| Prophecy as usual—this is not!
Swirling amidst the confusion in the Middle East and amidst those in the media, think tanks, and Left-Behind-oriented prophecy buffs is a plethora of disjointed and ever-changing analyses and strategic conclusions/confusions which becloud the real issues playing out in the unfolding apocalyptic drama they interpret. Events twist and turn, but history’s inexorable march to finality confounds the skeptic, thwarts the agnostic, and befuddles the wise in his own conceits.
Yes, this is an eschatological compass which takes its cue from the Book, but it’s not what you’d expect, not at all. Of Samuel Huntington’s major civilizations which encompass the globe, there are but three that militate against each other: Western, Chinese, and Islamic. All three, according the Bible (and this is not a wild eyed conjecture, but a calculated hermeneutic of Scripture) were forecast to clash “in the latter days” by Hebrew prophets Isaiah, Zechariah, Daniel and Ezekiel, and were substantiated by New Testament counterparts; namely, Jesus, Paul, and John.
No, “events have not overtaken us” . . . nor do we rely upon their fickle interpretations to fit the Biblical account. To the contrary, the Word of God stands unalterable, unchanging, persistent in its discernment; yet, dynamic in the manifestation “by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations” at the close of this age (Romans 16:26a).
The current realignment of nations in the Middle East, and for that matter, throughout the earth, astounds and comforts, persuades and consoles the masses on the planet . . . while alerting Gentile World Powers (“to all nations”), their days are numbered, for “with evil intent” have they conspired against His purposes (Zechariah 1:15).
Syria, Iran (Persia), Magog, Tubal, Togarmah and Mesheck (Turkey or Magog), Egypt, Libya and Cush (Sudan) have, are and will conspire together as they face the Willful King of the West. This is not Lord of the Rings: This is the unfolding of those final Biblical conflicts . . . Gog and Magog, and the Campaign of Armageddon. Here, the West’s final confrontation with the Kings of the East over the “Hidden Treasures” reaches its vile and horrid termination . . . for the Antichrist/Beast, False Prophet and Image have sought to amass the wealth of the nations, subdue all nations, and destroy the witness of both Israel and the Church.
No, no, no . . . this is not a “prophetic game” . . . you’re in this, we’re all in this . . . “multitudes, multitudes in the Valley of Decision, for the day of the Lord is near in the Valley of Decision” (Joel 3:14).
A final word . . . those who contend that “Apocalyptic/Armageddon oriented souls” are the enemy of civilization and progressive thought (at worst) or ignorant day dreamers (at best), unfortunately view the world through their own understanding secured through the wisdom of man. May I be so bold to suggest that they who adhere to absolutes are neither as barbaric nor absurd as their critics make them out to be . . . who knows, knowledge of this nature just might be so dangerous to the intellectual elite, that they could actually find hope in the current insanity gripping the earth through the reading of what initially may be dismissed out of hand as trivial contemplations.
In any event . . . May the rant and writ of this compendium of thoughts and insights bring us closer to the One Who knows our frame, our deepest thoughts, our real intentions . . . and clarify those essentials of His Word to us who believe, while penetrating the heart of those who do not believe, thereby leading them to salvation through the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ.
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