In The Future – It Is Here we examined how the foundations of America were altered. Had politicians and “elected” representatives been truthful with the people, the people would never support or “vote” for the person. And for the most part, the people have trusted their political leaders to keep their oath to the office they were elected. They have not.
Generally, some people take a stand. No matter what country, some people see beyond the fluffy words and see the bigger picture so they speak out against issues. People have traditionally picked “issues” to fight for or against. Sometimes there are victories and sometimes there are set backs.
It is not until the people look beyond the fluff, or beyond a particular issue to discover the roots. I chose to use America in my example in The Future – It Is Here but the same happens around the world in other countries. The progression is always similar:
Take Over The Money – check –
(The Federal Reserve 1910 )
Impose Taxes / Fees on the people – check – (The IRS established 1913 )
Change the Structure of the Country – check – ( The New Deal in 1933 – 1938 creating a “nanny state” )
Take over or create Infrastructure of the Country – check – ( The Great Society formed in 1960s taking over every aspect of society including transportation, education, environment, law enforcement, etc. )
Take over Security of the Country – check – ( 9/11/2001 Homeland Security and Immigration controlling all movement into and out of the country including body searches )
Take over Healthcare – check – ( Affordable Care Act alters Healthcare of the people in 2009 / 2010.)
Plunge the Country into Debt – check – ( Create a crisis to provide a solution ).
People have fought against “issues” from each of these 7 categories. Some battles people have won, others they have lost. And the believers not only fight against these issues, but they also fight against moral issues in their society. Many get weary and quit.
Once people of a society realize what has happened, one of three things happen: The people surrender and are turned into servant slaves, the people fight back and you have a revolution, or genecide where people who refuse to conform are thrown in to jail and / or killed. Which would you choose? Did you ever read the book Foxes Book Of Martyrs?
I can not speak to other countries but merely watch and study events. Turkey is a good example in recent days, of a government trying to take more power. America’s “leaders” have taken power more subtly hiding motives and goals from the people. Maybe because most Americans are armed. But if you look at the big picture you can clearly see “forces” behind the scenes working to bring about their “world order”. I believe many Americans have awaken to some of the motives and that, along with prayer to God, is why Donald Trump was elected president, to stop the globalists when it comes to America.
My regular readers know I believe scripture clearly teaches a “catching up” aka rapture of the church before the tribulation. I base most of my doctrine on the rapture to 1 and 2 Thessalonians, letters from Paul to the churches in Christ. Although not my only text for the rapture. One key point in these two letters is where the church, believers, meet the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 4:17-18 KJV “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.”
And yes I am aware of some believers today who do not believe in the rapture. It is not my job to convince believers of my doctrine. That is the job of the Holy Spirit. But notice in verse 17 where believers meet the Lord? In the air, in the clouds. Not on earth.
Not only that but in the very next chapter, Chapter 5 verses 1 – 9 notice all the times the words, they, them are used and how many times we, us, you are used. God is clearly making a distinction between two different peoples. Us and them. Who is the us? Paul is writing to believers in Christ. The ” them” is the unbelievers and the verses clearly point that out. Circle the we, us and you and underline the ” them” and ” they”.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-9 KJV “But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,”
We have pointed out in other posts in our archives, the term ” the day of the Lord” and “that day” is a day of wrath mainly.
But as we are looking at the future, we see things lining up for end time events. As Paul says, we are not ignorant of Satan’s devices. 2 Corinthians 2:11 KJV
“Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.”
When people are put into “tight” places or situations, often they will do things they never thought they would do. So let’s try something. What is a “public employee”?
When governments expand their powers, they hire people from the public to carry out their instructions. These people hired are called ” public employees”. Public employees are employees working in jobs controlled by governmental bodies, whether federal, state or local government. All public employees salaries and benefits are funded by taxpayers. If you want to research public employees, in America, you would go to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, who report this information.
You will find salaries and benefits to public employees are “better ” than private sector employees.
