Thursday, May 3, 2012

Ezekiel 35 - Part I

Bible Believers' Newsletter 734

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We greet you in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ and especially welcome our new subscribers.

In this issue we will be studying Ezekiel 35 to learn how by subterfuge Edom broke Jacob's yoke from off his neck. After being evicted from its own land of Seir Edom occupied the land of Simeon and most of the land of Judah, which became known as Idumea. The Edomites were defeated and forcibly assimilated into Judah which they came to rule and now wield global dominion. As "The people against whom the Lord has indignation forever" (Malachi 1:4) Edom will be destroyed in "the Day of vengeance" by true Israel, our Lord Jesus Christ. Ezekiel 35, whose natural portents have found their natural fulfillment in subsequent history, foreshadows future Spiritual history, much of which will never be written.

This Newsletter serves those of like precious faith. Whoever will receive the truth is welcome to feed their soul from the waters of the River of Life. Everything here presented should be confirmed personally in your own Bible.

Your brother-in-Christ, Anthony Grigor-Scott

Who was Osama? Who is Obama?

May 2, 2012 — Each and every statement in Obama's May 1st speech at Bagram Air Force base regarding the role of Al Qaeda is a fabrication: (below are excerpts from Obama's Remarks in italics, author's comments are indicated inside square brackets [ ] ):

It was here, in Afghanistan, where Osama bin Laden established a safe haven for his terrorist organization.

[Osama bin Laden was recruited by the CIA, Al Qaeda was set up with the support of the CIA. Osama's safe haven was protected by US intelligence].

It was here, in Afghanistan, where al Qaeda brought new recruits, trained them, and plotted acts of terror.

[The Mujahideen were recruited and trained by the CIA. America's ally Saudi Arabia financed the Wahabbi koranic schools, Ronald Reagan praised the Mujahideen as "Freedom Fighters". Unknown to the American public, the US spread the teachings of the "Islamic jihad" in textbooks "Made in America," developed at the University of Nebraska]. . .
Full story:

Comment: Obama's objective is to foment conflict between political Zionism and political Islam into World War III.

UN Mute over NATO's Syrian Death Squads

May 1, 2012 — Since March 2011, reports of arsonists and gunmen amongst Syria's opposition have been included in reports regarding the unrest in Syria, albeit buried under sensational headlines of the Syrian government's "brutality." More recently, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has conceded that indeed the Syrian opposition "Free Syrian Army" is conducting widespread, systematic abuses including the kidnapping, torture, and murder of both security forces and civilians.

The HRW report, "Syria: Armed Opposition Groups Committing Abuses," is broken into three parts; kidnapping, torture, and executions. . . Now, almost daily, the Syrian opposition is carrying out vicious attacks not only on security forces, but a terrorist bombing campaign across Syria that has already killed and maimed scores of civilians. While the Syrian opposition claims it lacks the ability to carry out such attacks, the opposition is exposed as very well armed, their fighters sheltered in NATO member Turkey, its leadership sheltered in Washington and London, and their fighters wielding not only an endless supply of small arms, but rocket propelled grenades, mortars, missiles, and even tanks. . . Full story: landdestroyer

Comment: Evidence of the apostasy of the once Christian West with the US and NATO funding and arming thugs of the CIA's al Qaeda and MI6's Muslim Brotherhood to kill and maim innocent citizens in the overthrow of Syria as they have in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and plan to do in Iran to incite hatred and ignite the 'hot stage' of World War III planned along with World Wars I and II by the criminal entity behind the League and United Nations, whose international controlled media will not publish truth. Jesus told their forefathers: "You are of your father the Devil who was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth" (John 8:44).

Syria: UN Duplicity, Kofi Annan and Diplomats Wives

April 26, 2012 — America's decades long plan for another puppet government and quasi client state status for the country is well underway. Any observer of the shenanigans within the US Embassy in Damascus would be forgiven for mistaking it for a covert operations centre rather that a seat of diplomacy. Michel Chossudovsky gives graphic life to Ambassador Ford's—surely coincidentally—eminently pertinent and relevant qualifications.

