You are paralysed by fear . . .

November 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

As I was talking to God this morning, I was asking for forgiveness for all the things I did not do. Not spending time with God, vacuuming, getting the injections for the horses . . .

I was about to ask God if He would help me get the things done I KNOW I should do, but just don’t do, when He clearly said to me: “You are paralyzed by fear” And zingggg . . .

I did not see this coming, but, boy, did it hit the mark. I had a feeling of peace that immediately flowed into me. It was not our first talk about fear. Previously God told me that fear is not of Him. (2Timothy1:7) Fear drives people to always be in a rush and do things outside of His Shalom.

Have you ever experienced how fear leads you into

  •      dead works – rewarded by guilt
  •     and people pleasing – rewarded by feelings of inadequacy and rejection.

But Shalom leads you to peace and joy in the Lord which leads to

  •    obedience – rewarded by deep satisfaction (and more peace and joy!)
  •    and loving your neighbor which leads to wholeness (and MORE peace and joy! ;)

I love you Lord, but I have walked out of your Shalom and into fear. I reject fear as my cloak and cast it down, in the Name of Jesus. I accept my cloak of Shalom from you again.

Thank you Lord, for your grace and the blood of the Lamb. I have Shalom back :)

PS: I looked up the word “wholeness”:

adjective – in an unbroken or undamaged state; in one piece:
noun – a thing that is complete in itself

AWESOME!!!!

What a year – has it really been a full year?!

May 14, 2012 in Uncategorized

“Here I am – this is me
There’s no where else on earth I’d rather be “
From a favourite movie of mine :“Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron”

This sentiment sums up my philosophy in life: It does not help to want to be someone else or somewhere else. You only miss out on YOUR life. And I am at peace with who I am and where I am. Our identity should be in Christ Jesus, who made us to be unique and loved.

I have gone through a year of stretching and growth. Sometimes uncomfotable and sometimes just plain torture, but I have discovered a few things about myself that I did not like and worked hard at changing and also some things that I liked.

The most important thing I re-discovered was the old cliche – but so very, very true: Things are not important, people are – or more acurately, relationships with people! ” I nearly lost site of that a year ago. But thankfully God told me to stop everything and make a decision for my family and not my career and (ouch!)  . . . my ego.

It has been a journey that has brought me to the lowest lows and the highest highs. Makes no sense, I know. But that is how it went.

I have always been really organised at work and really messy at home. Keeping my own house has taught me (quickly!) to be more systematic and organised in my home life. Doing small things all the time saves lots of time time later. This has been a really rewarding discovery and one it took me 40 years to learn!

The resource that really helped me become more organized in my home and life is Get Organized NOW – for the Home by Maria Garcia. Her book and free Newsletters have been pivotal in making me more aware of simple things that make life easier. If you would like to use it too, Click Here!

I know it will help you as much as it did, and still does, me. I have definately not arrived yet, but it takes me an hour of tidying loose things to be ready for visitors, rather than a day or more of frantic cleaning and re-organizing. Thank you Maria! And I have not finished reading the book yet. The most important thing for me was to discover that you only keep the things you love or use and find a “home” for everything in your house.

Well, I think the Zinnggg moment for me here was being reminded by my husband that it was a year since I made the decision to stay at home and put my career on the backburner. I really was quite surprised, even shocked – it has not felt that long and it has felt like forever.

It feels like a season has passed and although I do not feel that God is releasing me to get back full throttle into my career, I feel a sense of change, something different that is coming. Maybe a bit more freedom to persue my own things, while still being there for my children in the afternoons? Whatever it is, one thing this year has taught me is that nothing is as bad as you imagine it to be when you are in God’s will and that there are more blessings in the very, very simple things in life.

I once read a book about re-training a traumatized horse, they made him lie down on his side -which is the most vulnerable position for a horse to be in. That gave him confidence to know he was at his lowest and did not die. This is what this last year has made me realise, I was at the place that seemed to me the scariest place and position of all and I survived and even prospered and learned in God’s love and peace.

For today . . .

April 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

Psalms 121 — AMP

1 A Song of Ascents. I WILL lift up my eyes to the hills [around Jerusalem, to sacred Mount Zion and Mount Moriah]–From whence shall my help come? [Jer. 3:23.]
2 My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.
3 He will not allow your foot to slip or to be moved; He Who keeps you will not slumber. [I Sam. 2:9; Ps. 127:1; Prov. 3:23, 26; Isa. 27:3.]
4 Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand [the side not carrying a shield]. [Isa. 25:4.]
6 The sun shall not smite you by day, nor the moon by night. [Ps. 91:5; Isa. 49:10; Rev. 7:16.]
7 The Lord will keep you from all evil; He will keep your life.
8 The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore. [Deut. 28:6; Prov. 2:8; 3:6.]
Thank you Lord, you answer us still! Your Word definately lives and in the small things I see your love for me. May you be GLORIFIED today

So this is why . . .

October 5, 2011 in Uncategorized

I have had to repent and basically rethink my whole life, definites in my life have been bashed to pieces. It has not been physical things, in fact I have had more stability physically than I have had in years. My family is great and we have the most wonderful peace, well most of the time! No, what has been crushed to powder is all the things I thought I KNEW and thought I was made for. The things I was so sure of, so dependable, so stable. 
I have had to delve into myself and, frankly, what I saw resembled more of a child with grown-up resources. Not much resources ;> , but can we be creative in wasting what we have on nonsense! It has been painful, to say the least, humbling definitely

 - but stangely liberating. 
Despite all these things that have been revealed to me and that shows me how little I actually understand the God of the Universe, Yahweh Elohim, and how wrong I have been about what His priorities are, I did not understand WHY I had to go through this. 
Until I read this piece of Scripture and it just hit me, right between the eyes. Zinggggg!
(http://live.e-sword.net/app/)
Revelations 3:
19 Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.
20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.
21 The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne.
22 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’”
In movies, a King who is training his heir to rule, is always seemingly harsh towards his child. And the movie always reveals later that the most precious lessons were those. Even though the “king-to-be” did not understand them at the time, thought them unfair. 
I feel a little like this, and I wonder what God is preparing us for? It is not only me, but quite a number of people seem to be at this point, not all of them even Christians.
Might it be that the time of the Kingdom of God is drawing near and that we need to get cleaned up quickly. This might be the time when we who are children of God need to get our act together and mature . . . quickly. I have less certainty than I have ever had about what is about to happen, although I have a lot of theories and past knowledge. But strangely, I have more peace that God is truly Great and more powerfully in control than I can make my earthly brain to understand. 
And with such joy my whole being shouts within me: “Come, Lord Jesus, come!”

Discipline. . .

September 13, 2011 in Uncategorized

I have been intensely involved in 2 Christian organizations and I have learnt this. . .

The majority of us are so busy with forgiving that we donot act in love byapplying discipline to the person that makes a mistake. It is not wrong to correct someone in the corporate world, in fact it is seen as healthy. As helping someone reach their potencial and as being fair.

Discipline must always be part of a well-organized structure, even if it is a Christian structure and walks in the principles of grace. That is why we need to discipline in love and not harshly or with glee.

