Joel Saw Judah’s Repentance…Joel pt 3

Wherefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the Lord your God? Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly: Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet. Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O Lord, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God? Then will the Lord be jealous for his land, and pity his people.(Joel 2:13-18)

The prophet Joel saw the future of Judah in a locust invasion. Judah’s future would be marked by invasions of foreigners; coming into the Holy land, and stripping away everything sacred, holy, beneficial, in short, all that God had blessed Judah with. These invasions would leave nothing behind, but the barest remnant.

The vision  would not merely be of the Babylonians, whose ravishing of Judah took place in four stages, just as Joel predicted. The Babylonian invasion was just one peak of the prophetic mountain.  Afterwards would come Greeks, Romans, Muslims, Crusaders, Turks, British, and finally all nations would come to strip her bare. Joel saw Judah’s future all the way to the end of time.

But along another, more hopeful line, Joel saw Judah’s heartbroken repentance, and the subsequent reversal of the stripping. The locusts wouldn’t have to be the fate of Judah. Joel gave the nation the prescription of deep repentance.

Joel saw another element of Judah’s future; he saw people of all walks of life wakening out of indifference and apathy, attending prayer meetings marked by heartfelt sorrow for sin, and earnest pleading for forgiveness. Joel saw Priests placing themselves between the people (The porch) and the Altar (God’s throne)interceding for God’s glory and for the redemption of His people.

Joel saw that in Judah’s future, days of prayer and fasting would be called, which were so serious that even couples on their honeymoon were summoned to join in.

“…let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet…”.

This two would be a repetitive aspect of the future of Judah, all the way to the end.

Of course this vision would be fulfilled in many cases, in Judah’s future as it had in her past. Joel saw repentances, and consequent times of restoration to Judah and Jerusalem.

At one low point in the history of Judah, the King commissioned a remodeling of the temple. Someone found a long-lost book in the temple, which proved upon examination to be the book of Deuteronomy!

And Shaphan the scribe shewed the king, saying, Hilkiah the priest hath delivered me a book. And Shaphan read it before the king. And it came to pass, when the king had heard the words of the book of the law, that he rent his clothes. And the king commanded Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Achbor the son of Michaiah, and Shaphan the scribe, and Asahiah a servant of the king’s, saying, Go ye, enquire of the Lord for me, and for the people, and for all Judah, concerning the words of this book that is found: for great is the wrath of the Lord that is kindled against us, because our fathers have not hearkened unto the words of this book, to do according unto all that which is written concerning us.(2 Kings 22:10-13)

The locusts of compromise, apostasy, and idolatry had stripped Judah so bare that few even recognized the Book of Deuteronomy when they found it! The King called the nation to repentance, weeping, fasting and mournful repentance. As a result the idols in the land were destroyed, the Sodomites driven out, the High places torn down and for the first time in decades Judah kept Passover.

In Judah’s future there would  other repentances also, in the same character as in the days of King Jehoshaphat.

It came to pass after this also, that the children of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them other beside the Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to battle. Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat, saying, There cometh a great multitude against thee from beyond the sea on this side Syria; and, behold, they be in Hazazontamar, which is Engedi. And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the Lord: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord.(2 Chronicles 20:1-4)

Joel saw that Jerusalem and Judea would be surrounded by a vast international army, and that the siege would bring about the repentance of the Jewish people.The day of prayer and fasting revived the congregation of Judah. A prophetic utterance came forth also;

Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, came the Spirit of the Lord in the midst of the congregation; And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s. To morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel. Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you.(2 Chronicles 20:14-17)

This resulted in one of the greatest miracles in history, when the tiny remnant army, led by Priests loudly praising the name and mercy of God, approached  the vast army. As they drew near, the enemy turned on itself and began slaughtering each other! By the time Jehoshaphat arrived, there was nothing left but  to plunder the international coalition.

Finally Joel saw another distant mountain peak portraying Jewish repentance.

Far into the future he saw a small body of Jews meeting in the temple and in the upper room of a rented house, praying, repenting, and beseeching God for the promised gift of the Holy Spirit. They had been following Jesus of Nazareth, whom they had come to believe was the Messiah of Israel, but whom the High Priest had handed over to the Gentiles to be executed as a lowly criminal. After he had appeared alive, raised from the dead, to the little remnant company, he commanded them to spend the time in prayer, awaiting the promise.

