God's Church must warn the world!Written by David Ben-Ariel
God's Church has been charged to get Word out to all world and make disciples (students) within every nation, teaching them to follow Yashua's (Jesus') teachings. What did Yashua teach? Yashua boldly proclaimed good news of Kingdom of God, Immortal Family of God-Beings soon to reign over all earth. He also taught His students how to live a life that graces Gospel and compliments Kingdom. We're to become more Godly, more Christ-like, more Kingdom-like, daily, in anticipation of its Dawn.
But Yashua also warned of TURBULENT TIMES to occur just before His landing on Mount of Olives to liberate Jerusalem and secure David's Throne (leading to Israel's deliverance).
We know that certain prophecies were not to be fulfilled until these "last days." Therefore their sealed messages weren't to break their silence until appointed time (Dan. 12:9). With advent of nuclear age, we've been living, for first time in history, with weapons of mass destruction that can erase all life from off planet Earth! (Matt. 24:21-22).
The early Church preached Gospel, but within framework of addressing issues and concerns of their time and place. For example, they emphasized Yashua's necessary death and resurrection. The biblical approach is to offer "meat in due season," custom-made messages. tailored for times, "becoming all things to all men," using current events as a prop and a podium. They preached Christ and Him crucified, and didn't deal with Yashua's prophecy about Jerusalem's imminent fall and Temple's destruction. Why? Because it wouldn't affect daily lives and national affairs of their Gentile audience.
However, today European Beast is taking shape and form before us, while American, British and Jewish peoples continue their nosedive to oblivion. Both of these intertwined events were clearly prophesied (Lev. 26; Deut. 28). And it's only with our God-given understanding of biblical prophecy that we can see where these trends are rapidly heading. Both Daniel and Book of Revelation reveal a Gentile confederation of nations to emerge upon world scene just before Messiah comes, wrecking havoc upon Israel and opposing Heavenly Army (Dan.7; Rev. 13; 17).
These prophesied headlines will directly affect lives of every member of God's Church and Israelite nations! We're living in prophesied time of a knowledge explosion, of mass transit and rapid communication, and have truly become a global village (Dan. 12:4). Therefore these "geopolitical" prophecies are most personal and pertinent!
It was necessary for God to first identify Israel today (the so-called lost 10 Tribes) so Church could deliver His message to them, preserved by Prophets for our time. We're to warn sinful Israelite nations that Holocaust was only a preview of what's to come! Many different groups and organizations (for better and for worse) have helped to restore Israel's identity. But Herbert W. Armstrong was most influential, through his inspiring book The United States and Britain in Prophecy, as God ordained (Isa. 49:6). How else could we go with Gospel to "lost sheep of House of Israel" unless God directed us? How could we warn about imminent "Time of Jacob's Trouble" unless God sent us?
Many professing-Christian ministries today are still lost in their own little religious worlds (Ezek 34:4-5). They still don't know or care who Israel is or reject our identity (yet express interest in our Jewish brethren), although God expects His shepherds to help remind Israel of our biblical roots and responsibilities and regather them as "One Nation Under God," a truly "United Kingdom" (Ezek.37:22). It appears that they're happy believing they're Gentiles (with their counterfeit Christianity/Gentile religion) and don't want to return to Bibilical ways and days, preferring their perverted scatter-brain traditions (Hos. 1:9).
As brought out in my timely book, Beyond Babylon: Europe's Rise and Fall, "Christ referred to WORLD WAR III as GREAT TRIBULATION (Matt. 24:21-22). He'd given an outline of prophetic events to occur just prior to His Second Coming. Although we can't know exact time or date, we can know when it's very near!"
Yashua taught that end time would be very similar to Noah's time and how it was in Sodom and Gomorrha. Didn't Noah know what was about to happen? Wasn't Lot warned about imminent destruction? YES! Biblical precedent provides proof that God's People won't be left without a clue! (Amos 3:7).
