THE RAPTURE AND THE TIMING OF RUSSIA’S ATTACK

THE RAPTURE AND THE TIMING OF RUSSIA’S ATTACK

It will be important to read my last article on Ezekiel 38 and 39 and how Israel’s discovery of a vast oil field in the Golan Heights possibly relates to Russia and Iran’s attack on Israel for its wealth.

Now lets look at the possible timing of this attack.  Ezekiel 38-39 specifically indicates that God will intervene to destroy the attacking forces of the latter days Russian-Iran alliance. They do not have any chance of succeeding in their plans to destroy the Jewish state.

Daniel 9 predicts that the future  Antichrist will make a seven year covenant with Israel.  This will certainly serve to entice the Jewish nation to submit to his leadership. An additional inducement for their yielding their nation’s security to the government of the Antichrist, whom they will certainly view as being their messiah, will be his cleverly appearing, through deception to be a man of great intelligence and power.

The rapture of the church will bring the world into a time of great confusion as millions disappear from the earth.

The Antichrist will be free to manifest himself after the church is gone as the Holy Spirit will no longer be present to hinder his showing himself.  He is probably alive now and very likely prepared to be revealed after the rapture. (2 Thessalonians 2:1-6)

He will have a ready answer as to the reason for the sudden disappearance of so many valued and essential people. Perhaps he will claim UFOs took the Christians because they were a danger to the New World Order.

He will perhaps gain much credibility after Russia’s attack on Israel, along with the Islamic nations that will be allied  with Russia.  

When God destroys Israel’s attackers, the Antichrist will likely claim credit.  He will be a great lier.  He will be very convincing.  So, if the battle of Gog and Magog takes place just after the rapture, and just before the beginning of the tribulation, then the Antichrist will no doubt take advantage of this for the advancement of his deceptive cause, which will be global government.

How important it is for people today to trust in Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.  He died on the cross for the sins of the entire world, and rose again.  He is coming back!  The Bible says that Jesus is the Word, “and the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.” (Read John 1:1-12)  There is no other Savior.  There will come one called the Antichrist who will claim to be the final Imam, or Messiah,  but Jesus, is the only Son of God.  Trust in Him for your sins to be forgiven and to know His true peace which is eternal life.  

Don’t wait, He may return at any moment to rapture His believers to heaven.  Are you one of them? (See John 14:1-7)

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ISRAEL DISCOVERS HUGE OIL FIELD

Recently, the discovery of an immense oil field in the Golan Heights in Israel, along with strategic moves by Russian President Putin into Syria have brought many prophecy students to believe this could be the beginning of the preparations for the battle of Gog and Magog. 
 
 Interestingly, God seems to be allowing the gathering of all the elements of what He foretold in Ezekiel 38 and 39. In these chapters, there is an amazing description of the details of Russia’s invasion of the nation of Israel in the latter days.  Read the first four verses of Ezekiel 38. You will see that Rosh, which is an early form of the word Russia is used twice in verses 2 and 3 in the NASB translation.  

“And the word of the LORD came to me saying, “Son of man, set your face toward Gog of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him and say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I am against you, O Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal. “I will turn you about and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you out, and all your army…” (Ezekiel 38:1-4a, NASB)

As you can see, God is planning to influence Russia to prepare an attack. This attack will include allies from among the present day Islamic nations it will be a all out assault on Israel. The passage continues:

“Persia, Ethiopia and Put with them, all of them with shield and helmet; Gomer with all its troops; Beth-togarmah from the remote parts of the north with all its troops—many peoples with you.” (Ezekiel 38:5-6, NASB)

H.L. Willmington lists the nations under their current names that are identified here as among Russia’s allies:
    (1) Persia – Modern Iran
    (2) Ethiopia – South Africa
    (3) Libia – Arabic African
        nations (North Africa)
    (4) Gomer – East Germany
    (5) Togarmah – Southern 
        Russia and the Cossacks,
        or perhaps Turkey.
      
This passage, among many other details, clearly delineates how this prophecy of Russia’s attack on Israel must occur in the “latter days,” after Isreal has been restored as a nation. In 1948, Israel was once again restored as a nation, and Jews have been returning to that land since then. The Bible describes the latter days as those days surrounding the rapture of the church, the great even year tribulation and the second coming of Jesus Christ to the earth:

      “Be prepared, and prepare yourself, you and all your companies that are assembled about you, and be a guard for them. “After many days you will be summoned; IN THE LATTER YEARS you will come into the land that is restored from the sword, whose inhabitants have been GATHERED FROM MANY NATIONS to the mountains of Israel which had been a continual waste; but its PEOPLE WERE BROUGH OUT FROM THE NATIONS and they are living securely, all of them. “You will go up, you will come like a storm; you will be like a cloud covering the land, you and all your troops, and many peoples with you.” (Ezekiel 38:7-9, NASB)

