Manners and upright principals, they have lost entirely. They have become arrogant and proud, self sufficient and selfish. We are no longer a society that can speak of brotherhood with respect for man and for mankind. At least that is what it is turning into. God is getting just about enough of this scene. I just want to say, When this miracle war starts, it will never be over until it sets everything in motion to fulfill all these last day prophecies. When it is over, Israel will not need to be told by some politician, Now is the time to build your temple. They are going to know it without being told. God is going to put it in their minds, Now my house shall be built. Young men that are going to colleges right now, learning to be engineers of every description, God is going to make them sit in front of the TV and watch this scene until they obtain a great desire to be a part of what is going on. Do not bother to tell me they are going to ask, What was all that about? They are going to know there is a God up there that is able to guide the affairs of men on earth, and that He is guiding that little nation of Israel. Just think about how Joshua led that little bunch of people around the walls of Jericho for seven days, and if you have to ask, What did that have to do with the walls coming down? I will tell you, God told them to walk around it like that, but when they went around the last time, He said, Now make a big shout! What happened? God sent an earthquake and from within, those walls fell out. It did not take God six months to do it either, because in the same day’s time, when those walls fell out, that Israeli army crawled over those rocks with swords in their hands and slaughtered every Jericho person except those of the household of Rahab. As it was in the days that I led him (Israel) out of Egypt, so again, I will repeat it, and I will show to him, Israel, great and miraculous things. In the days of Joshua, you can read it, he conquered thirty three Canaanite cities and never saved one. It put fear in the hearts of people everywhere they went. When God turns Israel loose and she starts fulfilling this prophecy, there is going to be a fear begin to grip the people of the Muslim world, especially the Arab part, and they are going to get real scared. There are prophecies that cover every aspect of this. When it says here, that they turn their attention across the river to the Moabites and the Ammonites, is that all? No sir. Turn with me to Ezekiel 25, and listen closely.
ANGELS FIGHTING FOR ISRAEL
As the Israeli army crosses the Jordan River, that army will begin to see the presence of angelic beings in their midst. Well how do you know? That is why it says in Daniel 12, In that day Michael shall stand up. Michael never stood up before, except when there was a military engagement of a dynamic proportion to be accomplished. In Ezekiel 25, it tells you what this Israeli army is going to do in that day. It is God’s judgment upon that land of Jordan. He is going to destroy it from being a nation. He is going to cause all this land to be settled the way it is biblically proportioned. Verse 12, “Thus saith the Lord God; Because that Edom (Who is Edom? That is Esau-ites that settled in the middle part of this.) hath dealt against the house of Judah by taking vengeance, and hath greatly offended, and revenged himself upon them.” So as they hit the Ammonites and the Moabites, then they are going to turn toward Edom. Now I say to the Jews of today, Why will Sharon not read the book of Numbers, which is in the Torah? What does it tell you there about when old Balaam was brought in to curse Israel? God would not let him do it, would He? Finally God showed Balaam something. That is why Balaam said to the leaders, Come here, I am going to show you, (He showed this to the enemy.) what these people are going to do to your people in the last days. That is in the Torah. So I say to Israel, Do not put it off and say God will not do it. When God does it, it is going to be when you get your eyes open and God begins to give you leaders that can listen to Him (God) instead of to President Bush or some other western politician. It is not going to be done by politics. It is going to be done by the leadership of God. Verse 13, “Therefore thus saith the Lord God; I will (not maybe so, I will) also stretch out mine hand upon Edom, (So now the Israeli army is going to turn south,) and cut off man and beast from it; (But that is not all, just further on south from here and east of there is Saudi Arabia. Are they going to escape? No. That is why I say, Once Israel crosses the Jordan River, she is on her way to hit that Muslim world in the heart. That is not maybe so, it will be so.) and I will make it desolate from Teman; and they of Dedan (Where is Dedan? That is Saudi Arabia.) shall fall by the sword. And I will lay my vengeance upon Edom by (who?) the hand of my people Israel: and they shall do in Edom according (To what Bush says? To what Bill Clinton says? No. According…) to mine anger (God is angry today. When He gets angry, He is going to be spitting in somebody’s face, so to speak.) and according to my fury; and they shall know my vengeance, saith the Lord God.” So Israel is on the way, going where? She is going to Egypt. She has to pass through Jordan. She will fulfill this. Now I want to ask you this, How long will it take Israel to do this? Just about as fast as they can drive a tank. I will say to you that hear me, There is going to be angelic beings seen on the battlefield. Oh Bro. Jackson, really? Oh yes, I am going to have a chance to point my finger at somebody one of these days and say, Did I not tell you so? I can hardly wait until it starts. We have such a modern society today, from the white house down to the janitor’s room, it is going to take something to shock them and make them sit up and realize they do not run this thing; they just think they do. God is going to show you that He runs it. I sit in the heavens, I will exalt who I will and I will abase who I will. So here we see, with one stroke as they cross the river, Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites. How long will it take? Just as long as it takes to drive the tanks. In the midst of those tanks as they come down through there, as the Jordanian enemy looks on this, do you know what they are going to see? They are going to see mirages of angelic beings, magnified pictures of things, it is going to frighten them half to death. In the days of Elijah, when his little servant begged him, Oh, look at all the Syrians. What did the prophet say? Lord, open the young man’s eyes. The Lord opened the young man’s eyes. Every where he looked there were fiery chariots. It is not going to be fiery chariots they see, they are going to see supernatural tanks and jet airplanes and angelic beings in them. When they are going to be shooting their ammunition up at some of this stuff, they are just going to waste it. God sure has a way to confuse an enemy. That is why He said in Zechariah, He would smite the horse in that day with blindness and madness. When you put that in modern warfare, and then when God uses the miraculous episode, Michael and his angels will be on the battlefield, directing the battle. Sometimes even Jewish soldiers in tanks will wonder, I was heading right at that thing, but now it is already blown to pieces. I say some of these things, you may think I am just exaggerating. Well you just go on and think that. One of these mornings it will come on the news programs, We break into this program to bring you the latest News. In the Middle East there seems to be a conflict and Israel has decided it is time to go to war. From hour to hour it will change. It will only magnify in its intensity. Then it will not be long, from the enemy’s side, the reports will begin to come in how afraid they have become and how this little army of Israel is wiping the ground with them, destroying their potential weaponry, all because Michael is in charge and the world doesn’t know it. God saves the best until last, and He is sure saving it. Why is He doing it? Does it mean there is going to be a world wide revival? Not at all. Well, Bro. Jackson, I don’t understand, if it don’t create a revival, then why do it? He has a few young people today scattered over the world, and He wants to open their minds to the reality, He wants to keep them away from the time of His wrath, so He lets them see a few miracles. They are going to throw their degree from college away, and all the ignorance they learned, and they are going to be able to look at one another and say, Now I know there is a God because I saw what happened. Nobody can tell me there is not a God. Does it bring a world revival? No, but it sure does open the minds of some people that God wants it to. Israel is wiping the ground up in Jordan, never to have to repeat it. Once they do it, Israel is not going to be followed by guerillas bombing them and meeting them on the highway like we are in Iraq. God is going to kill that Islamic spirit once and for all among the Arabs. That is why it has to be this way. Turn with me to Isaiah 19. From the regions of central Jordan, she has wiped up the Edomites. She heads for Egypt. It starts out here in the 16th verse, “In that day shall Egypt be like unto women: (I will say this, right now, Egypt is trying to dictate this and dictate that. Well just wait until that bunch of Egyptians begin to hear what Israel does in Gaza when she starts, then how she crosses the river and how the military power and the miraculous display of God’s presence as she hits the Moabites and Ammonites, then the Edomites, and here she comes. By that time Egypt is going to get scared. It plainly tells you in Zechariah, He will make the governors of Judah like a flame in a pile of wood. They are going to set everything on fire. 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. (Watch out Egypt) And the land of Judah shall be a terror unto Egypt, (Well she licked them in the Six Day War, then in 1973 she sent her home.) 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.” (meaning Egypt), so if there are Jews listening, read in your Old Testament. It is what your nation is going to do in that day, right in front of you. Egypt is going to fall backward trembling, in fear, because God is going to kill that Islamic spirit that has planned their strategy to blow this up and blow that up. God is going to use a little bunch of servants with a small amount of military equipment. With that, God is going to let Michael and his angels absolutely enter the battlefield and Israel’s enemy is going to see things on the battlefield they have never seen before. Oh my, I can see that Israeli army when she crosses into Egypt. Every place they go, they are going to bring it under their control. Verse 18, “In that day shall five cities in the land of Egypt (meaning when it is all over) speak the language of Canaan.” What does all that add up to? It adds up to this much, when the God of heaven, the God of the Jews has taken that little Israeli army and sent them down through the country of Jordan, wiping out everything, heading for Egypt, by the time they cross the border into Egypt, the Egyptians will be scared half to death. There is going to be one major city in there somewhere that Israel is going to aim everything at, and she will just about blow it off the map. Do you know why? Because that is going to be a token to the Egyptian people, so they cannot help but see that the miraculous hand of God is with Israel, not with Mohammad. That is the purpose of a war like this. They are made to see that God is with the Jews, not the god of Mohammad. That is the purpose of it. Conversion is not coming about by a bunch of politicians talking, trying to re-educate them. It is going to be God’s way. The Egyptians, when it is all over, are going to know whose God is in control and will then say, Now we will worship the God of the Jews instead of the god of Mohammad. They are going to want to build a pillar on the border and an altar in the midst of Egypt. The idea of it is this, This is their way of saying, We will worship the God of the Jews right here, by doing this. Verse 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 (God will make them.) because of the oppressors, and He shall send them a savior, and a great one, and He shall deliver them. And the Lord shall be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians shall know the Lord in that day.” This is not brought about by politicians. It is God’s way of changing the mind of a nation that has been under the spell of Islam for so long. They have been made to believe that Mohammad was God’s true prophet, and the Egyptians have been made to believe that the Jews are just a bunch of counterfeits. It is God’s way of showing the miraculous side of things. He is going to turn the whole picture around. When you read the rest of this, it tells you how far this fear goes and who it affects, even the Syrians, because as that military might of Israel turns toward Egypt, remember, God gave Abraham a promise, I will give you all this land from this river to the river Egypt. It runs from the Euphrates to the river Egypt. (There was only one Jew that ever did meet that, and that was David. You read about it in Kings.) Instead of the Israelis having to compromise and give up part of the west bank to the Palestinians for them to have a state, God is going to turn it all around and tear it to pieces. When Israel has done in Egypt what they are supposed to do, they then turn the tanks around and head back toward Syria and Iraq. By that time those people will have already heard about the miraculous power of God on the battlefield, so they are going to be terrified. Do not tell me they will not. Israel will lay that land open. Once she reaches the Euphrates River, she will look up and rejoice and thank the God of Abraham. Knowing His covenant will be fulfilled. However long it takes for God to do all this with the little Israeli army, you can say this, It is just a matter of a few short weeks. By that time, from the Orient to the hidden islands of the sea, the world, because of television, is going to be able to see all that is taking place. As I say this tonight, from different parts of the world right now, there are Gentile believers that believe in Israel rebuilding their temple. It will not be a bunch of politicians that get together and decide when it will be. It is going to be certain Israeli people that begin to put the pressure on. Those leaders are going to say, Yes, we will build it. Time wise, we are approaching this week of Daniel, just a few months away. Therefore around the world it is noised about building it, and people are saying, I want to help. God is going to touch the heart’s of wealthy people and they are going to contact the Israelis, I want to donate so many million dollars. Oh Bro. Jackson, do you really believe that? Just wait, I can read it if you don’t believe it. In the day that the signal comes, that it is time to build the temple, I want to hear what those such as Tom Brokaw, Diane Sawyer and all the rest are going to say. I do not want to hear them trying to explain it away though.
