Road To Tribulation 9 – The Gap Between The NOW And NEXT Prophecies.

I. Opening Video.

A. Israel’s Role in the End Times. The 700 Club. Nov 17, 2017.

B. Jonathan Bernis is founding Rabbi of Congregation Shema Yisrael in Rochester, New York, where he served as Senior Messianic Rabbi from 1984 to 1993; you can read more about him by clicking onto the following link.
https://www.jewishvoice.org/about/jonathan-bernis

II. The Gap Overview.

A. From the creation of the State of Israel (1948), until today’s date (2021), is a period of almost 73 years. It is important for us to now consider which events will take place between now and the events of Ezekiel 38.

B. Prophecy Against Gog. 1

1. Ezekiel 38:1-39:24. Included in this passage dealing with Israel’s blessing is the description of the deliverance of Israel from the invaders from the north in Ezekiel 38-39, which is led by Gog.

2. The prophecy against Gog is one of the most dramatic predictions of Ezekiel. The passage predicted an invasion of Israel by a great army that will attack Israel from the north.

III. NOW And NEXT Prophecies Explained. 2

A. NOW Prophecies deal with the most relative information for this present age. This is because they describe events that will likely find fulfillment during this generation’s existence. All unfilled biblical prophecy is important to understand, but of most value to any given group, past, present or future, is the information that was specifically provided through the ancient Hebrew prophecies for that generation’s benefit. The NOW Prophecies are the unfulfilled ancient biblical predictions that appear to be imminent, which means they could happen NOW. These prophecies have either minor or no remaining preconditions inhibiting them from happening. 2

B. In this article we will consider the unfulfilled prophecies that will help us to consider the things that will happen on Earth between the time of this NOW writing and the events that will take place during the time of the NEXT prophecies.

IV. What Is In The Gap Between The NOW and NEXT Prophecies? 3

A. As important as the NEXT prophecies described in Ezekiel 38-39 are, they do not appear ready to happen now. There exists a gap between now and then. The following section explains how this conclusion can be drawn.

B. Ezekiel 38:7-13 lists several prerequisites that must exist inside of Israel before the Magog invasion can occur. Israel must be a reestablished nation in the latter years, which is the case today. However, the country needs to be inhabited by a peaceful Jewish people that dwell securely without walls, bars or gates. Additionally, Israel must possess a sufficient surplus of spoils, because that is what the Magog coalition comes after. [587 B.C., https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel+38%3A7-13&version=CSB%5D

1. If this prophecy is to be interpreted literally, it is safe to say that Israel is not dwelling without walls. In fact, the Middle East is the most “fenced in” and fortified region in the world, and Israel is arguably the most “walled in” country in the Mideast.

2. Some contend that Israel is dwelling securely today. They generally define the security described in Ezek 38:8, 11 and 14, as a relative confidence in the ability of the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) to defend the Jewish nation. Although I agree that the IDF can defend Israel today, I thoroughly disagree with this interpretation. Ezekiel’s intended usage of the Hebrew words for “dwelling securely,” deals with a security that is achieved through military conquests over Israel’s surrounding Arab enemies; we discover this ten chapters earlier in Ezek 28:24-26 [587 B.C., https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel+28%3A24-26&version=CSB%5D.

3. The pertinent question for today is: “Does Israel have enemies surrounding them that despise them?” The answer to that question is definitely YES! They all happened to be enlisted in the ancient prophecy of Psalm 83. They comprise an inner circle of Arab states and terrorist populations within those states, that share common borders with Israel. (See my article, Road To Tribulation 5, https://equippingblog.wordpress.com/2021/01/31/road-to-tribulation-5-the-psalm-83-war/)

4. Due to the existence of these unsatisfied prerequisite conditions spelled out in Ezek 38:7-13, the Ezek 38-39 predictions are appropriately classified as NEXT, but not NOW, prophecies. This presumably precludes that at least Psalm 83, the concluding Arab-Israeli war, needs to happen before Israel can dwell securely and remove the walls that protect it from its surrounding enemies.

5. Between now and the NEXT prophecies of Ezek 38, we can insert Psalm 83 as a stage setter for the Ezekiel events. Psalm 83 can happen at any time. The only minor conditions standing between now and Psalm 83 are two paper-thin peace treaties between Israel and Jordan, and Israel and Egypt. Egypt, probably, and Jordan, certainly, are participants in Psalm 83.

V. Which Prophecies fill the gap between NOW and the Magog invasion? 4

A. Psalm 83 is among the NOW prophecies that happen between now and the time that the Lord upholds His Holy Name in the Magog event. However, there are several other Biblical predictions that could possibly happen before Ezekiel 38-39. This is a sobering potential reality if you consider the likelihood that Ezekiel 38 could happen within the next decade or so. I’m not predicting the timing of Ezekiel 38, but many of today’s top scholars believe that the stage is set for Ezekiel 38 to happen very soon.

B. Although the Bible doesn’t give us a specific date for the commencement point of Ezekiel 38-39, we are concurrently over six decades closer than we were in 1948 when Israel was rebirthed as the Jewish state. The question is: “are we looking at another sixty or more years until the Magog Invasion?” My answer to that question is, “I don’t think so!”

C. The NOW prophecies previously identified should all find fulfillment before the Lord upholds His Holy Name through Israel. The possible exception would be the vanishing of Christians, i.e., the Rapture of the Church
(1 Thess. 4:16-17). The timing of the Rapture could be before, during, or after the Ezekiel 38-39 prophecies find fulfillment.

D. Prophecy will be fulfilled, based on the written words of Jewish Biblical prophets, e.g., Isa 1:1; Jere 1:1-2; Ezek 1:3. The prophecies came from God to the Jewish prophets, who in turn gave them to the Jewish people, which related to “prophetic events” that dealt with the Jews. Let me rephrase that statement. God spoke to Jewish Prophets about Jewish matters, which in turn, were told to Jewish people. Such prophecies could have dealt with the time that each prophecy was given, until the end of times. The prophecies related to Jews, but also could have had a collateral effect on other nations, such as in the case of the Psalm 83 War, the Destruction of Damascus, and the Ezekiel 38-39 War.

E. The Rapture will occur based on the words of Romans 11:25 (60 A.D.).

1. Verse. Romans 11:25.

New American Standard Bible 1995
25 For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery—so that you will not be wise in your own estimation—that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in;

2. Commentary. Romans 11:25.

a. The fulness of the Gentiles refers to the time when the last Gentile will have been saved and the church will be removed from the earth by the Rapture. It is distinct from the Time of the Gentiles (Luke 21:24), which refers to the period of time from the Babylonian captivity (587 B.C.) to the rapture of the church. 5

b. Notice that the Rapture of the church is not based on Old Testament Prophecy.

c. “Mystery.” The definition of a scriptural mystery is something unknown in times past, but revealed in the NT. 6.

3. The rapture and the church were mysteries until the Apostle Paul revealed those truths:

a. 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 (59 A.D.). Mystery of the Rapture.
New American Standard Bible 1995.
51 Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.

b. Ephesians 5:32 (64 A.D.). Mystery of the Church.
New American Standard Bible 1995.
32 This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.

VI. Israel In The News.
https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-post-wwii-nuremberg-and-new-york-purims-future-once-hung-in-the-balance/

VII. Article References. The individuals who are sources of information, that are mentioned in my articles, are listed by education and accomplishment on my Page of theologians. The source documents that are noted are worthy of being in anyone’s reference library, and should be considered for purchase. Please note that the footnotes for Bill Salus show the fruit of the years of dedication that Mr. Salus has poured into his study of Biblical prophecy.

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1. John F. Walvoord, Every Prophecy Of the Bible, pg 188
2. Bill Salus, NOW Prophecies, pg 9
3. Bill Salus, NOW Prophecies, pg 23-25
4. Bill Salus, NOW Prophecies, pg 25
5. KJV Study Bible Notes
6. Ryrie Study Bible, note on Romans 16:25

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Wisconsin: 28-Year-Old Healthcare Worker Has Aneurysm – Brain Dead 5 Days After Taking Second Experimental Pfizer Jab

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Wisconsin: 28-Year-Old Healthcare Worker Has Aneurysm – Brain Dead 5 Days After Taking Second Experimental Pfizer Jab
Tim Brown / February 25, 2021

As I spoke about on Thursday morning’s The Sons of Liberty morning show, a young, 28-year-old female healthcare worker from Wisconsin suffered an aneurysm following her second dose of the experimental COVID injection produced by Pfizer, the same people that are producing millions of doses of this chemical poison while telling you they see “no serious safety concerns.” She died on February 17, 2021.

The young woman’s name is Sara Strickles.

MADISON, Wis. (WTVO) — COVID-19 restrictions are keeping a Rockford family from visiting their loved one in a Madison hospital. Instead, they have to pick up the phone and hope she can hear them on the other end.

We caught up with the family who tell us it’s been a heartbreaking week, to say the least.

The Stickles family is now left to picking up their devices to be able to see their sister, Sara, for just a few minutes. They say that all they wish they could do is to be able to hold Sara’s hand.

Sara has a condition called arteriovenous malformation. That’s when a group of blood vessels are abnormally interconnected with one another. Over a week ago, the AVM ruptured.

“Because of the AVM rupture, the aneurysm ruptured and she had a stroke in her brain stem at the same time,” explained Sara’s sister, Jamie Stickles.

She is now in a coma. Sara’s twin sister Kara says she wishes she could hold her hand, but she can’t due to COVID-19 restrictions.

“It’s hard for nobody to be able to just touch her, feel her, feel our presence,” Kara said. “And this is how we have to see our sister now..that.”

That followed Strickles second jab.

Now, she’s dead.

According to her obituary:

Sara Ann Stickles, 28, of Loves Park, passed away after suffering from a brain aneurysm on Wednesday, February 17, 2021. She was born on December 29, 1992 in Rockford to Ezra Stickles and Darla Petit. Sara enjoyed basketball, traveling, reality T.V. and attending concerts. She especially enjoyed country music. Sara had a passion for helping others and was always there for everyone. She loved spending time with her friends and family and her son, Zachary John Gowman Jr. “BZ” was most important to her.

The COVID Blog informs:

BELOIT, WISCONSIN — Sara Stickles shared a Facebook post on February 6 talking about reverse karma.

The young healthcare worker’s life was essentially extinguished the very next day.

Ms. Stickles received the second dose of the Pfizer mRNA shot on or around February 2, according to a family Facebook post. She immediately broke out in rashes. Ms. Stickles had severe headaches five days later, Sunday, February 7. Soon thereafter, she started crying and said “something isn’t right. Just hold me” She lost the ability to speak, her eyes crossed and glazed over, before she lost consciousness, according to a Facebook post by Jacqueline F. Gifford.

She was taken to SwedishAmerican Hospital, just over the state line from Beloit. The initial diagnosis was a ruptured brain aneurysm. She was then airlifted to the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison the next day, according to her uncle, George Allen Petit. Doctors performed a cerebral angiography through her groin all the way up to her brain. Subarachnoid hemorrhage was also mentioned as the possible issue.

Kara Stickles, Sara’s twin sister, posted an update on February 10. Sara “has no brain activity,” she said. Doctors called the family and summoned them to the hospital to say their goodbyes. She died yesterday.

Sara Stickles in the hospital.

Ms. Stickles leaves behind a young son. Her family has established a GoFundMe page to help with funeral expenses.

Salvation In Christ – The Book Of John – 1:10-1:13 – 26 A.D.

I. Video.

A. Carman – Serve The Lord (Raising The Standard). CarmanTvOfficialSite. Jun 27, 2012.

B. Carmello Dominic Licciardello, who was lovingly known as “Carman,” passed from this life to be with his heavenly Father a week ago, on February 16, 2021. The songs that Carman wrote and sang had a great degree of Spiritual relevance within them. I was not particularly looking for any of Carman’s songs to accompany this article; it just happened that I came across a good number of the songs of Carman that have always been so very meaningful to me. I trust that you, too, will find the intimacy of worship in this opening video that brought tears to my eyes, as I played this song, “over and over.” Carman was a master minister of evangelism through his music; he will be greatly missed.

II. Preview. One of the most trusted of all theologians, of whom I include in my research for the articles that I write, is Dr. J. Dwight Pentecost (1915-2014; his credential information can be found on my page of sources of information). Even as highly educated on matters of Scripture, as Dr. Pentecost proved himself to be, he stressed the importance of not only, “knowing about God,” but also “knowing God.” As I was contemplating the makeup of this article, I was experiencing a strong sense for the need to draw closer in my personal relationship and daily walk with God. Along with my daily Bible readings, I have recently included, “In Pursuit of God” (A.W. Tozer), and “Jesus Christ Our Lord” (John F. Walvoord). I never want to lose the thought of the arms of Christ being wrapped around me, holding me ever so closely to Him. The Christian music videos that I watch, and include in my articles, are also tools that remind me of the love that God has for me, as well as for all of mankind (John 3:16). In this article, we will discuss those of mankind that, in spite of the sacrifice of Christ on the cross, have rejected God’s love. We will also discuss those whom have come to saving faith in Christ, as they look back to the death and sacrifice of Christ on the cross (Luke 23:46; 2 Cor 5:21). Competent commentary will add meaningful thought to the verses of this article.

III. Scripture Text. John 1:10-13 (26 A.D.)

Christian Standard Bible

10 He was in the world, and the world was created through him, and yet the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, he gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in his name, 13 who were born, not of natural descent, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God.

