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2010 Prophetic news

Prophecy scholar Mark Hitchcock writes:

''The Bible predicts that in the end times, the reunited Roman Empire
will be ruled by a "Group of Ten" leaders, or a governing oligarchy,
much like the present European Council or European Commission.
Interestingly, the European Commission has just been trimmed from
27 to 17 seats. This could easily be further whittled to 10 seats, and
the stage would be set for the Group of Ten predicted in Daniel 2 and
7, and Revelation 17. Also, the new full-time EU presidency, with its
term of up to five years, could easily set the stage for the rise on one
man to take over the EU and use this platform to forge key alliances
and dominate the world—just as the Bible predicts.'' [1]

When we pay close attention to the body of the beast in Revelation 13,
we find that it does not represent the Roman Empire alone. The
Roman Empire can be represented by one of the seven heads of the
beast as explained in our article titled The Kingdom of the Antichrist:
An Alternate View, but the body of the beast shows us that this beast
is a combination of the first three beasts of Daniel which became the
fourth beast of Daniel 7 and the composite beast of Revelation 13. If
we take the text literally, we find that the beast represents an alliance
between the Grecian, Persian and Babylonian empires. In today' s
terms, this would be a political alliance between Syria, Iran and Iraq.

The Grecian Empire was divided into four major regional powers which
are represented by the four wings of the leopard and the four horns
that came out of the goat in Daniel 8. Later in history these four
regional powers were reduced to 2 regional powers giving rise to the
Seleucid dynasty in Syria and the Ptolemaic dynasty in Egypt. In
Daniel 11 we read about the fights between the king of the North
(Syria) and the king of the South (Egypt) as the Seleucid kings fought
the Ptolemaic kings. Daniel 11 goes on to predict the rise of
Antiouchus Epiphanes who came out of the Seleucid dynasty in Syria
to come against the Jews and try to destroy the Jewish religion. Daniel
11: 40-45 talks about the end of the age and mentions the king of the
North (Syria) and the king of the South (Egypt) participating in battles
just prior to the days of the Tribulation as seen in Daniel 12.

Based on this development of Daniel 11 which mentions Syria which
came out of the Grecian empire as one of the main players in the end
times, we conclude that the leopard in Revelation 13:2 represents
Syria. The region of Turkey also was part of the Seleucid dynasty and

must be part of the beast. The beast in Revelation 13 will include
Egypt since Egypt came out of the Ptolemaic dynasty of the Grecian
Empire and is one of the kings to be conquered by the Antichrist
according to Daniel 11:42. The Persian empire as represented by the
bear in Revelation 13:2 can be clearly seen today as Iran which just
73 years ago was still called Persia. The lion in Revelation 13:2 which
represented the Babylonian empire in Daniel 7 was reduced to what
we geographically know today as Iraq. It is interesting to note that
Babylon (Iraq) becomes the political and economic center of the Middle
East and the capital of the Antichrist' s kingdom according to
Revelation 18. He is called the king of Babylon in Isaiah 14:4 and the
Assyrian in Isaiah 14:25 and Micah 5:5-6. These passages refer to him
as being a political figure to rise in the region of ancient Assyria and
Babylon. This points to the fact that the Antichrist will come from the
Middle East, not from the European Union as many expect.

Mark Hitchcock writes:

“The World Is Mine, and I Am God”: One leader seizes power by
uniting the military and economic powers of the West - declaring
himself world ruler.
A new world dictator will first reveal himself in the role of a
peacemaker in the Middle East. This event will take place during the
first stage of the revived Roman Empire, the fourth world empire
described by Daniel. Symbolically the new world leader is depicted as
“another small horn” who will emerge from the ten-leader oligarchy
controlling the political and military power of the West (Daniel 7:8).
Bible expositors have concluded that this emerging ruler will first of all
subdue three of the original ten leaders and then take control of the
entire coalition. The leaders will yield control of the new European
Union to this new strong man of the hour. [2] (Emphasis mine)

We clearly see that Mark Hitchcock who is considered one of the
leading prophecy scholars in America believes the Antichrist will come
from the West from within the European Union.
Pastor Joseph Chambers of Paw Creek Ministries wrote a book in 1996
titled A Palace for the Antichrist. In this book Pastor Chambers writes
about the rise of Babylon in Iraq as the Antichrist' s political capital.

In chapter 8 of his book titled The Assyrian and the Middle East, Pastor
Chambers writes:

The Seat of the Antichrist

''The Middle East is the center of the whole earth, Babylon is the seat
of Satan; Jerusalem is the spiritual center of the Judeo-Christian
revelation and soon to be the seat of Christ' s kingdom. Iraq is rightly
called the Cradle of Civilization because the Garden of Eden was in its
southern tip where the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers meet just before
entering the Persian Gulf. To look for Satan' s final activities in any
other area than the Middle East is to look in vain and in error.''

Pastor Chambers goes on to explain why the Antichrist is an Assyrian.
On the last page of the chapter Pastor Chambers writes:

The Middle East Possesses All Elements of Antichrist

''There is no other geographical area on planet Earth where the
Antichrist could appear but the Middle East. Those who continue to
look only toward the European Common Market as the primary
movement toward the Antichrist will soon be disappointed.'' [3]

I totally agree with Pastor Chambers that the Antichrist has to come
from the Middle East, not from the West (Europe) like Mark Hitchcock
and many others believe.
As we have seen, Syria, Iran and Iraq will be the main base of the
Antichrist 's empire. In is interesting to note that in Daniel 7 we read
that three of the ten horns which represent kings of nations will be
conquered by the Antichrist during his ascension to power. Daniel

'' I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them
another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns
plucked up by the roots . . . And of the ten horns that were in his
head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell;
even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great
things, whose look was more stout than his fellows.'' (Daniel 7:8,20)

The Antichrist who is the little horn appears on the Middle East political
scene and conquers three of the first horns (kings). Could it be that
these three kings are the kings of Syria, Iran and Iraq since these are
the three kingdoms that form the body of the beast in Revelation
13:2 ? I believe this a very possible scenario because current
developments in the Middle East point to Syria, Iran and Iraq as the
major players in the future of the Middle East. Syria and Iran are
becoming political and military allies. Iraq is not far away form
becoming a stable nation in the region and Iran is proposing to help

Iraq have more influence in the region after the U.S. withdraws its
troops from that nation.
Turkey is slowly getting involved in Middle East affairs and is on its
way to give up democracy and become an extreme Islamic nation.

So far we have covered Turkey, Syria, Iran and Iraq as the kingdoms
that form the body of the beast in Revelation 13:2. We are now going
to expand on the fact that the Antichrist will come from the Middle
East and find out where in the Middle East he will come from based on
the biblical text. In Revelation 13 John described another physical
characteristic of the beast which Daniel was not able to describe. John

'' 1And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out
of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten
crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.'' (Revelation

The beast has seven heads. In Revelation 17 we are told what the
seven heads represent:

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

10And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other
is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short
space. '' (Revelation 17:9-10)

The seven heads of the beast represent seven mountains and seven
kings or kingdoms. In Jeremiah we read:

''And I will render unto Babylon and to all the inhabitants of Chaldea
all their evil that they have done in Zion in your sight, saith the LORD.
Behold, I am against thee, O destroying mountain, saith the LORD,
which destroyest all the earth:''(Jeremiah 51:24-25)

In this passage the Babylonian Empire is compared to a mountain.The
seven mountain kingdoms that John sees as the heads of the beast

1 Egypt

2 Assyria

the Western Roman Empire lasted until 476 A. The Eastern Roman Empire lasted until about 1453 A. This was followed 13 days later with the occupation of Istanbul.D. The Ottoman Empire bowed out of the First World War with the signing of the Armistice of Mudros on October 30th. The seventh kingdom that would continue for a short space would be the Ottoman empire. not from Western Europe as many teach.D. One of the heads of the beast which represents a kingdom of the past appears to suffer a fatal wound to the point of death but this fatal wound gets healed close to the Tribulation period causing the whole world to wonder after the beast. The only of the seven kingdoms mentioned above that was wounded to death was Assyria.3 Babylon 4 Medo-Persia 5 Greece These are the five that had fallen when the angel was explaining the meaning of the seven heads to John. With the exception of the western portion of the Grecian and Roman Empires.'' (Revelation 13:3).The Roman empire split in two section known as East and West. when it finally fell to the Islamic Caliphate of the Ottoman Turks. the Middle East was the main geographical region that was under the dominion of the other five kingdoms mentioned above. 6 Rome This is the one that was (is) when John was receiving the vision. 7 Ottoman This is the one that had to continue for a short time. The other six kingdoms still exist today in the form of nations as follows: Egyptian empire as Egypt . 1918. the Ottoman Empire lost its Middle Eastern territories which became mandates of Britain and France. Based on this fact we conclude that the Antichrist will come from the Middle East. and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. In Revelation 13 we also read: ''And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death. Under the terms of the Treaty of Sèvres.

'' (Revelation 11:7) ''The beast that thou sawest was. The Greek word translated bottomless pit is the word abussos and it refers to a very deep gulf or chasm in the lowest parts of the earth used as the common receptacle of the dead and especially as the abode of demons according to the Strong' s definition. and is of the seven. and is not. This fact can be seen in Daniel 7 as the four beasts that rise out of the sea represent four kingdoms or empires. But can a beastly empire rise from the dead: This is what Revelations says concerning a beast (kingdom) rising from the dead: ''And when they shall have finished their testimony. even he is the eighth. As Assyria is healed from the deadly wound.Babylonian empire as Iraq Medo-Persian empire as Iran and Kurdistan Grecian empire as Macedonia. and is not. it will have a double existence causing it to be one of the seven and be the eighth. We have to take notice of the fact that the word 'beast' primarily refers to a kingdom . and shall overcome them. Syria and other Middle Eastern sectors of the Seleucid dynasty Roman empire as Europe for the most part Ottoman Empire as Turkey The fact that the deadly wounded gets healed suggests that Assyria will come back in the future as a kingdom to bring forth the Antichrist. This is interesting because in Revelation 17 we read: '' And the beast that was. In Luke 8 we read: . and go into perdition:'' (Revelation 17:8) The two verses above say that the beast will ascend out of the bottomless pit. not four persons. was not during the time John was writing and becomes the eighth kingdom to go into perdition during the Tribulation. and kill them. the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them. ''(Revelation 17:11) The beast was one of the seven kingdoms. and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit. and goeth into perdition. not to a person.

saying. Legion: because many devils were entered into him. but Michael your prince. thy words were heard. 21But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things. and I remained there with the kings of Persia. Then the heavenly being goes on to explain that it took him 21 days to get to Daniel because a demonic entity called ''the prince of the kingdom of Persia'' had withstood him to the point of having Michael the Archangel to come and help him face the demonic prince of Persia. The devils ask Jesus not to send them to go into the deep. Knowest thou wherefore I come unto thee? and now will I return to fight with the prince of Persia: and when I am gone forth. Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand. Fear not. and I am come for thy words. one of the chief princes. the prince of Grecia shall come. Does not the passages in Revelation seem to be referring to a demon ascending from the bottomless pit and not to the kingdom of Assyria since the abussos is the abode of demons ? It is very common in Scripture to find a demon as the force behind a kingdom. lo. . and to chasten thyself before thy God. lo. 20Then said he. . Michael. The Greek word translated deep in this passage is the same Greek word translated bottomless pit in Revelation. came to help me. And they besought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep. 13But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but. This passage shows us that the kingdoms of men have demonic forces operating behind the scenes and the passages in Revelation might indeed be referring to the demonic power that was behind the Assyrian empire as ascending from the bottomless pit to once again be the power behind the resurrected Assyrian kingdom.'' (Luke 8:30-31) In this passage Jesus is casting demons out of a man.''And Jesus asked him. .20-21) In this passage we read of a heavenly being who came to tell Daniel that his prayers would be answered. By the end of the verse 21 the heavenly being tells Daniel he still has to fight the coming demonic prince of Grecia. In Daniel we read that both the kingdoms of Grecia and Persia had a demonic entity behind them: ''12 Then said he unto me.'' (Daniel 10:12-13. What is thy name? And he said.

This does not mean that the Antichrist himself will be the fallen angel that ascends out of the bottomless pit as some have been teaching. the demonic entity that was the driving force behind Assyria in ancient times will ascend from the bottomless pit to be the driving force behind Assyria again in the end times. The modern nations that occupy the geographical area of the ancient Assyrian empire include: Turkey Lebanon Syria Jordan . If the book of Revelation points to an Assyrian kingdom in the end times as the Middle Eastern nation where the Antichrist will come from. for he is called the man of sin (2 Thessalonians 2:3).As Assyria ceased to exist as a kingdom around 2600 years ago. We read that the bottomless pit will be open in Revelation 9 releasing many demonic creatures upon the earth. the Antichrist will also be a man who will have the support of the demonic entity who was and will be the driving force behind Assyria. We who study prophecy know that with the exception of the eternal state mentioned in Revelation 21-22. Just as the kings of Persia and Grecia were men who had the support of demonic creatures. The demonic entity that was the force behind ancient Assyria might be released at that time to give supernatural support to the a new nation called Assyria. there is nothing new in the book of Revelation that was not mentioned in the Old Testament prophets.Indeed the prophets Isaiah and Micah had a lot of information to give about the Antichrist as the Assyrian and we are going to take a closer look at those passages. let me first point out that many good prophecy scholars believe that the term ''Assyrian '' might not be referring to a literal Assyrian nation to become an independent state in the future. but to the general area dominated by the Assyrian empire. its demonic prince was confined to the bottomless pit. Before we examine the biblical text concerning the Antichrist as coming from Assyria. but as Assyria rises from the dead . The Antichrist will be a man. the Old Testament prophets must have had something to say about the Assyrian connection in the end times.

the Antichrist could be from any of these nations mentioned above. or Czar and that Gog is the leader of the land of Magog which was called Scythia by the Greeks according to Josephus. Caesar. the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal.Iraq Western Iran View map of the Assyrian Empire below According to this view. They connect Gog with the Antichrist and say that the word Gog comes from the word Gyges in Lydia and refers to Western Asia Minor. The most popular view about Ezekiel 38 is the one that Gog is a title like Pharaoh. Those who believe the Antichrist will come from Turkey point to Ezekiel 38 which mentions Gog of the land of Magog. . Turkey. Scythia was a nation located north of the Black and Caspian Seas and is geographically known today as Southern Russia.

The most popular view is that the king of the north is not the Antichrist. The king of the north motif in Daniel 11 is always a reference to Syria. yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel. 3Therefore will he give them up. we find no Scriptural reference pointing to an Iranian Antichrist. Bethlehem Ephratah. from everlasting. though thou be little among the thousands of Judah. Moab and the children of Ammon which were located in the region of modern day Jordan escape out of the Antichrist' s hand during his military conquest of the Middle East. but the king of Syria who fights the Antichrist along with Egypt. I personally believe that when the Bible calls the Antichrist ''the Assyrian'' . whose goings forth have been from of old. Syria might be one of the three kings to be conquered by him during his rise to power and then becomes part of the physical description of the beast in Revelation 13:2 as symbolized by the leopard. The historical figure referred to in Ezekiel 28 is Ethbaal who was the prince of Tyrus during the time of Ezekiel and some believe he was a type of the Antichrist because he too will proclaim to be god (2 Thessalonians 2:4) Some believe the Antichrist will come from Jordan because the area of modern Jordan was under Assyrian dominion although there is no Scriptural references that point to a Jordanian Antichrist. the king of the south during his military conquest of the Middle East. Those like me who believe he will come from Iraq point to Isaiah 14:4 where the Antichrist is called ''the king of Babylon'' and Isaiah 10:12 where he is called ''the king of Assyria'' As far as Iran is is referring to him as being from a literal reborn Assyrian nation in the future and we will explain why. until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel. Those who believe that the Antichrist will come from Syria say he is the king of the north of Daniel 11:40.Those who believe the Antichrist will come from Lebanon point to Ezekiel 28 where we read about God' s judgement upon the prince of Tyrus (Tyre) for making himself like God. . I prefer the latter view because as we have seen above. In Micah we read: ''2But thou. In fact we see the opposite in Daniel 11: 40-45 where we read that Edom.

and the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof: thus shall he deliver us from the Assyrian. 11Out of that land went forth Asshur (Assyria).Then out of that land . and builded Nineveh. 5And this man shall be the peace. In Genesis we read: '' 8And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. and the land of Nimrod. when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces.'' (Genesis 10:8-12) Notice that the beginning of Nimrod' s kingdom was Babel and Erech. and Erech. 10And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel. In the end of verse 5 and the beginning of verse six we read that Israel will raise seven shepherds and eight principal men. when he cometh into our land. Notice that Jesus will deliver Israel form the Assyrian who comes from the land of Nimrod . and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth. in the land of Shinar. probably a reference to Israeli political and military leaders who will waste the land of Assyria with the sword (military power). in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God. and Accad. and Calneh. In verse 5 we read that this man Jesus who was born in Bethlehem will be the peace of the Jews when the Assyrian invades Israel. in the land of Shinar. and when he treadeth within our borders'' (Micah 5:2-6) In verse two we read about the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem.4And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the LORD. See Zechariah 12:6 Then in the end of verse 6 we read that he (the man born in Bethlehem) will deliver Israel from the Assyrian when he comes within Israeli borders. The land of Nimrod was established in the land of Shinar. and Calneh. and eight principal men. 12And Resen between Nineveh and Calah: the same is a great city. and the city Rehoboth. and Calah. 9He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said. 6And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword. Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD. and Accad. then shall we raise against him seven shepherds.

All these cities were established in the land of Shinar also known as the country of Babylonia which is the general area of modern day Iraq. Blessed be Egypt my people.went forth Asshur (Hebrew for Assyria). and builded Nineveh. Nineveh which later became the capital of Assyria still exists today and is located near the city of Mosul in northern Iraq. Swedish Mayor Tells US Congress Assyrian independence If Assyria becomes an independent nation in the future. Micah went out of his way to let us know that the Antichrist will be ethnically an Assyrian who wil rise within the region of ancient Assyria and Babylon also called the land of Shinar known today as Iraq. and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt. But what about the title '' prince of Tyrus'' ? Does not that make him a Lebanese ? If . and Calah. and the Egyptian into Assyria. saying. and Resen between Nineveh and Calah. it could very well fit the description of the little horn of Daniel 7:20-24. and Israel mine inheritance.In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria. and the city Rehoboth. It starts to make perfect sense to me when Isaiah calls the Antichrist the '' king of Babylon '' in Isaiah 14:4 and the ''Assyrian '' in Isaiah first must be reborn before the Millennium begins. Iraq is Babylon which is symbolized by the lion in the description of the beast. and Assyria the work of my hands. He will be an Assyrian who rises from a newly reborn state called Assyria in Iraq and eventually becomes the king of Babylon as he conquers Iraq as one of the three kings that fall before him which then becomes one of the nations that are described in the physical description of the beast in Revelation 13:2.''(Isaiah 19:23-25) For Assyria to enter the Millennium as a nation. Click the links below to read related news articles Netherlands Requests Assyrian Autonomous State in Iraq Assyrians Protest Against Vatican's Interference with Assyrian Rights Assyrians Need Own Area in Iraq. In is interesting to note that 8 % of the population of Northern Iraq is Assyrian and they are working very hard toward an Assyrian independent state in Iraq. and the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians. even a blessing in the midst of the land:Whom the LORD of hosts shall bless.It is interesting to note that God himself mentions Assyria as an existing nation during the Millennium: ''In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria.

[which] smote with a rod.'' (Daniel 7:20) And in Isaiah we read: .And then shall that Wicked be revealed. and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:''(2 Thessalonians 2:3-4. the son of perdition. In Daniel we read: '' And of the ten horns that [were] in his head. whose look [was] more stout than his fellows.8) Here Paul says that the Antichrist will be destroyed by the spirit of the mouth of the Lord just as Isaiah wrote that by the voice of the Lord will the Assyrian be destroyed.Could it be that this is what Paul had in mind when he wrote?: ''Let no man deceive you by any means: for [that day shall not come]. shewing himself that he is God .For through the voice of the LORD shall the Assyrian be beaten down. [with] scattering. and [of] the other which came up. but that does not exclude him from being ethnically an Assyrian who rises from a newly reborn Assyrian nation in the Middle East which most likely will take place within the region of Iraq. and [with] the flame of a devouring fire.''(Isaiah 30:30-31) This verse says that the Assyrian will be destroyed by the voice of the Lord. and tempest. Although Paul and Isaiah use different terms. Isaiah also referred to him as the Assyrian. the idea is the same. and hailstones. even [of] that horn that had eyes. except there come a falling away first. and a mouth that spake very great things. so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God. whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth. the only plausible explanation I can give is this: The Antichrist will become both the king of Babylon and the king of Tyrus as he conquers Iraq and Lebanon and makes the commercial capital of these nations part of his kingdom. or that is worshipped.Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God. and before whom three fell. with the indignation of [his] anger. and shall shew the lighting down of his arm. and that man of sin be revealed. . .Ezekiel was indeed referring to the Antichrist as the prince of Tyrus. In Isaiah 30 we read something very interesting: ''And the LORD shall cause his glorious voice to be heard.

many conclude that the prince (Antichrist) will be of Roman origin. and have robbed their treasures. and the end thereof [shall be] with a flood.'' Wherefore it shall come to pass. and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. and the glory of his high looks. therefore. Based on this verse. has great high looks (eyes) and is as stout (feels great about himself) as the figure mentioned in Daniel. In fact some of the Roman legions were located in the areas known today as Syria. Those who think that Isaiah 10 was referring back to the king of Assyria of Isaiah' s time. it is plausible to conclude that the Roman soldiers who were involved in the destruction of the Second Temple were of Arab and Assyrian descent. But as we take a closer look at the physical description of the beast of Revelation . Jordan and Iraq. One will notice that both chapters are connected ending with the Millennial kingdom of Christ and the salvation of Israel by the Lord 's hand. Some even believe he will be an Italian . Many good prophecy teachers still teach that today and I confess that I also believed the same thing for some time.'' (Daniel 9:26 b) The people of the prince that shall come who destroyed the city (Jerusalem) and the sanctuary (The Second Temple) were the Romans. Lebanon. I will punish the fruit of the stout heart of the king of Assyria. By the strength of my hand I have done [it]. not just a city.For he saith. and by my wisdom. for I am prudent: and I have removed the bounds of the people. Read our related article here Conclusion Many good prophecy teachers throughout the centuries taught that the beast of Revelation 13 refers to a restored Roman empire in the last days and that the European Union would be the prophesied kingdom of the Antichrist. but the general view is that he will come from the West. and I have put down the inhabitants like a valiant [man]: (Isaiah 10:12-13) This king of Assyria speaks great things. Some may object the view that the Antichrist will be of Assyrian origin because of a verse found in Daniel 9: ''and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. I suggest reading Isaiah 10 and 11 without looking at chapter division.The problem is that Rome in ancient times was an empire. [that] when the Lord hath performed his whole work upon mount Zion and on Jerusalem.

This is based on many prophetic passages which point to the Antichrist rising out of the ancient Assyrian territory which is within the area of .whose country is currently occupied by Iraq.prophecyhotline.are reportedly again. accepting Israeli assistance in their struggle for independence. Read more >> http://www. Like Jews.aspx/135877 Our Prophetic Perspective Last year I wrote an article about the Antichrist's nationality being Kurdish. Kurds are a non-Arab indigenous Middle Eastern people seeking independence in their ancestral [3] Joseph Chambers. 1996. is to train elite Kurdish commandos in guerrilla warfare and anti-terror The Kurds .com/?p=135#more-135 [2] http://www. according to reports. Their primary role. Iraq and Syria. after many years. pages 136 and 142 Israel Reportedly Training Kurdish Forces According to recent media reports. Israeli military and intelligence agents are currently operating in Iraqi Kurdistan. Iran and Syria . A Palace for the Antichrist. These animals described in Revelation cannot be pointing to an European Antichrist if we are going to take the biblical text literally as we compare Daniel' s vsion of the beasts with John' s vision of the final beast. News Leaf Press. Active Israeli support towards a free Kurdistan is seen as a natural and pragmatic policy by many in the region.prophecyhotline.13. Israel gains eyes and ears in Iran. Turkey. “By aligning with the Kurds. God bless you! Rodrigo Silva 07/05/08 Notes [1] http://www. we find that the animals described therein point to ancient Middle Eastern kingdoms that would be revived in the form of nations to become the political base of the Antichrist.” a former Israeli intelligence officer told the New Yorker.

In the past.'' In other words. Psalm 83.aspx?id=167024 Our Prophetic Perspective The words of Iran's leader sound almost identical what the Bible says concerning Israel and the surrounding nations coming against Israel in the end times. Could this be pointing to the beginning of the end as Israel finds Kurdistan to be a friend against Syria. the day will come when nations of the region will witness the destruction of the Zionist regime." Khamenei was quoted as saying. Zechariah 12:1-3 says that Jerusalem would become a burden some stone to the nations (peoples) ''round about'' and Joel 3:11 says that God will judge all the heathen (nations) ''round about. Isaiah 13-21. Jeremiah 46-51. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called Israel a "cancerous tumor" that must be wiped from the map. Iran's leader predicts Israel's destruction Iran's supreme leader predicted the destruction of Israel in comments posted on his Web site on Wednesday. God even names the nations involved in Joel. Iran. It is very interesting to see how the Israeli government is finding the Kurds in Iraq to be ''friends'' against Islamic enemies and how Israel even supports an independent Kurdish state. in some of his strongest remarks in years about the Jewish The Antichrist is said to enter into some kind of friendly covenant with Israel while he fights the nations that surrounds his country as if he and Israel are military partners against a number of surrounding enemies.modern day Kurdistan whose citizens comprise of a percentage of Medes and a percentage of ethnic Assyrians who became subject to Islamization some centuries ago. All nations mentioned are Middle Eastern nations and the one thing that unites all those nations to seek Israel's destruction is the . "How soon or late (Israel's demise) will happen depends on how Islamic countries and Muslim nations approach the issue. the Bible says it is the nations of the region (Middle East) that will come against Israel." Read more >> http://www. We are told that he evens conquers three of the ten nations surrounding his country before he breaks his covenant with Israel. etc.jpost. "Definitely. Iraq and other Islamic nations just to find out later that this alliance will result in a covenant of death? Read our article entitled Could the Antichrist be from Kurdistan? for more information on this subject. but the new comments mark the first time in years he has openly speculated about Israel's demise.

In many articles posted on the Beast From The East web site. For more information. Sources quoted in the report said that an agreement by Israel on six points could helpseal a deal by the end of next year. read our article entitled ''The Middle East and the Beast of Revelation. I have suggested that the Antichrist could be either from a new independent Assyria or an independent Kurdistan within Northern Iraq but what the contributors to the Beast From The East web site have to say about Syria being the nation of the Antichrist is worth reading. Read articles related to the Syrian Antichrist below: The Syrian Antichrist by Scot Dryer The Antichrist by Richard Perry What is the Nationality of the Antichrist? by Tom McElmurry draws-peace-map-syria-northwest-shores-kinneret Our Prophetic Perspective According to the Bible.religion of Islam.Syria On Northwest Shores Of Kinneret Seeking to secure a peace deal with Israel. Khameni although not a true prophet and an enemy of God himself got it right. While the prophecy world insists upon a European confederacy of nations to seek Israel's destruction under the Antichrist. a peace deal between Israel and the Antichrist will be confirmed which will trigger the final years of the Middle East conflict before Jesus returns to reign. Syrian President Bashar Assad has reportedly drafted a document defining the boundaries of the Golan Heights which puts Syria on the northeastern Kinneret shore. different authors have argued that the Antichrist will come out of Syria and will be the last king of the North (Seleucid division of the Grecian Empire headquartered in ancient Syria) according to Daniel 11:21-45. The current negotiations between Syria and Israel for a peace deal could be the starting point of the covenant that will later be confirmed between the Israel and the possibly ''Syrian'' Antichrist for a few more years. the Bible leaves no doubt as to what nations will be involved in the last attempt to destroy the Jewish According to the Reuters report Damascus was waiting for an Israeli reply through Turkish mediators.'' Assad Draws Peace Map . The days will come when ''nations of the region'' will come against Israel and that confirms what Bible prophecy has to say about the Middle East's geopolitical scenario for the end times. Read more >> http://www.

Iran and Syria itself.Daniel's Scope of Prophecy Does Not Include Rome! by Dave Watchman HOW CLOSE ARE WE TO THE END? by Michal & Roland Back TURKEY: Re-Writing The Middle East? ISTANBUL (IDN) . More than a year ago I wrote the following words in one of my articles: ''The Antichrist who is the little horn appears on the Middle East political scene and conquers three of the first horns (kings) fact it has struck strategic deals with three key regional players: Iran. Iran and Iraq since these are the three kingdoms that form the body of the beast in Revelation 13:2 ? I believe this a very possible scenario because current developments in the Middle East point to Syria. Iraq. Iran and Iraq as the major players in the future of the Middle East. Iran and Iraq as the kingdoms that form the body of the beast in Revelation 13:2.So far we have covered Could it be that these three kings are the kings of Syria. Iraq is not far away form becoming a stable nation in the region and Iran is proposing to help Iraq have more influence in the region after the U.indepthnews. A new ’quartet’ has been formed. promoted by Damascus. withdraws its troops from that nation. Syria.php?key1=2009-11- 09%2018:43:11&key2=1 Our prophetic Perspective I may sound too repetitive in this section of our web site but I cannot help it. Read more>> http://www. compare it to the article I wrote in July of 2008 and ask yourself if the current popular European . We are now going to expand on the fact that the Antichrist will come from the Middle East and find out where in the Middle East he will come from based on the biblical text'' Read full article here Does this sound like the latest developments in the Middle East according to the news article above? Please. I feel the need to emphasize what has been going on in the Middle East so more people can open their eyes to reality and once and for all give up on what they have been spoonfed by mainstream prophecy ''experts''.In a record time. Syria and Iran are becoming political and military allies. Turkish diplomacy has managed to put together several pieces in its Middle East puzzle -. and Syria. read it carefully. to form a new Middle East bloc between Turkey. The question is what kind of music can it play? Last summer. Turkey is slowly getting involved in Middle East affairs and is on its way to give up democracy and become an extreme Islamic nation. Ankara accepted a challenging plan. Iraq.

pundits say. Deal with Syria brings European Union spirit to Middle East Turkey and Syria's decision to remove visa requirements for the nationals of the two countries and establish a high-level strategic council is bringing the spirit of the European Union. and would remove visa requirements between the two countries.todayszaman. The Bible points over and over again to Middle Eastern nations that are specifically mentioned by name in the prophets Isaiah. In our article entitled The Middle East and the Beast of Revelation we mention that Syria and Turkey along with Iraq and Iran would start forming a political and economic partnership that will eventually lead to the establishment of an alliance of ten Middle Eastern Islamic nations that will be the ten horns or kings of the beast system that will be led by the Antichrist. Read more >> http://www. Turkey and Syria announced on Wednesday evening that they would create a high-level strategic council. Jeremiah. modeled on a similar mechanism launched earlier by Turkey and Iraq. If you are humble enough to accept the truth over the traditions of men. The rebuilding of . during a one-day visit by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to İstanbul.html Our Prophetic Perspective The deal between Turkey and Syria which will bring the ''European Union Spirit'' to the Middle East is the preparation for the fulfillment of Bible analysisdeal-with-syria-brings-european-union-spirit-to-middle-east.Beast theory is what the Bible really foretold for the last days. Experts add that cooperation between Ankara and Damascus will gradually spread throughout the Middle East and that extra-regional powers that really want peace and stability in the region should support this process. based on integrated economic relations and political cooperation. Many who teach prophecy keep insisting that the beast is an alliance of European nations. Sanhedrin Rabbis meet with Adnan Oktar Just recently the Israeli Sanhedrin met with Muslim intellectual and Mahdist Adnan Oktar in order to discuss the future of the Middle East and how a Turkish led Islamic Union will bring peace and harmony to the region. to the Middle East. God will open your understanding to the Scriptures as they relate to the days in which we are living as far as the alignment of nations that will form the beast kingdom is concerned. Ezekiel and symbolically referred as horns in Daniel 7 and Revelation 13 & 17.

Many are looking for a peace agreement between the Antichrist and the Israeli government but that may not be the case since Israel is run by a secular government. Click here for a recent video released by the Temple Institute concerning the rebuilding of the Temple . It is possible that the awaited Islamic Mahdi that is being promoted by Adnan Oktar and the Antichrist will be one and the same. The recent dialogue between the Israeli Sanhedrin and the Muslim intellectual and Mahdist Adnan Oktar which seeks to bring peace and reconciliation between Jews and Muslims at least gives the impression that the idea of a Muslim Antichrist from the Middle East as opposed to a secular European Antichrist is not an impossibility as some of the so called prophecy experts claim.the Jewish Temple is among many of the subjects addressed by the Sanhedrin and the Muslims intellectual who is looking for the soon coming of the Islamic Mahdi to bring an era of peace to the nations of the Middle East and the world. Not that this will be the covenant itself but that it will be the initiative that will be used as a platform by the Antichrist who comes later on the scene to confirm a covenant with the Jews which may give the Jews permission to share the Temple Mount with Muslims. These orthodox Jews could be the ''many'' referred to in Daniel 9:27 since the context of the passage makes reference to the sacrificial system of the Mosaic law that orthodox Jews wish to observe and which requires a Jewish Temple.'' The video can be viewed here. The Turkish led Islamic Union promoted by Adnan Oktar which seeks to establish peace in the Middle East which will include Israel might very well be the covenant that the Antichrist confirms at a later date for seven more years. Read entire article >> Some of the popular prophecy experts have recently given an interview to a very prominent prophecy teacher that the idea that the Antichrist will be a Muslim is just an ''impossibility. The covenant the Antichrist confirms might be with the orthodox Jews who wish to rebuild the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem and exclude to some extent the secular government in Israel.php/Hachrazah_5769_Tamuz_9#Statem ent_of_Jerusalem_Court Our Prophetic Perspective Myself and a few other prophecy students have asserted that the Antichrist who will confirm some kind of an already existing covenant with the Jews in Israel will be a Middle Eastern figure who will very likely be a Muslim who will come in the name of peace.thesanhedrin.

It is also possible that the Jews might be granted permission to rebuild the Temple even before the Antichrist appears to confirm the already existing covenant and such project could be part of the Turkish led Islamic Union plan of peace. Read more >> http://www. "You will burn in the fire of hell!" The level of violence at the afternoon protest was lower than it was the previous weekend. neither on the Sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation. bus and all kinds of transportation services will begin to be enforced causing the population of the Holy City to be without any means of transportation within the city and perhaps throughout the entire nation of Israel on . such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time. nor ever shall be." To police seeking to rein them in. Haredi protesters: Shabbat desecraters must die! Masses of haredim demonstrated and hurled rocks at police in Jerusalem on Saturday in an ongoing protest against the opening of a parking lot on Shabbat to accommodate weekend visitors to the Old City. As these orthodox Jews gain stronger influence within the Israeli government. The protesters chanted that anyone who desecrates Shabbat "must die. train. Jesus said the following: ''But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter. taxi. police said.'' (Matthew 24:20-21) Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem have been fighting against the Israeli government in order to enforce Sabbath keeping in the Holy City. however. activists from the Eda Haredit were planning a major midweek demonstration in Jerusalem against the desecration of cid=1246443715331&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull Our Prophetic Perspective In referring to the persecution being of Jews in Jerusalem during the time of the Great Tribulation just after the Antichrist places the abomination of desolation in the then rebuilt Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. Sabbath keeping rules against opening parking lots. Setting the stage for further violent clashes. Most Christians may be caught by surprise with such development since most of them are looking for a European Antichrist ruling over a European confederacy of nations while the Bible seems to clearly point to a Middle Eastern Antichrist ruling over a Middle Eastern confederacy of nations. they warned. no.

and them that worship therein. and the altar. and measure the temple of God. But the court which is without the temple leave out. the Muslim . saying. As the persecution of the tribulation comes. "God's Holy Mountain Vision" project hopes to defuse religious strife by showing that Jews' end-of-days vision could harmoniously accommodate Islam's present architectural hegemony on the Temple Mount. Muslims and cid=1245184891155&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull Our Prophetic Perspective While many prophecy teachers insist that the Dome of the Rock must be destroyed in order for a Jewish Temple to be rebuilt. The Arabs must be the Gentiles referred to in this passage and the Dome of the Rock must be standing on what the passage refers as the ''court which is without the temple. In revelation 11 we read: ''And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood. What Jesus predicted two thousand years ago concerning the Sabbath in Jerusalem is becoming news headlines in our day. and measure it not." said Yoav Frankel. many living in the holy city will not be able to escape persecution by means of transportation should they try to flee on any given Saturday during the days of the Tribulation. the Bible seems to suggest a different scenario. Rise. for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty [and] two months. One thing that really caught my attention in this headline was the following: ''Sheikh Abdulla Nimar Darwish.jpost. founder of the Islamic Movement in Israel. "This vision of religious shrines in peaceful proximity can transform the Temple Mount from a place of contention to its original sacred role as a place of worship shared by Jews.Saturdays.'' (Revelation 11:2) This passage says that the outer court of the Temple is given to the Gentiles who will tread the holy city of forty two months.'' I could be wrong in my assertion but this passage in Revelation appears to be telling us that the Jewish Temple will be rebuilt next to a pagan shrine standing on the Temple Mount and indeed there is one. Read more >> http://www. said it was pointless to talk about what would happen when the mahdi. director of the initiative. Can Third Temple be built without destroying Dome of the Rock? A new Jewish interfaith initiative launched last week argues building the Third Jewish Temple in Jerusalem would not necessitate the destruction of the Dome of the Rock. This shows us how literal the Bible is when it comes to prophecy despite the attempt of many to try and spiritualize it.

convince the Arabs that he is the Mahdi. convince the Arabs to allow the Jews to rebuilt the Temple next to the Dome of the Rock and later on desecrate the Jewish Temple and claim to be God. Oh my. he will claim and will be received by Shiites as some type of god- man just as Jesus claimed to be God and Man." said a statement issued at the end of the three-day meeting of foreign ministers of the 57-nation Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC). Read more >> http://www. "We must not reward Israel for its crimes. "The mahdi will decide whether or not to rebuild the Temple. In other words. The Antichrist might take advantege of the Shiite beliefs concerning the Mahdi. If he decides that it should be rebuilt. The Bible says that the Antichrist who will come from the Middle East will confirm a covenant with the Jews for a period of 7 Hebrews years . I will go out to the Temple Mount and help carry the rocks. Shiite Muslims who are the minority put a lot more emphasis on the Mahdi than Sunni Muslims." Darwish warned against any attempt to rebuild the Temple before the coming of the mahdi. 2 Thessalonians 2 says the Antichrist will claim to be God." the statement In my article Debunking the European Antichrist I offer valid points to show that the Antichrist will not be European but a Middle Eastern figure. What is interesting is that Sunni Muslims reject the Shiite view of the Mahdi because Shiite Muslims expect the Mahdi to be some kind of holy being who will have the same attributes of Allah.equivalent of the messiah.html Our Prophetic Perspective The fact that the Muslim world is promoting better ties with Israel for a peace agreement is a step toward the fulfillment of Bible prophecy.7340.ynetnews. would reveal himself. Some prophecy teachers reject this idea since they expect the Antichrist to be a secular European leader.'' Myself and others have suggested that the Islamic Mahdi and the biblical Antichrist will be one and the same. I think we are beginning to witness the last of the last days! Muslim nations link better ties with Israel to peace Muslim countries meeting in the Syrian capital criticized Israel on Monday but said they were open to better ties with the Jewish state if it took steps towards a "just and comprehensive" Middle East peace deal. "It should be affirmed that any progress on ties must be linked to how much the Israeli position represents a commitment to a just and comprehensive peace that guarantees the restoration of rights and occupied land.L-3721440.00.

Do not jump to hasty conclusions by saying that the mediator of such a covenant between Israel and the Islamic world in the Antichrist for he will come at a later date to confirm an already existing covenant. Ahmadinejad and al-Assad said relations between Iran and Syria were strategic in different fields and called for expansion of mutual ties. Syria.president. 7 and Revelation 17 speak about a ten-nation confederacy of Middle Eastern nations that will give their power to the beast who confirms an already existing covenant. new cruel regimes would be created. Syria. Iraq and Turkey would be beneficial and strategic for nations of the region.according to Daniel 9:27. otherwise. We are now going to expand on the fact that the Antichrist will come from the Middle East and find out where in the Middle East he will come from based on the biblical text. They considered expansion of ties and cooperation among countries of the region necessary and said that quadlateral cooperation between Iran. Syria. Read more >> http://www. Since he comes to confirm an already existing covenant. Iraq and Turkey as forming a quadlateral cooperation that would be beneficial and strategic for nations of the region. Watch for an Islamic Union which will enter into a covenant with Israel in the near future which may give the Jews permission to have access to the temple mount.'' Read entire article here The above headline caught my attention because it mentions Iran. Iran and Iraq as the kingdoms that form the body of the beast in Revelation 13:2. These ten nations might enter into a covenant with Israel so both the Jewish state and the Islamic world can co- exist Our Prophetic Perspective Almost a year ago I wrote the following in my article entitled ''The Middle East and the Beast of Revelation:'' ''So far we have covered Turkey. Daniel 2. President In a meeting between the senior delegations of Iran and Syria: We should look for new world order President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in addition to resistance and steadfastness. a covenant must be already in place before he arrives on the scene. Iran and Syria should look for creation of a new world order. These are the very four nations that I mentioned would start forming the political kingdom of the . The Antichrist comes at a later date to confirm and strengthen the covenant for seven more year.

txt Our Prophetic Perspective The fact that Turkey is moving away from its NATO western allies toward the Islamic world fits exactly with the prophetic scenario for the last days. not the Jews of the Southern Kingdom of Judah who are the modern Jewish Israelis.” the report said. 9237525. says Turkey’s new foreign policy — led by the ruling Justice and Development Party. This is causing Turkey to shift to the East and make alliances with Syria. “It [AKP] is pro-Hamas. This union will ultimately constitute of ten nations that will be the ten kings of Daniel 7 and Revelation 17. “The AKP views the world as composed of religious blocs. and this disposition colors its views of the Middle East and the world. Judah of the Jews we prophesied to return to the land in order to fulfill the seventieth week of Daniel in a covenant with the Antichrist. . These nations will eventually create an ''Islamic Union'' which will include other nations of the region.beast in the near future. The Beast from the East is beginning to grow before the eyes of the world and many are still blind to this fact because the traditions of men keep pointing to the Europe instead of the Middle East. pro-Qatar. or AKP according to its Turkish initials — has come at the expense of Ankara’s relations with Israel. Ezekiel 38 mentions Turkey (Togarmah. The House of Israel which was the Northern Kingdom is what Ezekiel refers to in chapters 38 & 39. My message has not been very popular and has been heavily criticized by supporters of the European beast theory. Turkey To Break With NATO On Iran A report issued by the Washington Institute says Turkey has moved steadily away from its NATO allies and toward Iran. Recently France and Germany announced that they oppose Turkey joining the European Union and Turkey has announced it might break with NATO to side with Iran. pro-Saudi. Meshech and Tubal) as one of the primary allies against Israel alomg with Iran (Persia). Iran and Iraq. Libya and Ethiopia (Sudan). titled “The AKP’s Foreign Policy: The Misnomer of Neo-Ottomanism” and authored by senior researcher Soner Cagaptay. The report. Russia and Syria. pro-Hezbollah. Now the Israel of Ezekiel 38 may not be the modern Jewish state of Israel which is the ancient kingdom of Judah which has returned to the land of Israel and renamed their country Israel instead of Judah which was their ancient name. the European Union and the United States. pro-Syria.” Read more >>http://thebulletin.

" Ahmadinejad said." Read more >> http://www. The Antichrist is said to come during or right after the formation of such alliance. Syria and Iran united against Israel' Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday his country and Syria are united behind Palestinian "resistance" to Israel. conquer it and rule over it as he also pretends to grantee Israel's military security from these nations. The leopard refers to the Grecian Empire in Daniel 7 which later was divided into four separate kingdoms. It may be that the Gog and Magog War which will include Turkey as one of the main allies will not be against the modern Jewish state of Israel which is composed of Jews from the House of cid=1239710872450&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull Our Prophetic Perspective. According to Daniel 11. Revelation 13 tells us that the beast looks like a leopard. We see that the resistance will continue until all occupied territories are liberated.jpost. Persia changed its name to Iran in 1935. "They will continue to do so. . has the feet of a bear and the mouth of a lion. As he conquers the Middle Eastern alliance which will be composed of Syria. including Hamas and Lebanon's Hizbullah. The Lion represents Babylon which will be the political capital of the beast according to Revelation 18. modern day Iraq which will soon join Syria and Iran to form the composite beast of Revelation 13. Syria's president. taking a tough tone as he met with his top Arab ally. Ahmadinejad was expected to meet with the chiefs of Hamas and other Palestinian groups during his visit to Damascus. "Syria and Iran have been from the very beginning united and in agreement to stand on the side of the Palestinian resistance. Iran is a strong supporter of militant Islamic groups in the region. The House of Israel or the Northern Kingdom also know as the lost ten tribes lives in a place other than the land of Israel today. said Khaled Abdul-Majid of the Popular Struggle Front said.I recommend reading my friend Jeff Booth's article entitled The Gog Magog War: A Supposition for more information on this complex subject. The Alliance between Syria and Iran is one of the major signs that we are living in the last days. Babylon was the capital of the ancient country of Babylonia. namely Syria and Egypt will be preset until the time of the end. two of those divisions. The Bear represented the Persian Empire. but against the lost Israelites of the Northern Kingdom who currently live in a geographic area other than the land of Israel.

visiting US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signaled that while it may recognize the source of the" Read more >> http://www. Ahmadinejad said Iran was one of the strongest countries in the region and that "the gall to threaten the Iranian nation was quashed forever." Ahmadinejad said. Speaking during a ceremony in Iran's Army Day. For more information on this subject." "The Iranian nation is ready to become more involved in maintaining order and security based on justice in many regions of the world. Read more >> http://www. that won't stop the Obama Administration from pushing for the rapid creation of a Palestinian Arab cid=1239710719757&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull Our Prophetic Perspective The Bible says that Iran will be one of the major players in the last days against Israel." adding that "there is no time to waste. 'No one will dare attack Iranian nation' Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told his nation on Saturday that "no country in the region threatens Iran. the Antichrist will then turn against Israel by breaking his covenant with the Jews and use this entire Middle Eastern alliance to destroy the Jewish state which is referred to by Joel 3 and Zechariah 12 as the ''nations round about'' Jerusalem will be its capital Just hours after blaming Hamas and other terror groups for the lack of peace in the region.aspx? tabid=178&nid=18355 . In Revelations 13 we read that the beast kingdom of the Antichrist will have the feet of a bear." just hours after The London Times published a report claiming that Israel was preparing to attack targets in Iran within hours of receiving a green light from the government in Jerusalem. Clinton told reporters in Jerusalem that she and President Barack Obama plan to be "vigorously engaged" in bringing about the birth of "Palestine.Iraq. read our article entitled The Middle East and the Beast of Revelation. The bear represents Persia in Daniel 7 which is one of the nations of the composite beast of Revelation 13. Iran and seven more nations. The arrogance of the Iranian president in proclaiming that Iran is becoming a power in the Middle East shows that the composite beast of Revelation which is the political kingdom of the Antichrist is being formed before our eyes. Clinton: There will be a Palestinian state.

the two countries have a broad common denominator. Egypt and the coasts of Palestine. when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem. the expansion of relations between Iran and Turkey is a necessity. The situation in Israel today clearly shows how this Biblical prediction is becoming reality before the eyes of the world.e. As the two great powers [in the region]. whom they have scattered among the nations.'' (Joel 3:1-2) This prophecy seems to suggest the creation of a state in the land that God calls his land.. I will also gather all nations. and in that time..A Strategic Goal For Us A February 3. The exciting thing about all of this is that God comes to earth at the time his land is being divided by other nations.Our Prophetic Perspective In the book of the prophet Joel we read the following: ''For. and Supportive of. Parviz Davoudi. the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood) throughout the Middle East. The nations God judges are mentioned in the rest of the chapter as Edom. behold. deputy to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. and parted my land." Kayhan: Turkey's Inclination Towards Political Islam . presenting it as a Sunni Islamic model that supports the model of Iran's Shi'ite Islamic Revolution. It is possible that eventually the US will withdraw from the region and leave the matter in the hands of Islamic nations. in those days.. This shows that we are very close to the return of Jesus Christ to earth. The nations want to push for a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital and these are the very things mentioned in this passage of the prophet Joel. they could play a decisive role in [shaping] the regional and international balances [of power]. and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat.. said: "In the new circumstances [that have emerged]. and by deepening the cooperation between them. and will plead with them there for my people and [for] my heritage Israel. I hope you have Jesus as your Lord and Savior. 2009 Kayhan editorial titled "The Muslim Brotherhood in Turkey" dealt extensively with the growing influence of the Islamic movement (i. please click here 'Kayhan': 'Turkey's Place is Alongside Iran'. The Turkish Muslim Brotherhood Model Is Influenced By. The . God will judge the nations for parting (dividing) his land. The Iranian Islamic Model At a January 2009 meeting with Turkish Ambassador to Iran Salim Kara 'Othman Oglu. If not. The support of the Turkish government and people for the oppressed people of Gaza showed that [Turkey] was taking an independent stance.

. wealth and power.' an 'accelerating car crash' By Paul B. like the day-traders of the dot-com boom. Monopoly Dot-Com Edition: Like playing net stocks MarketWatch's Rex Crum and Shawn Langlois play the dot-com edition of Monopoly and. Farrell." warns anthropologist Jared Diamond in "Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. echoes Diamond's warning: "Imperial collapse may come much more suddenly than many historians imagine. as a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. America is on the edge. Harvard's Niall Ferguson.editorial stressed that Islamic Turkey. a society's demise may begin only a decade or two after it reaches its peak population." Now. end up bankrupt. A combination of fiscal deficits and military overstretch suggests that the United States may be the next empire on the precipice." Yes. Calif. silent. must stand alongside Iran as part of an emerging Islamic Middle East bloc confronting the West: Collapse of the American Empire: swift. Indeed." Many "civilizations share a sharp curve of decline. (MarketWatch) -. certain Commentary: Historians warning of a sudden 'thief at night. MarketWatch ARROYO GRANDE."One of the disturbing facts of history is that so many civilizations collapse. one of the world's leading financial historians.

rapid collapse. about "hope." You'll find Ferguson's latest work. underscoring Ferguson's warnings that the "American Empire on the precipice." about a return to "American greatness" -." "The Cash Nexus: Money and Power in the Modern World.'" Why? Throughout history imperial leaders inevitably emerge and drive their nations into wars for greater glory and "economic progress." in Foreign Affairs.Dismiss his warning at your peril." If you're unable to see them at the historical society. they're all reproduced in Foreign Affairs." a survey of the "savagery of the 20th century" where he highlights a profound "paradox that. at risk of a sudden. Each of the five imagined scenes depicts the mouth of a great river beneath a rocky outcrop. His message negates all the happy talk you're hearing in today's news -." while inevitably leading their nation into collapse.' a series of five paintings by Thomas Cole that hangs in the New York Historical Society. Cole was a founder of the Hudson River School and one of the pioneers of nineteenth-century American landscape painting. though the 20th century was 'so bloody." near collapse. the journal of the Council of Foreign Relations. His works include the recent "Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World. within "a decade or two. outdated theory of history. everything you believe and everything driving our political leaders is based on a misleading." "Colossus: The Rise and Fall of The American Empire.' he beautifully captured a theory of imperial rise and fall to which most people remain in thrall to this day. a nonpartisan think tank. The American Empire is at the edge of a dangerous precipice. Everything you learned.' it was also 'a time of unparalleled progress. Ferguson is brilliant. "Collapse and Complexity: Empires on the Edge of Chaos. .about economic recovery and new bull markets. 'Collapse of All Empires:' 5 stages repeating through the ages Ferguson opens with a fascinating metaphor: "There is no better illustration of the life cycle of a great power than 'The Course of Empire. And that happens suddenly and swiftly. prolific and contrarian. in 'The Course of Empire.from Washington politicians and Wall Street bankers." and "The War of the World.

'The Arcadian or Pastoral State.' Now. Back in the early days of the Iraq war. Consummation of the American Empire "The third and largest of the paintings is 'The Consummation of Empire. the landscape is covered by a magnificent marble entrepôt. run amok with imperial visions and sabotage themselves. and built an elegant Greek temple. It is midday in the life cycle. Third.' as the American Empire flourishes "The second picture. affluence and glory." The temple may seem out of place. political . that all nations and their leaders fall prey to their own narcissistic hubris and that all eventually collapse from within. 'The Savage State.' before the Empire rises "In the first. Kevin Phillips. However. 'The Arcadian or Pastoral State. visually reminded of how history's great cycles do indeed repeat over and over. As Ferguson continues the tour you sense you're actually inside the New York Historical Society. not long after Thomas Jefferson built the University of Virginia using classical Greek and Roman revival architecture. Cole's paintings were done in 1833-1836.that all nations fail to learn the lessons of history." Imagine our history from Columbus' discovery of America in 1492 on through four more centuries as we savagely expanded across the continent. arrogance and a thirst for power consume them.' a lush wilderness is populated by a handful of hunter-gatherers eking out a primitive existence at the break of a stormy dawn. But more-is-not enough as greed. They have it all.First.' is of an agrarian idyll: the inhabitants have cleared the trees. You are also reminded of one of history's great tragic ironies -." 'The Consummation of Empire' focuses us on Ferguson's core message: At the very peak of their power. planted fields. proconsuls and citizen-consumers. 'The Savage State. their people and their nation. Second. leaders arise. and the contented farmer-philosophers of the previous tableau have been replaced by a throng of opulently clad merchants.

Henry Paulson." And when they come looting. Mitt Romney and all future American leaders are merely playing their parts in the greatest of all historical dramas." We sense the "consummation" of the American Empire occurred with the leadership handoff from Bill Clinton to George W. War and Wisdom" by hedge fund manager Barton Biggs. Bush. "Your safe haven must be self-sufficient and capable of growing some kind of food . fire "a few rounds over the approaching brigands' heads.historian and former Nixon strategist. while unwittingly pushing our empire to the edge. investors are asking themselves: How can I prepare for the destruction and collapse of the American Empire? There is no solution in the Cole-Ferguson scenario. of destiny. only an acceptance of fate. At this point. canned food. Destruction of the Empire Then comes 'The Destruction of Empire. Unfortunately that peak is behind us: Clinton." Ferguson described the 20th century as "the bloodiest in history.. its citizens fleeing an invading horde that rapes and pillages beneath a brooding evening sky. at the peak of their economic power." advising us to buy a farm in the mountains. Ben Bernanke.. well-stocked with seed. also captured this inevitable tendency in Wealth and Democracy: "Most great nations. wine. Bush." Today's high-tech relentless news cycle. suggests that our 21st century world is a far bloodier return to savagery." to recapture former glory . clothes. and ultimately burning themselves out. become arrogant and wage great world wars at great cost. taking on huge debt. of history's inevitable cycles.. one hundred years of butchery. wasting vast resources. Morgan Stanley's former chief global strategist who warns us of the "possibility of a breakdown of the civilized infrastructure. Sarah Palin. Barack Obama. fertilizer." ." Elsewhere in "The War of the World. repeating but never fully grasping the lessons of history in their insatiable drive for "economic progress. into collapse. Four. But there is one in "Wealth.' the fourth stage in Ferguson's grand drama about the life-cycle of all empires. In "Destruction" "the city is ablaze. medicine.. etc. Think Swiss Family Robinson.

Microbes eat indestructible plastics. rise.. swift. threats seem very remote. like a thief in the night?" What if the collapse of the American Empire is dead ahead. silent." a blunt reminder of the sudden.. collapse." We are deceiving ourselves. No matter whether civilizations decline culturally. What if history is "at times almost stationary but also capable of accelerating suddenly. as we saw in Alan Weisman's brilliant "The World Without Us:" Steel buildings decay. empires function "in apparent equilibrium for some unknowable period. a Garden of Eden. anthropologists and the public have tended to think about the political process in seasonal. Desolation . Ferguson asks: "America. Epilogue: 'All Empires . quite abruptly .. political theorists. historians. only a few decaying columns and colonnades overgrown by briars and ivy.Five. 'Desolation. certain timetable in . the moon rises over the fifth painting. cyclical terms ... are born. we discern a rhythm to history." "But what if history is not cyclical and slow-moving but arrhythmic?" asks Ferguson. Eons pass. Great powers. we're in denial. no matter how magnificent..'" says Ferguson. convinced "the challenges that face the United States are often represented as slow-burning . refusing to prepare? Ferguson's final message about America's destiny comes from Foreign Affairs: "Conceived in the mid-1830s. economically or ecologically. gone tomorrow. a Fragile Empire: Here today. their downfalls are protracted.. after the Empire disappears "Finally. There is not a living soul to be seen.." No attacking "brigands?" No loveable waste-collecting robots from Wall-E? The good news is the Earth will naturally regenerate itself without savage humans. like great men. are condemned to decline and fall' In a Los Angeles Times column. reign and then gradually wane.. in the next decade? What if. And Earth reemerges in all its glory. as with the 2000 dot-com crash. like a sports car? What if collapse does not arrive over a number of centuries but comes suddenly. Cole's great five-part painting has a clear message: all empires. are condemned to decline and fall. And then. could the United States fall that fast?" And his answer is clear and emphatic: "For centuries." Throughout history..

