Tribulation Prophecies And Doctrine 6 – The Essence Of The Tribulation.

I. Introduction.

A. There is no better way to come to an understanding of the Scriptural concept of the tribulation than to let Scripture speak for itself. It is impossible to set forth all the declarations of the Word on this subject. A few will suffice. The line of revelation begins early in the Old Testament, and continues through the New. Consider the following verses of Scripture.

1. Deu 4:30-31. 30 In your distress when all these things happen to you in future days, if you return to the Lord your God and obey him 31 (for he is a merciful God), he will not let you down or destroy you, for he cannot forget the covenant with your ancestors that he confirmed by oath to them.

2. Isa 2:19. They will go into caves in the rocky cliffs and into holes in the round,
trying to escape the dreadful judgment of the Lord and his royal splendor,
when he rises up to terrify the earth.

3. Isa 24:1, 3, 6. 1:Look, the Lord is ready to devastate the earth and leave it in ruins; he will mar its surface and scatter its inhabitants. 3:The earth will be completely devastated and thoroughly ransacked. For the Lord has decreed this judgment. 6:So a treaty curse devours the earth; its inhabitants pay for their guilt. This is why the inhabitants of the earth disappear, and are reduced to just a handful of people.

4. Isa 24:19-21. 19 The earth is broken in pieces, the earth is ripped to shreds, the earth shakes violently. 20 The earth will stagger around like a drunk; it will sway back and forth like a hut in a windstorm. Its sin will weigh it down, and it will fall and never get up again. 21 At that time the Lord will punish the heavenly forces in the heavens and the earthly kings on the earth.

5. Isa 26:20-21: 20 Go, my people! Enter your inner rooms! Close your doors behind you! Hide for a little while, until his angry judgment is over. 21 For look, the Lord is coming out of the place where he lives, to punish the sin of those who live on the earth. The earth will display the blood shed on it; it will no longer cover up its slain.

6. Jer 30:7. Alas, what a terrible time of trouble it is! There has never been any like it. It is a time of trouble for the descendants of Jacob, but some of them will be rescued out of it.

7. Dan 9:27. He will confirm a covenant with many for one week. But in the middle of that week he will bring sacrifices and offerings to a halt. On the wing of abominations will come one who destroys, until the decreed end is poured out on the one who destroys.”

8. Dan 12:1. “At that time Michael, the great prince who watches over your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress unlike any other from the nation’s beginning up to that time. But at that time your own people, all those whose names are found written in the book, will escape.

9. Joel 1:15. How awful that day will be! For the day of the Lord is near;
it will come as destruction from the Divine Destroyer.

10. Joel 2:1-2. 1 Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm signal on my holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land shake with fear, for the day of the Lord is about to come. Indeed, it is near! It will be a day of dreadful darkness, a day of foreboding storm clouds, like blackness spread over the mountains. It is a huge and powerful army—there has never been anything like it ever before, and there will not be anything like it for many generations to come!

11. Amos 5:18, 20. 18 Woe to those who wish for the day of the Lord!
Why do you want the Lord’s day of judgment to come? It will bring darkness, not light. 20 Don’t you realize the Lord’s day of judgment will bring darkness, not light—gloomy blackness, not bright light?

12. Zeph 1:14-15, 18. 14 The Lord’s great day of judgment is almost here; it is approaching very rapidly! There will be a bitter sound on the Lord’s day of judgment; at that time warriors will cry out in battle. 15 That day will be a day of God’s anger, a day of distress and hardship, a day of devastation and ruin, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and dark skies…18 Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to deliver them in the day of the Lord’s angry judgment. The whole earth will be consumed by his fiery wrath.
Indeed, he will bring terrifying destruction on all who live on the earth.”

13. Matt 24:21-22. 21 For then there will be great suffering unlike anything that has happened from the beginning of the world until now, or ever will happen. 22 And if those days had not been cut short, no one would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.

14. Luke 21:25-26. 25 “And there will be signs in the sun and moon and stars, and on the earth nations will be in distress, anxious over the roaring of the sea and the surging waves. 26 People will be fainting from fear and from the expectation of what is coming on the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.

15. 1 Thes 5:3. Now when they are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction comes on them, like labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will surely not escape.

16. Rev 3:10.  Because you have kept my admonition to endure steadfastly, I will also keep you from the hour of testing that is about to come on the whole world to test those who live on the earth.17.

17. Rev 6:15-17. 15 Then the kings of the earth, the very important people, the generals, the rich, the powerful, and everyone, slave and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains. 16 They said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of the one who is seated on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb, 17 because the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to withstand it?”

B. From the above Scriptures, it is inescapable that the nature or character of this period is that of wrath (Zeph 1:15, 18; 1 Thes 1:10; Rev 6:16-17; 11:18; 14:10, 19; 15:1, 7; 16:1, 19), judgment (Rev 14:7; 15:4; 16:5, 7; 19:2), indignation (Isa 26:20-21; 34:1-3), trial (Rev 3:10), trouble (Jer 30:7; Zeph 1:14-15; Dan 12:1), destruction (Joel 1:15; 1 Thes 5:3), darkness (Joel 2:2; Amos 5:18; Zeph 1:14-18) desolation (Dan 9:27; Zeph 1:14-15), overturning (Isa 24:1-4, 19-21), punishment (Isa 24:20-21). No passage can be found to alleviate to any degree whatsoever the severity of this time that shall come upon the earth.

II. Key Scripture Examinations.

A. Isa 2:19. See Rev 6:15, which vividly describes the desperate actions of people in the coming tribulation.

B. Isa 24:1-13. The coming judgment will be on the entire earth (v. 1, 4), on all classes of people (v. 2), and will remove all pleasures (vv. 6, 13). Only a small remnant will survive (vv. 6, 13).

C. Isa 24:1. The section (chaps. 24-27), that begins here, deals with judgments of the tribulation period and blessings of the millennial age.

D. Jer 30:7. the time of Jacob’s distress. The coming days of tribulation that will come upon all Israel (Jacob).

E. Dan 9:3-19. In Dan 9:3-19, Daniel’s prayer associated himself with the sins of his people 12 times. He approaches God on the basis of His loyal love in His covenant with Israel (v. 4), confesses their sins (vv. 5-10), acknowledges their deserved judgment (vv. 11-14), and supplicates God for His mercy (vv. 15-19).

F. Dan 9:27. The prince of verse 26, the antichrist previously introduced in 7:8, 24-26,who will make a pact with many (of the Jewish people) at the beginning of the tribulation period. But, in the middle of the week (i.e., 3 1/2 years later), antichrist will break his covenant and desecrate the Temple by demanding worship of himself in it. See notes on Matt 24:15 and 2 Thes 2:4. At Christ’s second coming, antichrist and his false prophet will be cast into the lake of fire (Rev 19:20).

G. Dan 12:1. at that time. The time of the events of 11:36-45, the Great Tribulation. Michael. See note on 10:13. such as never occurred. Jesus’ words in Matt 24:21.

H. Joel 1:15. the day of the Lord. The major theme of this prophecy, involves God’s special intervention in the affairs of human history. This eschatological “day” includes the time of the Tribulation (Isa 2:12-19; 4:1), the second coming of Christ (Joel 2:30-32), and the Millennium (Isa 4:2; 12; 19:23-25; Jer 30:7-9).

I. Joel 2:1-2. The locust army is regarded as a foretaste of an invading army in the day of the Lord (v. 1); i.e., in the tribulation period.

J. Amos 5:18-20. They thought the day of the Lord would bring judgment only on their enemies, little realizing that it would also include them.

K. Rev 3:10 . I will keep you from the hour of testing. A promise that believers will be delivered from the time of Tribulation that will come upon the entire earth (Mat 24:14-21). See note on 1 Thes 4:16-17.

III. Point Summary.

A. Jeremiah 30:7 points directly to Israel as being the object of the coming Tribulation. Daniel 9:27 points to the event that will bring about the Tribulation, which is the antichrist making a covenant with Israel. Daniel’s prayer in 9:3-19, is further conclusive evidence that it is the nation of Israel for which God’s Tribulation judgments are directed. The church has no purpose for being in the Tribulation, and is never addressed in Scripture as being a party to God’s judgments of the end times.

B. Even with the problems that have been addressed with Israel, there are scriptures that show the strength of relationship that exists between God and the Jews.

1.Deu 14:2. For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. He has chosen you to be his people, prized above all others on the face of the earth.

2. Jer 31:3. In a faraway land the Lord will manifest himself to them. He will say to them, ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love. That is why I have continued to be faithful to you.

3. Zech 2:8. For the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: “For his own glory he has sent me to the nations that plundered you—for anyone who touches you touches the pupil of his eye.

4. Matt 24:22. And if those days had not been cut short, no one would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.

C. The comment on Matt 24:22 by The Moody Bible Commentary, shows God’s love for the Jews as Israel is about to be decimated at the end of the Tribulation. “The experience of believing Israel is in view here, not that of the Church.”

IV. References.

A. Paragraph I. Things To Come, Zondervan, 1958, J. Dwight Pentecost, Th.D., pgs 233-235.

B. Paragraph II, Ryrie Study Bible, The Moody Bible Institute, 1960, Charles C. Ryrie, Ph.D.

C. Paragraph III. C., The Moody Bible Commentary, The Moody Bible Institute, 2014, pgs 1500-1501, Michael G. Vanlaningham, Ph.D.

D. Scriptures in this article are from the New English Translation Bible. The scriptures were pasted from BibleGateway.com

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Tribulation Prophecies And Doctrine 5 – Waiting For The Last Days?

I. Introduction.

We are now transitioning from scriptures and context that relate to The Day Of The Lord to those that relate to The Tribulation Period In Scripture. Although this point of transition subject has been touched on briefly in a previous connection, it is necessary to set forth the teaching of the Scriptures on this important eschatological doctrine. All verses in this article come from the New American Standard Bible.

II. The Tribulation In Context.

A. In the teaching of “end times terms,” it is important to consider the context of each verse of scripture. As I have written in a prior article, the Old Testament Jewish prophets wrote of: end times, last days, latter days, day of the Lord, etc., the context always related to the times of the Tribulation or Kingdom Age of the Millennium. Additionally, the Gospel writers, as well as the Jewish Apostles on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:17), addressed the prophecies that were spoken and written by the Old Testament Jewish prophets.

B. The Jews in the Old Testament pre-gospel times had been taught by the Jewish prophets about the times of the Tribulation and Kingdom Age. The Gospel era Jews began being taught by Christ and His disciples, of the end times of the Tribulation and Kingdom Age. On the Day of Pentecost, the Jewish prophets told the Jews, who were in Jerusalem for the Jewish festival of Pentecost, of the aforementioned end times. The church, and everything about Christ and the church, had been a mystery to all Jews (Eph 5:32) until they began being taught about this mystery by Jews (Apostles and their disciples) who were believers in Christ, beginning on the Day of Pentecost. Gentiles had never received any teaching on the end times, or Christ, or the church, until the believing Jews began to evangelize the Gentiles. Gentiles of all prior ages had never been privy to the Word of God that was solely between God and His chosen people, who were the Jews (Deu 14:2).

C. From the second chapter of Acts, forward, such words as ” last days and day of the Lord, “are used according to their context. The “perilous times” of 2 Tim 3:1, relate to the times which lead to the Rapture of the Church and Tribulation. This end times subject was preached by born again Jews and Gentiles to Jews and Gentiles (saved and unsaved) who were present on earth after Acts 1:26 (Day of Pentecost), and the beginning of the dispensation of grace. The subject of Matt 24:3-31, was taught by Christ to His disciples (privately, Mt 24:3, also perilous times), about the conditions that will be present on earth during the Tribulation. This teaching of Christ was “from a Jews, Christ,” to Jews, Disciples,” about conditions that will affect Israel and Jews (Jer 30:7; Dan 9:27) who will be left behind on earth after the Rapture. The Jews who will be affected, as well as Gentiles, will have not been born again at the time of the rapture of the church (John 14:2-6; 1 Cor 15:50-54; 1 Thes 4:16-17; 2 Thes 2:3…”apostasy;” Greek=”aposticia” meaning “falling away,” but more naturally “departure away first.”). God does not react to human behavior, which would make Him a “God of reactions.” Instead, God is a God of Sovereign plans, which He will implement, regardless of human behavior.

III. Key Last Days Scriptures.

A. Isaiah 2:2. Kingdom Age. Millennium.

Now it will come about that
In the last days
The mountain of the house of the Lord
Will be established as the chief of the mountains,
And will be raised above the hills;
And all the nations will stream to it.”

B. Daniel 10:14. Tribulation.

“Now I have come to explain to you what will happen to your people in the latter days, because the vision pertains to the days still future.”

C. Joel 2:28-32. Tribulation. Cited by Peter on Day Of Pentecost (Acts 2:17).

1. Joel 2:28. Note. “after this.” I.e., after Israel’s future repentance and restoration (Zech 12:10; 13:1) in conjunction with the second advent of Christ, as written by the portents of verse 30 (see note on Acts 2:16-21). The Holy Spirit will then be poured out on all classes in Israel who belong to the believing remnant (v. 32). For Peter’s use of this passage on the Day of Pentecost, see note on Acts 2:16-21.

2. Scripture. Joel 2:28-32.

The Promise of the Spirit

28 “It will come about after this
That I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind;
And your sons and your daughters will prophesy,
Your old men will have dreams,
Your young men will see visions.
29 And even on the male and female servants
I will pour out My Spirit in those days.”

The Day of the Lord

30 I will display wonders in the sky and on the earth,
Blood, fire, and columns of smoke.
31 The sun will be turned into darkness,
And the moon into blood,
Before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes.
32 And it will come about that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord
Will be saved;
For on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem
There will be those who escape,
Just as the Lord has said,
Even among the survivors whom the Lord calls.”

D. Acts 2:17. Day Of Pentecost. Last Days Connection.

1. Acts 2:17. Note. The fulfillment of the following prophecy will be in the last days, immediately preceding the return of Christ, when all of the particulars (e.g., v. 20 and Rev 6:12) of the prophecy will come to pass. Peter reminded his hearers that, knowing Joel’s prophecy (above Joel 2:28-32), they should have recognized what they were seeing as being a work of the Holy Spirit, not a result of drunkenness. (Ryrie Study Bible).

2. Acts 2:17. Prophecy of “last days” during tribulation.

“And it shall be in the last days, God says,
‘That I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind;
And your sons and your daughters will prophesy,
And your young men will see visions,
And your old men will have dreams;”

3. Notice that Joel 2:28 and Acts 2:17 relate to Jews and Israel, as to their repentance toward Christ, on the day of Pentecost; and during the Tribulation, which will happen prior to the return of Christ from Heaven (second coming of Christ) to physically stand on the Mount of Olives (Zech 12:2-3, 10; 14:1-5; Mt 24:29-31; Rev 19:11-21); and not in the air at the rapture (1 Thes 4:16-17).

E. 2 Timothy 3:1. Church Age. Dispensation of Grace. Preceding Rapture and Tribulation.

“But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come.”

IV. Jews In The Tribulation.

The following verses show that Matthew 24:3-29 relates to Israel, and not to the church.

1. Mathew 24:14.  “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.” (This is not the gospel of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ (1 Cor 15:1-8), but of the Kingdom which John The Baptist, Christ and His disciples preached to first century Israel, when they rejected (Matt 3:1-2; 4:17; 10:5-7; 6:9; Lk 10:1, 9).

2. Matthew 24:15-16. “15 Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place—let the reader understand— 16 then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains.” (This is purely related to Jews. Daniel the prophet, the Holy Place, the abomination of desolation, have nothing to do with Gentiles. Personally, I am not planning on fleeing to the mountains.).

3. Matthew 24:20. “Moreover, pray that when you flee, it will not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath.”  (The Sabbath was of no concern to Gentiles when this passage was written, and is of no concern to Gentiles today, or when the Tribulation occurs.).

4. Matthew 24:21. “For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will again. ” (The events of this verse can not happen prior to the Tribulation, with it being the worst thing ever to happen since the beginning of the world, and still have a Kingdom Age (Millennium) to follow. Consider the Noahic Flood, and the following “day to day” living conditions would not be able to take place during the Kingdom Age of the Millennium. (Amos 9:14, “I will also restore the fortunes of My people Israel, And they will rebuild the desolated cities and live in them; They will also plant vineyards and drink their wine, And make gardens and eat their fruit.”)

5. Matthew 24:29-30. “29 “But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory.”(This passage shows that “after the Tribulation,” the world will mourn when they see the return of Christ…there will be great cataclysmic eruptions taking place. In sharp contrast to the events of this passage, is joy in the rapture of the church. Consider Titus 2:13:”looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus.” There is nothing joyous about the “left behind world” mourning when Christ returns from heaven “for judgment” on the earth in Matt 24:29-30.

V. What Are You Waiting For?

A. There are many people who are waiting for “the last days.” But, please let me say that, as it relates to 2 Timothy 3:1, “we’re there, already.” Just listen to the news events of these days, and you will realize that we definitely are in “perilous times.” But, for believers in Christ, there is coming an event that will remove us from the earth, and the “must more perilous times” of the Tribulation. The event, the rapture of the Church, will have us taken by Christ from earth to Heaven (John 14: 2,3,6), where we will receive spiritual rewards (2 Cor 5:10), and will have a very important position in the Marriage of the Lamb in Heaven (Rev 19:7-8), as well as the Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Rev 19:9), which will take place when we return to earth with Christ from heaven at the end of the earth’s seven years of tribulation (Mt 24:29-30), in the beginning of the Kingdom Age of the Millennium, where we will rule and reign with Him for 1,000 years (Rev 20:6).

B. Believers in Christ are not told to look for the antichrist, or the Tribulation; but both “are on the waiting list” for all who have not been born again, who do not believe in Christ (John 3:18).

C. Consider the things that are waiting for those who find themselves in “the last days” of the Tribulation.

1. As opposed to believers in Christ, being in the Presence of God (Rev 4-5), unbelievers will be the targets of the Tribulation judgments of God, which will be released through His angels and Christ. The Tribulation judgments will be unleashed on all unbelievers who will be left behind from the Rapture. Please understand that these judgments are Godly ordained judgments that will be directed at unbelievers, as opposed to conditions that affect all who live in our world today.

a. Christ will unleash the Seal Judgments on the earth (Rev 6:1-16).

b. Angels will unleash the Trumpet Judgments on the earth (Rev 8:5-13; 9:1-21).

c. Angels will unleash the Bowl Judgments on the earth ( Rev 16:1-21).

2. As being believers in Christ, therefore the bride of Christ, we will not come under the wrath of God during the Tribulation (1 Thes 1:10); Christ will not beat up His bride. We have our born again spirits indwelled by God’s Holy Spirit (Jn 14:20), who teaches us the things of Christ (Jn 14:20; 16:7-8). As being the born again bride of Christ, we have a new Spirit (2 Cor 5:17), which is as righteous as the Spirit of Christ (2 Cor 5:21). There is nothing of the Tribulation that can make a born again believer in Christ more righteous. We have no reason to be in the Tribulation, as the Tribulation (all of it, Rev 6:1-19:21) is designed for “those who dwell on the earth,” (Rev 3:10), who are “earth dwellers” (Rev 3:10, 6:10, 8:13, 11:10, 13:8, 14, 17:8). Believers in Christ have made heaven their place of choice, and therefore is where our citizenship lies (Phil 3:20).

D. As a believer in Christ, my salvation is secure in Christ (John 10:28-30). I know that through my belief in Christ, that by believing that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; that I have life in His name (John 20:31).

E. As a believer in Christ, I am not looking for, or waiting for, the last days of the Tribulation. I am eagerly “looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus,” (Titus 2:13). Amen.

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Tribulation Prophecies And Doctrine 4 – The Day Of Christ.

I. Day Of The Lord Scripture Basis. Jeremiah 30:7. The Day Of Christ. Holman Christian Standard Version.

“How awful that day will be!
There will be none like it!
It will be a time of trouble for Jacob,
but he will be delivered out of it.”

II. Discussion. Day Of Christ. 1

A. The expression, “Day Of Christ,” occurs in the following passages: 1 Cor 1:8; 2 Cor 1:14; Phil 1:6, 10; 2:16.

B. The “day of Christ” relates wholly to the reward and blessing of saints at his coming, as “day of the Lord,” is connected with judgment, e.g. Isa 2:12 and Rev 19:11-21.

C. This “Day of the Christ” must be distinguished from the “Day of the Lord,” of 1 Thes 5:2 and 2 Thes 2:2. The latter expression (“Day of the Lord”) comes from the Old Testament, and relates to Christ’s universal kingdom; but the former expression (“Day of Christ) is found in the New Testament only, and relates to His advent for the church.

D. It appears that two separate programs are in view when these two expressions (“Day of Christ” and “Day of the Lord”) are used. They can not be made to refer to the same event. In each case, in which “Day of Christ” is used, it is used specifically in reference to the expectation of the Church, her translation, glorification, and examination for reward.

E. There is thought that “the Day of the Lord” and “the Day of Christ” must come at two different periods of time, usually saying that “the Day of Christ” refers to events of the tribulation period, and “the Day of the Lord” refers to events related to the second advent and the millennium to follow. Certainly, two different programs are in view in these two events of end times teaching, but they fall within the same time areas. Thus, these two events have the same beginning, even though two different programs are in view. It may be that in 1 Cor 1:8, reference is made to “the day of the Lord Jesus Christ” to show that He is related to both events, being both “Lord and Christ” (Acts 2:36).

III. Consider Additional Discussion.

A. The day of Christ relates wholly to the reward and blessing of saints at his coming, as “day of the Lord” is connected with judgment. 2

B. the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. This refers to the coming of the Lord for His church, the Rapture. This is to be distinguished from the day of the Lord, a term referring to judgment on the ungodly. 3

C. in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. This is probably a reference to believers’ righteous standing before God. In the OT “the day of the Lord” was a time of eschatological upheaval and judgment. In the NT, it appears to follow the rapture of the church, and refers to a time from which the Church is delivered. Paul called it the day of our Lord Jesus Christ, possibly because the authority with which God will judge the world has been delegated to Jesus, and possibly because Jesus rescues His people from the tribulation period on that day. 4

IV. Footnotes.

1. “Things To Come,” A Study In Biblical Eschatology, 1958, Zondervan, pgs 231-232, J. Dwight Pentecost. Dr. Pentecost was Distinguished Professor of Bible Exposition, Emeritus, at Dallas Theological Seminary, one of only two so honored. He held a B.A. from Hampden-Sydney College (1937), in addition to Th.M. (1941) and Th.D. (1956) degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary. During his academic career he taught biblical subjects for over 60 years (Philadelphia College of Bible, 1948–55; Dallas Theological Seminary, 1955-2014). His nearly twenty books are written mostly for the general Christian reader. His pastoral career continued through this period. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._Dwight_Pentecost

2. Scofield Study Bible.

3. NKJV MacArthur Study Bible, 2nd Edition.

4. The Moody Bible Commentary, Moody Publishers, 2014, pg 1776. Michael G. Vanlaningham (B.A., M.Div., Ph.D).

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Tribulation Prophecies And Doctrine 3 – Events Of The Day Of The Lord.

