Wednesday, November 10, 2010


Anyone who has flown even a few air miles is usually aware of this warning message. “This is your captain speaking. Please take your seats and fasten your seatbelts we are flying into turbulence ahead.” Usually the passengers are already vaguely aware of the turbulence even before the official announcement is made. Air currents are beginning to buffet the plane and a general awareness of change is growing.

I believe that our captain is presently issuing such a warning. Let him that has ears, hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church. Every Christian should be made aware that we need to take urgent appropriate action in the light of the turbulence that we are currently flying towards. We are rapidly entering the time zone of which it is said that everything that can be shaken will be shaken.

Hebrews 12:26-27
"Once again I will shake not only the earth but the heavens also."
27 This means that the things on earth will be shaken, so that only eternal things will be left. NLT

The world is about to be shaken as never before when God unleashes His judgment on the nations that have chosen to attack His land and His precious ones.

Psalms 83:2-4
2 Don't you hear the tumult of your enemies? Don't you see what your arrogant enemies are doing?
3 They devise crafty schemes against your people, laying plans against your precious ones.
4 "Come," they say, "let us wipe out Israel as a nation. We will destroy the very memory of its existence." NLT

This attack, though aimed specifically on Israel, will have the power to thoroughly shake the whole world. God’s response to the attack will constitute the fulfilment of one of the most dramatic events in Biblical prophecy.

Zechariah 12:8-9
9 For my plan is to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. NLT

Psalms 83:16-18
16 Utterly disgrace them until they submit to your name, O LORD.
17 Let them be ashamed and terrified forever. Make them failures in everything they do,
18 until they learn that you alone are called the LORD, that you alone are the Most High, supreme over all the earth. NLT

The epicentre of this turbulence will be the Middle East and the catalyst that causes the shaking will be an attack launched on Israel by all her nearest neighbours. Although the attack will be centred directly on Israel, its impact will be felt in various ways around the world. In many ways the whole world will change forever. The ultimate fallout from this vicious attack will cause unprecedented havoc in the nations most closely aligned and participating in the attack. The devastating power of the attack will initially appear to be capable of achieving its desired result which will be the total annihilation of Israel. The nature of the attack will constitute the most formidable of all attacks made on Israel. The whole world will wonder how Israel can possibly survive it. The answer to that question will come in the form of a direct, supernatural intervention that will be launched by Jehovah Sabaoth, the Lord of heaven’s armies. Almighty God will rescue and deliver Israel in a manner that will surprise all humanity.

We certainly do not relish the thought of such an attack, but unfortunately it does appear to be both inevitable and very imminent. The particular philosophy and power behind the attack is initiated by ancient Islamic prophesies that predict the ultimate conquest of Israel by the warriors of Islam.

Another analogy that illustrates the world’s dilemma at this dramatic moment is the sinking of the Titanic which was reputed to be the world’s first unsinkable ship. When the Titanic embarked on her maiden voyage on April 15, 1912, the world was filled with hope and awe. In just a few short days those emotions turned to horror and grief as the ship ploughed into a giant iceberg. One of the most fascinating aspects about the tragic history of the Titanic, is the assorted mix of passengers onboard the ill fated luxury liner. When the ship sank, the lives of both the famous and the unknown were lost as well. As the illustrious ship sailed blissfully into the dark night, many passengers were dancing gracefully in the ballroom. The band was playing, and the air was filled with joyful anticipation of a successful voyage. The last thought on anyone’s mind was of possible danger and destruction. This tragic scenario powerfully illustrates the present world situation. Most of the people in the world seem completely oblivious of the danger that lies immediately ahead as the planned attack on Israel reaches its final stages.

There are at least four beliefs that Muslims will never forsake.
1. That the land on which Israel is currently situated belongs to Islam.
2. That the Al Aksa Mosque in Jerusalem must be under strict Islamic rule.
3. That peace can never be negotiated with Israel.
4. That the Jewish nation of Israel must be totally destroyed.

These are the beliefs that drive Islamic ambition. For them the conquest of Israel is the first step towards ultimate universal rule. The Muslims will never be satisfied with a Palestinian State side by side with a Jewish one. Islam must totally eradicate the Zionist entity.

When the prophecy of Zechariah 12 takes place as it surely will, it will bring massive change to the whole world. This change definitely applies to the Church, and the leaders of the Church must prepare its members now in order to survive and thrive in the new world scenario that will be established. In seeking to prepare for the forthcoming era we must look to God for His prophetic rhema word regarding the shape and nature of the Church. The present status quo is in no way good enough to survive and thrive in the time period that will envelop the world. The Church must awake from its slumber and face the reality of the end time days in which we now live. We are about to be catapulted into truly extraordinary times. We dare not continue as though nothing is different and that no radical changes must be made. We must cry out to God for a new outpouring of His Holy Spirit.

In the aftermath of the battle and subsequent victory, God is going to pour forth His Holy Spirit on the nation of Israel.

Zechariah 12:10-11
10 "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 pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.
11 In that day there shall be a great mourning in Jerusalem, like the mourning at Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo. NKJV

This visitation will eclipse the Day of Pentecost phenomena. It will radically and dramatically transform Israel. But the Church will be transformed too. Israel and the Church will face together a brand new era. The One New Man, who is both Jew and Gentile (Ephesians 2:15) will reap the greatest spiritual harvest of all time.

Revelation 7:9-10
9 After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white and held palm branches in their hands.
10 And they were shouting with a mighty shout, "Salvation comes from our God on the throne and from the Lamb!" NLT

These events are not in the dim and distant future, they are in the here and now. The war predicted upon Israel is already engaged in its earliest stages. The stage is set. The participants are making final preparations. The battle is imminently inevitable, but so are the sensational events that will surely follow the victory that God has purposed to grant (Zechariah 12:9).

The world is at the threshold of an amazing prophetic time. God is calling on the Church to “Wake up” and surrender to Him afresh as we prepare for the gigantic harvest that will take place.

Gerald Rowlands

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