” By the ninth day of the fourth month the famine had become so severe in the city that there was no food for the people of the land. Then the city wall was broken through” (2Kings 25:3-4a NKJV).

The prototypical baseball player is one who has speed, power, the ability to hit for average, is a good fielder and whose baseball instincts are pure. Scouts would call a player like this a ” 5 tool athlete”. With a strong work ethic, this prospect can become a perennial all star and a threat against all opponents. This is exactly who a Completed Christian is.

This type of born again believer in Yeshua has the best of both worlds: Salvation through the Messiah and an understanding of how the Judaic faith is fulfilled through God’s plan of redemption. The Holy Days of Israel found in the Torah (the first 5 books of the Old Testament) pointed to Jesus during His first advent and have completion upon His return as a conquering king. This knowledge becomes a real threat to Satan’s dark kingdom. The Old Testament becomes a blueprint for understanding future prophecy and the wise will be able to anticipate what Satan does before it happens. Below is an example.

This evening just concluded a 3 week period of mourning among the Jewish people: known as “Between the Straits.” It is a remembrance of the time the city walls of Jerusalem were breached by the Babylonians in 586 BC ( 17th day of the 4th month of the Hebrew Calendar, Tammuz) and when the temple was burned and destroyed (9th day of the 5th month, Av). (2nd Kings 25:3-12, Jeremiah 52:12-16). These events happened again on the same dates when the Romans invaded Jerusalem and destroyed the 2nd Temple in 70 AD. Why is this important to know?

This year, these dates fell between July 4th-26th of the Gregorian calendar. On July 14th, the major world powers finally came to an agreement with Iran concerning her building nuclear weapons. Part of the agreement would allow for protection of Iran’s nuclear facility while allowing the country to have its economic sanctions removed. This is dangerous for Israel as her enemy already has weapons that can attack the major cities. Is it just a coincidence that such a major agreement, which poses a huge threat to Israel, fell almost directly in the middle of this 3 week period of mourning? This is a clear sign that we are at the edge of the abyss. Iran is poised to strike at Israel and the Temple Mount will become a major target in this conflict. We can be merely a few years away from the consequences of these future attacks resulting in the intervention of a false Messiah trying to create a pseudo peace with Israel and the world.

A 5 tool Christian, becomes a major player by warning family and friends and creating a fellowship of believers ready to resist. It is time to build our ark on the Word of GOD and on the firm foundation of Jesus Christ. EJ

This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Many peoples and the inhabitants of many cities will yet come, and the inhabitants of one city will go to another and say, ‘Let us go at once to entreat the LORD and seek the LORD Almighty. I myself am going.’ And many peoples and powerful nations will come to Jerusalem to seek the LORD Almighty and to entreat him.”

This is what the LORD Almighty says: “In those days ten men from all languages and nations will take firm hold of one Jew by the hem of his robe and say, ‘Let us go with you; because we have heard that God is with you.’ ”
(Zechariah 8:20-23
NIV)

By God’s design, for nearly a score of centuries, Jews have stubbornly resisted the gospel. The few who come to acknowledge Yehovah (Jesus) as their Messiah are either converted to Christianity or they become “completed Jews”. To be converted means forsaking the rites and rituals of their forefathers and adopting those of the church they attend. Forgetting the apostles and early disciples were all Jews, many Protestants and Catholics believe conversion is the only way a Jew can be saved.

Becoming a Messianic or completed Jew is the preferred alternative to conversion. A completed Jew receives Jesus as their promised Messiah and, as a result, finds new meaning in the laws, ordinances, feasts and sacrifices handed down to Israel. They do not reject their heritage; rather, the completed Jew embraces it. They discover that the New Testament sheds divine light on the (Old Testament) Scriptures (i.e. The Book of the Law and the Prophets), particularly as it relates to prophecy.

In Chapter 11, the Apostle Paul wrote to The Romans about the Jewish rejection of Christ. The chapter begins with the question: “Did God reject his people? By no means!” is the answer.

Gentiles were/are the grafted in branch until their full number is reached. Then all Israel will be saved because God’s gifts and callings are irrevocable (Romans 11:25-29). This soon-coming salvation clearly includes the Jews since they comprise two (Judah and Benjamin) of the twelve tribes of Jacob (Israel). What has not been as clear is the relationship between the Gentiles who follow Christ and the lost ten tribes of Israel. They are, in fact, one and the same. Paul refers to it as God’s mystery.

