140 – The Jewish Prophet Zechariah – 3:9 – All People

חתונה דתית – די ג’יי הסוד – תקליטן דתי – כניסה לחופה Consider the Holiness and special character of this Jewish Wedding. Continue reading to learn more about the special people, whom are called Jews, of the nation of Israel. This post will discuss the first of four covenants that relate specifically to Israel and the Kingdom Age.

“Let Us Beat Swords into Plowshares, a sculpture by Evgeniy Vuchetich in the United Nations Art Collection” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swords_to_ploughshares (My note: “Let us beat swords into plowshares,” taken from Isaiah 2:4)

This article will discuss the time of Isaiah 2:4 (760 B.C.) which is known as the Kingdom Of God, and is also known as the millennium and the thousand-year reign of Messiah/Christ. As a gentile believer in Christ, I am trying to write as if I were a Jew, in an attempt to tell a story that is important to Jews. I trust that my work will be deemed to have been made with proper respect toward Jews. The beliefs that are held closely by Jews, are held equally as close by most believers in Christ. Therefore, I will not repeat the statement that “such and such a belief of Jews” is also a belief of believers in Christ. Muslims will also enter into this conversation; you may be surprised to learn the details.

“You must be born again,” are words that relate to the spiritual state that anyone must have in order for them to be in the eternal Presence of God/Elohim/Yahweh/Adonai/Theos/Messiah/Christ (Ezekiel 36:24-27, John 3:3-8, 2 Corinthians 5:17, 1 John 1:5.)

In my post “139 – The Jewish Prophet Zechariah,” the words, “in one day,” are written. The wording of that verse follows:

Zechariah 3:9 New King James Version (NKJV)

9 For behold, the stone That I have laid before Joshua: Upon the stone are seven eyes. Behold, I will engrave its inscription,’ Says the Lord of hosts, ‘And I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.’

Unless otherwise stated, the NKJV translation will be used in this post.

The following terms are used interchangeably. Kingdom of God, Kingdom Age, Millennium, Millennial reign of Messiah/Christ.

“The Day,” in question, will be the dividing line between all that has been bad for Israel, and all that will be good for Israel, from then and forever. The Kingdom Age, which is also known as the Millennium, meaning one thousand years, dictates the length of time of the Kingdom Age, which will be a specific time for Israel to experience true peace. Following the Millennium/Kingdom Age will be the eternal state of the new heaven, new earth and new Jerusalem (Revelation 21:1-2), which will be an eternity of peace for Israel. It is important to know that Israel is the only group that is identified as a nation that will have a specific place on earth for its habitation during the millennium. Other people, not nations, will also be present on earth during this time of peace, but none of them will occupy “their own land.” During the millennium, non-Jews will reside outside of the boundaries of Israel until they also enter the eternal state. With that having been said, it must also be stated that the Messiah/Christ will rule and reign over all of the earth during the millennium (Revelation 20:4-5), and that no one will enter the Kingdom Of God, or the eternal state, without first having been born again (John 3:3).

It will be during the Kingdom Age that the purposes of God for Israel will be fully realized; the words to Israel, from each of the Jewish prophets, will be seen to have been true. Non-Jews, whom will be present on earth at that time, will also benefit from the promises that have been made to Israel by God. The promises that God made to Israel are known as covenants. It will be during the Kingdom Age that those covenants will find their fulfillment. The following is the first of God’s four covenants that He made with Israel, as they relate to the Kingdom Age. As we continue with this study of the Jewish prophets, it is important to remember that the nation of Israel, through the Law, was a chosen people/nation to be a holy and righteous people to bring a holy and righteous Messiah into the world. No other nation has ever been blessed with such a calling. People from other nations will also have individual Kingdom age blessings, including believers in Christ. However, those gentile blessings will be as a result of the blessings that will be showered upon Israel.

FIRST COVENANT

1. THE FIRST COVENANT. The promises that were made by God to Abraham, concerning land and seed, are fulfilled in the Kingdom Age. Israel’s possession of their land, and their God-given blessings, are specifically related to the fulfillment of this covenant. Not only are the Jews blessed, the born again people of the whole world are also a recipient from this covenant of God with Abraham. These specific blessings will take place during the Kingdom Age.

Consider certain Muslims (see Isaiah 19:18-25). They will have an encounter with a Jew, the Messiah/Christ. There will be Muslims that will come to know Messiah/Christ as “LORD and Lord” when He comes to set up His Kingdom. Notice the upper and lower case spellings of “LORD and Lord.” Just as Muslims must be “born again” to see the Kingdom of God, it will be the same for other Gentiles, as well as for those of Israel (John 3:3). It is cut and dry; “you must be born again,” to be a present on earth in the millennium. The Kingdom of God will be free from sin, of any kind. Only those whom have been given sinless spirits by God will be present with God during the millennium. It is only because of the absence of sin that the Kingdom of God will be a kingdom that is free from the collateral effects of sin. “LORD” is Yahweh. “Lord” is Adonai; notice the upper case letters in LORD, and upper case “L” and lower case “ord” in Lord.

The following notes of Isaiah 19:1-20:6 come from the Moody Bible Commentary

Isaiah 19:1-20:6 Has two main sections. The first contains a long-term prophecy of events that will occur at the “end of days” (19:1-25), and the second one has a near-term prophecy of events in the eighth century B.C. (20:1-6). In the first section, there is a prediction of eschatological judgment (19:1-15) followed by an eschatological blessing (19:16-25). (My note: In this context, “the end of days” relates to the tribulation and the millennium. The tribulation is extreme persecution for the Jews. The millennium, is extreme peace for the Jews. For example, the tribulation is described in Joel 3:10, “Beat your plowshares into swords And your pruning hooks into spears.” The millennium is described in Isaiah 2:4, ” They shall beat their swords into plowshares, And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, Neither shall they learn war anymore.)

Isaiah 19:1-10. The events predicted in this chapter refer to the end of days. This is most likely because the judgments described have yet to occur. The repetition of the eschatological phrase IN THAT DAY points to both judgment and blessing at the end of days.

Isaiah 19:11-15. “The LORD” is affecting the ability of Egypt’s leaders to rightly direct the nation.

Isaiah 19:16-22. IN THAT DAY marks a shift in the message to Egypt from end of days judgment to end of days blessing.

Isaiah 19:23-25. We see the millennial peace between Assyria, Egypt and Israel. When the Messiah/Christ returns to earth and establishes His earthly kingdom, these three nations will be united in worship of the LORD. Such worship of God will occur only for those whom have been born again, which must happen for each individual prior to the final events of Zechariah 14:1-15/Revelation 19:11-21/Matthew 24:29-30, in order for them to enter the Kingdom Age; these three preceding passages relate to the second coming of Christ at the Battle of Armageddon. Only those whom have been born again will enter the Kingdom Of God; all others will suffer death at the second coming of Messiah/Christ. While the born again people are enjoying the Peace and Presence of Messiah/Christ in the millennium, those whom have not been born again (of all the ages) will be in their states of death, awaiting the Great White Throne Judgment, and expulsion into the eternal lake of fire (Revelation 20:10-15). The Battle of Armageddon, which occurs at the end of the Tribulation, is the time when all sin will be removed from the world; the sinless Kingdom of God will follow for the next one thousand years. The eternal state of Revelation 21-22 will immediately follow the millennium for those whom have been born again, where they will be in the Presence of God for all of eternity.

Isaiah 20:1-6. Isaiah shifts his prophecy of end times peace to the judgment against Egypt, when Assyria would come against her. The judgment fell in 711 B.C. when Egypt handed over the king of Ashdod to the Assyrians.

Zechariah 14:16-19. Many Gentiles from other nations of the world will embrace Messiah/Christ during the tribulation and will not be destroyed by Him when He returns.

My note from Isaiah 19:24-25. God’s blessings will rest on Israel, as well as Egypt and Assyria, “in that day.” Assyria was a large and powerful empire. (https://www.historyonthenet.com/assyrian-empire-the-most-powerful-empire-in-the-world/ For 300 years, from 900 to 600 B.C., the Assyrian Empire expanded, conquered and ruled the Middle East, including Mesopotamia, Egypt, the eastern coast of the Mediterranean, and much of today’s Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iran and Iraq.

