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Desiring The Presence Of God

About thirty years ago when I was a young pastor, I met an anointed man of God, Brother Jon Moore, who preached our annual fall revival meeting (In those days the Southern Baptist Churches regularly scheduled a fall and a spring revival). While Jon is officially an evangelist and has been in the ministry for over 40 years, he considers himself more of a revivalist than an evangelist meaning that his message is directed more to the saved than the lost. After all if you are going to have a revival, then the Church folks must first be born-again of the Spirit of God. I think Jon calls that "the vived". In order to have a revival, the folks must be "the vived" - saved.

Jon later preached two other revival meetings in another Church I pastored near Houston, Texas. His messages are convicting, challenging and Word-focused (I mention that because today in many churches there is a lot of so-called preaching that is not Scriptural-based, in fact, you might not even know the minister was speaking from the Word of God because it is so little used).  In the three revival meetings in which Jon ministered the Word to my Churches, many believers got right with God and with each other. 

Recently he brought a message to the First Baptist Church of Belton, Texas on the subject of "The Presence of God." As I listened to the message, I was convicted and challenged, and had to say, "Woe is me," for I could not honestly say that I desire the presence of God more than anything else in my life or this world - I am just being honest.  Every believer in the Lord Jesus Christ should desire the presence of God in his or her life, but I am afraid in our 21st Century world, we have replaced the presence of God with a lot of THINGS because WE HAVE A LOT OF THINGS to take the place of his wonderful abiding presence.  Jon speaks to this in this message. 

If you are serious about seeking the presence of God, then Jon's message will bless you, challenge you and convict you, so I urge you to follow the link above and get ready to be confronted with convicting truth you won't hear in most pulpits today.

Last, I would encourage you to have your pastor invite Jon for a spiritual awakening meeting. His wife, Phyllis, who is a wonderful Christian, also ministers to the women in their meetings. Your pastor and people will love these two devoted and dedicated servants of God who have a deep love for the people of God. 

Check out their website

Allen

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The Coming Blonde-Haired, Blue-Eyed Islamic Terrorist 

"The Western world is outraged after terrorists beheaded U.S. journalist James Foley and are now threatening the life of another American if President Barack Obama doesn’t end military operations in Iraq – but a high-profile military analyst warns things could get worse because Americans have gotten far too comfortable and may soon begin seeing the rise of the “blonde-haired, blue-eyed Muslim terrorist.”

BWV Comment:

Retired Navy Captain and aviator, Chuck Nash, astutely warns Obama and the nation not to separate the Islamic extremists (ISIS) from Islam. They are driven by the same fanatical Islamic religion. The prophet Muhammad and his so-called holy book, the Qur'an, is the basis for all the murder and slaughter of innocent people whether Muslims, Christians, Jews, etc. The same book ISIS lives and dies by is the same one taught in all Muslim mosques all around the world. The infidels must either convert or die. Have you noticed the silence of so-called moderate Muslims concerning the barbaric thuggery of ISIS and I didn't hear or see any Muslim clerics condemning the beheading of Jim Foley? Why are  moderate Muslims not speaking out against the evil and wickedness of ISIS?  Is it because they fear ISIS's long arm of terror or do they silently agree with the establishment of a global caliphate?  I think it is both. Muhammad taught that when the infidels are in power or have greater numbers, live in peace with them until Muslims become the majority, then force them to convert to Islam or kill them (behead them). 

The Book of Revelation mentions beheading as the principal mode or death for Christians and for those that oppose the Antichrist during the Great Tribulation - the last 3 1/2 years before the return of Christ. It is my opinion that what we are seeing taking place in the Middle East, the continent of Africa and in Indonesia with beheading and crucifixion of Christians is a dress rehearsal for the coming tribulation under the headship of the Antichrist. I must point out that orthodox Judaism also demands beheading for Gentiles that will not obey the 7 Noahide Laws.

Revelation 20:4-6 (NASB)

4  Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.
5  The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed. This is the first resurrection.
6  Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.

Notice the categories of those beheaded by the Antichrist and his government - those who gave testimony to Jesus, that is, Christians, those who kept the sacred Scriptures, principally Christians, and those who had not worshiped the Antichrist or his image and did not take the dreaded Mark of the Beast - primarily Christians, but it also involves those of the sheep nations - the nations that oppose the Antichrist, indicating they came to believe in Jesus during the Great Tribulation.  They will all take part in the First Resurrection, which is a posttrib event.

If the Western world does not stop ISIS in the Middle East, they will eventually reach the European continent and the United States. Unfortunately, many Europeans and not all brown-skinned Muslims, are joining forces with ISIS which the article warns and may soon show-up in the United States. What will they do when they arrive on our soil?  I predict at first car bombings followed by suicide bombings in malls,  shopping centers, and sporting events.  Then perhaps a dirty bomb in a major city.  As Captain Nash says, our Southern border is extremely porous and will be no problem for the blonde-haired, blue-eyed Islamists to sneak into our nation and begin to launch their terror. Terrorism on a wide scale in America such as I have described will bring this nation to its knees in a hurry because it will instill instant terror and panic thus crippling our economy even more than 9-11.

Jesus told us in Matthew 24:25 what is coming and to be prepared for it. And please notice He did not mention or imply a pretrib "escape" rapture. No, He warned believers to know the Scriptures and by them know what is coming on the world in the last days. We are in that time now.  What ISIS is doing the Antichrist will do 7 times worst.  We are living in the time of the beginning of sorrows and things will become much worse. We cannot stick our heads in the sand and pretend the warnings of Scriptures will not come to pass in our generation or ever come to pass.  We are to be prepared spiritually, mentally, emotionally, physically and materially.  The glory and easy days for America is gone forever. Things will only get worse and test our faith like never before so BE PREPARED! 

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What Is The U.S. Military Up To?

"In an unprecedented move, a German officer has been appointed to a key command post over the U.S. Army in Europe".

"German Brig. Gen. Markus Laubenthal, 51, became chief of staff last week, the first non-American officer to hold that position, the Army said".

"According to Germany’s defense ministry, Laubenthal will serve as “the right-hand man” to Lt. Gen. Donald Campbell Jr., who commands more than 37,000 U.S. Army Europe, USAREUR, personnel from headquarters in the central German city of Wiesbaden".  Read the full article.

Barber Comment

Is this a move to strengthen relations with Germany over the NSA spying of German Chancellor Merkel or something else?  Is it Obama's further disdain for our military?  As the article mentions, where will this high ranking German officer show his loyalties - to Germany or to America and the American Constitution?  Russia is forming new alliances with Germany and Putin is giving Obama a black eye so if push comes to shove in a showdown with Russia, how will this German officer over our European theater troops react?

Prophecy scholar, Arthur Bloomfield, says to watch Germany as it will play a key role in the end-time scenario. His book is Before The Last Battle Armageddon - a good read.  In Daniel 7 and Revelation 13, four beasts are mentioned symbolized by a lion, a bear, a leopard and an iron beast (Dan. 7) while Revelation 13 gives them in the reverse order - Beast having 10 horns and 7 heads, leopard, a bear, and a lion. Notice the iron beast in Daniel 7 has been replaced by the beast with 10 horns and 7 heads.  Why the reverse order?  When John saw the Revelation vision, Rome was in power, that is, the 4th beast of Daniel 7. What he saw in the Revelation vision is the 4th beast evolving into the New World Order - the 10 horns or 10 supra nations (world regions). The 7 heads is a much debated subject with Bible scholars differing sharply:  (1) One group, primarily traditional dispensationalists see the 7 heads as Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, Rome and the Antichrist government; (2) another interpretation is the 7 principal Papal dynasties and there are others - some quite fanciful.  Personally, I believe the 7 heads are the 7 major world religions - Catholicism, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and perhaps Confucianism. Some will debate the religious grouping and substitute other religions. False or apostate Christianity is lumped in with Catholicism which would include the Protestant denominations that have become liberal and apostate. 

Notice also the 10 horns have 10 crowns on their heads making them a human leader over a nation or nations (a horn in prophecy means power and authority). Kings or rulers wear crowns.

The primary reason I believe the 7 heads are the major world religions is that in Revelation 17 the religious Harlot (False religion) is sitting on top of a scarlet colored beast that has 7 heads and 10 horns.  The Harlot is riding the Scarlet Colored Beast (Government of the Antichrist which includes the 10 horns), which means she is controlling or directing the action of the Red Beast.  However, in Revelation 17:16, the Beast and the 10 horns hate the Harlot and will destroy her, thus the Red Beast is seen having both 7 heads and 10 horns - it eventually gobbles up world religion for the Antichrist will assume supreme sovereign of the earth for a short time.

Back up to Revelation 17:9 where it says the 7 heads are seven hills on which this woman sits. A significant number of Bible scholars believe the 7 hills are symbolic of Rome for the city of Rome sits on seven hills. This could and probably implies the Papacy is the Harlot that rules over all of the other world religions, which will require some supernatural Satanic involvement for how would the Papacy rule over Islam? The Papacy already is in bed with Judaism as the past Pope Benedict met with the chief Rabbi's in Israel and confirmed their Covenant, that is, that Jesus was not the Messiah Israel is looking for to come and establish the new kingdom of Israel.  The current Pope has reached out to Islam in an effort to establish an ecumenical world religious body.  The False Prophet will promote the Antichrist as god. Note: The False Prophet is not the same as the Harlot for he is still alive when Jesus returns and it is Jesus that cast him (False Prophet) into the Lake of Fire.  The Harlot is destroyed by the Beast (Antichrist and his government - 10 horns). 

Returning to the symbolism of the 4 Beasts, Daniel 7 deals with the 4 ancient world empires - Babylon (lion) , Medo-Persia (bear), Greece (leopard) and Rome (iron beast). Revelation 13 in my opinion refers to the modern world empires - 10 horned 7 headed beast is the Antichrist government of the New World Order - the leopard is Germany, the Bear is Russia and the lion is Great Britain and her off-shoot nations to include the United States.  It is interesting that Germany, Babylon, Rome and the United States all have the "eagle symbol."  Daniel 7, the lion has eagle's wings that are clipped off and it is made to stand on its feet like a man - meaning it gains its own sovereignty, which the U.S. did in 1776 from England.  I do not believe John, in about 100 A.D. was looking back to the ancient empires, rather he was looking forward to the time of the end. 

So this end-time beast with 10 horns and 7 heads will resemble in form and power Germany (perhaps much like Nazi Germany), Russia, Great Britain and her off-shoots, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc. What about China?  Historically, the Dragon was the symbol of the Chinese Emperor.  It is interesting that Revelation 12 and 13 both mention the Dragon and most Bible scholars see that as a reference to Satan and I also believe that for in Revelation 12, the Dragon fights with Michael, the archangel and is kicked out of heaven, a place where the Emperor of China cannot lay claim to. But what if in the symbolism of Revelation, Satan uses the Chinese empire to control the world, that is, give military and economic power to the Antichrist in subduing the nations of the world. Then the imagery would take on a whole new meaning.  China will soon become the world's next superpower in both economics and military power. Since China is in bed with Russia militarily that poses no problem with Russia being one of the end-time beast of the New World Order. However, how is  the United States seen in this end-time scenario?  This will shock a lot of people, but it could mean the United States is conquered and taken over by China and the New World Order. It could also imply we are destroyed - not that the whole land or people are all destroyed but a significant destruction in order to render the U.S. as a powerless defeated nation.  The European nations were largely destroyed in WWII, that is, the infrastructure, but they remained nations. Germany was still Germany, France was still France and Great Britain was still Great Britain or England.

We shall have to see how all of this comes together, but the Middle East is currently a "hot spot'" ready to explode into WWIII.

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Ministers: We Are Sinners In The Hands Of An Angry God

As health officials worldwide spend hundreds of millions of dollars to bring under control an Ebola outbreak in several West African nations where nearly 1,000 people have died, local religious leaders are turning to God... Read the full article

[These ministers are calling for repentance for sin and naming one of them - homosexuality, to the ire of the secularists media. This is what I have been preaching and teaching on this website for the past 7 going on 8 years - that the United States of America must repent or feel the brunt of God's severe judgment. Why is the continent of Africa plagued with many serious and deadly diseases including the Ebola virus?  AIDS was first detected in Africa where homosexuality and bestiality are epidemic.  It has affected almost the entire continent with a few exceptions.

Here is what the Lord God told Moses to write in the Torah about sickness and disease as a result of sin:

Deuteronomy 28:58-63 (NKJV)

58  "If you do not carefully observe all the words of this law that are written in this book, that you may fear this glorious and awesome name, THE LORD YOUR GOD,
59  then the LORD will bring upon you and your descendants extraordinary plagues--great and prolonged plagues--and serious and prolonged sicknesses.
60  Moreover He will bring back on you all the diseases of Egypt, of which you were afraid, and they shall cling to you.
61  Also every sickness and every plague, which is not written in this Book of the Law, will the LORD bring upon you until you are destroyed.
62  You shall be left few in number, whereas you were as the stars of heaven in multitude, because you would not obey the voice of the LORD your God.
63  And it shall be, that just as the LORD rejoiced over you to do you good and multiply you, so the LORD will rejoice over you to destroy you and bring you to nothing; and you shall be plucked from off the land which you go to possess.

Many think this prophecy was meant solely for the Israelites, but God's Law is for all nations to obey. Jesus said he did not come to destroy the Law or the Prophets, but to fulfill them and He did.

These extraordinary plagues and diseases which are not written in the Books of the Law (Verse 61) are reserved for the end-time nations that forget God and fail to fear his glorious and awesome name - The Lord Your God.  Those that practice homosexuality and bestiality (increasing in the United States) will be inflicted with the extraordinary and unmentioned diseases in the Law of God. Ebola is perhaps one of them].

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The Bible And The Future of Gaza

Joel Richardson

"As the focus of the world is now fixed on the Gaza Strip, students of the Bible would do well to stop to consider what the ancient Hebrew prophets had to say about the future of this little piece of land. Let’s consider a few passages. First, according to the Scriptures, the return of Jesus and the subsequent judgment will largely revolve around what the prophet Isaiah referred to as, “the legal cause,” or “the controversy of Zion”:

For the LORD has a day of vengeance, a year of recompense for the cause of Zion. (Isaiah 34:8)

"No doubt, today the “controversy of Zion” rages throughout the nations, as the state of Israel seeks to crush the Gaza-governing Hamas, a group with the stated goal of exterminating the Jewish people and setting up their capital in Jerusalem. Read the full article.

Richardson, who is a traditional dispensationalist, sees God's controversy of Zion as having to do with God judging the descendents of Esau for their perpetual hatred of the Jews (Israel). However, I suggest you read my article on Replacement Theology and the Controversy of Zion in the Section titled, The Church and Israel Contrasted, for a non-traditional and I believe a more biblical and historical understanding of the Israeli and Palestinian conflict.

Richardson also mentions the Valley of Jehoshaphat when God will execute his (Richardson's) understanding of the Controversy of Zion - see an excellent article on the two valley's of decision at http://focusonjerusalem.com/thevalleyofdecision.htm

The following article by Dr. Jones, The Land War, provides excellent commentary on what is actually transpiring in the land of Israel involving the wars between the Jews, Arabs and Palestinians:


Chapter 13: The Land War
Judaism and the Traditions (Precepts) of Men
Classic Judaism’s Teaching About Zionism
Basic Doctrine of the Gush Emunim
Ariel Sharon
Legalized Theft of Land is Covetousness
 
CHAPTER 13: The Land War

Zionism, by definition, is a movement that envisions the entire Middle East under Jewish ownership. Many Zionists teach that it is their duty to “redeem the land,” and by this they mean the land must come under Jewish ownership. The land is redeemed when it is taken from non-Jews, who are said to have “satanic souls,” and transferred—one way or another—into Jewish hands.

Judaism and the Traditions (Precepts) of Men

The underlying problem is that, regardless of their religious claims, these people do not believe either Moses or the prophets. Of course, we write from our Christian perspective. We do not expect adherents of Judaism to agree with Jesus or His followers who wrote the New Testament. Jesus said in John 5:45-47,

45 Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father; the one who accuses you is Moses, in whom you have set your hope. 46 For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote of Me. 47 But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?

Jesus said that the Jews did not believe Moses, and that this was the reason they would not believe Jesus and accept Him as the Messiah. They believed only the traditions of men, which Jesus severely condemned (Matt. 15:1-8). Jesus concluded in verses 7-9,

7 You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying, 8 This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. 9 But in vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.

These precepts, or traditions, were written down from about 50 B.C. to about 500 A.D. in a body of Jewish literature called the “Talmud.” There are actually two Talmuds: the Jerusalem Talmud and the Babylonian Talmud, each developed in its own area. This is the sacred literature of Judaism. It is NOT the Bible, not even the Old Testament. In Professor Graetz’ book, History of the Jews, Vol. 2, page 634, we read that . . .

“. . . the Babylonian Talmud rather than the Jerusalem Talmud became the fundamental possession of the Jewish race, its life breath, its very soul.”

Dr. Israel Shahak writes on page 5 of his very scholarly book, Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel,

“Jewish fundamentalists believe that the Bible itself is not authoritative unless interpreted correctly by talmudic literature.”

Dr. Shahak was an Israeli citizen in Jerusalem for over 40 years until his death on July 2, 2001. He was a professor emeritus of Organic Chemistry at Hebrew University as well as a human rights activist. Dr. Shahak further writes on page 25,

“The teachings of the biblical prophets, the books of Job and Ecclesiastes and numerous other parts of the Bible are studied neither in the heders [elementary schools] nor the yeshivot [talmudic schools of higher learning] and are therefore unknown to the Haredim [fundamentalists].”

Dr. Shahak is telling us that the religious rabbis do not normally study the Bible itself. They study the traditions of men, which is what men SAY the Bible teaches. The Talmud is often diametrically opposed to the teaching of the prophets themselves.

The Talmudic teachings seldom reflected the real teachings of the Bible. It is often assumed among Christian circles that Jews only need to add Jesus to their Judaism in order to get the perfect religion. This is not true. The Talmud plus Jesus does not equal Christianity.

Jesus, prior to His birth in Bethlehem, was the Lawgiver, the God of the Old Testament. Jesus came to manifest to the world the true meaning of the Scriptures, including the Law. He did this by example and by teaching. His teaching contradicted the chauvinistic teaching of the religious leaders of the day. For this reason, instead of repenting of their false teaching and rebellion against God, they crucified Him.

Classic Judaism’s Teaching About Zionism

After the fall of Judea and the cessation of the temple rituals in the first century, the rabbis could not help but understand that God had done this to them because of their sin. However, they never believed that they sinned in crucifying the Messiah. Yet the famous Talmudic passage in Tractate Ketubot, page 111, laid the foundation of Jewish thought on the Messiah and the Holy Land. Dr. Shahak writes about this on page 18 of his book,

“. . . God is said to have imposed three oaths on the Jews. Two of these oaths that clearly contradict Zionist tenets are: 1) Jews should not rebel against non-Jews, and 2) as a group should not massively emigrate to Palestine before the coming of the Messiah. (The third oath, not discussed here, enjoins the Jews not to pray too strongly for the coming of the Messiah, so as not to bring him before his appointed time) . . . During the past 1,500 years, the great majority of traditional Judaism’s most important rabbis interpreted the three oaths and the continued existence of the Jews in exile as religious obligations intended to expiate the Jewish sins that caused God to exile them.”

