The Coming Times: 2008 And Beyond March 3, 2008Posted by Watchman in America, Bible Prophecy, Dividing Israel, Europe, Fulfilling Prophecy, Isaiah 17, Israel, New World Order.
Tags: Abomination, Damascus, Desolation, Ezekiel, Gog, Isaiah, Magog
In the course of studying Bible prophecy and watching current events, a series of events became clear that I would like to lay out for you here. It began with my personal search through the Bible to see for myself if God’s Word clarified itself to the point of the bride of Christ being able to understand the times in which we live. I had read in the Bible that we would not be in darkness and that we should watch and pray, but there are so many personal interpretations of scripture out there and I hadn’t taken the time to really search the scriptures myself because I didn’t feel I had the background to understand. So acknowledging my deficiencies, I came before the Lord in prayer and asked Him to reveal His Word through the guidance of the Holy Spirit and show me His plans and not my own desires or interpretations of His plans.
This doesn’t mean I’m always right and this is not a claim to have all the answers. I will never stop warning people not to take my word for anything but to search the scriptures themselves to see whether these things are so. Acts 17:11 The Watchman Bible Study website is the result of my search for Truth and my desire to share the clarity I’ve discovered written into and interpreted by the Bible. While I am not always correct the Bible is, and so if this sequence of events does not turn out to be completely accurate that doesn’t change the Bible’s validity, just shows my lack of full understanding.
What I would like to focus on in this post is a collection of diverse prophesies found throughout the Bible in the order of events as understood through examining the context of these prophesies in light of the HIStory, Our Future Bible studies. The premise of this collection of research by other watchmen on the wall traces Israel’s judgment history through time and showing how that snaps to Israel’s feast days and the 70th week of Daniel, the final seven years of God dealing with Israel before His return in glory. These studies examine the precision of Bible prophecy and history to build faith in what was already fulfilled with 100% accuracy to look toward the future with faith that God’s Word will again be fulfilled in the future with that same accuracy. According to Matthew 24:14,15 “the end” comes at the abomination of desolation, which the HIStory, Our Future Bible studies place in just under one year (February 16, 2009) from today (March 3, 2008).
I am not lost on the significance of making a statement like this, but I am sure if you examine the information at the links provided, you too will see the significance of what I am going to share. Please also note that while this post is focusing on Bible prophecy that is 100% accurate in its future fulfillment, there isn’t the kind of precise dates connected to them and so the timing is my estimation based on my research. This is this watchman’s perspective on what may come to pass in 2008 and how that will explain and connect to the HIStory, Our Future conclusions for the timing of the 70th week of Daniel and the abomination of desolation that will transpire in the midst of that seven years – 2009.
Dividing Israel For Peace (News)
The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him. Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.
“Relations between the EU and Israel are also part of the Union’s wider efforts to contribute to a resolution of the Middle East conflict. The achievement of lasting peace in the Middle East is a central aim of the EU, whose main objective is a two-state solution leading to a final and comprehensive settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on the implementation of the road map, with Israel and a democratic, viable, peaceful and soveriegn Palestinian State living side-by-side in peace within secure and recognized borders and enjoying normal relations with their neighbours.” | Javier Solana
The road map for peace is the instrument by which Israel is being divided to create a Palestinian State. It is widely believed that this is an American based plan, but what you may not know is that Javier Solana claims credit for the road map, having written part of the document himself. Considering the previous information shared on Europe‘s recent history with the EUROMED (EU “ROMED”) Agreement in 1995 and the confirming European Neighbourhood Policy of January 1, 2007 for seven years, with mid-term review, it seems that current news is fitting Bible prophecy regarding the confirmed covenant with many for seven years spoken of in Daniel 9:27.
What struck me recently upon further research is in Revelation 6:1,2 there is a rider that has a bow, who is given a crown and goes for conquering. Now many have commented on the bow without the arrows, but in my search I wondered what the Bible had to say about the bow. What if this isn’t a weapon at all, but relates the first seal being broken to the confirmed covenant with many, a token of a covenant?
I [God] do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.