I. Day Of The Lord Scripture Basis. Jeremiah 30:7. English Standard Version.

Alas! That day is so great
    there is none like it;
it is a time of distress for Jacob;
    yet he shall be saved out of it.

II. Day Of The Lord Prophecies. 1

A. It will be evident that the events of the Day of the Lord are momentous. Therefore, a study of this period must include a study of a great part of the prophetic Scriptures.

B. This study will include the prophesied events of the Tribulation period. Consider the following prophesies:

1. The federation of states into a Roman Empire (Daniel 2 and 7).

2. The rise of the political ruler of the empire, who makes a covenant with Israel (Dan 9:27; Rev 13:10).

3. The formulation of a false religious system under the antichrist (Rev 13:11-18).

4. The outpouring of the judgments under the seals (Rev 6).

5. The separation of the 144,000 witnesses (Rev 7).

6. The trumpet judgments (Rev 8-11).

7. The persecution of Israel (Rev 12).

8. The outpouring of the bowl judgments (Rev 16).

9. The overthrow of the false professing church (Rev 17 and 18).

10. The events of the campaign of Armageddon (Ezek 38 and 39; Rev 16:16; 19:17-21).

11. The proclamation of the gospel of the Kingdom (Matt 24:14).

C. This study will also include the prophesied events connected with the second advent, such as:

1. The return of the Lord (Matt 24:29-30).

2. The resurrection of Old Testament and Tribulation saints (John 6:39-40; Rev 20:4).

3. The destruction of the Beast and all his armies, and the False Prophet and his followers in the Beast worship (Rev 19:11-21).

4. The final judgment on the nations (Matt 25:31-46).

5. The regathering of Israel (Ezek 37:1-14).

6. The judgment on living Israel (Ezek 20:33-38).

7. The restoration of Israel to the land (Amos 9:15).

8. The binding of Satan (Rev 20:2-3).

D. Further, this study will include:

1. All of the events of the Millennial Age, with the final revolt of Satan (Rev 20:7-10).

2. The Great White Throne Judgment (Rev 20:11-15).

3. The purging of the earth (2 Pet 3:10-13).

D. The above, and many related subjects, must also be studied.

III. Scripture Context.

It is important to note that none of the Scriptures in the above sections have anything to do with the time in which we are living now. The above Scriptures relate to the time that begins with the onset of the Tribulation, which will be when the Antichrist confirms a treaty with Israel. The Rapture occurs prior to the Tribulation, and is not present in any of the above Scriptures. All of the above Scriptures relate to Godly decisions and enactments, and are not the result of Satanic initiatives, except when God uses Satan for His purposes. Tribulation judgments are clearly identified as being the results of the actions of Christ and Godly angels. The Scriptures of Matthew 24-25 are those of Christ explaining to His disciples the things that will happen on earth during the Tribulation, at the return of Christ from Heaven to Earth, and at the end of the Tribulation when He will set up His earthly Kingdom (Matt 6:10). As we see in the first scripture, that is presented in this article. (Jer 30:7), the purpose of the Tribulation is to draw unsaved Jews to belief in Christ, and has no purpose for the born again believers of the Church.

IV. Footnote. 1

“Things To Come,” A Study In Biblical Eschatology, 1958, Zondervan, pgs 229-231, J. Dwight Pentecost. Dr. Pentecost was Distinguished Professor of Bible Exposition, Emeritus, at Dallas Theological Seminary, one of only two so honored. He held a B.A. from Hampden-Sydney College (1937), in addition to Th.M. (1941) and Th.D. (1956) degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary. During his academic career he taught biblical subjects for over 60 years (Philadelphia College of Bible, 1948–55; Dallas Theological Seminary, 1955-2014). His nearly twenty books are written mostly for the general Christian reader. His pastoral career continued through this period. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._Dwight_Pentecost

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Tribulation Prophecies And Doctrine 2 –The Time From Rapture To Tribulation

INTRODUCTION

It has been my experience from watching many sermons on tv, as well as videos, that very few pastors teach on any aspect of eschatology. From those sermons, it seems that “all Christians go to heaven,” with that being the end of the sermon. The rapture, when used in sermons, is often used in relation to Scriptures that relate to the second coming of Christ. Very little is mentioned about the time gap between “going to happen,” and anything else in God’s Word. The antichrist, the Tribulation, the Kingdom on earth, the eternal state, are almost subjects of total silence. A subject that is discussed by more concerned theologians is that of how much time will be between the Rapture of the church and the beginning of the Tribulation. This last group of Bible teachers is more inclined to teach the events of the end times in proper order, and with correct scripture applications. This last group of Bible teachers has varying ideas on the length of time that will lapse between the time of the Rapture and the time that the Tribulation begins, but they are serious and honest with their findings. These particular students of critical scripture study are in a vast minority of other pastors, teachers, authors, etc., who are sold out to the teaching of that part of scripture that is often overlooked, improperly taught, and all too often ignored. Based on the study that I have made of eschatology, and of the many quality sermons of the same that I have been blessed to hear, I present this article that may be able to give serious “food for thought,” to others whom may also have a healthy appetite for a deep understanding of the last days. In this discussion, I will present scriptures that relate to the length of time that may exist between the time that believers in Christ will be Raptured and taken to Heaven, and when those whom have been left behind from the Rapture will feel the oppression of the antichrist and the Tribulation judgments of God. It should be noted that the oppression of the antichrist will be part of the Tribulation judgments of God.

DISCUSSION

I. Scripture Text: Genesis 6:11-13 (New English Translation).

11 The earth was ruined in the sight of God; the earth was filled with violence. 12 God saw the earth, and indeed it was ruined, for all living creatures on the earth were sinful. 13 So God said to Noah, “I have decided that all living creatures must die, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. Now I am about to destroy them and the earth.

II. Scripture Comments: NKJV MacArthur Study Bible, 2nd Edition.

6:11  corrupt . . . filled with violence. Cf. 6:3, 5. The seed of Satan, the fallen rejecters of God, deceitful and destructive, had dominated the world.

6:13 I will destroy them with the earth. Destroy did not mean annihilation, but rather referred to the flood judgment, both of the earth and its inhabitants.

III. Overview Of God’s Love For Mankind.

This article will show key events of God’s love for the people that occupied this earth prior to a past time of His wrath, and a future time that will precede His wrath being released on the earth. The time of God’s past wrath that will be discussed relates to the flood of Noah’s time. The future time frame that we will discuss relates to the period of time that will take place between the time of the Rapture of the Church and that of the beginning of the Tribulation, when God’s wrath will be poured out on the earth. God’s Word will show that the period of time that precedes His wrath of the Tribulation is a key indicator of His love for all who are in need of having a loving relationship with Him.

IV. The Flood. Causes.

A. Scripture Text. Genesis 6:1-4. Holman Christian Standard Bible.

1 When mankind began to multiply on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of mankind were beautiful, and they took any they chose as wives for themselves. And the Lord said, “My Spirit will not remain with mankind forever, because they are corrupt. Their days will be 120 years.” The Nephilim were on the earth both in those days and afterward, when the sons of God came to the daughters of mankind, who bore children to them. They were the powerful men of old, the famous men.

B. Consider the following comments that come from the NKJV MacArthur Study Bible, 2nd Edition, Genesis 6:1-4.

6:1-4 The account that follows records an act of degradation that reveals the end-point of God’s patience.

6:1 Such long lifespans as indicated in the record of chap. 5 caused massive increase in earth’s population.

6:2  the sons of God saw the daughters of men. The sons of God, identified elsewhere almost exclusively as angels (Job 1:6, 2:1, 38:7), saw and took wives of the human race. This produced an unnatural union which violated the God-ordained order of human marriage and procreation (Gen 2:24). Some have argued that the sons of God were the sons of Seth who cohabited with the daughters of Cain; others suggest they were perhaps human kings wanting to build harems. But the passage puts strong emphasis on the angelic vs. human contrast. The NT places this account in sequence with other Genesis events and identifies it as involving fallen angels who indwelt men . Matthew 22:30 does not necessarily negate the possibility that angels are capable of procreation, but just that they do not marry. To procreate physically, they had to possess human, male bodies.

6:3  My Spirit. Cf. Gen 1:2. The Holy Spirit played a most active role in the OT. The Spirit had been striving to call men to repentance and righteousness, especially as Scripture notes, through the preaching of Enoch and Noah (1 Pet 3:20; 2 Pet 2:5; Jude 14). one hundred and twenty. The span of time until the Flood (cf. 1 Pet 3:20), in which man was given opportunity to respond to the warning that God’s Spirit would not always be patient.

6:4 giants. The word nephilim is from a root meaning “to fall,” indicating that they were strong men who “fell” on others in the sense of overpowering them (the only other use of this term is in Num 13:33). They were already in the earth when the “mighty men” and “men of renown” were born. The fallen ones are not the offspring from the union in 6:1, 2.

C. Consider the following comment from the Expositors Bible Commentary.

Gen 6:3. The 120 years was taken by Luther and others to refer to a time of reprieve granted by God to humankind before sending the Flood. This apparently is an attempt to resolve the discrepancy between the limit of 120 years and the record of 11:10-26. The reprieve interpretation may also reflect the influence of 1 Pet 3:20, which many take to refer to the period of 120 years in Gen 6:3.

D. Consider the following comment from the Zondervan KJV Commentary.

Gen 6:3. In the Hebrew, two key phrases in this verse are obscure: strive with (which could be translated “remain in”) and is flesh (which could be translated “is corrupt”). The verse seems to announce that the period of grace between God’s declaration of judgment and its arrival would be 120 years (see 1 Pet 3:20). If “remain in” is accepted, the verse announces that man’s life span would henceforth be limited to 120 years. This interpretation is contradicted, however, by the lengthy life spans recorded in 11:10-26.

E. Consider the following comments from the Jeremiah Study Bible.

6:1-4. “The sons of God…the daughters of men.” Fallen angels took on the form of men and married human women (lit., “the daughters of Adam.”). This illicit marriage of spirit beings and human beings was an affront to the divine order of reproducing according to one’s kind (1:24).

6:3. “My Spirit shall not strive…forever” – speaks of destruction. Like the people of Noah’s day, those who do not respond to God’s Spirit have no guarantee that He will continue to prod, convict, and remind them of the importance of fellowship with Him. That humanity’s “days shall be 120 years” can mean either that the Flood would come after 120 years or, less likely, that the average human lifespan would be 120 years.

6:5. “every intent of every person’s heart was only evil continually.” The people of Noah’s day were exceedingly wicked – in essence, evil all the time in every thought and deed.

F. Consider the following comment from the Scofield Study Bible.

6:4. Satan attempted to so corrupt the race that the Messiah could not come to redeem mankind. But God salvaged a remnant (Gen 6:8), and a godly line was preserved.

V. The Course Of The Flood

Scripture Text: Scripture Text. Genesis 6:17-19. Holman Christian Standard Bible.

17 “Understand that I am bringing a flood—floodwaters on the earth to destroy every creature under heaven with the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will die. 18 But I will establish My covenant with you, and you will enter the ark with your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives. 19 You are also to bring into the ark two of all the living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you.

VI. The Deaths Of The Flood.

A. Scripture Text. Genesis 7:15-16; 20-21,23. Holman Christian Standard Bible.

15 Two of all flesh that has the breath of life in it entered the ark with Noah. 16 Those that entered, male and female of all flesh, entered just as God had commanded him. Then the Lord shut him in……20 The mountains were covered as the waters surged above them more than 20 feet. 21 Every creature perished—those that crawl on the earth, birds, livestock, wildlife, and those that swarm on the earth, as well as all mankind….23…. Only Noah was left, and those that were with him in the ark.

B. Consider the comments of the NKJV Study Bible.

7:15  The animals seem to have been drawn to the ark and to Noah by the compelling force of the Lord.

7:16  shut him in: The Lord who had drawn them now closed the door on them. That shut door was a symbol of closure, safety, and God’s deliverance.

7:21  Without exception, death extended to every creature—all flesh—whose home was on the land.

7:23  man: People died—old people and young; beautiful and brave along with the grisly and gray. Only Noah and those with him escaped the terrible, universal death of the wicked. Jesus affirmed the historicity of the “days of Noah” when he compared them to the end days (Mt 24:37-38; Lk 17:26-27). Peter similarly used the story of Noah and the Flood as a pattern for the final judgment (1 Pet 3:20; 2 Pet 2:5; 3:5-6).

C. Consider the comments of the Liberty Bible Commentary. Gen 7:16, “and the Lord shut him in.” ‘The shutting him’ intimated that he had become the special object of divine care and protection, and to those without , “the season of grace was over (Mt 25:10). “When they had gone to buy some, the groom arrived. Then those who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet, and the door was shut” (Holman Christian Standard Bible ).

VII. Conclusion of the teaching of the Flood.

A. The crux of the account of God’s destruction of wicked mankind is shown in the following two verses.

6:3 And the Lord said, “My Spirit will not remain with mankind forever, because they are corrupt. Their days will be 120 years.”

7:23…. Only Noah was left, and those that were with him in the ark.

B. God’s warning of imminent judgment gave a one hundred twenty year warning, of that which would fulfill His judgment.

C. There is current-day teaching that Genesis 6:3 states that the life-span of mankind is one hundred twenty years; such a teaching is wrong. All that is needed to show the incorrectness of the “120 year” life span is to look around, and notice how many people are one hundred twenty years old, and how many people have been known to live to be one hundred twenty.

D. Consider the comment of Gen 7:1 (NASB Study Bible). Noah was a preacher of righteousness. He warned his contemporaries of coming judgment (2 Peter 2:5), and testified to the vitality of his own faith (Hebrews 11:7).

E. Consider the comment of 2 Pet 3:9 (NASB Study Bible). Scoffers fail to recognize that all things have not continued without divine intervention since creation (the flood was an intervention, vv. 4-6). They misunderstand the reason for apparent divine delay (God is a long suffering God.)

F. Consider the comment of 2 Pet 3:9 (ESV Study Bible). “any should perish.” Though Christians long for Christ’s return and the defeat of all evil, as long as the present period of history lasts, an opportunity remains for people to turn to God in faith.

VII. Rapture And Tribulation.

A. The Events. “Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell upon the earth” (Rev 3:10, NASB 1977).

B. The Severity. “for then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever shall” (Mat 24:21, NASB 1977).

C. God’s Grace. “The Lord does not delay his promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance” (2 Pet 3:9, Christian Standard Bible).

VIII. Conclusions of the teaching of the Rapture and Tribulation.

A. Consider the comment of the King James Study Bible Notes., Rev 3:10:

3:10 . This verse presents a promise that Christ will rapture genuine believers out of the world before the Tribulation period begins. The hour of temptation is the period of worldwide testing (Gr. peirasmos) which has not yet occurred (cf. Dan 12:1; Mt 24:21, 29). Christ promises to keep them from (Gr. ek, “out of”) the period of the Tribulation. That is, they will not even enter into this period of history. The Tribulation is for the purpose of trying or judging them that dwell upon the earth, those who are connected to the earth and its system. Believers are not even included in this term (cf. Phil 3:18-20; 1 Pet 2:11; Rev 6:10; 11:10; 13:8, 12, 14; 17:8).

B. Consider the comment of the NRSV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, Matt 24:21:

24:21 great suffering. Dan 12:1 spoke of a final tribulation greater than any that preceded it. not been from the beginning of the world.

C. Consider the comment of the NRSV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, 2 Peter 3:9

3:9 promise. Of Jesus’ coming (v. 4). he is patient. God’s patience may partly allude to the Noah analogy (vv. 5-7; cf 1 Pe 3:20; Ge 6:3). God sometimes delayed judgment to allow opportunity for the wicked to repent (cf. 2 Ki 14:26-27). Some ancient Jewish sources emphasized God’s patience regarding the day of judgment; once that day arrived, repentance was no longer possible.

D. Consider the comment of the Jeremiah Study Bible.

3:8-9. As fallen human beings, it is our nature to become impatient if our expectations are not immediately fulfilled. But, the apparent delay in Christ’s return is a gift of mercy, a sign of God’s patience. In His great love, He waits, granting people the opportunity to be saved, “not willing that any should perish.”

E. Consider the comment from the Scofield Study Bible.

3:9. “not wishing.” Three aspects of the will of God may be observed in Scripture: (1) the sovereign will of God (Is 46 :9-11; Dn 4:17, 35; Heb 2:4; Rev 17:17). (2) the moral will of God, that is His moral law (Mk 3:35; Eph 6:6; Heb 13:21. (3) the desires of God coming from His heart of love (Ezk 33:11; Mt 23:37; 2 Pt 3:9). God does not desire that any should perish, but it is clear that many will not be saved (Rev 21:8).

F. Those who do not have a relationship of belief in Christ will be left behind from the Rapture, and will have to endure all of the Tribulation judgments of Christ and the Angels. The Tribulation judgments begin in Revelation Chapter 6, and continue through Revelation Chapter 19. All of Revelation 6-19 is God’s wrath, just as the flood of Noah’s time was also God’s wrath.

G. The severity of the Tribulation will be greater than anything that has come upon the earth, until the time of the Tribulation. The seal, trumpet, and bowl judgments of God’s wrath begin in Revelation Chapter 6. The judgments increase in severity, and will be greater in wrath than even during the time of the flood of Noah’s time.

IX. God’s Love.

A. Whenever we consider anything of the happenings of the world, we must first of all consider God’s love. Consider the following passage of scripture that comes from the New American Standard Bible.

But when the fullness of the time came, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons and daughters” (Galatians 4:4-5).

B. Consider the comment on Galatians 4:4-5 that comes from The Moody Bible Commentary, Moody Publishers, 2014, Gerald Peterman, B. Des, M. Div., M. A., Ph. D.

1.”When the fullness of time came” (v. 4) does not speak of human events that constrained God. Rather, the Father set the time in advance. The time’s completion (fullness, v. 4) was brought about by the coming of the “Son.” His coming is the center of history. The “Son” is fully prepared to “redeem” (v. 5) because He is fully human (born) and fully Jewish (under the law is the position of a Jewish person. Rm 2:12; 1 Cor 9:20-21.)

2. Both expressions, “those…under the Law,” and “we,” refer to Jews. Adoption into God’s family was originally a uniquely Jewish blessing (Rm 9:4), which now has come to Gentiles (“you” v. 6; the pronoun is pl.). Closely related to adoption is receiving the Spirit (Rm 8:14-17).

C. When we consider the aspects of God, in Christ, we must also consider His love, and Sovereignty, in everything that we bring into our mind.

1. the first coming of Christ to the world, to bring the Messiah of Israel into the world (Galatians 4:4-5).

2. to remove from the world, those whom had come to belief in Christ, the Messiah, before the onset of the Tribulation (John 14:2-6; 1 Cor 15:50-54; 1 Thes 4:13-18).

3. to bring judgment on those who will be present on Earth during the Tribulation, those of whom had rejected Christ as Messiah, to draw them to belief in Him as Messiah (Dan 9:27, Rev 3:10).

4. to return “to the earth,” at Christ’s second coming at the Battle of Armageddon, to save the earthbound Jews from total annihilation at the end of the Tribulation, those Jews of whom had come to belief in Christ during the Tribulation (Zech 12:2-14, 14:1-5; Rev 19:11-21; Matt 24:29-31).

D. God has a plan in which he will cause all believers in Christ to be caught up to heaven in the rapture (John 14:6; 1 Thes 4:13-18; 1 Cor 15:50-54), prior to the Tribulation. God’s plan for the rapture is based on the fulness of the Gentiles (Romans 11:25), which will not happen until a set number of Gentiles have come to belief in Christ. The tribulation will not occur until the antichrist confirms a covenant with Israel (Dan 9:27).

E. The Rapture and Tribulation are independent of each other. God’s plan for the rapture, which will occur prior to the tribulation, will not happen until the requirements of Romans 11:25 have been fulfilled; but, the grace of 2 Peter 3:9 will not be trumped by a set number of Gentile salvations. The length of time that will transpire between the time of the Rapture and the time of the peace treaty being confirmed between the antichrist and Israel, will be based on God’s grace, and His desire for those who will have been left behind from the Rapture to come to belief in Christ; such people will be on the side of God during the Tribulation, as opposed to being on the side of the antichrist. The purpose of the Rapture is to take resurrected and born again believers in Christ to Heaven, so that God can deal with unbelieving Jews, who will be left behind from the rapture. Israel was never told that they would go to Heaven, but that they may inherit the Kingdom of God which will be present on this earth at the end of the Tribulation.

F. During the time of Noah, God gave everyone on the earth one hundred twenty years to repent prior to the flood. God will not be any less merciful toward unbelievers who will find themselves left behind on earth between the Rapture and Tribulation.

G. How much time will lapse between the Rapture and Tribulation? Nobody knows when the Rapture or Tribulation will begin. The time when the Tribulation begins may be one day after the Rapture, or it may be fifty years later. In the tabernacle in the desert, the Mercy Seat was placed “above the law.” (Exodus 25:16,21). God’s plan for His creation is based on His love (1 John 4:8, “God is love”).

X. Unlisted Study References. The following references were studied, but were not identified in any of the above comments.

A. The New American Commentary, 2 Peter, Broadman and Holman Publishers, 2003, Dr. Thomas R. Schreiner, B.S., M.Div., Th.M., Ph.D.

B. The Moody Bible Commentary, Moody Publishers, 2 Peter, 2014, Louis Barbieri, B.A. , Th. M., Th. D.

C. The Bible Knowledge Commentary, Old Testament, Genesis, David C. Cook, 1985, Allen P. Ross, B.A., M.A., M. Div., Ph. D.

