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. – Revelation 18:2
The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you. For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth. Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof? And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves? And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord. Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.
Events To Watch.
Everywhere one turns one can see the prophecies of the Bible coming to pass, whether is a tremendous increase in earthquake activity, coups, tumults, moral degradation and rampant deceit, the signs of spiritual death are everywhere. Not just in America but all over the globe. From Russia to China; Nigeria to Brazil, the footprints of evil and its spiritual progenitor can be seen. He has a plan and it is in its final stages. We will also look at the coming war in the Middle East its temporal and spiritual causes.
What this month’s update will cover is a matter that that is frankly dear to a lot of readers hearts; the demise of the American republic. America is presently at its height militarily and economically, but the signs of its demise are everywhere, from the overextension of its military empire to the over indebtedness of its people and government. To drug wars on its borders, the signs of strain and decay are readily apparent to the watchful eye.
I read recently where an FBI whistleblower has intimated that the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the third person in line to the Presidency and one of the most powerful people in the US, has been overheard on secret FBI tapes making what appeared to the whistle blower to be deals with major drug traffickers. Bribery was also part of this particular whistleblowers revelation. This, frankly is not news to this author nor to any true servant of the most high, who has
1) Walked with God a long time (over 10 years)
2) Are called to some sort of service and have made personal sacrifices for the Kingdom
3) Are ready to obey God even if it means their death.
These men and women of God know what time it is and have given themselves over to God’s service. Whether it be a humble ministry like this one, serving or giving to the persecuted Church, teaching young children the ways of God or being one of God’s many shut-in prayer warriors, they have decided to serve the LORD and forsake worldly praise and honor. They know that the devil is the prince of this world and this is not a theoretical statement but a day to day living fact.
In America, the corruption is becoming readily apparent. There is a great deal of what the FBI whisleblower revealed going on throughout the House, Senate and Executive Branch. The influence of criminal networks over our leaders need not take the form of outright bribes. But the real problem and reason that this can continue is that US law enforcement, the FBI and Justice Department in particular are politically, not legally driven. In other words enforcing laws and bringing justice is not their primary job. The law is not going to be enforced on this kind of corruption because the simple fact is those in power can easily remove or harass any FBI investigator, manager or Director who tries to blow the whistle on what is going on. Those that do try to warn lose their jobs or worse, their lives. Murder is a prominent part of Washington politics, but the greatest way to stay alive, some have learned, is by keeping the spotlight on you.
To show you just how corrupt the US government is, I want to relay something to you that you just won’t hear anywhere. I know people in some very, very sensitive and important places in the government. From time to time these people share things with me that you will never hear on radio TV or even the alternative media. Believe me when I tell you things are much worse than most of you even imagine, I really mean it. Some time ago here in the US, an attractive young girl (underage) caught the eye of an extremely wealthy Arab prince. This prince was determined to ‘have’ her. The young girl was abducted (for all intents and purposes) and was assaulted. Somehow (what actually happened is not clear) the young girl was murdered. The body of the girl was ‘discovered’ and as it happened some federal police arrived at the scene and realized that if the truth of what happened ever got out, there would be a major diplomatic incident and personal careers would be destroyed over it. A decision was made to put the girl in a car, crash it and set it on fire to make it look like an accident. This is what our federal officials did.
This is not a ‘conspiracy theory’. This really happened. But this is not an a-typical event in the US. Our federal law enforcement is not here to protect the average American from sexual predators, drug runners or criminal networks, rather it is here to protect a growing nest of pedophiles, drug dealers, crooked contractors and an assortment of other criminal types nestled in the US government. I cannot stress enough that there is a network of extremely important pedophiles that operate in the US. I have covered this before on this site and there are video’s and audio files on the net that one can listen to and download to understand just how deep the problem is in both major political parties. Do you want to know why congressmen sometimes vote for bills that make no sense or know will only harm their constituents? An envelope full of incriminating pictures will change any Supreme Court Justice, Congressman or Senators vote in very short order.
Debts, corruption, war without end perversion and drug running are part and parcel of the American scene and the things that are done in darkness will be brought to light.
