The Importance Of Turkey … Turkey

And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,  Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him,  And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:  And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:  Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:  Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.  Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them. After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.(Ezekiel 38:1-8)

The world is looking with horror on the brutal aftermath of the recent  attempted “coup” in Turkey. Scenes of frightened young ‘soldiers” who happened to have been used in the attempt to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, cringe before the angry supporters of Erdogan, who have been allowed to beat them at will in the street.

One photo shows a gymnasium crowded with half naked soldiers, bound hand and foot  and literally piled on top of one another, as they await whatever fate the victorious Erdogan has planned for them.

What happened and what is the significance of it in the light of Bible Prophecy?

Turkey is of vast importance in the world, having the largest army in Europe and is a NATO member. Until recently it was a fairly secular state, with a Muslim population but the extreme elements of Islam were kept at bay by the strict constitution enacted by Ataturk, the founder of the modern Turkish state.

Though it is a Muslim nation at present, in the earliest centuries of the New Testament church, it was in the Turkish region that the gospel first flourished beyond the borders of Judea and Samaria.

The apostles took the gospel to what then was refered to as the Roman province of Asia, within decades of the resurrection of Jesus. Paul taught there for two years as recorded in Acts 19.The original letters of the Apocalypse were addressed to churches in Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and to Laodicea, all in modern-day Turkey.

The epistles to Thessalonica, Galatians, I John, I and II Timothy and Revelation all originally addressed greek speaking converts in what is now called Turkey. Eventually the Roman Emperor Constantine, in the 4th century, built a city on the Dardanelles strait, Constantinople, as the eastern capital of the Roman Empire.

For the next thousand years, the Christianity that Constantine officially legalized, became the religion of the Byzantine empire, which extended over the middle east, a swath of eastern Europe and all of Turkey.

But with the rise and expansion of Islam, bit, by bit, Byzantium fell to the Muslims over the next eight centuries, slowly and steadily until in 1452 Constantinople fell to the Muslim invaders. The Turkish empire which replaced it, became known as the Ottoman empire, a Sunni Muslim empire which held sway for five centuries, but which collapsed as an outcome of World War 1, the Turks having been on the losing side.

We have to go back a bit and remember that until World War 1 Turkey was the seat of the five hundred year Ottoman Empire, and also of something Sunni Muslims refer to as the Caliphate, which is a centralizing Sunni authority.

Turkey chose the wrong side in the war, they allied with Germany. After the allied victory, the Ottoman Empire was dismantled and the Middle East was divided into new countries, protectorates and mandates governed by France and England under the Sykes Picot treaty. significantly to us, Israel was taken from the Turks and put under the British mandate.

Turkey remained an indépendant nation although its vast empire was stripped and divided among the victors under the Sykes Pichot treaty.

Gamal Mustafa  aka Ataturk  began a series of radical reforms, pushing Sunni Islam out of a dominant position and crafting a secular yet Muslim state.*

Ataturk also dismantled the centuries old Caliphate in 1922 , to the utter dismay and humiliation of the Sunni world. Most of the modern Sunni Jihad is an attempt to restore this “Caliphate”, i.e. the central ruling Sunni authority, under the “Prince of the faithful” which all Sunnis are required to swear “Bayat” to, i.e. pledge allegiance and engage in Jihad under his command.Isis was an attempt to restore the Caliphate but most of Sunni Islam regards Turkey as the proper abode of the Caliphate.

The Turkish Army was given the custody of the secularity of the Turkish state, closed guarding against Islamic extremism, and intervening several times , overthrowing other coups and always restoring the nation to the democratically elected leaders. Thus Turkey became a modern, progressive State with close relationships with the West in the Cold War and with Israel until recently.

But when Turkey was rejected for membership in the European Union, moods eventually shifted and Erdogan’s Islamist party steadily gained power. The coup, to the extent that it was real, was an attempt by the military to take back the nation from the corruption and increasing Islamization of Turkey.There are some who believe that the coup was doomed from the start, and used for the aggrandizement of Erdogan,like Hitler’s Reichstag fire.

Of course Obama and the US State department were on the side of the Islamists,(they always are), and now Turkey is even more entrenched on the disastrous path of any nation possessed by Islamists and the demons who drive them.

We must also remember that none less than Jesus himself located Satan’s throne in Pergamum, which is in Turkey, in his letter to the church at Pergamum,

And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;  I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.(Revelation 2:12-13)

Turkey is the region where Magog, Togarmah, Meshec,Tubal and Gomer hail from. They are slated to participate in the disastrous Gog invasion of Israel.

