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Keep Your Eyes on Israel, the Key to the End Times!
- by Pastor Mike Taylor -
2 "Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.
3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it." (Zechariah 12:2-3)
Many think that maybe I spend a lot of time on Israel with so much attention on the Middle East, and in particular the nation of Israel.
Prophecy has a habit of coming back to Israel, as this tiny nation is the linchpin in studying Bible prophecy and what is coming upon the earth, which may have already started as birth pangs. Jesus described the signs of His return in Matthew's Gospel:
3 "And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows." (Matthew 24:3-8)
Jesus describes the events of His return as a man who is standing on the Mount of Olives in that perspective. Without Israel, prophecy doesn't make much sense. Many believe erroneously that the Church has replaced Israel as God's focus for the end times, so they have no use for prophecy. These blinded people are called Preterist. They believe that all prophecy has been fulfilled in 70 AD and Israel as a people have been cast away and replaced by the church. Of course, they are wrong, so why do I think that?
Center of Global Attention
In our modern world, you don't listen to the news very long, before it comes back to Israel. Israel is at the top of the world's agenda and my mission when I post such messages, is to keep my focus on documenting the world's slide toward the coming Tribulation using secular sources to demonstrate the accuracy of Bible prophecy when speaking of Israel.
Bible prophecy for the last days and through the Tribulation is centered around Israel beginning with Daniel's 70th week prophecy:
24 "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.
25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate." Daniel 9:24-27)
This passage points that the End of this Age centers around Israel and she becomes the mile marker of where we are in prophecy. The closer she looks to be in trouble for her very existence and possible annihilation, the closer we are to the return of Christ , Who, according to scripture prevents that from happening. The above prophecy is known as Daniel's 70th week of the bringing Israel to know their God and Savior, but when Jesus died on the cross, that timeclock stopped and we still have 7 years left for God to fulfill His Word, which He always does, and cleanse Israel and destroy all rebellion upon this God forsaken earth. This is a reference to the time of Jacob's trouble, as God will refine Israel as silver is refined in the likes of hot furnace:
2 "But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap:
3 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.
4 Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the Lord, as in the days of old, and as in former years."(Malachi 3:2-4)
Sadly, many Jewish people will be destroyed in the coming tribulation, some because of their faith in Jesus, as they have finally embraced their Messiah, or for just being Jewish, as the AC will hunt all Christian's and Jews down for extermination.
But those who are in rebellion against a Holy Almighty God will be doomed at the end of the Tribulation, as they only want to continue in their sins and unrighteousness. Those who have received Jesus as Savior because of the 144,000 evangelist from the 12 tribes of Israel and the two witnesses preaching at the Temple mount will be marked for death. Some will escape, but I believe, many who believe Matthew 24 and escape to the Jordanian wilderness, to Petra will be supernaturally preserved. It will be a minority of Jewish people, as those left behind will be destroyed. This will come when they see the abomination of desolation spoken of in your Bible:
"When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be."(Matthew 24:16-21)
The Eternal Generation
In a very real sense, what we are witnessing is the actual fulfillment of prophecy for the last days. The next prophetic event to be fulfilled in the Church Age is the Rapture. Then the events of the Tribulation follow. Both remain future -- near future, we would argue.
So instead we are eyewitnesses to various stages of the coming process of the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy. The Bible says that there are a number of seemingly unrelated events that take place in ONE generation, and I would argues WE are that generation that are seeing this events being played out, right before our eyes on the world stage.
Bible Prophecy Demands A Jewish State
Some people scoff and say that their mother or grandmother was looking for the return of Jesus Christ and it didn't happened. So they say "What makes you so sure that His return is any closer than it was for them". I point out to them that in their time of their aged family when they were alive, there was one element that was missing. Israel had not been born a nation just yet, so Bible prophecy and the countdown to the return of Jesus Christ for His church and the beginning of the Tribulation was not in their radar screen, but it is on ours.
32 "Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away."(Matthew 24:32-35)
Jesus is speaking of a parable of the return of the fig tree, obviously Israel, that it will bloom, as it did in May 1948. Without Israel in her own God given land, then prophecy was on hold, but not anymore.
