Pillar of Enoch Ministry

January 2011 Newsletter

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Issued on January 24th, 2011

By Helena Lehman

http://pillar-of-enoch.com

 

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Contents of this POEM Newsletter:

 

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Armageddon Radio Show Returns to the Internet!

 

Important Update About My Compliance Case with PayPal

 

Language Series Book Revisions and Book Orders

 

Warnings From God: The First Two Major Heavenly Signs of 2011

 

Why the Post-Tribulation View of the Rapture Doesn’t Make Sense

 

Does God Love Modern Israel And Have A Plan For Their Existence?

 

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Armageddon Radio Show Returns to the Internet!

 

The Armageddon Radio Show Returns to the Internet on Wednesday, 1-26-2011, 7 pm EST!

 

This week, the Armageddon show at the Edge AM with Bible Scholar Helena Lehman returns to the Internet air waves on Wednesday Jan. 26th and 6 pm CST/7 pm EST with a powerful 2-hour presentation covering the major Signs in the Heavens and Acts of God (i.e. natural disasters) of 2010 and 2011 that appear to be heralding the coming of the Tribulation and the return of Christ in the Rapture. Coupled with major insights about the Last Days from Helena’s Language of God Book Series, this is a show you won’t want to miss! Catch it live to participate in the chat or watch it as a steaming video archive on the Edge AM site:

 

Armageddon show at the Edge AM:

http://www.theedgeam.com/perspectives/armageddon/main.htm

 

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Important Update About My Compliance Case with PayPal:

 

Many thanks to all those who responded to my plea to contact PayPal with your request to not be refunded any money that was sent as a donation to my ministry. Thanks to your efforts, the case has been settled in my favor so that I don’t have to refund the financial contributions that I have received. This means that prior donors to POEM no longer need to contact PayPal. However, in the future PayPal will not allow me to use their services to collect financial contributions, though there is no reason why they should make such a restriction if I call it a contribution rather than a donation.

 

This is what I have learned from this experience. According to new US Tax Laws passed just this year, only registered 501c3 non-profit charities can say they are non-profit. Furthermore, only 501c3 organizations can call any financial contributions to their organizations “donations.” I understand now that PayPal was attacking my ministry’s use of their services because I used this “forbidden terminology” to identify my ministry.

 

I find it odd, however, that I cannot even ask for financial contributions through PayPal now, especially since I have and will continue to claim all the gifts that I have received as taxable income. This is nothing short of an attack on my ministry in an effort to silence me and cut off my funds. If you doubt it, search the internet and you will find many other small ministries like mine that are teaching the truth today that are not 501c3 registered organizations that have either lost there donation collection privileges through PayPal just as I have or are in danger of losing them because they are not 501c3 compliant.

 

As I explained to PayPal, my ministry requires almost all of my time and energy. Yet, on average, I have collected less than 10,000 dollars a year in income from book sales and donations (here-after to be referred to as financial contributions) combined since I began selling books online in 2004. Furthermore, my husband has been virtually unemployed for several years, forcing us to live on an income that is below the poverty level in the United States. In other words, this truly is a non-profit ministry in principle and practice - whether or not it is registered as such. Therefore, I’m not trying to cheat or fool anybody.

 

Please don’t let PayPal discourage you from helping those who are in need, as our Adonai Yahshua leads you. If you felt led to help POEM stay online as a witness to the Truth of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, please mail a financial contribution in any amount via personal check, bank check or postal money order along with your name, address, and e-mail address to:

 

Helena Lehman

Pillar of Enoch Ministry

1708 N. 77th Avenue

Elmwood Park, IL 60707-4107

Unites States

 

For every gift of $100 or more, per each $100 given, POEM will send the giver one complimentary book or PDF book on CD of their choice, if desired. For gifts of $250 or more, POEM will include a NKJV Study Bible along with 2 LOG Series Books as a gift. Please specify if you would like to receive these gifts or not when you send in your contribution.

 

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Language Series Book Revisions and Book Orders:

 

Though I have been told that I can set up a new PayPal account as of now and create a new shopping cart to use on my POEM web site as long as I don’t ask for donations, I don’t really have time to do this right now as it is time-consuming and I want to finish the revisions on my Language of God Series books before doing so. So, for the time being, orders must be placed by mail using the printable PDF order form linked to below this paragraph. Funds for book orders may also be wire transferred to me using Western Union after calling me by phone to place an order and allowing me to calculate the amount you will need to pay for shipping (and tax for Illinois residents).