RE-ESTABLISHING THE RIGHTFUL INHABITANTS
When that miracle war takes place, it will no sooner close, the war part, that from the land of Russia, and the far reaches of the earth, will come another element of Jews. They have never wanted to go back and get involved in all this nonsense that has been going on the past number of years, but when the time is right they are going to come back by the hundreds. You read it in Isaiah 49, where it plainly tells you they will come from this place and that place. Zion (the land) will say, See that I have lost my children, where have all these been? It is the land crying out. That is when Jews are coming to settle in Jerusalem, because they are the ancient descendants of David. It tells you in Zechariah, that in that day He will establish the inhabits of Judah, that territory first, then He will establish the house of David. When the two are settled, then the inhabitants of Jerusalem cannot say, We are better off. You know how city people are against rural people. That is exactly what God is describing. That is why He is going to allow the land of Judah to be populated first by the element of Jews that are supposed to populate it. There is a certain element of Jews out there, that are the ancient descendants of David. Jerusalem is where they are going to dwell. Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place. By who? Any Jew? No. It is by the descendants of David. That is what you will read there in Zechariah 12. I want to show you one more prophecy that goes along with this one. Turn with me to Psalms 137. Most Gentiles have been treating these scriptures as though they are irrelevant. They did not see anything in them. Well let us go back almost six hundred years before the advent of Christ. We see those ancient Jews that were taken captive at Jerusalem by the Babylonian army and forced to go all the way back to Babylon. Back in Babylon, they made slaves out of them. “By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea ,we wept, when we remembered Zion. (Imagine the heartbreak among them, longing for that homeland.) We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof. For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; (I can see those Babylonian soldiers, Come on you bunch of no good Jews, sing us another song of Zion.) and they that wasted us required of us mirth, (Make me feel like dancing,) sing us one of the songs of Zion. (Listen how the Jewish people responded.) How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land? If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above chief joy. (Now here is the prophecy, and at that time, these people know exactly who stood on the other side of the Jordan River and laughed when the Babylonians were tearing Jerusalem to pieces, so they lifted up their voices and said…) Remember, O Lord, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem; (Is that not the time we are speaking of? They cannot talk about a Palestinian state unless they want to give Jerusalem to be their capital. Those Jews remembered those ancient Jordanians as Edomites that were saying, Tear it to the ground, tear it to the ground, jumping with glee at the treatment those Jews were experiencing. Their thoughts were, The land that was theirs, will be ours when they are gone. That is why I say a lot of these Palestinians are descendants of those old timers that lived across the river, Edomites, Moabites, and Ammonites.) who said , Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof.” This little prophecy, even though it is stuck right there in the midst of a Psalm, is pointing to our day. Do you think God is going to overlook it? He is going to see that every word of it will come to pass. Those people across the river are going to pay for all that they have made Israel do and how they have made them suffer. With this in mind, turn with me to Isaiah 60. If you don’t think these prophecies are going to be fulfilled, I want you to know, they have been laying here for years and it is only going to be in the end time that they will come alive and be fulfilled right before your very eyes. It starts out here in the 60th chapter, “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, (This is God’s word, talking to Israel.) and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. (This miraculous event we have been talking about, is God’s glory being manifested. God is going to let the world see it. They are supposed to see it because it is God’s way of opening the eyes of ignorance and unbelief in a lot of people.) For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, (That is exactly what is getting hold of America and almost everywhere today. They have shut Christ out of schools. They have taken the Bible out and do not want God mentioned. You can bring Mohammad in, but not God.) and gross darkness the people: (When? When God causes the light to start shining in Israel.) but the Lord shall rise upon thee, (meaning Israel) and His glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, (The day is coming when God is going to cause many Gentile people to turn and look toward Israel, because they can no longer see God in their country here. But they will see God in Israel. It has to be that way. When I say that, that does not take God out of your life, but God has left our society, He has left our government. He has left our capacity of true leadership, and it is this way the whole world over.) and kings to the brightness of thy rising.” In other words, this nation of Israel is going to start rising in preeminence. As she has fought this miracle war, do not tell me, that people from the ends of this earth, are not going to want to go and see Israel. Why? Because the God of Israel is going to cause the dollars, the monetary value of nation to flow, because they want to go over and see that place. Verse 4, “Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, (Oh Bro. Jackson, you are talking like there is going to be a world revival. I am not. If you think that, you just do not understand anything yet. When this whole miraculous thing is over, God has used it to open the eyes of a certain element of people among the Gentile world, but the rest will only go further into darkness and ignorance. As I was referring to the Six Day War this morning, for about three weeks all you could hear was, It had to be God, it had to be God, it had to be God. From admirals, captains, generals, this and that, God had to be in it. But three months later, you heard nothing. Now you do not hear any of those old voices because it is all forgotten. That is why I say, do not think this miraculous event is going to create a world wide, soul shaking revival. It is not. It is God’s way of reaching a certain element of Gentile people, because He is going to use them to fulfill His plan, the rest of the world will go right on their merry making way in unbelief.) they come to thee: thy sons (Oh I like this. Dispersed generations of Jewish people,) 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, (That is not talking about spiritual conversion. It is talking about material things from the ends of the earth, that is suddenly going to be converted from its original destination, to go to Israel, because God wants to use it. There sits a ship at the docks loaded with all kinds of building materials, supposed to be headed for such and such a place. When that event is over and the word is out that Israel is going to build their temple, at the same time she is going to start remodeling her city, because those Jews are going to know, We are doing this for the coming of our Messiah. They are not going to listen to George Bush, nor any other politician. I don’t say these things to be derogatory, but let us give God’s word an opportunity to speak for itself. God’s word gives us a promise, that when that era of time has arrived, there will come about the conversion of material substance from the ends of the earth, going to Israel.) the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.” Brothers and sisters, I have said that much to say this, When the miracle part of that particular war is over, it will have accomplished its purpose. It has opened up and changed hearts and attitudes, and especially those of business men. We will now look toward Saudi Arabia. I want to ask you this, If I would go to Saudi Arabia today and ask, Would you please give me a donation to help the Jews build their temple? What do you think I would hear? No! Get out of here! We are not giving them one dime. Do you think there is any way you could get any Muslim to agree to help Israel today? No. Not now, but when God shakes that Middle East with a miracle war, and a bunch of those Muslims see angelic beings on the field of battle, it is going to prove to them over night, that God is not with Mohammad: He is with Israel. Then when Saudi Arabia does hear that the Jews are going to build their temple, what does the scripture say? Out of that land will come the caravans of gold and incense to be offered up on my altar and to beautify the house of my glory. Let us just say the war would be next week. Remember, the God we have talked about as Gentiles, is still the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and Joshua, the God that took the land for them. Verse 6, “The multitude of camels (Now Bro. Jackson, do you believe it will be camels. There are actually that many camels in Saudi Arabia. But do you really think that is what it is talking about here. I can see vast lines of truck convoys. How many hear me? They are leaving Saudi Arabia.) shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah, (Where is that? Saudi Arabia.) all they from Sheba (all Saudi Arabia) shall come: they shall bring gold and incense; and they shall show forth the praises of the Lord.” That tells me where the Muslim religion went: God killed it. No wonder Egypt is building an altar to the God of the Jews. No wonder convoys of wealth are coming out of Saudi Arabia. Right now they would say, Away with every Jew, but in that day, you will not be reading it from history books: you will see it on TV and read it as the events unfold before the very eyes of the world. Politicians will have to sit back and say, There is a God after all.
