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TWENTY RECENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS on the 'LAST  DAYS'.
[ Revised 2015 ]
Answers given here, are prayerfully prepared after many years of study,
By Suzanna, for the 'Gethsemane Olivet Fellowship'.

They may give some encouragement as we steer our way
through the ‘oceans’ of news and ideas!
 [If you have other specific questions - from Scripture - you may send them to:
g.o.fellowship@maxnet.co.nz ]
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Throughout this article we will give names of some
Studies with more complete answers to questions.
Please feel free to look for any of these on Internet
and be sure to check our answers out for yourself,
especially the Bible references!

Why we care about peoples’ questions - some explanations first…
> Because we are the people who write and post a range of articles for our web site, (and have written 2 books and occasional newsletters), we really DO have a genuine prayerful concern to actually make a useful contribution to God’s people like you, who might also be interested.
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We so much want Believers to be blessed and prepared for Jesus Second Coming, when we will rise to meet Him in the air and return to Earth with Him!

What we are trying to offer here and on our web site: www.watchmanspost.com
Useful information
about current events in the light of the Bible – God’s Word. You may like to see our Newsletters. Encouragement to those who need encouragement in their faith, in hard times, even in times of disasters. *

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Some insights of possible very serious future developments, even warnings of Tribulation* -so we can be prepared for what God may ask of us, as Believers in Yeshua/Jesus Messiah.
2. Invitations to find the truth about a real relationship with God, through repentance and faith in the death of the Son of God, Jesus, as our Sacrifice for sin, Who died so that we can really be children of God.
3. Then to invite all Believers, to seek to stand true, also by faith, in God’s power, making Jesus the LORD of our lives, until Messiah comes! This is the MOST important subject – some other subjects are not quite so important, although of real interest!
4. An awareness of the present suffering of many Believers and the reasons for this - as the fulfillment of many prophecies about the increasing wickedness/ wars and disasters in this ‘Last Days’ world - [as the New Testament calls them], showing that there will be even more ahead*.

Other reasons for studying this subject of 'Last days'.
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SO many (sometimes) confusing articles, web sites, radio sermons, books and films are available now! This can be good and bad!
> The reality we see is, that there are just so many variations in the messages one can hear, read or see via our modern technology, about ‘eschatology’, (study of End times or 'Last days' as they are called 7 times in the N.T.) So it almost becomes disheartening, to the point of ‘flagging it all away’! This is especially if we think that,  * maybe we will not escape from a terrible time of testing, as so many teachers are saying? Perhaps *Jesus Messiah returns for Believers after the terrible time of 'Tribulation' as He said in Matthew 24: 29?
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This is only one subject we address, but it is an important one, as we are obviously in the minority, when so many Bible Teachers believe in a ‘Pre-tribulation’, or ’Pre-wrath’, 2-part coming of the LORD Jesus, with 2 separate resurrection days some years apart…
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This web site offers several articles to prove * a 'Post Tribulation Rapture' of all Believers in Jesus/ Yeshua on one glorious Resurrection Day. One good Scripture is Hebrews 9: 28 note 'a second time' only - since He went back to Heaven! Not a third time as Pre-tribulation Rapture indicates in their teaching.
> Here is one of the very best web sites with a good range of articles by Rhett Totten; "The Second Coming of Jesus".

This is the main focus of our ministryseeking, not to be ‘scare-mongers’ but to try to prepare people for a future of great tests, just like many of our Fellow Believers are already facing! We believe Yeshua/ Jesus was not asking us to “WATCH" to be ‘entertained’ or in order to be experts on the events of the future. But by being prepared in the "renewing of our minds" with the Holy Spirit’s help, we will be able to stay true even through we might have to suffer in the Tribulation -to the End”. Yet God will see us through.

WHERE did we get these questions from? With the help of modern technology sometimes supplied by Christian people, we can get an idea of the kind of questions and search words people use to find our web site. We use one called, ‘Stat Counter’ free and very useful.
This does not tell us anything about individual people. But the broadest information; like, the country people are in, what subject was being searched for; the articles that were looked at and the approximate number of articles a person looked at.
Sometimes we felt that people were directed by the ‘search engines’ to articles that did not answer the question the person asked. So we want to give some extra help, to really find answers to these enquiries! They probably represent unasked questions, which other people have wondered about.

As always they are NOT offered dogmatically, but simply as a thought-provoking basis for your own study, but with the hope they will give some clearer aspects of Biblical knowledge.

NOTE that we often use the N.I.V 1985 Bible and in order to honour the Word of God we use the purple, italic, bold font as a royal tribute.
 [Sadly since then many translations are being corrupted for modern tastes.]
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 HERE ARE 20 GENUINELY ASKED QUESTIONS.
 (Often there are many Scriptures giving answers to the questions
but we give only a few very brief references here, to keep it simple.)
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1. What part of the Bible tells of the 'End of the World'? 
(a) There will be an end to the wicked rule of mankind under the Antichrist/ False Messiah as given in Revelation 19, and great desolation of the Earth is described in Isaiah 13 and Isaiah chapter 24, but this will not be the end of this Planet Earth, because we believe when Man’s wicked rule ends and Yeshua/ Jesus comes back He will remake it as a recreated world – like it was at Creation! Isaiah 2: 1-5, and chapter 11 & 12 are some descriptions of many. This is exciting!
We don’t know how long it would take – but probably less than 6 days!
[See articles on ‘Messiah’s Kingdom on Earth’, Part 1 and 'Heaven on Earth with Messiah' Part 2.]

(b) Later, at the end of the 1,000 reign of Yeshua/ Jesus on Earth ~there will be an actual End to this physical Earth, when it is replaced by a New Heaven and Earth, described in Revelation 21 –22. These will be totally different from this Earth, which will have ‘passed away’ completely. It will be so different it is hard for us to imagine, inspite of Revelation 21 & 22, which indicates it will be real – but spiritual and Eternal –lasting forever!  Another fascinating, exciting study!
 [See article ~ a separate Study, ‘Eternity – Heaven on Earth’.]

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2. Is the Second Coming (of Yeshua) mentioned in the Tanakh/ O.T?

Yes, it is more than once, in places like Daniel 7: 13 & 14, & Psalms 72, 93, & 97. Also Zechariah 14: from verse 3. (As these were written before Jesus'/ Yeshua’s first Coming it is easier for us to study about Yeshua’s Return to Earth, with the extra knowledge of the B’rit Chadashah/N.T.) But it is good to build on the messages in the Tanakh – God’s special book - in all subjects. Psalm 45 is about the Royal Son’s wedding day – it could only be Yeshua’s: In Your majesty, ride forth victoriously…Your throne O God will last for ever and ever, a sceptre of justice will be the sceptre of Your kingdom!”
 [See Study, ‘Jesus Second Coming’.]

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3. Will all the Jews alive be ‘saved’/restored spiritually to trust in God? *
Yes! We do believe Romans chapters 9 -11 gives the answer, because of the way they come in this special letter to Gentile Christians, where Rome had previously exiled all Jewish People, but Jewish Believers were later able to return but to a predominantly Gentile congregation/ synagogue, so they all needed to accept each other, as fellow Believers in Messiah Yeshua/ Jesus *
 [We are indebted to Rev David Pawson, for this excellent explanation.]
Other Scriptures show the truth of this answer, like Jeremiah 50: 19 & 20. *

4. When and how will Jewish People become Believers through Jesus?
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From our studies, Ezekiel 39: 26 -29 tells us when the Sovereign God will save/ deliver all Israel from an impossible situation, because Jews will finally call out to God, [see Zechariah 12: 9 – 13: 2] in repentance and trust; and Jews will recognise Jesus/ Yeshua as "the Face of God", (by His Holy Spirit being poured out on them.) Ezekiel 39: 29 sums it up. I will no longer hide My Face (Yeshua) from them, for I will pour out My Spirit on the house of Israel, declares the Sovereign LORD.” Isn’t that wonderful?

But, we believe they can only be saved when they “call on the Name of the LORD (Yeshua)” in faith and repentance. There is no other way! God does not save anyone except through their faith in Him; NOT when they see Yeshua at His coming. (Yes, God is so gracious to give some people visions of Yeshua, like some Jewish people, now.) Rabbi Sha’ul, (Paul) wrote, if you acknowledge publicly… that Yeshua is ADONAI ~ LORD and  trust in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be delivered/ saved (spiritually).”  Jewish NT- Romans 10. Yeshua said in Matthew 23; 32, you will not see Me again until you say ‘Blessed is He that comes in the Name of ADONAI’.” (“Baruch ha ba B’Shem ADONAI”, in Hebrew.)
 [See article on ‘Israel’s Glorious Future'. *]

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4. What nations of the world will be blessed by Israel?

