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The End Time Battle for Jerusalem

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                                                Spoke on Sept.23,01

This is a literal prophecy concerning Israel. Ezekiel 37:9-12Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live. So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army. Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts. Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.” Some think this had to do with the holocaust of the Nazis. Regardless, out of that God brought them back to their own land. "Israel" was not only the name which God bestowed upon Jacob, but it also became the corporate designation for the nation of 12 tribes that was the descendants of Jacob – It was all of God's people with whom He was in covenant. The name was assigned as a compliment to Jacob for his struggle with the Angel of the Lord at the river Jabbok in Genesis 32:28. Jacob or Israel became the father of twelve sons, who were the progenitors of the twelve tribes of Israel. The famine in Canaan eventually forced Israel into Egypt where God had prepared a place and provision of them through Joseph who had been sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, where eventually the Israelites became slaves to a pharaoh who knew not Joseph. Under the dynamic leadership of Moses, chosen by God to be the deliverer, the people made an exodus from Egypt and after 40 years of wilderness wanderings finally entered the Promised Land under the direction of Joshua. However, after only three generations of monarchy, Israel fell into internal division and relentless idolatry, thus incurring God's judgment. In 722 B.C., the northern kingdom of 11 tribes formed at then end of Solomon’s reign, fell to the Assyrians. In 586 B.C., Judah fell to the Babylonians. The northern kingdom of Samaria was scattered, but after 70 years of captivity a portion of Judah returned to the land. Israel was depicted as the wife of Yahweh in the O.T. Because of her unfaithfulness to God, the Lord spoke to Israel through the surrounding nations. This chastisement was not desertion of His people on the part of God. God had not cast away His people forever and would eventually regather Israel unto her own land (Romans 11:1, 25). “I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin… For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.” God's continuation of His program for Israel is based upon His faithfulness and His grace rather than their love or faithfulness to Him (Ezekiel 36:17-24). “Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; I have lifted up mine hand, Surely the heathen that are about you, they shall bear their shame. But ye, O mountains of Israel, ye shall shoot forth your branches, and yield your fruit to my people of Israel; for they are at hand to come. For, behold, I am for you, and I will turn unto you, and ye shall be tilled and sown: And I will multiply men upon you, all the house of Israel, even all of it: and the cities shall be inhabited, and the wastes shall be builded: And I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and bring fruit: and I will settle you after your old estates, and will do better unto you than at your beginnings: and ye shall know that I am the LORD. Yea, I will cause men to walk upon you, even my people Israel; and they shall possess thee, and thou shalt be their inheritance, and thou shalt no more henceforth bereave them of men. Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because they say unto you, Thou land devourest up men, and hast bereaved thy nations; Therefore thou shalt devour men no more, neither bereave thy nations any more, saith the Lord GOD.” That is the only reason there is an Israel today or even a people know as the Jews. However, God was always faithful to His covenant, and He would restore them to the land for His "holy name's sake." Restoration was not because of the merit of Israel, but rather because of God's holy name.

Continuing. Then there is another prophecy of Israel being reunited. Ezekiel 37:15-22The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying, Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions: And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand. And when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying, Wilt thou not show us what thou meanest by these? Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand. And the sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thine hand before their eyes. And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land: And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all.” They are no longer Judah and then the other tribes, a northern kingdom and Judah. After the restoration that followed the holocaust they began rebuilding their military and are now the 3rd strongest in the world partially because of the assistance and technology of America.

In 1948 the Jewish people were given a homeland and began returning to the land – an exodus from other lands that continues unto this day. There have been two major wars for Israel since their rebirth as a nation – both began by the countries around them. Until 1967 Jerusalem was divided and partially under Syria, but was recaptured in the 6 day war of 1967. In 1973 was the Yom Kippur war called so because Syria invaded Israel while they were fasting and it would have been disastrous without God’s intervention. The PLO have said that if Israel would give back the land they gained in those wars that they could have peace, and Barak offered them all that at Camp David but his offer was refused by Arafat who isn’t interested in Peace but in the extermination of Israel as a nation and the people in it. As they said before they desire to drive the Jews into the sea.