Zechariah 9 also prophesies that the Sons of Javan(lit) , translated Greece, but Turkey was once the main Greek landmass, would fight the sons of Israel,

When I have bent Judah for me, filled the bow with Ephraim, and raised up thy sons, O Zion, against thy sons, O Greece, and made thee as the sword of a mighty man.  And the Lord shall be seen over them, and his arrow shall go forth as the lightning: and the Lord God shall blow the trumpet, and shall go with whirlwinds of the south.(Zechariah 9:13-14)

President Erdogan is a very strange man. He gives speeches to crowds under a spell of wild adulation, but often he is speaking through a hologram! He opened an international airport called Saladin, because Saladin was the last conqueror of Jerusalem. He is Sunni but has Sufistic tendencies, the mystical Islam,. Male secular reporters who have interviewed him have come away erotically in love with him.He is also a cruel and cunning man who would make a great candidate for Anti-Christ. We will see…

We are seeing the fulfillment of prophecy before our very eyes. We are also seeing blind complacency, even many Christian people have no idea what is happening around them, but major, prophetic and earth shaking event are occurring, to be proclaimed and interpreted by all who “Have ears to hear”.

 

* (Attarurk also committed one of the first mass genocides of the twentieth century, purging Turkish soil of Armenians, killing a million and a half of them, and driving the other two million out of the land).

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Jesus Left The Temple…Matthew 24 pt 1

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 23:37-39)

I am led to take us through a very significant and relevant chapter of scripture, Matthew 24. But we must take into account the flow of scripture leading up to this, the essential teaching of Jesus on eschatology.

First of all in the flow of history, Jesus and John the Baptist appeared 40 years before the slaughter of the Jewish population, the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and the dismantling of the Jewish State, Israel. The Jews would be scattered into the ends of the earth, as Moses told them they would, until May 1948.

This puts the ministry of Jesus and John the Baptist in another light. They were end-times preachers, sent to plead with Israel to repent before this apocalyptic judgment would come to fall on them. Much of the preaching of Jesus and John the Baptist was an attempt to get Israel to see that just being a child of Abraham was not enough to deliver them from the Judgment to come.“The axe is already laid to the root…”.

Matthew 23 is an account of the last fiery encounter of the Messiah of Israel with the Shepherds of Israel, in the temple of the LORD. They should have recognized him and received Him from the house of the LORD, as the 118th Psalm which was popularly sung at Passover time foretold,

Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the Lord: This gate of the Lord, into which the righteous shall enter… The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.  This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.  This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.Save now, I beseech thee, O Lord: O Lord, I beseech thee, send now prosperity.  Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the Lord: we have blessed you out of the house of the Lord.(Psalm 118:19-26)

This is the song, the “passover carol” which was being sung at that time. The leaders of Israel were supposed to receive and recognize Jesus as Messiah, on behalf of the nation, they were supposed to “Bless Him from the House of the LORD”, and recognize Him as the one who “came in the name of the LORD”.

But they didn’t. The national builders,  rejected the stone, the most important stone. Thus Jesus pronounces judgment on the nation.

I will discuss the two judgments pronounced upon the nations at the end of the scathing rebuke, Jesus pronounced upon the nation, to Israel’s leaders.

  • “Your house is left to you desolate…” Israel was unique because God himself sanctified her, and dwelt in the midst of her through the temple He ordained. The very life of Israel, the animating principle, was the presence in her midst of the Holy God. She was to be a nation of priests, an intercessor and witness to the world of the Living and True God.

But what good is a temple, or a nation, or priests, if God doesn’t dwell in the midst of them? Hosea had predicted this earlier,

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 seraphim:(Hosea 3:4)

As she had done in the days of Jeremiah, Israel had placed a false confidence in the temple, as if  her boundaries would be inviolable by Gentiles, because the temple was in Jerusalem. But Jesus warned her that the temple and the nation were only inviolable as long as God was in the temple/nation.

* You will not see me again(the Messiah) until you say “Blessed is He that comes in the name of the LORD…”

Jesus then predicted that Israel would not see Jesus again until they came to the point where they admitted that yes, indeed, Jesus had truly come in the name of the LORD. This is a technical statement which means that Jesus came to Israel bearing the God assigned credentials of the Messiah, (He fulfilled Prophecies), speaking the Words of the Messiah and doing the world of Messiah.

In this judgment there is hope implied, “You will not see me again until...” . Israel would be given another opportunity to receive her King, and to confess that Jesus is the Messiah God sent to save her.

Again Hosea helps us, for the same prophecy which predicted the long exile and desolation, predicts that at the end, Israel would repent;

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)

In this prophecy, there is an “…Afterward…” in which Israel shall “return”, (“Return” in two senses, physically from exile, and spiritually in repentance).Israel shall not remain estranged from God forever, she is destined to come to her senses and repent.

When will Israel return/repent ?  She will return “in the latter days”.

Jesus then left the temple, the Holy house of God.

“…And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple:…” .(Matthew 24:1)

Ezekiel once saw a vision of the glory of God leaving the temple. The cloud of glory lifted from the Holy of holies and remained for a while over the house, but then it moved out of the Eastern gate to the Mount of Olives, where it lingered for a short while, until it ascended back into heaven from where it came.

