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Sunday, November 9, 2014

My House is a House of Prayer


"My house is a house of prayer" is taken from the words of Isaiah 56:7 but instead of prayer cries of fear are heard — cries of terror, not peace.

The prophet Joel wrote of latter day events in Jerusalem. Read Joel 3 for yourself.

Matthew 21:13 quotes the words of Yeshua as he taught from Isaiah about the house of prayer. He said:

“It is written,” he said to them, “ ‘My house will be called a house of prayer,' but you are making it ‘a den of robbers."

Most of the Bible is prophecy. God gave us prophecy so that we will know He alone is sovereign and so we be able to recognize the signs and seasons as they occur on God's timeline through proper interpretation and understanding of His word.

The prophetic message of the Bible is about the ultimate conflict of good and evil that in the end, that conflict is centered in Jerusalem. It is is seen today at the Temple Mount. The conflict today is over prayer. This conflict is about the Bible vs. the Koran. I believe it is the ultimate conflict that results in "Jacob's Trouble". The trouble comes from the generations of Esau.

On October 29, 2014 Rabbi Yehuda Glick, the Rabbi that leads a movement in Israel to re-establish the Temple atop the Mount was shot 3 times in the chest by an Islamic terrorist.

A few days before Rabbi Glick's shooting, Arab leaders in Israel demonstrated in Jerusalem. One was Sheikh Kamel al-Khatib the head of the northern branch of the so-called Islamic State that has arisen in Iraq. This is a part of Sheikh Kamel al-Khatib’s speech to the crowd as he spoke of the Arab nation
“The nation is in a bad state, due to what is happening in the Arab homeland and the counter-revolutions against the ‘Arab Spring’ being carried out by the enemies of the nations. This situation requires that steadfast people say: We are here, against the den of iniquity whose occupants occupy the stage in the entire Arab homeland. In the center of this thieving den of iniquity, we stress our right to stand strong and patient, attached to the land right here in Jerusalem. I repeat: Jerusalem is not only the capital of a Palestinian state, but the capital of a righteous Islamic Caliphate, soon to arrive, Inshallah.”
Later, when interviewed about his speech Sheikh Kamel al-Khatib said this:
"We, as Muslims, believe in the future of Islam no matter what is happening, and an Islamic state will return once again and Jerusalem will be its capital. This is expressed in our confidence that the Israeli occupation will disappear, this is not just a hope or supplication on our part, but the words of the Prophet, who said that one day Jerusalem will be the location of the Islamic Caliphate."
Jeremiah 29:32 shows us YHVH says conflict will be brought about by Shemaiah the Nehelamite and his descendants. Nehelamite means "he of the dream". Perhaps we should take note that before the revelations of the Koran came to Muhammad, according to answering-islam.org "he saw prophetic dreams and heard unseen voices and calls" (Mishkat Volume IV). In fact, most of Muhammad's experience was a dream. He said that Gabriel, the angel who transmitted the revelations, "came to me, said the apostle of God while I was asleep..." This is the same as Muhammad's infamous experience of the night journey from Mecca to the place of the mosque location now atop the Temple Mount, the Masjid al-Aqsa on Muhammad's white horse Buraq. Take note of the white horse and the fact that the Masjid al-Aqsa was not in existence at the time of his dream.

The second book of Chronicles refers to "the book of Shemaiah the prophet, and of Iddo the seer" but it has been lost to antiquity:
"Now the acts of Rehoboam, first and last, are they not written in the book of Shemaiah the prophet, and of Iddo the seer concerning genealogies? And there were wars between Rehoboam and Jeroboam continually." 2Chronicles 12:15
All we really know today is this message from God which tells us Shemaiah the Nehelamite "has persuaded you to trust in lies"...
“Send this message to all the exiles: ‘This is what the LORD says about Shemaiah the Nehelamite: Because Shemaiah has prophesied to you, even though I did not send him, and has persuaded you to trust in lies, this is what the LORD says: I will surely punish Shemaiah the Nehelamite and his descendants. He will have no one left among this people, nor will he see the good things I will do for my people, declares the LORD, because he has preached rebellion against me.’” Jeremiah 29:31-32
Jeremiah chapter 30 tells of the final conflict arising from the lies of the Nehelamite:
"This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD:
This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says:
‘Write in a book all the words I have spoken to you.
The days are coming,’ declares the LORD,
‘when I will bring my people Israel and Judah back from captivity
and restore them to the land I gave their ancestors to possess,’ says the LORD.

These are the words the LORD spoke concerning Israel and Judah:
This is what the LORD says:
‘Cries of fear are heard — terror, not peace.
Ask and see: can a man bear children?
Then why do I see every strong man
with his hands on his stomach like a woman in labor,
every face turned deathly pale?
How awful that day will be!
No other will be like it.

