Looking Through Windows of Prophecy, Part 3

CONTINUING ON WITH OUR LOOK THROUGH THESE WINDOWS OF PROPHECY, WE HAVE SOME OTHER PROPHECIES TO LOOK AT; SO LET US GIVE OUR ATTENTION TO WHAT THE SPIRIT OF GOD HAS ALLOWED US TO SEE HERE AT THE END OF THE AGE.


LOOKING AT A BIBLE PICTURE


In Ezekiel 38:9, it says, (speaking of Gog, or Russia) “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.” When will that take place? When Israel is finally dwelling safely in their unwalled villages. When God turns Israel loose to fulfill Numbers 24, Zephaniah 2:8-11 and Jeremiah 48:47, it will not take Israel six months to make that giant military sweep. She will sweep across this land in question. I have to believe, when God moves upon her to do so, she will probably not stop until she has gone completely to the Euphrates. That takes you right back to Genesis, where God promised Abraham that this would be one of their borders. Not that the Jews will want to destroy the Iraqi people, but they will certainly want to destroy that spirit that has been leading them, and teach them a lesson. They are not going to destroy the Ammonite people, nor the Moabite people, nor the Edomites. They are just going to destroy their ability to be a little nation within themselves to create trouble. When God uses Israel to take that Islamic religion away from them, they are going to stop that Allah chant and start praying to Jehovah, just as the Jew do. That is how you have to see this thing. Israel, by that military sweep, will have stretched her borders right exactly where God wants them. When those Arabs get over the shock and psychological effect this will have on them, I cannot help but believe that the News Media in the west will begin to interview Sheik This and Sheik That, King This and King That, and report to the world that a strange thing has happened. I can just hear them now: What is your opinion about what has just happened? If we look at it right, they are going to say, God is with the Jews. We now believe the promise of God to Abraham was to come through Isaac, not Ishmael. If we can see these prophecies in the right light, we will have to come to the conclusion that as God uses Israel in a war that surely must be close at hand, and they do valiantly on the field of battle, and the outcome is that she again presses her borders to the limits set by the Creator so very long ago, her closest enemies will be put to rest. Not necessarily to sleep in the grave: though I am sure many of them will end up that way; but surely the fight will have been taken out of them. They will have a new outlook toward the Jews after that. They can then begin to sympathetically align their hearts and their attitudes toward the Israeli cause. I am going to show you something in the scriptures again at this time, that will enable you to see what I am looking at. To this point in time, all of those little Israeli settlements are behind chain link fences with gates; but I want to read something to you from Ezekiel 36. This is the chapter that brings out how God will restore them according to their former estates. However what I want you to notice is that in the process of restoring them, here is a picture that brings out how we have viewed Israel through the years coming up to this point. We are starting in verse 34, “And the desolate land shall be tilled, (I have lived to see that take place.) whereas it lay desolate in the sight of all that passed by.” The plains of Megiddo, in the valley of Jezreel, for centuries, was a wilderness, then a swamp. Crocodile were found there. However after the turn of the century, after the Jews began to go back there, they brought the Eucalyptus tree from Australia, and as they purchased certain areas within this wasteland they set out the Eucalyptus trees and their roots broke the hard crust, causing the swamp to disappear. There are no crocodile out there now. Rice, wheat, barley, oats, cotton and all such like are growing in that same region today. (35) “And they shall say, This land that was desolate has become like the Garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are become fenced, and are inhabited.” Why were they fenced? Because they have had an enemy for forty some years that had to be kept out. Those fences were not installed there to keep stray cows out of town. They were to keep the guerrillas out of town. In many places they had certain areas mined, in the perimeter around town. Anyhow chapter 36 has been in focus these past number of years. We have seen their fenced cities. You do not put up a fence without a gate; but the gates were guarded. Those immigrant Jews had to do it that way in order to hold on to what little they had: believing that somehow in the future, God would make a way possible for the picture to change. That is why I emphasize these prophecies and what I see coming: I have seen these fences. I have seen the gates on them. Row after row of new huts sat behind them, where immigrant families had moved in. In the Jordanian Valley, leaving Jericho going north toward the Sea of Galilee, you pass some of these new settlements right in the desert, where they bulldozed everything away. There were those chain link fences that looked to be nine feet tall, with gates. When night comes those gates are well guarded with armed guards. The purpose of it is to keep out those guerrilla bands that want to come along and harass the Jewish settlers. God allowed it to be like that for a while; but it will not always be like that. When God does this for them, and I am persuaded that it will be very soon, that is why He will use Israel: He is absolutely going to get to the head of this whole thing. He is going to get the heads of these Arab people who constantly want to harass them and are so antagonistic toward the very mention of a Jew. When God uses Israel, through that military sweep, He is going to do it in a way that those Arabs cannot help but realize that Allah cannot help them. It is Jehovah with the Jews. When that happens, then you can easily see what that does for all those walled villages. It makes them safe. When my people, Israel, dwell safely, that is when the word of God says Gog will make his move against them. This certainly lets us know for sure that Ezekiel 38 and 39 could not possibly be fulfilled until after some of these other prophecies have been fulfilled to open up the way for it. As we move through these scriptures, we can see that somewhere in the very near future it will no longer be the Arab people making trouble for the people of Israel. They will be at peace with Israel. When that comes to pass Israel can take the fences down. Notice the language of Ezekiel 38:10 “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: 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.” Why do more people not ask when they read these scriptures, Where did all those fences go? It is not that way now. Every last one of those villages that have those fences, have bars and gates. It has to be like that to keep their enemies out. It is not intruders from Iran, nor Libya, nor Ethiopia, nor any others but those Arabs that live right next door. Well that is why God will use Israel in such a way as to display His own power in such a miraculous fashion. Let us go back a few thousand years: to the time when spies were sent to check out the land the Jews were heading for and they came into Jericho and met the harlot by the name of Rahab. When they got introduced to her and she began to tell the story, what did she tell those spies? We heard of your people, what your God did when He brought you across the Red Sea. You every one know what she told those spies? She said, At that time our hearts did melt within us. (In other words, We were scared half to death.) They had every reason to be. Well Micah 7 plainly says as it was with him in the days when I brought him out of Egypt, so again will I show unto him great and marvelous things. Insomuch that the heathen round about will come crawling out of their holes, confounded at all their might, at their infrared sights, heat sensors, and all that stuff. As I said in Norway, we not only have all of that, Israel has it too. We sold them some of our technology. Just look at what our men can do: then put a Jew in that same plane and you will really see something. I have to remind you what you have heard many times before, Little is much if God be in it. He will take one Jew and one airplane and drive the whole Iraqi Air Force out of the vicinity. You say, You talk crazy, Bro. Jackson. Oh no: I am just waiting for the hour that I can see some of these things falling into place. I will jump up and down with Joy, saying, Did I not say so? That is the way the whole thing lines up: when I look at the picture the Bible portrays. It did not look like this 15 or 20 years ago. It is just simply a fact, that as we get closer to a prophesied event, we begin to see more clearly how to look at it. Yes saints, notice how He emphasizes this, I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely. Two passages of scripture show it. (Ezekiel 38:8) “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.” This would be, when my people Israel dwell safely. In this verse, it is in connection with the invasion of the enemy that it says, When His people dwell safely. That means their borders have been pushed out to their ancient boundaries and everything is in place. Then we notice in verse 12, it is the invading force under the leadership of this Muscovite, the Magog people, that it is referring to. Here is what they say, “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.” By that time we can say this, Jerusalem is in the process of being renovated and her future inhabitants, Jews, are now moving in to possess their dwellings. That is why you read chapter 49 of Isaiah along with this. There is no doubt that Israel will make this sweep to set the stage for Jerusalem to be renovated and made ready for the Messiah, which will come over here at the end of the week. We realize the temple is going to be built somewhere in the preceding months leading into this period of time; and as we have pointed out, The Jews will have help building that temple that people not too many years ago would have said would be an impossibility. That just goes to show how God can turn things around when His time comes for it to happen.


WHAT THE PROPHETS HAVE WRITTEN ABOUT ISRAEL IN OUR DAY


The whole picture in the Middle East is going to change very quickly as Israel begins to make the moves these prophecies foretell; so do not be surprised if you turn on the News some morning and Israel is on the move. With this in mind, we have to realize these other Islamic nations are absolutely going to become infuriated when they begin to watch the progress and development of things and see how the Jews are renovating that city. They will be even more infuriated when they observe the fact that the Jews are dwelling safely in their land. Israel can say with a sigh of relief, The Arabs are no longer our enemies, out to harass us, and their guerrillas trying to infiltrate our ranks at night. They are finally allowing us to dwell in peace. You have to understand it took that war under Numbers, to rid all that Saudi Arabia area of that religious anti Jewish feeling, and to convert the heart of that Arab so that when you get to Isaiah 60, which goes with Isaiah 49, here they come with gold and incense, with the wealth of the people of Arabia, to offer upon His altar of sacrifice. (Isaiah 60:1-11) “Arise shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. (2) For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee. (3) And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. (4) Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. (5) Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee. (6) The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; all they from Sheba shall come: they shall bring gold and incense; and they shall shew forth the praises of the Lord. (7) All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together unto thee, the rams of Nebaioth shall minister unto thee: they shall come up with acceptance on mine altar, and I will glorify the house of my glory. (8) Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows? (9) Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of the Lord thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee. (10) And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee. Therefore thy gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought.” I just have to say, Only God Himself can cause it to be done like that. My critics will probably say, Well it will sure take a miracle to bring about such a thing. Sure it will; but what do you think happened to the Russian Empire 3 1/2 or so years ago? Was that not a miracle? There is no need for anyone to think Reagan and the pope of Rome accomplished all of that without God having a hand in it. They may have been key instruments in bringing about what happened; but you never would have seen a thing like that take place unless God had first said, The time is right. Have you ever stopped to think of all the people who lost their lives for that monster to grow and become what it was, and then think how quickly the monster was brought down: simply with a stroke of the hand of God? This ought to tell the world that this old world system is in for a shaking like never before. What it took empires years to build, God can bring to naught in a day’s time. Yes saints, verse 12 of the 38th chapter of Ezekiel, lets us see how the enemy says, We have come to take a spoil, we have come to take a prey, we have come to do this and that. But look at verse 13: who is doing the talking. Saudi Arabia would not say anything like that today. (That is who Sheba and Dedan are.) If old mad man Hussein of Iraq, three years ago, instead of going into Kuwait, would have crossed Jordan into Israel, Saudi Arabia would not have said one thing about it. Listen to me. They would not have said a thing, because their sentiment is for the Islamic cause. They probably would have said, Onward Hussein! As it was though, the minute Hussein got his eyes on Kuwait, Saudi Arabia got scared and began looking for help. They were glad to let our Bible totting soldiers, whom they looked upon as a bunch of infidels, come to their rescue. Of course it is true to a great degree: our society has become corrupt and more like people who hate God; but I want you to know this, The mere fact that they make their women wear their dresses long and cover their faces does not make them holy. That long nosed bunch of characters will sit in a beer joint watching belly dancers until three in the morning, then go home to their wives still feeling like they are something special. They will not let their women be seen in public unless she is wearing a veil over her face. That is social hypocrisy: just pretending to be moral when all evidence speaks otherwise. I had to say it that way based upon my own observation. When God gets through using Israel to open their eyes, I have to believe Saudi Arabia will see a lot of things they have not seen for a long time. The veil will be lifted from their mind’s so they can begin to see and understand a few things they have been ignorant to. Anyhow here is what verse 13 says, “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?” I have said all of that to show you, from three years ago when they had to scream for help themselves, you do not find this verse portraying them as being against Israel when the enemy is coming toward them, like they might have been in prior times. Instead they are heard saying, What have you come to do? They are the first ones that speak out, What have you come to do? Sheba and Dedan, (Look where they are on the map) and the merchants of Tarshish, (the area representing old Spain) are asking that question. Some of you may not realize what people the merchants of Tarshish represent; but in ancient Biblical times when Israel was a major nation in the Middle East and traded with certain Gentile people on the coast of Spain, those people there, were of the first foreign tradesmen, craftsmen that traded certain produce with the Israelis. They had a life style that many Jews took a liking to. This is why when Jonah went down to the sea fleeing from the presence of the Lord, he was determined to go to Tarshish. He went down to the old ancient seaport called Joppa and bought a ticket for a boat trip. To go where? To Tarshish. That lets you know which way Ninevah was from there: for he went the opposite way from what the Lord had told him to go. My point is, This could not have happened before: that those of Tarshish would be for Israel. When you look at the lineup of western Europe today, the ten major nations are all back in combined unity. This should tell us that somewhere deep in the old sentimental background of Spain a spark is rekindled; because for centuries Jews lived in the old ancient capital of Madrid. There is a section there, one third of the old city, it was called the Jewish section. Then when the Moslems were there, they had their section. The rest of the city was Catholic. All three lived side by side until the time of the Spanish Inquisition. Then the Catholics were hard on the Jews. The very year Columbus discovered the new world, that was the year the rulers of Spain and the leaders and people of southern France and Spain got together and drove the Moors out. That is when the Jews were driven out. I said all that to give you a little background of Tarshish. Just keep in mind, it was called Tarshish at that time. A lot of these other nations called Portugal, France, and so forth were barbarians; but they were not tradesmen with Israel. How many realize that is why it addressed these in the forefront of this statement? Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof speaks specifically. When you and I look at western Europe, we see it in a much different way; because all these other nations you and I have known in our history and study, we realize they came about, got their identity after the breakup of the old Roman Empire. Keep in mind though, the prophet was not looking at Spain as having been a part of the Roman Empire. He was looking at this country way before the Roman Empire ever came into existence; and he was speaking from that standpoint. That is why it is Sheba and Dedan, these Arabs in Saudi Arabia, who take the initiative to question such an approach by such an invading force, 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 38:14) “Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, (This goes back to the leader.) Thus saith the Lord God; In that day (here we come) when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, (God puts emphasis on it. She has secure borders. She is at peace with her Arab half brothers. They are at peace with Israel.) shalt thou not know it? And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, (horsepower) a great company, and a mighty army: And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; (a cloud, twice it speaks like this) 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.” God has a way of bestowing His power and His presence. When we think of Russia, for the past number of years she has been the great producer of scientific philosophers of atheism. She has taught her young people that there is no God. Yet as she denied her young people the knowledge of God, many of them went off after astronomy and all that kind of things. I will never forget last year in Russia, person after person, as they came in the prayer line, would say, Please pray for me. Through the interpreter they would say, We have not been free to study religion; but we have been free to study other things. I heard this, I got caught up in astronomy; and now I see demons in my house: I am scared to go to bed. I thought to myself, When you take away from people the privilege of studying the right thing, the devil will always give them the wrong thing. Here they are in torment: captured by one thing or another. Person after person, alcoholic after alcoholic: much of it attributed to them being denied the privilege of seeking God for fellowship and help. Saints I hope you can see why this chapter is written like it is. It has a picture in it. It tells you precisely when to look toward the seventieth week of Daniel; because it is definitely going to be the last war that will be fought just before that week of Daniel starts. There is no doubt that as that war is fought, western nations will stand ready; because when you read in there, “And it shall come to pass I will call for a sword out of all my mountains,” That means nations that somehow or other have honored God, (For He said) “I will rain upon him a great rain, fire and brimstone.” from Spain to France, to England, to Ireland, Belgium, Germany, Holland, I can see rockets in their launching pads, ready. God says, “And I will plead with him, with pestilence and with fire.” Every kind of disaster. God is going to teach that mass of people one last lesson: that there is a God is the universe. I could sense in talking among a lot of those people, that even though for the past eighty years they built their universities to educate their people in science, physics, and all such like, when they left God out of the picture it made all of that very vain. They have tried to ignore the very ONE that holds this great universe together. God is going to teach those responsible ones a lesson though; and He will still get His remnant out of Russia to fulfill the scriptures. He is going to show them the greatest text book the human race has ever known: this book we call THE BIBLE. I am glad it is a book that can talk to you. It has been written in a way that it can talk to people; and at times when people are to see certain things it can present a very vivid picture. Yes there will be saints from every nation under heaven. God has His way of bringing to pass all that His prophets through the ages have written.


