Matthew 24:3




New Jerusalem mentioned in the nightly news more than any other nation except the United States and why is Israel important in prophecy?


For answers we must turn not to the evening news or the front page of the newspaper, but to the Bible.


Israel's story begins with God's sovereign purpose revealed in the first book of the Bible, Genesis.  Apparently God finds Abraham and his descendents to be of enormous importance.  The very proportion of the coverage tells us something about the importance of Israel.  Only two chapters are given to the whole story of creation.


One chapter records the fall of man.  Eight chapters cover the thousands of years from creation to the time of Abraham.  Then we find that fully thirty-eight chapters deal with the life stories of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob-the progenitors of the Jewish race.


Israel is important because the fulfillment of God's covenant with its founder Abraham greatly affects every one of us.  The playing out of prophetic events concerning Israel places us in the last days of history's timeline.  The miraculous survival of God's covenant people, the Jews, demonstrates God's providence and His ability to accomplish His purpose in the face of what seems to human minds impossible odds.  The existence of Israel today is exhibit A in the lineup of convincing evidences that the Bible's prophecies concerning the future will be fulfilled.  To this day, the issue of who controls Israel, the Promised Land, is the most volatile in international politics.


 Genesis 15:18, Ezekiel 48:1, 48:28


The land promised to Abraham covers much more area than what the present nation of Israel occupies.  Genesis 15:18 tells us that it stretches all the way from the Mediterranean Sea on the west to the Euphrates River on the east.  Ezekiel fixes the northern boundary of Israel at Hamath, one hundred miles north of Damacus (Ezekiel 48:1), and the southern boundary at Kadesh, about one hundred miles south of Jerusalem (v. 48:28).


Today, Israel is one-nineteenth the size of California and roughly the size of our third smallest state, New Jersey.  It is 260 miles at its longest point, 60 miles at its widest, and three miles at its narrowest.


When you look at a map and locate that tiny strip of land that Israel now claims, you can see that she does not now, nor has she ever, fully occupied the land that was described to Abraham in God's covenant promise.  If Israel were currently occupyinmg all the land promised to her, she would control present day Israel, Lebanon, the West Bank of Jordan, and substantial portions of Syria, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia.+




The prophet Isaiah asserted that it would happen.  He prophesied that the Lord would "set His hand again the second time to recover the remnant of His people who are left" (Isaiah 11:11).  God also addressed the issue through Ezekiel when He said, "I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land" (Ezekiel 36:24).


The fulfillment of those prophecies was set in motion on May 14, 1948, when the U.S. recognized the new state of Israel.  On the evening of that announcement, popular radio commentator Lowell Thomas said in his broadcast that 
Americans in every part of the country would be turning their Bibles for historical background enabling them to understandi "this day in history."  And indeed, as prophecies found in  Isaiah, Ezekiel, Matthew, and Revelation show, both the Old Testament and the New Testament pointed to this day when the Jews would return to the land promised them and initiate fulfillment of the ancient prophecies.


The Israeli government established the State of Israel, thus fulfilling the twenty five hundred year old prophecy recorded in the Bible.




The answer is no!  What is happening in Israel todaay is primarily the result of a secular Zionist movement, whereas Ezekiel wrote about a spiritual return of God's people to Him when he said:


For I will take you from the nations, gather you from all the lands and bring you into your own land......Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you;....I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.  You will live in the land that I gave to you forefathers; so you will be My people, and I will be your God (Ezekiel 36:24 - 28 ).


The return of Jews to the newly reffounded nation of Israel is the first stage of that regathering, but it certainly does not fulfill the requirements of a spiritual return to the Lord.







Israel has been attacked over and over since its founding, sometimes in all-out wars and incessantly by terrorists.  The Jewish people have survived by remaining vigilant, but they long for peace.  According to the Bible, a future leader will fulfill this longing by brokering a seven-year peace deal with Israel's enemies.  But Scripture also tells us that this peace plan will be broken, and Israel will be attacked again, this time as never before.  Countless armies will amass against the boxed-in nation, leaving it with no human hope of victory.  Only Christ's return, His judgment, and His reign will finally bring true peace to Israel.


It is then that God's covenant with Abraham will reach its ultimate fulfillment.  The Jews will return to the Lord and, as Ezekiel and Jeremiah prophesied, they will ber His people and He will be their God.  The borders of the land will expand to the dimensions described in Genesis 15 and Ezekiel 48.  Christ return will also fulfill the prophecy of Jeremiah that God would gather the Jews: "Behold, I will gather them out of all countries where I have driven them... I will bring them back to this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely.  They shall be My people, and I will be their God" (Jeremiah 32:37 - 38).  


Ezekiel makes it clear that this gathering means God will return every single living Jew back to their land.  For he writes that the Lord said He would gather them again to their own land "and...none of them (will be) captive any longer (Ezekiel 39:28).


Today we see this prophecy being fulfilled right before our eyes.  In 2006, for the first time in nineteen hundred years, Israelbecome home of the largest Jewish community in the world, surpassing the Jewish population in the United States.  From the 650,000 who returned when the Jewish state was found in 1948, the population of Israel has swelled to aproximately 5.4 million, and it is expected to exceed 6 million by 2020. 




Oil explains why the Bible focuses it end-time attention on the Middle East, and, more than any factor other than the nation of Israel oil, holds the key to the prophetic events of the future.


Few would question the fact that oil has become the new basis for our world economy.  It is now the stuff of life, the commodity most highly valued by the industrialized and emerging nations of the world, the blood that flows through their economic veins and gives life to prosperity in today's global economy.  The greatest source of that lifeblood is now in the Middle East, and so that is where the eyes of the world are focused.


What does this tell us about coming events?  In Luke's gospel, Jesus contrasts our ability to discern weather signs with our inability to understand the more important signs of the time; "You can discern the face of the sky and of the earth, but how is it that you do not discern this time?" (Luke 12:56).  Surely the world's fascination with oil - a highly valuable commodity with a source in lands hostile or borderline hostile to Israel and to us - qualifies as a "sign."





Oil is found all over the world, even under the ice of the Arctic and Antarctic.  That means forests and abundant vegetation once covered the world until destroyed in a vast global cataclysm (such as a worldwide flood).


The geophysicist went on to say that the earth's richest, deepest, and largest deposits of petroleum lie under the sands of countries just to the east of Israel in the location prinpointed in the Bible as the garden of Eden.  Eden was a teeming expanse of forests, foliage, and gardens with rich fertility unparalleled in human history.


Barren sand and blazing desert now exist where once grew a garden flourishing with dense, lush flora, the likes of which the world has not seen since.  It was destroyed in some disastrous upheaval and has decayed into the largest deposits of oil in the world.  Just imagine, the gasoline pumped into your car might be the ruined remains of the rich, vast foliage of the garden of Eden.


It's ironic to think that Satan may finance the Battle of Armageddon at the end of human history with revenues generated from the garden he spoiled at the beginning of human history.







Since there are no substantive oil deposits in Israel today, we must continue to deal with the reality of a world in which oil remains in the possession of countries hostile to us and to Israel.  For example, Ezekiel foretold a time when Russia would attack Israel.  In detailing how the military aggression would take place, the prophet listed a coalition of some of the nations that would join with Russia in the attack.  "Persia, Ethiopia ande Libya are with them, all of them with shield and helmet (Ezekiel 38:5).


Until March 21, 1935, Persia was the official name of the country we now call Iran.  Not once in the past twenty-five hundred years has Russia formed a military connection with Persia/Iran-until now.  But now these two nations have formed a military alliance that continues to be strengthened by the political situation in our world.  Russia recently signed a billion-dollar deal to sell missiles and other weaponry to Iran.  And the connection is even broader, as Joel C. Rosenberg, former aide to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, points out:  "Over 1000 Iranian nuclear scientists have been trained in Russia by senior Russian scientists."  Here is an endtime alliance that was prophesied twenty-five hundred years ago, and in the last few years it has become a reality.  Obviously, the stage is being set!


Oil is the new gold in the world economy and holds the key to the prophetic events of the future.





No specific mention of the United States or nay other country in North or South America can be found in the Bible.  One reason may be that in the grand scheme of history, the U.S. is the new kid on the block.  As a nation, it is less than 250 years old-much younger than the nations of Bible times that are featured in biblical prophjecy.  In fact, the Bible makes no mention of most nations in the modern world.  The ancient prophets were primarily concerned with the Hold Land and its immediate neighbors.  Areas remote from Israel do not figure in prophecy and are not mentioned in the Bible.


John Walvoord posited one theory that suggests, "America will be in the mix of the political realignments that foreshadow the end of time through our nations of origin.  Most citizens of the United States have come from Europe, and their sympathies would more naturally be with a European alliance...."  And we can see signs of such realignments taking place today.


With the usual presidential fanfare in April of 2007, President Bush welcomed European Union Commission President Joe Barroso and the serving President of the European Council, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in the Rose Garden of the White House.  These three leaders signed the Framework for Advancing Transatlantic Economic Integration between the United States of America and the European Union.  Less than seven months after its signing,  the Transatlantic Economic Council held its first official meeting in Washington, D.C.  In a joint statement it was announced, "Since April , the United States and the European Union have made substantial progress in removing barriers to trade and investment and in easing regulatory burdens.


On the surface there seems to be nothing ominous about such an agreement; it appears to be simply about freeing up economic trade between nations.  But a similar, less publicized meeting was held in March 2008 at the State Department, which focused on linking the U.S., Mexico and Canada in a "North American community with the European Union" in anticipation of the "creation of a 'Transatlantic Economic Union' between the European Union and North America."  One participant-whose identity is protected by the Chatham House Rule, which permits information to be disseminated without attribution to guarantee confidentiality-made this revealing statement:


North America should be a premiere platform to establish continental institutions.  That's why we need to move the security perimeters to include the whole continent, especially as we open the borders between North American countries for expanding free trade."


Statements such as this reveal an intention toward union that has implications far beyond mere economic trade.  And considering the speed at which leaders are pushing union between nations, it appears that it will not be long before we se such a union instituted.





More than two thousand years ago, God gave His servant Daniel a vision of the future that we recognize as the most comprehensive prophetic insight ever given to man .  Through Daniel, God gave a composite history of the remaining days of the world.  The first kingdom was Babylon, which was followed by the Medes, Persians, the Greeks, the Romans, and the last world kingdom which would make up from a restored Roman Empire.


According to Daniel, there is to be yet another division of the Roman Empire.  He foretells a time when the Roman Empire will consist of ten kingdoms or leaders (Daniel 2:41; 7:7, 24).  We know this ten kingdom prophecy remains in the future because not only has the ten leader form of the Roman Empire never existed in history, but neither has such a kingdom been suddenly crushed as prophecy indicates.  Daniel 2 states that the Roman Empire in its final form will experience sudden destruction.  The Roman Empire of Jesus' day did not end suddenly.  It gradually deteriorated and declined over many centuries until the western part, the Holy Roman Empire, fell in AD 476, and the eastern part  the Byzantine Empire fell in AD 1453.  You can hardly imagine a more gradual slide from glory to oblivion!  We must conclude, then, that some form of the Roman Empire must emerge in the end times, and according to Daniel , it will be in place prior to the coming of Christ to rule and reign over the earth.  The unification of Euurope is really the reunification of the Roman Empire.  Today the concentration of power in the European Union signals the beginning of a new world order. 





According to Daniel's prophecy, a supreme leader will rise from among the ten leader confederacy in Europe:  "And another shall rise after them; he shall be different fromm the first ones. and shall subdue three kings.  He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, shall persecute the saints of the Most High, and shall intend change times and law.  Then the saints shall be given into his hand for a time and times and half a time" (Daniel 7:24 - 25).  This leader will become the final world dictator.  We know him as the Antichrist.  The new European Union is one of the conditional preludes to the coming of the Antichrist.  As Arno Froese, executive director of Midnight Call Ministries writes:


The new European power structure will fulfill the prophetic predictions which tell us that a one world system will be implemented.  When established, it will fall into the hands of the Antichrist.





In the ninth chapter of Daniel's prophecy, he tells us of a treaty that wil be signed between God's people and the world leader who will head the realigned Roman Empire:  "Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week, but in the middle of the week he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering" (Daniel 9:27).  Daniel tells us here that Israel will sign a treaty with the Antichrist , and that his treaty will be forge to last for a "week", literally in prophetic language, a "week of years," or seven years.  This treaty will be an attempt to settle the Arab-Israeli controversy that today focuses the world's attention on the Middle East.  After three and one-half years, that treaty will be broken, and the countdown to Armageddon will begin.


The prophecies of Daniel show us what time it is: the hands on the prophetic clock are moving toward midnight.  The warning has been sounded, and we will do well to heed it.





On January 29, 2002, in his State of the Union address, President George W. Bush used the term Axis of Evil for the first time.  He identified Iran, Iraq, and North Korea as "states...(who are) arming to threaten the peace of the world...These regimes, "he said, "pose a grave threat and growing danger.  They could provide these arms to terrorist, giving them the means to match their hatred."  On May 6, 2002, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton gave a speech titled, "Beyond the Axis of Evil" in which he added three more rogue states to the axis: Libya, Syria and Cuba.  Today the Axis of Evil includes all six  states.





One nation on this Axis of Evil list is of special interest to us because we find tht it is also on God's list.  That nation, Iran, and that list are found in the 38th and 39th chapters of Ezekiel.  These chapters, written some twenty-six hundred years ago, give us one of the most important and dramatic prophecies in all Scripture.  It is commonly referred to as the prophecy against Gog and Magog, and it is the most detailed prophecy concerning war in the entire Bible.  The prophecy predicts an invasion of Israel in the last days -  an invasion comprised of enormous masses of troops from a coalition of nations led by Iran and Russia.


This invasion will occur shortly after Israel signs a covenant with the new leader of the European Union.  Because of this agrement,  Israel will be at peace with her Islamic neighbors.  The people of Israel will believe that the European powers will protect them from any outside invader...especially Russia, which will have joined forces with Iran to develop weapons for the purpose of utterly destroying Israel.


The events unfolding in today's world are ominously threatening to unsettle institutions, reorder national political alignments, change the balance of world power, and destabliize the equitable distribution of resources.





Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying.  "Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him, and say, "Thus says the Lord God:  "Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal.  I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws, and lead you out, with all your army, horses, and horsemen, all splendidly clothed, a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords.  Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya are with them, all of them with shield and helmet; Gomer and all its troops; the house of Togarmah from the far north and all its troops - many people are with you.  Prepare yourself and be ready, you and all your companies that are gathered about you; and be a guard for them" (Ezekiel 38:1 - 7).


As you can see, Ezekiel's prophecy begins with a list of proper names.  Many of these names identify certain grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Noah who were the fathers of nations that for a time bore their names (see Genesis 10).  These nations, which today no longer bear their original names, will ultimately form a coalition that will march against Israel.  As we identify these nations by their present names and locate them on today's world map, we can see how the stage is being set for this predicted Russian/Islamic invasion of Israel.


Gog is an exception on Ezekiel's list.  Gog is not one of the descendants of Noah listed in Genesis 10.  This name, however, is found eleven times in Ezekiel 38 - 39.  It is not the name of a nation, but rather the title of the ruler of Magog-the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal-the one who leads the invasion against Israel.  In fact Gog is an individual rather than a nation because God addresses him as such several times in this prophecy (Ezekiel 38:14; 39:1).  Furthermore, Gog is explicitlyt called a prince and a ruler in Ezekiel 38:2 and 39:1).





In October 2007, during Russian president Vladimir Putin's first ever visit to Iran, and Iranian newspaper reported that he "reassured Iran that the Bushehr nuclear reactor, a billion dollar energy project being built by Russia and dogged by delays would be completed."  The report went on to suggest "maybe the most important result of Putin's trip is to show the independence of Russia toward America and the West."  Putin made other first time ever visits of a Russian leader to the Muslim nations of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, and, most recently, Libya.  By all reports, his visits were successful financially, resulting in lucrative agreements and contracts for further joint efforts in the production of oil and the exploration of natural gas reserves.


Apparently the Russian president was successful politically as well.  In Libya, President Gadhafi and Putin agreed that the United Nations "needs to be reformed in order to face an "imbalance of forces" internationally, and especially "the Security Council" with which we can work together to resolve problems.  In other words, by working together they could remove the veto power held by the U.S. and be able to advance their mutual causes."







Ezekiel does not give a specific date for the invasion, but he does give us ways to identify the time when it will occur:  "After many days...in the latter years...."  (Ezekiel 38:8); "On that day when My people of Israel dwell safely..." (v. 14); "It will be in the latter days that I will bring you against  my land" (v. 16).


The prophet tells us that the invasion of Israel will take place sometime in the future "latter years".  It will happen at a time when Israel is dwelling in peace and safety and not invoved in conflict with other nations.


Has there ever been such a time in Israel's history?  No, there has not.  Is today such a time?  No!  When will there be such a time?  The only period in Israel's life that meets this requirement is the time immediately following the Rapture of the church when the Antichrist and the European Union make a treaty with Israel to guarantee her peace and security.  When this treaty is signed, the people of Israel will relax the diligence they have been forced to maintain since the founding of their nation in 1948.  They will rely on the treaty and turn their attention away from defense to concentrate on increasing their wealth.  Israel will truly be a land of unwalled villages.  Her defenses will be down, and she will be woefully unprepared for the invasion by the armies of Russia and the coalition.







There are 3 primary goals for the future invasion of Israel.  The first goal will be to seize her land.  As Ezekiel puts it, " to stretch out your hand against the waste places that are again inhabited" (Ezekiel 38:12).  The second goal of the invaders will be to steal Israel's wealth: "to take plunder and to take booty, to stretch out your hand...against a people gathered from the naions, who have acquired livestock and goods, who dwell in the midst of the land...to carry away silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods, to take great plunder" (vv. 12 - 13).


And there is plenty of wealth to be plundered in modern Israel, as we can see by the following quote from a recent article in the Jerusalem Post:  "Despite a population of only slightly more than 7 million people...Israel is now home to more than 7,200 millionaires...Of the 500 wealthest people in the world, six are now Israeli, and all told, Israel's rich had assets in 2007 of more than $35 billion....Israel's GDP is almost double that of any other Middle East country.


According to one "prosperity index, "Israel exported goods and services of more than $70 billion in 2008 including $34.2 billion from the technology sector alone.  "Israel is the highest ranking Middle Eastern country in the index.


Finally, the invading nations have as their ultimate goal the wholesale slaughter of Israel's people:  "I will go to a peaceful people, who dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates...to stretch out your hand...against a people gathered from the nations...You will come up against My people Israel like a cloud, to cover the land." (Ezekiel 38:11, 12, 16).  The accumulated historical hatred for the Jews will drive these armies forward with the assurance that, this time, the people of Israel will not escape death.





To understand what is going on in the war and destruction dscribed in Ezekiel's prophecy, we must first consider the sovereignty of God's plan.  Even in the most devastating of times.  God is still in control.  In fact, He often orchestrates events to bring about His purposes.  He tells us what He will do to Israel's enemies in no uncertain terms:  "I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws, and lead you out, with all your army, horses, and horsemen"  (Ezekiel 38:4); "It will be in the latter days that I will bring you against  My land." (v. 16); "I will turn you around and lead you on, bringing you up from the far north, and bring you against the mountains of Israel" (Ezekiel 39:2).


The Old Testament, especially, is intended to show that God is the sovereign ruler over all.  Even though men try to thwart His plan and wreak great destruction, God's purpose will always win out.  When Ezekiel says that God will bring the enemy against His land, he is simply saying that God will bring these nations to the doom which their wickedness inevitably demands.  Everyone accomplishes God's will in the end.  Those who conform to His will accomplish it willingly; those who do not conform accomplish it inadvertently as an unwitting tool in His hands.


God's purpose in the cataclysmic battle of the last days is very clear and very simple.  God intends for people to recognize Him as the Lord God of heaven whose name is holy, whose glory fills the universe, and whom men must recognize as sovereign if they are to find the peace and joy He desires for His people.


As Ezekiel shows us so vividly, God's destruction of the Axis of Evil in the last days will accomplish the salvation of His people, the nation of Israel.  By identifying this Axis of Evil as modern nations who are unwittingly bent on fulfilling this devastating prophecy, we can clearly see how present events will lead to the ultimate accomplishment of God's purposes.





The name Islam literally means "submission."  A Muslim is "one who submits to God."  According to conservative estimates, there are about 1.5 billion Muslims in our world today.  Approximately 1.4 million live in the United States, which is about 6 percent of the U.S. adult population.  While we usually associate Islam with the Middle East, the largest Muslim populations are actually in Asia.


While the majority of the world's 1.5 billiion Muslims want no part of the deadly violence and attempt to live in peace with their neighbors, the number of radicals who preach violence and tedrror is mushrooming around the world.





According to Islamic tradition, the found of Islam, Mohammad, was born in Mecca (in present day Saudi Arabia) in AD 570.  Mohammad's father died when he was six years old.  He was raised by his paternal grandfather, grew up to become a camel driver and then a merchant, and, at the age of twenty six, married a wealthy caravan owner named Khadija.


Mohammad worked in profgessions that brought him into contact with a number of Christians and Jews who cause him to question the religion of his own people.  He was forty years old and meditating in a cave outside Mecca when he received his first revelation.  From that moment on, according to his testimony, God occasionally revealed messages to him, which he declared to the people.  These messages, which Mohammad received throughout his life, form the verses of the Qu'ran, which Muslims regard as the divine word of God.


In the seventh century Arabian world of Mohammad, the people worshiped over 360 different gods, one for each day of the lunar year.  One of these was the moon god, the male counterpart to the female sun god.  The moon god was called by various names, one of which was Allah, and it was the favorite go of Mohammad's family.


As Mohammad began to promote his new religion, it was only natural that he would choose to elevate the moon god Allah and declare him to be the one true God.  His devotiion to Allah was single minded and fierce, and in establishing and spreading his religion of Islam, Mohammad slaughtered thousands of people who resisted conversion.  As his instructions to his followers show, there was no subtlety in his evangelistic technique:  "Who relinquishes his faith, kill him...I have been ordered by Allah to fight with people till they testify there is no god but Allah, and Mohammad is his messenger."




Opposition in Mecca forced Mohammad and his followers to flee to Medina in AD 620, where he became the head of the first Muslim community.  In AD 631 he returned to Mecca, where he died the following year.  At his death the Islamic community became bitterly divided over the question of who would be Mohammad's successor.  Even today that division survives in the two Islamic sects, now known as the Shi'ites and the Sunnis.  Conflict between these sects is one of the major stress points in Iraq and throughout the Islamic world.


At the death of Mohammad, the group we know as the Sunni followed the leadership of Abu Bakr, opne of Mohammed's fathers-in-law.  The Sunni now comprise about 90 percent of the Islamic world.  They believe that Mohammad's spiritual gifts died with him and that their only authority today is the Qu'ran.  The Baath party of Saddam Hussein was part of the Sunni sect.


The Shi'ites maintained that Mohammed passed on as legacy of personal authority in addition to the Qu'ran as author Winfried Corduan explains:


The Shi'ites, on the other hand, identified with Muhammad's son-in-law Ali, whom they saw as possessing a spiritual endowment directly from the prophet.  The Shi'ites believe that thier leaders, the imams, have authority on par with the Qu'ran.  It is the Shi'ites that believe that the 12th imam went into concealment hundreds of years ago and continues to live there until he returns as the Mahdi....the Muslim Messiah!


Abu Bakr succeeded Mohammad, and he and his successor launched jihads, or holy wars, that spread the religion of Islam from northern Spain to India and threatened Christian Europe.  Christians resisted the threat, and a series of wars followed that drove the Islamic invaders back into the Middle Easter countries, where they still dominate.  Their zeal to have their religion dominate the world has not diminished, however, and it remains a threat to all who do not maintain vigilance.




The most frightening word associated with Islam is jihad.  Sometimes called the "sixth pillar" of Islam, jihad actually means "struggle."  The greater jihad is the inner struggle of each Muslim to submit to Allah.  The lesser jihad is the outward struggle to defend the Islamic community.  This is the jihad that strikes fear in the heart of Islamic enemies. Militant Muslim take jihad to mean more than just passive defense of Islam; to them it authorizes the expansion of the Islamic religion even by means of deadly aggression.


The overt hatred for the West expressed in jihad has already spawned many deadly attacks, and the fanaticism that produced them has not not diminished.  In her book, completed only days before her assassination, former Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto wrote that one of the primary aims of the militants is:


to provoke a clash of civilizations between the West and....Islam.  The great hope of the militants is a collision, an explosion between the values of the West and what the extremists claim to be values of Islam.....The attacks on September 11, 2001, heralded the ......dream of bloody confrontation....If the fanatics and extremists prevail....then fitna (disorder through schism or division) would sweep the world.  Here lies their ultimate goal: chaos."


The hatred that the Muslim have for the Jews needs no documentation.  But the settlement of Israel into her homeland in 1948 took this hatred to a level of murderous fury.  The militants and radicals refer to Israel as "little Satan" and the United States as "big Satan", and they are determined to wipe both countries off the map.





We can easily see and resist the effects of jihad in militant terrorism, but we have trouble seeing and resisting the more subtle strategy that the Muslims call fatah.  Fatah is infiltration, moving into a country in numbers large enough to affect the culture.  It means taking advantage of tolerant laws and accommodative policies to insert the influence of Islam.  In places where a military invasion will not succeed, the slow, systematic, and unrelenting methods of fatah are conquering whole nations.  An illustration is:


A demographic revolution is taking place today in France.  Some experts are projecting that by the year 2040, 80 percent of the population of France will be Muslim.  At that point the Muslim majority will control commerce, industry, eucation, and religion.  They will also control the government, as well, and occupy all the key positions in the French Parliament.  And a Muslim will be president.





Other terms used to describe the Islamic goal of world domination are biological jihad or demographic  jihad, which describes the nonviolent strategy of Muslims moving into Europe and the West and having more babies than their hosts.  Within several generations they hope to repopulate traditionally Christian cultures with their own people, and they are certainly on track to reach that goal.  According to a Vatican report issued recently, the Roman Catholic Church understands this:  "For the first time in history, we are no longer at the top:  Muslims have overtaken us."





The answer to this is a resounding yes?  This Islamic hope surfaced in a speech by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a disciple of Ayatollah Khomeni, the cleric who launched the successful 1979 revolution that turned Iran into a strict Islamic state.  In 2005, Ahmadinejad was called beforfe the United Nations Security Council to explain his continued determination to develop nuclear weapons.  He began his speech by declaring: "In the Name of the God of Mercy, Compassion, Peace, Freedom, and Justice...," and he ended his speeh with this prayer:  "I pray to you to hasten the emergence of your last repository, the promised one, that perfect and pure human being, the one that will fill this world with justice and peace."  The "promised one" in Ahmadinejad's prayer was a reference to the Twelfth Imam, a figure in Shi'ite teaching that parallels the figure of Al-Mahdi in Sunni teaching.  In essence, both of these titles refer to the Islamic messiah who is yet to come.



Shi'ia Islam believes that the Twelfth Imam can appear only during a time of worldwide chaos.  This explains many of Ahmadinejad's defiant actions - why he presses forward with his nuclear program in spite olf world censure and why he is adamant about destroying Israel.  In his famous speeh of October 25, 2005, he said, "'Israel must be wiped off the map', and he warned leaders of the Muslim nations who recognized the state of Israel that they would face 'the wrath of their own people.'".  With these defiant and divisive actions, Ahmadinejad is formenting the chaotic environment that he believes will induce the Islamic messiah to come.  In a televised speech in 2008, Ahmadinejad reiterated: "what we have right now is the last chapter.....Accept that the life of Zionists will sooner or later come to an end."  On March 14, Ahmadinejad "swept the nationwide ballot with about 70 percent support."


The world as a whole does not seem to be taking Ahmadinejad seriously, but the people of Israel are an exception.  They understand that he is determined to destroy them.  And the words of the prophet Ezekiel back up that understanding.  He tells us that Iran's (Iran is now the name of the biblical Persia) hatred toward the Jewish nation will play an important role in a major end-time battle.





According to the dictionary, the word rapture means "an expression or manifestation of ecstasy or passion" and "being carriede away by overwhelming emotion."  But the Bible tells us it means that millions of people will disappear from the face of the earth in less than a millisecond.  And the purpose of that evacuation is to avoid horrific devastation.  This evaluation will remove God's people from the disastrous effects of coming earthquakes, fire, and global chaos.


The word Rapture is the Latin version of a phrase the Bible uses to describe the catching away of all Christians before the end times.  The Lord will descend with a shout and a trumpet of God.  All believers, living and dead, will suddenly meet the Lord in the air.


The focus of the Rapture is on looking at the event not from the viewpoint of those who remain, but from that of those who are evacuated.  Before the period of the Tribulation breaks out, all true followers of the Lord will be caught up from the earth and right into the presence of Lord.  The Rapture will fulfill the promise He made to His disciples in John 14:1 - 3:


Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.  In My Father's house there are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you.  I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you.  I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.


Followers of Christ who are raptured will be spared the trauma of death and the coming disasters that will occur when the Tribulation breaks out upon the earth.  That is indeed a cause for true rapture on the part of those who love the Lord and long to be with Him.


The New Testament indicates that the Rapture of those who have put their trust in Christ is the next major event on the prophetic  calendar.  In other words, the Rapture awaits us on the horizon....it could happen at any moment.  This is the clear message of the Bible, and it is a truth. 





A lot of misunderstanding comes from confusing these two events.  When we talk abou the signs that signal the return of Christ, we speak not of the Rapture, but of the Lord's ultimate return to the earth with all His saints.  According to the book of Revelation, this coming of Christ occurs after the Rapture and differs from it in at least two ways.


First, the Rapture will be a "stealth event" in which Christ will be witnessed by believers only.  His Second Coming, on the other hand, will be a public event.  Everyone will see Him: "Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him: even they who pierced Him.  And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him" (Revelation 1:7; see also Zechariah 114:1, 3 - 5, Revelation 19:1 - 21).


Second, all believers are raptured.  Jesus will immediately take them back into heaven with Him.  But when Christ returns to earth seven years later in the Second Coming.  He is coming to stay.  This return, usually refered to as "the Second Advent," will take place at the end of the Tribulation period and usher in the Millennium - a thousand year reign of Christ on this earth.  So, first, the Rapture will occur seven years before the Second Advent.  At that time Christ will take us to ber with Him in heaven, immediately before the seven-year Tribulation period.  Then, secondly, we will return to earth with Him ast His Second Advent.


There is another important difference.  There are no events that must take place before the Rapture occurs.  It's all a matter of God's perfect timing.  


 As bad as things are becoming,

we can hardly overstate the

horror that will occur when

society loses the tempering

influence of Christians. 





In this passage Paul tells us all we need to know about the Rapture:


But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethern, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.


For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep.  For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God, And the dead in Christ will rise first.  Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.  And thus we shall always be with the Lord.  Therefore comfort one another with these words (1 Thessalonians 4:13 - 18).


First, Paul wrote: "But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope" (Thessalonians 4:13).  In this passage the apostle addresses the ignorance of the Thessalonianbs concerniing the state of those who had died believing in Christ.  The word he used to describe that state has great significance for every believer today.  Paul said that they had fallen asleep.  For the word translated asleep, he used the Greek word koimaw, which has one of its meanings "to sleep in death."  The same word is used to describe the deaths of Lazarus, Stephen, David, and Jesus Christ.


Lazarus:  "These things He said, and after that He said to them, "Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up" (John 11:11).


Stephen: "Then he (Stephen) knelt down and cried out with a loud voice 'Lord, do not charge them with this sin.'  And when he had said this, he fell asleep" (Acts 7:60).


David:  "For David, after he had served hgis own generation by the will of God, fell asleep, was buried with his fathers, and saw corruption" (Acts 13:36).


Jesus Christ: "But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep" (1 Corinthians 15:20).


This concept of death is emphasized in the wonderful word early Christians adopted for the burying places of their loved ones.  It was the Greek word koimeterion, which means "a rest house for strangers, a sleeping place."  It is the word from which we get our English word cemetery.  In Paul's day this word was used for inns, or what we would call a hotel or motel.  We check in at a Hilton Hotel or a Ramada Inn expecting to spend the night in sleep before we wake up in the morning refreshed and raring to go.  That is exactly the thought Paul expresses in words such as koimaw and koimeterion.  When Christians die, it's as if they are slumbering peacefully in a place of rest, ready to be awakened at the return of the Lord.  The words have great import, for they convey the Christian concept of death not as a tragic finality, but as a temporary sleep.


In the next part of the Thessalonians passage, we find Paul affirming their hope that their loved ones will live again.  He does this by tying that hope to the Ressurrection and the Rapture:  "lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus" (1 Thessalonians 4:13-14).  Here Paul tells the Thessalonians (and us) that God's plan for our future gives us such a new perspective on death that when someone we love dies, we are not overcome with sorrow and despair, for on that day when those who are alive in Christ are raptured, those who died in Christ will be raised to be with Him.





Paul states in 1 Thessalonians, "For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God" (v. 4:16).  As you read these words, the Lord Jesus Christ is seated in the heavens at the right hand of the Almighty Father.  But when the right moment comes, Jesus will initiate the Rapture by literally and physically rising from the throne, stepping into the corridors of light, and actually descending into the atmosphere of planet earth from which He rose into the heavens over the Mount of Olives two thousands years ago.  It is not the angels or the Holy Spirit, but the Lord Himself who is coming to draw believers into the heavens in the Rapture.





Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 4:16, "the dead in Christ will rise first."  As he indicates here, the call to resurrection at the Rapture will not summon all the dead, but believers only.  A time will come much later when all the dead will be raised to stand before the white throne in judgment.  Buit at this first call, our believing loved ones who have already died will arise to take first place in the program of ther Rapture.


Paul then explains the next event in the Rapture sequence.  "Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up." (1 Thessalonians 4:17).  The words caught up are translated from a Greek word which has as one of its meanings "to snatch out or away speedily."  This word empahsizes the sudden nature of the Rapture.  Paul describes this suddenness in his letter to the Corinthians: "In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.  For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed" (1 Corinthians 15:52).


Paul continues his explanation of the Rapture:  "Them (the believing dead who have arisen) in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.  And thus we shall always be with the Lord" (1 Thessalonians 4:17).  Note that Paul begins here with the word then, which is an adverb indicating sequence.  It connects the previous even ts of the Rapture that we have already considered with this final event in a definite order of sequential reunions as follows:


*Dead bodies reunited with their spirits


*Resurrected believers reunited with living believers


*Resurrected believers and raptured believers meet the Lord


As Paul points out, the ultimate consequence of this reunion with the Lord is that there will be no subsequent parting.  After His return, our union and communion with Him will be uninterrupted and eternal.  This glorious fact alone shows us why the word rapture is an altogether appropriate term for this event.





When the Scriptures says, "The dead in Christ will rise," it is speaking of the bodily resurrection of all believers!  At this time, the spirits of believers will be united with their perfect and complete resurrection bodies.  "For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God.  And the dead in Christ will rise first (no exceptions!).  Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.  And thus we shall always be with the Lord.  Therefore comfort one another with these words" (1Thessalonians 4:16 - 18).






After the Rapture, we will come before the Judgment Seat of Christ one by one (2 Corinthians 5:10).  The Judgment Seat is not about whether we will enter heaven - we'll already be there.  It will be a time to give an accouynt of the works we have done on earth, and we will be rewarded accordingly.  We'll be assigned places of authority in the coming Millennium based upon  our faithfulness to God when we were on earth, as well as the inflouence we left behind.







The fact is we cannot calculate the day Christ will return because God specifically chose not to reveal it to us.


When the apostles asked Jesus about the end times, He replied gently but firmly, "It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.  But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you" (Acts 1:7 - 8).  Only God knows what time it is, and only God knows when these times will run out.  God's calendar is the only one that matters (1 Thessalonians 5:1 - 2; Matthew 24:36, 42, 44. 50: Matthew 25:13).


Future truth impacts present responsibility.  It is the knowledge that His coming is soon that puts urgency into our step and determination into our service.






After completing his description of the Rapture to the Thessalonians.  Paul wraps up the passage with this practical admonition:  "Therefore comfort one another with these words"  (1 Thessalonians 4:18).


Here the apostle tells both the Thessalonians and believers today that it's not enough simply to passively understand what he has just explained about the Rapture, Christian death, and the Resurrection.  Our understanding should spur us toward a certain action - to "comfort one another."  And in the preceding verses He has given us exactly the kind of information that makes true comfort possible.  When believers suffer the loss of family members or dearly loved friends, we have in Paul's descriptions of Christian death and resurrection all that is needed to comfort one another in these losses.  Christian death is not permanent; it is merely a "sleep."  A time is coming when we and our loved ones will ge reunited in a rapturous meeting, when Christ Himself calls us out of this world or out of our graves to be with Him forever in an ecstatic relationship of eternal love.  That is why Paul tells us we should comfort one another with remindrs that, for Christians, what we call death is nothing more than a temporary sleep before we are called into our uninterrupted relationship with Chhrist forever.


Christian death is not permanent; it is merely a sleep.





First of all, Jesus could come tonight!  But you may hear people say that the Rapture cannot occur until the whole world has heard the Gospel; therefore, we need to preach the Gospel to every creature so that the "last person to be saved" is brought into the kingdom, at which time Jesus will return for His Church.  But this cannot be true.


If there is anything that has yet to happen before Christ's return, there is no such thing as the "imminent return" of Jesus Christ.  The command to take the Gospel into the whole world is certainly pressing upon every generation, but the condition of the Gospel going to the whole world is a condition not of the Rapture, but of the Second Coming of Christ.





To Allow Unrestrained Evil


The moment after the Rapture, the spirit of God will remove any restraining influence on earth.  As a result, life on earth will be relinquished to flourishing evil.  As the Tribulation progresses, evil will result in a climax of worsening conditions.  God's wrath will be displayed toward the wicked through the signs of His coming judgment.  Thankfully, those who believers at the time of the Rapture will be spared from this terrible time.


The hour-hand on God's time clock is wound up and spinning.  We are being swept along the path of history by a swift wind at our backs.  Our individual ability to weather the storm will come from our understanding of the Word of God.  We need only heed what has echoed through the centuries:  "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches" (Revelation 3:22).


The Tribulation is a seven-year period described in Revelation 11 - 18.  Approximately the first three and a half years of that time, there will be the climax of worsening conditions, the anger of God against the wicked, and the signs of Christ's coming.  During the last three and a half years, the "{lawless one" - the Antichrist - will be empowered to sit at the center of the Tribulation's evil as he personifies Satan.





These ten events are the things we can expect in embryonic form in the days preceding the Rapture and the beginning of the Tribulation.  These ten things will continue to multiply and progress as the first three and one-half years of the Great Tribulation unfold.


* A Time of Deception - "Many will come in My name, saying, "I am the Christ,' and will deceive many" (Matthew 24:5).


* A Time of Dissension - "You will hear of wars and rumors of wars...Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom" (Matthew 24:6 - 7).


*A Time of Devastation - "There will be famines ..." (Matthew 24:7).


*A Time of Disease - "...pestilences..."  (Matthew 24:7).


*A Time of Disasters - "....and earthquakes in various places" (Matthew 24:7).


*A Time of Death - "They will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name sake" (Matthew 24:9)


*A Time of Disloyalty - "Many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another" (Matthew 24:10).


*A Time of Delusion - "Many false prophets will rise up and deceive many" (Matthew 24:11).  It should also be noted that part of the delusion will be an increase in drug use.  One of the characteristics of the end times' false religion will be what the book of Revelation calls "sorceries" (9:21.  The word John uses is pharmakia, from which we get the word pharmacy.  It is an ancient reference to the ingestion of drugs.  The use of mind-altering substances such as narcotics and hallucinogens will be associated with false religions, doubtless with the approval of the government.


*A Time of Defection - "Because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold" (Matthew 24:12).  People will turn away from God and from one another.


*A Time of Declaration - "This gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations" (Matthew 24:14).








The Tribulation, some believe will be a natural consequence of the Rapture.  You may think of the world today is degenerating into rampant greed and immorality, and indeed it is.  When all Christians are removed from the earth, the restraining minbistry of the Holy Spirit will be completely absent.  The result will be horrific.  Jesus Himself described what will happen next: "For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.  And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved" (Matthew 24:21 -   "What Will Happen In Heaven During The Tribulation?"





The Christians are in heaven.  God is seated on the throne, which is surrounded by a rainbow of emerald greens.  The twenty-four elders representing the church-age saints sit around the throne.  Before the throne is a sea of glass.  In the midst of the throne are the four living creatures, and giving praise aound the throne are the angels and the Church (Revelation 4:3 - 4, 6, 8).  This is the worship of the glorified Christ, the Creator of the world.  God is just about to dal with the physical earth in judgment, and before He does, the Creator of earth is worshiped by the Church in heaven.  Thunder, lightning, and voices signify the judgment which is about to fall on the earth.





Christians will escape the seven-year nightmare of the Tribulation.


The Bible clearly teaches that one of the coming great events in the fulfillment of prophecy concerns the Church.  This is the personal, bodily return of the Lord in the air to remove His waiting Church from the earth and to reward them according to their works.  This will take place before the Tribulation period during which time the judgments of God will be poured out upon the unbelieving world.


There are more Scriptures to support the imminent return of Christ for His Church prior to the Tribulation than during or after it: 1 Thessalonians 4:13 - 18; 2 Thessalonians 2:8 - 12: 1 Thessalonians 1:10, 5 - 9.






The sun will turn black, the moon will turn red, and great earthquakes will be common.


Revelation 6:12 says, "Behold, there was a great earthquake."  It also says, "The sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood."  When Jesus died on the cross, the whole earth became dark at midday.  When Egypt was judged, there was a blackness of night.  When the Lord came down at Mt. Sinai, the mountain was shrouded in black clouds.  The prophets, as well, said darkness would occur at the beginning of the Tribulation period.


The stars will fall out of the sky.


"The stars of heaven fell to the earth"  (Revelation 6:13).  the word star here is the Greek word aster and it refers to luminous bodies in the sky other than the sun and moon.  Clearly these stars are not the distant stellar objects we know as stars but like group of asteroids.


The mountains and island will move.


"Every mountain and island was moved out of its place"  (Revelation 6:14).  When the asteroids hit the earth, the possibility is that the earth's crust will be so disturbed by the impact that great segments of it will actually begin to slip and slide ove the earth's mantle.  According to Dr; Henry Morris, those living in the regions above such shifting will observe the heavens appearing to move in the opposite direction, as if they are being rolled up. 