What happens if private sector employees decide to stop funding the public sector? That is exactly what happens in Disney’s movie, It’s A Bug’s Life. Flick talks the ants into – stop feeding the grasshoppers. The grasshoppers represent government rule.
People often quote Christians are suppose to obey government. And scripture does teach that. However, America was not set up like other governments or like other nations. Our founding fathers set America up to be different and that is why we use ounces and pounds and not liters. That is why we use feet, inches and miles and not meters or kilometers. And our founding fathers did not set up a king as an individual where the people are the servants to the king. Our founding fathers set the people up as the king and the government is servant to the people. So if we Christians are to obey government, our founding fathers set up the people governing the elected representatives. And the people, as one nation, under God and God’s authority to hereby elect representatives to carry out our will under God’s authority.
Government bribes people through offers. Employment, benefits, services, and people have sold their freedoms, liberties and sold God out. Just as Israel sold God out when they wanted to be like other nations, they wanted a king, 1 Samuel 8:5. Samuel warned them and Israel’s desire for a king displeased Samuel. Samuel took it to the Lord and what was the Lord’s answer?
1 Samuel 8:7 KJV “And the Lord said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.”
Samuel warned the people what it means if they select a king over them in 1 Samuel 8:10-19 KJV “And Samuel told all the words of the Lord unto the people that asked of him a king.
 And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots.
 And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots.
 And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers.
 And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, even the best of them , and give them to his servants.
 And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants.
 And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work.
 He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants.
 And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the Lord will not hear you in that day.
 Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us;”
Sound familiar to current day “representatives”? Representatives have bribed the people and set themselves up as king and the people as servants. But that setup is not who America is and that is not America’s foundation. All power and authority in America is vested in the people by proclamation with the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution under the Supreme Authority Almighty God, if people know it or not. All elected representatives, presidents and judges swear an oath to the people and Almighty God to support and defend the Constitution, our founding structures.
The Deceiver is subtle and has been trying to steal the land and authority of the people using his helpers. That is why when Paul says we are not ignorant of his devices, many believers see what is really going on in America and the world. So what is next? We will look at that next time.
Heimlich just wanted the food. Many people just want the food no matter the cost. Heimlich is Disney’s character and we use him only as an example. Until next time.
The Future – would you want to know the future? If you knew the future, what would you do with the information? When you say the future, most people think in terms of the world or their personal future. People pay soothsayers to tell them the future, why? Why do they want to know the future and they seek out soothsayers or “mediums” and they are willing to pay money to these people to tell them the future. Other people look to God and his word to learn about the future. God even shows people specific future events like he did with Noah and Joseph and others.
If we look closely, we can see politicians learn of future events and they maneuver situations to take advantage of the future. That is how politicians go into office with humble means and come out 10, 20 or 30 years later multi-millionaires. We call it insider trading where these politicians have advanced notice of drugs being introduced, land development and investigations scheduled so they maneuver their investments accordingly.
In scripture, kings would go to the prophets and ask if God would give them the victory in specific battles. Even Jesus’ apostles asked him when certain events would happen and he explained “signs” they would see happening. Once these signs are seen, then know the time is near.
Which brings me back to, if you knew the future, what would you do with the information? If you knew in a short time the land your house sits on is going to be developed for a super highway, what would you do now? If you knew you were going to die in three days, what would you do during the three days?
Just as Jesus explained to his apostles future events, scripture also tells us God told Israel of future events. God told Abraham his seed would be captive in a strange land ( Egypt ):
Genesis 15:13-14 KJV “And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;
 And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.”
That is why Israel was looking for their Deliverer and when Moses was identified as their Deliverer, they knew they were leaving Egypt and leaving Egypt with “great substance”.
Today, we now understand a lot of the foretold future events, also known as prophecies, of the scriptures. Today, we understand who Psalm 22 and Isaiah 53 was referring to is Jesus / Yeshua the Messiah. And when we look at future events or prophecies from scripture that are still to be fulfilled, there is some confusion.