> This question could be based on the clear promise to Abraham, Genesis 12: 2 & 3. "I will bless you... and you will be a blessing. ANY person, at anytime, anywhere, as an individual, who has repented of sin and accepted the Jewish Yeshua/Jesus’ life and death and resurrection by trusting is blessed! Therefore many millions of people have been blessed by the truth of the complete Jewish Bible containing the Judeo/Christian Faith, with Truth of God for each one.
> The influence of the good laws in the Bible – (a Jewish Book), on many societies – e.g. ‘legal rights’ have brought great blessings to the nations, (especially in the ‘West’), that use them.
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Also Jews have been, and still are - involved in many great ‘inventions’ and scientific, medical and other developments to enhance and bless the lives of people, everywhere.
> A special answer is “we believe most nations” will be blessed in a special way, in the future, after Israel individually, but as a Nation, calls on the Name of the LORD” as described in Romans 11, Zechariah 12;  and in Isaiah 19: 23 -25. We have several articles about this exciting question.
 [See ‘The Future of Israel’, (short version) & ‘Israel’s’ Glorious Future’, also the ‘http://www.watchmanspost.com/biblicalfuture/gog-magog2.html.]
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In Matthew 25: 31 –46 it tells of a division of ‘nations’ after Jesus Second Coming, between the people (‘sheep’) that cared for the brothers of Jesus’ and so will be blessed; and (‘goats’) people - those that did not care. We actually suspect this has been fulfilled in several ways, but we wonder if the Jewish Restored Nation will minister or 'bless' persecuted Gentiles in the Tribulation? So we believe it could be through 144,000 Jewish ‘servant or 'social workers’ – but we do not know for sure. (In Revelation 7: 3 – 8, it simply calls the 144,000 of Israel ‘servants’.

Note: Jews cannot be ‘evangelists’ in the Tribulation as: - after people have ‘taken the mark’ that will lock people into the worship of the False-messiah. So Israel will be a blessing spiritually beforehand. God has always wanted to bless the world through Israel and we find it impossible to believe that God will wait until after the Return of Yeshua to Earth. God will use Jews greatly beforehand as Romans 11: 12 & 15 says to bringGreater riches” for the world! See Isaiah 60, & 66:19 – 21 ~ amazing verses of blessings on Earth!
 [See our Internet article, ‘The Greatest Sign of Messiah’s Coming.’]

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5. So, will people left on Earth, be able to become Believers in Jesus, (i.e. ‘converted’) after they have taken “the mark of the Beast”?

[Such as the so-called ‘Left Behind’ people, or people alive under the Anti-christ’s rule.] This seems very unlikely, as the ‘mark’ is more of a worship symbol than even a monetary system. Revelation 13: 15 –17. It will be totally binding on those who take it, and be the basis of total control, by the Beastly Anti-christ. [See our article, ‘Tribulation or Wrath’.]

But this is not what those who believe in a 'Pre-trib Rapture' - believe about those who have been ‘left behind’ – as they are called ‘Tribulation saints’. But this teaching suggests there is a 2nd chance to accept Jesus, and a second resurrection day for Believers - which is not so, ~ no group will be specially favoured. The true 'Tribulation Saints' of Rev ch 7, are those who refuse the 'mark' and are imprisoned, left destitute, hungry and cold and cruelly killed.
The loveliest name for them is "brothers of Jesus" as in a Matt. 26 parable.
There is no Scriptural support for a second chance to become Christians after God’s People/Bride have been ‘caught up’ to meet, Yeshua/Jesus on the Day He returns once to Earth! We believe in only one Rapture resurrection day for all Believers, and no 2nd chances to accept Jesus at any time after that.
Now is the Day of Salvation.”
Faith is not - ‘seeing’ - yet ‘faith’ is absolutely essential to have a relationship with the Loving LORD God! However there will be a huge harvest just before the Antichrist takes over. See Joel chapter 2, 1 – 27- about ‘the Ezekiel/ Magog War’, and the result for Israel is in vss 28 – 32! Also Isaiah 19: 23 - 25, re a time when the 3 nations Bless the Earth!"

