Question # 310……(02-05-07) What do you think Ezekiel 36:8 is telling us? I found this verse highly interesting. (Ezekiel 36:8 But ye, O mountains of Israel, ye shall shoot forth your branches, and yield your fruit to my people of Israel; for they are at hand to come.)
Answer…… This particular prophecy looks forward to the day when Israel is restored to the land and the Lord God is once again dwelling with his people in Jerusalem. This prophecy is relevant today, first because Israel has been planted back into its promised land, but still though, and secondly, because it points to the imminent spiritual renewal that Israel will experience when Jesus returns to rescue them in their hour of trouble. The entire 36th chapter is especially significant since it is situated between the prophecies related to Mt. Seir (chapter 35-Edom/Palestinians) and the valley of dry bones (chapter 37). These chapters deal with the re-gathering of Israel in the Latter Days and the perplexing, troublesome dilemma between Israel and the Palestinians over the land. Ezekiel foresees the Islamic inspired Palestinian terrorists “appointing themselves as possessors” of the Promised Land, (verse 5--West Bank) and using it in its Trojan War-strategic phased plan against Israel. By way of prophesying unto the mountains, the Lord is addressing the false gods of the heathen (Allah) and the Islamic mockery of God by the Muslim claims on the holy mount. The chapter of course gives us the final picture with God remembering Israel, and destroying her enemies. In the verse that you specify, the Lord declares that the mountains of Israel will once more blossom and bud and yield forth abundantly, ...and the Lord God qualifies that vow by adding that Israel’s return to the land signifies the assurance that these things will come to pass. (they are at hand) Thus these verse of chapter 36 that you are inquiring about is closely linked to the verse from the Olivet Discourse that Jesus used when speaking of the fig tree. (Israel) (Matthew 24:32-33 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.)
The beseeching prayer of Israel relative to the fulfillment of Ezekiel’s statement in this verse is also conveyed in the following cry: (Psalms 85:1-13 Lord, thou hast been favorable unto thy land: thou hast brought back the captivity of Jacob. Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people, thou hast covered all their sin. Selah. Thou hast taken away all thy wrath: thou hast turned thyself from the fierceness of thine anger. Turn us, O God of our salvation, and cause thine anger toward us to cease. Wilt thou be angry with us for ever? wilt thou draw out thine anger to all generations? Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee? Shew us thy mercy, O Lord, and grant us thy salvation. I will hear what God the Lord will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly. Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land. Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven. Yea, the Lord shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase. Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps.)
Among many other scriptures that looks forward to the great day after Israel learns to mourn for her Messiah (Jesus) and enters into the Millennial Kingdom is from Amos. (Amos 9:13-15 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt. And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them. And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the Lord thy God.)
Question #309.....(1-25-07) How does Lebanon, and Hezbollah fit prophetically into the equation surrounding Israel in the Last Days? Lebanon is not a direct part of Israel right now, but I wondered if Israel destined to acquire that land back (and other land) before the Messiah returns?
Answer…..The geopolitical turmoil and religious strife in Lebanon are symptomatic of the fever that is plaguing the Middle East, and indeed the entire world, over the burdensome dilemma that has developed in our age because of the modern reemergence of the State of Israel. The border nations surrounding Israel’s immediate perimeter (Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Egypt) serve as volatile battlegrounds between the East and the West, and their internal complexities serve to complicate the process of constructing a peace-with-security apparatus for the region, and therefore for the whole world. While Egypt and Jordan have been incorporated into the broader context of a multi-lateral Middle East Peace arrangement, Syria and Lebanon have never been amalgamated into the “land-for-peace circle.” One of the principle reasons for that failure is the influence emanating from Iran, through the utilization of its multi-faceted terror network in cooperation with Damascus. The second reason stems from the “everlasting (perpetual) hatred” that the descendants of Esau and Ishmael retain for anything Israel, (example: Hezbollah & Hamas) and perpetuated through the fundamental teachings of the Koran. The East (China) and the North (Russia) vehemently oppose the present world order with the uni-polar US prominence. Therefore, Israel is often perceived by these nations as being a client state for the US. Thus the reason that most Islamic adherents proclaim, “Death to America,” a theme which aspiring superpowers like Russia and China (and Global governance proponents like the EU) are only too willing to accommodate, and such is the case with Iran, who has openly declared war on the US. Iran is using its terrorist networks to enclose a noose around Israel, by establishing Islamic theocracies or rogue terror alliances with anti-Israel states. This is precisely what is happening to Israel’s north, in Lebanon with the complicity of Damascus. The Iran-Syria Axis is also coordinating with the Palestinian Hamas, and numerous other terror networks to enclose on Israel from the South and East. Thus Iran (prince of Persia) is the compounding component to the world’s solution for the Middle Eastern Jewish problem, and it will eventually exert its power with Russia to move against the Global Government’s induced “peace & safety structure” surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.
