ISRAEL – PART TWO

ISRAEL IN GOD’S COVENANTS.

Gen 15:17  “And it came to pass, when the sun went down and it was dark, that behold, there appeared a smoking oven and a burning torch that passed between those pieces.    Gen 15:18  On the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying: “To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates— ”   

Israel has not yet come into full possession of this covenant which God made with Abram.  This covenant will be fully realised during the millennial period, and even the honest Muslims admit that to be the case.       Palestinians say Israel occupies their lands, — but a Jordanian Muslim says the Koran teaches the land belong to Israel.  Sheikh Prof. Abdul Hadi Palazzi – “God granted the Land of Israel to the Children of Israel and ordered them to settle there. In addition, it is predicted that before the end of days, God will bring the Children of Israel to retake possession of the Land, gathering them from the different countries and nations”  (Sura 17:104)    See article  http://www.quora.com/Does-the-Quran-say-that-the-land-of-Israel-is-for-the-Jews

Also from the same article, the following quote from Sheikh Ahmad Adwan  who introduces himself as a Muslim scholar who lives in Jordan, said on his personal Facebook page that “there is no such thing as “Palestine” in the Koran. Allah has assigned the Holy Land to the Children of Israel until the Day of Judgment” (Koran, Sura 5 – “The Sura of the Table”, Verse 21), and also  “We made the Children of Israel the inheritors (of the land)” (Koran, Sura 26 – “The Sura of the Poets”, Verse 59).   And there are many others who agree that  God’s promise to the Children of Israel has never been broken.    (Same article.)

Genesis 17:7-8  “I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you. Also I will give you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.”   Gen 17:10  “This is My covenant which you shall keep, between Me and you and your descendants after you:  Every male child among you shall be circumcised.”    God’s part of the covenant  “I will give you and all of your descendants  all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession.”   Abram’s part of the covenant,   “Every male child among you shall be circumcised”.

This was an Everlasting Covenant which God made with Israel, and God cannot lie nor change His mind.  Num 23:19.   Add to this the fact that Israel did also honour their part of the covenant, even though it was God’s covenant, not Abram’s, and to this day every Israeli / Jewish male child is circumcised on the eighth day.

People who do not fully understand the power of “Covenant” in ancient times, believe it is just a contract that can be broken if or when it suits.  In ancient times however, to break a covenant was virtually a death sentence on the party breaking the covenant, as the covenant was sealed by the mingling of the blood of both parties.

Sadly, many Christians have been misled by their leaders, and taught that the Covenant has passed now to the Church, and the Holy land now belongs to the Church.    They say this happened when God created a “New Covenant”   For this reason, many Christians have become Jew haters, and side with the Palestinians in accusing Israel of being “Occupiers” of the land of Israel.

As seen above, even the honest Muslims believe the Holy land belongs to the Jews, and that the Jews will come back before the end of this age of grace from all four corners of the earth to retake their land.    This is being fulfilled today as Jews from all over the world are flocking back to Israel.

GOD’S NEW COVENANT.   The error that the false teaching of “Replacement Theology” makes, is in not fully understanding The New Covenant.    The New Covenant does not replace the old Covenant, but rather it is given to the “CHURCH”  which is made up of  BOTH — JEWS and Gentiles.   The Old Covenant was given to NATIONAL ISRAEL.    That Covenant is still in force today AS WE HAVE SEEN.    National Israel will still inherit the earth, (that is the unsaved Israelis and Jews at Jesus Second Coming to the EARTH, not into the clouds for His Bride) they will then turn to their Messiah and repent in sackcloth and ashes.  see Zech 12:10.

The CHURCH has been grafted into Spiritual Israel  (see Rom 11:17&18) and consists of ALL “TRUE” Christians  —  BOTH — JEWS and Gentiles who have been Born Again during the age of grace,  and the CHURCH shall become the BRIDE OF JESUS.    The CHURCH inherits HEAVEN with Jesus as Her Bridegroom.    National Israel inherits the The Promised Land, on the earth, and they along with all the other nations of the earth, will be ruled by Jesus and His Bride, the Church.   Rev_5:10   &  Rev_20:6. 

Psalm 2:1  Why do the nations rage, And the people plot a vain thing?      Because Satan wants every Jew, Israeli and Christian on the face of the earth dead.  

As Hamas Minister of the Interior and of National Security Fathi Hammad speaking on Al-Hekma TV said in March 2012: “Brothers, half of the Palestinians are Egyptians and the other half are Saudis.  See   http://www.jewsnews.co.il/2017/12/13/oops-arab-historian-admits-there-is-no-palestinian-people.html            This was confirmed again by Mahmoud Abbas in the following article.      http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/196194#.VZx-YPlS7T9

Now on to more current events and News items, the following items will confirm that if the Lord does not come soon, there will be no one left to come back for.   Imagine a world in which people who hold a certain political ideology could be sought out and summarily executed with surgical precision using autonomous microdrones and with no collateral damage. While this may seem like a great way to eliminate terrorist organizations like ISIS or Al-Qaeda, it could also be used by them to wipe you out.      See    http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=1806      You need to watch the video at the end of this article, as these “slaughterbots’  are being used today, and they are to be mass produced in the USA by the millions very soon if not stopped.