HOW THE MIRACLE WAR AFFECTS SOCIETY
In the 60th chapter of Isaiah, it will plainly tell you the internal affect this miracle war is going to have on the hearts of politicians and others. I have said before, Israel has never had an animal breeding program to enable them to start animal sacrifice on the altar immediately, but when that starts, think about this, “All the flocks of Kedar (You trace that down, it is part of the people that live in Jordan, bedouin people.) shall be gathered together unto thee, (Israel) the rams of Nebaioth shall minister unto thee: they shall come up with acceptance on mine altar, (It will not matter whether the Jews bred and raised them, or whether they come from that part, God is going to accept the sacrifice.) and I will glorify the house of my glory.” That is what God says. Bush, Sharon, none of them are going to have a thing to say about it. God is going to put in the heart of men in that day to fulfill His word. This looks ahead. “Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows?” It is airplanes loaded with cargo and building material, supplies of every description coming to Israel. “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.” He will have taken the opportunity to show His majestic power and the world sees it, and they realize it was God. Let us see what all this really leads to. I like this 10th verse. “And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, (From the Orient, from the Philippines, from India, from the regions of the Far East, which in ancient times never carried on diplomatic relations with Israel, (but now they will), comes workers. When this miraculous event is seen around the globe, do you know what will happen? It is going to cause a universal feeling of sympathy, and a genuine concern. I can see Hindus and Buddhists saying, I now have to believe in the God of Israel. I can see now, that Buddha does not have it right. Neither do the Hindus and all the others. God said He would kill all the gods of the earth in that day. He was not referring to the Millennium as the time He would do that. He said in Zephaniah 2, I will famish them, dry them up. Why? Because He wants to use an element of youth from those other religions, for the simple reason that this temple is going to be a world temple. People of all nations will look to it. The King of Israel, the King of all the nations, is going to sit in it. Why should God not use young men of the world that volunteer, wanting to help rebuild? The sons of strangers is not referring to every little old fellow that might be willing: it will be those that know in their mind they have a capability to do certain things in a constructive way.) and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, (Yes, hundreds of years ago He smote Israel. He destroyed its national existence and scattered the ancient Jews to the ends of the earth. Now He has promised He is going to bring them back. Slowly He has been re-establishing them. The time has come, when He is going to cause them to fulfill every aspect of what His word has declared.) but in my favor have I had mercy on thee.” God is a God of mercy. “Therefore thy gates shall be open continually; (Jerusalem) they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought.” How long is this going to last, Bro. Jackson? Long enough to get the job done, is the way we must look at it. “For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.” He will bankrupt them. For a short period of time, as God does this, this is how God is going to look at every nation. I have to say to Red China, You stubborn bunch of communists: When God gets through with this, He will have melted your heart, because He wants a certain substance from you I have a reason for saying that. When the Millennium starts, there will be no communist nation. When Jesus Christ comes, as seen in the beginning of the 20th chapter of Revelation, and finished in the 19th chapter, do you know what it says? The beast, the false prophet and the kings of the earth, that is right over here (at the end of the week) will be gathered together, to do what? To make war with Him that sits on the white horse. Out of His mouth will go a sharp two edged sword and with that He shall smite the evil. Please understand what I am saying, because a college education will not do you a dime’s worth of good in that day. You better have a heart that is open to God, because He will slay the wicked. He will cut the wicked off from the face of the earth. But to that element of people that He has somehow preserved and has shown His miraculous existence, their eyes are opened, their hearts are softened. No, they are not converted to Christianity, but they have been made to believe in a God that is still in control. Those are the people Jesus Christ is coming to rule and reign over. It is a glorious picture, when we see how God deals with a nation for a little short interval. Then we will bring Ezekiel 38 in. For too long, preachers have thought Ezekiel 38, is the battle of Armageddon. It certainly is not the battle of Armageddon. I will challenge any preacher who will respect this Bible. When you read it the right way, Israel never even fires a weapon in the Ezekiel 38 event. What brings that to such a devastating end? It is because God shows His miraculous power by using the forces of nature. It is not another conflict on a battlefield. God uses the element of nature to literally destroy the military might of Russia and those lined up with her. It will not last but a few hours. There again, is another prophecy fulfilled, because in the end of the 39th chapter, God says He has poured out His Spirit of grace upon the house of Israel. When? Right there. There cannot be three times of fulfilling that same evident: it is the two prophets that minister it, but these prophecies all point to that same period of time.
LOOKING ON AHEAD
We started this message with a hope of somehow being able to show you how certain scriptures must link up. There is no way possible that you can take certain scriptures and throw them around haphazardly, and expect that God will watch over them. He never had it written just for you and me to play with. In here is a picture, if put together right, that will cause you to rejoice. Therefore I am going to ask you to turn with me back to the book of Zephaniah. I am not going to preach about Zephaniah and what he says again. I just want to refer to certain things to show you how accurate scriptures have to be. This marks the beginning of Daniel’s seventieth week. (Pointing to chart) This is halfway through, and this is the end. Certain prophecies have to come about to initiate and set this era in motion. They help us recognize the time between where we are now and the time the week opens up. There are a lot of thing going on in the world, that cause our anticipation to reach out. Society at large will build up to that time. I have with me a sermon that was preached by a clergyman of the Islamic faith on February 27th of this year. You may wonder why all this Islamic uprising, terrorism and everything is intensifying, but I assure you, the politicians do not know, because this is something God has allowed to rise up, to set in motion the end time operation. You hear them talking about fighting terrorism until we get rid of it. Well I have news for all who believe that, You are not going to get rid of it. I would say to the smartest politician, That is just your idea. You have no knowledge of what is ahead, because you have forsaken the word of God, the only accurate projection of what is ahead. The world politicians of this hour of time are just like the Jewish politicians were two thousand years ago. Not a one of them were expecting God to fulfill a prophecy in their lifetime. Before I finish this, I want to show you how accurate everything has to be. Let us pay attention to what this Islamic man had to say. I hope you can begin to realize, that all over the world there are pockets of terrorists just waiting an opportunity to strike their enemies, anyone who does not believe like they do. They are here in America by unimaginable numbers. I was just thinking of President Bill Clinton, how back in the 1980’s, he and Janet Reno heard about a Christian cult in Waco Texas. When they found out they had weapons, they never hesitated for one minute: They went after them. Their actions were supposedly justified under the guise of national security. When they got through, an hundred and eighty some of them were dead. Then there was another family up in a place called Ruby Ridge. The FBI did what they wanted to there as well. Again, they were fighting what they viewed as an enemy that threatened our national security. Why in the world then, do they not go after these radical Muslims the same way? We know they are here by the thousands. I have seen videos that show exactly what they are doing, and how they are training. I am going to ask Bro. Bud to read this, not the entire sermon, but just to get the point this man is talking about. You will see then why the Muslims are planning to make an all out advance. In their thinking, they are going to take over the world.
(Bro. Bud reading) “Saudi sermon, Time for Christians and Jews to convert to Islam. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, TB1, in Arabic, official television station for the Saudi government, carried on February 27, 2004 at 09:45 government time, a live sermon from the holy mosque in Mecca. Shake Soli Ben Mohammad delivered the sermon which he denotes to the story of Genesis and the heavenly messages brought by the prophets beginning with Adam and ending with the prophet Mohammad and the message of Islam. All heavenly religions, he asserts, came with one message, worship of God. Therefore the Iman says it is now time for the people of the book, Christians and Jews, to ponder and acknowledge that Islam is a continuation of the message that came before it and that it is the religion that God has chosen for the whole of mankind. From the time of prophet Mohammad, may the peace and blessings of God be upon him until the day of judgment. God will not accept any other religion or creed. The Iman says and sites the Koranic verse, if anyone desires a religion other than Islam, never will it be accepted of him, and in the hereafter, he will be in the ranks of those who have lost. The Iman makes this appeal, therefore from the fountain of the message, the site of its revelation, and the pulpit of the house of Kabba, which was built by Abram, and to which Moses and Jesus, peace be upon them, made pilgrimage. I make a sincere appeal along with our prophet Mohammad’s message to non Muslims and say, Embrace Islam so as to be peaceful, embrace Islam so as to be peaceful. (He repeats that.) Embrace Islam, so that God would reward you twice. Otherwise you and those that follow you out of ignorance, would have to account for your sin. It is an appeal to accept the truth and study Islam. The correct Islam that the prophet of guidance, Mohammad, may the peace and blessing of God be upon him, has brought. Islam, as it really is, free of innovations and destructions, the Islam that is innocent of human violations and the errors made by some of its followers. The Iman then reads this Koranic verse, Say oh people of the book, come to common terms as between us and you, that we worship none but Allah, that we associate no partners with him, that we erect not from among ourselves, lords and patrons other than Allah. If they then turn back, say ye, bear witness that we at least are Muslims, bowing to Allah’s will.”