Lebanon, prophetically, is connected to the ancient burdens of Tyre and Sidon. Tyre and Sidon were Phoenician trade centers on the Lebanese coast that cooperated with Esau (Edom and Mt. Seir) to deprive Jacob’s descendants of the Promised Land by conspiring against them to enslave them for commercial profiteering. Another similar geo-political hatchet-job upon Israel will likely play a key role again in the framework of the Middle East Peace Process and the Global Governance scheme of the Ten Kings of Revelation. Most eschatological commentators regard the western Mediterranean (including Lebanon) as part of the old Roman Empire, and point to the possibility that the future kingdom of the Antichrist requires that Lebanon and Syria be included with Egypt and Jordan in the EU sphere. Indeed, Lebanon and Syria (along with Israel and the new PA State) are each being courted by the EU for inclusion into the Greater Euro-Med.
With regards to the Promised Land, some portions of modern Lebanon will be included in the Millennial Kingdom of Israel, as evidenced by the following scriptures. (Deuteronomy 1:7-8 Turn you, and take your journey, and go to the mount of the Amorites, and unto all the places nigh thereunto, in the plain, in the hills, and in the vale, and in the south, and by the sea side, to the land of the Canaanites, and unto Lebanon, unto the great river, the river Euphrates. Behold, I have set the land before you: go in and possess the land which the Lord sware unto your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give unto them and to their seed after them.) (Deuteronomy 11:23-24 Then will the Lord drive out all these nations from before you, and ye shall possess greater nations and mightier than yourselves. Every place whereon the soles of your feet shall tread shall be yours: from the wilderness and Lebanon, from the river, the river Euphrates, even unto the uttermost sea shall your coast be.) However, Israel is not destined to receive these lands before the return of Jesus. Israel will never realize the extent of its promised land until they come to acknowledge the true King of Israel. But rather, Israel will accept a covenant of peace with the Antichrist and continue to acquiesce to the World’s concept of partitioning via the “land-for-peace” formula.
Question #308 …..(12-27-06) How could the new democratic leadership in Washington DC bring about the end time prophecies in the Bible, especially concerning Israel? Could the political division and infighting over the situation in Iraq cause the US to cease from supporting Israel, and thus lend itself to the eventual Arab invasion listed in Ezekiel 38-39?
Answer….. Your question reveals that you are an astute observer of the world geo-political arena. However, we must remember that God can bring things to pass regardless of political processes. (Isaiah 46:9-11 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.) And make no mistake about it, it is God’s purpose to gather Israel, and to use that gathering to invoke the nations against Israel, and by this conflict, ultimately execute His judgment on the nations.
