Thursday, July 9, 2009

Near....Far

Two stories have captured my attention this week and brought the second coming of Christ near to my thinking.  I love Bible prophecy.  I wish I could rattle off to you fact after fact about what prophets have predicted and what has already come to pass, but I can't.  I am learning though.  And hopefully, one day I will be able to understand it enough to actually blog about it.  Despite my inability to process the book of Revelation and apply it to our current timeline, I know that the second coming of Christ is very near.  When my mom became a Christian 25 years ago, she was forever changed.  A Bible study teacher with a mind for prophecy taught her a lot.  Everything that seemed what some might call "nuts" 25 years ago has all come to pass today.  Like our money, for instance, which he said would eventually be "colored" which he believed was a step or 2 away from a completely cashless society where Christians would be asked to take a different type of "mark."  


I have been keeping my eye on Israel and their new attempts at drilling for Oil in the Dead Sea.  I have followed Zion Oil for along time, a Dallas based company that believes that the Bible specifically mentions that Israel, like her neighbors, is rich in oil.  As of this week, 3 Israeli Oil companies have been granted the right to now drill in the Dead Sea.  Some scholars and prophecy enthusiasts believe that the "spoil" referred to in Ezekiel 38 could in fact be Oil.  Israel's neighbors are rich in Oil, but Israel is not.  But, what if they were?  The world hates God's chosen people, the Jews.  And I can only imagine that if Israel struck oil like their neighbors, it might just set the stage for the war that Ezekiel 38 talks about.

A second story of great fascination to me is the newest reports that the late great city of Babylon is possibly about to get a facelift.  Yes, according to some reports, the United States and Iraq have assembled a team of individuals to help make the ancient ruins of Babylon a world famous tourist destination.  This might seem silly to some, but predicted just the same in the Bible.  

Some people might choose to disregard belief in Jesus.  Some people probably get disgusted by blogs like mine, but one thing that's for sure, is the Bible comes true.  God left us His holy word.  God cannot lie.  And everything in His book, comes true.  I spend a lot of time telling people about my prayer life and how God answered those things physically on this Earth, because it is proof.  No one can read my mind.  No one, but God, knows my deepest concerns and fears.  But, when I come to God in private and lay those things before Him, He answers.  Not always right away, sometimes before I even finish my sentence.  It is God's involvement in my life that keeps His second coming near to my mind at all times.  If He cares enough about my daily life to answer even the silliest of prayers, I know He can be trusted.  I know He does not lie; He cannot lie.  And when I know that He cannot lie, then I know that His word will come true.  And as I see the events of my lifetime, unfold before my very eyes, I know that His return is not far off, but very near at the door.  

What an exciting time to live in!  What an amazing opportunity to be the generation to watch these events, predicted thousands of years ago, come true before our very eyes.  

Ezekiel 38 for your viewing pleasure...

  • The word of the LORD came to me:
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  • "Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal; prophesy against him
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  • and say: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal.
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  • I will turn you around, put hooks in your jaws and bring you out with your whole army--your horses, your horsemen fully armed, and a great horde with large and small shields, all of them brandishing their swords.
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  • Persia, Cush and Put will be with them, all with shields and helmets,
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  • also Gomer with all its troops, and Beth Togarmah from the far north with all its troops--the many nations with you.
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  • " 'Get ready; be prepared, you and all the hordes gathered about you, and take command of them.
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  • After many days you will be called to arms. In future years you will invade a land that has recovered from war, whose people were gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate. They had been brought out from the nations, and now all of them live in safety.
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  • You and all your troops and the many nations with you will go up, advancing like a storm; you will be like a cloud covering the land.
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  • " 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: On that day thoughts will come into your mind and you will devise an evil scheme.
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  • You will say, "I will invade a land of unwalled villages; I will attack a peaceful and unsuspecting people--all of them living without walls and without gates and bars.
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  • I will plunder and loot and turn my hand against the resettled ruins and the people gathered from the nations, rich in livestock and goods, living at the center of the land."
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  • Sheba and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish and all her villages will say to you, "Have you come to plunder? Have you gathered your hordes to loot, to carry off silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods and to seize much plunder?" '
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  • "Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say to Gog: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: In that day, when my people Israel are living in safety, will you not take notice of it?
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  • You will come from your place in the far north, you and many nations with you, all of them riding on horses, a great horde, a mighty army.
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  • You will advance against my people Israel like a cloud that covers the land. In days to come, O Gog, I will bring you against my land, so that the nations may know me when I show myself holy through you before their eyes.
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  • " 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Are you not the one I spoke of in former days by my servants the prophets of Israel? At that time they prophesied for years that I would bring you against them.
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  • This is what will happen in that day: When Gog attacks the land of Israel, my hot anger will be aroused, declares the Sovereign Lord.
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  • In my zeal and fiery wrath I declare that at that time there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel.
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  • The fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the beasts of the field, every creature that moves along the ground, and all the people on the face of the earth will tremble at my presence. The mountains will be overturned, the cliffs will crumble and every wall will fall to the ground.
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  • I will summon a sword against Gog on all my mountains, declares the Sovereign Lord. Every man's sword will be against his brother.
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  • I will execute judgment upon him with plague and bloodshed; I will pour down torrents of rain, hailstones and burning sulfur on him and on his troops and on the many nations with him.
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  • And so I will show my greatness and my holiness, and I will make myself known in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am the Lord.'

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