D. The Bible Knowledge Commentary, New Testament, 2 Peter, David C. Cook, 1983, Kenneth O. Gangel, B.A., M.A., M. Div., S.T.M., Ph. D., Litt. D.

E. Study Bibles: Apologetics Study Bible, Ryrie Study Bible, TNIV Study Bible.

Tribulation Prophecies And Doctrine 1 – Day Of The Lord – Time Areas Within The Day Of The Lord

I. “Alas, what a terrible time of trouble it is! There has never been any like it. It is a time of trouble for the descendants of Jacob, but some of them will be rescued out of it.” (Jeremiah 30:7, New English Traslation).

A. The above verse forms the basis for this series of articles. The following study note on Jeremiah 30:7 comes from the translators of the New English Translation.

B. As the nations of Israel and Judah were united in their sin and suffered the same fate—that of exile and dispersion—so they will ultimately be regathered from the nations and rejoined under one king, a descendant of David; and will regain possession of their ancestral lands. The prophets of both the eighth and seventh centuries looked forward to this ideal . This has already been anticipated in Jer 3:18.

II. Consider the following comment that comes from the MacArthur Study Bible: 30:7 time of Jacob’s trouble. This period of unprecedented difficulty for Israel, as the verse defines, is set in a context of Israel’s final restoration. It is best equated with the time of tribulation (cf. vv. 89), just before Christ’s Second Advent, mentioned elsewhere (Dan. 12:1Matt. 24:2122) and described in detail by Rev. 6–19.

III. Consider the following detail that relates to this artice, that comes from Dr. F. B. Huey. 1

A. The Lord announced to Jeremiah that “days are coming” when He would bring Israel and Judah “back from captivity.” He was going to restore them to the land that he had given to their ancestors (cf. Gen 17:8; 28:13; Exod 3:17; Josh 1:3). “Days are coming, (Jer 30:5), is an expression that may refer to events in the near future or remote future. “I will surely save…your descendants” (Jer 30:10) could not be an immediate future.

B. Israel and Judah are linked in this passage. As they both would experience Gods judgment, also they both would experience His blessing, and together would be reunited and in their own land. “In that day,” “that day,” and similar expressions are found frequently in the OT for “the Day of the Lord,” which contains two aspects – judgment and restoration.

C. That day will be “awful,” a time of trouble for Jacob. Jacob is sometimes equated with the Northern Kingdom, but in the overall context, it may include both the Northern and Southern Kingdoms–all Israel. A transition to the main point is provided by the final clause of verse 7; in spite of approaching agony, the nation would survive.

IV. Consider the followin comment that comes from Dr. Homer Heater, Jr. Consider his comment on the Covenants of God with Israel. 2

 Jeremiah 30-33 is one of the clearest units in the book. Here the prophet has collected messages preached over some period of time containing messages of hope and consolation. They are placed here to show that in spite of the judgment of God brought upon his people, that there is still a future for Israel. The New Covenant, especially, gives great hope for the future of Israel. The context clearly calls for the seed of Abraham to be restored in the Eschaton. Chapter 32 is a historical account, but it is in the section on hope, because Jeremiah is instructed by Yahweh to buy a piece of land while the city is under siege! This teaches that the “real estate” will again prove to be valuable. Chapter 33 harks back to the Davidic Covenant and shows that the “Branch” spoken of in chapter 23 will rule and reign in equity and justice.

V. Consider the following detail that relates to the title of this article, that comes from Dr. J. Dwight Pentecost. 3

A. Day Of The Lord. One of the major lines of prophecy running throughout the Old Testament, and continuing through the New Testament, is the prophetic truth related to the Day of the Lord.

B. The Day of the Lord includes the following passages: Isaiah 2:12; 13:6, 9; Ezekiel 13:5, 30:3; Joel 1:15; 2:1, 11, 31; 3:14; Amos 5:18 (twice), 20; Obadiah 15; Zephaniah 1:7, 14 (twice); Zechariah 14:1; Malachi 4:5; Acts 2:20; 1 Thessalonians 5:2; 2 Thessalonians 2:2; 2 Peter 3:10. In addition, the phrase “that day” or “the day” or ” the great day” occurs more than 75 times in the Old Testament. The frequency in which it occurs will evidence its importance in the prophetic Scriptures. These passages reveal that the idea of judgment is paramount in all of them. This is clearly brought out in Zephaniah 1:14-18. This judgment includes not only the specific judgments upon Israel and the nations at the end of the tribulation that are associated with the second advent, but, from a consideration of the passsages themselves, includes judgments that extend over a period of time prior to the second advent. Thus, it is concluded that “the Day of the Lord” will include the time of the tribulation.

C. Zephaniah 14:1-4 makes it clear that the events of the second advent are included in the program of the Day of the Lord. 2 Peter 3:10 gives authority for including the entire millennial age within this period. If the Day of the Lord did not begin until the second advent, since that event is preceded by signs, the Day of the Lord could not come as a “thief in the night,” unexpected and unhearlded, as it is said it will come in 1 Thessalonians 5:2. The only way this day could break unexpectedly upon the world is to have it begin immediately after the rapture of the church.

D. It is thus concluded that the Day of the Lord is that extended period of time beginning with God’s dealing with Israel after the rapture, at the beginning of the tribulation period. The Day Of The Lord will extend through the second advent and the millennial age, unto the creation of the new heavens and new earth after the millennium.

VI. Footnotes.

1. “The New American Commentary, 1993, B&H Publishing, pgs 260-262. Dr. F. B. Huey, B.B.A., M. Div., Ph. D; Distinguished Professor of Old Testament at Southwestern Baptist Theologial Seminary.

2. Dr. Heater taught for eight years at Dallas Theological Seminary, served on the faculty of Capital Bible Seminary for 30 years, and spent eleven years as President of the Washington Bible College and Capital Bible Seminary. Having retired in 2007, he continues to minister under the auspices of BCM International. He and Pat have been married over 60 years, and have 4 sons, 9 grandchildren and one great-grand daughter. They currently reside and minister from Kentucky.

3. “Things To Come,” A Study In Biblical Eschatology, 1958, Zondervan, pgs 229-231, J. Dwight Pentecost. Dr. Pentecost was Distinguished Professor of Bible Exposition, Emeritus, at Dallas Theological Seminary, one of only two so honored. He held a B.A. from Hampden-Sydney College (1937), in addition to Th.M. (1941) and Th.D. (1956) degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary. During his academic career he taught biblical subjects for over 60 years (Philadelphia College of Bible, 1948–55; Dallas Theological Seminary, 1955-2014). His nearly twenty books are written mostly for the general Christian reader. His pastoral career continued through this period.

Salvation In Christ (National and Personal). The Book Of John 1:29-34. 26-30 A.D.

I. Title. The Testimony Of John The Baptist. 4.

II. Text: John 1:29-34. All verses come from the Updated American Standard Version. https://www.uasvbible.org/

29 On the next day he saw Jesus coming to him, and said, “Look, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This one is the one about whom I said, ‘After me is coming a man who is ahead of me, because he existed before me. 31 And I did not know him, but in order that he might be manifested to Israel, because of this I came baptizing in water.” 32 And John bore witness saying, “I have seen the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. 33 I myself did not recognize him, but the one who sent me to baptize in water that one said to me, ‘the one upon whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining upon him, this one is the one who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.’ 34 And I have seen, and I have borne witness that this one is the Son of God.”

III. Comments. The Expositor’s Bible Commentary (Abridged Edition): New Testament.

A. John 1:29.  

1. The chronological scheme of this section is indicated by the reference to successive days: the first day, when the delegation from Jerusalem questioned John (1:19-28); the “next” (second) day, when John saw Jesus approaching (1:29-34); the “next” (third) day, when John pointed out Jesus to his disciples and when they visited him (1:35-42); and the “next” (fourth) day, when Jesus “decided to leave for Galilee” (1:43-50).

2. The witness of John the Baptist was positive as well as negative and focused on Jesus rather than on himself. Verses 29-34 contain his presentation of the person of Jesus. Two aspects stand out in the titles by which he introduced Jesus. “The Lamb of God” reflects the sacrificial character of Christ’s mission, probably alluding to Isa 53:7 (cf. v.36Ac 8:321Pe 1:19). The sacrifice of a lamb as a substitute or as an atonement for sin appears frequently in the OT, beginning with Abraham in Ge 22:2-8. In Lev 14:10-25, a lamb was prescribed as a guilt offering. The book of Revelation also refers to “the Lamb” (Rev 5:6-136:1-357; et al.), though it employs this title as a triumphal title, memorializing the completion of Christ’s sacrificial work. The title “Lamb of God” here in Jn 1:29 therefore refers to the atoning work of Christ, who by one final sacrifice of himself removed the guilt of our sins and opened the way to God. John the Baptist limited his own function to introducing Jesus and declared that only the latter could take away sin.

B. John 1:30. This verse is essentially a restatement of v.15, with one significant addition. John calls Jesus “a man who comes after me.” The Greek word for “man” in the verse is the word for “male.” It intimates the headship of Christ over his followers in the sense of the man-woman relationship in marriage.

C. John 1:31.  The identity of the Messiah was unknown to John the Baptist. This does not mean that John did not know Jesus personally, for, after all, they were relatives (Lk 1:36). John’s ministry was twofold: he was to lead his hearers to repentance (Mk 1:4) and to reveal the Messiah to Israel. Somehow John understood that the revelation of Messiah would take place in conjunction with his baptizing ministry; therefore, he remained faithful to his calling. However, even after Messiah had been revealed to Israel at the baptism of Jesus, John continued the other aspect of his ministry.

D. John 1:32-34. 

1. The second aspect of John’s witness to Jesus (see comment on v.29) concerned the title “Son of God.” This aspect was related to the work of the Holy Spirit, who both authenticated the mission of Jesus and was the seal of his work in individual lives. John announced that Jesus would impart the Holy Spirit to his followers. To “baptize with the Holy Spirit” means that just as the common experience of baptism in water signified repentance and confession of sin, so the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is the seal and dynamic of the new life. Repentance and confession are the conditions on which the believer receives the gift of the Spirit (cf. Ac 2:38Gal 3:25:16-25). The manifestation of the presence of the Spirit in Jesus’ case was visible (see Lk 3:21-22), though this gospel records the Baptist’s later reflection on that event.

2. John the Baptist’s solemn avowal that he had seen the descent of the Spirit on Jesus and that he is “the Son of God” is the climax of his testimony. The significance of the title can be best understood in the light of 1:18 . John’s emphatic declaration was the reason why the disciples left him to follow Jesus.

IV. Comments. The Bible Knowledge Commentary. 

A. This passage (John1:19-1250) is from “Jesus’ Manifestation To The Nation”.

B. The major part of John’s Gospel describes the public ministry of Jesus to the nation of Israel. It is a “book of signs,” a narrative of seven of Jesus’ miracles that point to Him as Messiah. Along with the signs are public discourses explaining the significance of the signs and two long private interviews (chaps. 3-4).

V. My Comments. 

A. It is important to understand that which is written in the above comment (IV.B.).

B. Consider the role of John the Baptist, who was a forerunner of Jesus. From John 1: 6-7; “6 A man was sent from God, whose name was John. 7 This one came as a witness, in order that he could bear witness about the light, so that all might believe through him.”

C. Consider the audience in the above scripture about Jesus, being the nation of Israel, with varying results. From John 1:11-12, “11 He came to his own people, and his own people did not receive him. 12 On the other hand, as many as received him, he gave authority to them to become children of God, to the ones believing in his name.” At this time in the ministry of Jesus, it was directed at the salvation of the nation of Israel, with personal salvation taking place.. 

1. Consider the words of the forerunner, John the Baptist. Notice the word in verse 2, “Repent.”

a. Matthew 3:1-3:  1Now in those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” For this is the one referred to by Isaiah the prophet when he said,

“The voice of one crying out in the wilderness,
‘Make ready the way of the Lord,
    make his paths straight.’

b. Repentance is explained in the Greek Lexicon:3340. metanoeó: to change one’s mind or purpose. UsageI repent, change my mind, change the inner man (particularly with reference to acceptance of the will of God), repent. 

c. The repentance, as spoken by John The Baptist, relates to the Jews’ acceptance of Jesus as God’s prophesied Messiah, “Israel’s Messiah.,” (Isaiah 9:6-7, 740 B.C.), (Deuteronomy 17:15, 1451 B.C.).

d. The ministry of Jesus to the Jews of Israel, in relation to national restoration, is seen in the following verses:

(1) Matthew 4:17:  From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heavens has drawn near.” The Kingdom that Jesus mentioned was the Kingdom that was prophesied in the Davidic Covenant (2 Sam 7:4-12, 1042 B.C.).

(2) Matthew 10:5-7: “These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them: “Do not go off into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans; but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as you go, proclaim, saying, ‘The kingdom of heavens has drawn near.'” Jesus sent His disciples to Israel, saying that the Kingdom was not “here,” but “near.” If Israel had accepted Christ as Messiah, they would have gone into the Kingdom, then.

(3) Luke 9:1-2: “1 And he called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal.” Again, Jesus sends out His twelve disciples to preach the Kingdom, and gave them supernatural powers.

(4) Luke 9:1,11: “But when the crowds found out, they followed him, and he welcomed them and spoke to them of the kingdom of God and cured those who had need of healing.” Jesus spoke of the Kingdom.

(5) Luke 10: 1, 9: “1 Now after these things the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every city and place where he himself was about to go. And heal the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.'” Jesus now sends seventy of His followers to teach about the kingdom. 

e. The consequence of Israel’s rejection of Christ, as Messiah, is seen in Luke 13:3. “No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

D. It was through belief in Christ that some Jews accepted Him as Messiah. It was due to unbelief, that other Jews did not accept Christ as Messiah. Once the ministry of Jesus turns to individual salvation, the message of “belief,” is the same.  The word, “repent,” is not spoken by Christ to individuals as a part of salvation. The opposite of belief is unbelief. Both words are mentioned in Christ’s words to individuals in the following verses.

1. John 3:16:  “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, in order that whoever believes in him will not be destroyed but have eternal life.” In these words of Jesus, He is “to the point,” that it is due to belief in Him that one has eternal life. Eternal life begins at the time of belief. Anyone who was present in this setting, and believed in Jesus, was saved and did not have to return for sessions two, three, four, etc., and didn’t have to do anything of works to attain salvation, or to keep that salvation. No one can repent enough to attain salvation. The “growing in Christ” that occurs in a person’s life comes as a result of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit of God, with His influence on the believer. (John 14:16; 16:7-11; 1 Cor 6:14-16; 2 Cor 5:17). In 2 Cor 5:17, the “old things and new things,” are the old spirit, which needs to be regenerated through the new birth; and  the  new spirit which has been born again, having been regenerated.  

2. John 3:18: “The one who believes in him is not judged, but the one who does not believe has already been judged, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” In this verse, Jesus is very clear as to the blessings of belief, and the consequences of unbelief. The judgment of condemnation in the lake of fire (Rev 20:15) awaits anyone who does not believe in Christ. That judgment for unbelievers will change to a blessing of spending eternity with Christ, at the time that they believe in Him. John 17:3 shows belief in Christ as being intimacy. 

3. John 11:25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one believing in me, though he dies, yet shall he live, 26 and everyone living and believing in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I have believed that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.” Notice the question that Jesus spoke to Martha, “do you believe?” (the word,” this,” relates to that which Jesus told her about belief in Him.”). 

VI. John the Baptist was sent to the Jews of Israel with a message of national restoration (John 1). Isaiah 40:3-5 (712 B.C.) was a prophecy of John, “the voice of one crying in the wilderness.”  In John Chapter 3, the context shifts to personal, individual, salvation. The latter days of the ministry of John The Baptist can be seen in John 3:22-36 (30 A.D,); he was beheaded in Matthew 14:10 (32 A.D.). Christ continued His ministry to national Israel, and to individuals, within the confines of Israel. It can be seen that at the time of John 13, the message of Christ was no longer one of Israel’s restoration, but was of personal salvation. The rejection of Christ by Israel, in Matthew 23:37-39, was the turning point in the ministry of Jesus from Israel to individuals. At that time, Jesus no longer spoke publicly, and will not do so until at the time of His second coming, at which time Israel will recognize and welcome their rejected Messiah (Zechariah 12:10, Ryrie Study Bible note, Matthew 23:39.)

VII.  Conclusion. The message of John The Baptist and Jesus, of national restoration for Israel, to the Jews of the nation of Israel, was that of repentance in receiving Jesus as the Messiah, as Jesus being God’s choice to be the King of Israel (Deuteronomy 17:15), as Jesus being “God with us,” (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23). The message of individual salvation, was that of belief in Jesus, and only belief in Jesus. Scripture shows that salvation does not come by “asking Jesus to come into your heart,” or by saying a sinner’s prayer, or by showing a life of repentance. Jesus never told anyone to repent of their sins in order to believe in Him for individual salvation. The following scriptures show “belief,” and only “belief,” as being necessary for anyone to be saved.

A. The message of Christ is spread throughout the world through God’s Holy Spirit to everyone (John 1:9).  “As many as receive Jesus, He has given authority to them to become children of God, to the ones believing in his name (John 1:12).” The purpose of the Gospel of John is  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 20:31).

B. Consider these words of scripture about the new birth (John 1:11-13): “11 He came to his own people, and his own people did not receive him. 12 On the other hand, as many as received him, he gave authority to them to become children of God, to the ones believing in his name; 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 3:3) 3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly I say to you, unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:8) “The wind blows wherever it wants, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from and where it is going. So is everyone having been born from the spirit.” The truth of the new birth is that it happens by God’s Holy Spirit, “to those who believe in His Name.”

C. It is only through the new birth that God’s Holy Spirit takes up residence within each believer in Christ (John 14:16-17). Once we have been born again, we can not be unborn. We can not force God’s Holy Spirit from within our spirit. No one can remove the Holy Spirit from us; neither can we (John 10:28-30). It was not “through us” that we “walked to salvation;” and it can not be “by us” that we “walk away from salvation.”

D. While Israel’s blessings were primarily physical, earthly, and material, the church’s blessings are primarily heavenly and spiritual (The Coming Kingdom, Andrew M. Woods, Pg 152).

E. Israel will see the Kingdom restored at the time of the return of Christ at the Battle of Armageddon. (Zechariah 14:1-4; Matthew 24:29-31; Mark 13:24-27; Luke 21:25-28; Revelation 19:11-21).

Road To Tribulation 14 – Terms Of Significance

Comments from video. In this captivating sequel, journalist Buck Williams and a group of survivors survivors known as the TRIBULATION FORCE know the truth about the new leader of the new Global Community, Nicholae Carpathia. He has not come to save the world, and he is most certainly not the Messiah, he is the Antichrist. But who will believe them as the world rushes toward the apocalypse. Video details. Left Behind II: Tribulation Force ~ Trailer.
Cloud10Entertainment. Oct 30, 2009.

In the opening video of the move, “Left Behind II-Tribulation Force,” we see a group of people who were left behind from the Rapture; they had not believed the message of Christ, and had not believed in Him as Lord and Savior, prior to the Rapture. Because of the information that was “also left behind,” in books, articles, videos, Bibles, and other such sources of Last Days teaching, the truth of the Anti-Christ and the Tribulation is being spread to many people who had neglected the seriousness of the warnings that predicted the circumstance that millions of people had found themselves captive throughout the world. As believers in Christ, we must consider the things that we can do to help those who will be left behind to come to saving belief in Christ, to believe in Him for salvation and to tell others, who will also have been left behind, how they can have an assurance of their own eternal life in the Presence of our Lord.

There are Biblical terms that are often read by Christians about eschatology (the science of last things), yet misunderstood. It is important for Christians of today to understand such information, so that we can leave that knowledge behind for those who will be in a world of total collapse of law and order. We will use this article, and future posts, to make known the things of the Anti-Christ and the Tribulation that await most of the world’s current and projected population.

Two terms that are important to know are “latter days,” and “last days.” Scriptures that are discussed as being “latter days,” relate to the Old Testament. Scriptures that are discussed as being “last days,” relate to the Old and New Testaments. Context is paramount in studying Scripture. The context of the “latter days” Scriptures is that of the words of Jewish Old Testament prophets, as they speak of the Word of God in relation to the seven years of the Tribulation, and the thousand years of the Kingdom Age, which is called the Millennium. The verses that we will examine will come from the New American Standard Bible 2020. Comments will come from the MacArthur Study Bible, unless in noted exception.

In my previous “End Times 13” article, I made known the fact that both the Church and the Rapture were unknown to those of the Old Testament era; they were “mysteries” to the Jews of that time. Therefore the Jewish prophets of the Old Testament did not write on those two future events.

In the Ryrie Study Bible, “mystery” is described in comment to Romans 16:25-26. “the mystery.” A definition of a scriptural mystery: something unknown in times past but revealed in the NT. Here, “the mystery” is the gospel of Christ. OT prophecies of Messiah could be understood, once the mystery was revealed (cf. Luke 24:44-45; 1 Peter 1:10-12).

Dr. Ryrie explains, in his comment to Ephesians 3:3, the “mystery.” The mystery that is spoken of here is not that the Gentiles would be blessed (for that was predicted in the OT), but that Jews and Gentiles would be equal heirs in the one body of Christ (v. 6). This was unknown in OT prophecy but was revealed by the NT apostles and prophets (v. 5).

In his comment on 1 Corinthians 15:51, Dr. Ryrie discusses “the mystery” of the rapture, as follows: The rapture of the church described in verses 51-58 was a “mystery” unknown in the OT but now revealed.

The prophecies of the Old Testament Jewish prophets were those that were given by God to the prophets. Those prophets spoke the same prophecies to the Jews of Israel. Consider the following verses: Isaiah 1:1-2; 2-1 and Jeremiah 2:1-2. None of the prophecies of God to the Jews have any relevance to the church.

We will now discuss the prophetic scriptures of, “latter days.”

Jeremiah 30:24, ” the millennial kingdom of the “latter days.” Jeremiah 48:47, “the messianic era , the latter days”). Ezekiel 38:8, “In the context of Israel’s restoration.” Daniel 2:27-35, “It is a reference to the future millennial kingdom of Christ (exception, Ryrie Study Bible note). Micah 4:4, “this phrase looks forward to greater peace and prosperity in the Millennium (cf. Zech. 3:10).”

It is clear that the prophetic scriptures of “latter days,” as was spoken by God to the Jews, relate to the time after the Rapture takes place. It is also clear that none of these “latter days” scriptures have any relation to the church.

