Then the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the Sanhedrin…
Then one of them, named Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, spoke up, “You know nothing at all! You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.” (John 11:47, 49-50
NIV)

In this year of American mid-term elections, with the balance-of-political-power on the line, we should expect wild, even outlandish statements. Polls are now showing Republicans favored to win back the U.S. Senate and build on their sizable majority in the House of Representatives. Seven weeks is a political eternity and much can happen, yet Democrats feel an ill-wind blowing.

With recent polls showing a likely Democrat loss of the Senate by, for example, The New York Times and Washington Post (62% and 53% respectively), the former House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, took to the air predicting a catastrophe of epic proportions—if Republicans win the Senate, that is.

In her interview seen live on Real Time with Bill Maher, Friday, September 12th, the high priestess of U.S. politics, Ms. Pelosi cautioned the world, “Civilization as we know it today will be in jeopardy if Republicans take back the Senate.”

The comparison of Nancy Pelosi and Caiaphas, the high priest behind the Jews’ plan to crucify Jesus, is not far-fetched. Once Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, the Jewish authorities had legitimate concerns. The people were running after Jesus. The power structure was witnessing a shift; therefore, a potential loss of position. Jesus was a greater threat to the Temple elite than their Roman occupiers.

Desperate times demand desperate measures. That’s why Caiaphas, and Ms. Pelosi, spoke up with attention-getting warnings. Those with everything to lose had to know what was at stake.

Out of their mouths came prophecy. History shows that Caiaphas was correct in what he said. As John in his Gospel declared, “He [Caiaphas] did not say this on his own.” (John 11:51 NIV)

Soon we will realize that Nancy Pelosi was right as well. The end of the status quo is near! The House Minority Leader has not spoken on her own. The high priest and his contemporary counterpart foresaw the inevitable. What Caiaphas failed to acknowledge, however, was God’s hand against him, and then repent. Time is running out but maybe it’s not too late for Ms. Pelosi.

” Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not yet soiled their clothes. They will walk with me dressed in white, for they are worthy. He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my father and his angels.” (Rev. 3:4-5, NIV).

The promises that Jesus made to all 7 first century Churches of Asia Minor were the same promises made to the body of believers throughout the centuries.

” He who has an ear let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

These words were spoken 7 times (the number of completion). However, the promises were conditional, based on each person being faithful and an overcomer. People who think that they fulfill their “religious” duty by attending a weekly service and a few bible studies, could not be further from the truth. The Church is a living body that is to reach out to the local communities and then to the world. Before Jesus returns, the  message of salvation must be proclaimed to every tribe throughout all corners of the world. (cf: Matthew 24:14).

The Holy Spirit will provide us with divine power and the wisdom to speak God’s words. Our job is to present our bodies as a living sacrifice to YahwehWe must reject the ways of the world and through the renewal of our minds, we will be able to discern the  will of God. (Romans 12:1-2).

There is a price to be paid for being the Church that Jesus envisioned. We will be tortured, betrayed, imprisoned or even put to death. (Matthew 24:9, Rev. 2:10). However, the key to defeating Satan is by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony. (Rev. 12:11). This is war and we are to run towards the heat of battle not loving our own lives as to shrink from death. EJ.

But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him,
on those whose hope is his unfailing love,
to deliver them from death
and keep them alive in famine. Psalm 33:16-19
(NIV)

To a degree, I admire the people who presently store food and water. At least, they are doing something in preparation for a day of disaster. But for some, “survival-ism” has become a religion–a religion without true salvation.

Large arsenals and the growing business of survival-ism are signs of the times. Dried foods, water purification tablets and stockpiles of heirloom seeds show foresight, but offer false hopes. Famine is but one of the horsemen of the apocalypse. Without God’s help, how does anyone escape a plague or war?

Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. (Psalm 127:1 NIV)

Pity those who deny the obvious. Despite the culture’s war against God and nation’s steady decline in morality, they trust in their wealth. They may fear a host of supposed threats to the environment, yet show no concern for God’s wrath. They live as though their plans were absolutes. How foolish to ignore the Bible’s promise of Christ’s soon return!

The survivalist mentality is the opposite pole of ignoring the signs. The danger of survival-ism is in the mirage of self-reliance it presents. Survival-ism can be as damning as the selfish rich man who refused to comfort the beggar Lazarus.

Saints will not just survive, they’ll thrive. They will follow Peter’s counsel in his letters to the persecuted believers in Rome. They will live godly lives as they love one another deeply. Anticipating a time of great distress should motivate us to do more than create stores of goods. We ought to pursue great acts of love and kindness while we separate ourselves from evil.

Survivalists beware. Only “thrivers” will survive. “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him. I will protect him because he acknowledges my name.” (Psalm 91:14 NIV)

“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.

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