IV. Scripture Comments.

A. The Rejection Of Christ. John 1:10-11.

1. Verse 10. “did not know him.” The world did not recognize Jesus as the Christ, the Creator, the Savior, etc. 1

2. Verse 11. “He came to His own.” (thing or place – i.e., the world that He made); His “own” (people – the Jews) “did not receive Him.” 1

3. Verse 11. Receive here means “to receive with favor,” and implies “welcome.” Instead of a welcome mat, Jesus had a door slammed in His face. The themes of rejection and reception (v. 12) introduced in the prologue (1:1–18) appear again and again throughout the Gospel of John. 2

4. Verse 11. ” His own . . . His own.” The first usage of “His own” most likely refers to the world of mankind in general, while the second refers to the Jewish nation. As Creator, the world belongs to the Word as His property, but the world did not even recognize Him due to spiritual blindness (cf. also v. 10). John used the second occurrence of “His own” in a more narrow sense to refer to Jesus’ own physical lineage, the Jews. Although they possessed the Scriptures that testified of His person and coming, they still did not accept Him (Is. 65:2, 3; Jer. 7:25). This theme of the Jewish rejection of their promised Messiah receives special attention in John’s Gospel (12:37–41). 3

B. The Acceptance Of Christ. John 1:12-13.

1. Verse 12. “even to those whom believe in His Name.” An explanation of what it means to “receive” Him. 1

2. Verse 12. The phrase “believe in His name” occurs three times in the Gospel of John (1:12; 2:23; 3:18). Name does not refer to the term by which He is called, but to what His name stands for—the Lord is salvation (see Ex. 3:14, 15). In this context, the phrase means to believe that Jesus is the Word, the life, and the Light—that is, He is the Christ, the Son of God (20:31). “To them He gave the right” refers to the legitimate entitlement to the position of children of God. By believing, undeserving sinners can become full members of God’s family. 2

2. Verse 13. The new birth is supernatural and therefore completely distinct from natural birth. It is “not of blood” (lit., bloods), i.e., contains no human element; nor does it lie within the scope of human achievement (it is not “of the will of the flesh” or “man.”) 1

3. Verse 13. “born …of God:” This new spiritual birth is not of blood, that is, by physical generation or by parents. Nor is the new birth of the will of the flesh, that is, by personal effort. Neither is the birth of the will of man, that is, something done by another individual. Each person must individually trust Jesus Christ for eternal life. It is a gift to be received (4:10, 14), not a reward achieved through any human effort. 1

4. Verses 12-13. These verses stand in contrast to vv. 10, 11. John softens the sweeping rejection of Messiah by stressing a believing remnant. This previews the book since the first 12 chapters stress the rejection of Christ, while chaps. 13–21 focus on the believing remnant who received Him. 3

V. Summary.

The world in which Christ presented Himself, is the world in which He created. Those, who “did not recognize Him, (vs 10)” were Jews; they should have known Him as Messiah. The Old Testament scriptures told of the coming of Christ, but the masses of God’s Chosen People (Deu 14:2) were not taught those prophetic verses in such a way that would have them receive their Savior and Lord. Christ sent His disciples, not to the Gentiles or Samaritans, but to “the lost sheep of the house of Israel (the Jews; Matt 10:5-7). John 4:3 tells of a travel of Christ: “He left Judea and went away again into Galilee. 4 And He had to pass through Samaria. 5 So He *came to a city of Samaria.” The Samaritans were half-breed Jews. They were of the northern kingdom of Israel, and intermarried with Gentiles. In Samaria, Christ met a woman of Samaria (4:7), to whom He presented Himself as Christ (4:26). The Samaritan woman believed that Christ was the Messiah (4:39), “From that city many of the Samaritans believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified.” Those Jews, and half-breed Samarian Jews, who came to faith in Christ as Messiah, achieved the promise of John 3:16, and avoided the condemnation of John 3:18. The new birth (John 3:3) of those first century Jews, including the half-breed Samaritans, as well as all whom have come to saving faith in Christ since then, caused them to enter into eternal life through Christ at the time of belief in Christ (John 17:3, “this is eternal life, that they may know You”), which is spiritual (John 3:8) and unending (John 5:24, 10:28-31, 20:30-31). The message of Christ has “gone viral” spiritually (John 1:9) throughout the world, as well as by “word of mouth and other methods of communication (Matthew 28:19-20 and Acts 1:8). People in our world today are held to the same standards that Christ held for first century Jews, as He spoke the words of John 3:3, 3:16, and 3:18). Still, millions of people around the world have not come to saving faith in Christ, and refuse to accept Him as their Savior and Lord. The Great Commission of Christ to His apostles is of no less importance today, than when those Words of our Lord were spoken almost twenty-one hundred years ago. The lake of fire will not go away, and is waiting for those who have not been born again (Rev 20:15).

VI. Let’s consider Life, as it is discussed in the following news articles.

https://www.lifenews.com/

https://www.lifenews.com/2021/02/22/for-every-adoption-referral-planned-parenthood-makes-it-kills-133-babies-in-abortions/

VII. Sources Of Information. I will put this statement of sources of information on each of my articles.

A. Credential information for named individuals in this article can be found on my Theologians website Page.

B. The following sources of information provide great teaching ideas; I encourage everyone to purchase these materials.

1. Ryrie Study Bible.

2. NKJV Study Bible.

3. MacArthur Study Bible.

C. Everyone reads something that someone else has written. Therefore, it is important to choose authors whom have proven to be knowledgeable of the things that they have written, and who also have a high degree of acceptance from their peers. In addition to the sources of information that are noted in the above paragraph, there are many other theologians for whom I have great respect, and whose works I use for reference in the articles that I write. A list of such theologians, along with their credentials, can be found on this website’s Page of my sources of information. On that sources page you can also find linked information that tells of ministry works of many of those trusted theologians.

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Another One Takes The Jab And Dies: Detroit News TV Anchor Dies One Day After Taking COVID Vaccine The Washington Standard / February 22, 2021

Another One Takes The Jab And Dies: Detroit News TV Anchor Dies One Day After Taking COVID Vaccine

Another One Takes The Jab And Dies: Detroit News TV Anchor Dies One Day After Taking COVID Vaccine
The Washington Standard / February 22, 2021

“Truth is stranger than fiction to some.”

I ask, how many more need to die before people wake-up to the reality of what is taking place here (Jeremiah 5:21)?

Over and over again, qualified doctors, on a global scale, are telling the people the dangers of vaccines (Leviticus 17:11; John 10:10), and the truth of the matter concerning the ill-designing men that are illegally pushing their lying narratives (Ephesians 4:14).

CBS 62 Detroit reports “Former Detroit TV Anchor Karen Hudson-Samuels Dies One Day After Taking COVID Vaccine.”

(CBS DETROIT) –“ Karen Hudson-Samuels’ career in broadcast journalism spanned over four decades in Detroit.

After making her name at WGPR-TV as an anchor, producer and news director, the historian and journalist used her vision to create one of the biggest accomplishments of her lifetime.

To preserve the history of the country’s first black-owned and operated television station, WGPR, Samuels worked tirelessly to bring the William V. Banks broadcast museum to life.

“When this museum got into the national registry she was very, very proud,” her husband, Cliff Samuels said.

The 68-year-old’s sudden death leaves the industry reciting her legacy and questioning why she had to go so soon.

“So in the spirit of Karen, I want you to always know that the times may change, but these two words that Karen understood had great power, and that is thank you,” said Greg Dunmore, TV host and producer.”

The report continues “The Detroit media icon was found dead at her home by her husband last Tuesday, just one day after taking the COVID-19 vaccine but the official cause of her death is still unknown.

“We suspect it may have just been a stroke but because of the normal side effects of the vaccine it may have masked that. Hopefully we’ll know soon from the autopsy report,” said Samuels.

Conclusion: If people would consider the sources as from who this narrative is coming, maybe they would then consider the outcome (Matthew 7:16).

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Road To Tribulation 8 – Where Are We Now On God’s Timeline?

I. Opening Video. A Middle East Myth. Prophetic Perspectives #100. Oct 8, 2020. Christ In Prophecy.

A. What is the greatest myth about attaining peace in the Middle East? Find out from the opening video with Dr. David Reagan and the Lamb And Lion Ministries evangelism team as they provide their Prophetic Perspectives.

B. Another myth will be discussed in this article, which relates to Israel claiming ownership of the land that God promised to His chosen people (Deu 14:2) in 1913 B.C Gen 15:18-21). We will show scriptural authority and historical records that address ownership of the land that God’s chosen people occupy.

II. Israel’s Prophetic Timeline. 1

A. As we continue our study of the NOW Prophecies, it is important to discuss our present place on God’s calendar of events. Without a doubt, the most important prophetic information for every generation is the knowledge of its whereabouts on our Lord’s prophetic timeline.

B. The prophet Isaiah tells us that there exists a definite beginning and ending, so the logical question for us to ask is, “where are we now?” Consider the following verses from the Jewish Prophet Isaiah:

Isaiah 46:9-10 (712 B.C.)
New American Standard Bible 1995

9 “Remember the former things long past,
For I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is no one like Me,
10 Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things which have not been done,
Saying, ‘My purpose will be established,
And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’;

C. The simple answer is that we are somewhere between the two prophetic events of the rebirth of the nation of Israel, and the Ezekiel 39:7 “upholding of the Lord’s Holy Name” through the nation of Israel.

Ezekiel 39:7 (587 B.C.)
New American Standard Bible 1995

7 “My holy name I will make known in the midst of My people Israel; and I will not let My holy name be profaned anymore. And the nations will know that I am the Lord, the Holy One in Israel.

D. In fulfillment of numerous prophecies, Israel was reborn as a nation on May 14, 1948. This is when the end time’s hourglass made its final turn, and now the grains of sand are rapidly descending downward into its lower chamber. Mankind is racing toward the expiration of this present earth.

E. The events of the previous Isaiah and Ezekiel prophecies should standout like monumental bookends to this present generation, because they are intended to serve as the prophetic proof that the God of the Bible is the one true God over all of the earth. Replacement theology, the erroneous teaching that God is done with the Jews, has facilitated the failure of many Christians to recognize miraculous existence of the Jewish state of Israel. However, their ignorance does not erase the fact that Israel today is a marvelous sovereign undertaking of the Lord. Accoring to the Jewish Prophet Jeremiah, it was intended to be so. Consider the following veres of Jeremiah:

Jeremiah 23:7-8 (599 B.C.)
New American Standard Bible 1995

7 “Therefore behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when they will no longer say, ‘As the Lord lives, who brought up the sons of Israel from the land of Egypt,’ 8 but, ‘As the Lord lives, who brought up and led back the descendants of the household of Israel from the north land and from all the countries where I had driven them.’ Then they will live on their own soil.”

F. The Hebrew exodus from Egypt resulted in the parting of the Red Sea (Exodus 14). This was a supernatural event that has yet to be outmatched or duplicated to this day. The miracle was to be memorialized in the midst of the Hebrews generations that followed. It served to remind the Jews that their God Yahweh could deliver them through all obstacles and oppressions. In addition to this monumental miracle, the Old Testament is filled with other historical examples evidencing this fact.

G. However, Jeremiah 23:7 declares that the exodus episode will pale in comparison to the modern day miracle of the rebirthed nation of Israel. Rightfully so, the Lord had to accomplish much more than parting the Red Sea in order to reestablish the nation of Israel in modernity. Below are a few examples that depict the enormous sovereign undertaking of God in order for Israel to exist today:

1. “Implant Zionism In Jews.” Zionism is the term associated with the national movement for the return of the Jewish people to their homeland and the resumption of Jewish sovereignty in the Land of Israel. In the late 1800s, after centuries of existence outside of their country, the Jews began to yearn to return to their ancient homeland. They were, and still are, willing to leave their world countries, diverse cultures, and differing languages to return to a place that was desolate and is presently dangerous.

2. “Create Arab Homeland.” From 1517 to 1917 A.D., the Middle East was under the control of the Ottoman Empire. That dominion abruptly ended with the Turkish loss in World War I. This empire had to be eliminated in order for the Mideast to be rezoned with Arab states, and a Jewish state. The creation of the Arab states and the Jewish sate was the fulfillment of the Lord’s Mideast Peace Plan provided in Jeremiah 12:14-17, as follows:

Jeremiah 12:14-17 (608 B.C.)
New American Standard Bible 1995

14 Thus says the Lord concerning all My wicked neighbors who strike at the inheritance with which I have endowed My people Israel, “Behold I am about to uproot them from their land and will uproot the house of Judah from among them. 15 And it will come about that after I have uprooted them, I will again have compassion on them; and I will bring them back, each one to his inheritance and each one to his land. 16 Then if they will really learn the ways of My people, to swear by My name, ‘As the Lord lives,’ even as they taught My people to swear by Baal, they will be built up in the midst of My people. 17 But if they will not listen, then I will uproot that nation, uproot and destroy it,” declares the Lord.

a. The Jeremiah 12:17 prophecy specified that the Arabs and Jews will return to their homelands, which occurred in the aftermath of the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.

b. It is important to note that Jeremiah 12:17 predicts the destruction of the Arab nations that curse Israel instead of live peacefully alongside Israel. This destruction seemingly occurs with the NOW prophecy of Psalm 83.

3. “Prevent Nai Genocide.” In order for the Jewish state to exist, Jews needed to exist. During World War II, Adolph Hitler and the Nazis attempted the genocide of the Jews. Had they been successful, there would be no Israel today. Whereas, World War I freed up the ancient land of Israel for the Jewish people. World War II prepared the Jews for the land of Israel.

4. “Empower The Allied Forces.” Communist Russia teamed up with the capitalistic America, and the other allied forces, to defeat the Nazis. This cohesion of this unlikely coalition was also the miraculous sovereign undertaking of the Lord.

5. “Create The Jewish State.” With the control of the Ottoman Empire relinquished, and the establishment of the Arab states in place, the restoration of Israel occurred. These territorial shifts paved the way for the state of Israel to come into existence.

6. “Empower The Israeli Army.” Ezekiel 37:10, 25:14, and Obadiah 1:18, and elsewhere, predicted the rise of today’s Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). Through the process of three regional wars in 1948, 1967, and 1973, the Jews transformed from refugees into the most powerful army in the Middle East. This had to happen in order to sustain Israel’s existence.

7. “Preserve And Prosper Israel.” Israel is becoming a prosperous nation. According to Ezekiel 38:12-13, Israel continues to prosper and achieve an abundance of plunder and booty. It is this prosperity that motivates the Russian Gog of Magog invaders to attack Israel.

III. The Upholding Of God’s Holy Name Through The People Of Israel. 2

A. The Magog invasion of Ezekiel 38-39 is the other major prophetic marker for this generation to consider. Ezekiel 38:1-39:20 contains forty-three verses of some of the most consolidated and descriptive prophetic information found anywhere within the entire Bible.

B. The reader of the above passages do not need to be a Bible scholar, rocket scientist, or even a believer in Christ to glean a relatively detailed understanding of this forthcoming prophecy. By interpreting these verses literally, the reader is made aware of the following details:

1. Timing of the event (In the end times). Ezekiel 38:8,16.
2. Identities of the invading coalition (These are “Outer Ring” countries because they do not share common borders with Israel). Ezekiel 38:1-5.
3. Motivation or the invasion of Israel (To take spoil, plunder and booty from Israel). Ezekiel 38:12-13.
4. Conditions inside Israel at the time of the the invasion (A nation at peace that is dwelling securely, without walls). Ezekiel 38:8, 11, 14.
5. Defeat of the invaders by supernatural means (Earthquake, pestilence, bloodshed, flooding rains, great hailstones, fire and brimstone). Ezekiel 38:18-23.
6. Aftermath of the event (Israel will gain international renown for burying the dead for seven years). Ezekiel 39:9-16.
7. Purpose of the prophecy (The upholding of the Holy Name of God). Ezekiel 39:7.

C. The Lord appears to have intended the above verses to be relatively easy for everyone to understand, because this is the epic event through which He pledges to notify the world that He is the one true God.