Ezekiel 39:11And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea: and it shall stop the noses of the passengers: and there shall they bury Gog and all his multitude: and they shall call it The valley of Hamongog.” The “Valley of the passengers” is a Hebrew translation for the mountains in the country of Jordan in the area of Jericho. Jericho is an ancient city of Palestine near the northwest shore of the Dead Sea. A stronghold commanding the valley of the lower Jordan River. That is the area of the valley of the passengers so called because it was the great road by which the merchants and traders from Syria and other Eastern countries went into Egypt. Jericho has been given over to the Palestinians and they are building homes there and even have a casino. There will be heated battle in this area and another area given in Ezekiel 39:17-18And, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD; Speak unto every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that ye may eat flesh, and drink blood. Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats, of bullocks, all of them fatlings of Bashan.” (in Bashan).

Ezekiel 38:2–6Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet: Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.” Persia is present day Iran. The Iranians do not call themselves Iranians but instead call themselves Persians, going back to their roots and away from the name Iran that was given to them by the British. Other countries are also going back to their old roots and replacing name given by the British when the occupied the territories, as India changing the name Calcutta back to the original name Kolkata and the same for other cities. We are told when this battle will take place. Ezekiel 38:8. That ingathering began in 1948 and is continuing today mostly from Russia. There are several things in this verse that define the time. First he said it is in the latter years. Most Christians today believe we are truly in the latter days and approaching the second coming of Christ for many reasons and based upon many prophecies in scripture which is not the scope of this teaching. Ezekiel 38:16 tells us it will be in the latter years, the time prior to the advent or return of the Messiah and the Lord tells us why He is bringing these people against Israel, that He might be sanctified in the destruction of these wicked people. There is nothing in the history of Israel and it’s wars that can fulfill this prophecy so it is obviously something to come before the end of time.

Ezekiel 38:8 “After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.Were the present day inhabitants of Israel not brought back from the sword, a sign of God’s judgment and is gathered out of many people and nations? And was not the land a waste and barren desert land all the time it was under the Arabs until the Jews began to return to the land and cultivate and turn it into a land of plenty and harvest? The last thing is a time when they swell safely. Ezekiel 38:11And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates.” This defines it as a time when they would dwell in unwalled villages in contrast to the Old Testament times when all cities were surrounded by walls. Since 1949 they have returned and to a degree have dwelt in safely, it is in the latter days. There have been trouble from the Palestinians all along, but they still dwell in relative safety, as much as any other nation in today’s world of terrorism in which no one is totally immune. Gog is said to be a prince and probably a prince of darkness as mentioned in Ezekiel 38 and 39 and in Revelation 20:8And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.” we are told of another battle with Gog, which was previously destroyed. So it seems that Gog is not just a person in this passage but a spirit working in the leader of a northern country. Remember Ezekiel 38:2-5 which we read earlier? Ezekiel 38:14-19 Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, Thus saith the Lord GOD; In that day when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it? And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army: And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes. Thus saith the Lord GOD; Art thou he of whom I have spoken in old time by my servants the prophets of Israel, which prophesied in those days many years that I would bring thee against them? And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, that my fury shall come up in my face. For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel. Ezekiel 39:1-5 Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel: And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand. Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured. Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.

Ezekiel 38:17Thus saith the Lord GOD; Art thou he of whom I have spoken in old time by my servants the prophets of Israel, which prophesied in those days many years that I would bring thee against them?” The interesting thing is that nowhere in the Bible do you find this prophecy that is mentioned here. There is a Gog mentioned in 1Chrononicales 5:4 that was a Reubenite but that is the only reference in the Bible to such an individual person by name. So where there prophecies given that Ezekiel knew about that are not given in the Bible. To back this fact there is mention of other writings that are not given to us in the Bible. Numbers 21:14 mentions the “Book of the Wars of the Lord.” Joshua 10:13 and 2Samuel 1:18 mention the “Book of Jasher.” And 1Chronicles 29:29 mentions the “Book of Nathan the Prophet.” For some reason these were not preserved for us and given to us in the scriptures. No one knows what happened to those books but for some reason God did not think it necessary to preserve those for us for there are no know copies of any of them today.