The ocean will become blood.


As Revelation 8:8 - 9 explains, a great mountain burning with fire will be cast into the sea.  One-third of the sea will become blood, and one third of all sea life will die.  There will also be the destruction one-third of all the ships.  The far reaching implications of these judgments are beyond our understanding.  Someone has reasoned that the oceans occupy about three-fourths of the earth's surface, so the extent of this judgment will be staggering.  The pollution of the water and the death of so many sea creatures will vastloy affect the balance of life in the ocean.  This will happen to one-third of the saltwater bodies of the world.


The water will become poisoned.


Then the freshwater supplies will be affected.  They will become bitter, with the result that many people will die (Revelation 8:10 - 11). The instrument of judgment will be a great star that is labeled "Wormwood."  This literal star or meteor hurtling through space will approach the earth.  Sweeping along the surface of the earth, it will turn one-third of the water of the earth into deadly poisonous liquid.  It will affect the rivers, springs, and wells.


This is the time of the greatest suffering and persecution the world has ever seen.





Yes there will be a great harvest of souls for Christ during the Tribulation.  In this harvest of souls, we see fulfilled the prophecy contained in Matthew 24:14 - "And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come," then the Second Coming of Christ!


People from every nation, tribe, and language will be part of the great redeemed multitude.  This is a time of the greatest suffering and persecution the world has ever seen, and it will also be a time when the greatest wave of genuine conversion ever takes place.  This multitude of redeemed ones will come from those who were still unsaved at the time of the Rapture.


Today there are at least two billion people who have never heard or understood enough of the gospel to accept or reject it.  Those who will be saved during the Tribulation will come from this great number.  Those who are saved during the Tribulation will be savbed on exactly the same basis as those before the Tribulation, which is by faith in the life, death, and justifying resurrection of the Son of God.


The condition of the Gospel going to the whole world is a condition not of the Rapture, but of the Second Coming of Christ.





If there are no believers on earth at the beginning of the seven years of Tribulation, this is a good question.  As will be  discuss in upcoming pages, there will be two witness and 144,000 sealed Israelites (Revelation 11:3, 7:4).  In addition, Dr. Henry Morris suggests a "silent witness" because "millions upon millions of copies of the Bible and Bible portions.... will not be removed and multitudes will no doubt be constrained to read the Bible in those days... and will turn to their Creator and Savior."  These blood-bought believers will begin to warn others of even more severe judgment to come.  They will preach repentance and judgment and they will be killed for their message.






The Lord sends an angel for their own special blessing: "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord? (Revelation 14:13).  Just as the New Testament begins with the Beaitudes of Jesus for the living, it ends with the Beatitude of Jesus for the dying. This is the second of the seven Beatitudes found in the book of Revelation.  Even though these words are particularly written for those who die during the Tribulation, they are also written for the saints of every generation, for the dead in Christ of all ages.  Believers do not die in the sense of death being the end; they are simply waiting for the coming of the Lord.  Blessed are those who have gone to sleep in Jesus.






Just as death terminates the day of possible salvation for those who rejecdt Christ, so does the Rapture.  Those who have heard the Gospel message and have rejected it will be given a "strong delusion" during the Tribulation.  Second Thessalonians 2:10 - 12 tells us, "they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.  And for this reason God shall send them a 'strong delusion,' that they should believe the lie."  Revelation 13 tells us it will be the lies of the Beast and the Antichrist, who counterfeit the life of Christ and bring deception.  Believing these deceptions, the people who have rejected the Gospel before the Tribulation will go to hell without opportunity to receive Christ.  The day of grace will be over for them.  There is no second chance.


Be warned:  You had better not wait to become a Christian.  Others have had reason like this before, but I have to wonder about someone's legitimate desire to know God if it is coupled with a desire to beat the system.  Do not let anyone tell you that you can beat the system by waiting to become a Christian until the Tribulation.  It won't happen.  You'll be deceived.  The reason more people aren't saved today is because of deception.  It's amazing, but the more the Tribulation grows in intensity, the more people reject God.  You'd think they would turn to Him and cry for mercy, but instead they curse Him who sends judgment on the earth.  Those who reject the truth now be deceived and will never believe the Gospel when they hear it preached.


The Bible says today is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2).  Don't try to get around God's plan.  Don't think you can beat the system.  One day soon the Lord is coming back, and if you have already rejected Him, the dfay of opportunity will be gone.





Even though men will seek to die and suicide will be attempted, appaently death will not be possible: "In those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will desire to die, and death will flee from them" (Revelation 9:6).


It will be such an awful experience for those who are left endure the result of countless demons from the pit running unchecked throughout the earth.  The only people these demons are allowed to sting are those who do not belong to God (v. 4).  The poison from the sting will literally set the nerve center on fire (v.10).  This evil will be stretched out for 150 days (v. 10), and death cannot provide escape (v. 6).





When divine restraint is withdrawn during the Triibulation, human passions will break loose, and morality will be discarded in favor of liberty and "sexual immorality" (Revelation 22:15).  The result will be nothing less than rampant immorality.





It is believed the two witnesses are Elijah and Moses.  In Malachi 4:5 - 6, we are told that Elijah will come before Jesus returns.  In 1 Kings 17, Elijah stopped the rain; and in Revelation 11:6, the witnesses "have power to shut heaven, so that no rain falls in the days of their prophecy."  Another reason I believe it to be Elijah is because Elijah didn't die.  Elijah was taken to heaven a whirlwind of fire.


It is believed the second witness to be Moses.  In Exodus 7:20 and 21, Moses turned "the water into blood"; and in Revelation 11:6 the two witnesses are said to "have power over waters to turn them to blood."  Moses died, but no one knows where his body is buried (Deuteronomy 34:5 - 6).  The body of Moses was preserved by God so that he might be restored.  Finally, it is also significant that Elijah appeared with Moses in the Transfiguration.


It is impossible to prove conclusively who these two witness are.  But if they are not Moses and Elijah, we can know that they are very much like them and have the same kind ministry.









Herman A. Hoyt





In Revelation 11:3, we are introduced to the two witnesses.  There is much debate as to when these witnesses appear on the sceine.  It is believed they begin begin their ministry at the beginning of the Tribulation, at the time the Antichrist makes his covenant with the Jewish people.  We can assume they will have a great following.





Revelation 11:5 says,  "If anyone wants to harm them, fire proceeds from their mouth and devours their enemies. "  God has provided them with protection.  These witnesses will have power ober death, drought, and disease.


They will preach about Christ as Lord of all the earth.  They will shut the heavens so no rain can fall during their ministry, and they will have the power to cause plagues as often as they desire.  They will go about tesifying of the wickedness of the people.  They will tell the people that God is responsible for all the judgments that have been poured out.  If that is not enough, they will tell them of more terrifying judgments to come.  They will preach against the Beast of Revelation 13, and men try to destroy them because their witness exposes the wickededness of the earth.





After forty-two months, during which time they cannot be killed, they will be killed by the Beast who ascends from the bottomless pit.  The two witnesses are so hated that the entire world will rejoice at their deaths.  Their bodies will be put on public display.  Their bodies will lie in the street for three and half days (Revelation 11:7 - 10).  In biblical Jewish society this was an abomination.  Their enemies will be ecstatic that someone has finally put an end to these two nemeses.


They are already decomposing, and the next action we see is that they stand up!  The whole world will see this because they are looking in on the scene through the news and papers.  While they are the focus of worlod attention, they are not only resurrected, they are raptured (Revelation 11:12).  They go up to heaven in "a cloud."  This cloud is the shekiinah glory of God.  It is the same cloud in which the angel of Revelation 10:1 was clothed.








The ultimate victory has been won at Calvary, but it will be implemented in the future.  The sentence has been passed now it needs to be enforced.  The enforcement is in the hands of the Church.  The tool that enforces Satan's defeat is the tool of prayer.  "For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ" (2 Corinthians 10:4 - 5).  One person praying on earth can move angels in heaven.


Christians need to learn the power of prayer against Satan and that he will be defeated in his work.  We are not engaged in the warfare if we are not praying against Satan.  The judgment that was effected at the cross, and is enforced through prayer, will be completed.  Satan is doomed.  Once our warfare with Satan is ended by the Rapture, he will be unobstructed in his evil plans.  But, make no mistake, Satan and his henchmen - the Antichrist and the false prophet - will keep their divine appointment with Almighty God.  Satan, already defeated is doomed.





The Antichrist is a person who is against Christ.  The prefix anti can also mean "instead of," and both meanings will apply to this coming world leader.  He will overtly oppose Christ and at the same time pass himself off as Christ.


The Antichrist will aggressively live up to his terrible name.  He will be Satan's superman who persecutes, tortures, and kills people of Glod and leads the armies of the world into the climactic Battle of Armageddon.  He will be the most powerful dictator the world has ever seen, making Caesar, Hitler, Mao, and Saddam seem weak and tame by comparison.


Even though the Antichrist is identified by that name only four times in the Bible, he appears many more times under various aliases.  He is also called:


"the prince that shall come" - Daniel 9:26


"a fierce king" - Daniel 8:23


"a master of intrigue" - Daniel 8:23


"a despicable man" - Daniel 11:21


"a worthless shepherd" - Zechariah 11:16 - 17


"the one who brings destruction" - 2 Thessalonians 2:3


"the lawless one" - 2 Thessalonians 2:8


"the evil man" - 2 Thessalonians 2:9


"the Beast" - Revelation 13:1



When he comes on the scene, people will flock to him like flies to honey, and they will fall over themselves to do anything he asks.






Satan is the first person and the father of the unholy trinity.  The Antichrist is the second person and the son of the unholy trinity.  While the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity and His main function is to direct praise to the person of Christ, the False Prophet's major function is to direct the worship and praise of the people back to the Antichrist (Revelation 13:11 - 12.





The prophet Daniel describes the Antichrist in these graphic terms: "After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth ...And there...were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking pompous words...  He shall  speak  pompous words against the Most High" (Daniel 7:7 - 8,25).


As Daniel says, the coming world leader will be renowned for this kind of eloquence, which will capture the attention and admiration of the world.


Daniel goes on to tell us that not only will this golden tongued orator speak in high blown terms, but he will also utter pompous wo5rds against the Most High.  The apostle John describes him in a similiar fashion in the book of Revelation: "And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies"  (Revelation 13:5).


Daniel continues his description of the antichrist by telling us he is a man "whose appearance was greater than his fellows" (Daniel 7:20).  In terms of his outward appearance, this man will be a strikingly attractive person.  The combination of magnetic personality, speaking ability, and extreme good looks will make him virtually irrestible to the masses.  When he comes on the scene, people will flock to him like flies to honey, and they will fall over themselves to do anything he asks.  The apostle John expands on Daniel's description of the Antichrist's blasphemous acts by telling us that every living person will be required to worship this man.  "He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worshipi the image of the beast to be killed"  (Revelation 13:15).


Finally, Revelation 13: 1 - 8 says the Antichrist is represented as a Beast ---an appropriate title for him.  During the last three and a half years of the Tribulation, the Antichrist will personify Satan himself.  Second Thessalonians 2:9 says,  "The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders."  Step by step, the Antichrist will promote himself from a European leader, to a world leader, to a tyrannical global dictator and finally to a god.






His rise to power is inconspicuous.  It will not be noticed in the beginning and will hardly raise the attention even of those who are closest to the center of action.  He will rise out of the general population.  John says, "Then I stood on the sand of the sea.  And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, heaving seven heads and ten horns" (Revelation 13:1).  The sea in biblical imagery stands for the general mass of humanity or, more specifically, the Gentile nations.


Whatever power the Antichrist has, he only has it by virtue of the fact that he is allowed to have it by Almighty God.  As bad as the Tribulation is, it is never out of God's control.  There is a leash on Satan, and God is holding on to the other end of the leash.  Satan will be able to do only that which God allows him to do in the Tribulation period.


The  combination of magnetic personality, speaking ability, and extreme good looks will make him virtually irresitible to the masses. 





According to Revelation 13:8, "all who dwell on the earth will worship him."  Daniel 7:25 tells us that the Antichrist is a cultic leader.  "He shall speak pompous words against the Most High.... and shall intend to change times and law."  He will speak outy against the true God of heaven.  The language suggests that he will try to raise himself to the level of God and make declaration from that position.


Second Thessalonians 2:4 says the Antichrist"....opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God,"  He will accept the worship of the peoples of the world.






The mark of the beast is 666.  We can't identify the exact significance of the mark, but there are some general things we can say about it.  The number six is the number of man (Revelation 13:18).  Man was created on the sixth day.  He is to work six out of seven days.  A Hebrew slave could not be enslaved more than six years.  Their fields could not be sown for more than six years running.  The number 666 is man-tripled.  Perhaps the number of the Beast represents the ultimate in human ingenuity and competence.


The word used for the mark of the Beast is the Greek word charagma.  In antiquity, this word was always associated with the Roman emperor.  It often contained the Emperor's name, his effigy, and the year of his reign.  It was necessary for buying and selling, and it was required to be affixed to documents to attest to their validity.  The Antichrist will do the same thing.  "He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name" (Revelation 13:16 - 17).






Those who refuse the mark of the Beast will be persecuted and labeled as traitors.  According to the system organized by the Beast, everyone who does not wear the mark will be denied the ability to buy or sell (Revelation 13:16 - 17).  Apparently, this will lead to their death as they will not even be able to get the food and other things necessary to stay alive.





Revelation 14:19 - 11 warns that all who receive the mark of the Beast will suffer eternal judgment at the hand of God.  In this passage, the angel announces that those who take the mark of the beast we be consigned to eternal fire, damnation, and wrath.  Their torment will last forever since they have chosen to worship and serve the Beast rather than the one true God.





Satan allows the Beast to be killed - or at least to appear to be killed.  But the head wound he receives will be healed, and the world will be so astonished they will follow him (Revelation 13:3 - 4, 12).  Once again the imitator is at work.  He will feign the Resurrection.  This is Satan's last fling.  He will use everything at his disposal to take as many peoplke to hell with him as he can.


Just when it seems there is no hope, the Lord will return in His Second Coming to dethrone the Beast at the Battle of Armageddon.  The nations and Israel will then be judged, and Christ will institute the Millennium.





The False Prophet is a man who exercises religious and miltary authority in the name of the Antichrist.  He does miraculous things to cause the whole world to bow down and worship the Antichrist and his image.  Jesus says in Matthew 7:15, "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves."  The False Prophet in Revelation is the epitome of every false prophet who has gone before him.  We need to be warned against false prophets who come with the voice and personality and calmness of a lamb, but who speak the words of Satan himself.





According to Revelation 13:11, he has the voice of a dragon, but he looks like a lamb.  Why would Satan design the False Prophet to look like a lamb?  He is continuing to do everything possible to deceive people by counterfeiting the ministry of Jesus, the Lam of God who was slain before the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8). 





The False Prophet will be the Antichrist's religious leader and will have the power to counterfeit the miracles of God according to Revelation 13:13.  The specific miracle mentioned in the text is the calling down of fire from heaven.  The False Prophet may be trying to imitate Elijah, when he called down fire on Mount Carmel, to make people think he is Elijah who is coming before the great and terrible day of the Lord.  He deceives people into buildingh an image as a central point of worship for the Beast (v. 14).  With his occultic powers, he will enable the image to speak (v. 15).





During the Tribulation, God will send His two witnesses into the world to prophesy and perform mighty miracles.  There will also be 144,000 Israelites ":sealed" for God's service during this period (Revelation 7:4).  The 144,000 Israelites - 12,000 from each of the twelve tribes of Israel - will become evangelists and shall see a great harvest of souls during these terrible Tribulation days.  They will be preserved so that they cannot be killed, and people will hear their message and be saved.  It is hard to imagine the impact 144,000 Spirit-filled Jews might have on the world.  Their power from the Holy Spirit enables them to have great couraghe andf brtavery as they give witness to the Word and testify to salvation in Jesus Christ.  Twelve Spirit-filled Jews turned their world upside down.  Imagine the magnitude of the revival that will take place during the Tribulation.





In Revelation 14:4 the word virgin is not a physical description.  As we see in 2 Corinthians 11:2, the church must be presented to Jesus Christ as a chaste virgin.  The idea is not about physical virginity but has everything to do with spiritual virginity.  The church must be holy.  Likewise, in Revelation 14:4 the word refers to the fact that the 144,000 will be seperated from the corruption of the world.  They will be virgins unhto God who give themselves in pure devotion to the Lord.  They will be truly separated and sanctified group of people, unsoiled by the pollution of the world.  That's the kind of witness God craves, no matter what generation we live in.  The more holy we are, the more God can use us.  Perhaps the great3est preparation we can make for ministry ius the preparation of our own hearts in righteousness and holiness before God.






Revelation 7:3 - 4 explains that the 144,000 evangelists will be sealed on their foreheads and preserved in their ministry by the Spirit of God.  They will have the Father's name written prominently on their foreheads.


It is death not to have the mark of the Beast written on one's head during the time of the Tribulation.  But during the Tribulation, 144,000 people will be walking around without 666 writtdn on them, and they will not be killed.  They will not be neutral; they will be aggressive.  They won't just be walking around without the mark; they'll be walking around with their own mark.  They don't want anyone to be in doubt as to who they belong to.  They have God's mark on them, and it will be evident to everyone.


It is death to have the mark of God, but these preachers confess Christ and are u;nashamed of Him.  And they are preserved.  They have come all the way through the Tribulation preaching the gospel.  They are still alive.  God sealed them.  When you are God's person, in God's will, you are immortal until God is finished with you.  God is in control.  That doesn't mean that you should live life recklessly, but it means that God has committed Himself to preserve you throughout your ministry.





Revelation 16:2 gives us the record of terrible sores upon those who have taken the mark of the Beast and worshiped his image.  The sores reflected on these rebels symbolize that they worship Satan.


Those who have taken the mark of the Beast appear to be religious people.  They identify with the great reliugious regime of their day.  But in this awful moment of judgment when the bowls are turned over on earth, the sores will be another mark of identification to demonstrate that they are rebelling within these people to surface and be manifested in sorews all their bodies.  


At this time, God will use six other disasters on earth to carry out His judgment.  The remaining part of the sea will turn to blood, rivers and streams will become blood, the sun will scorch people with fire, the earth will be in darkness, the Euphrates River will completely dry up, and thunder, lightning, abd hailstones weighing nearly one hundred pounds will fall from the sky (Revelation 16:3 - 21).


The Antichrist will aggressively live up to his terrible name.  He will be Satan's superman, who persecutes, tortures, and kills the people of God and leads the armies of the world into the climatic battle of Armageddon.





The sixth plague God sent upon Egypt was very similar to that which takes place in Revelation 16:2.  The Bible describes the plague as "boils that break out in sores on man and beast throughjout all the land of Egypt" (Exodus 9:9).


These sores may be a fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy.  In Deuteronomy 28:27, 35, and Moses promised that God would judge Israel with boils and other skin diseases if they failed to walk in His covenant.  The penalty for disobedience was that the plagues Glod visited upon Egypt (whicfh included sores and boils (Exodus 9:9) would be visited upon Israel.


The judgment mentioned in Revelation 16:10 - 11 is a plague of darkiness.  Once again, it is reminiscent of the plagues of Egypt.  Just as the sores of the first plague are a symbol of the inner infection of those who bear them, this outer darkiness is a reflection of the darkness of heart and soul of those who deny God.


The Antichrist will be the most powerful dictator the world has ever seen, making Caesar, Hitler, Mao, and Saddam seem weak and tame by comparison.





The sixth plague God sent upon Egypt was very similar to that which takes place in Revelation 16:2.  The Bible describes the plague as "boils that break out in sores on man and beast throughout all the land of Egypt" (Exodus 9:9).


These sores may be a fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy.  In Deuteronomy 28:27, 35, and Moses promised that God would judge Israel with boils and other skin diseases if they failed to walk in His covenant.  The penalty for disobedience was the plagues God visited upon Egypt (which included sores and boils (Exodus 9:9) would be visited upon Israel.


The judgment mentioned in Revelation 16:10 - 11 is a plague of darkness.  Once again, it is reminiscent of the plagues of Egypt.  Just as the sores of the first plague are a syumbol of the inner infection of those who bear them, this outer darkness is a reflection of the darkness of heart and soul of those who deny God.


The Antichrist will be the most powerful dictator the world has ever seen, making Caesar, Hitler, Mao, and Saddam seem weak and tame by comparison.  





Our nation is no stranger to war.  In the less than 250 years of American history, we have been involved in nearly three hundred wars, conflicts, military operations.  


The Bible tells us that there is yet another major war to be fought on this earth - sometimes after the Russian led coalition of nations' war against Israel.  This war, called Armageddon, makes all the wars America has fought to date look like minor skirmishes.  This war will draw the final curtain on modern civilization.  In fact, preparations for that war are underway right now throughout the world.  The only thing holding back its rapid approach is the yet-to-occur disappearance of all true believers in Jesus Christ is taken safely into heaven and the Tribulation period begins, the unrestrained satanic persecution of Israel will propel the entire world toward the Battle of Armageddon.  





Given the enormous attention this word receives, it may surprise you that Armageddon is mentioned only once in the Bible - in the sixteenth chapter of Revelation.  The Hebrew word harmageddon means "the mount of Megiddo."  Har means "mount" and megiddo means "slaughter": so the meaning of Armageddon is "Mount of Slaughter."





Armageddon will take place on the mountain of Megiddo, located in northern Israel.  It includes an extended plain that reaches from the Mediterranean Sea to northern part of the land of Israel.  Megiddo is about eighteen miles southeast of Haifa, fifty-five miles north of Jerusalem, and alittle more than ten miles from Nazareth, the town where Jesus grew up.


While the word Armageddon is mentioned only once in the Bible, the mountain of Megiddo has a rich biblical history.  It was at Megiddo that Deborah and Barak defeated the Canaanites (Judges 4 and 5).  It was also there that Gideon defeated the Midianites (Judges 7); Saul was slain during a war with the Philistines (1 Samuel 31); Ahaziah was slain by Jehu (2 Kings 9); and Josiah was slain by the invading Egyptians (2 Kings 23).


These are not by any means the only battles that have been fought on this bloody ground.  If we had stood on top of Megiddo over past centuries and overlooked the plain of Armageddon, we would have seen a long succession of waged battles of great armies marched across the field one after the other - the Crusaders, the Egyptians, the Persians, the Druze, the Greeks, the Turks, and the Arabs.  During World War I, British general Edmund Allenby led his army against the Turks in a fierce battle on the Plain of Armadgeddon.  According to scholar Alan Johnson, "More than 200 battles have been fought at or near there."  As you can see, Meggido has earned its awfrul name: it is indeed a Mount of Slaughter.






One of the world's greatest military figures gives us the answer.  In 1799, Napoleon stood at Megiddo before the battle that ended his quest to conquer the East and rebuild the Roman Empire.  Considering the enormous plain of Armageddon, he declared: "All the armies of the world could maneuver their forces on this vast plain.....  There is no place in the whole world more suited for war than this... (It is) the most natural battleground on the whole earth."


While it is no mystery why the earth's final battle will be fought at Armageddon, it is important to understand that the battle will be centralized on that field but not contained there.  All the ancient prophets agree that this war will be fought throughout the entire land of Israel.


The words of the prophet Zechariah describes Jerusalem as the center of conflict in the Armageddon war:  "Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem.  And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all people; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, through all nations of the earth are gather3ed against it" (Zechariah 12:2 - 3).  So, while we use the term Armadgeddon and localize the war to the plain of Megiddo, Scripture teaches that the battle will literally fill the whole land of Israel with war and bloodshed.





1.  To finish His judgment upon Israel:  The Tribulation period is a time of divine indignation against the people of Israel, the people who rejected their Messiah and - time and time again after given the chance to return - failed to heed the corrective and punitive judgment of God.  It is no accident that this future period of time is often referred to as "the time of Jacob's trouble" (Jeremiah 30:7).


2.  To finalize His judgment upon the nations that have persecuted Israel:  Those nations that have persecuted Israel:  Those nations that have persecuted the Jewish people are finally gathered together in the Battle of Armageddon, in the Valley of Jehoshaphat, giving God the perfect opportunity to deal with them finally and decisively.


"I will also gather all nations, And bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; And I will enter into judgment with them there On account of My people, My heritage Israel, Whom they have scattered among the nations; They have also divided up My land" (Joel 3:2).


3.  To formally judge all the nations that have rejected Him: "Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations.  And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron.  He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God" (Revelation 19:15).


Notice that last phrase: "He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God."  To our time-bound senses God's activity often seems so slow and ponderous that people pursuing ungodly goals tend to dismiss His judgment as a factor to be taken seriously.  Thus the nations do not believe that a time is coming when God's judgment will inevitably descend.  But be assured, He is storing up judghment against a day to come.  The Bible is clear: one of these days God will have had enough, and His judgment will pour down like consuming fire against the world's wicked nations.





At the beginning of the Tribulation period,  Gog (the Prince of Russia, Magog) assembles a mass of nations against Israel that is thwarted by God's intervention.  Armageddon will end the Tribulation period.  The Battle of Gog and the Battle of Armageddon are separated by  several years and involve diffferent participants.  Here are some of the differences that will help keep the two battles separate in your mind:


1.  In the Battle of Gog,  Russia and at least five other nations are involved (Ezekiel 38:2 - 6).  In the Battle of Armageddon,all the nations of the world are involved (Joel 3:2; Zechariah 14:2).


2.  In the Battle of Gog, the invaders will attack from the north (Ezekiel 38:6, 15; 39:2).  In the Battle of Armageddon, the armies come from the north, south, east and west (Daniel 11:40 - 45; Zechariah 14:2; Revelation 16:12 - 16).


3.  In the Battle of Gog, the purpose of the armies is to "take a spoil, and to take a prey" (Ezekiel 38:12) .  In the Battle of Armageddon, the purpose is to annihilate4 the Jews and to fight Christ and His army (Zechariah 12:2 - 3, 9; 14:2; Revelation 19:19).


4.  In the Battle of Gog, Russia will be the leader of nations (Ezekiel 38:13).  In the Battle of Armageddon, the Antichrist will be the leader (Revelation 19:19).


5.  In the Battle of Gog, God defeats the northern invade4rs with the convulsions of the earth, the confusion of the troops, the contagion of diseases, and calamities from the sky.  In the Battle of Armageddon, the armies are defeated by the word of Christ - "a sharp sword" (Revelation 19:15, 21).


6.  In the Battle of Gog, Israel's enemies will perish upon the mountains of Israel and in the open field (Ezekiel 39:4 - 5).  In the Battle of Armageddon, those slain by the Lord will lie where they fall, from one end of the earth to the other (Jeremiah 25:33).


7.  In the Battle of Gog, the dead will be buried (Ezekiel 39:12 - 15).  In the Battle of Armageddon,  the dead will not be buried, but their carcasses will be totally consumed by the birds (Jeremiah 25:33; Revelation 19:17 - 18, 21).


8.  After the battle of Gog, war will continue among the nations involved (other than Israel) during the remainder of the Tribulation (Revelation 13:4 - 7).  After the Battle of Armageddon, swords and spears will be beaten into plowshares and prunning hooks (Isaiah 2:4).  And the nations will study war no more.







During the Battle of Armageddon, the world will become increasingly discontented with the leadership of this global dictator who has gone back on every promise he made>  Major segments of the world will begin to assemble their own military forces and rebel against him.


The king of the South and his armies will be the first to come after the Antichrist, followed by the armies of the North.  "At the time of the end the king of the South shall attack him; and the king of the North shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, horsement, and with many ships" (Daniel 11:40).


The Antichrist will put down some of the first attempts at rebellion against him.  But before he can celebrate and move on toward his goal of destroying Israel and Jerusalem, something happens:  "But news from the east and the north shall trouble him; therefore he shall go out with great fury to destroy and annihilate many" (Daniel 11:44).  The Bible leaves no doubts as to the source of the news that so disturbs and enrages the Antichrist: "Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and it water was dried up, so that the way of the kings from the east might be prepared (Revelation 16:12).


The Euphrates is one of the greatest rivers in the world.  It flows from the mountains of western Turkey, through Syria, and continues on right through the heart of Iraq, not far from Baghdad.  It eventually unites with the Tigris to become the Shatt el Arab, and finally empties into the Persian Gulf.  The entirety of the Euphrates flows through Muslim territory.  In Genesis 15 and Deuteronomy 11, the Lord specified that the Euphrates would be the easternmost border of the Promised Land.  It serves both as a border and a barrier between Israel and her enemies.





Without water in the Euphrates River, there is no longer a barrier between the Antichrist and the vast army crosses the bed of the Euphrates against the Antichrist, the greatest war of all history involving hundreds of millions of people will be set in motion.  The major battleground for that war will be the land of Israel.


As if this news is not frightening enough, John tells us that all these events are inspired and directed by the demons of hell:  "For they are the spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of the great day of God Almighty" (Revelation 16:14).


No doubt demonism in every shape and form will manifest itself more and more as the end draws near, until at last it all ends in Armageddon......But besides these hosts of human armies, there will also be present at Armageddon an innumerable host of supernatural being.....So Armageddon will truly be a battle of heaven and earth and hell.


So just at the moment when the Antichrist is about to attack and destroy Israel and Jerusalem, a diversion occurs in the form of another massive army entering the field of conflict.  Thus the stage is set for the last, stunning movement in the Battle of Armageddon.















At the close of the Tribulation, Jesus Chriust will come again to judge the earth.  He will rec oncile His chosen people to Himself, and the reign of the King of Kings will begin.  Everlasting righteousness will be brought in during the Millennium.  The Temple will be anointed and the beauty of Jewish worship reestablished in the millennium Temple.


Who is the Judge?


Matthew 25:31 - 33 tells us clearly that the Son of Man is the Judge presiding over the judgment of nations.  John 5:22 tells us that the Father will not judge anyone; He has committed all judgment to His Son, Jesus Christ.  Not only that, but the Bible says that J3esus will come with His holy angels to pour out His judgment.


When is the Judgment?


The time of this judgment is well established by premillennial students of the Scriptures.  It takes place when the Soin comes in all His glory,  so this judgment will be at the Second Coming.  This is not the Rapture when Christians will meet Christ in the air, but the Second Advent, when He will come to earth and end the Great Tribulation.


Where does the Judment take place?


This judgment will take place on earth, not in heaven.  Jesus will have returned to sit on His glorious throne, and ":of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kiingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that itme forward, even forever.  The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this" (Isaiah 9:7).  Jesus Christ will reign over the restored earth for a thousand years (the Millennium) in His kingdom, then over a newly created heaven and earth for all eternity.


Who will ber judged?


The judgment will be over all the unbelievers on the earth (Revelation 19:15, 20, 21).  At this time, Christ will return to earth with His raptured saints to judge the unsavede and reign over the earth.  Though He will taken the believers into heaven at the Rapture seven years earlier, others will have come to believe in Him during that dreadful time called the Tribulation.  All those who have believed in Christ during the Tribulation will also reign with Him for a thousand years.








The book of Revelation is divided into three sections.  At the beginning of the book, we are introduced to the world ruin by man.  As we move to the latter half of the Tribulation period, we witness the world ruled by Satan.  But as we come to Christ's return at the end of the Tribulatrion period, we see the world reclaimed by Christ.


Reclaiming the earth, howeve,r is not merely a simple matter of Christ's stepping in and planting His flag.  Before the earth can be reclaimed, it must be cleansed.  You wouldn't move back into a house infested with rats without first exterminating and cleaning it up.  That is what Christ must do before He reclaims the earth.  All rebellion must be rooted out.  He much avenge the damage done to His perfect creation by wiping the rebels from the face of the earth.








Words are hardly adequate to describe the horror of this appalling scene.  The fowls of the earth's air all gather at Armageddon to feast upon the massive piles of human flesh that will litter the battlefield for miles upon miles.  The word translated fowls or birds is found only three times in the Bible:  twice in Revelation 19 (vv. 17 and 21) and once more in Revelation 18:2.  It is the  Greek word arni9n, which designates a scavanger bird that is best translated into the English as vulture.


In John's vision the angel is calling the vultures of the earth to Armageddon to "the supper of the Great God" where they will feast on the fallen carcasses of the enemiesw of the Lord.  The text says that these corpses include both great and small, kings and generals, bond and free.  As Harry Ironside says, "It is an awful picture - the climax of man's audacious resistance to God." 







Although Christians are most familiar with the first coming of Christ, it is the Second Coming that gets the most ink in the Bible.  References to the Second Coming outnumber references to the first by a ratio of eight to one.  Scholar count 1,845 biblical references to the Second Coming, including 318 in the New Testament.  Christ's return is emphasized in no less than seventeen Old Testament books and seven out of every ten chapters in the New Testament.  The Lord Himself refers to His return twenty-one times.  The Second Coming is second only to faith as the most dominant subject in the New Testament.







The Old Testament prophecies of Christ's First and Second Advents are so mingled that Jewish scholars did not clearly see them as separate events.  Their perception of these prophecies was like viewing a mountain range from a distance.  They saw what appeared to be one mountain, failing to see that there was another equally high mountain behind it, obscured from their sight through the perspective of distance.  The prophets saw both comings of Christ either as one event or as very closely related in time.  One Bible scholar has written. "Words spoken in one breath, and written in one sentence, may contain prophetic events millennia apart in their fulfillments."


This mixing of two prophetic events into one may partially explain why the Jews as a whole have rejected Christ.  The prohecies speak of the Messiah both enduring great suffering and accomplishing a great conquest.  They thought the suffering Savior would become the conquering Savior in one advent.  They did not realize He would come a first time to suffer and then a second time to conquer.


It is evident that even Jesus' followers expected Him to fulfill the glorious promises related to His second coming when He came the first time.  Only after He ascended into heaven did they realize that they were living in the time period between His two appearances, as if on a plain between two mountains.





"For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.  For wherever the carcass is there the eagles will be gathered together.


Immdediately after the Tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the pow3ers of the heavens will be shaken.  Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.  And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other" (MATTHEW 24:27 - 31).


The Second Coming will be a glorious event beheld by believers and unbelievers alike.  It is a cataclysmic event that will usher in the Millennium, Christ's thousand year reign on earth (discussed in more detail later in these pages).





** In His first coming He was wrapped in swaddling clothes.  In His second coming He will be clothed royally in a robe dipped in blood.


** In His first coming He was surrounded by cattle and common people.  In His second coming He will be accompanied by the massive armies of heaven.


** In His first coming the door of the inn was closed to Him.  In His second coming the door of the heavens will be opened to Him.


** In His first coming His voice was the tiny cry of a baby.  In His second coming.  His voice will thunder as the sound of many waters.


** In His first coming He was the Lamb of God who came bringing salvation.  In His second coming He will be the Lion of the tribe of Judah who comes bringing judgment.







The great Lord Jesus, the Captain of the Lord's Hosra, the King over Kings will descend to defend and protect His chosen people and put once and for all end to the evil of the Antichrist.  But the Lord Jesus will not descend alone, at the following Scriptures make abuntantly clear:


1.  "Thus the Lord my God will comej, and all the saints with you" ( Zechariah 14:5).


2.  ......trhe coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints"  (1 Thessalonians 3:13)


3.  "when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe......" (2 Thessalonians 1:10).


4.  "Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints....." (Jude v. 14).


All those who have died in the Lord, along with those who were raptured before the years of the Tribulation.will join with the Lord and particiipate in the battle to reclaim the world for the rule of  Christ.


And the saints are not the only ones who will comprise the army of the Lord.  Both Matthew and Paul tell us that the angels will also descend with Christ: "When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory" (Matthew  25:31), "and when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels"  (2 Thessalonians1:7).


How many angels are available for conscription into this army?  The Bible shows their numbers to be staggering.  In Matthew 26:52 - 53, Jesus told Peter in the Garden of Gethsemanew, "Put your sword back in its place......Do you think that I cannot call my father and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?"  A Roman legion numbered about forty six thousand soldiers, so Jesus claimed instant access to the protection of 72,000 angelic soldiers who would have rushed to His rescue had He but said the word.  Revelation 5:11 as the very least supports trhatr number saying, "I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders, and the number of them was tren thousand and thousands of thousands."  The Greek says literally, ".....numbering myriads and thousands of thousands."  The New Living  Translation translate the passage as "thousand and millions of angels."


CHRIST will return not only to reward His own, but to judge the world.  Between His first appearance and His second, will be a time of trouble, and then will occur the judgment of all these who rejected Him.  This will not be a judgment for believers, for they have already stood before the Judgment Seat.  This will be a judgment with no parole, no lenient sentence, and no pleas of insanity.







Because the Rapture takes place before the Second Coming, Christians will be in heaven with Christ during the Tribulation.  At the time of the Second Coming, we will know Him because we will be with Him when He returns.






There are two suppers mentioned in Revelation 19.  The first is the Marriage Supper of the Lamb; the second is the supper of God, in which the flesh of the foe of God is devoured by the scavenging birds.  We are given our choice as to which supper will attend.  If we do not wish to eat the food at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, we can become the food at the Supper of God.  Christians will all be at the Marriage Supper fo the Lamb - they will be the Bride of Christ!






The Bible tells us that God simply snatches up the leader of the final rebellion - the Roman Antichrist - and flings him along iwth his co-conspirator, the False Prophet, into hell:  "Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image.  These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone"  (Revelation 19:20).


These two satanic creatures have the unwanted honor of actually getting to hell before Satan himself.  As John tells us,  Satan's confinement occurs much later:  "The devil, who deceived them, was casst into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and false prophet are.  And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever" (Revelation 20:10).  Satan does not join the Beast and the False Prophet in hell until the end of the Millennium, one thousand years after their arrival.







At the beginning of the Tribulation, Christians will come before the Judgment Seat of Christ (2 Cor. 5:10).  After seven years and the Millennium (1,007 years later), there will be the Great White Throne Judgment - the judgment of God - when everyone  will give an account.


No one can run away from the judgment of God Revelation 20:13, "The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them.  And they were judged, each one according to his works."  These dead, those who have rejedted Christ, come before the Great White Throne Judgment.  If their name is not found in the Book of Life, they are thrown into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:11 - 15).









At the Great Throne Judgment, every unredeemed person who has ever lived will stand before Jesus to receive the sentence of eternal death.  There they will all a face a Judge but no jury, a Prosecutor but no defender, a sentence but no appeal.  It is the final judgment of the world.  There is no hope for those who appear before the Great White Throne.  There is no possibility of redemption, no possibility of a favorable verdict, and no possibility of appeal.  There is only one sentence, and that is to be thrown into the lake of fire.


















The book of Life is mentioned frequently in Scripture (Exodus 32 - 33;  Psalm 69:28; Daniel 12:1 Philippians 4:3; Revelation 3:5; 13:8; 17:8; 21:27; 22:19),  and it is imperative to make sure that your name is contained in it because that is your reservation for your eternal home with God.  When you believe in Jesus Christ, you receive the free gift of eternal life and make your reservation in heaven.  Those who do not receive God's free gift are blotted out.  "Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous" Psalm 69:28); "And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire" (Revelation 20:15) where the souls of the damned will languish for eternity.  There, separated from the glory of God, they will remain in an unending state of hopeless agony.










Millennium means "thousand years," and it refers to the period of time referreed tro in Revelation 20:1 - 6 which describes the rule and reign of Christ on earth.  For a thousand years, Christ will rule as king over all the earth from His capital, Jerusalem.  The saints of God, who returned with Him for the Battle of Armageddon, rule with Christ during the Millennium.  We rule from the New Jerusalem and help to oversee a thousand years of peace and righteousness on earth.  Satan will be bound during that period so that peace may flourish and the knowledtge of the Lord may fill the earth.  Everyone entering the Millennium will be a believer, having believed in Christ during the Tribulation.






The city is laid out as a cube in dimensions so enormous it defies the imagination.  The length, width, and height of the cube are each said to measure twelve thousand furlongs or approximately 1,500 miles (Revelation 21:16).  That makes a base alone of 2.25 million square miles!  The ground floor alone would provide enough living space for far more people than have ever lived in the history of the world.






The duration of the Millennium is mentioned six times in Scripture and is never described in such a way as to suggest it should be taken symbolically or allegorically.  The text is simple and straightforward:  this earthly kingdom will last for one thousand years (Revelation 20:2 - 3).






There will be no war.  Kingdoms will be unified.  Even the animal kingdom will be at peace (Micah 4:2 - 3; Isaiah 11:6 - 9).  It will be a time of unrestrained prosperity.  All want will be eliminated (Isaiah 35).  Sin will be kept in check, and disobedience will be swiftly dealt with in this timne of great purity.  Christ's kingdom will be a holy kingdom (Isaiah 11:9, 66:23; Zechariah 13:2).  During this time Satan will be bound and sealed so that he cannot go out to deceive the nations.


A man who dies at the age of one hundred will be thought accursed!  There will be perpetual health.  It appears that the extraordinary lifespan that characterized the race before the Flood will reappear (Isaiah 65:20).  The Millennium will be an exhilarating era of happiness, contentment, and personal joy.  It will be the answer to many ancient and anguished prayers (Isaiah 9:3 - 4; 12:3; 14:7 - 8; 25:8 - 9; 30:29; 42:1,, 10 - 12).







During the Millennium, child will be born who will populate the earth.  Some of these children will rebel against the righteous rule of God.  Satan will be loosed for a time at the end of the Millennium as he stirs up a final rebellion on earth among those who haven't believed during the thousand years.  The final judgment of the world, the Great White Throne Judgment, concludes the Millennium and ushers in the New Heaven and Earth (Revelation 20:11 - 15, 21:1).






These are three competing views concerning the Millennium.


POSTMILLENNIALISM teaches that the Church itself will bring about the Millennium through the preaching of the Gospel.  As more and more people across the globe are converted, the world will gradually be conquered for Christ, and Jesus will at last return to earth to take up the throne won for Him by His Church.


AMILLENNIALISM teaches that there is no literal one thousand-year reign of Christ.  Insteadk, the Church inherits the millennial blessing promised to Israel, and Christ reigns through the Church right now in an allegorized millennium.  This view was develped and promoted by Augustine in the fourth century and remains a common view in many Reformed circles.


PREMILLENNIALISM is the oldest view of the three and holds that Christ will physically return to earth to put down His enemies and reign over the earth for a literal one thousand-year period.  This view is found in the writings of the earliest church Fathers and remains the most common view among evangelicals.









There are at least four reasons why Christ must come back to earth to reign personally over the kingdoms of the world.


