Jerusalem’s Final Conflict and Deliverance is Nigh…Zech 12 pt 1

In view of the recent article,A Seat for the Pope at King David’s Tomb Op-Ed: Exclusive: A Seat for the Pope at King David’s Tomb, I thought it fitting to re-run this 2010 esxposition of Zechariah 12. Prophecy is being fulfilled this very day! Maranatha!

This is the word of the LORD concerning Israel. The LORD, who stretches out the heavens, who lays the foundation of the earth, and who forms the spirit of man within him, declares: “I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves. (Zechariah 12:1-3)

The last chapters of Zechariah have an amazing relevance to the world situation we see unfolding before us today. It is uttered in the name of the Creator God, who continuously sustains his creation, most notably of His ongoing work of creation, forming the spirit of man.

God , the creator ,will one day make Jerusalem to become a cup of trembling ,(KJV) , to those nations round about her.

The idea of a cup of trembling is a judgment administered , which causes the neighboring nations, to reel, to go mad, to lose the capacity for sound judgment which leads to self-destruction.

In the hand of the LORD is a cup
full of foaming wine mixed with spices;
he pours it out, and all the wicked of the earth
drink it down to its very dregs. Psalm 75:8

True to this prophecy, the nations of the world are in great turmoil about the so-called “status” of Jerusalem. Though Jerusalem is manifestly the capital of the State of Israel, virtually none of the nations of the world will put an Embassy there, including the USA. They fear inflaming the Moslem near neighbors of Israel.

The Obama administration has attempted to make the appeasement of the Muslim world a centerpiece of its foreign policy. Therefore it has taken an unprecedented US stance toward Israel especially regarding Jerusalem and Judea. See Obama and Judea

Obama and his secretary of state have called for a strict “no natural growth” policy for Judea,(The West Bank), and they severely condemned Israel for approving the building of housing Units in East Jerusalem. see Administration Condemns Jerusalem Housing.

Islam has been claiming that Jerusalem has never been anything but a Muslim city, one of the “holiest’ sites of the Muslim faith. Yet the Koran doesn’t mention Jerusalem by name anywhere.

In its effort to erase any sign of Jewish history in Jerusalem, the Wafq, the Muslim custodianship of the temple mount, has been moving tons of rubble from beneath the surface of the site of the temple, dumping it in gravel pits outside of the city. Archeologists are finding priceless artifacts of the previous two temples in the rubble.

There is a reference in the Koran to “Al Aqsa”, literally, the “farthest place” from Mecca, where Mohammed supposedly rode a winged horse en route to a heavenly Muslim prayer meeting with Jesus and Moses.It is interesting that in Obama’s Cairo speech to the Muslim world, he referenced this obscure story, “the Isra” , the sole Muslim claim to Jerusalem, and that only by inference.

The Bible ,however has more than 800 direct references to Jerusalem. It is “the city of the great King”, the “Joy of the whole earth”, Mt Zion, the sight of the future capital of the world, the counterpart to “the heavenly Jerusalem”. God is “zealous for Jerusalem with a great fury” we are told earlier in Zechariah.

Jerusalem, we are told by our Lord Jesus, will be trodden under foot of the Gentiles until the time of the Gentiles be fulfilled. For the time being, it is as “Sodom and Egypt”, (Revelation 11) ,but is destined to be the city where Righteousness dwells, and out of which the Law of the Lord shall stream forth to all of the world. No wonder there is such a storm around it.

The UN wants to make it an international city, the Vatican wants custodianship over it, Islam claims it as one of its holiest sites, The Gentiles insist on it being divided into two cities, One the capital of the “Palestinian” state,the other side the capital of the Jewish state. Islam doesn’t like the name Jerusalem, they call it “Al Quds”, and so did a senior Obama security advisor in a speech recently. There is a storm brewing exactly as the Prophet said it would, God is making Jerusalem a cup of trembling, making mad the nations of the world.

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A Dirge For America…

American Dirge…pastor bill randles

Take up this Lamentation for the Land of the Free,

America, once the liberator of others, who will liberate you?

Are you really free? Free of what?

You have set your self free alright,

By your social revolution, you are now free from

Marriage, commitment, family, and fruitfulness

Yours is the freedom of the madman,

who observes no conventions, who wears no clothes,

and who breaks all chains, (He will NOT be restrained)

and who now lives among the tombs crying and cutting himself…

Yours is the Freedom of Adam and Eve,

Who broke away from God, and from Eden, and from all that was good…

Do you know what you have forfeited? Do you know what you have lost?