It will be a time of trouble for Jacob,
but he will be saved out of it.
‘In that day,’ declares the LORD Almighty,
‘I will break the yoke off their necks
and will tear off their bonds;
no longer will foreigners enslave them.
Instead, they will serve the LORD their God
and David their king,
whom I will raise up for them.
‘So do not be afraid, Jacob my servant;
do not be dismayed, Israel,’
declares the LORD.
Jeremiah 30:1-10
Do you follow the word of Shemaiah the Nehelamite or YHVH? Do you support prayer to YHVH in Jerusalem or prayer to another?

The time now if for Judah to beware the peacemakers, Jeremiah 30:14-15 says:
"All your allies have forgotten you;
they care nothing for you."
Today, AFP reported that the European Union’s new foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said this in Gaza:
"'The entire European Union seeks the establishment of a Palestinian state.'

'We need a Palestinian state -- that is the ultimate goal and this is the position of all the European Union'
And these are words came today from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as The Jerusalem Post reported:

Abbas: PA will ask UNSC for Israeli withdrawal from West Bank
"Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced on Saturday that the PA leadership would go to the UN Security Council this month to request a resolution that considers the territories conquered by Israel in 1967 as the lands of the Palestinian state.

Abbas said that the Palestinians would also ask the Security Council to set a timeline for an Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 lines.

Abbas made the announcement during an emergency meeting of the PA leadership in Ramallah. The meeting was called to discuss the latest developments in the region, especially the tensions in Jerusalem and Israeli plans to build new housing units in the city.

“We want the Security Council to issue a resolution affirming the status quo that has been prevalent in Jerusalem since 1967,” Abbas said.

Referring to tensions on the Temple Mount, Abbas accused Israel of violating all international resolutions.

“We want the Security Council to condemn what is happening [at the Temple Mount] and affirm the need to preserve the status quo,” he added.

“The international community is requested to clearly declare that there is no peace partner in Israel,” the statement said.

The statement also accused the Israeli government of seeking to alter the "status quo" on the Temple Mount and “cancel the centuries-long nature of this holy Islamic site.” The biblical Mt. Moriah is the site of the Temple, the ancient House of Prayer and today it is the site of Islam's third-holiest location, the Al Aqsa mosque which has been governed by a near 50 year old arrangement known as the "status quo," under which today only Muslims are allowed to pray on top of the Mount.
Abbas called on a U.N. Security condemnation of Judah's prayers following the announcement that Palestinians call for ‘Day of Rage’ against Israel
"Groups call for demonstrators to step up protests against Israel in West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza; Islamic Jihad says time has come for "popular revolution.""
In Europe, The Economist filed this mis-information: Temple madness
"The destruction of the temple in Jerusalem by the Romans in 70AD is seared in Jewish memory and carved in marble on the Arch of Titus in Rome, which depicts legionnaires carrying off the temple menorah. Every day since then, Jews have prayed that the temple may soon be rebuilt.

For most, this has been an abstract longing for a future perfection, to be realised when the Messiah appears. Until then, they have been content to pray at their traditional holy place, the Western (formerly Wailing) Wall, at the foot of the mount where the temple once stood. For a growing band of zealots, however, this is not enough. Rabbis and activists have been preparing for the restoration of the temple and challenging the ban on Jews praying on the esplanade on top of the mount, the Haram al-Sharif, site of two venerable Muslim shrines, the golden Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa mosque."
We call Him Jesus now, but 2,000 years ago He was called Yeshua and He declared that the Kingdom of YHVH would suffer violence from the agendas of religious men.

Today, we can see the world's headlines support the past seven centuries that have imposed Islamic theologies to ensure control over the Temple Mount, yet Biblical truth remains the modern goal of the Jewish people.

We must not forget that the Promised Land is not just the current small tract of Heaven our maps define as the nation State of Israel. The geographic promise of the land is first made to Abraham in Genesis 15:18-21 and then as a second witness it was repeated to his son Isaac, and like a third witness to Isaac's son Jacob in Genesis 28:13. Bu the thing is, the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his 'seed'. We must notice that Scripture does not say “and to seeds” meaning many people, but “and to your seed", meaning one person. Galatians 3:16 explains this promise is ultimately for Messiah Yeshua.

In Genesis 15:18-21 the boundary of the promised land is established in terms of the territories of various ancient peoples, it reads:
"On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram and said, "To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates - the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites.""
The geographical borders are given in Exodus 23:31 which describes borders as marked by the Red Sea beside Egypt, the "Sea of the Philistines", the Mediterranean, and the "River", (the Euphrates). This land area has not lost its status as the Promised Land and strangely some of the land just taken by ISIS in Nineveh, Iraq along the Tigris river where Christians have now fled out of the area beyond the river is not a part of the inheritance. The Tigris is East and North of the Euphrates and it runs though the area from which Abraham was called out of.

The exhortation is to renew our vision of the true biblical land of the Kingdom of Yeshua Melchizedek because He has called us to faithfully proclaim this to all the cities across the globe where exiled biblical Israel has been scattered until now.

It is vital that we make sure we carry an accurate Biblical understanding of the Gospel of The Kingdom and what the prophetic Scriptures actually reveal concerning the process of how Yeshua Melchizedek’s lawful redemption and birth of the millennial called-out righteous nation will unfold, for in these last days many traditional eschatologies are already being increasingly found wanting and falling very short of truth.

