Preparing For The Wedding: Acquiring Oil

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Preparing For The Wedding: Acquiring Oil

AS times grow harder and harder with society and culture growing more evil we need to be reminded of our call as believers to prepare and be ready for Jesus’ return culminating in the Bride of Christ being ready. It seems that the level of demonic warfare and hatred of anything good and decent and moral continues to escalate. Many believers are challenged on every facet to fall into temptation and sin and ultimately apostasy. Jesus warned the early followers of such times, We are further from the day when Jesus first spoke about His return and likewise closer to the occurrence of the event.

In Matthew 25: 1-13 Jesus outlines what is known as the parable of the ‘Virgins’. This is a commonly preached and studied parable, but it’s deep meaning often overlooked. In this parable virgins are believers before the Lord who are waiting for the ‘Bridegroom’ to return. Jesus is the Bridegroom. 5 of the virgins add enough oil and were prepared, while 5 were foolish and not prepared. Most of the church teaches that we get saved and that is all that there is. There is no real emphasis on intimacy and living holy and as Jesus is really teaching here, to ‘watch and pray’.

Jesus repeatedly tells us we cannot know the exact day or hour of His return but He repeatedly gives us signs and things to watch for to let us know that ‘the season’ is here. Being prepared requires a lot of preparation. The enemy is pulling out all of the stops to pull as many as he can away from a love relationship with Jesus. As times grow harder and persecution increases we must be remain ‘burning and shining’ lamps for Jesus and His kingdom.

John 5:35 “John was a lamp that burned and gave light.” Here John is writing about John the Baptist. He referred to him as a lamp that burned, meaning he was a light, glowing, burning for the Lord. The people saw John and they saw the glow and shining light that he had when he spoke of Jesus and spoke of Jesus’ ministry. How did John burn? He spent a lot of time in prayer and fasting. He spent much time in the wilderness in preparation. He studied the scriptures and sought the Lord. He knew what his ministry was and what it would take to maintain it.

“WATCH AND PRAY”

Several years ago when I was at the Garden of Gethsemane as I studied the olive trees and the olive pressing process I was reminded of Jesus’ words to His disciples in the garden, “Watch and Pray that you enter not into temptation.” Matthew 26:41, Berean Study Bible. Jesus was praying and found his disciples asleep. He asked them if they couldn’t pray and watch for just one hour. I studied the scriptures, and I felt then that the Lord was saying this is the one thing I am calling you to do and really the whole Body of Christ in these last days. Yes. we need to evangelize, we need to serve, but above all else we need to ‘watch and pray’.

The oil is the oil of the Holy Spirit needed for ministry. Every born again believer has some sort of ministry. Moms, caregivers, business people, etc. as well as the small percent in full time ministry. To do whatever we are called to do we need all of the oil we can get. There are too many things pulling on us every day to lose our focus.

A Bride Made Ready

Revelation 19:7 “Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and the Bride has made herself ready.”

Here the Bride made herself ready, meaning she has to prepare, get clean, remain pure, get ‘clean linens’ and put on jewels, and all things a bride does in preparing for her Bridegroom. The Bride of Christ is no different. AS the hour grows late, and evil is more rampant, and persecution increases, we must go deeper in the word, in prayer, an in time we spend in His Presence, Acquiring our own oil requires sacrifice of time and sometimes money as we let go of some things the world see as important. The Kingdom of Heaven means that we live kingdom minded which includes watching for the King, watching for the Bridegroom, and burning and shining, like John, so that the world sees the Light of Jesus burning brightly and come, not so much to us, but the source of our light, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

Before we can say “come” we need to have something for the lost to come to. We have to have water for the thirsty as Revelation 22:17 says, “ Let the one who is thirsty come; let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life.”

Get some oil, get some water, and keep getting it, so that when the dark look for light they see us shining. They can also find drink. How can we expect there to be a great harvest if we do not spend time with the ‘Lord Of Harvest”? Lord we need your oil, give us each grace to spend time with you to get the oil, so that our lamps burn brightly. Amen!

