Prophecy Update Newsletter
June 7, 2017
IN TODAY'S NEWSLETTER...
The Grave Danger of Missing the Rapture
- Joseph Chambers -
18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.
19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.
20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
There is no truth that shakes me to the core like the multitude soon to miss the Rapture. You cannot read the many warnings in Scripture more plain than how the Holy Spirit has almost begged us to be prepared. Over and over the prophets and writers were led to warn us. Look at these words of Jesus Christ. "Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come." (Matthew 24: 40-42)
When I was saved in 1952, the church world was on fire with the warnings. As time has elapsed the message has grown too stark to preach. People will literally leave a church over this level of warning. The comfort zone is so high and satisfying that people do not want to be bothered. Today we start a new series on the subject "The Grave Danger of Missing the Rapture." Here is a list of the next seven broadcasts after today:
The Grave Danger of Missing the Rapture
Great Revival Immediately After the Rapture
Satan's War on the Repentant Multitude
A World Culture of Sodomy
Invasion from the Bottomless Pit
The Seven Trumps of the Great Tribulation
The Wicked at the White Throne Judgment
The Bridal Celebration
The saddest words of tongue or pen are the gripping words, "it could have been". The multitude that suddenly realizes that Jesus Christ has raptured the Bride and that they are "left behind" will experience an utter feeling of hopelessness. Despair and gloom will be so shattering that great numbers of men and women will commit suicide. Millions of knowledgeable people that knew the Bible well, but rejected "the love of the truth" (II Thessalonians 2:10) will immediately experience the complete withdrawal of Holy Ghost conviction. Instantly, they will know that they are damned to spend eternity in the Lake of Fire. Millions of others that rejected Truth will be so deluded that they will actually worship the new false Christ.
Evil of the darkest form is presently held behind the omnipresent wall of the Holy Ghost. The devil and his cohorts are working; they are deceiving, creating havoc, and spreading diseases of every description. The level of their activities is great but they are still limited. Just as soon as the Rapture occurs, this wall of restraint will be gone. If you are sickened by the vulgarity that pervades the world now, please know that the present is mild compared to the future. Laws against anyone with moral outrage will soon protect sodomy in public. There will be no restraints against sin.
Multitudes will be heard screaming in fear and dismay, "I could have gone in the Rapture if I would have listened to the call." The last echoes of those confused about the Rapture and the coming baptism of filth will have faded. The days for debate will be over. The whole world will be divided between the lovers of the new "christ" and the great company of those left behind who are now ready to be martyred for Jesus Christ. The countdown to Armageddon will begin. Preachers that were deceived by the One World Religion will lead the armies that are determined to establish the kingdom of their god (the false god) on earth. The crusades of the past, which were led by Jesuit priests, will pale in comparison to this brutal onslaught for the "New Inclusive Religion."
Preachers and leaders that would not hear the truth about the Pre-tribulation Rapture, but hated those of us that preached and taught that truth, will now know how wrong they were. Jesus will only Rapture those saints of God and Bride-ready believers looking for Him. The Word of God is plain: "So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation." (Hebrews 9:28) If you are not looking for Him and longing for Him with great passion, do not expect Him to come for you. Apostle Paul wrote to Titus and encouraged him by declaring, "Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works." (Titus 2:13-14)
Can you imagine the anger of careless souls that were taken in by the vicious haters of the Biblical Rapture before the great Seven Years of Wrath? The Rapture haters that I deal with on the radio, the internet, and in person are not even kind about this debate. The spirit that motivates them to fight against this hope is extremely loud and dark. In almost every case, they are also anti-Semitic and have an equal desire to trash everything and everyone that is Jewish. A great company of previous lovers of the Pre-tribulation Rapture has been affected by these confused souls. I believe there will be such anger against these deceivers that it will be like war between many of those "left behind."
I do not believe that most ministers and Bible teachers have any concept of the millions that are within "Christian" ranks who are going to be "left behind." The cheap grace that is presently being preached is scary to consider. Sin has been so coddled by this generation that "Raptured Saints" in most minds are nothing but a conglomerate of a mixed multitude. Why don't we consider what the Lord Jesus and the Holy Ghost-filled writers of the Holy Bible said? Grace never covers sin; grace cleanses sin, and this one statement is the answer. Every soul that has been cleansed from sin, preserved by His sanctification, and kept by the Holy Ghost will be gone in a single moment.
Jesus told beautiful parables about the Bride and the coming of the Bridegroom. He stated, "And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen." (Matthew 22:11-14)
15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
How can we doubt the clear requirement for a pure Bride dressed in the white garments of holiness? This Bride is made up of the unspotted company of totally dedicated saints that have forsaken all to follow Jesus. He goes even further in a latter parable in Matthew's Gospel. His words are shattering. "Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, 'Lord, Lord, open to us.' But he answered and said, 'Verily I say unto you, I know you not.' Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh." (Matthew 25:1-13) There will be no place in this great Rapture for those that are lukewarm and without the oil and fire of the Spirit.