Failure to properly know and understand all the covenant promises of the Bible causes a great many to become disillusioned like Federica Mogherini and many to stumble in blindness. That is exactly what we see today in the headlines.

Jesus actually taught us what we would see today by something he did not read from the scroll of Isaiah almost 2,000 years ago when Messiah Yeshua, anointed and filled with the Spirit chose to read from Isaiah 61 on the Sabbath. There and then on that day, He inaugurated His ministry in the Galilee near the area where the Jordan river begins. It's well worth repeating:
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of The Lord."
He stopped reading after He pronounced the name of God The Father. He told the assembly that the words they heard were fulfilled in that synagogue. Later as Jesus left: "he said unto them, I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also for therefore am I sent".

As the headlines tell us of terror at The Temple Mount in October, what struck me then and today as I read of Federica Mogherini's views is the possible timing of the reading of the portion of the scroll of Isaiah that was opened and read long ago in Galilee. As Jesus 'stood up' before the assembly, He used the Sabbath day to announce phase one of the Kingdom of God, that is His first mission would atone sin. That is why He only read a part of Isaiah 61:1-2.

If He was reading that Scripture portion within the timeline of the historic Sabbath reading schedule of the Jewish people, we might consider it may have been the portion reading called "Nitsavim" which means "You are Standing". Today, Isaiah 61:1-2 is not read under the present order of the weekly synagogue reading of the Jewish people. At some point it must have been eliminated. Perhaps it was a couple hundred years after the Passover cross.

The Jew we know as Jesus did not read the full portion of Isaiah that week because it is reserved to be engaged before Messiah Yeshua returns when mourning is grievous in Zion. The missing words Isaiah tells us are these:
"...and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified. And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations." Isaiah 61:2-4
Because of those prophetic words and many others, we need to step back and look at the Western Wall as watchmen. Things are happening there right now that are a shofar wake up call for the world, but we need to listen carefully to hear them.

You may not know it but we are now in a time that is a Shemittah Year and it may well be within the 49th year of the counting up to a Jubilee. And what do we see but the Jewish people mourning in Zion as the spirit of heaviness is on them as the Temple Mount has been desolate of their daily prayer for many generations.

If we just open our eyes and look at the Temple Mount today, we can see the mourning of a Jewish people that reject Yeshua. Yet this trial is something that the Spirit of God will somehow work out in Zion for His glory and it is a part of His Kingdom preparation.

It is hard to comprehend.

If you are like me, you may want to run away from the concept of suffering before glory and it is very hard to envision, but that is how our King Messiah Yeshua established His Kingdom. It was by His own grievous suffering at the cross. This is very unsettling because we all want to see the foundation of His coming Kingdom established by victory not suffering, but God's ways are above our ways:
"As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:9
As difficult as it is, only through distress and suffering does God tear away the chaff of sin so that we can become bound together by Yeshua's suffering with Him as we look forward to His Kingdom on Earth. As hard as it is to understand, Messiah binds Himself to us through His suffering and our suffering. After all, when our own suffering in sin is realized, that is when we can turn to Him for salvation. And by grace, we can choose to follow the One that suffered for us. His name is Yeshua and it means salvation!

Messiah Yeshua anticipated His suffering long before He started the Kingdom of YHVH. He said:
“I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! But I have an immersion to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is completed!” Luke 12:49-50
Messiah Yeshua, knew ushering in The Kingdom could only come through His suffering. Jesus saw what was coming, we all must too. He taught this to His disciples... that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of men so that on the third day, He could be raised to Heaven and send His Spirit for us as He began His ministry in Heaven as is shown to us in the book of Hebrews and Revelation.

After His suffering, on the Pentecost of Shavuot, He sent His Spirit to the place that God chose to put His name, it is Mount Zion.

It was destroyed in 70 AD and some 600 years later Jerusalem was conquered by Arab forces in May 638. They were led by Muslim Caliph Umar, but in return for assistance in the taking of the city, the Jews there received the right to reside in Jerusalem and to pray on the Temple Mount without interference. Years later, Islam took possession of it as an exclusive Muslim prayer site in the 1500's when Suleiman instructed his court architect to prepare a place for Jewish prayer in an alley at the bottom of the Western retaining wall of the Temple Mount because he had prohibited all non-Muslims from entering any part of the Temple Mount.

A decree was issued by Suleiman that guaranteed for all times the right of Jews to pray at this Western Wall in compensation for the Jews' relinquishing their legal rights to pray on the Mount. From that time until 1967, it was the exclusive daily domain of a people praying to Allah and a building that is inscribed there proclaiming the anti words: "It is not befitting to (the majesty of) Allah that He should beget a son."

It is important to know that since the 1500's, Muslim prayers there have only been stopped twice, yet YHVH yields his place, His name and His glory to no one else, so the 'status quo' of the House of Prayer will be changed forever one day. Idolatry and its mournful desolation will face its end at YHVH's Temple Mount. That day is what Joel's prophetic message is all about. יוֹאֵל Joel = Yow'el = "Yahovah is God".