Yet there was one dissenting rabbi named Moshe Nachmanides, who died in the year 1270. Speaking of this rabbi, Dr. Shahak says (p. 19) that he . . .

“. . . opined that Jews should not only emigrate to but should also conquer the land of Israel. Other important rabbis of that time and for many centuries thereafter ignored or strongly disagreed with the view of Nachmanides.”

“In the 1970’s, seven centuries after his death, Nachmanides became the patron saint of the NRP {National Religious Party in the Jewish State] and the Gush Emunim settlers.”

The Gush Emunim (“Block of Faithful”) is the primary settlement movement in the Jewish State that is messianic in its ideology. That is, while they reject Jesus as the Messiah, they are messianic in that they are looking for another messiah that is more to their liking—such as Barabbas, Bar Kokba, or the Eliezar ben Jair, the leader of the Assassins (Sicarii) at Masada.

The Chief Rabbi of Palestine from 1920-1935 was Avracham Yitzhak Hacohen Kook (1865-1935). He was the primary rabbi who developed the most extreme form of Zionism. In 1935 his son, rabbi Tzvi Yehuda Kook succeeded him at his death as head of the NRP until his own death in 1981 at the age of 91.

In 1977 the NRP formed a “holy alliance” with the newly-formed coalition of extreme Zionist parties founded by Ariel Sharon with the help of Menachem Begin. It is called the Likud Party. This was when the Gush Emunim began to exert a huge influence on Israeli policies, particularly in regard to the settlement movement in the occupied territories.

Basic Doctrine of the Gush Emunim

Rabbi Kook was primarily influenced by the ideas of Rabbi Yitzhak Luria, who was the founder of the most influential school of Cabbala or "Kabbalah" (Jewish mysticism) in the 16th century. Luria’s book, The Gates of Holiness, taught that all non-Jews have satanic souls. According to Rabbi Hayim Vital, who was Luria’s chief interpreter,

“Souls of non-Jews come entirely from the female part of the satanic sphere. For this reason souls of non-Jews are called evil, not good, and are created without [divine] knowledge.” [quoted from Shahak’s Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel, p. 58]

This same teaching was echoed by Rabbi Schneerson, who was the head of the Lubovitcher Hassidic movement and lived in New York until his recent death. On page 59, 60 Dr. Shahak quotes from Schneerson’s book of recorded messages entitled, Gatherings of Conversations:

“. . . the body of a Jewish person is of a totally different quality from the body of [members] of all nations of the world . . . An even greater difference exists in regard to the soul. Two contrary types of soul exist, a non-Jewish soul comes from three satanic spheres, while the Jewish soul stems from holiness.”

This teaching is not new in the circles of Judaism. The Talmudic writing called Midrasch Talpioth says,

“Jehovah created the non-Jew in human form so that the Jew would not have to be served by beasts. The non-Jew is consequently an animal in human form, and condemned to serve the Jew day and night.”

Since it seems to be insulting to a Jew to equate Zionism with racism, we will not do so. We leave this for the reader to discern. But the basic doctrine of the Gush Emunim is that other people’s land belongs to Jews alone. They get this teaching, not from the Bible, but from the Talmud, where we read in Schulchan Aruch,

“All property of other nations belongs to the Jewish nation, which consequently is entitled to seize upon it without any scruples. An Orthodox Jew is not bound to observe principles of morality towards people of other tribes. He may act contrary to morality, if profitable to himself or to Jews in general.”

This Talmudic teaching is their “tradition” of what the Old Testament teaches. As a Christian, I disagree with that tradition, even as I disagree with the Christian tradition that the Jews are to be admired for their Zionistic zeal. In my view, the Bible calls this theft. Later, on page 61 of Dr. Shahak’s Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel, he mentions:

“Ariel Sharon was the Rebbe’s favorite Israeli senior politician. Sharon in turn praised the Rebbe publicly and delivered a moving speech about him in the Knesset after the Rebbe’s death.

This sheds much light on the personal ideology of Ariel Sharon in his treatment of non-Jews. It explains why the Arabs hate him above all Israelis.

Ariel Sharon

Ariel Sharon’s own autobiography, Warrior, tells us much about him, although he omits many things and lies about that which he is forced to admit. He was just 20 years of age in 1948, so he was too young to join the terrorist organizations of Begin and Shamir during the 1940’s. But he then joined the military and soon rose to higher ranks.

On October 14, 1953, Ariel Sharon, commander of “101 Unit,” was just 25 years of age when he dynamited 56 houses of Kibbiya (or Qibya) one night, killing 67 civilians who were trapped inside and not allowed to leave. Sharon tells the background of this raid in his own words, writing on pages 85 and 86 of Warrior,

“At times the successes were mixed with tragedy and sometimes controversy, as happened at the village of Kibbiya in mid-October. The raid on Kibbiya was mounted in response to a particularly horrendous incident at the town of Yehud, where terrorists murdered a young mother named Susan Kanias and her two infants, one and three years old, while they were asleep. The police investigation indicated that the killers had infiltrated from the direction of Kibbiya, a Palestinian village near the border . . . .

“The paratroop officer and I were informed that General Headquarters had decided to carry out a retaliatory operation against Kibbiya . . . .

“This would be the first major Israeli reaction to Arab terrorism. . . .”

On page 88, Sharon continues the story:

“The orders were clear. Kibbiya was to be a lesson. I was to inflict as many casualties as I could on the Arab home guard and on whatever Jordanian army reinforcements showed up. I was also to blow up every major building in the town. A political decision had been made at the highest level.”

In Sharon’s book he excuses himself, claiming he did not know there were people in the houses. He says on pages 89, 90,

“According to the radio, sixty-nine people had been killed, mostly civilians and many of them women and children. I couldn’t believe my ears. As I went back over each step of the operation, I began to understand what must have happened. For years Israeli reprisal raids had never succeeded in doing more than blowing up a few outlying buildings, if that. Expecting the same, some Arab families must have stayed in their houses rather than running away. In those big stone houses where three generations of a family might live together, some could easily have hidden in the cellars and back rooms, keeping quiet when the paratroopers went in to check and yell out a warning. The result was this tragedy that had happened.”

Sharon tries hard to make people think this was just a “tragedy,” over which he had no control. And yet he says specifically that his orders were to inflict as many casualties as possible. Where did he expect those casualties to come from, if not from civilians? It was, after all, a “reprisal raid” for an attack on a civilian Jewish woman and her two children, killed by an Arab “terrorist” who had no right to oppose Zionist immigration and conquest of his own land.

The incident forced David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister, to make a public apology for Sharon’s actions. However, Sharon makes it clear that he was only acting under orders—Ben Gurion’s orders! Frankly, I believe he tells the truth here. In fact, Sharon’s willingness to murder Arabs is why he rose in the ranks of the military. Sharon writes a very revealing paragraph on page 250 of his book, Warrior,

“Years before, not too long after I had taken over the paratroopers, Dayan had once said to me, ‘Do you know why you’re the one who does all the operations? Because you never ask for written orders. Everyone else wants explicit clarifications. But you never need it in writing. You just do it.’ Now it was almost twenty years later and absolutely nothing had changed. Anyone other than Dayan would have carefully formulated an order describing what should be done and defining the parameters of the intended action. But from him there was only a signal, the nod of a head. That meant, as it always had, ‘Do what you want. If you succeed, fine. If it backfires, don’t start looking to me for support’.”

So we see the typical way in which Israeli politics was conducted in the years that the Labor Party was in power. They supported terrorism, but did not want to be held liable for their terrorism. So they hired Sharon as their “hit man” to do the dirty work for them. He was happy to do it without written orders, so this would always maintain the fiction that the political leaders were not responsible. It is called “plausible deniability.”

Sharon’s account of his own innocence is contradicted by Alexander Cockburn’s Feb. 6, 2001 article for Upstream, entitled “Ariel Sharon—the People’s Choice?” where we read,

“Sharon’s order was to penetrate Qibya, blow up houses and inflict heavy casualties on its inhabitants. His success in carrying out the order surpassed all expectations. . . Sharon and his men claimed that they believed that all the inhabitants had run away, and that they had no idea that anyone was hiding inside the houses.

“The UN observer who inspected the scene reached a different conclusion. ‘One story was repeated time after time: the bullet splintered door, the body sprawled across the threshold, indicating that the inhabitants had been forced by heavy fire to stay inside until their homes were blown up over them.’

“The U.S. Department of State issued a statement on 18 October 1953, expressing its ‘deepest sympathy for the families of those who lost their lives’ in the Qibya attack as well as the conviction that those responsible ‘should be brought to account and that effective measures should be taken to prevent such incidents in the future’.”

Sharon, of course, was never brought to trial, nor was he held accountable in any way. Ultimately, he was elected Prime Minister. Such murders continued unabated, all justified as retaliatory strikes against “Arab terrorism.” Sharon himself has never wanted peace and has actively worked against any peace arrangement, believing that the only solution is to drive all Arabs off the land. This has been the consistent policy of the Gush Emunim’s settlement movement, backed by Sharon.

Legalized Theft of Land is Covetousness

Zionism started out as a movement to allow Jews to purchase land in Palestine and live peaceably with their neighbors who may not want to sell their family inheritance. But as time progressed, Zionism became degraded into sheer covetousness. To covet another man’s land is sin. In fact, covetousness is the most insidious form of idolatry (Col. 3:5). There is nothing wrong with desiring someone else’s land, if one abides by the basic laws of humanity. If you want land, then buy it. If you steal it or obtain it by fraud, then it is covetousness and idolatry. Zionists may object to this, but nothing will change this simple fact.

