Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.
How great are his signs! and how mighty are his wonders! his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion is from generation to generation.
And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment.
When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled. Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.
Your locational positioning on an issue can determine your proximity and susceptibility to God’s incidental wrath or God’s Mercy.
Case No One: The Antagonistic Positioning of KORAH
Numbers 16:2-3, 6-7, 11-13, 19-21, 24, 26-27, 32-33 KJV
And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown: And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the Lord ? This do; Take you censers, Korah, and all his company; And put fire therein, and put incense in them before the Lord to morrow: and it shall be that the man whom the Lord doth choose, he shall be holy: ye take too much upon you, ye sons of Levi. For which cause both thou and all thy company are gathered together against the Lord : and what is Aaron, that ye murmur against him?
And Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab: which said, We will not come up: Is it a small thing that thou hast brought us up out of a land that floweth with milk and honey, to kill us in the wilderness, except thou make thyself altogether a prince over us? And Korah gathered all the congregation against them unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and the glory of the Lord appeared unto all the congregation. And the Lord spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment. Speak unto the congregation, saying, Get you up from about the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. And he spake unto the congregation, saying, Depart, I pray you, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest ye be consumed in all their sins.
So they gat up from the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, on every side: and Dathan and Abiram came out, and stood in the door of their tents, and their wives, and their sons, and their little children. And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods. They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation.
Those who relocated were spared!
Numbers 26:9-11 KJV
And the sons of Eliab; Nemuel, and Dathan, and Abiram. This is that Dathan and Abiram, which were famous in the congregation, who strove against Moses and against Aaron in the company of Korah, when they strove against the Lord : And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up together with Korah, when that company died, what time the fire devoured two hundred and fifty men: and they became a sign. Notwithstanding the children of Korah died not.
Case No 2: Marching with wrong people – Jehoram & JEHOSHAPHAT
2 Kings 3:1, 6-7, 9-10, 13-14 KJV
Now Jehoram the son of Ahab began to reign over Israel in Samaria the eighteenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and reigned twelve years. And king Jehoram went out of Samaria the same time, and numbered all Israel.
And he went and sent to Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, saying, The king of Moab hath rebelled against me: wilt thou go with me against Moab to battle? And he said, I will go up: I am as thou art, my people as thy people, and my horses as thy horses. So the king of Israel went, and the king of Judah, and the king of Edom: and they fetched a compass of seven days’ journey: and there was no water for the host, and for the cattle that followed them.
And the king of Israel said, Alas! that the Lord hath called these three kings together, to deliver them into the hand of Moab! And Elisha said unto the king of Israel, What have I to do with thee? get thee to the prophets of thy father, and to the prophets of thy mother. And the king of Israel said unto him, Nay: for the Lord hath called these three kings together, to deliver them into the hand of Moab.
And Elisha said, As the Lord of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, surely, were it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, I would not look toward thee, nor see thee.
Case No 3: DAVID’S ALMOST DISASTROUS WRONG POSTIONING
1 Samuel 29:1-4, 11 KJV
Now the Philistines gathered together all their armies to Aphek: and the Israelites pitched by a fountain which is in Jezreel. And the Lords of the Philistines passed on by hundreds, and by thousands: but David and his men passed on in the rearward with Achish. Then said the princes of the Philistines, What do these Hebrews here? And Achish said unto the princes of the Philistines, Is not this David, the servant of Saul the king of Israel, which hath been with me these days, or these years, and I have found no fault in him since he fell unto me unto this day?
And the princes of the Philistines were wroth with him; and the princes of the Philistines said unto him, Make this fellow return, that he may go again to his place which thou hast appointed him, and let him not go down with us to battle, lest in the battle he be an adversary to us: for wherewith should he reconcile himself unto his master? should it not be with the heads of these men? So David and his men rose up early to depart in the morning, to return into the land of the Philistines. And the Philistines went up to Jezreel.
1 Samuel 30:1-4 KJV
And it came to pass, when David and his men were come to Ziklag on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the south, and Ziklag, and smitten Ziklag, and burned it with fire; And had taken the women captives, that were therein: they slew not any, either great or small, but carried them away, and went on their way.
So David and his men came to the city, and, behold, it was burned with fire; and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were taken captives. Then David and the people that were with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep.