When the light goes on and Gentile believers realize they, too, are descendants of Abraham and heirs according to the promise, then perceptions of the Old Testament and the Torah radically change. So what should we Protestants by heritage, do? Should we convert to Judaism? No, that would involve too much unnecessary baggage. Becoming a completed Christian would be the wiser option. That’s what Peter, James, John, Paul, John Mark, Barnabas, Timothy, etc., were in reverse. They did not keep the Law to obtain salvation, but followed God’s statutes because they were blood-bought saints.

Prophecy, such as we read in Zechariah (see top), speaks of a glorious restored temple in Jerusalem. Ten men, representing the ten lost tribes who were assimilated by all nations and all languages, will stream to the Holy City to worship the Lord their High Priest and King. (Read Isaiah 2:1-5 in this same context.) The ten will take firm hold of the hem of one Jew’s robe pleading to go with him into the temple of God. There will be much for the Christian to learn that our Jewish brother knows.

The Prophets of God blog urges Christ’s followers to get a head start on where He is leading his people. Ditch the Christmas and Easter thing and stop calling Sunday “the Sabbath”. Instead, assimilate (put into practice) God’s laws given to the Israelites from Sinai. Get hold of a Hebrew Religious Calendar. Learn how to observe the Holy Days. Why not strive to be the first completed Christian among your friends and family? Try it and see if you are not the most blessed person you know.

Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: “Every boy that is born [to the Hebrews] you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live.” (Exodus 1:22 NIV)

A friend described a day he will never forget. While hunting for wild turkey, he noticed a hunter approach him, raise his shotgun to his shoulder, aim right at him and fire. Blown off a log by the blast, he had trouble processing what had happened. “That guy is trying to kill me,” he concluded.

My friend must have looked like a wild turkey, at least that is what the shooter said. It was a miracle his life was saved. It went into the books as a hunting accident.

Exodus 1 begins a story about God’s people leaving Egypt. After living in the land a few hundred years, the Hebrews woke one day to a different world. A new ruler was in charge, and, for some reason, they had become his enemy. Processing their new reality was hard. It was going to get rough.

But the more God’s people were oppressed the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread them (Exodus 1:12). Irrational fear of the Hebrews overtook the Egyptians. Treating them harshly as slaves compounded their fears. Pharaoh decided to take his hatred to another level. He ordered Hebrew midwives to kill the boy babies. It wasn’t enough to make their dads slaves, Pharaoh’s new plan was to destroy their sons as soon as they were born. It must have been hard for the Hebrews to accept, but their king was trying to kill them. Finally, Pharaoh ordered anyone who found a male Hebrew baby to throw him into the Nile River (above).

Adolph Hitler rose from obscurity to take leadership of the German Reich. Beginning in the 1920’s, der Fuehrer played on the Antisemitism in his country painting Jews as the chief scapegoat for the economic troubles. After he seized power, Hitler’s hatred for God’s people became more than rhetoric. It spilled over into the streets in early November 1938 during “the night of broken glass.” Thereafter, it became crystal clear Germany’s leader was trying to kill Jews as well as others who stood in his way.

Signs are everywhere that God’s people are in their government’s cross-hairs. America is a prime example. Domestic policies such as abortion, gay marriage, drug legalization, illegal immigration and euthanasia, force believers to take a stand against their government. Foreign policy decisions such as negotiating with the enemy, mistreating our friends and sending our troops to fight with no prospect of victory, all adds up to disaster. Our leaders are trying to kill us.

America has changed. Our grandparents and parents knew a different day. Authorities will deny it, but their actions show they despise God and reject his Word. They hate us without reason. Why in heaven’s name, would this be? Satan’s time is short. He is raging against the saints, is the answer.

God wants his people to cut our ties of affection and loyalty with this world. Prepare to leave Egypt. If the verbal abuse and ridicule is aimed our way, it won’t be long until the shotgun will be as well. Don’t question whether they will fire. The whole world will soon fall into the hands of the Antichrist. The Lord wants us out of our enemy’s cross-hairs and into the Promised Land.

Read prophecy for yourself. They will try to kill us. Process this. Accept the reality of what it means to live for Christ in the last days. Trust in the Lord to be our hiding place.

“At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of great distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people–everyone whose name is found written in the book–will be delivered.” (Daniel 12:1 NIV)

At cruising altitude, the seat-belt sign illuminates and an announcement is heard from the cockpit. “Remain in your seats with trays in the full upright position and seat-belts tightly fastened,” the captain says. “We are flying into some turbulence. It’s gonna get rough.”

The flight had been smooth so what had changed? How does the pilot know the ride is going to become very bumpy? There must be a warning sign. Passengers would be foolish not to trust the flight crew’s message.

