfare in the world when He returns. It will not happen until then. Indeed, it cannot.
Psalm 46:9 KJV – “He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.”
What does this all mean for us?
It’s a call to rest secure in God’s sovereignty over all of history knowing that Jesus will someday rule over all the lands and peoples of the earth. Until then, violence will continue unchecked in our world.
I love verse 10 of this Psalm; I often quote it to myself when current events trouble my soul.
Psalm 46:10 KJV – “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”
We can quiet our hearts knowing that in the future, the Lord will fulfill the last two lines of Psalm 46:10.
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT THE END OF THE AGE?
Charisma News – Jul.25, 2022 -- Let's be brutally honest here. It would be arrogant and foolish to imagine that, in one short article, any of us could make a definitive statement about the Bible and the end times. After all, these issues have been debated for hundreds, if not thousands of years, and the debate continues to rage until this day. Plus, what Bible are we talking about? And what do we mean by "the end of the age"?
Let's answer those questions first.
When talking about "the Bible," I'll be referring to the version of the Bible shared by the largest number of people, namely, the 39 books of the Old Testament and the 27 books of the New Testament.
Judaism accepts only the Hebrew Scriptures (called the Old Testament by Christians) as the Bible. And Roman Catholics and Orthodox Christians accept the Old Testament, the New Testament and the Apocrypha as sacred Scripture.
But all Christians agree on the Old and New Testament as being Scripture, so for simplicity's sake, when we speak about "the Bible," that's what we mean.
As for "the end of the age," we're asking the question: What does the Bible say will occur at the end of the world?
Even then, we have opened up a hornet's nest of controversy, as within evangelical circles alone, there are numerous competing end-time systems, including: historic premillennialism, dispensational premillennialism, amillennialism and postmillennialism (within this, there are also variations of preterism). Is your head spinning yet?
There are some theologians who believe the world will only get worse before Jesus returns, others who believe things will pretty much remain the same until then and others who believe the whole world will become Christian. How do we sort this out?
I suggest we focus on the majors, looking at the large themes that are repeated over and over again in the Bible rather than trying to figure out every last detail. That's why I've told people for years that if they keep a prophecy calendar, they should use a pencil when filling it in.
Here's big theme No. 1: In the end, God's kingdom will triumph. In the end, righteousness will rule. As described in these famous words of Isaiah:
In the last days the mountain of the Lord's temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and all nations will stream to it.
Many peoples will come and say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us His ways, so that we may walk in His paths." The law will go out from Zion, the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore (Isa. 2:2-4).
At that time, either literally or metaphorically, "The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. The infant will play near the cobra's den, and the young child will put its hand into the viper's nest. They will neither harm nor destroy on all My holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea" (Isa. 11:6-9).
This will be the answer to the prayer that Jesus taught His followers to pray, saying, "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name, Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matt. 6:9b-10).
Here's the next big theme: Until that time, we will see parallel extremes, with the darkness getting darker and the light getting brighter until the Lord returns. It will be as if the devil himself stops hiding in the shadows and unveils the full force of his wickedness while God Himself says, "Really? Now watch this!"
That's why there are many verses that speak of the separation of the righteous and the wicked in that final hour.
To quote Jesus Himself, "Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth" (Matt. 13:47-50)
And this: "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left" (Matt. 25:31-33)
As for specifics, a good case can be made for the following (and I'm just citing one or two verses for each point, knowing every points will be challenged): 1) The nations of the world will attack Jerusalem and seek to destroy the Jewish people, but God will fight for them (see Zech. 12 and 14); 2) The whole world, aside from God's faithful children, will be deceived by a one-world ruler who will demand worship for himself (see 2 Thess. 2:1-11); 3) Still, a massive number of people will come to faith from all nations (see Rev. 7 and Rom. 11:25-26), yet it will also be a time of great apostasy and wickedness (see Matt. 24:12, 2 Thess. 2:3); 4) The Holy Spirit will be poured out mightily in the midst of mass deception (Matt. 24:10-11; Acts 2:17-21; Rev. 13; 16:13-14); 5) Jesus will return and set up His kingdom (Rev. 19).
The end times will be marked by final separation and judgment, by massive upheaval and then setting things right, by parallel extremes. That's what I understand the Bible to say. Let the debate begin!
WE CANNOT KNOW “THE DAY OR HOUR”
Weekend News Today – I want all of my friends to know that I AM AGAINST any form of predicting a specific day that the end of this age and the Rapture will occur.
I am well aware that a certain Christian Teachers have predicted when the end of this age will occur. When this fails, it will be used by our enemies to discredit the expectation that the Rapture could take place at any-moment.
The Lord Jesus clearly commanded that we are to recognize the general time of the seven-year tribulation that will end with Christ’s personal return to the earth to end Armageddon and set up His 1000-year Kingdom on Earth.
After Jesus made many prophecies about His coming and the end of the age, He said, “Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near; so, you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door. Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away. But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.” (Matt. 24:32-36 NAS)
In this very important parable, Jesus applies the significance of the prophecies He had just spoken. Everyone knew that when the fig tree puts forth its first leaves, the general time of summer was near. There was no specific date assigned to these phenomena, but everyone recognized that the general time of summer had arrived. Jesus then applied this to what He had predicted about the signs of His return and the end of the age. When the signs all appear in the same time period and begin to multiply like “birth pains”, we are COMMANDED TO RECOGNIZE that the general time of their fulfillment was near– right at the door.
The Lord Jesus then warns that no one can know the specific day or hour, but He commands us to know the “general time” and prepare.
This is why I do not believe anyone can know the specific day. Even the Angels of Heaven cannot know that. But I do believe we must recognize that we are in the general time of the end of this Age and Christ’ s return. Jesus said of this time, “...this generation will not pass away until all is fulfilled.” The generation that saw these signs begin to all appear and multiply in severity will not die until all is fulfilled. We are that generation! The question is – are you ready?
IS THE ANTICHRIST ALREADY HERE? (Excerpt)
Charisma News – Nov. `6, 2021 -- Many believers will argue and say that the Antichrist has yet to come to this earth. However, Lion of Judah Ministries contends that the Antichrist is already here and is alive and well.
Perhaps he has not made his presence known in a physical sense. But the spirit of Antichrist, Lion of Judah says, is alive and well on planet earth and his message is being spread worldwide.
"The Antichrist is here, and the evidence is that he sitting on the throne of the hearts of men”. "Some Christian circles believe that this man has already been born and now it is just a matter of time before he is revealed on the stage of mankind. We don't know if that is true or not, but what we do know is that when he comes, his primary objective is to be worshiped, to be exalted and to be uplifted. All of the adoration that rightfully belongs to God, he will want it for himself."
This may be a future act in a physical realm, but the walls of the kingdom of the Antichrist have already been built before our very eyes, and many believers are simply choosing to ignore it. Lion of Judah Ministries says the Antichrist is already on his throne, waiting for the doors of his kingdom to be opened.
"He has already sent his servants out into the world to gather followers and subjects in anticipation for his big reveal”. "Many view the coming of the Antichrist as a future event, but it is not. He is here already, and many are waiting at his doors. The proof that he is already here is evident to see just by looking at this world. He's creeping into the hearts of mankind and secretly putting himself at the throne of their hearts."