Genesis 12:1-3 New King James Version (NKJV) (Blessings and cursings)

1 Now the Lord had said to Abram: Get out of your country, From your family
And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you. 2 I will make
you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall
be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who
curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

Genesis 13:14-17 New King James Version (NKJV) (An eternal covenant)

14 And the Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him: “Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are—northward, southward, eastward, and westward; 15 for all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants forever. 16 And I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth; so that if a man could number the dust of the earth, then your descendants also could be numbered. 17 Arise, walk in the land through its length and its width, for I give it to you.”

Comment: MacArthur Study Bible. 13:14–17 With Lot gone, the Lord reaffirmed His covenant promise with Abram (Gen. 12:1–3). Strikingly and unmistakably, the Lord deeded the Land (v. 14—look in all directions, and v. 17—walk in all directions) in perpetuity to Abram and his descendants, whom He declared would be definitely innumerable (v. 16—as the dust).

Ezekiel 37:21-23 New King James Version (NKJV) (An eternal covenant)

21 “Then say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone, and will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land; 22 and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all; they shall no longer be two nations, nor shall they ever be divided into two kingdoms again.
23 They shall not defile themselves anymore with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions; but I will deliver them from all their dwelling places in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them. Then they shall be My people, and I will be their God.

Comment: MacArthur Study Bible. 37:21–23 God made 3 promises that summarized His future plans for Israel: 1) restoration, v. 21; 2) unification, v. 22; and 3) purification, v. 23. These promises bring to fulfillment: 1) the Abrahamic Covenant (cf. Gen. 12); 2) the Davidic Covenant (2 Sam. 7); and 3) the New Covenant (cf. Jer. 31), respectively.

Genesis 15:18 New King James Version (NKJV) (Specific land promise)

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—

Genesis 15:19-21 New King James Version (NKJV) (Description of the land)

19 the Kenites, the Kenezzites, the Kadmonites, 20 the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim, 21 the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.”

Comment: MacArthur Study Bible. 15:18–21 river of Egypt to the…Euphrates. Scripture records both general (Ex. 23:31) and specific (Num. 34:1–12) descriptions of the Promised Land, centering on the ancient land of Canaan. Such precise geographic demarcation will not allow for any redefinitions which would emasculate God’s promise of its specificity. The river of Egypt was most probably what became known as the Wadi El Arish, the southern border of Judah. Kenites…Jebusites. The various peoples who inhabited the land are named. Such precise detailing of the nations in the land of Canaan attests again to the specificity of the Promised Land in God’s promises.

The following terms are important to know.

Luke 21:24 New King James Version (NKJV) The Times Of The Gentiles.

24 And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

MacArthur Study Bible note. 21:24 the times of the Gentiles. This expression is unique to Luke. It identifies the era from Israel’s captivity (ca. 586 B.C. to Babylon; cf. 2 Kin. 25) to her restoration in the kingdom (Rev. 20:1–6). It has been a time during which, in accord with God’s purpose, Gentiles have dominated or threatened Jerusalem. The era has also been marked by vast spiritual privileges for the Gentile nations (cf. Is. 66:12).

Jeremiah 30:7 New King James Version (NKJV) Jacob’s trouble, or Jacob’s distress.

7 Alas! For that day is great, So that none is like it; And it is the time of Jacob’s trouble, But he shall be saved out of it.

MacArthur Study Bible note. 30:7 time of Jacob’s trouble. This period of unprecedented difficulty for Israel, as the verse defines, is set in a context of Israel’s final restoration. It is best equated with the time of tribulation (cf. vv. 8, 9) just before Christ’s Second Advent, mentioned elsewhere (Dan. 12:1; Matt. 24:21, 22) and described in detail by Rev. 6–19.

Zechariah 14:1 New King James Version (NKJV) The Day of the Lord

14 Behold, the day of the Lord is coming, And your spoil will be divided in your midst.

MacArthur Study Bible note. when God’s wrath is unleashed against the whole world of sinners, which results in the establishment of the Lord’s millennial reign on earth. (My note. In this context, “The Day of the Lord” begins with the tribulation, which is judgment, and extends through the millennium, which is blessing. See the notes on Joel 1:15.)

Joel 1:15 New King James Version (NKJV) The Day of the Lord

15 Alas for the day! For the day of the Lord is at hand; It shall come as destruction from the Almighty

MacArthur Study Bible note. 1:15 the day of the Lord is at hand. See Introduction: Historical and Theological Themes. This is the first occurrence of the theme. Later in the book (2:18ff.; 3:1, 18–21), the Day of the Lord (the occasion when God pours out His wrath on man) results in blessing and exoneration for God’s people and judgment toward Gentiles (Is. 13:6; Ezek. 30:3), but here Joel directs the warning toward his own people. The Day of the Lord is speedily approaching; unless sinners repent, dire consequences await them. My note. Notice the difference of context from Zechariah 14:1, which is the Battle Of Armageddon.

In summary:

The first covenant, which God made with Abraham, will be fulfilled through the covenant seed of Abraham, Issac and Jacob (God named Jacob Israel, Genesis 32:28). There are three main aspects of this first covenant. (1) The promise of a great nation. (2) Four personal promises are given to Abraham. (3) Promises are made to the Gentiles. (Scofield Study Bible, Genesis 12:2 note)

The boundary of Israel, as promised by God, is much larger than that which had been granted to Israel by the United Nations. In the Kingdom Age, God’s boundaries will overrule the U.N. boundaries of Israel. See the following borders of Israel, as they were spoken by God. Notice the map of Israel. https://theisraelbible.com/biblical-boundaries-land-israel/ Scriptures that relate to the covenant land that God promised to Israel, are as follows.

To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt (traditionally taken as the Nile) as far as the great river, the River Euphrates (Gen 15.18)
I will fix your boundary from the Red Sea to the sea of the Philistines (Gaza coast), and from the wilderness to the River Euphrates (Exod 23.31)

Great news for Muslims!

The Assyrian World Empire was one of the most cruel groups of people, if not the most cruel, of all times. The brutal attacks of Assyria on Israel date back to 758 B.C.(2 Kings 15:19). In 722 B.C. (2 Kings 17:5-6), the Assyrians attacked the northern Kingdom of Israel, and deported those Jews from their homeland to other lands in Assyria. In 721 B.C. (2 Kings 17:24) the Assyrians began relocating gentiles into the vacated land of the Jewish Northern Kingdom. To this day, the people of the former Assyrian World Empire continue in their hatred of the Jews. Egypt’s brutal treatment of the Jews date back to 1706 B.C. (Exodus 1:7). But, God’s Providence trumps sin. When we consider all of the gentiles, and gentile nations, that are present in the world, it is amazing to know that Isaiah has identified the two most brutal of all of Israel’s enemies (by name), saying that there will be people of those lands whom will share the blessings of the millennium with the Jews and with other Kingdom Age people. The Jews will inhabit their promised land. Non-Jews will occupy other lands in the Kingdom Age world. The Spiritual calling of God will draw Muslims, from the former Assyrian World Empire, as well as Egyptians and Jews, to saving faith in Messiah/Christ; they will be “born again.” IMAGINE THAT! Muslims and Jews acknowledging that “Messiah/Christ is Lord!” (Philippians 2:9-11). Such a spiritual calling of all of mankind to saving faith in Messiah/Christ is consistently ongoing (John 1:9-13). The Old Testament verses that explain the born again experience are Ezekiel 36:25-27; verses 24-30 are particular to Jews.

“IN THAT DAY” “IN ONE DAY”

So, what is meant by, “In That Day” and “In One Day?” The answer is the day of the return to earth by Messiah/Christ for the Battle Of Armageddon, when Messiah/Christ establishes the Kingdom Age/Millennium/Kingdom Of God.