The first time Muslim prayer to Allah was stopped there was in 1967, and we should notice it was after the cycle of Feast Day blood moons that began on Passover that year when the Temple Mount was taken back by Israeli troops after Pentecost. Looking at God's Calendar... based on the counting of 49 days to Pentecost after the first weekly Sabbath following Passover, we can see it was some 40 days after Passover in 1967 during the Omer Count that the Israeli troops surrounded the Old City and the place of God's name on earth.

Do you remember what happened on day 40 of the Omer Count some 2,000 years ago? Our Savior ascended to His Heavenly Tabernacle from the same old city.

In 1967, the Israeli troops moved in to take the Temple Mount back the next day. It was on June 7, 1967. At that time, many Christians thought the return of Messiah was imminent when the Israeli army ascended to the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite that David had purchased with gold. The chronicle of that historic day (1 Chronicles 21) tells us about the threshing floor purchase. It happened after "Satan stood up against Israel" when King David mis-spoke and ordered an unauthorized census of Israel:
"So The Lord (YHVH) sent pestilence upon Israel: and there fell of Israel seventy thousand men. And God sent an angel unto Jerusalem to destroy it: and as he was destroying, YHVH beheld, and he repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed, It is enough, stay now thine hand. And the angel of YHVH stood by the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite. And David lifted up his eyes, and saw the angel of YHVH stand between the earth and the heaven, having a drawn sword in his hand stretched out over Jerusalem. Then David and the elders of Israel, who were clothed in sackcloth, fell upon their faces."
In a way, this standing of Satan thousands of years ago counterfeited the standing of Messiah and it happened again on Wednesday October 29th, (Cheshvan 5) in Jerusalem at the very same place. To top it off, it appears the Scripture reading portion that week made note of the events in Jerusalem. Part of the Scripture reading was this:
"Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein: I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house. I am YHVH: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them." Isaiah 42:5-9
I wholeheartedly believe staying in tune with the weekly Scripture readings the Jewish people have been faithful to for thousands of years is critically important today. Not only do they speak timely truth and righteousness to us to us as we read and listen each week, but somehow they are a timely part of a latter day restoration that aligns us with the Word of God in a prophetic restoration of Jew and Gentile in The Kingdom as one new man,one body... Basar Echad.

In the weeks before Jesus read from Isaiah 61, the Scripture portion would have included Isaiah 11. These prophetic words may have well been read in Galilee:
"The jealousy of Ephraim shall depart, and those who harass Judah shall be cut off; Ephraim shall not be jealous of Judah, and Judah shall not harass Ephraim." Isaiah 11:13
When Rabbi Yehuda Glick was shot 3 times in the chest by an Islamic terrorist who 'stood up' at the threshing floor, the prayers of Islam stopped for a day.

Abbas and the world now rages against the Jewish people.

King David mis-spoke a long time ago calling for the census and just a week prior to the shooting, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the modern leader of Israel misspoke as well saying, "We will preserve status quo on Temple Mount". You can read it for yourself at this Times of Israel headline: Netanyahu: No change in Temple Mount status quo.

Despite his promise, the status changed.

I may be wrong, I know I am impatient, but Mr. Prime Minister please look at Isaiah 42 in the reading portion the week of the shooting of Rabbi Glick. There, our Creator tells us NOTHING, NO ONE exceeds His authority as Creator, and what happened after you spoke? The status of the Temple Mount was changed, even if just for a day as five prayers to Allah atop the Temple Mount halted. But a day is like a thousand years and one day no prayer toward the Kaaba stone in Mecca will be heard at the place of YHVH's House of Prayer. That is a millennium promise, yet for now, God's timing is His.

This I do know, El Elyon YHVH called Yeshua righteous and He called Him to give covenant and to be a light to the Gentiles to open blind eyes. May God soon show Judah the light He has chosen to be given though a Gentile people adopted into the House of Israel. The world calls them Christians, God calls them Israel and I pray Mr. Prime Minister that you and the people you lead will come soon to accept God's eternal life covenant in Yeshua. He is One with The Father, He shares His righteousness and His glory at The Right Hand. May God soon open your eyes in Jerusalem!

Looking back at 1967, Muslim prayers were silent at The Temple Mount. Now, on October 30th, much like a second witness, they were silent again just 21 days after the first day of Sukkot, a day when much of the world saw a red blood moon before sunrise on the 1st Day of Tabernacles.