On the mountains of the Golan Heights is an area nicknamed the Abyss. There in the past few years the vultures have been growing in number from 50 to over 400 in just a couple years. They are bigger than the American Condor and some have wingspans of about 9 feet. It is not far from the Sea of Galilee. Ezekiel 39:4Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured. These are flesh eating birds and the whole area is not only mountains but also open fields. Ezekiel 39:17-18And, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD; Speak unto every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that ye may eat flesh, and drink blood. Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats, of bullocks, all of them fatlings of Bashan.”There are 10 million birds that migrate the area known as the Syrian – African rift. From those mountains in Lebanon called the Abyss to the Sea of Galilee, by the Jordan River all the way to Africa. It is one major fault line. The two plates are called the Mediterranean plate and the Arabic plate. Ezekiel tells us that when the battle takes place the mountains will shake and it could be that God uses a catastrophic earthquake on this major fault line to help destroy enemies of Israel.

Not only do 10 million birds migrate there but also 1 million of them are flesh eating ravenous birds. They migrate and mate in the months of March-April and September-October. The major feasts of Israel fall in those four months on the year. The 1973 Yom Kippur war was on the 10th day of the 7th month of the Jewish calendar. The enemy loves to attack during their feasts days because it gives them an advantage of surprise when the people of Israel are feasting. For 2001 Yom Kippur is on September the 27th. And remember that the Jewish day and therefore the feast begins at sunset the previous evening to the holiday by date.

With the division of the old Soviet Union there are 5 southern states in Russia that are all radical Muslim states that are next to Iran which is also a radical Muslim state as are all Muslim states where the religious leaders control politics. Scripture says Persia or Iran will come into this battle. Also Ethiopia, which is to be a part of this war, has already been involved in a war between the Christian Ethiopians and the Muslims trying to kill the Christians and take over the country and make it a pure Muslim country as is the purpose of all Muslim controlled states – they take away all freedom of religion and make Muslim the state religion and all others enemies and heretics that must be eradicated. If this prophecy of Ezekiel is on target for our time as the last days then Ethiopia will fall to a Muslim army. So we must continue to pray for the Christians in that country. Libya is already a Muslim country. It appears that this will be a Muslim invasion.

Ezekiel 35:5-11 Because thou hast had a perpetual hatred, and hast shed the blood of the children of Israel by the force of the sword in the time of their calamity, in the time that their iniquity had an end: Therefore, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will prepare thee unto blood, and blood shall pursue thee: sith thou hast not hated blood, even blood shall pursue thee. Thus will I make mount Seir most desolate, and cut off from it him that passeth out and him that returneth. And I will fill his mountains with his slain men: in thy hills, and in thy valleys, and in all thy rivers, shall they fall that are slain with the sword. I will make thee perpetual desolations, and thy cities shall not return: and ye shall know that I am the LORD. Because thou hast said, These two nations and these two countries shall be mine, and we will possess it; whereas the LORD was there Therefore, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will even do according to thine anger, and according to thine envy which thou hast used out of thy hatred against them; and I will make myself known among them, when I have judged thee.” Ezekiel 36:1-3Also, thou son of man, prophesy unto the mountains of Israel, and say, Ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the LORD: Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because the enemy hath said against you, Aha, even the ancient high places are ours in possession: Therefore prophesy and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because they have made you desolate, and swallowed you up on every side, that ye might be a possession unto the residue of the heathen, and ye are taken up in the lips of talkers, and are an infamy of the people.” These scriptures paint a picture of a group of people surrounding Israel with a perpetual hatred for them. Secondly, they will say these two countries and nations are ours (Ezekiel 35:10). “Because thou hast said, These two nations and these two countries shall be mine, and we will possess it; whereas the LORD was there.” And they are given us to consume (Ezekiel 35:12). “And thou shalt know that I am the LORD, and that I have heard all thy blasphemies which thou hast spoken against the mountains of Israel, saying, They are laid desolate, they are given us to consume.Yet today there are not two nations there but only one. However, the Palestinians want to form a nation inside the nation of Israel. The best negotiator for the Palestinians is Jordan for it is the only Muslim country surrounding Israel that is somewhat friendly toward them – more so than Lebanon or the Egyptians.