A NEW WORLD ORDER OR AN OLD WORLD ORDER REVIVED


In the light of a lot of things that have been discussed in the political realm in the past two and a half years since the Gulf War, I want to make a few comments before continuing on in Ezekiel 38 and 39. I know that when the Gulf War was going on there was a lot of talk about a New World Order. It made preachers go absolutely wild: Here comes the beast. Now, after so much time has passed you do not hear much about the New World Order. Let us just take a look at the United Nations as it exists today. That is as close as you can get to a New World Order. That thing has been in existence since 1948; but tell me, What good has it been? It has not done one earthly bit of good that I can see. Yet our own nation has contributed billions of dollars into the funding of the thing. As I said before, it was something designed by the leaders of the United States, in collaboration with other western leaders, because as the WW2 era came to a close, they were faced with a huge debt, an area lying in ruins, and that is the only thing they could devise to give any ray of hope: Let’s all get together and agree to function as a group of nations, just as the United States has been a multiple of states with their own independent governments. We have to realize though, there has been a lot of make shift things that have been the product of man’s own initiative down through centuries of time; yet none of those things, however long they existed, or how short they lasted, has ever changed the overall picture of Biblical prophecy. If you just look back through the pages of history, you saw the rise of various things; but somewhere along the line prophecy is the measuring stick that determines the end results of all of it. Right now there seems to be little cooperation, very little agreement and very little accomplished by the United Nations. Look at this Bosnia situation: You and I know there is not much more they can put together than what is already in existence there; and I ask you, What has it done as far as shaping the world for the future. If they cannot get three factions of people to respect them, how in the name of common sense are you going to get total nations to respect the same for a lasting world peace? Even many times those troops with the relief convoys have been held up and did not know what move to make until there was something worked out. My point in saying these things is, Let us not forget what the Bible says; because the Bible gives us a unique picture: letting us know it is Rome coming back into preeminence for a short allotted time; and certainly we know that will not be a New World Order. We might say it like this, It is an old world order with a new title attached to it. There is no doubt whatsoever that we are living somewhere in this area of time, looking through this window: just before the miraculous begins to take place. As I said before, don’t place these windows we have on our chart years and years apart. We are moving toward the year 2000 A.D. That prophetic time of Hosea 6:2, if it is to be figured from the crucifixion of Christ, it will terminate in the year 2005. In the light of a generation Jesus talked about, and a little season as we find under the 5th seal, how can we extend time any longer than that? Those two days are dispensational days of prophetic time, each day a thousand years of prophetic time. They definitely have to have a beginning point and an ending point: such as they will definitely have when the week of Daniel comes into effect and Israel’s revival takes place. As I see it, if 33 A.D. is when Christ was crucified, that is the only possible date you can come up with that makes any sense, for those two dispensational days to start. If you try to push it to 70 A.D., the final destruction of Jerusalem and the children of Israel being taken away into captivity, you push the ending of those two days beyond the generation of people that are to live to see the end of all these prophesied things. We have a measuring stick in the Bible and we would do well to use it properly: not trying to pinpoint any certain year, but rather recognize that we are in the season for the wrap up of these things we have been looking at. That is why I say, We can look for God to do something with His Gentile Church in the very near future. Since 1948, pressures, conditions and circumstances have reshaped Europe until today you have a complete, combined area of nations there in western Europe that is all under one political unity, working out their economic strategies. They have been under one military umbrella since 1948. That is why we heard much about NATO. Even now, different men in our government are saying, Why doesn’t NATO do something in Bosnia? That is their headache. We can say this, if you knew what is behind the scene, (and I assure you we do not know) you would know good and well there is some reason why those western leaders in Europe today do not want to lift a finger toward changing that situation. A lot of what is going on over there can be attributed to nothing more and nothing less than a religious war. That is why the Moslems there are taking a beating, both from the Croatians and the Serbians; because the Croatians and the Serbians are definitely either orthodox, or the other, we will say Greek Orthodox. They have been rival enemies for hundreds and hundreds of years. If you could read the pages of history when the Islamic religion came out of Saudi Arabia, how by the time we come into the 8th and 9th century, it had swept into Turkey, and what bloodshed. No historian was around to write the horrible picture; but what little I have read, especially when they attacked Constantinople, they literally beheaded Christians by the thousands. Who stood by to contest it? What world leader said, Let’s send aid? I hope you get the picture. Those people have reason to remember that horrible hour. To me it is a tragedy, to think how in modern times innocent people are suffering. I just have to say this, God is looking down on what is taking place. He sees it better than I do. We just have to realize that eventually every bit of that area of old eastern Europe, going into Asia, by the time it is all over, is going to be lined up with Rome one hundred percent; so everything just has to work into place. Man can interfere; but man cannot defeat the plan and purpose of God. Neither can man’s interfering change God’s timetable for wrapping up this whole thing. It will all be right on schedule.


WHEN GOD HIMSELF IS SANCTIFIED


Let us get back to Ezekiel 38. Here we find a war described, that a lot of people have had a lot of misgivings about. They have said, Well it looks like that could be the battle of Armageddon. No saints, it is not the battle of Armageddon. The battle of Armageddon, as we read in Revelation 16 and 19, is not even described as a miracle war. Think of it. There is not a thing in Revelation that tells you the battle of Armageddon will produce anything that God is glorified in. Yet right here in this war described in Ezekiel 39 and 39 it plainly tells you, number one, He is going to be sanctified in Gog. Then it says He is going to be sanctified among the heathen. The heathen mentioned is not that poor bush man in the Congo either: it is this bunch of educated, know-it-all politicians that act like they have the answer to everything: along with Professor This and Professor That, many of whom will even reject the very idea that there is a sovereign God in the picture. Yes the heathen mentioned in these scriptures are those type of individuals. Then we notice also, it plainly closes out by saying, And Israel will know from that day onward that I am the Lord their God who is in the midst of her forevermore. That tells me this war is an episode that is to be fought just before the time that from the western world is introduced that covenant period which will be the 70th week of Daniel. There is no doubt as the western world watches this unfold, seeing how God portrays himself to the leaders of the western world where the beast is already being shaped, already put together, ready to go into action, those leaders will not be disturbed one bit. However within the realm of Gentile nations there is going to be people whose hearts are going to be touched. That is why God speaks of how He is sanctified in the midst of the heathen. There has to be a reason why God wants to be sanctified. It is not that He is unholy. It means He wants to be recognized as a Holy God in the midst of a nation of people that has forgot all about Him. That is what we have to look at here. You can see it today. That is why our western nations do not want God brought into the picture. That is the last thing on earth they want. Israel has been ruled much through recent years by the politician type Jew, not looking at the future of Israel from a Messianic viewpoint. The religious, Messianic people have been pressed into the background. Therefore you have to realize somewhere in front of us, when we come to this period of time that these prophecies are to drop down and be fulfilled, God will make the governors of Judah as a torch in the midst of the pile of wood. They have not been like that yet. It is true there was a six day war, even then in the Israeli government there was a lot of bickering as to what they would do and would not do. Nevertheless when it became obvious that Nasser of Egypt and the Syrians were ready for a strike, they had to agree to a strategy and God honored it. Since then they have done everything else other than to really agree on anything. Therefore my point in saying this is, Ezekiel 38 is not a war like conventional types of wars of the past. While it is a war that Russia, with her allies, are coming against Israel in one of the most unique sneak attacks that could ever be put together in modern times, it is going to be different than anything the world has ever witnessed. That is why it does not say in the Bible that they are going to come dropping out of the air with parachutes. No. It tells in Ezekiel they are coming on horseback. Like I said earlier, Imagine thousands of troops coming from Libya, from Russia, from Persia and Ethiopia on horseback. How far do you think they would get, with Israelis intelligence as sharp as it is? They would never get where they were going. It would not be a miracle in the, it will be a miracle if they survive even long enough to get to the borders of Israel. No saints, they are not coming against Israel by those primitive means. The horses they will be coming on will be horsepower: as your engines are rated today. These shields and bucklers and things that ancient mankind used, you just have to transfer that terminology to modern armament and high tech fire power. Every last bit of it is Russian made. That is why it stipulated here, Art thou not he whom his servants have prophesied in former times, now we would have to find that somewhere in other Israeli writings; because it is not in our Bible. Let us go to Ezekiel 38:14, and look at something that is in our Bible. I know there are people who will say, Oh Jackson, you are wrong, God has already torn Russia to pieces. To those people, I just have to say, No. He did NOT tear the land of Magog apart; and that is the part of the old Soviet territory this prophecy pertains to. God just broke up that great monster that had such a large perimeter out there. It was never all known as Russia. Did you know there was a time when Turkey ran all the way up into that region? Yes, there was a time when much of that area was called Turkistan. That was not Russia. However out of that, eventually, that which actually is Russia, the land of the Muscovites, (who are the descendants of Meshech and Tubal) came the heart core of what you look to as Russia. It is true, as we come through the 18th century there was a lot of bloodshed in that vast region. Russia did not extend all the way to the Orient. But as that Communistic spirit hit, they were successful in surrounding and putting together (though gradually) a vast network of smaller countries, such as Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and those. There were many of them: too many to mention. It all combined into a vast area of what was known as the Soviet Union, which was a communist empire; and that is what has been broken up. However what God was looking at in Ezekiel 38 and 39 are still right there; and I might say, very capable of fulfilling what we are reading about. These words were written to, or about Gog, the chief prince, (or ruler) of Meshech and Tubal, of the land of Magog; so that is where we look to as we study these scriptures. God was looking right at that old hard core. Right now if you would ask those Russian politicians, Do you believe you will play a future role in coming down into the land of Israel, by making alliance with Persia and Ethiopia? you would probably hear them say, Why? We see no need for anything like that. Well naturally they would see no need for that at this present time. Neither do those Common Market nations of Western Europe look at the Bible to see their future role in the plan of God. Circumstances and world conditions just lead up to the point of their active role in fulfilling these prophecies. The Bible tells us God will put hooks in the jaws of Gog and his band and bring them forth to come against Israel. They are not looking at the Bible to see what their future role in prophecy will be; but God certainly is. That is why I say, Though Israel and the PLO may sign a thousand agreements, that does not guarantee there will be peace in the Middle East? Absolutely not! Let us look at verse 14 of chapter 38. “Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, (The word Gog applies to the leader) Thus saith the Lord God; In that day when My people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it?” I will repeat what I said earlier. Since 1948, the immigrant Jews that have come back to their ancient home land have not been able to live there in peace and safety. Every year there is hostility, killings by every thinkable means. They are constantly subjected to guerrilla attacks. At night the settlements are invaded. That is why the kibbutz have barbed wire around them. Every new village has chain link fences around them. Therefore there has been no time to this point in time, that you could properly refer to them as dwelling safely. We are living in an hour when we can say this though, In the very near future, the world will wake up one morning and discover that there has been a dramatic change in the Middle East; because Israel will be on the move, fulfilling these various prophecies we have been studying. God is going to use Israel to literally secure her borders and put every Arab where he, or she is supposed to be. It is going to set the stage for those Arabs that are now very hostile toward the Jews, to suddenly realize, that from that moment on, resisting the Jews will be a fruitless endeavor. When those Arabs have finally been put to rest, after being made to see that their God is no longer with them, they will have to change their overall religious philosophy. That includes the Edomites, the Moabites and the Ammonites, all of which will be put to rest at that time: so that they no longer have that hostile attitude toward the Jews. Where you have little villages on the Golan Heights, the area taken from Syria in the six day war, presently having those fences around them, there will be no need for those fences after that. God had a reason for Ezekiel writing like this, “when my people Israel are dwelling safely.” Trinity Broadcasting will not agree with me; but do you think I am going to concern myself with what they say? Just watch and see if any of them ever preach this kind of a picture concerning these prophecies we have been looking at. They cannot; because they do not see the true picture. Just as the scripture says in Proverbs 29:18, “Where there is no vision (or revelation) the people perish.” Those who have a revelation of the word of God will not be running a program. You cannot run a preplanned, traditional program and be subject to the leadership of the Spirit of God both at the same time. I am aware that many times you can see and hear things on those denominational programs that make it look like those people are doing a great work of God; but if you know anything yourself, it does not take long for you to realize they are as blind as a bat spiritually. I am persuaded though, that there is going to be a little nucleus of people walking on God’s green earth from here to the end, that will have a good understanding and a clear picture in their mind’s, of how this world’s developments are going to begin to materialize as this age of grace to the Gentiles is phased out. This Ezekiel war we have been talking about has to be looked at as an international conflict. It is not just a matter of Israel taking care of the Arabs and putting them to rest in some soon-to-be conflict. That is only a prelude to the Ezekiel 38 war. This is somehow or other a Satanic, master minded plot, using another segment of the world, Persia, Ethiopia, Libya, and the house of Togarmah, which is Turkey. They are definitely going to try to pull off one of the sneakiest attacks against Israel that could ever be devised. They carefully set the stage; and then come like a cloud to take Israel by surprise. (Ezekiel 38:9-12) “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.” If there is any doubt in your mind as to who these people are, just pay attention to verses 16 and 17, and you will know for sure. (Ezekiel 38:16-17) “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, (I want to say this, I am a Christian, but I live in a nation that has become a heathen nation. This nation now has more crime committed every night than anywhere else in the rest of this world. Shame on a nation that has taken such an attitude on how to fight crime. We were going in and save those poor Somalias. If we had done the thing right thing, our leaders would have said, Go get that bunch of cutthroats first. Common sense would tell you, if you are going to make a difference in a situation like that, you have to go get that bunch of cutthroats out of the picture first. You had two things there that was creating this disaster. You had a natural drought. That made the food supply very short. Then that bunch of cutthroats, war lords if you please, was using what was left there to fatten their own gut and fill their own pocketbook. You know that is the truth. The poor Somalia children were caught between the crossfire and have become victimized by their own leaders. Yet out of these western, supposed-to-be civilized countries that pretend to be humanitarian on one standpoint, came leadership that did not know where to draw the line on what was humanitarian and what was not. I do not pretend to be a military strategist, but common sense tells me, if you go into a place like that and try to aid people under those conditions, that bunch of cutthroats will turn the whole thing in reverse and use all your efforts for their own selfish cause. That is exactly what they have done. They have master minded it to the point they are gradually turning many Somalia people against our very cause in being there. Well, I am glad God knows what He is doing here. It will not turn out like the Somalia thing has. No, this conflict is not going to be something designed by man. It was designed by God long before the prophet ever recorded it. He is going to get glory for Himself out of it from those who are heathen in His eyes.) 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?” (As I said, You would have to go back somewhere in other Israeli writings to find that. It is not in our Bible anywhere else.) This is going to be after Israel has already taken their ancient land and secured their borders. It will be the Islamic world’s last chance to regain their religious prestige; but Russia has to play the part of being their guide, their military adviser, furnishing the technicians, and the military strategist that they feel necessary to conquer the Jews. God will force them to do it. “And I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me.” Does that mean every king, every leader, every governor is going to be awakened? No. But it means out in this western, educated world, there are some people out here that at that time, God wants their attention. It is their personal attention God is after. He is not going to change the antichrist system nor the beast system in Europe. No. But there are some individual people that He is going to change their attitude as to the part they play and the role they participate in. That is why He has designed it this way. “When I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, (God is speaking directly to the ruler of this whole thing.) before their eyes.” (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.” Saints, you may think you have seen anger before; but when God gets angry things are going to shake.


