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Knowing You’re Day of Visitation
America your visitation is here. But do we as believers and those who are outside the scope of redemptive knowledge understand that visitation is here. What do we do about it? As our Lord wept over Jerusalem and speaks of what is to come, do we weep or rejoice over what is to come and that fact that America does not know of her day of visitation. It is not past for individuals, however, they can still respond. It is not too late!
By the Watchman
Dana G Smith
Keywords: visitation, judgment, Lord, God, Jesus Christ, Believer, Unbeliever, Gentiles, America
Jesus Christ, the Time of thy Visitation!
Luk_19:44 And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.
Peter, the Day of visitation!
1Pe_2:12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation
Jesus wept over Jerusalem. Imagine the Son of God kneeling as he looked over the city, the very one where his kingdom would be seated as he takes the Throne of David to rule. He was the stone the builders rejected and still today Jews do not know of the visitation by their Lord and God. They did not know then, many today are religious, pious, and follow the man-made traditions instead of the Torah. They would reject him today if he were here. But there is coming a day when they will look upon him whom they pierced. On this note and related to Visitation, I received an email from Ari of Maoz Israel. They are a ministry there and Ari has been on our show some time ago. However we do get his news and newsletters and this day was no exception. We have heard first hand of persecution of Messianic Jews in Israel before, today it continues. Here is an excerpt of his letter:
Israeli Messianic Jews face daily persecution from the ultra-Orthodox - persecution which at times escalates to violence and criminal activity against the believers (burning down buildings, beating and planting bombs… to name a few). [i]
This time Yad L’Achim organization, which took it upon itself to “protect the Jews from the Messianic believers who try to convert them to Christianity,” took a full page ad in the Jerusalem Post, attacking the Messianic Jews. [ii]
It is hard to imagine religious zealots who indeed would not hesitate to “bear false witness”, to “hate”, and to “lie” in order to foment their religious beliefs. Of course, they end up breaking the main commandments in the Torah in so doing. They don’t think about that, they justify their focus between their own ideals and the teachings of men in order to bring about their idea of the Messiah and his kingdom.
The trouble is the blindness they have. This blindness Paul experienced as he and the early followers were persecuted, sought out, and even left for dead after they had succeeded in catching them. In the end the Roman Empire had great persecutions and some of the trouble there were the same kind of religious zealots who saw this new movement following Yeshua as a threat. The virulent hatred was so bad it backfired on the Jews and for centuries the Gentile church pulled away from the mainline Jewishness of the faith of our Savior. In so doing the Gentile church even persecuted its own members for having anything to do with Jewish feasts or the like.
At this time, the Christian church began to produce a lot of anti-Jewish literature. Christians developed a theology of separation from and contempt toward the Jews, castigating Jewish customs such as circumcision and Sabbath keeping. The earliest known record of this Christian separation from Judaism is found in an ancient document called the “Epistle to the Magnesians,” written by Ignatius, bishop of Antioch sometime in the late first century A.D. In it he said, “If we are still practicing Judaism, we admit that we have not received God’s favor.”[iii]
The Gentiles having grown and taken control of the church there began a process to de-Judaize the church of all early church propensities, like original Sabbath, feasts, and the like. In the process things changed to the point that a new replacement church began, one where the “new Israel” was the Gentile church.
By the second century the Gentiles had taken control of the church, and there started the process of removing Jewish influences referred to as de-Judaizing. There was a growing spirit of resentment of the non-believing Jews and all Jewish customs. The first seeds of anti-Semitism were sown. As the church grew, it became increasingly Hellenized (Greek) and Latinized (Roman). The Gentile-dominated Church celebrated the Lord’s resurrection, but to distance Christianity from Judaism they changed the resurrection date from the Jewish calendar from the third day of Passover, to Sunday this is how Easter became separated from Passover.[iv]
The trouble has not ended. A friend of mine said this; he is a Jewish Messianic Prophet of God:
“If you are going to convert a Jew better take a sack lunch with you. You are going to be there awhile. They will interrupt you as you speak. [v]
The bottom line was that the Jews were blinded. It was not time then and is still not time for their blindness to be removed. Yet as Prophet Deckard points out, the Gentile church also has been blinded to this enmity and refusal to keep Sabbath, feasts, and torah. So this hatred between the Gentiles and the Jews in the early church period has hurt both sides. In the end both have been blinded. Even today you have churches who that already replaced Israel with the Gentile church as “New Israel”. Today you have some keeping Sabbath, feasts, and torah of the church, but many of the denominational main line churches are blinded to this. But history and the bible show that indeed, blindness has occurred in both the Jews and the Gentiles.
Related to this blindness is the question for you and I today, which is, do we really know the “day of visitation”. Are we awake to the fact of what comes? This question answered by many church people today would be “of course we know!” But do they really know? Many today do not see judgment and destruction of America as something that will occur and especially in their lifetime. Others have been taught, trained, and guided to believe that they will go in rapture before all this will occur. Now I know all the rapture scriptures and once thought that way until the Lord opened my eyes. The truth is Jesus said in John chapter seventeen and verse fifteen “I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.” But many ignore that scripture. However what you or I think of this doctrine matters not in the least. It will change nothing. For the Day of Visitation is an event all men and women will face. If your human or spirit or devil, the Day of Recompense will be given to you. God will finally, through Jesus Christ bring all enemies, demon, devil, or other gods, and humans down.
