Where Is The House You Will Build For Me? …Isaiah 66 pt 1

A Sermon from Isaiah 66

Thus saith the Lord, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?  For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the Lord: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.  He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog’s neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine’s blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations. I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.(Isaiah 66:1-4)

 

In this text we have the LORD address a group of his own confessing people. Yet within this address it is obvious that he is really addressing two peoples, a congregation within the congregation.

The larger congregation is impressively active , going about the business of worship. They are building an elaborate temple for the LORD and offering multitudes of sacrifices also. But their entire  enterprise is rebuked and rejected by the LORD in shockingly harsh terms.

For example, the LORD himself ordained that oxen be sacrificed, but here he tells the larger congregation that their sacrificial killing of the oxen was similar to the sin of murder! We all know that lamb also was the God ordained offering for certain aspects of worship, but He tells this congregation that their lambs were no different than if they hd offered dogs, with broken necks!

Perhaps the harshest condemnation of their worship, was when he likened the lighting of incense (as proscribed by the LORD) to pagans blessing an idol. How could doing so many right things be found to be so wrong?

The passage begins with a God given glimpse into the doctrine of the immensity of God himself. Heaven is His throne…do we even have an idea of what that means? There are three “heavens” in Creation, the atmosphere around the earth, outer Space and the place called Heaven, the abode of God.

How immense is the second heaven, outer space?  The late Dave Hunt gives us an idea of it in his book Cosmos,Creator and Human Destiny,

Even if we could build space vehicles that might travel at the speed of light, it would take 100,000 years to cross The Milky Way, our relatively small galaxy, and billions of years to reach the trillions of galaxies beyond. These facts show how foolish is man’s dream of “space exploration.”

But God made the heavens and calls each star by name. He doesn’t merely number them, He knows them ll by name.

When Solomon was used to build the Temple of the LORD, he dedicated it with a prayer,  part of it being a humble acknowledgement that there is no way possible for any man to truly build a house for God,

But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded? ( I Kings 8:27)

The Holy House was a God ordained concession to man, God needs no House, and man would be inadequate to build Him one in any other sense.

But the larger, busier congregation actually imagined that they were building for God, and doing for God and that their activities were a credit to God and something which He needed and they were providing. Man centered religion is intoxicating, it feels good but isn’t based on reality, and particularly it is ignorant of the reality of the Majesty of God.

Such man centered religion is corrupting, it is based on confidence in the flesh, and a sense that ‘we are doing something for God’ as if the Most high needed us!

It is called “Will worship” in the New Testament. Worship indeed, but willful, and self oriented and exalting. The Will-worshippers have created for themselves a religious system, run on their energy and zeal.” We have built a house for the LORD!”,

Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,  (Touch not; taste not; handle not; Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body: not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.( Collossians 2:20-24)

We see a similar admonition given by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount;

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.(Matthew 7:20-23)

Once again these people are busy. They run about casting out demons, prophesying and performing signs and anders, but they are utterly shocked to find out, at the judgment day, that Jesus disowns them! They would have sworn up and down that they were in the cutting edge of God’s work on earth, they were the warriors, the end times company, the real “inner court”Christians, better than the more staid and quiet Christians around them.

This verse frightened me when I realized as a young Christian, saved in the charismatic movement, that these manifestations were all charismatic. It seemed as though Jesus was describing everyone I knew! The Power people! How could we be disowned by God after serving him so powerfully?

What is he saying here?

Perhaps help comes to us when we look closer at the phrase “Depart from me, you that work iniquity…I never knew you”. The Word ‘Iniquity’ is another name for “lawlessness”.

Jesus isn’t repudiating the gifts and ministries of the Holy Spirit here. What He is saying, in our own vernacular is simply this,

“When it comes down to it, You people always did your own thing, you never submitted to me  (Jesus) for your approval.”

The sin is called WILL WORSHIP.

Have the followers of Todd Bentley or Bill Johnson seen a lot of powerful things? Definitely? They have seen healings , miracles, heard prophecies, spoken ‘words’ over each other, and many other manifestations in the name of JESUS.

Do they submit to JESUS? No! If they really submitted to JESUS they would insist that all of their ‘teachers’ be biblical, and they would test their ” Prophets” biblically, but they don’t and won’t.

They do what they want to do, hear what they want to hear and pursue power, because they want power.