REPENTANCE > REFRESHING > RESTORATION > RETURN
Wrong interpretation of Biblical Prophecies can from Men of God who are given grace by God for other areas different from these matters can get you into trouble!
Do not join in throwing “intifada” stones (verbal attacks) against God due to rejection of knowledge!
Do you know where to position yourself?
Isaiah 40: 1 – 10
“Comfort, yes, comfort My people!”
Says your God.
“Speak comfort to Jerusalem, and cry out to her, That her warfare is ended, That her iniquity is pardoned; For she has received from the Lord’s hand Double for all her sins.”
The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord; Make straight in the desert A highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted And every mountain and hill brought low; The crooked places shall be made straight And the rough places smooth; The glory of the Lord shall be revealed, And all flesh shall see it together; For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
The voice said, “Cry out!”
And he said, “What shall I cry?” “ALL FLESH IS GRASS, And all its loveliness is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, Because the breath of the Lord blows upon it; Surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.”
O Zion, You who bring good tidings, Get up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, You who bring good tidings, Lift up your voice with strength, Lift it up, be not afraid; Say to the cities of Judah, “Behold your God!” Behold, the Lord God shall come with a strong hand, And His arm shall rule for Him; Behold, HIS REWARD is with Him, And HIS WORK before Him.
He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs with His arm, And carry them in His bosom, And gently lead those who are with young.
May I advise that we read this words again…
EXEGESIS ON ISAIAH 40
(The Liteman’s Inspiration)
Let us meditate, as believers in God through the love of Christ, in 2017, on the following:
(Take each ♧ point and contemplate to see if God is speaking to you)
♧ The statement
“Says YOUR God”
is talking to WHO?
♧ Is this AN ADVICE? or
A DIRECTIVE (A COMMAND)?
♧ The instruction to
“Speak comfort to Jerusalem . .. warfare ended … iniquity pardoned. …”
– is meant for WHO in 2017 to
– when more is this directive
to a people that can be told
“Says YOUR God” more
relevant, appropriate and
– do you need to be told to
speak comfortable to a
People that are in comfort
♧ “Prepare the way of the Lord”
Why is this message, which was supposed have been fulfilled by John The Baptist staring you and i in the face, now in 2017?
At the time of John, this “prepare the way of the Lord…”
was carved out, seemingly deliberately out of context to fit for John The Baptist.
Now in 2017, after the very topical issue of The recent UN Security Council of December 2016, isn’t this now more exact and fittingly relevant?
When men are saying
“did anything bad ever happened against the Jews?”
They are claiming
“Holocaust and Auschwitz never happened!
They are working on erasing the facts away with Arab-Islamic petrol dollars!
They say no 6 million Jews, half a million blacks, 20 million Russians & Poles, 10 million Christians, etc were murdered in cold blood, used for cruel experiments, tortured, gassed, burned, raped, beaten and dehumanised in Germany?
♧ Why did the He, God say “Cry Out”?
Doesn’t that imply INSTIGATION towards decisive, desperate, urgent and loud vocal activism?
♧ Why “all flesh is grass”?
Isn’t it to remind all that no man or group of people, no matter how seemingly powerful, wealthy and influential politically, can withstand God’s Will!
♧ “O Zion, …You who bring good tidings. ..”
Seem to be referring to those who would dare take action to
• comfort Jerusalem
• cry out against the malicious
action against Israel
• warn the proud oppressors.
Saying “lift your voice. ..be not afraid…” indicates that the period to carryout this work will not be societally friendly!
At such times, the message will be “politically incorrect”!
“Be not afraid…?
♧ “Behold His Reward. ..His Work..”
Why link the accomplishment of these DIRECTIVES to
• HIS (GOD’s) WORK?
• HIS (GOD’s) REWARD?
♧ “He will feed His flock. ..
He will gather the lambs. …carry in His bosom…lead those who are with young (pregnant)”
What would these imply?
Could it be that there will be special values, (higher rates of heaven exchange) and fresh grace for those who will be engaged in the work focused on
☆ raising/shepherding a people for this particular work – PASTORS
☆ gathering ‘lambs’ who will love God and Israel – true teaching EVANGELISTS
☆ gently lead those who are with young – MENTORING FATHERS or LEADERS (pregnant) WHO ARE FOCUSED ON THE PROPHETIC/APOSTOLIC.