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.(Acts 2:1-4)

It was Peter who stood up and was given the scriptural interpretation of the events,

… this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.(Acts 2:16-21)

Joel had two distinct lines of vision for the future of Judah and Jerusalem, successive waves of Locust invasions, stripping away everything of value, and leaving nothing, over and over and over again, till the end.

But locusts don’t have to be the last word. God can deal with Babylonians,Romans,Muslims or any other form of Gentile power.

Joel also saw deep heartfelt repentance, and miracles of restoration and deliverance, as the future of Judah as well, over and over, all the way to the very end of time.

Then will the Lord be jealous for his land, and pity his people. Yea, the Lord will answer and say unto his people, Behold, I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith: and I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen: But I will remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great things. Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the Lord will do great things.( Joel 2:18-21)

But all of these point to the ultimate “Day of the Lord’. Suddenly the mists of time clear and Joel is given a high-definition  vision of our own day, which is  the last set of events concerning Judah, Jerusalem and the rest of the world, the events of Joel 3.


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Joel Saw Recurring Desolations…Joel pt 2

The word of the Lord that came to Joel the son of Pethuel. Hear this, ye old men, and give ear, all ye inhabitants of the land. Hath this been in your days, or even in the days of your fathers? Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation. That which the palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpiller eaten. Awake, ye drunkards, and weep; and howl, all ye drinkers of wine, because of the new wine; for it is cut off from your mouth. For a nation is come up upon my land, strong, and without number, whose teeth are the teeth of a lion, and he hath the cheek teeth of a great lion. He hath laid my vine waste, and barked my fig tree: he hath made it clean bare, and cast it away; the branches thereof are made white.(Joel 1:1-7)

When the Prophet Joel saw an actual Locust invasion, He saw in it a coming day of the Lord for Judah. As the locusts came in four successive stages, devouring anything green, alive and fruitful, even so would the Babylonian captivity come in four stages.

The Babylonians stripped away everything from the Jews. First they took the King (the Son of David) and his family(Appointing another in his place). Then they came back and took captive the leaders, generals, statesmen, artisans, experts, and anyone of any value, warning Judah that they would be back should Judah rebel against them.

Jeremiah’s message was that this was the judgment of God and that they should submit to it, but for every Jeremiah there were dozens of false prophets, stirring up patriotic resistance to  Babylon, and prophesying false hopes of a successful rebellion. The people preferred the false prophets and ignored Jeremiah.

The Babylonians came back, and broke down the walls of the city of Jerusalem, and destroyed the temple of God, (in which the people falsely put their trust ) and killing thousands of Jews. Again they warned Judah to submit or suffer more, and once again Judah rebelled.

Finally the Babylonians took whatever or whoever of value was left, leaving the former city of God an empty, smoldering heap of ruins, with only the lowliest of peasants scratching out a meager living.

But in many cases, prophecies are much like Mountain peaks. From a distance, a person  sees what he thinks is one mountain. As he comes closer to it, he realizes that what he saw is in fact many peaks, and with much distance between the peaks. Many prophecies have multiple fulfillments.

Isaiah 61 for example, was quoted by Jesus in his sermon at the synagogue in Nazareth.

And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.( Luke 4:17-19)

But soon the congregation grew so furious, they wanted to kill him! Why? In their view he quoted the verse but left out their favorite part.

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;(Isaiah 61:1-2)

They were waiting to hear the rest of the verse, about the day of the Lord’s vengeance, (Upon the gentile oppressors of course). But Jesus cut off the verse at the “…Acceptable year of the Lord“. Why? Because there was a two thousand-year gap between the “Acceptable year” and the “day of vengeance”.

Joel saw the Babylonian invasion for sure, and it came shortly after, in the four stages that would strip bare Judah, leaving nothing. But there would be many, many, many other invasions, leading up to the very last and ultimate invasion of the Holy Land at the last day.

I believe Joel saw also the Locust invasions by the Ptolemies, the Seleucids, the deprivations of Antiochus Epiphanies, (Who outlawed circumcision, built a Gymnasium in Jerusalem, tried to stomp out the sabbath, and even to reverse circumcision), stripping bare the people and faith of Judah and Jerusalem.