Of course no plan for a country's ruination is complete without the help of the UN. . . Lynch-law rules, under UN mandate. Who then, better to be appointed "Peace Envoy" to Libya than Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary General (1997-2006) who silently acquiesced to the average deaths of 6,000 children a month in Iraq from "embargo-related causes", throughout the hundred and nineteen months of his tenure, bowing to the US-UK driven UN embargo.

Inevitably, for his silence, the man who one diplomat described to this publication, as: "like Pontius Pilate, he washes his hands", was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, in 2001, jointly with the UN, for amongst other delusional rubbish, his: "emphasizing its obligations with regard to human rights." Presumably this "emphasis" also applied to his deafening muteness as America and Britain, illegally, bombed Iraq for his entire tenure, often daily, routinely re-destroying vital infrastructure and erasing lives in uncounted numbers. . . Full story:

Hanging by a Thread

Daiichi Reactor 4, FukushimaApril 27, 2012 — After an onsite tour of what remains of the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear facilities, US Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), a senior member of the US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, sent a letter to Japanese Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki saying, "The scope of damage to the plants and to the surrounding area was far beyond what I expected. The precarious status of the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear units and the risk presented by the enormous inventory of radioactive materials and spent fuel in the event of further earthquake threats should be of concern to all and a focus of greater international support and assistance."

"Reactor No. 4 building [pictured] is on the verge of collapsing. Seismicity standards rate the building at a zero, meaning even a small earthquake could send it into a heap of rubble. And sitting at the top of the building, in a pool that is cracked, leaking, and precarious even without an earthquake, are 1,565 fuel rods." If an earthquake or other event were to cause this pool to drain, this could result in a catastrophic radiological fire that could wipe out most of the northern hemisphere; certainly it would be a massive civilization-breaking event. . . Full story:

Jewish Man Exposes Israel's Lies

January 14, 2011 — This author, born in Israel, condemns Israeli policies and lies and reveals the truth about the (shameful and merciless) Zionist state: As I write these words I am in Jerusalem and it is a cold, windy and rainy day. Yesterday at the protest in Nabi Saleh, facing the IDF terror squads and in full view of the villas of the settler terrorists, we were drenched in rain and then frozen by the cold wind. Some of the protesters, a group of young women who were gutsier than most, did not run like most of us but stood firm as the IDF terror squad operated its "Skunk" and sprayed them with a foul smelling substance that remains on the skin for days. Now, in this horrid weather, tweeting from the Mukata'a, young Palestinians are protesting against the useless, demeaning process of the PA negotiations with Israel. . .
Full story:

Jewish Ex-Marine speaks out on Israeli Involvement in 9/11

September 4, 2011 — 2011 Interview of Alan Sabrosky regarding the tragic events of 9/11. Full story:

Pentagon Employee says Plane did not crash into Building – 9/11 Inside Job

August 11, 2011 — A DOD Pentagon employee declares she saw absolutely no evidence that an aircraft had struck the Pentagon. She exited the building via the hole said to have been made in the structure by a 'plane' and saw no evidence of airplane wreckage, debris such as seats and luggage, or jet fuel. Full story:

You are All Suspects Now. What are You going to do about It?

27 April 2012 — "You are all potential terrorists. It matters not that you live in Britain, the United States, Australia or the Middle East. Citizenship is effectively abolished. Turn on your computer and the US Department of Homeland Security's National Operations Center may monitor whether you are typing not merely 'al-Qaeda,' but 'exercise,' 'drill,' 'wave' . . . What has changed is that a state of permanent war has been launched by the United States and a police state is consuming Western democracy. What are you going to do about it?" Full story:

The US Government Health Care Plan

Know the truth about government health care, read the bill. Don't be fooled into believing this is an affordable option. This not free and it is not an option, it is mandatory and it comes with a $2 trillion price tag. Full story:

Ezekiel 35 – Part I

In Ezekiel 33 and 34 Ezekiel was living among the captives in Babylon when he announced the unwelcome prophecy of the desolation of Jerusalem and God's Temple, telling his them that he would be struck dumb until a refugee leaving Jerusalem the very day his prophecy was fulfilled should arrive in Babylon with tidings of the judgment. Until then they would suffer the suspense of their unbelief. And so from chapter 25 to 31 Ezekiel was silent, writing judgments on Ammon, Moab, Seir, Tyre, Sidon, Philistia, and Egypt. God's objective was to vindicate His prophet in the eyes of the captives that they might abandon their idolatry and be encouraged to belief, obedience and faith in the Lord.

