THE GREAT PLAN OF ALMIGHTY GOD
By Neville V. Stevens
New International Version used throughout unless otherwise specified.
From the very beginning of this creation Almighty God set in motion a system of seven days. This weekly cycle has continued to this very day. It was the seventh day that God made Holy by resting on this day, and this is the day that God commanded to be kept Holy for all time. At the same time, God set the sun, moon, stars and planets in motion and set the seasons for all the creation. He linked the whole creation to the first six days when He completed His work, and then rested on the Seventh Day and proclaimed it Holy. From that time on, the servants of God have kept the Sabbath holy in accordance with God’s instructions. The command required only that they rest from all their labours on this day. It was a simple instruction, but one which has caused the greatest amount of obstruction from those who refuse to acknowledge God’s authority.
To many people, in fact the vast majority of humanity, it is not important. Yet it was important to Jesus Christ when He walked the earth. He obeyed the Commandment and said ‘the Sabbath was made for man – not man for the Sabbath’, and also said that He was ‘Lord of the Sabbath’ – and these just happen to be an important revelations. God prescribed the first six days for man to do all their work, but the Seventh Day is the Lord’s Day, the Holy Day, when mankind must rest from their labours.
After Jesus’ departure, the chief of the Apostles Peter (the little Rock), spoke of the Sabbath – God’s Day – and also spoke of a day of judgment of ungodly men. He spoke of the terra firma, the landmass arising out of water at the time of God’s creation (2Pet 3:5). In the same verse he mentioned that the heavens already existed when God began His recreation of the face of the earth. God has instructed us to remember the Sabbath Day, and Peter put it in these terms: V8 "But do not forget this one thing, dear friends. With the Lord, a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day." He then goes on to describe the Day of the Lord. V10 "But the Day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare." You will notice that all these things are linked to a promise made by God (V9). You will also notice that the earth and everything in it has not yet been laid bare – this is reserved for the Day of the Lord. Peter reiterates the meaning in V12 "You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the Day of God and speed its coming. That Day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with His promise we are looking forward to a new heavens and a new earth, the home of righteousness."
So we are looking forward to a new earth – the home of righteousness – which was promised by God through the former prophets. We are also looking forward to new heavens when the ordinances of the sun, moon and stars will be changed. Presently, we have the rulers of the heavenly realms who control everything in God’s creation. And they are rulers! They are presently the kings and priests to the broad masses that occupy this earth. You may have noticed that they are not doing a very good job! They have not created a home ‘wherein dwells righteousness’. On the contrary, they have created chaos and carnage, death and destruction.
As early as the eighteenth century B.C. Joseph, in a dream, described the sun, moon and stars, and linked them to Jacob, his favourite wife Rachel, and his 12 sons. This was the first realization Jacob had of God’s promise of replacing the sun, moon and stars with himself and his sons, and although angry with Joseph for making a rather presumptuous claim, he kept it in mind. It’s a point to consider that Joseph was sold to Ishmaeli Arabs and was taken into slavery to Egypt.
Peter formerly wrote this in1Peter 4:17 "For it is time for judgment to begin with the Family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not [obey God]? And, "If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?" You may have noticed that according to the pathetic doctrine of Christianity today, salvation is presumed to be easy – not hard! It requires you to do nothing except mouth the magic formula and you are automatically saved. There doesn’t seem to be anything hard about this! Could it be suggested that false Christianity have it wrong? Or did Peter get it wrong?
You will notice that Peter spoke of the Family of God. These are the ones whom Christ instructed to call God ‘Father’. As God is their Father, so they are His sons and daughters. These are required to be righteous as God is righteous, and Peter makes the point that ungodly people and sinners will have no place in God’s Kingdom. He also mentions that the time of judgment begins with the Family of God and confirms that it ‘begins with us’. So the saints face a period of judgment when it will be very hard to be saved. Now this is not the message that is emanating from the Christian Churches. Even the Churches of God have refuted it in that they refused to acknowledge what God requires of them when it ‘begins with us’. God’s warnings are unmistakable, and He has clearly spelt it out, even to the point of saying that the death of a saint is glorious to God. Now this would be a strange thing to say unless it was linked to a noble purpose.
Peter spoke of the Day of the Lord, and the judgment. Yet long before this, God spoke of the outcome of this judgment. He spoke of judgment being given in favour of the saints (Dan 7:21-22). He confirms that the saints will inherit the Kingdom of God, and in other places, He also confirms they will be kings and priests.
Daniel was a prophet of the highest order. Christ confirmed the need to observe what Daniel wrote (Matt 24:15), and spoke of a day when the beast will stand in the Holy Place. Not surprisingly, this is the beast that will seek to destroy the Family of God. And this, among other things, is what Daniel wrote of. Christ was speaking of the time of the end, and so was Daniel!
Leaving aside the details of which kingdoms will arise in the endtime and their clear identity until the concluding chapters of this article, let’s make one clear point based on what God has said in relation to an enormous statue which represents four kingdoms that would exist in the endtime, and be destroyed at the same time:Dan 2:32 "The head of the statue was made of pure gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, and its feet partly of iron and partly of clay. While you were watching a Rock was cut out, but not by human hands. It struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and smashed them. Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were broken to pieces at the same time and became like chaff on a threshing-floor in the summer. The wind swept them away without leaving a trace. But the Rock that struck the statue became a huge mountain and filled the whole earth." It’s very clear that this same statue, which Daniel saw and identified, will exist again and all four kingdoms will be destroyed at the same time. And that same time is the Day of the Lord! The huge mountain is the terra firma – the landmass – that will be restored once more to what it was originally.
One point that should be made here is that Babylon is the head of gold, and this city will be prominent in endtime events – just as God has said! Regardless of what Satan’s minions have said, God knows best – just remember this! You will hear of all sorts of rumours and madness as Satan’s forces go to work, and these forces will be particularly prominent among the Churches of God, and particularly those who like to quote secular sources rather than the Word of God. Just remember that these people have agendas, which are contrary to God’s Truth – and God’s Truth is not what they are interested in. Overshadowing their entire doctrine is the bizarre nonsense that they will receive immortality for being unprofitable servants. And you’ll recall that Christ said, ‘When you have done all that is required of you, consider yourselves unprofitable servants.’ (Luke 17:10). Worthy or profitable servants are a different ‘cut of the cloth’ altogether. These are the ones who willingly put their lives on the line believing that God will reward them for their great faith. Heb 11:6 "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who diligently seek Him."
The writers of the Book of Hebrews makes it very clear what type of faith God requires.Heb 11:32 "And what more shall I say? I do not have time to speak about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets, who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. Women received back their dead, raised to life again. Others were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection. Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison. They were stoned; they were sawn in two; they were put to death by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and ill-treated – the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains; and in caves and holes in the ground. These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect." To be a profitable or worthy servant, God requires you to put your life on the line, and believe that He exists and is able to raise you from the dead. This is exactly what Christ did! He believed that God would raise Him from the dead.
Abraham is called the ‘father of the faithful’. And we don’t need to ponder why – God has told us!Heb 11:19 "Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead, and figuratively speaking, He did raise Isaac from the dead." The great men and women of the Bible didn’t cling to life at any cost, they believed that God gives life and He can take it away, but they also believed that God is able to reward those who diligently seek Him – even raising them from the dead.
Interestingly enough, this passage in the Book of Hebrews describes two distinct types – both of which have been declared faithful. Firstly, there were those who conquered kingdoms through faith, administered justice, and gained what was promised – the Promised Land! And secondly, there were those who faced torment, defeat and death, but refused deliverance so that they may gain a better resurrection. The second group died without receiving what was promised – the Holy Land! Now why did the writers of the Book of Hebrews make this distinction? The first group is described as mighty in battle, whose weakness was turned to strength, who conquered kingdoms and administered justice and finally secured what was promised. The second group suffers torture, deprivation and death, but their dead are raised to life again. What typifies both groups is their Godly faith – and their willingness to do as God has required of them.
If I had to make a judgment, I would say that the first group is the more faithful because they believed God early. They didn’t wait around to see what the outcome would be, but willingly put their lives on the line when they faced overwhelming odds. We are reminded of God’s repeated instructions to Joshua, when he was about to go into the Promised Land – to be strong and very courageous (Josh 1:6, 7, 9, 18). The vast majority of Christianity doesn’t have this kind of faith! They expect God to molly-coddle them and give them a life of affluence. They whine and complain at the slightest adversity and cast around for someone to blame or sue. They expect someone else to pay for their adversity. If never occurs to them to willingly suffer loss – cheerfully! The vast majority of them are mean and unrelenting, suspicious and self-serving. Paul gave an example of Godly behaviour when he said ‘Whatever situation I find myself in, I have learned to be content.’ These words will ring in the ears of many who have never learned to accept adversity – cheerfully!
God set the whole House of Israel aside as His own people. Even before this He selected certain men who stood out from the crowd in that they obeyed God and held to His teachings of mercy and kindness. The vast majority of humanity is not like this, but is absolutely evil. Some might say, ‘Whose to say who is evil and who is not? By what standard do you judge? What is evil to one may be acceptable to another.’ And while some things may be acceptable to some, others find them detestable. And there is a growing tendency to overlook the evil that emanates from vast majority of humanity based on the perception of the culture of these evil people. It’s claimed to be a part of the culture and therefore must be accepted and overlooked. People who say such things are usually steeped in lawlessness themselves.
God has made it clear that those who don’t love His Law will serve other nations under a different law – and these nations will be a law to themselves – specifically, the Babylonians (Hab 1:6-7).
There are some people who claim that no-one must make judgments about others. They say, ‘Who are you to judge others?’ and this little ploy has been extended to the point where they defend the most depraved and disgusting practices imaginable. Whole nations, who are disgustingly evil, are described as culturally diverse.
God gave His perfect Laws to the House of Israel to regulate their activities, and to keep them on the narrow path. It was God’s intention that other nations would see the blessings that obedience brings and begin to emulate them. There has never been a time in history when this has been more evident, and the Gentile nations have begun to emulate the ‘rule of law’ instituted by the people of Israel, partly because they see the benefits derived, but also, in order to facilitate trade with the powerful, law-abiding nations. In most cases, it hasn’t changed the character of nations, but only the perception or outward appearance of their conduct. They still retain the deep dark secret ambitions they formerly had, but they mask them from view.