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6. What is the difference between the times of the Gentiles”, in Luke 21: 24; and The fullness (or full number) of the Gentiles”, in Romans 11: 25?

a) We believe the first (in Luke) was when Yeshua/ Jesus was speaking of a political time of change that would come to give the Jews the possession of the City of Jerusalem. Many people believe this happened in 1967, but in a sense it is not complete yet, but very soon Jewish Israel will be given the full responsibility for this Covenant City, in a covenant with the Beastly Antichrist.

b) The second reference (in Romans) is to the full number of Gentile people ~ Believers in Messiah Jesus, a spiritual time of completion – here on Earth, and known only to God. It will also match with a given time when all Jewish people – here on Earth - will have finally realised Who Yeshua really is! That’s why it says, and so all Israel will be saved.” (Vs. 26.) This emphasises our belief that every Jewish person alive at that time, (even though a ‘small remnant’ of maybe 20 million – compared with 360 million Arabs), will accept Yeshua as Saviour and their Messiah, before the Return of Yeshua to Earth.
 [Please see the full explanation in our article, ‘The Times of the Gentiles’.]

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7. When is Jesus Coming back?

No one but GOD knows the actual date, but we will know it is getting nearer as we watch for the signs. We believe it will be after some 7 years of Tribulation, followed by a short time of God’s judgments, during which true Believing Jews and many Gentiles will be kept safe. We believe that NO one knows the day or the hour”. But while non-believers will have no idea what is happening, (Matthew 24: 36 –39) yet godly, true Believers will NOT be caught by surprise as they see the time getting nearer. 1 Thessalonians 5: 1 –11 says it well! You are not in the dark, so the Day would take you by surprise.” [Please see, ‘Comparing Pre- & Post Tribulation Points of View’, and ‘Scripture Explanations of the Future’.] It is a BIG subject!

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8. Is Islam the End Time 'Beast', of Daniel 7: 29 and Revelation 13?

No, we do not believe so. We believe God will break the power of fanatical Islam earlier, before - due to ‘The Magog Ezekiel War’, [ch.38/39]  but that soon after as a result of a worldwide Quake, [vs 20] the real False-messiah will emerge and head up the 'Beastly kingdom' – also called ‘Babylon’. This will be supported by ‘a One World Religion’ that will include many moderate Muslims, carnal Christians and every other religious group in a homogenous Satan-worshipping group. Of course any powerful, cruel, Satanic regime in history or in the world now, (like Islam) shows the same cruel features, which, sadly will be even worse, when the Antichrist emerges to set up his world ‘Babylonian’ evil kingdom, as described in Revelation ch. 17 and 18.
[See articles on ‘The False-messiah’ * & ‘The Greatest Lie’.] We believe the * '1st Beast' in Rev. 13 is more than a 'Anti-christ' of 1 John 2: 18 the final one.

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9. Is America ‘Babylon’?

No, we do not believe this. Babylon’ will not be one nation. It will be a total, global economic and religious system – a new UNO -headed by a very powerful and seemingly clever MAN – that will claim to be the 'messiah'. He is alive now - and could be gaining worldwide influence just as some 'leaders' are already doing. He will be backed by a worldwide, humanistic, ‘religious inter-faith’, conservation minded lobby group with a leader like the Dalai Lama. The False-messiah will be supported by 10 ‘power-blockslike: Africa, Arabia, South America, Asia, China, India, Nth America (Canada & USA) Russia, Europe & Oceania (Australia & all Island nations in the Pacific) = 10.

Each will have one ‘king’ or leader to become the ‘10 kings’ of Revelation 17.  But the world is becoming more ‘inter-dependant’, forming big alliances, such as the G8, WTO, Multi-lateral financial and cultural groups, and other efforts such as setting up Conservation ‘initiatives’. Even the UNO have set up a special organisation called ‘AOC’ = Alliance of Civilisations, see
www.unaoc.org/. It is fashionable to bring Leaders together, as the ‘Clinton Global initiative does, see www.clintonglobalinitiative.org/ ~ plus the ‘Inter-Faith Conferences’, and other groups, talking about ‘values’ and seemingly noble humanitarian ideas – like the Non-Government Organisations, which are not only financially based world bodies, though several  talk about Trade. Even the Security Council cannot stop wars.
[See our studies on ‘Daniel’s Five End-time Kingdoms’ Part 2.]