Their main thrust has been to confiscate land and establish Jewish settlements in Gaza and the West Bank territory, while at the same time making laws extremely confining and oppressive in order to “encourage” Arabs to leave the country. These Zionists would like nothing better than to have peace—so long as the Arabs move out of the Jewish state and give their land to the “rightful owners.” They have no plans to rule the Arab population with justice and equity. How can you rule them with justice after you have stolen their lands and harshly repressed all who attempt to regain them? True peace is possible only when there is either justice or abject slavery of the victims of injustice.

The settlement movement itself has become the primary successor of the terrorist movements in the 1940’s. The settlement of Elon Moreh was built in 1979 upon land expropriated from the Arab town of Rujeb. The Israeli military stole the land on the grounds of “national security,” the catch-all phrase that seems to justify all theft. But it was later proven in court that the settlement was actually detrimental to national security, because in case of war, it would tie up troops there to protect the settlers. The high court on October 22, 1979 decided that Elon Moreh had to be dismantled.

Six months later, however, the extremists, led by Ariel Sharon and others, prevailed upon the Israeli Cabinet to expropriate all land that had been previously owned by Jordan, as well as all land that was not officially registered or under cultivation. No longer did the settlement movement have to justify their land theft on the grounds of “national security.”

Of course, much of the Arab land had been in their families for generations, extending far back into the days of the Ottoman Empire. Many of them did not have their land officially registered. Thus, April 1980 began the great Arab Land Grab, which is still the single most explosive issue today. It is a policy of legalized theft, and, having no effective legal recourse, those who object violently only give the Israelis more excuses to confiscate more land.

Out of the Elon Moreh case in 1979 the Peace Now movement was formed to counter the extremists in the settlement movement. To their credit, a huge groundswell of Israelis joined their ranks until violent Arab reaction of their own turned many Israelis against Peace Now. Many Israelis recognize that the Palestinians are being abused, but when Arab militants fight Jewish terrorism with terrorism of their own, they lose the propaganda war and expend the moral high ground on the morbid satisfaction of seeing Jewish blood spilt. Not being students of the Scriptures, they do not see that their tactics are of the old Jerusalem, rather than the New Jerusalem. Both sides are convinced that violence and terrorism is the way to resolve the issue. Neither side looks to Jesus Christ for the answer. And so, more and more blood will be shed until the people are satiated with their bloody religious principles.

By now, with all the violence on both sides, most Americans have long forgotten the original sin that started the conflict. The entire issue has been simplified to a few basic tenets, such as the Zionist claim of “the right to exist.” It is not a question of existence—as if the alternative to Zionism is Jewish “nonexistence” (i.e., genocide). It is not even a question of the existence of a state in which Jews may live. The question is whether or not Jews have the right to dispossess the Palestinian population by force and take all the land for themselves.

Shall Jews be given full citizenship, while all others—if allowed to remain at all—should be second-class citizens with fewer rights? Are Jews justified in treating Palestinians as Canaanites, making them “hewers of wood and drawers of water” (Joshua 9:27)? If so, does this also include the thousands of Palestinian Christians?
 
Consider the case of the village of Birim, a town that has been dead for over fifty years. Israel Shamir [http://www.hoffman-info.com/palestine41.html] wrote about this Christian village in his article, “Exposing the Big Lie About Muslims and Christians”:

“It was not ruined by war. Its Christian inhabitants were expelled from their houses well after the 1948 war. They were told to leave for a week or two for ‘security’ reasons. They had no option but to believe the Israeli officers and move out. Their village was dynamited, their church surrounded by barbed wire. They went to Israeli court, they went to the government, commissions were appointed and petitions signed. Nothing helped. Ever since, for 50 years, they have lived in the nearby villages and on Sundays they continue to visit their church. Their lands were seized by their Jewish neighbors, but they still bring their dead to be buried in the church graveyard, under the sign of the cross.”

It is refreshing to hear from Israelis who are concerned with the basic principles of justice for all people, instead of the narrow nationalistic view that whatever benefits Zionists is always good.

The same situation as in Birim still exists with the now-deserted Christian villages of Kafr Baram and Ikrit. In 1948, when the Israeli army asked them to evacuate for about two weeks, they left eighteen men to guard their property and sought shelter in a nearby village. In 1953 the Land Acquisition Act gave the “uninhabited” land to the government. The army blew up the houses as the villagers watched from a nearby “hill of tears,” and the trucks hauled away the ruins. Such has been common practice. Force the inhabitants to move away for a short time, then do not let them return, then finally confiscate “uninhabited” land.

Question: Did the biblical God approve of this? Will Zionist Christians also justify these land thefts in the name of Jesus Christ? Are Christians, too, mere second-class citizens in the eyes of God? Is the Kingdom of God divided into Jewish rulers and Christian hewers of wood and drawers of water? Was “the middle wall of partition” (Eph. 2:14) rebuilt in 1948? If so, who rebuilt it? Certainly not Jesus Christ. But the Church has conspired to help the Zionists rebuild it.

Lilienthal tells of another law that the Israeli government passed in order to “legally” expropriate Arab land. He writes on pages 116-118 of The Zionist Connection II,

“Under the Cultivation of Wastelands ordinance, the government was authorized to take over land not cultivated. Since the declaration of a security zone results in the area not being cultivated, it could then be taken over by the government and given to Jewish settlers, who were permitted to enter and cultivate it. By these and similar means, as early as 1965 some 3,125,000 acres . . . more than 60 percent of the land of Arab Israelis who had never left Israel, had been confiscated.

“Not only did the Palestinians lose their land, they also lost their right to work on the land . . . The minister of Agriculture under Regulation 125 has been permitted to expropriate ‘fallow’ lands. First, the owner is told he cannot work the land, after a certain period of time the area becomes fallow and the Agricultural Minister can then expropriate it. A former Minister of Defense said regarding this regulation: ‘The 125th Paragraph on which the military government bases itself in great measure is a direct continuation of the struggle for Jewish settlement and immigration’.”

It was the Zionists who thus took the land from the Palestinians—not the other way around. The Arabs did not drive the Jews out of Palestine. The Arabs did not settle the land until the seventh century A.D. It was the Romans who dispersed the Jews—or rather, it was God who sent His armies to do the job (Matt. 22:7). The Arab population is not at fault and should not be forced to give land to Jews who may covet it for themselves.

Modern Zionism is based upon the assumption that God gave Palestine to the Jews, and that this means the Arabs are living on land that is not theirs. Zionists justify all acts of violence, oppression, and unjust laws against the Arab population by this basic assumption. All Arabs living on land claimed by Israel are treated as if they had stolen land from the Jews. Anyone who disagrees with their claims or their immoral sense of justice is “biased.” (or Anti-Semitic - emphasis mine)

Well, let me make a point perfectly clear, in case the reader has not already discovered this: I am totally biased against violent Zionism that, in the name of God, perpetrates injustice upon the Arabs and upon peace-loving Zionists. I am biased by the divine law. I am biased by the prophets of the Bible. I am biased by Jesus and the writings of His disciples. Nothing in this old Jerusalem method reflects the Golden Rule in any shape or form. Nor did Jesus at any time advocate that the Judeans in His day uproot or declare war upon the Samaritans, who had occupied a large portion of the land for seven centuries. Not once did Jesus advocate violence against the Romans. I cannot comment extensively upon the moral principles of Judaism and its various branches, but there is no excuse for Christians to support this violence and theft.

If Christians must support this on the grounds that the Jews are God’s chosen people and are privileged to sin with immunity, then what will they say when the Jews lay claim to both Syria and Jordan, as well as Egyptian territory all the way to Nile River? Will they treat the Syrians and Jordanians in the same way they now treat the Palestinians?

Where will it end? When will the bloodshed and injustice cease? Ultimately, these extreme Zionists will demand to rule over the entire world, on the grounds that the God of Israel is to be the God of the whole earth (Is. 54:5). I do not doubt that the Kingdom of God will include the whole earth at some point in time. In fact, I look forward to that day myself. The problem is in the method of achieving that goal. Will it be done by the power of the sword or by the power of the Spirit? Will covetous men rule the world by fear, or will the overcomers rule in love?

Posted by Permission - Dr. Stephen Jones, God's Kingdom Ministries

Barber Comment

As you can ascertain from the article by Dr. Jones, there is a different view of the current crisis between Israel and Gaza (Palestinians) from that of Joel Richardson who takes the traditional dispensational pretribulational position - that the land of Israel belongs to the Jews by virtue of the Abahamic Covenant and the Controversy of Zion is the judgment of God upon the Arabs for their perpetual hatred of the Jews. 

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Judges Turning America Into A Sodomite Nation

"The movement sweeping across America to authorize same-sex “marriage” largely has been pushed by individual judges who have signed onto the movement to overthrow the millennia-old idea that it is a man and a woman who make a married couple".


This article supports what I have been saying for some time - that the United States of America is fast becoming a full-bloom sodomy nation, but it will not occur without a price - the judgment of a Holy and Righteous God who sits in the heavens and watches all that is transpiring on planet earth. When the human race chooses to deny that God even exist and ignores His Word and sinning without restraint, then the only thing left for Him to do is JUDGMENT!  America is so close to the severe judgment of God that if there was even the smallest understanding of what that means would send people flocking to the Churches in confession and repentance.

The judgment of Almighty God is not something to be taken lightly or mocked and sneered at.  Ask the people of Noah's Day and the flood that killed off an entire human race except Noah, his wife, his sons and their wives about the severe judgment of God. Ask the ancient nations that no longer exist about God's judgment - Assyria, Babylon, Greece and Rome. Ask the people of Sodom and Gomorrah about the severe judgment of God. Ask the Israelites - the Northern and Southern Kingdoms about God's threats of judgment for their sins and turning their back to Him. Ask Hitler, Mussolini, the emperor of Japan,etc., about the judgment of God.  The principal difference between the judgment of world leaders and nations from the flood of Noah's day and Sodom and Gomorrah is that the latter was the direct judgment of God - a judgment that originated from heaven. 

