In the last Solomon is Calling letter to my friends, I dealt with the devastating earthquake and tidal wave that killed almost 200,000 people in minutes. I stated that many who read the prophecies of the Bible literally are saying the Asian earthquake is just one sign among many that cause them to think the return of our Lord Jesus Christ is at the door. In this letter, I want to address another major sign that convinces me that the Lord Jesus Christ is coming in judgment. And that sign is the return of the Jewish people to their God-given homeland and the final ownership status of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. Since the fall of Saddam and the rise of democracy in Iraq, the leaders of Iran and Syria are facing intense pressure to reform for peace or be destroyed by America and Israel’s military might. In my article “Moved with Compassion” of November 2004, I wrote that because of President Bush’s re-election and his support among Constantinian Christians for taking the war to the terrorists, these two nations are facing their D-Day. I asked back then….will they choose war or peace? Today, the ball is still in their court, but time is running out. Bush and Sharon have played their cards forcing Iran and Syria to make their next move. Each day that passes in the Middle East will intensify and focus the world’s attention on the religious status of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount, Zechariah 12:3.
More than anything we need the wisdom of Solomon to walk through this geo-political-religious minefield. To be clear about this, none of us have this wisdom “within” ourselves, for we are all born with a evil sin nature that, left alone, can only produce the wisdom of fools. According to 1 John 2:16, this sin nature, which must be exposed and confessed, consists of….the pride of this life, the love of and lust for money, and the love of self and lust for carnal pleasures. But in rebellious Christian America this nature has been christianized into the culture in three ways….militant patriotism, the lust for prosperity, and the psycho-babble of the purpose-driven life. The only way for you to be free from this evil nature is to first acknowledge its absolute control of your life, to then cry out in repentance toward the God of Israel, and finally trust in the shed blood of Jesus Christ to wash away this nature from your heart, making you a new creation with new desires, empowered by the indwelling Holy Spirit.
Please read my article “The Wise Man” of February 2005 for more information on these three “pillars of pollution” dominating Christendom today. That article and this letter is written to encourage all of you to search the scriptures for yourselves. If you fail to do this and continue to seek understanding and interpretation from men with titles….Reverend, Right Reverend, Pastor, Doctor Pastor, Father, Holy Father, etc., you have made these men “the” Lord of your life. And many of them love it so, for they thrive on their authority over you. They are the ones who are keeping alive the sin nature by teaching these three lies as the doctrines of God. Simply put, they are teaching men to sin in the name of the Lord! For example, the repackaged lies of new age “dominion” psychology woven into the purpose-driven movement have now become extremely popular, making this prophecy rejecting movement another vehicle for Christendom to take over the nations and establish the promised Kingdom of God on Earth. The Lord Jesus Christ wants to be your source, so if you seek answers from men only, you leave yourself open to great deception and confusion. The Spirit of God is your true teacher, who will show you all things, if you listen to him, John 16:13.
Jerusalem is the geographical epi-center of hate and evil in this world. The clash of cultures and religions are rooted there. Why? I have encountered many people over the years who despise and hate the Jewish people, and sadly this evil is spreading. It is hard to get through to people who have such feelings in their hearts. I am confident that none of you on this list have fallen into this satanic deception. Satan hates the Jewish people because it was through their father, Abraham and his seed, who God chose to bring and offer salvation to mankind. If you read the scriptures carefully, I think you will agree that the calling and promises of God for eternal life were upon Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and ultimately center on our Lord Jesus Christ for fulfillment. As I understand “eternal” salvation, both in the Old and New Testaments, there are three groups of people….Gentiles, Jews, and the Saved. In the Old Testament, the saved were those Jews of Israel and any converted Gentiles who understood and put their faith in the blood sacrifices of animals that pointed to the coming Jewish Messiah as the final offering for sin. Those natural Jews in Israel who mixed pagan Babylonian doctrines and practices into their understanding and continually refused to repent were eternally condemned to Hell with the lost Gentiles by God’s prophets. In the New Testament, the eternally saved are the Jews and Gentiles who look back in repentance at the blood sacrifice of the Jewish Lamb of God, and put their faith in the risen Lord Jesus Christ, his coming Kingdom, and his foundational teachings.
Until Jesus comes again, we will have these three distinctions of mankind. Many false teachers in Gentile Christendom have written off Israel and the natural Jews of today and have declared themselves the New Israel and the New Jerusalem. Somehow they are confusing the natural blood and ancestry lines with “eternal” life. Of course, every natural descendent of the patriarchs of Israel must be born again in our Lord Jesus Christ to go to Heaven. Jesus said this to them first, did he not? Just being a natural descendent of Jacob will not save them eternally. And it is not anti-Semitic to tell natural Jews that if they reject Yeshua/Jesus they will die in their sins, and enter Hell to join their Islamic enemies.
