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It is interesting that President Obama appears to be dragging his feet in regards to helping the Syrian Rebels.  He said that America would only step in if chemical weapons were being used. Chemical Weapons are being use.  It is as if Assad is calling Obama’s bluff.  Now Obama, is stating that America will help, but not outlining how.  I understand what is happening, Obama does not want to come out looking bad in this matter.  If America were to support the rebels and the rebels lose then America looks bad for helping.  However, if America helps and the rebels win then America would have a new ally and strengthen it’s position in the Middle East.

The Obama administration has long stated that Assad’s days are numbered.  However, last week the Syrian forces ramped up air attacks on the rebels.  Syria has the greater power and strength and it appears as if this war is taking a turn.  Something radical will have to happen for the rebels to regain the ground lost.  Personally I would not be surprised if Assad is taken out secretly by the rebels.  We have witnessed many ruthless dictators fall over the last twenty years.  When the Assad regime falls, it will be a game of musical chairs for the rest of the world to get in with the new regime.

The Bible is pretty clear about where this one-world ruler (Antichrist) will come from (Micah 5:5).  The one thing the bible does not tell us is when.  The Antichrist could rise to power in the next couple of years or it could take a 100 years.  God is at work, setting the stage.

My gut tells me that America will continue to drag it’s feet in regards to helping the Syrian rebels.  The new regime that is installed afterwards will not give America a chair when the music stops.  Thus America will really be put out of the Middle East and will never regain a foothold.  We will be more concerned with domestic affairs than foreign.  It is interesting to watch everything take place.  Bible prophecy is slowly happening right before our eyes.

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I was reading the New York Times today and read an article by Michael R. Gordon and Steven Myers entitled “Iran and Hezbollah’s support for Syria complicates peace-strategy.”  There was a quote in the article, which caught my eye, “The big issue is whether negotiations can succeed if the United States, it’s allies and the Syrian opposition do not have more leverage over a seemingly implacable Assad government.”

What interested me so greatly about this article was the United States’ lack of ability to influence peace.  The US has been extremely affective influencing the Middle East for years and now it is seemingly losing it’s power.  What does this mean?  It means we are losing our grip as a world power.  If the dollar lost it’s place with the rest of the world then the US economy would go into a tail-spin.  As it stands right now, due to the high demand of the dollar in the world, America enjoys the luxury of borrowing money at an extremely low interest rate.  In essence if the dollar lost it’s place then the US would be at the party without a chair to sit in.  This someday may happen, the world is wanting to go to a universal currency and it will not be the dollar.  In my opinion the day that happens will be the day that cripples the US.  Inflation will be out of control and those who have money will have either seen it coming or lose everything themselves. The stock market collapse of 2008 is only a glimpse of the enormous problems that await for the US.

I am generally not a gloom and doom writer, however, America has got much debt and it is only borrowing time until the truth of the problem has to be faced.  Where does the Antichrist and Syria fit into this?  The next world power is not on the scene yet, but they will be.  It is not Russia, China, or the European Union.  The next world power comes from the Middle East.  They are not Muslim, but in many respects are likely Christians.  Christian is a broad term and it encompasses everything from Catholic to Baptist to even Mormon (Although this writer would not agree with Mormons being classified as Christian).  Micah 5:5 tells us that this one world ruler called the Antichrist is an Assyrian.  Modern day Assyria would include Syria, parts of Iraq and Iran.

The Antichrist is most likely alive today and could be someone involved in the resistance efforts against Assad (this is merely speculation).  It does seem very plausible.  Daniel 7 calls the Antichrist a “little horn,” which indicates that during the first half of the Tribulation he is rising to world power status.  It will not be until the middle of the Tribulation when he assumes rulership over the world.  Part of what helps the Antichrist gain world fame is that he brokers a peace deal between the Muslim community and Israel (Daniel 9:27).  This covenant is what starts the Tribulation.  Often Christians think that the Rapture starts the Tribulation, it does not.  The covenant is what starts God’s timetable or Daniel’s last week of the 70 (Daniel 9).