Yea they have chosen their own ways…   

As Jeremiah once warned the congregation in His day…

A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land; The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof? (Jeremiah 5:30-31)

In the end…what will come of the Will Worshippers? Are they even saved?

stay tuned

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Frogs Out Of Their Mouths…Euphrates 10

And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.(Revelation 16:12-16)

This vision has several components which we will break down a piece at a time.

 

  • The Great River Euphrates drying up-  We have already been considering the significance of the Euphrates. The Euphrates river is where four end times Angels are bound, awaiting a specific Year, Month, Day hour and minute to be loosed. They will then wreak such judgment upon the earth, that one third of men will be killed.
  • Turkey has claimed control of the Euphrates, and has even used that control to cut off the flow of the Euphrates into Syria, as this Middle East Monitor article reveals,Criticism of the Turkish government has been voiced by civil society activists in Northern Syria concerning Turkey’s control of the River Euphrates. In recent weeks, the Turks have stopped the flow of water into Syria from the mighty river, which has its source in Turkey’s Taurus Mountains before flowing into Syria and on into Iraq. The Euphrates is the main source of water for the Northern Syrian province of Raqqa.( Turkey’s Control of The Euphrates might Lead to Disaster)
  • The Kings of The East-  The Euphrates river was considered the frontier of the Roman Empire. Rome was never able to conquer the lands beyond it and feared any Persian incursions from East to West. Who are the Kings of the East? This could mean an Oriental confederation coming over in the very last days, engaging with the Kings of the North and South and the Beast of the Revived Roman Empire.
  • Unclean Spirits like Frogs- The plagues coming on the whole world in the book of Revelation, resemble the plagues which once came upon Egypt, in the days of the Exodus. But these ‘frogs’ are Spiritual beings, ‘unclean spirits’, intelligent entities who come straight from the Dragon (Satan), and head for the Kings of the earth to deceive them.
  • The Mouth of the Dragon, Beast and false prophet-  Satan, the AntiChrist and the false prophet all spew the same rhetoric, they are all  communicators, as in the garden of Eden, when Satan seduced our first parents by lying words. Here the words of the unholy Trinity become the vehicle of unclean Spirits, luring and deceiving the Kings of the Earth into full scale war.

We have seen this phenomenon in the book of Kings when we are given a glimpse into the counsel of the Most High and his Angels. Two Kings wanted to seek God for council of war. False prophets assured both to go ahead into battle, but neither Ahab nor Jehoshaphat bore witness to the false utterances. They wanted a real prophet.

Micaiah was sent for and was told by Ahab’s counselor to give a favorable word to the Kings.

And he said, Hear thou therefore the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on his left. And the Lord said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramothgilead? And one said on this manner, and another said on that manner.  And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the Lord, and said, I will persuade him. And the Lord said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so.  Now therefore, behold, the Lord hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets, and the Lord hath spoken evil concerning thee.( I Kings 22:19-23)

The Lord used a ‘lying spirit’ to lure the evil Ahab into war. We are told in 2 Thessalonians 2, God will send “strong delusion’ in the end, upon those who reject the ‘love of the Truth’.

  • The Spirits of Devils Working Miracles-  The deception will not only be limited to Words, there will be World leaders who will actually perform miracles, as though they were prophets of God or in the end, they will claim to be God. We already have begun to see this phenomenon, for example  Pope Francis has been credited with several miracles and signs…                                                                                     Performing miracles is nothing new to Pope Francis. Last March, authorities attested that he turned the dried blood of St. Gennaro into liquid in Naples, Italy. Just last month before he began his visits to Cuba and the US, Pope Francis abruptly stopped his motorcade in the rain and asked his aide to bring to him the baby he saw being lifted at the barricade by her parents at St. Peter’s Square. The Pope briefly placed his palm on the chest of the three-month-old girl who was suffering from Down’s syndrome and had two holes in her heart. Later when the doctors checked on the baby, they found one of the two holes had completely closed while the other one was reduced to half its former size. (The Healing Pope)
    I am a charismatic Christian who believes in the gifts of the Holy Spirit as described in the New Testament, such as Healing and deliverance of those afflicted, I have no problem believing in healing. But what kind of miracle is  turning an ancient vial of dried blood into liquid? Did Jesus ever do anything like that?

