Australia Ministry Trip (Sept 26-November 10, 2017)

Australia Ministry Trip (Sept 26-November 10, 2017)
From September 26 to November 10, 2017, my husband, daughter and I will be on a ministry trip in Australia and New Zealand. The places we will be visiting are shown on the map above - along with the dates in which we'll be in these places (and what we'll be doing while there). Please keep this ministry trip and all of us in your prayers! Blogs will appear daily throughout this time, as I have written them and scheduled them in advance. I welcome your comments - and enjoy them! Just know I will not have Internet access for much of this time. So, I will look forward to reading your responses upon my return. Thank you for your understanding! And please keep reading to complete the "Reading the Bible in a Year" challenge and blessing! I am very grateful to Claire for her faithful blog comments (please everyone - join her in sharing each day as a discussion blesses everyone so much more!) And I am thankful that Claire has graciously agreed to add a bit more into her daily comments during my time of absence. Please direct special comments or questions which require immediate responses to her (on this blog). Blessings as you continue your journey through God's Word this year!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Daily Bible Reading - July 17, 2017

Today's Reading:

1 Corinthians 5

1 Kings 18

Amos 2:1-3:2

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Thoughts and Commentary on Today's Reading  

As we read the story of Elijah the prophet and the time of no rain (which lasted 3.5 years - and is a shadow picture of the 1260 days in the future), there are several prophetic comparisons which warrant our attention.

Before we begin, let me start off by giving a bit of study framework. Prophecy is kind of like a Rubix cube, in that it has three layers of fulfillment or application:

  • Layer 1 - 1st application: there will be a prophetic application in the time of ancient Israel.
  • Layer 2 - 2nd application: there will be a prophetic application in the time of Christ and/or the early Christian church.
  • Layer 3 - 3rd application: there will be a final prophetic fulfillment of the prophecy which takes place at the end of the world.
Here are a few examples, demonstrating how Bible prophecies have three layers of application, being fulfilled in these three different eras:

The Feast of Passover - Passover is a prophecy. It involved events which were fulfilled on the exact day of this feast.
  • Layer 1 - Passover was fulfilled in the time of ancient Israel - the Exodus from Egypt and the Death of the first born all took place on this first fulfillment of Passover.
  • Layer 2 - Passover was fulfilled in the time of Christ - Yahshua, Who was our Passover Lamb, actually died on Passover in the second fulfillment.
  • Layer 3 - Passover also has a final, future fulfillment. For when Yahshua ate the Passover supper (often called the Last Supper) with His disciples, He told them that He would not eat the Passover with them again until it was fulfilled in the Kingdom of God - at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
The 1260 Days of Trouble - Daniel's 1260 day timeline is a prophecy which also has three layers of fulfillment.
  • Layer 1 - The 1260 days of trouble was fulfilled in the time of ancient Israel - Elijah's time of no rain lasted exactly 1260 days, or 3.5 years.
  • Layer 2 - The 1260 days was fulfilled in the middle era also. In this middle layer it took place in figurative time (meaning it happened in a day for a year). Thus there were exactly 1260 years of the Inquisition, which was a terrible time of trouble.
  • Layer 3 - The prophecy of the 1260 day timeline also has a final, future fulfillment. In the future, the 1260 days will be a Time of Trouble such as there never was before.
There are many other examples to demonstrate the fact that Yahweh fulfills His prophecies three times - three being the number which signifies the Covenant. But for today, I'd really like to focus on the three layers of fulfillment of the Elijah Message. The Elijah Message is one of repentance.
  • Layer 1 - The Elijah Message was fulfilled in the time of ancient Israel - Elijah gave this Message himself on the top of Mount Carmel, calling all Israel to repent and turn from their idolatry.
  • Layer 2 - The Elijah Message prophecy was fulfilled a second time in the time of Christ -  in this application, John the Baptist gave the Elijah Message, again calling the people to repentance (Matthew 17:10-13). Scripture tells us that when the people received the Message of John, calling them to repentance, they were receiving the Elijah Message (Matthew 11:13-15).
  • Layer 3 - According to Malachi 4, the final Elijah Message will be given just prior to Messiah's Return (Malachi 4:5).
There are three notable points of comparison in all three layers of the Elijah Message being given. In all three layers of the Elijah Message being given:




The Enemy is Always the Same:

In the time of Elijah, Israel had mixed the worship of Baal in with the worship of Yahweh. Baal was the name of the sun god. But this false god has many names depending on the culture and language. In the picture is shown an altar stone of Baal. Notice the solar wheel, which was the symbol of the sun god from ancient times. Today the sun god is still worshiped. In much the same way Jezebel brought the worship of the sun god, Baal into Israel, papal Rome brought the worship of the sun god into Christianity. Today, Baal's sacred days are kept as sacred in Christianity, as a result. For example, Baal's sacred day of the week was Sunday. Baal's birthday was December 25, and so forth.