 

POEM Brochure and Order Form

http://pillar-of-enoch.com/media/LOG_Brochure.pdf

 

I estimate that all the revisions on my books will be finished by January 30th, 2011. When they are ready, I will send notices to all the people who bought books from me but had their money refunded due to my troubles with PayPal making it impossible for me to withdraw these funds to pay for the printing and shipping of the book revisions. At that time, if these people wish for me to send the books they originally ordered, they will have to let me know and then mail in a check or money order for the amount due.

 

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Warnings From God: The First Two Major Heavenly Signs of 2011

 

By Helena Lehman

Pillar of Enoch Ministry (POEM)

http://pillar-of-enoch.com

 

 

With two major heavenly signs occurring on January 4th, 2011, it would be safe to say from a Sacred Astronomical perspective that this day is an important one in the eyes of God, who created the Universe and calibrated the timing of every heavenly sign. This may especially be true because of the striking Blood Moon that formed above the sword of Orion on the eve of the Winter Solstice on December 21st, 2010, which I believe may have signaled the beginning of the terrible Tribulation period spoken of the Book of Revelation. Viewing an illustration of the January 4th 2011 signs in my Starry Night Program, my eyes were first drawn to the Jupiter-Uranus Conjunction in Pisces.

 

Shortly after midnight on January 4th, the Messiah Planet Jupiter and the Planet Uranus signifying the Bride of Christ will meet for the third time in six months in an extremely rare conjunction of the two planets in the sign of Pisces representing the Two Houses of Israel. Due to the fact that the Ephraimite fish of Pisces signifying the True Church can be viewed as riding on the back of the constellation Pegasus the Flying Horse, it may signify the Rapture of the True Church, thereby amplifying the meaning of the two planets riding piggy-back on the Ephraimite fish that signify our Messiah and His Bride! This sign, which recently occurred two previous times on June 6th and September 18th, 2010, will be followed by a partial Solar Eclipse centered in the Messianic Zodiac sign Sagittarius, the Archer. At the time of the Eclipse, the planet Mars and the planetoid Pluto will also be in Sagittarius, the sign signifying Yahshua coming to conquer the Devil and his demonic hordes signified by the neighboring sign of Scorpio the Scorpion.

 

Fascinatingly, Mars is not only a spiritual symbol of Yahshua’s blood that was shed on the Cross for our sins, but can also mark a time when there will be much bloodshed among the wicked in general. Could the fact that Mars will be close to the Sun and Moon as they meet in Sagittarius at the same time that Jupiter and Uranus are in conjunction in Pisces over the Ephraimite fish signifying born-again believers in the Gentile Churches be a sign that the Rapture may occur at the same time that a major, possibly nuclear war is about to break out somewhere on the Earth? Though this Rapture and war scenario may not happen on January 4th, it could happen anytime now as Iran, backed by Russia, shakes its fist at Israel and the United States - and North Korea, backed by China, threatens South Korea and the United States.

 

Interestingly, there are two more watery Zodiac Signs between Pisces the Fishes and Sagittarius the Archer. These are Aquarius the Water-Bearer and Capricorn the Goat-Fish. In previous writings I have shown that these two signs figure prominently in the Noah’s Flood story. This is due to the fact that the fish decan constellation of Aquarius called Piscis Australis (or Austrinus) signified the great ship or Ark that Noah built to save a portion of Earth’s terrestrial life.

 

(An Illustration of the Night Sky on January 4th, 2011 Appears Here in the Blog
Post linked to at the End of this Article)

 

Aquarius and Piscis Australis are also likely indicative of what Yahshua meant when He said that He would only give those who sought a sign “the Sign of Jonah.” This is because the same celestial fish, Piscis Australis, can signify the big fish that swallowed Jonah while Aquarius and the neighboring sign of Capricorn can signify the temporary forgiveness of sin offered to Nineveh when its citizens repented of their sins in sackcloth and ashes after listening to Jonah’s decree of judgment against them in the name of Yahweh. Meanwhile, the water pouring out of Aquarius’ urn signifies the waters of the Great Flood and the dying goat portion of Capricorn signifies the sinfulness of mankind while its fish tail signifies the compassion, mercy and salvation that Yahweh gave to the righteous man Noah and his family. For this reason, Aquarius also signifies the outpouring of the Holy Spirit that becomes available to everyone who accepts Yahshua as their Messiah. Since the Holy Spirit didn’t become available to believers until Yahshua died on the Cross and rose from the dead, this is what Yahshua was referring to when He said He would give mankind the Sign of Jonah.