* A literal Millennium is needed to reward the people of God.  Scores of promises are scattered throughout both testaments guaranteeing that God's people will receive bountiful rewards for faithful service.


* A literal Millennium is needed to respond to the disciple's prayer recorded in Luke 11 and Matthew 6.  When they prayed "Your kingdom come," they were requesting that the long-awaited kingdom would be established.


* A literal Millennium is needed to redeem creation.  Genesis 3 describe the horrors of a world cursed by God because of sin, while Romans 8:19 - 22 describes a coming time when thatr curse will be lifted.  The Millennium is the only period in history where such a lifting of trhe curse can be found.


* A literal Millennium is needed to reemphasize man's depravity and the necessity of Christ's death on the cross.  The Millennium will answer once and for all the age-old question of whether man's sin stems from environment or heritage.   The Millennium will feature one thousand years of unbroken peace and prosperity, in which Christ will rule from Jerusalem with an iron rod.  Yet at the end of that age of bliss, Satan will be loosed for a short time to demonstrate that the heart of man is indeed black with sin and that even in a perfect environment, unredeemed men will turn against God and rebel.  The Millennium is proof positive that Christ's death is essential for mankind's salvation.







To Create God's Eternal Kingdom




Can you imagine a holy city?    It will be a community where no one lied, no shady business deals were ever discussed, no unclean movies or pictures were seen.  The New Jerusalem will be holy because everyone in it will be holy.  Whatever discouraging or dark thoughts enter our minds troday will be erased.







We will never grow bored!  We will sing (Revelation 15:3 - 5).  Those who could never carry a tune on earth will be able to sing in heaven and never grow weary of exalting the name of the King of Kings.  We'll serve perfectly, enabled by the power that is able to conform all things to the pleasure of His sovereign will (Revelation 1:1; 7:3; 10:7; 11:18; 15:3; 19:5; 22:6).  We'll  share unbroken fellowship (Revelation 19:9, Hebrews 12:22 - 24) with angels, members of the Church, God, Jesus, and the spirits of just men made perfect.  Never again will we have to say good-bye to a loved one or give a farewell party.


God has different things for different people to do.  God made each of us unique with a special ministry and responsibility.  Each of us in our own right has a purpose and design for what God has called us to do.  There are many distinct groups in heaven, all unique in their responsibility before God.  For instance, the twenty four elders are crowned, enthroned, and seated (Revelation 4:10; 11:16).  The 144,000 from the Tribulation have no crowns or thrones and are standing up and singing a song that no one else knows (Revelation 14:3).  The song of the 144,000 sounds like great rushing waters and loud peals of thunder.  It is joy filled (v. 14:2).


When we get to heaven, we are going to praise God in every conceivable way.  All of heaven is filled with music.  Worship music gives a taste of heaven.  There are more hymns in the book of Revelation than anty other book of the Bible, except for the book of Psalms.  Music needs to be a high priority with us if we want top know how to worship the Lord.






Revelation 6:9 - 11 strikes a deathblow to the idea of soul sleep.  The souls under the altar were martyred during the Tribulation are conscious and speaking:  "And they cried with a loud voice, saying, 'How long, O Lord'"?  We should not be led astray by the use of the word ":sleep" in connection with the death of the body.  This is not "sloul sleep."  We can understand more clearly when we read 1 Thessalonians 4:14 - 16.  Here we are told about the resurrection of the believers:  (1)  they rise from the grave, and (2)  God will bring them with Christ when He returns.  There is only one way to explain how they can both rise and be brought from heaven.  The soul and body are seperated in death.  Sleep is applied only to the believer's body, when goes into the grave and awaits resurrection.  Sleep is never applied to the soul of the believer.






No.  That is why our primary goal is to teach as many people as possible before it is too late.  There is no second chance, nor is there annihilation after death.  At death the unsaved descend immediately into Hades where they are kept under punishment until their bodily resurrection - resulting in damination (Dan. 12:2; Luke 16:22 - 24; Revelation 20:11 - 15).






The Bible has a unique view of death for those who have placed their trust in Jesus Christ.  It describes death for the believer as precious.  "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints" (Psalm 116:15).  The Bible also describe death for the believer as being without sting. ("O death, where is your sting?  O Hades, where is your victory?" (1 Corinthians 15:55), and as being with Christ."  ("For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better" (Philippians 1:23).  In heaven you will Jesus face-to-face - "And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, nor shall there be any more pain, for the former things have passed away" (Revelation 21:4 ).  This is the wonderful hope with which we live!  






THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST is a central theme of much of the Bible, and it is one of the best attested promises in all the scripture.  Christians can rest in the sure conviction trhat just as Jesus came to earth the first time, so He will return at the conclusion of the Great Tribulation.








***STAND FAST  (2 Thesssalonians 2:15)  This is not a time to going runniing after new doctrine.  This is not the time to be exploring new ideas about theology.  Stand fast in the truth that you know.  If there has ever been a time for us to be unequivocal about our truth, this is it.  The buzzword today is tolerance.  But be only as tolerant as God is, and God is quite intolerant of what is not true.


***HOLD ON  (2 Thessalonians 2:15)  The daily news can discourage us.  But in the midst of it all, there is Jesus and His encouragement.  We need to cultivate our relationship with Him until He is not just one of the things in our life, but He is the one thing in our life - the focus of who we are.


***WORK HARD  (2 Thessalonians 2:16 - 17; Luke 19:13)  The objective of Christians is not only to go to heaven, but to take as many people with us as we can.  Share the Gospel teach children, build one another up, strengthen one another, encourage those who are fallen, and reach out to those who are hurting.  In every good work, "occupy till I come," said the Lord.  This is no time for idlenessl.  This is a time for us to seek the truth and live it out every day.







In spite of the high value one may place on understanding future events.  Studying prophecy has an even higher and more practical value.  It provides a compelling motivation for living the Christian life.  The immediacy of prophetic events shows the need to live each moment in Christlike readiness.  When we have heard and understood the truth of Christ's promised return, we cannot just keep living our lives in the same old way.  Future events have present implications that we cannot ignore  When we know that Christ is coming again on this earth, we cannot go on being the same people.






"Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts.  Then each one's praise will come from God" (1 Corinthians 4:5).  






"For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death till He comes" (1 Corinthians 11:26).






"If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.  Set your mind on the things above, not on thingsw on the earth.  For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory" (Colossians 3:1 - 4).







"And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all, just as we do you, so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints"  (1 Thessalonians 3:12 - 13; Jude v. 21).






"But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.


For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep.  For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout with the voice of an archangel,k and with the trumpet of God.  And the dead in Christ will rise first.  Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.    Anbd thus we shall always be with the Lord.  Therefore comfort one another with these words" (1 Thessalonians 4:13 - 18).





"I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out season.  Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching" (2 Timothy 4: 1 - 2).




"And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching" (Hebrew 10:24 - 25).




"Therefore be patient, brethren, until ther coming of the Lord.  See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain.  You also be patient.  Extablish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand" (James 5:7 - 8)





"And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before HIm at His coming.  If you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of HIm" (1 John 2:28 - 29).





"Keep yourselves inh the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.  And on some have compassion, making a distinction; but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh" (Jude 21 - 23).





THE final battle for Jerusalem is about to begin.  Every day in the media you are watching the gathering storm over the State of Israel.  The winds of war are once again about to sweep through the sacred city of Jerusalem.  The world is about to discover the power of the God of Abraham, Issaac, and Jacob, the Keeper of Israel,  "who....shall neither slumber nor sleep" (Ps. 121:4).  His righteous fury will be evident in the defense of Israel.






There comes a time in a nation's history - and there comes a time in the church - when spiritual fog and religious deception must be removed by a clear, unbiased, passionate pursuit of truth. 


America and the church are now in a spiritual fog over the issue of Islam.  As mosques appear across the nation from city to city, people are asking, "What do I need to know about Islam?"  Islam, once an obscure Middle Eastern religion, has rapidly grown into the second largest religion in the world.  There are now more Muslims in the United States than there are members of the Assemblies of God.  The population of Iran is approximately 99 percent Muslim, of which 89 percent are Shi'a and 10 percent are Sunni.


What attraction does Islam hold for its followers?  What part does it play in shaping the attitudes of nearly one billion people around the world?


On 9/11, when the Islamic terrorists flew their hijacked airliners into the twin towers and the Pentagon,  Americans discovered we were at war - a world war against fanatical Islamic terrorist who believe in killing Americans and Jews is the will of Muhammed the Prophet - and the will of God, called Allah.  In war, when one side understands that it is at war and the other side thinks that its adversaries are apostle of peace, which side has the advantage?


One of the first questions we must answer is this:  are those who follow the teachings of Muhammed, as found in the Quran, peaceful or violent?






Islam not only condones violence; it commands it.  A tree is known by its fruit!  The fruit of Islam is fourteen hundred years of violence and bloodshed around the world.


What are Muslims taught to do to the people who resist Islam?  The Quran teaches:  "Fight and slay the Pagans wherever you find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratgem (of war)."   SURAH 9:5


The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger, and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is: execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides, or exile from the land: that is their disgrace in this world, and a heavy punishment is theirs in the Hereafter.   SURAH 5:33


In America, cutting off someone's hand or feet because he would not accept your religion is unthinkable - but the Islamic Bible commands it.  Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini declared:  "The purest joy in Islam is to kill and to be killed for Allah.  Is that fanaticism - or simply being faithful to the Islamic bible?


Muhammed, the founder of Islam, slaughtered thousands of people in establishing and spreading Islam.  He told his followers:"Who relinquishes his faith, kill him.  I have been ordered by Allah to fight with people till they testify there is no god but Allah, and Muhammed is his messenger."







One of the most significant questions being asked in Washington and around the world today is this:  Why is it that the Jews and the Arabs can't get together in their disputing over the city of Jerusalem?  The answers are as follow:


The most important reason Jews and Arabs cannot get together is not land, money, or history.  The reason for continual conflict over the city of Jerusalem is theology.


Manyu Arabs are Islamic fundamentalists, and they believe that Muhammed is the true prophet of Allah.  Their Quran is the absolute truth - it supercedes the Bible.  Muhammed supercedes Christ.  An infidel (a Christian or Jew) has one choice and only one in the Islamic faith - convert or be killed.


Muhammed's life can be divided into two parts - the tolerant years in Mecca and the aggressive years in Medina.  The Quran reflects those two parts, and that is why at times someone will point out a teaching in the Quran that seems to indicate that Islam teaches its adherents to live at peace with their enemies.  Whe Muhammed began to preach his revelations from Allah to the people, he believed that a peaceful religion was a good strategy for attracting people, especially the Jewish people to the teaching of Islam. 


When Muhammed saw that his attempts to win over the Jews through peaceful coexistence were not successful, he "launched a new strategy, a strategy based on power.  This is when he declared jihad (holy war) and went out to convert nonbelievers to Islam by the sword."  Muslims today are taught to interpret the Quran through a principle of progressive revelation known as nasikh.  Any contradiction in the Quran is solved by using the newest revelation.  If anyone denies the continuing revelation of Allah to Muhammed, they are denying Islam itself.


We have arrived at a defining moment, when truth could conquer deception if the world would recognize that the Islamic terrorists are not fanatics - but devout followers of Muhammed who are followingf his example and doing what their Islamic Bible teaches them to do.


One of these devout followers of Muhammed, Indonesian jihad leader Abu Bakar Bashir, told Scott Atran of the First Post this chilling message:  "Islam can't be ruled by others.  Allah's laws must stand above human law.  There is no example of Islam and infidels, the right and the wrong, living together in peace."  When asked what the West could do to make the world more peaceful, Bashir responded by saying, "They have to stop fighting Islam.  That's impossible because it is sunnatullah (destiny, a law of nature), as Allah has said in in the Quran.  If they want to have peace, they have to accept and be governed by Islam.


Many people believe today that because the world's three major religions - Judaism, Christianity, and Islam - came from the same roots, there is no reason why the three religions cannot exist side by side today in peace.  But Islam follows a theology of triumphalism - "the dominance of one's nation, idepology, or religious creed over another."  Islam teaches that Muhammad superceded the patriarchs and Christ.  To a Muslim, it is Allah's will for Islam to rule the world.  The word Islam does not mean peace - it means submission.  Their objection is for everyone to be in submission to them.


That's the reason the Islamic prayer tower is the highest point in every city.  It must have a position of physical supremacy.  That's the reason for the impasse between Palestinians and Jews over the city of Jerusalem.  Sitting in the throat of Islamic nations is Israel - with an unconditional blood covenant from the throne of God that has given to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob the land of Israel forever.  God didn't loan the land of Israel to the Jews; He gave it to them.





When God gave the land to the Jews, this flew in the face of Islam.  Islam believes the prophet Muhammad taught absolute truth - that it is God's (Allah) will for them to rule the earth.  Therefore, if Islam does not defeat Israel, Muhammad and the Quran were wrong - and that's absolutely unthinkable to them.  Therefore, they must defeat Israel.  Oh, they may agree to sign a peace accord, but if they do, it will be one that is good for only seven years, and it will be for the purpose of redeveloping their army for the destruction of Israel.  If Israel survives, then Islamic theology is not true.


The real difference between the two religions, however, lies in their basis for belief.  Judaism is based on the unique historical event of a divine revelation experienced by the entire nation, whereas Islam is based on the prophetic claims of a single individual who subsequently convinced others to follow his ways.


Sayyid Qutb, the leading twentieth century theorectician of Islamic fundamentalism, believed, "Humanity is standing at trhe brink of an abyss, not because of the threat of annihilation hanging over its head - for this is just a symptom of the disease and the disease itself - but because humanity is bankrupt in the realm of values, those values which foster true human progress and development.


While this is a symptom of modern society that nearly all Christians would agree with, they would not agree with the solution according to Sayyid Qutb.  He believes only the Quran provides for Allah's values, and he believes that Muslims can and should impose those values on the world.  Any society "not dedicated to servitude to Allah alone and does not embody this servitude in its worldview and beliefs, its rituals and in its laws" is, in Qutb's view, illegitiomate.  Thus any society that does not follow Islamic law as he defined it (and he wrote an eight volume exegesis of the Quran) is, according to Outb, morally perverse.


In contrast to Islam, the Jewish beliefs and traditions are associated specifically with the Jewish people.  Judaism strongly opposes forced conversions of other nations.  The Old Testament Torah delineates the land of Israel where the Jewish people lived.  Israel does not seerk expansion beyond the land of Israel.  Israel has withdrawn its army from territories captured after each war (for example, giving up all of the Sinai Peninsula).






The use of Islamic religion to encourage suicide bombers with the promise of heavenly life with virgins illustrates the great gap between Islam and Jewish beliefs.  He Hebrew Bible prohibits killing in the Ten Commandments and completely rejects and deplores suicide.  But Judaism also states, "If one comes to slay you, slay him first."  This phrase is a relevant moral guide for dealing with the modern day terrorists.


The teaching of the Quran insist that no matter how mighty a nation is, it must be fought until it embraces Islam (Surah 9:5).  Secular America does not understand radical Islam, which is increasingly embraced with the destruction of America in mind.  The growing number of extremist who take the Quran as a declaration of war against America and Israel has become clear and present danger.


Islamic fundamentalist beleve the Quran teaches them not to befriend Jews and Christians.  Surah 5:51 reflects:  O you who believe! take not the Jews and the Christians for you friends and protectors: they are but friends and protectors to each other.  And he amongst you that turns to them (for friendship is of them.


We have reached a theological impasse between these three religions.  For a Muslim, Muhammed is the only absolute truth.  It is unthinkable that he was wrong, and because Israel would not adhere to the teaching of Muhammed and convert to Islam, Israel must be defeated.  Muhammed is the one who made war against Israel holy!  If Israel survives, then Islam would be wrong, a failure, and that is an unthinkable position.


Today, jihad, or holy war, is the world's foremost source of terrorism, inspiring a worldwide campaign of violence by self-proclaimed jihadist groups, including Osama bin Laden and his Al-Qaeda network.  Al-Qaeda has published a book.  The 39 Principles of Jihad, through its Web site network that teaches terrorists how to plan and carry out the Islamic holy war of jihad.  Recently exposed in a private study by Israeli researcher Colonel Jonathan D. Halevi, this book contains explicit "how-to" instructions for everything from "Performing Electronic Jihad" to "Expressing Hostility and Hatred Toward Infidels."







The Islamic Jihad is one of the most complex and dangerous of the Arab terrorist organization.  These groups act on their own inititative without coordination, sometimes even within the same country.  All these groups share a fundamentalist Islamic ideology that expouses hold war......against the infidels, and which is under the powerful ideological-religious influence of the Islamic revolution in Iran.  The Iranian regime and the Islamic Jihad groups collaborate closely at times. Some groups not only recive aid and guidance from Iran but also enjoy generous support from other Arab and Islamic countries such as Libya, Syria, Sudan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the Persian Guld oil states.  They also cooperate extensively with diverse Palestinian organizations.


The Islamic Jihad aspires to overthrow secular Arab regimes in order to establish an Islamic pan Arab empire.  The Jihad is unique among the Islamic movements, however, in that it views war against the Jews and Israel  as an initial, essential step toward fulfilling the goals of Islam.  According to the Islamic Jihad, the only way to resolve the conflic t with the Jews in Palestine is by direct violent confrontation.  In 1990, one of the organization's leaders - Sheikh Tamimi (author of a 1982 booklet called "The Obliteration of Israel: A Koranic Imperative") - expressed this principle in the following words: "The Jews have to returen to the countries from which they came.  We shall not accede to a Jewish state on our land, even if it is only one village"....


It was the Islamic revolution in Iran that triggered the growth of Islamic Jihad groups in the Arab countries.  In the late 1970s, after establishing their status firmly in Iran itself, the Iranian fundamentalist revolutionaries began "export" the Islamic revolution from their bastion to areas heavily populated by Shiites and to other Arab countries generally.  The Islamic Revolutionary Council was established in Iran with this purpose in mind, and it was instructed to coordinate the activities of pro-Iranian organizations in the various countries.  The Council dispatched activists to Arab countries where, with the help of local supporters and sermons delivered in the mosques, they worked to recruits traveled to Iran to acquire a miltary-terrorist education, and then returned to establish additional cells in their own countries.






Historian Daniel Pipes, writing for Commentary magazine's November 2001 issue, recorded the following shocking evidence concdfning Islamic's loyalty to America: "In June 1991, a convert to Islam, Siraj 
Wahaj, a recipient of the American Muslim community's hightest honors, had the privilege of bercoming the first Muslim to deliver the daily prayer in the U.S. House Representatives.  On that occasion he recited from the Quran and appealed to the almighty guide American leaders and to grant them righteousness and wisdoms."


But the story about Siraj Wahaj did not end there.  A little over a year later this same Muslim, addressing an audience of New Jersey Muslims, "articulated a completely different message from his mild and moderate prayer given before the U.S. House of Representatives.  He said, 'If only Muslims were more clever poltically, they could take over the United States and replace its constitutional government with a caliphate (Islam leadership body).'  He concluded his remarks with these words: 'If we united and strong, we would elect our own leader and give allegiance to him....Take my word, if the six or eight million Muslims in America unite, the country will come to us."'


This is not loyalty -- it is sedition!  Calling for the overthrow of the United States is resistance to or insurrection against lawful authority.  In 1995, Siraj Wahaj served as a character witness for Omar Abdel Rahman at the blind Islamic terrorist's trial, which found him guilty of conspiracy to overthrow the government of the United States.  More alarming still, the United States Attorney in New York listed Wahaj as one of "the unindicted persons who may be alleged as co-conspirator to blow up the twin towers in New York City in 1993."


This is the point.  This Islamic leader, selected by the U.S. House of Representatives as the award-winning model of the Islamic faith in America, is on record calling for the overthrow of the United States government.  Think about that when you hear politicians or talk show host on television jabbering about Islamic loyalty to America.






Islam and Christianity are not "sister faith."  A side-by-side examination of the texts of the Bible and the Quran will quickly identify some of the differences related to Islam's teaching about Christ and the truths of our own Bible about the Son of God.


1 - Islam instructs its followers to kill their enemies, but Christianity instructs its followers to love their enemies.


The Quran says to "fight and slay the Pagans wherever you find them" (Surah 9:5).  But our Holy Bible tells Christ's followers to: "Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you" (Matt. 5:44).


2 - Islam denies Christianity's core truth - the death and resurrection of Jesus.


That they saiud (in boast), "We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah"' - but they diud not kiill Him, nor crucified Him, but so it was made to appear to them and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they did not kill Him.   Surah 4:157


Islam says that Jesus did not die on the cross.  The Bible says that Christ died on the cross and rose from the dead.


3 - Islam also denies the deity of Jesus Christ


The Jews call 'Uzair a son of Allah, and the Christians call Christ the Son of Allah....Allah's curse be on them: how they are dluded away from the Truth!   Surah 9:30


Not only does the Quran deny Christ's deity - but also, as we see in the verse of the Quran above, it puts a curse on on all who confess Jesus Christ as the Son of God.  Islam brings Jesus Christ lower than Muhammed, making him no more than a messenger:


Christ the Son of Mary was no more than a Messenger; many were the Messengers that passed away before him.  His mother was a woman of truth.  They had both to eat their (daily) food.  See how Allah makes his signs clear to them; yet see in what ways they are deluded away from the truth!          Surah 5:75


Since there are such maried differences in these areas between Islam and Christianity, we must be prepared to test the "truth" of each.  Historty has revealed to us that the Islamic Bible, the Quran, is a collection of the revelations Muhammed said he was given by an angel, or from a voice coming down from heaven, or sometimes as a message from a dream.  Christians are commanded to "try the spirits" to see if they are from God:


Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world.  By this you know the Spirit of God:  Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christy has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God.  And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming and is now already in the world.  1 John 4:1 - 3


Every person who calls himself a prophet must be tested by Scripture.  (1 Cor. 14:29)


Every revelation and every prophecy must be judged by the Word of God.  If it is not scriptural - if it denies Jesus Christ as the Son of God - it is the spirit of the Antichrist.  By applying these tests to the teachings of Muhammed, we will quickly discover that this prophet doesn't pass the test.  From Genesis to Revelation, every page of the Bible testifies of the deity of Jesus Christ.  "You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:32).







The name Allah came from an Arabic word that had to do with the worship of the moon god in pre-Islamic Arabia.  "Allah" cannot be found in the Hebrew Old Testament or the Greek New Testament.


Allah is not the same as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  According to the Bible, God is knowable!  Jesus Christ came into the world that we might know God (John 17:3).  God's Word tells us that man can come into a personal relationship with God the Father.  He said, "Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know" (Jer. 33:3).  God wants to love....today...just as you are.  "For God so loved the world that He gave....." (John 3:16).  "God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him" (1 John 4:16).


But in Islam, Allah is unknowable.  He is so exalted that no man can ever personally know Allah.  The Allah of the Quran is so distant, so far off, so abstract, that no one can know him.  And Muslimn believers can never know the love of Allah until Judgment Day when they find out if Allah loves them and will invite themn into paradise.  In his book Jesus and Muhammed, Mark Gabriel, a former devout Muslim, says: "If you ask a Muslim, "Do you know how much Allah loves you?' he will respond, 'I don't know how much he loves me.  Only Allah knows.'"


He gives this example from his own life:


When I was living as a Muslim in Egypt, I was always puzzled by a little saying that the Christians used to put on their cars or frame in their shops.  The phrase was Allah Mahabe, or God is love.  Those two words are never put together in the Quran.  I always thought, I wonder what these people are trying to say.


The god of Islam is totally different from the God we know.  The Quran tells us that the god of Islam works with Satan and demons to lead people astray in order to populate the hell he created (Surah 6:39, 126; 32:13; 43:36 - 37).


When you turn to the Quran, you discover that Allah told Muhammad ot kill or maim anyone who did not believe in Allah or in Muhammed his prophet.  Jesus Christ never told His disciples to kill anyone.  When Peter attacked the Roman soldier who came to arrest Christ and take Him to the cross, Jesus healed the soldier - a soldier who later nailed Him to the cross.  That's love!


The love relationship between Jesus and God the Father was reflected in Jesus' relationship with His followers.  Jesus told His disciples that God love them: "The Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from God" (John 16:27).


Mark Gabriel describes the difference between our God and the god of Islam with these words: "For Jesus, God is a loving Father; for Muhammed, Allah is a demanding master.  This description sets the tone regarding love for all their other relationships....Allah finds new believers who will serve him better.  In contrast, God the Father searches for the one lost lamb until He finds it and brings it home rejoicing.  This is the difference between Allah and God."




Islam's attitude toward the Jews is found in Surah 9:5: "Fight and slay the Pagans (Christian and Jews) wherever you find them, and seize them, beleague them, and lie in wait for them in every strategem (of war)."  In Surah 5:33 we read: "The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger.....is :  execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off o fhands and feet from opposite sides, or exile from the land.


Muhammed taught a doctrine of triumphalism, meaning that it is God's (Allah's) will for the law of Islam to rule the world.  The first step in fulfilling Muhammed's dream is the destruction of Israel.  No peace treaty will ever stop fourteen hundred years of Islamic hatred for the Jews, Israel cannot make peace until it has a partner who wants peace.  God's policy toward the Jewish people is found in Genesis 12:3:


I will bless those who bless you,

And I will curse him who curses you;

And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.


Today, the religious beliefs of Islam and Israel remain in total opposition to each other.  And the front line of this religious war can be identified in the Palestinian/Israel conflict.  What is the rooty, the fulcrum, the cornerstone of the opposition?  It is the land of Israel.


For Islam, the land of Israel is "an Islamic Waqf (Holy possession) consecrated for future Moslem generation until Judgment Day.  No one can renounce it or any part, or abandon it or any part of it."


In 2000, the Islamic Assembly of North America published a booklet titled No for Normalization, written by a Muslim scholar.  He gave a similar picture of the Muslim view of land rights:


The Jews came and attacked this land and stole it, and this will not change the fact that this land is Muslim, and it will remain that way forever.  If we aren't able to liberate this land today from the Jews, this doesn't mean that we can give it up.  We have no work until the time comes, and then we will bring it  back to the Islamic world.


This is a religious war that Islam cannot - and must not - win.  It was God Himself who gave the land of Israel to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and their descendants forever.  Israel belongs to God and to His chosen people, the Jews.  And God holds the future of Israel in His hands, and it will be a glorious future.







It is necessary for each reader to take a journey through the pages of world history and sacred Scripture to personally experience Israel's past before you can grasp the magnificent future God has planned for Israel and the Jewish people.


Before you can know and understand Israel's future, you must know and understand their past.  Before you can share in Israel's joy at the coming of Messiah, you must understand, to some degree, the pain and suffering of the Jewish people for the past two thousand years.


In Section 2, you will be introduced to you what Jerusalem means to God Himself.  The Bible says, "I (God) have chosen Jerusalem, that My name be there ......My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually....In Jerusalem, which I have chosen....I will put my name forever" (2 Chron. 6:6; 7:16; 33:7).  


We will walk through ancient battle scenes as invading armies over the centuries have plundered the Holy City and taken its people captive.  We will watch as a Jewish rabbi, Jesus of Nazareth, is executed.  We will see the fountains anti-Semitism begin to flow, mixing with the blood of Jewish people, through the Crusades of the Middle Ages and out of the devastation of Hitler's Holocaust.


Then we will experience the greatest prophetic miracle of the twentieth century - the rebirth of the State of Israel, May 14, 1948, at 4:32 p.m.  Isaiah 66:8 records it this way:  "Can a country (nation) be born in a day?".  Jerusalem was reunited under Jewish leadership for the first time in two thousand years with Israel's victory in the Six Day War of 1967.  The Bible says, "And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled" (Luke 21:24).  If you listen closely you can hear the footsteps of the Messiah walking towards Israel.







There is no city on the face of the earth like Jerusalem.  Jerusalem - the very word excites and stirs deep emotions, memories of the past, and hopes for the future.


The temple.  The chanting of pilgrims.  The palaces and towers.  Wars and conquests.  Religious longings of Jews, Muslims and Christians.  Jews praying at the Western Wall for peace in the Holy City.  Jerusalem is where heaven and earth meet.


There are cities famous for their size, their industrial and manufacture capacities, their sports teams, or their unique locations.  But Jerusalem is like no city on the face of the earth.


From its earliest times, the history of Jerusalem is the history of war and peace, of greatness and misery, of splendor, of Solomon's widom, and of blood flowing in the gutter like rainwater of spring.


The golden thread running through that blood-soaked historical tapestry is unshakable association of the Jewish people with the sacred city.  Jerusalem is sacred to Christians, Muslims, and Jews, but God has given Jerusalem only to the Jews.


The Jewish love affair with Jerusalem has been interrupted though the centuries by series of greedy and bloodthirsty conquerors, including the Egyptians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Seleucids, Romans, Muslim Arabs, Crusaders, Mamelukes, the Ottoman Empire, and the British Empire.  Even today, the roots of anti-Semitism still run deep in the hearts of people thoughout the world - including in our own natiion.  We will take a closer look at the sinful root of anti-Semitism in a later chapter and establish the need for repentance today - nationally, corporately, and individually.  Anti-Semitism is sin, and sin condemns the soul!


There is evidence that many Christians around the world are beginning to own up to the role the church has prayed in promoting this hatred of the Jews.  In an article in Charisma magazine in August 1996, David Aikman stated: "After centuries of intolerance, flecked with murder and crude social bigotry, increasing numbers of Christians in recent years have been owning up to the church's historical role in anti-Semitism.  And they have been repenting of it."


In spite of the effects of anti-Semitism expressed against them, throughout the three thousand years since David made Jerusalem the capital city, the spiritual attachment of the Jewish people to Jerusalem remains unbroken.  It is a bond created by covenant between God and Abraham, which no amount of suffering or sacrifice can sever.


During the Diaspora, wherever the Jews found themselves on the face of the earth, the Jews prayed for the return to Zion, the biblical synonym for Jerusalem.


Their synagogues, wherever in the world they are built, were built facing Jerusalem is the heart and soul of Zionism.  Jerusalem is now and will be in the future the center of the universe.  There will be no world peace until there is peace in Jerusalem.  Jerusalem is like no city on the face of the earth because Jerusalem is nothing less than the City of God.






I (God) have chosen Jerusalem, that My name might be there.... For now I have chosen and sanctified this house (the temple), that My name may be there perpetually .... In this house and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen....I will put My name forever.

2 Chronicles 6:6; 7:16; 33:7


God Himself chose to establish Jerusalem as His dwelling place on earth forever.  Jerusalem is the city where God's presence dwells on the earth.  Jerusalem is the literal presence of the living God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  That divine presence appeared to Moses in the burning bush, calling him to liberate the Jewish people from the iron grip of Egyptian slavery.


That presence caused the crest of Mount Sinai to glow with God's glory as He gave Moses the Ten Commandments.  That divine presence was on Moses' face as he descended the mount.  That powerful presence can be felt at the Western Wall in Jerusalem where legions of prayers pound the gates of heaven day and night for the peace of Jerusalem.


That presence was established by God through King David, as we can read in 1 Kings 11:36:  "And to his son (Solomon) I will give one tribe, that My servant David may always have a lamp before Me in Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen for Myself, to put My name there."


The reality of that presence is validated by King David, who records the following:


Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised

In the city of our God....

Beautiful in elevation,

The joy of the whole earth,

Is Mount Zion....

The city of the great King...

God will establish it forever.

Walk about Zion (Jerusalem),

And go all around her.

Count her towers;

Mark well her bulwarks;

Consider her palaces;

Ghat you may tell it to the generation following.

For this is God,

Our God forever and ever.


- Psalm 48:1 - 2, 8, 12 - 14


For the Lord has chosen Zion;

He has desired it for His dwelling place.


- Psalm 132:13


Jerusalem is the heart of Israel.  There are voices now calling for the sacred city to be shared as a part of the Roadmap for Peace in the Middle East.  Let it be known to all men far and near, the city of Jerusalem is not up for negotiation with anyone at any time for any reason in the future.  It has been and shall always be the eternal and undivided capital of the State of Israel.


After the return of Israel from Babylonian captivity, when people from other nations sought to share in the restoration of Jerusalem, Nehemiah, the Jewish governor, said to them: "The God of heaven Himself will prosper us; therefore we His servants will arise and build, but you have no heritage or right or memorial in Jerusalem" (Neh. 2:20).  It is important to see this notatiion - the nations of the world have no inheritance in Jerusalem.





David, Israel's poet and prophet, recognized the great importance God has placed on His city, Jerusalem.  For David, Jerusalem was a passion of his life, his soul.  He cried out: "If I forget thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy" (Ps. 137:5 - 6).


What is King David saying to us in this verse?  Remember, David was a master musician who played with such skill that the demon spirits in King Saul were quieted by the melodious sounds that arose from David's heart.  David was psalmist, a songwriter, who enjoyed singing the songs of Zion.


In this verse David was saying, "If I forget Jerusalem,let me never be able to play the harp again, as my right hand will forget its cunning.  If I forget Jerusalem, let me never be able to sign another song as my tongue cleaves to the roof of my mouth."


The message is very clear.  If you takew a master musician's ability to play his instrument away....life has no meaning.  The purpose of life is over!  The passion for life and living is gone.  David was saying, "If I forget Jerusalem, life has lost its meaning. its purpose, and its passion.  Israel without Jerusalem would be like a human body without a heart.





In Genesis 14:18, the Bible records that "Melchizedek king of Salem" blessed Abraham.  Salem means "peaceful,k" and was an early name for the city of Jerusalem.  Jeru-salem means "the city of peace."


Historically, Jerusalem has been anything but peaceful.  As we look in later chapters at the history of  the Jewish people, we will see that Jerusalem's citizens have been led into captivity by Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonians.  Their temples were desecrated and their citizens salughjtered by the Romans.  Even today, Jerusalem is waling out the Roadmap for Peace, a strategy to bring peace to the Middle East develped by the United States in cooperation with Russia, the European Unionk, and the United Nations, which was presented to Israel and the Palestian Authority in April 2003.  This strategy may well prove to be a roadmap to nowhere.


Lasting peace will not come to Jerusalem until Messiah comes.  He will usher in the Golden Age of Peace.  At that time every man "shall beat their swords into plowshares" and study war no more (Isa. 2:4).  The lion shall lie down with the lamb, and the river of life shall flow from the Temple Mount to the Dead Sea.  On either side of the river of life will grow a tree of life that will bear 12 fruits, one kind for each month.  The leaves of those trees will produce healing for the nations.  (Rev. 22:1 - 2)


Jerusalem is the city where Solomon built the second temple, today considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World.  Jerusalem is the city where Jeremiah and Isaiah uttered moral and spiritual principles that shaped the standard of righteousness for the nations of the world.  Jerusalem is the cith where Jesus Christ, a Jewish rabbi, was crucified by the Romans as a political insurrectionist considere too dangerous to live.


Why was Jesus considered too dangerous to live by the Romans?  The answer is quite simple.  Any man who could feed five thousand people with the contents of a boy's sack lunch could feed an army.  Anyone who could heal the injured and raise the dead could marshal legions of zealots to wage war against imperial Rome, which believed its people could not be permanently injured or killed.




Jerusalem is the city where Jesus sat on the side of the Mount of Olives and wept over Jerusalem, saying "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her!  How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!  See!  Your house is left to you desolate; for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, 'Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord (Matt. 23:37 - 39).


As Christ carried His cross through the cobblestone streets of Jerusalem, He saw the women weeping for Him as He was led like a lamb to the slaughter.  Jesus stopped, looked into the weeping faces of the daughters of Jerusalem, and said:


Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for Me, but weep for your-

selves and for your children.  For indeed the days are coming in

which they will say, "Blessed are the barren, wombs that never

bore, and breasts which never nursed!"  


Luke 23:28 - 29


As Jesus looked into the future, He said, "The days are coming."  And they came.  Just thirty-seven years after Jesus uttered those words, the Romans under Titus laid siege to Jerusalem.  Starvation was so severe that tens of thousands of Jerusalem's inhabitants died.  In a frantic effort to keep from starving to death, some of the people even resorted to cannibalism. 


Moses prophesied this in Deuteronomy 28:49 - 57


The Lord will bring a nation against you from far away...a fierce-looking nation without respect for the old or pity for the young.  They will devour the young of your livestock and the crops of your land until you are destroyed.  They will leave you no grain, new wine or oil, nor any calves of your herds or lambs of your flocks until you are ruined.  They will lay siege to all the cities throughout your land until the high fortified walls in which you trust fall down.  They will besiege all the cities throughout the land the Lord your God is giving you.


Because of the suffering that your enemy will inflict on you during the siege, you will eat the fruit of the womb, the flesh of the sons and daughters the Lord your God has given you ......The most gentle and sensitive woman among you.....will begrudge the husband she loves and her own son or daughter the afterbirth from her womb and the children she bears.  For she intends to eat them secretly during the siege and in the distress that your enemy will inflict on you in your cities.


During the siege by the Romans, Josephus relates one particular terrible incident during the siege of Jerusalem that confirms the accuracy of Moses' prophecy:


Mary, the daughter of Eleazar...a Jewish woman from a wealthy

family....became so desperate with hunger that she killed her nursiing

infant son, roasted his flesh, and ate half of it.  Attracted by the smell

of roasting flesh, a group of Jewish fighters burst in on her, intending

to take her food for themselves.  But when the woman defiantly 

exposed the half-eaten body of her son and invited them to help

themselves, even these hardened fighters recoiled in revulsion and

left the woman to finish off her unnatural food for herself.


The days of persecution and trouble for God's chosen people have continued through the centuries.  But God had also promised His people that He would bring them back from bondage and persecution around the world and again establish His people in Israel and restore the city of Jerusalem.







The restoration has begun.  On May 14, 1948, the State of Israel was proclaimed by David Ben Gurion.  Beyond question, it was the day of greatest prophetic fulfillment during the twentith century.  It happened just as Jehovah God had declared through His prop0hets.  Let's take a minute to review some of these prophetic declarations:


Fear not, for I have redeemed you.....

I am with you; 

I will bring your descendants from the east,

And gather you from the west;

I will say to the north, "Give them up!"

And to the south, "Do not keep them back!"

Bring My sons from afar,

And My daughters from the ends of the earth.


                                                  ISAIAH 43:1, 5 - 6


I will gather you from the peoples, assemble you from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.....I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them.


                                                   EZEKIEL 11:17, 19


Again I will build you, and you shall be rebuilt......

Behold, I will bring them from the north country,

And gather them from the ends of the earth,

Among them the blind and the lame,

The woman with child

And the one who labors with child together;

A great throng shall return there.


                                                    JEREMIAH 31:4, 8 



In anticipation of this great day, King David wrote:


When the Lord brought back the captivity of Zion,

We were like those who dream.

Then our mouth was filled with laughter,

And our tongue with singing.

Then they said among the nations,

"The Lord has done great things for them."


                                                      PSALM 126:1 - 2


With absolute scriptural authority, it could be said that if Israel had not been brought back to the land.  If the mighty right hand

hand of God did not ransom Jacob, there would be just reason to doubt the validity of the Bible.


The regathering of the Jewish people and the rebirth of Israel is no historical aberration-the restoration of Jerusalem is a prelude to the return of the Lord.  The Bible says, "When the Lord shall build up Zion (Jerusalem), he shall appear in His glory" (Ps,. 102:16).  Scripture makes it unmistakably clear that when the Lord returns, it will be to a sovereign Jerusalem controlled by the Jewish people.


In the eternal counsel of almighty God, He has determined to take Jerusalem the decisive issue by which He will deal with the nations of the earth.  Those nations who align themselves with God's purposes for Jerusalem will receive His blessing.  But those who follow a policy of opposition to God's purposes will receive the swift and severe judgment opf God without limitation.





All roads of Jewish history have to lead back to Gensis 17, where God established an everlasting covenant with the father of God's chosen people, Abraham.  As an old man of ninety-nine years, Abram was visited by God and given the honor of establishing with God Himself, one resulting with hs descendants - God's chosen people - inheriting the land of Canaan.  God did more than change Abram's name to Abraham in that visitation - He changed the course of history for all time.  God told Abraham:


As for Me, behold, Myu covenant is with you, and you shall be a 

father of many nations.....I will establish My covenant between

Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, 

for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants

after you.  Also I give to you and your descendants after

you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan,

as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.


Genesis 17:4, 7 - 8



But God's covenant with Abraham and His chosen people carried responsibility as well as blessing for the Jews.  The4 point is clearly established in the Bible that Israel's response to the blessing of the gift of the Promised Land determined God's response to them.  At the time of the dedication of Solomon's temple, when God's presence came down and tooki up residence in that holy place, God warned His people with these words:


If you turn away and forsake My statutes and My commandments

which I have set before you, and go and serve other gods,

and worship them, then I will uproot them (the Jews) from My

land which I have given them; and this house (temple), which I

have sanctified for My name I will cast our of My sight, and will

make it a proverb and a byword among all peoples.


2 Chronicles 7:19 - 20



It was the disobedience and rebellion of the Jews, God's chosen people, to their covenantal responsibility to serve only the one true God, Jehovah, that gave rise to the opposition and persecution that they experienced beginning in Canaan and continuing to this very day.  In no way does this lessen or excuse the mistreatment and sinful atrocities the Jews have endured at the hands of their enemies, but it gives us a framework for understanding what has happened.


The words of God in the verses above were a warning.  The verses that follow are no warning - they are the execution of judgment from God Himself for the disobedience of His people:


Because they have forsaken My law which I set before them, and have not obeyed My voice, nor walked according to it, but they have waled according to the dictates of their own hearts and after the Baals....I will scatter them also among the Gentiles.


Jeremiah 9:13 - 16






How utterly repulsive, insulting, and heartbreaking to God for His chosen people to credit idols with bringing the blessings He had showered upon His chosen people.  Their own rebellion had birthed the seed of anti-Semitism that would arise and bring destruction to them for centuries to come.


We are going to look briefly at some of the persecution that has faced the Jews.  Some of it happened during the days in which God's Word was being written, long before the term anti-Semitism had been voiced by anyone.  It has plagued the Jews throughout the ages.  Although it rises from the judgment of God upon His rebellious chosen people, it is sin - and it damns the soul.  Where it raises its ugly head head today, it must be eradicated, and repentance must flow where condemnation has prevailed.


Walk through the centuries, and learn from the mistakes of the past.  Those who fail to remember the mistakes of the past are doomed to repeat them in the future.  History revceals humanity's triumphsd and failures, giving us a compass for the future.


