History’s Climax…Israel’s future pt 2

Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.(Zechariah 12:1-4)

It is increasingly obvious to all thinking people, Christian and non-Christian alike, that the world is headed for some kind of apocalyptic climax. Since the two World Wars, the cultural exhaustion of the Judeo Christian west, has led to a posture of surrender; first of colonies in the third world , then of religion at home, ultimately of moral leadership in the world , and a crisis of confidence in its own ideals and once cherished values.

This cultural surrender has created a power vacuum which less principled entities are rushing headlong into. Russia is flexing her muscles again, probing the west’s defenses, taking back bits and pieces of the former Soviet Union, bullying newly liberated nations such as Georgia and the Ukraine, which were once assured protection by a more confident West.

China has steadily increased her power, vying for the time when her military and economic might will put her into a position to settle some old scores with the west.

Then of course there is the steaming cauldron that is the Middle East.

The Sunni Muslim world smells blood in the water. Bolstered by western arms and support, and flush with newly looted cash, and even gold reserves ISIS (ISlamic State of Iraq and Syria) is busy retaking much of northern Iraq. This was a nation  that was recently set free to become a democracy at the tremendous cost in blood and treasure by the US, Britain and the western coalition.

The renewal of the Sunni Caliphate is one of the goals of ISIS, or ISIL(Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant). The only line of defense for many of Iraq’s remaining Chaldean Christian population, is the Kurdish Peshmurga militia. Though Muslim , the Kurds were the most pro United States portion of Iraq, and are holding their own enclave from ISIL.

Iran is confident, flush with a newly developed Nuclear arsenal, and heady after thirty years of constant pushing and harrying of the western powers with little or no push back. The throngs of youth in the streets of Tehran, begging for western support for their movement towards liberal democracy, was met with indifference in the west and repression by the Mullahs.

Iranian young people are the first generation in centuries to live under free and unfettered Shariah, and they hate it! In fact, they hate ISlam period for the most part. These young Persians  paid with their blood, many being murdered in the streets, because they believed that the west would see their demonstrations and use its considerable influence to support them.

The constant shelling of Israel from the Gaza strip and from Hezbollah held southern Lebanon threatens to bring the entire region and eventually the world into war.

History is headed for a climax. Few realize that at the center of both the world and of History sits Israel. The center of Israel is Jerusalem and the center of Jerusalem is the Holy mountain, Mt Zion.Everything revolves around the center.

Jerusalem is the only city on earth which God says He has placed His name in. The Psalmist prophesied that Jerusalem is “the  Joy of the whole earth…Mt Zion on the sides of the North, the city of the great King!”. It was in Jerusalem that God dwelt in the temple, between the Cherubim. Jerusalem was the place where Jesus died on the cross and defeated man’s primal enemy, Satan. Outside of Jerusalem sits an empty tomb, for He is risen!

Jerusalem is mentioned 800 plus times in the Bible. Jesus quoted the Psalm above when He said, “Swear not at all, neither by Heaven for it is God’s throne, nor by earth, for it is His footstool, nor By Jerusalem for it is the city of the great King!”. Of course we know also that God’s glory lifted off of the city, and that the temple was destroyed, and that as of late Jerusalem is called “Sodom and Egypt, the city where our Lord was crucified”in the book of Revelation chapter 11.

Jerusalem is the only capitol which the nations of the world refuse to put their embassies in. Every President from Eisenhower to Bush 2 ran on the pledge to move our embassy their but failed to do so. Jerusalem is the city the UN has cut in two pieces! Jerusalem is a city the Pope has designs for also.

Jerusalem is never mentioned by name in the Koran, yet the Muslims claim it as the third holiest site.

Jesus warned that “Jerusalem would be trodden under foot of the gentiles until the time of the gentiles be fulfilled”. Currently, the temple mount is under the custody of the Jordanian council of Muslims known as the WAQF, though Israel liberated Jerusalem in 1967.

There is only one oblique reference to Jerusalem in the Koran, and we only know it is Jerusalem because Modern Islamic scholars say so. It is in the story called the ISRA, wherein Mohammed supposedly mounted a winged horse and rode it to “Al Aqsa”, “The farthest places” in the Arabic. There he ascended to heaven to attend a Muslim prayer meeting with Jesus and Moses! This is the only indirect reference to Jerusalem in the entire Koran.