D. There will be no way to misconstrue that the supernatural destruction of the Magog invaders of Ezekiel 38-39 will come exclusively through the hand of the Lord. Although Israel is positively identified within this prophecy, and possibly even America, the victory over the Russian coalition will not be attributed to either, but the Lord will get the full credit. In the aftermath, God alone will receive credit for Israel’s victory. Our Lord will have validated His sovereignty over the affairs of men, as declared in Isaiah 46:10 (712 B.C.), “I (the Lord) will do all My pleasure.”

E. Our Lord will be able to proclaim, with absolute authority, that He is the covenant keeping “God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,” who sent His only begotten Son, Yeshua, so that all who receive Him as their Lord and Savior will not perish but have eternal life.

F. In my upcoming article, which will be entitled, “Ezekiel 38: The Israeli Perspective,” I will provide a brief discussion of the Gog and Magog War. The article will address my views on the timing of this Prophecy, which I believe will occur before the seven-year Tribulation Period begins (i.e., Daniel’s Seventieth Week). It will also explore whey the Rapture probably will occur before both Ezekiel 38 and the Tribulation Period.

G. In another upcoming article, which I will call, “The Decline Of America,” biblical, historical, and geo-political arguments will be made which will show why America could be identified in Ezekiel 38:13, as the young lions of the merchants of Tarshish. The USA in this prophecy is seen as a lesser nation, a meager sideline spectator of the Magog invasion. America, shrunken to this non-superpower stature, appears to occur as one of the NOW Prophecies.

IV. History Of Israel.

A. God promised the land of Israel, to Israel, in the Abrahamic Covenant.

Genesis 15:18-21 (1913 B.C.)
New American Standard Bible 1995

18 On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying,
“To your descendants I have given this land,
From the river of Egypt as far as the great river, the river Euphrates:
19 the Kenite and the Kenizzite and the Kadmonite 20 and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Rephaim 21 and the Amorite and the Canaanite and the Girgashite and the Jebusite.”

B. God allowed Moses to see the promised land before Moses died.

Deuteronomy 34:1-4 (1451 B.C.)
New American Standard Bible 1995

1 Now Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho. And the Lord showed him all the land, Gilead as far as Dan, 2 and all Naphtali and the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, and all the land of Judah as far as the western sea, 3 and the Negev and the plain in the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees, as far as Zoar. 4 Then the Lord said to him, “This is the land which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying, ‘I will give it to your descendants’; I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not go over there.”

C. The Israelites entered into the promised land.

Joshua 3:17 (1451 B.C.)
New American Standard Bible 1995

17 And the priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firm on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan while all Israel crossed on dry ground, until all the nation had finished crossing the Jordan.

D. The name of Israel changed by Romans.

1. Origins of the Name “Palestine”. https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/origin-of-quot-palestine-quot

a. Though the definite origins of the word Palestine have been debated for years and are still not known for sure, the name is believed to be derived from the Egyptian and Hebrew word peleshet. Roughly translated to mean rolling or migratory, the term was used to describe the inhabitants of the land to the northeast of Egypt – the Philistines. The Philistines were an Aegean people – more closely related to the Greeks and with no connection ethnically, linguistically or historically with Arabia – who conquered in the 12th Century BCE the Mediterranean coastal plain that is now Israel and Gaza.

b. In the 2nd century A.D., the Romans crushed the revolt of Shimon Bar Kokhba (132 B.C.), during which Jerusalem and Judea were regained and the area of Judea was renamed by the Roman Emperor Hadrian, “Palaestina,” in an attempt to minimize Jewish identification with the land of Israel.

2. History of the Term Palestine https://www.levitt.com/essays/palestine

a. From where did the term Palestine originate? How did the world and the church get into the habit of calling the land of Israel “Palestine”? One of the guides we use in our tours to Israel is Zvi Rivai, an Israeli Messianic believer, who has done considerable research on this subject. Zvi informs us that before 135 A.D., the Romans used the terms Judea and Galilee to refer to the Land of Israel. When Titus destroyed Jerusalem in 70 A.D., the Roman government struck a coin with the phrase “Judea Capta,” meaning Judea has been captured. The term Palestine was never used in the early Roman designations.

b. It was not until the Romans crushed the second Jewish revolt against Rome in 135 A.D., under Bar Kochba, that Emperor Hadrian applied the term Palestine to the Land of Israel. Hadrian, like many dictators since his time realized the propaganda power of terms and symbols. He replaced the shrines of the Jewish Temple and the Sepulchre of Christ in Jerusalem with temples to pagan deities. He changed the name of Jerusalem to Aelia Capitalina, and changed the name of Israel and Judea to Palestine. Hadrian’s selection of Palestine was purposeful, not accidental. He took the name of the ancient enemies of Israel, the Philistines, Latinized it to Palestine, and applied it to the Land of Israel. He hoped to erase the name of Israel from all memory. Thus, the term Palestine, as applied to the Land of Israel, was invented by the inveterate enemy of the Bible and the Jewish people, Emperor Hadrian.

c. It is interesting to note that the original Philistines were not Middle Eastern at all. They were European peoples from the Adriatic sea next to Greece. It may have pleased Hadrian to utilize this Hellenistic term for the Jewish land. In any case, the original “Palestinians” had nothing to do, whatsoever, with any Arabs.

3. Is the name Palestine an accurate name for Israel? http://letusreason.org/Biblexp63.htm

a. No, it is not. Israel is often called Palestine which is a derogatory term used by her enemies in the past. There was never a Palestine and there is no such thing as Palestinian people until the conflict of our modern time. Israel is referred to this name by the Arabs because the Arabs want to insinuate they stole the land from them.

b. The Bible never uses the name of “Palestine”, but calls it the land “Judah” or “Israel”. Mt. 2:20-21: “Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead who sought the young child’s life. And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel.”

4. The Myth and Fraud That There Ever Was an Arab Country or People Called ‘Palestine.’

The Myth and Fraud That There Ever Was an Arab Country or People Called ‘Palestine’ (Part Two of Two)

a. For the two thousand years after the Romans renamed Israel, the land of “Palestine,” was synonymous with the Land of Israel. There never was an Arab political entity called “Palestine.” No Arabs denominated themselves “The Palestinians.”

b. Roman conquerors under Vespasian and Titus destroyed the Holy Temple in the year 70 A.D., and the Romans drove most of the remaining Jews out of Israel in the year 135 A.D. under Hadrian and Julius Severus with the fall of Fortress Betar. To extinguish the Jewish bond with the land for all forthcoming eternity, and to prevent yet another Jewish return to Israel from Exile, as had happened only seventy years after the Babylonian expulsion of 586 B.C., the Romans changed the name of the land to identify it with the pagan Biblical peoples who preceded the Jews there before Joshua: the Philistines (“Plishtim,” in Biblical Hebrew). That is where the name “Palestine” comes from: Not Arabs bearing a name — but Rome renaming the conquered Land of Israel for the Plishtim, the Philistines of the time of Joshua and Samson and King Saul.

5. The True Identity of the So-called Palestinians. http://www.imninalu.net/myths-pals.htm

a. There is no such a thing like a Palestinian people, or a Palestinian culture, or a Palestinian language, or a Palestinian history. There has never been any Palestinian state, neither any Palestinian archaeological find nor coinage.

b. The present-day “Palestinians” are an Arab people, with Arab culture, Arabic language and Arab history. They have their own Arab states from where they came into the Land of Israel about one century ago to contrast the Jewish immigration. That is the historical truth. They were Jordanians (another recent British invention, as there has never been any people known as “Jordanians”), and after the Six-Day War in which Israel utterly defeated the coalition of nine Arab states and took legitimate possession of Judea and Samaria, the Arab dwellers in those regions underwent a kind of anthropological miracle and discovered that they were Palestinians – something they did not know the day before. Of course, these people having a new identity had to build themselves a history, namely, had to steal some others’ history, and the only way that the victims of the theft would not complain is if those victims do no longer exist.

V. Biblical Israel.

A. Israel is identified in the New American Standard Bible, 1995 translation, a total of 2361 times by name, as well as 645 times by topic.
https://www.biblegateway.com/quicksearch/?qs_version=NASB1995&quicksearch=israel&begin=1&end=1

B. The first dated verse in the Bible, as it relates to Israel, is found in Genesis 11:26. The date of that activity is 2165 B.C. (Ryrie Study Bible)

B. The last dated verse in the Bible, as it relates to Israel, is found in Revelation 21:12. The date of that activity is 96 A.D. (Ryrie Study Bible, Scofield Study Bible)

C. The Bible was written over a period of 1500 years, by 40 human writers, in three continents. The Biblical creation account was written by Moses in 1405 B.C. The totality of the Bible was written under the inspiration of God’s Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Zechariah 7:12) (MacArthur Study Bible). Genesis 1:1 is dated 4004 B.C. in the Scofield Study Bible. The Liberty Commentary Bible explains a 4004 B.C. creation date (pg 3), and a 10,000 B.C. creation date (pg 4). The Holman Old Testament Commentary, Genesis, (copyright 2002, pg 2), states that mankind has been on earth for 10,000 years, which would have a Genesis 1:1 creation date of approximately 8,000 B.C.

VI. Biblical Comparison To Comparable Time Era Writings.

A. Israel is named 2929 times in the Old Testament, New American Standard Bible translation, 1995 update, by name or topic.
https://www.biblegateway.com/quicksearch/?qs_version=NASB1995&quicksearch=israel&begin=73&end=73

B. Bible Manuscripts – Reliability of the Old Testament

1. Dramatically, when the Bible manuscripts are compared to other ancient writings, they stand alone as the best-preserved literary works of all antiquity. Remarkably, there are thousands of existing Old Testament manuscripts and fragments copied throughout the Middle East, Mediterranean and European regions that agree phenomenally with each other. 1 In addition, these texts substantially agree with the Septuagint version of the Old Testament, which was translated from Hebrew to Greek some time during the 3rd century BC. 2 The Dead Sea Scrolls, discovered in Israel in the 1940’s and 50’s, also provide astounding evidence for the reliability of the ancient transmission of the Jewish Scriptures (Old Testament) in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd centuries BC. 3
https://www.allaboutthejourney.org/bible-manuscripts.htm

2. Jewish scholars performed “unbelievable” care in copying and preserving Scripture.
The Dead Sea Scrolls discovered in 1947 are dated from the third century B.C. to the first century A.D. These manuscripts predate by 1000 years the previous oldest manuscripts. They represent every Old Testament book except Esther (as well as non-biblical writings). There is word for word identity in more than 95% of the cases, and the 5% variation consists mostly of slips of the pen and spelling.
http://www.faithfacts.org/search-for-truth/maps/manuscript-evidence

C Israel is named seventy-eight times in the New American Standard Bible translation, 1995 update.
https://www.biblegateway.com/quicksearch/?qs_version=NASB1995&quicksearch=israel&begin=73&end=73

D. Manuscript evidence for superior New Testament reliability.

Manuscript evidence for superior New Testament reliability

1. There are presently 5,686 Greek manuscripts in existence today for the New Testament.1 If we were to compare the number of New Testament manuscripts to other ancient writings, we find that the New Testament manuscripts far outweigh the others in quantity.2

2. As you can see (from the linked chart), there are thousands more New Testament Greek manuscripts than any other ancient writing. The internal consistency of the New Testament documents is about 99.5% textually pure. That is an amazing accuracy. In addition, there are over 19,000 copies in the Syriac, Latin, Coptic, and Aramaic languages. The total supporting New Testament manuscript base is over 24,000.

3. If the critics of the Bible dismiss the New Testament as reliable information, then they must also dismiss the reliability of the writings of Plato, Aristotle, Caesar, Homer, and the other authors mentioned in the chart at the beginning of the paper. On the other hand, if the critics acknowledge the historicity and writings of those other individuals, then they must also retain the historicity and writings of the New Testament authors; after all, the evidence for the New Testament’s reliability is far greater than the others. The Christian has substantially superior criteria for affirming the New Testament documents than he does for any other ancient writing. It is good evidence on which to base the trust in the reliability of the New Testament.

VII. Conclusion.

A. The opening question to this article is one that everyone should consider: “Where Are We Now On God’s Timeline?” As was stated in Paragraph II.C.: “The simple answer is that we are somewhere between the two prophetic events of the rebirth of the nation of Israel, and the Ezekiel 39:7 “upholding of the Lord’s Holy Name” through the nation of Israel.” However, I think that we should expand on that answer.

B. The untrue propaganda that is widely spread through the world about Israel has created a powder keg that is waiting to be ignited, thereby creating an explosion having collateral effects that may be felt in all areas of the world. In this study of unfulfilled “NOW” prophecies, that will take place against the enemies of Israel, it is imperative that we stay aware of the anti-Jewish sentiments that are so very wide-spread.

C. God has an unfulfilled plan for Israel, and we must not be swayed from our Godly support for His chosen people (Gen 12:3). The majority of the nations of the United Nations have an unending verbal assault on Israel. The vast numbers of the mainstream news media outlets repeatedly take the side of “the Palestinians” over Israel. But, God will not abandon Israel; He is unrelenting in Zechariah 2:8

1. Verse. “For thus says the Lord of hosts, “After glory He has sent me against the nations which plunder you, for he who touches you, touches the apple of His eye.”

2. Comment. Harming God’s chosen people is like striking the pupil of God’s eye. MacArthur Study Bible.

D. It is important to remember that NOW Prophecies are the unfulfilled ancient biblical predictions that appear to be imminent, which means they could happen NOW.

VIII. Israel In The News.
https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/britan-jews-lead-fight-against-the-oppression-of-chinas-uighur-muslims-659477

IX. Article References. The individuals who are sources of information, that are mentioned in my articles, are listed by education and accomplishment on my Page of theologians. The source documents that are noted are worthy of being in anyone’s reference library, and should be considered for purchase. The following footnotes of Bill Salus are a product of the years of dedication that Mr. Salus has poured into his study of Biblical prophecy.
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1. Bill Salus, NOW Prophecies, pg 15-19
2. Bill Salus, NOW Prophecies, pg 19-21

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Salvation In Christ – The Book Of John – 1:3-1:9 – 26 A.D.

I. Video. Sweet Beulah Land [Live]. Dec 13, 2012. Gaither Music TV. Squire Parsons. This video was recorded in 1993. A number of the singers that are seen in the video have gone on to be with the Lord.

II. Preview. This article will address key factors of the biblical text in which we will be studying. The opening video presents a song that addresses the hope of those who know Christ as their Lord and Savior, with that expectant hope of not being confined to a grave, but of a home going and spending eternity with Christ (2 Cor 5:8, 15:50-54). In this article, we will identify key facts of scripture which show that only Christ could have been the author of all aspects of creation, therefore, Christ is God (John 1:1-2 from previous article included). We will study those verses by commentary. We will also study key verses via Greek Lexicon. An analysis of our conclusions will consider the love of God that escapes no one. We will close this article with links to Life News.

