A Last Days Revival

Among Christians who do believe that there will be a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the last days, the verse in Joel 2:28 is usually at least one of their “proof” texts. However, when this verse is quoted it is usually cited in isolation from any reference or connection to its immediate context. This may well be because Israel does not appear in their estimation, and they automatically assign all positive prophetic end-time scriptures wholly to the Church. The truth is that the prophecy of Joel definitely applies to Israel first and foremost. This is a fact that we must be aware of when considering any part of this powerful prophecy. Honest observation will conclude that the context, both preceding and following Joel 2:28, very definitely refers to physical Israel. Within that context God makes numerous futuristic promises to Israel that cannot be ignored if we want to properly understand the true significance of the exciting promise of an outpouring upon all flesh. Let me first propose a very simple and plain answers to this query.

Indicators Regarding This Promise
Joel 2:20-27 declares that:
1 The attacking armies will have been conquered and driven away. (Joel 2:20)
2 The Children Of Israel will be firmly established again in their promised land. (Joel 2:27)
3 Those attacking armies will no longer mock the Israelis. (Joel 2:17)
4 The Lord God of Israel will be “in the midst of Israel.” (Joel 2:27)
5 God will have done great things for them. (Joel 2:1-27)
6 God advises them to be fearless. (Joel 2:21)
7 God encourages them to rejoice in the Lord their God (Joel 2:23)
8 They will praise The Lord their God Who does miracles for them.
9 He assures them that they will never again be disgraced. (Joel 2:27)
10 And AFTER This, He will pour out His Spirit upon all flesh.
11 Israel will respond with a national repentance. (Zechariah 12:10)
12 Israel will be spiritually transformed.

The second chapter of Joel’s prophecy concludes with a reference to a Jewish remnant in Jerusalem, whom the Lord has called. This proves that there is a divine calling upon Israel to be fulfilled in the Last Days.

Joel 2:32 (NKJV)
32 And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the LORD Shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance, As the LORD has said, among the remnant whom the LORD calls.

Almighty God is preparing to reveal Himself to the world in a new dynamic manner. He will initially gain the attention of all nations by magnifying Himself in the astounding exaltation that He accomplishes on behalf of Israel. The eyes of the whole world will soon be upon Israel as God’s Shekinah glory focuses on the entire nation. Israel will become the launching pad for a new and glorious manifestation of the supernatural power of God. (Isaiah 60:1-3)

A Promise To Israel And Jerusalem
Many English versions of the Bible do not include the word “Jerusalem” in Isaiah 60:1, even though the whole context of the verses before and after Isaiah 60:1 clearly indicate that it is to Jerusalem that God is speaking. I am sure that many Christians will be amazed that God will choose to visit Israel first, because they have convinced themselves that God has finished with Israel and devoted Himself completely to the Church. They do not realize that the Church of the last days will be composed of both Gentiles and Jews. The origin of the Church was in an Hebraic context and it will be also be in the prophetic future.

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Can Israel Survive Islamic Attack?

When will Christians acknowledge that the Bible is a Jewish book, written by Jewish men, about a Jewish Messiah who will one day rule the world from Jerusalem? When will they also acknowledge that the Church experienced its origin and earliest stages in Jerusalem. The Church deliberately divorced itself from Israel replacing Israel with the Church. However the Church and Israel will ultimately reach their true prophetic destiny in Jerusalem. The present threat emanating from Islam, is about a fanatical determination to conquer Israel in the name of their god Allah. If such a victory could possibly be achieved according to Islamic belief, it would constitute a major step towards the ultimate conquest of the whole world. This would result in the complete surrender to Islam of every Jew, Christian, and worshippers in all other religions. Any refusals to surrender, would be met with executions by one of numerous primitive cruel and barbaric methods. Every Synagogue and Church building worldwide would be destroyed and the Bible would be banned on penalty of death. The whole world would be ruled by Shariah law. This would become the future for all mankind unless Islam is totally defeated. It is becoming clear that Islam cannot be conquered by human effort and that it will require the direct sovereign intervention of Yahweh, the Holy One of Israel and author of the Bible to defeat Islam.

