Scriptural Diagnosis, Part 4

Rev. Raymond M Jackson

Rev. Raymond M Jackson

JULY 2008

 

WHEN WE ENDED OUR MAY ISSUE, BROTHER JACKSON WAS DESCRIBING THE ERA OF TIME WHEN KNOWLEDGE HAD BEEN INCREASED, FULFILLING THE PROPHECIES IN GOD’S WORD. WE WILL TAKE UP RIGHT THERE AND CONTINUE ON WITH THIS MESSAGE ON SCRIPTURAL DIAGNOSIS.

 

KNOWLEDGE SHALL BE INCREASED

 

When the world began to enter the era that this pertains to, “And knowledge shall be increased,” just take a look at the country you live in. I have it all set down right here, the things that have come about. America gave the world the knowledge of the telephone. America gave the world the knowledge and ability to harness electricity. America also gave the world the automobile. I am thankful for what our country has now, which has been gained through this era of time we are considering. God has allowed men to rise on the scene, in which He has imputed this knowledge we all now have access to. Out of that increased knowledge, came these invention that has made life so much easier. Little by little, our country shared all of this with the rest of the world. I remember, that just before WW2 started, many who were responsible for our intelligence wondered, when our investigators were trying to trace down the place where Hitler was making his speeches from, because one time, on the radio, it sounded like he was in a certain place. Then another time it would sound like he was somewhere else. Finally they found out that Hitler’s people had invented the old tape recorder. Once Germany was conquered, then we got hold of the tape recorder, a very crude, wire like system, but from the old wire like system, which was on a reel, they took that and went to a tape. We took this tape recorder, and in the early 50’s and 60’s we developed it into a modern convenience of recording music and such. Then we began to share this knowledge with the Japanese. Before very long, the Japanese caught on with it and today all kinds of tape recorders are available. I am not going to name them all, but you know what I am talking about. The point is, the Bible tells us that knowledge shall be increased; and we have lived to see it happen. I will say this The knowledge we first came on to was good. It helped mankind in his learning and livelihood. After awhile though, this knowledge began to go to extreme measures; and now we are seeing a society that is almost out of control. It is a shame, that we have become a nation that no longer will look up and say, Thank God our Creator, that has given us this technology. Look at the post war years, here came the satellite, here came the various versions of TV. On and on it goes, leading right on to a climax. America has given the world this technology. Think about it though, Daniel was told, shut it up, for knowledge was going to be kept secret until the time of the end. As Daniel looked and saw all of this, he heard the question asked, “How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?” Then he heard an answer given, which is found in verse 7, so notice “And I heard the man clothed in linen, (This is none other than Jesus in angelic form,) which was upon the waters of the river, (Please notice that He is on the river in this setting, so He is no longer on the sea shore with one foot on land and one foot on the sea. This goes to show, it has left Revelation 10, (which was to the Bride ) and is shown here coming to Israel. Notice in Revelation 10, He only holds up one hand, but look at this setting and notice)… when He held up His right hand and His left hand (in other words, both hands) unto heaven, and sware by Him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, (one year) times, (two years) and an half; (a half year) and when He shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.” Now let us look at the chart. The miracle phase of things is going to take place right here, (before the 70th week of Daniel opens) this starts Israel building their temple. Then, just when Israel is enjoying their ability to live without having to think about their former enemies causing them a problem, here comes the Ezekiel 38 and 39 attack from the north. When God intervenes and settles that invading army by His control of the elements, rain, hailstones, fire and brimstone, world leaders are ready for a peace covenant. When that time comes, the two Jewish prophets will come upon the scene prophesying and fulfilling Revelation chapter 7 and chapter 11 which will all take place in the first half of that week of years. Their prophesying is what seals away the 144,000 servants of God in chapter 7. It also enlightens the element of Jews referred to as the woman which flees into the wilderness when the old antichrist breaks the peace covenant by killing the two prophets. Those that flee to safety are a mixed element of the Jewish people. The enlightening words of the two prophets are what gives her the two wings of an eagle. We already know, that when the middle of that week does come, this is when the antichrist is definitely going to break this covenant period, and in so doing, he will cause the holy people to scatter. Not that he is deliberately coming over to Jerusalem to chase the Jews out, it is just the fact that the Jews know already, When you see this coming, get out of here and go to the place that is prepared for you. When he has accomplished all that is written, when he has done the things that cause the Jewish people, the spiritual wise to leave there, then know that the last three and one half years, time, times, and a half time, is ready to set in place. I want to read the rest of Daniel 12. Actually it is pointing to you and me. As I stand here today, I am nothing, all I am is by the grace of God. Let us read. “And I heard, but I understood not; then said I, O my Lord what shall be the end of these things? And He said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.” Now look at that, all down through the hundreds of years of time until we come to this last one hundred years of time, they have been closed. However as we come near to the time for the whole thing to become activated, or start being fulfilled, then, is when God is going to open an understanding for those who are prepared to receive it. You will hear people say, when you start trying to tell them something, of how to look at things in the Bible, they will throw it right back at you, Now wait a minute, don’t tell me you know more about this than I do. I have heard those kinds of remarks come from the mouth of different people. They are not willing to respect any further knowledge, no matter who it comes from. I will say this, When we think we know something when we really do not, we will always wind up making a fool of ourselves. On the other hand, when God has truly given us an understanding, we are going to be able to take it along with other scriptures and put together a picture of how we ourselves are to relate to whatever it is. That is why I said this morning, The time is coming and it is now upon us, that we are not going to read these verses of scripture just because we see the words, we have got to read them with expectation that God is going to let us have an understanding of a picture they portray, how this is all related to us in the time frame we are living in. As the angel is saying here, Go thy way Daniel, it is all shut up: it is closed, how true that has been. Much time passed, but I have to say this to you, In the last few short years, God has slowly began to take the veil off of it and give understanding of what He would have us to know at this point in time. As I stand here looking at you, you are my brothers and sisters. It is not because I have a degree in theology or anything, but when I read this I can see things begin to develop that this scripture has been holding all these many centuries. I see myself living in a time frame when what is written is no longer going to be just a mystery: it is going to begin to reveal knowledge and an understanding of how I am to see myself in the time factor I live in. Verse 10, “Many shall be purified, (All through the ages of time, all through the Grace Age, many are going to be purified, saved by the grace of God. The Grace Age has come on; and the gospel call has gone out to all who will hear it.) and made white, and tried; (through trials and tests of life) but the wicked shall do wickedly: (All through this Grace Age, wherever the gospel has had an open door, how the grace of God has come down and touched the hearts of sinners, sinful people, living sinful lifestyles. God gets hold of them and when He gets through with them, they have been made pure, purified, and made white. At the same time, others live as though nothing ever happened. That lets us know the world hardly ever recognizes what the grace of God has done for you and me. Yes brothers and sisters many are made white and tried, but the wicked do wickedly. You will notice that it does not say, as we get closer to the end things are going to get better. It is just the opposite of that: things are going to get worse. We can say this, There is a small element of human beings on earth that are going to open up to the will and purpose of God: they are going to see something that is going to change their lives. They are going to be changed, but their being changed does not change the wicked, because God’s word says the wicked shall do wickedly…) and none of the wicked shall understand; (I am going to say this as humbly as I know how, I would be ashamed for some of these professors in colleges today to say some of the blasphemous things they have said about prayer in school. All this lets me know this is the day and hour when Daniel chapter 12, is hanging right over their head’s. They do not see anything: they do not know anything. They are not expecting to learn anything. At the same time though, there are a few here and there, God is touching their hearts right in the midst of all that unbelief…) but the wise shall understand.” That gives me a feeling of assurance, that no matter how evil the world gets, (Just look how evil it is getting.) God is still going to provide for His own. The past number of days, the crime, the murders, rapes and torture and all the other things taking place in our American society makes you feel so bad, just to think that people could be so cruel. I just have to say, Thank you Lord that you have let me live in an era of time that my eyes have been opened to the true revelation of your word, and that I have the understanding of what is meant, The wise shall understand.

