Leviticus Week 33 - Bechukotai

Wisdom From the Torah Book 3:
LEVITICUS 
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1 Corinthians 10:11
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

11 These things happened to them to serve as an example, and they were written down to instruct us, on whom the ends of the ages have come.


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Israel 1948:


Leviticus 26, Ezekiel 4 and the Fullness of the Gentiles

This past Shabbat, we finished the book of Leviticus. I have to say, Leviticus 26 is such a VERY POWERFUL portion of Scripture:

 

Leviticus 26:

1 Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am the Lord your God.

2 Ye shall keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I am the Lord.

3 If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them;

4 Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.

5 And your threshing shall reach unto the vintage, and the vintage shall reach unto the sowing time: and ye shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely.

And I will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid: and I will rid evil beasts out of the land, neither shall the sword go through your land.

And ye shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword.

And five of you shall chase an hundred, and an hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight: and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.

For I will have respect unto you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you, and establish my covenant with you.

 

Many are fearful concerning the days ahead. Well, those are some seriously POWERFUL promises we just read! It continues...

 

Leviticus 26:

10 And ye shall eat old store, and bring forth the old because of the new.

11 And I set my tabernacle among you: and my soul shall not abhor you.

12 And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people.

13 I am the Lord your God, which brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, that ye should not be their bondmen; and I have broken the bands of your yoke, and made you go upright.

 


Many think of YHWH's Law as "bondage." OK. Think about that for a minute. Did YHWH really rescue the Israelites from the bondage of Egypt, just to put them into His own bondage?? How does that make any sense to anyone?? No. I see tremendous freedom and joy in obedience to YHWH's commands.

 

Now, on the flip-side, you have those out there likening obedience to YHWH to being influenced by demons (https://www.facebook.com/notes/rob-skiba/obeying-yhwh-doctrine-of-devils/10152820823342506). Well consider where disobedience gets you...

 

Leviticus 26:

14 But if ye will not hearken unto me, and will not do all these commandments;

15 And if ye shall despise my statutes, or if your soul abhor my judgments, so that ye will not do all my commandments, but that ye break my covenant:

16 I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.

17 And I will set my face against you, and ye shall be slain before your enemies: they that hate you shall reign over you; and ye shall flee when none pursueth you.

 

Honestly, I fear for many of my brothers and sisters in Christ. I post a lot of stuff on my wall to get people to think about the importance of obeying YHWH. ESPECIALLY as these days continue to get darker. And it seems the more I do, the more come out of the woodwork "despising" YHWH's commandments, judgments and statutes. Worse yet, doing so in the name of "freedom in Christ."

 


But according to the above verses in Leviticus 26, that's not a good thing to do. Disobedience brings judgment. But He brings that bad stuff on His people so that they will stop their wickedness (sin) and turn back to His ways (which bring life). He gives us a chance to turn back, but...

 

Leviticus 26:

18 And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins {defined as transgression of the Law in 1 John 3:4}.

19 And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass:

20 And your strength shall be spent in vain: for your land shall not yield her increase, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruits.

21 And if ye walk contrary unto me, and will not hearken unto me; I will bring seven times more plagues upon you according to your sins.

22 I will also send wild beasts among you, which shall rob you of your children, and destroy your cattle, and make you few in number; and your high ways shall be desolate.

23 And if ye will not be reformed by me by these things, but will walk contrary unto me;

24 Then will I also walk contrary unto you, and will punish you yet seven times for your sins.

25 And I will bring a sword upon you, that shall avenge the quarrel of my covenant: and when ye are gathered together within your cities, I will send the pestilence among you; and ye shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy.

26 And when I have broken the staff of your bread, ten women shall bake your bread in one oven, and they shall deliver you your bread again by weight: and ye shall eat, and not be satisfied.

