We greet you lovingly in the Lord’s
wonderful name as we join in celebrating the resurrection of our Lord, His
ascension to glory and the coming of the blessed Holy Spirit. In this issue we
reflect on the Lord’s Second Coming, and in these days when the world is
looking for men women of stature we include a bible study on Daniel, a
wonderful example of how to live in a hostile world. Some reflections on the ascension of Jesus
conclude with the triumphant statement that the Lord will return to God’s own
A collapsing house
A comparison of the lives of Daniel and Jesus
The Forgotten Festival
the End [PW]
summer marks 40 years of Jerusalem being returned to Jewish sovereignty. The
remarkable events of June 1967 are evidence that God was behind the very swift
victory. Of the things that are to precede the Second Coming, the return of the
Jews to Israel and the restoration of Jerusalem, are the most significant. In
the last Trumpet Sounds I set out my understanding that the prophecy of the
seventy weeks in Daniel 9 points to a period of not less than 49 years elapsing
between the end time decree to restore Jerusalem and the Second Coming of
Christ. This is a period in which both Israel and the church are to get ready.
Is Israel more prepared for the coming of her Messiah now than 40 years ago? Is the church a ready and expectant bride
waiting to hear the Bridegroom’s call?
is more secular, more sinful and less prepared for the Messiah than she was 40
years ago. We all praise God for the
significant growth in numbers of Messianic believers over last 40 years, but
they are still only a tiny percentage of the population as a whole. The nation
at large is very far from God. The following quote from Israel Today
illustrates the decline in standards:
a scathing commentary written for Yediot Ahronot, Asaf Wohl, winner of the
Deacon's Prize at Haifa University in the subject of Israel's history, lamented
the state of Israel's secondary education system, which is making the Bible
irrelevant to future generations of Israelis.
schools have a tendency to focus on interpretations of the Bible, while
Israel's non-religious school curriculum calls for the dissection of every line
of every scripture in search of modern parallels. Meanwhile, both almost
completely ignore the biblical narrative itself. In the case of Israel's
"secular" schools, where the vast majority of children are educated,
the result is that the stories of the Bible that form the basis of the nation's
history and moral fibre, have been made almost intellectually offensive to
Israel's youth, decried Wohl.”
is a debate among those who care about Israel regarding how much she will
suffer before her Messiah comes. Scriptures such as Daniel12:1 and Matthew 24:
21,22 point to a time of very great suffering.
Those, whose hearts cry out for Israel, find this hard to accept. They see a nation that has already suffered
greatly. Can it really be that they are to suffer even more? Various interpretations are offered to find a
way around the scriptures, which point to even worse to come. To the question;
‘how much will Israel suffer’, I offer a simple answer, ‘no more than is
necessary to bring her to repentance’.
If the nation repented today all the suffering of the last 2000 years
would be ended. Her Lord would rise up in protection over her.
is destined to form the central part of the Messiah’s kingdom, not by her
choice but by His election. She may obstinately resist but her destiny is
pre-determined. I find that the simple
interpretation of scripture is that her resistance will be very great. Sadly she is still the same stubborn nation
which will not listen that was lamented by Jeremiah. She has placed all her hope in being a
nation, possession of the land, military strength and political
negotiation. All these will fail her. If
only she would listen to her own prophets of the Tanakh. They repeatedly warned that it is not
military strength and alliances with other nations, which give security but
righteousness and faith in the living God.
scriptures, which point to a time of suffering greater than anything since she
became a nation, are motivation to pray for Israel. Prayer that she will turn to her Lord so that
her suffering will be reduced. If
Christians were to accept the extreme gravity of the situation they would plead
her case before the throne. During the
time of suffering Michael will rise up to rescue everyone found written in the
book, Daniel 12:1. We can pray that many
will have their names written in the book of life.
the second question of whether the church was ready for the return of Jesus, I
am sure that most readers of Trumpet Sounds would give a negative answer. Meaningful teaching on the Second Coming is
almost non existent.
