Posts Tagged ‘middle-east’

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I was at a camp when I heard about the war between Israel and Hamas.  This skirmish should come as no surprise to believers because the conflict is written in the Bible.  The unrest will continue despite President Obama’s best efforts.  The peace will only happen albeit temporarily when the Beast (of Revelation) or King of the North (Daniel 11) strikes a covenant.  This covenant will assure the world of a false peace and will signal the start of the Tribulation (Daniel 9:23-24).  While the US plays a major role today in the peace talks it will soon find itself on the outside looking in.  Someone new will step in and be able to do what no other nation could do.

This individual will use his new found fame to capture the attention of the world.  The Tribulation will be a turbulent time to say the least.  However, the Beast will grow in popularity until all the world recognizes him and worships him.  The ironic part is the message that the new atheism espouses about the end of Faith.  I have been amazed by how they evolutionist and humanist alike can speak of the end of God with confidence and yet ignore what is happening right before their eyes.  Say what you will, disagree with me but there is an unrest in the Middle East and in Russia, that should make the world take note and pause.  As the old saying goes, “There are no atheist in foxholes.”  Everyone believes or exercises faith in something.  Now that faith may be in science.  Those who exercise their faith in science feel comfortable because they believe they have the facts or at least smarter people in their corner.  The god of atheism is the god called self.  Or as Richard Dawkins might put it, “The selfish Gene.”  Nevertheless, despite this new atheism the world will exercise faith and put that faith in the Beast of Revelation.  It will be a fatal mistake.

When will all these events take place?  They are beginning to happen, but the next event on God’s time table is the Rapture of His church (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17).  Afterwards the covenant with Israel will be signed.

What do we do now?  Put your faith in Jesus for eternal life (John 6:47).  You do not need to join a church or get baptized in order to be saved.  You simply need to believe in the Son (Acts 16:30-31).

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When I saw on the news Monday (February 10th) that Iran warships were coming close to the US coast I thought, “Is April Fool’s Day happening sooner this year?”  Fox News reported on their website that Iran is doing this because the US has deployed ships close to their borders.  This is a puzzling development.  Iran is obviously attempting to take a stand against the US.  The US appears reluctant to start a war.  Could this be the beginnings of a new cold war?  That is one possibility.

While the world pursues peace, there will always be a stumbling block for it until the Antichrist strikes a deal with Israel and the Muslim community in the Middle East.  What does this mean for people living today?  The time is now to put your faith in the one true God.  Things are only going to escalate more and more and more in the coming years.  The peace the world desperately wants will never be until the Lord returns (John 14:3).  The bible tells us that God sent His Son to the world to die for our sins and the sins of this whole world and all that is asked is not for us to join a church or give money or be a good person.  All that is asked for you to believe in Jesus for eternal (John 3:16 and 1 John 2:1,2).  You do not need to pray a prayer or become a Christian in order to believe in Jesus.  All you need to do is believe in Him (John 6:57).

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A article in the Austin Statesman by New York Times writer Jim Yardley entitled “Pope urges World Peace reaches out to other faiths,” ran this past Thursday.  The pope in his first Christmas address urged the world to come together for peace.  He went on to say, “True peace is not a balance of opposing forces.  It is not a lovely facade which conceals conflicts and divisions.  Peace calls for daily commitment.”

Peace is a good thing.  I think any one reading this blog post including this writer would agree with that.  However, the bible claims that there will be no such thing as peace especially in these last days.  The Pope is welcomed to urge the world all he wants however, God has already spoken (Matthew 24:6,7).  The conflict in the Middle East is only the tip of the ice berg of what is to come in the Tribulation.

Matthew says there will wars and rumors of rumors of wars and that nation will rise up against nation.  These says are Jewish idioms for world wars.   There have already been two and there is still a yet third world war that is lurking on the horizon.  The third world war or possibly fourth by the end of the Tribulation will be when the Beast brings the armies of the world against Israel.  The Lord Jesus ends the war with His return (Revelation 19:11-21).

