(OPINION) Michael Snyder – So many people have been shown the great earthquake that is eventually going to rip North America in half along the New Madrid fault. A few days ago, a wonderful woman named Donna Hazlett sent me a vision that God gave to her last year. In this vision, she was shown a highway that will instantly be submerged by water once this massive earthquake hits.
The good news is that this event will not happen immediately because so many others have been shown that it only happens after the U.S. government is involved informally dividing the land of Israel. But the bad news is that this event is coming someday, and what Donna was shown is perfectly consistent with what countless others have been shown…
Last year, I had a vision during the day. I was wide awake and all of a sudden I was transported and was standing next to a man and I had peace with him. I don’t know who it was or if he was an angel. But I had perfect peace with him and knew I was safe.
I felt calm standing next to him. Where we were standing, in front of us there was black asphalt like a small parking lot, but there weren’t any painted markings where cars would park, but it was an area of black asphalt and beyond that, there were trees and hills. It was daytime. We stood and looked ahead. Then it was as if the earth began to wobble on its axis.
Those were the exact words that came to my mind as it happened. In your book, someone described it as the ground rolling up and down. That’s how it looked. But underneath my feet, it felt as though the earth was wobbling on its axis. Then he showed me a highway with cars driving on it. It was still daylight and the highway was dry.
One moment the cars were driving along like normal and the next moment they were completely engulfed underwater. It was all underwater. The highway was suddenly underwater. The cars were turning over underneath the water. I didn’t know for sure where this was at the time so I emailed a Pastor in Florida, because of the highways going under the water. CONTINUE
JESUS, Jews & Jerusalem
Over 300 years ago, King Louis of France who did not believe in God, asked Blaise Pascal, the great Christian philosopher of his day, to give him proof that God exists. Pascal answered, “Why the Jews, your Majesty, the Jews.” But today, Jews having a nation, Israel, completed its 70th anniversary of being a nation on 14th of May 2018. How much more we can say, “God exists” looking at the Jews and the nation Israel, how they survived the enormous challenges and overcame all of them victoriously, all these 70 years. For Pascal, it was the survival of the Jews without losing their hope for nearly 2,000 years. But for us, in addition to that, the survival of the Jews in the past 70 years.
Once Prime Minister of Great Briton, Sir Winston Churchill said, “Some people like the Jews and some do not. But no thoughtful man can deny the fact that they are, beyond any question, the most formidable and most remarkable race which has appeared in the world.” Why did Adolph Hitler kill over 6 million Jews during the second world war? He wanted to kill all the Jews in the world. Did he see something in Jews that feared him? Yes, from his words we can understand. Hitler said, “The struggle for world dominion is between me and the Jews. All else is meaningless…” (Herman Rauschning, Hitler speaks, p220)
Two years before, (2018) on 14th of May, Israel celebrated its 70th anniversary of being a nation. After Israel lost their nation in 70 AD as Jesus foretold in Matthew 24:1-2, ‘And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to show him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said to them, See you not all these things? truly I say to you, There shall not be left here one stone on another, that shall not be thrown down.’ the Temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70AD because Jews revolted against Romans. So finally almost every Jew was killed and only a handful of Jews could escape. So from 70AD to 14th of May 1948, Jews had no nation until the 14th of May 1948 when the nation of Israel was born as Prophet Isaiah prophesied, ‘Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion was in labor, She gave birth to her children.’ So 14th of May 2018 was Israel’s 70th anniversary of being a nation.
This has a prophetic significance. According to 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act, US Presidents accepted Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel but did not recognize and proclaim it for various reasons, may be thinking that they would offend Arab world and lead the whole world to a world war since Arabs too claim Jerusalem as their own land. But last year, US President, Mr Donald Trump became the first US President to recognise and boldly proclaim with courage, that Jerusalem is the Capital of Israel. What is the prophetic significance this has for us as Christians?
