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SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 178A
June 27, 2004
The Absence of Light in Israel, a Nation in Darkness!
Genesis 1:3,4 – And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.  And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
There is one simple basic comprehensive definition of light that is not difficult to understand: “Light is the absence of darkness.” And this basic definition is reversible for darkness: “Darkness is the absence of light.”
The living Word, God himself incarnate in Christ the man, his only begotten Son, shined unto Israel so that they might receive him as the Son, but they chose to remain in spiritual darkness rather than to come into God’s eternal light through belief in his Son.
John 1:1-13 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.  In him was life; and the life was the light of men.  And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.  There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.  The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.  He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.  That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.  He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.  He came unto his own, and his own received him not.  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:  Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
It was never God’s will that mankind should perish, but that all should come to the Light in repentance toward him and faith in his Son.
II Peter 3:9 – The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
John 3:14-20 – And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:  That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.  He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.  And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.  For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
The law was given to the nation of Israel by the hand of Moses to manifest God’s light to them, because the law represents the light of God’s standard of righteousness. Christ was the personification of God in sinless human flesh, manifesting the righteousness of the law by being the only human being that ever measured up to the law standard of his Father’s righteousness by keeping every miniscule part of it. The light Christ manifested before man was his keeping of God’s perfect law. God dwelled among us as a perfect man, letting his light be seen in him by all who would come to him through him. God set him as the light of a lamp, so that all the world could see the light of his observing every jot and tittle of the law, which is the standard of the great righteousness of his Father. It is the light that is in Christ that is meant to show forth in the lives of those who believe in him as the Light of God.
Matthew 5:15-18 – Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.  Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.  For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
The final act of the law was finished at Golgotha. After having kept the law perfectly all his life, he performed the final act of the law on the cross. What is the great commandment in the law?
Matthew 22:34-40 – But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together.  Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,  Master, which is the great commandment in the law?  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
As he hung on the cross, all the law and the prophets were hanging around his neck on his shoulders, and he finished the work he had been sent to do. He had loved his Father will all his heart and submitted to his will rather than the will he possessed as a man, and then eternally proved to all the world that he loved mankind, made up of his many neighbors, his kinsmen in the flesh, more than he loved himself, his own life. His life is the only sacrifice God will accept as the eternal offering for our sins.
John 19:28-30 – After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.  Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth.  When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
Jesus spoke of this fast approaching end of his work to the disciples in John 17:1-5.
John 17:1-5 – These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:  As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.  And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.  I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.  And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
The law was the light of God’s righteousness given to man to teach him that he did not possess righteousness before God, and that the only righteousness man could ever possess was the righteousness of God that he would impute to him through faith in his Son, Jesus Christ.
Romans 3:10,23 – As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Galatians 3:21-26 – Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.  But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.  But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.  Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.  But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.  For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
The Absence of Light in Israel, a Nation in Spiritual Darkness!
Matthew 23:37,38 – O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!  Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.
Romans 11:32 – For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.
The law, the light of the standard of his righteousness, was indeed glorious, but it was a ministration that led to death if one was so self-righteous they actually thought they could keep it perfectly. But Christ, of whom the law and the prophets testified, was the Seed in whom the hearers of the law and the prophets were to place their faith for eternal life, and, as God’s Son, he was more glorious than the law he kept perfectly for our sins, because we were unable do so.
II Corinthians 3:6-16 – Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.  But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:  How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?  For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.  For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.  For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.  Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:  And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:  But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.  But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.  Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.
This vail will soon be taken away in the Negev when the fullness of the Gentile age comes to a close, and God restores Israel. Israel has been spiritually desolate since the cross, but in the Negev will cry out to their Messiah, “Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.”
Romans 11:25 – For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
Matthew 23:37-39 – O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!  Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.  For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
He will come to rule as the direct descendant of King David, and he will rule from Jerusalem over all the world.
Zechariah 14:9 – And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one.
Luke 1:31-33 – And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.  He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:  And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
Ezekiel 37:24-28 – And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them.  And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children's children for ever: and my servant David shall be their prince for ever.  Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore.  My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people.  And the heathen shall know that I the Lord do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.
Daniel 7:13,14 – I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.  And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.
Israel will be attacked from the north, and it is likely the attack will come at some point in time between 2006 and 2008, but, as always, while I can never be certain of WHEN a prophetic event will occur, I can be certain it will EVENTUALLY occur. And whenever the attack does occur, it will be followed some three and one half years later by the fulfillment of Matthew 23:39 and the last phrase in Zechariah 13:9.
Matthew 23:39 – For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
Zechariah 13:9 – And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God.