Happy 70th Birthday, Israel!

My friends went to Israel a few months ago and brought me this bookmark. It commemorates Israel’s 70th year as a nation!

Today is the day!

Seventy years ago, on May 14th, the Jews who immigrated from everywhere established Israel as a nation. It was born in one day, see Isaiah 66:8.

Isaiah 27:12, “…And you, people of Israel, will be selected grain by grain.” The Message

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Isaiah 27:6, “The days are coming when Jacob shall put down roots, Israel blossom and grow fresh branches, and fill the world with its fruit.” The Message

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Isaiah 29:17, “And then before you know it, and without you having anything to do with it, wasted Lebanon will be transformed into lush gardens, and Mount Carmel reforested.” The Message

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Isaiah 28:26, “They know exactly what to do and when to do it. Their God is their teacher.” The Message

These verses were fulfilled! Israel raises enough food to feed her people and export it. You can read “The Top 12 Ways Israel Feeds the World” which Israel21c.org posted today.

Israel becoming a nation is a sign that Jesus will return soon. He said the generation that sees these signs will not die before He returns, see Matthew 24:34.

How long is a generation? Some believed it was 40 years. In 1988, there was a group convinced Jesus would return that year. They set a date. The day passed. They set another date. That day passed.

Others believe a generation is 70 years, 80 years, and 120 years. If the first group is right, Jesus could come today! The Bible is clear – only God knows the day and hour, see Matthew 24:36.

In Luke 19:11-27, Jesus told the “Parable of the Ten Minas.” The moral of the parable is to “Occupy until the master comes.” Whatever God gives you, work it to the best of your ability. Be fruitful and multiply it. Stay busy but look up! Jesus is coming soon!

Happy 70th Birthday, Israel!

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Doom of Edom

Obadiah is a book written about the doom of Edom. There is no country of “Edom” today.

Obadiah 1:18, “The house of Jacob shall be a fire, the house of Joseph a flame, but the house of Esau stubble; they shall burn them and consume them, and there shall be no survivors from the house of Esau, for the Lord has spoken.” Modern English Version

Amplified Bible Notes: By the time of Malachi’s prophecy, about 430 B.C., this prediction of Edom’s expulsion from Mount Seir by the Nabatean Arabs may have been a reality already. The Edomites are heard of no more after the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70.

It is verification that the word of God is true.

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An Empty Wasteland

Ezekiel 15:8, “I will make their country an empty wasteland, because they have not been loyal to me. I, the Lord God, have spoken.”

Israel was considered uninhabitable when the Jews started returning. But they turned it around and now everyone wants it!

“What Bible verse said that Israel would become a nation?”

Bible passage: Amos 9:11, 13

Written: about 750 BC

Fulfilled: late 1900s

In Amos 9:11, 13, the prophet said that God would restore the land of David. (King David ruled Israel from about 1010 BC to about 970 BC). The land of David – Israel – was conquered and destroyed by the Babylonians, Assyrians and Romans. The land has been in ruins for much of the past 2000 years. The Jews, who had been scattered throughout the world, began to return in large numbers during the past 100 years. Since then, they have been rebuilding many of Israel’s ancient cities. Amos also said there would be continuous planting and harvesting. During the past 100 years, the Jews have been using advanced farming and irrigation techniques to turn barren land into productive farmland. Today, Israel is a source of food for many countries.

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No History, No Understanding

Ezekiel is a book of prophecy that was confirmed by events later in history.

Ezekiel 12:13, “The Lord will spread out a net and trap him as he leaves Jerusalem. He will than be led away to the city of Babylon, but will never see that place, even though he will die there.”

“He will then be led away…that place: According to 2 Kings 25:6, 7, King Zedekiah of Judah was blinded before he was taken to Babylon.” CEV Bible Notes

Last night, Pastor Monte Knudsen spoke of the prophecies in Ezekiel 38, 39. He explained which country was represented by each of the names in the Bible.

But to truly understand what is happening in Israel today, you have to know your history.

This link is to a map showing boundaries (in red) of the proposed protectorate of Palestine, as suggested by the Zionist representatives at the 1919 Paris Peace Conference, superimposed on modern boundaries.

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This link is for the “British Mandate for Palestine” which created the territories of Palestine and Transjordan.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Mandate_for_Palestine_%28legal_instrument%29

Reading the original document tells a different story than we hear on the news. The Bible is the oldest document and its facts, dates, history, and geography can be confirmed today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suddenly Something Fell From His Eyes

At the Faith Conference last night, Charles Barclay declared that we are in the beginning moments of a Spiritual Awakening…“Christians are waking up. Blatant sinners are waking up; their eyes are being opened. They are no longer in a stupor. Prodigals will wake up.”

How do they “Wake up?”

