Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Response to teaching that Israel is made up of Edomites:

I’ve done some researching on what you’ve said about all the people inhabiting Israel being Edomites. As I researched it, I came to four important conclusions that I believe hurt the Church, rather than aid her in her mission. As followers of the one who said, “I am the truth” (Jn 14:6), we should be taken up with possessing and guarding the truth in all things. And as our salvation is a relationship with the Truth (Jn 17:3), all the more.

It does appear that the nation (ethnic group) of Edom (or Esau) has been absorbed into the Jewish race. But this is not a biblical conclusion, nor does it nullify the race of Jews. The fact that the Edomites were absorbed into Israel is a fact of historical, extra-biblical knowledge. And that this fact were true, it does not require that today’s Jews are no longer Jews but Edomites. Throughout OT biblical history, Gentiles were “grafted in” to the Jewish race and religion. We have the story of Ruth, who willingly joined herself to the people of Israel, and in fact is included in the Jewish Messiah’s genealogy.

We have the famous verse that is so often taken out of context and put on wedding cakes:

Ruth 1:16 16 But Ruth said, "Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God.

So the Edomites, being conquered by Israel, in no way dilutes the gospel promises to the Jewish nation. In fact, within the Torah, Yahweh gave pronouncements for what to do if such wanted to be included among the Jews.

Secondly, the Jews, or Israelites (descended from Jacob) were not God’s chosen people primarily because of their ethnic descent and purity. Amos 9:7 7 "Are you not as the sons of Ethiopia to Me, O sons of Israel?" declares the LORD. "Have I not brought up Israel from the land of Egypt, And the Philistines from Caphtor and the Arameans from Kir?

The Jewish people are God’s chosen because of Yahweh’s free elective grace. The people born into Israel chose no more to do so than the people of Edom. And the Lord chose the place and the times where all men would live (Acts 17:26). So the qualities of being a Jew have to do primarily with the keeping of the Abrahamic covenant (Gen. 15:18, 17:2-9), and secondarily with the ethnic purity. Now a case could be made that the Jews were prohibited from taking a wife from among the Gentiles, in order to keep the Jewish tribes pure. True. But this was precisely the case because the Jews were the only nation on earth that had Yahweh’s truth in revelation. So in order to protect this truth, and the line through which Yahweh would bring the Messiah into the world, He made this prohibition to keep doctrines of false gods and demons out of Israel.

Thirdly, believers who view the people within Israel are missing what God is accomplishing in the world. He has prophesied that after a time of exile for their sins, God wold indeed bring Israel back into the land He had given them. And God made the land desolate for hundreds of years, until the turn of the twentieth century, when the Jews first began to return, the rains also began to return.

Leviticus 26:32-34 32 'I will make the land desolate so that your enemies who settle in it will be appalled over it. 33 'You, however, I will scatter among the nations and will draw out a sword after you, as your land becomes desolate and your cities become waste. 34 'Then the land will enjoy its sabbaths all the days of the desolation, while you are in your enemies' land; then the land will rest and enjoy its sabbaths

Leviticus 26:44-45 44 'Yet in spite of this, when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not reject them, nor will I so abhor them as to destroy them, breaking My covenant with them; for I am the LORD their God. 45 'But I will remember for them the covenant with their ancestors, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the nations, that I might be their God. I am the LORD.'".

The land was made desolate, by the Lord, so that people could not inhabit the holy land until the return of God’s chosen, the Jews (Isaiah 35:7; 32:15).

Recently, when speaking at Auschwitz, Poland, to mark the anniversary of the end of the concentration camps, Benjamin Netanyahu proclaimed to all the world that the prophecies of Ezekiel 37 had been fulfilled. Messianic Jews in America took note. Jan Markell recently made mention of this event, and also stated that the wars of Ezekiel 38 and 39 are expected soon to follow. But I thought this statement was key: "There is a degree of spirituality in Israel, recently with this Benjamin Netanyahu saying that Ezekiel 37 is now fulfilled," she notes. "So I'm encouraged when the top leader in the nation of Israel comes out and stands up for the Bible. This is absolutely tremendously good news."

