When the general boasts that the IDF is sufficient guarantee that the nation will “never again” suffer another Holocaust, it is nothing new. But surely there is a tragic prophetic irony to be detected when he unconsciously casts the ill-fated promise in the very language of scripture (“no weapon or intent formed against you will prosper”). Whether secular or religious, it is this deep humanism, by no means peculiar to Israel, that condemns the favored nation to another and another, simply because it is the object of God’s special election.
I woke up this morning with a lot of things stirring in my spirit about the Land promise and its guiding use by God to not only inform but to shape and even constrain what we might call, ‘the eschatology of the covenant’. This is because the Landward side of the […]
“I was at ease and He shattered me, and He has grasped me by the neck and shaken me to pieces; He has also set me up as His target.” (Job 16:12) “After many days you will be summoned; in the latter years you will come into the land that […]
We find in the pattern of God that He continuously picks the least. Abel was exalted over Cain in that his offering was accepted, but Cain’s was rejected. Abraham’s son Isaac was given the blessing instead of Ishmael. It was said of Jacob before he was even born, “The elder […]
“. . . there is no doubt about one hard and fast conclusion: the grip of anti-Semitism on the inhabitants of Planet Earth 70 years after the Holocaust remains powerful and perhaps impervious to reason. Why single out one of the world’s tiniest populations for such hatred? To that question, […]
This guy believes that there will be a remnant physically and spiritually saved during the Great Tribulation in Jerusalem. What is your take on this?
Revelation 11:13 (Rev 11:13) combined with Zech 14:2 show that despite the flooding (Isa 28:2; 59:19; Dan 9:26, 11:22), the desolations (Lev 26:31-32; Isa 51:17, 19-20; 64:10-11; Dan 8:13; 9:27; 11:31; 12:11; Mt 24:15; Lk 21:20), the treading down (Isa 28:18; 63:18; Dan 8:13; Lk 21:24; Rev 11:2), and the pillaging and raping by the predatory forces of Antichrist (Zech 14:1-2), remarkably, there will yet remain in Jerusalem a Jewish remnant that survives up to the time of Christ’s return at the day of the Lord. This is astonishing when we consider that Jerusalem will then be the very headquarters of the Antichrist (Dan 11:45). I can only attribute such supernatural survival to the protection of the two witnesses, as scripture makes it very plain that their ministry is concurrent, not with the first half of Daniel’s seventieth week, but the last 3 1/2 years (Rev 8:11-12 with Rev 11:12-15).
According to Eze 22:18-22, it is God Himself who gathers the Diaspora back into the city of Jerusalem for the final purging that leads to the national cleansing that fits the survivors of Israel for their enduring millennial inheritance (Isa 4:2-4). This time of final purging (Eze 20:38; Amos 9:9-10) is clearly the last 3 1/2 years, known as Jacob’s trouble and the great tribulation (compare Jer 30:7 with Dan 12:1; Mt 24:21). From this last and most severe time of covenant discipline, the survivors of Israel will all know the Lord from the least to the greatest (Isa 54:13; 59:21; 60:21; Jer 31:31), never again to be plucked up or afflicted by the children of wickedness (2Sam 7:10; Jer 31:40; Amos 9:15).
This means that the present slogan, “never again” (being so recently proclaimed again before the U.N. Assembly), is tragically premature and ominous for its presumption. However much the godly heart must break and lament at the horrifying report (Isa 28:19), it is a non-negotiable fact of scripture that until the day of final deliverance, Israel is a nation appointed to judgment, precisely because of its high covenant calling and election (Amos 3:2; Ro 11:29).
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When the temple will stand again, it will appear by every outward reckoning that the testimony of prophecy was completely misinterpreted and misapplied by the apocalyptic ‘doomsayers’. Tragically, it will also be the triumph of humanistic Jewish orthodoxy that exalts the latent powers of the first creation, as it denies original sin, the virgin birth, and the ‘pessimism’ of their own prophets concerning the nature and limits of fallen human nature (Ps 14:2-3; 51:5; Jer 13:23; 17:9).
We will appear to have the egg on our faces. Yet, it will be the prelude to the revelation of the mystery of iniquity, and for that there must be another temple.
Since Christ cannot come until this mystery of iniquity is first revealed in the incarnation of Satan in the Man of Sin, I hold that it is a church come to term, in intercessory travail for Israel and the glory of God in the earth that will receive Michael’s help to the final dislodging of that which holds back the coming in of the kingdom (Rev 12:10). All things necessary to constrain that kind of prevailing prayer, despite the awful cost of what the break through will mean for the population of the earth (Rev 12:12), should be a principal focus of our corporate prayer, even prayer for such prayer as characterized Daniel’s strong intercessions that received the angelic assistance recorded in Dan 10. That’s what I’m talking about.
This message is from the 2012 Olivet Convocation in Ohio. This was not the last message of the conference (it was next to last), but it was the message that asked the question that every conference should ask: so what? How do we live this out? Phil Norcom opened with passages in Mt 24, 25 and Joel 3. A blessed dialogue among brothers ensued.
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Phil Norcom expounds on this important warning from the lips of Jesus, “When you see the abomination that causes desolation flee to the hills of Judea…” The discussion will also look towards the book of Daniel for understanding as the Lord directed in this verse. This teaching is from the 2012 Convocation in Madison, Ohio.
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This message is from the 2011 Wilderness Convocation in PA. Mark Klafter addresses a largely Gentile gathering regarding their coming encounter with the Jewish people in the wilderness of the nations.
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