1 John 4:3 reads, "... and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and is already in the world."
Charisma News – Sep. 21, 2021 -- King David wrote this song of praise and thanksgiving unto the Lord as he reflected on the way the Lord delivered him from his enemies. Held within this one verse are seven analogies that characterize God as our deliverer and shows forth His concern and complete care for us. We must not lose sight that our greatest deliverance was from the captivity of sin, and it was only found through His great love for us through the finished work of the cross (Ps. 18:2).
The seven analogies are as follows:
· Rock: David said He is a rock; that means He is unmovable and unshakable no matter what life is throwing at you in this moment. Our God is unchanging. He is sure, steadfast and steady!
· Fortress: In Christ Jesus, we are held within a fortress in which the enemy cannot infiltrate. In Christ Jesus, there is protection.
· Deliverer: The Lord Jesus Christ has delivered us from the bondage of sin and the second death. In Christ, we live! Just as the Lord delivered David from his troubles, our Father Jehovah will do the same for us.
· Strength: This strength the Lord gives to us is not our own; it is a supernatural strength that comes through the Holy Spirit that enables us to run in the Lord's rest. This type of strength is unwavering and unfailing.
· Buckler: He is our buckler, which means He is our armor! He covers us with His presence and shields us against our enemies.
· Horn of My Salvation: He is our Savior! Satan no longer reigns over us. We through being born again have been put under Christ's reign. Satan has lost his power over us!
· High Tower: In the secret place with the Most High, we abide in the place of refuge and safety if our faith stays upon Him and Him alone!
REFLECTING ON GOD’S FAITHFULNESS
When we remember God's faithfulness in the past, our confidence in His Word grows.
Our heavenly Father is always faithful to His promises. We can be certain of this because He made them on the basis of His truthful, unchanging character (Hebrews 6:17-18). But sometimes when our circumstances are especially difficult, we tend to forget that God is always dependable. That’s why we need to pause periodically to look back over our life and see how He’s provided, guided, and guarded us along the way.
Many times over the years, I have been the beneficiary of God’s faithfulness to His Word. For example, Romans 10:13 says, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Despite my lack of Bible knowledge at age 12, I recognized that I was a sinner and called on Him for forgiveness. And He saved me, just as His Word said.
There have been so many times when God provided just what I needed. After feeling called to become a preacher, the Lord orchestrated a series of events that led to my receiving a full scholarship for college.
Think about God’s faithfulness to you. How has He directed your path and supplied your needs? As you trust in Him, He’ll demonstrate just how trustworthy He is.
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· The Gate if Mercy-where the Messiah enters Jerusalem
· The only New World Order that truly counts
· Why Christians should know about the Muslim Hajj
· New Disney film features Lesbians, Homosexual “Marriage” in attempt to corrupt children
· THE FOREGIVENESS OF OUR SINS
THE GATE OF MERCY – WHERE THE MESSIAH ENTERS JERUSALEM
Weekend News Today – Jul.29, 2022 -- “Be exceedingly happy, O daughter of Zion; Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem. Behold! Your king (Messiah) shall come to you. He is just and victorious; humble, and riding a donkey and a foal, the offspring of [one of] she-donkeys (Zechariah 9:9)”
“And you shall give it to Eleazar the kohen, and he shall take it outside the camp (via the Eastern Gate) and slaughter it in his presence (Number 19:3)”
“The he-goat shall thus carry upon itself all their sins to a precipitous land, and he shall send off the he- goat (via the Eastern Gate) into the desert (Leviticus 16:22)”
Today we are exploring one of the most significant (though unfrequently visited) sites in the country, the Gate of Mercy, which is now sealed but leads to the top of the Temple Mount.
What makes this site so important is not just because of its history, but also its future! That is because (according to Jewish tradition) this is where Mashiach (Messiah) will enter to redeem Israel.
The Gate is found on the eastern wall of Jerusalem’s Old City, which is by the far the oldest wall. Whereas most of the current walls surrounding the Old City are from the Ottomans in the 16th century, the visible bottom parts of the wall are from the Hasmonean period (circa 100 BCE), and the top parts are from the times of Herod (circa 20 BCE).
In the days of King Solomon (who built the First Temple), an eastern gate existed which led to the Temple Mount. It is believed to be close to the current gate, although it was destroyed by the Babylonians in 422 BCE (some historians say 586 BCE) along with the holy Temple. In 371 BCE, the Jews once again returned to Israel and rebuilt the Temple.
In 355 BCE after a wave Jewish immigration back to Israel, Nehemiah rebuilt the city walls of Jerusalem. This included the construction of the Shushan (Eastern) Gate, named after the capital city of Persia, the empire who ruled Israel at that time. The Eastern gate even had a design of Shushan on it. According to Jewish sources, this was ordered by Persia so that the people would remember that they were living under Persian rule, and not to rebel.
The gate led directly to the Temple Mount, and through it the High Priest lead the red heifer, an extremely rare cow, to the Mount of Olives.
Due to the Torah specifications of what constitutes a red cow, only nine have ever existed and in the days of Messiah, a 10th is to be found. The red heifer was slaughtered, with his remains being burned. The ashes of the animal would then be mixed with a special water, and then sprinkled on someone who had been impure (for example being near a corpse) in order to purify him.
This was an extremely important procedure, otherwise anyone who had ever been to a cemetery (or been in place where someone died while he was there) could not enter the Temple until they were purified (see Numbers 19 for more on the Red Heifer).
It was also through this gate on Yom Kippur (the holiest day of the year except for Shabbat) where the High Priest sent off the he-goat who had the lot on him which read “To Azazel”. The goat would be brought to Azazel, a mountain in the Judean Desert, and killed. This was a very important commandment and an essential aspect in the atonement service of Yom Kippur (see Leviticus 16).
The Temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE. In the 7th century (some say the end of the Byzantine Empire, while others say the early Islamic period) a new gate (Mercy Gate) was built on top of the ruins of the Shushan Gate.
According to Jewish tradition, Mashiach will enter the city via the Mercy Gate and rebuild the Temple.
In 1541 the Ottoman Turks who had just finished building the (current) City Walls of Jerusalem, sealed the gate in order to prevent the Messiah from entering and redeeming Israel. (The fact that they invested so many resources for this, clearly indicates that they also believed in the coming of Messiah).
A Muslim cemetery was even placed there to prevent Elijah the Prophet, a Kohen (Priest) from heralding in Messiah (according to Torah law, a priest cannot enter a cemetery). Ironically, unbeknownst to the Turkish government at that time, a priest may enter a non-Jewish cemetery, so this graveyard does not hinder anything!
THE ONLY NEW WORLD ORDER THAT TRULY COUNTS
Charisma News – Jul. 19, 2022 -- Alarms started blaring in my mind when I heard the president say he was going to lead us into a new world order. I realized there is nothing new under the sun.
From the Persians to Alexander the Great to the Caesars of Rome to Karl Marx to Hitler to Stalin to Mao to Muslim terrorists to the secular humanists of our day, many throughout history have announced they would revolutionize a new Utopia that would lead the way to world domination of their system of beliefs and lifestyles.
The potential for World War III unfolded when Russia invaded Ukraine with the implications of nuclear war. Biden blamed Putin for our woes, while Putin declared that the United States' domination of the world had ended. Intense global conflict arose like a prophetic flare to announce the return of Jesus Christ.
