Abraham had a vision about
Translation of an article in the Swedish paper Dagen, March 16, 1995. Based
on an interview of the author in Dec. 4 1993
the role of the Jews in the end times.
Abraham Leenhouts is a humble man from the Netherlands. I met him in his
house in the Hague, close to the North Sea. While being served a special
Dutch cake with coffee, he is revealing his experience about his vision
in 1948. It was a prophetic message, primarily to the Jewish people.
He is distinguishing himself on several matters in respect to the traditional
image of a prophet. He has studied theology on university level. For a long
time Abraham Leenhouts was a priest in the Reformed Church in Holland and
for many years he was convinced that all prophetic revelation already had
reached mankind. But some years after the second world war an event totally
changed that conviction. Abraham Leenhouts had to re-evaluate many of his
- In the autumn of 1948 I was in my study when a strong storm wind blew
through the room but outside the window everything was quiet. I did not
understand what happened but felt that it was something extraordinary. When
I watched myself in the mirror my face looked as though dead. I felt I was
forced by an invisible hand, to sit down in my chair at the desk. Deadly
sweat was streaming from my body. My hand started to write without being
able to control it. The first words on the paper was: "My children
have prayed and I answer..."
The vision that appeared so dramatically for Leenhouts was primarily dealing
with the task and mission of the Jews in the "end times", in the
Messianic time. The message was not in line with the so called replacement
theology, that teaches that the Jews and Israel has been replaced by the
Christians in the new covenant. It was not either consistent with the opinion
from most Christian friends of Israel, that the present state of Israel
is God's work. What kind of revelation was it then?
- For nearly 2000 years the Jews have been walking on a road of suffering;
the "Via Dolorosa". In a similar way as the Via Dolorosa wandering
of Jesus, the Jewish people has to go to their destiny, a place for spiritual
execution. The state of Israel will be the cause of the downfall. The returning
of the Jews to Israel is a contradiction to the word of Jesus where he stated
the exile as a sign from God that he was sent by God (Math. 23:38-39).The
forming of the state of Israel was mainly a human attempt to solve the situation
for the Jews after the second world war. The "gentile" world has
of course its responsibility for the preceeding actions and lack of actions.
An example of the in-moral actions are the events that preceded the decision
in the United Nations about the creation of the state of Israel. USA used
the dollar as an instrument towards poor countries in order to control their
votes for the creation of the state. From a perspective of basic human rights,
this is totally unacceptable. In this order it is not possible to achieve
an end of the exile. It is only a human attempt. God has indeed said that
the land is given to the Jews, but on his conditions. In the old testament
the Jews were constantly driven in exile because they did not want to serve
God. Even today his conditions are required in order to end the exile, to
achieve both peace and shalom with the neighbors.
- Zionism, continues Leenhouts, is totally secular in its nature. It is
not able to bring the Jews to Jerusalem. Neither will divided Christianity
be able to do that. How will then the situation in the Middle East be solved?
- It is written in Paul's letter to the Romans that when the fullness of
the gentiles comes all Israel will be saved (11:25). The Messiah will be
a spiritual experience of faith. Only then will it be peace upon earth.
Everything else is fruitless.
But how are you viewing the peace process in the Middle East?
- We have, of course, to be positive to every attempt to achieve peace.
But peace based upon nuclear power is not what Jesus meant by peace. A moment
will come when Israel will detect and experience Jesus as their Savior.
It will happen through a supernatural intervention and will be the beginning
of the messianic time, or the "millennium". The Jews will by that
time come into their destiny, to be a kingdom of priests (Ex. 19:6).
- The problem is not to divide a piece of land between the Jews and the
Arabs. The important subject is a division the roles. The subject deals
about the task of the Jewish people in the Messianic age. They will never
achieve peace by selling or trading a piece of land.
What role has the Christianity in all this?
- The message that was revealed to me in 1948 contained also some words
about the World Council of Churches. I became very glad when it was founded
in 1948. I thought that finally all Christianity will be united in a worldwide
organization as one unity. It was however revealed to me that the World
Council of Churches as well as the state of Israel was nothing else than
human attempts to make peace in different areas.
- Another kind of unity is required. It is the unity around the table for
the Holy Supper. The united celebration of the Holy Communion! In the present
situation the "sinful" split of Christianity prevents the salvation
of the Jews. We can read in Isaiah 61 about the coming Messianic age. There
the future model and the role of Christianity towards the Jews is described.
The tribe of Levi was supported by the other tribes in order to fulfill
the services as priests. In the future and in a similar way the united Christianity
has to release the Jewish people in order to fulfill their mission: to be
a kingdom of priests.
- The Jews and the Arabs will then be able to live in real peace and the
Jews will enter its Messianic mission. That is the only possibility to peace.
If that possibility is not chosen, the world may face a destruction with
nuclear weapons, believes Abraham Leenhouts.
He has much to say about the time perspective and the sequence of the future
events in the end times. In his book "The Man with the Pot" (translated
title) Leenhouts is describing parts of those events with reference to the
book of Revelation.
In his vision in 1948 Leenhouts became aware that the last book of the Bible
in fact is divided into three time periods. The key is chapter 10 that indicates
a special period, the Messianic age. The plagues that comes upon the people
on earth in chapter 8-9 are in the first period and the plagues in chapter
15-16 are in the last period.
- I urge all bible oriented Christians to react to my message according
to the directions given in 1 Thess. 5:20-21: " ... do not treat
prophecies with contempt. Test everything. Hold on to the good."
Leenhouts is emphasizing that John who wrote the Revelation, actually was
prevented by God himself to write everything that he heard. This secret
of God is according to Leenhouts the Messianic time, the time when the Jews
will have the role as a kingdom of priests. In that time it will be possible
to harvest twelve times a year and all people will turn to Jerusalem.
The main difference of the message from Leenhouts compared to the traditional
view is that the Messianic time will happen before the so called "rapture"
and will include all people both Jews and Gentiles.
In several years many pastors and other persons have presented interpretations
about the Revelation and the end time. The question is quite natural, why
should we believe in this message from this Dutch man who appears to be
such a humble person when there exists so many "well-known and famous"
Leenhouts is not surprised by the question.
- Finally, only the Holy Spirit can convince us what is true and false.
A professor once told me: It is true, it gives guidance! Many others have
said the same. Many are surprised by this interpretation. My opinion is
that the testing of a prophesy must start with a bible interpretation. It
is important to ask the question: is this message in line with the Scripture?
All prophesying is partial and that is also valid for me.