Goddess Worship and The Spirit Behind The Rise Of Modern Feminism

Goddess Worship and The Spirit Behind

The Rise of Modern Feminism

Another issue that has suddenly gained momentum in the past couple of years is the feminist movement. Since the 1960’s there has been a steady rise of women’s rights, feminism, women’s health rights in the form of abortion, and more recently derrogoration of men and the man’s place of leadership in society. We have seen women like Helen Reddy, more recently Linda Sarsour exalt women as not equal but greater than man, and to the point that we don’t need men. Several months ago we saw two women’s marches that clearly says it all. The first group celebrated women from a BIblical standpoint, were ‘pro-life’, celebrating women and the God-ordained purpose for women. The other group, filled with hate for anything masculine, praise abortion rights, and homosexuality, among other things.

The attack has heightened in the last few months to a point that television ads during the Super Bowl mostly focused on feminism and diminishing men and making them look pitiful. I am not against women succeeding at what God has called them to be and do. But the sudden surge of feminism also looks at motherhood, at least in the Biblical sense, as an ‘evil’ thing. This goes beyond celebrating women and the purpose God ordained them for. It is not just in society but has crept into the ‘church’ as well.

I am all for honoring all women, especially mothers. God honors them and Jesus does too. God’s original design was for man to have dominion over all of the earth. Genesis 2:18 “Then the Lord God said it is not good that the man should be alone, I will make him a helper fit for him.” (ESV) God created woman out of Adam as a helper. She was not created as insignificant of to be lorded over or treated as a piece of chattel as some culture treat them. Nor was woman created to rule over the man. God’s plan was for family. I am not talking about women ruling a nation or even having positions of authority in the church. I mean God’s design for family and even in society at large. Men and women can be supervisors, other leaders. What we are seeing in America and other countries is an all out assault on men and really the family.

1 Corinthians 11:8-10 “for man did not come from woman but woman from man; Neither was man created for woman but woman for man. For this reason a woman ought to have a sign of authority over her head.” (NIV) God created the woman for the man and the man is to be her covering, or spiritual authority. This design was put in place for protection. When we come out of God’s plan for our protection or our covering we open ourselves up to all sorts of evil.

There is a spirit behind the feminist movement which seeks not only to put women above men but put men under their feet.

Genesis 1:27 tells us male and female were created in His image. Not just male nor female. Verse 28 “God said, be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it.” Being fruitful and multiplying requires man and woman to come together as one under God’s plan. Rule together. What is this spirit behind the feminist movement and sudden hatred of ‘men’?

An old demonic ‘spirit’ known as Goddess that takes on many names and forms is ultimately behind this movement. It is nothing new. It has been working for thousands of years. Yet, we act like it is a sudden and new thing. In the past it has had names like Isis, Athena, Artemis, Diana, Mother earth, aphrodite, venus, libertas, portlandia, Queen of Heaven, Sophia, and Kali, and the list goes on. Virtually every society and culture has at some point celebrated goddess worship. Today it is also seen in Wicca, New Age, and now has lipped in mainline Protestant churches. It has been in Catholicism in the form of ‘Mary worship”. Yes, Mary was the ‘mother of God’, but not a goddess, and certainly not to be prayed to.

There have been Bibles printed either neutralizing God as being non-gender, or even replacing the Father with a mother. Some churches have replaced all pronouns and now refer to God the Father as the ‘Supreme Being’ or just God. It is all a continuous assault against God and His plan and rule and authority. The East and West Coast of the United States each have a statue of a female goddess from Roman mythology. New York and Oregon are two states where we see the feminist movement is its strongest.

As previously mentioned I am for women as is God, but from a Biblically standpoint, not to the point where women’s rights take the form where men are veil and abortion is cool. What must we do? We need to recognize the tactics of the enemy. It is going to build and only those who ‘have understanding’ will be able to call it out and say what it is. It is a demonic assault against God, the Church, Jesus and everything that is good and decent.

We need to love the people promoting and caught up in this false worship. We also need to pray that God would remove the blinders and unstop their ears, so that the truth would pierce the darkness. Pray for a revelation of the Father and of the Father’s heart. Jesus said, “whoever has seen Me has seen the Father.” (ESV)

Let us celebrate women as God created them to be. Mother’s, wives, business people, educators, students, government officials, and already equal under the eyes of God. Let us honor what God has said and not allow what is not part of His plan.

