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2022: World War III? The Second Coming?

2022: World War III? The Second Coming?

The world is in turmoil and crazier by the minute. What will we see in 2022?

With a pandemic raging, war almost breaking out left and right, totalitarianism rising, freedoms shrinking, what developments will we see in 2022 and how can we prepare ourselves?

As we head into 2022, we don’t need a prophet to tell us that we might have some more COVID-19 to deal with.  What we hope, however, is that it is a fulfillment of Habakkuk 3, and is the pestilence that comes before our king, Messiah.

Habakkuk 3:3-5 “3 God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise. 4 And his brightness was as the light; he had horns coming out of his hand: and there was the hiding of his power. 5 Before him went the pestilence, and burning coals went forth at his feet.”

In the recent past, we have seen the growth of government corruption in many countries, or at least it comes to light.  We have seen the growth of authoritarianism especially in places like Russia and China, but we have been losing freedoms in the West as well.  There have also been some major threats of war.  A World War III scenario could be sparked by China, Russia, Iran, or some combination of those.  This is the kind of thing that is to happen in the time of the end, however.

Daniel 11:40 is one of the places that explicitly speaks of the time of the end and what these words may mean is truly scary.  Many years ago John Carter wrote that he read the beginning of that verse as a conflict between the king of the north and the king of the south and that the grammar of the verse requires such a reading.  The verse is as follows:

Daniel 11:40 “40 And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.”

A straightforward reading of the verse in context indeed seems to spell out a prolonged conflict between the king of the north, which in the latter-day it seems fair to equate with Gog and Catholic Europe, and the dominant southern power, as is described in Ezekiel 38:

Ezekiel 38:13 “13 Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?”

These powers seem unwilling or unable to do anything.  Compared with Daniel 11, it definitely gives weight to the unable option.  One does not imagine that in today’s world any country, or group of them, would be able to march around the world in such a way unopposed as he “…entered into the countries, overflowed and passed over…”.  

The American Standard Version of Daniel 11:40 reflects the Hebrew better than the King James Version.  It says “And at the time of the end shall the king of the south contend with him…”  The Hebrew uses the language of animals butting or goring each other as they dual with each other.  This has been the relationship that the powers that we would associate with the opposing power of Ezekiel 38 have had with those of the north for many years and is becoming more so.  World Wars I and II and the Cold War are examples of this.

The second half of verse 40 is where is becomes scary for those living in today’s world.  Will the King of the North come against the Tarshish her lions and associates south of Israel in this way?  Russia today is in a position where it has surpassed the US in important strategic ways.  China is in the same position.  It seems like the days of the US calling all the shots is over, bringing judgment on a wicked and corrupt world.  There is advice in the Bible to flee from Babylon: Isaiah 48:20, Jeremiah 50:8, Jeremiah 51:6, Jeremiah 51:45, Revelation 18:4, and Zechariah 2:6, 7.  From Revelation and Zechariah we can see this is not so much a warning to flee from the area of ancient Babylon, but rather Catholic Europe:

Zechariah 2:6, 7 “6 Ho, ho, come forth, and flee from the land of the north, saith the LORD: for I have spread you abroad as the four winds of the heaven, saith the LORD. 7 Deliver thyself, O Zion, that dwellest with the daughter of Babylon.”

 Today we can look back at World War II and see the mercy of God in providing such a warning so that any with ears to hear can flee from the despotisms that have and we believe will again grip this world.

As believers, we wonder at what stage we will be taken out from it.  For Noah and Lot, it was the self same day.

Luke 17:26-30 “26 And as it came to pass in the days of Noah, even so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. 27 They ate, they drank, they married, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. 28 Likewise even as it came to pass in the days of Lot; they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; 29 but in the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all: 30 after the same manner shall it be in the day that the Son of man is revealed.”

We pray we will be saved in like manner and not have to suffer through the great judgments that will come.  For us, as we see these things come to pass it means that our redemption draws near.  God’s judgments will come on this earth and the righteous will no longer be called wicked or the light darkness.

Revelation 11:16-18 “16 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, 17 Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned. 18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.”

Isaiah 32:16-18 “16 Then judgment shall dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness remain in the fruitful field. 17 And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever. 18 And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places;”

Jeremiah 23:5-8 “5 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. 6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. 7 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that they shall no more say, The LORD liveth, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; 8 But, The LORD liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own land.”

The answer is not to cry out for human justice but to cry out to God to send His Son. 

In the new year, let’s look to the Hope of Israel as our hope for the future. The just one will soon come to sit on the throne of David and bring to justice the despots with all their corruption and sin.  May that day come quickly Amen.

Tim Billington –  www.bibleinthenews.com

Bible In The News

 

 

Boris Johnson on EU Superstate 2016 Prediction

How World News relates to God’s PLAN and Purpose

How World News relates to God’s PLAN and Purpose

EU snub: Boris Johnson’s terrifying European superstate warning – ‘UK can’t stop it!’

THE EUROPEAN UNION has advocated for closer integration between member states in recent years, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned in 2016 that he believed Brussels was trying to form a superstate of Europe’s nations, and even said the UK was powerless to stop it from within the bloc.

Boris Johnson on EU Superstate 2016 PredictionIn his article for the Telegraph in March 2016, Mr Johnson claimed that while the EU denied it was attempting to create a “superstate”, its persistent push for increased integration translated to a system whereby Europe is ruled by ‘Five Presidents’. Referring to the European Council, Commission, Parliament Central Bank and a body called the European Stability Mechanism, Mr Johnson warned the EU wanted to create an “all-out economic Government of Europe.”

Mr Johnson added: “They want a euro-area treasury, with further pooling of tax and budgetary policy. They want to harmonise insolvency law, company law, property rights, social security systems – and there is no way the UK can be unaffected by this process.

“So even though Britain is out of the euro, there is nothing we can do to stop our friends from using ‘single market’ legislation to push forward centralising measures that will help prop up the euro (or so they imagine), by aligning EU economic, social and fiscal policies.”

EU news: Boris Johnson slammed what he called ‘superstate’ plans

EU news: Johnson campaigned for the UK to leave

Then Mayor of London, Mr Johnson argued the EU had evolved from its purely economic influence into a over-politicised body, leading to influence in countries’ internal affairs.

He added: “We will find ourselves dragged along willy-nilly, in spite of all protestations to the contrary.

“So-called ‘Single Market’ measures affect us as much as they affect the eurozone – and the question therefore is what we mean by ‘Single Market’.

EU news: Johnson warned that the UK couldn’t stop further integration

“The answer is a mystery – because the single market has changed beyond recognition.”

Boris Johnson was a prominent campaigner in the Leave campaign in the build-up to the 2016 EU referendum, which famously saw British voters decide to leave the EU.

AND A MORE RECENT UPDATE ON THIS IS FOUND IN THIS RECENT NEWS ITEM:

Polish deputy PM says Germany wants to turn EU into ‘fourth reich’

Jarosław Kaczyński’s remarks in far-right newspaper are latest episode in Poland’s lengthy standoff with EU

Polish deputy PM says Germany wants to turn EU into ‘fourth reich’Kaczyński during a meeting with French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen this month. Photograph: Alain Robert/Sipa/Rex/Shutterstock  Agence France-Presse in Warsaw  Sat 25 Dec 2021 02.32 AEDT

The head of Poland’s ruling party, Jarosław Kaczyński, has said Germany is trying to turn the EU into a federal “German fourth reich”.

Speaking to the far-right Polish newspaper GPC, the head of the Law and Justice party (PiS) said some countries “are not enthusiastic at the prospect of a German fourth reich being built on the basis of the EU”.

“If we Poles agreed with this kind of modern-day submission we would be degraded in different ways,” said Kaczyński, who is also a deputy prime minister. He added that the European court of justice was being used as an “instrument” for federalist ideas.


Boris was not wrong and neither is the Polish Deputy Prime Minister and Bible Prophecy teaches that the European Union will become a SUPERSTATE with a dominant FEDERAL GOVERNMENT described in the Bible as a Beast System due to its amalgamation of different countries and peoples into one State with one Voice.  Along with this development we expect to see RUSSIA become more involved in Europe with links to a combined army.  This EU SUPERSTATE will along with Russia enter into a final conflict with Israel and the Middle East.  Germany is the key country in what Bible Prophecy refers to as the land of “Magog”. 

King of the North in Bible ProphecyThey are spoken of militarily as the “King of the North”.  Together the Bible says that Russia and the EU will invade the Middle East in the Last Days.  So, Bible Students expect to see Germany and France taking a greater role in leading Europe.  It is also interesting to see Germany taking greater control of a continent they tried to take by war and failed.

Yet again we see in Today’s News Headlines words that show how the Nations are fulfilling the latter-day alignment of Nations as Prophesied by the Bible. 

See this article to learn more about this and the latter-day prophecies of the Bible.

See this article for more on this subject: WHAT IS NEXT FOR EUROPE

The Russian Dragon

Preparation of the Russian Dragon

Preparation of the Russian Dragon

The Re-Christianization of Russia, long looked for by Bible Students, is evident in the news today.

Russia is the latter day Dragon of Revelation described as working in concert with Europe and the Papacy in bringing the nations to Armageddon.The Russian Dragon It’s activity is also described in the prophets who paint a picture of religious entity in the latter days. Bible students have looked for this for years, and now a religious revival is being witnessed in the news. 

As the world recoils in horror at the spreading of ISIS’ influence, and the western nations are dragged back into their protectorate role in the Middle East, Russia is also being shaped and moulded to fit its role in the latter day.

Development of the Dragon

Russia is the successor to the pagan Roman dragon of the book of Revelation. The dragon is found in chapter 12 where a drama unfolds.  In this chapter a picture is painted of a woman, a dragon and a manchild.