27 And if ye will not for all this hearken unto me, but walk contrary unto me;

28 Then I will walk contrary unto you also in fury; and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins.

29 And ye shall eat the flesh of your sons, and the flesh of your daughters shall ye eat.

30 And I will destroy your high places, and cut down your images, and cast your carcases upon the carcases of your idols, and my soul shall abhor you.

31 And I will make your cities waste, and bring your sanctuaries unto desolation, and I will not smell the savour of your sweet odours.

32 And I will bring the land into desolation: and your enemies which dwell therein shall be astonished at it.

33 And I will scatter you among the heathen, and will draw out a sword after you: and your land shall be desolate, and your cities waste.

34 Then shall the land enjoy her sabbaths, as long as it lieth desolate, and ye be in your enemies' land; even then shall the land rest, and enjoy her sabbaths.

35 As long as it lieth desolate it shall rest; because it did not rest in your sabbaths, when ye dwelt upon it.

36 And upon them that are left alive of you I will send a faintness into their hearts in the lands of their enemies; and the sound of a shaken leaf shall chase them; and they shall flee, as fleeing from a sword; and they shall fall when none pursueth.

37 And they shall fall one upon another, as it were before a sword, when none pursueth: and ye shall have no power to stand before your enemies.

38 And ye shall perish among the heathen, and the land of your enemies shall eat you up.

39 And they that are left of you shall pine away in their iniquity in your enemies' lands; and also in the iniquities of their fathers shall they pine away with them.

 

How incredibly interesting that the "seven times" punishment is mentioned 4 times. Could this be a shadow of things to come during a SEVEN YEAR TRIBULATION in which there are 4 judgments given: Seals, Trumpets, Thunders and Bowls? Is it just a coincidence? I don't really think so.

 

Leviticus 26:

40 If they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, with their trespass which they trespassed against me, and that also they have walked contrary unto me;

41 And that I also have walked contrary unto them, and have brought them into the land of their enemies; if then their uncircumcised hearts be humbled, and they then accept of the punishment of their iniquity:

42 Then will I remember my covenant with Jacob, and also my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I will remember the land.

43 The land also shall be left of them, and shall enjoy her sabbaths, while she lieth desolate without them: and they shall accept of the punishment of their iniquity: because, even because they despised my judgments, and because their soul abhorred my statutes.

44 And yet for all that, when they be in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away, neither will I abhor them, to destroy them utterly, and to break my covenant with them: for I am the Lord their God.

45 But I will for their sakes remember the covenant of their ancestors, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the heathen, that I might be their God: I am the Lord.

46 These are the statutes and judgments and laws, which the Lord made between him and the children of Israel in mount Sinai by the hand of Moses.

 

I am far from perfect and struggle like anyone else to live a life without sin. But it was 5 years ago that my wife and I (together) came into a realization that we really are grafted into the cultivated olive tree that is Israel (Romans 11) and as such we realized that what YHWH said to them, now also applies to us as members of the "commonwealth" (Ephesians 2). As we began this journey and even to this day, we continue to meet people from all over the world who also came into this awareness at roughly the same time we did. Over and over and over again, we keep meeting people who point back to 2009 as roughly the time they realized the commandments, feasts, dietary laws, etc. were still applicable to us as Believers in Christ. For quite some time, I've wondered why 2009? This weekend, my friend Chad Graves pointed something out that really caught my attention...

 

Ezekiel 4:

1 Thou also, son of man, take thee a tile, and lay it before thee, and pourtray upon it the city, even Jerusalem:

2 And lay siege against it, and build a fort against it, and cast a mount against it; set the camp also against it, and set battering rams against it round about.

3 Moreover take thou unto thee an iron pan, and set it for a wall of iron between thee and the city: and set thy face against it, and it shall be besieged, and thou shalt lay siege against it. This shall be a sign to the house of Israel.

4 Lie thou also upon thy left side, and lay the iniquity of the house of Israel upon it: according to the number of the days that thou shalt lie upon it thou shalt bear their iniquity.