Russia is now planning with Iran to dominate Syria, but their plan, I’m am sure, does not end there. Russia, or “Rosh,” in the literal rendering of Ezekiel 38:3 has a master plan that will ultimately include attacking Israel for “spoil” (38:13, remove the s and the word spells “oil.”) Israel has many areas of wealth: agriculture, military weaponry, strategic location as well as being an intersection to the East, South, and western European nations, as well as highly desirable ports, technology, and perhaps most of all, Israel has people who can be enslaved and used for the greater cause of Russia and her allies.  The Islamic allies of Russia like Iran and Syria and others all want the destruction of the Jews, but the Koran also calls for their enslavement. Ezekiel 38:13 speaks of weak nations (like America under Obama) simply asking Russia diplomatically what they are doing but not lifting a finger to step in in behalf of Israel.  The battle of Gog and Magog, that is of Russia attacking Israel, is in the preparation stage now, and it could occur either before or after the rapture. I believe it will certainly happen before the beginning of the tribulation or at the start of it to “gut” Islam and the power of Russia, in order for the Antichrist to have the freedom to establish a peace treaty with Israel for seven years and to permit them to rebuild their temple. This temple he will desecrate at the midpoint if the tribulation and demand worship. Then he will seek to destroy Israel etc.
 
Therefore, Israel’s discovery of Oil is always an indication of God’s favor for Israel. Yet, also this is part of the Divine lure (“hooks,” Ezekiel 38:4) to draw Russia and her allies to attack so God can destroy them; and for the church, which ignores prophecy and the coming of the Lord in it’s preaching, to take notice that the return of the Lord draws nearer every day!  

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Now Is The Time

Now is the time to explore the riches of the treasures of the Lord in His Word.  As the days seem to grow darker we have the more sure word of prophecy to encourage us.  The Lord delights in revealing the future to us.  He does not do this to satisfy our selfish curiosity, but so that we might be more expectant toward Him in our daily walk.  

Your faith is the basis that God has given you to please Him. “But without faith it is impossible to please Him. For he that cometh to God (through prayer) must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek HIm.” (Hebrews 11:6)

When you pray, it must be in the name of Jesus Christ.  Jesus Christ was the greatest gift the Father could have given for you when He died on the cross for your sins, then rose again from the dead.  

Prayerlessness is a great sin against God. There is no other way for God to hear you in prayer in these latter days than in that Name that is above all names: Jesus Christ. 

We are living in a time that is just prior to the coming of the Lord to rapture His church to heaven. You and I have a great opportunity to make Jesus Christ known to many millions that are lost and in the grip of religions that do not believe that Jesus is the Son of God, or that deny that salvation is by faith alone, not in sacraments and rituals of church or religion.  

“Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward.  For you have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God (by receiving Jesus Christ as your Savior, by faith), ye might receive the promise (eternal life, and to be able to go up with the Lord at the rapture). For yet a little while, and He that shall come will come, and will not tarry (The Lord will not delay).  Now the just shall live by faith, but if any man draw back (by not fully renouncing their sin and false religion) my soul shall have no pleasure in him. (Hebrews 10:33-38)  

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Genuine Marriage Still Between One Man And One Woman!

Once again, America has shown his utter rejection of God, and this time through the United States Supreme Court!  When Jesus stated in Matthew that marriage was between a man and a woman, and that man was not to interfere with that divinely instituted arrangement, it was also a warning to us today: “For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh…What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. (See Matthew 19:4-6)  Jesus here authoritatively speaks of the inviolability of God’s design and arrangement for marriage.  Jesus also here gives the clear definition of God’s marriage design and arrangement. This design and arrangement for marriage is what the Supreme Court presumed to redefine.  The consequences of this redefinition of marriage are and will be devastating for America!

As an additional mockery of God, the White House was lighted up with “gay pride” rainbow colors upon the delivery of this ruling yesterday.  They were certainly prepared. The lights, to me, looked like reflections of the flames of hell.  There is no doubt that we are given over as a nation to Satan’s authority.  Those who believed Obama’s lies that he was opposed to same-sex marriage helped to put him in there, yet they refuse to hold him to account for his deceptions.

Even though the Supreme court has presumptuously set aside the Bible, as well as any pretense of wisdom, to conform to the vile spirit of our age, God will not be mocked! (Galatians 6:7) The Lord of all flesh, has determined to give over to a reprobate mind (insanity) those who willfully violate God’s design for marriage and human sexuality.  These are the consequences Jesus warned about in Matthew 19:6.

Judgment has come upon America!  But it is only the beginning! (See Psalm 2) This ruling by the high court is an abominable affront to the holiness of God.   At this time, we are seeing God giving America over to its own lustful and ungodly desires.  We are more than a little vulnerable to our Islamic enemies.  Do not be surprised if there is a major and devastating attack in the coming days!  God has warned us, but we have and are ignoring Him.

