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Antichrist and the Coming Fourth Reich: Part 2 - By Vanessa P. - https://www.raptureready.com/2018/11/04/antichrist-coming-fourth-reich-part-2-vanessa-p/
Daniel saw that the one-world beasts "had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time (7:12).
This week, the Pope said, "It is important for young people to know how populism is born; I think of Hitler in the last century, who had promised development for Germany. They should know how populisms begin: by sowing hate. You can't live sowing hate."
America, by voting for Trump, became a populist nation. Hungary, Italy and Poland are populist nations. The attack on populism is simply a push for globalism. Soon he will be spreading a one-religion message.
He went on to say, "Study your history; this is the way the Führer started, with racial purity. We are now in full World War III fought piecemeal, and even religion is deformed to be able to hate better. Making hatred grow, creating violence and division represents a path to destruction and suicide."
The Pope's strong, almost angry words show the real hatred beneath the smile. If you disagree with one of them, you are compared to Hitler.
In Europe, it is no better for the newly elected populist governments. This morning, President Emmanuel Macron of France threatened the Czech Republic, where Populist and globalism skeptic Andrej Babis was elected. Under a veiled threat, he said, "No state can afford to hinder those who want to move further and faster." This, over Hungary's skepticism over a common budget. A common budget is a universal tax of the member states. This money is supposedly put away for a "rainy day" which they can rely on in time of crisis.
Pierre Moscovici, the EU Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, said this tax is "a budget for the future, a budget for the Eurozone, a budget for Europe."
When asked how this would work, Angela Merkle said it would involve "regular transfers made by individual countries or a tax on financial transactions."
In other words, it's a universal tax in which you're stuck. Regular and AUTOMATIC transfers of money would ensure the money is collected. This is something Obama would have happily wanted to join. President Trump, not so much.
In a study released a few weeks ago, Pew Research found that, among European nations, nationalist country Poland has the most favorable view of the United States under President Trump, followed by Hungary and Italy. Globalist Germany and France have the most negative views of America. This falls into one of Daniel's visions. I delved into these alliances and the history in part one under this title.
On March 31, 1492, a decree was issued by Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain in which Jews had to convert to Catholicism or be expelled. They had four months to decide. On April 26, a solar eclipse was visible along the tip of South America, like God was pointing both Christians and Jews in the direction of America. April 26 is near the date of the Jewish Exodus from Egypt, when the Jewish people slowly made it to their promised land of Israel, to safety. The Jewish people were expelled from Spain, but God opened a new land to them that would become a place of refuge and safety. On August 3, 1492, Christopher Columbus set sail to America. Today, there are more Jews in America than in Israel.
After Spain expelled the Jewish population, the country never recovered financially. They expelled hundreds of thousands of citizens who contributed to society in things like taxes. They were willing to destroy their own citizens over hatred of Jews. As they declined, America was forming as the great eagle, plucked from Britain, the lion. God said, "I will bless those that bless Israel, and curse those that curse Israel."
On August 21, 2017, the United States experienced a solar eclipse that was only visible in the US. The only other recorded solar eclipse visible to North America alone was November 30, 1776, two days after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
After the eclipse in 1776, the US became the greatest superpower the world has ever known. After the eclipse of 2017, the US moved their embassy to Jerusalem in a huge show of solidarity, which has in turn blessed us financially. Now, other nations are thinking of moving their embassies to Jerusalem. The great eagle was created by God-fearing men, that in time became the place of refuge that Israel has been able to turn to. The Bible tells us the eagle will nourish Israel for a period of time. With our veto power and firm support, Israel has grown into a superpower. Economically and militarily.
Daniel spoke, saying, "I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the Great Sea."
These great beasts are those that form the world government. The four winds are the power of God in the world, from one end to the other.
"The first was like a lion, and had eagle's wings. I watched till its wings were plucked off; and it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on two feet like a man, and a man's heart was given to it."
This, in my opinion, represents the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. The United States broke away from the lion and stood on its own. The United States became a sovereign nation, a nation that was founded on Judeo-Christian values. The eagle's wings are prominent in Daniel 7 but are missing in Revelation 13. Revelation 13 is describing the end-time one-world government, and the US is not part of this one-world government.
The United States is ruled from the heart of men, by the people and for the people. God was an important part of this country. God's blessing on this country has allowed us to be the greatest Empire the world has ever known.