The perspective in which I write is a Pre-Tribulational view of Bible Prophecy.  This means I believe the Lord will return for believers before the Tribulation begins (Daniel 9:27, John 14:3, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 5:2-3).  Therefore, when I read that the Pope is urging the world for peace I think “That’s great, but it will not be a lasting peace.”  1 Thessalonians 5:3 says, “Peace and safety then sudden destruction comes upon them as labor pains upon a pregnant woman.  And they shall not escape.”  The is saying that the world will achieve some sort of peace (which I believe will happen when the Antichrist or Beast finally gets a covenant signed with Israel and their foes) this peace will not last because the signing of the covenant will signal the start of Tribulation.

All this talk of peace should be taken as a sign that the Lord’s return is coming soon.  Believers should be looking up (1 John 2:28).

I have not written this blog post in an attempt to scare any one.  The purpose of Prophecy for Today is to prepare saints for the Lord’s return and His future Kingdom.  I take a conservative approach to bible prophecy interpretation in order to ensure and allow the word to speak.  Thank you for stopping by.  God Bless.

 

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.

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.

 

 

A moment is all it takes. The bible tells that in a moment those who believe in Christ will be changed (1 Corinthians 15:52).  In my opinion I believe this is a reference to the Rapture of believers.  However, in that same moment what are those who are left behind do?  Pure chaos would ensue.  A world in many ways would be turned upside down.  People losing relatives, friends, or coworkers in a moment.  It seems fair to write that people would be confused and lost as to what to do.  Once that moment passes, people will be looking for truth, looking for answers.  How people find these answers  the scriptures are silent, but based upon how people have responded in the past after tragedy it is fair to assume that people will be looking for some type of spiritual answer.

The first half of the Tribulation, the Antichrist will not be ruling the world.  The first half he is building his name and career in order to rule the last 3 1/2 years.   Who is it that rules the first 3 1/2 years?  It is Ecclesiastical Babylon.  In Revelation 17:1, we are introduced to the religious system of that day.  The woman it says sits on many waters.  The “many waters,” is interpreted as people, nations,  multitudes, and tongues in verse 15.  The woman sits on the many waters, which it seems to imply that she is ruling.  This woman has the support of civil governments at this time.  This is made clear by the preposition “with.”  The kings of the earth it says committed fornication with her as well as the inhabitants of the earth.  The word “fornication” that is used here is used in a spiritual sense.  The world committed spiritual adultery with Babylon.  Much like in the Old Testament when Israel would turn after other gods, God viewed it as spiritual adultery and He would respond.  In verse 3, we are told that the same woman now is sitting on a scarlet beast.  The beast is the Antichrist.  We know this because the beast is identified as having seven heads and ten horns.  This description is similar to Daniel 7:24, and in Revelation 13:1.  This would then imply that the Antichrist, at least for the first part of the tribulation, will also be under the Babylon’s religious authority.

What is identity then of the woman?  She represents the one world religious system of that day.  This religious system rises to rule because after the Rapture many will be looking for answers.  This religious system provide people with the spiritual help they are looking for.  From this need it seems that this religious system will rule with the state.  I make that assumption from Revelation 17:1,2.  I believe the woman in 17 is the same woman in Revelation 2:20 who is identified as Jezebel.  I make that assumption based upon the actions of the Jezebel in the church of Thyatira.  There in that church this woman caused people to commit sexual immorality and adultery.  Also the Lord tells John in verse 22 of chapter 2 that “cast her into a sickbed and those who commit adultery with her into the great tribulation unless they repent…”  I believe the reference here is to the actual Great Tribulation, which is the last half of the Tribulation.  The headquarters of this new religious system will be a rebuilt Babylon.

What will the religion be?  The religion will be a combination of all false religions.  The figure Jezebel is used in Revelation as a type from the Old Testament.  There in 1 Kings shes brings in a foreign god for Israel to worship.  Here in Revelation 17 this woman operates very similarly.  Some bible teachers claim this woman represents the Catholic church.  There could some truth to that.  However, this woman I believe represents all false churches.  They come together to create a mega one world religious system, much like they did in Genesis 11 at the Tower of Babel.

In my opinion the Antichrist will most likely be an Atheist. I base this on Daniel 11:37.  The last part of the verse says, “for he shall exalt himself above them all.”  Revelation 13 is another passage that gives us insight as to what the religion of the Antichrist’s rule will be.  In verse 11, another beast rises out of the earth, which emphasizes his humanity.  This second beast is called elsewhere the False Prophet (Revelation 16:12,19:20, 20:10).

The role of the False Prophet is lead the world in worship of Antichrist.  Why would the world worship him?   About mid-way (3 1/2 years) through the tribulation the Antichrist will be wounded mortally in the head (Rev. 13:3).  Yet he is raised back to life.  The world marvels and begins to worship him (verse 4).  The False Prophet will lead the world in worship of the Antichrist.  The False Prophet is describes as a lamb.  He appears innocent like lamb but speaks fierce like a dragon (11).

In Revelation 17, we are given the account of the first one world religious system that is destroyed.  It is destroyed because the world will be worshiping the Antichrist.   There much imagery and symbolism in this chapter.  I believe when you get stuck in a passage you should let scripture interpret scripture.  It is better to let the bible tell you what something means rather then read into it a meaning.  That being stated, the following is my opinion on Revelation 17.  In the first couple of verses John is asked to view the judgment on the Great Harlot.  It is interesting to begin with that there is a woman on the beast.  This woman is said to have lead the people of the earth astray (vs 2).  Who else in scripture was a woman who lead a king astray?  The first name that comes to my mind is Jezebel.  She married King Ahab in 1 Kings 16:30-32.  It is Jezebel who introduces Ba’al worship to the Israelites.  Jezebel’s father was a priest of Ba’al, and she was a priestess of it.  Her name means, “My Father (Ba’al) is Noble.”  Ahab soon established Ba’al as the state religion.  In Revelation 2:20, Jezebel is again brought up because while she calls herself a prophetess, she causes the people in this church to commit sexual immortality and eat things sacrificed to idols.  She is a false teacher leading the people astray.  What is interesting in 2:22 it says, “I will cast her into a sickbed and those who commit adultery with her into the great tribulation…”  Here we are mid-way through the tribulation in chapter 17 and judgment is coming down on Babylon.  A rebuilt Babylon is the center for this first religious system.

Next time we go into more detail about Babylon and this first religious system.

I can remember being in Sunday School as a kid and hearing my mom talk about the book of Revelation, it scared me.  Probably left me a little traumatized.   However, whenever she spoke about the Antichrist, the one world ruler, I can remember being filled with curiosity.

Is the Antichrist living today?  It is highly probable that he is.  Since his identity is unknown we cannot say for sure.  It does seem likely due to the current climate in the Middle East.

Where is he living?  If you read my last blog about what the Antichrist is like then you know that he comes from a Roman origin.  This being said, it does not mean that he lives in Rome or is from there today.  Back in Daniel 11:37 it says he does not regard the gods of his fathers (or forefathers).  This simply means does not have to be from Rome.

Micah 5:5 says, “When the Assyrian comes into our land and when he treads in our palaces…He shall deliver us from the Assyrian.”  Micah 5:2 tells of the coming Messiah, that he will be born in Bethlehem.  If you read the chapter as a whole you realize Micah is not just speaking of the Assyrians in his day and age but rather looking forward.  In verse 7 the remnant of Jacob is mentioned then in verse 8 this remnant of Jews is among the Gentiles.  It would seem that Micah is speaking prophetically of the day of the Lord.  The Day of the Lord is a time that begins with the Rapture of the church and continues on until the Second Coming of Christ (There will be more on this subject in my next blog).

While the Antichrist will have a Roman origin, he will also be an Assyrian.  Living in what used to be Assyria but today is modern day Syria and/or Iran.   He will not be a Muslim (goes back to Daniel 11:37).  In my opinion it seems he will most likely be an Atheist.  As of right now, he may be alive but has a small role in politics.  When the time does present itself he quickly rise to fame and power.

If you have trusted in Christ then there is nothing to fear because you will raptured up before that day.