“After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb.” (Revelation 7:9 NIV)

“So the LORD scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was call Babel—because there the LORD confused the language of the whole world. From there the LORD scattered them over the face of the whole earth.” (Genesis 11:8-9 NIV)

When John looked into the future in Revelation 7:9 and saw the saints standing before the Lamb, what epic event was transpiring? While the apostle watched, “The Great Reversal” was in process. He was witnessing the removal of a curse that had endured for millennia. Of what curse am I speaking? In John’s vision he saw the curse of confusion, present on earth since men built a city and a tower, vanishing before his eyes.

Study this soon-to-be picture. Gathered from the four winds are the elect, the people of God (Matthew 24:31). They endured patiently the great tribulation and washed their robes white (Revelation 7:14). These are God’s chosen people; those of every nation who passed the test of love.

When they came together they represented nations, tribes and peoples of the earth. Entering the throne room, as John observed, was every spoken language on earth, and—if I may add—every group or denomination within the sphere of God-honoring belief.

In an instant, distinctions caused by the curse of confusion disappeared into oneness. Standing before the Lamb, was perfect unity along with a beautiful diversity of ethnicities and cultures (cf. Ephesians 4:12b-13).

How do I know this? First, the event is written into prophecy: “Then will I purify the lips of the peoples, that all of them may call on the name of the LORD and serve him shoulder to shoulder.” (Zephaniah 3:9)

Next, it was Our Savior’s last request to the Father (John 17:22-23). Will Jesus’ prayer for the unity of those the Father gave him go unanswered?

Finally, ponder the evidence in Revelation 7:10:
And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne and to the Lamb.”

What’s missing in this loud chorus of praise? The answer is the cacophony and confusion of a multitude of tongues loudly spoken in unison. There is but one tongue. John fully comprehends and captures it for us. The Great Reversal of Babel has occurred around the throne. The confusion that created separate nations, peoples, religions and tribal wars is lifted. All is unity.

In The Prophets of God, “Tongues and Prophecy” gives further insight into what’s coming. The chapter looks at Peter on the Day of Pentecost, in Acts 2, as he described the phenomenon that unfolded in Jerusalem. Peter referred to it as evidence of living in the last days and the out-pouring of the Holy Spirit. That morning confusion of tongues evaporated for Jews from far off nations. What happened at Babel was reversed. The gift of tongues was given as a sign of the soon great restoration of all things.

“One thing have I desired of the Lord, that I will seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to enquire in his temple. For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his tabernacle, in the secret of his tent shall He hide me; he shall set me high upon a rock.” (Psalm 27:5-6, Jubilee Bible 2000).

Elul is the 6th month of the Hebrew religious calendar and the last month of the Civil Calendar. It is 29 days long and this year begins on August 27. It is a very important month for Orthodox Jews because it precedes Rosh Hashanah (Judgment Day) and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement). It is a time for introspection, repentance, and reconciliation.

Each person is to critically evaluate his/her behavior over the past year and look for ways to improve that behavior in the upcoming year. After soul searching, one must repent of all sins. Selichot prayers (of repentance) are recited where God’s people ask Yahweh for forgiveness.

Sin separates us all from God. Only in Jesus, are we reconciled. For the devout Jew, repentance is the next step towards reconciliation with God. Throughout Elul, the people of God move closer to the Lord. The letters ELUL are the first letters of Song of Songs 6:3 which is translated: ” I am to my beloved as my beloved is to me.” Psalm 27 is added to morning and evening prayer. It is a way to remind us that Adonai is our first love and He is our shield and reward.

Every morning the shofar is blown during morning prayers and it is to remind the people of God of the following:

1) To accept and honor God as King.

2) All should be dedicated to God as Abraham was in Genesis 22 (where a ram was offered instead of Isaac).

3) The Torah, God’s Commandments need to be followed.

4) The words of the prophets must be heeded.

5) The destruction of the Temple must be remembered.

6) There needs to be a reverential awe of Yahweh and sins must be repented for.

John the Baptist, had a Baptism of repentance before Jesus baptized with the Holy Spirit. So for a Christian, repentance also precedes Reconciliation through the Blood of Christ. Just like God is the husband to Israel, Jesus is our bridegroom. This heartfelt love is beautifully expressed in the Song of Songs.

