God’s promise to Abraham, His friend, forever. Including now.

The first decade (maybe two) of my own salvation, this former living-in-abject-darkeness Jewish hippie pretty much considered himself a Christian, someone who had been saved, redeemed, delivered by Jesus Christ. And all that is true and remains true. My being Jewish was sort of regarded, by me, as what I had been born into, but now I was moving on to Christianity.

Meanwhile, as I pressed into learning the word of the Lord (and learning from the Lord), it became more and more apparent that my own “Jewish-thing” wasn’t simply a family culture or bloodline, and that the biblical story of the “Jewish-thing” was not simply overwritten by a savior with a Greek name: Jesus Christ.

Jesus is Greek for Y’Shua/Joshua, and “Christ” is Greek for Meschiach/Messiah.

And it runs way deeper than that. The roots of our Christian faith are addressed throughout the New Testament. A solid read is this excerpt by Rabbi Paul to the Romans:

Romans 11:12-27

12 Now if their (the Jewish people’s) fall is riches for the world, and their failure riches for the Gentiles, how much more their fullness!

13 For I speak to you Gentiles; inasmuch as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry,

14 if by any means I may provoke to jealousy those who are my flesh and save some of them. 15 For if their being cast away is the reconciling of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?

16 For if the firstfruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches.

17 And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree,

18 do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you.

19 You will say then, “Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in.”

20 Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear.

21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either.

22 Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off.

23 And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.

24 For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, who are natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?

25 For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.

26 And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written:

“The Deliverer will come out of Zion,

And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob;

SOMETHING CRITICAL FOR US ALL: Abraham has a God-encounter and receives a promise from the Creator of the universe – I’ve written about this before but it’s timely to mention this again:

Genesis 12:3 (the LORD speaking to Abraham):

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.”

That verse is sadly not given justice by “I will bless those who bless you and I will curse those who curse you”. The Hebrew establishes a higher bar of accountability for the “those”.

The Hebrew actually says:
I will BARUCH those who BARUCH you;

And I will ARAR those who QALAL you”

 BARUCH indeed means blessing. Accurate.

But looking at line two anyone can see that the original text presents takes the false liberty to present two distinct words as “curse”.

WORD ONE: “ARAR” means “CURSE”. (FYI: When the ark safely landed after the destruction of the world by a flood, the CURSE was REVERSED. It was a start-over initiated for society, by God, by way of global judgment. Noah named the mountain “CURSE-REVERSED”. ARARAT.)

WORD TWO: “QALAL” means to brush-off, to treat lightly – basically saying failure to treat something as critically important as it may be.

God was promising His friend (Isa 41:8) Abraham that the bar by which Abraham’s descendants were to be acknowledged and treated was WAY HIGHER than not simply not cursing them. In essence the Lord was warning the world (particularly, I believe, those who would be reading the words of scripture) that failure to regard the Jewish people and even the Jewish state –  even during their 2,000 year season of partial blindness – will result in a curse. Just sayin’.

The prophetic plan of the upcoming times deserves and in fact demans our understanding of both the heart of God and the plans of God, so that we might be effective in His will.

Zechariah 12:1-4

1 The burden of the word of the LORD against Israel. Thus says the LORD, who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him:

2 “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem.

3 And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it.

Here’s today’s Fox News account (and it’s still better than other accounts)

https://www.foxnews.com/us/protests-break-out-across-u-s-as-violence-escalates-between-israel-and-hamas

And here’s truth worth listening to, from a man who loves God and loves Israel. It’s my understanding this was recorded 11 May 2021.

https://fb.watch/5qJT9sbud8/

Pray for Israel, saints. Pray for safety for the innocents. Pray that their eyes are opened to the desperate need for their one and only Savior Y’Shua/Jesus. Pray for the praying saints who are in Israel at this time. I spoke with a family today. They are pressing in to the Lord, knowing these are the days of harvest as well as days of troubles and shakings.

Scripture NKJV

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The spiritual storyline is not Covid or Jeff Bezos’ yacht. Ground Zero is Israel. Keep your eyes there.

Apologies for the vast amount of time without a post directly to this site. I have been called into and therefore have been busy teaching topics and books of the Bible that have (and continue to) deserve and demand a good deal of research and writing as well as my prayer and meditation focus, and although this blog has been neglected, writings and ministry have not. I am planning to perhaps post links to those writings, later, on this site. Meanwhile there’s a podcast available for listening or download at www.podbean.com or itunes podcast. In either, search: EZ3728.

The past few weeks in particular I have been specifically pressed upon by the Lord to be praying for Israel. Avner Boskey’s justifiably lengthy and (as always expected from him)  biblically accurate blog was in my inbox this AM.  I want to share that, along with a link to a newsarticle from the FoxNews site. That article sat below the far-less critical “news” about The Gates divorce, Jeff Bezo’s yacht and even the ongoing world plague/political football called Covid.

It is important for us to understand the plans of our Lord in these days prior to His return. The Haggai 2:6-7 shaking is for the saved and unsaved alike – to wake up, draw attention, draw to intimacy, call to repentance. High on His priority list, our faithful-God is going hard after His beloved people, the Jewish people, and their Jewish land. Our Savior’s feet will stand on the Mount of Olives. There will be a new temple. Our Savior will rule and reign from that place. THAT has been the theme and topics of my personal teaching and ministry these past few years, particularly this past season.

My beloved friend Avner Boskey: His and his family’s life and ministry is literally prophetic boots on the ground in Israel. Besides praying for Israel itself, please keep him, his family, and other like him lifted up in prayer during these critical days. Our adversary despises truth. Israel is being condemned for their current actions. That actually makes prophetic sense as well. And here’s what it is leading up to:

Zechariah 12:1-3

1 The burden of the word of the LORD against Israel. Thus says the LORD, who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him:

2 “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem.

3 And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it.

AND ALSO:

Zechariah 14:1-4

1 Behold, the day of the LORD is coming,

And your spoil will be divided in your midst.

2 For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem;…

3 Then the LORD will go forth

And fight against those nations,

As He fights in the day of battle.

4 And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives,

Which faces Jerusalem on the east.

And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two,

From east to west,

Making a very large valley;

Half of the mountain shall move toward the north

And half of it toward the south.

(NKJV)

The FoxNews article (link below) is “reporting” – some of it is accurate. Other news sites are far worse, clearly only speaking lies. The Avner Boskey article is truthful.

Pray saints.

THE FOXNEWS ARTICLE THIS AM:

https://www.foxnews.com/world/israeli-police-palestinians-clash-at-jerusalem-holy-site

AVNER’S POST:

The flames of jihad on the Temple Mount

World media are filling their screens and blogs with violence – pictures of explosions and fire on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount; videos clips of Israeli SWAT teams pushing back rioters who are assaulting the police with Molotov gasoline bombs, rocks, fireworks, boulders and clubs. World power diplomats are calling on Israel to exercise maximum restraint, and cluck their tongues in disapproval at Israel’s ‘disruption of peaceful Muslim worship.’ These events may be on the news, but they are not new. The following is a brief reminder of history and context regarding riots on the Temple Mount.

The origin of connections between the Temple Mount and Islamic tradition

Muhammad actually never set foot on the soil of the Promised Land, dying in Medina in 632 AD.  Sixty years after his death in 691-692 AD the now-golden Dome of the Rock was constructed in Jerusalem, while the black-domed al-Aqsa mosque was completed in 701 AD. In later years an Islamist tradition developed that in the year 620 AD Muhammad rode a mythical horse named al-Buraq, taking his legendary ‘night journey and ascension’ (in Arabic  al-’Isrā’ wal-Mi‘rāj) to the ‘distant masjid or mosque’ (in Arabic  al-Masjidi ‘l-’Aqṣá); Quran 17:1, Surat al-Isrā’). But in 620 AD Islamist jihadi forces had not yet invaded any country, including Israel. Jihadi battles were happening only in what is today called Saudi Arabia. In 633 AD Syria was invaded, and only in 638 A.D. was Israel conquered by jihadi armies. The al-Aqsa mosque never existed in Muhammad’s day. What it represents is a form of Islamist Replacement Theology spin, where Islamic people and purported Islamic events were artificially injected into Jewish sites, replacing them with a false Islamist identity. The Islamist attempt to destroy and invalidate Jewish connections to the Temple Mount is at the heart of this age-old conflict. It is Replacement Theology on steroids, backed up by jihadi invasion, conquest and oppression.

 

Napoleon versus the British Mandate

Napoleon Bonaparte declared on April 20, 1799:

  • “Rightful [Jewish] heirs of Palestine! The great nation [France] . . . calls on you . . . to take over that which has been conquered and, with that nation’s support, to remain master of it against all comers . . . Hasten! Now is the moment, which may not return for thousands of years, to claim the restoration of civic rights among the population of the universe which had been shamefully withheld from you for thousands of years, your political existence as a nation among the nations, and the unlimited natural right to worship in accordance with your faith, publicly and most probably forever!”

Yet when England occupied those territories, it had a distinctly different vision. Article 13 of the League of Nations Mandatory Charter given to Britain in 1922 denied the United Kingdom’s right to interfere with the Temple Mount site or with the administration of ‘purely Muslim holy places:’ “Nothing in this mandate shall be construed as conferring upon the Mandatory authority to interfere with the fabric or the management of purely Moslem sacred shrines, the immunities of which are guaranteed.’ The King’s Order-in-Council issued by the government authorities of Mandatory Palestine in 1934 also confirmed the Ottoman religious status quo. Jews were forbidden from accessing the Temple Mount, which was now considered by Christians to be an exclusively Muslim holy place.

The Mountain which had been conquered by jihad and made Judenrein by the sword of Islam was now having its anti-Jewish ‘Islamist Replacement Theology status’ validated by Britain, the fast-fading heir to a Christian and Protestant empire. A British Christian writer expressed his anger at Britain’s realpolitik submissiveness to Islam in 1922: “To permit a false religion to hold sway in ‘the city of the Lord’ (Matt. 5:35), or any other portion of the Holy Land, would be to thwart and countermine God’s set purpose, and be altogether contrary to His plans regarding the earth and man upon it” (Frank G. Jannaway, Palestine and the World; London: Maranatha Press, 1922; pages 232-233).

 

The Grand Mufti al-Husseini and the al-Aqsa pogroms

Starting in the 1920’s and continuing up to the present Islamist leaders have falsely charged that there is a national Jewish goal of seizing the Temple Mount and rebuilding a Jewish Temple there.

  • Haj Amin al-Husseini was one of the main instigators of the April 1920 Nebi Musa riots outside of Jerusalem, virulently renouncing the 1917 Balfour Declaration (which was favorable to the establishment of a Jewish national home).  Six Jews were murdered and 216 Jews injured (of them 18 critically) in that riot by Arab mobs. About 300 Jews were evacuated from the Old City of Jerusalem at that time. Al-Husseini was charged by the British with inciting Jerusalem’s Arab crowds and was sentenced in absentia to 10-years imprisonment by a military court. He fled to Syria after the riots, but was welcomed back by the British and appointed as Grand Mufti of Jerusalem in 1921.

 

  • A 1922 Arabic leaflet penned by Sheikh Abd al-Qadir al-Muzaffar entitled Public Call to the Muslim People from your Brethren, the Muslims of Jerusalem and the Rest of Palestine: “The Zionist body which is trying to create a Jewish kingdom in Palestine, dreams of taking from us the al-Aqsa Mosque, built upon the ruins of Solomon’s temple, and of reconstructing their temple…”  (An Aesthetic Occupation: The Immediacy of Architecture and the Palestine Conflict, by Daniel Bertand Monk, Duke University Press, 2002, page 83).

 

  • On Yom Kippur, September 1928, ten armed thugs dispatched by Islamist leadership attack Jewish worshippers at the Western Wall, shouting “Death to the Jewish dogs!” and “Strike, strike!”

 

  • In September-October 1928 al-Husseini began to distribute leaflets throughout Mandatory Palestine and the Arab world claimed that the Jews were planning to take over the al-Aqsa Mosque. The leaflet stated that the British Mandatory Government was “responsible for any consequences of any measures which the Moslems may adopt for the purpose of defending the holy Buraq themselves in the event of the failure of the Government.” The Moslem Supreme Council stated in a memorandum, “Having realized by bitter experience the unlimited greedy aspirations of the Jews in this respect, Moslems believe that the Jews’ aim is to take possession of the Mosque of al-Aqsa gradually on the pretense that it is the Temple.” and it advised the Jews “to stop this hostile propaganda which will naturally engender a parallel action in the whole Moslem world, the responsibility for which will rest with the Jews.”

 

  • On Thursday August 15 1929, a commemoration of the Jewish Fast of the Ninth of Av occurred at the Wailing Wall. On Friday August 16 (the Islamic day of prayer), the mawlid (Arabic for the birth) or mawsin an-nabi (Arabic for ‘the feast of the prophet’) – that is, the birth of Muhammad – was celebrated on the esplanade of the Temple Mount, As the crowd came down from the Mount, they attacked the Jewish prayer area, burning prayer books, Torah scroll arks and cupboards, and destroying paper prayer notes left in the cracks of the Wall. Rioting quickly spread to the Jewish commercial area of town.

