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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Israel’s Messianic Avenger…Song of Moses pt 15

For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live for ever. If I whet my glittering sword, and mine hand take hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to mine enemies, and will reward them that hate me.  I will make mine arrows drunk with blood, and my sword shall devour flesh; and that with the blood of the slain and of the captives, from the beginning of revenges upon the enemy. Rejoice, O ye nations, with his people: for he will avenge the blood of his servants, and will render vengeance to his adversaries, and will be merciful unto his land, and to his people.(Deuteronomy 32:40-43)

According to the Song of Moses, the Intervention of the LORD against Israel’s enemies comes at the end. It comes at a time when the besieged nation has lost all strength to resist her bloodthirsty enemies, and are in danger of being annihilated. Jerusalem itself shall be taken, and plundered according to the prophet Zechariah.

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.(Zechariah 14:1-3)

Then shall the LORD go forth and fight… 

It is hard for many Christians to realize that when the Messiah returns to earth, He will make war with His enemies. Not just spiritual warfare, but real physical war. Blood will be shed, and people will be killed at his appearing.  Isaiah saw Him spattered with the blood of His enemies, (Isaiah 63) and Paul reports that He will destroy his enemies with the very spirit of His mouth and the brightness of His coming (2 Thess 1) .

Ezekiel names the very nations He will come to fight, (All of which happen to be  Muslim), in Ezekiel 25-32. The book of Revelation tells us that at that time the “Kings of the earth and their rulers” step out of the shadows to openly oppose Him. And of course Moses taught the people of Israel to sing of it, in this the last verse of the Song of Moses.

The Messiah vows, lifting up His hand as in an oath, that He is “sharpening the sword of his lightning” (lit) , that destructions come upon the enemies of God.

There will be no more delays, the long-awaited time of vengeance is at hand! The LORD himself, to whom vengeance belongs, sets out as a warrior, to execute judgment upon his enemies, those who hate Him. The day of Vengeance will be bloody, for His enemies have shed much blood in their God hatred.

Rivers of blood cry out from the ground of those slain by abortion, as well as the blood of all of those injured and even murdered by the crime waves created by our lawless and God hating societies. Those imprisoned and murdered by the Communists cry out for vengeance. But these all pale in comparison to the blood shed by Islam in its 14 century quest to dominate the world in the name of the blood thirsty pretender god Allah, and his murderous prophet,Mohammed.

The Lord shall make inquiry for the blood of millions of Jews, shed by those who hate God. anti-semitism has been the defining mark of God hatred through the centuries. God has remembered and taken down names and events.

I will make mine arrows drunk with blood, and my sword shall devour flesh; and that with the blood of the slain and of the captives, from the beginning of revenges upon the enemy.(Deuteronomy 32:42)

The last three words of verse 42, have presented difficulties, which is unfortunate because the KJV rendering, among others, obscures an important truth.

“…the beginning of revenges upon the enemy….” is an awkward rendering of three Hebrew words;  merosh  par oth  oyebh…literally,  “Head of the leaders of the enemy”or Head of the chief leader of the enemy.

The reason this is an important distinction, is because the reference to the “head of the enemy” being smitten by the Messiah corresponds to the original gospel in Genesis 3:15,

And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.(Genesis 3:15)

Thus Moses references the final end of the Anti-Christ; destined to defeat in the final overthrow of the enemies of God and his repentance and restored people, the “head” crushed by the Heel of the one who himself suffered for our sins.

And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.  And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.(Revelation 19:11-13)

The Song ends with a call for all nations to rejoice along with the redeemed people of Israel. Vengeance has been executed, the enemies of God have been crushed, ISrael has been saved and restored to her rightful place! As David Baron says in his book, ISRAEL in THE PLAN OF GOD,

In the last verse we reach the climax and the goal, not only of this sublime song but of all prophecy. It contemplates the time when the purpose of God in the call and election of Abraham and his seed- that in and through them all the families of the earth should be blessed- will be fully realized. When not only shall Israel be pardoned ,cleansed and reconciled, and the land itself be urged from its defilements, and become indeed “The Holy Land”, but when all nations shall walk in the light of Jehovah, and rejoice together with saved ISrael in the blessings of the Messiah’s reign which shall extend from MT Zion,, to the ends of the earth.

Indeed have we not heard from the Apostle Paul of the restoration of Israel,

For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?(Romans 11:15)

Rejoice indeed OH YE Nations! Rejoice with the newly redeemed chosen people! At long last God has avenged the blood of His Servants, and repayed the wickedness of his adversaries! We celebrate not so much the suffering of the wicked, but the manifestation of Divine Righteousness and Justice which has so long been questioned on this earth. God has vindicated himself and all who love Him celebrate!

Finally, the last three words of this remarkable prophecy and song, are weakly rendered, “He will have mercy on his land and to his people”.