For I have laid upon thee the years of their iniquity, according to the number of the days, three hundred and ninety days: so shalt thou bear the iniquity of the house of Israel.

 

In the context of this story, it is talking about Israel as in the Northern Kingdom, also known as Ephraim. Now, if my understanding of my identity as an adopted/grafted son of Israel is correct, I believe I am grafted onto Ephraim's stick (of Ezekiel 37). This is due to the prophetic blessing of Jacob over Ephraim in Genesis 48. We was to become the "goyim" or the Gentile nations. Thus, the "fullness of the Gentiles" coming into the commonwealth of Israel, would seem to go back to this. For more on that, see my NOTE: Who is the Church Anyway? https://www.facebook.com/notes/rob-skiba/who-is-the-church-anyway/10152812168137506

 

Now, Judah also went into captivity and served 70 years (1 year for each of the Sabbath years they did not give the land rest) in Babylon. But they learned their lesson, repented and were thus brought back into the land and remained there until their disobedience got them booted out again in 70 AD. But there is no evidence Ephraim ever repented. Ephraim's sentence was 390 years according to Ezekiel 4. But since they did not repent, they had 7 times the length of punishment added on according to the principle established in Leviticus 26. This weekend during our study, my friend Chad wondered if Ephraim received 7 times the judgment for not repenting after the 390. If this theory is true, check out the math:

 

390 years of initial judgment x 7 for not repenting = 2,730 years total

 

According to BibleStudyTools.com,http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/revelation/related-topics/northern-kingdom-falls-to-assyria.html they went into Assyrian captivity in 721 BC.

 

2,730 total - 721 = 2009 

 

Now consider this: The last chapter of Malachi is written in a Last Days context. It ends with:

 

Malachi 4:

1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.

3 And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts.

Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.

5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord:

6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

 

I have said it before and I'll say it again here, I am NOT in the Hebrew Roots Movement, nor the Sacred Name Movement. I say this because I think the mainstream "official" movements that have become known by those titles have done a pendulum swing into wackiville in many ways. That said, I don't believe they started out that way. I believe both movements may have had there start in a 2009 fulfillment of Ephraim beginning to wake up and repent. In my opinon, some took it too far and found themselves lost in crazy ideas relating these things to salvation issues and others into a modern Pharisee mindset. But that doesn't nullify what YHWH seems to be doing here.

 

Think about it: Why is it that within the last 5 years or so there have been SO MANY Christians waking up to the "PAGAN ROOTS" of our faith and have begun to dump those bogus traditions? Why are SO MANY Christians all of a sudden now concerned about the name of God and trying to obey His commandments? Why are the Feasts being talked about in just about every church now-a-days (thanks to the Blood Moons)? Is this mass hysteria, or a legitimate move of YHWH, wherein His (former) Gentile people are finally ready to repent and get back to the precepts and promises of the "good parts" of Leviticus 26?

 

 

I'm thinking there's something to this, because I have never been more "on fire for God" in all my life (and I've been in some form of ministry for nearly all of it - since age 7). I've learned more about my Savior from the Feasts and Commandments of YHWH than in all my studies of the New Testament. I have more "freedom in Christ" and understanding of His Scriptures (especially the writings of Paul) than I ever did before. I spend more time studying the Bible - and can't get enough of it - than ever before. I can sit in a room or on the radio for 3 - 10 hours straight talking about Scripture. This has NEVER been the case for me until these last few years. And I know the same is true for many others. So again... could we be seeing the final return of Ephraim and the beginning of the "fullness of the Gentiles" coming back into the fold? Are we seeing the two sticks of Ezekiel 37 coming back together?

 

Could be.