The worldly masses are not inhibited by ‘rule of law’ but by the power of those who introduced it. If the power of the holy people were stripped away, then no mercy would be shown them. And Almighty God knows this all too well! God knows that the one who is presently restraining them – the mighty Ephraim – is a deterrent to the wicked behaviour of Satan’s forces. Paul describes it this way in1Thess 2:3 "Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed. He opposes and exalts himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, and even sets himself up in God’s Temple, proclaiming himself to be God. Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you of these things? And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the splendour of His coming. The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love Truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie, and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the Truth but have delighted in wickedness." This wicked, lawless one will arise and eventually be destroyed by Christ Himself at His return. This is the proper time for him to be revealed – just before the return of Christ with great power. The secret power of lawlessness is already at work – and this is the work of Satan. If you understand the signs of the times, you will see the secret power of lawlessness in action right now. You will also recognize the restraining factor is God’s mighty son Ephraim (the U.S.) – the one God trained in infancy, and also stooped down to feed. God led this son in loving kindness and heaped enormous blessings on him. These great blessings are becoming a curse as the rapacious appetite of Satan’s hordes covet them and desire to sweep across the earth and claim them for their own.
As Paul describes, the secret power of lawlessness is already at work before the emergence of the beast – the man of lawlessness. You may recall that in an earlier article, the laws of Islam were cited. To the first tier of believers, they believed in Sharia law (the beheading of anyone who insulted Mohammed, cutting off hands for minor offences, and killing women for showing their faces, etc), but as they got higher up the ladder of Islam, they (including the Imams) believed none of the religious stuff, and their only agenda is world conquest, and this is to be achieved by fear and terrorism, even among their own people. To keep them subjective they are promised a place in heaven with seventy virgins – but their women get nothing.
The work of Satan is to believe powerful delusion. And this is the very thing that God will send to His own people who refuse to love Truth and are prone to believe Satan’s work and his lie. Paul makes the point that when the final ruler arises, he will demand to be worshipped above all that is called God. So this is a powerful religion; one which is presently sweeping the whole earth, and one which will demand unquestioning obedience in defiance of God.
Almighty God speaks contemptuously of the nations of the world and considers them worthless and less than nothing (Isa 40:17). As an example, Afghanistan has experienced drought conditions for years. So severe has this drought been that fruit trees and grapevines died, and were burnt as fuel for fires. These people utterly denuded the whole landscape of vegetation and turned the country into a desert. Since September 11, they have experienced earthquakes; almost it seems, on a weekly basis. An interesting comment came from an Afghan observer. He said that since the war on terrorism started and the Al Qaeda and Taliban deposed from rulership, the weather pattern has begun to change to normal seasonal patterns. He said it seemed as if God had removed the curse from the land. Rain came and restored some of the parched land. Immediately they began to plant crops. Not food crops, but opium to sell to the people of the U.S. and the Western world. Many of these people had formerly expressed the view that their curse was directly linked to opium growing, but as soon as the drought lifted they changed their minds. They chose to continue their cursed activities in order to curse the House of Israel. With their crops flourishing in their fields, they awoke to the devastation of a plague of locusts, which moved in to systematically destroy all their crops. Now they know they are under the curse of God.
The Afghanis are contemptible people and God hates them! And while some of the Afghanis hated the Al Qaeda and Taliban, they hate the Americans even more. The fact that America is liberating them from their enemies means nothing.
The all-wise God knows there are incentive issues involved. He has made it very plain that there are blessings for obedience to His Laws, and curses for disobedience – even among Gentiles. Of course, the rulers of the Gentiles know this all too well. These are not ordinary rulers, and the Apostle Paul made this very plain. He told us that these rulers are not flesh and blood, but something entirely different – they are spirit-beings.Eph 6:10 "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty Power. Put on the full armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms."
The appalling ignorance of some who claim to be Christians is mind-boggling! Many are convinced that it’s Christianity that is the evil opponent of God! Of course, it’s always ‘those other Christians’ – not themselves. But they’ve convinced themselves that it’s Christian nations who are the aggressors against the ‘poor Moslems’. In their twisted and perverted minds they see the House of Israel as the evil, aggressive beast that makes war with everyone else. What is so amazing is that these people actually believe they have the Spirit of God! Here we see Paul telling everyone to ‘take your stand against the devil’s schemes’, yet these lunatics cannot recognize whom the evil rulers of the heavenly realms are! They don’t recognize them because they are not looking into the Word of God for instruction; rather they are looking at the opinions of others who are just as deceived as them.
In His Wisdom God has declared that He will welcome anyone who chooses to live as He has instructed the House of Israel – even Gentiles. And this is where incentive plays a major role. God has formerly said that He has placed before the House of Israel life and death. He counseled them to choose life. And the door is open to Gentiles who want to honour God and serve Him. God made this clear to the Apostle Peter when he saw the great sheet filled with every type of unclean animal being lowered to earth. God explained that these disgusting, unclean animals were Gentiles (Peter at first thought that God was telling him to eat unclean animals, and he said he had never done such a thing). Afterwards, he realized that God was not telling him to eat forbidden meat, but that he should welcome any Gentile who acknowledged God in obedience. So God is even-handed with all who obey Him – whether Gentile or Israelite.
These rulers of the heavenly realms are smart enough to know that God speaks of a ‘woman’ who will be given outstanding power to usurp their authority when the Lord’s Day dawns at the end of six millennial days of darkness. Unfortunately, they took this too literally. It’s a parable! That is, it is written with a secret message that requires the Wisdom of God to understand. In their madness they have assumed that all women need to be suppressed, dominated and humiliated at every opportunity. In some Islamic nations they can be beaten up, publicly whipped, or even put to death, for merely showing their faces in public. They are also forbidden any form of education in order to keep them ignorant.
Afghan woman is shot in head by hypocritical Islamic ‘holy men’. There is nothing more detestable than hypocrites, and hypocritical Moslems love killing innocent people and blowing them to bits. They dance in the streets at the death of thousands of innocents.
Women are beaten publicly by these same hypocrites. If they beat any woman of mine, I’d drill out their teeth with an angle grinder and then cut their throats with a blunt trowel.
Digressing for a moment, one man who is drenched in evil, and has set himself up as the enemy of this Brotherhood, calls himself ‘Ishman’. I couldn’t help but notice the similarity with the name ‘Ishmael’. This man substituted the name of God ‘El’ with ‘m’. Is it just a coincidence that Israel ends with ‘el’, and Islam ends with ‘m’. Just a few observations, but how appropriate for such an evil, slavering beast! The man himself is an arrogant, self-serving nobody, and not worthy of mention, but he serves as an example of the madness of those who claim to be prophets of God, yet lack the Spirit that would empower them. At every turn in the road, such people identify themselves with evil, and rarely ever understand what they are doing. They present their wobbly doctrine, which is constantly contradictory with other things they’ve said, and then claim to be some great one who is filled with God’s Spirit. There are plenty of such people around! They fight against God’s Truth and then wonder why they never come to any understanding of Scripture. They are unable to understand the most elementary tenets of God’s teachings. In this case, the man himself had no idea what he was doing because he was being manipulated like a puppet. And neither does he realize he’s being manipulated. Most people don’t! It’s a form of hypnotism of which they are unaware. The evil force controlling him was actually taunting me to see if I would recognize his subtle use of the name ‘Ishman’. These invisible spirits love to play their little games!
Concerning words and names, it’s worth mentioning that the language of the prophets is English. God has made it clear that the prophets must communicate in the language understood by the House of Israel, and only English is common among the majority of the 12 Tribes. God put it this way:Eze 3:4 "He then said to me, "Son of man, go now to the House of Israel and speak my words to them. You are not being sent to a people of obscure speech and difficult language, whose words you cannot understand. Surely if I had sent you to them, they would have listened to you. But the House of Israel is not willing to listen to you because they are not willing to listen to me, for the whole House of Israel is hardened and obstinate. But I will make you as unyielding and hardened as they are. I will make your forehead like the hardest stone, harder than flint. Do not be afraid of them or terrified by them, though they are a rebellious house." You might like to wonder what would happen if some fool came along preaching in Hebrew or Greek to the House of Israel today. It might sound cute to some, but they, along with the whole House of Israel, would not understand the warning at all. But since God instructs His servants to deliver the message in a language they do understand, God also predicts that they won’t believe it. In doing so, God wants to ensure they are without excuse. You may be surprised to know that none of the prophets went to all Israel; it was usually just a small portion of them – a very small portion. Jesus Christ was an example. He came to His own Tribe but they refused to believe Him. Yet He plainly stated that He had come to ‘the lost sheep of Israel’. And for further clarification, the ‘lost sheep of Israel’ represents all 12 Tribes of Israel, just as Gabriel told Mary that her Son would rule over the House of Jacob forever (Luke 1:33). It’s bad news for all those who don’t know who the Tribes of Israel are, because this is what the Kingdom of God is being established for – to rule forever (same verse). The House of Israel are the elite of the earth in that God has only chosen them! (Amos 3:1-2).
It’s an indictment against the House of Israel that God has said if He had sent His prophets to those of a different language they would have listened. But God hasn’t done this! Those who don’t understand the language of the prophets are not going to hear the message God is sending! But what of Israel who do understand the language? Not only are they hardened and unyielding, they have no desire to know God’s instructions on anything. Wading around in soft mush of unscriptural beliefs is their only contribution to anything that they believe resembles God’s instructions. Hard decisions are taken without any consultation with guidance from their Creator. In the good times of peace and prosperity with expanding markets and general well-being, the House of Israel saw no need for God or His teachings. God has said, ‘Only the fool has said in his heart there is no God!’ Suddenly, after six thousand years of human experience, the House of Israel have become fools, and have decided that God didn’t create anything. They cleverly devised theories to ‘prove’ that all life evolved from slime. So Christianity has become largely symbolic; a spiritual projectile fired above the broad masses like a skyrocket to make them feel good. Today, they foolishly worship the creation more than the Creator. It seems that the Apostle Paul had similar concerns in his day (Rom 1:25). People had begun to think that concerns for the environment was a form of godliness; that somehow they could have grave concerns about various species, and herald these views as being more important than the people of God.
It’s worth noting that America’s dwindling energy reserves forces them to purchase from the enemies of God in the Middle East. Consequently, their judgment is clouded when dealing with them because of their need for oil. At this critical time – the most critical in American history – they have baulked at developing vast petroleum reserves in Anwar, Alaska. And why is this? Because the left-wing, looney activists are more concerned about disturbing the migratory pattern of the caribou! As if the caribou don’t know how to walk around an oilwell!
At the onset of the worst possible time in human history, God has left a cryptic message inRev 6:5-6, which says, ‘Do not hurt the oil and the wine!’ In the next chapter of this article you’ll know exactly what is meant.
In the days of Noah, God determined to wipe all lifeforms from the earth, with the exception of Noah and his family, and the animals that God arranged to preserve. His feelings at that time are described as long-suffering (NKJV1Pet 3:20). In other words, God couldn’t wait to do it. But Peter’s words provide further insight. This is what he wrote: 1 Pet 3:19 "Through whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also – not the dirt of the body, but the pledge of a good conscience towards God." Yes, there were only eight people saved from this watery grave – but there was an indeterminable number of spirits who were sitting it out in prison when the risen Christ visited them and lorded it over them in triumph. These spirits didn’t die at the time of Noah, but they were punished. Only the human beings and the animals died. And this gives us some insight as to why God brought the flood.
