Road To Tribulation 7 – The Terrorization Of Egypt

Egypt: A year of protests. Jan 25, 2012

I. Current Egypt.

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

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

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

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

II. Contemporary Egypt. 1

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

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

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

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

2. Commentary.

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

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

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

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

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

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

4. Commentary.

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

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

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

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

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

III. Egypt’s Past Prophecies. 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

IV. Egypt’s NOW Prophecies. 3

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

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

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

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

V. Denunciation Against Egypt. 4

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

1 The pronouncement concerning Egypt:

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

B. Comments.

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

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

Exodus 14:19-20 – NASB – 1491 B.C.

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

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

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

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

D. Comments.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

F. Comments.

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

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

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

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

H. Comments.

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

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

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

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

J. Comments.

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

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

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

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

L. Comments.

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

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

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

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

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

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

N. Comments.

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

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

VI. Summary. 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Road To Tribulation 6 -The Trembling And Topping Of Jordan

I. Introduction.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

II. Supporting Prophetic Scriptures.

A. Text.

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

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

B. Overview.

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

C. ISIS Appeal Presents Jordan With New Test.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

E. Why Jordan and Why NOW? 16

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

III. Conclusion.

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

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

IV. Israel In The News.

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

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

News Digest — 2/5/20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Road To Tribulation 5 – The Psalm 83 War

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

I. Introduction.

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

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

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

D. NOW Prophecies deal with the most relative information for this present age. This is because they describe events that will likely find fulfillment during this generation’s existence. All unfilled biblical prophecy is important to understand, but of most value to any given group, past, present or future, is the information that was specifically provided through the ancient Hebrew prophecies for that generation’s benefit. The NOW Prophecies are the unfulfilled ancient biblical predictions that appear to be imminent, which means they could happen NOW. These foretellings have either minor or no remaining preconditions inhibiting them from happening. 1.1

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

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

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

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

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

II. Psalm 83. Past History And NOW Prophecy.

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

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

C. The Role Of The IDF In Psalm 83.

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

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

D. The Purposes Of Psalm 83.

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

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

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

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

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

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

IV. Video Information.

A. Nathan Jones and Bill Salus.

B. The Psalm 83 War | Prophetic Perspectives #101

C. Christ In Prophecy. Oct 12, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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Road To Tribulation 4 – Prophecy Against Damascus

I. Introduction.

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

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

C. NOW Prophecies deal with the most relative information for this present age. This is because they describe events that will likely find fulfillment during this generation’s existence. All unfilled biblical prophecy is important to understand, but of most value to any given group, past, present or future, is the information that was specifically provided through the ancient Hebrew prophecies for that generation’s benefit. The NOW Prophecies are the unfulfilled ancient biblical predictions that appear to be imminent, which means they could happen NOW. These foretellings have either minor or no remaining preconditions inhibiting them from happening. 16

II. Isaiah 17. Past History And NOW Prophecy.

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

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

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

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

II. A Now Prophecy. The Destruction Of Damascus.

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

1. Prophecy about Damascus. Text.

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

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

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

2. Notes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

A. Past History. 6

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

B. A Now Prophecy. 7

1. Judgment on Damascus. Text.

23 Against Damascus.

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

2. Summary Outline. 7

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

IV. The Syria Israel tension, now. 9

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

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

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

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

V. Video Information.

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

B. Divine Intervention Ministry. Apr 29, 2008.

C. Carlos Sandoval. Sep 5, 2013.

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

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

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

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

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Road To Tribulation 3 – Prophecy Against Elam

I. Introduction.

What specific nations will come against Israel in the last days?

From John Ankerberg Show. Mar 18, 2013. This clip is from our series entitled, “Signs of the Last Days”. It answers the question: What specific nations will come against Israel in the last days? Credentials for the speaker, Dr. Jimmy DeYoung, and host, Dr. John Ankerberg can be found on the Sources Page of this website. All other sources that are listed in this article can also be checked for credential information on the Sources Page.

II. The Tribulation

A. We are now entering into a study of the future events that will lead to the tribulation. Scripture tells us of the destination of our journey of study. The events of unfulfilled events of prophecy will happen, and should not be dismissed.

B. The events of unfulfilled events of prophecy will happen, and should not be dismissed.

C. The Ryrie Study Bible divides the Tribulation into two stages in Matt 24. Verses 4-14 list the characteristics of the first half of the tribulation period, whereas verses 15-28 deal with the second half. Verse 21 identifies the second half of the tribulation as being “great tribulation.” The second coming of Christ to earth is shown to occur in verses 29-31, “after the tribulation.” (Notes are shown under Mt 24:3).

D. Consider the following passage that relates to the tribulation.

1. Jeremiah 30:7-9 (606 B.C.)
New American Standard Bible 2020 Update.

2. Verses:

7 Woe, for that day is great,
There is none like it;
And it is the time of Jacob’s distress,
Yet he will be saved from it.

8 ‘It shall come about on that day,’ declares the Lord of armies, ‘that I will break his yoke from their necks and will tear to pieces their restraints; and strangers will no longer make them their slaves. 9 But they shall serve the Lord their God and David their king, whom I will raise up for them.

3. Commentary: Ryrie Study Bible. Jer 30:7. “the time of Jacob’s distress.” The coming days of tribulation that will come upon all Israel (Jacob).

4. Commentary: Ryrie Study Bible. Jer 30:9. “that day.” I.e., the Day of the Lord, which will also see the restoration of Israel under Messiah, the son of David. (See the introduction to Joel, and the note on 1 Thes 5:2.

5. Joel Introduction (800 B.C.) Note: Ryrie Study Bible Note from Jer 30:9. “The Day Of The Lord.” The Day of the Lord, the major theme of this prophecy, involves God’s special intervention in the affairs of human history. Three facets of The Day of the Lord are discernable: (1) the historical, that is, God’s intervention in the affairs of Israel (Zeph 1:14-18; Joel 1:15) and heathen nations (Isa 13:6; Jer 46:10; Eze 30:3); (2) the illustrative, whereby an historical incident represents a partial fulfillment of the eschatological Day of the Lord (Joel 2:1-11; Isa 13:6-13); (3) the eschatological. This eschatological “day” includes the time of the Great Tribulation (Isa 2:12-19; 4:1) the second coming of Christ (Joel 2:30-32), and the Millennium (Isa 4:2; 12; 19-23=25; Jer 30:7-9).

6. 1 Thes 5:2 (54 A.D.) Note: Ryrie Study Bible Note from Jer 30:9.
New American Standard Bible 2020 Update.

a. Verse: “For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord is coming just like a thief in the night.”

b. Commentary: Ryrie Study Bible. “the day of the Lord.” An extended period of time, beginning with the Tribulation and including the events of the second coming of Christ and the millennial kingdom on earth. Here, Paul focuses on the beginning of that day, which will begin (come) unexpectedly (“like a thief in the night”).

c. Commentary: Mine. The Second Coming Of Christ occurs when Christ stands on the earth and sets up His earthly Kingdom. (Mt 24:29-31; Rev 19:11-21). The Rapture of the Church occurs when Christ comes in the air from heaven and catches up His born again believers, and takes them back to Heaven with Him. At the time of the Rapture, Christ does not set foot on the earth (John 14:2-6; 1 Thes 4:13-18, 1 Cor 15:50-54).

III. Prophetic Events That Take Place Prior To The Tribulation.

A. As part of this study, we will discover judgments upon nations that have been unfriendly to God’s chosen people, Israel (Deu 14:2). We will begin this study in regard to nations that have common borders with Israel.

B. A study on God’s judgments against Israel’s unfriendly nations, that do not share borders with Israel, will take place later in this series of articles.