Muslim Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey also is known for miracles,

THE Turkish leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was making a campaign speech in Istanbul last week when he noticed a woman in the crowd had fainted.After ordering supporters to bring her to him, he reached down to touch her, at which point she recovered, seizing his hand.“God is great!” the woman shouted. The crowd roared in approval.To his supporters, Erdogan is a miracle worker and the saviour of Turkey. For his opponents, however, the adulation has gone to his head. After 11 years in power as prime minister, there seems no limit to his ambitions.(Miracle Worker Erdogan Poised For Presidency)      

The World is slowly being conditioned to seeing their political leaders as something far more than mere public servants or even successful politicians. We saw in people like Obama, an almost Messianic expectation, and in the case of the POPE and Erdogan, they have broken over into the working of ‘miracles’.

The Mystery of Iniquity is already working. Scripture will lead us to know that this is the nature of the coming deception-

For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 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 Thessalonians 2:7-12)

Newly elected Emmanuel Macron of France revealed this shift into a pseudo spiritual expectation of political leadership, when he announced days after his election, that he wanted to have a “Jupiterian rule”, i.e. he wants to tule as the Roman god Jupiter. Who thinks this way?

This is not your father’s political talk, right?

  • .They go forth unto the Kings of the Earth-   These unclean Spirits are sent to the Kings of the earth, an oft used designation in scripture, which refers to far more than mere political leaders. The Kings of the earth are the ruling elite, the experts and pundits , the opinion shapers and molders, the educators, political and entertainment powers, those who fill our most formative institutions such as law, education, medicine, and religion.
  • We are told in the second Psalm that the Kings of the earth have “Taken council together against the LORD and his Messiah…” and have sought to cast off the bondages and restrictions of the Judeo /Christian God. Now evil Spirits are sent to them, that they might lead the earth into the destruction of the Day of the LORD.

Everything begins in Euphrates. The garden was there, Humanity fell there, four major Spirits are bound there, and four ancient world powers there are currently being revived as restive, violent Beasts, (interestingly, all of them happen to be Muslim).

I hope you can see it clearly now, the vision is soon to be fulfilled. I pray we all take to heart the ancient prophecy of Isaiah,   “Seek ye the LORD while He can be found and call upon Him while He is near!”

 

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Iran’s Moment…Euphrates 9

“…and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,  Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.  And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.(Revelation 9:13-15)

The fourth nation which touches the Euphrates is Iran, previously known as Persia.

The Persians are heirs of one of the great world civilizations. Mighty kings and rulers such as Cyrus the great, Darius, Xerxes once ruled a vast empire, from India to Ethiopia and including the land of Israel. Daniel predicted that the Persians would be the second of four pagan world empires to rule over the chosen people, and lived to see the day that Persia overcame Babylon to rule the known world.

The Persian conquerors were benevolent towards the Jews, releasing them from captivity in Babylon, sending any who would go, back to their land, financing the rebuilding of the temple, and of Jerusalem as Isaiah had foretold hundreds of years beforehand, even naming the Persian King who would do so, ie Cyrus.

That confirmeth the word of his servant, and performeth the counsel of his messengers; that saith to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be inhabited; and to the cities of Judah, Ye shall be built, and I will raise up the decayed places thereof: That saith to the deep, Be dry, and I will dry up thy rivers: That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid.(Isaiah 44:26-28)

Persia would eventually fall to the Greek empire, led by Alexander the great, as Daniel predicted and would be ruled by his successors for about a hundred years.

Persia eventually threw off the Greek rulers, and remained independent and resistant to the Roman Empire which followed. Persian culture developed over the centuries, around the religion of Zoroaster.

There is most definitely a territorial power known in scripture as “The Prince of Persia”, as revealed in the book of Daniel;

And said, O man greatly beloved, fear not: peace be unto thee, be strong, yea, be strong. And when he had spoken unto me, I was strengthened, and said, Let my lord speak; for thou hast strengthened me. Then said he, Knowest thou wherefore I come unto thee? and now will I return to fight with the prince of Persia: and when I am gone forth, lo, the prince of Grecia shall come. But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince.(Daniel 10:19-21)

In our own lifetime, we have seen Iran transform herself from a modern, western ally into a rabid, terror exporting Mullocracy, brutally imposing Shariah on its own people, and exporting death, destruction and terror around the globe. Iran is a nightmare state, an example of the failure of Shariah, as evidenced by the restive population of young people demonstrating n the streets for regime change.