Can you imagine how God feels about all of this? And he sees some of the wicked things that none of us has! God is going to wipe America out and destroy her with fire, but the whole world will fall under his fierce wrath for its wickedness and evil. Let us remember ancient Babylon, the empire was at its height and power. The king was boasting himself against God by taking all the ornaments of the temple at Jerusalem and was having a party with this nobles. It was at this Babylonian 'White House' bash when God finally decided to announce his judgment.
Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine before the thousand. Belshazzar, whiles he tasted the wine, commanded to bring the golden and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the temple which was in Jerusalem; that the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, might drink therein. Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house of God which was at Jerusalem; and the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, drank in them. They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone. In the same hour came forth fingers of a man's hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaister of the wall of the king's palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote. Then the king's countenance was changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his loins were loosed, and his knees smote one against another. The king cried aloud to bring in the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers. And the king spake, and said to the wise men of Babylon, Whosoever shall read this writing, and shew me the interpretation thereof, shall be clothed with scarlet, and have a chain of gold about his neck, and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom. Then came in all the king's wise men: but they could not read the writing, nor make known to the king the interpretation thereof. Then was king Belshazzar greatly troubled, and his countenance was changed in him, and his lords were astonied. Now the queen, by reason of the words of the king and his lords, came into the banquet house: and the queen spake and said, O king, live for ever: let not thy thoughts trouble thee, nor let thy countenance be changed: There is a man in thy kingdom, in whom is the spirit of the holy gods; and in the days of thy father light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, was found in him; whom the king Nebuchadnezzar thy father, the king, I say, thy father, made master of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers; Forasmuch as an excellent spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, interpreting of dreams, and shewing of hard sentences, and dissolving of doubts, were found in the same Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar: now let Daniel be called, and he will shew the interpretation. Then was Daniel brought in before the king. And the king spake and said unto Daniel, Art thou that Daniel, which art of the children of the captivity of Judah, whom the king my father brought out of Jewry? I have even heard of thee, that the spirit of the gods is in thee, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom is found in thee. And now the wise men, the astrologers, have been brought in before me, that they should read this writing, and make known unto me the interpretation thereof: but they could not shew the interpretation of the thing: And I have heard of thee, that thou canst make interpretations, and dissolve doubts: now if thou canst read the writing, and make known to me the interpretation thereof, thou shalt be clothed with scarlet, and have a chain of gold about thy neck, and shalt be the third ruler in the kingdom. Then Daniel answered and said before the king, Let thy gifts be to thyself, and give thy rewards to another; yet I will read the writing unto the king, and make known to him the interpretation. O thou king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar thy father a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honour: And for the majesty that he gave him, all people, nations, and languages, trembled and feared before him: whom he would he slew; and whom he would he kept alive; and whom he would he set up; and whom he would he put down. But when his heart was lifted up, and his mind hardened in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from him: And he was driven from the sons of men; and his heart was made like the beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild asses: they fed him with grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven; till he knew that the most high God ruled in the kingdom of men, and that he appointeth over it whomsoever he will. And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all this; But hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of his house before thee, and thou, and thy lords, thy wives, and thy concubines, have drunk wine in them; and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know: and the God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified: Then was the part of the hand sent from him; and this writing was written. And this is the writing that was written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN. This is the interpretation of the thing: MENE; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it. TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting. PERES; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians. Then commanded Belshazzar, and they clothed Daniel with scarlet, and put a chain of gold about his neck, and made a proclamation concerning him, that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom. In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain. And Darius the Median took the kingdom, being about threescore and two years old.
This is most instructive, because Daniel had already dreamed a dream and interpreted dreams that alluded to the fall of Babylon and the rise of other empires years before. Notice that God used the terms MENE MENE or 'weighed and weighed'. It is as though God was being thorough in his weighing (judging) of Babylon. But once he saw that the kingdom had come up short, he would finish it.
I know that God has already weighed America in his divine scales and that that it is to be judged. The question now is who among the people is willing to come out of the system and trust God for all things. How much fury and anger will God pour out on America and which people will be spared? God has given the people inside America space to repent on an individual basis, not a national one before God’s anger falls. This is what God revealed to me in prayer over a year ago. America as a nation is an accursed thing and an abomination, her guilt has been declared her sentenced is soon to be carried out. The signs of its demise are apparent.
