Major end time event has taken place


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Israel, Iran, War, Damascus and US

Well we made it through the weekend and there is no war in the Middle East to drag the rest of the nations into.  Many political leaders said the time for Israel to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities was before the fuel rods were put in the reactor.  This event happened this weekend and Iran has an active nuclear reactor producing plutonium.

The Obama administration is comforting Israel that it will be a year before Iran can place a gun to their heads in the form of a nuclear bomb.  It is the hope of the Obama administration they can force a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians within the year it takes Iran to build a bomb.  They think doing so will change the politics of annihilation coming from Israel’s neighbors into some kind of hippie love fest style of acceptance of the Jewish nation from those who seek her destruction.

There are those out there that advocate that Damascus has a date with destiny.  In Isaiah there is a prophecy concerning one of the longest continually inhabited cities becoming a heap of ruble. 

An oracle concerning Damascus: “See, Damascus will no longer be a city but will become a heap of ruins.[1]

It is speculated that a war between Israel and Iran would drag Israel’s other enemies into this conflict.  Syria is known to have weapons of mass destruction in its arsenal.  Many ponder if this will be the time when Damascus becomes a heap of rubble.  Israel has told its neighbors that any use of a weapon of mass destruction would result in them retaliating with nukes.  All it would take is one chemical weapon being launched on Israel by any one of her enemies and most likely Damascus will be seen as the ultimate source of Israel’s grief. 

But I have to ponder, what will be worse, the fate of Damascus or our United States who has forced Israel into such a compromised position she finds herself in today.  To make the fate of our nation more treacherous, this administration wants to hold Israel in a state of constant duress as Iran gets closer to its goal day by day.

In the end Damascus may become a heap of rubble in our time, but what will happen to us whose government has, for what ever purpose, let Israel’s enemies set the day for her execution much like Haman from the book of Ester.

We are not simply watching the possible events that lead to war.  We are watching spiritual warfare unfold as it unfolded before concerning the demise of those whom God calls His people.

We are on the precipice of not only something shaking the Middle East, the entire world is teetering over the edge just waiting for that one event to change everything in our political, financial and spiritual conditions.  Something has to trigger our elusive New World Order into a full fledged in your face oppression.  Something has to give rise to our acceptance of the man of sin.  We may be watching this trigger come to pass even here and now.

I understand the United States is not exempt from the same destruction that faces Damascus.  We have turned our backs on Israel and are holding the cup of trembling.  We are candidate number one who will be cut to pieces because of this burden.  I do not know whose destruction will come first.  If us, we may go out glowing too.

As for me I have made a declaration of what I will do when the day comes I hear Damascus has become a heap of rubble.  I don’t care if I am in the middle of a grocery isle, I am going to fall down on my knees and worship God out loud because His ancient word is being fulfilled in our day.  For we are living in those days.

[1] Isaiah 17:1

Will bad things happen to God’s people?

Our World has undergone many changes in the last couple of years.  Not only is the United States struggling to keep its economy from crashing, the whole word is in jeopardy.  If you watch the unemployment numbers it is not uncommon for nearly one half million of new unemployment fillings a week.  I don’t know how much people actually get the real news now days, but we are not out of the woods yet.  In fact people in government and in finance are saying we are past the point of no return for our country.  I am sure if you simply ask people you know if they know any unemployed people they would say yes.  The Wall Street Journal had an article several months ago citing that one in five males in America are unemployed between the ages of 22 to 54.  They ended the article by saying the jobs are not coming back.

So what response do we see from the church concerning the hardships, bankruptcies, insolvencies and just plain old hard times.  They say we as God’s people will be blessed.  We can give into our new prosperity.  That we are not part of the world’s economy but on God’s economy.  They way they preach it, not one believer should be part of the one in five unemployed the Wall Street Journal spoke of. 

I constantly hear from ministries how God is going to restore to His people what the devil has stolen.  Nobody wants to say, hold on to the seat of your pants.  They want their churches to remain packed and their coffers to remain full.  This is how they judge the success of their ministries.  And nobody can do these two things if they preach the truth.

Christians constantly talk of how God needs to judge the nations and America.  We are shocked that He has let us go on as long as He has, since we have made Him unwelcome in our public places and debates.  At every opportunity our public officials offend Him and discredit His word.

We Christians are the ones who think we defend His word by preaching what we do.  But it is us who discredit His word, because we will not preach the truth.  We cry out to God to punish the wicked yet say bless me, bless me, bless me.

In context of our country’s current condition, I have actually heard from the mouths of men of God, that God will separate out the righteous from the wicked.  Really, this is not what I see in scripture.

“Son of man, set your face against Jerusalem and preach against the sanctuary. Prophesy against the land of Israel and say to her: ‘This is what the LORD says: I am against you. I will draw my sword from its scabbard and cut off from you both the righteous and the wicked.  Because I am going to cut off the righteous and the wicked, my sword will be unsheathed against everyone from south to north.  Then all people will know that I the LORD have drawn my sword from its scabbard; it will not return again.’  “Therefore groan, son of man! Groan before them with broken heart and bitter grief.[1]

God in His judging of His chosen people punished the righteous with the wicked by the sword.  The righteous died right along with the wicked.  They were encamped around by an army that surrounded the city and let them drink their own urine and far worse as scripture tells us.  They will even eat each other.