In American political circles, it is commonly held that the Iraq phase of the war-on-terror was orchestrated (by neo-conservatives) to facilitate a more secure perimeter to the east of Israel. Many political analysts and Global security think tankers complain that the Bush Administration shelved the Middle East Roadmap Peace Process in favor of the strategy of building friendly democracies that would be more conducive to bridging a peace with Israel. Albeit, the complexity of the Iraq theatre has not only proven burdensome, it has aggravated the deep chasm and division in American politics. A flurry of US congressional hearings on Iraq policy have already been announced by the incoming Democrats, who claim the Iraq war belongs solely to US President George Bush, and is not an American war. While there has been much debate about whether or not there has emerged a civil war in Iraq, it is clear that the Iraq Study Group was implemented to stem the civil/political war waging in the US. Clearly, America is divided. And this great political division will inevitably come down to a national debate on America’s support for Israel, and whether the US will jumpstart the UN Roadmap Process and cater to the world’s demands that it use its power and influence over Israel to coerce enough concessions out of Israel to appease the Arab/Muslim nations, that in reality, ultimately simply want to see Israel destroyed. The Bush Administration has been a strong advocate of Israel’s right to exist, and to defend itself against terrorism. Yet, the Administration has also gone on record in favor of the 2-state solution to the conflict. Hence, the ominous American policy for supporting the Abbas-led Fatah Party in lieu of the Hamas, which is becoming more and more a terrorist proxy of Iran and Islamic Jihad in the fashion of Hezbollah. On the religious front, there is also a gathering momentum away from the traditional roots of American Christian Zionism that has for decades been at the foundation of American foreign policy exchange with modern Israel. The erosion of this fundamental concept is being spearheaded by the ecumenical convergence of religious harmony and world unity in its naïve exploration for world peace. The changes in the American political landscape reveals that our leaders are searching for a way to appease the architects of an evil conspiracy against Israel, in the hopes of avoiding the cataclysmic shockwaves already emanating from the Middle East. In the final analysis, America is being tested and tried by Almighty God., to force our nation to choose sides in the building geo-political storm the Bible calls; “A Cup of Trembling.” (Zechariah 12:2Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.) The trumpeting of the prophecies pertaining to Ezekiel 38/39, and many others are already being sounded. Nations all around the world are already jockeying for the best geo-political position regarding the coming showdown over Israel. There is great distress today among the nations, and with greater perplexity than ever before. (due to the threat of nuclear holocaust) The nations of the world are searching for a “Middle East peace-with-security” solution to the Cup of Trembling issue, but none seems to be forthcoming, because the major powers are still lusting for universal power.
Question # 307…..(12-15-06) What is your take on the Iraq Survey Group and their recommendations regarding Iraq? What do you think the implications of an American withdrawal from Iraq will have, prophetically speaking?
Answer….. The commissioning of the Iraq Survey Group was launched by President Bush on March 15, 2006 at the behest of the US Congress, which was divided over the legitimacy of the Iraq war.. A previous ISG was launched by the UN to assess the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. That group, of course, concluded there were no such weapons in Iraq, and thus began the long political turmoil over the American position in Iraq. That political backlash basically handcuffed the Presidency, and brought America’s offensive thrust in the war-on-terror to a grinding skid. The creation of the political "Iraq Study Group" was supposed to present a forward-looking assessment of the situation in Iraq to both the President and Congress. The group undertook to examine four broad topics: the strategic environment in and around Iraq; the security of Iraq and key challenges to enhancing security within the country; political developments within Iraq after the elections and formation of the new government; and the economy and reconstruction of Iraq. The group was organized by the US Institute of Peace with the support of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the Center for the Study of the Presidency (CSP), and the James A Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University. The Congress then appropriated $1.3 million to fund the group.
The Iraq Study Group was conveniently orchestrated to include absolutely no military strategists or counter-terrorism experts. It was a handpicked political mechanism aimed at salvaging the Bush Administration from any perceived blame for a misguided war in Iraq because of the missing WMD issue, and to appease the Democratic Party’s lust for power. The mere existence of the Commission reveals that America is plagued by an internal political civil war, and has lost its vision.