1. The judgments upon Nations Adjacent to Israel. These predictions are set forth in various portions of the OT, e.g., Babylon and Chaldea (Isa 13:1-22; 14:18-27; Jer 50:1—51:64), Moab (Isa 15:1-9; 16:1-14; Jer 48:1-47), Damascus (Isa 17:1-14; Jer 49:23-27), Egypt (Isa 19:1-25; Jer 46:2-28), Philistia and Tyre (Isa 23:1-18; Jer 47:1-7), Edom (Jer 49:7-22), Ammon (Jer 49:1-6), Elam (Jer 49:34-49). 1

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

3. The NOW Prophecies include, but are not limited to, the globally impacting events that are shown on page 10 of THE NOW PROPHECIES. We will begin our study with “The Disaster In Iran” (Jeremiah 49:34-39), as follows. 3

4. Scripture.

a. Jeremiah 49:34-39 (600 B.C.)

b. New American Standard Bible 2020 Update

c. Prophecy against Elam.

34 The word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning Elam, at the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, saying:

35 “This is what the Lord of armies says:
‘Behold, I am going to break the bow of Elam,
The finest of their might.
36 I will bring upon Elam the four winds
From the four ends of heaven,
And will scatter them to all these winds;
And there will be no nation
To which the outcasts of Elam will not go.
37 So I will shatter Elam before their enemies
And before those who seek their lives;
And I will bring disaster upon them,
Even My fierce anger,’ declares the Lord,
‘And I will send the sword after them
Until I have consumed them.
38 Then I will set My throne in Elam,
And eliminate from there the king and officials,’
Declares the Lord.
39 ‘But it will come about in the last days
That I will restore the fortunes of Elam,’”
Declares the Lord.

5. Commentary. The prophecy concerning Elam referred to an area east of Babylon, known today as Iran. The destruction of Elam was described as breaking her bow, for, like Kedar, Elam was noted for archery. The complete destruction of Elam does not seem to have been fulfilled in history and may have its final chapter in the future in connection with judgments at the second coming of Christ. Elam was promised, however, restoration (v. 39). 4

6. Commentary. Jeremiah’s statement about Elam’s destruction seem to take on eschatological dimensions, as God said He would “set up My throne in Elam to supervise her destruction.” These events were to happen in the last days (cf. Jr 23:20). Yet, Elam’s destruction will not be total because God will restore the fortunes of Elam (cf.48:47; 49:6). 5

7. Commentary. Connect Jer 23:20 with Jer 49:39.

a. Jeremiah 23:20 – New American Standard Bible 2020 Update

“The anger of the Lord will not turn back
Until He has performed and carried out the purposes of His heart;
In the last days you will clearly understand it.”

b. Commentary. “latter days.” They wouldn’t listen, but the day would come (v. 12) when the judgment would fall and then they would “understand.” (MacArthur Study Bible).

8. Commentary. In this prophecy Jeremiah declares that a time would arrive when the Lord would be furious with the leadership of Iran. We know this because Jeremiah 49:38 says that the king and the princes will be destroyed. This most likely represents the Iranian government in place when the prophecy occurs. The Lord would never destroy good kings and princes, so we can safely presume that bad Iranian leadership is the problem. But, why is the Lord fiercely angry with the government of Iran at the time of the prophecy? The reason is because Iran wants to launch something powerful somewhere. This is why the Lord will break the bow at the foremost of Iran’s might in order to prevent such a lethal launch. This qualifies Israel today, because Iran has declared on numerous occasions that it wants to wipe Israel off of the map. Thus, it is safe to say that Israel and Iran are presently enemies. Should Iran get nuclear weapons, the destruction of Israel becomes a strong possibility. Even the attempted destruction of Israel is not something the Lord will tolerate. A few years ago, former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Ayatollah Khamenei issued a decree to close all home churches, imprison all pastors and persecute all Christians. This ruthless behavior has increased with the advent of the JCPOA nuclear deal negotiated on July 14, 2015. Converting to Christianity in Iran today is a guaranteed push to severe persecution, if not martyrdom, and yet Iran has the fastest growing evangelical population in the world. But, the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei, and his radical regime are proactively attempting to extinguish the growing flame of Christianity inside Iran. This can not please the Lord! 6

9. It is important to locate ancient Elam on a modern day map. Elam is the area of Iran that hugs the Persian Gulf. Elam represents about one-fifth of modern day Iran, and Persia spreads across the remaining four-fifths of the nation. Persia was the name for Iran until 1935. 7.

10. We must consider how God’s judgment will be inflicted on Iran. Psalm 83 was authored by Asaph about 3000 years ago. Among Asaph’s several spiritual attributes, was the gift of prophecy. He was a prophet according to 2 Chronicles 29:30. 1 Chronicles 25:1-2 informs that Asaph and his sons were specifically instructed by King David of Israel to prophesy. It is important to emphasize Asaph’s ability to prophesy because some Bible experts don’t consider Psalm 83 to be a prophecy. They treat it simply as an imprecatory prayer, or a prayer of lament. In the Psalm 83 War, the Psalm foretells of a coming Arab alliance that conspires together to eradicate the Jewish state of Israel. This confederacy will be soundly defeated by the IDF (Israeli Defense Force). 8

11. God will utilize whatever means of judgment that He finds to be sufficient for the task at hand. Gods will, “will be done.”

IV. Consider the following video.

A. Where is Iran mentioned in the Bible?

B. John Ankerberg Show. Aug 25, 2017. Drs. John Ankerberg, Ron Rhodes, and Mark Hitchcock discuss the situation of Iran vs Israel. From the Series, 5 Great Debates of the End Times https://www.jashow.org/resources/5-gr…
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1 J. Dwight Pentecost, Things To Come, pg 314.
2 Bill Salus, THE NOW PROPHECIES, pg 9.
3 Bill Salus, THE NOW PROPHECIES, pg 10.
4 John F. Walvoord, Every Prophecy of the Bible, Prophecy concerning Elam, pg 151.
5 Charles Dyer with Eva Rydelnik, Moody Bible Commentary, pg 1181.
6. Bill Salus, THE NOW PROPHECIES, pg 31, 32, 34, 35.
7. Bill Salus, THE NOW PROPHECIES, pg 29.
8. Bill Salus, THE NOW PROPHECIES, pg 111.

Road To Tribulation 2 – The Rapture Described

The Rapture and the Return of Jesus

I. Introduction to this this article’s video speaker. Dr. Mark Hitchcock. Jun 25, 2014. 100huntley.

A. In the opening video, Dr. Mark Hitchcock talks a little about the end of the tribulation period. He distinguishes the difference between the rapture and the second coming of Christ. In our previous article, we discussed the conditions of the Tribulation. In this article we will discuss the Rapture, as to when it will happen, how it will happen, and those will be caught up in the rapture. Credentials for Dr. Hitchcock, can be found in the following paragraph.

B. “The one biblical truth that has affected my Christian life more than any other is the rapture of the church—the belief that Jesus could come at any moment to take His people away to be with Him. It deeply affects how I view my life, this world, and how I live each day. I have always wanted to write a book that clearly explains the truth of the any-moment rapture and how it should affect our daily lives. I’m grateful that the good people at Multnomah have given me the opportunity to share my passion for this blessed hope with others.” — Mark Hitchcock
https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Mark_Hitchcock_Could_the_Rapture_Happen_Today?id=5F0hAT_ZFXgC

1. Hitchcock Education (J.D.,Th.M., Ph.D.) https://www.dts.edu/employee/mark-hitchcock/

2. Hitchcock Education Details. BS, Oklahoma State University, 1981; JD, Oklahoma City University School of Law, 1984; ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary, 1991; PhD, Dallas Theological Seminary, 2005.

3. Hitchcock Accomplishments. Mark Hitchcock http://marklhitchcock.com/about/
Mark Hitchcock is a leading Bible prophecy expert, prolific author who has penned over 20 books on the end times, senior pastor, and adjunct faculty member of the Dallas Theological Seminary.