The following video shows a peek view of the time of the Kingdom Age. Arabs and Jews are seen in common worship of Messiah/Christ. They are Muslims and Jews whom are, “one in Messiah/Christ.” The solution to division is to have a common ground of faith in Messiah/Christ.

Galatians 3:28 New King James Version (NKJV)

28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Jews & Arabs worship together in Nazareth, Jerusalem…Rare video Clip(Subtitles @ CC)

Regardless of the sculpture marking of Isaiah 2:4 at the United Nations, there will be no peace on earth until Messiah/Christ returns to earth to set up His Kingdom of peace.

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Israel Prophecy And Current Era 6-22-18

This opening video was made in 2009. Nine years later, nothing has changed. Israel remains a nation that is hated by most of its neighbors, and by most of the member nations of the United Nations. On November 29, 1947, the United Nations voted to grant statehood status to Israel, long after the Romans attacked Jerusalem in A.D. 70, murdering more than one hundred thousand Jews, destroying its Temple, and beginning a dispersion of surviving Jews from Israel. The Israeli Declaration of Independence, formally the Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel was proclaimed on 14 May 1948.

On May 14, 2018, UN Human Rights Council voted to investigate Israel for Gaza protest deaths. After 29-2 vote, with US and Australia opposed, Israel rejects council’s ‘hypocritical, absurd’ attempt to undermine right to self-defense, dismisses probe as ‘foregone conclusion. Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said Israel would not cooperate with the investigation.

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely in Washington, November 2017. (Shmulik Almany/MFA)
“The UN Human Rights Council prefers to back Hamas instead of supporting Israel’s right to defend itself from terror,” tweeted Hotovely. “We have no intention of cooperating with an international investigative committee that wants to dictate results without a connection to facts.”

Israel rejected the decision, saying all that it proved was that the council had “an automatic anti-Israel majority, where hypocrisy and the absurd held sway.”

https://www.timesofisrael.com/un-human-rights-council-votes-to-investigate-israel-for-gaza-protest-deaths/

Consider Israel’s history, as it relates to Gentile attacks on its people, its land, and its Temple.

925 B.C. Shishak, king of Egypt, takes the city; the temple is plundered. (2 Chronicles 12:9).
850 B.C. The Philistines, Arabians, and Ethiopians lay siege to Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 21:16). The King’s palace is sacked and the Temple plundered.
586 B.C. The forces of Nebuchadnezzar destroyed the temple in Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 36:19).
515 B.C. The Temple was rebuilt in Jerusalem, being known as Zerubbabel’s Temple (Haggai 1:1-15).
63 A.D. Herod’s Temple, which was a remodeling of Zerubbabel’s temple, was completed in 4 B.C., but was not totally completed until 63 A.D.
https://www.bible-history.com/jewishtemple/
https://www.bible-history.com/jewishtemple/JEWISH_TEMPLEHerods_Temple00000006.htm.
70 A.D.Herod’s Temple was destroyed by the Romans.

History Of Gentile Attacks On Jerusalem

During its long history, Jerusalem has been attacked 52 times, captured and recaptured 44 times, besieged 23 times, and destroyed twice.The oldest part of the city was settled in the 4th millennium BCE, making Jerusalem one of the oldest cities in the world. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Jerusalem

Sieges of Jerusalem: 701 BC 587 BC 70 614 637 1099 1244 1917 1948
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Jerusalem

Consider the following news articles that relate to the hatred toward Israel, and the desire of its Arab and Muslim neighbors to destroy the only democracy in the Middle East. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democracy_in_the_Middle_East

Yasser Arafat, the former leader of the PLO was Egyptian. Opposed to the 1948 creation of the State of Israel, he fought alongside the Muslim Brotherhood during the 1948 Arab–Israeli War. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yasser_Arafat

Arafat didn’t negotiate – he just kept saying no https://www.theguardian.com/world/2002/may/23/israel3
Ever since the start of the second Palestinian intifada, a row has raged over who was responsible for the breakdown of the peace process. Now, for the first time, former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak has weighed in, accusing Yasser Arafat of being a liar who talked peace while secretly plotting the destruction of Israel. Interview by Benny Morris

There has never been a nation of Palestine. After World War II, in 1947, the United Nations adopted a Partition Plan for Mandatory Palestine recommending the creation of independent Arab and Jewish states and an internationalized Jerusalem. After the establishment of a Jewish state in Eretz Israel, to be known as the State of Israel on 14 May 1948, neighboring Arab armies invaded the former British mandate on the next day and fought the Israeli forces. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_of_Palestine

Jerusalem is an ancient city located in ancient Judah that is now the capital of Israel. The city has a history that goes back to the 4th millennium BC, making it one of the oldest cities in the world. It is the holiest city in Judaism and Christianity and has been the spiritual center of the Jewish people since 1000 BC, when David the King of Israel first established it as the capital of the Jewish Nation, and his son Solomon commissioned the building of the First Temple in the city. https://www.ancient.eu/jerusalem/

World War 3: Turkey’s Erdogan calls for ‘ARMY of Islam’ to ATTACK Israel on all sides
TURKEY’S President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) have announced they want to create an “army of Islam” to wage war against Israel, it has been revealed.
By MATT DRAKE PUBLISHED: 06:15, Tue, Mar 27, 2018 | UPDATED: 07:46, Tue, Mar 27, 2018
https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/936954/World-War-3-Turkey-Erdogan-army-of-Islam-Israel-war-attack-all-sides-latest-news

Consider the hatred of Israel by its neighboring Arab and Muslim neighbors. The phrase that has become so very common among those that hate Israel is, “wipe Israel off the map.” It is amazing to know how many times that phrase has been stated, and recorded on search engines. About 1,780,000 results (0.47 seconds) is an amazingly hateful result of a search. If you search for that phrase, it will amaze you. Consider the following statement.
https://www.google.com/search?q=wipe+israel+off+map&rlz=1C1GGRV_enUS751US752&oq=wipe+isr&aqs=chrome.0.69i59j69i57j0l4.5644j0j8&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

Consider other hateful statements directed at Israel. Iranian leaders’ calls for Israel’s destruction have not abated at all in the 20 months since the Iranian nuclear deal was signed, meaning that those who claimed the deal would moderate Iranian attitudes were completely wrong, former Foreign Ministry director-general Dore Gold said on Wednesday. https://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Iran-News/Iran-continues-to-call-for-Israels-destruction-despite-nuclear-deal-481659

Can you say, “Pharisees?” Read on!

Almost 6% of Congress now Jewish — 28 Democrats and 2 Republicans
The 115th Congress has largest share of Jews in any freshman class since data became available, analysis shows. https://www.timesofisrael.com/almost-6-of-congress-now-jewish-28-democrats-and-2-republicans/

After no-shows in Jerusalem, Democrats also absent from Israeli Embassy DC party.

WASHINGTON — The inauguration of the new US embassy in Jerusalem was not the only event Monday celebrating the establishment of the State of Israel and the Trump administration’s dramatic change in US foreign policy.

Embassy says all were invited, after Jewish legislator says some Dems weren’t, to independence event; relocation of Embassy to capital, Gaza violence said to widen partisan schism.

Across the Atlantic, several hours after the ribbon-cutting ceremony in Jerusalem, the Israeli embassy in Washington hosted its annual event marking the anniversary of the nation’s founding. It’s usually a festive occasion featuring lawmakers from both sides of the aisle who go to see the ambassador and be seen. But this year, not a single currently serving Democrat was spotted in attendance.
https://www.timesofisrael.com/democrats-conspicuously-absent-from-israeli-embassys-dc-party/

It is amazing to think that someone would “sell their soul” for a vote.

With such a history of hatred toward it, by neighboring nations and by those far away from its borders, it is a wonder that any Jew could ever imagine that its land would ever be a place of peace and safety. But, Jews remember the writings of the Jewish prophets,” which tell of God’s protective hand of love for His chosen people, Israel. People, who call themselves “believers in Christ,” also hold the same beliefs.

Deuteronomy 7:6 New Living Translation (NLT)

6 For you are a holy people, who belong to the Lord your God. Of all the people on earth, the Lord your God has chosen you to be his own special treasure.

