Ishmael

Ishmael, a character in my book is about to read my story.  That’s not his real name, but it suits him.  He is a Moslem.  Before reading it, I was at pains to explain who “the King,” the main character in my book is.

“We worship the same God,” he replied, wanting peace between us.

Are God and Allah same

Really?  I heard the same thing from my new age publishing consultant.  She believed the market would be fine with my story as “any deity could play the King.”

“You mean, Jesus could be the same as Allah?” I asked, to clarify.

“Well, yes – as the Bible and the Quran contain many of the same elements” she replied.

It is true that Islam’s warlike prophet Mohammed did include parts of the Bible in the Quran.  The Gospels had been around at least 500 years before Islam.

But both books can’t be right.  I made it quite clear before publishing the book that I would not change the name of the King or dilute his persona or character – not for anybody.  He is who he is.

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“Who do you say I am?”  Jesus asked. 

“What is truth?” Pilate asked. 

These are the questions we all have to decide.  I only hope my book “The Kingdom, Here Be Dragons, Here Be Dreams” presents the King as he is in the Bible; the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God. 1 Timothy 1:17

For Ishmael’s sake, I did try to read the Quran years ago.  I got through a good part of it before stopping at the part which advocated killing Jews and infidels.  There are over a hundred verses in the Quran dealing with Jihad or holy war.  That’s why we’re having so many problems with terrorism, which would be better named “Muslim fundamentalism.”

At his arrest, Jesus, the King in my story, told Peter “Put away your sword, for those who live by the sword will die by the sword.”  Matthew 26:52.

Jesus fought with a different sword – the word out of his mouth.

After praying for wisdom, I tried a different tack with Ishmael.  I looked at who Jesus, Isa is in the Quran.  Much to my surprise, in the Quran Jesus is called “Spirit of God” and “Word of God.”  And he is mentioned more in the Quran than Mohammed, their prophet.

But it’s like the truth is veiled from Ishmael.  His religion is designed to keep them away from Christ.  Knowing that only the true God can remove the veil.  I presented Jesus, Isa to him as the “Spirit of God.”  I can remember Ishmael referring to Jesus as such.

The Bible explains that with the Lord, there is freedom; “But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.  And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”  2 Corinthians 3:16-18

This poem is for Ishmael.  Although we are related through Abraham, peace cannot come through compromise.  To agree that God and Allah are the same is to break the first commandment, which says;  “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.  “You shall have no other gods before me.”  Exodus 20:1-3

Ishmael, my brother,
 How long shall we fight each other?

My brother from times bygone,
 My brother - Hagar's son,
 My brother the wandering one.

One angel was sent to us both,
 One angel watched over our growth -
 There in the wilderness, death threatened through thirst,
 I a sacrifice on the alter, Sarah's first.

Ishmael, my brother, hear my plea:
 It was the angel who tied you to me. . . .

Time is running out, put hatred to sleep.
 Shoulder to Shoulder, lets water our sheep.

Here is a Moslem who was asked “who is Jesus?”  It’s 3.31 mins.


God is fussy about His name.

Islam has 99 names for God and they don’t match up.

How Muhammad Broke the 10 Commandments – #1 I am the Lord thy God

Jesus is “‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’  Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”  Acts 4:11-12

What happened when Jesus rose from the dead …

happy-easterEarly the first day of the week, the King rose from the tomb. (Mark 16, Luke 24)

Mary Magdalene saw him first.

“Woman, why are you crying? Who do you seek?” he asked.

Standing at the empty tomb weeping, Mary Magdalene didn’t recognise the King.

“They’ve taken away my Lord, and I don’t know where they’ve laid him. If you have taken him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.”

“Mary” the King said.

“Teacher” she cried in recognition, turning to him.