4. Hitchcock Books. https://www.thriftbooks.com/a/mark-hitchcock/227833/

II. Article Objectives.

A. In our previous article, we discussed the conditions of the Tribulation.

B. In this article we will discuss the Rapture, as to how it will happen, and those who will and will not be caught up in the rapture. We will also discuss a Godly accomplishment which will precede the occurrence of the rapture.

C. We will be referring to the word, or place, called Heaven. We must address:

1. Heaven.

Revelation 4:1 – New American Standard Bible 2020 Update.
Scene in Heaven
4 After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.”

2. New Heaven.

Revelation 21:1-3 – New American Standard Bible 2020 Update
The New Heaven and Earth
21 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among the people, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them,

III. Where did the term ‘rapture’ come from? https://bible.org/question/where-did-term-8216rapture%E2%80%99-come

A. Regarding the term rapture and its use in theology, the following should answer your questions. It is taken from Ryrie’s Basic Theology, Electronic Media from Parsons Technology.

B. Our modern understanding of rapture appears to have little or no connection with the eschatological event. However, the word is properly used of that event. Rapture is a state or experience of being carried away. The English word comes from a Latin word, rapio, which means to seize or snatch in relation to an ecstasy of spirit or the actual removal from one place to another. In other words, it means to be carried away in spirit or in body. The Rapture of the church means the carrying away of the church from earth to heaven.

C. The Greek word from this term “rapture” is derived appears in 1 Thessalonians 4:17, translated “caught up.” The Latin translation of this verse used the word rapturo. The Greek word it translates is harpazo, which means to snatch or take away. Elsewhere it is used to describe how the Spirit caught up Philip near Gaza and brought him to Caesarea (Acts 8:39) and to describe Paul’s experience of being caught up into the third heaven (2 Cor. 12:2-4). Thus there can be no doubt that the word is used in 1 Thessalonians 4:17 to indicate the actual removal of people from earth to heaven.

1. Ryrie Education. (A.B., Th.M., Th.D., Ph. D.)

2. Ryrie Education Details. Charles C. Ryrie. (A.B., Haverford College; Th.M. and Th.D., Dallas Theological Seminary; Ph.D., University of Edinburgh; Litt.D., Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary).

3. Ryrie Accomplishments. https://voice.dts.edu/article/dr-charles-c-ryrie-1925-2016-tribute/
Dr. Ryrie taught Systematic Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary before serving as dean of doctoral studies for more than two decades until his retirement in 1983. He passed away at 12:37 a.m. on Tuesday, February 16, 2016.

4. Ryrie Books. Charles Ryrie Ryrie Study Bible
https://www.thriftbooks.com/a/charles-c-ryrie/207331/
https://www.moodypublishers.com/authors/r/charles-ryrie/

5. Ryrie Lifespan (March 2, 1925-February 16, 2016).

IV. The Rapture In Verses (NASB 2020 Update).

A. John 14:2,3,6 (33 A.D.). “2 In My Father’s house are many rooms; if that were not so, I would have told you, because I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I am coming again and will take you to Myself, so that where I am, there you also will be. 6 Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Me.” (Note: Christ will come from Heaven and take His believers back with him. We can not get to Heaven by any other way, or by anyone else.)

B. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (54 A.D.). “13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as indeed the rest of mankind do, who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose from the dead, so also God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep through Jesus. 15 For we say this to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who remain, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore, comfort one another with these words.” (Note: Deceased and living believers in Christ will be taken to heaven by Christ. We will meet Christ in he air; He will not set foot on earth. Caught up in English is used for rapture, harpazo, and rapturo.).

C. 1 Corinthians 15:50-54 (59 A.D.). “50 Now I say this, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Behold, I am telling you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 But when this perishable puts on the imperishable, and this mortal puts on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” (Note: We can not enter heaven or the eternal state in our mortal bodies; we must be changed to be immortal. This change was unknown until Paul spoke these words. The change will occur quickly. Not all believers will die, but all believers will be changed to be immortal/imperishable. Dead believers will be raised and made imperishable. Living believers will be changed and made imperishable. We will never die, or suffer from sickness again.).

V. Purposes Of The Rapture. https://bible.org/seriespage/4-translation-church

A. Explanation Of The Rapture. In Chapter 14 of John, in the very shadow of the cross, Christ reveals an amazing new revelation which He had not tried to teach them before, that is, that there was another purpose of God to be fulfilled first before bringing in the millennial kingdom. Christ told the disciples that He was going to leave them and go to heaven, that He would prepare a place for them in heaven, and that He would come back to receive them unto Himself. In other words, He revealed to them that before He fulfilled His purpose to bring in a kingdom on earth He was going to take them home to glory first. He would come back for them and take them to dwell with Him in the Father’s house in heaven before His return to the earth (Dr. John F. Walvoord).

B. The Coming Of Christ Details (Walvoord Commentary, 1-2 Thessalonians, pg 113).

1. Comes in the air (1 Thes 4:16-17).
2. Comes for His saints (1 Thes 4:16-17).
3. Believers depart the earth (1 Thes 4:16-17).
4. Christ returns to earth with His bride to establish His Kingdom (2 Thes 1:10).
5. Christ gathers His own (1 Thes 4:16-17).
6. Christ comes to reward (1 Thes 4:17).
7. Not in the Old Testament (1 Cor 15:51).
8. There are no signs; it is imminent (1 Thes 5:1-3).
9. It is a time of blessing and comfort (1 Thes 4:18).
10. Involves believers only (John 14:1-3; 1 Cor 15:51-55; 1 Thes 4:13-18).
11. Will occur in a moment, in the time it takes to blink. Only His own will see Him (1 Cor 15:51-52).
12. Tribulation begins (Rev 6).
13. Christ comes as the bright morning star (Rev 22:16).

C. Walvoord Particulars.

1. Walvoord Education (B.A., M.A., Th.M., Th.D., D.D., Litt.D.).

2. Walvoord Education Details. Attended Wheaton College in Illinois. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1931. Entered Dallas Seminary, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s of theology (Th.B., Th.M.) degrees, magna cum laude, in 1934 and doctorate in theology (Th.D.) in 1936. He went on to receive an M.A. in philosophy from Texas Christian University in 1945. Wheaton College awarded him a doctor of divinity (D.D.) in 1960; Liberty University conferred the Doctor of Letters (Litt.D.) on him in 1984.

3. Walvoord Books. https://www.thriftbooks.com/a/john-f-walvoord/203232/

4. Walvoord Accomplishments. https://walvoord.com/about-dr-john-walvoord
John was a member of the Dallas Theological Seminary faculty for 50 years, from 1936 to 1986. He served as president of Dallas Seminary from 1952 to 1986, and as chancellor until 2001. He continued to teach and preach until a few weeks before his death at the age of 92.

5. Walvoord Lifespan (May 1, 1910-December 20, 2002).

VI. Considering Rapture Distinctions.

A. The Nature Of The Church. There is a distinction between the true church and true or spiritual Israel. Prior to Pentecost, there were saved individuals, but there was no church, and they were a part of spiritual Israel, not the church. After the day of Pentecost, and until the rapture, we find the church which is His (Christ’s, mine) body, but no spiritual Israel. After the rapture we find no church, but a true or spiritual Israel again. These distinctions must be kept clearly in mind. The rapture will remove, not all who make a profession of faith in Christ, but only those who have been born again, and have received His life. The unbelieving portion of the visible church, together with unbelievers in the nation Israel, will go into the tribulation period.

B. The Doctrine Of Imminence. Many signs were given to the nation Israel, which would precede the second advent, so that the nation might be living in expectancy when the time of His coming should draw nigh. Although Israel could not know the day nor the hour when the Lord will come, yet they can know that their redemption draweth nigh through the fulfillment of these signs (prophetic signs, mine). To the church no such signs were ever given. The church was told to live in the light of the imminent coming of the Lord to translate them in His presence (John 14:2-3; Acts 1:11; 1 Cor 15:51-52; Phil 3:20; Col 3:4; 1 Thes 1:10; 1 Tim 6:14; Jas 5:8; 1 Pet 3:3-4). Such passages as 1 Thes 5:6; Tit 2:13; Rev 3:3 all warn the believer to be watching for the Lord Himself, not for signs that would precede His coming. It is true that the events of the seventieth week (the 70 weeks of Daniel; Dan 9:1-27; mine) will cast an adumbration before the rapture, but the object of the believer’s attention is always directed to Christ, never to these portents (signs, mine) (J. Dwight Pentecost, Things To Come, pg 202-203).

