Is This Gog-Magog?

Zola Levitt and I were talking privately, and Zola was thoroughly exercised about the topic of replacement theology. Some mainline denominations were beginning at the time to adopt the rising theological position termed “progressive dispensationalism.” The “doctrine” put forward that Christ’s throne had been transferred to Heaven with the Lord’s sitting down at the right hand of His Father. Therefore, the Davidic throne (throne of King David,) was also transferred from an earthly throne to Heaven. This meant, according to the progressive dispensationalists, that Israel had, in effect, been replaced in matters involving God’s promises to the nation.

This was not much different than pure replacement theology, and Zola was about to address, as I recall, the Pre-Trib Research Center group at Dallas that December on this topic. Such once-conservative seminaries as Moody and Dallas Theological had begun to go strongly toward the progressive dispensationalist viewpoint.

Zola, as anyone who knew him will attest, was passionate like few others about Israel and God’s dealing with the Jews. I have never seen him quite so animated as during that conversation somewhere around the turn of the century, as I recall. He said that he and Dr. J. Vernon McGee had once “gotten into it” on a television program over whether Israel was back in the Middle East for fulfillment of prophecy. Dr. McGee held that while it was interesting that Israel had its nation restored after more than 1,900 years in its geographical homeland, he didn’t believe this meant that Israel was necessarily there for the final time. They could yet be put out of the land and return again at a later date.

This, of course, was like throwing a glass of gasoline on a raging fire. Zola said they really got crosswise. Zola held that Israel was there for the final time–for the wind-up of this dispensation (Age of Grace) and into the Tribulation. I told him that Dr. McGee knew the truth now, his having gone to be with the Lord at age 84 in 1988. Zola’s only comment was: “Well, I would hope so…”.

Boy! Would old Dr. McGee have done a 180 on his view of the situation, if he could suddenly be shown developments since getting his–as Zola would later say of his own impending going to be with the Lord–promotion to that magnificent realm. As a matter of fact, I sometimes have wondered if they have not again had their conversation, with both now being in complete agreement on the veracity of God’s Word in regard to His promises to His chosen people.

Every day that passes brings into focus that truth. Israel is like a laser pointer indicating with pinpoint precision that these must indeed be the closing days of this Church Age. Stage-setting for fulfillment of Bible prophecy, as we have pointed out many times, literally fills today’s geopolitical, socioeconomic and religious landscape. Culture and society aren’t just headed toward the cesspool–we have arrived in the septic tank.

The world’s economy is poised to implode, with those in charge of the Fed (Federal Reserve Bank) not knowing which way to turn. to raise interest rates will bring the world’s economy crashing down. To not raise interest rates means that dynamic exigencies as part of the intricately linked world monetary system will heat up even further, making the ultimate crash far worse than any in history when it happens.

The pope is traversing the world apparently spouting strange doctrinal changes in his Catholic system and sticking his papal nose in every free nation’s business. He seems to me in cahoots with the Marxist ideology espoused by those who are said to have mentored the current U.S. president.

Russia looks to be making alliances that will one day -perhaps sooner rather than later–form a coalition like that forewarned by the prophet Ezekiel in his Gog-Magog prophecy. Iran occupies the geographical area of ancient Persia. This Israel-hating state of satanic rage is Putin’s client-state, as is Syria–these and other nations of the Islamist sort prophetically destined to be part of a horrendous end-times event.

Specifically, we must ask whether the most recent movement by Vladimir Putin might be, in fact, the actual staging for this great conflict of Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39.

Those who hold to the likelihood that a Psalm 83 war will precede the Gog-Magog attack will say this cannot be the time of that great Ezekiel 38-39 conflict. I continue to respectfully disagree with the proposition that such an inner ring of nations as given in what I believe to be an Imprecatory prayer by God’s chosen nation in Psalm 83 indicates a separate military action. I continue to believe that the prayer offered in Psalm 83 will be answered powerfully and unequivocally by the God of Heaven with the all but total annihilation of the combined Gog-Magog forces of all surrounding nations who come against Israel.

That Russia has inserted itself into the Middle East in ways that trouble America’s top military generals goes without saying. The Russians have said they won’t hesitate to send a large contingent of ground troops into Syria if the request is made by the Syrian regime.

