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Our Redemption Draweth Nigh
- by Pastor Mike Taylor - http://pastormiketaylor.blogspot.com/2019/06/our-redemption-draweth-nigh.html
50 "Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory." (1st Corinthians 15:50-54)
I have read several messages on the possible return of our Lord Jesus for His Church...Some feel that Jesus will return on the same day as He formed the Church on Pentecost....but is that is what we can glean from God's Word, or is there an alternative theory that makes more sense? Note that God is Sovereign and the rapture of the Church is imminent, but did God give us clues to His possible return for His church on a specific day in some year in the future? We don't know that day or hour, but we sure know the season.
So does God have a plan for mankind? Has He revealed it to His people through the words of your bible? Are there prophetic time markers that God has given us, to show what He plans for the salvation of mankind?
God laid down a plan, I believe a chronological plan for the whole of mankind that is sprinkled within the pages of your bible. In Ancient Israel, during the Exodus led by Moses, God instituted festivals, or feasts given to the people of God led out of Egypt by His chosen messenger, Moses. These festivals were given to the nation of Israel and most of the religions of today discount these as "Jewish", but fail to understand that these were given by God to humanity as a benchmark, or guide to His plan for all of mankind and a fulfillment of His master plan based on prophecy. Many people look to these feasts as if they were Jews and try and keep them as they did, not understanding the deep meaning of what God was trying to show them. They didn't understand and still don't, and many follow them blindly. I will look at them in this message as "bench marks of prophecy" or what God has done for man, and what He intends to do in the near future.
GOD GIVES HIS PROPHETIC PLAN TO THE NATION OF ISRAEL
When our great and awesome God gave them to Israel, the people did not understand them in their spiritual application, but followed them as rituals for what God expected of them. They were physical representations to them that were carried out without understanding of their final outcome and what they represented. Each of these days pointed to one event, the coming of the Messiah and His redemption of all the earth and His greatest creation, mankind.
BEGINNING WITH PASSOVER
In the spring, begins the first of the Feasts, called Passover. In the Exodus, the Hebrew people were spared the death angel killing their first borne by striking the door post and the lintels with the blood of a lamb. You can read about this in Exodus chapter 12. Sadly, Israel has never gotten beyond this act of sacrificing a lamb on Passover and were observing it during the lifetime of Jesus Christ. But the life and death of Jesus Christ changed this observance for all time.
Jesus during the evening preceding His death, called His disciples to gather together for the last supper meal where our Lord and Savior changed the emblems of this Holy Day from a lamb slain to a memorial of bread and wine. Matthew :
26 "And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins."(Matthew 26:26-28)
Jesus proclaimed a new symbol of the Passover, the wine and the bread, a symbol of His broken body and His shed blood. Jesus did this a day before the day the Jews would be observing the Passover with the sacrifice of thousands of lambs in the temple, because He knew that He would be the Passover offering for the sins of all mankind. At the time of our Lord's death on the cross in the afternoon before sundown, thousands of lambs were being ritually slaughtered in the temple, but the supreme sacrifice that would take away the sins of the world, was being laid down in blood spilled upon a cruel cross at the exact moment of the events going on in the temple. Coincidence? No, God does everything right on time and has a purpose for each of them. When Jesus was laid in the tomb of a rich man, fulfilling scripture to the exact detail, He arose three days exactly from that time of His death. Exactly as scripture proclaimed and He proclaimed to the temple priest when driving out the money changers, He arose three days later.
19 "Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.
20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?
21 But he spake of the temple of his body."(John 2:19-21)
Upon the first day of the week, when the women came to the tomb to prepare the body for burial, they found the tomb empty and went and told the disciples who ran to find out if this event was true. Afterwards, Mary Magdalene was crying in the garden area of the tomb, when Jesus appeared to her:
14 And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.15 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.16 Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God."(John 20:14-17)
Why was this significant, and why did Jesus not want Mary to handle Him? In the temple on that morning was another event that Jesus was preparing to fulfill.