In conclusion, those who have hatred towards Israel need to remember this: the devout Jew now is turning to God with both heart and soul. The Christian who prays for the peace of Israel is standing in the gap. God will have mercy and protect those who diligently seek Him. (cf: Isaiah 55:6-7). Any act of hostility over the next few months against Israel will not succeed. God is protecting His people. Soon God will have His Day and all evildoers will be judged. EJ

“How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, Israel?” (Hosea 11:8)

Most know the Lord as “The God of the Second Chance” for that is who He is. So why do we think the God of Jacob has given up on ten of the patriarch’s sons? Students of prophecy recognize Judah and Jerusalem’s role in the last days, but what about the other Israel?

In Numbers 14, two out of ten spies remained true to God at Kadesh Barnea. Caleb of the tribe of Judah was one; Joshua a leader of the tribe of Ephraim was the other. They stood united, as one man, ready to take the Promised Land. Judah and Ephraim were joined together. No one could separate them but God.

Was Judah handed over to Babylon and Nebuchadnezzar in 586 B.C. then forgotten? Absolutely not! The Lord said he had plans to prosper the Jews in exile, not to harm them (cf. Jeremiah 29:11). God returned the Jews to their homeland after seventy years of captivity.

In 722 B.C., Ephraim or the kingdom of Israel was carried off by the Assyrians, then scattered to the four winds. How can we say the ten tribes are forever excluded from God’s plans? The Bible gives us plenty of reason to believe we’ll soon see Ephraim one with Judah again. (See Hosea 1:10-11, Jeremiah 23:5-6, Ezekiel 37:15-28, John 10:16.)

For more than half a century, the world’s attention has frequently been on Israel. The Jewish Middle East state has been the focus of Islamic attacks and anti-Semitic hatred since its birth in 1948. However, don’t confuse the Israeli Jews with the Israelites scattered among the peoples of the earth. The Lord is preserving all twelve tribes, not just the two that make up ethnic Jews. At present, there is another hidden Israel.

When a recent cease-fire was announced in Gaza between the IDF and Hamas, not all Israelites had a respite. At the same time, ISIS was attempting to murder their brothers living among the thousands of Assyrian Christians in Northern Iraq. Promises and warnings in God’s Word are not just for devout Jews in Israel nor are they only for Christian saints throughout the world.

Soon, when Jesus comes, there will be one King and one kingdom (Acts 1:6). Prophecy regarding a time of sorrow and mourning is not only for Israel the nation. Look also to the other Israel, the people descended from Jacob who long ago lost their tribal identity.

” Again the word of the Lord Almighty came to me. ‘ This is what the Lord Almighty says: The fasts of the fourth (Tammuz), fifth (Av), seventh (Tishri), and tenth (Tevet) months will become joyful and glad occasions and happy festivals for Judah. Therefore, love truth and peace.’ (Zechariah, 8:18-19, NIV).

For the Jewish people, Tammuz 17 until Av 9 is a time of mourning, reflection and a heartfelt outreach to Yahweh. Historically, it was a time where Israelites have felt that God was “hiding His face” from them. This time period is known as “Between the Straits” (Lamentations 1:3, KJV). On the morning of Tammuz 17, there is a fast in remembrance of the city walls of Jerusalem being breached by the Babylonians (586 B.C.) and by the Romans (70 A.D.). Av 9 laments the destruction of the first and second temples.

Is it any wonder that Israel’s enemies are attacking her during this time period? Egypt tried to broker a cease fire on Tammuz 17 (July 15). For six hours the IDF did not fire into Gaza. Hamas, however rejected the cease fire and fired 50 rockets. The war has escalated and the enemy of Zion is losing. Israel discovered that Hamas was planning to use the underground tunnels in Gaza to infiltrate Jewish cities on Tishri 1 (Rosh Hashanah), the first of the 3 fall high holy days (September 24/25). This has caused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to pursue the demilitarization of the Gaza Strip.

The enemies of God will not go down quietly. Satan opposes the saints and seeks to change the set times and laws. (Daniel 7:25). The deceiver knows that Jesus will return and turn these days of mourning into feasts of joy. For Satan’s puppets, Israel must be eliminated. Av 9 (August 4/5) is the next day of importance. Evil will intensify and a major event will occur. Those who truly seek The Almighty will be redeemed. We must stand by Israel no matter the cost!- EJ

First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, ” Where is the ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” (2 Peter 3:3-4 NIV).