Iran’s Syria Bases Near Israel Have Apocalyptic Intent        If you don’t believe the Lord is coming soon for His Church, you need to read this article.    Iran being Shia Muslim, have always said that their “Mahdi” will not come back until there is a massive war against the infidels,  (Jews and Christians), at which time the “Mahdi will return with Jesus to fight the infidels and destroy them at Armageddon, which we know is still a few years away yet, but their intent can already be seen in this article below.    http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=1802     Syria is already full of Iranian soldiers weapons, rockets etc. and since their war efforts in helping Iraq and Syria defeat ISIS, they now have a free road from Iran through Iraq and Syria all the way to Israel.     It is possible that they may try to take out Israel first,  (“First the little Satan, see Psalm 83, then the big Satan – America).    We will have to wait and see, however, the Church will be gone years before Armageddon.

Luk_17:28  “Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;  v:29  But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.” 
v:30  “Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.    Lot’s day was known for its sexual debauchery, hence the fire and brimstone from heaven.”    Read the following.   http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-42260548     The World takes note as Australia also follows in the footsteps of Sodom and Gomorrah. 

The Lord’s return is very close, and I could fill a page of News Items nearly every day in which we see end time prophecies either being fulfilled, or lining up in preparation of being fulfilled.   In closing, remember the words of Jesus and the words of Paul.

Jesus said in Mat 24:44  “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”      Could be tomorrow or Christmas day,  no one knows, and no one will be expecting Him.   

And Paul tells us in   Heb 9:28b   He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are EAGERLY WAITING FOR HIM.

Are you TRULY READY if Jesus comes for His Bride TOMORROW?   Are you really  EAGERLY WAITING for Him?       God bless.       Lex

 

 

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ISRAEL

ISRAEL  — GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE.

The whole of the Bible is centred around ISRAEL.    It is HIStory, — God’s record of His chosen people, past, present and future.   The Bible is the history of the nation whom God called  “The apple of my eye”.   Zec 2:8 For this is what the LORD of the Heavenly Armies says:    “In pursuit of glory I was sent to the nations who plundered you, because “whoever injures you,  injures the pupil of my eye.”  (ISV).   

Nations of the world today should be very very careful of how they treat Israel, because world history shows that when a nation blesses Israel and treats them well, they in turn are very blessed and prosper exceedingly.    The latest nation to be blessed because of their stand for Israel was the USA, until they decided that they needed ARAB OIL more than they needed Israel.    To gain Arab Oil, meant they had to side with the Arab nations and the Palestinians against Israel, and call for the division of Israel, by giving back Judea, Samaria and the West Bank to the Palestinians.    This decision was a very bad choice, as from that time on America began its steady decline into debt and into the constant fear of terrorism, both of which were unheard of in America until then. 

The nation prior to the USA to bless Israel was the UK who brought forth the BALFOUR DECLARATION, which gave Israel back their own land again in 1917, and it was said later the sun never set on the British Empire, as wherever it was daytime the sun was over a British Colony somewhere in the world.    However, that ended when Britain refused entry to the Jewish people from EUROPE during World War Two, and sent thousands of Jews back to Germany, where they became victims of the holocaust, another very bad choice, and for that God removed His blessing from the UK, and it declined to the mediocre power it is today, lagging behind many other countries in the world.

God promised that this would happen right back at the very beginning in Genesis chapter 12  where he promised Abram, later to be called Abraham, Gen 12:2   “I’ll make a great nation of your descendants, I’ll bless you, and I’ll make your reputation great, so that you will be a blessing.”  Gen 12:3  “I’ll bless those who bless you, but I’ll curse the one who curses you, and through you all the people of the earth will be blessed.”  (ISV).     God, being the faithful God He is, has honoured that promise down through the ages, and is still honouring that promise today, despite Israel’s unfaithfulness to God for so much of the time.   

God’s word is truth, you cannot escape from it, God told Israel He would punish them if they turned away from Him and worshipped false god’s, and He has been faithful to His word  all the way through.    All who worship God are blessed, those who worship false gods are being, or will be, punished.

Bad choices, choices made against God and against His Word the Bible, always result in bad outcomes.    Let us look at some prophecies concerning the “last days” or the “end times”.   These prophecies are currently in progress.

Zech 1:18 & 19  Then I looked up and saw four horns.    I asked the angel who was talking to me, “What are those?” So he answered me, “Those are the forces that have dispersed Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem.”  (ISV)   (Horns in scripture nearly always refer to Empires, or World Powers.  See also Daniel 7:24  &  Rev 17:7    —-   The four horns spoken of here are the four known today as “The Quartet”  —  the United States, – the EU,  –  Russia and the United Nations.   These four powers or “four horns” are working together to create a “Peace Plan” which will divide God’s land, – ISRAEL, and give half of it to the Palestinians.     Let me say here that ALL the nations who work together and vote together with the four horns, to take God’s land away from Israel and give it to God’s enemies will be judged by God for doing that.   See  Joel 3: 1 & 2.