FIRST FRUITS TO GOD
That very morning is known as the "Wavesheaf Offering of First Fruits." The primary history of this event is found in Leviticus:
9 "And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
10 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest:
11 And he shall wave the sheaf before the Lord, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it.
12 And ye shall offer that day when ye wave the sheaf an he lamb without blemish of the first year for a burnt offering unto the Lord.
13 And the meat offering thereof shall be two tenth deals of fine flour mingled with oil, an offering made by fire unto the Lord for a sweet savour: and the drink offering thereof shall be of wine, the fourth part of an hin.
14 And ye shall eat neither bread, nor parched corn, nor green ears, until the selfsame day that ye have brought an offering unto your God: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings." (Leviticus 23:9-14)
Jesus was to ascend to the Father to be the first fruit raised from the dead. The Bible nowhere indicates that the priests understood the ritual they were performing on Saturday evening when Jesus Christ, the archetypical Wavesheaf, was "harvested" from the material world by being resurrected from the dead. On Sunday morning, as the firstborn of many brethren, He was lifted into and through the heavens to God's throne to be accepted by Him as the sacrifice for our sins and as our High Priest.
FEAST OF PENTECOST
Seven weeks from the time of the Wave Sheaf Offering is the Feast of Pentecost. It is the last Holy Day observed in the spring. When Jesus was on this earth after His resurrection until the time of His ascension to rejoin His Father at His right hand, He commanded His disciples to tarry till He send them the "Comforter". Luke 24:49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
Pentecost is unique among the holy days because it is the only annual feast determined by counting. All the other festivals God commands to observe on certain dates on the Hebrew calendar, but we must count for Pentecost. Whether we count fifty days or seven weeks or seven Sabbaths from the day of the wavesheaf offering, we must still go through the exercise of measuring the time to keep the feast properly. Why? God does nothing without a purpose, and His purposes always include giving His people additional instruction for their ultimately eternal benefit. Counting to Pentecost is no exception. God gives us many numbers in His Word to give us a season to expect His return and unfolding events.
No where in this message, can anyone proclaim that God will do this or that on a specific date. To set dates in stone is to go against what God told us that "no man knoweth the day or the hour, but my Father only" but it can give us a direction to know that events are lining up with what His Word proclaimed.
So let's recap the symbolic meaning of God's plan for man that is replayed during the springtime of each year of man's existence here on earth. Remember, these were symbolic in the days of Israel, but have been made real, as Jesus Christ has been crucified and shed His blood for the remission of sins for all who believe. Passover symbolizes our redemption from this world and the forgiveness of our sins. Unleavened Bread is a week long observance that follows Passover day and typifies our lifelong task of coming out of sin and putting on the new man in sincerity and truth. We begin to count on wavesheaf day, which occurs during this period, and the fifty days extend to Pentecost, a festival that symbolizes the harvest of God's firstfruits AND the giving of the Holy Spirit for comfort in this Age of Grace we are now in.
These Feasts Days are God's spring time of prophetic time markers for the redemption of His creation. Those plans have been 100% completed. Jesus has died and rose again. We who have believed have had His blood applied to our lives and we proclaim a memorial of His death and resurrection with the Lord's supper of the bread and the wine until He returns to gather His church unto Himself. We seek by the power of the Holy Spirit to remove sin from our lives, as portrayed by the Feast of Unleavened bread. Symbolically, we press on to become conformed to the image of the only example we have for being accepted by the Father into His presence, His Son Jesus Christ. We have before the Father, our high priest and the first fruits borne of the dead through resurrection (the beginning of the 1st resurrection), our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and we have been given the power of the Holy Spirit to be our guide, our counselor, and the power within us to complete that transformation.
THE CHURCH AGE, OR THE AGE OF GRACE
Between the spring and the and the fall, is the coming summer months that the harvest grows. It is the time that we are now experiencing and fast drawing to a close. We are in the age of grace, the age of the church upon this earth. During this time, many trials come upon any believer, and amongst us grow the weeds amongst the harvest...called tares in your bible. Matthew:
24 "Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn."(Matthew 13:24-30)
We that have discernment and are following the ways of our God and Savior, know that evil abounds all around us. The tares or weeds, are right among us in the church. During this summer months of the Age of Grace, God allows the wheat and the weeds to grow together, but will separate the true from the false. When will that be?
