Jerusalem Watch – Official Announcement

Trump officially recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, orders US embassy move.

So what does this mean for Christians? Quite simply, it means the return of our Lord is that much closer and we should be in prayer for Israel.

And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. Rev 22:12

 

 

The 9th of Av_Revisited

The prophetic landscape has been relatively calm since the election of November 2016. The world stock market economies are flourishing and the world “seems” to be on the road to recovery, at least on the surface that is. But we know beneath the endless mirage of pomp and show is a swirling pit of destruction, slowly but surely coming to fruition. It seems we are quickly running out of time and something big is coming very soon; should it be the Rapture or a large prophetic fulfillment, time will tell.

The unrest at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem is quickly coming to a head and as I write this post, it is currently the 9th of Av in Israel. We know the Temple mount belongs to Israel, but there rages a seemingly endless, fierce debate as to whom it belongs too. Let us not forget the words of the Lord below:

Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. Zec 12:2

Whether we see prophecy unfold on this day or in the near future, it is important to know that historically the 9th of Av has been a day of judgment against Israel. Below are the details from a previous post.

  • After Moses sent 12 spies into the land of Canaan, the spies return on the eighth day of Av and report that the land is unconquerable. That night, the 9th of Av, the people cry. They did not believe that God could help them, and the people as a whole were persuaded that it was not possible to take the land. As a result, the entire nation was made to wander in the desert for 40 years Numbers 13, 14.
  • The First Temple was destroyed on the 9th of Av (423 BCE).
  • The second Temple was destroyed on the 9th of Av (68 CE).
  • Betar, the last stronghold in the heroic Bar Kochba rebellion, fell to the Romans on the 9th of Av of the year 3893 (133 CE) after a three-year siege. 580,000 Jews died by starvation or the sword, including Bar Kochba, the leader of the rebellion.
  • The Jews of England were expelled by King Edward I on the 9th of Av in 1290.
  • The Jews of Spain were expelled by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella on the 9th of Av of 1492, terminating many centuries of flourishing Jewish life in that country.
  • World War II and the Holocaust, historians conclude, was actually the long drawn-out conclusion of World War I that began in 1914. Germany declared war on Russia, effectively catapulting the First World War into motion, on the 9th of Av.

Ironically, even though the Temple mount belongs to Israel, the actual temple was most likely in the City of David a few hundred feet below the disputed mount. Thanks to my watcher friend Jason, attached is an excellent video that provides overwhelming evidence for the real location of the temple and resolves the issue of how Israel will be able to build the coming temple.

In another prophetic move, Putin signs Syria base deal, cementing Russia’s presence there for half a century.

And… “An artificial intelligence system being developed at Facebook has created its own language. It developed a system of code words to make communication more efficient. Researchers shut the system down when they realized the AI was no longer using English”.

In the words of Jesus as He stated many times, it is more important now than ever to: “And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch”. Mar 13:37

Impetus!

Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.  Zec 12:2

The recent passing of UN resolution 2334 first proposed by Egypt, but possibly orchestrated between US Secretary of State John Kerry and US National Security Advisor Susan Rice and a Palestinian delegation headed by senior Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) member Saeb Erekat  is perhaps the first domino to fall leading up to Jerusalem as the official capital of Israel and the building of the temple.

Full text of UNSC Resolution 2334, demanding Israel stop all settlement activity

It is interesting to note that the resolution was passed on December 23rd, but was already December 24 in Israel once it passed. That day was the Jewish month of Kislev 24 and after the first attempt failed to rebuild the 2nd temple under the rule of King Cyrus of Persia, construction resumed in the second year under the reign of King Darius, on the 24th of Kislev. The prophet Haggi had much to say about that day.