 Joel 3: 1 & 2  “Look, now! In those very days and at that time, when I restore prosperity to Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all nations, bringing them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. I will set out my case against them there,  (I will judge them) on behalf of my people, my heritage Israel, whom they scattered among the nations, apportioning my land among themselves.  (ISV).

ISRAEL’S ENEMIES.     I believe that Israel’s enemies, are of necessity also enemies of God, or God’s enemies, because of God’s covenants with Israel.    It is not my intention here to go through naming nations, as we are only dealing with God’s Land – Israel, and the surrounding nations which are mentioned in the Bible.    It is very interesting to note, but also logical, that Israel’s enemies today, are the very same enemies Israel battled in the Bible.     It is also very interesting to note that those enemies of yesteryear, have all become Islamic nations, and without exception, all swear to exterminate the Israelis from the face of the earth.     Also of note those same nations are also virulently anti Christian, and have vowed to cleanse the earth of all Christians as well as all “Jews”.  (Read Israelis).   

Jer 46:10 That day belongs to the LORD of the Heavenly Armies. It is a day of vengeance to take vengeance on his foes. The sword will devour and be satisfied, and will drink its fill of their blood. For the Lord GOD of the Heavenly Armies will hold a sacrifice in the land of the north, by the Euphrates river.  (ISV)   We were created in the likeness and image of God.   Are you capable of hate?  so is God.   Are you capable of jealousy?  so is God.   Are you capable of vengeance?  so is God.    The difference is that God’s hate, jealousy, vengeance etc.etc. are just and holy, whereas ours are driven by passion and often go beyond being just.    That is why the Lord tells us in Rom 12:19 Do not take revenge, dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath. For it is written, “Vengeance belongs to me. I will pay them back, declares the Lord.” 

Eze 30:3 “For comes now the day—comes now the Day of the LORD, the day of clouds! The time of the gentiles is fulfilled!   Compare with      Rom_11:25  For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.   (ISV)    Ezekiel prophesies here that the Day of the Lord will come when the Gentiles is finished.

ISRAEL  —  GOD’S CLOCK.  

I think we need to understand these passages clearly so we have no misconceptions as to what the Lord is telling us here.   What the Lord is saying here is that when the day of the Lord comes, at that time the Gentiles domination of the world will cease.    The Day of the Lord is a time of Judgement upon the unsaved peoples of the world.    During this time, the Lord is trying desperately to bring sinners to salvation, knowing the end is near.   

The success of this time of judgement is seen in Rev 7:9 where we are told that “After these things ( i.e. After the first six seals of God’s wrath have been executed) I looked, and there was a crowd so large that no one was able to count it! They were from every nation, tribe, people, and language. They were standing in front of the throne and the lamb and were wearing white robes, with palm branches in their hands.”   In verse 14 we are told where this great crowd of people have come from, when the Elder tells John, “So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

These are the people who have seen that God is serious about cleansing the earth of sin and all manner of evil and wickedness, and they have been prepared to become martyrs in order to gain salvation and eternal life, by putting their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.    The rest of the world continue in their unbelief, in their evil and wicked ways, cursing God for what is happening, but not prepared to give up their evil and wicked practices.

I believe that the times of the Gentiles is perilously close to coming to an end, as more and more pressure is brought against God’s chosen people Israel to give up some of  God’s land to God’s enemies, and when they force Israel to accede to their peace plan, then God will say “Finish” and the times of the Gentiles will be over, and God’s judgement will commence.  

President Trump and his team of peacemakers are believed to be on the cusp of making an announcement right now.    It is believed that both sides will have to give up some of their demands, but that both sides will also gain previously unattainable concessions from the other side.    If this is correct, and a date is set for the signing of a peace treaty between Israel and the Palestinians and the Arabs etc. then look for 1Thess 5:3  For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labour pains upon a pregnant woman; and they shall not escape. 

As the whole world cries out for peace and safety at any price, keep your eyes on Israel, Israel is God’s clock, and they will be the ones who have to pay the main price in this “peace at any price” deal with the Palestinians, and while watching Israel, don’t forget to keep your eyes on the Lord as HE brings to pass HIS word.

URGENT – IMPORTANT. RE — THE RAPTURE.

In my last Post, I mentioned how Dr J R Church from Prophecy in the News some years ago, had said that he felt that Pentecost could also be a possible time for the Rapture.   It was still spring time in Israel, and with all the feasts from Passover, Unleavened Bread, and First Fruits, etc. being a very busy time in their calendar, very few people got married, so after the feasts, there was a boom in marriage celebrations around Shavuot (Pentecost).

I also mentioned that Pentecost is looked on as being the birthday of the Church, so why not celebrate the Church’s birthday by a surprise visit to get your Bride to be?

