3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
**13 looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ;
14 who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. 15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
SAINTS: WE ARE AWAITING HIS CALL JUST AS OUR BRETHREN 2000 YEARS AGO! WHO SAYS JESUS CAN'T CALL US UP ...NOW!
Jude 1: HIS COMING IN THE AIR TO CALL US UP
21 keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ: 21 who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
4 I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; 5 that in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; 6 even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: 7 so that ye come behind in no gift; *[WAITING FOR THE COMING OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST] waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: 8 who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. * for emphasis only
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
WARS AND RUMORS OF WARS ONGOING: END OF AGE CLOSER STILL!
A PROPHESY THAT AWAITS THE WORLD (Psalm 83/Isaiah 17)
Psalm 83 is a yet future prophecy because there has been no known fulfillment in Scripture or history. In fact, it seems that this Psalm is speaking of events that could occur today. The seething hatred and common goal the listed members of the confederacy in Psalm 83 have against Israel since their rebirth as a nation has led many to believe that fulfillment of this prophetic Psalm could occur soon.
Psalm 83 opens with a plea to God to save Israel from their enemy neighbors who have come together making threats to destroy them. These nations not only hate Israel, they hate God; they continue to speak blasphemies against God and make threats against Israel.
A prayer for the Lord to judge His enemies who have come against His people:
1 Do not keep silent, O God! Do not hold Your peace, and do not be still, O God!
2 For behold, Your enemies make a tumult; and those who hate You have lifted up their head.
3 They have taken crafty counsel against Your people, and consulted together against Your sheltered ones.
4 They have said, "Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, that the name of Israel may be remembered no more."
These enemies are Israel's neighbors:
5 For they have consulted together with one consent; they form a confederacy against You:
6 The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites; Moab and the Hagrites;
7 Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek; Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre;
8 Assyria also has joined with them; they have helped the children of Lot. Selah
Prayer for judgment to come on Israel's neighbors in the same way that God dealt with other enemies who tried to destroy them take their land for their own possession:
9 Deal with them as with Midian, as with Sisera, as with Jabin at the Brook Kishon,
10 who perished at En Dor, who became as refuse on the earth.
11 Make their nobles like Oreb and like Zeeb, yes, all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,
12 who said, "Let us take for ourselves the pastures of God for a possession."
Prayer that the enemies would come to know the Lord:
13 O my God, make them like the whirling dust, like the chaff before the wind!
14 As the fire burns the woods, and as the flame sets the mountains on fire,
15 so pursue them with Your tempest, and frighten them with Your storm.
16 Fill their faces with shame, that they may seek Your name, O Lord.
17 Let them be confounded and dismayed forever; yes, let them be put to shame and perish,
18 that they may know that You, whose name alone is the Lord, are the Most High over all the earth.
The modern day nations that come against Israel in the "Great Middle East War."
The nations within the confederacy are Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria. Gaza is technically part of Israel, but today, Arab refugees occupy the land. These refugees are known today as the Palestinians, who are trying to form a nation apart from Israel, consisting of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.
The People Groups
Tents of Edom = Palestinians
Ishmaelites = Arabs
Hagrites = Clan of Ishmaelites
Inhabitants of Tyre = Lebanese
The Descendants of Lot
= Moabites and Ammonite
2nd Front Of This War
Isaiah 17 Prophecy against Damascus:
A ONE NIGHT WAR!
The conflict between Israel and her neighbors is over in one night. Israel does to her neighbors what they sought to do to her:
Then behold, at eventide, trouble! And before the morning, he is no more. This is the portion of those who plunder us, and the lot of those who rob us.
1 The burden against Damascus. "Behold, Damascus will cease from being a city, and it will be a ruinous heap."
Prophecy against Jordan (Aroer), Palestinians in West Bank (fortress in Ephraim), and Syria:
2 "The cities of Aroer are forsaken; they will be for flocks which lie down, and no one will make them afraid.
3 The fortress also will cease from Ephraim, the kingdom from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria; they will be as the glory of the children of Israel," says the Lord of hosts.
What these nations do to Israel that results in their judgment:
4 "In that day it shall come to pass that the glory of Jacob will wane, and the fatness of his flesh grow lean.