 

- Rob Skiba 


Additional Notes: 


The Lord's Day
https://www.facebook.com/notes/rob-skiba/the-lords-day/10152826328292506


Obeying YHWH = Doctrine of Demons?: 
https://www.facebook.com/notes/rob-skiba/obeying-yhwh-doctrine-of-devils/10152820823342506


Twisting and Distorting Colossians 2:16

https://www.facebook.com/notes/rob-skiba/twisting-and-distorting-colossians-216/10152463372652506


Twisting and Distorting my "Twisting and Distorting" Note on Colossians 2:
https://www.facebook.com/notes/rob-skiba/twisting-and-distorting-my-twisting-and-distorting-note-on-col-2/10152910427742506





Was the American (or modern) slavery justified by Leviticus 25? No! Biblical slavery looked nothing like the slavery most of us are familiar with - especially when you consider what the Torah says concerning kidnapping (which was how most slaves were acquired around the world by the nations):

Exodus 21:16

New Living Translation (NLT)

16 “Kidnappers must be put to death, whether they are caught in possession of their victims or have already sold them as slaves.

So, if anyone acquired a slave through kidnapping, they would have been put to death according to the Torah. No American slavery was not justified by Torah!

As believers in Yeshua/Jesus, who are we? 
Who is the Church?

Romans 11

King James Version (KJV)

11 I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.

God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel saying,

Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.

But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.

Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.

And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.

What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded.

(According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.

And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them:

10 Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway.

11 I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.

12 Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?

13 For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:

14 If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them.

15 For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?

16 For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.

17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree;

18 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.

19 Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in.

20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:

21 For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.

22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.

23 And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again.

24 For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?

25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:

27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.

28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the father's sakes.

29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:

31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.

32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.

33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!

34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?

35 Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?

36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

Paul said that we were a wild olive tree that has been grafted into the cultivated olive tree - that is Israel!

Romans 8

King James Version (KJV)

14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

Adopted into what family?

Romans 9:3-5

King James Version (KJV)

For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh:

Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises;

Israel is the Church:

Acts 7

King James Version (KJV)

38 This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:

The Church is the "Bride of Christ." The Bride is described as Israel (in the New Jerusalem:

Revelation 21

King James Version (KJV)

And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

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And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.

10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,

11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;

12 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:

13 On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.

14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

There is only one Bride, one Groom, one God, one plan... and it all revolves around Israel! That is the tree we (as believers in Yeshua/Jesus) are grafted into. It is the family we are adopted into.



Regarding the conclusion of 120 Jubilees,
landing in the 2030-2033 time-frame:
Samples from this DVD:


Secret Rapture?

I believe the whole idea of a "secret Rapture" - the doctrine of imminence - violates and contradicts:

Amos 3:7

King James Version (KJV)

Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.


So when is the Rapture? Here is my take on the issue:


Read:


I believe there are many Scriptures that support the idea of people going into a place of safety (this is a hiding not a Rapture) during a time of trial, tribulation, judgement and wrath. Here are some other examples that illustrate this principle:

And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.

- Exodus 12:13 (KJV) [emphasis mine]

For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

- Psalm 27:5 (KJV) [emphasis mine]

The Lord rescues the godly; he is their fortress in times of trouble. The Lord helps them, rescuing them from the wicked. He saves them, and they find shelter in him.

- Psalm 37:39,40 (NLT) [emphasis mine]

They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones.

- Psalm 83:3 (KJV) [emphasis mine]

Go, my people, enter your rooms and shut the doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until his wrath has passed by.

- Isaiah 26:20 (NIV) [emphasis mine]

Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD's anger.

- Zephaniah 2:3


How will we survive the Tribulation?

Leviticus 26

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

If you follow my statutes and keep my commandments and observe them faithfully, I will give you your rains in their season, and the land shall yield its produce, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.Your threshing shall overtake the vintage, and the vintage shall overtake the sowing; you shall eat your bread to the full, and live securely in your land. And I will grant peace in the land, and you shall lie down, and no one shall make you afraid; I will remove dangerous animals from the land, and no sword shall go through your land. You shall give chase to your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword. Five of you shall give chase to a hundred, and a hundred of you shall give chase to ten thousand; your enemies shall fall before you by the sword. I will look with favor upon you and make you fruitful and multiply you; and I will maintain my covenant with you. 10 You shall eat old grain long stored, and you shall have to clear out the old to make way for the new. 11 I will place my dwelling in your midst, and I shall not abhor you. 12 And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and you shall be my people. 13 I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be their slaves no more; I have broken the bars of your yoke and made you walk erect.