" You are forewarned: If the peak of America's glory was the leadership handoff from Clinton to Bush. The level of sensitivity is such that the latest tension was initiated by the Syrians. Israel will most likely listen to America's advice and consider a preemptive attack on Iran only after all diplomatic means have been exhausted. CIA Director Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm.. Iran.. Mike Mullen have already come and gone. Hassan Nasrallah. No matter how . to be unrealistic.. the Obama administration's main challenge these days is not peacemaking. Nor has he been able to rein in Iran's relentless drive for regional hegemony.. then we have already triggered the countdown to collapse. Hezbollah. with Vice President Joe Biden and a high-level delegation of the State Department and the National Security Council due in Jerusalem in early March. tick .. shaking up a dysfunctional regional order whose main actors are not only at loggerheads. but regional conflict management and preemption. because Barack Obama's mystique has worn off in the Arab world. the decade from 2010 until 2020 . to recover their land without resorting to arms has been proved. Indeed. and Hamas. or convince it to abandon its quest for nuclear arms.Across the Middle East. But preventing war will not be easy.Syria. but are also incapable of resolving the legitimacy deficits of their respective regimes. for the first time explicitly warned the Israelis that a new round of conflict would no longer be confined to an Israeli-Lebanese showdown. particularly the Syrians and the Palestinians. Moreover. tick . and after whatever sanctions are agreed upon fail to cut short Iran's march toward possessing the bomb." Hezbollah's leader.. Nasrallah made it clear that Israel's "Dahyia Doctrine" of total devastation of Lebanon in case of war would be answered in kind. A volley of incendiary remarks between Israel and both Syria and Hezbollah has fuelled anxieties about the possibility of war on Israel's northern border. The Middle East's hair trigger Shlomo ben-ami TEL AVIV . wealth and power. a fatalistic conventional wisdom is taking hold: war is unavoidable.. who misinterpreted as a threat Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak's call to start peace negotiations precisely in order to prevent "an all-out regional war.. The expectation that he would allow the Arabs. The prospect of a Middle East conflagration has prompted an airlift of senior American officials to Israel to warn of the devastating consequences that an Israeli attack on Iran might have.Diamond's "Collapse" where a "society's demise may begin only a decade or two after it reaches its peak population. by his own admission. tick . but would involve the entire regional "axis of confrontation" . This would also be the case if Israel unleashed its Air Force against Iran's nuclear installations. Some see war as a way of resolving an increasingly deadlocked situation.

it should be recalled. which believes that it can bring about "the end of the Zionist entity. he said. Copyright: Project Syndicate.of Imad Mughniyah. too. A covert war between Israel and Iran has been going on for some time now. Wars in the Middle East. * Shlomo Ben-Ami. which means that avoiding a regional explosion will require mobilising the major international actors that favour diplomatic solutions for the Arab-Israeli conflict and for Iran's quest to become a legitimate partner in a new regional system. and Israel's other enemies . Iran's response to the mounting international pressure might be.allegedly by Israel . recently put forward a different.are similarly viewed as irrational actors. a direct Israeli-Iranian showdown could follow." and Syria. Prophecies of war. Hezbollah's military chief and Iran's closest ally in the organisation. 2010. and more recently of Mahmoud al-Mahbouh. This would seem to be particularly true when it comes to an attack on Iran's nuclear installations. Today's anxieties.unjustified Israel's traditional military behaviour seems in the eyes of its enemies and critics. Hezbollah and Hamas.Hezbollah. to launch an attack on Israel through its proxies. it has always aspired to base its military actions on grounds that can be justified. Israel would not like to be seen as the spoiler of a diplomatic solution to a dispute that in any case cannot be resolved by military means alone. Wounds of Peace: The Israeli-Arab Tragedy. War threats in the Middle East should never be dismissed as hollow. albeit equally ominous. is the author of Scars of War. The assassinations . . have too frequently proven themselves to be self-fulfilling. a former Israeli foreign minister who now serves as Vice President of the Toledo International Centre for Peace. Such attacks might trigger a wider regional conflagration. If Iran and Syria then decide to back Hezbollah. suggest that an unplanned chain of events could trigger a real war. The Iranian challenge to Israel's strategic hegemony is presented as a Holocaust-style existential threat. have started even when the parties did not really want them. Hamas's liaison officer with the Al-Quds force of Iran's Revolutionary Guards. or simply as a result of a knee-jerk reaction to a provocation. are fed by perceptions and fears. two years ago. prediction. The 1967 war is one example. by real and imagined concerns. General James Jones. The days of Pax Americana in the region are over.What Israel planned as a preemptive attack on Iran might then be presented as an act of self- defense . President Obama's national security adviser. The Lebanese front may ignite if Hezbollah seeks to avenge Mughniyah's death. moreover. which publicly boasts of its ballistic missiles' capacity to destroy Israel's main urban centres . But America's extraordinary efforts to rein in Israel might not be enough to avert a calamity. as in 2006.

36-39. Obadiah 1 and so forth). Amos 9. as much in the woes as in the wonders of Israel’s regained nationhood…For many. 6. 34. The Jews from the Northern Kingdom and Southern Kingdom were allowed to return to the land seventy years under the joint and capable leadership of Zerubbabel. With both dispersions. 14. religious. Jeremiah 3.D. As previously mentioned in past articles in this series. Joel 3.C. Hosea 2. 16. and Messianic overtones and implications.g. 30-33. It is debated as a concrete. that was predicted by Jesus thirty years before it happened. up to and since the physical restoration of the State. 51. 59-66.C. geo-political concept and was struggled over. 30:1-3. and was completed when the Southern Kingdom was conquered and deported to Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar in 586 B. now to support the State of Israel. The second dispersion of the Jews from the land. and Nehemiah. is a national. Ezekiel 11. Zionism has its roots squarely in the Jewish Bible and has been the unifying force for uniting Jews together as a people and a nation to return to the land of Israel and permanently remain there never to be removed or dispersed again. religious political. Zionism has become so completely identified as a national and political movement that secular Zionists resent the claims Judaism and Christianity have made upon it… . the Jewish people never forgot their God-given homeland of Israel or its capital Jerusalem. It All Began With Abraham (Israel: The Super Sign of the End-Times. It is important to determine and distinguish which of the two dispersions is meant when looking at the prophecies that deal with the scattering and regathering of the Jewish people because the prophecies about the second dispersion and regathering are frequently made as an antecedent and conspicuous sign indicating the soon return of the Messiah to save the Jewish people (e. national. The Psalms and the Prophets are filled with the Jewish longing and ardent desire to return to the land and worship the Lord in Jerusalem by those Jews who were scattered and removed from the land God gave to them forever (Genesis 17:7-8). This longing of several millennia is what the Jewish people simply call Zionism. Zionism derives from the word Zion— another name for Jerusalem and by extension the land of Israel that has Biblical. Isaiah 11.. formerly a desire realized in a movement first to establish. Whenever these restoration/regathering prophecies to the land are found in Scripture they are prefaced or include the word “again” to thus denote a second time and must refer to the regathering after the second dispersion from Israel in A. the Bible mentions two periods in which the Jewish people would be scattered from the land of Israel due to their disobedience to God. The Jews remained in the land for over four hundred years under Gentile supervision and control. 49. The first dispersion initially began with the Northern Kingdom of Israel being taken into exile and captivity by the Assyrian invaders around 721 B.D. 70. Ezra. Wendell Stearns in his excellent Biblical survey of Zionism provides a good comprehensive overview on the central place Zionism holds in the life of the Jewish people when he writes: Zionism. and spiritual concept that goes back for millennia. Deuteronomy. Todd Baker The regathering and restoration of the Jewish people to their ancient homeland of Israel is one of the most prominent and recurring prophecies in Holy Scripture. Part 4) By Dr. 23. occurred by the Romans in 70 A. It has become the unifying concept of world Jewry. 20. 11.

Nevertheless to identify Zion and Zionism only as a recent phenomenon or to reckon it
solely as a Jewish expression of mankind’s aspiration for ethnic and governmental
sovereignty is a mistake. We err if we overlook the historical and spiritual foundations
and core that make it such a pivotal force in today’s world” (Biblical Zionism, pp. xi-xii).

In the latter part of the nineteenth century Zionism enjoyed a strong reemergence and
took on a more secular and geo-political outlook for the return of the Jewish people back
to the land of Israel with the chief pioneer of modern Zionism, Theodore Herzl. Yet
despite the lack of biblical of emphasis that is at the core of modern secular Zionism, God
moved on Herzl to become one of the major influences to see the Jewish people return to
the land. In several articles to come in this series, we will examine and explore how
Zionism was the impetus God used for the rebirth of the nation of Israel in 1948 and was
thus the greatest single fulfillment of Bible prophecy in the last two thousand years since
the time of Christ. Zionism no doubt enjoyed a popular resurgence in the latter half of the
nineteenth century due directly to the increasing hatred and hostility explicitly shown
toward the Jews throughout Europe. That hatred and hostility has always been an
inherent part of European culture dating back to the days of the Roman Empire. The
greatest concentration of anti-Semitic hostilities against the Chosen People was in
Eastern Europe and Russia. In fact, hatred for the Jews was so bad in Russia that the Czar
in 1903 commissioned his secret police to forge a document entitled, The Protocols of
the (Learned) Elders of Zion.
This forgery allegedly was supposed to be the blueprint and planned conspiracy for
Jewish world domination drawn up by a group of influential Jews as codified in the
twenty-four protocols. The Czar was to use this fabrication to justify a bloody pogrom
carried out throughout Russia and the Ukraine from 1903 to 1906.
Such a tidal wave of anti-Semitism that had and would engulf Europe in the 19th and the
20th centuries created a strong and unquenchable desire among many European Jews to
return to their ancient homeland of Israel. This prompted an early leader and pioneer of
Zionism, Russian Doctor, Leon Pinsker, to write a seminal work of Modern-day Zionism
entitled Auto-Emancipation in 1882. In it, Pinsker basically proposed that the only
solution to protect the Jewish people from ongoing anti-Semitism was for them to have a
national homeland of their own. Initially, he thought this Jewish State could be
established anywhere in the world, but eventually came to the firm conviction that such a
homeland could only be planted where ancient Israel had originally been located.

A decade after this, Zionism’s political ideas and concepts for a Jewish homeland was
formally defined by its leading proponent, Theodor Herzl, in his foundational work, The
Jewish State. This book formed the constitutional basis for the First Zionist Congress
convened on August 27, 1897, at Basle Switzerland; 204 delegates from 17 countries
attended the Congress. Herzl worked tirelessly to gain support and backing for a Jewish
State constantly traveling throughout Europe meeting with the monarchs, statesmen, and
politicians to obtain legal acceptance for a Jewish homeland. At the Fifth Zionist
Congress held in August 1903 (Herzl’s last before his death in 1904), Herzl tentatively
accepted the British proposal to establish a Jewish State in the country of Uganda located
in East Africa. After much debate and deliberation among the delegates of the Fifth
Congress, the Uganda proposal was rejected. The delegates came to the firm and

uncompromising conclusion that a Jewish State could only be established in the land of
their ancestors—the land of Israel. This unshakable resolve would only grow, intensify,
and be carried to eventual fruition some forty-five years later with the birth of the modern
nation of Israel.

Theodor Herzl’s vision was really the greater vision of God to restore His people,
Israel, to the land He gave to Abraham, their founding father, and his Jewish descendants
after him for an eternal possession in fulfillment of those End-time prophecies that the
Jews would be regathered back to Israel as a sign and pre-condition for the return of the
Messiah—Jesus of Nazareth. Satan knows of these prophecies and, within a generation of
these pioneers of Zionism, was allowed by the providence of God to try to subvert and
prevent the Jewish people from returning to their ancient God-given homeland. But the
die had already been cast. In the modern day movement of Zionism, God was beginning
to focus His attention again on the “everlasting nation” so that many of the promises of
their latter day restoration to the land in preparation for the Messiah’s return would be
realized as supernaturally foretold in the Word of God. The prophecy of Isaiah 41:8-10
stands fulfilled in this distinct regard: “But you, Israel, are My servant, Jacob whom I
have chosen, the descendants of Abraham My friend. You whom I have taken from the
ends of the earth, and called from its farthest regions, and said to you: ‘You are My
servant, I have chosen you and have not cast you away. Fear not, for I am with you. Be
not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you. I will
uphold you with My righteous right hand.’”

It All Began With Abraham (Israel: The Super Sign of the End-Times, Part 3)

By Dr. Todd Baker

The scattering of the Jewish people from the land of Israel throughout the nations of the
world was a result of their disobedience to God’s law and their rejection of the Messiah.
The first dispersion as mentioned in a prior article was the Assyrian and Babylonian
captivity (721 and 586 B.C., respectively). The reason for this as unanimously witnessed
by both the pre-exilic and exilic prophets was Israel’s gross idolatry and apostasy from
the Lord (Jeremiah 7, 9; Isaiah 1-6; Ezekiel 8-11, et al.). The second dispersion occurred
for Israel rejection and mistreatment of the Messiah who came to redeem them and offer
the Messianic kingdom (Luke 19:41-44). But in the beginning of their national history
God foretold all these things would happen as a warning to the nation through Moses
right before the people of Israel were to enter the Promised Land. In Leviticus 26 and
Deuteronomy 28-32 Israel’s covenantal obligations as the Chosen Nation of God are
spelled out by the Lord. The blessings that would accrue to their obedience are given and
conversely the curses that would fall on them if they chose to walk contrary to the Lord
and not obey him were clearly spelled out to the nation. A cursory reading of these
pivotal chapters at once reveals a precise and accurate prophetic portrait of the history of
the Jewish people that has been fulfilled to the letter for the last 3,500 years! “I will
scatter you among the nations and draw out a sword after you” (Leviticus 26:33-39;
Deuteronomy 28:64-67). This scattering of Israel to all the Gentile nations of the world

would serve as a sign for all to see God’s reproach and displeasure for their disobedience
to Him. “And they shall be upon you for a sign and a wonder, and on your descendants
forever” (Deut. 28:46).

Lest the reader think this too harsh the Kiddush (the standard daily prayer book used
by religious Jews in synagogues all over the world) offers the following penitential
prayer: “Cause us to return with perfect repentance to Thy presence. Pardon and forgive
all our iniquities. Blot out and remove our transgressions and sins from Thy sight. Nullify
the evil of the sentence decreed against us.” Now in our day with the recent partial
restoration and regathering of the Jewish people back to Israel God is in the process of
answering this very prayer. Throughout the long Diaspora God promised that He would
preserve the Jewish people as a distinct people among the Gentile nations so that by and
large they would not be assimilated or be expunged by them. “For I am with you says
the Lord, to save you. Though I make a full end of all nations where I have scattered
you, yet I will not make a complete end of you. But I will correct you in justice, and
will not let you go altogether unpunished. Yet I will leave a remnant, so that you may
have some who escape the sword among the nations, when you are scattered through
the countries” (Jeremiah 30:11; Ezekiel 6:8). The Assyrians, Babylonians, and the
Romans all invaded Israel and conquered the Jews and subsequently led them captive
away from the land to be scattered throughout the nations. After the dispersion of 70 A.D.
the Jewish people were to live without a homeland for almost 2,000 years. All throughout
that time they only survived in small numbers in isolated scattered communities. Their
numbers greatly dwindled when they were hunted down and killed by the scores during
the Crusades, the Inquisition, the Russian Pogroms, and the greatest of all numbers killed
in the horrific Holocaust. This is precisely why most Jewish people do not accept Jesus as
the Messiah because those very people who claimed to follow Him instigated and carried
out these violent campaigns and atrocities against the Chosen People. Sadly the tragic
prophecy of Jesus in John 16:2 has been fulfilled in one way through the form of
‘Christian’ anti-Semitism when He foretold to His Jewish disciples: “The time is coming
that whoever kills you will think he offers God’s service.” The enemies of the Jews
slanderously did so in the name of Jesus Christ—a sin the Christian Church has all been
too guilty of throughout the centuries. On this point Messianic Jewish author Barry Rubin
explains what the Gentile name “Jesus Christ” means to the average Jew. “To a Jewish
person, Christ conducted the Crusades, invoked the Inquisition, and prompted
persecution of Jews over the last twenty centuries. To a Jewish person, Christ is the first
part of the term used by those who accuse Jews of deicide: “Christ-killers” (“You Bring
the Bagels, I’ll Bring the Gospel,” p. 94). This brings us to our next point that we will
take up in the next issue: Universal Anti-Semitism as one of the signs of the End-Times
and for the return of Jesus the Messiah.

Thus far, we have looked at prophecies dealing with Israel's history up to the nation's
worldwide dispersion in unbelief. The whole history of the Jewish people was foretold

beforehand to them through Moses, the prophets, and the Messiah Jesus of Nazareth.
While in that dispersed state, the Jewish people would be without land, kingly ruler, free
from the idolatry of the past, and wandering from place to place throughout the nations of
the world. This last condition aforementioned was popularized in Europe by the
pejorative term "the wandering Jew" in the thirteenth century. The ugly and brutal fact of
Anti-Semitism is a darker side of Jewish history, and along with the doctrine of hell is
one of the most somber and grave subjects of Bible prophecy. Nevertheless, the God of
Israel did indeed predict from the outset of their national history that the Jewish people
would be hated, harmed, and persecuted by the Gentile nations of the world during the
long period of the Diaspora. Deuteronomy 28:15-68 outlines this terrible time. A simple
comparison between this passage of Scripture and the history of the Jewish people for the
last two thousand years will unquestionably verify these prophecies have been fulfilled as
exactly foretold and that the Bible is indeed inspired by the Omniscient God who foretells
history before it comes to pass. What we have described and predicted in the above
passage in Deuteronomy and other related passages found throughout Scripture is the
prediction of the rise of anti-Semitism. The term anti-Semitism was coined by Wilhelm
Marr in 1878 who himself was a virulent anti-Semite. Anti-Semitism simply defined is
the racial and religious hatred of the Jewish people. The ugly phenomenon of Anti-
Semitism began the moment God chose Abraham to father a new people through which
the redeemer of the world would come and was the response of Satan himself to destroy
the means by which in the "seed of the woman" he would meet his final end and defeat
(Genesis 3:15).

The devil's simple strategy was thus: "Destroy the Jewish people and there will be no
Savior to defeat me." After the first advent, his strategy is still in place as he has sought
throughout the centuries following Christ to do the same so that this same Messiah will
not come back to a restored Israel and fulfill those promises made to Israel that still await
fulfillment at the Second Advent. Furthermore, God made a promise and oath in Jeremiah
31:35-37 that the Jewish people would continue as a nation in perpetuity - that is, forever.
Satan's strategy for creating the inimical reality of anti-Semitism is nothing less than the
complete annihilation and obliteration of the Jewish people so that this divine eternal
promise of their permanent existence as the distinct chosen nation are nullified and God's
integrity and Word are proven unreliable, false, and wrong. Indeed, when Yahweh chose
Israel as the human channel for the Savior to come into the world and redeem humanity
from sin and death, Satan targeted and chose them also for destruction knowing that they
would be God's instrumental means by which he was to suffer ultimate defeat.

Revelation 12 uses symbolic images of a woman clothed with the son (Israel) and the
fiery red dragon (Satan) to prophetically narrate the conflict between Satan has with
Israel and how it will come to a head in the future seven-year tribulation period. Scripture
explains that the ultimate cause and origin for anti-Semitism is supernatural and found in
the perfidious design and person of Satan. Men like Haman, Hitler, and Pharaoh are
human pawns to carry out "the final solution" against the Jewish people. But in the end,
all people who attempt to harm and destroy the Chosen People, God will curse and
overthrow with damnation in the end according to the solemn and eternal oath He swore

and atheistic societies. aristocracies. Grosser and Edwin Abraham. the Jewish people would have no rest from the Gentile nations.000 years ago in Matthew 24. God foretold that during the long period of dispersion. It has existed in monarchies. see the book The Causes and Effects of Anti-Semitism by Paul E.. and authoritarian and totalitarian regimes. capitalist and socialist economic systems. so much so that the summative observation from Paul Grosser and Edwin Halperin definitely applies here and underscores what God foretold would be their condition in the Diaspora: "No people in history has been hated. police states. It has existed even in places where there were no Jews. in Genesis 12:3. but presently. No matter what the Jews did. One with a discerning mind can even see the subtle side of anti-Semitism by the condescending and accusatory manner in which Modern Israel is constantly spoken of by the news media (which in itself is a considerable subject to document and rightly comment upon. maligned and persecuted so continuously and systematically as the Jews. there has been no sure escape (The Causes and Effects of Anti-Semitism. They would be maligned.400 years ago true and fulfilled in the history of the Jewish people..e.D. It has existed in religious. It All Began With Abraham (Israel: The Super Sign of the End-Times. 339. In light of the history of anti-Semitism. the continued survival of the Jews and Judaism is a major historical triumph. But in spite of this. World-wide anti- Semitism is thus a sign for Israel and the world that we are living near the period of the Messiah's return as foretold by Jesus almost 2. our study will stay within the perimeters of the Scripture and those Bible prophecies dealing with the Jewish people).. the Lord has triumphantly preserved them and brought them back to their ancient homeland against all adverse odds. Halperin). "I will curse those who curse you. and killed in large numbers wherever they sojourned due to the pervasive and perennial presence of anti- Semitism (see the prophecy of Leviticus 26:36-39). It has existed in rural and urban populations. secular. the father of the Jewish people. feudal. to 1970.000 years. in small towns and suburbs. Part 2) . theocracies. persecuted." In spite of all the terrible atrocities the Jewish people have suffered for the last 2.. 353). The continuity and persistence of anti-Semitism over the past nineteen centuries indicated that it is an integral part of Western culture. It has existed in slave. "You shall be hated of all nations for My name's sake" (Matthew 24:9). dictatorships. the God of Israel has kept them distinct and preserved as a separate people (for a chronological listing of Anti-Semitism attitudes and practices from 70 A. History has indisputably confirmed the aforementioned prophecy given some 3. democracies. the present time between the first and Second Advent of Jesus Christ) would be the universal hatred of the Jewish people by the Gentile nations on account of Him. pp." The Lord Jesus predicted that one of the signs indicating the end of this inter-advent age (i.

1948. when He separated the sons of Adam. and have compassion upon thee. That took place on May 14. Christ will return! The phrase "will return" is omitted from most modern translations of the Bible since the Masoretic text (upon which the majority of modern translations of the . when God begins to bring the Jews back into their land He gave them. and will return and gather thee from all the nations. with all thine heart. According to all that I commanded thee this day. So then it is only reasonable and natural to conclude that the prophecies about Israel's future will also literally be fulfilled. Todd Baker Secular historians generally write history from an anthropocentric view. Bible Prophecy predicted as a super sign and precondition for the return of Christ the regathering of the Jewish people to their ancient homeland as the nation of Israel. (2) During this regathering the Lord Himself "will return" and complete the restoration of all Israel back into the land. and shalt obey His voice. He set the boundaries of the peoples according to the number of the children of Israel. For Deuteronomy 32:8 says: "When the Most High divided their inheritance to the nations. how it relates and centers on Man and his development and various achievements in a closed universe. The Authorized Version of these verses is most telling: "And it shall come to pass. the blessing and the curse. that is. That then the Lord thy God will turn thy captivity. and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations whither the Lord thy God hath driven thee. which I have set before thee. thou and thy children. when all these things are come upon thee. and with all thy soul. the Bible says God determines the national boundaries and demographic habitations of humanity with the intent that the children of Israel could live in the land of Canaan in an area that would perfectly accommodate their numbers and allow for this. By Dr. The rest of this article will explore and explain how the modern nation of Israel is fulfilling this role as the super-sign to indicate the coming of Christ is close at hand and could very well happen in our generation." And all that the Bible has predicted about Israel's divine history thus far has literally come to pass. And shalt return unto the Lord thy God. The Bible predicts in Deuteronomy 30:1-3 that the return of the Lord Jesus Christ will occur sometime after the regathering and return of the Jews from world wide dispersion into the land of Israel. God gave this prophecy through Moses and the Jews just before God brought them into the land of Canaan. whither the Lord thy God hath scattered thee. In fact." Notice the chronology or sequence of prophetic events here: (1) God will bring the Jews back to the land of Israel from the nations of the world where they were scattered abroad by Him for their disobedience. In others words. But the Bible concentrates on the historical fulfillment of God's covenantal relationship with the nation of Israel leading up to the first coming of the Messiah and His second coming to Israel in a supernatural fashion whereby God freely and arbitrarily intervenes in the affairs of man.

The second dispersion of the nation came in 70 A. Thus. p. At that time the Babylonians armies led by King Nebuchadnezzar laid siege against Jerusalem at conquered the Southern Kingdom and took the Jews of Judea and Jerusalem captive into Babylon for seventy years (Jeremiah 25:4-12. Israel did not heed their warnings of divine judgment and calls for repentance. Daniel 9:1-2. And the prophecy given in Deuteronomy 30:3 foretells that when the Jews return to their ancient homeland from the Diaspora (the scattering of the Jews to all Gentile nations of the world after the Babylonian exile in 586 B. Because He knew they were reprobate and unwilling to return Him.D. and Nehemiah (Ezra 1:1-6:22. Present. and have compassion on you. The last stage of this dispersion occurred in 586 B. But before God scattered them in the first dispersion He gave them warning after warning to forsake their disobedient and wicked ways through His servants the prophets." (Martin Abegg.C. Jr. the prophecies concerning the regathering of Israel lay dormant in the Word of God. when the Assyrians invaded the Northern kingdom of Israel and led them away into captivity for their gross idolatry and disobedience to the Law of Moses (Isaiah 10:5-7.C. The first dispersion of Jews from the land of Israel began in 721 B.C. 187). In 539 B..C. The Dead Sea Scrolls Bible. There was no outward indication that they would be fulfilled.000 Jews to return to the land of Israel under the leadership of Ezra. But the Dead Sea Scrolls copied some 150 years before the birth of Christ and over 1. If we just had this prophecy alone in Scripture concerning the return of the Jews to Israel and the return of the Lord following it. and this can mean but one thing: THE COMING OF THE LORD DRAWS NEAR. the phrase has good precedent for being included as from the original. 2 Chronicles 36:14- 17). Nehemiah 11:1- 13:31). Future. Peter Flint. thus fulfilling the prophecies of Micah and Jesus found in Micah 3:12 and Matthew 24:2. and the Roman destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A. but they are now being fulfilled before our eyes.000 years older than any previously discovered manuscript of the Bible includes this very phrase! The passage reads as follows: "Then the Lord your God will restore you from captivity.C. the Persian king Cyrus issued a decree allowing 50. 8:7-17. Both the Assyrian and Babylonian invasions are considered a single dispersion instead of two since half of the nation went into exile in 721 B.Old Testament are based upon) and the Septuagint (Greek translation of the Hebrew Old Testament) do not include it. and the other half going into exile in 586 B. the Lord displaced and scattered them from the Land (Jeremiah 5-6. p. the Lord Jesus Christ will return. Israel: Past. 2 Kings 17:5- 23). and will return and gather you from the peoples. and Eugene Ulrich.C.D.—an ancient testament to the veracity . Zerubbabel. when Titus and his Roman legions burned and razed Jerusalem and razed the Temple literally not leaving one stone upon another. 16) There have been two dispersions in Israel’s history collectively referred to as the Diaspora. this would be adequate alone to believe in His word that He would regather the Jews back to Israel and subsequently return at the second Coming. This unquestionably means in the words of author Homer Duncan that: "For centuries.D. In fact in the early 1990’s archaeologists doing excavations along the southern part of the Western Wall unearthed a pile of those original Temple stones that were dismantled stone by massive stone in 70 A." (Homer Duncan. 2 Chronicles 36:14-20). [from] where the Lord your God has scattered you.).

” (The New Scofield Study Bible. Thus Israel would be scattered throughout the world without centralized spiritual leadership and guidance the High Priest provided for the nation. They would no longer worship false gods in temples built with “Sacred Pillar” commonly used to worship the false gods of Canaan (Ex 34:13-14. one cannot help but agree with the comments of C. nor would they have a Temple in Jerusalem or priesthood to offer sacrifices. Chapter 3 is one of the classic O. 31:19. This period of Jewish history. and finally they would no longer worship idols. 23:9-11. Scattered. present. 70.C. 30. Israel’s state and condition is accurately described during the long world-wide dispersion of their nation that has existed between the First and Second Advent of the Messiah Jesus! A closer look at the text in Hosea 3 provides a very detailed corroboration of how this prophecy is being fulfilled from the time off the first century A.D. 2 Kings. When one closely examines the Prophecy of Hosea about the condition of Israel’s dispersion in their past. (which has already lasted for almost two thousand years) has been formally called by Jewish and secular historians “the Diaspora”.T.D.” Hosea 3:4-5 reads: “For the children of Israel shall abide many days without king or prince. 18:17. This will remain so until the return of Jesus the Son of David who will sit on the Davidic throne after a long period of absence (see Ezekiel 21:25-27. The teraphim images in ancient Israel were household idols used for objects of worship and the forbidden practice of divination (see Genesis. without political entity under a king or a prince. Part 1) By Dr. without ephod or teraphim. Hosea foresaw this dispersed state after 70 A. and predicted this to be Israel’s scattered condition “for many days. passages describing Israel’s past. and it was foretold in the prophetic word in Hosea some 750 years before Christ! In this dispersed state Israel would no longer have a “prince or king. 23:24). until now.of Jesus’ prophecy and the historical accuracy of the New Testament. 8:7. The “Ephod” was a part of the special dress the High Priest of Israel wore and also gave divine guidance and direction (Lev. and performing no sacrifices since the destruction of the Temple by the Romans in A. they have yet retained their identity and avoided idolatrous worship of sacred stones or idols. The Jews would not have a king to sit on David’s throne. to this very day. 1 Samuel 15:23.D. and the subsequent dissolution of the Levitical priesthood Israel was left without the appropriate animal sacrifices or a Temple to sacrifice them in. without sacrifice or sacred pillar. Todd Baker . Luke 1:32-33. The Bible not only predicted the fact of Israel’s dispersion but also the condition the Jews would be in during it. It All Began With Abraham (Israel: The Super Sign of the End-Times. In addition to that the Jews would be free from idolatry and the worship of idols or the “Teraphim. Scofield on this same passage of prophetic Scripture: “This prediction has been remarkably fulfilled in the condition of Israel since the time of Christ. present and future. 7:5). With the destruction of the Temple in 70 A. 894). I.D. 32. 24. p. 1 Sam. Acts 15:14-17). Deut.” In this prophecy as with several others found in the Old Testament.” while in a scattered state. and future. 30:7- 8).” The throne of David has been vacant of a lineal successor (a prince) and broken down since 586 B. Judges.

and things. Preachers and theologians are often fond of saying that History is “His story. It is an eternal covenant made between God to Abraham and his descendants forever. protestations from the Arabs. It stands for all time. so that the purpose of blessing all the nations of the world could occur in perpetuity. were well beyond the age of having children (Genesis 18:11). It began with the Patriarch Abraham some 4. and written in the Bible.” meaning that God plans and determines the details and events that make up human history ruling over the process from beginning to end to fulfill His great purpose for Mankind. In Genesis 13:15 we have the first mention in Scripture stating that God gave the land of Israel to Abraham and the Jewish people forever. One of the basic laws of Bible interpretation is the law of first mention. to be God to you and to your descendants after you.000 years ago when God called this nomadic wanderer from Ur of the Chaldeans (Modern day Iraq) to leave his homeland and go into the land of Canaan (Genesis 12:1- 3).” Here we observe from Israel’s inception that the history of the Jewish people and their divine destiny is inextricably bound up with the land God promised them.where Abraham and his descendants would live. events. and international community notwithstanding. Thus God gave the land of Israel to the Jews forever and to no other ethnic group or nation. God promised to give the land to Abraham and his descendants (the Jews) for an “everlasting possession” under the unconditional terms of an “everlasting covenant”: “For all the land which you see I have given it to you and your descendants forever. This truth is reiterated throughout the rest of Scripture and establishes the rightful owners of the land to be the Jews granted by divine right. Palestinians. for an everlasting possession. In Genesis 13:15 and 17:7-8. and Sarah his wife. Though Abraham. Israel’s history is supernatural from beginning to end. Abraham obeyed that call and became the father of the nation Israel and the Jewish people. God miraculously rejuvenated the ninety-year old body of Sarah to bear them a son. The covenant referred to in Genesis 17:7-8 is formally called the Abrahamic Covenant. And I will give to you and to your descendants after you. which has been revealed. places. The ongoing struggle for Israel’s right to live in the Land of Promise has already been settled once and for all by the eternal counsel of God as codified and enacted in the Abrahamic Covenant. Nothing could be truer of Israel. God has spoken and His Word on this matter is settled forever (Psalm 119:89). It establishes the Bible as consistent in its meaning from beginning to end as it applies to persons. There is no deviation or alteration by God from this covenant. The history of the Jewish people is “His story” played out within human history. that is forever. With the promised child came the Promised Land — the land that is called Israel . And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant. the land in which you are a stranger. The law of first mention states that when a thing is mentioned for the first time in the Bible it carries the same meaning all throughout the Scriptures. all the land of Canaan. God essentially established through this Covenant with Abraham a people from him (the Jewish people). foretold. thus all the political wrangling about who the land belongs to is quite . a place for them (the land of Israel). Isaac through whom God would raise up the people and nation the Messiah would come through (Genesis 21:12).

17). In both advents. Jacob (Genesis 25:5-6. Part of the reason for the return of Israel's Messiah will be to enforce the everlasting decree of God's land grant to the Jewish people and to overthrow the nations of the world in league with the anti-Christ who will violently attempt to take the land away from them (Zech. an area yet to be occupied by the Jewish nation that well includes the two presently disputed areas of Gaza and the West Bank (Judea and Samaria).” (Richard Booker. They wrote and preserved the Scriptures (the Bible).simply moot and in the end irrelevant and inconsequential. Christ has and will personally come again directly to Israel. Blow the Trumpet in Zion. 15:18-21). God subsequently reaffirmed this covenant with Abraham to his son. 9:5). God eternally promised the land of Israel to the Jewish people. And so God chose this Land and the Chosen People to play a central role in His plan of redemption for the world and mankind that naturally involves the past. and blessing to . 12-14. and the future. the boundaries God gave for the Promised Land stretch from the river of Egypt (Wadi El-Arish) to the Euphrates River near the Syrian/Iraqi border (Gen. The covenant God made with Abraham plays a special significance and role in end-time Bible prophecy. the Land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people. which is the number one best-seller in the world and were the people through whom the Messiah came to redeem humanity from sin (Romans 3:2. The current Middle East crisis centers around who owns the land of Israel and the city of Jerusalem. Author Richard Booker wisely wrote: “Indeed the key to understanding today’s headlines and tomorrow’s news lies in the past within the sacred covenant God made with Abraham. Indeed the Jews have brought the world immeasurable blessings. In the series of articles to come. present. p. Ezekiel 47:13-48:35). In fact. we will explore how this is true throughout the divine panoramic plan God has for Israel in the past. The Lord said: "And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed" (Genesis 12:3). The fact God guaranteed the people of Israel a national existence and homeland forever that brought the material and spiritual blessings through Jesus Christ to the Gentile nations basically defines and determines the primary focus of the whole eschatological program of God. and future as revealed through Bible prophecy. 35:9-15). The plan of redemption for Israel and the world focuses around two epochal events . but their presence in the world also would greatly benefit and bless Mankind.the first and second comings of the Messiah Jesus Christ. The covenant of Abraham with the provisions of a land. present. Messianic descendant. The covenant God made with Abraham not only would produce the Jewish people from his ("seed") posterity with a land to live in. nation. present and future without knowing and understanding the fundamental importance of this divine covenant. One cannot begin to understand the current Middle East crisis and how it relates to Israel’s past. The Jews wrote the Bible and the Messiah Jesus is a Jew. Isaac. From a divine and biblical perspective then. But unbelief coming from the world disputes and dismisses the whole issue being settled by the inerrant Word of God. From these three patriarchs. and Isaac's son.

Partly Weak By Terry James It seems observably true--to me. 61). And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay. and part of iron. EU: Partly Strong. after being scattered throughout the world for nearly 2. Without the reconstitution of the nation of Israel in our generation. (Daniel 2:40-43) . In fact. Gentiles who come to faith in Him are adopted into Abraham's family and receive the blessing promised through that covenant (Galatians 3:8. even as iron is not mixed with clay. and part of clay. shall it break in pieces and bruise. Prophecy Watch. so significant that it makes Israel God's super-sign of the end times. and partly broken. Thomas Ice and Timothy Demy articulate and underscore this point well when they write: God's plan for history always moves forward in relation to what He is doing with Israel.000 years. so too Scripture indicates that the regathering of the Jews into their ancient homeland. as recorded in the following: And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these. part of potters' clay. And just as the establishment of the Jewish people as the nation of Israel was crucial to the first coming of Christ. forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. And as the toes of the feet were part of iron. at least--that this generation stands on God's prophetic timeline very near the time Daniel the Old Testament prophet described. (Thomas Ice and Timothy Demy. Thus. 14-29). Were Israel not a nation again it would be impossible for events of the end times to occur since so many of them take place in that tiny country or in reference to it. they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another. But it has returned and so it is that all other aspects of Bible prophecy are also being prepared for the grand finale of history. And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes. so the kingdom shall be partly strong. and the reestablishment of the nation of Israel are necessary for the second coming. the fact that Israel has been and continues to be reconstituted as a nation is prophetically significant. none of the events of End-time prophecy could occur or be possible. p. it would serve as a super-sign that will set the stage for the prophesied series of events that will culminate in the return of Christ to Israel. The creation of the Jewish people and the bestowal of a national homeland via the Abrahamic covenant were preparatory for the first coming of the Messiah. but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron.the world is the building base and foundation upon which the plan of God is built and enlarged through the other covenants. the kingdom shall be divided.

This is the area of central Europe in particular. the five world empires given to Daniel in metallic representations--i. but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. etc. Antichrist comes forth Daniel also prophesied about the last world empire's leader who would leap to center stage at just the right moment in Satan's plans to bring him to power: And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off. and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. bombs.e. man image. Metals have most always been at the center of any economy throughout history. warcraft like tanks.--the power of the metal and the economies of the world powers become understandable. and power is control. represented in Nebuchadnezzar's night-vision by the legs of iron. These are inextricably linked. feet and toes--is indicative of money and the power to rule over the inhabitants of planet earth. a new regime-- headed by God himself--will rule and reign: And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom. we who observe prophecy from the pretrib view believe. The second would be the Medo-Persian. To my understanding. and the only one that is yet to come into being as fulfilled prophecy--is represented by the feet and toes of that metallic monstrosity.Then. The image. We believe that the European Union is almost certainly the nucleus out of which this last Gentile power is emerging. was of four world powers. and iron for the legs. and for the overspreading of . planes. and the end thereof shall be with a flood.. bullets.Daniel was given by God both the dream-vision that Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar had one troubling nightand its interpretation. brass or bronze for the belly and thighs. and it shall stand for ever. The dream was of a huge. which disintegrated but is reforming. spears. but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms. And when the metals represented the power to mold and construct weaponry--e. metallic. (Daniel 2:44) Fifth and final world power Daniel prophesied that the fifth world power will come out of the fourth. was Babylon. 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. ships. gold for the head. The first Daniel interpreted. Money is power. The fifth world power will come from the Roman Empire. Daniel interpreted. and a final. The fifth empire--the final empire. which would come on the scene at the very end of human history just before God judged earth's rebellious governments. at least. and the fourth would be the Roman Empire.g. which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people. The third would be the Greek Empire. Rome is the very heart of that nucleus. We know the order of world empires from history.. silver for the breast and arms. fifth world power. at the time he was giving the interpretation. the prophecy indicates.

The leaders [meet] on Thursday at a summit meeting in Brussels. and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. [EU Commission president Herman] Van Rompuy’s proposal could take main responsibility for stewardship of economic coordination out of the hands of the 27 nations’ finance ministers.. even until the consummation. the bloc’s new president is expected to use the growing alarm over debt levels to argue for a new form of "economic government" in Europe." as this vicious future tyrant is termed. The plan could also reduce the role of the European Commission. struggling to stand on the feet and toes that will give the eventual Antichrist system its balance. then give power and authority to the beast--Antichrist. Van Rompuy (pronounced rom-PWEE) will argue that "recent developments in the euro area highlight the urgent need to strengthen our economic governance. Mr. will come to power and rule ruthlessly. its equilibrium. an excellent example of the struggle the reviving Roman Empire is unwittingly engaged in to construct that final world rule Satan seeks. but also is constructed of weakness intrinsic within the governments of contemporary times. The EU is made partly of the governmental strength that was the ancient Roman Empire." it adds. (Daniel 9:26-27) Antichrist. "only the European Council is . France—With the European Union's single currency in the grip of the worst crisis in its history. His power will emanate from economics--the ability to call all to worship him through a mark and numbering system that will control buying and selling.) Economics set the end times stage We are witnessing economic rearrangements at present like no other generation has seen.abominations he shall make it desolate. A story this past week gives. now certain to be dominated by worries about deficit and debt levels in Greece. It is all leading toward the mark and numbering system that will give Antichrist his power. the ruler of the fifth and final world empire. the bloc’s executive arm. According to a draft of one of two documents circulated before the meeting.Whether it is called coordination of policies or economic government. STRASBOURG. This makes the whole structure that is the final form of all worldly economic-governmental power subject to crashing to final collapse. the feet and toes are not made of purely a metal of strength.. But just as Daniel the prophet foretold. This is exactly what Daniel foresaw as given above in Daniel 2:44. Even the United States--as anyone with any sense of what's been going on in the news will attest--is being forced into a mold of one-world economic order. (Read Revelation 17:12-13 to learn of the ten economic power blocs that will develop.) Europe in upheavel Europe today is in dynamic upheaval. elevating it to the level of heads of government. "the beast. (Read Revelation 13:16-18 to understand this 666 system of absolute control. I believe.

. . which drown men in destruction and the Middle East. ye rich men. Its dissolution at the end of the war led to the formation of 40 new nations in Eastern Europe. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days. and into many foolish and hurtful lusts. Behold. The Ottoman Empire was defeated in World War 1 after aligning with Germany. At the peak of its power. weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you." NYTimes. and the rust of them shall be a witness against you. Paul the apostle wrote of the economic reality that drives the world toward God's judgment and wrath: "But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare. crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth. the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields. and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. the truth of God's Word frames what is happening at this time in history. as in a day of slaughter. "This would be in line with the importance of economic spillover effects in the monetary union and the challenges the euro area is facing. (James 5:1- 6) We are in the end of the age era of the toes of Nebuchadnezzar's night-vision.. Last Week’s Feature Article by Jack Kelley The Ottoman Empire existed from 1299 until 1922. 2/9/10). Go to now. For the love of money is the root of all evil" (1 Timothy 6:9-10a). It was in many respects the Islamic successor to the Eastern leg of the Roman Empire and like the Romans had its headquarters in Constantinople (Istanbul). Your gold and silver is cankered. It was at the center of interactions between the Eastern and Western worlds for 6 centuries.Recommendations for the euro area as a whole and its member states should be strengthened.capable of delivering and sustaining a common European strategy for more growth and more jobs. Ye have condemned and killed the just. Your riches are corrupted. and your garments are motheaten. the Ottoman Empire extended from the Adriatic Sea in the west to the Caspian Sea in the east and from Austro-Hungary in the north to the southern tip of the Red Sea. and Northern Africa. and been wanton. ye have nourished your hearts. and he doth not resist you. with a stronger focus on competitiveness and macroeconomic imbalances." (Stephen Castle. "European Debt Issues Top Agenda for Meeting. and where it all is heading as the rulers of this fallen sphere grasp for the wealth of this world and strive to cast off the bonds of governance God wisely placed upon the would-be masters of planet earth." the draft says. Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth. which is of you kept back by fraud. many of them on land once claimed by the Romans. Rushing toward the end Certainly.

Based on my understanding of Matt. His armies pushed the boundaries of the Empire nearly to Vienna and his powerful navies controlled the Mediterranean. (According to Nehemiah.) Mustafa Kemal Ataturk Turkey is the surviving remnant of the Ottoman Empire. the Persian King Artaxerxes Longimonus issued a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem in the spring of the 20th year of his reign (Nehemiah 2:1). 24:34 and Psalm 90:10. On our calendar it would have been March of 445BC. and built a school for slaves. Because of the tribute he received Suleiman became one of the wealthiest men of all time. If so. After centuries of being rebuilt and then torn down by various conquering groups. Jesus should return in 2018. He never wore the same clothes twice. and during his reign the city enjoyed an exceptional period of peace and religious tolerance. It was the first successful rebuilding of Jerusalem’s walls since the Romans destroyed the city in 70 AD and Suleiman’s walls can still be seen surrounding the Old City today. This was the law by which the Empire was governed for all of the remaining years of its existence. Following their defeat in WW1 the Empire was divided up by the victorious Western powers. Then in 68-70 AD the city was destroyed by the Romans. ordering its walls rebuilt in 1535. having re-written the non-Shariah portions of the law. To the Ottomans he was known as The Lawgiver. On the 483rd anniversary of this decree Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey on what we know as the first Palm Sunday. Suleiman’s father had wrested control of what is now Israel from Egypt in 1517 and Suleiman fell in love with Jerusalem. the walls around Jerusalem were finally rebuilt for good by Suleiman beginning in 1535 AD. He freed hundreds of slaves. fulfilling the prophecy from Daniel 9:25 of the Lord’s 1st Coming as Israel’s Messiah. he limited it to the status of a religion instead of allowing it to be . Mustafa Kemal Ataturk had been a high ranking Ottoman officer and led the effort to found the Republic of Turkey. he ate from solid gold plates with jewel encrusted utensils and had a harem of over 300 women. Only 25 years old when he came to power. Because of the humanitarian nature of his laws he was also called Suleiman the Just by his subjects. While endorsing Islam. showered his officers with gifts. 70 years after the re-birth of Israel. it will also have been 483 years from the time Suleiman ordered Jerusalem’s walls rebuilt to the 2nd Coming. The Ottomans were tolerant toward the Jews and welcomed thousands of them into the Empire after King Ferdinand expelled them from Spain in 1492. it is truly a remarkable one.Suleiman The Magnificent The Empire’s greatest days occurred under the rule of Suleiman the Magnificent who reigned from 1520-1566. He set about to make it a secular nation in the style of western democracies. If this is merely a coincidence. Suleiman began his reign by performing many acts of kindness and mercy toward his people. Suleiman was a powerful conqueror for Islam.

Among the many changes he enforced were the institution of a new language and alphabet. But according to the Associated Press. He single handedly brought Syria out of Arab isolation. and the granting of full political rights to women. His clout is spreading from the streets of Gaza to Beirut.the political force it had been. Recently Erdogan offered to come to Iran’s assistance should there be any attempt to destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities. and Cairo—the traditional strongholds of Arab nationalism. Before his presidency was 100 days old. He selected Turkey to host his first visit to a majority Muslim nation in an effort to keep them in the western fold. PM Erdogan is by far the country’s most popular political leader enjoying wide support among the Turkish people. and has outlawed several religiously oriented political parties. he’s gaining regional popularity as well. It appears from a study of the modern equivalents to the Biblical names mentioned there that Turkey has to be among the Islamic forces invading Israel. the adoption of western style of dress and mandatory 2nd names for men. In fact. He saw to the suspension of the Ottoman Caliphate and Sultanate. many students of prophecy have seen Turkey’s alignment with the west as a major obstacle to an early fulfillment of Ezekiel 38-39. Syria. and forming strategic alliances with Russia. due in part to his frequent criticism of Israel. clearing the way for the newly formed National Parliament to assume ultimate power. and has brokered trade agreements with Russia that exceeded $38 billion in 2008 and have a five year target of $100 billion annually. US President Obama understands Turkey’s strategic importance. Having played a major role in healing the rift between Saudi Arabia and Syria. After stalling for years. and current Prime Minister Erdogan is fast becoming a regional Muslim leader by criticizing Israel— particularly after the Gaza war. Recep Tayyip Erdogan Lately there’s been a major shift inTurkish politics in what could be a dramatic step toward the fulfillment of Ezekiel 38. With membership in NATO and more than a dozen military and commercial treaties with Israel. Turkey has been an important western ally in the Middle East. Turkey has been viewed as a western nation. It appears the balance of power has shifted. The Turkish military has also been a powerful force in maintaining the country’s western leaning secular nature. helped facilitate the long delayed formation of the new Lebanese government. the EU has put Turkey’s application for membership on the back burner and as of now a majority of EU ministers oppose Turkey’s admission to the Union. Turkish police arrested 52 current and former military commanders last week for their part in “allegedly planning to blow up mosques in order to trigger a military takeover and overthrow the Islamic-oriented government” in 2003. Damascus. . From that day to this. In the past it has unilaterally dissolved national governments for becoming too religious. Perhaps as a result of this Turkey has begun to look to the East. and Iran.

This facility will actually be invoked at one point during the Great Tribulation period. One nice thing about our times is we won’t have long to wait before we find out how these prophecies are fulfilled. 18:10 is the Ottoman Empire. 02-27-10 The False Prophet: Last and Final Economic Guru Wilfred Hahn The Bible tells us that a time will come when commerce—the act of buying and selling— can be controlled worldwide. He’s recently been quoted as saying. It is the source of countless vain speculations about the identity of the “mark” and the “number. which is of the lineage that gives rise to the physical Antichrist. and could also support the idea of an Islamic anti-Christ. both head a one world religion and one world government. Rather it is the second beast (which emerges from earth and has two horns like a lamb) that brings in these . I’ve made mention of these in previous articles. There are already some who believe the 7th Kingdom of Rev. and both reigns end in a battle between good and evil that brings Earth’s final judgment. both have a seven year reign.” The Man With No Name (Yet) If he can make that happen it would send students of prophecy scurrying back into their Bibles to see if the re-birth of the Ottoman Empire could become the fulfillment of the so-called revived Roman Empire.He’s become convinced that instead of relying on outside powers to bring peace to the Middle East the Ottoman Empire should be re-born to take the lead. If so. infamously misquoted and misinterpreted by Christians and unbelievers alike. You can almost hear the footsteps of the Messiah. just like Rev. both come claiming a desire to restore peace. It’s not something to build doctrine on. Could they be one and the same? The legend surrounding al-Mahdi as being in occlusion (supernaturally hidden) since the 10th century could make him the 8th king who belongs to the seven. rich and poor. “He also forced everyone. prophecy students are discovering a striking similarity between descriptions of al Mahdi and the anti-Christ. both claim supernatural origins. “Turkey’s goal is to live in peace with all countries and restore the might of the Ottoman Empire. but it certainly bears watching. the most critical error concerns the identity of who it is that actually brings in these controls. It is not the first beast with 7 heads.” However. to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead. which is the name of the beast or the number of his name” (Revelation 13:16-17). This is an oft-referenced verse. As you can see we might have an interesting circumstantial case here for a revived Ottoman Empire. the one some call al-Mahdi. and point out that Constantinople is also a city on seven hills. small and great. so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark. how both come on the scene during a time of great turmoil on Earth. its loyalty to Islam would confirm the identity of the one world End Times religion. free and slave. 18:11 says. As details of Islamic eschatology become more widely known.

a global commercial system offers the next most potent perch to omnipresence. but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way” (2 Thessalonians 2:7). Crucially. “The beast. As such. . Satan himself—has been detained in the Abyss until that point when he will again be released. The supporting technologies .. I have always thought it a telling alert that it will be a religious figure that ends up being the world’s last “economic guru. However. “For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work. he made a public spectacle of them. once was. But. Its endpoint is already nearly here. Its strategic significance in the cosmology of mankind is more than it just being the chief temptation that qualifies “the love of money” as being “the root of all kinds of evil” (1 Timothy 6:10). Apostle John here confirms what Jesus said. the value proposition of the False Prophet at that time may sound like this: “Take the number that is religiously endorsed from this preacher’s pulpit and you will have prosperity. There is no other medium more conducive to world control. that people will likely respond as they did to Joseph in the third year of the famine: “[…] Buy us and our land in exchange for food. humanist state. having prepared the very control systems that will be given over to the False Prophet and the evil purposes of the Antichrist. and will come up out of the Abyss and go to his destruction. the organizational structure is nearly complete … and the concentration of financial command nodes far advanced. which you saw. Revelation 17:8 tells us. Why is this the case? There could be a number of reasons. Indeed. who is mentioned in Revelation 16:13. very likely the main one is that Satan and his hierarchy of fallen angels do not have the power of omnipresence as does God. Therefore. the spirit of the Antichrist has been busy. an inventive tactic is needed. Why Global Systems Are Needed Money—assuredly one significant factor that makes humans different from animals—is the designated medium of Mammon. it is only fitting that a deceiving religious figure would preach such a final Prosperity Gospel to the entire world. the intent of this article is to show just how ripe the world already has become.” At that time there will be such a crisis.” A strange coincidence? No. Seen together. an indirect means of control is required.commercial controls. “[…] Having disarmed the powers and authorities. Only one thing remains: The imperative to pull it all together … the imperative of policy. Here. We will return to this point in our conclusions.” We seen here that “The Beast”—namely. inevitably coaxing the world to its globalized. now is not. that “[…] the prince of this world now stands condemned” (John 16:11). macroeconomics and globalization today are the world’s largest religion. and we with our land will be in bondage to Pharaoh” (Genesis 47:19). This latter beast is commonly linked with the False Prophet. triumphing over them by the cross” (Colossians 2:15). Though Satan’s powers may have been curtailed during the Church Age. as Satan’s power has been limited during the Church Age. Many antichrists have been at work. The beliefs imbedded in these bosom ideologies are the prevailing hope of humanity today.. Moreover. “money systems” also play a strategic eschatological role as can no other form of earthly or spiritual rule.

So does Bank of America. Income is generally defined as the annual flow of earnings and incomes. up from $24.S. the biggest West Coast bank. Those three banks. the top 10% of adults in the world own 85% percent of global household wealth (2005).”[2] 4. The equity market value of total institutional equity holdings increased from $571. More Evidence of Concentrated Holdings. Australia. consider that latest available year-end 2006 data shows total institutional investors—defined as pension funds. We could cite countless more examples.” Quoting an article on this topic: “Survivors … emerge[d] from the turmoil with strengthened market positions. 2. These backbones represented the owners of 80% of a country’s market capital.2 billion in 1980 (or 37. Morgan Chase. This level represents a ten-fold increase from $2. however. A pair of physicists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich recently published preliminary findings of their network analysis of the world financial economy as it looked in early 2007. including the U.S.1 trillion.P. investment companies. Global Wealth Skew.5 times the holdings of the global average.[1] 3. For the U. In December 2006. now issue one of every two mortgages and about two of every three credit cards.4 trillion in 2005. scarred by its acquisition of Merrill Lynch and partly government- owned as a result of the crisis. while wealth is the accumulation of income and hoarded assets.141 shareholding entities in 48 countries. Financial Institutions Become More Concentrated.3% of total U. It revealed what they called the “backbone” of each country’s financial market. an amalgam of some of Wall Street’s most storied institutions. Concentrated Owners. yet consisted of a remarkably small number of shareholders.2% of total U. equity markets) in 2006. The average member of this wealthy group therefore has 8. Paradoxically. meaning that comparatively few hands are holding the reins of the entire market.Concentration of Financial Control Below are outlined a few trends which will provide the reader with some anecdotal evidence of how rapidly financial systems are converging and centralizing. here we only point to four of its telltale signs.877 stocks and 106. Glattfelder and Battiston’s analysis found that the owners varied little from stock to stock.S. But while each American company may link to many owners. The results were much more pronounced than had been previously indicated by other studies that surveyed income.7 trillion in 1980. 1. J. banks and foundations—controlled assets totalling $27. a groundbreaking report entitled The World Distribution of Household Wealth (World Institute for Development Economics Research. giving them even greater control over consumer lending and more potential to profit..K. federal data show. insurance companies. despite the clear “moral hazards” of “too big to fail. now holds more than $1 of every $10 on deposit in this country. Perversely. UN University—UNU-Wider) was released. are quite different. as does Wells Fargo.. with ownership of companies tending to be spread out among many investors. Stefano Battiston and James Glattfelder extracted the information for 24. This represents a historic all-time high in the amount of total U. Wealth and income. these same countries are considered by economists to have the most widely held stocks in the world. Furthermore. equity markets) to $12. though surely related.S. plus government-rescued and -owned Citigroup.9 trillion (or 66. financial institutions continue to become larger. According to its authors’ research. .S. The most pared- down backbones exist in Anglo-Saxon countries. equities controlled by these institutional investors (Source: Conference Board). and the U.

and mutated into a more contagious form after Ben Bernanke.[3] Global Systems Affect Cares of Entire World As the global market gyrations of the recent Global Financial Crisis (GFC) attest. The news media didn’t need to change the term for different cultures around the world.[4] Putting it all together. Never before has the entire financial world behaved so much as one monolithic culture. This is a direct. But in an economy that is still unstable. the Federal Reserve chairman. or technology. This confidence can keep growing by contagion. With nothing more than a quick translation—brotes verdes. All of this suggests that a social epidemic is supporting renewed confidence. which employ only one third of one percent of the world's population. control 25 percent of the world's economic output. financial and psychological conditions of global markets have come to the point where a viral media- generated chain can impact the sentiment of the entire world rapidly. the stories could also morph into different forms. own some 25 percent of the world's productive assets. in January. so why should confidence have rebounded so quickly in so many places? The popularity of the term ‘green shoots’ shows the kind of social epidemic underlying our changing thinking. the business minister. markets. demonstrate the powers of control that the False Prophet will one day exercise. though not exclusive.—it is now recognized as a symbol of a revival coming soon. the price feedback could turn downward and the dynamic could turn ugly again—just as it has in the past. The top 300 transnationals. perhaps less than 10. Both globally interconnected commercial and communications systems. used it on 60 Minutes on March 15. the forces of centralization can be identified. in a commentary in the New York Times. we crucially now recognize that the economic. 51 are now corporations—not including banking and financial institutions. respectively. Quoting a Club of Rome member. The world's 200 largest industrial corporations. provides an insightful perspective: It is a large and diverse world. Everywhere one peers. Of the world's 100 largest economies. as a kind of self-fulfilling prophecy. result of the late stage globalized commercial systems. grüne Sprösslinge. The combined assets of the world's 50 largest commercial banks and diversified financial companies amount to nearly 60 percent of The Economist's estimate of a $20 trillion global stock of productive capital. Some have estimated a far smaller number … as low as 600. This is remarkable. David Korten: While the giants are shedding people. whether in North America or globally. . such as already observed today. and we may see the markets and the economy recover further. never before in history has global opinion been galvanized by financial events so quickly. as is now evident in global capital markets.000 people control the world’s money flows. etc. Today. excluding financial institutions. after all. This is a more extreme distribution than had been estimated by surveying global incomes in previous studies. Robert Shiller. pousses vertes. The phrase was propelled in Britain by Shriti Vadera. The signs of centralization are everywhere. they are not shedding control over money.the top 2% and 1% of the world’s population is estimated to own 51% and 40% of world household wealth.

the global “political” power structure is not yet in place. While the technology and the global systems stand prepared for this eventuality. because he once was. The gratification is not instant. and yet will come” (Revelation 17:8b). Points to Ponder The day is very near when it will be possible for a global authority to completely control global commerce. but eternal. so you can see” (Revelation 3:18). as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance. Today. Once this body has been removed from earth. hardships and distresses. The saints will not witness his arrival. so you can cover your shameful nakedness. are already entrapped in a global financial system. we also suffer under the many materialistic temptations that the spirit behind these worldly systems incessantly proposes.” will be superseded by “The Beast”—this being Satan himself in the form of a man. Those are the words of Christ to the 7th and last church that exists even now just prior to His return. the World Bank … etc. pre-Rapture saints are implored to enter a different kind of transaction. the 8th king (Revelation 17:8). While we enjoy its conveniences. and salve to put on your eyes. It is not an impulse purchase.Just as the Bible says. the “beast” representing mankind’s complicit kingdoms. Only “the inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast. these systems will be turned against the Tribulation Saints. . now is not. in troubles. After Pentecost. and along with it also the indwelling restrainer (the “Paraclete”). in beatings. it is technically impossible to live without money or a bank account. Christ’s very body on earth. Such large organizations as the Bank of International Settlements. and now await the opportune use for the global web of financial and economic systems that achieves the next best alternative to “omnipresence” and worldwide power. The Apostles knew the cost of “gold refined by fire. which has been obedient to the “spirit of the Antichrist.000 years.” Rather. the spirit of the Antichrist has been active these past 2. an approach so widely promoted in our culture today. imprisonments and riots. have not yet had their levers of power given to a central authority. despite the fact that Satan did indeed lose some of his powers and freedoms. Someday. and white clothes to wear. Satan and his hierarchy of fallen angels have been busy transforming the minds of mankind to accept humanism and globalism. in hard work. as everyone. Already. That development first awaits the emergence of the final 10 kings. This is consistent with the expectation that the Church will first be removed. These final events will happen very suddenly … once their time has arrived. “I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire. The Beast will not come out of the Abyss until this “restrainer” is first withdrawn. As the Bible says. In the meantime. Christians today. so you can become rich. the Holy Spirit was given to indwell the members of the Church. People that have attempted this must still rely on the charity and handouts of those that do have monetary income and bank accounts.

