“The Harvest of the Nations!”
Shalom Partner and Friend of Israel,
"Moreover, concerning a foreigner, who is not of your people Israel (Gentiles/Nations), but has come from a far country for your name’s sake (for they will hear of Your Great Name and Your strong Hand and Your Outstretched Arm), when he comes to pray towards this temple; then hear in heaven your dwelling place, and do according to all for which the foreigner calls you, that ALL peoples of the earth may know your name and fear you, as do your people Israel…" – 1 Kings 8:41-43.
Thousands of Gentiles today …and especially Evangelical Christians visit, love and support Israel every year! They come from nations all over the world and most of the time would visit Jerusalem and the Western Wall which is the closest point to the Holy of Holies where the 1st and 2nd Temples once stood. The Temple Mount (Mount Moriah) is visited every day of the year. God’s Word is so true and prophecy is truly being fulfilled right before our eyes.
"In your seed (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob) ALL the nations of the earth will be blessed!"- Genesis 22:18. And the promise of Yeshua (Jesus); "Unto us a son is given and the (world’s) government will be upon His shoulder." – Isaiah 9:6. Here we can see God’s plan for a truly blessed world that begs not to leave anyone without the gift of salvation through our Saviour Yeshua (Jesus) the "Prince of Peace! Today there is a universal need for true salvation "BUT the world is turning it’s back upon Israel and the Word of God – the Bible! God is the Abba – Father of the whole humankind and is the Father from where everyone and every animal or plant earth receives life! God’s heart is for mankind! God chose one nation (Israel) and one people (the Jews) on the face of the earth to represent Him and His Son Yeshua as well as the Ruach HaKodesh – The Holy Spirit (Pentecost) through Jewish Prophets, Patriarchs, Matriarchs to bring us His Word – The Bible! And Through Pentecost the Church was birthed as the Word spread from Jerusalem to the outer most parts of the world. Our Bible was written by "martyrs" and in blood so that we can all hear the Holy and Prophetic Word of God. Prophecy is not negative it is VERY positive… it told us of our Lord’s First Coming – His death and Resurrection. So, if our Lord, Yeshua (Jesus) died on the Cross (for us) …so too will we all die someday (unless we alive at the time of the privileged generation that will receive the promise of the Rapture happening before we die). He was buried and so will we all be buried too. BUT, here’s the good news, He rose again from the grave – so will we will rise again for to be absent from he body is to be present with the Lord. We have the promise of the Rapture which could happen "in a twinkling of the eye" and meet our Saviour in the clouds… and sadly, those who are not believers will be left behind in a time of Great Tribulation before the Second Coming of our Lord! But, as we serve a God that is merciful they too will have another chance but, in a time, when the Antichrist will rule and a time of "Jacob’s Trouble." As believers we have this "blessed hope!" You see we are pilgrims on earth passing through to our home for eternity – heaven.
Prophecy speaks of things that have happened – fulfilled, and of things yet to come! We believe whole heartedly that we are now in the times that our Lord Yeshua (Jesus) promised in Matthew 24;37-39, Luke 17:28-29 – times of "Noah" and "Sodom and Gomorrah!" We just need to look at what is happening to the world through Liberalism, Socialism, Islam, Agnostics, Feminists and Atheists and they all fall under the same evil umbrella! The true believers are NOT to expect a reign of universal peace, happiness, and prosperity, before the end comes. If we do, we will be greatly deceived. We are witnessing the Antichrist army falling into place… the corrupt Liberal Media, Liberal Leftists and Socialists who stand for abortion which is murder, homosexuality which kills God’s plan for families and generations, open borders removing God’s plan for nations and produce lawlessness. Radical Islamists kill in the name of Allah a pagan god! They hate and lie about anyone who wants to live by God’s laws and today we are witnessing Christian genocide happening on a scale we haven’t witnessed for a very long time. They mock our Lord and use His name in profanity. All these things are Antichrist and against Yahweh - the God of Israel and the Bible; our God. When they glorify abortions it’s the murder of innocent infants in the and out of the womb. Today we witness the forcing or even imprisoning Pastors through radical Liberal Laws simply to force Pastors to disobey the Word of God by marrying same sex couples and have laws in place so that their agendas can be made official. And, they hate Israel – the Land of our God! By destroying the Jews, they are able to replace Israel with Islam. The Media is a liberal corruption and no longer news worthy but fake and will in future be the voice of the Antichrist!
