EGYPT-IN THE LAST DAYS
Let us hold what we have learned from the other scriptures we have considered and go right to the 19th chapter of Isaiah, where it tells about Egypt. We see Israel launching out, reclaiming their rightful heritage and the effects of such an event, so notice, as we look further into the consequences. We are starting with the (16th verse.)”In that day shall Egypt be like unto women.” Under Mubarak, which has already stated along with Yasser Arafat, That one day they would have to take care of Israel, is the man in Egypt to watch. Did they really say that? Yes, they said that in Cairo a few weeks back, but when God does this great thing on behalf of Israel, just imagine Egypt down here, but up there in the land of Jordan across the Red Sea, all of a sudden they hear what Israel is doing in Edom, Moab, and Ammon. They just sweep through there to lay the land desolate. They will even go down into Dedan, (in Saudi Arabia) to fulfill that which is written concerning them, so you can imagine the effect all of this is having on the people of Egypt. Let us finish this 16th verse. “In that day shall Egypt be like unto women: and it shall be afraid and fear because of the shaking of the hand of the Lord of hosts, which he shaketh over it.” Now may I say this, Anglo Saxon, western oriented people, like to boast in their scientific achievements. I can remember when we did not have an automatic washing machine to wash clothes. Some of you older ones sitting here know what I am talking about. What we used, had a cradle in the bottom of it where you put your clothes, poured the water in, and mother always put in some lye soap. It was my job to take this cradle and move it backwards and forwards. I had to put enough pressure on it to rub those clothes. That was back in the early 1930’s. I will never forget, when the old Maytag Manufacturers came out with the little gasoline engine on their washer. Maytag did a good job for the rural people, because only city people could have the electric washing machines. But every Monday morning, everybody that had a Maytag washing machine with a gasoline motor, you could hear that motor start up and put put until all the washing was finished. The Maytag agent would come down the road asking, Would you like to swap a cow for a washing machine? Those who had them, would swap a cow, a hog, anything for a Maytag washing machine. I knew some in our neighborhood that would swap a cow for the Maytag. My point in saying this is, We are living in the day when the western world says, Look what we have done! From the old propeller airplane, we have gone to the jet. You can now go to Europe at speeds over 600 miles per hour. In the military you can exceed that twice. My point in saying that is to illustrate, Israel is crossing the Jordan River, she has laid the land of Jordan waste. Now she has turned and is heading for Egypt. I want to read that again, and I want you to try to visualize what is happening. The great hand of almighty God has intervened on behalf of His people Israel, and those that are aware of what is happening are scared half to death when they become aware that they could be next. “In that day shall Egypt be like unto women: and it (Egypt) shall be afraid and fear because of the shaking of the hand of the Lord of hosts, which He shaketh over it. And the land of Judah shall be a terror unto Egypt, (That is not make believe. That is not a myth or a fantasy: It is as sure as daylight and darkness. Judah, that little bunch of people that took the Six Day War and turned it into a miracle, because she is the lion-like tribe of the whole nation. She is the war tribe.) every one that maketh mention thereof shall be afraid in himself, because of the counsel of the Lord of hosts, which He hath determined against it.” This lets me know, that in 1998, 1999, and the year 2000, God is not thinking much about any of that Middle East. Why? They have all given themselves over to that Islamic religion. God is going to wash that mess right out of there, even if He has to use blood. If it is hard for you to understand why I say God, by some miraculous means of displaying His power and sovereignty in that part of the world, is going to do all of this, here is how you can read the outcome of all of that. It is not going to take God ten years for this to be accomplished. No, it is just a matter of a few days and weeks. Look what is going to happen in Egypt when this takes place. “In that day shall five cities in the land of Egypt speak the language of Canaan.” It is spoken of in the finished sense, but I am going to tell you what causes it to be like that. God will so display His favor on Israel in enabling them to do all that His written word says they will do in the last days, that those left alive after it is over will want to worship that same God. It goes to show, that when God shows Himself with this Israelite people that are coming to destroy the military makeup of this Egyptian nation, He is doing it for two basic reasons. First, He is judging them. Then, He gets their attention. When you read the rest of this chapter, God plainly tells you He will wound them, He will strike them, then turn right around and heal them, but when He heals them, it is not for them to go right on praying to Allah: It is to cause them to want to pray to the God of Israel. Therefore we can say this is a prophecy that has a progressive affect. Once this miraculous thing takes place, and when the Egyptian people have to stand back and watch that Israeli army come through their land, devastating it, laying everything in ruins, those people will say, Now we know that the God of the Jews is greater than our god, Allah. They could have realized this in the Six Day War of 1967, but they at that time, did not have sense enough to wake up and accept the fact of what they had witnessed. When you read this entire prophecy, you can see Israel’s army so miraculously empowered by God, to rain such a devastating blow against the Egyptian nation, that they have to wake up. One minute they have all kinds of military equipment. The next minute everything is in a state of desolation. The Egyptian people become afraid. They are ready to surrender, and ready to say, Never have we seen the power of the Jewish God like we have seen it in all of this. That is the purpose of it. When God does something to people to cause them to change their mind, do you think it takes forty years of psychological training, and psychiatrists counseling the people, for them to know what they need to do? No. He just shows His mighty hand on behalf of Israel. That is why, when this conflict is over, it is going to leave Egypt very shaken. They will immediately begin to say, I am going to change my religion; and and from now on my God will be the God of the Jews. That is why many of the Egyptians will say, I want to speak the language of Canaan. No. It will not be the old Canaanite dialect, but the language of the people that now live in the land of Canaan. They are going to say, I want to speak the Hebrew dialect. I want to speak the same language, and pray to God just like the Jews. When you read the rest of it you will see that they will build an altar for their worship. Where? In the midst of Egypt. What is that for? It goes to show, they are not going to sacrifice to Allah or Islam any more. They are going to sacrifice to the God of Israel; and because of the distance involved in the geographical location, the nation will say, Now we will build a memorial on the border. This is our token, O God of Israel, Elohim! We are going to build a memorial. Lord, take a look at us. We believe you were in all of this and we want to worship you. They will build that memorial. When you read the rest of that chapter, you see what God is going to do also, because from the Assyrian, that is Syria today, the same thing is going to happen. We will go ahead and print a few verses for the benefit of those who may not be able to pick up a Bible and read this account. This will allow you to see an outline of this event. (Isaiah 19:17-25) “And the land of Judah shall be a terror unto Egypt, every one that maketh mention thereof shall be afraid in himself, because of the counsel of the LORD of hosts, which He hath determined against it. 18 In that day shall five cities in the land of Egypt speak the language of Canaan, and swear to the LORD of hosts; one shall be called, The city of destruction. 19 In that day shall there be an altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar at the border thereof to the LORD. 20 And it shall be for a sign and for a witness unto the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt: for they shall cry unto the LORD because of the oppressors, and He shall send them a saviour, and a great one, and He shall deliver them. 21 And the LORD shall be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians shall know the LORD in that day, and shall do sacrifice and oblation; yea, they shall vow a vow unto the LORD, and perform it. 22 And the LORD shall smite Egypt: He shall smite and heal it: and they shall return even to the LORD, and He shall be entreated of them, and shall heal them. 23 In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians. 24 In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land: (Isa 19:25) Whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance.” The outcome of the miraculous military accomplishments, from Syria to Egypt, all through that, God has literally stripped that part of the world of their belief in Islam. Why? Because from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, He stripped them of their belief in Allah. They see for the first time in hundreds of years, that the God of Israel is the only God that is worth praying to. We do not know exactly when this will all take place, but we do know we are approaching the season for it. I want to put this little story on the end of this part of our message. In 1968, when I was privileged to go to the Holy Land for the first time, we were on an El Al Airline. As we were talking, there was a Jewish man sitting behind us, that we eventually had a chance to talk to. We came to find out through our conversation with him, that he was a Jewish army commander. He told us he was one of the commanders of the Jewish armored outfit that went through the Sinai to the Red Sea. His name was General Meirvar (spelling?) He lived in a northern town Safed (spelling?) In civilian life he was the president of a bank there. He told us of many things that caused the Jewish soldiers to believe that God was with them in that war. He said, that after the war was over and they were allowed to return to their occupations, one day a wealthy Syrian came to their city. Just imagine, a wealthy Syrian from Damascus coming there. He came to the city and to the bank where this man was president. He said to this man, Meirvar, (spelling) we know that your God is with you, because of what we have experienced in this war. I have here so much money. I am bringing it from my bank and want to invest it in your bank, because I know it will be safe here. This looked like they, or he realized Allah could not look after it anymore: that only the God of the Jews could do that. I just have to say, Saints, the world is getting ready for a shaking like it has never experienced before. If we think the stock markets are crumbling now, just wait until this happens. When God famishes all the false gods of the earth, He is doing it for a very specific reason. Therefore the Lord is willing, we want to continue on and find out what that reason is. One of these days, on the TV tube, you will watch how God uses Israel to do all of this. Then you will see the News completely changed, when they start to tell about how, out of Saudi Arabia, the land of Islam, camel caravans loaded with incense and gold are on their way to Israel. What for? It is going to Israel to beautify the rebuilding of the temple, and to offer incense upon the altar. There is no way right now, that out of the Arab world you are going to get one dime for anything that is taking place in Israel. All of that will change immediately, when God gets through with what He is getting ready to do by and through His people Israel. Many are going to be very surprised, even shocked to see what begins to unfold in the Middle East one day soon. You will be very surprised also, at what begins to happen around this world in areas that are under Hinduism and Buddhism. Since this temple is going to be a temple known to the ends of the earth during the Millennium, then I have to say, God will use some of the wealth and technology from the ends of the earth, just like He did in the days of King Solomon.
