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Archive for Prophecy

The Fountain Head of Grace

God has given us the great privilege to have been born and raised in arguably the greatest nation on this earth – the United States of America. It is my view that my homeland is greater than Greece, the mighty Roman Empire, and even Babylon, in their prime. As incredible as this may sound, one of the strangest incidents in Scripture holds the key for the founding of this country.  I speak of Ham’s involvement with Noah, his drunken father recorded in Genesis 9.  Noah gave a prophecy which I believe holds the key to all of human history – but in particular to the history of the United States of America. This history is fleshed out in the identity and dispersion of the seventy nations which are the product of Noah’s three sons, Ham, Shem, and Japheth (Gen. 10-11). Understanding who these nations were and where many of them ended up is crucial in the formation of world history.

 

Bible students have spent much time focused on the meaning and purpose of the words “cursed be Canaan” – and rightly so. But this attention has lessened the impact of two other parts of the prophecy. “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Shem.May God enlarge Japheth and may he dwell in the tents of Shem” (Gen. 9:26-27).  Here is the basis for the genealogical line of the Lord Jesus Christ and the people who will be used of God to bring Him into the world and to help Him achieve His purpose. Zero in on the words, “Blessed be YHWH, the Elohim (the living creator God) of Shem.” In order to understand this more clearly, we must go back to the fountainhead spring – the original source for God’s water of life.

 

Remember that this water of life stream began with Abel, who brought to God the right sacrifice of blood. Both brothers, Cain and Abel realized that God had covered their parents with animal skins (Gen. 3:21). This had to stick in their memories. These skins covered the couple’s fig leaf clothing and clearly marked God’s way back to the garden. The boys obviously knew that these coverings had been taken from animals who had been killed. When it was time for the boys to sacrifice to God, Abel seized on that event and brought a blood offering. Cain brought an offering of the work of his own hands. The Lord respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain, and his. Cain became very angry (Gen. 4:3-5)! But why? They both had the same info. The answer is clear! Cain rebelled. Cain knew what God required, yet he rebelled. He had probably reasoned in his heart, “I will bring my own sacrifice.” Do the words “I will be like God” ring a bell? God gave Cain a window of time to make things right. God told Cain that sin was at the door ready to consume him, but he must conquer it (Gen. 3:7). Conquering it meant bringing the right offering. But Cain would not! Cain’s rejection caused him to be furious with God, and his seething anger and crushed pride drove him to kill his bother Abel.

 

There was much more to the scene than meets the eye. John said that “Cain was of the wicked one” (1 Jn. 3:12). Satan was the force behind Cain’s rebellious offering. God was not shocked. He simply moved around Cain and plugged His stream of living water into Seth (God’s appointed one), Adam’s third son (Gen. 4:25).  The living water then flowed from Seth’s generation to Enosh (weak, no power in self). It was through Seth’s people and the people of Enosh that people began to call upon the Lord before the flood (Gen. 4:26; 1 Cor. 1:26-31).  The water kept flowing to the generation of Mahalalel (praise of God) and then through Cainan (deplorable) to the generation of Jared (decent). Jared’s name reminds us that God will always have a people throughout all of human history.

 

No matter how dark life gets, God always reserves for Himself a people (1 Kings 19:18). God’s line moved through Enoch (to put trust in God) who walked with God and was not, because God took him (Gen. 5:23-24).  Jude wrote that Enoch preached against the sin that was moving quickly to take over the world (Jude 14-15).  God may have removed Enoch from the earth in order to spare his life. This is a beautiful picture of the Rapture that will keep believers from the wrath to come (1 Thess. 1:10; Rev. 3:10).  Methuselah means “when he’s dead, it [the flood] will come.” God passed the living water to Noah (Gen. 4:25-5:21). Noah’s ark landed on Mount Ararat and Shem, Ham, and Japheth and their families stepped off on dry land (Gen. 8:18).  The first thing that Noah did was to build an altar and offer a sacrifice to God. Noah knew without question Who had miraculously spared him and his family. And he paused to give glory to Him. This is always a good idea! More to come. Blessings!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Second Coming