 

Due to the meanings of Aquarius and Capricorn, and the fact that they are tied directly to the land continents of North and South America (as shown in my book “The Language of God in History”), I find it more than peculiar that the planet Neptune will lie exactly in the middle between these two signs on January 4th. Curiously, Neptune is also tied to Noah, who was sadly deified as the gods Neptune and Uranus (just to name a few) by the Pagan Classical civilizations. Physically, the planet Neptune shares a few things in common with Uranus - its nearest celestial neighbor. First of all, neither planet can be seen without the aid of a telescope, suggesting that they are symbolic of the mysteries of God spoken of in the Bible. Secondly, both planets are bluish-colored gas giants at least 15 times the mass of Earth. Thirdly, both planets have many moons.

 

Significantly, Neptune has thirteen known moons. One of them - Triton - is more massive than any of itss other moons. In this regard, Neptune’s moons are suggestive of our original Solar System, with Triton signifying our Sun, which in turn represents Yahshua. Meanwhile, the other twelve moons of Neptune can signify the Twelve Apostles and/or Twelve Tribes of Israel that represent the worldwide followers of Christ. This makes Neptune almost as strong a symbol of the Bride of Christ as Uranus with its five largest moons signifying the five wise virgins in the Parable of the Ten Virgins.

 

Though Neptune can represent the righteous, however, it has a dual side suggested by the Trident symbol signifying this planet that bears a striking resemblance to the pitchfork often seen in depictions of Satan as a beastly-looking man with the cloven hooves and horns of a goat. Sadly, however, just as the righteous Sethites and Semites were depicted as evil Giants or Nephilim by the Pagan Greeks while the descendants of Cain, Ham, Cush and Nimrod were seen as good deities, the depictions of Neptune and Satan with a Trident or Pitchfork were also attempts to demonize Noah as an evil god.

 

Regardless, I find it most peculiar that a planet so clearly tied to Noah and his righteous line through Shem - who gave birth to the ancestors of the Jews - figures so prominently in the heavens on January 4th, 2011. Could it be that this is a sign among signs that the time that Yahshua spoke about as being just as in the days of Noah are finally upon us? Could the First Rapture and seven-year Tribulation be imminent? 

 

Perhaps not so coincidentally, there has been massive amounts of rain, flooding and mud slides going on this winter in many parts of California and Australia, and record cold temperatures and snow falls in many other regions of the world including most of Europe, the United Kingdom, the American Midwest and the Eastern seaboard. In addition, on January 3rd, 2011, a strange die-off of thousands of birds and many thousands of drum fish in the State of Arkansas were reported in the news, and - as shown in my book “The Language of God in History”, both fish and birds have a symbolic tie to Noah and his son Shem. Furthermore, at the time of Noah’s Flood, all terrestrial life and most of the aquatic life in rivers and lakes were destroyed except for the life preserved in the Ark, and this wild-life die-off occurred in a State called Ark-ansas! Is that just a coincidence, or is God trying to tell those who are seeking Him something important? Search your heart for the answers!

 

Adding to this phenomenon, there have been reports of bird and fish die-offs all around the world. Since the Arkansas events, hundreds of dead starlings and blackbirds were also found littering the ground in Louisiana and Kentucky, 70 bats have been found dead in Arizona, and an estimated 2 million fish have washed up in Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. In addition, there was an unexplained die-off of hundreds of birds in Sweden and hundreds of fish in New Zealand. Finally, 100 tons of dead sardines, croaker and catfish have reportedly washed up in Brazilian fishing towns since just before New Year’s Eve. The cause of all of these deaths is unknown, though many conspiracy theories involving secret government weapons such as HAARP and cries that the end of the world is upon us are flooding the internet news sites. Though these die-offs were all within the past week, there was also a huge die-off of millions of birds, fish, frogs and alligators floating down Brazils rivers this past August 2010, when an unprecedented and deadly cold front moved into parts of several semi-tropical regions of South America, killing untold numbers of animal life, trees and plants from the freezing temperatures over several days time. Also, 33 whales were found dead off the coast of Ireland in November 2010.

 

Furthermore, for the past two days, the Sci-Fi channel here in the Chicago area has been airing re-runs of the original TV series “V” in anticipation of the first episode of the second season of the new “V” series that will be aired on the evening of January 4th. In addition, just as “V” depicts these hostile alien lizard creatures that mean to take over the Earth, the Earth of Noah’s day was overrun with several manufactured giant lizard-like races called the Nephilim that also lorded it over mankind and brought death and destruction to humanity. Why this remake of “V” is especially unsettling is that some Bible Prophecy teachers including Lynn Marzulli, Chuck Missler, myself believe that the Nephilim and the Fallen Watchers may return during the Tribulation period in order to deceive mankind by claiming to be the source of humanity’s origins and the origin of the world’s religions.