In 2009 when the president of the United States of America gave an unprecedented speech to the entire Muslim world, at Al Azhar university, (The Harvard, Cambridge and Yale of modern Sunni terrorism, providing the intellectual and philosophical underpinning for it), He mentioned one Koranic verse.

Which Koranic verse did President Barak Hussein Obama mention when he addressed the Muslim world? The only verse which remotely gives credence to the Muslim claim that Jerusalem is theirs, the ISRA.

Current events are swirling around Jerusalem like an Iowa Tornado. Watch Jerusalem, the future of Israel is a siege of Jerusalem, then the Lord himself comes back to rescue his prodigal people and raise the world from the dead. Shalom! Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem!

 

 

Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem, which hast drunk at the hand of the Lord the cup of his fury; thou hast drunken the dregs of the cup of trembling, and wrung them out. There is none to guide her among all the sons whom she hath brought forth; neither is there any that taketh her by the hand of all the sons that she hath brought up. These two things are come unto thee; who shall be sorry for thee? desolation, and destruction, and the famine, and the sword: by whom shall I comfort thee? Thy sons have fainted, they lie at the head of all the streets, as a wild bull in a net: they are full of the fury of the Lord, the rebuke of thy God. Therefore hear now this, thou afflicted, and drunken, but not with wine: Thus saith thy Lord the Lord, and thy God that pleadeth the cause of his people, Behold, I have taken out of thine hand the cup of trembling, even the dregs of the cup of my fury; thou shalt no more drink it again: But I will put it into the hand of them that afflict thee; which have said to thy soul, Bow down, that we may go over: and thou hast laid thy body as the ground, and as the street, to them that went over.(Isaiah 51:17-21)

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re Philip Powell

I have a friend named Philip Powell, who is a man I have long admired and respected for his courageous stand for the gospel, when his denomination went apostate. To his own hurt he left the denomination which he had served for much of his life, because of the principle of truth .

In a recent conversation with Him, he told me that I had deeply hurt him, when I told my readers that he had submitted a statement of faith, part of which I deemed to be docetic*.

I thought I had made it clear to everyone I knew that I did not regard Philip to be Docetic, but that the statement he and several other ministers drafted appeared to be Docetic, and I wanted to spare them the (wrongful) accusation that they were indeed promoting Docetism.

Because I love this man, his family, his church and the Truth of the gospel, I agreed to post on my blog another written statement of apology to any who wrongfully concluded that I accused Philip of docetism. I have never thought he was, I only thought he wrongfully worded a statement which he submitted to me for critique,(WHich I happily offered what I thought was a helpful suggestion).

I hope this helps Philip, and resolves the issue, God knows all things.

I do believe that among those of us who stand for th true Christian gospel, the warning of Jesus is true, “Satan desires to have us that He may sift us like wheat…”. The devil wants us to fight and provoke each other, rather than to stand for the truth.

Philip, I beseech you in Jesus name to forgive me, and to accept as truth my pledge that I never accused you of Docetism and if I unwittingly allowed others to think so, I didn’t mean to. This will be my last public communication on the subject. Grace and Peace to you all

ps the rest of the verse I quoted is encouraging, for Jesus says “…but I am praying for you that you faith fails not. When you are converted you will strengthen the bretheren”.

 

* Docetism- the heresy that denies the incarnation of Jesus into flesh. Jesus Christ has come in the flesh, and sits on the right hand of God in the flesh, and is coming again bodily! Maranatha!!!!

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What the Messiah Awaits…Israel’s Future pt 1

I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that ye shall soon utterly perish from off the land whereunto ye go over Jordan to possess it; ye shall not prolong your days upon it, but shall utterly be destroyed  And the Lord shall scatter you among the nations, and ye shall be left few in number among the heathen, whither the Lord shall lead you. And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men’s hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell. But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.(Deuteronomy 4:27-31)

In this day of so much international condemnation and hatred for Israel, it is important for us to remember that Israel is a miracle nation. The nation has a  supernatural beginning and a history full of Divine deliverances, revivals, inexplicable victories  and also utterly disastrous defeats, such as the Babylonian captivity, the destruction of the temple on the ninth of the month of Av,  in 536 BC, as well as the devastating Roman invasion and destruction of the second temple on the ninth of Av in 70 Ad.