III. Scriptures. John 1:3-9 – New American Standard Bible 26 A.D.

A. John 1:3-5 – The Preincarnate Work Of Christ.

3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him not even one thing came into being that has come into being. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of mankind. 5 And the Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

B. John 1:6-8 – The Witness John the Baptist.

6 A man came, one sent from God, and his name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light. (My comment: John The Baptist was not the writer of the Book of John; the Apostle John was the writer.)

C. John 1:9 – The Light Of The World.

9 This was the true Light that, coming into the world, enlightens every person.

IV. Commentary. Ryrie Study Bible (RSB). MacArthur Study Bible (MSB).

A. 1:3. “All things came into being through Him.” Christ was active in the work of creation of God (Col 1:16). (RSB)

B. 1:3. All things were made through Him. Jesus Christ was God the Father’s agent involved in creating everything in the universe (Col. 1:16, 17; Heb. 1:2). (MSB)

C. 1:4-5. “life … Light.” These two distinctive words especially associated with John (8:12; 9:5; 11:25; 14:6). “Light” in John implies revelation that discloses the “life” that is in Christ and brings into judgment those who refuse it (3:19). “Life” denotes salvation and deliverance, based on Christ’s atonement. “the darkness did not comprehend it.” Better, the darkness did not overcome the light. (RSB) (My note. Grasp may be used for comprehend.”) (RSB)

D. 1:4-5 life . . . light . . . darkness. John introduces the reader to contrastive themes that occur throughout the gospel. “Life” and “light” are qualities of the Word that are shared not only among the Godhead (5:26) but also by those who respond to the gospel message regarding Jesus Christ (8:12; 9:5; 10:28; 11:25; 14:6). John uses the word “life” about 36 times in his gospel, far more than any other NT book. It refers not only in a broad sense to physical and temporal life that the Son imparted to the created world through His involvement as the agent of creation (v. 3), but especially to spiritual and eternal life imparted as a gift through belief in Him (3:15; 17:3; Eph. 2:5). In Scripture “light” and “darkness” are very familiar symbols. Intellectually, “light” refers to biblical truth, while “darkness” refers to error or falsehood (cf. Ps. 119:105; Prov. 6:23). Morally, “light” refers to holiness or purity (1 John 1:5), while “darkness” refers to sin or wrongdoing (3:19; 12:35, 46; Rom. 13:11–14; 1 Thess. 5:4–7; 1 John 1:6; 2:8–11). “Darkness” has special significance in relationship to Satan (and his demonic cohorts) who rules the present spiritually dark world (1 John 5:19) as the “prince of the power of the air” promoting spiritual darkness and rebellion against God (Eph. 2:2). John uses the term “darkness” 14 times (8 in the gospel and 6 in 1 John) out of its 17 occurrences in the NT, making it almost an exclusive Johannine word. In John, “light” and “life” have their special significance in relationship to the Lord Jesus Christ, the Word (v. 9; 9:5; 1 John 1:5–7; 5:12, 20).

E. 1:5. comprehend. The better meaning of this term in context is “overcome.” Darkness is not able to overcome or conquer the light. Just as a single candle can overcome a room filled with darkness, so also the powers of darkness are overcome by the person and work of the Son through His death on the cross (cf. 19:11a). (MSB)

F. 1:6. “John (the Baptizer).” His role, made clear in verse 8, was simply as a witness to the Light. (RSB)

G. 1:6. The name “John” always refers to John the Baptist in this Gospel, never to the apostle John. (MSB)

H. 1:6. sent from God. As forerunner to Jesus, John was to bear witness to Him as the Messiah and Son of God. With John’s ministry, the “400 silent years” between the end of the OT and the beginning of the NT period, during which God had given no revelation, ended. John. The name “John” always refers to John the Baptist in this Gospel, never to the apostle John. The writer of this gospel calls him merely “John” without using the phrase “the Baptist,” unlike the other Gospels which use the additional description to identify him (Matt. 3:1; Mark 6:14; Luke 7:20). Moreover, John the apostle (or, son of Zebedee) never identified himself directly by name in the gospel even though he was one of the 3 most intimate associates of Jesus (Matt. 17:1). Such silence argues strongly that John the apostle authored the gospel and that his readers knew full well that he composed the gospel that bears his name. For more on John the Baptist, cf. Matt. 3:1–6; Mark 1:2–6; Luke 1:5–25, 57–80. (MSB)

I. 1:7. witness . . . bear witness. The terms “witness” or “bear witness” receive special attention in this gospel, reflecting the courtroom language of the OT where the truth of a matter was to be established on the basis of multiple witnesses (8:17, 18; cf. Deut. 17:6; 19:15). Not only did John the Baptist witness regarding Jesus as Messiah and Son of God (vv. 19–34; 3:27–30; 5:35), but there were other witnesses: 1) the Samaritan woman (4:29); 2) the works of Jesus (10:25); 3) the Father (5:32–37); 4) the OT (5:39, 40); 5) the crowd (12:17); and 6) the Holy Spirit (15:26, 27). that all through him might believe. “Him” refers not to Christ but to John as the agent who witnessed to Christ. The purpose of his testimony was to produce faith in Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world. (MSB)

J.1:8. He was not that Light. While John the Baptist was the agent of belief, Jesus Christ is the object of belief. Although John’s person and ministry were vitally important (Matt. 11:11), he was merely the forerunner who announced the coming of the Messiah. Many years after John’s ministry and death, some still failed to understand John’s subordinate role to Jesus (Acts 19:1–3). (MSB)

K. 1:9. “enlightens every man.” Not that every man is redeemed automatically, for redemption comes through faith in the Savior (1:12). But, this light is available to all men. (RSB)

L. 1:9. “the true Light gives light to every man.” (MSB).

M. 1:9. the true Light . . . coming into the world. The alternate rendering in the translators’ note is the preferred translation. The words “coming into the world” would be better grammatically if attached to “light” rather than “every man” and thus translated “the true Light coming into the world gives light to every man.” This highlights the incarnation of Jesus Christ (v. 14; 3:16). which gives light to every man. Through God’s sovereign power, every man has enough light to be responsible. God has planted His knowledge in man through general revelation in creation and conscience. The result of general revelation, however, does not produce salvation but either leads to the complete light of Jesus Christ or produces condemnation in those who reject such “light” (see notes on Rom. 1:19, 20; 2:12–16). The coming of Jesus Christ was the fulfillment and embodiment of the light that God had placed inside the heart of man. the world. The basic sense of this Gr. word meaning “an ornament” is illustrated by the word “cosmetic” (1 Pet. 3:3). While the NT uses it a total of 185 times, John had a particular fondness for this term, using it 78 times in his gospel, 24 times in 1-3 John and 3 times in Revelation. John gives it several shades of meaning: 1) the physical created universe (v. 9; cf. v. 3; 21:24, 25); 2) humanity in general (3:16; 6:33, 51; 12:19); and 3) the invisible spiritual system of evil dominated by Satan and all that it offers in opposition to God, His Word, and His people (3:19; 4:42; 7:7; 14:17, 22, 27, 30; 15:18, 19; 16:8, 20, 33; 17:6, 9, 14; cf. 1 Cor. 1:21; 2 Pet. 1:4; 1 John 5:19). The latter concept is the significant new use that the term acquires in the NT and that predominates in John. Thus, in the majority of times that John uses the word, it has decidedly negative overtones. (MSB)

V. NASB Greek Lexicon. Strong’s Concordance And Numbers. HELPS Word-Studies.

A. 1:3. “All things.” pas.3956. https://biblehub.com/greek/3956.htm

1. Strong’s Concordance
pas: all, every
Definition: all, every
Usage: all, every. all, the whole, every kind of.

2. HELPS Word-studies
3956 pás – each, every; each “part(s) of a totality” (L & N, 1, 59.24).
3956 /pás (“each, every”) means “all” in the sense of “each (every) part that applies.” The emphasis of the total picture then is on “one piece at a time.” 365 (ananeóō) then focuses on the part(s) making up the whole – viewing the whole in terms of the individual parts.
[When 3956 (pás) modifies a word with the definite article it has “extensive-intensive” force – and is straightforward intensive when the Greek definite article is lacking.]

B. 1:3. “came into being.” 1096. ginomai. https://biblehub.com/greek/1096.htm

1. Strong’s Concordance
ginomai: to come into being, to happen, to become
Definition: to come into being, to happen, to become
Usage: I come into being, am born, become, come about, happen.

2. HELPS Word-studies
1096 gínomai – properly, to emerge, become, transitioning from one point (realm, condition) to another. 1096 (gínomai) fundamentally means “become” (becoming, became) so it is not an exact equivalent to the ordinary equative verb “to be” (is, was, will be) as with 1510 /eimí (1511 /eínai, 2258 /ēn).
1096 (ginomai) means “to become, and signifies a change of condition, state or place” (Vine, Unger, White, NT, 109).
M. Vincent, “1096 (gínomai) means to come into being/manifestation implying motion, movement, or growth” (at 2 Pet 1:4). Thus it is used for God’s actions as emerging from eternity and becoming (showing themselves) in time (physical space).

C. 1:3. “through.” 1223. dia. https://biblehub.com/greek/1223.htm

1. Strong’s Concordance
dia: through, on account of, because of
Definition: through, on account of, because of
Usage: (a) gen: through, throughout, by the instrumentality of, (b) acc: through, on account of, by reason of, for the sake of, because of.

2. HELPS Word-studies
1223 diá (a preposition) – properly, across (to the other side), back-and-forth to go all the way through, “successfully across” (“thoroughly”). 1223 (diá) is also commonly used as a prefix and lend the same idea (“thoroughly,” literally, “successfully” across to the other side).
[1223 (diá) is a root of the English term diameter (“across to the other side, through”). Before a vowel, dia is simply written di̓.]

D. 1:3. “Him, and apart.” 5565. chóris. https://biblehub.com/greek/5565.htm

1. Strong’s Concordance
chóris: separately, separate from
Definition: separately, separate from
Usage: apart from, separately from; without.

2. HELPS Word-studies
5565 xōrís (a preposition, also used as an adverb which is probably derived from 5561 /xṓra, “an open or detached space”) – properly, apart from, separated (“without”); (figuratively) detached, rendering something invalid or valid.

E. 1:3. “from Him nothing.” 3761. oude . https://biblehub.com/greek/3761.htm

1. Strong’s Concordance
oude: and not, neither
Definition: and not, neither
Usage: neither, nor, not even, and not.

2. HELPS Word-studies
3761 oudé (from 3756 /ou, “not” and 1161 /dé, “moreover”) – properly, moreover not, neither indeed, not even, nor even.

F. 1:3. “came into being that has come into being.” 1096. ginomai. https://biblehub.com/greek/1096.htm

See B. 1.3.

G. 1:4. “In Him was life, and the life.” 2222. zóé. https://biblehub.com/greek/2222.htm

1. Strong’s Concordance
zóé: life
Definition: life
Usage: life, both of physical (present) and of spiritual (particularly future) existence.

2. HELPS Word-studies
2222 zōḗ – life (physical and spiritual). All life (2222 /zōḗ), throughout the universe, is derived – i.e. it always (only) comes from and is sustained by God’s self-existent life. The Lord intimately shares His gift of life with people, creating each in His image which gives all the capacity to know His eternal life.

H. 1:4. “was the Light.” 5457. phós. https://biblehub.com/greek/5457.htm

1. Strong’s Concordance
phós: light
Definition: light
Usage: light, a source of light, radiance.

2. HELPS Word-studies
5457 phṓs (a neuter noun) – properly, light (especially in terms of its results, what it manifests); in the NT, the manifestation of God’s self-existent life; divine illumination to reveal and impart life, through Christ.

I. 1:4. “of men.” 444. anthrópos. https://biblehub.com/greek/444.htm

1. Strong’s Concordance
anthrópos: a man, human, mankind
Definition: a man, human, mankind
Usage: a man, one of the human race.

2. HELPS Word-studies
444 ánthrōpos – man, also the generic term for “mankind”; the human race; people, including women and men (Mt 4:19, 12:12, etc.).

J. 1:5. “The Light.” 5457. phós. https://biblehub.com/greek/5457.htm

1.Strong’s Concordance
phós: light
Definition: light
Usage: light, a source of light, radiance.

2. HELPS Word-studies
5457 phṓs (a neuter noun) – properly, light (especially in terms of its results, what it manifests); in the NT, the manifestation of God’s self-existent life; divine illumination to reveal and impart life, through Christ.

K. 1:5. “shines.” 5316. phainó. https://biblehub.com/greek/5316.htm

1. Strong’s Concordance
phainó: to bring to light, to cause to appear
Definition: to bring to light, to cause to appear
Usage: (a) act: I shine, shed light, (b) pass: I shine, become visible, appear, (c) I become clear, appear, seem, show myself as.

2. Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance
to shine, appear
Prolongation for the base of phos; to lighten (shine), i.e. Show (transitive or intransitive, literal or figurative) — appear, seem, be seen, shine, X think.
see GREEK phos

L. 1:5. “in the darkness, and the darkness.” 4653. skotia. https://biblehub.com/greek/4653.htm

1. Strong’s Concordance
skotia: darkness
Definition: darkness
Usage: darkness; fig: spiritual darkness.

2. HELPS Word-studies
Cognate: 4653 skotía (a feminine noun) – darkness, a brand of moral, spiritual obscurity (i.e. which blocks the light of God when faith is lacking). See also 4655 /skótos (“darkness”).

M. 1:5. “did not comprehend” (it). 2638. katalambanó. https://biblehub.com/greek/2638.htm

1. Strong’s Concordance
katalambanó: to lay hold of, seize
Definition: to lay hold of, seize
Usage: (a) I seize tight hold of, arrest, catch, capture, appropriate, (b) I overtake, (c) mid. aor: I perceived, comprehended

2. HELPS Word-studies
2638 katalambánō (from 2596 /katá, “down, according to,” which intensifies 2983 /lambánō, “aggressively take”) – properly, take hold of exactly, with decisive initiative (eager self-interest); to grasp something in a forceful (firm) manner; (figuratively) to apprehend (comprehend), “making it one’s own.”

N. 1:7. “might believe.” 4100. pisteuó. https://biblehub.com/greek/4100.htm

1. Strong’s Concordance
pisteuó: to believe, entrust
Definition: to believe, entrust
Usage: I believe, have faith in, trust in; pass: I am entrusted with.

2. HELPS Word-studies
4100 pisteúō (from 4102 /pístis, “faith,” derived from 3982 /peíthō, “persuade, be persuaded”) – believe (affirm, have confidence); used of persuading oneself (= human believing) and with the sacred significance of being persuaded by the Lord (= faith-believing). Only the context indicates whether 4100 /pisteúō (“believe”) is self-serving (without sacred meaning), or the believing that leads to/proceeds from God’s inbirthing of faith.

O. 1:9. “into the world.” 2889. kosmos. https://biblehub.com/greek/2889.htm

1. Strong’s Concordance
kosmos: order, the world
Definition: order, the world
Usage: the world, universe; worldly affairs; the inhabitants of the world; adornment.