I believe he saw the coming Roman invasion, which in the end would utterly destroy the nation, and take it out of existence for almost two thousand years, leaving almost nothing. There would also come the stripping away by the Arab Muslims, then the European Crusaders would come to ravage Jerusalem, and eventually the Turks, and the Ottomans. (The Ottoman empire put a tax on trees, prompting the Arab serfs who had taken possession of the land, to cut down trees in Israel, thus turning the “Land flowing with milk and honey” into an utter desert.

There would be many invasions for the apostate nation, ravaging, stripping and carrying off anything of value, leaving virtually nothing, as a consequence of sin and faithlessness, according to the Covenant revealed to  Moses.

The Lord shall smite thee in the knees, and in the legs, with a sore botch that cannot be healed, from the sole of thy foot unto the top of thy head. The Lord shall bring thee, and thy king which thou shalt set over thee, unto a nation which neither thou nor thy fathers have known; and there shalt thou serve other gods, wood and stone. And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations whither the Lord shall lead thee. Thou shalt carry much seed out into the field, and shalt gather but little in; for the locust shall consume it. Thou shalt plant vineyards, and dress them, but shalt neither drink of the wine, nor gather the grapes; for the worms shall eat them. Thou shalt have olive trees throughout all thy coasts, but thou shalt not anoint thyself with the oil; for thine olive shall cast his fruit. Thou shalt beget sons and daughters, but thou shalt not enjoy them; for they shall go into captivity. All thy trees and fruit of thy land shall the locust consume.(Deuteronomy 28:35-42)

The prophet standing so long ago, by the Spirit of God was able to see the Mountain peaks of future History, all the way to the very last day, as we will see in this study. The future of Israel, would consist of a series of devastating invasions, stripping away at God’s fig tree( A symbol of Israel’s blessing under God), leaving nothing.

But the Prophet saw another line of mountain peaks which offered a glimmer of more hopeful things ahead, which we will look at next.


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What The Prophet Joel Saw…Joel pt 1

The word of the LORD that came to Joel the son of Pethuel. Hear this, ye old men, and give ear, all ye inhabitants of the land. Hath this been in your days, or even in the days of your fathers? Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation. That which the palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpiller eaten.(Joel 1:1-4)

The prophet Joel saw an actual locust invasion, and in it, because he was a prophet, He saw the coming Day of the Lord. The Day of the Lord for Judah would be like  a locust invasion.

It is hard for most of us to imagine the horror of an actual locust invasion. For one thing most of us have never experienced it. Furthermore we don’t live in an arid, agrarian world of season to season, hand to mouth, crop to crop dependence.

There have been locust invasions in modern times, in North Africa, and in Australia. Witnesses have seen clouds of locusts darken the sky, covering hundreds of square miles, numbering in the hundreds of millions, devastating every living plant in their path. Locusts are voracious, eating many times their weight each day.

As our text points out, locusts do their devastating work in successive waves. I think the King James version comes short in it’s interpretation of these stages of locust infestation. The Hebrew words are much more descriptive here.

First comes the “palmerworm” (Hebrew, gazahn -“cutter off”),which descends in the terrifying cloud, ravenously cutting down stems and leaves, to eat everything they can.

Before the first wave exits, the locust females drill millions of holes in the ground to lay their eggs, which hatch anywhere from 7 to 60 days later, and out which emerge millions of “locusts” ( the Hebrew word Yelek means “Multipliers” or Swarmers”). These swarmers ravenously consume anything the first swarm of adults leaves behind.

Eventually the swarms develop into “canker worms”, (Hebrew, arbeh “Lickers”) which gnaw and lick ,utterly consuming anything green which attempts to re-emerge, leaving utter desolation.

The final stage in the KJV is called “Caterpillars”, (Hebrew chasil, the “strippers”), for they remove any bark from plants of any stalks left over as they develop wings, in this last stage. At that stage they lift off, leaving utter devastation, misery and pestilence.

Joel saw in the locust invasion the Day of the Lord for Judah. This is a biblical expression which means, the time when God himself would personally intervene in the affairs of men. There have been many “Days of the LORD” such as the flood, the confounding of languages at Babel, the Babylonian captivity, etc. But they all portend the ultimate and final day of the Lord, the day in which God will arise and judge the world in Righteousness.

Because of their faithlessness to the covenant of God, and their refusal to listen to the preaching of Isaiah, Habakkuk, and Jeremiah, they would be subject to the Babylonian invasion.