Much of the world is experiencing turbulence but one country in particular is in for a difficult ride. The European Union nation of Greece appears headed for economic collapse. Saturday’s overwhelming “No vote” to austerity measures and a bailout plan could signal that a government raid on private bank accounts is in the works. Three questions about the Greek crisis remain but one thing is certain, it is gonna be rough for democracies everywhere when the Athens-based government defaults on its loans and this domino falls.

Recently America has hit some bumps, but nothing compared to what’s coming. The dire warning light started flashing the moment the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision in favor of recognizing (i.e. legalizing) gay marriage.

Spontaneous celebrations broke out among supporters of the homosexual agenda. Congratulations were extended at the White House. Figuratively-speaking, at the same moment the seat-belt light came on.

God’s people are heeding their Captain’s warnings and are tightening their belts. Marriage was ordained by the One on Heaven’s throne (Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:4-6). As decreed on Sinai, homosexuality is detestable to our God and invites his wrath (Leviticus 18:22, Romans 1:24-27).

Who will survive what’s coming? Will it be those dancing in the aisles or those ready for God’s judgment and a time of great distress? The people who have the most chance, of course, are the wise who heed God’s Word and prepare for the roughest ride ever.

See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. It they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken–that is created things–so that what cannot be shaken may remain. (Hebrews 12:25-27 NIV)

bluebirds-nestbox
“…my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” (Hosea 4:6 NIV)

One spring, inspired by a friend, I placed a bluebird box in our backyard. The reward came in a matter of days. Two bluebirds began to gather material for their nest. I was moved to tears. I was told if I built it, they would come–and they did!

Wednesday, June 17th evening services at the U.S. Charleston, South Carolina, Emanuel African Methodist Episcopalian (AME) Church, had been eagerly anticipated. Inside this civil rights landmark building, a dozen happy members of the Emanuel family settled in for their weekly Bible Study. A video camera captured the image of a 21-year old white male entering the church. For an hour, the stranger sat next to the senior pastor, Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney, before he brandished his .45 caliber pistol and announced his intentions to shoot. His stated motive: He wanted to start a race war. All nine victims were African-American. The Charleston Church shooting was the worst mass murder at a religious site in the U.S. since 1991.

Another season of bluebird watching was underway when I noticed I had been missing my feathered friends. I thought they would have little mouths to feed and be flitting in and out of their box, but I saw nothing. Upon investigation, I saw it–bluebird feathers. Near the small front portal were scratch marks as if some claws had dug into the wood. My heart sank. It became obvious the cat ate the bluebirds.

When we took two young felines into our home then erected the box, I had no clue I was preparing a death trap, but that is what it was. Like the saints in the church in Charleston, the birds had no escape. The young intruder, Dylann Roof, saw an opportunity to do Satan’s bidding. That night, Emanuel A.M.E. became a slaughterhouse.

I refused to be a party to more bluebird deaths. The cats were staying around and they sure weren’t going to alter their appetite for birds. So a decision was made; no more box. End of story? No, the birds found a hide-out inside our grape arbor. That year they raised their young under the cover of grape leaves. Moral of the story: By removing the box, bluebirds will find a means to avoid “cat-astrophe” and multiply in the process.

In September 2013, seventy died in a Taliban shooting attack on worshipers at the Peshawar Church in Pakistan. Early April of this year 147 perished at morning prayer services as Islamic terrorists from Somalia fired on unarmed, defenseless students at Garissa University in Kenya.

I know we love our church boxes, but has it occurred to anyone they are no longer safe? Murderers have keyed in on an easy target. Wake up people! How much more elderly and child’s blood will stain the pews before we find cover outside the box? Maybe Jesus’ followers will begin again to multiply as they should.

” You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and these words which I command you today shall be in your heart….. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.” (Deuteronomy 6:5-6,8, NKJV).

Last week I texted a friend and asked him: “Why would the antichrist cause people to take a mark specifically on the right hand or on the forehead?” I left him with the following scriptures to read (Exodus 13, Deuteronomy 6 and Daniel 7:25). His response was merely: “Good question!” I followed up with him this past Sunday night over a late dinner. The answer truly reveals the evil of Satan and the antichrist. My  friend looked at me wide-eyed and made a commitment to dig deeper into scripture and particularly into prophecy.

God calls for His law (the Commandments) to be written on the hearts and minds of His people. The ordinance for Israel to follow the Passover and Days of Unleavened Bread was to be a similar sign on His people’s hands and foreheads. It was to be a permanent remembrance of the goodness of the Lord and how HE delivered His people out of bondage from Egypt. So when Daniel is told that the “beast” will try to change the set times and laws (Daniel 7:25) we can know that this is Satan’s attempt to remove God out of the minds and hearts of would be believers.