Socialism Versus The Kingdom Of God

Socialism Versus The Kingdom Of God

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Socialist Government Kingdom Of God

We continue to be bombarded by the antics and tactics of those on the pursuit to make the United States a ‘Socialist Nation’ of some sort. The most recent comments have come from Alexandria Ocasio Cortez or AOC as she is known and her cohorts in the form of the ‘Green New Deal’. Likewise the list of political contenders for the presidential nomination of the Democrat or now ‘Socialist’ party has begun to emerge. You may be asking me why I am not just content to write about issues in the church or prayer or revival. Why have I begun to write on issues confronting society?

Jesus and Paul confronted the issues of the day. We see in Acts 14-19 Paul dealt with the same people we are dealing with in the world who oppose the Kingdom of God. Ultimately that is what this is all about. AS disciples and follower of Christ we must see ourselves as citizens of the Kingdom of God first and citizens of our various nations second. Loyalty a political party or politicians is never our goal, but as christians we must be actively involved in the affairs of our world. It is with that in mind I will attempt to compare Socialism, with all of it’s forms, including Marxism and Communism with the Kingdom of God and what it offers now and in the future Millennial Kingdom.

How does one become a citizen first of all of these two governments? A kingdom is a government. In Socialism a person is born naturally and the government offers healthcare from birth to grave. Also, the government forces their ideals on its citizens and they are not given any choices. In the Kingdom of God one is born again or born anew by his or her ‘spirit’ coming alive. In other words the spirit part of our being comes alive and we become citizens of God’s kingdom and have access to all that it contains. A citizen of the Kingdom of God or Kingdom of Heaven, also surrenders their life to to the King and thereby make Him Lord. Their life is not their own, but then neither is it in the ‘socialist government’.

The government in socialism tells you what to think and further this is accomplished by indoctrination versus education. In the KOG (Kingdom of God) it is accomplished through equipping saints, as its citizens are called, for ministry. This is done by study of The Word of God led by the Holy Spirit and various ministers and leaders appointed by the King. The government indoctrinates teachers and they in turn do the same to the children under their tutelage. Parents have no say and are told that they have to accept what government leaders think is best.

In the KOG people are led by the Holy Spirit who is also the spirit of the KIng. Through Him they fellowship with Him, the King, the Word and each other. Each one puts others ahead and thus are servant minded. In socialism the government has programs, and policies in force to ensure people are able to do whatever they want whenever they want. They are told who can read to their children at the library for example. You can have two mommy’s or two daddy’s or be whatever gender you want.

In the KOG their is only one way of life, that is the way of the cross of Jesus Christ. He is the way, the truth and the life. In socialism there are many ways as long as it doesn’t include Jesus or go against the government mandated policies. The future is whatever you believe. Whether this is all there is or many more lives. You can sound your horn for call to prayer at any hour as loud as you want. Christians cannot announce their worship times. They must hide underground or in caves.

In the Kog there is either heaven or hell. In socialism there is the government and whatever your false religion teaches. In socialism each one is really serving the government. Helping the poor and needy is part of their outcry. But, they really don’t help anybody since they keep them in bondage. They even take away from those who are affluent enough and can help. They believe in poverty for all. Jesus said that the ‘poor you will always have’. He also taught us to help others out of love for Him.

Kingdom finances rule the KOG. That includes bringing first fruits or tithes, followed by offerings. Offerings help further the advance of the Kingdom, by sowing into ministries that help feed, cloth and provide for needs of all. Also, Bibles and education literature to train God’s people for ministry. The King raises up leaders from within the KOG to equip and train other leaders. In socialism taxes are raised by taxing those that have it until they are brought into poverty and wasting those monies on more programs that keep citizens in bondage. Programs and programs and more programs to educate, indoctrinate and further attempt to train people to work or in just getting by keeps each one more dependent on the government.

Rule of all the earth was originally given to one man, Adam, and his offspring. That was lost through willful disobedience, but regained by the second or New Adam who is also the King of the Kingdom of God. He planned for man to take care of the earth and that included animals, plants, bodies of water and the atmosphere. Even though man used technology and advances and made things worse, mankind must reverse that trend. However, forcing people to accept more programs without proper teaching which includes recognizing that the earth is the Lord’s and He left us to take care. There is a kingdom coming in the Millenium where we will do that perfectly under Jesus’ kingship. Until then we need to do a better job, but with sensibility not a pipedream.

