Socialism Versus The Kingdom Of God

Socialism Versus The Kingdom Of God

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Socialist Government Kingdom Of God

We continue to be bombarded by the antics and tactics of those on the pursuit to make the United States a ‘Socialist Nation’ of some sort. The most recent comments have come from Alexandria Ocasio Cortez or AOC as she is known and her cohorts in the form of the ‘Green New Deal’. Likewise the list of political contenders for the presidential nomination of the Democrat or now ‘Socialist’ party has begun to emerge. You may be asking me why I am not just content to write about issues in the church or prayer or revival. Why have I begun to write on issues confronting society?

Jesus and Paul confronted the issues of the day. We see in Acts 14-19 Paul dealt with the same people we are dealing with in the world who oppose the Kingdom of God. Ultimately that is what this is all about. AS disciples and follower of Christ we must see ourselves as citizens of the Kingdom of God first and citizens of our various nations second. Loyalty a political party or politicians is never our goal, but as christians we must be actively involved in the affairs of our world. It is with that in mind I will attempt to compare Socialism, with all of it’s forms, including Marxism and Communism with the Kingdom of God and what it offers now and in the future Millennial Kingdom.

How does one become a citizen first of all of these two governments? A kingdom is a government. In Socialism a person is born naturally and the government offers healthcare from birth to grave. Also, the government forces their ideals on its citizens and they are not given any choices. In the Kingdom of God one is born again or born anew by his or her ‘spirit’ coming alive. In other words the spirit part of our being comes alive and we become citizens of God’s kingdom and have access to all that it contains. A citizen of the Kingdom of God or Kingdom of Heaven, also surrenders their life to to the King and thereby make Him Lord. Their life is not their own, but then neither is it in the ‘socialist government’.

The government in socialism tells you what to think and further this is accomplished by indoctrination versus education. In the KOG (Kingdom of God) it is accomplished through equipping saints, as its citizens are called, for ministry. This is done by study of The Word of God led by the Holy Spirit and various ministers and leaders appointed by the King. The government indoctrinates teachers and they in turn do the same to the children under their tutelage. Parents have no say and are told that they have to accept what government leaders think is best.

In the KOG people are led by the Holy Spirit who is also the spirit of the KIng. Through Him they fellowship with Him, the King, the Word and each other. Each one puts others ahead and thus are servant minded. In socialism the government has programs, and policies in force to ensure people are able to do whatever they want whenever they want. They are told who can read to their children at the library for example. You can have two mommy’s or two daddy’s or be whatever gender you want.

In the KOG their is only one way of life, that is the way of the cross of Jesus Christ. He is the way, the truth and the life. In socialism there are many ways as long as it doesn’t include Jesus or go against the government mandated policies. The future is whatever you believe. Whether this is all there is or many more lives. You can sound your horn for call to prayer at any hour as loud as you want. Christians cannot announce their worship times. They must hide underground or in caves.

In the Kog there is either heaven or hell. In socialism there is the government and whatever your false religion teaches. In socialism each one is really serving the government. Helping the poor and needy is part of their outcry. But, they really don’t help anybody since they keep them in bondage. They even take away from those who are affluent enough and can help. They believe in poverty for all. Jesus said that the ‘poor you will always have’. He also taught us to help others out of love for Him.

Kingdom finances rule the KOG. That includes bringing first fruits or tithes, followed by offerings. Offerings help further the advance of the Kingdom, by sowing into ministries that help feed, cloth and provide for needs of all. Also, Bibles and education literature to train God’s people for ministry. The King raises up leaders from within the KOG to equip and train other leaders. In socialism taxes are raised by taxing those that have it until they are brought into poverty and wasting those monies on more programs that keep citizens in bondage. Programs and programs and more programs to educate, indoctrinate and further attempt to train people to work or in just getting by keeps each one more dependent on the government.

Rule of all the earth was originally given to one man, Adam, and his offspring. That was lost through willful disobedience, but regained by the second or New Adam who is also the King of the Kingdom of God. He planned for man to take care of the earth and that included animals, plants, bodies of water and the atmosphere. Even though man used technology and advances and made things worse, mankind must reverse that trend. However, forcing people to accept more programs without proper teaching which includes recognizing that the earth is the Lord’s and He left us to take care. There is a kingdom coming in the Millenium where we will do that perfectly under Jesus’ kingship. Until then we need to do a better job, but with sensibility not a pipedream.

The original man and woman were given the same assignment Jesus gives us now. That is to procreate and have dominion in all of the earth. This can only be accomplished when a man and a woman procreate.Socialism goes against God’s intent and says sex with whatever you like and calling yourself whatever you like is ok. Also, socialism offers free healthcare, which is not really free, but the KOG offers healing and deliverance. The KOG also, teaches healthy lifestyle to ensure you remain healthy. Divine healing is a result of the cross as well as freedom from bondage to the sinful lifestyle that socialism seem to espouse.