Bible prophecy makes numerous references to the fulfillment of a Jewish state, we call Israel in the last days.
In the prophecy of the valley of dry bones, God makes a point of revealing this truth to His servant Ezekiel and by extension to us.
11 "Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts.
12 Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.
13 And ye shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves,
14 And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the Lord have spoken it, and performed it, saith the Lord." (Ezekiel 37:11-14)
And furthermore, the Bible also demands that Israel be in possession of the city of Jerusalem in the last days. Although Israel endures international disputes, but none the less, they captured the city and returned it to Israeli sovereignty. This happened in 1967:
6 "In that day will I make the governors of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem.
7 The Lord also shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify themselves against Judah.
8 In that day shall the Lord 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 the Lord before them.
9 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem." (Zechariah 12:7-9)
And because of Israel being in her promised land again, and capturing the Holy City of Jerusalem, the Bible prophesies numerous conflicts with her neighbors where God has judged their anger against Israel. Let's look at a few passages.
"Because you have said, 'These two nations and these two countries shall be mine, and we will possess them,' although the LORD was there, therefore, as I live," says the Lord GOD, "I will do according to your anger and according to the envy which you showed in your hatred against them; and I will make Myself known among them when I judge you." (Ezekiel 35:10-11)
"But you, O mountains of Israel, you shall shoot forth your branches and yield your fruit to My people Israel, for they are about to come. For indeed I am for you, and I will turn to you, and you shall be tilled and sown. I will multiply men upon you, all the house of Israel, all of it; and the cities shall be inhabited and the ruins rebuilt. I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and bear young; I will make you inhabited as in former times, and do better for you than at your beginnings. Then you shall know that I am the LORD." (Ezekiel 36:8-11)
Since 1948 until this present day, Israel has prospered like no other country. They have prospered in agriculture, scientific inventions, gas and oil being discovered, and have a military that is near second to none save the USA. We have been their closest benefactor to help them become prosperous and to secure and protect their own country.
But things could get real dicey in the coming month, into even next couple of years. War is being waged right now, although not officially declared, but a spark could ignite the whole Middle East in what was prophesied. We await the next two wars that will involve Israel personally and she will be supernaturally saved by God Himself ..
2 "For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head.
3 They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones.
4 They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.
5 For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:
6 The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes;
7 Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre;
8 Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. " (Psalm 83:2-8)
This passage describes the neighbors surrounding Israel coming again trying to drive Israel into the Mediterranean Sea, but God intervenes and they are not successful.
13 "O my God, make them like a wheel; as the stubble before the wind.
14 As the fire burneth a wood, and as the flame setteth the mountains on fire;
15 So persecute them with thy tempest, and make them afraid with thy storm.
16 Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek thy name, O Lord.
17 Let them be confounded and troubled for ever; yea, let them be put to shame, and perish:
18 That men may know that thou, whose name alone is Jehovah, art the most high over all the earth." (Psalms 83;13-18)
And we await the final conflict before the Tribulation begins, and it may be that the Church of the Living God will not even see this battle, as I believe that this will bring to bear the confirmation of a covenant already in place, by none other, than the Anti-Christ.
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." 'Ezekiel 38:15-16)
Prophecy students will recognize this as the Gog-Magog invasion of Israel that will destroy 5/6 of the invaders carrying back the plague to their homeland as the survivors come to their countries. The world will be astonished that such destruction could come from a tiny nation, known as Israel, but they fail to understand that it was Almighty God who was their Champion and He took out His fury upon the gathering storm ready to destroy Israel...So shall a "man of deceit" try and prevent another devastating war in the Middle East. So a covenant that has been in place, but not enforced will come to bear and "this man, the Anti-Christ" will promise peace a security to Israel and they will look upon him as their "political messiah" to give them what they have wanted for the last 71 years...safety among their people and land, but it will be short lived..
Bible Prophecy Demands A Global Government
Throughout history, men have sought to rule the world. And throughout history, other men have resisted the attempt. In the last two global wars, the effort began with the conquest of Europe.
Following the last attempt, the Benelux Treaty brought together the first six European states, forming the nucleus of the modern European Union. Wars couldn't unite them, but desiring peace did.
23 " And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.
24 And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practice, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.