Prophetically speaking, there can only be two possible potential prospects relative to the geo-political situation in Iraq. One would run parallel to the theories about the rebuilding of Babylon in the Last Days, and the second relates to the prophecy concerning the “drying up of the Euphrates.” However, FOJ does not place much credence on the much projected and debated “rebuilding of Babylon” theory, but still, that does not presuppose that Iraq does not have any significance in eschatology. The Euphrates River splits the middle of Iraq and is a great symbol of the supernatural power struggle in the Middle East that will explode in the Last Days over the burdensome dilemma regarding the existence of Israel. As Revelation chapter 12 reveals, it is Satan’s strategy to destroy Israel, and that epic onslaught will reach its final thrust during the Great Tribulation. Thus, from a logistical standpoint, Iraq and the Euphrates River are therefore significant because of the following prophecies: (Revelation 9:13-16 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.) (Revelation 16:12-14 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.)
These prophecies pertain to the 6th vial and 6th trumpet judgments of God. That they are “sixth” in the sequence of judgments indicates that these events, connected as they are to the Euphrates Region, are therefore directly relative to the climactic 70th week apocalyptic drama which culminates in the Armageddon scenario. The “drying up of the great river” (xeraino – meaning desiccate, or to become released of spirits) has nothing whatsoever to do with the natural river water flow, (as many theologians have suggested) but rather it pertains to the unleashing of demons that are bound therein, fallen beings that God has incarcerated there specifically for the great Day of the Judgment of the nations. The prophet Jeremiah also alludes to the idea that the Day of the Lord (Tribulation era) has logistical repercussions emanating from events that transpire along the Euphrates-Iraq corridor. (Jeremiah 46:10 For this is the day of the Lord God of hosts, a day of vengeance, that he may avenge him of his adversaries: and the sword shall devour, and it shall be satiate and made drunk with their blood: for the Lord God of hosts hath a sacrifice in the north country by the river Euphrates.)
Therefore, it is my earnest speculation that America’s present experience in Iraq is playing itself towards the eventual realization of these prophecies. Iraq has become the central frontline in America’s and (on a parallel level) Israel’s war-on-terror. In the final analysis, this asymmetrical terror war being waged against America because of its support for Israel. It is a conspiracy inspired by Satan to either destroy the US, or to force America to alter its foreign policy in the Middle East and adapt a position that coerces Israel into concessions to its enemies. Consequently, as America gropes blindly around the Iraq-Middle East geo-political minefield, its diminishment in the region and politically motivated withdrawal may play into the hands of the netherworld forces of the Antichrist. Ever since World War II, the United States has used its military and economic superiority to galvanize the present world order. But with an American withdrawal from Iraq, The present Pax Americana era will likely have to be dissolved and give way to the formation of another Global structure that can be expeditiously suited to establish a Middle East Peace and World Security Alliance between the Arabs and Israel. This seems to be the initiative that the ISG is seeking to help promote. The situation today in Iraq clearly demonstrates how religious and ethnic loyalties not only disparage the appeal of American/Christian/Western styled democracy and the propensity of how much the “spirit under-world” is involved in the conspiratorial and asymmetrical threat to America, and the encirclement of Israel.
Question # 306…..(11-30-06) As God's "chosen people," why do the Jewish people not believe in his son? I appreciate your wonderful information. It can be confusing, but you explain it very well.
Answer…..The Jewish people, and especially the religious hierarchy of the 1st century Sanhedrin rejected Jesus Christ because they did not believe, and cannot accept that any man could be the literal “Son of God.” Although the Jews fervently believe in the concept of a Messiah, (anointed one from God) that would one day restore the Kingdom of Israel, they simply reject the idea that God sent His Son into the world via the virgin birth. Gabriel announced to Mary from the very beginning that Jesus should be so-named because the one being born in her was the very “Son of God.” (Luke 1:35) The Jewish elders emphatically rejected Jesus on the count that he proclaimed that he was the Son of God and that he and His Father were one and the same. (Luke 22:66-71 And as soon as it was day, the elders of the people and the chief priests and the scribes came together, and led him into their council, saying, Art thou the Christ? tell us. And he said unto them, If I tell you, ye will not believe: And if I also ask you, ye will not answer me, nor let me go. Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God. Then said they all, Art thou then the Son of God? And he said unto them, Ye say that I am. And they said, What need we any further witness? for we ourselves have heard of his own mouth.)