Ultimately it is easy to see that while socialism has values in helping the poor, needy, afflicted, ultimately they don’t address that spiritual needs. Further the Church, or Ekklesia or KOG should preach the full ‘good news’ of the gospel which not only touches physical needs, but soulish and spiritual as well. If the Gospel of the kingdom is fully preached it offers hope in the return of the King. His return will establish the citizens as kings ruling and reigning with Him. No socialist government ever offered rulership to its citizens as kings. Finally, all of the nations and kingdoms and kings of the earth will submit to Jesus’ rule. No communist, Marxist or Socialist government desires to bow to any King, let alone Jesus.

`It is the last point that really puts socialism and really all of the governments of the earth at odds with the kingdom of God. While I think our republic is a good form of government I know that soon it will be replaced by one from heaven, the Kingdom of Heaven, ruled by Jesus Christ. Every Socialist, Republican, Independent, Tea Party, Labor Party, Likud, etc. will bow to this KIng.!!

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The Sudden Surge Of Anti-Semitism And The Church

The Sudden Surge Of Anti-Semitism And The Church

We have seen a sudden surge in anti-semitism in the last few years all over the earth but especially in Europe, and in the United Nations. Recently in the United States there has been a marked a lot of attention to anti Jewish and anti-Israel speech, and acts of terror, like the bombing of the synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pa.

I am not certain if there is an actual rise in anti-semitism overal, but rather more focus and attention has brought it to light. Regardless despite the thrust to be more ‘tolerant’ by most of society of other religious groups and ethnicities the Jewish people are still targeted as the single most hated group in all of the world for all times.

We have seen the United Nations pass resolution after resolution against Israel, while ignoring many terror states like Iran, and overlooking the fact than when attacked by Gaza for example Israel only reacted in defense. This all happening despite the fact that less than a generation ago we saw a near annihilation of Jews throughout Europe in World War II. This is known as the Holocaust, where over 6 million Jews perished at the hands of The Nazi party led by Adolf Hitler, among others.

Sadly, the church mostly sat by and did nothing or said nothing for fear of retribution. Those that did help or speak out were usually killed along side of Jews. We see examples in The Hiding Place, and in the lives of leaders like Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Throughout history there has always been those that hated Israel and the Jews. Most of us know of Haman’s plot in the book of Esther, and then Antiochus Epiphanes and the attempt to make the Jews Greek and do away with all of their cultural identity.

BUt, the church has not had a good track record either. Many of the early church fathers, i.e. John Chrysostom, Augustine, and later Martin Luther were very much anti-semitic. This is where the term ‘replacement theology’ comes in. That basically teaches that God is through with Israel, and the church has replaced Israel. While I believe that the Bible teaches that all must come to the Father through Jesus and that includes the Jewish people. The promises that God made are still valid and that in the last days we will see a mighty revival in Israel and among Jewish people world-wide.

Isaiah 49:16 “Behold I have inscribed you on my hands”

Isaiah 49:15 “ Can a nursing mother forget her child..”?

All of the promises God made to Abraham for his descendants regarding the land are forever, eternal. There will be a nation of Israel in the Millennial Kingdom. Jews have to come to Messiah Jesus to be saved but God has a plan for hem as a nation. Remember He is their promised Messiah first, and even though they, for the most part, rejected Him, He is their savior, their king. They are looking for one to sit on the throne of David.

Why has Satan tried so hard to wipe out Jews and to stop Israel from being back in the land? It has everything to do with His return.

Matthew 23:37-39 “ Oh Jerusalem, Jerusalem you who kill the prophets, and stones those sent to her, how often I have longed to gather your children as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were unwilling! 38-look your house is left to you desolate. 39- For I tell you that you will not see me again until you say, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.” (Berean Study Bible)

Here Jesus quotes Psalm 118:26. One of the three requirements for Jesus to come back to the earth is for His people, the Jews, Israeli’s to cry out, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of The Lord.” Will this happen during the tribulation or at the end, is not clear, but when Jesus said ‘you won’t see me again until… well that’s what he meant. He specifically wa talking about Jerusalem.

So, the enemy has tried for 1000’s of years to stop Jewish people as a people because the Messiah had to come through them. Further, he is trying to wipe them out so that no one will be in Jerusalem to cry out Psalm 118:26. Satan has pulled out all of the stops to try to prevent God’s plans for man’s redemption to come and for God to establish His Kingdom forever, first with the reign of His son, who is a Jewish king, from reigning with His ‘bride’ for 1,000 years, and then the eternal kingdom.