The headlines over the past week have pitted the heritage of the Temple Mount between Isaac and Ishmael. It is the central conflict of the Koran that opposes the Bible saying Ishmael was the one conceived after The Lord visited Sarah. Amazingly, as this theme pervades the air in Jerusalem, the age old Scripture portion is VaYera, which means "And He Appeared'. It is the reading of Genesis 18:1–22:24 and it includes these words:
"And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as he had spoken.
For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.
And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac.
And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac being eight days old, as God had commanded him." Genesis 21:1-4
The headlines in Jerusalem have shown us that Rabbi Glick was gunned down right after he gave a speech near the Temple Mount promoting his own version of the restoration of The Temple. Glick, a founder and director of The Temple Institute is controversial to say the very least. The central reason is that his personal perspective is that the Dome of the Rock should be used and integrated into the structure of the restored Temple so that all religions can worship there whether Muslim, Jew or Christian.

I doubt God agrees with Glick on the multi-religious part or the use of the Dome of the Rock that was made to honor Allah, but that's only my opinion and I am very much imperfect, yet the thing to note this week is this: Glick is of Judah and our unchanging God keeps His word to defend Judah in the end in Jerusalem, period. Glick is still alive even though Satan stood up in a way through his cohort at the Temple Mount, the son of Fatah that harassed him, Moataz Ibrahim Hijazi is dead, cut off. And the fact remains: YHVH's defender is alive today and Allah's is not.

YHVH does not change, He keeps His word.

There's more, a week prior to the shooting, Haaretz reported: "Glick predicted last week that the situation on the Temple Mount would change only after an act of violence against Jews." Muslim news sources say He is enemy #1 of Masjid al Aqsa because he defends the worship of YHVH on the Temple Mount. His vision of the Temple may be the wrong, but his Defender is not.

We must keep our eyes wide open. It may seem odd, but this shooting that shut down Muslim prayer for a day happened once again during a blood red moon cycle that started on Passover Day this year and the shooting occurred exactly 21 days after the second red moon eclipse of Sukkot. It was the second of a Tetrad that will conclude on Passover and the first day of Tabernacles next year. Is this all just a strange coincidence?

Prayer stopped for a day 21 days after the blood red moon of the past Tabernacles, yet Benjamin Netanyahu gave the Temple Mount back Friday in time for the Muslim prayers as Netanyahu repeated his own words to "preserve status quo" on Temple Mount. He said: "Since the days of Abraham, the Temple Mount has been the holiest site for our people and with this, the Temple Mount is also the most sensitive kilometer on earth," Netanyahu said. "Alongside our determined stance for our rights, we are determined to maintain the status quo for all the religions in order to prevent an eruption."

It seems he share's Glick's vision as well as a goal to divide the land for peace. Could it be that shared vision heard round the world today is exactly why God gave Joel these words to declare?
"For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land." Joel 3:1-2
Here the Hebrew word captivity is shĕbuwth, it is in respect to the captivity we have to welfare and happiness and Jehoshaphat means "Yahovah has judged". Here, the word translated as "valley" is the Hebrew word `emeq, it means open country and Gesenius' Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon says it is wide tract of land suitable for battle. That reminds me of a field, a battle field. It is a different word from the Hebrew gay' (Strong's H1516) which is translated by the King James as 'valley' in 60 other verses.

The Temple Mount may soon become the fulcrum of a battlefield so we must look back at the past week's headlines in Israel:
Jordan Threatens to Revoke Peace Treaty Over Temple Mount
Palestinians Condemn Closure Of Disputed Religious Site In Jerusalem
Palestinian President: Closing Jerusalem holy site 'a declaration of war'
Kerry Reiterates Call to Reopen Temple Mount to Muslims
Israeli leader urges calm in Jerusalem
Hamas, Islamic Jihad call for Palestinians to step up 'resistance' against Israel
Kerry Reiterates Call to Reopen Temple Mount to Muslims
Hey John, hey Federica can you hear me, "the Word" is not from Washington or the EU... so how about promoting "the Word" of God and stand up for opening the Temple Mount to the prayers of Judah?

Open your eyes to the warnings Mr. Kerry and Ms. Mogherini, we may be on the cusp of Zechariah's prophecy:
"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 12:3
There is more... If we keep our eyes on Jerusalem, we can see that the nation of Israel was declared by the U.N. on November 29, 1947. The Scripture reading that week was VaYishlach "And He Sent". The matching Messianic reading in Matthew begins with Matthew 26:36-39:
"Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me."
We must watch and look at the book of Daniel as we consider these events. Daniel was told of 69 weeks of years, so we have to keep our eyes wide open... Although not weeks of years, if we add 69 calendar years to November 29, 1947, the day the U.N. declared that the nation state of Israel we arrive at the Biblical Jubilee Year of 2015-2016. Is this just another coincidence?

Once again, there's more.