There are not two Bridegrooms, two Brides, or two Kingdoms in the Kingdom of God. Those that try to remove these great parables from the study of the Rapture are sadly confused. While I am a Biblical dispensationalist, I am not a hyper-dispensationalist. The Bible is written as a simple book. We do not need to be a Greek or Hebrew scholar to know and interpret this great Book. Just take the Bible literally and let each truth interpret itself. If He says Bride or Bridegroom, He is talking about the Bride and the Bridegroom. Dispute that at your own peril and confusion.
The Book of Revelation! The last Book in the Bible is a perfect chronological picture of the prophetic end and the final word on the future. The Rapture occurs at the beginning of Chapter Four and the saints are never called the "Church" again. They are called "Elders" from Revelation Four until they become His "Army" when they return with Him to set up the Millennial Kingdom on earth. The only two chapters that deal with the church are Chapters Two and Three. The subject of the church in those two chapters has a very narrow focus. The espoused Bride of Jesus Christ and the promises relating to the Rapture and their connection is the primary thought. All seven letters are a completed whole as it concerns our holiness and faithfulness to Him. He clearly shows us what He expects of us and what He requires if we are to be His espoused Bride. He does not tolerate unfaithfulness.
Just like you and I would not allow our bride to play the harlot, He does not allow His Bride to play the harlot. Playing the harlot against our human bride or bridegroom is extremely evil but nothing close to the evil of playing the harlot against Jesus Christ, our Eternal Bridegroom. Men in today's world may champion the cheapness of grace that has flooded the church world. That is close to blasphemy to the Holy God and His Holy Son and it will not stand the fire of the Judgment Seat of Jesus Christ.
These two chapters of Revelation are all you need to study to prove that His Bride will be holy or she will never be at the nuptial event in the Paradise of God. The standard for that wedding is spotless purity. It would be impossible to enter the Heavenly Jerusalem, where Holiness is the transcending culture, in the dress of vulgarity and the lifestyle of compromise now dominating the church world. Imagine transporting an entire "religious rock" church congregation and performers en-mass right onto the streets of New Jerusalem. The Holiness of God permeating that golden city would be a devouring fire and all that would be left would be the smell of Shekinah smoke.
4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
6 For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
These seven letters are the last words of Jesus Christ to His church. They are intimate letters of the glorified Christ, and they are perfect in declaring the truth about the church. The Lord Himself by His Spirit is walking in the midst of His church. Remember what He said, "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." (Matthew 18:20) These are not the words of an absent landlord. He is the Head and we are the body, and He knows every nerve of this body and every thought of our minds. "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." (Hebrews 4:12)
This judgment of His church as is written in these seven letters is as current as tomorrow. He talks about our "faithfulness" three (3) times; our "works" twelve (12) times; our "tribulation" three (3) times; our "labor, patience, and poverty" one (1) time each. He commands that we "hold fast" four (4) times, "repent" seven (7) times, and promises every promise only to the "overcomers" seven (7) times. These are not idle letters. It's serious business and He is willing to eliminate anyone that fails His test after He gives them space to repent.
Three times He promises to remove those that refuse His final warnings. In the letter to Ephesus He said, "Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent." (Revelation 2:5) In the Thyatira letter He warned, "And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds." (Revelation 2:21-22) To the Laodiceans He declared, "I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor not: I would thou wast cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth." (Revelation 3:15-16)
Preachers may preach that sin is covered for the believers without repentance and forsaking of these sins all they please, but they are false prophets and all that believe them will be judged with them. These kinds of ministers are spiritual dogs lapping up their own vomit. "But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire." (2 Pet. 2:22) All seven of these letters are talking about nothing but the saints of God, His church body, and His requirements for the Rapture and Brideship. He is preparing His Bride and she will be holy. For two thousand years, the great saints have sacrificed themselves on the altar of an exceeding hope for this honor of being His Bride. This is the first generation among those that claim to believe the entire Word of God to live like the Bible is a fantasy book. It will all end in insane despair when the "left behind" are numbered.
The last words in each letter clarify the Rapture and Bridal promises as well as warn of the limited numbers of the triumphant ones. He almost begs His espoused Bride "Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church." In each case, He warns that the promises are reserved only for "those that overcome..." "To him that overcometh..." (Revelation 2:7); "He that overcometh..." (Revelation 2:11); "To him that overcometh..." (Revelation 2:17); "And he that overcometh..." (Revelation 2:26-29); "He that overcometh..." (Revelation 3:5-6); "Him that overcometh..." (Revelation 3:12-13); and "To him that overcometh..." (Revelation 3:22) How could anyone doubt the weightiness of these words? We would have to call the Bible untrustworthy to deny that the Rapture is a very limited event. Many writers and teachers make you think that the exodus from the church will be massive and almost everyone. The church world will be out of business but not out of people.