I wrote in my book A Sword on the Land, that it is almost as though Iran has become demon possessed. Suddenly everywhere, after 1979, the glowering face of the Ayatollah Khomeini glared down on passersby from billboards and building sized posters. Women were confined to the black chador, and religious police roam the streets of Iran’s cities meting out harsh punishment and even beatings for minor infractions.

Stadiums in Iran which were built for football matches and other sporting events are often used for public executions, such as stoning and hangings.

The Shiite brand of Islam, of which Iran is the champion, awaits the Mahdi, aka the twelfth Imam, the Shiite version of the coming of the Christ. The Ayatollahs who rule the nation want to initiate the apocalypse, because they believe it will usher in the Mahdi,

A majority of Shiite Muslims traditionally believe that the “12th Imam” (Islamic religious leader), born in 868 A.D., was placed by God into hiding (known as occultation) until the day of judgment. Southern Baptist author and evangelist Anis Shorrosh explained that many Shiites also refer to the 12th Imam as the Mahdi, an Arabic word that generally references a messiah, or a guide…

Though most strains of Islam have a belief in the Mahdi, Shiites traditionally believe he is Mohammed ibn Hasan, the 12th in the line of imams who were descendents of the prophet Mohammed. Though they do not know when the Mahdi will return, they believe he will come to end the misery of his people. Some strains of Islam even hold a belief that Jesus will be the Mahdi who will return and proclaim Islam as the true religion.12th IMAM key Facet of Islamic prophecy

The Ayatollahs of Iran believe that this is their opportune time to create the chaos necessary to bring back the Mahdi, (for he is to come at a time of international strife and crisis).There are several factors which contribute to their belief in the timing of this event.

1)  The Ayatollahs are looking at their implementation and completion of a generation of pure Shiite Shariah in Iran, as an eschatological accomplishment.

2) The Nuclear agreement which virtually guaranteed Iran a Nuclear weapons program and the financing to accomplish it, (150 billion from the US taxpayer) is seen in Iran as a last days doomsday sign and wonder.

3) Iran has been fomenting successful Shiite revolutions in Yemen, Lebanon, part of Iraq, and has brought the Sunni Kingdom of Qatar to her side, and is actively helping  Bashir Assad in Syria, along with the Russians. Such successes only bolsters the confidence of Iran,

There is another lesser known reason why the present seems to be the time for Iran to make a move towards bringing back the Mahdi. Evidently Iran is experiencing an unexplainable demographic winter, Her population is aging and birthrate is below replacement level,
Demographics and Iran’s imperial design
By Spengler

Aging populations will cause severe discomfort in the United States and extreme pain in Japan and Europe by mid-century. But the same trends will devastate the frail economies of the Islamic world, and likely plunge many countries into social chaos.

By 2050, elderly dependents will comprise nearly a third of the population of some Muslim nations, notably Iran – converging on America’s dependency ratio at mid-century. But it is one thing to face such a problem with America’s per capita gross domestic product (GDP) of $40,000, and quite another to face it with Iran’s per capita GDP of $7,000 – especially given that Iran will stop exporting oil before the population crisis hits. Demogrphics and Iran’s Imperial Designs

Iran knows she doesn’t have unlimited time, she must move swiftly to accomplish her apocalyptic goal, to create enough international destruction and mayhem to bring back the 12th IMAM, the Mahdi.

Bristling with money, and a deal with the US that Khomeini could have only dreamed of, and now well on her way to becoming a full Nuclear threat, It seems to be Iran’s moment.

Little does she realize that rather than her shining Shiite moment, Persia is being lured into a disastrous alliance with Turkey, (Gog, Magog, the House of Togarmah, Gomer) ,Sudanese and Somalian elements(Ethiopia),  and Libya into an ill fated invasion of Israel which will result in Persia’s power being utterly crushed once and for all-time.

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 (Ezekiel 38:1-7)

At the present time all of those elements are fighting together already just north of Israel’s border, scurrying over the torn body of Syria, dislodging US and Saudi backed Sunnis from their homes, driving them out of country, weaponizing mobs of homeless Muslims, destabilizing Europe and trying to create a Shiite arc from Iran all the way to the Medditeranean.

They can also be seen dangerously close to the Golan Heights, at times even lobbing shells over into Israel, the Holy Land.