 

  • On Friday August 23, 1929 thousands of Arab villagers who had been incited by bloodthirsty preaching in local mosques streamed into Jerusalem from the surrounding countryside to pray on the Temple Mount, many armed with sticks and knives. For five days violent Muslim mobs attacked Jewish communities in Jerusalem, Motza, Jaffa, Haifa and Safed. Approximately 135 Jews were murdered and 340 wounded during that period.

 

  • On Saturday August 24, 1929 Arab mobs attacked the ancient Jewish Quarter of Hebron killing and raping men, women and children and looting Jewish property. Over 65 Jews were killed and 58 were wounded. Many of the victims were mutilated, others were tortured. Most of the 116 Arab fatalities and 232 wounded throughout the British Mandate during those five days were as a result of military confrontation with British security forces.

 

  • In all the above cases the Muslim population had been stirred up by false rumors that the Jews were attempting to seize the Western Wall and the Temple Mount.

The British Shaw Commission of Enquiry concluded, “The outbreak in Jerusalem on the 23rd of August was from the beginning an attack by Arabs on Jews for which no excuse in the form of earlier murders by Jews has been established . . . The fundamental cause, without which in our opinion disturbances either would not occurred or would not have been little more than a local riot, is the Arab feeling of animosity and hostility towards the Jews” (Report of the Commission on the disturbances of August 1929, Command paper 3530; Shaw Commission report; 1930).

 

Husseini, Hamas, Hitler and Hassan

Haj Amin Al-Husseini later spearheaded the Arab Revolt (1936-39) which led to the death of over 300 Jews and the destruction of many Jewish farms and orchards.

Al-Husseini co-operated with three forces which have played a strong role in genocidal attacks against the Jewish people:

  • Hassan al-Banna (founder of the Muslim Brotherhood)
  • Sheikh Izz ad-Din al-Qassam (founder of the anti-Zionist and anti-British Black Hand [al-Kaff al-Aswad], and spiritual doyen of Hamas
  • Adolf Hitler (whom he met on November 28, 1941 where they collaborated on planning a Holocaust of all Jews in the Promised Land)

In close cooperation with Adolf Eichmann and an Einsatzkommando (Special Operations force and mobile killing squad) under the control of SS Obersturmbannführer Walther Rauff,  the Mufti Al-Husseini planned to build crematoriums for the Jews in the Dothan Valley of Samaria. The testimony of Faiz Bay Idrisi, a senior Arab officer in the British Mandatory police, stated, “I remember what was said in police circles and among supporters of the Mufti in those months . . . Haj Amin al-Husseini’s master plan was to establish in the Dothan Valley, close to Shechem, giant crematoriums like Auschwitz, into which would be brought the Jews of Palestine, Iraq, Egypt, Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, and even North Africa, in order to slaughter them with the methods of the S.S. who operated in the death camps in Europe.”

When Muhammad’s descendent occupied al-Aqsa

Jordan’s King Abdullah I bin Al-Hussein was a 38th generation direct descendant of Muhammad through the House of Hashim [Hashemite]. As conqueror of the Temple Mount in May 1948, he oversaw the following:

  • the exile of all Jews from Jordanian-controlled Jerusalem
  • the settling of Arabs in their place
  • the demolishing and destruction of fifty-eight synagogues in the Jewish quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City
  • the systematic destruction of 38,000 ancient Jewish graves on the Mount of Olives
  • the transformation of the Old City of Jerusalem into a Judenrein city (a Nazi term meaning ‘cleansed of Jews’)
  • the transformation of the Western Wall into an exclusively Islamic holy site.

For more information see Jerusalem Divided: the Armistice Regime, 1947-1967, by Raphael Israeli, Psychology Press, 2002,  page 24.

 

What happened in June 1967?

On June 7, 1967 the Israel Defense Forces captured the Old City of Jerusalem. After nearly 2,000 years the Temple Mount was once again in Jewish hands. On June 17, 1967 then-Minister of Defense Moshe Dayan met Islamic religious authorities on the Temple Mount. It was decided to permit the Jordanian Awqaf  (waqf) Ministry to continue to administer the site. Jews and Christians were given the right to visit the Temple Mount provided that they respected Muslims’ religious sensibilities, but they were not allowed to pray there. Only the Western Wall was to be recognized as the Jewish place of prayer. Muslim were in charge of ‘religious sovereignty’ on the Temple Mount, while ‘overall sovereignty’ became Israel’s.  Israel would be responsible for security around the perimeter of the site, while the Jordanian-controlled Jerusalem Waqf would be responsible for events within the compound. Today, the Jerusalem Waqf controls the Temple Mount, schools, orphanages, Islamic libraries and museums, mosques, the Shari’a courts as well as many residential and commercial properties in greater Jerusalem.

‘Al Aqsa is in danger!’ October 1990

In early October 1990 a small Jewish extremist religious group (the ‘Temple Mount Faithful’) stated that they were going to lay a cornerstone for a Third Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.  On 8 October 1990, mosque loudspeakers in the Kidron Valley and on the Mount of Olives proclaimed that “al-Aqsa was in danger.” The immediate result was an Islamic riot where 17-20 Palestinians were killed and over 100 others injured (after they attacked Israeli Border Police on the Temple Mount).

According to the Israeli Report of the Commission of Inquiry into the Events on Temple Mount on 8 October 1990, “The members of the Waqf knew that the High Court had refused the Temple Mount Faithful petition to lay the cornerstone of the Third Temple, and did not respond to requests by Israel Police officers on the morning of the incident to calm the crowd. This, even after the police informed the Waqf that they would also prevent the Temple Mount Faithful, and anyone else, from visiting the area, though such visits are allowed by law… The incident itself began when, suddenly, violent and threatening calls were sounded over the loudspeakers “Allahu Akbar” [Allah is Greater], “Jihad” [Holy War], “Itbah al-Yahud” [Slaughter the Jews]). Immediately afterwards, enormous amounts of rocks, construction materials and metal objects were thrown at Israeli policemen who were present at the site. Many in the incited, rioting mob threw stones and metal objects from a very short range, and some even wielded knives. The actions of the rioters, and certainly the inciters, constituted a threat to the lives of the police, the thousands of worshippers at the Western Wall and to themselves. This was a serious criminal offense committed by masses who were incited by preachers over loudspeakers, and this is what led to the tragic chain of events . . . Nineteen policemen were injured as well as nine Western Wall worshippers. According to Police statistics, 20 people were killed and 52 injured on the Temple Mount.”

“A new Israeli temple in the place of al Aqsa mosque” – September 1996

On September 24, 1996 a new archeological exhibit called ‘the Rabbinic tunnel’ was opened to both the Israeli public and international tourists. It was the culmination of nearly 30 years of archeological excavations outside of the Temple Mount’s external buttress walls. A tunnel was dug outside of these supporting walls which had been constructed by Herod the Great in order to expand the workable surface of the Temple Mount. The tunnel and the retaining walls were not part of any Temple at any period in history.

Even though the tunnel was more than two football fields away from the al-Aqsa mosque and totally outside the Islamic precincts, the head of the PLO Yasser Arafat declared that the opening of the tunnel was a “big crime against our religious and holy places.” Palestinian Authority spokesman Sa’eb Erekat declared, “Well, the thing is … it was the Israelis who announced that they will open this tunnel in order to build … a new temple now in the place of the Al-Aqsa Mosque” (CNN, September 29, 1996).

On September 24, 1996 Voice of Palestine radio urged listeners to “move immediately and effectively to face this serious criminal scheme. We appeal to them all to shoulder their religious and national responsibilities in these serious circumstances and to confront these painful incidents and tragic dangers facing holy Jerusalem” (Voice of Palestine radio from Jericho monitored by BBC, September 24, 1996, 1050 GMT).

On September 25, the Palestinian Authority and Arafat’s Fatah faction brought busloads of Bir Zeit University students to attack Israeli soldiers at a checkpoint outside Ramallah. Molotov cocktails and rocks were thrown at the IDF who initially repulsed them with rubber bullets and tear gas. Whereas at other times PA police had previously prevented crowds from approaching Israeli checkpoints, this time they stood aside. As the rioting spiraled out of control, PA police joined in, firing on Israeli soldiers.

In a speech in Gaza at that time, Arafat invoked Islamic references to war, reminding the crowd that “to the believers who fight for Allah, kill and are killed, heaven is promised” (quoted in The New York Times, Oct. 4, 1996).

In three days of violence 14 Israeli soldiers and 44 Palestinians were killed. The violence had been stirred up by the Palestinian Authority. It spread a poisonously false charge that al-Aqsa was under attack. It created out-of-control violent attacks by Palestinian Arabs on Israeli troops and civilians. This was a repeat of the Islamist violence against Jews which had exploded in 1920, 1928-29, 1936 and 1990.

 

The rose of Sharon and the rise of Sharon – September 2000

On September 28, 2000, then-opposition leader of Israel Ariel Sharon visited the al-Aqsa compound accompanied by a large number of armed security guards. After Sharon left, a violent Palestinian demonstration erupted with people throwing stones and other projectiles at Israeli riot police. Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at the crowd, injuring 24 people. On September 29, 2000, Israel deployed 2,000 riot police to the mosque. After Friday prayers Muslims hurled stones at the police and at Jewish worshippers gathered at the Western Wall. The police then stormed the compound, firing both rubber bullets and live ammunition at the rioting Palestinians (4 killed and 200 wounded).

Israeli Arab journalist Khaled Abu Toameh reported on September 19, 2002, that the rioting and the official reason behind it were planned and fabricated in advance by the Palestinian leadership:

  • Imad Faluji, the PA Communications Minister, admitted on October 11, 2001, that the violence had been planned in July, far in advance of Sharon’s ‘provocation.’ He said: “Whoever thinks that the intifada broke out because of the despised Sharon’s visit to Al-Aksa Mosque, is wrong, even if this visit was the straw that broke the back of the Palestinian people. This intifada was planned in advance, ever since President Arafat’s return from the Camp David negotiations . . .”

 

  • More than a year later, on the first anniversary of the intifada, West Bank Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti gave an interview on October 22, 2001 to the London-based Arabic newspaper al-Sharq al-Awsat in which he admitted that he had played a direct role in igniting the intifada. He said: “I knew that . . . when Sharon reached al-Aksa Mosque, this was the most appropriate moment for the outbreak of the intifada . . . The night prior to Sharon’s visit, I participated in a panel on a local television station and I seized the opportunity to call on the public to go to al-Aksa Mosque in the morning . . . We tried to create clashes without success because of the differences of opinion that emerged with others in al-Aksa compound at the time . . . After Sharon left, I remained for two hours in the presence of other people, we discussed the manner of response and how it was possible to react in all the cities and not just in Jerusalem. We contacted all [the Palestinian] factions” (How the war began, Khaled Abu Toameh, September 19, 2002)

 

Close to 3,000 Palestinians and 1,000 Israelis were killed in these clashes, which lasted five years.

Once again, the 2000 AD Islamist violence was deliberately triggered against Jews. The fig leaf was a supposed Jewish attack on al-Aqsa mosque, but the real reasons were more sinister and had to do with another goal – jihadi destruction of the Jewish people’s state.

To view how Islamists perceive these events, watch Al Jazeera’s program.

 

The Ramadan riots – July 2017

On July 14, 2017 three Islamist terrorists attacked and murdered two Arab Israeli policemen at the conclusion of the Muslim holiday of Ramadan.  Within a very short time their terrorist attack was being justified in Islamic circles (surprise, surprise) as a noble response to a ‘Jewish attack on the sanctity of al-Aqsa mosque.’ This false charge exploded like fireworks on a haystack, spreading like wildfire throughout the world’s media outlets. British commentator Melanie Phillips has written an excellent commentary on this dynamic – Incitement, lies and the strange eclipse of the Dome of the Rock.

Note the declarations of the most prominent Islamist leaders at the time of these riots, and how they echo the bloodthirsty cries of Haj Amin al-Husseini and his comrades:

  • Mahmoud Al-Habbash, PA chief shari’a justice and religious affairs advisor to ‘Abbas,: “Responsibility for the Al-Aqsa mosque is the exclusive right of the Palestinians, and Israeli intervention in the affairs of Al-Aqsa constitutes aggression against the Muslims’ religious and political rights”

 

  • The Fatah Revolutionary Council “calls for holding demonstrations headed toward Jerusalem from the adjacent cities, villages, and refugee camps, and extends congratulations, commendation, and pride to our people in Jerusalem who guard Al-Aqsa mosque like the apple of their eye”

 

  • PLO executive committee member and Jerusalem Affairs department head Ahmad Qurei warned “The government of Israel and its executive branches are continuing to harm the Al-Aqsa mosque, pilfer its contents, and forcibly lay their hands on the mosque’s entire noble compound”

 

  • Fatah Revolutionary Council member and spokesman Osama Al-Qawasmeh emphasized: “The Fatah movement will never allow the Israeli plan for emptying the Al-Aqsa mosque and Jerusalem’s Old City of its original inhabitants, the Palestinian people, to pass . . . Jerusalem and its centerpiece, Al-Aqsa mosque, represent a red line in the fullest and deepest sense of the words, and that there will be no peace and stability unless Jerusalem is restored to its Palestinian owners.”