1 Thessalonians 4
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
A majority of churches will be dangerous as this new "Christ" is worshiped en-mass. That crowd will be glad we are gone. The churches that accept the truth that they have missed the Rapture will be outlawed shortly after the saints are gone. They will be out of business as this new "Christ" marshals his army of Secret Service agents to require the "Mark" and sets forth his New World Religion. Millions of Tribulation saints will be martyred and they will cry forth from beneath the altars of death for the vengeance of God on the cruel and bloodthirsty mobs that roam the earth. "And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?" (Revelation 6:9-10)
These seven letters give us the perfect picture of all that awaits the Bride of Christ. Jesus plainly promised this incredible future to us by His Spirit, speaking through Apostle Paul. The Spirit said, "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God." (I Corinthians 2:9-10) There is no doubt that this is referring to the seven letters and promises given in Revelation Two and Three. Our future is heavenly if we are willing to forsake all and follow Him. Remember what Jesus with His own lips said, "And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's, But he shall receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life." (Mark 10:29-30)
Let me show you that all seven promises are a part of the Bride's future. The Bride of Christ is the highest of all eternal rewards. The city of New Jerusalem is prepared for the Bride so that her adornment may be for her Bridegroom. "And I John saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband." (Revelation 21:2) Those that are saved but not part of the Bride shall enjoy the city, even glory in the city, and bring their honor to the city; but it is not their eternal home.
John said, "And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honor into it. And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. And they shall bring the glory and honor of the nations into it." (Revelation 21:24-26)
Now, look at these seven promises to His overcoming Bride: 1. "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; to him that overcomes will I give to eat of the tree of life which is in the midst of the paradise of God." 2. "Fear none of those things which thou salt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days; be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life." 3. "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that received it." 4. "And he that overcometh, and kept my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father." 5. "He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels." 6. "Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name." 7. "To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne." (Revelation 2:7,10,17,26-28; 3:5,12,21) There can be no question but that these seven closing statements are the heritage of His Bride forever.
Left Behind! It's up to you. "Irresistible Grace" is a doctrine of the Calvinist, but it certainly flies to the wind in these seven letters from the Lord to His church. There is no less than forty-four words in these short letters that cry out for you to "be faithful," have "patience," "repent," "hold fast," "faint not," and to be an "overcomer." You cannot have rewards for your faithfulness unless that faithfulness is out of your heart. God is not a robot and He did not create us to be robots. You can be fully committed and He is fully faithful to crown your commitment with grace.
Jesus uttered some of His most powerful words as recorded by Luke. The Lord said, "And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man." (Luke 21:34-36) Jesus was concerned that you would miss this Hope. If you are "left behind," it will be the greatest loss of your existence. Give up this world. Sell all that you have to purchase the "Pearl of Great Price." The Son of God was speaking not only of Himself, but also of the eternal promise of being His Bride when He spoke of this "Pearl of Great Price." He has called, but only a few will be the chosen. What is your decision? His Bride is without spot or blemish and she will soon be caught away. Malachi recorded words from the Bridegroom when he said, "And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels..." (Malachi 3:17a)
More Objections to a Pre-Trib Rapture
- Jack Kinsella - www.omegaletter.com
I had optimistically (and incorrectly) hoped that in a recent column entitled, "Misunderstanding the Great Escape", I had addressed the single most common objection to the doctrine of a pre-trib Rapture, since the most sneering comments from critics generally revolve around the misconception that the only reason for a pre-tribulation Rapture is to grant the Church an 'escape' not afforded to any other believers in Biblical history.
I suppose I shouldn't have been surprised when I received an avalanche of new questions/criticisms that scrupulously avoided the 'Great Escape' line when taking me to task for being a 'false teacher' this time around.
To be fair, some of the queries were clearly from those who honestly had questions that suggested they were open-minded, but wanted a clearer understanding of how that doctrine fit into what they saw as contradictory Scripture.
The rest were of the "you're deliberately teaching error" variety, but some of the questions and objections posed seemed sincere enough to warrant a response.
One such question was a challenge to provide Scripture that says the Tribulation is precisely seven years long. The answer is complicated, but the challenge is interesting enough to warrant explanation.
The prophet Daniel outlined the future history of Israel, dividing it into a period of 'weeks' (Heb. 'shabua' or 'heptad').
A Jewish 'week' is used in the same way that a Greek 'decade' is; a 'decade' is a period of ten years, whereas a 'heptad' is a period of seven lunar years, based on a calendar of 30 day months. 30x12=360 day years x 7=2,520 days.
Speaking of the reign of antichrist, Daniel writes, "And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease. ." (Daniel 9:27)
'In the midst of that week' is where Daniel divides the Tribulation into two component parts, with the second being termed 'the Great Tribulation'.
Daniel 7:25 shows the antichrists' power over the nations will last three and one-half Biblical years.
Revelation 13:5 and 11:2 further describe this power over the nations as consisting of forty-two months, a total of 1260 days.
