Shalom, Shalom; peace in the name of Yeshua. This is Crystal Sharpe and welcome to the Ancient Scrolls. This month appears to have gone by fairly quickly.  January 27, 2019.

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That was the sound of the shofar: “Rise up, O LORD! Let Your enemies be scattered, and let those who hate You flee before You!’’

I will recite the Sh’ma:

Shema, O America, the Lord our God, the Lord is One. The first commandment is to love the Lord Your God with all Your heart, with all Your soul and with all Your strength.

Father,

You are the Great I am; our exceedingly great reward; our refuge and fortress in the time of trouble and distress. You are the Almighty, the King of Hosts. You are the King of the Universe, King over the heaven and earth. The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof; the world and those who dwell therein. Psalm 24

I thank You, Father, that all authority has been given to Yeshua in heaven and on earth. We can trust and have great confidence that all things will work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Cleanse us from all unrighteousness that our prayers will not be hindered. We seek to be doers of the Word and not hearers only. We desire our prayers to be effective against the powers of darkness that come to steal, kill and destroy.

We pray for a release of Your Spirit of repentance on the nation. This nation has sinned against You in the murdering of the unborn, a holocaust of 60 million deaths. This is a grievous to Your Spirit of Life.

This nation is enamored by its sexual idols of perversion and deviance to the point that children are not safe anywhere. They cannot go to the bathroom or even stand in line at Walmart without being molested. Sin infiltrates the lives everyone and particularly the most vulnerable and innocent. Sin is malignant and strictly self-serving, it has no respect for any person.

We heard on the news that drug related deaths have gone up to 117%. We are a state in crises. I see grandparents raising their grandchildren. Father, You are the only solution to the many problems we have. I ask that You rescue this state and the nation from its abundant vices and addictions. 

Father, deliver us from politicians, from the oligarchs, the politically correct, the socialists, the corporations, the monopolists, those against the Constitution, those that hate You and Your teachings. Deliver us quickly from the unrighteous.

In Yeshua’s name. Amen

The Father is still speaking to me about the end of days or the end of this age message. He understands that the preferred messages today are the motivational speeches that make you feel good about yourself. This of course, has no spirit of conviction, but everyone feels better about everything including our sins. 

The Father continually assures me His message to His creation is that His Son is returning and life here is going to become extremely difficult before His return. Now is the time to repent and return to God. Now is the time to turn away from our sins.

So the past month I had gone over the red heifer, the Temple Mount which began as a place of worship to God by Melchitzedek (Noah’s son, Shem); and from there at some point developed into a threshing floor. King David purchases the threshing floor and erects an altar to the God of Israel.

So this pattern emerges, the Temple Mount returns to its former function as a place of worship (the worship of YHVH, the sovereign God of the universe); a divine portal where direct communication with God takes place.

At the end of the Book (Bible) in Revelation chapter 11, the Temple Mount is the focus again for the measuring of the Temple and the altar. Measuring is the prerequisite for constructing dwellings and other structures. So, 2000 years ago John is told to measure for preparation of what is yet future. It is set apart for future use.

For the future it is then written that the outer court would be given to the Gentiles to tread for forty-two months. Forty-two in this passage means “this activity against God.’’ What this tells me is that the worship of God there at the altar, the Temple Mount, the proclamation that He is the sovereign King is going to make the godless nations rage against Him for forty-two months.

We will take a look at Joel and maybe get some insight, some information that will fill in the gaps, some areas that need some clarity.

Joel in Hebrew would be pronounced yo-el, and it means “Yah or YeHWeh is God.” The name is appropriate to the theme of the book, which emphasizes God’s sovereign work in history, in current events, and the future as well.

Joel is different in that it gives us no information of any king that is seated, or in authority, at the time of him writing these prophetic words from the Holy Spirit. I find this strange, as if this is written for the future when there are no more kings. Some would suppose it was written during the reign of King Joash around 835-796AD; but nothing is mentioned in Joel concerning his reign.

Let’s take a look at Joel. Joel is a fascinating book even though it contains only three chapters. In the Hebrew Bible, Joel consists of four chapters.

Joel possesses apocalyptic imagery that also found in Amos and Revelation. As we go along you will be able to detect it as well. Joel is broken down into two parts. Part 1 consists of a plague of locusts (chapter 1). Chapter 2 which begins Part 2 concerns the great and terrible day of the Lord. The locusts in chapter I will be used for judgment in chapter 2

Verse 1, states that Joel is the son of Pethuel (enlarged of God, some would even say the mouth of God). It seems it hints at Joel being a mouth piece for God, a messenger, God’s spokesman.

The book introduces us to four types of locusts that devour the land of Israel. The NKJV lists them as the chewing locust, the swarming locust, the crawling locust, and the consuming locust.