We are told of many events that will occur “ in the last days “. So one would have to ask, what are the last days? When do the last days begin? And then we see from scripture at the end of these days there will be a one world government, one world monetary system and a one world religion. Believers may differ on the explanation or identities of these three major declarations of God’s word.
Many believers are led to believe these events are nearly spontaneous. But scripture does not teach us these are spontaneous. We are told these events will happen. So I would like to suggest we maybe look at things at another angle. So I want to lay a foundation.
When I was growing up, America was a creditor nation. That means we loaned money to every one and nations owed us money. But let’s take a closer look at events. Primarily democrats, progressives of both political parties and “globalists” have altered America over generations. These people have been around for years but in the beginning of the 1900s, something dramatic happened.
Prior to the 1900s the American constitution and leadership provided a way to pay for wars through a 3% tax during war time only. But about 1910 at Jekyll Island Georgia USA, the Federal Reserve was born. The Federal Reserve was an organization of international bankers. You can read about the people involved and the creation of the Federal Reserve in an excellent book titled, The Creation from Jekyll Island by G. Edward Griffin.
The Federal Reserve, these international bankers would set monetary policy and issue notes (i.o.u.s) for money. By turning over authority of money to international bankers, Americans started loosing their rights and freedoms to bankers.
Then the US Congress, under Democrat leadership, in 1913 establishes the IRS they declare “for establishing a 2% income tax on corporations, an excise tax”. This has since morphed into income taxes on everyone from cradle to grave.
Later comes FDR and his “New Deal” between 1933 – 1938. This New Deal was focused on domestic issues. This New Deal, under Democratic leadership, changed the “federal government’s” relationship to the general public. This is when the “nanny state” was born. FDR starts social security. A system forcing people to put money aside for old age but the government would manage the money for the individuals. The problem is, the courts called it a ponzi scheme and if the person died before old age, they could not will their “contributions” to their heirs, but the government kept their money. Today, we know the government spent the people’s money.
Then in the 1960s LBJ gave us The Great Society. Again, under Democrat control, Congress and then president Johnson, under the great society, took over public institutions. This is when the Department of Education, transportation, EPA, and other government controlled agencies were formed. And all were to be funded by taxpayers through the now, well established IRS and Federal Reserve and made possible through the powers provided by the New Deal.
On 9/11 under a Democrat Congress and globalist Republican president, the security of America was transferred to a newly created division called the Department of Homeland Security. All movement in to and out of the country was now being scrutinized.
Skip to 2008. A financial bailout of banks under the authority of the Federal Reserve was made. Americans were told, institutions were too big to fail so bail them out. Americans opposed the bail outs by 60 and 70% but the bailouts were forced upon the American people.
It was no surprise then that one of the last institutions not touched by government control, was healthcare. But in 2008 under a Democrat controlled Congress with a Democrat president, Obama, the federal government took over healthcare and forced Americans to pay for a new program. Again about 70% of Americans opposed the healthcare takeover but again, it was forced on Americans.
The results? America has been turned from a creditor nation to a debtor nation. Now America owes others. And Obama made America deeper in debt by doubling the national debt. When Obama took office, America’s national debt was $ 10.7 trillion dollars on January 20, 2009 and when Obama left office, $ 19.8 trillion. Where did nearly 10 trillion dollars go?
It is not hard to see and understand how people will not be able to buy or sell except they have the mark of the beast in the great tribulation. It will be forced on the people just like the Federal Reserve was forced, the New Deal, the Great Society and Obamacare were forced.
Why am I mentioning this? Because the Lord showed me that the globalists are here. Our world is now “inter-connected” our leaders tell us. America has already been transformed by our own elected leaders. If we, as Christians, are looking for one specific event to bring in a one world government, or a body of 10 kings / nations who will later surrender authority and power to the antichrist, the foundation has been laid already.