The woman who brings forth the manchild, is apostate Christendom. Paul had said that the body of believers was supposed to remain faithful to Christ:

“For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:2)

In Revelation 12 the woman is not a chaste virgin, but found pregnant with child:

“And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.” (Revelation 12:1–2)

The dragon appears on the scene and is was poised to destroy the man-child:

“And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.” (Revelation 12: 3)

This dragon is a further development of Daniel’s 4th beast, which equates with the Roman empire. The Roman Empire is not successful in destroying the development of political Christendom as the symbolic narrative describes:

“And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.” (Revelation 12:5)

Christendom became enthroned in the political heavens of the Roman Empire at the hands of Constantine the Great in 312 AD when adopting the Christian God and marshalling the forces of Christendom he defeated the Pagan emperor, casting Pagan Rome out of power:

“And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” (Revelation 12:9)

However the dragon still existed as a military force who would go on to persecute remnants of Christendom which didn’t fall in line with Constantine’s religious views, nor submit to his authoritarian power:

“And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.” (Revelation 12:13)

And again in verse 17:

“And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” (Revelation 12:17)

The dragon does not disappear, but rather becomes the military power behind the empire, lending its authority to the rise of the next empire. It is found in chapter 13 when the successor to Pagan Rome, the Christian Roman Empire arose. It began in AD 312 and would continue until finally replaced in AD 799 by the Holy Roman Empire. We read how it gave its power to this Christian Empire:

“And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.” (Revelation 13:1–2)

Constantine split the empire into two halves in 330AD, creating a second capital in Constantinople where which would rule over the Eastern Empire, (eventually to become known as the Byzantine Empire lasting until 1453AD), while the Western Roman Empire, ruled from Rome, would last only a short time until 493AD.

The next phase of the Western half of the Christian Roman Empire was the Holy Roman Empire depicted by as a lamb-like beast with two horns. Again, the dragon’s influence is still found in this system:

“And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.” (Revelation 13:11)

The Eastern Byzantine Empire would gradually diminish until it was snuffed out in 1453AD at the hands of Islam under the leadership of MahometThe Eastern Byzantine Empire II and the Ottoman Turks. The role of the Dragon power was transferred from Constantinople to Moscow when Zoe (or Sophia Paleologue) married Ivan III taking the title and role of emperor to Russia. Zoe’s grandson Ivan the Terrible would become Russia’s first Csar, (the slavonic contraction of Caesar). The ivory throne of the Byzantine emperors can found in Petersburg today.

Russia would continue as the “dragon power” and is found again during the 6th vial, working in concert with the beast, or Europe – the modern equivalent of the Western Roman Empire, and the False Prophet, or the Papacy. All three characters are found singing the frog symphony and calling the nations to the Battle of Armageddon:

“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.” (Revelation 16:13–14)

This unholy trinity is comprised of Dragon (Russia), the Beast (Europe) and the False Prophet (the Papacy).

The Bible’s depiction of a Religious Russia in the Latter Days

So what does all this have to do with the Bible in the News and Russia today? Well, for almost a century, Russia was under the domination of ruthless atheistic communism. Yet the Bible painted the picture of a different role, of her singing in concert with Christian Europe and the Vatican. All of thee characters will be involved in the invasion of the land of Israel in the latter day:

“Son of man, set thy face toward Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him, and say, Thus saith the Lord Yahweh: Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal:” (Ezekiel 38:2–3 ASV)

This is the Russian host or Rosh under the leadership of Rosh. He has with him Magog (Central Europe), Meshech or Moscow and Tubal or the Tobolsk-Siberia region. With them are Iran, Libya, Ethiopia and the European nations (called Gomer):

“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.” (Ezekiel 38:5–6)

Note the language that is used to describe this conglomeration:

“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 38:7)

The word “assembled”, is the Hebrew word qahal and is defined by Strong’s, “to assemble for religious reasons”. The Septuagint uses the Greek word Synagogue. Combine this with the description of the goal of this confederacy – they want the holy mountain:

“And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.” (Daniel 11:45)

This is their boast, and partly the reason for God’s response:

“Thus saith the Lord Yahweh; Because the enemy hath said against you, (Israel) Aha, even the ancient high places are ours in possession:” (Ezekiel 36:2)

This is followed by a pronouncement of judgments upon these nations. They want the ancient “high places” in the land of Israel, what we would call the holy places today.

Bible Students Looking for Russia’s Religious Revival

John ThomasJohn Thomas – Bible students put these pieces together and determined that the Russian host of the latter days would have to be a religious one. Writing around 150 years ago, John Thomas stated:

“…the time is not far off, when the Latin Bishop may have to seek again to the Constantinopolitan Imperial Autocracy for protection (meaning Russia). Daniel’s prophecy of “the king” required this; for he is to “cause to prosper till the indignation be accomplished”. The pope and one of the emperors sustained “by the power of the king” will place the Latino-Greek king “above all” the mighty who shall be his contemporaries in “the time of the end”.

But, for this manifestation to appear, the Ottoman dynasty must of course be driven out of Europe. The occupation of the Dragon’s throne by a non-catholic royalty is clearly exceptional. The Ottoman has never, as a matter of fact, “magnified himself above all”; nor has he honoured the Latin Bishop as a god in his dominion, or shown himself at all a gracious patron of his saints and their temples. The power causing falsehood, or False-Prophetism, to prosper, must hold Jerusalem at the crisis of the accomplishment of the indignation. By False-Prophetism, I mean, papalism. Hence, the Sultan must be ejected, that a dynasty patronizing a High Priest who forbids to marry, may come in. When, therefore, the Czar gets possession of Constantinople he will not be hostile to the pope. On the contrary, he will honour and acknowledge him, and be the enemy of the Holy Land.” (Exposition of Daniel).

Bible students, based on the prophecies, and reading books like this, looked for the end of the Ottoman empire (which happened in 1917), and for Russia to be in cahoots with Catholicism, in the time of the end, prior to the invasion of Israel. Graham Pearce, writing in 1970 during the height of the Cold War wrote:

“The idea is put forward by several that the papacy is soon to disappear and be replaced by an atheistic superpower is not true…. Socialists from the time of the French Revolution have been atheisits, as are the communist party in Russia today. But the Bible shows that a form of Christianity will hold sway in the end.” (Russia, The Vatican, and the Invasion of Israel, 1970).

Russia’s Revival in the News Today

This was certainly not the case during time period from 1917 through 1989. However, in 1989 when John Paul II worked with Ronald Reagan to bring down Catholicism the whole situation began to change. The pope has since worked with Gorbachev, Yeltsin, Putin, Medvedevand now Putin again.

Vladimir Putin and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill 

This past week Reuters published an article entitled, “How the Russian Orthodox Church answers Putin’s prayers in Ukraine.” The article addresses how the Russian Orthodox Church has become intricately intertwined with Putin’s Russia:

The role (The Russian Orthodox Patriarch) Kirill’s resurgent church played in the release of the monitors, who were from OSCE, sheds light on how a close cooperation between the state and the church in Russia is now playing out in Ukraine.

What the Russian Orthodox Church presents as its humanitarian mission in east Ukraine, Western diplomats see as a pattern of cooperation in which the church is acting as a “soft power” ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The article went on to state:

“Russia does not fully control the rebels but it does exercise influence over them,” said a Western diplomat inMoscow closely following the crisis. “The Church is put in between the two to blur that linkand avoid having any direct lines between them.”

A European diplomat in eastern Ukraine said the ROC had acted as Moscow’s “front organization. “

The Russian government and the Orthodox Catholic Church has never been closer since the Russian revolution:

The ROC says it is not the state church of Russia. But it has cooperated closely with the Kremlin under Putin, who helped it make a striking comeback from heavy oppression in the Soviet era.

The ROC and Kirill, who once famously likened Putin’s long rule to “a miracle of God,” are active in promoting Russia’s culture abroad and strengthening ties with compatriots around the world, helping the Kremlin boost its leverage on the global stage.

Putin and Kirill share a vision of “the Russian world” based on common ideological values, a belief driving their mutually-beneficial cooperation and crusade against a common threat they see in the West.

Growth of the Russian Orthodox Church

Not only this but the Russian Orthodox Church has been growing at a significant rate:

With about 200 million members worldwide, the ROC is now the second-largest single church in Christianity after Roman Catholicism.

It’s ties to the Russian government have been growing. This isn’t just an observation of outsiders, but the a stated fact by the Foreign Minister:

The ROC’s Department of External Church Relations has a working group with Russia’s Foreign Ministry that meets regularly for what Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has called “active and constructive” cooperation.

The article states that the relationship is symbiotic, benefitting both sides:

Under Putin, the ROC gets support from the state and powerful oligarchs allied to the Kremlin, while Moscow benefits from its public blessing. A recent poll showed 75 percent of Russians approve of the ROC and more than half value its close ties with the state.

The article reflects how Putin sees the benefit of a strong united church, to a strong Russian influence on the world stage:

At the 2007 Moscow ceremony marking the reunification, Putin called the merger “an event of truly nationwide, historic importance and great moral significance.” He added: “The revival of the church unity is a crucial condition for revival of lost unity of the whole ‘Russian world’, which has always had the Orthodox faith as one of its foundations.”

Russia Identified as “Rus”

What is also of great interest, is what the article has to state about the title of the Patriarch. In commenting on Russia’s recent annexation of Crimea and the crisis in the Ukraine it stated the following:

When Russia sent its troops to Crimea, one of the justifications it used was an alleged threat to parishes there linked to Kirill’s Moscow Patriarchate. Kirill’s full title is “Patriarch of Moscow and All Rus,” a reference to a medieval state in Kiev to which modern Russia traces its roots.

The use of the title Rus takes us right back to Ezekiel 38, where Gog is the prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal. Rus is the ancient and original name of the region especially around Kiev where it was first Christianized.

So right in the news today we see the preparation of Russia, or Rosh to take on the roll the scriptures have indicated so many years ago, and Bible students have looked for in anticipation. The day will soon be upon us when drama of Ezekiel 38 will play out, and the Lord Jesus Christ will return restoring the kingdom to Israel. When we look at the Middle East we see all of the pieces coming together.

Judgement Day is Coming!

JUDGEMENT DAY IS COMING!

JUDGEMENT DAY IS COMING!

The Bible says that “God has appointed a day in which he will judge the world in righteousness…”

Judgement Day is Coming!This day will come with the Return of Christ to the Earth.

Are you ready for Christ’s Return?

Are you prepared for the day of your judgement and the judgement of this World?

No matter what you do now or in the future, you will be caught up in the final day of judgement that God has set. 

It is a day when all people upon this earth will have their lives irrevocably changed forever whether they like it or not and no amount of money will be of any value to them in that day.

FOR GOD HAS APPOINTED A DAY OF JUDGEMENT FOR ALL MANKIND

This is what we read in the book of Acts chapter 17

“29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device. 30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent: 31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.”

While some people will actually appear at the Judgement Seat of Christ set on the earth to judge the things they have done whether they be good or bad and reward them accordingly.  For most people on this earth this judgement will  be a ‘mass’ judgement as they take their chances in the midst of ‘a time of trouble such as there never was on the earth”.  This is described in Daniel chapter 12.

“1 And at that time shall Michael (Hebrew means ‘one like God’ and is a reference to Christ) stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever.”

Where will you stand in this day is the question you need to ask yourself.