Revelation 12:13-14 "Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child. But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent."
The United States is one of five countries that hold veto power. Since 1972, the United States has used veto power 41 times at the UN to protect Israel. The United States has become a place of refuge for Israel and the Jewish people. Nikki Haley has become a force to be reckoned with in her defense of Israel. Even as Jews continue to return to Israel, there are still more Jewish people in United States than even in Israel.
Dan 7:5 "And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh."
The nation that is symbolized by a bear is Russia. Through Communism they have indeed "devoured much flesh." With Russia we saw the birth of Communism where almost 100 million people have been killed.
Daniel saw that the one-world beasts "had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time" (7:12).
The dominion of these end-time countries has greatly diminished, but they are still relevant enough to help decide world matters.
The Temple Mount is the main focal point for Muslims and Jews, and it is especially the focal point in the last days. The Vatican is also eyeing Jerusalem; they just do it a little quieter. Muslims and Jews have been at odds in the Middle East since Muhammad established Islam 1,300 years ago. Islam's Dome of the Rock sits where it's traditionally believed Solomon's temple stood. Jews are not allowed to pray on the Temple Mount itself, which is why they pray at the Western Wall.
Jews yearn to worship on The Temple Mount itself. Israel has ALLOWED Jordan to control the Temple Mount since the 1967 war, and they have not allowed Jewish worship. The Jordanian/Israeli relationship has been growing more strained in recent years.
In 1994, Jordan entered into a 25-year peace treaty with Israel, which resulted in Jews living on and farming land on the Jordanian side. The Jordanian government said this week they will not be renewing the treaty. Could this be opening up the possibility of a new treaty between Israel and Jordan that includes the Palestinians?
The Arabians and Ishmaelites are mentioned many times throughout the Bible, and it clearly identifies Ishmael as Arabian in Ezekiel 27:21, "Arabia and all the princes of Kedar."
Kedar was the second son of Ishmael. In Isaiah 21:13, Kedar is associated with Arabia again. "The oracle about Arabia. In the thickets of Arabia you must spend the night, O caravans of Dedanites [Saudi Arabia as well]... all the splendor of Kedar will terminate" (Isaiah 21:13, 16).
In Jeremiah 49:28, Arabia is called the Kings of the East. "Arise, go up to Kedar And devastate the men of the east."
From Arabia, the false religion of Islam grew and spread. Ishmael was not a Muslim, but his descendants became Muslims through the false prophet Muhammad. Ishmael was Arab. His descendants have not been able to live in peace, even among their own brothers. Ishmael, though he doesn't know it, is considered the father of Islam, even though Islam was created thousands of years after Israel was created.
"He shall be a wild man; His hand shall be against every man, And every man's hand against him. And he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren."
In November 2014, Erdogan announced the formation of a new Islamic Union and called Saudi Arabia the enemy. Turkey doesn't like Saudi Arabia much better than Iran does. Saudi Arabia, the US, and Israel all have a mutual enemy - Iran. Both Saudi Arabia and Israel were vehemently opposed to the Obama/Iran nuclear deal. Turkey and Saudi Arabia's relationship began thawing a couple of years ago. Turkey supports the Muslim Brotherhood while Saudi Arabia does not.
In early 2018, MBS (Mohammed Bin Salman) accused Turkey of supporting Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood. He also said the country was working towards building a new Ottoman Empire with Erdogan as the Caliph. Turkey currently holds the presidency of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), a coalition of 57 Muslim states. In previous articles, I've explained what the OIC is really about.
The Vatican has enormous influence internationally, but it lacks the military of days past. This will be offset by an alliance with Turkey, which has the largest military in the Middle East. The two beasts.
Erdogan seized the opportunity to build relations with Qatar after Saudi Arabia cut ties. Ezekiel 38 tells us Iran and Turkey will build an alliance. They won't just align against Israel and the US, but Saudi Arabia too. The Proxy wars happening between Saudi Arabia and Iran are going to end in direct conflict. The Bible tells us that Elam (Iran) will destroy Saudi Arabia. This is an event that has not taken place yet. When the invasion of Israel begins, Saudi Arabia (Ishmael) does not go against her cousin, Israel (Jacob). But Israel's brother, Esau, will go against them.
