Post Rapture Preparations???

Last year, a startling change of events took place. For first time (ever?) there seemed to be an alliance of some sort beginning to develop bewteen Saudi Arabia and Israel. It goes without saying that all of Islam has never sided per se with the Jews. This is a family feud that goes way back to the Book of Genesis and deals with who indeed was the promised child given to Abraham, Ishmael or Isaac? The focus of this writing is not about that. I want to share some interesting developments that are taking place in Saud Arabia.

During his visit to the Unites States last month, Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salaman mentioned that BOTH Israel and Palestine had the right to have their own land. Furthermore, he stated that any Mid-East peace agreement would need to address the fate of Islam’s third holiest site, whichis located in Jerusalem and enusre the rights of the Palestinian people. The comments surprisingly appeared to mark a break with the public posture that had been held by most arab/Moslem leaders regarding Israel and land for peace. he also met with President Trump and held discussions with Jared Kushner, as wellas the administration’s special envoy to the Middle East peace process. Thus Saudi Arabia was expressing it’s support for Trump’s administration’s efforts at reaching an Israeli-Palestinian Peace deal. Mohammad bin Salman mentioned that Saudi Arabia was invested inestablishing formal relations with Israel only after a peace deal was signed.

He also met with the head of the Anglican Church in London and promised to promote an interfaith dialogue as part of domestic reforms. As of now, Saudi Arabia, alongside much of, if not most Moslem nations, does not tolerate non-Muslims practicing their faith in public.

Two startling announcements were made yesterday, courtesy of the Vatican. The first, which is another message in itself, entailed the current pope’s comments on gun control. Just a wek ago, Pope Francis called for a gun ban in the United States, urging authorities to confiscate all weapons. In  comment made via Twitter, the Pope claimed that if we really want peace then we should ALL ban weapons so we do not live in fear of war. Keep in mind, he also made a bold statement recently that “having a personal relationship with Jesus is dangerous and very harmful:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_bvGTc6SM8

Now here comes yet another announcement: the Catholic Church and Riyadh officials have signed a new pact to unify Christianity and Islam in Saudi Arabia in the hope of creating “one world religion.”:

http://www.neonnettle.com/news/4147–one-world-religion-vatican-riyadh-to-build-churches-across-saudi-arabia?utm_source=Neon+Nettle+News&utm_campaign=7c384e976f-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_463f93dbc0-7c384e976f-277463957

According to this article, new churches will be built across the Arab kingdom under cooperation from the Vatican and local Wahhabi leaders.
Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council of Inter-Religious Faith Dialogue met with the de-facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and with multiple spiritual leaders.The final accord signed between all parties has outlined plans for Muslim-Christian summits once every two years and for greater rights for non-Islamic worshippers in the Gulf kingdom.

Just last month, the reconvened Jewish Sanhedrin invited Arabs to join them and to partake in their role as the “Sons of Ishmael,” in the establishment of a third temple in Jerusalem:

http://mobile.wnd.com/2018/03/sanhedrin-invites-arabs-to-join-3rd-temple-project/

The letter that was drafted by the Sanhedrin and signed by 23 rabbis who themselves worked together to restablish the Sanhedrin is now being sent to major Arab institiutions and leaders.

The Third Temple Movement has been growing stronger as of late and has been in Israel has been around for years, with organizations already preparing the utensils that would be required by Old Testament law for the service it would provide as well as training several candidates for the Aaronic Priesthood that would pefomr these sacrifices.The movement got a major boost last year  when President Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. (Coincidence?). This year during the Jewish Passover, hundreds of Activists and supporters attended the annual exercise of the Passover sacrifice that was conducted for the first time next to the Southern Wall,AT THE FOOT of the Temple Mount.In years past, the ceremony was conducted in various locations far from the Temple Mount itself, such as the Old City, Mount Olives and Kiryat Moshe at the entrance to Jerusalem.This ceremony included both the actual slaughtering of a lamb AND a demonstration of the works of the Kohanim:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swN_Np0Lb4s

Revelation 11:1-2And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.

Daniel 9:27And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

 I believe David Rocefeller famously stated that a “global crisis,” would have to occur before the people of the world would be willing to accept a New World Order.

Daniel 7:25–And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

Could a third world war, coupled with the Rapture of the Church ultimately serve as the global crisis that brings forth this change? It is very possible.

Nearly 30 percent of the Bible relates to end time prophecy. Yet in spite of the abundance of scriptural revelation available to us End Time Bible prophecy is strangely neglected in both Jewish and Christian teachings. The information is sitting right there in our Bibles. Unfortunately, many Christians don’t read their Bibles. They are very busy nowadays. They don’t have time let alone take the time to check up in Berean fashion the things they hear on Christian television or from the pulpit.

Acts 17:11–These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

Finally, if you are not born again, I urge you to read (and examine) the Salvation Plan section on this page and get saved. Time is short.