(Bro. Jackson speaking) It is a lot longer than that, but I wanted that much read to let you know, if Islam leadership is making speeches like this to the world at large, then we do not need to sit here and say, Well, it will all blow over one of these days. It will not, and I have to say this morning, No normal type of weaponry, no matter how many they have and how accurate they are, is ever going to bring an end to Muslim advances. To endeavor to do so, would take years on end, with the loss of many human lives to fight a war, and the untold millions of dollars it would take to fight such a long lasting conflict, when we can see how other things of the Bible are fitting in right now. Remember, Jesus said in Matthew 24, the signs of the end would be distress of nations, so from South America to the Caribbean, to central Africa, everywhere you listen to the News, there is some kind of an internal revolution, political breakdown, massacre of human lives, all because certain people want to change this to something else, and none of it pleases the average citizen of that territory. We can safely say, All the signs that the Bible point to, are in place. Listening to the News recently, they were interviewing some of the soldiers as they were mingling among the Iraqi people after one of those terrible explosions had taken place. I will never forget, there was a bunch of young Iraqis talking to some American soldiers, the words were said, We are praying that America will stop supporting the Jews. Now when I heard that, it let me know, deep down inside the average Iraqi, Iranian, Jordanian, or whatever it might be, there is an antagonism toward America because they know that America has upheld the Jewish people and their faith. The minute I began to hear these things, I thought, somewhere this book we call the Bible, has got to have a perfect line up, how certain things are going to come about and how God is going to deal with these spirits. When God deals with it, it will not take a period of years and years, with the loss of human lives being so great. I will have to say, Yes, when God deals with it in the way He is going to, there is going to be the loss of a lot of human lives, but that is God’s way of dealing with the societies of the world. He has the last word. Last Sunday we discussed this 12th chapter of Zechariah, where God said He would make Jerusalem a cup of trembling. We brought that out last Sunday. For the last three years, Jerusalem has been exactly that. They could talk about a Palestinian state, but the end results is, Jerusalem must be the capital and that is anti scripture. You know that is opposite of what the scriptures say. God has a certain plan for Jerusalem and many scriptures describe that plan. As I have already said, I have heard preachers say, Well the antichrist is going to make a covenant with Israel so they can build the temple. That is an old traditional idea with no scriptural foundation. You cannot show me one scripture in the Bible that reads like that. In fact, the building of the temple is something the antichrist has nothing to do with. There is no doubt though, when something does take place in the Middle East that enables the Jews to start building the temple, by the time that kind of warfare has come on, it is going to shake the world’s economic picture. For instance, when we started this little war with Iraq, look what it did to our economy. Let us just say, that suddenly something happens that causes God to turn Israel loose, she just cannot fight the Palestinians alone. They are the trigger device, but when Israel does start dealing with these Palestinians within their own territory, she knows in the end of all this, she has got to deal with Jordan, Egypt, Syria, and even Iraq to the Euphrates River. When I say that, the natural minded person would say, Well Bro. Jackson, you are talking about a long warfare. You have never seen God’s miraculous power in action. Having said that, I want to go back to four important things taken out of Zechariah, because it leads right up to the week of Daniel. The end result is as the 10th verse of this 12th chapter speaks, “And I will pour upon the house of David, (notice) and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications.” Now does that sound like there is going to be Palestinians living there? No. It sounds like something is going to happen and the Palestinians are going to be gone. Some might say, Bro. Jackson, how do you get that? That is where you have to back up to the 49th chapter of Isaiah. The latter part of that whole chapter deals with the time that God is going to reclaim and resettle Jerusalem. We know this, These Palestinians that are there today, are not just one particular tribe. They make up a mixture of the different Jordanian people that have come from centuries back, into the western area, and they claim they have been living here for hundreds of years. Well they have, but they were not of the ancient inhabitants of this land. They have tried their best to twist history and deny the Jews their rightful identity and their claim to their homeland. There are three things I want us to look at. The thing that sets this in motion, and I believe with all my heart, as this situation in the Middle East develops and gets closer and closer, somewhere in front of us, God has a precise day that He is going to let negotiations break down. In this 4th verse, God says this specifically, “I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah.” Well I am sure God’s eyes have never been closed, but this is a figure of speech, referring to when He begins to deal specifically, and in doing so a certain thing will be accomplished. The house of Judah reference pertains to the whole area of Judaea, the tribes of the Jews that settle in the countryside. He will smite every horse of the people with blindness. (Their enemies) The main thing is, He will open His eyes upon the tribe of Judah. Then the second thing is in the 6th verse, “In that day will I make the governors of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood.” That literally sounds like He is going to have some political men in that day that He can lead, Not necessarily spiritually inclined men, but men with a backbone. I am going to deal with this a little later. Zionism, as it started out after 1800 AD., was started basically by some rabbis. Through the years, the intellectual, political side of Zionism began to manipulate and move into the power position. Really the governors that Israel has had through the past number of years, have had certain beliefs in the Torah, but really not to the point of fulfilling prophecy the way the scriptures line it out. When the time comes for them to be fulfilled, it matters not whether Ariel Sharon, or whoever it might be in power, God is going to see to it that there are certain political men in there, that when He opens His eyes upon them, they are going to know that God is looking right at them. It is not going to be like a carnal minded politician in the western world. God is going to speak to them and deal with them in such a way they are going to know that things are changing, and they have got to go along with the hand of God, regardless of whether it fits the political picture or not. God said He would make the governors of Judah like a flame of fire. Well what is that for? God has the intention of setting something on fire. The end of that 6th verse is, “and Jerusalem shall (not maybe so) be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem.” That means Jerusalem will be specifically dealt with by the hand of God. We have got to realize, no matter who the president is, or who the political men in the U.N. are, it is going to be what God says to the leaders of Israel that matters. When we see this, it has got to be that route, because following that we go to the 10th verse. First it puts Jerusalem in the proper place. Jews can come back by the thousands, and all the Jews that make up the inhabitants of Jerusalem, which is basically the generations of the ancient house of David, not just any Jew that shows up. This pertains only to the descendants of David. That is why it was called the city of David in ancient times. The residents were only of his household. This means there is a certain specific kind of Jew, that when he comes back, God has intentions of seeing that Jerusalem becomes populated with them, by Jews of the house of David. This is not something that is going to take ten years. Some people think the Jews do not know who they are. They know more about their lineage than you do yours. When Jerusalem is definitely taken over by Jews that are coming back, then God is going to pour out His Spirit. How will He pour out His Spirit? Is this just an event that happens under any occasion? No. You have to read Revelation 7, then about the two prophets in Revelation 11, because that is actually the picture being activated. Where will these prophets prophesy? Out in the rural areas? No. In the streets of Jerusalem. How do you know that, Bro. Jackson? Well where do you think they are going to be slain? In the Gaza Straight? No, they are going to be slain in the streets of Jerusalem. How long are their dead bodies going to lay there? Three days and a half. I say to the Adventists, That should tell you something. In three days and a half their bodies are bloated, the flies are swarming. Will that not be a sickening mess? They want to argue with you and say that when Jesus said that as Jonah was three days and nights in the belly of the whale, so will the Son of Man be three days and nights in the heart of the earth. He was there in representation only, not seventy two hours. I have asked undertakers, At what point does the body begin to go into mortification? It is way under seventy two hours. That is why Jesus was not embalmed when they put Him in the tomb. How many realize that? Now I have said enough to establish this point, Up in front of us there has got to be a war. Well does there have to be a war? I am against violence Bro. Jackson? Shelf that attitude. When God speaks of a war, there is going to be a war whether you want to run and hide or not. That kind of war is absolutely not the end of what God is going to do. When you turn to Revelation the 19th chapter, and see Jesus revealed from heaven sitting on a white horse, and the armies of heaven sitting on white horses, do you know what it says there? Out of His mouth goes a sharp two edged sword, that He shall slay the wicked and He will call for the fowls of heaven and the beasts of the field to come and eat flesh until ye be filled, and drink blood until ye be drunk. This is when God is going to give this modernistic world a stomach full of something they do not want. The reason I am using this is to show you the accuracy of scriptural prophecy. As I have said, you cannot take the 12th chapter and put it just anywhere you please: it will not work that way. Please turn back to Ezekiel 38. Last Sunday night we took the war that is just ahead for Israel, how Israel crosses the Jordan and enters Jordan, then she turns and goes right straight down through Jordan, she hits the tribe of Edom to measure out judgement, because it speaks that in the Torah in the book of Numbers. The reason I go to Ezekiel 38, is because it becomes necessary to show you how preachers have a traditional, perverted scriptural picture, the one in this chapter. They began to say Russia is starting the largest horse breeding program ever known in the history of man. Why? Because the Bible says she is going to come with horses and horsemen and all that. No, she is not. There is not going to be one Cossack galloping down the trail heading for Jerusalem. Why did I say Cossack? Because that is a Russian on horseback. We must keep in mind, this prophecy was written in the language of old, but in the days of fulfillment, all of that will be with modern instruments of warfare, and horses will be horse power. Everything is propelled by horsepower, not horse flesh. I have heard some say also, that this Ezekiel 38 war is Armageddon. I want to prove to you that this war is not Armageddon. I do not know where preachers get that idea. Because there are certain things mentioned in here, and certain words stand out so specifically, you have got to see how those words are understood. When God does allow Israel to start fulfilling that war we were preaching on last Sunday, using Zechariah and Zephaniah, as well as Isaiah 19, I took it so far, but the reason I dropped it to go bring out this, is because this is God’s way of using Israel and angelic beings in a military war to destroy Islam. Yes I did say destroy. He is going to destroy it. We can be assured of that, when we see Isaiah 60, when Israel is building the temple, Here comes people from Saudi Arabia, big convoys of gold and incense on the way to Israel to beautify the house of God’s glory, and incense to offer on the altar of sacrifice. God said, I will accept it. What does that tell you? Does that not tell you they have seen a miracle? They have seen the hand of God in a judgmental way, and they do not want to get in His way, but it is going to take that to change them. No man, and no politician by any natural warfare is going to defeat Muslimism. It will take the hand of God using Israel with angelic beings involved, making it a miracle war. I will be glad to see it.
