Including updates on the Middle East situation as of 16 Feb, 2018
Statement on Military Service
Under the Mosaic Covenant the whole nation of Israel was to be God’s nation and was to make war by God’s command as the instrument of God’s policies. When the Mosaic Covenant ended with the death of the Husband of Israel, the God Being who had given up his Godhood to be made flesh; a New Covenant officially began in part (Jer 31:31).
During the present dispensation the called to God are in training to enter the New Covenant in its fullness at the resurrection to spirit, when we shall be fully born again this time as a spirit being.
At present the called out spiritual Ekklesia is not the wife of Christ, we are ESPOUSED to and in training to become a part of the resurrected bride; and if we are chosen we will be resurrected to spirit and we will become the full wife of Christ at the Marriage of the Lamb before the throne of God the Father in heaven (Rev 15). For even more detail also see this article on “The Marriage of the Lamb” .
At this time the spiritual Ekklesia is not a nation but a very scattered people, yet we have been called out to become a spiritual holy nation (1 Pet 2:9) which we are working to become.
The chosen will become a royal priesthood [kings and priests (Rev 1:6, 5:10)] and a holy spiritual nation, at the resurrection to spirit and the Marriage of the Lamb; when we will enter in to a New Marriage Covenant with Christ, no longer espoused to Christ but becoming fully married to HIM at the Heavenly Wedding Feast and the Marriage of the Lamb (Rev 15)!
In this dispensation we are a scattered people and we are not to take part in the unjust wars of this world’s nations. Right now our warfare is spiritual, warring against the sin within ourselves (2 Cor 10:4).
Later, after the resurrection, when we become a holy nation fully married to and at one with Christ the Lamb of God, and in full unity with God the Father and the very One who had been the Husband and leader of Mosaic Israel; we will make war at his direction alone, and not by our own reasoning’s (Rev 19).
News and Prophecy Update
Israeli police have filed their cases in the Netanyahu corruption investigation and reported that there is enough evidence for indictments, suggesting he be indicted for bribery and other charges. It is the Attorney General’s decision to decide to indict or not and this decision process could possibly take months, and if he does indict the various coalition parties will then caucus to decide what to do.
Meanwhile Bibi is desperate to save his far right government, and extending Israeli sovereignty [partial annexation] over areas of the West Bank is to be discussed in key committee on 25 Feb. This will bring a clash with US president Trump when Netanyahu summit’s with Trump during the March 4-6 AIPAC Conference.
Netanyahu will be briefed on the US plans for Middle East peace, which according to Reuters are now far advanced. Trump is likely to stop the Israeli moves towards a creeping annexation of the West Bank before any peace talks and Israel will be required to take some other steps which will be impossible for Netanyahu to push through the coalition cabinet.
Ultimately the absolutely worst case for Bibi is if he is forced to call elections to seek a broader mandate to deal with the peace process, and then after a costly bloody war he is actually indicted some time before the polling day.
Israel and Iran- I have been warning of the coming war for ten years as of July and now the Israeli media are doing the same thing.
The Dahiyah news site in Lebanon, named after Hezbollah’s stronghold in Beirut, reported on February 7 that Hezbollah and Iran have an arsenal of 70,000 long- and medium range missiles pointed at Israel and located inside Syria. In a year the number will climb to 500,000 the article in Dahiyah claimed and they will be used all along the northern border of “occupied Palestine,” according to that Lebanese outlet.
At this time Iran is already running three forward command headquarters in Syria – one in Damascus, one at Abu Kamal in the east and a third outside Aleppo.
Meanwhile Iran is building and training a force of 5,000 Shiite fighters who are undergoing special training to supply and support Shia militias including Hezbollah in the coming war against Israel.
The United States is in the process of establishing a new 30,000 man “Border Security Force” in Syria, which is composed mainly of Kurdish fighters. The American backed mainly Kurdish SDF forces deployed in western Iraq and southeastern Syria, centered in Al Tanf near the Syrian Iraqi border along with US special forces, are being trained and set up to block the Iran backed Shia force from heading towards Syria/Lebanon.