Our Lord warns us look beware of… "wars, famines, pestilence and persecution" - before His Second Coming. It is vain to expect peace until the Prince of Peace returns. Then, and not until then, the swords shall be beaten into ploughshares, and nations learn war no more. Then, and not until then, the earth shall bring forth her increase. (Isaiah, 2:4; Psalm. 68:6) We are not to expect a time of universal Biblical purity and practice in the Church of Christ, before the end comes. If we do, we shall be greatly mistaken. Today we see love has grown cold, brother against brother, and nation against nation. But, we see for another thing, that God’s elect are always special objects of God’s care. Twice in this passage our Lord mentions them. "For the elect's sake the days of tribulation are to be shortened." It will not be possible to deceive the "elect" (Matthew 24:15-28). Those, whom God has chosen to salvation by Christ, are those whom God specially loves in this world. They are the jewels among mankind. He hears their prayers. He orders all the events of nations and the issues of wars for their good, and their sanctification. He keeps them by His Spirit. He allows neither man nor devil to pluck them out of His hand. Whatever tribulation comes on the world, God's elect is safe. May we NEVER rest until we know and believe that we are of this blessed number!
The SECOND personal Coming of Yeshua (Jesus Christ) shall be as different as possible from the FIRST, when He came the first time, as a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. He was born in the manger of Bethlehem, in lowliness and humiliation and took on him the form of a servant and was despised and rejected of men. He was betrayed into the hands of wicked men, condemned by an unjust judgment, mocked, scourged, crowned with thorns, and then crucified between two thieves. Yeshua shall come the second time as the King of all the earth, with all royal majesty. The princes and great men of this world shall themselves stand before His throne to receive an eternal sentence. And, before him every mouth shall be stopped, and every knee bow and every tongue shall confess that Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus Christ) is Lord. May we all remember this!
Whatever ungodly men may do now, there will be no scoffing, no jesting at Christ, no blaspheming His Name, no infidelity at the Last Day. The servants of the Lord may well wait patiently but we know that our Master shall one day be acknowledged King of kings by all the world! "Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. Now learn this parable from the fig tree (Israel); when its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So, you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near - at the doors! Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away."- Matthew 24:29-35. In this part of our Lord's Prophecy, He describes His own Second Coming, to judge the world. This, at all events, seems the natural meaning of the passage. To take any lower view appears to be a violent straining of Scripture language. The event here described is one of far greater moment than the march of any earthly army. It is nothing less than the closing act of this Age and the Times of the Gentiles …with the second personal advent of Yeshua (Jesus Christ). These verses teach us, in the second place, that when Christ returns to this world, He will first take care of His believing people. He shall "send his angels," and "gather together his elect." In the Day of Judgment true Christians shall be perfectly safe! Not a hair of their heads shall fall to the ground. Not one bone of Christ's mystical body shall be broken. There was an ark for Noah, in the day of the flood. There was a Zoar for Lot, when Sodom was destroyed. There shall be a hiding-place for all believers in Yeshua, when the wrath of God at last bursts on this wicked world. Those mighty angels who rejoiced in heaven when each sinner repented, shall gladly catch up the people of Christ to meet their Lord in the air. That day no doubt will be a dreadful day, but believers may look forward to it without fear.