Hear this, you elders, and give ear, all you inhabitants of the land! (Addresses no king, just the elders and inhabitants).  Has anything like this happened in your days, or even in the days of your fathers? Tell your children about it. Let your children tell their children, and their children another generation.

Verse 4. What the crawling locust left, what the swarming locust has eaten; what the swarming locust left, the hopping locust has eaten; And what the hopping locust left, the stripping locust has eaten. Amplified Bible

There are sages who say these four types of devouring locusts represented four empires that came after the prophecy was written: Babylon, the Persians (Iran today), Greece and Romans.  I mused over this passage for a long while and though I can agree with this, it does seem obvious; I am thinking that these four descriptions are an attempt to convey a sense of completeness, rather than to express ethnicities or nationalities as a focus. 

I would think they are stages of the growth of the locust, until it reaches its final maturity. They are symbols of invading armies of the end times in Chapter 2. They are types of the future catastrophe of the Day of the LORD. In chapter 1, they are a parable, they are not real yet; but they will be real—in the future.

I say this because of Joel 2:25

So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the crawling locust, the consuming locust and the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you.

The passage says My great army instead of My great armies. God is able to call nature and nations to do His bidding. In this passage he is speaking of these locusts (plural) as one—locust, as one army. There are four different types of locust listed here, shouldn’t they be locusts?

In verse 11, The LORD gives voice before His army, for His camp is very great; for strong is the One who executes His word. For the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; who can endure it (Revelation 6:17).

These locusts are regarded as God’s instruments of judgment, so they are called God’s army. I searched out some nonbiblical sources to see if I could find some parallels. In the Middle Eastern culture, people shared a lot of symbols and hyperbole to get an idea across.

I was reading a book called Jerusalem’s locust plague and I am going share what it says: “ . . . from the Hadith, the oral sayings of Mohammed “Do not kill the locusts because they are the host of God the Most Mighty (army of the Great God).” Mohammed said to not kill them unless the locusts began to spoil their grain fields. This oral tradition in the Hadith says: “a locust fell between the two hands of the Apostle (Mohammed), and it was written on its two wings in Hebrew: “We are the host of God the Most Mighty and we have ninety-nine eggs, and had the hundredth remained to us we should have eaten the world with all that in it.” 

So, this oral tradition is saying they lacked one in order to have consumed the whole world. Their lack, of one, is God’s mercy on the whole world. The whole world would have been Muslim, worshipping Allah, had it not been for the Crusades. There is a certain blight attached to the Crusades, but history also tells us that had it not been for the Crusades we would be all speaking Arabic and prostrating ourselves to this Allah.

Daniel 9:27

But in the middle of the week (middle of the covenant, or the sh’mita) he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate.

As I pondered on this verse it became clear to me that this was a cryptic way of saying it is the anti-christ who is on the wing of armies. He is on the souring heights of the armies of the nations because the Muslims, since 2011, have immigrated to the far northern nations of Europe. In France there are more mosques than churches. They have conquered Europe without war. I would not have thought it would have been done this way.

I am going to read these verses from Judges, so that you will get a sense of what Joel is saying about the locust bringing judgment. 

Then the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD. So the LORD delivered them into the hand of Midian for seven years.(our father, Abraham, is the father of the Arab nations, Midian is his son through his wife Ketura. This is found in Genesis 25. She produced 6 sons from this union with him. In verse 5, And Abraham gave all that he had to Isaac. But Abraham gave gifts to the sons of the concubines which Abraham had; and while he was still living he sent them eastward, away from Isaac his son to the country of the east. Abraham produced these nations that would eventually bring death and destruction to those who turn away from God. The only solution to this is to repent).

Then they (the Midianites) would encamp against them and destroy the produce of the earth as far as Gaza, and leave no sustenance for Israel, neither sheep nor ox nor donkey.

For they would come with their livestock and their tents, coming in as numerous as locusts; both they and their camels without number; and they would enter the land to destroy it. Judges 6

Judges 7:12

Now the Midianites and Amalekites, all the people of the East, were lying in the valley as numerous as locusts; and their camels were without number, as the sand by the seashore in multitude.

I am going to end the program. Hopefully this will help you capture the end of the age desolation by the desolator Gog from the land of Magog because this is where I am going with these teachings.

Rico Cortes will sing the Aaronic blessing in Hebrew from Numbers 6:24-26.

If it is God’s will I will be here next program. Remember to walk by faith and not by sight. Do two things this week: love and forgive. Ask God to cleanse you from all unrighteousness every day. Keep your spiritual garments clean from wrinkles, spots and blemishes. Love God, love your neighbor.

Thompson, John A. “Joel’s Locusts in the Light of the Near Easter Parallels” Journal of Near Eastern Studies, vol. 14, no. 1, 1955, pp. 52-55. JSTOR, www.jstor,org/stable/542550

Jerusalem’s locust plague by John D. Whiting