1. Pentecost Education. B.A., Th.M., Th.D.

2. Pentecost Education Details. Pentecost was Distinguished Professor of Bible Exposition, Emeritus, at Dallas Theological Seminary, one of only two so honored. He held a B.A. from Hampden-Sydney College (1937), in addition to Th.M. (1941) and Th.D. (1956) degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary. During his academic career he taught biblical subjects for over 60 years (Philadelphia College of Bible, 1948–55; Dallas Theological Seminary, 1955-2014).

3. Pentecost Books. https://www.thriftbooks.com/a/j-dwight-pentecost/202850/

4. Pentecost Accomplishments. https://voice.dts.edu/article/an-enduring-ministry-the-life-and-times-of-j-dwight-pentecost-karen-giesen/
DTS president John Walvoord invited Dr. Pentecost to teach in three departments—theology, Greek, and Bible exposition—while he completed his Th.D. This year marks Dr. P.’s fiftieth on the Dallas Seminary faculty. (Dr. Pentecost is now deceased).

5. Pentecost Lifespan (April 24, 1915-April 28 2014).

VII. Preceding The Rapture. The Fullness Of The Gentiles.

A. Romans 11:25, New American Standard Bible 2020 Update.

25 For I do not want you, brothers and sisters, to be uninformed of this mystery—so that you will not be wise in your own estimation—that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in;

B. Commentary.

1. Ryrie Study Bible, Rom 11:25. “This mystery.” A definition of a scriptural mystery: something unknown in times past but revealed in the NT ( Ryrie Study Bible, Rom 16:25). See other “mystery” verses: Eph 3:3, 5:32, 6:19; Col 1:27,2:2, 4:3; 2 Thes 2:7; 1 Tim 3:16; Rev 1:20. Keep in mind that the mysteries that were revealed in the NT were things of scripture that were not revealed anywhere in the OT.

2. Ryrie Study Bible, Rom 11:25. “Israel’s hardening” is partial (Jews are being saved today) and temporary (“until” they acknowledge Jesus at His second coming). “the fullness of the Gentiles,” i.e., the full number of Gentiles who will be saved (Acts 15:14). After that, God will turn again to the Jews and will save “all Israel” at the Lord’s return (vs 26).

3. John Walvoord, Every Prophecy Of The Bible, pg 454. The background of this (The Promise of Israel’s Restoration, pg 453, Rom 11:25-27), is the NT doctrine of the Rapture of the church. When the church is taken out of the world in fulfillment of Gods purpose for the church, Israel’s present experience of hardening will also be removed, and revival will come to Israel (vs 25). Their early conversion to the Gospel will help spread the Gospel throughout the world after the Rapture of the church, as there are Israelites in every major nation who already know the languages and the people.

4. J. Dwight Pentecost, Things To Come, pg 298. It is to be noted that the remnant of Rom 11:26 is not converted until the second advent of Christ and the 144,000 are ministering as sealed witnesses immediately after the church has been raptured.

5. MacArthur Study Bible, Rom 11:25 comment. “until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.” “Until” refers to a specific point in time; “fullness” refers to completion; “has come in” translates a Gr. verb often used to speak of coming to salvation (cf. Matt. 5:20; Mark 9:43, 45, 47; John 3:5; Acts 14:22). Israel’s spiritual hardening (which began with rejecting Jesus as Messiah) will last until the complete number of elect Gentiles has come to salvation

C. Consider Today’s World.

1. Many things are going on in our world today, that make many people (including Christians) think that we are in the end times, or will soon find ourselves in the tribulation. But, there is nothing in scripture that tells us that rioting, the virus that began in China, or anything else is a precursor to the “last days, end times, or tribulation.” Matt 24-25 relates to the events that will take place when “left-behind Israel” finds itself in the tribulation (Matt 24:1-3). Ryrie states in his Mt 24 notes that vs 4-14 relate to the first half of the tribulation, whereas, 15-28 deal with the second half. Matt 24:36 states, “of that day and hour, no one knows.” Neither the rapture (John 14:2-6), nor the second coming of Christ (Matt 24:29-31) are events that can be tied to anything that is going on in the world today, or will take place in the future. (See Matt 24 of the Ryrie Study Bible for comments about Israel’s tribulation prophecies).

2. Consider Yesteryear.

a. Russian Civil War. 1917-1923.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_Civil_War

(1) There were an estimated 7 to 12 million casualties during the war, mostly civilians. Russia was an Orthodox Christian nation. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Russian_Orthodox_Church In 1914 in Russia, there were 55,173 Russian Orthodox churches and 29,593 chapels, 112,629 priests and deacons, 550 monasteries and 475 convents with a total of 95,259 monks and nuns.

(2) The year 1917 was a major turning point for the history of Russia, and also the Russian Orthodox Church. The Russian empire was dissolved and the Tsarist government – which had granted the Church numerous privileges – was overthrown. After a few months of political turmoil, the Bolsheviks took power in October 1917 and declared a separation of church and state. The government seized all church lands. Thus the Russian Orthodox Church found itself without official state backing for the first time in its history. One of the first decrees of the new Communist government (issued in January 1918) declared freedom of “religious and anti-religious propaganda”.

(3) The mass closure of churches continued until 1939, by which time there was only a few hundred left. According to the official data of the government Commission on Rehabilitation:[28] in 1937 136,900 Orthodox clerics were arrested, 85,300 of them were shot dead; in 1938 28,300 arrested, 21,500 of them shot dead; in 1939 1,500 arrested, 900 of them shot dead; in 1940 5,100 arrested, 1,100 of them shot dead.

(4) Because of the Christian population of Russia, it would be conceivable that some of those Christians may have thought that they were in the tribulation.

b. The Spanish Flu. 1918-1919.
https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pandemic-resources/1918-commemoration/1918-pandemic-history.htm

(1) It is estimated that about 500 million people or one-third of the world’s population became infected with this virus. The number of deaths was estimated to be at least 50 million worldwide with about 675,000 occurring in the United States.

(2) Because of the worldwide spread of the Spanish Flu, it is also conceivable that many of the world’s population thought that the tribulation had begun.

c. The Holocaust. 1933-1945.
https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/an-introductory-history-of-the-holocaust

(1) The Holocaust (also called Ha-Shoah in Hebrew) refers to the period from January 30, 1933 – when Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany – to May 8, 1945, when the war in Europe officially ended. During this time, Jews in Europe were subjected to progressively harsher persecution that ultimately led to the murder of 6,000,000 Jews (1.5 million of these being children) and the destruction of 5,000 Jewish communities. These deaths represented two-thirds of European Jewry and one-third of all world Jewry.

(2) There may have been Jews who were alive, and who died, during the Holocaust who thought that they were present during the conditions of “Jacob’s Distress” (Jer 30:7) and “Daniel’s Seventy Weeks” (Dan 9:1-27), both of which will be the tribulation.

3. Consider History. Based on the events of history, it is obvious that we can not latch onto an event or group of events, that will let us know of God’s sovereign plan for His creation. We may ask if there is anything that we can identify as being a stimulus for the event that is described in Romans 11:25? Based on the information that is provided in the paragraph “VII. A. The Fullness Of The Gentiles,” we have learned that the tribulation will not occur until after the rapture of the church has taken place. The fullness of the Gentiles relates to a number of Gentiles coming to saving faith in Christ; such a determination of “church growth,” can only be determined, and known, by God.