church is ill prepared for a time of suffering before our Lord returns. The
church like Israel is called on the pass through a time of suffering but the
reasons are very different. The purpose
of Israel’s suffering is to bring her to repentance. The church will be permitted to suffer for
two purposes. The first purpose is to condemn the world; the second is to
prepare a people to reign with Christ. The gospel is to be preached to all
nations. The response of the world will
be to reject it. The hatred towards and
the treatment of believers will demonstrate that rejection. The suffering the world brings on the church
will bring down the wrath of God on a guilty world.
the Christian the return of Christ is the ‘blessed hope’. It is a subject of
great excitement and joy. We look forward to seeing the world restored to
paradise. There will be no more war,
suffering, hunger or exploitation. But for the world the coming of Christ is a
matter of terror and wrath. When Jesus returns not all will be judged and
removed from this world. Many from the
nations will continue into the kingdom.
Those who followed the Antichrist will be judged and condemned. But many
will have followed neither Christ nor Antichrist. They may not have followed Satan but they are
still sinful and unregenerate. They will live on into the kingdom and will be
the reason why Jesus when he comes will have to rule with a rod of iron. They will not respond kindly to the rule of
Revelation 20 it is the martyrs out of this time of tribulation who will reign
with Christ. At the return of Jesus all
believers will be raised to be with Him forever. Some will be chosen to reign with Him in His
kingdom. He is calling and preparing a people to reign. A people of proven loyalty, who put faith in
Jesus before their own lives. These have
been chosen to reign with Him. Are you
Khosrow (Iran) [PW]
Even as a small child, Khosrow
questioned the “meaning of life.”
Everything around him raised questions.
Why do flowers have color? What’s
beyond the stars? Where do we go when we
die? Who are “those people” inside the TV set?
Where do they go when the TV is shut off? When no one could answer his many questions
satisfactorily, his sensitive nature gave way to a growing depression.
day as a young man, he passed by an Assyrian Christian church and decided to go
inside, thinking he might find answers to some of his “questions.” There were only a few elderly women there and
an elderly pastor who gave him a box of books.
The books were all in Farsi and among them was a copy of the New
Testament, which Khosrow read from cover to cover. But the experience of reading alone was not
enough to satisfy his search for answers.
He threw the book across his room in despair. Just then, the form of a man came to him in a
vision. This man extended his hands
toward Khosrow and told him: “Take my hands and everything will change
forever.” Khosrow took the man’s hands and a wave of what he describes as
“electricity” flowed through his body. Kneeling, he began to weep, making such
a noise that his parents rushed to the room.
They were flabbergasted to see their son crying for the first time in
many, many years.
vision was not a figment of his imagination.
He returned to the Assyrian pastor who had given him the books and
described his experience. Over the
following years, Khosrow grew as a disciple of the Lord, eventually becoming a
pastor himself. But the persecution of
Christians in Iran forced him to flee to Turkey with his wife and two
children. There were persecutions and
difficulties in Turkey as well, but Khosrow and his family won people over
through patience and love. Khosrow
planted more churches in Turkey before he and his family were forced to flee
time they sought refuge in Austria. They flew from Turkey to Bosnia and made
their way from there on foot through treacherous mountain passes at night. While crossing a river, Khosrow’s son,
Joseph, lost his footing on a makeshift bridge and fell into the freezing
water, dragging his father in as well.
The river was fast flowing and deep, and Khosrow flailed about in the
dark water, searching in vain for his son.
Meanwhile, his wife had also jumped into the river to help, but was in
danger of drowning. Suddenly, Khosrow felt as if someone put Joseph into his arms. He also felt as if someone—invisible to his eyes—was helping
him stand in the deep water, then helping him carry Joseph to the river’s
embankment. All were saved and the
family, persevering through yet more ordeals, made their way to Austria and safety.
compares the invisible hands that saved him and his family that night to the
hands he saw and felt in his vision of Jesus.