As the spring time markings of the salvation of our God, brought about by our Savior Jesus Christ has been completed, and we are in the midst of the growing harvest, we await the completion of God's plan for man, as symbolized by the Feasts given by God and observed in the fall. Symbolically, we are on the cusp of the end of days that I believe, are being experienced right now. Let us now look at the spiritual meaning and application of these prophetic time markers that are called God's Holy Days beginning in the fall.
GOD'S FALL FEAST DAYS
The first time marker is the Feast of Trumpets. If you study your bible, you will notice that the trumpet was used for many points of communication to the people. Each trump was blown in succession in the wilderness, and during the time of the Temple of God in Jerusalem. In the wilderness, the first trump or the left horn was blown to alert the people, saying "Heads up" Attention, If you will. . The right horn, or the second blast was designed to get the people ready to move. The last trump was used to signal, "Move out"...they were also used in battle as signals.
According to Jewish tradition, the first trump is blown with the left horn of the ram Abraham sacrificed instead of Isaac (Gen 22:13). The last trump is blown with the right horn of the ram. The ram represented Jesus. He will sound both the first trump and the last trump. In the book of Revelation, John hears the sound of a loud trumpet.
10 " I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,
12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle."(Revelation 1:10-13)
John hears a loud trumpet and turns to see the Lord of Glory, our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Paul describes this sound that I believe John heard:
51 "Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed."(1st Corinthians 15:51-52)
And again in 1st Thessalonians;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:"(1st Thesalonians 4:16)
A trumpet was also used to announce the coming of the KING. This trumpet that each of the apostles heard was our God, Jesus Christ sounding His coming with a shout that sounds much like a loud trumpet blast and is what John and Paul both heard.
It was also what the Hebrew children heard when God came down upon Mt. Sinai and God made the mountain look like furnace aflame and the earth quaked exceedingly:
18 "And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the Lorddescended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly.
19 And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him by a voice."(Exodus 19:18-19)
This is what I believe the Children of God will hear when Jesus comes in the clouds to gather His Bride from the four corners of the earth. Is this the meaning of what the Feast of Trumpets signifies? I believe it does.
Another interesting fact that has been proclaimed by numerous writers, is that the Feast of Trumpets is the beginning of the secular New Year and is called Rosh HaShanah. One writer proclaims:
"The problem of Rosh HaShanah is heightened by the fact that it falls on Rosh Chodesh, the new moon itself. Therefore, even in Jerusalem it would have been difficult to let everyone know in time that the New Year had begun. To solve this problem, a two-day Rosh HaShanah was practiced even in Israel. Creating a two-day Rosh HaShanah was also intended to strengthen observance of each day; in the rabbinic view, the two days are regarded as a yoma arikhta, ONE LONG DAY. It has been called "when no one knoweth the day or the hour"
Recall what Jesus told His disciples in Matthew?,
36 "But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only."(Matthew 24:36)
Could our Lord be giving us a clue to His coming? What day, what year, we don't know.We cannot say with certainty, but there has nothing to happen before the Lord breaks through the clouds and proclaims with a loud trumpet call, "COME UP HERE." Let me make one bold statement right here. If God has been fulfilling His plan for man in the past, on THE VERY DAY of these Ancient God given time markers, called God's Feasts, is it not plausible or even wise to conclude that God will continue to do the same for the fall feast on THE very day? If God has done this in the past, is it reasonable to expect Him to do the same in the fall observances? I know one thing, God does not change, He is God of order, and He gives discernment and reveals truths to His people in preparation for His movement.
DAY OF ATONEMENT
Following the last observances of the plan for man and God's prophetic time markers is that God has given us in His Word, is the "Day of Atonement.".(at-one-ment with God). Atonement is used in the sense of "a covering," and therefore as a means of forgiving sin. By contrast, in the burnt offering, sin is nowhere seen because it is not part of what the burnt offering teaches. In it, God is satisfied because the offering has met His requirement through Jesus blood in his life, and by the righteous way he lives his life by following the example of His Lord Jesus. Thus, the offering shows that it is accepted.
