The Countdown Is On (1998), Part 2

The Countdown Is On (1998), Part 2

Rev. Raymond M Jackson

Rev. Raymond M Jackson

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EGYPT-IN THE LAST DAYS


Let us hold what we have learned from the other scriptures we have considered and go right to the 19th chapter of Isaiah, where it tells about Egypt. We see Israel launching out, reclaiming their rightful heritage and the effects of such an event, so notice, as we look further into the consequences. We are starting with the (16th verse.)”In that day shall Egypt be like unto women.” Under Mubarak, which has already stated along with Yasser Arafat, That one day they would have to take care of Israel, is the man in Egypt to watch. Did they really say that? Yes, they said that in Cairo a few weeks back, but when God does this great thing on behalf of Israel, just imagine Egypt down here, but up there in the land of Jordan across the Red Sea, all of a sudden they hear what Israel is doing in Edom, Moab, and Ammon. They just sweep through there to lay the land desolate. They will even go down into Dedan, (in Saudi Arabia) to fulfill that which is written concerning them, so you can imagine the effect all of this is having on the people of Egypt. Let us finish this 16th verse. “In that day shall Egypt be like unto women: and it shall be afraid and fear because of the shaking of the hand of the Lord of hosts, which he shaketh over it.” Now may I say this, Anglo Saxon, western oriented people, like to boast in their scientific achievements. I can remember when we did not have an automatic washing machine to wash clothes. Some of you older ones sitting here know what I am talking about. What we used, had a cradle in the bottom of it where you put your clothes, poured the water in, and mother always put in some lye soap. It was my job to take this cradle and move it backwards and forwards. I had to put enough pressure on it to rub those clothes. That was back in the early 1930’s. I will never forget, when the old Maytag Manufacturers came out with the little gasoline engine on their washer. Maytag did a good job for the rural people, because only city people could have the electric washing machines. But every Monday morning, everybody that had a Maytag washing machine with a gasoline motor, you could hear that motor start up and put put until all the washing was finished. The Maytag agent would come down the road asking, Would you like to swap a cow for a washing machine? Those who had them, would swap a cow, a hog, anything for a Maytag washing machine. I knew some in our neighborhood that would swap a cow for the Maytag. My point in saying this is, We are living in the day when the western world says, Look what we have done! From the old propeller airplane, we have gone to the jet. You can now go to Europe at speeds over 600 miles per hour. In the military you can exceed that twice. My point in saying that is to illustrate, Israel is crossing the Jordan River, she has laid the land of Jordan waste. Now she has turned and is heading for Egypt. I want to read that again, and I want you to try to visualize what is happening. The great hand of almighty God has intervened on behalf of His people Israel, and those that are aware of what is happening are scared half to death when they become aware that they could be next. “In that day shall Egypt be like unto women: and it (Egypt) shall be afraid and fear because of the shaking of the hand of the Lord of hosts, which He shaketh over it. And the land of Judah shall be a terror unto Egypt, (That is not make believe. That is not a myth or a fantasy: It is as sure as daylight and darkness. Judah, that little bunch of people that took the Six Day War and turned it into a miracle, because she is the lion-like tribe of the whole nation. She is the war tribe.) every one that maketh mention thereof shall be afraid in himself, because of the counsel of the Lord of hosts, which He hath determined against it.” This lets me know, that in 1998, 1999, and the year 2000, God is not thinking much about any of that Middle East. Why? They have all given themselves over to that Islamic religion. God is going to wash that mess right out of there, even if He has to use blood. If it is hard for you to understand why I say God, by some miraculous means of displaying His power and sovereignty in that part of the world, is going to do all of this, here is how you can read the outcome of all of that. It is not going to take God ten years for this to be accomplished. No, it is just a matter of a few days and weeks. Look what is going to happen in Egypt when this takes place. “In that day shall five cities in the land of Egypt speak the language of Canaan.” It is spoken of in the finished sense, but I am going to tell you what causes it to be like that. God will so display His favor on Israel in enabling them to do all that His written word says they will do in the last days, that those left alive after it is over will want to worship that same God. It goes to show, that when God shows Himself with this Israelite people that are coming to destroy the military makeup of this Egyptian nation, He is doing it for two basic reasons. First, He is judging them. Then, He gets their attention. When you read the rest of this chapter, God plainly tells you He will wound them, He will strike them, then turn right around and heal them, but when He heals them, it is not for them to go right on praying to Allah: It is to cause them to want to pray to the God of Israel. Therefore we can say this is a prophecy that has a progressive affect. Once this miraculous thing takes place, and when the Egyptian people have to stand back and watch that Israeli army come through their land, devastating it, laying everything in ruins, those people will say, Now we know that the God of the Jews is greater than our god, Allah. They could have realized this in the Six Day War of 1967, but they at that time, did not have sense enough to wake up and accept the fact of what they had witnessed. When you read this entire prophecy, you can see Israel’s army so miraculously empowered by God, to rain such a devastating blow against the Egyptian nation, that they have to wake up. One minute they have all kinds of military equipment. The next minute everything is in a state of desolation. The Egyptian people become afraid. They are ready to surrender, and ready to say, Never have we seen the power of the Jewish God like we have seen it in all of this. That is the purpose of it. When God does something to people to cause them to change their mind, do you think it takes forty years of psychological training, and psychiatrists counseling the people, for them to know what they need to do? No. He just shows His mighty hand on behalf of Israel. That is why, when this conflict is over, it is going to leave Egypt very shaken. They will immediately begin to say, I am going to change my religion; and and from now on my God will be the God of the Jews. That is why many of the Egyptians will say, I want to speak the language of Canaan. No. It will not be the old Canaanite dialect, but the language of the people that now live in the land of Canaan. They are going to say, I want to speak the Hebrew dialect. I want to speak the same language, and pray to God just like the Jews. When you read the rest of it you will see that they will build an altar for their worship. Where? In the midst of Egypt. What is that for? It goes to show, they are not going to sacrifice to Allah or Islam any more. They are going to sacrifice to the God of Israel; and because of the distance involved in the geographical location, the nation will say, Now we will build a memorial on the border. This is our token, O God of Israel, Elohim! We are going to build a memorial. Lord, take a look at us. We believe you were in all of this and we want to worship you. They will build that memorial. When you read the rest of that chapter, you see what God is going to do also, because from the Assyrian, that is Syria today, the same thing is going to happen. We will go ahead and print a few verses for the benefit of those who may not be able to pick up a Bible and read this account. This will allow you to see an outline of this event. (Isaiah 19:17-25) “And the land of Judah shall be a terror unto Egypt, every one that maketh mention thereof shall be afraid in himself, because of the counsel of the LORD of hosts, which He hath determined against it. 18 In that day shall five cities in the land of Egypt speak the language of Canaan, and swear to the LORD of hosts; one shall be called, The city of destruction. 19 In that day shall there be an altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar at the border thereof to the LORD. 20 And it shall be for a sign and for a witness unto the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt: for they shall cry unto the LORD because of the oppressors, and He shall send them a saviour, and a great one, and He shall deliver them. 21 And the LORD shall be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians shall know the LORD in that day, and shall do sacrifice and oblation; yea, they shall vow a vow unto the LORD, and perform it. 22 And the LORD shall smite Egypt: He shall smite and heal it: and they shall return even to the LORD, and He shall be entreated of them, and shall heal them. 23 In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians. 24 In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land: (Isa 19:25) Whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance.” The outcome of the miraculous military accomplishments, from Syria to Egypt, all through that, God has literally stripped that part of the world of their belief in Islam. Why? Because from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, He stripped them of their belief in Allah. They see for the first time in hundreds of years, that the God of Israel is the only God that is worth praying to. We do not know exactly when this will all take place, but we do know we are approaching the season for it. I want to put this little story on the end of this part of our message. In 1968, when I was privileged to go to the Holy Land for the first time, we were on an El Al Airline. As we were talking, there was a Jewish man sitting behind us, that we eventually had a chance to talk to. We came to find out through our conversation with him, that he was a Jewish army commander. He told us he was one of the commanders of the Jewish armored outfit that went through the Sinai to the Red Sea. His name was General Meirvar (spelling?) He lived in a northern town Safed (spelling?) In civilian life he was the president of a bank there. He told us of many things that caused the Jewish soldiers to believe that God was with them in that war. He said, that after the war was over and they were allowed to return to their occupations, one day a wealthy Syrian came to their city. Just imagine, a wealthy Syrian from Damascus coming there. He came to the city and to the bank where this man was president. He said to this man, Meirvar, (spelling) we know that your God is with you, because of what we have experienced in this war. I have here so much money. I am bringing it from my bank and want to invest it in your bank, because I know it will be safe here. This looked like they, or he realized Allah could not look after it anymore: that only the God of the Jews could do that. I just have to say, Saints, the world is getting ready for a shaking like it has never experienced before. If we think the stock markets are crumbling now, just wait until this happens. When God famishes all the false gods of the earth, He is doing it for a very specific reason. Therefore the Lord is willing, we want to continue on and find out what that reason is. One of these days, on the TV tube, you will watch how God uses Israel to do all of this. Then you will see the News completely changed, when they start to tell about how, out of Saudi Arabia, the land of Islam, camel caravans loaded with incense and gold are on their way to Israel. What for? It is going to Israel to beautify the rebuilding of the temple, and to offer incense upon the altar. There is no way right now, that out of the Arab world you are going to get one dime for anything that is taking place in Israel. All of that will change immediately, when God gets through with what He is getting ready to do by and through His people Israel. Many are going to be very surprised, even shocked to see what begins to unfold in the Middle East one day soon. You will be very surprised also, at what begins to happen around this world in areas that are under Hinduism and Buddhism. Since this temple is going to be a temple known to the ends of the earth during the Millennium, then I have to say, God will use some of the wealth and technology from the ends of the earth, just like He did in the days of King Solomon.


Preached 9-20-98 PM


In the latter verses of the 19th chapter of Isaiah, where we were reading this morning, we saw how Israel will cross the Jordan River, and how she will conquer what we now call Jordan. There never was a country in ancient times by that name. That area over there belonged to the Moabites, the Edomites and the Ammonites, along with other parts of it, Gilead, to some of the northern tribes of Israel. With this in mind, knowing that God has promised that in the last days He would bring Israel back and plant her there, and establish her according to her former estates, which pertains to her former boundaries, that is what we should be watching for. There is no need for any politician or world leader to think this Bible is a book of mythology, and that they can treat it as such. God will show them a different picture when the time is right. We are living in the era of modern technology. Man, from the scientific viewpoint, has accomplished many things. He no doubt has felt that it has been his achievement apart from any help from a God he does not believe exists anyhow. It has caused him to brag and boast and to influence millions of people, that this God of the Bible could be just a myth, like, Well we have to have doubts of the authenticity of the Bible, and all such as that. God has just left carnal minded mankind in the twentieth century, drift into this frame of thinking, because basically, society as a whole now feel that they do not need God. However when He does show Himself in the miraculous way, the way He will with Israel as they set about to reclaim their land, many of them will be left speechless. I just have to say, That time is not twenty years off: It is just a few short years away now: You could probably count those years on your fingers. I want to go back to what we were on this morning. We see here, in the 19th chapter, that Israel will hit the land that we now call Jordan, in order to accomplish all these prophecies pertaining to this hour of time. Israel will know in that hour, that she must lay the m waste if need be, in order to conquer those who oppose her. In the first place, it is the closest enemy to her own personal borders. When she does that, she cuts the link of friendship between one Arab nation to another Arab nation, so in military language, she will be able to succeed in accomplishing the military victory over all this area of Jordan, saving certain airstrips without having to fly her planes back to the main land of Israel: She can resupply them right there in the area of Jordan and send them in either direction. Now that remains to be seen, but the reason I say this is because it is from that area, that she then goes to the south to hit Egypt. We read this morning, of the devastating way God is going to hit Egypt. It will be such a blow Egypt will never be the same kind of nation again. When you finish reading the rest of the 19th chapter, you see the finished results: Egypt is no longer an Islamic nation. She has been turned, overnight, to believe in the God of Israel. I have to say, It is hard for educated, Anglo Saxon, western people to conceive of such a thought. You must keep in mind, that we are talking about areas where the Bible was written, where all the history of it came from, and where all the wars have been fought, right there in that area called the Fertile Crescent. It is returning to that. Israel is going to wind up being the victorious nation, and her borders are going to stretch from Egypt to the Euphrates valley. What the American troops, and the coalition troops she had during the Gulf War, refused to go ahead and do, Israel will do it. It will not take her weeks to get it done either. If the Gulf War was a miracle for the American troops, to regain their prestige, (and we believe it was) then this time God is doing what He will do, to give all this land back to Israel. Even a lot of the Jews might think that is speculation, but, No, it is not speculation. This is all a scriptural fact. It is all so vividly clear it would be hard to miss. In the latter part of the 11th chapter, we see that at the same time, when it shows what Israel will do, it tells how God will dry up the river Egypt, which is the Nile. Notice what it says, that men can walk over the tongue, or the mouth, which is the delta, dry-shod. We know there has been a drought condition hovering over the eastern coastal regions of Africa for the past twelve to fifteen years. It is just like a cloud. It moved from Sudan, Ethiopia, right down the eastern coast into South Africa: It just moves back and forth. We know this, When you look at the geography of Egypt, the Nile is furnished water from the plateau countries in the mountains laying next to Ethiopia. That lets me know, when the delta of the Nile goes dry, so that men can walk over dry-shod, do not think life will not be hard in Egypt, because the Nile has been her lifeline for thousands upon thousands of years. The whole country feeds from that. Her industry runs from that. They put in a dam to generate a lot more electricity. Yes, and it is true they can hold back a lot of this water that has been escaping, but with a drought condition hovering over that whole area of the continent of Africa, God knows exactly how to dry up that plateau and the river that has flowed north and been known for its bountiful supplying of the lands that are close to the delta, with fresh sediment all the time, just think about it: When that dries up, do not think the agricultural situation will not look very bad: It will. All of that plays right into the hand of God, but we must understand, God has a reason for all of it. He is not only concerned in laying the land desolate by the military victory on Israel’s part, but it says right here, And the Lord shall smite Egypt. When He does, that is the military victory. Then He will heal it. That goes to show, that the after affects will cause the peoples’ hearts to be turned to the God of Israel. They will begin to pray to the God of Israel. They shall return even to the Lord, meaning Islamic Egypt shall return to the Lord God of the Jews, And He shall be entreated of them, and shall heal them. It will not take God six years to get that done. When you look at the rest, you can see the lingering effect that this victory in Egypt has. It establishes future things that will go on between Egypt, Syria, and Israel. You can read the rest of it. That carries you right on into the Millennium, the thousand year reign. Right now though, I want to go to the 49th chapter of Isaiah. Keep in mind, we started with Zechariah 12, where it says, And in that day, that means a period of time, not a day of twenty four hours, God said He would cause Jerusalem to become a cup of trembling. There is a reason that Jerusalem is to become a cup of trembling. It is how God will work through all of this to make Jerusalem, (which the Palestinian Arabs that live there now, think they must have as their Capitol) a cup of trembling to all who stand in the way of His will and purpose. Through the U.N., the Palestinians are more or less making their bid for world opinion, so that the whole world, through the workings of the U.N. body, will be psychologically converted to believe that the Arabs have as much right to live in and control that spot of ground, as the Jews do. Well I understand how a lot of people might think that way, just because the present generation of Arabs were born and raised there, but do not forget the Jewish people that were taken captive and carried out of there two thousand years ago, by the Romans. The ten tribes had already been taken out of there around 720 B.C., never to return until the last days. The two tribes that had been brought back from Babylonian captivity, and were there in the time of Christ and the apostles, were taken out of there in 69 A.D., when the Romans attacked the city, defeated the Jewish military, killed a lot of them and carried the rest away into different areas of the Roman world and sold them into slavery. The poor Jewish people were left to wander from one area of the earth to another for all those centuries that followed. Regardless of all that has happened to that race of people, I am fully persuaded that all of what is written in these scriptures concerning them in the last days, is going to be fulfilled exactly as it is written. God has promised in His word, that He will bring them back and will do better with them at the end, than He did at their beginning, so knowing what God has promised, how can we not expect Israel to make their move toward the fulfillment of those prophecies in the very near future? They will not be doing what they do with the thought of fulfilling prophecy: Circumstances and pressure against them will set the whole thing in motion. God knows exactly how He is going to bring it all to the forefront.