It was the disobedience of these spirits that prompted such drastic action. The death of millions (if not billions) of human beings was scarcely worth mentioning. These were created from dust in order that they return to dust, and this is where the difference lies. The spirits are the rulers of the earth and are held fully accountable for all their actions. Human beings are born every day, and they die every day – just as the animals do. God hasn’t provided an afterlife for the animals because this is not God’s purpose. Human beings are only a little higher than the animals because of their ability to think and reason. Apart from this they are biologically similar to animals, and this is because God designed both. Peter continues to speak of baptism and adds a little more:V21-22 "It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand – with angels, authorities and powers in submission to Him." You might have noticed that there are not many human beings in submission to Him; they are just as disobedient as the spirits who formerly and continually disobey.
As Paul pointed out, these spirits are not flesh and blood. If they were of the same substance as human beings, then it would be a simple matter to be rid of them. But they are of the Godly realm of spirit beings, and are the appointed rulers. God could invoke judgment against them and reduce them to ashes and they would cease to exist forever. But this is not quite what God has in mind at this time. He will certainly do it, and will prepare a raging fire for this very purpose, but it will be in consultation with many appointed judges. God is the Great Law-Giver, and He judges according to law – His Perfect Law!
These rulers love it when the House of Israel keeps talking of peace, because they themselves are busy preparing for war! They don’t want peace – they want war! But they want to ensure they win. They can scarcely believe their luck that Christianity is teaching peace to the House of Israel, and trying to sanitize the conduct of Satan’s forces. How fortuitous is this? Their enemy, the 12 Tribes of Israel, thinks of themselves as the good guys, and that all other nations are about to adopt Democracy and embrace peace, and everyone will live happily ever after. In his wildest imagination, Satan couldn’t have hoped for anything better.
The mightiest power on earth, Ephraim, doesn’t want war! They have to be goaded to act after atrocities are committed against them. Satan lured them to Afghanistan – a desolate hell-hole of mindless maniacs and degenerates. He’d hoped to deliver a deadly blow to the American people by destroying their forces on the ground. In fact, at the start of the war, Satan’s forces challenged America to put their forces on the ground in an all-out conventional war. They knew they had the numerical odds to overwhelm them, but they had something else in mind. The strategy was to induce the U.S. to place a huge force on the ground in a single location and then gas the lot of them. This strategy was so designed to demoralize the American people that they would no longer go out to fight. If the strategy had worked, the American people would see only Afghanistan as the enemy, leaving the rest of Satan’s infrastructure in the Middle East intact. The demoralization of the U.S. would allow Islam to do as they wanted to the Israelis – slaughter them all, and get control of their armaments, including the stock-pile of nuclear weapons, estimated to comprise at least a hundred warheads. Instead, the U.S. came with overwhelming air power and shattered their carefully-laid trap in Afghanistan.
We all know whom Islam hates! It’s the U.S. and the Israelis! The ‘Big Satan’ and the ‘Little Satan’! The general view that Satan is the evil one is used to good effect by Satan himself. He’s proud to be called evil because he hates any form of righteousness – particularly God’s righteousness! And this is something of a conundrum, because while Satan hates his own people, he hates God’s people even more. Up until now, Satan’s people have failed him. They’ve utterly failed to wipe God’s people Israel off the face of the earth. Satan has at his disposal over 90% of humanity, but all they ever do is fight among themselves, and all the time the House of Israel continues to prosper and grow in power.
Satan’s time is running out, and he knows it. He faces a thousand-year prison sentence and he doesn’t intend to go quietly. He knows that the seventh millennium is the time of his prison sentence, and he knows this is the day of rest promised by God. All the prophets and apostles spoke of this Rest, when all the world would rest from Satan’s influence, and the House of Israel would find rest in the Promised Land – the Land in which they will be established forever. But there is a transition period. Presently, the whole House of Israel is scattered around the earth, and living in prosperity, so they are not willing to forgo what they now have in order to occupy the Promised Land.
When God arises to shake the earth once more, only Jerusalem will not be moved or shaken. All other landmasses will be shaken, and their cities will fall and everything will be laid bare – just as Peter said!
THE DWELLING-PLACE OF GOD.
Bible students will be aware that Ezekiel never did deliver this message to the whole house of Israel. Ezekiel was still in captivity, and the House of Israel was scattered far to the west.
For the sake of the Brotherhood, which does understand, notice what happened next:V12 "Then the Spirit lifted me up, and I heard behind me a loud rushing sound – may the Glory of the Lord be praised in His dwelling-place – the sound of the wings of the living creatures brushing against each other and the sound of wheels beside them, a loud rushing sound. The Spirit then lifted me up and took me away, and I went in bitterness and in the anger of my spirit, with the strong hand of the LORD upon me. I came to the exiles who lived in Tel Aviv near the Kebar River. And there, where they were living, I sat among them for seven days – overwhelmed." Ezekiel was certainly overwhelmed by what he saw and heard. He was lifted up by the Glory – the dwelling-place of God. After he was set down in the Holy Land, he was later told to go out to a vast plain, and there he again saw the Glory standing (V23). The Glory is also mentioned, along with the cherubim that Ezekiel saw, in Heb 9:5. I don’t know why it should seem strange to some people to learn where God dwells.
And when God speaks of war in heaven, it seems that most people can’t understand that God has weapons of war. Perhaps they believe that war in heaven will mean just a few isolated fistfights. In the war in heaven that will be fought shortly, and which is described inRev 12:7-9, Satan’s forces are not strong enough and are cast to earth. This is when Christ begins to reign over the earth, and this is when the Sons of Jerusalem are called to duty. But the people of the earth will face Satan’s unrelenting fury (V12), and this fury will be concentrated against the saints of God.
God loves those who put aside all thoughts of their own importance and sense of well-being in favour of the things of God. And the Brotherhood is mentioned inV10 "…For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them day and night, has been hurled down. They overcame him by the Blood of the Lamb and by the Word of their Testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from Death." Jesus Christ is the perfect example, and it’s the Word of His Testimony that is taught by the Brotherhood. Satan has some vicious killers among his entourage, and one of them is called Death (see Rev 6:8). This vicious ruler has not yet appointed his human host, but soon he will. The brothers don’t shrink back from him, but every accusation is meet with similar force. Those who shrink back are scarcely worthy of the Kingdom of God, which they are required to uphold. And not only this, but they are required to uphold God’s reputation. Satan not only accuses the brothers before God continually, but he also induces his agents to do the same.
What typifies these accusers is their weak, insipid arguments and their appalling ignorance of the Testimony of Jesus (See Rev 19:10). Once they embark on their lying accusations as the agents of Satan, they leave no room for repentance. There is no way back because they have alienated themselves from the very ones who are to rescue them from the hand of their enemies (Luke 1:74) – the very commission given to John the Baptist, but was not fulfilled at that time (John himself was killed by the enemy, and so was Jesus). The rescue will come much later, when God’s enemies take them captive, and it will be a physical rescue! And if you don’t believe it, it’s because you don’t believe God! But you won’t have much longer to wait to see if God is capable of fulfilling what He has said. You are now staring down the barrel of the most horrific time in all human history.
God formerly proclaimed the ‘day of the watchman’ would come, and that day has come. The watchman is watching! Everything that God has said is being fulfilled exactly as He has said, and the watchman is fulfilling his duty. It’s not by chance that God called the watchman to duty at the conclusion of six thousand years, and neither is it by chance that Satan marshaled his forces to sweep across the world and bring terror and destruction to so many innocent people at this time. God’s timetable is precise. Presently, God is dealing with human beings at the human level. The same God that recreated the face of the earth in six literal days has the power to do astounding things that are beyond human comprehension. Yet He has chosen to remain relatively silent until a certain day dawned, and His prophets have done the job assigned to them. When this is done, there will be no more delay. Peter put it this way:2Pet 1:19 "And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the Day dawns and the Morning Star arises in your hearts. Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit." Peter knew that the Day had yet to dawn when he wrote this. But he made the point that the sure word of the prophets would begin to shine like a light while it was yet dark.
It’s tragically comical that the word of the prophets is being made more certain today in view of everything that is happening. And it’s all happening just as God has said! At a time when all that God has said should be clear to all, the false prophets are out in force promoting their ideas, which they have derived by their own interpretations. I mention these things because of a treatise recently written by an intellectual zombie who fancies himself as a prophet. He garnered a whole range of opinions from a bunch of websites and then flanged together his interpretation of prophecy. He announce that Babylon was either New York or London – he couldn’t decide which, but at any rate Rome was too. Just prior to this, he announced that he lets the Bible interpret itself, before launching into a complete world of fiction and fantasy where he doesn’t reference the Bible at all! His entire interpretation was based on monetary supremacy, and he claimed that New York and London monopolizes world trade, and therefore one or the other had to be Babylon. I wonder why he doesn’t think that Tokyo or Geneva, or for that matter Moscow or Beijing doesn’t qualify? Tokyo and Beijing have flooded the world with trade goods, but he has chosen New York or London (and of course, Rome) as the object of his hatred. It’s a bit like the literary joke: ‘The Iliad was not written by Homer, but by someone of the same name.’ And of course, according to these self-proclaimed prophets, God didn’t mean Babylon – but something else of the same name – only different. Presumably, anyone who has a bank account is a Babylonian, so those who live in mud huts in Central Africa are not Babylonians and neither are the Eskimos. But everyone else is! If you shouted in this guy’s ear all you would get is an echo. It’s only a matter of time before this guy seeks a more grandiose handle in the newsgroup – here’s a suggestion: Musli-el.
Peter said that prophecy never had its origins in the will of man. So why would any self-proclaimed ‘prophet’ be seeking instructions from other men’s opinions at a website? Especially since the men giving these instructions don’t teach according to the Word of God! Isn’t the Bible the place to go? Has God been remiss in giving us the information we need to understand prophecy? Didn’t Peter make it clear that the former prophets are the ones to consult? As the world descends into presumptive madness, God directs you to seek instruction from the man He has sent (Mal 2:7-9). His name is Levi, and his own given name means ‘prophet’ (Nevi). And Levi is embedded in his given names. This was done when he was born – over 60 years ago. So don’t go popping any blood vessels! This is the way it is! So it’s bad luck for all those who are swimming in their lake of self-importance. But be consoled. I live as simply as any man could live. My entire dwelling is 25 by 25 feet, and piled high with a collection of books gathered throughout my life time. My Levite brothers and sisters have seen a video camera walk-through of my dwelling and know this is true.