Predicted approximately 2,500 years ago in the Bible (See Zechariah 12) the main aim of the now imminent attack against Israel is to completely destroy the Jewish population and replace it with total Islamic rule. It is certainly high time for us all to truly recognize this clear undeniable fact, that we are now living in the End Times of this present era! Israel’s arch-enemies are currently massed on her borders. This predicted war will inevitably soon be launched. What will be the ultimate results of it?

I believe that Zechariah 12 is currently the most important chapter in the Bible. I believe this because it is evidently the next major prophecy to be fulfilled. The consortium of nations supporting the attack on Israel, are already waiting impatiently on Israel’s border ready for what they perceive to be the precise moment to launch the attack. Approximately 2,500 years ago the prophet made this prophetic declaration regarding the attack which will be launched in an attempt to totally conquer and destroy Israel. The chapter describes exactly how the attack will proceed and what the result will be.

The Conquest Of Islam

When will Christians acknowledge that the Bible is a Jewish book, written by Jewish men, about a Jewish Messiah who will one days rule the world from Jerusalem? When will they also realize and acknowledge that the present threat emanating from Islam, is about a determination to conquer Israel in the name of their god Allah. If such a victory could be achieved, it would constitute a major step towards an ultimate conquest of the whole world. This would result in the complete surrender to Islam of every Jew, Christian and worshipper in all other religions. Any refusals to surrender, would be met with executions by one of numerous barbaric methods. Every Synagogue and Church building would be destroyed and the Bible would be banned on penalty of death. The whole world including every nation, would be rule by Shariah law. This would become the future for all mankind unless Islam is defeated by the direct sovereign intervention of Yahweh, the Holy One of Israel and author of the Bible.

Predicted approximately 2,500 years ago in the Bible (See Zechariah 12) the main aim of the now imminent attack against Israel is to completely destroy the Jewish population and replace it with total Islamic rule. It is certainly high time for us all to truly recognize this clear undeniable fact, that we are now living in the End Times of this present era! Israel’s arch-enemies are currently massed on her borders. This predicted war will inevitably soon be launched. What will be the ultimate results of it?

I believe that Zechariah 12 is currently the most important chapter in the Bible. I believe this because it is evidently the next major prophecy to be fulfilled. The consortium of nations supporting the attack on Israel, are already waiting impatiently on Israel’s border ready for what they perceive to be the precise moment to launch the attack. Approximately 2,500 years ago the prophet made this prophetic declaration regarding the attack which will be launched in an attempt to totally conquer and destroy Israel. The chapter describes exactly how the attack will proceed and what the result will be.

Israel’s Imminent Future

Israel’s Imminent Future
For several years Iran has been seriously threatening to attack and destroy Israel. That nation has apparently now accumulated sufficient weapons of mass destruction to accomplish this proposed attack. Iran also has several powerful nations supporting this evil ambition and technically has now acquired sufficient weapons and support to accomplish ambition. In all probability the looming battle for Jerusalem could soon be launched in a far more life-threatening manner than most people have yet realised. Fanatical enemies are utterly and fanatically determined to totally conquer and subdue Israel and especially its capital city Jerusalem. They will stop at nothing to achieve this dreadful aim. After this they plan to conquer every nation on earth. If they are defeated, this would become an initial stumbling block to their whole plan to dominate the entire world. Whoever rules Jerusalem after this attack could subsequently rule the world. Thousands of Israel’s enemies fervently and fanatically believe that this will be their god, but the Bible has a completely different story in which Yeshua the Jewish Messiah will rule the world from His throne in Jerusalem. Will it be Israel’s enemies or the Jewish Messiah. This is the crucial question. Who will it be? Every Christian should settle this question in their heart because the result of this will drastically affect the whole world especially the Church, Israel and the Bible. I am very much aware that few Christians presently hold the view that I espouse here. It is a personal perspective I have because of my great love for Israel and my unshakable confidence that God will ultimately defend and deliver Israel from annihilation. God’s love for Israel is EVERLASTING! (Psalm 41:14)