After being in the belly of the earth for three days and nights, even preaching to those who’d perished in the flood of Noah, the Lord had returned from death.  (1 Peter 3:19)

He said, “Touch me not, for I am not yet ascended to my Father, but go to my brethren, and say to them, I ascend to my Father, and your Father, and to my God, and your God.” (John 20)

Obeying him, Mary, Joanna and Mary the mother of James went and told the disciples the Lord had risen, but they were not believed.

Meanwhile the Lord entered the Kingdom of Heaven, the keys of Death and Hell in his hands. The gates of Hell had not prevailed against him. Walking across the sapphire pavement, the resurrected Son of God approached the throne of his Father.

The eyes of the creatures hailed their creator as the angels formed a rank of honour.  All bowed down as he passed.

A throne awaited him.

But first, before mounting the stairs to take his place at the right hand of the Father, the Son of God presented himself as the first of the harvest.

Looking ahead to the harvest of mankind that awaited, the angels sang for joy. The creatures added their voice, “Hail to the First-fruits of the earth.”

All of Heaven rose to their feet as the Father rose from his throne, accepting the sinless offering of the earth.

The Son of Man would serve as the High Priest of the New Covenant in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by a mere human being.

The sanctuary built by Moses was a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: “See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain. Hebrews 8.

The only man-made thing in this place were the scars on the King’s body.

Now Heaven would await the arrival of the Church of the Firstborn.

And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. Colossians 1:18

Kernels of truth

Here are some interesting facts I found while writing The Lord of the Harvest. I wrote it to clear up some confusion over the end times harvests known as the rapture. 

Did you know Jesus likened himself to a grain of wheat?  There are fifty grains in a stalk of wheat and the Church began on the fiftieth day, a day which the Jews celebrated as the “Beginning of Harvest.”

  • Jesus said of Himself, “I am the Bread of Life.”
  • Bethlehem, where Jesus Christ was born, means “House of Bread.” 
  • Unleavened bread is eaten for seven days from Passover.  The bread is striped and pierced.  These stripes were seen by the prophet Isaiah 700 years before the birth of Jesus Christ; “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.”  Isaiah 53:5
  • Jesus likened himself to a grain of wheat.  A stalk of wheat has fifty grains. Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.” John 12:24

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  • The Church began on the fiftieth day after the Feast of First Fruits which was called “the Beginning of Harvest.”the-wave-sheaf-offeringIt was when the very first sheaf of the harvest was offered and waved before the Lord north, south, east, and west.
  • The fiftieth day is also celebrated by Israel as the Feast of Shavuot when seven lots of seven weeks are marked off after the first three spring festivals of Passover, The Feast of Unleavened Bread, and Feast of First Fruits.  Shavuot marks the all-important wheat harvest.
  • The distinguishing feature of Shavuot is the offering of two leavened loaves of bread made of fine flour.  The Greek word for leavened bread is ‘artos,’  meaning a raised loaf of normal, natural regular bread.  With the leaven, it’s sure to rise.
  • The temple at Jerusalem was built on Araunah’s threshing floor.  Araunah means ‘ark.’  David paid Araunah fifty shekels of silver for it, denoting a full price and a full purchase.  (2 Sam. 24:24)
  • Jesus mentioned the First Fruits, the Beginning of the Harvest when he was in Sychar, a Gentile area.

“Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!” John 4:35.

  • Sychar means ‘end.’

As for the end, there has been much speculation about when this will be.  Jesus said it’s not for us to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. Acts 1:7

But we can know the season.  Jesus did leave a clue about it when he said in Matthew 24; “no man knows the day or the hour.”  The autumn Feast of Trumpets was the only festival where the Jews did not know the day or hour it would be, as it was dependent on the first sighting of the new moon.

Paul wrote about the Church being gathered at the last trumpet; “Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” 1 Corinthians 15:51

Two loaves, two harvests

  • The autumn festival of Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles marks the ingathering.  These are people from the Great Tribulation who have responded to the worldwide preaching of the 144,000 Jewish evangelists.  They show up in Revelation 7, waving lulavs – a closed frond of the date palm tree waved at Sukkot.