It’s a great pity that so many can’t grasp even the most elementary tenets of prophecy and believe the Truth. Because of this, they are destined to experience war in its full force, together with all the human suffering. And didn’t Christ Himself indicate this? Didn’t He say these words:Matt 24:36 "No-one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. This is how it will be with the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. Therefore, keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come."
In the meantime, Satan has begun to exceed the bounds of his authority. In the past, he dared not bring destruction to the people of God without cause. During the 20th century, he cunningly manipulated one of the Tribes of Israel to fight against their own brother nations. He cultivated a satanic mindset in the German people to imagine themselves as the ‘master race’. It was a cunning ploy that might have worked except that God had decided to thwart his plans. It provided an opportunity for God to awaken the sleeping giant – Ephraim – God’s son, in matters of prophecy for this endtime (Jer 31:9, 20). Satan made a strategic mistake, and now he faces the prospect of arraigning Islam against a mighty, and seemingly invincible super-power – the only super-power on earth. And he has no other choice.
He’d hoped to arouse Russia to super-power status, and invoke a conflict between the east and the west, but the Soviet Union faltered and disintegrated, and largely because of the Islamic populations within their boundaries or on their borders. The Afghanis and the Chechnya’s milked their resolve and left them without the means or the will to fight. Similarly, the Asian hordes – China and the Far East – are equally reticent to risk economic flexibility and viability to take on the mightiest power on earth. The Asians love money too much to risk their own well-being for any form of strategic objectives in regard to all-out war.
Islam is not Satan’s first choice for supremacy – they are his only choice! Only Islam is feeble-minded enough to be manipulated to Satan’s overriding objective – the destruction of the people of God – the 12 Tribes of Israel. Islam is ruthless enough to do the job, but they lack any form of cohesion to form a unified fighting force. Added to this, they can’t fight! They lose every battle and every war! From Satan’s perspective, they have only two things in their favour – their numerical odds, and their ruthless, murderous behaviour. Effectively, Satan has a fighting force of one-fourth of humanity at his disposal – and they are all Moslems – but they can’t fight! To address this impediment, he has skillfully manipulated the mightiest power on earth (Ephraim – U.S.) to sent fighting men to train them – presumptuously to teach them to fight terrorism. And America continues to oblige and to deal with and train the enemies of God. America continues to envisage peace when there is no peace – and neither is it attainable!
We have the situation that existed at the time of Balaam, when the Syrian king sought to destroy the House of Israel. He sought out a man who had supernatural powers. This man controlled demon spirits who obeyed his command. They willingly wrought the type of miracle that induced everyone to believe that Balaam could kill or main anyone at will. Yet Balaam was forced to admit that his powers worked only against Satan’s own brood – not God’s people! He had no power to curse God’s people. He knew his own demons would not cooperate for fear of being sent to the Abyss.
But he suggested there was a way of cursing God’s people. He devised a plan to corrupt the people of God who would then, in turn, corrupt themselves. And so the plan was adopted.
It’s worth noting that long after the man Balaam died, his evil spirits and his strategy lives on. And it’s still a powerful weapon today. It’s called illicit sex. It requires only the infiltration by harlots and faggots to begin the corruption process. Forty years ago, it would have been unthinkable for homosexuality to be legalized, yet it’s a reality today. There’s been a major mood-swing, and now everyone says ‘not that there is anything wrong with it’. Similarly, the free love, hippy mentality gained ground back in the sixties, and started a whole revolution in depravity.
In Satan’s mind, for better or worse, he is stuck with Islam. He knows that, like himself, Islam has little ability for rational reasoning, and in this they closely resemble him. Every Moslem is a liar, and every Moslem is a murderer. They rejoice in the streets at any news of a massacre of innocent people – particularly Americans and Israelis! They hate Americans and Israelis with a vengeance, and their murderous resolve is to destroy them from the face of the earth. The Americans and the Israelis far exceed the Moslems in the ability to think and reason rationally, yet they also lack ability when it comes to strategic effectiveness.
It should be obvious to all that Arafat’s ‘police force’ don’t need this type of weaponry. Just imagine these weapons in the hands of madmen like Yasser Arafat!
Karine A. This ship was stacked to the gunwales with enough firepower to kill millions of Israelis. They were purchased from Iran, and Arafat wrote the cheque personally.
Both are determined to give God’s Holy Land (or a portion of it) to the Palestinian dogs, and settle them in a sovereign state of their own with all the rights of statehood. The Israelis have learnt from bitter experience that giving weapons to Arafat’s 40,000-strong army (or ‘security police force’ as they are called), these weapons have been used for the sole purpose of killing innocent Israelis. Why would anyone insist on statehood for these degenerates? Statehood would confer on them the right to equip their army with any type of heavy armour, missiles, and the egress of foreign armies to arraign for battle against the Israelis. Statehood would give them the right to ship in many weapons from foreign nations as in the case of the Karine A, the shipload of sophisticated weapons sent by the Iranians. They could recruit foreign nationals and build a strong army and effectively become another terrorist state whose existence is sanctioned by the U.S. If the U.S. State Department is so worried about the welfare of Palestinians, why don’t they settle them in California? They would have a lot in common with the people in California, and the Californians seem to love them. (A certain beloved sister and her family being the notable exception!)
Throughout this entire conflict, one of the most ardent demands from all Moslems is for the rights to the Golan Heights. This is a most strategic area for staging short-range missile attacks against the Israelis, and it’s the one area that the Israelis have resisted handing over – even more so that the City of Jerusalem. Yet when push comes to shove, you can be sure that this is the one area that people like U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell will insist they hand over to the Palestinians. You’ll recall that Colin Powell is the man who stopped General ‘Stormin’ Norman Schwartzkopt at the gates of Bagdad from killing Saddam Hussein. This crazy action has haunted every administration since. Saddam Hussein should have been killed then and there, regardless of who arose to take his place!
It is God’s Plan to enforce justice on the inhabitants of this earth, and He plans to use men who understand the meaning of the word. No-one will be rewarded for evil – they will be killed. There will be no land for peace – rather land will be taken from all those who hate peace and justice and fairness. What is so curious about this ‘land for peace’ deal is that all those who preach it are only willing to give away God’s Land – not their own! Does Islam lack land? If they are so worried about the Palestinians why don’t they give them a slice of their own land. They could afford to give them a few cities and a pension for life, and then everyone would be happy – or would they? Of course not! They’re not concerned for the welfare of the Palestinians – they hate them! They refused to take any of the militants from the Church of the Nativity siege because they are considered to be useless and worthless. The only purpose the Palestinians serve is to inflame political turmoil among the western nations. The Moslem nations support the Palestinians for only one purpose – to create havoc. If they accepted peace on any terms, the funds would dry up immediately. Arafat knows this and has killed off every ‘peace initiative’.
It’s only since the Israelis took the big guns to them and destroyed much of their infrastructure that the Moslems have realized just how stupid they really are. In resisting the ‘peace deals’ offered, they delayed what they really need – a sovereign state from which to launch the real offensives. Now they are endeavouring to limp back and demand the reinstatement of the Clinton proposal – the ‘Camp David Accord’. Arafat was under strict orders to accept no peace deal and he dutifully complied. Islam believed that the Israelis would never launch a military offensive against the Palestinians because the Americans would stop them. They believed they could chisel away until they overwhelmed the State of Israel with numerical odds (the repatriation of millions of Palestinians who fled the country in the periods of 1948, 1956, 1967 and 1973) and who, according to democratic principles (which Islam rejects anyway) the Palestinians would secure power at the ballot box. As the presiding power, they would control the military, and the power to persecute the Jews into oblivion. But the Israelis refused to go quietly, and upped the ante. Arafat declared war on them (the foolish mistake of a madman), and the Israelis obliged.
Colin Powell reacted immediately to save the Palestinians and forced his will on the U.S. administration. His thinly veiled diplomatic language stopped just short of accusing the Israelis of atrocities. His intent was to breed discontent at cabinet level, and to all government strata below that, and to inflame all those European nations that openly side with Islam – and of course, all Islam itself. Powell’s buddy Kofi Annan (UN Secretary General) then stepped into the picture with a loaded gun – a U.N. delegation, which was determined to find a massacre at Jenin and to condemn the Israelis. A side issue to all this is that the U.N. actually funds the Jenin ‘refugee’ camp – which has been proven to be a terrorist camp, and the source of many homicide bombings. Someone should read Kofi Annan his rights and then hang him. This subtle, black beast is guilty of funding some of the worst homicide bombings in Israel. He backed right off when it became widely known and reported in the media that the Jenin terrorist camp was his own project and was funded under his auspices.
With all this talk of land for peace, it seems that everyone has forgotten whose land it is that they are so willing to give to God’s enemies – it’s God’s Land! It’s the Holy Land that God gave to His people Israel. And all the premonitory crap being advanced by Christian nations to the detriment of God’s caretakers in the Holy Land – the Jewish people – is grossly offensive to God. Where did God ever suggest that the Arabs have any rights to God’s Holy Land? Whose keeping score here? God is! And all those who have any suggestions for peace had better be sure they are attuned to God. God has a purpose, and His Purpose has nothing to do with the teachings of so-called Christianity. These powerful Christian organizations don’t even know which way is up! And they certainly don’t understand anything of value concerning God’s Great Plan! They may call themselves ‘Christian’, but unless they are obedient to the Father and His Son, then they have nothing in common with the One whose name they claim (Christian). But out of the vast sea of professing ‘Christians’ there are a few thousand that do obey God.
There is no-one in mainstream Christianity spelling out God’s purpose even in the Churches of God. They long ago drifted off into the land of Nod with their pathetic doctrines and their ridiculous prophetic utterances. Even today they don’t cringe over what they have written and taught over the years. Instead they attempt to gild the lily with the most fanciful justifications that anyone could imagine. None of them are willing to release the strangle hold they have on their respective congregations. And none are prepared to risk changing their doctrines for something resembling truth, even though they realize that there are great gaps in their understanding, and they know that much of it is obviously false.