The Problem Is The People
I am struck at how corrupt the entire nation has already become entirely given over to evil. I am often struck by the appearance and behavior of Americans. Sometimes it is the smaller things that you notice, tattoo's on men and women, young and old, the inability or unwillingness of the people to look someone in the eye, the haughtiness and arrogance of the women; impatient, inconsiderate and seriously distracted drivers, disobedient children and foul mouthed women and men. Then there are the not so little things, young and old sex maniacs in our schools, rampant drug abuse by young and old, gang violence and freeway shootings (this is a regular occurrence in the LA area). This is not the America I grew up in. Illegal Immigrants by the millions have overrun our borders and the Federal Government does not care, it even encourages it. Sodomites are entrenched in America’s churches and schools and even in the highest political positions in the land. The entire nation clearly has seen better days. It is on its cultural, religious and social downslide. It is, as Judge Bork put it so well, ‘slouching towards Gomorrah’. The nation is in hoc to foreigners to the tune of trillions of dollars and now they are invading her shores thieving and murdering along the way.
The stranger that is within thee shall get up above thee very high; and thou shalt come down very low. He shall lend to thee, and thou shalt not lend to him: he shall be the head, and thou shalt be the tail. Moreover all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue thee, and overtake thee, till thou be destroyed; because thou hearkenedst not unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which he commanded thee: And they shall be upon thee for a sign and for a wonder, and upon thy seed for ever. Because thou servedst not the LORD thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things; Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies which the LORD shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things: and he shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck, until he have destroyed thee.
The nation is bankrupt; financially and morally. As many of you who visit this site know, I keep a series of articles going on the Coming Economic Depression and this is what I see coming, in fact, it is in progress now. On Friday the 12th of August, as the Dollar was taking a beating in the currency markets, a key currency trading system failed and sent panic into the markets. We are on track for a budgetary deficit of $800 Billion this year and where we are going to borrow the funds to fill the spending gap is anybody’s guess. But Mr. Greenpsan seems to have been accommodative in the past by printing up tons of currency, some of which appears to be secretly buying our own debt, using sophisticated transactions that resemble money laundering to hide the true identity of the purchaser.
"It is hard to see a painless solution to this debt problem over the long term."
- Nigel Gault, an economist at Global Insight
The US is in deep financial trouble but you will not hear this in financial pronouncements coming out of government propaganda outlets. You will only hear lies of how ‘investors are lining up to buy our debt’ and of strong economic performance while thousands of Jobs are lost here in America. Well, we will see if the economy lives up to the hype or if a suspicious terror attack brings in Martial Law to hide our national insolvency. It appears as well that as oil prices skyrocket it only adds to our trade deficit woes. You throw in political uncertainty in Saudi Arabia, who now has a new King that must acquiesce to some degree to less US-friendly elements in his government and you can understand the Bush political predicament. To add to the Presidents woes, you have the Grand Jury investigation underway and due to finish in October, just before I might add, the Presidents dire warning of terrorist attacks to occur, that may give him the power of martial law.
What is suspicious is that these plans appear to have been in the works for some time. Mysterious contracts and operations have been noted around the nation.
Today, a key GOP lobbyist now behind bars and who may be willing to talk to prosecutors. Bush’s 38% approval rating for his nefarious policies are also a concern to those who have eyes to see. You add all of this up and you have all the recipe for a Clinon-esque attack on some hapless nation in the world. Does anyone remember that as the impeachment hearings were about to commence in the House of Representatives, Clinton launched a missile strike on medicine factory in Sudan? I do not see this President as being any less morally bankrupt that his predecessor. In fact his incompetence seems to be matched only by his demonstrated viciousness and deceitfulness. Thus, as the political heat gets turned up on Bush, expect another reckless, foolhardy military adventure to
· Bring Chaos in the Middle East to distract from the destruction of the US economy/US Dollar as it will be more and more difficult to hide in the months ahead.
· Distract from indictments that may name key administration officials.
· Accelerate Plans to integrate the US, Canada and Mexico into a regional government.
· Institute Martial Law to keep himself from going to jail.
