121914 – Ezekiel 38:3-6 – Players In The Tribulation Attack On Israel

Introduction: The following verses can easily be related to news accounts of today’s world. Look for a common ground that clearly exists among the attackers of Israel. We are looking at a time that is known as the Great Tribulation (Matthew 24:21, 33 A.D.) Dates are taken from the Scofield Study Bible, KJV Personal Size, 1909 A.D., updated 1917 A.D.

Ezekiel 38:3-6 New American Standard Bible (NASB) (587 B.C.)

3 and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I am against you, O Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal. 4 I will turn you about and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you out, and all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them splendidly attired, a great company with buckler and shield, all of them wielding swords; 5 Persia, Ethiopia and Put with them, all of them with shield and helmet; 6 Gomer with all its troops; Beth-togarmah from the remote parts of the north with all its troops—many peoples with you.

Resources: Mac Arthur Study Bible; Ryrie Study Bible; Scofield Study Bible; R.C. Sproul (RSB); My thoughts.

Comments:

vs 4. “I will turn you about and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you out.” God is in control of this invasion. Just as He used Assyria (Isa 8) and Babylon (21:19) as human invaders for His judgments, He will use this invading army. In this case He brings the invaders to Palestine so that He will bring judgment (v 8) on the invader itself (38:18-23; 39:1-10). God uses the language of hooks in the jaws, as in judging Egypt (29:4). From the vantage point of the aggressors, they think that it is their plan to seize the spoil which draws them to Palestine (vv 11,12).(Mac Arthur)(See scriptures below in Related Scriptures) (Ezekiel 38:18-23 and 39:1-10 will be studied later, but can be studied now.)

vs 4. In this battle actual horses will be used. During the tribulation, production and the movement of goods will be greatly restricted by the judgments of that time (Ryrie).

vs 5. “Persia, Ethiopia and Put.” The invasion includes a coalition of forces from the east and south of Palestine. Persia is modern-day Iran. Libya is in North Africa, and Ethiopia is south of Egypt. (Mac Arthur)

vs 6. “Gomer.” This is present day Armenia, which was also known as Capedocia, having a people called Gomer in Assyrian inscriptions. Beth-togarmah is today’s eastern Turkey, and is in northeast Asia Minor. (Mac Arthur)

vs 6. Gomer. This is probably a group from the area north of the Black Sea, known to the Assyrians as the Gimirrai and to the Greeks as the Cimmerians. Gog leads a coalition of nations from the south and the north. The picture is of a total mobilization against the people of God. Compare the divine summons to war in Joel 3:9–11. (R.C. Sproul) (See note below)

vs 5-6. Other allies will be Persia (Iran), Ethiopia (northern Sudan), Put (Libya), Gomer (probably the eastern part of Turkey and Ukraine), and Beth-togarmah (the part of Turkey near the Syrian border). (Ryrie).

Related Scriptures:

Joel 3:9-11 Amplified Bible (AMP) (800 B.C.)

9 Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare war! Stir up the mighty men! Let all the men of war draw near, let them come up. 10 Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears; let the weak say, I am strong [a warrior]! 11 Hasten and come, all you nations round about, and assemble yourselves; there You, O Lord, will bring down Your mighty ones (Your warriors).

My Note: Verse 10. Beating “plowshares into swords and pruning hooks into spears” indicates a change from peace to war in the oncoming seven-year Tribulation. Consider the opposite, “swords into plowshares,” in Micah 4:3, below.

Micah 4:3 21st Century King James Version (KJ21) (710 B.C.)

3 And He shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off. And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

My Note: “beat their swords into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks,” indicates an end of war and beginning of peace. This illustration indicates a change from the time of Tribulation (war) to the time of the Millennium or Kingdom of Heaven, which is a time of peace, and is also known as the thousand-year Millennial reign of Christ. (See Joel 3:9-11, above)

Isaiah 8:5-8 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) (742 B.C.)