 

Fascinatingly, January 4th happens to fall two days before the Christian Feast of Epiphany, which celebrates the coming of the Wise Men to see the toddler Yahshua in Bethlehem. In addition, Epiphany falls on the first day of the eleventh month called Shevat on the Jewish Civil Calendar. The first day of Shevat is a symbolic triple one or 111. This is a number or number sequence that has figured prominently in many people’s godly prophetic visions and dreams as of late, and I wrote an article that featured this trend back in 2008 called “The Amazing Sun Square Prophecy and the Heavenly Signs Heralding the Rapture” that I recently updated to reflect some exciting new information. If interested, you can read that article here:

 

The Amazing Sun Square Prophecy:

http://pillar-of-enoch.com/essays/index.html#SunSquare

 

Could these ominous signs among signs be an indication that the peace and safety that almost every Western secular leader has been calling for on this Earth these days is about to evaporate before it ever had a chance to begin? Could these signs be pointing to the soon fulfillment of the desire that lies within every born-again believer to be with Yahshua forever? Only time will tell, but for now, one thing is certain: Now is the time for all repentant people to draw near to Yahshua and seek Him for salvation and forgiveness. Now is the time for all the moral fence-sitters to choose a side and decide whom they will serve. They can choose either an eternity spent with Yahweh God in the light-drenched realms of a New Heaven and New Earth or an eternity spent in darkness with Satan, who will one day be separated from God and His light and love forever.

 

Soon there will come a time when the choice to be forgiven, saved and protected by Yahweh God and His Son Yahshua will no longer be open to anyone, so don’t wait! Choose now! Because if you wait, instead of being preserved like Noah and his kin - who were protected in the Ark - you may be left behind in the Rapture annd could perish - just as all the wicked people and Nephilim did in the waters of the Flood.

 

To learn more about the many Signs in the Heavens and on the Earth that have occurred or will occur in the years 2010 through 2018, which may be tied to the prophesied seven-year Tribulation and Second Coming of Christ, please read my book: “The Language of God in Prophecy.” All of my books are on sale now at Amazon.com and in the Pillar of Enoch Ministry bookstore at http://pillar-of-enoch.com/bookstore/.

 

In a few days, I hope to have another article finished that will discuss the meaning behind several more Signs in the Heavens that may have a highly significant meaning for believers awaiting the Rapture and the return of Christ. So stay tuned for more!

 

View this post at the POEM blog here:

http://pillarofenoch.blogspot.com/2011/01/warnings-from-god-first-two-major.html

 

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Why the Post-Tribulation View of the Rapture Doesn’t Make Sense

 

By Helena Lehman

Pillar of Enoch Ministry

http://pillar-of-enoch.com

 

 

As a Watchman on the Wall that is anxiously awaiting our Messiah’s glorious return, I want to commend all who are attempting to discern when Yahshua will return to rescue all those who are born-again by His Spirit and living under His Grace from total destruction. Among those of you doing so, there are many that hold to varying views of when the Rapture or catching up of God's elect saints into everlasting life and resurrection will take place.

 

Based on my understanding of the Scriptures after detailed study and prayer, I personally believe that the Rapture of the Church is meant to protect and preserve God’s people from having to experience the worst of God’s Wrath that will be poured out during the Great Tribulation. Ever since openly voicing my view that the Rapture must take place by the middle of the coming seven-year Tribulation, however, I have endured near constant attacks from people with a Post-Tribulation view of the Rapture and Second Coming. These attacks have mostly been relentless and cruel, going against all the gifts of the Ruach Ha Kodesh or Holy Spirit such as love, forgiveness, kindness and compassion. Nonetheless, I did my best to display the gifts of the Ruach when debating my differing views of the Rapture with these people.

 

Unfortunately, my scriptural arguments for believing in a Pre to Mid-Tribulation Rapture that are outlined below were ignored for the most part by those favoring a Post-Tribulation Rapture. Furthermore, since their arguments against my views did nothing to address the teachings of the Scriptures that I shared with them, I was not convinced that my views were wrong in any way. In addition, I was encouraged by their lack of knowledge of these Scriptures to attempt to explain here why I still hold fast to a Pre-to Mid-Tribulation Rapture view.