God's Church, His called-out ones (drafted to be delightfully different and wonderfully weird, living "ahead of our time"), are called Children of Light (I Pet. 4:4; I Thes. 5:1-6). We haven't been left in dark, in stark contrast to those around us who know latest weather report but miss significance of times! Too many remain oblivious to fact that a EUROPEAN STORM IS BREWING! (Matt. 16:2-3). Many won't realize it until it HITS HOME and they're devastated!
Treachery in the Midst of the LandWritten by Maureen Metcalf
The term Scripture uses to describe activities of those who attempt to sell-out Israel comes to mind. "Treacherous!"
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is being underhanded, deceptive, manipulative, and threatening. In other words, "treacherous" against his own citizens and Land! He is giving-in to Palestinian' demands, and is turning Israeli Land over to enemies of G_d and of Israel. Daily, we hear of incriminating information as to how Disengagement Plan came about, and terrible manner in which it is to be implemented. Daily, and now hourly, innocent people are being threatened with arrests, incarceration, intimidation; and under latest directive issued from Sharon, "whatever it takes," which could include violence, and possibly civil war. And, his stance is against innocent men, women, and children, descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, who love Torah, have faith in L_RD, and love Land. Treachery!
The prophet Isaiah speaks Word of L_RD for this very time!
Isaiah 24:13 When thus it shall be in midst of land among people, there shall be as shaking of an olive tree, and as gleaning grapes when vintage is done. Isa 24:14 They shall lift up their voice, they shall sing for majesty of LORD, they shall cry aloud from sea. Isa 24:15 Wherefore glorify ye LORD in fires, even name of LORD God of Israel in isles of sea. Isa 24:16 From uttermost part of earth have we heard songs, even glory to righteous. But I said, My leanness, my leanness, woe unto me! treacherous dealers have dealt treacherously; yea, treacherous dealers have dealt very treacherously. Isa 24:17 Fear, and pit, and snare, are upon thee, O inhabitant of earth. Isa 24:18 And it shall come to pass, that he who fleeth from noise of fear shall fall into pit; and he that cometh up out of midst of pit shall be taken in snare: for windows from on high are open, and foundations of earth do shake. Isa 24:19 The earth is utterly broken down, earth is clean dissolved, earth is moved exceedingly. Isa 24:20 The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again. Isa 24:21 And it shall come to pass in that day, that LORD shall punish host of high ones that are on high, and kings of earth upon earth. Isa 24:22 And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in pit, and shall be shut up in prison, and after many days shall they be visited. Isa 24:23 Then moon shall be confounded, and sun ashamed, when LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.
Notice shaking of olive tree, Israel, takes place in "the midst of land among people." That means, Israel is a national entity when treachery takes place.
The righteous are those who have repented, love L_RD, and love Israel, and sing songs of praise to L_RD from among nations. This includes both Jews and righteous Gentiles. This cry from among those who love L_RD with all their hearts is being heard from among both Jews and many Christians, who take G_d's revealed Word as eternal truth. But meanwhile, treacherous are dealing out their treachery even while this upholding of truth in praise and glory to L_RD is going forth.
The context here in Isaiah is not refering to ancient Israel, but rather refers to our time, because there were few righteous to glorify L_RD in Israel in ancient times, ( that's why L_RD judged them,) and certainly far fewer among other nations. The Word of LORD had not gone out to all nations in ancient times, because Israel was disobedient to L_RD at that time. But Word of L_RD has reached all nations in our time, and many glorify Him with singing from among all peoples.
But, we must also notice context describes conflict, likely excalating into world-wide war, where all nations will be involved. But L_RD Himself will bring victory, and will reign in mount Zion, before all "ancients gloriously," indicating there will be a great resurrection and ingathering when Messiah comes.
There are two wars described in this passage in Isaiah chapter 14. The first conflict is described in verses 16-17. The second in verses 18-23. These come about primarily because of treachery committed by Israel's and world's leaders.
It would appear Ariel Sharon and his henchmen have possibly ushered-in treachery!
But, victory will be L_RD's!! No matter what transpires, keep your faith in L_RD strong, because He has last word!! Israel will be established forever, and ALL Land of Covenant will be inhabited by sons of Jacob! The time of Jacob's Trouble may be on horizon, but this time will also be short! The settlers will settle permanently in Yesha!