Many believe that this is the time of the marriage supper of the Lamb, where the saints in heaven are wed to the groom, our Savior being joined to His church. Revelation 19:
7 " Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God."(Revelation 19:7-9)
The Jews call this the 10 days of Awe that are the ten days between the Feast of Trumpets and the Day of Atonement, by examining their lives and attempting to get right with God. They greet each other by saying "may your name be written in the book" or another year of life granted because of their good deeds. It is also believed that this period is when the tribulation rains down on the earth in God's wrath, as we are 7 years in heaven's realm at the Marriage Feast of our betrothed husband, Jesus Christ.
FEAST OF TABERNACLES
At the conclusion of the time of feasting and being joined to our bridegroom, the Lord returns to complete a prophecy marker, know as the Feast of Tabernacles, or God dwelling with us. Looking at Revelation:
11 "And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS."(Revelation 19:11-16)
God will literally tabernacle with us for 1000 years and rule the nations with a rod of iron. All will be set aright and God will return this earth to the time of pristine condition that was in the time of Adam and Eve. Rebellion will be put down, rebellious sinners will be eliminated, and Satan will be bound for 1000 years in a bottomless pit. Satan will be forced to observe a Sabbath rest from tempting mankind, until the 1000 years are completed and he will be loosed for a "little season".
During this time, God will command that all keep the Feast of Tabernacles as read in the book of Zechariah:
16 And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.17 And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.18 And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.19 This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles."(Zechariah 14:16-19)
Why does our Lord command us to keep this time of the Feast of Tabernacles and not the rest of His Feasts? Because our God is finally with us, and commands us to worship Him in spirit and in truth. All who are mortal during this time and born to human parents, will be introduced, as we were to the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ and to believe on/ or not to believe on what He did. All other markers in prophecy mentioned before and written in God's Word have been totally completed, but God, our Lord and Savior will continue to redeem mortals in the 1000 year reign of Jesus Christ. That will be the job of the Church, as Kings and Priest before God to point men and women born during this 1000 years to the sacrifice of Jesus when He lived as a mortal on this earth. That is why the animal sacrifices are resumed to illustrate what Jesus did by His death on a cross. (Ezekiel chp. 40-42)Men will still be of a sin nature, but not to the extent with Satan removed from tempting them. When Satan is unleashed from his pit, then somehow he will deceive a vast number of people that the bible speaks of in Revelation chapter 20:
7 "And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them."(Revelation 20:7-9)
At the end of this glorious time when Jesus will reign with righteousness and justice, that Satan will be allowed to be loosened for a short season to tempt all who have been born in the past 1000 years. It's almost unfathomable that men and women who have been in a first person relationship with God Almighty, up close and personal, will follow this "prince of lies". The bible says it will be so. Hard for me to imagine, but I can't imagine Israel being in the wilderness and going against the God of miracles performed amongst them and following their sin nature, but so it was.
At the end of this period, when all sin is exterminated, it will prove that man cannot be trusted in his mortal state. God will remove all aliens that are not washed in the blood of Jesus Christ and the remainder will be spirit beings, as God the Father is, and as Jesus Christ is....as they are, so shall all men and women be.
THE LAST GREAT DAY, OR WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT
But before that is finished, there is one last Feast proclaimed by God. In the Bible, it is called the "Last Great Day."...Great because it will be the final judgment of all unsaved men and women from all of human history standing before a "Great White Throne." in a second and last resurrection to life. Jesus, the Son of God will be the supreme Judge over all rebellious mankind:
Revelation chapter 20:11 "And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire."(Revelation 20:11-15)
God our Father has given our Lord Jesus the right to be the judge of all mankind, as He was one of us on earth and has all authority to judge:
"For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son," (John 5:22)
God's perfect plan for mankind has finished, and we look forward to eternal bliss with our Lord Jesus and God our ABBA Father in a new heaven and a new earth, because our names were found in the book of life and become part of the Family of God.