Also listen to John William Galt (the voice of the movies) reading
Psalm 91:

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Is the current State of Israel really the revived Israel of the Bible? Did she really become a nation in 1948?


I confess, I truly do struggle with this idea. Nothing I read in the prophetic Scriptures concerning YHVH bringing Israel back to the land fits what we saw happen in the mid-20th Century. Read the following Scriptures and see if you agree.

Begin with Leviticus 26 - for what is required from Israel in order to be returned to YHVH's land. Then read:


There are many other Scriptures we could look at (especially in the "minor prophets"), but the above listed are the most potent in my opinion.The fact that the current "Israel" fits none of the above, and that it exists under the "star of Remphan" spoken of (with contempt) by Stephen in Acts 7:43 tells me this is a counterfeit - and therefore no prophetic, eschatological  "time-piece" is accurate if they are basing anything on 1948 (or even 1967).

I like the way Todd Bennett put it in his book, The Redeemed (see below):


"The United Nations has no legal significance in the eyes of YHWH and that "ungodly" organization has no authority to establish any part of YHWH's kingdom. Therefore, I do not automatically assume that the date 1948 is as significant as some believe." (page 184)

"Again, I do not believe that it is up to the United Nations to "rubber stamp" the existence of Israel. Interestingly, some Orthodox Jewish groups have declared that the nation is a violation of the Torah because the Messiah was not the One to establish this state." (page 185)

I absolutely agree with both of the above statements as well as this one from page 186:

"Therefore, just because the current state of Israel calls itself "Israel" does not mean that it is the Yisrael that we read of in the Scriptures - which consists of all of the Redeemed of YHWH. While a group of genetic offspring of various tribes of Yisrael have returned to the Land, the majority have done so for reasons not entirely consistent with the type of restoration seen in the Scriptures." 

Dear Christian brothers and sisters, if this is true, then we must be very, very careful in what we believe in the coming years. If this is a counterfeit, do not be surprised if this current state of Israel does get wiped off the map. If there is no pre-Trib. Rapture, do not be discouraged or deceived when millions of people disappear (or are taken up into "space ships) are you are "left behind." We have to be on guard - the Bible tells us that there is a Coming Great Deception, that will be SO great that even the elect could/will be deceived by it.

Here is a MUST SEE documentary (by my friend Leonard Ulrich) that explains some of the issues regarding Israel, Political Zionism and the New World Order:

Revelation 2:9
I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

Revelation 3:9
Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.


Further confirming my suspicions about who current State of Israel serves, is the Statue of Nimrod sitting out in front of the Hebrew University:


Nimrod is the Antichrist. He is the source of false sun-god religions and occult mystery schools. His name means, "We shall rebel."


Rebellion is what got Israel sent into captivity in the first place! Forcing themselves back into the land through rebellion (contradicting the mandate of Lev. 26) is not good!

Furthermore, Scripture tells us how and where Israel will be brought back - and it wasn't by any third party, secular, pagan agency, nor was it actually in the current plot of land:

Hosea 2

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

14 Therefore, I will now allure her,
    and bring her into the wilderness,
    and speak tenderly to her.


[NOTE: It was in the wilderness that YHVH assembled Israel the first time too]


15 From there I will give her her vineyards,
    and make the Valley of Achor a door of hope.



[NOTE: It appears this will be their entrance point back into the Land after they are assembled in the wilderness]


There she shall respond as in the days of her youth, as at the time when she came out of the land of Egypt.


