Israel's Covenant with Sheol
"Come, let us return to the LORD; for he has torn, that he may heal us; he has stricken, and he will bind us up. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up, that we may live before him. Let us know, let us press on to know the LORD; his going forth is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth." (Hosea 6:1-3)
The promises of God to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David are most all
unconditional covenants. The land---which God owns---He has been given to
the Jews as their land forever. However the right of the Jews to live in
the land is conditional on their obedience (see Deut. 28-30, Amos 9:91-5,
Acts 15:14-18, Is. 11:11,12, Jer. 23:3-8, Jer. 23:3-8, Hos. 2:14,15; 3;
Ezek. 37:21-15 etc.) Because of disobedience Abraham's heirs in the line
of promise were (1) exiled for 400 years in Egypt, (2) sent into captivity
into Babylon for 70 years, and (3) dispersed for 2000 years into all the
nations---the last time because of their rejection of their rightful Messiah
and King, Yeshua (Mt. 27:22-25).
The present return of the Jews to their land, in our day, is, according to the Bible, their final ingathering. It is pictured for us in the great vision Ezekiel saw of a valley full of dry bones (Ezekiel 37:1-4). In the vision the Jews were restored to national life bone by bone, first of all out of death, wretchedness, poverty and misery. God has always blessed Eretz Israel, the land, when the Jews were dwelling there. So, today the once-barren hills are covered with millions of young trees. The valleys are lush with green crops of all kinds. Orchards are bountifully yielding oranges and avocados, bananas, tropical fruits and nuts. Exquisite flowers such as roses are air-shipped all over the world. Fish farms teem with life. By the use of pioneering agricultural methods the bounty of the land has been multiplied and the limited water supply used efficiently one drop at a time. The replanting of the land has changed the entire area climate. Diligent citizens are returning Biblical animals, flora and fauna into the wilderness. Ancient ruins are being rebuilt as gleaming, clean modern settlements at the very sites we read about in the Bible (Is. 58:12). Much Old City property once owned by Jews but lost to them is being purchased back from the Arabs shekel by shekel.
Modern Israel is comprised, roughly speaking, of about a million Ashkenazi Jews (returnees from European lands), a million Sephardi's (from Arab and Oriental lands), and 2 millions Sabras (Jews born in the land). As the percentage of Sabras increases one can expect more love of the land based on re-established roots and a quest for a new national identity and destiny under the Messianic promises found in such Old Testament books as Isaiah. Last year (1994) 16,000 Falashas (Ethiopian Jews) were air-lifted home to Zion in a single weekend, and the nation also saw the ingathering of 600,000 Russian Jews, suddenly fulfilling in part the prophecy of Isaiah 43:6 (compare Mt 24:31):
But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine...Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life. Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, and from the west I will gather you; I will say to the north, 'Give up', and to the south, 'Do not withhold'; bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth, every one who is called by my name..."The Prophet Ezekiel said that the Jews would be brought back into the land in a condition of general unbelief in the God of their fathers. After the dry bones had been reassembled, flesh would come upon the bones and the people would begin to stir with natural life. then, last of all, the life of the indwelling Spirit of God would be theirs. Rich family values, Biblically-derived ethical codes of behavior, the best army in the world, sound principles of health, diet and sanitation are, even now, theirs again. Art, literature, music, museums, nature preserves, have sprung up-a flourishing high culture reminiscent of the days of King David. All these have returned to Israel in recent years through the invisible restorative blessing of God as promised to their forefathers.
For the children of Israel shall dwell many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or pillar, without ephod or teraphim. Afterward the children of Israel shall return and seek the LORD their God, and David their king; and they shall come in fear to the LORD and to his goodness in the latter days. (Hosea 3:4,5)
The existence of a Third Temple in Jerusalem is clear in Mat. 24:15, in
2 Thess. 2:4, and in Rev. 11:1,2. These descriptions speak of a temple which
is not now in existence but which will exist by the time of the Second Advent
of the Lord Jesus Christ, (see Zech. 14:1-9, Mat. 24: 29-31, and Rev. 19:11-16).