Like Locusts, the Babylonians came in successive waves, confiscating more with each invasion. In the first wave they removed Judah’s king and installed his brother. They also took the finest young people, noble and intelligent and healthy youth, the cream of Judah’s crop, including Daniel,and his three friends.(Babylon always wants our youth).

During Jehoiakim’s reign, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon invaded the land, and Jehoiakim became his vassal for three years. ( 2 kings 24:1)

In the second wave the Babylonians removed the best soldiers, (the Kings guard) artisans, priests (including the prophet Ezekiel), establishing a colony of displaced Jews on the Cheddar river.He also took the King and his family, replacing him with a more pliable uncle.

At that time the officers of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon advanced on Jerusalem and laid siege to it, and Nebuchadnezzar himself came up to the city while his officers were besieging it.  Jehoiachin king of Judah, his mother, his attendants, his nobles and his officials all surrendered to him.

 Nebuchadnezzar took Jehoiachin captive to Babylon. He also took from Jerusalem to Babylon the king’s mother, his wives, his officials and the prominent people of the land.  The king of Babylon also deported to Babylon the entire force of seven thousand fighting men, strong and fit for war, and a thousand skilled workers and artisans.  He made Mattaniah, Jehoiachin’s uncle, king in his place and changed his name to Zedekiah.(2 Kings 24:12-17)

In the third wave, after the insistence on Judah of resisting Babylon in spite of Jeremiah’s warnings to submit, Babylon came in force, besieged the city and killed thousands of people. Then they removed all but the most destitute of the Jewish people, taking them on the four hundred mile forced march to Babylon, just as Jeremiah, Joel, Habakkuk, and Isaiah had predicted.

Babylon also captured, Zedekiah, the final King of Judah (the Son of David) and his family as they sought to escape the siege. Nebuchadnezzar brought the King and his sons before him and slew the sons before the King’s eyes, then blinded the King, so that the last sight he would have would be the extinguishing of his own line.

He was taken to the king of Babylon at Riblah, where sentence was pronounced on him. 7 They killed the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes. Then they put out his eyes, bound him with bronze shackles and took him to Babylon.( 2 kings 25:6-7)

Finally the Babylonians destroyed the temple of God, burning what could be burnt, plundering holy utensils, hauling off the glorious majestic sea, killing, capturing and dishonoring holy priests, and crushing the nation into the dirt!

The Babylonians broke up the bronze pillars, the movable stands and the bronze Sea that were at the temple of the LORD and they carried the bronze to Babylon.  They also took away the pots, shovels, wick trimmers, dishes and all the bronze articles used in the temple service.  The commander of the imperial guard took away the censers and sprinkling bowls—all that were made of pure gold or silver. The bronze from the two pillars, the Sea and the movable stands, which Solomon had made for the temple of the LORD, was more than could be weighed.  Each pillar was eighteen cubits[e] high. The bronze capital on top of one pillar was three cubits[f] high and was decorated with a network and pomegranates of bronze all around. The other pillar, with its network, was similar. The commander of the guard took as prisoners Seraiah the chief priest, Zephaniah the priest next in rank and the three doorkeepers.  Of those still in the city, he took the officer in charge of the fighting men, and five royal advisers. He also took the secretary who was chief officer in charge of conscripting the people of the land and sixty of the conscripts who were found in the city.  Nebuzaradan the commander took them all and brought them to the king of Babylon at Riblah.  There at Riblah, in the land of Hamath, the king had them executed.So Judah went into captivity, away from her land.( 2 Kings 25:13-21)

The locusts had taken everything there was to take, just as Joel had seen they would in his day. And all was according to the just judgment of God.

We know that this is how God judged Israel, but could this be what He has allowed to happen to the formerly Judeo Christian West? Are we being systematically stripped of all of our former glory, denuded, debased, humiliated as a consequence of our departure from Him?

How else can we explain the removal of the Christian presence in our public square? How else do we explain the stripping away of the public trappings such as the Ten commandments, prayer in school, and the multitude of other public testimonies to all that one made this nation great?

O that God would turn our hearts towards Him again, as a nation, in lowly repentance and grant us another chance to be a light for Him.

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A Sunday Encouragement…

And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.(John 11:43-44)

Lazarus had died. He had been buried four days, embalmed and laid in the family grave.

