Sunday, February 22, 2015

WHEN?

  When what?   Restoration of Israel? (already happened)  Coming Kingdom? (some say it already happened?)  The Rapture? (some say it's fantasy) Second Coming of Christ? (some say at the end of the world) What ends? (world or world order?)

(AND what does the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu have to do with it? ARTICLE FOLLOWS MY COMMENTS)

Many scoff at those who ask the question "when?"  Well.........


Jesus doesn't even know "when." (Mathew 24:36)........

HOWEVER.... Jesus also said to be attentive to the "signs" of the time of restoration. (alleged "end times.") (Mark 13)  The Disciples of Christ were very much aware that Jesus was not teaching about the END OF THE PLANET...heck..they didn't even know they were on a planet!  They understood that the "world order" would be destroyed and that the "Kingdom" would be RESTORED to Israel  "some day." One thing is evident..Israel did "exist" as a free nation during the time of Jesus...in fact it didn't "exist" until May 14, 1948  in spite of "some" Christians claiming the Body of Christ IS ISRAEL.  (NOTE: the Body of Christ...the "Bride"..the "Church" is God "grafting all people to the "Tree of Life"...the "Fig Tree." Even the Jews are restored to the "Tree" through Jesus Christ and the fast growing Messianic Jewish movement is a "sign" of that TRUTH.)


(Acts 1:6-11)

6 Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”

7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

9 After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

Another  important "sign" of restoration is the parable of the "Fig Tree." Jesus gave two versions of the parable. One version where He says a "barren" fig will be destroyed because it produced no fruit and this parable He put into action by physically destroying a "barren fig.". This parable to the individual believer who does not "serve those in need" (bear fruit or you will be "cut off the Vine"..Jesus Christ!)  Some think Jesus was referring to the destruction of Israel because historically.... the "Fig Tree." is symbolic of Israel. The problem with that interpretation is that Israel was ALREADY destroyed by Babylon and then Rome by the time of Jesus. (Hitler kept it going to try and detroy the Jews period....heck it seems EVERYONE is trying to fulfill Psalm 83:4 to this day and after 1948 they have to deal with an entire very powerful nation of Jews!)  

The second version of the Fig Tree parable  is specifically about restoration. The Disciples knew  Jesus was not talking about "figs"in the parable.....they knew He was referring to the restoration of the Nation of Israel. Anti-Semitic Christians (oxymoron if there ever was one!)  insist this is the Christian Church. (Replacement Theology....what these Christians fail to undestand is that BOTH Jew and Gentile are restored to the Kingdom of God through the Blood of Jesus Christ. Obviously "anti-Semitism " "blinds" them from understanding and leads them to apostasy and I suspect these apostate Christians think the restoration of Israel means Jews are saved through the Jewish religion. That's NOT what the restoration of Isreal is about.  It's about Jesus and His return to Earth as King of Kings and Lord of Lords  exactly the same way He left 2000 years ago. (Acts 1:9-11)

Matthew 24 is the "stumbling block" for correct Christian eschatology.   Amillenialists (Replacement Theology)  believe the Kingdom of God was restored by 70 AD and in fact believe Matthew 24 and the Book of Revelation Prophecies  were ALL fulfilled at that time and Jesus is Reigning as King at this time. (He IS in our hearts for the believer..not the whole planet!) These apostates believe His return is about the "end of the planet" and the final judgement.  Actually....this interpretation seems feasible UNTIL you consider the Prophecy of Isaiah 2:2-4...11:6-9 and 45:17   THEY HAVE NOT BEEN FULFILLED!  AND..if you study IN CONTEXT Matthew 24:15-37 it takes quite an imagination (fueled by anti-Semitism)  to imply this was ALL fulfilled in 70 AD.....especially when "Israel" was destroyed "again" in 132 AD by Emperor Hadrian. Heck..Isalam is attempting that today as we speak!

In conclusion.....no one know "when"   but we better be aware of 'when it is close."    Matthew 24:21  "For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and NEVER to be equaled again.  Read any papers lately?  No..you don't have to watch Fox News....the news is everywhere...."YOU AIN'T SEEN NUTTIN' YET!"   "SIGNS; IT IS HAPPENING" (thanks M. Night Shyamalan!...OH....UFOs and bad ET's is just  fantasy?  really? ..read Ephesians 6:12)

Pray for the Peace in Jerusalem and Israel...



ARTICLE ON NETANYAHU........................