18 Consider now from this day and upward, from the four and twentieth day of the ninth month, even from the day that the foundation of the Lord‘s temple was laid, consider it. 19 Is the seed yet in the barn? yea, as yet the vine, and the fig tree, and the pomegranate, and the olive tree, hath not brought forth: from this day will I bless you. 20 And again the word of the Lord came unto Haggai in the four and twentieth day of the month, saying, 21 Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying, I will shake the heavens and the earth; 22 And I will overthrow the throne of kingdoms, and I will destroy the strength of the kingdoms of the heathen; and I will overthrow the chariots, and those that ride in them; and the horses and their riders shall come down, every one by the sword of his brother. 23 In that day, saith the Lord of hosts, will I take thee, O Zerubbabel, my servant, the son of Shealtiel, saith the Lord, and will make thee as a signet: for I have chosen thee, saith the Lord of hosts.

The passing of the UN resolution will do just the opposite of what it was intended for. Israel will never give up Jerusalem and her future decisions regarding the resolution will greatly increase the chances of 2017 fulfilling much biblical prophecy including Jerusalem becoming the official capital of Israel and the building of the temple. Keep your eyes on Israel.

On a side note, New Years has fallen on a Sunday (resurrection day) many times in the past, but this year….right after the passing of the impetus! Will 2017 be the year of resurrection???

Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Tit 2:13

Jerusalem – a Cup of Trembling

If we want to know where we are in the God’s prophetic timeline, we must always look to Israel, for Israel is at the center of all prophecy yet to take place. The closer we get to prophetic events, the more clear the scriptures become. Perhaps that is now the case with the following prophetic passage:

The burden of the word of the Lord for Israel, saith the Lord, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him. Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.  Zech. 12:1-3

And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, The inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be my strength in the Lord of hosts their God. In that day will I make the governors of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem. Zech. 12:5-6

The word “governors” is a translation of the Hebrew, eluf, meaning “brigadier” as in a brigadier general of the Israeli Defense Force (IDF). Jerusalem is the location of the Temple Mount where the last Jewish temple resided before its destruction in 70 A.D. by the Romans. Bible prophecy says that Israel will build a third temple and perform sacrifices during the Tribulation. The Temple Institute has been hard a work preparing for the day that the new temple is complete. In order for this to happen, Israel must regain complete control of Jerusalem. Today, that is not the case.

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Violence at the Temple Mount and in Jerusalem has escalated in the last month causing tension between Israel and Jordan, the official “keeper” of the Temple Mount. Last week Rabbi Yehuda Glick, former director of The Temple Institute, was shot by a Palestinian following a presentation at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem. In response, Israel closed the Temple Mount against Muslim worshipers for the day. Jordan responded by threatening to revoke peace treaty over the Temple Mount and recently recalled its ambassador to Israel over Jerusalem ‘violations’. Meanwhile Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas incited violence at the Temple Mount over the shooting incident and called the closure of al-Aqsa holy site a ‘declaration of war’. In another attack of violence today, an Arab driver plowed his vehicle into a crowd of people at a light rail station.

Perhaps most troubling is ISIS since they have already threatened to cut off Jordan’s King Abdullah’s head and have since threatened to: Islamic Caliphate will be established in the Sinai, calling it the ”first step towards the invasion of Jerusalem”. ISIS has made huge gains in the middle east mostly unreported by the media and to make matters worse Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, Egypt’s most active militant group, has sworn allegiance to Islamic State.

ISIS Temple Mount

At some point, war will break out again in the region and the God of Israel and their superior firepower will eliminate the enemy in Jerusalem allowing them to build the 3rd temple. Israel continues to build their military prowess and now have the best Air force in the world and have the most powerful military in the Middle East today. Israel has continued to improve on its Iron Dome by adapting for Intercepts at Sea. With their powerful military and knowing they will be victorious in all the wars leading up to the Tribulation, moving them quickly to the powerhouse of the Middle East, it begs the question, what actually will the signing of the covenant with the Antichrist and Israel consist of?

When it is all said and done, the Lord will descend and will stand upon the Mount of Olives.

And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. Zec 14:4