The original man and woman were given the same assignment Jesus gives us now. That is to procreate and have dominion in all of the earth. This can only be accomplished when a man and a woman procreate.Socialism goes against God’s intent and says sex with whatever you like and calling yourself whatever you like is ok. Also, socialism offers free healthcare, which is not really free, but the KOG offers healing and deliverance. The KOG also, teaches healthy lifestyle to ensure you remain healthy. Divine healing is a result of the cross as well as freedom from bondage to the sinful lifestyle that socialism seem to espouse.

Ultimately it is easy to see that while socialism has values in helping the poor, needy, afflicted, ultimately they don’t address that spiritual needs. Further the Church, or Ekklesia or KOG should preach the full ‘good news’ of the gospel which not only touches physical needs, but soulish and spiritual as well. If the Gospel of the kingdom is fully preached it offers hope in the return of the King. His return will establish the citizens as kings ruling and reigning with Him. No socialist government ever offered rulership to its citizens as kings. Finally, all of the nations and kingdoms and kings of the earth will submit to Jesus’ rule. No communist, Marxist or Socialist government desires to bow to any King, let alone Jesus.

`It is the last point that really puts socialism and really all of the governments of the earth at odds with the kingdom of God. While I think our republic is a good form of government I know that soon it will be replaced by one from heaven, the Kingdom of Heaven, ruled by Jesus Christ. Every Socialist, Republican, Independent, Tea Party, Labor Party, Likud, etc. will bow to this KIng.!!

The Sudden Surge Of Anti-Semitism And The Church

The Sudden Surge Of Anti-Semitism And The Church

We have seen a sudden surge in anti-semitism in the last few years all over the earth but especially in Europe, and in the United Nations. Recently in the United States there has been a marked a lot of attention to anti Jewish and anti-Israel speech, and acts of terror, like the bombing of the synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pa.

I am not certain if there is an actual rise in anti-semitism overal, but rather more focus and attention has brought it to light. Regardless despite the thrust to be more ‘tolerant’ by most of society of other religious groups and ethnicities the Jewish people are still targeted as the single most hated group in all of the world for all times.

We have seen the United Nations pass resolution after resolution against Israel, while ignoring many terror states like Iran, and overlooking the fact than when attacked by Gaza for example Israel only reacted in defense. This all happening despite the fact that less than a generation ago we saw a near annihilation of Jews throughout Europe in World War II. This is known as the Holocaust, where over 6 million Jews perished at the hands of The Nazi party led by Adolf Hitler, among others.

Sadly, the church mostly sat by and did nothing or said nothing for fear of retribution. Those that did help or speak out were usually killed along side of Jews. We see examples in The Hiding Place, and in the lives of leaders like Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Throughout history there has always been those that hated Israel and the Jews. Most of us know of Haman’s plot in the book of Esther, and then Antiochus Epiphanes and the attempt to make the Jews Greek and do away with all of their cultural identity.

BUt, the church has not had a good track record either. Many of the early church fathers, i.e. John Chrysostom, Augustine, and later Martin Luther were very much anti-semitic. This is where the term ‘replacement theology’ comes in. That basically teaches that God is through with Israel, and the church has replaced Israel. While I believe that the Bible teaches that all must come to the Father through Jesus and that includes the Jewish people. The promises that God made are still valid and that in the last days we will see a mighty revival in Israel and among Jewish people world-wide.

Isaiah 49:16 “Behold I have inscribed you on my hands”

Isaiah 49:15 “ Can a nursing mother forget her child..”?

All of the promises God made to Abraham for his descendants regarding the land are forever, eternal. There will be a nation of Israel in the Millennial Kingdom. Jews have to come to Messiah Jesus to be saved but God has a plan for hem as a nation. Remember He is their promised Messiah first, and even though they, for the most part, rejected Him, He is their savior, their king. They are looking for one to sit on the throne of David.

Why has Satan tried so hard to wipe out Jews and to stop Israel from being back in the land? It has everything to do with His return.

Matthew 23:37-39 “ Oh Jerusalem, Jerusalem you who kill the prophets, and stones those sent to her, how often I have longed to gather your children as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were unwilling! 38-look your house is left to you desolate. 39- For I tell you that you will not see me again until you say, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.” (Berean Study Bible)

Here Jesus quotes Psalm 118:26. One of the three requirements for Jesus to come back to the earth is for His people, the Jews, Israeli’s to cry out, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of The Lord.” Will this happen during the tribulation or at the end, is not clear, but when Jesus said ‘you won’t see me again until… well that’s what he meant. He specifically wa talking about Jerusalem.