Hosea, speaking in the name of God, the first person,

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)

The God of Israel, will go back to where He came from?  He will leave the temple until Israel admits her offense?

When will Israel admit her sin?   What will it take to get Israel to seek God’s face again? Nothing less than “Affliction”, or tribulation, also called “the time of Jacob’s trouble”.

Jesus also left the temple, and then went to the Mount of Olives, with his disciples.The disciples were in tourist mode, absolutely impressed by the beauty and history of the temple, the religious sense, the continuity with ancient times,therefore they were stunned to hear Jesus predict the utter destruction of the Temple,

And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.  And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?(Matthew 24:1-3)

Thus the disciples asked of the master three questions which become the subject of Matthew 24,

  • When shall these things? (The  destruction of the Temple).
  • What shall be the sign of thy coming?
  • What shall be the sing of the ‘end of the age’.

 

 

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Guest Editorial…Western Leaders Should Halt Muslim Immigration or Resign

Western Leaders Should Halt Muslim Immigration or Resign
by Fjordman (GatesofVienna.net)

So it happens again. Yet another Muslim commits mass murder on European soil. This time, it was in Nice on the French Riviera. A terrorist from Tunisia killed at least 84 people by plowing a truck into a crowd of thousands gathered along a seaside promenade in Nice to watch the city’s Bastille Day fireworks.[1] Some of those who were murdered were children. Next time, it may be in London, Berlin, Rome, Amsterdam, Vienna or Stockholm. Or perhaps in a French city yet again.

Several observers, among them myself,[2] have for many years predicted that France is in serious danger of facing a civil war due to mass immigration, ethnic tensions and Islam. The French intelligence chief Patrick Calvar warned against the possibility of a “civil war” even before the Nice attack.[3] Jihadist attacks have escalated in frequency and severity.

It is immensely tiresome to listen to the many nonsensical comments after each Islamic atrocity. As commentator Simon Jenkins wrote in the left-wing newspaper The Guardian: “What has happened in France is tragic and calls for human sympathy. Beyond that, there is nothing we can usefully do — other than make matters worse.”[4]

The fatalism here is striking. Muslims of immigrant background commit mass murder against Europeans over and over again. Yet we are not supposed to do anything substantial with our immigration policies. Just continue as before. Islamic terrorism is treated as the weather: Something that is beyond human control that you should merely adjust to.

A few hours after dozens of his countrymen had been brutally murdered by a militant Muslim in Nice, the French Prime Minister Manuel Valls stated that France will “have to live with terrorism.”[5] That is a ridiculous statement.

A country’s leaders cannot publicly say everything that they think privately. Maybe a President or Prime Minister cannot state openly that we are at war with Islam, even though this is perfectly true. However, they can say something that is meaningful. If they cannot do so, it is better that they shut up.
We don’t need any more crying or meaningless gestures. We need action. For security reasons, the authorities in all Western countries should suspend indefinitely every form of immigration from the Middle East. Western political leaders must do this, or resign.

Notes:
1. http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/07/15/2-americans-10-children-among-at-least-84-killed-in-bastille-day-terror-attack-in-nice.html 2 Americans, 10 children among at least 84 killed in Bastille Day terror attack in Nice. Published July 15, 2016.
2. gatesofvienna.blogspot.com/2006/04/fall-of-france-and-multicultural-world.html The Fall of France and the Multicultural World War. April 18, 2006.
3. http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/were-brink-civil-war-french-security-chiefs-chilling-warning-before-nice-terror-attack-1570820 ‘We’re on the brink of civil war’: French security chief’s chilling warning before Nice terror attack. July 15, 2016.
4. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jul/15/nice-terror-attack-truck Sympathy should be our only response to the Nice terror attack. 15 July 2016.
5. http://www.nytimes.com/live/truck-plows-into-crowd-in-nice-france/france-to-observe-3-days-of-national-mourning/ France to Observe 3 Days of National Mourning. Jul 15, 2016.

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The Greatest Betrayal Ever Seen…France /Europe

The city of confusion is broken down: every house is shut up, that no man may come in. There is a crying for wine in the streets; all joy is darkened, the mirth of the land is gone. In the city is left desolation, and the gate is smitten with destruction. When thus it shall be in the midst of the land among the people, there shall be as the shaking of an olive tree, and as the gleaning grapes when the vintage is done.(Isaiah 24:10-13)

From the uttermost part of the earth have we heard songs, even glory to the righteous. But I said, My leanness, my leanness, woe unto me! the treacherous dealers have dealt treacherously; yea, the treacherous dealers have dealt very treacherously.  Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth.   And it shall come to pass, that he who fleeth from the noise of the fear shall fall into the pit; and he that cometh up out of the midst of the pit shall be taken in the snare: for the windows from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth do shake. The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly.(Isaiah 24:16-19)

Isaiah predicted the end times horrors in his mini apocalypse(Isaiah 24-26), and it seems that we are currently living it.

