Friday, December 30, 2011

Sudden Destruction--The Day of the LORD is Near!

For the day of the LORD is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head. For as ye have drunk upon my holy mountain, so shall all the heathen drink continually, yea, they shall drink, and they shall swallow down, and they shall be as though they had not been.
Obadiah :15-16

As was mentioned in a prior post*, the prophets of ancient Israel dealt with situations that occurred in their time while also addressing events related to Jacob's Trouble, which is also commonly referred to as the Tribulation.   Many of these books have dual fulfillment.  Parts of their prophecies have been fulfilled while some are unfulfilled and speak specifically to the last days. This is the same situation with Obadiah.  This phrase should immediately draw our attention--The Day of the LORD.  Obadiah was a post-exhilic prophet (after the deportation to Babylon).  His concern was that Edom would have a day of the LORD; a day when God would reward them for their treatment of Judah during the Babylonian deportation.  As they had assisted the Babylonians, they too would be visited with similar catastrophe.  Rather than assisting Judah, Edom aided the Babylonians and foraged fallen Jerusalem.  Obadiah assures them that God would bring the Edomites to His justice bar.  HE did!  *Get Your Thoughts In Order--Trouble For The Neighbors

However, the Day of the LORD is also a direct prophetic reference to the events of the acharit-hayamim, the End of Days.  This term encompasses the time period when God will reveal the Only Begotten One to the world.  The day starts with the darkness of the Tribulation just as a Jewish day starts at night.  The day continues into the Millennial Reign of Yeshua.  Like many prophets, Obadiah gives us some insight as to when that day is near.  Furthermore, verse 15 is the Old Testament equivalent to Paul's mention of sudden destruction found in 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11.  Some call Obadiah's warning "the law of reciprocity".  What you do to Israel is exactly what will happen to you!  When this pattern develops mankind will know that the day of the LORD is about to be poured out on the godless.  Paul warns believers to be aware and not let that day overtake them in surprise.  As this series labeled "Sudden Destruction" has pointed out, that pattern surfaced about 21 years ago!  It is high time to be sober and vigilant.  Jesus Christ is Soon2Come!

So far, these posts have focused mainly on the United States with only a couple of exceptions.  This item will reveal that this law of reciprocity is also being visited on the entire world. Consider these examples! In his book, The Israel Omen II, author David Brennan exposes the events surrounding Europe and this Israeli  tourism poster partially seen above.  A complaint to the British Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) in March of 2010 led to a decision that banned this poster.  Tourism money is the life's blood of Israel.  Much of its revenue comes from travelers seeking to visit the Holy Land.  Hurting that tourism means hurting Israel.  Also, the decision was a direct affront to the God of Israel.  The complaint centered around the small picture on the poster above simply labeled "Jerusalem".  The disgruntled party mentioned that this picture showed the Wailing Wall which is a part of disputed East Jerusalem.  The ASA concurred citing that this poster gave the impression that this "occupied territory" was a part of Israel proper.  The final decision was made April 14th, 2010.  As the ASA began deciding the fate of the poster, the Eyjallajokull Volcano in Iceland began to rumble to life in March of 2010. On the same day as the decision to ban the poster was rendered, the volcano exploded.  It quickly shut down all flights across Britain and most of Europe--no tourism.  The volcano brought Britain's tourism, also having a high dollar tourist industry, to its knees.  As they did--GOD did!  

Reciprocity is roughly translated as getting what you give out in return. Is this what happened to Japan?  On March 1, 2011, an interesting article appeared on many news sites.  The article revealed that the Japanese government was about to release 32.5 million US Dollars to the Palestinian Authority to rebuild a water treatment facility in Jericho.  On the 8th of March it was announced that Japan would also send 3.1 million US Dollars in support to the Palestinian Authority (PA) Ministry of Social Affairs Social Safety to buy food for the Palestinian people.  Within 24 hours of this second announcement, a 7.3 precursor to the larger event that followed hit the Honshu region just off of the coast.  Also during this same time, a Japanese news agency shared an editorial that the Arab world was now looking to Japan to leadership.  Think of it.  Japan was siding against the God of Israel in respect to the Covenant Land.  Their government was also feeding and giving water to the enemies of Israel while sending great overtures of friendship.  In just a few short days, they would be overwhelmed with water and be in desperate need of food and water.  As they did--God did!

