Saturday, September 29, 2018

Gospel Reached the Jews (U34)

Rom 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.
    Why was the Jews given the gospel first and not the Gentiles or at least at the same time?

Mat 10:5-7 "These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying: "Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans. But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as you go, preach, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.'"
    Our Lord had a humble birth amongst animals, but He was strictly brought up a Jews - was circumcised on the eighth day, and started His ministry at 30 years old.
    He was sent to preach only to Israelites, and when He sent His disciples out, He commanded them to preach only to Israelites. At that time most of the Jews were hypocrites - took Judaism as only laws and a religion lacking justice, mercy and faith in God. (Please read Mat 23)
Matthew 23:23 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone."

Mat 23:15 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves."
    Had any Gentile become a Christian then, he would be like the Jewish hypocrites with their destination in Hell.
Matthew 23:33, 36 "Serpents, brood of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell?...Assuredly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation."

Samaritan Jews were Saved
Acts 8:4-6 Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word. Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them. And  the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.
    At Pentecost God baptized His Apostles with the Holy Spirit of truth. Only after He had sacrificed Stephen then the disciples out of fear of Saul's persecution, scattered and preached the gospel. In Samaria many Jews were saved.
    After Paul was converted, there were peace and revival in all the churches.
Acts 9:31 Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied.

God sent Peter to the Gentiles
Acts 10:10-15 Then he became very hungry and wanted to eat; but while they made ready, he fell into a trance and saw heaven opened and an object like a great sheet bound at the four corners, descending to him and let down to the earth. In it were all kinds of four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, creeping things, and birds of the air. And a voice came to him, "Rise, Peter; kill and eat." But Peter said, "Not so, Lord! For I have never eaten anything common or unclean." And a voice spoke to him again the second time, "What God has cleansed you must not call common."
    All His Apostles and disciples who were Jews before, refused to mix with Gentiles. With signs and wonders, our Lord Jesus convinced Peter to go to the Gentiles.
Acts 10:19-20 While Peter thought about the vision, the Spirit said to him, "Behold, three men are seeking you. Arise therefore, go down and go with them, doubting nothing; for I have sent them."

Friday, September 28, 2018

Jesus' Mercies to Gentiles (U33)

Mat 15:24-28 But He answered and said, "I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, "Lord, help me!" But He answered and said, "It is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the little dogs." And she said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters' table." Then Jesus answered and said to her, "O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire." And her daughter was healed from that very hour.
    Since Lord Jesus was sent specifically to the Israelites to save them, was He wrong healing the Gentile's daughter?

Mercy Demanded by God
Num 7:89 Now when Moses went into the tabernacle of meeting to speak with Him, he heard the voice of One speaking to him from above the mercy seat that was on the ark of the Testimony, from between the two cherubim; thus He spoke to him.
    God sat on the mercy seat in the temple of God, a sign that mercy is His very important attribute. Without justice, mercy and faith our Lord condemned the Jews as hypocrites.
Matthew 23:23 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone."

Mercy to those who Fear Him
Psalm 103:11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
    God's mercy will be given to all those who fear Him (including respect, honour, faith, adoration and submission). Without mercy, all our sacrifices, services and worships are wasted.
Hos 6:6 For I desire mercy and not sacrifice, And the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

Mercies to Gentiles in OT
Jos 2:8-9 Now before they lay down, she (Rahab) came up to them on the roof, and said to the men: "I know that the Lord has given you the land, that the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land are fainthearted because of you."
    When the Israeli spies entered Canaan, Rahab out of her fear of the Lord, protected the Israelites and help them to escape. Rahab received God's mercy and was the ancestor of King David and our Lord Jesus.
Note it was God's instruction to kill all Canaanites and yet Rahab and family were saved.

Ruth 4:13 So Boaz took Ruth (Moabite) and she became his wife; and when he went in to her, the Lord gave her conception, and she bore a son (Obed).
    Ruth a Moabite, followed Noami back to Israel, and God blessed her for her faith in Him.

Salvation of Gentiles
Mat 8:10-12 When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, "Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel! And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
   The Centurion, who expressed his faith in Jesus was granted his request. Here, our Lord prophesied the end of Judaism with Jews cast into outer darkness, and the salvation of Gentiles seated with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.
Hos 2:23 "Then I will sow her for Myself in the earth, And I will have mercy on her who had not obtained mercy; Then I will say to those who were not My people, 'You are My people!' And they shall say, 'You are my God!'"

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Remnant Saved - Fulfilled (U32)

Rom 9:27 Isaiah also cries out concerning Israel: "Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, the remnant will be saved.
   In the OT,  saving of the Jews, who were already the people of God, would be the physical salvation from warfare, destruction and annihilation.
   But in the NT, the Jews had lost their salvation for out of their unbelief they crucified their Messiah. They also cursed themselves to damnation for shedding innocent blood of our Lord Jesus. (Read also U29 -  great and dreadful day of the Lord)
Matthew 27:24-25 When Pilate saw that he could not prevail at all, but rather that a tumult was rising, he took water and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, "I am innocent of the blood of this just Person. You see to it." And all the people answered and said, "His blood be on us and on our children."

2 Tim 2:13 If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.
    Though the Israelites had been unfaithful to Him since the day they left Egypt, yet He is faithful to His promise. He gave them Judaism, but they became hypocrites.
   Out of His great love and faithfulness to Abraham and Jacob, He came to earth to be the Lamb of God and fulfilled all the requirements of the Mosiac Law thereby making the law obsolete and setting the Jews free from the law (Judaism).
   At His death on the cross He established the new covenant of His blood with the Jews (and also with Gentiles) so that whoever believes in Him will be saved.
    During our Lord's 3-4 years on earth, He only managed to disciple 200 Jews for most of the Jews were hypocrites. Thousands followed Him mainly because of food and miracles. At Pentecost, the 200 Jews were filled with the Holy Spirit and the 3,000 devout Jews from afar were also saved. Later another 5,000 in Jerusalem were saved.

Rom 11:5-7 Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace. And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work. What then? Israel has not obtained what it seeks; but the elect have obtained it, and the rest were blinded.
    The Priesthood and Jewish leaders (representing Israel) then were hypocrites and blind and so they rejected the Messiah and salvation, but the elect will be saved by the grace of God.

The Devout Jews were the Elect
John 5:46 "For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me."
    The elect were devout Jews, who had kept the Law of Moses. By keeping His words, they were in the light and could believe and accept our Lord Jesus Christ.
Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Remnants were saved
Eze 18:30-31 "Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways," says the Lord God. " Repent, and turn from all your transgressions, so that iniquity will not be your ruin. Cast away from you all the transgressions which you have committed, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O house of Israel?
    The iniquity of killing their Messiah condemned all Jews to their death (damnation). The new covenant provides salvation to all repented Jews.
    Overnight, the unlearned fishermen filled with the new heart zealously proclaimed His love and with the new Spirit of truth in them, they fearlessly preached the gospel of Jesus to the Jews.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Lessons in Old Testament? (U31)

Gen 6:4 There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.
    When Satan corrupted the human race, God destroyed all humans with the deluge. Only Noah's family was preserved by Him to continue to propagate the pure human race created in His image.

Gen 6:5 Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
    It only took about ten generations after the deluge that almost all the descendents of Noah were wicked and idolatrous. God had to call Abraham to leave Ur from his idolatrous family.
    His son Isaac took an idolatrous wife Rebecca (sister of idolatrous Laban) and his grandson Jacob too took another idolatrous wife, Rachel (daughter of Laban).
    To prevent the descendents of Abraham from becoming idolatrous, God sent all of them to Egypt. Since the Egyptian did not allow shepherds (Hebrews) into their homes and temples, the Israelites were preserved as monotheist.
    As soon as Moses led them out of Egypt into the Promised Land,  which has was filled with giants (human hybrid - descendents of fallen angels and women), God made a covenant with the Israelites by giving them the Ten Commandments and Mosiac Law to help them to be free from idolatry and wickedness.
    It did not take long after the death of King David, that his son King Solomon (who built the temple of God) was influenced by his wives to idolatry. Both the kingdoms of Israel and Judah were idolatrous and rebellious until God sent them to Babylon as captives.
    After their return from captivity, once again they were rebellious until our Lord Jesus scolded the Jewish leader as hypocrites. (Please read Mat 23). They crucified their Messiah because they were faithless, and feared man (Romans) more than God.
    As another human, we can associate ourselves with the Israelites. Unless our faith in Him is anchored on His words and truth, it will not take long before unbelief in Him and the Bible sets in. Just like the Israelites, we will be defiled with disobedience, sins and worldly lusts.
The Old Testament
    It is in the Old Testament (through God's prophets and revelations) that His attributes, pleasures, characters, will, ways, rewards and judgment were shown to the Jews (Israelites who became disciples of Judaism or Mosiac Law).
     Mosiac Law also listed many sins with some deadly sins, which they must avoid. We must read the Law to know and understand these sins.
Rom 7:7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, "You shall not covet."

Heb 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
     From the OT, we understand His displeasures, chastisement and judgment of sins, His faithfulness to His words and promises, His forgiveness and restoration, His joy and pleasure at our repentance and obedience, His rewards and gifts at our obedience, His help in our walk to holiness and godliness, His love and patience in transforming us into His image, etc.
    With this knowledge, our walk with Him will be filled with light for we can see what is ahead of us. We can rejoice in both sufferings and happiness for our loving Father is in total control of our lives.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Sabbaths and Feasts (U30)

   'Understanding Endtime Signs'

Col 2:16-17 So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.
    Since all these sabbaths and feasts were just a shadow of things to come, let's see how our Lord Jesus Christ fulfilled them so Christians need not keep them.
Heb 8:13 In that He says, "A new covenant," He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.

Deu 16:16 "Three times a year all your males shall appear before the Lord your God in the place which He chooses: at the  Feast of Unleavened Bread, at the Feast of Weeks, and at the  Feast of Tabernacles; and they shall not appear before the Lord empty-handed.

Three Feasts of the Lord

1. Feast of Unleavened Bread
a) The Lord's Passover (Sabbath)
Lev 23:5 On the fourteenth day of the first month at twilight is the Lord's Passover.
The Lord's Passover was fulfilled by our Lord Jesus, when He was crucified on the day of Passover. as the Passover Lamb of God.
b) Feast of Unleavened Bread
Lev 23:6 And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the Lord; seven days you must eat unleavened bread.
    Our Lord Jesus was the Word made flesh, with His commandments and teachings as the pure Word of life (unleavened bread). Every time we keep His words, we are actually eating the unleavened Bread of life.

2. Feast of Weeks (Firstfruits)
a) A sheaf of 1st firstfruits.
Lev 23:10 "Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: 'When you come into the land which I give to you, and reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest.
     A sheaf of the firstfruits of the harvest was waved by the priest before the Lord - this was fulfilled by our Lord being the only One resurrected from the dead in the resurrection of firstfruits.
b) Feast of Weeks
Lev 23:15-16 And you shall count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering: seven Sabbaths shall be completed. Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the Lord.
     The outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost resulted to 3,000 Jews being converted to Christianity fulfilled the Feast of Weeks of harvest.

3. Feast of Tabernacles
a) Blowing of Trumpets (Sabbath)
Lev 23:24, 27, 34 "Speak to the children of Israel, saying: 'In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation.
Blowing of trumpets was fulfilled when the angels heralded the birth of the Lord with trumpets.
b) Day of Atonement (Sabbath)
Lev 23:27 "Also the tenth day of this seventh month shall be the Day of Atonement. It shall be a holy convocation for you; you shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire to the Lord."
Day of Atonement was fulfilled, when, out of righteousness, our Lord Jesus submitted Himself to John's baptism, whose mission was to bring the Jews back to the Lord.
c) Feast of Tabernacles
Lev 23:34 "Speak to the children of Israel, saying: 'The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days to the Lord."
Feast of Tabernacles where Jews dwelled in tents was fulfilled when our Lord gave the Holy Spirit to dwell in the tents (physical bodies) of His disciples.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Great and Dreadful Day (U29)

   'Understanding Endtime Signs'

Mal 4:5-6 "Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse."
    The book of Malachi revealed the depravity of the Jews just before the great and dreadful day of the Lord. They robbed God by
1. blemished sacrifices
2. cheated on tithes
For benefits, the Priesthood corrupted the law with distorted doctrines and heresies and there is no fear of the Lord.
Note - Isn't this depravity similar to Christians in the last days.
2 Tim 3:1-2,4 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money... haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God
    In order to save them from this dreadful day, God sent Elijah to bring the Jews back to Him.

Coming of Elijah the Prophet
Luke 1:13,16-17 But the angel said to him, "Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John... And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, 'to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,' and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord."
    In the temple of God while Zecharias was offering incense in the Holy Place, the angel told him that his wife would give birth to a son (John the Baptist) with the sprit of Elijah. He was sent to bring love and peace to the families and also to bring them back to the Lord.
Note: Elijah is known as the prophet of fire. The last days' 'false prophet' will bring fire down from heaven to deceive Jews and unlearned Christians.
Rev 13:13 He (false prophet) performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men.

Elijah had already come
Matt 17:11-13 Jesus answered and said to them, "Indeed, Elijah is coming first and will restore all things. But I say to you that Elijah has come already, and they did not know him but did to him whatever they wished. Likewise the Son of Man is also about to suffer at their hands." Then the disciples understood that He spoke to them of John the Baptist.   (Read also Mark 9:11-13)
    Our Lord Jesus confirmed that John the Baptist was indeed the Elijah mentioned in the book of Malachi.
Warning Many Endtime teachers are wrongly teaching that one of the two witnesses will be Elijah.

That Great and Dreadful Day
Mat 27:24-25 When Pilate saw that he could not prevail at all, but rather that a tumult was rising, he took water and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, "I am innocent of the blood of this just Person. You see to it. " And all the people answered and said, "His blood be on us and on our children."
    The Jews condemned themselves for the killing of their Messiah. The death of our Lord Jesus was that great and dreadful Day, when the veil of the temple was torn into two signifying the abolition of His covenant with the Jews and end of Judaism. The resurrection of our Lord started His new covenant of grace.
Note - During this period of grace, all Sabbaths, feasts,  sacrifices and law in the OT must be abolished. Only commandments and teachings of our Lord and His Apostles are to be observed.

Worship at your feet (U28)

Rev 3:9 Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie—indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you.
    Why must these Jews worship at the feet of Christians?

Deu 4:27-29 And the Lord will scatter you among the peoples, and you will be left few in number among the nations where the Lord will drive you. And there you will serve gods, the work of men's hands, wood and stone, which neither see nor hear nor eat nor smell. But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.
   This was fulfilled in Daniel and the godly Jews when the Israelites were held captive in Babylon.

New Covenant replacing Old
Jer 31:31-34 "Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah— not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the Lord. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,' for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more."
    This was fulfilled when Peter, John and the rest of the Jews accepted our Lord Jesus as their Messiah, for by grace they were save.
Mat 26:28 For this is *My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins .

God's Faithfulness to Israelites
Amos 9:14-15 "I will bring back the captives of My people Israel; they shall build the waste cities and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and drink wine from them; they shall also make gardens and eat fruit from them. I will plant them in their land, and no longer shall they be pulled up from the land I have given them," says the Lord your God."
    In 1948, God gave the Israelites the wilderness, marshland and desert to form the nation of Israel. God was faithful to words by converting the wastelands to become fertile and productive land of orchards, gardens and fish ponds.
    Though the Arabs were trying to destroy the nation of Israel and push the Israelites into the Sea on its formation, God miraculously defected them at each war. In 1967 gave Israel the land as that occupied by King David.
    The Israelites are faithless for committing the greatest abomination of unbelief by signing the PLO-Israel Peace  Treaty in 1993, which required Israel to give away Jericho, Gaza Strip and the West Bank to its enemies. Israel even allows gay parades in Jerusalem (Holy city of God) and its capital Tel Aviv.

Jerusalem trampled Underfoot
    For these abominations, God will allow Jerusalem to be conquered in the coming World War 3. During WW3,  everyone will starve, but Christians will miraculously be nourished by God.
    So when the Jews see that God is daily filling up their food stores and vessels (just like 'Manna' from heaven) then they will realise that Yahweh loves Christians. Many will fall down at the feet of Christians, repent, believe the gospel and accept Jesus as their Messiah.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Jews become Gentiles? (U27)

Rev 3:9 Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie—indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you.
    Who are these so-called Jews worshipping in the synagogue of Satan?

Who are the Jews?
Dan 1:8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.
    Israelites, who were also Chaldeans, were disciples of Moses and they could not partake of the food generally consumed by the Chaldeans (Babylonians) and Gentiles. Since the Israelites could not assimilate themselves with the rest of the Chaldeans because of restrictions of Judaism in culture (food) and religion, so the other Chaldeans called them Jews.
Dan 3:8,12 Therefore at that time certain Chaldeans came forward and accused the Jews... "There are certain Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego; these men, O king, have not paid due regard to you. They do not serve your gods or worship the gold image which you have set up."

Est 8:17 And in every province and city, wherever the king's command and decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a holiday. Then many of the people of the land became Jews, because fear of the Jews fell upon them.
    During the time of Queen Esther, many Chaldeans accepted  Judaism and became Jews. So Jews are disciples of Moses or followers of Judaism and not just Israelites the descendents of Jacob.

Disciple of Moses were Saved
John 5:45-47 "Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; there is one who accuses you—Moses, in whom you trust. For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?"
    The devout Jews from foreign land, who believed the writings of Moses, sacrificed much just to come back to celebrate Pentecost . So at the preaching of the gospel by Apostles, they accepted Jesus as their Messiah. But hypocrites mocked at the gifts and power of God.
Act 2:5, 8,12-13 And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven... And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born?.. So they were all amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, "Whatever could this mean?" Others mocking said, "They are full of new wine."

Hypocrites and So-called Jews
Mark 7:6-7 He answered and said to them, "Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: 'This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'"
    These hypocrites and heretic Jews, who taught the doctrines of men cannot be classified as Jews (disciples of Moses) but agents of Satan.  (Please read Mat 23)
    In fact, at the death of Jesus on the cross, Judaism was destroyed and Jews are no longer the people of God but Gentiles just like the Greek, Romans and Barbarians who need the gospel of Jesus for salvation.
Rom 10:11-12 For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame." For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Synagogue of Satan (U26)

Rev 3:9 Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie—indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you.
    Why did God called this Jewish synagogue the synagogue of Satan.

Deu 16:16 "Three times a year all your males shall appear before the Lord your God in the place which He chooses: at the Feast of Unleavened Bread, at the Feast of Weeks, and at the Feast of Tabernacles; and they shall not appear before the Lord empty-handed.
    After Moses had taken the Israelites out of Egypt, God made the covenant with them by giving them the Mosiac Law. In this law Yahweh would be their God and they would become His people. He would dwell amongst them in the place that He had chosen. Three times a year they must appear before Him in the place He had chosen.

God chosen Places
    During their pilgrimage in the wilderness and the conquest of Canaan Land, God chose to dwell in the Tabernacle built to His specification. After King Solomon had built the temple of God to His specification, then God replaced and obsoleted the Tabernacle by moving into the new temple of God. In 70AD, the temple of God was razed to the ground thus ending Judaism.
   The death of our Lord Jesus, ended Judaism by tearing the temple's veil into two. After the resurrection of our Lord, every born again Christian was given the Holy Spirit, therefore his physical body becomes the temple of God thereby replacing the temple in Jerusalem.
John 20:21-22 So Jesus said to them again, "Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you." And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit."

Building of the Temple of God
Exo 25:8-9 And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them. According to all that I show you, that is, the pattern of the tabernacle and the pattern of all its furnishings, just so you shall make it.
    The tabernacle and all its furnishings must be built in accordance to the design given by God. The priest's clothings, preparation, services and even sacrifices must be offered as commanded. God will not accept any flaw or mistake in the preparation of His temple nor any sinful worshipper.
Isa 1:13-15 "Bring no more futile sacrifices; Incense is an abomination to Me. The New Moons, the Sabbaths, and the calling of assemblies— I cannot endure iniquity and the sacred meeting. Your New Moons and your appointed feasts My soul hates; they are a trouble to Me, I am weary of bearing them. When you spread out your hands, I will hide My eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not hear. Your hands are full of blood."

Synagogue of Satan
Deu 5:32-33a "Therefore you shall be careful to do as the Lord your God has commanded you; you shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. You shall walk in all the ways which the Lord your God has commanded you,"
    Only the Priesthood could perform all the religious functions for sacrifices, worship, celebrations and feasts in the temple of God in Jerusalem.
    Synagogues were set up for the teaching of the Law by scribes and Pharisees.

An abomination to celebrate any Jewish feast without the Temple
    Any Jewish feast, sacrifice, offering, worship and celebration held in synagogues, churches, gatherings, meetings or fellowships is an abomination to the Lord, for our Father God condemns such lawlessness as 'synagogues of Satan'

Faithfulness to Hebrews (U25)

Jos 24:2 And Joshua said to all the people, "Thus says the Lord God of Israel: 'Your fathers, including Terah, the father of Abraham and the father of Nahor, dwelt on the other side of the River in old times; and they served other gods."
    God called Abraham out from his Chaldean family in Ur, who were idolaters. After the death of idolater Terah at Haran, God sent Abraham into the Promised Canaan land. At that time the descendents of Ham (Ham - in Hebrew means black in colour) dwelled in Canaan, Egypt and the rest of Africa.
Gen 11:28 And Haran died before his father Terah in his native land, in Ur of the Chaldeans.

God called Abraham a Hebrew
Gen 14:13 Then one who had escaped came and told Abram the Hebrew, for he dwelt by the terebinth trees of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol and brother of Aner; and they were allies with Abram.
    Abraham and Lot were monotheists, God fearing and righteous. God called them Hebrews instead of Chaldeans, who were idolaters.
2 Pet 2:7-8 and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds)—

Our Faithful Lord God Almighty
Genesis 12:1, 4a Now the Lord had said to Abram: "Get out of your country, from your family and from your father's house, to a land that I will show you... So Abram departed as the Lord had spoken to him, and Lot went with him.
    All those who believed God and left Ur were blessed by being called Hebrews. The descendants of Abraham and Lot were all given land as He promised them when He took them out of Ur.

1. Ishmael - the eldest son of Abraham from Hagar inherited the desert land and wilderness of the Arabian Peninsula. He is the ancestor of the Arab race.

Note Those given land in Canaan had to dispose of the giants (human hybrid just like those in Noah's time) dwelling there.
2. Esau - Isaac's eldest son who sold his birthright was given the land of Seir
Deu 2:22 just as He had done for the descendants of Esau, who dwelt in Seir, when He destroyed the Horites from before them. They dispossessed them and dwelt in their place, even to this day.

3. Moab - Lot's eldest son inherited the land of Ar
Deu 2:9-10 Then the Lord said to me, 'Do not harass Moab, nor contend with them in battle, for I will not give you any of their land as a possession, because I have given Ar to the descendants of Lot as a possession.'

4. Ben-Ammi - Lot's youngest son, the ancestor of the people of Ammon
Deu 2:19 And when you come near the people of Ammon, do not harass them or meddle with them, for I will not give you any of the land of the people of Ammon as a possession, because I have given it to the descendants of Lot as a possession.'

5. Jacob or Israel - the ancestor of the Israelites.
Gen 43:32 So they set him a place by himself, and them by themselves, and the Egyptians who ate with him by themselves; because the Egyptians could not eat food with the Hebrews, for that is an abomination to the Egyptians.
    God sent Jacob's descendants into Egypt so that they could not become idolaters. After 400 years and just before the exodus from Egypt, God called them Israelites to differentiate them from the other Hebrews (Ishmaelites, Edomites, Moabites and Ammonites) in the neighbourhood.
Exo 9:7a Then Pharaoh sent, and indeed, not even one of the livestock of the Israelites was dead.

The Coming of Jesus (U24)

3 times Jesus will come to earth

1. At Rapture we will meet the Lord in the cloud.
Mat 24:29-31 "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.
    At Rapture, trumpets will sound to herald in the King of kings and the Lord of lords. At the end of the trumpet, all eyes will see our Lord Jesus Christ coming in the cloud. At the twinkling of the eye, all His elects will be caught up to meet Him in th cloud.
1 Thess 4:16-17 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.

2. Jesus will stand on Mount Olive to deliver the Israelites during the battle of Armegaddon (after Rapture)
Zechariah:14.4-5 And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, from east to west, making a very large valley; Half of the mountain shall move toward the north and half of it toward the south. Then you shall flee through My mountain valley, for the mountain valley shall reach to Azal. Yes, you shall flee as you fled from the earthquake In the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Thus the LORD my God will come, and all the saints with You.
    After the Israelites have fled into the valley, our Lord's brightness will kill all the enemies surrounding Jerusalem that the tongues dissolve in their mouths, etc.
Zac 14:12 _And this shall be the plague with which the LORD will strike all the people who fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh shall dissolve while they stand on their feet, their eyes shall dissolve in their sockets, and their tongues shall dissolve in their mouths._

3. Jesus Millennium Rule or Second Coming, when our Lord Jesus will come to establish His rule on earth.
Rev 20:6 Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.
    After that our Lord will come down to Jerusalem to establish His Millennium Rule so that all nations can come to worship Him. He will teach them His words. This is normally referred to as His second coming.
Mic 4:2 Many nations shall come and say, "Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths." For out of Zion the law shall go forth, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

Unfortunately, many unlearned in Endtime prophecies will lump these three events as one, thus confusing themselves and their loss of interest in Endtime prophecies. Meanwhile, opportunists (false prophets) will proclaim Jesus coming or end of the world at every serious calamity or unusual sign.

Last Days' Temples of God (U23)

Exo 23:14, 17-19 "Three times you shall keep a feast to Me in the year... Three times in the year all your males shall appear before the Lord GOD. You shall not offer the blood of My sacrifice with leavened bread; nor shall the fat of My sacrifice remain until morning. The first of the firstfruits of your land you shall bring into the house of the LORD your God. You shall not boil a young goat in its mother's milk."
    God ordained that the feasts and sacrifices before the house of the Lord. During the time in the wilderness and conquest of Canaan Land, the tabernacle was the house if the Lord. After the establishment of the nation of Israel with Jerusalem as its capital, God allowed King Solomon to build the Temple of God. Because of the disobedience and abominations of the Israelites, the temple and Jerusalem were devastated by the Babylonians.
    The Persian King Cyrus sent the Israelites back to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple of God, which was later renovated into a big temple known as Herod's Temple. At the death of our Lord Jesus, the veil in the Temple was torn representing the departure of God from the temple and the end of Judaism.

1. Born Again Christians
1Cor 3:16-17 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.
    Until Rapture when the Holy Spirit will go back to heaven, the physical body of every born again Christian is the temple of God for God will not dwell in any other building or structure.

John 2:19-21 Jesus answered and said to them, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." Then the Jews said, "It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?" But He was speaking of the temple of His body.
    The physical body of our Lord Jesus Christ was the temple of God, and immediately after His resurrection, He gave the Holy Spirit to His disciples, thus making the physical body of every Christian to become the temple of God. During this period of grace, Christians are now the temple of God and God will not dwell in any other temple.
John 20:22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit."

2. Temple of the Antichrist before Rapture
2 Thess 2:3-4 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day (Rapture) will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.
Warning - Any temple of God built during the period of grace i.e before Rapture will become the temple of Antichrist (Satan). Unfortunately, unlearned Christians, blind Jews led by the Temple Institute will be building the so-called temple of God for the Antichrist as soon as possible for they have already prepared all the utensils, garments, etc. to build and operate the temple.

3. Temple of God in the Millennium Rule of Jesus
Isa 2:3 Many people shall come and say, "Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,  to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths." For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
    I believe that our Lord Jesus will build His temple (Ezekiel's temple) during His Millennium Rule where He will teach the people.

Jerusalem in the Last Days (U22)

2 Sam 5:5, 7 In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months, and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty-three years over all Israel and Judah... Nevertheless David took the stronghold of Zion (Jerusalem) that is, the City of David.
    Since David's conquest of Jerusalem 3 thousand years ago, it had been the capital of the Kingdom of Israel. Though Israel and Jerusalem had been conquered many time for their disobedience, abominations and sins, yet whenever they can form the nation of Israel again, Jerusalem has always been the capital except in 1948.
Jer 9:11, 13  "I will make Jerusalem a heap of ruins, a den of jackals. I will make the cities of Judah desolate, without an inhabitant..." And the LORD said, "Because they have forsaken My law which I set before them, and have not obeyed My voice, nor walked according to it"

Jerusalem before Rapture
Before Rapture, Jerusalem will soon be conquered by its enemies during the coming World War 3 as God's vengeance for the many abominations committed by Israel.
Luke 21:20, 22, 24 "But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near...For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled... And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled (Rapture)."
    Because of the abominations and sins (PLO-Israel Peace Treaty, the giving away of part of the Promised Land for peace and the approval of homosexuality) committed by Israel, the destruction of Jerusalem before Rapture will be God's vengeace for their disobedience.

Jerusalem after Rapture
At the battle of Armegaddon, when all the nations gather to attack Jerusalem, our Lord will deliver Jerusalem and the Israelites by splitting Mount Olive and then annihilate the enemies. (Read also MA22 - Eze 38-39 is not WW3)
Zec 14:4, 12 And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, from east to west, making a very large valley; half of the mountain shall move toward the north and half of it toward the south... And this shall be the plague with which the LORD will strike all the people who fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh shall dissolve while they stand on their feet, their eyes shall dissolve in their sockets, and their tongues shall dissolve in their mouths.

Jerusalem in Millennium Rule
Zec 8:3 "Thus says the LORD: 'I will return to Zion, and dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. Jerusalem shall be called the City of Truth, the Mountain of the LORD of hosts, the Holy Mountain.'
    After our Lord Jesus had delivered Jerusalem, He will return to Jerusalem (after the Israelites has cleansed the land by burying all the dead bodies and bones) to establish His Millennium Rule.
Rev 20:6 Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.

Last Days Major Wars (U21)

3 more Major Wars to come

1. World War 3 before Rapture - where a quarter of all mankind will be killed by war, hunger, etc.
Rev 6:7-8 When He opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, "Come and see." So I looked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth.
     This 4th Seal is before the 6th Seal which is Rapture. This is the same war as Mat 24:6-7, Mark 13:7-8, Luke 21:20-24, Dan 11:40-44, etc.
Mark:13.7-8 "But when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be troubled; for such things must happen, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines and troubles. These are the beginnings of sorrows."

2. After Rapture - Battle of Armegaddon when the whole world will attack Jerusalem.
Eze 38:8 "After many days you will be visited. In the latter years you will come into the land of those brought back from the sword and gathered from many people on the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate; they were brought out of the nations, and now all of them dwell safely."
    Since the formation of the nation of Israel in 1948, it is living in the shadow of wars and insecurity (not dwelling in safety).
    After WW3, the Antichrist will sign a 7 year peace Treaty to allow all Israelites (Jews) to migrate back to Israel to rebuild the temple of God and also Jerusalem, which was completed destroyed during WW3. As the Jewish Priesthood rebuilds the temple of God, the Jews build their new homes in Jerusalem and Israel. For the first time since the reformation of Israel in 1948, they live in security and peace.
    At the dedication of the temple of God, the Antichrist will proclaim himself god while seated on the mercy seat in the most holy place.
    At Rapture, the brightness of the coming of our Lord will kill the Antichrist.

Rev 11:2-3  And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth."
    After the death of the Antichrist, the 2 witnesses will appear in Jerusalem and prevent any Gentile from entering the temple. He will call calamities upon the people dwelling on earth to afflict all those left behind at Rapture and with the mark of the beast. This will be the 7 bowls/trumpets judgment.   
    The 6th bowl will be the battle of Armegaddon (Rev 16:12-16), when the whole world will attack Jerusalem but before its defeat our Lord will deliver the Israelites standing on Mount Olive and kill all its enemies.
    Almost all OT Prophecies of Endtime war refer to this Battle of Armegaddon.

3. Final Battle or Battle of Gog and Magog after the Millennium Rule of Jesus.
Rev 20:7-9 Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea. They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them.
    All those left behind at Rapture and with the mark of the Beast or 666 will follow Satan and fight against our Lord Jesus.

Introduction (U00)

   'Understanding Endtime Signs'

As Christians, we must ensure that we are caught up at Rapture (1st resurrection). To be able to be part of Rapture, we must keep His words, believe and obey His warnings concerning the last days, and also understand the Endtime Signs of Jesus, so that we can overcome the final persecutions, temptations and deceptions of Satan.
    Without the understanding of Endtime truth, we will likely be deceived and loose our salvation for :-
1. bowing down and worship the Antichrist as god, when he is seated in the new temple of God build by the blind and misled Jewish Priesthood,
2. the desire to be implanted with the Micro Biochip (mark of the beast '666'), which can monitor our blood system and detect and destroy harmful viruses and cancer cell, thereby giving very long lifespan with healthy bodies.

Rev 14:9-11 Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, "If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name."

Beware Brethren - All those who have worshipped the Antichrist as God and have been implanted with the biochip (666) will be left behind and then condemn to the Lake of fire.

To us, anything after Rapture is for educational purpose and also for the complete understanding of endtime signs and prophecies.