The way in which Jesus used the title Son of Man and Son of God to refer to himself as the one who held authority delegated to Him by God almighty, infuriated the very people God chose for His revelation. They held that he had to be an imposter. But the Gospel of John especially makes it clear that the Father-Son relationship belongs to eternity, that the Son is supremely qualified to reveal the Father because He has His eternal being "in the bosom of the Father" (John 1:18). At one level the title Son of God belonged officially to the Messiah, who personified the nation of Israel. "Israel is My Son, My firstborn," said God to Pharaoh. (Exodus 4:22) For this reason, God revealed in the New Testament that that blindness in part has overtaken the chosen nation. (Romans 11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.) This blindness is due in fact that over time (era before and since Christ) the Jews became super zealous of their religious law, and forgot about the Divine intent of the law, and that it was given to be the schoolmaster to bring us to justification through faith in the Lamb of God.
But alas, God has not forgotten his chosen people, and while Israel gropes in legal tangibles, God is drawing out people to himself from among the Gentiles that are being used of God to provoke Israel to remember their first love.
(Romans 11:7-12 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded. (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day. And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them: Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway. I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy. Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?)
God has not given up on Israel, although Satan would have us believe that they are a finished nation and people. In fact, Israel will someday recognize Jesus Christ as their long awaited Messiah, (and as the Son of God) and God will place Israel at the head of the nations.
Question # 305…..(11-13-06) I wish someone could explain to me what "Judeo-Christian" means! I am a Christian and I belong to an old time Holy Ghost obeying Freewill Baptist Church. I grew up in church and all my life I have heard it preached to accept Jesus Christ into your heart and live a Christian life everyday thereafter. I have never been told to live a "Judeo-Christian" life! It is a term that I recently started hearing all the time, but I don’t know what it means.
Answer…..The term ”Judeo-Christian” is a term that has come to be used to describe the general body of concepts and values which are thought to be held in common by both Judaism and fundamental Christianity, and typically considered a foundational basis for Western legal codes and moral values. In particular, the term refers to the common basis for Western law based primarily upon the Ten Commandments; and implies a common set of values that became ingrained in the modern Western World. Whereas Christianity emerged from Judaism in the first century through the teachings of Jesus Christ, Christians certainly brought from Judaism its scriptures; its fundamental doctrines such as monotheism; and the belief in a Messiah who would one day restore the kingdom to Israel. The first-known uses of the terms "Judæo-Christian," and or "Judeo-Christianity," apparently sprang out of the ReStorationist Movement in England in the 17th and 18th centuries. The term was first used with its current meaning in 1938, during World War II to as an alternative to using the term 'Christian civilization,' in light of Hitler's attacks on Jews and Judaism. The term is now commonly used in Christian culture as a shorthand phrase for the predominant religious influences the Bible has had upon Western nations. The term merely reflects upon the reality that Christianity and Judaism are closely connected. The term Judeo-Christian has also been criticized by some for excluding or marginalizing Islam, the third major monotheistic religion tracing it heritage back to Abraham. However, Islam, like Replacement Theology allows for no future role for Israel in God’s providence. In its political applications, the term is also criticized by social engineers for over-emphasizing the role of Judaism and Christianity in Western political theory, especially to the exclusion of other predecessor and concurrent schools of thought, such as secular humanism. Thus in modern Western society, the Judeo-Christian precepts are disavowed. Albeit, the United States was founded upon the concept that there was a Creator God that endowed men with unalienable rights, and drew much of its constitutional structure from the Bible. Judaism is to an extent tied to a specific land, while Christianity is more of a pan-religion like Islam, although some Christian nations trace their heritage to the codes laid down in the Ten Commandments. Christianity certainly identifies with the "Holy Land," but of course Jews live worldwide and can convert from any nation. While Islam is considered to be the third major religion to trace its roots to the Judeo-Christian culture, the term "Judeo-Christian" does not include Islam in its scope specifically. (Islam stipulates that Israel must be destroyed) Generally Muslims consider their religion to be a correction of Judaism and Christianity and claims to supersede both. Jews believe in the authority and authenticity of the Torah (five books of Moses), (The Hebrew Bible) and an oral law that explains how the Tanakh is to be understood. Building on this, Christians believe in the authority and authenticity of the Torah (five books of Moses), yet are a distinct religion because they reject the Jewish oral law and add the New Testament, and recognize Jesus as both the Messiah and as being the Son of God Himself, in the Trinity. Generally, the term Judeo-Christian lends credence to the fact that Christians, by the method of Divine grafting through the fall of Israel, has been included into the riches of God through the faith of Abraham. The term “Judeo-Christian” usually recognizes that God has used the nation of Israel to reveal himself to the world, to give them his Word, and that he has further plans for Israel.