 

 

Behind the Amad Project

Just yesterday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu  revealed a cache of files he claims were obtained from Iran from the Mossad in an overnight mission in an attempt to prove that Iran ran a secret program to build nuclear weapons.

Iranian leaders have been insisting that their nuclear program is strictly for peaceful purposes. But Netanyahu on Monday unveiled tens of thousands of pages of documents that he states refutes those claims. It is being reported that half a ton of documents were taken in this coup.

“Tonight I’m here to tell you one thing. Iran lied, big time,” said Mr. Netanyahu. here is the clip and it is definitely worth a watch:

https://www.youtube.com/embed/Bmpgaig54-k

The real reason for Iran’s development of nuclear weapons has to do with their religious beliefs, specifically speaking of Shi’a Islamic eschatology. The very name of their plan was revealed by Benjamin Netanyahu as “Project Amad”.

If you remove the modernization of the the Farsi language, it should be “Project Amahd. ” AhMahd,” would then be short for “Al-Mahdi.”

When studying Islamic eschatalogy, Al Mahdi is a central figure according to Shi’ite beliefs. Followers of this belief are also referred to as Hojjatieh Society. They are actually anticipating his return. Former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadenijad himself was a strong supporter of Al Mahdi and actually claimed to have met him. If you recall this former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the religious clerics were strong supporters in the belief that provoking nuclear war with Israel or America would ultimately quicken the arrival of Al Mahdi.

Followers of the anticiapted messsianic figure, known as Hojjatieh Society, are considered to be a messianic sect of Islam that hope to hasten the advent of Al Mahdi and the coming of the Apocalypse. They also have been referred to as the “Twelvers.” They also make up approximately 85% of Shi’a Islam, thus they are the majority and not the minority. It also bears mentioning that Shi’ites do not get along with Sunni Muslims. Thus, the ironic warming up of Saudi Arabia with Israel. Saudi Arabia does not support the Shi’ite views and are at odds with Iran. Thus, the ancient proverb: “The enemy of my enemy is my friend….”

The Iranian Shi’a Twelvers also believe that a great war must occur in Syria until the country is completely destroyed. Does this explain the intense Iranian infiltration in Syria and their connecteion to the Syrian Civil War??

Watch the clip of Netanyahu’s speech which reveals how close Iran is to acquiring nuclear weaponry.

Furthermore, it is being reported that the mummified remains of former Iranian leader Reza Shah Pahlavi may have been discovered on Monday during construction at a shrine in Shahr-e Ray, south of Tehran.

Afer the 1979 Revolution led by Ayatollah Khoumeni, the tomb was destroyed but his remains were never found. RezaShah Pahlavi symbolizes the type of government most Iranians want. A government that is secular, tolerant and modern. During the nationwide demonstrations that allegedly have continued to take place uninterrupted for weeks, it is his name that is being chanted. Could this be a bad omen for the current regime or could it be a harbinger to war with Israel.

Persia appears very frequently in Jewish eschatalogy. In the Yalkut Shimoni, a compilation of rabbinic commentary on the Bible believed to have been composed in the 13th century, Persia’s role in the end-of-days is outlined in detail:

Rabbi Hillel Weiss, a professor emeritus at Bar Ilan University and spokesman for the nascent Sanhedrin, tstated the following: “Of course Iran has a role in the Third Temple, and it is clear that the Iranians want to be a part of this…..”The year in which Melech Hamashiach (Messiah king) will be revealed, all the nations of the world will be provoking each other…The king of Persia will provoke the King of Arabia. The King of Arabia, will go to Edom to take counsel and the King of Persia will threaten to destroy the entire world. The nations of the world will be outraged and panic. They will fall on their faces and will experience pains like birth pangs. Israel too, will be outraged and in a state of panic ask, “Where do we go?” (Yalkut Shimoni, Isaiah, 60:499)

Is there about to be a regime change in Iran? Aren’t the nations of the world especially after Netanyahu’s speech going to be outraged? Keep in mnd that President Trump as until May 12, 2018 to determine whether or not the U.S. will continue to support or undermine the nuclear deal with Iran that was confirmed in 2015 that lifted sanctions on Iran. The six nations present in this deal included the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia and China. Is it a coincidence that the Prime Minister Angela Merkel of Germany and Emmanual Macron, President of France just visited Trump in the White House this week! Will the possible preempting Iranian acquisition of nuclear weapons lead to launching strikes into Iran courtesy of Isarel after what Benjamin Netanyahu just revealed?

As the 70th anniversary of Jerusalem approaches (Gregorian calendar), things are about to get very interesting and what was written in the Bible thousands of years ago by the prophets is rapidly coming to pass. (see previous post: 

https://bibleprophecyfortoday.com/2018/04/23/coming-soon-to-a-theatre-near-you/

On a final note, where as many Christians see the death of Billy Graham as the possible precursor to the rapture of the church as confirmed by his own daughter:

 https://bibleprophecyfortoday.com/2018/03/05/will-his-death-indeed-bring-the-end-of-the-church-age/

I have another theory and it is just sheer speculation but I tend to believe it. In my humble opinion, Chuck Missler, one of the most brilliant Bible teachers and a distant mentor to me via Koinonia House,  passed into the Presence of the Lord. He was 83 years old and transitioned peacefully from his residence in New Zealand. I met him in person once but gained much prophectic insight through studying the Bible and many of his teachings pertaining to eschatalogy. I just have a hunch that we will see him as well as the many saints that have gone before us in the presence of the LORD, very, very, very soon.