He tells the story of being asked once by a skeptic how he could know
the vision wasn’t a product of his own imagination. Khosrow asked the skeptic if he was wearing
clothes. The man was taken aback by the question, but the analogy was
clear. Khosrow’s vision was as real as
that and more.
above is taken from http://www.dreamsandvisions.com you can read testimonies of
other Muslims who have also converted following dreams and visions of
Jesus. The site includes videos of their
testimonies in Arabic with English subtitles. Many Muslims will tell you that
no one ever leaves Islam. This is a good
place to help them understand that many do find real peace, fulfilment and
salvation in Jesus.
Collapsing House [PW]
couple of years ago I wrote an article that started with a story about a house,
which collapsed. After surveying the house I became worried that the rear wall
was no longer stable. I reported this to
the client and then became worried that I was being over alarmist. The point being that I had similar worries
about warning that Islam will play a central role in the fulfilment of end time
prophecies. I shared my belief that the
USA will soon collapse as an international power and that Europe will succumb
the leader to the May issue of Barnabas Aid, Patrick Sookhdeo shares a similar
story about an Australian who came home to find his house had collapsed. Unknown to him white ants had eaten away the
foundations and supporting timber.
Patrick then compares this to the insidious and destructive forces
eating away at out Judaeo-Christian heritage.
“There may be little visible change but ideological Islam is eroding the
foundations and supports of Western society, its culture and its religion, by a
gradual process of Islamisation”.
Among the illustrations that Patrick
uses to develop the point is the map of the Middle East published by the National
Geographic magazine. On it is marked the
journey made by Abraham with Ishmael and Isaac to Mecca. The magazine said that at Mecca Abraham built
the Kaba and established the hajj pilgrimage.
There was no hint in the magazine that this is the Islamic version of
history and at variance with Biblical story; the National Geographic treats the
story as an established fact. The
secular media is assisting the process of disseminating Islamic knowledge.
who support Revelation TV will have received the following news alert. “On Tuesday evening 15th May, Joel Conder
finished directing the evening World In Focus, and Review programme, that
followed on Genesis TV, and Revelation TV, and travelled back to his home. It was about 12.30 am. As he got out of his
car to go to his front door, three men set upon him, a gun was put to his head
as he was bundled into his car, and raced off with. We know that he was handcuffed and taken to a
predetermined place where other men were waiting. Police from three forces were alerted, and
began their search for him. Thankfully
after 2 hours they closed in on the gang and released Joel. None of the gang
that abducted him were captured.”
appears from other information that this was a deliberate attack on Joel in
response to his connection with Revelation TV.
The topic for World in Focus that evening had been abortion. Was the attack on Joel a Satanic response to
those who are prepared to speak the truth?
Thirty years ago Corrie Ten Boon gave this advice to those facing
persecution and in particular the suffering of the last days:
can we get ready for the persecution?
we need to feed on the Word of God, digest it, make it a part of our
being. This will mean disciplined Bible
study each day as we not only memorize long passages of scripture, but put the
principles to work in our lives.
we need to develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Not just the Jesus of yesterday, the Jesus of
History, but the life-changing Jesus of today who is still alive and sitting at
the right hand of God.
must be filled with the Holy Spirit.
This is no optional command of the Bible, it is absolutely
necessary. Those earthly disciples could
never have stood up under the persecution of the Jews and Romans had they not
waited for Pentecost. Each of us needs
our own personal Pentecost, the baptism of the Holy Spirit. We will never be able to stand in the
tribulation without it.
the coming persecution we must be ready to help each other and encourage each
other. But we must not wait until the
tribulation comes before starting. The
fruit of the Spirit should be the dominant force of every Christian’s life.
are fearful of the coming tribulation, they want to run. I, too, am a little bit afraid when I think
that after all my eighty years, including the horrible Nazi concentration camp,
that I might have to go through the tribulation also. But then I read the Bible and I am glad. When I am weak, then I shall be strong, the
Bible says. Betsy and I were prisoners
for the Lord, we were so weak, but we got power because the Holy Spirit was on
us. That mighty inner strengthening of the Holy Spirit helped us through. No,
you will not be strong in yourself when the tribulation comes. Rather, you will be strong in the power of
Him who will not forsake you. For
seventy-six years I have known the Lord Jesus and not once has He ever left me,
or let me down.