 

Part of my reason is based on my Spirit-led understanding of the type and extant of the tribulation or persecution that Yahshua mentions in Matthew Chapter 24, verses 9, 21 and 29. From my study of these and many other Scriptures, it can be shown that Yahshua was in no way referring to the Great Tribulation spoken of in the Book of Revelation. In fact, when all the Scriptures pertaining to the time of Jacob’s Trouble are studied carefully, two things become clear: First, that this tribulation spoken of in Matthew Chapter 24 has already begun and is ongoing, and second, that the Rapture can in no way be at the time of the Battle of Armageddon.

 

All one has to do to refute the Post-Tribulation view is to know the history of the last two centuries. First, one needs to be aware of the hundreds of false prophets that arose in the 19th and 20th centuries and are arising even now that tout the joys of Atheism, Deism, and the Hinduistic, Athiestic, and Humanistic New Age Religions like Theosophy, Freemasonry, Universalism, and Rosicrucianism.

 

Then one needs to obtain a thorough knowledge of the horrendous events of World War II when all of Western Civilization was threatened with destruction. In view of these facts, there is every indication that the distress, persecution or tribulation of believers that Yahshua was referring to in Matthew Chapter 24 began with the imprisonment, torture and eventual slaughter of at least 8 million Jews and over 30 million Christians that perished in Europe, Russia, and Asia because of their religious beliefs and resistance to the dominant secular humanistic (and communistic) culture of their home countries.

 

The persecution of Christians did not end there, however. It has continued virtually unabated in places such as Africa and Asia, where Muslim terrorists have moved into many once Christianized nations or Pagan and Muslim nations with significant minorities of Christians and slaughtered, raped, impoverished, and brutalized many more millions of believers in Yahshua. But the sad truth is that most of the people in the West are oblivious or unconcerned about of the plight of millions upon millions of true believers in Christ that are suffering persecution and the thousands that are being martyred every single day for living by and preaching about the Gospel of the Kingdom of God.

 

With this in view, the “tribulation of those days” that Yahshua spoke of in Matthew 24:29 can only be referring to the 19th and 20th Century events that led to World War I and World War II, as well as to the early 21st Century. In any case, when the Book of Revelation is compared to Matthew Chapter 24, it can be shown that a far worse tribulation is discussed in the Book of Revelation than the one defined in Matthew Chapter 24. As proof that the Great Tribulation is not meant in Matthew Ch. 24, verses 9, 21 and 29, one must carefully read what Yahshua said in these passages and compare it to the Book of Revelation’s Tribulation plagues. The following passage indicates the scope of environmental destruction that will accompany the tribulation of Matthew Chapter 24:

 

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Matthew 24:7-8 - “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.”

 

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In this passage, though Yahshua mentioned an increase in earthquakes, famines (ostensibly caused by droughts and floods that cause crops to fail), and pestilences as the birth pains of the Tribulation, He nowhere mentions the NEAR TOTAL DESTRUCTION OF THE EARTH that will take place in the Tribulation period that is graphically depicted in the Book of Revelation, Chapters 6 through 16.

 

In fact, by using the phrase “in various places” in Matthew 24:7, Yahshua was indicating that there would only be isolated pockets of destruction during the Tribulation discussed in Matthew Chapter 24, as was completely the case in the last century. However, in Revelation Chapter 16 (which I quote at the end of this article), a nearly global destruction of the Earth is indicated. In addition, by referring to the relative peace and calm that will be part of the human condition prior to His return, Yahshua makes it clear that the Rapture stage of His Second Coming is being spoken of in Matthew Chapter 24 and not the Armageddon stage of His return that will follow the Great Tribulation or Wrath of God detailed in the Book of Revelation. He does so by explaining that the rescue of His saints will come long before most of the plagues poured out on the wicked in the Book of Revelation. This is made clear in the following Scriptures:

 

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Matthew 24:38-41 - “For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left.”

 

Luke 17:26-30 - “And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.”

 

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There is no way around it: one has to read Matthew Chapter 24 in light of the Book of Revelation to avoid misinterpreting what Yahshua said. These Scriptures make it clear that, when Yahshua returns for His elect saints, the world will be in a state of relative quiet and calm such as those preceding violent storms or that can be found under the eye of a hurricane. Furthermore, THIS STATE OF PEACE AND CALM WILL BE ABSOLUTELY IMPOSSIBLE AFTER THE SEVENTH TRUMPET AND SEVEN BOWLS OF GOD’S WRATH ARE POURED OUT ON THE EARTH!