(42 months x 30 days = 1,260 days. Twice that time, 2520 days, is exactly seven lunar years)
Daniel says the length of the abomination of desolation is 1,290 days, and that it will commence from exactly the mid-point of the 7 years. After 7 years and 30 days from the signing of the covenant, the desolation ends.
So that has to be the point from which 2,300 days are counted backwards. If the desolation period 1,290 days is subtracted from the combined length of the sacrifice and the desolation, 2,300 days, there are 1,010 days from start of sacrifice to its interruption.
The period of temple sacrifice lasts 1,010 days until the day when the Antichrist stops the daily sacrifice and sets up the abomination, at the mid-point of the 7 year treaty, day 1,260.
According to the timeline of Daniel, this leaves 250 days from the start of the treaty of seven years, to the actual beginning of the daily sacrifice performed by the Levite priests.
That is to say, once the treaty which allows the sacrifice to start again in Jerusalem is signed, there will be almost a year -- 250 days -- before the public will see the sacrifice actually performed.
Why would there be 250 days between the treaty allowing for the temple sacrifice, and the actual beginning of the regular sacrifice?
There are exactly 250 days between the feast of Passover, Nisan 14th, and the Feast of Dedication (Chanukah), Chisleu 25th, in a 360 day year.
Feast day typology points to Passover, Nisan 14, in the first month of the religious year, as the likely date of a treaty reestablishing temple sacrifice.
After the abomination of desolation is set up at the mid-point of the treaty, the prophecy of Daniel says that the vindication of the temple does not occur until 1290 days later by Jesus Himself.
Then Daniel is told to wait to be blessed on a day 1335 days after the mid-point of the treaty. This adds an additional 45 days onto the end of the 7 years + 30 days.
If the religious year and the civil year are superimposed so that Passover in April, and the Day of Atonement start together, there are 75 days counted from the actual end of the 7 year treaty.
Significantly, 75 days is the same amount of time between the Day of Atonement, when Jesus, as High Priest, goes into the Holy of Holies, and the Feast of Dedication, or Chanukah.
If the covenant of the Antichrist begins on Passover in the first month of the Jewish religious year, then 1,260 days later in the "midst" of the treaty, it would be broken on the eve of the Feast of Tabernacles (Tishri 14th), in the first month of the Jewish civil year.
Seven years after the covenant of the Antichrist begins, 2520 days after the signing, it is once again Passover. Prophecy tells us Jesus will return on that day, at the end of the battle of Armageddon (Zech 14:4), at the Mount of Olives.
As the High Priest, it is Jesus Who rededicates the Temple following His triumphant return at the conclusion of the Tribulation Period, 'the anointing of the Most Holy' of Daniel 9:24.
Another question revolves around who the Tribulation saints are, if the Holy Spirit's ministry is no longer active during the Tribulation Period.
Revelation Chapter 7 reveals that 12,000 from each of the 12 tribes of Israel are 'sealed' with the 'seal of God' (the Holy Spirit) (see Ephesians 4:30) which gives them the power to preach and to convert.
Insofar as the Tribulation saints, Revelation 13:7 says that, conversion notwithstanding;
"And it was given unto him [antichrist] to make war with the saints, and to OVERCOME them" -- something not possible during the Church Age when ALL believers are 'sealed'; "because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world."
The Mark of the Beast is both an economic symbol and a symbol of worship. There will be some who seemingly accept Christ during the Tribulation, but later renounce Him and accept the Mark of the Beast in order to survive and avoid being beheaded.
These are those 'saints' who are 'overcome' -- because at this point, the Holy Spirit does not physically indwell them, just as He did NOT physically indwell Old Testament believers.
This 'overcoming' does NOT refer to martyring the saints, since saints have been martyred in every generation since Jesus walked the earth. It is a reference to overcoming some of them SPIRITUALLY, causing them to renounce their faith in Jesus.
Jesus sent the 'Comforter' to the CHURCH, an event which took place at Pentecost, AFTER He ascended into heaven, and promised the Comforter (the Holy Spirit) would remain with us until He returned for His Church at the Rapture.
During the Tribulation, those who do NOT renounce Jesus under the threat of death, Revelation 20:4 says, are;
"the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years."
May God bless us all -- until He comes to dry away our tears.
One missile takes out ISIS command on Golan edge -
A single mystery missile, which could have been fired from the ground or the air early Wednesday morning, June 7, wiped out the entire top Islamic State command on the Syrian Golan, debkafile's military and intelligence sources report. All 16 officers of the 2,000-strong Khaled Ibn al Waleed army, the ISIS operations arm on the Syrian Golan, were present in the targeted building in the town of al-Shagara, located in the triangle where the Israeli, Syrian and Jordanian borders meet opposite the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel.
The unidentified missile blew up in the middle of a hall where the top command echelon were gathered to break their daily fast during the month of Ramadan and draw up plans. None of them survived.
Among them were the group's chief, Gen. Abu Mohammed al-Makdessi; commander of operations, Gen. Abu Udai al-Homsi; and the group's explosives expert who doubled as its religious leader, Abu Ali Shabat.
