The following diatribe is from a Christian Zionist site at http://www.etpv.org/2001/gosea.html
In it, the writers, who appear to be Dispensationalist in their outlook, mention that Rabbis in Israel have been awaiting the date of 9-11 for the past 400 years. The date of 9-11-1999 (Rosh Hashanah) began the period of the "Judgement of Nations", whic culminated in the September 11th, 2001 attack. Other dates, covering events such as the death of Syria's Assad and the Camp David Accords are also mentioned, which should interest anyone who has been keeping track of the odd "coincidental" dates that seem to accompany recent disasters and other significant world events.
September 11 of the Year One in the Jewish calendar is the birth date of Adam
The 6000th anniversary of Adam's creation is September 11, 1999.
In other news, an Israeli soldier disrupts an international flight, claiming he lived "6000 years ago". Is there a connection?
The following is a long essay, so for those who wish to skim, the more interesting passages are in boldface.
Nancy White - Billye Brim
EXCERPTED FROM NANCY WHITE'S INP-TEAM NEWSLETTER:
"Two Days--And Watching the Moeds (God's Appointed Times)" By Billye Brim (copied from The Glory Watch, Autumn 2001.)
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF SEPTEMBER 11, 1999--SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 --JUDGMENT OF NATIONS BEGINS.
A long anticipated prophetic time period began on Rosh Hashanah, September 11, 1999. Since then, God's moeds are fast ticking off one by one, right on schedule.
WHAT IS A MOED?
The first mention of this Hebrew word is in:
Genesis 1:14 "And God said, 'Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons (moedim or moeds), and for days, and years."
(The sun, moon, planets, & stars are for signs & seasons, days & years of the appointed times.)
Moed means: "appointed time, fixed time; appointed place or meeting."
God is an eternal being not limited by time. But for His redemptive dealings with man, He cut out a portion of Eternity, so to speak, and called it Time. Time's end was predetermined from its beginning. Time is marked with moeds--God's foreordained appointments.
Leviticus 23:2, 4 "Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, 'The moeds of the LORD, which you shall proclaim holy convocations, these my moeds...
"These are the moeds of the LORD, holy convocations, which you shall proclaim in their moeds (appointed times)'."
You may want to read Leviticus 23 and mark your Bible where it is used so you can realize the impact of how God was designating appointed times--fixed dates one can circle on a calendar--in His great redemptive plan.
Passover (Pesach), Pentecost (Shavuot), and Tabernacles (Succot) are marked out in Leviticus 23. We already have seen how Passover & Pentecost have known great redemptive fulfillment (through the life of Jesus).
Tabernacles is yet to be revealed to the world at large when the nations will be required to worship the king through the celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles at Jerusalem. (Zechariah 14:16 & 17.)
God is a sign-giving God. But one has to know how to read His signs--how to watch His calendar. How to watch moeds prophesied throughout the word of God. How to watch date patterns in the history of Israel.
God's signature often appears in an event in relation to the DATE of the happening.
For instance, the Berlin Wall fell on November 9, 1989. On November 9, 1938, Hitler's government broke the windows of almost every German synagogue and viciously beat any Jews who tried to protect their sanctuaries. Kristallnacht, the night of the broken glass, tested how the world would react and fueled the progression of the horror of the Holocaust.
Communism reared its ugly head of power on the back of Lenin's so-called "October Revolution". But it was only an October revolution by the Julian, or Old Style, calendar that was used in Russia.
In 1918, the Soviet government adopted the Gregorian or New Style calendar. Therefore the dates of the revolution, October 24 - 25, 1917 translate to November 5 - 6, 1917. The Soviet government annually celebrated communism's triumph on the November dates.
(Note: Under Russia's President Putin, November 2000, they have returned to the celebration of the old communist dates. Putin said this was to honor their forefathers, or else their lives would have been lived in vain.)
So--near the 50th anniversary of Kristallnacht, and the 70th anniversary of Communism, a judgment fell, not at the hands of an army or of an earthly super-power, but at the hand of God. (The Berlin wall fell at the appointed time.)
THE DAY EVERYTHING CHANGED
For some time before the day arrived, I heard biblical scholars and Jews talking about the importance of Rosh Hashanah, September 11, 1999.
Rosh Hashanah is literally translated Head of the Year, and is the beginning of the civil new year as marked on God's calendar in Leviticus 23:24 and Numbers 29:1.
Numbers 29:1 "And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work. For you it is a day of blowing the trumpets..."
(The Hebrew calendar is not like ours, so the seventh month would be in September. Blowing the trumpets, known as the Feast of Trumpets, is a 9-11 call to alert the people to prepare their hearts for Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement for the nation, a day of national repentance.)
Early in 1999, the Lord spoke to me and said, "Something is going to happen in Israel in September. And I want you to be there."
It was September 9, 1999, that we learned about the property in Migdal. Just a few days later, Lynne Hammond, Walter & Lucy McKee, and I took off for Israel to see the hotel on the Sea of Galilee and to pray about whether it was God's will and His purpose for us to acquire it.
On that trip we visited Torah scholars in Jerusalem and asked them about Rosh Hashanah, September 11, 1999. Why all the talk about it?