Racism is not new and will not be 100% wiped until Jesus establishes His rule here, and likewise anti-semitic hate of Israel and all Jews will not go away until then. But the church or Ekklesia at large must take a stand and stand with Israel, and all Jews everywhere. Currently there is a war in Eastern Ukraine where Russia has invaded and their are pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine fighting for Russia. The sad part is I have met Jews who have had to flee from the war. They say, ‘the hunters are coming’ referencing Jeremiah 16:16 where God promised to send fishers to fish the Jews out of the land of the North away from the Hunters. This is being fulfilled as I write. I’ve been and seen it, and the hunters came in 1942 when Hitler’s forces slaughtered more than 32,000 Jews near Kive in one day.

The time is near for the fulfilling of many prophecies regarding Jews returning to the land. The window may soon close and the ‘hunters’ will arise all over. When we see synagogues bombed in The United States it should not just concern us, but rally us that not only is there hate, but it’s an all out assault against any and all Jews. Many jewish people choose to remain here in The US, especially in New York for various reasons. They feel safer and feel like they have a better life here.

Regardless, we the church must pray for as many as will to return home to their land. Most Christians who don’t see any urgency in Jews returning have not been taught or simply don’t understand what the scriptures say. Many Jews do not see the scriptures as relevant either.

In his book, Our Hands are Stained With Blood, Michael Brown details the poor history the church has had relevant to the Jews. It is a must read. The church has done much better in the past 30-40 years, but I am afraid that a lot of what we see is merely an infatuation, rather than genuine love for The Jewish people. There is not real revelation of God’s heart. That is what is need, and that is what I pray that the church will get.

Pray against a spirit of hate and racism, especially anti-semitism, regarding Jews. Pray that more will understand God’s plan for them to return to the home of their ancestors, Israel, and pray that they will meet their Messiah, Jesus the Christ.

Rejoicing In Suffering & Persecution

Rejoicing In Suffering & Persecution

In the world we live in and especially in the perilous times we currently are in there is much suffering, persecution, and sometimes even martyrdom. People in general suffer from sickness, disease, poverty, hardships, disasters and death. Loss and suffering have been with mankind at some level since our first parents lost the original status in the garden of Eden after disobeying the commands of God. There was never supposed to be death, but that entered as a result of the ‘fall’ of man. So how can we speak of rejoicing in such evil times? How can we have joy when there is so much destruction, and evil and it only seems to grow worse?

Christians all around the world face persecution at various levels just for being Christian. Because they have chosen to follow and be disciples of Jesus they are faced with imprisonment, abandonment, loss of personal property, families being torn apart and ultimately death, sometimes violent. Most believers in The Western Church, particularly in the United States have no real understanding of persecution. We here have so many freedoms, and we tend to take so much for granted. Rarely, if ever do most Christians tell of the faith outside of the four walls of the church. Many don’t want to ‘rock the boat’, or upset someone, or get involved in matters that they feel should be avoided.

It is for this reason that we are faced with the current crisis here and in many western nations. A crisis where we are losing some freedom to speak or take a stand for our faith. Or when we do there is no real outcry from within the body of Christ. Many are left to stand alone to choose to take a stand against gay marriage or abortion, or just immorality or indecency. We don’t want to offend anyone, or hurt someone. While it is important to have good relationships with peers and co-workers, there comes a point where we must be recognized as true believers of Jesus Christ.

Matthew 5:11 “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.” (NASB)

1 Peter 4:12 “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange was coming upon you, 13- But to the degree that you share in the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing so that at the revelation of His glory, you may rejoice with exultation.”

In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus tells His listeners, which includes anyone now who reads and hears His words, that when you are persecuted, or insulted and when people say all sorts of evil things because of Him. In other words, if you ‘truly follow Him’, and obey Him, at some point you will be insulted, and yes persecuted. You will suffer. Suffer for being human is one thing, but for serving Jesus is another. Peter speaks about sharing in Jesus’ suffering. We forget that because we have been redeemed and Jesus paid it all that we still suffer like Him, and must endure hardships from time to time.

Believers in many nations today face suffering just for naming the name of Jesus. They don’t have to speak out against current events or issues. They just confess, ‘Jesus is Lord’. We here in the US have no real knowledge of the level of persecution and suffering the rest of body has in the world. We seem to be isolated or feel we are insulated against it.

However, there is a level of persecution coming that we never thought we would face here. AS times grow more evil, the church or ekklesia will grow more glorious. There is glory in suffering for Jesus, and I’m not talking about some unkind word. I mean for instance like the Pastor who basically lost his job because he said ‘homosexuality was a sin.’ He never said anything about the people, just the act is indecent and sinful. Yet, his congregatio felt that that was not the right thing to put on there sign. Or what about the clerk in Kentucky who was fired for not granting a marriage license to a gay couple because it went against her beliefs.

When we take a stand we must count the cost and be ready to suffer whatever consequences here man may offer. Yet we must rejoice. Keep on rejoicing. The revelation of His glory is a daily thing, but the full revelation of that glory will come in the Millennial reign as we rule with Christ. In John 17:13-14 Jesus prayed for the joy that the Father put in Him would be in his disciples. He said ‘the world hates them.’ If the world hated the early followers how much more are we hated today. Yet we need His joy.