We have a glorious hope that is the return of our LORD, Jesus Christ. Every prophecy that is not already fulfilled in the first coming of Jesus Christ has to be fulfilled in the second coming of Jesus Christ. Therefore as Christians, we cannot be ignorant of Bible Prophecy because every prophecy that is written in the Word of God must to come to pass. In the second coming of Jesus, Jesus would come to Mount of Olives near Jerusalem, (Acts 1:11, Zechariah 14:4) and at that time the Capital City of Israel has to be Jerusalem and also Jerusalem has to be in the hand of Jews. (Zechariah 12–14). So Jerusalem is the united, undivided Capital of Israel. So we as Christians are concerned about what is happening in Israel and Jerusalem is because when the times of Gentiles are fulfilled Jesus is going to return. For further study, read Romans 9 – 11 to understand the mystery of Jews and their blindness that they could not recognize Jesus as their Messiah ‘…For I would not, brothers, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant to them, when I shall take away their sins. As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the father’s sakes. For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance…’ (Romans 11:25-29) Also read Zechariah 12 -14, the national repentance that will take place among Jews when the times of Gentiles are fulfilled. ‘…And I will pour on the house of David, and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look on me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn…’ (Zechariah 12:10)
Today in the world of politics, UN, Arabs and many countries are arguing to whom Jerusalem belongs? Jerusalem is first mentioned in the story of Genesis 14:18-20. The King of Salem (Jerusalem) and Priest of Most High God, Melchizedek meets Abram and blesses him. According to Hebrew 7, we can understand who Melchizedek is. He has human as well as divine nature, bringing bread and wine which symbolizes the body of Christ, so He has to be Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ appeared in many forms to the Old Testament saints, as Melchizedek, Angel of the Lord, the Commander of the Lord’s army (Joshua 5:13ff) etc.. In Genesis 17, the LORD God said to Abraham, “And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your seed after you in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God to you, and to your seed after you. And I will give to you, and to your seed after you, the land wherein you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.” (Genesis 17: 7-8) Please note the word, ‘everlasting’ and the land included Jerusalem as well. Also the above covenant God made with Abraham is an UNCONDITIONAL Covenant. We know that our God is Covenant keeping God. Years later, the Covenant God made with Moses and Israelites is a CONDITIONAL Covenant. The blessings that God promised to Israelites in Mosaic Covenant would follow ONLY IF Israelites obeyed God.
The Covenant God made with king David is also an UNCONDITIONAL Covenant. God said to King David, ‘…And as since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel, and have caused you to rest from all your enemies. Also the LORD tells you that he will make you an house. And when your days be fulfilled, and you shall sleep with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, which shall proceed out of your bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build an house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom for ever. I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men: But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before you. And your house and your kingdom shall be established for ever before you: your throne shall be established for ever.’ (2Samuel 7:11-16) After God made the covenant with David, in 2Samuel 11 we read that David fell into sins of adultery and murder but God was faithful to His Covenant. It is king David who defeated Jebusites and conquered Jerusalem in approx. 1,000BC. that is from now, 3,000 years ago. Afterwards king David and his descendants ruled in Jerusalem. In Davidic line, Jesus came, defeated Satan through the cross and established an Eternal Kingdom.
Similarly in Abrahamic covenant, even though Isaac and Jacob who were Israelites disobeyed God, but God was faithful to His Covenant. Since Ishmael also was Abraham’s son, Abraham pleaded for Ishmael as well. ‘And Abraham said to God, O that Ishmael might live before you! And God said, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son indeed; and you shall call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him. And as for Ishmael, I have heard you: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation. But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear to you at this set time in the next year.’ (Genesis 17:18-21) God blessed Ishmael with 21 Arab nations. Please note, God never promised for Ishmael, the land of Israel or the City of Jerusalem. Geographically Arab nations are 600 times bigger than tiny Israel. In the Arab nations, there is so much barren land and if they open their nations to Palestinians who are also Arabs, Israel-Palestinian problem could be solved. Why would not Arab nations open to Palestinians and still want to keep this conflict as ‘beggar’s wound’?