Sandra Noble. known. sorrowful. bad report and good report.sleepless nights and hunger.14 Keep in mind too that the Long Calendar has been interpreted in various ways by the scholars. and yet not killed. and yet we live on. beaten. in truthful speech and in the power of God. yet making many rich. yet regarded as unknown. through glory and dishonor. . the director of the Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies. Some have deciphered its ending date to be anywhere between December 21 to December 27 in 2012. Dr. with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left. yet regarded as impostors. patience and kindness.15 Establishing a specific date and linking it to an end-of-the world scenario appears to be the work of sensationalist hucksters and New Age mystics mystics who have used the world's greatest rumor mill — the Internet — to create unjustified hysteria. yet always rejoicing. On the contrary. understanding. In fact. and yet possessing everything (2 Corinthians 6:4-10). The Counter Arguments There is not a single academic Mayan scholar who has endorsed the idea that the conclusion of the fifth cycle of the Mayan Long Calendar will signal the end of the world. dying. has pointed out that there is no declaration in Mayan literature that the end of the world will occur when the Long Calendar ends its fifth cycle. in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love. she says its conclusion would most likely have marked a time of celebration for the Mayas and the launching of another five cycles of the calendar. genuine. they have mocked the idea as nothing more than an Internet urban legend. in purity. having nothing. But others have calculated the end date to be either in 1957 or 2050. poor.

. They usually fall back on the surface of the sun. and even these applications require a vivid imagination. the sun's magnetic poles switch. one of the lead scientists for the National Space Science & Technology Center (NSSTC) argues that the maximum sun flare activity is more likely to occur in either 2010 or 2011. In fact. carrying with them radiation and strong electrical currents. will shoot into space like a bullet. again it appears that all the predictions of cataclysmic events are based on junk science. The prophecies God has revealed in His Word are clearly stated in the surface words. But sometimes a very strong flare. the prediction of increased solar flare activity in 2012 is based upon solid science. yet there have been no dire consequences. Instead. in turn.22 These events failed to take place.19 The Nostradamus "prophecies" are hardly worth mentioning. And they have not proposed any specific date.21 but I do not believe there are secretly coded prophecies that are hidden beneath the surface of the text. the writings of Nostradamus are often doctored to make them more applicable as "prophecies. called a Coronal Mass Ejection.18 But even the scientists who have issued the warnings have not predicted cataclysmic results. Drosnin's Bible Code prediction about the earth being annihilated in 2012 must be considered in reference to the fact that when he published his book in 1997 he claimed that the codes predicted a nuclear war in 2000 or 2006 and a comet strike on the earth in 2006. solar flares which are pieces of the sun which are discharged into space. They have therefore never been used to prophesy any event before it happens.20 With regard to the Bible Code. This man was a demon possessed practitioner of witchcraft. and it could affect such things as satellite communication and cell phones.17 The prediction by the National Center for Atmospheric Research that solar flare activity could increase 30% to 50% over previous years is a legitimate cause for concern.16 In contrast. It could result in large scale blackouts. During the peak time of this cycle. That period began in 1998 with a convergence that was even more precise than what it will be in 2012." There is nothing in any of his published writings that has reference to the year 2012. the Nostradamus groupies apply a quatrain to an event after it happens. I believe there is no doubt that there are mathematical wonders coded in the Bible that point to its supernatural origin. His so-called prophecies are poetic quatrains that are so obtuse as to be unintelligible.Regarding galactic alignment. Academic astronomers have pointed out that the alignment will span a period of 36 years. In fact. Every 11 years the sun goes through what is called a solar cycle. These flares can cause major power blackouts when they hit power grids. Serious Bible code researchers have distanced themselves from those like Michael Drosnin who try to use the codes like a crystal ball to predict future events. This produces.

And the Apostle John called his day the "last hour" (1 John 2:18). and that opinion is derived from the Internet rumor mill! Are We Near the End? I think it is clear that all the 2012 hysteria is unfounded. The writer of Hebrews referred to his day and time in the First Century as "the last days" (Hebrews 1:2). We know it is reliable because it contains hundreds of very specific prophecies about persons. they were filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38). He was referring to the period of time when the Jewish people would live under Gentile domination without a king anointed by God. He referred to His day as "the times of the Gentiles" (Luke 21:24). But would it be accurate to say that even if the 2012 date is wrong." The only reliable source of information about the future is the Bible. that all depends on what is meant by "the end of the world. and nations that have already been fulfilled in history. we could very well be near the end of the world? Well. it clearly states that planet earth will exist forever. cities. Let's consider each of these in order. We have been living in the Church Age ever since. Peter preached the first Gospel sermon. The End of the Current Age The Bible teaches that Mankind entered a whole new age on the Day of Pentecost in approximately 30 AD.23 The Bible prophesies the end of the current age. the Davidic monarchy was ended. All this system does is catalogue the consensus Internet opinion on any given topic. In fact. It amounts to prophecy by majority opinion. and all believers have received that gift since that time. and the Jewish people were carried away into captivity. It also contains 109 specific prophecies about the Messiah that were fulfilled in the life of Jesus of Nazareth. which is the silliest bit of evidence that could possibly be presented. The Apostle Peter did the same thing in his writings (1 Peter 1:5 & 20). and the end of the natural world as we know it today. The prophet Joel had prophesied that in the "last days" God would pour out His Spirit upon all mankind (Joel 2:28 and Acts 2:17). But it never prophesies the end of the world in the sense that the universe will cease to exist. Before Jesus died and the Church Age began.That leaves us with the Web Bot Project. This period continues to this day simultaneously with the Church Age because the Jews still suffer from Gentile domination. When the three thousand responded to Peter's sermon.24 On that day the Holy Spirit fell upon the Apostles and they were empowered to preach the Gospel (Acts 2:1-4). . The Age of the Last Days also began on the Day of Pentecost. and the Church was established when three thousand people responded and accepted Jesus as their Messiah (Acts 2:14-41). the end of the current world system. and their God-anointed monarchy has not been restored. That period began in 586 BC when Israel was conquered by Babylon.

But the good news of God's Prophetic Word is that the current world system is doomed.The Church Age will conclude when the Church is taken out of this world on the day of the Rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:13. The dispossessed have been exploited. Righteousness and justice will be fulfilled (Isaiah 11:3b-5). It will also mark the end of the Times of the Gentiles. pressure groups or legislatures. The Second Coming of Jesus. The End of the Current Natural World Many Christians believe that at the end of the Lord's millennial reign the cosmos will be consumed with fire and cease to exist. His Word will be the law of all nations.18). righteousness and justice. despite their particular forms of government and their types of economies have revolved around the ego of Man. Time and time again they have placed their hopes in politicians who have promised them the moon. Power has always corrupted. Greed has ruled supreme. the Redeemed will live eternally in a non-material." Since the beginning of human history. "The day of the Lord will come like a thief. They have thus been characterized by unrighteousness and injustice and war. The End of the Current World System At the end of the Tribulation. He will reign as King of kings and Lord of lords from Mount Zion in Jerusalem (Revelation 19:16). the current world system will also come to an end. There will be no political parties. Greed will be replaced with decisions based on fairness and equity (Isaiah 11:4-5). All the societies of the world. 18. when the Second Coming occurs. Jesus is returning to institute a radically new world system. approximately seven years later. Poverty will be swallowed up in abundance (Micah 4:4).25 will mark the end of the Age of the Last Days. ethereal spirit world called Heaven. in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will . Vulgarity will give way to holiness (Zechariah 14:20-21). When I refer to the "world system. & 27). These beliefs are derived from a passage in 2 Peter 3 that says. "Democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time. It will be a theocracy characterized by the rule of the rod of iron (Psalm 2:7-9 and Revelation 2:27)." I am talking about the way human society has operated since Adam and Eve were ejected from the Garden of Eden. and time and time again their hopes have been dashed. A corollary of this is a belief that since the material universe will cease to exist. Peace will flood the world as the waters cover the seas (Micah 4:3). people have yearned for a world of peace. and it will be enforced worldwide by those of us who will be reigning with Him in glorified bodies (Isaiah 2:2-4 and Daniel 7:13-14. Winston Churchill perhaps summed it up best when he observed.

in which righteousness dwells" (2 Peter 3:13). meaning it will be radically changed. then we could rightfully conclude that the material universe will one day come to an end. but the earth remains forever" (Ecclesiastes 1:4. the same passage refers to the original earth as having been "destroyed" by water (2 Peter 3:5-6). Further. Heaven will come to earth — to the destroyed with intense heat. we can live "looking for new heavens and a new earth. But a few verses later the same passage states that according to the promise of God (Isaiah 66:22). not that it will cease to exist. If that's all the Bible had to say about the matter. As verse 3 puts it. and the earth and its works will be burned up" (2 Peter 3:10). the current earth will be destroyed by fire. This interpretation is sustained by the fact that the Bible teaches that the current earth is eternal: "Generations come and generations go. "the tabernacle of God" will be "among men. A Series of Earths Most people are surprised to learn that the Bible reveals that we are currently living on earth number three and that there are two earths yet to come." In other words. see also Psalm 78:69 and Psalm 148:6). renovated and perfected earth that has been cleansed of all the pollution of Satan's last revolt at the end of the Millennium. This does not mean that it ceased to exist. Chapter 21 of Revelation affirms that the Redeemed will live forever on a new earth in the presence of God. In like manner. What it means is that the original earth was radically changed by the Noahic Flood. Earth 1 .

. Earth 2 The curse radically altered the original earth. but the second earth was still quite different from the one we live on today. And there were no natural cataclysms like tornados. The change agent this time was water. forming the polar caps. The earth tilted on its axis. But because of Man's sin. resulting in greatly reduced life spans. Adam and Eve did not have to strive against nature in order to produce their food. hurricanes. and earthquakes. Instead of Man exercising dominion over nature. The Bible indicates that the curse radically altered the nature of God's original creation. Once again the sinful rebellion of Mankind motivated God to change the nature of the earth (Genesis 6:11-13). It was perfect in every respect (Genesis 1:31). He also caused "fountains of the great deep" to break forth upon the surface of the earth (Genesis 7:11). contributing to the long life spans recorded in Genesis (see Genesis 2:5-6 and Job 38:8-11). even at the poles. And the vapor canopy was so completely depleted that ultraviolet radiation began to reach the earth in unprecedented levels. The unified land mass was split apart. The whole earth was like a greenhouse with thick vegetation growing everywhere. Have you ever stopped to think what a "perfect" earth must have been like? There certainly were no meat-eating animals or poisonous animals or poisonous plants.The first earth was the one created in the beginning (Genesis 1:1). God placed a curse upon the earth (Genesis 3: 17-19). The change agents will be earthquakes on the earth and supernatural phenomena in the heavens. 28). the earth we live on now. tsunamis. carnivorous animals and climatic cataclysms suddenly appeared. It produced the third earth. first to 120 years and then to 70 years. nature rose up in conflict with Man. It appears that God caused the vapor canopy to collapse (Genesis 7:11). All of nature was at peace with itself and with Man. the flood radically altered the nature of the earth. The Bible reveals that the current earth will be radically changed again at the Second Advent of Jesus. There is much biblical evidence in both Genesis and Job that the second earth had a thick vapor canopy which shielded life from the ultraviolet radiation of the sun. There was also probably only one large land mass. as originally planned (Genesis 1:26. Earth 3 Like the curse. as poisonous plants. forming the continents as we now know them (which is why they fit together like a jigsaw puzzle — see Genesis 10:25).

Earth 5 But Satan's last revolt at the end of the Millennium will leave the earth polluted and devastated (Revelation 20:7-9). The wolf will dwell with the lamb because the wolf will no longer be carnivorous. The vapor canopy will likely be restored because life spans will be expanded to what they were at the beginning of time (Isaiah 65:20.The changes produced will so totally alter the earth and its atmosphere that Isaiah refers to "the new heavens and the new earth" which will exist during the reign of the Lord (Isaiah 65:17). at the end of the Lord's reign. The result will be the "new heavens and new earth" prophesied in Isaiah 66 and Revelation 21. God will take the Redeemed off the earth. making it possible for Man to be reconciled to nature and for nature to be reconciled to itself. Thus. Further evidence that the vapor canopy will be restored is to be found in the fact that all the earth will become abundant once again with lush vegetation (Isaiah 30:23-26 and Amos 9:13-14). Conclusion There is no reason for you to fear the "end of the world" if you are a born-again child of God. The nursing child will play with the cobra because the cobra will no longer be poisonous (Isaiah 11:8). Most important. eternal earth where the Redeemed will spend eternity in the New Jerusalem in the presence of God (Revelation 21:1-4). The earthquakes that will produce it will be the most severe in history. and then cleanse the earth with fire (2 Peter 3:10-13). the perfected. and every island will be moved (Revelation 6:12-14 and 16:17-21). Zion will become the highest of all the mountains (Zechariah 14:10 and Micah 4:1). the curse will be partially lifted. This will be the fifth earth. place them in the New Jerusalem. Earth 4 The fourth earth — the millennial earth — will be very different from the present earth. The curse will be completely lifted from this earth (Revelation 22:3). God will superheat this earth in a fiery inferno and then reshape it like a hot ball of wax. In other words. . and Mt. You have the promise of living eternally with God on this earth after it has been redeemed and perfected. Every valley will be lifted. every mountain will be lowered. The Dead Sea will also become alive (Ezekiel 47:1-9). Jerusalem will be lifted up. 22).

His recommendations fit hand in glove with Bible prophecy. That's why He has provided us with signs to watch for that will indicate the season of His Son's return. Maybe the magic numbers work?” We have here quoted an international economist who is responding to a new idea regarding global governance. nuclear proliferation. To what magic numbers is he referring? Actually. We are living on borrowed time. World Now Moving to Post-Globalism Globalism is certainly a hot topic of late.” and why should we care? We will investigate. Is it the Group of 20 nations (G-20). in fact. We are in the midst of that season.But if you have never accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior. He is talking of a world that is moving to a post-globalism state. Naím has a point. starvation.26 It will be a time of unparalleled horror on this earth. so terrible. in fact. Interestingly. Perhaps Mr. that one-half of humanity will die during the first three and a half years!27 God does not wish that any should perish (2 Peter 3:9). war. could it be a group of 10… the exact number of the last-day 10 kings that the Bible prophesies will give their authority to the Antichrist? (Revelation 17:13). he strikes upon a very important eschatological issue. Don't delay. he is wondering just what is the right number of countries needed to solve the world’s problems. Mr. Give your heart to Jesus today (John 3:16 and Romans 10:9-11). (We will explain this term shortly. but not necessarily in the way popularly thought. The old way hasn’t always worked. you have every reason to fear the future. climate change. Recent confirmations that the Group of 20 (G-20) is now the prime policy body in the world is evidence to many observers that globalism is indeed forging ahead. the well-known Editor-in-Chief of Foreign Policy magazine and former executive director of the World Bank. Ten: The Magic Number of Endtime Post-Globalism Wilfred Hahn “The problems of the world are huge and they cannot be ignored: terrorism. How can this be? Isn’t globalism a prophetic development? Then just what is this “minilateralism. Whereas smaller groups such as the G-7 determined global policy direction in the . Naím recently began advocating a new concept—global minilateralism. displacement. trade inequality and financial crisis.) Though he may not realize it. The signs of the times given in the Bible indicate beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jesus is about to return to take His believers out of this world in preparation for the pouring out of God's wrath during a period of seven years that the Bible refers to as the Tribulation. To provide more background. the G-8 or some other grouping? Or. the above-quoted comment was in response to a provocative and insightful article written by the influential Moisés Naím.

and listen. And. pay attention. globalism is a topic that is a favorite of many conspiracy theorists. his wrath is upon all their armies. When Balaam prophesied.past. this presumed that the world—“the nations” collectively—was united in not “reckoning” Israel. its great pronouncements nothing more than theatre and pomp. which also includes such countries as Brazil and China. you peoples! Let the earth hear. the Bible clearly does prophesy that globalism will take place in the last days. he will give them over to slaughter” (Isaiah 34:1-2). At this point. the world itself has become a political podium. and all that is in it. the “global village” is getting smaller by virtue of becoming more connected financially and economically (this being globalization). Indeed. produced many boastful statements about the new resolve and capabilities of this august group. KJV). how could they agree on solutions? Bible prophecy backs up this opinion. the world. He will totally destroy them. . Yes. “A striking outcome of the global financial crisis has been the substitution of the G-7 for the G-20 as the key forum for international coordination. In fact. Quoting one of literally hundreds of comments from international relations experts. For example. are pursuing similar ideologies and together rise up against Israel. Globalism: Prophetic but Overdone Referencing some common definitions: “Globalism is an ideology that emphasizes the current trend toward international organizations and institutions. and from the hills I behold him: lo. the actions of most individual nations postured for a global audience. God pronounces his last-day judgments upon all the nations collectively. To be clear.”2[2] Says the Merriam-Webster dictionary. that state of affairs exists today. “Come near. it is “a national policy of treating the whole world as a proper sphere for political influence. We can already today see evidence that this shift could happen very soon. there is virtually no consensus as to why global imbalances and the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) occurred in the first place. It seeks to solve problems it has defined from Global Warming to global financial instabilities. let’s first review the concept of globalism. the recent G-20 proceedings held in Pittsburgh. countless thousands of books and articles have been written on this topic. United States. There is also convergence of ideology and culture.” Many debate and write about globalism’s implications for mankind—whether beneficial or disastrous. of course. Most certainly. as they are all engaged in rebelliousness. you nations. this power nexus has now moved to the G-20 forum. and all that comes out of it! The LORD is angry with all nations. Though the term “globalism” is a new one (the word only coined as recently as the 1940s). As it happens. this is a clear step in the direction of globalism. globalism is not the final. though not as advanced as global trade and financial systems. With such confusion. and shall not be reckoned among the nations” (Numbers 23:9. To explain why. the people shall dwell alone.”1[1] Widely seen. exclusive power organization of an endtime world. Will it be successful? It is almost certain that it will prove to be another ineffectual group. From prophecy we can deduce that the world would have forums such as the United Nations and global media networks that would be representative of world opinion and consensus. “For from the top of the rocks I see him.

Globalism is not the last state. The 8th king is the Beast himself. On the environment. all other attempts to reach a global trade deal have crashed. The important point to recognize is that the next stage of world rulership will be represented by a 10-nation coalition. Then what is? Actually. while globalism in the sense already defined does occur and persist. This image depicts consecutive dominating nation states and their founding kings. Therefore. the world’s second-largest air polluter after China. in no uncertain terms: “The ten horns are ten kings who will come from this kingdom. But why? Something additional to globalism takes place. he also comes from among the last-day 10 kings. the need for effective multicountry collaboration has soared. it is the 10-king period of rulership that is next to appear. the 10 kings collectively represent the 7th head. Unfortunately. Here. The “global parliament of man. multilateral initiatives have not only failed. self-appointed ruler. He is the “little one.” as Alfred Tennyson called it3[3]. and North Korea have demonstrated their certain status as nuclear powers. not yet this final 8th king who will rule the world (this being the Antichrist). But though he belongs to the seven (verse 11). Pakistan. but India. a state of affairs where a coalition of 10 nations rules the world stands against the implicit goal of globalism … the idea that all mankind and nations are unified in determining the world’s fate. Naím to speak: When was the last time you heard that a large number of countries agreed to a major international accord on a pressing issue? Not in more than a decade. as Daniel makes clear. we can only touch on a few of the salient points here. As close as it may be. though it will only be in existence for a very short period (Revelation 17:12). Why Might Globalism Be Superseded? Obviously. It has yet to appear. In conclusion. the world in fact does move to a post-globalism state. and many of the signatories have missed their targets. has been ratified by 184 countries since it was adopted in 1997. it does not yet exist. . Now. Since then. After them another king will arise. who then becomes the 8th beastly king. different from the earlier ones” (Daniel 7:24). there are yet two regimes that come after— minilateralism (Naím’s word invention) and autocracy … the form of government in which the political power is held by a single. but the United States. In the decade and a half since. deadlines have been missed. Two More Regimes Follow Modern Globalism The last state of world rule is represented by the 8th king mentioned in Revelation 17:11. All of this makes for a fascinating study. The 10 kings precede the Antichrist. The pattern is clear: Since the early 1990s. The same is true with multilateral efforts to curb nuclear proliferation. which follows the 6th Roman head— but preceding the Antichrist. when 185 countries agreed to extend an existing nonproliferation treaty. we can rely on Biblical proof. which came up among them” (Daniel 7:8). the Kyoto Protocol. but at the same time multilateral talks have inevitably failed. a global deal aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The last successful multilateral trade agreement dates back to 1994. the last significant international nonproliferation agreement was in 1995. will not rule the world in the end. let us allow Mr. He follows 7 previous world gentile ruler kings that are shown as heads in John’s vision of the 7- headed beast that is ridden by the prostitute in Revelation 17.Yet. when 123 countries gathered to negotiate the creation of the World Trade Organization and agreed on a new set of rules for international trade. has not done so.

it will require that the distribution of power in the world be relatively leveled out among the leading nations. These emergencies—present and potentially future —therefore provide the imperative for a smaller group of nations. more targeted approach: We should bring to the table the smallest possible number of countries needed to have the largest possible impact on solving a particular problem.” It is ineffective … there is no accountability … no power to enforce change. more importantly. We can categorize them into two broad types—Hard Power and Soft Power. This is an earth-changing perspective.4[4] Cutting to the nub of Mr.) The second structure that obstructs the emergence of a 10-nation Power Coalition is as Mr. A World Set-up For Domination It is a fact that power in the world today is not equally distributed. Soft Power includes various forms of world influence. For the most part. Think of this as minilateralism’s magic number. This development is called “multipolarism” and is already well underway. Global power has many forms. He is saying that a small group of powerful nations—not the global. by comparison. but also a flawed obsession with multilateralism as the panacea for all the world’s ills. the size of world trade in goods and services. Naím already described—the ineffectiveness of today’s globalism. to seize the global agenda. (Please see the 2-part series entitled “Endtime Shoe: Fitting the World for Ten Toes”—MCM. Before a 10-nation coalition can rule the world. By minilateralism. needed. Naím’s mind. So what is to be done? To commitments and promises have not been honored. is more direct and can include such factors as military might. execution has stalled. and international collective action has fallen far short of what was offered and. Two obstructions stand in the way of the emergence of the 7th head of world rule. tropical island. We need to abandon that fool’s errand in favor of a new idea: minilateralism. This is the United States. . Hard Power. January and February 2009—for a detailed review of this development. it could not exist uncontested. it can do as it wishes and need not comply with the rules set by world multilateral organizations. It is very possible that the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) stands to be a major catalyst to this new state of world rulership. toothless forum such as the United Nations with its 192 members—should therefore dictate global agendas. Yet. I mean a smarter. The first is that one nation today is still a superpower. this being the 10-king Global Power Coalition. it fits the current and coming times. because the world faces huge. These failures represent not only the perpetual lack of international consensus. It has become far too dangerous to continue to rely on large-scale multilateral negotiations that stopped yielding results almost two decades ago. which involves every country. who together have dominant power. Otherwise. or influence upon world culture. Whatever the allied group that will seize world power. a country’s relative population size and so on. it must collectively be able to overcome any superpower. let’s forget about trying to get the planet’s nearly 200 countries to agree. whether significant or a small nation-state on a pacific. Here can be numbered memberships on world transnational organizations such as the International Monetary Fund or NATO (and a host of many others). disastrous problems that must be fixed. But why is this important and necessary? Well. Naím’s argument: Today’s multilateral “globalism” amounts to little more than “beating the gums. to Mr.

accounting for approximately two-fifths of the world population. China and other Asian countries deliberately keep their currencies low to ensure that their exports are competitively priced. • The 153 members of the World Trade Organization represent about 95% of world trade. Along Comes the Global Financial Crisis World policymakers and financial economists are hopeful that the new initiatives set by the Pittsburgh round of G-20 meetings will lead to resolution of the Global Financial Crisis. Currently. North American consumers love the cheap prices of imported Chinese products that they can buy at Wal-Mart. .S. Self-interests will inevitably rule and in some cases. Of the many factors that we could outline. is both multipolarism and minilateralism. 10 nations account for 79%. The former broadens the power and neutralizes the lone superpowers.5[5] • The 10 most populous nations in the world account for 66% of the world’s population. the bigger economies in the world are actually more indebted than the rest of the world. This in turn causes Americans to lose jobs and external deficits to remain high. minilateralist state shown as the 10-king Global Power Coalition. this is already the case and cannot be denied. thereby circumventing globalism’s organizational mire. and other advanced members of the G-20 want China to encourage its citizens to spend more on consumption and export less.” but a “mama bear.4% of world value in US dollar terms (end 2008). we will find that it only requires 10 or so nations to reach a majority or balance of dominance. • The countries with the 10 largest stock markets account for 75. The nations that are the top-10 global exporters of goods and services alone account for 53%. No matter which measure we may use. reflect on the following: • The 10 largest economies in the world represent 68% of world output. financial and other power measures in the world today. That fits with prophecies that suggest the final ruler will be indebted (Habakkuk 2:6-8). In the meantime. something in the middle is needed … it will be a beast but not a “baby bear” nor a “papa bear. in some respects. see it as necessary to continue to expand trade.” The Power of Ten How many nations will it require to reach a position of global dominance? Not many … certainly not 20. stand directly counter to the stated goals of the G-20. Why? Consider the distribution of various economic. Actually. the interests of various major countries couldn’t be more opposite. I believe that such expectations will be sorely disappointed. • Concerning world government debt. For example. The G-20 has no means of enforcing the implementation of its resolutions. The U.The logical path therefore. Interestingly. These two nations. As Goldilocks observed. the latter centralizes global power to a smaller group. the interests of the United States and Europe are opposite to that of China and India. We see that the nations of the world are already ideally aligned for the emergence of the prophesied multipolar. The actions of individual countries will continue to be driven by the interests of their own domestic political agenda.

Thoughts to Ponder It is during the reign of the 6th head on the beast—the first Roman-people-lineage era—in which we are living today. As China already existed then. there are four end time prophecies concerning Israel that were fulfilled even before the 20th Century began. Naím as a collaborative. these 10 nations would need to ally themselves against any opposition before it is too late. all we are seeing today is "stage setting. 3) The desolation of the Jewish homeland — Deuteronomy 29:22-28. They are neither nations comprised of Roman peoples or their offshoots. which is ruled by a 10-nation coalition. I am constantly running across articles by Dispensationalists in which the argument is presented that in order to be a "consistent futurist.How to resolve this issue? There are many more intractable problems that will not be resolved by the G-20." you cannot contend that prophecies are being fulfilled today. or already were kingdoms in power at the time that John received the prophecies of the book of Revelation. Globalism has flourished to its late-date state. Some might respond by saying these are not end time prophecies. Already. This can be deduced from Bible prophecy. it is more likely to result in policies of exclusion and oppression. He prophesied at that time that “The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom” (Revelation 17:12). it is argued that all end time prophecy relates to Israel in the Tribulation and Millennium. In the end. however. Therefore. China (most likely also India and Japan) and some Middle Eastern countries such as Iran will not be part of the 10-nation coalition. but they are. Instead. In such a scenario. The end times or the "last days" began at the Cross. peaceful process. In the meantime. The concept of minilateralism for the time being is meant by Mr. 4) The preservation of the Jewish people — Jeremiah 30:7 and Jeremiah 31:36- 37. As it is. I strongly disagree with this viewpoint. Now." but not the fulfillment of prophecy. It is quite possible that the entire east-Asian orb of nations along with China could be in opposition to the final 10-kings. They are: 1) The dispersion of the Jews worldwide — Deuteronomy 28:64. the economies of the non-advanced members of the G-20 nations have surpassed that of the advanced members. This very development could be seen to actually hasten the 10- king formation. The writer of the Hebrew . Minilateralism is not as cute or toothless as the prefix “mini” implies. It could very well be that the Global Financial Crisis and its future fall-out will prove to be the catalysts that will bring the world to a state of minilateralism. it is not one of the countries that will be part of the 10-king group. such countries as China and other emerging nations are fast accumulating economic power. 2) The worldwide persecution of the Jews — Deuteronomy 28:65-67. First of all. we are likely very near embarking into the 7th head era.

to begin with. 1948. But the Bible also prophesied that when the Jews returned to the land. Today. Today. it stands at nearly 6 million. The Jews in the Mediterranean Basin mixed Hebrew with Spanish and created a language called Ladino. and that is exactly what happened in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries through the efforts of one man — Eliezer Ben Yehuda. The fulfillment of the prophecies listed above makes it clear that all future prophecies in the Scriptures regarding Israel do not relate to just the Tribulation and the Millennium. But the Bible prophesied that the Hebrew language would be revived in the end times (Zephaniah 3:9). in which he advocated that the time had come for the Jews to return to their homeland." it is a play that has already been performed in full. there are other futuristic prophecies in the Scriptures regarding Israel that were either fulfilled in part or in whole during the 20th Century. This was a clear and definite fulfillment of Bible prophecy.000. the most prolific futuristic prophecy in the Hebrew Scriptures — namely. Or. The Jewish State. consider the re-establishment of the state of Israel on May 14. By the end of World War II this number had risen to 800. Current Fulfillment of Prophecies Related to Israel Consider. The "end times" began 2. This regathering began in the late 19th Century when Theodor Herzl wrote his book. and we know this because God's Word gives us signs to watch for that will mark the end of the age. When the Jews were scattered from their homeland in the First and Second Centuries. the Bible prophesied that it would become a desolation after the Jewish people were expelled from it.letter referred to his day and time (the First Century) as the "last days. it would once again become a land of milk and honey: . It is an accomplished fact. The Jews in Europe mixed Hebrew with German and created a new language called Yiddish. It is not mere "stage-setting. As pointed out earlier. The Jews continue to come. Another accomplished fact is the revival of the Hebrew language from the dead. that in the end times the Jewish people will be regathered in unbelief from the four corners of the earth." The Apostle Peter also called the time in which he was living the "last times" (1 Peter 1:5 & 20). Additionally. In 1900 there were only 40. they stopped speaking Hebrew. Equally certifiable is the reclamation of the Jewish homeland. and it is a miracle of God.000 Jews in Israel. but there is no doubt this is a prophecy that is being fulfilled before our very eyes. the people of Israel speak biblical Hebrew. We are currently in the end of the end times. And in the same letter he stated that "the end of all things is at hand" (1 Peter 4:7).000 years ago. and they are prophecies that point to the soon return of Jesus.

The Bible prophesies repeatedly that in the end times there will be a great apostasy in the Church (1 Timothy 4:1. Can there be any doubt that those days have arrived? . it was a total wasteland. It is one of the world's smallest nations. and today. the Bible prophesies that Jerusalem will be re-occupied by the Jews (Zechariah 12:2-3 & 6) and that it will become the focal point of world politics (Zechariah 12:3). Finally.. and draining the swamps. the Bible prophesies that "in the last days" society will disintegrate into a cesspool of immorality and violence (2 Timothy 3:1-5). and ruined cities are fortified and inhabited. Today. and mock the inerrancy of the Scriptures. The land resembled a desert. desolate. 2 Timothy 4:3-4). Daniel prophesied that in the end times the old Roman Empire would be revived (Daniel 2:31-45). Israel is the bread basket of the Middle East.'" (Ezekiel 36:34-35) When the Jews started returning to their homeland in the late 19th Century. and we can see that being accomplished today in the creation and expansion of the European Union. so they will consume on the right hand and on the left all the surrounding peoples. The Jewish pioneers began planting trees. all the nations of the world are coming against Israel over the issue of who will control Jerusalem in the future. God "will make the clans of Judah like a firepot among pieces of wood and a flaming torch among sheaves. Current Fulfillment of Non-Jewish Prophecies But end time prophecies regarding Israel are not the only ones we see being fulfilled in whole or in part before our very eyes. Another prophecy that has definitely been fulfilled in our times is the resurgence of the Israeli military." The fulfillment of this prophecy can be seen today in the incredible military power of Israel. In like manner. Most of the valleys had become malaria-infested swamp lands. And they will say. yet it is ranked by all experts as one of the four top military powers in the world. and the waste. We are up to our ears in that apostasy today as major Christian denominations ordain homosexuals. The Jews returned to the city when it was captured in the Six Day War in 1967. 'This desolate land has become like the garden of Eden. deny the deity of Jesus. Nearly all the trees had been cut down and the soil was badly eroded. approve same-sex marriage."The desolate land will be cultivated instead of being a desolation in the sight of everyone who passed by.. with regard to Israel before the Tribulation begins. 2 Timothy 3:1 & 5. Zechariah 12:6 says that in the end times. reclaiming the soil.

Some see . even though it was the failure of a part produced by Turkey that made on time delivery impossible. Commentary by Jack Kelley This is an update of an article I first posted 2 years ago. Turkey responded by scheduling a training exercise with Syria instead. God expects us to take those signs seriously because He is about to pour out His wrath upon this world in the Great Tribulation. Turkey booted Israel out of a joint training exercise also involving Italy and the US. and has formed a pact with Syria and Iran that features increased military and commercial involvement among the three. and on top of the canceled training exercise recently began airing a TV series depicting Israeli soldiers as child killers. The fulfillment of prophecy all around us today is God's way of waking us up to the fact that we are living on borrowed time. The signs of the times attest to that fact.Daniel was told that the end time prophecies would not be completely understood until the end time — that is. it’s a good follow up to last week’s article on the growth of Islam. at the last minute. Two things prompted me to post it again at this time. Inside sources indicate that Turkish PM Erdogan has become convinced that Turkey is destined to play a more pivotal role in Middle Eastern politics by reviving the Ottoman Empire. and I am tired of seeing people attempt to depreciate their importance by flipping them off in a cavalier way as nothing more than mere "stage-setting. Taking the Signs of the Times Seriously I could go on and on. It is exciting to see these prophecies fulfilled. last week. until the time comes for their fulfillment (Daniel 12:8- 9)." Jesus is coming soon. due to historical developments and technological advances. First. The reason Turkey gave was Israel’s inability to deliver an order of Heron surveillance drones to Turkey on the agreed schedule. And God is orchestrating the fulfillment of end time prophecies that are not related to the Jewish people. To that end Turkey has been more involved in MidEast diplomacy. What we are witnessing is much more than "stage-setting. The future has arrived! End time prophecies are being fulfilled today." God is clearly fulfilling promises He made thousands of years ago to the Jewish people. That time must be upon us for we are living in the time when ancient prophecies are being understood for the first time ever. and we need to use the remaining time to commit ourselves to holiness and evangelism. and He does not desire that any should perish. acting as a mediator between Syria and Israel. And second. Turkey has been distancing itself from Israel since the Gaza offensive. When they withdrew in protest. but I think I have made my point.

and the one who was identified in Daniel 11:36 as the king who exalts himself. Egypt. So the first kings of the North and the South were Seleucus and Ptolemy. he built a new capital city 20 miles to the south east on the Tigris river and named it Seleucia. Ptolemy took Libya. The other two generals. Lebanon. called Esther in the Persian language (Esther 2:16-17). Iraq. Reigning for a time from Babylon in modern Iraq.” (Daniel 11:40) Three separate kings are in view in this one verse and their identities must be discovered to fully understand what will happen in the days leading up to the end. Iran. Then Daniel was told in effect that Alexander’s Kingdom would be divided into four pieces according to the four winds of heaven. About 150 years later the tables would be turned and a King from Greece would conquer the Persian Empire. He will invade many countries and sweep through them like a flood. not going to his offspring. who we know as Xerxes I. most having to do with the descendants of these two men. an especially rich and powerful King. Let’s take a closer look. and chose Alexandria in Egypt as his capital. The Kings Of The North And The South “At the time of the end the king of the South will engage him in battle. and the king of the North will storm out against him with chariots and cavalry and a great fleet of ships. Through their descendants. All of Daniel 11:4-35 has been taken up with a discussion of various generations of the King of the North and the King of the South. the King of the North. They are the King of the North. (After Alexander’s death his four generals divided up the Kingdom among them. Israel and Jordan. Pakistan and parts of Turkey. but the King who exalts himself is this the re-birth of an end times military force known as the King of the North in Daniel 11. For territory Seleucus eventually got control of what we now know as Syria. and subdues them both. This was fulfilled by Alexander the Great. the first King of the South. After 3 more Persian Kings. We call him the anti-Christ. the Sudan. This Persian King. and Lysimachus eventually lost his portion to Seleucus. a fourth would arise. Afghanistan. but in fact Cassander went back to their homeland and ruled over Macedonia. Cassander (West) and Lysimachus (East) are not mentioned here. The vision of Daniel 11 was given in 536BC and begins with an angel telling him what would happen to the Persian Kingdom then in power.) The next 30 verses are devoted to the families of two of the four. First. He put together a mighty army and mounted an unsuccessful attempt to conquer Greece in 480BC. these two kings fought each other for control of the known world for the next several hundred years. the King of the South. took as his queen the Jewish woman Hadassah. Then Daniel 11:33-35 brings us to the . known in Daniel 11 as the first King of the North and Ptolemy. Seleucus. 135 historically confirmed prophecies are contained in the first 35 verses of Daniel 11.

Ezekiel’s phrase “ send down fire” (Ezekiel 39:6). . the distant coastlines (somewhere beyond the Mediterranean) and the battle field in Israel. This competition finds Iran. For instance. being Arab speaking and predominately Sunni. What would make them do that? Well. Both Isaiah 17 and Ezekiel 38-39 will occur before this competition for Moslem supremacy comes to a head. The Iran group is largely non-Arab and Shiite and the Egyptian group is largely Arab and Sunni. and the countries aligned with it. he warned the Arab world not to support the Hezbollah action. remember how Osama bin Laden. which many believe to be a reference to nuclear warfare. Followers of middle East politics can already spot the jockeying between these two groups for Islamic supremacy. All of Iran’s positioning with Hamas. Lately it’s been rumored that if push comes to shove. Saudi Arabian air space will be opened to Israeli jets on their way to bomb Iranian nuclear targets. Maybe this is why Iran reportedly has a contingency plan to depose Bashar Assad if it becomes necessary. No mention is made of any destruction in Persia (Iran). according to Daniel 12:1 we’re talking about the beginning of the Great Tribulation here. with the addition of Saudi Arabia and absent Israel. pitted against Egypt and its allies. even though Hamas is Sunni.) But remember. (Although reported in the British news. There’s a growing body of evidence suggesting that a struggle is underway between Arab Moslems and non-Arab Moslems for control of the emerging Islamic Empire. and will recover to contend for Moslem supremacy. History To Prophecy Up till now this has all been a recounting of history. Antiochus IV Epiphanes.Macabean revolt when the last important King of the North. It should not surprise students of prophecy to learn that Iran’s group is almost identical in territory to the Biblical King of the North and Egypt’s group is a modern equivalent of the King of the South. but Iran itself will survive. Beginning in verse 36 we fast forward to the time of the end when modern versions of these two kings will go after the anti-Christ. and there’s fierce competition to see who can bring it about. you have to control Jerusalem. To win this competition. Whatever Iranian forces are involved in Israel will be decimated. (Of all the countries involved. is directed at Magog. condemned the Shiite Hezbollah for “prematurely” going to war with Israel in the summer of 2006? Even though Israel is their common enemy. was defeated. and Hezbollah is directed toward that end. or Caliphate as it’s called. here’s where we get a little more speculative.) And notice how Iran has displaced Saudi Arabia as the primary sponsor for Hamas. a Sunni from Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabian officials deny this. Syria. This tells us that while Syria will cease to be a factor after Isaiah 17 and is not even mentioned in Ezekiel 38. Iran will neither be pre- emptively destroyed by the US and/or Israel (even if an attempt is made) nor completely taken out of play because of Ezekiel’s battle. Syria is the biggest anomaly here. The goal of Islam is a single Islamic World Empire.

As details of Islamic eschatology become more widely known. He will also invade the Beautiful Land. but Edom. will bring the Kings of the North and the South into submission while . (Daniel 11:41-42) This view also provides the first plausible explanation I’ve seen for why Daniel was told that present day Jordan will be spared in this Grand Caliph’s “holy” quest to put the world under submission. He will extend his power over many countries. I’ve made mention of them in previous articles. Egypt will not escape. and can just as easily fulfill the prophecy of Rev. I’m not saying that Abdullah II is the anti-Christ. sometimes called the Moslem Messiah. I believe Jordan will be left alone out of deference to King Abdullah’s genealogy as the 43rd direct descendant of the prophet through Mohamed’s daughter Fatima. or 12th Imam. it’s more likely that al Mahdi (also known as the anti-Christ) who will be senior even to Abdullah II. both have a seven year reign. This superior King will have to be an Islamic figure with an even greater right to head the Caliphate than either the King of the North or the King of the South. and even then they won’t give up without a battle. with the Libyans and Nubians (Sudan) in submission. No. Constantinople (Istanbul) is also known as a city on seven hills. And it makes it more likely that when the anti-Christ emerges. even though Egypt. prophecy students are discovering striking similarities between descriptions of al Mahdi. and both reigns end in a battle between good and evil that brings Earth’s final judgment. both come claiming a desire to restore peace. building to a point where at the outset of the Great Tribulation only a king superior in power and authority to both can unite them. 17:9 as Rome does. This helps explain Abdullah’s extra-ordinary influence in middle eastern affairs and why he “unofficially” controls the Temple Mount. and his closest living relative. Sunni Moslems believe that the Grand Caliph has to be an Arab from the Hashemite family of which King Abdullah II of Jordan is the current patriarch. both claim supernatural origins. Moab and the leaders of Ammon will be delivered from his hand. A Non-Traditional Perspective Of course this view requires that the one world religion of the last days will be Islam. is a former capitol of the Roman Empire. Lybia and the Sudan will be forced to bow. how in their respective prophecies both come on the scene during a time of great turmoil on Earth. not some version of Catholicism or New Age pantheism. Remember. and a figure from Christian eschatology called the anti- Christ. both head a one world religion and one world government. he’ll come from the Eastern leg of the Roman Empire. The Hashemites once held sway over the entire Middle East and served as custodians of all Moslem Holy Sites. Many countries will fall. not the West. He will gain control of the treasures of gold and silver and all the riches of Egypt. Daniel 11:41 says that Jordan and its leaders will be delivered from the anti-Christ’s control.If this view is correct we should expect to see more jockeying between these two groups.

Recent surveys are shedding some light. They had not worshiped the beast or his image and had not received his mark on their foreheads or their hands. too. 13:15) And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God. a lot of misunderstanding. And the goal of Islam is a world wide Caliphate where there are only two kinds of people. . We’ve only recently been made aware of Islamic terrorists’ preference for this method. Their current growth rate is four times faster than that of Christians. (Rev. Moslems will always choose to be governed by Islamic law rather than western style democracy. those who submit and those who are targets for execution. in a way only God could manage. According to a recent survey by The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. Islam And The End Times Perspective by Jack Kelley All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast-all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world. 13:8) There’s a lot of interest in the role of Islam in the End Times. The biggest mistake the West makes is to ignore the religious undercurrents in the Islamic Middle East. a mountainous area about 3 hours south of Jordan’s capitol Ahman. given the chance. the one mentioned in Revelation is beheading. the perfect hiding place for the believing Jews during the Great Tribulation. Canada and Europe. those who practice Islam now make up nearly one-fourth of the world’s population at 1. so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. Incredibly. (Rev. That all changed when we got to Iraq.57 billion members. And not only are Moslems the fastest growing religious group in the world. with Europe perhaps being the model of where Canada and then the US are headed. This is revolutionary in nature and even though it’s happening right before our eyes. And from what I’m reading. He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast. (Rev. Their religion teaches them that Islamic law is more just.sparing Jordan. most Western Christians haven’t even noticed. they also hold that distinction in the United States. As recent events have already shown. 20:4) Table of contents for Islam & The End Times 1. It’s becoming clear that Moslems are increasing in number faster than any other religious group in the world. And this view explains why. second only to Christianity. this makes Petra. with all the quicker and easier ways of executing people available. For generations Biblical scholars were ridiculed for their insistence on a literal understanding of beheading as the method of execution in Tribulation times.

Islam will be the most populous religious system on Earth by a wide margin. It’ll be anything but peaceful. two thirds of all the world’s Moslems live in 10 countries and of those only Turkey (5) and Iran (6) are named by Ezekiel. who could be one of the . The Jews will think they’re getting a guarantee of peace but God will use the covenant to usher in Daniel’s 70th Week. the countries who will unite against Israel and be defeated there are a small percentage of the total Islamic population. And remember. Rough estimates indicate that as little as 15% of the Islamic world will be represented by the forces aligned against Israel. Whether you believe that Islam is a religion of peace or not. But God will not be deceived. not their total populations. What About Ezekiel 38? Don’t make the mistake of thinking that Islam will no longer be a viable religious force after the Battle of Ezekiel 38 either. and given the current rate at which church buildings are being converted there may soon be more mosques in England than functioning churches. Following the rapture of the Church. and remember it’s only their soldiers who die in battle. Daniel warned (Daniel 8:25). (Isaiah 28:15) But doesn’t this covenant serve God’s purpose. the British intelligence service. (After all. In fact. And with the exception of the fleeing Jewish remnant. Ahmadinejad. He’ll be doing it to help himself. but that doesn’t mean everything that happens is good for man. Today there are more Moslems in Germany than there are in Lebanon.) Islam would be the obvious choice for a man who wants to use a religious system to gain control of the world. the four largest Islamic countries by population aren’t even involved.Comparing the current birth rates of native Europeans with Europe’s Moslem immigrant population leads us to one very clear and surprising conclusion: the Europe we have known is very quickly changing into what some refer to as Eurabia. France’s Moslem population. represents a greater percentage of French citizenry. MI-6. while fewer in number than Germany’s. For example. Compare that to what will likely happen to the 2. you ask? Well of course everything that happens serves God’s purpose. He’s already on the record. 5:9). Let’s also remember how crafty the enemy is. has just confirmed that Iranian Pres. For example. and purify His covenant people. it’s pretty obvious that they’re not going to just go away after the rapture and abandon their long held dream of becoming the world’s dominant religion just at the point of realizing it. a time when He’ll completely destroy the nations. where Europe will soon find itself under the power and control of Islam.2 billion strong “Christian” world in the Rapture and it’s not hard to see that Islam will still be the strongest religious force on Earth as Daniel’s 70th Week begins. the anti-Christ won’t be confirming a covenant with Israel for the purpose of helping them. saying “Peace and safety” just as sudden destruction comes upon them (1 Thes. none of them will be raptured. the world will be deceived. By means of peace he’ll deceive many. calling it a covenant with death. According to The Pew Forum report.

I noted how both are said to come on the scene during a time of great turmoil on Earth. The second was a bear. Then in Daniel 7:7 he said. and there before me was a fourth beast-terrifying and frightening and very powerful. According to Daniel 8:25 he’ll seem to be a great peacemaker. Persia. with ten crowns on his horns. Ahmadinejad is the anti-Christ. aligned somehow with the Roman Catholic Church. representing Babylon. The first was a lion. both claim supernatural origins. I’m not saying Mr. both come claiming a desire to restore peace. the Medo-Persians. how could we say the anti-Christ (who some believe has to be Jewish) could not come from an Islamic country that was once part of the Roman Empire? Please. the horn demonstrates authority. Compare Rev.leaders of the Islamic coalition in Ezekiel 38. At that time the majority of prophecy students were still convinced that the anti-Christ had to be of Western European origin. And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. But since then I’ve become aware of more and more who are taking a second look at this traditional view. It had large iron teeth. and when used symbolically the number 10 denotes the completion of divine order. (Daniel 2: 44) The anti-Christ will make his first Biblical appearance in Rev. “After that. and Greece were all oriented . both have a seven year reign. Knowing that. the period of Gentile rule over the Earth. It was different from all the former beasts. It almost sounds as if they’re the same person. Babylon. it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. Almost 4 years ago I first reported on the similarities between Islamic prophecies of al Mahdi and Christian prophecies of the anti-Christ. and it had ten horns.” This is a reference to Rome. Greece. his identifying characteristics will be more like the first three of Daniel’s beasts. The family converted when he was 4 years old. but his intent will be to conquer the world. and on each head a blasphemous name. Verses 1. and the third was a leopard. disguised as the man on the white horse. and both reigns end in a battle between good and evil that brings Earth’s final judgment. In animal imagery. A Lesson From Daniel When Daniel had his vision of Gentile Dominion. The beast I saw resembled a leopard. I’m only saying that someone like him could be. and are considering the possibility of a coming world leader whose roots are in Islam. His true identity won’t be revealed until Revelation 13:1-2 where it becomes clear that he’s been empowered by Satan. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority. was born Jewish. This 4th beast would have complete authority over Earth and would never totally relinquish it until the Lord comes to take it by force. but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. both head a one world religion and one world government. He had ten horns and seven heads. 6:2. it came to him in the form of 4 great beasts. 13 to Daniel 7 and you’ll see that while the 10 horns show that he’ll have all the authority of the fourth gentile kingdom. in my vision at night I looked.2 describe him thus.

Ezekiel 36:11 says. They are the 100th smallest country in the world. (Daniel 2:40-43) He could have been describing some of the social unrest we’ve witnessed in several European countries as their native populations have not always responded well to Moslem immigration. Only Rome had a western orientation (which made it different from the other three. so none of this is new to Him. That means we’ll be given a clearer understanding of how events will unfold than those who came before us. It’s to remind us all to keep our eyes open. But God knows the end from the beginning. He said that where it had once been as two strong legs of iron (the Eastern and Western divisions of Biblical times) rebuilding it at the end it would be like trying to mix iron and clay. actually seeing the pieces of the puzzle fall into place and comparing them to Scripture. Speaking of Israel. and they shall increase and bear young. You can almost hear the footsteps of the Messiah. I will make you inhabited as in former times. Things are happening fast and will continue to challenge our traditional perspective. “I will multiply upon you man and beast. Currently as of 2009 .toward the East. In his interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream.000 to 2. 10-10- 09 Israel in Prophecy By: Jennifer Sides Declaring their dependence on May 14. Proof that man would be multiplied upon the land just as Ezekiel 36:11 described began taking place soon after Israel declared their dependence in 1948 with the population increasing from 800.” I believe many of the links my blog provides in the “Israel” section confirm the Lord is bestowing blessings upon His chosen people beyond measure.000 by 1958. My purpose in writing this is not in any way to confirm or endorse the views of some experts on Islam who’ve who’ve burst on the scene recently with all sorts of new interpretations of Christian prophecy. I will be using a few of those links as examples but I encourage you to be zealous and search out these truths in scripture first hand. Then you shall know that I am the Lord. Israel is the world’s only Jewish state with Jerusalem being the capital and largest city. Daniel told us how the end times version of the 4th kingdom would be characterized by inner conflict. and do better for you than at your beginnings. It’s time to keep an open Bible handy as we watch the headlines because we now have another reason to search the Scriptures daily (Acts 17:11). 1948. He just sees a closer alignment of Earthly events with Heavenly truth. Where we see change.000. This will happen through careful observation. as Daniel noted) Could this mean that the anti-Christ will also look first to the East (Isalm) to consolidate his power? Time will tell. Daniel was told that as the End of the Age approaches knowledge will increase (Daniel 12:4).

pharmaceuticals. Israel is a world leader in water conservation. cutting edge technology and much more! Israel ranks highest among Middle Eastern countries on the UN human development index and also freedom of the press. (“Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves. respectively. In 1952 an estimated 200. I have no doubt you will see first hand the Lord at work during these very troublesome and uncertain times.000.” I personally believe this means the generation which saw . “This generation will by no means pass away until all these things take place. Now we all know how bad the global economy is doing as a whole yet Israel seems to be picking up steam at a steady pace. coming of the Son of man and no one knowing the day or the hour. vegetables. I would say that is quite a huge feet for the 100th smallest state in the world! Israel is like David taking on Goliath in the midst of this global economic turmoil! The list of Israel’s accomplishments goes on and on. 299. plays another important part in Israel with 2008 being a record breaking year with over 3. That is a 30% increase from the year 2007. In 2007.7 billion and US$33. Recently there has been even more confirmation the prophecy of Ezekiel 36:11 is being fulfilled with the “American Dream” slowly slipping away from the fingertips of North Americans as many of them have begun seeking refuge in Israel. Tourism. geothermal energy. Chapter 24 as a whole refers to the tribulation. you know that summer is near”) that the fig tree represents Israel becoming a state. It is because the Lord promised He would do it! Remember that 200.000 Jews who infiltrated back into Israel brought with them no possessions and lived in tents. I encourage you to read the links provided about Israel and really try to understand what is taking place right before the world’s very eyes. For the first time in history the Israeli economy is doing better than the American economy with the Israeli economy growing an average of 5% a year for the past five years.000 Israelis started out with no earthly possessions and lived in tents?!?! That is simply a miracle! Amen! Now I have heard it said and it makes sense to me that when Matthew 24:32 says. and diamonds.000 tourists. They even have a company called “Agritech” which has taken on a major role to solve the global food crisis.411. Among other list of impressive accomplishments Israel is considered one of the most advanced countries in Southwest Asia and the Middle East in economic and industrial development. especially religious tourism. “Why is that?” some might say. Israel now has the second-largest number of startup companies in the world after the United States and the largest number of NASDAQ-listed companies outside North America.the population of Israel is 7. military technology. Their chief exports are fruits. If you think about it Israel has only been a state for 61 years yet they are doing exceedingly well for such a small country. Israel had the 44th- highest gross domestic product and the 22nd-highest gross domestic product per capita (at purchasing power parity) at US$232.000. In verse 34 it says that.

Many countries have taken it upon themselves to tell Israel how to run their country by giving them ultimatums on how they need to stop building settlements in their own God given territory. Even more disheartening is an article dated June 22. On July 7. I encourage you to read those chapters since I am not going to cover it all…just the main points I am trying to make. Israel wants to take out those areas of Iran before Iran tries to take them out. which brings me to my second point. Third.america. There mission will be to attack the Israeli people and acquire their earthly goods. It says in verse 4 of Chapter 38 that those countries will have a hook in their mouths and be lead out with all their armies. There will be countries who will invade Israel in verses 12 and 13 of Chapter 38. God only knows. Israel could fly over air space that a country did or did not grant them permission to fly over and that country along with several others may use it as an excuse to attack Israel and attempt to take everything they own. It claims the percentage of Americans growing impatient with the Israeli people building settlements on their own territory is on the rise. First of all. 13 with chapters 38 and 39 being the main focus as a whole. In recent weeks Benjamin Netanyahu has been asking world leaders for permission to fly over their countries to invade Iran over their nuclear facilities. 2009 Saudi Arabia denied the claims. Remember. On May 31. Israel is already one of the most productive countries in the Middle East. There is more scriptural confirmation that Israel will be the productive country foretold about in Ezekiel 36:11. I am not sure how those armies will be lead out but I do have three scenarios. A world-wide percentage of people along with so many of the countries leaders who are already rallying against Israel to divide their land may spark a war far greater than one that may occur with Iran. It can be found just two chapters over in Ezekiel 38:12. This is no different than the Palestinians coveting and trying to take land from the Israelites that does not belong to them. on July 18. This is just another example of how America has been shaken off the foundation of its’ Godly heritage. 2009 Israel held its biggest civil defense drill in their history. Recent developments confirm Israel is working on offensive and defensive strategies to face whatever might happen in the not so distant future. So what would’ve happened if Israel had flown over Saudi Arabia before the claims had been denied? Also. A good example to illustrate this point would be how it was said recently that Saudi Arabia granted Israel permission to fly in their air space to attack website proclaiming the results of a poll taken recently by Americans. there is no doubt tensions are flaring up in Israel like never before. it may have to do with the global economy getting much worse for those countries and Israel being much more productive. 2009 Israeli warships rehearsed for Iran attacks in the Red Sea.Israel become a state will not pass away until the 7 years of Tribulation takes place that is mentioned in the book of Revelation. 2009 on the www. .

Israeli intelligence had suspected Iraq was intending to use it for weapons development. I believe Matthew. With those things said. Yes. Here are a few examples. 2007. and be led away captive into all nations. Mark and Luke all give the exact order of the events which will take place. the Israeli Air Force launched Operation Orchard in Syria. Those beliefs stem from previous attempts in Israel’s past to launch similar attempts. After Jerusalem is made desolate the Antichrist will be revealed as stated in 2nd Thessalonians 2:3-4. And they will fall by the edge of the sword. disabling it. Therefore. And Jerusalem will be trampled by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. In 1982. “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies.” As I mentioned in the previous paragraph. No doubt there will be the war of Daniel 9:25-27 which takes place in the middle of the 7 years that will mark the beginning of the “Great Tribulation” spoken of in Matthew chapter 24. showing himself that he is God. On June 7. 2nd Thessalonians states in verse 2:2. I believe there will be at least two major wars between Israel and those countries mentioned in Ezekiel Chapters 38 and 39 during our lifetime or generation. and the son of man is revealed. But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! For there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. the Bible says. Reference is also made to it in Luke 21:20-24. then know the desolation is near. For these are the days of vengeance. and let not those who are in the country enter her. On September 6. The desolation it is referring to can be found in Daniel 9:27 (see also Matthew 24:15) after the middle of the 7 years of tribulation which will also be in the middle of the 7 year peace covenant Israel makes with many. let those who are in the midst of her depart. “Falling away” in the Greek means military rebellion. Most importantly remember that the main focus will revolve around Jerusalem. that all things which were written may be fulfilled. Israel heavily bombed Iraq's Osirak nuclear reactor in Operation Opera. He will do so by sitting as God in the temple of God.3 that Christ will not come until the falling away comes first. Israel which is the center point of much of Bible prophecy. Christ will not return until the armies have surrounded and made Jerusalem desolate.I have every reason to believe there is the grave possibility that Israel will follow through with their plans to disarm Iran. . 1981. bombing what it suspected to be a nuclear site. Israel intervened in the Lebanese Civil War to destroy the bases from which the Palestine Liberation Organization launched attacks and missiles at northern Israel. “There will be wars and rumors of war” in Mark 13:7 but there are specific wars to watch for. It states. Without knowing what “falling away” means I believe it is still clear those events have to take place before Jesus returns. Luke 21:20 says that once Jerusalem is surrounded by armies the desolation will be near. There are many signs to focus on when it comes to end times events.

it is really hard to say. They were given to us when the disciples ask Jesus specifically in Matthew 24:3. The first 3 ½ years of the tribulation may seem like Jerusalem has peace once and for all but it will really be like a smokescreen. “Where is the promise of His coming?” We are living in a day and age where we can’t afford to rule out what may be the very signs we were instructed to watch for! We are also instructed in Psalm 122:6 to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. just remember Luke 21:35-36 says. “It will come as a snare on all those who dwell. I just see a couple of different scenarios on the following two verses. nor crying! Amen! Asia's Armageddon Arsenal Prophecy . and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass. . but in Matthew chapter 24 we are cautioned to watch and be ready.Omega Letter Editor The Western media had a brief flirtation with the disturbing news coming out of Burma.” So I encourage you to pray for the peace of Jerusalem which will not be until all things are made new in Revelation Chapter 21 when the New Jerusalem comes down from heaven. and to stand before the Son of Man. is the one I referred to in Ezekiel Chapters 38 and 39 which may also be tied into the final war in Revelation 20:6-10 where God and Magog surround the camp of the saints and the beloved city Jerusalem.Signs Monday. or sorrow. One thing is for sure – we need to be watching for the signs of Jesus coming. Watch therefore. on the face of the earth. 2007 Jack Kinsella . November 26. We may not know the day or the hour in which Jesus will return just as He does not. You can’t be a Christian and not be for the Jews. We as Christians have been grafted into the vine as described in Romans Chapter 11 having become one in Christ ultimately known as the “Bride of Christ. “What will be the sign of Your coming and the end of the age?” Jesus answered them at that moment because He did not want them to be blind about what the future would hold. Satan is running out of time and is devising a plan in which he will use the antichrist along with many others to try and fulfill his evil schemes. The first or second war. Now I know the things I have written about in this article did not take place during their lifetime but each of them did have to face great personal tribulations of their own as 11 out of 12 of them were martyred. there will be no more death.” Whatever you do don’t be like the scoffers who in 2nd Peter 3:3 walked according to their own lusts saying. I have heard it said those two wars are one in the same. but since nobody could make up there minds whether it was really supposed to be called 'Myanmar' or 'Burma' they quickly lost interest in the story. He will then wipe away every tear. or Myanmar. In closing. Whatever the case may be that war could happen after the 7 years of tribulation. no more pain.I promise I am not trying to be confusing on this next example.

So before going forward. Iran. Than Shwe is cut from the Kim Jong il mold. Burma is planning to join the new 2nd- tier nuclear club that now includes Pakistan. a superstitious nutbar who keeps astrologers on staff to advise him. including the internet. In Burma. First off. But that's how things have been in Burma for forty-five years. Burma achieved independence from British colonial rule in January. how come I had to look it up before I could tell you? (Burma gets so little international attention that the best I could say until I looked it up was that it was somewhere near India) But all that is about to change. Bangladesh and India. According to recent intelligence information. Internet access is tightly controlled by the government. where the heck is it? Burma is nestled in a corner of Southeast Asia bordered by China. but neither the US nor the UK recognized the name change.Burma officially changed its name to "Myanmar" at the UN in 1989. everything from poetry to films is censored through state control of all media. Thailand. Burma has been ruled since 1962 by a military junta that has turned the country into an international criminal enterprise run by Senior General Than Shwe. Reporters Without Borders calls Burma a "black hole" whose system "increasingly resembles an intranet as more and more foreign electronic services have been cut". and soon. North Korea. Laos. It is further hampered by a poor telephone infrastructure and an unreliable supply of electricity. It says the press is subject to "relentless advance censorship". India. The Paris-based media watchdog Reporters Without Borders has placed Burma among the bottom 10 countries in its world press freedom ranking.” Officials said the sites for the reactor include a region known as the Mandalay . let's agree to call the place "Burma" for the sake of clarity. So how come I had to tell you where it is? Put another way. The Burmese are kept as much in the dark about the outside world as the North Koreans. 1948 marking the end of the era in which 'the sun never set on the British flag' and the end of the European Colonial Era. The military junta decided in January 2002 to build a nuclear reactor and the government controlled news in Burma has reported that Burma's pending new constitution will place the development of “nuclear energy” under the control of the “Defense and security industries” along with production of “arms and ammunition and explosives including biological and chemical weapons.

The Scriptures don't tell us much about the Kings of the East. and lightnings. which is near the new capital called Nay Pyi taw. other than their . This information comes via the subscription intel website. John did an excellent job of describing the effects of a nuclear explosion -. such as was not since men were upon the earth. would trigger another major crisis with the North Koreans -. . and thunders. and so great. the water vapor that rises to the top freezes in the upper atmosphere and comes back down in hundred pound chunks of nuclear 'hail'. if confirmed. When a nuke goes off." (Revelation 16:12. Maj. A second locations is the nearby Magwe Division.Division of the country. . raising concerns that China is proliferating nuclear technology to Burma like it did to Pakistan in the 1980s. . for the plague thereof was exceeding great. The reported North Korea connection to the nuclear project. some 300 Burmese military officers have been study nuclear science in Russia and one source stated that a North Korean ship carrying senior Korean nuclear technology specialist. the Gog-Magog alliance to the uttermost north of Israel.right down to the hailstones. and the water thereof was dried up. one of the most plugged-in reporters in Washington and an extremely credible source. Russian involvement included a joint project led by Burmese and Russian specialists from the Atomstroy Export Group to build a 10 megawatt pool-type nuclear research reactor in Kyaukse Mandalay Division. and there was a great earthquake. that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. Hon Kil Dong was sent to Rangoon in July 2006. "And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates.16. And there were voices. Both locations have been identified as probable locations for either an existing or planned nuclear facility. . every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail. compiled by Washington Times reporter Bill Gertz. According to intelligence sources. Geo-Strategy Direct. Beijing is helping with a huge underground hydro-power plant in Mandalay.and with China. so mighty an earthquake. . and the kings of the east. . Burma is getting help with the covert nuclear project from technicians from Russia and North Korea. The Scriptures identify four spheres of global power in the last days by region as seen from the perspective of Jerusalem: the kings of the south. And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven.21) When you consider that the Apostle John was attempting to describe something that did not exist in a language that had no words to describe it. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon. the antichrist's government to the west.

officially began with the Berlin Airlift standoff between the US and Soviet Union in 1948. Note this. and now Burma. But as we get closer to the time appointed. The UN Constitution. Asia is arming itself for Armageddon. When his branch is yet tender. India.making centralized control of all these things possible. North Korea. The revived Roman Empire was born out of the 1948 Benelux Treaty. which set the stage for the Gog-Magog Alliance. an earthquake of indescribable proportions. even at the doors. a centralized global economy and a centralized global religious system. the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. when ye shall see all these things. The government of antichrist rests on his control of three central pillars of Western society -. The invention of the transistor led to the official 'birth of the computer age' -. and thunders." (Matthew 24:34-36) Dollar Demise: Prophetic Significance of a One-World Currency . And Burma declared its independence in 1948. which also spawned the IMF and World Bank. was signed in 1948. Pakistan declared independence in 1947. till all these things be fulfilled. We've noted in previous briefings that every modern event related to Bible prophecy can trace itself in someway to the birth of Israel in 1948. Look up these nations in your encyclopedia: The People's Republic of China declared its existence in 1947.location. as well. Verily I say unto you. and lightnings. Finally.a centralized global government. -. "the Universal Declaration of Civil and Political Rights. This generation shall not pass. and putteth forth 1948. ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye. the Cold War. North Korea split from South Korea in 1948. "Now learn a parable of the fig tree. The World Council of Churches was created in Amsterdam under UN auspices in 1948. the picture begins to come into focus. and giant hailstones. their numbers (200 million soldiers) and that the battlefield will be marked by voices. The World Trade Organization was created out of the 1948 GATT Treaty. know that it is near. India declared independence in 1947. The People's Republic of China .

the SDR is not a real currency. Quoting its website: “The IMF promotes international monetary cooperation and exchange rate stability. Did you miss it? On that day. 2009 a significant event occurred. therefore we are dealing with a topic of prophetic significance. today you cannot take an SDR coin and buy a coffee in a café in Brussels. What was so noteworthy about this? And. Due to the SDR’s rather specialized and obscure role. The recent issue of SDRs is the first in almost 3 decades (1981) … representing somewhat of an awakening. these SDRs were issued and redistributed to the 186 member countries of the IMF. All the same. to begin. Usually. . and provides resources to help members in balance of payments difficulties or to assist with poverty reduction. For example. Could an ascendant SDR someday dethrone the US dollar? What role will it play in a developing one-world currency? We want to address these urgent questions. we should start with identifying the IMF’s role in the world. as it cannot be spent in the marketplace.”[1] This mission should cause us to sit up and take notice. Shortly thereafter. What is also significant is that this allocation has boosted the amount of SDRs by 7. This organization is one of the most influential in driving global financial and economic convergence. the IMF’s new SDR issue has not caught the full attention of those who believe the world will soon have one-world currency. Bible readers know that since these are sub-trends of globalization and globalism. just what are SDRs? Well. facilitates the balanced growth of international trade. the International Monetary Fund (IMF) voted to increase the supply of SDRs by $250 billion. every time an event occurs that could be construed as a step toward a one-world currency. most people would not know that it has already functioned as a global monetary unit since its inception back in 1969. We will yet come back to address the legitimacy of “one-world currency” fears. Wilfred Hahn On August 7. It serves as a type of currency for this transnational organization and its members. Move Over Dollar Interestingly. on August 28.5 times. or that they are neither visible nor understood. That may be due to the fact that the total value of SDRs still only represents a fraction of total world currency reserves (less than 1%). one can expect a stream of hysterical reports and speculations. But what are SDRs? It is an accounting unit for the financial reserves of the IMF and stands for Special Drawing Right. as this accounting unit is defined as a basket of underlying currencies (the US dollar makes up about 44% of its value) it does carry real financial clout. Technically.

Could this happen? We will yet provide our opinion. America used to play a pivotal role in global capital.”[2] The US dollar position as the major reserve currency is clearly under attack. Prophetic Views on Currencies? It must certainly be recognized at this stage of world history that any major and sudden development is likely to be prophetically significant … especially so were it to also to .For now. our influence will diminish. we must also presume that the US dollar is on the wane and will be removed. It certainly is true that the US dollar is suffering an “image” problem today. and sometimes without merit. and its reckless monetary policies. “To be sure. many key nations have been intensifying their complaints that the US dollar is no longer suitable or worthy. complaints have had more to do with the huge international indebtedness of the U. No one thinks that now. The world’s top three banks are now Chinese. 5 spot. a situation which led to the Plaza Accord of 1985) or too low (i. even some prominent American economists are of the view that the U. Recently.e. because others believed that we had a special talent for managing risk and allocating financial resources. could U. in recent years versus the Euro). Russia. currency trends of late be prophetically significant? We provide answers to our questions first from a Biblical response.S. But lately. the Economist magazine presented a picture of the dollar symbol morphing into a dragon (see inset on this page).S. Therefore. It is true that US financial policies have often been criticized over the years. It is the country that stands to lose the most should the US dollar falter. We are no longer the chief source of capital. With respect to the dollar.S. China would dearly like its currency (the yuan) to play a role as a world reserve currency. as we are less likely to be held up as a role model. and then from a contemporary economic perspective. Recent financial developments and geopolitical shifts likely signify a critical turning point for the dollar. India and China) have most brazenly been calling for a new global reserve currency. a respected academic and former Chief Economist of the World Bank. America’s largest bank is down at the No.e. since it has accumulated large official holdings of US-dollar assets. In order for a one-world currency to emerge. and Asia—where much of the world’s saving occurs today—is already developing its own financial centers. The BRIC countries (Brazil. keeping to our line of inquiry. as some analysts have put it.’s role in world capital markets is on the wane. any discussion of significant shifts in global reserve-currency supremacy must involve implications for the US dollar. Let’s then deal with this possibility first. Quoting Joseph Stiglitz. After about six decades as the world’s main reserve currency. but that was happening in any case. Let’s therefore examine the prophetic view next. The implication was that the world would some day be moving to a yuan standard. Either the dollar was considered too high in value (i.

What is clearly prophesied are the conditions of global convergence in commerce. Professional money traders who work inside this system fully appreciate this state of affairs. we may be wasting our time being on the lookout for a one-world currency. the correct and supportable response must be that a one- world currency cannot be either proven or disproved from the Bible. but many individual currencies. this trend has not stopped global monetary convergence. One can have a one-world financial system that reflects similar protocols and conventions. . A one-world trading system of goods and services—though there is room for much more convergence—can also be said to have arrived. Rather. It is these developments that the Bible specifically prophesies … and not a one-world currency. As someone who has worked on the frontlines of global money for almost three decades. we still cannot prove that there will be a single.e. That is not to say that it would represent unreasonable conjecture. Yet. That said. fungible world currency. It is not required to fulfill prophecy. It is not. A one-world capital market already exists. it most assuredly would be a development that hastens the arrival of endtime prophetic conditions. We acknowledge that there are more individual currencies in the world today than there were 20 and 50 years ago. Sophisticated financial hedging instruments exist that in essence give security and mobility to global money. Far from it. Tiring Speculations Without Sure Conclusions I admit that I sometimes get a little tired of all the one-world currency speculations and sensationalizations. Likewise so in the financial world. Actually. However. if we stick to what the Bible actually says. it is a deduction. One of the most important markers of the endtimes has already been triggered—Israel has been reborn. Scripture is silent on this specific idea. If the US dollar were to topple suddenly. (See this column in MCM May though August 2007). Consider that while ecumenicism may ultimately achieve a one-world religious convergence—one big happy family of diverse religions that tolerate each other and ignore mutual inconsistencies—that this would not require individual religions to lose their independent identities. But would that mean that a one-world currency is in the offing? This is possible … but not certain … or even highly likely.impinge upon Israel in some way or lead to a new consolidated global power structure centered around 10 countries. politics and beliefs (i. especially in relation to globalization and globalism. Many Bible prophecy scholars treat the one-world currency notion as if it were specific literal prophecy. to me the whole question denies the reality of what already has unfolded. Midnight Call has carried numerous articles documenting these assertions biblically. We have made the point frequently in our writings that the world’s capital markets are already on a de facto “one currency” standard. Money moves fluidly across currencies around the world in the trillions. religion).

But we need not preoccupy ourselves with this scenario. needed to run deficits (supplying US dollars to the rest of the world. Such a regime would be more in alignment with the Bible’s indications. Now. shown as 10 separate countries (the “10 kings”). the U. Of course. I can’t help but feel that we are missing the forest for the trees.. 13. But so what? It is much too late to become a monetary “single-currency” alarmist. Brazilian real and others could play a part. and 17. ideally suited to a multi-polar world. Its eventual fall was anticipated by the very architects of the Bretton Woods system. as we will note in the conclusions. the more obvious outcome is that the world will move to a multi-currency reserve platform. It is an inclusive financial structure. 7 and Revelation 12.) In order to provide the currency backbone to the world. Russian ruble. On balance. This is why the IMF’s SDR is likely to become much more important in the future. the Asian single currency project that has been accelerated… etc. After all. conditions for the formation of a one-world currency would be more conducive.So. which speak of 10 toes. 10 horns and 10 kings.) A number of currencies together are therefore likely to supplant the US dollar’s lone reserve role in the world. right at the inception of the world’s current monetary regime—that the US dollar was fated to lose its central reserve role.S. The euro. much bigger than the current Global Financial Crisis (GFC)—and a strong leader emerge who is influential and flattering enough to successfully force world consensus on such a question. yen and eventually perhaps the Chinese yuan. when I get breathless questions about the Amero (a proposed American currency union). long ago—in fact. here is a fact that you may not have known: It was recognized long.) But this can be done only so long before . It would be a development involving the Antichrist that occurs inside the Tribulation period. Though it is not a real currency itself. these currency unifications can and may very well move forward. it yet facilitates power sharing and the mobilization of global money. the khaliji (proposed. in the multi-polar world system that is developing today —one that is no longer likely to be anchored by one superpower—it would seem improbable that sufficient unanimity for such a development is on the near-term horizon. and what would it accomplish in any case? Let’s wake up and pursue questions that are more relevant and practical. but currently sidelined currency for six Middle East countries). Contemporary Analysis of Future Currency Shifts What is the economic case for a one-world currency? There would be both advantages and disadvantages. (An important paper written by Robert Triffin in 1960 clearly underlined this conclusion. were a massive world financial crisis to erupt—one much. Scripture tells us that first a multi-polar coalition of nations will develop. Yes. and does not concern us today. (See Daniel 2. Thoughts to Ponder With respect to the outlook for the US dollar that is cherished by so many.

any one who wishes to begin an exploration of this subject might wonder just where to start.S. (Consider that some 70 percent of dollars in circulation are held outside the U. this is what has happened. That could yet take a long time. Jesus Christ implored the disciples many times to watch … at least nine times! The one-world financial system is already here … the endtime money snare virtually complete. We need to keep watching … and learning.mounting international debts would overwhelm the U. Now this in no way should be construed as some kind of inherent brilliance on my part but should instead be looked upon as a practical example of what James said: [James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom. to others show mercy. steel our resolve and equip us to do so in these “perilous” times (2 Timothy 3:1). We should avoid fixations with misleading indicators and our hobbyhorse prophetic theories when they cannot be proven from the Bible. or it may not.S. however. Interestingly enough. snatch others from the fire and save them. in part.!) Even should a major currency crisis be avoided. The more important questions are these: Just how can we remain separate and holy from the rampant religion of Mammonism that is enveloping the world today? How best can we be used in the task of snatching people from the fire? Jude summarizes these directives. There are initiatives in which Christians can safely be activists: Snatching people from the fire and hating the corruption of the flesh. mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh” (Jude 1:22-23). it only stands to reason that the US dollar will continue to decline in influence. The bottom line? After 60 years of serving as the world’s reserve currency. ENDNOTES Bible Prophecy . Maranatha! Oh. the globe is swamped with US dollars. the answer was not long in coming. I know I did. As Christians. Indeed. it is crucial that we not get distracted from the reality of what is unfolding. Considering the length of the Bible. let him . saying: “Be merciful to those who doubt.Where to Begin? By Edward Wood It has been said that 25% of the Bible is comprised of prophecy in one manner or another. Lord.

Since on occasion events are repeated in more than one place throughout Jesus' address.ask of God. circa 70 A. and upbraideth not. It will greatly help you follow along. Some think that the events described have already happened. Mark 13. I'm sure this adds more layers of tint to my particular glass. In Zechariah. culminating with the invasion of Jerusalem. are given a broad view of the future. where is a good place to begin to study Bible Prophecy? My personal answer .even the greatest of Bible scholars. his followers. but there is much more to the story than that. The words he himself spoke likewise connect the essentials of Old and New Testament prophecy as well. Others believe that the Bible's prophetic pronouncements are allegorical. including us. In fact. In other words. But this isn't all. So. we read how the Lord's return to Olivet at the end of this age will bring incredible changes to our world for all time! The Mount of Olives stands east of Jerusalem overlooking the city from which vantage point the temple which had been rebuilt to magnificent splendor by the volatile and often ruthless Herod the Great in an attempt to curry favor from the populace. a little over forty days from the time he gave his discourse it would also be the scene of his last post- resurrection appearance to most of those very same people! From there they would watch in awe as he rose into the clouds. Olivet would no doubt be remembered in history alone for what Jesus said there almost 2000 years ago. Next. that giveth to all men liberally. 13:11-12) . let's proceed. making this advice even more relevant in the present circumstances. with two men "in white apparel" promising them that he would return in the same manner (Acts 1:1-12). As a layman with no formal Bible training. I strongly urge you to do your own homework and arrive at your own conclusions not only on what you read here. I do recommend you read Matthew 24. but on any commentary regarding Scripture. chapter 14. While it is true that a great deal of symbolism occurs in such great books as Daniel and Revelation. I'll endeavor to present them topically. Why? Because Paul reminds us that "we see through a glass darkly" (1 Cor. and it shall be given him. Let's now look at the highlights of the Olivet Discourse and see where they lead.the Olivet Discourse. any wisdom you might find here isn't generated from yours truly. Intriguingly Olivet's physical location ties together accounts of Jesus' return to Earth in the Old and New Testaments. From this last of Jesus' public sermons.D. there are even those who have the view that all Bible prophecy has been fulfilled. the Olivet Discourse is direct and clear. His being appointed by Rome to this position and being descended from the Judean's tradtional adversaries the Edomites engendered no shortage of resentment from his . and Luke 21 yourself before proceeding. It is from that basis I will attempt to present an overview of its contents. I believe that the Lord meant exactly what he said. In fact. This being said. then.

and select for itself clerical and lay leaders that are telling people only what they want to hear. he was a master builder and the temple was the crown jewel of his accomplishents. and Luke record that the first thing that Jesus revealed was that the temple which so impressed his audience would one day no longer exist. Mark. 2:1-12. Almost 600 years earlier Nebuchadnezzar's Babylonian forces destroyed Jerusalem and everything in it. From this point on. One of the biggest problems of the early church was this very problem. 2 Thess. As if that wasn't enough. (See Acts 13:1-11. Recently there are ominous signs that it could get worse very quickly. When Titus' Roman Legion finally broke into the city. 1 John 4:1-6. Galatians 2:1-5. the historian Josephus recorded that even he couldn't stop his troops from setting this grand structure on fire. deny Jesus as the only means of salvation. 17:7-17. The Lord related that famines would come. As I write. and. The very next thing Jesus warned of was the coming of false prophets. The population of our planet stands near seven billion.subjects. in my opinion. Jesus spoke of events that are future even to our time. I think you will find many of them are now sounding very familiar in our Twenty-first Century World. Its huge porous limestone blocks exploded from the moisture within them as it turned to steam. 2 Cor. 19:11-21). The fall of the western church to false doctrine in the past few decades is not only rendering it incapable of standing against the growing forces of darkness but actually aiding them. the warning given on Olivet might very well be pointing to the Black Horse of Revelation 6:5-6 wherein a measure (quart) of wheat . that shall not be thrown down" (Matt. Rev. In this case. 2 Peter 2:1. What Jesus described was to occur exactly as he related almost forty years later. Matthew. His listeners must have been incredulous as they looked down upon its immensity and grandeur from the Mount of Olives. 11:12-26. temple included. But it happened all the same. the soldiers pried part the wreckage to get at the gold with which it had been adorned that had melted and flowed down into the ruins. Yet despite his character flaws.) It still is today. 24:1-2)? It must have been as unbelievable to them as the thought that our own World Trade Towers would crumble to the ground as a result of a terrorist attack on 9-11 was prior to that terrible event. I believe. I personally have watched the particular denomination of which I had belonged give its blessing to actively homosexual clergy. It had been described from those of that time as often glowing in gleaming splendor in the Judean sunlight. is getting much worse. are very close at hand.This action will all intensify and culminate in the advent of the Antichrist (Daniel 8:23-25. but. It is like watching Paul's words to his young protege' Timothy come true before one's own eyes across many of the largest denominations (1 Timothy 4:1-4). a large percentage of which go to bed hungry every night. This was not the first time the temple would fall. How could such a structure be so destroyed that there would not be "one stone upon another. there is a potential for the Ug-99 wheat fungus to devastate 80% of the world's wheat if it should manage to spread around the globe.

or denarius. Is it possible that this points to a time when most people will suffer while the wealthy continue to live opulently? Does this sound awfully familiar? Notice how Jesus' words link us to an event written by John in Revelation sixty years later about something that hasn't even happened in our time. It is hard to imagine any other time in human history when we have seen so much of both! About thirty years ago HIV-AIDS exploded across our world and is still running rampant. Until the turn of this century. the main vectors ar drug use and fornication. I personally can't rmember any communicable affliction ever existing which has had such a wide range. lasted so long. I'm pretty sure he didn't create HIV. Jesus said that as the time of the end draws near. there will come a time when a person's entire income will be needed to buy enough food to survive. especially in Africa. Jesus predicted that Christians would again be persectued. that their "love would wax cold. my counts might not be perfect but even so it is clear that geologically speaking. 20:1-16). that even people within familes would betray each other. it makes one wonder just what is going on. knowing that God is a loving God. how can they expect him to protect them from the consequences of their own free will? Regarding earthquakes. or resisted a cure. In affluent societies such as the United States. But whenever people disregard his rules of living and push him out of their lives. and that a measure of wheat or three of barley were considered the minimum dietary requirement for a person of those times. most years had less than six per year. The passage continues with "the oil and wine" not being harmed. This doesn't mean much to our modern ears unless we understand that the denarius was a day's wages to a common laborer (Matt. but one in which we are beginning to see the manner in which it can. This is already well under way throughout the world where being a follower of Christ can get one killed in some regions. it is no longer "business as usual" for Planet Earth. the numbers I got ranged from 22 for that year up to a high of 47 in 2007! Even 2008 had 35! As I write." When one sees regularly the increase and appalling visciousness of crimes being committed even within the United States. I've heard various interpretations of this but the one that seems to make sense is that these last two items were commodities of the rich. I decided to count only the larger quakes of Richter Scale magnitude 6. the details of the latter I'm sure you already know. Paul presents a sobering description so accurate of the way people will become as this age winds down that it is hard to escape the fact that we must indeed be very close to the end. I've heard many say it's a "judgment" disease because of this. he said that people in general would would become more cruel in the End Times." Isn't it fascinating that our present-day technology has made made this literally possile .or three of barley cost a penny. Along with famines. the count for 2009 is already over 20. depending on which Bible translation you are using. Well.0 and above. the Gospel would be preached "in all the world. Since 2002. In fact. In other words. Jesus told of the coming pestilences and earthquakes. with only sporadic counts of ten or twelve. In Romans 1:19-32. a visit to the United States Geological Survey website is most revealing. Being human.

just suppose the pharaoh (Exodus). Referred to variously as the "king of fierce countenance" (Daniel 8:23). 14:1-20). One day the war will come which will cause all prior military campaigns to pale in comparison when the Antichrist gathers the armies of the world to attempt to carry out the "Final Solution" against the Jews that the pharaoh of Moses' time. was well on the way to doing just that." Satan has always wanted to be "god" and this man will have access to demonic power to do whatever is necessary for the devil to accomplish this goal. 19. In such a case the tribe of Judah would have disappeared into history and with it King David and his descendant Jesus of Nazareth. who was very much a type of the coming Antichrist. The Lord spoke of military conflicts that would come. and 20). The "son of perdition" will be Satan's last shot at accomplishing that goal. 16. Adolf Hitler. they are stopped by the return of Jesus Christ himself in a cloud accompanied by the "host" . Jesus has indeed come and with him the only sacrifice God could accept to save us all. and the "beast" (Revelation. Did you know that the Twentieth Century had more casualties due to war than any other time in human history? When was the last time you watched the news on TV or read your paper without reports of some conflict somewhere? The stakes grow higher each day as more and more very bad people gain access to more and more very bad weapons. When the "abomination of desolation" appears in the "holy place. 2:3). In common parlance he is best known as the "Antichrist. Anyone who choses to ignore it will therefore have no excuse for the judgment that will fall upon them. 17. Daniel) had succeeded in making the Hebrews cease to exist. God will employ an angel to preach the "everlasting gospel" to all nations in every language (Rev.otherwise known as Armageddon (Rev. 12:5-10. particularly chapters 13. 14. Haman. But since these men failed. 16:13-15)! Regarding the author of this ultimate battle mentioned above. this man will embody the worst of every despot that has ever walked on this planet. and Hitler had also attempted. "that Wicked" (2 Thess. Haman (Esther). But why have so many tried to wipe out a people who. 14:6)." this will be a sign for the people of Judea to "flee to the mountains. One day it will all come to a head on the Plain of Esdraelon which lies below a place called Har (Mount) Megiddo . As his forces are about to capture the entirety of Jerusalem. or Nebuchadnezzar (Jeremiah. 8:23. "son of perdition" (2 Thess. Jesus provides an important clue as to the means by which to identify him in Matthew and Mark's accounts. have been virtually powerless? Well. I believe that this proves God will go to every length he can to get his message out.:2-3). Satan's only chance remaining is to prevent the prophecies of the Bible regarding Israel to ultimately fulfll its role in becoming the pre-eminent nation of the millennial age to come (Zech. either.instantly anywhere on the planet? In addition to this even as the Tribulation is well under way." Daniel tells us who it is that will do this (Daniel 9:27). 13:1. But he will not succeed. except for relatively short periods.

it will be followed by a final disposition of Satan. This certainly sounds like the Tribulation to me! . it seems best to explain the apparent contradiction of Jesus returning completely unexpectedly "as a thief" (Rev. and all who refused God's offer of salvation throughout all ages as they are themselves cast eternally into the lake of fire. Many believe this church is also representative of the "true church" of all times comprised of all faithful believers in Christ which will allow them to escape the "hour of temptation" (trial) which will come upon all the world. I'll conclude our exploration by telling you that I believe in a Pre-Tribulation rapture. which delivers us from the wrath to come. to try them that dwell upon the earth. and pray always. There are several more passages that I find further support the Pre-Trib scenario: [Luke 21:36 Watch ye therefore. The Antichrist and his false prophet henchman will be cast into the lake of fire while his army is routed.or armies of heaven (Zech. Out of all the other possibilities. 1:1-3. even Jesus. And to wait for his Son from heaven. which shall come upon all the world. that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass. The Second Coming three and a half years after the "holy place" is defiled will be seen by the whole world (Luke 17:24. These words by Jesus were orignally intended for the Apostle John be conveyed to the faithful Asia Minor church of Philadelphia." [1 Thessalonians 1:9-10 For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you. 19:11-21). the New Jerusalem.] Though other versions of the Bible have varying translations of this verse. Rev. It suggests in clear terms that there is a means of escape before the Tribulation. 12:14) when the persecution of God's people ends . this from King James is very accurate. I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation. Belief in Jesus is what makes us "worthy. to dwell among humankind for all time (Rev. Now with all traces of evil forever banished. God will create a new everlasting heaven and Earth in which he will come with his city. his demons. Satan will be locked away for 1000 years during which time Jesus will personally establish and rule his Millennial Kingdom. As magnificent as this time will be. From that moment on. how much more applicable are these words to the believers of today! [Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience. chapter 19).no doubt by the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. 15:51-53). Though Paul was speaking to those who had turned from idolatry in his day. Rev. chapters 20-22). Luke 21:26-27. and how ye turned from idols to serve the living and true God. 3:3) and then an exact time of his coming being given three and a half years after the erecting of the "abomination of desolation" in the rebuilt temple's "holy place" (Daniel 12:7-12. everything will change. Rev. The rapture of the church will be totally unexpected and virtually instantaneous (1 Cor. whom he raised from the dead. and to stand before the Son of man.

follow the false gods and idols of the world. grace. since we have already seen a rash of "honor killings" on US soil in recent years. you are a believer in Jesus. but they have sought to force people here to follow their laws and beliefs. Will Islam be the United States Babylon? All throughout the Bible and human history. I commend them to you as the time draws near when we will see that man who spoke them so long ago face to face! America's Judgment and Islam By Bill Keller Fathima Rifqa Bary is a 17-year-old Muslim girl from Ohio who converted to Christianity and fled to Florida in fear of her life. that got their attention real quick. it must be something which is yet to come. Many US banks have entire departments set up to follow Shariah Law for Muslim account holders. If. Remember the Muslim man in Buffalo who decapitated his wife for wanting a divorce? Or the Houston cab driver who shot to death his two daughters in the back of his cab for simply becoming "too western"? I have tried to tell you for years that Islam is a religion of hate and death. and eventually He would have enough and pour out His wrath upon them. after a period of time and due to His never ending love. live in open rebellion to God's commandments. you are a "Philadelphian" and this promise is for YOU! This means that there lies just up ahead a destiny for us that exceeds our wildest dreams and our greatest hopes. Eventually. therefore. I praise God the courts in Florida have allowed her to stay. As most people go about their daily lives. God has used human instruments to do His work and fulfill His plan and purpose. This was usually done in the form of allowing the enemies of Israel to take them captive and enslave them. .Since this obviously hasn't happened yet. As you can imagine. We read all throughout the Old Testament how the children of Israel would turn away from God. This is an important story because Muslims who have come to this country have not sought to assimilate themselves into the American lifestyle. and according to Islamic Law. and mercy. Fathima would be put to death for leaving Islam and converting to Christianity. You mansion is already being built in the New Jerusalem and before long it'll be Moving Day (John 14:1-3). A long time ago God's Son stood upon the hillside of a place called Olivet speaking the words that unify all of Bible Prophecy. Some airports have been pressured into providing footbaths for Muslims. Muslims in this nation are working tirelessly to turn the United States into a Muslim country.

most of us have one of those sobering moments when the Holy Spirit says loud and clear. You know and I know that the first thing you do when you allow sin into your life is that you stop reading the Bible as much. Almost immediately they would be back worshipping the false gods and idols of the world. Of course it was in this time of captivity that the children of Israel would repent and ask God to forgive them. obey Him again. it was like they got amnesia. trusting Him. if you even go at all. They would be getting involved in every kind of sin you could name. Worshiping God. You stop praying as much. It makes it very difficult to fall into the many traps Satan lays for you each day to tempt you and lead you into sin and away from God. trust Him again. you were allowed to go back to playing and doing what you wanted. They began to worship Him again. After the time was up. You see. We are all susceptible and at different times in our life fall into this pattern of sin. where are . ran and hid from God and we see that great scene of God in the Garden asking. What your mom had to say and her rules didn't matter any more. But what happened when the punishment was over? It wasn't long before you were not listening to your mother any more. and begin blessing them again.God would free the children of Israel. "Adam. This is why I implore you each day to stay in the Word. As you stood in that corner you appreciated the freedom you had to play and do what you wanted. let me deal first with each of us as individuals. Over and over and over this cycle is repeated and you think to yourself how stupid these people are! At that moment. You began to do things you knew you weren't supposed to. It was like when you were a child and you disobeyed your mother. usually stop reading it period. The amazing thing is once He set them free. What a classic illustration of this cycle of sin-> punishment-> repentance-> restoration-> and sin again. all of these things working together insure that you are never far from Christ. you will ever find. again. You promised your mother that you would obey her from now on. living in obedience to His commandments were all forgotten. give them their land back. keep close to the Lord. and find ways to serve the Lord. It keeps you constantly focused on the Lord and your faith. You quit going to church regularly. You read the Book of Judges and you start screaming at your Bible every time God frees them from their enemies and they immediately fall right back into the same pattern of sin that forced God to punish them in the first place. Like I tell you often. She would make you go stand in the corner for a period of time. pray. you often stop talking to God at all. man has never really changed since the Garden of Eden! Go read the Book of Judges. YOU ARE NO DIFFERENT! Before I deal with our nation. They would be in a place where God was their only source of hope and strength. be in church on Sunday or some day during the week. You are like Adam who after he sinned. you were sorry for what you did. During the time you were standing in the corner.

conceited. *Hear my word for you today! The United States is no different than the children of Israel. and enjoy the blessings of that relationship with Jesus. to suffer the consequences of our rebellion is upon us. We have embraced. unholy. disobedient to their parents. . We ask Him to forgive us. Eventually the time to pay. You NEVER sin and get away with it. We proudly and legally practice infanticide in this nation. ISLAM WILL BE OUR BABYLON! Amen. There is always a high price to pay when we choose to sin against God. celebrated.having a form of godliness but denying its power. Eventually the season of punishment ends and we are back to living our lives again. boastful. Why would we think for a second we can sin and get away with it? My prayer for you today is that you will realize that there is a huge price to pay when we sin. and philosophy the world has dreamed up in opposition to the God of the Bible and His Truth. not lovers of the good. slanderous. men have become " lovers of themselves. rash. and it is during this time that most turn back to the Lord." Of course. of punishment. In the past God has poured out His judgment on nations by allowing their enemies to take them captive. without love. as I tell you often sin always has a very high price tag.000 babies every 24 hours. We are a wicked and rebellious people who have forsaken our God. and accepted as normal deviant sexual choices that God never intended man to engage in. We have turned to every false god. when they sinned there was always a price to pay. " Just as God spared not His wrath on his own chosen people. We have squandered His many blessings and have turned this blessed land into one that is cursed. As Paul told his young disciple Timothy in 2 Timothy 3. treacherous. so will the wrath of God be felt on this nation for our rebellion. I believe today as I type these words that unless this nation immediately repents. without self-control. punishing them for their rebellion. and in the season of punishment find our relationship with Christ again. abusive. The Bible is also very clear that even amongst God's choice servants. slaughtering 4. brutal. idol. Our rebellion to God always brings consequences. God blesses us for our obedience. lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God. turns back to God and to His Truth. I can't read the Bible and read about God's judgment on the children of Israel for their cycle of sin and not understand that we are facing His judgment for our rebellion. ungrateful. live in obedience to His Word. We then go through that season of chastisement. So it really boils down to a choice between consequences and blessings. lovers of money. repent of our sins. We have opened the floodgates to allow pornography and every kind of sexual sin man can imagine to exist without any restraint. proud. Likewise. Hopefully we learned our lesson and have strengthened our walk with the Lord and will do all we have to do each day to stay close to Him.

I only know the glimpses we get from the Word what being taken captive and enslaved by a hostile people would be Why the "Epicenter" Could Shake the World Sooner Than You Think By Jan Markell There is a lot of speculation these days about Israel's recent missile class warships sailing through the Suez Canal. . and instead of dealing with the pain of whatever consequences arise. As for this nation. If I can help you in any way you can contact me through my personal email at: bkeller@liveprayer. This was just shortly after an Israeli submarine was spotted. blessings are MUCH better. All of this was confirmed by Israeli officials. you can enjoy the blessings that flow from your obedience. It is just as easy to OBEY God." Israeli naval vessels would likely pass through the Suez Canal for an Iranian strike. In particular.I have to tell you as someone who has experienced both. I sense our time is very short. None of us can even begin to fathom it. we are long OVERDUE! As I see the events of this world unfolding. Sinning is not only an act against God. just like Babylon was His instrument of judgment on the children of Israel for their rebellion. I pray today that the Lord will speak to your heart and each time you are confronted with the choice to sin. I sense in my spiritual gut that at any moment God could unleash His wrath on this land. Additionally. I do know that it will be horrible. Israel has strengthened ties with Arab nations that also fear a nuclear-armed Iran. and it was a clear signal that Israel is able to put its strike force within range of Iran on short notice. I also know that it can be avoided IF we act now. capable of launching a nuclear missile strike in preparation for a possible attack on Iran's nuclear facilities. you will remember that you pay a huge price for that sin at some point. relations with Egypt have grown increasingly strong this year over the "shared mutual distrust of Iran. We are not only due His judgment. but really stupid since we know we aren't going to get away with it. I clearly see that Islam could very easily be God's instrument of judgment on this nation for our rebellion.

S. Any kind of military strike in the Middle East will affect you directly. Again. By then it was almost too late. but they wouldn't decimate Israel. Israel was caught by surprise. The Jews ignored the warnings of the 1930s to get out of Europe. Israel's victory in this war cost 2. could be used to strike at in excess of a dozen nuclear-related targets more than 800 miles from Israel. is far more dangerous than the old Hitler.into utter chaos. Not until the morning of Yom Kippur (October 6). He did not have technology and nucleaer weapons. The Pharaohs and Hamans of Bible times weren't enough of a signal that such evil abounds then and now. If Israel strikes now. But Israeli action. Israel knows it must strike Iran's nuclear plants before Iran is capable of seriously launching nukes at Israel's main cities in retaliation. Israel kept delaying the deployment of troops. even though delayed.These exercises are a message to Iran that Israel is serious about defending herself. The "new Hitler. She will not make these mistakes again! It's kill or be killed now. Is this just saber rattling with little substance? No. There actually could have been a military escalation between superpowers in 1973. about six hours before the Arab offensive. was so stunning that the Soviet Union threatened direct military intervention. she would retaliate in other ways. They could not comprehend that a mad man had come on the scene who was serious about exterminating all of European Jewry. all because Israel did not heed the proper warnings before October 1973. and a mobilization of the reserves ordered. Yes. the world could have been plunged into a global disaster all because Israel waited too long.and world oil supply -. The region could be spared devastation if Israel acted in the next few weeks to a few months. Iran will have the nuclear capability to send the region -. If Israel waits a year or more. during a time in the war when Israel's outcome looked bleak. were Israeli officials convinced that war was imminent. ." Achmadinejad. and its fleet of advanced aircraft. It is believed that Israel's missile-equipped submarines. In 1973 during the Yom Kippur War.400 lives and an estimated $5 billion of which more than $1 billion was airlifted by the U. Iran is not yet capable of retaliating with her own nukes.

when Iranian nukes are being designed to fly down smokestacks in Tel Aviv and Haifa. Obama says there is a narrow window of opportunity for advancing the peace process and that he plans to speak openly and honestly with Israel just as he did with the Arab nations in Cairo." It amounts to appeasing the Arabs. It does not help to have America's president tell Jewish leaders. without God's intervention. humiliating Israel and. and quit trying to divide Jerusalem.and not Israel -. the entire Middle East. She knows America is no longer her trusted friend. God would not allow her extinction. as he did last week. in the process. 23 for more of God's miraculous intervention when no nations come to Israel's defense. and bad-mouthed America. politically. Obama's policy can be summarized as "Israelis should give and Palestinians should take. that they must engage in engage in self-reflection! It's time he tell them that the world's economy. could spin out of control if there is a war in the Middle East sparked by Iran's thirst for nuclear weapons as soon as possible! It's time he tell them to dismantle all suicide bombers whose target is innocent Israelis (and other victims such as those in Jakarta last week). Obama ignored the rejectionism of the Arab world against Israel and the ongoing wars and waves of Arab terror directed against the Jewish state since the day of its creation. It's time Obama tell the Arab/Muslim world -.S. already in a free fall. and religiously. It is the center of the earth geographically. And no. he primarily praised Islam.You need to take these issues seriously and be in prayer. America's president is lecturing and scolding Israel and telling her to "engage in self-reflection"? I suggest President Obama exercise some of his own self-reflection! (Also see Ezekiel 38:22. undermining the security of the Jewish state. civil rights movement. Right when Israel needs every friend she can get (although the Bible says just the opposite will be the case). Israel is facing extinction if she doesn't act and act quickly. But in Cairo. The Middle East is called the "epicenter" for a reason. his own Islamic heritage. It's time Obama leave Israel alone. He also compared the Palestinians to the U.) . and the rest of the world. quit telling her to dismantle settlements. His "engagement" and benign relationship with corrupt and despotic Arab regimes contrasts starkly with the tough talk conveyed to Israel at a time in history when once again.

” Moreover. though his arrival in the form of a man was foretold by numerous Scriptures. In urging Obama not to abandon Israel. the broad masses will not immediately recognize him for what he actually is—paganism’s ultimate incarnation. and diplomacy will emerge on the world scene as a savior. The world's superpower. He will. and the poor will bow down at his table. His popularity will be widespread and his fans will include young and old. But his profound comprehension and irresistible presence will be the result of an invisible network of thousands of years of collective knowledge. appeal to the best idea of society. It could literally explode in the coming weeks or months. Israel must act quickly no matter what the cost.American Jews who voted overwhelmingly to elect Obama should not remain silent. national interest. Yet appeasement seems to be Obama's middle name. they would also be promoting the U.S. in all human respects. the “beast” of Revelation 13:1. The Man of Sin and the New World Order By Thomas Horn Events unfolding since 9/11 portend a near future in which a man of superior intelligence. As Jesus Christ was the “seed of the woman” (Gen. He will. religious and non-religious. 3:15). scholars will applaud his uncanny ability at resolving what has escaped the rest of us. represent the embodiment of a very old super-intellegent spirit. they should discourage Obama from offering Israel as a sacrificial lamb on the altar of Arab appeasement. charm. History cannot point to a single instance in which appeasement of jihadists or tyrants has ever borne fruit. male and female. wit. . America. Together with other friends of Israel. They are entitled to press him to adhere to his commitment and treat the Jewish state in an even-handed manner. news anchors will cover his movements. Talk show hosts will interview his colleagues. like the god Vulcan. just loves to give peace a chance in all the wrong places. He will seemingly possess a transcendent wisdom that enables him to solve problems and to offer solutions for many of today’s most perplexing issues. Keep your eyes on the epicenter. John Lennon would be happy were he still alive. he will be the “seed of the serpent.

so that he. said frankly. Following a call by Nelson Rockefeller for the creation of a “New World Order. He will appear to be a man of distinguished character. it is a big idea—a New World Order. whether we like it or not. and ethnic groups. or that is worshiped. ideologies. a single personality will surface. showing himself that he is God” (2 Thess. For many years the notion of an Orwellian society where one-world government oversees the smallest details of our lives and in which human liberties are abandoned was considered anathema. With imperious decree he will facilitate a one-world government. the parade of political and religious leaders in the United States and abroad pushing for a New World Order has multiplied. universal religion. 2008. where diverse nations are drawn together in common cause to achieve the universal aspirations of mankind…. things began to change. the long-held promise of a New World Order…”[1] Ever since the President’s astonishing newscast. Those who refuse his New World Order will inevitably be imprisoned or destroyed until at last he exalts himself “above all that is called God. Britain’s Prime Minister Tony Blair in a speech delivered in Chicago. and worthy of our children’s future…. as God.It’s been assumed for centuries that a prerequisite for the coming of Antichrist would be a “revived” world order—an umbrella under which national boundaries dissolve. Such is a world worthy of our struggle. in the 1970’s. 2:4). “We are all internationalists now.’s founders. who in the 1980s began championing the one-world dirge. “We must replace balance of power politics with world order politics. At the head of the utopian administration.” presidential candidate Jimmy Carter campaigned. an effort Bush made clear was “to forge for ourselves and for future generations a New World Order… in which a credible United Nations can use its… role to fulfill the promise and vision of the U. The idea that rugged individualism would somehow be sacrificed for an anesthetized universal harmony was repudiated by America’s greatest minds. Italy) admitted. Then.N. But. The invasion into Kuwait by Iraq/Babylon provided perfect cover for allied forces to engage the Babylonian “prince” by launching Desert Storm against Saddam Hussein’s forces. but will ultimately become “a king of fierce countenance” (Dan. 8:23). Bush addressed the Congress where he added: “What is at stake is more than one small country [Kuwait]. April 22. I have never seen black helicopters hovering in the sky above Montana. saying. By December 9. Gideon Rachman (who attended the 2003 and 2004 Bilderberg meetings at Versailles. sitteth in the temple of God. religions.” Following this initial statement. respected chief foreign affairs columnist for The Financial Times. orchestrate a single and dominant sovereignty. for the first . and global socialism. France. 1999. announcing over national television that the time for “a New World Order” had arrived.” This struck a chord with international leaders including President George Herbert Walker Bush. “I have never believed that there is a secret United Nations plot to take over the US. and Stresa.” Blair could barely have imagined how quickly his doctrine would catch on. and economics from around the world.

2009.” calling it “an important element in shaping a New World Order. said it was time “for all countries of the world” to renounce “protectionism” and to participate in a new “international” system of banking and regulations “to shape the 21st century as the first century of a truly global society. a reference to the doctrine of “Order out of Chaos.” The United Kingdom’s Gordon Brown not only agreed. That desire was evident in November. Given the special role the United States continues to play in the world. March 1. he said: Throughout the world. I think the formation of some sort of world government is plausible. the former head of state of the USSR. Four days later on January 5. Addressing the international financial crises inherited by Barack Obama.” On January 1. In an article for the International Herald Tribune. the chorus call for a New World Order was ramped up by former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger while on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.time in my life. Kissinger discussed the need for an international political order (world government) to rise and govern a new international monetary and trade system. but in an article for The Sunday Times. . 2009. with an opinion piece distributed by Tribune Media Services titled The Chance for a New World Order.” Like the mythical Phoenix firebird. Kissinger visualized the opportunity for a New World Order to be engineered from the ashes of current global chaos. Mikhail Gorbachev. “The nadir of the existing international financial system coincides with simultaneous political crises around the globe. the election of Barack Obama could have consequences that go far beyond that country… If current ideas for reforming the worlds financial and economic institutions are consistently implemented.” he wrote. “The alternative to a new international order is chaos. “I think that his task will be to develop an overall strategy for America in this period. 2009. said the global clamor for change and the election of Barack Obama was the catalyst that might finally convince the world of the need for global government. there is a clamor for change.” Kissinger went on to highlight Obama’s extraordinary impact on the “imagination of humanity. including the comment about the “alternative to a new international order is chaos. He answered. A reporter for CNBC asked Kissinger what he thought Barack Obama’s first actions as President should be in light of the global financial crises. in an event that could become both a symbol of this need for change and a real catalyst for that change.” Kissinger followed on January 13th.” a clear reference to “Ordo ab Chao” from Ancient Craft Masonry. that would suggest we are finally beginning to understand the important of global governance. when really a New World Order can be created.” [2] Kissinger—a Rockefeller functionary and member of the Bilderberg group and Trilateral Commission who routinely turns up in lists among senior members of the Illuminati—peppered his article with key phrases from Masonic dogma.

Bush likewise envisioned the specter of a Babylonian-like One World Government. that threatened our very existence. U. In fact. It should have concerned theologians as well. It is then that all peoples of the world will plead with world leaders to deliver them from this evil. May 21. “When our Founders declared a new order of the ages . and I say this as a man often associated with the Religious Right. intellectual and ecclesiastical. The one thing every man fears is the unknown. 1991 when describing how the world could be manipulated into willingly embracing global government.” [4] New Age guru Benjamin Creme was clearer still on how the marriage of politics and religion would epitomize the New World Order when he said some years ago.” [3] During his second inaugural address.exactly the point he had made years earlier at the Bilderberger meeting in Evian. President George W. Barry Goldwater likewise foresaw the union of politics and religion as a catalyst for global government. He said: “Today Americans would be outraged if U. . Combining religious faith with politics as a legislative system of governance hearkens the formula upon which Antichrist will come to power (note how in the Book of Revelation chapter 13 the political figure of Antichrist derives ultranational dominance from the world’s religious faithful through the influence of an ecclesiastical leader known as the False Prophet). With an almost religious tone he cited Masonic script.” The increasing influence of the Religious Right on the Republican Party was bothersome to Goldwater in particular because of his libertarian views. When presented with this scenario.N. monetary. [6] So concerned was Goldwater with the consolidation of government policy and religious creed that on September 16. . saying. [5] Five-time United States Senator from Arizona and Republican Presidential nominee in 1964. troops entered Los Angeles to restore order. tomorrow they will be grateful! This is especially true if they were told there was an outside threat from beyond. France. this power elite would “rule the future” of mankind he believed. “What is the plan? It includes the installation of a new world government and a new world religion under Maitreia” (Maitreia is a New Age “messiah”). Neither Jesus nor his disciples (who turned the world upside down through preaching the Gospel of Christ. 1981 he took the unique position of warning political preachers from the floor of the US Senate that he would “fight them every step of the way if they [tried] to dictate their [religious ideas] to all Americans in the name of conservatism. In writing of the efforts of behind-the-scenes groups including international bankers to bring about a New World Order. he said it would occur through consolidating “the four centers of power—political. the true “power of God” according to Paul) ever imagined the goal of changing the world through supplanting secular government with an authoritarian theocracy.” As the managers and creators of the new (prophetic) system.S. . they were acting on an ancient hope that is meant to be fulfilled. individual rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of their well being granted to them by their world government. whether real or promulgated.

combining the mission of the Church with political aspirations is not only unprecedented in New Testament theology—including the life of Christ and the pattern of the New Testament Church—but. . 13:15). What . and Genghis Khan. . Masons. 18:2). and he will revive an ancient mystery religion that is “the habitation of devils. Stalin. Bonesmen. Barack Hussein Obama appealed to the increasingly disenfranchised voters among American society by playing on their understandable fears in order to posture himself as the essential agent of change. . ultimately he will make the combined depravities of Antiochus Epiphenes. but how. as National German Socialists did in the years following World War I. in blasphemy against God. historians will undoubtedly record how the messianic fervor surrounding the election of the 44th president of the United States reflected not only widespread disapproval for Bush administration policies. Behind these scenes and beyond view of the world’s uninitiated members. a near future horizon upon which a leader of indescribable brutality will appear. Nevertheless . He will raise his fist. all of whom were types of the Antichrist. “speaking great things. and the hold of every foul spirit. and them that dwell in heaven” (Rev. Hitler. . a few will undoubtedly also argue that. He will champion worship of the “old gods” and “cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed” (Rev. A Spirit Of Antichrist And The Era Of Obama By Thomas Horn Should the world continue. While every modern citizen— religious and non-religious—has responsibility to lobby for moral good. and his tabernacle. look like child’s play. foreign and domestic policies as to clearly point to a terrifying Sibyl’s conjure. a political savior to arise now with a plan to deliver mankind from upheaval. to blaspheme his name. the world is readied . Although this false prince of peace will seem at first to hold unique answers to life’s most challenging questions. Among these historians. a tragic scheme concocted by sinister forces to defer the Church from its true power while enriching insincere bureaucrats. and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird” (Rev. in the aftermath of September 11. 13:5- 6). the alchemy and rituals of the occult masters—Illuminatists. as Goldwater may have feared. . Bilderbergers and Bohemians—have combined to harmonize so completely within recent U. a disastrous fact that only now some are beginning to understand.. indeed hungry for .S. ... 2001 the American psyche was primed to accept expansive alterations in political and financial policy with an overarching scheme for salvation from chaos.Jesus made it clear that his followers would not fight earthly authorities purely because His Kingdom was “not of this world” (John 18:36).

most of these historians are not likely to record, however, is the involvement before and
after the U.S. presidential election by unseen shapers of the New World Order.

If they did, the vast numbers of people would not believe it anyway, the idea that behind
the global chaos that gave rise to Obama’s popularity was a secret network, a
transnational hand directing the course of civilization. Yet no account of history
including recent times is complete or even sincere without at least acknowledging the
behind-the-scenes masters who manipulate international policy, banking and finance,
securities and exchange, trade, commodities, and energy resources. Numerous works
including scholarly ones have connected the dots between this ruling superclass and the
integration of policy handed down to governing bodies of nation-states and supra-
national organizations.

The Economist Newspaper in April 2008 pointed to research by academic David
Rothkopf, whose book, Superclass: The Global Power Elite and the World They Are
Making documented how only a few thousand people worldwide actually dictate the
majority of policies operating at a global scale. The Economist described this
comparatively small number of elites as being “groomed” in “world-spanning
institutions… [who] meet at global events such as the World Economic Forum at Davos
and the Trilateral Commission or… the Bilderberg meetings or the Bohemian Grove
seminars that take place every July in California.” [8]

Long time radio host and author of Brotherhood of Darkness, Stanley Monteith says such
persons are part of an “Occult Hierarchy” that rules the world and directs the course of
human events. “The movement is led by powerful men who reject Christianity, embrace
the ‘dark side,’ and are dedicated to the formation of a world government and a world
religion,” he writes. “They control the government, the media… many corporations, and
both [US] political parties.” [9]

Interestingly, Pope Benedict XVI may have referred to the same group when in 2008 he
warned United Nations diplomats that multilateral consensus needed to solve global
difficulties was “in crises” because answers to the problems were being “subordinated to
the decisions of the few.” His predecessor, Pope John Paul II may have acknowledged the
same, believing a One World Government beneath the guidance of a ruling superclass
was inevitable.

Before his death, it was prominent American political scientist Samuel P. Huntington
who brought the uber-echelon behind the push for global government up from
“conspiracy theory” to academic acceptability when he established that they “have little
need for national loyalty, view national boundaries as obstacles that thankfully are
vanishing, and see national governments as residues from the past whose only useful
function is to facilitate the elite’s global operations.” [10]

In other words, according to experts, international affairs, foreign and domestic politics
and taxpayer funded investment economics are being largely decided by a privileged
cadre of families who are dedicated to a New World Order and One World Government.

I have to admit when writing this series it was difficult to resist the temptation to compile
at length the names, dates and organizations that form the goals of the ruling elite.
Having accumulated thousands of pages of research material concerning the CFR, the
Trilateral Commission, Bohemians, Masons, the Bilderbergers and other Illuminatus
subgroups, my original intention included several chapters on the memberships past and
present of the largely unknown powers working behind public affairs. In the end I
determined that enough of this type material is already available to the public and that
this work would be better served in raising awareness beyond the machinations of
financiers and occult ideologues who direct global institutions, by showing that behind
their matrix of illusion—which most citizens perceive as reality—is an arena of evil
supernaturalism under which these human ‘conduits’ are willingly organized.

In more than thirty important biblical texts, the Greek New Testament employs the term
kosmos, which describes an invisible order or “government behind government.” It is
here that human ego, separated from God, becomes hostile to the service of mankind
while viewing people as commodities to be manipulated in the service of fiendish
ambition. To some, the origins of this phenomenon began in the distant past when a “fire
in the minds” of angels caused Lucifer to exalt himself above the good of God’s Creation.
The once glorified spirit was driven mad by an unequivocal thirst to rule, conquer, and
dominate. His fall spawned similar lust between his followers, which continues today
among human agents of dark power who guard a privileged “cause and effect”
relationship between diabolical forces and the opportunity for lordship over societies.

The objectives of the secret orders and the very real forces they serve is seldom perceived
by citizens of democratic societies who view national officials as ruling their countries
and representing their interests. Yet according to sacred texts, not only does an active
collaboration exist between unregenerate social architects and fallen angels, but
politicians in particular are vulnerable to “principalities and powers.” According to well-
known exorcist Gabriele Amorth who has performed over 70,000 official exorcisms,
“Evil exists in politics, quite often in fact. The devil loves to take over… those who hold
political office.” [11] As a result, it is not difficult to see how “fleshy gloves” such as US
Presidents may be unaware of their role as chess pieces on a terrestrial game board
sliding in and out of position as they are moved by “the god of this world” toward the
phantasmogoric end game (see 2 Cor. 4:4). If researchers like Dr. Monteith are correct
and world governments are to this day influenced by such dark angelic powers, the elite
who head the current push to establish a New World Order are directly connected with an
antichrist system whether they know it or not. With vivid testimony to this, Satan offered
to Jesus all the power and glory of the kingdoms of this world. He said, “All this power
[control] will I give thee, and the glory of them [earthly cities]: for that is delivered unto
me: and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be
thine” (Luke 4:6-7).

Signs and evidence of such supernatural involvement in the current move towards
worldwide totalitarian government have been increasing in political commentary, occult
symbolism and numerological ‘coincidences’ over the past decade. As public opinion is
engineered toward final acceptance of the international subordination, we would expect

to see these ‘mirrors of occult involvement’ continue. Recently there have been so many
semiotic messages (visible signs and audible references that communicate subliminal
ideas) in the open that it is starting to feel as if the ‘gods’ are mocking us; challenging
whether or not we will willingly admit their involvement. This has been exponentially
true since the election of US President Barack Hussein Obama, the ‘President of the
world’ according to news services around the planet. While the grandiose title “President
of the world” granted Obama by euphoric crowds on election night remains to be
prophetic, the glorified ideal behind it reflects the global hunger for, and movement
toward, the arrival of ‘the one’ who represents the invisible agencies mentioned above
and who, for a while, will appear to be the world’s answer man.

Consider the unprecedented messianic rhetoric that reporters, politicians, celebrities and
even preachers used in celebrating the ‘spiritual nature’ of Obama’s meteoric rise from
near obscurity to US President. San Francisco Chronicle columnist Mark Morford
characterized it as “a sort of powerful luminosity.” In Morford’s opinion, this was
because Obama is “a Lightworker, that rare kind of attuned being who has the ability
to… help usher in a new way of being on the planet…” [12] The dean of the Martin
Luther King Jr. International Chapel, Lawrence Carter, went further, comparing Obama
to the coming of Jesus Christ: “It is powerful and significant on a spiritual level that there
is the emergence of Barack Obama… No one saw him coming, and Christians believe
God comes at us from strange angles and places we don’t expect, like Jesus being born in
a manger.” [13] Dinesh Sharma, a marketing science consultant with a PhD in
Psychology from Harvard appraised Obama likewise: “Many… see in Obama a messiah-
like figure, a great soul, and some affectionately call him Mahatma Obama.” [14] It
would have been easy to dismiss such commentary as the New Age quiverings of loons
had it not been for similar passion on the lips of so many people. The following is a brief
list of like expressions from a variety of news sources: Block quote start “Barack’s appeal
is actually messianic… he… communicates God-like energy… What if God decided to
incarnate as men preaching ‘hope and change.’ And what if we… let them slip away, not
availing ourselves… to be led by God!” Steve Davis, Journal Gazette [15]

“This is bigger than Kennedy. . . . This is the New Testament! I felt this thrill going up
my leg. I mean, I don’t have that too often. No, seriously. It’s a dramatic event.” Chris
Matthews, MSNBC [16]

“Does it not feel as if some special hand is guiding Obama on his journey, I mean, as he
has said, the utter improbability of it all?” Daily Kos [17]

“Obama, to me, must be not just an ordinary human being but indeed an Advanced Soul,
come to lead America out of this mess” Lynn Sweet, Chicago Sun Times [18]

“He is not operating on the same plane as ordinary politicians…the agent of
transformation in an age of revolution, as a figure uniquely qualified to open the door to
the 21st century.” Former US Senator Gary Hart, Huffington Post [19]

t “He is not the Word made flesh [Jesus], but the triumph of word over flesh [better than
Jesus?]…Obama is, at his best, able to call us back to our highest selves.” Ezra Klein,
Prospect [20]

“Obama has the capacity to summon heroic forces from the spiritual depths of ordinary
citizens and to unleash therefrom a symphonic chorus of unique creative acts whose
common purpose is to tame the soul and alleviate the great challenges facing mankind.”
Gerald Campbell, First Things First [21]

“Obama was… blessed and highly favored…I think that… his election… was divinely
ordered… I’m a preacher and a pastor; I know that that was God’s plan… I think he is
being used for some purpose.” Janny Scott, New York Times [22] Block quote end Block
quote start “He won’t just heal our city-states and souls. He won’t just bring the Heavenly
Kingdom — dreamt of in both Platonism and Christianity — to earth. He will heal the
earth itself.” Micah Tillman, The Free Liberal [23]

“The event itself is so extraordinary that another chapter could be added to the Bible to
chronicle its significance.” Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., Politico [24]

Though he tried to keep it subtle himself, Obama encouraged such public perception of
him as an ‘anointed’ one whose time had come. Officially produced Obama campaign
advertising consistently used such words as ‘faith,’ ‘hope,’ and ‘change.’ Republican
nominee John McCain picked up on this during his run for office and put out a cynical
video called “The One.”

Using some of Obama’s own words against him, the video mocked Obama’s play as a
Christ-like figure, showing him in New Hampshire saying, “a light beam will shine
through, will light you up, and you will experience an epiphany, and you will suddenly
realize that you must go to the polls and vote for Barack!” The video failed to mention
that having an “epiphany” actually means the sudden realization or comprehension of an
appearance of deity to man. Another part of the video included Obama during his
nomination victory speech in St. Paul, Minnesota, saying, “this was the moment when the
rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.” Anybody that followed
the presidential campaign would have picked up the same nuances—angelic children
organized to sing about Obama, logos depicting rays of sunlight beaming out from his
‘O’ shaped hand sign (a gesticulation Hitler used as well), books such as Nikki Grimes
“Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope” (Simon & Schuster), comparisons to
Plato’s ‘Philosopher King’ without whom our souls will remain broken, comparisons to
the ‘spiritually enlightened’ Mahatma Gandhi, comparisons to the Solar Hero Perseus,
comparisons to Jesus Christ and even comparisons to God Himself.

The world is “looking for a superstar,” wrote Prophecy in the News founder J. R. Church.
They want a man “who can solve the problems of our planet. That elusive dream of a
world without war, poverty, and disease has always been just beyond our reach. Most
politicians are perplexed—overwhelmed by the magnitude of the problem. They are
convinced that the dilemma cannot be solved by commerce or systems, be it democracy

” [29] Not content with just using sacred anointing oil to consecrate Obama for God’s use. [27] In Des Moines. evangelicals and especially the Religious Right (which had held prominent . Congressman Paul Broun (Georgia) was part of the ritual and joined Reverend Rob Schenck.’ Dozens of churches and faith groups including mainline Protestants organized activities to mark Obama’s inauguration as a ‘spiritual’ event. even unprecedented. Saging. an obligatory pilgrimage that demonstrates their dedication to Allah. lighting bundles of sage. “Anointing with oil is a rich tradition in the Bible and… symbolizes consecration. who said. Obama had spent significant time during the campaign distancing himself from conservative Christians. Randall Balmer. professor of religion in American history at Columbia University admitted he had never seen anything like it before. Most believe they can only be solved by a man—a superhuman superstar!” [25] Will Obama become the superhuman superstar the world has been waiting for? If symbolic gestures are any indication. while the Bishop of New Hampshire.or socialism. Rick Warren. as it is called. [28] Several ministries including the Christian Defense Coalition and Faith and Action came together to perform what was heralded as a first for US presidential inaugurations— applying anointing oil to the doorposts of the arched doorway that Obama passed through as he moved to the platform on the West Front of the Capital to be sworn in. is believed by Wiccan tradition to drive away evil spirits. there certainly were plenty of religious folks during his march into the White House that thought he was or that at least he was a forerunner of ‘The One. carried an unparalleled New Age flavor this time around. Iowa. which have been historically offered during US presidential installation ceremonies. [30] Even the conventional inaugural prayers. A Shaman officiated the event. As the reproduction made it’s way down the streets. palm branches were handed out to onlookers so that they could wave them like Christ’s adorers did in the 21st chapter of Matthew. or setting something apart for God’s use. considered America’s Christian pastor. which smoldered and gave off thick blue aromatic smoke. an inaugural parade for Obama included a simulation of the triumphant entry of Christ in which a facsimile of Obama rode upon a donkey. Gene Robinson invoked the “God of our many understandings.” While all this was highly unusual. rendered a blessing in the name of the Muslim version of Jesus (Isa). Wiccans and Shaman’s gathered at Dupont Circle—chosen because it is considered the ‘gay center of Washington DC’as well as being the point of the left ear of the Masonic street Pentagram north of the White House —to participate in a cleansing ceremony to purge the White House of evil spirits (which they said were brought there by Bush) for Obama. approximately two-thousand New Agers. it was not surprising. [26] CNN went so far as to compare Obama’s inauguration to the Hajj—the journey by Muslims to the holy city of Mecca.

” adding. “Democracy demands that the religiously motivated translate their concerns into universal. 1 hero according to a Harris poll. writing for the Hamilton Spectator is such a disciple. rather than religion-specific values… this is going to be difficult for some who believe in the inerrancy of the Bible as many evangelicals do. “we’re no longer a Christian nation.” Obama says on the video. The marriage of a believable faith with the husbandry of government is the union that must be contracted. Over the past 50 years and especially as baby-boomers listened attentively to pastors telling them to focus on human potential and the “god within us all. who grew up in a household where the Bible. Obama had replaced Jesus Christ as America’s No.” eastern philosophies of Monism. and Self Realization grew. and proclaims boldly: “The faiths of our fathers are tired now… only a global world view will suffice. 3:5). By February 2009. organized religion was best defined as “closed-mindedness dressed in the garb of piety. with evangelists of the new religion calling for the ‘tired’ faith of our fathers to be replaced with a global new one. For Obama. And so he used it masterfully. It began when the serpent said to the woman “ye shall be as gods” (Gen. The gospel according to such New Age concepts—a gospel of “becoming god”— is as old as the fall of man. “Whatever we once were. and earned a cult following while doing so. the conscious effort by Obama to reorient America away from conventional Christianity was widely embraced by people who identified with the man who carried a tiny idol of the Hindu god Hanuman in his pocket—whose blessings he sought in the race to the White House—together with a Madonna and child. and it will zenith during the reign of the anti-Christian god-king. and dedication to his come-one come-all mysticism has continued to spread.” [32] Although it is more difficult to understand the broad appeal of Obama’s New Age philosophy to the many evangelical and Catholic voters who supported him. In a 5-minute video available on YouTube. for only then will there be “peace on earth and goodwill toward all. providing Americans with an alluring opportunity to throw off the “outdated ideas” of fundamental Christianity and to espouse a more “enlightened” monistic worldview (all is one). which is true. Hinduism. the Koran and the Bhagvat Gita sat on a shelf side by side. .sway over Republicans since Ronald Reagan held office) countering that his faith was more universalist and unconvinced of Bible inerrancy. Terry Neal.” Pagans argue this principle of inner divinity is older than Christianity.” This has to occur under Obama. the phenomenon can be explained to some degree as the result of a changing culture. God was viewed as pantheistic and humans were finally understood to be divine members of the whole “that God is. Aimed at accomplishing what the builders of the Tower of Babel failed to do (unify the masses of the world under a single religious umbrella). Pantheism. Neal concludes.” [31] Consequently.” but a useful political tool nonetheless. a pre-election speech by Obama was highly cynical of Bible authority and even derided specific Old and New Testament scriptures.

24:3) One of the mistakes we make in reading the Bible is caused by our tendency to look at everything through “Church colored glasses. Luke’s version of the Olivet Discourse is the only one that gives a detailed answer to this question. “Do you see all these things?” he asked. After describing several things that would not be specific signs. 24:1- 2) These two verses set the tone for the entire discussion. “I tell you the truth. every one will be thrown down. not one stone here will be left on another. It means we’re supposed to learn from the experiences of those who came before us. When Will This Happen? The view of Jerusalem at sunset from the Mount of Olives is breathtaking. At sunset its white limestone exterior took on a bright golden hue. four of the disciples came to Him for clarification. yet in our rush to get to the meat of the passage they are often ignored. Repeating His Palm Sunday prophecy (Luke 19:41-44) Jesus said it would be so completely destroyed that not one stone would be left standing on another. A prime example of this kind of mistake can be found in our interpretation of the Olivet Discourse. and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” (Matt.” they said. I’ll show you what I mean. the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us. John and Andrew (Mark 13:3). James. “when will this happen. I know Paul said everything that was written in the past was written to teach us (Romans 15:4) but that doesn’t mean it was all written to us. even today. (Luke 21:12-24) What Will Be The Sign Of Your Coming? Obviously they meant His 2nd Coming and He actually gave them 2 clear signs.” (Matt. Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. From Mark’s account we know that after Jesus said this.” By that I mean we read it as if everything applies directly to us without regard for the context or historical background. When will this happen? (When will these buildings be torn down? ) What will be the sign of your coming? What will be the sign of the End of the Age? Let’s look at them individually to gain more of the background that prompted these questions. as if it was made of pure gold.A Bible Study by Jack Kelley As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives. “One who has not seen the Temple from the time of Herod has never seen a magnificent building. but merely “birth pangs”. He . and they asked Him 3 questions. To them it was the most beautiful building imaginable. In the Lord’s time it was even more so because the Temple was still standing. They were Peter.” It had been 46 years in the construction and was still not finished. The Hebrew Talmud says.

gave them the first one in Matt. This question is the one where so many believers are way off the mark. Here’s why. it has just interrupted it. 483 years (69 weeks) had passed and there were only 7 years (1 week) left. How could it be torn down and rebuilt in just 7 years? It was this astonishment that led to their questions. they asked Him. How could they have understood it? (The fact that the Age of Law hasn’t ended explains why there will be a Temple erected in Israel soon. even after receiving the Holy Spirit (John 20:22) they were still thinking that the End of the Age was at hand. 24:15. He said that from the time they received permission to restore and rebuild Jerusalem after the Babylonian captivity there would be 70 periods of 7 years each (often called weeks because the Hebrew word Gabriel used means “a week of years”) for a total of 490 years (70 weeks). the sign of the End of the Age will be the Lord’s return.” (Acts 1:7-8) I’ve Got A Secret James revealed the answer to the Apostles for the first time 20 years after the cross. 24:29). just when the end was in sight it would all be destroyed. . 24:21). After that the Lord will return on the clouds with power and great glory. They didn’t know anything about a Church Age that would cause a 2000 year pause in Daniel’s 70 weeks prophecy. When Jesus led them up to the Mount of Olives where He would soon ascend to the Father. Israel needs one to complete the final 7 years.) 40 days after the Resurrection. When the disciples asked their questions. How could this be? Anointing the Most Holy referred to the Temple. You can imagine their astonishment when He told them that having come so close. “Lord are you at this time going to restore the Kingdom to Israel?” Once again He didn’t explain anything about the future. Ultimately. Most of us today don’t understand that the Church Age didn’t end the Age of Law. “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. The second sign is only described as the Sign of the Son of Man. but said. What Will Be The Sign Of The End Of The Age? This question is more complex than they ever imagined when they asked it. Over 500 years previously the Angel Gabriel had told Daniel how and when the end of the age would come. It’s those “church colored glasses” I mentioned. It’s the Abomination of Desolation standing in the Holy Place and it will mark the beginning of the Great Tribulation (Matt. even though the answer is simple. It will signal the Great Tribulation’s end (Matt. under construction for 46 years and still not finished. But when you understand the disciples’ perspective you’ll see that it was not possible for them to be thinking of the Church Age when they used the phrase “end of the age” like so many Christians assume.

When they finished. (Only the pre-Trib Rapture position avoids this error. primarily because until 1948 there was no Israel. These are the only specific references to a people group in the entire passage. Also. First it gives the Church some early warning signals we can use to know how close we’re getting to our departure. To underscore the point. Only observant Jews would be unable to flee on a Sabbath. that the remnant of men may seek the Lord. Its ruins I will rebuild. and all the Gentiles who bear my name. They both point to Israel and they’re both written in the 2nd person (v.) What’s That There For? So why is the Olivet Discourse even in the New Testament if it’s not for the Church? There are several good reasons. when you see … v.20. the Biblical name for Israel. After He had taken us He would turn His attention once again to Israel. It’s the account of the Jewish Messiah speaking on the Mt. It wasn’t that they had heard this and forgotten it. (Ephes. If the Lord had taught them these things. 3:4- 6) Seen from this perspective it’s clear that the Olivet Discourse is not about the Church. through out the entire Church Age the signs the Lord gave to Israel have not been in evidence. the absence of any reference to the Church shows us that we won’t be here during the time He was talking about. at the End of the Age. pray that your flight … ). It was that the Lord had never told them. as it is written: “ ‘After this I will return and rebuild David’s fallen tent.’ “ (Acts 15:12-17) Israel was being set aside while the Lord built the Church for Himself. James spoke up: “Brothers. To place the Church in the Olivet Discourse is to make a fundamental error in interpretation. The birth pangs serve as “nearness indicators” in that the more frequently they occur the closer we are. in Matt. . 24:16 He spoke of Old Covenant followers in Judea.The whole assembly became silent as they listened to Barnabas and Paul telling about the miraculous signs and wonders God had done among the Gentiles through them. Simon (Peter) has described to us how God at first showed his concern by taking from the Gentiles a people for himself. This is what makes the re- birth of the nation the pre-imminent sign that the End Times are upon us. says the Lord. James would not have had to explain it. listen to me. indicating that the Lord considered the disciples to be representative of Israel. 24:15 He made reference to a Jewish Temple and in Matt. who does these things that have been known for ages. The words of the prophets are in agreement with this. Of Olives to His Jewish followers about the future of Israel. Second. 15. And Paul claimed he was revealing an age old secret when he told the Church in Ephesus that through the Gospel gentiles were being made heirs together with Israel. and I will restore it.

Prepare slaughter for his children for the iniquity of their fathers. For I will rise up against them. if you’ve based it on an assumption that the disciples represent the Church in the Olivet Discourse. there are not many cities in the world that could not be called Babylon if you speak of the tragic presence of utter moral filth. saith the LORD. These evildoers were destined to create great trauma for the population of this reborn nation. This is always the case with Bible prophecy. and son. Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial. I will also make it a possession for the bittern. Because. and as the raiment of those that are slain. that go down to the stones of the pit. nor fill the face of the world with cities." The people of this rebirth would be troubled by evildoers. The prophet made it plain that this rebirth would be dramatic and sorrowful. saith the LORD of hosts. Clearly the Olivet Discourse was given primarily to Israel and doesn’t mention the Church. has declared with vigor that the United States is modern Babylon. prophetically. and remnant. and slain thy people: the seed of evildoers shall never be renowned. Neither the Angel Gabriel nor the Lord misled Israel by not mentioning this indeterminate pause between the 69th and 70th weeks of Daniel’s prophecy. and cut off from Babylon the name. Babylon has been in the grave. even like a "carcass trodden under foot. They did not . and nephew. nor possess the land. because thou hast destroyed thy land. The 40 days the Lord spent in Israel between the Resurrection and the Ascension could well have been Israel’s time of testing (40 is the number of testing). Any talk of Babylon being rebuilt has been met with mostly sarcasm or cries of ignorance. it’s time to re-think your assumption. 06-13-09 Iraq: The Rebirth of Babylon A prophet of God prophesied over twenty-five hundred years ago that Babylon would experience a rebirth and that it would be a very painful experience. The prophet Isaiah did not miss one point. saith the LORD of hosts. This could also explain why the Gospel received limited exposure among the Gentiles during and immediately after the Lord’s ministry and why it was 20 years after the cross before the doctrine of the Rapture was introduced. This man. At least up to the cross and maybe all the way to the Ascension the Lord’s offer of a Kingdom to Israel was on the table. I can understand why this vigorous denunciation of the few unwavering souls that dare to believe God meant what He said to Isaiah. as a carcase trodden under feet. Here are his perfect predictions as given to him by the Holy Spirit. It is why Israel did not know that Jesus Christ was the promised Messiah. I received an e-mail just this week calling me insane for speaking of literal Babylon in Bible prophecy. that they do not rise. Actually. thrust through with a sword. "But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch. and pools of water: and I will sweep it with the besom of destruction. No matter what view you hold of the sequence of End Times events.And third it shows Tribulation believers both inside and outside of Israel what to look for to help maintain their faith that He’s coming to end their ordeal.) It has been as if Babylon and Iraq did not exist in the mind of the church world for nearly two thousand years. along with a multitude." (Isaiah 14:19-23) (This is the kind of prophecy that makes the Word of God breathtaking. their last chance to accept the Kingdom. Its entire period of a short-lived renewal would be plagued with trouble.

They are the final product of the very heart and soul of Babylon. December 2003) (Pre-Trib Perspectives. The leaders of this sect could not hate Christianity with a greater hatred. Everything Isaiah said is happening." In fact he was working toward starting a TV station covering Iraq. There is already an incredible movement of the One World Religion and Babylon will be a key focus. and they will be judged with the city where false religion was born. This great prophecy in Isaiah is being fulfilled as I write. "Triggered by the Iraq War. God will speak to His own. As the fateful hour of judgment draws near. It will not be Bible-believing Christianity. at the present. Again. but. and pools of water: and I will sweep it with the besom of destruction. thou heaven. European Union and Russia) has drafted a proposal to transfer the seat of the United Nations to Baghdad (ancient Babel or Babylon)! The move would relieve the space constraints of the New York headquarters while also freeing it from the physical jurisdiction of the US. They hate America and Israel. and cast it into the sea. The United Nations is already discussing moving their headquarters to Babylon. and ye holy apostles and prophets. finally. "Rejoice over her. UN." (Revelation 18:4b) Those who talk of evangelizing Iraq and making it a Christian nation are extremely foolish and have no sense of Bible prophecy. will be there to announce the Antichrist to the world. Isaiah prophesied of this future fact. Notice the last verse of Isaiah’s prophecy. The danger in Iraq. I have dared to prophesy of Babylon’s rebirth for over forty years. He said. "And the LORD shall smite Egypt: he shall smite and heal it: and they shall return even to the . individuals can and will be converted and for that cause we should be committed. Northern Iraq is destined to become a great nation and will be called Assyria during the Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ. Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down. March 2004) The United Nations is pagan to the heart. and our nation will be blessed to be free of their influence. and that ye receive not of her plagues. "I will also make it a possession for the bittern. but his language was plain. informed sources say that the international Quartet of world powers (the US. Let me quote the most recent discussion concerning this fact. I personally heard him bragging about his commitment to ecumenicalism of the One World church. that ye be not partakers of her sins. Babylon is being reborn by Divine decree so it can be judged by Divine perfection. Paul Crouch of TBN was there at the same time as I was during my recent trip. and shall be found no more at all. saying. He made fun of the word Protestant and personally said. His words are already recorded. Bloodshed will dot their existence until the fateful hour of God’s judgment. but he was there spreading his false religion of replacement theology." (Isaiah 14:23) John stated near the close of Holy Scripture. saith the LORD of hosts." (Revelation 18:20-21) The presence of the Shiite Muslims in Southern Iraq is prophetic. Those among them that know Jesus Christ as Savior can take heart because God never judges the righteous with the wicked. He did not use that term. for God hath avenged you on her. or someone that represents him. Though it’s only a draft of the Quartet. My heart hurts for the innocent people of this struggling nation. my people. He. is of itself prophetic. This nation will become the center of a one-world government.take Scripture literally. "I am not protesting anything. The response has been mixed. And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone. it is changing toward the positive. Of course." (Israel Today. They are there by birth and have never known anything but living with sorrow. "Come out of her. This reborn nation will never know the peace we enjoy in America. plans appear to be in the works to establish a third and perhaps final worldwide organization.

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and my reasons for that is 2 Thessalonians 2. Out of 11 Bible prophecy experts I interviewed. but I do believe that could very well be the case. so the evidence is not strong enough in the Bible really to tell us what his origination is in terms of a religious origin. Because if it is the god of his father. The language is not strong enough in there from the original language to let us know whether it is a plural or a singular.aware of is that there are some strong points of disagreement between those that take a literal viewpoint of end-time prophecies. I think he is a Gentile. because he will be ruling over the time of the Gentiles. it is a very similar phrase we find all over the Old Testament. according to Daniel 2 and also in Revelation. So. but I don't think the Bible tells us. There is a passage in Daniel 11:37 that says he will reject the god or the gods of his fathers. The final expert I interviewed answer may surprise you. Don Perkins He could be. Phillip Goodman I do. He could be a Jew. I believe that Israel could literally worship him as a Jewish Messiah. We'll start with one yes/no answer. Which the Temple would be in Jerusalem and he would be worshipped there as God. only 3 said they felt like the Antichrist would be a Jew or that he could possibly be one. Yet. The evidence is not strong enough. It is used of the Jews. . Finally. that is the primary passage that most people go to say that perhaps he is a Jew. There is stronger evidence that he will be a Gentile. Now. I attended a major Bible Prophecy conference in the Dallas area where I had the opportunity to interview a number of Bible prophecy experts. where the Scripture tells us that when the Antichrist comes into the Temple he will literally go into the Temple as God. we have to look to the geographic/geopolitical evidence in the Bible to find out where he comes from. I believe that he could. The next seven people responded with a negative reply. And. one could be. I'll conclude with my response. I know that goes a little different against other people's views or whatever. Now for that fact I believe that the Antichrist could be a Jew. Recently. that also could be a Muslim. and one maybe. I am not convinced of it. He could be a Jew.

they say the Antichrist will come out of a monotheistic religion and he will probably be a Jew. him will you receive. Maybe the same age he will be." Some say that means that the Jews would receive him as Messiah. Those who think the Jews will receive him as a great leader. First. so I believe it very strongly." And now you get into what Jesus meant by the word "receive. and I don't know anyone that has ever settled it. so he probably will be very much a mirror of Christ. I don't think the Antichrist will be a Jew. those who think the word is god singular. They should accept him. Those who think the correct translation is gods plural say he will come out of a polytheistic religion and he will be a Gentile. So.Todd Strandberg I think he probably will be a Jew or it is highly likely. I am not enough an expert to settle whether it should it should be "god" or "gods. They are going to make lots of mistakes by accepting him as their Messiah. then they will believe that he will be a Gentile. So. And then there are others who say when Jesus said "receive" that meant that the Jews will receive him as a great leader who would guarantee the seven year covenant for peace in the Middle East. you got those two views. "I have come in my Father's name and you have received me not. and they reason that the Antichrist will be a Jew because the Jews wouldn't receive someone as their Messiah who wasn't a Jew. they might go beyond accepting someone who is not." You can go to the New International Version or other translations and they will read neither shall he regard the gods (plural) of his fathers. "Neither shall he regard the god of his father. Now. because the Antichrist is going to be a replacement for Christ. You can go to the King James Version of the Bible and there you will read that it says." That has gone on for a long time. because the Jews won't accept someone who is not Jewish as Messiah. . He will probably have to be Jewish. The only reason they should accept him is because he is a Jew. Daymond Duck No. let's deal with a couple controversial passages on this issue concerning the Antichrist in Daniel 11:37. If another shall come in his own name. Now. Another controversial passage is John 5:43 and Jesus said.

probably the man who will end up being the False Prophet. anything that is related to the sea is an outside nation from Israel. if you take someone who comes from the European community. And. Al Gist No. throughout the Bible. it talks about a second beast. So. Antichrist is going to be a man that is going to demand or command world-wide attention. Just like the Antichrist will probably not be a Muslim because of a religious connotation. For a Jew to be in that position would be a very. and I think this is the one we are talking about in that the False Prophet very well could be a Jew because he is the beast that comes from the land. in AD 70. And so. Arnold Fruchtenbaum Now again.I don't guess I could settle this issue on either one of those passages of Scripture. And. And typically. it talks about the Beast that comes out of the sea. But. Don McGee I do not believe that he will be a Jew. I believe that those passages teach that the Antichrist will be a Gentile. and I do . so too will the Antichrist not be a person associated with any type of religion except the one he is going to institute for himself. But. in other words. if you go to Revelation 13. and the land is always a reference for Israel. of course.. we know the sea is a symbol for multitudes. no. for some of the same reasons he will not be a Muslim. but a Gentile specifically of Roman origin. I do think we have other passages of Scripture on this issue and here now I am talking about Daniel 7:3 and Revelation 13:1 where the Antichrist is described as a beast coming up out of the sea. nations. for Gentiles. he will be in a position automatically to be accepted by the entire world. I believe that when he makes his covenant with Israel that he will be speaking to a Jewish leader. peoples. I don't believe that he will be a Jew. it was the Romans that did so. very long shot. basically. tongues.. I do not think the Antichrist will be a Jew. which is why he has to be not only a Gentile. specifically with the credentials that a lot of those people have. Nathan Jones I don't. It is a Gentile nation. the passages in Daniel 9:26-27 specifies that he will be of the same ethnic identity as the people who destroyed the city and the Temple. If you go to Revelation 13. And.

He will claim to be God. so it doesn't matter what his nationality is. absolutely not! I don't think the Antichrist is Jewish. So. He is a leader of Gentile nations. He is. is a person who makes a treaty with the Jews. Ray Gano I actually believe that the Antichrist will be of Hebrew descendent - Hebrew blood . But. which seems inconsistent for a Jew to be the leader of the final great Gentile world empire. just like the Caesars of the Roman Empire. He does not regard the gods of his fathers or the gods of any faith system at all. to lead the final great Gentile world empire. and I use Daniel 11:37 to illustrate this. for those reasons. In Revelation 17:15. but he will be an apostate Gentile. And. it tells us the sea is representative of the nations. this Antichrist figure rises out of the sea. this beast. He is what we call an atheist and an unbeliever who really ultimately thinks he is God.but also practice the Muslim religion. It talks in there that he shall not regard the god of his fathers in this phrase"god of his fathers. So. first of all an unbeliever. the leaders of those were all Gentiles. Also. I don't find enough biblical support to accept that. Some people believe this because they think he will claim to be the Jewish Messiah. And. I think the Antichrist.the leader that comes out of Europe . Syrian. in a sense. which seems strange to me for a Jewish person to be persecuting his own people. according to Daniel." which is always . I don't think he will be a Jew. If he is the leader of the revived Roman Empire . to me it seems clear that the Antichrist is going to be a Gentile. All the other empires in Daniel 2 and Daniel is not likely that he is Jewish. he is going to mercilessly persecute the Jewish people. in Daniel 8. Also. if we can understand the prophecy in Daniel 9 correctly. It isn't likely a Jew would make a treaty with the Jews. Ed Hindson No. the only clear type of Antichrist in the Bible is Antiochus Epiphanes who was a Gentile. first of all. also in the book of Revelation 13. I believe that he will be an apostate Gentile. He is not a believer. He is going. he will go to the Temple in Israel claiming to be God and demand the world worship him as God.not believe that he will be a Jew. Mark Hitchcock I think the biblical evidence is that the Antichrist will be a Gentile. he is theocentric in the wrong sense in that he thinks he is God and everybody should worship him.

there is speculation here or there is Scriptural evidence here I believe that shows that he will have Hebrew ancestry. Titus was the only person who was pretty much of Roman descent. There was another individual. history tells us the Tenth Legion was basically hired mercenaries. Isaac and Jacob. Tiberius Julius did the work.associated to Abraham. Well. I believe that he comes from the Roman Empire.000. again. Samaria. not people plural. The verse they use is Daniel 9:26. and the god whom his fathers knew not. So I look at that. and Jacob. but I don't believe that he is Italian in descent. Isaac. "He shall honor the god of forces. at no time were they . Another thing that I look at is that we learn in Genesis 49:17 the tribe of Dan (these are last day prophecies that Jacob gave to his sons) and it says in Genesis 49:17. Yet. on the other side. Now the interesting thing is Tiberius Julius was actually an Egyptian Jew born in Alexandria. In fact. I also use Revelation 7:1-8 to back this up because this. So. The eastern leg of the Roman Empire comes out of Constantinople. Another verse that people point to often is showing that he comes from the people of the prince. It's the people of the prince. Abraham. There's the Roman Empire. And. Edomites - basically the enemies of Israel. Moabites. Garrisons of the Tenth Legion were stationed in Judea. He will honor the god of forces. In every time it is associated to Abraham. Jerusalem. So the Tenth legion. people often say that he comes from Rome. because we go to Daniel 11:38 and it says. and it is a god that his fathers knew not. Titus took the glory. so forth. That is what Rome always did. Syrian.000 years after Rome ceded. or a god of war which I believe is Allah. people from the area. Any of the legions that Rome created they usually pulled from the local people right there. both of these people are individuals. "That a serpent shall cause the rider to fall backwards." And so.000 Dan is not named in the 144. did not have any conception of Allah. Isaac and Jacob did not know about Allah. in this. which a lot of people are pointing to. there is possibility that he actually may come out of the tribe of Dan. he will not regard the god of his fathers Abraham. His associate's name was Tiberius Julius Alexander and he was actually the general that did all the work. and Constantinople ruled for a 1. So. this statement "god of his fathers" is only used five times in Scripture. but he was an individual. who comprised of the Tenth Legion? They were Middle Eastern Arabs. the reason they point to this is the Tenth Legion of Rome that Titus invaded Israel and Jerusalem and overthrew that area in 70 AD. he will also practice the Muslim religion. And. Isaac and Jacob. the chapter where it talks about the 144." So.

ever stationed in Rome. It's a very logical argument. And so. That was primarily due to a statement of Jesus that is recorded in John 5:43. In fact. . what did Jesus mean when he said. where Jesus is quoted as saying. and I am saying that it is the people who invaded Israel and that was the Tenth Legion were the soldiers and not the individuals. Dr." These are all Middle Eastern titles. "That if another shall come in his own name the Jews will receive him?" Well.Italian descent ." Now the argument drawn from this statement was that the Antichrist would have to be a Jew in order for the Jews to accept him as their Messiah. and so it was the people of the prince. 1 yes." He is called the "Prince of Tyre. But. until fairly recently. Middle Eastern names.I question his names in Scripture. It was only when Titus came back in victory when he entered Rome. and 1 yes/no. I don't just dig into it more. if another shall come in his own name you will receive him. or the Prince of Rome. "I have come in my Father's name and you do not receive me. causing him to turn on them in fury and launch an attempt to annihilate them. and Middle Eastern places. If he was from either like Italy or Europe or something. One more point is if he is of Roman or European descent . I would say that the majority viewpoint among those who interpret Bible prophecy literally was that the Antichrist will be a Jew. but it ignores the fact that other passages in the Bible make it very clear that the Jews will never accept the Antichrist as their Messiah. He is clearly called "the Assyrian. we are specifically told that when the Antichrist reveals himself in the middle of the Tribulation and claims to be God the Jews will be horrified and will totally reject him. 1 maybe. or something like that? I tend to read Scripture literally and maintain a basics in literalness and the golden rule of interpretation. or the Duke of Germany. So. David Reagan That unique answer by Ray Gano to the question "Will the Antichrist be a Jew?" gives us a final total of 7 no's." He is called the "King Pharaoh of Egypt. Now. with these names I point to a Middle Eastern side. why isn't he called the King of Italy. 1 could be. those who argue that the Antichrist will be a Gentile responded by saying that the Antichrist will be accepted by the Jewish people as their political savior when he implements a treaty at the beginning of the Tribulation that will guarantee their security and enable them to rebuild their Temple." He is called "King of Babylon.

the clearest type of the Antichrist in the Scriptures is Antiochus Epiphanes who was a Greek tyrant. of course. And. For example. it refers to them as coming up from the sea. It is simply not logical to assume that such an empire would be headed up by a Jew. This is. it is not logical to assume that a Jew would attempt to annihilate the Jewish people as the Antichrist will try to do. Finally.ChristianWorldviewNetwork. the Antichrist's right-hand man and spiritual leader is pictured in Revelation 13:11 as rising up out of the By Dr.the Jews will never receive the Antichrist as their spiritual Savior. My conclusion is there is no Biblical reason that the Antichrist must be a Jew. but it is significant because in the Bible and in Bible prophecy the sea is used to symbolize Gentile nations. Reagan Click here for bio and archived articles Rapture Linked to Current Middle East Peace Process Part 2 of 2 By Michael Hile . thus when he declares himself as God. Also. in Daniel 7 where there is a prophecy about four great Gentile empires. In contrast. And that is the fact that the book of Daniel reveals that the Antichrist is going to be the leader of the last great Gentile empire. they will reject him. Now. Click Here to Read and Post Feedback Distributed by www. and it is one that Mark Hitchcock mentioned in his answer. or the earth in some translations. David R. For example. there is a logical reason we can assume that the Antichrist will be a Gentile. This reference to the land is an indication that the False Prophet will be a Jew who will rise out of the promise land of Israel. symbolic language. there is some very strong Biblical evidence that he will be a Gentile. Revelation 13:1 pictures him as a beast arising out of the sea.

with Israel’s enemies living in Gaza (Hamas) and the West Bank (Fatah).htm). contiguous. and link the Rapture to the “times and seasons” in which we are living. Due to the importance of crude oil to the economies of the world and other spiritual. The Quartet remains ready to engage. Joel 3:2). Russia. the European Union. The “Roadmap to Peace” plan. Statement by Middle East Peace Quartet March 1.un. and He would take punitive action against those nations that divide His land (see Genesis 15:18. The following quotes from members of the Quartet in recent months and years using “peace and security” terminology echo the prophecy Paul gave the Thessalonians. and reiterates that withdrawal from Gaza should be full and complete and should be undertaken in a manner consistent with the Roadmap. economic. democratic Palestine. and political factors. living side by side in peace and security” (http://www. A narrow strip of land would connect the two land masses (Gaza and West Bank). will create a Northern and Southern and reiterates its commitment to the fulfillment of the vision of two states. and the United Nations) has a primary goal of dividing the land of Israel and the city of Jerusalem in order to establish a viable. The many statements made by the Quartet (and Israel under duress) in recent years concerning “peace and security” are numerous and uniquely qualify this group of nations or their successors as the object of Paul’s prophecy. God made it clear in the Old Testament that He had given Israel temporary custody of His land. a safe and secure Israel and a sovereign. Israel and Palestine. living side by side in peace and security.. the countries of the world have aligned themselves into a confederacy of nations that is determined to bring peace to the Middle East region through international diplomacy involving negotiations with Israel and the Palestinian people. contiguous. . This global confederacy of nations called “the Quartet” (the United States. . as an important step toward the realization of the vision of two democratic states. 2005 London “The Quartet commends the Israeli cabinet's recent approval of the initiative to withdraw from Gaza and parts of the West Bank. actively reaffirms its encouragement and support for both sides for the progress they have made in recent weeks. if implemented by the Quartet. Palestinian state inside the current borders of Israel..

com/s/ap/20090325/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_israel_palestinians).com/sweet/2009/03/president_obamas_press_confere. 2009. as soon as possible.html). incoming Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the Palestinians "should understand that they have in our government a partner for peace.” (http://www.htm). Prime Minister Benjamin Netanayahu Statement March 25.. for security.that it is critical for us to advance a two-state solution where Israelis and Palestinians can live side-by-side in their own states with peace and security” ( the State of Palestine.. The Quartet affirmed that a final treaty and a lasting peace will be reached through simultaneous and mutually re. Statement by Middle East Peace Quartet December 15. President Obama Addresses Turkish Parliament .enforcing efforts on three tracks. he stated “. 2009 White House At President Obama’s press conference on March 24. 2008 New York “The Quartet expressed its considered view that the bilateral negotiations process launched at Annapolis is irreversible and that these negotiations should be intensified in order to put an end to the conflict and to establish.. President Obama's Press Conference Transcript March 24. for the rapid development of the Palestinian economy" (http://news.suntimes.doc. 2009 Jerusalem One day living side by side in peace and security with Israel.

Turkey "Let me be clear. After conception." Both Israel and the Palestinians. false contractions (Braxton-Hicks) that occur before real labor begins. 2009 Ankara. he said. the tiny baby grows and develops in the mother’s womb with each passing day for a period of about 40 weeks (Psalm 139:13-18). and putteth forth leaves. understand. and they shall not escape” (1 Thessalonians 5:3).net/news/71058/-obama-we-are- committed-to-annapolis. have knowledge of”) with greater certainty that the day of the Rapture is close at hand. Israel and Palestine.turkishweekly. when ye shall see all these . Sometimes there is premature labor. The reason Christians should not be caught off guard by this unique event called the Rapture is due to the birth pangs (contractions." Obama said. 9. the time of the birth can be anticipated and known with greater certainty as the moment of birth approaches. Revelation Chapter 13. ye know that summer is nigh: 33 So likewise ye. then sudden destruction cometh upon them. That is a goal that the parties agreed to in the road map and at Annapolis. but everyone knows a child is on the way several months before the actual due date. warning signs) that will be present before the event takes place. are compelling evidence that we are living during the “times and seasons” Paul talked about. The time of the Lord’s return is not only linked to statements about “peace and security.” along with many other end-time prophecies (Daniel chapters 2. April 7. No one knows exactly when a son or daughter will be born. we can “know” (ginosko. As the birth pangs foreshadowing the Rapture increase in frequency and intensity. "must overcome longstanding passions and the politics of the moment to make progress toward a secure and lasting peace" (http://www.) that are in the process of development. 12. That is a goal shared by Palestinians. 32 “Now learn a parable of the fig tree. When his branch is yet tender. The proliferation of speeches and statements from the Quartet concerning “peace and security. Peace and safety.html). perceive. the labor pangs begin and everyone starts watching expectantly. just like we know when the birth of a child is near and certain. et al. And that is a goal that I will actively pursue as president.“to know. knowing the day and hour of the birth are getting closer. As the birth pangs increase in frequency and intensity. living side by side in peace and security. Israelis. "the United States strongly supports the goal of two states. as travail upon a woman with child. When the time for delivery draws near. 7. Ezekiel chapters 38-39. and people of good will around the world. “For when they shall say.” the events encompassing the Rapture are also compared to the birth pangs (labor pains) of childbirth.

and inform their family and loved ones about what is going on prophetically. religious. but they will likely include economic. the negotiation process between the Quartet. my beloved brethren. which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 52 In a moment. tornadoes. then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written.” . and the Palestinians has increased in frequency and intensity as world leaders jockey to find a solution to the Middle East problem through implementation of their key document called the “Roadmap. and this mortal shall have put on immortality. and military turmoil as well as famines. and the dead shall be raised incorruptible. earthquakes. Israel. All of the “signs of the times” we see appearing indicate that the day of the Rapture is imminent and that we are approaching the “day and hour” set by God the Father (Acts 1:7) when we will “be caught up together.. with the industrialized nations meeting regularly to resolve the financial crisis caused by an unsound monetary policy. in the twinkling of an eye. and we shall be changed. I shew you a mystery.” Worldwide political. 51 “Behold. 53For this corruptible must put on incorruption. be ye stedfast. and economic turmoil has also greatly increased in intensity during the past year. and this mortal must put on immortality. We shall not all sleep. The evidence is overwhelming that we are living during “the times and seasons” of the Lord’s return. but when the birth pangs of Christ’s return begin to appear.” In recent months. Recent natural disasters in the United States and throughout the world such as droughts. as the evidence suggests. Death is swallowed up in victory. where is thy victory? 56 The sting of death is sin. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption.. and the strength of sin is the law. religious. For several decades. hurricanes (cyclones). 55 O death. 34 Verily I say unto you. till all these things be fulfilled” (Matthew 24:32-34). floods.things. volcanoes. 58 Therefore. where is thy sting? O grave. at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound. and tsunamis might be false birth pangs or they might be harbingers of things to come if we are close to the day of the Rapture. this generation shall not pass. to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. earthquakes. always abounding in the work of the Lord. and disease as described in Luke 21:7-28.” as Matthew 24:42-51 tells us. but we shall all be changed. we have been hearing participants in the Mideast peace process talk about “peace and security. unmoveable. Believers are admonished to “watch…and be ready. The prospect of a new world order and new international currency looms on the horizon. political. What specific form these pre-Rapture birth pangs assume is not altogether clear at this time. 57But thanks be to God. even at the doors. forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:51-58). know that it is near. The “day and hour” of the Rapture are not known. as anticipated by many who follow the Bible prophecy signs associated with the end of the age. we can “know” that the day of the Rapture is drawing near.

And he saith unto me. Don’t be left behind! Rapture Linked to Current Middle East Peace Process Part 1 of 2 By Michael Hile Those who are watching for signs of the Lord’s return for His saints. and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come.” and “lift up our heads” as we see the day of “our redemption” drawing near (Romans 13:11-14). Salvation in Christ also qualifies us to be part of the bride of Christ at the marriage of the Lamb. 10And I fell at his feet to worship him. Although no sign is given in the Scriptures concerning “the day and hour” of the Rapture..” “exhort and edify one another. For as a snare shall it . we will have made our “calling and election sure” (2 Peter 1:10. 8And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen.take heed to yourselves. Philippians 2:12).” Anticipation of the approaching Rapture of God’s saints seems to be implied in Luke 21:28: “And when these things begin to come to pass. See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant. concerning the Rapture. 9 And he saith unto me. and cares of this life.Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together. don’t let anxiety. Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. These are the true sayings of God. fear. As we see the day of the Rapture approaching. That involves making sure we have trusted in Jesus Christ as our personal Savior so that whether we go up at the Rapture or experience an untimely death. and depression get you down and rob you of your impending joy and “Crown of Righteousness” that the Lord will personally give to all those “that love His appearing” (2 Timothy 4:8). then look up. as commanded in Matthew 24:42-44. and so that day come upon you unawares. clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. Approaching prophetic events that are casting their shadows backward into our times serve as “an early warning system” reminding us that we should be getting our spiritual houses in order and taking care of the Master’s business (Mark 13:33-37). Write. sense that the Rapture is quickly approaching. and to be a participant at the marriage supper of the Lamb. and lift up your heads.” We are admonished in Luke 21:34-36. and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” (Revelation 19:7-10). as the manner of some is: but exhorting one another: and so much the more. lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting. some believe Hebrews 10:25 implies that we will be able to see the day of the Rapture approaching: “.. as you see the day approaching. 7“ Let us be glad and rejoice. for your redemption draweth nigh. and his wife hath made herself ready. and drunkenness.. It is “high time” for the saints of God to “wake up. And he said unto me.” “comfort one another.. to “.

10Who died for us. 5Ye are all the children of light.” for the restoration of the kingdom to Israel. brethren.” These verses teach that the Rapture (sometimes referred to as “the great escape”) should not catch us off guard (“unawares”) even though we don’t know “the day or hour” that Christ will return for His bride. 6Therefore let us not sleep. which would miraculously coincide with Israel’s restoration to its land almost 2.” The apostle Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:4 that “.000 years later. that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass.. 16For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout. Christ’s generation would not see the restoration of Israel. that that day should overtake you as a thief. 18Wherefore comfort one another with these words” (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). that day—the Rapture] come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.. but let us watch and be sober. ye have no need that I write unto you.. the hope of salvation. Peace and safety. Paul. 2For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. and edify one another.. that that day should overtake you as a thief. brethren. will be as a thief in the night to those not watching.. Let’s review one of the major Rapture passages before going further: 13 “But I would not have you to be ignorant. who are of the day. to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. the Church. even as others which have no hope. even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds.D.[i. and to stand before the Son of man. and they shall not escape. 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord. 1 “But of the times and the seasons. 9For God hath not appointed us to wrath. as travail upon a woman with brethren. are not in darkness. and pray always. brethren. also called the “blessed hope” in Titus 2:13. with the voice of the archangel. 8But let us. however. nor of darkness. then sudden destruction cometh upon them. . 14For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again. 7For they that sleep sleep in the night. that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. are not in darkness. gave a significant clue to the church of Thessalonica concerning the time of His coming.) about “the times and seasons” of Christ’s return. but the “times and seasons” of the Rapture will not be a surprise to those who are looking for His return (1 Thessalonians 5:4. when writing nearly two decades later (51 A. that it was not for them “.e. 4But ye. be sober. and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. Matthew 25:1- 13). as do others. that. putting on the breastplate of faith and love. and for an helmet.. Watch you therefore. we should live together with know the times or the seasons. concerning them which are asleep. 3For when they shall say. 11Wherefore comfort yourselves together. even as also ye do” (1 Thessalonians 5:1-11). Christ told His apostles. that ye sorrow not. as recorded in Acts 1:6-7. The timing of the Rapture. whether we wake or sleep.. and the children of the day: we are not of the night. but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ.

) on numerous occasions so there would be no misunderstanding about whom the “they” referred to. Jerusalem. as travail upon a woman with child. New York. 1948. et al. The model God used for the rebirth of Israel was built upon the return of the Jewish people to their homeland as predicted by the prophets in many Old Testament books (Isaiah 43:1-11. was accelerated by the leadership of Theodor Herzl. then sudden destruction cometh upon them. the first day of Israel’s rebirth. this prophecy does not bode well for those nations currently trying to divide the land of Israel. Ezekiel 20:33-44. we can now know and understand. Paul said: “For when they shall say. and publicly acknowledged by the Balfour Declaration in 1917. After nearly 2. The process for Israel’s restoration . that the “they” undoubtedly refers to all or part of the Quartet (or its successors) that is currently involved in the Middle East peace process. et al. the White House. based upon the context of the time in which we are living. The “peace and security” speeches “they” would be giving prior to the Rapture would also need to take place in a public setting (i.e. In retrospect.)..000 years of absence from its land following dispersion by the Roman armies in 70 A. The specific wording Paul used to link the Rapture with a specific generation that would see Christ’s return is “peace and safety. As students of Bible prophecy. and they shall not escape” (1 Thessalonians 5:3). Jeremiah 16:14-21. and Jerusalem is the minute hand. It has been said by many who follow Bible prophecy that Israel is God’s timepiece. Frankly. Israel’s return was validated by the United Nations in November of 1947 and consummated on May 15. 38:8. 36:24-38. 36:8-12. Douay- Rheims. 37:12-21. London. The “they” who will experience the “sudden destruction” does not refer to Israel. 1948. The “sudden destruction” from which “they shall not escape” will be catastrophic and permanent.). Zechariah 13:8-9. “the father of Zionism. The return of the Jewish people to the land of Israel began around the middle of the 19th century.D. the nation of Israel was reborn at midnight on May 14.” in the late 1800s. Micah 4:6-8. If you want to understand God’s prophetic program and where we are on God’s timetable.” The “they” and “them” in verse 3 refers to those who would be using the words “peace and security” frequently in “their” speeches when this prophecy was nearing fulfillment. even though Israel is a primary participant in the “peace and security” negotiations. but rather to specific Gentile nations and their leaders. ISV. watch Israel and Jerusalem (Psalm 121:4).” Some translations say “peace and security” (ESV. the “peace and safety (security)” concept could not be understood properly until Israel had returned to its land during the 20th century and the current Middle East peace process had progressed to the point that Paul’s statement about “peace and security” was common usage among those who were promoting “peace and security. et al. Peace and safety.. The Bible is very clear that Israel will never be destroyed. so the “they” in verse 3 who will experience “sudden destruction” and who “shall not escape” does not include Israel (Jeremiah 31:31-37).The Thessalonians passage just quoted (5:3) provides clear evidence that our generation is now living in the “times and seasons” of the Lord’s return.

(rebirth) required increasing numbers of Jews returning to the land of Israel (aliyahs)
amidst much clamor and protest by its Islamic neighbors. The hostility involving Israel’s
return was reminiscent of the birth pangs associated with childbirth, as prophesied in
Isaiah 66:8 and 43:5-6:
“Who hath heard such a thing? Who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to
bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed,
she brought forth her children.” 43:5-6“Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed
from the east, and gather thee from the west; I will say to the north, Give up; and to the
south, keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the

Following Israel’s reestablishment as a nation in 1948, the nations surrounding this small
country have ruthlessly and relentlessly tried to exterminate the Jewish people and
destroy the nation of Israel (Psalm 83:4). This irrational hatred can be traced back to
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob through the offspring of Ishmael and Esau. Former presidents
Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and
now Barack Obama have committed their administrations and legacies to resolving this
Middle East crisis, which threatens worldwide economic stability and has the potential to
ignite World War III.

The primary motive and incentive for this unprecedented, diabolical alignment against
Israel is the intense hatred of the Jewish people by the Islamic nations and the insatiable
desire for oil that is located in the Mideastern, Islamic countries. This alignment of
nations, which has grown in recent years to include all the nations of the world, is called
the “Diplomatic Quartet” or “Madrid Quartet” or simply the “Quartet”. The Quartet is
composed of the United States, Russia, the European Union (EU), and the United Nations
(UN). The Quartet group was established in Madrid in 2002 by the Spanish Prime
Minister Aznar, as a result of the escalating conflict in the Middle East. Tony Blair is the
Quartet's current Special Envoy.

The Quartet and its Representatives

• United Nations — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
• European Union — High Representative Javier Solana
• Russian Federation — Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
• United States of America — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
• Special Envoy — Tony Blair

One can readily see that this involvement of all the nations of the world against one small
nation, Israel, is highly unusual and unique in the history of the world. Such an
alignment, which will eventually lead to a peace treaty or covenant (Daniel 9:24-27), was
prophesied in the Bible thousands of years ago (Zechariah chapters 12-14). The accuracy
of the Bible in predicting this alignment of nations against God’s chosen nation, Israel,

should serve as presumptive evidence to any reasonable person that the Bible is
authoritative, and that the God of the Bible can be trusted (Isaiah 1:18-20, 42:5-9).

A nuclear Taliban?
Posted: May 01, 2009
1:00 am Eastern

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The Pakistani Taliban, even while continuing their penetration of central Pakistan, have
begun mobilizing fresh recruits from all over the country to go help their Afghan Taliban
brothers resist the newly arriving Western troops. The Taliban now control the tribal
regions of Pakistan, huge sections of the Swat Valley and have just consolidated their
control over the district of Buner, just 60 miles from Islamabad. They've set up
checkpoints while the government negotiates a Swat Valley-like truce aimed at holding
back the insurgency by ceding territory to them.

Pakistan was one of only two nations on earth that recognized the Taliban as
Afghanistan's legitimate government (the other being Osama's home country of Saudi
Arabia). Many ranking members of the Pak security service, the ISI, are members of the
Taliban, as they were in 2002 when Pakistan initially faced off against Washington over
Osama bin Laden. Still reeling from 9/11, the Bush administration gave Pervez
Musharraf a choice. He could side with the U.S. or he could side with the Afghani
Taliban and share in their fate. Wisely, Musharraf chose to side with the U.S. That was
then. This is now.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made headlines last weekend during an interview with
Fox News. "If the worst, the unthinkable, were to happen, and this advancing Taliban
encouraged and supported by al-Qaida and other extremists were to essentially topple the
government for failure to beat them back, then they would have the keys to the nuclear
arsenal of Pakistan."

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A New York Times editorial over the weekend asks, "If the army cannot or will not
defend its own territory against the militants, how can anyone be sure it will protect
Pakistan's 60 or so nuclear weapons?" – noting that "Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
was right last week when she warned that Pakistan was 'abdicating to the Taliban.'"

The Washington Post published a column by Pakistani journalist Mohammed Hanif who
assessed the situation this way: "As a Taliban insurgency gains strength in Pakistan, my
country seems to be preparing to surrender. In areas where the Taliban formally hold
sway, such as Swat, people have bowed to their guns. And in the heartland, in Punjab and

other regions, there is a disquieting acceptance of the inevitability of the Taliban's rise to

The possibility of a nuclear-armed Taliban in Pakistan is a grave threat to global security,
but it also poses an unthinkably dangerous threat to America. For years, Congress has
dithered over the threat posed to the U.S. homeland by a massive EMP pulse. A nuclear
weapon detonated about 180 miles above the U.S. would send out an EMP pulse that
would blanket most of the nation with a powerful burst of gamma rays. Depending on
where it is detonated, the pulse could cover the entire continent.

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Such a blast would be hardly noticeable except as a flash in the sky. No explosion, no
noise, no visible destruction. But the heavy voltage surges would burn out the electronics
in most vehicles and communications devices. Any electronics equipment (and most
electrical equipment of any type) hooked up to the power or phone grids would be
immediately destroyed, including all types of computing devices and the data they
contain. Evidence exists of keen interest in EMP by terrorists and their allies. Iran has
tested versions of its Shahab missiles in trajectories ending in midflight explosions,
exactly as would be expected of an EMP strike. Both North Korea's ICBM launches
allegedly "failed" when they blew up in flight. What if they weren't failures?

Bible prophecy recognizes four major spheres of political power in the last days: the
kings of the east, the king of the south, the Gog-Magog Alliance and the Revived Roman
Empire of the antichrist.

Today, the world is divided up essentially along those lines: China and its sphere of
influence, Russia and its satellites, the Islamic world and the EU and the West. But there
is also America, the world's only superpower and therefore in a class by itself. There is
no mention in Scripture of a fifth superpower resembling America. There are a number of
possible reasons for this. Perhaps the Rapture so decimates the country that it is unable to
get its act together soon enough to play a role in the Tribulation. Maybe America's

ideological civil war so divides it as to render it irrelevant. Or maybe an EMP pulse
detonated high above America's heartland, rendering it irrelevant in a single, blinding
flash. Just think about all the nations that hate us that possess this technological
capability. Russia, China, North Korea, Pakistan – and soon Iran – all are capable of this
kind of attack.

Exactly how God intends to fulfill His outline of future history is known only to Him.
What is important to us is that no matter the details, the outcome is the same. And since
we are unquestionably in the last days, the question of America's decline from power will
be answered very soon.

Hal Lindsey is the best-selling non-fiction writer alive today. Among his 20 books
are "Late Great Planet Earth," his follow-up on that explosive best seller, "Planet
Earth: The Final Chapter" and "Everlasting Hatred: The Roots of Jihad." He
writes this weekly column exclusively for WorldNetDaily. Be sure to visit his
website, where he provides up-to-the-minute analysis of today's world events in
the light of ancient prophecies.

Table of contents for Zephaniah Speaks Again

1. Zephaniah Speaks Again, Part 1
2. Zephaniah Speaks Again, Part 2. Conclusion

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Remember from our last installment that Zephaniah wrote just before the time of the
Babylonian captivity. In chapter 2 he opens with prophecies concerning the nations
around Israel that would also be conquered by Babylon. The Lord was about to give
Nebuchadnezzar the entire Middle East. Jeremiah also prophesied that this would happen.

This is what the LORD said to me: “Make a yoke out of straps and crossbars and put it
on your neck. Then send word to the kings of Edom, Moab, Ammon, Tyre and Sidon
through the envoys who have come to Jerusalem to Zedekiah king of Judah.

Give them a message for their masters and say, ‘This is what the LORD Almighty, the
God of Israel, says: “Tell this to your masters: With my great power and outstretched
arm I made the earth and its people and the animals that are on it, and I give it to anyone
I please. Now I will hand all your countries over to my servant Nebuchadnezzar king of
Babylon; I will make even the wild animals subject to him. All nations will serve him and

until I destroy it by his hand. declares the LORD. 2:4-7) The Philistines had originally come from the Island of Crete and had settled along the southern Mediterranean coast following a failed invasion of Egypt close to the time that Joshua and the Israelites were coming into the Promised Land from the East. Let’s begin our study in chapter 2. “I will destroy you. any nation or kingdom will not serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon or bow its neck under his yoke. These three verses are a plea for the people of Judah to seek the Lord and follow His command. seek humility. “If. Woe to you who live by the sea. then many nations and great kings will subjugate him. Zedekiah was one of Josiah’s sons and reigned from 597-586 BC. but like the heads of the other nations he refused. he will restore their fortunes. According to Strong’s concordance. Against Philistia Gaza will be abandoned and Ashkelon left in ruins. Had he not done so. you who do what he commands.” The land by the sea. As we’ll see all the neighboring nations joined Judah in refusing the Lord’s offer to surrender and live. famine and plague. At midday Ashdod will be emptied and Ekron uprooted. In Genesis 10:14 they’re called Casluhites. will be a place for shepherds and sheep pens. He did offer some hope that they would be kept from the worst. before the appointed time arrives and that day sweeps on like chaff. Jerusalem and the Temple would have been spared and the Jews would have avoided the bloodshed and destruction that followed. the word of the LORD is against you. The LORD their God will care for them. perhaps you will be sheltered on the day of the LORD’s anger. Seek the LORD. O Canaan.his son and his grandson until the time for his land comes. before the fierce anger of the LORD comes upon you. He too was given the option of surrendering. where the Kerethites dwell. In the evening they will lie down in the houses of Ashkelon. however. land of the Philistines. O shameful nation. there they will find pasture. I will punish that nation with the sword. gather together. or fight and die. all you humble of the land. the word Kerethites means assassins and refers to the Philistine guard King David employed to protect him. (Zeph 2:1-3) Chapter 2 was prophecy when Zephaniah wrote it but it’s history to us. (Zeph. . But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. He was not a legitimate king (God had cursed the royal line of succession by then) but was installed by Nebuchadnezzar as a vassal. Seek righteousness. before the day of the LORD’s wrath comes upon you. Surrender to Nebuchadnezzar and live. While the Lord didn’t guarantee their safety. and none will be left. It will belong to the remnant of the house of Judah.” (Jeremiah 27:2-8) The choice was clear. O Kerethite people. Zephaniah 2 Gather together.

as Zephaniah promised they would be. creatures of every kind. They fought with Egypt against Assyria and Babylon and were defeated. the Lord promised to restore both Moab and Ammon later (Jeremiah 48:47 & 49:6) This promise has been kept in the appearance of Jordan.The reason we know this portion is history is that the Philistine cities mentioned are part of Israel today. who insulted my people and made threats against their land. Jeremiah 48 is devoted exclusively to Moab’s destruction and Jeremiah 49:1-6 describes a similar fate for Ammon. will be slain by my sword. In fact Daniel 11:41 tells us that they will escape the clutches of the anti-Christ at the end of the age. Unlike the Philistines. Their calls will echo through the windows. as surely as I live. The nations on every shore will worship him. (Zech 2:8-11) Moab and Ammon settled the area east and south of the Dead sea. Against Assyria He will stretch out his hand against the north and destroy Assyria. the God of Israel. Against Cush “You too. a wasteland forever.” (Zeph 2:12) The Cushites were the ancestors of the Black Africans of today and have been specifically identified with Ethopia and Sudan. The LORD will be awesome to them when he destroys all the gods of the land. perhaps in return for harboring the Jewish remnant in Petra. . Against Moab and Ammon “I have heard the insults of Moab and the taunts of the Ammonites. 47). The desert owl and the screech owl will roost on her columns. O Cushites. the survivors of my nation will inherit their land. a frequent target of Hamas rockets. as prophesied in detail by Jeremiah (Jere. leaving Nineveh utterly desolate and dry as the desert.” This is what they will get in return for their pride. In fact Israel’s nuclear reactor is in Ashkelon. Therefore. Ezekiel 25:6 says they were openly jubilant when it became clear that Israel was going to be punished. the Ammonites like Gomorrah.” declares the LORD Almighty. “surely Moab will become like Sodom.a place of weeds and salt pits. the beams of cedar will be exposed. rubble will be in the doorways. every one in its own land. The remnant of my people will plunder them. Nebuchadnezzar utterly destroyed the Philistines in 604BC leaving no survivors. Flocks and herds will lie down there. for insulting and mocking the people of the LORD Almighty. a city in southern Jordan.

a lair for wild beasts! All who pass by her scoff and shake their fists. and there is none besides me.” What a ruin she has become. She said to herself. Her priests profane the sanctuary and do violence to the law. (Zeph. with no one passing through. who leave nothing for the morning. Mosul was originally built across the Tigris River from Nineveh. and today more Christians live in Nineveh. their strongholds are demolished. “I am. her rulers are evening wolves. 2:13-15) Assyria was also conquered by Nebuchadnezzar. (Zeph. she does not draw near to her God. . Their ancestors converted in the 2nd century. I have left their streets deserted. Assyria’s capitol Nineveh been destroyed earlier (612 BC) and for several hundred years disappeared altogether. (Ezekiel 8) “I have cut off nations. But they were still eager to act corruptly in all they did. Her prophets are arrogant.This is the carefree city that lived in safety. than any other place in Iraq. Today the city of Nineveh is called Mosul by most and is part of Northern Iraq. 3:1-5) Even though King Josiah had brought a nationwide revival to Judah. within a few years of his death in 609BC the nation was deep in idolatry again. and every new day he does not fail. ‘Surely you will fear me and accept correction!’ Then her dwelling would not be cut off. yet the unrighteous know no shame. In Isaiah 19:25. they are treacherous men. Zephaniah 3. Assyria will once again be present on the world stage just as God promised. Assyria is mentioned along with Israel and Egypt. I said to the city. as they still call it. Ezekiel recorded the astonishing fact that priests in the Temple actually kept idols in their closets and worshiped them there each day before going on duty. A significant Assyrian population lives among its 2 million residents. In the Millennium. but its existence as a nation. many of them Christian. She does not trust in the LORD. she accepts no correction. Their cities are destroyed. he does no wrong. The Future of Jerusalem Woe to the city of oppressors. It happened at the famous Battle of Carchemish in 606 BC and ended not only Assyria’s reign as a powerful Middle Eastern empire. Her officials are roaring lions. no one will be left-no one at all. all three being blessed of God. but has since expanded to cover both sides of the river and is now Iraq’s 2nd largest city after Baghdad. The LORD within her is righteous. Morning by morning he dispenses his justice. rebellious and defiled! She obeys no one. nor all my punishments come upon her. Old Testament prophets Jonah and Nahum both wrote about Nineveh and are buried there as well.

Therefore wait for me. O Daughter of Zion. because I will remove from this city those who rejoice in their pride. 3:9-13) Like a refiner uses fire to purify his gold and silver. Above we see The Lord saying through Zephaniah. he has turned back your enemy. They will eat and lie down and no one will make them afraid. (Jer. “Surely after they see what I’ve done to all the nations around them they’ll come to their senses and surrender. they will speak no lies. The remnant of Israel will do no wrong. But I will leave within you the meek and humble. In God’s eyes they’ll become as perfect as He is. (Jeremiah 38:17-28) So in 586 BC after waiting 19 years for the people to repent. I have decided to assemble the nations. “Then will I purify the lips of the peoples. O Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart. (Zeph.” declares the LORD. who trust in the name of the LORD. to gather the kingdoms and to pour out my wrath on them-all my fierce anger. From beyond the rivers of Cush my worshipers. .”(Zeph. O Daughter of Jerusalem! The LORD has taken away your punishment. and peace will be their reward. 31:31-34) Sing. nor will deceit be found in their mouths. At the last minute Jeremiah came in to Zedekiah and again offered him the chance to surrender and live. will bring me offerings. the city and Temple were destroyed and the people were taken captive or killed. 3:6-8) Judah was not totally destroyed until after all the other nations had been dealt with. Never again will you be haughty on my holy hill. ready to receive the forgiveness He’s been waiting to dispense to those who trust Him. The new covenant will have finally come to Israel. the anti-Christ will be given temporary control of the whole world for the same purpose. is with you. The whole world will be consumed by the fire of my jealous anger. Their pride and self sufficiency will be removed. never again will you fear any harm. The LORD. the King of Israel. On that day you will not be put to shame for all the wrongs you have done to me. nor has it been to this day. and the whole world will be consumed by his anger.” But Zedekiah refused. the Lord will use the Great Tribulation to rid His people of their impurities. and the righteousness they could never acquire by their works will be imputed to them by faith. leaving them meek and humble. my scattered people. Their sins will be forgiven. “for the day I will stand up to testify. Soon the Lord will gather all the nations for judgment. that all of them may call on the name of the LORD and serve him shoulder to shoulder. But this prophecy was not completely fulfilled in Zedekiah’s time. admitting he was more afraid of what people would think of him than he was of the Lord. Just as Nebuchadnezzar was given temporary control of the Middle East for the purpose of judgment. shout aloud.

I will rescue the lame and gather those who have been scattered. at that time I will bring you home. he who appoints the sun to shine by day. I will give you honor and praise among all the peoples of the earth when I restore your fortunes before your very eyes. In the Millennium.On that day they will say to Jerusalem. The promise of Israel’s latter day reinstatement was confirmed by almost all of Israel’s prophets. This is what the LORD says. O Zion. I will give them praise and honor in every land where they were put to shame.” (Jer. he will quiet you with his love. he is mighty to save. The LORD your God is with you. To accept that you have to believe either God can’t see the future and had to change His plans in response to Israel’s actions. he will rejoice over you with singing. “Do not fear. (Zeph. 3:14- 17) Just as Isaiah had done so eloquently over 100 years earlier. At that time I will gather you. And while a few didn’t mention it. 3:18-20) Some of Israel’s feasts commemorate happy events. “The sorrows for the appointed feasts I will remove from you. 31:35-36) . others times of sadness. and Tabernacles. The nations will be gathered in the valley of judgment (Joel 3). And the re-gathering of the nation. Israel will again be the world’s pre-eminent nation.” declares the LORD. He will take great delight in you. who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar-the LORD Almighty is his name: “Only if these decrees vanish from my sight. who decrees the moon and stars to shine by night. Israel will celebrate only Passover (but without a lamb) Unleavened bread. There will come a time when peace is the order of the day. peace with the Lord and peace with the world.” (Zeph. they are a burden and a reproach to you. when her enemies will be defeated for good. do not let your hands hang limp. “will the descendants of Israel ever cease to be a nation before me. none contradicted it. all times of joy. At that time I will deal with all who oppressed you. or that He can’t be trusted to keep His Word. Zephaniah now confirms that there will come a day when Israel’s warfare will cease. officially begun in 1948 will finally be complete. the joy of the whole Earth. Those who would have you think that God abandoned Israel after the cross have misunderstood some of the Bible’s clearest and strongest prophecies. And to say that God responded to Israel’s rejection of the Messiah by transferring these promises to the church adds insult to injury.” says the LORD. The passion with which God made this promise was perhaps captured best by Jeremiah.

a Master of Intrigue – Daniel 8:23 (NLT) The Prince Who is to Come – Daniel 9:26 (NLT) The Worthless Shepherd – Zechariah 11:17 (NLT)) The Man of Lawlessness – 2 Thessalonians 2:3 (NLT) The One Who Brings Destruction – 2 Thessalonians 2:3 (NLT) The Beast – Revelation 13:11 (NLT) Through careful study of the Scriptures. put an end to the sacrifices and offerings. disposition. History has deemed him the Antichrist. and set up a sacrilegious object that causes desecration. as long as the wind blows and the waves roar. The rest of us better get used to it. The Prophets Speak Again The Antichrist: Who Is He? by Britt Gillette The Bible tells us that in the last days one man will rule the world. He will be the very antithesis. These are events that will be fulfilled in the life of the Antichrist. and career of the one human being who will be the literal embodiment of Satan himself. According to Daniel. His Nationality The Bible provides us with some detail regarding the nationalistic origins of the Antichrist. the Antichrist will come from among the people who destroyed the Temple. we can learn much about the origins. “A ruler will arise whose armies will destroy the city and the Temple. 70 by Titus and the Roman legions. If you listen carefully you can almost hear the footsteps of the Messiah. . Although much debate surrounds his national identity. economically.” Daniel 9:26 (NLT) The City and the Temple were destroyed in A. but he is known by other names as well. but Titus was not the ruler referenced in this verse. Therefore. each being fully indicative of his character: The Little Horn – Daniel 7:8 (NLT) The Fierce King. the Book of Daniel clearly states that he will come from the people whose armies destroy the Temple. but he will be destroyed by the King of kings. Prophecy. For Daniel 9:27 describes the ruler as one who will make a seven-year treaty with Israel. But this man will not be God. 04-18-09 Tags: End Times. Israel will be a nation on Earth. we can be certain the Antichrist is of Roman descent. He will rule over the entire human race politically.D. speaking great blasphemies against God and setting himself up in the Temple as God himself. and religiously. He will even lead a rebellion against God.As long as the Sun the Moon and the stars shine in the sky.

and Persia. The latter part of the chapter describes the Antichrist. In a claim verified by history. a fierce king. Daniel Chapter 8 provides us with further insight. Is the Antichrist Jewish? Although there is no definitive answer.” Genesis 3:15 (NLT) Later on. He will crush your head. the angel Gabriel explains Daniel’s vision of a Ram and Goat as events relating to the Greek Empire of Alexander the Great. two Bible verses provide us with reason to believe that he will be. who ruled the areas of Syria. none of them as great as the first. you and the woman will be enemies. the empire will be divided into four parts.” Genesis 49:16-17 (NLT) This reference to a serpent striking a heel may indicate that the Antichrist will be a Jew from the tribe of Dan. He will be a snake beside the road. and your offspring and her offspring will be enemies. So how do we rectify these seemingly contradictory prophecies concerning the Antichrist’s nationality? Is he Roman? Italian? Jewish? Assyrian? Greek? He doesn’t . He will become very strong. but not by his own power. This kingdom was ruled by one of Alexander’s generals. It simply means he must come from among those people who were part of the Roman Empire of that time.” This. he states that following the death of Alexander. along with the passage cited above. He will cause a shocking amount of destruction and succeed in everything he does. and you will strike his heel. At the end of their rule. that bites the horse’s heels so the rider is thrown off. In it.However. he makes this prophecy about Dan: “Dan will govern his people like any other tribe in Israel. From one of those four parts. the Antichrist will arise: “The shaggy male goat represents the king of the Greek Empire. He will destroy powerful leaders and devastate the holy people. but many reasonable people are divided on this issue.” Daniel 8:21-24 (NLT) Daniel Chapter 11 provides an in-depth examination of the history of the breakup Alexander’s empire. The four prominent horns that replaced the one large horn show that the Greek Empire will break into four sections with four kings. Therefore. will rise to power. it is reasonable to assume the Antichrist will also be linked to these geographic areas. when Jacob is blessing his sons. The first appears in the Book of Genesis when God prophesies the coming of Israel’s Messiah and Satan’s Antichrist. when their sin is at its height. Seleucus. a poisonous viper along the path. a master of intrigue. identifying him with other historical figures who have held the title “King of the North. “From now on. being of Roman descent does not automatically mean that the Antichrist will be Italian. describing historical events relating to the King of the North and the King of the South. Mesopotamia. clearly links the Antichrist to the Northern Kingdom of the divided Greek Empire.

His Personality Throughout the Bible. With the benefit of hindsight.” Daniel 8:24 (NLT) “This evil man will come to do the work of Satan with counterfeit power and signs and miracles. and where he will get his power. proclaiming himself to be God. but for the Jewish scholars who lived before the time of Jesus. we are granted insight into the personality and disposition of the Antichrist.” 2 Thessalonians 2:9-10 (NLT) “And the dragon gave him his own power and throne and great authority. so that the people of the Antichrist’s generation will be able to positively identify him based on sound Scriptural evidence. these prophecies were the topic of much debate. we can see how this was possible. As such. or any number of possible combinations.” Daniel 11:36 (NLT) The Antichrist will be so filled with self-love and arrogance that he will launch a rebellion against God Almighty. That debate continues today in regard to prophecies of the Antichrist. even blaspheming the God of gods. and even set himself up in the Jewish Temple.” Revelation 13:2 (NLT) . it is wise to study these prophecies and teach them to others. Two thousand years ago.” Daniel 7:8 (NLT) “The king will do as he pleases. He will use every kind of wicked deception to fool those who are on their way to destruction because they refuse to believe the truth that would save them.necessarily have to be exclusively one or another. the seemingly contradictory prophecies of the first coming of the Messiah were all harmonized in the life of Jesus Christ who was a Nazarene born in Bethlehem who came out of Egypt. We are told how he will act. exalting himself and claiming to be greater than every god there is. We don’t know for certain. what he will do. the Scriptures provide us with many clues. He could be an Assyrian Jew born and raised in Italy. Although far from exhaustive. He will place himself above all others. Arrogance The Antichrist will be arrogant: “This little horn had eyes like human eyes and a mouth that was boasting arrogantly. But in reality. but not by his own power. Satan’s Power The Antichrist will be empowered by Satan: “He will become very strong. we won’t know the absolute truth until he appears. but history indicates that each of these prophecies will be harmonized when the Antichrist appear.

Rises From Among 10 Kings “It was different from any of the other beasts. asking the rhetorical question of who among them is able to fight against his mighty kingdom. silver. suddenly another small horn appeared among them.” Daniel 11:37-38 (NLT) “They worshiped the dragon for giving the beast such power. they will be appointed to their kingdoms for one brief moment to reign with the beast. a military power he possesses. beginning with his meteoric rise to fame from among ten kings. to make room for it. and it had ten horns. he will defeat them. As I was looking at the horns. and he will become the preeminent ruler among them. and costly gifts.” Daniel 7:8 (NLT) Apparently. precious stones. or for the god beloved of women. They will all agree to give their power and authority to him. he will indwell the Antichrist.” Revelation 17:12-13 (NLT) Ten kings will give their power and national sovereignty to the revived Roman Empire. the Antichrist will appear. or for any other god. In fact. and they worshiped the beast. In the struggle that ensues. His Life In addition to various aspects of his character.” Daniel 7:7-8 (NLT) “His ten horns are ten kings who have not yet risen to power.The Bible clearly states that the Antichrist will derive his power from Satan. three of the ten kings will oppose the Antichrist and his brazen grab for power. Subdues 3 of the 10 Kings “Three of the first horns were wrenched out. Beholden to Power The Antichrist will be consumed with power. for he will boast that he is greater than them all. ‘Is there anyone as great as the beast?’ they exclaimed. he will worship the god of fortresses – a god his ancestors never knew – and lavish on him gold. the Bible provides us with numerous details concerning the life events and career of this man of lawlessness. From among them. making this man of lawlessness the literal embodiment of Satan. following the Devil’s banishment from heaven (Revelation 12:9). roots and all. and power alone will he worship: “He will have no regard for the god of his ancestors. ‘Who is able to fight against him?’” Revelation 13:4 (NLT) The Antichrist will only acknowledge one power. Instead of these. and his control over the new . the people of the world will marvel in wonder and worship it. His power will be so great.

He will require the world to worship and give allegiance to this empire.Rome will become absolute.” Revelation 13:16-17 (NLT) The Antichrist will have unprecedented control over the world’s financial transactions. but not by his own power. slave and free – to be given a mark on the right hand or on the forehead. Israel will agree to rely on the Antichrist for its national defense. He will have so much power that he will be able to determine on a case-by-case basis which individuals will be allowed to buy or sell anything. And he required all the earth and those who belong to this world to worship the first beast. and Economically “He exercised all the authority of the first beast.” Daniel 8:24 (NLT) . Will Rule Politically. the Antichrist will cause an unprecedented amount of destruction. “He will become very strong. which will be resurrected from the dustbin of history. rich and poor. He Will Conquer Many Revelation Chapter 6 describes the Antichrist as a great conqueror riding on a white horse. The details and nature of this treaty are yet unknown. and he wields a great sword. whose death-wound had been healed. He goes out to conquer many. “And he was given authority to rule over every tribe and people and language and nation. Religiously. 7 Year Treaty with Israel “He will make a treaty with the people for a period of one set of seven” Daniel 9:27 (NLT) The Antichrist will make a treaty with the people of Israel for a period of seven years. And no one could buy or sell anything without that mark. He will cause a shocking amount of destruction and succeed in everything he does. In his conquest. which is the revived Roman Empire. Unprecedented Destruction In his insatiable quest for personal glory. “He required everyone – great and small.” Revelation 13:7 (NLT) Not one person will escape the reach of the Antichrist and his governmental dominion.” Revelation 13:12 (NLT) The Antichrist will exercise all the authority of the first beast. he will kill a sizeable portion of the world’s population. but many have speculated that in a bid for Middle Eastern peace. which was either the name of the beast or the number representing his name.

eat her flesh. They will strip her naked. nor ever will see again.” Daniel 9:27 (NLT) “He will exalt himself and defy every god there is and tear down every object of adoration and worship. in the end time he will only tolerate worship of himself. He will be a master of deception. Without warning he will destroy them. As a result. He will position himself in the temple of God. and burn her remains with fire. This prostitute symbolizes idolatrous religion. until the end that has been decreed is poured out on this defiler.” Daniel 8:24-25 (NLT) Kills Two-Thirds of the Jewish People In his rage against the Jewish people. Then as a climax to all his terrible deeds. “The scarlet beast and his ten horns – which represent ten kings who will reign with him – all hate the prostitute.” 2 Thessalonians 2:4 (NLT) Destroys All Religion But His Own The Book of Revelation describes the revived Roman Empire as being dominated by a prostitute. He will even take on the Prince of princes in battle. he will set up a sacrilegious object that causes desecration. such as the world had never seen. the Antichrist will set out to destroy those who are faithful to God and His Son. “He will put an end to the sacrifices and offerings. “And the beast was allowed to wage war against God’s holy people and overcome them.” Revelation 13:7 (NLT) “He will destroy powerful leaders and devastate the holy people.Abomination of Desolation Jesus prophesied of a time of great tribulation. He said this time period will begin with the desecration of the Jewish Temple: “The time will come when you will see what Daniel the prophet spoke about: the sacrilegious object that causes desecration standing in the Holy Place. Jesus Christ. claiming that he himself is God.” Revelation 17:16 (NLT) Wages War Against the Saints As part of his campaign to create universal worship of himself. He will set up an image in the Holy Place and demand the world worship it. the Antichrist will manage to kill two-thirds of the . and although Satan loves idolatry. defeating many by catching them off guard. it will become state policy of the revived Roman Empire to destroy all religion with the exception of worship of the dragon. though not by human power.” Matthew 24:16 (NLT) The Antichrist will fulfill this prophesy by standing in the Jewish Temple and proclaiming himself to be God. but he will be broken.

and gather the world’s armies to wage battle against the Lord and his heavenly armies. his time will suddenly run out.” Revelation 16:13-14 (NLT) His Ultimate Destruction Despite his worldly success. the Antichrist will lead a rebellion against Jesus Christ. and there will be no one to help him. Jesus Christ. .” Zechariah 13:8-9 (NLT) Wages War Against Jesus Christ In his arrogance. the ultimate fate of the Antichrist was determined long ago. But a third will be left in the land.Jewish race. “Two-thirds of the people in the land will be cut off and die. Israel. says the Lord. he will be held accountable for his actions. Ultimately. and he will face the wrath of the Lamb of God.” Revelation 16:16 (NLT) Destroyed Forever Despite his arrogant belief that he can defeat God. and be replaced by the Lord’s Millennial Kingdom which will bring long-sought peace on earth. the Antichrist will set up his camp and gather his armies in a place called Armageddon. the reign of the Antichrist will be relatively brief – no more than seven years. the beast. and all his power will be taken away and completely destroyed. “He will even take on the Prince of princes in battle. Camps at Armageddon While gathering the armies of the world to Jerusalem to wage battle against the Lord. These miracle-working demons caused all the rulers of the world to gather for battle against the Lord on that great judgment day of God Almighty.” Daniel 11:45 (NLT) “And they gathered all the rulers and their armies to a place called Armageddon in Hebrew.” Daniel 8:25 (NLT) “And I saw three evil spirits that looked like frogs leap from the mouth of the dragon. “He will halt between the glorious holy mountain and the sea and will pitch his royal tents there. He will be completely destroyed in a rout of epic proportions. but while he is there.” Daniel 7:26 (NLT) Lake of Fire As a result of his defeat. and the false prophet. His kingdom will meet the same fate. the Antichrist will be cast into the lake of fire (traditionally known as “Hell”) where he will be tormented day and night for all of eternity. the modern day city of Megiddo. “But then the court will pass judgment.

He will hold absolute power.’ he said. Isaiah 63:1-6. He will sell his soul for a brief and destructive career as the most powerful dictator in human history. and angels came and cared for Jesus. from Bozrah. a man will arise who will accept this deal with the Devil. their blood spattered my garments. at some point in the future. Britt Gillette is founder of BrittGillette. 13 weeks to be exact. The finish will not disappoint you. 65. I trampled them in my anger and trod them down in my wrath. and I stained all my clothing.’ Jesus told him. striding forward in the greatness of his strength? “It is I. For the day of vengeance was in my heart.Com. ‘For the scriptures say. and he will be the personification of all we get a firsthand view of the deal brokered between the Antichrist and Satan: “Next the Devil took him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him the nations of the world and all their glory. For more information or to sign up for his email alerts. and it has. where Jesus is tempted in the desert prior to his ministry. Satan.and the year of my redemption has come.” Matthew 4:8-11 (NLT) Because He is faithful and true. Here. However. like those of one treading the winepress? “I have trodden the winepress alone.” Revelation 19:20 (NLT) Jesus offered the world by Satan… In studying the prophecies of the Antichrist. A Bible Study by Jack Kelley It’s time to bring our study to a close. He challenges the Prince of Peace.“Both the beast and his false prophet were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur. ‘You must worship the Lord your God. ‘if you will only kneel down and worship me.” Why are your garments red.brittgillette. God’s Day of Vengeance and Redemption Who is this coming from Edom. a website examining the relationship between Bible prophecy and emerging trends in technology. serve only him. But his destruction is certain.’ Then the Devil went away. with his garments stained crimson? Who is this. please visit http://www. . ‘I will give it all to you. and 66. mighty to save. Jesus turned down the Devil’s offer to rule the kingdoms of the world. At the beginning I warned you this would take a while. robed in splendor. from the nations no one was with me. and Jesus wins. We do so with well known passages from Isaiah 63. speaking in righteousness. we would be wise to refer to the Book of Matthew.’ ‘Get out of here.

and Bozrah is about 25 miles east of the southern end of the Dead Sea. 24:15) When it happens He’ll take them there. Its Greek name is Petra. They’ve overlooked 2 details that in my opinion place Rev. not at its end. calling it the restoration of all things. The first detail is that the context of Isaiah 65:17-25 is clearly millennial. 19:12-13) Today Edom is called Southern Jordan. 19:28.) And the second is that Rev. John saw Him too. Standing alone against them He has defeated them all. New Heavens and a New Earth “Behold. and it will be the refuge of the believing remnant of Israel. time is being measured and the effects of sin are still evident in their lives. Who else speaks in righteousness? Who else is strong enough to save us? And yet His garments are obviously stained red as if someone had drenched them in wine. both physically and spiritually. and because of an incorrect understanding people have assumed for centuries that it applies to eternity. (Rev. and the response could only have come from the Lord. (Rev. I was appalled that no one gave support.” (Isaiah 63:1-6) Looking Eastward. at the end of the Millennium Satan will be released from his 1. 20:7-15 is what we would call a parenthetical insert that John used to reveal the ultimate destiny of Satan and all of mankind’s unbelievers while he was on the subject of the second death. and described Him this way: His eyes are like blazing fire. The former things will not be remembered. Briefly.I looked. now released in its full measure. as if on eagle’s wings. and on his head are many crowns.000 year prison term and will mount up a final rebellion that’s immediately crushed.” (Isaiah 65:17) John used this verse to open Revelation 21. (Matt. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. 12:14) He’ll protect them there for 3 ½ years. and his name is the Word of God. so my own arm worked salvation for me. He’ll be thrown into . It’s the blood of His enemies. Isaiah saw with His mind’s eye a powerful figure striding resolutely toward the Holy City. in Matt. and the creation has been restored to its original condition. powered by the wrath He has held in check for so long. He challenged the figure. People are living and dying. and will defeat the enemy forces that are arrayed against them. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood. The phrase “new heavens and a new earth” is intended to show us that all the effects of the curse have been removed. 21-22:6 at the beginning of the Millennium. but there was no one to help. and my own wrath sustained me. Two thousand years ago the Lord Jesus warned them to flee into the mountains as soon as they learned of the Abomination of Desolation. in my wrath I made them drunk and poured their blood on the ground. Isaiah 65:17-25. nor will they come to mind. I will create new heavens and a new earth. (Jesus spoke of this time. I trampled the nations in my anger.

Rev. which chronicles the Age of Man. at the Rapture). The Bible. Before they call I will answer. John concluded the passage by saying that the Lake of Fire is the second death. he who dies at a hundred will be thought a mere youth. It only says that there is one. my chosen ones will long enjoy the works of their hands.the Lake of Fire to join the anti-Christ and the false prophet who will already be there. 19:20) Then the unsaved dead from all ages will be raised up for judgment. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I will create. It’s a little like virus infected software being deleted and then reinstalled to work the way it was originally designed to. while they are still speaking I will hear. For as the days of a tree. or an old man who does not live out his years. they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit. No longer will they build houses and others live in them. but dust will be the serpent’s food. the sound of weeping and of crying will be heard in it no more. nor will they come to mind. all of the misery and suffering of this age will be erased from their minds. (This will have already happened for us. (Rev. I will rejoice over Jerusalem and take delight in my people. ends at the end of the Millennium and offers no specific description of Eternity. The wolf and the lamb will feed together. Then he began Rev. which gives us a glimpse of life in Israel’s Kingdom Age on Earth. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain. the New Jerusalem. and the lion will eat straw like the ox. Now let’s read the rest of the passage and see how Isaiah saw life on Earth in Israel’s Kingdom Age. As if to prove the point. 22:1-5 follows with a summary of Ezekiel 47:1-12. The former things will not be remembered. 21 with the quote from Isaiah 65:17 to show that he was going back to the beginning of the Millennium to give us details of our home. they and their descendants with them. and they’ll be thrown into the Lake of Fire. “Never again will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days. Anything they carry in their heads that would impede the steady flow of peace and joy in their lives will be taken away. for they will be a people blessed by the LORD. so will be the days of my people. he who fails to reach a hundred will be considered accursed. for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight and its people a joy. along with the memories of lost loved ones who refused to believe the truth and be saved. or plant and others eat. They will build houses and dwell in them.” Here’s God’s promise that in addition to making everything in creation new. Isaiah 65:18-25 .” says the LORD. They will not toil in vain or bear children doomed to misfortune.

From one New Moon to another and from one Sabbath to another. (Micah 4:4-5. he will bring down his anger with fury.” When you see this. “As the new heavens and the new earth that I make will endure before me.” declares the LORD. by the way. Every man will sit under his own vine and under his own fig tree. your heart will rejoice and you will flourish like grass. only the serpent will retain the effects of the curse God pronounced upon him in the garden. “so will your name and descendants endure.” (John 1:47-49) In effect. Isaiah’s contemporary Micah added a few details to this description of uninterrupted peace and prosperity. which calls for Israel’s demise. but his fury will be shown to his foes. that caused Nathaniel to exclaim upon first meeting Him. you realize that the Lord’s plan for Israel is the opposite of what the world is pushing for. Only God could do such a thing. for the LORD Almighty has spoken.” says the LORD. (Isaiah 66:12-15) If you’re comparing this study with current trends in the Middle East. and you will be comforted over Jerusalem. and the wealth of nations like a flooding stream. you are the Son of God. their worm will not die. All the nations may (now) walk in the name of their gods. and his chariots are like a whirlwind. Peace For His People. and they will be loathsome to all mankind. (but) we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever. and his rebuke with flames of fire. nor will their fire be quenched. You are the King of Israel. For with fire and with his sword the LORD will execute judgment upon all men. See. the hand of the LORD will be made known to his servants. By some accounts. so will I comfort you. “And they will go out and look upon the dead bodies of those who rebelled against me.The phrase “dust will be the serpent’s food” is reminiscent of Genesis 3:14 and tells us that out of the entire creation. This is because the world has been duped into adopting Satan’s plan.“Rabbi. you will nurse and be carried on her arm and dandled on her knees. and no one will make them afraid. the LORD is coming with fire. It will take the full measure of the Lord’s fury to convince them that they’re on the wrong side of the issue. fully half of the world’s post rapture population will die in the process. and many will be those slain by the LORD. Fury For His Foes For this is what the LORD says: “I will extend peace to her like a river.” .) It was the Lord’s reference to Micah 4:4. As a mother comforts her child. all mankind will come and bow down before me. I’ve inserted the words “now” and “but” to give you a better understanding of Micah’s intent. Jesus had said that He “saw” the perfected Nathaniel in the Millennium.

Both prophecies are true. eternal light. 04-04-09 Tags: End Times According To. making it clear that the Church and Israel are different entities with different origins and different destinies. fixing herself so firmly and permanently that she would never leave again. The eggs deposited beneath her body were thus protected until the larvae were hatched and able to enter their own life cycle. It’s not called Israel’s Kingdom age for nothing. He attached Himself to the cross. and the changes the Lord will bring to Zion. . To say that one replaced the other is to deny the obvious truth of the Scriptures. and a new name. From John 14:1-3 we learn that the Lord Jesus was going away to prepare a place for us. It’s on Earth and it’s for Israel. Old Testament. The “worm” they choose instead will not (can not) die for them. It’s my closing prayer for you that this study on the End Times According to Isaiah has resolved this beyond all doubt. but their spirits have not been released. and shed his blood there as He died. From Ezekiel 43:7 we learn that God would someday return to Israel to live among His chosen people on Earth. And that’s another good reason to take the Church off the planet to the New Jerusalem. so they’re trapped in their dead corpses. Included among these are vast wealth. It’s interesting that in Psalm 22:6 David quoted the Lord calling Himself a worm and not a man. and there’s no other way for them to be born again to to escape the unquenchable fire. Perhaps Isaiah had this in mind as He wrote his last verses. Prophecy A Bible Study by Jack Kelley In this installment the focus is on the Holy City. where He is. This makes a powerful illustration of what the Lord has done for us. If so He was saying that those who rebel against God do so by not accepting His death as payment for their sins. “When the female of the scarlet worm species was ready to give birth to her young. It’s no surprise that we learn more about the Millennium from Isaiah than we did from the chapter John devoted to it in the Revelation. Because He did we can be born again and receive eternal life. where they are. she excreted a red fluid that was used to make the crimson dye used in Biblical times. it appears that the people on earth during the Millennium will be able to observe the suffering of the unsaved in connection with their trips to worship the Lord in Israel. tormented by the fire. From the wording.” As the mother died. she would attach her body to the trunk of a tree. You can almost hear the footsteps of the Messiah.In his book entitled “Biblical Basis For Modern Science” Henry Morris wrote. This way each can enjoy its own destiny without distracting from the other. and would come back to take us to be with Him in Heaven. They’re physically dead.

now the City of Light in every respect. (Matt. and your daughters are carried on the arm. The time of separation caused by their rejection of the Messiah will have ended with their acceptance. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky. (Genesis 25:1-4) These names are all associated with the Arabian . and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. “Let there be light. but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you. This is more than falling stars. and all the nations of the earth will mourn.) “At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky. the stars will fall from the sky. and kings to the brightness of your dawn. and Sheba were sons and grandsons of Abraham and Ketura. And it will be expressed in much more tangible ways than simply lending a helping hand to the returnees. darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples. He was actually quoting from Isaiah 13:10 in speaking of the time immediately after the end of the Great Tribulation. (Isaiah 60:3-5) As we learned in a previous installment. the gentile world will pay homage to Israel. shine. As we’ll see the focal point will be the Holy City. The unbelieving world will mourn. The Glory of Zion “Arise. and the heavenly bodies will be shaken. for your light has come. (Isaiah 60:1-2) The word translated darkness in this passage is the same as in Genesis 1:2. Herds of camels will cover your land. the blessings will accrue to Israel as a whole. 24:29-30) Isaiah prophesied that the 2nd Coming will bring the dawn of Israel’s greatest Age. the wife he took after Sarah died. Spiritual powers in the heavens will be shaken as He returns.’ (The word for “bodies” literally means “powers”.” It was also used to describe the darkness so thick it could be felt in the plagues of Egypt (Exodus 10:21) It has spiritual as well as physical properties. “Lift up your eyes and look about you: All assemble and come to you. bearing gold and incense and proclaiming the praise of the LORD. And all from Sheba will come. and will remain in darkness forever. Although Isaiah directed this chapter to the Holy City. and the moon will not give its light. “Immediately after the distress of those days” ‘the sun will be darkened. young camels of Midian and Ephah. realizing too late that they’ve been wrong about everything. the language is almost identical. your heart will throb and swell with joy. the wealth on the seas will be brought to you. Then you will look and be radiant. Nations will come to your light. with power and great glory. your sons come from afar. to you the riches of the nations will come.Isaiah 60. (Isaiah 60:6) Midian. See. Ephah. before God said. He is the Light that brings them life. The Lord Jesus spoke of this in the Olivet Discourse. But as you can see.

they will be accepted as offerings on my altar. In addition to sacrificial animals for the temple offerings. in favor I will show you compassion. “Foreigners will rebuild your walls. in the lead are the ships of Tarshish. it will be utterly ruined. some see the former followers of Mohamed symbolized here. Gold is a gift for a King and incense (KJV frankincense) evokes images of the priesthood. and Nebaioth was Ishmael’s first born. giving homage to the God of Israel and serving Him. For the nation or kingdom that will not serve you will perish. and I will glorify the place of my feet. “The glory of Lebanon will come to you. God will say. Your gates will always stand open. ”This is the place of my throne and the place for the soles of my feet. bringing your sons from afar. This is where I will live among the Israelites forever. all who despise you will bow down at your feet and will call you the City of the LORD. the Holy One of Israel. Like the Wise Men of old they’ll bring expensive gifts as they come to praise the Lord. The sons of your oppressors will come bowing before you. and I will adorn my glorious temple. with their silver and gold. the rams of Nebaioth will serve you. Zion of the Holy One of Israel. so that men may bring you the wealth of the nations— their kings led in triumphal procession. they will never be shut. the pine. The nations of the world will offer their services and bring their wealth. for he has endowed you with splendor. to the honor of the LORD your God. Men who were previously unaware will be awakened to their Jewish heritage. like flocks of migrating birds returning to their homes. the fir and the cypress together. (Hebrews 10:12) All Kedar’s flocks will be gathered to you.” (Ezekiel 43:7) Israel will once again be pre- imminent among nations and the Holy City will not only be its capitol. day or night. in honor of the God of Israel. to adorn the place of my sanctuary. will form a seemingly endless procession to their ancestral home in His Holy City. Though in anger I struck you. (Isaiah 60:7) Kedar was the 2nd son of Ishmael. (Isaiah 60:8-9) From all around the world the wealth of the nations will pour into the Holy City. like doves to their nests? Surely the islands look to me. it will be the everlasting home of the God of the Universe. Perhaps Kedar was mentioned first because of the greater prominence he would gain as the patriarch of the line of Mohamed. Those who have been Israel’s blood enemies for a hundred generations will come and bow down upon entering the Holy City. (Isaiah 60:10-14) Upon arriving at the Millennial Temple at the beginning of the Kingdom Age. Notice there’s no myrrh mentioned here. .Peninsula. and their kings will serve you. “Who are these that fly along like clouds. His sacrifice was a once for all time event. once thought to be on the brink of extinction. God’s people. Myrrh was an embalming spice and its absence indicates that God will never again have to die for man.

The sun will no more be your light by day.“Although you have been forsaken and hated. the LORD. her salvation like a blazing torch. 21:23). Wealth and favor will be accompanied by peace and righteousness. Isaiah explained this. for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet. Instead of bronze I will bring you gold. the Father is the everlasting light of Israel. Your sun will never set again. And the Glory of God illuminates them both. the smallest a mighty nation. You may have noticed that although the entire chapter was spoken to the Holy City. .” (Isaiah 60:21) The full portion of the Promised Land will be Israel’s home forever. Once again the Hebrew word translated Salvation is Yeshua. You will drink the milk of nations and be nursed at royal breasts. and silver in place of iron. As the Lamb is the lamp of the New Jerusalem (Rev. Isaiah 62. They are the shoot I have planted. and your days of sorrow will end. I will make peace your governor and righteousness your ruler. (Isaiah 60:19-20) The promises here are similar to those given the Church. and they will spread out from there to found other nations. for the display of my splendor. Neither will require the light of the Sun or Moon. Two chapters later. with no one traveling through. your Redeemer. expressed in song after song of praise and worship. ruin and destruction consigned forever to the past. Zion’s New Name For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent. The least of you will become a thousand. and your moon will wane no more. and your God will be your glory. (Isaiah 60:15-18) The Holy City will be the source of pride and joy for all generations of Earth’s people. till her righteousness shines out like the dawn. but in this case the word for praise actually means a hymn or song of praise. nor ruin or destruction within your borders. not once was the name Jerusalem mentioned. nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you. but you will call your walls Salvation and your gates Praise. It’s a promise from the Lord. the LORD will be your everlasting light. It’s absolutely fascinating to me that the walls and gates of the Holy city are modeled in the contemporary evangelical church. I am the LORD. No longer will violence be heard in your land. Then will all your people be righteous and they will possess the land forever. in its time I will do this swiftly. Instead of wood I will bring you bronze. the work of my hands. the Mighty One of Jacob. Then you will know that I. I will make you the everlasting pride and the joy of all generations. with violence. and iron in place of stones. The emphasis is on Jesus. am your Savior. for the LORD will be your everlasting light.

fervent prayer. A Palestinian State will be their reward for peace in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region. Israel will have no say in these matters. and your land Beulah. (Isaiah 62:1-5) Hephzibah means “my delight is in her” and Beulah means “married”. you will be called by a new name that the mouth of the LORD will bestow. Constant. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May those who love you be secure. urgent. so will your God rejoice over you. as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride. and to allow the Lord no peace and quiet until He achieves this. We bring this installment to a close with Isaiah’s version of the Lord’s command: You who call on the LORD. 03-28-09 Tags: End Times According To. a royal diadem in the hand of your God. for the LORD will take delight in you. We’ve all heard the Lord’s command from Psalm 122:6. Loyalties are shifting rapidly. in the city they will have built for Him. As a young man marries a maiden. He was talking about what would happen if the US ever abandoned Israel. Back To The Present In the coming days we will likely see the most intense efforts yet to divide the Promised Land. so will your sons marry you. commentators are using it in reference to the days just ahead.The nations will see your righteousness. More and more. “And the name of the city from that time on will be: The LORD is There . give yourselves no rest.” (Ezekiel 48:35) In Hebrew it’s JHVH (Jehovah) Shammah. No longer will they call you Deserted.” It’s more important to do this now than ever before. For that we need to consult Ezekiel again. Indications are that the USA and Europe will exert almost unbearable pressure upon the new government of Israel to go along. (Isaiah 62:6-7) In the most literal form of this commandment we’re being told not to be silent about this in our prayers. But these are not the official names of the Holy City either. But you will be called Hephzibah. but to make it a constant plea. Old Testament. and your land will be married. I first heard the phrase “prophecy on fast-forward” from Hal Lindsey a few years back. or name your land Desolate. and Iran will be allowed to produce the remaining components for a nuclear weapon on the promise that they’ll stop short of actually assembling them. and give Him no rest till He establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth. You will be a crown of splendor in the LORD’s hand. It appears that very soon the US will publicly invite the Moslem world to help forge a global US- Moslem reconciliation that will leave Israel out in the cold. God will have chosen to live among His people in the land He promised them. Prophecy . and all kings your glory. It’s easy to become sick at heart as we see the way things are going in the world today. Our defense against this is prayer. and it means that out of the entire universe.

It also is not all-inclusive. Lest we forget and lose sight of the accuracy of God's prophecies. and each one was fulfilled to the letter. A timeline of prophetic events-things to watch for. with criminals (Isaiah 53:9) • though he did nothing to deserve it (53:9b) • He died for the sins of others—our sins—He had no sin (Isaiah 53:5-6—Romans 4:25.. But they were. Acts 1:3. 31) • He would rise again from the dead (Psalm 16:10—Matthew 28:5. Luke 1:25-38) • He would not be of any extraordinary appearance. and things may not happen in the exact order listed here. To name a few. Isaiah 53:3—John 1:10-11) • He would be silent before His accusers (Isaiah 53:7—Mark 14:61) • He would be crucified. Mark 16:6. that the timbers and the rock of the city would be dumped into the water and that the city would be .. Isiah 53:5--) • He would be executed as though a criminal. Now let's consider another prophecy. and the general order of things. The prophet Ezekiel prophesied that Tyre would be destroyed. things we can expect to happen starting probably in the near future. let us consider past prophecies that have been fulfilled to the letter. or in coming years. John 20:1-19. But this should give you a pretty good idea of what's coming. (Isaiah 53:2) • He would be of the lineage of David (Isaiah 11:1 [Jesse was the father of David] —Matthew 1:1-16. My knowledge of Bible prophecy is at best incomplete. [Event (Prophecy—Fulfillment)] • He would be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14—Matthew 1:18. Luke 24:1-6. first those concerning Jesus Christ. that of the destruction of the city of Tyre. 2 Corinthians 5:21) • By His wounds we would be healed (Isaiah 53:5—1 Peter 2:24-25) • He would be spat upon and his beard pulled out (Isaiah 50:6—Matthew 26:67) • The soldiers who crucified Him gambled for His clothes (Psalm 2:18—John 19:23-24) • Not a bone of His body would be broken (Psalm 34:20—John 20:36) • His body would not see corruption (Psalm 16:10—Acts 2:27. Luke 3:23-37) • He would be despised and rejected by men (Psalm 22:6-7. 1 Corinthians 15:3-8) There were over 100 such details of prophecy such as the above given concerning the first coming of Christ.. The odds against even a few of these being fulfilled by chance are enormous. and I may have missed some events.. every one to the letter. By Pete Rose The following is a listing of events assembled from various books of the Bible. a wealthy seaport. His hands and feet pierced (Psalm 22:16. the odds against all of them being literally fulfilled are astronomical.

The site of the mainland city had been literally scraped to bare rock. All who are unsaved. for a time. But he wasn't going to let that stop him. . asserts himself (Daniel 8:9-12). slaughtering a great many of its inhabitants and enslaving others. dwells in peace in villages without walls (Psalm 83. But it was only the mainland city that was destroyed. and he didn't have a navy either. great hailstones.World financial markets in turmoil. Since Nebuchadnezzar didn't have a navy and the island city was heavily fortified. Other nations only offer a feeble protest (Ezekiel 38:13). Ezekiel 38). • Happening now. (Ezekiel 38:17-23) • Israel spends seven months burying the dead. what would make us think that prophecies of events yet future will not be fulfilled just as literally as those which have already been fulfilled? With that in mind. and would become a place for fishermen to dry their nets (Ezekiel 26). and came to be used by fishermen as a place to dry their nets. which he did not too many years after Ezekiel made this prophecy. • The invaders are destroyed by supernatural events. floods etc. • The antichrist rises from a minor political figure to world leader. none come to Israel's aid. most likely by a nuclear attack by Israel. • Likely—Syria attacks Israel. It was also prophesied that Nebuchadnezzar would come against the city and destroy it. signaling start of the Great Tribulation (Daniel 11-12). The exact time is known only to God the Father. • Somewhere in all of this.scraped bare like the top of a rock. the remaining inhabitants moved to an island somewhere around a mile out in the Mediterranean Sea. will be left behind on Earth. dump the rubble in the water. let's take a look at some of these prophecies of events soon to come. • Israel becomes richest nation in the world. There could be period of peace and prosperity following. fire. dead and alive. This very well could be setting the stage for one world government and the Beast financial system prophesied in Revelation. it was left alone and continued to exist for perhaps another 400 years. Could happen any time. But then Alexander the Great came along. With so many Bible prophecies having been so accurately and literally fulfilled. So he had an army of workers tear down the remains of the mainland. 1 Corinthians 15). • Israel signs a seven year peace treaty with antichrist. the rapture occurs. • Israel will fight a war in which they will take control of much of the middle East (Psalm 83). • Damascus is destroyed (Isaiah 17:1). determined to conquer the world. earthquakes. but Jesus said we will know when the time is near (Matthew 24:32-36). thus fulfilling this prophecy to the letter in a very literal sense. and build a broad causeway out to the island. seven years burning weapons of war (Ezekiel 39). From there he eventually overpowered the city's defenses and ravaged it. and all are caught up together to meet Jesus in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. The dead saints are resurrected and every living born again Christian is changed and given an immortal body. • Russia along with certain Islamic nations invades Israel (Ezekiel 38).

The righteous are separated from the wicked and ushered into the Kingdom. unable to deceive the nations any more. • Jesus returns to Earth along with all the saints. Romans 14:10). Only the unsaved are judged here. • Killed tribulation saints are resurrected to reign with Jesus for 1000 years (Revelation 20). • Sheep and Goats judgment takes place on Earth for tribulation survivors. • The great white throne judgment takes place for the unsaved of all ages. while the wicked are banished into everlasting fire reserved for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:31-46). Sin and wickedness are no longer tolerated. to be tormented day and night forever (Revelation 13:16-18. their works will be tested at the Judgment Seat of Christ. Satan brings his army against the camp of the saints (Jerusalem?) and surrounds it. 16). in whatever location raptured saints have been taken to. • The beast (antichrist) and the false prophet are thrown alive into the lake of fire (Revelation 19:19-20). This mark will embody the number 666 in some manner. Satan is imprisoned in the bottomless pit for the entire 1000 years. • Somewhere during this time. Fire from heaven destroys the rebels. and the saints rewarded according to the outcome (1 Corinthians 3. all riding on white horses (Revelation 19:11-18). and anyone who refuses will be killed. • The antichrist requires all to receive his mark on their forehead or their hand. Even wild and domestic animals are at peace with one another (Isaiah 11. Revelation 19:19).• Seal judgments begin (Revelation 6-7). • The wrath of God is poured out-trumpet judgments. places abomination of desolation in the rebuilt temple. Zechariah 14:12-15). • Jesus rules the earth for 1000 years in perfect righteousness. Revelation 20:4). stops sacrifices and offerings and declares himself to be God (Daniel 9:27. • The armies gathered at Megiddo are destroyed by sword from Jesus' mouth. All the saints become collectively the bride of Christ (Revelation 19). • After three and a half years the antichrist breaks his covenant with Israel. Revelation 13). never to rise again (Revelation 18). all believers (saints) have already had their sins . and Satan is cast into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:7-9). bowl judgments (Revelation 8-9. 14:9-10). Without this mark no one will be able to buy or sell. All are judged according to their works and cast into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:10). • Marriage supper of the Lamb takes place. • Satan is bound and imprisoned in the bottomless pit for 1000 years (Revelation 20:1-3). 21. • At the end of 1000 years Satan is released for a short time and gathers an army as the sands of the sea. Anyone who receives this mark dooms his soul eternally. • Babylon the Great is destroyed. • All the armies of the world gather together to fight against Christ at the battle of Armageddon (Zechariah 12. He speaks the word and they all are destroyed right where they stand (Revelation 19:15-17.

Likewise when you see all these things begin to come to pass. over 60 years since this beginning sign came to pass. Its people have been assimilated into the nations to which they were scattered. and sees the righteousness of Christ in us. Most likely most of these will be killed and end up in the flames of Hades. The prophet Isaiah says we are all as an unclean thing. you must make that decision for yourself. Then Jesus stated. the generation which sees these things begin to come to pass will not pass away until all is fulfilled that He prophesied in that discourse. God placed all our sins on Him and He died in our place. Keep in mind through all of this. God is not willing that any should perish. It is only the shed blood of Jesus Christ that makes any of us worthy to stand in God's presence. very near. But the Jews have not only maintained their identity. we must receive it before it will be effective. the restoration of the nation Israel to its land. Jesus offers all of us pardon for our sins today. God sees all our sins paid for by Jesus. a symbol of the nation Israel. Israel became a nation again in 1947. you know summer time is nearing. that none of us are saved by our own righteousness. But god will not force anyone to receive Christ. He gave the sign of the fig tree. and to buy our pardon. illuminated by Jesus Himself. the eternal home of all the saints. God cannot allow sin in His presence. but would have all people to turn to Him and receive His salvation. When Jesus died on the cross. and it is by Christ's righteousness in us we are saved and made worthy to stand in the presence of God. He said when the fig tree buds and puts forth leaves. Never before in the history of the world has a nation been dispersed to the ends of the Earth as Israel was and retained its identity. But like a prisoner offered a pardon. One of the greatest prophecies of all times has been fulfilled in recent years. None of us in our natural state are fit to stand before God. • New Jerusalem. and Jesus voluntarily let his blood be shed on the cross that we might be saved and made worthy to stand in His presence. in this end of days they have once again been regathered into the sovereign nation of Israel. and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags in the sight of God (Isaiah 64:6). those who didn't will be left behind to experience the horrors of the Great Tribulation. even at the doors. reserved for the judgment of the Great White Throne where they will hear their doom pronounced . indeed the sins of the whole world. descends to the new Earth. some 1400 miles on a side (Revelation 21-22). Location: Somewhere away from the current Heavens and Earth. Surely the return of Jesus must be very. it is a whole different story. Cubical in shape. to make full payment for our sins. While all who receive Christ now will be ushered into the very presence of God at the rapture. but we still must voluntarily receive it by receiving Him into our lives and our hearts. It is now 2009. In His Olivet discourse Jesus gave his disciples some signs whereby they could know when the time was at hand. know that it is near. judged and paid for on the cross by Jesus. For all who refuse or neglect to receive this pardon. it is huge. When we do this.

since there is such angst over these strange economic conditions.before being cast into the lake of fire for all of eternity. Like. even among secular journalists. and to stand in His presence after that. or to His Word. However. It is interesting to me that I rarely hear a skeptical or scoffing tone in the voices of the media representatives who interview me. there is a halting uncertainty there. And all who receive the mark of the beast to try to buy some time on Earth will seal their doom eternally. “Well. and you will go into His presence immediately when you die. both print and broadcast.S. than to die without Him and go to an eternal hell. Why not do it now. Still better. receive Jesus now. U. There seems a sense. that perhaps there’s something to this Bible prophecy stuff after all. unexplainable things are happening. However. but it will be much more difficult then than now. leaders–I use that term loosely—have seemingly thrown caution to the wind. as I heard one Bible prophecy broadcaster say the other day—those who are supposed to be trying to fix the . better to receive Jesus and get your head chopped off. Even so. maybe I had better be just a bit more serious about the subject. or when you go in the rapture. It’s like. or to die in your sins and go into eternal torment? Antichrist: Where Is He? By Terry James The most frequently asked question at prophecy conferences and in Bible prophecy classes–at least in my experience—is: “Is America in Bible prophecy?” The second most asked is: “Do you think Antichrist is alive on earth today?” These questions are for the most part posed by people in the audiences or classes in general. more and more frequently I find these questions being asked by journalists.” Economic Conditions There is a sense that strange. and even secular newshounds seem to viscerally understand that Bible prophecy has something to do with the increasingly troubling issues and events of our time. and will probably be at the cost of your life. before you find yourself left behind to go through the horrors of the great tribulation. Don’t get me wrong: I’m not sensing a sudden turning to God. Yes it will be possible to be saved during the Tribulation.

and have given the wheel a turn. This body. 3/22/09).2 trillion is in addition to hundreds of billions already added to the system since the beginning of the year and dwarfs even the biggest government bailouts to date…” (“Fed's secrecy policy 3 years old. then putting that massive IOU into the system with a blind faith that that unbacked infusion will beat the odds of failure. the Fed said. “WASHINGTON – As America's economy continues in freefall. with nothing to back it. Americans have seen their . but the economies of the nation-states of the world into the final stages of collapse. Keep in mind that the Federal Reserve is a non-government agency. Craziness rules--like when the Federal Reserve reached in its right pocket and transferred more than a trillion dollars IOU to its left pocket to keep the American financial system afloat. The following excerpt tells of just how surreptitious are the actions against the taxpayers and their offspring. In other words. holds sway over every investment held by Americans. reduce the purchasing power and assets of all Americans by devaluing the dollar. manned by the non- elected financial elite. put not only America’s economy. who are expected to shoulder the burden of funding the globalists elite’s grandiose plans to build their new world order. the broadest measure of three standards of measurement…Since 2006. the central bank will print more money to pay for the purchases. If the little ball ends up on any number other than 17 black.2 trillion. its decision to stop reporting to the public the M3 money supply. and have given the roulette wheel a hope-filled turn. if nothing else is done. The Fed’s actions directly impact the value of the dollar. What the Fed does not explain publicly is how those kinds of infusions of money out of thin air. “Just last Wednesday the Fed said it would flood the teetering financial system with an additional $1. will.melting financial structure of America have placed the whole shebang on 17 black. tomorrow marks an auspicious three-year anniversary – the day the Federal Reserve announced. with little fanfare. Congress designated this monetary governing body to control the nation's money supply. thereby stimulating economic activity. to buy government bonds and mortgage-related securities in hopes of lowering the borrowing costs for home mortgages and other types of loans. what then? That is the crux of the crucial nature of this insanity surrounding the American economy as the end of the age approaches. The money will be used. Actually. it is more like they have written trillions in IOUs and put them on 17 black. The $1.” WorldNetDaily MoneyNetDaily. Actions like those taken by the Federal Reserve in the case of creating out of nothingness the trillion-plus dollars.

the AIG executive bonuses. By not producing those numbers for the public. is this future evil Bible character in all of the foregoing? Can he be on the scene today? Jesus forewarned that false christs will come on the scene in the latter times. so obsessed with nefarious financial dealings by civilian monetary elite–e. The sleight of hand by the Fed in transferring the massive IOU from one pocket to the other to keep the country’s economic ship afloat was done under the knowing eyes of the Obama administration and plummet in value and witnessed the shrinking buying power of their earnings. The prophet Daniel was given the following about this person who is called “son of perdition. .00000699 percent of its annual net income of last year. too. that the bonuses were given to the AIG executives through contractually mandated arrangements. An uninformed American public was. and will at the same time oppose Jesus Christ.). What About Antichrist? This essay’s title is “Antichrist: Where Is He?” So. if anywhere in this present hour.” and many other names. The $1. The “beast” is prophesied to be the world’s worst tyrant of human history. kept in ignorance by news media not fully disclosing the scope of the thievery of the economic well-being of this and future generations. not the slightest notice.. where.5 million savings by the Fed in not reporting to the public the M3 money supply amounted to 0.g. and is for the most part.5 million annually…” (ibid.” “man of sin. Why did the Fed make that decision three years ago? What was its rationale? The justification for the secrecy by the organization that prints money was cost. This savings was highlighted as sufficient reason to keep vital information from the public. Just to point out the deceptive nature of this piddling savings being reported in order to justify keeping taxpayers in the dark. however. There seems to be. The Craziness Proliferates! It should be astonishing to think that the media. Remember. would let civilians with the power of the Fed go without being punished for perpetrating such surreptitiousness on American taxpayers. remember that the same media went all out in diverting the publics’ attention from the enormous bailouts by focusing on–by contrast to the prodigious bail-out dollar amount— the infinitesimal bonuses paid to AIG executives. the Fed would save about $1. The definition of antichrist is most often given as the one who will present himself in place of (imitate) Jesus Christ.

if he or she knows much about Bible prophecy. but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully. Bush. Antichrist. Obama’s campaign claim was that he would have “transparency” in all of his dealing with the business of the American people. but he shall be broken without hand “ (Dan. “Is Antichrist alive today?” Those who have looked at the world’s issues and events through the prism of God’s prophetic Word throughout preceding decades of America’s history have heard questions about the leaders of the times. and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes. or Darth Vader as in Lucas' fictional wars among the stars. will be a real monster. Bill Clinton. when he is revealed. the beast of Revelation 13 is about to step into the spotlight of history’s final act. with the continuing ramrod tactics of his political party. an action that even the most “progressive” economists have . Are presidents like Franklin D. and shall prosper. The question “Where is Antichrist?” is appropriate for this “time of the signs. And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand. and a most treacherous one. peripherally. Ronald Reagan. and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. shall stand up. Be sure. Roosevelt. So many signals are on today’s prophetic horizon that one must ask. a king of fierce countenance. Obama’s watch as president marks one particular characteristic that adds. and he shall magnify himself in his heart. 8:24-25).” as my friend Chuck Missler has phrased his description of these strange days. when the transgressors are come to the full. to the more substantial signals pervading the news at present. We will examine this man who is of legendary proportions. George W. and the Gog-Magog coalition of Ezekiel 38-39 forming right before our eyes. yet who transcends by far any legend. Yet his administration. I refer to conditions like Israel’s being back in its land and the center of world attention. He is not an imaginary monster such as Dracula in the Stoker novel. has gone against the will of the American public and is in the process of running up trillions of dollars in debt. or non-presidents like Henry Kissinger and others the Antichrist? Now the question is pointed at President Barack Hussein Obama: “Is he the Antichrist?” This hour is more prolific with end-times signs than any in history. Mr. The peripheral matter of concern in this case is the deceit with which this administration is trying to steer the American ship of state. because he will through supernatural deceit appear as a geopolitical and socioeconomic savior of mankind. the Roman Empire seeming to revive in the form of the European Union (EU). And his power shall be mighty.“And in the latter time of their kingdom. and practise. and understanding dark sentences.

while giving the upside. They should know from their observations that this generation is seeing governmental razzle-dazzle not unlike the machinations that will mark the ultimate deceiver’s regime.S. In no way do I mean to express that Mr. or potential profits. government plan to rid banks of toxic assets will rob American taxpayers by exposing them to too much risk and is unlikely to work as long as the economy remains weak. about which most of us have at least heard–the neo-Tea Party to protest the forcing of trillions of dollars of debt on American taxpayers. this amounts to robbery of the American people. Reuters. Obama’s regime demonstrates a level of non-transparency that borders on treachery. Such tyranny will enslave citizens and their offspring for generations–possibly into perpetuity—and is among the most despicable forms of deception and deceit. Antichrist’s most tyrannical dictatorship will be one of ultimate enslavement to the 666 marks and numbers system of Revelation 13:16-18. unveiled on Monday.S. Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz said on Tuesday… U.). Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's plan to wipe up to US $1 trillion in bad debt off banks' balance sheets.S. 3/24/09). One such expert comes across as almost fearful of Obama’s plan as put forward by his controversial secretary of treasury. This administration is taking liberty from Americans in a way that does so by deception and force by fiat. to private investors. he said…” (“Geithner plan will rob American taxpayers. “HONG KONG (Reuters) The U. The U. To strap an entire nation’s citizenry with debt they don’t want.” Susan Fenton and Deborah Kan. However. I don't think it's going to work because I think there'll be a lot of anger about putting the losses so much on the shoulder of the American taxpayer" (ibid. government is basically using the taxpayer to guarantee against downside risk on the value of these assets. in my view. Obama is the biblically prophesied man of sin.C. offered ‘perverse incentives. Time and time again in this fledgling administration. and their progeny yet unborn.’ Stiglitz said. expressed through legitimate polling methods. is beyond taxation without representation.declared to be beyond any semblance of fiscal sanity. their offspring. during these strange times should make the observer of issues and events from a biblically prophetic perspective sit up and take notice. "Quite frankly. Timothy Geithner. going against their will. The economic expert expressed his concern. the way things are being done in Washington D. There is a peaceful revolution going on. People are putting tea bags in . not constitutional vote. Does all of this criticism mean I view President Obama as a prime candidate for the one who will be Antichrist? No.

whereby we know that it is the last time… Beloved. (Be aware. sent to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.C. the shrieks emanating from the spirit of Antichrist come from every dark direction of this fallen sphere.envelopes and mailing them to the appropriate address in Washington. even now are there many antichrists. the White House kitchen help should. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist. He didn’t resurrect from the dead because He didn’t really die at the . the world is more and more embracing the lie that Jesus only represented the Christ spirit during His time on earth. the devil. But when Jesus is held up as the only Way to God the Father (John 14:6). D. and the Bible prophet John forewarned about its cankering. believe not every spirit. It is held among a growing number of clergy that Jesus himself gave blessing to those who chose homosexuality over heterosexuality.000 years ago. 4:1-3). It is an odor of things to come. He didn’t die for the sin of man. Denial of Jesus Christ and God’s prescription for living godly lives on Planet Earth saturate this generation. The scent was prevalent 2. it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come. as well as defined it: “Little children. Beyond the political exigencies of this troubling hour is the spiritual atmosphere that has the stench of Antichrist and his father. corrosive qualities. by irate citizens—save a few of the dollars that are coming off the presses like toilet paper off the roll. Most–even leaders of every conceivable religious sort--often agree that Jesus was a great teacher of good. The denial that Christ came to teach God’s standards for living on the planet He created is almost imperceptible. and even now already is it in the world” (1 John 1:18.) Something Rotten in Denmark–And Everywhere Else The smell permeates almost every corner of America and the world. but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. whereof ye have heard that it should come. through all of the submitted tea bags. At least. however. you Tea Partiers. Best. be able to– through having copious amounts of tea on hand. Most worrisome of all. Word is that the envelopes containing the bags--a powdery substance--are being summarily disposed of because of possible harmful substances they might contained. The antithesis of Christ’s words is not only carried out in the sinful lives of earth-dwellers. I’m told. the opposition to the Lord is set in the hardened rebellion of manmade law. there are even claims that Jesus taught that it is the mother’s right to choose whether her baby lives or dies. During the present hour. just to send the tags with the attached strings.

He is here in spirit. The United States is being channeled and forced into a mold that looks like the biblically foretold one world order that will be ruled with a deadly iron fist by the one who is called “the beast. He is. the president ordered that money of the American taxpayers now be used to help with abortion practices in foreign nations. it is perhaps not far-fetched to suspect that Antichrist is among us even now. the Bible. reversing former President George W. For example. for all practical purposes. Bush’s presidential order that no such use of taxpayer money be made. but feigned death on the cross. JUST AS PROPHESIED U.” With the stage of history’s last act set. forces guarding city of Babylon. This Obama did. the Trinity.crucifixion. (June 2009) .S. The first months following the inauguration have brought changes by presidential edict that are diametrically opposite God’s will as given in His Word. deny that Jesus is God–the second Person of the Godhead. despite the protestation of more than half of the American public. currently being rebuilt. therefore. BIBLE SKEPTICS TAKE NOTE: BABYLON IS BEING REBUILT. Just a cursory examination of the earliest phase of the new presidential administration tells the story of this time of the growing Antichrist spirit. the majority of the world–including many in our government as it is presently constituted. He didn’t ascend to on high to sit at the right hand of God. not coming back to rule and reign. for sure. Jesus.

S. Iraq (June 2009) NOTE: I’ll be traveling in the U. Iraqi experts developing plan to preserve Babylon. among other things. but the fact is Babylon is being rebuilt right now. commerce and power in the “last days” of history. 28th Infantry Regiment escorted a group of U. Now the rapidly improving security situation in surrounding Babil province has persuaded the U.S. taxpayer funds. and real progress is being made. In a 2006 report. in part with U. soldier near the famed Ishtar gate in Babylon. • Members of the brigade’s 2nd Battalion. Thanks for your patience. build local tourism industry.” Excerpts: • Soldiers with the 172nd Infantry Brigade are exploring the ruins as part of a U. Ezekiel and Revelation are explicit on this subject. heritage tourism experts to the ruins last week for the first of several visits to develop a preservation and tourism plan for the area.S. and sand and archeological fragments were used to fill military sandbags.- Iraqi effort to preserve the ancient city and plan for the return of Western tourists. Skeptics and cynics abound. this week and may not have the chance to update this blog until Friday or Saturday.. Iraqi leaders hope that eventually millions of tourists will come to visit. military vehicles crushed a 2.S. Consider today’s edition of Stars & Stripes. They have a fascinating story this morning headlined: “U. ——————————————– Regular readers of this weblog and my books know that Bible prophecy says the ancient city of Babylon.S. and coalition troops have been criticized in the past for damaging and contaminating artifacts. U. the head of the British Museum’s Near East department said that.S.S. Iraq will be rebuilt and become the greatest center of wealth. The books of Isaiah.S. a U.U. Jeremiah.600-year-old brick pavement. military publication. to be sure. State Department and the Iraqi State Board of Antiquities and .S.

S. which draw millions of tourists each year. your opportunities for tourism will run out. who has experience designing walkways and signs for other heritage sites. embassy’s cultural heritage officer. Exxon Mobil. she said. is positioning itself to become a major investor in . Another recent story out of Taiwan noted that a Taiwanese tour agency is starting to take people to Iraq to tour — among other things — the city of Babylon as it is being rebuilt. and Iraq will become the wealthiest country on the planet. “Saddam was trying to inherit the power of the ancients and continue that legacy. you can spark interest.S. the world’s largest company. His restoration methods helped reinforce that vision of himself. and Iraqi experts develop a plan to preserve the site and develop a local tourism industry. The Babylon project is one of several that the State Department is involved in to conserve ancient sites in partnership with the Iraqi government. • “Some of the past restoration work hasn’t been very good. “If you have 200. buying souvenirs. Gina Haney and Jeff Allen. direct foreign investment is going to flood in.” he said. visiting restaurants.S. as they did with a similar project encouraging Western tourists to visit Ghana’s Gold Coast. “Controversial move to reopen Babylon: State board of antiquities and heritage believes site needs more protection.” Babylon could be comparable to the Egyptian pyramids. said detailed planning won’t happen until authorities have worked out how best to preserve the ruins.000 people a year coming to this site. but if you interpret and present it in the right way.” Last month. for example. But the area lacks the tourist infrastructure that has been built at sites such as the pyramids. said Diane Siebrandt. but unless you can create a sustainable situation. side of the project. the U. Haney said the pair will involve the local community in the plan’s development. • Two people with expertise developing tourism plans for historic sites in third- world nations.” Allen said. • Allen. They visited the ruins for the first time last weekend. “The idea is to develop something that is going to be here 30 to 40 years from now and has benefits for the local people.000 to the project. “The site is in some ways a revenue generator for the local community. including a maze-like collection of interior walls built on top of genuine ruins during Saddam Hussein’s time. Heritage to embark on the preservation project. The crumbling rocks of the original city are surrounded by more elaborate and modern fortifications. As Iraq becomes increasingly stable and secure.” he said. We don’t want something that will only benefit outsiders. “There is nothing for tourists here. he said. a British art publication had a story headlined. • The State Department and the World Monuments Fund have committed $700. have been employed by the State Department to run the U.” Allen said. which will see U.” • The Iraqi government will be involved in the planning as well. dubbed the Future of Babylon Project. you will have people staying at hotels.” The story indicated that Babylon would be open for tourists on June 1st. and he created a pattern of restoration and repair work that benefited a certain agenda. “You could throw money at it and do all this work.

S. one prophecy at a time. Other major oil companies are doing the same. To Help Rebuild City Of Babylon In Iraq • U. >> To purchase Inside The Revolution from Amazon at 41% off. sacrifices Possibly related posts: (automatically generated) • NEVER FORGET THE AMERICANS IRAN KILLED IN BEIRUT IN 1983 • REMEMBERING IRAN’S SEIZURE OF THE U. drilling. Skeptics take note: the Bible is coming true.S. EMBASSY 30 YEARS LATER • U. forces withdraw from Iraqi cities] • Iraq ready to stand on own feet. Get the latest news and analysis on Israel and the epicenter.” And this is just the beginning.S. The Iraqi government in recent months has been developing investment incentive packages to draw in such companies. Consider. prayer requests and Joshua Fund project updates.S. >> Will you help us build a global alliance of 1 million true friends of Israel? Click here to sign up yourself. HEADLINES TO TRACK: • Russia Holds Major War Games In Caucasus • Netanyahu to Putin: Stop selling missiles to Iran • Russia warns G8 against isolating Iran • Ahmadinejad Vows Tougher Approach to West in New Term • Ahmadinejad Rejects Obama’s Rhetoric.S. a friend or a family member for Joel’s Flash Traffic email alerts. Warns of Crushing Response • Obama officials: talks with Iran still possible • Mahmoud Ahmadinejad regime plots purge after Iran election protests • Netanyahu: Demilitarized state plan gaining ground • U.S. for example. and refining industry. such energy companies will actually begin bidding for licenses to develop Iraq’s immense but badly atrophied oil exploration.the Iraqi energy sector. And this week. says Maliki • EXCLUSIVE: Cheney fears Iraq withdrawal will ‘waste’ U. please click here. Commander Says Iraq Forces Ready [to keep country secure as U. please click here >> To learn more about — or to make a tax-deductible contribution to — The Joshua Fund. troops accused of dam . this headline from the Associated Press: “World’s big oil companies prepare for return to Iraq.

was in Baghdad at the weekend. even as he appealed for national unity after a week of attacks left more than 250 people dead. says Maliki PATRICK QUINN IN BAGHDAD June 29. Australia's military forces will cease their operations with the Iraqi security forces on July 30. with one of them warning Iraqis to stay away from crowded places favoured by bombers. Nouri al-Maliki. Most had pulled out of urban centres in recent weeks. The country's two vice-presidents joined in the call. There have been concerns that Iraqi forces will be unable to provide adequate security after US combat troops pull out of Baghdad and other urban areas by tomorrow. Baghdad. and signed six memorandums of understanding with Iraq following a meeting with the Prime Minister. US troops have been taking a secondary role. . On Saturday few if any of the 133. Julia Gillard with Nouri al-Maliki and bottom. part of a security agreement that calls for all American troops to leave Iraq by the end of 2011. . Photo: AP/Reuters IRAQ'S Prime Minister says the full withdrawal of US combat troops from cities and towns this week is a message that his country is ready to take over its own security. giving Iraqi forces the lead in operations. They have assembled in large bases outside towns and cities and will continue to conduct combat operations in rural areas and near the border. Iraqi soldiers at a checkpoint in Sadr City.000 US troops still in Iraq were visible in its cities. as reinforced police and army units prepare for the US troop withdrawal. . 2009 Top: Meet and greet .Iraq ready to stand on own feet. Australia's Deputy Prime Minister. Julia Gillard.

has called on his website for "our people to be more cautious and avoid. a national holiday." Mr Maliki said of the extremists responsible for the attacks. and tens of thousands of people died in attacks between Sunni extremists such as al-Qaeda and Shiite militias and death squads. and leave for all security services has been cancelled. Nearly all the bombings that began nine days ago have been in Shiite areas. 2009 by tfheringer from Worldview Times: . "Our system falls when we return to sectarianism. and one last Wednesday in the Baghdad Shiite enclave of Sadr City that killed 78.S. Mr Maliki blamed the bombings on the remnants of al-Qaeda in Iraq and said they were aimed at restarting violence between Shiites and Sunnis. crowded areas unless there is something important". Police said they had bolstered checkpoints and patrols. "Today we are in need of unity. They were a bombing on June 20 that killed 82 people outside a mosque in northern Iraq. US and Iraqi officials have warned of a possible surge in violence over the next week. especially around Sadr City. including the two deadliest attacks. A Vice-President. a Sunni. Police and army units have been increased around Baghdad. It was brought back from the brink by a huge inflow of US troops in 2007 in what became known as the "surge". He added that June 30 is "a message to the world that we are now able to safeguard our security and administer our internal affairs". Associated Press U. Tariq al-Hashemi. markets and mosques. He also called on Iraqi security forces to increase their presence in public areas. as they have shown their teeth against us."We are on the threshold of a new phase that will bolster Iraq's sovereignty." Mr Maliki said on Saturday at a memorial service for a Shiite leader who died six years ago." Iraq nearly slipped into civil war in 2006 and 2007. Mr Maliki has declared tomorrow "Victory Day". To Help Rebuild City Of Babylon In Iraq February 18. especially in Shiite areas of Baghdad where bombers have struck markets with deadly effect. whenever possible.

is aimed eventually at attracting scores of “cultural tourists” from all over the world to see the glories of Mesopotamia’s most famous city. I know the rebuilding of Babylon seemed like a far-fetched idea in the Bible. Posted in Bible. The government of Iraq is moving forward with plans to protect the archaeological remains of the ancient City of Babylon. Rapture. “‘The Future of Babylon’ project launched last month seeks to ‘map the current conditions of Babylon and develop a master plan for its conservation. Jeremiah. The project. Theology | No Comments U. Prophecy. I hope that Babylon can be reborn in a better image. as well. But skeptics and cynics take note: now that the insurgency is dying down. Messiah. originally started by the late Saddam Hussein.” reports the Reuters news agency.” And they’re right. Commander Says Iraq Forces Ready . in fact. religious. I also cited my interview with Iraqi Finance Minister Ali Abdul Ameer Allawi who told me in 2006 at the peak of the insurgency. “Officials hope Babylon can be revived and made ready for a rich future of tourism. head of a government inspection team based at the site.’ said Mariam Omran Musa. I wrote about the Bible prophecies in Isaiah. Ezekiel. Epicenter 2. “Cultural.S. They say Babylon will be “reborn.’ the WMF says. For many more.0. ‘It depends on funds. ‘We don’t know how long it will take to reopen to tourists. as long as it is not done at the expense of the antiquities themselves. I think rebuilding Babylon is a wonderful idea. in preparation for building a modern city of Babylon. What’s more. the Obama Administration is contributing $700. and biblical tourism is a big opportunity for Iraq.’” In my non-fiction book. be rebuilt in the “last days” of history and become the wealthiest and most powerful city on the face of the planet. Largely overlooked by the Western news media over the past few weeks was an enormously significant story.S. It will be. with help from experts at the World Monuments Fund (WMF) and the U.” through the State Department’s budget. Stay tuned. Politics. and Revelation that indicate the ancient city of Babylon in Iraq will. Messianic Prophecy. Current Events.” For many. study and tourism. the Shia-led government of Iraq is actually moving forward with this historic and prophetic project. archaeological. Liberalism.000 towards “The Future of Babylon Project. it seemed like a far-fetched idea in 2006. Iraq. embassy.

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Brig. Gen. On Thursday.Gen. Just four days after the Americans closed their outpost. under government pressure. Mahmoud Muhsen. Rubin Related Times Topics: Iraq “I do believe they’re ready. The Takeaway With Alissa J.” General Odierno said from Baghdad on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “They’ve been working towards this for a long time. ahead of Tuesday’s deadline for the withdrawal of American combat troops from the country’s cities and towns.000 until September. The Iraqis will be able to call on American support if needed.” said that he had seen “constant improvement” in the security force and governance in the region despite some large attacks last week.” American troop strength is scheduled to stay at roughly 130. with most of the forces living in operating bases away from cities. at least seven bombs exploded around the country in what appeared to be a concerted campaign by militants. in the Shiite district of Sadr City in Baghdad. General Odierno. a bomb killed at least 76 people and wounded more than 150 in a market there on Wednesday. military officials say. The deadline for the pullout from cities has concerned some Iraqi officers and provoked uncertainty among Iraqis who worry that the withdrawal of American troops will invite more violence. who also appeared on “Fox News Sunday. And security remains good. a commander with the First Division of the Iraqi National Police. said Sunday that Iraq’s military and police units were ready to operate on their own. Ray Odierno. the American commander in Iraq. has said that sectarian violence could .

S.” a repulsion of foreign occupiers. sacrifices Joseph Weber UPDATED EXCLUSIVE: . any responses would be coordinated within the bounds of the security agreement.” he said on “Fox News Sunday. allowing more foreign fighters to enter. said the Status of Forces Agreement between Iraq and the United States should be extended to 2020 or 2025.m. calls for American troops to pull out of most Iraqi cities by this summer and sets the end of 2011 as the date by which all American troops must leave the country. and I think that’s the important point. 2009 EXCLUSIVE: Cheney fears Iraq withdrawal will 'waste' U.” General Odierno said on CNN. “We agreed to abide by Iraqi sovereignty. has called the withdrawal of American troops from cities a “great victory. “That’s not exactly how I read it.” Originally published 08:28 a. updated 01:45 a. Meanwhile.” “They’re seeing it as a progression in their capacities. “So everything that we do today is transparent. June 30. the Iraqi prime minister. 2009.. an independent Shiite legislator and a former national security adviser. Qassim Daoud.m. General Odierno said he did not agree..” Nuri Kamal al-Maliki.return after the Americans leave. The agreement. General Odierno said that if Iraqi forces sought help after the deadline. He also warned that Iraq’s borders were still porous. However. which the Iraqi Parliament ratified in November. June 29.

Odierno said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" that Iraqi forces are ready. Mr. forces withdrawing from Iraqi cities within 24 hours.Former Vice President Dick Cheney on Monday said he is concerned about U.S. waste all the tremendous sacrifice that has gotten us to this point. .S. Petraeus.S. Gen. Much of the violence is in northeastern Baghdad. compared with 160 in June 2007." On Monday. poised to let Iraqis take lead • U. and that the general is doing what needs to be done.S.000 by the end of next summer and have all U. David H." Gen. The United States now has roughly 130. Central Command. In anticipation of more violence. The Pentagon wants to reduce the number to 50. "But what he says concerns me: That there is still a continuing problem. several police officers reportedly were killed trying to defuse bombs. Korea • EXCLUSIVE: Fed seeks millions from ball players in Ponzi scheme "I hope the Iraqis can deal with it. but I would not want to see the U. TWT RELATED ARTICLES: • U. also has expressed concern about the recent bombings but said the average is about 10 to 15 a day. Ray Odierno." More than 250 people have died in Iraq during the past week in attacks and bombings. Abud Kambar al-Malliki warned militias earlier this month that his forces are ready to fight "if you attack our citizens. chief seeks to free reporters in N.000 military troops in Iraq who will remain outside major cities to train Iraqi police and provide protection for remaining allied forces.S. where hostile acts have occurred about once every other day. one under a car and another under a bridge. commander of U. Cheney told The Washington Times' "America's Morning News" radio show that he is a strong believer in Gen. forces in Iraq. commander of the U.S. Cheney said. Iraqi Gen. the Iraqi government has banned motorcycles in Baghdad and has increased ID checks and checkpoint security.N." Mr. forces out of the country by the end of 2011. One might speculate that insurgents are waiting as soon as they get an opportunity to launch more attacks. "At some point they have to stand on their own. which appear designed to shake the government's confidence and reignite sectarian fighting.

which President Bush talked about." he said. . A Course In Miracles. She was actually named after Orpah. let’s document the source of this . I hope ultimately they're successful. a public holiday. the sister of Ruth from the Bible." Iraqis began celebrating Monday. Oprah Winfrey has become one of his most successful tools to help lead a multitude to hell. If you're the one sitting in the chair in the Oval Office." he said. First. we've seen constant improvement in governance. Being raped by a family member for years certainly had a chilling effect on her young life. ." Oprah Winfrey: Billionaire Blasphemer Oprah Winfrey is a blasphemer against the God of Holy Scripture. And I believe this is the time for us to move out of the cities and for them to take ultimate responsibility."They've been working toward this for a long time. "Any time you have a brand-new administration. Hatred for Biblical Christianity has never been so loud. Cheney said the defeat of Hezbollah in Lebanon's recent elections and Iranians challenging the recent election results in which incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was re-elected proves the Bush-Cheney doctrine has had a "significant impact throughout the Middle East. Satan goes about as a roaring lion seeking the best and the smartest lives to use for his kingdom of defiance against the God of the Bible. it's a lot tougher than looking in from the outside. Mr." "The young men and women on the streets of Tehran is proof positive of the universal desire of people to be free. . "It's been a remarkable development. which the Iraqi government has declared National Sovereignty Day. In this atmosphere the villains are saints of God that identify these lies." he said. "and security remains good. The sad story is that her incredible mind and personality has been turned into a force for occultic powers. The entire year has been proclaimed as a study on the book. but the real proof is in her key radio series for 2008. The New World Order of the Antichrist is exploding and he needs teachers and devotees to spread his high-sounding deception. Protesters say as many as 200 have been killed. it has to find its balance. but the name was misspelled on her birth certificate. The present day acceptance of all religions on an equal level sets the perfect stage. Cheney said President Obama is learning a difficult lesson in responding to the post- election violence. ahead of the transition Tuesday. How does a very intelligent lady come from a deeply Christian home of an apparent Godly grandmother to become a full-blown New Ager? It is reported that she began public speaking by reading or quoting the Bible and sermons to her grandmother’s church family at the age of three. We've seen constant improvement in the security force. Oprah has made numerous statements that show her devotion to New Age ideas. The Iranian government says dozens have been killed in the street marches to demand a vote recount." Mr. "The lesson that comes out of this is governing is far different than campaigning.

) That statement is the unfailing love of the devil. 237. and we move up the ladder of that elusion by our positive mindset. It can only get worse when you start with such rebellion against the Heavenly Father. Here are the author’s words. An atheistic psychologist received this course by demonic revelation in 1965. And that truth demands a Sovereign God that is an eternal being that gave His only Son to redeem man out of sin. “The voice made no sound. p.) "The journey to the cross should be the last useless journey. it is a symbol that is safely used as a replacement for the many names of all the gods to which you pray. which I took down in a shorthand notebook.” (Text. With all of our sins and failures.. Of course. It has no kin to the Lord Jesus Christ and above all it hates the sacred blood of the cross. and the occult. which is to cleanse sin." (Text. Satan is determined to put the prettiest face with the least substance in the American White House. it is the blood and the very purpose of that blood. There is no such thing as sin to Lucifer.. for it teaches him that. either God or ourselves. America and Israel are still the two nations hated by the unbelieving world. 13. It is all an elusion." (Text. p." (Text. p. To think of having a president that believes in the ideas of Oprah Winfrey and A Course in Miracles should drive us to our knees.” (Text. your sanity. p. sickness. The heart of this false system is the denial of the Holy God that rules in His universe. “The atonement is the final lesson he (the human family) need learn. 125. You will find that every idea is totally foreign to the Holy Scripture.” Another psychologist with whom she is reported to have had a very troubled relationship agreed to participate in these dictations and serve as a kind of secretary and confidant. but seemed to be giving me a kind of rapid inner diction.) "A slain Christ has no meaning. or failure. p. For several years William Thetford was often with her as she received the volume of materials that constitute this course. Let’s review the heart of this dubious course in miracles. If there is one thing Satan and all his ilk love to and that we fit in the whole as a cog in the wheel. This same study has been a mainstay with Robert Shuller’s church for years and probably played a large part in the confused mind of Rick Warren. that every part is part of the whole. 9. This study came to this psychologist by “mind dictation” and the source identifies himself as Jesus Christ. psychology. The Oprah Winfrey Enterprise has now become the window to the world for these satanic teachings." (Text. A Course in Miracles states. 11. It is scary when you consider her entrance into the political campaign of Senator Barack Obama and the impact the media suggests this is having on his candidacy. He believed she was receiving the original teachings of Jesus Christ to give to the world. There is no separate individual. never having sinned.) "The name of Jesus Christ as such is but a symbol .) . The false premise of the above statement moves quickly to the next main thrust that is the heart of Pantheism or New Age teaching. It is basically the language of humanism. To admit sin is to admit righteousness and rebellion against righteousness.) This incredible statement is claiming that the universe is God. 10. he has no need of salvation. we move in the reverse when we are negative or harbor negative thoughts of sin. and your limitless power. She recalled. Here is a list of dark things in this book: "There is no sin. “The oneness of the creator is your wholeness. p.

and it will be a ruinous heap” (Isaiah 17:1). Some popular theories regarding the meaning of Psalm 83 are circulating. verse 5. Do not fail to exalt the Lord Jesus Christ as the Redeemer and Saviour of all that call on Him in surrender. but the sound will touch eternity. Accompanying that particular interpretation is a belief that the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) will successfully defeat Arab enemies. It is true that in Ezekiel 37:10. Joseph R. He also agrees that the Arab states mentioned in the psalm are the modern Arab states that are members of the Arab League. Their agenda is to reduce Israel to nothing. claiming it is an unfulfilled prophecy. the great Creator and His Eternal Son is beholding it all and the cup of wrath is near the top. “But know this first of all. but the verse does not say that that a great army will be responsible for the destruction of Israel’s enemies. Chambers Psalm 83 and the Battle of Ezekiel 38 and 39 By Kit Olsen Psalm 83 is an imprecatory prayer. and is president and founder (1968) of the World Bible Society. Through his extensive evangelistic radio ministry. an “exceedingly great army” is mentioned. The crash of a life like Oprah will leave a heartrending aftershock. and his expertise is eschatology. he shares the salvation message with a large portion of the Jewish population throughout Israel. Doctor of Letters. Doctor of Philosophy. Doc Beshore goes into a definitive description of Psalm 83. with an exceptional ability to properly decipher Scripture. that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation” (2 Peter 1:20). therefore getting the credit for defeating the Arab nations that surround Israel. I would say Doc Beshore is a very qualified analyst in the matters of eschatology. it seems very obvious to me. Tell every soul that you have opportunity to tell that judgment is near at hand. confirming my own analysis of the psalm. In reference to Psalm 83. He has a PhD in hermeneutics. Doctor of Sacred Literature. he . Bible scholar Doc Beshore is also very proficient in the Hebrew language. and Doctor of Theology. I have found quite an interesting lecture: “The Ezekiel Solution. He teaches that Psalm 83 is an imprecatory prayer. We may not hear it here. He has five Doctorate degrees: Doctor of Divinity. “The burden against Damascus. Ken (Doc) Beshore in California during the summer of 2008. In "The Ezekiel Solution" lecture. which could very possibly take place shortly before the battle of Ezekiel 38 and 39. I would also say it is much more likely a war that we will see before the battle of Ezekiel 38 and 39 will be the fulfillment of Isaiah 17. The destruction of Damascus could very likely trigger the Gog-Magog battle. Behold. After careful research. Oprah Winfrey has probably crossed the line in the sand to which there is no return. He is also very involved with evangelism in Russia. Believe me. He is also a huge advocate of Israel. the study of Bible interpretation. and describing a major separate war that will take place before the battle of Ezekiel 38 and 39. Damascus will cease from being a city.” [1] presented by Dr. an imprecatory psalm.

that Psalm 83 is a prayer to bring about the fulfillment of battle of Ezekiel 38 and 39. The following verses sound like what the enemies of Israel are saying today. To imply that the Israeli Defense Forces will liberate Israel from Islamic threats cannot be confirmed or supported by any Scripture found in Psalm 83. They have said. can be translated into the English word “league. The entire world will see God in a new light. There will be no mistaking His supernatural intervention when He rescues Israel. This fervent appeal can be witnessed today.5). and certainly relates to current events. then God will not be known for saving Israel. Psalm 83 appears very much to be an imprecatory prayer for Israel. Psalm 83 speaks about a “confederacy” and all the nations listed in that psalm are part of the Arab League. that the name of Israel may be remembered no more. If the IDF is given the credit for winning that war. Psalm 83 speaks about a future war. when the nations of the world will know God and God alone will save Israel from the Russian-led invasion. in a different way because of His undeniable. To paraphrase Doc Beshore: This event will be a vanguard moment in history. I would further say that Psalm 83 describes and correlates what will happen during the battle of Ezekiel 38 and 39. On October 23. 39. He definitively states that the next major prophetic war in the Middle East will be the battle of Ezekiel 38 and 39. Both Christians and Jews have been praying for God’s intervention--to stop Israel’s enemies from the continuous barrage of threats and assaults from those who also happen to be members of the Arab League.” [2] Doc Beshore further contends that Psalm 83 is a fulfilled prophecy. which sounds very much like the battle of Ezekiel 38 and 39. I had a fascinating conversation with Doc Beshore. but an imprecatory prayer calling .” berith in Hebrew.” Also. prayers go before the throne of God on Israel’s behalf. The concordance also states the word berith appears 227 times in the Old Testament. Come and let us cut them off from being a nation. Every time Israel is threatened. Where does it say in Psalm 83 that man-made military forces will save Israel? Where does it say in Ezekiel 38 and 39 that an army will save Israel? Only God will save Israel during the war described in Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38. a prophecy that continues to be fulfilled. and means “confederacy. including those who are members of the Arab League: “They have taken crafty counsel against Your people and consulted together against Your sheltered ones. He unequivocally stated: “Psalm 83 is not a war. and a prophecy that will be completely fulfilled when the battle of Ezekiel 38 and 39 takes place. An imprecatory prayer is pleading with God to bring down judgment upon a dangerous enemy. the Hebrew word berith is translated “covenant” in the English Bible. supernatural miraculous intervention. as I do. league or covenant. Doc Beshore believes. whose members are frequently calling for Israel’s demise The political leader of Iran. primarily on the topic of Psalm 83. or in Ezekiel 38 and 39. Mahamoud Ahmadinejad. 2009. For they have consulted together with one consent. is well known for spewing his hatred for Israel and calling for its total destruction.states the word “confederacy. To "imprecate" means to call God’s judgment down upon a people. they form a confederacy against You” (Psalm 83:3. Psalm 83 is a prayer to circumvent the conspiracy against Israel. according to The New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible. By carefully comparing Psalm 83 with Ezekiel 38 and 39.

15).” He was also strong in his conviction that without proper hermeneutics. His words and analysis should be given serious attention. He also stated that he disagrees with the argument by some prophecy teachers regarding Ezekiel 38. the Saudis are leading the central banking group into pressuring Israel into a land-for-peace deal. highly respected. This man is a brilliant. carefully following prophetic events.” “And I will send fire on Magog [Russia] and on those who live in security in the coastlands. and barriers Ezekiel was referring to in verse 11. the attempt to subvert Israel will continue to be done in a more “civilized” way. the people of modern Israel move about freely. “Dwelling safely’’ does not mean the Israelis dwell peacefully. “the Lord who lived who brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north” is based on Jeremiah 16:14: “Therefore behold the days are coming. Each village or community in Israel does not have “bars” or “gates. “Israel has . During our conversation. but that the conditions that exist are considered “safe” to a degree. Saudi Arabia has never been very cozy with Iran or Russia. it is impossible to correctly interpret Scripture. says the LORD. he has stated that he believes the battle of Ezekiel 38 and 39 is coming soon.” The common situation for cities or villages during the time of Ezekiel was one where rock walls and gates were prevalent. During a number of speaking engagements at Calvary Chapel churches. that it shall be no more be said. Then they shall know that I am the LORD” (Ezekiel 39:6). He said: “The Exodus will pale in comparison to what will happen at the battle of Ezekiel 38 and 39. these are the types of walls. ‘The LORD lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of Egypt.’ For I will bring them back into their land which I gave to their fathers” (Jeremiah 16:14. However. Doc Beshore also states in his “Ezekiel Solution” lecture that in general. fences. Doc Beshore spoke of how the Islamic population will be tremendously decreased because of that war. by pressuring them to make land-for-peace agreements. and remarked: “Russia will be destroyed. he also expressed that the circumstances of the battle of Ezekiel 38 and 39 would surpass even the historic miracles of the Exodus. but the LORD lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north and from all the lands where He had driven them. Saudi Arabia (ancient Sheba and Dedan) will not participate in the Ezekiel 38 and 39 invasion.for Ezekiel 38 and 39 to be fulfilled. Living in Israel gives him an advantage when discussing and discerning the meaning of the relevant prophetic passage. He believes all the physical conditions for the battle of Ezekiel 38 and 39 are already in place today. rather than joining the future Russian-led Islamic forces when Israel is attacked. Ezekiel 38:11. teaching that Israel has to be living peacefully (safely) before that battle can take place. there are no extensive walls surrounding all of Israel. According to Ezekiel 38:13. The prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran is of great concern to the leaders of Saudi Arabia. Approximately one million Jews have already emigrated to Israel from Russia (the north country). In my opinion. A wall to protect the Israeli population from Palestinian missile attacks does exist. Amir Tsarfati is a sought-after Israeli speaker and very knowledgeable Bible teacher who lives in Jerusalem. In my opinion. very seasoned. Amir is a strong Hebrew Christian. although the Saudis did recently purchase some weapons from Russia. The Saudis appear to be leaning in the direction of those who form the Mediterranean Union. These rock barriers no longer exist.” God’s new historic identity. In general. exceptionally credentialed scholar amongst scholars. pressuring Israel to make land-for-peace concessions. Even now. and most probably will keep pushing for that deal. Further.

Fill their faces with shame. yes.” The verses from Psalm 83:17 and 18 correlate with what will transpire when the Lord supernaturally intervenes during the battle of Ezekiel 38 and 39. The passage says the people of Israel are a “peaceful people”--not that they are living in “peace. and government leaders have a history of settling for false peace agreements by giving away chunks of land. Next. bringing you up from the mountains far north. Then I will knock the bow out of your left hand and cause the arrows to fall out of your right hand. deceives the Israelis into thinking he is their savior. the Antichrist. and Psalm 83. Another point to consider is the fact that Israel as a whole is quite rebellious against God and is not engaged in a genuine spiritual relationship with the Lord. In general. That they may know that You. If you carefully read through Ezekiel 38 and 39. “O my God. Israel at the moment is lacking spiritual walls or hedges of protection from the Lord. Let them be confounded and dismayed forever. fences. and having neither bars nor gates (Ezekiel 38:11). it also speaks of events that will take place as described in Ezekiel 38 and 39. all of them dwelling without walls. Generally speaking. halting the onslaught against His nation Israel. The previous verses are very similar to the verses of Ezekiel 39:2 and 3 and verse 7. who dwell safely. the Israelis are living carelessly. make them like a whirling dust like the chaff before the wind! As the fire burns the woods and as the flame sets the mountains on fire. there will be plenty of enemies who will eagerly march against Israel. or barriers. without a genuine relationship with the Lord. it is my opinion that a portion of Psalm 83 is speaking of a partially fulfilled prophecy--the Arab League. and frighten them with Your storm. I will go up against a land of unwalled villages. when the Lord confounds the enemies of Israel and shows His indignation. Therefore. let them be put to shame and perish. In order for the battle of Ezekiel 38 and 39 to occur. that they may seek Your name O LORD. we could say that Israel has no spiritual walls. And the most high over all the earth” (Psalm borders” and the current border circumstances qualify for the fulfillment of Ezekiel 38 and 39. I will go to a peaceful people. They appear to be speaking about the same event. To imply that the Israelis will ever be living peacefully before the Gog-Magog battle simply cannot be. those who participate in the Gog-Magog war will be great enemies of Israel. as you can see here: “And I will turn you around and lead you on. whose name alone is the LORD. and this is a contributing reason why they are opening themselves up to being pounced on by many enemies. I have already addressed the prayer aspect of the psalm. This argument is also in keeping with the conditions necessary for a pretribulation rapture of the Church.18). I don’t believe for a minute that Israel will let down its guard until the son of perdition. As a student of Bible prophecy. their interdependence and similarities cannot be denied. so pursue them with Your tempest. . and its despotic verbal rumblings. and bring you against the mountains of Israel. So I will make My holy name known in the midst of My people Israel. “You will say. Israel is secular to the core. Clearly. land that was given to them by God Himself.

42-44. “These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica. God Almighty has a plan to personally foil the wicked plans of the enemy. the Lord said people on Earth at the time will not know the day or hour of His coming. To say they will save Israel from the enemy is an assault upon the promises of God and His Holy Word. Israel does not have to be bigger or richer for this battle to ensue. Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 83 both state God and God alone will be the One to deliver Israel during this prophesied battle.3. 24:36-37. 12:6 (1260 days). the Lord is describing what will happen when the Russian-led. 12:14(time. The nations will realize God defended Israel and destroyed the enemy. and I will not let them profane my holy name anymore. Rev. times. Both Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 39 make it perfectly clear that it is the Lord Himself who will intervene in such a mighty way that no one will be able to deny His awesome power. It used to seem strange to me that ”the evil servant” mentioned in Matt. the Holy One of Israel” (Ezekiel 39:2. and Rev. and the 2nd Coming follows it. 24:48- 51 could mistakenly think that “his Lord delayeth his coming” when there are so many places where the exact length of time of the final 3 1/2 years is spelled out in Daniel 12:7 and Rev. 25:13) A reader responded with the fascinating suggestion that this might help solve the mystery of the 1290 days and 1335 days of Daniel 12:11-12. “I agree with you that Matt. as great as they are. The Israeli Defense Forces. No dangling carrot is necessary for this invasion to take place.11) so He can be glorified and reveal Himself to the nations. so the nations of the world will see He is in control. Because of those verses. I can understand why so many Christians become confused and think those verses might refer to the rapture.” However. He will use the enemy’s extreme hatred for Israel to bring His redemptive plans for His chosen nation and the world to fruition. will not be responsible for Israel’s victory. He repeated it 4 times within the span of 28 verses (Matt. Kit Olsen A Bible Study by Jack Kelley A while back I posted a study showing why the phrase “No one Knows The Day or Hour” was meant for the 2nd Coming. in that they received the word with all readiness and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so” (Acts 17:11). 24:36-51 refers to the Lord’s return at the end of the Tribulation. It is God’s battle to fight. and half a time). Even though it’s clear that the Great Tribulation is 1260 days long. Almighty God that He is. Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38 each reveal that God’s awesome presence will be undeniable. and He intends to make Himself known. not the Rapture. It is the Lord Himself who will give the Russians the idea to invade Israel (Ezekiel 38:4.7). predominately Muslim army marches down from the north to decimate Israel. 13:5 (forty two months). Then the nations shall know I am the LORD. 50-51. most Christians tend to think that Jesus is going to . In both Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 39. To emphasize this. but for His name’s sake. He will not be defending Israel for Israel’s sake. Here’s what she wrote. also known as “the time of Jacob’s trouble.

and the moon shall not give her light. the Sun and Moon will go dark. Matt. so how could He “delay His coming. my Lord delayeth his coming. but it’s one of those things that I’ve pondered. Blessed is he that waiteth. and Daniel 12:12 is speaking of that little pause. and then a great sign will appear in the dark sky. and the abomination that maketh desolate set up. and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.” I have always wondered if there is a little pause after the seven years of Tribulation ends and then the Lord returns. I think putting Daniel 12 and Matt.” If there is a bit of a pause between the end of the Tribulation and our Lord’s return to earth (with us following behind him on our white horses). that explains why some people on the earth who don’t maintain their faithfulness during that last little stretch of time after the Tribulation ends might be caught unfaithful. there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. on a day no one will have known in advance. and to eat and drink with the drunken. and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken. To explain why will require some speculation on my part because the Bible doesn’t go into much detail. Imagine if you can the contrast between the totally black sky and . And shall begin to smite his fellow servants. per Matt. and the stars will fall from the sky. The Lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him. and the stars shall fall from heaven. I’ll try not to stray away from the Bible’s intent in filling in some of the blanks concerning the time of the Lord’s coming.” But then there are those intriguing verses in Daniel 12:11-12: “And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away. and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 24:29-30). But if you’ll permit me a little latitude. Immediately after the end of the Great Tribulation. but people on Earth will know it’s the sign of the Lord. And shall cut him asunder. 24:29- 30 seems to confirm the short pause spoken of in Daniel. And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn.” A pause like this could also explain why the 10 bridesmaids “fell asleep” waiting for the Lord. and in an hour that he is not aware of. Matt. 24:29-30: “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened. An indeterminate period of total worldwide darkness will follow. and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. This sign has not been described to us.return on the very last day of the Great Tribulation. 24:48-51: “But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart. What do you think?” Here’s what I think. on the 1260th day after the Abomination of Desolation. After that. I suppose that all this is a moot point for the Church. 24 together makes a lot of sense. the Lord will suddenly appear on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory (Matt.

(Matt. (Isaiah 63: 1-6) As His foot touches the Mt. What a sight! The armies of Heaven will be with Him (Rev. This is the story of the Sheep and Goats. Of Olives a giant earthquake will open a deep ravine running from the Mediterranean to the Dead Sea. They didn’t study it or share it. Living water from the Temple north of Jerusalem will immediately fill the ravine. (Rev. 20:4 seem to say. Those who fail will be put away. then perhaps it will begin immediately after His arrival. bind him in chains. 19:11-20:3) At the end of the day light will finally return to Earth (Zech. The anti-Christ and the False Prophet will be captured and thrown into the Lake of fire. as will the Church (Rev. This will be a judgment of Tribulation survivors. 25:14-30) And finally comes the judgment of people who stood by and watched the Lord’s people be nearly driven to extinction with out lifting a finger to help them. Those who pass will have shown themselves to be believers and will be received unto the Lord and welcomed into the Kingdom Age to help re-populate Earth. and cast him into the Abyss for 1000 years. removed from the planet. The first one describes how He’ll deal with the false teachers. 25:31-32 and Rev. connecting the two bodies of water.the brightness of His glory. (Rev. 24:45-51) Then come those who lost heart and failed to maintain their own salvation. 17:14). 19:14). 25:31-46) . 21:22-24) To say it’ll be a unique day is one of the greatest understatements of all time. If His first official act is one of judgment. Ezekiel 47:1-12) With nothing more than the word of His mouth He’ll destroy the forces arrayed against Him. (Matt. (Matt. 14:6-7) brought by the New Jerusalem coming down out of Heaven. This is the Parable of the Talents. those who led people astray during the Great Tribulation. and the one for left means to be put away. 25:1-13) Next we see those who placed no value on His word. (Zechariah 14:1-9. He’ll summon a lone angel who will seize the devil. as will be required of Tribulation believers (Rev. This is the Parable of the Servants (Matt. This is the Parable of the 10 Virgins. 24:40 where the Greek word translated taken means to receive unto oneself. but in effect buried it in the ground and in the process lost even what little comprehension they originally had. 14:12 & 16:15). He’ll be coming from the Jordanian desert where He will have defeated the enemy forces trying to wipe out the Jewish remnant hidden there. The Lord described this judgment in greater detail in the form of four parables. as Matt. especially after an extended period of total darkness. This is summarized in Matt.

The next task on the Lord’s agenda will involve cleansing the defiled Temple. But there will still be 45 more days before reaching the 1335 days given to Daniel as the duration of time from the Abomination of Desolation to the beginning of blessing. For more detail read my study called “The Coming Temple”. Being a believer of the Bible as being the infallible truthful Word of God. I suggest that this time may be necessary to set up the Kingdom. because they will have been eyewitnesses to the most amazing events in human history. Those who have both waited for and actually reached that day will be truly blessed. He is God. This is consistent with the view held by some that the 1290 day period from Daniel 12:11 pertains to the duration of the Temple’s desolation. If you close your eyes and listen carefully. you can almost hear the footsteps of the Messiah. the Millennial Kingdom will be officially inaugurated.” And in Psalm 90:4 it also says. Why did it take God six days to create everything and why did He need to rest on the seventh? After all. are like yesterday when it is past”. especially concerning the new cycle of sacrifices and Holy Days (Ezek. In 2 Peter 3:8 it says. that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years. 44:15-16) and teaching them their new duties. organizing the priesthood behind the family of Zadok (Ezek.000 years this can still be true in . do not forget this one thing. reassigning the Tribal land allotments in Israel (Ezek. and at its conclusion will have found themselves among the victors. then 1335 days from the Abomination. “For a thousand years in Your sight. I’m sure He could have spun the universe into existence in the blink of an eye without needing any rest afterwards. I do believe that He did it as it is written but I also believe that God does things for a reason. positioning the New Jerusalem in its orbit above Earth (Rev.) By the time the Temple is re-dedicated. 21:2-3). 44-46). These statements are in the Bible for a reason. “But beloved. Prophecy. like crowning the Prince of Israel and installing his government. 1290 days will have passed since the Abomination of Desolation. not the Lord’s return. making it fit for use again. but for what and why? Could it be that God’s procedure of creation is also a foreshadow of His plan and timetable for man’s destiny? While there exists much scientific evidence of the earth being much older than 6. It will be a celebration such as has never before been seen on Earth. 45 & 48) and installing the governments of the Nations. poised to experience the fulfillment of all their dreams. and a thousand years as one day. Second Coming The Coming Of The 7th Day By Matt Leasher The book of Genesis records that God created everything in six days and then on the seventh day He rested. 11-07-09 Tags: End Times. (I’m convinced that the same Temple used during Daniel’s 70th week will be used in the Millennium. If these things unfold as I’ve described them. There’s a lot that needs to be done. which I see as being the official start of the Millennium.

000 years and leads us to the debate of evolution. a millennia and so on. a year. But why the big secret. You don’t come to the end of 60 seconds and say “Ok. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. and there is nothing new under the sun. Of course this does suggest that man has only roamed this earth for 6. a day (or thousand years) of rest! If this theory is true then that would mean from Adam to the birth of Jesus would have been the first 4. When 60 seconds is up you start over and begin counting the next 60 seconds. hear this: I have not spoken in secret from the beginning. from the time that it was I was there.” This is a clear indication that He is not hiding anything from us. Interesting how the last few words in the Bible are of Jesus warning us not to add or take away from the words which are written in this book. Prophetic time moves in a circle and in cycles. God loves us and would not leave us unwarned. The theory suggests there could be thousands of years between those two verses. which is a topic for another time. To understand this concept it requires circular thinking and an understanding of “prophetic time”. why does God tell us in His Word that He created the earth and the life within. and darkness was on the face of the deep”. nor would he deceive us with riddles. “remember the former things of old. The last 1000 years being the “day of rest” as sin will have been wiped off the face of the earth and Jesus will reside as King of Kings and show the earth what it will be like to live in true peace and harmony. Its all in His Word. spoken of in Revelation 20. a week. If you were to remove or add 1 single second from within those cycles all of time would be thrown off and the divine order of things would be disrupted. So if a thousand years with the Lord is as one day perhaps the Lord is telling us that the six days of creation are representative of the 6. as we know it. Cycles within cycles that never stop moving. We are given another hint that the end is determined from the beginning in Ecclesiastes 1:9. Then starting in verse 3 God begins to count the days and what He creates within those days. a century. that which is done is what will be done. Based on Isaiah 46:9-10 we can conclude that God reveals the end of things by encoding them in the beginning of things and that the future is hidden in the past. why not tell us things straight up so that we can be warned clearly without doubt. I am God. “That which has been is what will be. (which I firmly believe it is). There is what is called the gap theory. declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done. First of all. “Come near to Me.” The book of Isaiah is a fantastic resource for hearing the words of the Lord directly as many chapters reveal the Lord speaking in the first person. Just take a look at what He is saying in Isaiah 48:16. for I am God. Meaning that scripture does not tell us how much time may have existed between verses 1 and 2 in Genesis. the Lord does declare in Isaiah 46:9-10.000 years . and void.light of the scriptures. Here He is telling us that He declares the end from the beginning. in six days and rested on the seventh? Could the beginning be a harbinger of the end? After all. For this study lets just stick to scripture and what God is telling us. When you come to the end of a circular cycle you are back at the beginning. Verse 1 being. a decade. a day. So the question remains. If the Bible is a prophetic book declaring the destiny of our existence from beginning to end. now what?” Rather. cannot be tampered with. Verse 2 being. a month. The beginning and the end. you get a minute out of it and then start counting minutes while the 60 second cycle is still rotating within the minute and then so on with an hour. “the earth was without form. then surely every word in it must be there for a reason and like the divine cycles of time. and there is no other.” Jesus also tells us in Revelation that He is the Alpha and the Omega. (Ironically the 1000 years of Jesus’ earthly kingdom are mentioned six times in Revelation 20). and there is none like me.000 years of man’s existence in a sin cursed world and the seventh day of rest is the 1000 year millennium of Christ’s reign on earth after He returns. …hence. All we have to do it is pick it up and read it and not try to rely on our own understandings.

He did say that we will know when it is right at the door! Now even though Israel is a nation again the Jews for the most part still reject Jesus as the Messiah and live under the Old Law. We have seen with our very eyes the beginning of Israel’s revival with Israel becoming a nation again in 1948. Where Jesus takes Peter. James. and puts forth leaves.htm Another symbolic sign of the 2. Jesus also gave us a prophetical sign of this coming to pass when He cursed the fig tree after entering Jerusalem saying “Let no fruit grow on you ever again”. No other nation in history has ever been eliminated out of existence and come back into existence but miraculously Israel has done it twice! (The first being in the Book of Ezra after King Cyrus allowed them to return to their land after 70 years of captivity in Babylon). Jesus tells us to learn the parable of the Fig Tree to understand when we are close to the end of the age.000 years before Jesus returns and raises His faithful from the dead at the Rapture. this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. the generation that sees this happen will not pass away. “age of grace” that we currently live in before the Lord returns to be “in our sight”. (see Hosea 9:10).and from Christ’s first advent to His second coming is the remaining 2. That being the case that would also mean that the remaining 2. (Matthew 21:19). Immediately the fig tree withered away.000 year. and John up to a mountain and is transfigured in front of them in their presence. in recent years many Jews in Israel are converting and becoming what is known as Messianic Jews. (or 2 days). it will be in our lifetime! Even though Jesus said we will not know the day or the hour. He says. you know that summer is near. This is in regards to Israel. So the fact that so many are now starting to convert is a stark sign that He is coming very soon. or “completed Jews” and are accepting and realizing Christ as the Messiah and as their Savior. So you also when you see these things happening. In Exodus 19:11 the Lord tells Moses to consecrate the people for 2 days and on the third day the Lord will come down upon Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. The fig tree of course is representative of Israel. Then in Mark 13:28-31. In Matthew 17 we see the account of the Transfiguration.000 year age of grace that we live in is in John 11 where Jesus waits 2 days before going to raise Lazarus from the dead. know that it is right at the doors! Assuredly. If by strength we are graced with an extra 10 years then we are looking at 2028 at the latest for the return of the Lord.000 years which is the time that we are currently living in which is referred to as “the Church Age” or the “Age of Grace”. This is symbolic of the 2.000 year period and its closure. In Hosea 6:2 it says.000 years are almost up! There are even several references from scripture telling us of this 2. His face shined like the sun and His clothes became white as the light and Moses and Elijah appeared with Him speaking to Him and the Father spoke from the clouds announcing Jesus as His Son. that we may live in His sight”. 1948 plus 70 brings us to Lets do the math here. This was no doubt a preview to the three apostles of the glory of what His . I say to you. This is very representative of the 2. However. These references are almost always in regards to the re-birth of Israel and the Jewish people. This can be observed at http://www. on the third day He will raise us up.” Now when a fruit tree begins to bear leaves in the spring that means that the fruit is soon to blossom on it in the summer. “when its branch has become tender. Israel becoming a nation again in 1948 was the Fig tree bearing its leaves but Jesus said it would never again bear fruit! Furthermore. Either way. A generation according to Psalm 90:10 is 70 years or 80 if by strength. “after two days He will revive us.templeinstitute. The land and the people that God has remarkably preserved throughout the ages specifically for His return! Lets examine them keeping in mind that one day with the Lord is as a thousand years. This conversion of the Jews cannot fully take place until Jesus returns and is in their presence. Preparations for the coming third temple that He will reside in are also well underway as well.

Then every 49th year. In the Old Testament the Jews were commanded to work 6 days and always rest on the 7th. (7 x 7). Moses represents the dead in Christ because he experienced death. Then the 7th week after Passover comes another day of rest known as the Feast of Weeks (a. prime examples of the timing of His coming.”. Part 3 … Conclusion A Bible Study by Jack Kelley . Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. they are on a “high mountain”. Although they are not in the air. So in conclusion we can see that the Lord has provided us with several clear. that being the Sabbath. Part 2 3. Not only does God rest on 7th day but the Bible also shows us that God measures time in sevens with rest for His people always being on the 7th day. and the dead in Christ will rise first. Elijah represents those who are alive at the time of the Rapture because he never experienced death. The Transfiguration event also parallels the description of the rapture in Thessalonians 4:16-17: “For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout. Joel Speaks Again 2. A cloud envelopes them and they are “with the Lord in the clouds”. But what is most noteworthy about this account is that in verse 1 it says. Also the Old Testament saints and the New Testament saints are together during this event as represented by Moses. In the 7th month on the Hebrew calendar there are 3 feasts of rest. James and John up on a high mountain.a. Elijah and the three apostles. All we have to do is examine how it all began.. with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God. (the 7th) being a day of rest. (see 2 Kings 2:11). Yom Kipper and the Feast of Booths (or Tabernacles). Pentecost). Passover lasts for seven days with the last day. So the Transfiguration appears to be a rehearsal for the Rapture! Now getting back to the creation theory and the 7th Day. In Revelation Jesus will return and bring the world back to a land of perfection and rid the curse of sin from the land providing a glorious day of rest for us all! Come Lord Jesus! ?> Table of contents for Joel Speaks Again 1. Lastly the voice of God is heard and we know from other scriptures that the voice of God is like the sound of a trumpet.” Similarly. If this was a preview of His glory at His second coming than it happened after 6 days! Just like the creation theory. the dead and the alive. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Every 7th year was a year of rest for the land where in Exodus 23:11 the Lord says to leave the land unplowed and unused. Joel Speaks Again..appearance will be like at His second coming. “after six days Jesus took Peter. In Genesis the world began with man dwelling with God in paradise until sin cursed the world. (See Exodus 19:19.k. Even Genesis and Revelation parallel each other. join Jesus and are transformed. at the Transfiguration. which is a year of rest for the land and also liberty for all people including the servants and workers. They are Rosh Hashanah. Revelation 1:10 and Revelation 4:1). There is something to be revealed from the beginning. They. Joel Speaks Again. comes a year of Jubilee (see Leviticus 25:8-17).

Micah. Unlike some contemporary scholars who see the Day of the Lord as being a time of judgment upon the Gentiles while bringing deliverance for Israel. An Invasion Of Locusts The word of the LORD that came to Joel son of Pethuel. (Joel 2:1) Joel could be called the unknown prophet because outside of his three chapter book and one reference in Acts 2:16 there’s not much said about him anywhere. Joel 1. and let your children tell it to their children. His father Pethuel (the name means vision of God) was unknown as well. Jeremiah. Interpreting Joel’s book of prophecy doesn’t depend upon knowing the correct date of its publication so we won’t get into that debate except to say that what little evidence there is favors the early date. Has anything like this ever happened in your days or in the days of your forefathers? Tell it to your children. by which Israel’s impurities will be removed before the Kingdom age begins. seeing the massive locust plague and severe drought that were devastating Judah at the time as a model of the Great Tribulation. Some say it was in the 9th Century BC and others claim it was 300 years later. let’s see what Joel has to say to Israel at the End of the Age. Only following their judgment would Israel be restored. The Book of Joel must have carried a lot of weight right from the beginning. There is agreement that Joel was speaking to what would become the Southern Kingdom. flowing through Joel’s pen. because it appears from their writings that Amos. for the day of the LORD is coming. Zephaniah. around 850 BC. and their children to the next generation. after the return from Babylon.Blow the trumpet in Zion. Therefore his message is one of repentance. (Zech. what the great locusts have left the young locusts have eaten. Not in the Bible and not in the history books. With that brief introduction. 30:11). (Joel 1:1-3) Joel’s name means “The Lord is God” and he opened by claiming that what we’re about to read are the Lord’s own words. and Ezekiel all borrowed phrases from it. Let all who live in the land tremble. you elders. Joel knew that the unfaithful of Israel would be taken to task as well. comparing the locusts to armies sent by the Lord to judge the nation for its sins. What the locust swarm has left the great locusts have eaten. all who live in the land. And Zechariah compared the Day of the Lord to a refiners fire. (Joel 1:4) . what the young locusts have left other locusts have eaten. listen. This is consistent with Jeremiah’s later admonition that although the nations will be completely destroyed during the Great Tribulation. Hear this. The Lord commanded the first generation of readers to pass this along through those who would follow. Israel will not go entirely unpunished but will be disciplined (Jere. 13:9). sound the alarm on my holy hill. In the absence of fact scholars rush in with opinion but there’s no consensus among them as to when Joel wrote his book.

all you drinkers of wine. it appears to be describing four different kinds of locusts. preventing the people from expressing their worship of the Lord. the ground is dried up. powerful and without number. the fangs of a lioness. Mourn like a virgin in sackcloth grieving for the husband of her youth. the grain is destroyed. People who’ve experienced a locust plague claim the swarms are so large and so dense they darken the sun. and those who habitually consume them will mourn like a bride-to-be grieving over the loss of her betrothed.000 varieties of locusts. and weep! Wail. for it has been snatched from your lips. it has the teeth of a lion. We’re going to resist the temptation to allegorize this plague as some commentators do. and they live for 6-7 years. you drunkards. The locust plague made these daily offerings impossible. Some unexplained hormone change causes them to swarm unexpectedly. the oil fails. A nation has invaded my land. The Drunks Wake up. . It has laid waste my vines and ruined my fig trees. the priests would mourn their inability to worship. The priests are in mourning. The fields are ruined. At opposite ends of the social spectrum. It’s pretty clear that in the beginning Joel was describing the devastation of an actual plague of locusts.There are 24. It has stripped off their bark and thrown it away. those who minister before the LORD. seeing the four kinds of locusts as being representative of the four Gentile Kingdoms that eventually brought about the disappearance of Israel. The drink offering accompanied the twice daily burnt offering given for the general protection of the people. all the hopes and dreams of marriage snatched away before even one of them comes true. leaving their branches white. This was considered to be one of the most severe kinds of emotional loss. wail because of the new wine. But rest assured. some up to 10” long. coming one after the other until there’s nothing left. (Joel 1:9-10) The grain offering was a voluntary act of worship in recognition of God’s goodness and provision. he’ll be talking about the End of the Age soon enough. The Priests Grain offerings and drink offerings are cut off from the house of the LORD. the new wine is dried up. and the drinkers of wine would experience that same feeling when they saw the crops destroyed without warning before they got a single taste. just as the drunks mourned their inability to imbibe. and at night as you lie in bed you can actually hear them chewing outside your window. While the exact meaning of the Hebrew here is unclear. (Joel 1:5-8) The crops will be completely destroyed. When that happens they don’t really fly but are carried on the wind. completely divesting the place they land on of every trace of vegetation before being carried off again.

The Farmers

Despair, you farmers, wail, you vine growers; grieve for the wheat and the barley,
because the harvest of the field is destroyed. The vine is dried up and the fig tree is
withered; the pomegranate, the palm and the apple tree— all the trees of the field—are
dried up. Surely the joy of mankind is withered away. (Joel 1:11-12)

Farmers were the most directly affected, the fruit of their labor destroyed before it could
replenish their depleted stores or be exchanged for compensation. A whole year’s work
for naught. Some would not even have sufficient grain for seed, making the next harvest
unlikely as well.

These three groups are meant to be representative of the entire community, from the
lowest to the highest and everyone in between. No one would emerge from this

A Call to Repentance

Put on sackcloth, O priests, and mourn; wail, you who minister before the altar. Come,
spend the night in sackcloth, you who minister before my God; for the grain offerings
and drink offerings are withheld from the house of your God. Declare a holy fast; call a
sacred assembly. Summon the elders and all who live in the land to the house of the
LORD your God, and cry out to the LORD. Alas for that day! For the day of the LORD is
near; it will come like destruction from the Almighty. (Joel 1:13-15)

The transition has been made. Having begun by describing a plague of locusts Joel now
sees the coming Day of the Lord, and calls everyone to fast and pray.

Has not the food been cut off before our very eyes— joy and gladness from the house of
our God? The seeds are shriveled beneath the clods. The storehouses are in ruins, the
granaries have been broken down, for the grain has dried up. How the cattle moan! The
herds mill about because they have no pasture; even the flocks of sheep are suffering. To
you, O LORD, I call, for fire has devoured the open pastures and flames have burned up
all the trees of the field. Even the wild animals pant for you; the streams of water have
dried up and fire has devoured the open pastures. (Joel 1:16-20)

At the outset of Daniel’s 70th week the anti-Christ will make his initial appearance as the
rider on a white horse (Rev. 6:2). He’ll come to power in the guise of a peacemaker
(Daniel 8:25) following the Battle of Ezekiel 38-39, and will fool everyone. But it’s a
big lie and while people are saying “Peace and safety” destruction will come upon them
suddenly and they will not escape. (1 Thes. 5:3) With the arrival of the rider on the red
horse peace will be taken from the Earth and war will suddenly break out again. (Rev.

This will bring a time of famine in the midst of plenty. There’ll be shortages almost
everywhere. As if that isn’t bad enough, runaway inflation will price even those foods

that can be found out of the reach of many. It’ll take an average day’s wages just to feed
one person. (Rev. 6:6) Those who can’t support themselves will be left to starve with no
one able to help them. Then, as the Trumpet Judgments begin, one third of of the trees
and all the green grass will go up in smoke (Rev. 7:7) destroying the animals’

War also renders public services ineffective. Sanitation facilities stop working. Power
and water no longer flow. Hospitals can’t handle the burden so disease runs rampant. The
Great Tribulation is still ahead and yet in 1/4th of the world, millions of people will have
already died from the wars, famine, and plagues. Even the wild animals will be going
crazy from lack of food and water, brazenly attacking humans for sustenance. (Rev. 6:8).
This is no longer a mere plague of locusts that happened 29 centuries ago. This is the run
up to the Day of the Lord, and we’re the generation for whom Joel’s warning is intended.
Stay tuned, there’s plenty more ahead. 12-05-09

Table of contents for Joel Speaks Again

1. Joel Speaks Again
2. Joel Speaks Again, Part 2
3. Joel Speaks Again, Part 3 … Conclusion

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Having experienced an actual plague of locusts in Israel, which he described in chapter
one, Joel understood that the Lord was causing him to see it as a vision of the End Times
leading up to the Day of the Lord. He began recording His description of this vision in
chapter 2 bringing it to its conclusion in chapter 3, which is the topic of this study.

“In those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I
will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will
enter into judgment against them concerning my inheritance, my people Israel, for they
scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land. They cast lots for my
people and traded boys for prostitutes; they sold girls for wine that they might drink.”
(Joel 3:1-3)

This is an overview statement that speaks of crimes that have been committed against the
Jews during the Times of the Gentiles and culminates in the judgments during the Great
Tribulation and following the 2nd Coming. In Jeremiah 30:11 the Lord promised to
destroy all the nations into which Israel had been scattered in the Diaspora and here He
added a penalty for dividing up His land among them, another crime for which the
Gentile nations bear responsibility. The destruction of their nations is part of the
punishment. The survivors’ consignment to the place prepared for the devil and his
angels after the Lord’s return completes it. How do we know this? The Hebrew word for
nations here is Goy which commonly refers to non-Jewish people. Jehoshaphat means
Jehovah judges and its location is that part of the Kidron Valley lying between the

Temple Mount and the Mount of Olives. The time of judgment is right after the 2nd
Coming when the Lord judges the nations. (Matt. 25:31-46).

“Now what have you against me, O Tyre and Sidon and all you regions of Philistia? Are
you repaying me for something I have done? If you are paying me back, I will swiftly and
speedily return on your own heads what you have done. For you took my silver and my
gold and carried off my finest treasures to your temples. You sold the people of Judah
and Jerusalem to the Greeks, that you might send them far from their homeland.

“See, I am going to rouse them out of the places to which you sold them, and I will return
on your own heads what you have done. I will sell your sons and daughters to the people
of Judah, and they will sell them to the Sabeans, a nation far away.” The LORD has
spoken. (Joel 3:4-8)

It’s noteworthy that the first names mentioned are the ones representing Hizbollah (Tyre
and Sidon are cities in Lebanon) and Hamas (Gaza was a major Philistine city). In the
next verses we’ll see that these two get theirs before the nations are even called to prepare
for war. Is this a hint that the destruction of Israel’s antagonistic next door neighbors
could precede the better known end time judgments? If so it’s further evidence that the
Battle of Psalm 83 will take place before Ezekiel 38-39.

And what’s this reference to the Greeks? They didn’t show up until 400 years after Joel
wrote these words. A look at the original language here brings one of those “aha”
moments. The Hebrew word translated Greek literally means miry clay. It’s a form of the
same word used in Daniel 2:41 to describe one of the materials of which the feet of
Nebuchadnezzar’s statue was composed. The statue represented Gentile Dominion, four
kingdoms that would rule the world from Daniel’s time to the 2nd Coming.

The Biblical Roman Empire was responsible for dispersing the Jews through out the
world. It was represented in the statue by two legs of iron. The feet are its end times
version, which we call the revived Roman Empire. At the End of the Age a Rock cut
without hands (the Messiah) will smash all that the statue represents so thoroughly they
will become like chaff in the summer wind, never to be seen again. (Daniel 2:44-45)
Given the context of Joel’s message, I think it’s appropriate to see the word Greek as a
reference to the End Times version of Gentile dominion. As we can already see, there’s a
concerted effort underway again to divide the Promised Land and there’s even even talk
of sending them far away from their homeland.

The Sabeans occupied the southern part of the Arabian peninsula in what’s called Yemen
today. The actual timing of the fulfillment of this prophecy has not been made known to
us. Perhaps the current war between Yemen and Saudi Arabia will offer some clues. Iran
and the US are already taking (opposite) sides, and Jordanian special forces are involved
in the fighting.

Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare for war! Rouse the warriors! Let all the
fighting men draw near and attack. Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning

hooks into spears. Let the weakling say, “I am strong!” Come quickly, all you nations
from every side, and assemble there. Bring down your warriors, O LORD! “Let the
nations be roused; let them advance into the Valley of Jehoshaphat, for there I will sit to
judge all the nations on every side.” (Joel 3:9-12)

Turning plowshares into swords and pruning hooks into spears is the exact opposite of
Isaiah 2:4 where swords are turned into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks at the
outset of the Lord’s reign of peace. This means the worst fighting leading up to the End
of the Age is still ahead of us in Joel’s narrative. Remember, the Valley of Jehoshaphat is
that part of the Kidron Valley between the Temple Mount and the Mt. Of Olives. It’s just
East of Jerusalem, so the nations must be positioning themselves to battle for control of
Jerusalem, and the entire planet.

Swing the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, trample the grapes, for the winepress is
full and the vats overflow— so great is their wickedness!” (Joel 3:13)

This thought was carried directly into Revelation 14:14-20 where it’s called the Harvest
of the Earth. Outside Jerusalem, the blood flowed like a stream that rose as high as the
horses’ bridles for a distance of 175 miles, the distance from Har Megiddo, staging area
for Armageddon, to Petra, where Israel’s believing remnant will be sheltered.

Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the
valley of decision. The sun and moon will be darkened, and the stars no longer shine.
The LORD will roar from Zion and thunder from Jerusalem; the earth and the sky will
tremble. But the LORD will be a refuge for his people, a stronghold for the people of
Israel. (Joel 3:14-16)

More language from the End of the Age. This time from Matt. 24:29 (the sun and moon
darkened) and Zechariah 14: 2-3. which says;

I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to fight against it; the city will be captured, the
houses ransacked, and the women raped. Half of the city will go into exile, but the rest of
the people will not be taken from the city. Then the LORD will go out and fight against
those nations, as he fights in the day of battle.

The obvious point of calling It “The Valley of Decision” is that by showing up for this
battle, the nations will have decided to take up arms against the Almighty in fulfillment
of Psalm 2:1-3. But I believe there’s a sense in which the phrase “valley of decision”
also refers to Matt. 24:22 where the Lord said in effect that if He didn’t decide to put an
end to the destruction of those days, not a single soul would survive the Great
Tribulation. But for the sake of the elect He will put an end to it. John explained how this
will happen in Rev. 19.

I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called
Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire,
and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but

I will pardon. Joel offered only the briefest summary of this miraculous re-creation. and the hills will flow with milk.” Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against the rider on the horse and his army. which I have not pardoned.” The LORD dwells in Zion (Joel 3:19-21). (Joel 3:17-18) In our study on the End Times According To Isaiah we saw how beautiful the Land will become after the Lord returns. because of violence done to the people of Judah. and with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. my holy hill. Edom a desert waste. of horses and their riders. and the flesh of all people. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. A fountain will flow out of the LORD’s house and will water the valley of acacias. the LORD your God. “Come. (Rev. “He will rule them with an iron scepter. Their bloodguilt. the people responded to Pilate’s offer to set Him free. and his name is the Word of God. dwell in Zion. “Crucify Him. But the beast was captured. “In that day the mountains will drip new wine. riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen. Judah will be inhabited forever and Jerusalem through all generations. The armies of heaven were following him. gather together for the great supper of God. free and slave. so that you may eat the flesh of kings. But Egypt will be desolate. in whose land they shed innocent blood. all the ravines of Judah will run with water. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. And I saw an angel standing in the sun. white and clean. and mighty men. Jerusalem will be holy. . generals. Blessings for God’s People “Then you will know that I. small and great.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations.he himself. never again will foreigners invade her. Pilate took water and symbolically washed his hands of the matter. The rest of them were killed with the sword that came out of the mouth of the rider on the horse. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood. After His beating. 19:11-21) That should do it. who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair. and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh. when Jesus stood bloody but unbowed before Pilate.” they shouted.

He was despised and rejected by men.a day of darkness and gloom. Part 3 … Conclusion A Bible Study by Jack Kelley This week we’re continuing our series on Joel with a survey of Chapter 2. 27:22-25) And so it’s been. each of us has turned to his own way. and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. Some say their public confession. will follow. But he was pierced for our transgressions. sound the alarm on my holy hill. Joel Speaks Again 2. (Zech 12:11-14) Their blood guilt. Part 2 3. they’ll officially petition His return. and all through the land. the people will mourn. in a long overdue recognition of their Messiah. a day of clouds and blackness. the one they have pierced. Joel Speaks Again. he was crushed for our iniquities. Joel Speaks Again. It is close at hand. nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. as prophesied in Hosea 6:1-2. they’ll mourn for Him. “Let His blood be on us and our children!” (Matt. He will pardon. like sheep. Let all who live in the land tremble. the punishment that brought us peace was upon him. (Isaiah 53:2-6) Then. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised. “It is your responsibility”. and we esteemed him not. Zechariah 12:10 says that in response God will pour out on them the Spirit of grace and supplication. Toward the end of the Great Tribulation. Who knows how many Jews have died because of the blood guilt they called down upon themselves that day. yet we considered him stricken by God. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him. But one day soon all that will be behind them. written by Isaiah so long ago. have gone astray. for the day of the LORD is coming. and afflicted.” he said. and grieve bitterly for Him as one grieves for a first born son. and they’ll look upon Him. and the Lord will once again dwell in Zion (Ezekiel 43:6-7) Hallelujah! 12-19-09 Table of contents for Joel Speaks Again 1. a man of sorrows. the heart of Joel’s prophecy. and by his wounds we are healed. which God has not pardoned. We all. Blow the trumpet in Zion. finally. On that day the weeping in Jerusalem will be great. and familiar with suffering. Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows. All the people answered.“I am innocent of this man’s blood. Like dawn spreading across the mountains a large . smitten by him. like one mourns for an only child.

1:10 & Rev. such as never was of old nor ever will be in ages to come. 9:6). which is about to be totally destroyed. behind them. and they blot out the sun and moon (Rev. and the stars no longer shine. The sound of a trumpet can mean either great news or terrible news in Israel. The full fury of God’s wrath will be released in His final effort. (Joel 2:1-2) The End of the Age is finally arriving. behind them a flame blazes. 8-9 we read of the Trumpet judgments and encounter wording so similar it might have been lifted from the pages of Joel 2. it is dreadful. the sky trembles. like a mighty army drawn up for battle. 9:2). The phrase “Blow the Trumpet in Zion” indicates there’s an Old Covenant keeping remnant of Jews in the promised land. 3:10) but no such promise has been made to Israel. Before them the earth shakes. The day of the LORD is great. Men are in anguish and every face turns pale (Rev. John gave the number of mounted troops they support as 200 million (Rev.and mighty army comes. At the sight of them. Their number is so great that just the sound of them makes the Earth tremble. Who can endure it? (Joel 2:7-11) In his book “The Late Great Planet Earth” Hal Lindsey saw Rev. Our exposure to war movies makes this easy to imagine. They do not jostle each other. They all march in line. 8:7) The locusts have the appearance of horses (Rev. they run along the wall. Any more references to locusts are now symbolic of the judgment that’s coming upon the whole world. 9:7) and make a noise like that of chariots (Rev. they scale walls like soldiers. They charge like warriors. They climb into the houses. the sun and moon are darkened. 9 as John’s attempt to describe fleets of attack helicopters filling the skies above the battle ground. . like thieves they enter through the windows. And this is just the beginning. the phrase “the Day of the Lord is coming” means it’s the most terrible news imaginable. The Lord has promised to keep the Church out of both the time and place of this event (1 Thes. a desert waste— nothing escapes them. They plunge through defenses without breaking ranks. each marches straight ahead. 9:18). nations are in anguish. All the grass of the land is burned up (Rev. the Bowl Judgments. Before them fire devours. to test those who who live on the Earth. like a crackling fire consuming stubble. and certainly not to the unbelieving world. Before them the land is like the garden of Eden. (Joel 2:3-6) In Rev. and we can almost hear their unique ground thumping sound as they swoop in to release another barrage of rockets. They rush upon the city. The LORD thunders at the head of his army. and mighty are those who obey his command. every face turns pale. In this case. they gallop along like cavalry. Before they’re finished 1/3 of mankind will die (Rev. They have the appearance of horses. 9:16) an incredible force. With a noise like that of chariots they leap over the mountaintops. his forces are beyond number. 9:9) as they leap over the mountain tops. not swerving from their course.

And if the continents are brought back together into one land mass. with fasting and weeping and mourning. 16:19) and every island and mountain will have disappeared (Rev. He stood. then passages like this one from Habakkuk are not just poetic license but are describing very scary times ahead. “return to me with all your heart. Perhaps this act will be reversed. Some scholars interpret this to mean that at the time of the Great Flood. in preparation for the Millennium. By the time He’s finished the nations to which His people have been dispersed will have been completely destroyed (Jere. His ways are eternal. Psalm 104:8 says the flood waters flowed over the mountains and down into the valleys God prepared for them. If all this is true. Some believe that Genesis 1:9 describes Pangea and that Genesis 10:25 says it was divided into the seven continents we know after the flood. (Habakkuk 3:6) Rend Your Heart “Even now. there will be no islands. Those deep valleys are now the floors of the sea. He said that the wrath will begin with the Seal Judgments (Rev.” Rend your heart and not your garments.” declares the LORD. but that’s not how John described it. 15:1). he looked. as some scholars speculate they once were. (Genesis 1:6-8) Since Rev. Scholars have named this single land mass Pangea. Return to the LORD your God. the mountains were raised up and the valley floors depressed to make room for all the water generated in the flood. and shook the earth. Looking at a map of the continents. Isaiah 65:20 hints at the return of long life spans. 6:17) and will be completed with the Bowl Judgments (Rev. and he relents from . 16:20) I believe that one purpose of the Tribulation judgments will be to return Earth to the condition it was in when God created it. The elimination of the mountains and islands may point to the reversal of changes brought about in the Great Flood. for he is gracious and compassionate. This was made possible by a water vapor canopy that surrounded the Earth until the Flood. either.Some incorrectly interpret the Bowl judgments as the only time of God’s wrath. eliminating the high mountains and raising up valley floors. you can see how they’re shaped in such a way as to hint that they may have all been joined together in the distant past.30:11) all the cities of the world will have been reduced to rubble (Rev. and made the nations tremble. 21:1 says there’ll be no more sea. which means All-Earth. or One World. this water could likely be used to restore the canopy. slow to anger and abounding in love. such as was the case in the earliest days. not begun there. The ancient mountains crumbled and the age-old hills collapsed.

on the third day he will restore us. Let us acknowledge the LORD. let us press on to acknowledge him. and that’s how Joel characterizes the end of the Great Tribulation. who minister before the LORD. I will drive the northern army far from you. and every one in between. It’s an act of God. declare a holy fast. he will appear. . like the spring rains that water the earth. but for the sake of His elect. (Joel 2:12-14) Even in wrath God remembers mercy (Habakkuk 3:2). (Lament. Eight is the number of new beginnings. Let the priests. “He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us. As surely as the sun rises. its smell will rise. he will come to us like the winter rains. all we have to do is admit our sin and seek His forgiveness. After two days he will revive us. those nursing at the breast. meaning the Lord is always ready to start over with us. His mercies are new every morning. a byword among the nations. “Spare your people. new wine and oil. Do not make your inheritance an object of scorn. let us return to the LORD. consecrate the assembly. the Lord will bring it to an end (Matt.” (Hosea 6:1-3) The LORD’s Answer Then the LORD will be jealous for his land and take pity on his people. and child to petition the Lord for mercy.” they’ll say. The priests ministering in the Temple will stop what they’re doing and beg the Lord to spare them. with its front columns going into the eastern (Dead) sea and those in the rear into the western (Mediterranean) sea. Why should they say among the peoples. The LORD will reply to them: “I am sending you grain. They typically end when the swarms are blown into the desert or out to sea. Some form of the phrase “slow to anger and abounding in love” appears eight times in the Old Testament. From the elders to the nursing babies. Gather the people. Who knows? He may turn and have pity and leave behind a blessing— grain offerings and drink offerings for the LORD your God. he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds. ‘Where is their God?’ “ (Joel 2:15-17) This will be a time for every man. Let them say. that we may live in his presence. pushing it into a parched and barren land. Let the bridegroom leave his room and the bride her chamber. call a sacred assembly. “Come. enough to satisfy you fully. (Joel 2:18-20) If this judgment were left to run to its logical concllusion. bring together the elders. And its stench will go up. O LORD. not a single soul would survive. never again will I make you an object of scorn to the nations. In the midst of judgment.sending calamity. weep between the temple porch and the altar. woman. Not even the bride and bridegroom sequestered in their bridal chamber will be exempt. 24:22) Locust plagues move in the direction and at the speed of the wind. 3:22-23) Blow the trumpet in Zion.” Surely he has done great things. gather the children.

the vats will overflow with new wine and oil. He sends you abundant showers. Surely the LORD has done great things. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. They will inherit a double portion in their land and everlasting joy will be theirs. The threshing floors will be filled with grain. blood and fire and billows of smoke. for the open pastures are becoming green. I will pour out my Spirit in those days. (Joel 2:18- 24) In the Kingdom Age the land will once again be plentiful. O wild animals. as the LORD has said. rejoice in the LORD your God. and that there is no other. Be glad. You will have plenty to eat. who has worked wonders for you. the fig tree and the vine yield their riches. until you are full. never again will my people be shamed. We’ll conclude this study next week. O land. And everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved. Even on my servants. The trees are bearing their fruit. the other locusts and the locust swarm — my great army that I sent among you. March 13. I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth. among the survivors whom the LORD calls. I will pour out my Spirit on all people.Omega Letter Editor . (Joel 2:28-32) This prophecy achieved only a partial fulfillment on the day of Pentecost when the Church was born (Acts 2:17-21) and the Holy Spirit was given. And though He has shaken the mountains and removed the hills. for he has given you the autumn rains in righteousness. 12-12-09 The Third Pillar of Antichrist Prophecy . be glad and rejoice. See you then. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. never again will my people be shamed. 2006 Jack Kinsella . for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance. (Isaiah 54:10) “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten— the great locust and the young locust. the Lord’s unfailing love for them will never be shaken. 6:12). Its ultimate fulfillment awaits the time when the Sun turns to darkness again and the Moon becomes blood red before the coming of the great and dreadful Day of the Lord (Rev. (Isaiah 61:7) The Day Of The LORD “And afterward. both autumn and spring rains.Signs Monday. and you will praise the name of the LORD your God. O people of Zion.Be not afraid. Then you will know that I am in Israel. both men and women. Be not afraid. as before. that I am the LORD your God. your young men will see visions. (Joel 2:25-27) The Lord will restore Israel to its former glory as the pre-imminent nation on Earth. Instead of disgrace His people will rejoice in their inheritance. Once more the Lord will pour out His Spirit and everyone who calls upon the His name will be saved. nor His peace removed. your old men will dream dreams.

but how they INTERPRET that doctrine is what separates a Mikhail Barishnikov from a Rudolf Nureyev. get a loan. Hence the interpretation that the antichrist comes to power through some form of a revived Roman Empire that serves as a de facto global government. that of a global economy. Doctrine is constant but interpretation changes with understanding.I have always been leery of those Bible teachers who have a new 'revelation' -. uniting Europe as a single empire for the first time since the fall of Rome. If you doubt it exists now. I think. the countries of the old Roman Empire united under the banner of the European Union. but it does tend to close one's mind to alternative explanations. a global religion and a global economy." (Daniel 9:26) History tells us the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple took place in AD 70 under the command of Titus. And interpretation and doctrine are two entirely different animals. later Emperor Titus of Rome. You couldn't work. the reign of the antichrist rests on the existence of three central pillars. I am also keenly aware of the dangers inherent in interpreting Bible prophecy in light of current events. In that regard. or make a major purchase." Doctrine is iron-clad. or style. The prophet Daniel identifies the antichrist as being of "the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. a ballet teacher teaches the identical doctrine of classical ballet to two students in the same class. is necessary to fulfill John's prophecy that he will have the ability to restrict persons from normal buying and selling at the individual level. a global government. Such economic control was never possible prior to this generation. It is a good attitude to have.seeing something in Bible prophecy that they had never seen before. The second pillar. method. imagine if your Social Security number were deleted. "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. In this generation. what should rightly be accepted as interpretational can subtly shift over from interpretation to doctrine. open a bank account." 'Interpretation' is defined as "a particular adaptation or version of a work." (Proverbs 9:10) According to Bible prophecy. 'Doctrine' is defined as "a principle or position or the body of principles in a branch of knowledge or system of belief. .

and Jesus were all Muslim prophets. and for the word of God. . and which had not worshipped the beast. the papacy tried to enforce conversion and sometimes executed those who refused." The references to 'the lamb' are pretty much self-explanatory. But that is where the similarities stop. The Vatican claims authority of Christianity and has always been as much political as religious. Islam is not just a religion but is equally a political system carefully defined by Sharia law and fulfilling points 1 and 2 much more perfectly than does the modern Vatican. The papacy also believed the world was flat 600 years ago. . ." (Revelation 20:4) For more than a thousand years. It is safe to say when the Pope believes in a flat earth. "and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus. most interpreters saw the Church of Rome and the papacy as the third pillar of the antichrist's platform. There is in existence another religion that fits John's description like a glove. ." (Revelation 13:11) 2) It will share political power with the first beast. Of the third pillar. the global religious system. the Bible reveals the following: 1) It will claim authority over Christianity." (Revelation 13:15) 4) The method employed by the false prophet's religious system as the penalty for refusing conversion is decapitation. It is Islam's claim to be the third and final revelation from God from which Islam derives its claim of authority over Christians and Jews. 600 years ago. "he spake as a dragon. It is a reference to something 'like' Christianity. "And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth. but claims that Abraham. and he had two horns like a lamb. "cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. "And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him. Islam claims to be the third revelation from God. but a counterfeit.Elimination of cash (a work already in progress) would completely exclude a person from any economic participation. . It claims its existence from Abraham. ." 3) Participation will be mandatory. acknowledges the Divine inspiration of the Bible. Moses. the papacy will launch another Grand Inquisition.

God is love. "And he said. Christians and Jews scoff at this claim. but that he will pretend to be religious in public. but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand. and a god his fathers knew not' cannot be applied to the Roman Catholic Church or the Papacy without the RCC formally renouncing Scripture.Middle East . Salvation is a gift of grace through faith.not a new doctrine forced upon an existing system by a mad pope. None of this has to be developed and imposed upon Western religionists as new religious doctrine by a new pope as previous interpretations required -." 'A god of already exists. "But IN HIS ESTATE shall he honour the GOD OF FORCES: and a god WHOM HIS FATHERS KNEW NOT . and made white. after conversion to Islam either voluntarily -. "Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers. He says that he will be an atheist. As a matter of accepted doctrine. claiming Islam predates Islam describes ITSELF. For 1600 years. Daniel provides another glimpse into the religion of antichrist. it cannot be imposed by force. Go thy way. The word itself means 'submission' and Islamic law authorizes the death penalty for unbelievers. nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. fulfilling point 4. Until the arrival of the generation to whom the prophecy was written. Islam claims to be the well-spring of Judeo-Christianity. nor the desire of women. fulfilling point 3 as a matter of existing religious doctrine -. And it is already practiced by one-fifth of the human race. As noted. God and Jesus." Then Daniel gives a letter-perfect description of Islam -. the argument seemed valid. Islam claims Allah is the same God worshipped by Christians and Jews and that the Old and New Testaments were corrupted by scribes. Salvation through Allah comes through martyrdom in the jihad. And the penalty of choice for refusing to submit to Allah is decapitation. . Many shall be purified. BUT THE WISE SHALL UNDERSTAND. and tried." (Daniel 12:9-10) Psalms 83 Revisited? Israel . .Islam is the religion of the sword. interpreters looked to the Vatican and for 1600 years. Daniel: for the words are CLOSED UP AND SEAL TILL THE TIME OF THE END. since the Koran's Allah bears no resemblance to the God revealed in Scripture.or by force.

with its unity and God's grace. . There's something strange taking place in the Middle East. will punch the arrogance (Western powers) on the 22nd of Bahman (February 11) in a way that will leave them stunned. who is also Iran's commander-in-chief." Khamenei. Bahrain and Kuwait will be receiving the missiles. Debka reports that Iranian Revolutionary Guard instructors at specially established training facilities near Tehran are already well advanced in training those Hezbollah fighters. US intelligence has gathered detailed war plans drawn up by Iran. it is worth noting that the US has just ordered Patriot missiles dispatched to the area. Iran's opposition group. Whatever else the February 11 date signifies. February 11 is also the date set aside to commemorate Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution. February 09. Debka-File has even published a battle map showing the objective of each brigade complete with detailed topographical and demographic studies. In addition. has also designated February 11 as "the day Iranians demand their rights back" as citizens. Hezbollah. "The Iranian nation. Syria. and Hamas that the US has already shared with Israel. Washington also has two ships in the Gulf capable of shooting down Iranian missiles. 2010 Jack Kinsella . Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was quoted on Sunday as saying that Iran will "deliver a harsh blow to global arrogance" on February 11.Omega Letter Editor Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Monday that Iran is set to deliver a "punch" that will stun world powers during this week's 31st anniversary of the Islamic revolution. Four countries. told a gathering of air force personnel. US officials say the move is aimed at deterring attacks by Iran and at reassuring Gulf states that the US will protect them against Iranian missiles. All the signs appear to be pointing toward an imminent outbreak of hostilities against Israel. United Arab Emirates.Tuesday. It is not clear whether he's referring to the ongoing demonstrations in Tehran. called the "Green Way". Qatar. The plan calls for five Hezbollah brigades to sweep down into northern Israel and sweep five sectors in the Galilee as part of a general Israeli-Arab uprising against the Jewish state.

but. and the Ishmaelites. Debka says. Come. But reports of two explosives-packed containers that washed up onto beaches in Ashdod and Ashkelon just north of Gaza tend to lend confirmation to Debka's analysis. Edom. could be invited to join in the fighting in the event the battle turns against Hezbollah. Sometimes they get it spectacularly wrong. and the Hagarenes. . mainly because of the players in the drama. Damascus could open up a fourth front against Israel. invading via the Golan Heights. and Ammon. that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. "They have said. In the Debka scenario. One thing is certain -. . These containers may well have washed up on the beaches as a result of miscalculation of the current. and let us cut them off from being a nation. his brother Isaac being the father of the Jews. . of Moab. Gebal. Debka gets high marks for courage in its reporting -. ".The first objective is the coastal city of Nahariya. But what? Each of the parties involved here are part of the overall alliance that is forecast in Psalms 83 to come against Israel in the last days. Sometimes they get it spectacularly right." Let's first identify the various players (with a hat tip to Bill Salus for much of the research) Ishmael was the eponymous father of the Arabs.something is up.not so high for accuracy. the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre. Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. This battalion has orders to capture large numbers of Israeli hostages for use as human shields against an Israeli counterattack. and Amalek. near the UN peacekeeper headquarters in Naqura. Iran had previously used floating barrels drop by merchant vessels at prearranged locations to deliver explosives to their Palestinian surrogates in Gaza. given Hamas' claim of responsibility. For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee: " Many thought that the Hezbollah/Lebanon War was a fulfillment of Psalms 83. The Ishmaelites most probably refers to the Saudis. but that's doubtful. Syria's initial involvement will be limited to offering artillery and air cover for Hezbollah. but that identification is admittedly speculative.

It marks both Egypt's and Syria's final appearance in end times prophecy. Look closely and you will see it is essentially the same map. compare Debka's battle map to the Psalms 83 battle map above. Iran's fingerprints are all over the battle plan.doesn't make the list. The Gog-Magog Alliance does not include Syria or the rest of the Psalms 83 nations.modern Iran -. the Gog- Magog invasion takes place at a time when Israel is dwelling in peace and safety. Neither is Syria -. (Hezbollah and South Lebanon). Ammon includes the Palestinians and northern Jordanians. for that matter. but the combatants are all Arabs. Persia -. And since Iran is listed first among the Islamic nations of Gog-Magog. . not Arabs. Iranians are Persians. Phillistia corresponds with Hamas and the Gaza Strip. and the Psalms 83 nations does not include any of the protagonists from Gog-Magog Alliance. The Moabites refers to the Palestinians and central Jordanians. I note with interest that Iran's battle plan does NOT include Iran directly -. Finally. Indeed. I also note with interest the Patriot missile batteries are in place to protect the Arabs.or any of the other nations of Psalms 83. not the Israelis. But Egypt is not listed on Ezekiel's Roster. Last but not least are Assyria (Syria and Kurdish Iraq) and Tyre. with a whimper from Hezbollah and an immediate UN intervention.The Tents of Edom refers to the Palestinians of the West Bank and southern Jordan.against the Psalms 83 nations. The Psalms 83 war won't end as did the 2006 Hezbollah. The Hagarites corresponds with Egypt. The obvious conclusion is that this battle plan is NOT Gog-Magog. according to Ezekiel 38. Ezekiel is even inspired to include a reference to Israel as a "land of unwalled villages" is a proxy war. Gebal with Hezbollah and the Lebanese. it obviously survives the Psalms 83 confederacy. Israel is building a wall -.

written on copper. then look up." (Psalms 83:15) "And when these things begin to come to pass. the Scriptures say. The entire world is watching every event and every idea that relates to Israel. Their speaking about the Jewish Messiah cannot be separated from talk about their temple in Jerusalem. Because it was a very fragile document — nearly two thousand years old – there was great fear that it would be destroyed before it could be translated. that temple site is already occupied by an . it will be over. Numerous Bible prophecies concerning this chosen nation are emerging. for your redemption draweth nigh. Gog and Magog may well occur in 2010. so persecute them with Thy tempest and make them with Thy storm. but a fairly solid consensus is that the treasures noted in this scroll are indeed from the Jewish temple and they do exist. Yet. There are still differences of opinions. Nothing relating to Israel is more exciting than their talk of the coming Messiah.When it is over. For Biblical truths to be fulfilled. and as the flame setteth the mountains on fire. people of many stripes are used — often or actually in most cases — without one semblance of understanding about their role. The disagreements of the assigned scholars and the intrigue of such a valuable possession led to years of delay." (Luke 21:28) Revised & Expanded – The Copper Scroll: Temple Treasures In 1952 one of the greatest discoveries of an ancient script. and lift up your heads. It took several years to open or unroll the scroll in order for the deciphering of the text to begin. was found near Qumran. but Bible prophecy scheduled that historic part of the world for a different course. Thirty years ago Persia (Iran) was our ally. "As the fire burneth a wood. Persia/Iran has been completely transfigured until they are ready to be the point nation leading the war to their own holocaust. this Copper Scroll being one of them. The leaders of Gog and Magog as named in the Bible are each in place and bellowing out their plans.

It seems certain that faithful priests had hidden the ark when Nebuchadnezzar was camping beyond Jerusalem’s Walls in preparation to destroy the city. these estimates are considered too small by some scholars and too large by others. 51. This issue between the Islamic religion and Israel’s preparation to build their temple is one of the world’s hottest subjects.000 pounds. Well over one billion adherents to that religion would fight to the death to stop a Jewish temple. He said that the gold and silver represented over 200 ton or 400. The Copper Scroll treasures were almost assuredly from the Second Temple. Whether or not the “Ark of the Covenant” is part of this trove of temple treasures does not mean the ark has not been preserved. From research.” Hershel Shanks. the editor of the Biblical Archaeological Review. it is evident that Nebuchadnezzar sought diligently to save the Temple of Solomon. A Catholic priest. but the Ark of the Covenant was not ever discovered after the First Temple. Josef Milik. There is some speculation that the final Copper Scroll’s trove of treasures will identify the location of the “Ark of the Covenant. The entire treasure was estimated to be valued at two to three billion dollars some years ago. was assigned as the research scholar responsible for writing the official findings. This was 586 BC. probably for Daniel’s and Jeremiah’s .) It is believed that before the Romans finally took and destroyed the temple in AD 70 that this wealth of gold and treasures was hid from them. p. Only the Sovereign God can possibly solve this problem and He will. The Copper Scroll treasures contain almost enough gold and wealth to rebuild the temple.opposing strategic religious center. That has more than doubled at today’s value. Of course. tells about a meeting of scholars and experts in which the majority agreed that the treasure is real and that it all came from the Jerusalem Temple. (The Copper Scroll. Hershel Shanks.

opening to the north.. it is the entry: 300 talents of gold and 20 indemnity vessels. pg 101. there is no need for this discovery until the Temple Mount is purified and vacant. p. along with the wealth of gold and silver. the priest could have offered the Blood sacrifice behind the veil and above the ark in Christ’s day. The Copper Scroll reveals the hidden place of sixty-four different troves or groups of treasures. It seems fitting that the firestorms that will destroy the armies of Gog and Magog and obliterate the Islamic religion will also sweep the Temple Mount and purify it with fire. the amount of gold and silver is 600 talents (45. one by one. and (where there are) graves at its entrance a duplicate of this document and an explication and their measurements and a detailed inventory of everything. a black stone 2 cubits (away). Location 49. Ezekiel further prophesied. “And the mountains shall be thrown down. “Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel” (Ezekiel 38:19b). 100..sake. The promise of God’s defense of Israel includes prophecy stating. Here are two of those locations. and .000 pounds). He was allowed to either stay in Israel and return to his own estate or go to Babylon to be cared for by his own people. is hid beneath the exact location of the ancient Temple of Solomon.” (Ibid.) In the location of the 62nd treasure.) “In a cavity that is in the bright place north of Kohilt.” (Ibid. Location 64. Nebuchadnezzar’s general was instructed to take Jeremiah from among the captives and protect him. along with the list of items included: “In the basin that is in the valley of […]. I am convinced that most. When will this great abundance of treasuries be discovered? Actually. If the Ark of the Covenant was directly beneath the Second Temple’s Holy of Holies. in the tomb of its source. This would be the reason that the veil before the Holy of Holies was rent when the Son of God died at Calvary. if not all of these temple items.

This last great book of the Bible is written primarily to the church. but many Jewish individuals will come to faith as the countdown moves toward the Millennium. “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation. (whoso readeth.the steep places shall fall.” When the war of Gog and Magog is finished. “All the treasures of God’s temple shall be revealed. the Heavenly prototype and the Third Temple in Jerusalem. and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter. Jesus said. The 144. it will be time for Israel to build their temple.000 Jews. but it would be impossible to eliminate the presence of Israel or the city of Jerusalem. clearly show that God never forgets His Son’s earthly family. spoken of by Daniel the prophet. The temple is part of God’s process in preparing for the total redemption of Israel.” That settled the fact that God will honor this Third Temple. I add this possibility. Jerusalem’s rebuilt temple is the focal point in the very middle of the seven years of the Great Tribulation. let him understand): Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. The fact that the Antichrist desecrates the temple. shows that this will end the Jewish effort to complete the re-establishing of Old Testament worship. stand in the holy place. who are converted to Christ immediately after the Rapture (Revelation 7:1-8). In His Olivet discourse the Son of God called this temple the “Holy Place. The Book of Revelation gives reference to two different temples. neither on the sabbath . and every wall shall fall to the ground” (Ezekiel 38:20b). And woe unto them that are with child. even though it is rebuilt by Jews that will still be waiting for their Messiah. as Jesus plainly taught. The nation of Israel will continue in unbelief until the Seven Years of Tribulation is finished.

day: For then shall be great tribulation. Jerusalem’s new temple only receives a simple explanation. They never suggest that God is . and let them which are in the midst of it depart out. “And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood. saying. And they shall fall by the edge of the sword. But woe unto them that are with child. and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.” Dispensations in the Bible are distinct periods. For these be the days of vengeance. and to them that give suck. and the altar. there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened” (Matthew 24:15-22). The Book of Luke gives us an additional look at Jerusalem and this brief moment of what is happening at the middle of the seven years. Rise. and measure the temple of God. in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land. But the court which is without the temple leave out. It’s clear that the nation of Israel will still be under the thumb of her enemies among the Gentiles and will not be free until the Great Tribulation is finished. no. for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months” (Revelation 11:1-2). and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles. and them that worship therein. And except those days should be shortened. Since the Book of Revelation is about the entire universe and God’s complete redemption of all things. John is given the task of measuring this grand place and showing the Antichrist’s purpose to defile this highlight of Jewish rebirth. until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled” (Luke 21:21-24). and measure it not. nor ever shall be. “Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains. He stated. that all things which are written may be fulfilled. This period is called “The Times of the Gentiles. and wrath upon this people. such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time.

and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed” (Revelation 13:14-15). but that His actions are precise. But. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast.).” (The Copper Scroll. Antiquities of the Jews (Loeb edition) 14. “And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast.000 ounces at $1.000 pounds or 300 tons.600.” but Jesus Christ prophesied that it would happen. If it were not. I do not believe that it is possible to understand the significance of what the redeemed are going to behold. the great prototype temple in Heaven comes into view. “The gold Herod used in the construction of the sanctuary on the Temple Mount equaled 8. And that is just the gold and not the glory. Hershel Shanks quoted Josephus. 47 from Josephus. which had the wound by a sword. and did live. John the Revelator described this event without renaming this location. the things that we know on earth that are beyond description — as these earthly temples represent — will .) That’s 9. six hundred million in today’s gold value of $1. that they should make an image to the beast. Herod’s.uninterested in the rest of the world. Revelation does not show us the Antichrist and his image in the temple actually desecrating this “Holy Place. that the image of the beast should both speak. Any one of the three temples – Solomon’s. The Third Temple must be rebuilt and it will be a grand place. p. the Antichrist would not have any interest in defiling it in his blasphemy against God. or this Third Temple – were or will be the grandest structures this world has ever seen.000. saying to them that dwell on the earth.000/ounce or nine billion.000 talents (600. As the Seven Years of Redemptive Tribulation comes to its closing moments.000/ounce.105. The Temple of Solomon was the greatest but the beautification by Herod of the Second Temple was almost as grand.

pale when that grand worship center of Heaven comes into view. I believe the treasures of the “Copper Scroll” and the original Ark of the Covenant are a part of God’s plan for His city of Jerusalem and His Golden Temple. Joseph R.” I’m delighted that Jesus Christ gave this last temple in Jerusalem a sacred title. and voices. I believe God ordained that these treasures be hid from piercing eyes until His timing to establish His Son on the Throne of David. and there was seen in His temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings. The sacred treasures of the past Jewish temples — Solomon’s and Herod’s — had to be removed from human hands and human imaginations. Chambers Beyond Sanctions: How to Solve the Iranian Riddle • Buzz up!1 vote • Send o Email o IM • Share o Facebook . His Son. and great hail” (Revelation 11:19). “And the temple of God was opened in heaven. but for the God-Man to call it such is breathtaking. and thunderings. and an earthquake. and the Holy Spirit must become visible to the saints as the Great Tribulation ends. For mortal flesh to call a city or a man-made temple a “Holy Place” could be questioned. Jerusalem is the only city that could contain this divinely planned and blessed “Holy Place. The glory of this temple that could contain the combined sovereignty of the Father. where His Son will reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

If the Iranian regime thinks that the real aim of U. It vindicated Tehran's paranoia and reduced options available to the U.N. few in Washington believe sanctions alone will alter Iran's behavior.remember the "Axis of Evil?" . Given that intent." a noted Iranian professor told me in Tehran a few years ago. The idea is that a tough sanction regime would hit the Iranian government .S. by preventing the opposition from organizing antigovernment demonstrations on the anniversary of the .a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.S. On the contrary. The rulers in Tehran think that opacity and the perception of unpredictability buy them security. policy is to topple it. as well as measures by a coalition of the willing that would go beyond anything imposed by the U. (See the top 10 players in Iran's power struggle. rhetoric has only served to raise tensions further. 11.N.and especially the Islamic Revolutionary Guards .for example. and the enigma isn't the result of outsiders' failure to try to understand them.that the U. it is hardly surprising that Washington has had such a difficult time formulating a successful Iran policy. on its nuclear program . the Obama Administration is embarking on the sanctions track. The experience of the Bush Administration shows that the combination of sanctions and rhetoric about regime change .helped strengthen the hands of Iran's hard-liners. the Iranian government has a deliberate policy aimed at confusing the outside world about its goals and decision-making processes. Iran seems genuinely irresolute and paralyzed by the Khamenei government's loss of legitimacy and continued conflicts both within the Élite and between the government and the people.S. seeks. The Iranians haven't stumbled upon this mystifying state coincidentally. They have never worked as well as they might in Iran. Security Council resolution. (See pictures of Iran's presidential elections and their turbulent aftermath. is no longer dealing with an Iran that merely simulates indecisiveness. o Twitter o Delicious o Digg o Fark o Newsvine o Reddit o StumbleUpon o Technorati o Yahoo! Bookmarks • Print By TRITA PARSI Trita Parsi – Wed Mar 10. Right now.) The government may have scored a tactical victory on Feb. Rather. it is hardly likely to make the conciliatory policy changes .S. pursuing both a U. 1:55 am ET Iran is the 21st century equivalent of 1930s Russia . So what should Washington do? A starting point should be to recognize that the U.) Yet despite what they say. "There is an intention out there to confuse.while sparing Iran's population.

Iran's history is ripe with examples of Iranian politicians losing their careers after trying to create an opening to the U. Iran's opposing political factions fear that rivals would reap the political benefits of an end to the U. The tragedy of yet another war in the Middle East is something America simply cannot afford. (See the top 10 Ahmadinejad-isms. Military confrontation. From the Iran-Contra scandal onwards. leaving Obama in the same position as Bush placed himself. which no one in the Obama Administration favors. (See pictures of terror in Tehran. Waiting for something to change is hard for Americans. That does not include compromise with Washington and the International Atomic Energy Agency on the nuclear issue. But Washington has little influence over the fate of the greens and the movement's struggle follows a timetable that is not synchronized with Iran's nuclear trajectory. Ratcheting up indiscriminate sanctions will likely close the window for diplomacy. that is what they should do. the low-risk course is to respond to pressure by opting for confrontation and escalation. While patience is underrated in the U. One game changer would be victory by Iran's pro-democracy green movement. political culture. The opposition remains a thorn in Khamenei's side. But Tehran's tendency toward confrontation might lead to the situation spiraling out of control. In a state of paralysis.S.) None of this bodes well for the U.S. America must learn from the UK about the future of Islamist subversion By Steven Emerson . with wives and children of opposition leaders being beaten and tortured by government-sanctioned militias. the embattled Iranian government is unable to set a new course for its foreign policy. but beneath the surface little has changed. impatience carries a much greater risk when dealing with a country currently prone to escalation. may become unavoidable.S. Under these circumstances.-Iran enmity. The government lacks legitimacy and is increasingly resorting to force to stay in power. revolution. Iran's hard- liners are more comfortable and astute at handling an easily defined threat such as a combative Bush than they are an elusive and indefinable Obama. But exaggerated expectations of its prospects will put undue pressure on the movement. Infighting at the Élite level is becoming more brutal.S. But on Iran. but Washington does not seem to think it can afford to wait. From the standpoint of those in the regime.) So here is the central dilemma of Iranian policy: Iran's greens need time. Iran's behavior is primarily driven by two forces: bureaucratic inertia and a willingness to take only those decisions that are deemed low-risk within Iran's internal political context.

both of which are heavily dominated by Islamist . "[T]he Islamic Forum Europe strives for the establishment of a global society. you know. In fact. the UK Environment Minister. recruiting members to those political parties. trying to get those individuals selected and elected so they can exercise political influence and power. whether it's at local government level or at national level. the United Kingdom.the godfather of modern Islamism . The IFE has extensive ties with Jama'at-e-Islami." However." An IFE leaflet shown in the "Dispatches" program claims the organization is dedicated to changing "the very infrastructure of society. "Democracy." A host of an IFE radio program explained over the airwaves. its political order.JewishWorldReview. no-one's going to agree with that. at the expense of not implementing the | By looking across the Atlantic at our closest friend and ally. which calls the IFE "a social welfare organization. hisbah [enforcement of Islamic law].Jama'at-e-Islami cadres in Britain. the Khilafah [Caliphate].has infiltrated the British Labour Party in London. particularly . based on truth and justice. IFE officials also hold leadership positions at the East London Mosque and the Muslim Council of Britain . To then mobilize these believers into an organized force for change who will carry out da'wah. its culture. that is not how Jim Fitzpatrick.America must learn from the UK about the future of Islamist subversion By Steven Emerson http://www. are we looking into our future? Or maybe even our present? A brilliant expose on Channel 4's "Dispatches" and the pages of the Telegraph. He told Telegraph London editor Andrew Gilligan: "They are acting almost as an entryist organisation. if it means that. and tries to manipulate electoral politics. and jihad." . placing people within the political parties.which has chapters across Europe . reveals that the extremist Islamic Forum of Europe (IFE) . This will lead to social change and Pakistan in 1941. holds sway over local government spending. a political movement founded by Syed Abul A'ala Maududi .and. its institutions. and its creed from ignorance to Islam." Another IFE pamphlet reads. views it. The IFE is even headquartered in the same complex of the East London Mosque." The program featured a recording of a speaker at an IFE event: "Our goal is to create the True Believer.

" Due to the patient efforts of the Islamist educational system. explains that dawah . They are to be organized under the banner of the Islamic Circle. That memo reads: "The process of settlement is a 'Civilization-Jihadist Process' with all the word means [sic]. aims at unifying and directing Muslims' efforts. bringing about a "revolution…in the mentality of the masses…" It will then "become impossible…for any other system of life to maintain its existence.a U. Muslim historians.or the effort to spread Islam . contained in his pamphlets. Process of Islamic Revolution and Moral Foundations of the Islamic Government. There is also an obvious parallel with an internal U." This system would "produce Muslim scientists." In 1987. Muslim Brotherhood Shura Council stated in another internal memo that its goal is: "[The] Enablement of Islam in North America.S. This will attract a segment of society. Muslim Brotherhood strategy memo. The Ikhwan must understand their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and 'sabotaging' its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God's religion is made victorious over all other religions. Muslim economists and financial experts. Muslim philosophers. we will be able to reach Muslims conscious of their obligations and willing to strive in the way of Islam. and which works to expand the observant Muslim base.S. like the IFE. once this occurs. Central to Maududi's argument is that an Islamic revolution must be manned by cadres immersed in the tenets and ideology of Islam who create a "system of education to train and mould the masses in the Islamic pattern of life. This is to prepare . the U. there will be cadres at every level and in every field ready to seize the reins of power. The ICNA manual continues: "As a result of the Da'wah process.S. meaning: establishing an effective and a stable Islamic Movement led by the Muslim Brotherhood which adopts Muslims' causes domestically and globally. are striking.The parallels with Maududi's revolutionary thought. heavily tied to Jama'at-e-Islami. As a part of this Movement. and supports the global Islamic State wherever it is. presents Islam as a civilization alternative. they will be involved in intensive Islamic education and training.for them is a means toward overthrowing "those who are rebellious to Allah" and establishing Islamic governance. written in the early 1990s and released as evidence in the terrorism financing trial against the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development. Muslim jurists and politicians. Shared Means and Ideology in the U. group that is. in short in every branch of knowledge there should be men who have imbibed the Islamic ideology…men who have the ability to build a complete system of thought and of practical life based on Islamic principles and who have strength enough to challenge effectively intellectual leadership of the present Godless thinkers and scientists.S." These men would engage in a struggle of word and deed to proclaim the Islamic system to the world." A dawah manual produced by the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) .

The undercover journalists were told that they "have to accept every aspect of Islam." Fitzpatrick claims that local Muslims who had never participated in Labour politics before turned up at elections with printed lists of who they were to vote for .a candidate with a "downright dishonest" resume ."with the intention of being able to influence the future political agenda. Local activist leaders have noticed that millions of pounds in funding have increasingly gone to IFE-linked groups at the expense of other community groups that had received funding previously. Labour officials quickly became concerned and suspended the rights of the Tower Hamlets branch to select its own candidates. the IFE was able to get Lutfar Rahman appointed as head of the Tower Hamlets council. "All the resources is [sic] going to Islamic and fundamentalist group [sic]. Most of the residents interviewed by "Dispatches" who have complained about the situation and even protested publicly against IFE's efforts have been Muslims of Bengali origin who do not agree with IFE's Islamist agenda. a post with responsibility over grant funding. Rahman managed to get Luftar Ali . when Channel 4's undercover journalists went to the East London Mosque to join the IFE. in whichever country you live. "We're concerned about people joining for the right reasons and are trying to prevent organisations filtering in who may try taking over the party by signing up and ousting existing members. In fact." Maududi's script is being followed closely by the IFE.a secular party .for Jihad .the marching orders from IFE ." This result has given two men with extensive IFE ties essential control over a �1 billion budget. Through aggressive lobbying and canvassing. or their interpretation of Islam." He continues. One passage in this text reads: "[A] sacred duty devolves upon you: wherever you are. and seize all powers to rule and make laws from those who do not fear God." The best example of IFE infiltration is the Tower Hamlets borough council in London. which they have used robustly to support Islamist causes and the promotion of its interpretation of Islam in public spaces and institutions in Tower Hamlets. they found that members are told to keep their ties to the group a secret and are required to sign an oath of allegiance. a former Hizb ut Tahrir activist interviewed by "Dispatches.and then were never seen again. economical aspect. you must strive to change the wrong basis of government." complained one Tower Hamlets Muslim resident and activist. "The aim of jihad is to bring down every other government which does not impose Islam. Political aspect." a . the sharia covers everything. which includes works by Maududi.appointed as assistant chief executive. because Islam provides all the solutions. including Let Us Be Muslims. every aspect of life.the struggle to establish Allah's Din Islam on the earth…" IFE's Infiltration As noted by Rashad Ali. Shortly thereafter. Rashad Ali explains that the IFE has sought to enter the Labour Party . This achievement was accomplished despite council head-hunters who found him to be "rather superficial" and worried that he "may struggle with the intellectual challenges in a highly strategic role." Members are also given a reading list. Allah gives us everything.

MAS has an active voter registration effort. it had more than doubled in Tower Hamlets. former advisor to the UK Department of Communities and Local Government. In 2008. Last spring. MAS has clearly demonstrated an Islamist intent in its campaign.Labour spokesman said. but the U. that impacts our society. a religious and political body created by Muslim Brotherhood members in the United States." said Paul Richards. Esam Omeish sought to become the first Muslim elected to serve in the Virginia General Assembly. he stated: "I am indebted more than I can say. These concerns seem well-founded. Yet 90% of the new members since 2006 have been South Asian. "Dispatches" obtained Tower Hamlets Labour membership lists between 2006 and 2008 and discovered that. it ran a program called "Voting is Power. However.. IFE played a decisive role in the 2005 election of George Galloway. the ethnic makeup of the Tower Hamlets Labour members was 50% South Asian and 50% non-South Asian. Omeish had previously resigned from a state immigration panel to which he had been appointed after video shot by the Investigative Project on Terrorism showed him praising Palestinians for choosing "the jihad way �to liberate your land" at a 2000 rally. Many civil society groups conduct voter registration campaigns and it is a perfectly legitimate and even admirable activity. to the Islamic Forum of Europe.S." which called voting a "first step toward that political empowerment so vital to our ultimate goal of raising and developing exemplary citizens who will contribute to the greatness of our country. Islamist groups have not been nearly as successful as their British counterparts. Just a few months before launching his candidacy. In and of itself. "If you don't believe in democracy or in mainstream pluralistic political parties. while Labour party membership has been in decline everywhere else. We need an American Islamic movement that transforms our status." American Subversion The same entryist methodology can be seen in the U. Omeish gave a sermon in which he described how Islam could fuel a "transformation.S. This statistic roughly reflected the ethnic make-up of the borough. if you have a disdain towards them. the firebrand supporter of Hamas and founder of the RESPECT Party. and whose convictions and . the idea of taking them over and subverting them…is quite an appealing thing. more than it would be wise for them for me to say. this is not problematic. I believe they played the decisive role…" Galloway has tried to diminish the role the IFE has played in his political career in comments to "Dispatches. employing Muslim Boy and Girl Scout troops to get out the vote in Virginia's 2006 Senate election. In 2006." MAS's efforts to subvert the American political system have not stopped there. At an East London Mosque dinner following his electoral victory. and that brings forth the change that we want to see. Not surprisingly. His campaign machine tried to erase Omeish's role as president of the Muslim American Society (MAS). He was defeated in the primary election. a real change" in society: "We cannot allow the status quo to continue.

" The IFE has also infiltrated the UK civil service. The " Tadarruj" Entryism of British Islamists Abu Tala. county commissioners and others. members of the administration. Alamoudi and his associates . "We've actually consolidated ourselves. he met with presidents. mayors. their relationship with the FBI finally soured when CAIR officials were unwilling to answer questions about their ties to Hamas. according to Councillor Peter Golds." IFE allies on the council became rather bold. and civil society alike." Other examples of subversion and infiltration abound. The IFE denies all of these allegations publicly. they sent around a message to non-Muslim councillors that suggested they should fast for Ramadan. Then. They unsuccessfully tried to cancel all meetings scheduled during the month of Ramadan. governors." CAIR's own website brags: "CAIR officials have met or regularly meet with US Presidents. He's done it gradually. Councillors. The Islamist infiltration extends into the US military. explained. "Tadarruj means gradualism. the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has enjoyed cozy relationships with lawmakers.including anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist . which was never reviewed even after Alamoudi was sentenced to 23 years in prison for violating sanctions laws pertaining to Libya and engaging in an al-Qaeda linked conspiracy to assassinate then-Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah. was one the nation's most admired Muslim leaders." However.are often credited with Bush's 2000 campaign promise to end a practice known as "secret evidence" that had long been used in criminal prosecutions. law enforcement. members of state legislatures. We've got a lot of influence and power in the council. including President Bill Clinton. Abjol Miah.perhaps the most significant Muslim Brotherhood front group in the United States. politicians. He stated. members of congress. nor does it seek . the former head of the civil service Islamic association is an IFE activist. Despite his close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas officials. in accordance with the Classified Information Procedures Act. in a secretly filmed conversation explained the gradual nature of this campaign. and in immigration proceedings. The Muslim chaplaincy program endures under the control of the Islamic Society of North America . In a conversation filmed secretly by a "Dispatches" undercover reporter. the former head of the American Muslim Council. an IFE activist. In fact.who once told the audience of a Chicago-area conference that Muslims would turn American into an Islamic country .founded the US military's Muslim chaplaincy program. a senior IFE activist and Tower Hamlets councillor. praising the imam of the East London mosque for transforming the neighbourhood and his efforts to purge the local Muslim community of what he sees as un-Islamic practices. including then-Governor George W. and presidential candidates. They were close "partners" of the FBI and even ran their "sensitivity training. Alamoudi .dedication will illuminate the brilliance and beauty of the great message of Islam. stating that it does not support extremism. Several CAIR affiliates have received proclamations and citations from mayors and county commissioners. Bush. Abulrahman Alamoudi. As is well-known to readers of this website.

" to counter the violent radicalization of "vulnerable communities" (read: Muslims). the convicted spiritual leader of the Virginia Paintball Jihad cell. "A fornicating woman.namely groups tied intimately to the Muslim Brotherhood. During the 1990s. When confronted with Awlaki's extremist views before the day of the message. Representatives claim they seek to aspire to good. In this effort. the would-be Christmas Day bomber. British authorities have long turned a blind eye to extremism within their borders. further the collective community endeavour. a mosque spokesperson responded: "Mr Awlaki has not been proven guilty in a court of law." Taza Khan. Others included a spokesman for Taliban ally Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and Bilal Phillips ." Under the terms of this agreement. Everyone is entitled to their point of view�" Government outreach with the IFE and the East London Mosque are just two examples of the larger trend of empowering Islamism in the UK. explained to the audience. another Islamic scholar lecturing at the mosque. These "allies" of the British state have included the East London Mosque and other IFE linked organizations." He continued: . the so-called "covenant of security" was the unwritten agreement between the British state and Islamists based in what the French security services called "Londonistan.especially due to British participation in the invasion and occupation of Iraq. the mosque most recently hosted a video message from Awlaki in January 2009. which killed 52 and wounded scores. And." The program notes that these were just two of 20 "extremist speakers" its reporters recorded at the mosque over the last three years. but these are flimsy at best.teacher to Ali al-Timimi. Defenders of the East London Mosque also make claims to moderation. As the London-based Centre for Social Cohesion originally reported. It also denies infiltrating the Tower Hamlets Labour Party. Paul Richards explained in the "Dispatches" program: "Somehow it's all gone horribly wrong and somehow the very people who we should be saying are beyond the pale are in fact inside ministers' offices sitting around the table having cups of tea. And the worst among them? Anwar al Awlaki . Jama'at-e-Islami. The East London Mosque hosted Awlaki's talks via video link. Every single eye that looks at her… she's an adulterous woman. and Salafism. the British developed a strategy known as "Prevent. This is a mosque that hosts an imam who encourages the mosque's congregation to play "Spot the Fag" and decries the "fag impose Sharia law or establish an Islamic state in Britain." He continued. "Any woman who comes out of her house perfuming herself. the most dangerous Islamist groups and movements were allowed to operate freely as long as they did not launch attacks in Britain. a fornicating man . This is how some Islamists justified the 7/7/05 London transit bombings. the British state enlisted the help of dubious allies . engage in outreach.the Yemeni-American Muslim cleric who has allied himself with al-Qaeda in Yemen and provided spiritual sanction to the Fort Hood shooter and possibly guidance to Umar Abdulmutallab. In the aftermath of the attacks. Many British Islamists viewed the covenant as shattered post-9/11 .flog them one hundred times. and seek fairness and goodness for all. which have received government funding to prevent violent extremism. they are waging an aggressive campaign against "libellous" and "grossly inaccurate" media coverage.

would be uncanny if we did not already understand that the Brotherhood operates by the same playbook in the West: "The state doesn't seem willing or able to tackle this. Comment by clicking here. Steven Emerson . The IFE and its allies are fond of saying that any attack on them is an attack on Islam. what it does do. being around that table. but it is Muslims themselves who are taking the lead and speaking out." It is encouraging to see a well-sourced documentary that exposes the Islamist political agenda and shows the threats posed to British politics and to Muslims who happen to be uninterested in the toxic mix of religion and politics. It's free. their voices are overlooked and they are not given a chance to rebut Islamist ideology and political activity. too often. However. =<< Every weekday JewishWorldReview. one of the world's largest archival data and intelligence institutes on Islamic and Middle Eastern terrorist groups. having a chat or a cozy cup of tea with a minister is not going to change your mind.S. Perhaps an American network will show the same temerity as Britain's Channel 4. Just click publishes what many in Washington and in the media consider "must reading. financing and operations." Sign up for the daily JWR update. When they do. the results can be shrill and hyperbolic. JWR contributor Steven Emerson is an internationally recognized expert on terrorism and national security and considered one of the leading world authorities on Islamic extremist networks. is strengthen your hand with your own community. There are plenty of Muslims in America who oppose the effort of national organizations to mix mosque and state."If you are part of a revolutionary organization and you hold these views as part of a fundamental canon of belief." The "Dispatches" documentary put it best and the parallels with the U. He now serves as the Executive Director of The Investigative Project on Terrorism. But. << © 2010. Steven Emerson << © 2010.