How do you become written in the book of life? How do you live with God Almighty for all eternity and be present with our Savior for all eternity? What is the one work that you must do that will qualify you to be counted amongst the children of God? How do you become heirs and joint heirs with Jesus Christ?
8 "But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Romans 10:8-13)
And the mini sermon that is the essence of what the bible was written for and spoke to me as a boy:
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."(John 3:16-18)
God's plan for man embodied in these time markers of prophecy and their fulfillment point to only one Man, the Son of Man....the Son of the Living God, Jesus the Christ.
If you have not found this truth in Jesus Christ and His atonement for our sins, as spelled out in these biblical revival messages, I call upon you to let me introduce you to the only name that will lead to eternal life and escape eternal judgment, Jesus Christ, the Son of God. His Name is the name that is above every name, to the glory of God our Father.
Each of us who see this world coming to an end, as evil abounds and everyone knows that something big is coming. Some just don't know what actually is coming, but those who are wise by the Holy Spirit of God know what these times mean for us....
25 "And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
26 Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh." (Luke 21:25-28)
This is Pastor Mike Taylor, wishing God's love in your life and you find Jesus as your personal Savior, as the time of His coming is close at hand. If there is anything I can help you with, counsel you, or just listen to your prayer request, then give me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org , or visit me online for more biblical messages from the Word of God at www.pastormiketaylor.blogspot.com , God bless you all, till we meet at Jesus Feet.
Nearing Midnight: The Jews' Invisible Enemy - Todd Strandberg - https://www.raptureready.com/category/nearing-midnight/
This world is rapidly becoming a very unfriendly place for anyone of Jewish heritage. It's rather strange that anti-Semitism could thrive in a time of such profound racial sensitivity. If a member of any racial group suffers what can determine as the slightest amount of discrimination, they can expect immediate news coverage of their grievance.
In a December 2018 survey on experiences and perceptions of anti-Semitism in Europe, the European Union's Fundamental Rights Agency found that 90% of Jews living in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, France, Hungary, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the UK feel anti-Semitism has increased in their country over the past decade, while 85% believe it to be a serious problem. Almost half worried about being insulted or harassed in public because they are Jewish, and more than a third feared being physically attacked.
In Germany in 2018, anti-Semitic crimes, which include hate speech, rose by 20%, according to government data. In France, hate crimes against Jews have increased by 70 over the previous year. Attacks against Jews are so bad in that nation, many Jews are choosing to leave the country.
The German commissioner for combating anti-Semitism, Dr. Felix Klein, recently urged the country's Jews to stop wearing the traditional Jewish Kippah caps. The remarks have sparked international ire and were criticized by Israel's president as representing a "capitulation" to anti-Semitism. The advice reminded me of what was offered to women in Sweden in regards to a sharp increase in rape. They were told by the government to not go out at night by themselves.
It is very strange that anti-Semitism is such a rampant problem, and we don't hear what group or groups are the source of all this hatred. Unless you have an IQ below 60, it should be obvious that the followers of the Islamic faith are the source.
When we had all the massive murder attacks in Europe, the press started playing word games with the assailants. The killers were said to be lone-wolves, radicalized, or simply part of domestic violence. As time advanced, the news media would just rush to provide cover to the terrorists. We are now commonly told this event had nothing to do with Muslims, so don't let the carnage make you Islamophobic.
The media have reached the point where it openly lies to cover for Islam. The New York Times ran a story that said 89% of the anti-Semitic attacks in Germany are from right-wing groups. In reality, most attacks against Jews in Europe are by Muslim immigrants. The New York Times might as well say that all suicide bombings are carried out by Jews.
Ben Shapiro, the head of the Daily Wire, had good reason to be confused after an Indiana Jew-hater received a three-year sentence in federal prison for vandalizing and "conspiring to violate the civil rights of" a synagogue outside Indianapolis. A lawyer for the man said that he had read many of Shapiro's articles. BuzzFeed published a story that blamed Shapiro for radicalizing the man with his "far-right" commentary. Yes, a neo-Nazi was inspired by a kappa-clad, hardcore Zionist Orthodox Jew who likely spends more time criticizing the "alt-right" than any notable conservative figure in America. BuzzFeed and The Washington Post ran the story and, despite a correction, did little to clear up their massive blunder.
The Post must operate under that mantra that two boneheaded and openly inaccurate assertions are better than one. The Post added: "Shapiro has previously claimed that the majority of Muslims are radicalized, a false assertion citing math that was later debunked by PunditFact, a fact-checking publication run by Poynter." Shapiro can easily prove he never made the claim, but he is dealing with a press that has its own view of reality.
By having an enemy of the Jews that the press refuses to recognize, we can very quickly descend into a world that mirrors the horrors of Nazi Germany. I think the devil is following the same game plan with the growing police-state technology. We have the reverse of what we should normally expect. Normally, a dictator comes before the authoritarian mechanism. In the case of anti-Semitism, we have hatred coming before the reason.
"Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of it" (Jeremiah 30:7 KJV).
"Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name's sake" (Matthew 24:9 (NKJV).
Nikki Haley: Trump's peace plan puts Israel's security first - By Boaz Bismuth -
In an exclusive interview with "Israel Hayom" Editor-in-Chief Boaz Bismuth, the former U.N. ambassador says she has read the plan and that "Israel should not be worried," and that Abbas revealed his true colors by refusing to come to the table.
Nikki Haley may no longer be the United States' permanent representative to the United Nations, but her passion for defending Israel is as strong as ever.
The Jewish community in the United States and Israelis by and large treated Haley as the superstar of the Trump administration because she relentlessly took the United Nations to task and put a mirror in front of the international organization, revealing just how biased it was toward Israel.""
Now, as a private citizen, she takes pains to assure Israelis they have nothing to fear regarding the administration's peace efforts, just weeks before the rollout of the economic component of its peace plan. She says U.S. President Donald Trump's peace team considers Israel's security paramount.
Haley sat down for an interview with Israel Hayom Editor-in-Chief Boaz Bismuth on Thursday in New York. The following are excerpts from the interview.
Q: Later this month, the administration will roll out the economic component of its peace plan. Some in Israel are worried that the U.S. would want something from Israel in return for recognizing Jerusalem as its capital and recognizing its sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Should Israel be worried about the plan?
"Israel should not be worried. Because through the Middle East plan, one of the main goals that [Senior Adviser to the President] Jared Kushner and [U.S. Special Representative for International Negotiations] Jason Greenblatt focused on was to not hurt the national security interests of Israel. They understand the importance of security, they understand the importance of keeping Israel safe. I think everybody needs to go into it with an open mind, everybody should want a peace plan. Everybody should want to make way for a better situation in Israel and I think it can happen. So rather than pushing back against what we don't know, I hope everybody would lean in on what the possibilities [...] of the peace plan could look like and think of a better life for everyone."
Knowing the two sides and all the actors in the Middle East, does it have a chance?
"I am an optimist. It's not going to be easy. Both sides won't love it. And both sides won't hate it. But both sides have to want peace. And if they do, they will be deciding the details. Not the U.S. And I think it is worth taking that chance. It is worth trying for. At this point, it is hard to see an opportunity in which Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is even going to come to the table, and I think that ... it shows Abbas's true colors. It shows the Arab community's true colors, that they [the Arab states] don't really care about the Palestinians, because if the Palestinians were that much of a priority, everybody would be holding Abbas's hand and leading him to the table. Everybody and Abbas himself would want better."
Are you familiar with some of the details of the peace plan?
"I have read the plan, yes."
So you shared your opinion and advice on it?
"I read the plan and think it is very thoughtful, and very well done and it very much takes into account both sides' vulnerabilities and both sides' wants."
How is life outside the United Nations?
"It is nice to be a private citizen for the first time in eight years. That has been really nice, to bring the stress level down. But the issues I care about didn't go away, and the issues that I fought for are still very strong."