Is the United States about to experience the direct judgment of God?  I believe with all my heart that is what is about to happen to America unless we repent. Remember the reason God did not destroy Nineveh (the capital of Assyria) was that the King along with the people repented in Sackcloth and ashes. However, 40 years later God destroyed Nineveh and the kingdom of Assyria just as His prophet Jonah told them. I believe for American to be spared the judgment of God, the leaders of this nation will have to get down on their knees and repent along with the people.

I know some of my readers do not like me preaching that God is going to judge the United States unless we repent and tell me about it, but I will  stop warning of judgment when God tells me to. So far He has not told me to. When the Lord called me to the ministry of the Word on April 25, 1971, laying prostate on our living room floor at about 2:00 A.M. with my face in my Bible the Holy Spirit spoke to me and told me that I was not going to have an easy ministry, but would be difficult and hard because I would preach and teach the truth without compromise and the judgment of God. I did not understand the full impact of that for many years, but have come to realize the truth of it. In some situations I caused my own trouble by getting into the flesh, but in most cases it was because I taught the uncompromising truth, the return of the Lord and judgment.

Will God destroy the whole nation or will He destroy a city or cities or a region?  I do not know that is in God's hands. I just know what I saw in the Vision of the Inverted Pyramid - a tremendous volcano and earthquake on the West Coast in the Washington State - Oregon area with seas of hot molten lava running like a river down the West Coast destroying everything in its path with millions fleeing to the East to escape the horror.

God's strange work is His judgment because He wants the people to love and obey Him so He can bless them. His judgment is His mercy to save the people from destroying themselves with their sin and wickedness. AMERICA IS ABOUT TO SELF-DESTRUCT AND BECAUSE GOD LOVES AMERICA HE MAY HAVE TO SEND JUDGMENT!

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Will The Real New Testament Church Come Forward

In the 1950's there was a game show on TV (black and white in those days) and I forget the name, but the contestants (usually three) would try to fool a panel of four people (two men and two women) into who the real person was - one of the three was the real person.  Each of the panelists would wear a blindfold where they could not see, but only hear the contestants. The anchor person of the show would moderate the game and would start off by giving some background of the real person then invite the three contestants to come and in and be seated while the panelists had on their blindfolds. Each panelists would get two attempts to guess who the real person was by asking questions. Their success ratio was about 50-50. 

For the past three years Deb and I have been visiting Churches in our area in an effort to unite with them in worship and fellowship. We have visited several Baptist, Bible, and Non-Denominational Churches and had decided to unite with a medium to large size Bible Church. However, we discovered when we attended the New Members Enrollment Class, they were hyper-Calvinists. We are not so our membership was rejected. First time in over 40 years of ministry I have been told I could not be a member of a so-called Christian Church. 

For those who do not know what a hyper-Calvinist doctrine is, it is that God is sovereign in all matters including salvation and it is He who chooses those He elects to receive salvation while others are not included and have no choice in determining their eternal state. If they are not of the elect, their destiny is hell and the Lake of Fire. In other words they have no free will to either accept or reject God's offer of salvation through Jesus Christ. That is a total heretical doctrine and cannot be supported by the whole context of Scripture. Is God sovereign?  Certainly, but His elective grace is in the locality of salvation, namely that He chooses those to salvation in the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ. His offer of salvation extends to all mankind if they will obey the gospel and accept the Lord Jesus as Lord and Savior. That is the meaning of the Scripture that says "Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life and no one comes to the Father except through Him (Jesus)". You can see that God's election is centered in the finished work of Jesus on the cross. This is the way God has elected to save those who will believe. It is what Jesus called the "narrow road" and few be that find it.  God's message is "whosoever will may come and be saved", but you have to do it His way - the cross and resurrection of Jesus. If someone does not want to accept that truth and the way, then they will not be chosen to salvation. It is that simple.

We were not upset the Bible Church rejected our membership for we could not worship there anyway.

Continuing our efforts to find a New Testament Church that is true in worship and practice to New Testament doctrine, we visited another Church this past Sunday. It is a non-denominational congregation whose pastor is a former Baptist Minister. When we arrived for the 11:00 service, we noticed very few and I mean very few people were carrying Bibles as they entered the sanctuary. That usually means the pastor is not a Bible teacher or the emphasis is more on so-called praise and worship (emotional electronic rock sounding music) and less on sound biblical preaching and teaching.

When we sat down we observed people coming in dressed in shorts both men and women (some of the young girls had on tight short-shorts) and bringing coffee and snacks in the sanctuary. 4.5 out of 5 people had no Bible. The rock band on stage was warming up to start the praise and worship service. There was no choir (a Church choir is becoming a rarity in the Churches these days and the sacred hymns have been replaced by rock lyrics, which I can never remember).  Deb leaned over and said she had bad vibes about the service. I agreed. 

The rock band started their music and of course everyone had to stand while they sang the same lyrics over and over - a commonality of Charismatic non-denominational so-called Churches. I detest this kind of music for it does nothing but excite the soul not the spirit. We decided we had seen enough and left. This has happened to us several times in the past three years since we moved to our presence residence in North Texas. As we were walking out I remarked to Deb, "where is the true Church of the Lord Jesus Christ?"  We drove to a restaurant and had lunch.

The point I am making is the modern Church has determined the traditional Church that focused on Bible preaching and teaching as the principal and most important part of Sunday worship coupled with an excellent Music Director, choir, orchestra and the singing of the sacred hymns is no longer in sync and outdated. Christians used to gather for worship with Bible in hand eager to hear a message from the man of God as well as congregation singing accompanied by a pianist or organist and they dressed modestly and appropriately. 

What started this or what brought about the change?  That is not hard to answer. It began with Christian youth attending secular rock concerts where they sway and swoon with the soulical rock beat. Christian adults got caught-up in this rock culture also and no longer wanted to hear and sing the old sacred hymns or even the moving music specials by a talented choir.  They wanted to be moved by the rock beat that stimulated their fleshly souls not their born-again spirits.  The pastors and elders realized that to attract the soulish youth they had to have an order of service that appealed to their appetite for rock music. Thus was born the so-called "praise and worship" emphasis. Instead of mature godly men and women leading the music program, immature youth became the "worship leaders" and set the tone for the worship service. Not long afterward, Churches starting having two services - one for the older senior adults called the traditional service and a contemporary service for the rock-swinging youth that craved rock bands.  A so-called Christian Rock concert is not much different than a secular Rock concert in terms of the music. The beat is the same - ROCK!  Who is the winner in this situation? Satan is for he has divided the Church between the Youth and the adults. You end up with two Churches not one unified body.  Now I realize many adults now prefer the praise and worship rock churches over the traditional Word-focused congregations. However, we now have a large number or Christian babies that are shallow in the Word of God.  The Church is supposed to be a "Bible College" so to speak, that is, where they are fed the meat of the Word and can grow in knowledge and wisdom and rightly divide the Word of truth.

So as the title of this article asks, Where is the real New Testament Church where the saints hunger and thirst for the Word of God rather than to be swooned and swayed by loud rock music that does absolutely nothing for the spirit? Where is the Church that understands the House of God is the habitation of the Holy Spirit and dresses decently and modestly in honor of His presence?  We cannot seem to find one in our area.  Most of the pulpits are nothing but shallow sermonnetts or motivational speeches that offer the saints baby pablum instead of strong meat.  The Churches need revival and to get back to the fundamentals of the faith - strong preaching and teaching and music that honors the Holy Spirit and moves the spirit not the soul.  

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Are Demons Responsible For Our Problems?

The following is a dialogue with a long-time reader of my website. While her name will remain confidential, I am sure she will not mind my sharing our discussion of this topic. Perhaps others have the same questions. 

Over the years that we have communicated, one thing I have noticed about your difficulty in passing the bar exam - you blame it on demons.  While demons are real for sure, they are not responsible for all our problems.  Many of our problems are of our own making.  Demons cannot attack or harass us unless we give them an entry way into the soul area.  If that is the case, then do some soul searching and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal any area of demonic invasion as well as how they were able to gain access. This must be done in absolute faith, that is, if you ask the Holy Spirit (actually you ask the Lord for the Holy Spirit to minister to you in this area) to reveal the presence of demons you must believe He will do that otherwise James 1:2-8 comes into play and your prayer meaningless.

If your sin caused the demonic invasion, then you must confess and repent of that sin. Once you have cleansed that area by confession and repentance, (I John 8-10) then ask the Lord to seal off that area by His precious blood whereby the demon cannot return. Remember if we don't keep our deliverance firm, the demons can come back and be much worse than before. (Luke 11:24-26).

I am not implying you have any demons. More likely it may simply be a problem with the sin nature - it is capable of much sin without any demons involved. The sin nature is lazy and always seeks the path of least resistance.  Ask the Lord by the Holy Spirit to strengthen you mind and allow you to concentrate on your studies. If it is not a demonic problem but you start attacking or blaming demons for the problem - guess what, they will come because they work through lies.

Make sure the problem is a demonic matter when it fact it could be your own doing.  The Lord does not want us to dwell on demons (See Philippians 4:8). We are to meditate on the Word of God and speak the truth out our mouths about how God sees us - righteous in Christ Jesus. Meditate on righteousness which we have by the blood sacrifice of Jesus. If you sense a demonic presence (make sure it is real) speak the blood Scriptures out loud and sing songs about the blood. Demons cannot stand the blood so speak and sing about the blood and they will take a hike.  If they come back to check you out, the speak and sing again about the blood and they will flee from you. (James 4:7).

Remember you are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus our Lord and no demon can touch you unless you give them access by sin and disobedience.  Sometimes they enter by traumatic experience and sometimes they are ancestral demons via the bloodline. That takes an experienced Spirit-filled person in deliverance ministry to deal with Ancestral Demons.