Jewish scholars from various groups gave us the same answer. Their eyes lit up as they told us the sages had been waiting for this day for 400 years!
SEPTEMBER 11, 1999--THE YEAR THAT EVERYTHING CHANGES-- BEGINNING OF THE JUDGMENT OF THE NATIONS
"What does it mean?" I asked. They told us that it marks the beginning of "the year that everything changes". That it marks the time of the beginning (of the conclusion) of the "judgment of the nations".
The next summer on June 10, 2000 as I stood preaching, someone handed me a note. It said that Hafaz al Assad, the ruler of Syria, had just dropped dead during a telephone conversation with the president of Lebanon.
I thought of Assad's hatred for Israel and his driving ambition to regain the Golan. I thought of how Prime Minister Barak and the world were beating a path to Assad's door to try to make a deal on the Golan.
But most of all, I thought of what the Jewish scholar said about the judgment of the nations. Later, I realized that Assad died on Pentecost, (Shavuot)--and, perhaps, even more telling--on the 33rd anniversary of the day that he lost the Golan to Israel in the Six-Day War of 1967.
So--the next time I was in Israel, I went to one of my Jewish sources, (those involved in rebuilding the Temple), and asked, "Do you think Assad's death on such a date (one of God's moeds) had to do with the judgment of the nations?"
He gestured in the affirmative with an action of his head and hand that I have observed only among the Jews.
END OF THE 2 DAYS--(2000 YEARS)-- OF THE DIASPORA
He verbally answered my question with a question, "What do you think about the 2 days ending on the day the Camp David II accords fell apart?"
"What!" I exclaimed. "The two days ended? When? How can you tell?"
You see I had been preaching about the 2 days of Hosea chapters 5 & 6 for almost 15 years. I knew they were 2000 years in length and we were generally at the end of the time-frame. But every time I preached it, I knew I had no idea exactly when they began, and when they would end.
Briefly, to catch you up on the teaching...
(scriptures added so you can see the context)
HOSEA'S PROPHESY OF THE SCATTERING
Hosea 5:1-3, 14-15 "Hear this O priests! Take heed O house of Israel! Give ear, O house of the king! For yours is the judgment, because you have been a snare to Mizpah, and a net spread on Tabor.
"The revolters are deeply involved in slaughter (sacrifice of the innocents). Though I rebuke them all, I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hidden from Me; For now, O Ephraim, you commit harlotry. Israel is defiled."
"For I will be like a lion to Ephraim, and like a young lion to the house of Judah. I, even, I, will tear them (like a lion tearing them) and go away; I will take them away, and no one will rescue them.
"I will return again to My place till they acknowledge their offense. Then they will seek my face; In their affliction, they will earnestly seek Me."
REVIVAL AT END OF THE 2ND DAY--BEGINNING OF THE 3RD DAY:
Hosea 6:1-2 "Come, and let us return to the LORD; For He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up. After 2 days, He will revive us. On the 3rd day, He will raise us up, That we may live in His sight.
"Let us know, Let us pursue the knowledge of the LORD, His going forth is established as the morning; He will come to us like the rain, Like the latter and former rain to the earth."
THE TWO DAYS IN THE NEW TESTAMENT
Peter, the Apostle to the circumcised (Jews), wrote two letters to believers among the Jewish Diaspora (I Peter 1:1. II Peter 3:1)
Peter reveals that a period of time will elapse between his departure and the coming of the Lord, a long time during which false prophets will appear. Peter points to the prophetic books of the Hebrew Scripture to know the time of the fulfillment of the promises (1:19-21; 3:2)
KEY TO UNLOCKING THE TIME FRAME OF THIS PROPHECY:
He then points out the KEY to unlocking the timing of the prophecies:
II Peter 3:8 "But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day."
The Jewish believers knew which prophets that Peter was referring to, and that the prophets spoke of the days in relation to the length of the Diaspora. They knew immediately that it was a reference to the Prophet Hosea.
(Jesus and all the prophets set the Ingathering of the Diaspora as the key to the timing of the setting up of the millennial kingdom.)
I have since learned that Hosea was one of the most relied upon prophets as the Jews looked to know the TIME of the Messianic redemption.
In Hosea 4, 5, and 6, God deals with the sins and the resulting punishment-- the scattering-- or as translated into Greek, the Diaspora of His people.
Deuteronomy 28:64 prophesied that the scattering would be "from one end of the earth even unto the other."
The prophets warned of the scattering long before it occurred. But with every warning of the scattering, the Diaspora, there was a promise of an Ingathering before the coming of the Messianic Kingdom.
Hosea gave a picture of inescapable punishment.
Hosea 4:17: "Ephraim is joined to idols; let him alone."
In some ways, Ephraim is still joined to idols--but things will be sorted out soon, as the nations are judged for their idolatry and their jealousies are purified by fire. A righteous remnant is among them.
GOD SCATTERS BOTH HOUSES IN THE DIASPORA
Hosea shows that both houses would fall-- the house of Israel as well as the house of Judah.
Hosea 5:5 "The pride of Israel testifies to his face. Therefore, Israel & Ephraim stumble in their iniquity; Judah also stumbles with them. With their flocks & herds, they shall go to seek the LORD, but they will not find Him; He has withdrawn Himself from them."