The city of man, that highly technological, godless, post christian. post World War 2 civilization which has rapidly spread throughout the world, has become a city of confusion.

Joy has been darkened, a cloud of terror has descend upon us, and our once vibrant cities of mirth are rapidly sobering up as the truth dawns upon us, that our “Elite leaders don’t have a clue” and certainly do not have our back! The Multiculturalistic idol which our elites have worshipped, “Diversity “has proven not to be our strength but perhaps our demise.

Government was ordained of God and has one legitimate task, to allow for an orderly society by protecting its own citizens.By that accounting, virtually all Western Governments are illegitimate failures.

Evidently, the “new normal” for our once secure nations, is carnage in the streets, broken bodies of men, women and children, streaming with blood and broken toys, courtesy of “immigrant guests” from third world countries, usually Muslim, who have seen the generosity and compassion of the host citizen taxpayers as a despicable weakness to be exploited. In Islam, no good deed goes unpunished.

Our leaders, the so-called “… King of the earth and their rulers…”(the Experts) have betrayed us…“…the treacherous dealers have dealt treacherously…”.

These leaders have dumped upon their taxpaying populations, millions of miserable, ungrateful and downright murderous Muslims, upon peaceful and hard working people, making the streets of their homes unsafe, bringing in rape waves upon their daughters, mothers and even grandmothers, crowding grade-schools with violent offenders, assaulting students and teachers alike, with no consideration whatsoever for those whom they have been charged to serve.

The current “ruling elite” are  evil! They are anti-Christs.

Europe has become Eurabia as a result of France and Germany’s bargain with the Devil as far back as the days of the 1974 OPEC oil embargo. In order to keep the flow of oil, agreements were made with the Arabs, which always included provision for mass immigration of North African and Arab populations into Europe. French leadership even allowed for the incorporation of Arab educational standards for French schools particularly in teaching of the Crusades, Islam and the Holocaust.

In America, in spite of vigorous objections in all fifty States to the immigration of millions of Muslims from war zones such as Libya and Syria, the will of the people is over run by the so called Supreme Court, and our treacherous President, who insists on ignoring the warnings of all of his intelligence and military advisors, and placing as many battle scarred Syrians into small town America as he can.

Already reports of rape, child abuse and other forms of violence are emerging in once peaceful towns such as Twin Falls Idaho. There seems to be something about small town “red State” America that is hateful to Obama.

What is even more frightening is the complicity of the authorities in covering the ISlamic nature of the crime wave perpetrated on the Western World by our leaders. When a five year old special needs child was attacked, raped and humiliated by three of her “Muslim immigrant” neighbors, (aged 14, 10 and 8), the town council pretended not to know, the police ignored the girl’s family until they were forced to and the press virtually ignored the story. The little girl is forced to still live next to one of her rapists, while the authorities play it down.

Germany has reverted to its recent Nazi past, as the German police kick in the doors and make arrests, not of the mass rapists and murderers which Merkel loosed upon the country, but of any who would criticize immigration on social media. They are the real criminals, not the mass rapists and those who assault Germans in the streets.

It is almost as though our ruling elites are seeking to remake our Judeo Christian societies by replacement. Did they tire of having to answer to taxpayers in their own country so they just wipe out the Democratic influence of the same by immigration?

In  France they call it “The Great Replacement”

The Great Replacement is not a concept, it is not a notion, and it is not a theory: it is only the coining of a name for the most important phenomenon to affect Europe in the last fifteen centuries: namely, the replacement of its population and the changing of people. If they are not blind, anybody who drives fifty miles from the south to the north of Greater London will perfectly understand what I mean; for it is of course a very low moral and ontological conception of what men are, women, nations, civilisations, to expect that you can still have the same nation, the same civilisation, the same identity for a country with different peoples….To keep on with German thinkers and writers, let us say that what has happened is the turning into a nightmarish reality of what was a joke in Brecht’s words:

From another angle,The President of Algeria once warned us

One day, millions of men will leave the Southern Hemisphere to go to the Northern Hemisphere. And they will not go there as friends. Because they will go there to conquer it. And they will conquer it with their sons. The wombs of our women will give us victory…Houari Boumedienne, president of Algeria at the United Nations in 1974-

None less than Qaddafi of Libya, warned us also that millions of Africans would pour into Europe if Qaddafi is removed by the self important powers that be, the Western “Kings of the Earth”. He was the buffer that kept the miserable of overcrowded and failed states of Africa from pouring into Europe.

If there is enough time and of there is enough of a sense of history as we know it  that survives the coming barbarism, I believe that this period of time will come to be known as the time of the greatest and most inexplicable and ruthless betrayal of any people by their own (false) leaders that has ever been seen before in history.

Who would be so cruel as to knowingly baptize civilized people who pay tales and play by the rules in their own lands, with utter savages ? (  Make no mistake, Islam is proven savagery).