The Bible says of Saudi Arabia, "Its streams shall be turned into pitch (tar, oil) and its dust into brimstone; its land shall become burning pitch. It shall not be quenched night or day; its smoke shall ascend forever" (Isaiah 34:9-10).
Pitch is oil. Saudi Arabia has plenty of it too.
Saudi Arabia can't be trusted, but they are a strategic ally to both the US and Israel right now. They are a necessary evil. The Democratic Party is already calling for regime change. The Bush and Obama administrations both lit the entire Middle East on fire with their regime changes.
Iran and Saudi Arabia may be enemies, but they both hold strict Islamic views, and both countries have banned Christianity. The countries that form against Israel in Psalm 83 and the Ezekiel war are also listed as the worst countries for Christians.
If you bring a Bible to Saudi Arabia, you can be punished by death, usually by beheading. Choosing to follow Christ results in harassment and usually death. Christians are severely persecuted, but Christianity continues to grow. There are about two million Christians inside Saudi Arabia. They attend underground churches and keep their Bibles hidden.
The vast majority of Christians cannot buy or sell in Muslim countries across the world, just as Jesus warned us.
The entire basis for Christianity is denied by Muslims, across the board. You don't have to be a "radical" to believe this. But God's word tells us, "If you do not have the Father, you do not have the Son."
With all of its major faults, Saudi Arabia is one major Middle East country that doesn't incessantly harass Israel over Jerusalem and the Palestinians, though they do support a "peaceful" two-state solution. They eagerly await President Trump's peace plan to unveil, and feel it will be "the deal of a century."
Obama may have bowed to the Saudi King, but he later earned scorn by the Saudi government. This has led to the warming relationship between the two nations, which makes Saudi Arabia even more hated by her neighbors. Iran considers the US "The great Satan."
The Bible tells us that Saudi Arabia will (along with the US) question the Islamic army marching towards Jerusalem.
"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).
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, or MBS, pledged to protect his kingdom from "Iran's efforts to dominate the Muslim world." He also said, "We will work to have the battle in Iran rather than in Saudi Arabia."
The Saudi foreign minister said, "We must denounce our hatred toward Israel and begin to normalize ties with the Jewish nation." He also voiced opposition to Hamas.
Columnist Abdul-Hamdi Razaq said in a Saudi paper, "We are tired of defending the Palestinian cause that you have sold for cheap to an MB (Muslim Brotherhood) gang whose way you followed, even though they have lost their own way."
The Palestinians refuse to meet or negotiate with Israel or the US. And Saudi Arabia, for some reason, sees the Palestinian cause for what it really is and has grown tired of it. Iran, Turkey and much of the Middle East, however, still view Israel as the enemy.
There's not much that unites Muslims across the Middle East because of the Shia/Sunni divide. But Erdogan is pushing to unite Muslims across the world by invading Jerusalem. This will unite both Sunni's and Shi'a Muslims. The Turkey/Iranian/Russian coalition.
There's also not much that unites Israel with Muslim countries, but this appears to be happening right before our eyes. PM Netanyahu visited the nation of Oman this week, being the first Israeli leader since 1996 to do so. Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Foreign Minister of Oman, which borders and is allied with Saudi Arabia, said, "Israel is a state present in the region, and we all understand this."
He went on to say, "The world is also aware of this fact. Maybe it is time for Israel to be treated the same as other states and also bare the same obligations."
The Palestinians don't want peace. Even some Muslims are starting to acknowledge that fact. So the Hamas riots have started to escalate again, only Israel doesn't have to contend with Obama if they strike back. Israel is fed up with the kite bombs and attacks on its citizens.
Two Israelis were murdered last week, and a missile landed in a residential home with children. Israel is ready to go to war; these riots have gone on long enough with no end in sight. Hamas has organized the Gaza riots and encouraged Palestinians to rush the border fence. With a strong ally in office, Israeli cabinet members are openly advocating for war with Hamas.
Israel's Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman warned that Israel has "exhausted all options" and "only the most powerful blow to Hamas will help."
He went on to say, "Fifteen thousand people do not come of their own accord to the border fence alone, by foot. They come in organized shuttles, with Hamas paying thousands of shekels for every bus. They pay $3,000 for every man killed, $500 for every severe injury, and $200 for every medium injury and below. This is institutionalized, organized action."
