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Week 2: Bible Covenant Stories revealing God’s Covenant Relationship with Israel

Lovingkindness – a Covenant word – Mercy (chesed)- show kindness, show mercy, bow head towards, compassion.  Isaiah 55:3— I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. The covenant of the House of David was one of praise and worship, honoring God and coming into His presence.  We are the temple.  Jesus has made the blood sacrifice.  Our service now is ______________.

Psalm 63:3,4 – Because your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips will praise You. Thus I will bless You while I live.

When Jesus, in the Passover, said, “This is the blood of the new covenant, the disciples had a thorough understanding of what entering into covenant meant.  Anyone that was the seed of covenant heads, was heir of ___________________.  Galatians 3:29-And if you belong to Christ, you are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise.

David and Jonathan entered into covenant in 1 Samuel 18:1-4.  They exchanged coats (character) and weapons (protection and provision).

Story of Mephibosheth: Injured in a fall fleeing from David’s armies who had just killed Saul and Jonathan in 2 Samuel 4. (David was grieved and angry that they had been killed.) They then went to live in Lodebar, a dry, desert place.  In 2 Samuel 9 David searches out offspring of Jonathan to honor the covenant and finds Mephibosheth.  Mephibosheth is sure David is going to kill him, refers to himself as a ‘dead dog’, but instead David has him live in the palace and eat at the King’s table everyday and gives him servants to plant and harvest the land.

It’s a picture of Israel’s covenant with God and our covenant with God.

  1. lived in the house of Machir (to tumble in ruins, to perish, to be brought low, decay), son of Ammiel (people of God) in Lodebar, a dry desert place.
  2. David – ‘one who loves, lover’. Example of, and like, our _______________, who loves no matter what.
  3. Saul – ‘one who asks demandingly’-one who is selfish, always wants for himself. Saul is type of Adam race – selfish, only thinking of themselves. Saul was an _________of David, just as flesh is at ___________ with God.
  4. Jonathan – ‘Jehovah giveth’ – God gives. Jonathan is a type of Jesus. Jonathan was son of Saul as Jesus was son of man.  Jonathan had the _________ of David like Jesus had the _________ of God.

4.Mephibosheth – ‘one who dispels, or gets rid of, shame’ –type of the_____________, who have made Jesus Lord and put away the shame of sin.

Mephibosheth was raised by the family of Saul, but ended up in the house of David.  The redeemed grow up in the family of sinful man, but end up in Lord’s house.  The people of God (Ammiel) gave birth to ruins, perishing, decay (Machir) when they went to Lodebar. The Palace is the home of the king, type of kingdom of God.  Lodebar is a dry desert place, pastureless, no food, type of the world of sin.

David searched for Mephibosheth because of Jonathan and brough him to his palace, his kingdom.  God searches for us (dead dogs) because of _____________ and brings us into fellowship with Him.  We are to eat at His table daily and walk in the authority and blessing of being a King’s son.  Matt 8:11-The son of man has come to save (protect, rescue, heal, make whole, preserve, deliver) that which was_________.

Mephibosheth was in a dry, desert, pastureless place, crippled and without hope, as we are in the world, yet born to be in the palace.  He was in Jonathan’s loins when covenant was made.  He was the son of the covenant, but didn’t know it, just as we don’t always know it.  Mephibosheth was lied to by Saul’s household about David, that David was cruel and out to get him. We, of Adam’s race, are lied to about God.  Saul hated David and did not want David’s influence in his life or family.  Jonathan was son of Saul as Jesus was son of man, but refused to walk in his father’s hate.

Ruth and Naomi.

Boaz showed kindness (covenant word) to Ruth just as Rahab, his mother, showed kindness to the Israelites. Rahab live in the wall of Jericho.  Read her covenant request with the spies in Joshua 2 and 6:23.  Read about Ruth and Naomi in the book of Ruth.

Boaz was the kinsman redeemer, only a kinsman could ___________, buy back, the property and wife of a dead relative.  Jesus took on flesh to be a kinsman for us.

Boaz (swiftness) could recognize the beauty of character of an outsider because of his mother, Rahab (proud). Salmon (clothing, covering) married her.  Salmon ___________ the sin of pride.  Boaz and Ruth had Obed (serving).  Obed was the grandfather of David.

Naomi (pleasant, delightful, agreeable) was married to Elimeleck (God of the king).  Elimeleck died after they moved to Moab, a terrible place.  Their sons, Chilion (pining, destruction) and Mahlon (sick,weak) also died after marrying Orpah (declining, backsliding) and Ruth (friend, companion).  Naomi decided to go back to Israel and told the girls to go back to their families.  Ruth, instead, entered into ___________– where you go, I will go, your God will be my God, with Naomi.  Naomi wanted to change her _________ to Mara (bitter).  Instead Ruth took care of her and Boaz took care of Ruth, and God blessed all of them.

Noah

Gen. 9:8-17 – God makes ___________with Noah and every living thing.  Never will all flesh be cut off by flood nor will the earth be destroyed by flood.  The sign of this covenant between God and Noah, all creatures, and the earth, for perpetual generations (forever) is the________.  The __________ will be seen.  Seen is ra’ah: to see, literally or figuratively, appear, behold, consider, gaze, take heed.  Same word as provide in Jehovah Jireh, the God who sees ahead and____________.

Bow (rainbow) –gesheth-bending, a bow for shooting.  In Gen. 49:24-26 when Jacob pronounces ____________ on his sons, he says about Joseph that his bow (gesheth) remained in strength, even though attacked.  God’s defense (bow) was there for Joseph.

Remember that exchange of __________ speaks of covenant partner’s defending the other.  They are also signs of the _____________.  The bow in the rainbow shows covenant and God’s defense and promise.