They operated under these aliases to conceal their real identities as former high Iraqi army officers who served in the late Saddam Hussein's armed forces. They were also in senior command positions at the ISIS Syrian command center in Raqqa, when ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi decided to transfer them to the Syrian Golan to spearhead attacks that were planned to take place inside Israel and Jordan.
It took Al-Baghdad just a few hours to replace Magdessi as Khaled Ibn al-Waleed chief with a new man, Mohamed al-Refaei-Abu Hshem al-Askari.
On Tuesday, June 6, the day before the mysterious missile decapitated the Islamic State's Golan force, US warplanes acted on another front to bomb a convoy of Iranian, Syrian and Hizballah forces that were traveling eastward from the southern town of Derra in the direction of the Al-Tanf border crossing.
Al Tanf, where US and Jordanian special forces units have established a garrison, is located in the triangle where the Syrian, Jordanian and Iraqi borders converge. The US planes destroyed several tanks, troop carriers, artillery pieces and antiaircraft systems, causing also fatalities and injuries, and so halted the convoy's advance on the strategic crossing.
This was the second US airstrike in three weeks on a similar target. The first was on May 18.
debkafile's military sources report concerns in the US military command lest Iranian general Qassem Soleimani decides to drop a division of Iranian special forces by helicopter, in order to catch the garrison off guard and capture the border crossing.
This concern increased after the Islamic State conducted a surprise bombing-cum-shooting attack on prize Iranian regime targets in Tehran on June 7. The Revolutionary Guards are bent on revenge and looking for an outstanding military success to cover this humiliation.
The US commanders are also under pressure on another score: the Iranians and Syrians have sent secret messages to Moscow complaining bitterly about the US air strike. They both made it clear that they command sufficient air and artillery fire power to overwhelm and wipe the ground with the American force in Syria. Both Damascus and Tehran appear to be spoiling for a major showdown between their armies, using Hezbollah and other Shiite proxies, and the US-led contingent.
"Streaked, Speckled, Spotted", First Jacob's Lambs in 2,000 Years Born in Native Land
By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz - https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/89318/bible-codes-foretell-special-role-first-israeli-born-jacobs-sheep-2000-years/#RjTR7QiDseEzhHCw.99
"I will pass through all thy flock to-day, removing from thence every speckled and spotted one, and every dark one among the sheep, and the spotted and speckled among the goats; and of such shall be my hire." Genesis 30:32 (The Israel Bible™)
After a journey as dramatic as anything in the Bible, the first Jacob's Sheep born in the land of Israel in over two millennia made their auspicious appearance last month in the Jordan Valley. One Torah Codes expert found an amazingly precise and detailed description of the flock's arrival and the role it will play in bringing the Third Temple.
The precious flock of 119 Jacob's Sheep, a rare breed experts believe originated in Israel, finally returned in November after a journey of 2,000 years. Experts believe the unique breed, originally raised by Jacob, accompanied the Hebrews into slavery in Egypt and spread from there to North Africa. The Moors traded them to Spain, and then to England. Collectors have since brought them to North America. Considered a 'heritage' breed, meaning the sheep retain many of their genetic traits, they thrive in desert climes and have four horns.
Despite the nearly non-stop travel that brought them from Western Canada to central Israel, the 30 pregnant ewes were as hardy as their Biblical ancestors, birthing healthy lambs in the Jordan Valley's Sde Trumot, as their ancestors did in the time of the Biblical patriarchs.
Gil and Jenna Lewinsky, who battled intense bureaucracy to bring the flock to Israel from Canada, see the return of the sheep as an integral part of the return of the Jewish People to the Holy Land. Their name comes from their striking speckled appearance, conforming to the description of the flocks that Jacob took with him when he left the house of his father-in-law, Laban.
And the flocks conceived at the sight of the rods, and the flocks brought forth streaked, speckled, and spotted. Genesis 30:39
Gil emphasized the importance of sheep to the people of Israel, explaining to Breaking Israel News that after the plague of darkness, Moses refused Pharaoh's offer to leave Egypt since it did not include the sheep.
"The Jews need the sheep to serve God in the Third Temple," Gil explained. "Their wool is used in making the clothes for the kohanim (men of the priestly caste), and they are the breed that was offered up as a sacrifice in the First and Second Temples."
It is for this reason that Gil applied to the Agriculture Ministry to change the status of the sheep. For the first time, the ministry has declared a breed of sheep a protected species.
Gil was contacted last week by a Bible Codes expert from Safed who had discovered a hidden message explaining the sheep's role in the redemption. Simcha Treister uses a unique method of searching the entire Bible using intervals based on the date.
"I searched intervals of 5777 letters in the Bible, since that is this year in the Hebrew calendar," Treister told Breaking Israel News. "The word tzoan ("flock" in Hebrew) appeared in this interval, perpendicular to the word 'Gil', the owner's name. Directly above these words is the word 'Moshiach' (Messiah)."