So, the enemy has tried for 1000’s of years to stop Jewish people as a people because the Messiah had to come through them. Further, he is trying to wipe them out so that no one will be in Jerusalem to cry out Psalm 118:26. Satan has pulled out all of the stops to try to prevent God’s plans for man’s redemption to come and for God to establish His Kingdom forever, first with the reign of His son, who is a Jewish king, from reigning with His ‘bride’ for 1,000 years, and then the eternal kingdom.

Racism is not new and will not be 100% wiped until Jesus establishes His rule here, and likewise anti-semitic hate of Israel and all Jews will not go away until then. But the church or Ekklesia at large must take a stand and stand with Israel, and all Jews everywhere. Currently there is a war in Eastern Ukraine where Russia has invaded and their are pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine fighting for Russia. The sad part is I have met Jews who have had to flee from the war. They say, ‘the hunters are coming’ referencing Jeremiah 16:16 where God promised to send fishers to fish the Jews out of the land of the North away from the Hunters. This is being fulfilled as I write. I’ve been and seen it, and the hunters came in 1942 when Hitler’s forces slaughtered more than 32,000 Jews near Kive in one day.

The time is near for the fulfilling of many prophecies regarding Jews returning to the land. The window may soon close and the ‘hunters’ will arise all over. When we see synagogues bombed in The United States it should not just concern us, but rally us that not only is there hate, but it’s an all out assault against any and all Jews. Many jewish people choose to remain here in The US, especially in New York for various reasons. They feel safer and feel like they have a better life here.

Regardless, we the church must pray for as many as will to return home to their land. Most Christians who don’t see any urgency in Jews returning have not been taught or simply don’t understand what the scriptures say. Many Jews do not see the scriptures as relevant either.

In his book, Our Hands are Stained With Blood, Michael Brown details the poor history the church has had relevant to the Jews. It is a must read. The church has done much better in the past 30-40 years, but I am afraid that a lot of what we see is merely an infatuation, rather than genuine love for The Jewish people. There is not real revelation of God’s heart. That is what is need, and that is what I pray that the church will get.

Pray against a spirit of hate and racism, especially anti-semitism, regarding Jews. Pray that more will understand God’s plan for them to return to the home of their ancestors, Israel, and pray that they will meet their Messiah, Jesus the Christ.

Rejoicing In Suffering & Persecution

Rejoicing In Suffering & Persecution

In the world we live in and especially in the perilous times we currently are in there is much suffering, persecution, and sometimes even martyrdom. People in general suffer from sickness, disease, poverty, hardships, disasters and death. Loss and suffering have been with mankind at some level since our first parents lost the original status in the garden of Eden after disobeying the commands of God. There was never supposed to be death, but that entered as a result of the ‘fall’ of man. So how can we speak of rejoicing in such evil times? How can we have joy when there is so much destruction, and evil and it only seems to grow worse?

Christians all around the world face persecution at various levels just for being Christian. Because they have chosen to follow and be disciples of Jesus they are faced with imprisonment, abandonment, loss of personal property, families being torn apart and ultimately death, sometimes violent. Most believers in The Western Church, particularly in the United States have no real understanding of persecution. We here have so many freedoms, and we tend to take so much for granted. Rarely, if ever do most Christians tell of the faith outside of the four walls of the church. Many don’t want to ‘rock the boat’, or upset someone, or get involved in matters that they feel should be avoided.

It is for this reason that we are faced with the current crisis here and in many western nations. A crisis where we are losing some freedom to speak or take a stand for our faith. Or when we do there is no real outcry from within the body of Christ. Many are left to stand alone to choose to take a stand against gay marriage or abortion, or just immorality or indecency. We don’t want to offend anyone, or hurt someone. While it is important to have good relationships with peers and co-workers, there comes a point where we must be recognized as true believers of Jesus Christ.

Matthew 5:11 “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.” (NASB)

1 Peter 4:12 “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange was coming upon you, 13- But to the degree that you share in the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing so that at the revelation of His glory, you may rejoice with exultation.”