The Day of Atonements (Yom Kippurim) on September 14, 2015 will be 2,520 weeks or 49 Biblical years following the 1967 restoration of Jerusalem after the Israeli troops entered the gates of the Old City as the shofar sounded. The place was basically deserted as the Arabs ran out the night before. They walked in virtually unopposed and reclaimed the Temple Mount. The troops brought the city under Israel's control for the first time in nearly 2,500 years, a period extending from 586 BC when Nebuchadnezzar moved against Judah until 1948 when Israel was reborn as a nation by a people called Judah. It was the first time they had been there is 2,000 years as a united people but in the words of Suleiman, Moshe Dayan said:
"To our Arab neighbors we extend, especially at this hour, the hand of peace. To members of the other religions, Christians and Muslims, I hereby promise faithfully that their full freedom and all their religious rights will be preserved. We did not come to Jerusalem to conquer the Holy Places of others."
Perhaps Moshe Dayan was led to say this because God's timing is His. The 2,500 year period marks a time window that the Temple Mount has been under the authority of a foreign power, a trampling time if you will by ruling kingdoms comprised of men from Babylon, Medo-Persian, Greece and Rome. Now, those there represent the ten toes of iron and clay, the Sunni and Shiite who have been praying atop the Temple Mount ever since the graven image of words against the Son of God were written across the Dome of the Rock, but know this... God has a plan and it is written in His word, the Bible.

We will know more soon. Perhaps, it will be when the Jubilee Year of 2015-2016 comes along marking 50 years since Jerusalem was taken back during the Six-Day War that ended on a Sabbath, just days before Pentecost (Shavuot) in 1967. It was a day when prayer to Allah stopped and in the Arab world, that war is called, an-Naksah, "The Setback." Set back indeed, will it occur again? After all, a Jubilee returns the land to it rightful, original owners.

This we do know: the year 1967 marked 50 years since the Balfour Declaration. It was dated November 2, 1917 on Cheshvan 17. It is 'the letter' that led to the establishment of the State of Israel some 50 years later when none other than a series of blood red moons occurred afterward on a Tetrad of the consecutive Feast Days of Passover and Tabernacles. However, these blood moons are not what we are to be looking for. What we are to be looking for is the Creator.

For future reference as a sidenote, we might also take note that after the Temple Mount was retaken in 1967, Israel began an offensive against the Syrians in the Golan Heights where battles now rage.

The title of the 1967 conflict, 'The Six-Day War' was given by Yitzhak Rabin. At the time, he was chief of staff of Israel’s armed forces during the Six-Day War. He pronounced that name not only because it lasted six days but because he felt strongly that the six days of the war somehow corresponded to and aligned with the six days of creation. He later became Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel, but he was shot and killed November 5, 1995 on Cheshvan 12.

Did you notice all the days of Cheshvan? It is the Biblical month of Cheshvan right now. The Muslim prayers that were silenced on October 30th were halted on Cheshvan six. Do you see the connection?

The territory gained within the Promised Land in 1967 re-established about half of the land that God promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Yitzhak Rabin knew that. That tells us we need to study those six days of Genesis, after all God declares the end from the beginning.

That's a challenge! Open your Bible, unroll your scroll, to the beginning.

By now you should know, there's more, much more... the coming Feasts of 2015-16 will arrive 70 years after World War II ended on May 8, 1945 which birthed the modern nation of Israel. By the way, that day in May 1948 marked another 21 days, it was the 21st day of counting the Omer. Christians should know the 40th day of counting quite well, it's the day Yeshua ascended to the Father as shown in Acts 1. The disciples knew it was the 40th day because they were counting.

If we look forward at God's calendar, just 5 days after the coming 2015 Yom Kippur Feast Day, the world will see the last of the four full lunar Tetrad eclipses. This will occur on the first day of Sukkot (Tabernacles) in Jerusalem on September 28th. At that time, the Jubilee Year will have already begun with a shofar blast on Yom Kippur September 23, 2015.

When that coming Tabernacles day arrives, Jerusalem will see none other than a "super moon" eclipse. NASA shows us it will conclude the 8th cycle of Tetrads since Yeshua. The cycle concludes the 8th series of four red blood moons on YHVH's Feast Days since Yeshua stood and inaugurated The Kingdom in that synagogue in Galilee. The Biblical calendar year 2015-2016 will mark the beginning of a Jubilee (Yovel) and He is coming one day, it may well not be that day, but one day He is coming!

Today, the perilous times in Jerusalem seem that they could end up like the time of trial some 2,000 years ago when the Legions of Titus attacked, so we must follow the instruction of Messiah to watch and warn. In the end, God will again give the fire of His Spirit to those in Jerusalem but first trouble will come before the day of God's comfort arrives in Jerusalem.

The Cheshvan events at the Temple Mound have been much like 1967. Now, like then, the prayers toward Mecca were stopped for a day and a glimpse was given for a future millennium day.

The thing is the Jubilee year count was lost, perhaps after The Temple Mount was destroyed in 70 AD, but the events within the past 100 years show us something important is on the horizon and we must be on a Jerusalem watch. Perhaps, what we see happening now is happening in the invisible realm as Israel physically lives out on earth spiritual things in Heaven.

One day perhaps soon, the prophecy of Daniel 12:1 will arrive and Michael, 'who is like God' will stand up again and complete the promise of Isaiah 61. The deceiver will be cast down from Heaven as the accuser and those who harass Judah will be cut off. It will be as Isaiah says... "the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn".