Psalm 40:3 – He has put a new song in my mouth, even praise (laudation from the heart) unto our God; Many shall SEE it (ra’ah – see it for provision and as a sign of covenant) and FEAR (reverence) and TRUST in the Lord. Genesis 22:14 – And Abraham called the name of the place (where he was to sacrifice Isaac and then provided the ram), The Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided.” The Lord-Will-Provide is Jehovah Jireh (ra’ah).

In Acts 9:16, 17, Paul quotes Amos 9: ‘After this I will return and will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down; I will rebuild it ruins, And I will set it up; So that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, Even all the Gentiles who are called by My name, Says the Lord who does all these things.’

Joseph had defense that was seen –we praise because we know we have God’s defense and when we praise, others see it – praise is a sign. How do you see praise? _________________ How does this compare with the mark on the wrist? ____________________________

Praise is a sign to all mankind to call them to seek the Lord.

Color of the rainbow – whole spectrum – all the aspects of light.  Jesus is the light.

Gen 37:3,4 – Jacob gives__________, his oldest son of Rebecca, the love of his life, a coat of_____________.  Lots of color in clothing was not common at that time.  The brothers knew what that meant.  They knew covenant.  They knew the sign of the rainbow, and they knew the exchange of coats was exchange of character – also, covenant heads exchanged coats.  That coat screamed protection, defense, father’s character, covenant head.

Gen. 37: 5-9 – Joseph has his dream and it fuels anger, even Jacob gets mad, but Jacob kept the matter in his mind.

Gen. 37:23, 32 – the brothers get rid of Joseph, but strip him of his coat of many colors, and they dip it in blood.  Our covenant is dipped in blood. What connection do you see here? ________________________________________________________________

Jesus is called the Son of Man, and we, the Children of God – Jesus took our _________ and we are given His ___________.

1 John 3:1 – Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.

 

How do we carry this to Israel and the End-times?

Who is the Blood Covenant for? _____________________________________

Genesis 21:12b – for in Isaac your seed shall be called. Genesis 21:2a – Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, . . .

Galatians 3:29 – And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

When is it in effect and for how long? _____________________________________

End-time Realities:

Daniel 7:25a — He (beast, anti-Christ, end-time person) shall speak pompous words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High, and shall intend to change times and laws.

2 Timothy 3:1 – But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come.

2 Corinthians 2:14 – Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.

Israel and the Body of Christ are forever linked for the wonderful forever and the difficult present.

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Why We Love Israel

(much of this is taken from notes I took when Lynn Hammond spoke at the Daughters for Zion Prayer Summit on July 22, 2018)

Exodus 19:4-6 – . . . I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself. Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.

2 Chronicles 6:6 – Yet I have chosen Jerusalem, that My name may be there, . . .

2 Chronicles 6:13 – and he said: “Lord God of Israel, there is no god in heaven or on earth like You, who keep Your covenant and mercy with Your servants who walk before You with all their hearts.”

Isaiah 62:1 – For Zion’s sake I will not hold My peace, And for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, Until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, And her salvation as a lamp that burns.

Isaiah 62:6,7 – I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; They shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent, And give Him no rest till He establishes And till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.

Psalm 125:1,2 – Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, So the Lord surrounds His people from this time forth and forever.

Zechariah 2:5 – ‘For I,’ says the Lord, ‘will be a wall of fire all around her, and I will be the glory in her midst.’

Zechariah 2:8 – . . . for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye.

Gentiles and Jews Who Loved Israel

Luke 7:5 – “for he (centurion who sent to Jesus to speak the word so his servant would be healed) loves our nation, and has built us a synagogue.”

Acts 10:2 – a devout man (Cornelius, a centurion) and one who feared God with all his household, who gave alms (charitable gifts) generously to the people, and prayed to God always.

Jewish businessmen financed Columbus to travel to the new land, whether by choice or by force from the King and Queen.

Haym Solomon – Polish-born Jewish businessmen was the prime financier of the troops in the Revolutionary War.

George Washington provided a memorial to the Jewish people by adding the Star of David with a burst of glory from the Temple on the dollar bill.

Why We Pray

Genesis 15:1 – After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” Then God showed him the stars and said that’s how many his descendants would be.

Genesis 15:6 – And he (Abram) believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness. Then he cut covenant.

Genesis 17:21 – But My covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you . . .

Psalm 105:8-11He remembers His covenant forever, The word which He commanded for a thousand generations, The covenant which He made with Abraham, And His oath to Isaac, And confirmed it to Jacob for a statute, To Israel as an everlasting covenant, Saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan As the allotment of your inheritance.”

Deuteronomy – 32 times God tells His people to go in and possess the land.

Ezekiel 36:7-9 – Therefore thus says the Lord God: “I have raised My hand in an oath that surely the nations that are around you shall bear their own shame. But you, O mountains of Israel, you shall shoot forth your branches and yield your fruit to My people Israel, for they are about to come. For indeed I am for you, and I will turn to you, and you shall be filled and sown.

What We Pray

Pray for the Land:

–for the return of Jewish people

–that the land never be divided

Isaiah 49:12 – Surely these shall come from afar; Look! Those from the north and the west

Psalm 122:6-9 – Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you. Peace be within your walls, Prosperity with your palaces. For the sake of my brethren and companions, I will now say, “Peace be within you.” Because of the house of the Lord our God I will seek your good.

1 Timothy 2:1,2 – Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.

Pray for Prime Minister, Mossad, Knesset, borders, IDF

Pray that America will always side with Israel and be judged as a sheep not a goat.

Matthew 25:32-46 – (the Nations are being judged as to how they treated His brethren)

Do not stop praying. Isaiah 62:7 – And give Him no rest till He establishes And till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.

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Israel, God’s Chosen Land and People

Psalm 18:22-50

Psalm 18:22 – For all his judgments were before me and I did not put away his statutes from me.