When Treister discovered this hidden message aimed specifically at Gil and specifically at this time, he was compelled to contact the Lewinskys.
"Gil has a commision to make this real for all of Israel," explained Treister.
Despite the importance of their mission, the Lewinskys have been challenged to maintain their not-for-profit flock. In an effort to raise funding, they have launched a public campaign to 'Name a Lamb'.
The revelation of the flock's role in the unfolding story of redemption is amazing, but no less dramatic is the story of how they arrived in the Holy Land. The Lewinskys, living in Vancouver, had no background in animal husbandry but when they first saw that the uniquely speckled flock was about to be made homeless in 2013, they adopted the sheep.
Gil and Jenna decided to make aliyah and return the Jacob's Sheep to their Biblical home. Last November, 119 sheep boarded livestock trucks for the 2,100 mile trip eastward across Canada. It took 11 flights to bring them to Israel, after which they sat in quarantine in a farm in the south of Israel. They are now on a farm in the Jordan Valley in an agricultural settlement called Sde Trumot.
The history of the breed mirrors that of their original owners and though they are indigenous to the Middle East, none of the breed remain in the region. The sheep most commonly seen in Israel are from the Awassi breed, and originated in Syria.
Emmanuel Macron: An Apocalyptic Leader?
- By Jan Markell -
Just who is Emmanuel Macron? He is the new French President. When a young, charismatic European leader comes along who also is an ardent globalist, we need to pay attention. Macron is a "Europhile" who is solidly pro-European Union but is also a one-worlder.
Frontpage Magazine had a headline reading, "The Globalist Empire Strikes Back in France." The theme of the article was that in spite of Brexit, the E.U. is alive and well as is the dream of the globalists.
Macron has been a Rothschild investment banker with zero political experience. It should be of no surprise that he was backed by chief globalist George Soros. He was trained in the Jesuit school system.
I am one who believes that Europe is the home of the Antichrist. Daniel 9 talks about "the prince who is to come" who will destroy "the city and the sanctuary." The Romans destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple in 70 AD.
I am not pinning the tail on the Antichrist and suggesting that Emmanuel Macron is the man, but he bears watching. It is a guarantee that he will rise to a prominent position in European leadership.
He also represents all that is wrong in Europe: Socialism, no borders, immigration madness, Islam exaltation, and Godlessness. Clearly France continues on in their strong delusion and thus welcomed this globalist representative as their leader.
Emmanuel Macron is the consummate establishment insider and came with the "hope and change" rhetoric of Barack Obama, who endorsed him. He was the opposite of Marine LePen who focused on the problems of immigration and terrorism and who criticized the European Union.
Macron is such a globalist that he has stated that "the French culture does not exist." He is delusional with regard to Muslim immigrants in France who have nearly destroyed the country. Nonetheless, he won the election promising that France would be "open and welcoming" to immigration from the Arab world. He also pledged to facilitate the construction of Mosques in France.
He, like other European leaders and the Pope, are puppets of the globalists and do their bidding. Conspiracy theorists and Antichrist watchers are giddy in that he took 66.06% of the electorate.
Because France - and all of Europe - are Godless and have lost nationalistic pride, they are easily fooled by their resident jihadists. France, in time, could become a Muslim country, which is the goal of the Caliphate.
The spirit of the Antichrist is already raging across Europe and other parts of the world. The lawlessness and violence are difficult to watch daily as the earth reels from birth pangs.
At my 2016 "Understanding the Times" conference, Amir Tsarfati presented a stunning message titled, "Europe: Ready for the Antichrist." He cited all the ways in which evil is encroaching on the continent and sees this as a precursor to the one who will represent ultimate evil.
Amir Tsarfati says of Macron, "I believe that in Emmanuel Macron's case I can very clearly say that we are watching a young, West European leader who was groomed by the 'one world order' gang for this powerful position. I am not talking about grooming him to be the Antichrist, but definitely toward leadership of Europe."
While this may sound like bleak gloom and doom, if the world is readying for the Antichrist, is God not also preparing to send His Son for the Church in the Rapture?
I encourage you to get the DVDs or CDs with Amir's message. Find complete sets here. Or just watch the YouTube presentation below.