But now at the command of Jesus He stands at the door of the same tomb, fully alive. Everything around and behind him is death. He till wears the same rotting clothes he was buried in, and stands partially in the shadows of the tomb. The shelves of the crypt contain the bones of his departed, and the carved niche on which he had been laid our for embalming still reeked of death,  soaked with the embalming paste and the tears of utter sorrow.

But as He stands in the door of the tomb, Lazarus sees before him the bright sunlit land of the living. He smells the fresh grass, and the aroma of sweet flowering fruit trees. He hears the birds and a short distance away stand the living, His friends and acquaintances who had gathered to mourn his passing. He looks directly into the eyes of Jesus, the one who had called him out of the shadows and back into life.

Isn’t this a picture of our position dear Christians? We were dead in our trespasses and sins and lived in death. All around us was the stench of death and decay; the litter and refuse of years of pride, lust, selfishness, covetousness, hate and depression. We loved the world and were estranged from God and all tat is good,true and beautiful.

But One day Jesus called our name! I had been given a Bible at the age of eighteen, and began to read the Sermon on the Mount.I found it beautiful until I came to Jesus’ exposition of the Law. He told me that the Law is spiritual and external conformity isn’t adequate, in other words, not committing adultery isn’t enough, lust in the heart is damning!

When He showed me my inner condition I came under great conviction. I knew I was lost and doomed, but didn’t know how to wipe away the stain of my sin. (I answered about thirty altar calls to try to shake the guilt…but I had no faith). One day in despair, reading a new testament but distracted, thinking that salvation was available for the good people at the church, but not for me, weeping and reading the same sentence over and over again, but so distracted I couldn’t have told you what I was reading, suddenly I heard the voice of the Holy Spirit.

A thought came to me crystal clear, penetrating the fog of my despair,I heard, “LOOK AT WAT YOU ARE READING AND UNDERSTAND IT!”. I looked at the verse I had been reading, 2 Corinthians 5:21,

“For He hath made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us that we might be the righteousness of God in Christ”.

Suddenly I understood the gospel which had eluded me…Jesus took my place in judgment, as a substitution for my sin.

I came alive to God, I was born again, yea, born from above!

But like Lazarus I stand in the door of the tomb. Behind me, and somewhat around me are the trappings of death, the dust of decay and sin, the aroma of futility, my past sins, my past life.

This world itself has been revealed to me, as being a tomb. Behind its glitter and glamorous veneer is a world which hates God and opposes Christ at every point. I see death around me because we are living at the end of the Age of death. Look at the violence, the destruction of the souls of children, the profanation of everything holy,such as marriage! We are at the end of the Age of decay.

But as Lazarus looked out of the tomb, so I look at the prospect before me; eternal life, the Kingdom of God, the heavenly Assembly, being able to look at the face of Jesus, and having God wipe away every tear from our eyes!(Who do you ever allow to even touch your face? Yet God shall wipe away our tears).

Be of Good cheer brothers and sisters, for the “Sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed”.

MAra Natha! Come Lord Jesus!

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For Every Zach Wahls…

I am reprinting this article I ran in 2011, after reading this article (This Lesbian’s Daughter Has Had Enough)  written by the daughter of a “lesbian Marriage” which attempts to get behind the propaganda picture of pertfctly normal and Happy “gay” families.We live in the day of the Big Lie so we must speak the truth!
Gay marriage has been rejected by every vote or referendum in every state of the union in which it has been proposed, including Iowa,  but it was foisted upon the state by Judicial fiat, over the objections of voters.

Three of the Justices who imposed “gay marriage” on the state, came up for re-election and were soundly defeated in the 2010 elections, by Iowa voters.There is a movement to impeach the remaining activist judges.

In the meantime the Iowa house voted 62-37 to pass a marriage amendment defining marriage as being between one man and one woman. But the motion is expected to die on the floor of the democratic controlled senate, where Senate majority leader Mike Gronstal,(D Council Bluffs) has vowed to block a vote or debate in the issue.

Enter Zach Wahls. He is the University of Iowa engineering student who testified in the Iowa statehouse, on behalf of gay marriage. The well spoken Wahls told the Iowa lawmakers that his family , one sister, two “mothers” was typical in every other respect,

“Um, I guess the point is our family really isn’t so different from any other Iowa family. You know, when I’m home we go to church together, we eat dinner, we go on vacations. Ah, but, you know, we have our hard times too, we get in fights…you know.”