HOW-AND WHY GOD WILL FIGHT AGAINST GOG AND MAGOG


As you read on through Ezekiel 38, you will see that it says nothing about the kings of the East: as you read in Revelation 16. Therefore this is not the great day of the Lord, the day of God’s wrath upon the whole earth, we are looking at in this chapter. This is a precise time when God is bringing one nation, which is the leader of other nations, which somehow or other have demanded the right to attack this little nation that they feel the Arabs have failed so miserably in all their efforts of trying to conquer them. Strictly because they are still Islamic, they feel they are being cheated by the events that will have transpired just prior to this time. As I said earlier, The Islamic people have been split into two camps for hundreds of years; but they are still Islamic nonetheless; and this bunch that comes with God will feel that it is their responsibility to finish up what the other bunch have tried to do and failed. Those of Saudi Arab and those who are basically Arabs of that nature, were the Soonites; but those of Persia and all that other category are the Shiites. The Shiites, as far as history is concerned, have always been in the forefront. They seem to set the stage. That is why when God takes care of the other Arabs with Israel and puts them to rest, He leaves this other camp to deal with; and He deals with it by doing this thing we see in Ezekiel 38. Now do not be mislead: This shaking is not God dropping an atomic bomb. God does not need an atomic bomb. He has enough destructive forces at His finger tips to outdo anything all your man made bombs put together could ever do. In a few hours time He can tear down what it has taken men hundreds of years to build. Do not try to minimize this thing saints: like gentile mind’s are so prone to do: When God said there will be a shaking in the land of Israel, and it is going to be known world wide, (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,” He has a purpose in it at. When you read it like that, you might ask, Well what is the purpose of it? God gets glory from it. Do we not find in Exodus, how God brought two and some odd million people across the Red Sea by such a miraculous means? It plainly tell you there that a strong east wind blew all night long. When daylight came the next day the children of Israel looked at that body of water and there was a deep, dry chasm running right through there to the other side. God said to Moses, Come on, go across to the other side. The way some people respond to the word of God reminds me of a little story I heard somewhere. It is typical of how Gentile mind’s react to the things written in the Bible. They treat it as though it is all fiction. The story goes like this, There was a small boy who had modern parents that did not want him going to Sunday School, nor anywhere that he would learn anything about the Bible. Well the story goes, that there were new people that moved into the area and he became a close friend to one of their children. His friend asked him to go to Sunday School with him and he went. On that particular Sunday, the teacher was talking about the children of Israel leaving Egypt, and telling how God miraculously brought them through the Red Sea. The story is complete and the little boy goes home: where his mother asked, Johnny: What did you learn today? The little boy said, I don’t know. Now Johnny, come on and tell me what you learned today. Mommy, I heard one of the most fantastic stories I ever heard in my life. The teacher told us about how many years ago there was a large group of people in a foreign country, and they had been there for many years; and had been turned into slaves. After they had been mistreated for so long their God decided He wanted to lead them out of there. The day came, and He led them out of there; but they came to a large body of water out there in the desert that they could not cross. When Moses saw the predicament they were in, he called a halt and got on his walkie talkie and called to the rear for reserves; and up they came with modern equipment and cut down trees and everything. His mother interrupted him: Now Johnny, you know that is not the truth. To that He responded, Well if I had told you the truth, you would not have believed it. That is typical our Gentile world in this day and hour. God has to slap them up one side of the head, knock them down, step on them, and turn them over, before He gets their attention. In this day of modernism, and intellectualism God has this thing designed like this because He wants to get the attention of a few Gentiles. He has a purpose in it: to use them. Therefore as God does this thing, this is how He deals with these people, these troops that come into the land of Israel like a cloud. That is why I said, These troops are not coming in long convoys. Common sense would tell anyone that ten thousand troops leaving Russia, winding their way down through Turkey toward Israel, would be picked up by Israeli intelligence before they got very far. Keep in mind, we have intelligence satellites and we share this technology with Israel; therefore Israel would have it. Think where the Libyans are situated in North Africa. If they were to start across Egypt with a long convoy of military trucks, Israel will know it. The same with Ethiopia, and also coming from Persia. There is no way they can come that way. It tells you in another verse here, they will come quickly, like a storm. A storm is something that goes into effect quickly. What does verse 9 say, “Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land.” You do not have time to put a new roof on your house when you see a storm coming. The closest thing to this description that we have ever known, was when our troops went into Saudi Arabia to fight the Gulf War: We staged one of the largest military airlifts ever known in the annals of warfare. We put more equipment and men in the field in a matter of hours, than anyone had ever heard of at that point in time. When this Ezekiel war is fought, they will not be bringing a half million troops: you are dealing in the thousands. That is the way we have to look at it. I have no doubt this is going to be troops that are trained by Russian technicians, because their own intelligence, their own strategy is, If we are able to pull this off as a sneak attack, we have to do it so we are not in the air over an hour: lest Israeli intelligence pick it up and have them prepared. No they are not going to drop them in the midst of Jerusalem. Common sense would tell you that. They are going to pick a large rural area somewhere, so they can drop them on the ground, where there is the least amount of military defenses. Well that is exactly where God wants them. I have to say people who cannot believe what God did at the Red Sea, and at the Jordan River later, when Joshua crossed over and the waters walled up like a giant wall, and people who cannot believe the walls of Jericho fell straight down, not straight out, just wait a little while: God is going to shake your brain, and make your eyes turn over in your head when He begins to do some of these things we are dealing with in this message. I say all that because I am sick and tired of hearing all these modern philosophers so full of unbelief, as though they are so smart they could not possibly believe anything like what we are talking about: when actually God has their number; and knows exactly how to bring them all to an abrupt end. That is why God has saved the best until last. He is going to show some of it in the next few years as He shapes things up and gets it ready for the western world to move in, and the antichrist to fulfill his lot. Yes, imagine all these thousands of troops coming. I can see the air filled with giant cargo planes and doors suddenly flying open. There are literally hundreds of men following each other, waves upon waves of them. God waits until He has the right number in that drop zone; and then He makes His move. Let me just say this, When heaven opens up and God begins to rain a torrential rain on them, do not dare tell me that will not hamper their modern military equipment. Not only rain but great hailstones also, will be hitting them. (Ezekiel 38:22-23) “And I will plead against him (Gog and his band of invaders) 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.” That is also going to take place in the day of God’s wrath at the end of the great tribulation: under the 7th vial judgment. The only thing is, Ezekiel does not give the weight of the hailstones that will fall, like Revelation does. Notice Revelation 16:21, what it says. “And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.” Whatever the weight of a talent is, that is what God will rain down upon wicked mankind at the end of this age; and from the announced results of this intervention on the part of God in the Ezekiel war, I would say the hailstones could be every bit as great as those under the 7th vial of Revelation 16. When the whole thing is over, only one sixth part of those invading forces will be left alive to return home. You can read that in 39:2. At the same time, in the 21st verse, it says, “And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains.” Mountains here, does not mean geographical mountains. It is symbolic, meaning kingdoms of human beings. Listen carefully to me, and keep in mind what I said earlier about Tarshish being the old country of Spain. It was known in ancient times to Israel; because I was reading how it carried on commerce and trade with Israel before Israel was taken off into Babylonian captivity. The other regions of Europe were basically barbarous tribes of people. No nations were yet formed. That is why they are not named in this prophecy. But when it says, “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,” That sounds contradictory the way we would normally read it. Do you know why? It would sound like everyone will get into it with each other. That is not the way it will be. You have to look at it from the standpoint, are we not all created brethren, as far as human beings concerned on this planet? Are you not also a created brother to the Russian people? Sure you are. You can claim that in any generation you want to. So when it says God will call for a sword throughout all his mountains, you are looking at people, every one of their swords against their brother. You are dealing with the created family of God, not the spiritual family of God. That is how you have to look at it. It does not mean anarchy is going to break out within the nations where God is calling for this thing. No, He is calling for a military strike out of those nations. Just take a good look at Europe: where she will be in that hour. Does it not tell you in Revelation 13 concerning the beast with ten horns (which we know is pointing to those ten nations of western Europe) that John saw it coming up out of the sea? This is the beast Daniel saw, and when he saw it coming up, he saw this little horn with the eyes of a man and a mouth speaking great things: how that little horn subdued three of the ten horns and so forth. It plainly tells you there in Revelation that the dragon gave that beast his seat and his power and great authority. It tells us also, that people will worship the dragon that gives his power unto the beast, saying, Who is equal to the beast, who is able to make war against the beast. Saints you are looking at western Europe in a future hour: when she is called upon to play a role, a role she refused to take part in there in Bosnia. When God calls upon her to play a role in this event, she will do it. It is not a case where western Europe goes into anarchy, drawing their swords against each other, even though it may sound like that: It is absolutely a situation where out of those nations there is to be a military strike against those who they have definitely tried to see as brethren: to bring about peace. Yes. Western Europe is definitely going to be faced with going into action. (Ezekiel 38:22) “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.” God does not need rockets, nevertheless as he pleads with these nations of Europe, He will let them use their rockets. Keep in mind, God is going to deal with the troops of Russia and all her allies that come into the land of Israel. He will do that with His own miraculous power, but He is going to definitely use the military capability of these nations in Europe to rain a devastating blow on the land of Magog. That is the way the Bible reads. All of that along with natural elements including hailstones, and 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.” It is all yet to be. That is what this window on our chart lets us look toward. This is how we are to look toward the seventieth week of Daniel. It goes into motion on the heels of this Ezekiel war. There is absolutely no doubt that it will be just a few months, a year or two maybe until that week goes into effect. The effects of this thing no doubt brings the western world to natural man’s thinking: We have got to do something to avoid another event like this; or we are going to be shoved over the brink into total anarchy. That leaves mortal mankind with a dilemma; so they get together and do the only thing they know to do. They are not going to pick up the Bible and read it: to get their instructions. You know they will not do that. Neither will they get on their knees and say, Lord help me, I want to know what you want me to do next. No, they will never humble themselves to do a thing like that; and besides, God will already have put it in their hearts to play the role the Bible describes in the 17th chapter of Revelation. They will not look to God as men ought to look to Him for direction; but they will finally agree to call upon the pope of Rome to mediate what they are determined to do. In the meanwhile, God just simply allows Satan to fill their minds with all kinds of ideas; but in the final outcome what they do will fulfill the purpose of God exactly. His word cannot fail.


HOW TO LOOK AT ISAIAH CHAPTER 49


We will go back to Isaiah 49: where God, through the spirit of prophecy looks to the future of Jerusalem. The future of Jerusalem is revealed in these passages of scripture of these various prophecies. The old city, not the new city that has been built since the 20th century, which is on the higher land. The old city has definitely got to be rehabilitated and put in a proper condition for immigrant Jews from different areas of the world that are definitely to choose it for their dwelling place to fulfill scripture. They are not on the scene yet; but they are going to be coming sometime in the near future, as the clock of prophetic time moves to that point. We notice here this prophecy how the Spirit of God spoke on behalf of the geographical mountain, Mt. Zion, the spot where Jerusalem is built. The prophecy is speaking for the mountain, and in it the mountain is speaking in behalf of her inhabitants. Let us pick it up in the 14th verse, “But Zion said, The Lord hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me.” Just think, In 70 A.D., August 10th, when Jerusalem fell to the Roman army, as the sun rose the next day the Roman army was gathering up the remaining healthy, work-able young Jews. The idea was, We will sell them on the world slave market. They were sold in Egypt, they were sold in Constantinople, and some were sold in Rome. From that time until a short time ago, Mt. Zion lay desolate as far as literal Jewish occupancy in a major role; but coming up is the city. God says this, (18) “Lift up thine eyes round about, and behold: all these gather themselves together, and come to thee (That is the new wave of immigrants that are soon to come and take up occupancy in Jerusalem.) As I live, saith the Lord, thou shalt surely clothe thee with them all, as with an ornament, and bind them on thee, as a bride doeth.” In other words, I will clothe you with Jewish inhabitants. Right now, old Jerusalem is populated by three fourths Arabs. Verse 17 says, “Thy children shall make haste; (meaning the future occupants) thy destroyers (which are the Arabs) and they that made thee waste shall go forth of thee.” (19) “For thy waste and thy desolate places, and the land of thy destruction, shall even now be too narrow by reason of the inhabitants, (meaning no place to live, no house to live in. In other words, There will be no vacancy signs everywhere: there will be no place to rent. It does not apply to the ground: there is plenty of ground; but no place to have a roof over their head’s.) and they that swallowed thee up shall be far away.” You have two verses there that tell you what the future is of old Jerusalem’s inhabitants. That should tell us there is no way God is going to leave three fourths of the occupants of old Jerusalem to be Arabs: to stay there demanding self government, we want self government, when God’s word says they are going to be moved out of there. That is why it is going to be interesting to watch the next few months, to see what does unfold before the eyes of the world. (Isaiah 49:20) “The children which thou shalt have, after thou hast lost the other, (That points back to 70 A.D.) shall say again in thine ears, The place is too strait for me: give place to me that I may dwell.” In other words, in this modern age, Can you not hear in that hour, when they have cleared out all the Arabs and the city is opened up for renovation and total reconstruction, they are rebuilding the city and here comes the new wave of immigrants; and as people begin to get a promise of this and that there will be so many more in line hoping for a place they will be saying, Look, I have been waiting here six months: When am I going to get my opportunity? I can just hear them now. That is exactly the way it was two years ago when the iron curtain finally fell and Russia agreed to let the Jews come back. Here they came by plane loads. It was not very long until the Israeli government was faced with a dilemma: There, stood Jews by the scores saying, We want a place to live. That is when, from the west we shipped boat loads of house trailers and they set up temporary housing in the outskirts of Jerusalem, on the outskirts of other villages that were already built. Do you know what though, those Russian immigrant Jews coming back to the land of their heritage, when the Israeli government wanted to put them in temporary housing, (which was those house trailers) they looked at those things like they were dog houses. I don’t want to live in that, when most everything in Israel is made of stone. That caused me to ask myself the question; and I would like the opportunity to ask them, Is this not a far cry better than what your forefathers, whom you brag about, that came out of Egypt under the leadership of Moses, came to? Every Sabbath meeting, you read all about that. They lived in tents of skins; so tell me, What is wrong with this? Well saints, that is this modern, 20th century mind for you: They could never live like their forefather’s lived. Therefore when you read this, you are going to see that the Jews are going to want their portion. That is what it is all about. (21) “Then shalt thou say in thine heart, Who hath begotten me these, seeing I have lost my children, and am desolate, a captive, and removing to and fro? and who hath brought up these? behold, I was left alone; these, where had they been?” That is yet just ahead of where we are in time. When that hour has come about, God has used Israel to set these prophetic pictures in shape, and when they cross over into Jordan and take all that and subdue it, you will have this verse we have just read. There is no doubt that miraculous display of God’s power is going to awaken the heart and the interest of another wave of Jews that are now standing back with questions, I just don’t know whether I want to get back there in that mess or not. Keep in mind, God has more ways than one of getting them out of Egypt: if you know what I mean. The point is, When God shows His power in all of this, that is going to cause another wave of Jews to say, I can see now, that God is with my people. I want to go back where my God is watching over His people. As they come back, they come back with a vision, I want to live where my forefathers lived. Naturally many of them will say, I want to live in Jerusalem. It will be time for Jerusalem to be renovated. This brings Isaiah 60 into the picture.