4. Consider falling church growth. There is diminishing church growth in North America, and has been that way for years in Europe. Consider a report that relates to the Southern Baptist Convention: “The Southern Baptist Convention lost 2 percent of its membership last year—the largest drop in more than a century, according to its annual report.”
https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2020/june/southern-baptist-sbc-member-drop-annual-church-profile-2019.html

5. Consider Evangelical Growth Areas. If church growth is not taking place in much of “the Bible Belt” (SBC), where can the needed growth take place? Consider the following report. https://www.operationworld.org/hidden/evangelical-growth

Countries with the Fastest Growing Evangelical Population (the list is long; check the link).

Rank Country Ann Gr*

1 Iran 19.6%
2 Afghanistan 16.7%
3 Gambia, The 8.9%
4 Cambodia 8.8%
5 Greenland 8.4%
6 Algeria 8.1%
7 Somalia 8.1%
8 Mongolia 7.9%
9 Kuwait 7.3%
10 Tajikistan 6.9%

6. Consider Global Missions. When we consider Romans 11:25, it is very clear that global missions are essential to church growth. We must never forget the emphasis that our Lord placed on taking the His message to all of the world, even to the United States Of America. When I use the words, “church growth,” I am relating to lost souls coming to saving faith in Christ as their Lord and Savior.

a. Matthew 28:18-20
New American Standard Bible – 2020 Update

18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. 19 Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to follow all that I commanded you; and behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

b. Acts 1:8
New American Standard Bible – 2020 Update

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

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The World’s Largest Religious Gathering

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Road To Tribulation 1 – The Tribulation Described

I. This website has recently finished a study of the Book of Revelation.  We will now go in another direction of study which will examine the course of prophetic events that will lead to the Book of Revelation.

II. This opening article will explain the scriptural definition and purposes of the Tribulation. Also, those whom will, and will not, find their place in the Tribulation will be identified, with the reason for both destinies being shown.

III. Consider the following Tribulation data.

A. The Jewish Prophet, Jeremiah, and his prophecy are discussed in the following comment from the Scofield Reference notes:

1. Book Introduction – Jeremiah

a. Jeremiah began his ministry in the 13th year of Josiah, about 60 years after Isaiah’s death. Zephaniah and Habakkuk were contemporaries of his earlier ministry. Daniel of his later. After the death of Josiah, the kingdom of Judah hastened to its end in the Babylonian captivity. Jeremiah remained in the land ministering to the poor Remnant (2 Kings 24:14) until they went into Egypt, whither he followed them, and where he died, early in the 70 year’s captivity. Jeremiah, prophesying before and during the exile of Judah, connects the pre-exile prophets with Ezekiel and Daniel, prophets of the exile.

b. Jeremiah’s vision includes: the Babylonian captivity; the return after 70 years; the world- wide dispersion; the final regathering; the kingdom-age; the day of judgment on the Gentile powers, and the Remnant.

c. Notice that the Book of Jeremiah is a prophecy from God, to a Jewish prophet, who passed the information on to other Jews, about Jewish matters (Jer 1:1-5; 2:1-4). Notice that God put His calling on Jeremiah before Jeremiah was born (Jer 1:5), as He also did with the Apostle Paul before he was born (Gal 1:15).

2. Jeremiah 30:7 – New American Standard Bible 2020 – 572 B.C.

a. Verse. “Woe, for that day is great, There is none like it; And it is the time of Jacob’s distress, Yet he will be saved from it.”

b. Comments.

(1) 30:7 “time of Jacob’s trouble.” This period of unprecedented difficulty for Israel, as the verse defines, is set in a context of Israel’s final restoration. It is best equated with the time of tribulation (cf. vv. 8, 9) just before Christ’s Second Advent, mentioned elsewhere (Dan. 12:1, 534 B.C.; Matt. 24:21, 22, 33 A.D.) and described in detail by Rev. 6–19. (MacArthur Study Bible)

(2) 30:7 “the time of Jacob’s distress.” The coming of days of tribulation that will come upon all Israel (Jacob) (Ryrie Study Bible).

(3) 30:7 “this period (tribulation)” is peculiarly the time when God’s wrath and judgment fall upon the earth. This is not wrath from men, nor from Satan, except as God may use these agencies as channels for the execution of His will; it is tribulation from God. This period differs from all preceding tribulation, not only in intensity but also in the kind of tribulation, since it comes from God Himself (Things To Come, J. Dwight Pentecost, pp 236-237).

(4) 30:7 The Time Of Jacob’s Distress Prior To Restoration (30:4-7). “The final return of Israel and Judah” to the land will be preceded by a time of national distress. “Cries of terror” will be heard among the residents of Israel in the latter days, during the time of Jacob’s distress, and there will be no peace. Jeremiah compared the anguish of men clutching themselves in fear to a woman in childbirth (cf. 4:31, 6:24, 13:21, 22:23, 49:24, 50:43). The second calamity will be so awful that there is none like it (cf. Mt 24:21; Dn 12:1).

(5) 30:7 “time of trouble” refers to a the still-future Tribulation period when the remnant of Israel and Judah will experience a time of unparalleled persecution (Dan 9:27, 12:1; Matt 24:15-22). The period will end when Christ appears to rescue His elect (Rom 11:26) and establish His kingdom (Matt 24:30-31, 25:31-46; Rev 19:11-21, 20:4-6) (Bible Knowledge Commentary, Charles H. Dyer). (My note: the elect are Jews, Deu 14:2, 1451, B.C.).

(6) 30:7 “(Jer 30:1-11).” This section is a far-reaching prophecy from Jeremiah concerning the ultimate regathering of Israel and restoration to their land (vv. 2-3). In particular, the Lord prophesied a time of distress for Israel, such as she had never experienced before (vv. 4-7; c Matt 24:15-30). God assured Israel, however, that “he (Jacob) will be saved of it” (Jer 30:7). (Every Prophecy Of The Bible, John F. Walvoord, pg 138).

(7) 30:7 “time of distress for Jacob.” The time of trouble for Jacob is identical to the tribulation. The great tribulation is the period of unexampled trouble predicted in the passages cited under that head from Psalms 2:5 to Revelation 7:14, and described in Revelation 11-18. Involving in a measure the whole earth Revelation 3:10 it is yet distinctly “the time of Jacob’s trouble” Jeremiah 30:7 and its vortex Jerusalem and the Holy Land. It involves the people of God who will have returned to Israel in unbelief. Its duration is three and a half years, or the last half of the seventieth week of Daniel (Scofield Study Bible).

IV. The Seventieth Week Of Daniel Examined (The Tribulation) (Things To Come, J. Dwight Pentecost, pp 194-200).

A. The church and Israel are two distinct groups with whom God has a divine plan. The church is a mystery, unrevealed in the Old Testament. This present mystery age (Inter-Advent age, mine), intervenes within the program of God for Israel because of Israel’s rejection of the Messiah at His first advent. This mystery program must be completed before God can resume His program with Israel and bring it to completion pg 193). The church will be raptured before the seventieth week (pg 194).

B. The seventieth week has the character of: (1) wrath (Rev 6:16-17); (2) judgment (Rev 14:7); (3) indignation (Isa 26:20-21); (4) punishment (Isa 24:20-21); (5) hour of trial (Rev 3:10); (6) hour of trouble (Jer 30:7); (7) destruction (Joel 1:15); (8) darkness (Joel 2:2). It must be noted that these references describe the period in its eternity, not just a portion of it, so that the whole period bears this characterization (pg 194-195).

C. This period of tribulation will see the wrath of God poured out upon the whole earth (Rev 3:10). While the whole earth is in view, this period is particularly in relation to Israel. Jer 30:7, which calls this period, “the time of Jacob’s trouble,” makes this certain. The events of the seventieth week are events of the “Day Of The Lord.” The use of the name of deity emphasizes God’s peculiar relationship to that nation. When this period is being anticipated in Daniel 9:24 (538 B.C.), God says to the prophet, “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city. The whole period has special reference to Daniel’s people, Israel, and Daniel’s holy city, Jerusalem” (pg 195) (Daniel 9:20-27).

