Denis Hart (29 Oct 2017)
"31 October 2017 One Date Two Milestones"

Doves may be interested in a short article I wrote for our church newsletter on Sunday drawing attention to the importance of 31 October 2017.  There is also a good article on the website  (link below) that looks back and forward at key dates and signs.  Ever closer to the Rapture!!

31 October 2017  One Date  Two Milestones

Tuesday 31 October 2017 marks two major milestones, the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 theses to the door of the Wittenburg Castle Church and the 100th anniversary of the Australian Light Horsemen Charge on Beersheba.

Martin Luther Sparks a Revolution  31 October 1517!

(from| Born in Eisleben, Germany, in 1483, Luther spent his early years in relative anonymity as a monk and scholar. In 1517 Luther penned a document attacking the Catholic Church’s corrupt practice of selling “indulgences” to absolve sin.

His “95 Theses,” propounded two central beliefs—that the Bible is the central religious authority and that humans may reach salvation only by their faith and not by their deeds (justification by faith alone).  This sparked the Protestant Reformation.

Although these ideas had been advanced before, Martin Luther codified them at a moment in history ripe for religious reformation. The Protestantism that soon emerged was shaped by Luther’s ideas.  His writings changed the course of religious and cultural history in the West. 

We are at another critical moment in history.  The wheel has turned and some church leaders are moving away from the centrality of the Word of God.  May we experience the fire of the Word of God, and symbolically nail His last words to the door  Surely I am coming quickly (Revelation 22.20).    

Beersheba Victorious Charge of the Australian Light Horse Brigade  31 October 1917

Many Australians have travelled to Israel for the re enactment of the100th anniversary of the pivotal battle of Beersheba.  There is a lot of information relating to this on a special website  A summary of the battle from this website is below   

At 4pm on October 31, 1917 Beersheba lay 6 km across an open plain protected by 4,000 entrenched Turks with guns, artillery and German planes.  Now daylight was fading and the weary, thirsty troops desperately needed to capture the town’s abundant water wells.  800 Light Horsemen lined up for a do-or-die charge. With bayonets set, and the horses driven by their thirst for water, the Light Horsemen overran the Turkish soldiers.

The daring and adventurous spirit of the ANZACs brought the breakthrough that ultimately defeated the same Turkish armies that had annihilated them in Gallipoli.  The victory at Beersheba paved the way for greater victories in the Middle East, and the liberation of Jerusalem from the Turkish Ottoman Empire after 400 years.  On 11 December 117, General Allenby dismounted from his horse and walked into Jerusalem in respect of the holy city.

Importantly, Australia’s history became intertwined with Israel and our support for Israel has contributed to our nation being blessed.  In view of the alphabetic call, Australia was the first nation to say yes to the UN resolution for the establishment of Israel on 29 November 1947.  Israel will face many challenges as a nation and Australia needs to continue to support Israel’s covenant right to the land God has given,

Denis  Maranatha!!  29 October 2017  (Canberra)