Given the time and space, we could visit many, many strange "coincidences" such as these; however, time and space will not permit it.  Briefly, we will look at two.  While former Australian PM Rudd was calling for Israel to reveal its nuclear capabilities to the world which would in turn make it vulnerable to its enemies, Australia was hit with tragedy. As the world discussed the opening of Israel's nuclear arsenal a rain pattern set in and caused the worst flooding in Australian history.  An Australian pastor also took notice of this pattern and shared that it was judgment from God for siding against the people of covenant.  The news blasted him for the inference, yet it fits the pattern that has been going on for years.  As they did--God did!

Pastor blames Australian floods on Rudd's Israel views

Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store visited the Labor Youth League Summer Camp in  Utøya, Norway on Thursday July 21st, 2011.  What most do not realize is that annual camping event was dedicated to pro-Palestinian, anti-Semitic rallies.   They were teaching the youth to hate Israel.  They soon become the targets of hate.  The picture above was taken during the Foreign Minister's visit to the camp where he stated in his 5:20 pm speech, "The Palestinians must have their own state, the occupation must end, the wall must be demolished and it must happen now..."  Again, within 24 hours many of the poor indoctrinated youth there would face eternity.  Anders Behring Breivik would kill scores.  They were feeding on hate and then faced an act of hate. 

Reciprocity is the indicator that the day of the Lord is near.  More importantly, it is reciprocity related to Israel or Christ's body.  Remember the Pakistani flood at the height of killing Christians or the Indonesian Tsunami devastating a city, Banda Aceh, where extremists were planning to massacre Christians throughout Indonesia.  It is a sure sign that the Day of the LORD is near upon all heathen!  You need not be a target--there is a tree of safety!  It is the old rugged cross of Calvary.  Turn to Jesus!  He is Soon2Come!

Today's News--War on the Horizon

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Sudden Destruction--Obama

And they took the things which Micah had made, and the priest which he had, and came unto Laish, unto a people that were at quiet and secure: and they smote them with the edge of the sword, and burnt the city with fire.
Judges 18:27

In 1 Thessalonians 5 Paul clearly warned of a time near the end of days when the world would cry for peace and safety but only would receive sudden destruction.  It is also clear to anyone looking that this pattern is present currently as it relates to policies towards Israel and the Covenant Land.  Why Israel?  God has warned that Israel is the timepiece of prophecy.  He made unalterable covenant promises to Abraham, Issac, and Israel.  Those promises include the coming of Messiah Yeshua to save Israel (Paul also speaks of this revival in Romans 11-13).  God also made an immutable covenant promise to King David that an heir would forever sit on his throne.  For there to be a throne of David, the Israelis would need to be reunited as one so that the promise can be fulfilled in its entirety.  God, then, promises that the covenant people would need to be present in the covenant land so that His covenant promises could be fulfilled.  All who are seeking to remove the Israelis from the land of promise are waging war against God--a war they will not win.  He IMMEDIATELY calls his horrendous arsenal to bear on anyone who attempts to foil his promises.  To review the tragedies and their causes, visit these prior posts:  

President Obama is no exception to the rule.  During his administration there have also been several of these sudden destruction incidents.  It is strange that a mediator in a squabble would set preconditions for talks between the two sides that they stand between.  That is for the two opposing sides to do, set conditions, debate, accept, reject, and discuss them.  Yet, the President did just that.  He told Israel that all talks for peace would cease as long as Israel was building in East Jerusalem in April of 2010 while serving as a mediator.  This led to a standoff between the Obama Administration and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu.  This was also part of a major policy change by the Obama Administration.  On April 19 it was announced that the US would no longer stand unequivocally with Israel in the UN.  As this mess was going on the Deepwater Horizon explosion began covering the Gulf waters with oil ON APRIL 20.  Not only this, Israel was celebrating its Independence as a nation, an event directly brought about by God.  Truly, sudden destruction came!