Everyone knows who and what mistake was made, but if it is not dealt with and the proper consequence applied according to the  structure’s rules, it leads to people talking behind others’s backs about the mistake and the person. Making personal judgements on the person and the act, but smiling in “forgiveness”.

Lack of discipline leads to gossip and backbiting. And then our “forgiveness” has all the wrong fruit!

I wonder how many times over the centuries and how many good Christian organizations have been tripped up by this small but fatal mistake.

Took a huge step . .

August 27, 2011 in Uncategorized

Scary step but the dailiy tug of war is finally over. Don’t get me wrong, I do not “rest at home” as my husband innocently tells people. I have my smallest at home in the morning, which is like running to Timbaktoo and back. She is BUSY! And in the afternoon my oldest has to be picked up and the activities of mom’s taxi is set into motion! Apart from homework and normal household activities and the little one who still also needs care.

[ Side matter: Just specualting . . . Is it just me or is there something wrong with Gr 2 children having homework everyday and tests every week. When do kids get to be kids. I remember tests only starting in Gr4 (used to be Standard 2 then) and serious reading and writing homework starting round abouts there. But I am getting carried away. Good blog topic for later]

The tug of war I am talking about is the: “I should have been with the kids” when I’m at work and “I should be working” when I am with the kids. Sound familiar?

Well, after a huge struggle with myself I obeyed God, I quite my job and am now a Stay-at-home-mom. If you would have told me 5 months ago I would do this and not go off my rocker, I would have laughed at you. But I have such peace that it is proof of the fact that I have taken the right decision.

So this is my season to serve my children and give up my dream. Contrary to what I expected I am well. I know that if you give things to God in obedience, you will get MORE not Less. I am experiencing absolute Shalom – and most amazing of all – I have not felt the pinch of losing and extra salary. Every month we meet our obligations as before. Praise God!

I am actually learning more about discipline and organization than I ever learned on the job. :>

So let’s see where God takes me with this “about turn”. Sure is going to be exciting . . .

You just gotta love kids . . .

January 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

We were visiting my parents-in-law over December and I decided to really take it easy for the 10 days. It is going to be a hectic 5 months beginning 2011. Thus I only did what I wanted to and shopping is not something that I enjoy doing. (Yes, there are women who hate shopping!) But my youngest and her Dad loves it. So they are off to the shops (again!) and I stay home. She is at a stage (3) where she wants everyone she loves to be together. And misses everyone intensely when they are gone, albeit for 30min. 

My husband plays a game with our daughters. He makes things “magically” appear from behind their ears. My oldest has caught on, he’s no Hodini – no offense, honey!. My smallest, however, believe he can make anything appear! So when they get back, she goes through the whole “I really missed you, mommy” routine (Which, mommies actually love being told :>) I am sitting with her, listening to her account of the past hour, when she looks up at me and says very solemnly : “Daddy can’t make you appear out of my ear”

Well, that was it, I told her that I love her so much and excused myself quickly. Out of earshot, I laughed so hard I had tears in my eyes.

I still see those big green eyes, so honest and earnest. Can’t help but smile every time. And I think, yes it is worth it. We need to make this world a better place, because our children are worth it. And they deserve to be able to stay as innocent as possible for as long as possible, and safe. 

South Africa is worth looking after and steering in the right direction. It might take a hat trick to get it done, but it will be worth it. So, Hiho, Hiho, it’s off to work we go!

Blessed, out of my boots and socks . . . .

December 10, 2010 in Uncategorized

On Impact Radio JohnO used to say “May you be blessed out of your boots and socks” I always enjoyed that and was a brand new Christian. Must say the “blessed” or easy life absolutely appealed to me. As I think it does to us all . . .

As I sit here blogging, I can hear my husband and two girls playing frisbee outside. I hear them giggling, cheering each other on and just having a great time.

That is when it hit me, zinggggg! I am, I am actually blessed out of my boots and socks!

It does not mean it was always a picnic, my first daughter had colic and I remember walking hours with her screaming and my heart feeling like it is being torn out. You can hear when your baby is in pain and when she is only unhappy. Knowing that nothing but walking around with her, tummy-to-tummy would eventually after 40min make the pain go and the crying stop. Sitting with her on my lap for the full 3-4 hours that she was supposed to sleep so she gets in her full nap, every time she squirms I would rock her gently on my knees before she wakes up. Nearly drives you mad sitting like that – not being able to move or do anything useful. Or when she was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of two and a half, and I spent 9 agonizing nights sleeping on a hospital floor next to her bed. But now she is my little star and gives love out like candy. 

My second girl made the terrible two’s take on a whole new meaning! We have a lively but calm house, she was just totally out of control. I often wondered if they didn’t get her mixed up in the hospital or if I had suddenly become the world’s worst mom. Embarassed But after 18 months of being consistently firm and loving, we both got through it alive. Barely . . . :> And now she is my little smiling angel, well most of the time.

The point I am trying to make is that life will not always be easy and the best blessings worth having are normally the ones that came out of hard times or hard work or both. I am learning that what I thought would be a blessed life, would actually have been a hollow, plastic life. God says that the afflictions of the righteous will be many, but that He will help us through all of them. He also says that all work together for good. Hallelujah and Amen to that.

I am so glad God did not give me an easy life, I would have missed out on so much! It is as if the hard times opens your eyes to the truth, the simple truth of what is precious and worth having. God grant me Godly Wisdom and keep the worldly wisdom far from me. And next time I have to help search for my husband’s keys because he refuses to hang them in their place, let me remember how he makes me laugh and gives me and abundance of love and acceptance just as I am!

War of Gog and Magog

September 7, 2010 in Uncategorized

I have just come across an article that has enlightened, frightened but mostly excited me. If you are like me you are following current world events like a hawk.

The fig tree is budding, these things are being fulfilled in our lifetime. Especially with the peacetalks – again – between Israel and Palestine. It is exciting and scary all at the same time! One might be able to argue a point or two, but you have to be half blind not to be able to see these things approaching in the natural. (Aplologies for the CAPS, don’t have the time to re-type or edit now. He is not shouting, although it might be needed! :>)

I always thought Armageddon and the war of Gog and Magog in the prophesies are the same war. But it is not. Forgive me for posting and article of someone else. I give full credit to LastHour.com – you can find them here: www.lasthour.com/GOG-MAGOG.htm

THE WAR OF GOG AND MAGOG
                      
 
      TODAY, AS YOU ARE READING THIS, MOST OF THE BIBLE’S MANY PROPHECIES HAVE ALREADY BEEN FULFILLED.  THESE FORETOLD ALL OF THE VARIOUS DISPERSIONS AND EARLY REGATHERINGS OF ISRAEL BACK INTO THEIR PROMISED LAND, THE 333 DETAILS OF THE MESSIAH’S FIRST APPEARANCE AS THE LAMB OF GOD, THE DESTRUCTION OF THE JERUSALEM TEMPLE, THE MORE THAN 1,900-YEAR SCATTERING OF THE JEWS TO ALL PARTS OF THE WORLD, AND FINALLY THEIR REGATHERING IN THE 19TH AND 20TH CENTURY CLIMAXED BY  THE NATION’S RESURRECTION AS MODERN ISRAEL IN 1948–THESE ARE ALL UNCONTESTABLE FACTS OF THE HISTORICAL RECORD.
 
      BUT THERE ARE TWO PROPHECIES OF MAJOR IMPORTANCE TO THESE LAST DAYS THAT STILL HAVE YET TO HAPPEN.  I SPEAK NOW OF THE TWO GREAT MAJOR WARS THAT WILL SERVE TO GLORIFY GOD, THE TWO WARS THE BIBLE TELLS US WILL PRECEDE THE RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST TO PLANET EARTH WHEN HE WILL SET UP HIS 1,000-YEAR RULE AS KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
 
      ONE OF THESE WARS HAS BEEN WRITTEN ABOUT SO MUCH AND SO OFTEN, AND HAS BEEN THE FOCUS OF SO MANY BOOKS AND MOTION PICTURES, THAT IT HAS BY NOW BECOME A UNIVERSAL SYMBOL OF MASS DESTRUCTION AND CATASTROPHE.  ITS NAME IS ARMAGEDDON AND IT WILL INVOLVE HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF SOLDIERS WHO WILL COME INTO THE MIDDLE EAST TO DESTROY ISRAEL AT THE END OF THE TRIBULATION PERIOD.
 
      BUT THE SECOND OF THESE TWO WARS HAS RECEIVED MUCH LESS ATTENTION.  YET, IN ITS OWN WAY, IT IS ALMOST AS DECISIVE IN THE SCENARIO OF THESE LAST DAYS AS ITS BETTER KNOWN COUNNTERPART.  THE BIBLE CALLS THIS WAR THE “BATTLE OF GOG AND MAGOG,”   EZEKIEL CHAPTER 38, VERSES 1 THROUGH 9, PROPHECIES ABOUT THIS WAR IN THESE WORDS–” AND THE WORD OF JEHOVAH CAME UNTO ME, SAYING, SON OF MAN, SET THY FACE TOWARD GOG, OF THE LAND OF MAGOG, THE PRINCE OF ROSH, MESHECH, AND TUBAL, AND PROPHESY AGAINST HIM, AND SAY, THUS SAITH THE LORD JEHOVAH: BEHOLD, I AM AGAINST THEE, O GOG, PRINCE OF ROSH, MESHECH, AND TUBAL: AND I WILL TURN THEE ABOUT, AND PUT HOOKS INTO THY JAWS, AND I WILL BRING THEE FORTH, AND ALL THINE ARMY, HORSES AND HORSEMEN, ALL OF THEM CLOTHED IN FULL ARMOR, A GREAT COMPANY WITH BUCKLER AND SHIELD, ALL OF THEM HANDLING SWORDS; PERSIA, CUSH, AND PUT WITH THEM, ALL OF THEM WITH SHIELD AND HELMET; GOMER, AND ALL HIS HORDES; THE HOUSE OF TOGARMAH IN THE UTTERMOST PARTS OF THE NORTH, AND ALL HIS HORDES; EVEN MANY PEOPLES WITH THEE.
 
      “BE THOU PREPARED, YEA, PREPARE THYSELF, THOU, AND ALL THY COMPANIES THAT ARE ASSEMBLED UNTO THEE, AND BE THOU A GUARD UNTO THEM.   AFTER MANY DAYS THOU SHALT BE VISITED: IN THE LATTER YEARS THOU SHALT COME INTO THE LAND THAT IS BROUGHT BACK FROM THE SWORD, THAT IS GATHERED OUT OF MANY PEOPLES, UPON THE MOUNTAINS OF ISRAEL, WHICH HAVE BEEN A CONTINUAL WASTE; BUT IT IS BROUGHT FORTH OUT OF THE PEOPLES, AND THEY SHALL DWELL SECURELY, ALL OF THEM. AND THOU SHALT ASCEND, THOU SHALT COME LIKE A STORM, THOU SHALT BE LIKE A CLOUD TO COVER THE LAND, THOU, AND ALL THY HORDES, AND MANY PEOPLES WITH THEE.”
 
      USING THE NAMES BY WHICH THESE NATIONS WERE KNOWN DURING BIBLICAL TIMES, TODAY WE KNOW THESE COUNTRIES AS IRAN, LIBYA, ETHIOPIA, EGYPT, TURKEY AND THE MOSLEM REPUBLICS KNOWN AS MAGOG.  THESE WILL FORM A CONFEDERATION TO INVADE ISRAEL AND THE MIDDLE EAST, FOR THE SPECIFIC PURPOSE OF CONQUERING THE JEWS AND DESTROYING THEIR COUNTRY.  THEIRS WILL BE A RELIGIOUS CRUSADE, WHAT IN ISLAM IS CALLED JIHAD, WITH THE SOLE MOTIVE OF PROVING THAT THE PROPHET MOHAMMED AND HIS GOD ALLAH ARE SUPERIOR TO MOSES AND HIS GOD JEHOVAH.
 
      SOME EXPOSITORS BELIEVE THAT THE REFERENCES TO “ROSH, MESHECH AND TUBAL” IN EZEKIEL 38 REFERS TO RUSSIA, MOSCOW AND TOBOLSK, TWO OF RUSSIA’S MAJOR CITIES.  RESPECTED SOURCES LIKE DWIGHT PENTECOST AND JOHN WALVOORD BELIEVE THAT RUSSIA WILL LEAD THIS INVASION OF MOSLEM NATIONS.  THERE IS A CERTAIN DEGREE OF GEO-POLITICAL LOGIC TO BOLSTER THEIR VIEW.  RUSSIA HAS FOR MANY YEARS COVETED A WARM WATER PORT IN THE MIDDLE EAST, AND IF SHE CAN TAKE OVER THE OIL WELLS OF THE ARABIAN PENINSULA, AT ONE STROKE THE BEAR CAN REGAIN HER STATUS AS A WORLD SUPERPOWER TO WHOM THE WESTERN WORLD MUST PLEAD ON BENDED KNEES FOR THE ENERGY NEEDS SO VITAL TO MODERN INDUSTRIALIZED ECONOMIES.
 
      BUT THERE IS CONTRARY EVIDENCE THAT LIMITS THE INVADING NATIONS TO A STRICTLY MOSLEM CONFEDERACY.  RESEARCH HAS FOUND THAT IN BIBLE TIMES, THE TERMS “ROSH, MESHECH AND TUBAL” DESCRIBED TRIBES THAT OCCUPIED THE LAND MASS JUST NORTH OF THE CAUCUSUS MOUNTAIN RANGE.  AND THE SCHAFF-HERZOG ENCYCLOPEDIA OF RELIGIOUS KNOWLEDGE, CITING ANCIENT ASSYRIAN WRITINGS, PLACES THE LOCATION OF MAGOG IN THE LAND MASS BETWEEN ANCIENT ARMENIA AND MEDIA–IN SHORT, THE REPUBLICS SOUTH OF RUSSIA AND NORTH OF ISRAEL, COMPRISED OF AZERBAJIAN, AFGHANISTAN, TURKESTAN, CHECHNYA, TURKEY, IRAN AND DAGESTAN–SIGNIFICANTLY ALL OF THEM MOSLEM NATIONS.
 
      WHETHER OR NOT RUSSIAN TROOPS WILL BE TAKING PART IN THIS INVASION, ONE THING IS VERY CLEAR.  RUSSIAN WEAPONS AND ADVISERS WILL CERTAINLY BE INVOLVED, SINCE RUSSIA IS HEAVILY COMMITTED TO ARMING AND TRAINING THE ARMED FORCES OF EGYPT, SYRIA, IRAQ, IRAN, ETHIOPIA AND LIBYA, ALL OF THEM  MILITARY CLIENT STATES OF RUSSIA.  TIME–AND NOT TOO MUCH TIME, IN MY VIEW–WILL PROVE WHICH OF THESE ROSH-GOG-MAGOG INTERPRETATIONS IS CORRECT.
 
      PSALM 83 SPEAKS ABOUT THIS CONSPIRACY AGAINST GOD’S COVENANT PEOPLE, THE JEWS, AND HIS NATION ISRAEL.  VERSES 2 THROUGH 4 DESCRIBES THIS EVIL PLOT–” FOR BEHOLD, YOUR ENEMIES MAKE A TUMULT;  AND THOSE WHO HATE YOU HAVE LIFTED UP THEIR HEAD. THEY HAVE TAKEN CRAFTY COUNSEL AGAINST YOUR PEOPLE, AND CONSULTED TOGETHER AGAINST YOUR SHELTERED ONES.  THEY HAVE SAID, “COME, AND LET US CUT THEM OFF FROM BEING A NATION, THAT THE NAME OF ISRAEL MAY BE REMEMBERED NO MORE.  FOR THEY HAVE CONSULTED TOGETHER WITH ONE CONSENT; THEY FORM A CONFEDERACY AGAINST YOU” 
 
      THIS PROPHETIC PSALM WAS WRITTEN BY ASAPH SEVERAL THOUSAND YEARS AGO, BUT HAS YET TO BE FULFILLED TO THIS DAY.  BIBLE SCHOLARS TELLS US THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO EVIDENCE THAT SUCH A MASSIVE REGIONAL CONSPIRACY TO DESTROY ISRAEL EVER OCCURRED IN ANCIENT TIMES.  THOUGH ISRAEL’S ENEMIES WILL ENJOY MASSIVE NUMERICAL SUPERIORITY, THE BIBLE CLEARLY TELLS US THAT BY THE POWER OF GOD, TINY ISRAEL–”THE APPLE OF HIS EYE”–WILL UTTERLY DEVASTATE THE INVADING ARMIES AND HER ALLIES IN THIS WAR, A WAR THAT HISTORIANS OF THE DAY MAY LIKELY CALL WORLD WAR III.
 
      WHEN THE INVADING ARMIES MOVE ACROSS ISRAEL’S BORDERS “TO TAKE A SPOIL,” WHAT WILL THE REST OF THE WORLD DO TO STOP THE SLAUGHTER?  ACCORDING TO EZEKIEL CHAPTER 38:13, THEY WILL NOT EVEN LIFT A FINGER BEYOND SHOUTING EMPTY WORDS. HERE IS HOW THE PROPHET DESCRIBES IT–”SHEBA, AND DEDAN, AND THE MERCHANTS OF TARSHISH, WITH ALL THE YOUNG LIONS THEREOF, (REPRESENTING THE TRADING NATIONS) SHALL SAY UNTO THEE, ART THOU COME TO TAKE THE SPOIL? HAST THOU ASSEMBLED THY COMPANY TO TAKE THE PREY? TO CARRY AWAY SILVER AND GOLD, TO TAKE AWAY CATTLE AND GOODS, TO TAKE GREAT SPOIL?”   NO DOUBT THIS SPIRITED OUTCRY WILL BE HEARD IN THE DEBATING SECTION OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY WITHOUT EFFECT.
 
      BUT ISRAEL WILL HAVE ONE ALLY–NO LESS THAN THE ANTICHRIST!  ACCORDING TO DANIEL 11, THE ASSAULT AGAINST ISRAEL WILL BE LAUNCHED BY EGYPT, KNOWN BIBLICALLY AS THE “KING OF THE SOUTH,” AGAINST THE ANTICHRIST.  LET’S LOOK AT THOSE SCRIPTURES IN DANIEL NOW–“AND THE KING (ANTICHRIST) SHALL DO ACCORDING TO HIS WILL; AND HE SHALL EXALT HIMSELF, AND MAGNIFY HIMSELF ABOVE EVERY GOD, AND SHALL SPEAK MARVELLOUS THINGS AGAINST THE GOD OF GODS; AND HE SHALL PROSPER TILL THE INDIGNATION BE ACCOMPLISHED; FOR THAT WHICH IS DETERMINED SHALL BE DONE. NEITHER SHALL HE REGARD THE GODS OF HIS FATHERS, NOR THE DESIRE OF WOMEN, NOR REGARD ANY GOD; FOR HE SHALL MAGNIFY HIMSELF ABOVE ALL.
 
      “AND AT THE TIME OF THE END SHALL THE KING OF THE SOUTH CONTEND WITH HIM; AND THE KING OF THE NORTH SHALL COME AGAINST HIM LIKE A WHIRLWIND, WITH CHARIOTS, AND WITH HORSEMEN, AND WITH MANY SHIPS; AND HE SHALL ENTER INTO THE COUNTRIES, AND SHALL OVERFLOW AND PASS THROUGH.  HE SHALL ENTER ALSO INTO THE GLORIOUS LAND (ISRAEL), AND MANY [COUNTRIES] SHALL BE OVERTHROWN; BUT THESE SHALL BE DELIVERED OUT OF HIS HAND: EDOM, AND MOAB, AND THE CHIEF OF THE CHILDREN OF AMMON (JORDAN).  HE SHALL STRETCH FORTH HIS HAND ALSO UPON THE COUNTRIES; AND THE LAND OF EGYPT SHALL NOT ESCAPE.  BUT HE SHALL HAVE POWER OVER THE TREASURES OF GOLD AND OF SILVER, AND OVER ALL THE PRECIOUS THINGS OF EGYPT; AND THE LIBYANS AND THE ETHIOPIANS SHALL BE AT HIS STEPS.”
 
      HERE WE SEE SOME OF THE SAME NATIONS WE MET EARLIER IN EZEKIEL 38–LIBYA, ETHIOPIA, AND NORTHEN PEOPLES OF GOG AND MAGOG.  SO IT IS APPARENT THAT THERE HAS BEEN SOME SORT OF MUTUAL DEFENSE PACT BETWEEN ISRAEL AND THE NATIONS BEHIND THE ANTICHRIST.  EVEN GIVEN THE SEEMINGLY NATURAL EVENTS OF WARFARE, GOD HIMSELF DOES INTERVENE ON ISRAEL’S BEHALF IN A MIGHTY WAY.  APPARENTLY, GOD WILL CAUSE THESE VASTLY NUMERICAL MOSLEM ARMIES TO TURN THEIR WEAPONS AGAINST EACH OTHER.
 
      WE READ ABOUT THIS IN EZEKIEL 39: 1-6–” AND YOU, SON OF MAN, PROPHESY AGAINST GOG, AND SAY, ‘THUS SAYS THE LORD GOD: “BEHOLD, I AM AGAINST YOU, O GOG, THE PRINCE OF ROSH, MESHECH, AND TUBAL;  AND I WILL TURN YOU AROUND AND LEAD YOU ON, BRINGING YOU UP FROM THE FAR NORTH, AND BRING YOU AGAINST THE MOUNTAINS OF ISRAEL.  THEN I WILL KNOCK THE BOW OUT OF YOUR LEFT HAND, AND CAUSE THE ARROWS TO FALL OUT OF YOUR RIGHT HAND.  YOU SHALL FALL UPON THE MOUNTAINS OF ISRAEL, YOU AND ALL YOUR TROOPS AND THE PEOPLES WHO ARE WITH YOU; I WILL GIVE YOU TO BIRDS OF PREY OF EVERY SORT AND TO THE BEASTS OF THE FIELD TO BE DEVOURED.  YOU SHALL FALL ON THE OPEN FIELD; FOR I HAVE SPOKEN,” SAYS THE LORD GOD.  AND I WILL SEND FIRE ON MAGOG AND ON THOSE WHO LIVE IN SECURITY IN THE COASTLANDS. THEN THEY SHALL KNOW THAT I AM THE LORD.”
 
      PERHAPS GOD WILL CAUSE A KIND OF CIVIL WAR TO BREAK OUT AMONG THE CONFEDERACY, WHERE ONE ETHNIC GROUP WILL TURN AGAINST OTHER ETHNIC GROUPS IN THIS ALLIANCE–AGHANS AGAINST SYRIANS, IRANIANS AGAINST IRAQUIS–AS ANCIENT ANIMOSITIES AND RIVALRIES RISE TO THE LEVEL OF REVENGE.  ISRAEL ON HER PART, FACED WITH SUCH AN OVERWHELMING INVADING FORCE, MAY WELL DECIDE WITH THE CONSENT OF ANTICHRIST, WHO APPARENTLY HAS A TOKEN MILITARY PRESENCE IN THE LAND, TO EMPLOY BATTLEFIELD NUCLEAR WEAPONS.  THESE NEUTRON BOMBS, ABOUT THE SIZE OF A BASEBALL, WHEN DETONATED ON A FIELD OF BATTLE WILL HEAVILY RADIATE ALL FLESH WITHIN A RADIUS OF 500 YARDS OF THE EXPLOSION.
 
      UNLIKE THERMONUCLEAR WEAPONS, THESE NEUTRON BOMBS INCAPICITATE EVERY HUMAN BEING CAUGHT IN ITS SPHERE OF PENETRATION, DISABLING ANY SOLDIER FROM THE CAPACITY TO FIGHT.   WITHIN THIRTY MINUTES, THE MOST SEVERELY RADIATED PERSONS WILL DIE AS THEIR VITAL ORGANS CEASE TO FUNCTION.  THOSE WHO SURVIVE PAST A HALF HOUR WILL GRADUALLY RECOVER THEIR STRENGTH AND HEALTH OVER A PERIOD OF TWO WEEKS, AND WILL NOT SUFFER ANY LONG-TERM BODILY DAMAGE.  THE POPE AND THE VATICAN IN 1987 HONORED THE INVENTOR OF THE NEUTRON BOMB, SAM COHEN, WITH ITS OWN PEACE PRIZE.  COHEN WAS CITED AS HAVING DEVISED A MOST HUMANE WEAPON THAT AFFECTS ONLY COMBATANTS IN WAR AND DOES NOT INDISCRIMINATELY KILL AND MAIM CIVILIANS.
 
      AS THE HORDES OF INVADING TROOPS STILL THREATEN TO OVERRUN ISRAEL, THE ISRAELIS WILL LIKELY OPT TO EXERCISE THEIR MILITARY STRATEGY KNOWN AS THE “SAMPSON OPTION.” THIS IS A CONTINGENCY PLAN DRAFTED BY ISRAEL AFTER THEIR WAR OF 1973, WHEN A SURPRISE ATTACKED BY ARAB NATIONS ON THE DAY OF ATONEMENT NEARLY RESULTED ON THE UNPREPARED, OUTNUMBERED JEWS BEING OVERRUN BY MUCH GREATER ARAB ARMIES.
 
      SO PRIME MINISTER GOLDA MEIER AND HER WAR MINISTERS PASSED A DESPERATE PLAN ORDERING THAT ANY FUTURE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT THAT SEES ENEMY ARMIES OVERWHELMING THEIR SOLDIERS BY SHEER NUMBERS, THAT GOVERNMENT MUST RESOLVE TO UNLEASH ISRAEL’S CONSIDERABLE ARSENAL OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS AGAINST THE INVADING NATION’S MAJOR CITIES.  THEY CALLED THIS DESPERATE TACTIC THE “SAMPSON OPTION” AFTER THEIR BIBLICAL STRONGMAN SAMPSON.
 
      AS DESCRIBED IN THE BOOK OF JUDGES, SAMPSON WAS CAPTURED AND BLINDED BY HIS PHILLISTINE ENEMIES.  CHAINED THE PILLARS OF THE GREAT PHILLISTINE TEMPLE, AND BEING MOCKED AND TORTURED BY A HOSTILE GATHERING OF NOTABLES, SAMPSON TORE DOWN THE SUPPORTING PILLARS AND CAUSED THE ROOF TO CRUSH EVERYONE PRESENT, HIMSELF ALONG ALL HIS ENEMIES.  IN THIS CASE, WHEN ISRAEL WAS FACED WITH INEVITABLE DESTRUCTION, THEY HAVE VOWED TO USE ALL THEIR NUCLEAR MIGHT AGAINST THEIR ENEMIES, EVEN IF THEY WOULD BE DESTROYED ALONG WITH THE ATTACKERS.
 
      THE EVIDENCE IS POWERFUL THAT NUCLEAR WEAPONS WILL BE UNLEASHED IN THIS BLOODY GOG AND MAGOG CONFLICT.  BESIDES THE FIRE HE PROMISED TO RAIN DOWN ON THE HOME-COUNTRY COASTLANDS OF THE INVADING ARMIES, EZEKIEL 39:11-13 TELLS US THIS–“AND IT SHALL COME TO PASS IN THAT DAY, THAT I WILL GIVE UNTO GOG A PLACE FOR BURIAL IN ISRAEL, THE VALLEY OF THEM THAT PASS THROUGH ON THE EAST OF THE SEA; AND IT SHALL STOP THEM THAT PASS THROUGH: AND THERE SHALL THEY BURY GOG AND ALL HIS MULTITUDE; AND THEY SHALL CALL IT THE VALLEY OF HAMON-GOG.  AND SEVEN MONTHS SHALL THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL BE BURYING THEM, THAT THEY MAY CLEANSE THE LAND. YEA, ALL THE PEOPLE OF THE LAND SHALL BURY THEM; AND IT SHALL BE TO THEM A RENOWN IN THE DAY THAT I SHALL BE GLORIFIED, SAITH THE LORD JEHOVAH.”
 
      EZEKIEL CONTINUES TO DESCRIBE THE AFTERMATH OF THIS COMING WAR WITH WORDS THAT READ AS IF THEY WERE TAKEN FROM A MODERN MANUAL ON HOW TO DEAL WITH THE LINGERING RADIATION OF AN ATOMIC WAR.  HEAR HOW HE PORTRAYS THIS RADIOACTIVE AFTERMATH IN CHAPTER 39, VERSES 14-16–” AND THEY SHALL SET APART MEN OF CONTINUAL EMPLOYMENT, THAT SHALL PASS THROUGH THE LAND, AND, WITH THEM THAT PASS THROUGH, THOSE THAT BURY THEM THAT REMAIN UPON THE FACE OF THE LAND, TO CLEANSE IT.  AFTER THE END OF SEVEN MONTHS SHALL THEY SEARCH.  AND THEY THAT PASS THROUGH THE LAND SHALL PASS THROUGH; AND WHEN ANY SEETH A MAN’S BONE, THEN SHALL HE SET UP A SIGN BY IT, TILL THE BURIERS HAVE BURIED IT IN THE VALLEY OF HAMON-GOG.  AND HAMONAH SHALL ALSO BE THE NAME OF A CITY. THUS SHALL THEY CLEANSE THE LAND.”
 
      “THUS SHALL THEY CLEANSE THE LAND..”  THERE WILL BE AN INCREDIBLE NUMBER OF DEAD AND MAIMED SOLDIERS, ALONG WITH CIVILIANS LEFT BEHIND AS A RESULT OF THIS DISASTROUS WAR.  TWO PROPHECIES FOUND IN THE WRITINGS OF ISAIAH AND JEREMIAH SUGGEST THAT DAMASCUS, THE SYRIAN CAPITOL, WILL EXPERIENCE THE BRUNT OF THE NUCLEAR ONSLAUGHT.  IN ISAIAH 17:1-2, WE FIND THESE WORDS–”THE BURDEN AGAINST DAMASCUS.  BEHOLD, DAMASCUS WILL CEASE FROM BEING A CITY, AND IT WILL BE A RUINOUS HEAP.”
 
      AND IN JEREMIAH 49, 23 THROUGH 27, WE READ–“DAMASCUS HAS GROWN FEEBLE; SHE TURNS TO FLEE, AND FEAR HAS SEIZED HER.  ANGUISH AND SORROWS HAVE TAKEN HER LIKE A WOMAN IN LABOR. WHY IS THE CITY OF PRAISE NOT DESERTED, THE CITY OF MY JOY?  THEREFORE HER YOUNG MEN SHALL FALL IN HER STREETS, AND ALL THE MEN OF WAR SHALL BE CUT OFF IN THAT DAY,” SAYS THE LORD OF HOSTS. “I WILL KINDLE A FIRE IN THE WALL OF DAMASCUS..”
 
      AS A RESULT OF THIS WAR, ISRAEL WILL BE HUMBLED AND SUFFER LOSSES BUT WILL NOT BE VANQUISHED.  IN FACT, THE LOSSES SUFFERED BY ISRAEL’S ENEMIES WILL BE SO DEVASTATING, IT MAY CAUSE SOME OF THESE MOSLEMS AND PAGANS TO TURN TO ISRAEL’S GOD, JUST AS ASAPH PRAYED IN PSALM 83–”THOSE WHO SAID, “LET US TAKE FOR OURSELVES THE PASTURES OF GOD FOR A POSSESSION, O MY GOD, MAKE THEM LIKE THE WHIRLING DUST, LIKE THE CHAFF BEFORE THE WIND!  AS THE FIRE BURNS THE WOODS, AND AS THE FLAME SETS THE MOUNTAINS ON FIRE, SO PURSUE THEM WITH YOUR TEMPEST, AND FRIGHTEN THEM WITH YOUR STORM.  FILL THEIR FACES WITH SHAME, THAT THEY MAY SEEK YOUR NAME, O LORD.  LET THEM BE CONFOUNDED AND DISMAYED FOREVER; YES, LET THEM BE PUT TO SHAME AND PERISH, THAT THEY MAY KNOW THAT YOU, WHOSE NAME ALONE IS THE LORD, ARE THE MOST HIGH OVER ALL THE EARTH.”
 
      THE QUESTION STILL REMAINS–WHEN?  WHEN CAN WE EXPECT THIS MIDEAST VERSION OF WORLD WAR III TO BREAK OUT?  AS ALWAYS, THE BIBLE HOLDS THE ANSWER.  A RENOWNED BIBLE SCHOLAR, THE LATE DR. DAVID L. COOPER, WROTE KNOWLEDGEABLY ABOUT THIS WAR OF GOG AND MAGOG WHEN HE NOTED–”IT IS UTTERLY IMPOSSIBLE TO LOCATE THE FULFILLMENT OF THIS PREDICTION AFTER THE MILLENIAL AGE.  IT CANNOT BE PLACED AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MILLENNIUM, NOR AT THE END OF THE TRIBULATION.  IT MUST, THEREFORE, BE LOCATED PRIOR TO THE TRIBULATION, BECAUSE THERE IS NO OTHER LOGICAL PLACE FOR IT TO OCCUR SINCE THE THREE OTHER DATES ARE IMPOSSIBLE..  THIS WAR WILL OCCUR AT A TIME BETWEEN NOW AND THE BEGINNING OF THE TRIBULATION.”
 
      THE BIBLICAL REASONING BEHIND DR. COOPER’S CONCLUSION IS FOUND IN EZEKIEL 39, WHERE THE PROPHET STATES THAT IT WILL TAKE SEVEN YEARS TO CLEAR AWAY THE RUBBLE AND BURNT OUT WEAPONRY LEFT BEHIND BY THE INVADING ARMIES.  VERSES 9 AND 10 DESCRIBES THE PROCESS IN THESE WORDS–“AND THEY THAT DWELL IN THE CITIES OF ISRAEL SHALL GO FORTH, AND SHALL MAKE FIRES OF THE WEAPONS AND BURN THEM, BOTH THE SHIELDS AND THE BUCKLERS, THE BOWS AND THE ARROWS, AND THE HANDSTAVES, AND THE SPEARS, AND THEY SHALL MAKE FIRES OF THEM SEVEN YEARS; SO THAT THEY SHALL TAKE NO WOOD OUT OF THE FIELD, NEITHER CUT DOWN ANY OUT OF THE FORESTS; FOR THEY SHALL MAKE FIRES OF THE WEAPONS; AND THEY SHALL PLUNDER THOSE THAT PLUNDERED THEM, AND ROB THOSE THAT ROBBED THEM, SAITH THE LORD JEHOVAH.”
 
      THIS SEVEN-YEAR PERIOD DOVETAILS WITH THE SEVEN YEARS BIBLICALLY ALLOTTED TO THE TRIBULATION, SPECIFICALLY NOTED IN DANIEL 9 AND REVELATION 11.  NO SIMILAR SEVEN-YEAR PERIOD IS MENTIONED ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE BIBLE, INCLUDING FOLLOWING THE BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON.  ARMAGEDDON, WHICH MANY PEOPLE CONFUSE WITH THE BATTLE OF GOG AND MAGOG, IS A TOTALLY DIFFERENT WAR.  GOG AND MAGOG INVOLVES A LIMITED NUMBER OF NATIONS IN A CONFEDERACY TO INVADE ISRAEL, AND GOD USES NATURAL FORCES TO DESTROY THESE INVADING ARMIES.
 
      BUT EVEN BEFORE THE SMOKE AND RADIATION CLEARS, THE WORLD LEADER THE BIBLE CALLS THE ANTICHRIST WILL STEP FORWARD TO TAKE ROB GOD OF THE CREDIT FOR GIVING THE VICTORY TO ISRAEL.  SURPRISINGLY, NOT ONLY WILL THE REST OF THE WORLD, INCLUDING ISRAEL, BELIEVE THE ANTICHRIST’S BOAST AND GO ALONG WITH HIS BLATANT THEFT OF GOD’S GLORY, THIS MAN OF SIN WILL EVEN START BELIEVING HIS OWN STORY AND SELF-PROMOTING PRESS-CLIPPINGS TO SEE HIMSELF AS A GODLIKE PERSONAGE.
 
      THE EUROPEAN POWERS, FROM WHICH THE ANTICHRIST COMES AND GETS HIS POWER, WILL UNIFY BEHIND HIM SO THAT HE WILL BE COMMISSIONED TO STEP FORWARD AND FORGE A REAL PEACE TREATY BETWEEN ISRAEL AND HER ARAB NEIGHBORS.  WHERE BEFORE, AND EVEN TODAY, NEITHER THE PALESTINIANS NOR THE OTHER ARAB AND MOSLEM PEOPLES ARE SERIOUS ABOUT RESIGNING THEMSELVES TO THE REALITY OF THE JEWISH HOMELAND IN THEIR MIDST, IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE DEADLY WAR AND THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF GRIEVING FAMILIES THROUGHOUT THEIR NATIONS, THEY WILL AT LAST BE READY BOTH EMOTIONALLY AND POLITICALLY TO SIT DOWN AND SIGN SOME KIND OF INTERIM PEACE ACCORD WITH ISRAEL.
 
      THAT WILL BE THE TIME WHEN THE ANTICHRIST WILL PROPOSE A SEVEN-YEAR PERIOD TO BE AGREED TO BY ALL SIDES, THE PEACE TREATY SPOKEN OF BY THE PROPHET DANIEL IN CHAPTER 9, VERSE 27 OF HIS BOOK–”THEN HE (THE ANTICHRIST) SHALL CONFIRM A COVENANT WITH MANY FOR SEVEN YEARS..”   ONE OF THE PROVISIONS OF THIS PEACE PACT IS THAT THE JEWS WILL HAVE THE RIGHT TO BUILD A TEMPLE OR TABERNACLE ON THE OLD TEMPLE MOUNT, ALONGSIDE THE MOSLEM HOLY PLACES OF THE DOME OF THE ROCK AND THE EL AQSA MOSQUE.  AT THAT TIME, THEY WILL REINSTITUTE THE OLD BIBLICAL SACRIFICES AS COMMANDED IN THE BOOK OF EXODUS.29 AND SO THEY WILL AGAIN BEGIN OBSERVING BIBLICAL JUDAISM INSTEAD OF THE RABBINICAL JUDAISM THEY HAVE OBSERVED SINCE THE DESTRUCTION OF THE JERUSALEM TEMPLE IN A.D. 70.
 
      BUT AT THE MIDPOINT OF THIS SEVEN-YEAR PERIOD, THE ANTICHRIST WILL DECIDE TO RENEGE ON SOME OF THE PROVISIONS OF THE PEACE TREATY HE GUARANTEED TO ISRAEL.  HE DOES THE UNTHINKABLE–HE ORDERS HIS TROOPS TO STOP THE ORTHODOX JEWISH PRIESTS FROM OFFERING THEIR RITUAL DAILY SACRIFICES AND THEIR SIN OFFERINGS.  BUT IF YOU THINK THIS WILL MAKE ALL THE ISRAELITES UNHAPPY, THINK AGAIN.  THERE WILL BE LOTS OF WORLDLY UNBELIEVING JEWS AND UNBELIEVING GENTILES WHO WILL APPLAUD HIS ACTION AND MOCK THE RELIGIOUS TORAH-OBSERVANT JEWS WHO WILL PROTEST.
 
      AT THAT TIME, I ALSO BELIEVE THE ANTICHRIST WILL INCREASE THE PERSECUTIONS AGAINST JEWISH CHRISTIANS IN ISRAEL AND CHRISTIANS EVERYWHERE.  JESUS HIMSELF ALLUDES TO THAT IN MATTHEW 24–”THEN SHALL THEY DELIVER YOU UP UNTO TRIBULATION, AND SHALL KILL YOU: AND YE SHALL BE HATED OF ALL THE NATIONS FOR MY NAME’S SAKE.  AND THEN SHALL MANY STUMBLE, AND SHALL DELIVER UP ONE ANOTHER, AND SHALL HATE ONE ANOTHER.”
 
      SOMETIME LATER, THE ANTICHRIST WILL PLACE SOME DETESTABLE THING UPON ISRAEL’S HOLY PLACE, THE SACRIFICIAL ALTAR OVER THE ARK OF THE COVENANT.  WE ARE NOT TOLD WHAT THIS DESPICABLE THING IS, BUT IT MUST BE SOMETHING THAT DEFILES AND OUTRAGES THE MOST HOLY GOD THE ALTAR REPRESENTS.  PERHAPS ANTICHRIST WILL SET UP HIS OWN THRONE THERE, OR ESTABLISH HIS MEDIA HEADQUARTERS IN THE TRIBULATION TEMPLE.  WE KNOW FROM REVELATION 13:15 THAT IT WILL LIKELY INCLUDE HIS OWN IMAGE AND LIKENESS–”AND IT WAS GIVEN [UNTO HIM] TO GIVE BREATH TO IT, [EVEN] TO THE IMAGE TO THE BEAST, THAT THE IMAGE OF THE BEAST SHOULD BOTH SPEAK, AND CAUSE THAT AS MANY AS SHOULD NOT WORSHIP THE IMAGE OF THE BEAST SHOULD BE KILLED.”
 
      HOW LONG AFTER THE ANTICHRIST ORDERS THE DAILY SACRIFICE STOPPED WILL THIS FINAL DESECRATION OF THE TEMPLE TAKE PLACE?  DANIEL 12:11 SPEAKS TO THIS TIMING–”AND FROM THE TIME THAT THE CONTINUAL [BURNT-OFFERING] SHALL BE TAKEN AWAY, AND THE ABOMINATION THAT MAKETH DESOLATE SET UP, THERE SHALL BE A THOUSAND AND TWO HUNDRED AND NINETY DAYS.” THE SPACE OF 1,290 DAYS EXPRESSED IN YEARS COMES TO THREE-AND-A-HALF PROPHETIC YEARS PLUS ONE THIRTY DAY MONTH. 
 
      NOW THE ANTICHRIST OPENLY DEFIES THE LIVING GOD BY PRESENTING HIMSELF TO THE WHOLE WORLD “AS IF HE WERE GOD,” AND HE WILL DEMAND FROM THE ENTIRE WORLD THAT HE BE WORSHIPED.  PAUL TELLS US THIS IN 2 THESSALONIANS 2:3-4–”LET NO MAN BEGUILE YOU IN ANY WISE: FOR [IT WILL NOT BE,] EXCEPT THE FALLING AWAY COME FIRST, AND THE MAN OF SIN BE REVEALED, THE SON OF PERDITION, HE THAT OPPOSETH AND EXALTETH HIMSELF AGAINST ALL THAT IS CALLED GOD OR THAT IS WORSHIPPED; SO THAT HE SITTETH IN THE TEMPLE OF GOD, SETTING HIMSELF FORTH AS GOD.”   
 
      FROM THAT MOMENT UNTIL HE MEETS HIS END, THE ANTICHRIST WILL STRIVE MIGHTILY TO BRING THE ENTIRE WORLD UNDER HIS ABSOLUTE CONTROL.  BUT HE WILL HAVE MADE THAT ONE COLOSSAL BLUNDER, THAT ONE CRUCIAL EGO-MANIACAL ACTION, WHEN HE DARES TO POLLUTE THE HOLY PLACE WITH SOME IMPUDENT INSULT TO THE LIVING GOD–AND THAT WILL TRIGGER THE GREAT OUTPOURING OF GOD’S WRATH THAT WILL DESTROY HIM AT THE FINAL TRIBULATION BATTLE CALLED ARMAGEDDON.
 
      ARMAGEDDON DESCRIBES THE GREAT BATTLE WHERE ALL THE ARMIES OF THE WORLD GATHER AGAINST JERUSALEM.  THE BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON CULMINATES WHEN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST RETURNS FROM HEAVEN WITH HIS RAPTURED CHURCH, AND HE DESTROYS THESE ARMIES SUPERNATURALLY WITH “THE SWORD OF HIS MOUTH”–SIMPLY USING HIS SPOKEN WORD   WILD BEASTS AND FLESH-EATING BIRDS WILL DEVOUR THE DEAD BODIES LEFT BEHIND IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME, AFTER WHICH CHRIST WILL SET UP HIS MILLENNIAL REIGN AT ONCE, WITHOUT ANY SEVEN-YEAR “WAITING PERIOD.”
 
      THAT FINAL DECISIVE WAR OF ARMAGEDDON WILL BE THE FINAL VINDICATION FOR ISRAEL BECAUSE GOD HIMSELF WILL FIGHT FOR ISRAEL AS IN THE DAYS OF OLD AND GIVE HER THE VICTORY.  WE SEE THIS DESCRIBED BY THE PROPHET ZECHARIAH IN CHAPTER 12:3 AND FOLLOWING OF HIS BOOK–”AND IT SHALL COME TO PASS IN THAT DAY, THAT I WILL MAKE JERUSALEM A BURDENSOME STONE FOR ALL THE PEOPLES; ALL THAT BURDEN THEMSELVES WITH IT SHALL BE SORE WOUNDED; AND ALL THE NATIONS OF THE EARTH SHALL BE GATHERED TOGETHER AGAINST IT..  IN THAT DAY SHALL JEHOVAH DEFEND THE INHABITANTS OF JERUSALEM: AND HE THAT IS FEEBLE AMONG THEM AT THAT DAY SHALL BE AS DAVID; AND THE HOUSE OF DAVID SHALL BE AS GOD, AS THE ANGEL OF JEHOVAH BEFORE THEM.  AND IT SHALL COME TO PASS IN THAT DAY, THAT I WILL SEEK TO DESTROY ALL THE NATIONS THAT COME AGAINST JERUSALEM.”
 
      WILL BELIEVERS BE AROUND TO SEE THE OUTBREAK OF THIS WAR?  I BELIEVE WE WILL, BASED ON THE PREMISE THAT THE WAR WILL BRING ABOUT THE CONDITIONS THAT CULMINATE IN THE SEVEN-YEAR PEACE TREATY BETWEEN ISRAEL AND THE ARAB NATIONS.  BUT IF THE WAR BREAKS OUT AFTER THE PEACE TREATY IS SIGNED AND NOT BEFORE, THEN WE WHO HAVE PLACED OUR FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST WILL ALREADY HAVE BEEN SNATCHED AWAY TO HEAVEN IN WHAT IS POPULARLY CALLED “THE RAPTURE.”
 
      WHATEVER THE TIME FRAME, ONE FACT REMAINS UNCHANGED.  THAT IS THE URGENT NEED RIGHT NOW TO MAKE YOUR PEACE WITH THE LIVING GOD THROUGH THE MESSIAH, HIS ETERNAL SON JESUS CHRIST, AND NOT HAVE TO SWEAT OUT THE MOMENTOUS EVENTS OF THESE LAST DAYS.  WHY DO I ALWAYS END THESE ARTICLES WITH A CALL TO RECEIVE SALVATION AND ETERNAL SECURITY?  BECAUSE ALL THE PRE-KNOWLEDGE IN THE WORLD IS NOT GOING TO HELP ANYONE WHO IS NOT REBORN BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD INTO A NEW RELATIONSHIP.
 
      EVEN IF YOU HAVE GREAT WISDOM, OR CAN SPEAK WITH THE ELOQUENCE OF ANGELS, AND CAN DO WONDROUS DEEDS THROUGH YOUR TALENTS AND GIFTS, IF YOU HAVE NOT GIVEN YOUR LIFE TO JESUS, IT IS NOTHING BUT ASHES THAT WILL BLOW AWAY WHEN THE WINDS BEGIN TO BLOW.  SO THIS VERY MOMENT, AS YOU READ THESE WORDS, I URGE YOU TO OPEN YOUR HEART AND MIND AND ASK QUIETLY IN YOUR SPIRIT SOMETHING LIKE THIS–”FATHER GOD, I WANT TO KNOW YOU IN A PERSONAL WAY.  I WANT TO COMMUNICATE WITH YOU AND HAVE YOU DIRECT MY PATH, GIVE ME THE JOY OF YOUR SALVATION AND THE PEACE THAT COMES ONLY THROUGH THE PRINCE OF PEACE, THROUGH YOUR SON JESUS.
 
      “PLEASE, GOD, COME TO ME AND MAKE ME A MEMBER OF YOUR HOLY FAMILY THROUGH THE DEATH AND RESURRECTION OF YOUR SON.  I BELIEVE HE SUFFERED AND DIED FOR ME, AND ROSE FROM THE DEAD TO PROVE HIS DIVINITY AND LIVES EVEN NOW BESIDE YOU IN YOUR THRONEROOM.  HEAR ME, JESUS, AND COME INTO MY LIFE.  TAKE ME, MOLD ME, MAKE ME IN YOUR OWN DIVINE IMAGE–AND LET THIS DAY BE THE DAY OF MY SALVATION.  AMEN.”

A Song to our faithful God

August 19, 2010 in Uncategorized

Act justly, love mercy, walk humbly with your God

And Love Me in All things . . .

 

You are Great God and I am but your servant!

You are Mercy and I stand with cupped hands to receive it.

You are Wisdom, God and I lift my face to soak it up.

You are Perfect and I kneel to partake of your discipline.

 

Grant me discernment, Lord from your Hand.

Grant me peace, love and understanding;

Not of the wold but of the Lord my God!