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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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

August 4, 2013

I thought my life was set in 1989, when I returned to working in my church office after a long maternity leave. I thought I would work there until my death, but God had other plans.

The years before I stepped down from my position were painful, but had I not, you would not be reading these words today.

Daniel’s removal from Jerusalem’s court was also painful, but God had a plan for him.

Daniel 1:21, “And Daniel continued there even to the first year of King Cyrus [at the close of the seventy years’ exile of Judah in Babylon, which Jeremiah had foretold].”

“As Joseph rose in Egypt by interpreting Pharaoh’s dreams, so Daniel, by interpreting Nebuchadnezzar’s was promoted to be governor of Babylonia, and president of the Magian priest-caste…But Daniel and John were not in immediate contact with the congregation, but isolated and alone with God, the one in a heathen court, the other on a lonely isle (Revelation 1:9).” Critical and Explanatory Commentary, Vol. I

Isolated and alone with God is a good place to be.

 

 

August 3, 2013

“Dying saints are justly to be envied whilst living sinners are to be pitied.” Critical and Explanatory Commentary, Vol. I

This is the first time I read the commentary and then looked up the verse. Usually one verse seems to stand out.

When I read this line, I thought of those who have passed on to eternity. From the great cloud of witnesses, (Hebrews 12:1), they see our suffering and know from experience it only lasts a short time compared to eternity.

Their time of suffering is over, forever. Their race is run. As believers in Jesus Christ they have only joy in heaven.

Those to be pitied are sinners, anyone who rejects Christ, because they have more suffering in store for them in eternity.

Jeremiah 22:10, “Weep not for him who is dead nor bemoan him; but weep bitterly for him who goes away [into captivity], for he shall return no more nor see his native country [again].”

July 31, 2013

Jeremiah 19:1, “Thus says the Lord: Go and get a potter’s earthen bottle, and take some of the old people and some of the elderly priests…”

Why did he ask for the elderly? Was this a special word just for them?

“Ancients – elderly. As witnesses of the symbolic action (v. 10; Isaiah 8:1, 2), that the Jews might not afterwards plead ignorance of the prophecy. The seventy-two elders, composing the Sanhedrin, or Great Council, were partly taken from “the priests,” partly from the other tribes, i.e. “the people,” the former presiding over spiritual matters, the later over the civil. The seventy-two represented the whole people.”

God wanted the leadership to know what He was going to do.

 

July 17, 2013

“I just wish we had peace,” she said.

My reply came from a recent study of the book of Revelations.

I said, “It’s going to get worse.”

Later, God reminded me that He is the Prince of Peace and that we can have peace no matter what we are facing.

Even in the middle of this book of prophecy, telling of terrible things that would soon take place, God offered peace.

Isaiah 40:1, “Comfort, Comfort, My people, says your God.”