Our Leaders are treacherous! Obama, Hollande, Trudeau, Merkel, the EU and you can fill in the other blanks, all of them are treasonous traitors of their own people. The functionaries who enable them and who suppress every bit of dissent of the outrages inflicted upon society are traitors as well. Most of them will never have to live with the consequences of their irresponsible actions as the “little people” whom they rule do.

It will not be their daughters who will suffer being sexually  harassed and raped by savages from Muslim lands, nor will it be their sons who will be threatened and assaulted in public, nor their grandfathers or grandmothers who will be cajoled and threatened in their own homes. They live in gated communities, immune from the consequences of their own policies.

But God is taking names and observing actions. They will have to answer to Him.In the meantime millions feel less safe, the joy of lib=ving in a free society is lessened, funerals will be observed and Muslims will continue to be “welcomed” into our societies, so we can wait for the next outrage.

As Isaiah said, The earth is broken and reeling…

The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly.

There is still time to be saved but you had better hurry, for the day of the LORD draws near.Jesus died for your sins, He was raised from the dead and now “Whosoever calls upon the name of the LORD will be saved!”.

 

 

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The End of the Age…Matthew 24

For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.(Matthew 24:7-8)

Jesus, in his last appeal to the leaders of Israel in the temple, recorded in Matthew 23, summed up his scathing denunciation of the leaders who had led Israel so far into apostasy that they couldn’t receive their Messiah, with two warnings. First He warned them that their “house had been left to them desolate”. In other words he warned them that God no longer inhabited the temple.

Secondly He warned them that they would never see him again until they were brought to the place where they would acknowledge him as the one who truly “came in the name of the LORD”.

Jesus then left the temple, with his disciples and resorted to the Mount of Olives,and warned his disciples (to their amazement) that the Temple which they were admiring would be utterly destroyed. Then the disciples asked Jesus three questions;

And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.  And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? (Matthew 24:1-3)

When shall these things be? This question is the focus of Jesus’ teaching in Luke 21, (The destruction of the temple) and was fulfilled in 70ad.

What shall be the sign of thy coming? This is a different question, it refers to the actual bodily return of the Messiah to the earth, and has yet to be fulfilled.

What shall be the sign of the end of the age?This is another subject, related to the earlier question. In the theology of Jesus and his contemporaries in first century Judaism and in Christianity, there are two ages of human existence, this age and the age to come.

This is the age of death and decay, and of human rule, particularly the rule of Israel by gentiles, thus called “the times of the gentiles”  by Jesus himself (Luke 21:24). This age is also an age of grace, however, the ‘acceptable day of the Lord’, the time when men might be reconciled to God through the gospel.

The “age to come” is called ‘the regeneration of all things ‘(Matthew 19:28),  the millennium, and it is also called the new Creation.

Presently Christians are part of the new Creation, but we still live in the old Creation. We are a foretaste of what is coming and have the “Powers of the age to come”. We live between the two ages. The “outer man is perishing and the inward man is being renewed day by day”. We look forward to apprehending the glorification of our (now) corruptible body.

The sign that this age is ending and that we are about to commence the age to come, is found in this answer to the disciple’s question, in Matthew 24.

The initial sign is twofold,  Nation shall rise against nation…Kingdom against Kingdom.

Jesus is actually using a verse from Isaiah which predicts a civil war in Egypt, but Jesus modified the verse to apply to the whole world.

And I will set the Egyptians against the Egyptians: and they shall fight every one against his brother, and every one against his neighbour; city against city, and kingdom against kingdom.(Isaiah 19:2)

Could we have seen the beginning of this prophecy in the recent events surrounding the “Arab Spring” and the civil war which broke out under the harsh rulership of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Morsi?

What happened in Egypt will happen to the whole world.

I believe that the first interpretation of Jesus’ words would be that the present age has begun to wind down with the dan of W0rld War’s 1 and 2.Arnold Fruchtenbaum is a hebrew Christian scholar who has elaborated on the fact that the idiom “Nation against nation” refers to a World War,

It is crucial to understand the cultural and historical meaning of the idiom, nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. Taken in the Jewish context of Jesus’ day, this expression points to a total conflict in the area in view. This idiom is found in two Old Testament passages: In Isaiah 19:1-4, the idiom points to a conflict all over the land of Egypt as the nation is engrossed in civil war; in II Chronicles 15:1-7, the Middle East is in view, and the idiom describes a conflict throughout the area. Back to Matthew 24 now, it is clear from verses 14, 21, 30 and 31 that the entire world is in view. Hence, the idiom refers to a worldwide conflict – the first birth pang signifying that the last days have begun.

It is interesting to note that the two World Wars shattered the old world, especially the Judeo/Christian West which was at the time leading up to it, at it’s pinnacle of power, wealth and civilizational confidence. It seemed that the light of progress, technology, and prosperity of the Western powers would penetrate every dark colony on the continent, and the Christian religion would prevail over superstitious darkness wherever it went.

But 1914-1919 shattered all of that, and the resumption of hostilities in 1939 swept aside whatever had remained of the old confident outlook.