I will devastate this city and make it an object of scorn; all who pass by will be appalled and will scoff because of all its wounds.  I will make them eat the flesh of their sons and daughters, and they will eat one another’s flesh during the stress of the siege imposed on them by the enemies who seek their lives.’[2]

We today reject this, we instead preach a positive message.  We want people to be uplifted and encouraged when they leave, not warned.  Not told to repent and seek God.  Somehow we have forgotten that judgment begins with the house of God.

For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?[3]

Why does judgment begin with the house of God?  We are the ones who have filled our hearts with lust for goods and money.  We pursue pleasure and leisure with our full heart and Godliness is far from us.  We have substituted the gospel with an imposter gospel and replaced the evangelist and apostles with ministers of finance, church CEOs.  The so called prophets will not call the people to repentance, instead they speak only lies to the people that God will not judge but bless them.  The pastors have seen to it that the real full five fold ministry in the church will never be, so they will not have to share what they think is their power and authority.  This is why judgment will begin with the house of God.

Therefore in your midst fathers will eat their children, and children will eat their fathers. I will inflict punishment on you and will scatter all your survivors to the winds.  Therefore as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, because you have defiled my sanctuary with all your vile images and detestable practices, I myself will withdraw my favor; I will not look on you with pity or spare you.[4]

Are you righteous?  You will be judged with the rest of the house of God.  You will not keep your place.  You will not be left alone.  You may be carried off to exile, but you will not keep your state.

[1] Ezekiel 21:2-6

[2] Jeremiah 19:8-9

[3] 1 Peter 4:17

[4] Ezekiel 5:10-11

We have a very Jewish Gospel

I read a post on Henry’s web site called “Do the Jews need Jesus Christ for salvation?” that shows how bad the understanding of our gospel has gotten in large mainstream churches.  I commented on his post the following material since my response to his post is at the heart of The Gospel According to the Gospel.  Please feel free to read other of Henry’s material.  I do not give out such a referral lightly.

I read your post and I was taken back by what you had said about this teaching.  What stuck out to me was, “the gospel was given to non-Jews only.”  For anyone to say or believe this leads me to believe they do not understand their own gospel.

Who do these men think had the gospel preached to them?  The writers of Hebrews understood the gospel to have already been preached to the Jews at Mt. Sinai.

(Heb 4:2 NIV)  For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith.

And again,

(Heb 4:6 NIV)  It still remains that some will enter that rest, and those who formerly had the gospel preached to them did not go in, because of their disobedience.

The disciples recognized our gospel from the Law of Moses and the prophets when they saw Jesus.

(John 1:45 NIV)  Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote–Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”

Jesus Himself said,

(Luke 24:44 NIV)  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.”

And again,

(Luke 24:27 NIV)  And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

This is not even all the verses in our New Testament that speaks of our gospel, the testimony of Jesus Christ, found in the Law of Moses.  How can anyone say, “The gospel was given to non-Jews only?”  According to the testimony of our New Testament, the Jews were the first ones to receive our gospel.

Even Abraham their and our father had the gospel foretold to him. 

(Gal 3:8 NIV)  The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.”

If we do not think Abraham understood the gospel we have today, if we don’t think he understood through whom we have our hope, listen to Jesus’ testimony of the gospel announced in advance to Abraham.

(John 8:56 NIV)  Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.”

Abraham not only saw Jesus’ day that we now get to look back to and yet look forward too, he had received the benefit of the hope of one who believes the gospel message.

(Rom 4:3 NIV)  What does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”

Not only was Abraham credit a righteousness by faith, which most Christians think is an New Testament phenomena only, our gospel further testifies,

(Rom 4:11 NIV)  And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. So then, he is the father of all who believe but have not been circumcised, in order that righteousness might be credited to them.

And now through Christ, we gentiles don’t simply get to have a gospel that “was given to non-Jews only”, instead we get to share in this very Jewish gospel.  We get to share in the gospel announced in advance to Abraham, which he saw Jesus, and the righteousness that comes by faith.

(Gal 3:14 NIV)  He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is now our sign or the seal of righteousness that we have under our better promises that even Moses wrote about and we get to share in this Abrahamic blessing

(Eph 1:13 NIV)  And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,

In fact I would say our gospel is very Jewish and only for Abraham’s descendants.  That is why we believers in Christ are now Abraham’s children.  If you are not identified as Abraham’s child you do not participate in this very Jewish gospel.

(Heb 2:14-16 NIV)  Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death–that is, the devil– and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.  For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants.

It is so amazing to me how the church has so perverted our gospel and where it is to be found and to whom it was promised.  No wonder what is preached in many pulpits regarding our gospel of salvation is not found in scripture.  How much more our hope of salvation

It is long past the time we need to get the facts concerning our gospel and understand we have been grafted into a Jewish gospel.