WATCHING GOD FULFILL HIS WORD


Let us just see what all of this which we read here in the scriptures adds up to. It starts with Jerusalem being a cup of trembling, but what is the end result? Here is the objective: It is to deny the Arabs of something they feel like they should have, because they will no longer have old Jerusalem to look to and argue about. They will no longer be able to argue and even boast that Jerusalem will be the capital of the Palestinian state they plan to have. Most of what is going on right now, is a result of world leaders planning and demanding things that are completely contrary to what Gods word teaches us to look for. They want to divide the world and the resources of the world, and create a utopia of their own planning, but God is not going to allow them to fulfill their great plans for the 21st century. I am so glad the 21st century belongs to God. All the world leaders have their own ideas, but in the final outcome their ideas will have nothing to do with it. Regardless of what world leaders may want to do, God is greater than all of their ideas and He will do what He purposed before the foundation of the world, to do in this 21st Century. What He allows to be done, has to be done this way in order for modern mankind to be able to recognize God in the outcome. I will just say, in the light of all the modern technology the world has in weaponry, Their inability to defeat a small nation, (Israel) with their God running the show, is what is going to turn the world upside down. This is what is going to shake nations and cause millions of people to realize there is a God after all. I will not read all of this chapter, but I will touch the high points to give you a profile of the picture the world will see one day soon. When this great war is over, the world will see things much differently. How long will it last? Naturally we do not know, but I will answer like this, It will just be a matter of weeks, not years. When God gets in this war, remember, He is doing it to show the nations, I have returned to Israel. He is doing it also, to wake up the Jewish people. As I said this morning, I have been there more than once and know there are thousands of young Jewish people, and especially college age young people, that do not know whether to believe in the God of their ancestors, or not. I would have to say, and I do not mean to be derogatory, It is a shame for the devil to have robbed them of the knowledge of their true God. After all, it is their book that we get our hope from. Gentiles, Hear me, This is not our book. No Gentile ever wrote one verse of scripture in it. It was all written by Jewish prophets and apostles. We have just borrowed it, and been allowed to be the keepers of it, and by the faith God imparted to us, and the grace and mercy of God, we are able to reach out with that faith and accept the promises God had written in it, even those He made to Abraham when He came from the land of Mesopotamia and was coming into the land of Canaan. When God promised He would give him all that land, He then told him, In thee, and thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. Naturally Abraham did not know what all that meant when God made the promise, but we can see today, that we are children of Abraham, not genetically of course, but we are children of Abraham by faith. I am thankful to God for that. As for the city of Jerusalem mentioned in the great prophecy in the 49th chapter of Isaiah, we have to realize, God is never going to allow the Arabs to completely possess it: It goes with the heritage Abraham passed on. Certain verses when you read them, show how the land speaks, and Mt. Zion is the place that Jerusalem is built on. Mt. Zion, that has been absent for hundreds of years of the Jewish people walking on its streets and living in its buildings, begins to speak, and you can see why the land begins to speak out. The prophecy is speaking on behalf of where Jerusalem exists, but in order not to make the subject boring, I am just going to highlight certain verses. This particular miracle war has been accomplished. The Jewish people will immediately know what to do, because when this goes out to many other Jews that are still out there in dispersion in other nations, it wakes them up to the point that they will say, I want to go there myself: I want to immigrate back to Israel. I will say this, It is not just any Jew, even though He is of the tribe of Judah, that is going to have that opportunity. The city of Jerusalem, as it was captured by King David, basically, through the years that followed that victory for him, it gradually became populated by those Jews related to King David. This is why, after King David’s victory, the city, in latter years, became known as the city of David. It meant that it was relatives, cousins, and such, all of the household of King David living there. We Gentiles do not keep genealogical books, but the Jews do. Hundreds and thousands of Jews know exactly what tribe they belong to. They have made it their business to keep those things up to date. When you read in Chronicles, it shows you how they looked at the genealogical side way back during the B.C. period. These Jews are going to say, I want to go there and live in Jerusalem. This war is basically to give Jerusalem back to the Jews, because it is their sovereign right to hold it, and to possess it. Also, it gives them the right to take back all of their promised land. That is why I say, everything that God promised Abraham, they will take, and the world cannot stand in the way. Let us hear now, as the land speaks. The land where Jerusalem is built begins to speak out. I am going to start in the 11th verse. “And I will make all my mountains a way.” In this you read mountains, you are talking about a particular kingdom, which means wherever there is still Jews settled in certain nations, and they have not all left, God said, I will make all my mountains a way, “and my highways shall be exalted.” Keep in mind, that this is figurative language. God is not going to build highways just to get the dispersed Jews to come home. You have got to see the figurative language used. No matter whether it is Syria, Iraq, or what nation that has bottled up the Jews, refusing to let them leave and go back to Israel, God says He is going to break down all governmental barriers, because the world has been made to realize, there is a God of Israel after all. All through this Bible, we are going to see how God looks upon the nation after this victorious war, and what God is going to do to that nation that will not minister to the restoration and rebuilding of Israel. “Behold, these shall come from far: and, lo, these from the north and from the west; and these from the land of Sinim.” According to the translators, this land of Sinim is China. That lets us know there is a possibility, that there are still a few of the ancient seed of the Israelites still living in this oriental country. The 13th verse says, “Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth: and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the Lord hath comforted His people, (He has given them victory, so now they know He is with them and they do not need to fear any more. They are assured that God is going to lift other things from them.) and will have mercy upon His afflicted. (Now right here is where the land itself speaks.) “But Zion said, The Lord hath forsaken me, (Think of it, For two thousand years Jewish people have been denied the right to live there in their own land in a collective sense.) and my Lord hath forgotten me. (That is what the land says, but the Lord replies back,) Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.” He is looking right at that spot on Mt. Zion, the spot of ground where the old city of Jerusalem is. If we read it right, God is saying, Take a look, and watch what comes next. Listen to what follows this. He says, “Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.” Notice now, He is promising the land something, and this promise has been laying here for hundreds and hundreds of years. Little attention has been directed to it, but now you and I are living in a generation that is going to see it fulfilled right before our very eyes. I am going to say this, It is not twenty years off. I am going to say also, that things have developed to a point where this thing could start being fulfilled even in the next few months. “Thy children shall make haste.” Now I want to say this to any Jewish reader, We hear a lot of political collaboration going on by Yasser Arafat and others, how he threatens the Israelites, that if they do not allow them to have old Jerusalem as their capital, they will give them another intifadah. Which means, another war, or much trouble. I want to say for the sake of the Jewish reader, I know you live over there and see all those Arabs all around you, and you know first hand what they have in mind. They have made their boasts about what is ahead if they do not get what they want. Well, when we read from the prophecy of Zephaniah, in chapter 2, when this war comes about, which is a miraculous thing, God accomplishes something else: Not only does Israel take back the land of Jordan, but God says, I will destroy, or I will famish all the gods of the earth, in that day. What is He going to do that for? To the Jewish believer I want to ask, If you were to go to Saudi Arabia today and ask their king, Would he give a contribution for the rebuilding of the Jewish temple? What kind of answer do you suppose you would get? They would refuse you and run you off. Suppose you were to go there today and make a speech, asking the political side of Saudi Arabia, Don’t you think you rich Arabs ought to open your heart’s of compassion and give the Jewish people something toward the rebuilding of their temple, what do you think their answer would be? They would tell you real quick, No. Why? Because they are all under that Islam spirit. We know this, the Mosque of Omar, which is a big Islamic temple, sits right on the spot where the Jewish sacrificial altar is to be rebuilt. I have heard Gentile preachers preaching on prophecy, say that the antichrist will give the Jews an opportunity to build their temple, by signing a covenant of peace. That is a totally misconstrued statement, because, nowhere in the Bible do we find that the antichrist agrees to let Israel build their temple. You are going to see later on, when we get these scriptures together, that all of their predictions are wrong. God is going to cause Israel to gain the victory over all this area, by destroying their Islam religion first of all, and it will not take forty years for that to happen. It will be more like a few days. When the conflict is over, those Arabs left alive are going to come screaming, begging, pleading with the Israelites, We want to worship your God: We know He is the God we should worship. Keep that in your mind as we read on right here: The land is still talking. “Thy children shall make haste; (To the Jews, those Arabs that walk the streets, rubbing shoulders with you, and you knowing in your heart that they threaten you now, that will all be over.) thy destroyers and they that made thee waste shall go forth of thee.” Right now the Palestinian Arabs have no intention of leaving that land. They want just the opposite. If anything, they would insist that the Jews leave, but what the end results of this will be, God already knows: He knew a long time ago, even before the foundation of the world. That is why the prophet put it in here, that thy destroyers, they that made thee waste, those that have made your land look like a slum shall go forth of thee. The Arabs have let the land grow up and become a desolate, untilled, and just plain un-cared-for land. They set around smoking their Turkish tobacco, baking their bread in open ovens on the street, and expect the world to side with them against the Jewish people, and a lot of them do. You see street vendors with their little carts, a lifestyle that goes back hundreds of years. Then, here comes a car, right along with the burros and everything else. You have the twentieth century, you have the B.C. centuries, both running parallel. It speaks this twice in this prophecy. Any time you see within the structure of a prophecy, the objective mentioned more than once, rest assured that prophecy will stand out in the forefront. There is not a man that can read it, if he is in the generation that it is to be fulfilled, without seeing precisely, why God wanted it mentioned twice. Notice the wording as we read on. “Lift up thine eyes round about, and behold: all these gather themselves together, and come to thee. (Who is this coming? It is Jews. Coming to do what? To immigrate to the city of Jerusalem.) As I live, saith the Lord, thou shalt surely clothe thee (He is speaking to the mountain, the land right where Jerusalem is, thou shalt clothe thee, or thyself.) with them all, (That speaks only of the Jewish people.) as with an ornament, and bind them on thee, as a bride doeth.” In other words, when the city of Jerusalem has been reclaimed, and only the Jews live there and fill her habitation, God is going to take great pride in how that city, from that moment on, begins to look. The Jews will also, because there is something that is going to come upon them that will cause them to. “For thy waste and thy desolate places, and the land of thy destruction, shall even now be too narrow (too crowded) by reason of the inhabitants, and they that swallowed thee up shall be far away.” There, it is the second mention. That lets us know there is no compromise in the mind of God about this. No. The Arabs are not going to be able to negotiate and say, Well, we won’t cause any more problems. No. They are all going to have to leave, because this is going to be restored to be a city dedicated to Jehovah. “The children which thou shalt have, after thou hast lost the other, (meaning those in B.C. times) shall say again in thine ears, The place is too strait (too crowded) for me: give place to me that I may dwell. 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?” God knows exactly where every Jew is, that belongs to the lineage of the house of David. Keep in mind, the house of David is out of the tribe of Judah. But the tribe of Judah is settled mainly in the rural areas of the territory of Judah. With this in mind, this conflict, this miraculous war, will have accomplished the reclaiming of Jerusalem as the Jews’ capital, and the Jews will immediately begin, from the ends of the earth, those that belong to King David’s line, to immigrate back there. They will come in numbers so great, it will be hard for the administrators to be able to look the situation over, to delegate and divide the territories and prepare for the building of housing and such, for the Jewish immigrants that are coming there from the nations of the world. Also, we will read here in a few minutes, that the city is not going to be left in an old run down, desolate, poverty looking condition. Immediately, the Jews will want to start dressing it up. I want to say this to the Jewish reader, That miraculous war is over when this takes place. The reason it is a miraculous war, is because God shows Himself as the God of the Jews, and that He has returned to them, to show favor to them.


HOW GOD’S POWER CHANGES MAN’S WAYS


Let us go now, to the 60th chapter of Isaiah. Here is where we begin to see the affect of this miraculous war, what all is going on and what it leads to. This miraculous war that God is going to bring about in the Middle East is going to change a lot of thinking right here in the United States. That is why I would like to be standing somewhere, looking over the shoulders of some of the professors, deans, and presidents of our colleges, when they have seen some of the display of the power of God, and they can no longer deny God, nor hide themselves from the reality He has caused them to come face to face with. I would like to tap some of them on the shoulder and ask, What do you think of God now? Is He still just a myth to your thinking? That was the work of God, the God you have been teaching your students, that does not exist. That is the God you have said, was only a myth. That is the fulfillment of a book you said was nothing but fantasy and fiction. It is definitely not fiction. God is going to do exactly what the Bible says He will do. Why? To touch the heart of an element of young people that are walking right now, on the face of this earth, both in this part of the world, as well as in other parts also. This is one way God has, to turn their mind’s around. I have to believe we are going to see all kinds of chaotic and out of the ordinary incidents take place. It will not come from people seventy years old: It comes from little kids, that, all they have ever seen and heard connected with terror, tear it up, scare them, have a good time at the other person’s expense. It would not have to be that way. It is because of gross darkness on the people. You cannot call it anything else but darkness. When I speak of Gentiles, that is what we are. I am speaking on behalf of Gentile nations. I am not talking about the Christian Bride of Christ. How many understand that? I am speaking of the Gentile world of people at large. “And the Gentiles shall come to thy light.” I have to say to those that preach the United Nations and New World Order stuff. There is nothing in the New World Order agenda that will even allow anything like this to be fulfilled. Not in our day. That is why I have to say. If they would read Zechariah 12, exactly as it is written, God said, In that day, that is when God is going to take that U.N. body and deal with it. In one place it says He will break them to pieces, and in another it says He will cut them to pieces, though all the world be gathered together against Jerusalem. That is the diplomatic negotiating process. “And kings to the brightness of thy rising.” That is the restoration of the nation of Israel. “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. 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, (This is not talking about spiritual conversion. This is talking about material substance of various descriptions that is going to be literally turned from its original commercial purpose, and sent to Israel for the rebuilding of Jerusalem, the temple, and whatever the Israeli people need it for in that up and coming future which is just a short time ahead.) the forces (This is not military forces, this is talking about material substance.) of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.” Now let us see ,when this has been fulfilled, where the Arab, Islamic god is? It tells us right here, or at least we should be smart enough to know what we have read. As we go into the 6th verse, “The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; (That is Saudi Arabia.) all they from Sheba (That is still Arabia.) shall come: they shall bring gold and incense; and they shall show forth the praises of the Lord.” Where are they bringing it to? They are bringing it to Jerusalem. Can you get it from them right now? No. But I have to say to the Jewish reader, Your own Bible tells you the future. This is not some political gimmick. This is reality. It is going to be such a fulfillment that it is going to bring great joy to many people, and there is going to be people from one end of this earth to the other, made to realize that there is no god like the God of Israel. Now let us see what happens next. “All the flocks of Kedar (This is one of the sons of Abraham by Keturah, Abraham’s second wife.) shall be gathered together unto thee, the rams of Nebaioth (That is another son.) shall minister unto thee: (Right now, Israel has no animal breeding program within the whole agricultural output, but here it shows us, that when this great and glorious event does unfold, what takes place is going to set in motion immediately, what the Jewish people that are religious minded will purpose to do, so they are going to immediately say, Let us start offering sacrifice. Well they have to have an altar. That is the first thing they will need. Then, since there is no animal breeding program to start producing this large number of animals for sacrifice, something else has to happen: They have to have access to the animals they will need. God, beforehand, has already spoken, that out of the land which is now alien, anti Jew, they are going to turn and say, Here, you can have my sheep. I know this sounds preposterous, but just mark it down and wait. I have been asked, Bro. Jackson, do you think the temple will be built before the Millennium? Of course it will: It is not going to be built during the Millennium. It will already be built, and the Bible says very clearly that it will. The only thing is, it is spoken in a way that you have to read all these scriptures that put the picture together. There is no need of this Gentile church of tradition, thinking that the temple will suddenly drop out of heaven. No. That is not how it comes into view. Let us finish reading this scripture: What does this gold go to? It goes to decorate, or to beautify the house of God. As He speaks here of the various nations that will contribute the animals, notice how it is worded. “they shall come up with acceptance on mine altar, and I (This is the Lord speaking.) will glorify the house of my glory.” What is He talking about. The temple of course. That is what that gold is coming out of Saudi Arabia for. The 8th verse says this, “Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows?” Can you not see giant airplanes here, like the Berlin airlift when the Russians had said, We will starve east Germany, Berlin, into submission? I have an article about that. The planes they had then, were not like the ones we have now. Think of it: I have to say, When this miraculous thing is fulfilled, everything is going to come together so speedily, so very quickly that it is hard to imagine, because these scriptures show that God has put His approval on it. These nations that have the facilities, and the means of material substance that the Jews can use, airplanes of giant sizes, will take this substance and fly everything there to them, everything that they can possibly fly. It will be just like the time when the Berlin airlift was going on. They kept it going around the clock. The 9th verse, says, “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.” God is going to put into the Jewish peoples’ hearts, such a great joy of knowing that God has returned to them in favor. He is not only doing that for them, but He is also putting upon the hearts of Gentile people in various nations around the globe, to want to do everything they can to contribute something to the reconstruction, the beautifying of this land. Why? Because they are getting ready for the coming of their Messiah. With that in mind, let us continue on. The 10th verse, says, “And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls.” What does this mean, sons of strangers? I want to look at it from a political standpoint. We know this, Israel through ancient times, had international, political relationships with certain nations in the old world. In this day and hour though, we have to realize that the world powers in general, look upon Israel in an altogether different way. The nation of Israel, yes, by certain reasons, they have always carried on since WW2, certain diplomatic relationships with certain western nations, but this tells us here, not the sons of friendly nations, but the sons of strangers, those that have never had political relationships of communication, or the transaction of trade, are the ones that respond. When it says the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, you need to realize, that when we read the story of how King Solomon built the old temple in 1000 B.C., it was not all Jews that worked on that project. When they conversed with the king of Lebanon, some of the best stone masons of that time, came from the Lebanese people. Throughout the countries round about that area, there were people that came, donated, contributed their expertise, whatever their trade was. That is how that temple went together. From cedar, from oak, from stone, it was not brought on the temple grounds and cut, hewed and polished: it was all brought to certain areas where the material was gathered. There is where the stones were polished and finished. According to the architects, they knew where each particular stone was marked to go in this construction. Therefore when the hour came for the temple to be built, the Bible says there was not the sound of a saw or a hammer heard. They brought the material, the substance, as they put the stones in place, then the cedar beams in place, it was already a finished product. But looking at this same thing in this day of modern equipment, and the way they can take stone, and iron, I can see there will be an era that from the various nations of the earth that have been startled, shaken, they are going to say, We want to contribute certain materials that we have, to this great cause. The temple that is going to be built then, is not a temple just for the Jews alone, it is the temple that the Lord is going to rule the earth from for one thousand years. It plainly tells you in the 14th chapter of Zechariah, That all nations, once each year, shall go to Zion and Jerusalem. To do what? To worship the Lord of hosts. Notice, as we continue on, “And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings (their political leaders) 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 (Notice this.) the forces (material things) of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought.” None of this sounds like the U.N. has anything to do with it, does it? Can you see the U.N. in this? No. “For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.” Bankrupt, to be exactly accurate. I have to say, Right here (chart) is the week of Daniel. It is the last seven years of this whole seventy week period. In the first part, (3 ½ years) is where the two prophets will appear. In the last half is where the antichrist sits himself up as GOD. Keep in mind though, This great, miraculous thing with Israel takes place before this week starts. According to the yardstick of Hosea 6:2, that should terminate, meaning the yardstick, the end of it, around 2004 ½.


A NEW DAY BEGINS


Somewhere right in here, (pointing to chart, before the week starts) is where this miraculous thing with Israel begins to unfold. It lets you know the city of Jerusalem and the Jewish temple will, by the time this week starts, be in the process of being rebuilt. That is why, when John was given a reed like unto a rod, reading in the 11th chapter of Revelation, and told to measure the altar and the temple and them that worship therein, but the outer court leave out, for it is given unto the Gentiles. Forty two months shall they tread the city under foot. That is talking about the last half of the week. This reconstruction, rebuilding, beautifying, gets under way just shortly before the week starts. The week starts when the antichrist has signed his covenant of peace, and when the middle of the week comes, that is where everything is shut down. Basically the temple has been finished. If you can understand now, somewhere in this little era here just before the week starts, this great and glorious era of the miraculous, the display of God on behalf of the Jewish people takes place, which shows that God is getting the Jewish people ready for the great visitation of their prophets. Certain nations will be contributing certain types of materials. God is not coming down the street with the Salvation Army, pushing a wheel barrow and carrying a red bucket. No. God is putting it in the hearts of politicians and leaders of that hour, to contribute to the work, because they have already seen the display of God, and that is why they are responding accordingly. I can see some of the young students in the Orients, students that have been raised under Hinduism, Buddhism and whatever. Now they are in college, studying engineering and becoming knowledgeable about building. I can see these young men when they see that miraculous thing take place in the Middle East, because they have to compare that with their god of Hinduism or Buddhism, make some surprising decisions. I can see some of these young men as they say, I am convinced there is no god like the God of the Jews. They are going to say, I want to go there and contribute at least six months of my profession to their work. Why? Because God will lay it upon their hearts to want to do it. This is not a welfare work exhibition. No. This is people that have seen something, and they have heard something; and it has a strange affect on them. It has affected their hearts. That is why the sons of strangers will volunteer, Let me go there and contribute. I know, when the Six Day War was going on, right here in the United States as well as in Canada, there were Jewish people of certain types of professional occupation, that left their jobs for that very same reason. They said, I want to volunteer my services to my country, and to my people. They did just that. Think of it, this time it will be on a larger scale. Sons of strangers will come and help built up thy walls. The nation that will not serve thee, that lets us know there is going to be a world wide feeling begin to move out there, as the world begins to see Israel is rebuilding, renovating, and beautifying. The 13th verse, “The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir tree, (At a ten thousand feet elevation, in the northern mountains of Lebanon, is a cedar forest. They claim the cedars there are five thousand years old. There, is the remnant of the giant forest of cedars that existed in the days of King Solomon. It is a known fact, that for the cedars of Lebanon, there was a great trade, because this cedarwood was so much in demand. The cabins of maritime ships were finished with this cedarwood from Lebanon. A few years back, these cedars were perishing so fast, that finally the government stepped in and said they would keep a certain acreage in reserve. That is the remnant of her glory of bygone days. I have to say, The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir tree,) the pine tree, and the box together, (What for?) to beautify the place of my sanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet glorious.” It is going to be the most beautiful building in all the known world. “The sons also of them that afflicted thee (Let’s see what happens,) shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; (God will make them come and say, We are sorry that we defamed your name.)  and they shall call thee, The city of the Lord, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel. Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations. Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, (This is another figurative language, which means this, all over the world these wealthy business executives will be touched. This is a language that says to us, that when God puts it upon their heart, they are going to begin to say, I am dedicating a billion to this cause.) and shalt suck the breast of kings: and thou shalt know that I the Lord am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.” I realize there are a lot of educated Gentiles today that could read this and say, Oh this is all fantasy. Stick around and see. We know there is as much money here today as there ever was, it is just that a lot of it is in the wrong hands, and it got there the wrong way. Watch this. “For brass I will bring gold, (This means that whatever you read about the material King Solomon put in his temple, whether it was a door knob or what, in this future temple, He will exchange it for something of greater value and beauty.) and for iron I will bring silver, and for wood brass, and for stones iron: I will also make thy officers peace, and thine exactors righteousness. Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders.” You can finish reading the rest of it. You are seeing Jerusalem going through, in a few short months of time, one of the most beautiful, uplifting, and renovating tasks as all this takes place, because the Jews, after seeing God’s hand on their behalf in this miraculous war, to give them back all of their land, and to give them back their city, with no strings attached, they cannot help but put their whole heart into this project, because they will know they are getting it ready for the coming of their Messiah. With this in mind, we know this is how God prepares the hearts of a lot of Gentiles, so that they will want to contribute, and distribute their substance. I can see construction men that operate large companies here in the United States or Canada that will say, I am shutting down for a short period of time and we are going to Israel. We are going to get in on this great thing that is taking place there. You might not think it, but I have to say this, As we have been privileged different times to go there on tours, we have had guides tell us various things that fit right into this picture. One time, when we stood where old fort Megiddo originally stood, we were looking over into the Jezreel valley. As you see that, you see on a small scale the level land, like you would see in Iowa or Nebraska. It was the breadbasket of northern Israel in ancient times. When the ten tribes were taken out of there, hundreds and hundreds of years ago, God said the land would become desolate. It would rest. There was a time when parts of that land became a huge swamp. Crocodiles infested it. Naturally when the Jews began to go back there, many went back with western technology they had become familiar with. You and I know, that no Jew is a farmer in the United States or Canada. Nevertheless, as he travels from place to place he cannot help but see it, because many times the produce he buys, he has seen it as it has been produced by western agricultural technology. With this in mind, as he looked out over the that valley where they were planting citrus, planting grain, barley, wheat and such, just as they did in ancient times, his mind was thinking back. A tour group was there from Texas one time; and one man on the tour, as he looked out over the valley, said to his guide, That land looks like it would grow cotton. He was asked, Why do you say that? I can tell by the looks of the land, that it has the potential to grow a tremendous amount of cotton. In fact, I would like to take a sample of it back home and get it tested. Through his guide, he contacted the Israeli department that would allow him to take a sample of this dirt home to Texas. He did; and he planted some seed in it. A few months later he contacted the agricultural department of Israel and said, That land in the Jezreel valley is ideal for growing a tremendous crop of cotton. At the time we were there, we could see off in the distance, huge piles of baled cotton. The guide told us they had harvested the crop. It is baled, waiting to be shipped. He said, in fact we are now a competitor in cotton production, because Egypt was the sole producer of cotton in other eras. Now they are competing against Israel for the cotton market. I am saying that to show you that Israel, as the Jews come home, gain much, because they are coming from various nations where they have picked up here and there, certain technological things they can put in practice in their home land. In this same valley, parts of it was covered with swamps. Other Jews coming from the areas of Australia, fell upon the idea to drain the land by cutting irrigation ditches, and then planting the eucalyptus tree. In Australia, they use the eucalyptus tree because it has the largest, and the deepest penetrating tap root of any tree. They set them in rows, there in those swamps; and today there is no more swamps. They are all dry. All that land has been reclaimed, after laying hundreds and hundreds of years, desolate, just ruined wasteland. So if technology that has been learned from various nations where they have come from, has been used before, can you not see, when the time comes for this city to take on a beautification project, how it is not going to be done just by the Jewish people. It is because of what God does to restore the Jewish people, and lets His glory be seen resting upon them, and the raising of them back to preeminence and attention, that cannot help but spread throughout the world. It is going to touch the hearts of many people. Some of those people are going to be persuaded to be a part of what is taking place, so they will say, I want to contribute and have a little part in this: I am going to Israel and help them. There will be more than just a few that will feel like that. Next, the Lord willing, we will deal with Ezekiel 38 and 39, as we continue on in this series.