Volunteers were handpicked from two Iraqi Shiite militias: The Abud al-Fadl al-Abbas Forces. and the Nujaba of Kaabil (Movement of the Party of God), which is headed by Sheikh Akram al-Kaabi. It has four sub-units, the Ammar Ibn Yasir Brigade, the Liwa al-Hamad – Praise Brigade, the Liwa al-Imam al Hassan al-Mujtaba – Imam Hssan the Chosen, and the Golan Liberation Brigade.
The new specially trained force is to be supply masters for the main Shia militias mentioned above and Hezbollah, supplying them from Iran across Syria to Lebanon during the coming war with Israel.
Iranian air force officers are setting up an aviation unit called the Helicopters Directorates, consisting of dozens of Russian made Mi-17 freight helicopters as well as Iranian Shaed 285 attack helicopters [as their escorts] to help this Shia unit to supply and support the Shia militias and Hezbollah in the coming conflict.
The bulk of the new force is expected to be ready some time in April and to enter southeast Syria in the regions of Abu Kamal and Deir ez-Zour by early May at the latest.
Israel could easily act as soon as April to preempt the developments, or to intercept this force if they do enter Syria.
Last Sabbath’s violence was about much more than a simple drone penetrating Israeli air space and was an Israeli move to prepare for war by taking out Syrian air defenses. Tension is at a high point and continues to build with Gaza and on the West Bank, as well as in the Israeli north.
Of course these things could speed up or slow down, but events are moving inexorably towards a war which will reset regional realities and result in a genuine dialogue for peace.
The big questions are: How long will the process take? and, Will the abomination be set up doing miracles in the Vatican and the tribulation begin at the end of this year or late next year?
Do keep up with the latest news including the European situation at our News Site.
The Daily Sacrifice
Question: When I or we see the sacrifices started-are we to go to Jerusalem to be ready to flee?
I know a minister that does say this.
Answer: The PHYSICAL Daily Sacrifice was stopped by the Roman Prince Titus in 70 A.D. and the scriptures says that the PHYSICAL Daily will not be restarted until Christ comes to build the Ezekiel Temple and restore the PHYSICAL Daily, which had been prophesied by Daniel.
Please see this article on the Daily Sacrifice. This actually covers the “70 Weeks Prophecy” but the Daily is included.
The scriptures do speak of a Daily being taken away just before the tribulation begins: Daniel 12:11 And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.
Daniel 12:11 is about the SPIRITUAL Daily of Christ’s daily intercession [blessing and protection] for the collective brethren, which will be stopped allowing the man of sin is set up doing miracles in the Vatican a few weeks before the tribulation begins; which is explained in 2 Thessalonians 2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, 2:2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
2 Thessalonians 2:3. . . . and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
This “man of sin” the “son of perdition” [son of damnation] is an abominable person to God and is the abomination spoken of by Jesus Christ and Daniel. He presents himself [claims to be man’s ultimate moral authority] as God sitting in the Temple of God as he sits on his throne in the Vatican.
He will be set up in the Vatican and sitting on his throne in the Vatican he will take the place of all that is called god as the world’s ultimate moral authority, and he will appear to be like God, sitting in the false “Temple of God” [the Vatican].
He will deceive the whole world except for the very elect; and to the whole world he will appear to be in place of God; with all the authority and prerogatives of God; in the supposed absence of God. He claims to be sitting in the temple of God as he sits on his throne in the Vatican. For he will set himself up as mankind’s ultimate moral authority in place of God; as the popes have claimed for generations, by acting in place of God, claiming to be representative and acting for God while God is far off somewhere.
The Popes are seen as acting in place of God until Christ returns, and therefore acting with the full authority of God; being God, in place of God, in the supposed absence of God.