THOUGH GOD SCATTERED, HE PROMISED THEIR RESTORATION
(Hosea 5:14-15 and Hosea 6:1-3. Scriptures previously quoted in this article, follow in this sequence.
Because God withdrew from them, He tore them in pieces like a lion for their abominations and left them to be scattered till their punishment was fulfilled. Then he promised to raise them up after 2 days (2000 years).
On the 3rd Day, the Millennial reign, He promised to raise them up to live in His sight as a mighty restored nation.)
Ephraim was shredded till he was not easily identifiable, but Judah though torn, kept the earmark of the Sabbath. Therefore, everyone identified the Jews, the southern house as Israel, forgetting that Ephraim was the northern house.
So--I had preached all of this. But I did not know how to determine the end of the 2 days--until that day when the Jewish scholar asked me, "What do you think of the 2 days ending on the exact day the Camp David II accords fell apart?"
CAMP DAVID II AND THE FASTS OF TAMUZ AND AV
US President Bill Clinton convened a Middle East summit at Camp David in Maryland in July 2000. Israeli Prime Minister Barak, Yasser Arafat, and Clinton arrived on July 11 and talks to salvage the ill-advised --for they were opposite to the revealed will of God in the Scriptures--Oslo accords began.
On July 20, however, President Clinton's spokesman announced, "The summit has come to a conclusion without reaching an agreement."
July 20, 2000 on the Jewish calendar was the 17th of Tamuz--or as it is known "the fast of Tamuz".
WHAT IS THE FAST OF TAMMUZ?
(Note: There is a counterfeit "fast" to every God appointed fast. When Israel sinned by putting idols dedicated to devils into the Temple, the fast of Tammuz evolved. Jewish women wept for Tammuz--a pagan practice.
No wonder destruction followed them through the centuries during the "fast of Tammuz". Instead of calling upon Jehovah, they were worshipping the Queen of Heaven and her son, the counterfeit savior, Tammuz. This dates back to the idolatrous religion of Egypt.
During this time, the temple of God became a temple to idols. The Jewish priests began to worship the sun and faced toward the east.
Since the Jews began this practice in God's Holy Temple--is it any wonder that today, the men of Islam worship toward the rising of the sun on this very spot where the Jews allowed the pure worship of God to degenerate into idolatry? Legal ground was given to devils at that time, and they still inhabit the Temple Mount, though that spot belongs to Jehovah, and His Shekinah Glory is also there. It can be seen at the Wailing Wall.
Ezekiel 8:14-16 (Ezekiel's vision of the desecration of the Temple)
"Then He brought me to the door of the gate of the Lord's house which was toward the north: and behold, to my dismay, there sat women weeping for Tammuz. Then He said to me: 'Have you seen this, O son of man? Turn again, and you will see greater abominations than these.
"So He brought me into the inner court of the Lord's house; and there, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about 25 men with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces were toward the east, and they were worshipping the sun toward the east."
So the "fast of Tamuz" was a heathen practice, and as long as Israel keeps this fast, destruction will continue to plague them. Surely God has something better, as we shall see, through His appointed moeds.
Ramadan, the Muslim fast in November is another example of this. Fasting or observing a "holiday" empowers the spirits of the god you worship to inhabit you. Ramadan lasts an entire month, and it culminates in a "day of destiny" when special powers or visions are imparted.
Another example is Christmas. Christians honor the birth of Jesus and that is good. Pagan practices enter in, however, if we are not alert to the history of this day. Every Holy Day of Jehovah has a pagan counterfeit. In paganism, babies are sacrificed on Christmas, to mock the birth of the Savior.
We must ask ourselves, "Do we worship Jesus, or the spirit of "Christmas?' If we worship "Christmas" instead of the Savior, a spirit of greed and competition enters. A time that should be joyful becomes a worrisome time of rush and feeling like we have to give and get expensive gifts or we have failed.
This Christmas, Let's keep our eyes on God's gift, Jesus, and not let our joy be stolen. God loves a cheerful giver--if we are unable to give cheerfully, we might as well not give. Refuse to be condemned or controlled by the world's spirit of Christmas, which is not the freedom of the Holy Spirit.
It is interesting that November begins with Halloween, the end of October. Halloween is the "birthday of Satan". To celebrate Halloween is to give demons legal ground into your soul & your family. The first 2 weeks of November are high days of Satanic activity. Is it a coincidence that Ramadan begins during this time period?
God's true MOEDS-- Passover, Pentecost, & Tabernacles--must be re-instated fully by Christians & the Jewish people.
The history of other fast days (holidays), not given to Moses, need to be re-examined by both Christians & Jews.
Jesus was in the temple during the "Feast of Lights" (Hannukah). It is not wrong to celebrate these days if our hearts are pure, and we realize the true significance of the holiday, and we worship the true God.
We have just celebrated Thanksgiving, the time to be thankful for God's blessings. In a history book that I read about, secularist historians wrote that the Pilgrims gave thanks to the Indians (not to God) for saving them from starvation. There is an active element in our society that tries to take the glory from Jehovah, stripping all references to God out of our educational system.