Jerusalem has been a strategic site in the Middle East for three thousand years.  The sacred city has been the object of numerous attaks and sieges.  Perched on easily defensible Judean hillsides less than thirty miles from the Mediterranean Sea, Jerusalem controlled the major highways that connected Egypt, Europe, and Africa.  Therefore, whoever controlled Jerusalem had the ability to control the Middle East, economically and militarily.  In addfition to its military significance, the spiritual importance of Jerusalem to the Jews, Christians, and Muslims had made it the object of wars to gain possession of the city like no other city in the world.  Those wars are not over.  The greatest war the world has ever seen will soon envelop Israel and Jersalem.  The fact that it will happen, which nations will fight in that awesome battle, who will win the battle, and how many will die will be revealed later. 


Let us review some of the persecution the Jews have faced throughout history.  Beginning next week!







After King Saul died in shame and disgrace for consulting the witch of Endor for spiritual guidance, his dynasty continued briefly through his son Ishbosheth's reign over the northern tribes  of Israel.  The souther tribes, the powerful men of Judah, rallied to David, who had moved his headquarters to Hebron.  For the next few years, the Israelites fought each other as much as they fought hostile enemies.  The Israelites grew weary of fighting each other, and, after the violent death of Ishbosheth, they turned to David to lead them.  (2 Samuel 5:3 - 8).


At this point in history, Jerusalem was a Jebusite settlement.  David attacked and drove out the Jebusites and ushered in the Golden Era of Israel.  Jerusalem held the northern and southern tribes of Israel together and was the basis of economic and military control of the Middle East.


David then brought the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem as its permanent resting place.  The ark contained the Ten Commandments and was the embodiment of the presence of Jehovah God.  It had been with the Israelites throughout their forty years of wandering in the wilderness.  It had carried them into battle and to victory time and again.  But it had been captured by the Philistines a generation earlier.  The sacred history records:


So they brought the ark of the Lord, and set it in its place in the 

midst of the tabernacle that David had erected for it.

                                    2 Samuel 6:17


This ark was and is the most sacredc symbol Israel had because it represented the manifest presence of God.  When the ark arrived in Jerusalem, the city was not only the political, economic, and military capital of the country - Jerusalem was now officially the City of God.







Approximately two hundred years after the arrival of the ark in Jerusalem and the establishment of Jerusalem as the City of God, the Assyrians, under the leadership of King Sennacherib, conquered the northern kingdom of Israel in 722 B.C.  The impact of that conquest was felt dramatically in Jerusalem by King Hezekiah.  As Sennacherib and the Assyrians hammered their way south toward Jerusalem, King Hezekiah knew the battle would be won or lost over who controlled the supply of water.  (2 Chronicles 32:1 - 4)


Hezekiah knew he had to secure the source of water for Jerusalem and at the same time deny itr from the enemy.  No army coulod long endure in the searing heat of the summer without water.  He solved the problem by cutting a tunnel through seventeen hundred feet of solid rock under the city from the spring of Gihon outside the city walls to the pool of Siloam within the city, so the water could run freely underground into Jerusalem..


The tunneling was completed....While the hewers wielded the ax, each man toward his fellow....there was heard a man's voice calling to his fellow....the hewers hacked each toward the other, ax against ax, and the water flowed from the spring to the pool, a distance of 1200 cubits.


Hezekiah's tunnel is a rock that cries out to all who will hear, saying, "The Word of God is the absolute truth."


Once Hezekiah had settled the water crisis, he began to build up the broken walls of Jerusalem to use in the coming battle with Sennacherib.  He also made spiritual preparations for the coming war by introducing radical spiritual reforms and repairing and purifying the temple.  He also broke up the idols made by the previous administration and outlawed pagan worship.  He aroused the citizens of Jerusalem, saying:


Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid nor dismayed before the king of Assyria, nor before all the multitude that is with him.... With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the Lord our God, to help us and to fight our battles.


2 Chronicles 32:7 - 8







Sennacherib and his legions attacked the City of God in 701 B.C.  Known as cold blooded killers who tossed babies into the air and caught them on their swords, raping women and terrorizing their opponents, they surrounded the city with a sea of troops and tents as far as the eye could see.  Hezekiah attempted to purchase peace by sending a letter to the king, saying, "Whatever you impose on me I will pay" (2 King 18:14).


Sennacherib demanded silver and gold, and Hezekiah gave him all the silver that was in his house and all that was in the Lord's house.  He even stripped the gold from the doors of the temple to buy off this Assyrian terrorist.  But Sennacherib only demanded more, asking Hezekiah to put two thousand men on horses so his men would have some sport as they slaughtered the Jews.  This was the ultimate in ridicule.


But late at night, there was an invasion from outer space.  The angel of the Lord walked through the camp of the godless, cutthroat Assyrians, killing 185,000 Assyrians as they slept.






One hundred years after God defeated the Assyrians, King Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonians captured Jerusalem in 597 B.C.  (2 Kings 24:8 - 13).  He took seven thousand Jewish captives to Babylon as craftmen, scholars, and intellectuals to elevate the standard of living in Babylon.  Daniel, Meshach, Shadrach, and Abednego were among those taken by Nebuchadnezzar in this first attack on Jerusalem, along with all the treasures of the royal palace and the temple.


Not content with his first victoryt over Jerusalem, in 586 B.C. , Nebuchadnezzar returned to Jerusalem, causing the wholesale destruction of the city and another draft of exiles for Babylon.  Jerusalem was the portrait of desolation.  Its walls were torn down, its beautiful temple was destroyed, homes were burnt to the ground, and most of the citizens were in exile in Babylon.


The sobs of brokehearted Jews run deeply through the Book of Lamentations (Lamentations 2:5 - 9).  In the hearts of the exiles, Jerusalem continue to live.  In the anguish of their captivity, it haunted their thoughts, and all their hopes were focused on remembering Jerusalem.  In Psalm 137, the poetic pen of King David captures the mood of the exiles who were captives for seventy years:


By the rivers of Babylon,

There we sat down, yea we wept

When we remembered Zion.

We hung our harps

Upon th4e willows in the midst of it.

For there those who carried us away captive asked us a song,

And those who plundered us requested mirth,

Saying, "Sing us one of the songs of Zion!"


How shall we sing the Lord's song

In a foreign land?

If I forget you, O Jerusalem,

Let my right hand forget its skill!

If I do not remember you, 

Let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth -

If I do not exalt Jerusalem

Above my chief joy.


Remember, O Lord, against the sons of Edom

The day of Jerusalem

Who said, "Raze it, raze it,

To its very foundation!"


O daughter of Babylon, who are to be destroyed,

Happy the one who repays you as you have served us!

Happy the one who takes and dashes

Your little ones against the rock!







Since the reemergence of Israel on the world scene when it became a state in 1948, subsequently regaining control of Jerusalem in 1967, there has been a growing change of heart among Christian believers - whether mainstream, evangelical, or charismatic toward the Jews.  In an article in Charisma  in 1996, David Aikman stated:


Many Christians have begun to experience a love for the Jews

that has nothing to do with the End Times, but which is almost

certainly the work of the Holy Spirit.  It is thus important for

all Christians....to be respectful of Jewish feelings in light of the 

uglier side of Christian history.


In this chapter we are going to take a look at "the uglier side of Christian historty."  Although the Jewish people were persecuted and mistreated before Jesus Christ lived and died on earth, the evil of anti-Semitism had not gripped the world in its grasp.  That evil was birthed to life as Jesus was giving His life on a rugged cross on the lonely hill of Calvary.


When God called Abrahm out of his country to a land God would give him, God gave him a promise not only for him....not only for the Jews, God's chosen people...but a promise that would affect every other nation on the earth forever.  God said:


I will bless you

And make your name great;

And you shall be a blessing.

I will bless those who bless you

And I will curse him who curses you

And in you all the families of the earth 

shall be blessed.


Genesis 12:2 - 3


It is Jesus Himself who taught us to love, not hate.  In Matthew 19:19, He instructs to "love your neighbor as youself."  As He prepared to give His life as a sacrifice for our sins, He said: "This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you....You are my friends if you do whatever I command you" (John 15:12, 14).  He was even more direct in Matt. 5:44 - 45, where He instructed:


But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, 

do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully

use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father

in heaven.


Hatred is simply not an option for people who want to serve God and have His blessing upon their lives.  Yet it was the crucifixion of the Son of God that has given rise to the hatred and persecution of God's own people.


For centuries, the Jews have been beaten, murdered, robbed, and raped while fanatics have screamed, "You are the Christ killers!"  This vicious label has been tied about the necks of the Jewish people since shortly after the death of Christ, causing Europe and the Middle East to turn red with Jewish blood.







The Book of Matthew gives us two important facts about the death of Christ:


*  There was a crucifixion plot.


*  The plot was carried out by the high priest Caiaphas, a political appointee of Rome by Herod the Great, who had conquered Rome before the birth of Christ.  (Matt. 26:3)


As a people, the Jews had nothing to do with the political conspiracy against Jesus Christ.  The high priest Caiaphas was appointed by Herod to do the will of Rome.  He was illegitimate priest who was not selected by the Jewish people to do their will.


Into this political setting came a Jewish rabbi named Jesus of Nazareth.  The Jews were looking for a deliverer who would lead a revolt to break the oppressive chains of Rome.  The popularity of Jesus spread like chained lightning.  Anyone who could heal and raise people from the dead could heal wounded soldiers and raise dead troops back to life to fight the pagan Romans.


Jesus was a very serious threat to Herod and his stooge high priest Caiaphas.  So they entered into a politically inspired plot to have Jesus of Nazareth killed Roman style.....the crucifixion!


The high priest and his circle of religious conspirators had no mandate from the Jewish people; rather, they feared the people.  They most certainly did not represent the one million Jews that were living in Israel at the time, much less all the Jews that lived in Egypt or were scattered over the Roman Empire.  These religious rogues were a miniscule handful led by the high priests to do Rome's bidding.


In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus Himself identifies His killers: "Then He took the twelve aside and said to them, 'Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be accomplished.  For He will be delivered to the Gentiles (Romans) and will be mocked and insulted and spit upon.  They will scourge Him and kill Him.  And the third day He will rise again"  (Luke 18:31 - 33).


The Bible text is perfectly clear.  Jesus was crucified by Rome as a political insurrectionist considered too dangerous to live.  He was a threat to Herod's grip on Palestine.  He was a threat to the high priest.  The Calvary plot among Herod's inner circle produced the Roman crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth.  It had nothing to do with the will of the Jewish people as a civilization.


The historical fact is that three out of our Jews did not live in Israel when Jesus began His ministry.  None out of ten of the Jews in Israel during His ministry lived outside of Jerusalem.


The justice of God would never permit judgment for the sins of a handful of people to be passed to a civilization of people.  In the last breath of His earthly life, Jesus forgave even the high priest and his conspirators:  "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do"  (Luke 23:34.)  If God has forgiven....why can't Christianity?






It is essential for all anti-Semites to separate Jesus from His Jewish roots.  Why?  If you can separate Jesus from the Jewish people, hatred becomes fashionable, and anti-Semitism can masquerade alternately as doing the will of God or political ideology.


If Jesus can be separated from His Jewish roots, Christians can continue to praise the dead Jews of the past (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) while hating the Goldbergs across the street.  But when you see the Jewish people as the family of our Lord, they become our extended family whom we are commanded to love unconditionally.


Most Christians think of Jesus and His twelve disciples as Christians before their time.  Not so !  Jesus was not a Christian.  He was born to Jewish parents.  He was dedicated in the Jewish tradition, reared studying the words of Moses and the prophets of Israel, and became a Jewish rabbi.  He died with a sign over his head on which was written in three languages, "This is the King of the Jews."


It was Jesus of Nazareth, this Jewish rabbi, who, with the following words, instructed His twelve Jewish disciples to take the light of the gospel to the Gentile world:


Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.   MARK 16:15.


Before His death, Jesus agonized in prayer to His Father, God, asking God to protect and guide His disciples as they stepped into the world with the message of peace and salvation.  He prayed for the unity of all who would believe in Him with these words:


As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.....I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be ohe, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.


John 17:18, 20 - 21


But the evil of hatred for God's people, the Jews, has hindered this prayer from God's own Son from being fulfilled.


The first century Gentiles and Jews who followed Christ met together in unity.  They sang the same songs.  They kept the same festivals.  They had the same rabbi - Jesus of Nazareth.


Then came the crucifixion.  Jesus of Nazareth ascended into heaven in the sight of the twelve apostles,  and the church of Jesus Christ was left alone.  One of the first church problems was what to do with the Gentile believers who were worshiping with the Jewish believers.  Should the Gentiles be circumcised?  Should the Gentiles keep the law of Moses?  How strict were the Jews going to be with the new Gentile believers who had just come out of absolute paganism to follow Jesus of Nazareth?


This is when the Jerusalem Council, stated that the Gentile followers of Christ had to follow some strict guidelines in order to continue worshiping with their Jewish fellow believers.  It would not be necessary for them to be circumcised, but they must stop committing fornication, and they must stop eating meats that were offered to idols (Acts 15:24 - 29).  


For a while, the Jews and Gentile Christians continued to worship together in hearmony.  Then came the Romans under the leadership of Titus, bringing death and famine like none could have possibly imagined.






The siege of Jerusalem by Titus began in April of A.D. 70, during the Passover.  The armies of Romans surrounded the city of Jerusalem, trapping tens of thousands of Jews behind the walls of the sacred city.  The Romans closed all exits from Jerusalem, even the tunnels under the wall, and the siege continued fro months.  All hope for escape was lost, and a horrible famine resulted for those remaining in the city.  The horrors of the famine in the city of Jerusalem during the siege of Titus reached far beyond the imagination of mortals to comprehend.  All human emotions yield to hunger, and thus itr was reported by Josephus:


"Wives snatched food from their husbands, children from their fathers, and, most pitiful of all, mothers snatched food out of the very mouths of their infants; while their dearest ones were dying in their arms, they did not hestitate to deprive them of the life-giving morsels."


After months of the siege, the brutal power of the Roman army crushed Jerusalem.  Titus and the Roman army set the gates of the temple on fire and ordered the complete destruction of the city of Jerusalem, evern to the tearing down of the walls so that not one stone was left on top of the other.  Jesus had prophesied this event in Matthew 24:2, when He said, "Do you not see all these things?  Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down."  It literally came to pass when Titus destroyed Jerusalem.


Josephus records,  "The number of those that were carried captive during this whole war was collect\ed to be ninety-seven thousand as was the number of those that perished during the whole siege, eleven-hundred thousand."


Eleven hundred thousand equals 1.1 million people dead at the hands of the Romans, mostly through brutal starvatiojn.


Most of the ninety-seven thousand prisoners were taken to Rome where they were fed to the lions to amuse the bloodthirsty Roman citizens in the Roman coliseum, or forced to become gladiators and fight to the death.  Some, who were believed to be criminals, were burned alive.





Before Titus instructed the Roman army to close the gates and sop any people from escaping from the city of Jerusalem, he had made it known to those behind the walls that anyone desiring to leave the city could do so without harm prior to the commencement of battle.  The Hellenistic Christians of Greek influence, who resided in the city, had no loyalty to the city of Jerusalem.  With tens of thousands of people lying dead in the streets from starvation and thousand more thrown over the walls, causing a putrid smell to cover the city,  the Hellenistic Christians accepted Titus's invitation to leave Jerusalem and went to a town in Transjordan called Pella.  Thus this terrible invasion from Titus had brought about the separation of Gentiles and Jews who were followers of Jesus Christ, and that separation has remained until this day.  With that separation, the seeds of anti-Semitism - begun centuries before when the Jews began to be persecuted by the former inhabitants of the Promised Land, and watered by the controversy of who was responsible for the death of Christ - broke ground and began to bear its ugly fruit of violence.






After the fall of Jerusalem in A.D. 70, Masada was the last flickering flame of freedom for the Jewish people.  Masada is located twenty miles south of Sdom on the Dead Sea and rises thirteen hundred feet into the sky with a flat top of one-half mile.


Built by Herod the Great in 40 B.C. as a fortress, after the fall of Jerusalem at the hands of Titus it was occupied by a small group of Jewish patriots who escaped from Jerusalem under the leadership of Eleazar.  He was the nephew of Menahem, who had earlier defeated the Romans who occupied it, thus putting it back in Jewish hands.  For nearly three years, Eliazar and the Jewish patriots held out against the Roman legion that had encircled the mountain, trying in vain to storm the mountain fortress.


By A.D. 73, the Roman army under the leadership of Hadrian had grown to ten thousand men, bivouacked in eight camps in the valley.  The Romans started to build an assault ramp to the top, using thousands of slaves, many of whom were Jewish.  After nine months the ramp was complete, and the Romans succeeded in moving a battering ram against the wall.  They broke through the stone wall, but the defenders had managed to build a wall of earth and wood that was flexible and hard to break.  Eventually, the Romans managed to destroy it by fire and decided to enter the fortress the next day.


That night Eleazar gathered all the defenders, giving an impassioned plea that they should all commit suicide by their own hand rather than allow the Romans to rape their wives and daughters and place their sons in chains of eternal slavery.  When the Romans came in full battle dress the next morning, they were met by the thunderous sound of silence.  They discovered that nearly all of the 960 Jews who had held our for three years had committed  suicide.  Two women and five children, who had hidden in a cave, came out and informed the Romans of this daring act of freedom.  It is a moment in Jewish history that will be remembered for eternity.


In the twentieth century, Masada became a symbol of courage for the emerging Jewish state.  In 1949, at the end of the War of Independence, the Israeli flag was hoisted on Masada's summit as a symbol for the Jewish people that they would now be free from any form of tyranny or terrorism.





Three hundred years following Christ's crucifixion in Jerusalem and the slaughter of the Jews by the Romans under the leadership of Titus and Hadrian, the Hellenistic Christians who had fled from Jerusalem and taken up residence in Transjordan were being influenced by the Greeks to blame - not Rome - but the Jewish people for the death of Christ.


How did the Gentile and Jewish followers of Christ become separated?  How did a Jewish rabbi named Jesus Christ of Nazareth and twelve disciples begin an organization that three hundred years later adopted a policy to kill Jews?  A brief and greatly oversimplified explanation is as follows.


When Jesus of Nazareth was crucified in A.D. 33, the New Testament church consisted of mostly Jews and some Gentile believers.  They were not yet called Christians but were referred to as "God fearers."


The first source of contention in the New Testament Church was doctrinal division as recorded in Act 15.  The Jewish believers wanted to know if the Gentiles had to be circumcised in order to be saved.  James, the brother of Jesus and the pastor of the Jerusalem church stood and delivered a powerful message declaring that Gentiles did not need to be circumcised.    James stated that Gentiles must abstain from immorality and meats offered to idols.


Thirty-seven years after the crucifixion in A.D. 70, the Roman army of eighty thousand hardened combat veterans under Titus besieged the city of Jerusalem.  No one in....no one out.  According to Josephus, approximately 1.1 million Jews died in the siege.


Many Gentile believers fled the city and went to Pella, a city sixty miles northeast of Jerusalem.  The physical separation of Gentile and Jewish followers of Christ had begun and would never be restored.  The Jews the Gentiles' leaving as an act of betrayal.


The permanent separation of Jews and Gentiles occurred in one day with one historic document when Constantine signed the Edic of Toleration, also known as the Edict of Milan, in A.D. 313, offically recognizing Christianity as the state religion.  The Roman Church grew in power uintil it ruled most of the known world through Papal States.


When the early Jewish Christians began preaching the gospel to the Gentiles, they still clung to their Jewish roots and faith.  But by the second century A.D., the evolving doctrine of replacement theology had begun to permeate the thinking of the early church.  Replacement theology teaches that the church has completely replaced national Israel in God's plan.  Adherents of replacement theology believe that the Jews are no longer God's chosen people and that God does not have specific future plans for the nation of Israel.  


In his book The Crucifixion of the Jews, Franklin Littell writes:


"The cornerstone of Christian anti-Semitism is the superseding or displacement myth that the mission of the Jewish people was finished with the coming of Jesus Christ, that "the old Israel" was written off with the appearance of "the new Israel."  To teach that a people's mission in God's providence is finished, that they have been relegated to the limbo of history, has murderous implication which murderers will in time spell out."






Anti-Semitism in Christianity began with the statements of the early church fathers, including Eusebius, Cyril, Chjrysostom, Augustine, Origen, Justin, and Jerome.  These men published papers and historical pamphlets, some of which are included in what is known as Adversus Judaeos.


This poisonous stream of venom came from the mouths of spiritual leaders to virtually illiterate congregants, sitting benighnly in their pews, listening to their pastors.  They labled the Jews as "the Christ killers, plague carriers, demons, children of the devil, bloodthirsty pagans who look for an innocent child during the Easter week to drink his blood, money hungry Shylocks, who are as deceitful as Judas was relentless."


John Chrysostom (A.D. 345 - 407), who was called the "Bishop with the Golden Mouth," was the first to use the term "Christ killers."  It was a vicous label the Jews were never able to escape.  Recorded in his homilies is this description of the Jews:


The Jews are the most worthless of all men.  They are lecherous,

greedy and rapacious.  They are perfidious murderers of Christ.

They worshiped the devil; their religion is a sickness.  The Jews

are the odious assassins of Christ, and for killing Glod there is 

no expiation possible, no indulgence or pardon.  Christians may

never cease vengeance, and the Jews must live in servitude forever.

Goid always hated the Jews.  It is incumbent upon all Christians

(their duty) to hate the Jews.







The Roman Catholic Church, which was supposed to carry the light of the gospel, plunged the world into the Dark Ages.  The Crusaders are often presented as holy men on the road from Europe to Jerusalem and back pursuing a righteous cause with the blessing of the pope.  Nothing could be further from the truth.


The Crusaders were a motley mob of thieves, rapists, robbers, and murderers whose sins had been forgiven by the pope in advance of the Crusade.  Any holy warrior who answered the pope's call of the crusade could consider all his financial debts to any Jewish creditor canceled, which reduced many Jewish communities to poverty.  For a man looking for adventure, it was an instant way to become debt free.


What caused the Crusades?


Historians dance around this simple question with a myriad of wordy responses that avoid and evade historical reality.  The brutal truth is that the Crusades were military campaigns of the Roman Catholic Church to gain control of Jerusalem from the Muslims and to punish the Jews as the alleged Christ killers on the road to and from Jerusalem.


In 1095, Pope Urban II preached the call for Crusade at Clarmont, appealing to the French to recover the Holy Land for Christianity.  This response was immediate and positive.


The Crusaders were all too conscious, however, of the great distance between Europe and Jerusalem.  Therefore, before attacking Muslims and the Jews of Jerusalem, they first moved against the Jews of Europe.  "Kill a Jew and save your soul" became the battle cry of the Crusaders.


When the first Crusade under Godfrey reached Jerusalem in 1099, the Crusaders invaded the city through the Jewish quarter.  In a desperate attempt to save their lives, Jewish men, women, and children ran to the synagogue for protection, locking the doors behind them.


The Crusaders promptly set fire to the synagogue and listened to helpless women and innocent children scream in horror, begging for mercy as they were burned alive.  The Crusaders marched around the synagogue singing triumphantly "Christ We Adore Thee" as 969 members of the family of our Lord were cremated.


Jerusalem was captured by the Crusaders on July 15, 1099, with most of the Jewish population, which numbered between twenty and thirty thousands, slaughtered that very day.  The Jews who were not burned alive in the synagogue as the Crusaders marched around it were sold into slavery in Italy.






During the Dark Ages, the Jews sought to survive in an increasingly hostile and threatening Christian world.  The Dutch humanist Erasmus capture the prevailing mood of the era by saying, "If it is the part of a good Christian to detest the Jews, thenm we all good Christians."


It was during this era that Christians fabricated the preposterous story that Jews were kidnapping innocent Christian children, ritually slaughtering them, and using their blood in making unleavened bread for Passover.


The first recorded blood libel occurred in Norwich, England in A.D. 1144.  A boy named William had disappeared, and Christians sent out an alarm.  Theobald of Cambridge, an apostate Jew, approached the authorities and charged the Jews with having murdered the boy.  (History records that the Jews have been persecuted most by fellow Jews.)  Theobald told the authorities that the Jews had been following an ancient custom of sacrificing a Christian child during the Passover festival and that representatives of Jews throughou the world had assembled in Narbonne, France, to decide who would carry out the murder.


According to his story, the assembly at Narbonne had cast lots, and the honor of carrying out the ritual murder had fallen on the Jews of Norwich.  When the boy's body was found in Norwich, however, it showed no evidence of murder.  Therefore, no one was punished.  Nevertheless, the boy,  William of Norwich, was declared a martyr, and a memorial chapel and shrine were erected in his honor in Norwich.


By the thirteenth century, several leaders of the church, as well as Emperior Frederick II, attempted to refute and forbid the blood libel.  In 1245, Pope Innocent IV issued a papal bull forbidding blood libel, which, he said, was groundless.  He declared it was a mockery of Christ's teachings that led only to evil.


Pope Gregory X banned the accusation in another bull in 1274.  Other popes also denounced it.  Unfortunately their decrees were ineffective since the blood libel was an easy way for anti-Semitic demagogues to manipulate mobs.  By the seventeenth century, ritual murder accusations had sprewad to Easter Europe and Russia, where they continued until the early years of this century.






The Spanish Inquisition was perhaps the most cynical plot in the black history of Catholicism, aimed at expropriating  the property of wealthy Jews and converts in Spain for the benefit of the royal court and the Roman Catholic Church.  Even dead Jews were dug up and put on "trial" so their estates could be confiscated from their heirs.


When Tomas Torquemada was appointed by the church as Inquisitor General of Spain in 1483, he printed Manuals of Inquisition, which told the citizens of Spain how to spot a Jew or a maranno (pig), a term used to identify those who converted to Judaism.  Once caught, these people were to be brought to trial by the Roman Catholic Church.


The trial was actually a chamber using fire, garrote, rqack, whip, and needle to force those on trial to confess their sin of converting to Judaism, or of bering "closet" Jews.  Inquisitional tortures continued well into the eighteenth century.  During that time, 323,362 people were burned, and 17,659 were burned in effigy.  It is one of the darkest periods in Spanish history.






Throughout Europe, during the Crusades and the Dark Ages, and for several following centuries, very few Jewish households escaped without being robbed, tortured, or murdered.  The following list highlights some of the anti-Semitic violence carried out during this time.


LONDON, ENGLAND - Four hundred Jews were masscred on Palm Sunday (1263).  Six hundred eighty Jews were imprisoned in the tower, and 290 were hanged (1290).  In A.D. 1290, an expulsion order was given for all Jews to leave England by November 1.  This was the first general expulsion of Jews from any country in the Medieval Period.


EDWARD I, ENGLAND - Edward I drove 16,500 Jews from England, and for four hundred years, until Cromwell granted permission for them to return,  England was free of the Jewish people.


FRANCE - France drove 1000,000 Jewish people out of France in 1306, and the crown confiscated their possessions.  After ten years, however, they were recalled when the kingdom felt need of their commerical abilities.


GERMANY - At the time of the Black Death (1348 - 1350). Jewish people were accused of poisoning wells and springs of Christians.  They were subject to fearfuls, and innocent people were forced into confessions.  One quarter of the population died of the plague, and the Jewish people were blamed.


STRASBURY, GERMANY - In Strasburg, 2000 victims were burned on a gigantic scaffold.  Whole communities throughout Germany were destroyed.  Many Jewish people burned their homes and perished in the flames rather than wait to die at the hands of those who carried a cross and professed to serve the loving Christ.




 "MARTIN LUTHER (A.D. 1483 - 1546)


It was Martin Luther whose anti-Semitism was deeply appreciated by Adolph Hitler.  "The worst, evil genius of Germany," wrote Dean Inge, "is not Hitler, or Bismarck, or Frederick the Great, but Martin Luther."


When Martin Luther introduced the Reformation, he was convinced that the Jewish people would be delighted with his new version of Christianity and would join him in an assault on the Roman Catholic Church.  He was wrong !  In the beginning, Luther made complimentary remarks about the Jewish contribution to Christianity.  When the Jews did not follow him, he turned on them a vulgarity and a vengeance that greatly appealed to the German people.


His doctrine provided many suitable texts for Hitler's program of extermination.  The most vicious, Jew-hating statements Luther ever made were to be found in his tract entitled "Concerning the Jews and Their Lies."  In it he stated:


Let me give you my honest advice,


"First, their synagogues or churches should be set on fire.  And whatever does not burn up should be covered or spread over with dirt so that no one may ever be able to see a cinder or stone of it.  And this ought to be done for the honor of God and of Christianity in order that God may see that we are Christians.....


Secondly, their homes should be broken down and destroyed.  Thirdly, they should be deprived of their prayer books and the Talmud in which such idolatry, lies, cursing, and blaspheme are taught.  Fourthly, their rabbis must be forbidden under the threat of death to teach anymore.....


Fifthly, passport and traveling privileges should be absolutely forbidden to Jews.  Let them stay at home.  Sixthly, they outh to be stopped for usury.  For this reason, as said before, everything they possess they stole and robbed us through their usury, for they have no other means of support.  Seventhly, let the young and strong Jews and Jewesses be given the flail, the axe, the hoe, the spade, the distaff, and spindle, and let them earn their bread by the sweat of their noses as its enjoined upon Adam's children.


We ought to drive the lazy bones out of our system.


If, however, we are afraid that they might harm us personally, or our wives, children, servants, cattle, et cetera....then let us apply the same cleverness (expulsion) as the other nations, such as France, Spain, Bohemia, et cetera...and settle with them for that which they have extorted from us, and after having it divided up fairly, let us drive them out of the country for all time.


To sum up, dear princes and notables who have Jews in you domain, if this advice of mine does not suit you, them find a better one so that you and we may all be free from this inseparable Jewish burden.....the Jews."


A couple of years after writing this tract, Martin Luther died!






The Bible says, "Whatever a man sows, that he will also reap" (Gal. 6:7).  The law of seedtime and harvest begins at the gates of Genesis and never ends.  If you sow love, you reap love.  If you sow hate, you reap hate.  After hundred of years of Jewish hatred pouring out toward the Jews, the harvest of hate was reaped in a nightmare known as "the Holocaust".


Adolf Hitler is perceived by the Jewish people of the twenty-first century as just another crusader who walked across the stage of history, systematically slaughtering six million Jews, claiming that it was "the will of God."


It doesn't require a great intellect to deduct that if our Jewish friends believed Hitler was a Christian in good standing, our generation must expose him for who he truly was, denounce him, and conduct ourselves according to the law of Jesus Christ who said, "Love your neighbor as yourself" and "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."


Anti-Semitism is sin, and as sin it damns the soul.  Most readers will be shocked by the clear record of history linking Adolf Hitler and the Roman Catholic Church in a conspiracy to exterminate the Jews.  In his book Mein Kampf (My Struggle), Hitler raved saying, "Hence today, I believe that I am acting in accordance to the will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew,  I am fighting for the work of the Lord.


One of the largest extermination pits, as Kerch, was examined in 1942 by officials in the Russian army.  This was their report:


"It was discovered that this trench - 1 kilometer in length, 4 meters in width, and 2 meters in depth - was filled to overflowing with bodies of women, children, old men, and boys and girls in their teens.  Near the trench were frozen pools of blood.  Children's caps, toys, ribbons, torn-off buttons, gloves, milk bottles, and rubber comforters, small shoes, galoshes, together with torn-off hands and feet, and other parts of human bodies were lying nearby.  Everything was spattered with blood and brains."


How could this madness happen at the hands of one of the most civilized and cultured nations on the face of the earth?  How could it be justified in the minds of the Christian-baptized German people?  It was done with the oft-repeated poisonous phrase:  "The Jews are the Christ killers."


Dr. James Parks writes:  "In our day...more than six million deliberate murders are the consequences of the teachings about Jews for which the Christian church is ultimately responsible....which has its ultimate resting place in the teaching of the New Testament itself."  Oner of those deadly New Testament myths is that the Jews killed Jesus.  No justification can be found in the New Testamen to support that myth.





Adolf Hitler attended a Catholic school as a child and heard all the fiery anti-Semitic rantings from Chryhsostom to Martin Luther.  When Hitler became a global demonic monster, the Catholic Church and Pope Pius XII never, ever slightly criticized him.


Pope Pius XII, called by historians "Hitler's Pope," joined Hitler in the infamous Concordat of Collaboration, which turned the youth of the Germany over to Nazism, and the churches became a stage background for the blood thirsty cry, "Pereat Jea."


Those who do not remember the mistakes of the past are destined to repeat them im the future.  Let all ministers of the gospel of Jesus Christ in the twenty first century unite to stand against every form of anti-Semitism, lest we deserve the scathing words of the prophet Isaiah, "They are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark......," in the day of danger (Isa. 56:10)  A dumb dog is one that refuses to bark when danger approaches; therefore, it is worthless.  America's pulpits are full of them.  They preach, not from burning passion, but as a paid profession.


Nazi legality was immensely stregthened by the concordat with the Vatican (July 20, 1933), an agreement with the Catholic Church refused to grant the Weimar Republic.  Hitler described the Concordat of Collaboration as an "unrestricted acceptance of national socialism by the Vatican."  Indeed it was, since it subordinated all of cultural and educational activities of the church to Nazi ideology and regimen.  It began with the placing of Hitlers's portrait on the walls of all Catholic, parochial, and Sunday schools, and ended with the church bells ringing at every Nazi victory, including the arrest and transportation of the last Jew from every town and hamlet in Germany.


The sell-out of Catholicism to Hitler began not with the people but with the Vatican itself.  For Rome, it was only a repetition of the concordat it had previously made with Mussolini.  The German bishops followed the Vatican, represented by the Secretary of State, Cardinal Pacelli, and later Pope Pius XII.  The priests obeyed the bishops, and the parishioners fell in line.


Not once after the signing of the concordat did the Roman Catholic Church protest agains Hitler or his barbarianism, including the shedding of blood of a million Jewish children.  When protests came, they were invariably concerned with infractions against the interest of the church.  On Hitler's fiftieth birthday, April 20, 1939, Protestant and Catholic bishops of all but two dioceses in Germany urged the following prayer in pastoral letters to the faithful: "Remember , O Lord, our Fuhrer, whose secret wishes thou knowest.  Protect him with thy  inexhaustible kindness.  Give him the victory of Heave for him and his foe.


Was Hitler a  Christian?  The Roman Catholic Church certainly thought so.  In all of his years of absolute brutality, he was never denounced or even scolded by Pope Pius XII or any Catholic leader in the world.  To those Christians who believe that Jewish hearts will be warmth by the sight of the cross, please be informed - to them it's an electric chair.  It is a symbol of death under which their relatives, for two thousand years, have been brutally massacred by those who claimed to be serving the loving Christ.







Most of the world will remember Pope John Paul II as the second longest serving pope in history, the most traveled, and the most seen.  He will be remembered for staring down Communism and embracing people of all faiths and colors.  He will be lovingly remembered for his bold stand against abortion.


But for the Jewish people, the apple of God's eye, the most crucial elements of John Paul's work was reconciling the Roman Catholic Church with its anti-Semitic past, memorializing the Holocaust, and officially recognizing the State of Israel.  As Pope John Paul II began to prepare the Roman Catholic Church for the Jubilee 2000 celebrations, he proclaimed the first Sunday in Lent, March 12, to be the "Day of Pardon."  "On that day the whole Church was called to a collective act of repentance for the histocial sins of the Church's sons and daughters... Seven representatives of the Church.... step forward to offer prayers for sins committed in the service of the truth, such as during the Crusades and the Inquisition... After each cardinal and bishop offers a prayerful petition, John Paul replies iwth his own.  


Some have said he will be remembered as "the best pope the Jews ever had."


Rabbi David Rosen, the director of the American Jewish Committee's Interreligious Affairs Department, said, "No pope has devoted himself as much to advancing positive relations between the Christian world and the Jewish people as this pope.  He may indeed be described as a hero of reconciliation."




The Jews of Palestine lived under the confines of the Balfour Declaration and what became known as the British Mandate (the Palestine Mandate of the League of Nations) from 1917 until 1948.


The Balfour Declaration, a letter to Lord Rothschild by British Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour, written November 2, 1917, became basis movement to create a Jewish state in Palestine."  The British Mandate, introduced July 24, 1922, was far more partial to the Arabs living in Palestine than it was to the Jewish people.  In truth, the British Mandate wanted to give the Jewish people a home without giving them the right of self-determination while living in the Promised Land of their fathers.


The escalating conflict between the Arabs and Jews in Palestine and the evastating rise of Hitler's Holocaust in Europe caused many Jews to try to flee for safety.  Hitler was killing up to 20,000 Jews per day in the Nazi death camps, and the terrified Jews came scrambling to Palestine, some in decrepit ships by sea, and others walking long miles through Europe after selling every possession they had to reach the Promised Land.  Others attempted to flee to Britain or other Allied countries.


Many never made it to safety.  In his captivating book "The Revolt" former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin described how the British army captured Jews during the time of the British mandate and sent them to Europe, where Hitler prompetly killed them in the Holocaust.


In 1922, after significant conflict between Jews and Arabs in Palestine, Winston Churchill set forth his government's revised positions in his white paper of June 1922.  While Churchill did not explicitly oppose the goal of a Jewish state, his statements have been made to the effect that the purpose in view is to create a wholly Jewish Palestine," wrote Churchill.  "Phrases have been used such as that Palestine is to become 'as Jewish as England is English.'  His Majesty's Government regard anyu such expectations as impracticable and have no such aim in view.;:  The British White Paper Policy limited Jewish immigration into Israel to escape Hitler's Holocaust in Europe.  It allowed only five thousand Jewish immigrants per year to immigrate into Palestine.


Because they could not legally enter Palestine without proper documentation, and because 5000 permits that were legally given by the British Mandate were vitually instantly gone, most Jews were considered "illegal immigrants" by the British and were rounded up in large numbers and sent back by ship to Hitler and the death camps.







Begin had been the leader of a Jewish youth organization in Poland and was thrown into prison by the Russians, where he was put into solitary confinement for months.


Every day he was grilled by Soviet intelligence officers for all information concerning his activities and associations with his Zionist organization.  In the fiery trials of persecution, like Joseph in Egypt, Menachem Begin's backbone became steel, and his courage became that of a young lion.  After years of incarceration, Menachem Begin was releashed, and he went immediately to Palestine.  Upon his arrival, Begin organized the Irgun, an underground military force for the purpose of preventing the British from sending Jews without papers back to Hitler's Holocaust in Europe.


The daring exploits of the Irgun are well documented in Menachem Begin's book "The Revolt".  Begin became such a severe thorn in the side of the British that Great Britain placed a price on his head of $100,000 dead or alive .


On one occasion, British officers sat in his house with his wife, Aliza, for several days waiting for "the terroist" to come home.  Begin was hiding all the time behind the fireplace in a cavity he had previously created.  By removing a few bricks, he walked into the cavity the bricks were replaced, and he stood waiting for the British intelligence officers to leave.  They did ....after three days and nights.  Begin stood there night and day waiting for the British to leave his house while they sat on the same couch as his wife.


Under the leadership of Menachem Begin, the Irgunm manufactured several unique weapons in the defense of Jews being deported back to Europe.  One was a delayed percussion bomb designed by the Irgun to cut trains in half at the coal car without injuring the Jews being carried back to Europe.


The bomb was placed on the railroad track.  When the locomotive ran over the bomb, the explosion delayed until the locomotive passed over the bomb; it detonated at the coal car, severing the train like a massive axe.  The locomotive engine would sail down the track while the train quickly came to a halt.  Menachem Begin's Irgun then leaped on the train and liberated all Jews who were being deported to Europe.






The truth about the King David Hotel needs to be told.  Menachem Begin is often labeled by the liberal media as "a terrorist."  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Menachem Begin was a freedom fighter whose targets always consisted of British military personnel or those who 3were armed combatants against the Jewish people.


In July of 1946, the King David Hotel was being used by the British army as a command post.  British invaded the Jewish Agency in June 1946 and confiscated large quantities of documents.  Information about Jewish Agency operations, including intelligence activities in Arab countries, was taken to the King David Hotel.


After news of a massacre of forty Jews in Poland reached him, Begin and the Irgun placed explosive from the basement through the top floors of the King David Hotel.  Desiring to avoid civilian casualties, Begin placed three telephone calls, one to the hotel, another to the French Consulate, and a third to the Palestine Post, warning that explosives in the King David Hotel would soon be detonated.


The call into the hotel was apparently received and ignored.  The commanding officer did not believe that the Irgun could have possibly placed explosive in the hotel under the noses of the British high command..  The commanding officer made it very plain to Begin he had no intention of leaving the hotel, saying, "We don't take orders from the Jews."  The King David Hotel was exploded and a total of ninety-one people were killed and forty-five injured.  Among the casualties were fifteen Jews.


The bombing of the King David Hotel was not an act of terrorism - it was an act of combat between warring forces.  Shortly thereafter England decided to leave Palestine, and the Jewish state was born.  Mr. Begin and the Irgun laid down their arms along with the Haganah upon the rebirth of the Jewish on May 14, 1948.






Aware that seven Arab states under the leadership of former Nazi and British officers were about to attack them, the Jews of Palestine declared the establishment of the State of Israel on May 14, 1948, at 4:32 p. m. in a moving ceremony at the Tel Aviv Museum.  The new prime minister, David Ben - Gurion, declared, "We hereby proclaim the establishment of the Jewish State in Palestine, to be called Israel."



The 650,000 members of the Jewish community in Palestine were thrilled at the possibility of establishing the first Jewish state in more than eighteen hundred years .  These same Jewish people anguished over the fact that seven Arab armies were preparing to attempt to slaughter them in an effort to murder the Jewish state in the birth canal.  


The international community began discussing a Jewish state following the revelation of the horrors of the Holocaust in 1947.  As a part of the Palestine Mandate and the British White Paper of 1922, a large section of land east of the Jordan River called Transjordan was offered to the Jews of the world.  The Arabs so vigorously protested the land grant to the Jews that four fifths of the property was give to the Arabs, and one fifth was given to the Jews.  It was Israel's first "land for peace" offering, and it miserably failed, as have all others that have been made or will be made to gain a momentary peace.


The organizers of the ceremony for the recognition of Israel developed the plans under extremely tight secrecy, which was crucial.  Israel knew that if any word about the plans leaked out, giving critical information as to when this historic occasion would occur, the Arabs would immediately either place a bomb on the site or plan an attack during the event.  But on May 14, the morning newspapers announced that the event would take place at 4:00 p.m.  The Jewish people of Tel Aviv were so excited that they placed the blue and white flags of Israel outside their homes.