- “Those whom the Pope of Rome doth separate, it is not a man that separates them but God. For the Pope holdeth place on earth, not simply of a man but of the true God….dissolves, not by human but rather by divine authority….I am in all and above all, so that God Himself and I, the vicar of God, hath both one consistory, and I am able to do almost all that God can do…wherefore, if those things that I do be said not to be done of man, but of God, what do you make of me but God? Again, if prelates of the Church be called of Constantine for gods, I then being above all prelates, seem by this reason to be above all gods.” Decretales Domini Gregori ix Translatione Episcoporum, (on the Transference of Bishops), title 7, chapter 3; Corpus Juris Canonice (2nd Leipzig ed., 1881), col. 99; (Paris, 1612), tom. 2, Decretales, col. 205 (while Innocent III was Pope).
- “The Pope is of great authority and power, that he is able to modify, declare, or interpret even divine laws [This is the abominable “church governance” doctrine accepted in many groups of today’s Ekklesia as well]. The Pope can modify divine law, since his power is not of man, but of God, and he acts as vicegerent of God upon earth…” Lucius Ferraris, in “Prompta Bibliotheca Canonica, Juridica, Moralis, Theologica, Ascetica, Polemica, Rubristica, Historica”, Volume V, article on “Papa, Article II”, titled “Concerning the extent of Papal dignity, authority, or dominion and infallibility”, #30, published in Petit-Montrouge (Paris) by J. P. Migne, 1858 edition.
- “We confess that the Pope has power of changing Scripture and of adding to it, and taking from it, according to his will.” Roman Catholic Confessions for Protestants Oath, Article XI, (Confessio Romano-Catholica in Hungaria Evangelicis publice praescripta te proposita, editi a Streitwolf), as recorded in Congressional Record of the U.S.A., House Bill 1523, Contested election case of Eugene C. Bonniwell, against Thos. S. Butler, Feb. 15, 1913.
- Every time a person calls the pope “Holy Father” they are calling him God! The name “Holy Father” is found only ONE time in the entire Bible and it refers to God the Father! They are calling the pope by God’s name! It is extreme blasphemy to call a man by God’s name.
The papacy claims ALL the prerogatives of God, even if they are too smart to come out and publicly say they are God; and they allow themselves to be exalted as a god.
Falsely claiming that they have all the rights, prerogatives and moral authority of God on the earth and that they are the true church of God [just like today’s corporate entities of the called out spiritual Ekklesia]; this final super abomination will sit in his temple in the Vatican, empowered by Satan with all deceitful signs, powers and wonders.
2 Thessalonians 2:5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? 2:6 And now ye know what withholdeth [Jesus Christ is restraining the rise of this final man of sin until God’s appointed time, by his Daily intercession for the Ekklesia] that he might be revealed in his time.
2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth [this wickedness is already in existence but Jesus Christ the restrainer will continue to restrain the rise of this wicked person until God’s appointed time] will let, until he be taken out of the way.
It is Jesus Christ who withholds this great deception until the appointed time and when Christ withdraws his Daily intercession for today’s Ekklesia this man of sin will be set up in the Vatican doing miracles.
Because today’s Ekklesia who should be salting the earth with the light of zealous godliness have in the majority lost their savor, Christ’s Daily intercession and restraint will be stopped and the man of sin will be set up in the Vatican.
Then when the son of perdition is set up in the Vatican doing great miracles to deceive the earth and calling for a New Federal Europe; our correction will begin about 75 days later when this abominations goes to the Holy Place (Mat 24:15). Just subtract the 1260 days of the tribulation from the total of 1335 days of Dan 12 and one sees that once the man is set up doing miracles it will be about 75 days before the tribulation begins, since Christ will come and the tribulation will end this man will be destroyed all at the same time.
2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
Those saints who have apostatized into lukewarmness from passionately living by every Word of God and now follow idols of men will be corrected; because they loved their pet ideas corporate idols and false traditions more than they love the Word of God.