Preached 9-27-98 AM


This is turning into quite a lengthy subject, but there are yet quite a few points we need to cover while we are dealing with it. I am doing my best, by the grace of God, to present these prophecies in a way that will be meaningful to everyone and I pray that somewhere, if the videos were to be given to some Jewish people, that they will listen to this with an interest, because the time is fast approaching when all that the prophets prophesied, is going to be fulfilled. The world is very tense right now, and they do not realize it. We have so much of the world today that do not believe in anything pertaining to a Creator, but the day is fast approaching when a lot of them will change their mind. I have to believe the time is very near, that everyone must examine themselves and ask, What do I believe? Time is too short for anyone just to nonchalantly drift along. We must be about the task of preparing to meet the Lord. Therefore in the light of what we want to establish in your minds, let us open our Bibles to Ezekiel 38, at this time and pay attention to every point that is made. This is the last prophecy in the category of prophecies we are using throughout this series of messages. I want to say to any Jewish person that may come in contact with this message, These scriptures we have referred to in the past two weeks as we have dealt with this message, have been in the Bible, (a Jewish book) for hundreds and hundreds of years. I know that from the standpoint of a Jewish person, they might have a little reservation as to why they would even take time to listen to a Gentile like me. However I want them to know, I recognize and appreciate them, as the people God chose hundreds and hundreds of years ago, to be a particular race of people, through the seed of Abraham, that He could exemplify His will and purpose through. Abraham and his seed have been in the plan of God right on through the ages. If it had not been for the call of Abraham and the Jewish race springing from his loins, we might all be pagans even yet today. I am thankful to God for a book like this. However there was a time in my life that I did not want to get too close to the Bible: I thought it would make you crazy. Now I say, No, it is not going to make you crazy, but there is something about this book called the Bible, which is the word of God, if you will allow it to, it will set your soul on fire. The spirit of God Himself, the great Creator of all things, the very object of worship, the invisible being that He is, can cause this book to speak to your heart. When I say that, we have a lot of intellectual people in the modern world, that would sort of look down on that, because they think God is some historical figure and not a God that can still deal with mankind. My purpose in this message, is to try to assure you as Gentiles or Jews, that there are things getting ready to unfold in the world at large, basically the Middle East though, that are going to shock and shake the mass of humanity that lives on the planet. It is one of God’s ways of making Himself known here in a time like this, when modern man is doing his level best to remove from the minds of mortal creatures the very existence of a true God. Many have turned this book into a book of mythology, and claim that it is written with such language and terms, that no one can interpret it. I just want to say this, Mortal men, by the inspiration of God, wrote it; and it is to be understood by those who love truth. There will be a few mortal men on the face of this earth in these last days, both among the Gentiles and the Jewish people, as God closes out this era of time for mankind, that He can use to present the true revelation of what is written in His book, because He will have dealt with them for the time at hand. They will instruct true believers concerning the time we are living in while all the others go their merry way.


CHAPTERS 38 & 39 OF EZEKIEL


We have heard much from the realm of Gentile so-called Christianity, concerning the chapters of Ezekiel 38 and 39, and many of them are great doctors of divinity that like to specialize in how much they know about prophecy, but very few of them ever get an accurate picture of what is contained therein. Most of them call it Armageddon. I am thankful to God for something that He has caused me to dwell on this week in my meditations, because there are three things in the readings of these chapters, that prove beyond any shadow of a doubt that this cannot possibly be Armageddon. The three things are as follows, If it is Armageddon, how come Ezekiel comes into the land only when the Jewish nation is at peace and dwelling safely in their own land? When Armageddon comes, at the end of this period (the last half of the week of Daniel) right here, those in the land of Israel are sure not going to be dwelling in peace. Armageddon closes out that era of time for mankind, and the spiritual Jews will not even be in their land when it happens. Think of it; Ezekiel 39:29 says God has done this, that He might make Himself known to Israel, and that He might be sanctified in the eyes of Gog, of the land of Magog. We must look at that in this way, because in the 29th verse, God says He has poured out His Spirit of grace. I want you to know there is no Holy Spirit pouring out on anybody, when Armageddon is being fought, and neither will there be any pouring out of His Spirit of grace after it is over. That pouring out, comes right here in the first half of the 70th week of Daniel’s seventy weeks prophecy. Keep that in mind as we go on; that this Ezekiel 38 war is coming when Israel dwells safely in their land. Dwells safely with who? With her Arab counterpart. I was handed a newspaper clipping a while ago, in which Netanyahu has made some statements, so I may read some statements from that, later on in the message. The world is getting nervous over this Mideast problem. The United Nations and our president, none of which know a bit more about what is going on in the Middle East than a rabbit fleeing from a dog, are begging Israel, pleading with Israel, to be willing to give up land for peace. That is a United Nations agenda. They want to be able to dictate the terms as to how they shape this earth and nations and peoples of it for the 21st century. The 21st century belongs to God. When God’s word says He will bring Israel back into their land in the latter days, and He would establish them according to their former estates, (or boundaries) that is the only nation that the Bible speaks of that God would deal with in that manner. If that be true, and we know it is, then it would behoove us to realize that whatever the United Nations, in all of their political agenda, proposes to do, God has allowed them to say these things, because to a lot of people, millions of people will go for the decoy. It doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or an American Gentile, if you cannot believe that the Bible is the infallible word of God, and what it says is true, and that it will outweigh anything the United Nations even dares to do, you are on shaky ground. Therefore with this thought in mind, Ezekiel 38 and 39 shows us, that there is only one place in the time factor that this war can fit in. When we started this message we referred to Hosea 6:1-3. That prophecy was written seven hundred and eighty some years before the advent of Christ. It was written before what Daniel has written pertaining to the two tribes that went back out of Babylonian captivity to rebuild the city of Jerusalem and get it ready for the coming of their Messiah the Prince. That is why, when you see all these figures (chart) this is taking that first 69 weeks which started here on that blue line, and carries straight through to this red line. That red line points to the birth of Christ. We know that His life span was about 33 ½ years, so when you take 33 ½ years and multiply that into days, when you come to 33 A.D. that is when the histories and certain scientists have proved that Christ was crucified. He was crucified exactly at the end of this number of days 173,880. Therefore when we take this and move it back, we can see from the decree to the death of King Herod, here is the number of days. When we subtract it from that, we can find this, that between the birth of Christ and the death of King Herod, there was two years and eighty nine days in the gap. Let us compare that to the scriptures. When the wise men came to Jerusalem and they inquired to speak to King Herod, what did they ask him? Where is He that is born King of the Jews? Then Herod had to confer with some of the wise men. They came the next morning and told him. Then Herod inquired from the wise men, about how long ago did this star appear to you? Evidently they gave him the proximity of two years, because of what his decree spoke of. In other words, Go to Bethlehem and kill every male child from two years old and under. How many catch that? Now if this time factor was given to the two tribes, when they left Babylon to come back and build the city, the walls, and everything through troublous times, that takes you through the times of the Maccabees, so we must look at this from a simple standpoint. Why is God so graphic with this? Some Gentile theologians have said, Well we don’t know whether these times are symbolic or not. If we don’t know whether they are symbolic or otherwise, I have to say that God is playing a trick on people. Well I say God has foreseen an element of people He has purposed to show mercy to; and by putting things in His written word, when the time comes for it to be fulfilled, there is going to be a people that God will make Himself known to. My point in saying that is this, Had all those Jews that left Babylon and came back to Jerusalem, in all those troubled eras of time, the times of the Maccabees and so forth, understood what Daniel wrote, especially those rabbis, they should have been able, if they would have studied that prophecy of Daniel and kept it in front of them all the time, and used it for their yardstick, to figure the approximate time for the arrival of their Messiah. They should have been able to tell within a ten year period, and begin to talk among themselves, Gentlemen: we must get ready because according to the prophet Daniel, our Messiah should be born not too long from now. But look at the religious picture in that period of time. When He was born in Bethlehem of Judaea, who did He really make Himself known to? To the well educated theologians at Jerusalem? No. God chose some sheep herders to make this great event known to. That was a sad picture back then, and we have the same picture today among the Gentile Christians. They are so full of theology, they cannot see one thing of reality. My point in saying those things is this, If all this was true to the point, then so will the other prophecies be true to the point. Therefore when we read Hosea 6:1-3, the two days are two thousand years, not calendar time, but prophetic time. It is two dispensational days of a thousand prophetic years each. If that is real, this is real. We know this, according to Hosea 6:2, which says after two days He will revive us. Ezekiel 39, speaks of this revival by the pouring out of the spirit of grace. Zechariah also speaks of this revival, because after Israel is used to accomplish this great, miraculous war, God uses that to set the stage for Israel to start their work in Jerusalem. Then it says in the 10th verse, and He will pour out upon Jerusalem, the spirit of grace. Where does Revelation 11:1-6 tell us this will take place? It says He will give His prophets power and anoint them, and they will prophesy in the streets of Jerusalem for a thousand, two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth as they prophesy. When you compare that with the 7th chapter of Revelation, it plainly tells you the first thing, that He will seal 144,000 servants of God from the twelve tribes of Israel, all men. Because they have a specific job to do in the last half of the week, during the great tribulation period. They are not the only Jews that are going to be sealed with the Spirit of God during that time: When you go to the 12th chapter of Revelation, you see the nation represented in young and old, men and women, and all such, that have also received this revelation; and they are referred to as the woman. That is why it says right there in the 12th chapter, that He has given this woman two wings of an eagle. What does that signify? He has given them the prophets messages through the ministry of the two prophets that prophesy in the first half of the week. When the middle of that week comes, and the antichrist comes in and breaks this covenant and sets up that period of time of the great tribulation and such like, the Bible will tell us in the 12th chapter, that the woman flees into the wilderness where she hath, past tense, a place prepared there by God, for her to be protected and taken care of. That lets us know there is going to be an element of spiritual Jews flee that land. Why? Because the next three and one half years are going to be the darkest, most troubled time that has ever been. Let us look at these scriptures and see how they begin to line up. I would like for us to turn to the 38th chapter of Ezekiel at this time, because it is one of the most misunderstood prophecies in the Bible.


GOG OF MAGOG


We have tried to put every prophetic scripture in the lineup, as I felt God had showed me in that dream. This is the last mentioning of a miracle. The other scriptures all deal with a great miracle of how God will begin, somewhere in the few short months ahead, to set the stage, to change the picture in the Middle East, and begin to bring the prophetic picture into fulfillment. It will take a miracle for Israel to be able to accomplish what is written about her in these prophecies. As long as you listen to these earthly politicians, regardless of what color they are, what nation they represent, or whatever, all of their ideas are just so much junk, as far as what Israel will do in the last days. There have been politicians down through the centuries of time, that have always had their plans, and they have had their ideas about many things they knew nothing whatsoever about. They have tried to put forth their ideas in their time, but when the time comes for God to be seen and recognized, He can change, disrupt, tear down, throw away, any and all of man’s plans he has tried to put together. Let us read this very prayerfully and ask God to reveal the picture to us. Think of it, this prophecy came into existence almost six hundred years before the advent of Christ, but the way it is written, it takes you right through the span of time. “And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, set thy face against Gog, (The word Gog is referring to the king, or the ruler of Russia) the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against Him. And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold I am against thee O Gog, (whether it is Yeltsin, or someone else that follows him) the chief prince of Meshech (Moscow) and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, (Notice He puts the end before the proceedings of it.) and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords.” Right at the close of WW2, as the troops of that war began to be discharged and sent home, I can remember we had a lot of radio preachers at that time that were preaching on prophecy, because Russia had been successful in achieving her victory as she began to fight the Germans, and eventually made her way to Berlin. It looked like, at that time, the way the Russians were talking, that Russia in the future, was going to be a nation like a bear, a bully. It looked like for a long time, that Russia was solely bent on mopping the west up, and spreading communism the world over. Naturally that is the way mankind looked at it. Those preachers began to say, Russia is now in one of the largest horse breeding programs that there has ever been. Why? Because it says here, that they are coming on horses. The prophet that penned those words lived in the days when armies moved on horseback, but now it is horse power. Let us look at it in this light. I have a newspaper clipping, showing that the United States has agreed to sell Israel a big package amounting to so many billions of dollars of some of the best fighter planes, fighter bombers. It gives the number. All these planes will be equipped with the ability of low altitude flying and all their fighting facilities will be modernized to the very best. The Gulf War that was fought a few short years ago, proved beyond the shadow of a doubt, no army can come against this kind of weaponry riding on horses. We can say this, An army has got to come generated by some power for mobility, so it is horsepower in our great engines, not horses in flesh. Horsepower is a mechanical term. That is why we term the power of any given vehicle or plane, it generates so much horsepower. Yes saints, it is horsepower, but not the power of fleshly horses. We can look at it that way and get the picture. “And all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields; all of them handling swords.” That is the way the armies of the past fought, so the prophet put it in that terminology. Now he brings in the lineup of those coming against Israel. “Persia, (That is Iran today.) Ethiopia, (That is along the eastern coast of Africa.) and Libya with them; (Libya is on the north coast of Africa, west of Egypt.) all of them with shield and helmet: Gomer, (This lays between Moscow and Turkey.) and all his bands; the house of Togarmah.” That brings you right into Turkey, so keep in mind that all these nations today are Islamic. Sixty percent of southern Russia is composed of Islamic people. That should tell you why Russia will be for the Islamic Arab world. When sixty percent of her citizenry in the south are Islamic people, she has got to lean in favor of them. What we want to see, as we have said in the other messages, is the miraculous era that will start at the time when Israel’s leadership decides they cannot play ball with the Arabs any longer. That will be God’s appointed time. Their cup of abominations against Israel will be full by then. May I say, so that you will get it straight, The Arab people are not Persians, Libyans, Ethiopians and such. Those are all nationalities of people of themselves, but the Arabs are all descendants of Abraham. These are they of Saudi Arabia, the Jordanians, the Palestinians and all those of that relationship, but it does bring in the Syrians because, according to Genesis, Abraham was a Syrian. Egypt is not Arab, but they are overrun with Moslems. They are the descendants of Ham. The Hebrew word for one of Ham’s sons is Mizraim, which means Egypt in English. Why do we want to line Egypt up with Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Syria? Because, when we read Isaiah 11, and Isaiah 19, those are the ones that Israel has to attack. When Israel does it, God has promised Israel this, in Zechariah 12, In that day the governors of Judah shall be like a fire in a pile of wood, and like a torch in a sheaf of grain. It also says in the 19th chapter of Isaiah, In that day He will make Judah, which is the war tribe, or the lion tribe, a terror unto Egypt, insomuch that Egypt, in that hour of time, will be like unto women. He takes away from them their ability to fight. Israel will fight one of these days, and she is not going to have any help. The only help she is going to have is God Himself. Why do I say that? Because God wants to show Israel something, that He does not need a number one or number two power nation to help Him work His will and purpose through Israel. With this in mind then, that war, however long it will last, maybe two, three, or four weeks, God’s power is going to be manifested with Israel, the entire nation, for this strategic purpose as Gentile time runs out. It is time for Him to give her back her former borders, and He is not going to allow her to carry on diplomatically with the United Nations. Another point, Jerusalem is the number one center of attraction, because it means the time has come when God has some people out there that need to inhabit Jerusalem, and they are going to be descendants of King David. Read it in the proper light. It says Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, by who? It is Judaean Jews, but they are of the house of David. That war, when it does end, the Jewish people will have conquered Egypt, conquered Saudi Arabia, and it has conquered the Edomites, the Moabites and the Ammonites, as well as all the land of Jordan. They will sweep through Syria, and all the way to the Euphrates River. Mad man Hussein has a short time left to antagonize other nations. I read a quotation of what Netanyahu said about the United States, the way we handled that situation. Now mad man Hussein turns right around and laughs at us, because he has torn the whole peace process to pieces. He is not going to allow them in anymore, to inspect his biological factories. This goes to show, our nation as a whole, the nation we were born in, the nation that I love, under its present leadership, has sold itself out to the devil. Israel is the only nation in the Middle East that knows how to deal with the Arab world in its present setting the proper way. That is why, when the Bible speaks of that war, it is going to be such a miracle war, that when it is over, the Arab world, I mean the Arabs and those associated in that first setting, such as Egypt, Syria, Jordan and Iraq. Israel will push her borders to their sovereign beginnings. That starts, and shows to the world, that God is with the Jewish nation. With that in mind, they will start beginning to renovate Jerusalem. Then suddenly, out of Saudi Arabia, here comes Arabians, and out of Saudi Arabia is where Mohammad came from. That is where the Islamic religion got its roots. But what has happened? That is why I say the world is going to be shaken and shocked to pieces. When we wake up one morning and Saudi Arabia is ready to kiss the hand of a Jew and say, We want to help you in all of this, you will know the bride is about ready to leave here. When you read Isaiah 60, Israel has started reclaiming, renovating, rebuilding, renewing the old city. why? Because she has to do it to get ready for the coming of her Messiah. We can say this, These two days we have been speaking of will terminate, and that brings us within the proximity between the year 2000 calendar time, and the year 2004. That lets me know this conflict could well start around the year 2000. When Yasser Arafat made his boast in the spring, that in May 1999 he will declare a sovereign Palestinian state with Jerusalem as the capital. Then Madeline Albright is going to the United Nations and try to water the whole thing down. This is why I say world leaders today are playing with a time bomb. But when that starts, it sets the stage and Israel will be moving rapidly towards the week of Daniel. God is the ONE keeping time, so when He sees that it is time, things will start moving toward a conclusion. When the other Islamic countries, like I have just read here, that are not Arabs, yet they are Islamic, so they will come into play. In fact, they are more dominating, more cruel, because the southern part of the Islamics are the Sunnite, and the other is the Shiite. They are militant, mean and cruel. That is why they want a chance to show Israel what they can do. I will say this, Ezekiel 38 and 39 is the last of what is accomplished by whatever it starts. By the time we get to the week of Daniel, it will be time for God to turn Russia loose. When we notice this, and when you read it, you do not even see Israel sending an airplane out. You do not see Israel calling in her reserves either. When you read it, you see Gog is coming with such a quick presentation of himself, it says it will cover the land like a cloud. Let us read on here. Persia is Iran, and they are not Arabs, but they are some of the ancient Semitic people. Ethiopians, Libyans, all with shield and helmet. Gomer, Togarmah, and many people with thee. “Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, (When we read this, we see Russia has no potential purpose. But at the time they are driven into this picture. They are brought into this by force. All these people are screaming at her, Come, be our guide, be our guard. What does that tell you? This is not all Russian troops coming out of Moscow. This is contributory troops from all these nations, but they are absolutely calling upon Russia, Be our supplier of knowledge, of science, of weaponry: Set the strategy for us.) thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them. (The word guard here actually has a larger meaning, because it means Russia, whatever amount of troops she does supply, are definitely going to be the technicians, so they are going to be the ones that set the strategy of how this whole thing is to be accomplished.) After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back.” That lets me know, that by some means or other God has restored Israel back to its sovereignty. That takes you beyond the U.N. agenda. The U.N. agenda right now is trying to hold the Israeli leadership off from holding any more land for eventually fulfilling prophecy, like greater Israel. That is the U.N. idea. But when Israel does go at this to fulfill the word of God, the U.N. will no longer have any say in it. At that time we can say this, Israel will have accomplished spreading her borders and she will have all the representation of her other ten tribes back home. It is in one of the prophecies, where it says that Judah and Ephraim together will cross the Jordan, and they will smite those people. That does not mean that every Jew that is of the same lineage and everything, but it does mean this, there will be a true representation of every tribe back in the land, when this great thing gets ready to take place. That would bring it time wise, to the first part of the week. That does not mean that all Jews will be back there, but there will be the representation of all of them back there by then. With that in mind, we can see then, that the land has been subdued. God has restored it in its sovereignty to the Jewish people.


EGYPTIANS TURN TO THE GOD OF THE JEWS


When God, through Israel, has concluded this push to reclaim all of their former land, the Arab world, like the Jordanians and Saudi Arabians, and the Egyptian and Syrian people will have made a great change. When you read the last part of that 19th chapter, you will see exactly what happens. God will strike that so hard, that the effect of it carries you over into the Millennium. That is why it says five cities in the land of Egypt will want to speak the language of Canaan. The man that is an unbeliever, has no concern whatsoever, as to what all this would mean to him? Nothing. It would be just like a riddle to an unbeliever. However when you see that five cities in the land of Egypt will want to speak the language of Canaan, that is not in this day and hour that they are saying this, and why some Egyptians will want to speak the old Canaanite dialect. Don’t read it like that. It is the Jews that have been restored back there, and because the Egyptians have seen the miracle power of God on Israel’s side to reclaim their sovereignty, their original identity, it will cause the Egyptian people to say, Allah is no longer our god. He has not come to our rescue. I want to serve the God of the Jewish people. God’s power is going to be so evident, even the Egyptian nation, after they have been completely converted to this God of the Jews, their leaders will say, Israel, you are many miles away from us, but we want to worship the same God you do because we have seen Him in action. We are going to build an altar in the midst of our nation. What for? It is a token, a symbol, showing respect as they say, We know God is with you. We want to align ourselves with you. It tells you in the 19th chapter of Isaiah, that God will cause Egypt to be returned to worship the God of Israel. They will build a memorial on the border. All of that follows what takes place right in here as we go into the Millennium. It tells us in the 8th verse of Ezekiel 38, that He will bring her into this land which had been always waste; “but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they (meaning the Jews) shall dwell safely all of them.” All that God has brought back to this land. You will notice in two other verses over here, He keeps repeating, Israel dwelling safely, Israel dwelling safely. Since 1948, there has never been a year when Israel was dwelling safely in her own land. Since the Six Day War there has followed other conflicts, like the 1973 war and so forth. The Palestinian Arabs with that Islamic, militant attitude, have killed Jews on many occasions. In fact the motto of Arafat is the destruction of the state of Israel. Even Netanyahu, in a speech, mentioned this. The Arab world, because of that Islamic spirit, has said, Death to Israel and death to the United States. This lets me know that this entire thing will absolutely explode with the miraculous power of God being on Israel’s side. When it does, from there on the Arab world of Islam is going to be shaken and there is going to be hundreds and thousands of them slaughtered and slain by the miracle power of God, as He uses the nation of Israel to accomplish what is written. We can safely say that this thing, when that part has reached a certain point, approximately somewhere about here, (on chart, after Israel has taken back all of their land by the miraculous power of God ) the rest of the Islamic world, those that are not Arabs, will line up with Russia and say, Let us take a try at this. That is when God will let them take a try, but they will suffer a great loss. If you read the entire 38th chapter of Ezekiel, you will see one of the most conniving and treacherous plans laid out against Israel that has ever been. This comes at a time when she is dwelling safely in her land, after the miraculous power of God worked on her behalf to bring about those results. Sure the prophet wrote, Thou will come riding upon horses, carrying shields, bucklers, all kinds of antique weaponry. I have to say to the Jewish people who might see this, Common sense would tell anyone it would be utterly impossible, knowing where Russia is located, in the north of Israel, and knowing where all these others that line up with Russia are positioned, geographically, Iran being north and east of there, for any army to come against Israel with those antique weapons and conveyances without them knowing it. Look where Ethiopia is. It is in Africa, across the Red Sea. Look where Libya is. It is west of Egypt. How are all these people going to move by land and come into this little spot called Israel, and Israel not know it? We have modern satellites in space. Israel has the same potential opportunity to take from these satellites certain information that is necessary and beneficial to their own sovereignty. If Russia and all these troops that are assembled here, are coming toward Israel by large convoys, I ask the Jewish people, Look at your geographical position. Look at your own military capabilities, with radar on your hilltops, and you will know what I mean: The very minute a convoy would leave somewhere between Moscow and Turkey, somewhere between Iran and Israel, and start by a land convoy and weaponry of this description toward Israel, the Israeli officials are going to know about it. Look at Ethiopia, where they would have to come from. The only earthly way they can get there is by an amphibious landing in the Gulf of Aqaba. Common sense would tell me Israel’s military alertness would have picked out these things hours in advance. They would meet them with their air force and blast them to pieces. So my point is this, If Israel has somehow or other been sound asleep, and she has let these various nations represented in this lineup come from their geographical place, either amphibious or otherwise, I would have to say, Israel would absolutely have to be sound asleep. She is not going to be that much off guard, ever. Therefore my point is this, If Israel was to meet those convoys out there somewhere, in other lands, then the battlefield would be out there, and there is where they would bury the dead, but that is not the picture we see in the Bible. Look at it! Read it! It plainly tells you, that in that day there will be a shaking in the land of Israel, insomuch that the fish of the sea will feel it. I will rain upon him a great rain, and hail. That tells me Russia’s strategy would be to take all these troops that have lined up with her here, hundreds and thousands of them, and come upon Israel as a great surprise to them. She will have had the opportunity to train them, to make one of the largest parachute drops on some strategic spot in Israel, that the world has ever known. It is a known fact that Russia has been working on an experimental thing, a jamming system, to jam communications, radar, the whole works, and we all know why. That is the only way you can slip up on Israel. For a few short hours she has successfully been able to jam all of this. Then God, with a stroke of His hand, can perform one of the greatest miracles you could ever imagine. I have to say, What the world of modern technology thinks they can do, God can make that look like kids play. God knows exactly how the earthly recipients and participants will think. I cannot help but think of how Elijah sat up there on the hill with the prophets of Baal and said, Cry a little louder, your gods may have gone to sleep. Yes saints, God can say, Come on Russia: Take your best shot: I have a trap set for you. That is what God is getting ready to do with that bunch over there. He is getting ready to set a snare for all of them to walk right into. When those troops, all under Russia’s technological supervision, become participants in a scheme to destroy the people of Israel, they are jumping right into a trap devised by the GREAT CREATOR HIMSELF, and they will find no escape. God allows only one sixth part of them to return home to tell their story. God has a battleground; and He has a burial ground. God is going to wait until just the right moment; and then He will turn His forces loose. We have to keep in mind, that He controls the weather: Meteorologists can forecast the weather with a certain amount of accuracy, and say it is going to be like this or that, but in a few short hours of time it is just the opposite. I have to believe that Russia, being the leader of all of this, has determined through their technology and super intelligence, that the time is right for them to make their move, because this is God’s way of putting hooks in their jaws to bring them down here and make them fulfill this prophecy, only to destroy them and leave only one sixth of them alive to go home and tell the story. Ezekiel 38, is when the Jews are dwelling safely because the Arabs are not after them any more: They are not having to worry at night about bombs, land mines, and such things, because the Arabs are now helping them, since this great thing has taken place, restoring their land to them, so they are rebuilding the city and building the temple, getting ready to receive their Messiah. With that in mind, we know this other attack is when Russia comes into the picture, with all the rest of this Islamic band of people, to fulfill all of what is written in God’s word about it. That is why I say, Get ready saints; for I believe with all my heart that the time is close at hand, when the world is about to see the hand of God do something they do not think is possible. I see the God of heaven, the God that was with Moses in the wilderness, absolutely bringing these various people into this land in a sneak attack, and Israel not even aware of it, that His name may be glorified in the outcome. That makes it that much more important. God is going to show to the world in that day, how He is magnified before the eyes of the unbelieving world. The Gentile world needs to be shaken. They have taken for grated, that this God of the Jews is a big myth. I have to say, He is a God that is going to show Himself to be so very real when the time is right. He is just allowing a certain element of know-it-all minds of the world enough time for their cup of abominations to fill up. When that miraculous victory that God Himself accomplishes on Russia and all her company takes place, I know it sounds fantastic, it sounds ridiculous, it sounds impossible, but I assure you from the word of God, that from the time this whole thing starts until Ezekiel 38 and 39 are fulfilled, God has done all of it to show Israel, I AM WITH YOU. By that time the western world will have formulated what is known in the scripture as the beast system. That necessitates the western antichrist system to make a covenant with Israel. When that happens the seventieth week of Daniel’s seventy weeks is on. Gentile preachers have preached about it, but how many of them ever presented a picture that they could back up by all the scriptures that point to it? How many of them ever showed how Israel came to be dwelling safely, in a time before Russia and her allies came upon them like a cloud? (Ezek 38:9) “Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.” As it starts, I have to say, Israel was dwelling safely, but for how long? I do not need to say how long. The point is, First off, she is dwelling safely, so that is what brings Russia and these others against them with such confidence.


ISRAEL RECEIVES SPIRIT OF GRACE


When the week of Daniel goes into effect, then and there, is where the Spirit of grace is poured out upon the Jews, right there (pointing to chart). That is after Ezekiel 38 and 39 are fulfilled and the peace covenant has been drafted and signed. That is what starts the week and brings the two prophets upon the scene in Israel. (Zechariah 12:10) “And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for Him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.” At that time, all the Jews that are to be recipients of this grace are going to be in the land: They will no longer be scattered somewhere among the nations like they have been for centuries. That will fulfill the whole picture. That is why for three and one half years those two prophets will walk through the streets of Jerusalem prophesying, and God will pour out His Spirit upon the house of Israel, fulfilling the scripture we have just read, as well as Ezekiel 39:29, which says, “Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my Spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.” In the middle of that week, when the two prophets have ministered their allotted time, the antichrist comes upon the scene with his forces and kills them: That is when the 144,000 servants of God that have been sealed by the Spirit of God under their ministry, break out of there and head for the nations they are to preach to, because the prophets have told them what to do and when to do it. They begin to break to the nations of the world, preaching the everlasting gospel. Then the woman of Revelation 12, will leave there, according to the instruction they have received from the two prophets. When she leaves, where will she go? She will go to that place that has already been chosen in the mind of God and prepared to receive her. The two prophets will tell them where to go, and when to go. That will take out of the land of Israel, in this period of time, all the spiritual Jews. That means, all who have believed and received what the two prophets of Revelation 11:1-11, had been presenting to them. How many see that? When that time comes, that is why it says in the 29th verse of the 39th chapter, For I have, past tense, poured out my Spirit, where? Here, (pointing to chart in the first half of the week of Daniel) not there(not in the Millennium). There is no way those two chapters could be Armageddon, as so many have taught in the past. How many of you really understand the point? It is the only way it lines up with the scriptures. Then you can see the end of Russia. God has a catastrophic stroke He judges Russia with. When Armageddon is fought, it is going to be a war pitting the Orients against the Western forces. The Oriental world is in a race with the western world in technology. That is why China, North Korea, and all of them are trying to catch up and build some kind of rocketry for warfare and such like. When Armageddon is fought, keep in mind, the spiritual Jew will be out of the land. The only ones left there then, will be the unbelieving politicians and such like. When Europe, at that hour, the ten horns which will be the beast that fulfills the picture of Revelation 13, is left standing, keep in mind, Europe today, is climbing to the number one point of industrialized technology. We in America, are losing ground, I have to say. For the past number of years, our politicians who have worked so hard to try to build the United Nations, have sold our nation down the drain; and she is slowly dying year by year. She shipped our wealth to other nations to help them. Therefore from now on until the week of Daniel takes place, we could have at the least, five to seven years of time, and none of that should we just play around in. We should use it wisely, being grateful to God for what He has done for us. I sincerely hope I have not been boring, giving you all these details, but please, Let us thank God for what He has done for us, rather than complain. I thank God for the America I was privileged to be born in, but I do know we are moving fast toward a drastic change of some kind; and it will never again be like it has been in the past. I am not finished with this message yet, but maybe we can finish it next time. Amen.

The Countdown Is On (1998), Part 1

The Countdown Is On (1998), Part 1

Rev. Raymond M Jackson

Rev. Raymond M Jackson

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I want to address our Jewish friends, and I say that because it is through the word of God we are made to be friends and not enemies, because we are different races of people and we all have our own ways. I acknowledge the Jewish people first of all, because the Bible we hold dear to our hearts is a Jewish book: Not one Gentile wrote one adjective or verb in it. It has all been written by Jewish prophets of the Old Testament, and Jewish apostles of the New Testament. We are a people that believe very strongly that we are living in the last days of time. There are too many written scriptures in the Bible, both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament, that show us that the human race of people on the earth today are facing a point in time that is destined to bring about drastic changes. Time will never return to the normalcy we have known in past years. Everything that occurs today which is negative in the light of political, social, economic, or whatever else there might be, is only pressing time now, to an end time finish, as it is recorded in the scriptures. Therefore it would behoove people that have confidence in this book called the Bible, to begin to pray to their God to give them a little insight as to what is just ahead of us. In other words, Where are we in time, according to the word of God? We as Gentile Christians, have known for several years now, that there had to be the re-gathering of the Jewish people from all her areas of international dispersion since the close of WW2, and we understand that this has not been going on without a purpose of God being accomplished. It is sad to see that many of the Jewish politicians who have risen to the rank of leadership of the nation, have taken the attitude that their heritage of the land is not as important as compromise, which causes them to look at things like they are doing presently. We remember the Six Day War. We realized when it started, that we did not know how long such a conflict would last, but to our surprise this conflict only lasted six days. I have been privileged myself to talk to one of the generals that led an armored division through the Sinai to the Red Sea. He gave us a little insight on how the power of God was present to help them, and how by the grace of God He (God) intervened to give victory to the Israeli troops, both in the desert as well as when they took the old city back. This makes us Gentile Christians want to rejoice, not because human lives were taken in a conflict, but because we can see the little nation of Israel, which was out numbered, out gunned, out planed, and in every way looked upon as little against much, but God made all the material numbers the enemy brought against Israel as if they were nothing. God took what Israel had and multiplied it to make it sufficient against their enemies, and yet there are more that have forgotten all of that, than there are that acknowledge the intervening power of God. Therefore we can say, God proved Himself to Israel in the Six Day War, and that He was with them in taking the land they took, so it ought not be looked upon as if it was nothing. We can say this, For thirty years now, there has been nothing but international squabbling, quarreling, fussing and swapping ideas and it has brought no stability to the Mideast whatsoever. There have been Jews that have died thinking that the day would come when all this international conflict and opposition to Israel being back in their land would end, but the whole affair is still just as troublesome as it has been in the past: It looks like the world, through the authority of the United Nations, have tried with their best efforts to erase from the minds of the political leadership of Israel, that there is such a biblical thing going to be fulfilled in this day and hour, such as God restoring Israel back to all the land of their heritage, restoring them back to their ancient borders. I stand to assure you, that the prophecies which were written concerning this very thing will literally be fulfilled, because God’s word stands above all of the ideas of carnal minded mankind. We know this, In that Six Day War when they took the Gaza Strip, they took the ancient land of the Philistines. They took it all the way down to the Red Sea, all of which fulfilled the prophecy in Zephaniah. What started me to study this setup and what I want to explain to the Jewish people that might hear this message, is the way God has led my life and the things He has enabled me to see and understand in His Bible. I do not want anyone to get the Idea that I think I am the smartest man alive today: I know I am not, but I am grateful to God for the way He has led me in my lifetime and especially the last forty years. He has allowed me to see things in the Bible that are quite contrary to the average viewpoint of Gentile preachers of prophecy. Some of the things they teach are correct, but many of the things they speak are incorrect, so how can that add stability to anyones thinking? It is my purpose, because of the experience that God gave me, to be able to relate to you what I feel like the world as a whole is getting ready to face. I will say this, Right now there is being nothing said from the standpoint of the world that really allows Gentile Christians to understand what to expect; and nothing to cause the Jewish people to expect something to unfold that fulfills the very desires of their heart. Sure there will be some sad stories, but when the time is right God will fight for Israel and they will once again gain victories that will startle those who have no time for God.


WHAT THE PROPHET HOSEA WROTE


What really started my mind on this line of thinking that led up to this message was, one day I was reading the writings of the prophet Hosea and the first few verses of chapter 6 really caught my attention. If you have your Bible’s, open to that 6th chapter with me and let us read them. This was written almost eight hundred years before the advent of Christ. The first three verses of this 6th chapter is what we will read. “Come and let us return unto the Lord: for He hath torn, and He will heal us, He hath smitten, and He will bind us up.” When I saw that, I remembered talking, in 1968, to a Jewish Rabbi in Jerusalem. We had the opportunity to ask him, How did the Jewish people back at the beginning of the 20th century, begin to look at the reclaiming of the land? He spoke about the Zionist movement. I am not an expert on the Zionist movement myself, neither from the political nor the religious standpoint, but I have read some of the objectives they had in mind when that was all drawn up. It was in their minds, in the natural way of looking at it, that the time had come that ought to be getting where they as a people begin to get interested about going back there. When I read this first verse, I see this as a prayer written well in advance of the time, and it has been lying here in the written structure of the Bible for all these centuries. The Holy Spirit that authorized these things to be written, also meant for this prayer to be speaking in the future tense, in a time that there would be an element of Jewish people the world over, regardless of where they are, that would begin to have a feeling inside, Come and let us return unto the Lord, and the us is implying the Jewish people, for He hath torn and He will heal us. When we begin to study the different histories written of the Jewish people from 69 A.D., after the fall of Jerusalem, when the Jewish people were sold by the Roman Empire on three different slave markets, Cairo, Constantinople, and Rome, we realize that most Gentiles could not care less about that history. They know the Jewish people have been dispersed and scattered from the east, the west, the north and south, but why should they care where they were, or how long they would be scattered out there? Well I am one Gentile that does not feel that way: I have to say I am concerned, because if I am concerned, it makes me know God has an answer in His book, and that He has a time to reveal it. This is a prayer showing how some of the Jewish people felt, back at the beginning of the 20th century when the Zionist movement began to send their rabbis out, gathering the Jews together in the various areas of nations and cities. The rabbi we talked to said that as many of these spokesmen for the Zionists gathered a crowd and stood in front of them saying, Brethren, it is time for us to begin to think about returning home, back to the home land of our father’s, many times they were booed down by their own Jewish people, just as though they did not believe a word of it. Nevertheless this same prayer goes on into a revelation. The 2nd verse says, “After two days will He revive us.” This was not written by Gentiles, it was written as a prophecy speaking of the future tense when the same Jewish people that would say, Come and let us return unto the Lord, are the very ones that would say, After two days will He revive us. Therefore the Jewish people, when they would reach an era of time, were the ones who were beginning to say, “After two days He will revive us.” No Gentile ever said that. No Gentile ever perceived the reality of that. Only the Jewish people that would live in the century and generation which this prophecy was to become a reality to, would see it like that. After two days. When I saw that, then I could begin to understand why this prophecy was written so long before the advent of Christ. It was because this prophecy is not merely dealing with the two southern tribes as the week of Daniel approaches, but with the whole house of Israel in the ending of the ages. This will be the time for the entire house of Israel to be dealt with, so God would begin to deal with all of them, wherever they are, so that not only would the Southern tribes be regathered, but also the other ten along with them, bringing the whole thing toward a finished objective. Therefore as we read this, “after two days,” the question could be asked, Is this two days of twenty four hours? Absolutely not! It is two dispensational days, with each day of a dispensation being a thousand years. I will say this, It is not two days of two thousand years of Julian calendar time: It is two thousand years of prophetic time, with just 360 days to the year. When we begin to see why this was put in the scriptures so far in advance of the time for it to be fulfilled, we realize how important it is for them to really stand out, here in the end time. They were to be understood here in the end time, when there is not only a generation of Jewish people living, through which these scriptures are going to be fulfilled, but they are also to be understood by an element of true Gentile believers. As Gentiles, when we look at our so called Christian church world of this hour of time, many of the multitudes of people that go to churches coud not care less about what these prophecies pertain to. A brother asked me just this morning, Why are there so many people that go to church professing to be Christians, that do not even realize that Christianity went through an era of Dark Ages when the true meaning of so many scriptures was lost to them, and then were restored back to us in the Reformation? I just have to say, There has been so much emphasis placed upon John 3:16, that an awful lot of church-going people think that is about all there is for them to know. They do not even know that God used many men in an outstanding way, coming out of the Dark Ages, beginning about 1520, and continuing on for the last five hundred years. God has used men, ministers, that would preach things He would reveal to them, and the denominational leadership many times would shut their doors to such preaching, saying, We will not have anything to do with that nonsense! Well, it is the same with Israel: After 1900 and some years of Jewish history, from the call of Abraham to the advent of Christ, then also the giving of the Law at Sinai, the Jewish nation had crept into the same state of complacency and indifference. That was the state of the Jewish religious society 2000 years ago, the time when one of the greatest prophecies of their hour was fulfilled. He had sent a forerunner, which was the voice of Isaiah 40:3. He had fulfilled also Malachi 3:1-2. He had sent them a Messiah, and we read from the four gospels what that religious element of Jewish people did to Him: They dogmatically rejected Him as their Messiah. I do not say any of these things to be derogatory, but being a Gentile I have to see the reason they were scattered to the ends of the earth. What did bring on this great scattering, or dispersion that they have had to go through in the last 2000 years? It was not because the stock market crashed. That is not what put them out there. It was because of that attitude, that motive they had of being able to go to the synagogue and read the scriptures that were fulfilled before their very eyes, yet they were blinded to the reality of what those scriptures pertained to. We can read that and get a picture of what conditions were like, but then we have to say, Thank God, there were a few Jews that saw what God was doing and accepted it, and became the early followers of that man Jesus whom we know as the Christ.


THE TWO DAYS-ARE THEY CLOSING OUT?


The two days I am directing your attention to, I definitely want to put emphasis on, because time is very quickly reaching the end of them. Here is a sketch that deals with time from 445 B.C., down to the birth of Christ, the death of King Herod, and then the life span of Jesus and His ministry right up to His death, which occurred in 33 A.D., and I happen to have two writings that are in agreement on this. I personally have a Jewish history book printed in the 1800’s. This was a history book that covered the history of the Jewish people from the Babylonian captivity down through their coming back to Jerusalem through the time of the Maccabees, and through the birth of Christ and on to His crucifixion. That Jewish history book says this man called Jesus of Nazareth, because of something like an insurrection or an uprising, (That is the way they put it.) was executed in the year 33 C.E. To them that is called the Common Era, and we call it the Christian Era. Keep in mind, that is not the way history books were written during that period of time. Most all history books were recorded like this, In the first year of a certain king and his reign and so forth, such and such took place. That is what identified him and his period. He reigned fourteen years and so forth, and it might give a sketch of the battles that were fought and the things he accomplished. Then it will tell what brought on his death. Whether it is Gentile history or Jewish history, that is why when you see the writings of the Kings and Chronicles, you are reading the way those histories were written back then. That is why many times since the advent of Christ, it is way over here in the Christian era that finally the Roman Catholic Church began to want to correct histories that were written from this period on. This is why their historians, the monks, set about to correct the calendar, and the calendar we use in the west today is a calendar that came out of that era of correction. It has been corrected at least two or three times. My point is this, That is why, when they go back and rewrite the Old Testament histories, many times they will break it down like, In such and such a year B.C., this or that happened, and they are talking about time before the Christian Era. With this in mind then I just want to say, This purple line represents calendar time. Now, there is something we will add to this chart, because this is a different chart, so this represents the Grace Age, the Church Age of the Gentiles in this small scope, but when we come to this point and on to the end, over here, we magnify this because we are dealing with the last seven years of prophetic time on this earth. This is the seventieth year that is carried from the death of Christ on to this period over here, because, when Christ was cut off, in 33 C.E., (the Christian Era, or A.D.) that closed the sixty nine prophetic weeks of the writings of Daniel, chapter 9, 24-27. That does not include the 27th verse, but I put all the writings between those verses. With this in mind, having studied this seventy weeks of Daniel bringing it down into the different representative periods, I came to realize God has put a yardstick in here, a measuring instrument right here in His Bible. It is very strange, that most religious people do not even recognize that. If you were going out to buy a piece of property, real estate, and if the deed called for a certain amount of square feet, would you not be interested in taking some kind of measuring instrument along so you could measure it? Yes, you can take for granted, but some people are very curious, and wonder if they are getting cheated, so they will take a measuring instrument with them. This is why I say God put a yardstick in the Bible. For what purpose? That we as human beings, we who are interested in the time we live in, in our respective generations, when we begin to wonder just how much longer the conditions we are observing will continue on, may have something to go by. When you think, How does God look upon this thing? Is there anything in here that I can look at that will help to acquaint me with the time that I live in, God will direct your attention to the right place. After studying the 9th chapter of Daniel and seeing how the angel of the Lord came to Daniel and told him, These weeks of years, each week of seven years each, how many of these weeks were determined upon his people, which of course is referring to the Jewish people, when they were back in Babylonian captivity, you begin to see a picture. The angel told Daniel, Know therefore and understand that from the time a certain decree comes, he broke it down in three sequences. There is seven weeks, and that represents the first forty nine years. That would bring time from the time the Jews received the decree to go home and build the temple, to the time of the prophet Malachi, the last prophet Israel had of that era. He was the one that spoke about the coming of Elijah. He is the one that spoke about, in chapter 3, verse 1, the messenger of the covenant. When you read the whole prophecy of Malachi, you can begin to see that the Jewish people which have come back, are beginning to fall into a state of coldness, lethargy and indifference. That 49 year period is followed by the next sequence, which is 62 weeks. After threescore and two weeks, which is sixty two weeks that add up to four hundred and thirty four years, shall the Prince, it covers the period the Messiah is born. It covers the period of time the Messiah grew up, fulfilled His ministry and at the end of the four hundred and thirty four years, which when you add it and the forty nine together, you get four hundred and eighty three prophetic years. Then in the year of 33 C.E. or 33 A.D. the man called Jesus of Nazareth, was executed on a Roman cross, just as it said in Daniel’s writings. Therefore He was crucified precisely at the culminating of four hundred and eighty three prophetic years. When you break that down you get the number of days. It is all right up there on the chart. When I knew this was given, this whole structure of the prophecy of Daniel, in the 5th century B.C., then when I look at this, after two days, it has got to pertain to another period of time. This is speaking of when the major, overall nation, including the southern tribes, after what happened in 69 A.D., so that would be the time that would elapse before the events take place at the end of two days, two thousand years, but starting when? That is the question. Only God knew, so I want to say this morning, We today do not know whether our Roman calendar is correct or just approximate, due to the fact it has been updated two or three times. Therefore we can say, We are approximately, or within a very short period of being correct, but as I said, The Jewish history book I have, as well as a few years ago when there were two British scientists who wrote an article in a paper that I read, I have reason to believe we are close. I happened to be passing through a city and we stayed all night at a motel, so I bought the News Paper and read a certain article: Those two British scientists, through their calculations at that time, using the modern technology of the cycles, the equinox and such, they calculated backwards to the proximity of the crucifixion of Christ, and they absolutely agreed with the Jewish history book I have, that Jesus was crucified in 33 A.D., and I still have those two sources available. To me, it keeps arguments out of the point of what we are discussing. Somewhere, if you are discussing a point of history and time, and you are trying to bring out a fact and truth, you cannot say, Well approximately, approximately, more or less, it could be this or it could be that: You never learn anything like that. God remembers the times the sun rises and sets. I think the birds know more about that sometimes than human beings do, even with all the modern technology we have. With that in mind, I set about searching for the time of these two days, and we know this, It says, After two days will He revive us. Well where does the revival occur in the Bible? You find it in the 11th chapter of Revelation. In the first verses you see, And God will anoint His two prophets, which are the Moses and Elijah for that day and hour, and they prophesy in the streets of Jerusalem for a thousand two hundred and threescore days, which is the first half of Daniel’s seventieth week, three and one half years of prophetic time, and that takes place right in here, (Pointing to chart) so the two days (which is two thousand years of prophetic time) that end right before that, had to have a starting point. If that is the terminating point where this is to fulfill itself, there had to be a beginning point for that period of time. Realizing that, I began to figure, so I started right here, from 33 A.D. to the year 2000 calendar time. I soon began to see, that figuring it on the basis of two thousand years of Roman Calendar time I would not have enough time from 33 A.D. to the year 2000, so I then began to look at it another way; and began to take the total number of days of calendar time and break them down into prophetic years of 360 days each. By doing that, here is where we are standing: From 33 A.D. when Christ was crucified, (and the histories verify that as the date) to the termination of the two days written in Hosea 6:2, when you put it into prophetic time, that brings you to the point of 2004 ½, which is the middle of the year 2005 on your Roman Calendar. Now that being right, it lets me know we are living in the hour of a generation which Jesus spoke about, that would see all those certain things come to pass.