How does this play into the age of deception that Jesus declared would permeate the world before He returns? How does this new world order fit into the prophecies of the Bible? How should we as followers of Jesus respond to the promotion of absurdities that will cause people to believe them, leading to atrocities?
We have already seen Biden's lack of ability concerning Russia, which opened the door to Putin's invasion of Ukraine. We witnessed the debacle in Afghanistan and continue today to see the starvation deaths of thousands in that nation.
Biden has no answer to the world energy problem and refuses to put our oil production to work. Our southern border is a disaster of drugs, sex trafficking and illegal aliens. Inflation threatens our very livelihoods; the effects of a world plague continue to linger. The U.N. just announced that we will see up to 29 million starvation deaths in the coming year.
I pray for President Biden and his leaders as God has withheld His wisdom and courage from their leadership. As with ancient kings of Israel, God calls upon Biden to repent and put away his idols of self and corruption, to repent for the sins of our nation or suffer the judgment of God.
The emperor has no clothes on, but too many keep telling him how wonderfully dressed he is. Has the spirit of antichrist blinded our leaders and our people? Truly, the only hope we have is Jesus Christ.
Is this not like the God of the Bible who removes His hand of favor and allows men to come up with their own answers? Then the situation becomes more and more desperate until people realize man has no answers and only our Deliverer can save us.
The signs of Jesus' prophetic words in Matthew 24 tell us we are in the last generation before He will appear to introduce His new world order. The heavens will be filled with His glory and with His mighty angels. The trumpet will sound and the angels will gather His elect before the day of wrath comes upon this world.
Then those who have rejected the Son of God will cry out to the mountains and rocks, "Hide us from the face of the Lamb and the wrath of His judgment!" (See Revelation 6:16.) They would rather have the mountains and rocks fall upon them than answer for their sins. Jesus will separate the sheep nations from the goat nations. He will reign over the nations in righteousness forever and ever.
This will be the true new world order that only Jesus can lead us into, the glory of a new heaven and a new earth. There will be no more tears, suffering or death but an eternity of justice, truth and love as we worship God and the Prince of Peace.
Jesus in His mercy and grace has called us to partner with Him to prepare the way for His return. We are called to sound the alarm to wake up the body of Christ, the Jewish people and the nations of the earth to the season of our Lord's return.
As I write this article, I am in Cuba in the midst of a mighty move of God similar to what we read about in the Book of Acts. The Holy Spirit is being poured out in the churches. Souls are being saved. Bodies are being healed. Hundreds are being baptized in the Holy Spirit. They are answering the call to wake up their nation to the prophecies of Jesus.
You should pray for these Cubans as they shout and weep and yield to the call of God. They are immersed in the Spirit, unafraid to surrender all to their King. This wave of revival will become a tidal wave of eternal life that could shake the nations.
I pray this end-time fire will spread to all of the world. Jesus is coming. No humanistic world order or leader can stop Jesus and His plan of redemption. He is calling you to wake up and join His end-time army of spiritual warriors.
What has Jesus said to you about this partnership as a messenger of hope and life as the world faces darkness and death? If you are looking for direction and answers, read and study Jesus' five parables in Matthew 24 and 25 to see how He teaches us to live in this season of His return.
Pray that the Holy Spirit will ignite a fire in you and send you out to declare the time of His glory has come. Believe He will equip you and supply all of your needs to do His work. Join the Ezekiel 37 army to impact the world for Jesus. The King is coming soon. Enjoy the adventure of being one of His fiery messengers.
WHY CHRISTIANS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE ISLAM HAJJ
Christian Headline News – Jul. 7, 2022 -- Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam. During Hajj, there is an expectation for physically and financially able Muslims to travel to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, at least once in their lives. Meaning “pilgrimage” in Arabic, Hajj is an event that unites Muslims worldwide as they shed social status and celebrate equality in a holy city.
Muslims participate in Hajj during the twelfth month of the Islamic calendar. This spiritual pilgrimage commemorates Abraham’s life and recognizes what Muslims believe to be the creation of the first house of worship.
As Christians engage in conversations with their Muslim friends, knowing the background and purpose of the spiritual pilgrimage of Hajj can help equip us to be ready to encourage our Muslim friends toward a saving hope in Christ.
WHAT IS HAJJ?
Muslims recognize Abraham’s life as one guided by faith. According to the Quran, Abraham (known as Ibrahim in the Quran) and his wife, Sarah, had a promise from Allah that Abraham would be a father of many nations. However, as Sarah got older, she doubted the promise and asked Abraham to have a child with their servant, Hagar. The son Hagar bore was named Ishmael.
After Ishmael’s birth, Muslims believe Allah commanded Abraham to offer one of his sons as a sacrifice. Some Muslims believe this son was Ishmael, while others believe it was Isaac.
Abraham was willing to obey, but Allah provided an alternate sacrifice to save the son’s life. Allah then commanded Abraham to send Hagar and Ishmael to a barren land now known as Mecca. Abraham and Ishmael built the Ka’aba, the holiest shrine in Islam. Muslims visit Ka’aba during Hajj and commemorate Hagar and Ishmael’s exile to Mecca by re-enacting Hagar’s desperate search for water to save Ishmael.
Muslims believe attending Hajj will provide them with an opportunity to work for renewal and forgiveness. The event lasts five days, and during that time, Muslims carry out a series of rituals and are restricted from arguments, violence, and sexual relations. Participants wear two simple pieces of white cloth, and men shave their heads while women cut a lock of their hair.
At the end of Hajj, Muslims celebrate Eid ul-Adha.
Hajj is believed to be the largest public annual gathering in the world. Many nations are represented, and Muslims enjoy unity and equality with each other. Muslims believe Mecca is the holiest place, and only Muslims are permitted to enter.
THE GOSPEL OPPORTUNITY OF HAJJ
The story of Hagar and Ishmael is shared in both Christianity and Islam. However, there are a few differences. For example, the Bible states Abraham sacrificed Isaac, while Muslims believe it was either Ishmael or Isaac. Also, the Bible states that Hagar was sent away by a jealous Sarah, while the Quran cites that Allah commanded Abraham to send Hagar away. The Quran also mentions Mecca and the building of the Ka’aba, which is not in the Bible.
The stories do align in the provision of water for Hagar and Ishmael in the barren land.
“God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, ‘What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. Lift the boy up and take him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation.’ Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. So, she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink. God was with the boy as he grew up. - Genesis 21:17-20a
The provision for Hagar and Ishmael reveals the Lord’s heart for His people. Despite their disobedience, the Lord provided Abraham and Sarah a second son, Isaac, who continues a lineage to Christ. Then the Lord provided water for Hagar and Ishmael in the barren land, and Ishmael was provided a historic lineage as well. In the same way, the Lord continues to provide for His people through Christ as our Savior and the Holy Spirit as our Comforter and Guide.
This shows that God is a loving and personal God. Through Jesus and the Holy Spirit, we can truly know God. In Islam, one cannot truly know Allah, and Muslims strive to earn acceptance and forgiveness. Through accepting Christ as their Savior, Christians freely receive forgiveness through grace.
When your Muslim friends discuss Hajj, they may be interested in hearing that Hagar and Ishmael are in the Bible. Share that as the Lord’s character provided for Hagar in the desert, He still provides for His people through Jesus Christ for salvation. If the Spirit leads, explain how the Lord’s provision through Christ is sufficient, and we have no obligation to earn salvation by deeds because of His perfect life.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” - Ephesians 2:8-9
During this conversation, you may have planted or watered a seed of truth. Pray that God will make the seed grow and that your Muslim friend will understand that forgiveness of sins comes through faith in Christ alone.