In the Day of Judgment true Christians shall at length be gathered together. The saints of every age, and every tongue shall be assembled out of every land. All shall be there, from righteous Abel down to the last soul that is converted to God - from the oldest patriarch down to the little infant that just breathed and died. Let us think what a happy gathering that will be, when all the family of God are at length together. If it has been pleasant to meet one or two saints occasionally on earth, how much more pleasant will it be to meet a "multitude that no man can number!" Surely, we may be content to carry the cross, and put up with partings for a few years. We travel on towards a day, when we shall meet to part no more! These verses teach us that until Christ returns to this earth, the Jews will always remain a separate people. Our Lord tells us, "This generation shall NOT pass away, until all these things are fulfilled." The continued existence of the Jews as a distinct Nation - Israel, is undeniably a great miracle! It is one of those evidences of the truth of the Bible which the infidel can never overthrow. Without a land, without a king, without a government, scattered and dispersed over the world for 2,000 years, the Jews were never absorbed among the people of the countries where they live, like Frenchmen, Englishmen, and Germans, but "dwelt alone." Nothing can account for this but the finger of God. The Jewish nation stands before the world, a crushing answer to infidelity, and a living book of evidence that the Bible is true! However, we should NOT regard the Jews only as witnesses of the truth of Scripture …BUT should see in them a continual pledge, that the Lord Yeshua (Jesus) is coming again one day …and sooner than we think! Like the sacrament of the Lord's supper, they witness to the reality of the Second and first Advent. Let us remember this! Let us see in every wandering Jew a proof that the Bible is true, and that Yeshua our Jewish Saviour WILL one day return! Finally, these verses teach us, that our Lord's predictions will certainly be fulfilled because He says; "heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away!"
Our Lord knew well the natural unbelief of human nature and He knew that scoffers would arise in the Last Days, saying, where is the promise of His coming? (2 Peter 3:4.) He knew that when He came, faith would be rare on the earth and He foresaw how many would contemptuously reject the solemn predictions He had just been delivering as improbable, unlikely, and absurd. Yeshua warns us all against such sceptical thoughts, with a caution of peculiar solemnity and He tells us that, whatever man may say or think, His words shall be fulfilled in their season, and shall not "pass away," unaccomplished. May we all lay to heart His warning. We live in an unbelieving age. Few believed the report of our Lord's First Coming …and few will believe the report of His Second Coming. (Isaiah 53:1.) Let us NOT fall into the same trap of unbelief as the Bible is true to every word! May God give us a heart to believe them!
The story of the Bible is the story of God’s love for “messed up people” of all kinds… 2 Peter 3:5; “God is not willing for anyone to be lost, but for all to come to repentance.” You cannot find a human being in all the earth that God does not care about and his deep Father’s love is critical for us to understand. God’s purposes were radically advanced through Abram (Abraham) when He announced that through Israel ALL the nations of the world will be blessed, BUT, there was a condition attached to this blessing. God would bless those who blessed Israel … and curse those who cursed Israel! – Genesis 12:1-3. Four thousand years ago God wanted to save the whole world and Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son, Isaac provoked God; “because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son (Isaac) …in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed. - Genesis 22:16-18. God always keeps His promises! The New Testament opens with a stunning statement… “The book of the genealogy of Yeshua the Messiah, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham…” – Matthew 1:1. This was now 2,000 years after God began His friendship with Abraham …and Yeshua (Jesus) the Son of David - seed of Abraham came to Israel. Think about this …God loved the world so much that He sent His only Son, Yeshua, the seed of Abraham to save this sinful world (John 3:16).
Clearly it is God’s prerogative to choose one nation – Israel, through which to bring salvation to the entire world …and that is just what He did through the lineage of Abraham for “…salvation is of the Jews!” – John 4:22. All the way back to Moses time God was aiming at world redemption but chose Israel to bring His plans and purposes and we can read through Genesis to Revelation that Israel was always part and parcel of this redemptive plan. On the other hand, deadly anti-Semitism arises from human jealousy and the enemy’s hatred of whom and what God loves and has chosen. This is also sadly seen in churches who believe in “Replacement Theology!” If we listen carefully to God’s proclamation which immediately followed the Ten Commandments – we can hear His heart for mankind; “You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.” – Exodus 19:4-6. Here we see God saying all the nations are His but that Israel will be a kingdom of priests to Him and it is through them we have our Bible and our Saviour - Yeshua. Though Israel is not perfect they have always remained under His protection throughout Centuries …and today they are back in the land just as God promised that He would bring them back and 1948 is the year God chose to restore Israel. By saying; “the earth is mine” the Lord made it clear that it belonged to Him and through Yeshua this “priesthood” came to the church (1 Peter 2:9). You see, God’s plan coming to fulfilment as Jew and Gentile believers in Yeshua (Jesus) are the “One New Man” in Messiah (Ephesians 2:15). We are inseparable and connected to our Hebraic Roots!