The aftermath of 70 AD was the Diaspora of the Jews, a scattering of the nation to the ends of the earth and exile which has lasted almost two thousand years. As you can see from the selection in Deuteronomy, Moses predicted all of this, none of the tortured history of Israel should be a mystery to any who read Moses. He even taught Israel a national song to sing , the Song of Moses  which laid out the future of Israel till the end of time.

Hosea also predicted the long exile of Israel, without national polity, official leadership, land, temple, national and religious symbols, formal God ordained worship, and in exile until the “latter days”.

For the children of Israel, shall abide many days without a King and without a Prince,and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an Ephod and without a Teraphim;Afterwards shall the children of Israel return, and seek the Lord their God and David their King, and shall fear the Lord and His goodness in the latter days.(Hosea 3:4-5)

Afterwards, the prophet assures us, Israel shall return. As of May 1948, Israel has returned onto the world stage, in fulfillment of many other prophecies besides Hosea 3.

 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.(Isaiah 11:11-12)

Hear the word of the Lord, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock. For the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of him that was stronger than he. (Jeremiah 30:10-11)

The rebirth of Israel is a modern-day miracle on the level of the parting of the Red Sea. A nation was reborn in one day, a prophetic people thrown into the sea of gentile peoples, has been preserved and re-emerged like Jonah the prophet after two thousand years. A long dead language has been re-introduced.

In the resurrection of Israel, the whole world is now witness to the reality of the living God. Furthermore, for those who have ears to hear, Israel’s re-emergence is a sign that we are indeed in the “latter days” , leading to the long prophesied “Day of the Lord”, the time in which God intervenes in human history.

But there is a precondition to be met. God is waiting for something specific from Israel. Long ago through Moses and Hosea, and even through the Messiah Jesus, God told Israel what He was waiting for before He would come to them.The Hebrew Bible renders Leviticus 26 thus;

38 And ye shall perish among the nations, and the land of your enemies shall eat you up.
לט וְהַנִּשְׁאָרִים בָּכֶם, יִמַּקּוּ בַּעֲו‍ֹנָם, בְּאַרְצֹת, אֹיְבֵיכֶם; וְאַף בַּעֲו‍ֹנֹת אֲבֹתָם, אִתָּם יִמָּקּוּ. 39 And they that are left of you shall pine away in their iniquity in your enemies’ lands; and also in the iniquities of their fathers shall they pine away with them.
מ וְהִתְוַדּוּ אֶת-עֲו‍ֹנָם וְאֶת-עֲו‍ֹן אֲבֹתָם, בְּמַעֲלָם אֲשֶׁר מָעֲלוּ-בִי, וְאַף, אֲשֶׁר-הָלְכוּ עִמִּי בְּקֶרִי. 40 And they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, in their treachery which they committed against Me, and also that they have walked contrary unto Me.(Leviticus 26:38-40)

The Messiah is awaiting a national confession, not only of Israel’s present iniquity, but of the iniquity of their Fathers, a specific, absolutely devastating sin committed, which led to the exile, alienation  and suffering of the nation, at some point in her history.

Hosea also prophesied this, when in the name of the LORD he proclaimed,

 

I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.(Hosea 5:15)

When did the LORD “go back to his place” , (Heaven) and what offense is He waiting for them to acknowledge? Hosea predicted that in “their affliction”, (The tribulation), they will seek Him early, and as He was earlier quoted, they will “return to the Lord their God and David their King”.

A clue to the acknowledgment that the LORD of Israel and of the Universe seeks from the estranged, chosen nation comes in the gospels, set 40 years before the calamity of 70 AD.

Jesus, in his final address to the nation in the temple of God, announced that He was leaving them, and that the temple would be desolate of the presence of God, and that they would never see him again until they made an acknowledgment from Psalm 118,

 

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.(Matthew 23:37-40).

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Goodbye Iraq, Hello Shinar….

 

And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the Lord: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord. And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar. Out of that land went forth Asshur, and builded Nineveh, and the city Rehoboth, and Calah,(Genesis 10-the table of Nations)

And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.(Genesis 11:2-4)

Shinar is an ancient name for the land between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. It means “To Throw Down”, or “Violence”, or “throwing out”. How sadly fitting. The Oldest civilization in the world, whose name literally alludes to a violent act. Such is fallen man.