John wrote to various churches in 1 John 1:4 that his purpose in writing was that their joy might be complete. In John 15:11 Jesus said that He spoke about abiding in Hi so that His joy may be in them. Whatever comes our way in this age we are not to let it steal our joy. WE are to agree with God’s word that we have the abiding Word (Jesus) living in us, and that word brings us joy. In Hebrews 12:2 we are told to ’fix our eyes on Jesus’, for the joy set before Him endured the cross.

There is an age coming where we will rule and reign with Him. Many of us will have a lot of responsibility while some less. What we do now prepares us for that age and how we will serve. We should weep for those that persecute us especially the lost or those perishing without Jesus. God doesn’t desire that any should perish.

Count everything with joy, esteem others higher than yourself for there is coming a day when we will have Jesus and He will make all things right. Let us run the race set before us with ‘joy’. Of all of the disciples John was the one that fully understood what it meant to have Jesus and the joy that went with that. He often wrote about joy and rejoicing. Yet, John was persecuted, so much that they tried and failed to kill him. He was finally forced into exile on The island of Patmos, where he received the final Revelation Jesus.

None of no for sure what we may face but one thing is for sure we can face it with joy and rejoice that we will be with him forever. We are part of the plan to bring restoration to the earth.

Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice!!!!!!! Phil. 4:4 my paraphrase

Don’t forget to pray for our brothers and sisters all around the world who are facing torment and imprisonment daily.

Visit opendoorsusa.org or voice of the martyrs on how you can pray effectively for the persecuted church

Donald Trump,The United States & Benjamin Netanyahu & Israel

We cannot overlook the fact that the situation in the United States and in Israel have more going on than one can realize. If we take events going on in both leaders and both countries we can see many similarities. AS Israel was chosen by God to be a light to the nations, so I believe, like many others, that the United States was chosen to bring the ‘gospel of the kingdom of God’ to the New World, without governmental favoritism, or intervention.

The modern state of Israel, however does not espouse its Biblical roots, and furthermore was intentionally founded with socialistic ideas. The first prime minister of Israel, David Ben Gurion used to Old Testament Prophets and their writings and the New Testament to help form the initial Israeli government. However, they allowed freedom of Religion, and many socialistic ideas were espoused.

Israel today is by and large a ‘secular’ nation. Even though the majority population is Jewish and it is a Jewish state, most Jews are just ethnic Jews and do not identify with any particular religion. This sounds good that there is freedom of religion, yet Orthodox Judaism seems to set the tone and policy for many rules and regulations.

The United States was founded upon Judeo Christian values and the earlier founders were mostly Christian or of those who considered themselves ‘deists’ they espoused those same morals and ethics. Both The US and Israel espoused the same Biblical standards with several deviations. Today there is a fight on as to which way each country will head in social, religious, economic, defense, and political arenas. The current situation in the US looks grim if you are a Christian or tend to have a Biblical worldview, or just believe in decency and order.

Likewise in Israel there are many who want to go back to more socialist ways and do away with all religion or even have all religions merge as one. Some would like to do away with borders, walls, etc. and there be one or two states but with Arabs and Jews mixed in and as they would have it, ‘all just get along.’ While it would be ideal for Jews and Arabs to live side by side and get along, etc. and in some areas they do but they are usually disciples of Jesus, it won’t work without Jesus at the head ultimately.

The US is face with a rapid increase of ultra socialist leaning ideas and a sudden rise to give everything away. In Israel healthcare is available to all and while there are many opportunities, the poor still remain poor, even poorer in some instances than third world countries. Abortion is legal, yet is in decline. Prostitution is legal but recent changes in the law will cause a decline in that as well. In two countries that one would consider to be bastions of Judeo Christian morals, ethics, and laws one would think that it wouldn’t be this way.

Both Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu, the current leaders of The US and Israel respectively, are not considered ‘religious’. Prime Minister Netanyahu was raised in Tel Aviv by secular parents. Before politics his background was in the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces). President Trump has a strong background in business, has amassed an ‘empire’ before becoming the 45th US President.

Both men have been targets of investigation for various reasons. No one ever expected Donald Trump to become president, let alone accomplish what he has. He has turned the US economy around and recognized the proper capital, Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. He has done away with bad trade deals and bad deals with rogue nations like Iran, among other things. PM Netanyahu has beefed Israeli defenses to an all time high. He has strengthened ties with allies like the US and Middle Eastern nations.

Netanyahu has been described as a proponent of the ‘free market.” he has developed better counter-terrorism capabilities, yet I don’t support his views on same-sex marriage. Neither do I always agree 100 % with everything President Trump says or does I still believe that overall he is the man that God has raised up to turn America around from the path of destruction it is on.