As the map illustrates, Ammon, Moab, and Seir (Edom) were contiguous countries, stretching in one line from Gilead on the north to the Red Sea. They therefore naturally acted in concert and in joint hostility to Judea. When the Chaldeans profaned God's Sanctuary, the Ammonites gloated [like the five Israelis filming the WTC on 9/11] and the Lord sent Nebuchadnezzar who took the Ammonites into exile, then the Ishmaelite Arabians occupied their land and eventually invested Moab through their common border. Likewise, the Moabites and Edomites declared, "Behold, the [God of the] house of Judah is like all of the heathen [gods]." Thereby denying and blaspheming the Holy Spirit who was chastising Judah in the early stages of the Captivity.

Ezekiel 25:12-14, "Thus saith the Lord God, Because that Edom has dealt against the house of Judah by taking vengeance, and has greatly offended, and revenged himself upon them; therefore thus saith the Lord God; I will also stretch out My hand upon Edom, and will cut off man and beast from it; and I will make it desolate from Teman; and they of Dedan shall fall by the sword. [Teman (in Yemen, hence Yemenite Jews) to Dedan (on the Syrian border) designates Edom from south to north]. And I will lay My vengeance upon Edom by the hand of My people Israel: and they shall do in Edom according to My anger and according to My fury; and they shall know My vengeance, saith the Lord God".

The Edomites gave what help they could to Nebuchadnezzar when he captured Judah. Later Ammon and Moab, Israel's cousins, were pushed out of their own countries into Southern Judea making Hebron their chief city. When in AD70 the Romans under Titus besieged Jerusalem, Josephus says the Edomites joined the Jews in rebellion against them, and 20,000 Edomites were admitted as defenders of the city. Once within the walls they pillaged Jerusalem, raping and killing, and not even sparing the priests, though the traitors themselves had been previously forced to become circumcised and were recognized as Jews. The Roman conquerors slew them, and Edom ceased to be (except as today's so-called "Jews"). The forecasts of the prophets regarding Edom are in striking contrast to those of their neighbours, Moab and Ammon. The latter two countries were to suffer great and severe judgments, as was Edom; but restoration and renewed prosperity were promised to them "in the latter days," while Edom was never again to be rebuilt. This is obviously nearing fulfillment (Deuteronomy 2:9; II Chronicles 20:10; Psalm 137:7; Jeremiah 25:17-21; Lamentations 4:21-22).

As Israel was to execute God's vengeance on Edom, Nebuchadnezzar was not involved. The Idumeans were conquered centuries later in 126BC by John Hyrcanus, who in 123BC compulsorily circumcised and incorporated Edom with the Jewish state (Isaiah 34:5; I Maccabees 5:3). Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, XIII Footnote 25: "This account of the Idumeans admitting circumcision, and the entire Jewish law, from this time, or from the days of Hyrcanus, is confirmed by their entire history afterward. See Antiq. B. XIV. ch. 8. sect. 1; B. XV. ch. 7. sect. 9. Of the War, B. II. ch. 3. sect. 1; B. IV. ch. 4. sect. 5. This, in the opinion of Josephus, made them proselytes of justice, or entire Jews, as here and elsewhere, Antiq. B. XIV. ch. 8. sect. 1. However, Antigonus, the enemy of Herod, though Herod were derived from such a proselyte of justice for several generations, will allow him to be no more than a half Jew, B. XV. ch. 15. sect. 2. But still, take out of Dean Prideaux, at the year 129, the words of Ammouius, a grammarian, which fully confirm this account of the Idumeans in Josephus: "The Jews," says he, are such by nature, and from the beginning, whilst the Idumeans were not Jews from the beginning, but Phoenicians and Syrians; but being afterward subdued by the Jews, and compelled to be circumcised, and to unite into one nation, and be subject to the same laws, they were called Jews." Dio also says, as the Dean there quotes him, from Book XXXVI. p. 37, "That country is called Judea, and the people Jews; and this name is given also to as many others as embrace their religion, though of other nations." But then upon what foundation so good a governor as Hyrcanus took upon him to compel those Idumeans either to become Jews, or to leave the country, deserves great consideration. I suppose it was because they had long ago been driven out of the land of Edom, and had seized on and possessed the tribe of Simeon, and all the southern parts of the tribe of Judah, which was the peculiar inheritance of the worshippers of the true God without idolatry, as the reader may learn from Reland, Palestine, Part I. p. 154, 305; and from Prideaux, at the years 140 and 165".