Amos 3:2 Living Bible (TLB)

2 “Of all the peoples of the earth, I have chosen you alone.

Zechariah 2:7-8 New Living Translation (NLT)

7 Come away, people of Zion, you who are exiled in Babylon!”

8 After a period of glory, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies sent me against the nations who plundered you. For he said, “Anyone who harms you harms my most precious possession

Isaiah 2:4 Living Bible (TLB) (Written by the Prophet Isaiah in 760 B.C.)

4 The Lord will settle international disputes; all the nations will convert their weapons of war into implements of peace. Then at the last all wars will stop and all military training will end.

Jeremiah 31:3 Living Bible (TLB)

3 For long ago the Lord had said to Israel: I have loved you, O my people, with an everlasting love; with loving-kindness I have drawn you to me.

As I write this article on Israel, I am drawn to the truth of a New Testament scripture, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). I have no mindset of spreading propaganda; my desire is to share the truth of the Jewish people, which is not being told in the mainstream liberal media. At present time, there are those of the industries of “liberal” media, entertainment, academia, and politics, whom are saying that our nation’s current situation at our southern border is like that of the Holocaust. Such a lack of truth is a total insult to the six million Jews which were murdered in the Holocaust of the 1930s and 1940s in Nazi Germany, as well as to the surviving Holocaust Jews. If anyone is interested in learning the truth of the Holocaust, and the children which were interred and murdered in the Nazi concentration camps, there are videos in my prior articles on the history of Israel that show the mangled bodies of men, women and children that were murdered with the full knowledge of the nearby German citizens. Unfortunately, those of the liberal press do not challenge their guests who equate any U.S.A situation with that of the true Holocaust. But, like I said, there are people who will sell their souls for a vote, or for a tv rating. I make it my business to know about the things that go on around the world. I follow the news reports of all media.

As a child, I lived in a city that had a significant Jewish population. I started elementary school with Jews, and graduated with them. I have found Jewish people to be wonderful people; as a nation, Israel will defend itself whenever it has been attacked. I am not a registered Republican; neither am I compensated for any of the articles that I write. My family’s roots are Democrat, reaching back to the time of the great depression of 1929.

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Shabbat Shalom

The video of this post shows a Jewish family, and friends, as they honor the Sabbath. May we remember the psalm of peace for the Jewish people. “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem” (Psalm 122:6). From a Gentile believer in Christ, I offer “Shabbat Shalom” (Sabbath of peace) to Israel, and to Jews whom reside in the four corners of the earth.

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Israel – Prophecy And Current Era – 57 Muslim Nations Urged to Besiege Israel by Ergogan

https://www.memri.org/reports/turkish-newspaper-close-president-erdogan-calls-form-joint-islamic-army-fight-israel

Introduction (from above link)

On December 12, 2017, ahead of the summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul, the Turkish daily Yeni Şafak, which is close to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his ruling AKP party, published an article titled “A Call for Urgent Action,”[1] which also appeared on the paper’s website under the title “What If an Army of Islam Was Formed against Israel?”[2] The article called on the 57 member states of the OIC to form a joint “Army of Islam” to besiege and attack the state of Israel. It notes that such a joint army will greatly exceed the Israeli army in manpower, equipment and budget, and presents statistics to prove this. It also advocates establishing joint bases for the army’s ground, air and naval forces that will arrive from all over the Muslim world to besiege Israel, while noting that Pakistan, as the only nuclear country, has “a special status” among the OIC countries. An interactive map provides information on military forces stationed in various locations and the role they can play in the potential joint Muslim attack on Israel. (more to be seen from above link)

http://www.wnd.com/2018/03/57-muslim-nations-urged-to-besiege-israel/

(following information from above link)

57 Muslim nations urged to besiege Israel

A Turkish newspaper close to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling party is urging 57 Islamic nations to build a joint army specifically to attack Israel, notes a new report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

The Middle East Media Research Institute reports the article appeared on the paper’s website under the title “What If an Army of Islam Was Formed against Israel?”
It was published shortly ahead of a summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which has 57 members, MEMRI reported.

The article notes, MEMRI said, “that such a joint army will greatly exceed the Israeli army in manpower, equipment and budget, and presents statistics to prove this.”

“It also advocates establishing joint bases for the army’s ground, air and naval forces that will arrive from all over the Muslim world to besiege Israel, while noting that Pakistan, as the only nuclear country, has ‘a special status’ among the OIC countries,” the report said.

MEMRI explained that many of the major points in the newspaper article were “taken from the website of the Turkish SADAT International Defense and Consulting Company, which provides consultancy on defense and warfare, both conventional and unconventional, and on military organization, training and gear.”

“The company has an agenda of promoting pan-Islamic military cooperation. According to its mission statement, it seeks ‘to establish defense collaboration and defense industry cooperation among Islamic countries, to help the Islamic world take its rightful place among the superpowers by providing … strategic consultancy and training services to the militaries and homeland security forces of Islamic countries.’”
The article states: “It becomes evident that the member states’ [joint] military might greatly exceeds that of Israel. Moreover, in a possible military operation, this superiority [can] be realized on the ground by [setting up] joint military bases for ground, air and naval forces.”

It says that if the OIC member states “unite and form a joint military force, it will be the largest army in the world.”

“These countries’ total population is 1,674,526,931. The number of soldiers in active service in these countries is at least 5,206,100.”

The newspaper calls Israel “significantly inferior” and says that “this country, which attempted to occupy Jerusalem while surrounded by Muslim states” has a population of only about 8 million, while Istanbul alone exceeds 14 million. – source

From memri.org

Turkish Newspaper Close To President Erdogan Calls To Form Joint Islamic Army To Fight Israel

March 7, 2018

On December 12, 2017, ahead of the summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul, the Turkish daily Yeni Şafak, which is close to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his ruling AKP party, published an article titled “A Call for Urgent Action,”[1] which also appeared on the paper’s website under the title “What If an Army of Islam Was Formed against Israel?”[2] The article called on the 57 member states of the OIC to form a joint “Army of Islam” to besiege and attack the state of Israel. It notes that such a joint army will greatly exceed the Israeli army in manpower, equipment and budget, and presents statistics to prove this. It also advocates establishing joint bases for the army’s ground, air and naval forces that will arrive from all over the Muslim world to besiege Israel, while noting that Pakistan, as the only nuclear country, has “a special status” among the OIC countries. An interactive map provides information on military forces stationed in various locations and the role they can play in the potential joint Muslim attack on Israel.
The Source Of The Yeni Şafak Article: The SADAT Company Website

The main points of the article are taken from the website of the Turkish SADAT International Defense and Consulting Company, which provides consultancy on defense and warfare, both conventional and unconventional, and on military organization, training and gear. The company has an agenda of promoting pan-Islamic military cooperation. According to its mission statement, it seeks “to establish defense collaboration and defense industry cooperation among Islamic countries, to help the Islamic world take its rightful place among the superpowers by providing… strategic consultancy and training services to the militaries and homeland security forces of Islamic countries.”[3]

According to Israeli security sources, the SADAT company is involved in aiding Hamas, and seeks to assist – with funds and military gear – the creation of a “Palestine Army” to fight Israel.[4]

SADAT Founder Adnan Tanrıverdi

The SADAT company was founded by Erdoğan’s senior advisor on military affairs, retired general Adnan Tanrıverdi, and is chaired by his son, Melih Tanrıverdi. Adnan Tanrıverdi (b. 1944) served in the Turkish army’s Artillery Corps and headed the Home Front Command in northern Cyprus. He is an expert on assymetric warfare, and was dismissed from the Turkish military in 1996 for his Islamists leadnings. A former Turkish army officer, Ahmet Yavuz, described him as “an enemy of Atatürk” and stated that his dismissal from the army was not surprising.[5]

The Yeni Şafak article is based on a PDF booklet featuring a number of articles by Tanrıverdi, as well as other materials, that appeared on the homepage of SADAT’s website and has since been removed.[6] Some of the articles are virulently anti-Israel and promote the goal of arming the Palestinians and forming an Army of Islam to eliminate Israel.