(This reminds me of our own organized invasion planned by the Democrats).
Over the weekend of October 27, Israeli fighter jets struck dozens of sites across the Gaza Strip after Hamas fired about 30 rockets into Israel. It is the heaviest exchange of fire in several weeks. A group called "Islamic Jihad" in the Gaza Strip initiated the attack on Israel. They are a group that works with Hamas. Five Palestinians were shot by sniper fire at the border.
Israeli IDF Spokesman Ronen Manelis said the rockets fired at Israel Friday night were "directed from Damascus and the Iranian Quds Force." He went on to say no one is immune from Israeli strikes, in Gaza or out. He said Israel is ready for a "scenario in which we will expand our strikes."
"We have delivered clear messages of this fact to the relevant parties," he said, adding that, in the IDF's response, "no one is immune, not in the Gaza Strip nor outside of it."
Israel going to war with Hamas will lead Turkey and Iran to be even more vocal in calling for an Islamic army to invade Jerusalem. Erdogan, when speaking to the Pope, said, "We need to work together to preserve Jerusalem's status. The messages you will convey to the Catholic world on this are important."
The Psalm 83 war is on the horizon. I am convinced these riots are what lead to this massive war. This will bring cries of peace that lead to the confirmation or acknowledgement of the Abrahamic covenant.
If the Psalm 83 war is this close, then the return of Jesus is just as close.
There are abominations written across the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. Where Jesus Christ was crucified for our sins, the Dome glares a denial of who Jesus is. The Koran denies the crucifixion in Surah 3:54-55; 4:157-158; 5:117, 120. The Koran denies God has a Son in Surah 2:116; 5:72; 4:171; 6:101; 10:68; 19:35, and the Trinity is denied in Surah 3:64; 4:116, 171; 5:27; 9:30-31.
This strong denial of Jesus Christ will be what brings Muslims and Jews together to worship the same man. Jerusalem will be the center of the one-world government where blasphemy against Him is visible to all.
Written on the outside of the Dome are the following words: "To Allah who has not taken a son and who doesn't have any partner in dominion nor any protector out of humbleness. Magnify Him greatly. Muhammad is Allah's messenger" (Qur'an 17:111).
It also says, "nor say anything but the truth about Allah. The Messiah Jesus, son of Mary, was only Allah's messenger, His word that He committed to Mary, and a spirit proceeding from Him. So believe in Allah and His messengers. Do not say 'three."
But the Bible tells us, "Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is Antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also" (1 John 2:22-23).
Notice they acknowledge Jesus, Son of Mary. Catholics worship Mary more than Jesus. Muslims in their Koran recognize Jesus (Isa) existed and was the son of a divine woman named Mary. They all acknowledge Jesus existed, but deny His power and who He really is. Muslims even acknowledge the virgin birth.
2 Timothy 3:5 "having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!"
All of these religions will be united under a common agreement or acknowledgement - something that involves the name Jesus and that can fool people. They will be fooled for one reason. They don't know Jesus.
"Here is the mind which has wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits. There are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come. And when he comes, he must continue a short time. The beast that was, and is not, is himself also the eighth, and is of the seven, and is going to perdition" (Rev 17:9-11).
Revelation 13:3 "And I saw one of his heads [empires] as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed."
Revelation 13 says that one of the heads had a fatal wound but that it will be healed. Beasts refer to Antichrist kingdoms. The beast in Revelation 17 (Antichrist) is a revived kingdom from the past, the seventh Kingdom to be exact. The Bible says the seventh and eighth kingdoms are the same.
The head wound is not the wound of a literal man, but an entire Empire or Nation. Or a Reich. The Ottoman Empire suffered a fatal wound in 1924. Nobody foresaw Turkey rising to power again the way it has. Erdogan is gaining power all over the Middle East, meaning the Antichrist has healed its head wound.
Five Antichrist Kingdoms fell prior to John's vision. He lived under the sixth which was Rome. The seventh Empire, the Ottoman Empire, ruled large areas of the Middle East and Europe for nearly 500 years. It was the Ottomans that forged a deal with the Crusaders that the Vatican sent, for Jerusalem.
The previous Antichrist kingdoms were Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome. The seventh Antichrist Kingdom to control Jerusalem was the Ottoman Empire. Remember, everything in the Bible is centered on Jerusalem.