Hope this helps.

God bless.

Allen

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Judge Overturns Kentucky's Ban On Gay Marriage

As I have mentioned several times, the Judicial Branch is fulfilling Luke 17:28 and moving the United States into a Sodomite nation - something that has God's attention though most may not know it or even care about the issue.

Genesis 6:1-9 (NKJV)

1  Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them,
2  that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose.
3  And the LORD said, "My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years."
4  There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.
Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
6  And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.
7  So the LORD said, "I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them."
But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
9  This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God.

This passage is highly debated as to the intent of the "Sons of God going into the daughters of men."  While it is not my purpose in this article to get into all the theology of the passage (hundreds of books have been written about who the Sons of God were), I will mention a couple of things that relate to my article.  The phrase, "sons of God" is benay Ha Elohim in Hebrew. The same phrase is used in Job 38:7

7  When the morning stars sang together, And all the sons of God shouted for joy?  Obviously from this verse, the context is before the creation of man or at the time God was creating the universe. Therefore, the obvious meaning is the angels of God and notice the Job passage says "All" the sons of God which would include both the good and bad angels (perhaps before the fall of Satan).  The angels watched in amazement while God created the universe. 

The difficult part of the passage in Genesis is the meaning of "the sons of God came into the daughters of men."  Was that a sexual relationship between two different orders of creation - angels and men? We know from 6:4 children were born when the sons of God cohabited with the daughters or men. Notice also in 6:1 it says men began to multiply on the face of the earth and daughters were born to them. It says nothing about the sons of God,  the benay ha elohim (angels) cohabited with humans.  At that time sexual relations were normal - men were taking wives of the opposite sex and children were born to them. But when we come to Verses 2-4, some type of perversion took place - angels having sex with human women. How is that possible? 

I just finished reading Tom Horn's book, Zenith 2016, in which he deals in detail with the cohabitation of fallen angels (demons) with human women. I don't have the time or space in this article to cover his rendition of the subject, but here are a few quotations from Chapter 8, The Luciferian Science of Deity Resurrection: 

"As far back as the beginning of time and within every major culture of the ancient world, the astonishingly consistent story is told of 'gods' that descended from heaven and materialized in bodies of flesh. From Rome to Greece--and before that, to Egypt, Persia, Assyria, Babylonia, and Sumer---the earliest records of civilization tell of the era when powerful beings known to the Hebrews as Watchers and in the book of Genesis as the benei ha-elohim (sons of God) mingled themselves with humans, giving birth to part-celestial, part-terrestrial known as nephilim".

The apocryphal book of Enoch gives a name to the angels involved in this cosmic conspiracy, calling them 'Watchers.'  We read:

"And I Enoch was blessing the Lord of majesty and the King of the ages and lo! the Watchers called me--Enoch the scribe--and said to me: 'Enoch, thou scribe of righteousness, go, declare to the Watchers of the heaven who have left the high heaven, the holy eternal place, and have defiled  themselves with women, and have done as the children of earth do, and have taken unto themselves wives:  Ye have wrought great destruction on the earth: And ye shall have no peace nor forgiveness of sin: and inasmuch as they delight themselves in their children [the Nephilim], The murder of their beloved ones shall they see, and over the destruction of their children shall they lament, and shall make supplication unto eternity, but mercy and peace shall ye not attain (I Enoch 10:3-8)."

"The Interlinear Hebrew Bible offers an interesting interpretation of Genesis 6:2 in this regard when the KJV says, 'The sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair', the IHN interprets this as: 'The benei Elohim saw the daughters of Adam, that they were fit extensions.
The term fit extensions seems applicable when the whole of the ancient record is understood to mean  that the Watchers wanted to leave their proper sphere of existence in order to enter earth's three-dimensional reality. They viewed women--or at least their genetic material --as part of the formula for accomplishing this task. Departing the proper habitation God had assigned them was grievous to the Lord and led to divine penalization. Jude described it this way: The angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day (Jude 6)."

"Stephen Quayle, in his book, Genesis 6 Giants, explains:  'The collective memories in the form of myths, fables, and fairy tales from various cultures and ages of mankind are overwhelming evidence that the Nephilim existed.' All of this indicates that Watchers not only modified human  DNA during the construction of the Nephilim, but animals as well, a point the book of Enoch supports, saying in the 7th chapter that the fallen angels 'sinned' against animals as well".  Horn goes into much more detail about the corrupted race of angels with humans that caused God to destroy the world of Noah's day. 

When I was doing research for my article, The 120-Year End-Time Generation (Notice I have removed it from my website as I am in the process of revising it due to further understanding of prophecy), I noticed from the Greek text of Matthew 24 where Jesus mentions the last days before His return will resemble the days of Noah, the meaning is "just like" the days of Noah.  From that I saw that the last generation before the Second Coming will be 120 years. The question is when did the last 120 years begin (I first thought 1897 and ending in 2017-18, but I am revisiting that and will re-post the article soon).  Moreover, there was a corruption of the natural order of God's creation - fallen angels (demons) having sex with human women and producing a mutated offspring - the nephilim.  The human race was so contaminated with this corrupt seed that God had to destroy it for only one human family was left that had not affected by this grievous sin - Noah and his family.  If God destroyed the entire human race with a flood save Noah, his wife, his three sons and their wives, then how were there Nephilim on the earth after the flood?  God never said Noah's wife and his sons and their wives were righteous in his sight - only Noah. We know that Ham committed a homosexual act on Noah, even the Hebrew Bible supports that (I once wrote an article about that situation and was blasted by a Jewish Rabbi who apparently didn't even know his own Hebrew Bible - not surprising since the Hebrew Bible to the Rabbi's is the Babylonian Talmud, which is a corruption of the original Hebrew as written by Moses).

Now, I have shared all this for the intent of bringing to light that the global spread of homosexuality and particularly here in the United States is a fulfillment of the Days of Noah when violence filled the earth as well as perversion. Luke 17:28 says this:

Luke 17:28-30 (KJV)

28  Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;
29  But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
30  Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.

The Greek meaning of the word, "planted" is to instill a doctrine in the earth.  The United States Supreme Court and the Judicial system have been establishing the doctrine of perversion in this nation and in the earth with the overturning of the Texas Sodomy Law in 2003.  The Obama administration has ordered overseas embassies to fly the rainbow (homosexual) flag alongside the American flag in support of global sodomy.

The judge that ruled against the ban on same-sex marriage in Kentucky said this:

"Heyburn [the judge who ruled against the Kentucky ban on same-sex marriage], an appointee of President George H.W. Bush, dismissed the governor's argument that Kentucky's prohibition encouraged, promoted and supported relationships among people who have the "natural ability to procreate" and a stable birth rate ensures the state's long-term economic stability.

"These arguments are not those of serious people," Heyburn wrote. What he didn't say was it was the argument of moral people. Godly morality has no compass with the U.S. Judicial system as well as many liberals on the left. 

If the Lord God was grieved in His heart of the corruption He saw in the world before the flood, how much more is he grieved by what He is witnessing in the United States and around the world to promote and legalize sodomy - an act both Old and New Testaments refer to as an abomination.

I know I have mentioned it before, but in a Bill Gothard seminar in Dallas, Texas (Institute In Basic Youth Conflicts) in 1976, Bill showed the large audience of about 8-10,000 people a graph depicting the growth and spread of concupiscence (strong sexual desire of an immoral nature) and lasciviousness (lewd sexual desire), particularly homosexuality, reaching the apex of legalized behavior, a nation so disposed, will experience the certain judgment of God.

The United States of America in its smug intellectual tolerance for perversion if not re-directed to change course of direction away from the sin of homosexuality has a controversy with the God of heaven and earth and will feel His wrath just as did Sodom and Gomorrah - make no mistake about it. I know many are praying for this nation to repent and turn back to God as I have been doing for many years. However, I do not see any sign of that happening, but I keep looking and hoping. I do know this as far as nations go - that they do not learn righteousness except by judgment:

Isaiah 26:9 (KJV)

9  With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

Will God destroy a city or cities or perhaps a state or a geographical region before this nation gets the message - that God hates perversion? God's judgment upon the sin of homosexuality is His mercy for if left alone, it will destroy this whole nation and I believe God wants America to repent. He has already given us several wake-up calls, but few understand that.  9-11, Katrina and Rita in which several cities were destroyed along the Gulf Coast and many other disasters are evidence God is judging America, but these are mild in comparison to what He may do because of the spread of homosexuality into all 50 states, that is, forcing it upon the people as the moral equivalent of heterosexuality. 

I have written several times about the Vision of the Inverted Pyramid the Lord gave the very day Terri Schiavo died on March 31, 2005 when she had been disconnected from her life support system 13 days before on March 18, 2005. She literally starved to death by order of the Florida State Supreme Court. That very morning, March 31, 2005, I was reading Proverbs 31 (there are 31 Proverbs - a proverb a day keeps the devil a way) and noticed Verses 8-9 (by the way, she died at approximately 9:00 AM):

Proverbs 31:8-9 (KJV)

8  Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.
9  Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.

As I was praying that morning over this text, the Lord showed me a vision of an inverted pyramid held across a map of the United States in which the right and left bases connected the states of New York city and Washington respectively and the inverted tip or point was at the juncture of Texas and Louisiana. 9-11 occurred in New York City and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita occurred in Texas and Louisiana and almost wiped out the city of New Orleans and completely destroyed several cities on the Gulf Coast. Since God does things in a series of 3's, I expect an third disaster to occur on the West Coast in the Washington - Oregon area.  In fact, in the vision I saw rivers of molten lava flowing down the West Coast wiping out cities in its path - millions were fleeing for safety toward the East. What God was saying in this vision (I have only been given two visions in over 40 years of Christian ministry) or what I believe He was saying is that He is going to turn the United States upside down to sift the filth out of it - our wicked sin for we are like Moab at ease on our lees.