 

  • Hamas political bureau head Isma’il Haniya said: “Al-Aqsa and Jerusalem are a red line . . . The occupation’s plots will be carried out over our dead bodies”

 

  • Sheikh Raed Alah, leader of the northern branch of the Islamic movement in Israel, wrote: “As long as Al-Aqsa mosque is occupied, it is in constant danger. This danger will pass only if the Israeli occupation is removed. This means that the Israeli occupation is the source of the danger threatening Al-Aqsa mosque . . . and the attacks against it will intensify as long as it [remains] occupied . . .”

 

  • Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi, head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars and a prominent religious leader for the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and the Islamic Movement in Israel, tweeted: “Standing at the battlefront and at the head of the jihad in the land of prophecies and the place where the Prophet arrived in the Night Journey [i.e. Al-Aqsa] will continue until Allah alone declares victory and fulfills his promise.” “The existence of the Zionists is alien, oppressive, aggressive, and criminal. It is inconceivable for it to persist. It is undoubtedly [destined for] perdition”

 

Those who love Israel and believe in God’s divine hand accomplishing her restoration in our day – need to be aware of these dark machinations on the part of those who oversee the waqf of al-Aqsa and those who stir up violence among Palestinian and Muslims worldwide.

 

The current round of Ramadan riots – May 2021

When Ramadan began in late April 2021, Israeli police put up anti-riot barriers beside Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate, preventing young Arabs from gathering in the evenings. At the same time, violent videos were being posted on TikTok of Muslims attacking religious Jews in Jerusalem. Simultaneously, an Israeli court decision from 1973 evicting Arab squatters from property (originally Jewish owned in Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrach area) was finally about to be actualized. On April 22, a far-right Jewish group clashed with Muslims in front of the Damascus Gate, with some wounded on each side.

The Hamas terror organization in Gaza declared that Jerusalem and al-Aqsa Mosque were being threatened, and avowed that the “gates of hell” (an Arabic euphemism for ‘total war’) would be opened. Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Lebanon’s Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah simultaneously began banging warm drums and threatening hostilities. Jerusalem Post reporter Seth Frantzman explains: “The statements by Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran are not isolated. They occurred as a coordinated message . . . preparing the ground for further violence . . . This is also a Hamas ploy for power in Jerusalem, a city it has had a foothold in but in where it has had difficulty raising its head. It is a Hamas ploy for power in the West Bank after the Palestinian Authority postponed elections. It is also a way for Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas to appear relevant. They also want to drive a wedge between Israel and its new peace partners in the Gulf, knowing that the violence in Jerusalem will pressure Bahrain, the UAE and others to make statements . . .  The bubbling crisis could now affect Israeli relations with the Gulf and may also spark the interest of Washington and Europe.”

The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) Spokesman Abdel-Latif Al-Qanua stated that Israeli actions “represent an escalation of aggression against our people, a flagrant breach of their legitimate rights, and a blatant violation of the freedom of worship . . . The continuation of these racist measures, vandalism in Al-Aqsa Mosque, restrictions on our people, and the pursuit of worshipers will result in a massive uprising against the occupier and its racist plans that target Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Israeli politician Mansour Abbas (RA’AM party) condemned Israeli security forces, using language eerily similar to the words of Haj Amin al-Husseini: “I wholeheartedly condemn the violent assault on the holiness of the al-Aqsa mosque and the worshippers. Al-Aqsa mosque is for us a red line. Muslim control over the Temple Mount and the mosque is total/exclusive” he tweeted.

Attacks by mostly young Muslims against Israeli Police and IDF Border Patrol triggered riot-control measures and resulted in some wounded. When rioters attacked Police from within the al-Aqsa mosque, Israeli security forces entered the mosque and arrested rioters. Busloads of rioters on their way to Jerusalem were prevented from entering the city.

 

The rocket’s red glare

Over the past 27 hours, Islamist rockets have been fired from Gaza against Israeli kibbutzim and cities. They have either been intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-rocket network or have fallen in uninhabited areas. Some mortars have also been fired at Israeli targets.

Israel has long planned specific military exercises in the coming week focusing on simultaneous enemy attacks from Gaza and Lebanon. The exercise is appropriately named ‘Chariots of Fire’ (see 2 Kings 6:17; 13:14).

 

How should we then pray?

  • Pray for the frustrating and ceasing of Islamist rocket fire, and for divine wisdom for IDF strategic leadership
  • Pray for those who disseminate lies and violence about the Temple Mount – that they would receive a revelation of their sinful deeds and the gift of repentance which leads to everlasting life
  • Pray for diplomats to receive gifts of truth and courage to become forces for good and not for evil
  • Pray specifically for Arabic-speaking believers in Yeshua across the Islamic world to receive God’s perspective on these issues, as well as bravery to declare these truths clearly and unapologetically
  • Pray for Israelis to receive a revelation about what is actually happening on the Temple Mount, as well as an anointing of courage to explain to others what is happening
  • Pray for world leaders to receive a spirit of revelation and repentance about these matters, that they might come into alignment with God’s word and heart (Ephesians 3:14-19)

Your prayers and support hold up our arms and are the very practical enablement of God to us in the work He has called us to do.

In Messiah Yeshua,

Avner Boskey

 

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Is God a Republican or a Democrat?

The title of this writing is presented as a multiple choice question.
Is God:
A. A Republican?; OR
B. A Democrat?
The answer, however, is a YES/NO answer. And the correct answer is NO. It’s NEITHER.

This kind of question-and-answer conundrum is also evident as Joshua stood outside the walled city of Jericho and asked a multiple choice question to a warrior angel:

Joshua 5:13-15
13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, “Are You for us or for our adversaries?”
14 So He said, “No, but as Commander of the army of the LORD I have now come.”
And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, “What does my Lord say to His servant?”
15 Then the Commander of the LORD’S army said to Joshua, “Take your sandal off your foot,  for the place where you stand is holy.” And Joshua did so.

Had Jericho been in the will of God (and Israel out of the will of God) the angel would have been for Jericho.
Had Israel been in the will of God (and Jericho out of the will of God – which was the case) the angel would be for Israel.
Had both nations been in the will of God, there would have been no upcoming conflict, so there would simply be a condition of corporate blessing. It’s called unity.
Had neither nation been in the will of God, there would likely have been bloodshed and violence (because that’s how unrestrained people are), and an angel of the Lord would have favored neither nation.

The angel at Jericho correctly responded to Joshua’s A/B question and said “NO – I, like all the other angels remaining in the presence and favor of God, choose to be in alignment with God first, and then in alignment with the people who will align themselves with God.

God is neither a Republican or a Democrat. God is holy. His purposes are holy. His angels are holy.

Five times in Leviticus, God presented a “be holy” commandment to His people, and Peter – after profoundly having revealed (1 Peter 1:10-14) that the OLD Testament was written for the NEW Testament saints, then confirmed that the “be holy” commandment is inarguably alive and well forever and at all times, including under the grace of the New Testament:
1 Peter 1:13-16
13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
14 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance;
15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,
16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”

God is neither a Republican or a Democrat.
Either political party has sufficient evidence to condemn the other party. For the most part we have increasingly become a defiant and proud nation out of the purposes and plans of God, in fact and in truth (read the news) we are a covenant nation clearly under the thumb of the Lord’s correction at this time of total global shaking.

Americans find ourselves living inside a spiritual test-tube experiment called a “democracy” and/or a “republic”, and by design of those governmental structures, we (at least for now continue to) have a say in the future government of our nation.

First and foremost, we need to repent of our national sins – and btw woe to the spiritual leaders of our nation who fail to address and proclaim that most-timely truth.
Reference: Amos 3. It will only get worse without our holy response.
We ought not expect a whole lot of mercy from on high as we continue in sin.
“God bless America” deserves the heavenly response: “Why?”

Read Daniel 9, it’s a good place to start, and a great place to start praying accurately.

God meanwhile, in His mercy, understands the weakness of all mankind and promises things like this:
Psalms 103:8-13
8 The LORD is merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
9 He will not always strive with us,
Nor will He keep His anger forever.
10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor punished us according to our iniquities.
11 For as the heavens are high above the earth,
So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
12 As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
13 As a father pities his children,
So the LORD pities those who fear Him.

It does come back to us as a nation coming back to Him, in repentance, and coming back to the place of holy fear of the One worthy of fear.

Again – a New Testament confirmation by our Lord:
Matthew 10:28
28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

And while God is neither a Republican nor a Democrat, the scriptures (Kings, Chronicles, etc.) are replete with examples of God extending mercy if and when even imperfect leadership AT LEAST takes some effort to minimize the sins of the nation.

An important biblical point to note is that although all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, there are particular sins that the Lord has revealed to us as being abominations, a “higher-level” stench to His nostrils and particularly provocative in inciting the Lord to wrath.
The shedding of innocent blood. RE: Sacrificing infants and newborns to Chemosh in the Old Testament. What might that look like today?
Sexual sin between people of the same gender. RE: Sodom and Gomorrah in the Old Testament. We know what that looks like today. .

Demons are only finally destroyed when the Lord finally returns in flaming fire. The book of Revelation confirms that. The rest of the scriptures disclose national renaming and, “rebranding” of particular demons during different seasons in the history of man. Those demons have rebranded themselves in our season. And they remain provocative abominations to our holy God.

Personally and being fully cognizant of many of the sins on both sides of our nation’s political aisle, I am convicted and committed, as a follower of God, to cast my vote for a  (granted, quite imperfect) political party that:

A. Supports and defends Israel
Zechariah 2:7-8
7 “Up, Zion! Escape, you who dwell with the daughter of Babylon.”
8 For thus says the LORD of hosts: “He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye.

B. Supports and defends the innocent and the unborn (FYI: half of all the unborn are female, and a disproportionate number of the murdered unborn are of color)
Jeremiah 7:31
31 And they have built the high places of Tophet, which is in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire, which I did not command, nor did it come into My heart.

C. Supports and defends the God-ordained genders of male and female.
Romans 1:26-27
26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature.
27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.

D. Supports and defends the God-ordained and declared holiness of marriage between two people, one of each gender.
Genesis 2:24
Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

Anything a praying saint of the Lord might choose to align with that contradicts and wars against the holiness of the Lord and clear directives of His word, is a very poor choice, always with consequences.

2 Chronicles 15:1 – 16:14
1 Now the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded.
2 And he went out to meet Asa, and said to him: “Hear me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin. The LORD is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.
3 For a long time Israel has been without the true God, without a teaching priest, and without law;
4 but when in their trouble they turned to the LORD God of Israel, and sought Him, He was found by them.
5 And in those times there was no peace to the one who went out, nor to the one who came in, but great turmoil was on all the inhabitants of the lands.

TROUBLED BY GOD
6 So nation was destroyed by nation, and city by city, for God troubled them with every adversity.
7 But you, be strong and do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded!”

THE CLEAN-UP AND THE BLESSING
8 And when Asa heard these words and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took courage, and removed the abominable idols from all the land of Judah and Benjamin and from the cities which he had taken in the mountains of Ephraim; and he restored the altar of the LORD that was before the vestibule of the LORD.
9 Then he gathered all Judah and Benjamin, and those who dwelt with them from Ephraim, Manasseh, and Simeon, for they came over to him in great numbers from Israel when they saw that the LORD his God was with him.

(v10-13 speak of the people coming into a good covenant and also describe harsh Old Testament ways of dealing with folks who would not serve the Lord. Here’s grace for us. I am glad to be in New Testament times, as should our brethren)

14 Then they took an oath before the LORD with a loud voice, with shouting and trumpets and rams’ horns.
15 And all Judah rejoiced at the oath, for they had sworn with all their heart and sought Him with all their soul; and He was found by them, and the LORD gave them rest all around.
16 Also he removed Maachah, the mother of Asa the king, from being queen mother, because she had made an obscene image of Asherah; and Asa cut down her obscene image, then crushed and burned it by the Brook Kidron.

STILL NOT PERFECT
17 But the high places were not removed from Israel. Nevertheless the heart of Asa was loyal all his days.

SOME GOOD WORKS
18 He also brought into the house of God the things that his father had dedicated and that he himself had dedicated: silver and gold and utensils.

PEACE IN HOLINESS AND REPENTANCE
19 And there was no war until the thirty-fifth year of the reign of Asa.

1 In the thirty-sixth year of the reign of Asa, Baasha king of Israel came up against Judah and built Ramah, that he might let none go out or come in to Asa king of Judah.

THE FREAK-OUT AND THE SELL-OUT TO THE WORLD ORDER….
2 Then Asa brought silver and gold from the treasuries of the house of the LORD and of the king’s house, and sent to Ben-Hadad king of Syria, who dwelt in Damascus, saying,
3 “Let there be a treaty between you and me, as there was between my father and your father. See, I have sent you silver and gold; come, break your treaty with Baasha king of Israel, so that he will withdraw from me.”
4 So Ben-Hadad heeded King Asa, and sent the captains of his armies against the cities of Israel. They attacked Ijon, Dan, Abel Maim, and all the storage cities of Naphtali.
5 Now it happened, when Baasha heard it, that he stopped building Ramah and ceased his work.