25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand." (Daniel 8:23-25) .
The same global war was responsible for the creation of the United Nations. The UN created the template for a global government. But the UN is an organism with 191 heads and no brains. It doesn't take a political scientist to see it is a failed experiment.
How Europe will eventually replace the UN is unclear, but it is the most likely candidate -- the world would never accept the US or Russia. Europe would be far more acceptable. The Bible says it will happen.
1 "And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months." (Revelation 13:1-5)
So begins the global government of the Anti-Christ. Note the symbol of the Beast? It is comprised of symbols of nations that have fallen. From the Middle East into the abode of Europe are the symbols of this rising beast.
Bible Prophecy Demands a Global Economy
The global economy is a reality. The prophecy of the Mark of the Beast :
16 "And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six." (Revelation 13:16-18)
The coming global economy demands a system whereby the buying and selling of individuals will be tracked and monitored. Those outside the economic system of Anti-Christ will be 'unable to buy or sell'. In one of my last messages, I spoke of technology increasing at a lightning pace, to where even now, humans can have a computer implanted in their brains to compute thousands of times faster than a normal human, and this technology that was not possible just 50 years ago, has grown to where every man and woman on this planet can and will be monitored for compliance of the coming New World Order. Technology to accomplish this is in place as we speak.
Entry into the system requires some kind of mark of allegiance to the coming Antichrist. Tracking sales is a reality. Nobody can function in today's economy unless they are in the 'system'. If you doubt it, get a bank account without a Social Security number or try and buy a new car using cash. But this "mark" will be much more than that, it will be sign of worship of a "false god" the Anti-Christ and it will be done will full knowledge of what you are doing and accepting.
Bible Prophecy Demands a Global Religion
The coming Mark of the Beast is an economic system to track all human activity, but is also a system of worship. There is coming a man, who may be on the scene right now, who will arise having two horns like a lamb but speaks as a dragon.
11 "And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live."(Revelation 13:11-14)
There is only one religious system in place today, that could and will command allegiance from all those who are left on this planet after the removal of the Church of Jesus Christ. Some think it will be Islam, but I am a proponent that after the Gog-Magog war's total defeat of invading armies who are mostly if not majority Muslim by birth, Islam will be decimated and never to rise again on its own. But it could be joined with a more powerful religious order which I have proposed could be called Chrislam. That leaves only one other religion with the clout to pull this off. That system is the Roman Catholic Church headed by the coming false prophet found in their leader of apostasy, the Pope in Rome. Even now this so called "vicar of christ" (sic) has said things that should make any Christian's head spin..whether you are Catholic or Protestant. He basically has blasphemed the Bible and God's Holy Word giving a pass to heaven of even atheist and those who think they can get to heaven by doing good works only.
A counterfeit Christianity preaching another Jesus and a different gospel has been the accusation of many concerning the Roman Church. They are already well entrenched in mainstream Christian denominations that teach salvation by works, church membership or ritual and have for centuries.
6 "I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
9 As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed." (Galatians 1:6-9)
There are many religions that preach another Gospel besides what was first delivered to the saints and all of them are demon inspired, but we know of one religion on earth who has more adherents and has perverted the Word of God for nigh 1700+ years and are found no where in God's Holy Word. They rely on "early church fathers" and traditions and raise them up and over the Holy Spirit inspired writings...Need I say more?
The war on terror has also created a global suspicion of fundamental anything. Those who adhere to a single belief, and cause men to look at themselves as a sinful lot, they are looked at with suspicion.
What is a Fundamentalist?
Since we have been fighting the war on terror for a number of years, the world is suspicious of anything that is called "Fundamental".
To a Christian, a fundamentalist is one who practices the fundamentals of Christian faith, eschewing traditions of men and preferring the Word of God, but the world has a different perspective. .
The secular world looks at fundamentalists, be they Jewish, Christian, Muslim -- they're all bombers. Christian fundamentalists blow up abortion clinics, Jewish fundamentalists blow up Arabs, and Muslim fundamentalists blow up anybody. That is the prevailing propaganda that fills our news reports daily and is a perception that is being fostered in the sheeple that are easily led astray.