Satan has a counterfeit for all of God's Moeds--appointed times --given as signs through the sun, moon, & stars. --End of Note.)
(Back to Billye Brim's article.)
FAST OF AV--TISHA B'AV
I also want to point out here that August 10, 2000 was the 9th of Av on the Jewish calendar--also known as the Fast of Av, or Tisha b'Av.
For many years, the Jews have fasted--not feasted--on these 2 dates: Fast of Tammuz & Tisha b'Av, because of their biblical and historical significance. They have fasted in mourning.
(Note: If God's true Moeds--appointed times: Passover, Pentecost, Tabernacles are observed--who needs these other fast days?
It is okay to remember the days of past destruction. But without coming to God in true repentance and acknowledging his true moeds--all these other fastings are in vain and in fact, they compound the problem, because they give honor to the god of destruction, not the God who brings salvation.
Zechariah 8 mentions both fasts --fast of Tamuz & fast of Tisha B'av.
On precisely the same date, the 9th of Av, both the First and the Second Temples were destroyed. On that same date, other tragic events have befallen the Jews: In 1290, they were expelled from England; in 1492, they were expelled from Spain, in 1914, Archduke Ferdinand was shot leading to WWI and WWII with its atrocities.
The first recorded biblical happening on the 9th of Av was when the Jews received the report of the 10 spies at Kadesh Barnea and they refused to possess the Promised Land. (Numbers 13). The rabbis teach that their lack of faith resulted in the subsequent tragedies on that date.
As to the 17th of Tamuz, Babylon and Rome besieged Jerusalem and breached the walls on the 17th of Tamuz. The first biblical occurrence on the 17th of Tamuz was when Moses saw the golden calf and smashed the tablets on which God wrote the Ten Commandments.
(Note: this first occurrence of 17th of Tammuz was a celebration of idolatry by the Israelites, a throw-back to the gods of Egypt. It angered Moses to the point of dashing the 10 commandments of stone.)
The Torah scholar (my Jewish source) said to me, "The talks fell apart on exactly the date the 2 days ended."
"How do you figure that?" I asked.
"It's easy." And again he answered me with a question. "How long has it been since the Second Temple was destroyed?"
I knew Titus the Roman destroyed it in 70 AD Doing a little subtraction, taking 70 from 2000, I answered, "It has been 1930 years."
"Right," he replied. "And how long were we without a Temple in the Babylonian captivity?"
"Seventy years," I said.
"Right, now add it together."
This time I added the 70 years after the Babylonian destruction and scattering, to the 1930 years since the Roman destruction and scattering. "2000!" I exclaimed.
"That's right." he replied. "Two Days."
Another long-awaited moed was fulfilled and recorded right before the world's eyes through the cameras and print of the media.
(July 20, 2000, President Clinton of the USA, Arafat of Palestinian Authority, & Barak of Israel. No agreement to salvage the peace Oslo accords could be made--the 2000 years were up. Even though the nations try to keep Israel from its destiny--they will not be able.)
(end of article by Billye Brim)
SUMMARY OF FACTS ABOUT SEPTEMBER 11TH:
It is interesting that September 11, 1999, Rosh Hashanah, had been anticipated by rabbis who studied the scriptures, for 400 years. This date marked the beginning of the judgment of the nations.
Billye Brim who had gone to Israel to buy the hotel on the mountain of Migdal, visited with Ariel Sharon during those days in September, 1999, and he read Ezekiel 36 in her presence. He said "This is being fulfilled this day."
Ezekiel 36:1 "And you, son of man, prophesy to the mountains of Israel."--
This passage is too long to print here but every serious student should read it. God says because the mountains of Israel have been claimed by the nations of the world and Israel has been slandered, that Israel is to prophesy to the mountains, and God will reap judgment on the nations who have falsely claimed Israel's territory.
There is a condition here--The prophets must prophesy to the mountains in order for God to reap the judgment on their enemies. God said he would not vindicate them because of their goodness, but to vindicate His Name.
Ezekiel 36:22 "Therefore say to the house of Israel, 'Thus says the Lord God: 'I do not do this for your sake, O house of Israel, BUT FOR MY HOLY NAME'S SAKE, which you have profaned among the nations wherever you went."
Ariel Sharon is a man of the book, and God led him to read this portion of scripture to Billye Brim who was in the process of buying a mountain in Israel to give back to Israel as God's Prayer Mountain in the Galilee! The moed date, was either September 11 or September 13, 1999.
September 11-13, 2000 marked the beginning of the current intifada in Israel. The uprising had already been planned by the Palestinians, but they started it officially when Ariel Sharon visited the Temple Mount. The PA conveniently blamed it on his visit. This date is significant--it was one year from the date that Ariel Sharon and Billye Brim read this passage and prophesied to the mountains.
September 11, 2001, brought America into the picture more solidly, by giving America a wake-up call. America has a chance to shine as never before. We must defend the mountains of Israel and quit giving them away. We must pray for our leaders to stay in the right lane, so that our nation remains a sheep nation. Satan's plan is to make us a goat nation.