Preached 9-20-98 PM
In the latter verses of the 19th chapter of Isaiah, where we were reading this morning, we saw how Israel will cross the Jordan River, and how she will conquer what we now call Jordan. There never was a country in ancient times by that name. That area over there belonged to the Moabites, the Edomites and the Ammonites, along with other parts of it, Gilead, to some of the northern tribes of Israel. With this in mind, knowing that God has promised that in the last days He would bring Israel back and plant her there, and establish her according to her former estates, which pertains to her former boundaries, that is what we should be watching for. There is no need for any politician or world leader to think this Bible is a book of mythology, and that they can treat it as such. God will show them a different picture when the time is right. We are living in the era of modern technology. Man, from the scientific viewpoint, has accomplished many things. He no doubt has felt that it has been his achievement apart from any help from a God he does not believe exists anyhow. It has caused him to brag and boast and to influence millions of people, that this God of the Bible could be just a myth, like, Well we have to have doubts of the authenticity of the Bible, and all such as that. God has just left carnal minded mankind in the twentieth century, drift into this frame of thinking, because basically, society as a whole now feel that they do not need God. However when He does show Himself in the miraculous way, the way He will with Israel as they set about to reclaim their land, many of them will be left speechless. I just have to say, That time is not twenty years off: It is just a few short years away now: You could probably count those years on your fingers. I want to go back to what we were on this morning. We see here, in the 19th chapter, that Israel will hit the land that we now call Jordan, in order to accomplish all these prophecies pertaining to this hour of time. Israel will know in that hour, that she must lay the m waste if need be, in order to conquer those who oppose her. In the first place, it is the closest enemy to her own personal borders. When she does that, she cuts the link of friendship between one Arab nation to another Arab nation, so in military language, she will be able to succeed in accomplishing the military victory over all this area of Jordan, saving certain airstrips without having to fly her planes back to the main land of Israel: She can resupply them right there in the area of Jordan and send them in either direction. Now that remains to be seen, but the reason I say this is because it is from that area, that she then goes to the south to hit Egypt. We read this morning, of the devastating way God is going to hit Egypt. It will be such a blow Egypt will never be the same kind of nation again. When you finish reading the rest of the 19th chapter, you see the finished results: Egypt is no longer an Islamic nation. She has been turned, overnight, to believe in the God of Israel. I have to say, It is hard for educated, Anglo Saxon, western people to conceive of such a thought. You must keep in mind, that we are talking about areas where the Bible was written, where all the history of it came from, and where all the wars have been fought, right there in that area called the Fertile Crescent. It is returning to that. Israel is going to wind up being the victorious nation, and her borders are going to stretch from Egypt to the Euphrates valley. What the American troops, and the coalition troops she had during the Gulf War, refused to go ahead and do, Israel will do it. It will not take her weeks to get it done either. If the Gulf War was a miracle for the American troops, to regain their prestige, (and we believe it was) then this time God is doing what He will do, to give all this land back to Israel. Even a lot of the Jews might think that is speculation, but, No, it is not speculation. This is all a scriptural fact. It is all so vividly clear it would be hard to miss. In the latter part of the 11th chapter, we see that at the same time, when it shows what Israel will do, it tells how God will dry up the river Egypt, which is the Nile. Notice what it says, that men can walk over the tongue, or the mouth, which is the delta, dry-shod. We know there has been a drought condition hovering over the eastern coastal regions of Africa for the past twelve to fifteen years. It is just like a cloud. It moved from Sudan, Ethiopia, right down the eastern coast into South Africa: It just moves back and forth. We know this, When you look at the geography of Egypt, the Nile is furnished water from the plateau countries in the mountains laying next to Ethiopia. That lets me know, when the delta of the Nile goes dry, so that men can walk over dry-shod, do not think life will not be hard in Egypt, because the Nile has been her lifeline for thousands upon thousands of years. The whole country feeds from that. Her industry runs from that. They put in a dam to generate a lot more electricity. Yes, and it is true they can hold back a lot of this water that has been escaping, but with a drought condition hovering over that whole area of the continent of Africa, God knows exactly how to dry up that plateau and the river that has flowed north and been known for its bountiful supplying of the lands that are close to the delta, with fresh sediment all the time, just think about it: When that dries up, do not think the agricultural situation will not look very bad: It will. All of that plays right into the hand of God, but we must understand, God has a reason for all of it. He is not only concerned in laying the land desolate by the military victory on Israel’s part, but it says right here, And the Lord shall smite Egypt. When He does, that is the military victory. Then He will heal it. That goes to show, that the after affects will cause the peoples’ hearts to be turned to the God of Israel. They will begin to pray to the God of Israel. They shall return even to the Lord, meaning Islamic Egypt shall return to the Lord God of the Jews, And He shall be entreated of them, and shall heal them. It will not take God six years to get that done. When you look at the rest, you can see the lingering effect that this victory in Egypt has. It establishes future things that will go on between Egypt, Syria, and Israel. You can read the rest of it. That carries you right on into the Millennium, the thousand year reign. Right now though, I want to go to the 49th chapter of Isaiah. Keep in mind, we started with Zechariah 12, where it says, And in that day, that means a period of time, not a day of twenty four hours, God said He would cause Jerusalem to become a cup of trembling. There is a reason that Jerusalem is to become a cup of trembling. It is how God will work through all of this to make Jerusalem, (which the Palestinian Arabs that live there now, think they must have as their Capitol) a cup of trembling to all who stand in the way of His will and purpose. Through the U.N., the Palestinians are more or less making their bid for world opinion, so that the whole world, through the workings of the U.N. body, will be psychologically converted to believe that the Arabs have as much right to live in and control that spot of ground, as the Jews do. Well I understand how a lot of people might think that way, just because the present generation of Arabs were born and raised there, but do not forget the Jewish people that were taken captive and carried out of there two thousand years ago, by the Romans. The ten tribes had already been taken out of there around 720 B.C., never to return until the last days. The two tribes that had been brought back from Babylonian captivity, and were there in the time of Christ and the apostles, were taken out of there in 69 A.D., when the Romans attacked the city, defeated the Jewish military, killed a lot of them and carried the rest away into different areas of the Roman world and sold them into slavery. The poor Jewish people were left to wander from one area of the earth to another for all those centuries that followed. Regardless of all that has happened to that race of people, I am fully persuaded that all of what is written in these scriptures concerning them in the last days, is going to be fulfilled exactly as it is written. God has promised in His word, that He will bring them back and will do better with them at the end, than He did at their beginning, so knowing what God has promised, how can we not expect Israel to make their move toward the fulfillment of those prophecies in the very near future? They will not be doing what they do with the thought of fulfilling prophecy: Circumstances and pressure against them will set the whole thing in motion. God knows exactly how He is going to bring it all to the forefront.