President Obama and the radical left have long supported the homosexual perversion of human relationships and is seeking to further marginalize Christians in America for their active and determined opposition to this demonic strike against the sanctity of the family.  Further, the typical preacher in America is not committed to preaching the hard truths of what is happening today.  The only thing that will wake them up is the rapid departure of thousands from their churches!  This is because they fear man more than God!  America is sowing the wind, and it will reap the whirlwind of judgment. (Hosea 8:7) The Apostle Paul warned: Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. (Romans 1:24-27, NASB)

God will also set aside man’s false rule and establish His own glorious rule through the return of the Prophet Priest and King, the Lord Jesus Christ.  Meanwhile, I and every Christian who desires to stay true to the Lord will continue to stand upon the truths of God’s Word!  The Living God is upon the throne of the universe and the U.S. Supreme Court is not!  Therefore I will continue to obey the Lord!  I will pray for real revival in America and in the American church, and continue loving and praying for the sinner that he or she will come to know the genuine love of the Lord and surrender to His design for new life, biblical marriage and relationships.  Man has spoken,  and man has greatly erred, but: “let God be true, but every man a liar!  (Romans 3:4)…Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.”(Acts 5:29)

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Hatred for Jesus Christ Is Growing In America; No Surprize!

God is still raising up a few who will stand for truth in these latter days of world history!  One of these is Maj. Gen. Craig Olson, a two-star Air Force general who spoke clearly and boldly about His relationship with His Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ at a National Day of Prayer Task Force speech on May 7.  But it didn’t take long for the spirit of stark unbelief to show itself in all its demonic fury through the leftist-humanist Military Religious Freedom Foundation.  They reacted to the biblical truth, as articulated by the General,  that Jesus is Lord and that God is sovereign over America.  They are now demanding that this Christian Patriot and be court-martialed.

According to an article by World News Daily:

Despite the religious nature of the event, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation has called for Olson to be “aggressively and very visibly brought to justice for his unforgivable crimes and transgressions,” adding that any other service members who helped him should be investigated and punished “to the full extent of military law.”

The organization sent a letter to Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Walsh, arguing that Olson’s speech violates rules within the Air Force, which prohibits airmen from endorsing a particular faith or belief.  The letter states: “This demand letter is sent to you on behalf of countless members of the United States Air Force who are utterly disgusted and shocked by the brazenly illicit and wholly unconstitutional, fundamentalist Christian proselytizing recently perpetrated, on international television (‘GOD TV’), and streaming all over the Internet and in full military uniform, by USAF Major General Craig S. Olson on Thursday, May 7, 2015 during a VERY public speech for a private Christian organization (The ‘National Day of Prayer Task Force’: NDPTF) headed up by Focus on the Family founder, Dr. James Dobson’s, wife Shirley Dobson.”
(Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2015/05/push-to-court-martial-general-for-mentioning-god/#TP2vvUkmHxMIIQIo.99)

If we are indeed living in the latter days, and I believe we are, then we should not be surprised at the ferociousness with which the Devil is attacking such a committed and faithful Christian as General Olson.  You and I need to be constantly aware and prayerful concerning the coming of persecution that is predicted to arise against believers in the last days.  I believe that this persecution is gaining strength today as an indication that the rapture of the church is near (see 2 Timothy 4:1-8).

As Christians today, we need to know what we believe and be ready to state our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ with clarity and conviction, because Satan is pulling no punches to shut us up.  Peter writes along these lines: “Casting all you care upon him; for He careth for you.  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world” (1 Peter 5:7-9)

We should pray that God will give General Olson continued courage to stand for the Lord in the presence of such aggressive attacks on his freedom to express his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We should also pray for the members of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, that they would read God’s Word for themselves with a truly open mind. Then, maybe their organization would become a genuine defender of American freedom, and, additionally,  make Jesus Christ known to a lost world.

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Benjamin Netanyahu’s Speech to Congress, What’s Obama Afraid of?

I am anticipating an insightful and bold speech from the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu tomorrow when he appears before the U.S. Congress.  Much is at stake for Israel these days, and for America!  The prophetic scenario revealed by the Bible for these latter days is rapidly unfolding.    The Scripture tells us of nations in the latter days which will be fully capable of taking bold stands, and to whom other nations might look for leadership, stepping back from leadership while Israel’s very existence is threatened. (Ezekiel 38:13)  The frustration of King David, who experienced similar betrayals from leaders of other nations in Israel’s times of need, is expressed in Psalm 5:8-9,

Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.  For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue.

Of course, leaders who turn against Israel,  will do so because they have rebelled against the Lord and have sided with the enemies of God’s people.  Jesus, the Son of God, said: “Ye shall know them by their fruit” (Matthew 7:16)  Could this explain why President Obama will not name Isis as Islamic Terrorists and why he is soft on Iran?   With the threats of wars and rumors of wars that we are seeing, the world is looking for a real leader these days.  Tomorrow the world will see and hear a real leader for our times,  his name is Benjamin Netanyahu.   Perhaps this is what President Obama is afraid of.  (Proverbs 28:1)

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A Special Christmas Message

“God is able, in the worst and darkest circumstance, to intervene in a supernatural way and shine a light of redemption into it.” -Dr. Downing

Wherever this Christmas season finds you, whatever circumstances surround you, this special video message from Dr. Downing is a timely message for us all.

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