Sing this dirge for America the Beautiful….

America you really were beautiful,

What an idea! A republic based upon self rule,

Limits upon Government power, based upon a biblical view of man,

Lex Rex, and not Rex Lex,

So compatible with virtue!

Hard work and Merit were rewarded in you,

You put no limits on success or failure…

No wonder the oppressed around this sad world looked to your shining light!

Why wouldn’t people flock to the shores of the opportunities you offered?

But there is no Beauty without goodness…(Envy isn’t good)

and we seem to be forsaking goodness…

Cry aloud for the home of the Brave…

You left all to come here, O nation of pioneers,

You cleared the paths for others, and pushed back the frontiers,

O Pilgrim people, who wanted only to worship God,

Bravely you set out, with the Bible in hand…

When did the Word become the enemy?

Who has bewitched you America?

What is this Separation of church and state? Who invented this?

Didn’t we know that men such as Winthrop, Jonathan Edwards, and Washington,

were gifts from God, the right men for the right time?

How could we forget? Only if the Lord guards the city, that we are safe?

O People who sent their sons overseas to fight to free others,

Should one drop of blood be shed to promote “gay rights”?

Do we give our sons to die for abortion?

Mourn that these are your leaders,

they are Reeds Shaken by the wind!

Politicians who lick their fingers,

They sniff the air like a dog in heat, howling, ‘where is the money?

Where is the power?’ and ‘ Whats in it for me?’

Their primary loyalty is to self,

They are Prostitutes who sell their power for gain.

Like a fox in the henhouse,Moslems have infiltrated our services,

Homosexuals have desecrated our military,

Degenerates besiege the family!

O Who will rise up for us against the evildoers?

The prophets warned us, that When the Lord judges a people,

He takes away from them the statesmen, the general, the honorable man,

Until the worst among us are given the rule,

Remember the Words of Isaiah?

“And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them.”

Plead for the Prodigal Nation,

For the LORD whom she has forgotten,

Is gracious and kind,

His very nature is to restore, to forgive and Heal,

The source of our blessings Is of long endurance,

Yea, the longsuffering of God is salvation,

He is likely to forgive, His mercies are ever new,

If we turn to Him with all of our hearts,

If we agree with Him again, as in olden times

When real leaders called us to prayer, and humble supplication,

And God shed his grace upon us in countless ways!

HOWL for the Day of the Lord is at hand!

weep for the miseries soon to descend!!

You thought you were a queen and could not be touched,

You boasted that you were immune to the suffering of the others

But you didn’t understand, you wouldn’t consider

that the protection and abundance you once knew,

were gifts from the one your elites have spurned!

Those who Seduced You have now turned against you

They have slain you, and exposed your nakedness,

they have not been  protectors of your rights or persons,

instead they have sold you to your enemies,

Because they have despised you all along, and all that you once stood for,

They would lead you, and your children to Hell.

Come back to the One who founded you, to the Shepherd who laid his life down, to the only author of liberty…seek ye the Lord while He can be found, call upon Him while he is near!

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.( I Corinthians 6)

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Merciless…Brutal…Unnatural in Their Affections…

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,  Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;  Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.( 2 Timothy 3:1-5)

For those who have the stomach- here is a short , viral video making the rounds. 

I wouldn’t blame you for not seeing it, for it is shocking. A Young woman is sitting on a bench holding an infant, in what looks like a park. She is confronted by another young woman about the same age, who verbally menaces her.

The seated young woman clutches the baby closer to her chest, obviously un-nerved, as a crowd of jeerers surround her. Suddenly the other girl grabs her by the hair, and slams her, baby and all on the cement pad underneath. The baby screams, while the young woman who had been holding him/her, is dragged by her hair across the park, and while other young people, male and female, jeer and laugh.

No one makes a move to comfort the baby.

There could be countless other examples of human depravity, but this one is particularly unnerving in its “un-naturalness”.

Normally a baby will illicit some kind of tenderness, especially in a young woman.

How does a young female descend to such savage fury? What has our toxic, in your face, entitlement, Rap music culture done to the young?

How do people get to the point, in their hatred of others, that not even an innocent baby moves them to some kind of self restraint?

Who raises such savage children?

How is it that young men, can sit around and laugh and jeer at a young woman being administered a beating in public, while holding a baby?

What is going to become of such a rotten culture? Can such a “civilization” ever survive?