 

IN THE LAST ONE HUNDRED YEARS

 

With what I have been saying in mind, I have some things written down here, that I want to mention at this time. During this last one hundred years, I have read how Christians have been tortured and killed. Back in the 30’s, in Russia alone, I do not remember the exact amount, but it does mount up to quite a number. Russia, in order to get rid of Christianity, the writer plainly stated that belief in God is completely contrary to our thoughts and our political ideas. Therefore they caused millions of professed people, those believing in Jesus Christ, to be slaughtered. When China took over, she likewise brought about a great massacre of the Chinese population. Millions were slaughtered. All this fulfilled what Jesus said in the gospels, And ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. I realize that is pointing to the Jew up to a certain time, but keep in mind, That is not indicative everywhere because most of the time when there are Jews being martyred, there are Gentile Christians being martyred right along side of them. We can say this, In this last one hundred years, in countries like Russia and China and in other areas of the Muslim world where we did not hear of it in our News reports, of the torture and things that have taken place, but millions of Christian people have been done away with in cruel ways. We have had nothing but breakdown of social systems in every nation and all that will get worse as we get closer to the end. I have it all set down here and we will look at most of it as we deal with this message. I just have to look down at my notes to remind me where to place it in this message. Knowledge shall be increased, but is it always good? No. There is a certain amount of knowledge that is good up to a point, but beyond that it can become very evil. I have written down here, that during this period of time more great evils have been brought into focus, communism, materialism, atheism and evolution. You may say, Bro. Jackson, how do you get that? It is all written down in here and I will tell you. I want to read to you a few more excerpts from News titles that I have here, how the ACLU and the communists have disguised themselves within our American education system, and what they have perpetrated and planned to do. Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining control over those who oppose communist goals. The reason I am looking at this, is because this is the day in our education that our systems have used this thing of psychiatric evaluation to say people are wrong, and that they are mentally sick. Psychiatric maneuvering remains a bulwark of the communist agenda, fostering self criticism and docility. Discrediting the family as an institution is their ultimate goal. I will remind you again, of that communist tract I read on the troop train coming home from the army in 1946, which said, We will get into your institutions and demoralize your young people. We will get into your political parties and pit one against the other. What are they doing today? Number three, We will pit the races against each other. Number four, We will destroy the American home. America was known for hundreds of years as a good nation, and it was because of her home life, her solid structure, and those things are what made her stand out as a nation of choice. Divorce today seems as though it is a cheap thing and it has absolutely torn the American society all to pieces. The sovereign family is the single most powerful obstacle to authority and control that our enemies want to have over us. In other words, it has stood against communism as a bulwark. Communism will emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. We are living in a time when you hear of young people going off to college, and you see what happens, Young girls disappear and you find them dead along a river bank somewhere. That was not some eighty year old man that took them out, raped and killed them. Every day, we become more aware of the fact that there is an element of crime and evil in our young generation today, and it is because they have not been raised up in Christian, God loving homes like many of us were. I was raised to respect elders, and to contribute something worthwhile to the society of that hour. How many realize what I am talking about? These are some of the means by how the communists have said they would work to destroy any purity in our nation. They always come in with such a disguised way of presenting their theories, people do not realize what is happening. Our politicians do not claim to be outright communists, but you mix a little bit of this and a little bit of that, and you come out with the same affect. Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition, and that students and special interest groups should raise up and make a united force to solve economic, political, and social problems, and then you wonder what has happened to our nation. I just have to say this, Most of the time when we see these demonstrations taking place, they are nothing but the devil at work. When our material systems begin to break down and be used by the enemy, materialism, atheism, evolution and so much more, all breaks down to the study of science, psychology, political science, sociology and all such. I believe I said last Sunday, if you are going to be a doctor, you have to learn some of those things. I believe you everyone realize that? On the other hand, what good is all that going to do you if you intend to raise hogs out on a farm somewhere? Think on that; and then tell me, if you think I am wrong. I just use that as an illustration. When you start going into all these things like psychology and so forth, you begin to yield your mind to a theory, to a philosophy of some sort, and eventually the mind is controlled by certain of those ideas and God is shut out. Then after awhile we become a human being that God cannot speak to because our brain has been warped. What I said this morning concerning Daniel 12, that in that time, it will be a time of trouble such as never was before, racially, socially, morally or spiritually. Look what we have in America already. It is a shame to see young people going off to spend their money to go to college to learn something and in the end they do not learn a thing about God. In many cases, they turn against God. I can see why it all goes back to the beginning of what communism was supposed to accomplish in our nation. They knew, if they could get control of the mind of our young people, they would no doubt have it for the rest of their lives. When we have all this going on, then we are seeing the fulfillment of the scriptures I referred to last Sunday, which was in 2nd Timothy, chapter 3, how that man will become heady and high-minded, (We can read it.)Verses 1-5“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3Without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” That is what you will find among many that profess to be Christians in this day and hour. I say again, Look at America today. I am not against playing ball or anything like that, but may God have mercy on us when we devote most of our time and thoughts to that kind of momentary satisfaction. We spend millions of dollars to build institutions of learning, where you find all kinds of sports programs, whether it is baseball, basketball, football, tennis, hockey, whatever. Thousands and thousands of Americans are the spectators of this entertainment, just like old Rome was, when one sport they enjoyed was the torture and killing of Christians. We are no longer a nation where very many people will go out to a place where they can learn about God. This just goes to show, that we have become a nation of people that fit what we read from that scripture. As knowledge becomes more and more sought after, man gets less spiritual and more carnal and earthly minded continually. As America was the last nation on earth to be established as a Christian nation and known as a God fearing nation, it makes one very sad to see what she has entered into in the last one hundred years, Satan has came in and began to take over the good qualities of our society.