Wahl’s stated that the fact that his younger sister was conceived by the same “anonymous sperm donor” as he was , “is cool”.

The internet showing of Wahl’s testimony before the Iowa Legislature has gone viral, and Wahl’s is an instant internet sensation, and a spokesman for gay marriage. He was featured on MSNBC, and is sure to be feted in other media.

I understand Zach Wahl’s wanting to stand up for the only family he has ever known. Who wouldn’t? If I was raised by the a mafia member, chances are I would still love my family dearly and assert that it was “normal”. How would I know any different?

I wouldn’t expect Wahls to act any different, but on the other hand I wouldn’t consult him on whether or not we should fundamentally transform our society based on his subjective experience.

The argument to up-end more than 4000 years of western civilization cannot be made logically and rationally, so the left must personalize it. Zach Wahls becomes the “face” of the debate, so to reject gay marriage is to reject this clean-cut “sixth generation Iowan”, who naturally loves the only two parents he has ever known.

But for every well spoken Zach Wahls, I wonder how many hundreds and thousands of unfortunate children have a radically different story to tell. Without any say in the matter, as wards of the state, how many were put into the custody of homosexuals and lesbians, denied a ‘normal’ family of Father and Mother, and used as props in the culture war, to further the war on christian marriage.

How many thousands are there , who would not be as comfortable as Zach was, in recounting their conception and birth, not as an act of love, but  by an “Anonymous sperm donor”?

I doubt the Iowa State house will ever hear the testimony of the adopted son of Duke University researcher, Frank Lombard. This Mike Adams story tells the horrifying fate of the five-year old boy adopted by a prominent homosexual,but warning, not for the faint of heart.

The Other Duke Case

We have yet to hear from those who were the pawns in this tragic ‘experiment’ , broken and ruined for life by being cast into a situation that is unnatural to say the least, as well as confusing and shameful. Children are being sacrificed on the altar of Political correctness, but then again what should we expect from a culture of abortion.

We will not escape the judgment for this, the decline in our nation, morally, spiritually, politically, economically, can be laid at the feet of our readiness to sacrifice those least able to defend themselves to this godless agenda of the culture of death.

And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!(Matthew 18:2-7)

America has a millstone around its neck and is about to be cast into the sea of God’s judgment for these very things! When Israel descended to the level of child sacrifice, that was the line, Judgment came!

Flee the wrath that is coming, repent of your sins and run into the One who is the only Ark, the only refuge from the Judgment. He bore our sins that we might be saved, he was punished with our punishment on the Cross. Whoever will call upon the name of the Lord Jesus will be saved!

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How Psalm 83 Anticipates Islam…The Bible and Islam pt 9

Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God. For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head. They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones. They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.(Psalm 83:1-4)

The Psalms of the Bible are usually considered to be inspired devotion, useful for prayer and worship, beautiful and uplifting poetry. This is true, but it is a limited appreciation of what these Psalms have to offer.

The Psalms are Wisdom literature as well, and contain accounts of salvation history. The Psalms are also prophetic. The coming of Jesus the Messiah, his thoughts, suffering and triumph are predicted in great detail in the Psalms.

Finally, the Psalms are Eschatological, they are prophetic teachings and exhortations concerning the end times. Psalm 83 is a prime example of this and as in the other passages I have been sharing in this series, it seems to foretell the scourge of Islam.

Psalm 83 is a desperate prayer offered by a besieged Israel. Her enemies are all of her near neighbors. They have come together as never before in Biblical history, united by a common, visceral hatred of Israel, and also by an anti-God religion, Islam.

The list of nations amounts to Syria, Gaza,Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, in short the Arab Muslim middle east. This list is discussed in detail in another article, The Arab Invasion and it’s Outcome. All of these modern nations are united in hatred by Islam.

They that hate thee, have lifted up their head, in other words the supplicant laments that the enemies of God and Israel have obtained a new confidence.

The rebirth of the nation of Israel and the subsequent failure of five united Arab armies to defeat her in wars of overwhelming numerical, financial and even tactical superiority has been extremely dispiriting to the Muslim Arab world, which is a “shame/honor” culture. That is why the Arabs refer to May ,1948 as “Al Naqba”, the disaster!

But as of late the Muslim Arab world has gained a new confidence. This is because that after steady leveraging of the use of oil, bribery, and immigration, the Arab world has been able to flip the powerful western world, from her pro-Israel position to being anti-Israel.

Do unto them as unto the Midianites; as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the brook of Kison: Which perished at Endor: they became as dung for the earth. Make their nobles like Oreb, and like Zeeb: yea, all their princes as Zebah, and as Zalmunna:(Psalm 83:9-11)

The Supplicant appeals to previous interventions of God on behalf of Israel,as recorded in the book of the Judges.

“Do unto them as unto the Midianites…”  Refers to the incident in Judges 6-7, in which God confused the Midianites, and in their confusion they turned on and slaughtered each other.

“As to Sisera and as to Jabin…” This refers to the story in  Judges 4-5. Jabin was a Canaanite King who subjected Israel to raids of plunder,rape and murder. Sisera was the commander of Jabin’s army, which deployed 900 chariots.

What God did to Sisera was to send a rainstorm, so intense it rendered the chariots useless. They bogged down on the plain, and were vulnerable to the footmen of Deborah and Barak.

The proud general Sisera fled on foot for his very life. He was beckoned to hide in the tent of a woman, Jael, the wife of one whom he though was an ally. She coaxed him into relaxation, giving the exhausted heathen Commander warm milk.  When he fell into a deep sleep, she took a tent stake, and drove it into Sisera’s temple.

Thus the proud heathen leader was slain by a woman! We find this to be startlingly modern, as we see the ISIS terrorists trying to wipe out the Kurdish Peshmurga militia, among whose numbers of necessity are women. The superstitious among them believe that the warrior who is slain by a woman dies in disgrace and cannot go to paradise!

Make their Nobles Like Oreb and Zeeb,yea all their princes like Zeeba and Zalmuna…This refers back to Godeon’s battle with the Arab multitude in Judges 6-8. The Arab Princes fled, with Gideon’s bands pursuing them. Oreb and Zeeb were caught and forced to confess the killing of  Gideon’s brothers.

Zeeba and Zalmuna were caught also, and were personally executed by Gideon himself. The text of Judges literally tells us that they then removed the “Crescent shaped ornaments off of their camels”.

Then Zebah and Zalmunna said, “Rise up yourself, and fall on us; for as the man, so is his strength.” So Gideon arose and killed Zebah and Zalmunna, and took the crescent ornaments which were on their camels’ necks.(Judges 8:21 NASV)

The Psalmist is praying that the Arab Princes of this confederation will be pursued, executed and that the Lord himself will remove the crescent ornaments.

The Lord is coming back to the earth in the character of Gideon.

Finally this Psalm offers another insight which I believe is a foreshadowing of the Islam situation. Twice he prays that the enemies would be ashamed…

Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek thy name, O Lord. Let them be confounded and troubled for ever; yea, let them be put to shame, and perish: That men may know that thou, whose name alone is Jehovah, art the most high over all the earth.(Psalm 83:16-18)

As we stated earlier, the psychology of the modern Islamic world is very much based upon a shame/honor system. The humiliation of Al Naqba enrages the Muslims to murderous and self destructive lengths. A Danish cartoon can ignite murderous firestorms all around the world.

The self concept of the Arab Muslim male is fragile. All is comparison. This is why Muslims delight in building towers calculated to be the tallest structure in a city. They relish the humiliation and diminishment of their enemies. Even their vaunted battle cry is one of insecurity, for the literal meaning of Allahu Akbar is “God is greater”. Greater than what?

The Psalmist prays that the enemies of God would be filled with shame, which hopefully would lead to a repentance towards the only true God. There is a healthy shame, rightfully earned which can accomplish a deep work in the soul. “That they may seek you Oh God…”!  Many,many Muslims are already beng saved by God’s grace.

But failing that, the Psalmist also prays for an eternal shame for those who would wipe Israel off of the map.“Let them be ashamed that they may perish forever...”.

When the Muslim confederation of Psalm 83 is utterly defeated, routed, even massacred because of the answer to this prayer, The Psalmist hopes that the rest of the world will see it and come to know something of the fear and Majesty of the “only true God”.