EXPLAINING ABOUT A CERTAIN GENERATION


You can read Matthew 24, and you will get the entire picture of what Jesus included in a statement He made. Jesus speaks in Matthew 24, that there will be disturbance of nations, perplexities, earthquakes and all kinds of chaotic problems. That lines up with the 12th chapter of Daniel, where it says there shall be a time of trouble such as there never was before, nor shall be hereafter. Jesus winds up his discourse on all the problems, which are the signs leading to the end time by saying, (Matthew 24:34-35) 34 “VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS, TILL ALL THESE THINGS BE FULFILLED. 35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” What did He mean, THIS GENERATION? He had to be talking about the generation that shall see all these end time signs upon the earth. That is this generation. To the Jewish people, I look at the holocaust. I did not serve in Europe during my time in the army: I was in the Pacific. But coming home, through the years that followed, there were people that kept articles that were written about the European operations, about the Jewish people that suffered, by the thousands, even into the millions, all over the whole area of eastern Europe, even into the areas of Asia, especially over all of western Europe. Those Jews were treated like animals as they were being liquidated. I would not dare stand here and quote some of the atrocities I have heard of, how barbaric Hitler and his henchmen were. I started calculating, realizing that we like to think these signs in Matthew 24 are all pointing to the Gentile Church, and I knew it is not that at all. We have got to include the Holocaust this. If this is the generation that is going to see all these things before the end comes and Christ returns, it has got to include that element of Jews that lived in that generation, that suffered the things they had to endure. Still living today, in the land of Israel, are some of those Jews, some of which were children brought through detention camps and such like. We can say, God, by His grace, saw to it that some of the children were spared, though miraculously, that they might see this hour. They have a testimony of the horrors they saw, how they saw their own kinfolk treated the way they were. Therefore I can say this, When Jesus said what He did in Matthew 24, He was including the human generation, both of Jews as well as Gentiles, that are interested in what the word of God says about the end time, and about time itself. This generation shall not pass away until all these things be fulfilled. That lets me know, Revelation 11, the time of the reviving of the Jewish nation, could not be some haphazard point in time: it is a specific time. Naturally some will say, Well we don’t know when it will be. Maybe not the day and hour, but I say this, Why did God put the yardstick in there? It is not put in there just to be taking up space. It is to be understood by some people somewhere. Why put something in there that is never to be understood? That is nonsense, for anyone to think like that. It was written for a purpose; not for the unbelievers, but for those who genuinely love the truth of God’s word, to understand the hour they are living in. Many things are hidden, then just simply concealed to all generations that will not be participants when it is fulfilled, (That is understandable.) but there comes a time when there will be a human generation alive, watching these signs and waiting for the Lord’s return, and they will understand. They are concerned for the right reasons, so God opens it up to them. I figured like this, When you take the next most important event in Jewish history of that Age, that would take you about thirty some years later on, to 69 A.D., when the Roman Army came in with such destruction and took captives for the slave markets, but by then the Church has already been born, in an Upper Room, in Jerusalem, according to the account in the book of Acts, but when we begin to read in the book of Acts the things the nation of Jewry did, how they thought toward the Christian Jews, we find that God has determined to chastise this nation. For what reason? Because the nation as a whole has rejected the fulfillment of scriptures, by condemning to crucifixion the man who was their very Messiah. Furthermore, if we figure the two days (two thousand years) from that point, then that will take us well beyond the year 2004 1/2., to a point when all those Jews that remembered the holocaust and were witnesses of it, will be dead. In other words, It puts time beyond the certain generation that was ordained to see all the end time signs and the wrap up, including the revival. All the Gentiles that lived through WW2, can remember by looking back, what brought it on, what the papers said about the conditions in Europe, so those that lived after the war was over, and they are living now, they can see a world in political upheaval. I read in yesterday’s paper, The South American stock market panicked. Yet somehow or other ours seems to be stable. I have to say, I am not an economist, I do not know one end from the other of that, but watching people react, lets me know we could be entering that time of trouble that the world will never be able to shake itself out of. They will wrestle with it, trying to legislate this and that as cures, but none of it will work. I have said, and still say, Natural man is very carnal. Sometimes, even with all of his college degrees, he still acts more like an animal, especially in this late hour of time, because God has smote him with blindness. He cannot see the day and hour he is living in, and does not know how to figure anything when he is in a panic. He just speculates: That is about all he can do. He just hopes he hits it right. The point is this, If we use 69 A.D., as the beginning of the two days, it carries us way beyond 2004 1/2, and the generations, both of Gentiles and Jews, that should live to see the end of it all, will be dead. You just simply cannot stretch that generation Jesus spoke about, on out another 30 some years. Therefore this lets us know we have got to begin by taking the two days and start it with the week of Daniel, and bring it back here to a fixed point, and that has to be when Christ was crucified. He was crucified in 33 A.D. This gives us something we can work with. When we can see this, He put this prophecy in here for the Jewish people, strictly for those that were to go back, rebuild the city, the walls, and the temple, it all covered many years, to get it ready for the first advent of the coming of the Messiah. Then because the nation rejected it, then again that portion of Jewry was thrown into dispersion, to wander and drift among the nations, while the ten tribes were already out there. So once the ten tribes were already there, and now the two southern tribes were dispersed out there also, we can see that in two thousand years the whole nation was to exist outside the land of Israel are to be dealt with. Time went out, generations were born, lived, and died. I can remember as a little boy going to school, that you hardly ever read anything of major importance about the Jewish nation, because the world had lived so long having not seen a Jewish nation, and only seeing Jewish people. It was hard many times for historians to calculate or put together some kind of future picture that might be in the making. You had to go to the Bible, if you were interested enough. The Jewish people that are in the land today include a generation that has lived to see the hour that Israel once again is a timepiece in the hand of God. Regardless of how politicians look at it, I have to say, Israel is in the potential process of being restored back to her biblical heritage. While some of her politicians are willing to drift along with world politicians, I remember that after the Six Day War it was voiced, hoped, and believed that the people of Israel were home to stay. Jewish soldiers stood at the Western Wall, lifting their weapons up and with tears streaming from their eyes saying, Never again will we give this up. From the days of the Babylonians, the city of Jerusalem had lived under the sound of oppressive footsteps of soldiers of various nations. When they took the city in 1967, those soldiers said, Never again! I ask you though, What has happened? Thirty years later some Jewish leaders are being almost persuaded, saying, Let’s give it up. For what purpose? World peace? I just want to say to my Jewish friends, It will never again be given up. There were too many Jewish lives laid on the line when they that fought in that war were facing the possibility of being slaughtered by the numbers of Arabs that were assembled against them, for anyone to even be entertaining the thought of giving up anything so precious. God has a different plan for the entire area of Jerusalem. If we can see and understand the purpose of what I am talking about, God’s yardstick, I think we can begin to look at the Bible and say, Yes, written all through the Bible from prophet to prophet, are many prophecies relating to what God is going to do in, with, and for Israel in the last days. How long do we expect these last days to last? Do we expect them to last two or three hundred years? No. This entire picture is going to culminate within one human generation of mankind, both Jew and Gentile, and I am speaking of a generation that is alive today. In our colleges and universities the world over, they almost look upon the Bible, the Jewish book, as though it is a book of mythology. I have to say this, Just stick around a little longer Mr. Unbelieving professor, whoever you are that has no respect for the Bible as the inspired word of God. I just hope I am able to look over your shoulder when you begin to see the reality in God’s word, what He says He is going to do in the last days coming to pass. Yes we can hope, we can pray, but we are getting very close to the beginning of something, and when it happens it is going to fulfill exactly what is written in Haggai, concerning the shaking of all things. Yet a little while will I not only shake the heavens and the earth and the sea and the dry land, I will shake all nations. That means God has a time that He is going to start something. I have to say, If you and I only knew the objective of some of these third world nations in the United Nations, their agenda, and the feelings they have toward America, and yet we pay a quarter of the bill for that godless body of human, political leadership, as they work to design the future for the nations of the world. God has a day of death for that godless outfit. What a death it will be. I personally, will be glad to see that mess go down the drain, simply because it is so contrary to the word of God. It is a hypothetical, imaginary thing. If you could see the politicians that are for the United Nations, how they are anti Bible, you would understand why they want that thing in control. They are all anti Bible, that go along with their future agenda. There are some in the United States government who are anti Bible, because they say, We need to get rid of this religious stuff. Well I say, Try it and see what it brings you to. When you think you are going to destroy everything that pertains to God, He will slap you in the face with reality. He is still in control. He is just allowing their cup of abomination to fill up to the rim. With this in mind then, turn with me to the book of Micah. To my Jewish friends, All these prophecies we are referring to are written in the Bible: God has them scattered here and there, and He reveals them to those of His choosing, in His appointed time. He did not let them be written by the prophets of old in any particular order. They are scattered, yet there is a precise order in the way the particular prophecies begin to add up to a future fulfillment. In the latter part of this message, I will tell the dream that actually started me on the study of it. If God had a yardstick for the Jews to measure the times by, before the first advent of Christ, with everything pertaining to that event laid out, both of the seventy weeks, and of the two days we are looking at, then be assured, It has got to fall in line precisely, for the purpose that God meant for it to. He did not have this put in the Bible so you and I can just take it and stretch it, break it, throw it out there helter skelter, and put it together the best way we can. God does not do things that way. I have said this before, If the Jewish people and especially the rabbis that came on the scene in the generations of the Jews that came back from Babylon to fulfill the things they were told to do, had followed the writings of Daniel and really studied the things he wrote, they should have been able to tell within a period of ten years, when their Messiah should be on the scene. They did not do it though: They were just like Gentile Christians are today: There some things in the Bible they could not care less about: They just take what they want to take. I have to say, Everything in the Bible was written for a purpose, whether we choose to try to understand it or not. The fulfillment of all of it is for a people of a particular generation. With that in mind, please be assured that the two days we are interested in will be the same way. As the world begins to move toward the ending of the two days, God meant for someone to get interested and see this. It is going to stand out for those who will see it. Any time God has a yardstick for the calculation of time, some will be ordained to read it correctly. They are not just going to measure land: they are going to measure time. How much time do we have left here, that is the question? God always has an objective, and a timetable for obtaining it. In the light of political situations in the Middle East, what have you been hearing in the News about the squabble between the Arabs and the Jews? The Arabs are saying, next year, (in 1999, in the month of May) we will proclaim a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as our capital. It is going to be interesting to watch, because that is anti-bible. Will they ever get that far? I have to say, That is what they say, but that is not what the Bible says.


MICAH SPEAKS OF A DECREE


Let us look at this scripture here in Micah and realize this prophet spoke these words way back in the seventh century before the first advent of Christ. Does God not know what He is doing? Yes, He does: You can depend upon it. In the 7th chapter, starting in verse 11, the prophecy gets right to the point. “In the day that thy walls are to be built.” What is the prophet talking about? Is he talking about the walls of some dwelling house somewhere? No. God is speaking through him here exclusively of the temple and the rebuilding of the old city. In the days that thy walls are to be built, means, in the mind of God, He has a precise time when it is going to be done. Bill Clinton has not one thing to do with it: Nothing he can say or do will keep these prophecies from being fulfilled. I just hope the American people will wake up to the fact that we now have one of the most power hungry men we have ever had in the White House as President. He has climbed to the top, but his outgoing can be with disgrace. “In that day shall the decree be far removed.” This prophet is speaking exactly, precisely about something that has been said by God long before this prophecy comes to its culmination. Let’s see what the dictionary calls a decree. It says, an official order or document. It consists of a decree of fate. You find that in Deuteronomy 28. What is there? God told Israel when she was coming into the land, one of the last things He told her before she crossed over to take it, the day that you turn your back on me, and you stop keeping my law, my statutes, and my judgments, God said, I will take great pleasure in scattering you to the ends of the earth. He did it. But it also said, afterward, I will regather you and I will do good unto you. I will show you mercy. That is why Hosea was written like that. He has torn us, but He will heal us. It lets me know that when that decree of fate, chastisement and punishment, has been fulfilled to the precise point, the Jews will be back in the land and then He is going to do good for them. No matter what Clinton or anyone else says, He is going to do good to the Jews. So I have to say, Gentiles, wake up, your days are numbered. In the 12th verse it says, because this verse explains how He will bring the Jews, no matter where they are, from whatever area, whether mountain, kingdom or whatever, He will bring them back. Nothing will stand in the way to prevent it. Verse 13 is conditional. Notice, this far back God knew that that land would be peopled with another people that would desecrate the land, and could not care less what it looked like. “Notwithstanding (however) the land shall be desolate because of them that dwell therein.” They are the ones that are screaming right now, Jerusalem is our capital! and world leaders will say, Yes, because the Palestinians were born there. It does not make two cents worth of difference, whether they were born there or not, not even if they occupy all that they claim: They do not carry a deed to that land, but Israel does. That is what makes the difference. That is why it is prophesied in Ezekiel. I will return you back and restore to you, and I will re-establish you according to your former estates. That is speaking of their real estate deed. You have to go to Isaiah 49, and read that. It tells you there, by the prophet Isaiah, what God is going to do with these Palestinians who have laid claim to that Israeli land. Their days of occupying it are numbered.


GOD HAS A PLAN FOR THE LAND OF ISRAEL


From this point on down, I am going to be reading some, because here is what the world can begin to get ready and look forward to. (Preached 9/13/98) So many today, are prophesying about the year 2000. Even Louis Farakhan made a big speech. (We got it off of the Internet.) By the year 2000 in America, he has prophesied there will be a conflict. I will say this to my black Christian brothers, Please run and hide from that man and his perverted spirit, because he has indoctrinated the Islamic people of the United States with a perverted picture. Little does that man realize what he is doing. He is taking prophecies of the Old Testament and prophecies of the New Testament, and he has taken prophecies out of the Islamic Koran Bible, and then he has mixed them, putting them together to suit his own agenda. That is a perverted picture that God will deal with. God will never fulfill it. That man is getting ready to lead his people to some kind of slaughter. God is not going to let that Islamic spirit walk over the face of this earth and taunt and do those derogatory deeds, being so cruel hearted and them have victory. I have to say, It is very possible that Louis Farakan has started a lot of troublesome problems in the United States. One thing we must remember, Islam did not found this nation. Islam did not found this government. Islam is not destined to rule forever. God have mercy, because there are a lot of mislead white people that belong to that Islamic religion. Do not ever think they are all black people. They are not. That Islamic spirit even went into the Orients. I think of some of the Oriental people, both in China and Malaysia, that are Islamic. It is a religion that has been blood thirsty ever since the day Mohammad died. I have their books, so I am not just referring you to something hypothetical. Well right here it tells us in the prophet Micah what God is going to do when the time comes for the Jewish people, with the leading and power of God Himself to rebuild old Jerusalem and the temple, and for what purpose? Getting it ready for the coming of the Messiah. Yes, in the 14th verse, He has promised in advance, how the Jews coming back are going to feed, both in the land which is Lebanon, and in Carmel, but also in the land of Gilead, which is across the Jordan River. Do not forget, part of the ten tribes lived over in that land. Let us just follow on here and notice how it is written. God has promised Israel this, “According to the days (Go back to Exodus and read it.) of thy coming out of the land of Egypt will I (the Lord) shew unto him (Israel) marvellous things.” (That refers back to the miracles wrought, in their deliverance from Egypt. If you care to go into the book of Exodus, you will see the miracles God began to put forth on behalf of His people Israel. “The nations shall see and be confounded.” The nations, especially the politicians of them, those that have made their big speeches. Scientists, Go ahead and make your speeches now also, because your day of accountability is drawing near. Tell the world what you plan on doing for the 21st century, and then we will see just how much of it God will allow! Professors, tell the young generation how futile it is to believe in God, and then be ready to run for the mountains and hide when your day of reckoning comes! Yes, the nations shall see and be confounded. I want to show you something. That language tells you that some way, when this is fulfilled, the world as a whole would be able to see it. How could that have been possible even a hundred years ago? India could not see what God is going to do in Israel, nor China. How could the millions of people in India and China, and the many other far away places see what God is going to do in Israel, when there were no television sets to see it on? Before the era of television, they had to depend on the printed page with a few pictures, to see what was going on in the world. By the time the News gets back to India like that, the News is old, so that in no way could fulfill this prophecy. The nations shall see. God knew there would be electronic instruments in that day, so it would not matter whether you were in the jungles of Africa, the remote islands of the sea, or where, you would be able to watch the events transpire. The TV has brought the world into the home of everyone that will allow it. What an hour. They shall see and be confounded. That means confused, bewildered, stupefied. What is going on? The closest thing to it, we can say, If you remember the Gulf War, how one morning the world wakes up and mad man Hussein has moved into Kuwait. It was a threat to the world, because he would have cut off the oil supply. Europe begins to wonder, What are we going to do? Immediately, air planes and ships begin to tie up at docks, armed forces were given orders and retaliation was underway. The National Guard, the Reserves were called up. In a few weeks time we were headed toward a buildup of four hundred thousand strong. It was estimated he had moved four hundred thousand men into the desert front. That mad man Hussein begins to taunt and tease, rant and carry on. You bunch of infidels, you will wallow in your blood. They began to design the possibility that we could have at least five thousand casualties. Body bags were sent. But there came the day that the leaders of the coalition said, strike. I will never forget the night we were listening to the CNN News reporter. He was in a hotel in Baghdad. As he was discussing the days news, all of a sudden, outside, was heard the sound of machine guns and antiaircraft guns. The news was, We are being attacked. I want to say, Within a matter of minutes, TV’s the world over were looking at the streaks of the tracer bullets going through the sky. Radar was fastened on those objects. They knew they were out there, but they could not see them. Then here came the cruise missiles in the night. The world was faced with a modern war they had never seen anything like. From then on for a number of days, there was hardly a day when the news was not broken into, and we were shown some outstanding development within the aerial conflict. The Iraqis could not hide their tanks away from those planes that were carrying certain types of bombs, because they had infrared bombing sights. They knew wherever there was a mound of sand, if that tank had been started that day to charge the battery, they had to start them every so many hours to keep them ready, the heat being regenerated from the metal, no matter whether it was morning or night, if there was a tank down there, it was detected. That is the war of the future. That was almost nine years ago now. What do you think this one in the Middle East is getting ready to explode into? It is going to show you a conflict the world has never seen. It will not only be brought into your homes and everywhere else, it is going to be an eye opener to a lot of college professors that have said there is no God. I am not saying this to make it sound derogatory, but the world needs an eye opener, because of their overall blindness. I have to say to the Jewish people, if they hear this, Your day is just up ahead a little space. Your prophets of old have spoken all about it. Yes, you are outnumbered as far as the public opinion, and you are outnumbered in guns, planes, tanks, and such like, but do not forget you have a sovereign, Omnipotent God on your side, the same God that brought your forefathers out of Egyptian bondage by a mighty deliverance. He brought them through a wilderness for forty years. Their clothes did not wear out. Their shoes did not wear out. They did not have to stop at McDonald’s for a hamburger. They had wafers all day and at morning quail meat. I think that is a lot better than hamburgers. God did it to show the nation of Israel what He has up ahead. Notice again, what He promised, “The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might.” Think what the U.S. has got. Think of what Russia has got. Think of what the western world has got, what the Arabs have got. “They shall lay their hand upon their mouth, their ears shall be deaf.” Can you not see them after watching these things develop in the Middle East, after seeing the outstanding miracles, the things accomplished that they know is impossible for a small army to accomplish, yet God, through that Israeli army and military might, will lay that whole Middle East from Egypt straight through to the Euphrates River, into a state of desolation. The world is going to have to watch it. I have to say, That is what causes the United Nations to literally fall into chaos. “They shall lick the dust like a serpent.” They need to, the way they have blasphemed God, spoken evil of Him, saying, We don’t even believe such a God exists. “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. 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.” Thanks be to God, we serve a living God and I am grateful for the privilege of serving the God that let my Gentile eyes be opened one day, to the beauty and reality that He is a God that is real. He is not just a God of history: He is a God of the future. He lived in the past, which is history, but He lives today, and He will be in the future forever. What a mighty God we serve!