WATCHING GOD FULFILL HIS WORD
Let us just see what all of this which we read here in the scriptures adds up to. It starts with Jerusalem being a cup of trembling, but what is the end result? Here is the objective: It is to deny the Arabs of something they feel like they should have, because they will no longer have old Jerusalem to look to and argue about. They will no longer be able to argue and even boast that Jerusalem will be the capital of the Palestinian state they plan to have. Most of what is going on right now, is a result of world leaders planning and demanding things that are completely contrary to what Gods word teaches us to look for. They want to divide the world and the resources of the world, and create a utopia of their own planning, but God is not going to allow them to fulfill their great plans for the 21st century. I am so glad the 21st century belongs to God. All the world leaders have their own ideas, but in the final outcome their ideas will have nothing to do with it. Regardless of what world leaders may want to do, God is greater than all of their ideas and He will do what He purposed before the foundation of the world, to do in this 21st Century. What He allows to be done, has to be done this way in order for modern mankind to be able to recognize God in the outcome. I will just say, in the light of all the modern technology the world has in weaponry, Their inability to defeat a small nation, (Israel) with their God running the show, is what is going to turn the world upside down. This is what is going to shake nations and cause millions of people to realize there is a God after all. I will not read all of this chapter, but I will touch the high points to give you a profile of the picture the world will see one day soon. When this great war is over, the world will see things much differently. How long will it last? Naturally we do not know, but I will answer like this, It will just be a matter of weeks, not years. When God gets in this war, remember, He is doing it to show the nations, I have returned to Israel. He is doing it also, to wake up the Jewish people. As I said this morning, I have been there more than once and know there are thousands of young Jewish people, and especially college age young people, that do not know whether to believe in the God of their ancestors, or not. I would have to say, and I do not mean to be derogatory, It is a shame for the devil to have robbed them of the knowledge of their true God. After all, it is their book that we get our hope from. Gentiles, Hear me, This is not our book. No Gentile ever wrote one verse of scripture in it. It was all written by Jewish prophets and apostles. We have just borrowed it, and been allowed to be the keepers of it, and by the faith God imparted to us, and the grace and mercy of God, we are able to reach out with that faith and accept the promises God had written in it, even those He made to Abraham when He came from the land of Mesopotamia and was coming into the land of Canaan. When God promised He would give him all that land, He then told him, In thee, and thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. Naturally Abraham did not know what all that meant when God made the promise, but we can see today, that we are children of Abraham, not genetically of course, but we are children of Abraham by faith. I am thankful to God for that. As for the city of Jerusalem mentioned in the great prophecy in the 49th chapter of Isaiah, we have to realize, God is never going to allow the Arabs to completely possess it: It goes with the heritage Abraham passed on. Certain verses when you read them, show how the land speaks, and Mt. Zion is the place that Jerusalem is built on. Mt. Zion, that has been absent for hundreds of years of the Jewish people walking on its streets and living in its buildings, begins to speak, and you can see why the land begins to speak out. The prophecy is speaking on behalf of where Jerusalem exists, but in order not to make the subject boring, I am just going to highlight certain verses. This particular miracle war has been accomplished. The Jewish people will immediately know what to do, because when this goes out to many other Jews that are still out there in dispersion in other nations, it wakes them up to the point that they will say, I want to go there myself: I want to immigrate back to Israel. I will say this, It is not just any Jew, even though He is of the tribe of Judah, that is going to have that opportunity. The city of Jerusalem, as it was captured by King David, basically, through the years that followed that victory for him, it gradually became populated by those Jews related to King David. This is why, after King David’s victory, the city, in latter years, became known as the city of David. It meant that it was relatives, cousins, and such, all of the household of King David living there. We Gentiles do not keep genealogical books, but the Jews do. Hundreds and thousands of Jews know exactly what tribe they belong to. They have made it their business to keep those things up to date. When you read in Chronicles, it shows you how they looked at the genealogical side way back during the B.C. period. These Jews are going to say, I want to go there and live in Jerusalem. This war is basically to give Jerusalem back to the Jews, because it is their sovereign right to hold it, and to possess it. Also, it gives them the right to take back all of their promised land. That is why I say, everything that God promised Abraham, they will take, and the world cannot stand in the way. Let us hear now, as the land speaks. The land where Jerusalem is built begins to speak out. I am going to start in the 11th verse. “And I will make all my mountains a way.” In this you read mountains, you are talking about a particular kingdom, which means wherever there is still Jews settled in certain nations, and they have not all left, God said, I will make all my mountains a way, “and my highways shall be exalted.” Keep in mind, that this is figurative language. God is not going to build highways just to get the dispersed Jews to come home. You have got to see the figurative language used. No matter whether it is Syria, Iraq, or what nation that has bottled up the Jews, refusing to let them leave and go back to Israel, God says He is going to break down all governmental barriers, because the world has been made to realize, there is a God of Israel after all. All through this Bible, we are going to see how God looks upon the nation after this victorious war, and what God is going to do to that nation that will not minister to the restoration and rebuilding of Israel. “Behold, these shall come from far: and, lo, these from the north and from the west; and these from the land of Sinim.” According to the translators, this land of Sinim is China. That lets us know there is a possibility, that there are still a few of the ancient seed of the Israelites still living in this oriental country. The 13th verse says, “Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth: and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the Lord hath comforted His people, (He has given them victory, so now they know He is with them and they do not need to fear any more. They are assured that God is going to lift other things from them.) and will have mercy upon His afflicted. (Now right here is where the land itself speaks.) “But Zion said, The Lord hath forsaken me, (Think of it, For two thousand years Jewish people have been denied the right to live there in their own land in a collective sense.) and my Lord hath forgotten me. (That is what the land says, but the Lord replies back,) Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.” He is looking right at that spot on Mt. Zion, the spot of ground where the old city of Jerusalem is. If we read it right, God is saying, Take a look, and watch what comes next. Listen to what follows this. He says, “Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.” Notice now, He is promising the land something, and this promise has been laying here for hundreds and hundreds of years. Little attention has been directed to it, but now you and I are living in a generation that is going to see it fulfilled right before our very eyes. I am going to say this, It is not twenty years off. I am going to say also, that things have developed to a point where this thing could start being fulfilled even in the next few months. “Thy children shall make haste.” Now I want to say this to any Jewish reader, We hear a lot of political collaboration going on by Yasser Arafat and others, how he threatens the Israelites, that if they do not allow them to have old Jerusalem as their capital, they will give them another intifadah. Which means, another war, or much trouble. I want to say for the sake of the Jewish reader, I know you live over there and see all those Arabs all around you, and you know first hand what they have in mind. They have made their boasts about what is ahead if they do not get what they want. Well, when we read from the prophecy of Zephaniah, in chapter 2, when this war comes about, which is a miraculous thing, God accomplishes something else: Not only does Israel take back the land of Jordan, but God says, I will destroy, or I will famish all the gods of the earth, in that day. What is He going to do that for? To the Jewish believer I want to ask, If you were to go to Saudi Arabia today and ask their king, Would he give a contribution for the rebuilding of the Jewish temple? What kind of answer do you suppose you would get? They would refuse you and run you off. Suppose you were to go there today and make a speech, asking the political side of Saudi Arabia, Don’t you think you rich Arabs ought to open your heart’s of compassion and give the Jewish people something toward the rebuilding of their temple, what do you think their answer would be? They would tell you real quick, No. Why? Because they are all under that Islam spirit. We know this, the Mosque of Omar, which is a big Islamic temple, sits right on the spot where the Jewish sacrificial altar is to be rebuilt. I have heard Gentile preachers preaching on prophecy, say that the antichrist will give the Jews an opportunity to build their temple, by signing a covenant of peace. That is a totally misconstrued statement, because, nowhere in the Bible do we find that the antichrist agrees to let Israel build their temple. You are going to see later on, when we get these scriptures together, that all of their predictions are wrong. God is going to cause Israel to gain the victory over all this area, by destroying their Islam religion first of all, and it will not take forty years for that to happen. It will be more like a few days. When the conflict is over, those Arabs left alive are going to come screaming, begging, pleading with the Israelites, We want to worship your God: We know He is the God we should worship. Keep that in your mind as we read on right here: The land is still talking. “Thy children shall make haste; (To the Jews, those Arabs that walk the streets, rubbing shoulders with you, and you knowing in your heart that they threaten you now, that will all be over.) thy destroyers and they that made thee waste shall go forth of thee.” Right now the Palestinian Arabs have no intention of leaving that land. They want just the opposite. If anything, they would insist that the Jews leave, but what the end results of this will be, God already knows: He knew a long time ago, even before the foundation of the world. That is why the prophet put it in here, that thy destroyers, they that made thee waste, those that have made your land look like a slum shall go forth of thee. The Arabs have let the land grow up and become a desolate, untilled, and just plain un-cared-for land. They set around smoking their Turkish tobacco, baking their bread in open ovens on the street, and expect the world to side with them against the Jewish people, and a lot of them do. You see street vendors with their little carts, a lifestyle that goes back hundreds of years. Then, here comes a car, right along with the burros and everything else. You have the twentieth century, you have the B.C. centuries, both running parallel. It speaks this twice in this prophecy. Any time you see within the structure of a prophecy, the objective mentioned more than once, rest assured that prophecy will stand out in the forefront. There is not a man that can read it, if he is in the generation that it is to be fulfilled, without seeing precisely, why God wanted it mentioned twice. Notice the wording as we read on. “Lift up thine eyes round about, and behold: all these gather themselves together, and come to thee. (Who is this coming? It is Jews. Coming to do what? To immigrate to the city of Jerusalem.) As I live, saith the Lord, thou shalt surely clothe thee (He is speaking to the mountain, the land right where Jerusalem is, thou shalt clothe thee, or thyself.) with them all, (That speaks only of the Jewish people.) as with an ornament, and bind them on thee, as a bride doeth.” In other words, when the city of Jerusalem has been reclaimed, and only the Jews live there and fill her habitation, God is going to take great pride in how that city, from that moment on, begins to look. The Jews will also, because there is something that is going to come upon them that will cause them to. “For thy waste and thy desolate places, and the land of thy destruction, shall even now be too narrow (too crowded) by reason of the inhabitants, and they that swallowed thee up shall be far away.” There, it is the second mention. That lets us know there is no compromise in the mind of God about this. No. The Arabs are not going to be able to negotiate and say, Well, we won’t cause any more problems. No. They are all going to have to leave, because this is going to be restored to be a city dedicated to Jehovah. “The children which thou shalt have, after thou hast lost the other, (meaning those in B.C. times) shall say again in thine ears, The place is too strait (too crowded) for me: give place to me that I may dwell. Then shalt thou say in thine heart, who hath begotten me these, seeing I have lost my children, and am desolate, a captive, and removing to and fro? and who hath brought up these? Behold, I was left alone, these, where had they been?” God knows exactly where every Jew is, that belongs to the lineage of the house of David. Keep in mind, the house of David is out of the tribe of Judah. But the tribe of Judah is settled mainly in the rural areas of the territory of Judah. With this in mind, this conflict, this miraculous war, will have accomplished the reclaiming of Jerusalem as the Jews’ capital, and the Jews will immediately begin, from the ends of the earth, those that belong to King David’s line, to immigrate back there. They will come in numbers so great, it will be hard for the administrators to be able to look the situation over, to delegate and divide the territories and prepare for the building of housing and such, for the Jewish immigrants that are coming there from the nations of the world. Also, we will read here in a few minutes, that the city is not going to be left in an old run down, desolate, poverty looking condition. Immediately, the Jews will want to start dressing it up. I want to say this to the Jewish reader, That miraculous war is over when this takes place. The reason it is a miraculous war, is because God shows Himself as the God of the Jews, and that He has returned to them, to show favor to them.