One of these articles, titled “SADAT and the Future of the Muslim World” describes Israel as “the outpost of the new Crusade and a dagger in the heart of Islam,” and “the eyes, ears and fist of the Christian World.” A second article, titled “How to Solve the Palestinian Question?” emphasizes the need to utilize the OIC as the basis for a permanent defense cooperation committee, and also describes his vision of establishing military bases for the purpose of liberating Palestine. An article titled “Palestine Too Should Have an Army” articulates Tanrıverdi’s vision of forming a Palestinian army equipped with tanks and other heavy weaponry, and adds that this army, along with a united Army of Islam, can bring about Israel’s military defeat within 10 days and its diplomatic defeat within 20 days.

The fact that Yeni Şafak echoes Tanrıverdi’s articles indicates that regime-associated media is promoting an agenda of attacking Israel.

Tanrıverdi Associate Arrested In Israel On Suspicion Of Aiding Hamas

Recently, Israel became aware of Tanrıverdi’s activities after it arrested a Turkish academic, Cemil Tekeli, on suspicion of aiding Hamas terrorists in Turkey. According to the Israeli paper Makor Rishon, Tekeli, who has since been deported to Turkey, is a close associate of Adnan Tanrıverdi. The Makor Rishon report featured a photo of him with both Adnan and Melih Tanrıverdi:[7]

The following are excerpts from the Yeni Şafak article, along with some of the images and infographics that accompanied it. Bold text was highlighted in the original :

“This Wednesday, Istanbul will host an extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, at which decisions on military and economic issues will presumably be made. In this framework, it becomes evident that the member states’ [joint] military might greatly exceeds that of Israel. Moreover, in a possible military operation, this superiority [can] be realized on the ground by [setting up] joint military bases for ground, air and naval forces. Below are a map and statistics presenting a comparison between Israel and the [proposed] Army of Islam…

“What If An Army Of Islam Was Formed Against Israel?

“If the OIC member states unite and form a joint military force, it will be the largest army in the world. These countries’ total population is 1,674,526,931. The number of soldiers in active service in these countries is at least 5,206,100. Their [overall] military defense budget, of $174,728,420, is also worthy of emphasis.

“Half Of Istanbul

“As for Israel, it is significantly inferior. The population of this country, which attempted to occupy Jerusalem while surrounded by Muslim states, is 8,049,314. Note that the population of Istanbul alone exceeds 14 million. The number of soldiers in active service in the [Israeli] occupation forces is 160,000, and [Israel’s] defense budget is approximately $15, 600,000,000.

Infographic comparing the OIC countries with the Israel:

“Defense Budget: OIC: $174,728,420; Israel: $15,600,000. Population: OIC: 1,674,526,931; Israel: 8,049,314. Soldiers: OIC: 5,206,100; Israel: 160,000″

“Islamic Countries Will Lay Siege To Israel

“Among the decisions that can be taken at the OIC [summit] is to form a ‘Jerusalem Task Group.’ In this framework, military steps are likely to be taken. The [Muslim] armies, ranging from Africa to Asia, surpass the Israeli [army in might]. So if an Islamic army is formed, Israel will be under a siege.

“At The First Stage: 250 Thousand Soldiers

“In a possible military operation, the first step is expected to involve 250,000 soldiers, and the establishment of joint land, air and naval bases for use in the short term.

“500 tanks and armored vehicles, 100 war planes, 500 attack helicopters and 50 warships and submarines can be mobilized.

Interactive map providing information on particular bases and missions in a possible operation against Israel. Clicking on various locations provides the following information, for example:

“Eskişehir – Konya – Kilis: In case of a military operation, air bases in various locations will house 100 planes and 500 attack helicopters, and also serve as reinforcement and supply bases. 250,000 military staff, including pilots, will be ready for duty.

[Northern] Cyprus: In case of a military operation, the 50 warships and submarines stationed in naval bases can take an active role [in the fight] against Israel in the Mediterranean and the Red Sea. The Turkish navy, among others, will participate in the operation. Together the forces will comprise 250,000 men.

“Military Bases Close to Israel Available For Immediate Action

“The war planes that will be dispatched to the region from greater distances will be stationed in airbases [closer to Israel]. Israel will most likely to be besieged by the naval fleets that will be sent to the Mediterranean and the Red Sea.

“The Necessary Equipment Exists

“The military capability of the OIC member states is considerable. These armies have the necessary equipment to carry out a military operation on land, sea and air.

“Even Turkey Alone Is Superior [To Israel]

“Turkey will serve as an important headquarters during the operation, due to its land, air and naval infrastructures. The Turkish army, which carried out ‘Operation Euphrates Shield’ [in Syria in 2017] with great success, is now ranked the world’s seventh strongest army, and the second largest army among the NATO powers. Turkey has approximately 4,000 tanks and 1,000 war planes and other aircraft. Its navy made significant progress during the last years, with 194 vessels at its disposal.

“As the only country which possesses nuclear weapons, Pakistan has an important status among the 57 Muslim [OIC] countries…

“Those who believe that they are the owners of Jerusalem today will not find a single tree to hide behind tomorrow”

“Asia’s Military Defiance

“In a statement, Malaysian Defense Minister [Hishammuddin] Hussein described Trump’s recognition [of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital] as a blow to Muslims, and added: ‘The Malaysian armed forces are ready to fulfill their duty regarding Jerusalem.’

“Turkey Is Forming Alliances

“In recent years, Turkey has launched a series of collaborations with [OIC] member states. The joint military drill with our Iraqi neighbors conveyed a clear message to the terrorists, and Turkey is [also] engaging in new collaborations with Qatar, Somalia and other Gulf and African countries. In this context it should be underlined that Turkey is taking steps to realize the model of the ‘Army of Islam,’ forging alliances with many Muslim countries to increase its military mobility.” – source

Yoga Emergent Contemplative

Can Yoga ever be Christian? “For the time will come when they will not tolerate sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, will multiply teachers for themselves because they have an itch to hear something new.” (2 Timothy 4:3, HCSB). The topics that are addressed in the videos of this article are finding “friendly grazing” in many of our mainline and evangelical congregations. Listen carefully to the videos.

Caryl Matrisciana (Deceased)

The Emergent Church
Click onto the following link.
http://christinprophecy.org/sermons/matrisciana-on-escaping-from-hinduism/
Escaping From Hinduism (Roll your cursor over “events,” and scroll downward to see the video on Hinduism)
https://www.thebereancall.org/content/memory-caryl-matrisciana
In Memory

Dr. Eric Barger
http://ericbarger.com/

The Emergent Church

What is the Emergent Church Movement?

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Israel Prophecy And Current Era 6-13-18

As we have been discussing the prophecies of the Jewish prophets, a key focus has been on the Temple in Jerusalem. As we have discussed in the past, the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed by the invading Babylonian forces in 586 B.C. The temple was rebuilt in 515 B.C., and was destroyed again by the forces of Rome in 70 A.D. Jews all around the world are anticipating the reconstruction of the Temple. However, the Temple in which they seek will not be realized until the Kingdom Age, which will be known as the Messianic Temple. A Christian perspective of this subject follows.

Preceding the Messianic temple will be a “fake temple,” which will be built during the tribulation, and will be authorized for construction by the Anti-Christ. God will build the Messianic Temple. Jews will build the tribulation temple, which will be destroyed during the tribulation. God will have no part in the tribulation temple. Christ, the Messiah, will rule and reign from the Messianic Temple.

At this time in the history of the world, the temple is of key concern, not only for Jews, but also for followers of Christ, and for those of the Muslim religion. Consider the words of the Jewish prophet Obadiah, as he speaks words of God to the Jews in 841 B.C. He speaks about the destruction of Israel’s enemies which will take place at the end of the tribulation (at the Battle of Armageddon), immediately preceding the Kingdom Age.