D. Since every passage dealing with the tribulation relates it to God’s program for Israel, the scope of the tribulation prevents the church from participating in it (pg 196).

E. The purpose of the seventieth week is two-fold (pp 197-200).

1. The first purpose is stated in Rev 3:10, “Because you have kept My word of perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of the testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who live on the earth.” Apart from the question involved as to who will be in this time of testing there are several other important important considerations in this verse.

(a) First of all we see that this period has in view, “them that dwell on the earth,” and not the church. This same expression occurs in Rev 6:10; 11:10; 13:8, 12, 14; 14:7; and 17:8. Since this period is related to “earth dwellers,” those that have settled down to permanent occupancy, it can have no reference to the church, which would be subjected to the same experiences if it were here.

(b) The second consideration to be noted here is to express purpose, when God is its subject, “to inflict evils upon one in order to prove his character, and the steadfastness of his faith.” Since the Father never sees the church except in Christ, perfected in Him, this period can have no reference to the church, for the true church does not need to be tested to see if her faith is genuine.

2. The second major purpose of the seventieth week is in relation to Israel. In Malachi 4:5-6 (397 B.C.) it is stated: “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord: And he will turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.”

(a) The prophet states that the ministry of Elijah was a ministry to prepare the people for the King who was shortly to come.

(b) In Luke 1:17 and Mark 9:12-13, the Lord was showing the disciples that John the Baptist had this ministry of preparing a people for Him. John’s ministry was a ministry to prepare the nation Israel for the coming of the King. It can only be concluded then that Elijah, who is to come before the great and terrible day of the Lord, can have only one ministry: that of preparing a remnant in Israel for the advent of the Lord. It is evident that no such ministry is needed by the church since she by nature is without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but is holy and without blemish.

3. The two stated purposes of the tribulation, the testing of earth dwellers, and the preparation of Israel for the King, have no relation to the church, whatsoever. This is supporting evidence that the church will not be in the tribulation.

4. The rapture, the catching up of the New Testament saints (1 Thes 4:16-17) will remove, not all who make a profession of faith in Christ, but only those who have been born again and have received His life. The unbelieving portion of the visible church, together with unbelievers in the nation Israel, will go into the tribulation period.

V. The following article will focus on two key factors that relate to the removal of the church from the earth prior to the tribulation. We will discuss scriptures that explain the rapture of the church, and the Christ-likeness of those who will be taken from this world to Heaven prior to the tribulation.

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Who Received The Prophecy Of The Birth Of Christ?”

Nearer, My God, to Thee – André Rieu (live in Amsterdam)

I. Old Testament Prophecy and the Birth of Christ.

A. There are quite a few names throughout Scripture spoken about Jesus or given by Jesus himself. One of the most prevalent titles is “Christ” (or the Hebrew equivalent, “Messiah”).
https://www.christianity.com/wiki/jesus-christ/what-does-christ-mean.html

B. The appearance of Christ (a Baby) to the shepherds has taken place (Luke 2:1-20). The appearance of Christ (a Child) to the Magi will take place about two years later (Matthew 2:1-11).

C. As we continue the season of Advent, we wait and reflect on what it means that Jesus fulfilled the prophecies of the Old Testament, especially the prophecies that foretold His birth. We look at three specific prophecies about Christ’s birth found in Isaiah and Micah. Advent means “Coming” in Latin. This is the coming of Jesus into the world. https://www.whychristmas.com/customs/advent.shtml (My note: The first advent of Christ was also prophesied in Isaiah 9:6a. There will be a second advent of Christ, as is described in Isaiah 9:6b-7, 740 B.C. for both.).

D. It is very important for us to understand, in reference to the prophecy of the birth of Christ, “Who told what to whom?” It is also important to understand to whom the prophecy of the birth of Christ, “was not foretold.”

II. Let’s consider two “Jewish” prophets, “to whom the prophecy of the birth of Christ was given.” These two Jewish prophets, as well as all other prophets of the Old Testament, received prophecies from God that related to Jews, which, in turn, were given by the prophets to the Jews of Israel.

A. The importance of the Jewish prophets to the Jews of Israel, is made clear in Amos 3:7. The significance of the Jewish prophets can not be under stated, as it relates to the Jews and Israel, “past, present and future.”

Amos 3:7 – New American Standard Bible 2020 – 787 B.C.

7 Certainly the Lord God does nothing
Unless He reveals His secret plan
To His servants the prophets.

B. Note: Donald R. Sunukjian, B.A., Th.M., Th.D., Ph.D., The Bible Knowledge Commentary. “Just as one event does not take place unless another event has already happened, so the sovereign LORD does nothing regarding the history of Israel without first revealing His plan to His servants the prophets. But once this revelation has occurred, once the sovereign LORD has spoken – Israel’s judgment is sure to follow.”

III. Book Overview – Isaiah – by C.I. Scofield – 760 B.C.

A. Isaiah is justly accounted the chief of the writing prophets. He has the more comprehensive testimony and is distinctively the prophet of redemption. Nowhere else in the Scriptures written under the law have we so clear a view of grace. The New Testament Church does not appear (Ephesians 3:3-10), but Messiah in His Person and sufferings, and the blessing of the Gentiles through Him, are in full vision.

B. Consider the authority of Isaiah, as a Jewish prophet of God.

1. Isaiah 1:1;2:1 – New American Standard Bible 2020 – 760 B.C.

a. 1:1 The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz concerning Judah and Jerusalem, which he saw during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.

b. 2:1 The word which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.

C. The prophecies of Isaiah were given to him by God. Those God-given prophecies were given by Isaiah to the Jews of Israel.

1. Let’s consider Isaiah’s prophecy of the Messiah.

(a) The Messiah would be preceded by a forerunner (Isaiah 40:3–5).

(1) Isaiah 40:3-5 – New American Standard Bible 2020 – 712 B.C.

3 The voice of one calling out,
“Clear the way for the Lord in the wilderness;
Make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
4 Let every valley be lifted up,
And every mountain and hill be made low;
And let the uneven ground become a plain,
And the rugged terrain a broad valley;
5 Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed,
And all flesh will see it together;
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

(b) The Messiah would be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14)

(1) Isaiah 7:14 – New American Standard Bible 2020 – 742 B.C.

14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and she will name Him Immanuel.

IV. Book Overview – Micah – by C.I. Scofield – 750 B.C.

A. Micah, a contemporary of Isaiah, prophesied during the reigns of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah over Judah, and of Pekahiah, Pekah, and Hoshea over Israel 2 Kings 15:23-30; 2 Kings 17:1-6. He was a prophet in Judah Jeremiah 26:17-19 but the book called by his name chiefly concerns Samaria.

B. Let’s consider the authority of Micah, as a Jewish prophet of God.

1. Micah 1:1 The word of the Lord which came to Micah of Moresheth in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and which he saw regarding Samaria and Jerusalem.

C. The prophecies of Micah were given to him by God. The prophecies of Micah were given by Micah to the Jews of Judah and Samaria (southern and northern Israel). Like his contemporary Isaiah, Micah prophesied about the Assyrian destruction of the Northern Kingdom and the later defeat of the Southern Kingdom by the Babylonians.

1. Consider the prophesied birth place of the Messiah.

a. The Savior would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2).

(1) Micah 5:2 – New American Standard Bible 2020 – 710 B.C.

2 But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Too little to be among the clans of Judah,
From you One will come forth for Me to be ruler in Israel.
His times of coming forth are from long ago,
From the days of eternity.”