 

THINGS TO CAUSE US TO REMEMBER

 

I want to read some things to you that give me a very sad feeling to think about. In 1945 when WW2 was over America possessed seventy percent of the world’s free gold. Seventy percent! Now she has only about seven percent. At that time she possessed fifty percent of the production power, the greatest industrial nation on the face of this earth. As she was forced to fight a war on both sides of the continent, we built a navy that surpassed all other navies put together. We put together an air force, and by the time the war was over, we had proved that none of the other nations could build a plane equal to what we had. I knew what the Luftwaffe was, during the early days because our old P 39’s and things like that were no competition at all. But as the war came and went it was not long until our technology and things men learned in combat, were combined to come out with a P38 and a P51 and there was nobody wanted to get in the air and meet up with either of those two. In the South Pacific we had a man by the name of Major Richard Bong. He and his squadron started out in New Guinea. They lost a lot of planes, but during the years of fighting Major Bong became the ace in bringing down the enemies’ zeros. When we went into the Philippines, having then the P 38, this is what the Germans called the twin tailed devil. That P 38 would chase a zero into the ocean. When you stand on land and hear the sirens going and you look up and there goes a zero, and you see a P 38 right on his tail, you watch as far as you can see and after awhile you see where that zero goes into the ocean because you get a big explosion. Why do I say that? Because God brought us through a conflict that was sneaked in upon us. Look back at Pearl Harbor. We lost the U.S.S. Arizona. Other major ships were damaged, but by the time 1945 had come, we had come out with the battleship Missouri. We had a nation that we could be proud of, because God had made it a great nation. Europe had taken over the industrial side. Back then, we produced our own steel. Now we are completely out of the steel production. I say all these things to prove to you, that America has slipped far below what she once was, just slipping and sliding from the great image we once enjoyed. We are going to wind up one of these days with just a name. America, at that time, possessed sixty five percent of the world’s radios, sixty five percent of the world’s telephones, and sixty five percent of the world’s automobiles. Through the flow of knowledge she gave to the world the telephone, electricity, the automobile, the radio, TV, space satellite, and the computers, there have been many good things brought into our lives. Most people do not realize she (America) is written in the book of Revelation, chapter 13. She gave the world, through the computer, the means of how to put a cashless society together. Do you know what that means? A mark in the palm of the hand or in the forehead of all who will receive it. To think that we live in the era of knowledge on the increase, but we see what knowledge has brought about. Is the world, from the natural standpoint, ready for the end? It is right here in front of us a little space, but I will have to say, There is not one thing this world society can do, not the educators or anyone else, to change the flow of coming events. Therefore I say to everyone who will hear this, Let us make sure our hearts are right with God. Everything the Bible said would be in the time of the end, is here already. I want to say this to those that are listening, I stated before, how back in 1967 after the war Israel fought, so many people were quick to testify that their ability to fight that war was a miracle; and then later on it seemed like an awful lot of them just forgot that it was a miracle war. I cannot begin to tell you how many people testified that it was a miracle war. Jew after Jew, Gentile after Gentile, they acknowledged it was by the hand of God. I have been saying for quite some time now, that just up ahead, in God’s time, Israel is going to fight another miracle war. We are entering into the era of the miraculous, and yes, there will be enough of the miraculous evident, that there are going to be people in other nations around the world that will change their mind about the power of God. That does not mean they will become Christians, but it does mean that this is going to be God’s way of getting many of them mentally and socially to change, so they can fit into that part of mortal society that is going to be carried alive through here, the week of Daniel, and pass on into the millennium. I know this era of the miraculous is definitely going to open the eyes of a lot of people. It is only to preserve them so they will be carried through here in the moral realm. Notice though, as the two phases of the miraculous power of God on display is over, then God sends the two prophets and the seventieth week of Daniel is open. By the time those two prophets have sealed all they are supposed to seal, the devil, that has been working through the antichrist, has caused him to become antagonized to the point where he rises on the scene, enters into Israel and kills those two prophets. I will say this again, You can show an element of people a certain amount of the miraculous, but after a few weeks or months they forget all about it. You would think the way we talk about all of this, and with what the world would have seen through television, this would put them on the positive side of everything from then on. Well it does not. The reason I say that is because, when we do get over here on this side, the woman has fled, the 144,000 sealed servants of God has fled into the nations to preach the everlasting gospel. Why are they preaching the everlasting gospel? It is God’s last good message to the mortal realm of mankind on this earth; Get away from that beastly thing. There are three main messages they preach. Number one, is against atheism, they condemn atheism. Fear Him that created the heavens and earth and so forth. Then they speak against the beast system. Then they speak against the mark in the hand and the forehead. I heard in the News last night, there is an attorney in the Louisville area that is suing the Vatican for reimbursement for some of the sexual things that have gone on within a diocese in Louisville. I hear the Vatican is going to set up against this. All of this has been going on for the last three years in America. That lets me know the waters are troubled, the spirit of the thing is on the move. By the time we go through the rest of this, over here, watch out, here is where that 144,000 servants of God are going to condemn that woman (system of religion). Then, is when the ten horns of Europe are going to confiscate her wealth, and by the time they come to the end of that week, she will no longer be a recognized religious system. She (Catholicism) will absolutely be done away with. With all these hardened hearts, you would look for God to show His miraculous power here, if that is going to affect kings, and it will because Isaiah 60 said that through this era He milks the breasts of the kings, meaning He touches their hearts. He causes kings and political leaders to come on and share their wealth with Israel, to help them rebuild. You would think that would put their minds on the positive of everything, but watch as we come through here. All the way through here, over here when we do see Jesus coming, and the sixth seal opens and the seventh trumpet and the seventh vial, what does the Bible say in the 19th chapter? It says in the 19 verse, And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him that sat on the horse, and against His army.” Who are these kings of the earth? I have to believe they are some that saw something back here. I have to believe there are some of them over here, that saw something back here. But their hearts are hardened over here. The reason I brought this out, all these scriptures have been laying in this book for all these centuries of time. As we get closer to this, now we notice they are hanging right around us. Men’s hearts are going to be so hardened, especially these certain elements, that when Jesus Christ does come, the kings of the earth will stand up against Him. What kind of an idiot would do such a thing, to think that they could do combat against the coming of Christ? That is the results of all these hardened hearts.