We will now discuss the prophetic scriptures of, “last days,” as they are written in the books of the Old Testament prophets. Notice that the prophesied times are those of the Tribulation and Kingdom Age (Millennium).

Isaiah 2:2, ” The “latter (or last) days” is a time designation looking forward to the messianic era (Ezek. 38:16Hos. 3:5Mic. 4:1). The NT applied the expression to the period beginning with the first advent of Jesus Christ (Acts 2:172 Tim. 3:1Heb. 1:2James 5:32 Pet. 3:3).Old Testament prophets, being without a clear word regarding the time between the Messiah’s two advents, linked the expression to the Messiah’s return to establish His earthly kingdom, i.e., the millennial kingdom spoken about in Rev. 20:1–10.

Jeremiah 49:39, “I will bring back. As with certain other peoples in this section of nations, God would allow Elamites to return to their homeland. In Acts 2:9, Elamites were among the group present at the Pentecost event. This has eschatological implications as well.

Ezekiel 38:16, “that the nations may know Me. The phrase, frequent in Ezekiel, is part of the theme to glorify God and show His sovereign power (cf. Introduction: Historical and Theological Themes). God is the victor, who will be “hallowed” by fire (cf. v. 19).

Hosea 3:5, “David. Cf. 1:11. This must refer to Messiah during the Millennium, as “in the latter days” specifies (cf. Is. 55:34Jer. 30:9Ezek. 34:232437:2425). The Jews did not seek after Christ at His first advent. This reference has the Davidic Covenant as its background (cf. 2 Sam. 7:12–17Pss. 39132).”

Micah 4:1, “In a reversal of 3:12, Micah shifted from impending judgment to prophecies of the future millennial kingdom (“the latter days”) in which Mt. Zion (v. 3), the center of Messiah’s coming earthly kingdom, shall be raised both spiritually and physically (cf. Zech. 14:910). This discussion continues to 5:15.”

We will now discuss the prophetic scriptures of, “last days,” as they are written in the books of the New Testament. Notice that in the Acts and Hebrews scriptures the audience in each situation consisted of those of Jewish ancestry, and would have known of the teachings of the Old Testament Jewish prophets. In the books of the New Testament, whose audience contained those of Gentile ancestry, the Gentile members would not have known the Scriptures of the Old Testament Jewish prophets, therefore, they would not have detailed knowledge of the Tribulation or Kingdom. So, in the New Testament context, “last days” relates to the time which precedes the Rapture, except when the discussion context is that of teaching New Testament Jews about their ancestor relationship with the Old Testament Jewish prophetic scriptures.

Acts 2:17: last days 1. Notice that the occasion is that of the festival of Pentecost. Those who heard Peter’s sermon were Jews; they were aware of the prophecies of the Old Testament Jewish prophets, and of the scriptures that have been discussed up to this point. Therefore, the conversation is Jewish. In the following comment, the old and new covenants are discussed, both of which relate to God and Israel, and both of which Gentile believers will share in the millennium. Spiritual aspects of the new covenant are now being received by Christians (Exception, my comment). 2. In the last days (see Isa. 2:2Hos. 3:5Mic. 4:1Heb. 1:2; discussions on 1 Tim. 4:12 Tim. 3:11 Peter 1:201 John 2:18). In Joel 2:28, the Hebrew has “after this,” and the Septuagint has “after these things.” Peter interpreted the passage as referring specifically to the latter days of the new covenant (see Jer. 31:33-34Ezek. 36:26-2739:29) in contrast to the former days of the old covenant. The age of messianic fulfillment had arrived (Exception, Zondervan KJV Commentary).

2 Timothy 3:1,  “the last days. This phrase refers to this age, the time since the first coming of the Lord Jesus.”

Hebrews 1:2: last days. The primary group addressed were Hebrew Christians who suffered rejection and persecution by fellow Jews (10:32–34), although none as yet had been martyred (12:4).  The second group addressed were Jewish unbelievers who were convinced of the basic truths of the gospel but who had not placed their faith in Jesus Christ as their own Savior and Lord. They were intellectually persuaded but spiritually uncommitted. last days. Jews understood the “last days” to mean the time when Messiah (Christ) would come (cf. Num. 24:14Jer. 33:14–16Mic. 5:12Zech. 9:916). The fulfillment of the messianic prophecies commenced with the advent of the Messiah. Since He came, it has been the “last days” (cf. 1 Cor. 10:11James 5:31 Pet. 1:204:71 John 2:18). In the past God gave revelation through His prophets, but in these times, beginning with the Messiah’s advent, God spoke the message of redemption through the Son. (My comment. Notice that this is a Jewish audience).

James 5:3,  “last days. The period between Christ’s first and second comings.”

2 Peter 3:3, ” in the last days. This phrase refers to that entire period of time from the arrival of the Messiah to His return (cf. Acts 2:17Gal. 4:42 Tim. 3:1Heb. 1:2James 5:31 Pet. 1:201 John 2:1819Jude 18). The entire age will be marked by saboteurs of the Christian truth and especially the hope of Christ’s return.”

At the time of this writing, it is Thursday, the evening of the last Passover meal (Matthew 26:16-30). The crucifixion of Jesus will take place on the following day (Friday; the day of preparation before the Sabbath, John 19:14; Luke 23:54), in less than twenty-four hours (John 19:14-18). The women followed the body of Jesus to His burial tomb at the end of the day (Friday) before the onset of sunset and the Sabbath; they went to their homes and rested on the Sabbath, returning after the Sabbath ended to anoint the body of Christ (Luke 23:50-24:6), but announcing, “He is risen!”

Jews are still observing Passover, which will end on sunset of Sunday, April 4. Jews will begin their observance of the weekly Sabbath all around the world, beginning in just a few hours. The closing video of this article shows a Jewish family as their prepare for the Sabbath.

As you watch the video consider the great symbolism that relates to the trinity, to the woman bringing light into the world, and to “the Light” that can not be extinguished. .

Video details. How to light Shabbat candles? Yahaduton. May 27, 2013.

Salvation In Christ . The Book Of John 1:29. 26 A.D.

I. Video. Sweet, Sweet Spirit [Live]. Doris Akers. Notice the correlation between the song that is being sung and the message of this article. Doris went to be with the Lord in 1995.

II. Title. The Testimony of John the Baptist. 3.

III. Text. John 1:29. New American Standard Bible.

The next day he *saw Jesus coming to him, and *said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

IV. Comments. All scriptures are from the New American Standard Bible 2020.

A. MacArthur Study Bible Comments.

1. The next day. This phrase probably refers to the day after John’s response to the Jerusalem delegation. It also initiates a sequence of days (v. 432:1) that culminated in the miracle at Cana (2:1–11). 

2. The Lamb of God. The use of a lamb for sacrifice was very familiar to Jews. A lamb was used as a sacrifice during Passover (Ex. 12:1–36); a lamb was led to the slaughter in the prophecies of Isaiah (Is. 53:7); a lamb was offered in the daily sacrifices of Israel (Lev. 14:12–21; cf. Heb. 10:5–7). John the Baptist used this expression as a reference to the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus on the cross to atone for the sins of the world, a theme which John the apostle carries throughout his writings (19:36; cf. Rev. 5:1–67:1717:14) and that appears in other NT writings (e.g., 1 Pet. 1:19). 

3. sin of the world. See note on v. 9; cf. 3:166:3351. In this context “world” has the connotation of humanity in general, not specifically every person. The use of the singular “sin” in conjunction with “of the world” indicates that Jesus’ sacrifice for sin potentially reaches all human beings without distinction (cf. 1 John 2:2). John makes clear, however, that its efficacious effect is only for those who receive Christ (vv. 1112). For discussion of the relation of Christ’s death to the world, see note on 2 Cor. 5:19.

B. My Comments.

1. Notice the words, “sin of the world.” Consider personal sins, such as theft, lying, etc. None of the sins of the human will keep anyone out of heaven, the kingdom age, or the eternal state. However, there are many references to “sins,” that are addressed in the gospels, that relate to the nation of Israel.

2. Consider Matthew 1:21: “She will give birth to a Son; and you shall name Him Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” The “sins” of Matt 1:21 relate to the nation of Israel, as Christ came to “not remember the sins of Israel(Isa 43:25), and to offer national salvation to Israel, which they rejected.

3. Consider John 1:11: “He came to His own, and His own people did not accept Him.” John The Baptist, who was the forerunner of Christ, was a witness of the Messiah, Jesus (John 1:6-8).

4. Consider Matthew 3:1-3: “1 Now in those days John the Baptist *came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” For this is the one referred to by Isaiah the prophet when he said, “The voice of one calling out in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way of the Lord, Make His paths straight!’”

a. The coming of Christ was in fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy of Isaiah 40:3 (712 B.C.), as well as Isaiah 7:14 (742B.C.) and Isaiah 9:6-7 (740 B.C.). Isaiah 40:3, 7:14 and 9:6a refer to the first coming of Christ in birth (Matt 1:21-25). Isaiah 9:6b-9:7 refers to the second coming of Christ at the end of the Tribulation (Matt 24:29-31) to set up His Kingdom on Earth (the 1,000 year millennium).

b. The message of national repentance to the Jews is recorded in many other Gospel Scriptures, for them to accept Christ as the Messiah of Old Testament Scriptures. The message of Christ to the Israel was, “I am God with you,” (Isa 7:14, Matt 1:23).

(1). Matthew 4:17: ‘From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” ‘ Jesus wasn’t saying that “the Kingdom was here, but was near,” based on their accepting Him as Messiah. The Kingdom is that which was taught to Israel in the Abrahamic and David Covenants (Gen 15:18-21; 2 Sam 7:8-17)

(2). Matthew 10:5-7: ‘These twelve Jesus sent out after instructing them, saying, “Do not go on a road to Gentiles, and do not enter a city of Samaritans; but rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.” ‘Jesus sent His disciples only to the Jews, to teach about the kingdom.

(3). Luke 10:9: “and heal those in it who are sick, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.” Jesus sent seventy others to preach about the “nearness of the Kingdom,”

(4). Luke 13:3: “No, I tell you, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” There is sharp contrast to this verse and John 3:16. Luke 13:3 relates to the national salvation of Israel. John 3:16 relates to personal salvation. Notice in John 3:16, the command of Jesus is to “believe;” He says nothing about repentance. At the time of individual belief, “salvation takes place in the life of such a believer.”

(5). The Words of Jesus in John 3:16 are clear, and to the point. Nothing more than belief in Christ is required for personal salvation. Consider the following verses that relate belief to salvation, all of which are from the Gospel of John: 3:15, 3:16, 3:18, 3:36, 5:24, 6:40, 6:47, 7:38, 11:26, 11:40. 12:46, 20:31. Notice that in 5:24, eternal life comes from belief, and can not be reversed, as does John 10:28-30. We can not walk away from Salvation; we did not walk to Salvation. After we have been born again, we can not be unborn.

(6). After the Jews rejected Jesus’s offer of the Kingdom, His ministry was directed to “the world,” per John 1:11-13.

(7). Let’s get back to John 1:29, “the sin of the world,” which is also the unpardonable sin. The outward sins of theft, lying, etc., do not keep anyone from Heaven. But, the inner sin of “unbelief” (John 3:18), is a barrier than can not be removed, except through a personal belief in Christ (John 3:16). Salvation is not a formula of “works plus belief,” or anything else “plus belief.” Through the radiating power of God’s Holy Spirit, the message of Christ is made available to everyone in the world (John 1:5, 9).

(8). If a person were to exhaust a day of analyzing the understanding of “belief” through a Hebrew or Greek dictionary, it is important to understand that those around Jesus did not have Greek as their commonly spoken language. There are seven Greek words that mean “love.” Consider the possibilities for the many meanings of John 3:16, “believe.” 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. If Jesus has been speaking Greek to his disciples, I can not imagine Him going through every possible meaning of the Greek word for “belief.”. Jesus wanted to convey a clear understanding of what it took for a person to spend eternity with Him, and to avoid eternal condemnation. He spoke “belief.”

(9). Consider the following discussion by “God Questions.” “While Jesus very likely spoke Aramaic, Hebrew, and Greek, Aramaic was likely the language Jesus spoke the most. ” https://www.gotquestions.org/language-Jesus-speak.html

(10). After belief in Christ, there is growing in Christ, which is aided by the indwelling of God’s Holy Spirit in the new birth (John 3:3), and the teaching of the Holy Spirit that comes to every born again believer in Christ (John 16:7-11).

V. Article Sources.

1. Video from “Turn Your Radio On” Gaither series of songs, recorded in 1993. The video was posted by Gaither Music TV on December 13, 2012.
2. Article Title from New American Stand Bible Translation 2020.
3. Text from BibleGateway.com print of New American Stand Bible Translation 2020.

VI. Added Comment. Notice that the account of Scripture that is being studied is that of John The Baptist. The writer of the account is John The Apostle.

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Road To Tribulation 13 – Instruction For Those Left Behind – 1

I. In the opening video, we see another inspiring scene from the Left Behind series. This scene is from the first film, Left Behind: The Movie. Bruce and Rayford have missed the Rapture that has taken their wives and children. Now, they need to ask God to forgive them and help them with what’s to come in the next seven years (from video comments).

II. As the opening video shows, there will be people who will come to saving faith in Christ after the Rapture, after they have been left behind (1 Thes 4:16-17). Notice in the video that one of the men coming to saving faith in Christ, is a “left behind pastor.” Those of us who are born again, and are looking forward to the Rapture of the church, have an awesome opportunity to leave behind, for those who will be left behind, such things as “books, tapes, and written articles,” that will be helpful for them to understand the things of the Tribulation that are ahead of them, and for coming to saving faith in Christ.

III. Key items of instruction that are helpful for those of us, whom are already “saved from the wrath to come” (1 Thessalonians 1:10), are things that relate to the Tribulation, the Kingdom Age (Millennium), and the times which precede the Rapture. Old Testament Jewish prophets used certain words to describe the conditions of the Tribulation and Kingdom Age. On the Day of Pentecost, and closely thereafter, the Apostles used some of those same Jewish prophetic terms as they spoke to Jews. As the message of Christ began being received by Gentiles, the words of the epistles began to speak of conditions on earth that will precede the Tribulation. The important factor to consider in understanding such information, is that of context, as we consider such words as End Times, Last Days, Latter Days, etc.

IV. The Jewish Old Testament prophets spoke of conditions that will be present on earth during the Tribulation and Kingdom Age. All Scripture references that follow come from the New American Standard Bible 2020 Update.

V. The Jewish Old Testaments spoke of the conditions of the Tribulation. Consider the following verses.

Zephaniah 1:14-15 – 630 B.C.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Zephaniah+1%3A14-15&version=NASB

VI. The Jewish Old Testament Prophets spoke of the salvation of Israel from out of the Tribulation. Consider the following verses.

Jeremiah 30:4-10 – 606 B.C. – Notice in verse 7 that this time of Tribulation is called Jacob’s distress, and has no relevance to born-again believers in Christ.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jeremiah+30%3A4-10&version=NASB

VII. The Jewish Old Testament prophets spoke of the conditions of the Kingdom. As you consider the following verses, it is important to note that “the Kingdom” relates to “a land mass, and relating conditions.” The Kingdom is not something that will be “within you,” (Luke 17:21, KJV), but will be that which will be “in your midst,” (Luke 17:21, NASB). “Thy Kingdom come,” of Matthew 6:10, relates to the coming Kingdom that is promised to the Jews, in which born again Jews and Gentiles will reside, which follows the Tribulation, and is not the spiritual indwelling of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:11).

A. Isaiah 2:1-4 – 760 B.C.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+2%3A1-4&version=NASB

B. Ezekiel 37:21-25 – 587 B.C.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel+37%3A21-25&version=NASB

VIII. Through the Old Testament Scriptures, the Jews were taught about the care, protection, and favor that God promised to them through the Abrahamic Covenant, which would come in the form of “land, seed, and blessing.” The Jews were told of the geographic dimensions of the Kingdom that God promised to them, and that the Covenant is eternal and will be confirmed through the bloodline of Abraham’s Covenant blood line of Isaac and Jacob, and that “Israel” would become the name of Jacob and his descendants. The land of the Abrahamic Covenant extends from the Nile River in Egypt to the Euphrates River in Iraq, and will be confirmed in its fullness during the Kingdom Age, when Christ will rule and reign throughout that Millennium of 1,000 years. (Ryrie Study Bible notes: Genesis 15:18-21; Genesis 17:8; Joshua 23:41-45; 1 Kings 4:21).

A. Genesis 12:1-3 – 2126 B.C. (Covenant of Land, Seed, and Blessing)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+12%3A1-3&version=NASB

B. Genesis 15:5 – 1913 B.C. (God’s Seed Covenant With Abraham)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+15%3A5&version=NASB

C. Genesis 15:18-21 – 1913 B.C. (God’s Land Covenant With Abraham)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+15%3A18-21&version=NASB

D. Genesis 17:13 1911 B.C. (The Abrahamic Covenantis Eternal)
“…My covenant shall be in your flesh as an everlasting covenant.”

E. Genesis 26:1-5 – 1800 B.C. (Abrahamic Covenant through Isaac)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+26%3A1-5&version=NASB

F. Genesis 35:9-12 – 1732 B.C. (Abrahamic Covenant through Jacob; now called Israel)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+35%3A9-12&version=NASB

IX. Through the Old Testament Scriptures, the Jews were told of the blessings that will come through the Davidic Covenant.

A. 2 Samuel 7:8-17 – 1042 B.C. (Ryrie Study Bible notes)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Samuel+7%3A8-17&version=NASB

1. David would have a son who would succeed him and establish his kingdom (v. 12).
2. David’s son (Solomon), rather than David, would rebuild the Temple (v. 13a).
3. The throne of Solomon’s kingdom would be established forever (v. 13b).
4. Though David’s sins justified chastening, God’s “loving kindness,” steadfast love, would be forever(v. 16).

B. Ryrie added note. The Davidic Covenant did not guarantee uninterrupted rule by David’s family (and in fact, the Babylonian Exile interrupted it), but it did promise that the right to rule would always remain in David’s dynasty. Jesus Christ is the ultimate fulfillment of these promises (Luke 1:31-33) and, although at this present time He is not ruling from the throne of David (Heb. 12:2), at His second coming He will assume this throne.

C. My note. The second coming of Christ occurs at the end of the Tribulation, Mt 24:29-31. “…immediately after the tribulation of those days…all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory…”

D. MacArthur Study Bible note. The second coming of Christ is the culmination of world history, ushering in the millennial reign of Christ (cf. Rev. 20:4).

E. Re: verse 16, David’s “house, kingdom, and throne, … forever,” were also understood eschatologically/messianically. In the New Testament they were explicitly applied to Jesus (Heb 1:8). (New American Commentary, 2 Samuel).

X. Jews of the Old Testament era knew nothing of the Church or the Rapture of the Church, which were a mystery to Old Testament Jews, therefore, there was no Old Testament teaching of either subject (Church or Rapture). Consider the following verses:

A. A mystery explained. “that by revelation there was made known to me the mystery, as I wrote before briefly,” (Ephesians 3:3, 64 A.D.). Ryrie Study Bible note. “A mystery was not something mysterious (in the modern sense) but something unknown until revealed.”

B. The mystery of the Rapture. “51 Behold, I am telling 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,” (1 Corinthians 15:51-52, 59 A.D.).

C. The mystery of the church. “This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church,” (Ephesians 5:32, 64 A.D.).

XI. During the next article, I will discuss the coming event of the catching up of the saints, which is called The Rapture. Additionally, I will explain the differences of the uses of similar terms, such as End Times, Last Days, Latter Days.

XII. Opening Video. Left Behind – The Movie – Bruce and Ray’s Salvation. Jul 13, 2010. Josho456123.

XIII. Study References. Scofield Study Bible. J. Dwight Pentecost: “Things To Come.” C. John F. Walvoord: Commentary on Matthew. Ryrie Stdy Bible. The Moody Bible Commentary. The Bible Knowledge Commentary. Libery Bible Commentary. The New American Commentaries, 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings.

XIV. Consider Israel.

A. Deuteronomy 14:2 “For you are a holy people to the Lord your God, and the Lord has chosen you to be a people for His personal possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.”

B. Passover begins at sundown this Saturday, March 27th, and ends at sundown on Sunday, April 4th.
https://reformjudaism.org/jewish-holidays/passover

C. “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem” (Psalm 122:6).

D. Closing Video.

1. Most Beautiful Shabbat Video Ever!!!! Shabbat.com.Sep 29, 2014.

2. Filmed at the Klatzko Family Shabbat home in Monsey, NY.

XV. Shabbat Shalom (Sabbath Of Peace).
https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/2313062/jewish/How-to-Greet-Others-on-Shabbat.htm

Salvation In Christ . The Book Of John 1:24-28 . 26 A.D.

I. Video. Russ Taff – ‘Farther Along [Live]’, Gaither Music TV. Dec 13, 2012.

II. Title. The Testimony of John the Baptist. 2.

III. Text. John 1:24-28. New American Standard Bible.

24 And the messengers had been sent from the Pharisees. 25 They asked him, and said to him, “Why then are you baptizing, if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” 26 John answered them, saying, “I baptize in water, but among you stands One whom you do not know. 27 It is He who comes after me, of whom I am not worthy even to untie the strap of His sandal.” 28 These things took place in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing people.

IV. Comments. The Expositor’s Bible Commentary-Abridged Volume 2: New Testament

A. 24-25. The Pharisees represented the strict interpreters of the Law and were particularly interested in examining the credentials of any new religious teacher in Judaism. This gospel does not show unvarying hostility toward them. Nicodemus was a Pharisee and was apparently a sincere if unenlightened person (see 3:1-21). As a class, however, they were hostile toward Jesus because he did not observe traditional rules and because he openly rebuked their superficial and often hypocritical religiosity. These Pharisees challenged John’s right to baptize.

B. 26-27.

1. John suggested that he did not profess to speak with ultimate authority. He was, after all, preaching repentance (Lk 3:3) and was calling for baptism as a confession of repentance in expectation of the greater person who was yet to appear. It seems likely that John’s baptism followed the pattern of proselyte baptism, which required a renunciation of all evil, complete immersion in water, and then reclothing as a member of the holy community of law-keepers.

