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©November 26, 2011 Revive Israel Ministries

Signs of the Times

by Asher Intrater

The entire Middle East is in an unprecedented time of upheaval. The clashes are between "old guard" dictatorships, militant Jihadist groups trying to takeover, and liberal elements seeking freedom.

I Chronicles 12:32 – "the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do."

The basic message of the Bible is timeless and universal. However, each apostle or prophet presented his message with a certain perspective or emphasis relevant to his generation and to the historical context concerning Israel, the Middle East, and the Nations.

Abraham was called to leave Iraq and settle in Israel. Joseph was called to lead the children of Israel into Egypt and administrate the government there. Moses was called to lead the people out of Egypt; Joshua to conquer the land; David to set up the kingdom; Jeremiah to prophesy the destruction of Israel and the coming Exile; Ezra and Nehemiah to re-establish the remnant.

Yeshua (Jesus) and the disciples preached right before the destruction of the Second Temple and the great Diaspora. (For this reason, Yeshua was compared to Jeremiah – Matthew 16:14). That was the time for the gospel to go out to the nations and the international Church to be established. Today God is restoring the Messianic remnant within Israel (a development that affects spiritually both Israel and the Church.)

Luke 12:54-55 – "Whenever you see a cloud rising out of the west, you say, 'a shower is coming'; and so it is. And when you see the south wind blow, you say, 'There will be hot weather'; and there is."

Yeshua's point here is one of cause and effect. In Israel, the Mediterranean Sea is located on the west side. If the wind blows from the west, obviously humid weather will come. On the south side is the Negev desert. Therefore, if the wind blows from the south, there will be dry, hot weather.

Just as there is cause and effect in the natural world, so is there cause and effect in the spiritual world. What any person or any nation sows, they will reap the proportionate result (Galatians 6:7). To discern the times we live in, we must look at the spiritual causes and effects behind the events in the political, economic, and military realms.

Meaning of Apostasy

excerpt from Francis Frangipane

"Let no one in any way deceive you, for [the day of the Lord] will not come unless the apostasy comes first" (2 Thess. 2:3)

The apostasy has been described as a time of deception and massive falling away from authentic faith in Christ. However, the original word for apostasy, apostasia, in classical Greek literature, meant "a political revolt." From this we understand that the End Time apostasy is not just a time of sinfulness or backsliding; it is a time of open defiance and warlike aggression against divine moral foundations. The apostasia is a political insurrection against the laws of God.

This interpretation of the apostasy is not an isolated view. The NIV, RSV, NEB and Philips translations all render apostasia as "the rebellion." The Living Bible interprets the apostasy as the "great rebellion," while the Jerusalem Bible assigns a proper name to this era: "The Great Revolt."

As we consider the fulfillment of so many other prophecies, let us carefully observe: mankind has entered an era of open revolt and outright rebellion---an apostasy---against the moral standards of God.

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(Look for the entitled “Ask of Me” (11-18-2011).

Prelude to World War II

Excerpt from Simcha and Bella Davidov

Hitler planned his military takeover of Europe in stages. First he turned democratic Germany into a dictatorship.  In October 1933, Hitler withdrew from the League of Nations. In the months that followed, Hitler tripled the size of the German Army and ignored the restrictions on weapons that had been imposed by the Treaty of Versailles.

By 1935, when it was clear that no action was going to be taken against Germany, Hitler decided to send German troops into the Rhineland, on the border with France - an area demilitarized under the Treaty of Versailles. The French government objected to German troops on their border, but didn't want to take action without the support of the British. The British government argued against going to war over the issue.

Hitler then moved to make Austria part of Germany. In March 1938, Austria's Chancellor Schuschnigg, who opposed Hitler, resigned and was replaced by Austrian Nazi Party leader Seyss-Inquart, who invited the German Army to occupy Austria and proclaimed union with Germany the following month.

Hitler's next move was to take over the Sudetenland area in Czechoslovakia. Hitler didn’t take no for an answer even when British PM Chamberlain told him that plans to invade Czechoslovakia were unacceptable.

On September 29, 1938, Hitler, Chamberlain, French PM Daladier, and Italian PM Mussolini signed the Munich Agreement which transferred the Sudetenland to Germany. In return, Hitler promised not to make any further territorial demands in Europe.  Czechoslovakia's head of state protested, but on October 1, 1938, Germany invaded Sudetenland.

Chamberlain feared the devastation a modern war would bring on the western world, and the possibility of a communist takeover. Hitler's words in private after that meeting: "This fellow Chamberlain shook with fear when I uttered the word war."

Hitler's next plan was to invade Poland. To do so, Hitler signed a military agreement with Stalin. The Nazi-Soviet Pact took the world by surprise. Fascists and communists had always been enemies. However, both Hitler and Stalin were opportunists who sought to divide Poland among them. (Later, Hitler broke this agreement and went to war against Russia.)

In August 1939, Hitler accused Poland of attempting to invade Germany by having a group of concentration camp prisoners dressed in Polish uniforms shot and then placed just inside the German border. That was Hitler's excuse to invade Poland on September 1, 1939. World War II had begun.
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