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10. Who is the ‘Restrainer’ of 2 Thess 2?

We believe this is a very powerful Angel, as in many places in the Bible, great Angels are given very special assignments, as shown in Daniel 12. Time-wise it is before the Tribulation that ‘the Restrainer’ is removed in order to allow the ‘Lawless one’ to take over! So we do not believe it will be the Holy Spirit, because Jesus by the Holy Spirit will be in all true Believers, even in the time of Tribulation. As Jesus said,I will be with you always, yes, even to the end of the Age.” This is another reason out of many, why we do not believe in a Pre-tribulation event/ Rapture. God by His Spirit will always be omni-present – everywhere, always, with all of His people by faith - Jews included!  But by the increasing liberal attitudes of even Christians ~ there is less ‘restraint’ of evil, so there is also anincrease of wickedness”. [See excellent article at: www.lastdaysmystery.info/he_who_holds_back.html]

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11. How important is World Evangelism and will there be a great End-time Harvest of millions of people (esp ex-Muslims) becoming true Christians? Isaiah saw the answer in chapter 19: 23 – 25!

YES!
This is the exciting key to the Return of Yeshua/ Jesus! Joel chapter 2 describes it in verses 29 - 32 so it will happen! It will partly be because of * “all Israel being saved” – all Jewish people finally realising Who Yeshua is, and then turning to everyone they know around the world, to tell them the Good news, bringing BLESSING out of the curse of the ‘Diaspora’. Also a huge harvest of new Believers in Islamic nations of the M.E, as Isaiah 19: 23 – 25, implies. Yeshua/ Jesus said clearly in Matthew 24: 14,This Gospel… will be made known in all the world ~ then [later on] the end will come.”  It’s so important! You see, because Jesus Coming as at "the end" ~ (after the Tribulation as Jesus said in Matthew 24: 29 "immediately AFTER the distress of those days") ~ "the End" ~  will be 7 years later after the world hears the Gospel, and so by then God will know "the full number of the Gentile Christians" as in Romans 11: 26.  
 [See ‘The Greatest Sign of Messiah’s Coming’.]

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12. When will Believers in Jesus and non- Believers be resurrected from the dead?

a) There is only ONE resurrection Day for all Believers; it is at the one and only Return of Jesus to Earth.This is the first resurrection,” Revelation 20: 5. We believe that it will include all people since Seth, (see Hebrews 11) -all Believers in the Tanakh/O.T, and all other Believers right through to the ‘end of the Age’.  Anyone who has ‘believed’ and therefore theirfaith is reckoned to them as righteousness’, like Abraham, or ‘the dying thief’, and people over the past 2000 years.

b) Revelation 20, verses 7–15 tells clearly of the time 1000 years later when another, ‘second resurrection’ happens but only for non-Believers and sadly they will die a second time. There is NO second chance to become Believers by faith, because they will see Jesus their Judge and know they have sinned and will die in the "second death.” Some Scriptures suggest levels of punishment, but it is not clear. It is clear from Romans 1:18 – 20 everyone knows what is right, from Creation, and their own consciences, will have no excuses on the Judgement day. However we agree with Abraham’s statement in Genesis 18:25,Shall not the Judge of all the Earth do right?” All little children and intellectually handicapped people from birth, will be saved and be where Jesus is. Everyone else will have to answer to Him, one day. [See ‘Messiah Jesus is Coming Again’. *]

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13. How much do we know about the future of Jerusalem, and the 3rd Temple?

There is quite a lot about this in the Bible, which we comment on in different articles. Our intensive study is different from many Teachers as we believe the 'Anti-christ ' will bargain with Israel, when they are NOT willing to give him their sovereignty, for 7 years. So his covenant with them, (may be) that he will allow Israel to: (1) be a separate Nation not under his control; (2) build a 'third' Temple in Jerusalem [for them to learn about what Yeshua's sacrifice meant - in the light of the original sacrifices - (perhaps by T.V. screening) to the Nation] and (3) he will insist that every Jew must go and live in an enlarged Israel. 2 Thess ch 2, underlines these facts, as the Beast breaks his 'covenant' with the Jews after 3.5 years, and "sets himself up in God's Temple, proclaiming himself to be 'god'. Daniel 9: 27 tells of this: "In the middle of the 7 years, he will put an end to sacrifice and offering."  