Following the exposure of the abomination of desolation, Satan is poised to finally finish his job by destroying the woman (Israel) who gave birth to the Son. Antichrist, still livid from the destruction of Babylon and from the Jews’ rebellion against the desecration of their temple, takes out unbridled vengeance on the Jews. Two-thirds in the city will die, one-third will escape (Zech. 13:8-9). Those escapees will flee to Bozrah to hide from the wrath of the Antichrist. After his destruction of Jerusalem, the Beast knows what has happened, reorganizes his army, and heads that way. As he approaches Bozrah, the signs mentioned in Matthew 24:29 begin to occur. The sun begins to grow dark and the moon begins to lose its light. The Antichrist’s army will surround and close in on the Jewish remnant. The Jews hiding in the rocks and caves will begin to call upon the name of the LORD in utter desperation. “Come, Lord Jesus, please come!” He will answer them, “‘This is my people.’ And each one will say, ‘The Lord is my God’” (Zech. 13:9).
God will turn off the lights; no light anywhere. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven. Heaven will at last open, and the rider on the white horse, who is called “Faithful and True” will return in righteousness to judge and to make war. His eyes will be like a flame of fire. Out of His mouth will come a sharp sword with which He will smite the nations. He is called the “Word of God” and will rule with a rod of iron. All of the tribes of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds with power and great glory. He will send His angels with the sound of a trumpet, and they will gather His elect from the four winds – from one end of heaven to the other. He will tread the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of almighty God. He has on His robe and on His thigh the name “King of Kings and Lord of Lords” (Rev. 19:11–16; 2 Thess. 1:7-10).
John’s words add to this scene. “Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud sat One like the Son of Man, having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle. And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, ‘Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come for You to reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.’ So He who sat on the cloud, thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped” (Rev. 14:14-20). The Lord Jesus will bring devastation with the sword that proceeds out of His mouth, and the great rescue will commence (Rev. 19:21; Job 41:21; 2 Thess. 1:7–10, 2:8).
The hiding remnant from Bozrah will see Him, the one whom they pierced, and they will mourn for Him as one mourns for an only son (Zech. 12:10). They will know immediately that the Lord Jesus is the King they rejected, but this time they will not reject Him. After the greatest rescue in human history, Bozrah, like Babylon, will be destroyed (Jer. 49:13–14; Amos 1:12).
These words from Isaiah now ring loud and clear. “Who is this who comes from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah, this One who is glorious in His apparel, traveling in the greatness of His strength?—I who speak in righteousness, mighty to save. Why is Your apparel red, and Your garments like one who treads in the winepress? I have trodden the winepress alone, and from the peoples no one was with Me. For I have trodden them in My anger and trampled them in My fury; their blood is sprinkled upon My garments, and I have stained all My robes. For the day of vengeance is in My heart, and the year of My redeemed has come. I looked, but there was no one to help, and I wondered that there was no one to uphold; Therefore, My own arm brought salvation for Me; and My own fury, it sustained Me. I have trodden down the peoples in My anger, made them drunk in My fury, and brought down their strength to the earth.” (Isa. 63:1–6; 2 Thess. 1:7-10).
When the rescue ends at Bozrah, the King will move to the Kidron Valley for a meeting with the unholy trinity. It will be at that very location that the Antichrist and his false prophet will meet their doom and be cast alive into the lake of fire. Satan will be chained and thrown into the bottomless pit for one thousand years (Joel 3:2, 12; Rev. 19:19–21; Rev. 20:1-3). At the height of his success, the Antichrist will be broken and destroyed (Dan. 8:25). God said there would come a time when the Jews in their affliction would earnestly seek His face. This will be that time. The Jews will cry out for Him to come and heal them and treat their wounds. They will pledge to pursue knowledge of Him (Hosea 5:15, 6:1–6; Romans 11:11).
The King will ascend upon the Mount of Olives, where His feet will once again stand, just as God through the angels promised at His ascension (Acts 1:11, Zech. 14:4). This small mountain, along with other massive changes in creation, will return to their pre-Fall beauty (Zech. 14:5–8; Rom. 8:20-22). The King will be joined by His people from every tribe, tongue, people, and nation. There will be a magnificent celebration of His victory as He descends down the mountain.
This time will be much different than before. This time as He approaches the Kidron Valley, thousands upon thousands will be shouting and screaming praise to almighty God. This time they will throw olive branches before the King as He rides through the Kidron Valley toward Jerusalem. This time, He will not be riding on a donkey but on a beautiful white horse. This time, He will be destined to wear, not a crown of thorns, but the crown of a Mighty Victor. This time He will pass through the eastern gate, which was sealed shut, but this time it will be reopened. This time with one voice, His followers will shout, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord” (Matt. 23:39).
And the Lord shall be King over all the earth (Zech. 14:9). Then will come the days of the King, and they will be blessed. Blessings!