In order to preserve secrecy and safety, only a small audience was invited to the event.  Foreign journalists were barred from the historic meeting.


When the National Council met at 1:00 p.m., the members still could not agree on the wording to be used in the Proclamation of Statehood.  In there book Great Moments in Jewish History, Elinor and Robert Slater describe this meeting:


Some demanded that it spell out the new state's frontiers.  Ben Gurion said no . Observant  Jews wanted a reference to "the God of Israel."  Secularists balked.  Compromising, Ben-Gurion decided that the "Rock" would appear instead of 
"God."  What about a name for the new state ?  How about Judea, suggested one member ?  How about Zion, proposed another ?  Again Ben-Gurton broke the impasse: the new state would be called Israel.


Just before 4:00 p.m. limousines began arriving at the Tel Aviv Museum, causing the crowd that had gathered to break into wild cheering.  The last council member to enter the museum was Ben-Gurion, "all five feet, three inches of him.  His craggy face, fringed with strands of white hair, bore little expression.  'Now we are responsible for our destiny,' he thought to himself."


Three hundred fifty invitees had crowded into the museum, packing the room with people.  Ben-Gurion and ten other members of the cabinet were seated at a table under a portrait of Zionist pioneer Theodor Herzel.  Thousands of new Israelis were listening to the ceremony via radio broadcast.


At 4 p.m., Ben-Gurion rapped his walnut gavel his walnut gavel three times, and the crowd sang the National Anthem "Hatikvah."  Then Ben-Gurion declared, "I shall read to you the Scroll of the Establishment of the state, which has passed in first reading by the National Council."


Ben-Gurion raised his voice when he read: "Accordingly, we, the members of the National Council, representing the Jewish people in Palestine and the world Zionist movement, are met together in solemn assembly today, the day of termination of the British Mandate for Palestine; and by virtue of the natural and historic right of the Jewish people and the Resolution of the General Assembly of the United Nations, we hereby proclaim the establishment of the Jewish state in Palestine, to be called Medinat Israel (the State of Israel)."


With those words, the crowd inside the hall went wild.  Some applauded, some shouted, some cried.  Everyone smiled.  It had taken Ben-Gurion seventeen minutes to read the 979-word document.


Ben-Gurion then announced the first decree of the new Jewish state: the British White Paper of 1939, hated by the Jews for its curb on Jewish immigration and land sales, was made null and void.  Council members then sign the Declaration of Independence.


The Palestine Philharmonic Orchestra played "Hatikvah" as the new Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion declarted, "The State of Israel is established.  The meeting is ended."


This momentous occasion had been recorded by the pen of the prophet Isaiah, saying, "A nation shall be born in a day."  (Isaiah 66:8.)  God did it just as He promised.


It was the greatest moment in prophetic history of the twenthieth century.  It was living evidence for all men to see that the God of Israel was alive and well.






Despite pressure from the U.S. State Department not to recognize Israel lest America offend Arab oil-producing nations, President Harry S. Truman was the first to recognize the State of Israel on May 14, 1948.  


Years after the State of Israel was founded, David Ben-Gurion met with President Truman.  Ben-Gurion noted:


I told him.....his courageous decision to recognize our new state

so quickly and his steadfast support since then had given him an

immortal place in Jewish history.  As I said that, tears suddenly 

came to his eyes and his eyes were still wet when he bade me

good-bye.  Later a correspondent came up to me to ask, "Why

was President Truman in tears when he left you?" 


History records that Harry Truman was a man of utmost integrity and highly principled.  His word was his bond.  He was fierce, political competitor whose fiery rhetoric in the campaign against Dewey for the office of president of the United States in 1948 was labeled "Give'em hell, Harry."  His response was, "I don't have to give them hell; I just tell the truth and it sounds like hell."


Raised in a Bible-believing, Zionist home.  Truman helped various Jewish family immigrants to come to America to escape the Holocaust.  When the hour came for Jehovah God to breathe life into a Zionist state that had lain dead for nearly two thousand years, the Almighty had a man of honor and integrity in the White House courageous enough to ignore the political experts around him and to recognize the State of Israel.  May God bless the soul and sacred memory of Harry S. Truman, thirty-third president of the United States of America.





When the Jews of Jerusalem were forced to surrender in the early phrases of the 1948 Israeli War of Independence, they relinquished perhaps their greatest treasure - the sacred wall that encircled the Temple Mount, site of the two ancient, destroyed Jewish temples.  The capture of the Western Wall by Israeli soldiers almost twenty-three years  later during the June 1967 Six-Day War represents one of the most signficance moments in Jewish history.  Elinor and Robert Slater record this event with the following words in their book Great Moments in Jewish History:


On the third day of the 1967 Six-Day War, Israel launched one of its most signficant and dramatic attacks, aiming to recpature the old City of Jerusalem nineteen years after it had been conquered by the Jordanians during Israel's 1948 War of Independence.  


At 8:30 a.m., General Mordecai "Motta" Gur, the commander of the Israeli paratroop brigade and a future chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces, ordered his troops to sorm the last remaining Jordanian high point overlooking the Holy City, the Augusta Victoria Church, which fell without a struggle.  Next, the paratroopers used their tanks and infantry for a frontal assault on Lion's Gate, one of the main entry points to the Old City.


Helmeted soldiers streamed into the city, some only eighteen and nineteen years old.  All their lives they had dreamed that one day they would be able to touch the Western Wall.  The Western Wall, part of the structure of the first and second temples, represents the Jewish people's most sacred connection to their ancient roots.


As the young soldiers broke through the gate, they crowded onto the Via Dolorosa and continued directly toward the Western Wall.  "No moment of conquest during the Six - Day War was as sweet for the Israelis as this one.  After a nineteen year absence, they had regained the Jewish quarter, which had been surrendered to the Arabs in May 1948."






Yitzhak Rabin remembered May 1948 as "the peak of my life."  As soldiers raced up to embrace him at the Western Wall, he spoke:


It is with affectiion and pride that the whole nation salutes you today for the decisive victory you have brought us....it was not handed to us on a silver platter.  The fighting was savage and hard.  Many of our comrades in arms have fallen in action.  Their sacifices shall not have been in vain....the countless generations of Jews murdered, martyred and massacred for the sxake of Jerusalem say to you, "Comfort ye our people: console the mothers and the fathers whose sacrifices have brought about redemption."


Thousands of people who were unable to be standing at the wall that day were listening to Rabin's words over thje radio.  "He reminded his listeners that he had been in the city and fought for it during the War of Independence," and he described how he felt as he entered trhe Old City with the soldier that day with these words:"... for me perhaps the most important event that has occurred during these fifty-five hours."


However, as history will reveal, "the euphoria that Israelis felt in the immediate aftermath of the Six-Day War over reuniting Jerusalem under its control and perhaps winning peace with the Arabs eventually gave way to the more civil realization that a resolution of the Israel-Arab conflict remained elusive.


This day is extremely important in prophecy, for it is the day of which Luke spoke, saying "And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles untiul the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled....Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory" (Luke 21:24, 27).


It was during the Six Day War and the recapturing of the Western War that this prophetic truth became reality.  




When will the world end ?  How will it end ?  The Scriptures are not silent abou the future of our world and the events leading to the end of the age .


Jesus gave His twelve disciples the spine of prophecy in Matthew 24 as they sat on the Mount of Olives overlooking the beautiful city of Jerusalem:


Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives the disciples came to Him privately saying, "Tell us......what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?"  To begin our look at the future of Israel there are ten signs:


1.  The knowledge explosion - Daniel 12:4


2.  Plague in the Middle East - Zechariah 14:12 - 15


3.  The rebirth of Israel - Isaiah 66:8 - 10


4.  The Jews will return home - Jeremiah 23:7 - 8


5.  Jerusalem no longer under Gentile control - Luke 21:24


6.  International instant communication - Revelation 11:3, 7 - 10


7.  Days of deception - Matthew 24:4


8.  Famines and pestilence - Matthew 24:7 - 8


9.  Earthquakes - Matthew 24:7 -8


10.  "As in the days of Noah ...." - Matthew 24:36 - 39







More than 2600 years ago the prophet Ezekiel prophesied the resurrection of Israel from the Gentle graves in the lands to which she had been scattered, predicting the rebirth of Israel, which took place May 14, 1948.  Ezekiel also prophesied about the Holy War that will take place in Israel some time after Israel's restoration to independence.  In this summary, we will examine what Ezekiel said concerning Israel and what he said about the Arab coalition of nations that, under Russia's leadersip, will invade Israel in the near future.


God gave Ezekiel a vision of a valley full of day bones.  In Ezekiel 37:11, God told Ezekiel, "Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel."  There is no doubt in the text this could only be Israel.


In a vision, God took Ezekiel to a valley full of dead bones that were very dry and scattered.  This was God's physical portrayal of the nation of Israel.  Israel ceased to be a nation in A.D. 70 when the Jews were scattered to the ends of the earth by the Roman army under Titus.  It would be more than two thousand yuears before Israel became a recognized state again in May  14, 1948 - and the bones grew very dry.


God asked Ezekiel a perplexing question :


And He said to me, "Son of man, can these bones live?"  Ezekiel 37:3


Ezekiel responded to God by saying, "I don't see how it's possible.  Death has done its work.  Life is gone.  Lord, if these bones live, it will require the miracle-working power of Jehovah God."







God told him to do something very strange.  It was the strangest message to the deadest congregation in the history of preaching  !   God told him to preach the Word of the Lord to the dry bones.  "Again He said to me, 'Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, "O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!"" (v. 4)


The word prophesy doesn't always mean to foretell or to predict.  Here it means to speak out or to preach a message to the people of God.  There is a supernatural power in the Word of God.


Ezekiel's faith conquered the limitations of his carnal mind, and he obeyed the voice of God.  It is a Bible fact: obedience brings blessing, and disobedience brings judgment.  Ezekiel looked at the valley full of scattered, very dry bones, and preached this message:


Thus says the Lord God to these bones: "Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live.  I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live.  Then you shall know that I am the Lord."  EZEKIEL 37:5 - 6 .


Ezekiel proclaimed that God was going to do a supernatural work that would make those dry, lifeless, scattered bones live again.  It would be a reversal of death and corruption.


In perfect obedience to the word of God, Ezekiel said:


So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone.  Indeed, as I looked, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them over; but there was no breath in them.    EZEKIEL 37:7 - 8


Notice that the restoration to life for bones was a process.  It was not an instantaneious event.







The bones were dry, scattered, and dead for a very long time.  The bones in Ezekiel's vision represent the nation of Israel during the Diaspora, beginning in A.D. 70 (Ezek. 37:11).  Gradually the bones came together, and the sinews and flesh came upon them.


It was at this point of Israel's gradual restoration that people like Theodor Herzl, the Father of Zionism, began to call the Jews back to Israel.  The "sinews and flesh" continued to come together a: s the Jews of the earth returned to Eretz, Israel, to drain the swamps and transform the desert into a rose.  On May 14, 1948, at 4:32 p.m., the State of Israel, after two thousand years, was reborn.  Ezekiel's prophetic vision was fulfilled:


Then say to them, "Thus says the Lord God: 'Surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone, and will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land.'"


God made it exeedingly clear that He would bring the Jews back to "their own land."  He would not bring them back to the Palestinians' land - He would restore them to the Promised Land of the eternal covenant God had made with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and their descendants.


At the conclusion of Ezekiel 37, the nation of Israel had been physicially reborn.  Today they have a flag; they have a constitution; they have a prime minister and a Knesset.  They have a police force, a powerful military might, and the world's best intelligence agencies.  They have everything but spiritual life.


Like the dry bones of Ezekiel 37, Israel awaits the spiritual awakening of the breath of God and the coming of Messish.






Prophecy tells us not only what will happen in the future, but also the process by which it will happen.  The prophet Jeremiah provides us with a series of word pictures illustrating the process by which God would regather Israel.


In Jeremiah 16, the prophet proclaims what has come to be known in our generation as Exodus II.  Jeremiah declares that Exodus II will completely overshadow the original exodus of Israel from Egypt under Moses' leadership at the original Passover.


"Therefore behold, the days are coming," declares the Lord, "that it shall no more be said, "The Lord lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of Egypt, 'but, "The Lord lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north and from all the lands where He had driven them.'  For I will bring them back into their land which I gave to their fathers.


Jeremiah 16:14 - 15 


This amazing prophecy came from the pen of one of Israel's acknowledged major prophets.  For more than three thousand years the Jews celebrated the exodus of Moses from Egypt's bondage as the greatest event in their historyt.  Yet Jeremiah declares there is coming a second exodus that will be so great that the first exodus will pale by comparison.


Jeremaih states that the people will come from "the land of the north," which is believed to be Russia.  In the Bible, all directions are given from Jerusalem.  In the mind of God, Jerusalem is the center of the universe.


Jeremiah expanded his prophecy of Exodus II to include "all the lands where He had driven them."  The chief rabbi of Israel as of this date , has his representatives going to the four corners of the earth to help Jewish people return to Zion.  Exodus is far from complete, as the mighty right hand of God continues to gather "the apple of His eye" to the land given to Abraham and his seed almost six thousand years ago.





The Bible is the Word of God to man. The prophet of Jeremiah puts his pen to parchment and paints a vivid picture of the human agents God intended to use to bring the Jewish people back to Israel.


"But now I will send for many fishermen" declares the Lord, "and they will catch them.  After that I will send for manyu hunters, and they will hunt them down on every mountain and hill and from the crevices of the rocks."  (Jeremiah 16:16)


Grace and mercy come before judgment.  The fishermen come before the hunters.  First, God sent the fishermen to Israel.  These were the Zionists, men like Theodor Herzl who called for the Jews of Europe and the world to come to Palestine to establish the Jewish state.  The Jews in Europe would only get worse, not better.


A fisherman is one who draws his target toward him with bait.  Herzl and his fellow Zionist were God's fishermen, calling the sons and daughters of Abraham home.  Herzl was deeply disappointed that the Jews of the world did not respond in greater numbers.


God then sent the hunters.  The hunter is one who pursues his target with force and fear.  No one could see the horror of the Holocauist coming, but the force and fear of Hitler's Nazis drove the Jewish people back to the only home God ever intended for the Jews to have - Israel.  The accuracy of God's Word and its revelance for our time is reflected in this event.  God's boundless love for Israel and the Jewish people and His divine determination that the promise He gave Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob become reality and is presently being fulfilled.







In Jeremiah 18, the prophet presents a second vivid picture of the process God will use to bring Israel to its divine destiny.  God tells Jeremaih to go down to the potter's house, and God declares that He Himself will be the potter.


"Arise and go down to the potter's house."...Then I went down to the potter's house, and there he was, making something at the wheel.  And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make.  Then the word of the LORD came to mel saying: "O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?" Says the LORD.  "Look, as the clay is in the potter's handk, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel!"


JEREMIAH 18:1 - 6


God makes it absolutely clear that He is the potter, and the pot in His hand is the nation of Israel.  The first time the Lord set out to mold Israel as a potter molds the clay.  He envisioned that the clay pot was marred in His hand.


God did not cast the pot away.  Instead, He crushed the clay on the wheel and formed it into a second pot, whereby the divine destiny of the Jewish people could be realized according to His eternal plan.


In a potter's house in Hebron, a potter was making pottery on a pottery wheel just as masters of his craft had done for thousands of years before.  He took a lump of clay, moistened his hands, and, as he pumped the spinning wheel with his feet, he carefully began shaping the clay into the image locked in his mind.


He found lumps and imperfections in the clay and plucked them out, throwing them onto the floor.  Patiently, he shaped the pot, and when it didn't come together, he smashed it and began again.  The second pot came out perfectly.


God, the Master Potter, has shaped Israel a second time.  The process continues with imperfections being plucked out and cast aside.  The pot will reach  perfection when Messiah comes, and the whole earth will applaud as Jerusalem becomes the "praise in the earth"  (Isa. 62:7).





Jesus presented a portrait of the end of the age and the coming of the Messiah.  He presents a series of signs, including internatuional wars, famines and earthquakes.  He makes a profound statement: "All these are the beginning of birth pains" (Matt. 24:8).


These are two facts about a woman in labor ab out to have a child.  First, when the birth pains start, they do not stop until the child is born.  Second, the birth pains become more severe and more rapid as birth approaches.  The last  pain is the greatest pain, and it is soon forgotten with the birth of a new child.


The world and Israel are now having contractions (wars, rumors of wars, acts of terrorism, bloodshed, and violence around the globe) that will produce a new Messianic Era.  The increasing rapidity and intensifying of these birth pains can be seen on the newcasts every evening.


We are racing toward the end of the age.  Messiah is coming much sooner than you think !


As Ezekiel 37 comes to a close, the prophet mentions two sticks.  (See Ezekiel 37:15 - 28).  These two sticks, represent the northern (Israel) and southern (Judah) kingdoms, which will again become one nation.


That means there are no "ten lost tribes of Israel," for God never loses anything, Ezekiel writes:  "The nations also will know that I, the Lord, sanctify Israel...."  (v. 28).  God is performing this awesome miracle to testify to the nations of the world of His boundless love for Israel as He sanctifies that nation prior to Messiah's co ming.





It would be sure fanaticism to suggest that the Bible mentions the word "Russia" in the text.  Yet God, through Ezekiel, has made some very clear and specific revelations in the Bible concerning the rise of a great power to the north of Israel that will destroy peace and stability of the world at the end of days.


Daniel 9:27 informs us that there will rise on the world's scene a man of supernatural power who, Daniel says, "... shall destroy many in their prosperity" (Dan. 8:25).  This man will come out of the European Union and will try to resolve the Islamic/Israeli dispute jow raging in Israel.


This political orator and charismatic personality will make a covenant with Israel for seven years, guaranteeing them safety and protection as a nation.  In scripture he is called the Antichrist,"the Son of Perdition," meaning Satan's chief son (2 Thess. 2:3).  When the events of Ezekiel 38 open, the nation of Israel has been given a covenant by this political leader, who is thge head of the European Union.


The Jewish people are confident that the European powers will protect them from any outside aggressor or invader.  Israel is aware that Russia is its enemy.  For years, Israel has known that Russia has been helping Iran develop nuclear weapons to be used against them.  This seven year peace accord between the head of the European Union and Israel is in the near future.


It is important for the reader to understand that Bible prophecy divides world military powers into four sectors just before the end of the age.  (Dan. 2:31 - 35).  The four great world military powers just before the end of the age are simply called the king of the North, the king of the South, the king of the East, and the king of the West.  It is important to remember that all directions in Scripture are given based on their geographic relationship to Israel.


The king of the North is Russia, the king of the South represents the Arab nations, the king of the East is Chiuna, and the king of the West is Europe and America.






Let's consider the king of the North because it is a kingdom that lies north Israel.


"And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him."

                                                                                 EZEKIEL 38:1 - 2


Gog is a word for "ruler," which literally means "the man on top."  The verse tells us that Gog was "chief prince" of the land of Magog.  Chief, which means "head", is the Hebrew word Rosh.  In his ancient Hebrew lexicon, Gesnius (1786 - 1842), the great Hebrew scholar, identified Rosh as an ancient name for Russia.


In his book "The Destiny of Nations, Dr. John Cumming said: "The King of the North I conceive to be the autocrat of Russia...that Russia occupies a place and a very momentous place and the prophetic word has been admitted by almost all expositors."


Ezekiel puts extreme emphasis on the fact that Israel's great enemy would come from the "uttermost north."  It is mentioned in Ezekiel 38:6 and 15, and again in 39:2.  The Hebrew word that qualifies north means either "uttermost" or "extreme north."  Any map will instantly verify that the extreme north fropm Israel is Russia.


In 1968, General Moshe Dayan said: "The next great war will not be with the Arabs, but with the Russians."


Now we come to the theological phenomenon that helps us to further identify Gog and Magog with Russia.


And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal.








Throughout the history of Israel, God has said that He is against certain nations that oppress the Jewish people.  God destroyed Egypt for their persecutiojn of the Jewish people.  God destroyed Egypt for their persecution of the Jews.  God set His face against Babylon for their destruction of Jerusalem.  Now comes a nation in the last days out of the extreme north that will attack Israel, and God says, "I am against thee."  It is intriguing to note that Ezekiel is prophesying about a nation that hasn't come into existence.  God says He is against it because that nation would be anatheistic nation.  No other nation has assumed the dominant position of atheism.


All the nations prior to Russia that God opposed were polytheistic.  They believed in many gods.  At the beginning of time, God did not give a specific commandment against atheism.  Ye His first two commandments were against polytheism.  "You shall have no other gods before Me"  (Exod. 20:3); and, "You shall not make for yourself a carved image - any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth (v.4).


These strong commandments against many gods addressed the problem of polytheism, but not of atheiskm.  Through the pen of David, God covers the topic of atheism in one verse: "The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God" (Ps. 14:1).  How utterly ridiculous atheism is !


Yet, here is a nation that will appear at the end of days, that is in the extreme north, anbd that will be atheistic.  There is no doubt about the fact of Russia atheistic government under Communism.  Joseph Stalin said, "We have deposed the czars of the earth and we shall now dethrone the Lord of heaven."


When Russia put a rocket, called the Sputnik, past the moon, as it neared the sun the following comment was heard on the radio in Russia: "Our rocket has bypassed the moon.  It is nearing the sun.  We have not discovered God.  We have turned out lights in heaven that no man will be able to put on again.  We are breaking the yoke of the gospel, the opiate of the masses.  Let us go forth, and Christ shall be relegated to mythology.


The nation in the extreme north will unquestionably receive the wrath of God !  





God declares He is against Gog, the chief prince of Meschech and Tubal.  Who is this chief prince?  In order to identify these names, we must turn to Genesis 10 where we read about the generations of the sons of Noah: Shem, Ham, and Japheth (Gen. 10:1).


In verse 2, the sons of Japheth are given as: "Gomer, Magog, Mdai, Javan, Tubal, Meschech, and Tiras."  All of the names referred to in Ezekiel 38 are the sons of Japheth.


Ethnologists - historians who track the migrations of people - tell us that after Noah's flood, the Japhjethites migrated from Asia Minor to the north, beyond the Caspian and Black Seas.  They settled in the area of Rosh that we know today as Russia.  Wilhelm Gesenius, a world-class Hebrew scholar of the early nineteenth century, discusses the word Meshech in his Hebrew lexicon.  Gesenius states that the Greek name Moschi, derived from the Hebrew name Meschech, is the source of the city of Moscow.





I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws, and lead you out, with all your army, horses, and horsemen, all splendidly clothed, a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords.




Why will Russia come to Israel ?  Let's take a look at some of the reasons for Russia's interest in dominating Israel.


1.  Russia will come to Israel because they need a warm-water entrance into the oceans of the world.  The Middle East offers that.  Russia, uinder Putin's leadershipi, made a 50 billion oil contract with Saddam Hussein and has allowed Russiab scuebtusts ti durect Iran's nuclear weapons programs to destroy Israel.  Putin is the former director of the KGB who has removed the democratic process from Russia and, at the same time, charmed the West into neutality.


2.  Russia needs oil to regain its military superpower status.  Russia hungers for Arabian oil.  They must have it to regain their global status, which they lost in the crash of the former Soviet Union.


3.  The mineral deposits in the Dead Sea are so great they can't be properly appraised on today's market.  It is estimated that the Dead Sea contains two billion tons of potassium chloride, which is potash needed to enrich the soil that is rapidly being depleted around the world.  The Dead Sea also contains twenty-two billion tons of magnesium chloride and twelve billion tons of sodium chloride.  The wealth of the Dead Sea has the Russian bear salivating at the mouth.


Through Ezekiel, God said to Russia: "I will put hooks in your jaws."  God is going to drag Russia into Israel.  Why ?  Throughout its history, Russia has been anti-Semitic and, in its final form, will be led by a dictator who will lead an Arab coalition of nations to crush Israel.  God makes it clear  that He will judge Russia in the land of Israel, and Russia will not come out alive.






Who are the allies of Russia who will join them in this unholy war to destroy the nation of Israel and exterminate the Jews ?  God gives their names and addresses through the prophet Ezekiel .


"Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya are with them, all of them with shield and helmet; Gomer and all its troops; the house of Togarmah from the far north and all its troops - man people are with you."


Ezekiel 38:5 - 6




Persia is modern day Iran.  Russia and Iran have joined forces to create long range nuclear missiles that can hit London, Jerusalem, and New York.  During the administration of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu,  in 2007Israeli intelligence gave photographic proof that Russian scientist were directing and supervising Iran's nuclear weapons program.


There is no doubt a nuclear collision is coming in the near future in the Middle East.  If Israel bombs Iran's nuclear with laser guided, bunker buster bombs, it could easily launch Ezekiel's war, described  in Ezekiel 38 - 39.




Ethiopa and Libya are used in two distinctly different senses in the Old Testament.  There were nations in Africa known as Ehtiopa and Libya, and their names continue until today.  There were also states adjacent to Persia that were known as Ethiopa and Libya.  When Moses fled from Egypt because he had killed the Egyptian, he went into the wilderness, and there he married an Ethiopian.  He did not go south into African Ethiopa, but went into the Ethiopa of the Arabian Peninsula where he married an Ethiopian who was a .  Therefore, when Ezekiel speaks of Persia, Ethiopa, and Libya, he is speaking of the Arab states.


When Ezekiel writes concerning Russia in chapter 38, verse 6, he says that "many people are with you."  He repeats that concept in verse 9: "You (Russia) will ascend, coming like a storm, covering the land like a cloud you and all your troops and many people with you."  With this stated, it seems America's influence with Arab nations will become virtually nonexistent.  However, Russia's influence will dramatically increase as they join forces against Israel at the end of this age.






On June 4, 2005, for Asia Times Online, journalist Jephraim P. Gundzik said this :


In the past several years a number of Russian companies have faced US sanctions for selling missiles and missile technology to Iran.  Rather than slowing or stopping such sales, the pace of missile  acquisition and development in Iran has accelerated....Russia's relations with Iran have also advanced considerably in the past 18 months.  In addition to increased investment in Iran by Russia and burgeoning arms trade between the two countries, Russia has been heavily involved in Iran's nascent nuclear energy industry.  After much wrangling and repeated US intervention,  Russia and Iran finally signed, in February, a deal clearing the way for the shipment of Russian nuclear fuel to Iran's nuclear power plant at Bushehr.


On August 10, 2005, BBC News, UK edition, called Russia "Iran's main partner in its effort to develop nuclear power."


What's the payoff for the Arabs ?  They believe the Islamic fanatical vision of exterminating the Jews can be realized with Russia's help.  Absolute control of Jerusalem as the capital for the new Palestinian state will be within their grasp.


However, there's one problem looming on the horizon:  God Almighty, whom the Russians defy and Islamics denounce, has brought this evil axis of power into Israel to bury it  before the eyes of the world.  The destruction of Russia and its Islamic allies is going to be the most powerful object lesson the world has seen since Pharoah and his army were drowned in the Red Sea.


Ezekiel writes to the Russian leadership of this Russian-Arab coalition of nations saying:


"Prepare yourself and be ready, you and all your companies that are gathered about you; and be a guard for them."


                                                                                                                                                                EZEKIEL 38:7




A better translation of the phrase "be a guard for them" is this: "Be thou a commander unto them."  Ezekiel leaves no doubt that Russia is leading the attack.


In Ezekiel 38:8,  Russia makes its move into Israel.  "After many days you willl be visited.  In the latter years (at the end of the age ) you will come into the land (Israel) of those brought back from the sword."


In Ezekiel 38:11 reveals the fact that Israel has made a covenant with the false messiah out of the European Union who promise peace and safety.  But the Bible warns: "For when they say, 'Peace and safety!' then sudden destruction comes upon them (1 Thess. 5:3).


In Ezekiel 38:11, Russia is addressing all its allies, suggesting they go ihto Israel, which is called the "land of unwalled villages."  Russia says: "I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely."  Why is Israel at rest ?  It is at rest because its leaders are trusting the peace accord with the European Union to guarantee their safety from Russia and the Arab coalition of nations.


The wording of this verse is more than ironic.  At this moment, Israel is building a massive concrete wall to keep its enemies out.  Ezekiel 38:11 suggests that a day is coming in the future when that wall might come down because Israel is so confident in the seven-year-peace accord with the European Union.  Watch for this concrete wall to become a politically sensitive issue in days to come.






Where is America in the picture?  In verse 12, Russia and its allies are going into Israel "to take plunder and to take booty."  Russia is goikng to move militarily against Israel from the north to seize the great mineral wealth and natural resources that are there.  They will promise the Islamic nations control of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount.  What will be America's response to this brazen act of invading and raping Israel of its wealth?  Ezekiel answers in verse 13.


"Sheba, Dedan, the merchants of Tarshish" (the western powers) will be upset when Russia invades Israel.  These nations "and all their young lions"  (England's symbol is that of a lion.  America is an offspring of England; hence the "young lions" will not come to the aid of Israel.  They will not send massive military forces to drive Russia and the Arabs out of Israel.  Instead, the Western World is simply going to make a passive diplomatic response, saying:


"Have you gathered your army to take booty, to carry away silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods, to take great plunder?    EZEKIEL 38:13






It is obvious to the nations of the world what Russia and the Arabs are doing, and yet the Western world is doing absolutely nothing to stop them.  Why won't America respond ?  America has been involved in prolonged wars in Iraq and Afganistan and the American people are tiring of endless conflicts.


America as a whole wants short, high tech military campaigns with shock and awe that end in Washington D.C.  with massive parades down Pennsaylvania Avenue on national television, such as we had in Desert Storm.  Long, drawn-out wars of attrition, as in Vietnam, Iraq and Afganistan will be part of our past - not our future.  When America sees Russia and Arabs going into Israel, it will be simply a war above and beyond its national will to respond.  Russia and the Arab nations will form one of the most impressive military forces ever put together.  As Ezekiel says, "It will cover the land."


Ezekiel makes it clear that America's and Europe's diplomatic inquiry means absolutely nothing to Russia and the Arabs.  The invasion is on !  This invasion is described as follows:


"You will come up against My people Israel like a cloud, to cover the land.  It will be in the latter days that I will bring you against My land, so that the nations may know Me, when I am hallowed in you, O Gog, before their eyes "  Ezekiel 38:16





God makes it clear that He is dragging Russia and its allies into Israel: "I will bring you against My land."  When Ruyssia leads its Arab allies ito Israel, the Western superpowers simply watch.


After years of repeated acts of violent terrorism by Islamic fanatics such as Madrid, Spain; Sept. 11, 2001, in New York City; and the brutal attack in the London subways of Julyh 7, 2005, killing about fifty people and wounding hundreds, the Western nations have become gun-shy about attacking a Russian-Arab force.


Whatever the reason, Ezekiel portrays Russia as being in complete command.  Why ?  Because the defender of Israel, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, has a hook in Russia's jaw, dragging them into Israel for the greatest object lesson the world has ever seen.


There is comfort and consolation in Ezekiel's prophetic portrait of the world tomorrow.  The message is that God is in total control of what appears to be a hopeless situation for Israel.  He has dragged these anti-Semitic nations to the nations of Israel to crush them so that the Jews of Israel as a whole will confess that He is the Lord.  America and Europe will not save Israel - God will !


Ezekiel reveals a day coming when God's fury explodes against the nations that have tormented His chosen people for so long.  Ezekiel writes God's description of His anger: "My fury will show in My face" (v. 18)/






God will destroy Russia and its Arab allies with three weapons of war that He has used before in Scripture.  These weapons are :


1.  A mighty earthquake

2.  Every man's sword against his brother

3.  Raining from heaven of fire and brimstone


One day soon there will be a battle scene report on the evening news vis global television that will reach the nations of the world with these words:  


"In my jealousy and in the fire of My wrath I have spoken: 'Syurely in that day there shall be a great  earthquake in the land of Israel, so that the fish of the sea, the birds of the heavens, the beasts of the field, all creeping things that creep on earth, and all men who are on the face of the earth shall shake at My presence.  The mountains shall be thrown down, the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.'  I will call for a sword against God (Russia) throughout all My mountains, "says the Lord God. "Every man's sword will be against his brother.   And I will rain down on him, on his troops, and on the many people who are with him (Arab nations), flooding rain, great hailstones, firem, and brimstone."


EZEKIEL 38:19 - 22





When did God use these weapons of war before?  When Moses ' leadership was being contested by Korah, Dathan, and Abiram in Numbers 16, God told Moses to get away from the tents of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram because He was about to give Israel an object lesson never to be forgotten in the history of the world.  


Moses records the scene:


"But if the Lord creates a new thing, and the earth opens its mouth and swallows them up with all that belongs to them, and they (those who were rejecting Moses' leadership) go down alive into the pit, then you will understand that these men have rejected the Lord."  Now it came to pass, as he finished speaking all these words, that the ground split apart under them, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, with their households and all the men with Korah, with all their goods.


NUMBERS 16:30 - 32






The world is heading toward God's second object lesson.  Ezekiel makes it clear that God will send a earthquake that will swallow up the enemies of Israel, just as an earthquake swallowed up the enemies of Moses.


God will use the sword of the brother against brother as the seond weapon of war.  When God sent Gideon to destroy the Philistines, Gideon commanded his meager fighting force of three hundred men to sound the trumpets and to break the pitchers.  The Philistines turned their swords against each other in massive confusion and slaughtered one another (Judges 7)

God will bring this battle-tested tactic to wage war against Russia and its allies when they come against Israel.  God will cause confusion to come among them as they turn and fight each other, slaughtering each other in history's greatest demonstration of friendly fire.


The third weapon in God's arsenal is great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.  Tow of the most infamous cities that ever existed in history were the cities of Sodom abnd Gomorrah.  Why are they famous?  Their fame arises from the fact they no longer exist.  These are two cities where God poured out fire and brimstone  because of their great sin and iniquity, and they were obliterated from the earth.  


To this day geologists have sought to discover the location of Sodom and Gomorrah, but God so completely destroyed them they have never been found.  Some speculate that they have been buried beneath the Dead Sea, whiuch would explain the rare sufuric odor and the taste of the water in the Dead Sea.


When Russia and its allies invade Israel, and America and Europe fail to respond, "He who sits in the heavens shall laugh" (Ps. 2:4) as He crushes the Russian -Arab tormenters of the apple of His eye.  He will crush them as he crused Pharaoh, Haman, and Hitler so that Israel and the world "shall know that I am the LORD" (Ezek. 38:23).






When Russia and its allies march into Israel, they will be expecting to march out in victory.  There will be no indication to them of what awaits them.  They will have no awareness that they are making that march into Israel because God has put "hooks into (their) jaws," or that He is the one leading their armies, "all splendidly clothed, a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords" (Ezek.38:4).


Yet, in Ezekiel 39, God has revealed the outcome of that confrontation with Israel, telling His prophet what he will do to Russia and its allies when they invade Israel in the near future.


And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel.      EZEKIEL 39:2 


God declares He will exterminate all but one sixth of the Russian axis of evil that invades Israel.  Five out of six warriors in that great army will be killed.  That's a death rate of 82  percent within just a few hours.  It's no wonder the world will be stricken with shock and awe.  


God continues with His strategy of war by saying:


Then I will knock the bow out of your left hand, and cause the arrows to fall out of your right hand.  You shall fall upon the mountains of Israel, you and all your troops and the peoples who are you; I will give you to birds of prey of every sort and to the beasts of the field to be devoured....And I will send fire on Magog (Russia) and on those who live in security in the coastlands.  Then shall they know that I am the Lord.


EZEKIEL 39:3 - 4, 6









Judgment is coming not only to the invading Russian force but also on the headquarters of that power and upon all who support it or allowed this attack on Israel.


Notice the words: "I will send fire .... upon those who live in security in the coastlands."  The word translated coastlands or isle in the Hebrew is 'iy.  The word was used by the ancients in the sense of continents today.  It designated the great Gentile civilization across the seas, which usually settled most densely along the coastland-just like America.


The fire Ezekiel sees coming to those living securely in the coastlands could be a direct judgment from God by hurricanes and tsunamis, or it could describe a nuclear war via an exchange of nuclear missles.  Could it be that America, who refues to defend Israel from the Russian invasion, will experience nuclear warfare on our east and west coasts?  That's exactly where most of us live today.


Why would God allow this?  The Bible gives a clear answer: "I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you" (Gen. 12:3).  


Now in American major universities, professors, many whose positions are funded by Saudi Arabian oil money, blast Israel as the cancer on the soul of humanity.  In his book The Case for Israel, Alan Dershowitz cites how pro-Israel speakers are being uninvited from America's universities, who boast  of freedom of speech.  Anti-Semitism is alive and well in America.






Major American denominations are defunding Israel by refusing to buy the stock of any company or corporation doing business with Israel.  It is self-righteous for Americans to point their fingers at the ahteistic history of Russian and the Islamic fanatics-when we ourselves are not without sin toward the Jewish people and Israel.


How extensive will the judgment of God be upon the Russians invading coalition?  Ezekiel 39:9 states it will take Israel seven years to collecty and burn the weapons of war brought into Israel by the invaders.


How  many dead will there be ?  According to verses 11 and 12, the physical death is going to be so massive it will take every able-bodied man in Israel seven months to bury the dead.  Those traveling in Israel from north to south have to travel"stopping their noses"  because of the horrible stench from the bodies of the enemies of Israel destroyed by the mighty right hand of God.






In Revelation 13, we have a description of the Antichrist, who will be the head of the European Union.  This charismatic political wonder will do these things.  His full resume is given by the prophet Daniel in chapter 8.


This false messiah and chief son of Satan will:


1.  Have supernatural demonic power to know the unknown.


The Bible says he will have a "fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences" or "understands sinister schemes"  (Dan. 8:23).  It will not be possible to keep anything secret from him because of this satanic power.


2.  "Cause craft (or deceit) to prosper (V. 25).  Hitler came to power in Germany because the economy of Geramany was in chaos.  He rebuilt the economy of Germany, bringing prosperity and pride to a nation that had been crushed by the Peace Treaty of Versailles in 1919.  As Germany's "messiah," he became a monster, sweeping the world into the Holocaust and bringing twelve years of living hell to the earth.


The coming Antichrist will come to power at a time of international economic crisis.  He will cause craft and deceit to prosper.  No man will be able to buy or sell anything without having the mark of the beast on his right hand or forehead (Rev. 13:17).  This Antichrist will control the world's economy with a vengeance.  The economy of the world will flourish.  Then, like Hitler, he will drag the world into the Battle of Armageddon, a literal bloodbath the equal of which the world has never seen.


3.  Make a seven year peace treaty with Israel, which he will breat at the end of three and half years.  He"....by peace shall destroy many (Dan. 8:25).  He will be shot in the head and miraculously recover, emulating the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  At this point he will turn on the Jewish people.  Daniel writes that he "shall destroy the mighty and the holy people (v.24).


The "holy people" are the Jews.  They are the authors of the Word of God.  They produced the patriarchs and the prophets.  They are the source of knowledge about Jesus Christ and the twelve disciples.  Without the Jewish contribution to Christianity there would be no Christianity.


When the Antichrist begins to attack the Jewish people, they will flee to Petra in Jordan where they will be supernaturally protected by God Himself from this monster .


4.  Be a prideful powermonger.  This false messiah "shall exalt (magnify) himself in his heart ?  (Dan. 8:25).  Rev. 13:5 confirms this by saying: "He was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty two months," or three and half years.  This demonic world leader will create a one world government, a one world currency, and a one world religion.  One need only be a casual observer of current events to see that all three of these things are coming into reality.


5.  Oppose Jesus Christ Himself.  "He shall even rise against the Prince of princes" (Dan. 8:25).  At the Battle of Armageddon, this chief son of Satan, this false messiah with enormous demonic power, will oppose Jesus Christ Himself.  However, he will not be successful!  He will be bound and cast into the bottomless pit by the Conqueror from Calvary.






In 1 Thessalonians 4:13 - 18, the apostle Paul describe the rapture when the church is caught up to meet the Lord in the air.  Three and a half years after this takes place, the Antichrist, who will be the head of the Europeana Union, is going to be given power "over every tribe, tongue, and nation (Rev. 13:7).


How can this one man have such worldwide power and authority?  There is only one reason.  Russia, the king of the North, and Arab states, the king of the South, have been destroyed on the hills of Israel by this time.  Everyone who could contest the Antichrist's right to world authority has been removed.  As head of the European Union he represents the king of the West.


This suggests the following sequence of events in the near future.


1.  Israel and/or America must confront Iran concerning its nuclear weapons program.  If Israel and/or America is required to use military force to guarantee Israel's safety and do not crush all of the nuclear sites at one time, Ezekiel's war will follow shorty thereafter.


2.  When Russia and its allies are destroyed on the hills of Israel by the hand of God, a power vacuum will exist.  At that point, the king of the West, the head of the European Union, the Antichrist, this  false messiah to Israel willo emerge center stage and form a one-world government and a one-world religion.  For a brief period of time, he will be a one-world dictator.


3.  That leaves the king of the East, which is China.  China's economy is exploding.  The sleeping giant is awake and has the most competitive capitalistic economy in the world.  In the business world have frequently stated, "The world's greatest business opportunities are in China."  America has spent billion of dollars on goods from China than the Chinese spent on U.S. products.  Today we look at many items we purchase and we find the items are made in China.  China is now spending the billion of dollars received from the U.S. and other nations have military and munitions.  "Since no nation threatens China, one must wonder: Why this growing investment?






The Bible warns us of the coming rising importance of this king of the East.  Revelation 16:12 records:


"And the sixth angel poured out his bowl upon the great river, the Eurphrates; and its water was dried up, that the way might be prepared for the kingws from the east."


John the Revelator described an incredible marching army of two hundred million soldiers from the Orient, march down the dried up riverbed of the Eurphrates toward Israel.  Why would China make this move?  China is also thirsty for Arab oil.


When the United States went to war with Iraq in 2003, China began to make a hugh shift in its oil policies.  Until then, most of China's oil had come from Iraq.  But with the entry of America into the country of Iraq, China could no longer put all its "oil apples" in the one basket of Iraq's oil reserves.  "Iraq changed the government's thinking," said Pan Rui, an international relations expert at Fudan University in Shanghi.


China brazenly tried to purchase one of America's foremost oil companies.  Had they been successful, such a purchase could have been a serious blow to our national security.


The two kings that remain on the earth at this point in prophecy are the king of the West, which is being led by the Antichrist, and the king of the East, which is China.  These two kings and their armies will meet to battle it out for world supremacy on a battlefield in Israel called Armageddon.






John the Revelator describes the mother of all wars - the final battle on earth at Armageddon.