COMBATING RELIGIOUS TRADITION
I received a letter recently, Bro. Jackson, you are saying all these various things are going to be fulfilled before the rapture, how contrary that is to tradition. Sure it is contrary to tradition. Everybody out there has the idea the rapture can take place at any time. It cannot. He can come for me tonight, He can come for you tonight. That is not the rapture. The point I want to show you, is that religious tradition is not the means by how anything is going to be interpreted. I will say this, The Bride of Christ is going to have the true picture before the end. That war of Micah 7, Zephaniah 2, going on into Isaiah 19 and Ezekiel 25, is going to be fulfilled right in here, before the week of Daniel opens up. It is going to be fulfilled with speed and accuracy, with a display of God’s power, and it is going to shock the Arab world. No preacher will have to get on the radio or TV and explain anything. When it is over, that Arab world is going to see what God Jehovah has done for the Jewish people. They are going to be made to see Allah, or Mohammad, is no longer in the picture. It has got to take something like that to change that sermon we just read to you. With this in mind, when we come to Ezekiel 38, this is not Arabs. Keep that in mind. It is basically the southern part of Russia. The southern part of Russia is basically Muslim, but they are not Arabs. You get all those territories in the southern part of Russia lining up with Turkey. They are every last one Islam. All those little countries that end with “stan” are Muslim. Ethiopia is now Muslim. Libya is Muslim. Persia, which is Iran today, is about all Muslim. We can say when we read Ezekiel 38, These are not Arabs, but they are Muslims. When these people sit back and see what God Jehovah and the Israeli army, with Michael and the angelic beings, have done to the Arabs who have tried for so long to get rid of the Jews, do you not think they are going to become antagonized? They absolutely are not going to bow their heads to serve God at all. They are going to cry for help, Let us go get rid of them. That is a figure of speech. They are going to say, Let us have a try at those people, we cannot allow them to get by with this. That is what brings Ezekiel 38 and 39, into the picture. When I read that man’s letter, and thought about his words and what tradition has taught, I just have to say, How can you get Ezekiel 38 before Zechariah 12? There are three times it says in here, When my people dwell safely. What does that mean Bro. Jackson? It means exactly what it says. I have lived all these years since Israel has been a state and know what happened in WW2, so I ask you this, Can you tell me that you remember when Israel has ever been sitting back safe and secure? You cannot! All through the years, every two or three years there have been skirmishes of some kind going on between them and the Muslims. As God gathered the Jews back in these last days, they had to come and dwell in villages behind bars and gates. What is that for? To keep the Muslims out. I have seen those villages with fences to keep the terrorists out. Let us notice this prophecy of Ezekiel 38 and 39. It is going to come right in on the tail end of this other, because it is the way this bunch of Muslims are going to say, Let us go finish the job of getting rid of the Jews. There is a reason why Russia is involved in this. It was prophesied of old. Notice these words. Verse 1, “And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, set thy face against Gog; the land of Magog, (This truly is Russia.) the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, And say, Thus saith the Lord God; (God speaks of the end, how He sees it, before it even starts.) Behold, I am against thee, (See? Before they even start, He is against them. Then He turns right around and says He is the one that is going to bring them against the Jews.) O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: (And He speaks again of the end before the starting of it.) And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, (That is the end result.) and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, (Here we come with horses, the Cossacks are on the run.) 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.” It is written in the language of old ancient wars, because this was written almost six hundred years before Christ. The prophet could only see the warfare in the language it was spoken of then. Verse 5, gives us all that are incorporated with this. “Persia, (Iran) Ethiopia, (We know where that is.) and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet: Gomer, (is just north of Turkey) and all his bands: the house of Togarmah (Turkey, which is Muslim) of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee. (Now He puts the announcement to Russia.) Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, (Notice the part that Russia plays) and be thou a guard unto them. (Which means a leader, a military designer, because all these people are going to be equipped with Russian military equipment.) After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, (That has been the picture of Israel for fifty some years.) and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: (a result of different nations and powers over running the land.) But it is brought forth out of the nations, (notice) and they (They who? Israel) shall dwell safely all of them.” Now what does that tell you? Can you tell me that Israel is dwelling safely today? No. Why? She is fighting for her life, because her Muslim enemies are constantly firing rockets at them. They want her destroyed. For many years now, Israel has lived in fear, knowing that the Arabs are ready at any minute, to try their best to destroy them as a people. They do not want them getting any larger. This prophecy tells us when it is going to be applied. I will say this morning, When the war of Zechariah 12 is fulfilled, do not think time will go on another ten years without developing other prophetic events. When God begins to deal specifically with Israel and the Middle East, He will do in weeks, what it has taken us Gentiles years trying to do. As pertaining to Ezekiel 38, “Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, (This is the part that paints a clear, strategic picture as to how this massive army will come.) Thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land.” Now I have sense enough to know, I served in the American army when we did not have all the modern warfare we have today. We knew what it was to drop paratroops, but not like they have today. I heard said the other day, Israel has access to the same spy network that we do. We have equipment up there that would see a man come out a back door, even though that camera is up there so many thousands and thousands of feet. If they can spot a man coming out a back door of a building, then you have to realize, that kind of observation can see truck convoys, amphibious forces and all that, if it is coming by an earthly route. So it has got to be something that Russia plans, whether she sends a jamming device so that radar cannot pick it up or whatever. In the 11th verse the prophet said, “And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; (Listen to this! Right now Israel is not living in unwalled villages. You everyone know that. That lets you know they have had a war with the Arab Muslims and they are living at peace.) I will go to them (here we come) that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates.” What did they do with those wrought iron fences? They took them down. They do not need them any more. The Arabs are their buddies. In fact, the Arabs are helping them. That is why, when you read Isaiah 60, you see how the Arabs really contribute. Nations of the world will contribute. It says and the king of that day, the nation that will not contribute to Israel, God said, I will waste them. Well Bro. Jackson, you tear the week of Daniel all to pieces. No I don’t. It is just your traditional way of looking at things. This does not bring a world revival. It is God’s way of changing the minds of certain young people in the world, because God wants to preserve a certain element of them to repopulate in the Millennium. Not every mortal person will go into that week of Daniel as an atheist. God has a way of opening up the eyes and minds of young people He can use. Why? The way society at large is going right now, especially among the American youth, killing young children destroying their mind’s with dope, you can imagine what they would all be like if something does not happen to awaken some of them. That man in Florida that was seen on camera, he kidnaped an eleven year old girl. They found her dead a few days later. I have to say, What has gone wrong with America? They did not learn that kind of behavior from the Christian people. They did not learn this from hearing preachers preach. This is absolutely the results of our modern educational let down. Here you go again, Bro. Jackson. I am not against a decent education, if you put it to some good use. What I am against is this ever increasing theme, Well we need freedom of speech, because many do their rotten thing and call it freedom of expression. When I was growing up as a little boy, we had freedom of speech, but you could not curse and use God’s name in vain in a public place. You could not use obscene language in public places. If you did, somebody would knock your teeth out. I am not trying to be funny, I say that because we lived in a society that had some decency and common sense. When we went to school, we learned to say, Yes ma’am and yes sir. There is no such thing as manners being taught anymore. There is no such thing as principals. That is why we have a bunch of thugs going to school with guns. This modern bunch of misled humanity think we need to get rid of guns. I would rather be shot than clubbed to death. I hope you know what I mean? If there is in the mind of a young person to be violent, it will not matter whether they have a gun, a knife, a club, or what: they are going to use some means to express that violence. Our jails are filled and we still have every type of violence all around us. Well I was about to say, God is giving us a descriptive picture of Russia and the conditions that develop within that area when it is time for this to be fulfilled. Again He says, When my people dwell safely and there are neither bars nor gates, thus and so. Thank God, His word is true. The question is asked in verse13, “Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey?” That is those of Sheba and Dedan asking that, Have you come… “To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, (By who? Jews.) and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, (Who is that? Jews.) which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.” Yes that is Jews, but what we have just read is a reaction from Saudi Arabia. I want to say, If the war of Zechariah 12, Zephaniah 2, and Isaiah 19, did not take place before this, then what causes Sheba and Dedan to speak up like that? That is where you get caravans that are mentioned. You read about it in Isaiah 60. Here comes the caravans of incense and gold to help beautify the place of His sanctuary, then to offer incense upon the altar. It plainly says, “Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, (Russia) Art thou come to take a spoil?” In other words, they are asking them the question, why are you doing this? Does that not show you that Saudi Arabia has already seen something that changed their attitude toward the Jews? Notice the 14th verse, “Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, Thus saith the Lord God; In that day (here it comes the third time.) when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it?” It is then and only then, that Ezekiel 38 is going to be fulfilled. It follows, not many years later, but right on the heels of what we were reading last Sunday night in Isaiah 19. This is an element of the Muslim persuasion, but they are not Arabs. When you get to talking about the Muslim belief, almost everyone will think that pertains only to Arabs. No it is