There have been nine Caliphates (Islamic Empire or rule) so far; that represents nine of the ten Kings in Revelation 17. The last was the Ottoman Empire which lasted 500 years. The Ottoman revival under Erdogan would make it the tenth Caliphate or Islamic Empire. It's led by a caliph, who is the Islamic political and religious leader. There have been many Caliphs or leaders under these nine Islamic dynasties, but only nine caliphates. The Caliph is considered to be the successor to Muhammad.
Muslims are anxiously waiting for their Mahdi (more in part 1) just as Jews are anxiously awaiting their Meshiach or Messiah. Who they are waiting for is our Antichrist.
The Roman Catholic Church and Islam have both killed Christians and Jews, and they have warred with each other over possession of Jerusalem. Both feel Jerusalem belongs to them. The false prophet and Antichrist will both join together in promotion of this end-time beast or government. They have a shared idea of conquest in taking possession of Israel from the Jews.
It's important to note that each of the previous Kingdoms ruled the Middle East, but especially Jerusalem.
The Bible is not focused on the West or anywhere else; it is focused on Jerusalem. In the biblical view of things, Jerusalem is the center of the earth, the center for everything that happens in the days leading to Jesus's return.
Those blasphemous words written on the Dome won't be there much longer. The King of Kings is returning, and He's going to rule the world from Jerusalem. The sun may have not set anywhere on the British Empire, but when Jesus returns, His brightness will be the Sun, and neither his kingdom, nor His light will ever go out.
"But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation" (Romans 5:8-11).
These Are Among the Strongest Militaries In The World. The Kings of the Gog/Magog Battle against Israel (Ezekiel 38-39) - By Night Watchman Ministries -
Blog note: Ezekiel 38-39 describes the prophetic battle that lasts only one day. Three main adversaries come against Israel ... Russia, Iran and Turkey. There are several 'lesser' countries involved in the coalition that comes against Israel. Israel stands against this coalition by herself, none of her allies are at her side. Israel is supernaturally protected by God who destroys the Gog/Magog coalition. Only one sixth (1/6th) of each army is left alive to return to their respective homelands.
Ezekiel 38 King James Version (KJV)
38 And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him,
3 And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:
4 And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:
5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:
6 Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.
7 Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.
8 After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.
9 Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.
10 Thus saith the Lord God; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought:
11 And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates,
12 To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.
13 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?
14 Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, Thus saith the Lord God; In that day when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it?
15 And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army:
16 And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.
17 Thus saith the Lord God; Art thou he of whom I have spoken in old time by my servants the prophets of Israel, which prophesied in those days many years that I would bring thee against them?
18 And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord God, that my fury shall come up in my face.
19 For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel;
20 So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.
21 And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord God: every man's sword shall be against his brother.
22 And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.
23 Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the Lord.
Ezekiel: 39 Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:
2 And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel:
3 And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand.
4 Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured.
5 Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord God.
6 And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the Lord.
7 So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the Lord, the Holy One in Israel.
8 Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord God; this is the day whereof I have spoken.
9 And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the handstaves, and the spears, and they shall burn them with fire seven years:
10 So that they shall take no wood out of the field, neither cut down any out of the forests; for they shall burn the weapons with fire: and they shall spoil those that spoiled them, and rob those that robbed them, saith the Lord God.
11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea: and it shall stop the noses of the passengers: and there shall they bury Gog and all his multitude: and they shall call it The valley of Hamongog.
12 And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land.
13 Yea, all the people of the land shall bury them; and it shall be to them a renown the day that I shall be glorified, saith the Lord God.
14 And they shall sever out men of continual employment, passing through the land to bury with the passengers those that remain upon the face of the earth, to cleanse it: after the end of seven months shall they search.
15 And the passengers that pass through the land, 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 Hamongog.
16 And also the name of the city shall be Hamonah. Thus shall they cleanse the land.
These Are Among The Strongest Militaries In The World. The Kings of the Gog/Magog Battle against Israel (Ezekiel 38-39).
There are nearly 83 million people living in Iran and the country has a relatively large military with 934,000 personnel of which 534,000 serve in the country's active military.