Our leaders are supporting the establishment of a Palestinian state--which is well & good ONLY if the Palestinians would leave Israel alone. However, the mindset of Islam, the Arab nations, and Arafat and his followers is to totally annihilate Israel. The planned Palestinian state would engulf Israel and strangle her, except for divine intervention.
America will be judged severely by God for dividing the land and giving it to the enemies of Israel, if this situation is not turned around. Let's continue to press into prayer for our leaders that they will be in the center of God's perfect will, which is for them to stand strong in behalf of Israel.
PRAY OUR LEADERS STAY CLOSE TO GOD
Proverbs 21:1 "The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord; like rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes."
The demise of Mt. Seir or Edom is promised in Ezekiel 35. Edomites are the descendents of Esau, Jacob's twin brother. They have hated Israel all these years. God promises to destroy them because they have not repented of their hatred and that they continue to shed the blood of Israel even after "their (Israel's) iniquity came to an end".
Ezekiel 35:5 speaks about the END of Israel's iniquity, which is the end of the Diaspora, the end of the 2 days of being scattered.
So let us all read Ezekiel 36 and begin prophesying to the mountains of Israel: "O mountains of Israel, Hear the Word of the Lord...." Godly Jews have this chapter memorized, and they do prophesy to the mountains.
This prophesying can bring judgment on America---but we all know that 9-11 was a wake-up call for major repentance. God does not want to destroy America--He wants us to repent and stand for His covenant. He wants us to Arise & Shine His Light to the nations. He wants us to stand with Israel.
September 11, 2001 was 2 years after September 11, 1999, "the day everything changed" and the judgment of the nations began. Three years in a row: 1999, 2000, & 2001, September 11 has been significant.
The Oslo accords were signed September 11-13, 1993 at Camp David, 7 years before the current Islamic intifada began in Israel.
The 7- year peace treaty ended specifically on time. It was the beginning of the current uprising--the time of Jacob's trouble has begun.
3. INP-Team letter. Summary of this issue
I Corinthians 10:32 "Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God." Three people groups to watch. God deals with all of them in the end-times.
In order to understand current world events, it is necessary to understand God's Covenant with Israel, both from the Old Testament prophets and the New Testament writers.
One of the purposes of INP-Team newsletter is to watch the fig tree, Israel, and to share understandings about her place in prophecy.
In this issue, we have shared about God's Moeds, appointed times for specific things to take place, from Billye Brim's teachings. I do not know Billye personally, but I have followed her ministry for many years. I have learned you can go to the bank with her teachings--which are always backed up with the specific prophecy in the Old Testament or a New Testament insight.
In the 70's, Billye says that the Lord showed her I Corinthians 10:32, which is quoted as the heading for this letter. She said that the Holy Spirit said to her: "If you will remember this verse of scripture, it will keep your end-time doctrine straight."
To finish this teaching on God's covenant with Israel, I have gathered the following scriptures with comments. Although this lengthens this newsletter, it is a completion of the picture--which is necessary in order to co-ordinate the New Testament teaching with the Old.
I hope it turns on a light for those of you that think the church has replaced Israel. In one way, we have, but in another way--we have not. For either Israel or the church to have a superior attitude is an error. God's plan encompasses both.
God is showing us the mystery of the Dispensation of the Fullness of Times. It includes all His promises to both spiritual & natural Israel. The church is an interlude in the history of Israel. We find our true significance when we see the over-all plan.
Ephesians 1:7-10 "In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom & prudence. Having made known to us the MYSTERY of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself,
"That in the dispensation of the fullness of the times, He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth--in Him."
Read with understanding. The future of our nation depends on it.
Blessings to all who read. Nancy White
"GOD'S COVENANTS WITH ISRAEL--OLD & NEW"
Here is Moses' song which was to be taught to the children of Israel as a witness against them...
Deuteronomy 32:1-44. The song was to be passed down from generation to generation as a witness against Israel from God. If Israel would be faithful to sing the song of Moses, they would know the truth about God's covenant with them. It was a prophecy by Moses concerning the latter days of Israel.
Deuteronomy 32:1-15 --God's blessing is upon Israel while they have no other gods but Jehovah.
PROSPERITY CAUSED ISRAEL TO TAKE BLESSINGS FOR GRANTED
Deuteronomy 32:15-20 --The prophecy about Jeshurun.
--'Jeshurun'--another name for Israel, meaning 'upright, blessed, nourished by God'--will get fat and take his covenant blessings lightly. Fat implies rich, lazy, proud in prosperity, & unconcerned about holy character & covenant with God. Fatness takes blessings for granted.
"But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: you are waxed fat, you are grown thick; you are covered with fatness;
"Then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation. They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations they provoked him to anger.
IDOLATRY CAUSED THEM TO FORGET JEHOVAH
"They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not--gods that came newly up, whom your father feared not. Of the Rock that begat you, you are unmindful, and you have forgotten God that formed you.
"And when the LORD saw it, he abhorred them, because of the provoking of his sons and daughters. And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very froward--self-centered self-willed--generation, children in whom is no faith."
THE CHURCH, "A FOOLISH NATION", PROPHESIED BY MOSES
Deuteronomy 32:21 "They have moved me to jealousy, with that which is not God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to jealousy with 'those which are not a people' ; I will provoke them to anger with 'a foolish nation'.