not Arabs that fulfill Ezekiel 38. Iraqi people are not Arabs, but they are mostly Muslims. How many realize that? “And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses.” They will be riding in modern weaponry of horsepower. Tanks, armored trucks and so forth. Verse 16, “And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud (This is the second time it speaks of a cloud.) to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.” When I read this, it makes me realize Russia has become a land of infidelity, a people who do not believe in God: they want to teach evolution. Then you say I am wrong preaching a miracle war like this. It is going to take some kind of miracle war to open some peoples eyes. When this happens in the Middle East, there is going to be angelic beings involved. This is what I saw back in December 1998 the night of the 16th. I’ll never forget it. Bro. Yahraus had bought a video when we were out west, of the Grand Canyon. We planned to go to Jackie’s house to watch it, but on the night of the 16th about 6 in the morning, I saw us assembling at Jackie’s house. I saw other members of the family beginning to arrive and go into the house. As I walked in the front door, I happened to look west through a window in the living room and saw something on the outside of that window, moving. I could tell it was not a normal scene. I said to everybody, Get away from the window, there is something going on out there. I walked over to the window and looked out. This is one thing I will say, I saw the spirit world in a manner that tears all the old theological concept to pieces. They try to tell you that heaven is ten million light years out in space. It is not. It is right out there. When I looked through that window I saw something taking place, because the outside was the spirit world and the natural world that you would normally see, I didn’t see it. But here in front of me was a beautiful white cloud floating maybe two or three hundred feet in the air, it was floating from left to right. Standing on that white cloud was two men dressed like prophets of old. I didn’t have to ask, Who are you? I knew exactly who they were. In my heart I said that is Moses and Elijah. I watched them until they disappeared to my right. But back in front of me, suddenly there stood an angelic being looking me right in the face. He was a distinguished being of authority. He was dressed like what Joshua was when they crossed the Jordan River. When I looked in the face of that angelic being, I saw something of authority. He looked at me with eyes of authority. But behind him, as far as you could see, angelic beings were coming and lining up, just like a giant army. As I watched this, I knew exactly, Daniel chapter 12, in that day Michael will stand up, who is the prince of my people. And everyone whose name is written, that means Jews, shall be delivered. When I watched this display of power and angelic authority, I started crying. I realized I wasn’t looking at a man made setup. I was looking at angelic beings taking position in the different ranks they belonged. It wasn’t just a few hundred, it involved thousands upon thousands of them. When that whole thing left, I woke up crying because seeing such authority affected me like that. Bride of Christ, you are going to experience some things you never thought you would ever experience. Once it starts, the world will never be the same. It will move from one event to another. Keep in mind, Ezekiel 38 and 39 follow right behind the heels of Zechariah 12. It is God’s way of dealing with that Muslim religious spirit that has been in the Middle East and now is spreading itself around the world from Indonesia to the Philippines and to Europe. This miracle war will take care of that. Let me ask you, What condition causes world leaders to seek some kind of peace covenant? It will be the Ezekiel 38 and 39 events. It says, “And he shall confirm the covenant with many. Many who? You are dealing with nations, so it is many nations. When you have major things develop in the world that no one was planning, it cannot help but disrupt the flow of economics, and that affects everything else. For instance, when we started this little thing in Iraq, it affected our economy because immediately industries began to wonder, What is all this going to lead to? When we are dealing with the war in Zechariah 12 and Micah 7, as we see it portrayed in Isaiah 19 where Israel fights it, that is a war where Israel does shoot guns, but keep in mind, it is going to be a war wherein Michael and his angels are going to get involved. After this many hundreds of years since Joshua crossed the Jordan River to take the strongest strong hold there was in the Canaanite land, which was Jericho, the world has not seen a miracle war like that, but they soon will. History declares many conventional type wars that have taken place through time, and the weaponry and instruments of warfare have changed, but it all still deals with conventional type wars. I realize there has been times when American troops on the field of battle have experienced certain types of miracles pertaining to their lives, but little of that is ever recorded by the News Media and governments, because it is not a big enough event. They may say, Well, we have not proved it, or it is not a scientific fact. Well once God does this, the world will not be prepared for it, but it is going to be such a shocking development God will not have to ask the News Media, Do you want to report this: They are all going to become so engrossed with the outcome, from the least to the greatest, all mankind is going to be talking about it, and about the affect it has on them. When we look at Ezekiel 38 and 39, this is not some kind of developing, conventional warfare. You cannot read it and see that. This is going to be planned as a conventional type war, as Russia and all these others are coming to strike a death blow against Israel, you will see it wind up strictly a miracle war, one that only God can produce. I challenge any preacher, Show me where there is one shot fired by anyone in that event, or even one bomb dropped. You cannot. What do you see? You see how God says, And in that day there is going to be a great shaking in the land of Israel, and describes it. You can read it in Ezekiel 38:19-23. “I will rain upon him, (the leader) and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.” He will rain upon that host, all that are involved in the attack against Israel, elements described, but there will not be one shot fired. They are coming with modern weaponry of conventional warfare, to deal a death stroke to Israel, but it is here that God is going to show His miraculous power again. When we read the outcome, it is not an engagement that involves days and weeks. You can see that it is over in a matter of hours. God has let it come this way because it forces the unbelieving host of the world to align themselves with something that is in line with their status of unbelief. The world is in for a shock. They have never seen the elements of nature quite like this will be. Once that era starts, the world in general will never be able to return back to a state of normalcy. God will not allow it. It is going to go from there right on into another event, one right after another. The end result of this type of warfare, it will bring the world leaders to the introduction of a peace covenant that will open the seventieth week of Daniel. Necessity brings it about, because of the economic condition it creates. We hear much said about the U.N. To me, it is a disgusting conglomeration, especially when we think about how little good it has ever amounted to. Look at all the wars that have been fought since WW2. Who has done most of the fighting? It has been the American fighting forces. God has allowed the United Nations to plan a lot of things, but He has allowed that only as a decoy, because the United Nations will not be the beast. The beast of Daniel and Revelation will be united Europe: they have been united for several years. They are in unity, ready to fulfill their role. When this miraculous era is over and it does affect the world society, conditions in the world at large will necessitate the man of sin, which will be on the scene at that time, though not known as that, to oversee a peace covenant that will introduce that week. That is when Europe will begin to come to the forefront. World conditions will necessitate it. Somewhere God is going to let a judgment stroke hit America to get everything in order. The more I read about this Islamic spirit and these thousands of terrorists that are here, it makes me believe now, that George Washington’s vision is coming very close to us. Those people are here by the multiplied thousands. They got here through a process of time because our politicians in the past has used this as a means to change America. They want a change so that we can have a society that we can use for certain voting privileges. With that in mind, then you can see that man creates certain conditions that compel God to act. When we read in Ezekiel 38:16, ”That the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog,”that does not bring salvation to Russia, but it does cause an element of the mortal people of Russia to come out of that atheistic, scientific mind, and believe that there is a God. The way things are right now, if God does not do something to salvage some, the whole mass of our young society is headed for destruction. Dope, sexual perversion, deviates of every description, so if He allowed everything to becomes contaminated with this spirit, there would not be anyone fit to carry on into the Millennium. God will get hold of enough to fulfill His purpose. God’s judgment will strike the nations, but out of it all, some of these people are going to get their eyes opened and made to believe there is a God. God has a purpose for everything. When Ezekiel 38 is fulfilled, it will not last many days: it will all be over in a matter of hours. God simply lets a storm of some nature hit with such a devastation, this mass of troops that are coming to destroy Israel, will almost all be destroyed, not with bullets from Jewish guns, but with what drops out of the sky at God’s command. It is a catastrophic stroke of God’s hand. I want to ask you a question. Let us just use a small illustration. Put fifty planes the size of a C130 in the air, staged over an hour interval between certain squadrons. Each plane is loaded with troops, weaponry, ammunition, and they are headed for a drop zone. With them are cargo planes loaded with armored equipment, ammunition, guns of every description. The whole thing is being dropped somewhere on a pre-planned battlefield. At a certain point, God will cause the elements of nature to come into the picture and there is going to be a shaking in the land of Israel, so that the fish of the sea will feel it. Ice will fall out of the heavens and bring terrible destruction to the attackers. How would you like to be a paratrooper in this drop zone, having prepared for days for such a sneak attack, then something terrible happens: The whole sky turns loose chunks of ice that are totally destructive? This is how God strikes the military and equipment. This is the only way you can read chapters 38 and 39, and understand the way it is described. When it is all over, thousands of men and equipment have gone flying through the air because the wind is so furious. Some of them are blown many miles from their drop zone. That is exactly why it says for seven months they will be burying the dead, but then read further. After that, if any passerby, tourist or whoever should come upon a corpse, they will put a marker to alert the burying crew There is going to be a tremendous amount of tourist trade, because the world will have seen the miraculous events and what it has brought about. They cannot help but see God at work. For seven long months, Israel will pay men to haul these bodies, wherever they are found, to gather them and bury them in a place already picked out. To think, that only one sixth of this mass of people are left alive to go home and tell the story. What a story they will tell.