Apostasy in the Last Days
- By Grant Phillips -
Lovers of their own selves: lovers of themselves - self-love
Covetous: lovers of money - greedy for money
Boasters: boastful - braggers, swaggering, puffed-up
Proud: proud - arrogant, haughty, conceited
Blasphemers: abusive - revilers, rude, savage, offensive
Disobedient to parents: disobedient to their parents - hellions
Unthankful: ungrateful - thankless, unappreciative
Unholy: unholy - unnatural, ungodly, blasphemous, nothing sacred
Without natural affection: without love - unloving
Trucebreakers: unforgiving - irreconcilable, implacable, truce breakers
False accusers: slanderous - malicious gossips, false & malicious statements
Incontinent: without self-control - no self-control
Fierce: brutal - savage, cruel, vicious, barbaric
Despisers of those that are good: not lovers of the good - loving evil, no interest in good
Traitors: treacherous - dangerous, hazardous, betrayer
Heady: rash - reckless, impulsive, hasty
High-minded: conceited - vain, narcissistic, self-centered, puffed up with pride
Lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God: lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God - loves pleasure over God
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power of it: having a form of godliness but denying its power - acts religious, but rejects God
Evil thoughts - questioning truth
Adulteries - any sexual act with someone other than one's own spouse
Fornications - any sexual act outside Biblical marriage between a man and woman
Murders - slaughter
Thefts - taking from others that which is not yours
Covetousness - greediness, desire for more
Wickedness - depravity, malice, evil purposes & desires
Deceit - craft, guile
Lasciviousness - lecherous, lewd, lustful, dirty, smutty, naughty, indecent, unbridled lust
An evil eye - envious, covetous, pride
Blasphemy - slander, evil speaking, railing
Pride - haughtiness, arrogance
Foolishness - folly, senselessness, thoughtlessness, recklessness
In 2 Timothy (see above) the Apostle Paul is giving a warning of the last days. He says in verse one that these days will be terrible times. Then he proceeds to give us a vivid description of evil hearts in the last days.
In the book of Mark (see above) Jesus tells us that it isn't what goes into a man that defiles him, but what comes from the heart. He then gives a vivid description of the results of evil hearts.
Notice that these two passages are very similar. Jesus showed the results of an evil heart. Paul points out basically the same, and says that the last days will be terrible due to the evil actions of evil hearts.
While thinking about this, I was thinking that we have always had these types of evil people among us. You're probably thinking the same. We could pick any of the traits above from Mark and 2 Timothy and probably think of someone or some event that is apropos to the above.
In our Mark passage, Jesus was being questioned by (you guessed it) the Pharisees and some of the teachers of the Law. They weren't happy that Jesus' disciples were eating without washing their hands. Now granted, we all wash our hands before we eat (I hope), but this isn't solely about germs. It's about observing the Law. In our language, it's about observing all the rules our congregation or denomination dictates. In other words, this is the self-righteous crowd, the hypocrites, pointing out the sins of others. (See Mark 7:5)
Jesus brings to their attention a little practice called "Corban." Listen to what Jesus says,
"...You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions! For Moses said, 'Honor your father and mother,' and, 'Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.' But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is Corban (that is, devoted to God)-then you no longer let them do anything for their father or mother. Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that." Again Jesus called the crowd to him and said, "Listen to me, everyone, and understand this. Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them." (Mark 7:9-15 NIV)
Now why do you suppose these Pharisees and teachers of the Law would use this little scheme of "Corban" to divert money to the temple treasury that the people should have been using to support their elderly parents? The answer is obvious if you think about it. They were diverting money to the temple treasury in order to line their own pockets. They may have been fooling everyone else with their self-righteous decrees, but Jesus could see their hearts ... and they weren't pretty. Also notice that Jesus said, "And you do many things like that."
And this takes us back to Mark 7:21-22. Now go back to these verses and see what Jesus saw in their hearts that the populace could not see. Look at the descriptions again. I'm sure they fit quite well, and boy were these guys squirming.
Now let's return to what Paul told Timothy about people in the last days. Again, this list (see the list above) is strikingly close to Jesus' list in Mark. Yes, there have always been these types of people in the world. However, in my opinion, I believe these types of people are more pronounced today worldwide than ever before in the church age. Maybe they were more obvious in certain areas or groups in years past, but today, these types encompass the world.
Another thing to consider is that Jesus and Paul were referring more so to those who claim to be religious. They weren't speaking necessarily of the world as a whole, but specifically to those with apostate hearts; i.e. those who appeared to be religious, or even "Christian." Jesus was referring to Pharisees and teachers of the Law, the religious crowd. Paul was referring to false teachers (see 2 Timothy 2:14-26), the religious crowd. All of these are religious apostates.
An apostate is "one with full knowledge of the truth of the Gospel, perhaps even professing a belief in the Gospel at one time, but ultimately turns against it and rejects it." The Pharisees and teachers of the Law were being religious, but actually renouncing the heart of the Law of Moses. Obviously, the false teachers were renouncing anything and everything Paul was teaching the churches.
When Jesus was talking to the Pharisees and teachers of the Law in Mark, it would have been in the last days of the Jewish age of 490 years they were allotted by God (see Daniel 9:24-27). Think about it. The Church age would start at Pentecost in just a few months. Then there are only seven years remaining to fulfill the 490 years allotted by God. This will be accomplished during the seven year Tribulation. If you mentally remove the Church age, which is parenthetical, they were in the last days. During those last days they had become corrupt, and will more so until their eyes are opened during the Tribulation.
The Church, based on the prophetic signs in Scripture, is also in her last days. Now I want to be very clear about our being in the "last days" for the Church. I do not know how close we are to the Rapture, which precedes the Tribulation. Only God knows that date. It could be today, tomorrow, several years off. I don't know. All I can say is, based on God's Word; we are certainly within the season of His return.