The Autumn harvest will begin when the Times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

First fruits


These facts are summed up from my story The Lord of the Harvest.

Here’s another interesting site:  The Biblical Feast of Firstfruits, How It Explains a Great Mystery

The Lord of the Harvest

Do you have trouble understanding what the Bible has to say about the end times and how the Church fits into it all? I do. There’s talk about a possible rapture in September 2017 because of a planetary alignment in Virgo, as there was in September 2015. I don’t follow that – it just adds to our confusion and then people get put off when it doesn’t happen, as happened with Harold Camping.

It’s much better to get our information from the Bible.

But can we work out where we’re at now from things that were written 2,000 years ago?

The Word of God can be quite enigmatic. Sometimes it seems like code. And Jesus put events that happened thousands of years apart in one paragraph! How are we supposed to understand?

When I worked as a programmer, and I had poorly documented “spaghetti code” to decipher, I’d plunge into the code by setting up a watch on the variables – things that were running through the code, to see if the logic was correct.

So I did the same thing with the Word. I put myself in the story as a character, and met with the Lord who was already there in his assigned role as “Lord of the Harvest.” Then I set a watch on the scene, dialogue and events as they unfolded.

I’ve come away with a good story and a satisfying understanding of end times events.

And I believe I get to talk to God while I am in the story. I call it “going into the Kingdom.”

So here’s the first chapter of my quest. From this, I am already beginning to piece things together.  I will sum it all up in a further post.  Enjoy.


The Lord of the Harvest, part 1

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Smiling, she met the Lord in a grain field near his birthplace at Bet Lehem, the ‘House of Bread.’

Plucking a head of grain, the Lord put it into her hand.
“You will find fifty grains in that head of wheat” he informed her.

His eyes had an intent look as she studied the wheat grain.

He said “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.” John 12:24
The wind rippled wheat bowed to him as if to thank him for his word.

They walked along in silence for a while.
“Where are we going?” she asked.
“We are going to my Father’s house in Jerusalem six miles to the south, to the temple that was built on 1Araunah’s threshing floor.  David paid fifty shekels of silver for it.”

“Why fifty?” she asked.

“Fifty denotes a full price and a full purchase” he answered. (2 Sam. 24:24)

“What does Araunah mean?” she asked.

“Ark” he replied.

They arrived in Jerusalem to joyous crowds, who had gathered at the temple for a spring festival.

“What are they celebrating?” she asked.

“The feast of Shavuot, also known as the Feast of Weeks, when the First Fruits are brought into the temple seven weeks after Passover. Today is the fiftieth day.”

Leviticus 23,15-16

As a pilgrim brought the First Fruits to the Temple she heard him declare the word the Lord had commanded; “I declare today to the Lord our God that I have come to the country which the Lord swore to our fathers to give us …” Deuteronomy 26:3-10

Observing the offering, she was sorely aware she was a stranger here, a Gentile without Jewish roots.

“Can you please tell me about the festivals, beginning with Passover?” she asked.

1You know the lamb’s blood was put on the lintel of the houses so the angel of death passed over my people in Egypt,” he reminded her. “My people celebrate for seven days in remembrance of this, without realising I am the Lamb of God. The Passover lamb is sacrificed at twilight. During this time, they eat Matzo, bread without leaven. The Greek word for unleavened bread is ‘azumos.’ The bread is striped and pierced, like my back.

Then there is a seven-week counting period after the three festivals of Passover, First-Fruits and Unleavened Bread.

Shavuot, the next festival means ‘weeks.’ It happens on the fiftieth day and marks the all-important wheat harvest.  The distinguishing feature of Shavuot is the offering of two leavened loaves of bread made of fine flour.”

Putting the emphasis on leavened, he used the Greek word ‘artos’ for bread. It meant a raised loaf of leavened bread – normal, natural regular bread.