Maranatha!

 

Coming Soon To a Theatre Near You

As the world awaits the release of a Blockbuster movie that involves a “War,” of galactic proportions, let me inform you a a “real” war that is on the verge of commencing. A war written about several thousand years in advance. The Theatre for this war is none othet then the Middle East!

I am referring to the Battle of Gog and Magog. I urge you to read this four-part series for an in-depth analysis of this forthcoming battle:

https://bibleprophecyfortoday.com/2015/01/07/ezekiel-38-39-the-war-of-gog-magog-part-i/

https://bibleprophecyfortoday.com/2015/01/08/ezekiel-38-39-the-war-of-gog-magog-part-2/

https://bibleprophecyfortoday.com/2015/01/09/ezekiel-38-39-the-war-of-gog-and-magog-part-3/

https://bibleprophecyfortoday.com/2015/01/09/ezekiel-38-39-the-war-of-gog-magog-part-4-conclusion/

Any student of Bible Prophecy is cognizant of the fact that the War of Gog/Magog as prophesied in Ezekiel Chapters 38-39 is indeed on the horizon. As we speak, a huge land bridge from Russia to the border of Israel has been established and a strong Russian presence remains in Syria, and which also include their ally: Iran or Persia.

It is now evident that all the pieces are prophetically being put into place. Of the many nations mentioned in the Bible that form a coalition to attack Israel, the three prominent nations foretold to attack Israel in Ezekiel 38-39 (Russia, Iran & Turkey) are now literally setting camp near the Golan Heights.

We already know that Turkish troops have entered Syria to fight Kurdish military forces and are advancing southward towards the Israeli border. It is also fairly evidnt now that Russia is definitively attempting to guard Iranian military forces from an Israeli military onslaught.  

This could very well be the next war on the horizon and if it is, then the7 Year Tribulation is set to commence.

Buckle your seatbelts! It’s about to get very interesting the next few months.

 

High Time to Awake!

If you are a student of Bible prophecy and/or if you have ever visited this sight, many of the blogs written on this website inform the reader of current events that are transpiring in our world today as examined in the light of Biblical Scriptures…..henceforth,  Bible prophecy for today.

When the New Testament commands us to “watch,” it is usually the translation of one of two Greek word (gregoreuo and agrupneo ), which have similar meanings—to “stay awake” and to “not sleep” or rather to be sleepless.” They are usually meant in the metaphorical and spiritual sense—to be vigilant and on guard, fully awake, aware, alert and intently focused—with several applications and implications. 

1 Corinthians 15:34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.

Being “awake,”is synonymous with righteousness and not sinning. The apostle Paul Paul was writing to the church at Corinth, which means that even true Christians can be spiritually asleep to varying degrees.

Romans 13:11-12And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

In other words, the closer we draw to the second coming of Christ, the more urgent it is that we awake out of spiritual sleep. We are clearly living in the last of the last days as the Church Age is rapidly coming to a close and the 7-Year tribulation period, also known as the Time of Jacob’s Trouble and the 70th Week of Daniel is on the cusp of actually becoming a reality. Yes, we are that close folks!!! If ever there was a time to pay attention and get prepared, it is now!

To know where to focus our attention, we particularly need to know the Bible prophecies of the end time, especially the prophecies surrounding the second coming of Christ.

We are to “eagerly wait for” Christ’s return, not just passively wait around. Jesus was emphatic that His followers should hope for His return, expect His return and pray for His return! In addition, our enthusiastic anticipation and excitement will or SHOULD  intensify as we see more and more world events fulfilling Bible prophecies—especially those that point to the increasing nearness of Christ’s return.

Luke 12:35-47—-Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; 36 And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. 37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. 38 And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. 39 And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. 40 Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not. 41 Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all? 42 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? 43 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. 44 Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath.45 But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; 46 The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. 47 And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will…….

I have always stated that the closer we get to the return of the LORD, the faster events will unfold. 

Ever since Easter/Resurrection Sunday, so much has transpired that I do not even know where to begin: Less the 24 hours ago Syria was accused of launching a chemical attack on the town of Dhouma. This is actually one part of a region surrounding Damascus city on its eastern and southern sides. Within the eastern sector is the Douma district Just south of Douma (also Duma) in the countryside is  al-Bahariyah, a village 12 miles east of the center of Damascus City. As a result of this attack is the United States., the United Kingdom and France have been moving towards a joint strike to punish Bashar Al-Assad. This strike could occur at any moment. And then things could change drastically in Syria.

If you recall, Saddam Hussein also released Chemical weapons on the Kurds and this ultimately led to the Persian Gulf war. Now if the U.S, the U.K and France can join together to attack Syria, what will stop Russia, Iran and Turkey from attacking Israel? I am clearly referencing Ezekiel 38-39 here, but let me not get ahead of myself here. 

The situation in Syria is escalating even as I write this post.  Some reports suggest that U.S. strikes have already begun and Syrian president Bashar Assad’s forces are fleeing the southern border. President Trump has warned Russia not to interfere. Russia responded stating that they will shoot down U.S. missiles.  

Meanwhile, Israel has warned that she is attacked by Iran from Syrian soil, Israel will retaliate and overthrow President Assad. Moscow and Tehran have vowed to retaliate for what Israelhas done in Syria:

https://www.debka.com/moscow-and-tehran-link-up-to-strike-israeli-targets-in-response-for-us-led-operation-in-syria/

To make matters even more interesting, it is now being reported that North Korea may have built underground military bases in…..wait for it……….Syria:

http://freebeacon.com/national-security/u-s-monitoring-possible-north-korean-military-base-syria/

The key point to understand is this: 

The key nations in the Ezekiel 38-39 Russian led invasion of Israel are now opposing each other in Syria, just miles away from the Golan Heights, which belongs to Israel. These are the nations whose forces are already in Syria as of today: Russia, Iran, Turkey and Israel. Turkey has invaded Syria in the northern part of Syria, in an effort to defeat the Kurdish army.

Syria is not mentioned in Ezekiel 38-39 prophecy and neither is North Korea. Either way, many Bible scholars conclude that, perhaps, Syria will be destroyed as a sovereign nation before the invasion of Israel begins. 

It is very obvious that the current developments are preparing this coalition led by Russia, Iran and Turkey to execute an  attempted strike on Israel.

The Lord’s Word proclaims a series of ‘latter days’ events leading to the second coming of Jesus Christ and the establishment of His Kingdom upon the earth in this generation. It is High time to awake!

 

Hallelelujah! He’s Risen……

April 1—-16th of Nissan 5778: He is Risen and Soon He is Coming Again!!!

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Resurrection Day occurs in conjunction with Passover. This is the true foreshadowing and meaning of what our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ has done for all mankind. He is our Messiah, He is our Deliverer. And behold, He is soon to return.


Happy Resurrection Day to all!

God + 1 = THE MAJORITY!

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Joel 3:2—I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.

I mentioned in the previous post that there have been recent reports indicating that  that President Trump and Jarrod Kushner have been working on an Israel-Palestinian peace plan that will call for an independent Palestinian state with eastern Jerusalem as its capital.

Although as of now they appear to be rumors but have been leaked to the press, an upcoming conference scheduled in Cairo, Egypt this year is where this announcement will be made. In order to sway Mahmoud Abbas into receiving this offer, the U.S. government would fund the development of the Palestinian State to the tune of $40 billion.

Under this peace plan, the United States will recognize an independent Palestinian state with eastern Jerusalem as its capital on condition that the disputed old city, home to sites holy to Judaism, Christianity and Islam, is administered by an international custodian. If this does indeed come to fruition this means that it will happen at the expense of Jerusalem being divided, hence, God’s land being parted as mentioned in Joel 3:2.

God is very adamant about His spoken Word.

Isaiah 55:11— So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

Furthermore, Scriptures tell us that God exalts His word above His name:

Psalm 138:2— I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.

As the psalmist turns to the temple to worship he writes in Ps. 138:2: “For thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name name.” God’s Word is His communication, His promise, the revelation of Himself to His people. It is to be a lamp to our feet in a dark and fallen world, without it we would have no way to know God or how to do God’s will. 

In reference to the very first Scripture on this post, God’s Word is very clear: the Lord Almighty will judge all nations who divide the Land of Israel.

Nevertheless, international pressure on Israel to carve up the Holy Land like Edward Scissor-hands on a soft pumpkin continue as the nations are calling for Israel to withdraw to the 1967 borders. Nearly every world leader — and certainly every American president since 1967, when Jerusalem was recognized as the capital of Israel — has demanded Israel give up significant amounts of territory within Judea, Samaria, and the Golan Heights in order to create a sovereign Palestinian state side by side with Israel and make peace with Syria. Keep in mind that we are a part of the generation that has seen Jerusalem come to international significance being recognized as the city in Israel by all nations.

If the plan is approved, it will ultimately force Israel to give up more of its land, to divide Jerusalem, and eventually return it to indefensible borders. This would be a grave mistake. It would severely jeopardize Israeli national security. It would do so in direct defiance of the Holy Scriptures. And it may draw the judgment of the Lord Almighty against the United States and all other countries involved in the process.

Zechariah 12:1-9— 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. 4 In that day, saith the Lord, I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness: and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the people with blindness. 5 And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, The inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be my strength in the Lord of hosts their God. 6 In that day will I make the governors of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem. 7 The Lord also shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify themselves against Judah. 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.

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Historically, we know that the nations have repeatedly divided the Land of Israel. Prophetically, we know they will continue to do so until the Day of the Lord comes. (Please see my previous posts on “The Day of the LORD”)

The Lord is going to gather all the nations – not some of the nations….not a few of the nations….the text says “all” of the nations…He will gather them to the Valley of Jehoshaphat….the valley of judgment…what we know today as the Kidron Valley which is located in……… Jerusalem.

Joel 3:2-5; 19-21—I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land. 3 And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink. 4 Yea, and what have ye to do with me, O Tyre, and Zidon, and all the coasts of Palestine? will ye render me a recompence? and if ye recompense me, swiftly and speedily will I return your recompence upon your own head; 5 Because ye have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried into your temples my goodly pleasant things; Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, for the violence against the children of Judah, because they have shed innocent blood in their land. 20 But Judah shall dwell for ever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation. 21 For I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed: for the Lord dwelleth in Zion.

The Lord is going to judge the nations for at least four reasons:

1. For scattering Israel and the Jewish people among the nations  (Joel 3:2)

2. For dividing up the land of Israel, which the Lord describes as “My land” (Joel 3:2)

3.For stealing treasures from the Lord (perhaps from the 3rd Temple which will be built in the very near future), and from Israel. (Joel 3:5)

4. For murdering Jews and shedding Jewish blood. (Joel 3:19, 21)

When it comes to the fourth reason , you may want to add 57 nations to the list. What do I mean by this:

A Turkish newspaper close to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling party is urging 57 Islamic nations to build a joint army specifically to attack Israel.

The Middle East Media Research Institute reports the article appeared on the paper’s website under the title “What If an Army of Islam Was Formed against Israel?”

It was published shortly ahead of a summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which has 57 members, MEMRI reported.

The article also mentioned , MEMRI said, “that such a joint army will greatly exceed the Israeli army in manpower, equipment and budget, and presents statistics to prove this.”

It also advocates establishing joint bases for the army’s ground, air and naval forces that will arrive from all over the Muslim world to besiege Israel. Special status was given to Pakistan, which happens to be the only country of the 57 with nuclear weaponry.

Keep in mind that Turkey already has penetrated northern Syria. Iran has also been reported to have established several military bases in Syria. Historically speaking, whenever Isarel was besieged in the Bible, the opposing forces always came from “the north.”

The article states: “It becomes evident that the member states’ [joint] military might greatly exceeds that of Israel. Moreover, in a possible military operation, this superiority [can] be realized on the ground by [setting up] joint military bases for ground, air and naval forces.”

It says that if the OIC member states “unite and form a joint military force, it will be the largest army in the world.”

“These countries’ total population is 1,674,526,931. The number of soldiers in active service in these countries is at least 5,206,100.”

The newspaper calls Israel “significantly inferior” and says that “this country, which attempted to occupy Jerusalem while surrounded by Muslim states” has a population of only about 8 million, while Istanbul alone exceeds 14 million.

Furthermore, the frightening scenario that will most likely play out according to the Scriptures is that the only friend that ultimately reaches out to her, will be the Antichrist. He will give Israel a temporary peace.

Daniel 9:27-–And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

But, three and a half years later (Mid-Trib), the Antichrist replicates what the Jews well remember in their history from the days of Antiochus concerning the desecration of the Temple. At that point the Antichrist betrays them.

God’s Word must be taken in to consideration here:

Currently, there is a growing disparity between the nations of the world and Israel. It’s most unfortunate that our own country is going to grow in its disparity from Israel as well. Currently in existence are policies going back several administrations that have forced Israel to do things that they didn’t want to do, things such as the giving up of land that God has directly said that no one is to force them to relinquish.

The United Nations, the United States, the European Union ,the Arab League, the Palestinian Authority, heck even the Government of Israel must clearly take heed to what God’s Word is clearly stating.

It is CLEARLY evident and PAINSTAKINGLY obvious now that Israel is being set to take center stage concerning Bible prophecy and the end times. She will be alone. But God + 1 = The Majority.

And if Israel is about to take center stage, where does that put the true Church in God’s timetable?

Luke 21:28-36—And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. 29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; 30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. 31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. 32 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled. 33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. 34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. 35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 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.

 

The Middle East Peace Plan and The Prince That is to Come…..

There is no shadow of doubt in my mind as I see prophetic events unfolding in rapid succession and as we enter just the third month of 2018 it never ceases to amaze me how God’s Word is true and that the return of the Lord Jesus Christ and the end of the Church age is clearly upon us. 

There are now reports surfacing that President Trump and Jarrod Kushner have been working on  an Israel-Palestinian peace plan that will call for an independent Palestinian state with eastern Jerusalem as its capital.

Although as of now they appear to be rumors but have been leaked to the press, an upcoming conference scheduled in Cairo, Egypt this year is where this announcement will be made. In order to sway Mahmoud Abbas into receiving this offer, the U.S. government would fund the development of the Palestinian State to the tune of $40 billion.

Under this peace plan, the United States will recognize an independent Palestinian state with eastern Jerusalem as its capital on condition that the disputed old city, home to sites holy to Judaism, Christianity and Islam, is administered by an international custodian.

Could that international custodian be the Vatican? The primary financial agent and secular control center for the Vatican is the City of London, which is also the Rothschilds’ banking epicenter. The Rothschilds have been the ‘official’ bankers for the Catholic Church since 1823. This will very interesting to see…

Now let me carefully say that I am not naming dates or claiming certain political figures represent key figures mentioned in Biblical eschatalogy, but what are the odds of this happening:

“Prince” William will be the first British royal to ever make an official visit to the country of Israel this year. The Prince of Cambridge will be visiting both Israel, Jordan and the occupied Palestinian territories  this summer, not long after Israel’s 70th anniversary.

Israeli media have reported many invitations offered by Israeli officials to British royals but none, until now, have been accepted. The British government,  condemns Israeli settlement building in the West Bank and has not approved any royal trips to Israel for the last 70 years! Remember, modern day Israel emerged out of Britain when the British military ‘won’ Israel around 1917, and then turned it over to Jewish authorities in 1948. So it was the Brits that controlled Israel before 1948.

President Reuven Rivlin mentioned that  he looks forward to welcoming Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, on an official visit to the State of Israel later this year. A very special guest, and a very special present for our 70th year of independence.

Furthermore, the office of the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, said it welcomes this important visit, and they hope it will contribute to strengthening ties of friendship between the two peoples.

The British monarchy emerged directly out of the same Roman empire that was resposible for the crucifixion the Messiah. This happened when Britain became a Roman colony in approximately 55 B.C. (although warring with Rome continued well into the 2nd century).

The name “Britain” is derived from “B’rith-ain” which means “covenant land,” and “British” means “covenant man.” The British empire eventually exceeded even the Roman empire in size, which is the reason for the infamous colonialism expression, “the son never sets on the British  empire”.

Currently, there has been a huge movement called ‘British-Israelism,’ which claims the lost tribes of Israel are scattered throughout the globe and primarily located in modern-day Europe.

Mere coinicidence you say? 

Either way, look up for your redemption draweth Nigh!

 

 

 

Will His Death Indeed Bring the End of the Church Age?

I must confess that I was impresed to write this particular post over a week ago and didn’t get to it. However after I heard this, I knew I should’ve posted it. Nonetheless, please see this clip:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D15GdYLVwY8

Anne Graham Lotz, mentioned the date of her father’s passing, Feb. 21 of 2018, and that it held spiritual significance that was “strategic” from “heaven’s point of view.”

That was the day, she explained, that Jews were focusing on reading scripture about how Moses led the people of Israel out of bondage – much as her father had led millions of people out of bondage to sin.

“Moses was the great liberator,” she explained. “He brought millions of people out of bondage to slavery, got them to the edge of the Promised Land and God took him to Heaven. God brought Joshua to lead them into the Promised Land to take them home.”

“And my father also is a great liberator,” Lotz continued. “He brought millions of people out of bondage to sin and gets us to the edge of Heaven, the edge of the Promised Land and then God has called him home.”

“Could it be that God is going to bring Joshua to lead us into the Promised Land, lead us to Heaven and – you know what the New Testament name for Joshua is? It’s Jesus. And I believe this is a shot across the bow from Heaven. And I believe God is saying: ‘Wake up church! Wake up world! Jesus is coming!” she declared.

Although Anne Graham compared her father to Moses., I would like to bring up anothe indicidual that came to mind :

Genesis 5:21- 27 —-And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: 22 And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: 23 And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: 24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him. 25 And Methuselah lived an hundred eighty and seven years, and begat Lamech. 26 And Methuselah lived after he begat Lamech seven hundred eighty and two years, and begat sons and daughters: 27 And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died.

It bears mentioning that Billy Graham was uniquely called by God for a specific time and purpose. Nothing happens outside of God’s purposes and divine timing. Until he passed away at the age of 99, for the last 80 years, which surpasses a generation no matter which way you slice it,  Billy Graham stayed true to one message and that was salvation by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ; a message for which Dr. Graham did not venture from for nearly 80 years.

Suffice to say, before the Great Flood of Noah, another similar set of events took place on earth. A man called Enoch was literraly taken taken from the earth while he was yet alive before the judgement of the flood because God said that he walked in fellowship with Him. Many Bible scholars agree that Enoch is clearly a type and shadow of the Church.

Hebrews 11:5—By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

Jude 14-15And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints.15 To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.

Noah also preached to the world about God’s desire to save the world if they would repent and turn to God. This was pretty much  the same message of Billy Graham.

Hebrews 11:5–By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

2 Peter 2:5-For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;

Now here is where this gets even more interesting. The oldest man alive at that time was Methuselah, whose name literally means, “when he dies, judgement comes.”

In the Hebrew language, Methuselah’s name, is muwthselah. The Hebrew word muwth is defined as  death or to die. The Hebrew word selah means stop and listen, weigh, an interlude or pause, and is used in conjunction with understanding what is to come next. To me another reminder that Christ himself gave comes to mind:

Mark 4:9–And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Revelation 2:7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; (of course the Spirit of God makes this same statement for a total of SEVEN times in the Book of Revelation alone!)

It just so happens to be that God chose Methuselah to be the longest living human being of that time and  to be a sign to the world that when this man died, the patience of God would run out and His judgement would befall the earth. Prior to God’s judgment via flood,  Enoch, was removed from the earth.

The flood of Noah came after Methuselah’s death.

Methuselah was a representative of the Gospel who declared by his very name that judgment was coming to that generation. In the Hebrew custom, names and their meanings have profound value. To me it cannot be just a mere coincidence  that Billy Graham was the same agent of impending judgement as he declared to the whole world that all must repent and believe the Gospel and this he did for 80 years!!!

All this coupled with prophetic events accelerating in fulfillment in the Middle East. I have always said that the Nation of Israel is God’ prophetic timeclock and as the 70 year anniversary of Israel becoming a nation is looming, now there are reports surfacing about a possible Peace plan that will includin the dividing of Jerusalem. More on that in my next post.

Maranatha!

A Closer Look at the Rapture: Signs of the Times (Part III)

As mentioned in the previous article,  Jesus Christ himself  referred to Queen Jezebel (metaphorically speaking) to point out false religion and spiritual seduction which would be taking place in the Church prior to His return.

Revelation 2:19-24—And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass; 19 I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first. 20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.

When churches lack qualified leadership and a lack of discipleship, there is always a very strong probability that they can become vulnerable to the lies of the false teachers and false prophets of the developed world.

Scripture says the following:

1 Timothy 4:1—Now the Spirit speaketh expressly that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils.

False religion and spiritual seduction not only leads to scriptural error and idolatry, but it can also cause one to be lead astray, to be lead into error, to be deceived and ultimately to fall away from truth. The teaching of God’s Word is not something that should ever be taken lightly:

James 3:1—My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.

Notice the NLT:

James 3:1–Dear brothers and sisters,[a] not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2 Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.

Although the context of the chapter focuses on the power of the tongue and how we should be careful with our words James clearly emphasize the seriousness of being a teacher of God’s Word. 

Getting back to Elijah, whose name “Eliyahu,” in the original language meant “My God, He is Yahweh,” his very name became a polemic against false teaching and idolatry, specifically towards Ba’al worship which become the norm under reign of King Ahab and the pagan influence and spiritual seduction of Queen Jezebel. Jezebel, a daughter of the king of Zidon, led the people away from the Lord to worship Baal the sun-god, and the goddess Ashtoreth, whom the Zidonians worshipped. 

This was the state of Israel when the Lord sent the prophet Elijah to warn the people and call them back to Him. He spoke as boldly as John the Baptist did years afterward. And like John the Baptist, his hair was long and he wore a leather girdle. Elijah is called the Tishbite. It is not sure where the town was in which he was born, but he was living in Gilead beyond Jordan.

drought

The Lord sent the prophet to tell Ahab that there would be a drought and famine because the people were disobedient and no longer following God. And the famine came, and lasted three years and six months. In the meantime Elijah was cared for by the Lord. He was hidden from Ahab and Jezebel, who would have killed him, and was fed.

James 5:17-18—Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.

Notice how Elijah’s ministry was compared to John the Baptist, who was a voice crying in the wilderness. John the Baptist’s ministry was outside the conventional population areas. He was in the wilderness. Since the time of his birth,the Bible tells us tells us that he spent his entire life in the wilderness. . He wore camel’s hair and he ate locusts and wild honey. He was obviously a man apart from the establishment. He lived clearly outside the influences, the attitudes and the life style of his culture. By God’s design he was uninfluenced by his society, as was Enoch and was Elijah. 

John the Baptist didn’t care about cultural relevance, he didn’t have any social savvy. He didn’t know his culture by personal experience or study. But he knew his God and he knew the message of his God.

I want to make a very important point here: The true prophet of God has never been called to find the common ground with his culture. The true prophet of God has always been called to bring the pure uninfluenced Word of God to confront that culture, preaching repentance for the forgiveness of sin. John’s responsibility also was to prepare the people for the coming of the Lord. That’s what John the Baptist did and that’s what Elijah did and that’s what the true Church will do prior to the Rapture.

I want to close with yet another interesting similarity between the times we are living in and the times of the ministries of both John the Baptist and Elijah: Notice there was a famine in the land.

Not only was there a famine in the land bot spiritually speaking there was a famine of hearing and understanding God’s Word in the land:

Amos 8:11-12—Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord: 12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it.