We can read in Isaiah 56:6-7 that God will (Just as He has anointed the 45th US President Donald Trump to be a Cyrus for our day (Isaiah 45; Ezra 1:7-11) for Jerusalem) in for the future of Israel.
Cyrus returned and restored the 5,400 Temple Articles of silver and gold that had been stolen by Babylon 70 years earlier and gave them to Sheshbazzar, the Prince of Judah to take back to Jerusalem! Today in a Jubilee Year Jerusalem is 50 Years after reunification and Israel has turned 70 years (1948-2018) …and can’t just wonder whether precious items stolen by Rome, Islamic Nations and other Gentile nations will be returned to their rightful owners Israel the Jewish Nation? God has always used Gentiles to help fulfil prophecy for Israel and nothing is just coincidence! Even Cyrus faced persecution for his part in helping build the Temple in Jerusalem (Ezra 5:3, 6:6; Ezra 6:7-8,10). This language truly echoes that nations who stand with Israel are divinely mandated in God’s involvement in Israel’s affairs …and just like Cyrus, US President Trump will face huge persecution and hatred because of his support for Israel – God is in control and will protect him throughout his assignment for our day! There is just something about Israel’s physical and spiritual restoration calling for the strategic involvement of tuned-in Gentiles (non-Jews. When the community of our Messiah is being rebuilt on the original site where Yeshua’s (Jesus) Disciples began! Again, God is raising up visionary, Bible believing true Christians - those who love and financially support Israel are helping restore and rebuild Israel and more than we ‘all can ever realise!
Following Ezra, Nehemiah pursued the next stage of Israel’s restoration and his relationship with Artaxerxes was so close that Nehemiah was his cupbearer. Nehemiah’s weeping burden for Jerusalem and ultimate fulfilment of God’s Kingdom compelled him to seek the king’s aid. Has God burdened our hearts to this extend? The king was pleased to send him and provisioned the passionate intercessor with timber, highway passage, and an army escort. Thus, Nehemiah rebuilt the wall around the City of Jerusalem in only 52 days – overcoming great opposition and hardship. The partnerships of Ezra, King Cyrus – Darius and Nehemiah/ Artaxerxes were required to restore the Temple built by King Solomon and Gentile King Hiram. These dramatic God "match-ups" changed history! With Israel’s rebirth you can be assured that NO longer will her momentous return to the stage of world history be just a distant event to be viewed on the "side-lines!" And, we too might just find that our vital role with Israel is a miracle in the happening that had already begun in our day!
We all hear many voices, many arguments and so many speculations and almost everyone has an idea or theory but we must NEVER forget the voice of Yeshua (Jesus Christ). And, what did our Lord have to say about the future? It may just surprise us how much He had to say about the future – our future – your future! Yeshua carried God’s heart for the whole world as He was consumed with the heart of the Father expressed in Isaiah 52:10; "All the ends of the earth shall see the Salvation of our God!" Our Lord and Saviour frequently spoke of the future events in His discussions and discourses. In the Olivet Discourse recorded in Matthew 24:25, the example, Yeshua laid out of events to come 2,000 years ago and concluded by saying to His Disciples; "See I have told you beforehand." He wanted them to know ahead of time some facts to help them – and us too, to face the coming days. In Mark 13:23 the Lord said something similar; "…but take heed, see I have told you all things beforehand." Yeshua was in the habit of preparing us for the future even during His days upon this earth. He made a point of telling those around Him some of the things that they could anticipate in the days ahead. So, we shouldn’t let anyone tell us that our Lord didn’t care about us wanting to know about the future. The facts speak otherwise. Yeshua spoke about the future a great deal.