In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus tells His listeners, which includes anyone now who reads and hears His words, that when you are persecuted, or insulted and when people say all sorts of evil things because of Him. In other words, if you ‘truly follow Him’, and obey Him, at some point you will be insulted, and yes persecuted. You will suffer. Suffer for being human is one thing, but for serving Jesus is another. Peter speaks about sharing in Jesus’ suffering. We forget that because we have been redeemed and Jesus paid it all that we still suffer like Him, and must endure hardships from time to time.

Believers in many nations today face suffering just for naming the name of Jesus. They don’t have to speak out against current events or issues. They just confess, ‘Jesus is Lord’. We here in the US have no real knowledge of the level of persecution and suffering the rest of body has in the world. We seem to be isolated or feel we are insulated against it.

However, there is a level of persecution coming that we never thought we would face here. AS times grow more evil, the church or ekklesia will grow more glorious. There is glory in suffering for Jesus, and I’m not talking about some unkind word. I mean for instance like the Pastor who basically lost his job because he said ‘homosexuality was a sin.’ He never said anything about the people, just the act is indecent and sinful. Yet, his congregatio felt that that was not the right thing to put on there sign. Or what about the clerk in Kentucky who was fired for not granting a marriage license to a gay couple because it went against her beliefs.

When we take a stand we must count the cost and be ready to suffer whatever consequences here man may offer. Yet we must rejoice. Keep on rejoicing. The revelation of His glory is a daily thing, but the full revelation of that glory will come in the Millennial reign as we rule with Christ. In John 17:13-14 Jesus prayed for the joy that the Father put in Him would be in his disciples. He said ‘the world hates them.’ If the world hated the early followers how much more are we hated today. Yet we need His joy.

John wrote to various churches in 1 John 1:4 that his purpose in writing was that their joy might be complete. In John 15:11 Jesus said that He spoke about abiding in Hi so that His joy may be in them. Whatever comes our way in this age we are not to let it steal our joy. WE are to agree with God’s word that we have the abiding Word (Jesus) living in us, and that word brings us joy. In Hebrews 12:2 we are told to ’fix our eyes on Jesus’, for the joy set before Him endured the cross.

There is an age coming where we will rule and reign with Him. Many of us will have a lot of responsibility while some less. What we do now prepares us for that age and how we will serve. We should weep for those that persecute us especially the lost or those perishing without Jesus. God doesn’t desire that any should perish.

Count everything with joy, esteem others higher than yourself for there is coming a day when we will have Jesus and He will make all things right. Let us run the race set before us with ‘joy’. Of all of the disciples John was the one that fully understood what it meant to have Jesus and the joy that went with that. He often wrote about joy and rejoicing. Yet, John was persecuted, so much that they tried and failed to kill him. He was finally forced into exile on The island of Patmos, where he received the final Revelation Jesus.

None of no for sure what we may face but one thing is for sure we can face it with joy and rejoice that we will be with him forever. We are part of the plan to bring restoration to the earth.

Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice!!!!!!! Phil. 4:4 my paraphrase

Don’t forget to pray for our brothers and sisters all around the world who are facing torment and imprisonment daily.

Visit opendoorsusa.org or voice of the martyrs on how you can pray effectively for the persecuted church

Donald Trump,The United States & Benjamin Netanyahu & Israel

We cannot overlook the fact that the situation in the United States and in Israel have more going on than one can realize. If we take events going on in both leaders and both countries we can see many similarities. AS Israel was chosen by God to be a light to the nations, so I believe, like many others, that the United States was chosen to bring the ‘gospel of the kingdom of God’ to the New World, without governmental favoritism, or intervention.

The modern state of Israel, however does not espouse its Biblical roots, and furthermore was intentionally founded with socialistic ideas. The first prime minister of Israel, David Ben Gurion used to Old Testament Prophets and their writings and the New Testament to help form the initial Israeli government. However, they allowed freedom of Religion, and many socialistic ideas were espoused.

Israel today is by and large a ‘secular’ nation. Even though the majority population is Jewish and it is a Jewish state, most Jews are just ethnic Jews and do not identify with any particular religion. This sounds good that there is freedom of religion, yet Orthodox Judaism seems to set the tone and policy for many rules and regulations.