Over the past several decades Iran has built a rather robust military that includes 407 fighter planes, 100 attack helicopters, and trainer aircraft. The country is also home to 2,895 combat tanks, armored fighting vehicles, and towed artillery. While Iran has an active Navy, the country lacks aircraft carriers and instead relies on 28 submarines, mine warfare vessels, patrol craft, and two corvette warships. Concerns over the growth of the Iran military has been a regular topic of discussion among world leaders. Iran spends $10 billion per year on its growing military force.
Located above the nation of Lebanon, the nation of Turkey is rich in history and in war. Today, the country's military is one of the strongest in the world. Turkey has been involved in combat in recent years with Syrian Opposition and Iraq, which continues even today. Their military is comprised of 410,500 active soldiers and 185,630 on reserve. The country has 1,007 air vehicles, 115 ships, and 3,778 tanks.
Turkey has specific rules about joining the military. Joining the military is mandatory for all Turkish males between 20 and 41-years-old unless you are handicapped or mentally ill. Those who wish to go to college can postpone their service but still have to complete a military program once they have received their degree. Turkey's military costs total $25 billion per year.
Russia's military has been ranked as the second-most powerful in the world. In the last few years alone, Russia has beefed up its military efforts, particularly when it comes to nuclear war. It is believed that Russia has more than 7,300 nuclear weapons, surpassing the United States' 6,970 nuclear weapons. Although it looks like the chances of a nuclear conflict between Russian and the United States are slim, both countries are continuing to expand their nuclear forces.
When it comes to land mass, Russia is the largest country in the world, spanning nine time zones-so it's not surprising that the Russian army has 766,055 members that are active and 2,485,000 that are in reserve. Beyond nuclear weapons, the country's military has numerous powerful tools and technologies, including 3,547 air vehicles, 15,398 tanks, and 352 ships. Russia's second rating military costs $93.76 billion to maintain and grow.
Nearing Midnight: Pittsburgh Tragedy Demonstrates How Everything Can Be Politicized - Todd Strandberg -
The deadliest anti-Semitic shooting in American history occurred at a Pittsburgh synagogue. The gunman, Robert Bowers, killed 11 people and injured several others, which included four policemen. Bowers is a Trump-hating anti-Semite who regularly complained on social media about the president and 'the infestation of Jews.' The shooter tweeted, "There is no #MAGA as long as there is a kike infestation."
With lightning speed, the liberal media blamed President Trump and fellow Republicans for the attack. We now live in a day where political operatives will rush to the scene of every tragedy to leverage it for political gain. The left spews out instant judgments against its political opponents even though no real evidence backs their claims.
Donald Trump has been one of the best friends the Jewish people could hope for. He is by far the most pro-Israel president in American history - and has spoken in glowing terms about Jews and in harsh terms against anti-Semitism. He demonstrated leadership by moving our embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Here are his own words in response to the Pittsburgh attack:
"Anti-Semitism and the widespread persecution of Jews represent one of the ugliest and darkest features in human history. Anti-Semitism must be condemned and confronted everywhere and anywhere it appears."
When Jews were being murdered during President Obama's term, he would only offer milquetoast rhetoric. Obama would simply lump in Jew-hatred with all other types of hatred. This is the same Obama who once labeled an anti-Semitic attack on a kosher French supermarket as a "random" attack.
It is just insane for the press to be able to use these dead Jewish victims as a ploy in their leftist agenda. I watched an ABC news report, and they dwelled on trivial matters by questioning why Trump had not cancelled his campaign events. They needed the smelling salts when Trump suggested that lives could have been saved if someone had a gun. Even though Bowers had stated that Trump was a Jew lover, the liberal media still put further the suggestion that Trump's tone had egged him on.
One of the most disgusting things the press does is recruit victims to attack Trump. Monday morning, in one of his first appearances following the horrific attack on his synagogue, CNN's Alisyn Camerota tried to cajole Rabbi Jeffrey Myers into blaming President Donald Trump for the shooting.
Camerota asked Myers if he blamed anyone "beyond the gunman" for Saturday's attack. He responded that the fault lies with the shooter. "I don't really foist blame upon any person," Myers said. "Hate does not know religion, race, creed, political party. It's not a political issue in any way, shape, or form. Hate does not know any of those things."
Unsatisfied with his answer, Camerota again prodded, "What lights the match of hate? ... Can hate be cultivated?" The Rabbi refused to take her bait.