Thus, I see yet another war coming in the Middle East. I see the following nations involved in it and I see this war as being probably precipitated by America, and Mystery Babylon, the Great Whore, the spiritual and financial powers who are in control of America.
(Biblical name Egypt/Mizraim)
Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, for the violence against the children of Judah, because they have shed innocent blood in their land.
In the Middle East, the region is clearly in a state of flux and war seems inevitable. The fact that Israel is giving up the Gaza is a key prophetic event. The strains are being felt in Egypt, where terrorists are striking tourists and radical Islamists are active and Iran, whose nuclear ambitions are real but somewhat overstated by the US and Israeli intelligence services. This is due to several Iranian initiatives that would undermine the US position in the Middle East. The real question is oil. We are very close to or at global peak oil production. That means a permanent decline in oil production on a world wide scale soon. This is happening just when the most populous nations on earth, China and India are industrializing. Iran wants to create its own oil exchange and set the price of oil itself, rather than having London and Washington do it as they have for decades. Now perhaps you can understand why it is London and Washington that is in Iraq today and are rattling their sabers at Iran. Such an oil exchange would eliminate the price manipulation that many middle Eastern nations feel is going on in the Anglo-American oil exchanges and severely test US economic hegemony. Iran will soon have a new system of oil trading in place and will use the Euro as the currency. Let us remember this extremely important point; Saddam Hussein committed political suicide when he declared that he would no longer accept dollars for his oil back in 2000 for the oil for food program. Thus, the US and London decided that they would fix the problem in its usual Satanic fashion using the devils tools; murder and theft. Oil in Iraq is now traded in dollars. The cost? Tens of thousands of corpses, a nation that is in chaos and terrorists running wild. Thus, I expect an attack on Iran, not because of a phantom nuclear threat or Islamic extremism, which all too often is funded by the US, but for the same reasons we invaded Iraq, the dollar-oil peg threat.
None of these facts are lost on the Arab world. If Americans are too brainwashed to figure out what its own government is doing, the Arab world is not. This is why there is such a shifting going on in the Arab world. In Egypt the Muslim Brotherhood has been a key opponent of the autocratic and increasingly corrupt regime of Hosni Mubarak. Rallies and even terrorist attacks have been leveled at the regime. Many see it as an American puppet regime that is not ‘true to Islam’. Yet Egypt is different than most of the Arab world as it has a large and active Christian (Coptic) population, something that is not present in the rest of the so-called Arab world. In fact, Egypt is not truly an 'Arab' nation. While it has allied itself with Arab causes especially in the days of Nasser, Arab nations are traditionally known as those that are located on the Arab peninsula. The term ‘Arab’ nation is now commonly used to describe nations in the middle east that have large Islamic populations and are antagonistic to the state of Israel.
A key player in the current unrest in Egypt is the nation’s largest Islamic organization, the banned Muslim Brotherhood. In the May 4 (2005) demonstrations calling for an end to President Mubarak’s 24-year rule, at least 400 members of the Muslim Brotherhood were detained. In Cairo, approximately 2,500 of its members assembled outside of a mosque to demand reforms. Tear gas was used to disperse protesters in cities across the country. Along with the Islamist demonstrators were other pro-reform activists including leftists and nationalists. – The Trumpet
What happens is Egypt will be critical for the future of the entire Middle East. Who will replace him? Mubarak is old and ailing and probably won’t last long. So speculation is rampant as to who will replace him and will Egypt’s policies change towards Israel and the US. Let us keep in mind that Egypt will enhance its position geopolitically with a friendly Palestinian administration in Gaza. Egypt has helped with the withdrawal will will station troops on the Sinai after the withdrawal has taken place. Election results in Egypt will show the shift in sentiment, provided the usual fraud and corruption is kept to a minimum. Mubarak has had to allow multi-party elections as a key demand of the opposition. If members of the officially banned Muslim Brotherhood gain a sizable portion of parliamentary seats this could mean big trouble for America’s regional interests.