It is interesting to watch the drama of Syria and Assad play out.  When all is said and done though Assad will eventually be out and a new government will be set up with the Antichrist taking over or playing a major role in it until he is elevated to rule.

For believers we should have no fear of the coming night or judgment of God.  God has promised that we will escape the wrath to come (1 Thessalonians 1:10).  Jesus said, “Believe in me for eternal life”  John 6:47.

CNN reported that rockets have landed near two of Israel’s most populated cities.  The fighting since Wednesday has let 24 dead and 270 wounded.   The attack was from Hamas militants.  Hamas is a political party that governs the Gaza Strip.  Wikipedia stated that their “1988 charter calls for the replacement of Israel and the Palestinian Territories with an Islamic Palestinian state.”

What does this recent event mean?  There has never been any rest in the Middle-East since I have been alive.  I am sure some will observe what is going on and think nothing of it.  However, this conflict has been escalating and now that the United States has been lukewarm as to their involvement the stage is being seemingly set for the Antichrist to rise up and offer a false peace.

Daniel 9:27 says, “Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week…”  The he goes back to verse 26 and the phrase “And the people of prince who is to come…”  The prince to come is the Antichrist or The Beast.  The first 3 1/2 years this covenant will be honored but then he will break it.  Also please remember that the Tribulation will not begin until the covenant is signed.  The Rapture can happen at any moment.

What does this mean for us today?  This conflict is the beginning of a possible all out war.  I would not be surprised at all if Russia were to get involved.   I make that assumption because Russia has been helping Iran and for some reason they seem to be persistent in wanting to have some sort of stake in the Middle-East.  Why?  Probably because they want to be in on the oil that is plentiful in the Middle-East.  Is Russia Gog and Magog?  I lean towards that view.  For a time it looked like Russia would never be a world power any more in the ’90s, however, now they are beginning to assert themselves once again.  Even with all that is happening in the Middle-East, the next thing on God’s timetable is the Rapture.  As Revelation says, “Behold I come quickly…”  May our Lord come back for us quickly.

Over a year ago I was listening to a blog talk prophecy radio show by John Claeys and a caller asked a question about the upcoming election.  I will never forget John’s statement to the caller, which was “There has never been a President who was elected to a second term without supporting Israel.”  President Obama is now the first.  He has been cold in his support of Israel.  Therefore, the fact that he got reelected tells me something about bible prophecy.  This is not about political parties or ideology as it is about what God is doing.

In Daniel 7, he describes four beasts.  Each beast is a representative a kingdom that is and ones that will be.  The first is Babylon, then the Medes-Persians, followed by Greece, and lastly the fourth Kingdom which is not necessarily Rome but a new world empire.  I write that it is not Rome because Daniel who correctly identifies Greece before they were really any sort of a power could have done the same with Rome.  This fourth empire is like Rome, but different.  It is more vicious and dominant than Rome ever was.  Daniel 7:23 says, “The fourth beast shall be A fourth kingdom on earth.  Which shall be different from all other kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth…”  Daniel goes on and says in verse 24, “The ten horns (of the fourth beast) are ten kings who shall arise from this kingdom…”  The day of America being a world power is swiftly coming to an end.

I am not one of those doomsday people who believe because Obama got elected that we should all run for the hills and hide in caves.  In my previous blog I wrote about how God is ultimately in control and leading us.  This is all happening to our country because God has a plan and His plan usurps anything that we would want.  Therefore, we should look to God and not our president for our help.

It seems that Obama does not have a good relationship with Israel, also America has seemed to lose it’s influence in the Middle-East.  What does that mean? It means the way is being cleared for a new leader in the Middle-East to rise up.  Who will that be?  He will be the Antichrist or as John calls him in Revelation The Beast.  America will probably be one of the ten kingdoms that Daniel 7 writes about.  The world now is becoming a much smaller place and it will be interesting to watch what will happen here in the next four years with President Obama.  All I know is that God is control.  His plan was for Obama to get elected to set up other things He is doing for His return.  May the Lord come quickly.

Babylon or Rome

Posted: August 17, 2012 in Antichrist, prophecy, religion

What city will be the hub for the world in the End Times?  There are many schools of thought on this topic.  However, the two most popular are either Babylon or Rome.

The Rome view:  Based on Daniel 2:40-43; 7:7-9, 23-24; Revelation 17:9-13.   Essentially the fourth kingdom of Daniel was Rome.  The clue is that the legs of the statue in Daniel 2 has legs made of iron.  Rome rose to power during the iron age.  Later Rome would have two capital cities, Rome and Constantinople, hence the legs in the statue, to govern the large empire.  Since Rome was never really conquered but was over taken by the Visigoths and later the empire would be somewhat established again with The Holy Roman Empire.  Therefore, the feet of clay and iron mixed of the Daniel 2 statue is a revived Roman Empire.  Revelation 17:9 talks about the harlot riding the Beast (Antichrist) who has seven heads.  In verse 9 the seven heads are identified as 7 mountains.  Rome is famous for being a city on seven hills.   Today there is the European Union and they will be the ten kingdoms (as some say).  Rome is the center of the world at this time in the end of days.  You have your ten kings, who submit to the Antichrist.  Rome is the new Babylon.

I used to hold to the Rome view and if you do, well it is still a good view to hold.  However, I want to propose a different view.  While this view is not original with me, it has the actual city of Babylon as the city at the center of the world during the end of days.

In Daniel, he never identifies the fourth kingdom to rule the world as Rome.  There are hints that it could be, however, he never writes it.  He does identify the Greek, who weren’t even on the scene as major players as the third empire.   The European Union is not the ten kingdoms of Revelation.  In Daniel 7:23, it says the fourth kingdom will devour the entire world.  Also Rome never conquered the world, they didn’t even extend as far East as Alexander the Great did.  Also Rome never fully conquered the Parthian Empire.   The world is in view here and the ten kingdoms make up the entire world not just one area.  The European Union gives us insight as to how this will all work out.

In Revelation 17:9, it states “the seven heads are seven mountains.”  While Rome does sit on seven hills there are also a number of Middle East cities that make this claim as well.  The fact that the seven heads are seven mountains means they are to be taken symbolically.  Verse 10 identifies the seven mountains as kings.  Therefore, it is not Rome the city but rather kings.

Babylon goes back to Genesis 10:2 and Nimrod.  Micah 5:6 says, “And the land of Nimrod at its entrances; Thus He shall deliver us from the Assyrian.”  The Antichrist will be an Assyrian and secondly he will come from the land of Nimrod.  Nimrod founded Babylon or Babel.  In Hebrew Babel and Babylon is the same word.  It makes sense that everything would come full circle in regards to Babylon.  The tower of Babel is where false religion started.

The argument against Babylon is that it is used as a metaphor in Revelation for the spiritual wickedness, which is why it is called a mystery in Revelation 17:5.  However, chapter 18 goes on to describe Babylon’s destruction.  Several passages in Isaiah recount the destruction of Babylon (13, 14) as well as Jeremiah 50 and 51.  While Babylon fell to the Medes-Persians it like Rome was not really destroyed, Cyrus conquered it with very little effort.

One thing I learned in school is that you should not read something into a passage that is not there.  The problem with the Rome argument is that, Rome is never really identified, you can make a good case that Rome is alluded to in scripture.  Then there is the problem of Revelation repeatedly viewing it as Babylon.  Babylon today is being rebuilt.

 

What has surprised me in the last several years has been the emergence of Russia into the Middle-East.  After the Cold War had ended and Russia was on it’s way to becoming a more Westernized country, it seemed that it’s dominance had tapered off.  However, Russia is now in bed with Syria against Israel.  For what reason?  I am unsure.  However, in the war of Gog and Magog (Russia in my last post was identified as Gog), they try to invade Israel.  Their purpose for this is spelled out in Ezekiel 38:10-13, to get spoils of war.  Anything beyond that is mere speculation.   A possible theory could be they want to control a piece of the Middle-East and invading Israel, who everyone else hates, seems very logical.

The war of Gog and Magog will take place before the Tribulation.  Notice I did not write that it was before the Rapture.  The rapture will happen before the 7 year covenant is signed by Israel and the Beast.  The time period could be days, weeks, months, or even years.  The bible gives us clues as to when this war will take place.  The first clue is Ezekiel 39:9,10;  it will take seven years to burn the weapons left behind from the invasion. Half-way through the Tribulation Israel the Antichrist will go into the Holy of Holies and proclaim himself to be a god.  Many of the Jews will then flee to the wilderness and mountains to hide from him (Revelation 12:13-17; Matthew 24:15-22).  Therefore, the Jews may not be there to burn any more weapons.

Also in Ezekiel 39:11-16 it tells us that it takes seven months to bury all the dead.  When will this invasion take place?  It seems from the time frame of seven years and seven months that this would have to take place sometime before the Tribulation.  Could it occur before the Rapture?  Yes, that is a possibility.  With the way things are looking right not in the Middle-East it just might.

What does this mean for us?  It means we need to look up for His coming and we should look out for those who need the saving message of Christ.

 

Babylon being Reborn

Posted: July 27, 2012 in Antichrist, Iraq, prophecy, religion

An article in The New Times over a year ago talked about the rebuilding of the ancient city of Babylon.  While this is hardly recent news, I was still surprised to learn that there was great effort and money being put into rebuilding this city.  I posted a blog the other day called “Mystery Babylon” and I talked about how Babylon would the center for the world when the Antichrist rules in the Tribulation.  I wondered as I wrote the blog how this was even going to happen.  I dug a little and found that Babylon was even being restored back as the early 80’s when Saddam Hussein decided to rebuild it as a connection to the past.  In some ways it seemed that Saddam thought of himself as a modern day Nebuchadnezzar.

Babylon in bible prophecy goes all the way back to Genesis and Nimrod, 10:8,9.  The bible tells us that “Nimrod was a mighty hunter before the Lord.”  This type of terminology implies antagonism against and opposition to God.  Rabbic interpretation of the phrase “a mighty hunter,” implies that he snared men with his words and incited them to rebel against God.    This rebellion against God was what would later come to be The Tower of Babel in Genesis 11.  The purpose of the Tower as the center piece of the city was for worship to reach out to the heavens.  The Tower was for astrology or the signs of the zodiac.  This is the beginning of false religion and idolatry, which is why Revelation 17:5 refers to Babylon as THE MOTHER OF THE HARLOTS.

Today with the rebuilding of ancient Babylon the foreshadowing of the future events of the Tribulation have been set.

We live in a day and age where it is peace and security which seems very attainable.  The war on Terror seems to be grinding to a halt.  However, things in the Middle-East have not grinded to a halt at all.  The unrest in the Middle-East, should cause us to look to see what God is doing or going to do.

In Revelation 6:2, the first seal judgment, a white horse is released the rider of this white horse is the Antichrist.  He is given a crown, which implies he is given rule and he rules by conquering.  Daniel 11:40-45 tells us that the King of the South attacks the King of the North.  The King of the South is identified as Egypt and the King of the North is the Antichrist.  It is hard to write who will be the major players in the Middle-East at the time of the end, however, Egypt will be force that the Antichrist will put down.

In an article by the Frenso Bee on June 28, 2012 Cal Thomas stated, “Iran continues its nuclear weapons program and threatens to wipe the “Zionist entity” off the map.  Russian President Vladimir Putin visits Israel and urges Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to attack Iran, to which Russia has been providing nuclear technology.”  The stage for an attack on Israel is already being set.  However, in the Tribulation the whole world is seen coming against Israel.  Iran and Russia’s friendship is setting the stage for Gog and Magog of Ezekiel 38 and 39.  In the same article it was stated that Mohammed Morsi, Egypt’s new president, was at a rally where a cleric stated that, “Our capital shall be Jerusalem, Allah willing.”   In looking at bible prophecy from Daniel 11 it could be possible that in the beginning of the Tribulation the Antichrist protects Israel from Egypt’s attack.  It is a thought that is worth looking into more.