 

REVIEWING SCRIPTURES

 

At this time I want to show you something about the scriptures we have used. As I said earlier, There are certain words in each verse of prophetic utterance that have a profound meaning. I will say this, I believe with all my heart, that only the Bride of Christ and the ministry that is anointed to minister to the Bride of Christ, will see these scriptures in their true relationship to the ultimate goal. Also as I have already said, All these scriptures are beginning to dovetail, coming into this span of time that we are approaching. There are certain words that stand out; and I want to call your attention to them. The reason I took Daniel 12 to start with this morning, was to show you something meaningful to us at this time. I want to read that 1st verse again. “And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people.” Now I want to ask a question, If there was nothing ever said before that, how could anyone just reading that, ever even know what period of time it is referring to? You certainly cannot just throw it out there anywhere in time and have it mean anything. I want to remind all of you, that Zechariah 12 is a central scripture. While it is true that Jerusalem is to be made a cup of trembling, and also a burdensome stone, what we read at the end of Zechariah 12 is, And I will pour out my spirit upon the house of Judah. When does that take place? Just anytime? You know it does not. It takes place right in here (in the first half of that week of years). How do I know that? Because it has got to line up with Revelation, chapters 7 and 11. When we read the 7th chapter, we see an angel flying from the west going east. As I said before, That has got to be the angel of time leaving the Gentiles and heading to Israel. Therefore that angel that is flying from the west to the east, is saying to the four angels that hold the winds in that area where the world began, which is all in the Euphrates valley area, Hold back the winds, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the tree, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. Think of it, right where we are involved right now in a conflict where our carnal minded men are hoping they can change the Middle East. They are not going to change the Middle East. If they sacrificed a million men, they are not going to change the Middle East. They are going against the scriptures. As John heard this voice, see thou hurt not the earth, nor the sea, nor any tree or anything, that does not mean there will not be wars. It just means there will be no devastating wars prior to the very time there will be this miracle war. Until we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. So the angel is announcing what has got to be done concerning the 144,000. That is in the 7th chapter. But then you have to read that along with chapter 11. When chapter 11 overshadows the very beginning of this, what do we see? Not the angel flying, but we see the two prophets in the streets prophesying. We know they are anointed to prophesy in Jerusalem for the space of a thousand, two hundred and threescore days. That is definitely the first half of this 70th week. That is why we must say chapter 7 and chapter 11 both go exclusively together. Then when we look at chapter 12 of Zechariah, it sets the trend. The objective determines how this is all to be approached. As we come to Ezekiel 38 and 39, I cannot begin to tell you how foolish it is for any preacher to say one thing about it, and then another come along and say something different about how it, because we everyone know it fits into this end time finish up. I do not say these things to make fun of them, only to impress upon you how grateful we ought to be, that God has allowed us to see something beyond just guessing. We actually have a picture in our mind’s of how all this we have been talking about fits into the overall plan of God. The closing of that 39th chapter is this, “I have poured out my Spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord God.” The prophecy of Ezekiel 38 starts here and it covers the whole scope of time until we come one over here. It lets us know, where the spirit is poured out, which is what we see in the 39th chapter, so I ask you, Will He pour out his Spirit just anywhere? No, it is poured out upon the house of Israel right here, in the first half of that week. Think of it, the 11th chapter, and the7th chapter, and Ezekiel 38 and Zechariah 12, all have their time of fulfillment, so, can we just throw these scriptures out there and grab them and preach upon them whenever we want to? We can preach on the subject, but it will only be fulfilled in God’s time. They are all related in different portions of the Bible, as you everyone know by now. Just remember, the reason I say this tonight, is because there are certain words that stand out so vividly in the various scriptures. We cannot play with them and throw them out haphazardly. They definitely carry a picture for you and I to embrace in our hearts. Therefore I say tonight, We are standing at the threshold of one of the greatest developments of prophetic scriptures that the true Church has ever seen. I am not telling you something is going to happen next week: that is not my point. We are standing right where these scriptures are all going to be illuminated before us. All of this is brining us knowledge in the time when the wise virgins are in an era of time that is related to getting ourselves ready and God preparing us for our departure from this world. Do you understand what I mean by that? We know Gentile time is running out.

 

DANIEL 12 SETS THE STAGE FOR THE END

 