Ezekiel 36:2Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because the enemy hath said against you, Aha, even the ancient high places are ours in possession.” The ancient high places are the area of Judea and Samaria in the Old Testament. Sarmaria, Old Mount Seir is the West Bank – the territory that Jordan, Edom and Mount Seir possessed before the 1967 war and is an area up for negotiation for the Palestinians. Ezekiel 36:3Therefore prophesy and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because they have made you desolate, and swallowed you up on every side, that ye might be a possession unto the residue of the heathen, and ye are taken up in the lips of talkers, and are an infamy of the people.” “Lips of talkers” sure sounds like all those who sit at a negotiating table and talk peace and sign accords. Talker comes from the Hebrew and literally means a fork of flame, a babbler, slanderer, one who wages war with their mouth. Is that not what Arafat has been doing at the peace table when they come to try and negotiate peace between the PLO and Israel? They have no intent or desire for peace but only make a charade for the world news and for propaganda purposes. What Arafat has been saying to the US public for years and what he has been saying to his own people at the same time are totally and completely different and even opposites. The part that is for the world consumption is for deception and to cover up what he is saying and doing among his people and the Arab world.

In Ezekiel 35 we see all the negotiation for the land, people talking, multiplying their words and rejoicing in their expectations of the land which is what we hear today from the Palestenians, as they say and boast that they will form a Palestinian nation within a nation of Israel. Then in Chapter 36 God says He will bring His people back and restore them as a nation. In verse 2 you hear the ‘Aha’ and a war of these northern countries coming against them in the mountains of Israel. They considered Israel a place of their inheritance and plan to make Israel desolate, so God said He would make them desolate (Ezekiel 35:15). “As thou didst rejoice at the inheritance of the house of Israel, because it was desolate, so will I do unto thee: thou shalt be desolate, O mount Seir, and all Idumea, even all of it: and they shall know that I am the LORD.” The two areas of great battle will be the area of Jericho and the Northern area of Bashan or the Golan Heights.

The Palestenains have been promised a state, but when and how we don’t know. Zechariah 12:2Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.” The Hebrew word translated trembling literally means intoxication – that which causes them to reel. In the book of Zechariah the term “In that day” appears 20 times, most in chapters 12-14. To the Arabs the land of Israel is a ‘cup of intoxication’; they are as drunken men in their desire for it. The real battle is over Jerusalem and will come to that city. Everything is lining up for the battle of Ezekiel 38 and 39. They have put tracking devices on some of those vultures there and have found that they can travel from 2 to 300 miles in a day. When the battle takes place the birds from Turkey, Israel and Syria will come to that area of the Golan Heights to eat the flesh of captains and kings.

We need to stay in touch with what God is doing and says about this time which is truly the end-times. Romans 11:25For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.” They have blind for nearly 2000 years and are to this day, yet not to all for some have believed upon Christ as in the days of the book of Acts. As Paul spoke of the days of Elijah and the remnant of 7000 who had not bowed the knee to Baal (Romans 11:4) then he states that in his day as in Elijah’s day “Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace” (Romans 11:5). It is likewise the same today.

Revelation 19:10And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” It is important that we understand that the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy – therein do we have illumination into that which God has not yet done but is going to do, not is exact specific details but in the sense of the overall big picture. Genesis 16:10-12And the angel of the LORD said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude.  And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction. And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.” Against every man. Was not the World Trade Center disaster against all men and nations? Consider that according to preliminary reports after the first week (which has already increased by a couple thousand people) there were people missing from over 50 countries. The WTC served as headquarters for companies from around the world from Austria to Zimbabwe, from giant China to tiny Luxembourg. The worst outside of Americans were an estimated 300 British, 250 from Chile, nearly 200 from Colombia, about 130 from Turkey, about 115 from the Philippines, some 133 from Israel, 170 unaccounted for from Germany, and between 45 and 70 form Canada, and 22 from Japan and 19 from Mexico. Other countries with missing citizens that are presumed dead now are Belgians, Danes, Irish, Italians, Portuguese, Spaniards, Swiss, Cambodians, South Koreans, Taiwanese, Thais, Argentines, Brazilians, Ecuadorians, Paraguayans, and a Peruvian. These were preliminary numbers that have since risen and may continue to rise. As British Prime Minister Tony Blair said last weekend “This was in a very real sense, an attack on all of us… We must stand united in response.” Isaiah 30:22-28Ye shall defile also the covering of thy graven images of silver, and the ornament of thy molten images of gold: thou shalt cast them away as a menstruous cloth; thou shalt say unto it, Get thee hence. Then shall he give the rain of thy seed, that thou shalt sow the ground withal; and bread of the increase of the earth, and it shall be fat and plenteous: in that day shall thy cattle feed in large pastures. The oxen likewise and the young asses that ear the ground shall eat clean provender, which hath been winnowed with the shovel and with the fan. And there shall be upon every high mountain, and upon every high hill, rivers and streams of waters in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall. Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that the LORD bindeth up the breach of his people, and healeth the stroke of their wound. Behold, the name of the LORD cometh from far, burning with his anger, and the burden thereof is heavy: his lips are full of indignation, and his tongue as a devouring fire: And his breath, as an overflowing stream, shall reach to the midst of the neck, to sift the nations with the sieve of vanity: and there shall be a bridle in the jaws of the people, causing them to err.” Notice verse 25 – “When the towers fall”! And God is sifting nations, not just America. Again does this not describe the disaster of the World Trade Centers? And did it not happen in a time when we were “at peace” and not at war with another nation or people? Should we also consider the scripture of 1Thessalonians 5:3; “For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.” Or the fact that we have no promise of tomorrow and should consider the question, “Are you prepared to meet your creator?” Considering that God has told us in Hebrews 9:27, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.”