"For a fire is kindled in my anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains. I will heap mischiefs upon them; I will spend my arrows upon them...."
(Who is this foolish nation that will provoke Israel to jealousy-- this people who are not a people? --It is the church, the body of Christ.)
ISRAEL'S ZEAL FOR GOD, NOT ACCORDING TO KNOWLEDGE
Romans 10:1-4 "Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God but not according to knowledge.
"For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, they have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.
"For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believes."
ALL HAVE HEARD, BUT ALL HAVE NOT OBEYED
Romans 10:16-18 "But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah said, 'Lord, who has believed our report? So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. But I say, Have they not heard? Yes, truely, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.'
(The world has heard the gospel of Jesus Christ--as well as the song of Moses. These are the 2 witnesses in the earth: The Old and the New Covenant--The Law of Moses & The Law of The Spirit of Life Through Jesus Christ.)
ISRAEL, A DISOBEDIENT & GAINSAYING PEOPLE
"But I say, 'Did not Israel know?'
"First Moses said, 'I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are not a people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you.' But Isaish is very bold and he said, 'I was found of them that did not seek me; I was made manifest (openly shown) to them that did not ask after me.
"But to Israel he said, "All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people."
HAS GOD CAST AWAY ISRAEL?
Romans 11:1-5 "I say then, Has God cast away his people? God forbid! For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not cast away his people which he foreknew.
"Don't you know what the scripture said about Elijah? How he made intercession to God against Israel, saying 'Lord, they have killed your prophets, and digged down your altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.'
"But what was the answer God gave to Elijah? 'I have reserved to myself 7000 men who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal. Even so then at this present time also, there is a remnant according to the election of grace."
THE REMNANT WITHIN ISRAEL CAN SEE GOD'S PLAN
Romans 11:7-12 "What then? Israel (as a whole) has not obtained that which he sought for, but the election has obtained it, and the rest were blinded.
"according as it is written: 'God has given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear unto this day.
"And David said, 'Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompense unto them; Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back always.'
ISRAEL'S UNBELIEF BROUGHT SALVATION TO THE GENTILES
"I (Paul) say then, 'Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather, through their fall, salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy. Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them is the riches of the Gentiles, how much more will be their fulness?"
If the world has prospered during the diminishing of Israel--Think about this: the nations will really be blessed when Israel reigns in the fulness of its covenant blessing.
But first, God must clean house.
THE ROOT OF ISRAEL IS HOLY
Romans 11:13 "For I speak to you Gentiles...if by any means I may provoke to emulation (jealousy) them which are my flesh, and might save some of them. For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?
For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump (sprout, root) is also holy; and if the root be holy, so are the branches."
GENTILES IN COVENANT ONLY BECAUSE OF GOD'S NEW COVENANT WITH ISRAEL
Jesus said, 'I am the vine, and you are the branches."
The root of the vine is God's covenant with the children of Israel. The Gentile branches have no covenant except as they abide in the vine (Jesus) who is rooted in Israel's covenant. Any church doctrine that denies God's everlasting covenant with Israel is a false doctrine.
ISRAEL WAS BROKEN OFF BECAUSE OF UNBELIEF
Romans 11:18-24 "Boast not against the branches...because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest He also does not spare you.
"Behold, therefore, the goodness & severity of God--on them which fell --severity, but toward you, goodness.
ISRAEL TO BE GRAFTED BACK INTO THE GOOD OLIVE TREE
"Otherwise, you also shall be cut off. And they also, if they quit abiding in unbelief, they shall be grafted in. For God is able to graft them in AGAIN....For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted into the good olive tree--How much more shall they which are the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?"
MYSTERY: THE BLINDNESS OF ISRAEL IS JUST TILL THE FULNESS OF THE GENTILES IS COMPLETED.
Romans 11:25 "For I would not, brothers, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in."
FULNESS OF THE GENTILES
What is the fulness of the Gentiles? The Gentiles, the nations of the world, are brought into and partake of the blessing of the knowledge of God's Covenant with Israel through His Son, Jesus Christ.
"Whosoever will, let him come, let him drink of the water of life, freely."
Also, the Fulness of the Gentiles is when the nations have run their course in the plan for the ages. It is the end of the Times of the Gentiles and the beginning of the dispensation of the Fulness of Times when all nations have been purged and Israel is restored to its covenant blessings both spiritually & physically.
The Fulness of the Gentiles is the bringing of the Gentiles into the church as part of the plan of God.
The Times of the Gentiles is Gentile world dominion until Israel as a whole accepts Christ, and the kingdom is fully restored to Israel.
JERUSALEM TO BE TRAMPLED BY THE GENTILES TILL THE TIME OF THE GENTILES IS FULFILLED.
Luke 21:24 (Jesus speaking:)
"And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and will be led captive into all the nations, and Jerusalem will be trampled under foot by the Gentiles until the Times of the Gentiles be fulfilled"
Idolatrous Israel was abhorred by God, divorced, and dispersed through the Gentile nations, losing their identity as Israel. But through God's Son, Jesus Christ, Israel is being restored and once again brought into marriage relationship with God. Jerusalem was to be trampled under foot by the Gentiles until the dispensation of Israel's Dispersal & Divorcement was finished--The end of the 2nd day.
