Tuesday, 19 January 2016

When Israel Awakens


Scripture: Zechariah 12 v 9-10:
"And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. And I will pour out upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon Me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for Him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn."

What wonderful words in the midst of sorrow when Jesus says I will pour out the spirit of grace upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem! It means the law of Moses will be at an end and the grace He purchased on the Cross on a hill outside the city walls will replace those difficult laws.

Grace is the forgiveness of every sin and He is adding the spirit of supplications to it. Every prayer will be answered. They will see Him and see the holes in His hands and feet, the place in His side where the sword pierced Him. They will see the scars of the thorns, 8" inches long, called nabk, in His face and head. They will at last recognise their true Messiah and King.

Then the mourning and bitter sorrow will come upon them because they rejected Him nearly 2000 years before and cried out for Him to be crucified. When Pilate washed his hands and said I am innocent of the blood of this just man they said His Blood be upon us and on our children! (Matthew 27 v 24 - 25).

They brought a terrible curse upon themselves and their descendants when they said that. A death curse that meant that at the time of the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple by Titus in AD70; the Masada Massacre not long after; up to the Holocaust of WW2 and the Arab declaration to annihilate Israel, God has not been able to answer those cries for help.

But the time of her affliction is at an end. In the last battle against the Palestinians, those islamic militants were heard complaining that "Their God fights for them even causing our own missiles to misfire upon ourselves!". The UN is wanting to grant many benefits to the Palestinians however they forget to include the God of Abraham, isaac and Jacob in their plans.

If we are followers of Jesus we must love Jerusalem as He does. The final judgment between the sheep and goats is made on each nation and each persons attitude to her. If you have prayed for the peace of Jerusalem and comforted her people you are a sheep of the Lord's flock. If you have hated her and backed those who want to destroy her, you are a goat, and headed for eternal fire.

The Time of the Gentiles is coming to a close. That door began to close in 1948 when Israel became a nation again after 1900 years without a homeland. After Masada there were 70 Jews left alive. They scattered into other countries where the Lord kept them alive, multiplied them and prospered them. At the right time He gave them Israel again as He had prophesied through Jeremiah.

The signing of the 7 year peace treaty between Israel and all Arab countries will be ratified by the Antichrist, known to all as a man of peace. This will mark the final three and a half years to end the Time of the Gentiles. In this last period will come the world wide outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the final great revival. This will be followed by the Rapture of believers to meet Jesus in the air.

Then comes the final half of Tribulation which is the worst time to be on earth. The full power of satan will rule through the Antichrist, the Beast and the False Prophet.  The man of peace has become the Son of Perdition. (2 Thessalonians 2 v 3-4). The target is the complete destruction of Israel.  It will culminate in the Battle of Armageddon. Jesus will arrive on Earth on the Mount of Olives which will split in half from East to West forming a great valley. He will smite those 200 million detroyers with the sword in His mouth. Israel will be rescued and she will recognise Jesus at long last.

Prayer: Father God we praise You as You are in control of all things pertaining to Your children both Gentile and Jew. The day is approaching when all these prophecies shall be fulfilled. The enemy has tried to block truth from us all but You have prevailed and opened our eyes.  Thank You for everything. We pray for Israel to be saved and for the peace of Jerusalem. In Jesus' name. Amen.