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Nehemiah Part 27. Meet the Sheep gate and the Fish Gate.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Sheep Gate represents our deliverance through the Lamb of God Who takes away the sins of the world while the Fish Gate speaks of our ability to evangelize others and deliver them from the great tribulation and the false Christs and false prophets who will arise.

As the Sheep Gate TLJC delivers us from the wrath to come.
As the Fish Gate, we can save others, snatching them out of the fire.

2TI 3:1 But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come.
2PE 3:3 Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with {their} mocking, following after their own lusts, The Last Days” is the term used to describe the period of time immediately before the actual re-appearance of TLJC.

The “Signs of the Times” are those events which suggest to us that the return of Christ is imminent. The Signs of the Times are detailed particularly in Matthew chapter 24 and the parallel account in Luke chapter 21.

LUK 21:7 And they questioned Him, saying, “Teacher, when therefore will these things be? And what {will be} the sign when these things are about to take place?”

1. False Christ’s (Vs 8)
2. Wars and Revolutions (Vs 9-10)
3. Earthquakes (Vs 11)
4. Famines (Vs 11)
5. Plagues or Pestilences (Vs 11)

6. Fearful Events (Vs 11)
7. Signs from heaven (Vs 11)
8. Persecution of Believers by Authorities (Vs 12)
9. Betrayal of Believers by those close to them (Vs 16)

10. Believers hated because of Christ (Vs 17)
11. Jerusalem surrounded (Vs 20)
12. Jews will fall by the sword, be taken prisoner and be dispersed (Vs 24)

13. Jerusalem trampled by the Gentiles (non-Jews) until the end of the Gentile times (Vs 24)
14. Signs in the sun, moon and stars (Vs 25)
15. Nations will be in anguish and perplexity (Vs 25)
16. Men will faint from terror (Verse 26)

In the last 40 years, there has been the Korean War, the Falklands War, the Vietnam War and the Gulf War, to name but a very few.

At this precise moment, there are 14 United Nations-recognized wars in progress, including Iraq and Afghanistan.

If we just look at the last 30 years, in 1970, there were 4,139 recorded earthquakes, in 1980 there were 7,348 earthquakes, an increase of 77% on ten years before.

In 1990 there were 16,612 recorded earthquakes, an increase of 126% over the 1980 figure.
In 2000, there were 22,256, an increase of 34% over the 1990 figure. So obviously, something is going on!
The difference now however is that countries are not recovering.

Climate changes and Man’s inhumanity to Man are causing countries such as Ethiopia and Sudan to be permanently short of food, despite all the best efforts of the Western Aid agencies. There have always been plagues and pestilences, but once more, we see a “cluster” of AIDS, Cancer, sexual transmitted diseases, Foot and Mouth Herpes – all have been prominent in the last few years.

The first way is the literal way and there have been numerous astronomical “signs” in recent years, such as comets, meteorites etc. The other possible meaning is the symbolic one, where the “heavens” (often translated the “high places”) represent government and the Sun Moon and Stars represent rulers.

The persecution of the Jews has been a common pastime in western Europe for over 1,000 years.

They were persecuted in England in the Middle Ages and in 1858 Lionel de Rothschild became the first Jewish MP, member of Parliament, who was permitted to take his seat without taking the oath that involved the words “by the true faith of a Christian.” And in 1890 the last of the government posts became open to members of the Jewish faith. Russian pogroms, particularly between 1903 and 1906 saw many Jews killed.

JOB 3:25 For what I fear comes upon me, And what I dread befalls me.

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