Just like every take over since the 1900s, people will be forced to comply or else be threatened by rulers. This is the precursor to the tribulation. Friends, for those looking at Bible prophecy and looking to future events, it is time to show our family and friends how the one world government, one world monetary system and the one world religion is already well under way. Time for you to share the gospel of salvation before the door on God’s ark closes on this generation. Until next time.
As we approach Resurrection Sunday I heard a “news” reporter say, “the Christian holy day Good Friday”. Years ago I would have thrown a hissy fit over this claim. Now, I say if they are ignorant let them be ignorant. 1 Corinthians 14:38 KJV “But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.”
I did however send them a note explaining Jesus was crucified on Passover as the Passover Lamb. I encouraged them to check it out in a Bible. Good Friday is not a Christian holy day, it is a Catholic holy day. Another words, a specific church denomination teaches that but, the Bible says it was Passover. So you decide who you want to believe. I am not going to argue over it.
And one other point. Jesus was 3 days and 3 nights in the tomb, correct? Yes. If Jesus were crucified on a Friday and put in the tomb Friday night, three days and three nights can not pass for Sunday morning resurrection. Friday night is night one. Saturday is day one. Saturday night is night two. Sunday is day two. Sunday night is night three. Monday is day three. But scripture says, the Sabbath was ending (Saturday) and the first day of the week, Sunday Jesus had risen. Matthew 28:1 KJV “In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.”
Matthew 26:2 tells us the feast of passover was in two days. Matthew 26:2 KJV “Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.”
As we read the rest of the chapter we see the woman anointed Jesus for his burial. Matthew 26:12 KJV “For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial.”
Notice Matthew 26:17? The first day of the feast of unleavened bread.
Matthew 26:17-18 KJV “Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the passover?
 And he said, Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, The Master saith, My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at thy house with my disciples.”
We know the Jews celebrate the Sabbath which is Saturdays. But this post is not about the days and dates. Although I would like someone to show me from the scriptures where eggs, chocolate bunnies, Easter baskets appear in scripture. That is what is offensive. The world has taken the redemption of mankind by the shedding of blood to Easter baskets, bunnies and candy. And the “church” participates in this. Shame, shame. Is there no fear of God in their mind or heart?
The point of this post is to help people see the evidence in “time”. You see, passover is to be celebrated at a specific time every year.
Exodus 12:2-3 KJV “This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.
 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:”
The lamb was to be killed on the 14th day. Exodus 12:6 KJV “And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.”
This is an ordinance, a law, Exodus 12:14 KJV “And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the Lord throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.”
And 7 days for the feast of unleavened bread, Exodus 12:15-17 KJV “Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel.
 And in the first day there shall be an holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you.
 And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever.”
And notice, Exodus 12:18 KJV “In the first month , on the fourteenth day of the month at even, ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even.”
Why am I mentioning all of this? The evidence of time. You see, Israel came out of bond age in Egypt in the month of Abib, Exodus 13:4 KJV “This day came ye out in the month Abib.”
Deuteronomy 16:1 KJV “Observe the month of Abib, and keep the passover unto the Lord thy God: for in the month of Abib the Lord thy God brought thee forth out of Egypt by night.”
The month, Abib, was later changed to the name Nisan, Esther 3:7 KJV
“In the first month, that is , the month Nisan, in the twelfth year of king Ahasuerus, they cast Pur, that is , the lot, before Haman from day to day, and from month to month, to the twelfth month , that is , the month Adar.”
Here we see God’s calendar. The month Nisan starts with the new moon and is compared to the Gentile calendar March-April. God’s day is the evening and the morning, sunset to sunset. And each month starts with the new moon.
And for you Bible scholars, look at, Psalm 81:3 KJV. “Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day.”
So God’s calendar starts with Nisan / March-April starting with the new moon and ends with Adar / February -March. We will not go into Adar 2 today. We will say, God is very specific about time in his word. An example is 1 Kings 2:10-11 KJV “So David slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David.
 And the days that David reigned over Israel were forty years: seven years reigned he in Hebron, and thirty and three years reigned he in Jerusalem.”
Notice David reigned in Hebron 7 years and Jerusalem 33 years? When we read in scripture specific events occur in a specific month, God is using his calendar and God wants us to understand this must be significant or God would not have stated “the time” frame.
So why do the Jews say their calendar starts in September? Technically, they have two calendars, a sacred calendar based on scripture and a civil calendar.
The point is, if you look at specific times God mentions you start putting pieces together. If you are using critical thinking skills, you start to see patterns emerge. You start understanding things in the scriptures most people never see or understand.
There is a teaching going around that declares God is done with Israel. Some teach the church has replaced Israel. And the sad thing? Some people instead of reading God’s word for themselves, choose to believe the teachers over God and his word.
If you think the church has replaced Israel, you do not know God or his word very well. A religious man who knew the scriptures very, very well explained Israel and the church. This man was a Pharisee named Saul, a Jew from the tribe of Benjamin, whom God changed his name to Paul. But before I go there, let me explain the foundation. In a nutshell so to say.
Of the people on earth thousands of years ago, God calls out this man named Abram. God makes Abram some promises and God tells Abram to go to a specific area in the world. Specific land. God changes Abram’s name to Abraham. One of the promises God gives Abraham is a son Issac and God tells Abraham, in Isaac (not Ishmael) shall thy seed be called.
Note: Today’s Arab nations are traced back to Ishmael’s decendents.
So Isaac is born and has two sons, Esau and Jacob. Esau sells his birth right to Jacob and later, God changes Jacob’s name to Israel. Genesis 32:28 KJV
“And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.”
Israel is now a nation made up of the 12 sons of Jacob and their families. Joseph was one of Jacob’s 12 sons and Joseph would end up in Egypt, second to their Pharaoh in power and authority. About 430 years later, Israel ends up in captivity in Egypt and God sends Moses, a Jew. Through Moses, God delivers Israel out of bondage in Egypt ( That day started what is celebrated as Passover and God tells Moses that day also starts Israel’s first month of the year – God’s calendar ).
God gives Moses a bunch of laws to give to the people of Israel. They are to write these laws down and obey those laws to earn righteousness and teach these laws to their children. Another words, obey the laws and God will forgive your sins. Question: Did their obedience to these laws have anything to do with the promises God gave Abraham? No. Abraham was given these promises, from God himself, before Jacob. Before Israel was a nation. But the promises God gave to Abraham would affect Israel because Jacob was Abraham’s grandson.
So Israel writes the laws of God and teach their children God’s laws. Hundreds of years go by, thousands of years. Is God silent? No. God speaks to Israel through prophets and Nathan was King David’s prophet. We also read about Isaiah, Jeremiah, and many more prophets of God who tell Israel what to do in specific cases and they speak of coming events, including a coming Messiah.
The prophets spoke specifically about events and the Messiah. The scribes would write these down. And scripture prophecy is never wrong. Then along comes this Jew. When tracing his Jewish lineage he is discovered to come from King David’s lineage. And David came from the tribe of Judah.
Jews knew the priestly service was from the tribe of Levi, not Judah, so they dismissed Jesus / Yeshua. But they could not get around the prophecy that the Messiah would come from Judah not Levi. Jacob himself told his 12 sons Messiah would come from Judah in Genesis. Genesis 49:10 KJV
:The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be .”
Yeshua would fulfill every prophecy in Israel’s records. But the religious leaders of Israel did not believe ( many leaders, not all). So they told their Roman captors to crucify Yeshua. The religious leaders did not understand that Yeshua was their final Passover Lamb, even though many of their scriptures taught that including Isaiah 53 and many others.
Israel’s religious leaders, for whatever reason, did not want to believe Yeshua. Even after all the miracles and signs and proof Yeshua gave them. But Gentiles did believe Yeshua. And even after raising people from the dead, Israel’s leaders still would not believe him. And after Yeshua rose from the dead, they still did not believe him. So God turned to allow Gentiles to be saved. Why?
Gentiles were considered to be like dogs to Jewish people. Why would God do that? Romans 11:11 KJV “I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.”