One day too, the covenant of Peace given to Phineas will be given to all that mourn for what they see today in Jerusalem and the promise of Psalm 106:30 will come true: "Then stood up Phinehas, and executed judgment: and so the plague was stayed..."

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem, pray for all that live there both Jew and Muslim: they shall prosper that love thee! (Psalm 122:6)

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Today, we must pray for the Jewish people and stand with them in the face of the terror of hatred being directed against them from every side. Jihadist events like Rabbi Glick's attempted murder that are playing out in Jerusalem illustrate the evil that defines the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that is not only a territorial struggle, but a conflict of good and evil that is coming to the forefront of history and prophecy.

These events should be a prayer call not only for the land of Israel, but to "all" Israel because one day the believing remnant of of Ezekiel 37 will return to Promised Land and I pray that we will be chosen to stand with Messiah to be recognized as brothers and friends of Jewish people. Our Heavenly Father YHWH has a plan to deliver them and Messiah's followers are part of His plan. If that is you, we must pray and love them for Messiah's sake whose name Yeshua יְשׁוּעָ means salvation.

"For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,
for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet,
till her vindication shines out like the dawn,
her salvation וִישׁוּעָתָהּ like a blazing torch." Isaiah 62:1

Prayer Alert November 21, 2014: Turkey's Ergodan spews more of his hate toward Israel
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday in remarks immediately slammed by Israel as “malicious and extremist” rhetoric not befitting the leader of a NATO country, that Israel’s “barbaric” attack on al-Aksa was an attack on Turkey.

According to a report Thursday in Today’s Zaman, Erdogan, during a speech in Algeria to Turkish and Algerian businessmen, said “Israel’s barbaric attack on al-Aksa Mosque is tantamount to an attack on Turkey and Algeria because al-Aksa Mosque belongs to all of us.”

One government official said Israel has been facing “a malicious campaign of slander concerning a so-called threat to al-Aksa. This campaign has been led by Islamist extremists who claim there is a Jewish threat to al-Aksa. This is baseless and ridiculous, it is slander that has no relationship to the truth whatsoever.”

The official said Jerusalem was disturbed when Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and the PA “echoed these baseless charges” and Abbas said Jews were “contaminating” the Temple Mount.
Prayer Alert November 20, 2014: We must not forget Jerusalem. This is very, very difficult, but if you dare to understand, today a commentary from Caroline Glick in the Jerusalem Post shows a horrific glimpse of the Jihad terror that occurred this week in the Bnei Torah Kehillat Yaakov synagogue in Jerusalem. The Hebrew name of the synagogue refers to Jacob's charitable children of Torah.

Three of the four rabbis praying in the Jerusalem synagogue were from America, the other was from Canada. Eight other people including two police officers were wounded in the attack. One of the officers was from Galilee, he has now died raising the murder spree to five. Columnist Ben Caspit wrote this week in the Maariv newspaper: "The true danger… is that the wave of terror will turn into a true religious war, such as has not yet occurred here" as places of worship are becoming battlegrounds just as Jesus said they would. (see John 16:2 and Luke 21:12)

The Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, the military wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine has taken credit for the attack. Hamas and another militant group, Islamic Jihad, praised the attack.

Prayer Alert November 19, 2014: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!! Four people killed in terror attack at Jerusalem synagogue

Two terrorists infiltrate synagogue, yeshiva compound in Har Nof neighborhood, attack worshipers with large knives and gun; eight people wounded; terrorists killed.

At around 7am, the terrorists - wielding massive knives and a gun - entered the Kehilat Yaakov synagogue on Harav Shimon Agasi Street, which includes both a synagogue and yeshiva (rabbinical seminary), and carried out attacks in more than one location.

The two were killed following a gunfight with security forces who arrived at the scene. The wounded were taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center and Hadassah Ein Kerem. At around noon Tuesday, the hospitals said that two people were in critical condition, two people had sustained serious wounds, one person was in moderate condition, and two more were lightly hurt.

This video report is from CNN.


While it may not seem related, but the day after the attack something terrible again occurred with roots to 1492 when the Jewish people were expelled from Spain.

The Edict of Expulsion was issued March 31st by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. It ordered all Jews to leave the country by the last day of July, the day before Tisha B'Av. In 1493-94 there were 4 consecutive red blood moons on the feast days Passover and Tabernacles. We are watching this repeat now. The day after the Jerusalem Synagogue massacre that killed four Rabbis during their weekly Torah study and one police man, Spain voted 319-2 not to condemn the attack but to recognize a Palestinian State.

Prayer Alert November 12, 2014: In the twilight zone that is the Middle East today... Turkey to Israel: Stop attacks on Jerusalem
Turkish PM Davutoğlu says Turkey will work to protect Jerusalem from Israel's brutal attacks, as Kerry announces visit to Jordan in bid to calm tensions.

Speaking to the Turkish paper Hürriyet, Davutoğlu said that nothing would keep Turkey from "protecting Jerusalem and the al-Aqsa Mosque."
Turkish minister to Israel: Leave al-Aqsa or we’ll send you packing
Turkey's European Union Affairs Minister Volkan Bozkır slammed Israel for an incursion into al-Aqsa Mosque, telling the Israeli soldiers to leave the sacred site at once.