It isn't a stretch of anyone's imagination for the sudden legitimization of "so called faith" no matter what flavor of the month is being presented, whether it be Jehovah, Jesus, Isa, or Allah. These will be eventually blended together and there is been a big push by one mainline religion to bring all religions home to the "Mother Church". It will promote a global ecumenical belief in one "god" for all. Those who hold the "old ways" will be considered fundamentalist and be eliminated.
WHERE ARE WE IN PROPHECY?
I get lots of email asking where we are in Bible prophecy right now. Israel was reborn in 1948. The Benelux Treaty was signed in 1948. The World Council of Churches was created in Amsterdam in 1948. The transistor -- the invention credited as giving birth to the Computer Age [making possible a global economy] was invented in 1948.
The General Agreement on Tarrifs and Trades [forerunner to the World Trade Organization] was signed in 1948. Where are we in Bible prophecy right now? Jesus said 'when these things begin to come to pass, look up'
28 "And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh." (Luke 21:28)
33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away."(Matthew 24:28-35)
Look at how things have progressed in the last 71 years since Israel became a nation. Are you astonished, or is it becoming the new norm to you? Jesus said this generation shall not pass away till all things be fulfilled.
34 "Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." (Matthew 24:34-39)
Just as I wrote in my last message, the coming of our Lord, will be coming "as a thief in the night". No one who is not watching will be looking for Jesus to come at any given time and it will catch many flat footed and left behind.
I know I keep bringing this up and I wouldn't say it so much if where not so important for the salvation of mankind and not being thrown head long into the coming Tribulation. What is a generation, that Jesus spoke of? Psalms 90;
"The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away." (Psalm 90:10)
A little simple math will alert the Bible reader, that we have passed 70 years since Israel was made a nation. This is not a prediction, as Jesus said in Matthew 24:
"But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only" (Matthew 24:36)
"So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors.
Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done." (Mark 13:20-30)
As noted, this development surrounds and swirls within the tiny nation of Israel. If you want to know how close we are in Bible prophecy, then watch Israel and compare it to God's Word.
Where are we in Bible prophecy right now?
WE are very near, even at the doors. The return of Jesus in imminent, but we wonder will He come on a set date of the Feast of the Lord? Next one to be fulfilled, as He did the Spring Feast is the Feast of Trumpets....will He come in the coming few years on this date? Of course, God is sovereign and He can come when we least expect Him....keep your eyes on Israel, as we in the season of the Lord's return. But in the same breath, I implore you not to be found wanting, when Jesus does break through the clouds and call to His Bride, "come up hither"....will you be going as I will be and others who believe in the only begotten Son of God? How do you rise to meet Jesus in the air? Simple, as even a child can understand the recipe to escape God's coming wrath.
6" Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him." (John 14:6-7)
16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." (John 3:16-18)
8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Romans 10:8-13)
Word of caution. Israel is the bench marker for end time prophecy, but don't think that watching Israel will alert you to the coming of our Lord. As I said, Jesus could come at anytime. Best to take the scripture just above in Romans and St. John's Gospel and believe in your heart that you are a sinner in need of a Savior...approach this as one believing as a little child, who believes of One in Authority.
2 "And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,
3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 18:2-4)
Jesus is our Kinsman Redeemer, who gave Himself as a ransom for many on a cruel Roman cross for the salvation of all who believe in Him. Watch Israel for the timing of the rapture of the church, but look to Jesus first to be assured of being removed from this planet before the wrath of God falls on a sinful and rebellious world.
This is Pastor Mike Taylor, praying for your salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord. If you need prayer, counseling, or just a friendly, listening ear, then email me at email@example.com , God bless you all.
TILL WE MEET AT JESUS FEET
Iran, Russia, China to Hold Joint Wargames in 'Message to the World' - Adam Kredo -
Iran, China, and Russia will hold in the coming weeks their first-ever joint war drills, which leaders say are meant to send a "message to the world" about increased military cooperation between the rogue countries.
The commander of Iran's navy, Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, said Wednesday that the Islamic Republic will team up with Moscow and Beijing within the next month to hold the mass war drills.
"When we talk about joint wargames, we are talking about two or more countries with a high level of relations in various political, economic and social fields, which culminate in cooperation in the military sector, with wargames usually being the highest level of such cooperation," Khanzadi was quoted as saying in remarks to Iran's state-controlled press.