Al Qaeda And Egypt
Are Egypt’s terrorist organizations such as Jamaat Al Islamiyya and the Egyptian Islamic Jihad connected to Al Qaeda? This is a question that has been asked by many a scholar and policy analyst. The answer to that question is more ambiguous that a simple yes or no (as the linked article says). Yes they share many of the same aims, Islamificaion of the Middle East and undermining the west and its puppet regimes in the region. Using this fact alone analysts are quick to jump to many conclusions regarding these and similar groups throughout the Middle East. While the Muslim brotherhood group does have ties to Afghanistan and probably Al Qaeda what Al Qaeda is and is not needs to be discussed.
First and foremost Al Qaeda is not a rigidly structured organization, if it can be called an organization at all. It is more like a religious-political movement or way of thinking than it is an organization. Al Qaeda is probably made up of no more that 200-300 actual members, perhaps much less. It recruits those who commit acts of terror via a kind of ‘traveling road show’, if you will, with Imam’s and Mullahs who go out and incite others to do acts of terror. These groups that are incited usually have no other connection to Al Qaeda than the fact that they heard one of the scores of Al-Qaeda ‘traveling salesmen’, watched a video or heard the ‘call if Islam’ in a local mosque. The only other connection these groups have with Al Qaeda is a common mind-set of pro-Islam and anti-western sentiment. Whatever plans these young converts make are usually their own and there does not appear to be any personal contact, money changing hands or even in many instances, clear direction as to the target. This makes any attempt to prevent planned acts of terror extremely difficult.
This is why any attempt to identify terrorist acts with ‘Al Qadea’ is foolish and counterproductive as it feeds into the myth of the organizations invincibility. It is to identify all acts of terrorism with Al Qaeda which is preposterous. While each may have similar aims the groups are different and have somewhat different agenda’s. However such constant linking of terrorism to Al Qaeda does provide the necessary 'evil-face' and bogeyman to stoke up fear at home to provide a pretext to continue our war.
This is not to minimize the threat Islamic terrorism and extremism poses to the west in general and Christians in particular. It is written to get a better understanding of the enemy, who he is and who he is not. If the west is to win the war against Islamic terrorism it will not be able to do so using as its primary weapon, military force. It must do something radical, unthinkable and probably psychologically impossible for its leaders to contemplate. It must radically alter its foreign policy in the region. In particular
1. It must cease backing undemocratic leaders and dictatorships in the region.
2. It must stop organizing coups and insurrections in the region.
3. In must provide truly free-market incentives and a free-market environment to root out cronyism and corruption in the region.
4. It must allow the Arabs and the Israeli’s to solve their own differences while remaining committed to the continued existence of Israel and the continued existence of every recognized Arab State.
5. It must allow the price of oil to be dictated by market forces and not the threat of invasion and so-called nuclear options.
6. It must foster greater religious and political freedom in the region and ensure minority religious groups are not arrested, tortured and killed simply because they have different religious beliefs.
Egypt is a key Middle East player and any future major conflict in the region, that this author sees will probably have Egypt at first playing peacemaker and later participating as a belligerent, eventually against Israel.
Biblical names (Medes/Persia)
Iran has been accused of trying to build a nuclear weapon. The fact is that any such weapon needs a credible delivery system and a political environment that would allow them to use it without being destroyed herself. Weather or not Iran already has such a weapon or is close to constructing one is beyond the purview of this paper. What is important to understand is the different tactics used when developing nations seek to acquire nuclear weapons. In Pakistan and India there was little outcry when they successfully tested nuclear weapons as both nations have been used in the past by Washington in its then 'cold war' games. The NPT (non-proliferation treaty) is being interpreted not to stop the development of nuclear weapons but rather to be used as a tool to further Washington’s foreign policy to allow those states Washington wants to woo to develop these weapons and punish those she wants to invade. Now it is being leveraged against Iran. Iran is a serious problem no doubt about it. Its radical Islamic regime poses a threat to the entire region. Yet to understand Iran one must try to put oneself in 'the other man’s shoes'. Iran was abused by British oil interests in the mid-20th century. When Iran sought better returns for its oil they were rebuffed. Ultimately Western oil interests staged a coup and the result is the regime that is in power today, an Islamic republic, which is probably where Iraq is heading thanks to more Anglo-American interference.