I think what we are seeing is spiritual of course, for man is fallen and depraved. But formerly, our Judeo Christian civilization served to hold back and even temper the extremes of depravity, even in unsaved people.

But we have had about a hundred years of the repudiation of those Judeo Christian restraints being repudiated by our cultural “elites”, the opinion shapers, educators, entertainers, church leaders, and yes politicians and government leaders.These are the so called “Kings of the earth and their rulers” spoken of in the second Psalm;

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.(Psalm 2:1-3)

They have been leading the people of our once free nation, on a perpetual “liberation movement” for about the last 100 years.

How do you “Liberate” a free people?

You lie to them, telling them they are bound, and seduce them into throwing off the “shackles” of their former morality and sense of responsibility. You divide them and nourish a sense of entitlement and grievance, and never allow them to reconcile.

Remember the “Sexual revolution”? No fault divorce, and Abortion on demand? The welfare society and the break up of the home?

Now the “Children” are free! But free of what? Free of any respect for anyone but the SELF, and free of morality and family, free of love, civility, and honor and a sense of accomplishment and responsibility.

Behold in the tragic video clip above, the “fruit of leftist liberalism” the brave new “post Christian” world of hate and brutality.

I have one other question- What will the Holy God in heaven do to this people, who can coarsen and corrupt even young ladies, and which has so cheapened life, that people can sit around and laugh as a young woman with a child is brutalized?

Pray for this sinful, backslidden nation!

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Charleston ; How Our “Leaders” play Us…

The fight for Civil Rights requires constant vigilance, as evidenced by the current war on the battle flag of the army of North Virginia.

When the Vultures, (oops) I mean Civil Rights leaders and politicians descended on Charleston, in the wake of the massacre of 9 Christians as they sat in Bible study, they soon realized that they couldn’t incite riots and commit mayhem as they had in Ferguson Missouri and other assorted scenes of violent tragedy.

The problem was that the surviving members of the AME church  which was the scene of the tragedy, were real Christians, and actually acted like Jesus would. They went down to the courthouse for the initial hearing of the obviously deranged murderer of their Pastor, brothers and sisters, and forgave him in the name of Jesus.

Who could have known that you can’t whip real Christians into a demonic frenzy, for as Jesus once said,

“The prince of this world comes, but he has nothing in me”.

Not even the ‘Reverend Sharpton’ could stir up a riot in Charleston, and so far neither has our chief agitator and “Community organizer”, (You know who) been able to take advantage of this crisis to stir up racial animosity and division.

It seems that in the face of evil,  real Christian love and forgiveness kind of inoculates those  in a community from Satan’s temptation to loot, do mayhem and burn down valid businesses.Who Knew?

There are many outside of Charleston who seek to nurture hatred and division. I saw a hateful meme on the internet showing the arrest of the Charleston shooter, being escorted by burley Sheriffs and peacefully being led in chains to jail. The other picture was of the poor unfortunate cigarette seller in New York who had to be wrestled to the ground , protesting that he couldn’t breathe, and eventually dying of a heart attack.

The caption was “Here is how a white man is treated when arrested, and here is how a black man mistreated when arrested”.

Of course this is Satan’s lie and the people who posted this on line were doing the work of the Devil. The Lord hates those who “Sow discord among brethren”.False witness, and language calculated to divide and perhaps to nurse a sense of grievance and make reconciliation all but impossible.

What amazes me is that some of my professing Christian friends posted this meme, in order to further the mythical “White privilege” narrative. “White privilege “is a theory designed to make every person who is white guilty of racism whether they ever uttered a racist sentiment or not.It is an ingeniously diabolical way to permanently divide people in America.

White privilege is a kind of “original sin” only there is no forgiveness or redemption possible. It is designed to disenfranchise white people from birth. We are all guilty and beholden forever. This is why one College professor(Who else) announced recently that she wouldn’t have children because she doesn’t want to spread her “White privilege”.

She gets it! The answer is non-existence! Isn’t liberalism lovely!

I already have a religion thank God. I am a sinner, and was born in original sin, and have enough trouble keeping track of the sins I already have to confess, let alone the sins liberals have been trying to make me guilty of, as a white American male.

But Hallelujah, I do have redemption in my religion! Jesus died for me, and redeemed my soul, and I refuse to be condemned by Nihilistic liberals under any circumstances.

But the Civil Rights movement must never end, it must go on and on and on. There must never be a reconciliation, and there must of necessity never be any credit for the amazing shift in attitude in America since the 1950’s.