At this point, I offer the following facts for you to consider very carefully –

  1. Enoch was born on Pentecost – 6 th of Sivan
  2. Enoch was also translated (raptured) to heaven on Pentecost –   6 th of Sivan.
  3. The church was officially born on the day of Pentecost – with the empowerment of the Holy Ghost.  –     6 th of Sivan.

Enoch has always been regarded by the majority of Theologians as a TYPE of the CHURCH.    In light of these facts it is not difficult to see and understand, that if Enoch as a type of the Church was born AND raptured on Pentecost, and if the church was also born on Pentecost,  it is highly likely that the Church could also be raptured on Pentecost.     I believe this is certainly worth considering.     I feel this could possibly be more important, and maybe, more urgent, than we may think.

I know that it is becoming widely accepted or believed that the rapture will occur on the Feast of Trumpets, and I am NOT saying that it won’t be, what I am saying is that Pentecost is another strong contender which we must consider.      Pentecost Sunday this year falls on 4th of June 2017.

I want to share some more reasons for you to consider why Pentecost seems to fit the Biblical evidence for the Rapture.

As I have already said, it is acknowledged by bible scholars, that Enoch is a type of those who will be caught up or translated at the rapture of the church, meaning the “TRUE CHRISTIANS” an event we believe could happen at any moment. 

People in many churches today scoff at this teaching just as those living in Enoch’s day scoffed at him.     Sadly, many  Churches may not notice much of a drop in attendance after the Rapture, because of unbelief, and because they were asleep when they should have been watching and waiting.    We are warned over and over in scripture, that although many are called, only a few are chosen.

“1Th 5:4  But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief.   v:5  You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. v:6  Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober”

When the Bridegroom opens the door of Heaven in Revelation 4:1 – the True Believers will be caught up, as Enoch was so long ago!    We call this translation the doctrine of the Rapture of the Church!     Enoch walked with God and God took him.    The writer of Hebrews tells us a bit more about Enoch saying he “pleased God,” and was not found because God TRANSLATED him!   —–  We who walk with God in truth, and who are pleasing to God, will also be translated in the same way as Enoch was.

GOD COMMANDED ISRAEL -:

Exod 23:14  “THREE TIMES you shall keep a feast to Me in the year:

Exod 23:15  You shall keep the (1.) FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD (you shall eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded you, at the time appointed in the month of Abib, for in it you came out of Egypt; none shall appear before Me empty);       Exod 23:16      (2.) FEAST OF HARVEST, the firstfruits of your labours which you have sown in the field;

(3.) FEAST OF INGATHERING (Sukkot – Feast of Tabernacles) at the end of the year, when you have gathered in the fruit of your labours from the field.

Exod 23:17  “THREE TIMES in the year all your males shall appear before the Lord GOD.

THREE FEASTS  —  THREE HARVESTS.     PLEASE NOTE  -:

FEAST OF FIRSTFRUITS celebrated at the time of the Passover included the first fruits of the BARLEY harvest.   Who does the BARLEY represent?    Barley represents the “True Believers” of the OLD TESTAMENT who were raised with JESUS, (already translated and in Heaven) they were seen in Jerusalem.   Matt 27:52  “and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; v:53  and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.”

FEAST OF WEEKS –  in celebration of the first fruits of the WHEAT harvest,   —  Who does the WHEAT represent?   The “TRUE BELIEVERS” of the Church age.   Jesus said in John 4:35  Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! ”    Jesus pointed out, that the Firstfruits were already ripe, the main harvest would come four months later.    Don’t wait for the main harvest.

Besides being called the Feast of Weeks in Leviticus 23 this special feast celebration is called the “Day of the Firstfruits” in Numbers 28:26 and the “Feast of Harvest” in Exodus 23:16

Exod 34:22  “And you shall observe the Feast of Weeks, of the firstfruits of wheat harvest. ”        Firstfruits is only a very small part of the main harvest, just the first few baskets.    The main harvest is not ready.

The feast of Weeks, i.e. PENTECOST, is the ONLY feast where LEAVENED BREAD is used.  Lev 23:17   Leaven speaks of sin, and the Church still battles sin until the Rapture.   This is another important point to note.

FEAST OF TABERNACLES represents  the ingathering of the OLIVE and GRAPE harvests.      Who do OLIVES and GRAPES represent?     I believe that the OLIVES represent the Jews who come to salvation AFTER the Rapture, and are martyred during the Great Tribulation.   In scripture the Olive tree and the Fig tree both represent the nation of Israel.

I believe that the GRAPES represent Gentiles who come to salvation AFTER the Rapture, and are martyred during the Great Tribulation.   This feast is NOT A FEAST OF FIRSTFRUITS.   This is the great harvest no man can number who have come out of the Great Tribulation.   Rev 7:9ff.

The Laodicean Church will be left behind, rejected by our Lord and spat out of His mouth.   Many if not most will be part of the main wheat harvest gathered in Rev 7:9 during the tribulation period.   These are NOT the Firstfruits.

I quote here Dr Chuck Missler, a Bible Prophecy Exponent for whom I have great respect.    He says -:

“Every year there are people studying the Feasts of Moses to determine when the Rapture will take place.  They like to hang their hats on things like the sound of the trumpets on Yom Teruah, or on celebrations like the Feast of Tabernacles.