So complete was the amalgamation in Christ's time that the Herods of Idumean origin, as Jews, ruled over the two races as one people. Thus the ancient prophecy was fulfilled, "The elder shall serve the younger" (Genesis 25:23). Predominantly physical Serpent's seed and more numerous than Judahites in the days of our Lord, these Edomites "were hereafter no other than Jews" (Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, XIII, 9:1).

We are quoting historical sources to establish Bible truth, which is stranger than the 'fiction' that so-called are Jews are even Semitic let alone Israelites as taught in most churches because of the corruption of language. The motto of Thirty-third Degree Masonry is Ordo ab Chao, Order out of Chaos—such as the chaos generated when the modern word JEW was coined and introduced into the Bible in the late eighteenth century. This satanic subterfuge has caused great confusion in secular and religious circles because its meaning is contrary to the meanings of the two words it has replaced.

In Genesis 27 Esau learned that further to purchasing the birthright he had despised, his brother Jacob had deceived their father Isaac into bestowing him with His blessing. "And Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then I will slay my brother Jacob." Right now his descendants are killing Israelites by the spirit of revenge at the hands of US and NATO forces serving counterfeit Israel as documented above in the news items; while in the more distant relationship of Ammon and Moab, the nations founded by the children of Lot's daughters born by incest with their father, malignant joy vented itself in vengeful actions (Ezekiel 24:14-19).

Let us turn back almost 900 years beforehand to Numbers 24:14-19 where before entering a vision from the Lord, Balaam told Moab's king Balak, "Come, I will inform you what Israel will do to your people in the latter days. And Balaam took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor has said, and the man whose eyes are open has said: he who hears the Words of God, and knows the knowledge of the Most High, who sees visions of the Almighty, falling down, but having his eyes open: I see Him, but not now: I behold Him, but not nigh: a Star shall come out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, which shall crush Moab from one end of the country to the other, and destroy all the children of Sheth [tumult – Ammonites, Amakekites, Edomites, etc.,]. And Edom shall be dispossessed, Seir also, who were Israel's most hostile enemies, shall be dispossessed; and Israel shall do valiantly. Out of Jacob shall One come having dominion, and destroy the survivors of the city [of Jerusalem]" (Genesis 49:10-11; Revelation 14:20).

The imagery in the hieroglyphic language of the East denotes some eminent ruler and finds its preliminary fulfillment in David who broke the power of Edom and Moab, but its final and complete fulfillment will be in Jesus Messiah after the revelation of His 'parousia' Coming to Israel when He will "smite the nations and rule them with a rod of iron; and tread the winepress of the fierceness of the wrath of Almighty God" (Psalm 60:2; Revelation 19:15; Isaiah 63:1-6), destroy the enemies of Israel, and restore the Kingdom to Israel with global dominion over all nations in the millennium. The star which the wise men from the East saw, and which led them to the new-born "King of the Judahites," refers clearly to Balaam's prophecy (Matthew 2:1-2). But this was not the Star Balaam "saw, but not nigh"—that star was Christ. The star which appeared to them announced that the Star seen by Balaam had now arisen out of Jacob. And just as Balaam had joyously exclaimed, "I see Him [and] I behold Him," they could say 900 years alter, "We have seen His star" (Matthew 2:2).