Preached 9-13-98 PM


As we continue on with this message, I want us to go to the book of Micah. I also want to be able to say things clear and understandable so there will be no misunderstanding of what is said. I am preaching this basically, that if the video would come into the hands of the Jewish people, I want them to know I am very deeply concerned about the Jewish people, the nation, their role in Bible prophecy and how things are developing in the hour in which we live. The world stands at a threshold. Most world leaders are unaware of what the world is being brought into. I myself, being a Gentile, am very thankful to God for His grace that has allowed me to become, not only a believer in the Jewish Bible, but that He also has given me understanding of things that have been mysterious to a lot of preachers in this era of time. This is the only book in time, up until now, that gives us a historical background of creation, of mankind and his walk, his failures, and his destiny. I am very thankful to God, that He sent a Savior one day, and that He is truly the Savior of the world. No one is excluded. He came first to the Jewish nation. That is why it said, He came unto His own and they received Him not. I am not saying today, that the Jewish people of this hour are to blame. No. That is in the past, but the hour is upon us, when every living soul will have to answer this question that was asked of your forefathers, when (Matthew 27:22) “Pilate saith unto them, WHAT SHALL I DO THEN WITH JESUS WHICH IS CALLED CHRIST? They all say unto him, Let Him be crucified. 23 And the governor said, Why, what evil hath He done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let Him be crucified. 24 When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it. 25 Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.” God has a plan that He is working out, so let me say to any Jewish person that would dare to listen to a Gentile preacher: I am thankful that I am able to see it in a book, which is actually your book, but I love it. It is not our book: We have just had the privilege of borrowing it for a period of time while HE (God) deals with Gentiles which He also planned to redeem and establish. We are being dealt with during an era, or a period that was spoken about to Abraham when he left the land of the Chaldeans and came into Canaan’s land. God said to Abraham, He would make him a father of many nations. That is because, by faith we are seed of Abraham also. By faith, through the seed of Abraham, which is through the Lord Jesus Christ, we are brought into this great family of God. We have seen in the book of Micah, what God was going to do in the later days and we are in those last days. I want to point to the chart again and say, Right here, marks the time that Christ was crucified. This is a small chart showing the Grace Age we are now living in, and we are living now in the closing years of that era. Right here, we show the rapture of the Church. This is how God deals with the grace age Church, just before the world enters into the seventieth week of Daniel’s seventy weeks prophecy concerning the Jews. We have it enlarged here, as we try to break it down in sequence, to show what it is all about. This chart shows that the temple must be rebuilt, the altar of sacrifice is to be rebuilt, and God will again be dealing exclusively with the Jews. Not only that, but the old city has to be renovated. It is in the process of being renovated, rebuilt, restored, all of which sets the stage for it to come on this side where the Millennium will have its beginning. This then is the first half of the week in which all of this is fulfilled. Right here, in the first half of that week, is where the two prophets (Moses and Elijah of Revelation 11:3-12) appear in Israel. Then right here, in the middle of the week, is where the antichrist, which will come out of Rome, will break the covenant he has made with the nation of Israel and inaugurate an overall slaughter of every one that they find associated with God in any way. That is when Israel and the prophetic world will go off into all that is prophesied for the last half of that week, which will be exactly three and half years of time commonly referred to as the great tribulation period. That is really the conclusion of the time of trouble, such as there never was before and never shall be again. Micah promises that God will take Israel in this process of time, as we are approaching the end of this age and do for them what the world today, in its modern stage of technology and unbelief toward God, cannot believe that He is capable of doing. When God says here in Micah 7:15, “According to the days of thy coming out of the land of Egypt will I show unto him (ISRAEL) marvelous things,” that tells me He Is going to do supernatural things once again for Israel, like He did when He was leading them out of Egyptian bondage. That does not mean He has to repeat exactly, what He did back then, because circumstances are different, but He will show His power for them against their enemies. He will again show by His miraculous presence, power and superiority that He is with the Jewish people. That is why the heathen, (meaning the unbelieving Gentiles of all races, and not necessarily just the poor bushman of Africa, or some region of the South Sea islands that hardly knows anything about today’s civilization) will stand in awe and total shock, when they see how God fights for Israel. All these of the modern world of technology are going to be baffled, confused, confounded, surprised, frightened, scared half to death. How close could we be to that period? We could be as little as a half year or year away from it, but we will just have to wait and see. We need to realize that the calendar year 2000, could mark the beginning of what we are talking about. Israel, right now, their leadership is trying their best to break down, give back, give up or whatever it takes for peace. The Palestinians, through the United Nations, has set this type of agenda. They are trying to lay the demands on Israel, If you Jews that live here, want peace, you will also have to recognize us, because we were here before you came here. I say this to the Jewish people that would listen to this, It is true you have been brought back within the last portion of this century, but I would say to the Jews also, This is one reason why I am using your own prophecies to show you, you are coming back right on time. You are like a locomotive coming down the track: You are on schedule. You have your time agenda and you are moving right along the way man’s modern things run on a time factor. Therefore if you accept the fact that God is going to do something for you in a miraculous way, it does not matter if you are outnumbered in manpower. It does not matter if you are outnumbered in planes, tanks, and such: That is what makes it necessary for God to show Himself in the way the Bible says He will. We can easily look in the Bible, in the book of Exodus, and see what He did from Sinai on, for the months and years that lay ahead, how Israel was preserved. They were maintained in every way. Nothing wore out. All their needs were met. Therefore I want to call attention to something else for the Jewish people who may come in contact with this message, When the day came that Joshua crossed over the Jordan River, look where they crossed it: They did not cross the Jordan River in the face of the weakest Canaanite camp. Jericho was the strongest camp of the Canaanites and was their military stronghold in that hour of time. God designed the entire thing to show Israel what He, their God, could do, by leading them right into a place where the city had walls that were impregnable, according to their standards of warfare in those days. It would have been utterly impossible for the Jewish soldiers to think of having victory in such circumstances if everything was left entirely up to them. But look at the type that God unfolds in this battle. It covers a period of seven days. Six days they marched around those walls once each day, but on the seventh day they marched around it seven times. Why? We know this, the Gentile world did not know at that time what was going on, but around a city of baked brick and stuff they marched, after they had been in the wilderness for forty years. They had crossed the Jordan under unusual circumstances, and now they are marching around this Canaanite stronghold. Why did God say, Go around one time each day for six days, then return back to your camp? I want to show you how this represented the Grace Age, from the beginning of Christendom until the closing hour of the Age. That is why you find the seven churches, written in the first three chapters of Revelation, which are emphasized here, because each one of those local churches set a type of an age or period of time in the Age of grace.


THE LAODICEAN CHURCH AGE


In 96 A.D. the Lord, through the apostle John, the last Jewish apostle, revealed the things He had against the particular churches of Asia Minor. Each one of these churches set a type of a certain period in the grace age era of time. We are presently living in the Laodicean age, typed by a city of Asia Minor, a city of commerce and trade. Naturally when you have a city like that, you have markets, income, industry, simply because they are not only exporting, they are also importing. People that live in those places usually have a better chance of livelihood than people in other places. Laodicea, in that ancient time, set a type of the age in which we are living, an age where the sky is the limit. This has been the age of time among the Gentile Christian era, that the Gentile world has climbed to its peak of material achievement. I can remember the time when in our American rural countryside, we did not even have electric lights. There are many of the older ones sitting in this congregation today, that can remember when it was like that. We had to depend on kerosene lamps. They finally began to modernize those things a little: They began to fix the Aladdin Lamp that would burn white gas with a combination of air that was pumped up. The wicks on those were a little carbon net thing that hung in the center. It could generate a tremendous amount of light, but in the hot summer time, that thing was like a stove. We thought we were living in heaven, when we could sit at the dining room table and do our school lessons with the light form the Aladdin lamp. Then along came the gasoline irons for ironing clothes, so we no longer had the cast iron ones sitting on the cook stove. I have seen my mother use those things many times, when that was all we had, but finally, thank God, we came out of the dark age period and Sears & Roebuck came out with the gas iron. People did not have the money to pay cash for them, but you could get them on the time payment plan. Either way, we began to feel like we were living in heaven. We thought we were really moving up. I use this only to show that in the last fifty or sixty years the western world has reached its peak of material achievement. Fifty years ago in the closing of WW2, we had no idea what a jet airplane would look like. It was in the making, but it had not been produced as a finished product. However, shortly thereafter here came the jet airplane. Now they fill the skies like crows over a corn field. I say all this to bring out the fact that almost everything we use today has been scientifically achieved in the last fifty some years. Economic wise the world has been lifted up into an economic era that was only a dream sixty years ago. People to the ends of the earth have lived on foreign aide from the United States, because we have been able to achieve things at a more rapid pace than others in the past fifty some years. It is not going to stay like this forever though: The Bible shows us the end, and I think we need to get ourselves ready for the approaching end. When man goes to sleep and thinks he is going to have it good forever, I am afraid he is going to be in for a great shock one day soon. Man cannot take these achievements that bring him ease and comfort, luxury, joy and material happiness, and then just forget all about God and expect to be trouble free forever. If man can take these and use them for the glory of God, I am sure there are a lot of other things in God’s category of things He can let man see, but why should He let pleasure seeking humanity see any more? Judgement is coming. As for these seven periods within the overall age of Grace, which is just about two thousand years, they serve a specific purpose in the overall plan of God. They enable us to understand many things we would not otherwise have a clue about. Just imagine, fourteen hundred years before Christ, the children of Israel marching around Jericho like that, one time the first day: That represents a church age. The Jews have been scattered for centuries, but the Gentiles have been given the privilege of carrying the Gospel of Jesus Christ all these many years and these different periods pertain to certain conditions the Church has been in during that time, but when the scriptures were written, all this was prophecy. They marched around a second time: That represents another age. On and on and on, but on the seventh day they marched around it seven times. That set a perfect type that seven times around they are repeating the gospel message that has been announced to each age, preceding that one. At the end of that seventh time around, they turned and faced the walls. That made the entire Israeli army completely encircle that city. Then they have not only blown the trumpets, but this shows that seven times around they repeated the gospel message, and a messenger came that restored the apostolic truth to the Gentile Church. While Israel was being re-gathered, this was going on. Now the Church has just about reached its full potential and the coming of the Lord is just ahead. Grace for Gentiles will end and God will again deal exclusively with the Jewish people once again. Look where Israel is today. She is standing facing the largest element of the Gentile world, knowing that they have the largest gathering of mass destruction weapons there ever has been on the face of this earth. Israel has to face all of that. That is why the United Nations is soon going to be past history, because, if they had their way it would be thumbs down on Israel. I will be so glad, and jump up and down with joy, when that thing falls to pieces. When God puts something in His word, mortal man will be able to succeed up to a point, but after that everything is in God’s hands. With this in mind, Israel stands as the seventh time around, and the gospel of the Gentiles has just about reached its duration. Israel stands ready to be turned loose, to look at the walls of military might. No, they are not walls of brick, but they are walls of scientific military weapons, that if you could magnify it somehow you would see the kill power and destructive potential the Gentile world has. In the eyes of God, that is nothing. That is why it says in Micah, 7:16, “The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might: they shall lay their hand upon their mouth, their ears shall be deaf.” They will become so confounded, dumbfounded, startled, scared, because they have never seen the God of Israel on the move like that before. I realize as I am saying this, there are so many Gentiles today that have such a dismal outlook toward the Bible and its prophecies, but I would like to remind them that God will vindicate everything that is written in His book. I am glad God let me see how true this book really is. It means everything to me.


WHAT ABOUT JERUSALEM? WHO GETS IT?


Turn with me to Zechariah. Micah gives us the time factor. It lets us see that there is going to be something that will trigger this move we are looking for. It has a starting point, meaning when it is time that the walls of the old city and the temple are to be rebuilt, so where does this objective originate? Around what does it start? Have you noticed in the last two or three years, how we have heard so much in international news, especially in Israel, that the Palestinians, from their position, are demanding the old city for their capital? Also, they do not want the Jews to build any more housing inside the occupied areas of the old city they took back in the Six Day War. They are demanding, through world popularity and opinion, saying, We want it, it is going to be our capital. However God has something to say about that. I would say to my Jewish friends, You ought to get ready to leap for joy, because your God, and it is your God, has good things in store for you. That is exactly why, when the time comes for this thing to go into operation, there is not a thing on earth that can stop it. Turn to the 12th chapter of Zechariah. We pick up in the 2nd verse. “Behold, I will make Jerusalem.” Notice He did not say Tiberias, neither did He say, Samaria, nor any other city except Jerusalem, I will make Jerusalem. (12:2) “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.” Why Jerusalem? What is it about Jerusalem that is so important? That is the capital of Israel. The two go together. They have politicians that are ready to sell out. They want peace at any cost, but in the end, that is not going to be what God allows them to do. God is going to have the last word. He is letting man, politically, get involved in all of this, but it is going to be at the expense of their own hurt. Come on and stick your nose into this thing, if you must; and then get ready for the final outcome of your meddling. The U.N. is going to do all they can in the matter. The Palestinians are going to get just that much more devilish and boastful, because they think they have world opinion on their side. However let us notice how this reads and try to understand why it is worded this way. “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling (for who?) unto all the people round about,” You are looking at the Palestinian Arab people, they are the ones that live there. Sure, they can brag, We have lived here for hundreds of years: Why should we not have Jerusalem as our capital? That is true: They have lived there a long time: No one can deny that, but who gave them a deed to the land? They have been trespassers in the eyes of the great God that gave that Land to the children of Israel. When you look into your Bibles, do you find any place where the Palestinians have legal document of real estate? They came there uninvited. They came there because they used the vacuum when the Jews were gone. It is up for grabs, so let’s take it. They moved in and claimed the land because there was no one around to prevent it. I will say though, If I were to take you through the pages of history since the fall of Jerusalem in 69 A.D., it would involve many, many years of wars and conflicts. Basically the Gentiles of various nations around the Middle East, have come and gone from there, taking their place and writing their histories. The Palestinian Arabs have moved in and lived there for hundreds of years, according to their genealogy. Little do they realize, the record of this Bible will outweigh the Koran, (which is the bible of the Islamics). What does God mean by the term, a cup of trembling? What does this symbolize? A cup is made to contain liquid. You can pitch it, as long as there is nothing in it. When God said a cup of trembling, we have to realize, it has some contents. The Arabs, one by one, all the leaders in the Arab world, are going to be compelled to take it and take a sip, and cast their opinion, What do you want done with Jerusalem? Well we see that for the past two and half, going on three years, they have all said, Jerusalem shall be our capital, but it says here, “When they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.” Basically they are against Judah holding on to any land whatsoever. The real problem is, they are after this main heart beat, Jerusalem. So as the Palestinians get involved, God says, Pass the cup. Imagine Arab leaders as they will one day be faced with the ultimatum, Come on and make your decision. I can see some of those Arab leaders begin to get nervous. When a man gets nervous and scared, his fear is expressed. It is utterly impossible for him to reach out and take a cup without trembling, therefore you can read his fear by watching his hands. How many understand what I am talking about? You do not have to ask, What is wrong with you? He has been forced to take the cup and commit himself to a decision. We realize this, it is not going to be left up just to the Arabs to decide. It will eventually pass from their category, to the United Nations. Why do I say the United Nations? Because the 3rd verse brings this out, and there has never been a time that a body of nations of the world have been collectively involved in political affairs of the world, like they have in the last fifty years, and it is that U.N. organization that takes the lead in it all. It stinks! Well the 3rd verse reads like this, “And in that day (or that period of time) will I make Jerusalem (We are still talking about the same city.) a burdensome stone.” A burdensome stone is not something you can pick up and handle very easy. It means it is not only an object that is heavy, but it is so odd shaped that it can hardly be handled. Jerusalem is like that. If we could read the historical background, geologically, where it is located, there is the lineage of David. In ancient times when Jerusalem was completely populated by Jewish people, true, it was Jews, but it was Jews who were all connected with the lineage of King David. That is why in other places it was called the city of David. David’s line came out of the tribe of Judah, but the basic tribe of Judah lived in the rural areas of the territory. Here it is King David’s line. God said He will make this city a burdensome stone for all people. All the United Nations, all that burden themselves with it, so come on United Nations, stick your nose into the situation and give your political decision. “All that burden themselves with it (Here is their end, and I cannot tell you how many preachers I have heard say, This is Armageddon. To my Jewish friends I would say, This is no more Armageddon than I am the general that is going to call it a war. This is an international body of world leaders brought to a point of making and negotiating a statement, What do you say about it? Well we know what the U.N. is going to say, No to Israel, demanding that Jerusalem be their capital. They do not want Israel to be restored to its ancient borders. They want the Jews, however many million there are in the world, to be kept confined. They want to put fourteen million Jews in a quart jar and can them up. God will not tolerate such nonsense. He will not allow it. This is where the U.N. faces a dilemma, but God has already said, All that burden themselves with it, you read it.) shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.” That means diplomatically, they are all thumbs down for the Jews and thumbs up for the Palestinians. That is the way the vote would be cast, but let us see how God looks at this. The 4th verse tells how God takes a look at it and how the Jew of this hour can look at their time. “In that day, saith the Lord, I will smite every horse with astonishment.” This language is according to ancient battle structures, when cavalry, bows and arrows, spears, swords, shields and all that was used. When God word says He will smite every horse with astonishment, this means that as the Arab Palestinian armies mass their horsepower together, to face Israel and to demand their rights, God will smite the horse with astonishment. This is why there has been many a horse in battle, that became so frightened from the sound of the clash of sabers, men groaning, men screaming as they were hit and fell from their horse, but then on the other hand there have been some horses in battle that became well known. Instead of becoming frightened, the horse seemed to have a spirit in him to keep on, because sitting on his back was a man the horse has a loyalty to. The horse has the ability to move himself in ways to protect his rider. This is why it is written in language like this. You and I know, when we take it from the literal horse and his rider, and put it on the tanks of horsepower, or in a jet airplane of horsepower, the end results is the same. Imagine an Arab sitting in a tank facing the Israeli army, and God says He is going to smite every horse with astonishment. Inside that piece of metal that is running on diesel fuel, is a man utterly dependent upon how he positions that tank and how the crew can make it fulfill its battle objective. But if God for some reason, causes a breakdown to set up in this tank, the motor won’t run right or something like that, what will it be like? Depending on a tank that will not hit all eight cylinders could cause a crew to feel very helpless. Then if the man becomes scared and knows he is a sitting duck for his enemy, I have to believe that is fulfilling the scriptures. Just as sure as He hits the horse with astonishment, meaning he is scared and frightened, the rider is affected likewise. “And his rider with madness: and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah.” Jews: the hour will come when those of the Judaistic people, those that were the instruments according to Zephaniah, that were used in the Six Day War, God said He would open his eyes upon the tribe of Judah, “and will smite every horse of the people with blindness.” That does not mean He is going to do the Israeli military that way. He is going to do Israeli enemies that way. Then when He opens his eyes upon the Jewish people, what does it say? “And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart,” (I want to say to the Jewish people, as well as to the Gentile Christians, that when the hour of time comes that God gets tired of Jewish leaders selling out to the U.N. cause, giving up, retreating for peace at any cost, He is going to put some men in the political lineup of Israel that have a different vision. Then He is going to put a backbone in them, and a heart and soul that will be instruments in fulfilling His word. They are going to begin to say, We are not going to succeed in anything as long as we compromise, give up, back off, and consent to all this negotiating nonsense. Only when we make up our minds that we are going to keep Jerusalem, and stand to see the day when Jerusalem will be inhabited by Jewish people, and they are going to say this, we believe we will be fulfilling God’s purpose and God will shine on us. Let us read this verse again, in its entirety.) “And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, The inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be my strength in the Lord of hosts their God.” That means Jewish leaders will say, When we have a vision to see that Jerusalem is no longer a city populated by Arabs, when we have a love for this ancient capital, and we will see to it that it is peopled by Jews, now we can have confidence that God is going to be with us. “In that day will I make the governors of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood.” That lets us know, that this is not the compromising leaders of the past: It will be leaders with a strong determination. They are going to say, Never will we give up, we are here to stay. I will be glad when the morning comes, that the World News is, There has been a Jewish leader, whoever it is, that looks up into the heavens and says, Never will we give up another inch. When that hour of time comes the world is going to realize, something is about to take place. With that in mind I say, When their leaders become like a torch, that everything they get close to is set on fire, time is short for Gentiles. “And like a torch of fire in a sheaf; (meaning a shock of grain) and they shall devour all the people round about, (Palestinians take a second thought. You trusted in Allah, but the day is coming when the God of the Jews, which was also the God of your ancestors in the days when they believed in the same God their father Abraham did, will again get your attention.) on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem.” By who? Jews who are of the lineage of the house of David. I would say to the Jewish people, You take that promise and read in the 49th chapter of Isaiah, what Isaiah said He would do about it. It plainly says there, that in that day of time God will create a condition and bring it about so that the Jews that are to come from the ends of the earth and seek habitation in Jerusalem, will come, and God knows where every one of them are. Read that 49th chapter of Isaiah, to get the full picture. The prophecy is spoken in language like the mountains of Zion are doing the talking. When they suddenly feel the feet of these children of Israel coming to take up occupancy within the territory, then Zion will say, These children of mine, where have they been since I lost the first ones? Where did they come from? Read the 49th chapter to get the entire effect. The 49th chapter says twice, They that made thee waste, shall go forth of thee. I have to say to the Palestinian Arab, I am not speaking this to be derogatory with you, if you should hear it, but if I were you, while I have opportunity, I would pack my suitcase and sell out to the Jewish people, whatever your possessions are, and get a ticket on a bus that would take me across the Jordan River and get me away from what is coming. It plainly says, they that made thee waste, run down, desolate, dirty, stinking, shall be far removed. Where to? Right back across the river where they came from. I can see the military army trucks of Israel loading them up, giving them one last opportunity, because negotiations have done broke down. I have to say, When that Israeli army goes into action they will have the finest tanks, all types of artillery and modern rocketry, from land to air missiles, and sitting on the runways are some of the world’s finest fighter planes. Let me say this, Even in the Arab world, they can have an F-16, or whatever, but because it does not have a Jewish pilot, they just as well have any old antique plane. When God smites the rider, the pilot, with madness, blindness, he will fly it into the desert and crash it. On the other hand, take the same plane and put a Jewish pilot in it, and God will give that man such wisdom, it will be equal to five F-16’s. All of God’s promises in ancient times are surely going to come to pass, even that one shall put a hundred to flight, and so on, just multiply it in the modern era of warfare. That is what God is talking about. When God sets His eye on Jerusalem, He is going to do something about it, and the first thing is, He will take it out of the hands of the Arabs and put it back in the hands of the people it is destined for. We can just watch prophecy on the move from here on out. To do that, means there is going to be war. God, through the Israeli leadership, will have to show the Arabs it is not going to be the way they have designed it. It is the way I have designed it, says He. Naturally it means warfare, but Israel shall have the victory. Arafat may wish he would have had a heart attack and left the scene before that. I know I am saying this in a strange way, but I have to say to the Jewish people who might hear it, The hour will be, when every TV on the face of this earth will have a portion of that battlefield in its scope. When those airplanes leave the airfield and the tanks start to roll, here is what it will mean, (Zephaniah, chapter 2). They will cross the Jordan River and take the land of Moab, they will go right on and take the land of the Edomites, and the land of the Ammonites, the land of the three primary people of ancient times that settled what is now called Jordan. Zep 2:8 “I have heard the reproach of Moab, and the revilings of the children of Ammon, whereby they have reproached my people, and magnified themselves against their border. Zep 2:9 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 saltpits, and a perpetual desolation: the residue of my people shall spoil them, and the remnant of my people shall possess them. Zep 2:10 This shall they have for their pride, because they have reproached and magnified themselves against the people of the LORD of hosts. Zep 2:11 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.” When it comes to the war they are going to fight, it is going to be a miracle war that will dumbfound, startle, even terrify an element of educated people. I do not advocate violence. Those who do are the kind that will crucify Christ if He was to be put on the court of public opinion today. Yes, you would do it in a heartbeat. It is this prevailing modernistic spirit that has helped put this world in its present dilemma. Therefore knowing that Israel is facing a world of hostility, one of the first things God will do, will be to break the diplomacy and governmental structure of that United Nations conglomeration. All He has to do is, put one thought in this certain leader, and another thought in another leader, they get into an argument and I tell you, You would not want to be there to hear the argument. One by one, day by day they will begin to walk out, because most of them are not supporting it in the first place. They are just living on the tax dollar of the United States government. They have rode our backs long enough, so I have to say, As we look at each verse here, we see a strategic accomplishment, Zechariah 12:7 “The Lord also shall save the tents of Judah first, (That means the rural countryside, that is the basic tribe, He will save the tents, the dwelling places, the rural areas of Judah, first.) that the glory of the house of David (meaning when Jerusalem does begin to rise in its renovating and restoration, then the Jews that come back to live there cannot glory in the fact that they live in Jerusalem. Well all Jews will know that, but God does not want them crowing about it, because it took these Jews in their tents and dwelling places in the rural countryside, to do the fighting for them and to take the city away from the enemy, and turn it over to these coming back. Can you not see the language of the hour? He does not want those Jewish city people crowing over the country farmers and sheep herders.) and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify themselves against Judah.” They will have to look to the Judah tribe and say, Thank you brethren, it was your valor, it was your loyalty to fulfill the cause of God, because you did it according to the word of God. “In that day shall the Lord defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem: and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David: and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the Lord before them.” Meaning when the house of David is occupying the city, and the Judaistic tribe is in proper territorial relationship, that puts the people in a perspective lineup. They now know they have carried out God’s plan and God will begin to work in favor of whatever else there is in prophetic accomplishment ahead. Verse 9 is the climax. “And it shall come to pass in that day, (that same period of time) that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.” That come against Jerusalem being a Jewish capital, that is the analysis of it. The U.N. has a short term to live. Let me say this, Practically every prophet in the Old Testament spoke in his hour of time, something concerning this latter day. It tells me here in the book of Obadiah, which was prophesied in the eighth century before the advent of Christ, of the Babylonian captivity. Obadiah looked down through the scope of time, and in his prophecy he saw the day come when the Babylonian invasion would come to Jerusalem. God would be in the process of causing the Jews to be carried off into Babylonian captivity, and that prophet saw how the Edomites, the descendants of Esau, over on the other side, would act. You read Obadiah. There they stood on the other side, chanting Tear it to the ground, tear it to the ground. I can just hear them chant, We’ll be glad when they are gone: When they are gone we will move in and take over. Watch what happened. The day came that the walls were destroyed and the temple is burnt. The Babylonian army carries off into captivity hundreds and thousands of Jewish people, to spend time in captivity. That was almost six hundred years before Christ, but two hundred and some years after the prophet spoke it, there it fell in place. But watch, that same prophet that spoke that, part of his prophecy jumps to the day that you and I live in. I say this to my Jewish friends. Let’s look at that day that you live in. Let’s ask ourselves, What does God have in mind? Let us go to your ancestors who are in Babylon, as captives. The Babylonian slave taskmaster have them out doing all kinds of work. Can you not see them in the 137th Psalm? There, it speaks of the Babylonian captors taunting them, Sing us a song of Zion, we want to hear how you sing. I can see those Jewish people with tears in their eyes, a long way from home, probably never to see it again in their life span. As those Babylonian captors tease and taunt them, humiliating them, shaming them, Sing us a song and entertain us. But the reply that came from the Jewish lips, (and I believe it came from lips that were trembling, and tears in their eyes, How can we sing the songs of Zion in a strange land? They knew exactly what the Edomites had said. They heard the reports of what they did. Let us hear these Jews in Babylon, as they weep, “O Lord, remember Edom in the days of Jerusalem.” Meaning when God will reclaim, once and for all, Jerusalem. Almost every prophet spoke something against those people on the other side of the river. Some included the Ammonites, others the Moabites, other Edomites. They all have it coming. But the world today in its modern makeup does not realize it. They are not preparing for it. I want to go to Ezekiel, for a scripture before we move on.