He slay me, yet will I trust Him”, (Job 13:15) for I know that to all who
overcome, He shall give the crown of life. Hallelujah!” - Corrie Ten Boom -
following thoughts come from a book which Walid Shoebat is writing. With regard
to the number 666 in Revelation 13, there is some confusion over the correct
rendering of the Greek. The ancient manuscripts, which have been preserved,
contain different numbers. Some have 666 others 616 or other numbers. Why is
there such confusion over what seems to be an important number? Walid has come
up with a possible solution.
Walid was once a Palestinian terrorist and
imprisoned by Israel for his activities. He is now a Christian and outspoken
supporter of Israel’s right to exist.
refers to the time when he first saw a copy of a Greek manuscript of Revelation
13 with the number 666 on it. When he first saw the Greek he though that he was
reading Arabic. The Greek is composed of the letters Chi Xi Diagamma which hae the numerical value 666. If the central character Xi is roteated through 90
degrees. It struck Walid that this now becomes a piece of Arabic with which he
was very familiar. He used to wear a similar inscription on his headband when
he was engaged in the fight against Israel.
as Arabic the characters now read “In the name of Allah Jihad”. Walid posses a
question: did John hear a number or did he see a series of characters which he
copied down? Later the copyist tried to make sense of what they read converting
it into a number. Walid also proposes a
retranslation of the Greek with multitude substituted for number. It’s a
A comparison of the lives of Daniel and Jesus [KK]
A bible study DANIEL 1: Daniel and Jesus (1 Cor 10:6,11; Daniel
9:23; 10:11,19; Matt 3:17; 17:5)
1.1 Birth and exile
Daniel was born into the royal house of
Judah (1:3-6; Gen 49:10).
Jesus is born of God (Matt 3:17; John
3:16), and came to earth as David's son (Matt 1:3; Luke 2:4; 3:33).
Daniel was taken into exile in a
foreign, hostile land (Jer 25:8-11; 2 Chron 36:15-21).
Jesus came from heaven (Luke 11:2,13;
John 1:1; 17:5) to a hostile earth (Luke 4:6; John 14:30; 1 John 5:19)
1.2 What is said of Daniel [and Jesus]
obedient (Jer 29:4-7) [Matt 20:28; John 6:38; 8:29; 14:31];
uncompromising (1:8-16; 5:17) [Matt 22:15];
a man of prayer (6:10-11; 9:3; 10:1-2); [Mk 1:5; Luke 6:12; 22:31; John
a man of understanding and wisdom (1:17-20; 2:14-23; 5:11-14); [Luke
2:47; Matt 12:42; 22:46; 1 Cor 2:6-16]
anointed (4:8 and 18; 5:11); [Luke 4:18; Acts 10:38]
1.3 Daniel's achievements [and Jesus]
He had professional success (1:20) & was seen to be “neither negligent nor corrupt” (6:4)
[“He has done all things well” (Mark 7:37)];
falsely accused by men, vindicated by God [ch 6] [accused of “many
things” (Mk 15:3-5); “no fault in him”
(Luke 23:4 and 14-25)];
He was an intercessor for his people (Jer 29:10-14; 9:4-19) [Jesus “lives to intercede” (Luke 22:32; John
17:20-25; Heb 7:25)]
Note: (a) the specific
references to Jesus in Daniel 2:34-35 and 44-45; 7:13-14 and 8:25-26, and (b)
to Daniel in Matt 24:25 (Mark 13:14) and to prophecies from
the book of Daniel in Matt 24:30; 26:63-64 and Luke 21:24.