 

 

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Jonah and Mosul…Euphrates 8

Iraq used to be known as Mesopotamia, “the land between two rivers”, because of the very fertile plain between the Euphrates and the Tigris river. The Tigris river (often called the Hiddekel river in the Bible), is the site of the ancient capitol city of the Assyrian empire, Ninevah.

Ninevah was also the city which the prophet Jonah attempted to avoid going to, though he was sent there by God, to preach repentance to the cruel and wicked Assyrians. When he did finally come to Ninevah, Jonah preached a very uninspiring message, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown! “ for their sins against God , but to his surprise and disappointment, Ninevah repented and was spared.

But roughly a hundred fifty years later, Ninevah was once again to be judged and destroyed, for going back to the very sins they repented of under Jonah.

The sins of Ninevah and the Assyrian empire were many but she was famed for her wanton cruelty in war and peace-

Judged from the vaunting inscriptions of her kings, no power more useless, more savage, more terrible, ever cast its gigantic shadow on the page of history as it passed on the way to ruin. The kings of Assyria tormented the miserable world. They exult to record how ‘space failed for corpses’; how unsparing a destroyer is their goddess Ishtar; how they flung away the bodies of soldiers like so much clay; how they made pyramids of human heads; how they burned cities; how they filled populous lands with death and devastation; how they reddened broad deserts with carnage of warriors; how they scattered whole countries with the corpses of their defenders as with chaff; how they impaled ‘heaps of men’ on stakes, and strewed the mountains and choked rivers with dead bones; how they cut off the hands of kings and nailed them on the walls, and left their bodies to rot with bears and dogs on the entrance gates of cities; how they employed nations of captives in making brick in fetters; how they cut down warriors like weeds, or smote them like wild beasts in the forests, and covered pillars with the flayed skins of rival monarchs.” (Farrar, The Minor Prophets, pp. 147,148).

No wonder Jonah hesitated to go there and preach. Think about this…when He did, God was willing to forgive them! God would forgive ISIS or anyone who calls upon Him!

Enter the prophet Nahum,whose name means “consoler”, for his message would be a consolation to the Jews that Ninevah, the capitol city of their enemy would indeed finally be destroyed.

The burden of Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.  God is jealous, and the Lord revengeth; the Lord revengeth, and is furious; the Lord will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies.  The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the Lord hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.  He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers: Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth.  The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein.(Nahum 1:1-5)

In 612 BC the Words of Nahum came to pass when a combination of several  of Assyria’s conquered  enemies revolted successfully, raised armies and ransacked the city and destroyed it . The  revolt consisted of Medes, Persians, some Scythians, and was led primarily by Babylonians also.

Ninevah was situated along the banks of the Tigris river. At first the besiegers attempted to starve the city into submission, but failing that they began to consider how to use the river to their advantage. A pagan oracle predicted that Ninevah would never be defeated until the river became her enemy. During the siege an unprecedented amount of rain swelled the river, and undermined a portion of the city walls, and flooded part of the city itself.

Then the King, convinced that the oracle was accomplished and despairing of any means of escape, to avoid falling alive into the enemy’s hands constructed in his palace an immense funeral pyre, placed on it his gold and silver and his royal robes, and then, shutting himself up with his wives and eunuchs in a chamber formed in the midst of the pile, disappeared in the flames. Nineveh opened its gates to the besiegers, but this tardy submission did not save the proud city. It was pillaged and burned, and then razed to the ground so completely as to evidence the implacable hatred enkindled in the minds of subject nations by the fierce and cruel Assyrian government.” (Lenormant and E. Chevallier, The Rise and Fall of Assyria).From “The Destruction of Ninevah” by David Padfield

Thus was the prediction of Nahum accomplished that the city would be destroyed through an “overwhelming flood”,

The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him. But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies.(Nahum 1:7-8)

Nahum also predicted that many of those stationed on the walls of Ninevah would flee in the night, something verified by Babylonian records.

Thy crowned are as the locusts, and thy captains as the great grasshoppers, which camp in the hedges in the cold day, but when the sun ariseth they flee away, and their place is not known where they are.(Nahum 3:17)

Another prediction of Nahum is startling, that in their final hours many of the Ninevites would be drunk, and because of that the towers would fall like ripe figs;

Thou also shalt be drunken: thou shalt be hid, thou also shalt seek strength because of the enemy.  All thy strong holds shall be like fig trees with the firstripe figs: if they be shaken, they shall even fall into the mouth of the eater.(Nahum 3:11-12)

In a very short time the world’s most powerful and feared city(because of her cruelty) was besieged and wiped out as predicted by the Prophet Nahum.