Both Donald Trump and PM Netanyahu lost their defense ministers, and have shae ups in their cabinets and governments. Accusations constantly are hurled regarding business decisions, or military decisions. Netanyahu had to call for early elections because he barely had a coalition government. He currently faces possible indictment for bribery charges regarding his business. The Democrats have been calling for impeachment and investigating Trump since day one of his administration.

Yet, despite all of the things against these governments I believe that both men are there for ‘such a time like this.’ They both understand evil, and terrorism and seek to root it out on all levels. PM Netanyahu understand that the land should not be divided. God gave it to Israel thousands of years ago, despite what people say or believe, and it was forever. Both of these leaders stand alone in the World political community, as they are opposed to one world government, one religion etc.

So, with the similarities and differences between these two men and countries how shall we pray? Why should we pray for Netanyahu and the Likud party to be re elected?

The Likud is considered a right wing party and as I mentioned Pm Netanyahu understands the military and how to deal with the situation in the Middle East. He and President Trump will continue to work together to rid the world and the Middle East of terror, particularly from Iran. There is an agenda that has been set forth from heaven and we need to pray as the US has come into alignment by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the world will follow likewise. Pray that President Trump will continue to be a voice for Christians to be heard and not silenced.

Pray for the US to continue to be a strong ally of Israel, and to stand against anti-semitism. Pray for God to use PM Netanyahu to bring revival in Israel.

In the end of the age all nations will gather to battle against Israel, and somewhere in there Jesus will come back and set up His kingdom for 1000 years. See Zechariah 14

But all of the nations will come to Jerusalem, to Mt Zion to worship the Lord there.

Micah 4:1 “ It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established, as the highest of the mountains, and it shall be lifted up above the hills;

2- and peoples shall flow to it, and many nations shall come and say: ‘Come let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us His ways and that we may walk in his paths.’ For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.”

Donald Trump nor Benjamin Netanyahu is my saviour. Both are fallible men capable of sin like we all are. Yet I believe as so many others do that theses men are sent from heaven to do a job, to help prepare the nations to come to Jerusalem.

Finally

Psalm 122 tells us to pray for the ‘peace of Jerusalem.’ may they be secure who love you! Peace be in you for the sake of the Lord!

American Politics: A Distraction From Bigger Problems

American Politics: A Distraction From Bigger Problems?

The timing of the political turmoil in the United States may just be a distraction to keep our ‘focus’ off of larger worldwide events. While events in the United States are certainly of great importance to all of us, yet there are still a vast array of problems and situations that have the potential to alter events from a Biblically prophetic standpoint.

While we are embroiled in discussions about the ‘wall’ on the Southern border, child sacrifice in the form of abortion or even ‘infanticide’ in Virginia, socialism or even Marxism, and investigations of President Trump there is still a war in Syria. Persecution of millions of Christians continues at an alarming rate, while the church in America can’t agree that abortion is murder, and Acts 2-5 has nothing to do with socialism. We are so caught up in our situation, which is ‘alarming’, and we need to be, yet we have lost sight of world events that could open up a Biblical prophecy pandora’s box.

The war in Syria has been evolving since 2014. It has involved at one time or another with sometimes as many as 10 armies or coalitions of armies. All of the regional powers have been involved at one time or another, and two major world powers. The United States announced that president Trump intended to pull all troops out and move them to neighboring Iraq. Meanwhile Russia and Iran continue to dig in for what seems to be ‘the long haul.’ Is Syria important to the END TIMES? Is the fact that Iran is near Israel’s borders important to the End Times?

The answer to the first question lies in Isaiah 17:1,

“ the oracle concerning Damascus. Behold Damascus will cease to be a city and will become a heap of ruins. 2- The cities of Aroer are deserted; they will be for flocks, which will lie down, and none will make them afraid. 3 The fortress will disappear from Ephraim and the kingdom from Damascus; and the remnant of Syria will be like the glory of the children of Israel, declares the Lord of hosts.”

Verse 4 talks about Jacob being brought low. These verses have never been fulfilled, for Damascus is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. The fortress in Ephraim speaks of Israel. Many speak of Damascus being leveled in a war with Israel, but fail to point out there is war and destruction in Israel. So, this war is not something that will probably just end and we will all go back to the way we were. It has eternal consequences. The fact that Russia and Iran and Turkey are involved and even allied should alarm any student of Bible prophecy.

Ezekiel chapter 38 is commonly referred to as the Gog/Magog war. In this war a confederation of nations from the Middle East, North Africa and Russia attack and wage war on Israel.

Verse 2 says, “Son of man, set your face toward Gog of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophecy against him, and say 3- Thus says the Lord God, “Behold I am against you O Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal, 4- and I will turn you about and put hooks in your jaws, and I will bring you out, and all of your army, horses and horsemen, all of them splendidly attired, a great company, with buckler and shield, all of them wielding swords.’”