"A joint wargame between several countries, whether on land, at sea, or in the air, indicates a remarkable expansion of cooperation among them," the military leader said.
The joint war drills will be aimed at sending a message to the world, particularly Western nations, like the United States, that have sought to constrain Iran's expanding military ambitions.
"The joint wargame between Iran, Russia, and China, which will hopefully be conducted next month, carries the same message to the world, that these three countries have reached a meaningful strategic point in their relations, with regard to their shared and non-shared interests, and by non-shared I mean the respect we have for one another's national interests," Khanzadi was quoted as saying.
The Iranian military leader emphasized the importance of performing military drills in the sea, where the Islamic Republic has been particularly troublesome for Western nations. Iranian naval vessels routinely harass American military ships and have played a role in various sabotage efforts aimed at disrupting international shipping lanes.
"The wargame seeks to deliver this message to the world that any kind of security at sea must include the interests of all concerned countries. We do not condone the kind of security that only caters to the benefits of one specific country at a specific time and which disregards the security of others," Khanzadi said. "Seas, which are used as a platform for conducting global commerce, cannot be exclusively beneficial to certain powers.
Miracle Regathering in View - By Terry James -
Israel, the most hated nation in the world-the most hated nation in history, is also the most beloved. God loves Israel with godly passion that is unmatched. Because of His absolute love for the Jewish people -for the nation-Israel has been and is today the one nation on earth almost all other nations of earth would like to see eradicated.
This is because Lucifer, the fallen one -Satan-wants to destroy Israel, and he is the entity who, for the time being, has a large degree of control over the unregenerate people of this fallen world. He is the father of lies and the lost of this world are his children, according to God's word. Only when people come to redemption through Jesus Christ are they taken out of the devil's grip.
God's prophetic word, the Bible, tells that hatred for Israel will be the way things are until the very end when Satan's dictator, Antichrist, will seek to totally destroy the Jewish people. We have seen the beginnings of that end times destructive action.
Even in America, the nation that has been the most pro-Israel, has of late shown great growth in anti-Semitism -hatred for the Jewish race and for their country, Israel.
Because I couldn't explain the truth about the hatred for Israel going on any better than does this article, I'll use this excerpt to illustrate.
Anti-Semitism has always existed in the world. There has never been a time when the Jewish People have not been victimized by Satan's savage attacks against them. Even today in America-probably the least anti-Semitic nation on earth, the Anti-Defamation League reports the highest level of anti- Semitism since World War II.
At its core is Satan fomenting hatred among men against the Children of the God of Israel, generation after generation. He cleverly disguises each campaign with a compelling lie wrapped in a plan designed to rid the world of a perceived ill blamed on the Jews. From the very first attempt to destroy the Jews-Pharaoh's murder of all the male Hebrew babies-to Herod's order to kill all male babies under 2 years old two thousand years ago, the serpent's scheme was to defeat God's plan to bring forth the Messiah of Israel. He failed-miserably! Yet, the campaign of hatred marches on because the great redemption story is not over. Because the Jewish People and Israel play a major role in Last Days prophecy, Satan is still hard at work opposing God's plan. The impetus he is using to rally hatred against the Jew today is a powerful anti-Israel (and pro-Palestinian) deception, wrapped in false humanitarian claims and causes. Understand: Deception is a hallmark of the Last Days (Matthew 24:11). For the minuscule size of the country, the lack of natural resources, or strategic seaport, one has to question why Israel is always at the center of world controversy-her existence continually hanging in the balance. We see Israel at the epicenter of a boiling cauldron of increasingly violent factions rising up within the vast Arab lands surrounding her. The world has been told, and has almost mindlessly accepted, claims that all unrest in the Middle East is Israel's fault-that if the Jews would give the Land "back to the Palestinians" there would be peace in the world and terrorism would end. Nothing could be further from the truth. This is setting the stage to draw all nations into a final cataclysmic showdown in the Middle East-the nations may think it is against Israel, but they will find out it is against her God!" (True indicators of the last days, Jewish Voice Ministries International, By Jonathan BernisMost, December 1, 2015)
At the same time anti-Semitism is on the rise as an indicator that this generation is nearing the end of the Church Age, there has arisen another indicator that further solidifies my belief of just how near might be the Tribulation era, thus the Rapture of the Church which will precede that horrific time for all humanity.