5 The Lord spoke to me again: 6 Because this people has refused the waters of Shiloah that flow gently, and melt in fear before Rezin and the son of Remaliah;7 therefore, the Lord is bringing up against it the mighty flood waters of the River, the king of Assyria and all his glory; it will rise above all its channels and overflow all its banks; 8 it will sweep on into Judah as a flood, and, pouring over, it will reach up to the neck; and its outspread (See Ez 38:4 Mac Arthur note)

Ezekiel 21:19 Revised Standard Version (RSV) (593 B.C.)

19 “Son of man, mark two ways for the sword of the king of Babylon to come; both of them shall come forth from the same land. And make a signpost, make it at the head of the way to a city;(See Ez 38:4 Mac Arthur note)

Ezekiel 29:1-4 New Life Version (NLV) (588 B.C.)

1 On the twelfth day of the tenth month in the tenth year, the Word of the Lord came to me saying, 2 “Son of man, look toward Pharaoh king of Egypt, and speak against him and against all Egypt. 3 Tell them, ‘The Lord God says, “I am against you, Pharaoh king of Egypt. You are the big animal that lies in his rivers and says, ‘The Nile is mine. I made it.’ 4 I will put hooks in your mouth. I will make the fish of your rivers stick to your hard skin. And I will pull you up out of your rivers, with the fish that stick to your hard skin. (See Ez 38:4 Mac Arthur note).

Ezekiel 38:11-12 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) (587 B.C.)

11 You will say, ‘I will go up against a land of open villages; I will come against a tranquil people who are living securely, all of them living without walls and without bars or gates— 12 in order to seize spoil and carry off plunder, to turn your hand against ruins now inhabited and against a people gathered from the nations, who have been acquiring cattle and possessions and who live at the center of the world. (See Ez 38:4 Mac Arthur note)

Genesis 10:2 New American Standard Bible (NASB) (2347 B.C.)

2 The sons of Japheth were Gomer and Magog and Madai and Javan and Tubal and Meshech and Tiras.

Verse 2 – Scofield note

1 Gomer 2 Magog 3 Madai 4 Javan 5 Tubal 6 Meshech 7 Tiras
1 Progenitor (forefather) of the ancient Cimerians and Cimbri, from whom are descended the Celtic family.
2 From Magog are descended the ancient Scythians, or Tartars, whose descendants predominate in the modern day of Russia. Ezekiel 38:2; Ezekiel 39:6; Revelation 20:8.

Notice that the names of the nations who will invade Israel are today’s countries who have shown continued and open hostility to the nation of Israel. There is a great Muslim participation in the attack. None of the invaders are true allies of the United States Of America. It is easy to see that because the USA is Israel’s key military supporter, the term “parenthetical player” can be used to describe the USA, which is not named in any of these scriptures. But, it is very possible that the military forces of the USA will be involved in defending Israel during this invasion. The qualifier is that United States forces may be present, minus its members who will have been raptured. Unsaved soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines and coast guardsmen will be left to fight in this battle.(1 Thes 4:16-17) (My thoughts)

For a worship song, I have chosen a song that I have known and loved for many years. You might want to read Micah 4:1-3. During the song all of the following are permitted: hand raising and clapping; foot stomping and dancing; and saying amen and hallelujah many times.

Come Let Us Go Up – Micah 4:2
Paul Wilbur

121814 – Cars, Guitars And Jesus

Today, as I was watching a Mecum auto auction something unusual happened. A Gibson Les Paul guitar was auctioned for $105,000, with the proceeds going to Curing Kids Cancer. A man played the guitar just before the bidding began, and it really sounded great! The gift of the money for cancer cure is in line with Matthew 25:40, “… inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these, My brethren, you did it to me.” I have heard that Les Paul Gibson guitars are “top of the line,” but my limited knowledge of guitars leaves me clueless as to why any guitar would bring about such a high price at an auction. The cars that were being sold in the auction were of the vintage and muscle car eras, and were beautifully maintained. During the program, a thought came to my mind about “slant 6 engine.” I can remember a lot of people talking about that type of engine, but I have never really understood the reason for its popularity. I searched information on the slant 6 engine and have included its link in this post. By the way, the link shows some really good technical data and pictures. I have also included a link to a Mecum Auto Auction that took place at Harrisburg, PA. A lot of the classic cars are shown that are similar to the auction that I watched today. A 55 Chevy, two-door hardtop, manual transmission, canary yellow is my favorite. So, here is my challenge. Can somebody please tell me all that I need to know about Les Paul Gibson Guitars and Slant 6 Engines? I know much more about Matthew 25:40, but I would love to know somebody else’s ideas about that subject.