… AND WHAT APPEARED TO BE A REWARD FOR TERRIBLE COMPROMISE
6 Then King Asa took all Judah, and they carried away the stones and timber of Ramah, which Baasha had used for building; and with them he built Geba and Mizpah.

MESSAGE FROM GOD VIA A MAN OF GOD
7 And at that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said to him: “Because you have relied on the king of Syria, and have not relied on the LORD your God, therefore the army of the king of Syria has escaped from your hand.
8 Were the Ethiopians and the Lubim not a huge army with very many chariots and horsemen? Yet, because you relied on the LORD, He delivered them into your hand.

THE BIG REVEAL
9 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. In this you have done foolishly; therefore from now on you shall have wars.”

NO REPENTANCE AND “SHOOT THE MESSENGER”
10 Then Asa was angry with the seer, and put him in prison, for he was enraged at him because of this. And Asa oppressed some of the people at that time.

ASA’S SAD FINAL END
11 Note that the acts of Asa, first and last, are indeed written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel.
12 And in the thirty-ninth year of his reign, Asa became diseased in his feet, and his malady was severe; yet in his disease he did not seek the LORD, but the physicians.
13 So Asa rested with his fathers; he died in the forty-first year of his reign.

RECAP:
A seer from God is sent to king in Judah who had made some very poor choices.
The message speaks of God’s proactivity towards those who are loyal to Him, and also speaks of the increased troubles ascribed to those who live contrary to holy loyalty to God and His word. Sadly this brief story ends here with the Asa the king punishing the messenger. Not much has changed, over the years.
Make very good choices, saints. God watches His people.
The future of America is at stake.
Our personal futures are at stake.

2 Chronicles 16:9A
9 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him….

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A Re-Post of a critical article by Avner Boskey

This is timely critical reading, friends. And a prayerful response is called for.
The culmination of our Lord’s plans for this Age center around Israel, as they should. All of the current shakings of this turbulent year, and forward, are pointing to the same thing: the imminent visible and dramatic return of the Savior of the world to rescue, to vindicate, to establish His rule and reign on earth, to judge. And Israel is key. God is jealous for His people and for His land.
Leviticus 25:23
23 “The land shall not be sold permanently, for the land is Mine; for you are strangers and sojourners with Me
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AND:
Ezekiel 36:8-10
8 But you, (THE LAND) O mountains of Israel, you shall shoot forth your branches and yield your fruit to (HIS PEOPLE) My people Israel, for they are about to come.
9 For indeed I am for you, and I will turn to you, and you shall be tilled and sown.
10 I will multiply men upon you, all the house of Israel, all of it; and the cities shall be inhabited and the ruins rebuilt.

Too many dangling prophetic participles at this juncture remain dangling for sober students of scripture to conclude our Lord’s return will be right now. It does not appear all that far off but frankly right now it is too early and also quite frankly according to scripture still too calm on earth. But the call is to those with ears to hear to be praying, to be pressing in, to be crying out, to be warning every man, to be worshiping the only One worthy of worship, to be bowing the knee to the only One worthy of bowing to, to be lifting up the name of the one and only Savior – so that the nations might know precisely Who is the Desire of the Nations (Hag 2:6&7). Pray for Israel.

Even with the veil for the most part still covering their spiritual eyes, the decisions and actions being taken by Israel are being utilized by our amazing God to accomplish His complex and magnificent and righteous purposes.

Yet again: Thank you Avner for this most timely word. Well written, well-documented. And personally I am a sucker for the rock n roll references. Music indeed is a window to the soul of man. And we will appreciate that yet more as we press into the prophetic worship that will take down Assyria with tambourines. Isaiah 30. What an amazing God. What an amazing plan!

Annexation for dummies

Years ago Steve Stills penned a song in response to the November 1966 protest-riots on Sunset Strip. One of rock’s classic protest songs, its first line goes, “There’s something happening here. What it is ain’t exactly clear . . .  You better stop! Hey, what’s that sound? Everybody look what going down.”

A lot is going down. COVID-19 has morphed into protests/riots in major American cities. Riots then mutated, vandalizing America’s cultural icons. “I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” (J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring).

Bounding toward us down the primrose path is the fast approaching date of July 1, 2020. On May 4, 2020 Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu and Alternate PM Benny Gantz signed a coalition agreement. Paragraph 29 of that agreement reads: “After discussions and consultations are conducted between the Prime Minister and the Alternate Prime Minister based on the principles outlined above, the Prime Minister will be able to bring forward the agreement reached with the United States on the application of sovereignty for debate by the cabinet and government and for approval by the government and/or the Knesset as of July 1, 2020.”

July 1, 2020 has become a ground-zero date. What will happen on that date? Will Israel annex up to 30% of the West Bank (including Jewish cities and towns in Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley) according to the guidelines of President Trump’s ‘deal of the century?’ Will the PLO then establish a Palestinian state in the remaining 70% of Judea and Samaria aka the West Bank?  Is this process a dividing up of the Land of Israel spoken of in the warnings given by the Hebrew prophets? Does the Bible shed any light about how this relates to Israel, the Middle East and the future? What follows is rough seven-point sketch of the issues involved.

 

Biblical milestones

Today no modern country bases its foreign policy on the Bible (see Deuteronomy 17:18-20). What carries the day for most politicians is realpolitik –  a German word referring to diplomacy based on pragmatic considerations of given circumstances, rather than on moral and ethical premises. But the Scriptures have much to say regarding the Land of Israel and its borders:

  • The Land of Israel is YHVH’s gift to the Jewish people as a divine patrimony exclusively and forever (Genesis 15:18; Numbers 33:52-54; 2 Chronicles 6:24-25, 36-39; Amos 9:14-15, ; Romans 11:28-29; etc.)
  • YHVH promises to regather the Jewish people to their homeland after a long Exile and then transform them into a mighty army (Jeremiah 30:1-3, 18-20; Ezekiel 37:9-14; 39:27-29, etc.)
  • At Messiah Yeshua’s return He will judge the nations for attempting to divide up the Land of Israel and the city of Jerusalem (Joel 3:1-2; Zechariah 14:1-5; etc.)

Based on these signposts, all nations – including the Jewish nation – should stay far away from dividing up any part of the Land of Israel. They should instead champion her God-given borders (Genesis 15:18; 17:8; Numbers 34:1-15; Deuteronomy 11:24; Joshua 15:1-12; etc.)

 

Waltzing without a partner

Politically correct wisdom at the United Nations and the European Union declares that the Israel-Palestinian conflict will only be solved by face-to-face negotiations between the two parties. But the unappetizing fact is that there is no trustworthy Palestinian negotiating partner available. All Palestinian groups either refuse to negotiate with Israel (Hamas, Islamic Jihad) or refuse to accept any Israeli offers (PLO, PA). The Palestinian bare minimum would still result in Israel’s fatal dismemberment. Negotiations with all of the Palestinian groups are a non-starter.

Two lucid examples of this reality:

On July 1, 1994 Yasir Arafat crossed from Egypt into Gaza after signing the Oslo Accords. His ‘peace entourage’ of limousines was simultaneously smuggling terrorists into Gaza (Mamduh Nawfal, Jihad Amarin, etc.) who had the blood of many Israelis on their hands. Unregistered weapons and night vision scopes were hidden in the same vehicles:

 Throughout the Oslo Accords period (1993-2000) PLO President Arafat repeatedly declared that violent Islamic jihad would continue, and that the Palestinians would eventually destroy and replace the Jewish state. Stipends to terrorists (the ‘pay to slay’ martyr’s fund) increased during this period:

The goal of Palestinian terror – Israel’s destruction – continues to this day:

Former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Zalman Shoval once said that “the Palestinians have never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity.” The Palestinians are now missing a ‘golden opportunity’ – this time under U.S. auspices – to receive 70% of the West Bank. U.S. conditions in ‘the deal of the century’ insist that the Palestinians must abandon terror and violence for the deal to go forward. Similar conditions were blatantly violated by the PLO and Hamas during the period of the Oslo Accords. These conditions will not be followed by the Palestinians at this present time either.

What the Palestinian Authority leadership is counting on is European and Arab pressure to significantly alter Trump’s plan. Instead of 30% of the West Bank going to Israel, Europe would push for the Jewish state receiving less than 10%. The Europeans would not insist on a realistic end to Palestinian terror. The nations of the world are pressuring Israel with malice to hand over 90% of the West Bank to Palestinian terrorists sworn to bring about the Jewish people’s destruction. America (on the other hand) is cajoling Israel to hand over 70% of the West Bank to Palestinians who (they hope) will change their spots and begin to sing kumbaya.

 

When your neighbor is of the jihadi persuasion

Israel is surrounded by Islamic countries on all sides. Two of them (Egypt and Jordan) have peace treaties with the Jewish state. Nevertheless, strong jihadi Muslim Brotherhood movements fester just below the surface in those countries, waiting to overthrow those governments:

Jihadi forces move about and operate effectively between the countries of Libya, Egypt, Gaza, Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, Syria, Iraq and Iran.  These are serious people, highly motivated in desiring to destroy Israel. Both Sunni and Shi’ite, they also have plans to overthrow pro-Western Sunni Islamic countries like Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE, Jordan, etc. Some of the abovementioned countries pay protection money to the jihadis to keep the Islamists off their backs. Others (like Qatar) play both sides of the coin. These kingdoms live in fear of being bulldozed by Iran’s jihadi Revolutionary Guards. At present, Sunni countries are willing to secretly cooperate with Israel because their fear of Shi’ite Iran overshadows their own Sunni desire to see Israel’s destruction.

Israel cannot afford to let down its guard in the face of these threats. Were Hamas jihadis given the chance to run in West Bank elections, they would soundly defeat the Palestinian Authority (PLO) and establish a new Hamastan in Ramallah, Jenin and Hebron. The presence of so many jihadi groupings in such a close proximity to Israel illuminates why, for Israel, having truly defensible borders is not merely an intellectual or philosophical exercise. It is a matter of survival.

 

Iran and ISIS

Iran’s jihadi ‘Shi’ite crescent’ is spreading, wrapping its cold revolutionary fingers around Iraq, Syria, Lebanon (Hezbollah), Yemen, Gaza (Hamas) and Egyptian Sinai. ISIS (the Sunni jihadi movement) is waiting in the wings, working toward the establishment of its own jihadi caliphate in Syria and Iraq, while infiltrating into North Africa and other countries. The dangers facing Israel are increasing. Establishing a Palestinian state on 70% of the West Bank (America’s idea) or on 90% of the West Bank (Europe’s idea) at this time is a very bad idea indeed.

 

Auschwitz borders

Abba Eban once referred to the U.N.’s efforts to shrink Israel back to its 1948 borders/cease-fire lines as a move to return the Jewish state to ‘Auschwitz borders’ – indefensible front lines that could lead to its annihilation.  Yet at this very moment the vast majority of the nations insist that Israel must abandon large chunks of its biblical and historical homeland or face punitive international sanctions, both political and economic. Most nations are opposed to the U.S. annexation plan which calls for a Palestinian state on 70% of the West Bank. Instead, they want Israel to hand over at least 90% of Judea and Samaria (aka the West Bank) to Palestinian terror-diplomats.

Some Israelis argue (based on this pressure) that it would be better not to move forward with American annexation plans at this time:

 On the other hand, Israelis on the Right and among the religious believe that now is the time for reclaiming the Jewish people’s heritage even if only in part:

Israeli statesman Abba Eban adds a thoughtful comment: “Nobody does Israel any service by proclaiming its ‘right to exist.’ Israel’s right to exist, like that of the United States, Saudi Arabia and 152 other states, is axiomatic and unreserved. Israel’s legitimacy is not suspended in midair awaiting acknowledgement . . . There is certainly no other state, big or small, young or old, that would consider mere recognition of its ‘right to exist’ a favor, or a negotiable concession” (New York Times, November 18, 1981).

The obsessive fixation of the nations of the world on shrinking Israel’s borders has dark echoes of Joel 3:2: “I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. Then I will enter into judgment with them there on behalf of My people and My inheritance, Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and they have divided up My land.”

 

Tremblings in a distant land

U.S. President Trump is considered by Israelis to be the most pro-Israel President in recent history. Here are some of the reasons:

One of President Trump’s goals has been to “do the deal of the century” – to achieve a peace treaty between Israel and Palestinians that no other President has managed to pull off.

Though recent events in the U.S.A. have weakened Trump’s power, many Evangelicals strongly support him in the ‘deal of the century.’

Trump’s deal is based on the presupposition that both Israel and the Palestinians will sit down to negotiate. Israel has been willing to talk, but the Palestinian Authority has refused to meet. In the likely event of such a zero-sum scenario, the shapers of the deal gave Israel the right to unilaterally apply Israeli law on up to 30% of its ancestral homeland in the West Bank. The other 70% of those territories would then be earmarked for a Palestinian state, and Israel would be forbidden from building or operating there.