God says His people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Did they really lack knowledge? If they held a Bible in their hand, then they had all the knowledge they would require, yet they failed to understand it. God has not been remiss in providing knowledge, rather everyone has been remiss in understanding it. God has said you will find Him when you seek Him will all your heart. It seems that people have not bothered to do this. This is evident by the fact that there is no-one on the face of the earth that understands any of the important issues – except those few that God has called for His specific purpose. God also has another saying: Where there is no vision the people perish. The true visionaries are those who have God’s Holy Spirit. People who lack God’s Holy Spirit don’t know they don’t have it because they lack the vision to know this. To enhance their image they appear somber and melancholy, or boastful and beneficent as they scour God’s Word for supportive phraseology. And they have no sense of humour, or any of the qualities that God imparts to His people – His own godlike qualities, which encompass not only the Wisdom of God but also a whole range of emotions besides. Jesus was a very compassionate man, and was deeply touched by the tragedy of others, yet He is playful and happy and enjoys a good laugh. God never inflicted on humanity the type of mindless, emotionless behaviour of those who try to project an image acceptable to those in the spiritual realms of their domain. Most of God’s people are happy, joyful, friendly and with a heightened sense of humour. Could you possibly imagine God setting up a Kingdom like the one that exists in Saudi Arabia where there are thought police on every street corner, watching for women showing even a portion of their faces? A nation where literally thousands, if not millions, of girl babies have been buried alive in the desert sands by their fathers (see ‘Daughters of Arabia’ or ‘Princess’ or ‘Desert Royal’ by Jean Sasson, currently available in all book stores). And incidently, these three books have been ghost-written by Jean Sasson for a Saudi princess – she calls herself ‘Santana’ – a direct relative of King Abdullah.
Those who like to bemoan all the evils in America should read a little history – both contemporary and ancient concerning Islam. It will help to understand the meaning of ‘evil’. Islamic evil is being established in America, and you saw a perfect example of it on September 11, 2001. Most of these evil swine were Saudi Arabs – a nation of pigs! But don’t get too upset about such language – it will all be very clear to you soon! At the moment, you want peace at any price, and if it requires you to call ‘evil’ good, then be honest, you are prepared to do it. And if it requires the sacrifice of the Israelis for ‘peace in our time’, you could live with this. And if Collin Powell stepped off a plane with a document in his hand signed by Saddam Hussein or Yasser Arafat, and proclaiming ‘peace in our time’, you would probably rejoice. The Brits did this just prior to the Second World War when Hitler was slaughtering the Jewish people. ‘Peace in our time’ was considered more important than the sacrificial lives of six million Jewish people.
The King’s Gate or Golden Gate.Notice the outline of the archway bricked in here. In the foreground are the Moslem graves, which were put there to thwart the Mighty King.
Now the wheel has turned full circle! The Jewish people are destined to be the saviors of the Tribes of Israel. They’ve had plenty of training, but they need to learn some basic principles of warfare. They need to learn how to deal with the lying, murderous enemies of God. Almighty God has put them on notice that powerful men and women will give them the type of demonstration they need. God describes this inZech 12:4 "On that day I will strike every horse and rider with panic and its rider with madness," declares the LORD. "I will keep a watchful eye over the House of Judah, but I will blind the horses of the nations. Then the leaders of Judah will say in their hearts, ‘The people of Jerusalem are strong, because the LORD Almighty is their God.’" The leaders of Judah have already given away the central and most important portion of Jerusalem – the Temple Mount. After capturing it, they handed it back to the Moslems for their exclusive use (even though the Israelis technically hold all rights to it). So God is not referring to them when He speaks of the People of Jerusalem. The people of Jerusalem are the faithful people of God who don’t shrink back from conquering kingdoms, and administering justice!! (See Heb 11:33 again). This is why God describes them as strong! They are not weaklings, and the leaders of Judah are soon to find this out! What is more, Judah will be empowered to even greater military might – and this is made clear in V6. They will go out and consume the surrounding nations left and right and free the Holy Land of all Satan’s hordes. Up until now, only the Jewish people – the Israelis – have had to contend with this murderous horde in their own land. And at each turn in the road their own self-righteous brother nations have thwarted them in their dealings with these mindless murderers, and have insisted on giving them God’s Land for peace. And now, God has decreed that the recalcitrant brother nations are to come face to face with the demonic hordes that are now sweeping across the globe.
There are some who imagine that the Islamic struggle for Jerusalem only started a few years ago. Long, long ago the rulers of the heavenly realms feared the prophecy of the King entering in the King’s Gate, and they weren’t about to let this happen! They fear the King because they know He means trouble for them. They aren’t sure of all the details, but they decided to prevent Him from entering in by this gate anyway. So they bricked it up, and it remains bricked-up to this day. And to further deter the King, they established a Moslem graveyard covering the whole entranceway. Apparently they think the King will avoid ‘desecrating’ their graves and change His plans! Little do they know that the King will cast the graves and the bones aside like refuge, and then enter the King’s Gate and secure His City.
Islam knows only too well whose City this is, and it’s not theirs! In fact, these Islamic trespassers are about to rue the day they were ever born. They’ll certainly rue the day they ever set foot in God’s Holy City! Not only have they desecrated the City with their presence, they have also desecrated it with their mosque, which is shortly to be removed with terrible force – and not by human hands. Almighty God has something special in mind.
The Sacred Rock. This is where Abraham brought Isaac for the sacrifice at God’s request. This is also the Rock over which the Holy of Holies in the Temple stood. And this is where Satan’s mosque stands today in absolute defiance of God!
You will recall that God has said wars will continue to the end – and we all know when the end comes, don’t we? It’s written in1Cor 15:24. This end is still many years away. There are many wars still to be fought, and Satan’s hordes will not go quietly. They will fight every inch of the way and never concede – except in death. Well, death will be swift and justice will prevail. God intends to make war in righteousness. On a precautionary note, the Churches of God have not been given authority to fight. This has been given to those who are trained for conquering kingdoms and administering justice! One thing these righteous men and women know is the meaning of justice! And as Zechariah said of his son John the Baptist, this entails rescuing the House of Israel from the hands of their enemies (Luke 1:74).
There is a perception among Christianity that God can do anything He wants to, and so it’s not necessary for any prophecy to be fulfilled – provided He makes the right choices over who is entitled to inherit everlasting glory. And, of course, they believe they have the ‘spiritual stakes’ sown up. After all, haven’t they spent years ‘jumping for Jesus’ and saying lots of nice things about Him? Haven’t they spent years whooping and hollering at public evangelistic gatherings, and conducting prayer meetings which are really prayer competitions for each to prove his spiritual worth in a vain attempt to gain ascendancy over others?Luke 20:47 "They devour widow’s houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. Such men will be punished most severely." Especially when people drift off into a quasi-hypnotic state and imagine this to be the work of God’s Holy Spirit! Such people have become so narrowly and inwardly focused you couldn’t poke them with a stick. Most of them are quite deranged; in fact, when you look at them they appear to be right off the emotional scale. I wonder if they’ve ever studied the examples of the servants of God portrayed in the Bible?
Still the question remains: Can God do anything He pleases? The answer is an emphatic ‘yes’! Matter obeys Him – all matter! Nothing has its existence without God’s Power. In the beginning of this creation, God merely said, ‘Let there be…." And it was so! Even matter obeys God. More about this later. The point being that whatever God has said He will do, He will do! In the day of reckoning, in the day of punishment, in the day of judgment, God will do exactly what He has said. But in His grace and mercy, He has provided pathways for His people to be rescued and to return to the land of the Patriarchs. This time around, they’ll have no desire to return to their former nations, because there will be nothing to return to. It will all be left in ruins.
While God has ensured that the rulers of the heavenly realms will be defeated, crushed and put to death, we are also assured that some of their brood will live on. They will be pushed to the outer perimeters of the single, restored landmass of the earth. There they will await the return of their champion – Satan himself. And Satan will return at the conclusion of his thousand-year sentence. And just like the True Son of God Jesus, he will be born of a woman and live the life of a man. This will be his final shot at life. He will be born innocent as every baby is. But when he grows to understand right from wrong, he will have to make the right choices – just as every child born does. But he will be born into the environment of his own offspring, and he will develop those very characteristics.
Christianity has no trouble believing that God’s Son Jesus was born in this manner, but they baulk at the possibility of the same thing happening for God’s rebellious son. God wants everyone to know that forever into the future, those who rebel against God’s Perfect Laws, regardless of their stature, will receive swift justice and death. Similarly, those who live in the democratic Western World know that peace and order comes only from obedience to the laws of the land. While the democratic nations consider this to be logically acceptable, the rest of the world doesn’t! In fact the rest of the world actually hates democracy, and refuses to acknowledge its benefits in practical terms. They do however, feign a form of democracy for the benefits they derive from this illusion. And it is an illusion, because the only beneficiaries are the rulers and the ruling classes in most cases. There is always a wide disparity between the rich and the poor, more so in some nations than in others.
One nation that learned their lesson early was India. Britain beat the tripe out of them and whipped them into shape, and so they derived many blessings from the ‘rule of law’ that was enforced upon them. Today, the people of India are outstanding administrators, and although the many differing religious groups fractionalize the nation, Britain was able to separate the most offensive group – the Moslems – from the broader masses by drawing a line in the sand and creating the nation of Pakistan in 1947. The major stumbling-block to this division was Kashmir. So they left it as a quasi-independent state with a population of equally Moslems and Indians because of the problems of separating such an integrated nation. Ever since, this has been the bone of contention between India and Pakistan. Both believe they hold sovereignty over it.
Pakistan has a different agenda to India. The Islamic Pakistanis want to complete the strategic bloc of Islamic nations, and link it to the most populous Islamic nation on earth – Indonesia and its environs. The real hostility towards India is firstly; they are not an Islamic nation, and secondly, they abide by ‘rule of law’ – an important legacy of British rule. The rulers of India seriously impede the progression of Islam. India is too strong for Pakistan, and every time Pakistan wages war with them they lose!
Pakistan supported the Taliban and the Al Qaeda prior to Sept. 11, 2001. They knew they were vicious killers who oppressed the Afghanis, but the prize was all of Afghanistan and this was their objective. But there was a bigger prize at stake – India. Ever since the partition, they have been at war with them. It became a case of expediency to sacrifice the Taliban and Al Qaeda in order to gain favour with the mightiest power on earth – the Americans – for the purpose of securing the greater prize. India has been massively infiltrated by Moslems, and these Moslems have become extremely troublesome, but they lack political clout because of the administrative ability of the Indian people. But time is running out for Satan, and he needs decisive action. He needs India to complete the massive power bloc he envisages across the world.
Far to the west, Satan has actively promoted the infiltration of Islamic hordes into Europe. Spain has been hit hard by the Basque Separatists, whose terrorist arm is Aeta. Though it is not widely reported, there are bus bombs, car bombs, synagogue bombings, and killings by Moslems almost weekly in Spain. France has many Moslems living within their borders. They bombed two Jewish synagogues recently, and at least two other attacks were prevented. There is growing discontent in France by a small percentage of the population for the changing face of the ethnic mix. But the government and the broader population supports Islam – and this is characterized by their votes in the UN Security Council (France is a permanent member of the UN Security Council) which always favours Moslems – including Saddam Hussein of Iraq. France is at the forefront of campaigning to lift the UN sanctions against Iraq (ostensibly because Iraq owes France billions of dollars for weapons – most of which were destroyed in Desert Storm – and they want repayment). But it’s the Moslem insurgents who live in France that is regulating French policy. Most of the major Moslem newspapers are actually printed in Paris for distribution around the world. Presumably, this is to enable their propaganda to be dispersed without the fear of the Western world bombing the publishing house. It doesn’t hurt at all their objectives that France is so openly sympathetic to the ideals of Islam.