The Lord rebuked people for NOT knowing the future… Not only did Yeshua (Jesus) speak many times about the future, but He also reprimanded and rebuked the people because they didn’t seem to recognize that important prophesied events were taking place all around them. He once scolded members of a crowd, saying that while they could read the clouds and tell them when it was going to rain, although they could look at the wind blowing through their fields and decide when hot weather was approaching, somehow, they were unable to read the “signs of the times!” - And, so our Lord reprimanded them saying; “Hypocrites! You can discern the face of the sky and of the earth, but how is it you do not discern this time!” – Luke 12:56. It was NO small thing to Yeshua (Jesus) that the people of His generation remained ignorant of God’s Prophetic Word. He expected them to be able to open their eyes, look around, and put two and two together… but He found that they hadn’t learnt their numbers. What does this mean for our time…? What does this mean for us…? For one thing, if someone comes to us and says; “I’m not really interested in Prophecy. I’m not interested in all of this future stuff.” We should read Luke 12:56 to them and then point out how Yeshua used the word “Hypocrite!” to describe a person who attaches more significance to predictions of the weather (global warming is a good example) rather than to the Word of God.
The Bible instructs us to always “to be looking for the day of Christ’s return, not with wild eyed speculations field by our own calculations but with sober and “spirit lead discernment!” What else would the Bible mean when it says, “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the banner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the day approaching.” – Hebrews 10:24-35. How can we, “see the day approaching” if we aren’t looking for it? We are to investigate what the Bible has to say and ask God to help us to determine the day and the hour in which we are living. We cannot remain ignorant of - “the signs of the times” …simply because thoughts of the future may make us uncomfortable! We just have to look at what is happening around the world, how things have changed just over the past few years let alone a decade ago. God is speaking to the nations but are they listening and are we seeing the “signs” in front of our eyes? Yeshua whenever He speaks, He is always on target! He passed the Old Testament requirement that a true Prophet be 100% accurate (Deuteronomy 18:22). God does not grade on a curve when it comes to Prophecy. According to the Bible – the Word of God if a prophet does not get his predictions completely right he cannot qualify to be a prophet of God. Yeshua (Jesus) was accurate about His own death and resurrection and His predictions are found all over the Gospels, but consider just this one in Matthew 16:21, “From the time Jesus began to show to His Disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things …and be killed, and be raised again on the third day.” Think about it for a moment? Anyone could predict that he was going to die when they arrested Him …but NOBODY could predict that He would rise again after three days and three nights! Just as we read further our Lord declared it would be like Jonah in the belly of a great fish (Matthew 12:40). We should listen to the words of our Lord as He has predicted the future events of His Second Coming and that is a soon event that is absolutely on target!
Nobody can set a date for our Lord’s return! It will be unannounced, unscheduled and unexpected! If anything is consistently taught in the Bible in our Lord’s Olivet Discourse in the Gospels of Matthew 24:36-44, 25:13; Mark 13:32 and 1 Thessalonians 5:1-2. And, since we don’t know the exact timing of the Rapture nor His Second Coming – we need to be ready at ALL times! There is an appointed time and it’s at the door for 2,000 years have now passed. Yes, it is imminent and it could happen at any time and even before each of our next heart beat – in a twinkling of an eye! Because of Israel’s unique place in God’s story, a significant amount of the End-Time drama revolves around God resolving Israel’s situation and fulfilling Israel’s promises. That is why it is so key that we understand both Israel’s promises and Israel’s Covenants. However, Israel’s story is also part of God’s story for the nations. God began His plan with Abraham out of His desire to save the nations. Therefore, we must also understand God’s promise to the nations and how it also sets the stage for End-Time events. The Bible describes what the fulfilment of this promise looks like and that helps us to understand the End-Time Church and the role it plays in God’s redemptive plan. The nations were NOT an afterthought to God, and the salvation of the Gentiles was not God’s new idea after Israel failed in her Covenant calling. God made His promises to Abraham in order to save the nations. Just as the New Testament is not the end of Israel’s story, it is also not the beginning of the story of the nations. The nations CANNOT receive the knowledge of God and Salvation apart from God’s work through Israel. God’s plan to fulfil Abraham’s promises includes fulfilling distinct promises to Israel, but also involves bringing Jew and gentile together in one body. Because Israel and the Gentiles are one family in Jesus, it means we will receive the promises made to us together, as a family, at the same time. The End-Time Church is God’s fulfilment of the promise made to Abraham about the nations. To understand what the fulfilment of that promises looks like, we need to see what the Bible says about the End-Time Church (Psalm 2:6-8; 67:1-5; 86:9; 96:1-3 Isaiah 42:1, 45:22, 49:6; Zechariah 2:10-11 and Malachi 1:11).