Technically it is not accurate to define Israel’s move here as an annexation for three simple reasons:

Many Orthodox Jews (including the settler movement) and many Christian evangelicals are hesitant about any moves to establish a Palestinian state under any circumstances, based on three reasons – the Bible’s teaching; the refusal of all Palestinian groups to recognize Israel as a Jewish state; and Palestinian refusal to turn away from terrorism.

Ironically at this juncture the most positive pro-Israel U.S. government in history is also pushing for a dividing up of the land of Israel. The Hebrew prophet Zechariah warns all nations to be careful about these matters:  “It will come about in that day that I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples; all who lift it will be severely injured” (Zechariah 12:3).

Could the increasing divisions happening right now in U.S. society be a Genesis 12:3 result of America’s pressure (even if enacted with finesse) to divide the Land of Israel?

 

What will the nations say?

Jewish people in Exile always found themselves at the mercy of the nations. Every important decision (and many less important ones) needed to be weighed against the potential negative consequences that unfriendly Gentiles might aim against Jacob’s family. In the same way as one would not want to annoy a hungry bear, so it was important not to irritate non-Jewish kings and princes.

Prime Minister Ben Gurion went against conventional wisdom when he said, “It matters not what the Goyim (the non-Jews) say, but what the Jews do” (The Windsor Star, Canada, December 3, 1973). Ben Gurion meant that the Jewish people could probably count on Gentile opposition to Jewish restoration. In light of this, his counsel to the resurgent Jewish nation in her soon-to-be-sovereign homeland was that she would need to make decisions based on prophetic vision and not on fear.

The climate of fear is very present in many discussions concerning applying Israeli law to portions of the West Bank. The following questions are raised: What happens if Trump is not elected? Will Biden and the Democrats then take revenge on Israel? Will the European Union boycott and apply bone-crushing sanctions against Israel? Will the fledgling under-the-table connections with Arab Gulf states evaporate in the hot desert sands? Even some Zionists who acknowledge the age-old connection between the Jewish people and their ancient cities and farms in the West Bank are deeply concerned that this whole scenario could easily turn the world against us – kol ha’olam negdenu, as it is said in Hebrew.

In 1948 there were many learned voices who urged Ben Gurion NOT to proclaim the Jewish state. Annihilation at the hands of foreign armies was a real possibility. The combination of international pressures, the after-effects of Nazi mass murder, and British cold-heartedness were all too real. But in the end David Ben Gurion proclaimed the Jewish state on May 14, 1948. The rest is history.

 

Physical and political abuse

A woman who has suffered physical abuse from her husband is afraid of doing anything which might trigger more beatings. Similarly, Israelis realize that an international consortium could arise and do damage to the Jewish state if we try to hold onto our historic homeland. More than anything else, this dynamic reveals that the Hebrew prophets’ End of Days vision is not so far-fetched after all.

Pray with us about all these above points. Lay them before the God of Jacob in earnest prayer. Ask Him to establish His purposes over His Jewish people and His Promised Land in these matters, speedily and in our day. And let’s stay away from dividing God’s Promised Land!

 

How should we then pray?

  • Pray for God’s discernment and wisdom to be given to Israeli and U.S. leaders regarding His Land
  • Pray for revelation to be given to all those responsible for Israel’s security as they prepare for what’s coming down
  • Pray for the spirit of grace and supplications à la Zechariah 12:10 to be poured out on the Jewish people
  • Pray for the raising up of the Ezekiel 37 prophetic army among the Jewish people

 

Your prayers and support hold up our arms and are the very practical enablement of God to us in the work He has called us to do.

In Messiah Yeshua,

Avner Boskey

 

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TIMING: Crucifixion. Ascension. Pentecost and Now. Outpouring Of The Spirit. Darkness and Light. God’s Great Paradox.


par·a·dox
/ˈperəˌdäks/

noun
noun: paradox; plural noun: paradoxes
1. a seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement or proposition that when investigated or explained may prove to be well founded or true.

Here’s the “self-contradictory” truth of scripture:
Isaiah 60:1-3

(FOR THE SAINTS)
1 Arise, shine; For your light has come!
And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you.

(AND MEANWHILE)
2 For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,
And deep darkness the people;
But the LORD will arise over you,
And His glory will be seen upon you.

(PART BUT SURELY NOT ALL OF THE PROMISED BLESSING)
3 The Gentiles shall come to your light,
And kings to the brightness of your rising.

Isaiah 60 is alive and quite radioactive, activating on earth in these very days.
While the world shakes in hopelessness and confusion, the redeemed of the Lord are called to higher ground, and the higher the ground the greater our stability in Him. And the greater the light of Christ is upon us.

Below my post is a profound post by Peter Robertson (on FB, from yesterday) that ought not get overlooked. In fact it ought to get studied and pondered and prayed into. The Ps 67 blessing in and of itself is profound in that it sits in OT scripture position, inviting and empowering every reader to pronounce a priestly blessing, while (seemingly another paradox) the Jewish scriptures emphasize the sacred and even exclusive position and authority of the Jewish priests and their functions. Wow.

The prophetic implication of Ps 67 speaking forward to readers (with ears to hear and hearts to respond) inviting any and all to be reciting a priestly blessing – is that our Lord intended this psalm for activation in days forward. Ps 67 has been waiting, if you will, for days and times when the apostle Peter’s and the apostle John’s written pronouncement of dual-mantle king/priest anointing upon the saints illuminates. Like our days. Makes total sense. Daniel (8:26, 9:24, 12:4), Isa 2:2, Jer 23:20 etc all project references to things sealed up for release, activation and/or understanding, later. It is becoming “later” quickly, in these days, right now. Sure some prophecies await the glorious feet of our Lord standing on the Mount of Olives, and after that. But some are for now.

Myself being taken by the Lord to study eschatological events and writings in Scripture, I admit the first time I heard the recently released “Blessing Song” I was sort of thinking “Hey, these are tough and serious biblically spoken-of days, and here’s yet more happy/smiley denial-of-Haggai-2-actuality Christian singing”. That was until I (thankfully!) quickly sensed the thick and rich presence of our Lord all over and through that song. And when has it been released and activated? Not only during the covid pandemic, but during the season between the crucifixion of our Lord and the Pentecost outpouring of the Holy Spirit. These “just happen” to be those days.

It is His time to release this kind of empowering blessing upon His saints, for His purposes. Isa 60:1-2 again – darkness covers the earth and absolutely simultaneously the illumination and anointing from heaven shines upon the ones who hear the call to arise. His joy and His presence are our strength. Strength for trust, for great exploits. Thank You Lord for Your magnificent plans and perfect timing. Thank you Kari and Cody. And thank you Peter Robertson. Assyria comes down with tambourines.

PETER ROBERTSON’S POST FROM 5/21/2020
Peter Robertson
13 hrs ·

Today is the 27th day of the second month of the Biblical calendar and it is the 40th day of the counting period between the wave offerings of the grain harvest.
It was on this day of that count that Yeshua ascended from Bethany on the Mount of Olives to heaven, leaving His disciples standing there on the mountain staring up at the sky.
I think that it is very significant that the last thing that he did, before ascending, was to lift His hands and bless His disciples.

I used to think of it as a nice thing for him to do, but now I see this final act of blessing in a different light. I think it was an absolutely essential thing for him to do to prepare the way for them to be filled with the Holy Spirit, ten days later. Furthermore, though the text does not elaborate and is silent on the precise words that he spoke, I believe that he most likely invoked the priestly blessing over them found in the book of Numbers.

“Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. And they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy;”

“So when they had come together, they asked him, ‘Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?’ He replied, ‘It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’ When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.’”

So Yeshua’s final act on earth before ascending to Heaven was to bless His disciples and he did so as the great high priest, about to enter the Heavenly Holy of Holies.

It is possibly significant that for many centuries Psalm 67 has been recited each day of the counting period, between the Feast of the First Omer and the Feast of Weeks. I have tried to research this to determine the origins of this traditional Scripture reading, but have been unable to determine so.
Perhaps, it was in place during the first century and even farther back in time.

“May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, SELAH, that your way may be known upon earth, your saving power among all nations. Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you. Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. SELAH! Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you. The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, has blessed us. May God continue to bless us; let all the ends of the earth revere him.”

This Psalm looks back to the promise of blessing over Abraham and his descendants, who were promised that they would be blessed by God in order to become a source of blessing to all the families of the earth. God would bless Abraham (and his posterity) in order to make them a blessing.
“Now the LORD said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’”
“YHVH spoke to Moses, saying: ‘Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, “Thus you shall bless the Israelites: You shall say to them, ‘YHVH bless you and keep you; YHVH make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; YHVH lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.’”
So they shall put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.’”

Yeshua’s act of blessing his disciples is reminiscent of Aaron’s blessing the people on the eighth day of dedicating the tabernacle, just before entering the holy place and the subsequent manifestation of God’s glory.

“Aaron lifted his hands toward the people and blessed them; and he came down after sacrificing the sin offering, the burnt offering, and the offering of well-being. Moses and Aaron entered the tent of meeting, and then came out and blessed the people; and the glory of the LORD appeared to all the people.”

In a similar manner, Yeshua blessed his disciples before entering the heavenly sanctuary and the subsequent outpouring of the Holy Spirit. He lifted his hands and blessed them and then ascended into Heaven as great high priest.

I have already mentioned the daily reading of Psalm 67, during this interim period, between First Omer and Firstfruits. This Psalm begins, “May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, SELAH, that your way may be known upon earth, your saving power among all nations.”
It is an inspired prayer that recalls the priestly blessing, so that God’s ways and his “yeshuah” (saving power) would be known among all nations.

I believe Yeshua blessed his disciples on the Mount of Olives on the occasion of His ascension, so that His ways would be known throughout the earth and His saving power among all nations (“goyim”).
He had just told them, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Now, interestingly and likely more than coincidentally, Kari Jobe and three others wrote a song at the very end of February, which she sang for the first time leading worship on March first. It is called “The Blessing” and is based on the priestly blessing of Numbers 6. During the intervening period since, while people all over the world have been in social isolation due to the coronavirus pandemic, this song has gone totally viral (pun intended).

It has been recorded all over the world by a great many people, almost as the thematic hymn of this trying period, which has overlapped with the period of counting of the days between the wave offerings.
I did a quick search on YouTube only to find that I could not scroll to the end of the numbers of versions of this song that have been posted in this short season.

It almost as if something that has formerly been peripheral has now become central and in a sense restored to the Body of Messiah across the nations, the practice of blessing one another, with this divinely prescribed, specific blessing from Scripture.

The priestly blessing was intended in its original context for Israel, but Psalm 67 expands its impact to all the nations of the earth, and the apostle elsewhere told us that all the promises of God are yes and amen to us, in Messiah.

“For in him every one of God’s promises is a ‘Yes.’ For this reason it is through him that we say the ‘Amen,’ to the glory of God.”
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love.”
“In former generations this mystery was not made known to humankind, as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit: that is, the Gentiles have become fellow heirs, members of the same body, and sharers in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.”

I am posting the lyrics of “The Blessing” below, in the comments thread of this post.
I have illustrated this post with some older and more recent photos of Bethany and the Mount of Olives and an artist’s depiction of what Bethany might have looked like in ancient times.

In conclusion, I proclaim over you, on this anniversary of Messiah Yeshua’s ascension, in his name, and as one of his representatives,
“Y’varekh’kha ADONAI v’yishmerekha.
(May ADONAI bless you and keep you.)
Ya’er ADONAI panav eleikha vichunekka.
(May ADONAI make his face shine on you and show you his favor.)
Yissa ADONAI panav eleikha v’yasem l’kha shalom.
(May ADONAI lift up his face toward you and give you peace.)”
Amen!

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Latter Rain. He Reigns. Ring-Time.


Years ago while in Israel, I contacted and then contracted an Israeli jeweler to fashion a ring for me w the inscription of Zech 10:1 – “Ask the Lord for rain in the time of latter rain”.

The jeweler stopped in his tracks and was noticeably moved after I handed him the scripture which he read in front of me, saying to me: “That is the most powerful word I have ever read in the Book”. Perhaps he says that to all his clients, but I don’t think so.

I wore the ring for a several years and then took it off. The Lord has recently been speaking to me it is now time to wear that ring.

Although things are obviously accelerating on earth, still much has to be accomplished by our Lord on earth and in heaven (Haggai 2 says both) prior to Messiah’s return, and that return will be in perfect alignment w every jot and tittle of the eternal Word, notably Ezek 38:1-17. Zech 12:1-14. Matt 24.

That work includes troubling, shaking, dynamic and glorious outpourings of supernatural power and authority and revelation, etc. – and much of the whole plan understandably focuses on and in Israel, His covenant people and in fact His covenant place. Ezek 36:1-16.