The core idea of root שער (sh’r I) is to split open, to break through. Thus, for a meaning of the name Shinar, Jones reads Casting Out, or Scattering In All Manner Of Ways, but admits that “the derivation, however, is very uncertain.”(Abarim Publications-Shinar Etymology)

It is the considered even by secular sources to be the cradle of civilization.  All false religions sprang out of the worldwide apostasy that occurred there in the days of the tower of Babel. The Patriarch Abram went from being a moon worshipping idolater to  become a “Hebrew”, when the true and living God revealed himself to Him and called him to “cross over”(Hebrew) the Euphrates river , and become his worshipper and eventually the”Father of many nations”.

It was in that Land that Jonah was vomited up from a fish to make his way to Ninevah(Mosul) to warn the wicked city of an impending judgment. He mourned when the whole city repented, because Jonah knew that God would even forgive the brutal Ninevites!

Another internationally feared Empire rose up out of the “land between two rivers”(Mesopotamia), which God used to severely chastise his chosen people, when Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon destroyed the Temple and took most of the Jewish people into captivity for 70 years.

It is the place where Daniel grew up and ministered, and it was in one of its palaces that the Hand writing was seen on the wall during a drunken orgy, when the Pagan Babylonians profaned the Holy vessels of the Temple of God. That very night the Medo Persian Empire took possession and Babylon ceased from being a world power.

Over the centuries it became a possession of Alexander the Great, Babylonian, Assyrian, Median, Achaemenid, Seleucid, Parthian and Sassanian empires .Eventually  it came under the power of the rampaging Muslim armies.

It was in Iraq, on the plain of Karbala, that the great schism of Islam broke out into bloody fighting, the Sunni eventually defeating the Shia, and slaughtering Mohammed’s nephew and his six month old son.Baghdad at one time was the seat of the Sunni Caliphate, in the golden days of Islam, when a Sunni could write a check in Cairo and cash it in Baghdad. Eventually the Arab capitol came under the power of the Ottomans.

Iraq would come under the rule of Mongols, then Muslims again, eventually(16 th century( it would come under the Seljuk Turks and the Ottoman Empire. Ottoman Rule came to an end after the first World War, the Arab Muslims siding with the Germans.

The victors , France and England, literally redrew the maps of the Middle Eastern territories they had conquered, often with straight-edged lines, and no consideration for tribe or clan. They cobbled together a nation consisting of Shia majority, Sunni ruling class, Kurds and Chaldean Christian minority.

Iraq came under the British Empire, but only briefly, for in 1921 the British allowed the establishment of the Kingdom of Iraq.

There was a coup detat in 1958, Iraq became an Arab republic. Under the Baath party(Arab Nationalism), Saddam Hussein ruled from 1979-2003. between 1980-1988, Iraq and Iran(Persia) underwent a brutal war, in which World War 1 style tactics were used, including poisen gas, and half a million died and more were maimed.

Eventually The world formed a coalition against Saddam when His forces invaded Kuwait in 1990. Iraq underwent invasion, bombing and agonizing sanctions, but the invasion ended abruptly(On the very date of the Feast of Purim), in 1991. Saddam was deposed, there was a second invasion in 2003, and the nation cam under the occupation of a US and British led coalition.

The US battled Guerrilla armies and sought to “nation build” the Muslim country, bringing in a form of democracy, and pouring money into the infrastructure. But in 2011 the Obama administration against the will of his own generals and advisors, declared the war over and all but a very minute American military presence went home.

Int the vacuum poured an American equipped and trained  army of savages, the Sunni ISIS, (the Islamic State of Iraq and  Syria) swept in from the seige of Assad of Syria, and captured most of the northern half of Iraq with relatively few men. The US trained Iraqi army melted, many shedding uniforms and weapons, leaving them for the savages, who perfored mass , ritual murders in the streets and played soccer with severed heads..

It is interesting to me that the acronym ISIS is also the ancient name for the Babylonian female deity, also known as Astarte or Ishtar. Her symbol was the crescent moon and a star. All false religion is a variation of “Mystry Babylon, mother of all harlots and abominations. Islam is merely ancient Paganism force into a perverted monotheistic strait jacket.

Now this terrorist Sunni army is bristling with US tanks, humvees, and stinger air missiles among other world class wagons, and is also flush with billions of dollars plundered from banks in the oil rich Mosul region.