Father God wants to give His Son a bride which is His Church from the nations of the world as a reward for His suffering… because He is a good Father and this reveals a lot about the End-Time Church. The End of the Age is the time when the Church will be mature and ready to be joined with Him forever. This is why Yeshua (Jesus) Second Coming is compared to “a great wedding celebration.” Our Lord is NOT returning for “a bride” (Church) that is barely surviving. He is returning for a mature Church that the powers of hell cannot overcome (Matthew 16:18). All of this is part of what it means for the nations to be blessed. We have far underestimated the glory that God is going to put on the Church. The Bible even promises when we see Him we will be like Him! (Philippians 3:21; 1 John 3:2) Our God is a God of the second chance…. No matter what immaturity, compromise and apostasy we may see in the Church of today …the Bible promises that a “mature Church” WILL someday soon emerge. The Church consists of both Jew and Gentile so this is a promise for all people group and has profound implications for Israel and the Church in the nations. The Old Testament predicts that a day would come when ALL Israel is saved. The New Testament expands that promise and predicts that Yeshua (Jesus) will have a people - both His brethren the Jews and Gentiles who are mature at His return! The End-Time Church is un-offended, deeply loyal to Yeshua and living with great anticipation of His soon return Revelation 12:11, 15:2-4). Harvest language is all throughout the New Testament and recognizing this language and the authors used it is key to understanding the Bible’s prediction of “a great End-Time Harvest.” John the Baptist described Yeshua (Jesus) as the one who would “harvest the earth” - “His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.” - Matthew 3:12.
The book of Daniel also describes the End-Time Church… "He shall seduce with flattery those who violate the covenant, but the people who know their God shall stand firm and take action. And the wise among the people shall make many understand, though for some days they shall stumble by sword and flame, by captivity and plunder. - Daniel 11:32–33. There will be a people who know their God will stand firm in the face of the Antichrist and "take action." They will instruct many people and cause them to also understand the Word of God. We read in Daniel 12:3 that there will also "turn many to righteousness" This is a description of a Church that is persecuted by the Antichrist …but also a Church that is connected to Israel and their Hebraic roots, actively proclaiming the Word of God, engaged in God’s activity, and turning many to righteousness. Daniel sees an End-Time Church that is missional, mature, and causing many to come into the Kingdom. The Biblical description of the End-Time Church is stunning, mature, unoffended and is deeply in love with Yeshua (Jesus) and worshipping God for all His mighty deeds, even in the middle of the Great Tribulation. It is faithful and loyal to our Saviour even unto death and none of these predictions minimize the great trials, persecution, suffering, conflicts, and tests the End-Time Church will face … and the Bible predicts many End Time saints will lose their lives because of their faithfulness! However, suffering and faithfulness unto death is NOT a sign of a weak church …but, it is one of the signs of a vibrant, mature church strengthened by revival even during the rule of the short reign of the Antichrist.
We can hardly anticipate all that was in God’s heart and mind when He gave Abraham the promise to bless the nations in Genesis 12:3. That blessing is described throughout history and it WILL come to pass as the Church Age ends. Just as we can hardly anticipate the glory of Israel’s salvation, so we can hardly anticipate the glory that is coming on the mature Church – after the Rapture. The End-Times is both a time of glory as the Church comes to maturity and also a time of unparalleled crisis when the Antichrist takes the stage of human history. To have an accurate picture of the End-Times cannot underestimate either one of these themes. Some have underestimated the glory of the mature End-Time Church. When we do this, we miss what the Bible says about the Church and the Antichrist dominates our thinking …and we become driven by fear with no faith for what God will do in the middle of the Tribulation. This is why we have examined what the Bible says about the Church. Many people focus only on the church and do not soberly consider what the Bible says about the terrible End-Time crisis. It will be an unparalleled time of trouble. When we think of the massive crises of today and throughout history none of them come close. This one will exceed them all. The prophets use dramatic language to describe what will happen so that we can be prepared for it. "They will be dismayed: pangs and agony will seize them; they will be in anguish like a woman in labour. They will look aghast at one another; their faces will be aflame." - Isaiah 13:8. We cannot ignore or minimize what the Bible says; "Therefore my loins are filled with anguish; pangs have seized me, like the pangs of a woman in labour; I am bowed down so that I cannot hear; I am dismayed so that I cannot see." - Isaiah 21:3. We cannot soften the blows of these verses! Let’s look further… "Ask now, and see, can a man bear a child? Why then do I see every man with his hands on his stomach like a woman in labour? 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."- Jeremiah 30:6–7.
