Be Very Alert! No 177

Be Very Alert!- By Val Hollard (NZ)

On Watch at the Door.                                                      No 177, August 12, 2014


In the Old Testament we are familiar with the way God used the evil that Joseph’s brothers did to him to bring about a greater good (Gen 45). What has been happening in Israel shows that the God of Israel is still in this business!

The present hostilities between Israel and Hamas in Gaza began after three hitchhiking Israeli teenagers, Eyal, Naftali and Gilad, were kidnapped and killed. In a revenge killing, some Jews killed a Palestinian. Then the rocket barrage from Gaza began with rockets reaching further into Israel than ever before, threatening major cities. The Palestinian rockets were aimed at civilian targets and Israel’s Dimona nuclear reactor. Israel was forced to respond.

The deaths of the three Israeli’s have, by God’s grace, saved Israel from a far greater disaster, one which would have brought about the deaths of many more Israelis and Palestinians. As the IDF was forced to carry out a ground invasion, they uncovered many miles of tunnels leading in to Israel and aimed at Kibbutzim. One tunnel even had its exit right next to the entrance to the dining hall of a Kibbutz.

Hundreds of Hamas terrorists had planned to invade Israel through these tunnels on September 24, the Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah), taking women and children captive and keeping them in the tunnels. They would also have sent thousands of terrorists wearing stolen Israeli uniforms out into Israel to conquer and kidnap, and thousands of Israelis would have been killed. It could well have been the worst terror attack in history. The IDF would have been taken by surprise. At the same time they planned to send a barrage of rockets into Israel.

Thanks to the three Israeli teenagers, this invasion will no longer take place. Had it occurred, the Islamic dream of destroying Israel and taking it over may have been fulfilled. But the God of Israel is greater by far than the god of Islam. Indeed, when a Gazan terrorist was asked why they couldn’t aim their rockets more effectively, he replied, “We do aim them, but their God changes their path in mid-air.” Another miracle occurred when a rocket heading for Tel Aviv was suddenly caught by a wind gust and landed safely in the sea. Praise God for miracles! Hamas also says that the Iron Dome gives Israel an unfair advantage. As the Iron Dome is not 100% effective, many Israelis have been praying for miracles.

Another plus for Israel is that they have now returned hundreds of Palestinian terrorists to prison who were released in earlier deals.

The world is alarmed by the death toll in Gaza, but ignores the fact that Hamas uses human shields, mainly women and children, and is also not beyond blaming Israel for disasters they have caused themselves. 280 of their own rockets have misfired and fallen in Gaza, one falling on a UN school and killing 17 children. Iran has been supplying the more powerful rockets.

Back in 2011 and 2012 it was known that child labour was being used to build the tunnels. Nicolas Pelham, who accompanied a police patrol in Gaza, reported that “nothing was done to impede the use of children in the tunnels, where, much as in Victorian coalmines, they are prized for their nimble bodies.” According to Hamas, at least 160 of these children have died as a result. Human rights groups operating in Gaza raised concerns about child labor in the tunnels as far back as 2008.

Many, many millions of dollars have gone into building the tunnels, weapons and smuggling costs, much of the money coming from misappropriated humanitarian aid money and construction materials. The resources could have been used more effectively to build hospitals, medical clinics, schools and houses.

The tunnels are also sponsored by governments such as Iran and Qatar.

Israeli military commanders believe North Korean expertise has been used in the tunnel construction. North Korea has been constructing tunnels into South Korea. Hamas is now working on a new arms deal with North Korea. The IDF also uncovered a plot by Hamas to use forces trained in Malaysia to carry out an attack by paragliding.

The hostilities have also united Israelis. In a speech to Hamas, Netanyahu said, “We, the people of Israel, owe you a huge debt of gratitude. You have succeeded where we have failed. Because never before, in the history of the modern State of Israel, has the Jewish people been so united, like one person with one heart.”

But the unity we long to see in Israel is the coming time when they will be united as a nation under God, all believing in the Messiah of Israel.

Hamas is a satanically inspired terrorist organization voted in to power by the people of Gaza. The US, using Secretary of State John Kerry, has tried to force Israel into keeping ceasefires with Hamas, even when Hamas consistently breaks them.

A government is responsible for the safety and security of its citizens and the protection of borders is absolutely essential for this job. Hopefully, Israel’s Operation Protective Edge will restore some safety and security for its citizens. America has interfered with Israel’s right to protect borders by calling for ceasefires when the IDF still had much more work to do to locate and destroy the tunnels.

America has been judged many times before for its failure to support Israel and now it is happening again. While Hamas has been seeking to invade Israel through digging tunnels, the US has been facing a catastrophic border invasion in the south with Mexico. Someone has even said that it is a bigger catastrophe than Hurricane Katrina which occurred when America put pressure on Israel to give up the Gaza Strip in 2005. Now many thousands of illegal immigrants from over 70 different countries are pouring into America, among them self-confessed murderers, criminal gang members and people carrying all kinds of infectious diseases, even some coming from countries where Ebola is spreading. Obadiah 15 still holds true!