The interview turned into a disaster for CNN when Myers said, "The President of the United States is always welcome. I'm a citizen. He's my president. He is certainly welcome." Because the Rabbi gave the "wrong message," no other news service carried the story.
The liberal media quickly found a Jewish group that was willing to follow their narrative. The New York Times quoted a message from Bend The Arc, a group that claimed to represent Pittsburgh Jewish leaders. They issued the following statement:
"President Trump, you are not welcome in Pittsburgh until you fully denounce white nationalism. Our Jewish community is not the only group you have targeted. You have also deliberately undermined the safety of people of color, Muslims, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities."
Bend The Arc is a political sham operation. The group is merely a leftist political action group run by Alexander Soros, George Soros' son. Their stated mission is "rising up in solidarity with everyone threatened by the Trump agenda to fight for the soul of our nation." Their missions include the election of "progressive champions" and the implementation of "progressive legislation and policies, like criminal justice reform and economic equity."
The director of Bend The Arc was Hadar Susskind, formerly a staffer at the anti-Semitic front group J Street, which spends its days attempting to undermine the safety and security of the state of Israel. The press failed to mention the name George Soros because it might remind people of the guy who helped the Nazis exterminate his own people.
I don't think any other racial group would allow themselves to be exploited in this manner. The Jewish people suffer from a level of spiritual blindness that defies logical explanation. The Lord predicts that they will soon come to the point where they emerge from darkness into light, but it will be a time of great distress.
I rejoice each day that I am part of a group that sees the danger and knows that God will soon deliver us from this sin-stained world.
"He has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart, lest they see with their eyes, and understand with their heart, and turn, and I would heal them" (John 12:40).
"But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God's OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light" (1 Peter 2:9).
Where, O Death is Your Victory? - Bible Study by Jack Kelley - https://gracethrufaith.com/topical-studies/thy-kingdom-come/where-o-death-is-your-victory/
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Cor 15:56-57
I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death. Where, O death, are your plagues? Where, O grave, is your destruction? (Hosea 13:14)
A friend died last week. [note: Jack wrote this in 2003] Old by earthly standards (75) and having battled cancer for 11 years, today he's young and in perfect health, very much alive and filled with awe at the extent of God's love as he starts the adventure of an eternity.
Beginning to know as he's been known, (1 Cor. 13:12) he finally has a glimmer of understanding of Paul's promise that "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him." (1 Cor 2:9)
Are You Happy Now?
It's said that the average child is happier than the average adult, and one reason is that children spend most of their time gaining new knowledge and learning new skills, while adults spend most of their time repeating what they've already learned. Another is that children haven't experienced many failures and therefore have little or no fear of it.
If that's true, imagine how happy my friend Bud is now. He'll spend all of eternity gaining new knowledge (like interviewing the authors of the 66 books he's spent so much time studying and receiving the insights of the One who guided their thoughts as they wrote). He'll learn new skills (like how to travel back and forth through time at the speed of thought and how to access the third of his brain for which science has found no earthly use.) Bud was never very fearful, but what little fear he had is now gone, and the concept of failure is foreign to his new existence.
He has now escaped the bonds of space and time, has been divested of the sin that contaminates us all, and received the reward of that single decision that fulfilled the purpose of his life. He is, at last, becoming that which he was created to be-God's work of art (Ephe 2:10).
Wait a Minute, Something's Missing
There's only one thing Bud's still longing for even more than while he was here on Earth: The Rapture. You see Bud's spirit, that part of him that's really him and is eternal, is with the Lord. Paul taught, "as long as we're at home in the body we're away from the Lord. We live by faith not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord" (2 Cor 5:6-8). But his body has returned to the dust of the earth from which it came (Gen. 3:19).
But at the Rapture, all that changes. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God and the dead in Christ will rise first (1 Thes. 4:16). At that moment Bud will be reunited with two things he really loves and misses: his body, made new and perfect, and his loved ones here on Earth. For after that we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so shall we be with the Lord forever (1 Thes. 4:17).