IF the Rapture takes place on a feast day though, the most likely feast is Pentecost, the Feast of Shavuot.   Shavuot is celebrated as the birthday of Enoch as well as the traditional date of his rapture.  Therefore, if Enoch is a type of the Church caught up to God before the day of Judgment, then Shavuot makes the most likely candidate.”    Missler, Dr Chuck. The Rapture: Christianity’s Most Preposterous Belief (Kindle Locations 853-854). Koinonia House. Kindle Edition.

Am I saying the Rapture will happen on this Sunday?  NO – NO – NO.

Am I saying the Rapture could happen this Sunday?  YES, YES, YES.

I believe the Rapture is VERY, VERY close, it could happen tomorrow, or next week, or next month.    I also believe that Pentecost Sunday is a very important day for the Church in every way.

So as I said last week, watch for your Saviour’s return EVERY DAY.     Watch eagerly for your bridegroom to come for you, it COULD happen on the Church’s birthday, Pentecost Sunday.

God Bless

Lex Cullen

WHEN YOU SEE ALL THESE THINGS

A few days ago, the DVD I ordered from Prophecy News Watch, titled  “The Coming Convergence” arrived in the mail.    I have watched it a couple of times, as it is a timely reminder of the days we are living in.   2 Tim 3:1  But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:   I think the Manchester terrorist attack was a timely reminder of just how perilous the times are right now.

The film is 100 minutes of recent Scientific Archaeological findings, lined up alongside Biblical passages of scripture, and ancient Bible Prophecies.   These are then put together, and explained in detail by leading Bible Prophecy Scholars of today.      The film reveals that what is happening today, is exactly what was foretold centuries and millennia ago, but people do not want to believe the Bible, even when they can see what it teaches is happening before their eyes.

I believe, as do these students of Bible prophecy, that we are on the cusp, of the Lord’s return, no matter which interpretation of eschatology you may hold to.    The signs that Jesus gave to His disciples when asked in Matt 24 about the signs of His return, have all been fulfilled, and we need to note carefully what Jesus said  in Matt 24:33  “In the same way, when you see ALL THESE THINGS, you are to know that the time is near, right at the door.”    The Bible scholars go through the teachings of this passage of Jesus’ prophecy of the sign of His return, to show that “all these things” are present in our world today.

I have another six copies of this DVD on the way, but don’t expect to see them until between 4 – 7th June.    If you live in or near Perth in Western Australia,  and you would like to borrow one please e-mail me at   cullen252@bigpond.com   and I shall try to accommodate you as soon as possible.

If you would like your own copy to share with your family and friends, or at your church, it can be ordered from the following site.   www.prophecynewswatch.com    This film needs to be seen by all who are not walking close to the Lord at this time, and all family and friends who are still unbelievers.

I remember Dr J R Church from Prophecy in the News some years ago, saying that he felt that Pentecost could also be a possible time for the Rapture, as it was still spring time in Israel, and with all the feasts from Passover, Unleavened Bread, and First Fruits, etc. being a very busy time in their calendar, very few people got married, so later there was a boom in marriage celebrations around Shavuot (Pentecost).

Pentecost is looked on as being the birthday of the Church, so why not celebrate the birthday by a surprise visit to get your Bride to be?    I don’t know!   Nobody knows.   Certainly the feast of Shavuot which falls this year on Wednesday May 31st cannot be discounted yet, neither can the Feast of Trumpets.

SO  –  Where to from here?

Prov 27:1  Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.   Nobody can guarantee they will be alive tomorrow, unexpected accidents happen every day, fit healthy people die of heart attacks every day, innocent people get murdered every day.     Don’t put your faith in tomorrow, it may not come for you, get prepared now.

The main thing for me is  Matt 24:42  “Watch therefore, for you do not know in what hour your Lord is coming.”   When we compare this with  2 Pet 3:8  “Moreover, dear friends, do not ignore this: with the Lord, one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like one day.”     So if 1000 years is like a day and a day is like 1000 years, then an hour could be like a week or a month or a year and vice versa.

Mark 13:37  “And what I say to you, I say to everyone: stay alert!”     Today more than any other time in history, we need to watch, and be ready for whenever the Lord returns, and for however it may be.    Do not be like the world,  unbelieving, uncaring, unprepared, and unaware of what is happening all around them every day.

Life is all about relationships, from the moment you are born, you begin to form a relationship with your parents, and your siblings.   A bit later you develop relationships with your class mates and your teachers.    Further down the track you develop relationships with your work mates and your boss.    From there it is likely you will develop a relationship with a close friend who may become your husband / wife in the days ahead.

For many people these relationships are developed and continue for many years, becoming closer and deeper as time goes on.     For people who are not prepared to put in the time, expense or effort required to develop and / or continue the relationship, that relationship dies.

Jesus does not want to marry a bride who does not have a loving relationship with Him, one who never bothers to talk to Him, one who never bothers to read His word, to learn about what He is like, someone who is not prepared to take the time, put in the effort, or spend the money required to build and develop and deepen that love relationship.