Islam really is sweeping across the earth. Their objectives are totally transparent: they want what doesn’t belong to them, and they want to destroy the people of God – the 12 Tribes of Israel. They want power over all the earth. They have powerful allies in many of the Tribes of Israel, and these are typically the looney-left side of politics.
This map shows only the countries that have majority Islamic populations (shown here ingreen). There are many more countries that have significant Moslem populations – such as India – but these are not identified in this map. Europe and Russia both have significant Moslem populations, and this is causing a great deal of alarm, particularly since Islamic terrorist acts are becoming more and more frequent. Russia is presently seeking an alliance with the NATO forces for the specific purpose of combating this terrorist threat. Notice the minority of Shiites in comparison to the Sunnis.
BABYLONIAThis entire map is the approximate region of Nebuchadnezzar’s conquests. This is the region that God refers to as Babylonia. These nations surrounding the Holy Land are the Moslem degenerates that God hates, and has vowed to destroy them from the earth.
A quick look at any world map will quickly reveal their objectives. They are pushing ahead to unite the whole world in their power-bloc – with the obvious exception of the 12 Tribes of Israel. The unifying power-bloc is being created for the very purpose of uniting against the whole House of Israel. And it’s all about Law – the rule of law practiced by the 12 Tribes of Israel – the legacy of God’s Commandments. In warning us of the certain invasion of the Islamic hordes, God warns that ‘they are a law to themselves’. This is how He describes it:Hab 1:5 "Look at the nations and watch – and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told. I am raising up the Babylonians, that ruthless and impetuous people, who sweep across the whole earth to seize dwelling-places not their own. They are a feared and dreaded people; they are a law to themselves and promote their own honour."
Of course no-one believes it – even though they have been told! God said they wouldn’t believe it! God is right again! Only God’s true servants believe God, and this is the way it’s always been. Today, we have intellectual dwarfs feigning intelligence and ‘scholarship’ – whatever that’s supposed to mean. A scholar is someone who is supposed to be capable of rational thinking. Those who claim a ‘scholarly’ approach to God’s Word are at the forefront of trying to prove Him wrong! And this is a clear indication that they don’t have God’s Holy Spirit! Rather, they have the minds of animals – just like Gentiles.
God left no doubt at all of when the Babylonians would sweep across the earth. He even speaks of the final outcome in the same Book of Habakkuk.Hab 2:2 "The the LORD replied: "Write down the revelation, and make it plain in tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay." We all know when the end comes, don’t we? (1Cor 15:24). This is when Christ destroys all dominion, authority and power and puts all His enemies under His feet. And the last enemy to be destroyed is Death himself (he’s mentioned in Rev 6:8). Since God’s words speak of an appointed time – they speak of the end, we are further advised of which time this is: Hab 2:14 "For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea." And God intends for this to be so! Then in chapter three of Habakkuk, Habakkuk composed a song of prayer, a Shigionoth, commemorating the prophetic words of Moses. Moses spoke these same things immediately after the Song of Moses (Deut 32 and Rev 15:3) and so did the Levite priest and prophet Samuel (2Sam 22:11). All three spoke of the same events. This is what Habakkuk wrote: Hab. 3:3 "God came from Teman, the Holy One from Mount Paran. His Glory covered the heavens and His praise filled the earth." Teman is Saudi Arabia today, and Mount Paran is just beyond the borders of little Israel. These are the regions where Esau (Edom) settled, and are still there today! Isaiah tells us exactly what He plans to do there (Isa 63:1-6).
Ishmael and Esau settled in Saudi Arabia and the Sinai Peninsular. The Holy One is going to take issue with these evil swine, and destroy them and their citadels. There’s a lot of citadels in Mecca (Makkah) in Saudi Arabia.
Continuing inHab 3:4 "His splendor was like the sunrise; rays flashed from His hand, where His power was hidden. Plague went before Him; pestilence followed His steps. He stood, and shook the earth; He looked and made the nations tremble. The ancient mountains crumbled and the age-old hills collapsed, His ways are eternal." Didn’t John the Baptist mention these things in Luke 3:5? And wasn’t John quoting from Isaiah 40:3-5? So both of these Levite priests knew what to expect! The rays that flash from His hand are like the sunrise. These rays are the weapons of God, like fire from heaven. It’s these same rays that will burn up the enemies of John the Baptist’s successor. As Isaiah said in Isa 40:5 "And the Glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all mankind together will see it." Why should anyone doubt where God lives? He has told us again and again, the only problem is, that at the moment, all mankind can’t yet see it! But it will be revealed, and it will bring real terror to all the enemies of God.
The Shigionoth of Habakkuk continues:V8 "Were you angry with the rivers, O LORD? Was your wrath against the streams? Did you rage against the sea when you rode with your horses and your victorious chariots? You uncovered your bow, you called for many arrows. You split the earth with rivers; the mountains saw you and writhed. Torrents of water swept by; the deep roared and lifted its waves on high. Sun and moon stood still in the heavens at the glint of your flying arrows, at the lightning of your flashing spear. In wrath you strode through the earth and in anger you threshed the nations. You came to deliver your people, to save your anointed one. You crushed the leader of the land of wickedness (Mal 1:4), you stripped him from head to foot. With your own spear you pierced his head when his warriors stormed out to scatter us, gloating as though they were about to devour the wretched who were in hiding. You trampled the sea with your horses, churning the great waters."
Almighty God makes no pretense over who His enemies are! There are literally thousands of prophecies detailing exactly who they are, what they will do, and how they will end up. No amount of books written could cover every aspect of it. And neither does God intend this. God sends prophets to warn, it’s up to the individual to search to see if these things are so. Those who believe God will be greatly rewarded, those who don’t will count as nothing – as worthless as the enemies of God!
God points out that there is a leader in the land of wickedness who will be executed by the Mighty Christ Himself. This is not talking about an ordinary leader or ruler, it’s speaking of a ruler of the heavenly realms in that region; one of the many who are invisible and are not flesh and blood (Eph 6:10-12). The human beings are merely puppets in their hands. The ruler calls all the shots. It should be pointed out that these objectives are not being sought by mindless, individual Moslems, who themselves have no ability to think rationally, but by the rulers of the heavenly realms. These are the parasites that live in their human hosts. They need a human host in order to enjoy any form of life. We have the example of when Christ cast out demons from their human host, and they begged Him repeatedly not to sent them to the Abyss (Luke 8:30). All these things should be clearly understood by anyone who sought to understand even the basic tenets of God’s Truth. It’s all recorded. The problem is that most church leaders are not interested in Truth – but only in market share of converts. And anything that would alienate them is dismissed as unacceptable – even if God Himself has stated it!
God has not placed us on earth to oppose Him, but to obey Him! The vast majority of the world population will never do this! And God never expected that they would. In fact, He made no provision for them at all. There are no promises for them, but only for the House of Israel – the descendants of God’s friend Abraham, through his son Isaac, and no others!
God doesn’t expect His people to be naïve. Rather He expects them to be informed by watching for the signs that would signify the fulfillment of all prophecy.
Although several years old, this map gives a clearer picture of the extent of Moslem incursions. This map details not only Moslem nations, but nations that have significant Islamic populations. Notice, for instance, the extent of Islamic occupation in India and China. Even China is becoming alarmed at having such significant Islamic hordes within their boundaries. India knows they must strike soon if they are to outlaw Islam within their borders, and they are prepared to do it, but America restrains them from using all the power at their disposal. Foolishly, America is protecting Islam like a silly dove (Hos 7:11) – and a ‘dove of peace’ no less! The only time that America ever brought peace to any nation was when they threw their mighty military force against Germany and Japan. This is the lesson that signifies the overwhelming force needed to bring lasting peace, and this is a lesson the U.S. and the rest of the House of Israel has already forgotten!
Have you noticed how the left-wing loonies in the U.S. are arguing against ‘racial profiling’? Do you know why the Israelis have been so successful in thwarting homicide bombers? Because they know what profile to look for! Once it’s known who the enemy is, the only way to deal with them is with overwhelming force. Almighty God spent hundreds of years teaching this very lesson to ancient Israel. Again and again God sent the 12 Tribes of Israel to war against the neighbouring hordes with the instructions to absolutely slaughter them all. These treacherous creatures opposed God’s nations and would not have hesitated to slaughter every member of God’s people. But more importantly, they opposed God and His righteousness. They wanted to wipe out the people of God because their teachings opposed their own way of life. These treacherous hordes in the Middle East hated God’s Way then, and they still do today.
Oddly enough, Satan knows who God’s people are, but God’s people don’t know who they are or who their Master is (Isa 1:2-4). You may even be interested in reading the rest of this chapter in Isaiah, since it details the time of which God is speaking. In the early days of the U.S. as a nation, the founding fathers did know, or at least, suspected that they were the ‘lost sheep of Israel’. The satanic hordes hate God’s people – the Americans, Israelis, Europeans and Australians. It’s very clear whose propaganda they’ve been listening to. And all without cause or any form of justification! The enemies of God hate the 12 Tribes of Israel because they hold to the righteousness of ‘rule of law’, and favour peaceful coexistence instead of conquest, and a better and more equitable political system – democracy. Democracy is not perfect, and it’s soon to be replaced with God’s form of government, but it’s still the best political system that anyone could hope for in the present circumstances.
The House of Israel is under the mistaken impression that the whole world wants peace. It’s one thing to want peace, but this does not take into account the overriding force of ambition. And it’s ambition that drives the rulers of this earth – give them a little power and their ambitions become global! When God speaks of the Babylonians, it becomes code for Moslems – the religion of those who live in Islamic nations – the former territories of Nebuchadnezzar. Speaking of these people in parable form, Habakkuk likens them to fish in the sea:Hab 1:14 "You have made men like fish in the sea, like sea creatures that have no ruler. The Wicked Foe pulls all of them up with hooks, he catches them in his net, he gathers them up in his dragnet; and so he rejoices and is glad. Therefore he sacrifices to his net and burns incense to his dragnet, for by his net he lives in luxury and enjoys the choicest food. Is he to keep on emptying his net, destroying nations without mercy?" You get the impression that Habakkuk was speaking of a specific person who becomes the much-sought ruler of those who have no ruler. And he is of course! Islam has no ruler, that is, no central figure to lead them in conquest. Saddam Hussein believes himself to be this ruler, but no-one else is listening. The Moslem nations really don’t want or need another Nebuchadnezzar to come along and beat the tar out of them. They want a religious ruler who will come along with a big dragnet and cast it over other nations, so they can enjoy the plunder and live in luxury, enjoying the choicest food. They want slaves to do all the work for them, and plenty of women and children to satisfy their craven sexual desires. And I kid you not! Moslems are the most debauched and sexually depraved animals on the face of the earth! Black Africans come in second, and the runners-up are the Latinos of South America. Collectively, the rest of the Gentiles come in equal fourth.