HOW GOD’S POWER CHANGES MAN’S WAYS
Let us go now, to the 60th chapter of Isaiah. Here is where we begin to see the affect of this miraculous war, what all is going on and what it leads to. This miraculous war that God is going to bring about in the Middle East is going to change a lot of thinking right here in the United States. That is why I would like to be standing somewhere, looking over the shoulders of some of the professors, deans, and presidents of our colleges, when they have seen some of the display of the power of God, and they can no longer deny God, nor hide themselves from the reality He has caused them to come face to face with. I would like to tap some of them on the shoulder and ask, What do you think of God now? Is He still just a myth to your thinking? That was the work of God, the God you have been teaching your students, that does not exist. That is the God you have said, was only a myth. That is the fulfillment of a book you said was nothing but fantasy and fiction. It is definitely not fiction. God is going to do exactly what the Bible says He will do. Why? To touch the heart of an element of young people that are walking right now, on the face of this earth, both in this part of the world, as well as in other parts also. This is one way God has, to turn their mind’s around. I have to believe we are going to see all kinds of chaotic and out of the ordinary incidents take place. It will not come from people seventy years old: It comes from little kids, that, all they have ever seen and heard connected with terror, tear it up, scare them, have a good time at the other person’s expense. It would not have to be that way. It is because of gross darkness on the people. You cannot call it anything else but darkness. When I speak of Gentiles, that is what we are. I am speaking on behalf of Gentile nations. I am not talking about the Christian Bride of Christ. How many understand that? I am speaking of the Gentile world of people at large. “And the Gentiles shall come to thy light.” I have to say to those that preach the United Nations and New World Order stuff. There is nothing in the New World Order agenda that will even allow anything like this to be fulfilled. Not in our day. That is why I have to say. If they would read Zechariah 12, exactly as it is written, God said, In that day, that is when God is going to take that U.N. body and deal with it. In one place it says He will break them to pieces, and in another it says He will cut them to pieces, though all the world be gathered together against Jerusalem. That is the diplomatic negotiating process. “And kings to the brightness of thy rising.” That is the restoration of the nation of Israel. “Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged: because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, (This is not talking about spiritual conversion. This is talking about material substance of various descriptions that is going to be literally turned from its original commercial purpose, and sent to Israel for the rebuilding of Jerusalem, the temple, and whatever the Israeli people need it for in that up and coming future which is just a short time ahead.) the forces (This is not military forces, this is talking about material substance.) of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.” Now let us see ,when this has been fulfilled, where the Arab, Islamic god is? It tells us right here, or at least we should be smart enough to know what we have read. As we go into the 6th verse, “The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; (That is Saudi Arabia.) all they from Sheba (That is still Arabia.) shall come: they shall bring gold and incense; and they shall show forth the praises of the Lord.” Where are they bringing it to? They are bringing it to Jerusalem. Can you get it from them right now? No. But I have to say to the Jewish reader, Your own Bible tells you the future. This is not some political gimmick. This is reality. It is going to be such a fulfillment that it is going to bring great joy to many people, and there is going to be people from one end of this earth to the other, made to realize that there is no god like the God of Israel. Now let us see what happens next. “All the flocks of Kedar (This is one of the sons of Abraham by Keturah, Abraham’s second wife.) shall be gathered together unto thee, the rams of Nebaioth (That is another son.) shall minister unto thee: (Right now, Israel has no animal breeding program within the whole agricultural output, but here it shows us, that when this great and glorious event does unfold, what takes place is going to set in motion immediately, what the Jewish people that are religious minded will purpose to do, so they are going to immediately say, Let us start offering sacrifice. Well they have to have an altar. That is the first thing they will need. Then, since there is no animal breeding program to start producing this large number of animals for sacrifice, something else has to happen: They have to have access to the animals they will need. God, beforehand, has already spoken, that out of the land which is now alien, anti Jew, they are going to turn and say, Here, you can have my sheep. I know this sounds preposterous, but just mark it down and wait. I have been asked, Bro. Jackson, do you think the temple will be built before the Millennium? Of course it will: It is not going to be built during the Millennium. It will already be built, and the Bible says very clearly that it will. The only thing is, it is spoken in a way that you have to read all these scriptures that put the picture together. There is no need of this Gentile church of tradition, thinking that the temple will suddenly drop out of heaven. No. That is not how it comes into view. Let us finish reading this scripture: What does this gold go to? It goes to decorate, or to beautify the house of God. As He speaks here of the various nations that will contribute the animals, notice how it is worded. “they shall come up with acceptance on mine altar, and I (This is the Lord speaking.) will glorify the house of my glory.” What is He talking about. The temple of course. That is what that gold is coming out of Saudi Arabia for. The 8th verse says this, “Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows?” Can you not see giant airplanes here, like the Berlin airlift when the Russians had said, We will starve east Germany, Berlin, into submission? I have an article about that. The planes they had then, were not like the ones we have now. Think of it: I have to say, When this miraculous thing is fulfilled, everything is going to come together so speedily, so very quickly that it is hard to imagine, because these scriptures show that God has put His approval on it. These nations that have the facilities, and the means of material substance that the Jews can use, airplanes of giant sizes, will take this substance and fly everything there to them, everything that they can possibly fly. It will be just like the time when the Berlin airlift was going on. They kept it going around the clock. The 9th verse, says, “Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of the Lord thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because He hath glorified thee.” God is going to put into the Jewish peoples’ hearts, such a great joy of knowing that God has returned to them in favor. He is not only doing that for them, but He is also putting upon the hearts of Gentile people in various nations around the globe, to want to do everything they can to contribute something to the reconstruction, the beautifying of this land. Why? Because they are getting ready for the coming of their Messiah. With that in mind, let us continue on. The 10th verse, says, “And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls.” What does this mean, sons of strangers? I want to look at it from a political standpoint. We know this, Israel through ancient times, had international, political relationships with certain nations in the old world. In this day and hour though, we have to realize that the world powers in general, look upon Israel in an altogether different way. The nation of Israel, yes, by certain reasons, they have always carried on since WW2, certain diplomatic relationships with certain western nations, but this tells us here, not the sons of friendly nations, but the sons of strangers, those that have never had political relationships of communication, or the transaction of trade, are the ones that respond. When it says the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, you need to realize, that when we read the story of how King Solomon built the old temple in 1000 B.C., it was not all Jews that worked on that project. When they conversed with the king of Lebanon, some of the best stone masons of that time, came from the Lebanese people. Throughout the countries round about that area, there were people that came, donated, contributed their expertise, whatever their trade was. That is how that temple went together. From cedar, from oak, from stone, it was not brought on the temple grounds and cut, hewed and polished: it was all brought to certain areas where the material was gathered. There is where the stones were polished and finished. According to the architects, they knew where each particular stone was marked to go in this construction. Therefore when the hour came for the temple to be built, the Bible says there was not the sound of a saw or a hammer heard. They brought the material, the substance, as they put the stones in place, then the cedar beams in place, it was already a finished product. But looking at this same thing in this day of modern equipment, and the way they can take stone, and iron, I can see there will be an era that from the various nations of the earth that have been startled, shaken, they are going to say, We want to contribute certain materials that we have, to this great cause. The temple that is going to be built then, is not a temple just for the Jews alone, it is the temple that the Lord is going to rule the earth from for one thousand years. It plainly tells you in the 14th chapter of Zechariah, That all nations, once each year, shall go to Zion and Jerusalem. To do what? To worship the Lord of hosts. Notice, as we continue on, “And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings (their political leaders) shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee. Therefore thy gates shall be open continually: they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee (Notice this.) the forces (material things) of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought.” None of this sounds like the U.N. has anything to do with it, does it? Can you see the U.N. in this? No. “For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.” Bankrupt, to be exactly accurate. I have to say, Right here (chart) is the week of Daniel. It is the last seven years of this whole seventy week period. In the first part, (3 ½ years) is where the two prophets will appear. In the last half is where the antichrist sits himself up as GOD. Keep in mind though, This great, miraculous thing with Israel takes place before this week starts. According to the yardstick of Hosea 6:2, that should terminate, meaning the yardstick, the end of it, around 2004 ½.