HEAR EZEKIEL


In the 35th chapter of Ezekiel, we find what God showed Ezekiel, of what is going to fall on this element of people that lived in the mountain regions of Seir, (which is the ancient Edomites). I am not going to read it all. To think, written almost six hundred years before the advent of Christ, but it looks down through the scope of time, two thousand years further and sees this, I will start in verse 6. “Therefore, as I live, saith the Lord God, I will prepare thee unto blood, (Gentile people, Gentile church goers who do not know today, which end of this book to start reading from,) and blood shall pursue thee: sith thou hast not hated blood, even blood shall pursue thee. Thus will I make mount Seir most desolate, and cut off from it him that passeth out and him that returneth. And I will fill his mountains with his slain men: in thy hills, and in thy valleys, and in all thy rivers, shall they fall that are slain with the sword. I will make thee perpetual desolations, and thy cities shall not return: and ye shall know that I am the Lord. Because thou hast said, (Notice how their ancestors talked, as they gloated and boasted.) These two nations and these two countries shall be mine, (When they saw the northern tribes already gone, then they saw the two southern tribes go to the Babylonians, that left the land vacant. Now we will move in.) and we will possess it; whereas the Lord was there: Therefore, as I live, saith the Lord God, I will even do according to thine anger, and according to thine envy which thou hast used out of thy hatred against them; (the Jews) and I will make myself known among them, when I have judged thee. And thou shalt know that I am the Lord, and that I have heard all thy blasphemies which thou hast spoken against the mountains of Israel, saying, They are laid desolate, they are given us to consume. Thus with your mouth ye have boasted against me, and have multiplied your words against me: I have heard them. Thus saith the Lord God; When the whole earth rejoiceth, I will make thee desolate. As thou didst rejoice at the inheritance of the house of Israel, because it was desolate, so will I do unto thee: thou shalt be desolate, O mount Seir, and all Idumea, even all of it: and they shall know that I am the Lord.” In modern times, our world today does not realize He is not going to do this secretly. He is going to do it when the whole world is rejoicing, as though they have everything politically, just the way they want it. When God begins to take that little nation and disintegrate all their hopes and dreams that they have selfishly concocted, and He does it so the whole world can look on, I have to say, What a day we live in! There are thousands of people today that would probably say, Oh that is so ancient God has forgotten all about it a long time ago. Don’t kid yourself. He has never forgotten one word that is written and He never will. The nations of the world will get their chance to see how God remembers, and how He vindicates His people. If God was concerned about the way that Sadam Hussein of Iraq did, and how he boasted of what he would do, He is concerned about this. Just look how quick God showed him who is still the boss. He boasted of how the infidels would wallow in their own blood, but did you know the land war, the actual engagement of men to men, fighter to fighter did not last but one hundred hours. They took that land so fast, old Sadam hardly knew what had happened. When you saw the final hour, the Iraqi army leaving Kuwait, they literally raped that city by taking everything they could take away from it. Those Kuwaiti people, which could not fight a war of that magnitude, had to depend upon help from somewhere else, but look at the cars the Kuwaiti people owned. As those Iraqi forces left Kuwait, tied on top of their vehicles were dish washers, clothes washers and dryers, every modern convenience being taken back to Iraq. Before they could cross the border though, all hell broke loose. They were met by some of the worst bombardment of air attack one could imagine. When it showed the picture, that area just before the border, God turned it into a grave yard. That is just a little foretaste of what you Jewish and the Gentile people are getting ready to see again. We are going to see the God of heaven, the God of this book, do something that is going to make this Gentile world stagger, look in bewilderment and say, I wish somebody had told me so. Well remember, I did tell you. I will say this right now, not that I am going to jump with glee when I see someone lying on the ground dead, but when I look at the scene, according to the way this book has described it, God said, I will do this with my servant Israel. Then I have to say, Lord help us to be ready, and to realize that this time of the yardstick is just about over. Let us not take things for granted. Let us begin to realize, God has things in His hands, everything is under His control, and everything is going to go precisely the way He has ordained it to go. This is why, as this thing closes out, God is going to be known as the great God of this world, the Creator, the life giver, the only God there is. To think, when the prophet said, And the nations of the earth will see and be confounded, one could have asked, Well how in the world are they going to see, if they do not have anything to see with? I ask you a simple question: How did the people of the world see what took place during WW1? That was not a war that was easy for American people to keep up with. There was no such thing as TV’s. A lot of the News we got in the Newspapers was already a few days old. The photographs of the battlefields were only received after they had been mailed by the on field reporters. Well today it is a different story: You can readily see that what the prophet said was not a far-fetched, imagined thing. Whatever takes place anywhere from now on, will be viewed around the world instantly. I can just see them in India, college students sitting before TV screens. Look at that! There has to be a God that is bigger than Hinduism, Buddhism, or Shintoism. College graduates in China. College students from the jungles of Africa. They are going to say, I will serve a God like that. Then when we get to the 60th chapter of Isaiah, verse 10, here is the conclusion, there where they have assembled, young men, they have studied construction engineering. They come to Israel and say, I volunteer six months of my practice. Notice, “The sons of strangers shall build up thy walls.” Hallelujah! What a God!


Preached 9-20-98 AM


This is a message I am preaching basically to try to address the Jewish people. Our Contender paper is going into Israel now, so many of them will get this message, if we eventually print it. I want to say to the Jewish people that might somehow hear this on audio tape, Gentiles have been the keepers of your book, the Bible. Some might question a Gentile’s mind, of having the ability to know anything about the prophetic picture in the Bible, but I am not preaching this to try to persuade them that I know anything. However if I can convince them that God, by His grace, back in 1993 showed me in a dream one night, that there would be certain prophetic scriptures that would line up to a certain definite end, I believe that might be of a help to them. When those scriptures begin to really line up, I can see a perfect picture related to the time we are living in, and how we can look for the soon coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. I am fully aware that not every Jew has accepted Jesus Christ as their Messiah, so I am not preaching this to try to bring conversion to anyone, but rather to show them that I am basically interested in helping them realize that a Gentile has been privileged to see some things that are soon to come to pass. There are a lot of doctors of divinity in the Gentile world who are putting together various pictures from the prophecies in the Bible. They have even sent videos to me from time to time. I appreciate the things that some have sent, but I have to believe that God, in His love and mercy, has let me see something that overrides all the ideas of the doctors of divinity. I am not an educated person according to the standards of the world: therefore I am even more grateful to God, because I know He can take a human mind that may not have been given to a lot of intellectual learning, and can deal with him in a way that he can see things that many times will confuse the ordinary religious mind. Last Sunday we preached two messages, morning and night, dealing in relationship to these scriptures I have listed on this chart. I want to say at this time, I will quote the dream I had, at the end of this message, (which will not be today) along with another dream that the Lord gave me back at the beginning of the year, which taken together lets me know we are moving that much more rapidly in time toward the end. As for the chart we are using, if you compare it to last Sunday’s chart, let me remind you that would see both of them, we have taken off the previous things we had on there and added this which you see now, which shows from 33 A.D. to somewhere over here when the seventieth week of Daniel is in effect. This represents the seventieth week, which is a period of seven years, three and one half in each part. We are showing the seventieth week of Daniel enlarged. When we realize Hosea 6:2-3 gives us a yardstick to measure time by, we have to ask ourselves the question, Why did God put a prophetic scripture in the Bible that you can plainly see is a yardstick? In Hosea 6:2, which was written almost eight hundred years before Christ, even before the destruction of Jerusalem the first time, when the Babylonians came and tore down Jerusalem and the temple, and took the two southern tribes off into captivity, we see this, “After two days will He revive us: in the third day He will raise us up, and we shall live in His sight.” Even before the ten tribes were carried off into captivity, Obadiah gave a prophecy stating what would happen to the children of Israel, the Jewish people, in the time the Babylonians would come. That prophecy has two aspects to it. Through Obadiah, God warns Edom that they should not have looked upon God’s people as they did, and should not have been pleased as they were. The later part of the prophecy tells us what God is going to do to the Edomites here in the end time. I want to say to the young people that are still going to school, You will not find these things related to you in your secular histories of today. I have some old history books that were used back at the turn of the century, when a lot of Bible related history was studied in our schools. You can understand today, why they do not want you studying any of that. They do not want you to see anything that is related to the Bible, because they really do not believe the Bible is a true book. As for myself, I have to believe the Bible is more true than all the history books man has ever put together, because it is a known fact that man will try to change history, a little here, a little there, from what the original writers would have had in mind. With all of that is mind, we are dealing with this subject trying to show that we are approaching a short span of time in which God is going to show this world just how great He is. In one sense of the word, He is going to do it basically, to show the Israelite people that have been brought home from dispersion, that He is still their God, and that He is fulfilling everything He ever promised them, and that He is getting ready to show other things, in the way He will bring the children of Israel back and the way they will reclaim all the land that was given to their father Abraham. From the United Nations agenda, (which we have a copy of) it is a fact that they, (the United Nations) if they are left to have their way, there will be no such thing as Israel ever being able to reclaim all their borderland. Nevertheless the Bible promises that God will establish Israel back in their land according to her former estates, meaning according to her former geographical boundaries. God gave Abraham a lot more land than what the Jewish people have in their possession right now; and He is going to see that they get all of it back.


WHAT WILL THE UNITED NATIONS DO?


If we were to say today, that the U.N. is going to have its way, we would actually be saying God will not fulfill all that we find written in our Bibles. God has allowed the UN to have its way up until now, but when the time comes that their agenda stands in the way of God fulfilling his word to the children of Israel, He will rip that thing to pieces. Keep in mind, God has a plan in His word and no earthly man, no matter how big a politician he may be, or what kind of political leader he may be, when it comes time for Him to watch over His word and fulfill it, He will let, or cause something to go amiss, to start the event. Then there will be political upheaval come into play that will open up the way for whatever God has in mind. Once political upheaval starts, it seems as though politicians and world leaders will begin to disagree with each other, and that is because God puts it in their hearts to do whatever it requires for His plan to be manifested. In the 17th chapter of Revelation, we find these words written, (verse17) “For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil His will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.” That pertains to the leaders of western Europe, which form the ten horns of the beast system of Rome here again in the last days, and God says He will put in their heart’s whatever it takes to fulfill His word. To me, that is a fact: not just a maybe. That is why I say there is no such thing as the United Nations outweighing what God has purposed to do. I have said this for a good while now, Many may think the U.N. is the world’s beast, but I assure you , it is not It is a decoy, to lead people astray, especially world leaders, along with a lot of preachers who are not reading the Bible right. I have read in the last two or three years, where, out of the Catholic Church comes prophecies they have dug into their old archives and found, where soothsayers and individuals like Nostradamus have prophesied various things. Some of those men spoke things that actually came to pass, but let me say this, It does not matter if you had a hundred men of that type prophesying, and if they have a hundred prophecies yet to be fulfilled, when it comes time for this Book to be fulfilled, all of that other stuff will go amiss. It just goes to show, we have preachers today trying to put together a prophetic picture without having a revelation of the plan of God. They are going altogether on what Nostradamus and those type men have said, rather than what the Bible says. I have to say, God forbid that we should have such a negative attitude about what God’s word says. It is my desire, and yes, my prayer, to be able to show from the Bible, that what we are saying is shortly to come to pass, because there is a picture being formed right before our eyes in this hour of time. In the political leadership of the nation of Israel, they know that the Arab world, all the way from Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, all the Arab world is eventually going to get tired of waiting for Israel to give up all this occupied land that they took in the Six Day War. They want them to give back all the land to a certain boundary line. That is what the U.N. says, and the Arab leaders are going to hold Israel to that: At least that is what they think. That will act as a decoy until God has the stage set for the real plan to go into effect. I have to say this, Not even the Gentile religious world will see it. They will only see certain fragments of it. I have to say though, The people that make up the Bride of Christ, are going to see this thing come together and they will understand what is happening.


ABOUT OUR CHART

The Countdown Chart

The Countdown Chart

I want to show you, since we have changed the chart we are using, that this line here, actually starts in 33 A.D. That is approximately when Christ was crucified. We have already figured that out. However since there maybe some Jewish people hearing this message that did not hear the other messages let me say to them, I personally figured this out by the decree in 445 B.C., in the month of March, which is seventy three days short of a full calendar year, according to Roman calendar time. That is when the decree went into effect, that the Jews were to go back, rebuild Jerusalem and get it ready for the coming of the Messiah. Now from the decree that was given, to the time of the birth of Christ, you have 442 years and 203 days of time. When we look at this line, this is the calendar time, and it comes right on through time. This brown line marks the death of King Herod. Histories in ancient times were written much of the time according to the death of the kings of the nation. You had no universal historians in the B.C. period. You had men like Herodotus and those, which were the only men that put together in generality certain fragments of different historical events that took place. In order to put together a more meaningful picture, you have to collect the main data from the major histories, like the history of Babylon, the history of the Romans, and the history of the Greeks and so forth. You have to go to them to get the full picture. Nobody ever actually took the whole thing and condensed it and put it together, but you can find the separate accounts. As for B.C. time, according to our chronologies since the advent of Christ, it was not until way over here in the advent period, that the Catholic Church with the historians of that time, decided to change the writings of history, how it was recorded, because according to the histories of Rome, they went ahead recording and writing them in conjunction with the death of Caesar Tiberias, the death of this one and that one. Each one reigned so many years and died. Well the Catholic Church decided, after time was way on over here, that they should began to calculate and record history in relationship to the birth of the greatest King that has ever lived. That of course is the birth of Jesus the Christ, taking into account His crucifixion, and then let everything from that time on be dated and related to the advent of Christ. All other histories were related to earthly kings, how long they reigned, when they died, and then they started again with the next king. To see how they did that, turn to the book of Kings in your Bible. You will see exactly how the Jews recorded it in the B.C. period: King so and so lived so long and died. Another man took his place. That is the way all histories were written back then. On the other hand, if we can see that Christ, according to corrected calendar time, now in the advent period, we have a better way of pinpointing events of history. We have a couple of copies of that. I took one set of information from a Jewish history book that covers the period of time from right here, when the Jews were in Babylon, all through these years of the rebirth of the nation, coming back and rebuilding Jerusalem, and it carries them right on over into the era of the Roman Empire, and the time when Christ was crucified. In that Jewish history book they say that Jesus, the son of Joseph, was executed in 33 C.E. (Christian Era) because of political reasons. It is all in the book. Well about ten years ago, we were passing through Oklahoma and I bought a Newspaper. To my surprise, there was a large article about this very thing. Two British scientists claiming to be Christians, using computers, had analyzed this time factor, and they stated in their article that Jesus was crucified in the year 33. Here, is the scientists’ account that was taken out of the Newspaper, and here, is the page from the Jewish history book: They both have the same date. When I read that, I thought to myself, I am going to stop reading these books where other writers disagree on everything: When you have men that disagree, you can never come to a fixed conclusion on anything. I feel comfortable using one Jewish and one Gentile calculation that agree with each other. The important thing is, the two recordings agree. I am saying all that to try to give people a clear proximity of what we are looking at. I know God did not put a yardstick of prophecy in the Bible, if He did not intend to fulfill His word exactly according to the yardstick, simply because, if the first sixty nine weeks of the seventy weeks of Daniel were fulfilled precisely to the hour of time when Christ was crucified, the last week will be fulfilled exactly as the measurement of time and events declare it will. Christ was born in this period (chart) and He actually was two years and eighty nine days of age before the death of King Herod. He was not yet three years old, but He had passed the two years of age. That is why, when the wise men came from the east to see Him, they did not come to see a little baby. Herod asked the wise men, How long have you been seeing this star? They told him. When they followed that star, it took them to the house where the young child was. The Bible speaks of the young child, not the babe in the manger. Nevertheless the world is overrun with religious systems that are full of tradition, and that is because of what the Catholic Church has done; or at least a lot of it is. When we actually break this whole thing down, this is the number of days in the first sixty nine weeks, and it terminates right there, (pointing to death of Christ as shown on the chart) but this shows how many days and years Christ was born before the death of King Herod, and the death of King Herod ended this period of B.C., and A.D. started. Some people get confused, and say, Bro. Jackson, there is a blank there. That is what the blank is. How many realize that? A.D. does not mean after death: It more accurately means, after the advent. The Dictionary defines it as pertaining to an ancient Latin term, (Anno Domini) which points to a specified year of the Christian era. It points to right there. Jesus Christ was crucified in the year 33 A.D., but we realize this, He was 33 ½ years old, which means He was cut off in middle of the 34th year of His life. We covered certain scriptures last Sunday morning and night, that I will not go back into at this time.