2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 2:12 That they all might be damned [properly this word “damned” should be punished, corrected or afflicted] who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
Revelation 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth [They will be rejected by Christ into severe correction].
No, a new PHYSICAL sacrifice will NOT be started and stopped.
Our main sign to leave for God’s refuge [it highly probable God’s refuge it WILL NOT be in Petra] is the sign given to us directly by Jesus Christ:
Matthew 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet [the miracle working man of sin], stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:).
When the man of sin is set up doing miracles in the Vatican and schedules a visit to the Holy Mount, it will be the time to leave; because when he gets there the tribulation will begin. Jesus Christ said so!
God tells us in Daniel 12 that the maximum time that this abomination will have from the day he is set up doing miracles in the Vatican is 1335 days, while Jerusalem will be held by the Gentiles for 1,260 days (Rev 11:2) and that the abomination will be killed and Jerusalem liberated at the same time (Rev 19:20). All of this will be explained in detail during this summer’s prophecy studies.
Therefore it is simple math to subtract 1,260 from 1,335 and see that he will go to the Holy Place to begin the tribulation approximately 75 days after being set up doing miracles in the Vatican. When this abomination is set up doing miracles in the Vatican he will encourage the nations of Europe to join a proposed New Federal Europe ()Rev 13:11). In a matter of weeks after he is set up God will reveal his two prophets who will tell the brethren what to do.
This misunderstanding that a PHYSICAL Daily must come and be stopped comes from a lack of understanding of the meaning of the Sacrificial System and of prophecy. The PHYSICAL Daily was already stopped by Titus in 70 A.D. and is prophesied not to be renewed until AFTER Christ comes and builds the Ezekiel Temple!
I have just begun the Exodus series and will follow with Leviticus which will explain the Sacrificial System [including the Daily] and its application to Christ as we approach Passover.
2 Thessalonians 3 [the man of sin being set up in the Vatican] and Matthew 24:15 [the man of sin going to the Holy Mount] are reinforced by another big sign; Paul warns that a peace deal will be agreed and when a Mideast peace is declared as achieved then sudden [immediate, by surprise] destruction will come (1 Thess 5:3).
The scriptures say that it is during a time of peace that these wars will come suddenly [unexpectedly]:
Daniel 8:25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand [the king of the North will make the New Europe prosperous]; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by [in a time of] peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.
1 Thessalonians 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden [completely unexpected, by surprise: Strong’s G1601) unexpected, sudden, unforeseen] destruction cometh upon them [Jerusalem, Judea and greater Israel], as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
The scriptures have given us four signs concerning the onset of the tribulation:
- The setting up of the abomination to do miracles and his visit to the Holy Place,
- The sudden coming together of a ten nation Federal Europe at the recommendation of the miracle working abomination,
- The appearance of God’s Two Witnesses, and
- The achievement of a genuine Middle East peace agreement.
Remember these signs!
After the coming bloody war and when peace is seen to be achieved; and when that peace is declared, the Daily spiritual intercession of Jesus Christ for today’s Ekklesia will be stopped and the man of sin will be set up doing miracles in the Vatican. Then when he goes to the Holy Place; sudden and immediate destruction will come upon Jerusalem, Judah, Israel and their allies.
This false idea that a physical sacrifice must start and then be stopped is the major HWA error which will catch most of the COG in the tribulation. Like 99% of all other HWA prophecies this false idea that a PHYSICAL Daily must be renewed before the tribulation will also fail because it is not scriptural.
The major Middle East war which will reset regional realities and bring an International Peace Conference.
It is the Trump plan to call an international Middle East Peace Conference based on already decided parameters, after the hostilities have ended and new governments are in place.
How long that conflict will last and how long it will take to conclude and ratify a peace deal is impossible to say at this time, but Trump would very much like a victory and peace deal just before the US Midterm elections this November.
The scriptures do put the approximate date for the beginning of the tribulation at the end of this year, or very soon thereafter.