A NEW DAY BEGINS
Somewhere right in here, (pointing to chart, before the week starts) is where this miraculous thing with Israel begins to unfold. It lets you know the city of Jerusalem and the Jewish temple will, by the time this week starts, be in the process of being rebuilt. That is why, when John was given a reed like unto a rod, reading in the 11th chapter of Revelation, and told to measure the altar and the temple and them that worship therein, but the outer court leave out, for it is given unto the Gentiles. Forty two months shall they tread the city under foot. That is talking about the last half of the week. This reconstruction, rebuilding, beautifying, gets under way just shortly before the week starts. The week starts when the antichrist has signed his covenant of peace, and when the middle of the week comes, that is where everything is shut down. Basically the temple has been finished. If you can understand now, somewhere in this little era here just before the week starts, this great and glorious era of the miraculous, the display of God on behalf of the Jewish people takes place, which shows that God is getting the Jewish people ready for the great visitation of their prophets. Certain nations will be contributing certain types of materials. God is not coming down the street with the Salvation Army, pushing a wheel barrow and carrying a red bucket. No. God is putting it in the hearts of politicians and leaders of that hour, to contribute to the work, because they have already seen the display of God, and that is why they are responding accordingly. I can see some of the young students in the Orients, students that have been raised under Hinduism, Buddhism and whatever. Now they are in college, studying engineering and becoming knowledgeable about building. I can see these young men when they see that miraculous thing take place in the Middle East, because they have to compare that with their god of Hinduism or Buddhism, make some surprising decisions. I can see some of these young men as they say, I am convinced there is no god like the God of the Jews. They are going to say, I want to go there and contribute at least six months of my profession to their work. Why? Because God will lay it upon their hearts to want to do it. This is not a welfare work exhibition. No. This is people that have seen something, and they have heard something; and it has a strange affect on them. It has affected their hearts. That is why the sons of strangers will volunteer, Let me go there and contribute. I know, when the Six Day War was going on, right here in the United States as well as in Canada, there were Jewish people of certain types of professional occupation, that left their jobs for that very same reason. They said, I want to volunteer my services to my country, and to my people. They did just that. Think of it, this time it will be on a larger scale. Sons of strangers will come and help built up thy walls. The nation that will not serve thee, that lets us know there is going to be a world wide feeling begin to move out there, as the world begins to see Israel is rebuilding, renovating, and beautifying. The 13th verse, “The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir tree, (At a ten thousand feet elevation, in the northern mountains of Lebanon, is a cedar forest. They claim the cedars there are five thousand years old. There, is the remnant of the giant forest of cedars that existed in the days of King Solomon. It is a known fact, that for the cedars of Lebanon, there was a great trade, because this cedarwood was so much in demand. The cabins of maritime ships were finished with this cedarwood from Lebanon. A few years back, these cedars were perishing so fast, that finally the government stepped in and said they would keep a certain acreage in reserve. That is the remnant of her glory of bygone days. I have to say, The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir tree,) the pine tree, and the box together, (What for?) to beautify the place of my sanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet glorious.” It is going to be the most beautiful building in all the known world. “The sons also of them that afflicted thee (Let’s see what happens,) shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; (God will make them come and say, We are sorry that we defamed your name.) and they shall call thee, The city of the Lord, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel. Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations. Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, (This is another figurative language, which means this, all over the world these wealthy business executives will be touched. This is a language that says to us, that when God puts it upon their heart, they are going to begin to say, I am dedicating a billion to this cause.) and shalt suck the breast of kings: and thou shalt know that I the Lord am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.” I realize there are a lot of educated Gentiles today that could read this and say, Oh this is all fantasy. Stick around and see. We know there is as much money here today as there ever was, it is just that a lot of it is in the wrong hands, and it got there the wrong way. Watch this. “For brass I will bring gold, (This means that whatever you read about the material King Solomon put in his temple, whether it was a door knob or what, in this future temple, He will exchange it for something of greater value and beauty.) and for iron I will bring silver, and for wood brass, and for stones iron: I will also make thy officers peace, and thine exactors righteousness. Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders.” You can finish reading the rest of it. You are seeing Jerusalem going through, in a few short months of time, one of the most beautiful, uplifting, and renovating tasks as all this takes place, because the Jews, after seeing God’s hand on their behalf in this miraculous war, to give them back all of their land, and to give them back their city, with no strings attached, they cannot help but put their whole heart into this project, because they will know they are getting it ready for the coming of their Messiah. With this in mind, we know this is how God prepares the hearts of a lot of Gentiles, so that they will want to contribute, and distribute their substance. I can see construction men that operate large companies here in the United States or Canada that will say, I am shutting down for a short period of time and we are going to Israel. We are going to get in on this great thing that is taking place there. You might not think it, but I have to say this, As we have been privileged different times to go there on tours, we have had guides tell us various things that fit right into this picture. One time, when we stood where old fort Megiddo originally stood, we were looking over into the Jezreel valley. As you see that, you see on a small scale the level land, like you would see in Iowa or Nebraska. It was the breadbasket of northern Israel in ancient times. When the ten tribes were taken out of there, hundreds and hundreds of years ago, God said the land would become desolate. It would rest. There was a time when parts of that land became a huge swamp. Crocodiles infested it. Naturally when the Jews began to go back there, many went back with western technology they had become familiar with. You and I know, that no Jew is a farmer in the United States or Canada. Nevertheless, as he travels from place to place he cannot help but see it, because many times the produce he buys, he has seen it as it has been produced by western agricultural technology. With this in mind, as he looked out over the that valley where they were planting citrus, planting grain, barley, wheat and such, just as they did in ancient times, his mind was thinking back. A tour group was there from Texas one time; and one man on the tour, as he looked out over the valley, said to his guide, That land looks like it would grow cotton. He was asked, Why do you say that? I can tell by the looks of the land, that it has the potential to grow a tremendous amount of cotton. In fact, I would like to take a sample of it back home and get it tested. Through his guide, he contacted the Israeli department that would allow him to take a sample of this dirt home to Texas. He did; and he planted some seed in it. A few months later he contacted the agricultural department of Israel and said, That land in the Jezreel valley is ideal for growing a tremendous crop of cotton. At the time we were there, we could see off in the distance, huge piles of baled cotton. The guide told us they had harvested the crop. It is baled, waiting to be shipped. He said, in fact we are now a competitor in cotton production, because Egypt was the sole producer of cotton in other eras. Now they are competing against Israel for the cotton market. I am saying that to show you that Israel, as the Jews come home, gain much, because they are coming from various nations where they have picked up here and there, certain technological things they can put in practice in their home land. In this same valley, parts of it was covered with swamps. Other Jews coming from the areas of Australia, fell upon the idea to drain the land by cutting irrigation ditches, and then planting the eucalyptus tree. In Australia, they use the eucalyptus tree because it has the largest, and the deepest penetrating tap root of any tree. They set them in rows, there in those swamps; and today there is no more swamps. They are all dry. All that land has been reclaimed, after laying hundreds and hundreds of years, desolate, just ruined wasteland. So if technology that has been learned from various nations where they have come from, has been used before, can you not see, when the time comes for this city to take on a beautification project, how it is not going to be done just by the Jewish people. It is because of what God does to restore the Jewish people, and lets His glory be seen resting upon them, and the raising of them back to preeminence and attention, that cannot help but spread throughout the world. It is going to touch the hearts of many people. Some of those people are going to be persuaded to be a part of what is taking place, so they will say, I want to contribute and have a little part in this: I am going to Israel and help them. There will be more than just a few that will feel like that. Next, the Lord willing, we will deal with Ezekiel 38 and 39, as we continue on in this series.
Preached 9-27-98 AM
This is turning into quite a lengthy subject, but there are yet quite a few points we need to cover while we are dealing with it. I am doing my best, by the grace of God, to present these prophecies in a way that will be meaningful to everyone and I pray that somewhere, if the videos were to be given to some Jewish people, that they will listen to this with an interest, because the time is fast approaching when all that the prophets prophesied, is going to be fulfilled. The world is very tense right now, and they do not realize it. We have so much of the world today that do not believe in anything pertaining to a Creator, but the day is fast approaching when a lot of them will change their mind. I have to believe the time is very near, that everyone must examine themselves and ask, What do I believe? Time is too short for anyone just to nonchalantly drift along. We must be about the task of preparing to meet the Lord. Therefore in the light of what we want to establish in your minds, let us open our Bibles to Ezekiel 38, at this time and pay attention to every point that is made. This is the last prophecy in the category of prophecies we are using throughout this series of messages. I want to say to any Jewish person that may come in contact with this message, These scriptures we have referred to in the past two weeks as we have dealt with this message, have been in the Bible, (a Jewish book) for hundreds and hundreds of years. I know that from the standpoint of a Jewish person, they might have a little reservation as to why they would even take time to listen to a Gentile like me. However I want them to know, I recognize and appreciate them, as the people God chose hundreds and hundreds of years ago, to be a particular race of people, through the seed of Abraham, that He could exemplify His will and purpose through. Abraham and his seed have been in the plan of God right on through the ages. If it had not been for the call of Abraham and the Jewish race springing from his loins, we might all be pagans even yet today. I am thankful to God for a book like this. However there was a time in my life that I did not want to get too close to the Bible: I thought it would make you crazy. Now I say, No, it is not going to make you crazy, but there is something about this book called the Bible, which is the word of God, if you will allow it to, it will set your soul on fire. The spirit of God Himself, the great Creator of all things, the very object of worship, the invisible being that He is, can cause this book to speak to your heart. When I say that, we have a lot of intellectual people in the modern world, that would sort of look down on that, because they think God is some historical figure and not a God that can still deal with mankind. My purpose in this message, is to try to assure you as Gentiles or Jews, that there are things getting ready to unfold in the world at large, basically the Middle East though, that are going to shock and shake the mass of humanity that lives on the planet. It is one of God’s ways of making Himself known here in a time like this, when modern man is doing his level best to remove from the minds of mortal creatures the very existence of a true God. Many have turned this book into a book of mythology, and claim that it is written with such language and terms, that no one can interpret it. I just want to say this, Mortal men, by the inspiration of God, wrote it; and it is to be understood by those who love truth. There will be a few mortal men on the face of this earth in these last days, both among the Gentiles and the Jewish people, as God closes out this era of time for mankind, that He can use to present the true revelation of what is written in His book, because He will have dealt with them for the time at hand. They will instruct true believers concerning the time we are living in while all the others go their merry way.