The AP reported September 17 that Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said Damascus wouldn’t hesitate to ask for Russian troops if needed. At the same time he denied that Russian combat troops were already fighting in Syria. Proof continues to accumulate that the Russians are moving in to stay in the region. Many military and other intelligence officials are asking in television appearances what the build-up means. Ezekiel, we remember, said some would be asking the same question as the Gog-Magog invasion began to take shape.

One respected intelligence advisory writes the following.

The Russian military deployment to the Bassel al Assad air base in Latakia, Syria, is continuing at a rapid tempo, Stratfor can confirm. Previous imagery of the airfield, taken Sept. 4, showed significant engineering works underway. New imagery from Sept. 15, provided by our partners at All Source Analysis, reveals the completion of several large concrete aprons that were previously under construction. A large amount of Russian military equipment has also arrived at the airfield. A battalion-sized Russian contingent now appears to be located at the base, along with artillery and attack helicopter support. Several large Russian transport aircraft are also visible on the runway and the nearby ramps. (Stratfor, “Russia fortifies its position in Syria,” September 17, 2015)

With American fighter jets and other military assets in the same general area, there is growing concern that an incident of dangerous sort could happen whether by accident or by instigation. The Russian and American officials have been shown to be engaging in meetings over developments in the war-torn region.

Are we seeing the beginning of a Russian build-up for the fulfillment of the Gog-Magog assault?

I’m of the opinion that this is indeed a point in the staging for that prophesied war. Just what point is anyone’s guess.

My own thinking is that the Gog-Magog assault will take place some time after the Rapture of the Church. This is because this will be a world-shaking, cataclysmic event. Many other lands besides just this region will be affected. This war, in my view, will take the world out of the business-as-usual state that Jesus prophesied will be prevalent at the time He next intervenes into human history in a catastrophic way. Judgment will fall, the Lord said, that very day, just as in the days of Noah and the days of Lot (again read Matthew 24:36-42 and Luke 17: 26-30).

We see developing a sure signal that the Tribulation period is fast approaching. It it time for believers to work hard to bring as many of the lost into God’s family as possible. At the same time, we must remember to lift up our heads and keep looking up!

Nearing Midnight: Month of Destiny Conclusion

Nearing Midnight: Month of Destiny Conclusion – Terry James – http://www.raptureready.com/rap16.html

Beginning about September 13 and thereafter there will likely come upon the United States and upon the world some kind of direct Judgment for anti-God activities that take mankind ever farther from the Creator. This, I infer, is the belief of many within biblical prophecy circles, based upon the articles I’ve read and upon the tremendous number of emails I’ve received.
 
I’ve been asked dozens of times over the past few months my opinion on what will come of such things as this being the Shemitah year, in consideration of all the coalescing signals that something dramatic will happen beginning September of 2015. Some of those things are included in the following partial list. My thanks to my good friend Daymond Duck for his article outlining these.[1]
 
* Sept. 13: The end of the Sabbatical year (at sundown on Sept. 13) and the date that a highly respected ultra-Orthodox Jewish Rabbi named Chaim Kanievsky says Israel ‘s Messiah will arrive.
 
* Sept. 13: The Shemitah year (also called a Sabbath year, or a Sabbatical year, or the seventh year of the agricultural cycle) ends at sundown on Sept. 13. It is associated with financial issues; debt forgiveness; economic problems, etc. Author Jonathan Cahn submits that the cycles suggest possible problems for this time frame. In recent history, past national and global economic sharp downturns have occurred as part of these cycles.
 
* Sept.13-15: Rosh Hashanah (also called the Jewish New Year or the Feast of Trumpets) begins at sundown on Sept. 13 and ends at sundown on Sept. 15. Some (not all) prophecy teachers believe the Rapture could occur at the end of Rosh Hashanah this year or next year or some year.
 
* Sept.15: The purported military drill called Joint Assistance for Development and Execution (JADE) Homeland Eradication of Local Militants (HELM) is supposed to end. (Some believe this is possibly an exercise for martial law in case of civil anarchy.)
 
* Sept.15: The seventieth UN General Assembly will begin meeting. Sometime while these meetings are taking place, France is expected to present a resolution to the UN Security Council to divide the Promised Land (two-state solution) and to force a peace treaty on Israel and the PA.
 