During and following this day Dramatic Changes will take place.

These changes are spoken of in the Bible as follows:

“Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel… and all the men that are upon the face of the earth shall shake…”

Earthquakes and Judgement DayThe Bible tells us that when Christ returns there will be massive worldwide earthquakes that will effectively put an end to the life man now lives ie. Power sources will be destroyed; buildings (all above 2 stories according to some scientists) will collapse.  Just imagine the massive piles of rubble that will be left in all the cities of man around the world.  The cities will be uninhabitable at this time.  The people who once lived in them will either be dead or an exiled survivor struggling to survive by day and night.  Apocalyptic scenes once seen only in movies will be somewhat of a reality in that day.

Let’s have a look at the Bible passages that speak of this:

Ezekiel 38:18-20

“18And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, that my fury shall come up in my face. 19 For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel; 20 So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.”

Given the nature of the fault lines in this region and how they join to all the major fault lines throughout the world (see map above left) some scientists have predicted that such a worldwide shaking of the earth could level every building above 2 stories.  Well this certainly seems to be the intent of the words in Ezekiel 38 ie. “…every wall shall fall to the ground.”

So with such a massive worldwide earthquake just imagine the devastation around the world, every major city will be a pile of rubble, dams will break, electricity will have been knocked out, communications will be knocked out along with international monetary systems, and no one will quite know where to start to try and put things back together.  In fact major cities around the world most likely will be abandoned as a pile of rubble.

The trigger point for this global earthquake will be the return of Christ standing on the Mount of Olives facing all the nations that have gathered there for battle.

Zechariah 14:1-5

“1Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. 2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. 3Then shall the LORD (represented by Christ) go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. 4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. 5 And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.”

EARTHQUAKES Sign of Christ’s COMING!

The mount of Olives was the very place Christ was taken up into heaven from.  And as this was the last place he was seen, so he will reveal himself to all nations from this very spot and all nations shall shake at his presence.

Christ is ComingAt this very same time of Christ’s intervention in the battle of Armageddon, the work of Elijah will commence in regathering all the Israelites still scattered throughout the world (estimated at 6 million today).  Elijah’s work is spoken of in Ezekiel.

Ezekiel 20:33-38

“33As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out, will I rule over you: 34 And I will bring you out from the people, and will gather you out of the countries wherein ye are scattered, with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out. 35 And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face. 36 Like as I pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I plead with you, saith the Lord GOD. 37 And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant: 38 And I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against me: I will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn, and they shall not enter into the land of Israel: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.”

Now you need to imagine this task upon the turmoil that will be raging throughout the world following the global shaking and destruction in all nations.  Transportation systems will have been knocked out, so the task of getting the scattered Israelites together and moving will be a manual one.  They will literally walk back to Israel from the four ends of the earth.  This is why this work will take 40 years and in type it is after the pattern of the Israel of old as they journey from Egypt to the land of Israel.

The Bible talks about the ships of Tarshish (Britain), being among those who will transport the Israelites back to Israel.

Isaiah 60:9

“Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of the LORD thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee.”

But at this very same time a great dispute will commence among the nations with this new power (Christ) which has been established in Israel.  Many so called Christians in this world today are under the influence of a Roman Catholic teaching that at the time of the end an ‘anti-Christ’ will stand up in Israel and proclaim himself to be Christ.  This teaching is wrong as the ‘anti-Christ’ referred to in the Bible has been in the world since the days of the Apostles. 

See this BIBLE TRUTH ABOUT THE ANTI-CHRIST

This false teaching of the Anti-Christ will cause all mainstream religions to cry out that this is not the real Christ but Anti-Christ. This will cause nations everywhere to rise up against the proclamation of the real Christ to submit to his righteous rule on earth.

Psalm 2 speaks of this time as follows:

“1Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? (false teaching of anti-Christ) 2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed (Christ), saying, 3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us (this will be in response to Christ’s call for all nations to submit to him). 4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. 5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. 6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. 7 I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. 8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. 9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. 10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. 11 Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. 12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.”

Now this passage might suggest that this uprising is dealt with quite quickly but that is not the case by comparing other passages in the Bible this uprising will last 40 years the same time it will take all of scattered Israel to return under Elijah to the land of Israel.  At the end of these 40 years all those who still reject that Christ is the real Lord and Saviour of mankind will be destroyed, broken with “a rod of iron…dashing them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.”

Some of this punishment and destruction of those who would resist the reign of Christ will be as a result of the wars that shall ensue with the people of Israel moving back to the land of Israel and the nations through which they are travelling trying to stop them. 

But Jeremiah speaks of the final outpouring of God’s Judgement upon the nations in this way.

Jeremiah 25:30-33

“Therefore prophesy thou against them all these words, and say unto them, The LORD shall roar from on high, and utter his voice from his holy habitation; he shall mightily roar upon his habitation; he shall give a shout, as they that tread the grapes, against all the inhabitants of the earth. 31 A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the LORD hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh; he will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the LORD. 32 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth. 33 And the slain of the LORD shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground.”

This passage along with Psalm 2 paints a pretty grim picture of God at war as it were with the nations, in reality there will be many wars during this 40 years as the nations will engage in warfare with Israel as they try by land to travel back to their Promised Land of Israel.

One prophecy in Zechariah speaks of the people of Israel being God’s bow and arrow that he will fire through Europe in judgement of the nations.

Zechariah 9:11-15

“…and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth… 13 When I have bent Judah (Israelites in the Land of Israel) for me, filled the bow with Ephraim (Israelites scattered throughout the world), and raised up thy sons, O Zion, against thy sons, O Greece (Europe), and made thee as the sword of a mighty man. 14 And the LORD shall be seen over them (as the pillar of cloud and fire in Israel’s wilderness wanderings from Egypt), 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. 15 The LORD of hosts shall defend them; and they shall devour, and subdue…”

Judah and Ephraim are here used to describe the Israelites in the land being ‘Judah’ and the scattered Israelites around the world being ‘Ephraim”, so we see that the cause of the people of Israel ie. The call for them to return by ‘Judah” will cause the scattered of Israel throughout the world to return and as they do so they will be God’s tool of judgement on the nations who resist them.  God will fight for Israel just as he did for Israel of old coming out of Egypt to the Promised Land.  In so many ways this coming out of Egypt is used as a type of the final coming out of Israel from the nations of the world.

Truly this shall be “a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time” upon the face of all the earth.

We can only now imagine how bad this will be, but the reality of it will be much worse.  Picture the scenes we see on our screens of the destruction of war eg. Syria and others and this will give us but a taste of what this will be like not just in isolated places but throughout the world and most certainly throughout Europe.

Then overlay this with no communication as we know it today, no public utilities as we have them today providing our every need eg. No power, water, rubbish or waste collection, cities in ruin throughout the world. 

People everywhere trying to fend for themselves as their jobs will have gone, no money, no supermarkets from which to buy food will leave people in dire distress for the most essential things in life.

But the truly exciting thing is that True Believers everywhere will escape this as they will be with Christ, safe and provided for.

So the big question is Where Will YOU Stand in that Day?

Now you owe it to yourself and family to find out how you too can be saved from this day.

What must I do to be SAVED?

Britain and Europe in Bible Prophecy

Britain and the European Union in Bible Prophecy

Britain and the European Union

Britain’s inevitable separation from Europe was long expected

Although the British political establishment tried to weld that country to what is in reality a Roman Catholic dominated Europe, that did not ultimately succeed. Bible prophecy clearly demonstrates that the battle over so-called ‘Brexit’ would end just as it did with Britain being separated from the European Union. After two world wars that should have brought Britain to her knees (in prayer!) the war with Europe continues and they will yet again be at war with each other.

This has been a Bible Prophecy since Daniel outlined world history from his day until the Return of Christ more than 2,500 years ago.  The prophetic word of Almighty God leaves no room for an alternative.

Other writers have noted this outcome and the documentary evidence for it has been established for at least 200 years. After identifying Britain asBritain and Europe in Bible Prophecy the latter day maritime power that would take the lead in restoring the Jews to their ancient land, George Stanley Faber, writing in 1806, says that the maritime power “cannot be leagued in friendly alliance with the confederacy… of the beast, the false prophet, and the king of the Latin or “papal earth” (i.e. Europe).

Another writer who expounded prophecy and saw Britain as being separated from Europe was John Thomas who published his Eureka in 1868. He wrote that:

“Another objection to England being numbered with the ten, is that she is not a country of the Great-Sea world. The ten horns were to ascend out of the Mediterranean upon which Daniel saw the tempest raging. Gaul, Spain, Italy, Illyria, Africa, and Dacia, are political sections of a terrene, whose waters, directly or indirectly, mostly discharge themselves into the Mediterranean. But the British Isles afar off have no relation to it at all. As Origen says in Hom. 6, A.D. 230. ‘The Britons are divided from our world.’ They are no part of the Sea Monster’s interior maritime territory…. No, the United Kingdom of England, Scotland and Ireland, was never one of the ten horns.”

Twenty Eight years ago (in September of 1990) we published a booklet entitled “Guardians of Israel & Arabia.” On page 24 we had a panel with the heading “Britain’s Exit from Europe is Inevitable!” We wrote:

“The timing we do not know, but the author of this booklet believes that Bible prophecy requires Britain’s ultimate separation from Catholic Europe. On that basis, he has no hesitation in saying that Britain’s eventual exit from Europe is a certainty. As to questions concerning how it will happen, and when, we do not know because it has not been revealed in Scripture. But when it does happen it will be yet another sign verifying the remarkable dependability of those prophecies revealed in the Bible.

Pope speaks to the EU ParliamentAgain in yet another booklet written in February 1998 and entitled “Cry of the Prophets” we had a panel on page 97 with the heading: “Britain will separate from the European Union.” On this occasion we explained:

“On what basis is it claimed that Britain will separate from the E.U.? It is simply this; she cannot be on both sides in the coming conflict foretold by the Prophets -either she must be with the latter-day northern power, allied with Russia and Catholic Europe, or she is to be identified with the southern group of “Sheba, Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish with all the young lions thereof.” She cannot be on both sides at the same time.

“Which side will Britain be on? This booklet places before the reader evidence showing that Britain is identified in prophecies that concern those who protest and oppose the aggressive northern power who comes to invade Israel. She cannot protest and oppose herself, she is therefore perforce, not part of the European system when these prophecies are finally fulfilled. For this reason, writers over many years – some over a century ago – have seen Britain as being separated from Europe.”