NEW DISNEY FILM FEATURES LESBIANS, HOMOSEXUAL 'MARRIAGE' IN ATTEMPT TO CORRUPT CHILDREN (Excerpt)
Parents and pastors, this is an alert!
Charisma News – May 12, 2022 -- The eagerly anticipated Disney Toy Story spinoff debuting in theaters centers on kid favorite Buzz Lightyear and his new space partner, Alicia, a lovable lesbian who "marries" her queer partner and greets her with a kiss on the lips as they start their gay family.
There's nothing subtle about their expressing overtly gay affection. Disney's LGBTQ activists are simply making good on Disney executive Karey Burke's pledge (caught on video) to produce up to half of the Disney characters reflecting homosexual, transgender and/or "minority" identities.
What Would Jesus Do?
When it comes to protecting the most innocent, impressionable and vulnerable little ones in our midst, Jesus gave the most sobering and emphatic warning of His earthly ministry. He underscored their value alongside His extraordinary love and care for their welfare by supporting the death penalty for anyone daring to corrupt them. He jolted onlookers by laying out the ancient equivalent of the Mafia's concrete boots, ending one's existence with no burial, then being sentenced (with no probation or parole) to the eternal wrath of a Holy God in — in the words of Jesus — "the fires of hell."
Jesus put a child in the midst of the crowd and warned: "Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. ... It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched, where 'their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched'" (Mark 9:42-44, MEV).
The progression of evil is threefold: first we accommodate sin, then we accept it, and finally we adopt it. Satan's servants use euphemisms to try and airbrush evil away as they subtly and seductively suggest that the LGBTQ lifestyle is "harmless" and we must not "discriminate" or be "intolerant." They opine that it's best to start indoctrinating children from the earliest days so they can "experiment" with different lifestyles and "explore" different gender identities. It's "harmful to repress sexual desires" because consequences can be catastrophic in terms of "suicide, depression and substance abuse."
Satan, the father of lies, wants to reach children from the earliest age to start planting suggestive thoughts that can lead them on a pathway to ruin. This is where we as parents, grandparents, pastors and counselors must know the truth and communicate it clearly and compassionately as we look out for those most susceptible to demonically inspired LGBTQ activists' web of lies.
Notice that after Jesus spoke about protecting
children He immediately affirmed God's created order of a man and a woman;
God's design for marriage between a man and a woman (not two women or two men);
and God's order for sexual intimacy honored and celebrated only in covenant
marriage (not living together unmarried, which is lifestyle fornication).
"But from the beginning of the creation, God 'made them male and female.' For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife, and the two shall be one flesh" (Mark 10:6-7, MEV).
Disney, Hollywood, certain teachers and radical progressive Democrats (including gullible Joe Biden) represent a Goliath behemoth, but they are going to fall! What they are attempting to do to our children and young people must be resisted with righteous anger! It's time to rouse ourselves to stop supporting Disney and others trying to steal our children's destiny in God.
THE FORGIVENESS OF OUR SINS
We do not have to fear God's judgment, because Jesus paid for all our sins: past, present, and future.
Many people today are weighed down by the guilt they carry. This is understandable for those who’ve rejected Christ, but Christians have been relieved of their guilt through faith in the Savior. In other words, there’s no point in a believer continuing to live under that heavy burden. Forgiveness of sins is based on the riches of God’s grace and the sufficiency of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.
When Jesus said, “It is finished,” He was proclaiming that redemption for sins was accomplished (John 19:30). He paid the full price with His death, and now all who believe in Him are forgiven. The scope of Christ’s atoning sacrifice reaches back to the past, into the present, and beyond to the future. That means we never have to fear that something we did in the past or might do in the future is beyond the reach of God’s forgiveness. The Lord never takes back His pardon.
Because of our faith in Christ’s completed work on the cross, we can be assured that we have received and will continue to receive His divine mercy. But that doesn’t give us license to sin (Romans 6:1-2). Rather, it should produce gratitude along with deeper love for God and a passion for holiness.
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THE GRACE THAT WE STAND IN IS MORE THAN WE DESERVE
SECTION II - SPECIAL ARTICLES/ BOOK REVIEWS
IN THIS SECTION:
· WHAT HAPPENS AFTER WE DIE? (WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS)
· WHAT’S IN A NAME?
· "BOB PIERCE - THIS ONE THING I DO" - A BOOKREVIEW/SUMMARY
· "THE HIDDEN CODES OF THE BIBLE" - A BOOK REVIEW/SUMMARY
· "SIGNS OF THE TIME” - A BOOK REVIEW/SUMMARY
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER WE DIE?
By D.E. Davis
For Christians, we are told in Scripture in 2Cr 5:8 that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. For those who turn away from God, we are told that they are eternally separated from God and go to a place called Hell. Rev 14:11 says that the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever.
The question that everyone ponders is: What really happens after we die? Do we just lay dormant until the Lord takes us to be with him or until judgement is handed out at the Great White Throne as called out in Rev. 20:11? Are we conscience? Do we feel, touch, think, recognize loved ones, know what is happening around us? All questions that we have ask ourselves, no doubt, at some time in our life.
My own personal review of the Scriptures has led me to believe that after we die, even though our body may be dead and buried, our Spirit is alive and fully conscience. Chuck Missler likens this state of conscienceness to the software that runs the Computer; once the hardware goes, the software remains intact and available for further applications.
There are two illustrations in the Bible that makes it clear as to what happens after death, when we're in the spirit.
The first one is illustrated in the Luke account of Lazarus and the rich man in Chapter 16. After death, Lazarus, a man of God, is escorted into Abraham’s Bosom, a holding compartment in Hell for the Believers prior to the Cross. The non-believing rich man was "buried" and went into a separate compartment in Hell (Hades), apart from Abraham’s Bosom, where he was in Torment according to Scripture. Both were in a Spirit state; yet by the account, they could see each other and speak to each other.
The second account is in Revelation, where John is taken (in the Spirit) to Heaven to see those things that shall come to pass prior to the return of Jesus Christ to the Earth, or Second Coming (not the Rapture).
I had to conclude from the study, based on the following Scripture, that all of the senses we have here on earth will be with us throughout eternity, even unto death.