Antichrist, the Beast, and the False Prophet

As a boy I loved dramatic rescues. I was emotionally stirred when the good guys came at just the right moment to save other good guys from an evil enemy. This is going to happen on a large scale in the future. The characters involved are the bad guys – the false trinity of the dragon (Satan), the Antichrist (the beast), and His false prophet – and on the good side, the Lord Jesus Christ – alone. Daniel said that one of the bad guys – the beast – will exalt and magnify himself above every god, will speak blasphemies against the God of gods, and will prosper till the wrath has been accomplished; for what has been determined shall be done (Dan. 11:36). The mission of the satanic coalition is to once and forever annihilate the Jewish race from the earth and destroy any residue of the teaching of their God. This adventure will conclude with the battle of the great day of God Almighty (Rev. 16:14). 

 

The antichrist and the false prophet will be armed with tree demon spirits belched out of the mouth of the dragon (Satan). These evil spirits give the dynamic duo power to perform incredible signs capable of catching the favorable attention of the world. These signs also motivate a huge number to join their armies and meet them at the Jezreel Valley near the Mountain of Megiddo. There they plan and launch their assault (Rev. 16:14-16). But God strikes the first blow of the battle. He will destroy the rebuilt capital city of the beast – Babylon (Rev. 18:1–10). Just when things seem to be lining up according to the plan of Satan and the Antichrist, God will determine that Babylon has finally run her course. The great harlot (Babylon), the spider that produced a global web of religious counterfeits, will be dealt God’s death blow (Rev. 18:4-7; Zech. 5:5-11; Jer. 51:24-26). Babylon will become as desolate as Sodom and Gomorrah, completely destroyed by fire. This will be a time of judgment not only for Babylon, but will also spell the doom of anti-God nations that aligned themselves with her (Isa. 13:11–20). She will be burned, and her residue will lie upon the ash pit of history. Many good Bible teachers believe that the scorched earth will a constant visible reminder of God’s judgment throughout the thousand-year reign of the King.

 

When the Antichrist gets word that his capital has been wiped out, he becomes furious. He immediately puts his crosshairs on Jerusalem, the city of God. Repetition! His plans will be to annihilate the city, its occupants, and any remembrance of their God and His teaching. It is my belief that it is at this point that the Antichrist will be indwelt by Satan (Rev. 13:2–5). This, no doubt, signals that he has broken his peace treaty with the Jews (Dan. 9:27). The last three years of the tribulation (called by Christ the great tribulation) will commence (Matt. 24:21). The wicked partnership quickly points their armies toward the holy city. The false prophet takes center stage. He will hastily works to take over the rebuilt Jewish temple and to create an image of Antichrist. He will place the image in the Holy Place demanding the Jews and the world to worship him as god.

 

The warning of Christ now comes alive. “When you see abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (whoever reads, let him understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains” (Matt. 24:15). There will no longer be doubt as to the identity of the Antichrist. He will be clearly revealed and exposed (2 Thess. 2:8-12).  It is then that the Jews are to run for their lives. God told His people through His prophet Zechariah that their houses would be taken and their women ravaged. Half of the city would be destroyed, but a remnant would be spared (Zech. 12:1-3, 14:1-2). Two-thirds of the Jews would be killed in their attempt to flee the Antichrist. One-third (a remnant) will make it out of the city. This may take days, or weeks – no way to know the timing or the means used to escape. God will supernaturally bring a remnant through the fire and will refine them, as silver is refined. He will test them, as gold is tested (Zech. 13:7–9; Mal. 3:2–3). Thousands of Jews will be hiding and planning their escape. They will most likely be searching for family, transportation, fuel, and food. But where will they go?

 

Thousands of years ago, the prophet Micah laid out God’s rescue plan for His people. God said through Micah that He would put together His remnant and lead them into a sheepfold that He had prepared for them. This is an amazing truth. God provided for His people a candle in great darkness. After hearing the warning of Christ to flee, the surviving Jewish people in Jerusalem will escape. They will leave en masse, heading for the mountains near the Edomite city of Bozrah – in modern Jordan.  God the Holy Spirit has placed His GPS in their hearts to get to the mountains. The name Bozrah means “sheepfold.” What is so amazing is that God prepared his sheepfold right in the midst of the Jews’ sworn enemies, the Edomites. “I will surely assemble all of you, O Jacob, I will surely gather the remnant of Israel. I will put them together like a sheep of the fold [Bozrah], like a flock in the midst of their pasture” (Micah 2:12–13). Wow!  It will be there, right at ground zero, in the very heart of their enemies, that God will protect His remnant from Satan and the Beast. This is just like the God that we worship. He makes the impossible possible. There in the caves, the hills, and rock slopes (Petra, rocks), God will gather and shelter His people. He will hide them right in the eye of the storm. They will be hidden in plain sight. The battle will be raging around them, but His sheep will be safe in the Shepherd’s hands. Amazing! Stay safe and stay tuned.  