We are going to look into Daniel 12, right now and I urge you everyone to pay attention And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.”Does that mean just any old time someone might want it to? No, it does not: I want to show you why. Look back here in the last nine verses of chapter 11. It gives the setting. This is why I said this morning, These prophetic scriptures do not just fit anywhere. In this entire 11th chapter, especially in verses prior to the 36th verse, it is talking about this Antiochus Epiphanes, how he is going to profane the Jewish people. He hated the Jewish people, and because he did he desecrated the temple. He compelled the Jews to eat swine’s flesh. Therefore he was a type of the antichrist that was to come in this day and hour just ahead, that will come on the scene and break the peace covenant. It was not Antiochus that made the covenant, but he set a type of the one to come later, by the way he treated the Jewish people. That type carried through, so when we come to the 36th verse, it is jumping from the type to the very objective itself, which is the man of sin, the false king. (Dan 11:36) “And the king shall do according to his will; (his own will) and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvelous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that, that is determined shall be done. (The reason I saved this until tonight was because here is where the apostle Paul got his revelation which we find expressed in 2nd Thessalonians. He speaks in Thessalonians, how this man of sin will set himself up in the temple of God, exalting himself, demanding the whole world to worship him as God.) and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, (That is why we have preachers out here today, that one minute they will say the antichrist is a Muslim, then turn right around and say he is a communist. Without a true revelation, they just say whatever comes to mind, that he is this or that. When these scriptures were written, those old prophets did not utter those words and record them, just to throw an anonymous thought out there to be taken any old way. This is also why, when the Lord told Daniel, Shut up the words, the book is closed until the time of the end, He was not speaking of the time of the end being fifteen minutes before twelve o’clock noon on June 7th. Regardless of what some may say, we are approaching the time of the end, and the reason I say that is because we see many of these scriptures hanging over world events today, that are actually merging, just closing in. When we get the true picture of this, we are going to see exactly where we are at in time. We are not going to have to beg God for anything. The main thing is, that we get on our knees and say, God help me to live for you, help me to empty myself of my self, and help me Lord that your perfect will might be accomplished inside of me. The antichrist, the son of perdition, is introduced back here in these verses of the 11th chapter, because it goes ahead and tells how he exalts himself. That is where Paul got that revelation he expressed in 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4) 3Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. 4Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. (This is what Paul wrote about him; and he got it from this scripture here in Daniel.) and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that, that is determined shall be done.” In other words God has allowed and allocated the antichrist a time to do certain things against the Jewish people, against the city, and against the temple. Remember though, when Jesus used this in Matthew, chapter 24, it was a great abomination, but they ended by tearing the city to pieces. How many realize this? They not only tore the city to pieces, they tore the temple to pieces and they butchered over a million Jews. It was an abomination because it was filled with hatred, the devil, through that man, that agent, hated the Jews. Therefore it set a precise type. Now we must remember as we are coming to the end time, that again there is that agent invested with hatred, but this time it does not bring a destruction to the city of Jerusalem, and it does not bring destruction to the Jewish temple. It only brings a desecration. How many realize that? Let us continue on, realizing Daniel was told to write, but he had to write precisely as the Lord gave him knowledge to write it. Verse 37, “Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, (That tells us, that when the pope comes on the scene that will fulfill the rest of these prophecies, something is going to happen in this world, in the religious and social affairs, that is going to change his whole mentality and attitude. We keep wondering what that is going to be. He is supposed to be worshiping the same God as the popes before him, but something is going to happen that will change him totally. When the hour of time comes that the next man that is to fulfill this described scene, comes on the scene, something in the world is going to happen to change his attitude about God and about his own role in life. It is going to empty him of all thoughts of serving God, but it will not happen until he has had the opportunity to see on his television, what those two prophets of Revelation 11, are doing. Jealous rage, is what brings about his change. As we read here in Daniel 11, we can see that this is exactly where Paul got his revelation. Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, In other words his attitude about who is and who is not is going to change.) nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.” Through the years gone by it has been hard to read that and try to get a picture of what to look at, but this is the day when there is a spirit in the world to change anything pointing to the true God; and that spirit comes from Satan. He is trying to erase from the mind of the average person even the very knowledge or belief in God. That is why many times we find more materialism, socialism, and those things being propagated among the young generation. I believe with all my heart when this man does come on the scene, we are going to see developing in the Middle East, what the Bible says about the two prophets that are going to come on the scene. Something those two prophets are going to do in the land of Israel by showing the power of God, the Elohim of the Jews, is going to speak to that old pope across the waters, whoever he is at that time, and by the time he watches that for three and one half years, do not tell me he is still going to be the same baby kissing pope that all his predecessors have been. Something is going to drain him completely of the idea that he is the instrument of God. Shame on President Bush, when he went to Rome. I say to him, If you listen to what I am saying, none can ever prove to me that you in your political calling or anyone in your office calling, has God ever used to speak to an element of people. You just do not find it in the Bible, that God used politicians, officials of high rank to do His work. In the early beginning of America it was not that way. We had men of a godly reputation. Those men sought God and put Him above everything else. God could speak to those men. He gave some of them dreams and visions, an spoke to some of them, but as America began to grow and she began to grow into maturity as a nation, God began to choose the lesser elements of society. Getting back to this man that shall magnify himself above all. That is why I say he is definitely going to be invested by the spirit of Satan. Verse 38, “But in his estate (or in his office, or in his calling) shall he honour the God of forces: (When you do that, you have to be doing it from a satanic attitude, because only Satan will rely on such carnal methods.) and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things.” That is exactly what a satanic god will go for. It just goes to show that this had to be written before Daniel 12. This man of sin had to be described like this because it tells that there is a time coming when that man of sin would definitely set this period of time in motion. It plainly tells you there, and he will have power to scatter the holy people. It tells you on down here how he will set his tabernacle between the seas in the holy mountain. That does not mean he is going to build a temple. The temple is going to be built prior to that time. Just as I have said before, When those two prophets prophesy for a thousand two hundred and threescore days, and smite the earth with plagues and judgments and curses, all of that is going to speak to that pope that holds that office then. It is going to empty him of all his predecessors ideas of the same God of their fathers. I have to say, That is going to cause Satan to take control. It says in Revelation 17, he comes out of the bottomless pit. There is only one thing that comes out of the bottomless pit and that is a spirit. It is a spirit of Satan. It is the spirit of that antichrist that has been vivid and has been applicable in periods of time, but when that Roman beast system was wounded, and it looked like it was unto death, then that spirit that made it live and exist like that, disappeared from the scene for a time. That was Satan that we will say went back into the bottomless pit, but in the 17th chapter out of the bottomless pit will come this same spirit and will take over that man. May I say this, he will not come upon the scene five years before the two prophets. The coming of this man of sin, after the two prophets have been on the scene, is all going to be timed together as the picture has been given. That is why we have to read these scriptures, correlate them, and see how they begin to build the picture. In building the picture, do you think the world is going to understand it? No. They do not even want to hear it. Who is God building it for? You and me. Why? He plainly said, The wise shall understand. You cannot make yourself wise. You have to have a hunger and desire in your heart first of all, and an attitude that says, I want to live for you Lord. I want to walk in the light of truth itself. If we have that motivation and attitude, when we do get close to the time that a prophetic event is to take place, God is going to see that we know in advance what we are about to face, and what we are about to see develop. In verse 39, “Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, (Because he is going to have an economic, political league made with the nations, that he is able to execute his power through, which is basically through the European beast system. Here is where I say the United Nations as an organization right now, is not going to be in the picture when this comes into focus. A lot of people do not realize it, but America is the originator of the United Nations. How many are aware of that? Just think, the whole rotten deal is, I believe it is alright to say, a bastard setup, which is anti God, because it is anti scripture. I must say this, God has let America fulfill something that begins to prove that she has laid God aside. That is why I have to believe, somewhere up the road in front of us, God is going to let something happen in America that is going to strip her of all this pride, and in it God is going to bring America to her knees. Do not ask me now, how that is going to be. He is going to bring America to her knees, one way or another. There are many ways He can do it.) whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, (This is talking about the beastly system that comes to authority at the beginning of the last week of Daniel.) and shall divide the land for gain. (This is talking about the land of Israel.) And at the time of the end (the end time itself) shall the king of the south push at him.” This is talking about a conflict between Middle East nations as he begins to set his power in motion. Now let us notice verse 41. “He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.” Israel has already taken them over. Verse 42 says, “He shall stretch forth his hand upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape. But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.” I want to ask something at this time. What causes this period in here to be referred to as the week of Daniel? We know the week is a week of years, which means there is seven years left to be fulfilled, of Daniel’s seventy week prophecy. Gentile preachers have preached that the antichrist will have power to allow the Jews to build their temple. You do not have any scripture for that. There is not one verse of scripture that says the antichrist will have power to allow Israel to build her temple. I hope all of you realize that. Nevertheless they have been preaching that. That is why there is going to be a miracle conflict develop in the Middle East right in front of us, right in this era of time right here (pointing to chart just before the week of Daniel opens.) When that takes place, the outcome of that is going to be so dramatic that God uses it to prove to some elements of the society, I am still God, I rule and reign in the heavens. The main objective of it is, it is God’s way of destroying this Muslim spirit. If I did not have this hope in me that in front of us there is going to be a miraculous war event, which God will use for that purpose, and it is going to make the Six Day War look multiplied twenty times over, and many people are going to be made to see and realize, there is a God that can still rule in the affairs of men. When that war is fought, it is going to bring about such a dramatic change of how certain individuals are to look, whether there is a God or there is not a God. The political leadership is going to be made to recognize the hand of God in that conflict. Then when the conflict is over, it introduces the time that it is the Jewish people themselves that will say, Now we will build our temple. The Jewish leadership at that hour will not be able to stop the Jewish people from building it.