CHAPTER 60 OF ISAIAH GOES WITH CHAPTER 49


When you go to Isaiah 60, take a good look at it. Isaiah 60 brings you through this, AND through this, to the few months before this sets in. (pointing to chart just before the seventieth week of Daniel is set in motion) There, in Isaiah 60, what a beautiful picture you see. This makes me say, Lord: I know I don’t have to live until Jesus comes back to prove that I believe your word: I am ready to go any time you see fit to take me; but what I see here in your written word makes me want to say, Let me stick around to watch this picture unfold. Gentiles as a whole will not read this; because they just simply do not know whether it is true or not. They will run after everything else though: no matter how silly it is. When this 60th chapter unfolds, the 49th chapter is hanging right over the top of it. Jerusalem is in a stage of being rebuilt and being inhabited, the temple is in the process of being built; and we find God speaking on behalf of it. The 5th verse plainly tells how the forces of the Gentiles and the abundance of the sea shall be converted. That is not talking about spiritual conversion: It is talking about material things being converted, changed over to the destiny of serving Israel in her cause. In the 6th verse, we read this. (Isaiah 60:5-6) “Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee. (6) The multitude of camels shall cover thee, (What nation today has camels by the thousands? Saudi Arabia. If you had been watching the news as our soldiers first entered Saudi Arabia and they put them in the desert to begin their initial training, many times where they were dug in, off on the horizon, there would go two or three camels. They did not tell who they belonged to; but I bring it in, so keep in mind, Saudi Arabia and all that region across the Jordan River, and on back through here, (pointing to chart) for centuries was basically a Bedouin people. It was only after we came into the 20th century that many of these Bedouin people begin to decide that they were going to blend together and form a city environment. However out in the wastelands you still find the Bedouin people. There is where the camels are; so watch this. What will the multitude of camels cover? Mt. Zion.) the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; (That is also out of Saudi Arabia.) all they from Sheba shall come: (That is Saudi Arabia also.) they shall bring gold and incense; and they shall shew forth the praises of the Lord.” What are they going to bring? Gold and incense. That is why I brought in Haggai 6: As the Lord prophesied about the temple in the end time, God told the people then, (Haggai 2:8-9) “The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord of hosts. (9) The glory of this latter house (That is the one to be built around the beginning of the seventieth week of Daniel. As you read in Revelation 11, you see that John was told to take a reed and measure it.) shall be greater than of the former, saith the Lord of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the Lord of hosts.” Here, we see that there will be people coming out of Saudi Arabia, riding camel back: Not driving Cadillacs; and they will be bringing gold and incense for the temple. You know Saudi Arabia is one of the wealthiest oil countries in the world. Is that not true? I wish President Bush would have let the king of Saudi Arabia honor our troops with a certain amount of gift money like he pledged to do; but our president turned it down. Maybe it was supposed to be so, in order for all of it to come to this occasion. Maybe some of you did not know that; but it was in the News: They would not let him give our soldiers a reward of any kind of monetary value for their faithfulness in coming over there to fight. (7) “All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together unto thee, the rams of Nebaioth (You read those names in Genesis 25:12-13: they are the sons of Abraham by Keturah, his second wife.) shall minister unto thee: they shall come up with acceptance on mine altar, and I will glorify the house of my glory.” The house of His glory is His temple; and all of this pertains to the rebuilding of it. I say this again, There is no way you could send an emissary, a spokesman for Israel to Saudi Arabia today and have him say to them, Would you people of Saudi Arabia and of these regions round about be willing right now to contribute anything to the Israeli cause by building a temple on the spot where the Mosque of Omar presently stands? They would think such a person was crazy. Well I just have to say this, and I just feel like jumping up and down with joy, Just wait until God gets through using Israel like we have been talking: It will be a different picture altogether. That Mosque of Omar will no longer mean one thing to those Arabs. It was built in 600 and something A.D. They beautified it several times through the centuries; and they (the Arabs) claim Mohammad rode off from there into heaven. They want to claim he is coming back that way; but when God gets through using Israel the way these prophecies show that He will, they are going to have a different revelation. They will know that Mohammad has left them. The truth is, He is still in his grave. But when Jesus Christ left from there, He has never been in a grave since. He is coming back one of these days. That is why none of these characters on trinity broadcast want to deal with these prophecies; they just simply do not have the picture of it. But in front of you and me, and specially you young people, when God does these things, after it is over, watch how those Arabs are talking then. They will no longer care what happens to the Mosque of Omar; because it will be a reminder of a worthless cause. They will see that Israel now has the right to build their temple on that very spot of ground. Then, Here they come with their offerings of gold. Here comes sheep and goats from the very regions that right now would not give the Jews one dime. I have to take issue with anyone who tries to push this picture off over into the Millennium. The Jews are definitely not going to be building a temple after the Millennial rule is set up. They will be building the temple right in here. It has to be built for the seventieth week of Daniel. That is why John saw it here, in connection with the two prophets of Revelation 11: that will prophesy for the first 3 1/2 years of that week of years. If you follow the rest of this chapter on through, it will plainly tell you in the 10th verse, “And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls.” That is why it is necessary for God to be magnified and sanctified before the eyes of the heathen. Out here in these Gentile nations, I can see young Gentile men, engineers that have the knowledge to know how such a building should be put together, volunteering their time and resources. They will have the necessary equipment. This is why when God has used Israel to set all this in motion, and that hour comes that there is to be a temple, there will be as many Gentiles working on it and helping build old Jerusalem as there will be Jews. You can find the type way back there in Kings: when King Solomon built that first temple. Out of the nations round about came professional tradesmen, architects, sculptors, tradesmen in all the crafts necessary. That was not all Jews working on it. They came from many different regions. This one that is yet to be built, is being built to get ready for the Messiah to occupy it. That is exactly how you have to see these things, “And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee.” That means there are some leaders that definitely are going to contribute something. Bro. Jackson, how is that going to be? Well we have a man up there now by the name Clinton, and this peace process they are getting ready to sign, he has already said he is ready to donate so much to the cause: to help establish their economy. Well if they are ready to do that now, what do you think they will do when God is seen in this thing that is on the verge of taking place? I have to say to the critics, You need not argue with me; because, if I live, and you live, there will come the day I can say, Did I not tell you it would be like this? I am sure of it; because the scriptures vindicate the whole picture.

When Israel Does This, Part 3

HAVING READ THOSE VERSES FROM ISAIAH, CHAPTER 49:11-20, AS WE CLOSED OUT OUR LAST ISSUE, WE CAN PLAINLY SEE THAT THERE ARE YET SOME JEWS LEFT AMONG THE NATIONS THAT MUST BE BROUGHT BACK TO THE LAND OF THEIR FOREFATHERS BEFORE THE SEVENTIETH WEEK OF DANIEL GOES INTO EFFECT, SO LET US CONTINUE ON WITH THAT THOUGHT.

Remember, this is Zion, the land itself speaking, in the verses we have just read, so notice verse 21. “Then shalt thou say in thine heart, Who hath begotten me these, seeing I have lost my children, and am desolate, a captive, and removing to and fro? and who hath brought up these? behold, I was left alone; these, where had they been? That pertains to those Jews coming home; and remember what the scriptures say: He will bring them into Lebanon and into Gilead. (Gilead is over here right next to the Golan Heights.) And place shall not be found. All this means there is still in front of us another giant wave of immigrant Jews coming into Israel to fulfill this prophecy. Actually the southern part of Lebanon, where the Jews in 1982 set up this kind of no man’s land, that really belongs to the ancient tribe of Dan. When the tribe of Dan was taken away in 728 B.C., along with the other tribes, we know from then on the various nations round about began to hack away at this piece of Palestine land. It has seen many changes in the centuries since the Jews were taken out of it. However living in 1994, knowing that only a short interval of time lies ahead of us, we are going to see Israel take back every inch of that land. I just have to say, The hour is coming when the world, and society in general is going to get the shaking of their lives. I read here, that Israel has consented to have U.N. peace keepers enter the scene: They have never wanted to do that. But now they are consenting for U.N. peace keepers to have a voice in what takes place. When U.N. peace keepers come in to negotiate and keep opposing forces back, that sets Zechariah 12 in motion; because it brings representatives of your united world of nations in on Israeli affairs. There is no doubt in my mind, that as this thing keeps on moving forward, there will be more U.N. peace keepers until it reaches a certain almost intolerable point. When it reaches the point that Jerusalem itself is now the negotiating obstacle, then what does the Lord say in Zechariah 12? Though all the nations of the earth be gathered together against thee, I will break them to pieces. That lets me know that is not a military invasion. That is the whole world politically positioned, massed, to show their disfavor of those Jews that are so uncooperative. It is like a paradox: Out of one side of their mouth’s they will say, Yes the who want to should be allowed to immigrate back to their homeland: Then when they go back, no one wants to give them a place to settle. The cry from opposing elements is, Give up this part, Give up that part and so on. The same ones that have said, Let them come home, now say, They have to give up this land for the sake of peace. Let them immigrate home, but give them no place to settle down. That is like taking a million chickens and sticking them in a 12 by 12 room. Would you not say so? It just simply will not work that way. As we look at this thing about Jerusalem, this is a prophecy that shows us, that in the days that the walls are to be built, God will again show unto him great and marvelous things. Therefore with that, let us go to Isaiah 60.

THE CITY TO BE RESTORED

In Isaiah 60 you are dealing with Jerusalem, the temple, and the city, how God has touched societies, nations, kings, politicians and such, to accomplish all of this. Here is a point, The old city Jerusalem, which is located at about this point (pointing to map) is not a large place. They claim the old walled city is roughly four square miles. That means it is not a large city, but it is a city of stone. It is a city that must be restored to its beautiful antiquity; because that is the way this city is going to be projected into the Millennium. If the year 2000 is just a little over six years off, and Haggai 6:2, speaks of the two days of time that we understand to be a prophetic dispensation, and realize that it terminates in the year 2004 and 1/2, then that would mean something must soon be set in motion to start this rebuilding process. Of course some people would look at this with a lot of strained feeling. Bro. Jackson, common sense would tell you this cannot be done: because of such and such. You can say that, because you have never lived in an hour of time when God sovereignly ruled the whole show. No saints, you have not seen it like that before; but you have had the opportunity to read of it. How many have read the account in the Bible of the time when King Solomon built his temple, how there was not the sound of a hammer or saw heard? How many have read that? Where was all this building material prepared? It was prepared out there in the areas where it was brought from. What does that tell you? That tells you that whatever kind of engineers and architects they had in that day, they were not all Jews. That project had technicians from the various nations round about. It was King Solomon, the type of Christ, who was the engineer of all that. So in the rock quarries, in the granite areas, in the foundries where the brass was melted and molded, each man knew his job. Think of the cedars of Lebanon, the oaks of Bashan. Bashan is right along in here. That is why it says in Micah, that they will again feed in Bashan and Gilead. That means Jews will once again eat there. It makes me feel excited: to know that God is in complete charge. While this miserable world we live in today is sick, full of crime, perversion and disease; and no one has a cure, it is comforting to know that God Himself has already announced the cure: which will be nothing short of the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of the Lord is the cure; because He will set up a righteous rule; and old Satan will be bound, unable to lead people astray. Hallelujah! That is the hope and peace of all true believer in the world. Now we all know, as the status of conditions exist right now, there is no way Israel could start building Jerusalem. The whole world would be down on her. Financially she does not have the resources for it either. Where is the money coming from, to do that restoration? It tells me in Haggai 2 when the prophet Haggai looked upon the little temple being dedicated in that day and the Spirit of the Lord came upon him, God saw some of the old men standing there. They were small children when they were carried away from Jerusalem. They remembered Solomon’s temple, how beautiful it was before it was brought to the ground; and seeing this little thing standing in its place made them weep. God wanted to comfort their hearts; and as He did so, knowing why they felt like they did: because they did not have the material means to build it the way they felt like it ought to be built, He promised them saying, The gold is mine, the silver is mine, so the glory of this latter house shall be greater than the former. 2500 years have come and gone and there is still no temple on Mt. Zion. But I believe there is going to be one very soon now. The old city is nothing like the King in the Millennium would want to look down upon. All of this makes us realize something has to take place to get these prophecies activated; and it cannot be very far in the future. From the natural the world can say, It is impossible, it cannot be, it is not for now, it has to be way off in some future century of time; but I must say, It is now. Now is the hour when God is going to show this world great and marvelous things on behalf of His people Israel. When the world is not ready, when the world is not looking and the world thinks it is impossible, all things are possible with God. We can see now how this thing comes about. It just opens up here in Isaiah 60. “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, (He is talking to Israel.) and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.” There is an hour when God will set this in motion; and you can rest assured the whole world is going to realize there is something going on with Israel they have never seen before. “For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, (What kind of darkness? Spiritual darkness in ignorance and immorality.) and gross darkness the people: (The sun is just as bright as it ever was, you know that. So what kind of darkness is it talking about? Spiritual) but the Lord shall arise upon thee, (Israel) and His glory shall be seen upon thee. (Israel) And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, (That does not mean Bill Clinton is going to say, I’m sorry I allowed the gays so much leverage. When he allowed the gays, he helped to spread AIDS. You all know it. All these characters he puts in political office, you can see how the devil just patted him on the back, you’re a wonderful fellow. I am not talking about this from a political standpoint. We have just as many ornery Republicans as anyone else up there. So this is how we have to look, as the world enters the hour of the miraculous.) and kings to the brightness of thy rising.” Yes, Israel is beginning to shine, she is important. Now the world wants to kill her. But wait until the hour of the miraculous. Oh I tell you, let me use this, a new little boy just moved into the community. He comes to school wearing faded overalls, but they were clean. All the other kids were thinking, The poor kid: and they start to pick on him. But one day his dad managed to strike it rich. For some reason he fell heir to a good sum of material wealth. The little fellow began to come to school with new overalls, new shoes; and soon they noticed that he was riding a new bike. I can just see all those kids that used to tease him, taunt him, belittle him, humiliate him in so many ways, all of a sudden they are asking, Would you let me ride your bicycle? Is that not the way the Devil does things? Did any of you ever witness this sort of behavior? It is repeated over and over all the time. When you do not have anything, phooey with you; but when it begins to look like you have got something, then it is a different story: Let us be friends. They want to get in your pocket. That is exactly why it talks like this in these scriptures. When the world thought Israel could never be anything they had that same attitude; but just look where she has come from. Nothing, you might say. “Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: (This is letting us know there is a future wave of immigrants who I have to believe are those coming for spiritual reasons and spiritual purposes, because they see it through the eyes of the miraculous. God wants it to be this way. When those people come, and they are drawn by the miraculous, this sets the stage for the two prophets to come on the scene in a time like that, when hearts are excited and filled with expectancy.) thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together, (A united people, Ephraim and Judah together becoming a mighty nation, according to Zechariah 10.) and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea (Now this is telling us in symbolic language, and I do not want to hear anyone say, Bro. Jackson, could it not be so and so: This is not talking about spiritual conversion of anyone at all? This is talking about the conversion of material substance, how humanity, how people of different areas of the world begin to respond as they see the opportunity that lays before them.) shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.” This does not mean military forces of the Gentiles. No. This means material substance. Look what the chapter contains. It is the building of a city. Then it immediately goes to verse 6; so let us stop and think for a moment. How could the rest of this chapter fall into place if somewhere between now and this point, there was not a war of such miraculous proportions it wakes up a multitude of people? When Israel sweeps across Jordan and goes all the way to the Euphrates, I have to say, She will do it with such speed and such lightning like swiftness, those people will never know exactly what happened until it is all over. When we think of our episode in the Gulf War, as an American Gentile I just have to thank God. I know every one of you do too. I do not care if the Jews say our Patriot missile did not do any good. Something did some good: because from some of those pictures I saw of those planes moving into position, I have to say this, The newspaper showed that Apache helicopter hovering there just like a hummingbird. It dropped those warning leaflets to all those in that bunker. Four hundred and some Iraq soldiers were in there, scared half to death. To think that a mad man put them in such a position: It is inhumane. We will let you infidels wallow in your own blood, He said. He failed to consider the fact that he was messing with Bible land. Cyrus crossed there. Darius the Mede traveled down through there. Think of all the battles, and all out wars that were fought in ancient times: when empire against empire fought it out in that same area. God showed the world in such a short little space of time which side was the victors. Well just wait until Israel’s hour. I have to say it will make the world cough and blink and wonder. Something has to turn all of this vast area of people all the way to the tip of Saudi Arabia, from that old Islamic belief. This is the part the Gentile religious world today are as blind as blind can be about. They do not see that little seemingly insignificant scripture there in Zephaniah 2:11, how God says He will famish all the gods of the earth. Let us read a few verses there, (9-13) “Therefore as I live, saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, Surely Moab shall be as Sodom, and the children of Ammon as Gomorrah, even the breeding of nettles, and salt pits, and a perpetual desolation: the residue of my people shall spoil them, and the remnant of my people shall possess them. (10) This shall they have for their pride, because they have reproached and magnified themselves against the people of the Lord of hosts. (11) The Lord will be terrible unto them: for He will famish all the gods of the earth; and men shall worship Him, every one from his place, even all the isles of the heathen. (12) Ye Ethiopians also, ye shall be slain by my sword. (13) And He will stretch out His hand against the north, and destroy Assyria; and will make Nineveh a desolation, and dry like a wilderness.” Why will God famish (cause to wither away) all the gods of the earth? If He does not destroy that Islamic religion before the week of Daniel goes into effect, you rest assured there would be constant conflict all the time. But that city is going to be built and that is exactly why as we do approach this hour, when we see the 11th chapter of Revelation come into focus, because John was given a reed like unto a rod, and told to measure the temple and the altar, and them that worship therein. But the outer court leave out. What does that tell you? You know that part of the week is that hour, That lets you know the temple is built by then. But the outer court leave out, because it is left to the Gentiles. And the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. That goes right to the last half of the week when the antichrist is ruling. So we have to realize most of this rehabilitation and renewal must take place prior to, and within the first half of that week. Do you understand the picture? Once the Gentile beast system moves in, (led by the antichrist) everything has to stop. Meanwhile only the miraculous power of God will change the status in the Middle East. When we see where it says the caravans will come to Mt. Zion, they will bring the gold and incense. You and I know, out of Saudi Arabia, out of Medan, out of Sheba, here they come. Those are the richest oil nations in the Arab world. Keep in mind, these people in this whole area are all half brothers to the Jews. There is where Mohammadism started. He is the one that started all this religion there. Therefore this is where that spirit has to be dealt with first. That is why when you get over in the land of the Medes and Persians, which is Iran, that comes in under Ezekiel 38 and 39. They are not Arabs. They are under the Islamic spell; but they are not Arabs. When we see in the scriptures how they come from Medan and Ephah and Sheba, bringing gold and incense and shall show forth the praises of the Lord, it causes us to get excited; but out here in organized religion they say, That all takes place in the Millennium, Bro. Jackson. That is not in the Millennium. That is this side of the Millennium: when the city and the temple is being built. It plainly tells you it is to beautiful the place, or the house of my glory. So if the house of his glory is being built here round about the time the week starts, then you know good and well that is not off over here in the Millennium. It has to be before the Millennium starts. The temple has to be there for the antichrist to defile throughout the last half of the seventieth week of Daniel: just like it says in 2nd Thessalonians 2:4. As I have stated all along, Isaiah 49 and Isaiah 60 go hand in hand. Turn back to Isaiah 60. This part of our chart that looks like a little book represents the entire seventieth week of Daniel, which is the last week of years in that prophecy of Daniel. You can read the 9th chapter of Daniel, verse 27, and put it with Revelation, chapters 11 and 13; and pull the end time picture together. This is where the two prophets of Revelation 11, have their thousand two hundred and threescore days: in the first half of that week. The false prophet will have a terrible period of rule and reign in the last half of that week: which will last for forty two months: finishing the week out. What we are dealing with here is the rebuilding of Jerusalem, the Jerusalem temple, and the city itself, getting it ready for the Millennium, which goes beyond what we have drawn on our chart, when Christ will rule from that temple for a thousand years surrounded by a beautiful city. Old Jerusalem presently, is not anything one would refer to as beautiful. It is in a run down condition; but in that day it will be beautiful; and it will be the world’s headquarters. With all the hostility there is in the Holy Land between the Arabs and the Jews, it looks like an impossibility for there to be such a thing as a Jewish temple built where the Mosque of Omar is today. In the light of present conditions, as the world stands today, there is not a human being in that Islamic world that would agree with you, if you told them what you know and said, Let us get together and build the temple to the Lord. You know it is an impossibility. Something has to take place. Too many in the religious world who just read haphazardly at the Bible, say, Well when the Lord comes and destroys all the opposition forces, that can all be fulfilled over in the Millennium. That is not the way the Bible is reading it. As children of God, we need to learn how we should look at the near future.