In summation, my point to make for these two Scripture passages, Mark and 2 Timothy, is that these types of people come from those who claim to be religious. They claim to be Christian, but they reject the Truth, claim the lie and are what we see listed in Mark 7:21-22 and 2 Timothy 3:2-5.
Our churches today are overflowing with these types of people. They talk like a Christian, walk like a Christian, act like a Christian, dress like a Christian, etc., but their heart is elsewhere. These people claim Christ but serve Satan. They are no more a child of God than the Pharisees and teachers of the Law who confronted Jesus and wanted Him dead.
The people of Israel, specifically the leaders, were basically apostate. They had drifted far away from God's Law. Jesus hit the "pause" button with Israel and will finish His work with them during their last seven years; i.e. the Tribulation.
The Laodicean church is alive and well in our day. It is obviously apostate to the core, all the way up to its so-called leaders. Perhaps sooner than we realize Jesus is going to hit the "start" button by removing His true Church, then finish His dealing with Israel and the world at large.
Pre-Rapture Commentary: http://grant-phillips.blogspot.com
Rapture Ready: http://www.raptureready.com/featured/phillips/phillips.html
Daily Jot: More fake news from Comey coverage
- Bill Wilson - www.dailyjot.com
What to believe? What to believe? The Wall Street Journal says that fired FBI Director James Comey's testimony revealed that Donald Trump was narcissistic and had little knowledge about how Washington, D.C.'s politics worked, but that Comey was ignorant of the US Constitution and how the FBI is accountable to the elected. Associated Press reporting on the very same Comey testimony, wrote that President Trump was trying to create a "patronage relationship" and caused Comey deep concerns about blurring the boundaries between the White House and a law enforcement agency priding itself on independence. Two different accounts of the same testimony. How does one discern the truth?
There is a lot of noise around this fake news narrative of James Comey, who was fired by the president. It was well within the president's constitutional authority to fire him. Moreover, law enforcement, especially the FBI and other, what I would call "unconstitutional" agencies such as DEA, IRS, etc., constitutionally must answer to the elected. Otherwise, there is a risk of jackboot authoritarian enforcement akin to third world dictatorships, or just as bad, socialist/progressive tyranny. No matter how you look at it, constitutionally the FBI is not an independent law enforcement agency answering to only itself, as Comey suggests. It must be held accountable and Trump did so by exercising his right to fire Comey.
Moreover, the media is frantic about whether Trump influenced the FBI's investigation of so-called "Russian influence" in the US election. Comey, in his written testimony, said Trump was not part of any Russian influence investigation. Trump wanted Comey to say that publicly, but Comey refused. Trump also expected, what Comey calls "loyalty," and Comey refused. Loyalty implies accountability instead of independence, and Comey's loyalty is with another master. Consider how the FBI under the previous Department of Justice (Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch) refused to enforce laws, selectively enforced laws, and how the "president" influenced those choices. The media said nothing about those obvious influences.
While the progressive shills in the media may harp on Trump trying to get Comey to drop the Russian investigation, it appears as window-dressing from an FBI Director who selectively enforced laws influenced by and at the behest of the ex-"president" who appointed him. His testimony is most certainly suspect and designed to insinuate enough for the leftist media to impugn reputations by ignoring base facts and raising enough doubt to spread the leftist narrative. As Isaiah 59:14 says, "And justice is turned back, and righteousness stands afar off; for truth is fallen in the street and equity cannot enter." When you drain a swamp, the stink lingers a long time. In this case, more fake news is just part of the stench.
Daily Devotion: The Greatest Motive for Sharing the Gospel - Greg Laurie - www.harvest.org
It is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.
One of the most frequent complaints against the church has been about hellfire-and-brimstone preachers. "I don't like that kind of preaching," people say.
But my question is where are these preachers? When is the last time you heard a hellfire-and-brimstone preacher? I can't remember the last time I've seen one of them on television, much less heard a mention of Hell. I see messages preached on how to be successful and how to prosper. But we have to tell the whole truth.
We have to look at this topic biblically, not emotionally, and remember that life comes to an end for everyone. One thing is clear: We all will die and enter the afterlife. Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 tells us, "To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die."
Jesus spent more time talking about Hell than anyone else. Of the forty parables He told, more than half of them relate to God's eternal judgment of sinners. That is because Hell is a real place for real people. J. I. Packer said, "An endless hell can no more be removed from the New Testament than an endless heaven can be."
Our greatest motive for getting out there to share the gospel should be so people won't go to Hell. That is the bottom line. If we tell people they will have fulfillment, peace, and joy if they believe in Jesus, that is true. But frankly, those are fringe benefits. The greatest aspect of the gospel, which means "good news," is that we don't have to go to Hell. Instead, we can go to Heaven.
If you know people who aren't Christians, then they are headed to Hell. The question is what are you doing to reach them?
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