Last days? Heavenly signs abound during Netanyahu speech
'Our own nation will be judged depending on how it acts in this moment'
Published: 16 hours ago



Religious leaders are warning that the United States is nearing a day of judgment based on its treatment of the nation of Israel.

What’s more, they say, signs in the heavens are coinciding with what is shaping up to be an unexpectedly controversial address by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on March 3 and a fiercely contested Israeli election weeks later.

Pastor Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries warns that “our nation will be judged” based on whether the United States sides with or against the Jewish state.

Biltz believes signs in the heavens and correlations with feast days on the biblical calendar show such a judgment may be coming soon.

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Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

“When Netanyahu speaks before Congress on March 3, this is the day before the Fast of Esther when the enemies of Israel, specifically Persia/Iran, had planned to destroy the nation of Israel,” he said. “The next day is Purim, which celebrates the day Israel achieved victory over Iran. The timing significance of this is just as important as the timing of the blood moon.”

Biltz, author of “Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs,” warns that the next blood moon is scheduled to appear over Passover, which begins April 3, just one month after Netanyahu’s speech.

And this will be preceded two weeks earlier by a total solar eclipse on March 20, three days after the Israeli election, and coincides with Nisan, the beginning of the New Year according to the biblical calendar.

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Such total eclipses only happen on Earth where they can be observed.

These prophetic warnings come amid unprecedented tumult in the American-Israeli relationship.

President Barack Obama and other leading Democrats say they will not be attending Netanyahu’s speech, and the White House condemned House Speaker John Boehner’s invitation as a breach of protocol.

Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, is circulating a letter signed by 22 other House Democrats urging Boehner to delay the speech.

Top staffers in the Obama administration are also heavily involved in the political opposition to Netanyahu, who faces an election on March 17.

“God tells us in Genesis 1:14 that the heavenly bodies were created to serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years,” Biltz said. “But the word seasons is better translated as divine appointments, and here we have a solar eclipse and then a blood moon falling on the New Year and Passover respectively – all at a time when the Jewish state is under great persecution. God is trying to tell us something about a divine appointment.”

Pastor Ray Bentley of Maranatha Chapel in San Diego, California, enthusiastically agrees with Biltz and warns that Christians need to be “praying like they never prayed before.”

“Rabbis have a saying,” Bentley said, “that the word coincidence is not a kosher word. These kinds of signs show we are in a powerful, phenomenal time, a time of great testing for both Israel and the world.”

Bentley believes Israel is facing a “second Holocaust” and that Christians need to become more vocal in their defense of the Jewish state.

Pastor Biltz agrees and says the fact that Israel has become a partisan issue is nothing less than tragic.

“This shouldn’t be political,” Biltz said. “This is about the survival of Israel. Iran is the issue of the day. It is developing nuclear weapons. And our own nation will be judged depending on how it acts in this moment.”

Both Biltz and Bentley cited Joel 3:2 to justify their positions. The verse says the nations will be judged by God for having scattered the people of Israel among the nations and divided its land.

As Biltz puts it, “God says he will divide the sheep from the goats, one nation from another, and he will do it on the basis of those who supported Israel and those who didn’t.”

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140915bloodmoonsbookcoverLaurie Cardoza-Moore, founder of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations and special United Nations envoy for the World Council of Independent Christian Churches, said Israeli-American nations are at a crucial juncture.

“This is a critical turning point,” she said. “It seems that with Obama’s presidency, every year that goes by the relationship between Israel and the United States becomes more strained, and not because of the Israeli prime minister. The overwhelmingly majority of Americans support Israel and believe Israel has the right to defend itself against terrorism. But this president is trying to undermine Prime Minister Netanyahu.”

Cardoza-Moore believes Obama’s agenda goes behind simple opposition to Netanyahu.

“I see this as anti-Semitism,” she said. “The president of the United States has bought into the BDS movement.”

The BDS movement is the “Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions” campaign taking root on college campuses and in churches around the country. The goal of the campaign is to economically strangle the Jewish state to force concessions to the Palestinians.

However, Cardoza-Moore believes Netanyahu will receive a rapturous reception in Congress, “the body that really represents that American people. You will see standing ovation after standing ovation for this man.”

Pastor Bentley warns that “the nations will be judged collectively” on what they do in this moment. And he believes Christians need to be talking just as much about prophecies of the End Times as they do about prophecies of the past.

“We are told that Israel will be alone during this time,” Bentley said. “We may be seeing the beginnings of that process.”

Cardoza-Moore sees the controversy over Israel as core to the survival of the United States.

“There will be judgment upon this nation based upon how we act right now,” she said. “That’s all I can say.”

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