According to the Bible, God will honor all his many promises made to the patriarchs of Israel---by restoring Israel to be the chief of all the nations in the coming kingdom age. The boundaries of the land will be extended and made secure. A descendant of David will sit on the throne of Israel forever-and the twelve disciples will rule over the twelve tribes of Israel (Mt. 19:28). Leaders of other nations will then come to worship the God of Israel and to seek counsel from the king in Jerusalem-or if they do not, they will suffer adverse consequences (see Zech. 14:16-19).
The true Messiah, Yeshua ben David of the tribe of Judah, will "shepherdize the nations with a rod of iron" (Rev. 19:15), choosing faithful Christians to rule and reign with him. One thousand years of peace under Messiah's reign will bring the healing of our battered earth, release from the ravages of war, famine, and disease. It is to be earth's long awaited golden age of peace and prosperity (Is. 65:18-25).
According to 1 Thess. 4:13-5:11 the next event Christians should expect (called the Blessed Hope in Titus 2:13) is the silent, unannounced return of Jesus (his parousia) when he will come to call out the true church, the Bride of Christ, like a thief in the night. Living believers will be summoned by a heavenly trumpet and transformed after the Lord Jesus raises the dead in Christ of all ages by a shout of command. The archangel Michael's call will summon the Jewish nation, especially 144,000 Jewish evangelists to the center stage of end time events. This event (the rapture) will be largely overlooked by the world, possibly treated in the media as some sort of minor UFO abduction. Church attendance will only be only slightly affected in many cases!
"But we would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, shall not precede those who have fallen asleep.The removal of the true church from the earth will allow false Christianity (the harlot church of Revelation 17) to flourish and to come into her day. The removal of God's restraining hand against evil in the world (which today takes place through the salt and light of his true church)---will allow the final man of sin to be publicly unveiled, as described in 2 Thess. 2: 1-15. This man of sin is actually one of two deadly enemies of man. Either or both of these men have been called the antichrist. In spite of Israel's current spiritual awakening and renewed interest in the Bible, Scripture says that nation as a whole will accept a false Messiah before they later come to know the real Messiah, Yeshua. Jesus predicted this when he said to the Jews, "I have come in my Father's name and you [Israel] would not accept me. Another will come in his own name---him you will receive." (John 5:43)
"For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the archangel's call, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first; then we who are alive, who are left, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.
"But as to the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves know well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. When people say, "There is peace and security," then sudden destruction will come upon them as travail comes upon a woman with child, and there will be no escape. But you are not in darkness, brethren, for that day to surprise you like a thief. For you are all sons of light and sons of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness. So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. For those who sleep sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. But, since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we wake or sleep we might live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing."
Therefore hear the word of the LORD, you scoffers, who rule this people in Jerusalem! Because you have said, "We have made a covenant with death, and with Sheol we have an agreement; when the overwhelming scourge passes through it will not come to us; for we have made lies our refuge, and in falsehood we have taken shelter"; therefore thus says the Lord GOD,The "overwhelming scourge" Isaiah speaks of ushers in the time of Jacob's trouble for Israel, and the Great and Terrible Day of the Lord as far as the rest of mankind is returned. The Book of the Revelation details the nearly universal destruction of life that will take place on earth during this final three and a half year great tribulation period.