· THE ABILITY TO LOOK/SEE - Luke 16:23;Rev. 1:12;4:1,4; 5:1,2; 6:1,2,8,9; 7:1,2; 8:2; 9:1,17; 10:1,5; 13:1,2,3;14:1,6; 15:1,2; 16:13; 17:3,6; 18:1; 19:11,17,19; 20:1,4,11,12; 21:1,2,22; 22:8
· THE ABILITY TO HEAR - Rev. 1:10; 4:1; 5:11; 6:1,3,5,6,7; 7:4; 9:13,16; 10:4,8; 12:10; 14:2,13; 16:1,5,7; 18:4; 19:1,6; 21: 3; 22:8
· THE ABILITY TO BEHOLD ( to obtain knowledge of: understand: perceive) - Rev. 5:6,11; 6:5,8,12; 7:9; 8:13; 13:11
· THE ABILITY TO REASON - Luke 16:30
· THE ABILITY TO CRY (even though there will be no more crying in Heaven) - Rev. 5:4,5; Luke 16:24
· THE ABILITY TO SPEAK - Rev. 5:13; 10:9; 21:6,15; Luke 16:24, 29,30,31
· THE ABILITY TO FEEL/TOUCH - Luke 16:23, 24,25
· THE ABILITY TO REMEMBER - Luke 16:25
· THE ABILITY TO WONDER - Rev. 17:6
· THE ABILITY TO WRITE - Rev. 1:11; 10:4; 19:9
· THE ABILITY TO QUESTION - Rev. 7:13
· THE ABILITY TO TAKE (THE BOOK/ROD) - Rev. 10:8,9,10
· THE ABILITY TO FALL (ON KNEES) - Rev. 19:10; 22:8
· THE ABILITY TO STAND - Rev. 13:1
· THE ABILITY TO WORSHIP - Rev. 19:10; 22:8
· THE ABILITY TO PERFORM TASKS - Rev. 11:1
God has promised in 1 Thess 4:16 and 1 Cor. 15:52,53 that one day, we shall be reunited with Him in body and will be transformed and conformed to Him - in the twinkling of an eye. We are also told in Scripture that we shall see Him face to face- see the Lamb that was slain for you and me. We know by His Word, that we will Praise Him, Worship Him and Rule with Him.
One thing in the study that I found extremely fascinating was the difference in treatment between Lazarus and the non-believing rich man. Scripture says that Lazarus was escorted to Heaven by an Angel, but there is no indication in Scripture about how the rich man arrived at Hell. Could it be that God had a specific purpose why He chose not to tell us in Scripture?
Finally, knowing that others may have varying interpretations of these Scriptures, I strongly urge you to review the Scriptures yourselves to determine what you find as the truth according to God’s Word.
WHAT’S IN A NAME?
For those who wish you had some other name because you don't like the name you were given, you had better think twice. It is most likely that the name your parents picked out for you was not their choice but God's choice. Let’ s face it, the word of the Lord is true. That's why in Eph. 1:4, God proclaimed that He had chosen us from before the very beginning of the world.
If you follow the Genealogy of Adam in Genesis, Chapter 5 (*) you will receive an insight into what importance God put in names - It's an exciting message:
Mahalalel The blessed God
Jared Shall come down
Methuselah His Death shall bring
Lamech The Despairing
Noah Rest, Comfort
Now let us look at God’s Plan for Redemption:
"Man (is) appointed mortal sorrow; (but) the Blessed God shall come down teaching (that) His death shall bring (the) despairing rest."
Let us now look at the Genealogy of Abraham (*):
(*) Source: Chuck Missler’s Briefing package: “A Walk Thru the Bible”
WELL YOU SAY! BUT THAT WAS ALL OLD TESTAMENT AND WOULDN'T BE APPLICABLE FOR TODAY - WOULD IT?
Well, let us see.................. As a Christian, did God not choose you by name at the same time he chose Adam, Seth, Enosh, Kenan, Mahalalel, Jared, Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph - before the very foundation of the world? If God had a purpose for their name, would you expect anything less for your name since He chose you at the same time?
As a Christian, You ought to thank God daily that you, by your given name, was written in the Lamb's book of life before the very foundation of the world and that you will be a partaker in all the promises of Rev 21:27.
Within the last couple of years, researchers have found many startling discoveries through the use of super computers, specifically, hidden codes that God supernaturally placed within the Hebrew text of the Bible. Over 2000 years ago, the names of historical and current leader’s names were placed in the Bible. Such names as Adolph Hitler, Eichmann, Arafat, Peres, Rabin, Rabin's murderer Amir, Ben-Zion Netanyahu, Saddan Hussein, George Bush, Schwarzkoph, Peter Arnet (CNN), Timithy McVeigh, Bill Clinton.
Do you think that God would limit His calling out to just those who had a highly visible historical impact on this world? There is no doubt that He had a purpose in doing this, if nothing else, just to get your attention that He is the Creator; that He alone knows the beginning from the end.
It is my firm belief that as we advance further with our computer technology and peel back the layers of the Hebrew text of the scriptures, we will make many more startling and exciting discoveries. One being that God has written each and every one of our names in His Word.
HERE IS WHAT GOD SAID: Isaiah 66:22 "For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain."
BOOK REVIEW by D. E. Davis (September 1997)
BOB PIERCE -"THIS ONE THING I DO"
By Franklin Graham with Jeanette Lockerbie
It is amazing the worlds that open up to an individual, once the Power of the Holy Spirit comes upon him. Just three years ago, where once I was blind to Missions, to all the inspired men and women God has called to service and the multitude of people all over the world who have been saved, new worlds are ever opening to me to see how awesome the power of God is in our Christian lives.
Such was the power and strength of faith Bob Pierce had in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It is difficult for me to even attempt to assess where God has put Bob along with other past great men of the faith, but from what I read about his life with Christ, he certainly had his eyes focused on Jesus! I personally feel inadequate and humbled to even put in words, my thoughts about this man. Bob was a man Blessed by God. I feel sad that I never had an opportunity to know him, but look forward to meeting him one day in heaven.
If ever there was a verse of scripture that represented Bob Pierce, it had to be the title of this book as taken from Philippians 3:13,14 ".......this one thing I do,....I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Jesus Christ."
Bob was raised in Los Angeles and at the age of 12, gave his life to Christ and was baptized in the Nazarene Church. "God simply called me to give my heart to Jesus, and I followed Him." He died in 1978 of leukemia but lived his life for Christ in between in between those dates as if Christ was coming tomorrow and he still had to witness to the whole world before dawn broke. Throughout his career, he dedicated his life mainly to Missions and over the years was responsible for founding such World re-noun programs as "World Vision", an organization dedicated to meeting the emergency needs in crisis areas such as Korea after the Korean war. During that time of need, he established a Korean Orphanage, serving over 30 thousand Korean war orphans. Bob was also responsible for starting the World re-noun Korean Orphan's Choir. As an outgrowth of "World Vision" he founded "World Medical Mission" which covered all emergency medical needs in countries all over the world which had no medical facilities. He was also founder of "Samaritan's Purse" and organization dedicated to funding World emergency need, no matter where they were. These organizations are still meeting the needs of those in crisis today.
If his work through these organizations was not enough, he became a United Nations War Correspondent during World War II; was Co-founder for "Youth for Christ"; and became a Motion Picture producer/Radio program host, author and a lecturer, but first and last, he always considered himself an evangelist! Even though Bob knew that he was "extraordinarily gifted by God, he was never impressed with himself - he considered himself just an earthly vessel, available at all times for the exclusive use of the Lord".
In his own words, he had "many flaws, failings but had abundant faith in God who lives and cares about people."
If I had to pick four areas of the Christian life that I feel truly represented Bob Pierce, they would be 1) Unwavering Faith, 2) Compassion for others, 3) Obedience to God and 4) Commitment to accomplish the Will of God in his life.
From the Beginning, Bob knew his calling was for Missions to the Asian Countries. His first mission led him through Hawaii to Hong Kong and eventually to China. Getting to China was his first big test of faith - he had no money, even for the first leg to Hawaii. Bob held the opinion that God knows ones needs already and if He has called you to a task, He will provide and enable you - just move out! He did just that and went to the L.A. airport that day without any money in his pocket. His faith paid off as God provided the funding for each leg of his trip just at the moment he needed it. This was the norm rather than the exception throughout his career as an evangelist. What ever it was, where ever it was, if God called, Bob would act no matter what the circumstance......he knew that God would always provide.....and He did!