There is a reason. Satan knows his time is short and Jesus is going to come back to Jerusalem. Satan will use whoever he can, to prevent the coming of Jesus by capturing land of Israel and Jerusalem. “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.”(Zechariah 12:2-3) Further, ‘And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him (Jesus Christ) that sat on the horse, and against his army (holy angels).’ (Revelation 19:19) Can satanic forces prevent the coming of Jesus? NEVER! The next verse says, ‘And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that worked miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.’ (Revelation 19:20) We know that certain portions of the book of Revelation is not written in chronological order. Same thing is said in verses, ‘These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.’ (Revelation 17:14)
It is sad that some Christians think that the modern state of Israel has there is no Scriptural/ Prophetical significance. They say, Church is the spiritual Israel and God has already done away with physical Israel. It is true that the Church is spiritual Israel but then what is the significance of the prophesies that Ezekiel, Jeremiah and other Prophets gave which are not fulfilled yet? During the time of Ezekiel, ten tribes of Israel had already fallen into the hands of the Assyrians over 130 years ago. Assyrians scattered the Northern Kingdom of Israel which consist of 10 tribes in 722BC. These ten tribes never came back even during the time of JESUS, not even till 1948AD. Read Ezekiel 36-39. Ezekiel mainly prophesied to the Southern Kingdom of Israel which consist of two tribes, Judah (major tribe) and Benjamin (minor tribe) while some of his prophesies were to the whole house of Israel. Ezekiel was prophesying during the Babylonian captivity of Judah, the Southern Kingdom. Southern Kingdom totally fell to Babylonians and the Temple was destroyed in 586BC. Then what is the significance of Ezekiel’s prophesies to the ‘whole house of Israel’?
During the time of Jesus Christ, only two tribes existed, Judah and Benjamin. Since time of Ezekiel, the whole house of Israel that is all 12 tribes came to Israel only in 1948AD that is the modern state of Israel. “Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts. Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD.” (Ezekiel 37:11-14). This prophecy was never fulfilled from Ezekiel’s time till 1948AD, the day the modern Israel was born. Further, “Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Now will I bring again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for my holy name; After that they have borne their shame, and all their trespasses whereby they have trespassed against me, when they dwelt safely in their land, and none made them afraid. When I have brought them again from the people, and gathered them out of their enemies’ lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations; Then shall they know that I am the LORD their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them anymore there. Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.” (Ezekiel 39:25-29)
Also Jeremiah who was contemporary to Ezekiel, prophesied, “Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that it shall no more be said, The LORD liveth, that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; But, The LORD liveth, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the lands whither he had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers.” (Jeremiah 16:14-15), Further, “Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that they shall no more say, The LORD liveth, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; But, The LORD liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own land.” (Jeremiah 23:7-8) Since Judah was in captivity in Babylon this is applies to the whole house of Israel. If God is not with modern Israel, for the challenges Israel faced all this 70 years, especially from Arab nations and other countries which provided arms for Arabs, Israel had been destroyed, a few years after it was born in 1948AD.
In conclusion, the world of politics revolve around ‘Jerusalem’, the City of Peace. God will bless the countries that bless the Jews and Israel. (Genesis 12:3) But Satan will turn the hearts of the kings of the world against the Jews. This is to fulfil the Biblical Prophecies. Anti-Semitism will arise in the whole world so that the Jews (The whole house of Israel) have to leave their comfort zones and will be compelled go to Israel for safety. By now Jews are living in their comfort zones all over the world and do not want to leave them but the Word of God says, “Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west; I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth;…”(Isaiah 43:5-6) This prophecy is not fulfilled until this day. Jews returning to Israel from the ends of the earth is a sign that our Lord’s return is near.
Oh, Jerusalem, Jerusalem…the final battle of Good and evil will be fought in you. It is the final battle between JESUS CHRIST and his saints verses Satan and his agents. But for us, God has already blessed us with all the blessings in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 1:3-4) Since Jerusalem is connected with the second coming of Jesus Christ, we pray for the peace of Jerusalem where Jesus Christ will reign for thousand years and establish True Peace. When the world powers try to divide Israel and Jerusalem, we, Christians should not agree to it. We should not agree for a two-state solution. So Jerusalem is the united, undivided Capital of Israel. We bless Israel and the Jews because they are our roots. Jesus Christ died as the ‘King of the Jews’ (Luke 23:3). In God’s Sovereignty, Pilate wrote a superscription on the cross “This is JESUS the King of Jews.” (Matthew 27:37, Mark 15:26, Luke 23:38, John 19:19) Because the Jews disobeyed Jesus, grace went out to the Gentiles but a time will come before the second coming of Jesus, when Jews will receive God’s grace once again. Therefore for a Jew or a Gentile, there is only one way of salvation that is ONLY through JESUS CHRIST. ‘And he has on his clothing and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.’ (Revelation 19:16). Amen!
Dr. Athanasius Fernandopulle
B.Sc. (Eng.), M. Div., DD
Country Director – Walk Thru the Bible Ministries Lanka,
Pastor – Bethel Gospel Church,
Lecturer – Eco Hebron University.