[NOTE: Indeed, this is very close to the same region they entered the land after their Exodus from Egypt and 40 years in the wilderness the first time around]

16 On that day, says the Lord, you will call me, “My husband,” and no longer will you call me, “My Baal.”
 17 For I will remove the names of the Baals from her mouth, and they shall be mentioned by name no more.

[NOTE: In other words, they won't call Him "LORD" anymore, which is what Baal means. And Baal is  associated with Nimrod, so this is also saying that Israel - i.e. the Church - will no longer associate paganism connected with Nimrod to worship of YHVH]

 18 I will make for you a covenant on that day with the wild animals, the birds of the air, and the creeping things of the ground; and I will abolish the bow, the sword, and war from the land; and I will make you lie down in safety. 

[NOTE: Weapons were never removed from the Land in 1948 and the current state of "Israel" has had anything but peace and safety]

Hosea 2

King James Version (KJV)

19 And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies.

20 I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the Lord.

21 And it shall come to pass in that day, I will hear, saith the Lord, I will hear the heavens, and they shall hear the earth;

22 And the earth shall hear the corn, and the wine, and the oil; and they shall hear Jezreel.

23 And I will sow her unto me in the earth; and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to them which were not my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art my God.

YHVH said that He would personally sow them back into the Land after a gathering in the wilderness. That most certainly did not happen in 1948! I am not the only one seeing this. In fact, many in Israel (Jews) - for different reasons - are essentially saying the same thing:

This of course has led to all sorts of craziness and violence...

NOTE: I do not agree with the premise put forth from about 3 minutes to 4 minutes in the following video (but I do believe MUCH of the rest of it is right on target):

Please do not take my word for any of this. Rather, toss out the traditions, history and eschatology books of man and...

2 Timothy 2:15

King James Version (KJV)

15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.



MUST READ BOOKS!






The Tribulation Protection Plan:

Exodus 34:21-24

New Living Translation (NLT)

21 “You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but on the seventh day you must stop working, even during the seasons of plowing and harvest.

22 “You must celebrate the Festival of Harvest with the first crop of the wheat harvest, and celebrate the Festival of the Final Harvest at the end of the harvest season. 23 Three times each year every man in Israel must appear before the Sovereign, the Lord, the God of Israel. 24 I will drive out the other nations ahead of you and expand your territory, so no one will covet and conquer your land while you appear before the Lord your God three times each year.

Leviticus 26

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

If you follow my statutes and keep my commandments and observe them faithfully, I will give you your rains in their season, and the land shall yield its produce, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.Your threshing shall overtake the vintage, and the vintage shall overtake the sowing; you shall eat your bread to the full, and live securely in your land. And I will grant peace in the land, and you shall lie down, and no one shall make you afraid; I will remove dangerous animals from the land, and no sword shall go through your land. You shall give chase to your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword. Five of you shall give chase to a hundred, and a hundred of you shall give chase to ten thousand; your enemies shall fall before you by the sword. I will look with favor upon you and make you fruitful and multiply you; and I will maintain my covenant with you10 You shall eat old grain long stored, and you shall have to clear out the old to make way for the new. 11 I will place my dwelling in your midst, and I shall not abhor you. 12 And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and you shall be my people. 13 I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be their slaves no more; I have broken the bars of your yoke and made you walk erect.

Kevin & Amanda Roberts on Obedience to YHVH's Calendar and Feasts:

More study resources related to the subjects of this week's study can be found at: www.babylonrisingblog.com and www.babylonrisingbooks.com

The Scriptures for this week's study are:

TORAH:

Leviticus 26-27

PROPHETS:

Jeremiah 16:17-17:14; 23:1-40; 30:1-31:40;
Ezekiel 37;
Hosea 2;
Zechariah 11:12-17

NEW TESTAMENT:

Matthew 5:1-48; 7:1-29; 21:33-46; 23:1-24:2; 27:1-10;
Luke 15;
John 8:1-11; 14:15-21; 15:10-12; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18



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