So we know THIS Temple is before the Millennium, and will be the place Jesus mentioned in Mark 12: 13, "when you see the Abomination of desolation standing where it does not belong"; that is - in the Temple, which will be desecrated, [like the first Temple was by Antiochus Epiphanes, see good notes in NIV 1985, for Matthew 24: 15]. It maybe destroyed as in Rev. 19:19. If you are not happy about these concepts please check them out carefully.

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14. Where can I read about End Time earthquakes and sky signs in Israel?

We give a summary of some of these.
 [See our article, ‘Earthquakes and Sky Signs in Jerusalem’.]

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15. Can we know Man’s true origin? Does it matter to know?

We believe God made one man and one woman absolutely perfect physically, mentally and spiritually on the 6th day of Creation. Genesis 1: 26 –31. Can you imagine God making anything that was not perfect in every way? Many Christian scientists believe God created the world and people perfectly, less than 10,000 years ago. Sin has caused a ‘decline’ in many people over the centuries, but God can ‘restore’ those who believe in Him, in this life, and even better at the Resurrection,when we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him!”  [But see our article ‘Comfort for Sorrow’ Part 1.]

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16. Will weapons be made of ‘lignostone’ in a future war?

Yes, we believe so. This is because after the ‘Ezekiel War’, Israelis will go out and use the weapons for fuel and burn them up…. For 7 years they will use them for fuel… they will use the weapons for fuel…” Ezekiel 39: 9 & 10. In Ezekiel’s time, wood was the main source of burning for cooking or warmth. (Oil was for lighting.) Present-day Israel is very good at using solar heat for electricity, but since great reserves of Gas have been found, close to the coast of Israel they are already using it to meet needs. But modern slow burning stoves, etc would offer a lot of reduction of other fuel needs, so now there is this burnable substance called ‘lignostone’ which is as hard as steel, but being made from wood, will be less visible on radar or from satellites.

It seems possible the 'Magog Army' would use it for at least carrying other weapons. Their weapons could even include modern kinds of  ‘shields, bows and arrows’ as Scripture clearly says. [Refer to: ‘Gog & Magog -What Do They Mean?’ Part 1 & 2. [For Cptr users, see link please.]
www.lighteningboards.com/lignostone.htm.]

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17. Why does it say Jerusalem will be called ‘Sodom’ and ‘Egypt’ in Revelation 11:8?

We like the NIV rendering about the two killed ‘prophetic witnesses’,their bodies will lie in the street of the great City, which is figuratively called ‘Sodom & Egypt’ where also their LORD was crucified.”  It is very clear this is during the time of the False-messiah’s rule, who hates them and everything they stand for. So like all people who hate the Lord Jesus, they use angry and blasphemous words and names. So this does not mean Jerusalem has become evil. We believe it will be a righteous City under the control of newly Believing Jewish Leaders, who will rebuild the Temple and worship God through Yeshua, for 3.5 years, as this chapter 11 describes.

But it suits the jealous False-messiah (who will give them permission to build the Temple), to then besmirch and blaspheme God’s City, until finally he jealously decides to seat himself in the Temple in Jerusalem with his statue,  or 'image' and proclaim ‘he is god’, there. (2 Thess, 2: 4.) Evil people love to speak badly about good organisations, people, etc.
[See our article, ‘The Great Lie’]

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18. Will God provide a place of refuge and safety, on Earth, to Jews (and some Gentile Believers) in the Tribulation?

Yes,
we believe the whole Land of Israel, from the Euphrates river across to the great (Mediterranean), Sea, and down to the ‘river of Egypt’ as it says in Joshua 1: 4, etc, will be restored as a safe place for all Jews alive at that time. In fact we believe that because the False-messiah/A.C will be like Pharaoh he will order all Jews to go to live in Israel. (Compare Revelation 12).

But some Gentile Believers who have prayed for Israel, will be able to go there too, as Zechariah 8:23 says, though many others will die for their faith. It is possible the new areas Israel will gain (after ‘The Ezekiel War’), will be even more than originally promised. As it says in Isaiah 61:7,they will inherit a double portion in their Land.” Those people who do not love Israel will have left before the Magog War. Compare Isaiah 14: 1, Zech ch 8!
 [See articles, ‘Times of Tribulation & Wrath’ & ‘Sequel to the Ezekiel War’ part 2 of ‘Gog & Magog...’]