2. HELPS Word-studies
2889 kósmos (literally, “something ordered”) – properly, an “ordered system” (like the universe, creation); the world.
[The English term “cosmetic” is derived from 2889 /kósmos, i.e. the order (“ensemble”) used of treating the face as a whole.]

P. 1:9. “enlightens.” 5461. phótizó. https://biblehub.com/greek/5461.htm

1. Strong’s Concordance
phótizó: to shine, give light
Definition: to shine, give light
Usage: (a) I light up, illumine, (b) I bring to light, make evident, reveal.

2. HELPS Word-studies
Cognate: 5461 phōtízō (from 5457 /phṓs, “light”) – properly, enlighten; (figuratively) God sharing His life, exposing and overcoming darkness – like the ignorance (prejudice) caused by sin. See 5457 (phōs).

Q. 1:9. “every.” pas.3956. https://biblehub.com/greek/3956.htm

1. Strong’s Concordance
pas: all, every
Definition: all, every
Usage: all, every. all, the whole, every kind of.

2. HELPS Word-studies
3956 pás – each, every; each “part(s) of a totality” (L & N, 1, 59.24).
3956 /pás (“each, every”) means “all” in the sense of “each (every) part that applies.” The emphasis of the total picture then is on “one piece at a time.” 365 (ananeóō) then focuses on the part(s) making up the whole – viewing the whole in terms of the individual parts.

R. 1:9. “man.” 444. anthrópos. https://biblehub.com/greek/444.htm

1. Strong’s Concordance
anthrópos: a man, human, mankind
Definition: a man, human, mankind
Usage: a man, one of the human race.

2. HELPS Word-studies
444 ánthrōpos – man, also the generic term for “mankind”; the human race; people, including women and men (Mt 4:19, 12:12, etc.).

VI. Analysis.

A. The facts and details of this article are worthy of study and restudy. A comfort factor for all human beings comes from verse 9: “This was the true Light that, coming into the world, enlightens every person.” Every person” is easy to understand. See NASB Greek Lexicon. Strong’s Concordance And Numbers. HELPS Word-Studies, “V.Q.1:9.” . “The emphasis of the total picture then is on “one piece at a time.” Each and every human being is a total picture of humanity. “One piece at a time” (of humanity) receives the Light of Christ. The Light of Christ is restrictive to no one, and evades no one. We will go deeper into this reasoning when we study John 3:16.

B. The following scriptures tell of God’s desire for all of mankind to be saved.

1. 1 Timothy 2:3-4
New American Standard Bible 1995

3 This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

2. 2 Peter 3:9
New American Standard Bible 1995

9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.

3. Romans 8:38-39
New American Standard Bible 1995

38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

VII. Let’s consider Life, as it is discussed in the following news articles.

https://www.lifenews.com/

https://www.lifenews.com/2021/02/17/joe-biden-i-wont-speak-out-against-uyghur-genocide-in-china-because-its-their-cultural-norm/

VIII. Sources Of Information. I will put this statement of sources of information on each of my future articles.

A. Credential information for named individuals in this article can be found on my Theologians website Page.

B. The following sources of information provide great teaching ideas; I encourage everyone to purchase these materials.

1. Ryrie Study Bible.

2. MacArthur Study Bible.

C. Everyone reads something that someone else has written. Therefore, it is important to choose authors whom have proven to be knowledgeable of the things that they have written, and who also have a high degree of acceptance from their peers. In addition to the sources of information that are noted in the above paragraph, there are many other theologians for whom I have great respect, and whose works I use for reference in the articles that I write. A list of such theologians, along with their credentials, can be found on this website’s Page of my sources of information. On that sources page you can also find linked information that tells of ministry works of many of those trusted theologians.

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Road To Tribulation 7 – The Terrorization Of Egypt

Egypt: A year of protests. Jan 25, 2012

I. Current Egypt.

A. Opening Video Comments. Only one year ago, on January 25, thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Cairo to voice their anger against corruption, poverty and repression in a demonstration called “Day of Wrath.” These protests were inspired by the Tunisian protests earlier that month that saw the ouster of President Zine Abidine Ben Ali on January 14 and the beginning of the Arab Spring uprisings. The date of the Arab Spring was December 17, 2010 – December 2012. The video shows the instability that currently exists in Egypt, as well as in neighboring Arab countries. Such instability will be prevalent when the “Isaiah 19 Proclamation Against Egypt” comes into play.

B. The Arab Spring (Arabic: الربيع العربي‎) was a series of anti-government protests, uprisings, and armed rebellions that spread across much of the Arab world in the early 2010s. It began in response to oppressive regimes and a low standard of living, starting with protests in Tunisia From Tunisia, the protests then spread to five other countries: Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Syria, and Bahrain, where either the ruler was deposed (Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Muammar Gaddafi, Hosni Mubarak, and Ali Abdullah Saleh) or major uprisings and social violence occurred including riots, civil wars, or insurgencies. Sustained street demonstrations took place in Morocco, Iraq, Algeria, Iranian Khuzestan,Lebanon, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, and Sudan. Minor protests took place in Djibouti, Mauritania, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, and the Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arab_Spring

C. This Isaiah 19 prophecy is of exceptional interest because of its amazing climax: the judgment of God on the Egyptians is followed by their repentance and conversion, by manifestations of God’s grace to them, and by their incorporation in the people of God, along with their bitter enemy, Assyria, and the chosen people, Israel, who had suffered so grievously at the hands of both. (Expositor’s Bible Commentary Old Testament, Abridged Edition).

D. NOW Prophecies deal with the most relative information for this present age. This is because they describe events that will likely find fulfillment during this generation’s existence. All unfilled biblical prophecy is important to understand, but of most value to any given group, past, present or future, is the information that was specifically provided through the ancient Hebrew prophecies for that generation’s benefit. The NOW Prophecies are the unfulfilled ancient biblical predictions that appear to be imminent, which means they could happen NOW. These foretellings have either minor or no remaining preconditions inhibiting them from happening (Bill Salus).

II. Contemporary Egypt. 1

A. These are the days when the Bible is its own best commentary. Imagine the Prophet Isaiah, whose ministry spanned between 740-701 B.C., standing on the streets of Cairo during the Arab Spring, speaking in front of a mainstream news camera declaring: “The Arab demonstrators have swiftly moved from Tunisia eastbound into Egypt! Egyptians are fighting other Egyptians. The military is being pelted with hundreds of Molotov cocktails as brothers are bludgeoning each other, and neighborhoods are riddled with unrest. The streets of Cairo are filled with violence and civil strife! It’s a very dangerous situation here in Tahrir Squire.”

B. The events of the Arab Spring seem eerily reminiscent of what Isaiah predicted centuries ago.

1. Text. Isaiah 19:1-2 – 714 B.C. – New American Standard Bible (NASB)

1 The pronouncement concerning Egypt:
Behold, the Lord is riding on a swift cloud and is about to come to Egypt;
The idols of Egypt will tremble at His presence,
And the heart of the Egyptians will melt within them.
2 “So I will incite Egyptians against Egyptians;
And they will fight, each against his brother and each against his neighbor,
City against city and kingdom against kingdom.

2. Commentary.

a. Is it possible that Isaiah was foretelling of a prophecy intended for modern times? Will more unrest befall the world’s most densely populated and powerful Arab state? This article will take a close look at the judgment prophecies concerning Egypt in Isaiah 19 in relation to Psalm 83.

b. From Isiah’s time forward, there were at least three devastating judgments found in Bible prophecy. These three judgments are as follows”

(1) PAST Prophecies. The Babylonian Judgment, described in Jer 42-44, Ezek 29:18-19, 30:10, and elsewhere.
(2) NOW Prophecies. The Israeli Defense Forces, mentioned in Ps 83 and Isa 19.
(3) LAST Prophecies. The anti-christ during the “Day of the Lord,” referenced in Ezek 30:3-4, Daniel 11:42-43, Joel 3:19, and elsewhere.

c. Among all of Egypt’s prophecies, the most important spiritually speaking for Egyptians, is undoubtedly concerning their national conversion. When all is said and done there will be a remnant of Egyptians that survive to reside in the one-thousand year Messianic kingdom. This is great news for the Egyptians because, as this article points out, events in Egypt seemingly take a severe turn for the worse in the near future.

3. Text. Isaiah 19:24-25 – NASB – 714 B.C.

24 On that day Israel will be the third party to Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, 25 whom the Lord of armies has blessed, saying, “Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.”

4. Commentary.

a. These verses identify Egyptians as “My people.” This is not a classification that presently applies to Egypt, because the nation hosts about 80 million Muslims, which constitutes about 95% of its population. To be called “My people” requires a belief in the true God, Yahweh, of the Bible, rather than the false God, Allah, of the Koran. Therefore, this is a title that will be bestowed on Egypt in the Messianic Kingdom. This means that Egypt will have a national conversion to accept Christ sometime prior to the commencement of the millennium. This can be deduced from the realization that only true believers in Christ can enter into that future dispensation.

b. Concerning Egypt’s existence during the Messianic kingdom era, Ezekiel explains that the nation of Egypt will be the lowliest of all the kingdoms present on the earth at that time.

5. Text. Ezekiel 29:15 – NASB – 588 B.C.

15 It will be the lowest of the kingdoms, and it will not raise itself above the nations again. And I will make them small so that they will not rule over the nations.

6. Comment. It appears that the above prophecy has not yet been fulfilled. Clearly, Egypt today is not the lowliest of kingdoms on earth. In fact, Egypt’s army, which is ranked 18th among world armies is the most powerful among the Arab states. The next closest Arab army in the region is Saudi Arabia, which is ranked 28th. There are nearly 83 million people living in Egypt, and comparatively only about 27-28 million in the Arab state of Saudi Arabia.

III. Egypt’s Past Prophecies. 2

A. Overview – Ezekiel. The past Babylonian judgment against Egypt occurred in 568 B.C. when King Nebuchadnezzar marched upon the country in order to replenish his military budget and arsenals. He had endured a tiring, but successful campaign against Tyre, in modern day Lebanon. Ezekiel identifies the king’s military motive for us.

B. Text. Ezekiel 29:18-20 – NASB – 588 B.C.

18 “Son of man, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon made his army labor hard against Tyre; every head had a bald spot and every shoulder was rubbed raw. But he and his army acquired no wages from Tyre for the labor that he had performed against it.” 19 Therefore this is what the Lord God says: “Behold, I am going to give the land of Egypt to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon. And he will carry off her wealth and capture her spoils and seize her plunder; and it will be wages for his army. 20 I have given him the land of Egypt for his labor which he performed, because they acted for Me,” declares the Lord God.

C. Overview – Jeremiah. Chapters 42-44 of Jeremiah brazenly warned the Jews at the time not to flee to Egypt in order to avoid this impending confrontation with King Nebuchadnezzar. However, many of His people refused to follow His instructions and migrated into Egypt. As a result, scores of them were killed during the Babylonian conquest of Egypt.

D. Text. Jeremiah 42:19 – NASB – 588 B.C.

19 The Lord has spoken to you, you remnant of Judah, “Do not go to Egypt!” You know for certain that I have admonished you today.

IV. Egypt’s NOW Prophecies. 3

A. Developments in Egypt since the Arab Spring of 2011 are preparing this Arab state for the fulfillment of prophecies issued in Isaiah 19:1-18. These ancient predictions could culminate soon in Egypt’s participation in the Arab-Israeli war under the banner of the “Hagarenes” (confederate Arab nations against Israel) which are described in Psalm 83. As such, a study of Isaiah 19:1-18 will be undertaken at this time.

B. Text. Psalm 83:6 – NASB. – Unknown Date.

The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites,
Moab and the Hagrites;

C. Before exploring Isaiah 19, it is important to recognize that these Isaiah prophecies might lead into, or somehow be related to, the Psalm 83 war, but they could also be independent from Psalm 83. Egypt’s role in Psalm 83 is the most controversial of the ten member confederacy that is found in Psalm 83:6-8. Consider the reasons for including Egypt in Psalm 83. If Egypt is included in Psalm 83, and if Isaiah 19:1-18 relates to Psalm 83, then these Isaiah prophecies concerning Egypt should be treated as NOW Prophecies.

V. Denunciation Against Egypt. 4

A. Text. Isaiah 19:1 . NASB – 714 B.C.

1 The pronouncement concerning Egypt:

Behold, the Lord is riding on a swift cloud and is about to come to Egypt;
The idols of Egypt will tremble at His presence,
And the heart of the Egyptians will melt within them.

B. Comments.

1. The very first sentence speaks about a judgment that is intended against Egypt. The judgment is from the Lord and it happens quickly, like a swift cloud moves through the windy sky. Before addressing the typological significance of the swift cloud it’s important to understand that the Lord never renders random judgments upon the nations. In this case, Egypt has done something deserving of divine judgment. The clue to Egypt’s guilt appears to be described in Isaiah 19:16-18, and is relative to something between Israel and Egypt. Egypt’s foul play toward Israel will be discussed in the commentary of those verses.

2. The significance of the “swift cloud” that makes the “idols” of Egypt “totter” is that when Egypt’s judgment occurs, it doesn’t appear to be a long drawn out process, and it adversely affects the spiritual bedrock of the entire country, which today is predominantly Islam. Cloud cover creates darkness beneath it. Darkness alluding to a nation’s religious conditions depict a country’s spiritual blindness. Egypt’s history at the time of the Hebrew exodus saw a similar scenario of the Lord riding into Egypt on a swift cloud.

Exodus 14:19-20 – NASB – 1491 B.C.

19 Then the angel of God, who had been going before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from before them and stood behind them. 20 So it came between the camp of Egypt and the camp of Israel; and there was the cloud along with the darkness, yet it gave light at night. Therefore the one did not approach the other all night.

3. In addition to the above Exodus 14 passage, clouds in relation to spiritual matters are found in 1 Thes 4:17, describing Christians being caught up into the clouds during the Rapture. Also, in Ex 19:9, the Lord visited Moses via a cloud, and in Ex 24:15-16, after six days of cloud over Mount Sinai, the Lord called out to Moses from the clouds on the seventh day. These are just a few biblical instances of where clouds are used as a typological representation of a deep-seated spiritual matter.

C. Text. Isaiah 19:2 – NASB – 714 B.C.

2 “So I will incite Egyptians against Egyptians;
And they will fight, each against his brother and each against his neighbor,
City against city and kingdom against kingdom.

D. Comments.

1. This is another prophetic verse that does not appear to have found fulfillment. Because the idols of Egypt are tottering, and the heart of the country is melting in its midst, severe civilian unrest begins to occur. This civil strife quickly burgeons into a civil war, but does not stop there. Ultimately, kingdoms begin to clash with each other. In this instance “kingdom against kingdom” appears to allude to a regional conflict. Presently, there are three predominate kingdoms in the region: Jewish, Arab and Persian, and observably they are all mostly at odds with each other.

a. Most Arab countries don’t recognize Israel’s right to exist, and want the Jewish state to give up large portions of land for one more Arab state called Palestine.

b. Most Arab countries are genuinely concerned that Iran wants to attain a nuclear weapons program in order for her (Iran) to control the balance of power in the Middle East.

c. Iran (Persian) is threatening to wipe out the Jewish kingdom off of the map.