Behold, I am laying in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, of a sure foundation: `He who believes will not be in haste.' And I will make justice the line, and righteousness the plummet; and hail will sweep away the refuge of lies, and waters will overwhelm the shelter." Then your covenant with death will be annulled, and your agreement with Sheol will not stand; when the overwhelming scourge passes through you will be beaten down by it. (Isaiah 28:14-28)
As it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of man. They ate, they drank, they married, they were given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise as it was in the days of Lot-they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built, but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom fire and sulfur rained from heaven and destroyed them all-so will it be on the day when the Son of man is revealed. On that day, let him who is on the housetop, with his goods in the house, not come down to take them away; and likewise let him who is in the field not turn back. Remember Lot's wife. Whoever seeks to gain his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will preserve it. I tell you, in that night there will be two in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. There will be two women grinding together; one will be taken and the other left." (Luke 17:26-37)Though the hour is late and the world now very dark, God's mercy is stretched out still---to all of mankind without distinction or favoritism. His kindness is meant to lead us to repentance (Rom. 2:4); He does wish anyone to perish but longs for all men to come to know him, (2 Peter 3:9). Today is still the age of grace and there is still time for acting upon the glorious good news that God has provided for our deepest needs in the death of his Son, Jesus.
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.
"Therefore hear the word of the LORD, you scoffers, who rule this people in Jerusalem! Because you have said, 'We have made a covenant with death, and with Sheol we have an agreement; when the overwhelming scourge passes through it will not come to us; for we have made lies our refuge, and in falsehood we have taken shelter;' therefore thus says the Lord GOD, 'Behold, I am laying in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, of a sure foundation: "He who believes will not be in haste." And I will make justice the line, and righteousness the plummet; and hail will sweep away the refuge of lies, and waters will overwhelm the shelter.' Then your covenant [Israel] with death will be annulled, and your agreement with Sheol will not stand; when the overwhelming scourge passes through you will be beaten down by it. As often as it passes through it will take you; for morning by morning it will pass through, by day and by night; and it will be sheer terror to understand the message. For the bed is too short to stretch oneself on it, and the covering too narrow to wrap oneself in it.For many evangelicals, keeping an eye on the Temple Mount is like watching a kind of spiritual compass which is supposed to be pointing to the end of the age. This is because the end-time tribulation, also called "the time of Jacob's trouble" commences with Israel's signing of this false peace treaty with the West. This final peace covenant can only happen after the rapture of the church (described in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11) and the subsequent unveiling of a great world leader known as "the man of sin" (2 Thessalonians 2:1:12). Actually, scripture speaks of two prominent world leaders of evil bent in the end time: the first is the political leader of the Western community of nations known as "the beast out of the sea" and the second a treacherous false messiah in Israel "the beast out of the land." These two men are described in Revelation 13:1-10 and 11-18, respectively. The latter will no doubt be the man Jesus predicted 2000 years ago when He said to the Jews, "I have come in my Father's name, and you do not receive me; another will come in his own name---him you will receive." (John 5:43).
"For the LORD will rise up as on Mount Perazim, he will be wroth as in the valley of Gibeon; to do his deed strange is his deed! and to work his work-alien is his work! Now therefore do not scoff, lest your bonds be made strong; for I have heard a decree of destruction from the Lord GOD of hosts upon the whole earth." (Isaiah 28: 14-22)
The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: "Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: Write in a book all the words that I have spoken to you. For behold, days are coming, says the LORD, when I will restore the fortunes of my people, Israel and Judah, says the LORD, and I will bring them back to the land which I gave to their fathers, and they shall take possession of it."
These are the words which the LORD spoke concerning Israel and Judah: "Thus says the LORD: We have heard a cry of panic, of terror, and no peace. Ask now, and see, can a man bear a child? Why then do I see every man with his hands on his loins like a woman in labor? Why has every face turned pale? Alas! that day is so great there is none like it; it is a time of distress for Jacob; yet he shall be saved out of it. "And it shall come to pass in that day, says the LORD of hosts, that I will break the yoke from off their neck, and I will burst their bonds, and strangers shall no more make servants of them. But they shall serve the LORD their God and David their king, whom I will raise up for them.
"Then fear not, O Jacob my servant, says the LORD, nor be dismayed, O Israel; for lo, I will save you from afar, and your offspring from the land of their captivity. Jacob shall return and have quiet and ease, and none shall make him afraid. For I am with you to save you, says the LORD; I will make a full end of all the nations among whom I scattered you, but of you I will not make a full end. I will chasten you in just measure, and I will by no means leave you unpunished.