Now I'm Happy
Then Bud's joy (and ours) will be complete. We were created to be physical beings and need a physical body to fully experience all that eternity has in store for us. The dead will be resurrected into perfect, immortal versions of their previous bodies, while ours will be instantaneously changed from mortal to immortal. Job declared, "I know that my Redeemer lives and that in the end, He will stand upon the Earth. And after my skin has been destroyed yet in my flesh I will see God. I myself will see Him with my own eyes - I and not another. How my heart yearns within me!" (Job 19:27-29). Paul agrees. "For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality" (1 Cor 15:53). Even the Creation, cursed by the sin of our first parents, cannot be liberated from its bondage until we are raptured and receive our perfect bodies. For the Creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed (Rom 8:18).
Though many of Bud's most admired earthly accomplishments have been exposed in the fire of judgment as wood hay and stubble (1 Cor 3:12-14), of no significance in his standing before God and forgotten even in his mind, he hasn't forgotten the loved ones he left behind and having had a glimpse of what awaits us all, longs even more than we do for our reunion.
We love you Bud and miss you too. But you haven't seen the last of us. Any day now we'll be together again, this time forever.
Daily Jot: Pray and Act Today - Bill Wilson -
I don't think there is much more to say about this election or your civic duty to act. Throughout the Bible, there are many examples where God's people, as a nation, had bad leaders and suffered much as the consequence. There were times when there were good leaders and the people prospered. There seems to be this individualistic, self-centered gospel that is being preached that your relationship with YHVH is the only thing that matters and the rest of what is going on really is of no import. Certainly your relationship with God through the Messiah is the most important one of your life, but as life is complex, so is God. It is not an either/or kind of thing. Your actions have impact. They will have great impact today.
Only a loving god would choose to act through His people as does God. Ever notice how you can pray and pray about something, but when you act in accordance with that prayer, it becomes answered before your eyes? Ever notice how our Father in Heaven sees and knows our needs and supplies them? There is no place in the Bible that says "God helps those who help themselves." But there are many examples where God works through men and women who take that first step of faith. Hebrews Chapter 11 is full of examples. Name after name is mentioned from Abraham through David--all had faith; all took some action. Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me."
I have heard all the arguments about why we as Christians should not vote. You do what you will. But I know this in my heart of hearts--this is my very personal opinion--we may not have ideal candidates from a Christian world view. Nonetheless, we do have a clear distinction. This is a time where the team of bullying, labeling, and ruining people comes to the field against those who just want to live their lives freely in pursuit of happiness. Here's the thing: God will choose the leaders. He will work through each of us to do so. He knows our hearts. He knows what we deserve. He is merciful beyond measure. Yes, evil is evil. There is the type of evil that cannot be redeemed; and there is evil that can be redeemed. We have been reminded of both 24/7 since the last presidential election.
We as a nation, as a people, were on a downward spiral. It has gotten better. If hatemongers and communists takeover, there will be harsh consequences. As Christians, we are the light of the world, the salt of the earth. As Jesus said in Matthew 5:13, "...but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men." God said in Ezekiel 22:30, "And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none." I know that there are going to be a lot of Christians writing me today justifying their action or inaction or chastising me for encouraging political action. Fine. I will stand before the LORD for my actions. So will you. Go do the right thing.
Daily Devotion: No Forwarding Address - By Greg Laurie -
It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going. -Hebrews 11:8
I think sometimes we'd like God to give us a detailed blueprint of our lives. We want to know whom we'll marry, where we'll live, what our profession will be, and how many children and grandchildren we will have.
But God leads us one step at a time. We need to take that step before He will reveal the next one. A world changer named Abraham was called by God to leave his homeland, leave his relatives, and go to an unknown destination. Abraham lived in a super pagan culture. His family worshipped false gods, and he probably was an idol worshipper himself. Despite this, God handpicked Abraham. God came to him and said, "Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father's family, and go to the land that I will show you" (Genesis 12:1 NLT).
God didn't tell Abraham what that land was. He didn't tell Abraham where that land was. He didn't even tell Abraham where he and his wife Sarah would live. But Abraham listened to God. He packed up his bags and left no forwarding address. Ultimately he was headed toward a heavenly destination.
The Bible tells us that "it was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going" (Hebrews 11:8 NLT).
Abraham had an eternal perspective, and he changed his world. We need people who will change their world today. America so desperately needs God. America so desperately needs to hear the gospel. But for a moment, let's just talk about your world and your sphere of influence where you can make an impact like Abraham did. Do you want to change the world? Start by changing your world.
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