Gentiles are grateful to Israel because it is through Israel Gentiles can know the one true God. Israel wrote and keeps the records of God’s word. The Jew Saul / Paul put it this way –
Romans 9:4-12 KJV. “Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God , and the promises;
 Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came , who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.
 Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel:
 Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.
 That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.
 For this is the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sara shall have a son.
 And not only this ; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac;
 (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)
 It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger.”
Romans 9:23-27 KJV “And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,
 Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?
 As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved.
 And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God.
 Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved:”
You see, Israel had been taught to obey the law. Do the works of the law. Everything was based on works and obeying rules and laws. Why did they do this? Why? So God would forgive their sin and count them as righteous. So their righteousness before God was all based on their obedience, their works, their doing specific things. It had nothing to do with faith. Another words, it was like – do this and get that. If you wanted “that” you needed to do “this”. There was no faith involved and no love in their heart required. So they would establish their own righteousness by how many laws or rules they kept.
As Paul says, they have a zeal for God but not according to knowledge. Another words, they have a zeal for God but based on keeping laws and they have no knowledge of God, who he is, what he is like, if he laughs, if he cries. All they know is do this to get that.
Romans 10:1-4 KJV “Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.
 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.”
The verses people use saying God is done with Israel is –
Romans 11:17-21 KJV “And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree;
 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.
 Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in.
 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:
 For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.”
But these false teachers fail to mention the rest of the chapter.
Romans 11:25-27 KJV “For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.”
And they fail to mention the church is made up of Jews and Gentiles – as scripture says, until the fulness of the Gentiles has come in. Then what? Psalm 22 and many other verses. God works with Israel again, not Gentiles.
True believers, Jews and Gentiles, know God is preparing the bride of Christ, the church. Once the bride is complete, God turns back to Israel. But as scripture says, a remnant will be saved. Jews have a choice right now. Continue trying to establish your own righteousness by keeping rules, laws and ordinances or believe Yeshua was who scripture says he is, God manifest in the flesh and your Passover Lamb, and believe on him and receive Yeshua as your Saviour and Lord. Until next time.
The importance of Jerusalem. The scripture, among many other scriptures, explain Jerusalem. The scripture is Psalm 48. We are told Jerusalem is:
~ the city of God Almighty verses 1 & 2
~ God is known in her palaces ( who is her? Zion ) Who is Zion? Jerusalem verse 3.
~ the city of our Lord verse 8
~ God establishes Jerusalem forever verse 8.
~ We are told God’s temple is in Jerusalem verse 8.
There are many scriptures that tell us Jerusalem is the city of God. As names change for cities throughout thousands of years, Jerusalem was first called Salem during the time of Abraham.
Notice who Melchizedek is in Genesis.
Genesis 14:18 KJV “And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.” Melchizedek was king of Salem (Jeru-salem) and he was the priest of the most high God.
Different people captured Jerusalem over the years and God always intervened to help his people recapture the city. Joshua captured it in Joshua 10 and later King David conquered Jerusalem and Jerusalem was called the city of David. Read 2 Samuel 5.
God is known to mankind in Jerusalem.
Psalm 76:1-2 KJV “In Judah is God known: his name is great in Israel.
 In Salem also is his tabernacle, and his dwelling place in Zion.”
The Messiah would come to Jerusalem. The King of all kings. And the prophets told Israel who the Messiah was and we know, from scripture, he is Yeshua, Jesus the Christ / the Messiah.
Zechariah 9:9 KJV “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.”
Jerusalem is not only important to Israel but Jerusalem is important to Christians as well. And Jerusalem belongs to God and Israel.
It appears that Turkey, Syria and Jordan have at some point controlled Jerusalem or parts of Jerusalem in the 1500s through the 1800s.
So when Israel declared her independence in 1948, eastern Jerusalem, including the old city, was conquered by the Jordanian legion. A Jewish community was living in that area for generations. Jordan destroyed that community and killed many of the Jews.