An Imminent Worldwide Revival Harvest

An Imminent Worldwide Revival?
Joel 2:27-32 (NKJV)
27 Then you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel: I am the LORD your God And there is no other. My people shall never be put to shame.
28 “And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions.
29 And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.
30 “And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: Blood and fire and pillars of smoke.
31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD.
32 And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the LORD Shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance, As the LORD has said, Among the remnant whom the LORD calls.

Although many Christians may believe that this scripture will be fulfilled in the Last Days prior to the Return of Christ, very few have any clear understanding of how this may happen and what the immediate result will be. To further our understanding about how this prophecy might be fulfilled we surely need to take a closer look at these very important verses.

Initially we need to recognize, according to verse 27 that at the time of fulfillment, “I AM” is “in the midst of Israel” Does this refer to a time immediately after Zechariah 12:10, when the Holy Spirit will be poured out on the family of David and the people of Jerusalem? Joel also describes how the people of Israel will look upon the One who has just given to them a glorious and miraculous victory over the enemy nations that have launched a fierce attack on Israel. The national mourning that results from this examination of their deliverer will reveal to Israel that the Angel of the Lord, is actually their promised Messiah.

IS it REALLY REVIVAL?

IS it REALLY REVIVAL?
by Bryan Hupperts

There has been so much in the Christian news about a worldwide revival taking place that I just had to start looking for it. Revival properly understood is essentially a new beginning of obedience to God. Jesus said you would know something by the fruit it produces. Look at the fruit of what is occurring and then ask: Is it really revival?

When the Spirit of God is poured over your city but husbands will not love their wives, and wives will not obey their husbands, is it really revival?

What the Bible is mocked and doctrine called “a divisive tool of the devil”, when the “old” gifts of the Spirit are thrown out in favor of a new, secret gift allegedly from the Holy Spirit, is it really revival?

When the love of Unity supercedes the love of the Absolute Truth, is it really revival?

When a move of the Spirit of God is measured by bodies piled on the floor and not by the number of repentant prayers baptized by tears at an altar, is it really revival?

When leaders openly confess some personal lust of their heart and publicly challenge God with statements like, “This is the desire of my heart and I demand this from you, Lord. If you do not produce it immediately, on the authority of your own Word, I declare you a liar,” and then the crowd of on-looking fools squeals “Amen!” – where is the fear of the Lord? Is this really revival?

When tried and tested prophets of the Lord warn of impending judgment for sin and are mocked by the Christian media who want to whoop it up with the pervading party spirit in the church, is this really revival?

When the church is more concerned with her own welfare and well being and not that of a lost, dying world, and calls it “intimacy with God,” is it really revival?

When “don’t judge anything” is seen as a litmus test for spiritual maturity instead of honoring the Lord who loves “righteous judgment,” is this really revival?

When churches who are claiming supernatural visitations of all manner of angelic beings but cannot seem to open their doors to welcome mere humans of differing color and social and economic status, is it really revival?

When the saints of the Most High run from marathon meeting to marathon meeting blind to the needs of the widow down the street from them who cannot get her lawn mowed or has no one to help her get to the market to buy food, is it really revival?

When fellowship chat lines are filled on the net with loving, wise believers who cannot seem to spare 15 minutes outside of cyberspace to pray with their flesh and blood spouse and children before bed, is it really revival?

When believers can “bind the strongman” over a city but cannot rule their own tongues, is it really revival?

When practical holiness is branded as fleshly legalism, it is really revival?

When people walk away from awesome spiritual encounters only to then be plagued with thoughts of suicide, depression, the ability to see demons but not angels, and a pervading sense of hopelessness, is it really revival?