“Doesn’t leaven mean sin?” she asked.

“No, in this case, it means to permeate. The clue was in the three measures of meal – the amount used in baking the shewbread, ‘the Bread of Presence‘ for the Temple. (Exodus 35:13)

The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened.” Matthew 13:33

“Ah, so it’s sure to rise!” she quipped.

“Yes, anyone who believes me will be saved and I will raise him up on the last day,” he replied.

He continued, “I AM the Bread of Life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.” John 6:48

There were two leavened loaves for the two distinct groups celebrating the fiftieth day; The Jews celebrating Shavuot – the Feast of Weeks, and the Church observing Pentecost.

LastSupper2 resized Taking the loaf for the Church, he broke it and offered her the bread.

“This is my body, given for you. Take, eat in remembrance of me” he said.

The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.” 1 Corinthians 10:17.

Taking the bread, she knelt, thanking him for his body.

“Can you please tell me about Pentecost?” she asked.

“The Church began on the fiftieth day,” he began; “After my suffering, I presented himself to my disciples and gave many convincing proofs that I was alive. I appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. On one occasion, while I was eating with them, I gave them this command: “Do not leave but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” Acts 1:3-5.

“Fifty days after Passover, the Holy Spirit was poured out on 120 followers who waited in Jerusalem on the day of Shavuot when the first-fruits were being brought into to the Holy Temple. That day was called ‘Pentecost,’ meaning fifty. From this day, the spirit has been and is being poured out.”

“What does that look like?” she asked.

“Like the birth of a new person,” the Lord marveled. “I told Nicodemus, a teacher of the law that he had to be born again. Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ John 3:5-7

Watching the wind move through the wheat, the Lord said, “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” John 3:8

After the Holy Spirit was received by the 120 people, Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words. For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:

And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God,
That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh;
Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
Your young men shall see visions,
Your old men shall dream dreams.
And on My menservants and on My maidservants
I will pour out My Spirit in those days;
And they shall prophesy. Acts 2:12-17

Leading her back to the wheat fields, the Lord said, “The spring harvest of first fruit has begun.” (1 Corinthians 15:20-23)

Reminding her of the first group of seventy, who had worked two by two, he said, “The harvest truly is great, but the are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.” Luke 10:2

“How long will the harvest go for?” she asked.

“It will continue until the end.”

Taking her to the fields of Sychar, he said “Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!” John 4:35.

Sychar wasn’t a Jewish village.

“Why did you go to Sychar, when you said you were sent for the lost sheep of Israel?” she asked, wondering at the Lord’s strange detour into Samaria.

Reminding her of what he told the woman of Sychar, he said Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.” John 4:30-23

“Ah” she said, getting it. He was speaking of two harvests. First Fruits represented Himself and the Church he had begun on the fiftieth day. It was already underway. The Autumn harvest, representing the Jews, would begin at its conclusion when the Times of the Gentiles were fulfilled.

“What does Sychar mean?” she asked the Lord of the Harvest.

“End” he replied.


Heavenly creatures

Do you believe there are animals in the Kingdom of Heaven?  Let’s imagine we can have a peek in the Kingdom from the Bible.  Here’s the throne of God, with a floor of sapphire, and encircled by an emerald rainbow.

In front of the throne on what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal. In the centre, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back.” Revelation 4:6

Covered with eyes?  I can’t really picture it.  The creatures described in Ezekiel 1 and Revelation 4 aren’t like anything we have on earth.

Perhaps God has tried to show us with the peacock!

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The Hebrew word for eyes is ‘ayin‘ which represents consciousness – the idea of seeing and watching as well as knowledge.  Here in this world, our animals eyes show innocence, the innocence of our lost Eden.  Before the throne of God, I can imagine their innocent eyes reveal intelligence and spiritual insight.

These creatures are in the midst of the throne so we can see that God has his companion creatures, just as we do.