The King Comes, part 2

Our Lord’s coronation day begins with the King’s return at the end of the Tribulation – the seventieth week of Daniel (Dan. 9:27; Rev. 19:11-16). The King will return to rescue and restore the nation of Israel in order to fulfill God’s covenant promise to Abraham (Zech. 13:8–14:19; Rom. 11:25–36; Rev. 19:11–20:3; Isa. 61:2b–64:12). God will purge and purify the Jews from their rebellion against Him and prepare them to face their King (Zech. 12:9; Mal. 2:3–4). He will make the nation of Israel, now dead, to live again (Rom. 11:25–26; Ezek. 37:4–12). The King will also return to reclaim and renew the earth from the clutches of Satan (Isa. 11:3–9; Rom. 8:19–22; Luke 4:6–7; 2 Cor. 4:4; Jn. 16:11, 12:31; Rev. 5:6–10). And the King will return to reign over a kingdom on a renewed earth for a thousand years (Rev. 20:4–6).

 

The church is referred to as the mystery by Paul – the dispensation of grace, or the mystery of Christ (Eph. 3:1-4). This mystery is a gap of time between Messiah being cut off (crucified) and the catching up of the church (Dan. 9:26). This gap has lasted for now over 2,000 years. The seven literal churches in the book of Revelation actually represent seven church ages: Ephesus (30-100 A.D.), Smyrna (100-313), Pergamum (313 – 600), Thyatira (600-1517), Sardis (1517-1648), Philadelphia (1648-1900), and Laodicea (1900 to the present).

 

After the church age, a series of judgments on God’s people (the Jews) will be unleashed. These judgments are broken down in Revelation 5-19 into seven seals, seven trumpets, and seven bowls, each being worse than the one before. They come like waves on a beach. The first wave of judgment (the seal judgments) begins with the opening of the seven-sealed scroll. John was crying because there was no one to open the scroll. He then heard the roar of a lion that startled him, and he turned and saw a Lamb as though it had been slain (Rev. 5:6). The Lamb was worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals. The scroll is the title deed to the earth. With the opening of the scroll, the waves of judgment begin on the earth to reclaim and renew the earth for the kingdom to begin.

 

When the last seal is broken, the first of seven trumpet judgments begin. They are worse than the seal judgments. When the last trumpet is blown, it will usher in a time called the seven bowls – a time of horror like never seen before in history. The last bowl judgment ends with the great campaign of Armageddon (Rev. 16). This judgment begins with three insidious demons being belched out of where: the dragon (Satan), the Antichrist (the Beast), and the false prophet (another beast). These demons are commissioned by Satan to gather the whole world together at the Valley of Megiddo for the battle of the great day of God Almighty (Rev. 16:12–16). Their mission is to destroy the woman (Israel) who gave birth to the Son (the Lord Jesus), but we already know from Genesis 3:15 that the Son is destined to kill the dragon, Satan.

 

Contrary to popular belief, there will be no fighting in the Jezreel Valley. There is really no such battle as the Battle of Armageddon. In the Jezreel Valley, storm clouds gather in the form of the armies of the Antichrist, preparing to destroy Jerusalem (Rev. 16:12-16). The battle is called “The Great Day of God Almighty.”  God will dry up the mighty Euphrates River to allow the Antichrist and his army to get to the Jezreel Valley. There is little doubt that one of these armies will include much of the revived Roman Empire which surprisingly is made up of a large percentage of the Muslim Arabic bloc that circles the Mediterranean Sea and surrounds the tiny nation of Israel today. What a coincidence! This army will be headed by the Antichrist himself. I made the observation in my book “A Glimpses of the Coming King,” that wouldn’t it be the one of the greatest “gotcha’s” of history for Islam’s coming Mahdi (Twelfth Imam), and the Beast mentioned in the Bible, to be one and the same. I really think – because of the identity of the Mahdi given in the Muslim writings – the Koran and the Sunna (the Hadith), and the characteristics identifying the Antichrist, that they are. Both Russia and China will be involved. These armies will realize the genius of the Antichrist, and they will pledge their allegiance to him. It is from this Jezreel Valley that these soldiers under the leadership of the Antichrist will gather, organize, and ready themselves for battle – to go first against Jerusalem.  One serious motivation for this looming battle could be the vast supply of oil and chemical resources of the Dead Sea. There is now technology available to mine those resources. It will be granted to him (the Antichrist) to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world (Rev. 13:7–8). Remember the sign, “When you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place” (Matt. 24:15).