5- Persia, Ethiopia, Put (Libya), with them, all of them with shield and helmet, 6- Gomer with all of its troops, Beth-togarmah from the remote parts of the north with all of its troops– many peoples with you.

The chapter continues to outlay events that have occurred in the past 100 or so years and continue to develop as hundreds of Jews return to their homeland after being scattered for nearly 2000 years. It goes on to say that Israel will live safely in the land called a land of ‘unwalled villages’, or open country. That is a reference to days of old where villages all were surrounded by a wall. The wall in Israel separates the West Bank Territory from Israel for safety and security.

The nations listed are nearly the same ones currently involved in the current situation in Syria. How Libya and Ethiopia or North Africa come in is yet to be seen. Currently as I write Iran and Syria are encroaching on the Northern border of Israel near the Golan Heights, a territory that Israel won as a result of Syria’s defeat in the ‘Six Day War.’ Russia has an army there and in case you are wondering, Turkey is involved as they are generally thought to be Gomer. The house of Togarmah is generally believed to be a people group from southwest Turkey. I doubt they are the Kurds since the Turks hate them.

There is so much that can be said. With the United States not mentioned in the prophecy we are not sure of her role. But, the nations that attack Israel will face intervention by God on behalf Of Israel. No one knows whether or not the current crisis in Syria will lead to the Ezekiel 38 prophecy, but one thing is clear, everything is set for that event to unfold. Yet, before Jesus comes back He told us in Matthew 24:14 that the gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all of the nations. That has not occurred but is rapidly being fulfilled.

The end result is that we need to be ever mindful of events in places other than our back door. It is easy to get caught up in the politics, and issues, and praying for our President and the nation, while forgetting that we are just one of hundreds of nations and tribes in the earth. Pray for the Crisis in Syria, pray for Israel, and for Iran to stop nuclear proliferation, and pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Pray for the issues in society but pray for a wide sweeping revival in all of the nations. There will be a harvest before Jesus comes back, and there will be more evil. We must keep our eyes on Jesus, and remember that we are first citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven.

Revelation 22:20 “Even So come Lord Jesus!”

New York: Where Baal and Molech Want Your Children

New York: Where Baal and Molech Want Your Children

The above sign appears at the arrival gate when one enters the state of New York and New York City at JFK airport. Unfortunately, that welcome mat is no longer a guarantee to thousands of unborn children. Yes children! A woman can now carry a baby full-term and still have a ‘legal’ abortion performed. This was signed into law under the disguise of ‘only for women whose lives are at risk.’ Studies show that less than 1% of all abortions performed are the result of the woman’s live being at risk.

What is really at risk here? According to Governor Cuomo and the Democratically controlled legislature of New York, ‘we are afraid that Roe v. Wade will be overturned and we are guaranteeing women’s reproductive rights at the state level.” When Gov. Cuomo spoke about the new law he, along with other lawmakers stood at a blue podium with the caption Reproductive Justice No Time To Wait. Wow, talk about an irony. What kind of justice are they referring to?

Aside from the various Bible verses there is enough proof that life begins at conception. Further, why would a woman carry a baby full term and decide to not have it? Obviously there are cases of rape, incest, and the mother’s life risk that are often considered. However, overall there are always many waiting to adopt. There are always people who want to have children and yet can’t and desire to adopt and are required to go through so many various hoops in order to finally get a child to raise as their own. Worse is the fact that a woman can have a one night stand and turn up pregnant only to walk into a doctor’s office and get an abortion under the cover of ‘women’s reproductive health.’

I am more than sympathetic to those who have been raped and abused. It is most unfortunate. Most of the abortions performed in the United States are not due to rape or incest nor the risk of the life of the mother. All that to say, what is really going on? What has New York just done? The state of New York operates a website for child abuse and protective services. If someone suspects or knows of a child being abused they are supposed to report it. Also, there is a list at their website that details who is ‘required’ by law to report child abuse. Among those listed are physicians, nurses, the coroner, medical examiner, and other health care officials.

The same health care officials who are required by law to report the abuse of a child, are possibly the same ones who will be killing or murdering many unborn healthy children. Where is the justice in that? 5 minutes maybe 10 can mean the difference in what is a crime in New York. Worse is the fact that the lawmakers are praising this. Where is the justice?

I worked in healthcare for nearly 3 decades and came in contact with many situations and have a full appreciation of the matters at hand.

I understand that many in all levels of society do not have a Biblical worldview. Others meanwhile, do have a Biblical worldview but they have erroneous teaching are worse have been convinced by bad medical claims that it is not murder, or it is a ‘woman’s right to choose’. Yes there is a choice. What about the choice of the unborn.

So what does the Creator have to say about all of this? I have previously written about Molech in Amos 5, and the Children of Israel passing their children through the ‘fire’ or offering their children to this false god.