Actually sun worship didn't originate in the time of Elijah. Sun worship was founded in ancient Babylon. And the original name of the sun god was Nimrod, of biblical fame (Genesis 10:8-9).
"Rome, from its earliest history has always been the implacable enemy of God's truth... It was that same sun worship system of religion that had been originally concocted in Babylon. Anciently, it had come to Rome in fragments and was known historically as Pagan Rome. But later, as the Imperial Roman Empire collapsed and Papal Rome took its place, Babylonian sun worship manifested itself in an almost pure and radical form," (The Grand Design Exposed, p 30).

The Characters are Always the Same - Ancient Israel:

When Elijah gave the Elijah Message back in the time of ancient Israel, the key characters were:

Ahab - representing the political power who followed the lead of the ungodly woman, queen Jezebel.

Jezebel - the high priestess of sun worship who became the queen of Israel the manipulated and controlled the king.

450 prophets of Baal - these were servants of the queen, who did her bidding.

Apostatizing people - the professed people of God were on the fence about worship. They were accustomed to mixing the sacred with the profane by "worshiping" Yahweh in Baal-honoring ways. And by honoring Baal outright.

Elijah the prophet - standing alone Elijah called the people to turn back to Yahweh, stop the Baal-honoring practices, and repent.

Elijah delivers the Message of God, brings upon himself the ire of Jezebel, faces the threat of death and flees into the wilderness.

The Characters are Always the Same - John the Baptist:

When John the Baptist gave the Elijah Message in the time of Christ, the key characters were:

Herod - representing the political power who followed the lead of the ungodly woman, queen Herodias.

Herodias - she was Herod's sister-in-law and his niece. When she became the queen she manipulated and controlled the king, bringing him to ruin.

Salome - daughter of the queen, who did her bidding.

Apostatizing people - the professed people of God who were mixing the sacred with the profane by "worshiping" Yahweh in Rome-honoring ways.

John the Baptist - standing alone John called the people to turn back to Yahweh, stop the idolatrous practices, and repent.

John delivers the Message of God, brings upon himself the ire of queen Herodias, faces the threat of death and is martyred.

The Characters are Always the Same - The Final Elijah:

In the End of Time, all of God's faithful people are called to give the Elijah Message. In other words, we are all on the Elijah Team. Our Message is the same as it has always been. And once again, the key characters are:

Political Leaders (kings of the earth) - the political power who follow the lead of the ungodly woman, the Whore of Babylon, who rides the beast.

Papal Rome - the woman who rides the beast is the false queen who manipulates and controls world leaders, leading the world into "Christianized" sun worship.

Daughters of the Whore - Protestant churches, who do the bidding (follow the doctrines) of Papal Rome.

Apostatizing people - the professed people of God who are mixing the sacred with the profane by "worshiping" Yahweh in Rome-honoring ways.

God's faithful few - the ever unpopular, but highly needed followers of Yahweh call the people to turn back to Yahweh, stop the idolatrous practices, and repent.

The people of Yahweh will deliver the Message of God, bring upon themselves the ire of the Whore (whom Revelation describes as being drunken with the blood of the saints), faces the threat of death and will manifest both outcomes of the prior two Elijahs. In other words, some of God's End-time Elijah's will be miraculously protected from the threat of death - being protected and provided for in the wilderness - just as was the first Elijah. And some of God's End-time Elijah's will be martyred - just as was the second Elijah (John the Baptist).








The Three Elijahs (by Shauna Manfredine)

When first came Elijah, the king of the land,
Had given the priestess of Baal his hand.
He’d broken the altar to the only true God,
Upon all YAH’s precepts he’d blatantly trod.

And Jezebel set up the worship of Baal,
While the people succumbed and just let her prevail.
And profane, idolatrous, sun worship stuff,
Did taint Israel’s worship til YAH had enough!

So YAH sent Elijah to set things to right,
To fearlessly clear up the people’s dimmed sight.
And Elijah spoke out and the false god was fired.
“Yahweh, He is God” were the words he inspired.


But Mount Carmel’s fireworks were too soon forgotten,
As another, like Ahab, arose just as rotten!
King Herod united the church to the state,
With an unholy wedding that brought much debate.

She was a claimed Jewess and he a claimed Jew,
But they worshiped the sun when Sukkot was through.
Once again pagan worship polluted the land,
And the people were tainted with sun-worship’s brand.

So God sent out Elijah disguised as John.
He loudly exposed the Herodias con.
When Elijah spoke out the false god was drowned.
And many beholding the Lamb were then found.

Much time has passed since John preached to men,
But all those same villains are here once again.
The kings of the earth have a worldly alliance,
With the Babylon woman who gives God defiance.

Once again sun-worship from Babylon Rome,
Has tainted the people and defiled the home.
The Nimrod Trees stand at the front of each church,
And Easter egg hunts cast a Estre church smirch.

The state and the church have indeed been united,
The sun-worship filth stands thus far un-righted.
Elijah? Where are you? Stand up, number three!
YAH’s call is resounding, “Reclaim men for Me!”