Even the divine luring-in of the nations for the final conflict and holy victory will want Israel to be walking in abundance and blessing, to the point of burning jealousy by the nations, for the “booty”. Only our great God could orchestrate so amazing a plan to:
A. Conclude the age,
B. Bring as many souls to salvation as will respond and come – both Jew and Gentile – through Messiah, and
C. Fulfill the words of Rev 15:3 and 4:
Revelation 15:3-4
They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying:
“Great and marvelous are Your works,
Lord God Almighty!
Just and true are Your ways,
O King of the saints!
4 Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name?
For You alone are holy.
For all nations shall come and worship before You,
For Your judgments have been manifested.”
(NKJV Strong’s)

Below is Avner Boskey’s good and most timely word.
Toda raba, amigo

The latter rain
Posted on May 13, 2020 by Avner Boskey
Once upon a time there was no rain. Moses tells us that “YHVH God had not sent rain upon the earth . . . but a mist used to rise from the earth and water the whole surface of the ground” (Genesis 2:5-6).
But then God gave rain on the earth and sent water on the fields (see Job 5:10). “Who has cleft a channel for the flood or a way for the thunderbolt, to bring rain on a land without people, on a desert without a man in it – to satisfy the waste and desolate land and to make the seeds of grass to sprout? Has the rain a father?” (Job 38:25-28) The Bible describes God as the Great Rainmaker.
Paul declared in Lystra (modern Turkey) that the God of all nations “did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good and gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness” (Acts 14:17).
Messiah Yeshua taught us that the rains are a spiritual example to us, “so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous” (Matthew 5:45).

“To every thing, turn, turn, turn” (The Byrds)
“There is an appointed time for everything, and there is a time for every purpose under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1; see the Byrds video – www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPbR3uovtf8). Farmers can tell you that it’s not just that rain is needed. Showers need to come at the right time and in the right amount. “He will give the rain for your land in its season, the early and late rain, that you may gather in your grain and your new wine and your oil” (Deuteronomy 11:14). The blessing of God is seen in the fact that rains come like clockwork and in due season: “Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains” (James 5:7).

The regulated certainty of God’s seasons was a baseline for the Hebrew prophets, as reflected in Israel’s cry: “So let us know, let us press on to know YHVH. His going forth is as certain as the dawn. And He will come to us like the rain, like the spring rain watering the earth” (Hosea 6:3).

The nearness of God’s rain is (for) my good
Mankind needs rain to survive. The God of Isaac knows that. He is like a father who loves to give good gifts to his children, as Moses reveals to Israel: “YHVH will open for you His good storehouse, the heavens, to give rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hand” (Deuteronomy 28:12). Here YHVH is proving the irrevocable nature of His gifts and calling on Israel à la Romans 11:28-29: “You shed abroad a plentiful rain, O God! You confirmed Your inheritance when it was parched” (Psalm 68:9).
God’s rains are a manifestation of His desire to bring blessing to Jerusalem: “Then He will give you rain for the seed which you will sow in the ground, and bread from the yield of the ground, and it will be rich and plenteous. On that day your livestock will graze in a roomy pasture” (Isaiah 30:23).

In a dry and weary land
The mighty Nile has been called the lifeblood and the gift of Egypt. Farmers who lived close to the river used water wheels (sakia; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sakia) or operated small canals controlled by a foot-operated wooden sluice gate which opened and closed, allowing the canal-borne river waters to flood the fields:
www.sutori.com/item/this-is-an-example-of-ancient-egypt-irrigation-system-4a3c
https://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/object/589628
https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/nilometers-in-the-land-of-israel/
The Jewish people in Moses’ day knew how to use their feet based on traditional Egyptian agriculture. But the Promised Land would bring in a totally different way of doing things:
• For the land, into which you are entering to possess it, is not like the land of Egypt from which you came, where you used to sow your seed and water it with your foot like a vegetable garden. But the land into which you are about to cross to possess it, a land of hills and valleys, drinks water from the rain of heaven, a land for which YHVH your God cares. The eyes of YHVH your God are always on it, from the beginning even to the end of the year (Deuteronomy 11:10-12)
YHVH waxed poetic to the Jewish people, explaining to them that the Land of Canaan has very few perennial water sources or rivers: it “drinks water from the rain of heaven.” This was a divine setup: if the children of Israel obeyed YHVH and followed their calling, they received rain. If not, withering drought would appear.
• Beware that your hearts are not deceived, and that you do not turn away and serve other gods and worship them, or the anger of YHVH will be kindled against you, and He will shut up the heavens so that there will be no rain and the ground will not yield its fruit. And you will perish quickly from the good land which YHVH is giving you. (Deuteronomy 11:16-17)
Solomon proclaimed the same at his dedication of the magnificent Temple in Jerusalem:
• When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain, because they have sinned against You, and they pray toward this place and confess Your name and turn from their sin when You afflict them, then hear in heaven and forgive the sin of Your servants and of Your people Israel, indeed, teach them the good way in which they should walk. And send rain on Your land, which You have given Your people for an inheritance. (1 Kings 8:35-36)

A hard rain’s gonna fall
Modern folk wince when the subject of God as Judge arises. It’s true that the prophets (like Ezekiel 14:21) and Moses (Leviticus 26) who knew God personally, described Him as a judge who uses war, plagues, wild beasts and drought against rebellious nations and individuals. But most Westerners get antsy dealing with such concepts. The God of the West is seen rather as a well-behaved gentleman with some excellent moral suggestions.
The God of Jacob is different.
• He harnesses the storms of nature for His purposes. “Have you entered the storehouses of the snow or have you seen the storehouses of the hail which I have reserved for the time of distress, for the day of war and battle?” (Job 38:22-23; see also Jeremiah 10:13)
• He brings a world extinction event through a pre-planned 40 days and nights of rain in order to “blot out from the face of the earth every living things” that He created (Genesis 7:4)
• He rains brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah as well as hail on Egypt (Genesis 19:24; Exodus 9:23, 33)
• He destroys an entire wheat harvest in Israel by a huge thunder-rain storm (1 Samuel 12:16-18)
• He totally withholds rain from Israel through Elijah’s three-year long drought (1 Kings 17:1)
• He brings selective drought on specific areas due to local sins (Amos 4:7)
• The God of Jacob prophesies massive destruction on the armies of Gog and Magog through torrential rain, hailstones, fire, brimstone, plagues and blood (Ezekiel 38:22)
• The two witnesses will strike the earth with drought, plagues and the ability to turn potable water into blood, as often as they choose (Revelation 11:6)
• In the Messianic kingdom, Egypt will be struck with the curse of drought because of its bad attitude toward Israel (Zechariah 14:17-19)
God has not changed. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. The real issue here is mankind’s sin and rebellion: “Behold, YHVH’s hand is not so short that it cannot save, nor is His ear so dull that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God” (Isaiah 59:1-2).

Vindication by water
The prophet Joel lets us in on a spiritual secret concerning His End of Days dealings with Israel. Just prior to the final outpouring of God’s Spirit (“it will come about after this that I will pour out My Spirit”; Joel 2:28 in English), YHVH announces to the Jewish people that He will pour out “the early rain for your vindication . . . the early and latter rains” (Joel 2:23; the Hebrew words are moreh/yoreh and malqosh, the two yearly periods of rain in October/November and March/April).
YHVH announces that this pre-revival rain is a sign of His favor. Huge agricultural bumper crops of wine and oil will result. All Israel “will have plenty to eat and be satisfied and praise the name of YHVH . . . who has dealt wondrously with” Israel (Joel 2:24-26). The God of Jacob stresses two times in a row, “My people will never be put to shame” (Joel 2:26-27)!
When God opens the physical heavens and pours out His rains, Scripture lets us know that this is a sign to the nations that He still loves Israel, He still favors Jacob, and He is still pressing forward with sovereign resolve to restore Israel.

Lord willing and the creek (don’t) rise
Over many recent years Israel has been suffering bone-crushing seasons of drought. Lawns have gone brown, showers had to be timed, and forest fires ravaged ancient hills. At the same time the nation of Israel has not yet seen a massive spiritual swing to revival. Sexual sins, demonic spiritualities and hard-heartedness characterize too many people here. Based on the cumulative teaching of the Scriptures looked at so far, one might assume that Israel would be overcome by massive drought.
Yet something very different is happening in the Promised Land. Southern Israel has broken a 76 year record for increased rainfall, while northern Israel has broken a 50 year record. The Lake of Galilee (which had of late been sporting some new bald-headed mini-islands emerging close to the shore-line) is now less than 10 millimeters from being totally topped off. This is so astounding that every Israeli is aware of this mini-miracle, and there is wonder in the air about it.
www.jpost.com/israel-news/israel-breaks-50-year-record-for-most-rainfall-613693
https://hamodia.com/2020/02/03/last-month-nearly-wettest-january-ever/
www.timesofisrael.com/israel-battered-with-unseasonal-spring-thunderstorms-hail-flooding/
Why is God blessing Israel when we are not deserving of it? Why is the country overflowing with rain and water when we have not yet entered into deep national repentance? Do these rains violate His holy character or His immutable word?
Part of the reason can be found in a simple word – ‘grace.’ The word has the sense of ‘unmerited favor.’ God is treating Israel with amazing unmerited favor. That’s the same pattern in Ezekiel 37:9-14: God brings the Jewish people back to the Land of Israel while most of us are spiritually insensate; He breathes His Spirit into us, makes us come alive through a New Covenant revelation of Yeshua, and turns us into His mighty army. It’s all based on grace and it’s all activated while we’re still undeserving.
This ‘gospel for the undeserving’ is a challenge to some believers. But is it not true that every believer in Yeshua is saved “by grace through faith, and that not of ourselves. It is the gift of God, not as a result of works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:7-9)?
The national salvation of Israel is being crystallized through a process similar to that which every Gentile believer undergoes – a magnificent work of God dripping in grace.
The Hebrew word for grace is hesed. It spotlights God’s faithfulness to His covenant promises. Israel’s psalmist confesses, “Had it not been YHVH who was on our side when men rose up against us, then they would have swallowed us alive when their anger was kindled against us” (Psalm 124:1-3). If YHVH were not faithful to His promises, we the Jewish people would be up a creek without a paddle. Jeremiah laments our spiritual condition in Exile: “Behold, listen! The cry of the daughter of my people from a distant land: ‘Is YHVH not in Zion? Is her King not within her . . . Harvest is past, summer is ended, and we are not saved’” (Jeremiah 8:19-20).
The rescue and salvation of the Jewish people is an unattainable goal – unless YHVH pours out His spirit of grace and of supplications on our people Israel (see Zechariah 12:10). At some point in history God has to move us beyond labor pains and into full birth: “As soon as Zion travailed, she also brought forth her sons. ‘Shall I bring to the point of birth and not give delivery? says YHVH. Or shall I who gives delivery shut the womb? says your God’” (Isaiah 66:8-9).
The present rains reveal to Israel and to the world God’s unchanging and overwhelming love for Jacob. They challenge us to chew on the amazing scriptural promises of restoration yet to come for Isaac’s children.

It’s time to favor Zion
What time is it in the Spirit? It’s time to consider the words of the psalmist: “You will arise and have compassion on Zion, for it is time to be gracious to her, for the appointed time has come” (Psalm 102:13).
There are those who say that the time is not yet to favor Zion and to show compassion on Israel. Some say that what is needed to bring Israel face-to-face with Messiah is earth-shaking desolation on Israel and nearly total destruction of the Jewish state. This stance may sound uncompromising and courageous, but in light of the scriptures we have looked at, it sounds like something foundational is missing – and that something is called grace/covenant faithfulness.
Yes, there have been and there will be some hard times comin,’ not only for Israel but for the entire planet. But let’s keep on track with God’s enscripturated promises to restore and comfort Zion, to bring her back to the Land and to pour early and latter rains upon her. We are all eyewitnesses to these events. Now it’s time for each one of us to wrestle in prayer and be involved in works of restoration for the fulfillment of all of Jacob’s promises!

How should we then pray?
• Pray for a revelation about God’s grace for Israel, His covenant faithfulness and restoration purposes for Jacob, to increase among believers worldwide
• Pray for the anointing of Zechariah 12:10 to cover the hearts, souls and minds of Jacob’s sons and daughters
• Pray for the raising up of Ezekiel’s prophetic Jewish army
Your prayers and support hold up our arms and are the very practical enablement of God to us in the work He has called us to do.
In Messiah Yeshua,
Avner Boskey

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1. What Might 2 Tim 2&3 look like? 2. Where are we to be looking?

2 Timothy 3:12 – 4:4

CONFIRMATION OF REALITY. ALL. NO COUNTRY-BOUNDARY BUBBLES OF SAFETY
12 Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.

ONGOING AND PROGRESSIVELY INCREASING, AND CONTAGIOUS DECEPTION.
13 But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.

SO WHAT ARE WE TO DO – GET CAUGHT UP IN THE DECEPTIONS, AND/OR OBSESSED WITH POINTING THEM OUT?
14 But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them,

INSTEAD, HERE’S WHAT TO BE OBSESSED WITH – THE HOLY SCRIPTURES. Smith Wigglesworth (funny name, serious man of God, who raised the dead) said: “Consume the word of God until it consumes you”
15 and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

NOT JUST THE EASY STUFF. ALL SCRIPTURE – THE TOUGH STUFF IS REQUIRED FOR THE TOUGH TIMES
16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,

THE DIVINE PURPOSES OF ALL SCRIPTURE
17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

OUR CHARGE, TIMOTHY’S CHARGE, AND WHAT JESUS WILL DO, AND WHEN..
1 I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom:

WHAT WE ARE TO BE FOUND DOING
2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.