"And I saw coming out of the mouth of the dragon (Satan) and out of the mouthof the beast (the Antichrist and out of the mouth of the false prophet (the religious leader of the Antichrist),  three unclean spirits like frogs; for they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them together for a war of the great day of God the Almighty......And they gathered them together to the place Hebrew called Har-Magedon."


This passage says that the satanic trinity consisting of Satan, his chief son the Antichrist, and the demonized spiritual leader called the false prophet are calling the nations of the world to war.  This call will be to every nation not aligned with China.  The call is for  every nation to send their armies to Israel to destroy China, the last great superpower on the face of the earth, the king of the East.


Doubtless America, Canada, and the countries of South America, Australia, and Europe will be represented.  These armies will gather for the battle at Armageddon, or "Har-Magedon."





Covered with blood drained from the veins of the armies of the world, one can stand at Megiddo and look across the Jezreel Valley as far as one's eyes can see.


In 1799, Napoleon sood at Megiddo before the battle that thwarted his attempt to conquer the East and rebuild the Roman Empire.  Contemplating the enormous plain of Armageddon, the marshall declared "All the armies of the world could maneuver their forces on this vast plain. "


In the Old Testament, this valley is called "the Valley of Jehoshaphat."  Joel says, "I will gather all nations, and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat (Joel 3:2).  Joel then describes the Battle of Armageddon:


Proclaim this among the nations:


"Prepare for war !


Wake up the mighty men,


Let all the men of war draw near, 


Let them come up, 


Beat your plowshares into swords


And your pruning hooks into spears;


Let the weak say, 'I am strong.'"


Assemble and come, all you nations,


And gather together all around.


Cause Your mighty ones to go down there, O Lord 


Let the nations be wakened and come up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat;


For there I will sit to judge all the surrounding nations.


Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe.


Come, go down;


For the winepress is fuill,


The vats overflow -


For their wickedness is great .






In the Book of Revelationb, John the Revelator declared that blood will flow up to the bridle of a horse for a space of sixteen hundred furlongs, which is approximately two hundred miles.  (Revelation 14:20).  It will be a sea of human blood !


Look at a map of Israel.  From the northern part of Israel to the southern point is about two hundred miles.  The message ?  The battlefield will cover the nation of Israel !


It is beyond human comprehension to envision a sea of human blood drained from the veins of those who have followed Satan's plan to try to exterminate the Jewish people and prevent Jesus Christ from returning to earth.  Yet, in the theater of your mind, try to imagine the armies of the world, armed to the teeth, representing hundreds of millions of men eager to slaughter each other.


At this great battle begins, the king of the East and the king of the West have gathered in Israel to fight for control of Planet Earth.  Just thenk, the unexpected happens.






Before the great armies can prepare their weapons for assault, there is an unexpected invation such as Planet Earth has never seen before.


It is not an invasion from the north, the south, the east or the west.  This invasion is from heaven itself.


John describes this great invasion with these words:


"Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse.  And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.  His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns.  He had a name written that no one knew except Himself.  He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.  And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses.  Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations.  And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron.  He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.  And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:  KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS."


REVELATION 19:11 - 16






Instantly the Antichrist and the king of the East forget their hostilities toward each other.  In verse 19, John the Revelator says that the Antichrist and his armies "gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army."  It will be Jesus Christ of Nazareth who sits upon the white horse.


In this great battle, the King of kings and Lord of lords captures the Antichrist and the false prophet and casts them alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone.


Read what happens next: "And the rest (hundreds of millions) were killed with the sword which proceedede from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse.  And all the birds were filled with their flesh" (v. 21).  


In the year 2006, we stand on the brink of the best of times and the worst of times.  It is the worst because man's rebelling against God and His purpose for Israel makes it necessary for God to crush Israel;'s enemies.


Behold, He who keeps Israel

Shall neither slumber nor sleep


Psalm 121:4


Just before us is a nuclear countdown with Iran, followed by Ezekiel's war, and then the final battle- the Battle of Armageddon.  The end of the world as we know it is rapidly approaching.  Yet, through it all, God promises, "All Israel will be saved" (Rom. 11:26). 


King Jesus will rule and reign for one thousand years in the Golden Age of Peace from Jerusalem.  Rejoice and be exceedingly glad - the best is yet to come.






Paul's letter to the Christians in Rome has the literary framework of a lawyer establishing and presenting the principle please in his case carefully and accurately before the Judge of all judges.  Paul's epistle to the Romans represents the Alps of theological thought.  Romans 9 - 11 is the breathtaking and mind-stretching pinnacle of God's revelation to man.


Romans 9 - 11 has long been the acid test in Pauliine exegesis.  This awesome pinnacle of theological thought forces us to examine the historical advantages of Judaism, free will, and divine election, and to ask ourselves: What is God doing with Israel today, and why ?


As we enter the twenty-first century, the State of Israel has now been gathered by the mighty right hand of God and flourishes as the only democratic society in the Middle East.  How are we to treat the promises of God toward Israel and the Jewish people?  Some evangelists teach that God has replaced Israel.  This is an anti-Semitic theology that refuses to believe God still has a place in His heart for Israel and the Jewish people.  Something that has been replaced vanishes and is no longer heard of.  It becomes extinct, just as Sodom and Gomorrah are eternally buried.  How can something that's been replaced be functioning with such dynamic force and vitality?  The nation of Israel dominates the news.


In Romans 11:5, Paul speaks of a "remnant."  No one can study Paul's writings today without an awareness of the challenge to biblical interpretation that the Holocaust presents.  Are the Holocaust survivors mentioned in verse 5 as the remnant," which can be legitimately translated as "survivors"?  In verse 26, Paul boldly states, "All Israel will be saved."  In verses 25 - 26, he speaks of a "mystery," one that is never explained.






Few pastors or Bible teachers preach or teach from this theological minefield.  Why?  Because the complexity of Romans 9 - 11 is difficult, and the verses pull us in directions we find uncomfortable.  When we are compelled by a preponderance of truth to accept a position our denomination rejects, it's easier to ignore Scripture than to interpret Scripture.  Paul's teaching in Romans 9 - 11 will stretch your mind - and mind stretching, like any other kind of rigorous exercise, can be painful.


Diamonds are not found in the dust; they're buried deep in the breast of the earth, and their discovery brings great reward.  Paul told Tomthy, "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God" (2 Tim. 3:16), No Christian is any stronger than his or her knowledge of the Word of God.


Let's begin at the beginning......


There are ten basic thoughts to serve as fertile soil of your mind for your prayerful consideration.  


1.  Romans 9 - 11 is a magnificent theological codicil, which is a stand alone document.  When a lawyer makes a will, then remembers there is something he wishes to add into the will after it has been written, the portion added is called a codicil.  The codicil modifies the original document and becomes part of the whole .  Romans 9 - 11 is a divine codicil by Paul concerning God's post Calvary psotion on the Jewish people.


2.  There are eight .  This biblical evidences that this stand alone document, this codicil, could not refer to anyone but the Jewish people.


3.  Who is a Jew?  This is a very controversial matter to this very day in Israel and around the world.


4.  There is the enormously controversial doctrine of election, that God chooses to save some and allow others to be lost.  This doctrine applies exclusively to the Jewish people and does not apply to Gentile believers.


5.  Has God rejected Israel ?  We will explore this concept.


6.  Are all Jews eternally lost?  Not one Christian in ten thousand can corredtly answer this question.


7.  Why did God judicially blind the Jewish people to the identity of Messiah ?  This concept is totally foreign to evangelicals.


8.  As we examine the historical roots of Christianity, we will discover that they are Jewish !


9.  A glimpse of Israel's future reveals the "mystery" Paul refused to resolve in Romans chapter 11.


10.  Paul boldly declares: "All Israel will be saved."  This is the final concept we will explore. obv






First concept, Romans 9 - 11 is a theological codicil, which makes it a stand alone document.  A casual reading of Romans reveals the obvious fact that Romans chapters 1 through 8 represent one common theme - justification and sanctification.  Every chapter is connected and flows with this specific theme.


As you continue reading, it is instantly obvious that chapters 9 , 10, and 11 have nothing to do whatsoever with Chapters 1 through 8 or 12 through 16.


Chapters 9 through 11 are completely unique in their theme, which is the Jewish people.  These chapters are a legal insert separating chapters 1 through 8 from chapters 12 through 16.  The fact is that Romans 9 - 11 is a stand alone document and represents God's post-Calvary position paper on the Jewish people.  Proving this point even further is the fact that Romans 12 - 16 could easily follow Romans 1 - 8 in thoughts and structure with breaking the flow of Paul's thesis.


After accepting Romans 9 - 11 as a stand alone document choose to interopret this theological document respecting the primary principles of hermeneutics, which is the science of interpreting Scripture.


To do so we must address these things:


1.  Who wrote the document?


2.  To whom was it written ?


3.  For what purpose was the document written ?


4.  All scripture is to be interpreted by other scripture to avoid human error or personal bias.


The answer to 1, 2, and 3 are as follows:  The Book of Romans was written by Saint Paul to the Christians in Rome to explain God's position on the Jewish people (Rom. 11:1, 11) and God's plan of salvation for Israel (v 26).





"I tell the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit, that I have great sorrow and continual grief in my heart.  For I could wish that I myself were accused from Christ for my brethren, my countrymen according to the flesh, who are Israelites, to whom pertain the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the service of God, and the promises; of whom are the fathers and from whom, according to the flesh, Christ came, who is over all, the eternally blessed God.  Amen."


Romans 9:1 - 4


In chapter 8, Paul carries us to the stars with his emotional oration that nothing can separate a believer from the love of God.  Then, as quickly as lightning flashes from east to west,l his mood radically changes as he opens chapter 9, saying, "I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart for the Jewish people."


Remember that the Jews hated Paul.  They considered him a traitor to Judaism.  Paul tells us, "From the Jews five timesI received forty stripes minus one," adding that he was in constant "perils of my own countrymen' (2 Cor. 11:24, 26).


Just as Jesus wept over Jerusalem concerning the coming Roman invasion that would destroy the temple, demlish Jerusalem, and turn the streets red with Jewish blood (Luke 19:41 - 44), just so Paul felt great sorrow for the Jewish people, to the point of being willing to be placed under God's curse, if it would help his brothers, his own people, his own flesh and blood - the people of Israel.


Paul responded as Moses did when Israel built the golden calf while God was giving him the Ten Commandments on top of Mount Sinai.  Moses prayed, "These people have committed a great sin, and have made for themselves a god of gold !  Yet now, if You will forgive their sin - but if not, I pray, blot me out of Your book which You have written"  (Exod. 32:31 - 32).  The "book" Moses spoke about is none other than the Book of Life of Revelation 20:12.


Most Christians do not know that all Torah Jews on High Holy days (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur) attend the synagogue where the liturgy calls for Jews to pray that their sins would be forgiven and their names written in the Book of Life.






There are eight scriptural evidences that indicate that Romans 9 - 11 refer exclusively to the Jewish people.  


1.  Adoption as sons


The nation of Israel was made God's children, which is clearly confirmed in Exodus 4:22: "Thus says the Lord: "Israel is My son, My firstborn"  The Greek word used in Romans 9:4 for children is the same as the one used in Romans 8:16: "The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God."


Israel alone received the glory, the covenants, the Law, the directions for tabernacle worship, and the promises.  Theirs are the patriarchs, the prophet, and, ultimately, they are the human source of Jesus Christ.  Israel along is referrred to by God as "My son."





Only the Jewish people experienced the Shekinah glory, wjhich means "the glorious presence of God."  This was visible in the pillar of fire that led Israel from Egypt to the Promised Land (Exodus 13:21, 33:9, Numbers 12:5; 14:14).


This visible presence of God was present in the tabernacle in the wilderness (Exod. 40:36 - 38) and in the temple when it was built in Jerusalem (Ezek. 1:28, 3:23, 9:3).  The visible presence of Glod will return to Jerusalem when Messiah rules the earth from the Temple Mount, ushering in the Golden Age of Peace.  There shall be no need of moon or stars by night or of sun to shine by day.  The manifest presence of God from the presence of the Messiah will cause the city of Jerusalem to ghlow perpetually with Shekinah glory.






The God of the Bible is a covenant God, and He never breaks covenant.  Moses tells us:


"Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant... for a thousand generations.


Deuteronomy 7:9


The covenants God makes with His people are everlasting, without end, and actuially translated "longer than forever."  These covenants are not based on man's faithfulness to God; they're based on God's faithfulness to man.  Those who teach that God has broken covenant with the Jewish people teach a false doctrine based on scriptural ignorance and a narcissistic attitude.


God made a covenant with Abraham, saying:


"I will make you a great natiojn;

I will bless you

And make your name great;

And uou will be a blessing. 

I will bless those who bless you,

And I will curse him who curses you;

And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed."             Genesis 12:2 - 3


God made a blood covenant with Abraham, giving him and his descendants the land of Israel (Gen. 15:9 - 21).  That covenant was renewed in Genesis 17:7 - 14 and again in Genesis 22.  The covenant was extended to Isaac and to Jacob at Bethel. (Genesis 28; Exodus 2:24; 6:3 - 5).


God gave a covenant to King David in Psalm  105:8 - 11 concerning tghe Jewish right to own and possess the land of Israel forever.  Then God gave David a covenant that his "throne would be established forever" (2 Sam. 7:12 - 13, 16).  This was a reference to Jesus Christ, who was introduced in His ministry as "the Son of David."  In the future, He shall rule the earth forever from the city of Jerusalem, and "every knee should bow....and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father" (Phil. 2:10 - 11.)


The concept of covenant is so important in the plan of God for man that it is mentioned 256 times in the Old Testament.  Covenant is the soil in which every flower grows in Scripture.  God does nothing, not ever, of importance without covenant.  Evangelicals who teach that God broke covenant with the Jewish people can have absolutely no confidence that God will not break covenant with the Gentiles.






The Law is actually the Torah......the written Word of God.  It is a misunderstanding for Christians to call it "the Law of Moses."  It is not the law of Moses; it is the Law of God as given to Moses on Mr. Sinai for all humanity to read, honor, and obey.


When Paul wrote his letter to the Romans, the Torah had been in existence for more than 1,300 years.  Think about that !  America has only existed 244 years as of this date.


The giving of the Torah from God to Moses on top of Mt. Sinai was where the divine and eternal met the human and temporal.  It is important for Christians to remember that Jesus was a rabbi who introduced Himself as the living Torah, "Word of God.":


"In the beginning (Genesis 1:1) was the Word (Torah), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God......And the Word became flesh (Jesus Christ of Nazareth) and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, thje glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.


John 1:1, 14


The Torah was given to the Jewish people thousands of years before the Gentiles knew it existed (Rom. 3:1 - 2).







Temple worship refers to the elaborate set of regulations for construction of the temple as well as the exact sacrificial systrem that would cleanse Israel from sin.


The symbolism of the temple was a physical portrait of God's plan for man.  The temple was surrounded by a fence of white fabric, symbolizing holiness and separation from the world.


The entrance to the temple complex had only one door, as Jesus Christ said of Himself: "I am the door.  If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved" (John 10:9).  The doors to the temple were very wide, fulfilling the words of Jesus, "Whosoever will come..... "  (Mark 8:34).


The first item found inside was the laver for the washing of the hands.  It was necessary that a person be purified before that person approached the altar for the forgiveness of sins.  The laver was lined with mirrors so you could see yourself as you washed your hands. "Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith" (2 cOR. 13:5).


Next was the altar where the sacrifice was presented to God by the priest.  It was a daily reminder to all Israel that "withouty the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness" (Heb. 9:22).


Then came the temple itself, whose symbolism and process of atonement are worthy of a book all by themselves.  If you do not understand God's message to mankind through the symbolism of the tabernaclek, you do not understand the Word of God.  


It was only to the Jewish people that God gave the temple and its fathomless revelations concerning God's plan for man.







The Old Testament is filled with promises of many kinds, but "the promises" in Romans 9:4 refer to the promises of redemptionm to be fulfilled by Messiah, who is Jesus Christ.  Saint Paul makes this very clear in Galatians 3.


It was Moses who gave us the first extensive prophetic portrait of the coming Messiah.


In Deuteronomy 18:18 - 19, Moses brings to Israel the following promise from God:


"I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him.  And it shall be that whoever will not hear My words, which He speaks in My name, I will require it of Him."


In Acts 3:22 - 26, the apostle Peter explains how this prophecy of Moses applies to Jesus Christ of Nazareth as Israel's Messiah.


"For Moses truly said to the fathers, "The Lord your God will raise upt for you a Prophet like me from your brethren.  Him you shall hear in all things, whatever He says to you.  And it shall be that every soul who will not hear that Prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people."  Yes, and all the prophets, from Samuel and those who follow, as many as have spoken, have also foretold these days.  You are sons of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with out fathers, saying to Abraham, "And in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed."  To you first, God, having raised up His Servant Jesus, sent Him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from your inquities.


Moses' words established three facts:


1.  God promised to send to Israel a particular Prophet at a later time.  The language Moses uses is singular throughout: "a Prophet"......."Him you shall hear"..."whatever He says."  These words cannot describe the later prophets in Israel as a whole.  They referred to one special prophet.


2.  The prophet would have unique authority!  If anyone in Israel refuse to hearken to this prophet, God would bring judgment upon that person.


3.  This Prophet would be like Moses in ways that would distinguish Him from alll other prophets.  A careful comparison of the lives of the two men reveals  many distinct parallels between the lives of Moses and Jesus;..







1.  Both Moses and Jesus were born in a period when Israel was under foreign rule.


Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph ....Therefore, they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with their burdens.  And they built for Pharaoh supply cities, Pithom and Raamses.


EXODUS 1:8, 11



And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.  This census first took place while Quirinlus was governing Syria.  So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.  Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child.


LUKE 2:1 - 5



2.  Cruel kings decided that both Moses and Jesus should be killed as infants.


Then the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, of whom the name of one was Shiphrah, and the name of the other Puah; and he said, "When you do the duties of a midwife for the Hebrew women, and see them on the birthstools, if it is a son, then you shall kill him; but if it is a daughter, then she shall live."  But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the male children alive.


EXODUS 1:15 - 17



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





3,  The faith of both Moses' and Jesus' parents saved their lives.


So the women (the mother of Moses) conceived and bore a son.  And when she saw that he was a beautiful child, she hid him three months.  But when she could no longer hide him, she took an ark of bulrushes for him, daubed it with asphalt and pitch, put the child in it, and laid it in the reeds by river's bank.  And his sister stood afar off, to know what would be done to him.


EXODUS 2:2 - 4



Now when they had departed, behold an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, "Arise, take the young child (Jesus) and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him."  When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by might and departed for Egypt.


MATTHEW 2:13 - 14



4.  Both Moses and Jesus found protection for a time with the people of Egypt.


And the child grew, and she brought him to Pharaoh's daughter, and he became her son.  So she called his name Moses, saying "Because I drew him out of the water."

My Son."


MATTHEW 2:14 - 15



5.  Both Moses and Jesus displayed unusual wisdom and understanding.


And Moses and Jesus displayed unusual wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and deeds..


ACTS 7:22



Now so it was that after three days they found Him (Jesus) in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking questions.  And all who heard Him were astounded at His understanding and answers.


LUKE 2:46 - 47






6.  Both Moses' and Jesus' characters were marked by meekness and humilty.


Now Moses was very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth.


Numbers 12:3


(Jesus said) Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.


Matthew 11:28 - 30


7.  Both Moses and Jesus were completely faithful to God.


My servant Moses......is faithful in My house.


Numbers 12:7


Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus, who was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was faithful in all His house.  For this oNe has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as He who built the house has more honor than the house.  For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God.  And Moses indeed was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which would be spoken afterward, but Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm top the end.


Hebrew 3:1 - 6


8.  Both Moses and Jesus were rejected by Israel for a time.


Now when the people saw that Moses delayed coming down from the mountain, the people gathered together to Aaron, and said to him,k "Come, make us gods that shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him."


Exodus 32:1


The governor answered and said to them, "Which of the two do you want me to release to you?"  They said to them, "Which of the two do you want me to release to you?"  They said, "Barabbas!"  Pilate said to them, "What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?"  They all said to him, "Let Him be crucified!" 


9.  Both Moses and Jesus were criticized by their brothers and sisters.


Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married; for he had married an Ethopian woman.


Numbers 12:1


For even His (Jesus) brothers did not believe in Him.


John 7:5 


10.  Both Moses and Jesus were received by Gentiles after being rejected by Israel.


Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh (Egypt) and dwell in the land of Midian.....The Moses was content to live with the man (Reuel), and he (Reuel) gave Zipporah his daughter to Moses.


Exodus 2:15, 21


On the next Sabbath almost the whole city  (Jerusalem) came together to hear the word of God.  But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy; and contradicting and blaspheming, they opposed the things spoken by Paul.  Then Paul and Barnabas grew bold and said, "It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken to you first; but since you reject it, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, behold, we turn to the Gentiles.  For so the Lord has commanded us: "I have set you as light to the Gentiles, that you should be for salvation to the ends of the earth."  Now when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the word of the Lord (Jesus).  And as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.


Acts 13:44 - 48






11.  Both Moses and Jesus prayed asking forgiveness for God's people.


Then Moses returned to the Lord and said, "Oh, these people have committed a great sin, and have made for themselves a god of gold, if You will forgive their sin - but if not, I pray, blot me out of Your book which You have written."


EXODUS 32:31 - 32


Then Jesus said (concerning those who were crucifying him), "Father, gorgive them, for they do not know what they do."


LUKE 23:34


12.  Both Moses and Jesus were willing to bear the punishment of God's people.


Then Moses returned to the Lord and said, 'Oh, these people have committed a great sin, and have made for themselves a god of gold!  Yet now, if You will forgive their sin - but if not, I pray, blot me out of Your book which You have written."


EXODUS 32:31 - 32


For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit.


1 PETER 3:18


13.  Both Moses and Jesus spoke with God face to face.


Not so with My servant Moses; he is faithful in all My house.  I speak with him face to face, even plainly, and not in dark sayings; and he sees the form of the Lord.


NUMBERS 12:7 - 8


No one has seen God at any time.  The only begotten Son (Jesus), who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.


John 1:18


14.  Both Moses and Jesus went into a high mountain to have communion with God, taking some of their closes followers with them.


Then Moses went up (to Mount Sinai),  also Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and they saw the God of Israel.  And there was under His feet as it were a paved work of sapphire stone, and it was like the very heavens in its clarity.


EXODUS 24:9 - 10


Now after six days, Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves....While He was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.  Hear Him !"


MATTHEW 17:1, 5






15.  After their mountaintop experiences, both Moses and Jesus' faces shone with supernatural glory.


But whenever Moses went in before the Lord to speak with Him, he would take the veil off until he came out; and he would come out and speak to the children of Israel whatever he had commanded.  And whenever the children of Israel saw the face of Moses , that the skin of Moses' face shone, then Moses would put the veil on his face again, until he went in to speak with Him.


EXODUS 34:34 - 35


And He (Jesus) was transfigured before them.  His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.




16.  God spoke audibly from heaven to both Moses and Jesus.


Moses spoke, and God answered him by voice.  Then the Lord came down upon Mount Sinai, on top of the mountain.  And the Lord called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up.


EXODUS 19:19 - 20


But Jesus answered them, saying, "The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified....Father, glorify Your name."  Then a voice came from heaven, saying, "I have both glorified it and will glorify again."


17.  Both Moses' and Jesus' places of burial were attended by angels.


Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, "The Lord rebuke you!"




And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone form the door, and sat on it...But the angel answered and said to the woman, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.  He is not here; for He has risen, as He said.  Come, see the place where the Lord lay."


MATTHEW 28, 2, 5 - 6


18.  Both Moses and Jesus appeared alive after their deaths.


And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them (Jesus, Peter, James and John, talking with Him.




Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled,  for fear of the Jews, Jesus (after His death, burial, and resurrection) came and stood in the midst, and said to them, "Peace be with you."  When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side.  Then the disciiples were glad when they saw the Lord.


John 20: 19 - 20


These are a few of the scriptural comparison of Moses and Jesus as God's appointed vessels to the nation of Israel.  It is evident that God gave promises to the children of Israel and that those promises were kept.






The patriarchs are Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  God used them to found the nation of Israel and to birth the Jewish people, who became the apple of God's eye.  (Deut. 32:10)  The Jews have blessed the nations of the world from Genesis 12 until this day, and they will continue to do so until Messiah comes.


In Romans 11:27 - 28.  Paul makes this stunning statement: "For this is Myu covenant with them (Jewish people) , when I shall take away their sins.....They (the Jewish people) are beloved for the sake of the fathers."  In this verse, "the fathers" refers to the patriarchs - Abraham, Isaac, and Jacobe.


Why are the Jewish people loved permanently by God ?  Not just because "God is love" (1 John 4:8).  They are loved "for the patriarchs' sake."  God made promises to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob concerning the future of Israel and the Jewish people, and God will keep those promises.  "It is impossible for God to lie" (Heb. 6:18).


There is a critical point in Scripture that cannot be missed here.  In the second commandment, God takes a definite positions:  ".....visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generation" (Exod. 20:5).


Then in Exodus 20:6, God takes the positive side and confirms that those who keep His commandments will have His blessing.  The precedent is thus established that if disobedience brings judgment, then obedience brings divine blessing.  The good deeds of the fathers add to the blessings of their children for three and four generations to come.


God has made promises to Abraham, Isssc, Jacob, and their descendants, and He must keep them to vindicate His own righteousness.  Any Christian theology that teaches that God no longer loves the Jewish people or that God will no longer honor His covenant with them is false doctrine  --it's simply not true, for it contradicts the teaching of the New Testament.






While Jesus was living on earth, not only was He a Jew, but also He was the Jew of Jews, faithful to the Law of Moses, which,m as He said.  He came to fulfill, not to destroy.  Without the Law of God as given through Moses, there would be no Christ, no Messiah.  Jesus was circumcised.  He wore the long, falling earlocks of the Hebrews, keeping HIs hair uncut at the corners.  He would touch no flesh of the pig.  He would fast on the day of repentance, would eat no leavened bread at Passover time, and would wash His hands before partaking food while murmuring the prescribed blessing.  And He would wear the ritualistic garment adforned with tzitzit.


Jesus was a Jew among Jews, yet the Christian gospel has so twisted truth in history that most of its readers identify Jesus with the Gentiles, whatever that may mean.  However, neither Greeks nor Romans, Persians nor Syrians, expected a Messiah, and Jesus could neither speak in their alien tongues nor pray in accord with their alien paganisms.


Whe Jesus spoke, only Hebrews could and would listen.  When He sent out His apostles, only Jews were selected.  And when He gave up His soul, it was the daughters of Israel who wept for Him.  He was crucified at Calvary with a sign above His head that read: "THE KING OF THE JEWS."


It was Jesus, a Jewish rabbi, who said, "Salvation is of the Jews"  (John 4:22).


What does that mean?


It simply means this:  When you take away the Jewish contribution to Christianity, there is no Christianity.  When you take away the partriarchs, the preophets, every Word of God written by Jewish hands.....when you take away Jesus, Mary and Joseph.....when you take away the twelve disciples and the apostle Paul, you have no Christianity.


Christians owe a debt of gratitude to the Jewish people that has never been repaid.  It's time to confess our arrogance toward the Jewish people as anti-Semitism.  Anti-Semitism is sin, and as sin, it damns the soul.


These eight evidences as recorded by Saint Paul and listed in Romans 9 verify beyond any reasonable doubt that the message of Romans chapters 9, 10, and 11 is intended exclusively for the Jewish people.






The raging controversy of "Who is a Jew?" has been a hot button issue among the seed of Abraham for more than two thousand years.  Modern Israel, with its Zionist principle of the right of return, offers to any Jewish person in the world the privilege to live in Isarel and creates the heated debate, "Who is a Jew?"


For they are not all Israel who are of Israel.


Romans 9:6


In the Old Testament, when ancient Israel went after other gods, every Jew in Israel was aware of the contrast made by the prophets between the nation as a whole was going about its business with little true faith>  It was only a few, like Mary and Joseph, Elizabeth and Zacvharias, "who looked for redemption in Jerusalem"  (Luke 2:38).


When Jesus began His public ministry and saw Nathaniel for the first time, He said, "Here is a true Israelite....(John 1:47).  This is exactly the distinction Paul is making in this writing.


Paul's prime example of a true Israelite was Abraham.  Abraham was not saved by circumcision, because he was declared to be righteou before God in Genesis 15:6, which was years before his circumcision.  Abraham was not saved by keeping the Law, because the Law was not given until the time of Moses, which was four hundred years after Abraham's time.


How did Abraham become a "true Israelite"?  It was by faith, not works, as indicated in Genesis 15:6: "And he (Abraham) believed in the Lord (faith), and He (the Lord) counted it to him (Abraham) for righteousness."


Paul writes: "They are not all Israel who are of Israel"  (Rom. 09:6).  Pauul is saying there's a difference between all those who claim to be "Abraham's descendants" and those who constitute Israel as "the people of God."


Paul demonstrates, first, that Israel is a matter of election rather than birth (6 - 13).  Not all those called "children of Abraham
 (natural descendants) are actually his "seed" as demonstrated in Genesis 21:12, which states, "In Isaac your seed shall be called."


Remember that Abraham had two sons.  His first son was Ishmael, born to the Egyptian maid Hagar.  (Genesis 16)  But, says Paul, Ishmael, though a physical descendant of Abraham, was not of the "seed" (Greek word sperma) that produced Issac, the spiritual child.


Issac was born by a supernatural act of God, since both Abraham and Sarah were well past the age of Childbirth.


In Romans 9:8 Paul shifts is subtle but very significant.  If Abraham's spiritual seed comes through God's promise and power, the Jewish people are not simply Abraham's seed, but quite literally God's children.






Romans 9:7 - 12


....nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham; but, "In Isaac your seed shall be called."  That is, those who are the children of the flesh, these are the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted as the seed.  For this is the word of promise: "At this time I will come and Sarah shall have a son."  And not only this, but when Rebecca also had conceived by one man, even by our father Isaac (for the children not yet being born, nor having done any good or evil that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works but of Him who calls), it was said to her, "The older shall serve the younger."  As it is written, "Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated."            Romans 9: 7 - 13


The doctrine of divine election is, without doubt, the most controversial concept in Scripture.  It is far more complex and controversial concept in Scripture.  It is far more complex and controversial than the prophecy matrix of Daniel through Revelation or the prophetic explanation of Ezekiel's war to be led by Russia and its Arab coalition of nations as they invade Israel in Ezekiel 38 - 39.  That coalition will be decimated by the hand of God on the hills of Israel killing 821 percent of Israel's enemies.


First, it is obvious that divine election is taught in Scripture.  (See Romans 9:27; 11:5, 7, 28.)  The question is: To whom is divine election offered?  In my opinion, divine election is offered only to the nation of Israel.


Consider what divine election acually means.  It means that a loving and gracious God has elected to save some and elected to allow others to be lost for eternity in the fires of hell.  Now you can understand the gravity of the controversy.


How can divine election be true if God has given to all men free moral agency, which is the power to choose to accept or to reject God's offer of salvation?  Free will, or free moral agency, means the ability of an individual to make his or her personal choice for or against God, and it is an indisputable fact in Scripture.






Consider the following ten Bible reasons validating the fact that God gives each individual the right to choosae good or evil.  Moses sasid to Israel, "I have set before you life and death....choose life"  (Deut. 30:19).


John 3;16 is the champion verse of free will: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him (which is an act of free will) shall not perish but have everlasting life."




1.  Romans 2:6 - 16,  To say that God saves some and sends the others to hell would make God a respecter of persons, which the Bible declares He is not.


2.  Malachi 3:6, Adam was given a choice in the Garden of Eden.  The choice was to eat or not to eat the forbidden fruit.  He chose to eat it, and angels with flaming swords drove Adam and Eve out of the garden to live under the Genesis curse.


If God left it up to Adam to choose in the beginning, then it is the same for ever man today, for the Word declares, "I am the Lord, I do not change."


3.  Romans 9 11,  There is not one verse in the Bible, outside of Romans chapters 9 through 11, that states exclusively God's position on the Jewish people, which is that (Jewish) man is not free moral agent all  the days of his life either to serve God or Satan.


4.  Joshua 24:15,  There are Bible verses to prove that (Gentile) man is a free moral agent: "Choose for yourselves this day whom yoiu will serve.


5.  Psalm 119:30, "I have chosen the way of truth.."


6.  Isaiah 7:15, "Curds and honey He shall eat, that He may know to refuse the evil and choose the good."


7.  Isaiah 66:3, ".....they have chosen their own ways."


8.  Matthew 16:24,  "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself (free will), and take up the cross, and follow Me.."


9. 1 Corinthians 7:37,  "... has power over his own will."


10.  Revelation 22:17,  "Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely." 



If divine election is truie for Gentiles, as some major denominations teach, why go to church?  Why witness ?  Why evangelize ?  If God has already determined who is going to go to heaven and who is going to go to hell, why pray ?  Why read the Bible?


If divine election is true, how can you say, "God is love"?  How can the Holy Spirit write in John 3:16 that "God so loved the world ....." if He is still going to send most of you to an everlasting hell?  (Matt. 7:13 - 14).


Divine election is a fact for some of the Jewish people who are a "remnant according the election of grace" (Rom. 11:5).  Divine election simply is not so for Gentiles.





The case for God's divine election of Israel excluisively.  God's election concerning Israel begins with Abraham, whom God selected out of paganism (Josh. 24:2).  Abraham was chosen to become the ":father of all who believe."  At the time of Abraham's election, he had no knowledge of God; therefore, he could not choose God.


It is clear in Scripture that God sought Abraham; Abraham did not seek God.  Seeing that "the wickedness of man was great in the earth....his heart was only evil continually" (Gen. 6:5), God chose a man to be the physical and spiritual father of a people (the Jews), one who would produce the patriarchs and the prophets to write every word of the Bible, birth Jesus Christk, and bring the light of God to a world living in total darkness.


Abraham's election is easy - God had to begin somewhere.  God began in Genesis 12 with the father of all who believe, saying, "I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed" (v. 3).






Saint Paul presents his case for election with the birth of Issac and Ishmael.  When years passed and Abraham and Sarah did not have a son, Sarah suggested to Abraham that perhaps he should have a baby with her Egyptian handmaid, Hagar.  Abraham said, "That sounds like the will of God to me, sweetheart."


Abraham and Hagar had Ishmael thirteen years before Issac was born.  His bride was the beginning of a family feud between Jews and Arabs that has endured until this dah, dragging humanity toward a nuclear conflict in the Middle East.


Two sons.....two choices !


Ishmael was Abraham's physical descendant, yet he was not chosen.


The child of priomise was Issac.  He was chosen to be the patriarch of "the children of the promise" (Rom. 9:8).


There is a point to be considered in the births of Ishmael and Issac.  Ishmael was born when Abraham had the natural ability to produce a son.  Isaac was born when both Abraham and Sarah were well past the age of producing children.  Therefore, Isaac was born by the supernatural power of God.


This is the division between natural children of Abraham (Arabs from Ishmael) and the children of promise" (the Jews from, Isaac.






For this is the word of promise: "At this time I will come and Sarah shall have a son."  And not only this, but when Rebecca also had conceived by one man, even by our father Isaac (for the children not yet being born, nor having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works but of Him who calls) it was aid to her, "The older shall serve the younger."  As it is written, "Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated."  ROMANS 9:9 - 13


The case of Jacob and Esau is the pinnacle of divine election.  Each was pure-blooded Jew.  In the case of Isaac and Ishmael, one could argue that the ancestry of Isaac was better than Ishmael's' therefore, Isaac was chosen.  One could also argue that Ishmael had lived fourteen years and had the opportunity to sin, and thus was rejected by God.


Not so with Jacob and Esau.  They had the same mother and father and were conceived in the same act of intercourse.  The Greek word kote confirms this.


God made His decisiuon to choose Jacob over Esau before they were born,  before they had the chance to choose between good  and evil, and before they had the chance to think evil or speak evil.


God's decision contradicted the rules of Eastern society in which the younger brother serves the older.  God reversed the rule - saying the older (Esau) would serve the younger (Jacob).  Paul makes it very clear in Romans 9:11 that this was done "that the purpose of God according to election might stand."


Then God makes a statement that reverberate like thunder: "Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated" (v. 13).  What a brutal statement for a loving God to make.  Why did He do it ?


H did it because God knows the end from the beginning.  God knew Esau would be a wild man who would, in part, produce the Edomites, who would attack the children of Israel as they came out of Egypt bound for the Promised Land.  Because the Edomites attacked the children of Israel on the way to the Promised Land, God promised to be at war with the descendants of Esau and Amalek forever, until their remembrance was stricken from under heaven. (Exodus 17:8 - 16)  Esau's descendants would also produce a lineage that  that would attack and slaughter the Jews for centuries.  Esau's descendants included Haman, whose diabolical mind conceived the "final solution" of the Old Testament - the extermination of all Jews living in Persia.


It was Esau's descendants who produced the half-breed Jews of history who have persecuted and murdered the Jews beyond human comprehension.


Adoph Hitler was a distant descendant of Esau.  Pulitzer prize winning author John Toland, in his book Adolf Hitler, records that Hitler was part Jewish.  Toland traces his genealogy, which Hitler had destroyed when he came to power as the demonic leader of the Nazi barbarians.


It is no wonder God said, :"Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hatede."  Four thousand years after God made the statement, we have some comprehension as to why He said it.  Yet the point bears repeating: it was "that the purpose of God according to election might stand" (Rom. 9:11).






Now, let's examine the reasons why I believe divine election applies exclusively to some of the Jewish people.


A codicil Intended for the Jews


Romans 9 - 11 is intended exclusively for Jewish people, as supported by the eight textual evidences in verses 4 - 5.


Romans was written to the believers in Rome, except for the codiciul of Romans 9 - 11.  When correctlly interpreting Scripture, you must remember who wrote it, to whom it was written, and for what purpose.  The doctrine of election in Romans 9 - 11 concerns only the Jewish people.


An elect nation


The Bible speaks of Israel as an elect nation.  Isaiah writes:  "For Jacob My servant's sake, and Israel My elect, I have even called you by your name" (Isaiah 45:4).


When giving His prophecy digest to His twelve disciples on the crest of the Mount of Olives, Jesus said, "And unless those days were shortened (days of the Great Tribulation), no flesh would be saved; but for the elct's sake (the Jewish people) those days will be shortened" (Matt. 24:22).


For those who believe "the elect" in this verse are Christians, please understand that during the Great Tribulation, Christians will already be in heaven at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.


Two nations


There is no question that when God spoke to Rebelaj befpre the birth of Jacob and Esau He referred  to nations---not individuals.  Genesis 25:23 records:


"And the Lord said to her;

"Two nations are in your womb,

Two peoples shall be separated from your body;

One people (Israel) shall be stronger than the other (Edomites),

And the older (Esau) shall serve the younger (Jacob)."


Later in the Book of Genesis, a considerable amount of Scripture is written to describe the nation that Esau founded, and the remainder is about the nation of Israel.





For the Scripture says to the Pharaoh, "For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and

My name may be declared in all the earth."  Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens.  You will say to me then, "Why does He still find fault?  For who has resisted His will?"


ROMANS 9:17 - 19


The dramatic story of the deliverance of the Jewish people from Egypt and the brutality of Pharaoh adorned the opening chapters of Exodus.  God heard the cries of His chosen people for a deliverer, and coming from the burning message was Moses, shouting in the court of the most powerful man on the face of the earth, Pharaoh: "Let my people go!"


In the light of free will, consider Pharaoh's response: "Who is the Lord, that I should obey His voice to let Israel go ?  I do not know the Lord, nor will I let Israel go" (Exod. 5:2).


It is critical to the understanding of free will and election to understand that Pharaoh made a very definite choice: "I will not let Israel go!"


Those who believe in eledction for individuals point to the word "hardens" (Rom. 9:18), saying God hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he had no choice in the matter of Israel.  Wrong !


God sent ten plagues to Egupt in an effort to communicate with Pharaoh who was spiritually hard of hearing.  He refused to hear Moses.  That was a specific choice on his part.


God released the plagues in which the waters of the nation were turned to blood.  The Nile River from its source to the sea became blood.  Every bowl and dish in Egypt containing water became blood.  The pipes on Pharaoh's bath were caked with blood like blood cakes on the walls of a slaughterhouse.  You would think Phararoh would get the message.



PHARAOH AND FREE WILL continued.........


Then came the frogs that covered the nation.  Then gnats, followed by flies, followed by the death of Egypt/s cattle.  Than came boils upon every Egyptian, while the Jews were untouched.


Still, with each plague, Pharaoh said no.  Hail destroyed the crop followed by locusts and darkness that blotted out the sun for three days.  God sent these exact ten plagues was to crush the ten major gods of the Egyptians.


Pharaoh, in his arrogance, challenged God in Moses' presence by saying, "Who is the Lord, that I should obey His voice?"  The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob put on a power demonstration that the world has never forgotten.  He systematically crushed the top ten pagan gods of Egyupt so that Pharaoh had specific knowledge of the God of Israel and could makie an intelligent choice based on that knowledge.


The greatest Egyptian god was Ra, the sun god.  The God of Israel brought toal darkness for three days, plague number nine, and still Pharaoh chose not to release Moses and the Jews from slavery in Egypt.


The point is this: with the first nine plagues, Pharaoh was given at least nine chances to repent, yet he freely chose to reject the God of Israel.  Only after that did God harden Pharaoh's heart.  God does not harden the heart of anyone but a confirmed rebel against His will.


The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is long suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance .   (2 Peter 3:9)


All men will not come top repentance.  Like Pharaoh, some will choose to reject the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and to follow after other gods.  Call it humanism, secularism, hedonism, materialism, Romanism, Satanism, or atheism - it's all paganism, which paves the road to the gates of hell.





Paul addresses the word "harden" in chapter 9 of Romans.


Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens.  You will say to me then, "Why does He still find fault?  For who has resisted His will?"  But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God   Will the thing formed say to him who formed it.  "Why have you made me like this?"  Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor?      ROMANS 9:18 - 21


Without an explanation similar to that which has just been given, one might ask, "If God makes me hard, why does He blame me for being hard?"


Paul offers little comfort as, in the Jewish manner, he answers this question with a question.  "Who are you, a mere human being, to talk back to God?" (v. 20).  Can a clay pot talk back to the potter whose skillful hands shape it into its best and highest use?