V. Let’s consider the prophecy of the Messiah, as it is shown in Matthew 1:18-25, and fulfills Isaiah 7:14:

A. Matthew 1:18-25 – New American Standard Bible 2020- 5 B.C. – Immanuel, God With Us.

18 Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be pregnant by the Holy Spirit. 19 And her husband Joseph, since he was a righteous man and did not want to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly. 20 But when he had thought this over, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a Son; and you shall name Him Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” 22 Now all this took place so that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet would be fulfilled: 23 “Behold, the virgin will conceive and give birth to a Son, and they shall name Him Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.” 24 And Joseph awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife, 25 but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he named Him Jesus.

VI. Let us now consider to whom God did not foretell the birth of Christ. God did not give a prophecy of the birth of Christ to “Gentiles.”

A. The purpose of the coming of Christ to our world is described in the following verse:

1. Acts 26:23 – – New American Standard Bible 2020.

23 as to whether the Christ was to suffer, and whether, as first from the resurrection of the dead, He would proclaim light both to the Jewish people and to the Gentiles.”

B. The order in which the message of Christ would go forth is described in the following verse”

1. Romans 1:16 – New American Standard Bible 2020.

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

C. God has made it clear that Israel is His chosen people.

1. Deuteronomy 14:2 – New American Standard Bible – 1451 B.C.

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

V. A key truth of this written article is contained in the following verse:

A. John 3:16 – New American Standard Bible 2020.

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

VI. It is important to know that Jews, whom had come to belief in Christ as Lord and Savior, took the message of Christ to the Gentile world.

A. Acts 1:8 – New American Standard Bible 2020

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

VIII. Christ – God with us.

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The Holy Family, The Shepherds, The Maji – Were They All At The Manger?

Were shepherds “and” Magi present at the manger, at the time of the birth of Christ? Let’s investigate the matter.

“We Three Kings Of Orient Are.” In the above video, shepherds and Magi are seen together in the manger scene, on the night of the birth of Christ. In this article, clarity will be brought to the matter of whom was present at the manger scene, and whom was not. As you read the article you will notice that repetition is used, with the reason being for the reinforcement of facts.

The Wise Men Seek Jesus – In the above video we see the Magi during their trip, probably from somewhere in Persia, or Babylon, to the “house” of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem. The distance between the cities of Baghdad and Bethlehem is 684 miles; the travel time is debatable, but “two years” must fit into the equation (Matthew 2:16). Upon reaching the “house,” (Matthew 2:11) the Magi see the Holy Family, with the Christ “child,” probably being two years old (Matthew 2:16). The video ends with the Holy family on their way to Egypt for the protection of the Christ child. As I watched the video, a sense of Holiness came over me. The video shows changing weather conditions, which indicates a lengthy time of travel for the Maji.

Epiphany – The Appearing Of The Christ Child To The Magi; “They All Didn’t Show Up At The Same Time.”

The revealing of Christ to the Gentiles, in the persons of the Magi at Bethlehem; also called twelfth night. Observed on January 6th. Webster New World Dictionary Of The American Language College Edition, Copyright 1964 and 1953 to 1964.

The twelve days of Christmas in the song are the twelve days between the birth of Christ (Christmas, December 25) and the coming of the Magi (Epiphany, January 6). Precisely, “The Twelve Days of Christmas” start with Christmas Day and ends with the eve of Epiphany on January 5th. The Sunday nearest to 6 Jan can be celebrated as Epiphany Sunday, or the first Sunday after Epiphany (The Baptism of the Lord).

For frequently asked questions about the 12 Days of Christmas, please click onto the following link. http://www.12days.com/faq.htm

Epiphany Scripture. Matthew 2:11 New King James Version (NKJV)

11 And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

Scripture tells of the birth of Christ, the infant, with the shepherds being present, (Luke 2: 1-20). Scripture also tells of Christ, the young child, with wise men being present (Matthew 2:1-12). So, we see that, “they all didn’t show up at the same time.” Scripture also tells us that the Christ will be “God with us.” (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25), and will be “Mighty God.,” (Isaiah 9:6). The story of the Epiphany may be new to some believers but, nevertheless, it is good for all who know Jesus as Lord and Savior to be aware of the information. The account of Luke is celebrated as Christmas, on December 25th of each year. The account of Matthew is celebrated as Epiphany, twelve days later, with January 6th being Epiphany, sometimes being known as “the Epiphany.”

Isaiah 7:14 New King James Version (NKJV). The Immanuel Prophecy (742 B.C.).

14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.

Isaiah 9:6 New King James Version (NKJV). The Government of the Promised Son (740 B.C.).

“For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

The first phrase of Isa 9:6 relate to the birth of Christ, His first advent. The remaining words of verse 6, as well as all of the words of verse 7, relate to the second coming of Christ, or His second advent.

Matthew 1:18-25 New King James Version (NKJV) Christ Born of Mary

18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. 20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” 22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

24 Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, 25 and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus.

Matthew 2:1-12 New King James Version (NKJV) Wise Men from the East

1 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” 3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. 5 So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet: 6 ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, Are not the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel.’” 7 Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.” 9 When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. 11 And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12 Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way.

Matthew 2:13-15 New King James Version (NKJV) – The Flight into Egypt

13 Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.” 14 When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt, 15 and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt I called My Son.”

Consider. The wise men may have traveled for a period of two years (Matthew 2:16).

Matthew 2:16 New King James Version (NKJV) – Massacre of the Innocents

16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men.

Consider. Three Magi show up in Bethlehem, looking for a “new King, a King of the Jews.” Herod, the King, feeling “a bit insecure,” gets concerned; he doesn’t want any competition. So, he decides to eliminate all possible opposition to his throne by killing all male babies that were two years old, and younger; so, the Christ Child must have been two years old when the Magi arrived in Bethlehem. These “wise men” were not present at the same time as when the shepherds of Luke 2 were led to the manger, where they (shepherds) saw Mary, Joseph, and “the infant Jesus.” The star (Matthew 2:2) led the Magi to Bethlehem. There, they saw Mary, Joseph, and “Christ.” We know from Scripture that Christ “is” the Light Of The World (John 1:9).

Consider. The wise men followed a star that led them to the Christ child (John 1:9: “That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.”).

Consider. After the wise men “came to Jesus,” they departed…another way.” (Matthew 2:12).

Question. After you were led to Christ, did you return…”another way?”

Christ was first made known to the Jews. Then, he was made known to the Gentiles. There are differences of opinion as to when those things happened. But, please! Don’t carry this battle of ideas out into the world of unbelievers; they have more serious things to think about, such as coming to belief in Christ as their Lord and Savior (John 3:18: ““He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”)

Consider the following information that has been written on Epiphany.

http://www.cute-calendar.com/event/epiphany/19352.html

Epiphany

January 6 in the World

Epiphany is a Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of God the Son as a human being in Jesus Christ. It falls on January 6 or, in many countries, on the Sunday that falls between January 2 and January 8. Since the Julian Calendar, which is followed by some Eastern Churches, is at present 13 days behind the Gregorian Calendar and the revised Julian Calendar, 6 January in that calendar corresponds at present to 19 January in what is the official civil calendar in most countries.

On this feast, Western Christians commemorate principally the visitation of the Biblical Magi to the Baby Jesus, i.e., his manifestation to the Gentiles. Eastern Christians commemorate the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River, seen as his manifestation to the world as the Son of God. It is also called Theophany, especially by Eastern Christians. In both traditions, the essence of the feast is the same: the manifestation of Christ to the world (whether as an infant or in the Jordan), and the Mystery of the Incarnation.

In Christian tradition, the Magi, also referred to as the (Three) Wise Men, (Three) Kings, or Kings from the East, are a group of distinguished foreigners who are said to have visited Jesus after his birth, bearing gifts of gold, myrrh and frankincense. They are regular figures in traditional accounts of the nativity and in celebrations of Christmas. Magi is a term derived from Greek meaning a priest of Zoroaster. (From: Wikipedia, License: CCA-SA)

Background

https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/epiphany

Epiphany is one of the oldest Christian feasts. It has been celebrated since the end of the second century, before the Christmas holiday was established. It is commonly known as Twelfth Night, Twelfth Day, or the Feast of Epiphany. It means “manifestation” or “showing forth”. It is also called Theophany (“manifestation of God”), especially by Eastern Christians. Epiphany also refers to the church season that follows the day.