When the love of the saints is not extended to those who cautiously question your movement, and who are then labelled, branded really, as being possessed by “a spirit of criticism,” is it really revival?

When believers flock to get a word from the prophet but cannot seem to take the time to lock themselves in their prayer closet to get a word from God, or better yet, simply commune with Him, is it really revival?

When angel worship (which means paying honor and homage) is welcomed and embraced in the church, and being touched by an angel is somehow more glorious than being touched by the Lord, is it really revival?

When Jesus is honored with passioned cries of “Lord, Lord,” but is then not obeyed, is this really revival?

When you finally have God figured out and can order Him around to suit your desires, you can prophesy on cue, and behave in such an other-worldly bizarre manner that even the cults are afraid of you, is it really revival?

When being filled with the Holy Spirit is evidenced by all manner of manifestation EXCEPT Holiness, is it really revival?

Have you gone to the Cross daily to die to self? Have you come to a place of total surrender to Christ, to a new obedience to the Living God, to a true love of the Truth and genuine worship that springs from a cleansed, joyful heart? Is there a declaration of the absolute Lordship of Jesus Christ in your life? If so, then you have experienced true revival. If not, ask yourself: Is this really revival?

Be revived, and strengthen the things that remain.

Bryan Hupperts

The Kingdom is arriving soon.

In many religious circles, professing Christians argue that preaching Bible prophecy is irrelevant, or even contrary to preaching the Gospel message! Bible prophecy may be an interesting topic, they say, but prophecy is not significant to our salvation. Is that true? Many professing Christians believe that the gospel is only about the person of Christ, and they ignore what He preached. So, let’s first of all examine what the author of true Christianity preached. What gospel did Jesus the Messiah preach? Did His message oppose Bible prophecy? Or could it be that the Gospel itself is prophetic?

The main message that Jesus presented, and which He committed His disciples to preach, was clearly concerning the Kingdom of God. It was not simply about the Kingdom of God in our hearts. It was concerning the Kingdom of God that would one day be literally established on earth with Jesus as the King of the Kingdom. This was obviously a prophetic message about the Kingdom that will be established on earth in the Last Days. We are now 2,000 years closer to the advent of the Kingdom. Why then do we hear so little about it? It should surely be the main message of this hour. The end of this era is about to happen very soon and the new era will soon be established. We need to surrender to the King and begin to powerfully proclaim the Kingdom of God is at hand.

Israel’s Imminent Future

The subject of Israel today should seriously occupy the mind and thoughts of every Bible believer. Israel and Jerusalem are mentioned in scripture more often than any other subjects. Many of these references are prophetic in nature referring to what will happen there in the Last Days. Because of this reality, they should be absolutely uppermost in the minds of every believer both Jew and Gentile. The most amazing and thrilling of all these prophesies will be fulfilled in this present generation which should make the predictions more important than ever.
Despite the fact that there is presently so much blatant hatred of Israel in the world today, the Bible predicts a miraculous future for that nation. The Bible is the only source of reliable prophetic information about how this amazing future will transpire. There are numerous Messianic prophecies in the Biblical book of Zechariah that were uniquely and accurately fulfilled in the life, death and future return of Jesus the Messiah. If these ancient predictions were so accurately fulfilled to minutest detail, surely they prove that Zechariah was a very genuine and unmistakably accurate prophet. Also if they were so faithfully and precisely fulfilled, why would not the fulfillment of other Messianic prophecies in the book of Zechariah also be fulfilled with the same degree of accuracy in this our day? For instance, His first coming was fulfilled in detail.
Zechariah 9:9
9 Rejoice greatly, O people of Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey — even on a donkey’s colt. NLT

A Lost Empire!

