Poetry With A Mission

...a thought provoking poetical exercise.

“And Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain, saying, ‘Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel: You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings [rescued, protected] and brought you to Myself. Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant [of which the Ten Commandments were the basis (Deut 28:9)], then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine’ ” (Ex 19:3-5, NKJV).

“And at another moment I may declare concerning a nation or a kingdom that I will build and plant it, but if it does evil in My sight, not listening to My voice, then I will change my mind about the good that I had intended to do to it” (Jer 18:9,10).

“ ‘Seventy weeks [490 years] are decreed [allotted] for your people [ancient Israel] and your holy city: to finish the transgression [stop rebelling]…’ ” (Dan 9:24).

Sadly, they didn't stop rebelling.

“ ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king [God the Father] who gave a wedding banquet for his son [Christ]. He sent his slaves [John the Baptist, Christ and His disciples] to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet [the Jews], but they would not come [the rejection of the Gospel by the Jews, particularly the leaders]. Again he sent other slaves [the disciples, after Christ’s crucifixion], saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited: Look, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and  everything is ready; come to the wedding banquet.’ But they made light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his slaves, mistreated them, and killed them [the Jewish persecutions of the early Christian church, e.g. Stephen’s stoning]. The king was enraged. He sent his troops, [bands of Roman soldiers under Titus, who was then only a prince] destroyed those murderers [more than one million Jews perished], and burned their city [this literally took place when Jerusalem and the second temple were destroyed by the Romans in A.D 70 (Dan 9:26)]’ ” (Matt 22:2-7). Note Matt 21:33-39; Dan 9:26,27.

“ ‘Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you [from an unbelieving Israel] and given to a people that will produce its fruit [note Heb 8:10]’ ” (Matt 21:43, NIV). Note Matt 22:8,9; 21:40,41,43; 24:1,2; 23:37,38; Gal 3:28; Col 3:11.

“Let no one deceive you in any way; for that day [the Second Coming] will not come unless the rebellion [apostasy] comes first and the lawless one is revealed, the one destined for destruction. He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, declaring himself to be God” (2 Thess 2:3,4).

“ ‘For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect’ ” (Matt 24:24, ESV). Note Heb 5:11-14; 2; Acts 17:11.

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; for many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1). Note 2 Thess 2:9,10; 1 Tim 4:1; Eph 4:14.

Oh, Ancient Israel

Yes, there once was a mighty nation -- in fact, a theocracy,
That is, God himself, ruled it directly, wisely and lovingly.
But that theocracy ended when the leaders of Israel said,
“We have no king but Caesar,” and God thereby was no more their head.

You see, God’s promises to Israel were always conditional,
And finally, due to their constant rebellion, probational.
But foolishly, apostasy in Israel once again prevailed,
And to the point where Jesus Christ was placed on a cross and nailed.

Some Christians point to this old nation in defence of Church and State,
But it was a theocracy, (and its rebellion sealed its fate).
Thus, God no longer rules directly, like He did that old nation,
No, such rule clearly ended around the close of its probation.

Almost from the beginning, this nation demanded its own way,
Saying, “We want a king to govern us,” much to the Lord's dismay.
Instead of the solid “Rock” -- Jesus -- they wanted a man of clay,
Which was reluctantly granted, knowing that a high price they’d pay.

However, despite their earthly kings, God continued as their head,
Up until that day when they effectively chose Caesar instead.
And then Stephen’s stoning finally sealed ancient Israel’s sad fate;
AD 34 (to be precise) was that particular date.

Oh, ancient Israel, what a tragic mistake you foolishly made,
And ever since that time your people such a heavy price have paid.
Now God’s chosen people no more, because of your apostasy,
That finally brought an end to your privileged theocracy.

And therefore, the Christian Church has now taken ancient Israel’s place,
Though even in the Christian church -- apostasy too -- we can trace.
It seems that we humans seldom learn, and the past thereby repeat,
And hence why we’re told that the antichrist within the Church we’ll meet.

Yes, isn’t that like the devil to be working from within,
For he knows that that’s the best way of ensuring that wrong gets in.
Yes, he uses some within the church, because they’re less suspected
Of introducing the error that he doesn’t want detected.

Therefore, there’s a need for Christians to examine what they are told,
Just in case it may be contrary to what Christians should uphold.
For so often it has been leaders who have led the flock astray,
Which is why Scripture says to check out what leaders do and say.

We have been warned that false prophets and messiahs will lead astray;
And such ones even the apostles experienced in their day.
Therefore, let's watch that crafty devil who works miracles and signs
Around those ones that he’s using to gain control of hearts and minds.

By Lance Landall

The Misapplying Of Ezekiel

Many read this and that into Ezekiel, but it’s all about the past,
Disobedience, captivity and restoration, an era that passed.
Ancient Israel since divorced, and Christ having done it all, once and for all,
And thus no more sacrifices, no more temples, because such would be a gall.

Just as king after king led Israel into even greater apostasy,
So too today, as church leader after church leader multiplies heresy.
Some of them gaining the ears of those in power, steering them incorrectly,
Misinterpreting biblical passages, or some specific prophecy.