The Kurds are bracing themselves in the Northeast enclave they have secured for themselves, and the Shiites are pouring into recruiting stations in Baghdad. Theree divisions of the Iranian republican guard are deployed, and Vladimir Putin of Russia has assured the beleagured Shia president Maliki of full Russian support in the upcoming war.

The Land of Iraq is not slated by the Most High God for a peaceful American occupation, God has a plan for it, which dosn’t rally include the Americans. I believe that Iraq will soon go back into being “Shinar” again, and a place that will once again connect disparate factions of the world into a violent unity.

The Prophet Zechariah saw a vision of “wickedness” being taken in a basket to establish itself in the world. The destination? Shinar!

Then the angel that talked with me went forth, and said unto me, Lift up now thine eyes, and see what is this that goeth forth.  And I said, What is it? And he said, This is an ephah that goeth forth. He said moreover, This is their resemblance through all the earth. And, behold, there was lifted up a talent of lead: and this is a woman that sitteth in the midst of the ephah. And he said, This is wickedness. And he cast it into the midst of the ephah; and he cast the weight of lead upon the mouth thereof.  Then lifted I up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came out two women, and the wind was in their wings; for they had wings like the wings of a stork: and they lifted up the ephah between the earth and the heaven.  Then said I to the angel that talked with me, Whither do these bear the ephah?  And he said unto me, To build it an house in the land of Shinar: and it shall be established, and set there upon her own base.

My friend Jacob Prasch has an excellent article on this vision at The Woman In The Basket

I am not saying Iraq will change its name in fact, but Shinar is coming back with a vengeance spiritually. God has a grim prophetic plan for the region.

 

 

 

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Is there anything Prophetic about ISIS?

The world is reeling with the horrifying spectacle of the recent stunning success of the Sunni Islam, ISIS, (Islamic Society of Syria and Iraq),which in the past two weeks has taken over most of Iraq, and is currently encircling Baghdad. The group has become the richest terror organization in the world after plundering banks in Mosul(Biblical Ninevah), and as a prize has taken Fallujah and Tikrit, places the United States,Britain and their coalition spent billions in treasure and thousands of our finest young lives to “liberate”.

What are the Biblical implications of this sudden development? It is my view that anything that happens in this region these days has such implications due to the nearness of our Lord’s Parousia, and our gathering together unto Him!

First of all, ISIS has taken the entire area around Baghdad, including the area we call Babylon. Geographical Babylon has yet to experience the prophesied fate,

And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees’ excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.  It shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation: neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there; neither shall the shepherds make their fold there.(Isaiah 13:19-20)

Babylon was overthrown by the Medes and Persians in the days of Daniel the Prophet(539 BC), but it was never rendered uninhabitable. Currently Babylon has become the possession of an aggressive,violent offshoot of Al Qaeda,  under the leadership of a man Obama set free(Perhaps he took up yoga or knitting).

This conflict must be interpreted through the Sunni Shiite prism. Islam, the religion of the false prophet Mohammed, is divided into two major sects, Sunni and Shia. The Islamic world is about 85 percent Sunni, and 15 percent Shia. The Shia are concentrated in Iran, southern Iraq, southern Lebanon and a minority in Syria.

Iraq has been ruled by Sunni, until the US led elections, in which a Shia took power, and immediately began disenfranchising the Sunnis. In the center of Baghdad is a crowded slum (Sadr city), containing millions of Shia. There are cities in Southern Iraq which are considered holy places to the Shia.

The schism came about after Mohammed’s death, over the issue of who would be the successor Caliph(Leader). The Shia favored Mohammed’s nephew Ali Hussein, whereas the Sunni wanted Mohammed’s general to succeed Him. There was a battle in Karbala,Iraq, in which Mohammed’s nephew and six month old grandson were slaughtered.

The Sunni and Shia hate each other on a level which is hard to a westerner to fathom. All throughout our occupation of Iraq, there were bus bombings, suicide and otherwise of Shia religious processions, and even funerals, by Sunni fanatics, and vice versa.Islam cannot bring any kind of Peace, obviously.

There is the possibility that ISIS will bring about the renewal of the Caliphate, which is one of their stated goals. The Caliphate was a central Sunni religious governing body, which was dissolved after World War One,when Attaturk modernized Turkey. In that case we could consider the Teaching in Revelation 13 about the Beast which had a deadly wound, but which was healed…”

And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.(Revelation 13:3)

Another aspect of this development is that the Shia are alarmed at a vicious Sunni army so near, and so bent on destroying the Shiites in Iraq and then moving on possibly to Iran.