The living creatures are of four types, and of four in number.  Four is the “earth number,” for they have something to do with the earth. “They wait in eager expectation for children of God to be revealed.” Romans 8:19.

Animals have a soul.  God had given his creatures breath, “ruach”, a soul – just as man has been given breath, a soul.  “In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.”  Job 12:10

Does God care about our animals?  I’d say yes, for he writes that a righteous man cares for the needs of his animal.” (Proverbs 12:10). He cares about us all.

He watches over them.  Jesus said “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.  Matthew 10:29

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The animals belong to God, and he knows each one.  “Every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird in the mountains, and the creatures of the field are mine.”  Psalms 50:10-11

It says in Revelation 4:11 that God created all things, and they were created for his pleasure.

Although the creatures are God’s, God placed them under Adam’s dominion.  After the fall of man, all creation suffered when the Earth came under a curse.

Job, the oldest book in the Bible deals with suffering.  Job spoke of the life of the creatures and the breath of all mankind being in God’s hand.  He said, “Ask the animals, and they will teach you.”  Job 12:7-10

The creatures can’t tell us, but they have this hope of being released from suffering. They’re looking forward to the day when they can join us in the new Kingdom, where there will be no more death or suffering.

For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.  We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.  Romans 8:19-22

All creatures will be brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God when God’s Kingdom comes.

The wolf will live with the lamb, 
the leopard will lie down with the goat, 
the calf and the lion and the yearling together; 
and a little child will lead them.
Isaiah 11:6

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Seeking an open minded reader

book-and-letters-ipad-backgroundRecently I attended a party in a beautiful spot near Leigh, a fishing village further up the coast.  While we were all mingling and enjoying the view, I was asked about my book.  “What’s it about?”

Er, um.  “It’s about a journey through two worlds – the outside world, and a hidden, inner world called “The Kingdom.”  The main character, the King, is Jesus.”

I study my listeners face as I try to explain my counter-cultural book.  I’m relieved to see she hasn’t shown any antagonism at His name.  I never know what kind of reaction I’m going to get.

“Are you religious?” she asks.

That’s a tricky question.  To me, religion is a lot of man-made rules and structures in man’s attempt to reach God, which doesn’t interest me. Jesus is different.  He is God’s attempt to reach man.  Jesus said “He who has seen Me has seen the Father.”  With Jesus there are only two rules – to love God with all our heart and all our soul and all our strength and with all our mind, and love others as we love ourselves.  I believe and try to live by those rules.

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“I am a believer” I answer.

“Where is your book sold?” she asked.

“Right now, as an eBook on Amazon.  It’s a bit hard to market the book because Jesus lacks credibility in the world’s eyes.  And my book doesn’t fit in a niche.”

How can I promote the King in a world full of disinformation and lies?

It’s a shame because I know Him from experience, but it’s MY experience.  How can I convince people He is real?  Or of His worth?  Or talk about all the proof there is for Him?  I can’t offer any of that unless I have permission to.  And a party is not the place.

“I’ll check it out” she said.

I am surprised.  I think people can be more open-minded than I give them credit or.

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Nicola was one such reader.  She wrote “I didn’t expect God to play such a huge role in the book or for there to be quite as many bible quotes, I am ashamed to admit if I had read the info sent to me better I wouldn’t have read the book. That being said I am grateful if misread my info as I would have missed out on a truly original book.”

Willing to overcome her bias and consider new ideas; she kept reading and found she liked my main character; “I really liked that God was a real character in this story and I think he would be very happy at the way he was portrayed, we saw things from Joanna’s view and also from God’s.

Lucifer was also portrayed, his voice at least. I liked the way that Lucifer was portrayed, not as his cloven, evil personal as he usually is, in fact I found him quite funny the way he heckles, scoffs and laughs, all the while whispering in Joanna’s ear how God doesn’t love her, how she doesn’t deserve his love. His role is to put doubt in people’s minds, convince them they are not good enough, not liked etc… etc… I found him more believable than the fire and brimstone totally evil role he usually plays, in this I found him more real his turning people from God by deceit.