"The latter days" is a term used thirteen times in the Old Testament and each appears to relate to "the time of Jacob's trouble" in Daniel's Seventieth Week. This will be the final week of seven years before God "smites the earth with a curse" (Malachi 4:6). According to Daniel 12:4 and 9, and Revelation 10:4 we have been in "the time of the end" since Christ opened the Seven Seals in 1963.

map of IdumeaNow turn to Ezekiel 35 and God's judgment on Mount Seir. As the removal of Israel's false shepherds or rulers in chapter 34 (discussed in Newsletter 733) was preparatory to the raising up of the Good Shepherd, so the subject here is the dissolution of the 'Jewish' nation, as foretold in Numbers 24:18-19, represented by Edom and Seir. The Jewish nation is called Seir because Edom was included in the Jewish community; Idumaeans formed part of the nation whose kings were of Edomite descent; just as the land of Palestine is called Idumea, whence Jesus Messiah will come "on the day of vengeance . . . and the year of My redeemed [when He] will tread down the nations" (Isaiah 61 and 63). The basis is that the part represents the whole, as for instance counterfeit Israel is called a 'Jewish' nation when in fact the vast majority are non-Semitic apostates following the Talmud that opposes the Tanakh, Muslims or agnostics. In Revelation 11:8 Jesus Messiah regards the so-called Holy City as "Sodom and Egypt." Likewise the United States is called a 'Christian' nation when in fact the vast majority of churches and (so-called) Christians are apostate. So Edom here is mainly symbolical and not literal as it is in Ezekiel 25:12-14.

During the Babylonian captivity the Nabatheans had driven the Edomites out of Petra, which lies south of Bozrah, and out of their country, Seir, which took possession of the southern parts of Judea, and settled themselves in the whole of the land of Simeon, and in half of the territory of Judah. Their capital was Hebron, about fifteen miles south of Jerusalem. This was the city taken by Judas Maccabeus as reported in I Maccabees 5:63, not Bozrah as prophesied in Isaiah 63:1 where Jesus states emphatically, "I have trodden the winepress alone, and of the nations there was not a man with Me," so Judas Maccabeus did not fulfill that prophecy. Jesus' statement indicates the universal antichristian spirit that will prevail over the nations in the second half of Daniel's Seventieth Week, so that no one in conscious willingness to assist the God of judgment and salvation in His purpose associates himself with Him. Jesus foresaw Himself alone. The guilt of the nations not one of whom was with Him compelled Him to declare their punishment also. 'Political correctness, which is "fear of the Jews," will ensure they are all Edom then. There is a year of Jubilee appointed for the redeemed; it is on the horizon now, and the Lord will see none of the peoples of the world on His side. "I looked, and there was none to help; I was appalled, but there was none to support, so My own arm executed vengeance, and brought My salvation, and My indignation upheld Me. And I will tread down the people in My anger, and make them drunk in My fury, and I will bring down their strength to the earth".

The setting is the latter part of Daniel's Seventieth Week. It describes the martyrdom of Israel which was born in one day. "And I . . . (your name here) . . . heard a voice from heaven saying, Write, Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord henceforth: Yes, says the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; whose results follow them."

"Then . . .
(your name here) . . . looked and saw a white cloud, and seated on the cloud one like the Son of man. On His head was a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle. And another angel came out of the temple, who called with a loud voice to the One seated on the cloud: Thrust in Your sickle, and reap: for the hour to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is ripe. So He who sat on the cloud swung His sickle on the earth and the earth was reaped. And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in Your sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe. And the angel swung His sickle on the earth and gathered the vintage of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of God's wrath. And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood flowed out of the winepress, as high as a horse's bridle, for about two hundred miles" (Revelation 14:13-20).

Luther, who understood Edom as the synagogue of the Jews, under Bozrah was right, the blood is the blood of self-styled Jews. Christ comes inflicting judgment on Jerusalem, the capital of Lucifer's totalitarian one world government. As Isaiah observed, there is only a little flock the will follow Him (Isaiah 6:13; Revelation 7:1-8; Revelation 11; 14:1-5), for many are called, but few are chosen.

The prophecy which is against Edom is to be regarded as a prophecy of judgment which will befall the antichristian, persecuting world in the last days as described in Revelation 14 and 19. When the Lord has held judgment at other times, the nations have stood at His disposal to execute it, such as Sennacherib of Assyria (Isaiah 7:17-20), Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon (Jeremiah 27:6), and Cyrus of Persia (Isaiah 44:28). There is now no people ready or worthy to help Him in His judgment upon Edom because His mercy is exhausted beyond reprieve; and those who are the "saved" must secure their names on the Book of Life by martyrdom, even the elect Israelites must surrender mortal life in martyrdom. The judgment upon Edom is the time in which the Lord judges all nations. Thus there is none to help the judge, and all are objects of the judgment.