Psalm 17:7 – Show Your marvelous lovingkindness, O You that saves by Your right hand them which put their trust in You from those that rise up against them.

These are prayers of David as God has extended his covenant to him. David, as we are instructed in Philippians 4:6, is letting his requests be made known to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in line with the promises and benefits of the covenant in the presence of his current day situations and politics.

Psalm 18 has a whole variety of prayers and instruction for us just as the story of Jehosaphat in 2 Chronicles 20 does.

It’s important to read the Psalms in light of the covenant.

As we face end-time challenges we stand on our Blood Covenant, move forward with confidence and trust, make our requests known with prayer and supplication, keep the Word in our hearts and minds, and move forward with the leading of the Holy Spirit.

2 Timothy 2:15 – Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

1 Corinthians 10:32 – Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks (Gentiles, Goyim, Nations) or to the church of God.

Genesis 12:2-3 – (God speaking to Abram) I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you . And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.

Malachi 3:6 – For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

Many nations that cursed and attacked Israel no longer exist, yet the sons of Jacob, Israel, still stand.

Billye Brim notes in her booklet, Judgement of the Nations for How They Treat Israel

that God’s Plan A for Israel was to live in the promised land – a land bridge for Europe, Asia, and Africa – and show and teach all the world that passed through that Jehovah is the real God.

God’s Plan B, if Israel did not obey, was to be scattered to the four corners of the earth, but be brought back in the end of days, as a sign to the nations, revealing God as in their original call.

This we see today.

The Bible speaks to three groups: the Jews (Israel, seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob), the nations (goyim, Gentiles, non-Jews), and the church (If we are in Christ then we are the seed of Abraham).

As we read the word, we must remember and rightly divide to whom God is speaking. We as the church have not replaced Israel. Replacement theology is simply wrong. The Bible does tell us in 2 Corinthians 1:19 that all the promises of God are yes and amen to the glory of God through us . . . thus we can receive the same promises that God gives Israel since we are in the covenant with them, but we cannot exclude them from the fulfillment that God has for them. We are all part of a grand plan that God is working and fulfilling and we must recognize and understand that God is using Israel and will bring them in.

Sid Roth on his show, Supernatural, has written a book, They Thought for Themselves, and is sending it to every home in Israel, and many Jews are coming to know that Jesus is their Messiah.

Romans 2:4 tells us that the goodness of God leads to repentance. Christians United for Israel works to promote pro-Israeli policies by the United States government.

I liken it to caring for and supporting an aging parent who does not yet know the Lord, but because of our relationship, I’m constrained to love and assist, always hoping they will open their hearts to the Lord. We do it because we are family.

HISTORY

May 14, 1948 – Jewish State of Israel is born

May 15, 1948 – 5 Arab countries attack

1949 –War of Independence ends, but Jerusalem is divided

1956 – Sinai campaign

June 5-10, 1967 – Six Day War and Jerusalem reunited

October 6-24, 1973 – Yom Kippur War

1978 – Camp David Accords

1979 – Peace treaty with Egypt

1981 – Israel bombs nuclear reactor in Iraq

1982 – First Lebanon War

1987 – First Palestinian Intifada

1993 – Oslo Accords

1994 – Peace treaty with Jordan

1995 – Oslo II Accord

2000 – Camp David Summit, Second Palestinian Intifada

2002 – Operation Defensive Shield, Israel constructs security fence

2005 – Israel separates from Gaza

2006 – Second Lebanon War

2009 – Operation Cast Lead

2014 – Operation Protective Edge, Gaza

2015 – Palestinian Stabbing Intifada

2017 – President Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

2018 – Israel’s 70th anniversary

In all these attacks, Israel was never the aggressor.

Israel is the only nation in the world created by the express act of God.

Genesis 15:18, 17:2-8, 26:3

Genesis 17:19-21 – Then God said, “No, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his descendants after him. And as for Ishmael, I have heard you. Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly. He shall beget twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation. But My covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this set time next year.”

Boundaries of the State of Israel

Recorded in Numbers 34:2-15, Joshua 11:16-23; 13:1-22, Ezekiel 47:13-28; Ezek. 48

Atrocities

John Chrysotom (349-407) – renowned Archbishop of Constantinople, yet spoke horrible of the Jews in his sermons. Considered to have begun the history of Christian anti-semitism.

Crusades, 950-1350 – persecutions of Jewish people that continued for centuries. Entire Jewish communities were massacred.

Spanish Inquisition 1480-1492 – the inquisition tribunals investigated Jews they believed made a false conversion to Christianity. Then in the Edict of Expulsion (Alhambra Decree) Jews were accused of trying to draw Christians away from their faith and therefore expelled from Spain (required to leave by July 31, 1492) – those that stayed were brutally tortured and burned at the stake. Columbus’ trip was financed by Jews and he left Aug. 3, 1492 and brought Jews to a land where they could live freely.

13th-16th centuries –Spain, England, France, some German states, and Portugal expelled Jews

Martin Luther’s book “The Jews and Their Lies” 1543 – Luther was disappointed that the Jews didn’t convert as a result of his Ninety-five Theses of 1517. He stated they were no longer the chosen people but the devil’s people and advocated setting synagogues on fire, smashing their homes, forcing them into labor or expelled from Germany.

Britain expelled Jews in 1144-1290 accusing them of using the blood of Christian children for their Passover matzoh (Blood Libel). In the 1940’s they also tried to prevent Jews from returning to Israel. Yet in 1917 they won back the land from the Turks and Field Marshall Edmond Allenby took Jerusalem without a shot fired. They set aside land for a Jewish homeland – no-one cared because the land was considered worthless.

Where are the Medes and Persians, Haman and his sons, Babylonians, Amelekites, Roman Empire, Ottoman Empire, Nazis? They cursed the Jews.

We owe a great debt of gratitude to Judaism out of which we gained Christianity.

Romans 11:29-33 – For the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable. For as you (Gentiles) were once disobedient to God, yet have now obtained mercy through their disobedience, even so these (Jews) also have now been disobedient, that through the mercy shown you they also may obtain mercy. For God has committed them all to disobedience, that He might have mercy on all. Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!

Romans 15:27 – For if the Gentiles have been partakers of their (Jews) spiritual things, their (Gentiles) duty is also to minister to them in material things.

Blessings of blessing Israel

Laban was a Syrian that Jacob worked for and finally decided to leave as Laban kept reducing his wages. Laban asked him to stay for he learned that the Lord had blessed him for Jacob’s sake.

(Genesis 30:27)

Pharoah’s Egypt was blessed by Joseph (Genesis 41)

Cornelius household the first of the Gentiles to receive the Holy Spirit (Acts 10)

Israel’s amazing accomplishments

Brilliant inventions of drip irrigation has helped her produce more food out of the desert than any other land. World leader in medical procedures, research and technologies as well as high-tech inventions, and more Nobel prizes per capita than any other nation.

Ezekiel 37:21-22 – Then say to them, Thus says the Lord God: Surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone, and will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land; and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all; they shall no longer be two nations, nor shall they ever be divided into two kingdoms again.

David Ben Gurion proclaimed Israel’s official independence May 14, 1948. Eleven minutes later, President Harry Truman was the first leader in the world to recognize Israel as an independent state . . . and apologized for taking so long to respond.

References for this study included two booklets by John Hagee

Israel 70 Years of Miracles

Why Christians Should Support Israel…the Apple of His Eye

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Do you think/believe we are in the End-times? Why or why not? _______________________

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What do you see ahead in the next 5 or 10 years? __________________________________

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Have you experienced persecution? What kind of persecution do you think we’ll encounter?

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How do you define persecution? ___________________________________________

What should be the Church’s focus as a whole (the whole body of Christ, not just our church)?

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What should be America’s focus, as relating to the End-times? _______________________

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What should be the individual’s focus? ___________________________________________

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When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice.

But when the wicked rules, the people groan.

Proverbs 29:2

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Do you think/believe we are in the End-times? Why or why not? _______________________

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What do you see ahead in the next 5 or 10 years? __________________________________

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Have you experienced persecution? What kind of persecution do you think we’ll encounter?

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How do you define persecution? ___________________________________________

What should be the Church’s focus as a whole (the whole body of Christ, not just our church)?

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What should be America’s focus, as relating to the End-times? _______________________

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What should be the individual’s focus? ___________________________________________

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When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice.

But when the wicked rules, the people groan.

Proverbs 29:2

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PERILOUS TIMES

2 Timothy 3:1

But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come.

Perilous – (Greek: chalepos) difficult, dangerous, furious, fierce,

through the idea of reducing the strength;

to lower (as into a void)

From the base word chasma – chasm or gulf, impassable interval

2 Timothy 3:2-5

For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such turn away!

2 Timothy 3:10-17

But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra – what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me.

Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.

But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.

But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 4:1-5

I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom:

Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth and be turned aside to fables.

But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

2 Peter 4:7-11

But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers.

And above all things have fervent love for one another, for love will cover a multitude of sins.

Be hospitable to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it with ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

We are in perilous, fierce, furious times.

Daniel 7:25 – He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, Shall wear out the saints of the Most High, And shall intend to change times and law.

It’s plain to see that men are lovers of themselves – all the things listed in 2 Timothy 3. We need to be careful that we are not totally immersed in just ourselves, our ministry, our calling, our destiny.

God intends to work in each one of us, and we are not to ignore the place and purpose that we are called to – we must fulfill it – but we must every be mindful of the whole body of which we are a part. Each part must do its job or the body doesn’t function, but we cannot dismiss another’s part while we focus on our own calling. 1Corinthians 12:21 – And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need you.”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.”

On the other hand (speaking of body parts 🙂 ), sometimes we say, “It’s not about me, Lord – it’s all about You.” That’s one side of the coin. Everything Jesus did, especially on the cross, was for us, for me, for you. It actually is all about me and you. But not so we can be self-absorbed but rather complete and ready to do his calling and be a blessing to the body of Christ and all the world.

When you think how we as parents and grandparents dote on our children and grandchildren, it’s only a small reflection of how God desires to dote on his children.

So, too, in that scenario, children must fit into their parent’s lives for a time and live orderly within the home in order to grow and learn and fulfill their purpose. Just as we dote on our children we also discipline them. It’s two sides of the same coin.

In the last days, the end-times, we also have two sides of the coin. We must be cognizant of what is going on in the world – all the things predicted in 2 Timothy 3 and throughout the Bible – and we must recognize that in the midst of that time, God has great purposes, blessings, destinies for us. We are here, as Esther, for such a time as this.

In the time of Esther when the decree from Haman went out to destroy all the Jews throughout Persia, the Jews did not know that behind the scenes God had placed Esther in the King’s Palace – and probably not the place she desired to be at the first. Only she and Mordecai saw God’s hand, and even they were not sure if the plan would work.

The Jews throughout the land had to prepare themselves, pray, and trust God.

There have been great persecutions which we have not seen – to the Jews and to Christians throughout the generations. Very recently the beheadings of Christians in the middle east, the abduction, torturing, and slavery of Christians in the Sudan. There is probably much we have not seen or heard. Because of that we must pray, pray, pray.

Israel is under constant bombardment by Hamas – right now rockets and burning arrows are being shot into Israel. They are often shot from homes, hospitals, and schools, so that when the Israeli Defense Forces shoot back, it’s into places where innocents dwell. Then the news is about how evil Israel is.

We may think we experience a lot of persecution or very little.

If we think in terms of fierce and furious times with the intent to weaken or reduce strength or to wear out the saints, I think we can see a great deal of persecution going on in our culture.

Now, when we think of the Last Days or the End times we may thinks in terms of wars and rumors of war, earthquakes, and the rise of the anti-Christ, and troubling times, all Biblical. So many aspects.

Shane Warren has written a book, The Last Days of America?

I watched him share highlights from the book.

In Revelation 7, God talks about the angels at the 4 corners of the earth (incidentally – the Jews would be scattered to the 4 corners of the earth) and the 4 winds.

Pastor Warren sees the prevailing winds that have affected life on earth in every nation over all time as

War, Economy, Religion, and Politics.

And as he says, these winds are escalating and getting violent.

Right now, in this day in which we live, the world uses these winds (war, economy, religion, and politics) to push their ideology (in line with the spirit of anti-Christ). And if anyone stands in their way they are to be eliminated.

He stated that the spirit of anti-Christ has been growing gradually and slowly invading every area of life and culture so as to build a platform for the anti-Christ. Thus, when the Anti-Christ, the person, comes on the scene, he will be widely accepted – people’s hearts and minds have been prepared to accept him.

Revelation talks about the dragon with 7 heads, generally thought to be world empires:

Egyption, Assyrian, Babylonian, Medo-Persian, Grecian, Roman, Revived Roman

He identifies each of these with a prevailing spirit.

Egyptianbondage

Assyrian division

Babylonian – confusion

Medo-Persianfrustration, Nehemiah trying to rebuild the walls while the enemy sought on every hand to stop the progress

Grecian persecution

Romantolerance

Revived Romananti-Christ

Psalm 137 – Babylon, confusion, took the Israelites into captivity. They lost their vision (purpose), song (joy), and their children were lost.

The Grecian spirit of persecution is the plan and attempt to change laws which is why the Supreme Court is so important.

Right now we have tolerance for everything except Christianity and Judaism.

Daniel 7:25 – the anti-Christ era is purposed to wear out the saints – perilous times

HOWEVER

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The greatest wind of all time is the Holy Spirit

Yes, the world will wax worse and worse

but our light shines brighter and brighter to the noon day sun.

When it’s the darkest, the smallest light is far-reaching.

We have a job to do in these perilous times.

Be ever vigilant to be tuned in to the Holy Spirit.

Pray without ceasing.

Pray with authority – we do not need to beg God – we take our place on the wall and pray according to scripture and by the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Have fervent love for one another for love covers a multitude of sins.

Realize that others in the body are not perfect, but they are the body and we cannot just criticize and say we don’t need them – we need everyone. So let forgiveness and love cover everyone while we do not hide from right and wrong. Confronting wrong can be done in love and faith.

Stay informed of what is going on in our country, in our government, in our economy, in the world, in Israel. Pray for the nations.

The nations will be judged by how they treat Israel.

When you look back at the great moves of God in the world, they were always prepared with prayer.

But, we must learn to pray with authority.

To sit in the heavenlies with Jesus and learn to see the end from the beginning.

When you know what Jesus has provided us –

salvation (wholeness, healing, provision, protection, restoration, prosperity, peace)

the right to be the Children of God

the assignment as His ambassadors, His place in this world

His body in the earth, ruled by the Head

the commission to bring His presence and salvation to every venue of life

The Word, to know His will

Then you will pray with authority and not bow to Satan’s schemes – not just with yourself, but your family, and all the places your feet go, the places where He has placed you.

Who impressed Jesus the most:

The Centurion whose servant was ill

Matthew 8:5-10

Notice what the Centurion understood.

Authority

And speaking the word in a place of authority

He had people over and under him and all commands were obeyed whichever way it went.

Jesus called it faith.

We have been given His authority in the earth.

When we command in the Spirit in line with the word, the enemy must back off.

This is not to command each other but to put the enemy to flight.

To command the weapons formed against us, our family, our church, our nation to cease.

We are not to be ignorant of Satan’s devices.

2 Corinthians 10:4

The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to pulling down of strongholds.

Luke 9:1,2

Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases. He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.

Luke 10:17-20

Authority to trample over all the power of the enemy.

A traffic cop doesn’t have the physical ability to stop a moving car, but his uniform and his place gives him the authority to be obeyed.

We don’t wrestle physically with demon powers, but we are confidently given authority – we don’t have to scream, but we tell the enemy to stop with authority and confidence.

Last days appointed times, set times that God has given. You see it in the verses that speak of the fullness of time coming, prophecies and events set for the future days and past days in Israel’s history. As much as some of these we would like to pray against these arriving, we need to recognize that some things must come to pass. We need to be discerning and led of the Spirit while we take the authority of the Word. Obviously the perilous times are here and coming, men are lovers of themselves, but we have authority to pray for our family, that their eyes will be open and protection will be upon them so they don’t fall prey to the enemies schemes. We have much to learn in prayer and we need to get busy.

Prepare for next week:

What are the places of influence you have: __________________________

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What are the works of the enemy in those places: _____________________

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What are promises in the Word that show you what God would prefer in those places:

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Formulate a prayer, according to the Word, that you can pray or consider what confidence you can have to deal with the situation: _________________________________________

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Start praying that prayer or walking in that authority and confidence every day.

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NEW RELEASE — Blood Moon Redemption

Blood Moon Redemption launches October 31, 2018. Publisher Ambassador International stated that this book is “gripping and memorable from start to finish”. It won Honorable Mention in Mystery/Suspense at the 2018 Florida Christian Writers Conference. It’s available for pre-order on Amazon.

An ancient relic, a puzzling prophesy, a young woman . . . tied together through the ages . . .

Throughout history, blood moons have always been surrounded by persecution and provision, great trials and triumphs. The first blood moons in 1493-1494 provided a new world for the Jewish people. The second in 1949-1950 gave them Israel, and the third in 1967-1969 presented the Jewish people with Jerusalem. Now, a fourth set of blood moons is on the horizon, and Tassie’s mother is certain they will bring about great change.
Tassie, a young Jewish lawyer named for a lost religious relic, has her sights set on her career and love, and she doesn’t have time for silly children’s stories. Dismissing the blood moons as circumstance, her unbelief threatens to keep her from her destiny. When Tassie finds herself in the center of worldwide turmoil and a terrorist plot, can she accept her family history and fulfill her place in the future of Israel? Or will the country of her heritage finally fall to its many enemies?

Blood Moon Redemption is an end-times thriller that will keep you riveted until the very last moonrise.

A review by Karen Muhling Curzon:
I had the privilege to read an advance copy of Judy DuCharme’s newest book, to be released in a few weeks, “Blood Moon Redemption” and – oh, goodness. It’s fiction and uses history, science, politics and intrigue with a healthy fill of faith and heritage to spin a fascinating story. I didn’t want to stop reading, and I wasn’t ready for it to be over when it was.
The storyline itself is fascinating, and the characters are easy to keep up with but well-written and believable, not flat or one-dimensional. The main character’s life is dramatically changed thanks to a prophecy – about her – from over 500 years earlier. The story moves back and forth among different eras and generations as it lays out the chain of events. It was great fun, from the science to the history to the reminders of God’s dazzling, infinite and unfailing love. All of it. I recognized some people and thought I recognized others or at least their personalities or histories, that was fun.
I felt refreshed in my faith, and am more eager to share it than ever. There were a few things that this book made me examine a little deeper than I have before, and it shed light on some things that I’d not thought about at all, just never on my radar… Have I used the words “fascinating” and “interesting” too many times?
I realized again, for the millionth time, that though I’ve been in the church my whole life, others can always offer perspectives that I simply never thought about before and Blood Moon Redemption (need to remind you of the title, you’ll want to read it) was terrific.

An endorsement from Dr. Craig von Buseck, Editor of Inspiration.org and author of “I Am Cyrus: Harry S. Truman and the Rebirth of Israel”

While the Bible makes it clear that no one knows the hour of Jesus’ return, it also gives us signs of His coming and tells us to be prepared. In “Blood Moon Redemption,” Judy DuCharme weaves together the biblical signs of the coming of Jesus with today’s news headlines to craft a page-turning tale of mystery and suspense. At the same time she delicately tells the story of a modern-day Jewish family grappling with the question of the Messiah, while interacting with Christians, Muslims, and Jews along the journey. With unexpected turns along the way, this story will surprise and delight, while inviting you to view today’s news headlines in a whole new light.

Blood Covenant, Israel, and the End-times, Week 5

OVERCOMING LIFE

Revelation 12:11

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.

(him – Devil, Satan, accuser of our brethren – Rev. 12:9,10)

Overcame – nikao – to subdue, conquer, prevail, get the victory

Blood of the Lamb – covenant seal, shed for our salvation

Word – logos – something said, reasoning, computation, motive, intent

Testimony – marturia – evidence given, witness, report

Two Things

Covenant and our Voice

These are tied together in the authority given to us

We have a covenant

We have experiences and faith to boast of the goodness of God from the covenant

Leviticus 17:11 – For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altars to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.

Psalm 2:7,8 – I will declare the decree; The Lord has said to Me, You are My Son, Today I have begotten You. Ask of Me, and I will give You The nations for Your inheritance, And the ends of the earth for you possession.

This is obviously a prophecy about Jesus, but since He has called us Friends, covenant partners, we have the impetus to ‘declare His decree’.

The decree we declare can be God’s promises, simply the word of salvation – healing, forgiveness, provision, wholeness, deliverance, wellness, protection, God’s purpose for the nations.

Our testimony is what others hear and see from us and what the enemy hears in the Spirit.

Our voice is so important!

It must be heard by others, and in prayer.

2 Timothy 4:2 — Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.

Romans 10:17 – So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Isaiah 52:7 – How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, Who proclaims peace, Who brings glad tidings of good things, Who proclaims salvation, Who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”

Faith is brought to others when we give our testimony connected to our covenant promises.

We provide a path for others to believe – in good things,

in salvation, in God’s ability to provide.

This voice needs to be raised in the End-times!

The Blood

Hebrews 9:13 – How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse you conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

Moses took the blood of calves and goats and sprinkled it on the book, the people, the tabernacle, all the vessels of the ministry and said (Hebrews 9:20) “This is the blood of the covenant which God has commanded you.” Hebrews 9:22 – And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission (to send away, release from bondage, forgiveness).

Hebrews 10:1,2,3,14

For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the image of the things,

can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year,

make those who approach perfect.

For then would they not have ceased to be offered?

For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins.

But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year.

. . .

For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.

Perfected – teleos – complete, finished – what Jesus said on the cross – it is finished – teleos – what the Generals shouted when the observed the battle and saw that it was finished – just needed to be wrapped up but it was done. It’s where we get the word TallyHo!

Jonathan Cahn talks about seeing the end from the beginning and thereby fighting the won battle, living the won life, pursuing the achieved success.

That’s overcoming by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.

James 2:23 – And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to his for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God.

Proverbs 18:24 – A man who has friends (raya – acquaintance) must himself be friendly,

But there is a friend (ahab – affectionate friend) who sticks closer than a brother.

This most likely refers to Covenant Partner – Friend

Genesis 15:17 – And it came to pass, when the sun went down and it was dark, that behold, there appeared a smoking oven and burning torch that passed between those pieces.

How did God go with the Israelites and lead them in the wilderness?

A cloud of smoke by day and a pillar of light at night – the smoking oven and burning torch.

God himself walked through the sacrificed animal.

Blessing of covenant: I will give my life for you as this animal did.

Curse of the covenant: If you break this covenant you will give your life as this animal did.

Deut. 11:26 – He set before them a blessing and a curse.

Deut. 28:16-68 lists curses. Joshua 8:34,35 Joshua read all of them to the people.

Galatians 3:13,14

Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us

(for as it is written. “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”)

that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus,

that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

We are free from every curse in Deut. 28 because of Jesus!

Isaiah 49:16 – See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands.

John 20:19 – When He had said this, He showed them His hand and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.

The mark of the covenant was on his hands.

Ephesians 1:13 – In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,

who is the guarantee (down payment) of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.

The covenant seal was the mark in the hands – we are sealed with the Holy Spirit.

Jesus took the name, Son of Man. We took the name Christ-ones.

John 15:15,16, 17 – No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing, but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. These things I command you, that you love one another.

His name gives us authority in this earth. We need to use it, all the while remembering the binding tie of the covenant is lovingkindness (chesed).

Romans 9, 10, 11

Paul retells the whole story of the covenant with Abraham and that in Isaac the seed would be called and then that He chose Jacob. He then pours out his heart that Israel might be saved.

From there he goes into how to be saved and how we receive faith.

He then explains how Israel’s rejection of Jesus opened the door for us to be grafted in so we are warned not to be arrogant about what we have in God.

Romans 11:29-33

For the gifts and calling are irrevocable, for as you were once disobedient to God, yet have now obtained mercy through their disobedience, even so these also have now been disobedient, that through the mercy shown you they also may obtain mercy. For God has committed them all to disobedience, that He might have mercy on all. Oh,the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!

Romans 11:25,26,27 – For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved as it is written: “The Deliverer will come out of Zion, And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; For this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins.

Fullness – filling, replete, fulfilled, leveled up, completed of an appointed time

Appointed times, Set times – moed (Hebrew)

These are set by the Lord – they will happen, but we need to flow with them.

Simeon in Luke 2 had the Holy Spirit upon him and it was revealed to him that he would not see death until he’d seen the Lord’s Christ.

But then he prayed the end from the beginning for he had revelation.

We pray from God’s vantage point, see the end from the beginning as he reveals things to us and then you fight the won battle, accomplish the done work, live the finished you.

We learn to usher in the moeds of God with prayer. These things will happen, but we desire that people accept them or are prepared or protected or receptive.

God can show us so many things He has planned.

Timothy was exhorted in 1Tim.18 to wage a good warfare according to the prophecies made to him.

So we sense an awakening is coming or greatly needed in a certain area, we must pray it in. We might sense or know God has promised it – maybe it’s a job, or a healing, or a new house.

We pray.

With intent, with understanding (that God has it planned), with authority.

We don’t sit on our laurels. We help prepare. We help build the platform.

The enemy has built a platform for the anti-Christ.

Let us not fail to build a platform for God’s purposes in America.

It will certainly be in prayer.

It may also be in teaching, building, working with people – any number of things.

It may be the calling for which you have been called.

God’s amazing ways that set appointed times and allows us to participate in bringing it to pass.

Prep for Week 6

Consider the moeds (appointed times) in your life: ______________________________________

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What moeds have you noticed in Scripture: _________________________________________

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What moeds do you foresee for Israel: ___________________________________________

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What moeds do you feel impressed to pray for: ______________________________________

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Are there other things where God has shown you the end from the beginning so that you can pray with confidence, intent, or intensity? ______________________________________________________

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Is there a calling that lines up with bringing to pass God’s moed? He sets the time but invites us to participate with prayer and with our calling. _________________________________________

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Blood Covenant, Israel, and End-times, Week 5

The Land

 

Israel was known as Eretz-Israel which means Land of Israel. (Hebrew for land is Eretz) God gave them land in the covenant – no question, it was their land – and it still is. God gave them borders and told them to care for the land and that the land would be fruitful.

Genesis 26:1-6 – And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar. And the Lord appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of: Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I swore unto Abraham thy father.  And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my law. And Isaac dwelt in Gerar.

Genesis 26:12 Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year a hundredfold: and the Lord blessed him.

When we stay and sow in the place God commands us, we will reap abundantly and be blessed. The promise of the land.

However, there was still trouble. Because Isaac was blessed, he was asked to move on. They did but strove with the herdsman – they kept digging wells and moving on until there was peace. Then Abimelech came and wanted to do a covenant – Isaac said, “Why are you here, since you hated me and sent me away?” But they did make a covenant. Abimelech recognized God’s hand on him and wanted to get in on a little of it – or just knew that if they came against Jacob, Jacob would win.

Psalm 5:12 – For thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favor wilt thou compass him as with a shield.

Favor is a protection.

Favor—ratson – delight, acceptance, good pleasure

 

We need to dwell in the land given to us by God.

We need to protect it and proclaim it as our own.

We need to sow in the place God has given.

What do we sow – goodness, kindness, patience, truth, wisdom, sound practices in our work, gospel, worship, praise. What else can we sow? ____________

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We need to share the favor God has given us with others.

 

2 Chronicles 7:12-16

And the Lord appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for a house of sacrifice. If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people.

(No if at beginning of this verse – 3 ifs in previous verse)                                        My people who are called by my name (character, authority, mark or memorial, honor) will humble (bend the knee, bring down low) themselves, pray (to judge, intreat, intercede, make supplication), and seek (search out, strive after, beseech, require) my face, and turn from their wicked (adversity, affliction, calamity, evil) ways (course of action); I hear from heaven, and forgive (pardon, spare) their sin (offense, habitual sinfulness, to miss) and heal (cure, repair, mend, make whole) their land (earth, ground, field, nation).

Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer in this place. For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there forever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.

God continually gives us prayer tools – places, methods, promises, authority.

And notice that when there is drought, locusts, pestilence (plagues), destruction, then His people pray humbly and intently, and with authority because of His promise, His covenant, and seek His face and turn from any course of action that is wicked. And without question God will hear, forgive, and heal their land.

He’ll heal our land, our place of influence, the area where He has positioned us.

This is big.

Prayer is automatic, so to speak, when things go bad. And it’s purposeful and results are promised. We have a responsibility, even when we know perilous times are here, to pray for God to heal our land, to surround us with favor, and to continue to bring about His purposes.

Matthew 24:6-14

And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom (foundation of power, realm), And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows (labor pains). Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures (perserveres, bear up against adversity, hold out under pressure, stand firm, wait calmly and courageously, active, energetic resistance to defeat) shall be saved. And this gospel will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

 

We must guard against deception and offense. Offense may well be the biggest sin of the church as well as the cause of great dissension in our culture – you offended me therefore you are evil. Fervent love and forgiveness are so necessary. Offense causes betrayal and more deception, then lawlessness abounds followed by love growing cold. We must endure!!

Kingdoms are realms, foundations of power – places of influence – our land — we see this in our culture today.

Ephesians 3:20 – Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.

We have His covenant promised power at work in us – doing exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think. Stand on that!

And recognize the season you are in and your nation is in. And pray accordingly.

Forgive and fight your battles, knowing the Lord has already won it.

Isaiah 46:9-11

Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God and there is none like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure.’ Calling a bird of prey from the east, The man who executes My counsel, from a far country. Indeed I have spoken it’ I will also bring it to pass. I have purposed it; I will also do it.

Read Isaiah 51 for further instruction and encouragement.

 

Psalm 31:14

But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in Your hand.

 

Blood Covenant, Israel, and the End-times, Week 7 prep

Engage With the End-times

by Judy DuCharme

How well do you engage with the end-times?

Is this a question that conjures up fear, dread, a rolling of the eyes, a vision of a bedraggled man on a street corner with a poster and shouting, “Doom!”, or does it stir up excitement, anticipation, and perhaps a desire to study?

All of these may well be your visceral reaction to the term ‘end-times’. Some see end-times as a result of an apocalypse brought on by the government in control, the world-wide dealings with climate change, or the methods of energy retrieval.

Still one may believe we’re in the end-times because God can no longer stand by to what He sees in the world and it’s time for His judgment. Some may see these days as a fulfilling of prophecies from time immemorial. Others may perceive them as much ado about nothing, assured that life will continue as it always has no matter what.

Many Christians love the Lord with all their heart but are disheartened by end-time talk, and because of lack of understanding and an even greater lack of desire to figure it out, just brush it aside.

No matter where you look . . . politically, geographically, Biblically, morally . . . there is a sense that this world has not been here before. Engaging with the end-times has become a necessary entity. And it includes political issues, world-wide issues, Biblical and moral issues.

For those of faith, it may be easy to say, “Well, God said all this would happen, so here we go.” But are you praying? Are you fighting the battle that God has won for you and now says, “Get out there and do as I’ve commanded you.” In ancient times, when the General saw that the battle was won, he shouted, “It is finished.” That cry would rally the troops to wrap it up and bring forth the completed victory. We still have work to do.

He tells us to occupy till He comes. If you look at the protest movement of occupiers, they were not just going about life as normal, they were making a statement. They were pushing an agenda and risking their well-being. Are you willing to risk your well-being to accomplish God’s plans? If it’s end-times that means there’s only so much time to finish it up. We are told to pray that the Lord of the Harvest send laborers into the field to bring in the ready harvest. Have you every worked on a farm when the harvest is ready? Harvest is not a time to go on vacation, linger over breakfast, or go to the beach half way through. It requires all hands on deck. It doesn’t mean we do each other’s job or criticize their place in that field, it means we do our job and we assist others if needed.

How does that translate to daily life? One, pay attention. Some hate the news, some complain as they listen to the news. Be informed about what is going on in the world and pray for those in authority as we are commanded in 1Timothy 2:1. We do want peaceable lives, but not just so we can enjoy, but that all people might be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth (vs.2-4).

Two, pray that you will hear His voice. How can you obey the promptings in your heart if you don’t know His voice in your spirit. This comes as you spend time in the Word of God, learning His ways and obeying what is written. Then, when there is a certain area of influence, be it political, educational, ministry, neighborly, you’ll know it’s your direction for that day or your season in life.

Three, be aware of what is going on right around you. People that you see at the store or at the park or at work may just need the insight, the wisdom that God has given you. Always let your light shine. A candle doesn’t show up in the daylight, but in the darkness it burns brightly. People need your light to shine into their darkness and lead them to life.

Four, support Israel. As Christians we are grafted into the kingdom that was already given to Israel. They live in a rough neighborhood and are under constant badgering, yet they excel in technology, in education, in scientific discovery, in literature, in medicine, in economics, winning more more than ten times the Nobel Prizes in the last forty years than all the countries surrounding them–the countries that focus on Israel’s demise.

Isaiah 61:6,7 tells us ‘You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent. And give Him no rest till He establishes and till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.’

The Lord’s measuring rod for nations is how they treat Israel. Israel is the apple of God’s eye, and it’s not wise to poke the eye of God. Our nation has not always supported Israel, but we are returning to that support now along with great opposition from other nations and many in our own country. Antisemitism is at an all time high on college campuses. Blessing Israel blesses us. Pray that we continue to have policies that come alongside Israel to assist them in any way possible. It is the lifeline for this nation.

Finally, remember to live from God’s answer. Whether in this life or the next, all answers will be provided. If you know that, live from that. Live from the answer that’s coming, live from the victory that will be won. Mark 11:24 tells us to believe we receive the answer when we pray, so learn to live the answered prayer, fight the won battle, finish the done work. (Jonathan Cahn, The Book of Mysteries, Day 301) God has your back. Live with your eyes on Him.