So also, the Kurds are on full alert and have secured for themselves the oil center city of Kirkuk. Of all of Iraq, it is the Kurds who benefitted most from US Aid, and have built for themselves an enclave in the Northeastern section of Iraq, and are warily arming themselves in view of ISIS. The Kurds are believed to be the Biblical Medes, which in the light of the unfulfilled portion of Isaiah 13;

Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, which shall not regard silver; and as for gold, they shall not delight in it.  Their bows also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eyes shall not spare children. And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees’ excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.(Isaiah 13:19-21)

We know also that an invasion of Israel is prophesied in Psalm 83, which will involve Arabs from all of Israel’s near neighbors, including Iraq.

I have reproduced (in bold print) an article I published a few years ago to bring anyone who is interested in the Biblical background and prophetic analysis of the Arab(Muslim) world. Unfortunately the humanists, Atheists, and perhaps even Satanists who currently govern the so-called civilized world, do not think spiritually and cannot really comprehend the nature of the struggle the world is in, because of the age old struggle between Jacob and Esau, Ishmael and Isaac.

Remember that as this whirlwind breaks all around us, and death and destruction break out in places usually secure, Scripture assures us, that whosoever will call upon the name of the LORD will be saved! If you seek me you will find me , if you seek for me with all of your heart! Break off of your sins, I beg you, turn to Jesus who died for you, and who rose again, His nature is to forgive and to save sinners

 

 

We have been discussing recent events in the Arab world . Tunisia, Egypt, Libya,Yemen, Jordan ,Saudi Arabia, Dubai,among others are being shaken by massive, violent, popular demonstrations.

There is a twofold commonality in all of these nations, 1) ethnically they are Arab and 2) They are Muslim, in the midst of a revival of fundamentalist Islam. That is why the so-called “democratic” aspect of these upheavals is meaningless. Islamists will win the elections, the populations of these nations are not upset with their respective governments for being too Islamic, they are upset with them for being too secular!

There is a spiritual dimension to these events, as well. The prophets of the Bible foretold in great detail, the origin and final end of the Arab people. The sons of Abraham, Ishmael and of Esau play a prominent role in the Last Days scenario.

From Genesis, we learn that much of the Arab nation came from the first-born son of Abraham, Ishmael. He was not the child of the promise,nor was he born of Sarah Abraham’s wife. Ishmael was the son of Abraham through his bondslave, the Egyptian woman,Hagar.

But Ishmael is of such significance, that like Samson, Jesus and the John the Baptist, an Angel spoke of his future before he was even born.

And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.(Genesis 16:11-12)

The character of the Arab people is here prophetically described, in the first book of the Bible;

* The divinely assigned name,Ishmael – means either “God hears” or “He will hear God”. Not all Arabs are the physical descendants of Ishmael, but through Islam they are in spiritual affinity with Ishmael’s disenfranchisement from Abraham.

*A Wild Ass of a man – The literal rendering of KJV’s “Wild man”. This is not meant to be taken as an insult, for to a desert dwelling people, the wild ass represents toughness, virility, fierce independence, and unbrokenness. All of the qualities one would require to survive in a harsh and unforgiving environment.

* His hand will be against every man and every man’s against him – Ishmael would be warlike, he would not submit to others who try to dominate him, and he would dominate others.

* He will dwell in the presence of his brothers – This is the prediction that Ishmael would not only be at war with all other nations, but that he would be unable to have peace even with his own brothers. This passage can be interpreted as “He will dwell in the face of his brothers”.

Arab would be at war with Arab, when not fighting outsiders. Ishmael would also persecute his brother Isaac, hating him and making his life miserable, until Abraham was forced to put he and his mother Hagar the bondslave out of the house.

* The Arabs would be a powerful, populous people – The Angel who appeared to Hagar in the desert , prophesying Ishmael’s birth, also predicted that the Ishmaelites would be an exceedingly numerous people. He shall ever live ‘in the face of his brothers’.

And the angel of the LORD said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude.(Genesis 16:10)

History has proven this prophecy to be true, the Arabs are the independent, fierce, unbroken survivors that the Angel said they would be. They have also multiplied into a great nation, there are hundreds of millions of Arabs, there are 22 Arab nations in the middle east and North Africa, and through Islam, Arab culture is predominant in 57 nations of the world.