God on the other hand is constantly assuring Joanna and others of his love for them, that he has always loved them and always will, and his sadness at those who turn their backs on him. I felt he was a very human God who had all of our good points amplified and more, with none of our bad.”

So I am seeking open-minded readers for “The Kingdom, Here Be Dragons, Here Be Dreams.”  Come and read a one of a kind book where God actually replies and converses with the characters. At some points you can even see the story from His perspective. This story is written with a different mind.

Can we understand something of the mind of God?  I hope you will read and decide for yourself.

 

 

The trap in the ground, and the trumpet in the sky

richter-scale“Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?” The King asked by way of reply to my question about the shaking New Zealand has been experiencing.

I keep an eye on signs.  I discern things.  That’s my gift.  Not that I always get it right.  I check what I see with the Bible. And I ask God questions.

“Are the earthquakes we’ve been experiencing since 2011 about sin?” I asked doubtfully.

The day before the Kaikoura earthquake Brian Tamaki, the self-appointed bishop of Destiny Church said, “the earth convulses under the weight of certain human sin … Massive earthquakes have already hit in Christchurch and you could have just about predicted that one.”  The next day he was a  prophet in big trouble with the gay community who didn’t like what he said.

Well, he detected something, but he was off target.  We’ve always had sin.  It’s a worldwide problem.  All that kind of talk does is make God look like a smiter who likes to thump people!  Not helpful.

God walks a fine line between staying his hand and meting out justice.  I wish people would stop seeing Him as ‘the almighty smiter.’ He is a just God.  When God’s people refuse to heed His Word, He brings a just and curative discipline upon them.  In this instance, I see His mercy and His appeal for us to see the signs and hear what He has to say.

“No.  It’s the land.  I am warning about the land …” the Lord said, tracing the number two into our shaken country.  Two huge earthquakes happened simultaneously, involving two different plates. Two earthquakes, at two minutes after midnight, that lasted two minutes, with two people dead, affecting two islands (the North and South Island), and to top if off the land underwent a two metre shift south of Marlborough.

The scientists said they’d never seen anything like it.

Also, rare events surrounded that quake.  There was a super moon (not that we saw it) and eerie strange flashing lights across the horizon in Wellington while the earth shook.  It made me think of lights flashing at a railway crossing.  And After the earthquake, a huge storm struck the Wellington area.  It was seriously weird.

I’d taken God’s warning to be about the land in New Zealand.

“It’s APEC, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation trade agreement. That’s what it is!!” I thought, thinking of the APEC meeting the globalists were all going to later that week.  If you read my previous blog post from November, you will see why I was focusing on that. Over the years APEC economic development has worsened poverty and inequality while strengthening corporate power.

“But what’s with the pattern of ‘two’s’ in this latest earthquake?” I asked.

Lion roaring, illustration for book about Aslan“Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?” God asked before showing me a lion roaring unseen from a thicket, an eagle swooping, a trap springing from the ground, and a trumpet sounding in a city.

“Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?”
Does a lion roar in the thicket when it has no prey?
Does it growl in its den when it has caught nothing?
Does a bird swoop down to a trap on the ground when no bait is there?
Does a trap spring up from the ground if it has not caught anything?
When a trumpet sounds in a city, do not the people tremble?
When disaster comes to a city, has not the LORD caused it?
Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.”
Amos 3:3-7

I can see what TWO meant now.  US Secretary of State John Kerry and NZ prime minister John Key were meeting about Israel before Donald Trump took power. “The land” God referred to wasn’t just our land, it was the covenant land of Israel … and the TWO State Solution.  NZ put forward a motion in the UN Security Council on the 23rd of December 2016. It criticized Israel’s settlement in East Jerusalem, commonly referred to as the West Bank.  That meeting led to the Paris peace conference three weeks later on the 15th January 2017.