That was written and published 20 years ago! Faber had concluded the same thing over 200 years ago. But it was in June 2016 that Britain voted (51.9%) to leave the European Union but the political establishment did not want that result and they have stalled and questioned that result until finally public pressure forced them to leave.

Papal influence on EuropeIt will be difficult for some to see that in all this there is a powerful international system covertly at work in order to achieve control of those levers of power that determine the policy of governments. It was identified by the former British Prime Minister W.E. Gladstone in the 19th Century in a book entitled “Rome and the newest Fashions in Religion” (published in 1875). Gladstone wrote:

“My object has been to produce, if possible, a temper of greater watchfulness… to warn my countrymen against the velvet paw, and smooth and soft exterior of a system which is dangerous to the foundations of civil order, and which any one of us may at any time encounter in his daily path.”

He says, “I do not hesitate to say that it is an incentive to general disturbance, a premium upon European wars.”

That observation is just as true today and is clearly seen in the Vatican’s involvement with the idea of a European States. It was involved in the formation of the European “Common Market” (1953) and in the process leading to the present day European Union. Pope John XXIII called the European Community “the greatest Catholic superstate the world has ever known,” and it was the British Catholic member of parliament, Shirley Williams, who in promoting the idea of Britain’s membership of Europe said:

“We will be joined to Europe in which the Catholic religion will be the dominant faith and in which the application of the Catholic Social Doctrine will be a major factor in everyday political and economic life.”

The fact is that the European Union today is a Roman Catholic club and this is seen when the pope addresses the European Parliament and it is also seen when negotiations are conducted between the British Government and the European leaders – who are Catholics of course. 

Europe will continue to draw closer also to Russia and we fully expect to see the old eastern arm of the Church now under the Orthodox banner come back together as one Church.  This is something that Vladimir Putin wants to see also.

So with Britain leaving the EU and current developments in Europe we are seeing Bible Prophecy being fulfilled before our very eyes. 

So what is next for Europe?   EUROPE IN BIBLE PROPHECY

Catholic and Orthodox Churches will Unite

CATHOLICISM AND ORTHODOX CHURCHES TO UNITE

CATHOLICISM AND ORTHODOX CHURCHES TO UNITE

Many will be surprised that religion plays a key role in bringing the world to its final conflict in the Battle of Armageddon.Caltholic and Orthodox Churches will Unite

Daniel’s prophecy of World Events from his day until the day of Christ’s return gives us the first and most important detail concerning the history of the Roman Empire and the Holy Roman Empire as it became and even the great Rift or Schism of the Roman Catholic Church in 1154AD when the Greek and Russian Orthodox Churches broke away and Moscow became known as the Third Rome.

The Third Rome

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia.

The term Third Rome describes the idea that some European city, state, or country is the successor to the legacy of ancient Rome (the “first Rome“) and, according to different perspectives, either via connection to the Byzantine Empire (also known as the “Eastern Roman Empire”) as being the “second Rome”; or via connection to the Western Roman Empire through its claimed successors such as the Papal States or the Holy Roman Empire as being the “second Rome”.

Russian claims

Russian Coat of ArmsThe Coat of arms of the Russian Empire with the double-headed eagle, formerly associated with the Byzantine Empire.

Within decades after the capture of Constantinople by Mehmed II of the Ottoman Empire on 29 May 1453, some Eastern Orthodox people were nominating Moscow as the “Third Rome”, or the “New Rome”.[1] Stirrings of this sentiment began during the reign of Ivan III of Russia who had married Sophia Paleologue. Sophia was a niece of Constantine XI, the last Byzantine emperor. By the rules and laws of inheritance followed by most European monarchies of the time, Ivan could claim that he and his offspring were heirs of the fallen Empire, but the Roman traditions of the empire had never recognized automatic inheritance of the Imperial office.[2] A stronger claim was based on religion. The Orthodox faith was central to Byzantine notions of their identity and what distinguished them from ‘barbarians.” Vladimir the Great had converted Kievan Rus’ to Orthodoxy in 989, in return for which he became the first barbarian to ever get an Imperial princess as a wife.

The story of “Third Rome” (“the second Constantinople”) started in 14th century Bulgaria, under the reign of Tsar Ivan Alexander. He aimed to raise the prestige of his land and capital, introducing the name Tsarevgrad Tǎrnov for it (in comparison to the Slavic name of Constantinople – Tsarigrad), which was later supported by the words of Patriarch Callistus I of Constantinople hat “Tǎrnovo is the capital of the Bulgarians and second both in words and deeds after Constantinople”. After the fall of Tǎrnovo to the Ottoman Turks in 1393, a number of Bulgarian clergymen sought shelter in the Russian lands and transferred the idea of the Third Rome there, which eventually resurfaced in Tver, during the reign of Boris of Tver.

But what of the Roman Catholic Church and the Vatican? ‑ What will happen to her?

Well the Bible has much to say about the evils of Catholicism and its ultimate end.

The Apostle Paul speaks of it as an apostate system, and he refers to the Papacy as “the man of sin”.

Christ in the book of Revelation terms the Catholic Church the “mother of harlots” and the “abomination of the earth”.

Why?

Because she has committed fornication with the Kings of the earth, something she continues to do to this day.

Christ refers to the Papacy as the “great dragon”, “the old serpent”, Devil and Satan”, “the deceiver” and the “false prophet”.

Some might find it hard to understand why such terms are used to describe this system.

We don’t deny either that there are some very well meaning and sincere people who claim allegiance to the Catholic faith.

But is sincerity enough to be right?

According to the Bible it’s not!

In John 4:24 we read that “we must worship God in Spirit and in Truth”.

Truth is the correct teaching of the Word of God, and having found the truth we must then worship God in the spirit of that truth, which is the spirit of holiness.

The teaching of Catholicism is contrary to the true teaching of the Word of God.

And a close look at the tyrannical history of the Roman Catholic Church will reveal exactly why such terms are used by both the Apostle Paul and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Its teaching not only nullifies the great redemptive work God has accomplished in Christ, but will also cause it to refuse to submit to Christ when he comes to establish God’s Kingdom on earth.

Putin and the PopeIt will support Russia in its attack upon the Middle East, and will continue to resist Christ after Russia’s defeat.

Many parts of scripture refer prophetically to this, but time does not permit us to look at them all.

Revelation 17 and 18 to learn of the judgement to be poured out on Rome

(Read 17:1‑6, 9‑14 and 18).

“Babylon the Great” is used here as an apocalyptic symbol referring to the Catholic Church.

Catholics themselves acknowledge this as a footnote in one of their approved Bibles states “Babylon is the symbolic name for Rome”.

However they claim that this refers to pagan Rome, which was overthrown by Constantine in A.D. 308.

But given that this system is said to be overthrown by Christ at his return, it is obvious that pagan Rome is not referred to unless it is recognised that so ‑ called Christian Rome is really “pagan” in character.

Consider these points of this prophecy in its identification of Rome.

Revelation 17

1And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:

2With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.

3So 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.

4And 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:

5And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

6And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.

9And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.

2 Thessalonians 2

3Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. 5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? 6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. 7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

In this prophecy the Catholic Church is represented as being found in collaboration with certain European political powers and resisting the authority of Christ at his return.

Revelation 17:14…

14These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. 15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. 16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. 17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. 18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

As the Image of Daniel Chapter 2 was first broken into pieces, so Christ will first break the power of this Alliance gathered at Jerusalem under Russia, but this as yet will not mean the end of the Vatican.

Europe will remain intact, and under the Papacy will gather its peoples together to resist Christ as he endeavours to establish the Kingdom of God with Jerusalem as its capital.

But Rome along with the rest of the world will be compelled to submit to his divine rule.

This will see the grinding into powder of the pieces of Daniels Image fulfilled.

All opposition to Christ will be made to submit to his righteous rule, which will fill the entire earth so fulfilling the Prophecy of Daniel.

Concerning this Daniel says;

“And the Kingdom and dominion and the greatness of the Kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.”(Dan 7:27)

However this will not happen before some very harsh judgements are enacted upon the Catholic Church.

The Vatican, like the head of a beast, will be cut off and destroyed.

Revelation 18:21‑24    (cp.Rev 17:14)

“21And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all. 22 And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee; 23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. 24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.”

Fault line MapIn all probability the destruction of the Vatican in Rome will be brought about by earthquake and volcanic activity.

A Time Magazine article on ‘The Earth’s Crust’ some years ago showed our Rome is already positions with Faults Line all around that could bring the fulfilment of this prophecy about at the time appointed.

Lead by Rome there will be many pockets of resistance throughout the world, but all resistance will eventually be stamped out.

Opportunity will be given for all nations to submit to Christ before God’s final judgements are carried out on the earth that will bring all nations into submission.

But for those who still refuse, the wrath of God shall be upon them.

Finally…. with the Kingdoms of Men at an end, and the righteous reign of Christ established with the Kingdom of God on earth, all mankind shall live in peace and harmony.

We read in Micah 4:1‑4

“1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. 2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 3 And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. 4 But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken it.”

Today is our day of opportunity, if we wish to stand with Christ when he returns.

Concerning these last days Christ said;

“Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the son of man” (Luke 21:36)

Friends, we invite you and beseech you to look into these things for yourself that you too might be ready and waiting for the Lord Jesus Christ’s reign on Earth to commence.

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Catholic Church Fulfills Bible Prophecy

Catholic Church Fulfills Bible Prophecy

The influence of the Pope and Catholicism over “the kings of the earth and of the whole world” is fulfilling Bible Prophecy.

UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon visits the Vatican.

In April 2013 the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon made his way to the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis. This gives us a glimpse of the power of the Papacy in our days, just as we would expect from Bible prophecy. This is Matt Davies joining you again for another Bible in the News.

A meeting of two minds that think alike.

Reports stated that “Once he saw the Pope”, Mr Ki-moon” he bowed his head before greeting him”  and as he was greeted by the Pope he said, “Your Holiness, it’s a great honor for me to have an audience with you.”

Just before journalists were ushered out, he was reported to have said, “The United Nations and the Holy See share common goals and ideals.”

The Vatican press office referred to the UN Secretary of state as “His Excellency Mr. Ban Ki-moon.” It also stated that “The meeting, which follows in the tradition of audiences granted by Popes to the various Secretaries-General of the United Nations who have held that position over the years, seeks to express the appreciation that the Holy See has for that Organization’s central role in the preservation of peace in the world, in the promotion of the common good of humanity, and in the defence of fundamental human rights.”

The press release continued:
“During the course of the cordial conversations, issues of mutual interest were discussed, in particular: situations of conflict and serious humanitarian emergency, especially in Syria and other places such as the Korean peninsula and the African continent where peace and stability are threatened. The problem of human trafficking was noted, in particular that of women, refugees, and migrants. The UN Secretary-General, who recently began his second term in this role, outlined his project for his second five-year mandate, which focuses, among other things, on conflict prevention, international solidarity, and equitable and sustainable economic development.

Pope Francis also recalled the Catholic Church’s contribution… in support of the entirety of human dignity and in promoting a Culture of Encounter that helps to realize the UN’s highest institutional goals.”

Source: Vatican Press Office

Another news report stated:
“After their private meeting, Ban introduced to the pope, members of his entourage, which included his wife, his Argentine chief of staff and the U.N. undersecretary for disarmament.

Pope Francis went around the room giving each guest a small boxed rosary, which still carries the coat of arms of Pope Benedict XVI; a papal aide said they are awaiting the arrival of rosaries with Pope Francis’ emblem.

Pope Francis spoke a few words of English during the meeting. Presenting a mosaic to Ban, the pope said, “This is for you.” Then he immediately switched to Italian to describe it as a view of Rome.

Ban gave the pope a blue-bound tome containing the text of the United Nations Charter in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. He told the pope the charter reflects “the goals and objectives of human beings, which you also promote.”

Source: National Catholic Reporter

The power of the papacy
These events show us the power of the Papacy. No other religious leader has so much influence in the modern world. Which other religious Imam or Church leader would have the UN’s plans for the next 5 years outlined to them?

As Bible students we should expect to see reports like these, as the power of the Papacy grows, to fulfil its role as the influencer of nations in the coming world crisis – set out in Bible prophecy.

Since the Papacy lost its temporal, political power back in 1870 – when Garibaldi stripped it from him, it has had to make do with simply being a religious voice. This was emphasised by the Pope, who, in that same year of 1870, declared the doctrine of Papal infallibility for the first time.

As time is going on, the Papacy is becoming better and better at influencing those in the world who wield the political power of the day.

This is exactly as the Bible prophesies.

The beast and the false prophet
In Revelation chapter 19:20 we read:
“And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.”

So here we read of the symbolic destruction of two symbolic entities. One called “the false prophet” and one called “the beast”.

The “beast” is a symbol used of political European empires which existed around the Mediterranean. Consider for example Daniel 7 which goes through 4 of these beast systems. It depicts the powers of Babylon, Medo-Persia and Greece as various beast symbols. The last beast is called “the fourth beast” which relates to the Roman Empire and its influence exists up until Christ destroys it in verse 26 and 27.

In Revelation, this fourth beast is described in more detail – as four beast ‘phases’ but all of these phases denote the same beast system, just in different periods of existence down through time.

Rev 12 – Dragon Phase – Pagan Roman Empire
Rev 13:1-10 – Sea Beast Phase – The Christian Roman Empire 313AD-800AD
Rev 13:11-18 – East Beast phase – The Holy Roman Empire 800AD-1870AD
Rev 17 – Whore Riding Beast Phase – European Superstate – The Latter Days

So this beast in our day represents the political powers that sit on the beast territories, namely Europe.

In Revelation 19 we read of this powers destruction by Christ. 

The distinctive symbol of the false prophet
Notice what the false prophet is mentioned as doing – “the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast”. Now this links back to another passage in Revelation and a characteristic of a former beast phase. In Revelation 13, speaking of the symbol of the earth beast we read:

“And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.” Revelation 13:14

So within this beast phase which existed between 800AD-1870AD, an aspect of the political beast was religious in nature and it “wrought miracles before” the previous beast phase (the sea beast) and “deceived”. The very things that the “false prophet” does in Revelation 19. So what does this tell us? It tells us that a change takes place amongst the political organisation of the beast power.  Clearly it’s telling us that the religious aspect of the earth beast becomes separated from the political aspect. It becomes so separate that a new symbol is required for it within Revelation, that of a “false prophet”. In other words, the religious aspect is no longer directly a political power but only an influencing prophet – and a false one at that.

As we’ve mentioned – this separation of the Papacy from its political powers occurred in 1870 when Garibaldi took it from the Pope. Since that time the Papacy has only been a religious voice.

The Sixth Vial
We would like to direct our listeners to this month’s Bible Magazine the general theme of which is “Gentile times in the Apocalypse”. On page 30 we have exposited for us the time period we are living in, known as “the sixth vial” defined as being from 1820 – around the time when the decline of the Ottoman empire commenced. This is depicted in the Bible as the drying up of the river Euphrates.

The record of this sixth vial period is found in Revelation chapter 16:12-16. During this time we read that Christ returns to the earth to establish God’s Kingdom in verse 15.

Also within this time period the symbol of the “false prophet” is first introduced to us.

The requirements of the prophecy dictate that during the period from the drying up of the Euphrates, around 1820, to our day today, a religious leader would appear who would be part of a system which could be traced directly back to having political power with the beast system. Clearly the only power existing today which fits this requirement is the Papacy – whose current status of being only a religious leader without any political power came about in 1870 within the time period of the sixth vial. Incidentally this is one reason why the false prophet symbol cannot be related to Islam (as some commentators suggest) because Islam appeared in the sixth century, not during the time period of the sixth vial.

This false prophet appears in our time and so we should be able to look at world affairs and see the growing influence of this symbolic power.

“go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world”
So what does this have to do with the recent news stories of the Pope meeting with the UN Secretary General? Well in verse 13 of Revelation 16 we read how John sees ‘frog like spirits’ come out of the mouth of the false prophet.  What is this a symbol of? Well, amongst other things, the frog in scripture is associated with a false hope of human  liberty (Exodus 8:1-2) and so we relate this to the call of humanism which seeks to liberate mankind from restrictions. We link it with the ideas reflected in the Vatican’s press release of “the promotion of the common good of humanity, and in the defense of fundamental human rights.”

What is the effect of the frog like spirits? Verse 14 records “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.”

So just before Christ returns, the false prophet will be influential in calling kings to muster their armies and to fight. The false prophet will speak of false liberty and of the defence of human rights. He will have the ear of the “kings of the earth and of the whole world”.

Therefore, as we live in the sixth vial period and as we await the coming of Messiah we can have confidence in Bible prophecy. We see a religious leader who is part of a religious system which used to wield direct political power in Europe – now separate and fulfilling the destiny which scripture has set out for him, that of an influencing false prophet. We see this as the Papacy whose Popes have been croaking its doctrine of “Chrisitian Humanism” and “Ecumenicism” louder and louder since it became a false prophet in 1870 – the most recent Pope Francis continuing the chorus. This influence surely will grow and grow until, when the time is right and all the pieces of the prophetic jigsaw puzzle are in place, this false prophet will indeed influence those nations who heed its croakings to gather for the great battle of Armageddon.

Let us continue to watch these signs of our times together as we see the day of our Lord Jesus Christ’s return to this earth approaching.

By David Billington  www.bibleinthenews.com

Bible In The News

Judgement Day is Coming!

JUDGEMENT DAY IS COMING!

JUDGEMENT DAY IS COMING!

Judgement Day is Coming!The Bible says that “God has appointed a day in which he will judge the world in righteousness…”

This day will come with the Return of Christ to the Earth.

Are you ready for Christ’s Return?

Are you prepared for the day of your judgement and the judgement of this World?

No matter what you do now or in the future, you will be caught up in the final day of judgement that God has set. 

It is a day when all people upon this earth will have their lives irrevocably changed forever whether they like it or not and no amount of money will be of any value to them in that day.

FOR GOD HAS APPOINTED A DAY OF JUDGEMENT FOR ALL MANKIND

This is what we read in the book of Acts chapter 17

“29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device. 30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent: 31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.”

While some people will actually appear at the Judgement Seat of Christ set on the earth to judge the things they have done whether they be good or bad and reward them accordingly.  For most people on this earth this judgement will  be a ‘mass’ judgement as they take their chances in the midst of ‘a time of trouble such as there never was on the earth”.  This is described in Daniel chapter 12.

“1 And at that time shall Michael (Hebrew means ‘one like God’ and is a reference to Christ) stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever.”

Where will you stand in this day is the question you need to ask yourself.

During and following this day Dramatic Changes will take place.

These changes are spoken of in the Bible as follows:

“Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel… and all the men that are upon the face of the earth shall shake…”

Earthquakes on Judgement Day

The Bible tells us that when Christ returns there will be massive worldwide earthquakes that will effectively put an end to the life man now lives ie. Power sources will be destroyed; buildings (all above 2 stories according to some scientists) will collapse.  Just imagine the massive piles of rubble that will be left in all the cities of man around the world.  The cities will be uninhabitable at this time.  The people who once lived in them will either be dead or an exiled survivor struggling to survive by day and night.  Apocalyptic scenes once seen only in movies will be somewhat of a reality in that day.

Let’s have a look at the Bible passages that speak of this:

Ezekiel 38:18-20

“18And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, that my fury shall come up in my face. 19 For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel; 20 So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.”

Given the nature of the fault lines in this region and how they join to all the major fault lines throughout the world (see map above left) some scientists have predicted that such a worldwide shaking of the earth could level every building above 2 stories.  Well this certainly seems to be the intent of the words in Ezekiel 38 ie. “…every wall shall fall to the ground.”

So with such a massive worldwide earthquake just imagine the devastation around the world, every major city will be a pile of rubble, dams will break, electricity will have been knocked out, communications will be knocked out along with international monetary systems, and no one will quite know where to start to try and put things back together.  In fact major cities around the world most likely will be abandoned as a pile of rubble.

The trigger point for this global earthquake will be the return of Christ standing on the Mount of Olives facing all the nations that have gathered there for battle.

Zechariah 14:1-5

“1Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. 2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. 3Then shall the LORD (represented by Christ) go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. 4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. 5 And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.”

EARTHQUAKES Sign of Christ’s COMING!

The mount of Olives was the very place Christ was taken up into heaven from.  And as this was the last place he was seen, so he will reveal himself to all nations from this very spot and all nations shall shake at his presence.

Christ is Coming!At this very same time of Christ’s intervention in the battle of Armageddon, the work of Elijah will commence in regathering all the Israelites still scattered throughout the world (estimated at 6 million today).  Elijah’s work is spoken of in Ezekiel.

Ezekiel 20:33-38

“33As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out, will I rule over you: 34 And I will bring you out from the people, and will gather you out of the countries wherein ye are scattered, with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out. 35 And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face. 36 Like as I pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I plead with you, saith the Lord GOD. 37 And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant: 38 And I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against me: I will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn, and they shall not enter into the land of Israel: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.”

Now you need to imagine this task upon the turmoil that will be raging throughout the world following the global shaking and destruction in all nations.  Transportation systems will have been knocked out, so the task of getting the scattered Israelites together and moving will be a manual one.  They will literally walk back to Israel from the four ends of the earth.  This is why this work will take 40 years and in type it is after the pattern of the Israel of old as they journey from Egypt to the land of Israel.

The Bible talks about the ships of Tarshish (Britain), being among those who will transport the Israelites back to Israel.

Isaiah 60:9

“Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of the LORD thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee.”

But at this very same time a great dispute will commence among the nations with this new power (Christ) which has been established in Israel.  Many so called Christians in this world today are under the influence of a Roman Catholic teaching that at the time of the end an ‘anti-Christ’ will stand up in Israel and proclaim himself to be Christ.  This teaching is wrong as the ‘anti-Christ’ referred to in the Bible has been in the world since the days of the Apostles. 

See this BIBLE TRUTH ABOUT THE ANTI-CHRIST

This false teaching of the Anti-Christ will cause all mainstream religions to cry out that this is not the real Christ but Anti-Christ. This will cause nations everywhere to rise up against the proclamation of the real Christ to submit to his righteous rule on earth.

Psalm 2 speaks of this time as follows:

“1Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? (false teaching of anti-Christ) 2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed (Christ), saying, 3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us (this will be in response to Christ’s call for all nations to submit to him). 4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. 5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. 6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. 7 I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. 8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. 9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. 10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. 11 Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. 12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.”

Now this passage might suggest that this uprising is dealt with quite quickly but that is not the case by comparing other passages in the Bible this uprising will last 40 years the same time it will take all of scattered Israel to return under Elijah to the land of Israel.  At the end of these 40 years all those who still reject that Christ is the real Lord and Saviour of mankind will be destroyed, broken with “a rod of iron…dashing them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.”

Some of this punishment and destruction of those who would resist the reign of Christ will be as a result of the wars that shall ensue with the people of Israel moving back to the land of Israel and the nations through which they are travelling trying to stop them. 

But Jeremiah speaks of the final outpouring of God’s Judgement upon the nations in this way.

Jeremiah 25:30-33

“Therefore prophesy thou against them all these words, and say unto them, The LORD shall roar from on high, and utter his voice from his holy habitation; he shall mightily roar upon his habitation; he shall give a shout, as they that tread the grapes, against all the inhabitants of the earth. 31 A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the LORD hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh; he will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the LORD. 32 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth. 33 And the slain of the LORD shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground.”

This passage along with Psalm 2 paints a pretty grim picture of God at war as it were with the nations, in reality there will be many wars during this 40 years as the nations will engage in warfare with Israel as they try by land to travel back to their Promised Land of Israel.

One prophecy in Zechariah speaks of the people of Israel being God’s bow and arrow that he will fire through Europe in judgement of the nations.

Zechariah 9:11-15

“…and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth… 13 When I have bent Judah (Israelites in the Land of Israel) for me, filled the bow with Ephraim (Israelites scattered throughout the world), and raised up thy sons, O Zion, against thy sons, O Greece (Europe), and made thee as the sword of a mighty man. 14 And the LORD shall be seen over them (as the pillar of cloud and fire in Israel’s wilderness wanderings from Egypt), 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. 15 The LORD of hosts shall defend them; and they shall devour, and subdue…”

Judah and Ephraim are here used to describe the Israelites in the land being ‘Judah’ and the scattered Israelites around the world being ‘Ephraim”, so we see that the cause of the people of Israel ie. The call for them to return by ‘Judah” will cause the scattered of Israel throughout the world to return and as they do so they will be God’s tool of judgement on the nations who resist them.  God will fight for Israel just as he did for Israel of old coming out of Egypt to the Promised Land.  In so many ways this coming out of Egypt is used as a type of the final coming out of Israel from the nations of the world.

Truly this shall be “a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time” upon the face of all the earth.

We can only now imagine how bad this will be, but the reality of it will be much worse.  Picture the scenes we see on our screens of the destruction of war eg. Syria and others and this will give us but a taste of what this will be like not just in isolated places but throughout the world and most certainly throughout Europe.

Then overlay this with no communication as we know it today, no public utilities as we have them today providing our every need eg. No power, water, rubbish or waste collection, cities in ruin throughout the world. 

People everywhere trying to fend for themselves as their jobs will have gone, no money, no supermarkets from which to buy food will leave people in dire distress for the most essential things in life.

But the truly exciting thing is that True Believers everywhere will escape this as they will be with Christ, safe and provided for.

So the big question is Where Will YOU Stand in that Day?

Now you owe it to yourself and family to find out how you too can be saved from this day.

What must I do to be SAVED?

Jerusalem

JERUSALEM ‑ FUTURE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD

JERUSALEM ‑ FUTURE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD

Jerusalem

“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.”

Such was Christ’s lamentation for the city and inhabitants of Jerusalem.

The Lord Jesus Christ spoke these words just prior to his Olivet prophecy, which prophesied the final end for Jerusalem and its inhabitants, as divine punishment for rejecting and crucifying the only beloved son of God.

Luke 21:20‑24

“20 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. 21 Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter there into. 22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. 23 But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. 24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.”

Forty years after these words were spoken and Christ had been crucified, these words commenced to have their fulfilment.

A great national disaster was to fall upon the Jewish people.

The armies of Rome invaded Judea and destroyed the Jewish state.

In A.D.70 in one of the most terrible sieges ever endured by a city, a Holocaust of horror that has rarely been exceeded in world history, Jerusalem was besieged for more than 3 yrs during which time its inhabitants were reduced to cannibalism.

Finally with its great walls breached, and its buildings destroyed, the Roman soldiers, incensed with rage at the long and costly siege, plundered the city, massacring the remaining survivors.

The Temple of God in which the Lord Jesus Christ himself had worshipped was put to the flame, and then pulled down stone by stone, just as Christ had predicted.

Luke 21:5‑6

“5 And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, he said, 6 As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”

Whilst Jerusalem now lay in ruins, her end wasn’t yet complete.

Later in A.D.136 the remaining Jews in the land again revolted against Rome and the armies of Rome were again dispatched.

Once more they attacked and destroyed the city at the command of the Emperor Hadrian.

This time with the Victory once more there’s, the Romans ploughed Jerusalem as if it was a field thinking that this would finally destroy this city they had grown to hate.

The Jews were banned from its precincts and its name was changed to `Aelia Cpitolina’. (the capital of Hadrian)

In so doing again the Romans fulfilled the prophecy of Micah spoken some 700yrs before.

Micah 3:12

“12  Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field,

     And Jerusalem shall become heaps,

     And the mountain of the house as the high places of the forest.”

Such was the seemingly tragic end of Jerusalem in A.D.136.

It was also the end of Israel as a nation, as they were scattered to the four corners of the Roman Empire.

Yet Jerusalem and the people of Israel have somehow still survived to our day.

Well we might wonder at this?

Other great cities and even nations have ceased to exist long ago without anything like such a determined effort to see them disappear.

Babylon once one of the wonders of the world, and Tyre are but two examples.

But it isn’t mere chance that this has happened.

Yes, all this was too was foretold by God through His prophets thousands of years before.

The Bible reveals that God has a special purpose for the nation of Israel and Jerusalem, which will effort all mankind.

ABRAHAM ‑ the father of Israel

Genesis 12:1‑4 

“Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: 2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. 4 So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.”

Genesis  13:14‑17

“14 And the Lord said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: 15 For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever. 16 And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered. 17 Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.”

From this we learn that Abraham, a man that had complete faith in the God he worshipped, was promised a particular portion of land for an everlasting possession.

Not only was the promise to Abraham, but to his seed also.

We see also that ultimately all families, or nations would be blest in Abraham, even down to our day.

We learn from Genesis 15 that this land of promise was in fact the area of modern day Israel, who in 1948 were once again re‑established as a nation in their land after nearly 2000yrs of exile.

As time went on Abraham, came to appreciate that this great promise was to be fulfilled after his death, necessitated his resurrection.

Some years after his death, his descendants, now numbering 70, were driven into the land of Egypt by famine and there they remained for 400yrs.

When they left under the leadership of Moses, they were a Nation of 600,000 men besides women and children.

As descendants of Abraham they had been greatly blessed by God and they left Egypt not only as a great company of people, but with great substance as well.

Moses led this great company of people into the wilderness of Sinai.

It was here that they were given the Law of God teaching them obedience and righteousness, two essential ingredients of they were to worship God acceptably.

To this all the people agreed to obey.

Exodus 24:3  &  7‑8

“3 And Moses came and told the people all the words of the Lord, and all the judgments: and all the people answered with one voice, and said, All the words which the Lord hath said will we do.”

“7 And he took the book of the covenant, and read in the audience of the people: and they said, All that the Lord hath said will we do, and be obedient. 8 And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which the Lord hath made with you concerning all these words.”

(In Deuteronomy 11:18‑19  we read that the “Word of God to be as frontlets between their eyes)

Upon their willingness to serve and obey the God of their faithful Father Abraham, God declared this people to be a special people unto Him.

Deuteronomy 7:6

“6 For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God: the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.”

From Isaiah we learn that they were to be God’s witnesses to the rest of the world.

They were to be an example to all those who from the families of nations of the earth, would seek to worship God acceptably and so receive of the reward laid up in the promise to Abraham.

But as a special people to whom much was promised much was also expected by God in their obedience to His Law.

As an example to others He could not let them go unpunished for their disobedience.

Moses in one of his final speeches to the people, placed before them the many blessings that would be theirs if they obeyed.

And the punishment that would come upon them if they were disobedient.

Deuteronomy 28:1‑2  & 15, 64‑68

And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: 2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God.”

“15 But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:”

“64 And the Lord shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve other gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers have known, even wood and stone. 65 And among these nations shalt thou find no ease, neither shall the sole of thy foot have rest: but the Lord shall give thee there a trembling heart, and failing of eyes, and sorrow of mind: 66 And thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou shalt fear day and night, and shalt have none assurance of thy life: 67 In the morning thou shalt say, Would God it were even! and at even thou shalt say, Would God it were morning! for the fear of thine heart wherewith thou shalt fear, and for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see. 68 And the Lord shall bring thee into Egypt again with ships, by the way whereof I spake unto thee, Thou shalt see it no more again: and there ye shall be sold unto your enemies for bondmen and bondwomen, and no man shall buy you.”

From the wilderness of Sinai, God’s immediate purpose with this people now, was to bring them into the land promised to Abraham their Father.

Yet before this was to happen they proved disobedient to God, and as punishment they were made to spend 40yrs in this wilderness, during which time an entire generation perished because of their lack of faith.

Finally a nation now known as Israel after one of their forefathers the grandson of Abraham, Jacob who’s name was changed to Israel, (i.e. Prince with God denoting their favored position before God) with their obedience and faith now acceptable to God, they were ready to enter the land of promise.

Deuteronomy 11:8‑12

“8 Therefore shall ye keep all the commandments which I command you this day, that ye may be strong, and go in and possess the land, whither ye go to possess it; 9 And that ye may prolong your days in the land, which the Lord sware unto your fathers to give unto them and to their seed, a land that floweth with milk and honey. 10 For the land, whither thou goest in to possess it, is not as the land of Egypt, from whence ye came out, where thou sowedst thy seed, and wateredst it with thy foot, as a garden of herbs: 11 But the land, whither ye go to possess it, is a land of hills and valleys, and drinketh water of the rain of heaven: 12 A land which the Lord thy God careth for: the eyes of the Lord thy God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year.”

This was a land much favored by the God of Abraham.

Deuteronomy 12:5  & 11

“5 But unto the place which the Lord your God shall choose out of all your tribes to put his name there, even unto his habitation shall ye seek, and thither thou shalt come:”

“11 Then there shall be a place which the Lord your God shall choose to cause his name to dwell there; thither shall ye bring all that I command you; your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, your tithes, and the heave offering of your hand, and all your choice vows which ye vow unto the Lord:”

A special place, where Israel would later come as a united and faithful people, to worship their God.

1 Kings 9:3

“3 And the Lord said unto him, I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication, that thou hast made before me: I have hallowed this house, which thou hast built, to put my name there for ever; and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.”

Psalm 132:13‑14

     “13  For the Lord hath chosen Zion;

          He hath desired it for his habitation.

     14   This is my rest for ever:

          Here will I dwell; for I have desired it.”

And so from this time on Jerusalem played a special role in the true worship and purpose of God.

When Israel was constituted a monarchy, Jerusalem became the capital of Israel, and there David, Israel’s most faithful and illustrious King made his throne by Divine decree.

However the history of Israel apart from the reign of David is a sad, yet true portrayal of human nature.

They were quick to forget their God and all that He had done for them.

They started to do that which was right in their own eyes and disobeyed the law of God.

God sent His prophets unto the people, but they wouldn’t listen, instead they stoned and persecuted the men of God.

Finally on many occasions God was left with no other option but to punish His people.

This He did by way of famine and subjugation by the surrounding nations.

When Israel obeyed God as they did under the reign of David they prospered and were blessed according to the promise to Abraham, but when disobedient, God allowed the surrounding nations to rise up against Israel and defeat her in battle, bringing hardship on His people.

Under David though the nation reached its pinnacle of power and Glory and to David a further great promise was made.

2 Samuel 7:12‑16

“12 And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever. 14 I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men: 15 But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee. 16 And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.”

David was promised that after his death, a descendant of his would be established over Israel on his throne FOREVER.

That promised descendant is the Lord Jesus Christ, as the prophets and New Testament writers confirm.

Luke 1:30‑33  (and compare Isaiah 9:6‑7)

“30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.”

 

We see then that the basic doctrine of the promises to Abraham and now to David is that of resurrection, just as Christ has been raised from the dead and now sits on the right hand of God His Father.

The promises also teach that for Abraham to possess the land of Israel forever and for Christ to reign before David forever, they must be given immortality, and so too will those who share in the promises.

Resurrection and Immortality then is the underlying message of hope extended to mortal man in these promises.

However the people of Israel failed to appreciate this great hope.

After the time of David, they declined through a succession of evil Kings, until they were finally overthrown by the Babylonians and the inhabitants of Jerusalem were carried off into captivity.

Although a remnant were left in the land and a partial restoration of Jerusalem took place some years later, no King has since sat on the throne of David, since Zedekiah, who reigned when the Babylonians invaded.

Ezekiel 21:25‑27

25 And thou, profane wicked prince of Israel, whose day is come, when iniquity shall have an end, 26 Thus saith the Lord God; Remove the diadem, and take off the crown: this shall not be the same: exalt him that is low, and abase him that is high. 27 I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him.”

The “one who’s right it is” is of course the Lord Jesus Christ.

Since the time of Zedekiah Jerusalem has truly been “Overturned, Overturned, Overturned.”

After the Babylonians, came the Persians, Greeks and then the Romans as we have already seen, and the people of Israel were finally scattered so it seemed for good to the four corners of the Roman Empire.

This was in direct fulfilment of Deuteronomy 28.

Yet despite this God declared that His people would still be preserved.

Jeremiah 30:10‑11

     “10  Therefore fear thou not, O my servant Jacob, saith the Lord;

          Neither be dismayed, O Israel:

          For, lo, I will save thee from afar,

          And thy seed from the land of their captivity;

          And Jacob shall return,

          And shall be in rest, and be quiet,

          And none shall make him afraid.

     11   For I am with thee, saith the Lord, to save thee:

          Though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee,

          Yet will I not make a full end of thee:

          But I will correct thee in measure,

          And will not leave thee altogether unpunished.”

So it was yet again in fulfilment of Bible prophecy that Israel was regathered and became a nation once more in 1948.

Ezekiel 37:21

“21 And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land:”

It was no surprise then to Bible students to see Israel become a nation once more with Jerusalem made its capital in 1967 after the 6 day war in which Israel defeated the Arab nations against incredible odds.

Yet what we see today, is not the full and permanent restoration of Israel.

Ezekiel, 2500 yrs ago predicted that Russia would join the list of those who have invaded the land of Israel and taken the City of Jerusalem.

Today we are witnessing the fulfilment of Bible prophecy, as the nations align themselves in readiness for this great Battle known in Biblical terms as the Battle of Armageddon.

Bible prophecy is quite clear that Jerusalem will yet again be the centre point of this great Battle, of the superpowers.

Only this conflict of man, will be his last!

The Almighty God of Heaven and Earth who created all things with a special purpose in mind, will send His Son the Lord Jesus Christ to intervene in this otherwise globally destructive battle.

He will destroy the armies and the technologically advanced war machines that the nations of this world have accumulated.

Zechariah 12:1‑3, vs 8‑9

“1     The burden of the word of the Lord for Israel, saith the Lord,

     Which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth,

     And formeth the spirit of man within him.

2    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.

3    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.”

“8   In that day shall the Lord defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem;

     And he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David;

     And the house of David shall be as God,

     As the angel of the Lord before them.

9    And it shall come to pass in that day,

     That I will seek to destroy all the nations

     That come against Jerusalem. “

Zechariah 14:1‑3

1    Behold, the day of the Lord cometh,

     And thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.

2    For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle;

     And the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and ethe women ravished;

     And half of the city shall go forth into captivity,

     And the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.

3    Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations,

     As when he fought in the day of battle.”

This great Battle is depicted in Ezekiel 38:1‑6, vs 11‑12, vs 15, vs 18‑23

And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, 2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, 3 And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: 4 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: 5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet: 6 Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.”

“11 And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates, 12 To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.”

“15 And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army: 16 And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.”

“18 And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord God, that my fury shall come up in my face. 19 For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel; 20 So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground. 21 And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord God: every man’s sword shall be against his brother. 22 And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. 23 Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the Lord.”

Ezekiel 39:11‑12

“11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea: and it shall stop the noses of the passengers: and there shall they bury Gog and all his multitude: and they shall call it The valley of Hamon-gog. 12 And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land.”

With the great military powers of this world destroyed, Christ the promised seed of David shall establish God’s throne once more in Jerusalem.

Jeremiah 3:17

“17 At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the Lord; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the Lord, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart.”

Isaiah 2:2‑4

     “2   And it shall come to pass in the last days,

          That the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains,

          And shall be exalted above the hills;

          And all nations shall flow unto it.

     3    And many people shall go and say,

          Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,

          To the house of the God of Jacob;

          And he will teach us of his ways,

          And we will walk in his paths:

          For out of Zion shall go forth the law,

          And the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

     4    And he shall judge among the nations,

          And shall rebuke many people:

          And they shall beat their swords into plowshares,

          And their spears into pruninghooks:

          Nation shall not lift up sword against nation,

          Neither shall they learn war any more.”

Like the House of God in the days of Solomon, once more the House of God for all nations shall be established in Jerusalem, or Mt Zion as it was known in King David’s time.

Zechariah 14:4

“4   And his (Christ’s) feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives,

     Which is before Jerusalem on the east,

     And the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west,

     And there shall be a very great valley;

     And half of the mountain shall remove toward the north,

     And half of it toward the south.”

In this great plain the temple of Ezekiel’s prophecy shall be built.Ezekiel's Temple Prophecy

A BEAUTIFULL EDIFICE never before seen by man.

It shall be ONE MILE SQUARE and all nations shall come unto it to worship the one and true God of heaven and earth our creator.

Zechariah 14:16‑19

“16  And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations

     Which came against Jerusalem

     Shall even go up from year to year

     To worship the King, the Lord of hosts,

     And to keep the feast of tabernacles.

17   And it shall be, that whoso will not come up

     Of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem

     To worship the King, the Lord of hosts,

     Even upon them shall be no rain.

18   And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain;

     There shall be the plague, wherewith the Lord will smite the heathen

     That come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.

19   This shall be the punishment of Egypt,

     And the punishment of all nations

     That come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.”

With the promises to Abraham and David fulfilled and all those who have loved and feared God now raised from the dead and clothed with immortality, the long promised Kingdom of God on earth will be a reality.

Instead of coming to Jerusalem to do battle, all nations will come to learn of God and to keep the feast of tabernacles , of the feast of remembrance, as all people will have cause to remember and consider all that God has

done for them.

Jerusalem then will be the Metropolis of the whole earth.

Psalm 48:1‑2  &  vs 12‑14

     “1   Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised

          In the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness.

     2    Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion,

          On the sides of the north, the city of the great King.”

     “12  Walk about Zion (Jerusalem), and go round about her: tell the towers thereof.

     13   Mark ye well her bulwarks, consider her palaces;

          That ye may tell it to the generation following.

     14   For this God is our God for ever and ever:

          He will be our guide even unto death.”

Despite her tragic past, Jerusalem or Mt Zion is destined to become the Glory of the whole earth.

In fact the word Zion itself is interesting as the Hebrew here carries the sense of a :  `permanent guiding Pillar or monument’.