"For thus says the LORD: Your hurt is incurable, and your wound is grievous. There is none to uphold your cause, no medicine for your wound, no healing for you. All your lovers have forgotten you; they care nothing for you; for I have dealt you the blow of an enemy, the punishment of a merciless foe, because your guilt is great, because your sins are flagrant. Why do you cry out over your hurt? Your pain is incurable. Because your guilt is great, because your sins are flagrant, I have done these things to you. Therefore all who devour you shall be devoured, and all your foes, every one of them, shall go into captivity; those who despoil you shall become a spoil, and all who prey on you I will make a prey. For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, says the LORD, because they have called you an outcast: 'It is Zion, for whom no one cares!' "Thus says the LORD: Behold, I will restore the fortunes of the tents of Jacob, and have compassion on his dwellings; the city shall be rebuilt upon its mound, and the palace shall stand where it used to be. Out of them shall come songs of thanksgiving, and the voices of those who make merry. I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will make them honored, and they shall not be small. Their children shall be as they were of old, and their congregation shall be established before me; and I will punish all who oppress them. Their prince shall be one of themselves, their ruler shall come forth from their midst; I will make him draw near, and he shall approach me, for who would dare of himself to approach me? says the LORD. And you shall be my people, and I will be your God." Behold the storm of the LORD! Wrath has gone forth, a whirling tempest; it will burst upon the head of the wicked. The fierce anger of the LORD will not turn back until he has executed and accomplished the intents of his mind. In the latter days you will understand this. (Jeremiah 30)
"For behold, in those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat, and I will enter into judgment with them there, on account of my people and my heritage Israel, because they have scattered them among the nations, and have divided up my land, and have cast lots for my people, and have given a boy for a harlot, and have sold a girl for wine, and have drunk it. 'What are you to me, O Tyre and Sidon, and all the regions of Philistia? Are you paying me back for something? If you are paying me back, I will requite your deed upon your own head swiftly and speedily. For you have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried my rich treasures into your temples. You have sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks, removing them far from their own border. But now I will stir them up from the place to which you have sold them, and I will requite your deed upon your own head. I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the sons of Judah, and they will sell them to the Sabeans, to a nation far off; for the LORD has spoken.'Israel's final trial great and terrible though it will be, will also be the time of God's devastating judgments of the gentile nations. These are described in the vivid and frightening images given to us in the last book of the Bible. Just as God will judge and destroy the wicked from all the earth during those days, He will save all those who believe and trust in him from all the nations in those days-due to the faithful witness of 144,000 Jewish evangelists who announce good news around the globe during the tribulation period. A time of harvest and a time of judgment is about to come upon the whole earth. Of these things all the prophets speak.
"Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare war, stir up the mighty men. Let all the men of war draw near, let them come up. Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears; let the weak say, 'I am a warrior.' Hasten and come, all you nations round about, gather yourselves there. Bring down thy warriors, O LORD. Let the nations bestir themselves, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat; for there I will sit to judge all the nations round about. Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Go in, tread, for the wine press is full. The vats overflow, for their wickedness is great. Multitudes, multitudes, in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. The sun and the moon are darkened, and the stars withdraw their shining. And the LORD roars from Zion, and utters his voice from Jerusalem, and the heavens and the earth shake.