In 1967 Israel was attacked and conquered all of Jerusalem in what is known as the 6 day war. During the time from 1948 until 1967 – that 19 years is the only time Jerusalem was ever divided according to historians. Now, Israel’s enemies for thousands of years are trying to take bit by bit of Israel’s land away until there is nothing left for Israel.
If you look at a map of the size of the neighboring countries around Israel and compare the size of Israel, one would have to ask, why not have the neighboring countries slice off a portion of their land instead of slicing land away from Israel? Israel’s neighbors want to get rid of Israel, that is why neighboring countries do not slice off portions of their land. And all that land was given, by God, to Abraham as God told Abraham in Genesis 12:6-9; Genesis 13:14-18 and other scripture.
Jerusalem plays an important role in Bible prophecy and we know King Jesus returns to Israel. We also know before Jesus returns, the temple of God will be rebuilt. We know this because scripture tells us the Antichrist sits in the temple of God. The Antichrist can not sit in the temple of God if the temple is not built.
2 Thessalonians 2:1-14 KJV “Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come , except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let , until he be taken out of the way.
 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
 Even him , whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Keep Jerusalem in your prayers and Israel. Jesus Christ is not an American. Jesus is a Jew and Jerusalem and Israel belong to God and Israel. No one has a right to give Israel’s land away. And this summer is Jerusalem’s jubilee. Fifty years Jerusalem has been in Israel’s control as a sovereign nation.
Under Jubilee, watch the temple mount and the news from Israel. We are witnessing God working today. Be sure you have made peace with God through the blood of the cross of Christ. Are you ready to meet God, face to face? Until next time.
Throughout the Old Testament God the Father refers to Israel as a wife. Even the prophet Isaiah says God is their husband. Isaiah 54:5 KJV “For thy Maker is thine husband; the Lord of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.”
And Jesus, a Jew, refers to the church. Paul the apostle, a Jew from the tribe of Benjamin, tells us because of Israel’s unbelief God has allowed Gentiles to be saved in Romans 10.
But the interesting thing is God told Israel, through the prophet Isaiah, Jesus was coming and why he was coming.
Isaiah 53:1-12 KJV “Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?
 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.
 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”
The church is made up of Jews and Gentiles. Believers. These believers are called the bride of Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:2 KJV “For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.”
When you study the marriage feast of the Lamb (Jesus) you see there is a time coming where we have a wedding feast. An interesting study on how God the Father deals with Israel in the Old Testament and how God the Son (God in the flesh) deals with Israel and Gentiles in the New Testament. Until next time.
With prophecy you have to ask the who, what, when and where questions. Over hundreds or thousands of years the names of cities and nations changed. An example of this is Jerusalem.
In Genesis 14:18 Jerusalem is called Salem. Genesis 14:18 KJV “And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.”
And Psalm 76:2 tells us Psalm 76:2 KJV
” In Salem also is his tabernacle, and his dwelling place in Zion.”
So we know (who) Abraham (what) brought tithes to Melchizedek God’s high priest (where) in Jerusalem. So who was on the land at that time? Who owned and occupied Jerusalem? God and Abraham and God’s people. (When) After the flood.
Later, the Jebusites occupied the land, when Joseph and Israel were in Egypt, Jebusites moved onto Israel’s land given to Abraham from God. Jebusites are also known as Canaanites and after Moses led Israel out of Egypt, when Joshua spied out the land, these were the people in the land and God’s word says they were into idolatry. Not only were Jebusites there, but all the ites brothers; Hivites, Jebusites, Canaanites, Perizzites and Hitities. So when Israel went into the promised land, the land God gave Abraham, God laid out the divisions of the land to the tribes of Israel, see Numbers 1. And who did King David kick out of Jerusalem? Jebusites, see 2 Samuel 5.
Israel was taken into captivity and lost their land. Remember when God told Abraham, Israel was going to be in captivity 400 years (Genesis 15:13,14)? Abraham’s offspring would go into captivity 400 years. Today, we know this is when Joseph was in Egypt and Israel came into Egypt during a famine and Israel dwelt in Goshen.