What does this have to do with us?

In a surreal kind of way, history is repeating itself right before our eyes.

The Modern city of Mosul, on the Tigris river is the location of the ruins of Ninevah. The city of Mosul, a modern oil and banking city in Iraq, was captured by ISIS and established as ISIS’ headquarters.

ISIS, the modern counterpart to the Assyrians,are also known far and wide for wanton cruelty. One of ISIS’ first acts after conquering Mosul, was to blow up a shrine dedicated to the Prophet Jonah.They are known for Burning people alive, gassing them, Drowning them in cages, using children to cut off people’s heads, and filming it to pass out among themselves. ISIS also set up human slave markets in Mosul, and held women in pits in the ground to be abused sexually and bought and sold.

The lion did tear in pieces enough for his whelps, and strangled for his lionesses, and filled his holes with prey, and his dens with ravin. Behold, I am against thee, saith the Lord of hosts,(Nahum 2:12-13)

Once again the siege is erected around Mosul, (which contains Ninevah), and I think it strange that it is the same peoples, The Persians(Iran), Medes(the Kurds) and Babylon,(Iraqi Army) which has ISIS surrounded,(and 300,000 others as human shields). Water may even play a part as I mentioned in an earlier article, Mosul and prophecy,

One aspect of the Battle for Mosul/Ninevah struck an ominous remembrance of the detail of an ancient Prophecy. In Mosul there is a dam which was built on the Tigris River in Ninewa province. It is badly engineered, having been founded upon water soluble foundation, and which threatens to affect millions of people down river, should it burst. Al Arabya English language edition reports,

According to US Army engineers, the dam was built on ‘karst’ foundation, water-soluble rocks that are hastening subsurface dissolution. Since its commissioning in 1985, maintenance crews have had to continuously pour liquid cement under its foundation to fill the cracks, an operation called grouting, in order to keep the structure stable and secure. Without these constant injections, Iraq’s biggest dam would soon collapse causing a humanitarian disaster.

Al Jazeera say that the destruction of the teetering Dam would be worse than a Nuclear explosion,Daniel Pipes reports that there have been constant attempts by Terrorists to blow the Dam up , potentially killing hundreds of thousands.

We don’t know what the outcome will be, but it is fascinating to see Bible prophecy occurring daily before our very eyes. Maranatha !

 

 

 

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The Kurds Are The Medes…Euphrates pt 7

...and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,  Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.  And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.(Revelation 9:13-15)

 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 13:17-19)

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The Euphrates region is an area that God has said is the location of four Messengers, bound  by God until a specific time of almost absolute and unprecedented destruction of humanity and of the earth.The Euphrates runs through or borders four distinct nations, Turkey,Syria,Iraq,and Iran. All of these nations are currently suffering in various degrees of civil war, unrest, bitter strife, factionalism, poverty, and under the rule of violent warmongers/

There is a fifth nation in the region , one which currently doesn’t have a state and which is a thorn in the side to the four nations which touch the Euphrates.The Kurdish people are the largest stateless entity in the world today, 30 million people spread throughout Iraq, Turkey,Iran and Syria, and longing for a state of their own.

The Kurds were the most pro Western/American faction in the various gulf wars, and carved out for themselves an enclave in Northern Iraq where they recently passed a resolution to create an independent Kurdish state. This immediately triggered joint wargames between Iraq and Iran, and the positioning of Turkish troops on the border of the Kurdish area of Iraq.

How did the Kurds become stateless? The Kurds are the descendants of the Ancient Medes spoken of in the Bible. They have always inhabited the mountainous region from Iraq to Turkey, via various Kingdoms through the centuries.

In 1519 Kurdistan became incorporated into the Ottoman Empire, where it maintained some Sovereignty for three centuries but eventually unsuccessfully fought wars to throw off Turkish domination. At the end of World War One a Kurdish delegation appealed to the councils at Versailles for the establishment of a Kurdistan, but Britain instead lobbied for the Kurds to be incorporated into Iraq, in order to gain control of oil fields near Erbil.