Too eagerly had European priests, pastors and Metropolitans blessed outgoing troops in the name of the flag, be it Russian, German, English ,or whatever, to be slaughtered wholesale in trenches. This was massive carnage never even envisioned before, and enacted upon the “Christian world”, ” Christian against Christian” in a high tech industrial strength conflagration. Cities and towns were shattered and so was the overall Christian faith in Europe.

Other outcomes of World Wars 1&2 which is of prophetic import, is the emergence of Israel   as a political entity , exiled since 70 AD, but in fulfillment of prophecy. World War 1 took the land of Israel from the hands of the Ottomans, and put it into the hands of a Christian power. World war 2 made the Jews want to leave, especially anti-semitic Europe and the USSR and form their own Jewish State.

The other interpretation of “Nation shall rise against nation”… is the emergence of ethnic conflict. Literally Jesus warned that the end would be marked by strife, “Ethnos against ethnos…”.

Shortly before Sept 11, 2001, Samuel Huntington wrote a book called “The Clash of Civilizations” in which he warned that wars would become increasingly intensified, not so much between Nation States, but between those of cultures and religions. Huntington warned that Islam would become the major driver of the new kind of warfare, for he noted  “Islam has bloody borders”throughout the world.

The developed world has attempted a massively misguided multicultural experiment. Recently, people groups from the third world have literally been uprooted and seed ed throughout the “First world” in the hundreds of thousands and even millions. These people for the most part refuse to assimilate, they are Muslim and insist the host countries bend to their law,”Shariah”.

This is metastasizing war and violence throughout the world, as seen in Europe and The United States. American politicians on the left have carefully cultivated flaming hatred and feelings of resentment among black communities in America which is currently turning into a low grade “race war”.

Demographic collapse among developed nations also is contributing to ethnic strife as Muslims and other third worlders are imported to take the place of those workers which were either aborted or never allowed to be conceived. Russia is experiencing the same demographic winter, as China and India and the Muslim world explode with children.

I believe that the strife we are seeing between ethnic groups is the fulfillment of Jesus’ description of the sign of the end of the age.

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The Sifting of America…(American trial)

Author’s note- I have been quoting 2 Chronicles 7:14 lately in regards to our national problems. I realize that technically the verse applies to Israel, it is a promise to them made by God at the dedication of the temple. But in response to those who have correctly pointed that out to me, I realize it, but do not believe that 2 Chronicles 7:14 has nothing to say to us. The principle of national blessings being of God and depending upon his bounty- therefore the need for prayer in tomes of national trouble, is sound.

 

I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:(Deuteronomy 30:19)

And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.(Luke 22:31-32)

Historic and prophetic events are rapidly coming crashing down around us, in breathtaking rates of speed and severity.

In the past week alone, We beheld with horror the open corruption of our cherished concept of the rule by law demonstrated by the nation’s very highest office holders (President, former President, former first lady and potential President, the FBI director and the Attorney General).

This charade was followed by the emotionally  incendiary release of  two videos of police shootings,  giving the impression of cold blooded murder, and then finally the brazenly open attack on our formerly civil society in the massacre of five Dallas policemen, as they defended the rights of protestors (against them!) to have freedom of speech .

 

What is happening to America is a divisive sifting. On the night Jesus was betrayed, He warned one of his disciples, that “Satan desires to have you that he may sift you as wheat…”

People in America are being forced into competing sides,  neutrality is increasingly becoming an impossibility as these issues are forced upon us by powers greater than the average person.

Therefore I think it helpful to be clear on what the “sides” in this struggle for America really are;

We in America are currently are being torn between the forces of :

  • Judeo/Christianity and Leftism– Is the American experiment a failure? Do we throw in the towel and admit that those who clamor and demand radical change at every level are right?

 

  • Individualism vs collectivism –  Is man made in the Image of God ? Is he a responsible moral agent, endowed by his Creator with inalienable rights? Are we going to be a meritocracy?Or will there be favored and/or unfavored groups,(gays, women, blacks, latinos)
  • Is there a “collective guilt”(white guilt) which needs to be redressed or will every individual stand before law on his or her own merit.

It is easier for amoral power-hungry politicians to control all of us, when they can  pit us against each other when these “identity politics ” are played.

  • Collectivism is a kind of tribalism- The difference between a Republic and a tribal system comes down to this. In a republic all are theoretically treated the same under the law. Western Republics may have come short of that at times, but that it the ideal which has been striven for. But in tribalism it is “All for the tribe” nothing for anyone outside of the tribe.

We were all disgusted by the spectacle of the Trump rallies in Sacramento and San Diego in which angry crowds were allowed to hit, curse and pelt Trump supporters on their way out of the rally, as Policemen  looked on passively.

It was frightening, watching crowds of black and Mexican men chasing a 16 year old boy until they tackled him and beat him in the street, or as Mexicans waving Mexican flags ruthlessly jeered and pelted a frightened young white girl, spitting on her and pelting her with eggs.