Back to our study - let us further consider these facts. In August 1996 Saudi billionaire Osama Bin Laden publicly declared war on America as the great Satan. Now we have finally realized the full reality of that statement “War is Hell” and that we have been at war for 5 years without fighting back. The 2 American embassies in East Africa that were destroyed and the attack on the USS Cole and other terrorist attacks have all pointed to this man’s organization. Each time, a few weeks before the attack, Osama Bin Laden released a tape telling his people to attack America and warning of an attack to come. The evidence we have points to him and his followers. Yes, it is a war that has been declared and has been being carried out against America; it’s just that we haven’t been fighting back. He is a descendant of Ismael, the son of Abraham whom God gave the prophecy above in Genesis 16. He has been against the world and now many countries of the world are angry with this radical Muslim and his cohorts just as was prophesied and will now finally wage war back against him. Yet this is not the only Jihad against Christians and nations with Christians. The Muslims in the Sudan declared a Jihad or Holy War against the Christians there in the early 1990’s and several million of them have been killed since. Two or three years ago Indonesia declared a Jihad against the Christians there and all non-Muslims in Indonesia. And there have been more through time of antiquity and of recent times. Why? Mohammed was once asked what was the best deed a man could perform. He said to believe in Allah and his prophet. Then he was asked what was the second best deed that could be performed and he said it was to participate in a Jihad in Allah’s wars. This was the second greatest commandment for a Muslim. Notice the great contract between that and the 2 greatest command of Jesus for Christians. 1) We are to love the Lord our God with all our heart, mind and soul. 2) We are to love our neighbor as ourselves. Therein is a radical difference and anyone who can’t see and tell the difference and which is of God and which is of the devil is spiritually blind. Mohammed commanded Muslims to fight against all pagans as well as all the people of the Bible, the Jews and Christians if they did not embrace Islam. In the 2nd most holy book of Islam (Ha..) to those who convert to Islam by compulsion or fear of being killed, Mohammed said; “I have been ordered to fight against the people until they testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that Mohammed is Allah’s prophet and offer prayers and give obligatory charity so if they perform all of that, then they save their lives and their property.” Mohammed warned the king of the Byzantines that if he converted to Islam he would be safe and if he didn’t convert then he and his kingdom would be destroyed and enslaved. Mohammed further said, “whosoever has killed an enemy and has proof of that shall possess his goods.” Concerning Christians and Jews Mohammed said; “Any Jew or Christian who heard about me and did not believe in me or what was revealed to me of the Holy Koran and my traditions, his ultimate destination is hell.” Further, he said; “Allah has cursed the Jews and the Christians because they took the graves of their prophets as places of worship.” Also: The Qur'an says of Christians: "And kill them wherever you find them, and drive them out whence they drove you out: persecution is more severe than slaughter" (2.191).

What a difference between this spiritual slop and deception and the words of Jesus Christ. Note what Jesus said in talking about the fall of the tower of Siloam. Luke 13:2-5And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” I believe that is also true about the World Trade Centers and those who perished there an others who have not perished yet.