Something is coming that goes beyond every crisis history has experienced up to this point. It will be the final conflict between God and His enemies for the salvation and restoration of the earth (Daniel 12:1; Amos 5:18; Zephaniah 1:15; Matthew 24:1 and Revelation 12:12). In the middle of this crisis, God will have a people and they will be mature and un-offended who will know their God and have understanding about the End-Time crisis. They will stand firm and take action.
The book of Revelation describes God’s great promise to bring salvation to the Gentiles and how it is fulfilled through an End-Time revival in the nations. The salvation of the nations, like Israel’s national salvation, is associated with the Second Coming of the Lord! The Scripture repeatedly predicts a global harvest, but the book of Revelation is the only book that shows us the results of that "harvest of souls." This is because the final harvest comes in during this time of Antichrist and those left behind after the Rapture. Revelation 7 describes the scope of the End of Age revival that brings God’s promise to fulfilment… "After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, "Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!" …Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, "Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?" I said to him, "Sir, you know." And he said to me, "These are the ones coming out of the Great Tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb." - Revelation 7:9-10, 13–14.
John saw a great multitude that no man can number and one of the elders asks John – “where does this multitude comes from?” Why? Because, it is very important that John know who these people are to understand God’s End-Time activity. And, because John does not know where this multitude has come from, the elder tells him that “…these are the saints who came out of the Great Tribulation!” Most commentators believe these are the martyrs of the Great Tribulation, but regardless of whether John sees only the martyrs of the Great Tribulation or the entire End-Time Church, the message is profound! John saw a massive number of people …a multitude “no one could number.” Many tend to assume the End-Time Church will barely survive but John saw something complete different! He sees an enormous End-Time Church that can only be the result of a “great harvest” beyond anything we have seen so far in history. We don’t know how many people it will be, or what percentage of the earth’s population it will be but it is clearly substantial. As a point of comparison, in Revelation 9:16 John described an army of 200 million so the fact that no one can number this multitude means it is an incredibly large group of people. Not only does John see an enormous Church, he also records this Church comes from every tribe and tongue. That means the End-Time Harvest is going to be global. When God brings His promise to fulfilment, there will NOT be a single people group or nation who is not represented - but this appears only after the “Rapture” and in the time of the Great Tribulation. Revival will sweep the earth and touch every people group. Something unprecedented must happen to produce the multitude John sees!
We can only do this work through the faithfulness of caring partners and are so grateful for everyone that supports our work in Israel. It takes every drop to fill the bucket and you are like “refreshing raindrops” to Israel’s needy children and families. You may not be on the frontline but you are very much a part of this success …and, you make the difference - thank you so much! We most sincerely believe that God WILL bless you for your faithfulness and love for His land and His chosen people. God’s Word is true! He IS watching to see how the nations are treating His people. God will have mercy on Israel through Gentile believers acting as mediators towards them. This is one of the most amazing revelations ever given to the church – an opportunity to do something that carries the highest priority in the heart of God. Yet, sadly, so few have seen the potential and the rewards of serving God in this manner - as agents of mercy to Israel and the Jewish people! Israel was and still is despised today and a despised nation continually turning away from God BUT nothing ever altered the purpose of God for that nation. The despised element is always a noticeable element in the purpose of God. When the Saviour of the world came, He came of that despised nation; like Israel… He Himself was “despised and rejected by men,” …and there is that despised element; “…things that are despised God has chosen,” 1 Corinthians 1:28. Now, more than at any time is the time to support Israel and the Jewish people - the Lord’s Brethren! We are witnessing the nations and people turning their backs on Israel. Thank you once again for your prayers and generous support!
We hope that you enjoy and become more informed by our work. We serve an awesome God and we are humbled by this opportunity to bring you this information. With Shalom to you and your family always,
Alf & Julie Saunders
01st August, 2018
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