 

No one except those who deny that the Book of Revelation speaks of yet future events can read of the cataclysmic events in Chapter 16 in the Book of Revelation and think that there will be peace and calm immediately before or after the Battle of Armageddon:

 

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Revelation 16:1-21 - “Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, "Go and pour out the bowls of the wrath of God on the earth. So the first went and poured out his bowl upon the earth, and a foul and loathsome sore came upon the men who had the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image.

 

Then the second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it became blood as of a dead man; and every living creature in the sea died.

 

Then the third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood. And I heard the angel of the waters saying: "You are righteous, O Lord, the One who is and who was and who is to be, because You have judged these things. For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and You have given them blood to drink. For it is their just due. And I heard another from the altar saying, "Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are Your judgments.

 

Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and power was given to him to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with great heat, and they blasphemed the name of God who has power over these plagues; and they did not repent and give Him glory.

 

Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom became full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues because of the pain. They blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and did not repent of their deeds.

 

Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, so that the way of the kings from the east might be prepared. And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

 

“Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.” And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon.

 

Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, “It is done!” And there were noises and thunderings and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such a mighty and great earthquake as had not occurred since men were on the earth. Now the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. And great Babylon was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath. Then every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. And great hail from heaven fell upon men, each hailstone about the weight of a talent. Men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, since that plague was exceedingly great.”

 

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Read it for yourself! Revelation Chapter 8, Verse 7 says that, at the time of the First Trumpet plague: “a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up.” Furthermore, Revelation Chapter 16 tells us that “every living creature in the sea died”, the rivers and springs of water “became blood”, and “men were scorched with great heat”. This will be a scorching so great it will cause the Euphrates river to completely dry up and most of the remaining trees and shrubs on the Earth to die. In addition to this, “a great and terrible earthquake” that will be far worse than any in recorded history will shake the earth so “the cities of the nations” will fall and “every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.”

 

With no clean water to drink or to irrigate crops and a severe drought that will scorch the entire world, the Earth will be laid waste by the Bowls of God’s Wrath. Virtually no trees will be left standing where the soon to be ruined cities of mankind have been built, and not one blade of grass will be left alive. Furthermore, not one fish will be left alive in the lakes, streams or oceans that will have all been turned to blood by this time!

 

Based on the total destruction of the Earth that is outlined in Revelation Chapter 16, there is simply NO WAY that people will be calmly doing business, tending fields or getting married in expectation of raising a family at the end of the Chapter 16 in the Book of Revelation. Furthermore, the following Scriptures plainly state that it will be entirely possible for true believers in the Church of “Philadelphia” or “Brotherly Love” to escape all the plagues and pestilences of the Great Tribulation and to forego seeing the wrath of God being poured out on the wicked:

 

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Luke 21:36 - “Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

 

1 Thessalonians 1:9-10 - “For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.”

 

1 Thessalonians 5:9 - “For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

 

Revelation 3:10 - “Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.”

 

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In light of the fact that Yahshua promised to spare those who love Him from the coming pouring out of God’s Wrath in the Great Tribulation, the Post-Tribulation view of the Rapture is a scripturally unsound position at best, and an outright deception at its worst.

 

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This article can be viewed on my POEM blog here:

http://pillarofenoch.blogspot.com/2011/01/why-post-tribulation-view-of-rapture.html

 

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Does God Love Modern Israel And Have A Plan For Their Existence?

 

By Helena Lehman

Pillar of Enoch Ministry

http://pillar-of-enoch.com

 

 

As a Messianic who was first a Christian, I believe that the religious Jews who are crying out to their Ha Shem Adonai today in Israel are truly crying out to Yahweh Elohim, the triune God of Israel whom Yahshua our Messiah addressed as His true Father and our spiritual Father through the Messiah. Yahshua Ha Mashiach, a.k.a. Jesus the Christ is part of that triune godhead, so though many Jews do not realize it yet, they do worship and pray to our Messiah Yahshua, and He has not and will not ever forsake them completely. Yahshua loves His Jewish brethren just as much as He loves His Bride the mixed Israelite and Gentile Church.

 

According to several Scriptures I will quote in a moment, the Jews have lost their exalted place due to their position of unbelief. However, this was done so that mercy and salvation could also be extended to the Gentiles, whom the Jews despised and refused to allow into the kingdom of God unless they converted to Judaism. They had forgotten that their ancestor Abraham did not have the Law of Moses, and yet God loved him and called him a friend. Later, God also established a covenant with Abraham and all of his descendents based only on friendship and fellowship with Yahweh and the faithful worship of Him, to which the rite of circumcision was added later as a sign of the covenant.