Iran is not likely to go under the thumb of the Anglo-American establishment again. This is one of the reasons that even as unpopular as the radical Islamic regime is in Tehran, the people are not going to fall in line with the west. Yes, Iranians like western music, dress and some of its culture. They do not like our policies and what those policies have done to their nation or their neighbor, Iraq. Once again it is important to understand that while Iran is a generally considered to be ‘Arab’ it isn’t. The people are proudly Persian. But the political paradigm they are placed in; its location, oil reserves and religion, it is placed politically in the so-called ‘Arab’ world. Its political interests are closely aligned with the Arab world, to be sure. It has a vehement hatred of Israel. Its mullahs have dedicated themselves to the destruction of the state of Israel, the aim of many is to destroy the West as well, particularly America and Britain whose influence in Iran has been nefarious and destructive.
Behold, I am against thee, O destroying mountain, saith the LORD, which destroyest all the earth: and I will stretch out mine hand upon thee, and roll thee down from the rocks, and will make thee a burnt mountain. And they shall not take of thee a stone for a corner, nor a stone for foundations; but thou shalt be desolate for ever, saith the LORD. 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 caterpillers. 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. 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.
Iran according to some Bible Prophecy students is going to be a key player in the down fall of Mystery Babylon as she was a key player in the down fall of Ancient Babylon. Today, one need look at the rhetoric and hatred that has consumed both sides to see that there is probably more than a little truth to this. How this is going to be accomplished is not clear as Iran has no logistical capability to move its army to America. But it is well known that Iran funds various Islamic extremists and Terrorist organizations. It is also known that these organizations are extremely adept at attacking high-profile targets using only a handful of men, namely terrorists (when governments do the same things they are called special operations).
Will this be how it is done, with a small nuclear devices smuggled in the United states? A Massive truck bomb at a key installation or a series of other well times and well placed attacks? Who can say but God. The point here is that Iran and the US are at odds and will remain at odds until the Lord returns. However, there may be a time when Iran and the US join hands against a common foe. Who will that foe be?
For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand; A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations. A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them. The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run. Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array. Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness. They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks: Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded. They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief. The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining: And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it? Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the LORD your God? Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly: Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet. Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God? Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people.
All the nations of the earth will gather against Israel at the final hour of this age. And Iran will play a key part in it. While many have quoted Ezekiel (chapter 38 and 39) to show how Iran (Persia, Media) and a great assembly of nations shall move against Israel on the great and terrible day of the LORD, I have been more careful about this particular prophecy because the destruction of Gog and Magog by a fire from heaven and its timing are clearly outlined in the scripture. I do not think the explicitness of it can be argued from a biblical standpoint, (though one can argue that there will be a dual fulfillment) but it can be from an emotional one however. Sadly, most ‘prophecy experts’ are too emotional to really hear what the scriptures are really saying.
And when the thousand years are 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 as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
When God does act, Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Syria as well will be destroyed as will all of God’s and his chosen people's enemies. Why? Because of the way they have treated Israel and the Jews; the Church and Christians. Today antisemitism is on the rise and on the rise big time throughout the Middle East, Europe and even Asia and America, Nazi-like Jew hating is the past-time of the devil’s Children. One site keeps track of writings and news reports dealing with Antisemitism is worth a look. Egypt is a place of rabid Antisemitism even though its government is technically at peace with Israel.
Edom is also mentioned in scripture as coming under fierce Judgment from God over this issue. Edom can be generally associated with the Saudi Arabia.
More Judgments are pronounced against the rabid anti-Semites in Obadiah
But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions. And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau for stubble, and they shall kindle in them, and devour them; and there shall not be any remaining of the house of Esau; for the LORD hath spoken it.
Deliver thyself, O Zion, that dwellest with the daughter of Babylon. For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye. For, behold, I will shake mine hand upon them, and they shall be a spoil to their servants: and ye shall know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me.
This is not good news to the so-called Arab world, which has built so much of its political foundation not just on hating Jews, but annihilating them in their homeland. God is going to bring their evil desires upon their own heads. Has not the stage been set? Have not the ‘actors’ taken the stage in God’s prophetic theater?
Map created by NASA's Whirl Wind.