* Sept. 22-23: Yom Kippur (also called the Day of Atonement or the Feast of Atonement) begins at sundown on Sept. 22. This will mark the beginning of the next year of Jubilee (the fiftieth year). In Jewish calendar terms, this time, among other things, is to require a renewed focus on things of God.
 
* Sept. 28: The Feast of Tabernacles and the fourth blood moon in the current Tetrad will take place on this date. Several major prophetic events have happened just before or just after other blood moon Tetrads. The Jewish Talmud (not the Bible) says blood moons are a sign of war in Israel . Several major end-of-the-age wars are mentioned in the Bible and some prophecy teachers believe some or all of these could soon occur.
 
Those who have written articles on these matters express in most cases the Supreme Court’s backing of same-sex marriage and other recent decisions that take America farther away from God’s influence as being primary in their thinking on why judgment is about to fall and why September of this year is when it is likely to begin. These articles, among other means of delivering the ominous forewarnings, have prompted many emailers to write.
 
One writes, in part:
 
In lieu of the many dire warnings about this Sept/Oct period, Shemitah, blood moons, economic collapse, etc. do you think the Rapture will precede the NWO being established or we will be whisked away before full implementation?… There is so much misinterpretation, fear porn and outright deceit being bandied about, I wondered if you had a chronology in mind other than an imminent Rapture? It’s been imminent now for decades.
 
Another writes, in part:
 
As I’m sure you know the internet is ablaze with all the September dates and happenings that seem to be pointing towards some form of major event. At the UN we have the forging of a two state solution and the Pope’s speech. Movies that have for years been pointing towards some type of calamity (mainly in NYC) slated for 9/23/15 and of course CERN restarting on the 23rd of September with the design of opening a portal to another dimension. Before knowing much about the above I scheduled a business trip to New York City (that would be very costly for me to reschedule) for the week of September 21 thru 25…the last item above (CERN) probably scares me the most…but overall do you put much stock in the culmination of all these September events (including the super Shemitah)?
 
Yet another expresses his thoughts about the worry over the month of September 2015:
 
“Unfortunately it seems that lately I have read a number of news articles that were posted on RR and written by folks who seem to be Christian but seem to have no idea of the concept of the Rapture. They bellow on and on about how bad things are now or will be soon yet they can’t offer any hope, much less mention THE BLESSED HOPE of the Rapture.”
 
My thoughts are just that…my thoughts. They are based upon observation of these troubled times, after prayer, and under the light and template of God’s prophetic Word. I haven’t received special words of knowledge or dreams–that is, extrabiblical revelations– as, apparently, have some recipients of such privileged communication whose emails I’ve found in my Inbox from time to time.
 
However, I continue to maintain that the (medically documented) clinical death I suffered Good Friday of 2011 brought me face to face with a cheering throng of young, heavenly beings (the Hebrews 12: 1-3 cloud of witnesses who validated the general tenets of my thoughts on eschatological matters yet future as partially expressed below). The series I wrote on all of this–several months before my medical crisis– was “Scanning a Fearful Future” for a series of ten articles.
 
Here, then, are some of my thoughts on what I give the title “Month of Destiny”:
 
While many things of Jewish holy day activities punctuate this September, and numerous events geopolitical and even that involving astrophysical are scheduled beginning around the middle of the month, I cannot help but being drawn back to my earlier thought. “Circumstance does not control god; God Controls circumstance.” Every anticipated event of catastrophic nature in these times so near the end of the Church Age (Age of Grace) has failed to happen. It is as if there is a supernatural force preventing what should be beyond any doubt a natural outcome of impending circumstance. For one example, the financial bubble continues to build on a worldwide basis. The financial powers that be have thrown trillions of dollars at the problems but admitted just the other day that it has all failed to fix anything, rather probably has exacerbated the economic woes at every fiscal level.
 
Stock-market fluctuations and other financial uncertainties of very recent days punctuate the effects of these manipulations.
 
For other examples, tensions have built in the Middle East to the point that we are now at as explosive a time as any in history. The Islamist fanatics are raging throughout the region–and throughout much of Europe to a growing extent. Iran–ancient Persia–threatens God’s chosen nation, Israel, with extinction every day through the words of its Supreme Leader and mullahs. This they promise when they get the ability to carry out such action. They are about to be handed that capability.
 