This doesn’t sound like something Christians should be doing, but they are and in increasing numbers. It comes from the Word/Faith hyper-charismatic crowd. This practice is described as “the belief and practice of pulling the supposed Holy Spirit powers from the dead bones of a previously empowered believer.  It is taught that when a Spirit-empowered individual dies their mantle or mission dies with them.”

Bill Johnson of Bethel Church in Redding explains, “There are anointings, mantles, revelations and mysteries that have lain unclaimed, literally where they were left because the generation that walked in them never passed them on. I believe it’s possible for us to recover realms of anointing, realms of insight, realms of God that have been untended for decades simply by choosing to reclaim them and perpetuate them for future generations.”

Those who endeavor to retrieve the mantle or anointing do so by placing their hands on the gravestone of the deceased or lying on top of the grave. Benny Hinn claims to have felt the anointing at mystic Aimee Semple McPherson’s and Kathryn Kuhlman’s graves and that people can be healed by visiting appropriate graves.

Cal Pierce: “Lord, if a dead man can be thrown on the bones of Elisha and be healed, then I’m asking for the anointing that is on these bones of John G. Lake.” Cal Pierce is the Director of Healing Rooms Ministries, International Headquarters. He and his wife Michelle grew up in Redding, California. He studied revivals and read about John G. Lake’s ministry in Spokane. Cal visited Lake’s grave site once each month for over one year to pray. He believed that God wanted him to raise up healing teams. “God is raising up an end-time army that must get out of the tent if it is going to march to the battle and take the harvest. This army will not march to the battle on crutches. It will have signs and wonders following it.”

According to Cal Pierce’s book Preparing the Way, the signs and wonders that follow include people behaving as if they are drunk, falling down, laughing, shaking and crying. At one time Pierce’s feet were stuck to the floor as if glued there. Can you imagine the Apostle Paul’s reaction if he walked into a church and saw people acting drunkenly and “stuck” to the floor? Paul says be alert and self-controlled!

Christians should know that you can’t receive a gift of the Spirit or anointing from lying on a grave. God decides whom He will empower with different gifts. Chris Lawson says, “Like “divination,” “sorcery” and “spiritism” this God-condemned practice is a totally fruitless waste of time. In actuality, these people are launching themselves into a hybridized variation of necromancy. Necromancy, otherwise known as trafficking with the dead, is a practice thoroughly condemned in Scripture. Leviticus 19:26, Deuteronomy 18:10, Galatians 5:19-20, Acts 19:19 and many other verses could be cited to show that “grave suckers” and “mantle grabbers” are engaging in occultism, but of course, in the name of Jesus and with Bethel Church’s blessing.”

“I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by the sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.” (Fourth seal, Rev. 6:8)

Deaths from the Ebola virus are rising rapidly and Ebola is now a threat to western countries. Health authorities warn that it can spread like a forest fire. In Africa, people are resisting treatment and threatening or attacking doctors and “liberating” sick relatives from quarantine units. Most people die of it.

AIDS experts have spoken about their frustration that efforts to defeat HIV/AIDS have been going backwards. In China a whole city was put on lock-down for fear of bubonic plague. There is a call for radical action on drug-resistant malaria.

Other diseases causing concern are MERS and chikungunya. Dengue fever is the world’s fastest spreading tropical disease. A new bird flu virus has infected 450 so far and killed more than 165 people. Drug-resistant forms of TB are on the increase.

Are we rapidly approaching the time of the prophecies of Revelation 6?

At the end of Ramadan, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue issued a message titled ‘Towards a Genuine Fraternity between Christians and Muslims.’ Christians and Muslims are expected to work together to build bridges of peace and promote reconciliation. May I ask, how can this be brought about when Surah 9:29 of the Qur’an says, “Fight those who do not believe in Allah or in the Last Day and who do not consider unlawful what Allah and His Messenger have made unlawful and who do not adopt the religion of truth from those who were given the Scripture – [fight] until they give the jizyah willingly while they are humbled.” As Islam takes hold, this is exactly what we are seeing.

THE SECULAR HISTORIAN EDWARD GIBBON gives 5 reasons for the decline and fall of the Roman Empire. Note the similarities with today! Our society is in freefall.
1. The rapid increase of divorce and the undermining of the dignity and sanctity of the home, which is the basis of human society. The home is the fundamental unit in society and once the home goes, everything will go, sooner or later.
2. Higher and higher taxes and the spending of public monies on bread and circuses.
3. The mad craze for pleasure and sport; sport becoming every year more and more exciting and brutal.
4. The building of gigantic armaments when the real enemy is within—in the decadence of the people themselves.
5. The decay of religious faith; faith fading into mere form which has lost all contact with reality.

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