And lastly, I think by the teaching of this erroneous view, it will turn the attention or energies of well-intentioned evangelical believers away from, or maybe even against the current inhabitants of Israel. Having been there and traveled throughout the country, I met and interacted with many of the Jewish people there, and found that indeed, many of them were there now because of making ‘aliyah’ or there migration from the countries to which they’d been exiled. I encountered Russian Jews, which Russia had a large Jewish population. I spoke with some young Jewish men who had flown in for the summer from Germany. I lived in the Slovak Republic from two years, during which time I made several trips to Prague, where they have a walled-in, historic Jewish town, where the Jews were imprisoned under Communist control.

During this time, when according to prophecies, we are living in the last days, the nations of the world are turning against Israel (according to their ruler/god- 1 Jn 5:19), the evangelical Christians are the last true friend and ally who will stand up for the nation of Israel, God’s chosen people, through which righteousness and peace will be brought to the earth.

Of recent years, there have been more Jews recognizing Yeshua as their Messiah, than any other time in history. Yet they will not recognize him as a nation, until Yahaweh returns (Zech 12:10), at the battle of Armageddon, and they will look upon Him whom they pierced. And so shall all Israel be saved. This is when the truth of the teaching of Salvation by Grace will be seen in its fullness:

25 So that you will not be conceited, brothers, I do not want you to be unaware of this mystery: a partial hardening has come to Israel until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. 26 And in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written: The Liberator will come from Zion; He will turn away godlessness from Jacob. 27 And this will be My covenant with them, when I take away their sins.

Romans 11:25-27 (HCSB)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

America conditioned to believe in UFOs & Aliens?

I've wanted to post a blog on this for a while, and may have mentioned something about it before, I can't remember. But has everyone noticed the prevalence of UFOs and extraterrestials on TV and the movies lately? Letting my son watch cartoons (which we monitor closely) I saw the other day a Car Toons short with Mater and Lightning McQueen, and it was about a baby UFO and of course Mater had some levitation devices under his wheel wells that enabled him to fly like the baby UFO. And they ended up coming to this "mother" UFO, and were beamed aboard.

Another cute animation movie we liked was Disney's Chicken Little. And wouldn't you know it, there was a baby alien, and humanity suffered the wrath of its parents until the baby martian was reunited with its parents, and the baby explained everything to its mom and dad.

Pastor Joe Schimmel does I think a good analysis of the Transformers movie, with the alien life (Transformers) coming to earth to "fight the lifesource," what is it called, the "Spark" or something? But the autobots help humanity fight to become better and to perfect the earth.

Avatar recently, evidently was very popular with the graphical effects. But it was heavy in nature worship, human interaction with extraterrestials, and Avatars (the Hindu term again~conditioning us to buy into new age), with humans "possessing" alien bodies, and we see a human become part of the all pervasive feminine "life-force."

Just yesterday I was flipping through some channels (as it was still snowing outside), and rested on the history channel. They had some "experts" with PhDs on there talking about how we are such a small part of an indistuinguishable galaxy, and they didn't come out and say it, but were hinting around that we're a small part of a much bigger cosmic "neighborhood" of other beings. And of course, this is all very scientific, just like Darwinian evolution. (And if you believe that, I've got some ocean-front property in Arizona to sell ya).

I'm not real big on TV shows, I try not to watch it too much, but I've heard there's this re-surgance of old UFO classic movies. Certainly a couple of years ago, the US & British govts. had this hoopla to release all UFO records that they held. It made a real big stir among the 'paranormal/Trekkie' community.I think its all very interesting to watch, and to see how American society is being conditioned for the day of "selection" as taught by New Ager Barbara Marx Hubbard, where all those who are "divisive, seperativists" (seeing ourselves as seperate from God), of the wrong "vibration" will be selected off the planet. New Agers spirit guides (we know to be demons) are working very hard to condition the world for the rapture.

If Satan was going to rule the world in the wake of the rapture, it would be very hard to explain such a great global phenomenon apart from the existence of God and the truth of His word, unless they had strategically laid a plan to deceive the nations.