A bible study DANIEL 2: Daniel's secret (Daniel 11:32)
2.1 Knowing God
Note the crucial difference between knowing about and knowing (Job 42:5;
to know God is to have eternal life (John 10:10; 17:3);
(c) God's plan is that we share in the
divine nature (2 Pet 1:3-4);
knowing God is a lifetime's work [cf. Moses (Exodus 33:13) and Paul
2.2 The God of Daniel (Daniel 6:26)
God is great and awesome (7:9-14, 9:4, 10:4-8): compare Isaiah 40 and 66:1-2; Ezekiel 1;
“the God we serve is able” (3:17; 6:19-21): a God of unlimited ability (Jer 32:27; Job 42:2; Mark 10:27; Eph 3:12;
the Most High is sovereign (4:3 and 4:32):
God reigns from everlasting to
everlasting (Exodus 15:18; Rev 19:6);
“the Lord reigns” (Psalms 93:1; 96:10;
He sees “the end from the beginning”
Jesus is the “coming King” (Isaiah 9:7;
Jer 23:5; Zech 14:9; John 18:36-40)“ the King Eternal” (1 Tim 1:17)
A bible study DANIEL 3: Living in “ Babylon”,
Scripture offers much instruction on
how to live in a hostile environment.
(a) We recognise what God has done and
that we are citizens of another kingdom (Col 1:13; Phil 3:20-21);
We need to renew your mind (Rom 12:2), i.e. think like Jesus (Phil 2:5;
1 Cor 2:16; John 8:29; Phil 4:4-8)
– most of the time we are bombarded in the
media with trivia, blasphemy & filth (Nah 3:6!);
By words and actions we show which kingdom we belong to (Acts 4:13; 1
John 2:15-17; Col 3:12-17; Gal 5:16-26;
1 Pet 4:4);
The God of Daniel and Jesus does not change: we have his presence and
resources (Mal 3:6; Heb 13:8;
28:20; John 20:21; 14:16) and above all.
“Have faith in God” (Mark 11:22; Heb 11:33)
It is vital that we seek the good of the nation where we live in
prayer. We are not permitted to ‘opt
out’ [Jer 29:7;
1 Pet 2:13-17].
Problem Gamblers [KK]
files contain the following article from September 1996. Comment is superfluous except to say that
these predictions are in the process of coming true. ”ABOUT 1.5 million British
adults suffer some form of gambling problem, according to a Home
Office-commissioned report published yesterday.
The study, by experts from Glasgow and Plymouth universities, erved,
contain different numbers. Some have 666examines problem gambling throughout
Britain and compares it to other countries.
says that 3.27 per cent of the adult population experience problem
gambling. Young men are particularly at
risk with between five and six per cent suffering problems. Studies in America showed that in 1981 the
effect of problem gambling on industry, social services and families cost £6.25
billion. Figures showed that increased accessibility to gambling had led to an
increase in crime to fund addictions.
The report gives a warning of the pressure that gambling puts on health
services and help groups. Gamblers Anonymous predicted "an explosion"
in problem gambling over the next few years, fuelled by the National Lottery
and scratch cards and an increasing number of casinos.”
forgotten feast [KK]
Coming forty days after the Lord’s
resurrection [Acts 1:3] the ascension of Jesus necessarily falls on a weekday,
and as such is frequently not celebrated.
Why did Jesus ascend, where did He go, and what is He doing there? The bible gives us clear answers to all three
1. He ascended to fulfil prophecy, both in the Old
Testament [Psalm 68:18 quoted in Eph 4:8] and by Himself [John 6:62;John
14:28]. He had been coming and going
among them freely for forty days. When
He finally left it was in a dramatic way which the disciples couldn’t fail to
recognise as marking a definite end to his earthly ministry.
2. He went to prepare a place for us [John 14:2] so that
we may see and share His glory [John 17:14; Rom 8:17]
3. He went to sit at His Father’s right hand, to make
intercession for us [Heb 7:25; Rom 8:34].
the most important feature of the ascension is where it happened. We have
two accounts in Luke 24:15 [Mark 11:1 which speaks of Bethany as at the Mount
of Olives] and Acts 1:9. Both spell out
that Jesus ascended from the Mount of Olives.
In the Acts account we are told that angels prophesied that ‘this same
Jesus will come back in the same way as you have seen him go’. And when He returns Jerusalem will be a Jewish city
with Jews living in it as Zech12:10 makes abundantly clear!! Glory to God.
latest convert to Islamic Jihad is Mikey Mouse. Hamas TV runs a weekly
programme in which a Mickey Mouse look alike named Farfur teaches children to
sing about using assault rifles, killing Jews and victory over America.