The rulers of the heavenly realms tend to select their front-men very well. They instill within them an arrogance that doesn’t match their abilities, but they use this arrogance to their advantage. God gives us the perfect example of this arrogance in the days of Nebuchadnezzar:Dan 4:23 "You, O king, saw a messenger, a holy one, coming down from heaven and saying, ‘Cut down the tree and destroy it, but leave the stump, bound with iron and bronze, in the grass of the field, while its roots remain in the ground. Let him be drenched with the dew of heaven; let him live like wild animals, until seven times passes over him.’ V28 "All this happened to King Nebuchadnezzar. Twelve months later, as the king was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon, he said, "Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?" The words were still on his lips when a voice came from heaven, "This is what is decreed for you, King Nebuchadnezzar: Your royal authority is taken away from you. You will be driven away from people and will live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like cattle. Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone He wishes." Immediately what had been said about Nebuchadnezzar was fulfilled. He was driven away from people and ate grass like cattle. His body was drenched with the dew of heaven until his hair grew like the feathers of an eagle and his nails like the claws of a bird."
This is not the first time this has happened. It happened with Satan the devil, who was once the glorious lightbringer – the morning star. Today he has been transformed into a loathsome dragon-beast and is called the ‘Dragon’ and ‘Serpent’. It’s a fitting punishment for those who disobey and rebel against God. But this ruler did learn a bitter lesson (unlike some of the peoples of the earth, or for that matter, the powers of heaven as well) and came to his senses. This is the account of the man Nebuchadnezzar:V34 "At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes towards heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honoured and glorified Him who lives forever. His dominion is an eternal dominion; His Kingdom endures from generation to generation. All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as He pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No-one can hold back His hand or say to Him, ‘What have you done?’"
Like a potter molding the clay, God decides what each will be according to His Great Plan. Nebuchadnezzar resembled an eagle during his punishment, but God is able to create an eagle for a good and righteous purpose. Similarly, a lion is a ferocious beast that kills anything it chooses, but a lion can be created for good – as is the case of the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. This Lion – the Mighty Christ – will go out and tear whole nations to pieces as a ferocious lion does, but later, all lions in the Holy Land will be as peaceful as a lamb and will eat straw like an ox (Isa 11:6-9). This will be when the whole House of Israel is settled and living in peace.
Central to what Nebuchadnezzar said is the statement: ‘All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing.’ In another place (Isa 40:17) God says they are not only regarded as nothing, but they are less than worthless. Those who have had their sanity restored would understand this, and know the reasons why! Who are we to argue with God? Whose purpose are we to uphold? God’s purpose? Or that of the peoples of the earth who suffer a form of insanity? Now you need to decide whose side you are on! And God is about to give you some encouragement to know the difference – just as He did with Nebuchadnezzar.
God does as He pleases with the peoples of the earth and with the powers of heaven – the rulers of the heavenly realms. If you imagine that God has any responsibility towards the peoples of the earth then you are deluding yourself. God chose just one family of all the families of the earth (Amos 3:1-2), and as undeserving as they might be, God is faithful in upholding His promises. God also reserves the right to fulfill His promises in any manner that He chooses. And His choice is not in accordance with the pathetic doctrine being taught by Christianity today!
You may be starting to realize that God is less concerned with the peoples of the earth than He is with the rulers of the heavenly realms. It was the rulers of the heavenly realms that started the rebellion, which led to the destruction of the earth – the earth that God so loved! For this reason, He rose up a Son for the specific purpose of destroying the devil’s work (1John 3:8). You will notice that the devil’s work has not yet been destroyed. Christ must remain in heaven until the time comes to restore everything just as the prophets have said. Acts 3:21 "He must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything, as He prophesied long ago through His holy prophets. For Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you must listen to everything he tells you. Anyone who doesn’t listen to him will be cut off from among his people. Indeed, all the prophets from Samuel on, as many as have spoken have foretold these days. And you are heirs of the prophets and of the Covenant God made with your fathers."
Why do people keep speaking of the ‘new’ covenant when they are heirs of the Covenant God made with the fathers? Yes, well we all know why, don’t we! We all know that obedience to God’s Law was the prerequisite of being God’s people. God offered them blessings for obedience, and curses for rebellion, and told them to make their choices. People who claim to live under the ‘new’ covenant do so in order to avoid obedience to God and His Laws. Well, such people are, in God’s eyes, less than worthless. And we will soon see just how worthless God considers them to be. They will be caught in the crossfire and lose their lives in vain. No resurrection to everlasting life but to death – the second death.
NOTE: There is a New Covenant among those who ate and drank with Christ – the 12.Acts 10:41. It was these witnesses that Christ had previously chosen, who ate and drank with Him, with whom He made the New Covenant. It was these who received the Gift of the Counsellor. It was these men who were also totally obedient to God and His Commandments. The rest did not receive the Gift of the Counsellor, but only the down-payment of God’s Holy Spirit.
But the few thousand (seven) whom God has reserved for Himself at this present time, will go on to great heights and serve Almighty God faithfully – just as His Son Jesus did! Their example will serve all Israel well, and bring many others into the light. Their specific purpose will be to secure in faithfulness those who form the 144,000 of the Tribes of Israel. This is the primary objective in order that God’s promises to the fathers should be upheld. And as God reaps where He has not sown, He has also determined that a great multitude from many nations will be elevated to eternal life. And these will bear God’s Name.Acts 15:15 "The words of the prophets are in agreement with this, as it is written: ‘After this I will return and rebuild David’s fallen tent. Its ruins I will rebuild, and I will restore it, that the remnant of men may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles who bear my Name, says the Lord, who does these things’ that have been known for ages."
There’s going to be a lot of gnashing of teeth when all those who thought they were God’s Church suddenly find themselves excluded, and replaced by Gentiles bearing God’s Name. They will be part of God’s Family, bearing the Family Name, and all the other self-righteous hypocrites will be thrust out. Paul made it clear that the Gentiles would be called to provoke Israel to envy or jealousy (Rom 11:11, 15). There are a number of Gentiles in this Levite Ministry, and to any one of them I would entrust my life! They know the score and they know what is required of them. They have already surrendered their lives to God – totally! They know we are in the final days before all hell breaks loose. They know that the mighty Ephraim already has grey hairs on his head. They know of the crazy attempts at diplomacy by the State Department has led them into a hornet’s nest of lying intrigue. Ephraim mixes with the lying nations of the earth and treat them as equals, never realizing they are doing deals with God’s enemies. The prophet Hosea foresaw it all: Hos 7:8 "Ephraim mixes with the nations; Ephraim is a flat cake not turned over. Foreigners sap his strength, but he does not realize it. His hair is sprinkled with grey, but he does not notice. Israel’s arrogance testifies against him, but despite all this he does not return to the LORD his God or search for Him. Ephraim is like a silly dove, easily deceived and senseless – now calling to Egypt, now turning to Assyria. When they go, I will throw my net over them; I will pull them down like birds of the air. When I hear them flocking together, I will catch them. Woe to them, because they have rebelled against me! I long to redeem them but they speak lies against me. They do not cry out to me from their hearts but wail upon their beds. They gather together for grain and new wine but turn away from me. I trained them and strengthened them, but they plot evil against me. They do not turn to the Most High; they are like a faulty bow. Their leaders will fall by the sword because of their insolent words. For this they will be ridiculed in Egypt." Ephraim is too silly to realize that they are already being ridiculed in Egypt, in fact, they are being ridiculed by almost every nation on earth.
But of course, there is more to it than that! Not only are they presently verbally ridiculed now, God has also stated something that you would not believe, even if you were told. God says Ephraim will return to Egypt (Hos 8:13, 9:3). ‘Return to Egypt’ means they will return under the same circumstances as the House of Israel did in Jacob’s time. And God calls this period the ‘time of Jacob’s trouble’. Jacob’s trouble began amid famines and crop failures, and he and his sons had no alternative than to seek refuge in Egypt. Presently, you could not imagine any circumstance where Americans would seek refuge in Egypt, but then you probably don’t understand what God has in mind to bring it about. What God has said, He will do!
God gives us a little more detail:Hos 9:5 "What will you do on the day of your appointed feasts, on the Festival Days of the LORD? Even if they escape destruction, Egypt will gather them, and Memphis will bury them. Their treasures of silver will be taken over by briers, and thorns will overrun their tents." (God tells us what He means by briers and thorns – He means malicious neighbours – Eze 28:24). Egypt will see the advantage of having American expertise within their boundaries, but more importantly, they will have plenty of hostages. They will note that a greater and mightier force is building in the Promised Land, an invincible force, a Kingdom that cannot be defeated. By having American hostages within their borders they think they will deter a major attack – according to the reasoning of the mad, Islamic mind! God has foreseen this circumstance and has determined to offer an exchange of hostages.
But just so there are no doubts about why the days of punishment are rapidly approaching, God makes it very clear! Continuing inHos 9:7 "The days of punishment are coming, the days of reckoning are at hand. Let Israel know this. Because your sins are many and your hostility so great, the prophet is considered a fool, the inspired man a maniac. The prophet, along with my God, is the watchman over Ephraim, yet snares await him on all his paths, and hostility in the House of his God." The House of God, in this instance, is the House of Israel. The days of punishment are coming, but the day of reckoning is here! God is simply warning that most of the House of Israel is so far gone into a world of delusion that they are incapable of any form of rational reckoning. God’s prophet is a maniac and a fool, according to the feeble-minded, yet the prophet, along with Almighty God Himself, is the watchman over Ephraim. God has already appointed him! And he is watching! For almost 24 hours a day he watches, nothing escapes him, and everything is noted. He is the servant of Almighty God, and he faithfully declares God’s intentions.
Who’s the greater fool? The watchman who stands for God, or the intellectual dwarfs who stand ready to accuse him? Well, give it your best shot now, because the day of reckoning is here, and Jacob’s trouble is on the very doorstep. At the time when you have the greatest need for knowledge, it will be withheld from you. And this is the very reason that you will be destroyed. Have you really served God? Did you search for Truth when you had the chance? Or did you follow like lost sheep? You need to ask yourselves these basic questions! In contrast, you will probably find an appalling lack of the same type of dedication that exists among Satan’s hordes. Islam is prepared to die for their god Allah the oak. The same type of devotion is not evident among God’s House! The House of Israel is only prepared to offer lip-service, and what is more, they will do anything to preserve their lives. Thank God that Jesus was not like this!!