(Biblical name Assyria)
While modern Syria makes up only a small portion of what was once Assyria was part of the Assyrian Empire. It stretched from Modern Turkey, Armenia and northern Iraq and Iran at its height. A brief but very absorbing history of this interesting culture can be found here.
Today, in these end times, Syria is very much part of the anti-Semitic Islamic-Arab world. It along with Egypt and Jordan have attacked Israel in the past. I must say it and say it clearly; their hatred for God’s chosen people will be their destruction. The Syrian government shelled targets in Israel in the past and using its surrogates in Lebanon it has launched raids into Israel itself. Many of its leaders live and dedicate their very existence to seeing Israel destroyed.
The new leader in Syria is not nearly as adept a politician as his father and lacks the depth of character needed in these times. He is dependent on his fathers cronies and left-overs and their advice is not benefiting the regional situation. Today, the Golan Heights are Israeli occupied but not so long ago it was a place that the Syrians used to shell the northern Villages with mortars.
This has now ceased but many inside Syria are looking for a way back to a position to threaten Israel’s existence. This was a key reason that Syria had to leave Lebanon. The recent death of the former Prime minister Hariri was a tragedy for all, for he seemed to be a key force that stabilized his nation. His death brought about a partial withdrawal of troops from Lebanon and was a major setback to their ambitions, but benefited the US and Israel. Who was behind the murder is not clear. The US was quick to blame Syria, but it is not at all certain that Assad was aware of such an attempt. Others see another actor creating chaos here for its own purposes.
Syria is often referred to as the Northern Army in Scripture and we should remember, that is The Assyrian is a key end-time personage
But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel. And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth. And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men. And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof: thus shall he deliver us from the Assyrian, when he cometh into our land, and when he treadeth within our borders.
The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap. The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid. The fortress also shall cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria: they shall be as the glory of the children of Israel, saith the LORD of hosts.
The Gulf States
Oman, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen, and Kuwait are all part of the same ancient Semitic line of people. The current political divisions being essentially 20th Century creations from the British Empire when it was the major colonial power in the region. Their desire is also to see the Jewish state destroyed, but their wealth is one of the reasons that they do not pursue it with such vigor as those nations with larger and poorer populations who are easily swayed by the speeches of the Imam's. They are content to fund various organizations that are either involved in subverting Israel on behalf of the Palestinians; the same Palestinians, by the way, which are despised in these rich Arab Sheikdoms.
Thus, once America finally turns on Israel as it is slowly doing now, Israel will have no one to help them and will cry out to God. The entire earth, that is all of the nations thereof will come against tiny Israel whose only real ‘crime’ is being beloved by the Living God. When one looks at the AIPAC scandal and the possibility and ramifications for a major rift between the US and Israel and the fact that the US has suspend aid for Israel as weapon to get them to allow the New World Order/Global Elite crowd to part the holy land, the trend for the future becomes clearer.
The Book of Zechariah.
I do not know why but I have been compelled by the Holy Spirit to go back to the book of Zechariah and re-read it for God had something to show me.
Zerubabbel was one of the first and most important Jews who returned to Israel after the Babylonian captivity.
Now these are the children of the province that went up out of the captivity, of those which had been carried away, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away unto Babylon, and came again unto Jerusalem and Judah, every one unto his city; Which came with Zerubbabel: Jeshua, Nehemiah, Seraiah, Reelaiah, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispar, Bigvai, Rehum, Baanah. The number of the men of the people of Israel:
He was a very important figure in the old testament but is not given mention in the New Testament. Yet some have concluded with very good cause that he may very well be one of the two witnesses in the last days. Where do they get this from?
And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof: And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof. So I answered and spake to the angel that talked with me, saying, What are these, my lord? Then the angel that talked with me answered and said unto me, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord. Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts. Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it. Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you. For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth. Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof? And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves? And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord. Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.
So these verses here in Zechariah clearly allude as to the identity of the two witnesses. No, the scripture does not state this explicitly but it does associate these two godly men, Joshua and Zerubabbel, who were charged with overseeing the rebuilding of the Temple and Israel’s religious life after the Babylonian Captivity with a key identifier of the two witnesses in Revelation. They were honored in a most similar fashion by God.