I am convinced that God wants His servants to teach and re-condition God’s People to know the truths about the raging controversy on Israel (God’s firstborn people), the Land, the Palestinians, Arabs and Ultimate plan of Jihadists.
If you, a pastor or knowledgeable leader in the Christian faith do not know nor teach your people these things now, you will think that you right but will ignorantly take ‘spiritually strange’ “reasonable” positions against God and fight against His people! Then separation will come.
“My people perish because of lack of knowledge”
May we not be grouped with The Abominables due to deliberate ignorance, amen
TIMES AND SEASONS
THE MATTER OF ISRAEL
[The What? And The Why? About Jerusalem, The Land and God’s People] cont’d.
Let us re-examine where we are in Time and in Biblical Prophecies.
Before we go ahead, let us deal with the issue of Purpose, Divine Assignments and Success in Ministry briefly.
May we individually answer these questions:
Why are you living as a christian on this earth now?
What “tribe” in the Church – The Body of Christ, do you belong to?
I am speaking metaphorically!
What is your own “tribal” divine assignment at this time, 2017?
Are you from Issachar?
What spiritual nutrients are your own “tribal joint” graced for and expected by God to supply to The Body of Christ?
“…of the sons of Issachar who had UNDERSTANDING OF THE TIMES, to know what Israel ought to do, their chiefs were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their command;…”
Once that is fully settled, we may progress, while some may check out.
THE PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE
Matthew 24: 32 – 34
“Now learn this parable from the FIG TREE: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near.
So you also, WHEN YOU SEE ALL THESE THINGS, know that it is near—at the doors!
Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.
All major Bible scholars of all time, agree that the Fig Tree is a metaphor for the nation of Israel.
So what is happening to the Fig Tree now?
Let us do a careful analysis of contemporary events and Bible foretold words.
On the 23rd of December 2016, an event occurred that many christians were not even aware of!
THE REASONS FOR THE SETTLEMENT BY THE ISRAELIS:
Jews who had been living in the West Bank before they were expelled in 1948 wanted to return home.
 After the Six-Day War, some Israelis believed that war might break out again. They built settlements on hilltops to act as observation posts for an early warning system.
 Israelis were afraid that if strategically important lands were returned, Israelis would be in danger. For years, Syria had been firing from the Golan Heights into the kibbutzim of the valley.
If Syria got back the Golan Heights, they would resume firing on the Israelis below. Israelis remembered that after conquering the Sinai, Israel withdrew from the Sinai.
If Israel constructed a military base, the soldiers could be ordered to leave, but if they created a “settlement on the Syrian heights – a civilian presence, then no one could just order a withdrawal. There’d have to be a debate in the Knesset.”
 There were Israelis who remembered that Israel had conquered the Sinai in 1956, but gave it back. “…the promises made by Eisenhower had proved hollow at the first test and had failed to prevent war…”
 They were willing to return land, but only if Israel got a peace treaty in return.
They were hoping that building settlements would make it more difficult for Israel to withdraw from land without getting a peace treaty in return.
There were “Religious radicals, convinced that they were fulfilling God’s plan for history…”
 For Avraham Kook, “the Jews’ role was to be the vessel that brings the “divine idea” into the world.
The world’s redemption depended on the Jews living in the Land of Israel”
 Rabbi Tzvi Kook said…It’s “the Lord’s land. Is it in our hands to give up even a millimeter?”
The State of Israel represented the “beginning of redemption” and was “the state that the prophets foresaw” when they spoke of the End of Days.
 “…the Bible was the Jewish deed to the Land of Israel…”
 “…the conquest as introducing the end of days, when ‘nation shall not lift up sword against nation.'”,
 There were secular Israelis who saw “the West Bank as the historic patrimony of the Jewish people and control of this region as a matter of momentous historic importance.”
 Settlement building as punishment.
¤ “According to reports on Israel Radio, the development is a response to the 2014 kidnapping and murder of Israeli teenagers.”
Settlements as bargaining chips for negotiations.
THE MATTER OF ISRAEL
[The What? And The Why? About Jerusalem, The Land and God’s People] cont’d
What has the the scriptures reveal?