GOD REMARRIES ISRAEL THROUGH HIS SON, JESUS-- WHO GAVE HIS LIFE FOR HIS BRIDE.
Ephesians 5:32 "This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church."
ISRAEL'S MAKER IS HER HUSBAND
Isaiah 54:3-5 "You shall break forth on the right hand and on the left; and your seed shall inherit the Gentiles and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.
'Fear not; for you shall not be ashamed, neither be confounded, for you shall not be put to shame. For you shall forget the shame of your youth, and you shall not remember the reproach of your widowhood anymore.
"For your Maker is your husband; the LORD of Hosts (angelic armies) is His name; and your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel. The God of the whole earth shall He be called."
(Jesus is the fullness of the Godhead bodily--He is Creator, Redeemer, One with the Father.)
Some Christians believe that the Feast of Tabernacles, The Year of Jubilee, 1997, marked the end of the Times of the Gentiles, which was a period of 2700 years., more or less. There is a period of around 700-800 years between the dispersal of Israel by the Assyrians in 722 BC, the Babylonian Captivity of Judah in 586 BC and the destruction of Jerusalem, 70 AD
Hence the 2000 years + 700-800 = approximately 2700-2800 years of banishment, give or take a few years. I don't have the exact information about this.
(This date for the drawing to a close of the Times of the Gentiles, Tabernacles 1997, does not conflict with September 11, 1999 which marks the beginning of the judgment of the nations. These are transitional periods. In retrospect, you can set dates, because history bears it out.
Jesus said no man would know the hour of His second-coming, except the Father himself--so we are not setting dates on that. We just know it is nearer than it was 2000 years ago, and that the time seems to be very soon.)
ISRAEL RESTORATION MINISTRIES
Many Israel restoration ministries have moved to Israel, and are working to bring salvation to both Jews & Arabs. Jerusalem now has many born again believers who are claiming the land for Israel and for the Lord.
The Tabernacle of David is being rebuilt through the praises of His people. Christians who visit Israel to worship & prayer walk the land are part of this movement.
Romans 11:26-29 "And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written. 'There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
"As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers' sakes. For the gifts & calling of God are without repentance."
GENTILES OBTAINED MERCY THROUGH ISRAEL'S UNBELIEF
---NOW ISRAEL RECEIVES MERCY THROUGH GENTILES ---
ALL A PART OF GOD'S PLAN TO HAVE MERCY ON ALL.
"Even so, these also have not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy. For God has concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.
"O, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and His ways are past finding out!
"For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been His counsellor? O who has first given to Him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?
"For Of Him, and Through Him, and To Him, are all things: To Whom be Glory forever. Amen."
(end of chapter 11).
HAVING SAID ALL OF THAT--RENEW YOUR MIND SO THAT YOU CAN PROVE THE PERFECT WILL OF GOD.
Romans 12:1 THEREFORE--"I beg you, brothers, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
"And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God!!"
THE NEW COVENANT--THAT NOT ANY SHOULD PERISH
God's Perfect Will is for all men to be saved! He is not willing that any perish.
Let us pray and work as never before to win the lost people groups to Christ--no matter what their ethnic background is. God loves the Jew, He loves the Muslim, He loves dispersed Israel that is now being ingathered. He loves the whole world. He desires all to come and be saved.
THE ANGELIC CONFLICT--A WAR BETWEEN GOOD & EVIL
Judgments are in the earth today. Also, Satan desires to destroy God's Plan for the Kingdom of God to reign over the earth. There are conflicting purposes in this struggle for dominion. One plan enslaves, and the other plan sets free.
Prayers of the saints can hold back the destruction of nations so that more people will come into the freedom of the knowledge of the Kingdom of God--which is Righteousness, Peace, & Joy in the Holy Ghost.
World Wars I & II were Satan's plan to destroy Israel and the people of God.
World War III has also been planned. The world is ultimately in God's hands ---but we are His hands on earth. He will allow what we allow.
He promises to redeem Israel, not only spiritually, but physically. (Romans 11 and Ezekiel 36.)
BOTH HOUSES OF ISRAEL HAVE FAILED & DESERVE PUNISHMENT
Both houses of Israel, Ephraim & Judah, screwed up royally--but God has not forgotten His promises. He will be made holy in the eyes of all nations. The nations who sneer and say Israel's God is weak--they will have a rude awakening soon.
The messengers of Jesus Christ see this coming, but their cry is "Grace, Grace"--"God have mercy on your people. Thank You that You remember Your covenant with us."
Zechariah 14:1 "Behold, the day of the LORD is coming, and your spoil will be divided in your midst. For I will gather all nations to battle against Jerusalem ....
"THEN-- the LORD will go forth and fight against those nations, as He fights in the day of battle...."
GOD WILL SAVE HIS PEOPLE
Zechariah 9:11-13, 16 "Because of the blood of your covenant, I will set your prisoners free...Return to the stronghold (the fortress of safety), you prisoners of hope. Even today, I declare that I will restore double to you.