GOD PREPARES A FEAST
Turn with me to the 39th chapter. We are going to finish this and then go back to Isaiah 19. When this particular event is over, it says in the 19th verse, God calls for the beasts and other creatures to come, “And ye shall eat fat till ye be full, and drink blood till ye be drunken, of my sacrifice which I have sacrificed for you. Thus ye shall be filled at my table with horses and chariots, with mighty men, and with all men of war, saith the Lord God. (Now verse 22.) So the house of Israel shall know that I am the Lord their God from that day and forward.” In other words, another miraculous thing has happened, that God preserves and protects Israel from a destructive blow. “And the heathen (the educated, scientific minded western world) shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity: because they trespassed against me, therefore hid I my face from them, and gave them into the hand of their enemies: so fell they all by the sword. According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions have I done unto them, and hid my face from them. Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Now will I bring again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for my holy name; After that they have borne their shame, and all their trespasses whereby they have trespassed against me, when they dwelt safely in their land, and none made them afraid. When I have brought them again from the people, and gathered them out of their enemies’ lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations.” This miracle conflict is going to have a dramatic affect on Israel. It is to open their eyes, to get them ready, because the first part of the week is about ready to start and the two prophets are going to come on the scene. It is what they say, that opens the individual’s eyes, that by divine revelation they can understand why all this happened. Now they are going to be able to see, by what these prophets prophesy, that the Messiah they crucified two thousand years ago, is what they are going to be sealed by, the revelation. When you see the end results of this, you go back to Zechariah 12, in that day when God is pouring out His Spirit on the house of Israel and upon Jerusalem and the inhabitants, it says, and they will look upon me, whom they have pierced. I have been asked this question a few years back, when I was preaching on this subject and saying when the two prophets are on the scene, they are going to be the means to open Israel’s eyes. Then this certain person, not here now, asked, Bro. Jackson, what about this scripture in Zechariah, in that day they will look upon Him and will see the prints of the nails in His hands, and will say, whence did you get these, and He will say I got them in the house of my friends. The brother asked the question as though, this is really what is going to open Israel’s eyes. I could see the tactic in the question, and here is what I answered. I said, Brother, do you think God does two things at the same time, one working against the other? I said to him, Where is this display going to take place? Right where the two prophets are. Do not tell me the two prophets are going to be in Jerusalem, but Jesus is going to appear fifty miles up the line somewhere to another element. That would be God contradicting His purpose. I said, When these two prophets do come on the scene, they are going to be revealing to the Jews who Jesus Christ really was, and is. They are going to get a revelation and they are going to be sealed with that spirit of revelation. As this begins to develop and the magnitude of it begins to be responsive, that is when God is going to allow the image of Christ, not in physical form, but in visionary form. He is going to appear in their midst, and hundreds of these people are going to see the Messiah standing right in their midst. When they begin to scream and ask, Who are you? The Lord will answer that in return. Let me say this though, What these two prophets have said to them is, Thus saith the Lord. God does not create competition against His objective and purpose. That vision and the ones that do see it, is not going to last for weeks and months. The two prophets are going to be lasting for three and one half years before they are slain. That vision that these people of Israel are going to see, is a conformation to the rest of the Jewish society that what those men are preaching, and what they are prophesying, is the truth, believe it. I hope that answers the question. God does not fulfill a scripture that turns right around and goes contrary to another scripture He is already fulfilling. It shows carnality can develop in a lot of people’s mind’s. Imagine here are two prophets in the streets of Jerusalem, they have been prophesying there for about six weeks, prophesying every day. All of a sudden somebody comes running into the crowd, Oh, let’s go up there, they have seen this up there. Do any of you here, really think God would do anything that would draw people away from the ministry of the two prophets? Absolutely not? No fulfillment of scriptural prophesy ever becomes an abstract to another one already in operation. That is why I say the miracle war that produces Zechariah 12 to its climax, and puts time in the beginning of the week, is the first and foremost of all. Being a miracle event, it sets the stage for the fulfillment of the next one; and sets Israel in a state of readiness to start building their temple. Who is that miracle war going to affect? The Arabs round about. Then when the other Muslims see all these Arab Muslims converting to believe in the God Elohim, instead of Allah, that is going to agitate them and cause them to say, Let us have a strike at this. That is why Russia is to be a guard. The word guard does not necessarily mean their protector, it means their guide. They are going to furnish the military equipment, the means, the know how, and so forth, for the air drop over Israel. Let me say, If all these other places are lined up with them, there is going to be more troops come from those places, than there actually will be Russian troops. I hope you understand. All those other elements are Muslims, so they want a chance to take a strike at Israel. They are not Arabs, but they are Muslims. The end result just goes to show, God again, turned it into a miraculous thing and the devil did not get any victory out of it. There is a certain way this 39th chapter ends, that lets me know, (the last verses, the 28th and 29 verses) the great calamity, the miraculous event is over. “Then shall they know that I am the Lord their God, (Israel is going to know that.) which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: (This has been through centuries of time.) but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there. (No more scattered out there. Now verse 29.) Neither will I hide my face any more from them: (In other words, they are heading for the Millennium hour and Jesus Christ will be sitting in the new temple in their midst.) for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, (Notice, I have poured out my spirit, when? In the first part of the week. That lines right up with Zechariah chapter 12, verse 10.) saith the Lord God.” So that puts the whole thing in a finished state. That is why I said last Sunday when I started this, When you read Revelation 11, you see when John was told to take the reed and measure the temple and the altar, but the court without, leave out, for it and the city is left for the Gentiles to tread under foot. How long? Forty two months. That is from here (middle of the week to the end) to here. Therefore John was measuring it before it starts. Because as it starts, it absolutely does cross into this era where the prophets come on the scene. Now Ezekiel 38 and 39 shows it in a finished sense, because when it tells how He has poured out His spirit upon them, then when you go to the 40th chapter, Ezekiel is shown a reed and he begins to measure the temple, as a finished structure. It is this picture that Israel has put together, a mock model of the new temple. In a certain place in Israel today in the upper part of Jerusalem, on a certain area of ground, they have a mock replica of Jerusalem and the temple of the Millennium period. It is all taken out of there, the measurements, the finished product. Let me say this, Once the rebuilding of this temple starts, do not look for some giant building. The temple is not a large building, but it is a beautiful building. It is not a building that you go into to worship God. How many realize that? The congregation stands in the court. It covers thirty one acres. But the building itself is composed of two parts, the Holy of Holies, that is where the Ark of the Covenant is, the Shekinah glory. Between that and the main front entrance, is the table of shewbread, and where incense is burned. A priest goes in every day at a certain time and burns the incense. As to the temple, this building in its Millennial setting, is going to be the most beautiful building ever assembled in Israel. That is where the King, the Lord of glory is going to set for a thousand years, and He is going to be seen as King of kings and Lord of lords.