A year later, the US and the other members of the Quartet were engaging in talks discussing the removing of covenant land.  If you remember, in April of 2003 the US took a leading roll as the Quartet met for similar purposes.  During that time the US was hit with a record 562 tornadoes.  America did not notice the first tornado warning in 2003, so the second record setting event was much worse. In 2011, tornadoes would again devastate the US.  562 was a major record, but April 2011 saw the setting of a new monthly record at 753!  Also, there were hundreds of deaths.  God is sending a clear message--when you cry for peace and safety while rejecting His plan destruction ensues!  

Again, there are many other things that could be written.  However, nothing is more important than turning to Christ.  There is peace and safety for those who wish to receive it God's way.  It is found in Messiah Sar Shalom (Christ the Prince of Peace).  Safety is found only in His everlasting arms.  Will you not take the time and ask for it?  Don't put it off as Jesus Christ is Soon2Come!  

Today's News--War on the Horizon! 

Apostasy in the Last Days

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Filthy Without Jesus!

But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
Isaiah 64:6

While in a checkout lane the other day I saw something that immediately made me think of the truth that Christ is the only, YES--ONLY, available means to get to heaven.  Outside of Jesus there is no salvation.  There was a lower shelf that had new wash cloths for sale.  The brand name said "Coexist".  They had that Universalist bumper sticker insignia on them that I have often seen which includes the emblems of most of the main world religions on it. The symbols help to make up the letters.  The wash cloths were extremely dirty probably because of their location near the checkout lane.  Immediately, I could see a true spiritual application.  There is no way that a dirty wash cloth can wash away dirt as it needs cleaning before it can be used adequately. Dirt perpetuates more dirt.  That is what religion--even religion garbed in a Christless Christianity, does.  It leaves you dirty even when you think it is cleansing you!

Jesus said clearly that the last days would be about the deception of religion and that some would even come claiming that they were Him.  Furthermore, the Bible is clear that man's religious thought would also amalgamate into one huge mess as the last days approach.  Doesn't the idea sound good though? "Let's just all get along and the world will be a better place", many proclaim.  Really?  Religion will not do you good when you face eternity.  All it will do is send you into eternity without preparation.  Religion is not good--it sends people to hell.  It does not benefit man--it deceives him.  It leads him to follow his heart as the Bible proclaims in this verse, "There is a way that seemeth right unto a man..."  From God's perspective, it brings destruction and that is why the rest of that verse says, "...but the end thereof are the ways of death."  For emphasis, this verse appears twice: Proverbs 14:12 and 16:25.
The prophet Isaiah understood this too when he mentioned that our righteousness is as filthy rags. His word in the Hebrew is actually very disgusting.  (I'll let you look the Hebrew words up in a concordance--"iddah beged"!!)  The point is that religion is worthless.  It makes man out to be his own savior by beguiling him into offering his pathetic works up to God in a vain attempt to convince Him that those works are good enough to merit Heaven and show that you are good deep down.  Yet, like a criminal who serves his sentence and yet still commits crime, our works do not change our sinful hearts.  In the process, the religious one is actually being drawn away from God.  How?  First, God alone is the Savior!  There is no salvation outside of the means He deems acceptable.  His means was the sacrifice of Christ at the Cross of Calvary!  Remember, He is the offended party and has the right to set the means and method of reconciliation as He sees fit!  Second, it is a slap in the face of the work of Christ in that it seeks to offer one's own works up to God instead of trusting in the grace God gives!  Grace draws us to Christ while man made religion separates us from him.  It only leads to Hell!  The only "coexisting" done without Jesus Christ will be in Hell!  Turn to Jesus!  There is simply no other means of salvation!

God is a God of order and unity.  He has one means that stands out so that all can clearly see.   It was God's love and mercy that led Him to make Jesus stand out as no other so that He would not be missed by any seriously seeking Heaven! God allowing 3000 different, contradicting, and confusing ways is not love--it is chaos! Therefore, who else stands out as virgin born? Who else worked hundreds of acknowledged miracles, signs, and wonders that were even testified of by His contemporary enemies?  Who else lived a sinless, holy life without blame? Who else fulfilled prophecies written about him up to 1000 years before His birth?  Who else died and then came back again?  Who else claimed to be God and man united in one person?  No one!  That makes Jesus stand out as no other!   He stands out because the blood He shed is God's only acceptable means, and without Him there is no salvation!  

Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.
Isaiah 28:16