"But the LORD is a refuge to his people, a stronghold to the people of Israel. 'So you shall know that I am the LORD your God, who dwell in Zion, my holy mountain. And Jerusalem shall be holy and strangers shall never again pass through it. And in that day the mountains shall drip sweet wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the stream beds of Judah shall flow with water; and a fountain shall come forth from the house of the LORD and water the valley of Shittim. Egypt shall become a desolation and Edom a desolate wilderness, for the violence done to the people of Judah, because they have shed innocent blood in their land. But Judah shall be inhabited for ever, and Jerusalem to all generations. I will avenge their blood, and I will not clear the guilty, for the LORD dwells in Zion.'" (Joel 3) (Compare Matthew 25:31-46)
Another parable Jesus put before them, saying, "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. And the servants of the householder came and said to him, 'Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then has it weeds?' He said to them, 'An enemy has done this.' The servants said to him, 'Then do you want us to go and gather them?' But he said, 'No; lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. Let both grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn."' (Matthew 13:24-30)...and the Judgment of the Unbelieving Majority in Israel
"Then I looked, and lo, a white cloud, and seated on the cloud one like a son of man, with a golden crown on his head, and a sharp sickle in his hand. And another angel came out of the temple, calling with a loud voice to him who sat upon the cloud, "Put in your sickle, and reap, for the hour to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is fully ripe." So he who sat upon the cloud swung his sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped. And another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle." (Revelation 14:14-16)
"Then another angel came out from the altar, the angel who has power over fire, and he called with a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle, 'Put in your sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth, for its grapes are ripe.' So the angel swung his sickle on the earth and gathered the vintage of the earth, and threw it into the great wine press of the wrath of God; and the wine press was trodden outside the city (Jerusalem), and blood flowed from the wine press, as high as a horse's bridle, for one thousand six hundred stadia" (180 miles). (Revelation 14:17-20)In great detail, the Apostle Paul addresses the problem of Israel's present-time general unbelief in Romans 9,10 and 11. He reminds us gentile believers that we are "wild olive branches" grafted into the true root of believing Israel-into the faith of Abraham. In the same connection He speaks of Israel's final deliverance, and ours:
"Lest you be wise in your own conceits, I want you to understand this mystery, brethren: a hardening has come upon part of Israel, until the full number of the Gentiles come in, and so all Israel will be saved; as it is written 'The Deliverer will come from Zion, he will banish ungodliness from Jacob'; 'and this will be my covenant with them when I take away their sins." As regards the gospel they are enemies of God, for your sake; but as regards election they are beloved for the sake of their forefathers. For the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable. Just as you were once disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of their disobedience, so they have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you they also may receive mercy. For God has consigned all men to disobedience, that he may have mercy upon all. O the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! "For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?" "Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?" For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory for ever. Amen." (Romans 9:25-36)
"Son of man, when the house of Israel dwelt in their own land, they defiled it by their ways and their doings; their conduct before me was like the uncleanness of a woman in her impurity. So I poured out my wrath upon them for the blood which they had shed in the land, for the idols with which they had defiled it. I scattered them among the nations, and they were dispersed through the countries; in accordance with their conduct and their deeds I judged them. But when they came to the nations, wherever they came, they profaned my holy name, in that men said of them, `These are the people of the LORD, and yet they had to go out of his land.'Israel was lush and green this year for our tour. Wild flowers were in full bloom, and the weather was mild and very pleasant. As usual we felt safe and secure in visiting God's land and God's people. But we saw signs of hatred and great violence lying just beneath the surface in the Arab districts. It was not safe for us to visit Shechem, Hebron, and Gaza, but we negotiated our way in and out of Jericho without incident. But pickpockets were operating effectively on the Mount of Olives and in the Garden of Gethsemane.
"But I had concern for my holy name, which the house of Israel caused to be profaned among the nations to which they came. 'Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord GOD: It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations to which you came. And I will vindicate the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, and which you have profaned among them; and the nations will know that I am the LORD, says the Lord GOD, when through you I vindicate my holiness before their eyes.'
"'For I will take you from the nations, and gather you from all the countries, and bring you into your own land. I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will take out of your flesh the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to observe my ordinances. You shall dwell in the land which I gave to your fathers; and you shall be my people, and I will be your God. And I will deliver you from all your uncleannesses; and I will summon the grain and make it abundant and lay no famine upon you. I will make the fruit of the tree and the increase of the field abundant, that you may never again suffer the disgrace of famine among the nations. Then you will remember your evil ways, and your deeds that were not good; and you will loathe yourselves for your iniquities and your abominable deeds.'