Question # 304……(10-17-06) Does the Bible indicate any prophecies for the Last Days concerning North Korea and the situation that it presents today with its nuclear ambitions?
Answer…….The Bible does not directly mention North Korea, or even China, but then the Bible rarely ever specifically refers to the modern place names of countries in connection to eschatology. When purveying the broad scope of Bible Prophecy and its Last Days geo-political landscape, one must view world events through the lens of God’s pronouncements about the world in relation to Israel, as Israel is the key to the climactic era of our Lord’s return. The most prominent and the most probable reference to China and North Korea are the prophecies in The Revelation relative to the “Time of Jacob’s Trouble.” There we find that the “Kings of the East” make their way (or are drawn into the Middle East) from well beyond (far to the east of) the Euphrates River Valley.
16:12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river
Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of
the east might be prepared.) (Revelation 9:13-16 And the sixth
angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which
is before God, Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four
angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. And the four angels were
loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for
to slay the third part of men. And the number of the army of the horsemen were
two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.) Some
scholars interpret these verses to refer to Iran, since it is the nation
immediately east of modern day Iraq. However, it is the position of FOJ that the
“Kings of the East” refers to a plurality of nations that are dominated by a
superpower based in the East. I think this can only refer to China, which has
been building itself into a superpower for decades, and is presently seeking to
displace the US as the kingpin of the balance of power in the Far East. The
[*China aided the North Korean Communists against the US when the Northern Communists
invaded the south in 1950 – an armistice was signed in 1953, which essentially
just postponed the war] China is manipulating the affairs of North Korea to test
American muscle and resolve on the Pacific Rim, even as it is planning to make
its play for world preeminence over the East by inserting itself into the Middle
Eastern oil theatre. (and befriending America’s enemies) China and Russia
are each utilizing the Iranian and North Korean situations via the United
Nations Security Council (and the war-on-terror) to bring about the
demise of the US as the unipolar power of the present world structure.
Kings of the East, (China, etc) and the King of the North (Russia) will likely
form up as two of the Ten Kings that will ultimately build the logistical
structure of the Empire of the Antichrist. The Ten Kings will work together to
foster an ideology of Globalism and effectively form a World Government, and
grant the power of that World Order to the Antichrist. (Revelation 17:12-13
And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no
kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have
one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.) China and
Russia are already coordinating plans for an intrusion into the Middle East
someday, but in their scheme of the great world chess game, they first envision
and are laboring for the geo-political diminishment of the US presence in the
Middle East, Asia, and the Far East. North Korea is just a brinksmanship pawn in
the hands of China’s power plays.