Is the U.N. an important institution?
"I think the question is, does the U.N. want to be an important institution. Right now it is very wasteful and very bureaucratic, it can be strongly anti-U.S. and clearly anti-Israel. So what I said to the secretary general and what I said to the ambassadors when I left was, 'The sustainability of the U.N. depends on those elements.' If they change with the times, the U.N. will be relevant. If they start talking about things that are uncomfortable, to talk instead of the decades-old problems that we have always talked about, they can possibly move, but if they continue going down the path they are on, it's very hard to see how they'll continue with effect."
Daily Jot: The most amazing story never told - Bill Wilson -
While the coup-makers in the Democratic Party are cheerleading the idea of impeaching a duly-elected president for obstructing investigations into his alleged collaboration with Russia to influence the 2016 elections, the media is largely ignoring the source of the Russian narrative-which is the previous president, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, the FBI, and members of Congress-all of which were trying to sell a narrative that Donald Trump was in cahoots with the Russians to undermine the presidential elections. But there is new evidence that the former president, the Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton, and members of Congress conspired to fabricate the Russian narrative and undermine US voters.
Judicial Watch and the Daily Caller News Foundation have released 16 pages of documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act revealing that former Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and Special Coordinator for Libya Jonathan Winer coordinated with then-House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer's (D-MD) national security advisor, Daniel Silverberg to work on Russia dossier materials provided by Christopher Steele, the former British spy and author of the anti-Trump dossier used to justify a series of FISA spy warrants to spy on the Trump campaign and transition team. Winer is a former Obama State Department deputy assistant secretary who was implicated in working with Steele and Clinton associate Sidney Blumenthal to circulate the anti-Trump dossier.
It's an amazing story that is not being told by the news media. Yet, the coup-makers in the Democratic Party continue to press for investigations and calls for impeachment based on this Steele dossier that was paid for by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. The biased AP writes, "As Democrats in Congress press for continued investigation of Trump while he remains in office, the party's presidential candidates are weighing how to address his alleged misdeeds when he is no longer in the White House...nearly half of the more than 20 Democratic primary candidates are calling for the start of an impeachment inquiry." Absolutely no mention of the Democratic conspiracy to use false information to undermine the election, spy on a president-elect, and push for obstruction charges when he fights back.
As Judicial Watch has revealed with hard evidence, even Democrats in Congress were in on the conspiracy. Yet no coverage and no charges brought forth. Neither the media nor the people will stand against the lie. While not in the same context as the revealing of the "Wicked" one in the end of days, this charade is akin to a type and shadow of 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12, "And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness." Just so you can see how it can happen, and be aware of the deceptive spirit of evil.
Daily Devotion: The Unchanging Power of the Gospel - by Greg Laurie - www.harvest.org
Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. - James 1:27
We are living in a time described as the postmodern generation. And in church circles today, there is a lot of talk about how to reach postmodern people. But here's what I think: The gospel doesn't change. Whether it's for the ancient culture, the modern culture, or the premodern, postmodern, or post-postmodern culture, the gospel never will change. The same message that Peter gave on the Day of Pentecost to people in the first century is relevant for us today in the twenty-first century.
I hear people saying today, "I want to reach my nonbelieving friends, so I just need to hang with them. I need to kind of be like them and not be too holier-than-thou."
I am with you on that. I don't think we should ever come off pious or as though we don't care about people, because we should care about them. But sometimes in our attempt to build a bridge, in our attempts to relate, we end up becoming more like them than they end up becoming like us. They are bringing us their way more than we are bringing them our way. So we need to be very careful in this area.
The rationalization is, "Well, Jesus hung around sinners, so I will hang around sinners." Jesus didn't really hang around sinners, however. I'm not saying that Jesus had no contact with sinners. He had plenty of contact with them. But he didn't hang around them. He hung around His disciples for the most part. When Jesus was around sinners, they were changed.
We must always want to bring unbelievers to faith, not end up being like them. Be careful that you don't overcompromise. Because sometimes we lower our standards in order to extend our reach-and we end up reaching no one.
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