If I’d been serving up coffee at that meeting, I would have been asking “would you like a cup of trembling with that?”

I am going to show you the bird swooping to the ground, explain the trap, and you will hear a trumpet sounding in a city.

The trap

israelThe peace talks are a trap.  Fatah (Palestinian West Bank) and Hamas (Gaza) are likely to use whatever land they can gain as a base from which they and their friends plan to topple the Jewish state and evict all Jews from the land.  If I am wrong, why did Hamas launch missiles from Gaza the minute Israel surrendered that land for peace?

This Two State Solution was hammered out in Paris without agreement from Israel. It was shameful.

“Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?”

For the last two years, New Zealand has been complicit in this. It started in 2014 when NZ bid for a seat on the UN Security Council.

weta-eagle-landed

Does a bird swoop down to a trap on the ground when no bait is there? Amos 3:5

The bird swoop

During an earthquake in the same year, a giant eagle commemorating the Hobbit movie swung wildly from side to side in Wellington Airport’s international terminal before crashing to the ground. The eagle ‘crash’ landed on Wellington anniversary day.  The quake was centered 138 km away in Eketahuna, a small town occasionally used in conversation to represent “the real New Zealand.”

Fortunately, the one-tonne eagle didn’t land on anyone.  If the bird swooping down was a warning from Amos, where was the bait?

The bait

In 2015 NZ attempted to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations by using our position on the UN Security Council, causing Israel to send a blunt message to us: Don’t try to renew peace talks.

The trumpet

When a trumpet sounds in a city, do not the people tremble?

On September 30th, 2016 more than 70 world leaders gathered in Israel for the funeral of Shimon Peres. The following day witnesses heard strange shofar (ram’s horn trumpet) sounds coming from the sky in Jerusalem and observed the appearance of a perfect circle of clouds. See the videos below.

The next day, October 2nd, Rosh Hashanah, called the  Feast of Trumpets began.  In contrast, here’s a video of the Shofar being blown at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem during the Feast of Trumpets on October 3rd, 2016.  As you can hear, the sky shofar is a lot louder.

Disaster

A month later, on the 9th of November 2016, US Secretary of State John Kerry quietly slipped into New Zealand. We were surprised at the timing because it was election day in the US.

Then he flew from Christchurch to Antarctica.  Kerry arrived back in NZ three days later for a two-day stopover in order to meet Prime Minister John Key and Foreign Minister Murray McCully.  They met on the 13th November to discuss “particularly matters currently before the United Nations Security Council, including the Syria crisis.”  What got decided in that meeting?

That scheming had barely ended when at two minutes after midnight on the 14th November 2016 NZ was struck by the massive 7.8 earthquakes. This time there was damage in Wellington, and Kaikoura was devastated.

When disaster comes to a city, has not the LORD caused it?  Amos 3:6

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NZ shaking

Three years after our one-tonne eagle swooped to the ground, and two months after the latest earthquake, more than seventy nations met in Paris regarding dividing the land on the 15th January 2017.

Hours before the council met to discuss the resolution, Israeli media reported that an anonymous Israeli official had accused Obama and US Secretary of State John Kerry of scheming behind Israel’s back to push a resolution through condemning Israel’s settlement in East Jerusalem, commonly referred to as the West Bank.

Now Israel fears a fresh UN initiative after the Paris conference.  I am not surprised.

The rock

There is a proverb that says If you set a trap for others, you will get caught in it yourself. If you roll a boulder down on others, it will crush you instead.” Proverbs 26:27

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The boulder reminds me of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of the final empire in Daniel 2 when a rock not cut by human hands struck the final empire on its feet, breaking it all to pieces and blowing it away like chaff before the wind.

“In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever. This is the meaning of the vision of the rock cut out of a mountain, but not by human hands—a rock that broke the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold to pieces.  Daniel 2:45

God also said I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves.” Zechariah 12:2

Here’s to the Kingdom to come, the Kingdom that will never be destroyed, the Kingdom of God.  May His Kingdom come, may His will be done.