"'It is not for your sake that I will act, says the Lord GOD; let that be known to you. Be ashamed and confounded for your ways, O house of Israel.'" (Ezekiel 36:17-32)
"O that thou wouldst rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains might quake at thy presence---as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil-to make thy name known to thy adversaries, and that the nations might tremble at thy presence!
When thou didst terrible things which we looked not for, thou camest down, the mountains quaked at thy presence. From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides thee, who works for those who wait for him. Thou meetest him that joyfully works righteousness, those that remember thee in thy ways.
Behold, thou wast angry, and we sinned; in our sins we have been a long time, and shall we be saved? We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. There is no one that calls upon thy name, that bestirs himself to take hold of thee; for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast delivered us into the hand of our iniquities.
Yet, O LORD, thou art our Father; we are the clay, and thou art our potter; we are all the work of thy hand. Be not exceedingly angry, O LORD, and remember not iniquity for ever. Behold, consider, we are all thy people. Thy holy cities have become a wilderness, Zion has become a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation. Our holy and beautiful house, where our fathers praised thee, has been burned by fire, and all our pleasant places have become ruins. Wilt thou restrain thyself at these things, O LORD? Wilt thou keep silent, and afflict us sorely?"
Why do the nations conspire, and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and his anointed, saying, "Let us burst their bonds asunder, and cast their cords from us." He who sits in the heavens laughs; the LORD has them in derision. Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying, "I have set my king on Zion, my holy hill." I will tell of the decree of the LORD: He said to me, "You are my son, today I have begotten you. Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron, and dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel." Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, with trembling, kiss his feet, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way; for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus Born to set Thy people free: From our fears and sins release us; let us find our rest in Thee. Israel's strength and consolation, Hope of all the world Thou art; Dear Desire of every nation, Joy of every longing heart. Born Thy people to deliver, Born a Child, and yet a King. Born to reign in us forever, Now Thy gracious kingdom bring. By Thine own eternal Spirit Rule in all our hearts alone; By Thine all-sufficient merit, Raise us to thy glorious throne.
* Koinonia House, PO Box D, Coeur D'Alene, Idaho 83816-0347.
** See for example En Route to Global Occupation by Gary H. Kah, Huntington House Publishers, PO Box 53788 Lafayette, LA 70505, one of many good books that will introduce Christians to the radical transformation of all of society which has taken place around the world in recent years. Koinonia House's annual summer Vail Conference deals extensively with the present world situation and an update on developing global events.
[Update 2020: Israel today is populated by 8.855 million people. About 21% are Arabs, 75.6% are Jewish-70% of these are Sabras, (born in the land) and the rest Olim-Jewish immigrants, 21% from Europe and the Americas, 9% from Asia, Africa and Arab countries.Only about 2% of the population of Israel is professing Christian. This number includes remnants from historical Christian churches dating from the First Century. “Messianic Jews” who acknowledge Yeshua are a vocal, but rapidly growing minority, in Israel numbering perhaps 1% of the populace. The religious segment of the Jewish population is about 8% Haredim (ultra-Orthodox), 25% “non-religious traditionalists” and 43% “secular.” About half of the Jews in the world presently live outside the land, most live in the United States. Ezekiel 36 and 37 make specific reference to the return of the Jews to the land].
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The Ruthlessness of God
Israel My Glory (Aliyah)
Entering God's Sabbath Rest
Jesus, the Avenger of Blood
The Terror of the Lord
Tyre and Sidon
Jesus our Jubilee
The Day of the Lord
Jesus, Greater than Moses
The Wife of Jehovah, The Bride of Christ
The Last Church Before the Rapture
The Gog/Magog Invasion
God's Land -- God's People
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