The Mopar slant six engines – Allpar
http://www.allpar.com/slant6.html – View by Ixquick Proxy – Highlight
The Slant Six: Story of the Most Durable Engine Around – used in all sorts of Chrysler, Plymouth, Dodge, and Valiant cars.

Mecum Auto Auction
Harrisburg, PA

121714 – Christmas In The 50s

Please forgive me for “posting a post,” especially after I “posted” that I would not “post another post” until after Christmas! However! I have found myself enjoying this Christmas Eve evening by watching one of my favorite of all time movies (you probably have been drawn to the movie too) and I’ve got to talk to you about the movie, and the times. “Miracle On 34th Street” has always found a place of warmth in my soul. As I see the downtown store scenes of Christmas shoppers in the movie, my mind drifts back to the days of my childhood. My step-father was usually away from home working as a merchant seaman, so my mother would take my younger brother, sister, and me “downtown” on shopping excursions. My mother was very good at shopping and not letting us know that all of the wrapped boxes “were not really ours.” As with many downtown shopping areas in America “in the 50s,” we had streets in my home town that were lined with tall buildings, such as Sears, Penny’s, Woolworth’s, McCrory’s, Kress’s, and you know the rest of them. The streets were nicely decorated with “Christmas” markings (not Happy Holidays yet!). The store personnel would always say, “Merry Christmas,” without the fear of being fired! My family didn’t have a car, so we would always ride a city busy or take a cab. The drivers were very friendly and would also give “Christmas greetings” to us. I can remember the long kelly green coat that my mother wore; she always had a wide black belt around the coat; and, she would have on black high heels – she had given up on wearing a hat and white gloves (sort of what Aunt Bea would wear!). And, we didn’t have a television at home. So, now you know all about my family. Now! Back to the movie. I am very envious of the people of my age who were able to do their “downtown shopping” in the cities of Boston, Philadelphia, New York, St. Louis and the other large cities. The stores that are mentioned in “Miracle On 34th Street,” such as Macy’s, Gimbel’s, Stern’s, Bloomingdale’s, McCreery’s and Hearns must have been wonderful places to shop. In the movie, a Macy’s store employee referred a shopper over to Gimble’s for an item that cost $2.98; can you imagine that? the price or the courtesy! Well, back to the movie. I trust that all of you will have a very merry Christmas.

Miracle On 34th Street – 1947
Free Online Full Movie

121614 – Ezekiel 38:1,2 – Prophecy About Gog And Future Invasion Of Israel

Ezekiel 38:1-2 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

1 And the word of the Lord came to me saying, 2 “Son of man, set your face toward Gog of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him

The year of this prophecy is 587 B.C. The prophet and priest (1:3), Ezekiel, receives this prophecy from God which addresses the future of Israel. The time of the invasion will be during the tribulation, which is also known as the time of Jacob’s trouble (Jeremiah 30:7) The church of Christ has been raptured. The nation of Israel is coming under increased persecution; an attack on Israel will take place. The time of Jacob’s trouble is identical to the tribulation (Scofield Study Bible). Jacob’s trouble, is also known as Jacob’s distress; it is the coming days of tribulation that will come upon all Israel (Jacob) (Ryrie Study Bible).The time of Jacob’s trouble is the period of unprecedented difficulty for Israel, as the verse defines; is set in a context of Israel’s final restoration. It is best equated with the time of tribulation, just before Christ’s second advent (Mac Arthur Study Bible). For us to know the identities of Magog, Rosh, Meshech and Tubal is key to understanding this prophecy. Their current day social and political sentiments and activities show great hostility toward the nation of Israel and Jews throughout the world.

The following note comes from the Scofield Study Bible, as it discusses “Gog.” Notice the references to Russia.