AND DON’T BE SURPRISED WHEN….
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers;
4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.

RE – THE DECEPTIONS AND THE LIES AND THE CONDITIONS ON EARTH: Like many others, I’ve recently been sent countless video exposés. Last night I was sent a video exposé exposing a video exposé. It is getting darker. Isaiah told us that before the Paul was born and later wrote to Timothy.

Is the investigation into darkness a career the Lord has called us all into? Maybe He’s called some, or maybe not. For us all – hasn’t He called us to greater intimacy, greater time in His word, and to deeper places of prayer and worship? That is how Assyria will come down (Isa 30).

I do believe it’s quite fine to look into the ongoing crazy stuff, in part for our own understanding and in part to have sober talking points for conversation to the searching and the desperate ones the Lord puts in our path.

But the conspiracies and the dark plans are not to be our focus. Rick Joyner (years ago): “The issues are not the issue. The issue is Jesus”. We’re to be looking through the clouds of darkness, up into the fire of God from the heavenly realms. When I look, I see that glory. I wan to be struck by the lightning of God.

Our challenge, especially in these challenging days, is to most intentionally keep our eyes above the dark clouds of news, scandal, lies and deceptions, as well as above the increasing noise of life. Our mind is to be fixed on our Savior. The power and authority and anointing fire from heaven cannot and will not be stopped by the dark clouds of man’s increasingly loud and arrogant and futile noise. Likewise, our attention and focus must not stop and stare (or obsessively digitally forward, or verbally parrot) the thunderings from clouds of trouble. It becomes a deception and distraction of its own.

We are, in fact, to be looking at a cloud, on our way up to be looking to Jesus:
Hebrews 12:1-2
1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Colossians 3:1-4
1 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.
2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
4 When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

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AMOS 3 and AMOS 4 – and weather God speaks

TITLE NOT A TYPO: I purposely used WEATHER as opposed to WHETHER in the title of this writing, as it pertains to our country, our time, and our God. Quippy.

COVERED BEFORE: A good deal of this topic has been covered before in this blog.
COVERED BEFORE: The critical 400th anniversary of our nation’s first covenant, before our crashing into the year 2020, covered before (likely-manufactured) corona-virus, sheltering in place and governmental over-extension “for our safety”, before armed protests in state capitals, required registering of church-goers in Kansas, church closures while abortion clinics remain open, arrests of people congregating, the escalating troubles worldwide, accusations and exposures of corruption and highest-level conspiracies throughout our land and our world, daily-increasing threats of war and global economic collapse. Covered before, but good to cover now as a reminder, lest we get caught up in the noise and the waves and overlook our call on earth, as the people of God, now.

The God of heaven and earth is not restricted to a “still, small voice” although that is often how He may choose to speak. It’s actually quite polite and supernaturally gentle, and is intended to take us to the place of seeking Him out, quieting things down around us, to hear Him. Excellent. I love it when I am personally in that place. But there’s other places, other times, other voices of the same one and only God.

PROOF-TEXT RE GOD-VOICES OTHER THAN STILL & SMALL:
Psalms 29:1-10

1 Give unto the LORD, O you mighty ones,
Give unto the LORD glory and strength.
2 Give unto the LORD the glory due to His name;
Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
3 The voice of the LORD is over the waters;
The God of glory thunders;
The LORD is over many waters.
4 The voice of the LORD is powerful;
The voice of the LORD is full of majesty.
5 The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars,
Yes, the LORD splinters the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He makes them also skip like a calf,
Lebanon and Sirion like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the LORD divides the flames of fire.
8 The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness;
The LORD shakes the Wilderness of Kadesh.
9 The voice of the LORD makes the deer give birth,
And strips the forests bare;
And in His temple everyone says, “Glory!”
10 The LORD sat enthroned at the Flood,
And the LORD sits as King forever.

THAT SAID – let’s particularly recognize that we, America, are indeed a covenant nation, our first covenant being 1620 (happy exact 400th anniversary). The Mayflower Compact. Something to read from this site, posted Sept 16, 2018:
http://ez3728.com/?p=1154

God, via the prophet Amos (as well as elsewhere) has kindly modeled to us how He desires intimacy with covenant people – compatibility through holiness:
Amos 3:
3 Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?

So let’s consider all of Amos 3 and 4 – it’s a blast of revelation as to who God is and how He will escalate the conversation until someone may listen and respond:
Amos 3:1 – 4:13
1 Hear this word that the LORD has spoken against you, O children of Israel, against the whole family which I brought up from the land of Egypt, saying:

(HERE’S THE SPECIALNESS OF COVENANT, INTIMATE “KNOWING”)
2 “You only have I known of all the families of the earth;
(AND THE ACCOMPANYING ACCOUNTABILITY OF BEING COVENANT-KNOWN)
Therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.”
(V3 NOW MAKES GOOD SENSE – HE’S HOLY AND REQUIRES US HOLY TO WALK IN INTIMACY)
3 Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?
(NOTHING, ZERO, “JUST HAPPENS” – SO ESPECIALLY DO NOT IGNORE ANY OF GOD’S ACTIVITY)
4 Will a lion roar in the forest, when he has no prey?
Will a young lion cry out of his den, if he has caught nothing?
5 Will a bird fall into a snare on the earth, where there is no trap for it?
Will a snare spring up from the earth, if it has caught nothing at all?
6 If a trumpet is blown in a city, will not the people be afraid?
If there is calamity in a city, will not the LORD have done it?
7 Surely the Lord GOD does nothing,
Unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.
8 A lion has roared!
Who will not fear?
The Lord GOD has spoken!
Who can but prophesy?
Punishment of Israel’s Sins
9 “Proclaim in the palaces at Ashdod,
And in the palaces in the land of Egypt, and say:
‘Assemble on the mountains of Samaria;
See great tumults in her midst,
And the oppressed within her.
10 For they do not know to do right,’
Says the LORD,
‘Who store up violence and robbery in their palaces.’ ”
11 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD:
“An adversary shall be all around the land;
He shall sap your strength from you,
And your palaces shall be plundered.”
12 Thus says the LORD:
“As a shepherd takes from the mouth of a lion
Two legs or a piece of an ear,
So shall the children of Israel be taken out
Who dwell in Samaria—
In the corner of a bed and on the edge of a couch!
13 Hear and testify against the house of Jacob,”
Says the Lord GOD, the God of hosts,
14 “That in the day I punish Israel for their transgressions,
I will also visit destruction on the altars of Bethel;
And the horns of the altar shall be cut off
And fall to the ground.
15 I will destroy the winter house along with the summer house;
The houses of ivory shall perish,
And the great houses shall have an end,”
Says the LORD.

THE TROUBLES OF DISOBEDIENT COVENANT-ISRAEL ESCALATED AS THEIR DEFIANCE OF HIS CORRECTION ESCALATED:
1 Hear this word, you cows of Bashan, who are on the mountain of Samaria,
Who oppress the poor,
Who crush the needy,
Who say to your husbands, “Bring wine, let us drink!”
2 The Lord GOD has sworn by His holiness:
“Behold, the days shall come upon you
When He will take you away with fishhooks,
And your posterity with fishhooks.
3 You will go out through broken walls,
Each one straight ahead of her,
And you will be cast into Harmon,”
Says the LORD.

(EVEN THE “HOLY PLACES” DON’T WORK WHEN THE PEOPLE PLAY CHURCH, AND REMAIN UNHOLY)
4 “Come to Bethel and transgress,
At Gilgal multiply transgression;
Bring your sacrifices every morning,
Your tithes every three days.
5 Offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving with leaven,
Proclaim and announce the freewill offerings;
For this you love,
You children of Israel!”
Says the Lord GOD.

(SOME EXAMPLES AS TO HOW GOD THEREFORE DETERMINED IT NECESSARY TO SPEAK TO HIS PEOPLE, TO GET THEIR ATTENTION AND RESPONSE)
A. FAMINE
6 “Also I gave you cleanness of teeth in all your cities.
And lack of bread in all your places;
Yet you have not returned to Me,”
Says the LORD.

B. WEATHER
7 “I also withheld rain from you,
When there were still three months to the harvest.
I made it rain on one city,
I withheld rain from another city.
One part was rained upon,
And where it did not rain the part withered.
8 So two or three cities wandered to another city to drink water,
But they were not satisfied;
Yet you have not returned to Me,”
Says the LORD.

C. PESTILENCE AND PLAGUES
9 “I blasted you with blight and mildew.
When your gardens increased,
Your vineyards,
Your fig trees,
And your olive trees,
The locust devoured them;
Yet you have not returned to Me,”
Says the LORD.
10 “I sent among you a plague after the manner of Egypt;
Your young men I killed with a sword,
Along with your captive horses;
I made the stench of your camps come up into your nostrils;
Yet you have not returned to Me,”
Says the LORD.

D. DESTRUCTION FROM HEAVEN, WITH A REMNANT LEFT
11 “I overthrew some of you,
As God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah,
And you were like a firebrand plucked from the burning;
BUT THEY STILL WOULD NOT RETURN TO HIM IN REPENTANCE
Yet you have not returned to Me,”
Says the LORD.
12 “Therefore thus will I do to you, O Israel;
Because I will do this to you,
Prepare to meet your God, O Israel!”
13 For behold,
He who forms mountains,
And creates the wind,
Who declares to man what his thought is,
And makes the morning darkness,
Who treads the high places of the earth—
The LORD God of hosts is His name.

It ought to be expected that some popular prophets likely garnered great popularity and acceptance by (falsely) proclaiming the good mood of God at times when God was clearly not in a good mood. Research: Jer 28:17, Ezek 11:13, Jer 23. Ezek 13. 1 Kings 22:5-10. Hananiah and Pelatiah don’t quite get their publishing contracts for prophetic-writing inclusions in the scriptures.

Another voice the Lord has always sought to utilize is the voice of His People.
Believers, Churches and Synagogues failing to recognize and proclaim, in love but in clarity and in the fear of the Lord, that our covenant-God is quite actively (and biblically) dealing with our nation in these days, are in large part contributing to the escalation of His voice. Our lives as living letters (“epistles” – 1 Cor 3:3) requires this much of us. We are to speak on His behalf
Ezek 3. Col 1:28.

BACK TO NOW: Making believe we are not at war with several nations right now, and ignoring the civil unrest within our country, blowing off plagues and/or denying pestilence as stuff that is “simply happening”, or failing to address the fact that we are in global economic crisis, let’s for a moment simply consider our own WEATHER PATTERNS. It is May 5, 2020:
Scorching heat in the southwest with millions forced to shelter in place.
Simultaneously there’s arctic weather, with snow and freezing, predicted for the east coast this weekend. In May.
https://www.foxnews.com/us/northeast-arctic-blast-snow-mothers-day-weekend-southwest-record-heat-weather

BUT WAIT! We’re in New Testament Times!! Without any doubt.
Is there any correlation between recorded Old Testament happenings and New Testament life? Of course there is.

Those under the blood of Calvary are under the blood of Calvary. But the vast majority of the world, and the vast majority of our nation, refuse that coverage.

1 Corinthians 10:6-11
6 Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted. 7 And do not become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.”
8 Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell;
9 nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents;
10 nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer.
11 Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.

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Sleeping with Hagar…

….The jeopardy of trying to “help God” by our logical thoughts and actions.

After receiving a profound word and promise (including a word of promise but also a word of warning to the entire world) Abram thought seriously enough, and responded wisely enough, of God’s appearance and promise that he up and moved himself and all of his people and all of his belongings to a land he did not know. Abram is the father of faith, and in this writing, for our admonition, he represents all people of faith – people still quite susceptible to being quite human.

THE WORD AND THE WARNING TO THE WORLD:
Genesis 12:1-3
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
(ARAR) him who curses (QALAL) you; (actually: “I will curse those who don’t esteem you as highly as I do”)
And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
4 So Abram departed as the LORD had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.
5 Then Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot his brother’s son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people whom they had acquired in Haran, and they departed to go to the land of Canaan. So they came to the land of Canaan.

Two verses later Abram receives this confirmation word from the Lord re his descendants:
Genesis 12:7
7 Then the LORD appeared to Abram and said, “To your descendants I will give this land.” And there he built an altar to the LORD, who had appeared to him.

BIG PROBLEM: Abram and Sarai were old, and childless. Abram was 75. He didn’t have any descendants.

THREE CHAPTERS OF WARFARE-VICTORY LATER:
Genesis 15:1-2
1 After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.”
MEANWHILE ABRAM REMEMBERED THE UNFULFILLED “DESCENDANTS” PROMISE(S) AND QUESTIONS GOD:
2 But Abram said, “Lord GOD, what will You give me, seeing I go childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?”

ABRAM’S SOLUTION TO GOD’S PROMISE AMIDST THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF THE NATURAL (THE GUY IS 75 YEARS OLD):
Genesis 15:3-6
3 Then Abram said, “Look, You have given me no offspring; indeed one born in my house is my heir!”