We use our right hand and place it over our hearts when we make a pledge. Imagine a person proclaiming to be Jewish or Christian but following half-heartedly. It would be easy for that individual to be deceived into taking the mark. This sign comes with a pledge to worship the beast and the dragon.  The deceived is now sealed with death which will ultimately lead him/her into the Lake of Fire. (Gehenna), Christians, now is the time to fight and advance against the deviil’s armies. In the next post, I will show why the armor of God is the perfect defense against Satan’s strategies.  EJ

“By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with God’s people than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time.” (Hebrews 11:24-25 NIV)

For much of my working life, I have been around prisoners. I thank God for the experience. It has helped me understand how to better live in the present. Today is an opportunity to work, to learn and to grow–or perhaps to endure. If there is a moment of enjoyment, I try to take it in. Prison and fun are contradictions. When an inmate does not want to leave life behind bars, something is wrong.

The prisoner who struggles most is the hedonistic and self-absorbed. Another miserable bunch are the men who feel entitled. (The food is terrible, the bed is not soft enough, my family should be sending me money, people don’t treat me well, etc.) Prisoners who manage to thrive have accepted their situation and resolved to make the most of it.

I encourage believers to see the balance of this age as more like a prison than a palace. 

I love to relate prophecy to the present. I encourage believers to see the balance of this age as more like a prison than a palace. Observing current events should bear this out. “Love not the world” is a command from heaven. Everything in this world is passing away. Instead of seeing our existence as a pleasure cruise, determine to endure hardship like a good soldier. Make the most out of the time between now and when Jesus returns. Don’t just think “survive”, think “thrive”.

(During the Vietnam Conflict, I remember wishing my army drill sergeant would be more sensitive about my feelings. Sgt. Butler made it clear; he wasn’t my mother. His job was to make me tougher.  In order to survive whatever I faced, he could not pamper me.)

“In this world you shall have tribulation” are words directly from Jesus, our Commander-in-Chief. It is not in the here-and-now that we are to pursue comforts. We would be wise to pursue service–even difficult, sacrificial service.

“…the endless quest for self-gratification or vain ambitions is a mere chasing after the wind…”

If we are enjoying this dying world, something is wrong that needs corrected. There are certainly things to delight in, but the endless quest for self-gratification or vain ambitions is a mere chasing after the wind–in short, it is meaningless.

Moses saw the opportunity to suffer along with God’s people and by faith he seized it. If we are enjoying this present time, we may be hitching our lives to the temporal. We need to look beyond our lives and show love to the hurting.  Promised “pleasures forevermore” implies God’s true rewards come later, not with retirement, but after our work is done.

“Lift up your eyes from where you are and look north and south, east and west. All the land that you see I will give to you and your descendants forever. I will make your descendants like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted. Go walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you.” (Genesis 13:14-17 NIV)

Why all the hostility directed at a nation with an area about the size of the fifth smallest U.S. state, New Jersey? Why the threats of annihilation from their Middle East neighbors? Why are military leaders with weapons of mass destruction and their surrogates targeting a people? Of course I am referring to the six million plus Jews within the country of Israel and members of the their family scattered abroad.

Bible students eventually learn that the answers to most big questions are in Genesis. Enmity or a state of war would be a promised constant between the serpent’s and woman’s offspring (cf. Genesis 3:15). The devil hates God’s people. He always seeks their destruction. It was true in the beginning and is today. Want to know who belongs to God? Pay attention to who suffers the attacks and persecutions of the wicked.

It’s about the people! The people who trace their ancestry back to Abraham. In Genesis 12 the Lord promised “a great nation” would come from his servant. In order to be “great” there must be a great ruler over an innumerable multitude of happy, prosperous people who have lots of children. Also needed was spacious, beautiful and fertile land for all the people to enjoy.

Abram was to take his household and possessions and go, to sojourn among the Canaanite tribes. A solemn vow came later, in Genesis 13. (See top.) God would supply the descendants. As to the land, as far as Abraham could walk in any direction it would be his possession and that of his descendants, forever. From the great river Euphrates to the Wadi in Egypt, the land belongs to the sons of Abraham and their King (Gen. 15:18-21). This prophecy has yet to be fulfilled, but it will soon (cf. Acts 1:6, Rev. 11:15, 22:20)

Blessed are those who bless Abram. Cursed are those who curse him. We do not have to be a genius to know what all the conflict and global violence is about. It’s about the saints who will soon inherit the land. Those who believe God’s Word understand the track of doom America and Europe are following. Support Israel’s enemies and feel God’s wrath.