 

Due to the unbelief of the Jews, there is a temporary rift between the Houses of Israel consisting of the House of Judah, or the children of God by natural birth, and the House of Ephraim, or the children of God by adoption. This rift has caused much regrettable and violent enmity to form between Jews, Lost Israelites, and Gentiles that God is deeply saddened by. This enmity shows that neither House of Israel is acting with the love, compassion and merciful forgiveness toward one another that Yahshua proclaimed as the Law of the New Covenant. Love, mercy, forgiveness and compassion are therefore the emotions and actions that are at the heart of God's Universal Law for mankind.

 

In order to heal this breach between these Two Houses of Israel, God will eventually lead the Jews to salvation through Christ. After this, God the Father will perform a sacred marriage between the Jews, the Gentiles and Lost Israelites at the Wedding of the Lamb of God in Heaven. At that time, Yahshua, who is a Jew in the line of King David and who represents all of the Jewish people, will marry His mixed Gentile and Israelite Bride. In doing so, Yahshua will symbolically unite Jewish and Gentile believers into one new congregation or man united in love and solidarity around their Husband, Messiah and King:

 

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Ephesians 2:11-22 - “Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh-- who are called Uncircumcision (i.e. Gentiles) by what is called the Circumcision (i.e. Jews) made in the flesh by hands-- that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances (i.e. the Law of Moses), so as to create in Himself ONE NEW MAN (the union of Jews and Christians together as one family) from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone, in whom the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”

 

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As a people still beloved by God though under judgment at the moment for rejecting their Messiah Yahshua and His Gentile brethren, the Jews also have a specific role to play in the End Times. As a sign that the end of this world is near, Yahshua pointed to a fig tree as a symbol of the re-birth of Israel as the beginning sign. In fact, Israel is alluded to by the fig tree that Yahshua cursed in Mathew 21:19 to symbolically reflect the past destruction of Jerusalem that came in 70 AD. However, Yahshua then spoke of the nation of Israel being re-born via another fig tree in Matthew 24:32 that would bring forth new leaves in anticipation of producing fruit for a spiritual harvest:

 

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Matthew 21:18-19 - “Now in the morning, as He returned to the city, He was hungry. And seeing a fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, ‘Let no fruit grow on you ever again.’ And immediately the fig tree withered away.”

 

Matthew 24:32-33 - “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near-- at the doors!”

 

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All the people who recognize the modern state of Israel as the fig tree that Yahshua referred to above are the figs or the good fruit that will be gathered in the coming soul harvest to be carried out at the Rapture(s?) and during the Tribulation period. Meanwhile, all those who don’t see modern Israel as a budding fig tree will be judged. Israel is the fulfillment of Yahweh God’s promises in the Bible that He would re-gather His people Israel back to the Promised Land before the Day of the Lord arrived. There are many Scriptures proclaiming God’s purpose for modern Israel. These state that God Himself will ensure that the Jews will be re-gathered to the Promised Land from all around the world in the Last Days:

 

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Amos 9:14-15 - “ ‘I will bring back the captives of My people Israel; they shall build the waste cities and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and drink wine from them; they shall also make gardens and eat fruit from them. I will plant them in their land, and no longer shall they be pulled up from the land I have given them,’ says the LORD your God (Yahweh your Elohim).”

 

Leviticus 26:44-45 - “Yet for all that, when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away, nor shall I abhor them, to utterly destroy them and break My covenant with them; for I am the LORD their God (Yahweh their Elohim). But for their sake I will remember the covenant of their ancestors, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the nations, that I might be their God: I am the LORD (Yahweh).”

 

Deuteronomy 30:3-5 - “that the LORD your God will bring you back from captivity, and have compassion on you, and gather you again from all the nations where the LORD your God has scattered you. If any of you are driven out to the farthest parts under heaven, from there the LORD your God will gather you, and from there He will bring you. Then the LORD your God will bring you to the land which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it. He will prosper you and multiply you more than your fathers.”

 

Ezekiel 28:25-26 - “Thus says the Lord GOD (Yahweh Elohim): ‘When I have gathered the house of Israel from the peoples among whom they are scattered, and am hallowed in them in the sight of the Gentiles, then they will dwell in their own land which I gave to My servant Jacob. And they will dwell safely there, build houses, and plant vineyards; yes, they will dwell securely, when I execute judgments on all those around them who despise them. Then they shall know that I am the LORD their God (Yahweh their Elohim).’”