That the primary reference is to the northern (European) powers, headed up by Russia, all agree. The whole passage should be read in connection with Zechariah 12:1-4; Zechariah 14:1-9; Matthew 24:14-30;Revelation 14:14-20; Revelation 19:17-21, “gog” is the prince, “Magog,” his land. The reference to Meshech and Tubal (Moscow and Tobolsk) is a clear mark of identification. Russia and the northern powers have been the latest persecutors of dispersed Israel, and it is congruous both with divine justice and with the covenants (e.g. (See Scofield “Genesis 15:18”) See Scofield “Deuteronomy 30:3” that destruction should fall at the climax of the last mad attempt to exterminate the remnant of Israel in Jerusalem. The whole prophecy belongs to the yet future “day of Jehovah”; Isaiah 2:10-22; Revelation 19:11-21 and to the battle of Armageddon Revelation 16:14 See Scofield “Revelation 19:19” but includes also the final revolt of the nations at the close of the kingdom-age. Revelation 20:7-9.

The Mac Arthur Study Bible makes the following comments: “Gog” refers to a person, described as a prince from the land of Magog , who is the final Antichrist. Gog and Magog are named again in Rev 20:8, where they are used symbolically of the final world uprising against Jerusalem, its people and Messiah King. This attack comes not just from the north, but from the four corners of the world, as a world of sinners at the end of the 1,000 year kingdom come to fight the saints in Jerusalem. On that day,there is only one weapon used – divine fire. The Ryrie Study Bible describes: “Magog” as being the land of the Scythians, which is occupied by Russia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan. “Rosh” as being Iran. “Meshech and Tubal” being the area of Turkey. Notice that Scofield, Mac Arthur, and Ryrie are not identical in their conclusions, but it is easy to see that the locations of these lands are north, northeast, and east of the Black Sea and Caspian Sea. Mac Arthur makes a statement that is worthy of consideration: “Summing up, a chief prince who is the enemy of God’s people, will lead a coalition of nations against Jerusalem. The details of this enemy force and its destruction are given by Ezekiel in chapters 38-39.

Let me take this time to wish all of you a very merry Christmas. I will take a break and be back on the blog path in a few days. As you listen to the song on the video, please remember that Jesus is the reason for the season.

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Bing Crosby

121514 – Preparing For The End Times – Don’t Be Left Behind

The nation of Israel has been scattered all over the world since its dispersion that lasted from 722 BC through 586 BC (See 2 Kings 17:1-6 and 2 Kings 25:11, and the connecting chapters). Jews have been being drawn back to Israel by God as a nation since the United Nations granted it statehood in 1948. God’s plan for Israel is not dependent upon the United Nations, the United States, or any other governing body in the world. God’s plan to return Israel to its promised land is based on His Sovereignty and His Holy Word. God’s chosen people, the Jews (Deu 7:6), will be under fierce assault by their enemies after the church has been raptured (1 Thes 4:16-17). Their enemies are also the enemies of God and of the church of Christ. Those times will be terrible.Consider the following scriptures and comments. Please notice that I use repetition to reenforce pertinent information.

Psalm 103:19 Holman Christian Standard Bible
The LORD has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all.

Ezekiel 36:24 Holman Christian Standard Bible
For I will take you from the nations and gather you from all the countries, and will bring you into your own land

God’s chosen people, the Jews (Deu 7:6), will come under a major armed assault by their enemies in their promised land of Israel. Their attackers are also enemies of God, and of the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is not a denomination but is the body of born-again believers in Christ. In coming posts, we will discuss Ezekiel 38:1 through Ezekiel 39:29. We will read about the removal of the enemies of the Jews from their promised land. We will see the invasion of Israel and the intervention of God to protect the Jews, who are the nation of Israel. As Jesus told His disciples in Matthew 24:21, Holman Christian Standard Bible, “For at that time there will be great tribulation, the kind that hasn’t taken place from the beginning of the world until now and never will again!” Those future times will be terrible for those who will be present during them, which includes anyone in the world who has not been born again. Jews and Gentiles, who have no personal relationship with Jesus as their Lord and Savior, will be personal witnesses of the events that will take place during the times of Ezekiel 38 and 39. We, who have been born again, are able to read about the tribulation that Jesus discusses with His disciples. For those who have not been born again, they will be eye witnesses, both of the attacks on Israel and of the worldwide assault on anything and anybody resembling God. So, here is my plea to those who have not accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior; “please do so!”