2. John drew his reference to untying the sandals of his successor from the practice of using the lowest slave of a household to remove the sandals and wash the feet of guests. John’s witness, therefore, reflected the exalted nature of Jesus and placed the latter far above himself.

C. 28. “Bethany on the other side of Jordan” was so named to distinguish it from the Bethany near Jerusalem (see 12:1). Its exact site is unknown.

V. Article Sources.

1. Video from “Turn Your Radio On” Gaither series of songs, recorded in 1993.
2. Article Title from New American Stand Bible Translation 2020.
3. Text from BibleGateway.com print of New American Stand Bible Translation 2020.
4. The Expositor’s Bible Commentary-Abridged Volume 2: New Testament; Comments by
Kenneth L. Barker and John R. Kohlenberger III; a source of BibleHub.com

VI. Added Comment. Notice that the account of Scripture that is being studied is that of John The Baptist. The writer of the account is John The Apostle.

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Road To Tribulation 12 – The Stage Is Being Set

Left Behind ~ Trailer. Oct 30, 2009. Cloud10Entertainment.

I. On an o verseas flight to London, journalist Buck Williams and pilot Rayford Steele are caught in the middle of the most incredible event in history, as without warning dozens of passengers have simply vanished! It soon becomes apparent that this was not an isolated incident and there are millions of people missing. As chaos and anarchy engulf the world, both men set out on different paths in a desperate search for answers.

II. I am amazed at how many Christians have assumed room temperature in their minds, as it relates to the progressive move of the world toward socialism and a one-world government. Many people have become like “frogs simmering in slowly boiling sauce pans.” God’s prophetic Word is in their Bibles, but is never studied for deepness of things that may soon be coming upon the whole world. Just like the frog that slowly dies from the increasing boiling water temperature in the sauce pan, many people are mentally dying concerning their freedoms which are slowly being taken from them.

III. Many pastors are totally unaware of the details of “the rapture of the church, the following tribulation, and the Kingdom on earth” that will follow the tribulation. I had a conversation with a very good pastor friend. I asked him if he had any opinions on the pretribulation or premillennial rapture of the church. My friend really amazed me with his answer, especially considering that this man is a seminary educated pastor. He said, “premillennial, postmillennial, pan-millennial; it’ll all pan out in the end.” I was shocked at such a reply. After all, there probably are members of my friend’s congregation that have honest questions about the subjects of the rapture, tribulation and millennium. I have known other pastors who have exhibited the same ignorance in regard to end times scriptures.

IV. There are seminary leaders who have discounted the value of the Left Behind series of books and movies. The opening video of this article, which is a Left Behind related video, is very close in detail to the events of the rapture, and following events. I have had conversations with one of the pastors who worked on the Left Behind project; I will have to say that he amazes me with his knowledge of all areas of Scripture, as was the case of his partner, Dr. Tim LaHaye.

V. It does not take much of our thinking process to realize that our world is moving very close to a one-world government, as is shown in scripture, as well as in the closing two videos. For those of us whom have been born again, we will be caught up in the rapture (1 Thes 4:16 -17), at such a time that we will not be present on earth for God’s judgment on unbelieving Jews (Jer 30:7), as well as on unbelieving Gentiles (Rev 3:10). The judgments that will be poured out on those on earth during the tribulation will come from Christ ((Rev 6:1, 3, 5, 7, etc.) and Godly angels (Rev 8:7, etc.). There is no purpose for Christ to pour out His tribulation judgments on His Bride, which consists of every born again believer in Christ.

VI. Even though the rapture will take away the Bride of Christ in the rapture (1 Cor 15:50-54), there may be a period of time on earth that follows the rapture, which will precede the tribulation. During such a “post rapture and pre-tribulation period of time, the anti-christ may be actively engaged in setting up a one-world government with world leaders that have been left behind from the rapture. Before the tribulation begins, the anti-christ must confirm a peace treaty with Israel, which he will break midway through the seven years of the covenant; it is at that time that the tribulation will begin.

VII. The anti-christ is not operating on earth now, in such a role, but he may be alive. 1 John 4:3 states that the spirit of anti-christ “is already in the world.” Ungodly governmental control in countries of the world, and the attempts of ungodly governments to bring all nations under such control, is part of Satan’s goal of one-world government coming under his control. With, or without, the active presence of the anti-christ in the world, a system of ungodly one-world government is being set in place, as is being reported in daily news reports of media outlets that are not sold out to the concept of one-world government. An all out assault on the lives of unborn babies is gaining more momentum throughout the world. To accept, or to not accept, the homosexual life style and same sex marriage, can force businesses to close. To affirm Jews as being the legitimate owner of the land of Israel, is to put the mark of xenophobia on a college entrance application. To say that you support the greatness of America is to invite the stigma of national racism on your character. Once the tribulation begins, the anti-christ will have a world government that is waiting for him to assume control, which will have all of the earmarks that liberal Democrats and Rinos are trying to force on the United States, and are trying to export to the other nations of the world through the United Nations and other globalist organizations (the two videos at the bottom of this page show such a takeover of the world’s governments by the anti-christ).

VIII. Prior to the rapture, during this time of unfulfilled prophecies that we have been studying, the unannounced anti-christ may be actively involved in putting together a confederation of ten world governments. Until the time that the rapture takes place, the Church will have to suffer from anything on earth, that unbelievers will also have deal with; the tribulation will not have yet begun.

IX. Under the authority and power of the anti-christ, there will be a confederation of ten world areas, which are said in Scripture to be ruled by ten kings, with such areas being known as kingdoms. Under the control of the United Nations, such kingdoms may be known as “world zones.” You might ask yourself who such a person may be that the United Nations will appoint as its leader of the tribulation era one-world government.

A. The leader of the United Nations is the Secretary General. Consider the appointment process of UN Secretaries General. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_Secretary-General_selection
United Nations Secretary-General selection
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

B. United Nations Secretary-General selection is the process of selecting the next Secretary-General of the United Nations. To be selected as Secretary-General, a candidate must receive the votes of at least 9 members of the United Nations Security Council, with no vetoes from permanent members. The Secretary-General is then appointed by a majority vote of the United Nations General Assembly.

C. Although the process is informally called an election, the United Nations refers to it as the “procedure of selecting and appointing the next United Nations Secretary-General.” Since the General Assembly has never refused to appoint the person recommended by the Security Council, it is the selection of the Security Council that determines the next Secretary-General of the United Nations.

D. When considering the appointment process of the UN Secretary General, we must ask ourselves a simple question. Where are you, and I, and the leadership of our respective countries in this process? We might also ask ourselves another simple question. Who is a favorite personality of much of the liberal world? The closest person to taking on the role of the anti-christ will be the person who is the head of the United Nations.

E. The following verses of scripture will shed light on the situation of a one-world government, having a ten-world confederation, which will fall under the control of the anti-christ.

1. Consider Daniel 9:27 (538 B.C.) for prophecy of the peace treaty that will be confirmed between the anti-christ and Israel, which he will break halfway through the seven-year period of the treaty (the tribulation).

2. Consider the following verses that discuss the anti-christ leading the world through ten ungodly leaders in ten world zones. The date that Revelation was written is considered to be 96 A.D.
Daniel 7:24-27 (555 B.C.). Revelation 12:3; 13:1; 17:3, 7, 12, 16.

3. Consider the following verses that discuss the un-godly power that the anti-christ will have over the world directly, and through the false prophet, who is his aid. Read each verse carefully. Verse 17 is key, and has implications to the time in which we are living now.

Revelation 13:1-17. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+13%3A1-17&version=NASB

X. Let’s consider again the purpose for the tribulation and, therefore, the rapture.

A. The purpose of this series of Tribulation-related articles is to discuss the events that will lead to the future when the Bride of Christ, the Church, is removed (raptured) from this earth and taken to heaven. It will be at the time of the rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17) that God will begin to deal with unbelieving Jews (Jeremiah 30:7), and Gentiles who have no saving relationship with Christ. Both groups of unbelievers will be left behind from the rapture, and will have to go through the time of testing that is identified in Revelation 3:10, and is known as the tribulation. There is no purpose for the Bride of Christ, the Church, to go through the judgments of the tribulation that will come on the earth at the hand of Christ and angels of God. The purpose for such tribulation testing is to lead unbelievers in Christ to saving faith in our Lord, so that they can spend eternity with Him. Notice that it will be from the total time of testing that the raptured church will be removed, and not just from a portion of that period of tribulation.

B. In the direction that our world is heading, it is easy to see that a one-world government can easily be attained through an ungodly leader, who will lord over the world during the tribulation, through ten ungodly world leaders. The timing of the tribulation is based on the anti-christ confirming a peace treaty with Israel; no mortal knows when such an action will take place. The timing of the rapture is God’s decision, and not on acts of worldly disobedience to His Word. No mortal knows when millions of believers in Christ will suddenly, and without announcement, leave this world on their way to Heaven. Ungodly voters vote for ungodly politicians. Those who are left behind from the rapture will have to deal with their choices of elected ungodly leaders who will govern this world, in an ungodly manner. Without a doubt, the stage is being set throughout the world for greater ungodly conditions to find inroads into every part of our lives.

XI. The following two videos add light to this discussion of the control of the anti-christ. In the video, the rapture has taken place, and each person was left behind from the rapture. Buck Williams, who is played by Kirk Cameron, is a journalist who is in the process of coming to saving faith in Christ.

Apr 3, 2020. Thansotir RS.
Left Behind II: Nicolae Carpathia (antichrist) becomes One World Governor.

Nicolae Carpathia. Mar 6, 2009. jscottphillips.
Nicolae Carpathia establishes the 10 kingdoms on earth after the rapture.

XII. Study References.

A. C.I. Scofield: Scofield Study Bible.

B. J. Dwight Pentecost: “Things To Come.”

C. John F. Walvoord: Commentaries on Daniel and Revelation.

D. Charles C. Ryrie: Ryrie Study Bible, Basic Theology, A Survey of Bible Doctrine.

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Salvation In Christ . The Book Of John 1:19-23 . 26 A.D.

I. Video. The Talley Trio – He Is Here [Live]. Gaither Music TV. Dec 13, 2012.

II. Title. The Testimony of John the Baptist. 1.

III. Text. John 1:19-23. New American Standard Bible.

19 This is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites to him from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20 And he confessed and did not deny; and this is what he confessed: “I am not the Christ.” 21 And so they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” And he *said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” 22 Then they said to him, “Who are you? Tell us, so that we may give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” 23 He said, “I am the voice of one calling out in the wilderness, ‘Make the way of the Lord straight,’ as Isaiah the prophet said.”

IV. Comments. Zondervan KJV Study Bible

1:19. And this is the record of John points to the Baptist’s role as witness (see 1:6-7). “Record” (Greek, martyria) is literally “testimony.” Here the testimony of John was given a formal venue with the inquest of the delegation that the Jews sent … from Jerusalem. The phrase “the Jews” occurs about seventy times in this gospel. It is used in a favorable sense (see, e.g., 4:22) and in a neutral sense (see, e.g., 2:6), but generally John used it of the Jewish leaders who were hostile to Jesus (see, e.g., 8:48). Here it refers to the delegation sent by the Sanhedrin to look into the activities of an unauthorized teacher. Levites are descendants of the tribe of Levi, who were assigned to specific duties in connection with the tabernacle and temple (see Num. 3:17-37). They also had teaching responsibilities (see 2 Chron. 35:3; Neh. 8:7-9), and it was probably in this role that they were sent with the priests to John the Baptist.

1:20. The Baptist used the emphatic “I” to establish a stark contrast. His disavowal, I am not the Christ implies the question “Are you the Christ?” according to the pattern of the questions and answers that follow. It may be, however, that the unique introduction of And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed suggests the leading question was more benign, such as, “Who are you?” to which the Baptist assumed a proactive posture (“I am not the Christ”). If so, that triggered the follow-up questions (all associated with messianic expectations). The Baptist’s emphatic use of “I” implies the avowal that another was the Christ. Throughout the following verses, this emphatic “I” occurs frequently, and almost invariably implies a contrast with Jesus, who is always given the higher place.

1:21. Art thou Elias?… I am not. The Jews remembered that Elijah had not died (see 2 Kings 2:11) and believed that the same prophet would come back to earth to announce the end time. In this sense, John properly denied that he was Elijah. When Jesus later said the Baptist was Elijah (see Matt. 11:14; 17:10-13), He meant it in the sense that John was a fulfillment of the prophecy of Malachi 4:5 (see Luke 1:17). That prophet refers to the prophet of Deuteronomy 18:15, 18. The Jewish people expected a variety of persons to be associated with the coming of the Messiah. The Baptist emphatically denied being “that prophet.” He had come to testify about Jesus, yet they kept asking him about himself. His answers became progressively more terse.

1:22-23. The voice of one crying in the wilderness (v. 23). The Baptist applied the prophecy of Isaiah 40:3 to his ministry of calling people to repent in preparation for the coming of the Messiah. The men of Qumran (the community that produced the Dead Sea Scrolls) applied the same words to themselves, but they prepared for the Lord’s coming by isolating themselves from the world to secure their own salvation. John concentrated on helping people come to the Messiah (the Christ). In 1:31, the Baptist expressly stated that the objective of his baptism was to reveal to Israel the Coming One.

V. Article Sources.

1. Video from “Old Friends” Gaither series of songs, recorded in 1993.
2. Article Title from New American Stand Bible Translation 2020.
3. Text from BibleGateway.com print of New American Stand Bible Translation 2020.
4. Zondervan KJV Study Bible, comments by Dr. Ed Hindson, a source of BibleHub.com

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Road To Tribulation 11 – Spiritual Showdowns Are Happening NOW!

I. Opening Video.

A. Guard the Truth | Prophetic Perspectives 136. Christ In Prophecy. Jan 25, 2021.

B. As delusion abounds, how can Christians guard their hearts with the truth? Find out with guest Jeff Kinley and Tim Moore of the Lamb And Lion Ministries evangelism team as they provide their Prophetic Perspectives.

C. God’s judgments, and God’s plan for the rapture of the church, are based on God, and not on a disobedient world to which God will react. The plans of God are cemented in Scripture. The details of God’s plans are often not taught in congregations. Many sermons, teachings, and opinions are present throughout the world of the church of Christ that do not mesh with God’s Word. Consequently, there are many church members that are so ill-informed of the Biblical teachings of eschatology, that when unfulfilled prophecies may be taking place, such Christians will think that they are in the tribulation, or that the rapture of the church is taking place. Part of the reason for so much ignorance of end times teaching is found in scripture. Consider the following information.

1. In 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, the Apostle Paul writes about the rapture of the church happening “prior to the Tribulation.” Even though Paul’s ministry in Thessalonica was brief, it is clear the people had come to believe in and hope for the reality of their Savior’s return. The church at Thessalonica thought that the rapture of the church had taken place, and that they were in the tribulation. Their confusion came as they were being persecuted, an experience they thought they were to be delivered from by the Lord’s return (MacArthur Study Bible. The Moody Bible Commentary. Ryrie Study Bible. The Bible Knowledge Commentary. Things To Come, J. Dwight Pentecost, Zondervan, 1958, pg 209. Basic Theology, Charles C. Ryrie, Moody Press, 1986, pg 565.).

2. The above paragraphs point to the importance of not only having a teaching of eschatology, but also having such a study that is thorough and correct in its details.

3. Eschatology is the study of what the Bible says is going to happen in the end times. (From, “Got Questions,” https://www.gotquestions.org/Eschatology.html).

II. NOW And NEXT Prophecies Explained.

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.

B. In this article we will consider the unfulfilled prophecy of Zephaniah 2:11. We will discuss Spiritual Showdowns that are happening NOW!

C. The fulfillment of the spiritual prophecy of Zephaniah 2:11 is taking place now. The unfulfilled physical prophecy may continue into the tribulation.

III. Preview of Zephaniah’s Prophecy.

A. Key Scripture of Prophecy. Zephaniah 2:11 – New American Standard Bible – 630 B.C.

“The Lord will be terrifying to them, for He will starve all the gods of the earth; and all the coastlands of the nations will bow down to Him, everyone from his own place.”

B. Preview of Key Scripture (Zephaniah 2:11). Consider the account of “The NOW Prophecies.” 1

1. Prophecies are being made ready for the fulfillment of God’s plans for judgment of prophesied nations. The God of the Bible is currently challenging all of His god competitors to prove their worthiness of worship. Like in “Isaiah 46:9-10,” God is forcing the false gods to prove that they are the one and only true God! God is not constrained to prove Himself before the god impostors; rather, He is compelled to prevent people from perishing in these last days. It is His love that always drives His actions. 2. Click onto the link to see Isaiah 46:9-10. 712 B.C. “I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me”… (continued in link).
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+46%3A9-10&version=NASB

2. Consider (From New American Standard Bible).

a. 1 John 4:8: “The one who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” (90 A.D.)

b. John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.” (30 A.D.)

IV. Consider Zephaniah’s Prophecy. A Spiritual Perspective.

A. Spiritual Showdowns Were Predicted to Happen. 3

1. Zephaniah the prophet foretold of the coming of these spiritual showdowns, per Zephaniah 2:11, “The Lord will be terrifying to them, for He will starve all the gods of the earth; and all the coastlands of the nations will bow down to Him, everyone from his own place.”

2. Zephaniah 2:11 introduces two prophecies. First, it declares that someday, the God (capital G), of the Bible, will eliminate all of the false gods (small g), presently worshipped within the world. Second, the one true God will rightfully receive His due praise throughout the entire earth. This global adoration takes place when Christ returns and rules over the earth in His millennial reign after the tribulation (Matt 24:29-31, Mk 13:24-27, Lk 21:29-31, 33 A.D.), which means that the removal of the false gods must take place sometime prior.

3. The Hebrew word used for “reduce to nothing” can be translated as, “famished, starved, emaciated, or made lean.” There are two primary ways through which the Lord can accomplish this spectacular achievement. One method is that He can “overrun” the pagan deities, and the other is that He can “overshadow” them. He appears to be utilizing both techniques.

4. To “overrun” is to decisively defeat and occupy the territory of an enemy. In this process, the competing god is overpowered, overthrown, and proven unfit for further worship.

5. To “overshadow” is to tower tall above an object, which results in the casting of a shadow over it. In this example, it is the ability of the greater God to prove His prominence and superiority over the stature of the lesser god. To “overshadow” does not require the overrunning of an idol, rather, it is accomplished by making the false god fail in a final choice comparison. It causes the devotee to question the object of his or her devotion. It deflects adulation away from the lying idol by alluring admiration to the obvious greater God.

6. As the Lord steps up His current campaign to overpower and overshadow all the false gods, followers of Hinduism, Buddhism, and other mostly passive religions will have to deal with major theological differences between Christianity and their respective religions. One by one, the pagan deities will succumb to the supremacy of the Lord, and when He upholds His holy name through the nation of Israel in Ezekiel 39:7, everyone dwelling upon the earth at that time will be forced to focus on His sovereign power. See Ezekiel 39:7, NASB, as follow”

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

7. This article will demonstrate that the spiritual showdowns are currently underway. However, it is the fulfillment of Zephaniah 2:11 that officially commences the final elimination process of all of the false gods. Thus, it is important to understand the context and timing of Zephaniah 2:8-11. This prophecy appears to connect with the toppling of Jordan for its participation in the Psalm 83 prophecy. The primary god worshipped in Jordan that stands to be adversely affected is Allah.

8. Among the surplus of pagan deities, Scripture points out that two of the most prominent ones will be overrun. They are Allah and Satan. Allah appears to be represented in Zephaniah 2:9-11. In these verses, Zephaniah is dealing with the famishing of the god of the Jordanians, which are historically Moab and Ammon. Today, the primary god that is worshipped by most Jordanians is Allah.

9. Revelation 12:7-9 states that Michael, the Archangel, and his heavenly armies will win a war against Satan and his fallen angels. This defeat casts Satan and his cohorts down from heaven to the earth. This is followed a few years later by the prophecy of Revelation 20:1-2, which states that an angel eventually overpowers Satan and binds him in chains for 1,000 years in the bottomless pit. These predictions concerning Satan find fulfillment during the LAST prophecies; they are neither NOW, nor NEXT, events.

10. Ultimately, Allah will be overrun, but presently this pagan god is being overshadowed. The Lord is accomplishing amazing things in several Muslim countries, causing many to willingly forfeit their faith in Islam. Allah’s appeal is fading fast. Neither can he control the growing chaos within his religion, nor can he match up with the supernatural miracles, healings, visions and dreams being outsourced from the Lord. Christ is standing tall and casting His shadow over Allah, who is steadily shrinking small. Disillusioned Muslins are abandoning Allah and coming to saving faith in Christ in record numbers. This is taking place in Iran, Saudi Arabia, the Syrian refugee camps, and other oppressed places throughout the Muslin world.

V. Consider Zephaniah’s Prophecy. A Physical Perspective.

A. God’s Word speaks of His love and protection of Israel. (New American Standard Bible)

1. Genesis 12:3. “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.”

2. Deuteronomy 14:2. “For you are a holy people to the Lord your God, and the Lord has chosen you to be a people for His personal possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.”

3. Zechariah 12:8. “For the Lord of armies says this: “After glory He has sent me against the nations that plunder you, for the one who touches you, touches the apple of His eye.”

B. God’s Word speaks of His reaching out to all of the people the world.

1. John 3:16. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.”

2. 2 Peter 3:9. “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not willing for any to perish, but for all to come to repentance.”

C. God’s Word speaks of His Judgment on those who seek to draw people away from Him (Yahweh), who is the true God, and lead them, or force them, to worshiping false gods.

1. Verse. Zephaniah 2:11. “The Lord will be terrifying to them, for He will starve all the gods of the earth; and all the coastlands of the nations will bow down to Him, everyone from his own place.”

2. Commentary. “The Lord destroys the gods by destroying the nations that depend on these gods; these deities have no real existence apart from the people who serve them (1 Co 8:4-6). By revealing the unreal nature of these gods, He brings the nations to acknowledge Him as the one true God.” (The Expositor’s Bible Commentary – Abridged Edition: Old Testament)

D. Consider The Significance Of Yahweh. (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

1. Verse. Genesis 15:7. “He also said to him, “I am Yahweh who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to possess.”