Sadly, there are too many so called Christians who fall into this category; they have no real relationship with Him, and certainly they are not looking forward to meeting Him and being with Him forever.        Would you choose a bride / bridegroom who was like this?      

Salvation is not received just by believing in  God.    Listen to what James tells us about this in  James 2:19  “You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!”   James 2:20  “But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?”       The very first commandment says,  Mark 12:30  “And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.”       That will lead to a good loving relationship,  which will bring forth good works.

Watch therefore, do not look for a specific day, or a set date, or a certain “Feast”, but look for your Saviour’s return.     Wait for your redemption, watch eagerly for your bridegroom to come for you, whenever that may be.   We may not know the day nor the hour, but in 1 Thess 5:4  Paul tell us that True Christians are not in the dark that this Day should overtake us as a thief.

God bless

Lex Cullen

 

 

LOOK UP – REDEMPTION DRAWS NEAR.

Mat 24:33  So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors!      NOTE – ALL these things is the key.

For hundreds of years people have waited and watched for the rapture, believing that it could be at any time,  but they forgot that ALL these things had to happen before Jesus calls us to be with Himself.

Mat 24:3  Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”

Let us examine Jesus answer to this end of the age question.

Mat 24:4&5  And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you.   For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.    This has been fulfilled many times over.
Mat 24:6  And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars.    This has been fulfilled many times over.      See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
Mat 24:7  For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.    This speaks of  WORLD WARS.      This has been fulfilled twice over.
Mat 24:8  All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Mat 24:9  “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.     This is being fulfilled every day in every country of the world today. 
Mat 24:10  And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.       This has been fulfilled many times over.
Mat 24:11  Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.     This is also being fulfilled every day in many  parts of the world today. 
Mat 24:12  And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. This has happened over the past 50 years and continues happening today.
Mat 24:13  But he who endures to the end shall be saved.     Coming soon.
Mat 24:14  And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations,  This has been fulfilled already.  And then the end will come.    Jesus will come in the Rapture for His Saints.   He is at the door.

The next passage from verses 15-28 take us through the Great Tribulation.     Coming soon.

Verses 29-31 talk of Jesus second coming to the earth to rule with His Saints.

So we can see from the above, that the only thing that has not yet been fulfilled from Jesus discourse with His disciples, –  up until the time of the Great Tribulation,  is verse 13, he who endures until the end (of the age), shall be saved, (that is, the age of grace,) when the Rapture takes place, and all True Christians will be saved from the wrath to come.    1 Thess 1:10 says – to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.

But when combined with so many of the Old Testament’s  last days / end times prophecies also happening at this very time, then it is time to  wake up, stand up and look up, for your redemption is at hand.

Let’s look at some Prophecies about the END TIMES / THE LAST DAYS.

Israel must be back in their own Land  –  Fulfilled in 1948

The Jews must be back in control of ALL of Jerusalem.  –  Fulfilled in 1967

An Increase in Travel and Knowledge –      Fulfilled from 1945 on

Israel Surrounded by Enemies on all sides  – Fulfilled from 1945 on

Israel’s Exceedingly Great Army  – Fulfilled from approx 1963/4

Rise of the Gog of Magog Alliance  –  Fulfilled in January 2015

The Rise of Global Government  Ready to take over at any time

The Rise of the One World Church  —  Fulfilled in 2016

The Signs of One World Church Leader “The Pope’s declarations to other Religions  “All religions lead to God ”     Fulfilled in 2016

The Gospel Preached Throughout the World  – as far as we know, no tribes remain unreached by the Gospel today. Fulfilled in 2016

Denial of the Signs by the world.      Fulfilled for the past 30 years or more

Jewish and Moslem Religious leaders declare “2016/2017 to be the most likely year for Israel,s Messiah’s and the Islamic Mahdi’s Return”.    Fulfilled in 2016.   This has also just recently been agreed to by many Christian Bible Prophecy Scholars.

Isa 17:1  The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap. v:2  The cities of Aroer (Now called Daraa in Southern Syria) are forsaken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid.  –  Currently In Progress.

TRUMPS PLEDGE to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem and declare Jerusalem to be the Capital of Israel drew threats of all out war from most of the Islamic nations.    Does this mean WAR is on the Horizon???     Very possible.

Numeric signs.   Hos 6:2  After two days He will revive us; On the third day He will raise us up, That we may live in His sight. 2Pet 3:8 & Psa 90:4 indicate that One day is as 1000 years and 1000 is as a day in God’s sight.  From the year 2000 we moved into the third day.

Lev 25:8-10 Describes main part of the Law regarding  The Year of Jubilee.

Concerning Jubilee years, The Balfour Declaration in 1917 was regarded as a Year of Jubilee, when Britain, under the mandate given to Britain to oversee Palestine, declared part of Palestine would be returned to Israel again.    This was impossible for almost 2000 years.

