Woe unto the scoffers and mockers who say; Is this really the time spoken of? Has not this been going on since the beginning? I say what Jesus said:1 The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came , and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven. 2 He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say , It will be fair weather: for the sky is red . 3 And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring . O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?
We must have our ears and our hearts in tune with what the Spirit of God is saying and doing. If we are slothful in our time spent with the Lord in prayer and meditation things can creep up on us unawares. We are at a time that we must be willing as “Christians” to go into the highways and hedgerows and compel the lost to repent and receive Jesus as Lord and saviour. The bible says in Pro.11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.
Other pieces of the puzzel the Lord gives us . Iran crisis, rioting in the streets in Greece, recent upsurge in earthquakes,eco disasters, the world turning against Israel and our own President ushering in a form of one world Goverment. I would venture to say that the “handwriting is on the wall”. But the Lord is not slack concerning His promises in that it is His will that none should perish. Saints if you have unsaved loved ones now is the time to do battle for their eternal souls. Today is the day of salvation for whomsoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Win them to Jesus and be considered wise in God’s eyes.
Isaiah 43:1 But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. 2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned ; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. 3 For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour : I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee. 4 Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable , and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life. 5 Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west; 6 I will say to the north, Give up ; and to the south, Keep not back : bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth; 7 Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him. 8 Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears •
When Tzvi Khaute landed at Tel Aviv for the first time, he wanted to kiss the earth. Alas, the modern airport was all tarmac and stone, so he kissed the first soil he came across, in a flowerpot. Thousands of diaspora Jews from around the world make aliyah — the migration to Israel — every year, but for Tzvi and his fellow Tibeto-Burmese immigrants from the far northeast of India, the journey was particular freighted with symbolism. They believe they are descendants of one of the ten lost tribes of Israel, sent into exile by the Assyrians almost 800 years before the Romans destroyed the temple in Jerusalem. About 1,700 members of the Bnei Menashe tribe — the Sons of Manasseh, one of the original 12 biblical tribes of Israel — have migrated to Israel, completing what they believe is an extraordinary, 2,700-year exile that took them from the Middle East seven centuries before the Christian era, through Afghanistan, China, Burma and India, before they heard that a new state of Israel had been created 62 years ago. “A hundred years ago, my forefathers thought the land of Israel was not on this earth, they thought it was something in heaven,” said Mr Khaute, a smiling 35-year-old wearing a kippa, or skullcap. In India, about 7,000 more are waiting for the green light to close the circle of almost three millennia. The Bnei Menashe, then known as the Shinlung or Kuki people, were discovered in their remote home in the India-Burma border state of Manipur by Christian missionaries at the end of the 19th century. They were surprised to find that the natives already seemed to know some of the biblical stories they taught, while local people believed they had rediscovered the religion told about in their traditions relating to a long-lost ancestor. Many converted to Christianity, but in recent decades have begun switching their faith to Judaism, a creed that was not yet fully formed when their ancestors left the Middle East. Mr Khaute recites a song in the Kuki language, which he said translated as &ld quo;Quick, quick into Zion” and he and his friends used to sing as children, at one of a number of festivals that they say point to their ancient Israelite heritage. They believe it relates to the biblical escape from Egypt. According to Bnei Menashe lore, the tribe escaped from Assyrian slavery and headed east, through Ancient Persia, Afghanistan and Tibet, to settle for a time in China, where they were once again persecuted and expelled in about AD100. From there, they trickled in smaller groups into South-East Asia, where they remained until this day. It was only when the state of Israel was created in 1948 that some of the Bnei Menashe began to believe they were descended from Ancient Israelite s and started dreaming of return. That process accelerated when one of their members had a vision instructing him to lead his people back to the land of their ancestors, whom he judged to be original Israelites. Some made aliyah individually, but it was