PREPARING FOR A BIBLE WAR


The world today, is not aware that there is a war getting ready to break out in the Middle East; and it will be a Bible war. It will be won in a way that will shock most of the inhabitants of this planet. It will shake nations: It will totally shake political systems, because the world of politics does not know, and they are not even trying to understand what is written in the Bible, that will absolutely come to pass. They are sound asleep spiritually. They are busy putting together their political agendas, trying to make this fit here and something else over here, trying to make their plan supercede the plan of God. That is why they are all getting together the way they are. They get up there in the U.N. assembly and will debate, argue, fuss, vote, cancel and carry on for weeks at a time, trying to get one little thing straightened out according to their agenda. I am going to read to you how God looks at this war. It has been right here in the Bible for centuries of time. God does not view with favor, those that have been enemies to Israel. When we hear so much about the Palestinian Arab today, I want all the young people to realize, many of these are descendants of the people we are going to read about. When the Jewish nation was led away from their homeland in 69 A.D. and scattered throughout the Roman world, this left the Holy Land in a vacuum and Arabs soon began to move in. We know also, that through the first few centuries, Christendom had a hard struggle existing. Then coming to the tenth century, out of Europe came volunteer armies, entire families, children and all, that the Catholic Church put together trying to send enough force to the Holy Land to free Jerusalem from the Moslem, Islamic religion. They had already built a mosque over the place of the altar of sacrifice, where the Jews offered their animal sacrifices to God. In almost three hundred years of the Crusader period, many European lives were lost, both on the journey, as well as in the fight after they got there. Yet there was a period of time they existed there. If you go there, you can find certain traces of the times when they did live there, but after the fighting with the Crusaders, the Arab, Islam forces drove them out. The Arabs more and more began to come out of the desert countries, infiltrating the land. Keep in mind, the trade routes have changed drastically over time. The trade routes that once crossed the desert countries have changed, and had come to the sea coast at various points, to meet the maritime merchants that brought the commerce from Europe and those places. This brought about a dramatic change in the Holy Land. The Arabs that came there, came to be close to this way of commerce because it brought a different lifestyle. They wanted to enjoy some of the benefits. Man still does that today. I say all that to acquaint the young people with what we are going to say. The Arabs that live there today are called Palestinians. They want to be called that because they want to take the name of the land. There are very few of the actual Palestinian line that lived in the day of King David that are alive any more. They have assimilated themselves among the Arab world. Anyhow here is the prophecy in the 63rd chapter of Isaiah. I will say to the Jewish people, I realize a lot of Jewish people spend very little time reading from their prophets. They have more interest in reading the Torah than reading from the prophets. The Torah of course, is the first five books of the Bible we all use, consisting of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. The first prophecy about this event that is going to take place, is in the book of Numbers, the 24th chapter. We will read that later. Right here though, is a mystery. I have read it and wondered, What is the Lord talking about? It was not until this whole chain of events began to line up, that I could see what God was actually speaking of. It starts with the question, “Who is this that cometh from Edom, (Notice the primary tribe is Edom. That are the descendants of Esau, Jacob’s brother.) with dyed garments from Bozrah? (That is one of the old settlements.) this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save. (I know now it is the Lord. It is the Lord in a theophany form, to show Himself as taking command. Now the viewer asked the question.) Wherefore (or why) art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat? (Now He replies) I have trodden the winepress alone: and of the people there was none with me: (Now let me read that according to the way it fits the twentieth century. I alone have trodden the winepress, and there is not a nation that stands up for me.) for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, (That is how they come to have the color.) and I will stain all my raiment. For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed (that is the Jewish people) is come. And I looked, and there was none to help; (This tells you the United States, which has given to Israel for the past fifty years, money, money, money, military equipment and other things, but she is going to be in a bad situation when this develops. America is somehow going to be wrapped up in some kind of conflict that will keep her from being able to help.) and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me; and my fury, it upheld me. And I will tread down the people in mine anger, and make them drunk in my fury, and I will bring down their strength to the earth.” That is the first scripture I have chosen to read, mainly because it lets us know, that when the hour comes for it to begin to fulfill itself, God will not be waiting on any earthly politician to agree with Him. This lets me know that what the Bible has in it, yet to be fulfilled, is so accurate you can rest assured it will all come to pass. Now I will ask you to go with me, as we take the next stepping stone to this great event, the greatest war that Israel will ever have been involved in.


ISRAEL’S GREATEST WAR-WHAT IS IT?


Let us go to Ezekiel 25:12. In this chapter, God prophesies the end of all these people, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Edomites, all of which are across the Jordan River. We will pick up right here, about Edom, in this 25th chapter. Keep in mind now, This is yet to be fulfilled. I was talking to a friend of mine, reminding him about this scripture in Numbers 24, what was prophesied by Balaam way before the writing prophets ever came on the scene, and do you know what kind of answer he said he had gotten from a Gentile doctor of divinity? He said to him, Oh that has already been fulfilled. Well I say, Then why in the name of common sense did it say, IN THE LATTER DAYS? That is why I say, You can put about as much confidence in these doctors of divinity, certainly no more, as you would a child in the first grade of school. Oh sure, they are educated, but they have educated themselves until they are completely blind, as far as being able to know what these prophecies apply to. What I am going to read to you has never been fulfilled. Just imagine when it starts, God is going to be the leader of the entire episode. “Thus saith the Lord God: Because that Edom hath dealt against the house of Judah by taking vengeance, and hath greatly offended, and revenged himself upon them; (That is exactly what they did six hundred years before Christ, when the Babylonian army came upon them under the leadership of Nebuchadnezzar and tore down. the city. The Edomites stood on the other side jumping up and down with glee. Read the first part of Obadiah. The Lord reminds them, you did thus and so back then, but now you are going to be paid back.) THEREFORE THUS SAITH THE LORD GOD; I WILL ALSO STRETCH OUT MINE HAND UPON EDOM, AND WILL CUT OFF MAN AND BEAST FROM IT; AND I WILL MAKE IT DESOLATE FROM TEMAN; (That is one of their cities) AND THEY OF DEDAN SHALL FALL BY THE SWORD.” If we had a map up here we could show you the extent of this great sweep God is going to bring upon all these people across the river Jordan, in the land of what we call Jordan today. Remember, In ancient times, there was no such country as Jordan. It was the land of the Moabites back then. Also it was the land of the Edomites and the Ammonites. The other parts were divided among some of the ten tribes of northern Israel. Now God prophesies, and they of Dedan, this swings way down into Saudi Arabia. Get a Bible map and you can see where Dedan is located. This lets me know, when God starts moving Israel they will hit the Middle East with such a devastating strike, from a military standpoint, they will hardly know what is happening. I want to say this, A man sent me a video tape on Islam, just for my information. It seems that from many of the colleges of the United States today, we hear reports of how a lot of the Moslems from wealthy parts of the world send their sons over here to go to our colleges. What do they do? They walk around the corridors, boasting and bragging of who they are, what they are, and what the Islamic religion is going to do to the west. They do not know what God thinks about them. Wait until He says something. Keep in mind, it is in the country of Saudi Arabia that you find Dedan; and that is where Mohammad rose up. He started that religion. It became a militant believing religion. They took everything, conversion was by force or blood. They have been that way ever since. That is why the whole Arab world went under, or into it. We can see from reading here, that when God starts judging Edom for their part, for what they did in ancient times to the Jewish nation, and then how they sacked Jerusalem for what was left, He makes a clean sweep. God built up a hatred for them that will remain until the end. These prophecies have been laying here in the word of God, like they are sound asleep. A lot of people have thought they were irrelevant. They are not irrelevant. They are just now coming to the forefront. God does not get in a hurry. Let us just listen to the wording of these prophecies as they are read. (Verse 14) “And I will lay my vengeance upon Edom (They are the first ones mentioned.) by the hand of my people Israel: and they shall do in Edom according to mine anger and according to my fury; and they shall know my vengeance, saith the Lord God.” That is putting the 63rd chapter of Isaiah together, where He says His raiment is mired by the blood of these people. Here though, He tells that it is Israel that will bear the sword that will do all of this. The Edomites will be some of the first ones. This lets me know, if you could see a map of the world and the position of Israel, Saudi Arabia, the Edomites, the Moabites, the Ammonites, you see that makes up all the country of Jordan of today. I want to show you right here from the Bible, and not from some Gentile theological book, that these scriptures all go together a certain way. I have said this, Back years ago when I would study certain things about prophecy, of course we could always see certain verses of scriptures, of prophecy, and quite frequently we would see this one because it is so big. You can immediately say, God is going to do this and that, but now we must keep in mind, that there are all these little minor prophecies that have been laying here almost concealed, almost hidden, and we cannot overlook them anymore because they are very important to our understanding of the entire end time picture. They help make up the little pieces of this great puzzle. When you are putting together a puzzle that really has a lot of dimensions, scenery and all, you have to look for every one of these little pieces that has something on it, maybe just a color, but you have to figure out where and what it matches, in order to know where it goes. You cannot just go by the shape of it, because there are so many that look the same. When it really is put together right though, you have such a beautiful picture of art. I have to say, We are dealing with a beautiful picture of prophecy right here in the Bible, once we get it put together right. It formulates in your mind, by the yardstick God has given us, that certain things have got to come to fulfillment within a certain time factor. As we said last Sunday, These two thousand years, or two days, that we see in Hosea 6:2, where is says that after two days He, meaning the Lord, will revive us, have just about run their course. When we compare it to calendar time, that takes us to 2004 ½, which is actually the middle of 2005. The time figures out like this, when you take calendar time and convert it to prophetic time, based upon the Roman calendar we all use. Well that is not much more than five years away, assuming that this calendar is accurate, but we should always allow for the fact that this calendar has been reworked a few times, and still may not be exactly accurate right to the day. That is why we just say it the way we do, that this is approximately the end of that two days. Bro. Jackson: Do you mean to say that the Lord is coming in five years? No. I am not telling you He is coming in exactly five years, but when five years have gone by, you are going to see enough going on in this world, that you are going to know we are at the threshold of a great event. No man knows the day or hour. You need not argue with me about that, but you can know the season by looking at the picture that is developing before your very eyes. That is why you should be ready at all times. He is coming as a thief, YES, but it will not be like that to the Bride because she will be ready and expecting Him: His coming as a thief will be to the un-expecting, unbelieving, could-not-care-less people of the world. In the meanwhile, let us pay attention to one of the things that must precede His coming. Israel is going to be the arm of God that reaches out to strike her enemies, so how is she going to strike? And what is her main objective? I have a video tape from a Jewish military man: He is still in the military, but in 1997 he was here in the United States on leave. He says this, We know by our intelligence, that we are one day going to have to fight the whole Arab world on four fronts, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, and Iraq. Do you know what that does? If you knew how many tanks Iraq, Egypt, Syria and Jordan have, and how many tanks Israel has, you would have to say, Oh my, I feel sorry for Israel. That is because she has such a small number of them. It is the same with the planes she has. What we must remember though, is that you do not look at the numbers: you just look at what God has said. He told them in olden times, how one would put so many to flight. He also specified that ten would put so many more to flight. God just multiplies the ability of each one. He gives the Jewish man, the fighter, an intelligence that comes right direct from the mind of God. When they go into combat, somehow or other they are able to outsmart their opponent. God seems to give them a brilliant mind to know how to outsmart their opponent regardless of how they are outnumbered. Knowing that when this time comes for Israel to fight that great mass, they are not alone, is a very comforting thought. The natural minded Jew that does not believe yet, is one reason why this has to be as it will be. I have been privileged to talk to some of the younger Jews over there, and it is sad to say, but many of the younger Jews that are in college and higher schools of learning are just like a great percentage of the Gentile youth: they have caught the same unbelieving spirit that is on Gentile youth, that there is no God, and that all such teaching is just a myth. God will do this great miracle to open the understand of many of them: that He is still the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He is going to show them, I am the ONE that promised to bring you back and establish you in your own land. As I have cursed you and done you wrong, I will heal you and do good to you. Open your Bibles with me now to Zephaniah. This is a small prophecy, but it is not to be overlooked. We now know that God, when the time comes, will be in this war and that He will use Israel exclusively. She will be the one that will carry God’s sword. That will be all the modern technology in weaponry that she has been able to acquire from the United States, as well as anywhere else she could get it. In the 4th verse, we are dealing with what Israel did in the Six Day War, when she took the whole land of the Philistines. “For Gaza (That is the Gaza Strip. That is the part that is in the great debate now, that is holding off this peace process, because Israel refuses to agree to give up so much percentage of it.) shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon (That is one of the old cities of Gaza, of the ancient times of the Philistines.) a desolation; they shall drive out Ashdod (the inhabitants of the ancient city of the Philistines) at the noon day, and Ekron (That is another ancient Philistine city in the Gaza Strip.) shall be rooted up. Woe unto the inhabitants of the sea coast, (This is an ancient Canaanite tribe that lived along the Mediterranean going toward Egypt.) the nation of the Cherethites! the word of the Lord is against you; O Canaan, the land of the Philistines, I will even destroy thee, that there shall be no inhabitant.” Meaning that when this is really carried out to the fullest extent, there will be no Palestinian Arab living anywhere in this whole area. It will not be a case of the Jew giving up and letting them move in. “And the sea coast shall be dwellings and cottages for shepherds, and folds for flocks.” That means it will be for all Jews that want to take up the agricultural line. But now we see the enlargement of this conflict when it really goes in motion. “And the coast shall be for the remnant of the house of Judah; they shall feed thereupon: in the houses of Ashkelon shall they lie down in the evening: for the Lord their God shall visit them and turn away their captivity.” Meaning no more will they have to be obedient to the dictates of other national leaders. They will be on their own sovereignty. Then as we come on down, this reminds us of what God is going to do, and why. “I have heard the reproach of Moab, (God is looking backwards, but He is looking backwards in the present tense day of time.) and the revilings of the children of Ammon, (That is the ones the capital is named after, the Ammonites. The capital of Jordan is Ammon. It gets the name from the Ammonite people.) whereby they have reproached my people, (That is why, in the Six Day War of 1967 many of the Palestinian Arabs did not stay in this land: they left and went across the Jordan River to take up refuge in the land of Jordan, because they really are Jordanians that had immigrated there in centuries past.) and magnified themselves against their border. 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 saltpits, and a perpetual desolation: the residue of my people shall spoil them, (That tells you what God thinks of that bunch of people across the river.) and the remnant of my people shall possess them. This shall they have for their pride, (This lets me know God does not think much of them.) because they have reproached and magnified themselves against the people of the Lord of hosts.” Why? Because God is in the process of bringing them back, establishing them in the land, and according to the U.N., I have used this illustration, God does not intend to have seven million Jews living in a quart jar. How does that sound? No, God is going to bring His people back and establish them in all their former borders. That is the ultimate reason why this conflict has to be addressed. Some of you could say, Well, I don’t believe in violence, I just say to you, Wake up! Violence is not going to be done away with until Jesus comes to rule and reign on earth. “The Lord will be terrible unto them.” I say to the Jewish people that might hear this message, Today, in this very hour of time, from Iran, from Libya, Ethiopia, and the Sudan, the Islamic religion is mounting a psychological war. They want to put Israel to death and declare war on the west. They do not know what God has said in His written word so long ago. They do not know what God thinks about that type of talk, so let us see what God says about it, and I will tell you why He says it like this. “The Lord will be terrible unto them: for He will famish (Look up that word in the dictionary, and you will find that it means to dry up, wither away and so forth.) all the gods of the earth.” That is a plural term, that is not talking about one geological spot on earth. The Six Day War was an eye opener to a lot of the western people. I had to watch it. I am thankful that when I was in the army I did not have to fight in an era when the leaders hands were tied. Casualties were high many times, but when the Korean War, and the Vietnam Wars were fought, the poor soldiers had to go out there and fight, risking their lives to carry on a war that politicians designed in Washington D.C. That was a pitiful, a very pathetic set of circumstances. They ought to have been taken out and given a dose of their own medicine, for declaring such a thing and asking their constituents to go fight their dirty political wars. When we were faced with the armada of Iraqi troops in the desert, they had already fought the Iranians for several years. They were used to desert warfare. From the natural standpoint it did look bad for us, to put enough troops out in the desert and be able to do enough to turn the tide. It was evident, that when you put four hundred thousand troops out in a desert setting, that are faced with such a great number of Iraqis that are already dug in, sitting in concrete bunkers, that you do not have an easy task before you. Our troops could not take concrete bunkers with them: They had to depend on the tanks and things of that nature. When you can see our planes going in to drop a bomb or rocket, and see that thing heading right for the front door, you can be sure they have help some of them may not have recognized. There in Baghdad, they dropped one right down an elevator shaft of a building. I have to say, That is accuracy. Sure there was a lot of inaccuracy at times: you just have to understand that there usually is, in the line of warfare. The fact that the land part only lasted one hundred hours, and we only had a hundred and some odd casualties, and part of them had been lost in maneuvers before the conflict had even started, was evidence of God’s intervention. I have to believe the God of the American soldier was going to make Saddam Hussein sorry that he had ever said, We will make you wallow in your own blood. They were preparing body bags and graves in the desert for five thousand casualties. Yet we only had one hundred and some. You do not fight modern warfare with the kill power that each side had, and have the kill efficiency so outweighing what was expected without intervention from the God of heaven. I have to say, There was an architect, the General of all wars, right out there directing the entire operation. Sitting at the heads of our colleges and universities today, are doctors of psychology, professors of all kinds of studies, that would like to purge out of you the very knowledge of God. I have to say, The world is going to get their chance to see Him, as He demonstrates His power on the battlefield of the Middle East. That is God’s old battleground. From the time war was ever fought, there is where it started. An awful lot of these professors are going to get so shocked, so shook up, by the time they get through looking at the TV and seeing the hand of God at work in the Middle East, disrupting the whole political affairs of earthly man, and giving victory to His chosen people, that I will just have to jump up and down and say, Praise God! He is showing the world how real He is. “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.” When we find the word heathen in these prophecies we have to realize, God is not speaking of bush people in Africa: He is speaking of these educated, unbelieving Gentiles and all such as want to rid the world of any knowledge of a Creator, and of any knowledge or belief of a God that is in control of all things. To Him, all such are regarded as heathen, regardless of their stature in society. Those who deny God, and all who say, We don’t need Him, are to Him as same as heathen. You who think you do not need Him, the hour is coming when He will let you see just how badly you do need Him. What is the purpose of God famishing all other gods? I want to explain this to the Jewish readers, whoever they may be. For God to say, in such a little prophecy, that He will famish all the gods of the earth, He had to have a very definite reason. What is His purpose in it? To the Jewish people in that land I say, Look around you over there. What surrounds you? Islamic, blood thirsty Arabs. They have threatened death to Israel and they have threatened death to the west, because we stand with Israel. Up to a point, that is their aim, but I have to say, God has an aim also. He has a plan whereby He will remove every obstacle that now prevents the children of Israel from inhabiting all of their land. We should just let Him bring His plan to completion. First He says in the 25th chapter of Ezekiel, He will use Israel, because she will carry the sword, but what about this Islamic god, Allah, that all those surrounding the people of Israel have sold out to? The very fact that they are all around Israel lets us know Israel is sitting in the midst of a hornet’s nest. When it comes to God, that does not matter one bit: He can handle them. Turn in your Bibles to the 11th chapter of Isaiah. We are going to pick up this conflict in progress. Israel has crossed the Jordan River. She has taken the land of the Moabites. She has taken the land of the Ammonites. She is hitting Edom with such a devastating blow that the effects of it go all the way down into Saudi Arabia. That is where Islam started. This prophecy is strung out over a long period of time. It is progressive. It starts in the 13th verse of the 11th chapter and goes on. “The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah and Judah shall not vex Ephraim.” Meaning that is the way it was in ancient times, when the nation became divided. The ten tribes in the north were referred to many times as Ephraim or Israel. But the two southern tribes were Judah. Therefore God says, as He brings them back, The envy, the hatred, the animosity they have had one toward the other, will be gone, and they will be one. After God has completed this unity, the uniting of these tribes, what is the end effect of it? “But they shall fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines toward the west; they shall spoil them of the east together: (That is crossing the river.) they shall lay their hand upon Edom and Moab; and the children of Ammon shall obey them.” There is absolutely no way world politicians can change this picture. He has already said who He will use, and He has already shown Himself as being the Master of it all, so I just have to say, God is the greatest General that there has ever been anywhere. That is the picture of what the country of modern Jordan is headed for.