There is a battle going on right now in the heavenly realms, and the signs are manifesting here on earth.

Jesus said, “upon this rock, I will build my church, and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it.”  Matthew 16:16.

As Christians and members of the church built and headed up by Jesus Christ, will we join the struggle and stand with Israel?  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  Ephesians 6:12.

We need to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, as commanded in Psalm 122.

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2numbertwoincircleFurther to the word I’d been given from Amos 3“Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?” the Lord gave me a second word, from Psalm 2.

It’s God scoffing at the nations who conspire against Him.  They’ve earned His derision.

Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together
against the Lord and against his anointed, saying,
“Let us break their chains and throw off their shackles …”
Psalm 2:1-3.

I recommend reading the rest of it in Psalm 2.

The King he will install on Zion, his holy mountain is His Son.

Here’s another blog that deals with the subject of Psalm 2 and the UN: The United Nations of Psalm 2: The Great Hope of the New Age


Links

Israeli ambassador to New Zealand recalled after UN security resolution

Israel fears fresh UN initiative after Paris conference

France, America and New Zealand – Get Ready for God’s Response to Dividing the Land.  Michael Snyder on Jim Bakker show.

Warning to New Zealand don’t touch Israel

Opinion: Resolution 2334 – Preserving the two state solution.  As published in the New Zealand Herald on 12 January 2017;  “At the heart of this whole debate is whether we will see a future in which two states, Israel and Palestine, live side by side in peace and security.”

The early church wanted to know the times and dates for when Jesus would return.  This term “peace and security” was given as a sign before the Lord’s sudden return;  “Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.  1 Thessalonians 5

TIMELINE

US Secretary of State John Kerry led the most recent attempt at brokering a final peace agreement in Israel.  Those talks broke down in 2014.

2014 NZ makes a bid for a seat on the UN Security Council.

On Wellington Anniversary Day, the Weta bird crashes to the floor at the Wellington airport.

2015 The NZ government in Wellington has been attempting to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations by using its position as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.  Israel sends blunt message to New Zealand: Don’t try to renew peace talks

30 Sept 2016 Shimon Peres funeral held in Jerusalem.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2016/sep/30/shimon-peres-funeral-in-pictures

Obama attended the memorial service.  The White House amended the transcript of Obama’s eulogy of Shimon Peres, crossing “Israel” out with a line after naming the city of Jerusalem.

1 October 2016 Sky trumpet (Shofar) sound over Jerusalem
This event occurred on October 1, in Jerusalem where witnesses heard the strange trumpet sounds and observed the appearance in the sky of a perfect circle of clouds.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F06QKIzcB74
http://strangesounds.org/2016/10/strange-sounds-and-weird-sky-in-jerusalem-video.html

14 November 2016 – A 7.8 magnitude hits NZ, damaging Kaikoura and Wellington.

23 December 2016 – UN resolution 2334.  In another step toward carving up Israel and forcing a “solution” NZ put forward a motion in the UN Security Council criticizing Israel’s settlement in East Jerusalem, commonly referred to as the West Bank.

24th December 2016 “DECLARATION OF WAR”: NETANYAHU ISSUES BOLD THREAT TO COUNTRY THAT BETRAYED ISRAEL AT U.N.2016.  Israeli ambassador recalled from New Zealand after UN resolution.
This reporter is bemused about Israel declaring war on NZ.

15th January 2017, over 70 nations meet at the Middle East peace conference in Paris regarding dividing the land.  The final communique of the Middle East peace conference held in Paris shied away explicitly from criticising plans by US president-elect Donald Trump to move the American embassy to Jerusalem and said a new conference would be held by year-end for interested parties.  http://www.thenational.ae/world/middle-east/peace-talks-in-paris-deliver-warning-to-israel-and-trump