 

POLITICS HAS PLAYED A PART IN ISRAEL

 

I have an article that talks about the Six Day War. This Arab fellow was talking to a Jewish man. In the article the Arab man is telling the Jewish fellow, we know that you are now going to build your temple. That was the attitude of the Jew at that time, after they had taken over the old city. They have full control of the temple mount and everything. The spiritual Jews were ready to start hauling in the material. I see though, where it was Moshe Dyan that began to turn the thing into a political trend. He began to sell out and it got worse and worse and worse, until now after thirty some years, even the political Jews today will sell out just like Sharon has. Because in the Six Day War when they had gained this land, do you know what they were looking at. There were prophecies in Ezekiel that said, In the last days they will come back into the land, and how God would give them this land, and they will build the ruined places, the desolate places shall be tilled, re-inhabited from the Golan Heights to the desert. The Jews began to settle where ancient villages at one time had been flourishing. Now this newer generation of Jews are wanting to rebuild these settlements and start cleaning up the desert. It says in those prophecies, and the children of Israel will dwell in fenced cities. You have to take every scripture, how it reads, what picture it contains. In all the years I was privileged to travel with some people from Faith Assembly and other places, from year to year we were privileged to travel down through the desert country and see some of these ancient places that have laid in ruins for centuries. Now after the Six Day War, Jews from all over the world are moving there and wanting to settle there, all because they are doing exactly what the scriptures say. They will build the ruined places and they will dwell behind fenced walls. Why? It is all because of the antagonists, the Arabs. That is why we have got to see this, Israel has never lived there in a time of peace. Keep in mind, you could not have Ezekiel 38 until there is a short period of time somewhere that allows it to be said and published, how the Jew is saying, Now we have peace. That is why this covenant that this man is going to make with the house of Israel, is not to allow them to build the temple: It is going to be a materialistic thing. What little bit we have done in this war in the Middle East, it has already shaken the world economy. How many realize that? There has been days, there has been weeks, politicians and monetary men, financial men have worried and have been frustrated, and asking What is going to happen to the world economy? Now it begins to look a little better. I will say this, When the era of time comes that this man we are reading about here in the 11th chapter, as he fulfills this, there is going to come a time it is going to shake the world’s economy. I believe with all my heart, it is not going to be America that does anything. It is going to be this miraculous event that takes place right here with Israel. When you do begin to have from the nations involved, an era when they begin to question the economic progress of things, you and I know, that ever since WW2, we have pushed this United Nations. The world economy is built much around the cooperation of these nations. I was also reading this week, How come we have compromised and made agreements with communist Red China, when in all these number of years there is nowhere that we have tried to shut the door to them. It looks like they could slaughter any element of people they want to, and we just stand back with our mouth’s wide open and say nothing. But let somebody like Saddam Hussein stand up, and we are ready to go to war. All of this, when I add it up, I look and see there is in the minds of certain politicians, we know we cannot change the communist world, because that is exactly where the Far East is headed. When you read in Revelation how the kings of the east have an allotted time prepared for them to come to Armageddon. That is at the end of the week of Daniel. I say this to you tonight, Between now and then, there is not one thing that any politician can do to change the outcome of the Far East. The Far East is destined, month by month, year by year, to eventually go under the flag of communism. Getting back to this picture here though, it says, But he shall have power over the treasures of gold. It lets me know this man, as he comes out of Rome for this occasion, is no longer going to be a baby kissing pope. It is something these two prophets do right here, that is going to cause that pope to look and realize he is no longer going to be looked at as the great man of God the popes of earlier years have been. President Bush goes over there and calls the pope a great man of God. Our modern world today has shut the door on the history of what took place in the Dark Ages. Those popes that lived back then were as mean as the devil himself. They were not men of God. Some of these popes in the last sixty years, have just been compromisers. They are playing the game only for world recognition and preeminence. Let me say though, When that last one comes along, the world’s economy is going to be shaken to pieces. I believe the miracle era in the Middle East is going to throw the whole thing out of balance, because this will make that man of sin introduce an era of peace, tranquility, and prosperity. I don’t see him making a covenant to allow Israel to build a temple, because Israel will already have had the temple built. How many realize that? However he is going to be allowed to introduce an economy based on his own ideas. That is why he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians, shall be at his steps.

 

WHAT CAUSES THE SUDDEN CHANGE?

 