Bob had a compassion for the spiritually and physically suffering of the world. "He was the friend of the little people, the forgotten, the hurting, the maimed, the unheard and the unsung". Bob's theme was "Let my heart be broken with the things that break the heart of God". It was Bob's personal belief that "wherever you find men and women who really love Jesus Christ, you find the compassion of Christ spilling out of them to meet human need." Over the years World Vision, Samaritan's Purse and other organizations like them; one in particular, Mission Aviation Fellowship Pilots (MAF), who flew Missionaries around the world in crisis situations, helped so many helpless and needy men, women and children. They knew first hand the healing power of God.
Bob dared it all to be obedient to the Lord's call. Once he had in focus the mission that God wanted him to accomplish, he followed in Faith to bring the unsaved to Christ. It was his opinion that " If you are an ambassador, act like one!"- no matter where you are. Bob would bring to memory how other great men of Faith were obedient even in the face of death. During World War II, a young South Korean Pastor, Mr. Im was mistaken for a North Korean Communist and imprisoned. During his internment, he would go around camp singing "Jesus Loves Me" and other Christian songs. He not only uplifted and inspired other fellow Christian prisoners to come together, he brought many more to Christ. Together he and another prisoner, Chaplain Voelkel, established a Bible Study where over 6,000 prisoners finished a six month Bible Study. Six Hundred (600) of those finishing the Bible Study became pastors and came back to Korea to preach the Gospel. In another instance, he related how a Korean school teacher was put to death in front of his students because of his faith and obedience to the Lord.
To be an ambassador for the Lord "is one of the greatest things that could ever have happened to anyone - to let God put a fish hook into you so deep that there is no way of ever getting off the hook."
"Bob did one thing all of his life, and that was to lead people to the foot of the Cross where they would put their faith in a risen Lord Jesus Christ. He lived every minute completely amazed that God could use him. No matter how much he was able to do in how many places, it was never enough." This was the kind of commitment Bob made to Jesus; "to commit yourself, give yourself away to God irrevocably, forever. Say to Him, go ahead and burn me up. Spend me. Eat me up. Use me for you Glory." And that's exactly what he did.
Being a man of God was not always easy for Bob and he paid a high price. In one measure or another he had to forsake his wife, his family, his Mother and Father, his brothers and sisters and other worldly possessions to follow Jesus. He not only lost his health, he lost his Daughter, Sharon, to death.
Committing your life to Christ in a Godless society is never easy; many times you feel like you may be the only one putting your life, your self image, your social acceptance on the line. As Bob came to realize, ". Someone has to go and pay that humiliating price of literally letting your ego be stomped on- not just pushed in and suppressed, but laid out there for people to stomp on. We need to do this by the grace of God with love and patience: sow the seed on rocky soil, nurture it, and maybe never be applauded."
Committing your life to Christ really comes down to this; What really matters
to you in Life?
On his death bed in the City of Hope, Bob left us this one message - "I don't care what you have attempted. What you have succeeded at, or what has been your work in Christ's name while you are here on earth - only one thing matters when you have reached the last step before you go to stand before Christ:
- Did you tell men and women who Jesus is?
- Did you bring them to some comprehension of His redeeming love?
- Did you make it plain to them that He alone can pay their way to heaven throughout His atoning death on the cross?"
Such was the life of a man of God, Bob Pierce.
HIDDEN CODES OF THE BIBLE
ACT 17:11 - Exhorts you to daily review the scriptures to see if what is being said is true
References: Grant R. Jeffrey - "The Signature of God"- RECOMMENDED READING
Other reading: "The Hebrew Factor" by Yacov Rambsel
Prepared by D. E. Davis
Daniel 12: 4 - "But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased."
Here is undeniable proof, the third in the series, that every word, every letter and every punctuation in Bible text was put their by the inspiration of God. It gives new meaning to the words "increase knowledge". It's just one of the many signs, and without a doubt, the most exciting revelation that God said he would reveal to man in the "end time". As you will see, God has put his signature throughout the Bible, has revealed History before it ever happened, all through hidden codes that were supernaturally placed into text which was written over 2,000 years ago; which could only be found with today's computer technological advances. The codes are found in what scholars call "Equidistant Letter Sequences" or ESL. That is, each sequential letter in an encoded word or phrase was found the same distance apart numerically; The exact interval designed by God.
Actually, the discovery of hidden codes in scripture dates back to before WWI and it was not until 1988 that the use of computers were able to detect a significant amount of coding in scripture. Since then, the research that Grant Jeffrey and others have done has just exploded and new discoveries are happening every day.
Here is a summary of what has been found and outlined in Grant's book, referenced above. It is my understanding that he is in the process of writing another book to tell what he has found subsequent to "The Signature of God".
Luke 21:15 - " For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay (refute) nor resist."
Proverbs 25:2 - "It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honor of kings is to search out a matter."
THE SIGNATURE OF GOD
What follows is what most of the human race would find hard to believe. It unfathomable to think that the Hebrew Bible, containing 304,805 Hebrew letters, written by 40 individuals could contain hidden messages that if one letter was taken out of the text, one word was removed, the hidden message could not be revealed......yet the message has been sustained for over 2,000 years and has been revealed to man just as Jesus said it would be. Jesus has actually placed His name and other messages about Himself into text which proves he is the creator of all; King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
God has personally signed scriptures throughout the Old and New Testaments in various ways. For example in the Old Testament, he has encoded his name, Jesus, in the following scripture:
THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD FROM ANCIENT TIMES UNTIL TODAY
God has also encoded unbelievable detail about many of the things we read about and which touch our lives daily. For example, he outlines:
PLACES AND THINGS
· Gen. 2: 4-10 - The key word "Eden" was spelled out sixteen (16) times in the span of 379 Hebrew letters. The letters were all equidistant from each other.
· Gen. 2 - In this chapter which deals with the garden of Eden, scientists found encoded in the Hebrew text, Twenty-five (25) names of trees that were in the
Garden of Eden.
· Gen. 1:1 - Starting with the first appearance of the Hebrew letter "Tav", the word "Torah" was found every 50th letter.
· Ex. 1: 1 - Again, starting with the first appearance of the letter "Tav" and counting every 50th letter, the word "Torah" was spelled. Num./Deut. - In the book of Numbers the word "Torah" was found spelled backwards every 50th letter. In the book of Deuteronomy, "Torah" was found again spelled backwards, but this time every forty-ninth (49) letter.
NAMES AND EVENTS
· Deut. 10: 17-22 - Beginning with the second to last appearance of the Hebrew letter "bet" in this passage, they found every Thirteenth (13) letter, the phrase "b'yam marah Auschwitz" which means "in the bitter sea of Auschwitz." Also encoded in this passage were the names of the other Nazi Concentration camp, "Belsen".
· Deut. 33:21 - Beginning with the letter (resh) that appeared in the Hebrew word "Yisreal," and counting every twenty-second (22) letter from the left to right they found the phrase "re'tzach alm" discribing the Holocaust, which when translated, means "a people cry murder, slaughter."
· Adolph Hitler
· Deut. 10: 17-22 - The word "Hitler" spelled out in Hebrew was found every twenty-second (22) letter.