There are four main passages in the Word that illustrate the relationship of the pot and the potter in the Old Testament.


Surely you have things turned around !

Shall the potter be esteemed as the clay;

For shall the thing made say of him who made it,

"He did not make me"?

Or shall the thing formed say of him who formed it,

"He has no understanding"?                    ISAIAH 29:16



Woe to him who strives with his Maker!

Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth!

Shall the clay say to him who forms it, "What are you making?"                     ISAIAH 45:9



But now, O Lord,

You are our Father;

We are the clay, and You our potter;

And all we are the work of  Your hand.                              ISAIAH 64:8


The best known passage is Jeremiah 18:1 - 11 where God compares the pot in the hand of the potter to the nation of Israel.  It reads as follows:


The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying: "Arise and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause you to hear My words."  Then I went down to the potter's house, and there he was, making something at the wheel.  And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make.


Then the word of the Lord came to me saying: "O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?" says the Lord.  "Look, as the clay is in the potters hand, so are you  in My hand.  O house of Israel!  The instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, to pull down, and to destroy it, if that nation against whom I have spoken turns from itrs evil, I will relent of the disaster that I thought to bring upon it.  And the instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it, if it does evil in My sight so that it does not obey My voice, then I will relent concerning the good with which I said I would benefit it.


"Now therefore, speak to the men of Judah and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, "Thus says the Lord: "Behold< I am fashioning a disaster and devising a plan against you.  Return now every one from his evil way, and make your ways and your doings good."






If all God wanted to do was to send people to hell.  He would not have taken the time and sacrifice of human life to present us with the Holy Bible, filled with messages to influence us to "turn from your evil ways."


If all God wanted to do was to send masses of humanity stumbling into the darkness of etermity.  He would not ordain that preachers and evangelists proclaim His glorious gospel.   A loving and gracopis  God has sent us a Savior in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ, calling all men to repentence.  If you refuse repentence (free will), you will experience Jeremiah's warning: "I am fashioning a disaster and devising a plan against you."


If you reject repentence, look at Phararoh's bloated "floating face down in the Red Sea.  The world's most powerful man was reducted to fish food because he, in his free will, refused repentence to the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob.






Romans 9:27 - 29


Isaiah also cries out concerning Israel:


"Through the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea,


The remnant will be saved.


For He will finish the work and cut it short in righteousness,


Because the Lord will make a short work upon the earth."


And as Isaiah said before:


"Unless the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, 


We would have become like Sodom,


And we would have been made like Gomorrah."    Romans 9:27 - 29


At this point, Saint Paul quotes directly from Isaiah 10:22, which has an interesting revelation.


Isaiah writes:


And it shall come to pass in that day


That the remnant of Israel,


And such as have escaped of the house of Jacob .....


For though your people, O Israel, be as the sand of the sea,


A remant of them will return ..... with righteousness.


Isaiah 10:20, 22






First, it's obvious that all of this remnant is Jewish.  Presently in some evangelical circles the idea is being floated that a remnant represents the church, and therefore, all who call themselves Christians are going to be saved.  Nonsense!  The idea goes something like this:  "God is a God of love, and He wouldn't send anyone to an eternal hell to burn forever. "Wrong!  This is not only deception - this is a demonic lie !


The Bible says, "Broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.  Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it"  (Matt. 7:13 - 14).  This simple verse means that "many," as in the majority, will be lost because they made the choice to refuse redemption through Jesus Christ.  There are many in every church in America singing "When We All Get to Heaven" who will never get there.


Back to the remnant: the "remnant" are Jews!


In Deuteronomy 3, there is a description of a battle between Israelites, who were passing through the wilderness after leaving Mt. Horeb, and the Amorites under the command of King Og of Bashan.  King Og was the one remaining of the Rephaim, who had been defeated earlier.  (Genesis 14:5 - 7).  Here in Deuteronomy 3:11, we read:  "Only Og iking of Bashan was left of the remnant of the Rephaites"  


In 2 Kingsn19,  King Hezekiah, who was besieged and mocked by Sennacherib and the vicious Assyrians, sent to Isaiah to ask him to pray for the Jewish "remnant that is left".  Isaiah sent a letter back to Hezekiah stating that God promised a remnant would be spared from the Assyrians and would flourish for a time like a fruitful tree.


"Once more a remnant of the house of Judah

will take root below and bear fruit above.

For out of Jerusalem will come a remant,

and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors.        2 Kings 19:30 - 31






Based on the biblical text, we have solid basis for saying that the "remnant" is a "band of survivors."  What greater group of survivors exists on Planet Earth than the Jewish people ?  What greater band of survivors exists on Planet Earth than the survivors of the Holocaust?


In 1 Kings 19, the story is told of Elijah (to whom Paul refers in Romans 11:2 - 5) hiding for his life from Queen Jezebel.  God asked Elijah, "What are you doing here?"  (1 Kings 19:13).


Elijah responded, "I have been very zealous for the Lord God of hosts; because the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword.  I alone am left; and they seek to take my life" (v. 14).  


God told Elijah to get off his pity pot and stop his "I'm the only one left" mentality, which remains a popular mantra in Christians circles today.  God reminded Elijah that He had seven thousand in Israel "whose knees have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him" (v. 18).


Paul states in Romans 11:5: 'So too, at the present time there is a remanant chosen by grace."    The second of Paul's two Old Testament quatations is Isaiah 1:9, which states:


Unless the Lord Almighty

had left us some survivors,

we would have become like Sodom,

we would have been like Gomorrah.


This quotation teaches that unless the Lord had left a remanant, the Jewish people would have been like Sodom and Gomoirrah, which were entirely wiped out.  According to Josephus, just fifteen years after Paul wrote these words Tjitus and the Roman legions would slaughter 1.1 million Jews in A.D. 70.  Jerusalem would be demolished and the temple destroyed.





Sixty years after Titus, Hadrian and the Roman Legions came, again with demonic hatred for the Jews, and massacred over five hundred thousand of the chosen seed.


The Jews survived the Romans, the Roman Catholic Crusades, and the unspeakable horror of the Spanish Inquisition, followed by the systematic slaughter of six million in the Holocaust.  The Jewish people will survive the Islamic terrorist now attacking Israel and demanding that there be a Palestine State with Jerusalem as it capital.  Never !  Ever !


Go promises that by His soverign grace a "remant" would be saved by the grace of God, a group of Survivors who have the opportunity to receive Messiah, who is a rabbi known to the world as Jesus of Nazareth.


Why we should believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah?  Consider the comparisons of Moses to Jesus previouly in this section, and also the following five reasons.


1.  Seven hundred years before Christ was born, Isaiah predicted that He would be born of a virgin (Isa. 7:14).


2.  We are told the time of His birth in Daniel 9>


3.  The place of His birth is revealed in Micah 5.


4.  The intimate details of His life and death recorded in Psalm 22 and Isaiah 53.


5.  The fact of His resurrection is staed in Psalm 16.


The only person in human history who connects all these dots is Jesus Christ of Mazareth.





For they stumbled at that stumbling stone.  As it is written:


"Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offense, 

And whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame."


Romans 9:32 - 33


Saint Paul closes Roman 9 with two quotations from Isaiah 8:14 and 28:16.  As I stated at the beginning of Section Four, the only way to accurately interpret scripture is by other scripture.  Paul does that to prove to his audience that Jesus of Nazareth is a stumbling stone to the Jewish people.


He will be as a sanctuary,

But a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense

To both the houses of Israel,

As a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.


Isaiah 8:14


Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation,

A tried stone, a precious conerstone, a sure foundation:

Whoever believes will not act hastily.


Isaiah 28:16


In Isaiah 8:14, Isaiah is saying that Jehovah is a stone that causes people to stumble.  In Isaiah 28:16, the prophet makes it clear that the stumbling stone is another individual whom God is going to send out of Zion.  That stumbling stone was Jesus Christ, sent by Jehovah God to the world in Bethlehem's manger.


Saint Paul teaches in 1 Corinthians 1:20 - 25, 27 - 29 that the gospel of Jesus Christ was weakness to the Romans.  The Romans worshiped power !  Might makes right !  A King dying on a cross with criminals was weakness - not power.


According to Paul, the cross was foolishness to the Greeks.  The Greeks admired beauty and culture.  There was nothing beautiful about a Roman crucifixion.  It was an unspeakable process of torture that left a disfigured human body, a blood soaked mass of twisted flesh.


To the Jewish people, the cross was a stumbling stone.  Some of the Jews wanted a Messiah of power to crush Roman oppression.  They were not looking for a rabbi teaching, "Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth."  You couldn't stop Rome with meekness - get a sword.




The Jewish people were seeking a sign that Jesus was the Messiah.  To the Jews who sought signs, the cross of Christ was a "stumbling stone" (1 Cor. 1:22 - 23).  The signs the Jews looked for were not signs and wonders, because there were plenty of those.  They were looking for signs that Jesus was the Messiah.


According to the Torah, a crucified man is "accursed of God" (Deut. 21:23).  It was the way Jesus died that failed to meet the Jewish expectation for a "sign of Messiah".


The deity of Jesus Christ was and is a stumbling stone to Israel and the world.  But there are other "stumbling stones."


Consider that a stone is a lowly thing, as illustrated by Jesus' life.  He was born in a manger to a carpenter, lived in Nazareth, and socialized with the poorest of the poor.  He ate with sinners.  By Rome, He was considered to be an insurrectionist too dangerous to live.  The Pharisees called him a drunkard, a man who socialized with sinners and performed miracles by the power of the devil.  Jesus simply didn't know the right people and was considered to be an angry, radical, right winger, driving the money changers ouit of the templ;e and surrounding Himself with twelve men of little distinction, one of whom tried to betray Him to the Roman government.


Isaiah stated:


He has no form or comeliness;

And when we see Him,

There is no beauty that we should desire HIm.

He is despised and rejected by men,

A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.


Isaiah 53:2 - 3


The point is this: a stone that causes someone to stumble is not one that is placed in some high position in the construction of the synagogue.  The "stumbling stone" is one that's neglected, one that lies without notice in the grass on the ground where men triip over it and stumble when they come upon it suddenly.






There is an important issue concerning this stumbling stone.  It becomes the capstone.  King David points thius out in Psalm 118:22, saying: "The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone".  Jesus quoted this verse from Psalm 118 when the religious leaders were looking for a way to arrest Him.  Jesus said:


Have you ever read in the Scriptures:


"The stone the builders rejected

has become the capstone;

the Lord has done this,

and it is marvelous in our eyes"/


Matthew 21:42, Mark 12:10, Luke 20:17


When  Peter and John were put on trial before the Sanhedrin, following Jesus' resurrection and ascension, Peter told the religious leaders:


Jesus Christ of Nazareth... is the stone which was rejected by

you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.


Acts 4:10 - 11


There is a Catholic doctrine that presents Peter as the foundation of the church.  This simply not true according to the eternal, inherent Word of God.


Jesus told Peter: "You are Peter (the Greek word here for Peter is Petros, which means a piece of a rock or something as small as a pebble for a boy's slingshot), and on this rock (Jesus says pointing to Himself" I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it"  (Matt. 16:18).


The Greek word for rock when Jesus was speaking of Himself is petra, which means "bedrock".


Jesus was saying to Peter, "You are a little pebble in a boy's slingshot, Petros, but I',m going to build My church on Myself, because I am the bedrock, the petra.:"


The idea that the Roman Catholic speaks as the voice of God with infallibility because he, as the pope, is an extension of Saint Peter is a terrible twisting of Scripture.  Peter is a pebble; Jesus Christ is the bedrock who said, "Upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it" (Matt. 16:18). 





Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.     


Romans 9:33


Paul closes chapter 9 by saying, "The one who puts his trust in Jesus Christ will not be humiliated or put to shame on the Day of Judgment."


Picture yourself standing before God as, from the Book of Life, every word, thought, and deed of your life is being read aloud for all humanity to hear - knowing you have rejected Christ.  You are fully asare that your judgment is so horrible that you wish the mountains would fall on you to protect you from the wrath of God.  On that day, without Christ, you will certainly be humiliated and ashamed.


If you are standing firmly on the solid rock, you will be without a trace of shame or humiliation.  Is Christ a stumbling stone to you, or have you accepted Him as the Cornerstone, precious and elect in Zion as the foundation of your life?


The first two verses of Romans 10 are linked to the last two verses of Romans 9, and it makes the first two verses of Romans 10 so very compelling Paul opens chapter 10 with a compassionate prayer for his fellow Jews.


Remember that chapter 10, as is true also of chapters 9 and 11, concerns the Jewish people.  This three chapter document is God's position paper on His chosen people.


Paul's prayer for Israel is that "they may be saved" (Rom. 10:1).  The Greek word used her is soteria, indicating that Paul is praying that his fellow Jews will be gathered into the people that God is now forming on the basis of faith in the Messiah.  Salvation here does not mean that the Jewish people will run down and join the Christian church on the corner.  They didn't do that for Martin Luther, and they won't do that in the future.  Paul is praying for a spiritual awakening among the Jewish people, one that gathers them into "the elect" that God is bringing together as evidenced by Romans 11:5.  It is believed that God is now gathering the 144,000 Jews who will carry God's message to the nations as recorded in Rev. 7:4 - 8.


Paul testifies that the Jewish people have a "zeal for God" (Rom. 10:2).


Paul testified that he was so zealous for Judaism that he threw Christians into prison where some were killed (Phil. 3:6).  Paul was a poster child for being zealous for his faith as a Jew.


On the road to Damascus, Paul had a divine revelation of Rabbi Jesus Christ of Nazareth, and the Bible says, "There fell from his eyes something like scales" (Acts 9:18).  






The concept of replacement theology is popular in American churches.  Replacement theology means that Israel failed, and God has replaced Israel with the church.  This is simply not true.


I say then, has God cast away His people?  Certainly not !  For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.




Twice in Romans 11 Paul says that Israel has not fallen and is still the apple of God's eye. (Romans 11:1, 11)  In the New Testament, the word Israel is used seventy-seven times.  Clearly, in seventy-one of those references it speaks of the nation of Israel, which is 96 percent of the time.  It does not refer to the church.


Has God cast away Israel?  Absolutely not !  The fact is, when someting is "cast away," you never hear of it again.  Yet in the book of Revelation, twelve tribes of Israel, and twelve thousand out of each of the twelve tribes, are4 sealed to present the gospel during the Great Tribulation (Rev. 4).


Be mindful that during the Great Tribulation the Gentile church is in heaven.  The 144,000 who will be sealed to present the gospel to the world will be 144,000 Jewish people who have a supernatural revelation of the identity of Jesus Christ as Messiah, similar to Paul's revelation on the road to Damascus.  The point here is that a nation called Israel is alive and well during the Tribulation.  They will be part of the first matter of business when Christ returns to earth-the judgment of the nations.  And the basis for this judgment is to be how the nations of the world treated the Jewish people and the nations of Israel (Matt. 25:31 - 46).


The point is simply this: if God has cast away Israel, why do they still exist in the Book of Revelation ?




Two pictures of Abraham's seed that clearly reflect the difference between Israel and the church can be found in Scripture.


The first picture of Abraham's seed presents Abraham's descendants as "the sand of the sea." (Gensis 22:17; Hebrew 11:12).  Sand is earthly.  Its volume represents the multitudes of people from Abraham's seed - both Jews and Arabs.


The second picture of Abraham's seed found in the same Scripture verses, is as "the stars of the heavens."


The stars of heaven represent the church.  The features of the stars are as follows:


1.  The stars produce light, and the church is commanded to be "the light of the world."


2.  The stars rule the night, just as the church is commanded to rule over powers and principalities of darkness.


3.  The church rules in heavenly places, which, as reflected in Ephesians 6, is the role of the church.


4.  God gave to the Jewish people a physical land whose literalbouyndaries are given in Genesis 15:18 - 21.  It is a specific land with Jerusalem as its capital city forever..  The church has been given a heavenly kingdom, just as Christ promised: "In My Father's house (heaven) are many mansions..... I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am (with the Father in heaven), there you may be also" (John 14:2 - 3.

Israel has been given an earthly kingdom with an earthly Jerusalem now located in Israel.  The church has been given the New Jerusalem located in heaven.


The only way anyone can confuse the obvious meaning of Scripture is to "spiritualize" the text with an allegorical meaning rather than a factual meaning.  That's why scripture must be interpreted by other scriptures, paying close attention to whom it is written and for what purpose, lest it become twisted and distorted by theological demagogues, loeading to confusion and deception.


The point of these pictures is this:  stars are heavenly, and sand is earthly.  They are unique and very different.  One never replaces the other.  The stars have their role, and the sand has its role, but they never interact.





God has not cast away His people whom He foreknew.  Or do you not know what the Scripture sayus of Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel, saying, "Lord, they have killed Your prophets and tornb down Your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life"? But what what does the divine response say to him?  "I have reserved for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal."  Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant accoridng to the election of grace.


Romans 11:2 - 5


Paul validates that God has not cast Israel away, because Paul is Jewish, of the tribe of Benjamin, and he, at the very least, represents a "remnant of one."  Paul's logic is this:  if there is just one Jew in this elect remnant, then God has not rejected Israel.


Paul expans the picture with the story of the prophet Elijah.  Elijah challenged the priests of Baal to call down fire down from heaven to consume the sacrifice.  When the priests of Baal failed, and the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob consumed the sacrifice with such an all-consuming fire that it devoured the sacrifice, Elijah then killed four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal, concluding the camp meeting services at the crest of Mount Carmel.




When Queen Jesebel heard the news, she swore to kill Elijah immediately in swift retaliation.  Elijah, exhausted and depressed, fled for his life into the Sinai wilderness.


The next morning, God asked Elijah, "What are you doing here, Elijah?"


Elijah replied, "Lord they have killed Your prophets, and theyt have demolished Your altars>  I am the last one left, and they want to kill me.  (1 Kings 19)


Listen closely to God's response to Elijah's depressed response:  "I have kept for Myself seven thousand men who have not bent the kinee to Baal."  (v. 18)


Fact: Elijah, as the prophet, should have known those seven thousand faithful followers of Jehovah God.  There was a far greater group in the remnant of Israel than Elijah knew or imagined when he gave his "I am the last one left standing" speech.


Paul then builds on Elijah's story, writing, "Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant (of surviving Jews) according to the election of grace"  (Rom. 11:5)


Notice Paul's progression of thought:


1.  Romans 9:27 declares that a "remnant will be saved."


2.  Romans 9:25 - 26 states that not all Jewish people would be saved, and some Gentile would be.


3.  Romans 11:1 validates that God has not rejected Israel.


4.  In the end, "All Israel will be saved" (Rom. 11:26).





God has always preserved a surviving remnant of Jewish people, and, as per Elijah, the remnant is probably much larger than many spiritual leaders think.  When we read, "All Israel will be saved," in Romans 11:26, we have progressed from a remnant of one (Paul v. 1) to a remnant of seven thousand (v. 4), to the shocking proclamation, "All Israel will be saved" (v. 26).  Gods Word's paints the portrait that Israel's future is secure and bright.


Paul makes it crystal clear in Romans 11:6 that this divine election is by grace alone.  Both Christians and Jews are guilty of trying to establish their righteiousness by works.  Works may reflect your love for God, but in no way do they make you righteous.  The Bible says, "There is none righteous, no, not one"  (Rom. 3:10).


You are made righteous by the atonement of the cross.  In Scripture, salvation is very simple: "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved."  Forget the encyclopedia of man-made religious rules.  Burn it !  You are made holy by the work of the cross.





Romans 11:7 - 10


What then?  Israel has not obtained what it seeks; but the elect have obtained it, and the rest were blinded.  Just as it is written:


"God has given them a spirit of stupor,

Eyes that they should not see

And ears that they should not hear,

To this very day."


And David says:


"Let their table become a snare and a trap,

A stumbling block and a recompense to them.

Let their eyes be darkened, so that they do not see

And bow down their back always."


Romans 11:7 - 10


Paul now covers the topic of God, by His own hand, causing divine blindness concerning the identityu of Messiah to come upon the Jewish people.  The fact that the Jewish people were blinded to the identity of Messiah is verified three times in Romans 11: "... the rest were blinded" (v. 7); "Let their eyes be darkened, so that they do not see" (v. 10); and "... blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in" (v. 25).


Romans 11:32 states: "For God has committed them all to disobedience."  This verse means that God locked the Jewish people up in unbelief.


Paul continued  writing about the blindness of the Jewish people concerning the true identity of Christ in 2 Corinthians 3:12 - 15:


Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech - unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away.  But their minds were blinded.  For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ.  But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart.





Scripture is very clear that this spiritual blindness began when Moses was leading the children of Israel out of Egypt to the Promised Land.  He had been their leader for forty years, and he made this astonishing statement to the Jewish people.


Now Moses called all Israel and said to them: "You have seen all that the Lord did before your eyes in the land of Egypt, to Pharoah and to all his servants and to all his land - the great trials which your eyes have seen, the signs, and those great wonders.  (Now listen to what Moses says next.)  Yet the Lord has not given you a heart to perceive and eyes to see and ears to hear to this very day."


Deuteronomy 29:2 - 4


This spiritual blindness and deafness continued and is confirmed by the prophet Isaiah, who wrote:


And He (God0 said, "Go, and tell this people:


'Keep on hearing, but do not understand;

Keep on seeing, but do not perceive.'


Make the heart of this people dull,

And their ears heavy,

And shut their eyes;

Lest they see with their eyes,

And hear with their ears."


Isaiah 6:9 - 10


Jesus of Nazareth made it clear to His twelve disciples why He taught the Jewish people in parables.  Christ's answer is shocking and contains a major revelation.


And the disciples came and said to Him, "Why do You speak to them in parables?"  Jesus answered and said to them, "Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.... Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see (because of spiritual blindness), and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.  And in them the prophecy of I (saiah is fulfilled.


Matthew 13:10 - 14



"Paul Confirms the God-given Blindness"


Paul confirms that this God-given blindness to the identity of Messiah is till in place twenty years after the cross: "that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in"  (Rom. 11:25).


When will this blindness end?  The blindness to the identity of Messiah as a nation will remain as long as the Gentile church is in the world.  Notice both Moses and Isaiah said Jewish ears were spiritually deaf.  The point is this.  The Bible says, "Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God"  (Rom. 10:17).  If God caused the Jewish people to be deaf to hearing the gospel, what are their options?


In the story of Joseph, God has made it very clear how and when this God-given blindness will end.  Remember that the Old Testament is God's will concealed, and the New Testament is God's will revealed.





1.  The names of Joseph and Jesus come from the same Hebrew root word.


2.  Joseph was the favorite son of his father.  Jesus was the only begotten Son of His Father.


3.  Joseph had a coat of many colors, representing royalty.  Jesus had a seamless coat so valuable that Roman soldiers gambled for it at the foot of the corss, where He was hung as "King of the Jews."


4.  Joseph was sent to his brothers in the field with food.  Jesus was sent by His Father to earth as the bread of life, as living water, as milk for spiritual infants and meat for men.


5.  Joseph was rejected by his brothers and sold to the Midianites, who carried him to Egypt.  Jesus "came unto His own and His own received him not," and was sold by Judas for thirty pieces of silver.


6.  Joseph was falsely accused of rape by Potiphar's wife and sent to prison.  Jesus Christ was falsely accused by the Pharisees as being demonized, a drunkard, and a heretic.  For this He was executed by Rome and entered the prison of death.


7.  Joseph came out of prison and instantly became prime minister of Eygpt, standing  at the right hand of the most powerful man on earth - Pharoh.  Jesus came out of the prison of death and instantly ascended into heaven, standing at the right hand of God the Father, the most powerful force in the universe.


8.  Hunger and starvation drove Joseph's brothers into Egypt to see the brother they rejected and did not know.  Joseph was dressed as an Egyptian; he spoke as an Egyptian and was married to a Gentile wife with two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim.


Joseph's wife represents the Gentile church, and his two sons, their spiritual offsprings.  It is to be remember that Manasseh and Ephraim were given a full inheritance with national Israel.


Remember that Joseph did not reveal himself to his brothers until the Gentiles were removed from the room.  This mean that Christ will not reveal Himself to the Jewish people until after the raptue when the church has been removed from the earth.



"Another mystery in the story of Joseph"


Another mystery in the story of Joseph and his brothers is that Joseph set his brothers at the banquet table in the order of their birth.  Only Joseph could know that natural order.  This means that God is now calling the Jews of the world back to Israel so that a significant representation of each of the twelve tribes is home.  God will call 144,000 Jews (12,000 out of each of the twelve tribes) to carry the message of heaven to the four orners of the earth in the Tribulation.


Joseph's brothers came into Egypt three times seeking food before Joseph revealed himself to them as their flesh and blood.  The Jewish people have now entered the Promised Land of Israel for the third time.  The first time they came with Joshua, thre second time with Nehemiah to rebuild the wall, and the third time they came was on May 14, 1948, when the nation of Israel was reborn in the greatest prophetic miracle of the ages.


On the third time into the land, the revelation of Joseph's real identity was made known to his brothers.  Now that the Jewish people, the family of Jesus Christ, have entered Israel for the third time, His true identity will be made known in the near future.


What did Joseph's brother do when they saw Joseph's circumcision (which Egyptians did not have) and knew beyond any shadow of doubt that Joseph was indeed flesh of their flesh and bone of their bone?  They fell on each other's shoulders and wept so loudly it was heard throughout Joseph's palace.  They wept without consolation.


What does the prophet Zechariah say will happen when the Jewish people in the near future recognize that Jesus is indeed their Joseph?  Zechariah's description:


"And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants 

of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; they they will

look on Me whom they pierced.  Yes, they will mourn for Him as

one mourns for his only son, and grieve for him as one grieves for

a firstborn.


Zechariah 12:10


When will the divinely imparted spiritual blindness upon the Jewish people end concerning the identity  of Jesus Christ as Messiah?  This spiritual blindness will end when Christ returns to Earth and they see the scars in His hands from the Roman crucifixion.


Is this blindness given to all the Jewish people ?  The answer is absolutely not!  That brings us to the next concept.





Let's define propagation and revelation.  Propagation defines a messenger who proclaims a message, as in a pastor or evangelist proclaiming the gospel.  Revelation is a supernatural removal of a barrier to see what was not known.  The Book of Revelation is the removing of a veil so that the eyes of John could see the future of the church.


Gentiles come to Christ by the propagation of the gospel.  When you preach the gospel to Gentiles, it is common that hundreds and often thousands respond to the invitation to receive Christ.  This is the power of the gospel and the message of proclaiming the truth of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.


This is not true of the Jewish people, who have been judiciallyu blinded to the identity of Messiah.  This is confirmed by Daivd, whom Paul quotes in Romans 11:10:


Let their eyes be darkened so that they do not see...


The more accurate translation of this verse is, "Let them be judically blinded that they may not see."


So how do Jewish people from the time of Christ until today come to recognize Christ as Messiah do so through divine revelation, as did the twelve disciples who followed Christ (Matt. 13:11) and the apostle Paul on the road to Damascus.


Let's go back to Matthew 13 where Jesus is teaching the Jewish people in parables.  The disciples asked Christ why He was teaching the Jewish people in parables.


Christ answers: "Because it has been given to you (the disciples) to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven (revelation), but to them it has not given" (v. 11).


The point is made very clearly that Jewish people who come to recognize Jesus as Messiah do so by the process of divine revelation from God.  However, it's imperative that all spiritual truth be established by two or more witnesses within the Word of God.  Scripture should always be interpreted by scripture so that divine truth does not become corrupted by carnal knowledge or by personal bias.


 "The Spiritual Principle"


The spiritual principle is that Jewish people today come to recognize Jesus Christ via revelation.  Is there another witness, other than Jesus Christ in Matthew 13?


Yes - the conversion of Paul in Acts, chapter 9.  His name is Saul as the drama of Acts 9 opens.  He was born in the city of Tarsus, as  confirmed by Acts 22:3.  HIs birth occurred between A.D. 1 and A.D. 5.  Saul grew up in a Greek culture and remained loyal to his Jewish roots all his life (Rom. 11:1; Phil 3:5).  His family was wealthy and socially influential (Acts 22:28), and they had the power as Jews to obtain Roman citizenship.


Saul was a Pharisee of Phariesees who received his education from the renowned teacher Gamaliel (Acts 22:3).  Some theologians believe that at one time Saul must have been married, since marriage was required by the Pharisees to reach levels of promotion.


As the drama of Acts 9 opens, Saul has launched a vicous attack on the followers of Christ, having them thrown into prison to be beaten and murdered..  As he comes near the gates of the city of Damascusm suddenly a bright light shone around him from heaven.


Saul had a dramatic face to face encounter with Jesus Christ, the light of the world.  He was totally blinded physically by the experience for three days and was led by the hand like a child to the hourse of Ananias, who lived on the street called Straight.


Ananias laid his hands on Saul and prayed this prayer.


"Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared on the road as you

came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be

filled with the Holy Spirit."  Immediately, there fell from his eyes

something like scales and he received his sight at once."


Acts 9:17 - 18


Paul is yet another witness to the fact that Jewish people recognize Jesus the Messiah via revelation from God.


Just as Paul received the revelation of Christ as Messiah in Acts 9, there will be 144,000 Jewish witnesses in the Tribulation who have a similar experience, with 12,000 Jews from each tribe protected by the hand of God with a seal in their foreheads (Rev. 7 7:3).  They shall cover the earth, bearing witness to their fellow Jews that they have had a supernatural visitation and now recognize Christ as Messiah.


Some organization who target Jewish people for conversion use the phrase from Romans 1:16, which states, "to the Jew first," to justify their ministry.  Let's look at that whole scripture and see what it really says:


"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power

of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first

and also for the Greek."    Romans 1:16


It's clear that the subject of this verse is the gospel of Christ.  The phrase "for the Jew first" is a matter of sequence - not preference.  Paul is saying that the Word of God came to the Jews first, which is a fact of history.  Later it came to the Gentiles.  He confirms this in Romans 3:1 - 2, saying: "What advantage then has the Jew....?  Much in  every way!  Chiefly because to them were committed the oracles (Word) of God."


To say that God prefers to see the salvation of the Jews over Gentiles is to say that God is a "respecter of persons,"  Which the Bible plainly denies.  Romans 1:16 plainly states that the Word of God came to the Jewish people first as a matter of sequence - not preference.





The inability of the Jewish people to recognize Jesus as Messiah benefited the Gentiles by bringing to them the opportunity of salvation.


I say then, have they stumbled that they should fall?  Certainly

not !  But through their fall, to provoke them to jealousy, salva-

tion has come to the Gentiles.  Now if their fall is riches for the

world, and their failure riches for the Gentiles, how much more

their fullness!


Romans 11:11 - 12


The salvation of the Gentiles was intended by God to "provoke the Jews to jealousy,"  exciting them to seek and claim a share in the blessings of the new covenant.


In Luke chapter 7, a centurion's servant was healed by Jesus of Narareth, who, being an observant Jew, would not enter the house of a Gentile.  The Roman centurion asked the Jewish elders what he could do to get Jesus to enter his house and pray for his sick servant.  The elders went to Jesus and pled with Him earnestly, saying that the Roman centurion deserved to be helped?


The elders said to Jesus, "For he (the centurion) loves our nation, and has built us a synagogue".


The point is this: a practical act of kindness on the part of a Gentile provoked Jesus to enter the centurion's house to heal his sick servant, fulfilling Jesus' covenant with Abraham:  "I will bless those that bless you...."





The tragedy of history has been that for two thousand years, recognized Christianity has not provoked Jews to jealousy by their kindness but has produced a harvest of hatred that cause the Jewish people to recoil in fear from those who waged war beneath the cross.


When the Roman Catholic Crusaders entered the city of Jerusalem in 1099, they trapped more than nine hundred Jewish women and children in their synagogue and burned them alive while they sang "Christ We Adore Thee."  This kind of Christianity" is no different from a member of the Taliban who straps himself with a bomb and murders Jews who refuse to believe in Islam.


In the 20th century, six million Jews were systematically slaughtered by Adolph Hitler.  Hitler and his Nazi monsters were never even slightly scolded by the pope, let alone excommunicate from the church for their crimes against humanity.  


It's time for Christianity to reach out to our Jewish brothers and siters, demonstrating the unconditional love of God, which is what Paul commanded in Romans 15:27:


For if the Gentiles have been partakers of their spiritual things (the Jews), their duty (the Gentiles) is also to minister to them (the Jewish people) in material things.


What riches came to the Gentiles because of the Jewish people stumbled over the stumbling stone, which was Jesus of Nazareth?





As Gentiles, we receive the unsearchable riches of the gospel of Jesus Christ.


We receive the riches of the blessings of Abraham, which know no measure and have no limit.


We receive the riches of faith by which the treasures of heaven are made possible to each of us.


We receive the riches of  repentance through which each of us becomes a child of God.


We receive the riches of His love, joy, and eternal peace in the Holy Spirit.


We receive the riches of salvation by grace through faith.


We receive the riches of adoption and the riches of being heirs and joint heirs with Jesus Christ.


The riches that came to the Gentiles because the Jewish people stumbled over the identity of Jesus Christ are without limit and beyond our knowing.






For if their being cast away is the reconciling of the world, what 

will thier acceptance be but life from the dead ?    Romans 11:15


Paul is making a prediction that in Israel's future there will be a national spiritual resurrection that will be so dramatic it will be like someone coming back to life from the dead.  How could such a thing happen?  Remember, "With God all things are possible" (Matt. 19:26).  How and when God will cause a spiritual resurrection to come to Israel is known only to God.


In Ezekiel 37, Ezekiel describes that very thing when God showed him the nation of Israel as a valley full of dry bones.  The bones were "very dry," meaning they had been dead a long time.  Israel as a nation was dead for almost two thousand years.  God commanded Ezekiel to prophesy to the dead bones.  Ezekiel; instantly obeyed the voice of the Lord, for obedience is better than sacrifice.


The valley of dry bones began to come together miraculously as Ezekiel spoke.  Then came the sinews, the flesh, and skin, and those bones stood up an exceedingly great army.  There is no doubt this is national Israel, for the scripture reads:


Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel.    

  Ezekiel 37:11


Israel is reborn and thrives today as a mighty democratic nation.  We are now awaiting the Jewish people's spiritual resurrection.





Ezekiel describes the resurrection:


Then they (Israel) shall be My people, and I will be their God.

David My servant shall be king over them, and they shall have

one shepherd; they shall also walk in My judgments and observe

My statutes, and do them.  Thenm they shall dwell in the land that

I have given to Jacob My servant, where your fathers dwelt; and 

they shall dwell there, they, their children, and their children's

children, forever; and My servant David shall be their prince for-

ever.  Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them, and it

shall be an everlasting covenant with them; I will establish them

and multiply them, and I will set My sanctuary in their midst

forevermore.  My tabernacle also shall be with them; indeed I will

be their God, and they shall be My people.  The nations also will

know that I, the Lord sanctify Israel, when My sanctuary is in

their midst forevermore.


Count on it !  God's love for Israel and the Jewish people is boundless for the patriarchs' sake.  This spiritual awakening, which is very clearly predicted by Ezekiel, is now beginning and will soon explode into a global reality.  It is God's time to pour out the spirit of grace upon the house of Israel and the Jewish people.





If the part of the dough offered as firstfruit is holy, then the whole batch is holy; if the root is holy, so are the branches.


Romans 11:16


The Bible says, "Without holiness no one will see the Lord" (Heb. 12:14).  The Word of God is satuirated with the concept of holiness.  Our Bible is called the Holy Bible.  Jerusalem is called the Holy City.  When we gather in the house of the Lord, we are on holy ground.  The anointing oil that breaks every yoke is called the holy anointing oil.  The tabernacle has the holy of holies where God Himself visited ancient Israel.  The angels around the throne of God Himself visited ancient Israel.  The angels around the throne of God at this very moment are shouting in thunderous union, "Holy, holy, holy," night and day.


In Romans 11:16, Paul captures that theme, saying that if the initial dough that makes the loaf of challah bread is holy, the whole loaf is holy.  The concept was give to Israel first in Numbers 15:20 - 21, describing a small "cake" baked from dough set aside for God.  All bread baked thereafter from the "holy dough" made the whole loaf holy.


Paul uses the same principle and applies it to an olive tree, which is the symbol of Israel.  Paul states, "If the root is holy, so are the branches."


The root of the olive tree is Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  In Romans 11:28, Paul clearly states that Israel is "beloved for the sake of the fathers."  The "fathers" are the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  


Now follow Paul's transition.  If the roots are holy (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob ), the branches are holy (v. 16).  Who are the branches growing from the holy root?  These branches are the righteous Jews, but not necessarily every Jew.


Note that in verse 17, "Some of the branches were broken off."  This means that some individual Jews have been disciiplined by God and are temporarily broken off (. 23).  Logic states that if some of the branches are broken off, some of the branches are still attached to the tree, and they are holy.  Paul very clearly states that the Jewish people are still God's people and are considered by God to be holy.





Paul now turns his attention to the Gentiles.  He writes:


And you (Gentiles), being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them (the Jewish people), and iwth them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, do not boast against the branches.  But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root support you.  You will say then, "Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in."  Well said.  Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith.  Do not be haughty, but fear.  For if God di not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either.  Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but towared you, goodness, if you continue in HIs goodness.  Otherwise yu also will be cut off.  And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.  For if you were cut out of the olive tree, which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, who are natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?    (Romans 11:17 - 24)


Let's review the spiritual anatomy of this olive tree Paul is presenting.  First, its roots are the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  The branches that have been broken off are generations of unbelieving Jews, and the branches that have been "grafted in " are the believing Gentiles.  Please remember that there are Jewish branches that are still attached to the olive tree.  While this is true as a fact of nature in horticultural science, Paul clearly states in verse 24 that the wild olive branch being grafted in is "contrary to nature."  This means the grafting in the Gentiles is a supernatual act from the hand of God.








Paul begins addressing the Gentiles direct in verse 13 ("for I speak to you Gentiles"), and he continues speaking to them until verse 25.  In verses 17 - 22, he warns the Gentiles not to boast against Judaism because of the favor God has given to the Gentiles for the time being.


The Gentiles did not seek God, yet they now get to have a full share of the riches of Abraham.  The transplanted olive branches "share the richess" of the olive tree.


What should the attituide of Gentiles be toward the Jewish people?  Paul commands all Gentiles believers of every generation, "Do not boast against the branches"  (v. 18).  The Gentiles do not give life to the tree, but they draw life from the tree, which receives its life source from the taproot, which is Jewish, being Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.


Then Paul allows ther imaginary Gentile person to voice his opinion in verse 19, saying, "Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in."  This very claim is made by those who teach that the church has replaced Israel in the economy of God.  Replacement theologians teach that Israel has no role in the future of God's work.  Their time is past, they teach; now we (the Gentiles) are the people of God.  This teaching is false doctrine! 


Paul makes it very clear the root of the tree is Jewish, and many natural branches (Jewish people)are yet attached to the olive tree.  Israel has a prominent and equal place in the economy of God forever.  Paul's description demolishes replacement theology, specifically in Romans 11:1 and 11, saying it is not true.


Paul then reminds any arrogant Gentile Christian, "Don't think high thoughts.  Be afraid !"  (v. 20).  Why be afraid ?


Christians should fear because, "If God did not spare the natural branches (the Jewish people), He may not spare you either"  (v. 21).  The language in the Greek here is bold and forceful.  Paul uses the word kata phusis (natural) and para phusis (unnatural) in Romans  11:24.  The point is shocking, yet unmistakable.  The Jewish people are natural to God, and the Gentiles are unnatural branches in God's economy.


Paul's use of the word spare recalls Romans 8:32: "He (God) who did not spare His own Son."  Abraham, acting under God's command, was willing not to spare Isaac, but to offer him as a sacrifice to prove his absolute loyalty to God.


It is too much to believe that Paul is once more making a connection between Jewish people who has the first claim to "sonship" (Rom. 9:4) and Jesus Christ on the cross?  If God did not spare His first son, Israel, and His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, He certainly will judge arrogant Gentiles as severely as He judged the Jews who disobeyed the Torah.  That's why Paul says to Gentile believers, "Do not be haughty (toward the Jewish people), but fear" (Rom. 11:20).  Remember the words that God gave Abraham: "I  will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you"  (gEN. 12:3).





And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.  For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, who are natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?


Romans 11:23 - 24


Most of Romans 11 deals with God's purpose for the Jewish people in this present age.  Romans 11:1 deals with the fact God has not cast away the Jewish people in this present age.  Romans 11:5 states, "Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace."  God has divinely chosen Jewish people at this present time who live God's favor.


In Romans 11:30 - 31, Paul is referring to the salvation of the Jewish people at some point in the future.


Paul makes it clear in Romans 11:25 that Israel's blindness to the identity of Messiah will end when "the fullness of the Gentiles has come in."  The fullness of the Gentiles will endure until Christ returns to earth.  Then Paul plants the blockbuster verse of all the Book of Romans: "All Israel will be saved" (v. 26) .


Notice the pattern of progression in Romans 11 concerning the redemption of the Jewish people in the future.




*The possibility that the Jewish people could be grafted in at some point in the future: "God is able to graft them in again" (v.23).


*The probability that the Jewish people will come to redemption in the future: "How much more will these, who are natural branches (the Jewish people), be grafted into their own olive tree?" (v. 24).


*The absolute fact that, at a time in the future, redemption will come to all righteous Jews: "And so all Israel will be saved" (v. 26)


Paul again presents God as a Creator who calls into being that which did not exist and raises the dead to life.  There is the connection between the birth of the Jewish people and Isaac, whose parents were "as good as dead."  Remember, Abraham and Sarah were sterile in their old age when Isaac, the son of promise, was born.


Now Paul presents the regeneration of the Jewish people from the "remnant according to the election of grace."  Paul cup his hands to his mouth and shouts for all generations to hear. "Am Israel Chai," meaning, "The people of Israel are alive."


Paul begins to summarize his argument by reminding his Gentile readers once more not to be arrogant toward the Jewish people because of the Gentiles' presen favor with God.  The Gentiles do not know it, but they are involved in a mystery, which is something else all together different than a problem.


A problem is something human intelligence can eventually work out.  Problems are chess moves, crossword puzzles, and broken marriages.  But a mystery is something that, when the answer is known, human intelligence cannot fully grasp its meaning.





For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this miystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.     Romans 11:25.