And don't be fooled. Foxnews is part of it too. Owned by Rupert Murdoch, I've seen commericials for, I thought it was, though I tried looking it up, but it's purpose was to get "one million minds" in "global harmony." Oprah Winfrey and other new agers have spoken of reaching this 'critical mass' of people, all meditating (Hindu transcendtal meditation), and supposedly then, they will be able to usher in the New Age, the Age of Aquarius/Horus.

There's much to talk about here. A great revival of paganism/ancient Egyptian religions, Aleister Crowley's (who saw himself as Satan's "Chief of Staff") influence on music groups in the 60s up to the present day, with the likes of the Beatles (who made big inroads for acceptance of Hindu yoga in American culture), Charles Manson, the Beach Boys, and even death metal groups (Metallica) and others today. Crowley even makes an appearance on the cover of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album.An excellent DVD set to get that discloses much of this information is They Sold Their Souls for Rock n Roll at Once you view the DVD, you will be flabbergasted. My wife and I literally had to pick our jaws off the ground numerous times watching this material. You will hear many artists openly confess being demon possessed. Elvis Pressley heard the voices of 'ascended masters' that played through him. Carlos Santanya has openly confessed in interviews of spirits that play through him. America, your pop-culutre scene is Satanically inspired!

19 We know that we are of God, and the whole world is under the sway of the evil one.
1 John 5:19 (HCSB)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Israeli about to defend selves against Enemies?

Hello friends. I hope all of you are enjoying the snow as much as I am. I was sitting here reading, as the snow falls and falls and falls some more, I saw an article about the Israeli Foreign Minister declaring that the peace-for-land deal was dead.Commenting on Israel's past comprises of surrendering their land to the Palestinians:

Lieberman is not the first Israeli official to point out that every land concessions Israel has made up until now has only resulted in increased violence and hostility on the part of the Arabs. In an interview that will appear in the upcoming issue of Israel Today, former Arkansas governor and US presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said the same thing.


"Peace is in fact our heart's desire, but it is not more important than Israel's existence as the state of the Jewish people or than lasting security for its citizens. We extend our hand in peace to enemies, but as long as they choose the path of war, we must be firm, return battle, and defeat the enemy," said Lieberman. "We must strive for victory instead of talking about possible compromise, interpreted as weakness by our enemies."

Those of us who believe in the word of God know what it teaches, and the fate of Israel. We know that ultimately they are given the land, and the Messiah will yet eventually return to reign in power as the King of all kings. It's not going to be pretty getting there, but the end result is going to be everlasting gloriousness! Amen. Come Lord Jesus.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

End of America, Emergence of Maitreya & War in Israel

These days prophecy is being fulfilled faster than most of us can observe or realize. Many have heard of Ahmadinejad's latest prophetic announcement. Feb. 11 is to be the Demise of America, according to this "Twelver" who claims to be in contact with the Twelfth Imam. There have been repeated reports that the FBI and CIA are aware of Islamic sleeper-cells throughout America's major financial centers. They are simply awaiting the word from "on high" to launch the next series of attacks to be "much greater than 9/11".

On another note, the Maitreya has supposedly begun his emergence, according to his faithful herald, Benjamin Creme. In Creme's words, Maitreya has held his "first interview," though no details of it are given on their site, Creme does have a small clip announcing this emergence. He says Maitreya will not use that name though, until enough people recognize him for what he is. He comes in the name of "justice, peace and sharing". 11For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie (2 Thess 2:11). Could this be the delusion from the Lord?

Another point many bible scholars have been following closely, in Israel's prepartions for war with Iran, who is supposed to have a nuclear weapons this year, and may in fact have it now. But it's been very interesting to see the pieces fall into place with this upcoming war. With the past decade's history of embatterment from their muslim neighbors on almost all sides, Israel has grown alienated from Turkey . Israeli intelligence declared that Damscus is supplying terrorists with missles to fire on Israel, which makes it likely we'll see the fulfillment of Isaiah 17:1 in the next couple of months (or weeks).

This could all very well come together on Feb. 11. Will this be the time of the selection process the new agers are warning about? We can't be sure, but we know "the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way" (2 Thess 2:7). Amen, come Lord Jesus.

Israel's alienation from Turkey: ( supplying rockets: