If You Build it, He Will Come.

In the late 1980’s, there was a movie about an Iowa corn farmer who hears a voice telling him: “If you build it, he will come.” He interprets this as an instruction to build a baseball diamond in his fields. As he takes heed to this instruction, Shoeless Joe Jackson and other dead baseball players emerge from the cornfields to play baseball. The film went on to be a successful one representing one of North America’s famous pastimes, which is baseball.

Let’s fast forward to now and look at this phrase from a Biblical perspective. There has been a common saying among Jewish Rabbis that was recently modified. It was originally believed by many Jewish Rabbis that “…when the Meshiach will come, the temple will be built!” This of course is in reference to the rebuilding of a third temple in Israel.

The first temple built in Jerusalem was a crowning achievement of King Solomon during his reign as the King of Israel. He was responsible for the construction of the magnificent Temple in the capital city of ancient Israel, which was Jerusalem.   An interesting observation to make  here is that when the Temple was completed, Solomon inaugurated it with prayer and sacrifice and even invited non­-Jews to come and pray there. He urged God to pay particular heed to their prayers as well.

1 Kings 8:43—Hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and do according to all that the stranger calleth to thee for: that all people of the earth may know thy name, to fear thee, as do thy people Israel; and that they may know that this house, which I have builded, is called by thy name.

The first temple was ultimately destroyed by the Babylonians in  586 BC,

The second temple was eventually built some seventy years later due to an “Aaliyah,” of sorts that was led by the prophets Ezra and Nehemiah. The Second Temple was built on the same site.  

Ezra 3:1-11And when the seventh month was come, and the children of Israel were in the cities, the people gathered themselves together as one man to Jerusalem. Then stood up Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and his brethren the priests, and Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and his brethren, and builded the altar of the God of Israel, to offer burnt offerings thereon, as it is written in the law of Moses the man of God. And they set the altar upon his bases; for fear was upon them because of the people of those countries: and they offered burnt offerings thereon unto the Lord, even burnt offerings morning and evening. They kept also the feast of tabernacles, as it is written, and offered the daily burnt offerings by number, according to the custom, as the duty of every day required; And afterward offered the continual burnt offering, both of the new moons, and of all the set feasts of the Lord that were consecrated, and of every one that willingly offered a freewill offering unto the LordFrom the first day of the seventh month began they to offer burnt offerings unto the Lord. But the foundation of the temple of the Lord was not yet laid. They gave money also unto the masons, and to the carpenters; and meat, and drink, and oil, unto them of Zidon, and to them of Tyre, to bring cedar trees from Lebanon to the sea of Joppa, according to the grant that they had of Cyrus king of Persia. Now in the second year of their coming unto the house of God at Jerusalem, in the second month, began Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and the remnant of their brethren the priests and the Levites, and all they that were come out of the captivity unto Jerusalem; and appointed the Levites, from twenty years old and upward, to set forward the work of the house of the LordThen stood Jeshua with his sons and his brethren, Kadmiel and his sons, the sons of Judah, together, to set forward the workmen in the house of God: the sons of Henadad, with their sons and their brethren the Levites. 1And when the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, they set the priests in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites the sons of Asaph with cymbals, to praise the Lord, after the ordinance of David king of Israel. 11 And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the Lord; because he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.

During the first century B.C. Herod, the Roman appointed head of Judea, made substantial modifications to the Temple and the surrounding mountain, expanding the Temple. The Second Temple, however, met the same fate as the first and was destroyed by theRomans in 70 A.D.

To this very day, Orthodox Jews pray three times a day for the Temple’s restoration.The original phrase mentioned earlier has now been changed to “…when the temple will be rebuilt, then Meshiach will come!”

Over the centuries, the Muslims who eventually took control of Jerusalem built two mosques on the Temple Mount, the site of the two Jewish Temples.  Since any attempt to level these mosques would lead to an international Muslim holy war   against Israel, the Temple cannot be rebuilt in the foreseeable future.

This is all about to change. Look at this video which has been circulating through mainstream Israel and viewed by many:

The real question is who will this person be that will allow for the construction of the Temple. the Bible clearly tells us who:

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.

Satan has always wanted to be worshipped and has always wanted Jerusalem. Notice the following:

Isaiah 14:12-14How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

So where on earth is mount of the congregation in the sides of the north? I’m glad you asked.

Psalms 48:1-2Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness.Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.

The Great King being referred to is none other the King David. Mount Zion is none other then the city of Jerusalem. The term Mount Zion has been used in the   Bible first for the City of David and later, for the Temple Mount. 

2 Samuel 5:4-7David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years. In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months: and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty and three years over all Israel and Judah.And the king and his men went to Jerusalem unto the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land: which spake unto David, saying, Except thou take away the blind and the lame, thou shalt not come in hither: thinking, David cannot come in hither.Nevertheless David took the strong hold of Zion: the same is the city of David.

You ever wonder why there was such an uproar when President Trump declared that the U.S. Embassy was to be moved to Jerusalem and that Jerusalem is the Capital of Israel.

The truth of the matter here is that we are fast approaching the Time of Jacob’s Trouble as the Tribulation period is set to kick off very soon.  After the Rapture of the Church, the  divine wrath of God will ultimately come in response to an   arrogance of the nations against His covenant with Israel, particularly as it touches the question of Israel, Jerusalem and the Temple Mount.

Zechariah 12:2—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

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.

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.

Matthew 24:15-16And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

Revelation 11:1-2—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.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.

This is the Eschatological context in which the gospel was first preached for a witness to all nations. It must be so again. The first disciples lived under the shadow of an imminent, age-ending judgment of Jerusalem. So shall it be again.

MARANATHA!

 

 

Blood Moon and Conjunction of the Planet Mars: A two-fold Harbinger??

Joel 2:28-32And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. 30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. 31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come. 32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call.

On Friday, July 27, 2018 some very interesting astronomical events are about to unfold: To begin with, Mars will be at opposition or directly opposite the sun and making a 15-year close approach to Earth. Second, Mars and the full moon will be in conjunction( less than 10 degrees apart.) And ultimately, the moon will pass through the shadow of Earth, producing the longest lunar eclipse in a century.

Aside from being the longest eclipse of the century, the totality of this eclipse will focus on the Middle East. The Mars factor shines light on the geographic location that happens to be the location of the beginning and most likely the very end of civilization as described in the Bible: the Middle East. What is equally as interesting is how so few countries won’t witness any of it including the United States, Canada, and much of Central America (Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama), Cuba and Greenland. People in North America will not be able to see the eclipse. The totality of the eclipse happens mostly on the opposite side of the world. To be specific, The entire nation of Israel,  who just days ago confirmed the Nation-state Bill to a law……Please read this:

https://bibleprophecyfortoday.com/2018/07/19/israels-nation-state-bill-has-been-confirmed-as-law-70-years-after-the-nation-of-israel-was-established/

…..as well as almost all of the Middle East will witness the nearly 2-hour long Blood Moon..  Totality for this Blood Moon will last for 103 minutes in Israel.
With the Nation-State Law now officially recognized, it seems God is shifting his attention back to the nation of Israel. 

The Planet Mars, often referred to as the “Red” Planet will have no trouble being seen through the glare of the full Moon because Mars itself is so luminous–almost three times brighter than Sirius, the brightest star in the sky.

This total lunar eclipse is the second of the 3 eclipses that have already occurred (solar eclipse on July 13, 2018) or will occur (July 27th: total eclipse of the Moon and August 11th: partial solar eclipse)within one month between July and August of 2018.

The Latin name of the war-god Mars doesn’t occur in the Bible; only that of its Greek counterpart Ares, and that only in the form of the compound name Αρειος Παγος; Areopagus, which the KJV translates with Mars Hill:

Acts 17:19-22And they took him, and brought him unto Areopagus, saying, May we know what this new doctrine, whereof thou speakest, is? 20 For thou bringest certain strange things to our ears: we would know therefore what these things mean. 21 (For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.) 22 Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious……

Mars was known as the Roman god of war and second only to Jupiter in the Roman pantheon. Although most of the myths involving the god were borrowed from the Greek god of war Ares, Mars, nevertheless, had some features which were rather interesting……

The pantheon of the Romans and the Greeks consisted largely of the same or similar gods, but there is a distinct difference between Mars and Ares. Ares was the god of actual combat and the destruction that ensued whereas Mars on the on the other hand…ARE YOU READY FOR THIS: BECAME THE GOD OF PEACE BY MEANS OF MILITARY SUPERIORITY. Mars could also be the seen as the god of husbandry, of shepherds and seers. Upon reading this, several scriptures came to mind:

Daniel 8:23-25-And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. 24 And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. 25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, AND BY PEACE SHALL DESTROY MANY: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.

Daniel 11:21-24And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries. 22 And with the arms of a flood shall they be overflown from before him, and shall be broken; yea, also the prince of the covenant. 23 And after the league made with him he shall work deceitfully: for he shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people.24 He shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province; and he shall do that which his fathers have not done, nor his fathers’ fathers; he shall scatter among them the prey, and spoil, and riches: yea, and he shall forecast his devices against the strong holds, even for a time….

Zechariah 11:17-–Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.

By the way, that last scripture provides what will be a physical description of the coming world leader , otherwise known as AntiChrist.

Revelation 6:1-4And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer. And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. And there went out another horse that was RED: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.

Most Bible scholars agree that the man described in verse two is none other then the Anti-Christ. What follows him is a Red Horse and to him is given power to take peace from the earth and a great sword which is often idiomatic of war.

As this rare phenomenon is about to place, coincidentally, scientists have uncovered “a stable body of liquid water” on Mars, in what some are calling a “game changer” in the search for extraterrestrial life.  I for one strongly believe that when the Rapture of the Church takes place, the secular explanation for the disappearance of millions of Christians would be directly connected to extraterrestrial phenomenon.

According to a Fox News Report, what is believed to be liquid water is sitting below Mars’ southern polar ice cap and is described as a “well-defined, 20-kilometer-wide zone.” 20 kilometers is roughly 12.5 miles. 

The report goes on to mention that: “The water is likely to be below the freezing point for water (32°F or 0°C) given its location beneath the ice cap, but the presence of minerals such as magnesium, calcium and sodium perchlorate in the soil of the northern plains of Mars, “support the presence of liquid water at the base of the polar deposits.”

The presence of these minerals could help form a brine with the water, which would allow it to remain liquid, a reaction that already exists on Earth in areas like Antarctica.”

Here is the full article: 

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2018/07/25/mars-shocker-liquid-water-lake-found-on-red-planet.html 

Could it be that this rare Blood Moon which for the most part will be visible mainly in the Middle East, where much conflict has been taking place, coupled with the conjunction of the Planet Mars is a MAJOR harbinger as to what is about to take place in the Middle East that will directly affect the entire globe?

War in the Middle East, followed by the arrival of the coming world leader to bring peace….This is exactly how the tribulation period will begin!

John 5:43-–I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.

Ladies and gentlemen, the Bible does not lie. What is written will surely come to pass. We shall find out very, very soon. 

Israel’s Nation -State Bill Has Been Confirmed as Law–70 Years after the Nation of Israel Was Established!!!

Romans 11:25-32 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the father’s sakes.29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.

Matthew 24:32-3532 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Those that study Bible prophecy are fully aware of the the years 1948 and 1967 regarding the nation of Israel. 1948 was the actual restoration of the nation-state itself whereas in 1967 the world witnessed the restoration of Israel’s capital, Jerusalem.

Many Bible prophecy scholars viewed the year 2018 as a prophetically significant year. I also believe that when U.S. President Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, that announcement triggered what I perceive as the acceleration of end-time prophetic fulfillments.

As we have begun the second half of the year 2018 another MAJOR event has taken place in Israel and I am convinced that the the fullness of the Gentiles as mentioned above in Romans 11 is about to be completed and blindness is about to be removed the nation of Israel. Keep in mind that Israel rejected Jesus Christ as their Messiah as a nation and they must acknowledge Him as the Messiah as a nation. This of course will happen when Christ returns after the tribulation period:

Acts 1: 8-11-But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.12 Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day’s journey. (notice in verse 12 this happened at the Mount of Olives…..)

Zechariah 14:1-9-— 14 Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.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.Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.AND HIS FEET SHALL STAND IN THAT DAY ON 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.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.And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark:But it shall be one day which shall be known to the Lord, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be.And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one.

Zechariah 11:8-11-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.And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.11 In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon.

Again, we must understand that Israel rejected Jesus Christ as their Messiah AS A NATION and they must acknowledge Him as the Messiah as a nation AS A NATION. That being said, as of yesterday, the final draft of the Jewish Nation-State Basic Law was approved and ultimately passed it’s third and final reading the Bill has now officially become a law.

Ladies and gentleman, as a result of this Bill now becoming a law, Israel’s Biblical and Jewish identity has now officially been restored approximately one year after Israel temporarily regained control of the Temple Mount and Jewish prayers were openly recited on the Temple Mount platform. So what does this mean you ask?

The new Jewish Nation-State Basic Law makes official that the land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people only (as God’s covenant to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob stipulates).From 1948 to the passing of this Law it was the land of both Jews and Arabs. The majority of the Moslem populations are not pleased with this and this will very likely set the precedent for future attacks against Israel. Hebrew is now the official language of the nation and this is a fulfillment of what was prophesied by the Prophet Zephaniah:
Zephaniah 3:9—For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the Lord, to serve him with one consent.
The Biblical calendar is now the official calendar of Israel and keeping the Sabbaths is now a nationwide requirement. But it doesn’t end there……the Biblical Holidays and Festivals will also be recognized and must be kept nationwide.

Leviticus 23:1-4—And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the Lord, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts.Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the Lord in all your dwellings.These are the feasts of the Lord, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons.

In the Old Testament, all the feasts were related to the spiritual life of the people. The Feast of Passover served as a reminder that there was no atonement for sin apart from the shedding of blood. The Feast of Unleavened Bread was a reminder of God’s call on their lives to be a people set apart to holiness. Leaven was a symbol of sin.. Israel was set apart and were to be unleavened that is, holy before the nations as a witness of God. The feast of First Fruits was a call to consider their priorities, to make certain they were putting God first in their lives.  

The Feast of Pentecost or Harvest was a reminder that God is the source of all blessings.The solemn assembly day of Trumpets was a reminder of the need for constant, ongoing repentance. The Day of Atonement was also a solemn assembly day a day of rest and introspection. It was a reminder of God’s promise to send a Messiah whose blood would cover the demands of the Law with the mercy of God. The Feast of Tabernacles was a joyous celebration of God’s faithfulness, even when the Children of Israel were unfaithful.

What the Jewish people did not seem to realize is that all of the feasts were also symbolic types. In other words, they were prophetic in nature, each one pointing in a unique way to some aspect of the life and work of the promised Messiah. Jesus Christ fulfilled several prophecies at His First Coming and this happens during the Spring Feasts:

1) The Feast of Passover — This Feast prophetically signified that the Messiah was our passover lamb whose blood would be shed for our sins. Jesus was crucified on the very day of preparation for the Passover, at the same time that the lambs were being slaughtered for the Passover meal that evening. Coincidence??? Keep reading………

2) The Feast of Unleavened Bread — This Feast prophetically signified the importance of the Messiah’s sinless life, making Him the perfect sacrifice for our sins.  Jesus’ body was in the grave DURING THE FIRST DAYS OF THIS FEAST! Is that also a coincidence???

3) First Fruits — This Feast prophetically signified the Messiah’s resurrection as the first fruits of the righteous. THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST TOOK PLACE ON THIS VERY DATE. By now you should take note that God is never late and He keeps his appointments and meets them on time.

1 Corinthians 15:13-33—–13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, AND BECOME THE FIRST FRUITS OF THEM THAT SLEPT.21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.

4) Harvest or Pentecost or Shavout— This Feast prophetically signified to the great harvest of souls, both Jew and Gentile, that would come into the kingdom of God during the Church Age. The Church was actually birthed on this day when the Messiah poured out the Holy Spirit and 3,000 souls responded to Peter’s first proclamation of the Gospel in the Book of Acts.

The long interval of three months between Harvest and Trumpets has been prophetically seen as the current Church Age, a period of time that was kept as a mystery to the Hebrew prophets in Old Testament times and has now passed for well over two thousand years. Keep in mind that to God a day can be as a thousand years.

Psalm 90:4 For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.

2 Peter 3:8But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

Why is this important?

Hosea 5:15 -Hosea 6:2—-15 I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early. 6 Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for He hath torn, and He will heal us; He hath smitten, and He will bind us up.After two days will He revive us: IN THE THIRD DAY He will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.

Let me also suggest that since the creation of Adam, six thousand years have transpired. According to Genesis Chapter 2, God rested on the seventh Day.

Genesis 2:1-3Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all his work which He had made.And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it He had rested from all His work which God created and made.

Many Bible prophecy scholars see the Millennial Reign of Christ as the seventh Day.

That leaves us with the three fall feasts which are yet to be fulfilled in the life and work of the Messiah. Because Jesus literally fulfilled the first four feasts on the actual feast days, it is highly probable that the last three will also be fulfilled and that their fulfillment will occur on the actual feast days. The main point here is that now it has become Law for the people on Israel to observe these Feasts….as a Nation.

With this Bill becoming a law, Jerusalem is now the undivided capital of Israel and the Israeli government must also collaborate to complete the ingathering of Exiles, or in other words, dispersed Jews that are to return to the land, Jerusalem indeed will be a burdensome stone to not only the Muslim population, but as a result all nations:

Zechariah 12:1-3The 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.Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

Understand that with God, timing is everything……Is it a coincidence that this is happening less than three days from Tish’a B’Av (aka the 9th of Av) and a little over a week from Tu B’Av and this century’s yet another Blood Moon, which will be the longest eclipse in Israel this century!!!
The Torah requires the Jews to count the 50-year Jubilee cycles (7 cycles of 7 years each plus the 50th year) and to identify the 12 tribes of Israel.It is important to understand that the 70th week of Daniel requires the Jews to go back to counting cycles. The Tribulation Period will be one week of years or one 7-year cycle and remember that during this period 144,000 Jews from each of the 12 tribes of Israel will be recognized and commissioned to preach the Gospel:

Revelation 7:1-8—–And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand.Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nephthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand.Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand.Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.

 

We may not know the day or the hour but there is no denying that the day is approaching. It may be possible that the passing of this Law ultimately leads to the Battle of God and Magog as mentioned in Ezekiel 38. After the Rapture of the Church, the nation of Israel will very likely deal with an onslaught of wars. As result, the AntiChrist will emerge and some sort of peace deal, treaty, or armistice for a 7 year period. With this the Temple will also be rebuilt.

Prophetically speaking, all the pieces are coming into place and the Times of the Gentiles is indeed coming to a full. This means that the Church age is rapidly coming to a close.

I cannot emphasize this enough. If you are not saved, get saved. Time is short.

Maranatha!!

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!