Literally it says, He will atone the Land and his people… or “He will make expiation for…”. How can the Holy God take back into favor such sinful, idolatrous, rebellious people? On what grounds could He who is infinitely just, true and Holy, simply forgive them? The Atonement has already been made, the Messiah has shed His precious blood, all that remains is for the Holy People to “Look upon Me whom they have pierced and to mourn for himas for an only Son…Then shall a fountan open up to them for cleansing…”.

Lift up your heads, for the day draws near…Maranatha! Come Quickly dear Lord!!!!

 

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Where Are Their gods?…Song of Moses pt 14

For the Lord shall judge his people, and repent himself for his servants, when he seeth that their power is gone, and there is none shut up, or left.  And he shall say, Where are their gods, their rock in whom they trusted,  Which did eat the fat of their sacrifices, and drank the wine of their drink offerings? let them rise up and help you, and be your protection.  See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.(Deuteronomy 32:36-39)

Israel’s future history is the subject of the Song of Moses. Though heavily favored and blessed by God, the nation became prodigal, spending the blessing and favor given to her by God, on vain, abominable and filthy idols which cannot save. Israel has spurned and insulted her Rock, the infinite personal God of the universe!

In spite of His pleadings and forbearance, Moses predicted that Israel would ignore God,  go on her own way, adding sin upon sin until the LORD was forced to discipline the wayward nation. He would scatter her to the ends of the earth, but not make an end of her, nor allow her to be assimilated into the nations where she has been long exiled.

All of these sufferings for the chosen people would come upon her because of the sin of idolatry. But is Israel truly idolatrous today, as Moses Song predicted she would be to the end?

The answer s Yes. Modern Israel does not for the most part worship Baal and Ashteroth as in the days of the Deportation by the Assyrians and the Babylonian captivity. This is because Israel’s idolatry has developed in several stages, each being an expression of the nation’s heart  alienation from God.

Idolatry comes in many forms. The core of idolatry is the rejection of the “only true God…” and the search for ultimate truth, beauty, meaning and authority in anything less tan God. Though the Babylonian captivity indeed cured Israel of the Baal and Ashteroth worship of earlier times, the nation simply developed other less obvious idols, or ways of expressing their alienation from God.

Jews of the first century, at the time of John the Baptist and of Jesus, were very sensitive to idols and graven images, but the whole point of Jesus and John the Baptist’s preaching was that the nation was apostate, and in danger of an imminent judgment.

What were the idols of that day? Jeremiah predicted that the Jews would reject the LORD himself, the “Fountain of living waters,…” and make up a religion of their own.

Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be ye very desolate, saith the Lord. For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.(Jeremiah 2:12-13)

At the time of Jesus and the apostles, the Jews had made idols out of a vain, works based , formulaic distortion of Biblical Judaism. Jesus and John the Baptist warned Israel of its apostasy, putting the traditions of man over the very Word of God. Anything man-made which comes in the place of God is an idol.

Jesus echoed Jeremiah’s warning, to those of His day who spent all day “Seeking scripture”, but failed to turn to the personal and living God. An idolatrous heart can even make an idol out of something as sacred as the scripture or the temple of God!

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 5:38-39)

After the destruction of the temple in 70AD, rather than repent and fully turn to God in the person of the Messiah Jeshua, Israel entered into a third stage of idolatry. The leaders of Israel had a problem, how to continue a  Judaism without a temple and sacrifices? The answer came, at the council of Javneh in the late 1st century. Judaism would be redefined, with a new geographical religious center (Javneh), a new emphasis (Good works and study of Torah), and with prayer instead of sacrifice.

To this day Israel is an idolatrous nation, having given over to the modern idols of secular humanism, socialism, materialism, relativism, multiculturalism, technology, and as in the rest of the western world, Israel has become completely open to any religion, sexual preference, sin, vice…anything but turning back to God. The book of Revelation reveals that Jerusalem is spiritually both “Sodom and Egypt” .

But as God straitens them, pressing them into a narrower and more vulnerable position, and cuts off Israel’s friends and lovers, She will wonder where the gods that she once forsook God for, have gone. None of the modern gods will prove worthy of any trust,  and hopefully she will consider and repent.

Thus the Song of Moses causes Israel to sing of the worthlessness of the god’s Israel had forsaken the LORD for. Where are they now  (In the day of deepest distress) ? Can these god’s save Israel? Have they not always failed Israel?

And he shall say, Where are their gods, their rock in whom they trusted, Which did eat the fat of their sacrifices, and drank the wine of their drink offerings? let them rise up and help you, and be your protection.  

The idea is to provoke Israel to soul-searching and repentence…just as in Judges 10,

Yet ye have forsaken me, and served other gods: wherefore I will deliver you no more. Go and cry unto the gods which ye have chosen; let them deliver you in the time of your tribulation. And the children of Israel said unto the Lord, We have sinned: do thou unto us whatsoever seemeth good unto thee; deliver us only, we pray thee, this day.(Judges 10:13-15)

Soon Israel will respond to God’s call for her to repent, as Jeremiah predicted she would in the day of distress,

God is saying.…”Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings…”

And Israel will soon say back to Him”…Behold, we come unto thee; for thou art the Lord our God. Truly in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills, and from the multitude of mountains: truly in the Lord our God is the salvation of Israel. For shame hath devoured the labour of our fathers from our youth; their flocks and their herds, their sons and their daughters. We lie down in our shame, and our confusion covereth us: for we have sinned against the Lord our God, we and our fathers, from our youth even unto this day, and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God”. (Jeremiah 3:22-25)

See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.