TRACING FROM ABRAHAM
– Who owns the Land?
Genesis 12: 1 – 3
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.
¤ I will make you a great nation;
¤ I will bless you
¤ And make your name great;
¤And you shall be a blessing.
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.”
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. Abram passed through the land to the place of Shechem, as far as the terebinth tree of Moreh.
And the CANAANITES were then in the land.
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.
Abram dwelt in the land of CANAAN,….
….And the Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him: “Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are—NORTHWARD, SOUTHWARD, EASTWARD, and WESTWARD; for all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants forever.
And I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth; so that if a man could number the dust of the earth, then your descendants also could be numbered. Arise, walk in the land through its length and its width, for I give it to you.”
Then Abram moved his tent, and went and dwelt by the terebinth trees of Mamre, which are in Hebron, and built an altar there to the Lord.
THE EXPANSE OF THE ENTIRE LAND
On the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying:
“To your descendants I have given this land, from the RIVER OF EGYPT to the great river, the RIVER EUPHRATES — the Kenites, the Kenezzites, the Kadmonites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.”
Concerning the Arabs (Descendants of Ishmael)
Note: these are not the Canaanites!
Then the Angel of the Lord said to her, “I will multiply your descendants exceedingly, so that they shall not be counted for multitude.” And the Angel of the Lord said to her:
“Behold, you are with child,
And you shall bear a son.
You shall call his name Ishmael,
Because the Lord has heard your affliction.
He shall be a wild man;
His hand shall be against every man, And every man’s hand against him. And he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.”
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ISHMAEL and ISAAC:
Then Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying: “As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations. No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make NATIONS of you, and kings shall come from you. 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.
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.”
And God said to Abraham:
“As for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations.
Ishmael – Arabs
Isaac. – Israel
And Abraham said to God,
“Oh, that Ishmael might live before You!”
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.
And as for Ishmael, I have heard you. Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly. He shall beget twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation.
BUT My covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this set time next year.”
(PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF THESE TWO WORDS –
“NO” and “BUT”)
Isaac – The “Only” Son
Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!”
And he said, “Here I am.”
Then He said, “Take now your son, your ONLY SON Isaac, whom YOU LOVE, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”
Now Abraham was old, well advanced in age; and the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things. So Abraham said to the oldest servant of his house, who ruled over all that he had, “Please, put your hand under my thigh, and I will make you swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and the God of the earth, that you will not take a wife for MY SON from the daughters of the CANAANITES, AMONG WHOM I DWELL; but you shall go to my country and to my family, and take a wife for my son Isaac.”
Take note that the people dwelling in the land with Abraham a
were CANAANITES and not ARABS!
CLEAR EVIDENCE THAT ISHMAELITES and others, WERE SEPARATED AND SITUATED AWAY FROM THE LAND WHERE ISRAELITES WERE PLANTED BY GOD!
And Abraham gave all that he had to Isaac. But Abraham gave gifts to the sons of the concubines which Abraham had; and while he was still living he SENT THEM EASTWARD, AWAY FROM ISAAC HIS SON, to the country of the east.
The Middle East conflict is framed as one of the most complex problems in the world. But, in reality, it’s very, very simple.
Where are heading to in prophecy by The UN Security Council Resolution?
Zechariah 12: 1 – 6
The Coming Deliverance of Judah
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:
“Behold, I will make Jerusalem a CUP OF DRUNKENNESS to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. 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.
In that day,” says the Lord,
“I will strike every horse with confusion, and its rider with madness; I will open My eyes on the house of Judah, and will strike every horse of the peoples with blindness.
And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, ‘The inhabitants of Jerusalem are my strength in the Lord of hosts, their God.’
In that day I will make the governors of Judah like a firepan in the woodpile, and like a fiery torch in the sheaves; they shall devour all the surrounding peoples on the right hand and on the left, but Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place—Jerusalem.
Zechariah 14: 1 – 3
Behold, the day of the Lord is coming, And your spoil will be divided in your midst.
For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem; The city shall be taken, The houses rifled, And the women ravished. Half of the city shall go into captivity, But the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
Then the Lord will go forth And fight against those nations, As He fights in the day of battle.