“It is God’s privilege to conceal things and the King’s privilege to discover them.” Proverbs 25:1
These things will be kept secret "UNTIL THE TIME OF THE END" (Daniel 12:9). Most Bible scholars believe and teach that we are at the time of the end. If it is true that we are at the end of time, then we can expect that God will begin to reveal things that have been hidden since the foundation of the world. What an exciting time in which to be living!
I just got off the plane from New York City where I was speaking at Lighthouse Tabernacle. Pastor Damian and I have known each other for seventeen years and we always have great fellowship in the Lord.
I taught from the book of Joel. There are some amazing gems in this short tome, which speaks to us on many, many levels: world, nation, church, Israel, and our own hearts. God promised that he would “gather the armies of the world into the valley of Jehoshaphat.” Every nation mentioned in the Bible that Jesus will fight against when He returns is a Muslim country!
Zechariah 14:2 confirms this truth: “God will gather all the nations to fight against Jerusalem.” In this same chapter the Scripture declares that “the wealth of all the neighboring nations will be captured . . .” Just a few of the “neighboring nations” are: Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Turkey. Obviously, the wealth will be OIL!
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister of Turkey and Time's Man of the Year 2011, broke off diplomatic relations with Israel in September of this year. Many Bible scholars believe that the Anti-Christ will emerge from Eastern Turkey, and some predict that Erdogan will turn out to be the evil one himself. Jesus told us to watch and pray. Be sure to keep your eyes on the Middle East.
Erdogan is the one who negotiated the release of 1,027 Muslim terrorists from Israeli prisons in exchange for only one Jewish soldier, Galid Shalit. This has elevated Turkey’s Prime Minister to elite status in the eyes of Arabs everywhere. He has recently made alliances with Iran and Syria, matching perfectly with what the Bible tells us will take place during these last days.
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Joel 3:9 tells us to “get ready for war!” As God’s people we should be ready for war on a daily basis because we know that the Devil, as a roaring lion is walking around seeking whom he may devour. But on an international level the end-time scenario is coming together. The Muslim nations will form an alliance and literally invade Israel.
In Deuteronomy 34 God tells his people two times not to make any treaties (berith) with the foreigners. We could list many treaties that Israel has made with these enemies, starting way back in Joshua 9. All of the treaties were broken! This includes every one made in these Last Days.
When God said not to make any treaties with the people living in The Land he meant it. He also meant it when he said that he would “strike swiftly, pay you back for scattering my people, and judge you for dividing up my land.”
In the very near future it is going to look very, very bleak for the tiny nation of Israel. When the invasion begins it will appear that the Jews don’t have a chance and that they will be driven into the sea and be wiped out. But at the midnight hour the heavens will be rolled back like a scroll and Jesus will appear, mounted on his white stallion, followed by the armies of heaven (Revelation 19). THE ENEMIES OF THE JEWS ARE THE ONES WHO WILL BE DRIVEN INTO BOTH SEAS.
"Those in front will be driven into the Dead Sea, and those in the rear into the Mediterranean" (Joel 2:20b).
" . . . a great and mighty army appears. Nothing like it has been seen before or will ever be seen again" (Joel 2:2b). As yourself, "WHY"! Why has there never been such a great army? And how is this army able to "appear suddenly"? And why will there never be an army and a war like this again? The reason there will never be an army like this again is because this is the FINAL WAR, THE FINAL BATTLE. It will be the battle to end all battles. After this battle is over there will be peace for eternity. The Scripture declares that "in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye" (1 Cor. 15:52), this army will appear.
This is how close we are to the Day of the Lord! This is why Joel urges us to sound the alarm in Zion and to blow the shofar in Jerusalem. “The Lord is at the head of the column. He leads them with a shout. This is his mighty army, and they follow his orders” (Joel 2:11).
If you have placed your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ you will be in this army! You will have a resurrected body, indestructible, just like the body Jesus had after he was raised from the dead. And you will participate in the greatest war in the history of this planet.
Yes, he will “jealously guard the honor of his land”.
At that moment “the bridegroom (Jesus) will be called from his quarters and the bride (us) will be called from her closet”. And he promises to “give you back what you lost.”
“Never again will my people be disgraced!”
“I will drive away these armies from the north.”
“The Day of the Lord will soon arrive.”
It is difficult for many people to comprehend what is about to take place. If it is not easy for those of us who are believers to accept that the end is upon us, think how unaware the unbelievers are. Jesus told us to watch and pray! We are to watch world events unfold and keep our eyes on the Middle East, praying in the Spirit daily for his revelations.
These are very exciting times and the Great Commission is ever before us. Our mandate is to take the gospel to the nations and encourage everyone to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.
I just received an email from China. The messages we have posted on Vimeo are being watched and passed around throughout the most populated country on earth. What a day in which to be living! God has given me the tools to proclaim his message to the end of the earth from my laptop computer. Truly, the words of Daniel the prophet are true at this hour: knowledge has increased and many are running to and fro.
You may listen to the prophetic message I preached in New York City two days ago by simply going to Lighthousetabernacle.com and then click on “SERMONS”. The title of this message is PERSPECTIVE. Enjoy it, pass it around. Place the link on Facebook. In this way we will all be working to get the gospel out to as many as possible before the time runs out.
Thank you once again for your generous and consistent help.
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P.S. Just in from Egypt: As you may be aware, life is difficult for our Brothers and Sisters in Egypt with all of the recent changes their country has undergone. Through Joel News I received a video of how they are dealing with the persecution and uncertainty, - prayer and worship.
To quote part of the article:
Egypt: 75,000 Christians unite in prayer
In ‘Garbage City’ in Cairo, thousands of people live amidst the growing garbage piles which they sort each day for their livelihood. The stench is overwhelming at times. The people are the poorest of the poor and many are believers. They have a renowned church called the Cave Church, which they have hollowed out in a mountain, and which has a seating capacity of 20,000 people. All along the sides of the mountain they've engraved Bible scenes and Bible verses in Arabic. It's an amazing sight.
This was the location of an all-night prayer meeting on November 11, which had an overflowing 75,000 people in attendance from all denominations to pray for the nation. It was the first time in the history of Egypt that leaders from all denominations united together for such an event. Many people watched the service on screens set up all over the mountain, and joined in - hands lifted up, eyes to heaven, and tears flowing down their faces.
You will be encouraged by watching this video of their gathering: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q62ZcqIukfI
The article goes on to share how the Christians in Egypt are also continuing to make a difference in their communities. One way they are doing that is by taking care of many of the street children in their cities.
Let us consistently remember our brothers and sisters in Egypt and around the world as we follow Jesus in these days.