Question # 303…..(10-02-06) I have a question to ask you that you may never have thought about before. It's a question that is very serious. It will affect the lives of millions and millions of people in America and around the world. What do you think God will do with sincere Christians who depend on medication day to day? Did you know that Israel is the leading most place Americans get their prescription drugs? You might not understand the seriousness of this question for so many people. I can hardly believe that we are the generation who may face world wide persecution and end of world situations. But I believe it to be true. For me, it is a very sobering fact. You see, I am a schizophrenic. If I don't take my medicine every day, I will face delusions and even demonic battles in "real time." I love the Father, God almighty through my loving faith in Christ. But what do you think God will do with people in my situation? Am I doomed to slip into insanity and mental torture as we Christians are pushed out, jailed and killed. What are your thoughts? My prayer is for mercy. We may be closer to such a horrible situation than most people think. The world is preparing for this all out war right now. I wonder just how long we have before the bottom drops out. Will you pray for people like me, please?
Answer…..Thank you for your question. Your question is a inquiring perspective that I hadn’t heretofore thought much about, quite frankly. But in short, if you are a Christian, you have nothing to worry about. From the context of your question, I perceive that you are either concerned about having your medicine available to you so you can be stable when the Lord comes, or are concerned about being left behind because of schizophrenia-related issues, and unable to obtain them because of the social structure of the Antichrist. Let me assure you of one thing: If you are a Christian, the Lord will not lose you, nor forget you, regardless of your physical condition! (John 18:9 That the saying might be fulfilled, which he spake, Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none.) Moreover, your entire medical dilemma will be changed instantly by God when the Lord comes, and in the interim period, he has promised that He will never leave you if you truly belong to him. God is the deliverer from all pain, sorrows, illnesses, demonic oppressions, and yes, even schizophrenia. In fact, you should take hope in the fact that our generation will likely see the coming of the Lord, for HE is the hope for every single malady afflicting mankind,…… including his evil heart. God has commanded Christians to exhort, edify, and comfort one another as we see the Day of the Lord approaching. (I can see from your letter that you have wisdom enough to know that the times are signaling the near coming of our Lord) So, be encouraged, take heart, and rest in peace and assurance that the Lord knows how to deliver His own from the trials of this world. (II Peter 2:9) (I Thessalonians 5:9-14 For God hath not appointed us (Christians) to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labor among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves. Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.)
Question # 302….(09-28-06) It seems as though Our Lord must be at the door of Heaven and ready to rapture us. I am not scared though for I want to be with Him. But, I need some words from you and you are the only one that I trust. First, I must say that I am not in a panic mode; I just want to plan wisely like Joseph did. Should I be preparing in the event that other catastrophes like 9-11 occur before the rapture? (i.e. extra food, water, and other emergency supplies) I just keep thinking that if something catastrophic is anticipated, maybe we should prepare. But, I guess if we're nuked, we'll head right to Heaven. Some of those Middle Eastern countries seem to be planning a big strike on us; I just feel it in my very bones. Also, it seems that there is a big push for "that peace deal” between Israel and Palestine the Bible talks about. Isn't the writing on the wall?
Answer…..Your concerns raises a very good question, especially in light of the troubled and prophetically climactic times in which we live today. The Lord has forewarned us that perilous times would come in the Latter Days, and that evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse until their evil progressed to the point of threatening the very existence of life on earth. The usage of the word “seducers” in this context of evil likely refers to the benign attempts to negotiate with men of evil by the peace crafters of the day. It is an obvious Last Days geo-political parallel to the peace craft capabilities of the Antichrist. While we as Christians can see many ominous signs of the approaching Day of the Lord (Hebrews 10:25), we should take heart that the Lord has promised never to leave us nor forsake us. Albeit, the Devil through his terrorist lunatics wants to terrify us, (Christians & Israel) and cause us to lose sight of our mission for the Lord in this world, and that is to OCCUPY, and carry on his work. We are His ambassadors in this world. This is our top priority, and submitting to terroristic threatening is just what the Devil would like. The words of Jesus himself, 2000 years ago seems to point to the evil terrorist threats of our day. (Luke 21:9 But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by.) However, there is wisdom to be gleaned from the warnings of the Bible as we watch the day approach for the Lord to come. The terrorists have listed 19 American cities as targets to cripple our nation. They were listed in a book entitled “Lightning out of Lebanon.” (by Tom Diaz and Barbara Newman) Most of these localities are the most prominent coastal cities of America. The threats of these evil demoniacs should be taken seriously, and some precautions are rational. And unless America repents and returns to God Almighty, our nation will most assuredly face terrible times ahead. In the end analysis though, we as citizens have to rely on our Federal Homeland Security structure for safety today, as there is really precious little we can do personally in the event of a WMD or nuclear attack in our individual vicinities. Let me reassure you though that while our nation may well be destined to endure a firestorm, God has promised us that he will KEEP us from the Tribulation Era. From a prophetic panorama, Christians will be withdrawn from this world before it gets to the point for God’s vengeance to be exacted on the evil men of the final age. (Rev 3:10-11 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.)