There are seven mysteries of God in Scripture.  They are as follows:


1.  The mysteries of the kingdom of God (Matt. 13:11)


2.  The mystery of the olive tree (Rom. 11:25)


3.  The mystery of Christ and the church (Eph. 5:32)


4.  The mystery of piety (1 Tim. 3:16)


5.  The mystery of the rapture of the church (1 Cor. 15:51)


6.  The mystery of lawlessness (2 Thess. 2:7(


7.  The mystery of God finished (Rev. 10:7)


A mystery in Scripture concerning a future event can be known only through divine revelation.  These seven mysteries recorded in Scripture are explained, and they should be known by the body of Christ.  Yet they are strangely ignored by the vast majority of Christians.


The specific mystery Paul is writing about here is that "all of Israel will be saved."  Why is it a mystery?  Obviously, no one could have predicted this in Paul's era without divine revelation.  There are theologians today who can literally see the physical restoration of national Israel before their natural eyes, and still they deny that God has or will restore Israel.


Paul now shares with his Gentile readers that the "hardening" of Israel is only partial and temporary.  It will last only until the full number of Gentiles come in (Rom. 11:25)  Paul is using almost the exact words of Jesus, who said, "Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled (Luke 21:24).


Paul's expectation that "all Israel will be saved" was exactly like Abraham and Sarah contemplating the birth of Isaac when theyt were totally barren.  Yet Paul's revelation is not based on human possibility, but in "God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did"  (Rom. 4:17).


The fact of Scripture is this: at some point in the near future, there is going to be a massive spiritual awakening in Israel that will shock the world, and the Word of God will come true - "All Israel will be saved."


Could it be during Ezekiel's war as described in Ezekiel 38 and 39?  Is this national spiritual awakening of of Israel what Ezekiel refers to in Ezekiel 39:22, 29?


"So the house of Israel shall know that I am the Lord their God

from that day forward.... And I will not hide My face from them

anymore; for I shall have poured out My Spirit on the house of

Israel," says the Lord God.





THE OLD TESTAMENT is God's will concealed.  The New Testament is God's will revealed.  As you study Paul's writings, you discover that he makes a statement of faith and then support it with Old Testament facts.


And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written:


"The Deliverer will come out of Zion,

And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob;

For this is My covenant with them,

When I take away their sins." 


Romans 11:26 - 27


Paul's statement "All Israel will be saved" is taken from Isaiah 59:20 - 21, which reads in the Septuagint translation, "And the deliverer shall come for Zion's sake, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob.  And this shall be miy covenant with them, said the Lord."


Paul's statement "All Israel will be saved" is also influenced by Psalm 14:7: "Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion!  When the Lord brings back the captivity of His people, let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad."


Once more, the text speaks of a return.  But this time it speaks of deliverance: "The salvation of Israel would come out of Zion."


Who is this deliverer from Zion?


It is believed Paul, Isaiah, and King David speak of Jesus of Nazareth.  


Zechariah writes: "They (those alive in Israel at that time) will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child" (Zech. 12:10).



This is an amazing prophecy that clearly reveals who is thie "deliverer out of Zion."


The word pierced in Zechariah 12:10 comes from the Hebrew word daqar, which means, "to thrust through with sword or spear," whereas in Psalm 22:16, the Hebrew 'ariy is used: "They pierced My hands and My feet."





The Deliverer out of Zion will pierced in two ways: the piercing of hands and feet in crucifixition (prophesied centuries before crucifixion was known) and the piercing with sword or spear to the death, which was normally a part of crucifixion.  However, Jesus of Nazareth endured this second piercing.  Therefore, Jesus Christ of Nazareth is the only man who has ever walked across the stage of human history who could be "the deliverer out of Zion."


Paul now brings his long and complex argument to a closer (Romans 11:28 - 32).  The Jewish people, the most brilliant race of people on the face of the earth, who were judicially blinded to the identity of Messiah, are now "enemies for your sake" (v. 28).  Paul stated earlier in Romans 5:10 concerning the Gentiles that "we were enemies" of God because we were in rebellion to the will of God. 


Paul qualifies the word "enemies" immediately with "for your sake."  The Gentiles have benefited from Israel's partial and temporary blindness to Messiah, giving us the unsearchable riches of the gospel and the opportunity to come to repentance and redemption.


Briefly stated, the Jewish response to the gospel message has placed in the hands of the Gentiles the golden key that unlocked the door to the unsearchable riches of the kingdom of God.  We, who were "outside the covenant, without hope and without God" have been made heirs and joint heirs.  We have been grafted into the olive tred even though we were wild brances, which required a miraculous, supernatural grafting to make us one iwth God the Father


Paul emphatiucally reminds his Gentile readers, "The (the Jewish people) are beloved for the sake of the fathers," meaning Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  Inasmuch as both Gentiles and Jews are grafted into the olive tree of Romans 11, we therefore should remember that we are bothers and sisters in the kingdom of God and should treat each other with mutual respect reflecting this relationship. 




In Paul's logic, the good deeds of the patriarchs built up merit with God from which future generations could draw.  God's eternal loyalty to the Jewish people has to do with the patriarchs' loyalty to God and God's loyalty to His covenants to the Jewish people (Romans 11:29).


Paul then says to the Gentiles:


For as you were once disobedient to God, yet have now obtained

mercy through their disobedience, even so these also have now 

been disobedient, thjat through the mercy shown you they also

obtain mercy.


Paul concludes the chapter praising the glory and wisdom of God, whose ways are past finding out.  "For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things"  (v. 36).  God is the source, the sustainer, and the goal of all that exists."...to whom be glory forever.  Amen"  (v. 36).





1.  Romans 9 - 11 is, in fact, a theological codicil, a stand-alone document, reflecting God's position on the Jewish people after the cross.


2.  Romans 9 - 11 is written exclusively concerning the Jewish people, as validated by eight textual statements in Romans 9:4 - 5.


3  God has chosen a remnant of surviving Jews "according to the election of grace."  This election process is evidenced in Ishmael and Isaac, Jacob and Esau, in Pharaoh, and finally in the clay pot that has zero ability to tell the master potter what it shall become or the finished product of honor or dishonor it shall become.


4.  Israel has not been cast away or put aside in the economy of God, as evidenced in Romans 11:1 and 11, clearly stating Israel has not been rejected of God.  God's picture of Abraham's seed as being the stars of the heaven, representing the church, and the sand of the sea, which represents the Jewish people, clearly states that Israel is eternal.  The 144,000 are chosen from Israel in Revelation 7.  How can that be if Israel does not exist in the economy of God?  The judgment of the nations is about Israel and how the nations of the world treated Israel.  If Israel has no place in the economy of God, why would that be?


5.  Not all Jews are lost at this present time, since some have been chosen by a sovereign God "according to the election of grace"  (Rom. 11:5).  Grace means you did nothing to deserve it.  God, in His infinite mercy, has decided to choose you to be in His divine favor.


6. The doctrine of divine election applies to nations and not to individuals.  A remnant of the Jewish people has been dinely elected and when the Gentile era ends, "all Israel will be saved." "All Israel" is to be identified as all believing Gentiles and Jews as evidenced by the natural branches (the Jewish people) of the olive tree and the unnatural branches (the believing Gentiles) (Rom. 11:17 - 21).


7.  The Jewish people, in part, have been blinded to the identity of Messiah temporarily until the full number of Gentiles have come in, and then shall "all Israel be saved" (Rom. 11:25 - 26).


8.  The roots of Christianity are Jewish (Rom. 11 - 16), and the Jewish roots support Christianity (v. 18).


9.  Gentiles are commanded by Paul to beware of any spirit of anti-Semitism, any attitude of arrogance toward the Jewish people lest the judgment of God fall on them.  If God did not spare the Jewish people of judgment for sin, He most assuredly will not spare the Gentiles (Rom. 11:20 - 22). 


10.  A deliverer shall come out of Zion and take away the sins and ungodliness of Jacob, meaning the Jewish people (Rom. 11:26).  That "deliverer out of Zion" is none other than Jesus Christ.  It is believed by some Bible scholars that this generation will live to see Him sitting on the throne of King David on the Temple Mount in the city of Jerusalem, bringing the Golden Age of Peace to the world.  It's coming much sooner than you think!





AMERICA IS AT the crossroads! Will we believe and obey the Word of God concerning Israel, or will we continue to equivocate and sympathize with Israel's enemies?  Our president has vowed to act against terrorists and those who harbor them while pressing Israel not to retaliate against Palestinian terrorists, who are very much a part of the international terrorist network.


Israel has been forced to abandon the Gaza Strip.  Sadly, the European Union, the United Nations, and even the Bush administration continue to push for creation of a Palestinian state that, we are told, will live "side by side with Israel in peace."


On television as reported, the "citizens" of this future state did in a period of 24 hours as Israeli troops withdrew from Gaza?  "Mobs carring Hamas and Islamic Jihad flags rampaged through Gaza looting, shooting guns in the air, and themn burning a Jewish synagogues to the ground.  The frenzy wasn't completely unexpected given the culture of death that has prevailed in the Palestinian territory for years.  Bodies were exhumed from Jewish gaves during the evacuation, because everyone knew that once the Palestinians wer ein control the graves would be desecrated.  There were not one word of condemnation of this behavior from  Palestinian leader Mahmod Abbas during this time.  


"Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, while congratulating both the Israelis and the Palestinian for "their effective coordination,' sadly failed to mention the torching of the synagogues."


Senior Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar, in an interview with Arab newspaper Asharq Al Awsat, said, "We do not and will not recognize a state called Israel.... This land is the property of all Muslims in all parts of the world....Let Israel die."


Is this the rhetoric of someone who yearns to live side by side in peace and harmony with Israel?  Is this the partner for peace Washington is forcing on Israel?





The cornerstone of this Middle East policy, the alleged Roadmap for Peace, is to divide the land of Israel to create a terrorist-ruled Islamic Palestinian state, whose stated objective is the destruction of Israel.


Here's the problem !


God promises to pour out His judgment on any nation that tries to divide up the land of Israel.  Listen to the voice of God as it speaks through His prophet Joel.


"I will also gather all nations, and...enter into judgment with 

them there on account of My people, My heritage Israel, whom

they scattered among the nations; they have also divided up My

land.... Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision !  For the

day of the Lord is near in the valley of decisons.


                                                                            Joel 3:2 - 14


God's Word is very clear!  There will be grave consequences for the nation or nations that attempt to divide up the land of Israel.  God's love for Israel is expressed in the words of Zechariah:"He who touches you (Israel) touches the apple of His eye"  (Zech. 2:8).


God continues expressing His love for Israel, saying, "I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you"  (Gen. 12:3).  This is and has been God's foreign policy toward the Jewish people from Genesis 12 until this day.  Any man or nation that persecutes the Jewish people or the State of Israel will receive the swift judgment of God.


America has found itself bogged down in an unprovoked, worldwide war with radical Islamic terrorists with an uncertain end.  America is very vulnerable to terrorist attacks in the future, whose consequences could be much more severe that the three thousand lives lost on 9/11.  This is not the time to provoke God and defy Him to pour out His judgment on our nation for being a principal force in the division of the land of Israel.





There are biblical  reasons why America and all Bible-believing Christians must stand with Israel and their claim to the land.


1.  Israel is the only nation created by a sovereign act of God.


Israel belongs to God himself ?  As Creator of heavens and earth (Gen. 1:1),  God had the right of ownership to give the land to whomever He chose.  God gave the title deed for the land to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and their descendants "forever" (Gen. 15:18; 17:2 - 8).  Ishmael, father of Arabs, was excluded from the title deed to the land in Genesis 17:19 - 21.  Therefore, modern day Palestinians have no biblical m,andate to own the land.


The boundaries of the State of Israel are recorded in Scripture.  (Numbers 34:2 - 15; Joshua 11:16 - 23; 13:1 - 22).  The boundaries are further described in Ezekiel 47:13 - 28 and all of chapter 48.


When God established the natiions of the world.  He began with Israel.  Israel is the center of the universe in the mind of God.


2.  Christians owe a debt of eternal gratitude to the Jewish people for their contributions, which gave birth to the Christian faith.


Paul recorded in Romans 15:27, "For if the Gentiles have been partakers of their (the Jews) spiritual things, their duty is also to minister to them in material things.


Jesus Christ, a prominent rabbi from Nazareth, said "Salvation is of the Jews"  (John 4:22).  Consider what the Jewish people have given to Christianity:


*  The sacred Scripture

*  The prophets

*  The patriarchs

*  Mary, Joseph, and Jesus of Nazareth

*  The twelve disciples

*  The apostles


It is not possible to say, "I am a Christian," and not love the Jewish people.  The Bible teaches that love is not what you say, but love is what you do (1 John 3:18).  Someone has said:


A bell is not a bell until you ring it,

A song is not a song until you sing it,

Love in your heart is not put there to stay,

Love is not love until you give it away."



BIBLICAL REASONS continued......


While some Christians try to deny the connection between Jesus of Nazareth and the Jews of the world, Jesus never denied His Jewishness.  He was born Jewish.  He was circumcised on the eighth day in keeping with Jewish tradition.  He had His Bar Mitzvah on His thirteenth birthday.  He kept the Law of Moses.  He wore the prayer shawl Moses commanded all Jewish men to wear.  He died on the cross with an inscription over His head, "King of the Jews."


Jesus considered the Jewish people His family.  Jesus said, "Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethen (the Jewish people... Gentiles were never called His brethren), ye have done it unto me (Matt. 25:40).


4.  Christians are to support Israel because it brings the blessings of God to them personally.


In Psalm 122:6, King David commands all Christians, "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:  May they prosper who love you."  The scriptural principle of personal property is tied to blessing Israel and the city of Jerusalem.


Why did Jesus Christ go to the house of Cornelius in Capernaum and heal his servant who was ready to die?  Jesus went because the Gentile centurion deserved the blessing of God because he had demonstrated his love for the Jews by building a synagogue in Israel (:Luke 7:5).  When you do things to bless the Jewish people and the State of Israel, God will bless you.


Why did God the Father select the house of Cornelius in Caesarea to be the first Gentile house in Israel to receive the gospel?  The answer is given repeadly in Acts 10.



"ACTS 10:2"


Acts 10:2 says: "... a devout man (Cornelius) and one who feared God with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always."  Who were the people to whom Cornelius gave these alms?  They were Jewish people that lived around him.


Acts 10:4 states: "Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God.:"


Acts 10:31 reads "... your alms are remembered in the sight of God."


The point is made three times in the same chapter.  A righteous Gentile who expressed his unconditional love for the Jewish people in a practical manner was divinely selected by heaven to be the first Gentile house to receive the gospel of salvation and the first to receive the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.


These combined Scriiptures verify that prosperity (Gen. 12:3; Ps. 122.6), divine healing (Luke 7:1 - 5), and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit (Acts 10) came first to Gentiles who blessed the Jewish people and the nation of Israel in a practical manner.  Paul expands on this teaching in Romans 15:27.


The Bible principle for Gentiles being blessed for blessing the Jewish people could be seen with Jacob and Laban.  Jacob, one of the patriarchs, worked for Laban, who was a Syrian.  Laban changed Jacob's wages ten times, each time to his hurt.  Jacob became weary with the abuse and told Laban he was leaving.  Laban reponded apologetically: "Please stay ... for I have learned by experience that the Lord has blessed me for your sake"  (Gen. 30:27).  Laban was a Gentile who confessed that he recognized God's specific blessing to him and his family because of Jacob.





The blessings contrinuwa in rhe story of Joseph and Pharaoh.  Joseph saved the Gentiles world from starvatrion through his divine power to interpet dreams.  Pharaoh blessed Joseph by making him the prime minister of the nation and by giving his family the rich farm lands of Goshen, which were the best in Egypt.  Pharaoh treated Joseph and the Jewish people as an extension of his own family.  During this era in Egypt's history, the pyramids were built and the glory of Egypt reached its absolute pinnacle.  Through the genius of Joseph, the food in storage was used to buy vast amounts of real estate for Pharaoh and Egypt.  


Then there arose a pharaoh who did not know Joseph.  That pharaoh persecuted the Jewish people.  He made their lives grevious and difficult on purpose.  The Jews were forced to make bricks without straw.  Theyu were beaten with whips, they were starved, and their male children were drowned in the Nile River.


God brought to that pharaoh and his administration ten plagues that destroyed the economy of the nation.  In its finality, the firstborn in every Egyptian home died, and the pharaoh himself became bloated fish food, floating face down before the Jewish people who had been liberated from Egypt's bondage by walking through the Red Sea on dry ground.


It is to be noted that what a nation does to the Jewish people, God will do exactly the same to them.  The Egyptians killed Jewish children in the Nile River.  God sent a plague that killed the firstborn of every house in Egypt without the lamb's blood on the door.  The tears of the Egyptians matched every Jewish tear to the last drop.


One example that happened in the 20th century displayed God's hand.  The German leader, Hitler was instrumental in exterminating over 6 million Jewish people.  In contrast God allowed Russians to build barbed-wire fences around the German people between East and West Germany to hold them as prisoners with machine guns and German Shepherd attack dogs because the German people did exactly the same thing to the Jews at every death camp.  For what was done at Dachua and Auschwitz, and for every Jew who died, the Germans will have to answer tp God.



God judges the Gentiles for their abuse of the Jews


In Exodus 17, there's the story of the Amalekites, who attacked the children of Israel as they came up out of Egypt en route to the Promiased Land.  Because the Amalekites, who were descendants of Esau, whom God hated, attacked the Jewish people, God promised to be at war with Amalek from generation to generation.


Then the Lord said to Moses, "Write this for a memorial in the

book and recount it in the hearing of Joshua, that I will utterly

blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven."  And

Moses built an altar and called its name The-Lord Is-My-Banner;

for he said, "Because the Lord has sworen: the Lord will have

war with Amalek from generation to generation."


Exodus 17:14 - 16


Because Amalek attacked the Jewish people as they came up out of Egypt, God promised to be at war with him until He drove his remembrance from beneath the sun.  That meant God intended to exterminate him and his people.  Hundreds of years later, God was still at war with Amalek.  God commanded King Saul to destroy the Amalekites utterly.  We read:


Thus says the Lord of hosts:  "I will punish Amalek for what he did

to Israel, how he ambushed him on the way when he came up from

Egypt.  Now go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that

they have, and do not spare them.  But kill both man and woman,

infant and nursing child, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.'


1 Samuel 15:2 - 3


In 1 Samuel 15:28, because Saul refused to obey the Lord, God took the kingdom from him and gave it to another.  The judgment on Saul was instantaneous, because he refused to carry out God's judgment against those who had attacked the Jewish people


In Samuel 15:28 - 29, Samuel said to Saul: "The Lord has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today, and has given it to a neighbor of yours (David), who is better than you.  And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor relent.  For He is not a man, that He should relent."


There is a point here that cannot be missed.  Hundreds of years passed from the time of Moses to King Saul, but God did not change His mind about exterminating Amalek's descendants to the last "man, woman, infant and nursing child."



Another illustration of God judging the Gentiles"


Another illustration of God judiging the Gentiles who attacked the Jewish people was the pharaoh "that knew not Joseph."


A third illustration of God destroying Gentiles who attack the Jewish people is that of Haman.  Haman was an Old Testament Hitler who planned the first "final solution" for all the Jews living in Persia.  The story is vividly recorded in the pages of God's Word.  (See the Book of Esther).  The end result was that Haman and his seven sons hung from the gallows they built to hang the Jews of Persia upon.  The judgment of God came to those who tried to bring destruction to the Jewish people.  Exactly what Haman planned for the Jews happened to himself and his sons.  


Where is the Roman Empire?  Where are the Greeks?  Where are the Babylonians?  Where are the Turks?  Where is the Ottoman Empire?  Where are Adolf Hitler and his goose-stepping Nazis?  They are all footnotes in the boneyard of human history, because they all made a common mistake.  They attacked the Jewish people, and God Almighty brought them to nothing.


Hitler had Jews shot and thrown in death ditches, and then burned.  Others were gassed and burned in ovens, and their ashes filled the countryside like flakes of fallen snow.  How didf Hitler die?  He shot himself and ordered his fanatical Nazi followers to soak his body with fifty gallons of gas and then burn him to an ash.  What you do to the Jews will happen to you.


God promises to punish the nations that come against Israel (Gen. 12:3).  America, the Arabs, the European Union, the United Nations, Russia, China - indeed, all nations - are in the valley of decision.  Every nation that presumes to interfere with God's plan for Israel, including the United States, stands not only against Israel but also ultimately against God.  God isrising to judge the nations of the world based on their treatment of the State of Israel.




March 2002


In March 2002, when White House rhetoric was moving against Israel.  Senator James Inhofe (R- OK) gave one of the greatest speeches ever given on the floor of the United States Senate.  Senator Inhofe titled his speech, "Seven Reasons Why Israel Is Entitled to the Land."  Here is an abridged version of the senator's magnificent speech.


1.  The archaeological evidence says it's Israel's land !


Every new archaeological dig supports the fact that the Jews have had a presence in Israel for three thousand years - including coins, cities, pottery, and other cultural artifacts.  The Jewish claim predates the claim of any other people in the region.  The ancient Philistines are extinct, as are other ancient people.  They do not have the unbroken line the Isralis have.  The first modern Israelis are direct descendants from the original Israelites.


2.  Israel has a historic right to the land.


Israel existed as a nation until the time of the Roman Empire.  Even after the dispersions of A.D. 70 and A.D. 135, a strong Jewish presence remained.  The Turks took control seven hundred years ago and ruled until they were defeated by Great Britain in World War I as allies of the Germans.  British Field Marshall Edmond Allenby took Jerusalem without firing a shot.  Grateful for the contributions Jewish scientist and businessmen had made to the war effort.  Britain promised in 1917 to set aside certain captured lands (all present day Israel and Jordan) for a Jewish homeland.  There was no outcry over the plan because the land was considered worthless, unable to sustain any sizable population.


Arabs began to repopulate the land only after the Jews reclaimed it and the land had begun to prosper.  No nation in the region has a longer-standing historic claim to the land than Israel.  Saudi Arabia was not created until 1913; Lebanon, 1920; Iraq, 1932; Syria, 1941; Jordan, 1946; and Kuwait, 1961.  


3.  Israel's practical value to the Middle East


Israel is a marvel of modern agriculture.  She has brought more food out of a desert than any other land.  The Arabs should befriend Israel, import Israeli technology, and make the Middle East, like Israel, a food exporter.


The Israeli Defense Forces bring to the troubled Middle East great stability.  If the Israeli Defense Forces were not able to bring peace in the region, the United States of America would need to commit thousands of troops at the clost of billions of dollars to secure a land that is critical to our national secuity inasmuch as the oil-rich Persian Gulf is at stake.  


4.  Israel's land: the ground of humanitarian concern


Six million Jews were slaughtered in Europe in World War II.  Jews were persecuted in Russia under the czars, under Communism, and even now.  For their own protection and development, the Jews need their homeland.  If not there, where?  The entire nation of Israel would fit into my home state of Oklahoma seven times.


5.  Israel is a strategic ally of the United States.


Israel is an impediment to groups hostile to America.  Were it not for our strategic ally, Israel, they would overrun the entire Middle East.  We have only one friend in the region we can count on.  Israel votes with us in the United Nations more than any other nation, including England, Canada, France, and Germany.


6.  Israel is a roadblock to terrorism.


The war we face is not against a sovereign nation but against a fluid group of terrorist who move from one country to another.  They are almost invisible.  We need our alliance with Israel.  If we do not stopo terrorism in the Middle East, it will be on our shores.  I believe the spiritual door was opened for an attack against the United States because the policy of our government has been in demand and pressure the Israelis not to retaliate in a signficant way against terrorist strkes launched against them.


 Since its indepence in 1948, Israel has fought four wars: the War for Independence (1948 - 49); the 1956 War, the Sinai Campaign; the Six - Day War in 1967; and the Yom Kippur War in 1973.  In all four cases, Israel was attacked.  They were never the aggressor.  They won all four wars against impossible odds.


7.  We must support Israel's right to the land because said so !


In Gensis 13:14 - 17, the Bible says: "The Lord said unto Abram... 'Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art... for all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed forever...'"






Revelation is a book of prophecy.


Only God can prophesy and truly, no one would want to know their day-to-day future in intimte detail.  That would take4 all of the romance and adventure out of our lives.


A part of the thrill of living is the principiles of surprise and discovery.  Who knows - or for that matter wants to know - what each day will bring before it happens ?  At the best, it would bring long periods of boredom.


Not only would boredom fill part of our lives, but stark terror would fill the other.  The thrill would be gone, and dread would take its place.  Would you want to go on a vacation with the certain knowledge in your heart that in six weeks on a Tuesday afternoon at 3:46 p.m. your grandchild would be killed crossing the street on his way home from school?  What dread the knowledge of that accident would bring to your mind in the ensuing time.


"Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, Myu counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure" (Isaiah 46:9 - 10).


Have you ever wondered why the psychics who peddle their gifts on cable television never win the lottery.  And even the weatherman can only make an educated guess concerning the weather.  There was a story of a weatherman who moved away from his former location to another city because the weather didn't agree with hium in his former residence.  A prophet is right 100 percent of the time.


This is not to say that we live an aimless life because we don't know tomorrow's details.  Not at all.  God's plan for us is not a roadmap but a relationship.  He knows the future, and we know Him, and that's enough.  It is our lack of knowledge of day-by-day detail that keeps us closer.


Foolish people spend time and money poring over horoscopes and consulting so called psychics trying to see the dark unknown.  How much better to walk through life holding the hand of One who knows the way and cares for us!


Having said that, there is a sense in which we want to know the future.  We often want to know that God has an ultimate plan for the universe and all that is in it.  We would llike to have assurance from heaven's viewpoint all is planned, under control, and on schedule.  The Book of Revelation will tell you that the future is in God's hands, and the best is yet to come.  Of that we can be certain !


While we have this assurance through the Book of the Revelation, there is someone who hates the book.  His name is Satan.  In fact, there are two books in the Bible that Satan especially hates - Genesis and Revelation, the first and lastw books of God's Word.


Why does Satan hate these two books ?  In the Book of Genesis, Satan's doom is prophesied.  In the Book of Revelation, Satan's doom is realized.  There is no devil in the first two chapters of God's Word or in the last two chapters of God's Word.  For every child of God, these are books that tie the gospel message together.  


In Genesis we see the creation of the heavens and the earth.  In Revelation we see the creation of the new heavens and new  earth.  In Gensis we see the first Adam reigning on earth.  In Revelation we see Jesus, the last Adam, reigning in glory.  In Gensis we see an earthly bride brought to the first Adam.  In Revelation we see a heavenly bride brought to the Lord Jesus Christ, the last Adam.


In Genesis we see the beginning of death and the curse.  In Revelation the Savior brings us to a state where there is no more death and no more curse.  In the Book of Gensis man is driven from God's face in sin.  In the Book of Revelation we see God's face in glory.  In Genesis, Satan appears for the first time.  In Revelation he appears on earth for the last time.  The Book of Revelation is the golden clasp that seals God's Word in  holy, divine perfection.






When the world begins to wind down, we will not be looking for something to happen; we will be looking for someone to come.  And HIs name is Jesus.  Sometimes people call this book "Revelations."  It is not Revelations.  It is Revelation, singular.  It is the revelation of One - the spotless, glorified Lamb, Jesus Christ.


The English word revelation translates the Greek word apocalypse.  It literally means "an unveiling."  Haver you ever seen the unveiling of a work of art?  It is an important occasion where dignitaries are present; someone pulls a drawstring, and the artwork is publicly seen for the first time as the artist intended.  That is exactly what this word means.


Can you imagine the heartbeat of God the Father when His Son is unveiled in all His glory to the world?"  Here is the unveiling of My dear Son who is not the president of the United States, but who is the King of kings and Lord of lords!"

The second coming of Jesus will be so different from His first coming when His glory was veiled.  He came the first time to a crucifixion; He is coming again to a coronation.  He came the first time in shame; He is coming again in splendor.  He came the first time to a tree; He is coming again to a throne.  He came the first time and stood before Pilate; He is coming again, and Pilate will stand before Him to be judged.  He came the first time as a servant; He is coming again as a sovereign.


Today, Jesus is abused, misused, neglected, and scorned.  He does not have His rightful place in society.  After the tragedy of September 11, 2001, President George W. Bush called for a day of prayer at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C.  Thousands watched it on television.  If you may recall, the sang the Martin Luther's hymn, "A Mighty Fortress is Our God."  What you may not remember is that they left out the following verse:


Did we in our strength confide, our striving would be losing;

Were not the right Man on our side,

     the Man of God's own choosing:

Dost ask who that may be?  Christ Jesus, it is He;

Lord Sabaoth, His Name, from age to age the same

And He must win the battle.


During this ceremony, Billy Graham preached about the cross of Jesus Christ, and yet National Public Radio omitted part of his message.  When asked about this, NPR responded, "We were changing the tape."  You be the judge.  When Jesus returns, not one word will be omitted.  We will behold His unveiled glory, not as He was, but as He is - the King of kings and Lord of lords.







Revelation 1:1 - 2 says, "The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, tp show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw".


Only God knows the future, and the clear purpose of Revelation was for His Son Jesus to show His servants the future.  This word servant in verse 1 is the Greek word doulos, which means "bondslave" - those who willingly become the slaves of the Lord Jesus Christ.  These are the ones who have understood what Paul talked about in 1 Corinthians 6:19 - 20.  "Do you not know that your body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God?  You are not your own, for you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body."


Are you a slave of Jesus Christ?  Have you bowed your knee to Him ?  Have you crowned Him Lord of your Life ?  If so, the Holy Spirit who resides within you will give you a rightful understanding of this book.  If you are not a child of God, then you do not have the Holy Spirit to give you understanding of this book.  The Bible is a closed book to those who have never bowed their knee to Jesus Christ.


The great historian, H. G. Wells, wrote a book entitled "The Fate of Man" in which he said, "Who, except cranks and lunatics, reads the Book of Revelation ?"  We should agree, God has given us divine insight into the future and a message in the Book of Revelation that He is in control.  Ephesians 1:11 says that God "works out everything in agreement with the decision of His will."  God is not wringing His hands in heaven and wondering what He is going to do.  The holy Trinity never meets in emergency session.  God is in control, and His will most certainly will come to pass.


Don't get the idea that some people have - that the devil knows the future.  The devil does not know the future.  If the devil knew the future, he would know that he will never be exalted above the stars of God.  Put it down, big, plain, and straight - Satan is a knucklhead!  He is brilliantly stupid and hideously beautiful.  One of these days he is going to hell.  He is not in hell yet, but he is destined for hell.  And when he gets there, he will not reign in hell.


Where do people get the idea that Satan knows everything/  It is believed it comes from what is called "round-robin" theology.  Many are teaching doctrines that are not from the Word of God, not from the hearsay of others.


Why do we have the Book of Revelation?  To show us things to come.  The things that are spoken of in the Book of Revelation have not already been fulfilled in the first century, as some theologians teach.  And Revelation is not an outline of history, beginning in the first century and continuing to the present day.  The book is also not a spiritual allegory, comparing the battle of evil and good.


Revelation deals with the consummation of the age to come.  When you're certain of your future, you can concentrate on your present.





There is a blessing in the Book of Revelation: "Blessed is the one who reads and blessed are those who hear the words of this prophecy and keep what is written in it, because the time is near!"  (Rev. 1:3).


Read it.  Revelation is a blessing book if you will read it and keep it.  It brings a special blessing.  Do you want to be blessed?  Then read the Book of Revelation.


Hear it.  It is one thing to read the Book of Revelation; it is another thing to hear it.  Jesus said, "If any man have an ear, let him hear"  (Rev. 13:9)  Did you know that you can read this book and still not "hear" it?  Do you remember your parents or teachers ever saying to you, "Do you hear me?"  They were not asking if you heard them with your eardrums; they wanted to know if you understood what they were saying.  Did it sink in?


Keep it.  Many people are curious about the future.  But God wants more than just a curious mind when you read the Book of Revelation.  There are commands in this book for you to obey.  For instance, one command is for you to bring souls to Jesus.  Revelation 22:17 says, "Both the Spirit and the bride say, 'Come!'  Anyone  who hears should say, 'Come!'  And the one who is thirsty should come.  Whoever desires should take the living water as a gift."


You are to get your head out of the clouds of prophecy and put your feet on the pavement of soul winning.  If you really believe that the end of all things may be close at hand, you will not be casual about sharing Christ with your unsaved family, friends, neighbors, or coworkers.


We are to read it, hear it, and keep it; then we will be blessed.  The Bible is the only book that God guaranteed to bless.  You can study books on science and technology, but they will never bless you.  Albert Einstein said, "All our lauded technological progress - our very civilization - is like the axe in the hand of the pathological criminal."  Vance Havner, evangelist and preacher, said, "Civilization is like a chimpanzee with a blowtorch in a room full of dynamite."  Scientist and programmers may have made the world a neighborhood, but they have not made it a brotherhood.


Books on sociology are not the answer.  Sociologiest are just repainting and redecorating the Titanic, trying to make the world a better place to go to hell from.  Books on politics are not the answer either.  We win wars and lose the peace.  The circle seems never-ending.





In Eastern religions, history just goes in a cycle.  That is why adherents of these religions believe in reincarnation.  Relgious followers keep coming back until they get it right.  But Bible history is not cyclical; it is linear.  Christians are moving toward a goal.


What are you trying to do when you play checkers?  Move your man into king's row and say, "Crown him."  That is just what God is doing.  He will move His Son, the Lord Jesus, into king's row and say, "Crown Him."  Revelation 11:15 says, "The kingdom of our Lord and of His Messiah, and He will reign forever and ever!"


The world is in such a mess today because things are out of place.  The King  (Jesus) belongs on His throne.  The bride (church) belongs with the groom.  The criminal (Satan) belongs in prison.  One of these days, when the King is on the throne, the bride is with her groom, and the criminal is in prison, we will understand the way things are meant to be.  Revelation unlocks the mysteryi of history.




What do you say to a Christian brother or sister who is suffering such unbearable pain that even the strongest medicine cannot take it away?  What do you say when you stand beside a husband at the graveside of his darling bride and he holds th ehand of their only child?  What do you say to a mother when her little baby is carried away by the angels to heaven and her arms are empty?  


One thing can be said  -- "This is not God's final plan."  Revelation 21:4 says: "He (God) will wipe away every tear from their eyes.  Death will exist no longer; grief, crying, and pain will exist no longer, because the previous things have passed away."





Have you listened to the news lately ?  The days in which we are living are absolutely incredible.  And yet, the Lord Jesus Christ said, "I am the Alpha and the Omega.....' the One who is, who was, and who is coming, the Almighty'" (Revelation 1:8).  Hebrews 13:8 says, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever." 


It doesn't take a college degree to understand that kinowing God brings stability in choitic times.  The simple can understand it.  The learned can understand it.  All it takes is the Almighty to gives us that understanding.


One day a man who loved the Book of Revelation and had no theological training was criticized and ridiculed by much "wiser" theologians.  They said, "You don't understand that book.  It's an enigma - a puzzle.  Nobody can understand it."  He said, "I  understand it."  They said, "Oh yeah?  Then, what does it mean?"  He said, "Ir means we win!"


Jean Francois Gravelet, the Great Blondin, was a master tightrope walker.  In fact, on June 30, 1859, he was the first man to cross the groge of the Niagra River on a tightrope.  Someone once asked him, "How do you manage to do that without falling?"  He said, "Go and look on the other side in the direction in which I am walking.  Do you see that silver star ?  I placed it there.  I never take my eyes off of it.  I put my eyes on that star, and I walk toward it.  That's what gives me stability."


The second coming of Jesus Christ, our Bright and Morning Star, can give you stability if you look forward to His coming.  The Book of Revelation is a blessing, because it is a stabilizing hope in these days in which we live.





The time is at hand.  Revelation 1:3 says, "Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand" .  What does John mean that "the time is at hand"?


It does not mean that the time is immediate.  It means that it is imminent.  Jesus Christ can come at any moment.  We are not waiting for some event to take place before Jesus can return; He can come whenever He chooses.  W4e are always living on the edge of eternity.  And we are to be living on "ready."  Jesus may come this afternoon.  Read what these men inspired by God wrote more than two thousand years ago:


Now the end of all things is near; therefore; be clear headed and disciplined for prayer (1 Peter 4:7).


Now these things happened to them as examples, and they were written as a warning to us on whom the ends of the ages have come (1 Corinthians 10:11).


Let your graciousness be known to everyone.  The Lord is near (Philippians 4:5).


You also must be patient.  Strengthen your hearts, because the Lord's coming is near (James 5:8).


Children, it is the last hour.  And as you have heard, "Antichrist is coming," even now many antichrists have come.  We know from this that it is the last hour (1 John 2:18).


"Now wait a minute," you may be saying.  "These men are saying that Jesus' return is at hand.  Were they wrong ?"  No !  They were right.  We have been living in the last days for more than two thousand years.  The apostle Paul expected Jesus Christ in his lifetime.  He was not wrong to believe that way; he was right.  Every Christian should be living in the light of the imminent coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. 


As we study Revelation, we will see that there are some who say that Christians will go through the Great Tribulation before Jesus can come.  This is not true, Christians are not waiting for the seven vials of wrath or the mystery of Babylon to be unfolded - we are waiting for Jesus!  At any moment He will give the shout and burst through the blue skies.  And we need to be ready.


His imminent return does not mean that there are not signs of His coming.  Revelation tells us that some horrific things will happen, such as a one-world government and an amalgamation of all the world's religions headed up by Satan's superman, the Antichrist.  There will also be an incredible increase in knowledge.  The world will be systematized as every persoon will be given a mark, a number, and they will not be able to buy or sell without that.  We are see4ing pieces of these prophecies happening today.






Richard was on James Dobson's program, Focus on the Family.  He was discussing how history is coming to a climax.  He spoke of  a principle called exponentially, which means that our civilization is moving faster and faster.  Things are coming at us so quickly that our minds are numbed with the speed of these changes.  Swenson believes they are coming so fast we are unable to reverse them.  For example, we cannot undiscover things that have been invented, such as television, the internet, genetic engineering, robotics - they are all quickly filing into the memory bank.


Swenson shared the following illustration.  If you were to take a sheet of paper and old it one time, then fold that fol;d another time and fold it like that forty times, Swenson said that the folded paper would reach past the Milky Way to the far recesses of the universe.


Here is another illustration of the principle of exponentiality.  The Pacific Ocean is sixty four million square miles and has an average depth of fourteen thousand feet.  If you put all of ther continents on earth in the Pacific Ocean, you would still have room for another Asia.


Furthermore, Swenson explained that if you drained the Pacific Ocean, then began adding water, starting with jus one drop, but doubling the amount  each time in just eighty times you would refill the entire Pacific Ocean.  On the seventieth drop it would only be less than one-tenth of one percent full.  On the seventy ninth drop it would be one-half full.  On the eightieth drop it would be full.  One the eighty first drop you'd have two Pacific Oceans.  That's exponentiality, and that is what is happening to our society.


If we drew a line of technological advancement of knowledge from zero to 1975, that line would be relatively flat.  But from 1975 to the present day, the line would up straight up.  One scientist said that in the next one hundred years science will have progressed as much as it has in the last twenty thousand years.


We are living in a day that is quickly coming to a climax.  Think how the world changed following the tragedies of Sepember 11, 2001.  One day we went to work, the sun was still shining, and everything was normal.  Then everything changed - just like that.  The security of every man, woman, and child on American soil became threatened.  Airports became fortified with countless security portals.  Access to any large event became more strictly regulated.






Ernest Hemingway was asked, "How do you go into bankruptcy?"  He said, "At first slowly, and then quickly."  That is the same way our world is escalating today.  But you may ask, "Aren't all the advancements in medicine, communication, and technology for our good?"  Well it depends.  We are living in an era when weapons of mass destruction can fall into the hands of a relatively few people.  This is an unprecedented moment in the world's history.


The archangel Michael said in the Book of Daniel, "Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased"  (Daniel 12:4).  The Bible also says, "in fact, all those who want to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.  Evil people and imposters will become worse, deceiving and being deceived (2 Timothy 3:12 - 13).


Someone has said, "When little men cast long shadows you know the sun is about to set."  As the end draws near, we will witness more and more degradation and sin.  We must ask ourselves, How long can the world as we know it exist before it implodes from evil?  Is this pessimistic?  No, one should be a glowing optimist because we know that the kingdoms of the world will be the kingdom of our Lord andHis Christ (Revelation 11:15).  All of the things prophesied in God's Word will come to pass.  How grateful we shall be that God gave us His Word to give us comfort, guidance, and assurance of His sovereign plan!


IYears ago the filmmakers of Hollwwood produced many Western movies.  One of the singers in the background music of these Westerns was a talented comboy singer/songwriter named Stuart Hamblin.  Stuart even appeared in a few of the movies, but he probably notoriously known for his hard living.


One day God changed all that.  Stuart learned about God's salvation through His Son Jesus Christ.  A young actor named John Wayne noticed a change in Stuart's life and asked him, "Stuart, what is your secret?"  His answer became a beloved hymn performed by thousands and translated into several languages.  He said, "It is no secret what God can do."  The chorus of this song says it all:


It is no secret what God can do.

What He's done for other, He'll do for you.

With arms wide open, He'll pardon you.

It is no secret what God can do.


Do you want to be ready when Christ returns?  The only way to do that is to receive the One who came and died on a cruel cross for the forgiveness of your sin and the salvation of your soul.  Indeed, it is no secret what God can do.  What He's done for me, He'll do for you.





The Book of Revelation is full of symbols, signs, analogies, hyperboles, figures of speech, and cryptic numbers.  Many people have asked:  Do we interpret Revelation literally or symbolically?  The answer is yes !  We interpret it literally and symbolically.


For example, as we read further we will discuss the symbolism of Satan as a great red dragon.  Satan is not literally a dragon.  And he doesn't literally sweep a third of the stars from heaven with his tail.  That is symbolism.


But don't make the mistake of saying that there is no devil simply because he is symbolized as a red dragon.  There is a literal devil who is cruel, ferocious, powerful, and malevolent.  Symbolism does not do away with literal interpretation.  You have to understand symbolism in orddr to understand the Book of Revelation.  Find out what the symbol stands for; then you can literally believe it.















































































































































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Joseph's Coat of Many Colors

Genesis 37:1-36

  1. How old was Joseph? (37:2)
  2. Who did Israel love the most? (37:4)
  3. Joseph's brothers said, "Behold, this ________ cometh." (37:19)
  4. Which brother tried to keep them from harming Joseph? (37:22)
  5. Their father said, "It is my son's coat; an ______ ______ hath devoured him…" (37:33)
  6. Who did the Midianites sell Joseph to? (37:36)