5 It shall be as when the harvester gathers the grain, and reaps the heads with his arm; it shall be as he who gathers heads of grain in the Valley of Rephaim.
6 Yet gleaning grapes will be left in it, like the shaking of an olive tree, two or three olives at the top of the uppermost bough, four or five in its most fruitful branches," says the Lord God of Israel.
The spiritual revival that Israel has as a result of these nations coming against her:
7 In that day a man will look to his Maker, and his eyes will have respect for the Holy One of Israel.
8 He will not look to the altars, the work of his hands; he will not respect what his fingers have made, nor the wooden images nor the incense altars.
More description about the losses for Israel:
9 In that day his strong cities will be as a forsaken bough and an uppermost branch, which they left because of the children of Israel; and there will be desolation.
10 Because you have forgotten the God of your salvation, and have not been mindful of the Rock of your stronghold, therefore you will plant pleasant plants and set out foreign seedlings;
11 in the day you will make your plant to grow, and in the morning you will make your seed to flourish; but the harvest will be a heap of ruins in the day of grief and desperate sorrow.
The fleeing of Israel's enemies and the uproar of the nations for what Israel does to their enemies:
12 Woe to the multitude of many people who make a noise like the roar of the seas, and to the rushing of nations that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters!
13 The nations will rush like the rushing of many waters; but God will rebuke them and they will flee far away, and be chased like the chaff of the mountains before the wind, like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.
Israel does to her neighbors what they sought to do to her:
14 Then behold, at eventide, trouble! And before the morning, ** he is no more. This is the portion of those who plunder us, and the lot of those who rob us.
* THE SAMPSON OPTION
Israel will take a very heavy hit from missiles armed with Biological and Chemical war heads and missiles from Terror groups that will hit Tel Aviv and other inhabited areas of Israel. Israel MAY BE forced to use TACTICAL NUCLEAR WEAPONS to insure her survival (the "SAMPSON OPTION"). Multitudes will perish in any event. DAMASCUS WILL BE FULLY DESTROYED! Israel will survive and take back land promised Abraham! She will occupy many areas of the desert now inhabited by Arabs.
The world orders that hate Israel will be even more hateful under their invisible ruler, Satan. Terrible persecutions world over begin. Israelites will migrate to Israel from all over. A larger exodus to Israel then before 1948.
Jews IN A JEWISH STATE!
Israel will gain full control of large oil reserves and gas reserves, and great mineral deposits, (some of which is in current dispute with Lebanon) in the Dead Sea.
WHERE IS THE USA?
Then Antichrist, on the white horse will appear and Israel, (STILL NOT IN THE FAITH AS A NATION IN CHRIST) will enter into a 7 year covenant of security with him which the scriptures refer to as a "Covenant of Death".
THIS BEGINS THE DAY OF THE LORD IN JUDGMENTS ON EARTH
THEN THE GREAT TRIBULATION OF 7 YEARS!
THE TRUE CHURCH BRIDE IS WITH THE LORD IN HEAVEN BEFORE THIS TIME.
Since we are awaiting the call of Jesus to come up to meet Him in the air what shall we do in our time here which God predestined for us before the world was made?
ONE THING I KNOW AND DO: GET THE GOSPEL OUT OVER CYBERSPACE IN MANY LANGUAGES AS WELL AS SHARE IT WHEREVER I CAN IN PUBLIC AND ELSEWHERE.
DAILY PRAYER FOR SERVICE ACCORDING TO HIS WILL IN THE FULLNESS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
1 John 5:
13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
Colossians 3:17 "And whatsoever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father by him."
THE GLORIOUS GOSPEL
Is there a message that gives greater glory to God then the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
The eternal purpose of salvation is to make us capable of glorifying God forever.
1 Thessalonians 2:4
"But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, who tests our hearts."
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek."
""Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon"
THE GREAT COMMISSION
Jesus speaks: "And he said to them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." Mark 16:15
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in Him of Whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?” Romans 10:13-14
Acts 1:8 ( a command for His church)
8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Credit: Amy Van Gerpen
Scholarly research on Psalm 83/Isaiah 17 War
"Great Middle East War"