Obadiah 15-18 Living Bible (TLB)

15 The Lord’s vengeance will soon fall upon all Gentile nations. As you have done to Israel, so will it be done to you. Your acts will boomerang upon your heads. 16 You drank my cup of punishment upon my holy mountain, and the nations round about will drink it too; yes, they will drink and stagger back and disappear from history, no longer nations anymore. 17 “But Jerusalem will become a refuge, a way of escape. Israel will reoccupy the land. 18 Israel will be a fire that sets the dry fields of Edom aflame. There will be no survivors,” for the Lord has spoken.

See the following note from the NKJV Study Bible. “16 as you drank:” The reference here is to the “cup of God’s wrath” that was passed from Samaria to Judah, and finally to the “nations”—including Edom (see Jeremiah. 25:27, 32, 33). The Lord still viewed Jerusalem as His holy mountain because He intended to reestablish His presence there (see Zechariah. 1:16).”

Consider the Current Era of Israel.

Of 350,000,000 people living in the middle east, only about 6,556,00 of them are Jewish. The remaining population are mostly Arab/Muslim.

http://guides.library.cornell.edu/MideastIslamStudies/Statistics
In the year 2010, the Muslim population of the following regions totaled one billion, six hundred thirty million, two hundred thousand: Asia-Pacific (985,530,000); Middle East And North Africa (317,000,000); Sub-Saharan Africa (248,110,000); Europe (43,490,000). Total: 1,630,200,000.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_Israel
The demographic features of Israel are monitored by the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. The State of Israel has a population of approximately 8,855,000 inhabitants as of first half-2018.[3] Some 74.5% percent are Jews of all backgrounds (about 6,556,000 individuals), 20.9% are Arab of any religion other than Jewish (about 1,837,000 individuals).

It is amazing that news reports from traditional media outlets point the finger of blame at Israel, for all of the problems that develop in its surrounding countries and regions. Consider the argument that six million Jews can be a “thorn in the side” for more than a billion Muslims and Arabs. You can do the following exercise.

Search for “wipe Israel off the map.” You will see the total number of times that haters of Israel have made that statement. Today, that total was: About 61,700 results (0.49 seconds). The problem is not with Israel.

Consider how Hamas uses the money that is targeted for humanitarian aid to the residents of Gaza, and instead, uses the money to attack and kill Jews.

Hamas films deadly tunnel attack

http://www.cogat.mod.gov.il/en/Our_Activities/Pages/Hamas-Terror-Tunnels-18.5.17.aspx

Hamas Terror Tunnels- Built with Gazans’ Stolen Money

Terror tunnels, the main investment of the Hamas terror organization, are not aimed to create a better future for the residents of Gaza, but are rather destroying it, propelling Gaza toward a conflict with Israel. Hundreds of millions of dollars, many of which comes from foreign aid, which Hamas diverts to tunnel building rather than to aid Gaza’s two million residents.

https://www.idf.il/en/minisites/facts-and-figures/hamas/hamas-exploitation-of-humanitarian-aid/

Although a large amount of building materials enters Gaza from Israel (more than 3.5 million tons of construction material in 2016 alone), a significant portion does not reach construction companies, and is instead diverted to Hamas’ tunnel building activities.

Consider the following information that compares Israel to its Muslim and Arab neighbors.

https://gerryporter.blogspot.com/?view=classic
The Historic Betrayal of the Palestinians

Why, throughout their history, have the Palestinians been the victims of so many irresponsible leaders who harm their own constituents?

Historically, the Palestinian “liberation organizations” have had no ideology or motivation beyond the of destruction of the State of Israel. They are proxies for the countries funding them, instead of acting in the authentic national interests of the Palestinian people.

Instead of bringing jobs, water and better education — as they promise when they stand for election — some Arab Israeli legislators sell out their people for a few crumbs of headline attention. They parrot the Iranian line, with no regard for the needs of their voters. Iran just wants to get its foot in the door.
With the generous “help” of our Palestinian leaders — and especially with the “help” of the treacherous Europeans who keep on enabling them — any real help for the Palestinians looks more distant than ever.

http://www.imninalu.net/israel-arabs.htm
Israel Science and Technology Directory

It was only after the Jews re-inhabited their historic homeland of Judea and Samaria, that the myth of an Arab Palestinian nation was created and marketed worldwide. Jews come from Judea, not Palestinians. There is no language known as Palestinian, or any Palestinian culture distinct from that of all the Arabs in the area. There has never been a land known as Palestine governed by Palestinians. “Palestinians” are Arabs indistinguishable from Arabs throughout the Middle East. The great majority of Arabs in greater Palestine and Israel share the same culture, language and religion.

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Israel Prophecy And Current Era 6-9-18

Where do Jews believe the Temple will be built? As we have been studying the Jewish Prophets Of Israel, we have discussed the Jewish Temple. The Jewish people have a strong tie to the Temple, and have a great desire for it to be rebuilt. Consider the following time line, as it relates to the building and destruction of the Temple at various times in the history of Israel.

1491 B.C. God commissioned the construction of the tabernacle/sanctuary (Exodus 25:8-9).
1490 B.C. The tabernacle in the desert was completed (Exodus 40:33).
1015 B.C. God commissioned King Solomon to build the first temple in Jerusalem (1 Chronicles 28:6).
1004 B.C. Solomon finished the construction of the temple in Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 5:1).
925 B.C. Shishak, king of Egypt, takes the city; the temple is plundered. (2 Chronicles 12:9).
850 B.C. The Philistines, Arabians, and Ethiopians lay siege to Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 21:16). The King’s palace is sacked and the Temple plundered.
586 B.C. The forces of Nebuchadnezzar destroyed the temple in Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 36:19).
515 B.C. The Temple was rebuilt in Jerusalem, being known as Zerubbabel’s Temple (Haggai 1:1-15).
63 A.D. Herod’s Temple, which was a remodeling of Zerubbabel’s temple, was completed in 4 B.C., but was not totally completed until 63 A.D.
https://www.bible-history.com/jewishtemple/
https://www.bible-history.com/jewishtemple/JEWISH_TEMPLEHerods_Temple00000006.htm.
70 A.D.Herod’s Temple was destroyed by the Romans.

History Of Jerusalem

During its long history, Jerusalem has been attacked 52 times, captured and recaptured 44 times, besieged 23 times, and destroyed twice.The oldest part of the city was settled in the 4th millennium BCE, making Jerusalem one of the oldest cities in the world. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Jerusalem

Sieges of Jerusalem: 701 BC 587 BC 70 614 637 1099 1244 1917 1948
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Jerusalem

It is interesting to know that the name of Jerusalem is never mentioned in the Quran.

While Jerusalem is mentioned in the Bible (Tanach) over 500 times, it is NEVER mentioned in the Quran, not once! http://www.jewishpress.com/blogs/israel-shield/5-facts-that-prove-jerusalem-was-never-a-muslim-holy-city-or-an-arab-capital/2014/10/30/

The Truth About Hamas

Son of Hamas founder: Hamas tortures and kills Palestinian children, goal to target civilians

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Israel Prophecy And Current Era 6-7-18

Prophecy. The discussion in this opening video relates to the writings of Ezekiel and Daniel, both of whom are highly respected by Jews. The date of the writing of Ezekiel 11 was 594 B.C. The date of the writing of Ezekiel 38 was 587 B.C. The date of the writing of Daniel 11 was 534 B.C. The date of Psalm 83 is estimated to be between 1000 and 900 B.C.

Current Era. This second video shows people of the nations that Jewish prophets said will attack Israel.

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2 – The Spiritual Kingdom

Through the articles that have been written on this blog on the Jewish Prophets of Israel, the discussion of the future kingdom of Israel has been an important subject this is of key importance to Jews. This article brings a Christian perspective into the teaching of the prophecies of the Kingdom. The truth of the Jewish prophets is truth; this article will show nothing but respect for the writings of the Jewish prophets. Jews are taught that they are God’s chosen people (Deuteronomy 7:6); this author agrees.

“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth” (Psalm 46:10, NKJV). Consider the Holiness of God. Consider the holiness that is related to the sound of the blowing of the shofar. Consider the Godly significance of the sound of the shofar and of the related events of bible prophecy and history. God’s Holiness is the object of such a call.