Messiah is the Conqueror of Edom as Balaam prophesied. However not until He, as true Israel (Isaiah 49:3), raises up the fallen tabernacle of David is possession in the highest sense taken of Edom and of all the heathen as prophesied in Psalm 110 which speaks of David's Greater Son as expounded by Paul in I Corinthians 15:23-28:

The resurrection and glorification of "Christ the firstfruits; and afterward they that are Christ's at His ('parousia') Coming [which leads us to Wedding Supper and the millennium]. After that comes the end, when He delivers the Kingdom to God the Father, after abolishing every ruler and government and power. For He must be King until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death [following the general resurrection and white throne judgment (Revelation 20:7-15)]. For He has put all things under His feet. But when He says all things are put under Him, it is clear that He who brought all things under subjection to Him is excepted. However, once everything is subjected to Him, then the Son, too, will subject Himself to the One who put all things in subjection under Him, so that God may be everything to every one [in the eighth day, which will be eternity in the renewed heavens and renewed earth]".

              The Lord said to my Lord,
              "Sit at My right hand,
              until I make your enemies
              a footstool for your feet."

              The Lord sends forth from Zion
              your mighty sceptre [the emblem of majesty]
              Rule, therefore, in the midst of your foes.

              Your people shall be willing
              in the day of your power,
              in consecrated array at early dawn
              The flower of young warriors come to you.

The bolded declaration of the Lord God on verse 1 assigns a place at God's right hand implying the participation of power (Matthew 28:18) and promises a complete overthrow of His enemies (Hebrews 1:3, 13; 8:1; 10:12-14; 12:2; I Corinthians 15:24-28; Ephesians 1:22). Verse 2 is the revelation addressed by believers to our Lord that by the grace of God He will extend a global Kingdom out of Zion and rule or judge as Son of man in the days of His 'parousia' Coming (Psalm 2:8-9; 45:6; Isaiah 59:20-21; Daniel 7:13-14; John 5:27; Romans 11:26-27; Hebrews 1:8). Verse 3 pledges the willing loyalty of His Christian people—a kingdom of priests—under preeminence to His rule in the days of His 'parousia' Coming when He is both King of kings and judge. We will be "Those with Him on white horses also, and they are called "the chosen before the foundation of the world," (Amen.) and they are faithful to the Word. Amen. Whew. I like that one. Called, chosen before the foundation of the world, and then faithful to the Word by their choosing, all stimulated with new wine and oil just riding right along, coming down to meet Him" (Revelation of the Seven Seals, p. 322:5; Revelation 1:6; 19:14).

              The Lord has sworn,
              and will not change His mind,
              "You are a priest forever
              after the order of Melchizedek."

This bolded declaration of the Lord God on verse 4 assures the indissoluble union of priesthood and royalty, unheard of in Israel and transferred to Messiah in His Person, and forever. Jesus Christ is Himself Melchizidek, "having neither beginning of time nor end of life," manifest in virgin-born flesh (Hebrews 7; I Corinthians 15:25).

              The Lord at your right hand
              He will shatter kings in the day of His wrath.

              He will execute judgment among the nations,
              He shall fill them with the corpses;
              He will shatter the rulers over many countries.

              He will drink from the brook by the way;
              therefore He will lift up His head
              (Psalm 110:1-7).

"At your right hand" denotes the place of protection and assistance as in Psalm 109:31, a term probably derived from war where one who protects another may be said to strengthen the right hand which he uses in his own defence. The day of God's wrath commences with the manifestation of the Sixth Seal, Seventh Trumpet and Seventh Vial, opening the Day of the Lord, our Pentecostal Jubilee, Daniel's Seventieth Week and "the Day of vengeance of our God" (Isaiah 61:2). Verse 6 describes Messiah's conquests and verse 7 refers to Armageddon (Isaiah 63:1-7; Amos 9:10; Revelation 19). As a conqueror, "faint, yet pursuing" (Judges 8:4), He shall be refreshed by the brook in the way, and pursue to completion His divine and glorious triumphs.