2. Lexicon. 3068: the proper name of the God of Israel. https://biblehub.com/lexicon/genesis/15-7.htm

VI. Satanic Warfare Against Christians And Jews.

A. Spiritual warfare of Satan, through his allies, is present in the world, and relentless. Such attacks on God’s people comes through the unsaved people and agencies of all nations. Social media platforms, main stream media, government, academia, arts and entertainment, global and new world order types, and those described by the liberal main stream media as “the religious left,” are bold in their attacks on anyone who has says or writes anything that opposes same-sex marriage, abortion on demand, or the support of Israel. The United States has been blessed by God above all other nations, and has been used by God as a refuge for Jews and a protector of Israel. However, the same people and agencies (mentioned above) are actively trying to divide and break down America. Those, “whom have been born again and who know Christ as their Lord and Savior,” have the Presence of God’s Spirit dwelling within their spirit (John 14:16-26), prompting them to righteous living (John 16:7-11). Satan uses those, “who do not know Christ as Lord and Savior, who have not been born again, and do not have the indwelling Presence and influence of God’s Holy Spirit,” to further his un-Godly agenda of killing unborn babies, same-sex marriage, and attacking Israel (physically and verbally).

B. Scripture tells of the influence that Satan has over “Satan’s people.” Scripture also tells us how people can come out from under the power of Satan. Consider the following verses and comments from “God Questions.” (Holman Christian Standard Bible). Follow the conversation.

1. “The prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience.” Eph 2:1-2. ” And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you previously walked according to the ways of this world, according to the ruler who exercises authority over the lower heavens, the spirit now working in the disobedient.”

2. “Those whom have not trusted Christ as Lord and Savior.” 2 Cor 4:4. “In their case, the god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers so they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”

3. “The air in Eph 2:2 may refer to the invisible realm above the earth where Satan and his demons move and exist. Eph 6:12. “For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens.”

4. “This evil realm, called the “air” could be an actual locality, but it could be an actual locality, and it could also be synonymous with the world.” John 12:31. “Now is the judgment of this world. Now the ruler of this world will be cast out.”

5. “Although Satan has power and authority in the current world system in which we exist, his power is limited, always under the sovereign control of God.” Job 1:12. “Very well,” the Lord told Satan, “everything he owns is in your power. However, you must not lay a hand on Job himself.” So Satan left the Lord’s presence.”

6. “Satan’s power and authority are temporary.” Rom 16:20. “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.”

7. “God has made it clear that there is only one way to escape the power of Satan’s dominion, and that is through Christ.” Acts 26:18. “to open their eyes so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that by faith in Me they may receive forgiveness of sins and a share among those who are sanctified.” (Context is verses 14-18, where Christ is speaking to Paul.)

VII. Summary.

In prior articles in this “Road To Tribulation” series, we have seen God’s prophetic judgments on nations and people groups who have been hostile toward Israel, and continue in such hostility towards God’s chosen people. The truth of the Ammonites and Moabites (Zephaniah 2:8-11) coming under God’s justice is no less valid. The justice of God will occur, based on God’s timetable, and not on anything that would make it appear that God is implementing a reactive act of justice. Please understand that God’s justice is “JUST,” and will take place.

VIII. Israel In The News.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-troops-nab-gazan-infiltrator-who-was-carrying-grenades/

http://www.baptist.org.il/news/post/165/Youth-group-distribute-water-and-sweets-during-Ramadan

IX. Article References.

A. The sources of information that are noted in this article are worthy of being in anyone’s reference library, and should be considered for purchase.

B. Footnotes.

1. The NOW Prophecies, Bill Salus, 2016.
2. The NOW Prophecies, Bill Salus, pg 37.
3. The NOW Prophecies, Bill Salus, pg 38-41.

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Salvation In Christ . The Book Of John 1:15-18 . 26 A.D.

I. Opening Video. Click on the arrow; the video will play.

A. Hunger For Holiness | Music Videos | Carman. May 23, 2016. Carman Licciardello.

B. As you listen to Carman in the video, consider the Holiness of God. Consider the need that we have of seeking Him, and of drawing into worship of our Lord. The following passages of Scripture tell of such a relationship that is present between God and those who seek Him. (HCSB. You may have heard a song that is taken from #3.)

1. Psalm 63:1
God, You are my God; I eagerly seek You.
I thirst for You;
my body faints for You
in a land that is dry, desolate, and without water.

2. Isaiah 26:9
I long for You in the night;
yes, my spirit within me diligently seeks You,

3. Psalm 42:1-2
1. As a deer longs for streams of water, so I long for You, God.
2. I thirst for God, the living God. When can I come and appear before God?

II. The Testimony Of John The Baptist Concerning Jesus. John 1:15-18.

A. Introduction.

1. Consider the words of Dr. John F. Walvoord. 1

2. The ministry of John the Baptist as a forerunner of Jesus was prophesied in Isaiah 40:3-5; Matthew calls attention to this (Matt 3:3; Isa 40:3). Luke quotes the whole passage of Isaiah 40:3-5 (Luke 3:4-6). John claimed that he was that prophet in connection with the baptism of Jesus (John 1:23). John had predicted, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me’ ” (v. 15). John traced grace and all the blessing of God through Jesus, stating, “From the fullness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another. For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth through Christ” (vv. 16-17). John, in effect, announced that a new dispensation would be brought in by Jesus in which grace and truth would be its central feature. These statements are compatible only with the concept that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the promised Messiah of Israel.

B. Scriptures. New American Standard Bible.

1. John 1:15-18.

2. 15 John *testified about Him and called out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who is coming after me has proved to be my superior, because He existed before me.’” 16 For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. 17 For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has seen God at any time; God the only Son, who is in the arms of the Father, He has explained Him.

C. Comments.

1. 1:15. He was before me: Jesus was born after John the Baptist (see Luke 1:36) and began His ministry later than John the Baptist. Yet, John the Baptist said Jesus was before him, meaning that Jesus’ existence is from eternity past (v. 30). (NKJV Study Bible)

2. 1:16. Most people take the words of v. 15 to be John the Baptist’s. Probably the words of vv. 16–18 are those of John the writer of this Gospel, although they too may be John the Baptist’s. Grace for grace means grace piled upon grace. The background of this doubled term, as well as the use of the term in v. 17, is found in Ex. 32–34. Moses and the people had received grace, but they were in tremendous need of more grace (Ex. 33:13). (NKJV Study Bible)

3. 1:17. Throughout the NT, grace is God’s favor expressed to sinful humankind apart from any human works or worth. Though there was abundant grace and truth expressed by God through the Law He gave Moses, it is in the person of Jesus Christ that grace and truth are realized to the fullest. (NKJV Study Bible)

4. 1:18. “No one has seen God at any time.” I.e., since God is Spirit (4:24), no man has ever seen God in His essence, His Spirit-being. Yet, He assumed visible form, which men saw in the OT times (Gen 32:30; Ex 24:9-10; Jud 13:22; Isa 6:1; Dan 7:9), and in Jesus men could see God (14:8-9). Christ gives life (v. 12); He reveals (vv. 14, 18); He gives grace and truth (vv. 16-17). (Ryrie Study Bible)

III. Summary.

A. Consider “Grace.”

B. Consider the comments of Drs. Scofield and Ryrie.

1. Grace is “the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man.. . not by works of righteousness which we have done” (Titus 3:4; Titus 3:5). It is, therefore, constantly set in contrast to law, under which God demands righteousness from man, as, under grace, he gives righteousness to man (Romans 3:21; Romans 3:22; Romans 8:4; Philippians 3:9). Law is connected with Moses and works; grace with Christ and faith (John 1:17; Romans 10:4-10). Law blesses the good; grace saves the bad (Exodus 19:5; Ephesians 2:1-9). Law demands that blessings be earned; grace is a free gift (Deuteronomy 28:1-6; Ephesians 2:8; Romans 4:4; Romans 4:5). 2

2. As a dispensation, grace begins with the death and resurrection of Christ (Romans 3:24-26, Romans 4:24; Romans 4:25). The point of testing is no longer legal obedience as the condition of salvation, but acceptance or rejection of Christ, with good works as a fruit of salvation, (John 1:12; John 1:13; John 3:36; Matthew 21:37; Matthew 22:24; John 15:22; John 15:25; Hebrews 1:2; 1 John 5:10-12). The immediate result of this testing was the rejection of Christ by the Jews, and His crucifixion by Jew and Gentile (Acts 4:27). 2

3. Grace has a twofold manifestation: in salvation (Romans 3:24) and in the walk and service of the saved (Romans 6:15). 2

4. The dispensation of Grace will end at the second coming of Christ since, as suggested, the tribulation period itself is not a separate dispensation but is the judgment on those living persons who are Christ rejecters at the end of this present dispensation. The Scripture involved is Acts 2:1 to Revelation 19:21. 3

IV. 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. The following study Bibles are two of the ones that I most often consult, both of which are key to the study of eschatology.

1. Ryrie Study Bible.

2. Scofield 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 the ministry works of many of those trusted theologians.

D. Footnotes.

1. John F. Walvoord, Every Prophecy of the Bible, pg 403, Chariot Victor Publishing, 1990.

2. Scofield Study Bible, John 1:17 note.

3. Charles C. Ryrie, Dispensationalism, pg 64, Moody Publishers, 1966.

V. Closing Video.

A. Revelation Song/Holy, Holy, Holy – FBC Jacksonville, FL. videosofblessings. Mar 26, 2012.

B. Revelation Song (Worthy Is the Lamb Who Was Slain) and Holy, Holy, Holy. Performed by Daniel Crews with the choir and orchestra of First Baptist Church, Jacksonville, FL. (Pastors’ Conference 2012)

C. It is my prayer that as you watch this video, you will sense an experience of true praise and worship of God, (“Father, Son and Holy Spirit; John 14:8-21; 16:5-11), through a deep and intimate relationship with Him (John 17:3).

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Road To Tribulation 10 – Ezekiel 38-39 Invasion Of Israel!

I. Opening Video.

A. Nuclear Showdown in Iran – Bill Salus and Nathan Jones, October 26, 2020.

B. Prophecy Depot Ministries Bill Salus. Jan 3, 2021.

C. What is Iran’s future according to Bible prophecy? Find out with guest Bill Salus and Nathan Jones of the Lamb and Lion Ministries evangelism team as they provide their Prophetic Perspectives.

II. NOW And NEXT Prophecies Explained.

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.

B. In this article we will consider the unfulfilled prophecy of the Ezekiel 38-39 war, where a coalition of nations attacks Israel. A background on the historical and political factors that have influenced worldly acceptance of the players are included in this article, and should not be a surprise to anyone.

C. The previous article (Road To Tribulation 9) discussed Ezekiel 38. This article will further the discussion of the events of Ezekiel 39.

III. The Ezekiel 38-39 War (The Invasion Of Israel).

A. Prophecy against Gog.

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

2. The possibility of Russia attacking Israel is a modern concern of the United States and other nations. With both Russia and Red China constituting a major political bloc, the possibility of a future war between Russia and Israel becomes a possibility. 2

3. The word “Russia” never occurs in Scripture, but the description of this war connects these two important chapters of Ezekiel with the future outcome of Russia as a world power. If Ezekiel 38-39 is studied carefully, it reveals a future invasion of the land of Israel by the armies of Russia and five other nations. Though sometimes confused with the battle of Armageddon, which will be a world conflict before the second coming of Christ, this war will be distinct, both in its objectives, its character, and its outcome. According to Scripture the invaders will be totally destroyed which, undoubtedly, will have an effect on the world power struggle in which Russia is now a major factor. As this prophecy was written 2500 years ago, the question remains whether this has ever been fulfilled in the past. A search of history finds no such battle or outcome. 3

B. The identities of the players of the invasion of Israel.

1. Key Verses. Ezekiel 38:1-6 (587 B.C.) New American Standard Bible.

1 Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 2 “Son of man, set your face toward Gog of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, 3 and say, ‘This is what the Lord God says: “Behold, I am against you, Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. 4 So I will turn you around and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you out, and all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them magnificently dressed, a great contingent with shield and buckler, all of them wielding swords; 5 Persia, Cush, and Put with them, all of them with buckler and helmet; 6 Gomer with all its troops; Beth-togarmah from the remote parts of the north with all its troops—many peoples with you.

2. Commentary. Ezekiel 38:1-6.

a. Ezekiel 38:2. “Gog.” The derivation of the word is uncertain. It probably refers to the ruler of the people who live in Magog. “Magog” was identified by Josephus as the land of the Scythians, the region N and NE of the Black Sea and E of the Caspian Sea (now occupied by three members of the Commonwealth of Independent States: Russia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan). “Rosh.” The area of modern Iran. “Meshech and Tubal.” The area of modern Turkey. 7

b. Ezekiel 38:5-6. Other allies include “Persia” (modern Iran), “Ethiopia” (northern Sudan), “Put” (Libya), “Gomer”(probably the eastern part of Turkey and Ukraine), and “Beth-togarmah” (the part of Turkey near the Syrian border).” 7

c. Notice that none of the countries that will attack Israel in the Ezekiel 38-39 war are countries that physically border Israel. The countries that will attack Israel in the Psalm 83 war will be Israeli’s neighboring nations. The participants of each of the wars can be seen in the following link. Notice that the Psalm 83 confederates are Muslim. The Ezekiel 38-39 countries are not all Muslim countries.
https://prophecynewsstand.blogspot.com/2009/12/psalm-83-and-ezekiel-38-reference-maps.html

C. Prophecy against Gog: The destruction of Israel’s invaders.

1. Key Verses. Ezekiel 39:5-8 (587 B.C.) – New American Standard Bible

5 You will fall on the open field; for it is I who have spoken,” declares the Lord God. 6 “And I will send fire upon Magog and those who inhabit the coastlands in safety; and they will know that I am the Lord.
7 “And I will make My holy name known in the midst of My people Israel; and I will not allow My holy name to be profaned anymore. But the nations will know that I am the Lord, the Holy One in Israel. 8 Behold, it is coming and it shall be done,” declares the Lord God. “That is the day of which I have spoken.

2. Commentary. Ezekiel 39:5-8.

a. In repeating aspects of the prophecy of their destruction, God noted again that the invasion of the land was caused by God bringing them into the conflict, “I will turn you around and drag you along. I will bring you from the far north and send you against the mountains of Israel (vs 2). The geographic origination of the invasion was again said to be “the far north.” (vs 2). God further declared, “Then I will strike your bow from your left hand and make your arrows drop from your right hand” (vs 3). 4

b. Because of the various judgments of God mentioned earlier, God declared that the invading army will fall on the mountains of Israel (vs 4). God stated, “I will give you as food to all kinds of carrion birds and to the wild animals. You will fall in the open field, for I have spoken, declares the Sovereign LORD.” (vs 4-5). From these Scriptures it is clear that the entire invading army will be wiped out. In addition to wiping out the army that will be invading Israel, a judgment of fire will also be inflicted on Magog and “those who live in safety in the coastlands” (vs 6), indicating that a special judgment will be visited also on the land from which the Russian army troops come. 5

3. Key Verses. Ezekiel 39:9-24 (587 B.C.) – New American Standard Bible
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=ez+39%3A9-16&version=NASB

4. Commentary. Ezekiel 39:9-24.

a. At the end of the great battle, those who inhabit the cities of Israel will gather up the weapons and burn them, for a period of seven years (39:9). Seven months will be spent burying the dead (39:12). 6

b. The thousands of soldiers killed in the war will be buried in order to cleanse the land (vs 11-13). After the seven months there still will be other bodies located, and according to the prophecy some will be permanently employed to search out the dead and bury them (vs 11-14). 8

c. All the dead will be buried to cleanse the land. An unburied corpse was considered unclean (Deu 21:23), and burial was done as soon as possible after death. Though everyone participated in the burial of Gog’s army (vs 13), a full-time burial corps was employed (vs 14). Anyone who found a bone, skeleton, or any human remains placed a marker on it for the burial corps to find and bury in the valley of Hamon-Gog. 13

d. The gruesome task of the seven month burial (vs 11-13) would appear to have a very sobering influence spiritually. No doubt, it will prove to be one of the means of leading Israel, as well as the Gentiles, to repentance and faith in the Lord. 14

e. See last line of D. 2. b., below, for thought on the timing of the Ezekiel 38-39 invasion of Israel.

f. Immediately after the battle, before the burial takes place, God invites birds and wild animals to feast on the dead bodies. God pointed out how the dead will include riders, some of whom were important people, and also their horses (vs 17-20). 9

g. The judgment on the invaders was designed to display the power of God (vs 21). God had previously judged the people of Israel because of their unfaithfulness, and many of them died (vs 23-24). 10

D. The Restoration Of Israel.

1. Key Verses: Ezekiel 39:25-29 (587 B.C.) New American Standard Bible.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=ez+39%3A25-29&version=NASB

2. Commentary. Ezekiel 39:25-29.

a. God here announced the restoration of Israel, as had been predicted in many passages in the Old Testament. This prediction of restoration was just as literal as the prediction of the battle, and both will take place. vs 25-26 below. 11

25 Therefore this is what the Lord God says: “Now I will restore the fortunes of Jacob and have mercy on all the house of Israel; and I will be jealous for My holy name. 26 They will forget their disgrace and all their treachery which they perpetrated against Me, when they live securely on their own land with no one to make them afraid.

b. God, having previously predicted His judgments on Israel, here made a point of how they will be gathered completely from the various lands from which they had been scattered. Now, God makes a specific and sweeping prediction, “When I have brought them back from the nations of their enemies, I will show Myself Holy through them in the sight of many nations. They they will know that I am the LORD their God, for though I sent them into exile among the nations, I will gather them to their own land, not leaving any behind. I will no longer hide My face from them, for I will pour out my Spirit ON the House of Israel, declares the Sovereign LORD” (39:27-29). Not only will God restore Israel to the land, but He promised to gather all of them from their scattered position and bring them back to the land. This will occur in the opening period of the millennial kingdom. It will not be an option to the Children of Israel, but she will be commanded to come to her Promised Land. This is a sweeping dramatic prediction, and supports the doctrine of a glorious future for Israel in the Millennium. Early in Ezekiel 20:33-38, God had declared His purpose to regather Israel, but will purge out the rebels, or the unsaved, so that only righteous Israel will be allowed to possess her ancient land. An important point in biblical interpretation is to treat these prophecies in the literal sense, as are the other prophecies which have been fulfilled. If so, it requires a coming of Christ before the thousand-year reign of Christ, or the pre-millennial return of the Lord. vs 27-29 below. 12

27 When I bring them back from the peoples and gather them from the lands of their enemies, then I shall show Myself holy through them in the sight of the many nations. 28 Then they will know that I am the Lord their God because I made them go into exile among the nations, and then I gathered them again to their own land; and I will leave none of them there any longer. 29 I will not hide My face from them any longer, for I will have poured out My Spirit on the house of Israel,” declares the Lord God.

c. The timing of this Ezekiel 38-39 war will be discussed in a later article in detail.

IV. Summary.

A. The apostles Andrew and Philip took the message of Christ to the land of Russia. Other apostles took the Gospel to countries that bordered Russia. http://12tribehistory.com/where-did-the-disciples-go/

B. The key to understanding the attack of Russia on Israel is found in Ezekiel 38-39. Dr. C.I. Scofield provided great understanding on the Russia-Israel conflict through his studies.

1. Dr. Scofield went to Europe in the early years of the 20th century. From Scofield’s studies in Europe, the Scofield Study Bible of 1909 was published. Dr. David Reagan tells the story of some of the findings of Scofield’s studies. At the time of Scofield’s trip to Europe, Russia was an orthodox Christian nation, and there was no such state of Israel. Scofield made the following comment: “I don’t understand it! Russia is an Orthodox Christian nation, and there is no Israel. But, Scripture says that Russia will invade Israel; and, I believe it!” As the following link shows, many anti-Semites disagreed with Scofield’s findings, and were very vocal in their opposition to Israel possessing the land that God had given to them. Such opposition still comes from those without, and within, the church. https://proliberty.com/observer/20090507.htm

2. Biblical and historic truth shows that the apostles Andrew and Philip took the message of Christ to present-day Russia. Other apostles took the Gospel to countries that bordered present-day Russia. Dr. C.I. Scofield was correct in his discovery of the Russia-Israel connection. http://12tribehistory.com/where-did-the-disciples-go/ Others who came to the same understanding as C.I. Scofield, and have gone on to be with the Lord, include John Nelson Darby, Lewis Sperry Chafer, John Walvoord, Charles Ryrie, and J. Dwight Pentecost, and others. The study bibles that I most often consult are the Scofield and Ryrie Study Bibles, both of which explain the truth of God’s abiding love for Jews, and His promises for “Israel in the end times.”

3. Credential information for the individuals that are mentioned in the above paragraph (2.) can be found on this website’s Page of Theologians.

C. God’s Love For The Jews.

1. Genesis 15:18-21 (1913 B.C.) Christian Standard Bible – God’s Promise Of Land To Israel

18 On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, “I give this land to your offspring, from the Brook of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates River: 19 the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, 20 Hethites, Perizzites, Rephaim, 21 Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites, and Jebusites.”

2. Deuteronomy 14:2 (1451 B.C.) Christian Standard Bible – God’s Special Relationship With Israel

2 for you are a holy people belonging to the Lord your God. The Lord has chosen you to be his own possession out of all the peoples on the face of the earth.

3. Ezekiel 37:21-22 (587 B.C.) Christian Standard Bible – God Will Return Israel To Their Land

21 tell them, ‘This is what the Lord God says: I am going to take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them into their own land. 22 I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel, and one king will rule over all of them. They will no longer be two nations and will no longer be divided into two kingdoms.

V. Israel In The News.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/man-with-knife-arrested-trying-to-enter-jewish-school-kosher-store-in-france/

http://www.baptist.org.il/?fbclid=IwAR2MXofJ3agL9r5k8Y6rMfLIBiLHtPFoBTzlUvzgUyojSSS-NcPX3q0y5Pk

VI. 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.

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1. John F. Walvoord, Every Prophecy Of the Bible, pg 188
2. John F. Walvoord, Every Prophecy Of The Bible, pg 189
3. John F. Walvoord, Every Prophecy Of The Bible, pg 190
4. John F. Walvoord, Every Prophecy Of The Bible, pg 195
5. John F. Walvoord, Every Prophecy Of The Bible, pg 196
6. The Moody Bible Commentary, pg 1262
7. Ryrie Study Bible
8. John F. Walvoord, Every Prophecy Of The Bible, pg 196 (Ez 39:11-16)
9. John F. Walvoord, Every Prophecy Of The Bible, pg 197 (Ez 39:17-20)
10. John F. Walvoord, Every Prophecy Of The Bible, pg 197 (Ez 39:21-24)
11. John F. Walvoord, Every Prophecy Of The Bible, pg 197 (Ez 39:25-29)
12. John F. Walvoord, Every Prophecy Of The Bible, pg 198 (Ez 39:25-29)
13. New American Commentary, Ezekiel, pg 343
14. Liberty Bible Commentary

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Salvation In Christ – The Book Of John – 1:14 – 26 A.D.