Notice this verse 44 as we read it, “But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: ( I could preach a message just on that right now, but I am not going to touch it now, mainly because we do not have the time, but that will take place right in the latter half of the week of Daniel.) therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many. (Here comes the great climax.) And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace.” I know that sounds like he himself is going to build something. He is not. He is going to take the temple that the Jews have already built and that is simply the time he is going to take possession of it, because he is going to come in and have the two prophets killed first thing. When their dead bodies are laying in the street of Jerusalem, that is when he is beginning to set some things in motion in his mind. This is absolutely when he is going to take control and show the world who God really is. (He sets himself up as God.) The fact that God allows him to kill those two prophets, lets him have his way, and what he does next is his way of saying, I will show you who God really is. The ministry of those two prophets will have shamed him, embarrassed him beyond what he can stand, and his rage will have striped him of his former ideas about the true God. That is why it says this man will not worship the God of his fathers. How many realize what this means? It had to be worded like this to show what happens to him. From here on he will serve the god of silver and material wealth. He is then an instrument totally controlled by Satan; and he is going to rely on his power in the elements of wealth. His whole economy is going to be based on how he sets it forth in Europe. Once he sets his plan forth in Europe, let me remind you of this, When you read in Revelation, how the 144,000 will go through the nations of the earth and they are going to condemn that whore system. Right? Then out of that is going to come a situation that I believe, when that antichrist has set himself up in Jerusalem in the temple, something is going to make him do that. Why does he not want to keep it in the Vatican? What makes him want to go to Jerusalem. It is because the 144,000 have preached the gospel and it causes these ten political horns of Europe to get their eyes open and they then begin to see the evil of this apostate, Catholic spirit. They now know it is nothing but apostate. When those messengers see that, they are going to expose that whole apostate religious system to these horns of Europe. What does it say? The ten horns will hate the whore. Well what happens that causes them to hate the whore? Enlightenment comes to them when the 144,000 servants of God fan out into the world preaching the everlasting gospel. You and I can preach like this all we want to, and they are not going to pay any attention to us, but you let 144,000 Jewish men who have heard and seen what these prophets did there in Jerusalem, break upon the scene and start going through the nations with their message and warnings, do not tell me they are not going to have any authority and anointing upon them to expose that diabolical system that has absolutely been a whore among the nations for hundreds and hundreds of years. Something has got to wake up those kings of Europe, in order for them to respond as it is recorded in this scripture. Through the years, while they respected her and tolerated her, (that Catholic system of religion) she has accumulated enormous wealth. She (the Catholic Church) now owns property from one end of Europe to the other. By the time that man begins to get this all pictured in his mind, he becomes more and more invested with an anointing of Satan. It is an effort to counteract and to tear down what those two prophets have done here in Israel. The fact that Israeli politicians have turned right around and signed a covenant agreement, I have to say this was not godly men that have signed this covenant. How many understand what I am talking about? It is those compromising politicians that will sign the covenant. Even though they have a miracle war that opens their eyes and causes them to say, Only God could have done such a thing, by the time Ezekiel 38 & 39 are fulfilled, those carnal politicians are ready to trust in the arm of carnal mankind to keep them safe. That is why I said this morning, One day they are weeping, yes it is God, but a few months later, what happens to that revelation, or what happens to that insight they seemed to have had? It is gone. It is just like the pharaoh in Egypt, that kept changing his mind. One minute water is turned to wine, and pharaoh said, Get out of here. The next day he is saying, No, you are not going anywhere. We are going to see this same kind of see sawing back and forth between carnal minds as this situation is wrapping up. That is why the scriptures begin to read like this. Let us read this verse again. “And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas (The word seas is plural. If you look at a map there are only two descriptions of what that could possibly be. That is the Mediterranean Sea and the Dead Sea. How many realize that?) in the glorious holy mountain; (Where is that? Right where that temple is sitting. Th means he has not been here until he comes here (in the middle of that week), but from across the waters he has looked and observed what was shown on television as those two prophets display the power of God, and has made his plans, and laid out his strategy. When the devil has anointed this man and he begins to see what these two prophets have done in Israel, the miracles that have been shown, he becomes infuriated. Now he is absolutely going to put together a picture of his own diabolical thoughts. Satan is going to inspire him, and that is what makes him have the attitude, I will show the world who God is. He cannot do anything until the hour has come for those two prophets to seal their prophecy with their death. That is when God will allow him to make his move. He leaves the Vatican and crosses the waters to get to Jerusalem, and the first thing he does, is have those two prophets killed. Then he tells a certain element of the social elite of the world, If these two prophets really were of God, how come this has happened to them? (We know it could not have happened at any other time.) God has allowed it, because it was time for it. Nobody can touch them as long as God’s hand is upon them. God anoints them to prophesy, speak the truth about corrupt systems, and bring judgment in various ways until the days of their testimony is complete. Then, from across the water here comes this diabolical legion led by the pope (the antichrist). He is no longer a baby kissing pope. He is filled with the spirit of the devil. He is filled with jealousy and hatred. He is going to kill those two prophets first thing. He has all that anger and hate in him, so that is when he begins to divide things. By this time, in his absence from Rome, certain ones of this 144,000 servants of God have been busy preaching, warning and condemning this old whore system of religion, so it is no wonder that things back home begin to be shaken up. The Catholic Church that has owned property, and has wealth in art and many other things, is now going to have it all confiscated. The kings and leaders of these nations are going to begin to strip that institution of all her past wealth. In the change of all this, you can see why he is going to be compelled to sit in Jerusalem, showing to the world he is God. That is the only place God will allow him to show himself like that. He shall plant the tabernacle of his palace, his dwelling place, (which is really in the Jewish temple) between the seas. That is the Mediterranean and the Dead Sea. “Yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.” Where does he come to his end? Right here (when Christ and His bride come back on white horses). Yes, he has already fought the oriental kings by that time, when they came for the battle of Armageddon, because that is where the European beast system is massed, not in Europe, but in the plains of Megeddo. That is because, right there is where God is absolutely going to make it his winepress. As he brings the kings of Europe, the armies, the military structures, by then all the oriental powers of the far east are going to go under the communist hammer and sickle. If our politicians of our nation today would wake up and began to realize why that little nation of North Korea is in the News, and learn why they are carrying on like they are, they would know it is because they now have that communistic spirit. For sixty some years we have had a military presence in the far east, but the hour is coming when America will no longer have her ships scattered around: they are going to sail home. Something is going to compel us to get out of there. We are going to be compelled to come home and we will no longer have a navel presence there to guard and protect. The whole oriental world will go under the hammer and sickle. When it does, it will happen strategically at a time when conditions in the Middle East will have arrived at that moment where the east and west are to fight it out. When they do, a lot of people will say, Well who is going to be the winner? Read the 19th chapter of Revelation, and it will tell you who the winner is, the European beast. We will read it, Revelation 19, verses 19-20. “And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him that sat on the horse, and against His army. 20And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the beast was taken, and with the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.” You can see there, that John saw the European beast standing there with his armies, ready to do battle with Christ and His righteous army.20And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.20And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.19And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.

Revelation 19:20 (KJV)

20And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. Armageddon is over, but here stands the false prophet, Armageddon is over, and here stands the kings of the earth. Armageddon is over, but here is Christ being revealed from heaven, to face what? That European beast with his armies. Here, is the great revelation of the sixth seal. What a display. What a scene. Now I want to ask a simple question. You would think, after seeing Jesus and His great armada of saints, they would know that their time is up, but no, they are ready to do battle. I say to you everyone, You better be there on a white horse. We are coming back to rule and reign with Him. And we are coming back to assist Him in executing wrath, with total judgment on this planet. No, we are not coming with F-16’s. We are coming back invested with the power of God and the authority of God. Out of the mouth of Jesus goes a sharp two edged sword. Let me ask you, Do you think the Bride of Christ is just going to sit there on those horses while one lone man up front speaks the word of destruction to wicked mankind? Why are you sitting on a military horse in the first place, if you are not part of the army of God? Are you going to ride that military horse all through the thousand year reign? No. That horse is only given to you during the time that we are coming to take over the affairs of men and to establish a government where Jesus Christ is King of kings and Lord of lords. You are going to be made kings and priests to rule and reign on the earth. To him that overcometh will I give power over the nations and He shall rule them with a rod of iron. He, that is you and me, but the anointing is all invested through Him to us. As we look at this thing, when that man of sin begins to fulfill these pictures, I assure you, the woman, which is that mixed multitude of Jews that have heard and accepted what the two prophets have been saying for three and a half years, is gone. And the 144,000 servants that are sealed in chapter 7 are gone. How can anyone read Ezekiel 38, and say that this is the battle of Armageddon? The battle of Armageddon has nothing like that involved at all. The battle of Armageddon is a fight between the armies of the east and the west. I will say this, The beast will be the major military source that will be the victor in that battle. Naturally that is going to make the beast feel like, Well we are the supreme rulers, we can do anything we please. Time wise though, they have approached the end and now Jesus is seen coming from heaven to execute judgment and I want to be with Him. I want to be sitting on one of those white horses. I do not want to be bigger than you: I just want to be what God wants me to be and you to be what He wants you to be. I will have to say, If we are truly going to be robed in white, and we are going to sit on a white military horse, our first duty is to help execute judgement and destruction on this planet. We have an element of educated world leaders today, and I have ask myself, Why does President Bush claim to be a great man of faith, and yet denies the very essence of what is written in the prophecies of the Bible? You cannot be a person of faith and deny prophesy which is written for believers. You can say, I believe in Jesus Christ, He is the Savior of the world, but I just do not see this, and I do not believe this, but I say to you, You just as well throw the rest of the Bible in the ditch. God did not save you to make a fool out of you. He did not save you to make you illiterate. You are saved potentially to become, not only an overcomer, but one that will help rule and reign with Him. That includes everything that is written in connection with the bride of Christ. The 12th chapter of Zechariah is the central picture because it contains the objective of what starts the ball rolling. All these other scriptures begin to move into the picture then, so as we get to Ezekiel 38, right here is where it is fought, before the last week of Daniel opens up, but it is in the 39th chapter, where we see the true picture, because it tells us what is going to happen to all these soldiers and things, how they meet their destruction, and how there is a place for them to be buried in the land. Here, the prophecy speaks of the past, Israel will know from that day on, keep in mind over here you start in the 39th chapter and you see exactly how Jerusalem has been rebuilt and restored for the Millennium to follow. All the people that had to flee during this period of time that the antichrist is slaughtering Jews, when that period of time is over, do you think they are going to linger around and dilly dally out there among the nations? Jesus is here on earth by then. Where is He going to set up headquarters? In Jerusalem. Those Jews have been scattered, but the minute they see Jesus on earth and that He is taking over everything, do you not believe the Jews are going to want to go where He is? I do. I believe this thing will wind up with such a terrific impact that the people that are to be the beneficiaries of it, cannot wait to get back to Jerusalem. That is why the prophecy is written in the finished sense. Zechariah 12 is talking about how He will pour out His Spirit. Well He does it right here (in the first half of the week). That puts it in that present tense, but over here it is speaking of it in the fulfilled past tense. Israel will know from that day and onward, that I am the Lord their God who is in their midst forevermore. I hope what little I have said tonight can help us see and understand how and why these scriptures are written like this. They are written to carry a little picture of something, but they have to be brought into a time frame. Zechariah 12 is the focal point. The war that is mentioned in Micah 7 is the means by how this is all set in motion. Zephaniah 2 shows the war in the process. Isaiah 19 shows the Israeli army, and God said I will make the governors of Judah a terror to the Egyptians in that day. That goes to show, there will come a time those political men of Israel will be so anointed of the inspiration of God, they will know exactly what to do, how to do it and when to do it. When that conflict is over, there is no doubt what sets in motion immediately, and it will not be the political Jew saying, Now is the time: it is going to be the Jews from the population rising with one voice, Now let us build our temple.