I found out that in San Diego and in Los Angeles and possibly Sacramento, the Mayor and Police Chiefs were “La Raza” sympathizers.  The group “La Raza” ( “The Race”) has become a political tribe. Their motto is “All for the race…nothing for outsiders” and we saw that in frightening real time in those rallies.

Tribes don’t concern themselves with right and wrong, whatever a tribesman does is right, and to be defended, outsiders are wrong by definition.

Our politicians are working feverishly to import millions of members of the ultimate tribe, Muslims from the Middle East. When these “tribesmen” set themselves up in a typical,(former civil) American city, they act tribal. Twin Falls Idaho was treated to that earlier this month as a fourteen year old and two younger Muslim boys were caught raping and humiliating a five year old special needs child in an apartment complex,at taxpayer expense.

When the boy’s father was called in, he smiled and high fives his son, (who had raped the little girl. Tribalistic morality is different then our morality. All for the tribe, nothing for the rest!

  • Emotion vs Reason- The videos of the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile are heartbreaking, visceral, disturbing and incendiary. America knows these men by name now, just as she knows the name of Treyvon Martin and Michael Brown.         (Do you know the names of any of the Dallas Policemen, or the names of any of the fifty people shot in Chicago over Memorial day weekend? I doubt it).                             But these names are well known because there is a true concern yet in America that no one be subjected to  racist lynchings as they had been in the past. There is nothing more repugnant to American sensibilities than the old Jim Crow system of the South, long since dismantled and disavowed.                                                                                        But demagogues are exploiting us, whipping up members of the African American community and the millions of (rightly) sympathetic Americans of all hues, into trying and condemning the police on the basis of san emotional reaction to the videos.                                                                                                                                                     Even the President has weighed in on the side of knee jerk reaction against the police, without an investigation, trial, judge , jury or any of the other moral furnishings of our once highly civil and successful society.
  •  We do punish rogue policemen here, when proven guilty and given the same courtesy we give to  all citizens, the presumption of innocence until proven guilty.

Do you see how you are being played America?  These demagogues, including our President, have an agenda.

  • Ultimately America is being torn between the forces of Civilization and Savagery- What happened in Dallas is what happens in third world corrupt banana republics, it is utter savagery. But it was preceded by Black Lives Matter activists marching and chanting in streets, restaurants and even taking over political rallies, seizing the microphones out of the hands of valid political candidates to express their “concerns” using the vilest and most obscene language, and threatening an often dealing in violence.
  • We have been sinking into savagery for sometime, as the new elite, force Christianity out of the public sector. Abortion is savagery. Remember the filming of abortion proponents eating salads and drinking wine and casually discussing the benefits of preserving (baby) body parts for sale? What was the President’s response? “God bless you Planned Parenthood” you will always be around as long as I am here!
  • The “Gay rights” rallies which people actually take their children to, are exhibitions of savagery and public perversion. Muslims also menacingly are allowed to march through the streets of American cities waving the flag of ISIS and proclaiming the superiority of the false “god” who orchestrated the twenty thousand terror attacks since 9-11,2001.

I guess we shouldn’t be surprised at the savagery coming. I weep though…

I think the case needs to be made if possible, in a sane and civil way, for the conservation of the Judeo Christian values which once held this nation together, I don’t know if it can though. Certainly not on University campuses, where the leftist demagogues have all but replicated the gulags of the Soviet Union.

I was struck recently by the fact that our National anthem is inconclusive, it ends in an open question…“Oh say does that star spangled banner yet wave…?

We had better be praying saints…

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2 Chrionicles 7:14)

 

 

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The Open Wound…(culture of death)

Therefore thou shalt say this word unto them; Let mine eyes run down with tears night and day, and let them not cease: for the virgin daughter of my people is broken with a great breach, with a very grievous blow.( Jeremiah 14:17)

America is hurting.

She has been torn apart by those who hate her. They have exploited her wounds and refused to allow them to heal, in spite of many valiant efforts by people of good will to bring the healing.

One of the wounds that has been exploited is the “racial wound”.

Indeed, like other nations, America has sinned. There was a time when Americans allowed chattel slavery, mostly the dehumanizing slavery of African Americans, in spite of her founding proposition that “All men are created equal…”.

For this hypocrisy, which pre-dated her very founding, but which carried over into her early history, the United States of America was subjected to bitter division in her early years, eventually leading to a bitter Civil War, costing the lives of more than 600,000 Americans and  immeasurable loss of property. Not one family in America remained untouched by loss, death and heartbreak as a result of the Civil War, which accomplished the end of the ugly institution of chattel slavery.