CHAPTERS 38 & 39 OF EZEKIEL
We have heard much from the realm of Gentile so-called Christianity, concerning the chapters of Ezekiel 38 and 39, and many of them are great doctors of divinity that like to specialize in how much they know about prophecy, but very few of them ever get an accurate picture of what is contained therein. Most of them call it Armageddon. I am thankful to God for something that He has caused me to dwell on this week in my meditations, because there are three things in the readings of these chapters, that prove beyond any shadow of a doubt that this cannot possibly be Armageddon. The three things are as follows, If it is Armageddon, how come Ezekiel comes into the land only when the Jewish nation is at peace and dwelling safely in their own land? When Armageddon comes, at the end of this period (the last half of the week of Daniel) right here, those in the land of Israel are sure not going to be dwelling in peace. Armageddon closes out that era of time for mankind, and the spiritual Jews will not even be in their land when it happens. Think of it; Ezekiel 39:29 says God has done this, that He might make Himself known to Israel, and that He might be sanctified in the eyes of Gog, of the land of Magog. We must look at that in this way, because in the 29th verse, God says He has poured out His Spirit of grace. I want you to know there is no Holy Spirit pouring out on anybody, when Armageddon is being fought, and neither will there be any pouring out of His Spirit of grace after it is over. That pouring out, comes right here in the first half of the 70th week of Daniel’s seventy weeks prophecy. Keep that in mind as we go on; that this Ezekiel 38 war is coming when Israel dwells safely in their land. Dwells safely with who? With her Arab counterpart. I was handed a newspaper clipping a while ago, in which Netanyahu has made some statements, so I may read some statements from that, later on in the message. The world is getting nervous over this Mideast problem. The United Nations and our president, none of which know a bit more about what is going on in the Middle East than a rabbit fleeing from a dog, are begging Israel, pleading with Israel, to be willing to give up land for peace. That is a United Nations agenda. They want to be able to dictate the terms as to how they shape this earth and nations and peoples of it for the 21st century. The 21st century belongs to God. When God’s word says He will bring Israel back into their land in the latter days, and He would establish them according to their former estates, (or boundaries) that is the only nation that the Bible speaks of that God would deal with in that manner. If that be true, and we know it is, then it would behoove us to realize that whatever the United Nations, in all of their political agenda, proposes to do, God has allowed them to say these things, because to a lot of people, millions of people will go for the decoy. It doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or an American Gentile, if you cannot believe that the Bible is the infallible word of God, and what it says is true, and that it will outweigh anything the United Nations even dares to do, you are on shaky ground. Therefore with this thought in mind, Ezekiel 38 and 39 shows us, that there is only one place in the time factor that this war can fit in. When we started this message we referred to Hosea 6:1-3. That prophecy was written seven hundred and eighty some years before the advent of Christ. It was written before what Daniel has written pertaining to the two tribes that went back out of Babylonian captivity to rebuild the city of Jerusalem and get it ready for the coming of their Messiah the Prince. That is why, when you see all these figures (chart) this is taking that first 69 weeks which started here on that blue line, and carries straight through to this red line. That red line points to the birth of Christ. We know that His life span was about 33 ½ years, so when you take 33 ½ years and multiply that into days, when you come to 33 A.D. that is when the histories and certain scientists have proved that Christ was crucified. He was crucified exactly at the end of this number of days 173,880. Therefore when we take this and move it back, we can see from the decree to the death of King Herod, here is the number of days. When we subtract it from that, we can find this, that between the birth of Christ and the death of King Herod, there was two years and eighty nine days in the gap. Let us compare that to the scriptures. When the wise men came to Jerusalem and they inquired to speak to King Herod, what did they ask him? Where is He that is born King of the Jews? Then Herod had to confer with some of the wise men. They came the next morning and told him. Then Herod inquired from the wise men, about how long ago did this star appear to you? Evidently they gave him the proximity of two years, because of what his decree spoke of. In other words, Go to Bethlehem and kill every male child from two years old and under. How many catch that? Now if this time factor was given to the two tribes, when they left Babylon to come back and build the city, the walls, and everything through troublous times, that takes you through the times of the Maccabees, so we must look at this from a simple standpoint. Why is God so graphic with this? Some Gentile theologians have said, Well we don’t know whether these times are symbolic or not. If we don’t know whether they are symbolic or otherwise, I have to say that God is playing a trick on people. Well I say God has foreseen an element of people He has purposed to show mercy to; and by putting things in His written word, when the time comes for it to be fulfilled, there is going to be a people that God will make Himself known to. My point in saying that is this, Had all those Jews that left Babylon and came back to Jerusalem, in all those troubled eras of time, the times of the Maccabees and so forth, understood what Daniel wrote, especially those rabbis, they should have been able, if they would have studied that prophecy of Daniel and kept it in front of them all the time, and used it for their yardstick, to figure the approximate time for the arrival of their Messiah. They should have been able to tell within a ten year period, and begin to talk among themselves, Gentlemen: we must get ready because according to the prophet Daniel, our Messiah should be born not too long from now. But look at the religious picture in that period of time. When He was born in Bethlehem of Judaea, who did He really make Himself known to? To the well educated theologians at Jerusalem? No. God chose some sheep herders to make this great event known to. That was a sad picture back then, and we have the same picture today among the Gentile Christians. They are so full of theology, they cannot see one thing of reality. My point in saying those things is this, If all this was true to the point, then so will the other prophecies be true to the point. Therefore when we read Hosea 6:1-3, the two days are two thousand years, not calendar time, but prophetic time. It is two dispensational days of a thousand prophetic years each. If that is real, this is real. We know this, according to Hosea 6:2, which says after two days He will revive us. Ezekiel 39, speaks of this revival by the pouring out of the spirit of grace. Zechariah also speaks of this revival, because after Israel is used to accomplish this great, miraculous war, God uses that to set the stage for Israel to start their work in Jerusalem. Then it says in the 10th verse, and He will pour out upon Jerusalem, the spirit of grace. Where does Revelation 11:1-6 tell us this will take place? It says He will give His prophets power and anoint them, and they will prophesy in the streets of Jerusalem for a thousand, two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth as they prophesy. When you compare that with the 7th chapter of Revelation, it plainly tells you the first thing, that He will seal 144,000 servants of God from the twelve tribes of Israel, all men. Because they have a specific job to do in the last half of the week, during the great tribulation period. They are not the only Jews that are going to be sealed with the Spirit of God during that time: When you go to the 12th chapter of Revelation, you see the nation represented in young and old, men and women, and all such, that have also received this revelation; and they are referred to as the woman. That is why it says right there in the 12th chapter, that He has given this woman two wings of an eagle. What does that signify? He has given them the prophets messages through the ministry of the two prophets that prophesy in the first half of the week. When the middle of that week comes, and the antichrist comes in and breaks this covenant and sets up that period of time of the great tribulation and such like, the Bible will tell us in the 12th chapter, that the woman flees into the wilderness where she hath, past tense, a place prepared there by God, for her to be protected and taken care of. That lets us know there is going to be an element of spiritual Jews flee that land. Why? Because the next three and one half years are going to be the darkest, most troubled time that has ever been. Let us look at these scriptures and see how they begin to line up. I would like for us to turn to the 38th chapter of Ezekiel at this time, because it is one of the most misunderstood prophecies in the Bible.