When you consider the quotes by several politicians that Europe now speaks with one voice through Javier Solana and his central role in European politics, and that this role is about to become even more powerful January 1, 2009 because of the Treaty of Lisbon, the thought that the first seal was broken at the onset of the week-long confirmed covenant with many is an intriguing one. It is also one easily dismissed because we couldn’t be THAT close, right?
The goal of this confirmed covenant is peace in the Middle East and a two-state solution, the dividing of Israel for peace. I would call this a different kind of conquering, but once again the nations that comprised the Roman Empire are revived, united and at work in Israel. So does this fit with the description of the breaking of the first seal? You decide…
And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
I was also recently made aware of the possible prophetic implications of this road map and its goals to divide Israel by the Old Testament prophet Zechariah:
Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
Only half the city is taken into captivity and the other half remains in this prophecy. This is the goal of the “road map for peace” and we saw on a small scale the kind of implementation that could come about with the evacuation of the Gaza strip in 2005 just after Tisha B’Av. This came as a morale boost for the Muslims and gaining statehood and dividing Israel could only boost that morale once again. We saw many Israelis stand their ground in Gaza and the revolt against being forced from their land in the West Bank and elsewhere could again set up a forced evacuation of the population before the influx of “Palestinians” like those who decimated Gaza. Another aspect that should be examined are the consequences for messing with Israel.
For I will restore health unto thee [Israel], and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the LORD; because they called thee an Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after. Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will bring again the captivity of Jacob’s tents, and have mercy on his dwellingplaces; and the city shall be builded upon her own heap, and the palace shall remain after the manner thereof. And out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of them that make merry: and I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small. Their children also shall be as aforetime, and their congregation shall be established before me, and I will punish all that oppress them. And their nobles shall be of themselves, and their governor shall proceed from the midst of them; and I will cause him to draw near, and he shall approach unto me: for who is this that engaged his heart to approach unto me? saith the LORD. And ye shall be my people, and I will be your God. Behold, the whirlwind of the LORD goeth forth with fury, a continuing whirlwind: it shall fall with pain upon the head of the wicked. The fierce anger of the LORD shall not return, until he hath done it, and until he have performed the intents of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it.
As pointed out in Bill Koenig’s book Eye To Eye: Facing the Consequences of Dividing Israel, we can see evidence in the past of the “whirlwind(s) of the Lord” hitting U.S. coastlines on the very days America meddled in the Middle East peace process of dividing Israel.
October 19, 1991, George Bush and Michele Gorbuchoff went to Switzerland and sponsored the Madrid Conference, in order to bring about a peace plan between the Palestinians and Israel. The plan was to divide Israel into two separate states. This land included the Golan Heights, the West Bank, the Gaza strip, and Jerusalem. At that same time a storm developed in the North Atlantic ocean sending 30 foot waves on the coast of president Bush’s home.
August 24, 1992 the Madrid Conference convened in Washington and is the day that Hurricane Andrew clobbered the states of Louisiana and Florida. This was a devastating storm that caused massive destruction to the East coast of America. This hurricane was happening at the same time Israel was being discussed in Washington.
January 15, 1994 President Clinton, and the president of Syria were in Switzerland, calling on Israel to leave the Golan Heights and within 24 hours a major earthquake hit Northridge, California producing the largest earthquake in U.S. history, and at that time, the second largest catastrophe in U.S. history.
August 24th, 2005 The final Jews were evicted from Gaza and Northern Samaria, tropical storm depression 12 started in the Bahamas, Within 24 hours it was tropical storm Katrina. Within 72 hours it was hurricane Katrina and hit South West Florida. 72 hours later, it hit Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, producing the largest disaster in U.S. History.
It is the world’s view of how to bring peace and Satan’s way to break Israel into pieces. Did we learn anything from the above? Most people never had the dots connected for them, perhaps you see it now? Current policy with Israel in agreement with Europe is not where our country should be dabbling. Regardless, it will come to pass and you can keep up to date on the news related to the dividing of Israel for peace here.
Destruction of Damascus (News)
This brings us to another Bible prophecy that has not yet been fulfilled, but has implications in our current time that could trigger the series of events prophesied to lead to the end.