not easy, as under rabbinical laws they were no longer Jewish, after generations of co-mingling with other nations. It was not until an Israeli non-governmental organisation was set up to help to repatriate them that they started to arrive in larger numbers, although there is still no government policy allowing full-scale migrations, as happened with the Ethiopian Jews in the 1980s. The group, now headed by Michael Freund, a US-Israeli journalist, lobbied one of Israel’s chief rabbis to send a fact-finding mission to India in 2004, and as a result a year later the Bnei Menashe were recognised officially as being descendants of Israel. Mr Freund said that the Bnei Menashe had many rituals and ceremonies that resembled those of Ancient Israel, though significantly none that reflected the holidays of Purim and Chanukkah, as they mark events in the Bible that occurred after the ten tribes were lost to the Assyrian invaders. Seminary schools were set up by Mr Freund’s group in India to teach Judaism and Hebrew to speed up the process, but that programme was halted when the Indian Government objected to what it saw as missionary activity. Now, the Bnei Menashe are trickling into Israel on tourist visas to convert and gain citizenship. “We decided the system was unmanageable at 100 people a year for a community of 7,000 people,” Mr Freund, who heads Shavei Israel, or Return to Israel, said. “We have begun lobbying for permission for the entire community to come here.” The project has run into criticism, with detractors condemning the fact that many, such as Mr Khaute, were sent to hardline Jewish settlements in the West Bank, Kiryat Arba, in Hebron. But Mr Freund said that without government support, the settlements were the only communities willing to accommodate the new arrivals. The Bnei Menashe are not the only unrecognised Jews Mr Freund’s group is in contact with. They also support the “lost Jews” of Poland, offspring of Jewish parents who gave their children to Catholic institutions in the Nazi invasion for safekeeping, and who subsequently never knew their heritage.
According to the Bible, Jacob had 12 sons who fathered the 12 tribes that formed the ancient Kingdom of Israel
• The Assyrians conquered the region in the 8th century BC and scattered ten of the tribes into exile beyond what Jewish texts refer to as the Sambation River. Since then the mystery surrounding their fate has sparked centuries of intrigue and controversy
• The two remaining tribes, Benjamin and Judah, became the modern-day Jewish people, according to Jewish historians. Exile marked the end of any reference to the lost tribes in biblical texts. Over the centuries, many groups from as far as China, Nigeria and even the Irish Republic have claimed to be descendants of these lost tribes
• The Torah prophesies that the ten tribes, named Asher, Dan, Ephraim, Gad, Issachar, Manasseh, Naphtali, Reuben, Simeon and Zebulun, will “return” to their ancient heritage, often interpreted as a return to Israel
• Several claims of descendancy have arisen in Africa, including those of the Beta Israel group in Ethiopia and Igbo J ews in Nigeria. Another group, who call themselves Dimona’s Black Hebrews, a polygamous, vegan African-American sect, justify their claims by saying that their ancient Jewish tri be was forced into exile in West Africa after the 8th century, but then taken to the Americas as slaves centuries later. Many of these Black Hebrews moved to Israel from the United States in 1969
• There have even been claims that the entire British, Japanese and Chinese people are direct descendants of the lost tribes. Believers of the British settlement theory claim that the Assyrians forced tribe members to migrate west into Europe before establishing themselves in the British Isles as the Anglo-Saxons • The Makuya sect of Japan make similar claims of Jewish origin based on the parallels between ancient Japanese culture and biblical practice
• Genetic research from the National Institute of Immunohaematology in Mumbai this year claimed that the Pashtuns, the ethnic group at the heart of the Taleban in Afghanistan and Pakistan, may have Jewish origins
• The credibilty of the claims of descent from the lost tribes has long been hotly contested. Doubters point to references in the Bible that the ten tribes were conquered because they were not adhering to Jewish customs, fuelling doubts that they would keep to Jewish rituals in exile
Isaiah 11:7 And the cow and the bear shall feed ; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den. 9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. 10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek : and his rest shall be glorious. 11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left , from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. 12 And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.
Psalm 50:1 The mighty God, even the LORD, hath spoken , and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof. 2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined . 3 Our God shall come , and shall not keep silence : a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him. 4 He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people. 5 Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice