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Are you looking for the Anti-Christ? - By John M. -
It is stunning the number of articles on the Internet mocking or denying the pre-tribulation rapture. It seems many are turning to the pre-wrath, post-tribulation rapture. Why? Do these preachers and laity know that they are looking for the anti-christ and not Jesus? Hebrew 12:2a states, "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith." Look at the verse. We are to look unto Jesus for salvation, our everyday living, and for the blessed hope. We are not commanded to prepare for the anti-christ. There are no instructions in any of the Apostle Paul's epistles on how to prepare for the worst time in world history.
The post-tribulation rapture uses the following verse to prove their position. Matthew 24:29-31, Jesus states, "Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other."
I heard a well-known preacher state that Matthew 24:29-31 will take place before the Bowl Judgments - that this is when the Church is removed, that this is when God pours out His final wrath. First of all, the audience Jesus is talking to is Jews. How do I know this? All the tribes of earth shall mourn. Well, Gentiles do not live in tribes. Jews live in tribes. One of the parallel passages for Matthew 24:29-31 is Zechariah 12:10-11. Zechariah 12:10-11 states,
"And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon."
Who is the "they" in Zechariah 12:10? Jews from the twelve tribes of Israel. Remember, the tribes were scattered around the Assyrian and Roman empires in 722BC and 70AD, respectively. In Acts 2, there were Jews from many different nations at the temple [likely not upper room: See: Acts 2] on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was poured out on 120 Jews.
When will Jesus come in the clouds? At the battle of Armageddon. Revelation 16:16 states, "And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon." Zechariah 12:11 states, "In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon."
The following verses also prove that the gathering in Matthew 24:31 deals with Israel. Isaiah 27:12-13 states, "And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall beat off from the channel of the river unto the stream of Egypt, and ye shall be gathered one by one, O ye children of Israel. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the Lord in the holy mount at Jerusalem." The children of Israel are gathered. The great trumpet shall be blown or sounded. This is a tribulation and Millennium passage.
You have to be a dispensationalist to understand end-time Bible prophecy or the Word as a whole. Second Timothy 2:15 states, "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." If you do not divide the scriptures, you will take the Bible out of context. That will create wrong doctrine and wrong living. As stated above, Matthew 24 was not taught to the Church. It was taught to Israel. I Thessalonians 4:13-18, II Thessalonians 2, Revelation 2-3 were taught to the Church.
Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21:7-11, 25-36 all deal with the tribulation. The birth pangs will start the tribulation when Jesus unseals the first seal judgment, which is the White Horse. The White Horse is the anti-christ. He comes in peaceably by making a peace covenant with Israel and many other nations for one week of years (Daniel 9:27). All 70 weeks prophesied by Daniel were for Israel. Here is undeniable proof. Daniel 9:24 states,
"Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy." Daniel's people were and are the Jews, and the holy city is Jerusalem. Only 69 weeks or 483 years (69×7) have been fulfilled.
The outline of Daniel's 70th week is taught in great detail:
Now, let's look at what was promised to the Church. Revelation 3:10 states, "Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth." The key word is "from" the hour of temptation. It does not say through.
Jesus stated in Luke 21:36, "Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man." Jesus stated we can escape "all" the events just described.
Now, when Jesus was done prophesying to the Churches in Asia Minor (Turkey), the Apostle John is taken up in the spirit in Revelation 4:1. Again, you have to divide the Word of God. Jesus states in Revelation 1:19, "Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter." The Book of Revelation is divided into three sections as stated by our Lord. Look at word "hereafter." When does that word first appear after verse 1:19? Revelation 4:1 states, "After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter."
When Jesus said "the things that are," He was referring to the Churches in Revelation 2 & 3. The "hereafter" is after the Churches. The Laodicean Church is the last Church Jesus judged (in a loving way). It is a "lukewarm" Church. It is the Church that is not enduring sound doctrine but is seeking preachers to tell what they want to hear. They are accepting doctrines of demons such as works salvation, replacement theology, and much more. This Church has put Jesus on the outside. They do not want hear about sin. Jesus commanded them to repent.
But, at the same time, the Philadelphia Church is also on the earth. They are living repentant lives. They are studying the Word. Witnessing to the lost. They are zealous for the things of God. This is the Church Jesus promised to be "kept from" the tribulation. The Apostle John who was taken up in Revelation 4:1, removed from the earth before the first seal judgment (Revelation 6:2).
Now, before the "hereafter" can start, there must be a removal or a gathering of the Church, just as the Holy Spirit could not operate in His fullness until Jesus was removed from the earth. Evil is restrained until the Restrainer is removed, who indwells the Church. The Holy Spirit indwells the Church. The Holy Spirit will not be removed from the earth. No one would be saved. But, hundreds of millions of Christians leaving the earth will cause a shift in the spirit realm. The hedge will be lowered and Satan will know his time is short.
The Holy Spirit illuminated passages from scripture that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that born-again, overcoming Christians will not go through the tribulation. Jesus stated in Matthew 16:18, "And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."
Daniel 7:19-22 states, "Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse from all the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass; which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet; 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. I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom."
Jesus stated the gates of hell will not prevail against the Church, but Daniel stated that the anti-christ will prevail against the saints. Contradiction? NO! Jesus is referring to the Church age, and Daniel is referring to the tribulation. If the Church-age saints would be in the tribulation, Satan would prevail against them; but we are not subject to God's or Satan's wrath. Only a small remnant of tribulation saints will make it all the way to the end of the tribulation (Zechariah 13:8-9). You have to rightly divide or you will teach wrong doctrine and will damage or destroy the faith of some.
All of Romans 11 deals with Israel. The Apostle Paul wrote under inspiration of the Holy Spirit that when the fullness or full number of the Gentiles be come in, God turns back His focus to national Israel. The "hereafter" deals with Israel and other unrepentant Gentile nations.
Why does God keep on dealing with Israel? He made land and spiritual covenants with Abraham. Romans 11:26-29 states, "And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the father's sakes. For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance."
God promised to take away Israel's sins. Romans 11:28b states, "but as touching the election, they are beloved for the father's sakes." Notice the word "fathers" in the verse. It is not referring to the heavenly Father. It is referring to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Jacob's name was changed to Israel. God called them 2,000 years before Jesus died on the cross. Roman's 11:29 states, "For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance." "Without repentance" means irrevocable.
Many of the pre-wrath & post tribulation advocates are denying God's plan for Israel. Many of these preachers are teaching replacement theology, which is calling God a liar. You have to spiritualize hundreds of scriptures to make this evil doctrine sound legitimate to the laity. Christians are presently buying and storing food and water for the tribulation.
Many preachers and teachers are what I call backfilling scripture. Since we will dwell in the New Jerusalem after the Millennium, some preachers are teaching Jerusalem in the Old Testament is now the New Jerusalem. They also teach Israel in the Old Testament is actually the Church. That is backfilling scripture. That is spiritualizing scripture. It is false doctrine.
The bottom line is I am looking unto Jesus the "finisher" of my faith. If you are Christian, your faith will end at death or at the rapture. When your faith is finished, what will you believe? Do you believe Jesus will keep you from the worst time in world history or will He cast you into the birth pangs and the great tribulation? If you believe the Church will be going through the tribulation, you are taking away your brother and sisters "blessed hope" (Titus 2:13) and "comfort" (I Thessalonians 4:18). You are denying God's plan for Israel. God clearly warns all not to take away from His prophetic word (Revelation 22:19).
May I ask you a question? Are you looking for Jesus or the anti-christ?
Jesus Himself is coming for His Church. Not angels (I Thessalonians 4:16).
What should we do as a Church as we wait for the Lord to call us home? Repent, pray, witness, forgive, study, watch Israel, and look up, for your redemption draws near.
Even so come, Lord Jesus.
Mass Protests in Lebanon Pave the Path to Temple-Building Alliance with Israel - By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz - www.breakingisraelnews.com
"Surely, in a little while, Lebanon will be transformed into farm land, And farm land accounted as mere brush." Isaiah 29:17 (The Israel Bible™)
Massive civilian protests in Lebanon are shaking up the delicate balance in the region. With a history as a majority Christian country and once labeled the "the Paris of the Middle East," Lebanon's future can take many forms, including a return to its former glory as a partner in the building of the Temple.
A government decision to tax the smartphone app Whatsapp was the spark that set off civil unrest across Lebanon last Thursday. The nationwide protests led several high-ranking government officials to resign amid accusations of corruption. The Christian party Lebanese forces announced early Sunday that they were leaving the Saad Hariri government. The government also responded with sweeping reforms including a revised budget, slashing government salaries in an effort to curb corruption. All these changes failed to assuage the anger of protesters who took to the streets again on Tuesday.
Professor Mordechai Kedar, a senior lecturer in the Department of Arabic at Bar-Ilan University, emphasized that the real cause of the protests is a mix of civil woes.
"Of course, a tax on a cell-phone app is not what set off the civil unrest," Dr. Kedar said. "It is the result of accumulating factors. The presence of Hezbollah as an arm of Iran represents an ongoing and constant threat to the nation of Lebanon. The economic situation surely contributes to the civil unrest. Part of the economic problem is due to Syrian refugees that have swamped the country and the economy cannot cope."
"But perhaps chief among the factors is the corruption in the government. Many of the officials who live on a salary are, in fact, millionaires. What they would like to do is take their money and run but the protests are preventing this."
"Theoretically, Lebanon was established with a Christian hegemony," Dr. Kedar said. "But Hezbollah as a branch of Shiite Iran has taken control. Christians have been fleeing the country for some time. At this point, the Shiite population in Lebanon is the majority. Most Lebanese are sick of religious conflict. The protesters are waving Lebanese flags. They want to be Lebanese."
"Iran needs Lebanon to form a land bridge to the Mediterranean. Iran has been telling them that Israel and the U.S. are to blame for all the problems. The people are no longer willing to accept this. "
Rabbi Ken Spiro, a historian and Senior Lecturer and Researcher for Aish HaTorah Yeshiva, noted that religion is certainly playing a role in the unrest in Lebanon.
"Lebanon is a mix of religions; Druze, Maronites, Shiite Muslims, and many others," Rabbi Spiro said. "But when England and France pulled out of the region, Lebanon was supposed to be the Arab Christian country in the Middle East. The oldest Christian communities are in the Middle East and they are also the most endangered minorities in the world."
In 1932, 54 percent of the country was Christian and 44 percent Muslim. Recent census show that this balance has shifted, with 44 percent of Lebanese identifying as Christian and 54 percent Muslim (equally divided between Shiite and Sunni).
"But Christians are being targeted by Islamists and are the most ethnically endangered group today," Rabbi Spiro said. "This should be a major concern to the West but it is not being treated that way."
"This was exacerbated when the Palestinian Liberation Organization invaded Lebanon in 1975, destabilizing the religious balance. The PLO used Lebanon as a launching pad for attacks against Israel. Israel was welcomed in when they went into Lebanon in 1982 to clean out the PLO."
"Lebanon never really recovered and Hezbollah is really calling the shots in Lebanon today. Lebanon is being held captive by Hezbollah and is not independent anymore. It is being run, militarily, politically, and economically, by Iran. Eventually, there will probably be a war between Hezbollah and Israel, and Lebanon will pay a terrible price for that."
"Lebanon could have had peace with Israel but the instability allowed Iran to open up another front against Israel," Rabbi Spiro said. "So many Arab countries, like Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, are making moves towards Israel. It is an alliance of practicality, not of love. They see Israel as the access to Jews, and Jews as the access to economic and political connections."
Rabbi Pinchas Winston, an American rabbi living in Israel who is a prolific end-of-days author, emphasized that understanding Lebanon, modern and ancient, is necessary to make sense of the current situation and how it impacts Israel.
"Unlike Syria, which was incorporated into ancient Israel, Lebanon, was a separate country that was an ally in building the Temple," Rabbi Winston pointed out.
The king of Lebanon had peaceful and productive relations with King David that continued into the reign of Solomon, seeing him play a major role in the construction of the First Temple around 100 BCE. Most importantly, King Hiram provided cedar trees which were bound into rafts and floated south to the port of Yaffo. Embroidered linen dyed with Phoenician purple was used in the Holy of Holies. Huram, a Lebanese master craftsman, was commissioned for several major projects in the Temple. The pact between Hiram and Solomon was honored for twenty years.
"Spiritually, Lebanon's role in the Temple was not coincidental," Rabbi Winston explained. "The word 'Lebanon' comes from the word 'lavan' (white). Lebanon needed to play a role in the Temple in order for it to be a mechanism for whitening sins."
"Come, let us reach an understanding, -says Hashem. Be your sins like crimson, They can turn snow-white; Be they red as dyed wool, They can become like fleece." Isaiah 1:18
"Like many of Israel's neighbors, Lebanon can serve as a pin the releases greater forces into conflict," Rabbi Winston said. "This is especially true for Lebanon which is directly to the north of Israel; the direction specified as the source of the Gog and Magog War."
"It is essential to watch these events unfold, keeping in mind the end-of-days context. So often, large conflicts explode out of small events that seem irrelevant until they are viewed in a larger context."
Rabbi Winston referred to the assassination of Austria's Archduke Franz Ferdinand which is usually cited as the spark that set of World War I.
"The Vilna Gaon (a prominent 18th century Torah authority) stated that the final conflict before the Messiah will take 12 minutes. It is going to seem like the Messiah suddenly appears, catching most people off-guard and unprepared. In truth, if you watch for the signs, it is clear that we are already in the process leading up to the end-of-days."
The rabbi compared it to a game of musical chairs.
"People are going to claim that it is unfair, that there was no warning before the Messiah. By the time it becomes clear that the Messiah is happening, it will be too late to do anything about it. Preparation, especially in the form of prayer, is necessary before you even see it happening. Even more, if you look for the signs you will see them in place already in everything that is happening. Even in political events like what is happening in Lebanon."
Nearing Midnight: Thinking on Gog-Magog - Terry James -
Regions directly north of Jerusalem are being stirred to turmoil by the whirlwinds of prophetic destiny. Therefore it is the responsibility of watchmen on the wall to closely examine all things powerfully affecting that area so concentric to Bible prophecy yet to be fulfilled.
The specific prophecy, of course, involves that given about the Gog-Magog battle in Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39. We have been watching the stage setting for some time. Russia, which we believe to be Rosh, Iran (the greatest part of which is almost certainly Persia), and Turkey, which we believe to be a reference to most of what was ancient Togarmah, have been coalescing to Israel's north for quite some time. This alone can be seen as nothing short of astonishing. Now, with the whole region directly to Israel's north lighting up with what looks to be prophetic pyrotechnics, the spiritually attuned discerner's observational powers should be fully turned on and in focus.
We have some from the Christian media community making declarations of what developments mean.
Pat Robertson said the following on his 700 Club show: "I am absolutely appalled that the United States is going to betray those Democratic forces in northern Syria, that we possibly are going to allow the Turkish to come in against the Kurds." In typical "word of knowledge" power he claims to have, he offered further: "The President of the United States is in danger of losing the mandate of Heaven if he permits this to happen."
While I can't and don't wish to be able to claim such "word of knowledge" ability to pontificate, I'm concerned, but not necessarily against, the president's decision. I certainly don't believe his decision to withdraw America from the immediate region of hostilities will doom Mr. Trump to a loss in the 2020 presidential election.
It might just be that the move is by the very hand of God. We can know for sure that America withdrawing in such a manner has in no way slipped up on the Creator of all things. This has not escaped His omniscience.
Turkey invading northern Syria to get at rebels of the region is a serious matter. The Kurdish people are in danger. Many among them are Christians, and that is one reason for many concerns among we who pray for our brothers and sisters there. But so should we pray for all who face death and destruction in this or any military incursion. So, I, like you, don't view all this lightly.
I do, however, consider these matters from a particularly focused perspective. Things taking place in that biblically important part of the world at this late hour in this quickly fleeting Age of Grace must be critically important. In view of all other converging signs we are discerning, any such apparent stage-setting should light up the eschatological radar screens.
It is proper to consider, I think, whether this president's decision to remove American involvement from that specific area is God-ordained. I don't mean that Mr. Trump might be aware of it possibly being a directive from on high. That in no way is part of this bit of prophetic pondering on my part.
We know that America is not mentioned by name in Ezekiel's Gog-Magog prophecy, just as the nation isn't mentioned in any prophecy by name. Here is what we do know God's prophetic Word says about the nations observing that attack from the sidelines -the attackers we believe to be led by Russia, Iran, and Turkey.
Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil? (Ezekiel 38:13)
My scenario-pondering is wrapped up in the following. I claim no "word of knowledge."
With America removed from that region of interminable conflict, the other nations that presently comprise NATO and all other countries of combatant-loaning sorts might not be willing to intervene against the assault. Most consider Israel as the problem in the world. Think about the UN being almost totally against Israel on every issue.
If America isn't there at the time of the Gog-Magog assault, these nations will almost without question not seek to oppose the coalition, led by a powerful Russia.
The removal of America at this time from this theater of future war is most interesting to contemplate. God tells in this prophecy that He, alone, will save His chosen nation. There will be no doubt about who does the rescue.
America's military might won't do so. That's for sure.
When the Dust Settles in Syria - By Fiamma Nirenstein - https://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=3542
To speak about Kurds has suddenly become a cry in favor of human rights and self-determination by the Western press, and rightly so: The assault they are suffering is lethal and may become genocidal.
More frightening is that it is being perpetrated by the Turks, who are already stained by the Armenian genocide and led by a leader who considers himself an almighty sultan. And it's really odd that Europe is only now discovering who he really is.
How can this be? Didn't Europe know that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during these last 16 years in power has been possessed by a vicious fundamentalist Islamic and imperialist dream, repeatedly displayed unprecedented arrogance (he has closed newspapers and thrown more than 150,000 dissidents in prison), and expressed extreme ideas that have systematically dismantled the precious Kemalist heritage that once made Turkey the hope of a bridge between the Islamic world and the West?
Didn't Europe see that he inundated the world with slogans and antisemitic standpoints corroborated by his friendship with Hamas? That he supported former Egypt President Mohammad Morsi as leader of the Muslim Brotherhood -- a man he praised being himself the greatest Muslim Brotherhood politician in office?
Is it coincidence that Erdoğan allowed the passage from his country of thousands of Islamic fundamentalists in possession of whatever passport to boost ISIS, which many claim he supported through trade and furnished with weapons?
His hatred of the Kurds, identifying them all with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), is one of the signs of the dangerous character of the man who hasn't hesitated -- and won't hesitate again now -- to threaten Europe with opening Turkey's borders and flooding Europe with millions of refugees.
The Kurds are a divided population, disillusioned and sometimes even struggling with each other, often split by multiple geographical and political divisions (Abdullah Ocalan was certainly a leader, but also a Communist and a terrorist). Still, they are also a persecuted, courageous, and special population with respect to their yearning to aim for equality between the sexes and to practice it as much as they can.
Moreover, the Kurds are in favor of democracy and a positive relationship with the West and also Israel, whose citizens in these days -- in opposition with US President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of Syria and abandon its Kurdish allies -- are demonstrating in their favor on the streets. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has also lent words of support to the Kurds.
What is happening is that the media now assigns Erdoğan an omnipotence that he doesn't have and a long-term outlook he lacks, demonstrated by the fact that within his own country, he no longer enjoys half of the support he once did in the past. Erdoğan has embarked on a path full of unexpected, dangerous events. How will the Turks now see his use of the army and Arab extremist militias against a civilian population far from Ankara?
And how will its population, which is already in financial difficulty, react to additional American sanctions that already affect the defense and energy sectors, as well as the rise in tariffs, including European ones that will now be determined? And it will be Turkey's fault if the bloodthirsty zombies of ISIS are again unleashed by the thousands because of the confusion caused by this war.
In chorus, the international media argue that Trump's withdrawal marks a total radical strategic change in the structure of power and American influence in the region, and that those who will gain are first and foremost Russia, Iran and Syrian President Bashar Assad. But we must remember that the Alawite power, since its beginning, has always leaned on Russia to dominate the country.
In fact, this duo is nothing new. And that the Turks and Assad have a relationship of continuous clash-rapprochement is equally well-known: for now, instead, the fact that Assad has established a relationship with the Kurds means that the Russians tend towards the status quo without Turkish domination.
As for Iran, the non-fortuitous coincidence of the beginning of Turkish hostilities with a powerful exercise along the same border by the Iranian army tells us that Tehran shows up to signal that it doesn't like the excess of a Sunni presence in northeast Syria, and this contrasts not just a little with the photo diffused everywhere during the summit between Erdoğan, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, which took place this past September in Ankara.
At this moment, the trio no longer works together, and Russia will be the "tightrope walker" between the Sunni and Shi'ite powers that seemed momentarily calmed.
The United States has -- and not just with Trump, as demonstrated by former President Barack Obama's approach vis-à-vis Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the famous failure to enforce the "red line" against Assad -- left the Middle East numerous times under several American presidents.
But then it, as Politico notes, returned for better or worse: Jimmy Carter with the battles at the Iranian embassy, Ronald Reagan with the explosion of the barracks and the massacre of soldiers at the hands of the Hezbollah in Beirut; and George W. Bush after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks with the invasion of Afghanistan and later Iraq.
Now the field correspondents write that a mass of Arab militias armed by the Turks commit atrocities on the Kurdish population with the cry of "Allahu Akbar," against kafirs (infidels). This outbreak of Islamic fundamentalism can have great repercussions that certainly won't leave anyone indifferent, including Trump. We will see.
And for Israel, which certainly cannot afford to move armed troops considering all the problems it currently faces on its borders, we can still bet on the fact that its standing on the side of the Kurds will mean something.
It's not the fact that America no longer wants to stay on that border that has changed things, but the war cry of Islamic fundamentalism that resounds again and again the Middle East. Perhaps Erdoğan, with Sunni and regal pride, lacks a complete vision of what he has unleashed.
Iran certainly doesn't like this Sunni invasion and neither do the Alawis. Russia is in the middle. America is far away, but vigilant. And Europe, as usual, is absent.
Daily Jot: How Turkey is storming the gates of prophecy - Bill Wilson - www.dailyjot.com
The region of modern Turkey plays an integral role in end-time prophecy and during this decade it has been relentlessly pursuing it. Turkey long has sought a "buffer zone" with Syria (the area that is occupied by the Kurds) and has aided ISIS in overthrowing the Assad government. In October 2014, the UK Independent pointed out the complex support of Turkey for ISIS, while claiming to be an ally of the US. In September 2015, it was reported that Turkey was supporting ISIS. In May 2016 reports surfaced that Turkey had been aiding and abetting ISIS through many actions from battlefield medical care to turning a blind eye to ISIS training and fundraising activities in Turkey. Now, this support is even further confirmed.
On Sunday, Turkish journalist Can Dundar, who was arrested by the Turkish government in 2015 and sentenced to 20 years because he claimed Turkey was covertly supplying weapons to ISIS, told Kurdistan 24 news while in Washington, DC, that Turkey has used ISIS as an instrument of policy in Syria, and is currently allied with Syrian militia groups that are not easy to distinguish from the ISIS militants themselves. Dundar claimed that Turkey was freeing ISIS terrorists and giving them sanctuary in Turkey. According to Breitbart News, Kurdistan 24 confirmed Dundar's claim by interviewing "female ISIS suspects" in one of the camps menaced by the Turks, who said their husbands and others had fled to Turkey for safe haven.
On July 31, 2017, The Daily Jot reported that Turkey was challenging Iran's control of Iraq and Syria through ISIS and pressure from its allies, including the US and European Union. As you can see, Turkey has been seeking the kind of "green light" to advance on the Syrian buffer zone since the advent of ISIS earlier in this decade. Turkey has been clandestinely supporting ISIS, despite paying lip service to the contrary. Meantime the Kurds, occupying the buffer zone Turkey seeks, have been fighting ISIS. Now, Turkey is emboldened to drive the Kurds out of the Northern border with Syria, or kill them all, which benefits the ISIS terrorists. President Trump's actions aside, these events appear to be relentlessly prophetic.
Gabriel's interpretation of Daniel's vision of "what shall be in the last end" and "for at the time appointed the end shall be" (Daniel 8:19) is clearly an end-time prophecy, which, therefore, could not have been completely fulfilled by Alexander the Great and his generals as is widely taught. These events are yet to occur for the little horn (antichrist) to rise to power. Currently, Iran has control over much of Iraq and Syria. For Ezekiel 38 and Daniel 8 to be fulfilled, Iran must come into alignment by submitting to Turkey's leadership against Israel. Turkey is positioning for its end time role, as these recent events demonstrate. Turkey has stormed the gates of prophecy, bending the will and confounding the wisdom of many nations.
Daily Devotion: Hardwired for Happiness - by Greg Laurie -
Happy are the people who are in such a state; Happy are the people whose God is the Lord!-Psalm 144:15
We have the desire for happiness deeply ingrained within us. In other words, God has hardwired us to be happy. So where do we find this happiness?
We won't find it is in this world, because the world bases happiness on how well things are going. If things are going reasonably well, then we're happy. If things are not going so well, then we're unhappy.
When you obtain everything, when you have all your dreams fulfilled, when you reach all your goals and maybe surpass them, you find how empty it is. And then you realize that happiness isn't in those things at all.
I think in many cases, the people you follow on social media and those you admire or look up to may have a far more miserable life than you have.
One Gallup study on the subject of happiness found that spiritually committed people are twice as likely to report being very happy than the least spiritually committed people.
I'll take that a step further: Godly people will be the happiest people. As the Bible says, "Happy are the people whose God is the Lord!" (Psalm 144:15 NKJV).
C. S. Lewis put it this way: "God designed the human machine to run on Himself. He Himself is the fuel our spirits were designed to burn, or the food our spirits were designed to feed on. There is no other. That is why it is just no good asking God to make us happy in our own way. . . . God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing."
The more we chase after the Lord, the more godly we'll become-and the more we'll find the happiness that has eluded us for so long.
FROM THE HEART
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"Folks, it's all beginning to unravel. America is in more danger of falling than at any time in its history. But I believe Bible prophecy predicts this very decline. From this point on, we believers have to get serious. We are going to face discouragement, disillusionment and, most certainly, persecution in the time between now and the Rapture. But don't be discouraged or disillusioned. The coming turmoil will provide us unrivaled opportunities to share the good news of the Gospel. So be ready to share your faith and your hope with those who need Christ. We still have time to reap a great harvest of souls for God's kingdom!" - Hal Lindsey
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