Things God promised were often conditional, and hence why He might change His mind,
Israel’s constant erring seeing them suffer and miss out, they acting blind.
And yet, they not without knowledge, and hence God’s warnings, and then captivity,
Their later restoration but undone, Christ rejected, nailed on Calvary.

And then it all over for them as a nation, yet some thinking otherwise,
They predicting this or that in the future, but with Scripture, such hardly ties.
And nor that meddling in politics that leads to Church and State scenarios,
And from which another “beast” power will be seen to spring, but that’s how it goes.

The truth is,

Israel will be destroyed along with all the other nations at Christ’s return;
And this being something that both in Daniel and Revelation one can learn.
The New Jerusalem descending, a millennium having passed in Heaven,
The saved then returning from having viewed Heaven’s record books, and gone is sin.

Yes, we looking at a renewed Earth then, nothing left standing at Christ’s return,
A mighty earthquake having seen to that, and why for their Saviour Christians yearn.
No hope found here, but in that rescue that’s coming for those who’re faithful and true,
It but an individual thing, every nation having gone askew.

But once again,

To offer more sacrifices, be they in Heaven or on Earth, via God or men,
Wouldn’t make sense of what Christ has done, and just throws doubt on the inspired pen.
Another temple hardly needed, bulls and goats unable to remove sin,
And why all interpretations must gel with Calvary — so mind, dear Christian.

By Lance Landall

"Then He added, "Behold, I have come to do your will." He does away with the first in order to establish the second. And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, He sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until His enemies should be made a  footstool for His feet. For by a single offering He has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified" (Heb 9-14, ESV).

Boasters Of Their Heritage

There’re those who boast of their heritage, they bragging of whom they’re connected to,
When we should only boast of Christ-cum-not be ashamed; we humble through and through.
But no, some mention Napoleon say, or some king or queen — all made of clay,
Then there’re those Christians who boast of their Jewish heritage and thus with pride play.

Yes, they harking back to ancient Israel, a God-ruled theocracy long gone,
And such no wonder given their constant apostasy-cum-their goings-on.
In fact, at one stage there being only seven thousand who hadn’t bowed to Baal,
Hence their sad fate come their cruel stoning of Stephen, and don't forget that torn veil.

In other words, they’re no longer God’s chosen people-cum-set apart nation,
And oh, how since that time many Jews and Israel have suffered tribulation.
Yes, some of it they have brought on themselves, but whatever, such needn’t have been,
And how spiritual Israel — all who’ve accepted Christ — appeared on the scene.

In other words, there’s no longer some special nation but folk from everywhere,
Whose witness should bear testimony, and that of Jews who same conversion share.
And why when it comes to one’s heritage I wouldn’t brag of Adam either,
For when it comes to something to be very proud of, such is found in neither.

By Lance Landall

A comment made in the first poem above can be seen in an enhanced form under my poem:
‘Christ’s Coming Kingdom’.

 Also check out:
The Sanctuary Parallels

Israel’s Probationary Period

In Bible prophecy a day stands for a year (Ezek 4:6; Num 14:34). Further amplification of this is found under my poem "Those Beasts".

"Seventy weeks [490 years] are decreed [allotted] for your people [the Jewish nation] and your holy city: to finish the transgression [stop rebelling], to put an end to sin [Christ that is, via His death], and to atone for iniquity [Christ that is], to bring in everlasting righteousness [Christ that is], to seal both vision and prophet, and to anoint a most holy place. Know therefore and understand: from the time that the word went out [the decree] to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the time of an anointed prince [the baptism of Christ], there shall be seven weeks [49 years]; and for sixty-two weeks [434 years] it shall be built again with streets and moat, but in a troubled time. After the sixty-two weeks, an anointed one shall be cut off [Jesus Christ would die on the cross] and shall have nothing, and the troops [Roman soldiers] of the prince [Titus] who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary [this occurred in AD 70]. Its end shall come with a flood, and to the end there shall be war. Desolation’s are decreed. He shall make a strong covenant [extra opportunity] with many for one week [7 years], and for half of the week [3 and a half years – the middle of the 7 years] he [Christ the Messiah] shall make sacrifice and offering cease; and in their place shall be an abomination that desolates [Rome], until the decreed end is poured out upon the desolator” (Dan 9:24-27).

Christ is the central figure in all this. He was baptized and anointed in AD 27.
So all we have to do then, is to take the following decree dates, and then find out which decree best fits in with the time span and Christ’s anointing date.

…there shall be seven weeks [49 years]; and for sixty-two weeks [434 years]” (Dan 9:25)

49 + 434 = 483 years. 483 years takes us from 457 BC to AD 27.

1) The decree of Cyrus the Great. This decree is dated 537 B.C.
537 BC – 483 = 54 BC.
Christ was not yet born, therefore this decree is not the right decree.

2) The decree of Darius I Hystaspes. This decree is dated 519 B.C.
519 BC – 483 = 36 BC.
Likewise, Christ was not yet born, therefore this decree is also not the right decree.

3) The decree of Artaxerxes I Longimanus. This decree is dated 457 BC.
457 BC – 483 = AD 27.
In AD 27, John the Baptist baptized Jesus (Matt 3:13-17), therefore this is the correct decree, and starting point.