GOG OF MAGOG
We have tried to put every prophetic scripture in the lineup, as I felt God had showed me in that dream. This is the last mentioning of a miracle. The other scriptures all deal with a great miracle of how God will begin, somewhere in the few short months ahead, to set the stage, to change the picture in the Middle East, and begin to bring the prophetic picture into fulfillment. It will take a miracle for Israel to be able to accomplish what is written about her in these prophecies. As long as you listen to these earthly politicians, regardless of what color they are, what nation they represent, or whatever, all of their ideas are just so much junk, as far as what Israel will do in the last days. There have been politicians down through the centuries of time, that have always had their plans, and they have had their ideas about many things they knew nothing whatsoever about. They have tried to put forth their ideas in their time, but when the time comes for God to be seen and recognized, He can change, disrupt, tear down, throw away, any and all of man’s plans he has tried to put together. Let us read this very prayerfully and ask God to reveal the picture to us. Think of it, this prophecy came into existence almost six hundred years before the advent of Christ, but the way it is written, it takes you right through the span of time. “And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, set thy face against Gog, (The word Gog is referring to the king, or the ruler of Russia) the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against Him. And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold I am against thee O Gog, (whether it is Yeltsin, or someone else that follows him) the chief prince of Meshech (Moscow) and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, (Notice He puts the end before the proceedings of it.) and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords.” Right at the close of WW2, as the troops of that war began to be discharged and sent home, I can remember we had a lot of radio preachers at that time that were preaching on prophecy, because Russia had been successful in achieving her victory as she began to fight the Germans, and eventually made her way to Berlin. It looked like, at that time, the way the Russians were talking, that Russia in the future, was going to be a nation like a bear, a bully. It looked like for a long time, that Russia was solely bent on mopping the west up, and spreading communism the world over. Naturally that is the way mankind looked at it. Those preachers began to say, Russia is now in one of the largest horse breeding programs that there has ever been. Why? Because it says here, that they are coming on horses. The prophet that penned those words lived in the days when armies moved on horseback, but now it is horse power. Let us look at it in this light. I have a newspaper clipping, showing that the United States has agreed to sell Israel a big package amounting to so many billions of dollars of some of the best fighter planes, fighter bombers. It gives the number. All these planes will be equipped with the ability of low altitude flying and all their fighting facilities will be modernized to the very best. The Gulf War that was fought a few short years ago, proved beyond the shadow of a doubt, no army can come against this kind of weaponry riding on horses. We can say this, An army has got to come generated by some power for mobility, so it is horsepower in our great engines, not horses in flesh. Horsepower is a mechanical term. That is why we term the power of any given vehicle or plane, it generates so much horsepower. Yes saints, it is horsepower, but not the power of fleshly horses. We can look at it that way and get the picture. “And all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields; all of them handling swords.” That is the way the armies of the past fought, so the prophet put it in that terminology. Now he brings in the lineup of those coming against Israel. “Persia, (That is Iran today.) Ethiopia, (That is along the eastern coast of Africa.) and Libya with them; (Libya is on the north coast of Africa, west of Egypt.) all of them with shield and helmet: Gomer, (This lays between Moscow and Turkey.) and all his bands; the house of Togarmah.” That brings you right into Turkey, so keep in mind that all these nations today are Islamic. Sixty percent of southern Russia is composed of Islamic people. That should tell you why Russia will be for the Islamic Arab world. When sixty percent of her citizenry in the south are Islamic people, she has got to lean in favor of them. What we want to see, as we have said in the other messages, is the miraculous era that will start at the time when Israel’s leadership decides they cannot play ball with the Arabs any longer. That will be God’s appointed time. Their cup of abominations against Israel will be full by then. May I say, so that you will get it straight, The Arab people are not Persians, Libyans, Ethiopians and such. Those are all nationalities of people of themselves, but the Arabs are all descendants of Abraham. These are they of Saudi Arabia, the Jordanians, the Palestinians and all those of that relationship, but it does bring in the Syrians because, according to Genesis, Abraham was a Syrian. Egypt is not Arab, but they are overrun with Moslems. They are the descendants of Ham. The Hebrew word for one of Ham’s sons is Mizraim, which means Egypt in English. Why do we want to line Egypt up with Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Syria? Because, when we read Isaiah 11, and Isaiah 19, those are the ones that Israel has to attack. When Israel does it, God has promised Israel this, in Zechariah 12, In that day the governors of Judah shall be like a fire in a pile of wood, and like a torch in a sheaf of grain. It also says in the 19th chapter of Isaiah, In that day He will make Judah, which is the war tribe, or the lion tribe, a terror unto Egypt, insomuch that Egypt, in that hour of time, will be like unto women. He takes away from them their ability to fight. Israel will fight one of these days, and she is not going to have any help. The only help she is going to have is God Himself. Why do I say that? Because God wants to show Israel something, that He does not need a number one or number two power nation to help Him work His will and purpose through Israel. With this in mind then, that war, however long it will last, maybe two, three, or four weeks, God’s power is going to be manifested with Israel, the entire nation, for this strategic purpose as Gentile time runs out. It is time for Him to give her back her former borders, and He is not going to allow her to carry on diplomatically with the United Nations. Another point, Jerusalem is the number one center of attraction, because it means the time has come when God has some people out there that need to inhabit Jerusalem, and they are going to be descendants of King David. Read it in the proper light. It says Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, by who? It is Judaean Jews, but they are of the house of David. That war, when it does end, the Jewish people will have conquered Egypt, conquered Saudi Arabia, and it has conquered the Edomites, the Moabites and the Ammonites, as well as all the land of Jordan. They will sweep through Syria, and all the way to the Euphrates River. Mad man Hussein has a short time left to antagonize other nations. I read a quotation of what Netanyahu said about the United States, the way we handled that situation. Now mad man Hussein turns right around and laughs at us, because he has torn the whole peace process to pieces. He is not going to allow them in anymore, to inspect his biological factories. This goes to show, our nation as a whole, the nation we were born in, the nation that I love, under its present leadership, has sold itself out to the devil. Israel is the only nation in the Middle East that knows how to deal with the Arab world in its present setting the proper way. That is why, when the Bible speaks of that war, it is going to be such a miracle war, that when it is over, the Arab world, I mean the Arabs and those associated in that first setting, such as Egypt, Syria, Jordan and Iraq. Israel will push her borders to their sovereign beginnings. That starts, and shows to the world, that God is with the Jewish nation. With that in mind, they will start beginning to renovate Jerusalem. Then suddenly, out of Saudi Arabia, here comes Arabians, and out of Saudi Arabia is where Mohammad came from. That is where the Islamic religion got its roots. But what has happened? That is why I say the world is going to be shaken and shocked to pieces. When we wake up one morning and Saudi Arabia is ready to kiss the hand of a Jew and say, We want to help you in all of this, you will know the bride is about ready to leave here. When you read Isaiah 60, Israel has started reclaiming, renovating, rebuilding, renewing the old city. why? Because she has to do it to get ready for the coming of her Messiah. We can say this, These two days we have been speaking of will terminate, and that brings us within the proximity between the year 2000 calendar time, and the year 2004. That lets me know this conflict could well start around the year 2000. When Yasser Arafat made his boast in the spring, that in May 1999 he will declare a sovereign Palestinian state with Jerusalem as the capital. Then Madeline Albright is going to the United Nations and try to water the whole thing down. This is why I say world leaders today are playing with a time bomb. But when that starts, it sets the stage and Israel will be moving rapidly towards the week of Daniel. God is the ONE keeping time, so when He sees that it is time, things will start moving toward a conclusion. When the other Islamic countries, like I have just read here, that are not Arabs, yet they are Islamic, so they will come into play. In fact, they are more dominating, more cruel, because the southern part of the Islamics are the Sunnite, and the other is the Shiite. They are militant, mean and cruel. That is why they want a chance to show Israel what they can do. I will say this, Ezekiel 38 and 39 is the last of what is accomplished by whatever it starts. By the time we get to the week of Daniel, it will be time for God to turn Russia loose. When we notice this, and when you read it, you do not even see Israel sending an airplane out. You do not see Israel calling in her reserves either. When you read it, you see Gog is coming with such a quick presentation of himself, it says it will cover the land like a cloud. Let us read on here. Persia is Iran, and they are not Arabs, but they are some of the ancient Semitic people. Ethiopians, Libyans, all with shield and helmet. Gomer, Togarmah, and many people with thee. “Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, (When we read this, we see Russia has no potential purpose. But at the time they are driven into this picture. They are brought into this by force. All these people are screaming at her, Come, be our guide, be our guard. What does that tell you? This is not all Russian troops coming out of Moscow. This is contributory troops from all these nations, but they are absolutely calling upon Russia, Be our supplier of knowledge, of science, of weaponry: Set the strategy for us.) thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them. (The word guard here actually has a larger meaning, because it means Russia, whatever amount of troops she does supply, are definitely going to be the technicians, so they are going to be the ones that set the strategy of how this whole thing is to be accomplished.) After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back.” That lets me know, that by some means or other God has restored Israel back to its sovereignty. That takes you beyond the U.N. agenda. The U.N. agenda right now is trying to hold the Israeli leadership off from holding any more land for eventually fulfilling prophecy, like greater Israel. That is the U.N. idea. But when Israel does go at this to fulfill the word of God, the U.N. will no longer have any say in it. At that time we can say this, Israel will have accomplished spreading her borders and she will have all the representation of her other ten tribes back home. It is in one of the prophecies, where it says that Judah and Ephraim together will cross the Jordan, and they will smite those people. That does not mean that every Jew that is of the same lineage and everything, but it does mean this, there will be a true representation of every tribe back in the land, when this great thing gets ready to take place. That would bring it time wise, to the first part of the week. That does not mean that all Jews will be back there, but there will be the representation of all of them back there by then. With that in mind, we can see then, that the land has been subdued. God has restored it in its sovereignty to the Jewish people.