I. Video.

A. Carman – I Feel Jesus (Live Performance). CarmanTvOfficialSite. Jun 5, 2012.

B. Carman was an amazing man of God, a most effective minister of the Gospel of Christ through his music, and throughout his total life. I trust that as we are digging deeper into God’s Holy Word, that we are gaining a greater insight into what Scripture says about Christ, our Lord and Savior. As Carman sings this song, “I Feel Jesus,” may we ask ourselves if we sense the Presence of Jesus in our lives, “anytime-every time, anywhere-everywhere, as we feel our head hitting the pillow at night, as we feel our head coming off of the pillow in the morning?” Do we seek Jesus? Are we contented with the relationship that we have with Christ?

C. Consider the Love Question that is found in John 21:15-17. Three times, Jesus speaks the words, “Peter, do you love me?” Consider voice inflection. If Jesus were to come to you, and ask you, “do you love me?” how do you think that His words would sound to you? In your response, how would your words sound to Jesus? Read the words of this John 21:15-17 passage, and consider such voice inflection.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+21%3A15-17&version=NASB

II. Preview.

There are many groups and individuals who deny the deity of Christ. John 1:14, though, provides proof of the deity of Christ. To help you with your own study of the deity of Christ, I have provided the John 1:14 scripture, as well as Greek Lexicon information, both of which are provided by Bible Hub, https://biblehub.com/ In the Summary of this article, scriptures come from Bible Gateway https://www.biblegateway.com/

III. Scripture Text. John 1:14 (26 A.D.)

John 1:14
New American Standard Bible 1977
And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.

IV. Scripture Comments. (Ryrie Study Bible)

A. “the Word became flesh.” Jesus Christ was unique, for He was God from all eternity and yet joined Himself to sinful humanity in the Incarnation. The God-man possessed all the attributes of deity (Phil 2:6) and the attributes common to humanity (apart from sin), and He will exist forever as the God-man in His resurrected body (Acts 1:11; Rev 5:6). Only the God-man could be an adequate Savior; for He must be human in order to be able to suffer and die, and He must be God to make that death effective as a payment for sin. The use of the word “flesh” contradicts the Gnostic teaching that pure deity could not be united with flesh, which was regarded as entirely evil.

B. “glory.” In the OT, glory expressed the splendor of divine manifestation and attested the divine presence. Here, it means the visible manifestation of God in Christ.

C. “the only begotten.” Used here (and in John 1:18; 3:16, 18) of Christ, meaning the unique Son in a way totally different from any other who believes and is born as a child of God, simply because He is equal with God. Also used of the widow of Nain’s only son (Luke 7:12), Jairus’s only daughter (Luke 8:42), and Isaac, Abraham’s unique son (Hebrews 11:17).

V. Greek Lexicon, and related data, from Bible Hub. John 1:14.

A. NASB: “And the Word.” Greek: logos. Strong’s: 3056: a word (as embodying an idea), a statement, a speech. https://biblehub.com/lexicon/john/1-14.htm

1. 3056. logos. https://biblehub.com/greek/3056.htm

2. Strong’s Concordance
logos: a word (as embodying an idea), a statement, a speech
Phonetic Spelling: (log’-os)
Definition: a word (as embodying an idea), a statement, a speech
Usage: a word, speech, divine utterance, analogy.

3. HELPS Word-studies
3056 lógos (from 3004 /légō, “speaking to a conclusion”) – a word, being the expression of a thought; a saying. 3056 /lógos (“word”) is preeminently used of Christ (Jn 1:1), expressing the thoughts of the Father through the Spirit.
[3056 (lógos) is a common term (used 330 times in the NT) with regards to a person sharing a message (discourse, “communication-speech”). 3056 (lógos) is a broad term meaning “reasoning expressed by words.”]

B. NASB: “became.” Greek: egeneto. Strong’s: 1096: to come into being, to happen, to become. https://biblehub.com/lexicon/john/1-14.htm

1. 1096. ginomai. https://biblehub.com/greek/1096.htm

2. Strong’s Concordance
ginomai: to come into being, to happen, to become
Phonetic Spelling: (ghin’-om-ahee)
Definition: to come into being, to happen, to become
Usage: I come into being, am born, become, come about, happen.

3. 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. NASB: “flesh.” Greek: sarx. Strong’s: 4561: flesh. https://biblehub.com/lexicon/john/1-14.htm

1. 4561. sarx. https://biblehub.com/greek/4561.htm

2. Strong’s Concordance
sarx: flesh
Phonetic Spelling: (sarx)
Definition: flesh
Usage: flesh, body, human nature, materiality; kindred.

3. HELPS Word-studies
4561 sárksproperly, flesh (“carnal”), merely of human origin or empowerment.
[4561 /sárks (“flesh”) is not always evil in Scripture. Indeed, it is used positively in relation to sexual intercourse in marriage (Eph 5:31) – as well as for the sinless human body of Jesus (Jn 1:14; 1 Jn 4:2,3). Indeed, flesh (what is physical) is necessary for the body to live out the faith the Lord works in (Gal 2:20).]
4561 (sarks) is generally negative, referring to making decisions (actions) according to self – i.e. done apart from faith (independent from God’s inworking). Thus what is “of the flesh (carnal)” is by definition displeasing to the Lord – even things that seem “respectable!” In short, flesh generally relates to unaided human effort, i.e. decisions (actions) that originate from self or are empowered by self. This is carnal (“of the flesh”) and proceeds out of the untouched (unchanged) part of us – i.e. what is not transformed by God.

D. NASB: “and dwelt.” Greek: eskēnōsen. Strong’s: 4637: to have one’s tent, dwell. https://biblehub.com/lexicon/john/1-14.htm

1. 4637. skénoó. https://biblehub.com/greek/4637.htm

2. Strong’s Concordance
skénoó: to have one’s tent, dwell
Phonetic Spelling: (skay-no’-o)
Definition: to have one’s tent, dwell
Usage: I dwell as in a tent, encamp, have my tabernacle.

3. HELPS Word-studies
Cognate: 4637 skēnóō – properly, to pitch or live in a tent, “denoting much more than the mere general notion of dwelling” (M. Vincent). For the Christian, 4637 (skēnóō) is dwelling in intimate communion with the resurrected Christ – even as He who Himself lived in unbroken communion with the Father during the days of His flesh (Jn 1:14). See 4638 (skēnōma).

E. NASB: “among.” Greek: en. Strong’s: 1722: in, on, at, by, with. https://biblehub.com/lexicon/john/1-14.htm

1. 1722. en. https://biblehub.com/greek/1722.htm

2. Strong’s Concordance
en: in, on, at, by, with
Phonetic Spelling: (en)
Definition: in, on, at, by, with
Usage: in, on, among.

3. HELPS Word-studies
1722 en (a preposition) – properly, in (inside, within); (figuratively) “in the realm (sphere) of,” as in the condition (state) in which something operates from the inside (within).

F. NASB: “us, and we saw.” Greek: etheasametha. Strong’s: 2300: to behold, look upon. https://biblehub.com/lexicon/john/1-14.htm

1. 2300. theaomai. https://biblehub.com/greek/2300.htm

2. Strong’s Concordance
theaomai: to behold, look upon
Phonetic Spelling: (theh-ah’-om-ahee)
Definition: to behold, look upon
Usage: I see, behold, contemplate, look upon, view; I see, visit.

3. HELPS Word-studies
2300 theáomai (from tháomai, “to gaze at a spectacle”) – properly, gaze on (contemplate) as a spectator; to observe intently, especially to interpret something (grasp its significance); to see (concentrate on) so as to significantly impact (influence) the viewer.
[2300 (theáomai) is the root of 2302 /théatron (“spectacle in a theatre”), the root of the English term, “theatre.”]

G. NASB: “His glory. Glory.” Greek: doxan. Strong’s: 1391: opinion (always good in N.T.), hence praise, honor, glory. https://biblehub.com/lexicon/john/1-14.htm

1. 1391. doxa. https://biblehub.com/greek/1391.htm

2. Strong’s Concordance
doxa: opinion (always good in N.T.), hence praise, honor, glory
Phonetic Spelling: (dox’-ah)
Definition: opinion (always good in NT), praise, honor, glory
Usage: honor, renown; glory, an especially divine quality, the unspoken manifestation of God, splendor.

3. HELPS Word-studies
1391 dóksa (from dokeō, “exercising personal opinion which determines value”) – glory. 1391 /dóksa (“glory”) corresponds to the OT word, kabo (OT 3519, “to be heavy”). Both terms convey God’s infinite, intrinsic worth (substance, essence).
[1391 (dóksa) literally means “what evokes good opinion, i.e. that something has inherent, intrinsic worth” (J. Thayer).]

H. NASB: “as of the only begotten.” Greek: monogenous. Strong’s: 3439: only begotten. https://biblehub.com/lexicon/john/1-14.htm

1. 3439. monogenés. https://biblehub.com/greek/3439.htm

2. Strong’s Concordance
monogenés: only begotten
Phonetic Spelling: (mon-og-en-ace’)
Definition: only begotten
Usage: only, only-begotten; unique.

3. HELPS Word-studies
3439 monogenḗs (from 3411 /misthōtós, “one-and-only” and 1085 /génos, “offspring, stock”) – properly, one-and-only; “one of a kind” – literally, “one (monos) of a class, genos” (the only of its kind).

I. NASB: “from the Father.” Greek: patros. Strong’s: 3962: a father. https://biblehub.com/lexicon/john/1-14.htm

1. 3962. patér. https://biblehub.com/greek/3962.htm

2. Strong’s Concordance
patér: a father
Phonetic Spelling: (pat-ayr’)
Definition: a father
Usage: father, (Heavenly) Father, ancestor, elder, senior.

3. HELPS Word-studies
3962 patḗr – father; one who imparts life and is committed to it; a progenitor, bringing into being to pass on the potential for likeness.
3962 /patḗr (“father”) is used of our heavenly Father. He imparts life, from physical birth to the gift of eternal life through the second birth (regeneration, being born again). Through ongoing sanctification, the believer more and more resembles their heavenly Father – i.e. each time they receive faith from Him and obey it, which results in their unique glorification.
[3962 /patḗr (“father”) refers to a begetter, originator, progenitor – one in “intimate connection and relationship” (Gesenius). Just as in the NT, the OT never speaks of universal fatherhood of God toward men (see. G. B. Steven’s concession, The Theology of the New Testament, p 70; see p 68) (TWOT 1, 6).
For more on the Fatherhood of God see: Bruce, F. F., NIDNTT 2. 655-656; Burton, E. de W., The Epistle to the Galatians (Edinburgh: Clark 1921) 384-392; Jeremias, J., The Prayers of Jesus (ET) (London: SCM, 1967) 11-65.]

J. NASB: “full.” Greek: plērēs. Strong’s: 4134: full. https://biblehub.com/lexicon/john/1-14.htm

1. 4134. plérés. https://biblehub.com/greek/4134.htm

2. Strong’s Concordance
plérés: full
Phonetic Spelling: (play’-race)
Definition: full
Usage: full, abounding in, complete, completely occupied with.

3. HELPS Word-studies
Cognate: 4134 plḗrēs (an adjective) – full; used of being full of the presence of the Lord (His provisions) which is the definition of a full life. See 4130 (plēthō). Being “full” (4134 /plḗrēs) brings God’s wisdom, grace and power (Ac 6:3,8).

K. NASB: “of grace.” Greek: charitos. Strong’s: 5485: grace, kindness. https://biblehub.com/lexicon/john/1-14.htm

1. 5485. charis. https://biblehub.com/greek/5485.htm

2. Strong’s Concordance
charis: grace, kindness
Phonetic Spelling: (khar’-ece)
Definition: grace, kindness
Usage: (a) grace, as a gift or blessing brought to man by Jesus Christ, (b) favor, (c) gratitude, thanks, (d) a favor, kindness.

3. HELPS Word-studies
Cognate: 5485 xáris (another feminine noun from xar-, “favor, disposed to, inclined, favorable towards, leaning towards to share benefit”) – properly, grace. 5485 (xáris) is preeminently used of the Lord’s favor – freely extended to give Himself away to people (because He is “always leaning toward them”).
5485 /xáris (“grace”) answers directly to the Hebrew (OT) term 2580 /Kaná (“grace, extension-toward”). Both refer to God freely extending Himself (His favor, grace), reaching (inclining) to people because He is disposed to bless (be near) them.
[5485 (xáris) is sometimes rendered “thanks” but the core-idea is “favor, grace” (“extension towards”).]

L. NASB: “and truth.” Greek: alētheias. Strong’s: 225: truth. https://biblehub.com/lexicon/john/1-14.htm

1. 225. alétheia. https://biblehub.com/greek/225.htm

2. Strong’s Concordance
alétheia: truth
Phonetic Spelling: (al-ay’-thi-a)
Definition: truth
Usage: truth, but not merely truth as spoken; truth of idea, reality, sincerity, truth in the moral sphere, divine truth revealed to man, straightforwardness.

3. HELPS Word-studies
225 alḗtheia (from 227 /alēthḗs, “true to fact”) – properly, truth (true to fact), reality.
[In ancient Greek culture, 225 (alḗtheia) was synonymous for “reality” as the opposite of illusion, i.e. fact.]

VI. Summary.

A. The information that is contained in this one verse of scripture can be discussed, without an ending to the discussion. Therefore, I will add some thoughts of summary that I think can be useful in the world of disbelief in Christ, as being, “God,” and in particular of Christ being, “God with us” [Isa 7:14 (742 B.C.); Mt 1:23 (5-4 B.C.)].

B. Old Testament Prophetic Scriptures Told Of The Coming Of Christ. (Jews For Jesus)

https://jewsforjesus.org/answers/top-40-most-helpful-messianic-prophecies/

1. The Messiah would be born of a virgin
Hebrew Scriptures reference: Isaiah 7:14
New Testament citations: Matthew 1:22–23, Luke 1:31–35

2. The Messiah would come according to a timetable
Hebrew Scriptures reference: Daniel 9:24–27
New Testament citations: Matthew 24:15-16, Mark 13:14-15, Galatians 4:4

3. The Messiah would be preceded by Elijah the prophet
Hebrew Scriptures reference: Malachi 4:5–6 [Hebrew Bible, verses 3:23–24]
New Testament citations: Matthew 11:14–15, Matthew 16:14, Matthew 17:9–13, Mark 6:14–16, Mark 9:11–13, Luke 1:16–17, John 1:21

a. He [John the Baptist] will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God, and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.” (Luke 1:16–17)

b. Luke here is explicit that John came “in the spirit and power of Elijah”– he is not a reappearance of the actual, literal prophet. Alluding to Malachi 4:5–6 (Hebrew, 3:23–24), he shows that John began to effect reconciliation (through his baptism of repentance) and in that way prepared the people for the coming of Jesus. This explains why in John’s gospel, John the Baptist denies being Elijah.

4. The Messiah would be born in Bethlehem
Hebrew Scriptures reference: Micah 5:2 [Hebrew Bible verse 1]
New Testament citations: Matthew 2:1–6, John 7:40–43

5. The Messiah would be a descendant of David
Hebrew Scriptures reference: 2 Samuel 7:12–16
New Testament citations: Matthew 1:1, Luke 1:32-33, Acts 15:15-16, Hebrews 1:5

6. The Messiah would be the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace
Hebrew Scriptures reference: Isaiah 9:6–7 [Hebrew Bible 9:5-6]
New Testament citations: Luke 1:32-33, Luke 1:79, John 14:27, Acts 10:36, Romans 9:5, Philippians 4:7, Colossians 2:3, 2 Thessalonians 3:3

7. The Messiah would be the seed of the woman
Hebrew Scriptures reference: Genesis 3:15
New Testament citations: Romans 16:20, Galatians 4:4, Hebrews 2:14; Revelation 12:9, 17

8. The Messiah would be called a Nazarene
Hebrew Scriptures reference: Isaiah 11:1, Isaiah 53:3
New Testament citations: Matthew 2:23

C. Consider the following verses that identify Christ as being God.
Christ has always been, “and has always been God.” Lk 1:47. John 1:1, 5:18. Tit 2:13. Heb 13:8.
The world was created by Christ. John 1:3, 10. Col 1:16. 1 Cor 8:6. Heb 1:2
Christ takes away the sin of the world. John 1:29. 1 John 1:9. Eph 1:7. Col 3:13. Mk 2:10. Mt 9:2-8.
Christ and the Father are one. John 10:30; 14:7, 9, 11.

D. Consider thoughts of key theologians in regard to John 1:14.

1. John is saying that Jesus, who was born in Bethlehem, who was known as Jesus of Nazareth, always was, is, and ever shall be God. (Vine’s Expository Bible Notes)

2. Made flesh indicates the incarnation of God the Son. The use of flesh contradicts the Gnostic heresy that God could not be united with human flesh, which was seen as evil. Dwelt among us: John uses the word for “tabernacled,” here translated “dwelt.” The Old Testament tabernacle was where God dwelt among the Jews in the wilderness. In this context, God is dwelling in the person of Jesus Christ. We beheld his glory: Perhaps John refers to the shekinah glory which appeared in the tabernacle of the Old Testament. The expression signifies the visible manifestation of God. John later uses glory to refer to Jesus’ life (2:11), death, and resurrection (12:23). (KJV Study Bible)

3. The Word became flesh. God became human. Jesus took on flesh (“incarnation”) without ceasing to be God (see Phil 2:6–7). The mere formulation scarcely does justice to this most staggering of assertions. made his dwelling. Pitched his tabernacle; lived in his tent. This recalls Israel’s “tabernacle” in which God dwelled among his people in the wilderness (Exod 25:8–9; 40:34–35). Now God dwells among his people in a more personal way: in the Word become flesh. See “Temple.” We have seen his glory. This verse alludes to Exod 33:12—34:28, where God’s glory is supremely his goodness (Exod 33:18–19). John and others with eyes of faith saw Jesus display his glory on earth (2:11; Luke 9:32). See “The Glory of God.” one and only Son. See “Sonship.” full of grace and truth. Describes Jesus’ “glory” and parallels “love and faithfulness” in Exod 34:6 (also in Ps 26:3; Prov 16:6), which describes the nature of the goodness that is God’s glory. “Love” (Hebrew ḥesed) refers to a gracious covenant love (see “Love and Grace”), and “faithfulness” (Hebrew ʾĕmet), when referring to words, means faithful words, truth. The glory that Moses saw in Exod 33:12—34:28 is the same glory that John saw in the Word made flesh. (NIV Biblical Theology Study Bible)

4. the Word became flesh. While Christ as God was uncreated and eternal (see notes on v. 1), the word “became” emphasizes Christ’s taking on humanity (cf. Heb. 1:1–3; 2:14–18). This reality is surely the most profound ever because it indicates that the Infinite became finite; the Eternal was conformed to time; the Invisible became visible; the supernatural One reduced Himself to the natural. In the incarnation, however, the Word did not cease to be God but became God in human flesh, i.e., undiminished deity in human form as a man (1 Tim. 3:16). (MacArthur Study Bible)

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

Home

Congressman Jerry Nadler: “God’s Will is No Concern of This Congress”

VIII. 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. The following study Bibles are two of the ones that I most often consult, both of which are key to the study of eschatology.

1. Ryrie Study Bible.

2. Scofield 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 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.

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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.”

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

V. Video Details.

A. Gaither Vocal Band – I Know Who Holds Tomorrow (Official Video).

B. Gaither Music TV. Dec 13, 2012.

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Road To Tribulation 5 – The Psalm 83 War

Will Psalm 83 be the next prophesied war? Find out with guest Bill Salus and Nathan Jones of the Lamb and Lion Ministries evangelism team as they provide their Prophetic Perspective. See video details at the bottom of this page.

I. Introduction.

A. Bill Salus speaks on the unfulfilled prophecy of the Psalm 83 War, which will be “The final Arab-Israeli War.” Credentials for Mr. Salus can be found on my Page of theologians for this website. All other sources that are listed in this article can also be checked for credential information on that Page.

B. In this article we will consider information that relates to the past history, as well as to that which points to NOW prophecy and to current day situations that relate to the nations and lands that we are discussing. We will also consider some of the sources of information whose writings helped to make the writing of this article possible.