Jeremiah 48:11-13 (KJV)

11  Moab hath been at ease from his youth, and he hath settled on his lees, and hath not been emptied from vessel to vessel, neither hath he gone into captivity: therefore his taste remained in him, and his scent is not changed.
12  Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will send unto him wanderers, that shall cause him to wander, and shall empty his vessels, and break their bottles.
13  And Moab shall be ashamed of Chemosh, as the house of Israel was ashamed of Bethel their confidence. 

It just so happens that Washington State is the seed-bed of bestiality - humans having sex with animals. There is a large horse ranch that attracts hundreds if not thousands of perverted people to come and have sex with horses.  A local Sheriff appeared on Bill O'Reilly some years ago and testified that he could not mention in public what goes on at that ranch. The physician at one of the local hospitals said they are treating bizarre and strange diseases from people taking part in the lewd acts.  Washington State has also become a Muslim haven.

The prophecy of the book of Revelation tells us that Satan with his fallen angels shall be expelled from heaven at the beginning of the Great Tribulation (the last 3 1/2 years) and cast down to the earth.  We also know from Revelation 9:1-12 at the 5th Trumpet Judgment, the demons presently held in the bottomless pit shall be loosed (let out) to roam the earth and torment mankind - those that have the Mark of the Beast. These may reenact the Days of Noah when the Nephilim were on the earth and having sex with human women, except this time it will involve demonic invasion and possession.  The one directing the action of the 5th Trumpet is Satan - 9:1, 11.

What is our hope in times like these and for what is coming during the tribulation? Is it the great snatch or pretrib rapture?  No, the great hope is that the Church of the Lord Jesus will be on this earth bearing witness to the gospel message to the millions caught-up in the judgments of God.  In other words, the Church will provide the message of hope for these lost souls. The gospel message today and in the future times of tribulation and persecution is that Jesus as the Son of God came to this earth, lived a perfect life without sin, offered that perfect sinless life upon a rugged tree (cross) as a sacrifice for the sins of humanity, was buried in an empty tomb and three days later rose bodily from the grave to justify the many who would believe in Him. No other entity has been given the commission to share and spread the gospel to the lost world except the Church of the Lord Jesus. If the aggregate Church was raptured out of the sphere of this earth to heaven before the tribulation, there would be no one to share the good news (the gospel) with the lost. The Church of the redeemed and the gospel message it preaches is today and will be in the days of tribulation the hope of the lost.

We must continue praying for repentance to come to the United States, but we must be prepared for judgment if God so chooses to bring repentance in that fashion.

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Conditions For the 3rd Temple Now Being Met?

According to the article, “In truth, the fate of the entire world depends on the red heifer,” the institute says".

Ever so often the doctrine of the red heifer surfaces that stirs apocalyptic emotions among orthodox Jews and Evangelical Christians that don't seem to understand this 3rd temple will be the temple of the Antichrist. In order to purify the temple and all of the vessels involved with temple worship, a perfect red heifer specimen has to be sacrificed and its ashes used in a mixture to cleanse the temple proper and the priesthood.  This is unfortunately ignorant Jewish dogma that willfully ignores the New Covenant revelation of Jesus who fulfilled all the laws regarding the blood sacrifice and the need for a red heifer cleansing agent.

Consider the book of Hebrews:

Hebrews 9:1-28 (NKJV)

1  Then indeed, even the first covenant had ordinances of divine service and the earthly sanctuary.
2  For a tabernacle was prepared: the first part, in which was the lampstand, the table, and the showbread, which is called the sanctuary;
3  and behind the second veil, the part of the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of All,
4  which had the golden censer and the ark of the covenant overlaid on all sides with gold, in which were the golden pot that had the manna, Aaron's rod that budded, and the tablets of the covenant;
5  and above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Of these things we cannot now speak in detail.
6  Now when these things had been thus prepared, the priests always went into the first part of the tabernacle, performing the services.
But into the second part the high priest went alone once a year, not without blood, which he offered for himself and for the people's sins committed in ignorance;
8  the Holy Spirit indicating this, that the way into the Holiest of All was not yet made manifest while the first tabernacle was still standing.
9  It was symbolic for the present time in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience--
10  concerned only with foods and drinks, various washings, and fleshly ordinances imposed until the time of reformation.
11  But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation.
12  Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.
13  For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh,
14  how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
15  And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.
16  For where there is a testament, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.
17  For a testament is in force after men are dead, since it has no power at all while the testator lives.
18  Therefore not even the first covenant was dedicated without blood.
19  For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water, scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people,
20  saying, "This is the blood of the covenant which God has commanded you."
21  Then likewise he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry.
22  And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.
23  Therefore it was necessary that the copies of the things in the heavens should be purified with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.
24  For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us;
25  not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another--
26  He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.
27  And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,
28  so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.

The fate of the entire world does not depend on the ashes of a red heifer, but on the eternal blood sacrifice of the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ!

No amount of ashes of an animal no matter how perfect will cleanse the human heart of inherent sin. The Old Covenant ashes of the red heifer including all the blood ceremonial activities of the Jewish temple were the shadows of things to come, not the substance. The substance has come in the body of the Lord Jesus which he willingly offered on the cross as the medium of forgiveness for mankind's sins.  There is no forgiveness apart from the blood sacrifice of the Lord Jesus no matter how many New Testament Bibles the orthodox rabbis tear up and declare fit for the garbage can of history.  The Jews worship in stubborn total ignorance of the truth and they are not without sin and are not the chosen people because of their natural inheritance.  They, like lost Gentiles must receive and accept by faith the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ or they are outside the Covenants (both of them) of God and without anyway to be saved and that is the truth whether they believe it or not!   

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Is Prophecy Being Fulfilled Now In Iraq And Iran?

If you are a student of Bible prophecy, then I want you to get your Bible out and open it to Daniel chapter 8. Now, if you consult nearly any commentary on the Book of Daniel, you’ll find they nearly all interpret this prophecy as fulfilled in history. The prophecy begins with a ram butting to the west, to the north and to the south, which most believe refers to the historical conquests of the Medo-Persian Empire:

[B]ehold, a ram which had two horns was standing in front of the canal. Now the two horns were long, but one was longer than the other, with the longer one coming up last. I saw the ram butting westward, northward, and southward, and no other beasts could stand before him nor was there anyone to rescue from his power, but he did as he pleased and magnified himself. (vv. 3-4)...Read the full article.

Comment:

While I do not agree with Joel Richardson's Muslim Antichrist theory, I do agree with him that Daniel 8 is not about some ancient historical kingdom such as Medo-Persia and Greece. See my article in the Prophecy Section - Some Observations About Daniel 8.

Daniel 8 is about the time of the end, which is the last seven years before the Lord returns on the posttrib Day of the Lord. More specifically, the time of the end refers to the Great Tribulation and the Day of the Lord - the last 3 1/2 years plus 1 - but the Day of the Lord is not a normal earth day. It is something of a time warp. 

The events in Iraq and Iran are a harbinger of what is to come to fulfill Daniel 8.  

What Does the Bible Say About the Fate of Iraq (Ancient Persia)?

When President George Bush (43) decided to go war with Iraq, I wrote him a lengthy letter warning him about getting involved in Iraq because the Old Testament prophets tell us who and how Iraq is going to be destroyed and it is not going to be the United States that does it.  

The Coming Destruction Of Iraq (ancient Babylon)
March 17, 2003
Dr. Allen Barber

Notice I wrote the following article the day Bush decided to go to war with Iraq.

I call your attention to Isaiah 13:17-22:

“17 Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, which shall not regard silver; and as for gold, they shall not delight in it.  18 Their bows also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eye shall not spare children.    19 And Babylon [Iraq], the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees' excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.    20 It shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation: neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there; neither shall the shepherds make their fold there.   21 But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their houses shall be full of doleful creatures; and owls shall dwell there, and satyrs shall dance there.   22 And the wild beasts of the islands shall cry in their desolate houses, and dragons in their pleasant palaces: and her time is near to come, and her days shall not be prolonged.”

“This prophecy has never been fulfilled in past history for Iraq (Babylon) has continued as a nation since the tower of Babel even though they were conquered by other nations.  This prophecy of Isaiah says a time when come when God will rouse the Medes (Modern day Turkey, Iran, and the Kurds; also Central Asia and/or the states of the former Soviet Union) to wipe out Babylon (Iraq) to the extent that it will never be inhabited again.  The destruction is compared to Sodom and Gomorrah.”  The United States has the capacity to wipe Iraq off the face of the earth, but God says that task belongs to the Medes, not the U.S.”

“According to the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, the ancient Medes and Elamites merged into Persia (Modern Iran) and became part of that kingdom.”  We know that Russia is assisting with Iran’s nuclear program and that both Russia and Iran are involved in a future war against Israel.” 

“Another passage in Isaiah 21:1-10, mentions the Median (Iranian/Turkey/Central Asia Coalition) destruction of Iraq: 

“1 The burden of the desert of the sea. As whirlwinds in the south pass through; so it cometh from the desert, from a terrible land.  2 A grievous vision is declared unto me; the treacherous dealer dealeth treacherously, and the spoiler spoileth. Go up, O Elam: besiege, O Media; all the sighing thereof have I made to cease.  3 Therefore are my loins filled with pain: pangs have taken hold upon me, as the pangs of a woman that travaileth: I was bowed down at the hearing of it; I was dismayed at the seeing of it. 4 My heart panted, fearfulness affrighted me: the night of my pleasure hath he turned into fear unto me. 5 Prepare the table, watch in the watchtower, eat, drink: arise, ye princes, and anoint the shield.  6 For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth.  7 And he saw a chariot with a couple of horsemen, a chariot of asses, and a chariot of camels; and he hearkened diligently with much heed:  8 And he cried, A lion: My lord, I stand continually upon the watchtower in the daytime, and I am set in my ward whole nights:    9 And, behold, here cometh a chariot of men, with a couple of horsemen. And he answered and said, Babylon is fallen, is fallen; and all the graven images of her gods he hath broken unto the ground.   10 O my threshing, and the corn of my floor: that which I have heard of the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, have I declared unto you.”