I personally wouldn’t arraign an army for battle unless I knew that every last one of them was willing to fight to the death. And neither would I include any man who didn’t fully believe and understand that they were fighting as the armies of the Living God! It’s not a question of stamina or battle prowess, but a question of mental fitness – to be fit for the Kingdom of God! Samson was an ordinary man, but his great strength and power was given him by God. In the final selection, the servants of God will be like God Himself. God has made this very clear:Zech 12:8 "On that day the LORD will shield those who live in Jerusalem (He’ll put a wall of fire around them), so that the feeblest among them will be like David, and the House of David will be like God, like the angel of the LORD going before them. On that day I will set out to destroy all the nations that attack Jerusalem."
Why would God empower His servants like this if they are not to fight? And this is where the crackpot teachings of mainstream Christianity today get it so wrong. They firmly believe that they are not supposed to fight, and in this they have it right! Yet throughout history, Christianity has fought many battles under the banner of Christianity, but rarely did they target God’s enemies! But God says His servants will fight! So did Jesus (John 18:36)! Those who are raised to God-like rank will fight, and they will set out to destroy the nations that attack Jerusalem. Still speaking of this day, God begins speaking about ‘prophets’ who presumed too much upon themselves, and have been deceiving people. ‘Prophets’ who had no enlightenment, who unlike God’s prophets, knew nothing about anything – until it was too late! God speaks further about this day: Zech 13:1 "On that day a fountain will be opened to the House of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity." Remember Jesus’ promise of Living Water?
And notice the reference to ‘prophets’ who don’t know what they are talking about!V3 "And if anyone still prophesies, his father and mother, to whom he was born, will say to him, ‘You must die, because you have told lies in the LORD’S Name.’ When he prophesies, his own parents will stab him. On that day every prophet will be ashamed of his prophetic vision." On that day it will be a serious offence for people to be telling lies in the LORD’S Name. Some of the prophecies being uttered today are absolutely outrageous! They reflect nothing that God has said, but merely what men have assumed from their own minds. Prophets are not raised up to bring the type of good news being taught in the Churches. The prophets are raised up to warn! Initially, a prophet’s warnings are bad news – but with good outcomes to all who listen and obey. The real good news is that when the days of punishment comes, there will be people to rescue the House of Israel from the lands where they have been driven. It will be just as the priest Zechariah said of his son, John the Baptist: Luke 1:74 "To rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve Him without fear in holiness and righteousness before Him all our days. And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High (the Most High is God the Father); for you will go before the Lord to prepare the way for Him, to give His people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the Rising Sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace." This is John the Baptist who fulfilled all that was said of him up to the time of his premature death.
But it’s the rest of what was said of John the Baptist that wasn’t fulfilled that applies to the events immediately preceding Christ’s return, and which heralds the establishment of God’s Kingdom that is of particular note. For instance, "the Rising Sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace." The Rising Sun is alternatively called the Morning Star, because He’s the Lightbringer. This prophecy was spoken before the Church was established by Christ, and who later said He would ‘build His Church’ (Matt 16:18). Many years later, in the twilight years of the Apostle John, he was given this message: Rev 22:16 "Behold I am coming soon!" And in V16 "I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this Testimony for the Churches. I am the Root and Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star."
We shouldn’t forget that it took just 19 Moslems to create absolute havoc in America and to turn the whole nation paranoid. Billions of dollars are being spent in a vain attempt to assuage this paranoia. Every rumour starts a panic and another outpouring of tax dollars. Many people are refusing to fly; some have expressed concerns about being in tall buildings. I wonder how people would react to Moslem lunatics detonating explosives strapped to their bodies in supermarkets, movie theatres, and discos. It’s happening all the time in Israel.
The U.S. is famous as a breeding ground for peaceniks. Their famous slogan back in the 1960’s was ‘Make love – not war!’ It took just 19 Moslems to change this culture! Suddenly, everyone wants war! Even the clergy joined in the chorus for retribution. It’s hard not to draw conclusions of appalling hypocrisy when one considers the amount of dialogue expended to bring peace to the Middle East while ignoring the outrageous homicide bombings that Israel must endure almost daily. It proves one thing: it’s easy to be noble and virtuous towards God’s enemies when they don’t affect you personally. Thousands of Moslem terrorists have been running rampant in Israel for years now, and the peaceniks in the U.S. were certain they could ensure peace in the region. It took just 19 of these Moslem swine to shake America out of their lethargy and bring them to their senses. Formerly they were convinced that Yasser Arafat was a partner for peace, but Osama bin Laden wasn’t! I wonder what led to these conclusions? Is there some underlying hypocrisy here?
19 Moslems! It took just 19 terrorists to paralyze a whole nation of 280 million people. What would happen if 19,000 Moslems arose and committed terrorist acts in the U.S.? What is so different about the Moslems in Afghanistan in comparison to the 8 million already in the U.S.? Are the peaceniks playing out some sort of Mutt and Jeff routine? You know, ‘good guy, bad guy’ like trying to prove that a leopard can change its spots! Moslems living in the U.S. are the good guys, but those living in Afghanistan are all bad it seems. I wonder how they make the distinction? In a different time it might have gone down as one of the great curiosities of history.
The U.S. is not good at making peace! During the 20th Century the U.S. only succeeded in making peace with two nations. These two nations were Germany and Japan and these became decent democratic nations and have not taken up arms since. And how did the U.S. make peace with them? By killing millions of them and leveling their cities and reducing them to beggars! War! With overwhelming force! There was no talk of collateral damage in those days! The people died like flies and learned a lesson they will never forget!
Berlin, Germany.How do you make peace? Well, this is how! Forget all about collateral damage! Destroy their cities and heap up the bodies, and people soon come to their senses. In the case of Germany and Japan, both nations emerged as decent, peace-loving people. Both nations should feel indebted to the U.S. for bringing them peace, and afterwards, stooping down to feed them and rebuild them. No other nation would have done this! These were the halcyon days, but from now on, things will be very different! Try to remove ‘collateral damage’ from your vocabulary. Soon it won’t even be considered!
What has happened in the interim? Has everyone forgotten how to make peace? Let me make it very clear! God hasn’t forgotten! He knows how to make peace – because He knows how to make war! The big difference is that the House of Israel can’t seem to recognize evil when they see it. And much of this myopic thinking can be laid squarely at the feet of the perverted Christian teachings of today. Christianity knows very well that God is going to gather all the nations of the earth against Jerusalem for a final showdown. They know there will be no ‘good guy – bad guy’ polls to see if they are worthy of death. The very act of them presuming to move against the Holy City of God will be sufficient cause for death. In that day, anyone who mentions collateral damage will be thrown into the great winepress as well. There will be no running with the hare and hunting with the hounds in that day. You are either for God or you are against Him!
Things would have been very different today if ‘Stormin’ Norman Swartzkopf had been given the mandate to kill Saddam Hussein and to level the cities of Iraq. If he had been able to reduce Iraq to rubble then terrorist funding would have dried up immediately. No Islamic nation would have dared to raise their head. The only thing that Moslems understand is death and destruction combined with overwhelming force. And the reason is obvious! Their father is a murderer, a liar, and a destroyer, and this is why he is called ‘Satan’. The ‘Allah’ they worship is Satan the devil! Even the most casual of observers can see that Islam breeds lying, murderous ambition, but no-one is permitted to say this publicly. If they do, then the left-wing loonies come out foaming at the mouth and threatening violence.
I can still visualize the demented faces of some of these Democrat loonies during the presidential election screeching ‘count the hanging chads’, ‘count the dimpled chads’. Can you imagine the outcome today if Al Gore had hijacked the election? Did America really need another weakling at the helm of government? Didn’t about 90% of the American people agree that President George W. Bush is the right man for the job after September 11? Personally, the 90 days prior to the final outcome of the election were among the most grueling of my life. But it was a case-study in madness to see so many cretins demanding a weak, slimy creature as their President, and resorting to almost anything in order to get Gore elected. What a nation it would have been! In the run-up to Sept. 11, Gore would have had an army of people out there hand-feeding the spotted owls and curry-combing the caribou. After Sept. 11, we would have seen this masterful mendicant apologizing to the Moslems for provoking them into destroying the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. He would have blamed America, and offered reparations to the Moslems for any offense they may have suffered in the past either real or imagined, and unreservedly apologized for any inconvenience they may have suffered in the past as a result of any comments that may or may not have been made or construed to have been made, which may have caused some sensitivity to Islam in general, or part thereof, or to any person so effected. He would have again confirmed that Islam is a peaceful religion and held in the highest regard by the nation in general and the Democrats in particular and pledged loyalty and obeisance to all nations and individuals of Islam of their rights and privileges in America or in any nation wheresoever they may be domiciled. And furthermore, blah, blah, blah… Well, we all know the sort of rhetoric to expect from insipid weaklings.
We have a funny situation today! All we hear from left-wing looneys is contrived nonsense about the environment. Even the Churches have jumped on the band-wagon. They seem to forget that Peter warned that everything on the earth would be laid bare, and whole landmasses denuded of all vegetation, cities, and lifeforms. Forget the environment – God will take care of that! Your duty is to uphold the things that are important to God – and this starts with the Holy City of God. Your whole life centers on what happens in Jerusalem.
For hundreds of years the Jewish people have made pilgrimages to the Wailing Wall as they do today. They have never forgotten God’s Holy City, and neither has their love of it diminished over the past 2,000 years.
As for the present nation of America, it’s about to pass into history, and the inhabitants will become ‘lost’ once more. God has said they will be driven to foreign lands to be enslaved, and strangers will occupy their dwelling-places.
And why? Because they have lost sight of the things that are sacred to God. They’ve shown utter contempt for God’s Holy City and the Promised Land, and God is about to show His contempt for them. Hundreds of years ago, the Jewish people stood at the Wailing Wall, the last remaining section of the Temple Mount of Solomon’s time, and they wailed for God’s Holy City. They still do it today! They never forgot God’s City, and they longed to return! No wonder God loves the people of Judah! No other nation has passed muster as these people have! Little wonder that God brings them into focus at the time of Elijah’s appearance as recorded inIsa 40:3 (see also Luke 3:4-6). This is what God says concerning the present custodians of the Holy City Jerusalem: Isa 40:1-2 "Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the LORD’S hand double for all her sins." God is going to comfort His people, the people of His City of Jerusalem. They have suffered far more than any others, and have paid double for their sins. Their love of God’s Holy City has never diminished. For centuries, they have had a saying, ‘Next year in Jerusalem!’
In complete contrast, the rest of the House of Israel has yet to pay for their sins. They never grieved for all the dreadful things that have been done in Jerusalem and the Promised Land. They have never held to account the atrocities committed by the enemies of God. They’ve refused to recognize them as God’s enemies. If they haven’t yet seen enough evidence, be sure that as surely as the Sun arises, they will! God has spoken!
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