· Deut. 33:16 - Beginning with the first appearance of the Hebrew letter "mem" and every two hundred and forty-sixth (246) letter from left to right you find that the coded letters spelled out the phrase, "Melek Natzim," which translates as the "king of the Nazis."
· Deut. 32:52 - Beginning with the appearance of the first letter (aleph) and counting from left to right every six hundred and seventy (670) letters, the name "Aik'man" is spelled, which is the Hebrew form of the name "Eichmann."
· Egyptian President Anwar Sadat
· "Sadat occurred together with the name of the leader of the Moslem Brotherhood assassinating team that killed him.......it contained the year of his assassination, 1981, and the words "president," "gunfire," "shot'" and 'Murder".
· Desert Storm
· Beginning in Gen. 1:7 and continuing through the rest of Genesis, Grant Jeffrey indicated at the Prophesy Conference in Irvine,Ca. on 27 Sept. 1996 that they had recently found information in hidden code in scripture relating to Desert Storm. I believe more details will be available in Grant's next book.
· The French Revolution
· Gen. 39,41 - "Another passage in the Book of Genesis revealed a cluster of encoded words that deals with the French Revolution. The following words are clustered ogether" "Mapecha HaSarfatit" which spells "the French Revolution" in Hebrew, "Louis," the name of the French king, and the word "Beit (house of Bourbon,") his royal dynasty. In the same cluster were the following words: "Hamarseilles" (the name of the French anthem) and the word "Bastillia" (the infamous French prison for political prisoners........"
OTHER HISTORICAL INFORMATION
· Word pairs - "In their initial experiment, .......the scientists arbitrarily chose three hundred (300) Hebrew word-pairs that were logically related in meaning, such as hammer and anvil, or tree and leaf, or man and woman." ".....the researchers were astonished to find that every single word-pair had been located in Genesis in close proximity to each other."
· King David's Ancestors
· Gen. 28 - " Every one of the five Hebrew names of these ancestor of King
David (Pharez, Zerah, Boaz, Obed, Jesse) were found encoded at forty-nine (49) letter intervals, hidden within the text of Genesis 38".
· Famous Jewish Rabbi - "The Jewish people celebrate the memory of their famous sages by commemorating their date of death. Incredibly, the computer program found every single one of the sixty-six names of these famous rabbis embedded in the text of Genesis paired at significantly close proximity with their actual date of birth or their date of death."
IS THE HEBREW BIBLE UNIQUE TO GOD' S INSPIRED EMBEDDED CODES?
Grant points out that "The researchers attempted to reproduce these results by running the computer program on other religious Hebrew texts outside the Bible, including the Samaritan Pentateuch. .......the researchers could not detect word pairs in the Samaritan Pentateuch or any other Hebrew text outside the Bible. In fact, an exhaustive analysis reveals that no other Hebrew text outside the Old testament contains these mysterious codes, not even the Hebrew apocryphal books written during the four hundred years before the birth of Christ"
A WORD OF CAUTION
"No one can search the Torah using these codes to foretell future events. The reason is that it is impossible to extract the encoded information unless you already know what the future facts are." "The prophet Isaiah warned against false prophets and declared that only God can Prophesy future events accurately
(Isa. 46: 9,10).
"Computer tapes are now available so that anyone with a computer can personally verify the existence of these codes beneath the text of the Scriptures.
As Christians, we can stand firm in the word and shout for joy. God has given us "the words and the wisdom that none of our adversaries will be able to refute or contradict", no matter how much they try!
PRAISE THE LORD!
SIGNS OF THE TIME
References: Grant R. Jeffrey - "The Signature of God"- RECOMMENDED READING
Prepared by D. E. Davis
June 10, 1997
How do we know that Jesus is the one true God when there are so many religions, cultures and cults that claim that they serve the one true god? How about Buddha, Allah?
Scripture says that God alone knows the beginning from the end. The way that God establishes His authority is through Biblical Prophesy. There are over 500 prophesies that were prophesied over 2,000 years ago that have all come to pass. There are still some Old Testament that have yet have to be fulfilled (Daniel Ezekiel), but there has never been an event prophesied that has not come to pass in it’s time. 100% accuracy tells us that the God of the Bible is the only true God. No one else in the history of the world, living or dead, can make this claim.
In Matthew 24:3, just before Jesus' ascension into heaven, the disciples of Jesus ask Him what would be the sign of His second coming. Over the centuries various groups have attempted to guess when Christ would return to the earth to claim His inheritance as promised throughout scripture. As we know, no one has been right yet!. God clearly states in Matthew 24:36 that no man, not even the angels, know the day or the time when Christ will return. Only God the Father knows.
This summary is clearly not another attempt to forecast this event. This summary does, however, attempt to provide an awareness of what is happening around you so that you will not be caught unaware. (Ref. Luke 21:34 and Matthew. 24:42).
ACT 17:11- Exhorts you to daily review the scriptures to see if what is being said is true.
----------------------THE SIGNS OF THE TIME-------------------
Grant Jeffrey has done a wonderful job of providing critical information about events that are happening in this generation that all Christians need to know; Events that were prophesied over 2,500 years ago. Approximately 90% of the material contained herein was extracted and summarized from Grant's book. I highly recommend reading this book as it contains so much more that you will want to know.
THE REBIRTH OF ISRAEL
The rebirth of Israel was prophesied in several scriptures throughout the Bible. Isaiah 66: 8 predicted that Israel would be born again in "one" day. Ezekiel 4:3-6 and Levitcus 26:18 foretold the exact number of days that it would take Israel to re-establish themselves as a nation in the last days. ( The exact calculation can be found in Grant Jeffrey's book referenced above). On May 14, 1948, the Jews proclaimed their independence of the reborn state of Israel.....The exact day that was predicted over twenty-five (25) centuries ago.......No other ancient nation ever ceased to exist for a period of centuries and then returned to take its place on the stage of world history."
PRESENT ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT
In Psalms 83:2-8, God inspired King David to predict that upon Israel's rebirth as a nation it would be immediately surrounded by their enemies. The modern names of those nations named in scripture include Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Syria....the nations that have now joined the Palestinians in their attempt to destroy Israel.
In Gen. 12: 3, God has promised to punish those nations that come against Israel. "I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee; and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed."
RESTORATION OF THE HEBREW LANGUAGE
When Israel was captured by Nebuchadnezzar in approx. 562 B.C., Israel was no longer allowed to speak the Hebrew language, but had to learn the language of the Chaldeans. The Lord predicted, however, through Zephaniah 3:9, that he would restore a pure language to Israel so that they may "serve him with one consent". It was in the early part of this Century that the Hebrew language was revived from the dead language. Today, Hebrew is a living language to over 5 million Israelis.
THE FERTILITY OF ISRAEL
In Isaiah 27:6; 35:7 and Joel 2:23, the Lord prophesied through these prophets that the deserted, unproductive, barren land of Israel would once again become productive in the last days and that Israel would experience tremendous increases of rain. Ever since Israel has returned to the land, they have flourished in the land and now supply over 90 percent of the citrus fruit consumed in Europe. Rainfall has increased by more than "10 percent every decade for the last century and Israel has planted in excess of two hundred (200) million trees and transformed the complete environment of the Promised Land." According to the United Nations, Israel is now "the most agriculturally efficient land on earth."