66 people were in Jacob’s family coming into Egypt and Joseph and his family were already there so 70 people total made up Israel, see Genesis 46:27,28. The 66 dwelt in Goshen and they grew in number and prosperity, see Exodus 1:7. Egypt begins to fear the growth and prosperity of Israel so they set taskmasters over them. Israel is then taken into bondage.
According to Exodus 12:40, 41, Israel is in bondage 430 years. But God told Abraham 400 years, did God get it wrong? No. Don’t forget, when Israel first came into Egypt you had generations around before the bondage.
We know God raised up Moses to deliver Israel from the bondage in Egypt. Remember, Israel had been in Goshen 430 years so when God used Moses to deliver Israel, they had no idea which way to travel out of Egypt. It would be like someone dropping you in the middle of a desert and you not knowing what direction to go.
We know God led Israel by day in a pillar of a cloud and by night with a pillar of fire, Exodus 13:20-22. Neighboring nations were afraid of Israel because they knew God was leading them as Exodus 15:14-27 explains. And notice the names of these other nations? Nations like Edom, Moab, Canaan? Other nations had taken over the land God gave Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in Genesis 15:18-21.
A study of the promised land is a great study. It is also a study of God’s relationship with Abraham and Israel. It is a great study in geography and history of the people and the land. It is also a study of who owns what land in the Middle East.
All this I have said to point out, those who lived in the days of Moses, who knew the Scriptures, knew God told Abraham Israel would be in captivity 400 years as Genesis 15:13-15 states. That’s why Israel knew God was going to send a deliverer. The scribes were keeping records and when Israel reached their 400 years in captivity, they knew time in captivity was up. Look for the deliverer.
Today, we have the scriptures completely and we can trace out prophecies of old and now prophecies and future prophecies. In understanding the names in the scriptures (the who) we can determine by looking at old maps. Old maps show the names of cities and geography. And even though countries change their name, old maps identify the players in the scriptures.
An example of this is Iran. Iran was always identified as Persia. Remember the Medes and Persians from the scriptures? Persia is identified with Elam in scripture. And remember Esther was living in the time of the Medes and Persians, see Esther 1:1-3.
In recent past times, the Ottoman Empire was carved up. And it is said it was a Nazi economics minister that said Persians / Iranians were “Aryans”. So in 1935 the Iranian government wanted countries to no longer call them Persians, but call them Iran. And when the Ottoman Empire was carved up is when Iraq and other countries came into their own.
Why bring this up? Because when you read scripture and see names like Persia and Syria or Damascus or Elam, by looking at an old map you can discover what nations God is speaking about. Prophecy names the countries by their old names. There are many old time maps and look at several to help you understand prophecy.
We read in Isaiah 17 that Damascus is going to be destroyed and where is Damascus? Modern day Syria. We also read there will be an alarm of war in Jordan.
Zephaniah 2:8-13 KJV “I have heard the reproach of Moab, and the revilings of the children of Ammon, whereby they have reproached my people, and magnified themselves against their border.
 Therefore as I live, saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, Surely Moab shall be as Sodom, and the children of Ammon as Gomorrah, even the breeding of nettles, and saltpits, and a perpetual desolation: the residue of my people shall spoil them, and the remnant of my people shall possess them.
 This shall they have for their pride, because they have reproached and magnified themselves against the people of the Lord of hosts.
 The Lord will be terrible unto them: for he will famish all the gods of the earth; and men shall worship him, every one from his place, even all the isles of the heathen.
 Ye Ethiopians also, ye shall be slain by my sword.
 And he will stretch out his hand against the north, and destroy Assyria; and will make Nineveh a desolation, and dry like a wilderness.”
As people today try to figure things out in the Middle East and as some try to bully Israel in to giving up the land God gave them, all one has to do is look to God’s word for the truth, for answers and the solution to the Middle East.
Until next time.