"For I have bent Judah, which is my bow, and I have fitted the bow with Ephraim, and I have raised up your sons, O Zion, against your sons, O Greece, and made you like the sword of a mighty man."
"The LORD their God will save them in that day, as the flock of his people. For they shall be like the jewels of a crown, lifted like a banner over His land--For how great is its goodness, and how great its beauty..."
RESTORATION OF JUDAH & ISRAEL
Zechariah 10:1-5 "Ask the LORD for rain in the time of the latter rain. The LORD will make flashing clouds; He will give them showers of rain, grass in the field for everyone... (spiritual rain as well as physical.)
"For the idols speak delusion, and those who have a spirit of divination envision lies, and they tell false dreams. They comfort in vain. Therefore the people (of Judah & Ephraim) are like sheep. They are in trouble because there is no shepherd.
"My anger is kindled against the shepherd, and I will punish the goatherds (those who tend the goat nations).
"For the LORD of hosts will visit His flock, the house of Judah, and will make them as His royal horse in the battle.
From him, (Judah) comes the cornerstone, (Jesus), and from him, the tent peg, and from him, the battle bow. From him, (Lion of Judah) comes every ruler together.
"They shall be like mighty men, who tread down their enemies in the mire of the streets in the battle.
"They shall fight because the LORD is with them. And the riders on horses shall be put to shame." (in front of those who ride God's royal war-horse.)
Remember this passage says Judah is His royal war-horse.
JEHOVAH'S PROMISE TO HOUSE OF JUDAH & HOUSE OF JOSEPH:
"I will strengthen the house of Judah. And I will save the house of Joseph.
"I will bring them back, because I have mercy on them. They shall be as though I had not cast them aside: for I am the LORD their God. And I will hear them.
"Those of Ephraim shall be like a mighty man, and their heart shall rejoice as if with wine. Yes, their children shall see it and be glad; Their heart shall rejoice in the LORD.
"I will whistle for them and gather them; And they shall increase as they once increased.
"I will sow them among the peoples. And they shall remember Me in far countries; they shall live with their children, and they shall return.
EGYPT & ASSYRIA WILL BE JUDGED
(The land of Assyrian empire is the present day Iran and Iraq, strongholds of Allah. Assyria is the nation that originally conquered Ephraim.)
" I will bring them back from the land of Egypt, (Judah's dispersal) and gather them from Assyria (Ephraim's dispersal ). I will bring them into the land of Gilead and Lebanon, until no more room is found for them....
"The pride of Assyria shall be brought down, and the scepter of Egypt shall depart.
"So I will strengthen them in the LORD, and they shall walk up and down in His Name, (Yahweh, Jehovah)" says the LORD."
ISRAEL'S CURSE AMONG THE NATIONS TO BE REMOVED
Zechariah 8:13 "And it shall come to pass that just as you were a curse among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, so will I save you, and you shall be a blessing. Do not fear. Let your hands be strong."
THE REPENTANCE THAT GOD REQUIRES IN ORDER FOR ISRAEL TO BE BLESSED:
Zechariah 8:15-17 "So I am determined to do good to Jerusalem and to the house of Judah. "Do not fear. These are the things you shall do:
1) Speak each man the truth to his neighbor. (QUIT LYING).
2) Give judgment in your gates for truth, justice, & peace. (GOVERNING AUTHORITY THAT GIVES JUSTICE TO ALL)
3) Let none of you think evil in your heart against your neighbor. (LOVE GOD AND LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR)
4) And do not love a false oath." (GET RID OF IDOLATRY) (False oath--initiation vows into secret societies-- Let your yes be 'yes' and your no be 'no'. Anything more is sin.)
" 'For all of these things are things that I hate,' says the LORD."
RIGHTEOUS NATIONS WILL PURSUE THE JEWS' FAVOR
Zechariah 8:23 "Thus says the LORD of hosts: 'In those days, 10 men from every language of the nations shall grasp the sleeve of a Jewish man, saying, "Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you..."
God wants to bless the children of Israel: both Jews & Ephraim. Aliens or strangers to the covenant are adopted or grafted in when they embrace the God of Israel and His promises. No one with a repentant heart is excluded.
THEY ALL-- (THE WHOLE WORLD)-- WILL BEHOLD HIM WHOM THEY HAVE PIERCED--JESUS CHRIST, THE SON OF GOD-- who died for the sins of all mankind, not just Israel.
John 3:16 "For God so loved THE WORLD that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life."
Our responsibility is to get into that place of blessing through repentance and obedience--and to hang on to the promises of the covenant.
It is to turn from every unclean thing--practices that bring destruction such as: killing of innocents (abortion), perversions, homosexuality, and dabbling with the occult through entertainment, false oaths, learning the depths of Satan. (Harry Potter is a prime example.)
God will judge the nations for these practices. The Judgement has begun.
Study the covenant to Israel--it is fulfilled in the New Covenant. God promised to write His word in our hearts, and He has! ----------------
If you pray alone, you are the power of one; each person you add to the equation is a power of 10: first added & then multiplied. The glory of God is manifest in corporate worship--which is the highest form of prayer. We are looking for prayer partners...people who have a vision for the glory of God to be manifest in the earth.
Nancy White www.internationalnetworkprayerteam.org