So when they couldn’t “Ferguson” Charleston, the esteemed civl rights crowd  went after the nearest enemy they could find… the Stars and Bars of Lee’s army of Virginia! That villain has been uprooted from the North Carolina Statehouse, from Wal Mart and K- Mart, and even Warner Brothers stripped it off of the Dukes of Hazard!

Free at Last, Free at Last! They have routed that dastardly flag, it is in hiding now, and “the struggle” has struck another blow for human dignity and peace!

Who cares that poverty and unemployment are at staggering levels, and immigrants, legal and illegal pour into the country courtesy of our corrupt leaders and take low level jobs, and that many African Americans are stuck in Ghettos and prevented from getting their children in good schools, and reduced to utter dependance on the Democratic party… At least we took that dastardly flag out of commission!

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The Bride or The Harlot? You Chose…Bride/Harlot pt 1

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.(John 14:1-3)

I have been told that the words above, spoken by Jesus on the eve of his crucifixion, are almost word for word the typical engagement speech to a young bride to be, in First century Israel. Here speaks the ultimate groom, to all of those who have heard his voice and have left this world in spirit, to put their trust in him.

The engagement is binding, for He will never leave us or forsake us. In first century Judaism, betrothal was as binding as marriage, which is why Joseph almost divorced Mary when he found her with child before the marriage occurred.

From the very beginning, the true body of believers, redeemed and saved, have been likened unto a virtuous woman, a daughter, a fiancé, or a wife. We hear of the ‘daughter of Zion’, or the Wife of Jahweh in the Law and the Prophets. In the New Testament, we are presented with the Bride of Christ, and the prospect of participation in the marriage of the Lamb!

And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.  Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.  And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.(Revelation 19:6-9)

The bride makes herself ready for the great day. She knows it is coming, and is oriented towards that day, come what may.

But scripture presents another feminine metaphor, the Bride is rivaled by the Harlot. What is a harlot , but an obscene parody of a bride?

The book of Revelation and the book pf Proverbs both have the Bride and the Harlot as a running theme. We hope that the Son of the King, in Proverbs, will chose the right woman, lady Wisdom, who sets a fine table, (bread and Wine) and has a teaching for the simple wayfarers of life.

But the spiritual reader of Proverbs holds his/her breath, hoping that David’s Son will not fall for the beautiful seductress, whose lips drip with honey, and who flatters and even impudently kisses the inexperienced one, speaking of her devotion to God, yet describing the sights and sounds and sensuality of her bed!

So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said unto him, I have peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows.  Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee.  I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt.  I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.(Proverbs 7:13-17)

Who is this mysterious woman? What cognitive dissonance! She assures him she is “Saved, sanctified, and right with God”, then goes on to describe the potential pleasures of her bed!

This woman is none less than the false Christian church.She doesn’t really love Jesus, but she pretends to, and she seduces many by her ways. She loves self supremely, and imagines that she can have it all, Jesus and the world. She is sensual, not spiritual, but is deceived into thinking that sensual is spiritual.

But the Proverbs warn us, that in the end,

Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.(Proverbs 7:27)

By the time we get to the end of Proverbs, we are relieved to see that the son of the King has chosen the right woman, the virtuous woman of Proverbs 31. (Proverbs 31 is a heavy trip to put upon a real live woman, for few can ever live up to her. Actually she is a metaphor for the true worshippers of God, whose“Light never goes out at night…” and who glorifies her husband.)

The Revelation of John is similar. We see the true and good woman, suffering long as she awaits her husband to be, the true groom, the coming King. The whole world hates her, and falsely accuses her, and there is no one on earth zealous to set the record straight, for she has no earthly resources. She suffers for the truth that she witnesses to, and because she won’t just bow down to the great LIE being foisted on the world.

Yet She remains faithful, ready to “have and to hold”, awaiting the glorious wedding, through the long night.

The Groom gives her words of comfort such as;

And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive; I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.(Revelation 2:8-11)

But the Revelation warns of another woman, a horrifying, gaudy harlot, dripping with wealth and worldly influence. She holds a chalice (as if she provides the sacramental meal ), but She herself is drunk on the blood of the Saints of God!

So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.  And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon The Great, The Mother Of Harlots And Abominations Of The Earth.(Revelation 17:3-5)

The great Harlot is not simply false religion. She is not Hinduism, Bhuddism or Islam, all of which are expressions of Demon worship and easily detected by Christians as false.