2. Isaiah 19:2 predicts a regional conflict in Egypt’s future. We see in Isa 19:16-18 that this conflict appears to be between the Arab and Jewish kingdoms.

E. Text. Isaiah 19:3-4 – NASB – 714 B.C.

3 Then the spirit of the Egyptians will be demoralized within them;
And I will confuse their strategy,
So that they will resort to idols and ghosts of the dead,
And to mediums and spiritists.
4 Furthermore, I will hand the Egyptians over to a cruel master,
And a mighty king will rule over them,” declares the Lord God of armies.

F. Comments.

1. If this prophecy is for our times, then these verses imply that when the swift judgment comes, the Egyptians will consult their Muslim clerics and imams, but to no avail. Their Islamic counsel fails in the midst of the deteriorating matters, which ultimately makes Egypt susceptible to the takeover of a cruel dictator.

2. Some commentaries suggest that this cruel master was the Assyrian king Esarhaddon, who conquered Egypt in 671 B.C. Another candidate is the Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar in 568 B.C. The antichrist is yet another possibility, since he is involved in the LAST prophecy against Egypt in Daniel 11:42-43. But, it could even be an Egyptian leader that turns into a ruthless dictator, rather than a foreign national like Esarhaddon, Nebuchadnezzar, or the Antichrist.

G. Text. Isaiah 19:6-10 – NASB – 714 B.C.

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+19%3A6-10&version=NASB

H. Comments.

1. These five verses will be commented on collectively. At the time of Egypt’s swift calamity, the economy entirely collapses. The fishing and textile industries, that have historically been Egypt’s mainstay, will go bankrupt. Tourism could be added into these passages, as well. Although tourism was not a big source of revenue for Egypt during Isaiah’s time, it has been so throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.

2. Isaiah concludes by saying, “All who make wages will be troubled of soul.” That statement sums up Egypt’s economic predicament. Egypt experiences an utter economic collapse. Egypt’s economy is already heading in that direction rapidly. They are reliant upon foreign aid from Saudi Arabia, America, Turkey, and elsewhere, now more than ever before. The Arab Spring may have brought changes politically but, as of yet, it has not improved Egypt economically.

I. Text. Isaiah 19:11-15 – NASB – 714 B.C.

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+19%3A11-15&version=NASB

J. Comments.

1. To understand Isaiah’s chastisements in these verses, it is important to note that in the ancient world, Egypt was known for its superior wisdom. But, Isaiah warned them not to count on her wise men to save the nation from the coming destruction. Also, their wisdom was foolishness compared to the foolishness of the Lord Almighty, who was planning the onslaught. No one in Egypt would be able to do anything to avert the destruction. Neither the leaders, nor the populace, could hold back God’s judgment.

2. These comments illustrate that at the time that the Isaiah 19 prophecy was issued, the pinnacle people and places would be affected by this judgment. No Egyptian seems to escape the powerful grasp of Isaiah’s burden against Egypt.

K. Text. Isaiah 19:16-17 – NASB – 714 B.C.

16 On that day the Egyptians will become like women, and they will tremble and be in great fear because of the waving of the hand of the Lord of armies, which He is going to wave over them. 17 The land of Judah will become a cause of shame to Egypt; everyone to whom it is mentioned will be in great fear because of the plan of the Lord of armies which He is making against them.

L. Comments.

1. Up until these telling verses, we have only been able to ascertain the adverse effects of Isaiah’s prophecy, but now we get a clue to the underlying cause of Egypt’s judgment. Isaiah starts by attributing all the events of Isa 19:1-15 to the consequences of Isa 19:16-17, by saying, “in that day.” In essence, at the time that Egypt’s wisdom fails, religious leaders falter, the economy collapses, and Egypt is ruled by a harsh dictator, the country will be likened to a fearful woman that has become terrorized by Israel (Judah).

2. This implies that Egypt has confronted Israel, and in the process provoked a powerful retaliatory response from the Jewish state. More than likely, this confrontation finds association with Egypt’s military participation in the Psalm 83 war. These verses say that Egypt is not terrorized by Babylon, or by the the antichrist, but by Judah. This implies that Isa 19:1-18 is not addressing the PAST prophecies with the Babylon conquest, or the LAST prophecies relative to the antichrist invasion of Dan 11:42-43, but rather it seems to speak to the NOW prophecy of Psalm 83, the final Arab-Israel war, which appears to be imminent.

3. Recalling that the Lord doesn’t render random judgments, it makes sense that if Egypt seeks to disavow its current peace treaty with Israel, and confederate with the Psalm 83 Arab states and terrorists populations in order to destroy the Jewish state, “that the name Israel may be remembered no more” (Ps 83:4), that Egypt will be judged! Egypt seeking to curse Israel will provoke the curse-for-curse in kind clause of Gen 12:3 to come back against Egypt.

4. If the nuclear equipped IDF (Israel Defense Force) that is presently ranked # 11 among world armies gets provoked into a war with Egypt, then the odds are that the Egyptians will be terrorized by Judah to the point that they resemble the fearful woman of Isa 19:16.

M. Text. Isaiah 19:18 – NASB – 714 B.C.

18 On that day five cities in the land of Egypt will be speaking the language of Canaan and swearing allegiance to the Lord of armies; one will be called the City of Destruction.

N. Comments.

1. Again, Isaiah prefaces his prophecy by saying that “in that day,” five cities in Egypt will speak the language of Canaan, which is Hebrew. This implies that Israel will annex five cities that are presently under Egyptian sovereignty when the prophecies spelled out in Isa 19:1-17 take place. When the IDF defeats the Egyptian army again, then it is possible that they will take more Arab territory.

2. According to Gen 15:18, the land that is Arab occupied, and is known as Gaza, West Bank, Golan Heights, East Jerusalem, and the Sinai Peninsula, is identified as the Promised Land for the exclusive use of the Jewish people. It is possible that the five cities that Isa 19:18 identifies will be located east of the Nile, and will be acquired after Egypt’s defeat in Psalm 83.

VI. Summary. 5

A. Somewhat similar to the way that Jordan will tremble and be toppled, Egypt will be terrorized and partially toppled. The NOW prophecies of Jordan and Egypt result in Israel expanding territorially. Israel appears to take much of Jordan, according to Jeremiah 49 and Zephaniah 2, and at least five cities in Egypt in Isa 19:18. Isaiah says one of those cities will be called, “The City Of Destruction. This could imply that it was destroyed by Israel, before being taken over by Israel.

B. Presently, Egypt has a peace treaty with Israel, but according to the NOW and LAST prophecies identified in this article, this peace deal is temporary. Someday Egypt, along with Assyria, will possess a permanent peace treaty with Israel, according to Isa 19:24-25. However, between NOW and then, Egypt will be terrorized according to Isa 19:16-18.

C. Text. Isaiah 19:22-25 – NASB – 714 B.C.

22 And the Lord will strike Egypt, striking but healing; so they will return to the Lord, and He will respond to their pleas and heal them.

23 On that day there will be a road from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrians will come into Egypt and the Egyptians into Assyria; and the Egyptians will worship with the Assyrians.

24 On that day Israel will be the third party to Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, 25 whom the Lord of armies has blessed, saying, “Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.”

D. Comment. The two great warring nations of Isaiah’s time are to reach a lasting peace with each other during “that day” of Christ’s reign (27:13; cf. 2:2–4). Israel, “in that day,” will become what God intended her to be—a blessing to the rest of the world (Gen. 12:3; 42:6; contra 1:2) (MacArthur Study Bible). The road in verse 23 extends from the western to eastern borders of the promised land of the Abrahamic Covenant (Gen 15:18-21).

VII. About Israel. https://www.israel365news.com/category/jerusalem/

Jerusalem is one of the world’s oldest cities. Dominion over Jerusalem has changed hands dozens of times and the city, along with the Holy Temple, was destroyed twice – once in 586 BCE by Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon and again in 70 CE by Rome.

From 70 CE until 1948, Jerusalem was controlled by a series of empires. In modern history, dominion over Jerusalem was held by the Ottoman Empire from 1516 until the beginning of the British Mandate in 1917.

On November 29, 1947, the UN General Assembly approved the Partition Plan, granting the Jewish people dominion over part of Jerusalem for the first time in 2,000 years. There is a street in Jerusalem known as Kaf-Tet B’November, which literally means November 29, honoring this momentous date.

Jerusalem was reunited, and the Old City was restored to Jewish hands, in June 1967, as an outcome of the Six Day War. Israel celebrates this reunification on Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) each year on 28 Iyar in the Hebrew calendar (May-June).

Jerusalem is the capital city of the State of Israel with more than nine million residents. Of those, 64% are Jewish, 34% are Muslim and 2% are Christian.

Jerusalem, and more specifically the Temple Mount, is destined to be the home of the Third and Eternal Holy Temple.

VIII. Article References. The individuals who are sources of information, that are mentioned in my articles, are listed by education and accomplishment on my Page of theologians. The source documents that are noted are worthy of being in anyone’s reference library, and should be considered for purchase. The following footnotes of Bill Salus are a product of the years of dedication that Mr. Salus has poured into his study of Biblical prophecy.
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1. Bill Salus, NOW Prophecies, pg 149-152
2. Bill Salus, NOW Prophecies, pg 152-153
3. Bill Salus, NOW Prophecies, pg 153
4. Bill Salus, NOW Prophecies, pg 154-161
5. Bill Salus, NOW Prophecies, pg 161

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Salvation In Christ – The Book Of John – 1:1-1:2

I. Introduction.

A. A Personal Thought. To me, the Book of John is a source document of “hard and fast” details of Scriptural Truth that relate to salvation and eternal life. It is my “go to” place when I want to find out something about the details of the person of Christ. The Book of John gives the definition of “eternal security,” which is found in John 17:3: “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” In this passage, the word, “know,” is key.

1. The meaning of “know” (1097. ginṓskō”) relates to a personal relationship with someone. 1097 ginṓskō – properly, to know, especially through personal experience (first-hand acquaintance). 1097 /ginṓskō (“experientially know”) is used for example in Lk 1:34, “And Mary [a virgin] said to the angel, ‘How will this be since I do not know (1097 /ginṓskō = sexual intimacy) a man?'” (https://biblehub.com/greek/1097.htm).

2. In John 17:3 Christ is saying that eternal life comes from having a personal relationship with “God the Father,” through “God the Son,” being empowered by “God the Holy Spirit.” Such a relationship of intimacy comes from the new birth (John 3:3, 8), with the Spirit of God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) dwelling within the spirit of the person whom has been born again (John 14:10-11, 16-17, 20; 16:13-14). To be born again means “to be born from above,” which is not a physical birth, but a spiritual “rebirth.”

3. In John 3:16, we see the words, “everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.” Belief in Christ is described as, “4100. pisteuó,” “I believe, have faith in, trust in.” (https://biblehub.com/greek/4100.htm).

4. The Words of Christ add assurity to a believer having eternal life, “for eternity.” Consider John 5:24: ““Truly, truly, I say to you, the one who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.”

5. In John 10:28 we see even more assurance of eternal life for believers in Christ: “and I give them eternal life, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand” (no one can walk to salvation, and no one can walk away from salvation).

6. A purpose statement of the Book of John is found in John 20:31: “but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that by believing you may have life in His name.”

7. The Book of John is a book of undeniable assurance of eternal life for those whom have come to a trusting belief in Christ as Lord and Savior. The message of the Book of John is, “hard and fast,” in its teaching of the Words of Christ continually saying that such believers are “eternally secure in Him.”

8. The following details will strengthen our understanding of the deity of Christ. It is important for us to know as much as we can about Christ; but, it is more important for us to have a John 17:3 “knowledge” of Christ, which is deep, personal, intimate. Much of that which we are learning from these studies is highly “academic.” But, we must never lose sight of the “spiritual” emphasis that our Lord desires of us.

B. Discernment And Application. 1

1. Discerning the Meaning | John 1:1

“Word.” Word can mean either words that are spoken (a statement or subject of discussion), an account or motive (Rom. 14:12), or Jesus Himself. When it refers to Jesus, it means either Jesus as the content of God’s revelation or Jesus as the reason behind the universe (John 1:1). In either case, it conveys the idea that Jesus is the living voice of God who communicates the full wisdom of God. He is God speaking, the breathing out of all God is and thinks so that mankind can understand and be saved.

2. Applying the Message | John 1

“God Came Down.” The Gospel of John presents Jesus Christ coming into this world from the bosom of His heavenly Father: “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). The first three Gospels present Jesus coming to earth from an earthly perspective. But the Gospel of John describes Jesus Christ coming into this world from a heavenly perspective.

II. Text. 2.

A. John 1:1-2 – New American Standard Bible – 26 A.D.

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God.

B. Commentary. 3

1. 1:1

a. In the beginning. In contrast to 1 John 1:1 where John used a similar phrase (“from the beginning”) to refer to the starting point of Jesus’ ministry and gospel preaching, this phrase parallels Gen. 1:1 where the same phrase is used. John used the phrase in an absolute sense to refer to the beginning of the time-space-material universe.

b. was. The verb highlights the eternal preexistence of the Word, i.e., Jesus Christ. Before the universe began, the Second Person of the Trinity always existed; i.e., He always was (cf. 8:58). This word is used in contrast with the verb “was made” (or “were made”) in v. 3 which indicates a beginning in time. Because of John’s theme that Jesus Christ is the eternal God, the Second Person of the Trinity, he did not include a genealogy as Matthew and Luke did. While in terms of Jesus’ humanity, He had a human genealogy; in terms of His deity, He has no genealogy.

c. the Word. John borrowed the use of the term “Word” not only from the vocabulary of the OT but also from Gr. philosophy, in which the term was essentially impersonal, signifying the rational principle of “divine reason,” “mind,” or even “wisdom.” John, however, imbued the term entirely with OT and Christian meaning (e.g., Gen. 1:3 where God’s Word brought the world into being; Pss. 33:6; 107:20; Prov. 8:27 where God’s Word is His powerful self-expression in creation, wisdom, revelation, and salvation) and made it refer to a person, i.e., Jesus Christ. Greek philosophical usage, therefore, is not the exclusive background of John’s thought. Strategically, the term “Word” serves as a bridge-word to reach not only Jews but also the unsaved Greeks. John chose this concept because both Jews and Greeks were familiar with it.

d. the Word was with God. The Word, as the Second Person of the Trinity, was in intimate fellowship with God the Father throughout all eternity. Yet, although the Word enjoyed the splendors of heaven and eternity with the Father (Is. 6:1–13; cf. 12:41; 17:5), He willingly gave up His heavenly status, taking the form of a man, and became subject to the death of the cross (see notes on Phil. 2:6–8).

e. was God. The Gr. construction emphasizes that the Word had all the essence or attributes of deity, i.e., Jesus the Messiah was fully God (cf. Col. 2:9). Even in His incarnation when He emptied Himself, He did not cease to be God but took on a genuine human nature/body and voluntarily refrained from the independent exercise of the attributes of deity.