There is a call going out today that is like a magnet. We have witnessed the Call since the fall of the Berlin Wall and beyond. God is causing the release of His beloved people from around the world.
An article came across my desk pinpointing this Call that is being issued by Jewish clerics.
In a rare consensus, an impressive array of some of the most prominent rabbis of this generation came together in a declaration saying that there are no longer any valid excuses: Jews must act on the Torah commandment to move to Israel.
The consensus came as the first stage in an ongoing multi-faceted project initiated by Joshua Wander, a resident of the Mount of Olives. This stage was timed to coincide with the week in which Jews around the world read the section of the Torah in which God tells Abraham to leave his father's land.
Hashem said to Avram, "Go forth from your native land and from your father's house to the land that I will show you. Genesis 12:1...
The project, named appropriately enough "Bring Them Home", will be launched on Thursday with a series of video lectures given by prominent rabbis explaining why the Biblical imperative to move to Israel is in a new, more imperative stage. The five-minute videos will feature Rabbi Zeev Leff, Rabbi Nachman Kahane, Rabbi Chaim Soloveichik, Rabbi Danny Myers, Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twersky, Rebbetzin Tzipporah Heller, Rabbi Shalom Gold, Rabbi Aryeh Shapira, and Rabbi Mordechai Machlis. All of these rabbis are respected leaders in the Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) movement. Several other rabbis are involved in the project but have not yet prepared video statements for release...https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/139513/major-rabbis-unite-in-decisive-call-for-all-jews-to-return-from-exile-its-time/
This miracle nation called Israel, presently so hated and reviled, is slated for Glory beyond any other experienced by a people or its homeland. They have God's word on it.
"And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth." (Isa. 11:11)
Daily Jot: Warning: Read before shopping Black Friday - Bill Wilson - www.dailyjot.com
Black Friday is the day where everyone goes out, fights the lines, elbows one another over "things" they want, and hopefully, get a good deal and head start on Christmas shopping. Imagine how this looks to those watching news about the Black Friday rush in an underdeveloped country where there is no running water or amenities we take for granted.
This is the season for giving, except many forget the gift that goes well beyond the commercials. That gift is Christ and his work of eternal salvation. But Black Friday has become the celebrated holiday where stores actually begin making a profit. No problems here with profit, but please consider the rest of this Jot before you rush out for that next great deal.
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Daily Devotion: Set Up for a Fall - by Greg Laurie -
Demas has deserted me because he loves the things of this life and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus has gone to Dalmatia.-2 Timothy 4:10
Some things are best left unfinished, like your Thanksgiving meal, perhaps. But then other things are best left finished, like a workout or a trip to the gym the day after Thanksgiving.
We all know what it's like to start a project and not finish it. But in some areas of life, this becomes more significant.
For example, a couple starts a marriage and it gets hard, so they give up. Or someone starts a ministry, and it isn't as easy as they hoped it would be. So they give up. Maybe someone started a career that didn't go as they hoped it would or started school but didn't complete it. The list goes on and on.
Sadly, there are even people who make a profession of faith but then turn away. The apostle Paul had this happen with Demas. Paul mentions him in Colossians, 2 Timothy, and Philemon. How amazing it would be to have your name mentioned in Scripture. If it had been me, I would have dropped that into every conversation: "Maybe you've heard of me from the book of Philemon?"
However, in 2 Timothy 4:10 Paul wrote, "Demas has deserted me because he loves the things of this life and has gone to Thessalonica" (NLT). Basically Paul was saying, "Remember Demas? Well, he bailed on me. He has even walked away from the faith, loving this present world more than the Lord."
That isn't a good way for people to remember you. Demas didn't finish what he started. It isn't always the sinful things that break our focus. Sometimes it's choosing the urgent over the important, the good over what's best, or the short term over the long term. So be careful.
The moment you kick back a little could be the setup for a fall. Be constantly moving forward, growing, learning, and becoming more like Jesus.
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