Many times God has told his people that if they didn’t repent of their evil deeds he would bring in foreigners to chasten them. Then if they would turn from their evil then he would repent of the evil he thought of doing them because of the evil of their ways. It should cause us to consider. God used the Assyrians, the Egyptians and the Babylonians as well as others as a chastening rod to punish his people for their sin and told them the words of 2Chronicles 7:14. “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” We in this country, even those who call themselves Christians have committed enough sins to keep these terrorists busy chastising us for many years to come and need to confess our sins individually and as a nation that God may forgive us our sins for judgment begins in the house of God. Yes, these murders are guilty and have no consideration for life and believe they have commanded to kill all others, especially the U.S. whom they consider the great Satan. Yet America is a peaceful nation that doesn’t desire war and would not start one against another country without cause and God will surely judge them for their wicked deeds.

In the sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7, Jesus gave a broad view of Christian ethics. There are two main different views of these scriptures - the reformed view and the Quaker view. We believe that these are personal Christian ethics for the individual to live by. The Quaker view is that all, even civil authorities and government are to operate by these principles. If that were so then we would have no justice and nobody in jail or punished for crimes for they would have to live by “But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also”(Matthew 5:39). So we as a nation would say to Osama Bin Laden, “It’s okay, we forgive you for what you have done and if you choose to attack us again, we will not try to stop you, in fact we will freely allow you to do so and still not have to worry about retribution.” Give me a break! Can you see the fallacy of this?  Yet here is a quote from an e-mail I just received this week.

{“Christian greetings in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ and thank you for gathering together with us for fellowship around the unchanging Word of God.

The essence of the Gospel is the rejection of revenge. "Vengeance shall be Mine; I will repay, saith the Lord" (Deuteronomy 32:41; Romans 12:19). George W. Bush serves a different master.

In a stirring speach (sic) to Congress today, President Bush today declared "war" upon an enemy that is unseen and unknown. America's "Unknown God" is NOT with the nation or with Mr. Bush in his crusade.”]

This is from some misguided sole who thinks we are as a nation to turn the other cheek to this type of attack and barbarism while the leader and planners who hide in the shadows and mountains and caves as the true cowards should go unpunished and Scot-free because they have been pushed into these acts of terrorism by the evil done them. This is one such comment from the Internet. I quote; “When American's fight for their country it's called Patriotism.  When the Palestinians fight for their rights it's called Fanaticism.  Now the whole world mourns for the Americans killed while turning a blind eye to the plight of the Palestinians for DECADES.  What a joke!  What hypocrisy! 

Is it not the United States who funds the Israeli military in it's oppression of the Palestinian people and denies their right to create a Palestinian homeland State?  Why should America be immune from Terrorism?  This is the way Palestinians live EVERYDAY of their lives. 

The issue is that America has turned a blind eye to the plight of the Palestinians for a LONG time now.  While Americans are living it up in comfort, Palestinians are being persecuted, beaten, bombed, tortured, robbed of their land, and denied their basic human rights.”

And what about this Quote from again another professing Christian?

“Christian greetings in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Men and women of every race, color and creed feel compassion for the families and friends of the victims of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. And we honor brave police and firemen who perished in the line of duty. But as the President admits this is war, we also acknowledge the bravery of the hijackers who perished in their line of duty, having been pushed to desperation by the strangers who control the United States, and who misused the fanatical religious beliefs of these misguided men to advance their fanatical NWO at the cost of thousands of innocent American lives.”

What about such scriptures as Romans 13:3-4? “For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.” Yes we as individuals live by mercy and love, even following the commandment to love our enemies. But as a nation, the government cannot and must not operate on that, but upon the principles of justice and judgment.

Many prophecies of Isaiah 35, Ezekiel 44 & 47 are taking place today and yet they are things that the prophecy preachers said wouldn’t happen until Jesus ruled and reigned on the earth in the Millennium kingdom of Christ which shows us that God is in control of all and not men and self-proclaimed Bible experts. Only the Holy Spirit can properly interpret the scriptures and only by the inspiration and illumination of the Holy Spirit can you properly know and interpret scripture. Men’s trying to do so in their own minds with human wisdom and reasoning is why there are so many false doctrines and religions that call themselves Christian.

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