50 years later 1967 was also a Year of Jubilee, as it was in this year God oversaw the return of Judea and Samaria and the area known as The West Bank of the city of Jerusalem, situated on the West Bank of the Jordan River was given back by God to Israel as He had promised.

50 years later 2017 Is the current Year of Jubilee.   Could 2017 be Year of The Rapture?   As everything else has lined up according to the scriptures, and as the ancient prophecies are being fulfilled so rapidly today, it seems highly possible, even highly probable that 2017 will be Year of The Rapture.

The next Year of Jubilee Will be in 2067 another 50 years away.   It seems to me, that seeing Jesus said He would fulfill ALL the LAW, and seeing that He has already fulfilled the first four feasts of the Law, on the very day prescribed by God, and in the very manner prescribed by God,  it is a foregone conclusion that He will fulfill all the rest of the Law also on the very day and manner prescribed in the Law by God.

The next feast is  The Feast of Trumpets  – Rosh Hashana, also known as “The feast of “no man knows the day nor the hour” as the sliver of the new moon had to be sighted before the feast could be declared.  Bad weather or fires producing lots of smoke could delay the day of the feast being commenced.    Rosh Hashana literally meaning “Head of the Year” because Rosh Hashana marks the point in time when they begin the new calendar year or – New Years Day.  

Other names for Rosh Hashana are -:
Yom Harat Olam means “The Birthday of the World.”
Yom Hazikaron means “The Day of Remembering.”
Yom Hadin means “The Day of Judgment.”
Yom Teruah means “The Day of Sounding (the Shofar).” This is the actual name that the holiday is called in the Torah.

Ha Kiddushin The blowing of trumpets is also linked by many to Messiah’s Wedding.       Read Joel 2:15  Blow the trumpet in Zion, Consecrate a fast, Call a sacred assembly;  Joel 2:16  Gather the people, Sanctify the congregation, Assemble the elders, Gather the children and nursing babes; Let the bridegroom go out from his chamber, And the bride from her dressing room.

Other Pointers.

In Israel this is the year 5777.   In the Bible the number 5 represents God’s Grace, and the number 7 represents perfection.      777 equals absolute perfection.    Could it be that this is the year God’s grace will be perfected in His Church, and His Church shall be raptured, bringing an end to the age of grace?    I believe all the signs are telling us exactly that, and we need to be ready.    The Israeli year 5777 ends somewhere between the 20 th and the 23 rd of September.      

Israel became a nation in MAY 14 1948   In  Mat 24:32  “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near.    Mat 24:33  So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors! Mat 24:34  Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.    The fig tree often represents Israel in Scripture.

Israel became a nation in MAY 14 1948 – This generation shall not pass away.   Add 70 years – (Lifespan of a generation) = MAY 14 2018   There are varying theories on this, but this is most commonly accepted, and if this theory is correct, it means that the Lord’s return will be before May 2018.

However, as I have said so often before, I reiterate now, we should be ready every moment of every day.   Nobody know when they may have an accident and be killed, no one knows, even strong young men and women have fatal heart attacks, it can happen in the blink of an eye to any person, therefore we need to be ready all the time.

An interesting phenomenon has been discovered by a Christian Astronomer, using the NASA planetarium website.   This phenomenon will not happen again for another 7000 years, and this year it seems to tie in with Revelation Chapter 12 verses 1-6.

This is clearly an end time prophecy and sign, as Jesus was not caught up immediately after He was born and Israel has not yet fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days.  That all happens AFTER the Rapture.

The Woman is clearly Israel as described in Genesis 37:9 Then Joseph dreamed still another dream and told it to his brothers, and said, “Look, I have dreamed another dream. And this time, the sun, the moon, and the eleven stars bowed down to me.” etc.

How does that fit then with the Church being the child raptured up to Heaven immediately after being born?     Rom 11:16  For if the firstfruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches.  Rom 11:17  And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, Rom 11:18  do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you.

The Bible says the Church is the body of Christ, is Israel  about to give birth to the body of Christ?    1Cor 12:27  Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.

Clearly Gentile Christians are grafted into Israel and have Abraham as our father in the faith.  This is supported by what Jesus taught when he told the Pharisees in John 8:39  They answered and said to Him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham.   John 8:44  You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do………..  The Church is a Jewish institution, and we Gentiles have been adopted by God into His chosen people and we Gentiles are now Jews by adoption.

That little blurb is to explain better how the You Tube Video below does fit the scriptures.      See it at -:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNRy0KIWJE0           This is the short version of the video on  Rev 12 1-6     9 minutes long.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91F_EseiPkU      This is the long version, much better explained if you have the time.  45 minutes long.

Also could I suggest you put the following site into your bookmarks.  It is one of the best end time prophecy sites on the web.     http://www.prophecynewswatch.com     It does have a bit of advertising, but you don’t have to buy or even read their advertising materials, you can just read what is happening in the world today, and how it relates to scripture.   Really good site to check out every few days.