 

Jeremiah 31:8-10 - “Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the ends of the earth, among them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and the one who labors with child, together; a great throng shall return there. They shall come with weeping, and with supplications I will lead them. I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters, in a straight way in which they shall not stumble; for I am a Father to Israel, and Ephraim is My firstborn. Hear the word of the LORD (Yahweh), O nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, ‘He who scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him as a shepherd does his flock.’ ”

 

Jeremiah 32:37-40 - “Behold, I will gather them out of all countries where I have driven them in My anger, in My fury, and in great wrath; I will bring them back to this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely. They shall be My people, and I will be their God; then I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me forever, for the good of them and their children after them. And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from doing them good; but I will put My fear in their hearts so that they will not depart from Me.”

 

Hosea 1:11 - “Then the children of Judah and the children of Israel shall be gathered together, and appoint for themselves one head; and they shall come up out of the land, for great will be the day of Jezreel!”

 

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In the establishment of modern Israel, this re-gathering of the Jews to the Promised Land has begun so that Yahweh our God can judge the nations on how well they follow Yahshua’s commandment to love God and one another fully, just as He loves us. Many Scriptures tell us that God will do this by using the nation of Israel as an allegorical anvil upon which the Gentiles will be tested. In this way, the Gentile nations that come against Israel in the Last Days will be judged not only by how they treat the Jewish people residing in Israel, but also the Jews and true Christians scattered around the world both before and after the Rapture:

 

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Joel 3:1-2 - “For behold, in those days and at that time, when I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; and I will enter into judgment with them there on account of My people, My heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; they have also divided up My land.”

 

Zechariah 12:2-3 - “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it.”

 

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In addition to using Israel as an anvil or heavy stone upon which God will smash His enemies, Yahweh our Elohim has plans to bring all the Jews who survive the coming world conflict over Jerusalem to know and love their Messiah Yahshua. The prophet Zechariah tells us that, when the remaining Jews see Yahshua in all His Glory at His Second Coming, they will realize that the Messiah whom they rejected thousands of years before was truly the One they sought to lead and to prosper them, and they will mourn the loss that arose from their stubborn refusal to recognize this truth sooner:

 

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Zechariah 12:9-10 - “It shall be in that day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they have pierced; they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.”

 

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When speaking of the salvation of his Jewish brethren in the Book of Romans, the Apostle Paul made it clear that the rejection of Christ by the Jews allowed salvation to come to the Gentiles. Paul also said that the eventual salvation of the Jews will one day bring even greater blessings to the whole Body of Christ. God’s plan has always been to extend His mercy and love to the Gentiles through the disbelief and disobedience of the Jews. But His plan also includes extending His mercy back again to the Jews so that all might have the opportunity to be saved in the endi:

 

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Romans 11:9-12 - “And David says: ‘Let their table become a snare and a trap, a stumbling block and a recompense to them. Let their eyes be darkened, so that they do not see, and bow down their back always.’ I say then, have they stumbled that they should fall? Certainly not! But through their fall, to provoke them to jealousy, salvation has come to the Gentiles. Now if their fall is riches for the world, and their failure riches for the Gentiles, how much more their fullness!”

 

Romans 11:25-32 - “For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: "The Deliverer will come out of Zion, and He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; For this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins. Concerning the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but concerning the election they are beloved for the sake of the fathers. For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. For as you were once disobedient to God, yet have now obtained mercy through their disobedience, even so these also have now been disobedient, that through the mercy shown you they also may obtain mercy. For God has committed them all to disobedience, that He might have mercy on all.”

 

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These Scriptures make it clear that Yahweh God loves both Houses of His people Israel, both the Jews and the Gentiles and Lost Israelites that call upon Yahweh and Yahshua for help and salvation, and also that He will judge all the nations that hate either branch or House of His Chosen People. So, as believers in Yahshua, we need to stand with modern Israel and see all religious Jews as our brothers in this time of testing. Furthermore, we need to tell others that those who do not do so will be working at cross-purposes with God and they will be destroyed.

 

It’s time for all of us to take sides and choose whom we will serve. Will it be Yahweh God and Israel, or the Gentile Nations and the Antichrist working with Satan to destroy Israel whom you will serve? Choose now, and know that your decision will have everlasting repercussions!

 

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This article can be viewed on my POEM blog here:

http://pillarofenoch.blogspot.com/2011/01/does-god-love-modern-israel-and-have.html

 

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Helena Lehman - Scholar, Author, Artist, helena@pillar-of-enoch.com

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