Rom 2:16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.[vi]
Moreover, nations rise and nations fall. In this we find the Roman legacy, the rule of Caesar’s, and the fight to keep Rome the center of the world. Although this Roman rule fought to stay united, yet it fell into ruin. We have witnessed many nations and people who ruled and then disappeared into history. As for America is she any different? Many would say yes. How were we created? By the hands of mere mortals or was the hand of the Lord involved? Many debate this. Many see other powers at work here, none the less; The Lord is governor of the nations.
We have had many who trusted this nation and government. I have known of many who fought for its liberty. I have talked with them, listened to their stories, and knew of their love of country. The America then was it safer? Was it ignorant of the wicked influences that sought to bring down the vestige of liberty? How many could say they as the quote below “sleep peacefully” all because of the strong hands of America. Believe me, this is not your grandfathers America anymore, and frankly there are many running this nation who are glad.
We sleep peacefully at night, cradled by the big strong hands of America. ~Val Saintsbury[vii]
But yet as the debate rages on is this a Christian nation? I would say no! There are believers here, but the nation itself is not so. Furthermore adding insult to injury here, knowing that there were people in our government at the turn of this nation who knew liberty and the bible makes matters worse. This makes it worse because today we have none of the freedoms of our Christian religious experience as they had then. Thieves of the truth have stolen, perverted, and changed the historical view. However, here is a reminder of what our forefathers believed!
The bible in the classroom, Thomas Jefferson!
“The Bible is the cornerstone of liberty. A student’s perusal of the sacred volume will make him a better citizen, a better father, a better husband.” – Thomas Jefferson[viii]
The Christian religion instructed to all children under a free government!
“In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government, ought to be instructed.” – Noah Webster[ix]
The Religion of Christ and His Apostles are credited with “our free constitutions of government”!
“The religion which has introduced civil liberty is the religion of Christ and His apostles…to this we owe our free constitutions of government.” – Noah Webster[x]
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Yet as I write this, the question is does America and its people “know the day of their visitation?” That is a day when judgment arrives and the recompense upon the nation begins. As a nation who knew this God, his Christ, and followed the bible we must look at how far we have fallen. I need not digress to show you of the horrid and often lucid portrayal of rebellious activities and immorality that has taken hold of our society. After America has pursued such things there will be punishments for these sins and rebellion. The wicked and the nations that forget God will be turned into hell scripture says.[xi] Many discount America, but yet she stands as the example of harlotry today.
We have followed history in this expose today. Surely if the lesson is to be learned here it is one that governments and nations do not like to consider. That is, will their way of life, government, and culture cease to exist as a nation unified? The answer for Israel at the time of judgment was yes! The answer for Nineveh was definitely! The answer to ancient Babylon was a positive yes. To Rome, to the Grecian empire, to Genghis Khan’s empire, all fell to the records of history. America is no different. She is as stubborn as Israel [Judah] was at the time. America has religion, so did Judah. America’s leaders, even religious leaders fail to see the writing on the wall as Babylon’s own leaders saw it. In all the day of visitation is a stark reminder that although men think they are in charge, they are only in charge of the things our God and Father allows them to be in charge. As our Lord said to Pilate:
Joh 19:11 Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.
For those who want to be ready for the Day of Visitation:
Even as our Lord would have gathered his people, those to whom he was sent; they rejected him. But he was willing to gather them. Even so today, our Lord is gathering his people. In closing I urge you to take time to review the point of this newsletter and consider, Am I ready? If not, then do something about it! Ask yourself, are my kids ready, spouse ready, family ready; if not, then fast and pray and then speak to them about it. May the Lord bless and keep you in this.
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!
Be sure to receive him today.
- 1. His own rejected him
- 2. His own did not know the day of visitation
- 3. But to those who did receive him
- 4. To these he gave power to become child of God
Joh 1:11-12 KJV
(11) He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
(12) 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:
Children of the Light, let us not sleep as others!
- 1. You are children of light
- 2. Let us not sleep
- 3. Be sober
- 4. Put on faith and love
- 5. Put on helmet of salvation
1Th 5:5-11 KJV
(5) Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
(6) Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
(7) For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
(8) But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
(9) For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
(10) Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
(11) Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
Heed the Warnings of our Lord!
- 1. Take heed
- 2. As a snare this will occur
- 3. Watch, pray always
Luk 21:34-36 KJV
(34) And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
(35) For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
(36) Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
[i] [Maoz Israel, Email urgent News 07-19-11]
[iii] http://www.signstimes.com/?p=article&a=40064025600.786 , Signs of the Times, from Saturday to Sunday
[iv] http://www.godsholydays.com/ghdintroduction.html 1.0 introduction to Feast, Second Century Church
[v] Prophet Tom Deckard, in conversations I had during interviews and on other sources. WIBR/WARN radio, the statement is to the best of recollection.
[vi] Scripture references in KJV 1611 unless otherwise quoted, we use basically KJV, KJV new, KJV 1611.
[xi] Psalm 9:17
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