Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Is a Burden Coming to Damascus?- Olive tree views

Is a Burden Coming to Damascus?
By Jack Kinsella
July 17, 2012

Isaiah 17:1 - "The burden of Damascus: Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap."

There are reports that Syria has started to move some of its huge stockpile  of chemical weapons out of storage and is deploying its weapons of mass  destruction in various places around the country, including the beleaguered city  of Homs.
The New York Times is reporting that some analysts and  lawmakers said Syria's president, Bashar al-Assad, might use chemical weapons in  a last-ditch attack against an increasingly potent rebel force, possibly as part  of a campaign of ethnic cleansing.  Other officials said Syrian security forces  might be moving parts of the arsenal to prevent it from falling into rebel  hands.

"The truth is, we just don't know," said one American official who has been  monitoring intelligence reports since the Syrians began moving the chemical  weapons in recent days. "There's a big gaping hole in what we know."

Over the past four decades, Syria has amassed one of the largest undeclared  stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons in the world, including sarin  nerve agent, mustard gas and cyanide, the officials said. It is unclear which  agents are being moved, how big the transfers have been, and where the weapons  are being taken.

 Andrew J. Tabler, a senior fellow and Syria expert at the Washington  Institute for Near East Policy, said some chemical weapons had been moved in an  area around Homs, where some of the heaviest fighting has taken place in recent  weeks.
"The Assad regime is losing control of its territory," Mr. Tabler said. "You  don't move this stuff unless you have to, and they obviously felt they had to  move it."
The government of Israel is quietly preparing itself for the possibility of a  Syrian missile attack, as are the surrounding states deemed enemies by the Assad  government, including Turkey and Jordan.  There are reports that Syria is  attempting to draw Lebanon into the fray by launching a series of kidnappings  there.

The fear is that Syria will use chemical or biological weapons as part of an  ethnic cleansing campaign aimed at the centers of revolt in places like Homs,  Latakia and Aleppo, which would force international military action against  Syria. Syria would then retaliate with missile strikes against Israel, prompting an  Israeli military response.  Assad hopes that by bringing Israel into the  conflict, he will kick over the first domino. 

Israel hits Syria, Hezbollah counter-strikes Israel, Israel responds against  Hezbollah, Iran comes to Hezbollah's rescue, maybe drawing Turkey and Jordan into  the conflict, and while everybody is fighting everybody else, Assad's  shabiha can finish the job of wiping out his domestic opposition. That is the way that Assad hopes it would play out, basing that opinion on  his actions so far.  And it is a pretty good plan with some strong likelihood of  success, provided everybody responds the way they are expected to.

But IF (and it is still an "if") this is the war described in Psalms 83 and alluded to by the prophets Isaiah and  Obadiah, then that's not how it will play out.

Israel is under pressure from within and without to restrain itself from  being drawn in, for precisely the reasons outlined above.  During the 1991 Gulf  War, the Israelis endured 39 separate Scud missile attacks without responding  directly in order to prevent a similar scenario from playing out.

So it seems probable that Israel will show similar restraint in the face of a  Syrian missile attack, provided it is limited and conventional.  That's  what history and current events tend to dictate as the most likely course of  action.

Except that Assad needs Israel to counter-strike, and should they  show restraint, he will be forced to escalate, which could lead to his first use  of chemical or biological weapons.  And it is at this point, I believe, that the  Bible's scenario will begin to play out, if this is the appointed time  and not another false alarm. 

The prophet Isaiah predicts a quick war between Israel and Damascus,  culminating with the total destruction of the city in a single night.  In the  event of a WMD attack against Israel, the destruction of Damascus would be  Israel's only defense against potential annihilation.

Isaiah's vision mentions all the nations creating a tumult, but God  limits the engagement.

"Woe to the multitude of many people, which make a noise like the noise of  the seas; and to the rushing of nations, that make a rushing like the rushing of  mighty waters!"

"The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: But God shall rebuke  them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the  mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the  whirlwind."
The nations have rushed to the U.N.  The U.N. has made its noise.  The U.N. sent  monitors from many nations.  Assad's forces attacked them.  The U.N. withdrew  monitors and they fled afar off.

While Assad hopes to draw Iran into the conflict, Iran's appointment with  destiny is as part of an anti-Israel alliance led by Russia and consisting  almost entirely of non-Arab Islamic states of the former Persian Empire,  according to the prophet Ezekiel. 

The Psalms 83, Obadiah, Isaiah, etc. combatants are ALL Edomite, or ethnic  Arab states.  This is not the Gog-Magog war.  Before the war with Gog-Magog,  Israel is pictured as living in peace and safety in a land of unwalled  villages. 

If this is the Edomite war, then it will begin with the utter destruction of  Damascus by Israel.  AFTER that, (and perhaps BECAUSE of it) the enraged  Edomites launch their own doomed assault against Israel, which both the Psalmist  and Obadiah predict puts an end to them as a future threat to Israel.

The prophet Ezekiel predicts that, at a time when Israel is a land of  unwalled villages, dwelling in a sense of peace and security, Gog (Russia) will  be drawn into another conflict with Israel, as part of a wider alliance with the  old Persian Empire nations, all of which are currently Russian satellite  states. Somewhere on this timeline, between the destruction of Damascus and the  Edomite war and the outbreak of Gog- Magog, the prince of Daniel 9:27 confirms a peace covenant between Israel and  her neighbors.

Sometime after that, Iran joins Russia and Ezekiel's vision plays out.

I am going to go way out on a limb here and say that I believe that Assad's  gamble will ultimately fail.  If this is Isaiah's Burden of Damascus,  Russia, Turkey, and Iran, will sit this one out.  So will the majority of the rest  of the Arab world, at least initially.

It will be primarily between Syria and Israel, and it will be settled in a  single, overnight strike.

"And behold at evening tide trouble; and before the morning he is not. This is  the portion of them that spoil us, and the lot of them that rob us." (Isaiah 17:12-14)
How it will play out all depends on where we are on the Bible's timeline.  If  we are where it looks like we are, we're almost within earshot of the  trumpet.


Saturday, July 14, 2012

New Giant Skulls Found!

The Israel Omen Interview with David Brennen

This is a great first part of a video series that shows how God honors his promise to Abraham in Genesis 12:3, and how modern political events caused great divine wrath (Ps. 2).

Will Antichrist and False Prophet step forward?

For hundreds of years, Protestand Reformers and Catholic theologians thought that the False Prophet or the Antichrist would come from the office of the Pope.  Why would so man informed and educated people agree on this with the office of the Pope.  According to St. Malachy's prophecy (vision) of the last 112 popes, 112 would be the last, and the False Prophet.  He would guide 'his people' through 7 years of tribulation and Rome would be destroyed.  The Bible speaks of the Jews seven year period of tribulation (Dan. 9:27; Rev. 11:3, 12:6- latter half), so these seem to coincide. 
According to Malachy's prophecy, Pope Benedict is #111.  He is 85 years presently, and in deteriorating health.  He has made the statement that he may step down if his health warrants it.  It also seems that there has been, or is, some power struggle going on for the next pope's office, which is more closely researched at www.raidersnewsupdate.com or www.prophecyofthepopes.com
Many prophecies are converging to show that we are living in the last hours of the last days.  As many of the world's pagan religions testify, could 2012 be the year that ushers in the reign of Antichrist, and his prophet?

The disappearance of God's people, the catching away of the saints, the rapture is not far off.  Israel is God's time clock.  The last wars described in the Bible describe the time when God will resume his program with Israel.  Just before this happens, the Lord will return for His people. 
2 Thessalonians 2:6-8 6 And you know what restrains him now, so that in his time he will be revealed. 7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way. 8 Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming;

GET READY!  The times are upon us, and the world is quckly coming upon a time with so much destruction and death it has never before experienced.  If you have never repented of your sins, and called on Jesus to be your savior and Lord, do so right now.  The enemy of your souls has you, and wants to keep you from knowing the goodness and graciousness of your Maker (Rom. 10:9,10). 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Real Tragedy is Not When Truth is Censored by the Government or Liberal Media But By "Christian" Media

The Real Tragedy is Not When Truth is Censored by the Government or Liberal Media But By "Christian" Media

Jude 1:3-4 3 Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints. 4 For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Reformed and Baptist: the third wave - Reformation21 Blog

Reformed and Baptist: the third wave - Reformation21 Blog

This is an excellent article on the Particular or Reformed Baptists and their arising in England in the 1630s... and how they saw themselves as the third wave of Reformers of the Church.  I am proud to be descended from this line of godly men in though and conviction... but of late I am wondering if they reformed the church enough?  Was not the early Church Jewish in origin, and they held to the feasts and ordinances of Judaism in the "New Covenant," recognizing that they were fulfilled in Messiah.

I am not prepared to, nor do I have the time to go into this in full detail, but you may notice this appearing more in my blog in the future, being driven to despair over the falling away of many in my demomination, and the theological compromise being promoted and taught by leadership, that ha Adonai has used in turning me to the faith of Messianic Judaism.  I can still rightly retain my convictions held as as a Particular or Reformed Baptist, but enjoy more fullness in my faith, and understand more of the mysteries and prophecies of the feasts and within the very life of Judaism.  And no, this is not trying to be justified under the Torah.  Its recognition that only Messiah could fulfill the Torah.  We know that no one is justified by observing the Torah, but through faith in Yeshua the Messiah (Gal 2:16).

Monday, July 9, 2012

Beth Moore Preaches At Louie Giglio's Church

Beth Moore Preaches At Louie Giglio's Church

Alas, it's true.  This profound teacher of God's word, is seemingly ignoring scriptures (God's) commands for the church and roles within it.  What's next.  It's concerning, but not suprising, as she and other well respected Bible teachers begin to buy into mysticism and liberalism, God's word is something to be improved upon more and more.  May God help us.

2 Timothy 4:3-5 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, 4 and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. 5 But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Top American Bible teacher makes new home in New Zealand

Challenge Weekly said that Chuck Missler had become impatient with those who maintain “that you can’t prove the Bible,” and draws on his professional background in the information sciences to point out that you can demonstrate the integrity and deliberate design of the 66 books we call the Bible, even though they were written by over 40 different authors.

It says that Missler insists that, “Once one discovers that every number, every place name, every detail has been skillfully and deliberately crafted, one then is confronted with a second discovery: that this deliberate design had to come from outside the dimension of time itself, since it anticipates history in advance — in such detail that it demands a supernatural origin.”

He points out, “Since God has the technology to create us in the first place, he certainly has the technology to get a message to us. The challenge is how does he authenticate his message — so that we know it is really from him, and not a contrivance or a fraud? By relying on his unique vantage point outside our time domain. Only he knows the end from the beginning.”

To read the entire article:

Top American Bible teacher makes new home in New Zealand

Sunday, July 1, 2012

The God Who Will Save His People - Voddie Baucham