The Epiphany commemorates the first two occasions on which Jesus’ divinity, according to Christian belief, was manifested: when the three kings visited infant Jesus in Bethlehem, and when John the Baptist baptized him in the River Jordan. The Roman Catholic and Protestant churches emphasize the visit of the Magi when they celebrate the Epiphany. The Eastern Orthodox churches focus on Jesus’ baptism.

My thought on the meaning of Epiphany. It is “the appearing” of the Christ Child to the Magi, who were Gentiles. The initial appearing of Christ, “the infant,” was to the Shepherds, who were Jews. The Magi found the Christ Child in a house. The Shepherds found “Christ, the infant,” in a cave. There was approximately two years time passage from when the Shepherds saw “Christ, the infant,” until when the Magi saw, “Christ, the child.”

My thoughts on the opening video. The video is very good. The story that is laid out in it shows a good chronology of events that led up to the arrival of the wise men at the “house” where Jesus and Mary (Matthew 2:11) were mentioned in scripture (Consider all of the people who may have traveled with the wise men). I think that the video clearly shows, as it relates to the Shepherds and Magi, “they all didn’t show up at the same time.” In no scripture are the shepherds and Magi present at the same time. Neither the shepherds, nor the Magi, knew where to go to find Christ; they were led by God’s Holy Spirit, in every aspect of their journeys. In today’s world, neither do we know the way to Christ, nor that we are even, “supposed to go.” We are led by the Spirit of God, in every aspect of our Journey. (John 1:9; John 6:44). Without the prompting of the Holy Spirit, we wouldn’t know that we need Christ (1 Cor 1:18; 1 Cor 2:14). Without the work of the Holy Spirit, we will not spend eternity with Christ (John 3:3; John 3:8).

Consider the definition of Epiphany, per the Merriam Webster Dictionary.

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epiphany

Definition of epiphany
plural epiphanies
1
capitalized : January 6 observed as a church festival in commemoration of the coming of the Magi as the first manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles or in the Eastern Church in commemoration of the baptism of Christ
2
: an appearance or manifestation especially of a divine being
3
a (1) : a usually sudden manifestation or perception of the essential nature or meaning of something (2) : an intuitive grasp of reality through something (as an event) usually simple and striking (3) : an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosure
b : a revealing scene or moment

“We Three Kings”, also known as “We Three Kings of Orient Are” or “The Quest of the Magi”, is a Christmas carol written by Reverend John Henry Hopkins, Jr., who wrote both the lyrics and the music as part of a Christmas pageant for the General Theological Seminary in New York City. It is suggested to have been written in 1857 but did not appear in print until his Carols, Hymns and Song in 1863. Hopkins composed the song in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, where he was a pastor at Christ Episcopal Church (which still stands at the corner of Fourth and Mulberry Streets).

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Romans 1:16

New American Standard Bible 2020

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

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A Marriage Carol

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At the time of this writing, it is two days until Christmas eve. Six years ago I wrote the following comment in an article that I had published that relates to the subject of the article that I am publishing this evening….. “Earlier today, as I was driving through a sleepy area of my city, a dreary air was cast over the town. The sky was heavily cloud covered, and dark. A light mist was falling. Very few people were seen on the streets. The day seemed to match the condition of the story that I was hearing on Moody Radio, which was a feeling of utter despair for couples experiencing struggles in their marriages.”

This is the sixth year that I have published this article. Minor changes are made each time that I update this article, but never is an update just a carbon copy of the previous article, but is due to the prompting of the Holy Spirit. Each time, before I publish this article, I watch the video, and listen to the audio of the story, “without interruption;” each time strong emotions emerge from within me, and tears begin to flow. Normally, I will publish this article sooner in the month; for this late date post, I am very sorry. But, the truth of the article remains truth.

Please, read the entire text of this article. Please, watch the video and listen to the audio recording. Please! Understand that “which is” being said and that which is not being said in this article.

The story of Jacob and Marlee is that, just a story. But, I know that their situation is one that many married couples, “are facing, have faced, or will face,” in their marriages. Many struggling couples need to come to the truth that they need, “not to give up” on their marriages, but that they should try to make their marriages work. “Jacobs and Marlees” whom are in the process of ending their marriages today, should remember the words that Jacob said about marriage (those words are “on the way.”).

Not all marriages are dying, or are dead, but may need attention. There is a high rate of marriages that are failing because of affairs. A thought stays in my mind today, just as it has in the past; and as it relates to infidelity. That thought is very strong, and is this: “If you are in an affair, “GET OUT OF IT!” Just get out! Don’t wait! Just get out! Get your life right with God! Please understand that which I am saying, and that which I am not saying. I am saying that if you are in an affair, “GET OUT” of the affair; “JUST GET OUT!” “DON’T WAIT!” “JUST GET OUT!” “GET YOUR LIFE RIGHT WITH GOD!” The knight in shining armor, standing on a lush green field, may someday have his armor to tarnish, and the grass under his feet to turn from rich green to dirty brown. No one really can be sure if the grass is greener, unless they’re actually standing in it; and then, it may be too late to stop the damage that has already, by collateral affect, begun to harm other innocent people.

Consider a memorable story of another couple.

Luke 2:1-10 Christ Born of Mary
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=luke+2%3A1-20&version=NASB

As is recorded in the above scripture, Mary and Joseph were on their way to Bethlehem, where Mary would give birth to Jesus, the Savior of the world. Consider the story of Marlee and Jacob, and their “Christmas Eve” journey; it was being made for quite a different reason. The recording of Marlee and Jacob may be difficult for some people; I understand that. I moderate all comments that are made on my WordPress site. If anybody comments on this post on WordPress, please know that I will not publish that comment without gaining permission to do so. If you are seeing this article on any other social media site, you may want to sent your comment to me via private message.

If you are considering a Christmas Eve “divorce papers appointment,” please, let me ask you to listen carefully to the following audio recording of Marlee and Jacob, as they are on their way to sign their divorce papers, “on Christmas Eve.” Listen very attentively. As you listen, think about your wedding vows. Think about your marriage. Think about your children. Please understand that marriage is worth fighting for.

After you have read, listened to, and watched everything that is in this post, please ask yourself a very personal question (you can answer to yourself). Here it is. When you are having a conversation on social media with a “friend” of the opposite sex, “do you get a rush, or a spark?” If your answer is “yes,” maybe social media is not something that you should have as a part of your life.

As you have learned from the audio of Marlee and Jacob, they were married on Christmas Eve, “twenty years ago.” On this particular Christmas Eve, the couple is headed to an attorney’s office to sign divorce papers. Think about Marlee, Jacob, and your marriage situation. Do you remember the words that you and your mate said to each other as you stood before God, the minister, family and friends, and the rest of the people who were watching and listening as you professed your love for one another? If you have forgotten those special words, I have written some words from a traditional wedding vow for you to consider. Please read them now.

“To have and to hold, from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness or in health, to love and to cherish…’til death do us part.”

Please understand that I have no room for spousal abuse in a marriage.

Your particular marriage may not be failing, but there are others, of whom you know, whose marriages are falling apart. Please share this article with those people.

With Christmas being so very near, as you consider the message of this Christmas story, remember its two sets of Christmas characters, both being “J” and “M.” Joseph and Mary, two thousand years ago, were on their way to Bethlehem to bring a life into the world, with that life being Christ, the Savior of the world. In this story, Jacob and Marlee are two character types whom are present in the lives of many people all around the world today, with many being in the process of ending their marriages; such divorces will affect the lives of many others whom are part of their lives. Of the “Jacobs and Marlees” whom are in the process of ending their marriages; they should remember the words that Jacob says about marriage, “marriage is worth fighting for.”

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