The Song of Moses proclaims God in the first person, and God  emphatic;  that HE exclusively and HE ALONE,  Israel’s everlasting Rock, the faithful and almighty God, the living and personal God is the only real answer to Israel’s dilemna in the last days.

In her final distress, Israel will be able finally to see that the folly of her rebellion, sin, transgression and iniquity in forsaking God, have brought upon her all of her miseries.

But it is God himself who kills, (the wages of sin is death). But He only kills that he might make alive. Note that the Killing and wounding come first, for God’s harsh dealings are with a view toward redemption.

Hosea makes the point that it is God himself who tore and mauled Israel, but for the purpose of repentance and healing.

When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah saw his wound, then went Ephraim to the Assyrian, and sent to king Jareb: yet could he not heal you, nor cure you of your wound. For I will be unto Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion to the house of Judah: I, even I, will tear and go away; I will take away, and none shall rescue him.  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.Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.  After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.(Hosea 5:13-6:3)

 

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When He sees that Their Power is Gone…Song of Moses pt 13

To me belongeth vengeance and recompence; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste. For the Lord shall judge his people, and repent himself for his servants, when he seeth that their power is gone, and there is none shut up, or left.(Deuteronomy 32:35-36)

We are at the last stanza of the song which God gave Moses to teach the children of Israel their entire future history, from the blessings of the promised land, through their apostasy and eventual expulsion from the Land and scattering throughout the earth, until the last days, when they shall be visited in mercy , saved and restored by the LORD.

This final stanza reveals that in that final time, God will take vengeance upon all of those Gentile nations among whom he had scattered his wayward flock. He will require of them the persecution, hatred, brutality and oppression that they had meted out to His chosen people, in the time of their long exile.The God of Israel shall have the last Word.

Their foot shall slide in due time…This is a reference to the plight of the World powers who had been able to lord it over the chosen people for the duration of the prophesied ” times of the Gentiles”. God has stored wrath up in his treasury to be revealed in the last times.

The metaphor of the “foot sliding” speaks of a sudden reversal of previous fortune and seemingly solid footing and advantage. The wicked assume they are on a sure footing, but in the “Day of Calamity” set by the Most High God, their supposedly solid footing gives way and they are revealed to be in a precarious and vulnerable position. Such shall it soon be with the “Kings of the Earth”.

For I said, Hear me, lest otherwise they should rejoice over me: when my foot slippeth, they magnify themselves against me.(Psalm 38:18)

But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped.(Psalm 73:2)

Unless the Lord had been my help, my soul had almost dwelt in silence.  When I said, My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O Lord, held me up.( Psalm 94:17-18)

…for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste.

The nations of the world have an appointed “Day of Vengeance” , known only to God, in which their “cup of iniquity” is finally filled. Particularly sins against Israel are in view here; the international hatred and persecution against “the Seed of the woman”,(Christ), the Woman clothed in the sun, moon and stars (Israel), and the remnant of her seed which keep the commandments of God and the testimony of JEsus Christ(The church).  (See Revelation 12).

The day that hasteth, the day of their calamity, is also known as the “Time of tribulation”, something the World has never seen before nor shall it ever see again, in God’s mercy. We know the time is short because it has only been since 1948 that there has again been a national entity, Israel, in fulfilment of the prophetic Word about the Last 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 teraphim:  Afterward 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)

For the Lord shall judge his people, and repent himself for his servants, when he seeth that their power is gone, and there is none shut up, or left

When we are told that “the LORD Shall Judge His people…”, This is a reference to the judgment of vindication. The LORD shall set the matter straight, He will again own his people in the sight of all of the nations and personally identify with their cause. Joel tells us that in that day the LORD will once again treat the spilt blood of the  men, women and children of Israel, as innocent blood that has been shed.

Young’s literal translation renders Joel 3:21 thusly;

And I have declared their blood innocent, [That] I did not declare innocent, And Jehovah is dwelling in Zion!

The nations of the World have blood on their hands, the blood of the nation which God scattered and judged but did not make a complete end of. The day of Vengeance is coming, especially for all of those nations which have nurtured a hatred of the chosen people,(which is really a hatred for God, the Bible and the Messiah).

But the intervention of the Most High will come at the point when Israel is in her most severe danger and vulnerability, a time when her enemies are almost literally smacking their lips in anticipation of consuming her entirely.

When the Lord shall see that they are without strength and bereft of friend and lover, surrounded, besieged and even nearly annihilated,  His compassion for them shall be rekindled and He will come to them as their Deliverer.

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 14:1-4)

 

 

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