“The double reference to the fall of physical Babylon could mean the first time the Medes and Persians conquered Babylon in the 6th Century B.C. and the future fall of Babylon in the end time (The period in which we live today) by the modern kingdom of the Medes. 

While Isaiah and Jeremiah prophesied the destruction of physical Babylon, Revelation speaks of the destruction of the Mystery form of political and religious Babylon:

“1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.  2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.  3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.   4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.  5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.   6 Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.   7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.  8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.   9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,   10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come”  (Rev. 18:1-10).

“Notice in Revelation it refers to the city of Babylon and not the nation indicating something else is implied.  In my opinion, I believe Revelation is speaking of the New World Order that consists of the same religious and political spirit of ancient Babylon that Satan ruled over and spread the worship of the Sun-god deity throughout the world.  The mystery form indicates that the power behind it will remain hidden until the time comes for the unveiling of the Satan, the Antichrist, and the False Prophet at the mid-point of the tribulation period.”   I do not believe the present situation involving the U.S. – Iraqi War is the fulfillment of Revelation 18 because that takes place at the end of the tribulation period.”

Jeremiah supports the prophecy of Isaiah in calling for the destruction of Babylon (Iraq) by the Medes:

“27 Set ye up a standard in the land, blow the trumpet among the nations, prepare the nations against her, call together against her the kingdoms of Ararat, Minni, and Ashchenaz; appoint a captain against her; cause the horses to come up as the rough caterpillars.  28 Prepare against her the nations with the kings of the Medes, the captains thereof, and all the rulers thereof, and all the land of his dominion.  29 And the land shall tremble and sorrow: for every purpose of the LORD shall be performed against Babylon, to make the land of Babylon a desolation without an inhabitant” (Jer. 51:27-29).

“Notice the kingdoms of Ararat, Minni, and Ashchenaz are mentioned in the alliance with the Medes. Ararat is the modern nation of Turkey and Minni and Ashchenaz are Armenian nations of Central Asia and part of eastern Turkey and northern Iraq – the Kurds.”

“47 Therefore, behold, the days come, that I will do judgment upon the graven images of Babylon: and her whole land shall be confounded, and all her slain shall fall in the midst of her.  48 Then the heaven and the earth, and all that is therein, shall sing for Babylon: for the spoilers shall come unto her from the north, saith the LORD.   49 As Babylon hath caused the slain of Israel to fall, so at Babylon shall fall the slain of all the earth” (Jer. 51:47-49). 

Although it is not clear, the spoilers from the north could imply that Russia is involved with the future destruction of Babylon. 

From these Scriptures, it is clear that God will destroy modern Iraq (Ancient Babylon) with a coalition led by the Medes not the U.S.”  If I were going on pure logic, I would not pick Iran, Turkey, and the kingdoms of Central Asia to destroy Iraq, but the Bible is clear that God will use the Medes to totally wipe out Babylon from being a nation. 

Again, no one that I am reading is predicting this, but I will stay with the Word of God.   The only person that I have heard comment on this is Dr. Jimmy DeYoung.  Most are predicting that the U.S. will destroy the armies of Iraq within a matter of weeks.  That may happen, but I have problems with that scenario for the following reasons:

(1)    If the U.S. conquers Iraq and installs a democracy causing Iraq to no longer be a threat to Israel and the other Middle Eastern nations, that would seem to circumvent the prophecies of Isaiah and Jeremiah for a future destruction.  However, world conditions could change that.  
(2)    The timing does not appear to be right for Iraq to be destroyed.
(3)    The U.S. is not God’s choice to destroy Iraq.” 

If America goes to war with Iraq and invades the whole nation, many innocent Iraqis are going to be killed – it will be unavoidable.  If the military plan backfires, many American soldiers are going to die, maybe record numbers.   This may be the military setback I have been predicting since March 1994 because our nation is guilty of much iniquity – turning our back on the grace, mercy and favor of the Lord. In addition trusting in our superpower status instead of trusting in the Lord’s protection.

Saddam is not going to give up or go into exile, and he will fight a much different war than he did in Gulf War I.  Then there is the unknown, the unforeseen and the unexpected in any war plans.  As a Marine in Vietnam, we planned our operations to the “nth” degree and we were always well prepared to execute it, but sometimes things did not go as we planned and the enemy surprised us.  Before we regrouped, we had sustained heavy casualties.

I pray this is not the situation with Iraq, but the thing that concerns me is the silence of China and the threat by the U.S. to unilaterally destroy the credibility of the United Nations – something the New World Order cannot tolerate.   This situation has all the markings of something ugly before the dust settles.  This may be the “attention getter” from the Lord God that either America repents or is destroyed. 

May God help us to fall on our faces and repent of our national and personal sins before our sins destroy us.  This is the time for the saints to pray and fast for REPENTANCE not only for our nation, but also for the Church.

I was listening to Fox News while writing this and Shawn Hannity says this is a righteous war, meaning that we are the righteous nation and Iraq is the evil nation.  I wonder how God sees it from His eyes.

Post Iraqi War Comment

While the United States did defeat the Iraqi army and captured Saddam Hussein later to be hung by the Shiites, we did not destroy the country thus we did not fulfill the prophecies mentioned in the above passages.  Now that the off-shoot of Al Qaeda, the ISIS insurgency, has conquered 1/3 of Irag and moving toward Baghdad combined with the insertion of Iran's Revolutionary Army with Obama's blessings, the biblical scenario of the Medes destroying Iraq (Babylon) seems to be fitting into place. However, the final destruction of Iraq will not occur until the Great Tribulation. This situation in Iraq could be a warning from God that the long predicted tribulation  period is about to commence.

We shall to wait and see.

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I wrote the following a few months back and will renew the series soon. 

Gog and Magog, Daniel and Revelation

As I announced a couple of weeks ago, I am going to write commentary on Gog and Magog (Ezekiel 38-39, Revelation 20), Daniel 2, 7-8, 9-12, and Revelation - selected chapters that deal with the Seal, Trumpet and Bowl Judgments. I do not have a set outline to write from, but will follow the Holy Spirit's lead gleaned from over 40 years of study and research of these passages. It should be interesting so hope it will be a blessing to those who participate in the study of these prophetic teachings.

I have just completed reading Sir Isaac Newton's little known work on Daniel and Revelation, Clarence Larkin's (a Pretrib scholar) book on Revelation and Thomas Horn's book, Zenith 2016.  Sir Isaac Newton's book was disappointing as it is obvious he was an historicist meaning he believed most if not all the books of Daniel and Revelation have been fulfilled in history past. Writing like the intellectual and scientist he was, some of his commentary was difficult to follow and actually made no sense. However, he published the book in 1733 and therefore, did not have the advantage we do today of much prophecy either fulfilled or the visible stages set for their fulfillment. Clarence Larkin's book (when I was a Pretrib believer I promoted his commentary as the truth about end-time prophecy) was written in 1919 and like Newton did not have the insight of present world conditions. However, even though Larkin was a pretribber, he presents some interesting thoughts about the Antichrist, False Prophet and the Harlot Religious system.  He believed as I do that the Antichrist and False Prophet are "real" human personages not governments or systems.  Tom Horn's book, is an expose about the return of the Nephilim (offspring of the fallen angels that mingled with the DNA of the women of Noah's day) and the mystical Mayan calendar that ended in 2012 plus many other calendars and writings of both secular and religious personages that believed in the 2012 date for ending and restarting world history with an apocalyptic event. He cites many sources for a 3 1/2 year period culminating in 2016 (2012-2016). In addition, he devotes much space to the Great Seal of the United States being tied to the occult, specifically Freemasonry. In other words he believes the Satanic New World Order headed by the Antichrist will emerge from the United States for the founding fathers as he portrays them, setup the Capitol buildings in Washington, D.C. to reflect the cult signature, even to invite Lucifer's (Satan's blessings). As a result, the United States has been under demonic influence since its inception.  Whether or not he is right, one that is certain and that is, demons are clearly alive and active in the government of the United States.

The first articles on Gog and Magog will be posted soon so hope you enjoy the study.  In preparation for the series, notice in Revelation 20:7 where it says when the thousand years have expired, "Satan shall be loosed out of his prison and shall go out to deceive the nations, which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is the sand of the sea."

This is after the 1000-year reign of Christ Jesus on the earth and after the days of the tribulation and immediately before the Eternal Age (8th Age). As difficult as it seems, the nations that comprise Gog and Magog at that time, will form and exist to oppose the Lord Jesus during His Kingdom reign.  Gog and Magog in this passage represent the nations scattered throughout the earth that reject the Lord's reign over them and adhere to Satan's lies and deception one last time before the Lord rains down fire upon them and wipes them off the face of the earth and cast Satan into the Lake of Fire where the Antichrist and False Prophet have been for 1000 years. This is the last time Satan will ever be heard of in the history of heaven and earth. 

Revelation 20 cast great insight into Ezekiel 38 and 39 into identifying Gog and and Magog. Some things are certain, Gog is not the chief prince of Russia and Magog is not the nation of Russia. Gog is also not the Antichrist or Satan however Satan may have a part to play in both. Even though I have read countless books on Gog and Magog, I will endeavor to identify as the Holy Spirit provides the insight, who and what is this mysterious biblical personage and kingdom.