Consider the following verses:

Jeremiah 32:35, “they built the high places of Baal that are in the valley of Ben-hinnom to cause their sons and daughters to pass through the fire to Molech, which I had not commanded them nor had it entered My mind that they should do this abomination to cause Judah to sin.”

Leviticus 18:21, “ you shall not give any of your children to offer them to Molech, nor shall you profane the name of the Lord your God; I am the Lord.”

I can hear some people saying ‘well that is Old Testament!’ Remember the Old has not passed away and further Jesus took the commandments higher. The Old points to the New. We are quick to say ‘thou shalt not murder.’ That is part of the Old Testament which we as New Testament believers are under but Jesus gave us power to live it out and if we sin then we have the blood of Jesus as our sacrifice and we can repent and be forgiven. Wow, God is good.

But we see that God strictly forbade His people to act as the other people around them in allowing or causing their children to ‘pass through the fire’ in being offered to Molech. The god Molech was made by man’s hands of metal, probably bronze, and in its belly a fire was lit and later children were placed in there above the coals and left in there to be basically burned alive, thus the term ‘pass through the fire.’

In 2 Kings 3:27 the king of Moab saw that the battle was turning against him and ‘he took his oldest son, who was to reign in his place, and offered him as a burnt offering on the wall. You see, it is the heathen, or pagan peoples who offered their children to false gods.

Psalm 106:35, “ but they mingled with the nations and learned their practices, 36- and served their idols, which became a snare to them. 37- they even sacrificed their sons and daughters to the demons.” (NASB)

God had forbidden Israel to offer their children to false gods or demons, yet as we read they mingled with the other nations and took up their practices. This is what happens when we allow the world to ‘mingle’ with the Church and we adopt their practices instead of keeping Jesus’ teachings and further teaching and discipling the nations as we were commanded by Jesus. Thus in America and in any nation where abortion or any form of child sacrifice exists we have come to allow our children to be offered to false gods. I’m sure many are offended and many see what I am teaching as too extreme. Unfortunately, we can’t cover it up or disguise it any longer.

What are we to do then? First we must pray and intercede for the United States as a nation, and then for all states. We need to pray for the Supreme Court in possibly overturning Roe v. Wade. When this happens and legislation is in turn sent to the states to pass we must pray that each state is ready to pass legislation making abortion illegal. I’m sure that there will be as I believe there should be few if any exceptions. Such as, rape, or incest or the mother’s life. There will need to be education, science, medical and other. We must pray for people’s hearts to be turned back to The Father through Jesus as that is really the only way.

Lord help us! Lord forgive us!

God’s Plan For The Palestinian Arabs

God’s Plan For The Palestinian Arabs

With so much in the news about Israel and Palestine, or the West Bank and Gaza, and the fact that I have written so much recently about Israel, and the history of the situation there I felt led to delve into the Word and look at God’s heart for the Arabs in Israel, Palestine and all of the nations. I tell people I have a heart for the nations, but certainly all believers should because that is God’s heart.

I recently wrote detailing the events of the modern state of Israel and how the current situation came to exist. For more details refer to my January 14 article entitled “Rashida Tlaib, Trump and 1967.” I present a lot of facts and delve into God’s heart and plans for Israel, and the Blessings and Curses mention in Genesis 12. There are six promises or “Abrahamic blessings” as they are often called. They are specific to the son of ‘promise’, Isaac, not Ishmael. So, if Israel is God’s chosen people, and even though they rejected His Son whom He sent them first, what do we do with the Arabs who now reside in Israel and Palestine? Are there specific verses mentioning them?

There are in fact several passages that mention Edom, or the descendants of Esau. Most scholars agree that the descendants of Esau are the Arabs of Jordan, and the Palestinians Arabs. The land of the Edomites was southeast of the land given to the children of Israel, and was also in the path they took as they went to cross the Jordan and enter the promised land. The Israelites and Edomites often fought, and sometimes Edom allied with the Southern Kingdom and occasionally the Northern Kingdom against common enemies like the Moabites and Syrians.

Also, when Mt. Seir is mentioned it is referring to Esau and Edom. Edom has been a natural enemy of Israel since the two brothers parted ways. Even though Jacob and Esau met and reconciled in the wilderness, their descendants continued to be at odds. After the Children of Israel went into the promised land the Edomites continued to taunt them, but occasionally as mentioned before they united against a common enemy. Several prophecies were written where God basically said he would wipe Edom out. Consider the short book of Obadiah is a record of the vision that the prophet had demonstrating God’s intent to ‘wipe out’ Edom. Other prophets that prophesied against Edom include Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Joel, and Amos.