2. 1:2. 4

a. Verse 2 would appear to be a mere repetition of what has been said, but actually it is not. This verse teaches that Christ’s personality and deity were without beginning.

b. Christ did not become a person for the first time as the Babe of Bethlehem. Nor did He somehow become a god after His resurrection, as some teach today. He is God from all eternity.

III. Life.

A. Life is discussed throughout the Book of John, and throughout God’s Holy Word. Life, in today’s world, is also a common topic of discussion, as to its having value, or not having value, in an unborn baby.

B. Let’s consider Life, as it is shown in the following news article.

https://www.lifenews.com/2021/02/05/48-senate-democrats-just-voted-for-infanticide-showing-how-extreme-and-radical-they-are/

C. Consider Exodus 20:13, “You shall not murder.” (NASB)

D. Please know that this website will not skirt citing truth and error in “politically sensitive” issues.

IV. Credential information can be found on my website Page, “About Theologians.”

V. Video Details.

A. Gaither Vocal Band – The Florida Boys – When He Was On the Cross (I Was On His Mind) [Official Live]

B. Gaither Music TV. Dec 13, 2012.

VI. Sources Of Information. I will put this statement of sources of information on each of my future articles.

A. Credential information on named individuals in this article can be found on my website Page, “About Theologians.”

B. Footnotes. The following sources of information provide great teaching ideas; I encourage everyone to purchase these materials. Of the footnoted sources, I have been blessed by each of the sources of information.

1. Vines Expository Bible.

2. Bible Gateway.

3. MacArthur Study Bible.

4. Believer’s Bible Commentary.

C. Everyone reads something that someone else has written. Therefore, it is important to choose authors whom have proven to be knowledgeable of the things that they have written, and also have a high degree of acceptance from their peers. In addition to the sources of information that are footnoted in the above paragraph, there are many other theologians for whom I greatly respect, and whose works I use for reference in the articles that I write. A list of such theologians, along with their credentials, can be found on this website’s Page of my sources of information. On that sources page you can also find linked information that tells of ministry works of many of those trusted theologians.

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Road To Tribulation 6 – The Trembling And Toppling Of Jordan

I. Introduction.

A. Opening Video. Middle East Showdown, Part 1. Bill Salus and Gary Stearman, June 19, 2014. Prophecy Depot Ministries, Bill Salus. Aired again on Jan 28, 2021. Gary Stearman welcomes Bill Salus to the Prophecy In The News Studio where Bill shares invaluable insights written in his book, Nuclear Showdown in Iran, The Ancient Prophecy of Elam. This book reveals the potential relevance of an ancient prophecy that may pertain to Iran’s nuclear program. Scores of Iranian Christians are anxiously awaiting a prophecy concerning their future that was written in Jeremiah 49:34-39 (600 B.C.).

B. The opening video of this article, as will as of future teaching videos, will relate to subjects that we have already studies, as well as those which are yet to be discussed. The dates that these videos were aired may be very recent, or may be of a number of years old. It is important to remember that God’s prophetic time clock is independent of the dates that such prophecies will be fulfilled, or studied.

C. In addition to national enemies of Israel, there are terrorist groups that we will find in the discussion of NOW prophecies. The PLO, Hamas, Fatah, Hezbollah, Al-Qaeda, ISIS, and others are groups that may be found in any of the scenarios that we will be discussing, as for providing support for the nations that will attack Israel. In the unfulfilled prophecies that we are studying, the nations of the prophecies, as well as any supporting terrorist groups, will be defeated by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).

D. A devastating invasion and destruction of the land of the Ammonites was described in this prophecy that Jeremiah received from the Lord. The Ammonites were descendants of Lot’s younger daughter (Gen 19:38, 1898 B.C.). Its capital city, Rabbah, would “become a mound of ruins” (Jer 49:2, 600 B.C.). Like his prophecy concerning Moab, though the destruction was extensive, God promised to “restore the fortunes of the Ammonites” (Jer 49:6). 1

E. The Ammonites were located east of the Jordan River and north of Moab. Throughout the history of Judah and the Ammonites, they had been in conflict. 2. The Ammonites rejoiced over Jerusalem’s fall to Babylon in 586 B.C. 3

F. The Ammonites were frequent enemies, and poor allies to Israel. In the days of Moses and Joshua they hindered the Jewish people from entering Israel and supported Balak in his plan to curse them (Deu 23:4, 1451 B.C.), then during the reign of Jehoiakim they raided Judah (2 Kg 24:2, 600 B.C.). Later, they allied with Judah against Babylon during Judah’s final revolt, yet were a driving force for the assassination of Gedaliah for their own advantage (Jr 40:13-14, 588 B.C.). When Jewish people returned after their captivity, Ammonites hindered the rebuilding of Jerusalem (Neh 4:7, 445 B.C.). 4

G. The judgments against nations adjacent to Israel are set forth in various portions of the Old Testament, e.g., against Ammon (Jer 49:1-6, 600 B.C.). 5

H. Jordan is the present land where the Ammonites, Moabites, and Edomites resided. Click on the folowing link to see a map which shows the location of The Kingdoms of Ammon, Moab, and Edom ca. 830 BC.
Biblical Places on Modern Maps: Jordan

I. NOW Prophecies deal with the most relative information for this present age. This is because they describe events that will likely find fulfillment during this generation’s existence. All unfilled biblical prophecy is important to understand, but of most value to any given group, past, present or future, is the information that was specifically provided through the ancient Hebrew prophecies for that generation’s benefit. The NOW Prophecies are the unfulfilled ancient biblical predictions that appear to be imminent, which means they could happen NOW. These foretellings have either minor or no remaining preconditions inhibiting them from happening. 5.1

II. Supporting Prophetic Scriptures.

A. Text.

1. Jeremiah 49:1-6 – New American Standard Bible – Prophecy against Ammon – 600 B.C.

1 Concerning the sons of Ammon. This is what the Lord says:
“Does Israel have no sons?
Or has he no heirs?
Why then has Malcam taken possession of Gad,
And his people settled in its cities?
2 Therefore behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord,
“When I will cause an alarm of war to be heard
Against Rabbah of the sons of Ammon;
And it will become a desolate heap,
And her towns will be set on fire.
Then Israel will take possession of his possessors,”
Says the Lord.
3 “Wail, Heshbon, for Ai has been destroyed!
Cry out, daughters of Rabbah,
Put on sackcloth and mourn,
And move about inside the walls;
For Malcam will go into exile
Together with his priests and his leaders.
4 How you boast about the valleys!
Your valley is flowing away,
You backsliding daughter
Who trusts in her treasures, saying,
‘Who can come against me?’
5 Behold, I am going to bring terror upon you,”
Declares the Lord God of armies,
“From all directions around you;
And you will be driven away one after another,
With no one to gather the fugitives together.
6 But afterward I will restore
The fortunes of the sons of Ammon,”
Declares the Lord.

B. Overview.

Another ancient Bible prophecy seems to be nearing its fulfillment. The subject nation of this vastly overlooked prediction is Jordan. Approximately 2600 years ago, the Hebrew prophet Jeremiah foretold of a tormenting fear that would someday debilitate this Arab state. The prophecy states that Jordan will tremble as troubling events encroach in on all sides of its borders. Jeremiah 49:5 predicts that terrorizing geo-political events surrounding Jordan will severely destabilize the nation. The terror that Jeremiah describes has never engulfed this territory; that is, until NOW! According to Jer 49:1-5 (600 B.C.), the instability that occurs within the country burgeons into an epic biblical war against Israel, which results in the: (1) trembling and topping of Jordan, (2) dispersion of Jordanians from Jordan, and (3) expansion of the Jewish state into Jordan. 6

C. ISIS Appeal Presents Jordan With New Test.

1. The Iraqi and Syrian partisans played a significant role in the expansion of ISIS into those countries. The ISIS supporters in Jordan, like their Iraqi and Syrian counterparts, embrace the same goal of an Islamic State in the Levant (ISIL), which is another acronym that ISIS goes by. The goal of ISIL is to establish their Sunni style of Islamic rule throughout the Levant first, and then extend it throughout the rest of the world. The concern is that its bid for more control of the Mideast, ISIL will lockstep with their Jordanian adherents to capture all or parts of Jordan. This approach has already proven to be successful in Iraq and Syria. Adding to Jordan’s internal affairs problems are the hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees that continue to flood into the country. Presently, there are over 600,000 refugees encamped in Jordan. Many of those exiles are prime candidates for ISIS recruitment. 7

2. The Levant (C.1. above) is a term that generally identifies the greater Middle East region, which includes Syria, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, the Gaza Strip, West Bank, and parts of the Sinai, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Coincidentally, all of these territories appear to be involved in the prophecy of Psalm 83. 8

a. Former U.S. President Obama stopped saying ISIS, and began saying ISIL. Consider the following news article. “Why Obama calls ISIS ‘ISIL.’ ” “Obama, alone among virtually all world leaders and most news media, consistently calls ISIS, the world’s worst terrorist scourge, by the name ISIL. The former stands for Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, while ISIL stands for The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The Levant is a much larger area than merely Syria, including also Cyprus, parts of Turkey, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan and parts of Egypt.” https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/205157

b. It is amazing how so many Israel opponents favor the term ISIL, over ISIS. Genesis 15:18-21 (1913 B.C.) identifies the land that God promised to Abraham and his descendants, the nation of Israel. The boundaries of the promised extend from the Nile River in Egypt, to the Euphrates River. 9. The Euphrates River extends northward, from the Persian Gulf, and passes through the nations of Kuwait, Iraq, and Syria, and ends in Turkey. The Euphrates River also passes through the ancient city of Babylon. To say that ISIS is now ISIL is to give that terrorist group inferred ownership of God’s promised land to Israel, which will be the land of the Kingdom Age when Christ returns to earth from Heaven at the end of the Tribulation and sets up His Earthly Kingdom. 10. Yes! Words take on significant undertones.

D. Jordan’s Trembling. Jeremiah 49:5 (600 B.C.) says that the Lord will “bring fear upon” Jordan from “all those who are around.” Presently, Jordan faces trouble on every front.

1. Jordan Trembles To The North and Northeast (ISIS). ISIS has its sights on Jordan, and is pressing in from the north and northeast from strongholds in Syria and Iraq. This is a problem because ISIS has sympathizers residing inside of Jordan, as well as in Iraq and Syria. 11

2. Jordan Trembles To the East (Iran). On the eastern front, Jordan is unnerved by Iran’s attempt to spread its dominance in its direction. Presently, Iranian troops are deployed into the embattled areas of Iraq and Syria. Moreover, Iran’s funding of terrorist groups like Hezbollah (to the north), Hamas (to the west), and the Houthis (to the south), further aggravates Jordan’s situation. Of equal, or greater, concern is Iran’s developing nuclear program of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). These ICBMs carry weapons of mass destruction, could fly over Jordanian airspace enroute to Israel, or even landin Jordan itself. 12

3. Jordan Trembles To The West (Israel vs Hezbollah Conflict). Hezbollah’s growing presence to Jordan’s north in the Golan Heights intensifies the already existing tension between Israel and Syria. On Jordan’s western front, Israel is bracing for another possible war with Hezbollah, which could eventuate in over 1500 missiles being launched into Israel daily. 13

4. Jordan Trembles To The South (Terror in the Sinai). Terrorism in the Sinai to Jordan’s south complicates matters further because much needed natural gas resources from there are under constant threat. A Sinai based terror group (Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis), who has pledged allegiance to ISIS, has bombed gas pipelines into Jordan in the recent past. Terrorist groups like this, that align with ISIS, are another growing concern for Jordan. 14.

5. Jordan Trembles Internally (The Palestinians). There are an estimated 3.24 million Palestinians living in Jordan, nearly one-half of the country’s overall population, many of them which are discontent with the current Jordanian leadership. These Palestinians want a state of their own, or at least more civil liberties within Jordan. 15

E. Why Jordan and Why NOW? 16

1. Presuming that all of the above is that which drives the fear of what will be in Jeremiah’s ancient prediction, we must ask, “why Jordan,” and “why NOW?” After all, Jordan maintains a peace treaty with Israel, and is generally pro-western, and is regarded by many as being the most moderate Arab state in the Middle East.

2. Some Bible teachers believe that Jordan is a sincere and long lasting friend of Israel. It has also been said that Psalm 83 can’t be a future prophecy, because Jordan is in that Psalm as one of the Arab confederates, and that Jordan won’t betray Israel’s trust and join the other Psalm 83 countries in attacking Israel. However it is important to not overlook the following significant facts:

a. War prophecies concerning Jordan in Jer 49:1-6 (600 B.C.), Zeph 2:8-11 (630 B.C.), Ps 83, Ezek 25:14 (590 B.C.), Isa 11:14 (713 B.C.), and elsewhere, remain unfulfilled.

b. The wars involving Jordan against Israel in 1948, 1967 and 1973, which did not fulfill all of the prophecies above, demonstrated a clear pattern of Jordan’s hatred toward Israel in modernity.

c. Jordan refuses to acknowledge Israel’s right to exist as the Jewish state.

d. Jordan threatened to revoke its 1994 peace agreement with Israel in October of 2014, because Israel threatened Jordan’s control over the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

e. Jordan temporarily withdrew its Ambassador to Israel in November 2014, also over the Temple Mount matter.

f. About one-half of Jordan’s population are Palestinians who are predominantly hostile toward Israel.

3. The answers to “why Jordan and why Now” are found in the unfulfilled prophecies of Jeremiah, Zephaniah, Ezekiel and Isaiah, and the others listed in “a.” above. The following prophecies predict that Jordan will be toppled.

a. Jeremiah 49:1-2 (600 B.C.), Zephaniah 2:8-9 (630 B.C.), and Amos 1:13 (787 B.C.) point out that Jordan is guilty of enlarging its borders at Israel’s expense. Jordan is located within the borders of the “Promised Land.”

b. Some of the most scathing prophecies in store for Jordan’s future deals with the ancient territory of Edom, which is modern day Southern Jordan. According to Amos 1:11, Ezek 25:12 (590 B.C.), Ezek 35:5 (587 B.C.), and elsewhere, Edom has hated Israel with a vengeance. The Bible describes it as a perpetual hatred, which means that it stems from long ago and still exists today. This perpetual enmity against the Jews is represented in the Palestinians, who have Edomite descendants within their ethnicity.