Instead the Harlot is an imposter, an obscene  parody of the only true religion, she says she is Christian and speaks of Jesus, but has long ago sold out to the god of this age and is seducing many.

To those who are impressed by  numbers and power she has great appeal for the false church is exploding in popularity and worldly influence. She has cast down many wounded…there are many back slidden pastors and christians, for whom her charms are almost irresistible because she can appear to sooth their troubled consciences in ways other than repentance and faith.

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Zivitovsky vs Kerrry;How the US Supreme Court Defies The LORD….

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.(Psalm 2:1-6)

The US Supreme court has recently given a ruling, (Zivotovsky vs Kerry) which would prevent any US passport holder born in Jerusalem, to declare that they were also born in Israel.

This in spite of a 2002 law passed by the Congress of the United States, allowing Jerusalem born US Passport holders to declare Israel as their nation of origin.

The 2002 Passport law has never been implemented because US politicians have been afraid to be seen taking sides against the “Palestinians” on the issue. Since 1948, official US Government policy has been to treat the “Jerusalem” question as unresolved.

As a rare reaction to the 6-3 vote, Justice Antonin Scalia read his dissent aloud in the court. Among other complaints he warned that giving so much unchecked power even over passport declarations to the President, was “More Reminiscent of King George the third, than of the US presidency.”Justice Scalia had already indicated his leanings earlier in oral arguments, as Haaretz reports:

In the oral arguments, Scalia’s political leanings on the issue were pretty clear, when he described the State Department’s resistance to changing the passport line from “Jerusalem” to “Israel” as less of affecting real policy than its “desire to make nice with the Palestinians.”Jerusalemite American?

This ruling is considered a slap in the face to many in Israel. From Haaretz again;

Dissatisfied American-Jerusalemites, or Jerusalemite-Americans (because we can’t call them American Israelis, right?), like my son had some powerful sympathizers. President Reuven Rivlin pointedly noted to Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, during a Thursday meeting that “I was born in Jerusalem and I am Israeli.” Former ambassador-turned-MK Michael Oren posted on his Facebook page that “the decision is an affront to Israel’s sovereignty and to the honor of America’s crucial ally. During my service as Israel’s ambassador to Washington, I met the principled Zivotofsky family and others who brought the case before the court, I unconditionally supported them. But the frustration of their effort changes nothing for Israel and the Jewish people. Jerusalem will remain our undivided and eternal capital. Irrespective of what’s written or not written in her U.S. passport, our daughter, Lia, was born in Jerusalem, Israel.”

A major aspect of the 6-3 decision was the issue of separation of peers. Congress passed a law in 2002, but the court ruled that it is the Executive branch which has jurisdiction in foreign policy. In other words, Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel, even if Congress says it is, unless the President says it is.

This Supreme Court is the same un-elected body which has struck down school prayer, mention of God or the Ten Commandments in the classroom, and other public affirmations of the professed majority faith of our nation. On the other hand these black-robed tyrants have foisted on the American body politic such horrors as Abortion on Demand, and “Gay Marriage” ,in spite of the many referendums in states across the county against them.

Little do they realize they are fulfilling prophecy concerning the last controversies between God and Man, which will lead to the final judgment and the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Prophet Zechariah predicted 2,500 years ago, that in the Last Days the issue of the status of Jerusalem would consume the attention of the entire world.

Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.(Zechariah 12:2-3)

Jerusalem is the most important city on earth. It is the only place on earth where God says He has “Placed His name”. It is the place where our Lord was crucified, thus the place where Satan was dealt a fatal blow. Jerusalem is where our Lord’s feet will touch down again(sees Zech 14) and where all nations will one day be gathered together for judgment.

Consider the 48th Psalm, “Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised, in the city of our God and in the mountain of his holiness, beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mt Zion on the sides of the North, the city of the great King!”

Jesus himself quoted this Psalm in the sermon on the Mount, when He said

“Swear not at all, neither by Haven, for it is God’s throne, nor by earth, for it is God’s footstool, nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King!”(Matthew 5:34)

Of course the Bible is realistic about the Jerusalem of today, for the book of Revelations calls it “Sodom and Egypt, the city where our Lord was crucified”.(Revelation 11:8)

But if Jerusalem is important to God, it is also important to the forces of evil.