AFTER THE MIRACLE WAR
Having looked at these other things, I now ask you to turn with me to Isaiah 60. This is a chapter that shows you how Israel begins to act, the society. Once this miraculous event is over and Israel is in the process of building her temple, not only is she going to rebuild the temple, she is going to rebuild Jerusalem itself. She is going to know as she rebuilds the temple, that she is getting it ready for the coming of her Messiah. Not only do they want the temple to be ready for their Messiah, but the city is going to be the capitol of the world, and the King of glory is going to sit in the temple in this city. Representatives of ever nation that is preserved in that day, will go to Jerusalem once every year to worship the King. I used to think everybody that is left was to go, but now that I have been there five times I have a more realistic thought. I am not saying there are going to be millions of people left alive after the tribulation and the judgement of God strikes, but I do believe there is going to be at least a few thousand of the larger societies that will be left. Therefore since you can only get so many people in and around the area of the temple for any reason, you have to agree on how to apply certain scriptures. What are they there for? To worship the King, the Lord of glory. Well there can only be a small number of people that would be able to get close enough to see the King of kings and Lord of lords, we must look at this realistically. As the Millennium continues, which we know is a thousand years, they of the nations, every nation, once each year will go to Jerusalem to worship the King. The way it sounds, you think every mortal creature must go. Well you cannot get a half million people in such a small place to worship. Do you understand what I mean? No matter what the population status is at that time, common sense will tell you there is going to be a designated element chosen by the nation to represent that nation. They are not going as an individual voice. They are going to go as a representative of their nation, as the voice of many people. If you think everybody on this earth is going to get on an airplane and make that trip, I hate to think of that kind of picture and what the outcome would be. The airport at Tel Aviv would be full of planes and there would not be any place for people to sit or stand anywhere. That is why I say there will be just a representation of every nation going each year. And the nation in that day that will not represent itself, God said there would be no rain for them. The King of kings and Lord of lords is going to rule with a rod of iron, so you know there is going to be a certain amount of disciplinary means brought about through His Kingship. The Bride of Christ is going to be kings and queens scattered throughout the earth. I have said this before, Not everyone of the bride is going to sit in Jerusalem where the King is. The Bride is going to sit respectively among the nations of people they came out of. That is why I have said the black are going to rule over black people, the white will rule over white. When it comes to the language structure, God does things right. He is not going to get a bunch of people out of one society and transpose them over into another society to represent them, when they do not even speak the same language. I hope you understand that. Yet all these scriptures are in the prophecy that points us to that Millennial era. I am looking at the 60th chapter of Isaiah, as the Millennium comes up. Keep in mind, you need to read the 49th chapter along with this one. The miracle event is over. It was actually a signal to the Jews still dispersed among the nations, so they are going to come back to Israel in mass numbers. It tells you in the 49th chapter, they will come in such haste and they will say, I want a place here, I want a place there, but there is no place found for them. What does that mean? It means there will be no dwellings available. It certainly does not mean they are going to be denied the right to come back to the land. I have to believe tent cities of every sort will be set up for this great flow of immigration. In this 60th chapter, the rebuilding, the construction, getting the city ready, how should we look at the societies? The beast in Europe is right on schedule because the antichrist has made the covenant. Nations have agreed to cooperate in that covenant era. The political Jew of that hour will have made the agreement. Did you know, here at the start of this, God opens His eyes upon Judah. He does it to show them the miraculous presence of His hand to preserve them. Then after He has created these two miraculous events to show them His sovereignty and how that Israel will know from that day on that He is the Lord their God, yet what caused those Jews to sign a covenant? That is not the janitor or the street sweeper that does it, the political structure is who agrees to it. There is no doubt they will think, Well this is becoming a necessity, but the minute they do, that is God’s signal, and from somewhere, comes two Jewish men on the scene. Who are they? They are the Moses and Elijah of Revelation 11, the two witnesses, prophets. Of course this is not the literal Moses and Elijah of old. God is not going to resurrect two men from the ancient past and bring them into the present tense to prophesy. It literally means two men of a Jewish origin, that will be anointed with the same spirit of God that was on Moses and Elijah. When they come upon the scene, God is going to vindicate their prophecy. They are not going to stand in the streets saying, I have chosen this scripture to read to you today. They are simply going to open their mouth and start prophesying. I have no doubt they will refer to certain scriptures where the prophets have spoken about and pointed to them, and maybe say, Why did you not believe their word? This is God’s confirmation. That is why the two prophets are going to have power and anointing to smite the earth with different plagues, signs of His presence, turning water to blood and so forth. This is basically a confirmation to the general population of Israel. As they prophesy, I can see young Jewish people that have just been over there a few short months after all this miraculous event took place, they have come back now to take up lodging in Jerusalem. Where are the Arabs then? Isaiah 49 said, They that made thee waste, will be far removed. Twice it says that. That shows God really means that and there is no way man can change it. The Palestinians will know from that day on, this is not our land. They are going to go back across the river. Now as we look on further, in the first verses, you see, Arise and shine, for thy light has come. God declares, once He now takes favor and shows His presence, from here on, nations are going to begin to hear how the blessings and presence of God is overshadowing this nation. It is going to cause people from different nations to begin getting interested. Bro. Jackson, do you think we will still be here when this takes place? There is a precise time for the rapture. It has got to fit the scriptures. What did Paul say about it? He did not call it a rapture: he called it a gathering together unto Him. You find this in 2nd Thessalonians 2:1. The bride will not go until after the identity of the antichrist is confirmed. He starts out, Now concerning the coming of the Lord, talking about the second coming, when He comes for His church; and our gathering together unto Him. That is the rapture. In 1st Thessalonians 4:15-17, he describes that. He said, For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that when that hour of time comes, the Lord shall descend from heaven with a shout. We realize the shout has already taken place when a little man was sent with a message. It is followed by the voice of the arch angel. What is that? It is how the thunders will sound, as seen in the 10th chapter of Revelation. The thunders sound to the living element of the Bride just before Gentile time runs out. Then the trump of God, which comes last. That is not to the living, that is to raise the dead in Christ. The living will not hear that, but the dead sure will. Together, Paul said, we will rise with them, to meet Christ the Lord in the air. It took His second letter to explain how and in the time frame. He brings it in the second letter, concerning the coming of the Lord and our gathering together unto Him, because the Thessalonians began to calculate this and calculate that trying to figure it all out. He said, That day shall not come except, that is conditional, there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition. I have read years ago how theologians have said this is going to be preceded by one of the greatest events of apostasy in the religious world. Well goodness sakes, that has been going on for forty years. Look at the church world in general, how apostate it has gotten, but that is not the falling away he is talking about. When I read in the Aramaic it said, except there come an open rebellion against the belief in God. Have we not got that already? When that spirit hit America, don’t mention God in public: it is unconstitutional. God has some kind of judgement to minister against the politicians of today, because we are seeing this unbelieving element of society in rebellion. Look at Europe, all in that spirit. Now it is America. So we can say that falling away, apostate condition, is a rebellion against the idea of God. That makes society line up with Revelation 19 and 20. Because if that is the picture, right here before the week starts, when we get over here and see Jesus coming in physical form, with His Bride, what is the structure of the nations of the world? The beast and the kings of the earth are assembled together. To do what? To make war against Him that sits on the white horse. Does that sound like all this miracle over here changed the total structure of nations? Not at all. It has had an affect for a short period, but God knows exactly when to close the picture. Every prophecy has a precise time it is fulfilled. When the time comes that Jesus is revealed from heaven under the sixth seal, under the seventh trumpet and the seventh vial, the beast, the false prophet, and the kings of the earth are all under an anti God spirit. They are going to fight Him. What does the scripture say? Out of His mouth goes a sharp two edged sword, that with it He should smite the nations. I appreciate the fact that America in her last conflict back in 1991, had some of our most sophisticated weaponry, and the weaponry we have had right now in the Iraq war is wonderful. I am glad we have such means. Remember though, the beast is going to have the same thing for the conflict in the 19th chapter of Revelation. But will it do them any good? Not a bit, because the Christ that is coming from glory, riding a white horse, and the army clothed in fine linen, are not subject to that. It is Christ and His Bride. They are coming in power. That beastly system is not going to be permitted to fire one single shot. Jesus is coming with the power and authority to execute, not only wrath, but judgement, vengeance, and death. When the miraculous era is over, there is nothing standing in the way then, to keep Israel from building the temple. That Muslim religion has been wiped from the mind of the people god deals with. Not only that, but from the east to the west, from the north to the south, even into the Asiatic areas, people that see the results of this on the TV News, those that have been under the influence of Hinduism for thousands of years, are going to shed it overnight. Buddhists are going to stop being Buddhists. Why do you say that? Because it is God’s way of preparing a certain element of the nations to assist Israel in their building and for repopulation in the Millennium. They are going to be willing to come and serve the God of the Jews and to fulfill His promises. “And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee. Therefore thy gates shall be open continually; (day and night) they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought.” They will come from the ends of the earth, because God has a specific way He is going to speak to people’s hearts, and they are going to come, waiting in line, anxious to be able to volunteer to help Israel, because they see a new era. Here is a warning to those who will not respond to the purpose of God. “For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted. (God will bankrupt them) The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, (What is the glory of Lebanon? It is the cedar tree, high upon the mountains of Lebanon, ten thousand feet above sea level. In the northern region, is an ancient forest of cedars. It is known to be the oldest forest of cedars in the world. Many have ordered lumber from them, but a few years back they began to realize this huge forest was gradually shrinking, and they were afraid the time would come when it would no longer be accessible. Therefore they are not allowed to harvest it anymore. God wanted it to be preserved because He wants some of it. Why? To beautify certain interior parts of the temple.) the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet glorious. The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; (What a humiliation.) and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; 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. (Notice now) Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, (What does that mean? That simply means God is going to cause Israel to find favor in the eyes of every major nation on earth, because there are certain elements He wants to use. They are the ones that are going to be responsible for getting what they need to them.) and shalt suck the breast of kings: and thou shalt know that I the Lord am thy Savior and thy Redeemer, the mighty one of Jacob. (Here, is how He is going to beautify this temple.) For brass I will bring gold, ( If the first had brass door knobs, the next ones will be gold.) and for iron I will bring silver, and for wood brass, and for stones iron: (The temple of old, the walls were made of giant stone, but the temple of this day will not be like that. He is going to bring iron, like our modern buildings have, where they drive in steel pilings, then rivet other beams to that. All of that becomes the framework. To that, stone is laid. It forms a wall, but the metal is really the support part, so the wall stones do not need to be thick stones. The steel becomes the support part, and the stones are to dress it up. It will not take long to build it. When you read of all the excellency and the type of people that want to build it, you are not looking at a project that is going to last four and five years. In a matter of a few short months, it is going to be finished.) 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; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise. The sun shall be no more thy light by day; (Does that mean the sun will not be there? It will still be right there.) neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory. (Look at the next verse.) The sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the Lord shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended. Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified. A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the Lord will hasten it in his time.” There is just no way I can make this sound glorious enough with my words. God is going to do it, and it will be a quick work. Keep in mind, when the middle of that week is reached, then the dirty devil, through the antichrist, is going to be allowed to break the covenant. What does he do? He will force the Jew to stop offering animal sacrifice. He is going to stop the Jews from worshiping their God. Then this dirty antichrist is going to set himself up in the temple and he is going to be a Satanist. Read Daniel chapter 11. It will give you a perfect picture of what it is all about. This is just a little reminder of what comes ahead of what we have just finished reading about. May God bless every one of you. Amen.[/SICP_Content]