Now before any of you get all riled up and start firing off bitter little ‘nasty-grams’ know that I am not saying that these two are the two witnesses, I am saying that the only two personages identified clearly in connection with the two olive trees are Joshua and Zerubbabel. Many have said that the two witnesses will be Moses and Enoch or Moses and Elijah or Enoch and Elijah or John and Enoch or John and Elijah... the list is endless. I always go back to the simplicity of the scripture, one can learn a lot from them if they actually read (a dying art in America) and cross-reference them. It isn't hard, with computer Bibles it is almost as easy as flipping a remote control, but which is more important to America's Christians?
Thus, it may be that God will bring back these two mighty men of God who were pivotal figures in Israel’s spiritual life after years of backsliding. Let us keep this in mind as well, It will be after over two millennium of backsliding in Israel that the two witnesses will begin ministering. Their ministry and martyrdom center around Jerusalem. Zerubbabel and Joshua have had a lot of practice in ministering to backslidden Israel and built the temple that was destroyed by the Romans.
I believe it is good to look at the book of Zechariah as a kind of a 'Book of Revelation' for the Jews. Much of the imagery is the same, two olive trees, four horsemen, heavenly scrolls, a wicked women located in Babylon and armies compassed about Jerusalem, it is very similar in its apocalyptic symbols.
These things are important to note for, in my humble opinion, this book is one of the more neglected when it comes to looking at the end times. In our times, with Israel having to give up Gaza to the Palestinians and HAMAS, which are little more than terrorists, it should seem clear, especially in light of America's repeated statements that it will not negotiate with terrorists, that its hypocrisy knows no bounds. Because that is exactly what they forced the Jewish state to do. As I end this article I want to pass on this little chart I constructed to show you how greedy the Arab nations are. They will not find a homeland in their own nations for the Palestinians they claim such love for, though they sure have the land to do it with. No, the real issue is the same old issue that has plagued God's people since the times of Moses, they hate the Jews and want to annihilate them from the face of the earth. Why? Because that is the desire of their father, the Devil, it is he who hates the Jews. Like Adolf Hitler, many Arab leaders have a deep and pathological hatred of God's people. They always have and always will until the LORD returns to put all of those who hate God's people or hates any person for any reason into a place where there is no escape, no rest and no peace, forever.
Source: CIA Factbook
Explain to me again how Israel needs to give up land for peace?
What Should We Do In These Times?
I will give some simple practical considerations
Give to real Christian ministries. Those who help the persecuted, feed the poor, help the homeless and other charitable works. This of course includes any real missionary work that goes on. I am not talking about some crooked pastor who has his daughter set up as a 'missionary' in Paris or Monaco, trying to bleed you of money while she spends it on shows, nightclubs and casino's. No, I mean real missionary work that preaches to the poor and those who have not heard the true Gospel. There is a saying that goes, 'you can't take it with you but you can send it on ahead', the only way to do that is to assist those in need.
Always give thanks. Whatever your situation give thanks to God, especially for the little things we take for granted. Food, shelter, running water, health, etc. It is too easy to get caught in self pity when we all have so much to be thankful for.
Whatever God has given you to do, do it and do it without murmuring or complaining. God hates this. If you feel your ministry is too humble, here is your lesson from God; Be Humble, or be humbled.
Keep you foot from doing evil. Speak the truth always, do what is righteous always, never seek vengeance and love your brother and your enemies.
Do not fret or worry over the things going on in the world. You have no control over them. Keep your eyes on Christ and study his word.
Pray for God's Holy Temple, the Church, and pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.
Mark S Watson
 A vulture is considered a hateful bird, perhaps which is what John the revelator had in mind.
 While certainly some will do so, others have already begun selling it as noted in my Depression series
 Egypt made up of decedents of Ham, the Arab world is made up of decedents of Shem.
 This could be easily done. Jordan is the homeland of the Palestinians. It was terrorism that got many of them thrown out. Now they are being forced on Israel. The real goal of our Global leaders is not to help the Palestinians; it is to kill the Jews. This was the goal of the Nazi’s and it is still the goal of men and women who are involved in organizations that were started by the Nazi’s who sit at the pinnacle of power in Europe and America.
In Christ Jesus,
Mark S. Watson