THE GOD OF ABRAHAM-THE PEOPLE OF ABRAHAM

Conditions in the Middle East right now, could very well be the triggering device to set in motion some kind of change in Israeli policy and government. With thousands of Jewish people there now, living in the settlements they have immigrated to, built in the last twenty some years since they took it in the Six Day War, those Jews do not want to give up what they have labored for, even jeopardized their lives, and caused their children to be jeopardized in a hostile community where they have ventured to live, believing that the Bible is true, and that in the last days saith God, I will bring you back, and I will plant you again in this land. Whether you know it or not, some of those Jews hold to those prophecies. Then to think this Gentile world wants to deny the Israeli people this opportunity. Yet we have a bunch of sympathetic church going people today who know no more about the Bible than a jack rabbit knows, and they say, Now you cannot do those poor Arabs that way. It is just the way you are looking at it. I say that all because the Gentile religious world today is exactly in the same state, spiritually thinking, as Judaism was 2000 years ago, when God sent the Messiah the first time. It is one thing to look back and read how the Jews, the Pharisees, the Sadducees, the Zealots, how hostile they were to Christ. Now we have had the gospel about Him for almost 2000 years and we have become just as head strong and indifferent, and as inconsistent to the picture in the Bible as the Pharisees were to the Law and interpretation of their prophets two thousand years ago. Anyhow my point is, Whether we like it or not, whether we believe it or not, and whether we understand it or not, or even care, God’s word is going to be fulfilled to the letter. That is the kind of confidence I have in God to keep His word. There are millions of people in this world that could not care less which way the sun sets, all because they live strictly for a materialistic world and a fleshly betterment of themselves. They are for self, for whatever they can get for themselves, never even considering that there is a God somewhere they have to give account to one day. The point in this message is to show you, especially you young people, your life time is going to see a change in the whole scope of human affairs that exist right now on this planet. Just as sure as Jesus said, As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be in the day of His coming: it is like that; and no one in his or her right mind would deny it. Our own liberal politicians today will bend over backwards to give liberty and sanction to all the immorality and social upheaval, which to me is even more proof that the Bible is right. It is the only book that said it would be like this. It is the only book that said the wicked would do wickedly. That does not mean every mortal creature that walks on this earth is a wicked person, or wants to be mean. But there certainly is an element alive today that are wicked; and they enjoy being mean. They are fulfilling the word of God exactly, whether they realize it or not. God has a way of dealing with people: whereby thousands may witness a certain thing He does and only a few recognize Him in it. We know Christ and His church will sit upon thrones on this earth, ruling and reigning for a thousand years, and if we are as close to that era as it looks like we are, we have to expect that God is going to set some things in motion to begin to deal with this intellectual, highly sophisticated, educated realm of society, to bring a few of them back down to earth, put their feet back where they are supposed to be and let them know, I am God, I do what I please. In other words, You are just a piece of clay in my hand, He could say. God has ways of getting mortal mankind’s attention. When He does, He does a good job. In the light of what we are reading here, the 60th chapter of Isaiah, as it connects with the 49th, about the rebuilding of the city, and the re-inhabiting of the city by the Jewish people in the last days, we should be getting a little anxious. As we have stated before, Three fourths of the old city is inhabited by Arabs. The rest is what they call the Jewish quarter. The PLO in the city is wanting the Jewish people to get out; and we know that is opposite of these prophecies. Jerusalem must eventually, not a hundred years from now, not fifty years from now, not twenty five years from now, but very soon be peopled by all Jews. Well I just have trouble accepting that Bro. Jackson. That is why when God turns Israel loose in the Middle East, which He is no doubt in the process of doing, watch the scene: You will change your mind. When that conflict will be over in a miraculous period of time, that entire Arab world is going to be literally turned completely around. What makes them hostile right now is the fact all those Arabs which know they are a half brother to the Jews, believe their god, Allah, which Mohammad talks about, is the god of Ishmael. They believe he is the same god that Abraham served, therefore the promises of God are through Ishmael and that line, making the Arabs the recipients of all the promises of God. Naturally that would deny the Jews who are the descendants of Isaac the right to be the recipients of those promises. I believe it is safe to say this, God has let the end time come, focusing like this, so eventually He can show the entire world that it is through Isaac that the blessings shall flow, not through Ishmael. Nevertheless this could not be proved in a hostile society like this, unless God shows His divine power in a miraculous way. One of these days when He turns Israel loose to put this whole problem to rest, when it is all over with, there will no longer be a country of Jordan: because in ancient times there was no such place. The Edomites, the Moabites and the Ammonites, which are Arabs, they will all come under the governmental control of Israel. That is why in Isaiah 49, those that live in Jerusalem, those that made Jerusalem look like a run down city, those that made the land look desolate, will be far removed. Instead of Jews being removed, it is Arabs that are going to be removed. That is hanging right before the world today and the world does not even realize it. We are just waiting to hear the trucks crank up and see which way they go. Now I grant you, as I talk like this, yes there may be a starting of such things as these Jews slowly, weeping, crying, feeling so bad to have to walk away from their belongings, because the government leaders of Israel have sold them down the drain. Just do not forget, God has a place, He is going to reverse the issue. Instead of the Jews giving up, it is going to be the Arabs forced to give up. When they do give up, then the Arab is no longer going to have that hostile attitude: That will be because God has taken that Islamic belief from them. Now some might say, clarify yourself, Bro. Jackson. Well it will have to be done on the field of battle. When God proves to the Edomites, the Moabites, and the Ammonites, as they are compelled to put this spirit of hostility to rest, it can only be done by armed conflict. When God shows His miraculous power, that He is the God of Israel, and Allah has no place in any of it, that will be God’s way of fulfilling the prophecy of Zephaniah 2:10, how He will famish all the gods of the earth in that day. That means any kind of religion in any place, that stands in the way of Biblical prophecy being fulfilled, God has a way of snapping it out and getting rid of it. We are entering the end time and everything is going to go the prophetic way. Let us watch Jerusalem in the rebuilding process. This is not Israel out selling bonds. Israel is not going to go out here selling some kind of fast, quick return bonds, getting money to build the temple. God has done this so He can reach out here in this Gentile world and touch an element of human society that has material substance they will willingly contribute to that cause. They will actually want to have a part in the reconstruction of the city and the rebuilding of the temple. Now as we turn to the 6th verse, we have already read how the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee, and that pertains to the Gentile society in that hour of time. Whatever lays out there in the way of material things, whether it is the best limestone there is in the world, which comes from Bedford, Indiana, or whether it is the cedars of Lebanon that grow on a ten thousand foot mountain range in northern Lebanon, God knows where every bit of it is. He knows exactly what kind of man He will have to put in office there, so when that hour has arrived, He gets what He wants. Look at Saudi Arabia. Look at all this vast area where the seed of Abraham went to. If you want to know where the seed of Abraham went to, turn to the 25th chapter of Genesis and you can read it. After Sarah died, he married another woman by the name of Keturah. She gave him six sons. The day came that Abraham was old in age. He gave these six sons gifts. Not a necktie or a new set of shoe strings. He gave them enough money so they could go off in the east country and start up business for themselves. But all of his estate, which was his property and vast wealth, he left to Isaac. So into the east country they went; and we are going to read about them. “The multitude of camels shall cover thee,” it is talking about Mt. Zion where Jerusalem is. I do not know if you remember looking at the news in the Gulf War. Many times when they would show these training exercises by our troops as they would hit into Saudi Arabia and were marshalled off into the various areas where they would camp, how they would be out among the sand dunes. I know at various times you would see camels in front of them, running wild. Here the prophecy is, how the dromedaries and camels will cover thee. Keep in mind the sheiks and oil barons in Saudi Arabia may drive their Cadillacs, but that old fellow that lives out in the tents, he still rides his camel. That is what I am looking at: the hour when those Arabs from the Mediterranean all the way to the tip of Saudi Arabia have their whole spiritual outlook changed. It will have been changed because God wants him to do something. I can see that Arab, when he hears the news: It is no longer Allah, it is the Elohim of Israel. I want to go meet him. I can see that poor fellow get on his camel and take his family, here they go over the sand dunes, heading for Zion. “The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian (That is the general area Mohammad came from.) and Ephah, (This is one of the sons of Keturah.) all they from Sheba (This is another one of Keturah’s sons, and you see exactly where Sheba is in Saudi Arabia.) shall come: they shall bring gold (Egypt was known in ancient times for its great abundance of gold. In the northern parts of Saudi Arabia it is believed to be where the gold mines of King Solomon were. We do not necessarily have to think that all this has to be interpreted as gold though. That might have been the source of that country’s wealth in that time; but we know that is the richest oil company there is in the Middle East. I just heard this past week, Saudi Arabia seems to be the most dominating, controlling force there is in the OPEC oil industry. When OPEC recently had a meeting to see about curtailing the flow of oil, they failed to reach any kind of agreement. Saudi Arabia said they were going to increase the production. Now gas is the cheapest it has been in many years. The point is, transfer some of this gold, which means the wealth of Saudi Arabia, that she has in an hour that God wants to use some of it.) and incense; and they shall shew forth the praises of the Lord.” Where? In Jerusalem. Not at Mecca. Now we move to another locality. “All the flocks of Kedar (Read Genesis 25:12-13. These are sons of Ishmael. They settled in here along the southern regions of Jordan going into Saudi Arabia. All the flocks of Kedar is talking about sheep and goats.) shall be gathered together unto thee, the rams of Nebaioth (another son of Ishmael) shall minister unto thee.” Why does it read like this? This lets us know God knew a long time ago how in the last days as He would bring Israel back, and in a slow process of time begin to restore the nation into proximity, into position, into all the geographical land markings He had promised to Abraham, He will do it; and what we read here is how He is going to close it out and finish the city, and the temple, getting all of it ready for the end time. Here He is telling us the substance from that portion of the Arab world, which you could not in any way get one dime from right now, for that purpose. In the Jerusalem Post that I read from earlier, it shows this picture. On a particular day, it shows an old Jewish man, he was bald headed. He was carrying something in his hand like a little satchel; but he was going to the western wall to pray. Something like a sixteen or seventeen year old Arab boy, a Palestinian, in the old city of Jerusalem, kicks this old man, knocks him down. He is beaten into unconsciousness before the authorities are able to rescue him. My point in quoting that is to ask you this, Do you think we Gentiles today are to imagine that Jesus is going to come back and rule the world from a temple sitting in the middle of such an element of hostile people? when they are not the legal heirs of that city? The Jews are the legal heirs. They are the one’s that have been denied what is rightfully theirs; so God has to show something here in the closing days of time that will open the eyes of those He desires to use. Since we realize right now that the present Israeli leaders that have sold the nation down the drain for compromise, willing to give up that which their people have suffered much hardship to hold on to, have no vision that they are back there to get ready for their Messiah, (I am talking about Rabin and Peres.) it just stands to reason that there will soon be a change in Israeli leadership. They have nothing in mind about building a temple. They envision nothing about starting an animal breeding program for the purpose of sacrifice. In fact if there is an element of Jewish society right now that would say, I believe we ought to start an animal breeding program for that hour when we will have the temple, politicians would step in the way. God knows all about that though; and I am fully persuaded that He has it all in the workings even as I speak about it. In spite of that, this scripture right here proves that somewhere in the region round about, there is an area of those Arab people that have a certain type of sheep and goats God is going to accept; and they will be sufficient to start the process as the temple and altar are rebuilt, to fulfill what we read in Revelation 11. Let us continue on. Here is the descendants of these two sons. “The rams of Nebaioth shall minister unto thee: they shall come up with acceptance on mine altar, and I will glorify the house of my glory.” That pertains to the building of the temple. The building of the temple is not something they wait here until the two prophets are already on the scene: it has to start back here somewhere. Now as we look at this, where He said, I will glorify the house of my glory, take that back to Haggai 2, where the Lord through Haggai prophesied in that period of time, the gold and the silver is mine. The glory of this latter house shall be greater than the former. Here we are looking right at it. To think this prophecy was even prophesied before Haggai’s was. God’s word is accurate and to the point. It is precise. Let us move to the 9th verse to hurry up the process. “Surely the isles shall wait for me.” This is God’s way of saying, When this hour of the miraculous has come and the world will be made to see my glory resting on the nation of Israel, it will be a different story. That is why you read it in the first five verses, it is going to awaken an element of Jewish people in the world who are to fulfill this last wave of immigration to come and fulfill the picture. There is an element of Jewish people still out there somewhere that definitely want to go home and dwell in Jerusalem. Others are going to want to dwell in southern Lebanon, just as it says in Zechariah 10. Others are going to live in the regions that is now called Jordan, in the land of Bashan and Gilead. Benjamin is over here; and Reuben along the Jordan on that side. There has got to be another move to reinstate and restore all twelve tribes in geographical proximity. That sets the stage and it will not take sixty long years to get it done. It will be a miraculous thing. He is saving the miraculous until the last. I think of all the scientists, professors, archaeologists, evolutionists, who stand before our teenage bodies today, with all their theories and ideas and all the archaeological findings. They just found a new skull in Africa. I forget how many million years old it is, believing that was the great great granddaddy of all of us. I will tell you real quick, He was not my granddaddy. Surely the isles, this tells us no matter where this Jew is when that hour comes, they are going to hear the message and say, I want to go home. “Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them.” That means when that hour hits this world it is not going to be like those Jews that had to leave Russia. The Russian government confiscated everything and left them only with clothing and a few things to come home with. When this hour comes these Jews are coming home, bringing everything they have with them. I hate to think what is going to happen when they leave Wall Street. There is where the wealthy ones are. Wait until they come home bringing their silver and gold with them. There is going to be a crash on Wall Street for sure. When the world sees these things, I have to say, The economic picture is not going to be like it is right now. “Unto the name of the Lord thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because He hath glorified thee. (Israel) And the sons of strangers (This is the part I like. I realize we have in our highly sophisticated colleges a lot of students studying engineering, and all kinds of draftsmen. When we look back in the days of King Solomon and realize how he was able to build such a magnificent temple, think of it, with such crude means of bringing material, what they accomplished. It will not take Israel that long to put this next temple together. With all this high tech machinery, drilling rigs and the way they do it today, God gets the world set. In the world He gets the attention of a few. Right now if you were to announce your attentions on the radio and ask, How many out there today would be willing to go to Jerusalem tomorrow and give six months of your time and talent to help clean up Jerusalem and tear down the old stones for rebuilding? What do you think the reply would be? I have better things to do with my time than to get mixed up in that holy war over there. The point is this, When that hour comes, there are some in the world going to be made to realize that this is the end. It is what you show to contribute your part that determines whether you will be blessed by God or not because it is all wrapped up in that very thing. He that will not minister to Israel in that hour, God says He will bring him to an end.

RETYPED TO EZEKIEL

So this miraculous era, as God sets the agenda for it, He will have His way of getting young professional tradesmen, engineers, masonary workers, skilled in all kinds of stone work, the best there is to drop everything and go to Israel to be a part of what is taking place. They will want to go. God is going to have the best. “And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls.” It is not like today, when we have already shipped our industry south to Mexico, to Ecuador, and to the Philippines, so we have to retain our labor forces for some other kind of occupation. It is not going to be an educative program in that hour. No. It is God using what the world already has, and He is going to have the best. Did you ever hear preachers say, God wants the best? That is because he wants you to dump in his wash tub what you have, because he is going to get it. God is going to have the best; but it will not require some preacher somewhere to take up an offering and solicit volunteers to do the work. God has His own way of saying, Come here young man, you did a fine job building that subdivision, and now I want you in Israel. Bro. Jackson, why do you talk like that? There are two things I was told in the times we were in Israel. Number one, In the valley of Jezreel, which is in the north part, that is the valley where the battle of Armageddon is to be fought, right now that is a beautiful, fertile valley, where they grow rice, wheat, and all kinds of delicious food for export. Now they are even growing cotton. However shortly after they had taken that valley, shortly after the Six Day War, when that valley was nothing more than waste land, a man from Texas in a tour group, as they stood in the remnant of Ft. Megiddo, he looked out across the valley, then later, going into that valley he said, You know, with this soil, they could grow cotton here. It was known for centuries that cotton would only grow in Egypt. He asked permission to take some soil back to Texas with him and run a test. Through the Israeli Agricultural Department he got permission. He took some home and ran a test on this. He notified them that the land would grow cotton of the best quality. At the time we were told this story we were standing there looking at bales of cotton, standing on end all along certain sectors of that Jezreel Valley. Number two, it took a Texas engineer to get the thing up and running. Those Jews that came from all different sectors of the world, did not come back as carpenters, engineers drawing designs and things like that. They were just not of that sort. This Texas engineer made the comment to a certain leader in Israel, I can show you how to put together a prefab building, the type of terrain and the materials you have, and the location you build, you can build it as big as you want, or as small. You can add to them any time you want to. He showed them how to build the forms so they could put in precast slabs and do the plumbing work with all the pipes in the walls. they all have that molded groove in them. There is a cement put in there, that is why when you see new subdivisions going up in Israel, they haul these slabs out there and level the sand and put up this room, put another next to it, they can add as many as they want to. Go up on top. It is like building blocks. In a few hours time they have a complete apartment complex built. All that tells you God knows exactly in these last days, how to get the technology He needs to put something together. As sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, imagine the old city of Jerusalem, which we now picture as a run down place, being rebuilt and made into a beautiful city. Yes it is old. Yes the stones are large. Many of these stones have been used and reused and reused so many times, but this city somehow has to be renovated and reconstructed and designed for its Millennial hour. God has engineers and technicians scattered throughout this world: that will be ready to go when the time is right. Think of it, if this miraculous thing was to take place in the next, we will say month and half in front of us, think what the condition of the hearts of many people will be. When it does happen, and we know it will, there is going to be young people stopped in their tracks everywhere. They are going to have to look at their future life altogether different than what they had been looking at it. There is going to be some young people say, God has to be with Israel, nobody can tell me now there is not a God. Some of these silly professors, and all their atheistic philosophy is going to be dumped as garbage. When the miraculous begins to unfold, how are you going to be able to stand and look evolution in the face with the miraculous staring you in the face? You are going to go one way or the other. None of this is going to convince the whole world there is a God. One minute Pharaoh said yes, the next minute he said no. One minute he said go ahead, and the next minute he was ready to bring them back. That is the way we have to look at the world we live in. “And the sons of strangers shall build up they walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smot thee, but in my favor have I had mercy on thee.” Now let us look at the quality of the material as that hour approaches the world. Notice, “The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee.” What is the glory of Lebanon? As I said awhile ago, ten thousand feet above sea level, on a mountain range in northern Israel there are ancient cedars they claim are five thousand years old. Several years ago they turned it into a national park to preserve these cedars. They are so old it almost looks like an old man with his beard grown down to his feet. There are cedar trees standing, waiting for the hour their Creator will call for them. In the temple, there will be a certain amount of wood work used. That is where you see wood turned into all these fancy designs. I call it gingerbread work. “The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box together, (to do what?) to beautify the place of my sanctuary.” He spoke this twice, Up here when He was talking about the animals and the gold and incense, He talks about glorifying the house of His glory. Down here He is talking about this material again, to beautify His sanctuary. “The sons also of them that afflicted thee.” I think of the German nation in WW2, how they helped execute six million, burned them, shot them, tortured them, skinned them alive and made lamp shades of their skin. They drained their blood, to give to their soldiers blood transfusions. We hear in that nation today of skin heads with their anti Jewish attitude. Wait until the miraculous beings. I wonder if they will not grow some hair back where there has been no hair. I tell you, The God of heaven can break the stiffest neck and melt the hardest heart. “The sons of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of they feet; and they shall call thee, The city of the Lord, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.” Go on down through there, it will plainly tell you the various updating of the quality of material that will be used in the next temple. For iron He will bring such. For brass He will bring such. For wood He will bring such. This beautiful temple is to be rebuilt for the Messiah to sit in: so God is going to see that only the best from the various places is used. Yes saints, everything is planned to perfection. When the time is right, everything will fall into place.

THE LINEUP OF THE EZEKIEL 38 WAR

There are those who still ask, Just how and where does Ezekiel 38 fit into this end time picture, so we will go over that again at this time. For the sake of understanding, let us place ourselves within the last two and one half or three years, as we are approaching the week of Daniel. This great miraculous restoration is now beginning to go on. Think of it, out of all this region, here is all these people coming to Mt. Zion to contribute something of their substance and wealth. Even from the isles of the Mediterranean. Even from the other regions of the Gentile world, there will come material substance. But watch this, Over here is old Persia. It is called Iran today. Down in here (on the map) is Ethiopia. It is under the Moslem spell. They are not Arabs. If we had the whole map of Egypt, it lays right in here, but Libya over here. It too is Moslem; and they are not Arabs. Then when we cross the Mediterranean we come to Turkey. That is the house of Togormah. It takes you straight through Russia into Moscow. That is why when you read Ezekiel 38 and you read the lineup, it addresses Gog, which is the ruler of Russia at that hour, and all those that will have an alliance with Russia. This shows you the geographical position of all these Islamic believing peoples that somehow or other are under a league to line up with Moscow, to take one last stab at Israel. I just want to show you how we have to look at that picture. In the 36th chapter of Ezekiel, it gives the promise, I will bring you back into the land and establish you according to your former estates. That is what God says; and He is doing it. That is a promise. That is why I can say before it is all ended, Israel will have all this, and she will run it straight through to the Euphrates River. She will do away with Iraq. That is to fulfill Abraham’s covenant that God gave him. Notice in Ezekiel 36, as He said He would bring her down into the land, then when you come to the latter verses of the 36th chapter it says “And they will dwell in fenced cities.” You that have been to Israel, when they took us through the Jordan Valley from the upper part of Israel down to the southern part, coming down the Jordan Valley the guides would always show you those new settlements. This was the land that was taken in the Six Day War. We were shown that over in the Gaza Strip. These areas where they took in the Six Day War, Jews went in, where did they dwell? They wanted to go and live in renewed places, which they knew at one time was an ancient village or town there. That is why it says, They will rebuild the ruined places and till the desolate places that have grown up. That is what they began to do. But why the fenced cities. It is because wherever they did this, they were still living in areas of hostile Arabs. Therefore it took the chain link fences nine feet tall, that could be electrified so that at night they could go to sleep with the feeling that this would help keep the enemy out. Notice how accurate the word of God is. That has been the picture for twenty some years since the Six Day War. But when we come to Ezekiel 38, we get a different picture. When this takes place, the Bible speaks of how Gog will say, (Ezekiel 38:11-12) “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.” Do we have a contradiction in the same prophecies? It cannot be so. We have to understand that each prophecy is showing us a sequence. In other words, this is how it was at first when Israel was compelled to take this land; but over here something has happened and now she is dwelling at peace with her neighbors. There is only one way she can dwell at peace with her neighbors. That is when she fulfills those prophecies we have been talking about, and takes the land of Edom and Moab, and Ammon. “And Israel in that day shall be a terror to them round about.” That is what we have to look at. When Israel puts the Arab world at rest and God strips them, and shows them it is no longer Allah of Ishmael, but rather Elohim worshipped by Isaac. That is when those Arabs will say, Then the God of Isaac I will serve. That is the picture. The God of Isaac I will serve. The point is, and what we have to understand is, The Arabs are Israel’s half brothers; but the Iranians are not. The Libyans are not, the Ethiopians are not. Turkey is not. They are all presently under that Islamic spell. This is how we have to understand God is going to show the world one last great miraculous war, in which Israeli forces do not fire a shot. I know right now it is almost inconceivable that you could get natural minded people to even visualize what is going to take place; but as we read it, this is God’s way, when the Jew has put the Arabs to rest, then here is the Arabs helping Israel rebuild. Do you think these Islamic believers over here can stand for anything like that? This miraculous episode that will have taken place over here, and they see the people who used to be Islamic believers with them, contributing to Israel’s interest, they will say, Those Jews have deceived them. It is going to antagonize them, and humiliate them to the point where they cannot help but want revenge. There is only one super power in the world that would contribute military forces to them, and that is exactly what Russia will do. It is just like Iraq had in the Gulf War. Well let us look at this thing being set in motion. Here is the miraculous. Here is the building of the city. Here is the temple going up. There are all those Moslems in that part of the land crying out, Holy war, holy war, holy war; so do not think for one minute that there are not terrorist organizations backed by Iran today, teaching and training for an hour when they can carry on a holy war from one end of this earth to the other. It is a known fact, that when the World Trade Center was bombed, it was planned by those terrorists out of that country. They have already bragged that there is not one spot on earth they cannot get. Therefore when you go to sleep at night, do not think for one minute, that they do not have their agents crawling around out there somewhere. God is going to put them to sleep; but only after their hour arrives, and they have been allowed to take their best shot at Israel. For several years I have been saying this, The world will one day see one of the largest military air drops mankind has ever carried out in any warfare endeavor. How can you say that Bro. Jackson? The language in this book causes me to say that. I am looking at the language, then I am looking at the practical, geographical layout of this war. Let us read the language. Go to 8th verse, “After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years (That is for the hour of time this generation is living in.) thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, (meaning it has all been restored) 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.” That is speaking of the Jews of course. Yes saints, the hour is coming, that the Jews will have torn down their gates, and their fences, because they will feel that they do not need them anymore. The formerly hostile Arabs are no longer a problem for them. There are no rocks being thrown, nor any bullets flying. Things are really going good in the Holy Land; but this other bunch of Islamic believers are angry. They are humiliated. They want to get even, and show the world who is the greatest. Look now, at verse 9, “Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, (Where do you look for a storm? Out of a hole in the ground? You look toward the sky.) thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee. 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: And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; (The chain link fences are no longer there.) I will go to them that are at rest, (at rest because the Arabs are no longer hostile) that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates.” I have seen the chain link fences with their bars and gates. These things ought to tell us something. The 15th verse says, “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: And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud (Where do you look for clouds? In the sky.) 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.” Notice it said heathen; but do not look to Africa, to the bush man in central Africa for those heathen people. Just look to North America. Look to this great continent, that at one time had the knowledge of God and gave place to Him. Those days are gone forever: We suddenly began to get a liberal minded society; and now they feel for the most part that they no longer need God in schools nor in any of our governmental bodies, nor in the courts of the land. We do not need God: is their cry: Let us get Him out of here. We do not want any more of that religion stuff. Maybe not now; but just wait until God gets through with what He has planned: He is going to get some attention around those places. He wants to use something; and there is an element of American society out here that will no doubt be used by Him. I believe there are a few teenage people that have not gone completely anti God, that He can speak to; and it is the only salvation they will ever know. It is His way of getting all this junk out of their minds, getting their hearts in tune with Him, to make them realize there is a God after all; and cause them to know that His power has been demonstrated before them. They will say, No matter what the atheists say, I want to live believing there is a God that controls all of this. Because of their attitude, God can use them: That is the only way they are going to be allowed to be carried over into that Millennial hour. Therefore looking at this language, let us try to illustrate something. God says He will be known by the heathen. When we think where Russia is, and of this great chain of Islamic people coming down through Turkey, we have to look at something else. Just say, for the sake of illustration, If there was to be a land route with all of these forces coming in, here are the Persians over here. Somewhere there has to be a general link up of road networks if this conflict is going to come by land routes. Here is Ethiopia over here. Hers is the Red Sea. There is no way she can put forces in Israel without planes unless she does it by an amphibious landing; and the best point for that would be the Gulf of Aqaba. How many know what an amphibious landing is? Let us look where Libya: over here on the other side of Egypt. Way over here. That is Khadafy’s kingdom. He is just absolutely whetting the sword every day, waiting for the opportunity to play his part. He parades his rockets up and down the street. How can he bring a land mass? He would have to cross Egypt. But we realize, according to Isaiah 19, Israel has already put Egypt to rest by then; and made friends with her. Egypt will already be in the process of building an altar and offering prayer and thanks to God. That poses another impossibility: for Khadafy to bring his land forces across that way. The reason I am saying this, is because, in this day of spy satellites, we have a network; and Israel is hooked into it. Israel has the best intelligence and spy network there is in the entire world. There is no way ground activity in Russia, Turkey, Persia, Libya and Ethiopia could even function, starting in that general direction, without the Israeli Air Force knowing about it and being all over them. If that were the case, instead of reading in the Bible that when it is all over, there is continual employment in Israel, (if it were by land means) you would probably read it like this, And there was continual employment throughout the Middle East, for in the various nations where God has rained His devastating power, they need to clean up the rubbish. You do not read it that way though. There is one geographical spot in Israel where God has let this thing focus on. We do not even know exactly where it is. It is unwritten. It is only spoken of as the Valley of Hamongog. We know of no valley by that name. However the wording of the scriptures lets us know there is not going to be a seven year period of cleaning up rubbish on the highways: where Israel has knocked out a great land caravan moving toward her. Rather than that, it will be how Russian technicians and military analysts have designed a secret attack: to put a mass of thousands of troops on the ground in a matter of minutes; and they will not be scattered all over creation either; so there is only one way they could do it. Just we were successful in the Gulf War by jamming the Iraq radar systems and radio network. Our fighter planes could go in and play with it, do not think Russia does not have a jamming system also. But I am thankful to God that when you read it, it is a war that the Israeli’s are caught in, when they do not know it is coming. That is why God says there will be a shaking in the land of Israel. Even the fish in the sea will know about it. He will rain great rain and hailstones upon them. I have to say, It is absolutely impossible to describe such an event: because it plainly tells you in there, that Israel will hire men of continual employment and for seven long months, searching and seeking the dead to find where they are. That should tell people something: Because in general types of warfare, where men on two opposite sides, in certain geographical areas, whether it is by mortar, artillery, or rifle, they know the general vicinity. Whether it is five miles this way, or three miles that way, they know the general vicinity where this terrible battle has taken place; so why go ten miles the other way to look for the dead when the fight took place right here. I hope you understand what I mean. If this is something they have strategically designed, a certain drop, they have to come with enough troops and equipment to accomplish their objective, enough equipment to last those troops until there can be land routes established. That is where God brings a devastating surprise to them. In other words He uses nature. Think of it, when the thing is all over, and the news media back in Canada, the United States, and Europe and everywhere else for that matter, begins to tell about this terrible, disastrous thing that has happened, at a time when Jerusalem was in the process of being rebuilt, and the temple going up, can you just imagine what they will be saying? Sure it will be a sneak attack, but God will know exactly, how and when to cause nature to fight for Israel. If you do not think a torrential rainfall of several inches of rain in one hour’s time, along with chunks of ice about 150 pounds each, and other smaller ones is sufficient to turn back such an attack you had better think again. If you think you could drop fifty thousand troops in a certain geographical spot without anything happening, think again. All that rubbish you read about is not something that has been hauled in by trucks. It is all that equipment and supplies dropped by air, and it has floated and drifted around all over the place. It has hit the earth everywhere because disaster has disrupted the whole process. God literally wipes out everything but one sixth part of those men. You might say that was one war where there were few shots fired. God just reaches out and does such a miraculous thing the heathen will know that He is the Lord. I realize it may sound fantastic; but when I read how for seven years Israel is cleaning up the rubbish, I believe every bit of it. Simple thinking tells me she is not hauling away some old dilapidated tanks still there from her 1948 war. Furthermore the tanks used in the war of 1967, the war that only lasted six days, are still sitting in the place where they were burned. Why is she not hauling them off? You just have to depend upon the Spirit of God to open up these things to your understanding. I remember back about thirty years ago, when Russia was roaring and carrying on like she was, prophetic teachers were saying, Russia will play an important part in the last days because she is in a great horse breeding process right now. That is because the Bible says, (Ezekiel 38:15) “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.” You just have to translate Bible terminology into terminology that fits our day and hour of time. It is pure nonsense to think that Russia could bring thousands of horsemen into Israel, when we already know how one Apache helicopter could terrorize 430 some men inside a concrete bunker, in the Gulf War, saying to them, Come out and give up, or we will send a bomb in after you.For you who want to hold to the horse theory, I will ask you one question. Where would you rather be? Would you rather be in that concrete bunker out there in the desert, or sitting on the back of a horse coming to Israel, with Israel able to monitor your every move? I hope all of you understand what I am looking at? It is horsepower: not literal flesh and blood horses, that those invading forces will be depending on. It is horsepower of the most modern up to date technical way man has designed for the purpose of putting a great mass of troops into a designated spot to fulfill a military objective; and be assured, when they do come, God Himself will wipe them off the face of the earth: all but one sixth part of them. That is why they will hire men of continual employment for seven years, to clean up the land. Slowly they gather up the rubbish. For seven months seeking out the dead bodies. Whenever the tourists pass by, if they see one they notify the authorities. That is the way you have to read it. You can plainly see that this was a war planned by the enemy; but the very fact that it was not stopped by human engagement, but rather God Himself engaging the enemy, caused them not to know where all those dead bodies fell. Therefore they have to go out looking for them. I can see it all: When God uses nature to accomplish His purpose, there is no doubt there will be an earthquake hit that particular drop area; and also a devastating rain will be turned loose on them. The men will not even have time to hit the ground. Even Israel will stand in awe: as it begins to dawn upon them what has happened.

MODERN TECHNOLOGY

One thing I did want to mention before I finish this message: to go alone with what I read to you from that economist: because he mentioned the computer, is something a brother told to me the other night. We realize the computer has been around for several years now. It was designed primarily as a military weapon; but later on scientists began to realize it could be used for other means as well: to accomplish various things for modern mankind. Well saints, just look what it is being used for already; and now we are hearing about the computer controlled car. It seems that they are on the verge of coming out with the bar code system on automobile windshields. In that bar code system on every new car will be all the information to tell who that car belongs to. A radar gun mounted on a utility pole at a strategic corner, or on an overpass, wherever it might be, as it reads that bar code and you are breaking the speed limit, a few days later you get a letter in the mail: Report to police headquarters: you were caught exceeding the speed limit. All of this tells me that the computer is slowly being turned into a tool that will not only control your mind, it will control your whole way of life. It will control your home; and it will control society at large. One of these days you will be just a statistic in the memory of that. That is why we read Revelation 13 like it is. This economist who wrote that article we read, said, It is a historical fact, that every five hundred years mankind and time completes a cycle. He told how the printing press in 1450, Gutenberg of Germany invented the first printing press. By 1492 when Columbus went back to Europe and said he had found a new world, the printing presses were in every major city reporting it. The news began to spread across Europe like a wild fire because the world was coming out of the Dark Ages. What is light? It is information, in that sense. By 1520 here came Martin Luther and the Reformation was born, and every printing press was fast at work spreading his message. Now five hundred years later man has made a monster, the computer. The devil is going to harness that thing, in an effort to control your life. If it can control the economic system by how you buy and sell, it can control you when you walk down the sidewalk, how fast you drive down the street and so forth. To think there is the computer car. It has been a test model for quite awhile, but now it is known that it is a car that can be built. Whether to say this computer car will hit mass production, we just do not know; but we do know we are approaching the two thousand year junction in this age of time; and things are rapidly changing. Is is hard to keep informed of all that is going on. Anyhow, no matter what happens, all these things are adding up. We are moving toward the end of this Gentile Age; and may the Lord help us walk right in His sight as He winds up the whole thing. God bless you every one. AMEN.

 

When Israel Does This, Part 1

OUR FOCAL SCRIPTURE FOR WHAT WE WANT TO DEAL WITH IS MICAH 7:11-17. I KNOW WE WILL BE GOING BACK TO SOME SCRIPTURES WE HAVE ALREADY USED IN THE WINDOWS OF PROPHECY MESSAGE; BUT I FEEL THE NEED TO DO SO; AND I ASK THE QUESTION, HOW MANY OF YOU REMEMBER THE SIX DAY WAR ISRAEL FOUGHT? THAT WAS THE FIRST MAJOR WAR SHE HAD FOUGHT THIS SIDE OF THEM BECOMING A NATION: WHEN THE UNITED NATIONS GRANTED HER THAT CERTAIN PORTION OF LAND. THAT WAS THE FIRST WAR SHE FOUGHT WHERE SHE WAS LITERALLY FACED WITH OUTNUMBERING FORCES FROM THE SYRIANS, THE JORDANIANS, AND THE EGYPTIANS. NASSER OF EGYPT HAD MADE HIS BOAST, WE WILL WIPE ISRAEL OFF THE MAP, WE WILL DRIVE HER INTO THE SEA. THERE WILL BE NO STATE OF ISRAEL ALLOWED IN THE MIDDLE EAST. HE HAD ALL THE ISLAMIC ARABS READY TO GO TO WAR WITH HIM. LITTLE DID HE REALIZE AT THAT TIME, THAT HE WAS GOING TO TAKE THE LICKING OF HIS LIFE; AND THEN A LITTLE LATER BE TAKEN OFF THE SCENE. THAT JUST SHOWS HOW THINGS CAN TURN AROUND IN A VERY SHORT TIME.

We are using the same chart we used on the windows message; but we have added the words on top, “WHEN ISRAEL DOES THIS;” because I want us to focus on some things that are about to take place very soon. We are looking at a generation that Jesus said would live to see the climax of all we have been talking about; therefore we have 1939 over here on our chart as the year to measure that generation from. Over here on the Christian side we can put 1933; because that is when God spoke to His messenger to this Laodicean Church Age. When we think of the scripture that Jesus spoke in Matthew 24, giving us all the signs of the endtime, leading up to just before His coming, He spoke of the fig tree, meaning the rebirth of Israel. He links the generation that sees these things with the end time and declared that this generation will not have passed away, meaning death will not have taken all of them off the face of this earth until all these things that He has mentioned, be fulfilled. Well if what Jesus mentioned in Matthew 24 is related to a generation of time, then how do we look upon these prophecies written in the Old Testament that are relative to the rebirth of that fig tree as a nation? Therefore I look at the two lines of thought and I have to connect them together. It is the only way we can look at ourselves in the time factor we now live. When the U.N. in 1948 did give their approval for Israel to become a state, or a nation, we have to realize all these scriptures we are reading about here are tied to that. Some of those scriptures are collective. What I mean by collective is they carry a total picture from beginning, straight to the end, in the Millennium. That is what I mean by a collective picture. It does not necessarily set a time factor. That is why we drew these windows like this on the chart. A window gives you a field that is limited. It is different than standing outside, and out of the corner of your eye you see this way. On the other hand, a window gives you a limited field. Well, as we see these various prophecies as they are related to each other we realize time has passed very slowly; and preachers have preached about it without knowing very much about the collective picture. We realize of course, that something happened in 1967 that started a progression of events that are all scripturally tied together. Judah had been brought back. That is the tribe that God had been dealing with. They were the tribe that suffered so much in the holocaust. The purpose was to bring them back, to get them ready, because they were going to be the beginning of this total process of the rebirth of this nation, and the reconstruction of everything. When they fought the war in 1967, Zephaniah 2:3-7 covers that war precisely. That was a prophecy that speaks of the Gaza Strip, which Israel took. Once she took it, that gave them this land of the Philistines for the first time in history, the land that they had never been able to conquer in the ancient B.C. time during the kings. That is the area where you hear about so much disturbance today, the little strip of land called the Gaza Strip. Thousands of the Palestinian Arabs live there. At the same time, Israel took the old area of what they call the West Bank, meaning they pushed the borders of Judah to the Jordan River, which legally, scripturally, and geographically belongs to her. They call it Jericho, or the Jericho territory. A lot of people do not think seriously about why they call it the Jericho territory. To me this was typed when Joshua, with the children of Israel, did cross the Red Sea and later came on into this area. As you read about it under Joshua’s leadership, God told the children of Israel they should go around that city one time each day for six days; but on the seventh day they should go seven times around and at the end of it, they were to turn and look straight at the city and shout with a shout, and God would destroy it by His miraculous power. Let us ask ourselves the question, To what purpose was that done? What miraculous power was in that? To me, that was God’s way of setting a type that after centuries of time Israel would again be faced with an ultimatum of what they would have to do in relationship to that same stretch of land. Arafat was going to move his headquarters to Jericho. Jericho is not a big city. It is not any larger than Sellersburg Indiana. In fact the ancient city that fell was of old adobe brick, just a mound of clay now. You have to dig down many feet, before you begin to find the enormous buildings of adobe brick that were there in the days of Joshua. The city of Jericho today, is out in the foothills of this. When we look at all these things that were set in type, it is very obvious now as Israel is faced with an issue, or an ultimatum about the Gaza strip and Jericho that this brings time, and prophecy to the very end of this age: when all these loose ends will be tied together. Let us look at it in this light, If we are not close to the fulfilling of what these prophecies are about, then it means that all of this which I have used is inapplicable at this time and I have used it out of season. Nevertheless I have to realize this, Hosea 6:2, which covers this, says, After two days He will revive us. That was a promise spoken by Hosea even before Daniel had spoken about the seventy weeks of Daniel. The reason I look at this like I do, when God sets a time factor that covers a framework of time, God’s time is precise. God knows, that man in his keeping of records is subject to error; but God Himself is not subject to error. If the prophecy was, “After two days He will revive us,” then we have to read it like that: It does not mean six years later, or maybe six years beforehand. This old Gentile philosophy of give a little, or take a little is one thing; but you do not deal with God like that. In these things, we have to be just as precise as He is, or we miss the boat. Therefore we have to realize, as I pointed out in counting the scriptures earlier, we have already seen eight of these prophecies go into effect: starting with the war of 1967. Well that brings us to this point in time: where these other prophecies will start being fulfilled: to bring all of this to a completed picture. I know the big question now is, because of Middle East developements lately, Well just how close are we to the end? Just how soon will these scriptures be fulfilled? That is where we are right now: at the point of trying to answer this very question. Let me give you a little view of something that just came into my hands; and you will see more clearly what we are facing in this hour of time.