Now we turn to Amos 9:1-12 where the Lord tells the degenerate ten tribes that Israel's election will not prevent their exile and dispersion, and says He esteems Ham's posterity, "the sons of the Cushites" as highly as the sons of Israel, but by grace He "will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob," only sift them in exile throughout the ancient Assyrian Empire whereby the good grain, dust and chaff are thrown up together; the solid good grains are preserved while "all the sinners of My people die," including, in the end-time, those of Judah. "In that day [after the Messianic Age of redemption and completion in Daniel's Seventieth Week] I will raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old: that they may possess the remnant of Edom, and all of the Gentiles upon whom My Name is called, says the Lord who does this".

So Edom will represent all of the nations after the close of the Gentile dispensation and the resurrection and translation, except elect Israel of 144,000 souls. This takes us to the regeneration of 12,000 elect souls from each of Israel's twelve tribes at the end of the "last days" or Messianic age of redemption and completion during the great tribulation in the second half of Daniel's Seventieth Week (Genesis 49:1, 10-11; Isaiah 2:2; Ezekiel 38:16; Hosea 3:5; Joel 2:28 – 3:2). Israel and Judah will be reunited as one nation in the land of the Covenant, Spiritually separated from the Edomites and sinners of counterfeit Israel, no longer enfeebled and prostrate but born-again then hunted down like dogs and martyred. Thereafter Armageddon will destroy all sinners and purge heavens and earth for the millennium.

"The tabernacle [or hut] of David" expresses the low condition to which the kingdom and family of the Davidic monarchy had fallen in Amos' time, subsequently at the Babylonian captivity before the restoration, and secondarily, in the last days preceding Israel's restoration under Messiah, David's antitype. His Royal house is not a palace but a booth or hut, and a fallen one full of breaches and ruins. The Royal palace had to become the hut of Nazareth before the Redeemer would be born to "raise up" and restore the former power and greatness of David's reign as prophesied by Balaam. And an elect remnant is gathered into Christ's Church not only from Edom, Israel's most hostile enemy, but from "all nations upon whom My Name is called," to dwell under Israel during the uninterrupted day of a thousand years of peace.

Now lets turn to the Council at Jerusalem where the denomination of Pharisaism, now called Judaism, sought to impose the curse of the Law of sin and death upon the Christian Church. Peter stood up in defence of our liberty in Christ with reference to Matthew 16:19 where Jesus, acknowledging the rock of revelation from Above granted that he should unlock the faith to those under the Old Covenant, to the Samaritans, and to we Gentiles who were "afar off . . . purifying our hearts by faith." Barnabas and Paul declared the miracles and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them, then James addressed the Brethren, saying: "Peter has declared how at the very beginning of the Church God visited the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for His Name (Acts 2:7-11; 13:39; 11:43-48). And to this agree the Words of the prophets; as it is written (Genesis 9:27; Isaiah 11:10; 54:1-5; Malachi 1:11), after this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up: that the remnant of men, and all the Gentiles, upon whom My Name is called, may earnestly seek Me says the Lord, who does all these things" (Acts 15:14-17).

This passage from Amos foretold the dissolution of Pharisaism which is Judaism after Christ's crucifixion and resurrection and the abolition of the temple service; it next conveys the promise that from the Day of Pentecost God will build a new Church on the ruins of the old, and gather into it Gentiles from every nation, tribe and tongue of Adam's race; it lastly states as per Acts 4:12, "there is not another name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." This work is entirely of God by grace through faith; Jesus said He who is born-again is "a Pillar in the Temple of My God and shall no more go out" (Revelation 3:12; Ephesians 4:30). He is closing up the breaches and will soon raise up the parts that have fallen asleep through the Church Ages. The closing verses of Amos 9 turn to the Millennium where "the kingdom is restored to Israel" (Acts 1:6), with David's Greater Son Jesus Messiah ruling over all nations, and the 144,000 elect Israelites are His servants and millennial temple of praise. n7734.htm

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Brother Grigor-Scott is a non-denominational minister who has ministered full-time since 1981, primarily to other ministers and their congregations in other countries. He pastors Bible Believers' tiny congregation, and is available to teach in your church.

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