Obviously it would take time to change attitudes, but America has made an extremely good faith effort to change attitudes towards racial redress.  Shelby Steele is the African American scholar and author who  coined the phrase, “White Guilt” , and has acknowledged that the transformation in attitudes about race within “white America” is simply unprecedented;

“One of the most remarkable things in all of human history is the degree of moral evolutions, of moral evolution, that white Americans have made from the mid-60s to this day. No group of people in history have morally evolved away from a social evil that quickly and to that degree in this sort of short span of time. And very often, in our calculations in thinking about race, we don’t give whites credit for that.

We keep wanting to sort of keep them on the hook as racist. But the fact is that whites see racism as a disgrace and something that they would do almost anything not to be identified with.”

How far did we come? Blacks comprise 14.4 percent of the population here , yet we have elected a black President, very largely in part because we have been trying to gel the wound, and shake the constantly repeated charge that America is a racist nation.

But there are those who wouldn’t want the wound to heal because it is too profitable to them.The Prophet lamented that the “physicians” have failed to heal the wounds of his people, and this is true of us also-

For thus saith the Lord, Thy bruise is incurable, and thy wound is grievous.  There is none to plead thy cause, that thou mayest be bound up: thou hast no healing medicines.(Jeremiah 30:12-13)

Our hurting nation has consulted so many “physicians” which we have hoped would heal us of our wound. In good faith we listened to the advice of these “doctors”, willing to take whatever medicine recommended. “Do we need Affirmative action hiring? You got it doc! More “equality” in housing employment, schools and even entertainment and Sports? Right away doctor”.

Do we need “Black studies” in higher education? Badly needed Civil Rights Legislation? Gladly doc we will take it. A national holiday in honor of MLK? No problem, we will take the medicine. But like the woman in the Bible who “spent all she had on Physicians, but was nothing better, and only grew worse”, America cannot close this wound and stop the bleeding.

There are too many “Civil Rights” figures who have only exploited us, such as the “Reverends Sharpton and Jesse Jackson”. They have profited immensely by the continuance of the wound, Jackson has merchandised his closeness to the late Martin Luther King, but only to “shake down” major corporations, threatening demonstrations in the name of Civil Rights.

Sharpton came to fame as a “Reverend” who foisted a racial hoax, the Tawana Brawley lie, which accused  whites of the rape and kidnapping of a young African American girl, although it all manifestly turned out to be a lie! His next burst of fame was in leading a demonstration outside of a Jewish owned store, Freddies Fashion Mart in a black neighborhood, accusing the owner of being a “white interloper” an accusation which eventually led to a riot, a fire and the death of innocent people.

In spite of such ‘physicians’, America has actually slowly progressed, in racial relations. But just when it looks like healing could happen, the Academy, i.e. higher education, has constructed new theories to keep the wound oozing and pulsing.

“Intellectuals” have constructed a new scheme to keep us apart, (150 years after slavery), “White Privilege”. WP is the theory, that even if you are not overtly racist, as a white person you are “living off” the benefit of a “racist system”, therefore you are guilty of racism, just by being white.

In this system, nothing but self flagellation and groveling can in any way tone for the “fiction which is whiteness” as one hypocritical actor recently announced. We are always beholden to minorities, in spite of the Civil War, the War on Poverty, the Civil Rights movement, and the trillions of dollars in transfer payments so called “White America” has voted for in a misguided attempt to heal the wound.

Perhaps the cruelest attempt at healing this breach is the election of Barak Obama, a man who allowed himself to be perceived as a “Healer” and a “Uniter” but who has perhaps set race relations back about 50 or 60 years. People were giddy about the “post racial” American era that the election of Obama was ushering in, and Obama knew it and allowed them to think so.

But when Obama spoke at the historic black Howard University, he felt the freedom to disavow that notion,

No, my election did not create a post-racial society. I don’t know who was propagating that notion. That was not mine.

We begin to get the idea that these doctors have no intention of healing America.

Nice to know that, eight years into his administration, right?

In a nation of 300 million people there are bound to be problems, mistakes and even crimes in Policing. But never before has there been such an ability to make videos of them and to spread those videos endlessly and virally. One would think Police are just going out to hunt down young black men, if they went by social Media and even the irresponsible public media. Without the benefit of any context, statistics or mitigating or aggravating facts, gruesome videos are disseminated, riots are provoked and now a war on police has been initiated.

I don’t deny that crimes have occurred or mistakes made. What is amazing is how few mistakes have been made considering the countless tense interactions with police and a very agitated and stoked population. From 2014, the latest year data are available, 131 blacks and 261 whites were killed by cops. From 1999 to 2013, the totals were 1,724 black and 3,160 white. any death is a tragedy but considering the tinder box which the left has created it is a miracle there haven’t been more.

We who know Christ know the only real medicine, there is a balm in Gilead, but in order too be healed, America would have to quit listening to the false physicians and quit taking the leftist snake oil medicine, and most importantly , quit considering people as part of collective political groups, “Blacks”,” Whites “or “Latinos” and realize that we are all just people made in the Image of God, in need of the forgiveness of sins, which is “once and for all” purchased for us on the cross.

 

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