Complaining about God’s plan is nothing new. For 40 years in the wilderness, God struck down the rebellious. Whether it was calf worship, questioning the Lord’s provisions, sexual immorality, cowardice, or a proclaimed self-holiness, Israelites were “weeded out”, a little at a time. Only those who passed the “Love Test” entered the promised land.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. . (1 Corinthians 13:4-7, NIV).

In these last days, Jesus warns us that His followers will be persecuted, put to death and hated by all nations. As a result, many will turn away from the faith, betray one another and be deceived by false prophets and teachers. The love of many will grow cold. (Matthew 24:8-12). Those who stand firm to the end will be saved. (Revelation 13:9-10). The people of God will trust the Lord completely and oppose Satan and his prince.

It is the “Love Test” all over again. Do we truly believe God’s Word and know that he is with us until the end of the age? Those who do not will grumble and turn against their creator. They will look for a world leader to unify the nations. God will give them what their wicked hearts desire: the anti-Christ.
EJ.

”If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge,… but have not love, I am nothing. ” –1 Corinthians 13:2 (NIV)

This is how it works with some of our Pre-tribulation rapture (PTR) brothers: The preacher warned that Jesus could come at any moment. If they were not saved by trusting Christ they would be left behind when Jesus came for his Church. So they raised their right hand and went forward. Now they’re ready; therefore, come Lord Jesus!

But wait a minute! What if Jesus had come while the PTR brother remained lost in sin? What if he never had the chance to be saved like the billion plus in the world who have yet to hear the name of Jesus?

Of course, living in America implies many opportunities to listen to the Good News or open a Bible. Ever wonder why a culture with such a rich Christian heritage is fertile ground for an “I got mine; too bad about you” view on the last days? Where’s the love for those remaining in spiritual darkness among the nations?

Wake up, my PTR brothers! Your end-times’ doctrine does not pass Biblical muster! How can Jesus’ return be imminent while an estimated one-sixth of the earth’s population has been left in ignorance through no fault of their own? Bear in mind, Jesus promised, “…but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:13-14 NIV)

How does your PTR commentator or expert explain away the plain meaning of Jesus’ prophecy above? Where’s the love in just knowing Christ, if we are given the Holy Spirit to make Him known to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8)? Where’s the love for Jesus to endure suffering or our compassion for the oppressed? If there is no love, we really have nothing.

(For a thoroughly Biblical and rational treatment of this subject, we offer Lifesaver: Rescuing God’s People from the PTR Ship.)

“You are my King and my God, who decrees victories for Jacob.” Psalm 44:4(NIV)

As missiles from Hamas or Hezbollah launchers are fired at Israeli cities, crews of Israeli Defense Force (IDF) computer specialists immediately set to work tracking the incoming missiles’ trajectories and speed. In seconds, a button is pushed. An Israeli missile is then airborne and on-course for a high-altitude intercept. Overhead, a cloud of white smoke can be seen. The destruction of property and death of innocent citizens was averted.

On July 8th Reuters news service reported over 130 such missiles were fired at major Israeli population centers in a twenty-hour span. The fact that no fatalities occurred from these attacks was credited to a sophisticated missile defense system known as “The Iron Dome”.

When Pharaoh’s army pursued the Moses-led Hebrews through the parted waters of the Red Sea, their chariots’ wheels began to fall off. Before they were drowned, the Egyptians said, “Let’s get away from the Israelites! The Lord is fighting for them and against Egypt.” (Exodus 14:25)

As it was then, it is now. The Lord God of Jacob is the Iron Dome. He is for the Jews and against those who seek their destruction. The fact His people’s enemies possess powerful weapons while they fight alone, presents a familiar scenario. History has often shown that disaster will come on those who plan disaster for his chosen people.

Centuries after Egypt’s chariots first lay at the bottom of the sea, God spoke to Hezekiah, king of Judah: “I will defend this city and save it, for my sake and for the sake of David my servant.” That night the angel of the LORD went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand men in the Assyrian camp.” (1 Kings 19:34-35) The battle was the Lord’s!

As we rush headlong toward the last days, know this: God will always fight for Abraham, Isaac and Jacob’s descendants. The Iron Dome is a small preview of things to come.

”See, I have told you ahead of time.” –Jesus, Matthew 24:25 (NIV)

Recently, a “brother” shared his objection to my positive attempts at uncovering truth: “Why do you believe Pre-tribulation rapture teachers are leading people astray?” he asked. “What if you’re wrong and they’re right?” In other words, who am I to say another Christian has it wrong with respect to prophecy?