Finally, the promises and prophecies concerning the land of Israel are to be taken literally. They have been and will be fulfilled as written. The return of the natural descendents of the patriarchs in 1948, the taking of Jerusalem in 1967, and ultimately the future rebuilding of the Temple for the Jews during Daniel’s 70th Week, should awaken all of us that Jesus is returning. Anyone who spiritualizes this away is going to be deceived by the Antichrist that is coming to Jerusalem to establish peace in the Middle East. Remember, the coming Antichrist, Roman Prince, or King of America/Babylon will at first acknowledge the significance of the Jewish people and their nation, and outwardly pretend to stand by their side against Israel’s Islamic enemies and even secure a political-religious peace for Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. The relationship between President Bush and Prime Minister Sharon is the latest example of this coming prophesied alliance, Isaiah 28:14-22, Daniel 9:27, Revelation 6:1-4. These two men might very well be the ones who start the ball of judgment rolling. The charade of the King of Babylon will be short-lived, for two Jewish prophets will arrive on the scene in sackcloth and ashes, calling on the Jews to repent for rejecting the trueYeshua/Jesus as the Messiah. These men will condemn Islam as a false religion and expose the false gospel of the Antichrist and his False Prophet or as Paul wrote “another Jesus”, and will incur the wrath of all the world, Revelation 11:7-13.
I must address here for a moment the coming planned “deportation” of the Jewish people from Gaza and the West Bank which is stirring tremendous division among the Jewish people. For President Bush has caved in to the demands of Arab leaders who have called for all Jews, including the dead in their graves, to be resettled on Jewish land and has coerced and/or convinced Prime Minister Sharon to tow the line. And nobody in Washington is suggesting that all Arabs be deported from Jewish land back to other Arab states from where they came. Moreover, the truth is that most Arabs in Israel have it better in Israel than Arabs do in their own nations and would choose to stay in Israel if given the choice. This one-sided ethic cleansing suggested by President Bush makes absolutely no sense morally or democratically and is riddled with hypocrisy. To explain these contradictions away, some insiders are now saying this Bush plan for a Jewless Palestinian state, living side by side with Israel, is all a “big bluff” in that the President has decided that Islamic leaders in Iran, Syria, and Saudi Arabia are incapable of ever recognizing any state of Israel.
By his offering to the Arabs another state within the heart of Israel, in exchange for a final comprehensive treaty they “all” must sign with the whole world watching on CNN, Bush has determined or gambled that Islam will never agree to such a plan. Instead, they will find some excuse to blame Israel, and begin anew the terrorism on innocent Jewish women and children, thereby giving America and Israel the justification in the eyes of all the world to once and for all destroy the Arab/Islamic terror machine. What if the Arabs call the bluff? How can Bush/Sharon say they were only bluffing? What if the Arabs are persuaded by the Russians to accept this offer of a Palestinian state by Bush/Sharon? I have written many times in previous articles and it needs to be repeated often that Ezekiel and Daniel describe just such a scenario that is developing today, Ezekiel 38:10,14 and Daniel 8:25. Even if the insiders are wrong about the planned bluff, one way or another, America and Russia, the two “Little Horns” of Daniel 7&8, will establish a political-religious peace in Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. Wars and rumors of nuclear war will dictate their intervention! The two Little Horns of the western and eastern Roman Empire, who were adversaries during the long cold war, will take their seats as the great peacemakers of our time.
After the signing of this treaty, which I am sure will be the “big” story on Fox News, the apostle John predicted in Revelation 7&11 a great awakening among the descendents of the Jewish patriarchs because of their two prophets, and many Gentiles will have their names written in the Lamb’s book of life because of it. The two prophets will also warn the Jews that Russia and its Islamic friends made a political-religious peace only to seduce Israel and that an invasion unleashing World War Three is imminent, Revelation 6:1-4. Almost two thousand years ago on the day of Pentecost, the “Early Rain” of the Holy Spirit fell upon the Jews who then later reached out to the lost Gentiles, and according to Revelation 7&11, the “Latter Rain” of the Spirit will again fall upon the natural Jews to bring in a great harvest among the Gentiles, Hosea 6:3, James 5:7.
I hope you understand what I believe in my heart concerning this matter. Again, please don’t spiritually align yourself with anyone who removes or replaces the calling and promises of God to the natural descendents of the patriarchs or the land of Israel. If you do you will find yourself on the road that leads to the worship of the Antichrist. One verse that the beloved Solomon wrote always comes to my mind when false doctrines or evil thoughts come my way….the fear of “the” Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction, Proverbs 1:7. It is vital for you to know that “the” Lord he is talking about is not the false god of Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, but the living God of Israel, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Your eternal friend,
P.S. What do the Jews have in common with Terri Schiavo? Like the merciless judges who condemned Terri to a slow death, that even animals are protected from, at the request of her adulterous and suspicious husband, most people look at the Jews as less valuable than others. And both have sought the help of America’s President only to be betrayed, and in Israel’s case they were also coerced into agreeing with the “road map” for peace. Terri is now dead and Israel is soon to follow. The Lord Jesus Christ is not pleased by the culture of death reflected in Terri’s husband and his judicial supporters, including the Supreme Court. However, he is even more displeased with the false gospel of Catholicism, which condemns those who trust in its doctrines to an eternal Hell. Terri’s family apparently is trapped in Catholicism. I sincerely hope they know the real Jesus and understand that the sacramental system and prayers to Mary will not save them from their sins. Have Pat Robertson and Rick Warren lovingly warned them about this? Don’t hold your breath! For just as President Bush caved in to the Arab oilmasters, Robertson and Warren have aligned themselves with the Catholic system. I share their zeal for preserving the life of Terri in this world, but I wonder why they are so indifferent when it comes to preserving and contending for the “only” way to eternal life? In the end, America/Babylon will be destroyed without mercy from coast to coast by the Lord Jesus Christ, just as it destroyed without mercy fifty-million unborn children, Terri Schiavo, and Israel. God is not mocked…. his vengeance is coming, Revelation 18, 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9.