The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap. The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid. The fortress also shall cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria: they shall be as the glory of the children of Israel, saith the LORD of hosts. And in that day it shall come to pass, that the glory of Jacob shall be made thin, and the fatness of his flesh shall wax lean. And it shall be as when the harvestman gathereth the corn, and reapeth the ears with his arm; and it shall be as he that gathereth ears in the valley of Rephaim. Yet gleaning grapes shall be left in it, as the shaking of an olive tree, two or three berries in the top of the uppermost bough, four or five in the outmost fruitful branches thereof, saith the LORD God of Israel. At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel. And he shall not look to the altars, the work of his hands, neither shall respect that which his fingers have made, either the groves, or the images. In that day shall his strong cities be as a forsaken bough, and an uppermost branch, which they left because of the children of Israel: and there shall be desolation. Because thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, and hast not been mindful of the rock of thy strength, therefore shalt thou plant pleasant plants, and shalt set it with strange slips: In the day shalt thou make thy plant to grow, and in the morning shalt thou make thy seed to flourish: but the harvest shall be a heap in the day of grief and of desperate sorrow. 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! [Gog/Magog?]–> 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. 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.
Damascus is the oldest known continually inhabited city and has never been destroyed. Yet the Bible says there is a time coming when it will be a desolation. Furthermore, it says that Syria’s strong cities will be a desolation because of the children of Israel. Anyone watching the news today can see the tensions present in the region and Damascus is known for being a terrorist haven and Syria for funneling weapons from Iran. Indeed Israel has already threatened to attack Damascus in the recent past and just recently bombed a suspected nuclear facility in Syria. If Israeli intelligence were to catch wind of a terrorist plot coming from Damascus, I have no doubt they would pre-emptively attack as it is their future existence on the line surrounded by enemies working for their complete destruction. Now with the assassination of Mughniyeh on February 13, there is talk of a large-scale attack on Israel in retaliation after a period of mourning. Would Israel act to prevent this retaliation by eliminating the terrorist center and destroying Damascus? I have a feeling this will unfold later in the year, but as I said before I’m not completely sure of the timing specifics. However I do believe this is the trigger for the Gog/Magog invasion of Israel and that this comes before the abomination of desolation.
Magog Invasion (News)
This brings us to the prophecy of an attack from the North by Iran, Turkey, Libya and Russia to name several. In watching the news, the alliances foretold in scripture are already well in place. This prophecy is laid out in Ezekiel 38,39 and I go into scriptural detail why I place this event prior to the abomination of desolation. However, I want to cover just those basic reasons here quickly and refer you to the link above for the details.
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, And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet: Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.
The first point I would like to make is that the Gog/Magog attackers are brought to the mountains of Israel by “hooks in their jaws.” I have this vision of a fish on a hook being reeled into a boat. The fish doesn’t necessarily want to go, but it has not choice in the matter. It bit at the bait and now it is pulled in. Likewise, Syria and Iran have a defense agreement as do Russia and Iran. Were Israel to pre-emptively attack Damascus, Iran and therefore Russia would be obliged to retaliate and attack Israel. With the 2006 war destabilizing Lebanon and both Russian and Turkish Muslim troops placed on the border as “peacekeeping” troops following this time, it seems the way could already be ready for implementation of this attack foretold in the Bible. Furthermore, bunkers were also discovered littered throughout the Northern border in Lebanon storing weapons. What causes me to place this event after the dividing of Israel for peace is that scripture states Israel is dwelling safely in the land.
After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.
Israel has been regathered into the land as described in the two previous chapters, Ezekiel 36,37. However, they are currently not dwelling safely as there are kassam rockets raining down almost daily. It is one of the prerequisites to the creation of a Palestinian state that this bombardment stop and I believe it will in the near future. However, even with these sparratic yet common attacks, Israel has been a prosperous nation amidst the turmoil and few casualties result from these rockets so I concede that this could be considered dwelling in safety, time will tell. At any rate, this places the Magog invasion after Israel is regathered and living in the land once again.
And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.
And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD. So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.