BUT GOD WAS INTENT ON HIS BLESSING AND ON HIS FULFILLMENT OF HIS WORD, HIS WAY:
4 And behold, the word of the LORD came to him, saying, “This one (not even naming Eliezer) shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir.”

AND GOD’S GOODNESS OVERRIDES THE POTENTIAL FOR FRUSTRATION WITH ABRAM TRYING TO SOLVE THINGS BY HIMSELF:
5 Then He (God) brought him (Abram) outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.”
6 And he believed in the LORD, and He accounted it to him for righteousness
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(Yea Abraham!)

ONE CHAPTER FORWARD – NOW IT’S SARAI’S TURN TO IMPROVISE – AND SARAI’S IMPROV EVEN ADDRESSES THE PROMISE OF GEN 15:4 (that the lineage would be from Abram’s own body. His seed):
Genesis 16:1-6
1 Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. And she had an Egyptian maidservant whose name was Hagar.
2 So Sarai said to Abram, “See now, the LORD has restrained me from bearing children. Please, go in to my maid; perhaps I shall obtain children by her.” And Abram heeded the voice of Sarai.
3 Then Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar her maid, the Egyptian, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan.

(WHAT A GUY, THAT ABRAM. HE SLEEPS WITH HAGAR – FOR HIS WIFE’S SAKE, AND TO HELP GOD FULFILL GOD’S OWN PLAN. Hmmmm.)
IMMEDIATE TROUBLE:
4 So he went in to Hagar, and she conceived. And when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress became despised in her eyes.
5 Then Sarai said to Abram, “My wrong be upon you! I gave my maid into your embrace; and when she saw that she had conceived, I became despised in her eyes. The LORD judge between you and me.”
6 So Abram said to Sarai, “Indeed your maid is in your hand; do to her as you please.” And when Sarai dealt harshly with her, she fled from her presence.

THE LORD DOES GO ON TO VISIT HAGAR AND HER SON, TO BE NAMED ISHMAEL. The kindness of the Lord is even extended towards this failed attempt by Abram and Sarai (and Hagar) to make things happen.

HOWEVER: FROM ISHMAEL WAS TO SPRING THE ARAB NATION, THE BIRTHPLACE OF ISLAM, A MONSTROUS AND PRIMARY COMPONENT OF THE INCREASINGLY HOSTILE NEMESIS OF ISRAEL, TO THIS DAY. And we find that Ishmael later aligns with sell-out Esau to become Edom, and the plot thickens and the pot boils even to this very day, as we can still look forward in the prophetic scriptures to see the forthcoming conflicts and battles that will take place prior to the conclusion of this age, with these specific people-groups playing a huge role in the theodrama.

BACK TO OUR GENESIS STORY: THEN WHAT?
God in His great mercy is still intent on fulfilling HIS word to Abram and Sarai.
Genesis 17
1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless.
2 And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.”
3 Then Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying:
4 “As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations.
5 No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations.
6 I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you.
7 And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you.

8 Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.”
9 And God said to Abraham: “As for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations.

15 Then God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name.
16 And I will bless her and also give you a son by her; then I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples shall be from her.”
17 Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said in his heart, “Shall a child be born to a man who is one hundred years old? And shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?”
18 And Abraham said to God, “Oh, that Ishmael might live before You!” (NO NOT THAT!)
19 Then God said: “No, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his descendants after him.

Great promise. Great God. Great story. But why write about it now, in these trying times?
ANS: (One man’s opinion here, at EZ3728) We are living in times of intense scriptural fulfillment (every jot and tittle), and the word of the Lord is understandably alive and active, along with the Psalm 2 nations raging, the bubbling prophecies concerning the Lord’s imminent return in Isaiah, Zechariah, Obadiah, Ezekiel, Matt 24 and elsewhere. We are clearly not living in boring times, saints.

By His Spirit, by by His word, by the supernatural, and even by the natural, our God is speaking to His people. Joel told us (and Peter confirmed) there would be great outpourings of prophetic activity in these times. Signs, wonders, visions, dreams.
When God moves, we are called to move.
When He speaks, we are called to believe and to respond.
And by His word being in us, we are called to be equipped to discern what is of Him and what is not. What is in line with His personality and plans, and what is not.

But (please don’t miss this) – we are not called to make things happen unless and until we know it is the Lord. And in fact this brief study is a poster-child representation as to how bad things can get when we determine to accomplish the will of God our way instead of His way, whether we logically or physically or even “spiritually” go about solving things our way.
The fulfillment must be the work of the Lord.
Those who wait for Him succeed.
There’s a flip-side to that truth.

The good intention/suggestion of Abram for Eliezer to fulfill the role of Abram’s blessed descendant was fortunately shut down by God Himself (Gen 15:2-3)
But then Sarai even brings some spirituality into her suggestion-for-fulfillment, recognizing the descendants were to be from Abram’s own body. And with Abram’s cooperation, the result was/remains quite a spiritual disaster.

Our God-of-the-impossible often purposely sets up the impossible for Him to be glorified. It is the bible storyline. It tests the saints, it startles the unbelieving world, it maximizes our God’s glory.

Our God-graced stubborn and holy willingness to wait on the Lord and to not manufacture (make things happen) by our own good intent, or plan, or panic, or purpose, will assure us success.

The weapons of our warfare are ready for the great spiritual battle, to pull down strongholds.
2 Corinthians 10:4-6
4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,
5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,

AND WHEN DO THE STRONGHOLDS COME DOWN:
6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.

Romans 8:5-6
5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.
6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

Romans 8:14-23
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.
20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope;
21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.

23 Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.

Expect the work of the Spirit in your life. Posture yourself for spiritual understanding. Pray in the Spirit. Live in the Spirit. Obey the Spirit. See the glory of God revealed in you, for you, through you.

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Are the prophets (and the church) standing upon and proclaiming the whole message?

Numbers 11:29
29 Then Moses said to him, “Are you zealous for my sake? Oh, that all the LORD’S people were prophets and that the LORD would put His Spirit upon them!”
– so let’s include all of us, as anointed, Joel2, Acts2 believers, in this question, at the same time recognizing there are clearly those in the body of Christ with specific and particular prophetic callings, or with other valuable leadership-of-any-kind callings. THAT SAID:

Paul stated this of his own calling (and tells us in 1 Cor 11:1 to imitate him as he imitated Christ):
Acts 20:26-27
26 Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all men.
27 For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God.

Might Paul the rabbi been reflecting on Ezekiel 3:18-20 and Ezekiel 33:7-12?
And re: the New Testament and our call to warn:
Colossians 1:28
28 Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.

AND WHY  PREACH TO EVERY MAN?
2 Peter 3:9
9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

Meanwhile, prophets in both testaments, often discovered that people would rather hear smooth, kind and gentle words of encouragement, rather than what the Lord might want and need and call us to say (always in love). EX: Balaam. Hananiah.

You can search this site for an article titled “Untempered Mortar”. Here is the biblical gist of the writing:
Ezekiel 13:1-12
1 And the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
2 “Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel who prophesy, and say to those who prophesy out of their own heart, ‘Hear the word of the LORD!’ ”
3 Thus says the Lord GOD: “Woe to the foolish prophets, who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing!
4 O Israel, your prophets are like foxes in the deserts.
5 You have not gone up into the gaps to build a wall for the house of Israel to stand in battle on the day of the LORD.
6 They have envisioned futility and false divination, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD!’ But the LORD has not sent them; yet they hope that the word may be confirmed.
7 Have you not seen a futile vision, and have you not spoken false divination? You say, ‘The LORD says,’ but I have not spoken.”
8 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: “Because you have spoken nonsense and envisioned lies, therefore I am indeed against you,” says the Lord GOD.
9 “My hand will be against the prophets who envision futility and who divine lies; they shall not be in the assembly of My people, nor be written in the record of the house of Israel, nor shall they enter into the land of Israel. Then you shall know that I am the Lord GOD.
10 “Because, indeed, because they have seduced My people, saying, ‘Peace!’ when there is no peace—and one builds a wall, and they plaster it with untempered mortar—
11 say to those who plaster it with untempered mortar, that it will fall. There will be flooding rain, and you, O great hailstones, shall fall; and a stormy wind shall tear it down.
12 Surely, when the wall has fallen, will it not be said to you, ‘Where is the mortar with which you plastered it?’ ”

And this is not confined to the older writings of the Jewish scriptures. Jesus our Lord, as well as Peter and Paul spoke forward of similar deceptions coming forth to deceive and distract, particularly towards the conclusion of this age:

Jesus used one example of false prophecy (“here’s Jesus”) to disclose the end-time appearance of false prophets prior to His appearance:
Mark 13:19-23
19 For in those days there will be tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the creation which God created until this time, nor ever shall be.
20 And unless the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake, whom He chose, He shortened the days.
21 “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or, ‘Look, He is there!’ do not believe it.
22 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.
23 But take heed; see, I have told you all things beforehand.

ALL THIS TO SAY:
The message of hope to the world has to be the whole word of God. We’re called to proclaim and declare in love the whole message. That is our firm foundation. And that is our accountability to the Lord who calls us to speak it all.

I am, not surprisingly, hearing and seeing many optimistic words of encouragement both to the saved and unsaved, that contain three legs of the pictured table. It doesn’t work. Nor is it particularly timely in days like these. Nor will it stand up.

BTW: If you’ve been hurt or damaged by anger-delivered hell-fire and damnation messages you’ve heard earlier in your lives, I apologize on behalf of the Kingdom of God. Sorry. Really. Now can we move on? The time is particularly short right now. In fact, the times in which we are living are the times the Lord has clearly spoken about. First-time absolutely global troubling. Impacting the entire. Raging nations everywhere.

Anything short of the whole gospel is actually no gospel. Needless to say – but I’ll say it – each and every time we might speak to any person the entire sotry-of-God cannot and likely ought not be proclaimed. But the over-arching message of truth coming forth from the saints has to be the whole message. And the teachers, prophets and preachers called to proclaim the gospel publicly are particularly accountable to this truth. The message of the whole scroll.

Isaiah is considered by many to be THE most fully prophetic book of the Old Testament with the most through revelation of the times prior to the return of our Messiah (not just the first appearance, but the second).
Here’s excerpts from the final chapter.
Isaiah 66
1 Thus says the LORD: “Heaven is My throne,
And earth is My footstool.
Where is the house that you will build Me?
And where is the place of My rest?
2 For all those things My hand has made,
And all those things exist,”
Says the LORD.
“But on this one will I look:
On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit,
And who trembles at My word.

(BIRTH OF ISRAEL HAD TO OCCUR BEFORE THE END OF THE CHAPTER COULD ACTIVATE. Check that box)
7 “Before she was in labor, she gave birth;
Before her pain came,
She delivered a male child.
8 Who has heard such a thing?
Who has seen such things?
Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day?
Or shall a nation be born at once?
For as soon as Zion was in labor,
She gave birth to her children.
9 Shall I bring to the time of birth, and not cause delivery?” says the LORD.
“Shall I who cause delivery shut up the womb?” says your God.
10 “Rejoice with Jerusalem,
And be glad with her, all you who love her;
Rejoice for joy with her, all you who mourn for her;
11 That you may feed and be satisfied
With the consolation of her bosom,
That you may drink deeply and be delighted
With the abundance of her glory.”
12 For thus says the LORD:
“Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river,
And the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream.
Then you shall feed;
On her sides shall you be carried,
And be dandled on her knees.
13 As one whom his mother comforts,
So I will comfort you;
And you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.”

The Reign and Indignation of God
14 When you see this, your heart shall rejoice,
And your bones shall flourish like grass;
The hand of the LORD shall be known to His servants,
And His indignation to His enemies.
15 For behold, the LORD will come with fire
And with His chariots, like a whirlwind,
To render His anger with fury,
And His rebuke with flames of fire.
16 For by fire and by His sword
The LORD will judge all flesh;
And the slain of the LORD shall be many.


18 “For I know their works and their thoughts. It shall be that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come and see My glory.

22 “For as the new heavens and the new earth
Which I will make shall remain before Me,” says the LORD,
“So shall your descendants and your name remain.
23 And it shall come to pass
That from one New Moon to another,
And from one Sabbath to another,
All flesh shall come to worship before Me,” says the LORD.
24 “And they shall go forth and look
Upon the corpses of the men
Who have transgressed against Me.
For their worm does not die,
And their fire is not quenched.
They shall be an abhorrence to all flesh.”

Jesus, Peter, Paul, loving the lost, all began their ministries with the same word:
Repent. That is the doorway and hope for salvation, to wholeness for any and all.

The saints of the Lord are called into the place of understanding, as much as possible, the whole plan of God for these days so that we might minister to the lost world in the fullness of the message, and that we ourselves might allow the Lord to work the fullness of His refinement work in all of us – equipped and prepared for the promised great exploits.

But a gospel message of “hope and restoration and better days ahead” without a sincere and loving call to repentance is not a gospel message. Like the table, it will not withstand the upcoming storms, nor will it suffice to keep men’s hearts from failing for fear. Rebuild, Restore, Renew, are all good thoughts and visions. But change and true salvation must include Repent.

(all scriptures NKJV)

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