The United States was founded upon Judeo Christian values and the earlier founders were mostly Christian or of those who considered themselves ‘deists’ they espoused those same morals and ethics. Both The US and Israel espoused the same Biblical standards with several deviations. Today there is a fight on as to which way each country will head in social, religious, economic, defense, and political arenas. The current situation in the US looks grim if you are a Christian or tend to have a Biblical worldview, or just believe in decency and order.

Likewise in Israel there are many who want to go back to more socialist ways and do away with all religion or even have all religions merge as one. Some would like to do away with borders, walls, etc. and there be one or two states but with Arabs and Jews mixed in and as they would have it, ‘all just get along.’ While it would be ideal for Jews and Arabs to live side by side and get along, etc. and in some areas they do but they are usually disciples of Jesus, it won’t work without Jesus at the head ultimately.

The US is face with a rapid increase of ultra socialist leaning ideas and a sudden rise to give everything away. In Israel healthcare is available to all and while there are many opportunities, the poor still remain poor, even poorer in some instances than third world countries. Abortion is legal, yet is in decline. Prostitution is legal but recent changes in the law will cause a decline in that as well. In two countries that one would consider to be bastions of Judeo Christian morals, ethics, and laws one would think that it wouldn’t be this way.

Both Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu, the current leaders of The US and Israel respectively, are not considered ‘religious’. Prime Minister Netanyahu was raised in Tel Aviv by secular parents. Before politics his background was in the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces). President Trump has a strong background in business, has amassed an ‘empire’ before becoming the 45th US President.

Both men have been targets of investigation for various reasons. No one ever expected Donald Trump to become president, let alone accomplish what he has. He has turned the US economy around and recognized the proper capital, Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. He has done away with bad trade deals and bad deals with rogue nations like Iran, among other things. PM Netanyahu has beefed Israeli defenses to an all time high. He has strengthened ties with allies like the US and Middle Eastern nations.

Netanyahu has been described as a proponent of the ‘free market.” he has developed better counter-terrorism capabilities, yet I don’t support his views on same-sex marriage. Neither do I always agree 100 % with everything President Trump says or does I still believe that overall he is the man that God has raised up to turn America around from the path of destruction it is on.

Both Donald Trump and PM Netanyahu lost their defense ministers, and have shae ups in their cabinets and governments. Accusations constantly are hurled regarding business decisions, or military decisions. Netanyahu had to call for early elections because he barely had a coalition government. He currently faces possible indictment for bribery charges regarding his business. The Democrats have been calling for impeachment and investigating Trump since day one of his administration.

Yet, despite all of the things against these governments I believe that both men are there for ‘such a time like this.’ They both understand evil, and terrorism and seek to root it out on all levels. PM Netanyahu understand that the land should not be divided. God gave it to Israel thousands of years ago, despite what people say or believe, and it was forever. Both of these leaders stand alone in the World political community, as they are opposed to one world government, one religion etc.

So, with the similarities and differences between these two men and countries how shall we pray? Why should we pray for Netanyahu and the Likud party to be re elected?

The Likud is considered a right wing party and as I mentioned Pm Netanyahu understands the military and how to deal with the situation in the Middle East. He and President Trump will continue to work together to rid the world and the Middle East of terror, particularly from Iran. There is an agenda that has been set forth from heaven and we need to pray as the US has come into alignment by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the world will follow likewise. Pray that President Trump will continue to be a voice for Christians to be heard and not silenced.

Pray for the US to continue to be a strong ally of Israel, and to stand against anti-semitism. Pray for God to use PM Netanyahu to bring revival in Israel.

In the end of the age all nations will gather to battle against Israel, and somewhere in there Jesus will come back and set up His kingdom for 1000 years. See Zechariah 14

But all of the nations will come to Jerusalem, to Mt Zion to worship the Lord there.

Micah 4:1 “ It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established, as the highest of the mountains, and it shall be lifted up above the hills;

2- and peoples shall flow to it, and many nations shall come and say: ‘Come let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us His ways and that we may walk in his paths.’ For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.”

Donald Trump nor Benjamin Netanyahu is my saviour. Both are fallible men capable of sin like we all are. Yet I believe as so many others do that theses men are sent from heaven to do a job, to help prepare the nations to come to Jerusalem.

Finally

Psalm 122 tells us to pray for the ‘peace of Jerusalem.’ may they be secure who love you! Peace be in you for the sake of the Lord!