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19. Which nation will be the ‘Sheep nation’?

We are not dogmatic about this but believe it is Israel. Specifically, during the Tribulation, Israel will help persecuted Gentilebrothers of Yeshua’  (perhaps by sending out 144,000 Jewish servants” as they are called in Revelation 7), to be the actual ‘social workers’ on behalf of Israel.  Later Israel after the Return of Yeshua, will be divided into 'sheep' and 'goats' as Yeshua sets up His Earthly Kingdom. See Matthew 25: 31 –45.

However God has used the message & meaning of this story to encourage all Christians in every place and every age to find ways of ministering to both Jews and Gentiles, Believers or un-believers. We note that it is ‘nations’ that are separated from other nations, (Matthew 25:32) - perhaps not individuals. This is an example of things we do not fully know or understand till they happen. Christians have always been and are in the forefront of many rescue and relief agencies as they should be.

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20. How can a Jewish person understand how YHWH is three in ONE?

a)
Only
by the help of the Ruach ha Kodesh/ the Holy Spirit. This is a very special question, with a very special answer, for Jewish people, who repeat ‘The Shema’, (from Deuteronomy 6: 4), every day. The affirmation in Hebrew says: Shema, Isra’el; ADONAI Elohaynu ADONAI Ehad”. In English it is: Hear, O Israel, The LORD, our God, The LORD is One.” For those who will accept it – it is in fact an affirmation of the three-part nature of their great eternal ‘ADONAI’ / LORD = (translation of the Hebrew ‘YHWH’.)

The repetition of the Name 3 times, is significant, as is the use of the plural possessive form of ‘ Elohim’ being ‘Elohaynu’- our God. It is also noteworthy that the word ‘ehad’ for ‘one’, is often repeated 3 times at the end of the prayer. "Ehad" can be at times and is used elsewhere in Scripture, for the concept of a multiple number of people, (as an army) but designated as ‘one’.

b)
Illustrations can only be a help ~ to understanding that God has shown Himself in 3 FORMS, or personalities. Perhaps this concept will help?

Just as there is NO separation between the SUN, and the SUN-LIGHT rays, and the 'LIFE- FORCE' that comes from the Sun, so ALMIGHTY GOD ~ is [1] like the powerful SUN that man cannot look at [normally], ~ [2] YESHUA/ Jesus GOD's SON [in the spiritual way alone] is the warm, SUNLIGHT that we can see and feel ~ and [3]the HOLY SPIRIT is the LIFE-FORCE that makes all life exist and grow!

If we could mentally, fully understand how God is 3 personalities in One, we'd be equal to God. Yet we NEED a great God who has communicated in amazing ways, through words, miracles, the Person and Life of Yeshua, and the inner FAITH God's Holy Spirit gives those who believe in ~ and accept and worship ~ all three Persons, as ONE!

c) As the Holy Spirit [Ruach Ha Kodesh] is responsible for "convicting us of sin, and righteousness and judgement” - so -we can simply pray still, that even more Jewish people will recognise that Yeshua is ~ "THE FACE of God", as Yacov discovered at the place he called ‘Pin-iel’. Genesis 32:30.
A little like Joseph's brothers realising this great Leader - was their own brother!
In John 14: 9. Phillip [one of the Talmedai/ disciples] asked Yeshua/ Jesus  to show them "The Father." ~  But Jesus said "you are looking at Him" because ~ Whoever has seen Me has seen the Father…” In the end, this is a question that no one can understand with his or her mind, (as we would be equal with God), so we must accept it by faith, alone!
[See our article, ‘Who is the Face of God?’]

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We trust these questions and answers have been a help to you.
We do not claim to know all the answers, but do believe that
God wants us to "ask and seek", most of all for Him,
Himself and what He can be to us!

Here are some precious thoughts about our individual relationship to God.
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 “The love of my poor heart can be - to God’s beloved Son,
Something He nowhere else has seen, and in no other, won!

 “And His dear love can be to me - my own, my very own;
Something He can only be ~ to me ~ and me, alone.”
 (Author unknown.)

We are happy to answer other questions if you would like to contact us,
by writing to g.o.fellowship@maxnet.co.nz
Our urgent prayers are that God Himself will teach us all ~
as we read and pray over His written Word.
AMEN

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