THE UNWALLED CITY
Ezekiel 38:11 speaks of the future invasion of Gog and Magog (Russia) saying "And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of un-walled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls and having neither bars nor gates". Grant explains that "even army bases and Israel's settlements in the West Bank and Gaza have no walls today.........How could Ezekiel have known twenty-five centuries ago that the development of modern weapons such as bombs, airplanes and missiles, would have made walls and gates irrelevant for defensive purposes in the last days. In the ancient past even small villages as well as cities depended on walls for defense against invading armies."
PLANS FOR REBUILDING OF THE TEMPLE
Revelations 11:1, 2 foretells of Israel rebuilding the Temple in the last days. There is much controversy between the Israelis and the Muslim's because the Dome of the Rock (Al-Aqsa Mosque) it is believed, sits on the very spot where the Temple is suppose to be built. In recent years, however, aerial Infra-red photography shows that this may not be the case. Ezekiel 44:14-18, tell about the sacred vessels and linen robes that must be used in the Temple. "The Temple Institute in Jerusalem has already prepared over 75 of the objects, vessels, and linen garments required for future Temple service.......over 500 men from the tribe of Levi have already been trained to fulfill the duties of Temple worship and sacrifice."
Just recently in the Washington Post on May 28, 1997, it was reported that a 10 month old heifer named "Melody" is the first red heifer to be born in Israel in over 2,000 years. "In ancient times, the ashes of a red heifer were mixed with spring water to purify high priests before they entered the Temple."
THE REBUILDING OF BABYLON
We know that the old city of Babylon (now called Iraq) will be built again in the end times because Isaiah 13:6, 19 foretells of its destruction. In Isaiah 34:8-10 it is prophesied that the rebuilt City of Babylon will burn for ever.
"As unlikely as it seems, the Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein has spent over one billion dollars rebuilding the ancient city of Babylon and intends that it will become the center of their future renewed Babylonian Empire. Interestingly, the whole city of Babylon was built over an underground lake of asphalt and oil."
THE ANOINTING OIL
The prophet Daniel prophesied in Dan. 9:24 that the when Jesus returns, that the most Holy of Holies will be anointed with the anointing oil. "One of the five ingredients, afars' mon, was thought lost forever, when the Temple was destroyed in A.D. 70 and the only two groves of afars'mon trees in existence were burned
to the ground. Incredibly, several years ago, archeologists in Israel found a clay flask buried near the Dead Sea caves filled with the ancient oil of anointing. Scientists confirmed that the oil is two thousand years old and is composed of the precise ingredients described in Exodus 30:25,26."
Matthew 24:7 prophesied that in the last days "For nation shall rise against nation and Kingdom against Kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilence, and earthquakes, in divers (various) places." Grand Jeffrey writes regarding these matters:
· Pestilence - In 1991, the Central Intelligence Agency produced a report which "concluded that up to 75% of the population of Africa living in the area south of the Sahara Desert may become infected with AIDS over the next 12 years. This will mean the death by AIDS of over three hundred million people in Africa alone. In July 1991, the South African Medical Journal reported that a staggering 47% of black male and female blood donors tested positive for AIDS during 1989."
In Nov. 1996, the Associated Press reported that "Sexually transmitted diseases are diagnosed 12 million times a year in the United States - including a staggering 3 million cases among teen-agers".
· Famine - The United Nations today "claim that over thirty million in Africa are now at risk of dying from the most devastating famine in this century. The UN estimates that one billion people are in danger of starvation while another billion lack proper nutrition. North American food reserves (grain and corn) are at the lowest level in sixty years."
· Major killer earthquakes – “Major Killer earthquakes (7.2 or greater on the Richter scale) occurred only once per decade throughout history until our century. However, since A. D. 1900, the growth in major earthquakes has been relentless. From 1900 to 1949 it averaged three major quakes per decade. From 1949 the increase became awesome with 9 killer quakes in the 1950's; 13 in the 1960's; 56 in the 1970's and an amazing 74 major quakes in the 1980's. Finally, in the 1990's, at the present rate, we will experience 125 major killer quakes in this decade."
WORLD WIDE COMMUNICATION
In Revelation 11:9,10, it is prophesied that during the tribulation period, the antichrist will have the two witnesses that God sent killed and their bodies will lay in the street for three and a half days while the whole world watches.
Did not the whole world watch Desert Storm on CNN television? With all the technological advances in telecommunications, including the recent opening of the World Wide Net to our computer industry, any event happening in any part of the world can now be viewed while it is happening. The prophesy of the two witnesses could literally be fulfilled today. This could not have happened just 10 or 15 years ago.
INCREASED KNOWLEDGE AND TRAVEL
Daniel 12:4 prophesies how much knowledge and travel will increase in the end time. "But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the Book, even to the time of the end: Many shall run to and fro and knowledge shall be increased."
Today, it is estimated that "Human knowledge is growing so quickly that it literally doubles every twenty-four months." With the discovery through the use of modern "Super" computers by Grant Jeffrey and other researchers of the hidden codes that God supernaturally designed into the original Hebrew text of the Torah describing not only the history of the world in advance, but also verifying his Authority through His personal signature throughout his scripture, we realize that God chose this generation to reveal this unique aspect about himself.
It is also amazing that in this century, we have gone from horses to cars, from cars to supersonic spacecraft; not only can we now travel the world in a matter of hours, but in the case of the U.S. Space Shuttle Discovery, we can now travel at speeds in excess of eighteen thousand miles per hour.
REVIVAL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE
Daniel 2:40-44 predicts that the old Roman Empire will be revived in the end times into a ten Nation alliance. We currently see the foundation being laid today through the European Economic Community. "In 1957, six (6) Countries signed the Treaty of Rome laying the foundation for the future United States of Europe.............Since then the Maastricht Treaty consolidated the fifteen (15) Nations of the European Union into the worlds first superstate." All it will take is the re-shuffling and/or the consolidation of Nations to bring this prophesy to a literal fulfillment.
ODDS THAT THESE PROPHECIES WERE FULFILLED BY CHANCE IN THIS GENERATION
"In the Bible there are several types of generations. One generation is defined as the length of life of the average person - seventy or eighty years. However, a generation of governing is usually defined as forty years,...........During the last two thousand years since the days of Christ, there were fifty such forty-year generations. Therefore, the odds are one chance in fifty that any one of these specific prophecies happened by chance in our generation rather than some other generation."
"The odds that more than one event happening in our life time are:
"Another way of looking at this is that the chance that the prophets of the Bible correctly guessed these prophecies is also one in 97,500 trillion............in other words, it is simply impossible that men alone could
have written the Bible without the supernatural assistance and inspiration of God."
Matthew 24:32-35 - "Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away."
Luke 21:28 - "And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh."
ANTI-CHRIST TO BE REVEALED
As of today, no one knows who the Anti-Christ is, but we do know what God has told us about him:
Many people try to spiritualize or say the events prophesied in the Bible are just symbolic. Any doubt about how God handles these prophetic events should have been erased on May 14,1948. God is literally fulfilling scriptural prophesy before our very eyes. Can we expect anything less for those few remaining prophesies for which He has promised the world; 1) the removal of the one who restrains the man of lawlessness/Sin (the rapture of the Church), 2) His second coming to take possession of His inheritance, 3) The millennial kingdom and 4) the new heaven and new earth.
Ezekiel 33:6 - "But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand."