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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Evangelical’s Dangerous End-Times Doctrine by S. Jones



Evangelical’s Dangerous End-Times Doctrine

AN ISRAELI VIEW OF TRUMP'S JERUSALEM DECISION

https://gods-kingdom-ministries.net/daily-weblogs/2017/12-2017/an-israeli-view-of-trumps-jerusalem-decision/

By Dr. Stephen Jones:  Dec 09, 2017

Here is a view from the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, which expresses concern about evangelical views of prophecy today.
In order to truly understand the centrality of this “theological dog-whistle” to Trump’s evangelical base, you must take their religious beliefs seriously, argued progressive Christian commentator and pundit Diana Butler Bass, in a widely circulated thread on Twitter. Bass said the Jerusalem issue was so important to evangelicals because it is necessary to regain Judeo-Christian control of the Temple Mount.

This is vital, she explained, because rebuilding the Temple would initiate the “end-time” laid out in the Book of Revelation. End-time is a fundamentalist Christian belief in a prophecy that the living and the resurrected will one day be delivered from the Earth by God, their bodies transformed and protected in heaven, as he pours out his wrath on the sinners left behind.

Butler Bass asserted that “of all the possible theological dog-whistles to his evangelical base,” the Jerusalem declaration “is the biggest. Trump is reminding them that he is carrying out God’s will to these Last Days. They’ve been waiting for this, praying for this,” she wrote. “They want war in the Middle East. The Battle of Armageddon, at which time Jesus Christ will return to the Earth and vanquish all God’s enemies. For certain evangelicals, this is the climax of history. And Trump is taking them there. To the promised judgment, to their sure victory. The righteous will be ushered to heaven; the reprobate will be banished to hellfire.

To these true believers, she added, the Jerusalem announcement “is the fulfillment of biblical prophecy. Donald Trump is not only acting on a campaign promise, but enacting a theological one. They believe that Donald Trump is God’s instrument to move us closer to the Rapture, the Judgment, and the End. Because to them that’s actually the beginning – the beginning of their reward and heavenly bliss.”

As a result, she explained, the issue of whether the Jerusalem move is a provocation that could harm the cause of peace is meaningless, since “peace in this world doesn’t matter.”

To nonbelievers, including mainstream Christians for whom this sounds far-fetched, she argued that it is actively preached in churches nationwide and that “millions of American Christians believe this and have based their faith and identity on it.”

I have the same concerns that this writer does. The evangelical view of eschatology and prophecy has motivated Christians to work feverishly to bring about Armageddon. Because they mistakenly believe that God will save Jerusalem at the last minute, they have no concern about the peace process. Because they believe that Armageddon is necessary for the return of Christ, they literally desire to do all they can to start that war as soon as possible.

In past years, I have read articles like the one below. Israelis are thankful for evangelical support—and they solicit that support at every turn—but they also are uneasy with the motive behind this support.

From my perspective, it is not very good to purchase one-way tickets for Jews wanting to move to the Israeli state. Why should Christians send them to Armageddon? Is that really a good way to show support for Jews and to “love” them? I think Christians ought to warn Jews to stay away, so that they may survive the coming destruction. I write these things, not because I hate Jews, but because I want no one to end up dead. If Jews want to immigrate to the danger zone, I would rather not help them get there.

But evangelicals today have no problem raising funds to “send Jews to Israel,” knowing full well (by their own view of eschatology) that most of the Israelis will be killed in the coming battle of Armageddon. In fact, they believe that only 144,000 will survive. What? 144,000 out of over 6 million? That’s a 2.4% survival rate! And every Jew that the evangelicals send will only increase the death toll, because 144,000 is a fixed number (in their view).

No wonder some Israelis are skeptical of evangelical support! They accept the support only because they have a different view of the future. They do not believe evangelical eschatology. They do not believe that Jesus is (or was) the Messiah. In fact, that unbelief, according to evangelicals, is the very reason for Armageddon. Their view is that most Jews will be killed, and only the 144,000 survivors will be left to accept Christ when they see Him coming in the clouds.

The rest of us “gentiles” are required to accept Christ before He comes, because once He comes, the deadline for salvation has arrived. But for Jews, they are allowed to accept Him after they actually see Him in the clouds! It is a crazy double standard, but such are the results of putting away the law of impartiality. Chosen flesh seems to have its benefits.

Of course, this eschatological view was developed a century ago with the belief that all Jews would move to the old land, now called “Israel.” That has not happened. The vast majority of Jews still live elsewhere. To my knowledge, evangelicals have not tried to say if the 144,000 will be the surviving Israelis or the surviving Jews throughout the world.

There are many other problems with their eschatology. They assume, for instance, that the 12 tribes of Israel are all represented in the Jews themselves. They do not understand the difference between the house of Israel and the house of Judah—the northern and southern kingdoms. The so-called “ten lost tribes” were never known as Jews. Yet the 144,000 in Revelation 7 are said to come from the 12 tribes—not just a single tribe of Judah.

Then there is the issue of the “rapture,” which is a warped interpretation of the fulfilment of the feast of Tabernacles. The evangelicals do not understand the concept of antichrist, mostly because they do not relate it to the story of Absalom, who usurped the throne of David. Neither do they understand the “tribulation,” because they do not study the law of tribulation and do not relate it the beast systems prophesied in the book of Daniel.

For a longer study on these matters, read my book, Daniel’s Seventy Weeks.

Misunderstanding prophecy, along with ignorance of the law of God, has combined to bring blindness to the church. What is today seen as mainstream eschatology has only been taught for about 150 years. It has little historical support and is, I believe, evidence of blindness that has come in order to allow “Judas” to do his second betrayal in our time.

The New Testament Judas fulfilled his role in the dispute over the throne rights of Judah. He helped the Jewish leaders usurp the throne of Christ. He thought he could force Jesus to manifest Himself as the Messiah. He thought he could speed up the fulfillment of prophecy if only he could force Jesus into a position where He had to do a great miracle that would prove to all that He was the Messiah.

Today Judas has arisen again, but this time in the dispute over the birthright of Joseph and the birthright name, Israel. Christian Zionists are the modern Judas, thinking that they can force Jesus to return by igniting Armageddon. They do not realize that you cannot fulfill prophecy by betraying Jesus. Judas discovered this only too late, and he hanged himself, in the same way that his prophetic predecessor, Ahithophel, hanged himself after betraying David.

This is serious stuff, and I would not want any of you to be part of the modern Judas company. I know that someone has to play that role in order to complete the story, but I do not want our readers to do this. It is much better to play the role of the other disciples, especially John, who alone stood at the foot of the cross.

Peter denied Jesus three times, but he repented in the end. Even so, Peter later had to be rebuked by Paul for his hypocrisy (Galatians 2:11, 12, 13). The Roman church has made Peter its foundation (whether they know it or not). With Peter as its spiritual “father,” that church has manifested the same problems that Peter had. The Roman church has denied Christ in the same way.

The Roman church has set Peter above Paul. So we see that St. Peter’s cathedral at the Vatican was copied in St. Paul, Minnesota, when they built St. Paul’s cathedral smaller than that which is found in the Vatican. Both Rome and St. Paul, Minnesota are cities set on seven hills.

The evangelicals today are also following in Peter’s footsteps as his spiritual children, insofar as his later problem was concerned. Peter joined in with the doctrine of partiality that is inherent in Judaism (Galatians 2:6, 7), and this was the cause of Paul’s rebuke. Today’s evangelicals have come to agree with Peter by rebuilding the dividing wall that Jesus tore down (Ephesians 2:14, 15) to create “one new man.” By placing Jews above others as “chosen people,” they must be rebuked in the name of Paul for showing partiality in violation of the divine law.

(In no way does this affect the validity of Peter’s epistles. All scripture was inspired but came through human writers who themselves were imperfect.)

These are very important issues that we ought to take seriously. There is still time to repent of being part of Judas or of being begotten spiritually by Peter. We need to be begotten by the Holy Spirit in order to be the sons of God. But if we act like Judas or Peter, then one of them is our father.

It is important to know that flesh and blood is not “chosen” by genealogy, but by faith. It was this way in the days of Elijah, when the remnant of grace numbered just 7,000. Paul says in Romans 11:4, 5, 7 that they were “elect” (or “chosen”), and the rest were blinded (or hardened). It is no different today. There are many genealogical Israelites and Judahites, but only a few are actually “chosen,” along with all who are of Abraham’s seed by faith (Galatians 3:7, 9, 29).

Friday, December 8, 2017

The Fate of Jerusalem by S. Jones



COMMENTS ON THE FATE OF JERUSALEM
By Dr. Stephen Jones - Dec 08, 2017


Trump’s recent decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem fulfills the will of Congress, which passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act on November 8, 1995.
Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama all signed waivers to postpone it. Even Trump signed a waver six months ago. But now it is being implemented.

I see it as the start of a final countdown toward the destruction of Jerusalem, as per Jeremiah 19:10, 11, a prophecy which was partially fulfilled in past destructive wars, but which has yet to be fulfilled in its entirety.

Although Trump’s policy is based on a misunderstanding of Bible prophecy, fed to him by his evangelical spiritual advisors, I see also the inevitability that this prophecy must be fulfilled at some point in history.

It is the only way (in my opinion) that the dispute between Hagar and Sarah will be resolved, since both of them firmly believe that they are called to give birth to the promised seed. The dispute has been ongoing since the book of Genesis. In Genesis 21:10 we see that it was Sarah’s request to cast out the bondwoman and her son. But Paul affirms that decision as valid in Galatians 4:30.
In our time, I believe, we will see this prophetic verdict actually carried out. Hagar-Jerusalem must be cast out, along with her spiritual children of the flesh, in order for the world to recognize and establish Sarah, the heavenly Jerusalem, as the true mother of the Kingdom.

Recall that the Hebrew word for Jerusalem is Ierushalayim. It literally means “two Jerusalems.” The -ayim ending does not simply make the word plural; it means “two.” So every time Jerusalem was named by the prophets, they were prophesying about two cities, perhaps without realizing it.
This revelation was given to the New Testament writers, Paul and John in particular, for they make a clear distinction between the two cities. Paul says in Galatians 4:25, 26 that the earthly Jerusalem is Hagar, and the heavenly Jerusalem is Sarah. In Revelation 11:8 John says that the earthly Jerusalem is the equivalent of Sodom and Egypt, while the heavenly Jerusalem is the bride in Revelation 21:2, 9, 10. By inference, that also makes the earthly Jerusalem the false bride, i.e., the great whore, the one pretending to be the bride, the one also persecuting the true bride.

This issue has remained unresolved for thousands of years, and much conflict has occurred as a result. But we are now on a countdown toward the resolution of this dispute, and the result will not be pretty. Full background on this dispute is in my book, The Struggle for the Birthright.

The Revelation of June 24, 2017
Last June a local friend came to my office to tell me that he was given revelation on June 24, 2017 about Daniel’s 70 weeks. His understanding was that June 24, 2017 was the start of a 70-week cycle, ending October 27, 2018. He was seeking more understanding about this.

I told him that the original pattern was when Daniel prophesied about 70 weeks of years, or 70 sabbath years, beginning with the decree of Artaxerxes in 458 B.C. and ending with the crucifixion of Jesus in 33 A.D. This is a cycle of Blessed Time (490). In Matthew 18:22 it is a forgiveness cycle.
Applied to Judah’s history, it speaks into the fact that every year on the Day of Atonement, the blood was sprinkled on the mercy seat. All of the sins that had been deposited daily under the altar by the blood of sacrifice was brought to the mercy seat once a year, and God forgave the nation.
After 490 years, however, a great reckoning had to be made. This is the point of Jesus’ parable in Matthew 18:23-35. After forgiving 70 x 7 times, the “certain king” began “to settle accounts.” The debtor asked for more time, and the king went beyond that, cancelling the entire debt. In other words, he received a Jubilee, the cancellation of all debt. But when the debtor could not forgive the small debt that his neighbor owed him, he lost his Jubilee. The moral of the story is found in Matthew 18:35,

35 So shall My heavenly Father also do to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart.

Sin is reckoned as a debt in Scripture. So the parable was not just about forgiving monetary debts, but forgiving offences that make us legally indebted to those we offend.

That is what happened to Judah after 490 years. They sinned throughout the year, but their sins were covered by the blood of sacrifice twice a day. Each year on the Day of Atonement, God forgave the nation for 490 years. God then settled the account with Judah, but Jesus paid the price on the cross to give everyone a Jubilee.

Yet those who do not live by the principle of the Jubilee will be disqualified and will then be sentenced to pay off their own debt, if that were possible. That is why only a few will inherit life in the first resurrection (Revelation 20:4, 5, 6). Most of humanity will yet have to learn righteousness and forgiveness after the general resurrection, so that they qualify for the Creation Jubilee at the end of time. Then God will be “all in all” (1 Corinthians 15:28).

It appears that we are presently in a short-term 70-week cycle from June 24, 2017 to October 27, 2018. How do we apply this? It appears that God is about to reckon the accounts next year. It is somewhat unclear as to who this applies to. But now that Trump is moving the US embassy to Jerusalem, there may well be a connection to this 70-week cycle.

The Rise of Violence
The Muslim world is not known for its ability to forgive. They always demand justice, because they see justice as a duty, rather than as a right. Such is the nature of Old Covenant thinking, which characterizes all who consider the earthly Jerusalem to be their mother. Trump’s decision is already causing widespread reaction in the Mideast. It has started with the call for “three days of rage” as the people vent their anger.


It is probable that Trump’s decision will spark a new Intifada, and the Israelis will use it as an excuse to blow up the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem and replace it with their own temple. Since all of the materials have already been gathered, they could do this rather quickly. This would spark a wider war, of course.

It is quite possible that the temple controversy itself will prove to be the cause of Isaiah’s prophecy to be fulfilled, regarding the manner of Jerusalem’s destruction. Whereas Jeremiah 19:10, 11 gives us the fact that Jerusalem will be destroyed so completely that it will never again be repaired (rebuilt), Isaiah 29:1-8 gives us a description of a nuclear disaster.

Most people totally misunderstand this prophecy, because of their assumptions. It is a prophecy of “woe” upon Ariel, a poetic name for Jerusalem. Isaiah 29:1 says, “Woe, O Ariel, the city where David once camped!” Ariel has a double meaning. It means “the lion of God,” and it also means “the hearth of God.” It was supposed to be the lion of God, but because of its wickedness, God was to turn into His “hearth,” that is, a fireplace, a place of burning.

In Isaiah 29:2 God says, “And I will bring distress to Ariel.” In other words, God speaks directly to Jerusalem, telling her that He Himself will do this.

In Isaiah 29:3 God says, “And I will camp against you encircling you, and I will set siegeworks against you…” Here God lets Jerusalem know that God is the King who is laying siege to the city. As we see later in verse 7, God uses other nations as His army to lay siege to Jerusalem.

In Isaiah 29:4 God prophesies that His war campaign against Jerusalem will succeed, and the city “shall be brought low.” The city will then speak “from the earth” and “from the dust.”
Isaiah 29:5 then says in a very misunderstood passage, “But the multitude of your enemies shall become like fine dust…” Most assume that this is a reference to the nations who are part of God’s army in this siege against Jerusalem. But we already know that God’s army will succeed in bringing Jerusalem to the ground and to the dust. Will God destroy His own army and save the city, as so many Christians believe?

The answer is found in Isaiah 63:10, where God says about Israel in the days of Moses,

10 But they rebelled and grieved His Holy Spirit; therefore, He turned Himself to become their enemy, He fought against them.

In the law of tribulation, we read in Leviticus 26:40-42,
40 If they confess their iniquity and the iniquity of their forefathers, in their unfaithfulness which they committed against Me, and also in their acting with hostility against Me— 41 I also was acting with hostility against them, to bring them into the land of their enemies—or if their uncircumcised heart becomes humbled so that they then make amends for their iniquity, 42 then I will remember My covenant with Jacob…

This law shows that when nations or people act with hostility against Yahweh-Yeshua, they become God’s enemies. That is why Isaiah says “He turned Himself to become their enemy.” God enemies are not defined in terms of race or genealogy, but in terms of their unfaithfulness toward God Himself. Further, when Israel was unfaithful, God said He would become their enemy and “bring them into the land of their enemies.”

This clearly shows that God would raise up an army of foreigners to lay siege to Israel and Judah, and that God essentially leads those armies against His “enemies.”

Therefore, when God tells Ariel in Isaiah 29:5 that “the multitude of your enemies shall become like fine dust,” he is referring to internal enemies, not to the armies laying siege to the city. The context shows that he is describing the manner in which Jerusalem is brought to the dust.

5 The multitude of your enemies shall become like fine dust, and the multitude of the ruthless ones like the chaff which blows away; and it shall happen instantly, suddenly. 6 From the Lord of hosts you [Jerusalem] will be punished with thunder and earthquake and loud noise, with whirlwind and tempest and the flame of a consuming fire.

Verse 6 clearly shows that God was continuing to speak to Jerusalem and that it is Jerusalem that will be “punished” in this siege. The description of that punishment appears to be a nuclear explosion, which causes “a loud noise” (or “thunder”). The ground shakes (“earthquake”). A “tempest” blows with a great wind. A “flame of a consuming fire” is unleashed.

Here is video of an actual nuclear blast filmed by the US government in Nevada. Go to the 9:30 mark to watch its effects and see if Isaiah describes it quite well in his prophecy.

Once Isaiah establishes the fact that God will lay siege to Jerusalem and that Jerusalem “will be punished,” then God turns His attention to the armies that He is using to accomplish His purpose. Isaiah 29:7, 8 makes the analogy of a dream or vision. It is like having a dream where you are thirsty and are drinking, but when you wake up, you are still thirsty. In a dream you are hungry and are eating, but when you wake up, you are still hungry.

What does this mean? The Arab nations are “hungry” for Jerusalem. They desire that city and the land of Palestine itself. That is probably their motive for laying siege to Jerusalem. But when it is all over, they will find themselves still hungry and thirsty. Why? Because NO ONE will get to inhabit the city. There will be too much nuclear fallout. Hence, it will be like a dream, where they will wake up still thirsty and hungry.

Finally, Isaiah 29:9 tells Jerusalem, “Blind yourselves and be blind.” In other words, the people will not understand what is going on. Isaiah 29:10, 11 says,
10 For the Lord has poured over you a spirit of deep sleep, He has shut your eyes, the prophets; and He has covered your heads, the seers. 11 And the entire vision [of Jerusalem’s destruction] shall be to you like the words of a sealed book, which when they give it to the one who is literate, saying, “Please read this,” he will say, “I cannot, for it is sealed.”

So we see that Isaiah’s vision in the 29th chapter of his book is “sealed.” People cannot read it, that is, they cannot understand it, because their eyes are blind. That is why hardly anyone understands this prophecy. That is why most Christians misapply it, thinking that God will save Jerusalem at the last minute. Few even understand Jeremiah 19:10, 11, although it is plain as day once your eyes are opened to see it.

Yet once we understand the prophecies, we will not be taken by surprise, nor will we lose faith in God when Jerusalem is destroyed. Many Christians, who consider the earthly Jerusalem to be their mother, will be astonished and will even lose their faith, because they have been told that this city is an “eternal city” and will be the capital of the Kingdom. They think Jesus will rule from a temple at that location, rather than from the temple that Paul described in Ephesians 2:19-22, which is made of living stones (1 Peter 2:5).

But you are not deceived, for you know the difference between the two Jerusalems, and you know that you are temple of God (1 Corinthians 3:16).