HOLY IS THE LORD!!! HOLY IS THE LORD!!! HOLY IS THE LORD!!!

“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:52, KJV). “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.The catching up of the saints, also known as the rapture of the church, is a term that applies to those of the church age, those whom are a part of the Spiritual Kingdom, those whom have been born again” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 King James Version, KJV).

The Greek word from which the term “rapture” is derived appears in 1 Thessalonians 4:17, translated “caught up.” The Latin translation of this verse uses the word rapturo. The Greek word that it translates is harpazo, which means to snatch or take away (Dr. Charles C. Ryrie).

The rapture specifically relates to Israel (Daniel 9:20). The purpose of the rapture is for God to Judge sin and to draw Jews to saving faith in Christ (Daniel 9:24). A political leader (Anti-Christ) will make a treaty with the Jews, and will break it mid way during the tribulation (Daniel 9:27). In addition to Jews, gentiles can also be drawn to saving faith in Christ, and be born again during the seven-years of tribulation. The time of the tribulation will be harsh beyond human comprehension; it will consist of the wrath of God (Revelation 6:1, 7:6-7, 16:1), and the persecution by the Anti-Christ (Revelation 6:2) against Jews and those whom come to faith in Christ.

This article discusses the Spiritual Kingdom, which relates to God and people, not to places and things. Places and things may enter into the conversation when they relate to those of the Spiritual Kingdom. A trumpet will be sounded as Christ begins His descent from heaven to catch up His born again believers on earth prior to the beginning of the tribulation. Neither, rapture nor tribulation, will be an allegory or spiritually symbolic of those events that are written in God’s Word. The rapture is a friend to those whom are born again believers in Christ. The tribulation will be the worst possible nightmare for those whom are not born again, and are not caught up in the rapture; they will experience the actual persecution of the Anti-Christ, and the outpouring of the wrath of God on our world and on the people that remain.

Consider the following verses that relate to other purposes for the sounding of the trumpet, which is also known as the shofar and the ram’s horn.

Exodus 19:18-20 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB): God is coming to His people to give instruction.

18 Mount Sinai was completely enveloped in smoke because the Lord came down on it in fire. Its smoke went up like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain shook violently. 19 As the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and God answered him in the thunder.

20 The Lord came down on Mount Sinai at the top of the mountain. Then the Lord summoned Moses to the top of the mountain, and he went up.

Matthew 24:29-31 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB): The trumpet sounds as Christ returns to earth at the end of the tribulation.

29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days: The sun will be darkened, and the moon will not shed its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the celestial powers will be shaken.

30 “Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the peoples of the earth will mourn; and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 He will send out His angels with a loud trumpet, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.

The Kingdom Of God

The use of the term “kingdom of heaven.” In the Scriptures the term “kingdom” is used in seven different ways: (1) the Gentile kingdoms, (2) the kingdoms of Israel and Judah, (3) the kingdom of Satan, (4) God’s universal kingdom, (5) a spiritual kingdom, (6) the millennial Davidic kingdom, (7) the mystery form of the kingdom (J. Dwight Pentecost, Things To Come, page 142).

We will begin a discussion of the kingdoms, as they relate to eschatology. We will consider: The Spiritual Kingdom, The Millennial Kingdom and, The Mystery form of the Kingdom. In this article we will discuss the Spiritual Kingdom.

Spiritual Kingdom.

The Spiritual Kingdom is very closely related to God’s universal kingdom. The Spiritual Kingdom consists of all people whom have experienced the new birth (John 3:3-8), which came by the power of God’s Holy Spirit. Per John 3:3, no one can enter into the Kingdom of God, without having been “born again,” which is more correct by saying, “born from above.” The Spiritual Kingdom, “is,” always “has been,” and always “will be.” The words, “always,” and “is,” describe God. Consider Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning, God.” In Isaiah 7:14/Matthew 1:23, we see that Christ is “God with us.” Consider Exodus 3:14, John 8:48-59 and Revelation 1:8. In these verses, we see the eternality of God. In John 1:1, we see that Christ is God: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Re: Genesis 1:1 – “in the beginning,” not of eternity, but of the creation of the world (Ryrie Study Bible). Re: John 1:1 – “in the beginning,” before time began, Christ was already in existence with God (Ryrie Study Bible).

The Spiritual Kingdom of God, consists of God, whom “is” Spirit (Father, Son, Holy Spirit), and everyone whom has ever been born again, of all time. It will be a crowded place, but a wonderful place to be.

John 4:24, “God is Spirit.” The KJV reads, “God is a spirit,” which is in error. If God were, “a spirit,” He would be one of many spirits, and would be a little “g” god. In “God is Spirit,” God is unique in that he “is” Spirit. He is like none other, and none other is like God.

The Spiritual Kingdom of God, “is within peoples’ hearts” (an illustration of those whom have been born again). The pronoun could hardly refer to the Pharisees, in general, with whom Christ is speaking in Luke 17:20-21 (MacArthur Study Bible).

Luke 17:21, “the kingdom of God is in your midst” (NASB). The KJV incorrectly reads, “the kingdom of God is within you.”

The rapture of the church is the event in which Christ returns from Heaven to earth and, while remaining in the air, catches up all New Testament era born again believers in Christ (some living, others deceased; deceased saints will be “resurrected” first, followed by living saints whom will be “caught up”). Absent from their earthly bodies, these two groups of saints will be present with the Lord. They will go to the judgment seat of Christ for rewards. From the Judgment Seat of Christ, Christ and “His bride,” the caught up saints, will go to the Marriage of the Lamb. From there, Christ and His bride, will descend to Earth, where Christ will defeat the enemies of God at the Battle Of Armageddon. Following the battle, which is a spiritual battle, Christ and His bride will enter the Kingdom/Millennium, where the marriage supper of the Lamb will take place. Joining the Bride and Christ will be (1) the Old Testament Saints, (2) the tribulation era deceased Saints and, (3) the survivors of the tribulation, whom have come to saving faith in Christ and are born again. After ruling and reigning with Christ for a thousand years, the next stop for all of these saints will be the eternal state.

The people that inhabit the Kingdom are those that were born again, as far back as the garden of Eden, and will consist of those whom will have been born again up until the day that Christ returns from Heaven (Second Coming Of Christ) with His “pre-rapture” born again saints. There will also be people whom will be born during the Kingdom Age, whom must also be born again in order for them to enter the eternal state (New Heaven, New Earth, New Jerusalem). The Kingdom Age babies will be the children of the people whom are born again during the tribulation, and are allowed by Christ to enter the Kingdom without being resurrected from death, or raptured while alive. Prior to entry into the eternal state, all people must have perfect resurrection bodies and souls, to match their born again spirits. God will provide resurrection bodies and souls for all of His righteous, born again, believers in Christ. It must be stated that any sinful actions that occur during the millennium will come from the children of tribulation era saints whom enter the millennium without having been resurrected or raptured. Those born during the millennium will not have the spirit of Christ dwelling within their spirits, prompting them to righteousness, until they have accepted Christ as Lord and Savior; then, they will be born again. Not all of those millennium babies will be born again, because they will not have accepted Christ as Lord and Savior. They will be of the Satanic forces whom will attack the saints at the end of the millennium in the Battle of God and Magog; they lose! (Revelation 20:7-9).

It will be at the second coming of Christ (not the rapture) that He will return to Earth and stand on the Mount of Olives (Acts 1:11, Revelation 1:7, 19:11-16, Zechariah 14:4). He will execute judgment on those whom had missed the rapture of the church. Those, whom will have come to faith in Christ during the tribulation (having been born again), will remain on earth to enter the millennium. There, they will rule and reign with Christ, with all other saints, until the time that all saints enter the eternal state of the “new heaven, new earth and new Jerusalem.” Those, whom will not have come to faith in Christ during the tribulation, will experience death and will be resurrected at the end of the millennium. Then, they will appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, with all other unsaved people of all time (those whom had not been born again), and will then be cast into the lake of fire which burns forever and ever. Only the people whom are righteous, whom have been born again, whom have the Spirit of Christ dwelling within their spirits, will escape this horrible eternity in the lake of fire.