But also true is the Muslim/ Arab inability to live in peace. Contrary to contemporary “wisdom” there is no place on earth where Islam has ever wrought any kind of peace, other than the peace of the dead! When the Arabs are not at war with the rest of the world, they are fighting among themselves. Arab against Arab, and Muslim against Muslim is the rule and not the exception.

And the Muslim/Arabs have a fierce, unyielding hatred for their younger brother Jacob(ie Israel).

Not all Arabs are the physical descendants of Ishmael, but through Islam they are in spiritual affinity with Ishmael’s disenfranchisement from Abraham in favor of the second son of Abraham,Isaac, the child of God’s promise. Islam nurtures the original grievance Ishmael and Hagar his equally disenfranchised mother.

The scripture calls this hatred, “the perpetual hatred”, and predicts that this hatred of Ishmael for Isaac, Esau for Jacob, will be the catalyst for the final judgments to come down upon the whole world.

Because thou hast had a perpetual hatred, and hast shed the blood of the children of Israel by the force of the sword in the time of their calamity, in the time that their iniquity had an end:Therefore, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will prepare thee unto blood, and blood shall pursue thee: sith thou hast not hated blood, even blood shall pursue thee.(Ezekiel 35:5-6)

An Excerpt from “A Sword On The Land;the Muslim World In Bible Prophecy” or you can get a Kindle edition at  Kindle Sword On the Land 

 

 

 

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In The Volume Of The Book…Psalm 40 pt 2

Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. (Psalm 40:7-8)

We have been seeing the Messiah revealed in the fortieth Psalm. The incredible conversation between the eternal Father and the eternal Son has been revealed by the Spirit to the psalmist.

This is not the only time this has been revealed in the Psalms. Psalm 2 has the Father and the Son discussing the Divine Kingship over the nations. Psalm 110 has the LORD saying unto ADONAI, (the Lord),”Sit on my right hand until I make thine enemies thy footstool”, and swearing to him that he would be a priest forever… .

In this beautiful Psalm the Son offers himself to God for us ; a bondslave, in the place of provisional sacrifices ordained by God. He is a willing sacrifice, in fact a delighted, God-loving, God-fearing self offering of a human life, wholly given to God.

Our Psalmist takes us by the Spirit, unto the then future earthly ministry of this willing bondslave. His ministry would initially be a ministry of the Word of God. He would not hold back, from the “great congregation”, in spite of fierce opposition, He declares God’s faithfulness, Righteousness, and salvation. This would eventually cost him his life.

I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O LORD, thou knowest. I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation. (Psalm 40:9-10)

The “great congregation” consists of those who would hear his voice through all time. He cries out to everyone, but only those who are “of the Truth” actually hear his voice. That is those who by the Spirit of God have recieved an inward affinity to the Truth, those who “have ears to hear”, being the “babes” as opposed to the “wise and learned of this Age”.

Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O LORD: let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me. For innumerable evils have compassed me about: mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of mine head: therefore my heart faileth me. Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me: O LORD, make haste to help me.(Psalm 40:11-13)

The scene shifts again, for there is a cry unto God for “mercy,Truth and preservation”, in the face of “innumerable evils”which surround the bond slave of the Lord, the One of whom the “volume of the book” is written.

He is being pulled down to death and destruction by his iniquities. “Mine iniquities have taken hold upon me…”. But Messiah has no iniquities, Jesus is the one who knew no sin. But because of his consecration to the whole will of God, our iniquities have become His iniquities. As our substitute, Jesus took full responsibility for our sins, which are “more than the hairs of mine head”.

The author of the Epistle to the Hebrews, in his exposition of Psalm 40 makes this point crystal clear,

For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;

Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;(Hebrews 10:4-12)

Thus it is as a substitute for us, that this righteous sufferer drowns underneath “innumerable iniquities”, crying out to God for help and strength, and pleading for those who seek God, that they would rejoice in the salvific result of the sacrifice.

Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me: O LORD, make haste to help me. …Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The LORD be magnified.(Psalm 40:13,16)

He  pleads also for those who reject it, that they would feel the shame,(conviction) and turn from unbelief…

Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my soul to destroy it; let them be driven backward and put to shame that wish me evil. Let them be desolate for a reward of their shame that say to me Aha,Aha…(Psalm 40:14-15)

Our psalm begins with a resurrection, but the vantage point at the end of the psalm, is of the patient sufferer, the God-fearing substitute, the One who delights to do God’s will, regardless of how costly and painful, is waiting patiently for relief and deliverance from God.

But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God.(Psalm 40:17)

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I Delight To do Thy Will…Psalm 40 pt 1

Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required. Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.(Psalm 40:6-8)

The Psalms of the Bible, can only be fully appreciated when one realizes that they are the prayers not only of Israel, but of Israel’s Messiah. The Messiah is in the psalms, he is predicted there, his prayers, worship, thoughts, hopes, are recorded in this prayer-book of the church and of Israel.

In the Psalms, there are astonishing conversations recorded between the Father and the Son, which could only have occurred in eternity. Psalm 40 is one of those Messianic psalms. It is particularly apt to unpack some of its beauty and meaning, especially during Holy Week, as we ponder the love of God and the Divine willingness to give all for our salvation.

vs 1-2 I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.

The Psalm begins with a very familiar theme of many of the psalms, that of a righteous man suffering, but committing himself to God. This sufferer happens to be in a clay pit, crying out to God in whom he trusts, and who delivers him,setting his feet on solid ground.

Life in this sinful world is full of holes, pits that are miry, slippery , and in which the effort to extricate one’s self from them, serves only to deepen the pit and exhaust the one trapped. The ultimate miry pit is the grave.

vs 3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.

But God raised the righteous sufferer up out of the miry pit! The new song is the song of deliverance, and the testimony of this man’s deliverance will bring many into a saving faith in the Lord.

vs 4 Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.

Who is the truly blessed man? This is another constant theme of the psalms, the life and habits of the blessed man. The truly happy person is the one who puts his faith in the Lord, the covenant keeping God, the mighty deliverer from the miry pit.

Or to put it negatively, he turns his back on two common delusions,

* The false idea that the honor and praise of godless men is worth seeking. The truly happy man plays to an audience of one, he seeks to please God alone.

* The delusion that idols (vanities,pleasure, food, sex, entertainment,power.) can ever satisfy the heart. The blessed man knows that what he needs most of all, is communion with God.

vs 5 Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.

This blessed man is grateful, realizing that this God of deliverance is the personal God, a God who actually “thinks towards us”, a God of countless deliverances, interventions, providences and mercies, as well as His numerous thoughts and Words to us!

vs 6 Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.

These are the words of the pre-incarnate Messiah, to the Everlasting Father. They are discussing the desire and requirements of God, from men.

What does God really require? Indeed the God of deliverance has instituted an extensive sacrificial system, of meat, grain, fat and blood offerings. But what is His ultimate intention? Surely not the blood of bulls, goats, sheep and doves as a provision for sinful and estranged people.

God wants a human being who has never broken faith with Him. He desires one who has not shattered the Image of God by sinful, selfish living. God would have a person who truly spends all of his life “loving the Lord His God”, with all of his being, heart, soul, mind and strength.

My ears You have opened”- Is literally, My ears you have digged, or have pierced. In the Law of God, a man who completes his term of servitude but who wants to remain in the employ of the family which hired him, would be required to have his ear pierced with an awl, as the symbol of “bond service”, that is willing, lifetime servitude.

* A Body thou hast prepared for me - Both the Septuagint and the book of Hebrews insert this phrase in the place of “My ears you have opened”. The pre-incarnate Messiah is saying, that God has prepared a body for Him to live out a perfectly pleasing human life. The Messiah would come as a man.

The Messiah offers himself to the Father, as the bondservant . He would live a human life unto God, He would wholly offer that life as a bond servant of God, he would meet the requirements of a Holy God for all of humanity as a suffering servant, even unto death.

verse 7 Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me,

The meaning of every book of the Bible, is Messiah. The law of Moses is really about the Messiah, the prophets looked forward to the Messiah, the sacrificial system points to the Messiah, the Psalms are the piety of the Messiah. The Bible cannot be understood without taking this into account. Jesus said,

Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.(John 5;39-40)

vs 8  I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.

Behold the man whom God desires, the willing bond servant, the one who lives to please and serve God! This is the one who came unto us in the flesh, to offer himself as the perfect sacrifice.

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