Wake up! Stand firmly on the side Abram’s offspring. By doing so we demonstrate we belong among the despised of this world, God’s chosen people.

” Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God; for He has given you the former rain faithfully, and He will cause the rain to come down for you- The former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.” (Joel 2:23, NKJV)

In my last post, “Pentecost and Prophecy”: I ended with a teaser that I would look at the potential timing of the next outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The first outpouring of the Holy Spirit was realized in Acts 2 when what appeared as tongues of fire came down on the apostles and other disciples. Peter quoted from the prophet Joel (Joel 2:28-32) and on this day some 3000 repented and was baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the Remission of Sin. This monumental event was fulfilled on the Spring Harvest Day of Pentecost (Shavuot). This was the former rains that Joel spoke about, the rains needed before the spring harvest. What about the latter rains?

The latter rains represent the Fall Harvest and the NKJV mentions that this is in the first month of Hebrew (Civil) Calendar. This month is called Tishri and the 15th-21st days of this month is known as Sukkot (Fall Harvest). Since there was a literal outpouring of the Holy Spirit during Pentecost, we must know that there will be a future fulfillment of the coming of the Holy Spirit that coincides with the latter rains. We can know this because God keeps His Word always! Many prophecies are fulfilled within a reasonably short time of the original prophecy. Yet, there is also an end of the age fulfillment. This is called the Near/Far Prophetic.

By understanding the meaning of the spring and fall rains, we know that there will be a greater harvest of souls during the celebration of Sukkot. Jesus also tells us to learn the lesson of the fig tree as a sign of a season before His return.(Matthew 24:32-35). The fall rains lead to the harvest of figs. The fig harvest is on Sukkot (Late September/early October). Expect an End of the Age pouring out of the Holy Spirit.

“Surely the eyes of the LORD are on the sinful kingdom. I will destroy it from the face of the earth–yet I will not totally destroy the house of Jacob,” declares the LORD. “For I will give the command, and I will shake the house of Israel among all the nations as grain is shaken in a sieve, and not a pebble will reach the ground. All the sinners among my people will die by the sword, all those who say, ‘Disaster will not overtake or meet us.’ ” (Amos 9:8-10 NIV)

Reading Revelation invokes a promised blessing. We are doubly blessed if we take the prophecy to heart. The reason why is given: “Because the time is near.” (Rev. 1:3).

Past the middle of the book is a warning that needs to be taken to heart. It involves an evil figure who will dominate the landscape.

“He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people language and nation. All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast–all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world.

He who has an ear to hear, let him hear. If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity he will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword he will be killed. This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints. (Rev. 13:7-10 NIV)

Here we have in the Word of God a book to which the Lord has attached blessings and curses (cf. Rev. 22:18-19). In it we are forewarned of an unparalleled disaster and time of distress for the saints. The problem is this: The Church is populated with Pre-Tribulation Rapture (PTR) and Amillennialist teachers who make irrelevant the above prophecy. Many, if not most of the PTR promoters, tell their flock the rapture occurs at the beginning of Revelation 4. They say that in verse 1 a voice calls to John, “Come up here.” So that is it. That’s the rapture in the Bible’s last book. (TV Pastor and evangelist John Hagee is prominent among this group.)

In other words, Pastor Hagee’s flock is supposedly gone before the opening of the seven seals in Chapter 6 and assuredly absent when the antichrist rules in Chapter 13. Those following this Christian teacher–and others like him–have become convinced Christians will not be overtaken by disaster. They believe they will be in heaven wearing crowns after Chapter 4. Then who are “the saints” in 13:7? Who are “the saints” “killed with the sword” in Revelation 13:10?

Though Amillennialists often scoff at the PTR crowd, they are really in the same boat. Little attention is paid by this segment of Christianity to prophecy period. Though, infrequently, they may cherry-pick a verse from Revelation to buttress their teaching, they more or less erase all the warnings. How so? By declaring that Revelation is an allegory or symbolic. Millions of Christians under their influence have swallowed the lie that “Disaster will not meet us.”

What does God call his people who reject a literal judgment or a physical Coming of Christ? Through the prophet Amos, He calls them “sinners”. (See Amos 9:10 at top)

Of course, an Amillennialist could try to make “die by the sword” symbolic. A symbolic sword won’t hurt so much. For my Bible-believing PTR Christian brothers and sisters, I go to my knees. Please, please, question your false prophet teachers. Prepare for the day of disaster before you taste the blade.

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