What was it that caused God to have His prophets declare Edom to ‘become a wilderness?’ Consider Psalm 137:7, “Remember Lord, what the Edomites did on the day Jerusalem fell. “Tear it down”, they cried, “tear it down to its foundations.”! Or look at Obadiah 10-14. Vers 10 declares, “Because of violence to Your brother Jacob, you will be covered with shame, and you will be cut off forever.” Amos 1:11 speaks of Edom pursuing his brother with the sword, and God not revoking their punishment.

Basically, what Edom did was when Babylon finally came into Jerusalem and began removing people and loot, etc. the Edomites said, hey let us destroy the temple, we will help you empty it of its contents. This is what the prophets are crying out for in demanding justice against the Edomites. They basically participated in the destruction of the first Temple. As time went on the Edomites spilled over into the Negev or southern area of Israel and Judah. By the time of the Romans there was even a province named Idumea after the Edomites. It is not clear how many were actually descendants of Esau, scholars and historians generally agree there were Jews living in the area we now call Palestine, as well as some Edomites. Over the 2,000 years following the second Temple destruction various empires, kingdoms, and nations ruled that area.

By the time of the Balfour Declaration there were Jews and ‘Arabs’ living in the area known as Palestine. These Arabs, as I mentioned are considered to be descendants of the Edomites. Also, the southern and central Jordanians also considered descendants of Edom, and some Moab. We all know that this has been going on for thousands of years. But, what is God’s plan to bring reconciliation to the children of Jacob and Esau, or is it possible until Jesus comes back? Psalm 83 lists a number of nations that wish to conspire to ‘wipe Israel out from being a nation’. Among them are the ‘tents of Edom.’ This speaks of of refugees or tent dwellers, much like the Palestinian Arabs lived after the 1948 War. Does God have a plan for the Palestinian Arabs?

The plan for the Palestinian Arabs is the same as the plan for the Jews, and the same for all nations. Jesus commanded His disciples to preach the gospel to all nations and make disciples of all nations. (mark 16, Matthew 28:18-20) He also said that the gospel of the kingdom shall be preached to all nations as a witness, Matthew 24:14. In Revelation 4 and 5 we see all of the nations gathered around God’s throne worshipping the lamb. So we see God intends for all nations discipled, saved and worshipping Jesus. ‘My house shall be called a House of Prayer for All Nations.’ Isa. 56:7.

However, we saw God sent various prophets to denounce what Edom did in helping Babylon, and further it seems He intended to wipe them out and punish them. Yet, there are still a few million of them around. Does God really want to save the descendants of Esau? Of course. I have actually met many such believers. But there is a greater purpose than just salvation. First of all there is an obscure verse that speaks of this. Amos 9:12 is part of the group of verses that speak of restoring the Tabernacle of David. Further these verses were quoted in Acts 15 by James as he decided that the gospel was for Jew and Gentile, and that the Gentiles could receive it without converting to Judaism, i.e. circumcision.

Amos 9: 11 ‘ In that day I will raise up the fallen down booth of David, and wall up its breaches; I will also raise up its ruins, and rebuild it as in the days of old.

12 that they may possess the remnant of Edom, and all of the nations who are called by My name, Declares the Lord who does this.’

The Tabernacle of David was a tent with the ark of the covenant open to all worshipers. Restoration of the tabernacle of David has a few manifestations, including Jesus, who restored the Davidic kingdom as a ‘spiritual’ one, uniting all nations through the Gospel and New Covenant. There is then the Messianic aspect, and then the prayer and worship aspect, for all nations. The remnant of Edom seems to be talking about just what we see today. Some interpret that verse as Israel occupying Edom, but I see the Jews brought the gospel through Jesus and yet they denied Him.

The final and greatest plan God has for the Palestinian Arabs is not just salvation, but being part of the One New Man, and provoking Israel to jealousy as Paul wrote. Ephesians 2:14-16 deals with the idea of the ‘One New Man.’ What do we mean by that? In Jesus the middle wall that seperated gentiles, or nations, from Jews was broken down. In Jesus we all have access to Father God and eternal life and all that He has provided in His death and resurrection and ascension to sit on His throne at the right hand of the Father, and His soon coming!

In Romans 11 Paul is speaking to the Church at Rome regarding Israel and the fact that God has not forsaken her, and in verse 29 he declares, “All Israel will be saved”. However, he mentions his ministry to the gentiles that was magnified in that he might move some Israelis to jealousy to come to Yeshua. Likewise I believe that as Arabs, whether Palestinian, Jordanian, Saudi, or whatever come to salvation in Jesus that more Jews will come to that same saving knowledge.

So, the ultimate plan of God is that the remnant of Edom, or Palestinians be saved. He desires that they be part of the ‘all nations’ worshipping Him around His throne, and ultimately by their salvation Israel will to salvation in Yeshua. Pray that as events unfold, and terror continues to abound that many Arabs will come to know salvation through Jesus, and likewise many Jews. I have personally witnessed this and know that Jesus’ heart is full of love and joy when He sees esau and Jacob come together through Him.