This is the effect that Zion will have on all nations in the Kingdom of God.

Psalm 125:1‑2

     “1   They that trust in the Lord shall be as mount Zion,

          Which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever.

     2    As the mountains are round about Jerusalem,

          So the Lord is round about his people

          From henceforth even for ever.”

As Isaiah has told us, all nations and people will go up to Zion to the house of God to learn of His ways and His law.

Zion shall be a guiding pillar to all nations and people.

From here Christ shall reign over the inhabitants of the earth with divine justice and peace for all.

This is the great message of hope contained in the Bible, a hope extended to all mankind if they will but believe and obey the call of the gospel.

Well how can we then, be apart of this great hope?

How can we be given immortality and granted citizenship in the Kingdom of God on earth?

You will recall that this hope was first preached to Abraham in the form of a promise.

This said Paul was the Gospel of Good News concerning the Kingdom of God preached beforehand to Abraham.

Galatians 3:6‑8

“6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. 7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. 8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.”

From this we learn that we must first have FAITH, like that of Abraham.

We must have FAITH, believing that the God of Abraham alone is the True God and creator of all and that He will do all that He has promised and purposed to do since creation.

In doing this we will please God and be found acceptable to Him as Abraham was.

Galatians 3:16

“16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.”

Here Paul tells us that whilst the seed of Abraham is ultimately to be multitudinous it is in the first instance singular.

The seed is the Lord Jesus Christ and it is mainly through Christ that this great hope has been made possible for all, even for Abraham.

Galatians 3:27‑29

“27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

Christ alone has overcome sin in the flesh and has so opened up a path for those who faithfully and obediently follow it to similarly overcome death and to receive immortality.

Our first act of obedience to the call of the Gospel is to be baptised into Christ.

Baptism entails complete immersion in water, and speaks symbolically of the death and resurrection of Christ.

In effect in baptism we publicly declare our willingness to follow Christ’s example and crucify the old man of the flesh, and to start as a new man to follow the ways of God in obedience to His written WORD THE BIBLE.

Even though there will be times when we will fail, our merciful God has made provision in His only begotton son for us to be forgiven.

So then by being baptised into Christ we can become part of the multitudinous seed of Abraham and heirs according to the promise.

Like Abraham we will possess the land forever, free of sin and death.

What a joyous prospect this is, one that should truly motivate us all to good works before God.

Truly an “Eye hath not seen nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man the things which God hath prepared for them that love and serve HIM.”

These were the words of the Apostle Paul concerning the Kingdom of God.

Today is our day of opportunity, let us not ignore the significance of the times in which we live, for Christ’s return in indeed nigh at hand.

Our time to make use of this opportunity is fast running out.

We must therefore start to “bring forth works that are worthy for salvation”.

 

Calling the commonwealth to war

Israeli WEALTH Bait For The Russian Invasion

Israeli WEALTH Bait For The Russian Invasion

The prophecy claims that Russia will invade the land “to take a spoil, and to take a prey” (Ezekiel 38:12). It describes the confederated Eurasian forces under Gog as being drawn out like a huge whale with hooks in its jaws in the midst of the seas. God is represented as saying: “I will put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth . . .” (v. 4).

There are some well baited hooks in the Middle East, well calculated to draw the Gogian forces to their doom. Part of the bait is the lure of oil which is a key element in modern conditions. At the present time, Russia has ample oil, and supplies much of this commodity to the European Union.  But Russia has a vested interest in controlling the price of oil as it amasses great wealth from it.  So they might well be persuaded to take action against the vast Oil reserves of the Middle East in order to allow them greater control over pricing of this commodity and so this may comprise a most attractive bait to the Russian dictator.

A further “bait” is the strategic position of Israel and Egypt; for the Middle East is the bridgehead to three main continents: Europe, Asia and Africa, and its domination is necessary to a nation bent on world conquest.

A third attractive “bait” is the fact that Jerusalem is a holy city to the three great religions of the world: Catholic Christianity, Judaism and Mohammedism; and the recent moves between Catholicism and the Orthodox Church of Russia on the one hand, and Russia and the Moslems on the other, could make that consideration of prime importance to an invading force that desires to unite the world around a Holy Place.

But what of the Western powers?

The prophecy speaks of nations who will protest against the Russian invasion of the Middle East:

“Sheba, Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thouCalling the commonwealth to war come to take a spoil, hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? … to take a great spoil” (Ezekiel 38:13).

Sheba and Dedan are the ancient names for Arab countries that today remain sympathetic to the West, and are opposed to Russia. Tarshish can be identified with Great Britain, whilst “the young lions” are familiar symbols of English speaking nations.

The statement, therefore, relates to the English speaking world, whose officials will make an ineffectual protest against the Russian invasion of the Middle East. And well they might protest, for a Soviet dominated Middle East, with its wealth of oil, will spell doom for the future of Western Democracy.

And here, again, the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel is of greatest significance. For one of the terms, signed by President Carter on behalf of the USA, is that military forces will be established in the Middle East to buttress the terms of the treaty. Accordingly, this peace treaty will bring USA and other English speaking nations, physically back into the Middle East, in such a way as to justify the protest suggested by the prophet Ezekiel as emanating from powers that can be identified with Britain, USA, Australia, Canada and so forth.

Events now taking place in the world answer exactly to the requirements of this amazing prophecy of Ezekiel 38.

And this shows that Christ is at the door.

For two protests are voiced in Ezekiel 38: an ineffectual one, and a powerful one. The ineffectual one is represented as coming from the powers of the West, as cited above; the effectual one, is that uttered by God’s representative then returned to earth: the Lord Jesus Christ.

The former one is expressed in the terms of enquiry: “Art thou come to take a spoil? Hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey?” (v. 13). It is the type of ineffectual protest that is normal with the UNO, and which might well be ignored by an aggressor like Russia.

Nevertheless, it would appear from Daniel’s prophecy, that the West will make preparations to resist the Russian challenge for world domination, and will aim to fortify Jerusalem, and so cut off Gog’s line of communications, because, the prophet declares, “tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him” (Daniel 11:44). These shall cause him to withdraw his main troops from Egypt, and aim at the conquest of Jerusalem. He shall set up his headquarters “between the seas (the Mediterranean and Dead Seas) in the glorious holy mountain” but there his might shall be broken “without hand” (Daniel 8:25; 11:45), that is, by divine instrumentality.

And this introduces us to the second protest. It is a protest made with power. God through Ezekiel declares:

“It shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord God, that My fury shall come up in My face. . .” (Ezekiel 38:18).

God’s anger at the power-crazed attack of Gog, will be manifested through the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. For Bible prophecy indicates that before the judgment of Armageddon on the nations, Christ will return; the resurrection of those responsible (a comparatively small percentage of humanity. See Psalm 49:19-20; Isaiah 26:14; Ephesians 2:12) will take place, and those judged worthy will receive eternal life, and will be appointed positions of responsibility in the government to be set up by the Lord.

Daniel predicted these events. He wrote:

“And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people, and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. And many (not all) of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt” (Daniel 12:1-2).

The time referred to is “the time of the end” of Daniel 11:40: the time that will witness the attack of the power of the north against Israel and Egypt. Whilst that is taking place, Christ will be supervising the judgment of those resurrected from the dead. The site of the Judgment, most likely, will be in the isolated area of Sinai. This is east of Egypt, and probably will comprise the “tidings out of the east” that shall trouble the king of the north. If so, they will be tidings that he will not understand, and, therefore, tidings that he will ignore, as he makes his drive towards Jerusalem, to meet the threat in the north. His action will bring him, and “all nations to Jerusalem to battle” (Zech. 14:1).

But the prophet, having predicted such a gathering of nations to Jerusalem, and current events illustrating how such a battle is likely in these days when the Middle East is the key to world domination and power, proceeds to state:

“Then shall the Lord go forth to fight against those nations, as when He fought in the day of battle . . . and the Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with thee” (Zechariah 14:3,5).

Consider the significance of such a statement. It means that when Russia attacks Israel and Egypt, Christ already will have returned. And as a Russian attack on the Middle East is already a possibility, how close is Christ’s coming?

And how important is it that we make our peace with God in the way appointed, for at the Lord’s return the door of opportunity to attain eternal life at his coming will close.

It would seem from the outline of prophecy above, that the Camp David Peace Treaty is contributing considerably to the development of things in the Middle East, as predicted by Bible prophecy over 2,500 years ago. For example:

  1. Bible prophecy requires that Israel be “at rest, dwelling in safety (in confidence)” at the time that Russia attacks from the north. The peace treaty is adding to Israel’s confidence.
  2. It predicts that Israel would continue to trespass against God because of self confidence induced by peace, so that the nation is indicted by God for its attitude (Ezek. 39:26). Israel’s self-confident attitude, and its ignoring of the help of God is indicative of this.
  3. It anticipates the physical presence of Western troops in the area to strengthen the ties of peace between Israel and Egypt. The prophecies of Ezekiel, Daniel and elsewhere require the same thing. “All nations” will be drawn to Jerusalem to battle (Zech. 14-1-2), whilst Ezekiel predicts a protest on the part of nations that can be identified with the English speaking world (Ezek. 38:13).
  4. It necessitates Egypt being in the Western camp, so as to be attacked and invaded by Russia (Daniel 11:40-45). Since the signing of the Peace treaty, Egypt has become tied more completely with the West, and has received the bitter hostility of Russia.
  5. Russia will invade Egypt and so secure a prize of great wealth (Daniel 11:43). Today the possession of oil is of more value than gold, and in recent years, oil has been discovered in the area dominated by Egypt and more recently by Israel.

Therefore, in a remarkable way, thoroughly vindicating the predictions of Bible prophecy, the peace accord signed between Israel and Egypt has contributed towards the development of a situation that answers to the requirements of Bible prophecy.

What this means to you

The time is rapidly approaching when the world will no longer be able to ignore the claims of God and the Bible. A crisis is developing that will force every person to make a decision. How important then, to make it now, and to make it wisely.

That Christ is to return to the earth to bring to consummation the divine purpose therein is beyond doubt. It is a doctrine clearly taught in the Bible, and one tied in with personal salvation. Consider the following appeal:

“Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; and He shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you; whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began” (Acts 3:19-21).

Your personal salvation is bound up with Christ’s second coming, and the fulfilment of Bible prophecy in our day teaches that his coming is near at hand.

Why not seek further information concerning these matters. It costs you nothing to do so, but it is to your advantage to seek it out. Remember! the times are significant, the issues are vital. You owe it to yourself and your family to seek God’s way.