The World Net Daily website (listed on my links) has provided in its resources a manual for survival in the event of a WMD attack. Many of you might want to review that manual for practical suggestions. But let me emphasize that there is no need to run and hide anywhere, or to live in FEAR. The Lord is our Shepherd, and our very present help in Times of Trouble. Another extensive resource published prominently for practical WMD survival is the CDC’s new two-page brochure entitled, "Radiological Terrorism: Emergency Management Pocket Guide for Clinicians." And another resource id the WMD Task Force pamphlet entitled; “Surviving a Terrorist Attack. (See http://www.wmdtaskforce.com for helpful suggestions.)
Question # 301…..(09-21-06) What was your opinion of the Pope’s remarks on Islam?
Answer…..I don’t think the Pope's remarks on Islam, especially since it was in the context of a lecture was inadvertent, nor was it meant as an inflammatory insult to the religion of Islam. The Papacy, more than any other institution has expended numerous resources in the venue of religious tolerance, dialogue, harmony and peace. So, the Pope certainly didn’t refer to the elements of radicalism in fundamentalist Islam without a having a purpose lending itself towards religious unity. The Pope is no fool. Probably, the Pope’s remarks were a firm assertion in his view that the Judeo-Christian God acts in accordance with reason, peace, and harmony. The Pope’s quotation of the 14th century Byzantine Emperor Manuel II repeated an assertion that Islam spreads its faith through violence, which, the Pope inferred is unreasonable and incompatible with the nature of God. The recent Popes have generally conceded that the god of Islam and the god of Christianity are one and the same. Thus, Pope Benedict’s remarks were a way of reaching out to moderate Islamic leaders, and promoting a dialogue between religions that seeks to undermine the status of fundamentalists. The Pope was promoting the philosophy of elevated human reasoning as a means to establish an ecumenical connection with Islam, by exhorting its followers to exercise reason, and to join the Global movement of religious harmonic convergence so that the world can have peace. The basic appeal of the Pope’s remarks highlighted the need for Muslims to characterize their god more within a reasonable characterization of the god the Vatican identifies as the god of all religions. In my opinion, the Pope’s remarks were an attempt to coerce moderate Muslims towards a position that lends itself towards the camp of Global religious Unity. This is a geo-religious strategy that eschatologists should expect in these Last Days, before the Antichrist appears on the world stage.
Secondly, the Pope’s remarks exposed the very problem for the world with fundamentalist Islam. The Pope accused some Muslims of utilizing violence to spread Islam,… and how did they react…..violently! This kind of reaction is problematic for the Vatican’s concept of Global religious harmonization. (if you going to accommodate another religions god—then that god must be defined more reasonably)
Thirdly, I believe the Papacy, like Islam, are each mechanisms that are being utilized by the geo-religious strategems of Hell that will eventually catapult the Antichrist and the False Prophet to their meteoric rise to world supremacy. During the Tribulation era, the Antichrist will require the entire world to worship him as God, through the issuance of His name, number, or image. We know from Bible prophecy that the Antichrist will use the Jerusalem Temple Mount dilemma for his own gain. For this scenario to develop, the world’s religions must find common ground. It is no coincidence that many voices within ecumenical Christianity, Islam, and Judaism are dialoguing about the common thread for each of their religions. (Abraham and the temple mount)