Acts 9:18, “Suddenly something like fish scales fell from Saul’s eyes and he could see…”

Famine Predicted

Isaiah 18:5, 6, “Before the blossoms can turn to grapes, God will cut off the sprouts and hack off the branches. Ethiopians will be food for the mountain buzzards during the summer and for wild animals during the winter.”

“Ethiopia: The Hebrew text has ‘Cush,’ which was a region south of Egypt that included parts of the present countries of Ethiopia and Sudan.” CEV Bible Notes

Sadly, we have seen famine in Ethiopia and Sudan many times.

October 18, 2013

My birthday is this month and I jokingly said I was going to celebrate until Thanksgiving. My husband is taking a week of vacation to celebrate with me. Soon, I will be asked the question in today’s verse.

Genesis 47:8, “And Pharaoh asked Jacob, How old are you?”

The next verse tells us he was 130 years old; yet, it was another 17 years before he did his greatest work for God.

In chapter 48 Jacob, also called Israel, prophesied over his grandsons. Chapter 49 contains the prophecies over his sons. They were each fulfilled. Genesis 48:19 tells us Ephraim shall be greater than his brother.

“The title of Ephraim in power and in compass so increased  that it became the head of the northern ten tribes…although, in the time of Moses, Manasseh still outnumbered Ephraim by 20,000.” Amplified Bible Notes.

I realize my best assignments may still be ahead.

“Awesome is the Lord Most High” by Christ Tomlin

September 4, 2013

I got an unexpected visit from my granddaughter yesterday. As much as she loves me, her hero of the day was her uncle who took her to the park. It doesn’t matter when she comes, I am always thrilled to see her.

Jesus’ return to earth will be unexpected. The antichrist will also come. We read about him in today’s verse.

Daniel 7:25, “And he shall speak words against the Most High [God] and shall wear out the saints of the Most High and think to change the time [of sacred feasts and holy days] and the law; and the saints shall be given into his hand for a time, two times, and half a time [three and one-half years].”

“One year, two years and a half-year: 1260 days; 42 months…The passages in favor of a year-day theory are Ezekiel 4:6, where each day of the forty during which Ezekiel lay on his right side is defined by God as meaning a year…The beginning of the 1260 years is set by Elliot at 592 A.D. But 752 A.D. is the most likely date…for it was then first that the little horn plucked up three horns, and so became the prolongation of the fourth secular kingdom. [Newton] This would bring us down to about 2000 A.D., or the seventh thousand millenary from creation.” Critical and Explanatory Commentary, Vol. I

The Bible is clear that no one knows the day or hour. Obviously, the seven years did not begin in the year 2000 or we would be living in the 1000 years of peace, (Revelations 20:1-6).

Matthew 24:34 and 35 tells us when we see the signs, we know that Jesus is right at the door and this generation will not pass away until all things have happened.

One sign was that Israel would be restored in one day, Ezekiel 21, 22. Israel became a nation in 1948.

We are not sure how many years complete a generation. Those who thought 40 years expected Christ to return in 1988 and lived accordingly. If a generation is 70 years or 80 years, (Psalms 90:10), He will return in 2018 or 2028. Maybe a generation is 100 years and he will return in 2048. No one knows.

The point I’m making is He is coming and it will be unexpected and thrilling!

“Sing to the King” – Passion Version

 

 

August 18, 2013

Two things amazed me in today’s readings:

  1. God’s love for Moab (now called Jordan), Jeremiah 48:37, and
  2. God’s fulfilled prophecy over Moab, Jeremiah 48:47.

Jeremiah 48:47, “Yet will I reverse the captivity and restore the fortunes of Moab in the latter days, says the Lord…”

Amplified Bible Notes: “As complete and continuous as the desolation of Moab and Ammon was for so many long centuries, yet God is keeping His word for their restoration ‘in the latter days’ (Jer. 48:47) in a remarkable manner. For instance, Amman, the capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (formerly called Transjordan, and in the Bible times the ancient Rabbah of Ammon), was a mere village in 1900, but by 1960 it was a city of 200,000 inhabitants. One can only stand in awe and reverent amazement at the precision with which the prophecies of the Word of God are being carried out in the present day and age.”

God loves all races and nationalities, even those that are against his chosen people, the Israelis.

August 10, 2013

There are many things in the Bible that I don’t understand. Sometimes, when I read a verse, I think they are talking about one thing and it will be something altogether different!

Ezekiel 13:18, “And say, Thus says the Lord God: Woe to the women who sew pillows to all armholes…”

I thought they were talking about dress shields. Not at all!

Sew pillows to arm-holes, rather, elbows and wrists, for which the false prophetesses made cushions, to lean on, as a symbolic act, typifying the perfect tranquility which they foretold to those consulting them…I am against your pillows (v. 20), against your lying ceremonial tricks by which ye cheat the people.” Critical and Explanatory Commentary, Vol. I