 

Stay safe and stay tuned.

 

And the LORD Shall be King Over All the Earth

Zechariah says it clearly! “And the LORD shall be king over all the earth, and His name one” (Zech. 14:9). You may respond, “God has always been King over this earth, right?” Yes! But not in the sense spoken of here. This world is in disorder and our nation is in confusion. Our government is shaky! Our laws are shaky! Whether we want to admit it or not (even before the pandemic), we no longer live in a “United States of America.” We have become more and more the divided states. The cultural elite (a highly educated wealthy class) that live in major coastal cities, determine the culture that the rest of us absorb. These cultural elites produce the movies that we watch, the books that we read, the songs that we sing, the professors that teach on our university campuses (that we send our children to), and they control the vast media that determines the news that we absorb – daily. There is a constant flow of graduates from major universities who have been brainwashed to believe that man, reason, and science are the only wells of truth worth drinking from. Belief in the God of the Bible is quickly jettisoned from their thinking. Our western culture worships at the shrine of indulgence and gratification. Pleasure-seeking is the motive behind everything we produce and do. Many bow the knee to the shrine of sensual satisfaction. The altar includes technology, sports, fashion, movies – you name it. It is impossible to miss.

We are living through a sexual revolution! In public areas, sex screams at us at every turn – from television to movie screens, from billboards to the pages of magazines. The shelves of bookstores bulge with volumes about sex and graphically display its wares. Television talk shows freely discuss pornography, impotence, premarital sex, group sex, sadomasochism and many other variations of sexual behavior. Sodomy is completely normalized.

High tech media shopping online, large metropolitan malls constantly bombard us with things that we simply cannot live without; new techno gadgets of every kind. Included are new homes, cars, guns, boats, clothes, and sporting equipment.

Our culture is sports crazy. We have hunting and fishing shows to appeal to every sportsman. We have the professional football, college football, major league baseball, college baseball, professional basketball, college basketball, golf, hockey, car racing, boxing, and tennis – and world competitions for each. It never lets up. Parents get their children involved in sports of some kind shortly after they learn to walk. Children learn quickly that winning is everything – losing is for losers. Parents make sure that every child is a winner. It is a self-esteem thing. Sports quickly become far more important than church, in the eyes of children. Oh, we may tell them that church is important, but children quickly see through that. What they see in us is far more impressive than what we say.

Our churches must comply with the world in order to survive. The majority of them are trying. Every church must have a “family life building.” That is where the real action takes place. There must be programs designed for every age group. Whew!

It sounds bizarre, but I have personally enjoyed the quiet during the pandemic. My little farm provides the perfect place to listen and to think. Every so often I imagine I hear blowing in the wind a quiet sadistic malevolent chuckle. Why? God’s Word tells me that Satan is the prince of this world and the god of this age and he blinds us to the truth (John 12:31; 2 Corinthians 4:4). In fact – God’s word says that the devil now holds the title deed to all the kingdoms of this earth. That’s impossible you say. But he has proof of ownership.  It is verified when he offered these kingdoms to Jesus Christ. He took Christ to a high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time – along with all their glory. That’s impressive.  Catch the glimpse. He told our Lord that all the kingdoms of the world have been delivered into his hands. And not only that but he can give them to whomever he chooses (Lk. 4:5-7). The devil offered Christ everythingjust to worship him. Jesus did not indicate that the offer was bogus, He just told Satan to worship God and Him only. John fully agreed with Christ saying that the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one (1 John 5:19). The wicked one is very good at what he does.

I think I get it now – the truth of the words of Zechariah that the LORD shall be king over all the earth makes perfect sense. Catch the future tense – shall be! God is not now the King the way He is going to be king. Wait! Is God sovereign? Yes! Is He the King of Kings and Lord of Lords? Yes! Does He control Satan? Yes! And God is now chuckling behind the chuckler. Jesus Christ will one day hold the real title deed to the earth in His hands. He will take it from His Father – the real owner.  “And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth. Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne” (Rev. 5:6-7).  One day the Lamb will open this scroll – the title deed to this world – and take it back from Satan the usurper.  One day the devil’s time will end, and then will come “the days of the King.” One day when we stand before Him, we will wish we had lived [now] the way we should have lived. Many long for that day.  Stay safe and stay tuned.


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