But I reiterate again, we should be ready every moment of every day.    Nobody knows when the Rapture will happen, there are some who believe Jesus will come at Pentecost, the birthday of the Church, and that maybe the Feast of Trumpets is when Jesus returns to set National Israel free from their bondage.   That theory could also be correct, who knows?  not me!   JUST BE READY ALL THE TIME.

God bless

Lex Cullen

Comments or questions welcome.

ISLAMISATION OF EUROPE & OTHER NEWS.

I have put a few of the latest world headlines together for you to browse at your leisure.       The following articles point us to the fact that the Rapture hour is very close.

“Everyone in Italy and the rest of Europe will “soon be Muslim” because of the country’s “stupidity”, a prominent Italian archbishop has said.   Read URL below for full transcript:-

Top Bishop: Europe Will Soon Be Muslim Because of Our Stupidity

For many years the evolutionists and atheists attacked both  God and His Word the Bible.    But then, after the Christian Presidency of Ronald Reagan from 1981 to 1989, the New World Order,  or if you prefer, the One World Government, the Global Elites,  or whatever label you wish to use, began to turn up the heat on the Christians, imperceptibly increasing the heat on the “True Christians”  without the nominal Christians realising what was happening.

From 1989 under George H W Bush, and followed in 1993 by Bill Clinton, and in 2001 by  George W Bush, the “True Christians” themselves began to come under fire from government agencies, the IRS, the Government run Scientific communities, Gov’t Schools and Colleges, and particularly, the worst offenders of all at that stage, university lecturers and teachers.

From 2009 under Barack Obama, the attack on “True Christians”, and on the Christian businesses, churches, schools, home schools, Pastors and other church staff, and indeed any person prepared to stand against this satanic move against God, His Word and His Chosen People the “True Christians”, began to escalate much faster.

2013-2017 saw the Democrat Administration of President Obama’s policies literally declare open warfare against God, The Bible, “True Christians”, and most Christian principles, values, and teachings.   That which God said was good, they taught their children was evil, everything God said was evil, they taught their children was good, and the nominal church agreed; they accepted homosexuality as a normal expression of love, and in doing so, they said the Bible, God’s word is wrong.   See Galatians 5:19-21

With same sex marriage, once again the nominal church of the end times, went along with the world and the satanic teachings of the last days.   See the Laodicean Church of the end times as described in Revelation 3:14-22.

We may think that with a new Administration in power, things will change for Christians, but will they?    I do not see anywhere in scripture that the world is going to be getting better in the last days. Rather I see the opposite, regardless of who is in power.

Do not put your trust in man, but put your trust in the Lord.      I believe that the world has passed the tipping point; end time prophecies are in full swing today, as we can see in the world news every day.

I  wrote a couple of weeks ago in my article “Days of Deception” how Dr Ben Carson, and other perceptive people, stated that President Obama had no intention of leaving office peacefully, and if possible not leaving office at all.    Read my last article  “Days of Deception”   The Democratic Party ran on the slogan “They (The Republican Party) can take the low road, but we will take the high road, if they lose they can challenge the results of the election, if we lose we will accept the results.       

Democrats plan civil riots, disobedience and fights to shut down Washington City on Innauguation Day .   Read how the Democrats take the high road below.

Bikers For Trump vs. Anarchists – Stage Is Set For Confrontation At Inauguration     

Greenwald: “Unelected, Very Powerful Faction” Of Intelligence Officials In “Open Warfare” With Trump.     (Greenwald is not a Trump supporter.)
FOX News: Glenn Greenwald of The Intercept says opponents have used the media in “open warfare” against the President-elect, and the CIA wanted Hillary Clinton to win the presidency. Greenwald said people are afraid to call them out because they will be called “unpatriotic.”      Listen to the Video of his news item.

Greenwald: “Unelected, Very Powerful Faction” Of Intelligence Officials In “Open Warfare” With Trump         Posted By Ian Schwartz
On January 12, 2017

My comment – I have seen for myself on TV that the CIA definitely backed the Democrats to win by spreading fake news about Trump, and they are now in revolt, I agree with Greenwald, they probably do want a civil war, they are certainly acting as if they do.   They still have over 24 hours left at the time of writing this to bring it on before Obama hands over to Trump, after that it will be too late.

I read some years ago that John Brennan the CEO of CIA spent some time as ambassador of USA to Saudi Arabia, during this time it is alleged he converted to Islam.   He has never denied these rumours to my knowledge.   We know also that Obama appointed numerous Moslems to his Administration, and many P. A. supporters also.

Warning To the “Tares”  the false or fake Christians, as seen in the parable in Matt 13:24-30

Warning to backsliders and those who are not watching for the Lord’s return, as seen in and  Mat 25:1-13 in the Parable of the Foolish Virgins

Warning to all End Times Nominal Christians,  as seen in Revelation 3:14-22.

After the Church is taken in the rapture, it is going to be very very difficult to escape the clutches of the Antichrist and his evil regime.   Read the following URL and you will understand why.

http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=932

Better to get yourself right with God now, don’t wait until it is too late, and don’t play around with God, you cannot fool God, He knows even your thoughts and intentions, and time is very very short.

God Bless

Lex Cullen