In this regard, it can be said then that John the baptist broke the first famine in the hearing of God’s Word in preparation of the First Coming of Christ and ultimately Elijah the Prophet, who many Bible scholars believe will be one of the two witnesses God raises during the Tribulation period will be instrumental in dealing with yet another famine in the hearing of God’s Word prior to the return of the Messiah. Even these two witnesses will ultimately be “raptured,”:

Revelation 12:1-12—-And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. 2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. 3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. 4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. 5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. 6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will. 7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. 8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. 9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. 10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth. 11 And after three days and an half the spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. 12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.

Keep in mind that before the two witnesses are revealed on the earth the Church must be raptured. In anticipation of these two events perhaps we are living in the last days whereas the true Body of Christ is being raised to bring the pure uninfluenced Word of God to confront the current culture, to preach repentance for the forgiveness of sin and to prepare the people for the coming of the Lord.

 

A Closer Look at the Rapture (Part II)

As we continue with this series, we must understand the importance of the eternal nature as well as the temporal nature of redemption. When we are “born-again,” our old self is crucified and we are redeemed to both go to Heaven and to reign with Christ in the Millennium. Yet while on earth, which is our temporal abode, we all fulfill a purpose in this temporal life on this temporal earth. This is done collectively as the body of Christ so that we can ultimately facilitate the coming of the future kingdom.  Our navigation device on this earth is the Holy Bible itself:

II Timothy 3:16-17—All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

Some may say, “Oh, well you are so heavenly-minded that you’re of no earthly good.” I beg to disagree. Being correctly heavenly-minded if anything should directly affect your conduct on earth. Whether or not we, as born-again believers fulfill such a calling will then determine the very magnitude of our status and rewards when Christ does return. (Please see the previous posts on this website: Crowns & Rewards & Stages of Salvation Parts I & II.)

As mentioned in the previous post, the strong emphasis on the fact that Enoch walked with God is synonymous with that of a New Testament believer who is striving to walk in the spirit:

Romans 5:8-11— For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

There is another rapture that takes place in the Bible that is the rapture of the prophet Elijah:

elijah caught up

2 Kings 2:1-12— And it came to pass, when the Lord would take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal. 2 And Elijah said unto Elisha, Tarry here, I pray thee; for the Lord hath sent me to Bethel. And Elisha said unto him, As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they went down to Bethel. 3 And the sons of the prophets that were at Bethel came forth to Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Lord will take away thy master from thy head to day? And he said, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace. 4 And Elijah said unto him, Elisha, tarry here, I pray thee; for the Lord hath sent me to Jericho. And he said, As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they came to Jericho. 5 And the sons of the prophets that were at Jericho came to Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Lord will take away thy master from thy head to day? And he answered, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace. 6 And Elijah said unto him, Tarry, I pray thee, here; for the Lord hath sent me to Jordan. And he said, As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And they two went on. 7 And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood to view afar off: and they two stood by Jordan. 8 And Elijah took his mantle, and wrapped it together, and smote the waters, and they were divided hither and thither, so that they two went over on dry ground. 9 And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me. 10 And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so. 11 And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. 12 And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces.

What one must understand in regards to Elijah’s ministry is that God raised him up to deal with the Ahab and Jezebel and the priests of Baal among other things:

1 Kings 16:29-33–And in the thirty and eighth year of Asa king of Judah began Ahab the son of Omri to reign over Israel: and Ahab the son of Omri reigned over Israel in Samaria twenty and two years. 30 And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the Lord above all that were before him. 31 And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshipped him. 32 And he reared up an altar for Baal in the house of Baal, which he had built in Samaria. 33 And Ahab made a grove; and Ahab did more to provoke the Lord God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel that were before him.

elijahandfirefromheaven

1 Kings 18:17-39— And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel? 18 And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father’s house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the Lord, and thou hast followed Baalim. 19 Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel unto mount Carmel, and the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the groves four hundred, which eat at Jezebel’s table. 20 So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together unto mount Carmel. 21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word. 22 Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the Lord; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men. 23 Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: 24 And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken. 25 And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are many; and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire under. 26 And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made. 27 And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked. 28 And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them. 29 And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded. 30 And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the Lord that was broken down. 31 And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the Lord came, saying, Israel shall be thy name: 32 And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord: and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed. 33 And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood. 34 And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third time. 35 And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water. 36 And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word. 37 Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the Lord God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again. 38 Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. 39 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The Lord, he is the God; the Lord, he is the God.

We read in the above account that the priests of Ba’al, who were actually Hebrew priests seduced by the paganistic beliefs of Queen Jezebel, could not make it rain when they called upon their God Ba’al.   Why am I mentioning this and how does it apply to us today?

Interestingly, Jesus Christ referred to Queen Jezebel (metaphorically speaking) to point out false religion and spiritual seduction which would be taking place in the Church prior to His return. OUCH!!!

Revelation 2:19-24—And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass; 19 I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first. 20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. 21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. 22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. 23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works. 24 But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden. (To be Continued….)