EGYPTIANS TURN TO THE GOD OF THE JEWS
When God, through Israel, has concluded this push to reclaim all of their former land, the Arab world, like the Jordanians and Saudi Arabians, and the Egyptian and Syrian people will have made a great change. When you read the last part of that 19th chapter, you will see exactly what happens. God will strike that so hard, that the effect of it carries you over into the Millennium. That is why it says five cities in the land of Egypt will want to speak the language of Canaan. The man that is an unbeliever, has no concern whatsoever, as to what all this would mean to him? Nothing. It would be just like a riddle to an unbeliever. However when you see that five cities in the land of Egypt will want to speak the language of Canaan, that is not in this day and hour that they are saying this, and why some Egyptians will want to speak the old Canaanite dialect. Don’t read it like that. It is the Jews that have been restored back there, and because the Egyptians have seen the miracle power of God on Israel’s side to reclaim their sovereignty, their original identity, it will cause the Egyptian people to say, Allah is no longer our god. He has not come to our rescue. I want to serve the God of the Jewish people. God’s power is going to be so evident, even the Egyptian nation, after they have been completely converted to this God of the Jews, their leaders will say, Israel, you are many miles away from us, but we want to worship the same God you do because we have seen Him in action. We are going to build an altar in the midst of our nation. What for? It is a token, a symbol, showing respect as they say, We know God is with you. We want to align ourselves with you. It tells you in the 19th chapter of Isaiah, that God will cause Egypt to be returned to worship the God of Israel. They will build a memorial on the border. All of that follows what takes place right in here as we go into the Millennium. It tells us in the 8th verse of Ezekiel 38, that He will bring her into this land which had been always waste; “but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they (meaning the Jews) shall dwell safely all of them.” All that God has brought back to this land. You will notice in two other verses over here, He keeps repeating, Israel dwelling safely, Israel dwelling safely. Since 1948, there has never been a year when Israel was dwelling safely in her own land. Since the Six Day War there has followed other conflicts, like the 1973 war and so forth. The Palestinian Arabs with that Islamic, militant attitude, have killed Jews on many occasions. In fact the motto of Arafat is the destruction of the state of Israel. Even Netanyahu, in a speech, mentioned this. The Arab world, because of that Islamic spirit, has said, Death to Israel and death to the United States. This lets me know that this entire thing will absolutely explode with the miraculous power of God being on Israel’s side. When it does, from there on the Arab world of Islam is going to be shaken and there is going to be hundreds and thousands of them slaughtered and slain by the miracle power of God, as He uses the nation of Israel to accomplish what is written. We can safely say that this thing, when that part has reached a certain point, approximately somewhere about here, (on chart, after Israel has taken back all of their land by the miraculous power of God ) the rest of the Islamic world, those that are not Arabs, will line up with Russia and say, Let us take a try at this. That is when God will let them take a try, but they will suffer a great loss. If you read the entire 38th chapter of Ezekiel, you will see one of the most conniving and treacherous plans laid out against Israel that has ever been. This comes at a time when she is dwelling safely in her land, after the miraculous power of God worked on her behalf to bring about those results. Sure the prophet wrote, Thou will come riding upon horses, carrying shields, bucklers, all kinds of antique weaponry. I have to say to the Jewish people who might see this, Common sense would tell anyone it would be utterly impossible, knowing where Russia is located, in the north of Israel, and knowing where all these others that line up with Russia are positioned, geographically, Iran being north and east of there, for any army to come against Israel with those antique weapons and conveyances without them knowing it. Look where Ethiopia is. It is in Africa, across the Red Sea. Look where Libya is. It is west of Egypt. How are all these people going to move by land and come into this little spot called Israel, and Israel not know it? We have modern satellites in space. Israel has the same potential opportunity to take from these satellites certain information that is necessary and beneficial to their own sovereignty. If Russia and all these troops that are assembled here, are coming toward Israel by large convoys, I ask the Jewish people, Look at your geographical position. Look at your own military capabilities, with radar on your hilltops, and you will know what I mean: The very minute a convoy would leave somewhere between Moscow and Turkey, somewhere between Iran and Israel, and start by a land convoy and weaponry of this description toward Israel, the Israeli officials are going to know about it. Look at Ethiopia, where they would have to come from. The only earthly way they can get there is by an amphibious landing in the Gulf of Aqaba. Common sense would tell me Israel’s military alertness would have picked out these things hours in advance. They would meet them with their air force and blast them to pieces. So my point is this, If Israel has somehow or other been sound asleep, and she has let these various nations represented in this lineup come from their geographical place, either amphibious or otherwise, I would have to say, Israel would absolutely have to be sound asleep. She is not going to be that much off guard, ever. Therefore my point is this, If Israel was to meet those convoys out there somewhere, in other lands, then the battlefield would be out there, and there is where they would bury the dead, but that is not the picture we see in the Bible. Look at it! Read it! It plainly tells you, that in that day there will be a shaking in the land of Israel, insomuch that the fish of the sea will feel it. I will rain upon him a great rain, and hail. That tells me Russia’s strategy would be to take all these troops that have lined up with her here, hundreds and thousands of them, and come upon Israel as a great surprise to them. She will have had the opportunity to train them, to make one of the largest parachute drops on some strategic spot in Israel, that the world has ever known. It is a known fact that Russia has been working on an experimental thing, a jamming system, to jam communications, radar, the whole works, and we all know why. That is the only way you can slip up on Israel. For a few short hours she has successfully been able to jam all of this. Then God, with a stroke of His hand, can perform one of the greatest miracles you could ever imagine. I have to say, What the world of modern technology thinks they can do, God can make that look like kids play. God knows exactly how the earthly recipients and participants will think. I cannot help but think of how Elijah sat up there on the hill with the prophets of Baal and said, Cry a little louder, your gods may have gone to sleep. Yes saints, God can say, Come on Russia: Take your best shot: I have a trap set for you. That is what God is getting ready to do with that bunch over there. He is getting ready to set a snare for all of them to walk right into. When those troops, all under Russia’s technological supervision, become participants in a scheme to destroy the people of Israel, they are jumping right into a trap devised by the GREAT CREATOR HIMSELF, and they will find no escape. God allows only one sixth part of them to return home to tell their story. God has a battleground; and He has a burial ground. God is going to wait until just the right moment; and then He will turn His forces loose. We have to keep in mind, that He controls the weather: Meteorologists can forecast the weather with a certain amount of accuracy, and say it is going to be like this or that, but in a few short hours of time it is just the opposite. I have to believe that Russia, being the leader of all of this, has determined through their technology and super intelligence, that the time is right for them to make their move, because this is God’s way of putting hooks in their jaws to bring them down here and make them fulfill this prophecy, only to destroy them and leave only one sixth of them alive to go home and tell the story. Ezekiel 38, is when the Jews are dwelling safely because the Arabs are not after them any more: They are not having to worry at night about bombs, land mines, and such things, because the Arabs are now helping them, since this great thing has taken place, restoring their land to them, so they are rebuilding the city and building the temple, getting ready to receive their Messiah. With that in mind, we know this other attack is when Russia comes into the picture, with all the rest of this Islamic band of people, to fulfill all of what is written in God’s word about it. That is why I say, Get ready saints; for I believe with all my heart that the time is close at hand, when the world is about to see the hand of God do something they do not think is possible. I see the God of heaven, the God that was with Moses in the wilderness, absolutely bringing these various people into this land in a sneak attack, and Israel not even aware of it, that His name may be glorified in the outcome. That makes it that much more important. God is going to show to the world in that day, how He is magnified before the eyes of the unbelieving world. The Gentile world needs to be shaken. They have taken for grated, that this God of the Jews is a big myth. I have to say, He is a God that is going to show Himself to be so very real when the time is right. He is just allowing a certain element of know-it-all minds of the world enough time for their cup of abominations to fill up. When that miraculous victory that God Himself accomplishes on Russia and all her company takes place, I know it sounds fantastic, it sounds ridiculous, it sounds impossible, but I assure you from the word of God, that from the time this whole thing starts until Ezekiel 38 and 39 are fulfilled, God has done all of it to show Israel, I AM WITH YOU. By that time the western world will have formulated what is known in the scripture as the beast system. That necessitates the western antichrist system to make a covenant with Israel. When that happens the seventieth week of Daniel’s seventy weeks is on. Gentile preachers have preached about it, but how many of them ever presented a picture that they could back up by all the scriptures that point to it? How many of them ever showed how Israel came to be dwelling safely, in a time before Russia and her allies came upon them like a cloud? (Ezek 38:9) “Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.” As it starts, I have to say, Israel was dwelling safely, but for how long? I do not need to say how long. The point is, First off, she is dwelling safely, so that is what brings Russia and these others against them with such confidence.
ISRAEL RECEIVES SPIRIT OF GRACE
When the week of Daniel goes into effect, then and there, is where the Spirit of grace is poured out upon the Jews, right there (pointing to chart). That is after Ezekiel 38 and 39 are fulfilled and the peace covenant has been drafted and signed. That is what starts the week and brings the two prophets upon the scene in Israel. (Zechariah 12:10) “And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for Him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.” At that time, all the Jews that are to be recipients of this grace are going to be in the land: They will no longer be scattered somewhere among the nations like they have been for centuries. That will fulfill the whole picture. That is why for three and one half years those two prophets will walk through the streets of Jerusalem prophesying, and God will pour out His Spirit upon the house of Israel, fulfilling the scripture we have just read, as well as Ezekiel 39:29, which says, “Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my Spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.” In the middle of that week, when the two prophets have ministered their allotted time, the antichrist comes upon the scene with his forces and kills them: That is when the 144,000 servants of God that have been sealed by the Spirit of God under their ministry, break out of there and head for the nations they are to preach to, because the prophets have told them what to do and when to do it. They begin to break to the nations of the world, preaching the everlasting gospel. Then the woman of Revelation 12, will leave there, according to the instruction they have received from the two prophets. When she leaves, where will she go? She will go to that place that has already been chosen in the mind of God and prepared to receive her. The two prophets will tell them where to go, and when to go. That will take out of the land of Israel, in this period of time, all the spiritual Jews. That means, all who have believed and received what the two prophets of Revelation 11:1-11, had been presenting to them. How many see that? When that time comes, that is why it says in the 29th verse of the 39th chapter, For I have, past tense, poured out my Spirit, where? Here, (pointing to chart in the first half of the week of Daniel) not there(not in the Millennium). There is no way those two chapters could be Armageddon, as so many have taught in the past. How many of you really understand the point? It is the only way it lines up with the scriptures. Then you can see the end of Russia. God has a catastrophic stroke He judges Russia with. When Armageddon is fought, it is going to be a war pitting the Orients against the Western forces. The Oriental world is in a race with the western world in technology. That is why China, North Korea, and all of them are trying to catch up and build some kind of rocketry for warfare and such like. When Armageddon is fought, keep in mind, the spiritual Jew will be out of the land. The only ones left there then, will be the unbelieving politicians and such like. When Europe, at that hour, the ten horns which will be the beast that fulfills the picture of Revelation 13, is left standing, keep in mind, Europe today, is climbing to the number one point of industrialized technology. We in America, are losing ground, I have to say. For the past number of years, our politicians who have worked so hard to try to build the United Nations, have sold our nation down the drain; and she is slowly dying year by year. She shipped our wealth to other nations to help them. Therefore from now on until the week of Daniel takes place, we could have at the least, five to seven years of time, and none of that should we just play around in. We should use it wisely, being grateful to God for what He has done for us. I sincerely hope I have not been boring, giving you all these details, but please, Let us thank God for what He has done for us, rather than complain. I thank God for the America I was privileged to be born in, but I do know we are moving fast toward a drastic change of some kind; and it will never again be like it has been in the past. I am not finished with this message yet, but maybe we can finish it next time. Amen.