Basically, I was accused of intolerance. How ironic. When did tolerance become a virtue to our “Pre-Trib” brothers?

Why are some who declare, “If God said it, I believe it!” so accepting of flimsy explanations? Jesus’ instruction on the last days serves as an example. “Immediately after the distress of those days ‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’ At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn.” (Matthew 24:29-30 NIV)

What is going on immediately prior to God’s celestial sign appearing in the sky? The distress of those days (24:29). This is an obvious reference by Jesus to the fore-mentioned time of great distress (24:21-22).

According to Christ, what happens almost simultaneously (“at that time”) with the sign of the sun, moon and stars? We will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds. The Lord will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds… (Matt. 24:30-31)

Our Lord told us ahead of time. Many dismiss the above by saying Jesus’ prophecy does not apply to today? Students then conclude there are more relevant subjects to consider. “What Jesus said ahead of time, therefore, does not really matter.”

Pre-tribulation rapture (PTR) teachers are guilty of no less a crime. They dismiss Jesus’ prophecy in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21another way. “Christians are taken up before all this,” they say. “Jesus is speaking to Jews. The Church is in heaven with Jesus.” Really?? Is that what Matthew 24:31 states?

Literal interpretations and logic go out the window. The PTR bottom-line is this: Why care about truth and accuracy if believers vanish before the Tribulation?

This is how Jesus’ prophecy is reduced to a curiosity. As far as our Lord preparing his saints ahead of time for what soon takes place: “They’ve gone up, so what’s it matter?” God help us.

(For a thoroughly Biblical and rational treatment of this subject, we offer Lifesaver: Rescuing God’s People from the PTR Ship.)

” You are to distribute this land among yourselves according to the tribes of Israel. You are to allot it as an inheritance for yourselves and for the aliens who have settled among you, and who have children. You are to consider them as native born Israelites; along with you they are to be allotted an inheritance among the tribes of Israel. In whatever tribe the alien settles, there you are to give him this inheritance,” declares the Sovereign Lord. (Ezekiel 47:21-23, NIV).

God instructed his priest Ezekiel to prophesy about the land that would be given to Israel’s twelve tribes. This is a yet to be fulfilled promise, one that will be perfectly realized in the Millennium. (Ezekiel 47-48) At that point, God’s covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob concerning Canaan will be established with Jesus ruling over all nations.

Unfortunately, men have their ideas for peace and just who should inhabit the land. Leaders, such as Palestinian President Abbas want Jews removed. Even more radical Muslim leaders want Zionists wiped out completely. America’s president is calling for a two-state solution for Israel and the return to pre-1967 borders. These ideas and others like them cannot work. They go against God’s Word and are demonically-inspired.

Our Lord has the solution. Anyone who wants to live in the land promised to Abraham through Isaac and Jacob can live in harmony as an equal (cf. Genesis 15:1-21, 21:8-12, 22:15-18, 28:10-15). This was God’s plan all along. Those who oppose His divine will, uncover the darkness within their hearts. A full-scale war in the Middle East looms on the horizon, with the Jews in Israel hanging in the balance. Jesus will be victorious. To which side are you committed?- EJ

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful men, the lust of the eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world.” 1 John 2:15-16 (NIV)

We are a culture of obsessive personalities, and—I confess—I am an example. An obsession is a pursuit outside of life’s necessities that devour one’s time and resources, as well as mental and physical energies. By definition, the poor, hard-working farmer is practical if he spends his entire day tending his crops, while the person who puts food in their stomach morning, noon and night is obsessive–and probably also obese. The fisherman who rises early to set out to sea may be going to work, but the sport’s fisherman casting for the big one so he can boast of a prized catch has an obsession.

In the so-called rich nations of the world, like the U.S., an abundance of leisure time and discretionary wealth means we have almost as many cravings and manic desires as we have people. There’s also a publication, an entertainment industry or a TV show for nearly each obsession. That way we can always find a way to feast on the object of our lust.

As I alluded to, I, myself, and others with whom I enjoy great fellowship, are obsessed, but it is on God’s Word. We crave to grasp more of Bible prophecy. Call this a “magnificent” obsession since our hunger for truth will bring salvation to believers in the last days. We’ve obsessed on a host of other things, but our lives, time and resources are now dedicated to accurately declaring what the Lord said in Scripture, before it happens! In our estimation, all other unnecessary pursuits are meaningless, a mere chasing after the wind.

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