C. The Roots of the Mideast Conflict. The present hostilities experienced in the Middle East between the Arabs and Jews can be traced to a disposition of hatred, originating almost four thousand years ago. Bill Salus explains how the ancient family feuds between the Middle East patriarchs and matriarchs are the underlying roots of today’s Arab-Israeli conflict. 1

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. 1.1

E. Psalm 83 was authored by Asaph, about 3000 years ago. Among Asaph’s several hundred attributes, was the gift of prophecy. He was a prophet, according to 2 Chronicles 29:30. 1 Chronicles 25:1-2 informs that Asaph and his sons were specifically instructed by King David of Israel to prophesy. Asaph wrote 12 of the 150 Psalms. He penned Psalm 50 and Psalms 73-83. Among all of these Psalms, Psalm 83 is the most prophetic. The Psalm foretells of a coming Arab alliance that conspires together to eradicate the Jewish state of Israel. This confederation will be soundly defeated by the IDF (Israel Defense Forces). In the aftermath, Israel will achieve the peace and security that has eluded the Jewish state since its recreation in 1948. This IDF victory seems to provide Israel with the peace and security that is predicted in Ezekiel 38:8, 11 and 14. 2

F. This chapter that we are studying, of “Psalm 83: The Final Arab-Israeli War,” treats Psalm 83 as a NOW Prophecy because it appears that Ezekiel 38 and 39 won’t happen until Psalm 83 has been fulfilled and this peace has been achieved. The minor premise for this conclusion is based upon Israel’s present inability to dwell securely in fulfillment of Ezekiel 38:8, 11 and 14. Due to the current instability in the Middle East, Israel lacks the ability to dwell securely. The fulfillment of Psalm 83 should rectify this problem by better stabilizing the region. The major premise is that until Israel dwells securely, Ezekiel 38 and 39 won’t happen. Yet, Ezekiel 38 and 39 must happen in order for the Lord to uphold His Holy Name in fulfillment of Ezekiel 39:7. Therefore, some major event must occur that enables Israel to dwell in peace and safety. Psalm 83 appears to be that significant event. 3

G. Psalm 83: The Missing Prophecy Revealed. War is coming to Israel. Psalm 83 tells about a future day when Israel is savaged by her Arab enemies and emerges victorious in a great Islamic purging. What is the future of Syria? Of Egypt? Of Saudi Arabia? Of Jordan? Will Israel take over the Middle East and become a dominant world power, rich in oil and natural resources? This great event could occur at any moment and change the future of the Middle East and the world. It could also lead directly to the Battle of Gog and Magog, which is described in Ezekiel 38-39, and not of Revelation 20:7-9. https://prophecyw atchers.com/product/psalm-83-book-the-missing-prophecy-revealed/ 3.1

H. It is important to know that the Psalm 83 forces that will attack Israel will be nations that share common borders with Israel (Psalm 83:6-8). In the future Ezekiel 38-39 War on Israel, that will take place in, or near the beginning of the Tribulation, those forces will come from nations that will be from beyond the borders of Israel (Ezekiel 38:2-6). https://prophecynewsstand.blogspot.com/2009/12/psalm-83-and-ezekiel-38-reference-maps.html 3.2

I. The prophecies of the Old Testament relate directly to God’s relationship with Israel, but when such as a “Psalm 83 War” takes place, it will affect the whole world. Because this battle will take place prior to the rapture of the church, those whom are “saved and unsaved” will be present on earth, and will experience the direct and collateral effects of this “ten nation Muslim attack” on Israel. Other unfulfilled pre-tribulation prophecies may come to fruition during our lifetimes. But, it is because of a lack of teaching on the Old Testament prophecies, that many Christians will think that they are in the Tribulation, when the fulfillment of such pre-tribulation prophecies begin to take place.

II. Psalm 83. Past History And NOW Prophecy.

A. Psalm 83 Overview. Psalm 83 is a prophecy about an Arab confederacy that wants to eliminate the Jews from the Jewish state and confiscate the promised land of Israel (Psalm 83:1-5). This prophecy is such a big deal that Asaph beseeches the Lord to be very vocal and proactive about this epic event. He pleads; “Do not keep silent, O God! Do not hold Your peace. And do not be still, O God!”(Psalm 83:1). 4

B. The prophecy specifies that a group of Israel’s enemies confederate and form a devious plan to destroy Israel. “They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, That the name of Israel may be remembered no more” (Psalm 83:4). This prophecy did not find fulfillment in the past up to 70 A.D., when Israel formerly existed. It could not have found fulfillment between 70-1948 A.D., when Israel no longer existed. However, it can find fulfillment NOW that Israel presently exists. Psalm 83:6-8 identifies the belligerents by their ancestral names. 5

C. The Role Of The IDF In Psalm 83.

1. Asaph petitions the Lord in Psalm 83:9-18 to empower the IDF to conquer the Psalm 83 Arab confederacy. His pleadings begin in Psalm 83:9-11. In these verses, Asaph calls attention to the historical war examples depicted in Judges 4-8, concerning the Midianites and Canaanites. The Midianites had oppressed the Israelites for seven years, and the Canaanites for twenty years. Both peoples were soundly defeated, and neither ever oppressed the Jewish people or the land of Israel after their rousing defeats. Asaph requests a replication of these past war strategies in order to achieve the same results for Psalm 83. In these instances, the IDF was significantly outnumbered, which is also the case today. The Psalm 83 Arab populations presently number about 180 million, compared to Israel’s meager population of about 8 million. This means that there are about 22 Psalm 83 Arabs to every one Jew. 6

2. Psalm 83 concludes by painting a vivid portrait of what Asaph petitions the Lord for. What he asks for can only be achieved militarily, through conquest, rather than politically through diplomacy (Psalm 83:13-17). “Yes, let them be put to shame and perish (Psalm 83:17). 7

D. The Purposes Of Psalm 83.

1. The fulfillment of Psalm 83 will accomplish at least eight important purposes, which are: (1) The survival of the Jews in Israel; (2) The maintaining of Jewish control over Jerusalem and all of Israel; (3) Peace and security within Israel, at least until Ezekiel 38 follows; (4) The fulfillment of Ezekiel 37:10 which foretells, that Israel will become an “exceedingly great army;” (5) The end of all Psalm 83 Arab aggressions against Israel; (6) The termination of the ancient Arab hatred of the Jews; (7) The evidence that God’s Gentile foreign policy in Genesis 12:3 is still in effect; (8) the proof that the Lord is the one true God (This [# 8] is described in Psalm 83:18, which is quoted and explained in 2. below). 8

2. The ultimate goal of Psalm 83 is concluded in this verse: “So that they will know that You alone, whose name is the Lord, Are the Most High over all the earth,” Psalm 83:18. Some of the Psalm 83 Arab survivors from Jordan (Jer 48:47 and 49:6), Egypt (Isa 19:18), and Syria (Isa 19:18) will eventually recognize that the God of the Bible is the one true God. However, apart from the Arabs today that are true followers of Christ, the others are mostly Muslim. They believe that Allah is god. The fulfilment of Psalm 83 will prove them wrong. 9

3. When the Egyptians were pursuing the Israelites (1491 B.C.), who were fleeing from Egypt, God used that situation to let everyone know that, “I am the Lord.”(Ex 14:16-19).

III. Psalm 83 In Summary. What is the next prophetic event that will happen in the Middle East? 10

A. Many prophecies concerning that area of the world have recently been fulfilled. For example, the Bible prophesized that in the end times the Jews will be re-gathered from the four corners of the world — an amazing development that occurred in the 20th century, and which continues today. The Bible also prophesized that as the results of that regathering, the state of Israel would be reestablished — a momentous event that occurred on May 14, 1948. Jesus himself prophesized that one day the city of Jerusalem would be reoccupied by the Jews, and that event took place on June 7, 1967. Finally, the biblical prophets stated that, once the nation of Israel was reestablished, all the world would come together against it over the issue of who would control Jerusalem. And that is exactly what is happening today.

B. So, what’s next? Most believe that it will be an invasion of Israel, led by Russia accompanied by a number of Muslim nations. But, Bill Salus, the author of Isralestine, believes otherwise. He thinks the next great prophetic event in the Middle East will be a war between Israel and all the Arab nations that share a common border with it. Where does he get that idea? Who is going to win that war? And what will be the consequences? Click onto the following link for a video discussion of the Psalm 83 War, as well as other written information on the subject. https://christinprophecyblog.org/2009/05/psalm-83-explained/

IV. Video Information.

A. Nathan Jones and Bill Salus.

B. The Psalm 83 War | Prophetic Perspectives #101

C. Christ In Prophecy. Oct 12, 2020

D. Will Psalm 83 be the next prophesied war? Find out with guest Bill Salus and Nathan Jones of the Lamb and Lion Ministries evangelism team as they provide their Prophetic Perspective.

V. 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. Prophecy Watchers, https://prophecywatchers.com/product/psalm-83-package/
1.1 Bill Salus, The Now Prophecies, pg 9
2. Bill Salus, The Now Prophecies, pg 111
3. Bill Salus, The Now Prophecies, pg 112
3.1 Gary Stearman, Prophecy Watchers,
3.2 Gary Stearman, Prophecy Headline
4. Bill Salus, The Now Prophecies, pg 115
5. Bill Salus, The Now Prophecies, pg 116
6. Bill Salus, The Now Prophecies, pg 119
7. Bill Salus, The Now Prophecies, pg 120
8. Bill Salus, The Now Prophecies, pg 120
9. Bill Salus, The Now Prophecies, pg 121
10. David Reagan, Christ In Prophecy

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 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 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 4 – Prophecy Against Damascus

I. Introduction.

A. Hal Lindsey speaks on the destruction of Damascus, Syria. He also brings into his discussion comments on other prophetic judgments. Another of the judgments that Dr. Lindsey brought into his discussion is the Psalm 83 War, which we will examine in the next “Road To Tribulation” article. Credentials for Hal Lindsey can be found on my Page of theologians for this website. All other sources that are listed in this article can also be checked for credential information on that Page.

B. In this article we will consider information that relates to the past history, as well as to that which points to Now prophecy and to current day situations that exist in the nations and lands that we are discussing. We will also consider some of the sources of information whose writings helped to make the writing of this article possible.

C. 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. 16

II. Isaiah 17. Past History And NOW Prophecy.

A. Past History. 17:1–14 Damascus and northern Israel.

B. This (Isaiah 17:1-14) is evidently from Isaiah’s early days, when Syria and northern Israel were hand in glove (see ch. 7) and their kingdoms still intact. Damascus is briefly told its fate, but Israel has the brunt of the rebuke, as well as the indignity of being classed with the heathen, her oracle placed among theirs. 1

C. “Oracle,” as stated in 17:1, is translated from Hebrew as: “massa,” meaning, “the burden against.” Strong’s Lexicon shows the translation as being: “utterance, oracle.” Certain Biblical translations record: “oracle, prophecy, message, announcement, divine revelation.” 13

D. The Judgments upon Nations Adjacent to Israel. These predictions are set forth in various portions of the Old Testament, e.g., Damascus (Isaiah 17:1-14; Jeremiah 49:23-27). 14

II. A Now Prophecy. The Destruction Of Damascus.

A. Isaiah 17 (726 B.C.)
New American Standard Bible 2020 Update

1. Prophecy about Damascus. Text.

a. 17:1 The pronouncement concerning Damascus: “Behold, Damascus is about to be removed from being a city,
And will become a fallen ruin.

b. 17:9 In that day his strong cities will be as a forsaken bough, And an uppermost branch, Which they left because of the children of Israel; And there will be desolation.

c. 17:14 Then behold, at eventide, trouble! And before the morning, he is no more. This is the portion of those who plunder us, And the lot of those who rob us.

2. Notes.

a. Note 1. Another NOW prophecy involves the destruction of Damascus, Syria. This verse predicts that Damascus will be utterly destroyed as a city someday. The literal interpretation of the verse reads that the city will be reduced to a ruinous heap of rubble. Damascus is a strategic target for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to attack, and some Israeli leaders in the past have stated that Damascus would be destroyed if Syria ever attacked Israel. 2

b. Note 2. Consider the Good Samaritan of Luke 10:25-37, and the Samaritan woman of John 4:4-26 (mine).

c. Note 3. Ephraim was a member of the Northern Kingdom until the kingdom was conquered by Assyria in 723 B.C. and the population deported. From that time, the Tribe of Ephraim has been counted as one of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel. Ephraim is often seen as the tribe that embodies the entire Northern Kingdom and the royal house resided in the tribe’s territory (just as Judah is the tribe that embodies the Kingdom of Judah and provided its royal family). 15

d. Note 4. In support of the Note 1 comment: Isaiah mentions Assyria, Assyrian, or Assyrians at least 41 times in his sixty-six chapters, but never once mentions any of the above in Isaiah 17. To the contrary, Isaiah 17:9 seems to suggest that Israel is responsible for this destruction. The verse states that the desolation is brought about by “the children of Israel.” This would allude to the IDF. Isaiah 17:14 informs that the destruction happens overnight and appears to be a retaliatory act in self defense. 4

e. Note 5. Additionally, Jeremiah 49:23-27, which was written more than a century after Isiah 17, also talks about a burden against Damascus. If Damascus was literally destroyed in 732 B.C. by the Assyrians, this means that it would have had to become restored subsequently for Jeremiah’s prophecy to find a future fulfillment. I think it is more logical to read Isaiah 17 and Jeremiah 49:23-27 in connection with each other to learn more prophetic details of the destruction of Damascus. 5

III. Jeremiah 49:23-27 (600 B.C.)

A. Past History. 6

49:23–27 Against Damascus. Cf. Is. 17:1–3; Amos 1:3–5. Hamath, a city on the Orontes River that marked the northern limit of Solomon’s rule (2 Chr. 8:4), 110 mi. N of Damascus in southern Syria, and Arpad, 105 mi. SW of the modern Aleppo in Northern Syria, were to fall, as well as Damascus, Syria’s capital. Nebuchadnezzar conquered them in 605 B.C.

B. A Now Prophecy. 7

1. Judgment on Damascus. Text.

23 Against Damascus.

“Hamath and Arpad are shamed,
For they have heard bad news.
They are fainthearted;
There is trouble on the sea;
It cannot be quiet.
24 Damascus has grown feeble;
She turns to flee,
And fear has seized her.
Anguish and sorrows have taken her like a woman in labor.
25 Why is the city of praise not deserted, the city of My joy?
26 Therefore her young men shall fall in her streets,
And all the men of war shall be cut off in that day,” says the Lord of hosts.
27 “I will kindle a fire in the wall of Damascus,
And it shall consume the palaces of Ben-Hadad.”

2. Summary Outline. 7

a. “Bad news” befalls Syria, making it become “fainthearted.”
b. The disturbing news is that there is “trouble on the sea.”
c. “It can not be quiet,” referring to the “trouble on the sea.” This could be alluding to lethal missiles launched from the Mediterranean Sea on route to Damascus.
d. “Damascus has grown feeble;” the entire city is shaken, probably from the severe missile strikes.
e. Everyone in Damascus panics and “turns to flee. Fear has seized the entire city, like a woman in labor.”
f. There are many civilian casualties as “young men shall fall in the streets.”
g. The Syrian army is destroyed as “all the men of war are cut off.”
h. “The Lord,” as the perpetrator of the attack, will kindle a fire” in Damascus.
i. The governmental buildings are like in Syrian history when “the palaces of Ben Hadad were consumed.”

C. The Interpretation of Jeremiah 49:23-27 in correlation with Isaiah 17. 8

1. Jeremiah 49:23-27 and Isaiah 17 are likely parallel passages of the same prophecy. Each provides separate details that cooperatively intertwine. It would be comparable to having two separate news reporters covering the same event from different camera angles. 8

2. Jeremiah doesn’t directly tell us who causes the destruction of Damascus, but Isaiah does. He identifies the IDF, (the children of Israel), as the cause of the desolation in Damascus and other fortified cities. 8

Isaiah 17:9, “In that day his strong cities will be as a forsaken bough
And an uppermost branch, Which they left because of the children of Israel; And there will be desolation.” 8

3. Isaiah informs that strong cities will be forsaken, but apart from Damascus, neglects to specify which ones. Jeremiah provides those details. Jeremiah 49:23 says, ““Hamath and Arpad are shamed.” 8

4. Isaiah neglects to directly inform whether the IDF attack upon Damascus is by air, land, sea or any of the above. However, Jeremiah 49:23 says that there is “trouble on the sea; it can not be quiet.” The Hebrew word, “deagah,” which can also be translated as “anxiety, sorrow or heavy concern.” In essence, there is sorrow stemming out from some sea. This is the only place in the Scriptures where the adage, “trouble on the sea,” is used. It foretells of disturbing events occurring within, or coming from, some sea that will cause heavy sorrows to Syrians. 8

5. What Sea? What events? These are the logical questions to ask. Considering the severity of the military and civilian casualties predicted in Jeremiah 49:26, one might conclude that missiles launched from some sea results in at least part of the devastation. 8

6. The sea is most likely the Mediterranean Sea, which happens to be where several Israeli owned Dolphin class nuclear submarines patrol. These are ships that Israel obtained from Germany. They are capable of launching missiles, potentially nuclear, into the heart of Syria. As a matter of fact, Israel received its fifth Dolphin class submarine from Germany in January 2016. 8

7. How long is the attack that levels Damascus? Jeremiah 49 says that troubling news causes people to flee from the warzone. This suggests that some Syrians escape into exile. However, Jeremiah 49:26 says, “young men shall fall in her streets, And all the men of war shall be cut off in that day.” Does the phrase, “in that day,” allude to a 24 hour day? Concerning the length of time, Isaiah informs: “Then behold, at eventide, trouble! And before the morning, he is no more. This is the portion of those who plunder us, And the lot of those who rob us.” (Isa 17:14). 8

8. Isaiah says, one night you see Damascus, but in the morning it no longer exists. Perhaps, the military conflict between Syria and Israel extends beyond a single day, but in only one night Damascus gets toppled. Israel already possesses the advanced weaponry capable of destroying a major city. This is one of the reasons that the destruction of Damascus is a very viable NOW Prophecy. 8

9. Why Damascus? The answer to this question is provided by Jeremiah. Isaiah 17:14 ends with, “This is the portion of those who plunder us, And the lot of those who rob us.” Syria, represented by its capital city, is guilty of plundering and robbing Israel. This appears to be why the IDF wages war against Syria. 8

10. Jeremiah 49:25 asks the question, “Why is the city of praise not deserted, the city of My joy?” Herein, lays another important clue as to why Damascus gets downed. The praiseworthy city of the Lord’s joy is Jerusalem. The question should be askes as follows: “Why is Damascus under attack, while Jerusalem remains intact?” 8

11. This implies that Syria’s judgment is retaliatory in nature. Something sinister coming from Syria against Jerusalem is likely at issue. Syria, in the process of plundering and robbing Israel, is probably provoking Jews to flee from Jerusalem. “Why is Jerusalem not deserted,” is the rhetorical question? Jeremiah predicts that Damascus will be deserted, but then inquires, “why isn’t Jerusalem?” 8

12. This question makes more sense if there is a conflict taking place between Syria and Israel. If Syria was attacking Saudi Arabia unsuccessfully, then the appropriate question would be, “why isn’t Mecca deserted?” 8

13.This curse-for-curse-in-kind clause in Genesis 12:3 finds application in this Syrian-Israeli conflict. This clause determines a like reaction for any foreign power that affects Israel. If a nation blesses Israel, they will be blessed by the Lord. If they curse Israel, they will be cursed in like manner. Syria wants to harm Israel militarily, so the Lord empowers the IDF to reverse the curse militarily. Syria wants Jews to desert from Jerusalem, so the Lord has Syrians desert from Damascus. Syrians seemingly want to overtake Jerusalem, as soon as possible, so in direct retaliation, the Lord has Damascus destroyed overnight. 8

14. The destruction of Damascus cold be an event that correlates with Psalm 83. Syria participates in Psalm 83 under the banner of Assyria. However, when Psalm 83 was written about 3000 years ago, Assyria did not include all of modern-day Syria. It mostly covered parts of northern Syria and northern Iraq. In 732 B.C., the Assyrian Empire took control of Damascus and the rest of what is presently modern day Syria. This means that the destruction of Damascus could occur independently from Psalm 83, because Damascus was not part of Assyria when Asaph authored Psalm 83. 8

15. Whether or not Isaiah 17 is part of Psalm 83, both events appear to be NOW prophecies. This is partially determined by the fact that the IDF participates in each event. The IDF is the tool utilized by the lord to destroy Damascus (Isaiah 17:9), and to end the Arab-Israeli conflict (Psalm 83:9-11). Both prophecies deal with a similar Arab-Israeli scenario. 8

16. This ethnic struggle is deeply rooted in an ancient Arab hatred of the Jews. Ezekiel 35:5 and 25:15 are a couple of Scriptures that allude to this adversarial disposition. Some Bible versions translate it as a “perpetual enmity.” It is a cancerous condition that must be surgically removed. According to the Bible, it will come to an end, but only when its Arab hosts are soundly and finally defeated. 8

17. A passing note about today’s IDF: they exist today in fulfillment of Bible prophecies in Ezekiel 25:14, 37:10, Obadiah 1:18, and several others. Their primary purpose is to protect and preserve the modern day Jewish state. They are biblically relevant for several NOW prophecies. However, they are not instrumental in the NEXT prophecy of Ezekiel 38 or the LAST prophecy of Armageddon. The Lord stops the Ezekiel invaders and Christ stops the Armageddon campaign of the Antichrist. Neither of those major events are NOW prophecies. 8

IV. The Syria Israel tension, now. 9

A. Israel’s modern interaction with Syria is interesting, and a potential hot-spot for future conflict. When Syria occupied the Golan Heights, a strategically crucial high plateau above the whole region of Galilee, Israel was under constant threat of invasion and shelling from Syrian placements on the Golan. But when Syria eventually made a full-on invasion of Israel from the Golan, Israel miraculously beat them back and captured the Golan Heights. Now, Syria insists that this strategically crucial region is theirs and must be given back. The Israelis are adamant that they will never give back land that belongs to them and is necessary for their security. In the meantime, Syria fights Israel through terrorism and their support of militia groups in Lebanon. The dream of a “Greater Syria,” encompassing Syria, Lebanon, and parts of northern Israel is a powerful influence in the Syrian leadership. https://enduringword.com/bible-commentary/isaiah-17/

B. Israel was attacked by Syria from the Golan Heights in 1967. 10

C. Israel was attacked by Syria from the Golan Heights in 1973. 11

D. Prior to the 1967 Six-Day War, intermittent hostilities centered on the demilitarized zones, water issues and shelling and infiltration from the Golan Heights. 12

V. Video Information.

A. Hal Lindsey. Isaiah 17 and Psalm 83 Destruction of Damascus.

B. Divine Intervention Ministry. Apr 29, 2008.

C. Carlos Sandoval. Sep 5, 2013.

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 am 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. New Bible Commentary, Isaiah 17:1-14, Note
2. Bill Salus, The Now Prophecies, pg 123
3. Bill Salus, The Now Prophecies, pg 124
4. Bill Salus, The Now Prophecies, pg 124
5. Bill Salus, The Now Prophecies, pg 124
6. MacArthur Study Bible, Jeremiah 49:23-27, Note
7. Bill Salus, THE Now Prophecies, pg 125
8. Bill Salus, The Now Prophecies, pg 126-130
9. Enduring Word, ISAIAH 17 – THE BURDEN AGAINST SYRIA AND ISRAEL
10. Six Day War, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six-Day_War
11. Yom Kippur War, aka Yom Kippur War, Ramadan War, or October War, aka 1973 Arab–Israeli War
12. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel%E2%80%93Syria_relations https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel%E2%80%93Syria_relations
13. Bible Hub https://biblehub.com/isaiah/17-1.htm
14. J. Dwight Pentecost, Things To Come, pg 314
15. Tribe of Ephraim. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tribe_of_Ephraim#:~:text=Ephraim%20was%20a%20member%20of,Ten%20Lost%20Tribes%20of%20Israel.
16. Bill Salus, The Now Prophecies, pg 9

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