Kurdish militias from Syria, Iraq and Turkey have had the greatest success fighting ISIS, although they have for the most part been shunned by the Obama administration, as per armaments and training. At one time Turkey was bombing ISIS positions and the Kurds who were fighting ISIS at the same time.

In the Kurdish culture, the year One is our 612 BC. They reckon time based upon the fall of Ninevah, the capitol of the Assyrian Empire, brought about by the combination of the Medes, Persians and Babylonians.

Ironically currently the same city, now known as Mosul has been enduring a siege, having been taken over by ISIS. The same three modern incarnations of the ancient nations are  principles in the siege, Iran(Persia) , Iraq(Babylon) and Kurdish armies(The Medes) have besieged and nearly wiped out ISIS (Assyria) in Mosul (Ninevah).

The Kurds have a role in Bible prophecy. How does a stateless people without a military and no national borders become a major player in the endtimes geopolitical scenario?

Joel Rosenberg offers a pretty good possibility  in this article

Bible prophecy indicates that in the End Times, as we get closer to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, God will allow the Medes to gain power, even as the Lord allows the Arabs to gain power and rebuild the kingdom of Babylon in the heart of Iraq.

The Book of Revelation, for example, tells us that Babylon will be the epicenter of evil in the last days of history, and will eventually face the judgment of God. The Hebrew prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah and Daniel tell us this, as well, indicating Babylon will be completely destroyed and when the judgment is complete, Babylon will be completely uninhabitable. Indeed, Isaiah 13:20 says of Babylon, “It will never be inhabited or lived in from generation to generation; nor will the Arab pitch his tent there, nor will shepherds make their flocks lie down there.”

What’s more, Bible prophecy indicates that God will raise up the Medes — that is, the Kurdish people — to be an instrument of judgment against Babylon.

  • Isaiah 13:17 — “Behold, I am going to stir up the Medes against them [the Babylonians]….”
  • Jeremiah 51:11 — “The Lord has aroused the spirit of the kings of the Medes, because His purpose is against Babylon to destroy it; for it is the vengeance of the Lord….”
  • Jeremiah 51:28-29 — “Consecrate the nations against her, the kings of the Medes, their governors and all their prefects, and every land of their dominion. So the land quakes and writhes, for the purposes of the Lord against Babylon stand, to make the land of Babylon a desolation without inhabitants….”

 

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Goodbye Iraq, Hello Shinar…Euphrates pt 6

 

…and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,  Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.  And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.(Revelation 9:13-15)

 

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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)

The Plain of Shinar is 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(16th 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.

Into 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. Three 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 really 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.

Since the American withdrawal, the combined efforts of American airstrikes, Iraqi and Iranian Shiite armies, Russian air and artillery, and of course Kurds and Yezidis, have effectively defeated ISIS and are currently  struggling for control of the land between the Tigris and Euphrates.

The collapse of the Islamic State in its most important Iraqi strongholds has brought a rare moment of hope for a country mired in war for most of the past four decades.     It is also a moment of peril, as Iraq emerges from the fight against the militants only to be confronted with the same problems that fueled their spectacular rise in 2014.Old disputes between Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds over territory, resources and power already are resurfacing as the victors of the battles compete to control liberated areas or jostle for political advantage in the post-Islamic State landscape.These rivalries now are compounded by the mammoth task of rebuilding the towns and cities destroyed by the fighting, returning millions of displaced people to their homes and reconciling the communities that once welcomed the Islamic State’s brutal rule as preferable to their own government’s neglect and abuse.(Isis is Near Defeat in Iraq;Now comes The Hard part)

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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Iraq’s Ominous Trembling…Euphrates pt 5

And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,  Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.(Revelation 9:13-15)

The area of the nation now known of as Iraq, has gone by the names of Mesopotamia, Assyria, Babylon, Shinar, Ninevah and Sumer in ancient times. It has a rich history, and is considered by many to be the very cradle of civilization.

The modern nation of Iraq, is a recent concoction. The region was originally part of the Ottoman Empire for centuries, but the British established what we know of now as Iraq, in 1932 cobbling together Kurds from the north, Sunnis around Baghdad and a Shiite Majority in the south.

Originally it was a Kingdom, but the Ba’ath party took power in a coup de’tat in 1958, establishing the Republic of Iraq. There was another coup which last briefly, but the Ba’athists took power again, in 1963.