This last aspect to the attack that is thwarted when God rains fire and brimstone from heaven to destroy the attackers reveals how quickly attitudes in Israel and around the world will be shifted dramatically. This prophecy is part of the Old Testament scriptures accepted by the Jews and I believe it will cause a big Aliyah [immigration] into Israel of the Jews from around the world and also temporarily quiet the Muslim extremists. Scripture says God will make His holy name known in Israel and around the world. For the blinded Jews, this will probably mean a shift in attitude from a largely secular nation to a return to the ways of their fathers and a strong desire to rebuild the temple and begin the daily sacrifice again.
Rebuilding the Temple (News)
And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.
I’ve come across many Christians who are revolted at the idea of rebuilding the temple. I would like to point out that the Jews are blinded to Christ and so do not have the same revultion many Christians have to restarting the daily sacrifice, quite on the contrary it is central to their religious beliefs. Furthermore, the Bible foretells it happening so I accept it as an event that will transpire as foretold. But most of all, the way it is described fits with the current sitation on the Temple Mount today.
There is a place called the Dome of the Tablets (aka: Dome of the Spirits) that sits just to the North of the Dome of the Rock. It is perfectly lined up with the Golden Gate facing the Mount of Olives. With the outer court of the temple not being built, the inner court with the Holy of Holies centered on the Dome of the Tablets will border just on the outside of the Dome of the Rock, fulfilling the way the prophecy is described above in Revelation 11. You can view diagrams and a much more detailed explanation here.
What is also interesting to note is that all the temple instruments have been recreated as well as priests trained to carry out the normal temple operations. I’ve also heard stories that they are prefabricating the temple blocks off-site as with Solomon’s temple so that assembly of the temple will be a matter of bringing the materials to the Temple Mount. There are those who desire to rebuild now and a yearly trek is made to place a cornerstone of the temple on the Temple Mount. The desire is there now, imagine how this will escalate once God intervenes on Israel’s behalf!
The End: Abomination of Desolation
And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.
The end in the passage above begins with the abomination of desolation that starts the time of Jacob’s trouble and the time of great tribulation. This is an often misunderstood aspect of Bible prophecy and I encourage you to read the above linked Bible studies and examine the context of this scripture. According to the HIStory, Our Future Bible studies, the examination of Israel’s judgment history, and a study of the feasts of Israel; this event is coming in the beginning of 2009. There is much supporting evidence of this that I’ve presented in examining the Treaty of Lisbon, the Alliance of Civilizations, the current global economic crisis and other things all pointing to this timeline.
One of the most intriguing is the rise of Europe as a global superpower and the subtle way it has gotten there through international cooperation in the war on terror, environ-mentalism and in trade agreements. It was the coal and steel agreements following WWII that began the same kind of international integration we are seeing with NAFTA and the SPP leading to things like the North American Army recently signed into existence with Canada by George W. Bush. While they seem harmless, they are in effect rewriting law for an international stage that effectively dictates law from outside sovereign nations. Europe is the prophesied center of this according to Bible prophecy and once again the Bible is being proven accurate with the rise of the fourth kingdom.
And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
I encourage you to keep watching and praying, sharing with those who have ears to hear the reason for the hope that is within you. If you have not yet accepted Christ as your savior, now is the time. It is not always an easy path and in the coming times those who hold the Bible as the absolute Truth and trust in Christ alone will be increasingly persecuted and eventually even killed for their faith. However, eternity in the presence of God, who IS love, is worth dying for and indeed He died for you if you accept Him and obey His ways of selfless love for Him and others. We are not promised to escape persecution, just the coming wrath of God. For more, read Global Warming and the Day of the Lord & Escape of the Bride of Christ to the Marriage of the Lamb.
Most of all, be encouraged! The Lord has not left us in darkness and we have the opportunity now to share the Gospel with those who have ears to hear. Our faith is not blind as so many believe. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God, the Bible. So read the Bible in prayer and watch with me as the Lord again and again will prove He is who He says He is. If you find encouragement in these things, share them with others you know, let the bride of Christ come together in Spirit and Truth, building each other up in love and hope for the glories prepared for them that love God! Don’t hold it all in, let your light shine!