The final example is that of the British Empire of which it was often said that the sun never sets on the British Empire. This was probably true until the 1940’s at which time that Empire deceived and betrayed the nation of Israel. From that time the Empire began to shrink and today it is virtually weak and powerless. The very nation that was so powerful in defeating the armies of the 3rd Reich is not a shadow of what it was and is still spiralling even deeper. There is no other reason why this should have been so, other than Britain’s betrayal of Israel.
We hope this message will provide a deeper understanding of what it means particularly for Christians to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. The reference to pray for Jerusalem is not merely a request or suggestion. It is a strong command that every Bible believer should meticulously and faithfully obey or pay the consequences.
God’s love for Israel is everlasting, without beginning and without end from eternity to eternity. It always has been and always will be. God evidently loved Israel before the foundation of the world, even as a mother would love her child even before the moment of birth.
Jeremiah 31:1-4 (NKJV)
1 “At the same time,” says the LORD, “I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be My people.”
2 Thus says the LORD: “The people who survived the sword Found grace in the wilderness– Israel, when I went to give him rest.”
3 The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.
4 Again I will build you, and you shall be rebuilt, O virgin of Israel! You shall again be adorned with your tambourines, And shall go forth in the dances of those who rejoice.

God has always encouraged and exhorted everyone to pray for Jerusalem. However, in this day and age, this command is more important than ever because the pressure against Israel is stronger than it has ever been, and the need for God’s peace there is presently greater than ever. If this prayer is not prayed and answered it would spell the end of Israel’s presence on the earth.

A Modern Dilemma

Is This Possible?

Today we may clearly see that numerous nations are currently being dismantled and conquered to prepare the way for the establishment of Islamic Shariah law. Among such nations are USA, Britain, Germany, France, Belgium, Holland, Norway, Denmark etc Each of these nations were evidently ignorant of the serious Islamic plan to ultimately subjugate the whole world under Shariah law. Citizens of each of these countries are presently in a state of shock, as they begin to realise that their nation and its historic culture, is under the threat of annihilation and transition into an Islamic nation. When observing this tragedy unfolding in fanatical hands that are determined and deliberate. We may well wonder if these insidious plans will succeed and these historic nations will disappear from sight under dark oppressive menacing Islamic rule. The possibility of successfully extricating these historic nations from their would be conquerors will be extremely difficult if not impossible. We certainly cannot presently foresee any human effort succeeding. However, this thought has come to my mind while I have been praying about this huge, unexpected problem. My personal belief is that Zechariah 12:10, will happen in the near future. Following a decisive supernatural victory for Israel which has occurred, Israel will recognize that it is the Messiah who has won for them this victory. God (Yahweh) will then pour out His Holy Spirit on the inhabitants of Israel and Jerusalem, bringing the citizens into what appears to be repentance and submission. As a direct result Israel would become a Messianic nation. Because of her amazing triumph over her attacking enemies, the awareness of all the world will change to admiration and exaltation of Israel. By that time the state of the nations under our consideration will have deteriorated even further. However, their former hatred against Israel will be greatly lessened. Israel will become both greatly admired and critically feared. Will the citizens of these nations we are considering, begin to pray fervently for Jerusalem and Israel? Could such prayers overcome the will of the Islamic agents? Might God deliver these praying people from the grip of their adversaries and a glorious transformation occur?
How May These Nations Be Liberated?
Joel 2:28 Spirit poured out on ALL FLESH? Seeing Israel in a different perspective?
We hope this message will provide a deeper understanding of what it means particularly for Christians to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. The reference to pray for Jerusalem is not merely a request or suggestion. It is a strong command that every Bible believer should meticulously and faithfully obey or pay the consequences.
God’s love for Israel is everlasting, without beginning and without end from eternity to eternity. It always has been and always will be. God evidently loved Israel before the foundation of the world, even as a mother would love her child even before the moment of birth.
Jeremiah 31:1-4 (NKJV)
1 “At the same time,” says the LORD, “I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be My people.”
2 Thus says the LORD: “The people who survived the sword Found grace in the wilderness– Israel, when I went to give him rest.”
3 The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.
4 Again I will build you, and you shall be rebuilt, O virgin of Israel! You shall again be adorned with your tambourines, And shall go forth in the dances of those who rejoice.