The term that God’s Holy Word uses to describe those who have a place in Him, for now and eternity, is “born again” (John 3:3-8). A person who has been born again, or born from above, has a spirit that is as pure as the Spirit of Christ, and is indwelled and prompted for righteousness by the Spirit of “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.” The scriptures that follow tell us a lot about the indwelling of the Spirit of God, and the teaching and conviction of righteousness that come from having the Spirit of God indwelling us. The way for unbelievers to achieve eternal life with God is also very clearly shown as being grace through faith.

John 7:38 Holman Christian Standard Bible
The one who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, will have streams of living water flow from deep within him.”

John 7:39 Holman Christian Standard Bible
He said this about the Spirit. Those who believed in Jesus were going to receive the Spirit, for the Spirit had not yet been received because Jesus had not yet been glorified.

John 14:16 Holman Christian Standard Bible
And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever.

John 14:17 Holman Christian Standard Bible
He is the Spirit of truth. The world is unable to receive Him because it doesn’t see Him or know Him. But you do know Him, because He remains with you and will be in you.

John 14:20 Holman Christian Standard Bible
In that day you will know that I am in My Father, you are in Me, and I am in you.

John 14:26 Holman Christian Standard Bible
But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit–the Father will send Him in My name–will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you.

John 15:26 Holman Christian Standard Bible
“When the Counselor comes, the One I will send to you from the Father–the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father–He will testify about Me.

John 16:8 Holman Christian Standard Bible
When He comes, He will convict the world about sin, righteousness, and judgment:

John 16:9 Holman Christian Standard Bible
About sin, because they do not believe in Me;

John 16:10 Holman Christian Standard Bible
about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will no longer see Me;

John 16:11 Holman Christian Standard Bible
and about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged

John 16:13 Holman Christian Standard Bible
When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth. For He will not speak on His own, but He will speak whatever He hears. He will also declare to you what is to come.

John 17:21 Holman Christian Standard Bible
May they all be one, as You, Father, are in Me and I am in You. May they also be one in Us, so the world may believe You sent Me.

1 Corinthians 2:14 Holman Christian Standard Bible
But the unbeliever does not welcome what comes from God’s Spirit, because it is foolishness to him; he is not able to understand it since it is evaluated spiritually.

Colossians 1:27 Holman Christian Standard Bible
God wanted to make known among the Gentiles the glorious wealth of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory

Ephesians 2:8 Holman Christian Standard Bible
For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift–

Romans 10:17 New American Standard Bible
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.

The final scripture tells us something that is very important about environment. The preaching of the Word is key to a person’s coming to saving faith in Christ. It is important for children to be brought up in a church that clearly teaches God’s Word. If our children are not in church, they should be! Consider the man who recently murdered the two police officers in New York. From what I have read about the murderer’s background, he came from a muslim family, and his mother was afraid of him. There was no mention of a father in the home. Muslims have no assurance of eternal life. They are trying to prove themselves worthy of eternal life in paradise. Consider the view of muslims, as many present their lifestyles to the world. There are too many young males and females who are brought up in homes where no father is present. It is incumbent upon the church of Christ to reach out to single parents and encourage them to have their children in church. The vast numbers of young people who are shown in news films committing continued acts of lawlessness, violence, vandalism, arson, and crimes against persons and property are proof of the many people who have no relationship with Jesus as their Lord and Savior. As the church of Christ, we have a commission to “go and teach” those people the words of love of Jesus. We need to be proactive in sharing the gospel with those who may appear to be unreachable, and find a way of getting them into a church setting. We need to realize the severity of the great multitude of those people whose eternity is set for Hell. But, we should also consider the church environment. We need to know if the Word of God will be preached, and not things that are not of God’s Word. Consider the words of the Book of Hebrews as they relate to organized church gatherings.

Hebrews 10:24-25 New International Version
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

We are told to meet in a spirit of love, and to continue meeting and encouraging one another. But, there can be major road blocks in churches that prevent an environment of love. There are churches that get involved in things that are not of God, and have messages from the pulpit that have nothing to do with God’s love. Such churches are operating in direct opposition to God’s love. God’s Word warns such churches of the consequences of such ungodly behavior, as follows:

To the church of Ephesus, God’s Word states a complaint.

Revelation 2:4 New American Standard Bible
But I have this against you, that you have left your first love

The church at Ephesus had moved so far from its ministry that it was told:

Revelation 2:5 New American Standard Bible
‘Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place– unless you repent.

Because the church at Ephesus had strayed from its ministry of serving Christ, the consequence was that God’s judgment would bring an end to that church.

The purpose of the church of Christ is stated in Matthew 28:19-20, as follows:

New American Standard Bible
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

The purpose of the church of Christ is to teach the words of Jesus and bring unbelievers to belief in Christ as their Lord and Savior; baptizing them, and teaching them to lead other unbelievers to saving faith in Jesus. A Godly environment of each church is key to the good health and continued success of the congregation.

Let’s go back to the man who murdered the two New York police officers. His spiritual situation is the result of bad parenting and not learning about the love that comes through a personal relationship with Jesus, as Lord and Savior. There are many other people who have the same potential of hatred growing within their mind; that is driven by a spirit that has not been born again; but is in close spiritual relationship with Satan. The many people of the world, who do not have a relationship with Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior, do not have the influence of righteousness within them that comes from having the Holy Spirit indwelling them.

There is a congregation that is currently in the same danger as we saw present with the Church at Ephesus. This present day church recently violated its trust as being a place where young children, and unbelieving adults, can go to hear the Word of God spoken from the pulpit in a way that builds up the name of Jesus and desires to lead lost souls to Christ. There is a video of part of the church service. Women are shown wearing red choir robes. Venomous hateful speech is clearly being spoken from the pulpit. The church’s pastor should be ashamed for allowing such ungodly conduct from taking place in the congregation where he has been given the charge of being that congregation’s shepherd, overseer, elder, bishop, minister, and any other name that can be attributed to his calling. The congregation should also be ashamed by allowing their sanctuary to be used in such an ungodly manner. Usually, I will show a video of examples. This time, I will not do that. I will not let such hatefulness be shown in this post. My responsibility as a pastor is to “equip the saints for the work of ministry for the building up of the body of Christ.” (Eph 4:11-12). I encourage you to search You Tube for the video that can found by typing,”rev al at ferg ch.” May your church never be used in such an unholy way. May your children never be placed in such a den of Satan. May you prepare your children to not be of those who will be “left behind.” May you not be left behind. May you and your children go into the presence of God together, in the rapture of the church.

As I normally do, I will put a nice video at the foot of this post. I trust that it will lighten your soul from the worldly situations that face all of us… It was at a wedding that Jesus performed His first miracle (John 2:1-11)… The song that follows was sung at a Catholic wedding. The name of the priest is Ray Kelly. The location is Ireland. I have posted the video previously. I pray that you will receive a blessing from it.

Wedding Song – Hallelujah
Chris And Leah O’Kane

Selected video of the wedding follows. It shows some very tender moments. The bride is beautiful. I will add that all brides are beautiful.

Wedding Highlights
Chris And Leah O’Kane

121414 – World Events Leading To Armageddon?

Matthew, Revelation, Zechariah, Ezekiel, The Sony Hack Attack, And The World Geo-Political Situation

Consider God’s Holy Word – Consider World Events – Don’t Be Left Behind

Matthew 24:1-21 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) Selected Verses

1 As Jesus left and was going out of the temple complex, 3 While He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples approached Him privately and said, “Tell us, when will these things happen? And what is the sign of Your coming and of the end of the age?” 4 Then Jesus replied to them: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and they will deceive many. “6 You are going to hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, because these things must take place, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these events are the beginning of birth pains. 9 “Then they will hand you over for persecution, and they will kill you. You will be hated by all nations because of My name 10 Then many will take offense, betray one another and hate one another. 21 at that time there will be great tribulation, the kind that hasn’t taken place from the beginning of the world until now and never will again!”

Revelation 16:16 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

16 So they assembled them at the place called in Hebrew, Armagedon.

Zechariah 14:1-5 Revised Standard Version (RSV)

14 Behold, a day of the Lord is coming, when the spoil taken from you will be divided in the midst of you. 2 For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city shall be taken and the houses plundered and the women ravished; half of the city shall go into exile, but the rest of the people shall not be cut off from the city. 3 Then the Lord will go forth and fight against those nations as when he fights on a day of battle. 4 On that day his feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives which lies before Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives shall be split in two from east to west by a very wide valley; so that one half of the Mount shall withdraw northward, and the other half southward.5 And the valley of my mountains shall be stopped up, for the valley of the mountains shall touch the side of it; and you shall flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzzi′ah king of Judah. Then the Lord your God will come, and all the holy ones with him.

Revelation 19:11-14 New King James Version (NKJV)

11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. 12 His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had ” a name written that no one knew except Himself. 13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses.”

CHINA, RUSSIA, OR IRAN MAY HAVE ASSISTED NORTH KOREA IN SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT HACK; AL-QAEDA, THE ISLAMIC STATE, OTHER DARKER ANGELS ARE WATCHING AND LEARNING FROM THIS EVENT

December 18, 2014 · by Fortuna’s Corner · in Al Qaeda, China, CIA, Covert operations, Cyber War, Cybersecurity, DIA,espionage, spying, Intelligence Community, Internet, Iran, national security, NSA, POTUS, Russia, U.S. Cyber Command, US Military · 1 Comment
China, Russia, or Iran May Have Assisted North Korea In Sony Pictures Entertainment Hack; al-Qaeda, the Islamic State, Other Darker Angels Are Watching And Learning From This Event
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Fox News is reporting this evening that the U.S. investigation into the hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment, has turned up evidence that does not point to North Korea as the “sole entity,” in the case; but rather, raises the possibility that Iran, China, or Russia may have been involved,” an intelligence Community source told Fox News. Catherin Herridge of Fox News says “the [intelligence] source pointed to the sophistication of the malware “modules,” or packets that destroyed the Sony IT network — on a level that has not been seen from North Korea in the past — but, [which] has been seen from Iran, China, or Russia.

It is very important for believers in Christ to be aware of the things of the world and how they may be pointing to the rapture of the church, the tribulation, the return of Christ for the judgment of sin, and the final spiritual battle that will take place before God’s saved people will spend eternity with Him. Each day I will be posting information that relates to the end times. Consider the news post that accompanies this writing. The nations of North Korea, Russia, China, Iran, and Israel are frequently named in daily news reports. It will be my attempt to show a correlation between Israel and the nations of the world that are common-day critics and attackers of “God’s chosen people” (Deu 7:6). God’s Holy Word provides sound advice for those of us who know the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Hosea 4:6 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge”

It is important for God’s people to be aware of the events that are affecting our world today. Let me encourage you to keep up with the news reports each day. Unfortunately, the news outlets that I watched everyday while I was growing up have demonstrated a biased reporting against the nation of Israel. Fox news provides a more balanced view of current events. I watch as many of the news outlets as I am able to do so; I encourage you to do the same.

As we are faced with increasingly greater acts of lawlessness in our world, let us cling to the following verses of scripture.

Psalm 46:10 King James Version (KJV)

Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

The words of the HCSB appears to be appropriate for our world of today.

Psalm 46:10 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

“Stop your fighting—and know that I am God, exalted among the nations, exalted on the earth.”

As we are “being still” and knowing that “God is God,” let us take time to “take all of that in.” Consider God’s Word and the song about “who God is.” IMMANUEL! GOD WITH US!

Isaiah 7:14 King James Version (KJV)

14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Isaiah 9:6 King James Version (KJV)

6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Matthew 1:22-23 King James Version (KJV)

22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

Thomas Road Baptist Church
Charles Billingsley
Immanuel

121314 – Angels We Have Heard On High

Luke 2:8-14 King James Version (KJV)

8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Angels We Have Heard On High
Percy Faith