Saddam Hussein took power in 1978 and ruled Iraq for the rest of the century. Iraq and Iran fought a brutal eight year war from 1980 to 1988, over long held border disputes and fears in Iraq that the Shiite Revolution would spill over the border into Iraq. The war ended inconclusively , (the border remained the same) in spite of it’s staggering cost in blood, (Between the two nations, 1 million were slain, half of which were civilians) , a quarter of a million civilians left permanently disabled, and hundreds of billions in infrastructure damage to both countries.

Consider the numbing figures above, in light of the fact that at present Iraq’s population is 26 million people.Iran presently has a population of 80 million people.

In 1990 , Shortly after the cessation of those hostilities, Iraq invaded Kuwait. Hussein did so believing and insisting that the United States had given him a “green light” to do so, in order to rectify a long standing border dispute with Kuwait. This act of aggression brought about the massive UN coalition army which invaded Iraq in the first Gulf War. Iraq was driven out of Kuwait, Saddam’s armies surrendered in the thousands, as the US led coalition pressed forward to the Euphrates.

Thirty three thousand Iraqi fatalities later, not to mention the innumerable number of Iraqi wounded and maimed, the Gulf war abruptly ended. The western coalition forces ground to a halt, at the very banks of the Euphrates River,sanctions were imposed which crippled and destabilized Iraq, and no fly zones were established.

Saddam and the elite Republican guard remained intact enough to brutally suppress the inevitable Shiite insurrections in the south of Iraq and the Kurdish rebellions which arose in the wake of the instability which shook the nation. The world was sickened to learn that Saddam Hussein gassed some Kurdish villages, killing more than five thousand in one attack.

Saddam Hussein was a brutal, vicious dictator, but he wasn’t a radical Muslim. He didn’t target Christians, in fact many of his chief advisors were Iraqi Christians,(Chaldean Orthodox).

Shortly after the Islamic Terror attack on 9-11, George W Bush initiated the second Gulf War , partly as revenge for what was believed to be Iraqi complicity in the sneak attack, ad partly based on the belief of many that Saddam had hidden weapons of mass destruction and constituted an existential threat.

This war brought more death and destruction to Iraq, as this excerpt from Wikipedia shows us,

Various scientific surveys of Iraqi deaths resulting from the first four years of the Iraq War estimated between 150,000 and one million Iraqis died as a result of conflict during this time.[1] A later study, published in 2011, estimated that approximately 460,000 people had died as a result of the conflict since the invasion including 132,000 from directly war-related violence.[2] Counts of deaths collated by projects like the Iraq Body Count project found 174,000 Iraqis reported killed between 2003 and 2013, with between 112,000-123,000 of those killed being civilian noncombatants. Updated estimates from the Iraq Body Count Project report an estimated 173,766 – 194,058 civilian deaths from 2003-2017. For troops in the U.S.-led multinational coalition, the death toll is carefully tracked and updated daily, and the names and photographs of those killed in action as well as in accidents have been published widely. A total of 4,491 U.S. service members were killed in Iraq between 2003 and 2014.(Casualities Iraq War)

We in our modern day have become almost numbed to the staggering degree of suffering  which the people who inhabit Iraq have undergone just in recent memory. The Iraqis themselves have brought some of it on, for example by the disastrous war with Iran, the misguided invasion into Kuwait, the excesses of Saddam and his demented sons, the gulf war, the sanctions and the second gulf war, long occupation(20003-2011).

The destabilization of Iraq wrought by our hasty (US) withdrawal and the incursion into the land by the vicious Sunni terror militia, ISIS and the counter incursion by  Shiites backed by Iran, equally homicidally vicious, have unleashed new waves of terror, murder and torture upon the Iraqis.

Millions have died, Millions more were maimed, wounded, and driven out of their homes.

Post Saddam, Muslim radicals, both Shiite and Sunni have gone back to systematic persecution of Christians in Iraq. Iraq once had a population of two million Chaldean Christians dating back to the New Testament era, but as of now, there are currently less than two hundred thousand living there.

Normally, the world would consider such a drastic reduction of a targeted population to be genocide, but these are Christians, so the world ignores them.

Something evil is writhing and chafing in Iraq, and if this is the damage already inflicted on the nation while the Spirit is bound, what damage will it inflict on the world when it is loosed?

And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.(Revelation 9:15)

 

 

 

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