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Remember Amalek-Israel’s Enemy To The End…The Bible and Islam pt 8

The first enemy that the former slave nation of Israel faced in their Exodus into the promised land, was Amalek. The Amalekites harassed the redeemed nation, attacking and slaying the weak, sick and elderly at the edges and rear of the procession of Israel. At Rephidim they openly opposed Israel,

Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim. And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: to morrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand. So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.(Exodus 17:8-11)

The battle with Amalek would become a metaphor for all of Israel’s future military history. As long as Israel’s priest (Moses) made supplication, the nation was able to subdue the Amalekites. But as soon as Moses’ arms tired, the Amalekites prevailed. Eventually Aaron and Hur supported Moses’ hands and the victory was secured, for the time being.

The LORD told Moses that Amalek was a special enemy,one that would have to be resisted to the bitter end.

And the Lord said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovahnissi: For he said, Because the Lord hath sworn that the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.(Exodus 17:14-16)

Moses reiterated this solemn promise in Deuteronomy when He reminded the congregation in the name of God of the cowardly,murderous, terror tactics of the Amalekites.

Remember what Amalek did unto thee by the way, when ye were come forth out of Egypt; How he met thee by the way, and smote the hindmost of thee, even all that were feeble behind thee, when thou wast faint and weary; and he feared not God. Therefore it shall be, when the Lord thy God hath given thee rest from all thine enemies round about, in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee for an inheritance to possess it, that thou shalt blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven; thou shalt not forget it.(Deuteronomy 25:17-19)

Amalek, was the grandson of Esau through a concubine. True to the word of Exodus 17, the future of Israel would feature a constant, on and off struggle against Amalek. Remember Saul being commanded by God through the prophet Samuel to utterly wipe out every single Amalekite?

Samuel also said unto Saul, The Lord sent me to anoint thee to be king over his people, over Israel: now therefore hearken thou unto the voice of the words of the Lord. Thus saith the Lord of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt. Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.(1 Samuel 15:1-3)

But Saul rejected the Word of God,waxing  humanistic, meeting the King of the Amalekites and sparing he and his court. The Amalekites that Saul spared in the name of “tender mercy” turned and ale him according to one of the accounts of Saul’s death.

And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword. But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them: but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly.( I Sam 15:8-9)

This is the situation we find ourselves in today, confusion about Islam is similar to Saul’s confusion about Amalek, He thought there were “moderate Amalekites” , he didn’t realize that God said to utterly resist all Amalekites. Saul didn’t have the stomach to resist evil utterly, calling an Amalekite an Amalekite, very similarly to our efete leadership, which is so careful to try to distinguish good Islam from bad Islam.*

Then said Samuel, Bring ye hither to me Agag the king of the Amalekites. And Agag came unto him delicately. And Agag said, Surely the bitterness of death is past. And Samuel said, As thy sword hath made women childless, so shall thy mother be childless among women. And Samuel hewed Agag in pieces before the Lord in Gilgal.( I Samuel 15:32-33)

When the children of Israel were still wandering in the desert,an Arab King paid a witch named Balaam to curse them. Balaam tried to from three different “high places” but soon found his witchcraft was powerless against this nation.Every time he went forth to “seek auguries” as the pagan witches would do, the Word of the Lord came to Him personally, and out came ever increasing blessings upon Israel.

Finally after being fired by the King, Balaam, still in the Spirit of the Lord commanded the King to “be still and hear what this people would do to your people in the last days”.  He predicted the rise of Israel, the coming of the Messiah, the Assyrian and eventually the Roman conquest of th levant and the crushing of the AntiChrist and of the “Sons of Tumult”. Among other things he pronounced doom on Amalek as being Israel’s last enemy, doomed to destruction.

I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth. And Edom shall be a possession, Seir also shall be a possession for his enemies; and Israel shall do valiantly. Out of Jacob shall come he that shall have dominion, and shall destroy him that remaineth of the city. And when he looked on Amalek, he took up his parable, and said, Amalek was the first of the nations; but his latter end shall be that he perish for ever.(Numbers 24:17-20)

What is interesting about all of these nations is that they are again in the news (ISIS,ISIL,Syria,Jordan,Lebanon…)and are bitter ,inveterate enemies of Israel, and all united by religion, ISLAM.

I recommend an interesting book, ANTICHRIST;The Search For Amalek  by a new friend RC Morro. I don’t endorse every point he made but the book is intriguing and makes you think.

* I am not calling for the slaughter of all Muslims, just the clear recognition that Islam is Islam, there is no ‘moderate version’ of it. The Prophet Samuel suffered from no such ability, He knew evil when he saw it, and hated it!

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