 

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As the Arab nations begin to see and hear this cry, look what happens in Isaiah 60. What a miracle how God has changed the hearts of kings, world potentates. Now kings will want to minister and do their part in the rebuilding process. Here comes the sons of strangers, they want to have their part. Now here is where Ezekiel 38 comes in. Micah 7 has to be first because it sets the stage. Keep in mind, this war is strictly how God kills this Muslim spirit. When that war is fought and won, Saudi Arabia will no longer be a Muslim state. Egypt is no longer a Muslim state, Jordan is no longer a Muslim state, Syria is no longer a Muslim state. God has killed that Muslim spirit. It is out of the same element of people that were enemies of Israel, that are coming quickly to help the Jews build their temple. All of that is a total change, after God allows the armies of Israel to walk all over their enemies of past years. Remember though, there is still Iran, which is Persia. Here is Ethiopia. Here is Libya on the other side of Egypt. Here are all these southern areas of Russia, those little nations whose names wind up, stan. Sixty five percent of southern Russia is Muslim. They are not Arabs even though they have the same religion as the Arabs. Among the people of those nations, great anger arises when they see what has happened in Israel, and how these who are really the Arabs, the Muslim originators, have changed over night and now they are contributing and wanting to help the Jews in rebuilding, do you not think there will be a jealous spirit get on all of them, that will cause them to want to even the score? I have to believe, that first they are going to begin to say, Well let us have a try at showing those Jews a thing or two. That is why Ezekiel 38 is worded like it is. When you read Ezekiel 38 and 39, do not think for one minute, all those troops are from Russia. Russia becomes the guard, Russia becomes the leadership, they furnish the technology, but they will have many others with them. It is these from the areas that have this same spirit, that are creating a scene and therefore more or less put Russia on the spot, so Russia has to take the position of leadership, because of her technology and military capability. Russia eventually yields to the pressure. Like I have said before, Read the whole 38th and 39th chapters. In doing so, you will find that there is not one shot fired. Ever since WW2 we have heard preachers say, Oh Russia has the greatest horse breeding program there has ever been. Brothers and sisters, that shows their lack of revelation, because those scriptures are not talking about fleshly horses, They refer to horsepower, by which motorized vehicles are rated. Yes Russia will furnish the equipment, also the military technology, but the men will be Libyans, Ethiopians, Persians, Turks, and all the other Muslims scattered around, because that spirit in them has got to be conquered. Little do they realize what is waiting for them. That is why I have said many times as I have studied this whole thing from a military viewpoint, There is no way they can come by land: the satellites observing their approach rules that out. Israel would pick them off a hundred and fifty or two hundred miles before they got there. This has to be something planned from a military standpoint that has never been done against the land in that respect. That is why it says, And thou shalt cover the land like a cloud. That lets me know the enemy is coming by a giant armada of planes to drop paratroopers and supplies. When they drop paratroopers by the hundreds and thousands, they will also drop tons and tons of material and supplies to fight with. Little do they realize, as it says in Ezekiel 38, Fury comes up in my face. “And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, that my fury shall come up in my face” There will be a great shaking in the land of Israel, that the fish of the sea will know about it. It is going to be a conflict that nature itself will turn wrong side out. Look what has happened here, last weekend. Did you know, if you took all these places from Missouri through Illinois, through southern Indiana on into Kentucky, if you could take all the disaster that these storms have brought, if you could put it all together in one strategic spot, how would you like to be a paratrooper dropping during that, not knowing where you would be blown to? When it tells you Israel will choose men for seven long months to go look for the dead bodies and to bury them, if this was an earthly military conflict that is fought with military means, you do not have to go everywhere looking for dead bodies, because the fighting usually occurs in one geographical area. Since God is in this and He uses nature against the attackers, dead bodies will be blown all over everywhere. There will be many, because you find in the 39th chapter, that He only leaves one sixth of them alive to escape the tragedy and go back home to tell the story. It will not even be a war. It starts out to be a war, but tragedy strikes the attackers before there is ever one shot fired. It will be a miracle, exactly the way God ordained it. When that war is over, the house of Israel will know from then on, God is with us. He is fighting for us. Europe will definitely come out to be the central source of intelligence, and leadership, in what the world is needing. As I said this morning, We are no longer a steel producing nation. In WW2 we produced all our own steel. We did not buy it. We mined it out of the mountains and melted it from old car lots. How many understand what I am saying? In the past number of years we have definitely sold out to the world. There is an element of time coming up in front of us, and if we get a picture in our minds what to expect, I believe with all my heart, God will help us to see it as the days approach. He will help us to understand precisely just how to relate ourselves to it. I do not want this thing to come upon me unaware. I can see something coming. I know our president is not going to see it. I am not going to expect Professor Doolittle to tell me about it either. I believe the God of heaven that we serve, that has helped us through this number of years, is going to let us see time and what we are approaching and how to relate to it. May God bless you everyone.