At the time of the return of Christ to earth, Jews and gentiles will be judged in groups by Christ, as groups of Jews and as groups of gentiles. Those whom will have accepted Christ as Lord and Savior during the tribulation, will have been born again. The born again believers will have no lake of fire experience; they will be left behind from judgment to enter the Kingdom, and will face no judgment to determine the place of their eternity. At the time that they were born again, their eternity with Christ was set in stone. The dead saints of the Old Testament and tribulation eras will be resurrected at the time of the second coming of Christ to earth; then, they will be given perfect resurrection bodies and souls, and will enter the millennium. At the end of the millennium, all born again saints will go from the Kingdom into the eternal state of the new heaven, new earth and new Jerusalem. Those whom will be born during the millennium must accept Christ as Lord and Savior in order for them to be born again, to be given eternal holy bodies, and to enter the eternal state.

The second coming of Christ to earth for judgment is no allegory or spiritual example of God’s judgment; it “will” happen. The best way for anyone to prepare for this event is to be born again prior to the rapture, thereby being excused from this horrible time on God’s prophetic calendar.

The following video tells the story of this article. The Happy Goodman family is shown, from left to right, all brothers, left to right, Sam, Howard and Rusty. Vestal, the wife of Howard, was standing between Sam and Howard. The song tells the story of the Goodman family, whom are all now with the Lord. While they were living, they had been born again. Their spirits were in the Presence of God in the third heaven. At their death, their souls (mind, consciousness, emotions) joined their spirits. Their bodies are now in the ground. At the time of the rapture, their bodies will be raised, in perfection, to join their souls and spirits that are with God. See the verses of explanation below the video.

Happy Goodman Family. I Believe He’s Coming Back

Scriptures of reference.

The spirit

John 3:3 “You must be born again.”

John 14:20 The intermingling of God’s Spirit with the spirits of born again believers.

John 10:28 Born again believers are eternally secure in Christ.

John 16:8 God’s Holy Spirit will prompt born again believers in Christ to righteous living and to the sharing of the Word of Christ with unbelievers.

Spirit, Soul, Body 1 Thessalonians 5:23

Perfection of the born again spirit. 2 Corinthians 5:17, Colossians 1:27, 1 John 1:5. The spirit, that is “in Christ, in God,” is a spirit that is literally dwelling within the Spirit of God the Father, God the Son and, God the Holy Spirit.

The Rapture Of The Church

John 14:1-6 (These words were spoken by Christ to His disciples (minus Judas Iscariot) on the evening prior to His death on the cross.)
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
1 Corinthians 15:50-54
2 Corinthians 5:8 absent from the body, present with the Lord.
2 Corinthians 5:10 the Judgment Seat of Christ, for rewards.
Revelation 19:7-8 the Marriage of the Lamb

The Tribulation

Daniel 12:1
Matthew 24:4-26
Revelation Chapters 6-18

The Second Coming Of Christ/Battle Of Armageddon

Matthew 24:29-31
Zechariah 14:1-15
Jude vs 14-15
Revelation 19:11-21

The Rapture of Living Saints

John 14:1-6
1 Thessalonians 4:17
1 Corinthians 15:50-54

The Resurrection Of Deceased:

New Testament Saints – 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 1 Corinthians 15:52
Old Testament Saints – Daniel 12:2
Tribulation Saints – Revelation 20:4
Unrighteous, unbelievers – Revelation 20:5/20:10-15

The Judgment Of Jews And Gentiles – End Of Tribulation

Jews – Matthew 24:40-41 – Unrighteous taken to judgment; righteous left to enter the Kingdom.
Gentiles – Matthew 25:34 – Righteous to inherit the kingdom.
Gentiles – Matthew 25:46 – Unrighteous taken to judgment.
The righteous will have been born again.

The Kingdom Age Duration – 1,000 years – Revelation 20:4, 6

The Judgment of the unrighteous – Revelation 20:10-15

The Destruction of Heaven and Earth – 2 Peter 3:12-13; Revelation 21:1

The Eternal State

The New Heaven, New Earth, New Jerusalem – Revelation 21:1-2

All things made new – Revelation 21:5

The names of the 12 tribes of Israel written on the 12 gates of the new Jerusalem – Revelation 21:12.

The names of the 12 apostles written on the 12 foundations of the wall of the new Jerusalem – Jerusalem 21:14

The eternity of God, the Lamb, and Born Again Believers – Revelation 22:1-5 “The” throne of God and the Lamb; “His” servants shall serve Him. The servants will reign forever and ever. (Believers in the New Jerusalem will be servant-kings, ever praising and serving God, yet reigning themselves for eternity. Moody Bible Commentary)

The second coming of Christ, with judgment

Matthew 24:21-30. vs 21, the events of God’s judgment in the tribulation will be worse than anything from the beginning of the world (See Revelation bowl judgments). Christ returns to earth “after the tribulation. ” vs 28 describes a condition of death. vs 30 There will be mourning at the sight of Christ coming in the clouds. Notice that this passage, in no way, matches the events of the catching up of the saints, which was a joyful event (Titus 2:13).

Matthew 24:31-41 Christ judges the Jews. vs 31 angels are sent to gather the elect (Jews) that are on the earth. vs 40-41. One will be taken to judgment, and the other will remain on earth to enter the millennium. Notice that this passage, in no way, matches the events of the catching up of the saints, which was a joyful event (Titus 2:13).

Matthew 25:31-46 vs 32, Christ judges the gentiles at the sheep and goat judgment. vs 34 Sheep will have been born again; they will enter the millennial kingdom. 41 Goats will not have been born again; vs 46 they will go to everlasting punishment.

Zechariah 14:1-12. Christ, and His raptured saints return from Heaven to Earth, where Christ defeats the gentile nations that are attacking Israel. The effects resemble a nuclear attack.

Revelation 19:11-21. Christ and His saints return to earth, where Christ defeat those who are attacking Israel. The result is the same as Zechariah 14:1-12.

John 3:3 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

3 Jesus replied, “I assure you: Unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Final Thought

This article is so serious that it should not end without comment. Parents, consider the following words, very attentively.

God has given the responsibility to parents for rearing their children.

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 NKJV

4 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.

6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

God spoke words of rebuke to the northern kingdom of Israel through the Prophet, Hosea, for their neglect of His Word.

Hosea 4:6 NKJV

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.

A Challenge

God’s Word is true and Holy. Parents, is your home holy? Are you making it a place where your children can receive the Word of God, and be open and receptive to the call of the Holy Spirit on their lives, as He attempts to draw your children to saving faith in Christ, with the result of them being born again? Is your television a portal of righteousness, or does it bring untruth, filth and violence into your home? Do you monitor your tv, and ensure that news programs report truth to your family? Does your church preach the gospel of Christ, or has its pulpit become a soapbox of unrighteous politics? Have you made all things possible for you and your children to spend eternity with Christ? Or, will you lead your family to the lake of fire?

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How is Israel preparing for the temple to be rebuilt in Jerusalem?

How is Israel preparing for the temple to be rebuilt in Jerusalem? The Temple is a subject that is very close to the hearts of most Jews. Anyone having a Jewish friend should be aware of Jewish beliefs and concerns. Hardly a day passes without news reports of the nation of Israel being discussed on most of the major news outlets. At present time, there is a lot of discussion that deals with the reconstruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, which will replace the one that was destroyed by the Romans in the year 70 A.D. Unfortunately, much of the reporting on Israel and the Temple is done by people who have no intimate knowledge of Israel, or of the Temple. In my series of articles that relate to the Jewish prophets of Israel, there is a post that discusses the temple, that goes back to the tent of Moses, which was called the Tent Of Meeting. My discussion of the Temple can be found in the following link, verse 7 comments. https://equippingblog.wordpress.com/2018/04/30/133-the-jewish-prophet-haggai/