A LOOK AT FOUR-FIVE HUNDRED YEAR PERIODS OF TIME

Naturally we are not endeavoring to pin the coming of the Lord down to an exact day and hour; but after I read this book that came to me, this book of economics, the writer broke the time factor down like this, and I am going to repeat some things I have found to be very interesting. The first five hundred years began with the birth of Christ. The Roman Empire was at its peak. Five hundred years later the Roman Empire had crumbled and fell. In what way had it crumbled and fell? When you read the history, and also the articles we have printed, the fall of Rome from the old imperial position over the vast territory of Europe was to give way to the rise of Catholicism. This man places 500 A.D. as the beginning of the Dark Ages; and that is exactly why it was the beginning of the Dark Ages; Catholicism came into prominence. Nothing was said about Dark Ages in 100 A.D., 200 A.D., 300 A.D. It was only when we come to about 500 A.D., that the Dark Ages started. Therefore I ask you What made that certain span of time the Dark Ages? It was not a case where there was no earthly emperor that had any ambitions and ideas like the previous emperors had: It was simply a case where as Rome weakened, in the imperial sense, and the Catholic Church became more influential in society, the ideas and ambitions of those Roman emperors had to take a back seat. It was the Roman church and her influence in all the affairs of man, that began to look upon education as evil; and little by little plunged mankind into darkness. I have read that. This is exactly why, when the Dark Ages started, new inventions, and progress in general, came to a halt. Whatever architectural designs you find on those ancient Roman columns and arches and so forth at the beginning of the Dark Ages, that is exactly what they still had right straight on through. There was no progress made. Then the man brings it to 1000, and gives that a distinctive mark in time. In that, here came the FEUDAL system. When you read of the feudal system in history, you see how the vast area of Europe was no longer ruled by an emperor, but through this Dark Age period the land was owned by very rich lords. They held the wealth, and stood between society and the known kings. Those lords owned everything. They were the ones that would see after the wars that were to be fought. Society during that time, came to a standstill. Thousands of people lived under the control of those lords who owned vast holdings of farm land. Because of those conditions, the next 500 years of the Dark Ages, mankind in general just existed. There was no progress of any kind, as far as benefiting the average person. When you read that in darkest hour of the Dark Ages, the pope was busy elevating himself to become supreme, sovereign, universal ruler, so that by the time 1000 A.D. came around the Catholic Church was everywhere. Her influence was embedded in every facet of society, from the highest form of government right on down the lowest of the poor peasant people. In this book, the man brings all of this out to show how the world drastically changes on the verge of every 500 years. Coming from 1000 A.D. on through the Dark Ages the Roman popes rose to supremacy. We published an article showing how the papacy rose to its position of supremacy. That all goes with Daniel 7: that tells of the little horn that came up in the midst of the ten horns. He also brings out from the monetary and the social side, the change that is coming. In 1450, a man by the name of Johann Gutenberg invented a printing press. You would say, not knowing what he saw, Why is that so important to talk about? He said this, the world had been in a Dark Age feudal system so long, society was limited in how much information was given to them. But when he made this printing press, it was not just to print the first Bible for the Germans, which was the Gutenberg Bible: It became a means of putting everything in print and getting it out to the people, practically as soon as it happened: In 1450, just 50 years short of a 500 year cycle. Then look what happened in 1492, just right before the cycle closed: A man by the name of Columbus, so sure that the world is round, set out to find a new trade route to the Dutch East Indies. That was none other than God’s way of preparing him to find this new world. Well this man that wrote the book puts all of this together: that as the Gutenberg press had been invented, and every major city of Europe having access to that benefit, when news did reach back months later, that a new world had been found, the press picked it up and in a short order of time all Europe knew there was a new world discovered. Peoples heart’s began to burst with enthusiasm and excitement: They wanted to get ready and go there to see for themselves. Well, 1520 A.D. put it into the next cycle of five hundred years and God raised up a man by the name of Martin Luther, a German, to do a work. He come out with his 95 thesis against the Roman Church; and if the printing press had not already been invented, all Europe would not have heard about this man as quick as they did. However, no sooner did he write his thesis and tack them on the church house door at Whittenberg Germany, the printing presses all over Europe began to spread the news everywhere as fast as they could. With news about the new world just a few years in the past, and now the Reformation on starting, Europe began a continent on fire with the freedom of information: At least as they knew it in that hour. As people were hearing about this, that is why God raised up not only Martin Luther, but there came John Knox and John Calvin, right on the heels of each other, and the sword of the Spirit, the word of God soon had the whole continent of Europe in the process of a great change. Not suddenly, but eventually, change began to come about. The light of truth began to shine upon them; and it eventually brought mankind out of the darkness of the Dark Ages. The light that God gave back then brought spiritual light to many souls, as well as material light and understanding that enabled natural man to find a way of progress that set the trend for the next 500 years; and saints: We are coming to the close of it. When I read that book I said, That just makes these things written in the Bible stand out even more clearly. People are crazy: not to believe this Bible. As he brought in the economic system and how it fluctuates, how it goes through the various cycles of depression, He showed that within the sixty years of depression, there is nine minor depressions. He said we have already come through those. He said the year 2000, there about, we are moving to the climax. He brought in one outstanding thing, and said, Once again man has made something that is going to set this thing into a trend the world will never be able to go back from. That is the computer. I realize, as I bring the material side of this in, I have to do it because it is what the world is going to face when they get over here in the week of Daniel. Computers are everywhere today: Telephone systems are already being controlled by them. Banking systems are being controlled by them; and just about everything else you can think of. Now we have passed the bill, freedom of information; so just think what that means, The very minute something happens, that information can be instantly available anywhere else in the world. At least anywhere that is hooked up to the right computer link. The man climaxed his remarks in this way, Man, in his financial progress has set a trend that will one day lead to an hour when computers will control the flow of earth’s finances. Therefore I say, If the printing press, 500 years ago fanned the flames that set Europe on fire and changed the trend and progress of mankind, bringing him out of the darkness of spiritual and material matters into spiritual light and progress, then I have to say the computer is a monster looking us right in the face. Do you know why? Because we are fast approaching an hour when supposed-to-be smart people will decide that coins and currency is no longer a proper way to negotiate the exchange of monetary values. Then you will see for sure the instrument the antichrist forces will have at their disposal. Then when you read Revelation 13, you will see that it was the United States of America that gave the world this monster. It crept out of the military laboratories, out into educational institutions, then into the financial institutions, then into the scientific area of space exploration and everything; and now it is a toy to play with in teenagers’ bedrooms. You see where the world is in this hour; so when it says in Revelation 13, that the time would come when they could neither buy nor sell, except they wear a mark or a number either in their hand or in their forehead, that will be the final stage of this whole thing. A laser beam will pick up the number and the transaction will be consummated through the use of a computer system that shows every person’s purchasing capabilities. It will probably be every person’s choice whether they want the mark put their hand or in their forehead. With the natural eye it will never be seen. It is put in there with some invisible substance, and only this bar line light will see it. Saints I want you to know, it is already being used in other areas of society. It is being used in the animal realm, thoroughbreds are being given invisible tattoos of numbers. Cattle, dogs, and all such like are being identified in this way; and we can see by this that these are trial things. It lets me know we are just a few years short of the time when it is going to be something humanity will have to face. What causes this? It is the fact that as we get closer to that final hour of time and God has finally been excluded from all of man’s dealings, so that honesty, morality, integrity, and common decency are no longer values to be cherished, man will have to have some more sure way of preventing thefts and counterfeiting. Therefore these characters that are presently using every dishonest way they can think of to steal, counterfeit, rob and abuse, using all kinds of modern gadgets to beat the law, and to beat the system, will be cut off from their methods. Now some will say, What good is all of that to me? Let us look at this Middle East situation for a minute. It is no doubt becoming like a time bomb. I am convinced when this thing was signed in September, it was really like bringing two components of a bomb together; because when I look at it in the light of the Bible, it is an impossibility for their peace plan to work. First and foremost, it is anti prophecy. It is against everything these following verses we are going to read has in store for all concerned parties. However I can see why God has permitted it: because having permitted it to go this far, it is giving one element of the world an opportunity to use their natural, carnal way of thinking to negotiate, to bring about and stabilize some kind of peace condition in the Middle East. He has offered it to them by letting them have this opportunity. At the same time God knows it is not going to work, because every verse of prophecy has to go into place and be fulfilled exactly. The 1967 war fulfilled some of them; but outside of the 1967 war there has been very little manifestation of miraculous power. The war itself, that took the Gaza Strip and the Jericho territory, made it obvious for the first time since the beginning of the state, that there is a God that is fighting on behalf of the Jewish people. As we have said before, different statesmen from Europe and England, the United States and Canada, have all agreed that it was the hand of God seen in that war. Yet for a long time now you have not heard them say anything about it. To me, this goes to show God has His way of making the man of the world say Yes to what He does. For a while he will say it was right for such and such to be done; but after awhile his heart is hardened again just like Pharaoh’s. His former confession little by little slips away from him, or her as the case may be. Anyhow for twenty some years now, Israel has been struggling, negotiating, constantly talking, working internationally with different world leaders, trying to keep this thing settled; but it is not going to be settled like that. It is going to reach an explosive point somewhere in the near future; and we already know how it is going to turn out; but let us look at some more of these prophecies to see a clearer picture of how God will go about dealing with it.

WHEN ISRAEL’S WALLS ARE TO BE REBUILT

In our consideration of Micah 7, I want my brothers and sisters, wherever they hear or read this, to understand that every prophecy in the Old Testament was written for a specific time; and that is the only time they will fit into the plan and purpose of God. God let that man who was the instrument anointed to write these prophecies, which ever one we are looking at, see something, and say something that points to a precise time. That is why I said earlier, You just simply cannot draw one out of a hat and apply it just any old time you please. It is true, they are all talking about God restoring Israel; but God has a pattern, a certain way He is doing it, and a certain purpose in doing it the way He has chosen to bring it about. That is the purpose of this message: to help you better understand how to look at these various prophecies. I have used this title “When Israel does this,” to point to something God is going to use to start talking to an element of society: just like He did the Six Day War of 1967. You do not hear much about the miraculous power God displayed in that war any more. When things began to calm down people stopped talking about the miraculous power of God in the military of Israel at that time. Now we hear about atheism, evolution, dope, and perversions of every sort in the streets of Jerusalem: instead of how God helped them win that war in such a short time. Israel is writing about all of those conditions in the Jerusalem Post. Evil is on the incline everywhere. I cannot help but believe that all scriptures relative to the great hour of evil at the end time are all already in place. Here is the key, so from this time on, here is how we read it. (Micah 7:11) “In the day that thy walls are to be built, in that day shall the decree be far removed.” What decree is He talking about? Well we look back in the Old Testament prophets where God spoke, and promised Israel, The day you turn your back on me, and stop keeping my word, observing my ordinances, and all these things that are established in the law, then I will take great pleasure in cursing you and I will scatter thee to the ends of the earth, however in the last days, I will restore and bring you back. Well I believe we will all agree that through the last forty some years, and by a slow process He has been doing that very thing. We have been talking about it with anticipation. How soon? How close? But now this prophecy that has been linked to a time frame is very much in focus. He said, “In the day that thy walls are to be built,” so what does that add up to? That brings you right over to Isaiah 49 and Isaiah 60, which we have already read. You read that and then look at this, because here it tells us that God is going to bring back an element of immigrant Jews that are definitely going to take up their habitation and live in the old city of Jerusalem. Remember the 49th chapter of Isaiah, how the Spirit of the Lord is causing the city and the land which it is built on, to speak, saying, “Who hath begotten me these, seeing I have lost my children, and am desolate, a captive, and removing to and fro? and who hath brought up these? behold, I was left alone; these, where had they been?” In other words, Where did these come from, seeing that I have lost the first. Where have they been? Right there in that 49th chapter it plainly tells what is in store for the Arabs that live in that city now. Twice it says, “Thy destroyers and they that made thee waste (those that make old Jerusalem look like a run down shambles, or a shanty town) shall go forth of thee.” There is not one bit of it made out of wood: It is all stone; but the area stinks like a hog pen. It is in a run down, dilapidated condition. Much of it is made from old stones that had been torn in previous generations through earthquakes and wars and such. The streets are the same way. But here, for the first time, we see, “In the day that thy walls are to be built,” which is speaking specifically to Jerusalem and speaking relative to the temple. This is why in the Six Day War Israel took the old city. They fulfilled the prophecy of Jesus, how Jerusalem would be trodden down of the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. The Jews took it and they have governed and watched over it, but they did not drive out the inhabitants and they did not touch the temple spot. So you can see the sequence what happened in 1967 and what is in front of us now. There is definitely to be a drastic change of developments in the Middle East very soon. Once God turns Israel loose, it will never be the same from that moment on. It will not drag out over a 10 to 20 year span of time either: it will all come about very quickly now. As one brother from Montreal always said, God has saved the best for last, or The best is yet to come. He has a treat for some and a heartache for others. I have to say, Praise God! I am glad I am a child of God today. I would not want to miss the show that is about to take place. I can hardly wait to hear the News come on and run 24 hours around the clock: showing first hand what is taking place in Israel. Newsmen from all around the world will be getting on planes, wanting to go to Israel to see what is going on over there that has the world so startled. If you can see this in Micah 7, you can also see in Isa. 60, how it is going to be done. Notice verse 10 first “And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee.” You can learn a lot from that one verse alone; but the verses just before that, speaking in relationship to the temple, you see how out of Saudi Arabia will come camels carrying this wealth, and incense to be offered upon the altar. Out of Jordan, the Bedouin Arabs, which are from the offspring of Abraham by Keturah and her six sons, here comes the goats and the sheep. God says, They will be accepted upon my altar. Israel, right at the present time, does not even have a breeding program to start this thing, because the politicians they have had through the years have not even looked ahead, allowing prophecy to be a guiding factor in their decisions. Most of Israel’s politicians has went about these things always wanting to play up to the western leaders, negotiate, negotiate, and make concessions. That is what these two are doing right now; and that is why I cannot help but believe that God is going to intervene in the process before it goes too far. Once God changes the procedure, from then on these prophecies are going to start dropping in place one right after the other. Every one of them involve the miraculous workings of the Creator. Of course as we read these various verses we realize that in the past number of years there has been a great number of Jews come from various places already; but we have to realize when the time arrives for the 49th chapter of Isaiah to be fulfilled God is going to be instrumental in bringing back an element of Jews to inhabit the old city; and I want to explain something to you about that. That group of Jews that will eventually inhabit the old city and be there for the Millennium will not be just Judaean Jews, they will also be of the lineage of the house of David. Where do you get that, Bro. Jackson? Go right back and read in Kings; and you will see for yourself. That was the ancient city of the Jebusites, a pagan city; but when King David decided to take it, he took that ancient city of the Jebusites and selected one place where he had a palace built. There is where he set up his dwelling; and over the centuries the house of David grew into a great number. We can see from the scriptures that Jesus Himself is of the tribe of Judah, but He is also out of the lineage of David. Therefore when the hour has come for Jerusalem to be inhabited, and it passes into that period when God is going to cause it to be renovated and rebuilt, modified and beautified to get it ready for the Millennium, the people God will really be concerned about living there are the present twentieth century descendants of the house of David. That is how we have to see this picture, if it is to make any sense. Let us continue reading in Micah 7. (12) “In that day also he (meaning the Jews) shall come even to thee from Assyria, and from the fortified cities, and from the fortress even to the river, and from sea to sea, and from mountain to mountain.” Verse 13 speaks again of the Arabs; so notice it. “Notwithstanding the land shall be desolate because of them that dwell therein, for the fruit of their doings. That verse lets us know that those which made that land, that city waste, are going to be brought out of there by the Jewish military and removed so far away that it leaves that area completely desolate. Here is what we have to look at, and this is the key prophecy that sets all others in motion. That is why this could not have happened back in the 1967 war, because in the eyes of God it was not time to build the temple. It was not time for God to deal with the old city of Jerusalem for Jewish habitation. That is why twenty years has come and gone and they have done nothing but argue and slap at each other. That kind of thing has just about ran its course by now though; so we have every reason to expect a very drastic change in the Middle East very soon now; and there is no doubt some terrible ordeals of a very devastating nature are going to occur on both sides. God has His way of stirring the issue and causing the thing to get so hot something will have to give. This is what will frustrate world leaders that have worked so hard trying to get those leaders to negotiate and get the thing settled. The more they stick their nose in, the more God lets it become a confused picture to them. This is the key. When the hour has come, then we can say this, Once God turns Israel loose, then is when the miraculous hand of God starts showing itself on their behalf. Now let us watch this next verse. “Feed thy people with thy rod, the flock of thine heritage, which dwell solitarily in the wood, in the midst of Carmel: let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old.” They are not there yet, but when this hour has arrived, they will be there. I take that right back to Zechariah 10. It tells how they will come into Lebanon and into Gilead, and room is not found for them. That lets me know, When the hour comes that God is strategically dealing with the issue of the city of Jerusalem, then that is going to become the major focal point of where all attention, and where these prophecies begin to zero in at. Then God is going to extend His hand in a miraculous way on behalf of the Jews; and He is going to do it in order that Jews, wherever they are out there in the world, those that are to play a role in this end time by being part of the Jews that are to come in and inhabit this area of old Jerusalem, will have their opportunity to come to the land of their forefathers. God has a miraculous way of showing His hand in the Bible land. That is the signal for those Jews to start their journey homeward. Now we are back to a verse we read earlier. (15) “According to the days of thy coming out of the land of Egypt will I shew unto him marvellous things.” Well all we have to do is read Numbers and Exodus, to see what marvelous things God did for the children of Israel back then. When I read the account of the spies that came to Jericho, that second episode, and how they came into the house of Rahab the harlot and asked her, How did your people feel about this thing? She said, The day we heard what happened when your people crossed the Red Sea, our hearts did melt within us. In other words, We were scared. That lets you know God has a way of touching peoples heart’s to make them afraid and get them all rattled so they cannot defend themselves. Saints: If that could be true in that day, then what about 1995, or 1996, or 1997, whenever He wants to do this sort of thing again? (16) “The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might: they shall lay their hand upon their mouth, their ears shall be deaf.” This will not be something hid from the eyes of the world: Not in this day when the News Media is ready to get on an airplane and go where the News is. With TV cameras tuned in, there is nothing hidden anymore. What are those satellites doing out there in space? Taking pictures and relaying them back down to earth. We are living in a day when there is not only freedom of information, it is instant information with audio and video. It no sooner happens there, you are looking at it here. When you think of the two world systems, Russia and the United States, with all their high tech weaponry, and also of the Arabs that are equipped with the Russian equipment, I have to say, When God turns Israel loose to fulfill these prophecies, once it starts, it will not stop until the whole prophetic picture is complete. It will not be all broken up. It is going to go right on straight through. “The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might: they shall lay their hand upon their mouth, their ears shall be deaf. (17) They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth: they shall be afraid of the Lord our God, and shall fear because of thee. (18) Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.” In the previous message which we titled “Looking Through Windows of Prophecy,” we brought in Zephaniah 2:3-7, how God caused that prophet to look down on the land of Gaza and prophesied how that Gaza Strip, the ancient land of the Philistines, was going to be given to the tribe of Judah in the last days for an eternal possession. The three major cities of this land of the Philistines all are definitely destined to be areas that Jews will inhabit. Also how the areas of the countryside will be there for herds of sheep and flocks. If God has promised that to the tribe of Judah, and she took it in the Six Day War in 1967, let us notice how it stopped where she was to cross the Jordan and hit the Edomites, the Moabites, and the Ammonites. We can see when verse 7 stops, that puts the tribe of Judah in a promised area of future habitation that they never had in their possession in ancient times. God promised it to them, that it will be for the tribe of Judah. When you go on into verse 8, that gets them over into the area of Jordan; but let us look again at the 12th chapter of Zechariah: where it is speaking about the city of Jerusalem. (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. (4) In that day, saith the Lord, I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness: and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the people with blindness.” Since the 1967 war, Israel has not been allowed to deal with anything else that is relative to prophecy. Everything has just been hanging, waiting for God’s time frame. He has a launching time for the wrap up and that is where Micah 7 opens up the door for the hand of God to show His miraculous power on behalf of His chosen people Israel.