“I am sending this message to those soldiers who enter [al-Aqsa Mosque] with their boots: If you don't leave it immediately, we will hand you your boots and watch you run away,” Bozkır was quoted by private Doğan news agency as telling a meeting of his Justice and Development Party (AK Party) in the southwestern province of Burdur on Sunday.

Israeli police clashed with Palestinians on Wednesday at the entrance to the 8th-century mosque, Islam's third most sacred place, after what Palestinians call an illegal storming of the mosque by Israeli extremists protected by some 300 Israeli security forces. Palestinian officials said Israeli forces had crossed the threshold of the mosque for the first time since 1967, while Israeli police denied going into the house of worship.

Palestinian officials say that Israeli police went far inside the mosque wearing their shoes in a sign of disrespect for Muslims, who leave their shoes outside.

Bozkır,a former diplomat, said Turkey will protect peace in Palestine. “Turkey will not allow [people to] disrupt peaceful orders that we established in Palestine or anywhere else in the world,” he said.

Since capturing east Jerusalem from Jordan in 1967, Israel has maintained a ban on Jews praying at a sacred compound that houses the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque.

In recent weeks, however, a campaign by far-right Jewish nationalists, including ministers in the Israeli government, to be allowed to pray at the site has gathered momentum, which led to clashes at the compound between Israeli security forces and Muslim worshippers angry at what they see as an assault on a shrine that is administered by Islamic authorities.

The area is run by Muslim authorities under Jordanian custody.

Turkey lashed out at Israel for the incursion into al-Aqsa Mosque, with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu calling it “barbaric.” Davutoğlu also said it was a “divine duty” for Turkey to protect al-Aqsa Mosque.
Meanwhile in the good 'ol USA... The National Cathedral will host prayer to Allah on November 14th. Believe me this is a real headline. It might look like a nightmarish scene from some cheap Hollywood En Times movie where an evil anti-christ figure pushes his one religion over the entire world. What America will witness in America’s Cathedral will be Muslim worshippers down on their prayer rugs in a unified chant: “There is only one god, he begets not and I bear witness that Muhammad is His only servant and apostle."

This will be scene on Friday at the National Cathedral in Washington, where orthodox Muslim clerics have been invited to lead an Islamic prayer service yet we must consider that Muslims would never allow a Christian to preach the Gospel in a mosque. In fact, as shown in this commentary they cause desolation of prayer in their version of "status quo", prohibiting all Jews and Christians from praying at the Temple Mount, YHVH's House of Prayer in Jerusalem.

National Cathedral to Host First Muslim Prayer
Washington National Cathedral is hosting a Muslim prayer service for the first time on Friday.

Planners say they hope Friday's service at the historic cathedral will foster more understanding and acceptance between Christians and Muslims around the world.

The prominent Episcopal cathedral often hosts national events, such as presidential funerals, and has hosted Muslims at various interfaith services in the past. But planners say this is the first time the cathedral has invited Muslims to lead their own prayers there, which they call a "powerful symbolic gesture.''

Prayer Alert November 10, 2014: I am very sad to read and to pass this along but we must be praying...
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May those who love you be secure: May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels. For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, "Peace be within you." For the sake of the house of the LORD our God, I will seek your prosperity. Psalm 122:6-9
Soldier hurt Tel Aviv stabbing attack succumbs to wounds

Two Israelis were stabbed to death by Palestinian terrorists in attacks in Tel Aviv and Gush Etzion on Monday. Sergeant Almog Shiloni, age 20 from Modi'in, who was stabbed on Monday afternoon after a struggle with a Palestinian who attempted to grab his weapon at the Haganah Train Station in Tel Aviv, succumbed to his wounds on Monday night at the Tel HaShomer Medical Center in Ramat Gan.

Young woman killed in West Bank stabbing attack

A woman was killed and two people were injured in a stabbing attack at the West Bank settlement of Alon Shvut Monday afternoon, in the second terrorist attack of its kind in a day.

Police said the attack occurred at a bus stop at the entrance to the Etzion bloc settlement south of Jerusalem around 4:45 p.m.

Despite this horrific violence today in Israel, and what God warns about the valley of Jehoshaphat, Joe Biden says... “We disagree with one another, we love one another, and we drive one another crazy”. Biden, declares this as he calls for a two state solution in Israel.


What does this all mean?

It's time to pray for the Peace of Jerusalem not its division. It is time to repent and return to God's covenant, return to hear and do His word and walk in the faith of His Kingdom path so that you can ready your lamp for your coming assignment.

God is a sovereign God. He is a loving God and He has provided a way to offer you His salvation. You can accept His gift of life. Consider carefully what your life consists of, look at it and repent of your sin, ask His forgiveness and accept His gift of love through Messiah Yeshua.

Today is the time. If you know you need to get your life right with God, don’t wait for tomorrow, get it right with Him now!
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16-17