III. Conclusion.

A. Text. Jeremiah 49:6 (600 B.C.). But afterward I will restore the fortunes of the sons of Ammon,” declares the Lord.

B. Comment. Jordan’s immediate future looks bleak. According to Jeremiah 49:1-5(600 B.C.), they will tremble, and then they will be toppled. However, Jeremiah 49:6 has some good news for the Jordanians. This verse foretells that sometime after Jordan gets toppled, some of the Jordanian exiles will acknowledge that Yahweh is God, and that Christ is their Savior..

IV. Israel In The News.

IDF STRIKES HAMAS TARGETS IN GAZA AFTER 3 ROCKETS FIRED INTO ISRAEL

The Israeli military carried out airstrikes in the Gaza Strip in the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday morning (5th) after terrorists based in the coastal enclave fired three rockets at southern Israel.

News Digest — 2/5/20

V. God And Israel – Genesis 12:2-3 – 2123 B.C.

And I will make you into a great nation,
And I will bless you,
And make your name great;
And you shall be a blessing;
And I will bless those who bless you,
And the one who curses you I will curse.
And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.

VI. Sources Of Information. I will put this statement of sources of information on each of my future articles.

A. Footnotes. The following sources of information provide great teaching ideas; I encourage everyone to purchase these materials. Of the footnoted sources, I have been blessed by Bill Salus and his search for prophetic information. I have seen Bill in many interviews where he is questioned, about “end times and last days subjects,” by authors, pastors and theologians, whom are well known for their expertise in such areas of God’s Word. I have been greatly blessed by Bill’s research that has brought about his teaching on the “NOW, NEXT, LAST and FINAL” Prophecies. Through “You Tube” videos I have watched, hours upon hours, of Bill Salus being interviewed, and have found his knowledge of God’s Word to be very “credible.”

1. John F. Walvoord, Every Prophecy of the Bible, pg 150.
2. The Bible Knowledge Commentary, pg 1187.
3. The Bible Knowledge Commentary, pg 1197.
4. The Moody Bible Commentary, pg 1178.
5. J. Dwight Pentecost, Things To Come, pg 314.
5.1 Bill Salus, Now Prophecies, Pg 9.
6. Bill Salus, Now Prophecies, pg 131.
7. Bill Salus, Now Prophecies, pg 136.
8. Bill Salus, Now Prophecies, pg 143.
9. Charles C. Ryrie, Basic Theology, pg 527.
10. Ryrie Study Bible, Gen 15:18-21, note.
11. Bill Salus, Now Prophecies, pg 135
12. Bill Salus, Now Prophecies, pg 136.
13. Bill Salus, Now Prophecies, pg 137
14. Bill Salus, Now Prophecies, pg 137-138
15. Bill Salus, Now Prophecies, pg 138
16. Bill Salus, Now Prophecies, pg 139-140

B. Everyone reads something that someone else has written. Therefore, it is important to choose authors whom have proven to be knowledgeable of the things that they have written, and also have a high degree of acceptance from their peers. In addition to the sources of information that are footnoted in the above paragraph, there are many other theologians with whom I greatly respect, and whose works I use for reference in the articles that I write. A list of such theologians, along with their credentials, can be found on this website’s Page of my sources of information. On that page you can also find linked information that tells of ministry works of many of those trusted theologians.

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Salvation In Christ – The Book Of John – Introduction

I. Consider the situation in which we find ourselves today. Consider how we got here, and what we can do to make the world a better place to live.

A. Consider How Christians Started the Ivy League
https://www.forerunner.com/forerunner/X0101_Christians_Started_I.html

1. Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Dartmouth – all owe their origins to the gospel.

2. Probably no segment of American society has turned out a greater number of illustrious graduates than New England’s Ivy League. Labels like Harvard, Yale, Princeton, still carry their own mystique and a certain aura of elitism and prestige.

3. Yet perhaps it would surprise most to learn that almost every Ivy League school was established primarily to train ministers of the gospel – and to evangelize the Atlantic seaboard.

B. Consider Louisiana’s former Democrat Governor, Jimmie Davis.
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/6370060/james-houston-davis

1. In 1944, he was elected as a Democrat the 47th Governor of Louisiana. He was again elected Governor of Louisiana, serving (1960-64). He is a member of the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

2. When we consider the Christian songs that Governor Davis wrote and sang, it is easy to see that he would not be welcome in the Democrat party today.
https://www.christianbook.com/gospel-favorites-the-best-jimmie-davis/pd/CD10394

3. Governor Davis even sang at the First Baptist Church, Baker, LA in 1976. (YouTube, Jimmie Davis – LIVE ! (c.1976).)

C. Consider the lack of Christians among the overall U.S. populace.

In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace

1. The trends documented in Pew Research Center surveys closely resemble those found in the long-running General Social Survey (GSS), a project of the independent research organization NORC at the University of Chicago, with principal funding from the National Science Foundation. In GSS surveys conducted in the early 2000s (2000 to 2004), 80% of U.S. adults identified as Christians, including 54% who described themselves as Protestants and 25% who were Catholic. By the late 2010s, 71% of GSS respondents described themselves as Christians (48% Protestant, 23% Catholic). Over the same period, the GSS found that religious “nones” grew from 14% of the U.S. adult population to 22%.

2. Taken from the above survey, showing percentages of U.S. Christian declination from 1979 to the late 2010s, there is a much greater loss of Christians within the overall U.S. population. In the late 1970s, 90 percent of those in the U.S. claimed to be Christians, with 64% claiming to be Protestants, 26% claiming to be Catholics, and those claiming no religion were 7% of the U.S. population. By the end of the late 2010s, those claiming to be Christians fell to 71%, with 48% saying they were Protestants, 23% claiming to be Catholics, and 23% claiming no religion.

3. The results of the above stated General Social Survey should be taken very seriously. In paragraphs 2 and 3, we can see a major loss of Christians within the U.S. populace, and a great gain of those who claim to have no belief in Christ. The stated loss of Christian numbers in the U.S., and the remainder of the world, is affecting the decisions that are made in the governments of the world in a way that “things Christian” are being ignored and trampled upon by politicians who have no understanding of Christ.

D. When I was a young boy, I, and almost all of my friends went to Sunday School and Church. In school, my teachers talked about their church experiences. Church attendance was discussed favorably in TV sitcoms such as, “Leave It To Beaver, Father Knows Best, Andy Griffith, and others. “Jesus” wasn’t a hidden name. The Name of “God” was not taken “in vain” in TV programming.

E. At age ten, I walked the aisle at a church and made a statement of my faith in Christ as my Lord and Savior. Soon, thereafter, I was immersed in a baptismal pool of water, following the example of unbelievers whom had also made a statement of faith in Christ as their Lord and Savior (Acts 16:30-33).

II. What has happened to cause such an adverse affect in our world, as it relates to its not having a proper relationship with Christ?

A. Consider parental responsibilities that relate to children.

1. Deuteronomy 6:4-9 – New American Standard Bible

4 “Hear, Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! 5 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. 7 And you shall repeat them diligently to your sons and speak of them when you sit in your house, when you walk on the road, when you lie down, and when you get up. 8 You shall also tie them as a sign to your hand, and they shall be as frontlets on your forehead. 9 You shall also write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

2. Parents are directed by God to teach the things of God to their children. Such teaching is to be “on-going.” Within the words of the above verse, it also shows parental responsibility to lead Holy lives, so that children will recognize that which is right, and that which is wrong. But, it is obvious from the world’s situation of sin, that children are not being taught the things of God.

B. Consider the commission that Christ has given to all believers in Christ.

1. Matthew 28:19 – New American Standard Bible

19 Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,

2. Consider the word, “disciple.”
https://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-discipleship.html

a. By definition, a disciple is a follower, one who accepts and assists in spreading the doctrines of another. A Christian disciple is a person who accepts and assists in the spreading of the good news of Jesus Christ. Christian discipleship is the process by which disciples grow in the Lord Jesus Christ and are equipped by the Holy Spirit, who resides in our hearts, to overcome the pressures and trials of this present life and become more and more Christlike.

b. This process requires believers to respond to the Holy Spirit’s prompting to examine their thoughts, words and actions and compare them with the Word of God. This requires that we be in the Word daily—studying it, praying over it, and obeying it. In addition, we should always be ready to give testimony of the reason for the hope that is within us (1 Peter 3:15) and to disciple others to walk in His way. According to Scripture, being a Christian disciple involves personal growth characterized by the following:

3. Acts 1:8 – New American Standard Bible

8 but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and Samaria, and as far as the remotest part of the earth.

4. Consider the word, “witness,” as provided by The Merriam-Webster Dictionary
https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/witness

a. one who has personal knowledge of something

b. public affirmation by word or example of usually religious faith or conviction

5. When we consider the requirement to be a witness for Christ, and the requirements for being such a witness, it is obvious that many Christians are incapable of fulfilling our Lord’s command to tell others about Him. We must, therefore, take it upon ourselves to be the witness that Christ has commanded us to be. To have a personal knowledge of God’s Word is one thing; to have a conviction of what we have learned is something else. We must have a continual and deep study of God’s Word, accompanied by serious prayer, in order for us to be “sold out” in relation to that which we have learned about Christ, that which believe about Christ, and our relationship that we have with Christ.

6. Consider the result of witnesssing and leading an unbeliever to saving faith in Christ.

a. The unbeliever becomes born again, having a spirit as righteous as the Spirit of Christ (John 3:3, 3:8).
b. The unbeliever becomes a believer in Christ (John 3:16).
c. The former unbeliever has the Spirit of “Father, Son, Holy Spirit” dwelling within the born again spirit of the former unbeliever, forever (John 14:16, 17, 20), and shall spiritually teach the former unbeliever the things of Christ (John 14:26; 16:7-11).
d. The spirit of the former unbeliever now dwells within the Spirit of “Father, Son, Holy Spirit,” (John 14:20).
e. The former unbeliever’s spirit is “a new creation;” the former sinful nature has passed away (2 Cor 5:17).
f. The former unbeliever has a spirit as righteous as the Spirit of “Father, Son, Holy Spirit” (2 Cor 5:21).
g. The former unbeliever now has the Spirit of Christ dwelling within the former unbeliever’s spirit, which is their “hope of Glory,” which is an expectant hope (Col 1:28).
h. The former unbeliever’s spirit, which had been darkness (John 1:5, 9), has become “light” and dwells within the Spirit of God (1 John 1:5). The wording of 1 John 1:7 shows that the former unbeliever is constantly in a state of light, due to the work of Christ. That “saving and keeping” power of Christ is repeated in John 5:24, 10:28-29 and Jude 24. Here is the key to this discussion of the new birth. Once a person has been born again, that person can not be unborn.
i. Once we have been born again, we continue with a sin-battle until death. That battle is described by the Apostle Paul in Romans 7:14-20, as he explains “indwelling sin.” Satan will continue to tempt us until we die. Until we are born again, we have no “righteous spirit” prompting us to righteousness. Sinful thoughts come to us from Satan, prompting us to unrighteousness. At the same time, our born again spirit is prompting us to righteousness. Consider “body, soul and spirit.” Our body is our “eyes, nose and toes.” Our soul is our mind, our reasoning, our consciousness, our emotions.” Our spirit is the most inner part of us. I like to pound my hand on the area of my chest, just above my heart, and think that is the area that is “just above my spirit.” Our body, soul and spirit are mentioned in 1 Thes 5:23. At the time of our new birth, our spirit is eternally perfect, and in Christ.” Our body will continue its decay until death. Our soul (mind) will continue its decay, in function, and will continue its temptations to us, until death. But, the righteousness of God’s Spirit is stronger than Satan’s temptations.
j. The key to getting more “born again believers in Christ” in places of government is to lead more unbelievers to saving faith in Christ.

7. The scriptural tool, that I believe will help the most in accomplishing the mission that Christ has set before us, is the Book of John. The following information should provide an understanding of why I have such a deep belief in John’s Gospel as being a key source document that will help us to be knowledgeable of Christ in His deity, and that will give us the assurance and conviction that Thomas had when he said unto Christ, “My Lord and my God,” (John 20:28).

III. The Book Of John.

A. MacArthur Study Bible. Dr. John MacArthur.

1. John’s Gospel is the second (cf. Luke 1:1–4) that contains a precise statement regarding the author’s purpose (20:30, 31). He declares, “these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name” (20:31). The primary purposes, therefore, are two-fold: evangelistic and apologetic.

2. Reinforcing the evangelistic purpose is the fact that the word “believe” occurs approximately 100 times in the gospel (the Synoptics use the term less than half as much). John composed his gospel to provide reasons for saving faith in his readers and, as a result, to assure them that they would receive the divine gift of eternal life (1:12).

3. The apologetic purpose is closely related to the evangelistic purpose. John wrote to convince his readers of Jesus’ true identity as the incarnate God-Man whose divine and human natures were perfectly united into one person who was the prophesied Christ (“Messiah”) and Savior of the world (e.g., 1:41; 3:16; 4:25, 26; 8:58). He organized his whole gospel around 8 “signs” or proofs that reinforce Jesus’ true identity leading to faith. The first half of his work centers around 7 miraculous signs selected to reveal Christ’s person and engender belief: 1) water made into wine (2:1–11); 2) the healing of the royal official’s son (4:46–54); 3) the healing of the lame man (5:1–18); 4) the feeding of a multitude (6:1–15); 5) walking on water (6:16–21); 6) healing of the blind man (9:1–41); and 7) the raising of Lazarus (11:1–57). The eighth sign is the miraculous catch of fish (21:6–11) after Jesus’ resurrection.

B. Holman New Testament Commentary. Dr. Kenneth O. Gangel.

1. Luke wrote for an individual (Theophilus). Matthew and Mark targeted Jewish audiences with their record of Jesus’ life and work. John wrote for the world, living as he did at the end of 50 years of church history, knowing that the gospel had already permeated the entire Mediterranean world. Indeed, he stated his purpose clearly: “Jesus did many other miraculous sings in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But, these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:30-31).

2. The Gospel of John radiates faith. I like to say that John offers the motto, “Believing is seeing.” John focused on Jesus’ teaching, avoiding most of the miracles and all of the parables. Writing with a clear grasp of Jewish culture, his logic appealed to Greek readers as well, as he set forth an evangelistic theology. John carefully selected his material and unashamedly targeted unbelievers.

3. John’s favorite word for new birth in Christ is “life.”

4. John wrote this Gospel so that the Holy Spirit could produce faith in the hearts of those who could not have an earthly eyewitness experience like his own.

C. Scofield Reference Notes. Dr. C.I. Scofield.

THEME: This is indicated both in the Prologue (John 1:1-14), and in the last verse of the Gospel proper (John 20:31), and is: (1) The incarnation of the eternal Word, and Son of life; (2) that as many as believe on Him as “the Christ, the Son of God” (John 20:31) may have eternal life. The prominent words are, “believed” and “life.”

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