Islam claims Jerusalem, though it is never named in all of the Koran. There is a verse, which they now say refers to Jerusalem. The verse is called the IZra, and it is the story of Mohhamed’s flight on a winged horse, to the “Farthest places”, Al Aqsa, where he ascended to heaven to have a prayer meeting with Jesus and Moses. On that alone, ISlam claims Jerusalem as her third holiest spot.

Interestingly, when Obama gave a speech to the entire Muslim world in 2009, from Cairo Egypt at Al Azhar university,(The Harvard, Yale and Cambridge of world wide terrorism), He cited only one passage from the Koran…the IZra.

Think about it, the leader of the free world cited to one seventh of the world, the only scripture in their book which they believe gives them a legitimate claim to Jerusalem!

The U.N. has split Jerusalem in two, and adamantly insists that part of it, East Jerusalem be the capitol of the new Palestinian state. The other half is designated to be a “universal city”.

The Catholic church would love to take custody of Jerusalem.

It should be obvious by now a terrible conflict is coming, something God calls, “The controversy of Zion”,(Isaiah 34) . The Suprmeme court of the United States, in their own small way, have taken sides with Obama, against the God of scripture. Pray for America!

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You Can’t Have it Both Ways…Lesson 2

I will also stretch out mine hand upon Judah, and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and I will cut off the remnant of Baal from this place, and the name of the Chemarims with the priests; And them that worship the host of heaven upon the housetops; and them that worship and that swear by the Lord, and that swear by Malcham;  And them that are turned back from the Lord; and those that have not sought the Lord, nor enquired for him. (Zephaniah 1:2-7)

Zephaniah’s vision of the coming judgment of God, emphasized the brazen contradiction of people who profess to be God’s people, while at the same time openly practice paganism.It is almost as though they live out a kind of “Cognitive dissonance” in their spiritual life.

I have highlighted above, the passage in which the Holy God promises to “Cut off…them that worship and swear by the Lord, and that swear by Malcham”. I can’t imagine a greater contradiction than being a devout worshipper of the LORD,  (Swearing by) citing Him and his word as authoritative , yet at the same time being a devotee of Malcham,(Moloch), the hideous god who demands as a sacrifice, the newly born children of his worshippers.

In order to gain fertility and the prosperity which comes with it, Moloch worshippers would approach a superheated bronze idol with outstretched arms, and place their child on those arms , to be burnt alive.

Zephaniah says that the Lord is coming to “Cut off” those who worship Moloch and Himself. How could anyone be so conflicted?

But Zephaniah not only prophesied for his own days, but also for these last days.

Evidently this is one of the sins of the last days, the mixture of the worship and service of the Holy God, and the worship and service of Moloch.

Consider the president of the United States, Barak Hussein Obama, who claims to be a Christian, yet who is also the most ardently pro-Abortion politician to ever come on the American scene. As a State Senator in Illinois, He even championed a bill which would have made it illegal to save the life of any baby who should happen to survive a saline abortion.

Obviously Obama is a servant of Moloch and professes to be a servant of God. But he is just one man, a typical politician, a hypocritical liar.

But what about the millions of professing Christians who voted for Him.How many churches “got out the vote” in their support of this evil man, overlooking and denying their own faith, minimizing the fact that this man is such a champion of abortion and homosexuality, putting him in power regardless of his deep evil.

How is it that people are seemingly comfortable holding to two completely opposite positions?

We have all seen the acting awards ceremony, or the music award shows, in which completely godless performers, singers or actors will get up and thank their “Lord and Savior Jesus” for giving them the talent to act in R-Rated movies with nudity, or to sin or rap about rape,murder, and call women degrading names.

The latest shocker is the people coming out to testify that Bruce Jenner is a Christian. One Pastor even said Jenner has ministered to Him quite deeply. What is this madness? Is this the delusion we were warned about by the apostle Paul?

And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.(2 Thess 2:11-12)

We are soon going to be seeing an onslaught of “Gay evangelicals” and even worse contradictions coming out of the woodwork, who will present their arguments with such boldness it will actually force many to rethink their own (once obvious) position.

Theologians will step forward in the Evangelical world who will be telling us that one can be Christian and homosexual, and they will seem to present scriptural arguments to support this abomination.This will present a tremendous temptation for many to succumb to the evil and to accept the unacceptable. This is how many of us will deny Christ.

The pressure will come so intensely, that many will be forced to say things that they know are not true. May God prepare us to “Overcome Satan, by the blood of the Lamb and by the Word of our testimony, and to Love not our lives unto death”

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