Yet Israel remains calm and reserved in its response, even though its once-staunch American ally seems to be turning against the Jewish state.
 
Russia threatens Ukraine and NATO, as well as the U.S., almost like in the good ol’ Soviet days. China, melting down economically, is threatening its Asian neighbors–and the rest of us through cyber attacks and military build-up.
 
Despite all of the above, the world wags on. It is basically business as usual.
 
There has been no cataclysmic bursting of the dam of circumstance–as there should have been by now. All agree, however, that this status quo can’t go on. Something has to give and there will be tremendous global impact when it happens–whatsoever happens.
 
This month of September looks to be the beginning of what could be a year when the status quo bubble could burst, according to all circumstances and to most Bible prophecy observers of the pre-mil/pre-trib viewpoint. However, I’m convinced we are at the time unlike any other in history. The time for God’s corrective action, I believe, is over for this dispensation. It is His judgment and wrath that are about to be unleashed upon a rebellious world–and an unrepentant America.
 
What the world faces next is not God’s corrective action, such as when, I’m convinced, the Lord allowed the Dust Bowl and Great Depression of the 1930s as a disciplining measure following the time of the Roaring Twenties. Next will come His judgment and wrath.
 
Jesus said that times will be business as usual when He next Intervenes catastrophically into the affairs of mankind. It will be just like it was in Noah’s pre-Flood days and in Lot’s days in Sodom. The very day God took those men and their families to safety, God’s judgment fell. Again, Jesus said judgment fell that very day! (Read again Matthew 24: 36-42 and Luke 17: 26-30.)
 
Most of the world–as I wrote earlier, even the majority of the born again–is oblivious to impending judgment. Again, the Lord said that His coming will be as a snare to the whole world. It will be a complete surprise. He said it would be at a “think not” time (Matthew 24:44).
 
If there were an economic cataclysm or a war of catastrophic proportion, the world would not be in that “think not” configuration. It would take years, perhaps decades, for things to get back into the world’s current configuration if such disasters occurred.
 
Nonetheless, most who don’t have their heads in the proverbial sand agree that the world cannot wag on as it is. It is about to implode or explode, depending upon one’s view of the coming eruption. I agree with that assessment.
 
My own thought is that if there is to be global financial meltdown this month, or any other month in the relatively near future, or if there is to be world-shaking warfare this year, next, or near future, it will be the Rapture, not man’s folly, that will initiate the age-ending cataclysm.
 
God, Himself, is holding back world-rending circumstance, I’m of the opinion. He is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. We should be working in His service as never before to lift Christ so that many will be drawn to Him for salvation.
 
Jesus said that moment of His suddenly breaking in on an unexpecting world will come at a time “ye think not” (Matthew 24: 44). I doubt that September 13, 15, 23, or any of those dates are necessarily the time this impending Intervention will occur. Jesus told us to “watch” (Mark 13: 37). It could happen right this moment while you are reading this commentary!
 
–Terry
 
[1] Daymond Duck, September 2015, Newest Articles, www.raptureready.com

Nearing Midnight: Rapture or WW III

Nearing Midnight: Rapture or WW III – Terry James – http://www.raptureready.com/rap16.html

ISIL is on the move. All of fundamentalist Islam has one goal: world dominion. North Korea constantly badgers South Korea and threatens to send its several launch-ready, nuclear-tipped missiles in our direction. China seeks hegemony over all its Asian sphere of influence. Iran declares it will have its nuclear program, while at the same time promising to wipe Israel off the planet. And now, Vladimir Putin threatens everyone who opposes his way of doing things with the launch of Russia’s 5,000 nuclear missiles. President Obama’s administration responds to all this by drastically cutting America’s military capability, even to the point of unilaterally depleting US nuclear weaponry until it exists no more.

It’s enough to cause one to wonder if there is even a modicum of possibility for one to exist much past the end of the year 2014.

There has never been a weapon developed that hasn’t at some point been used, is the saying I’ve heard many times. I don’t recall any case of the neutron bomb being employed in warfare or, for that matter, the hydrogen bomb. However, the very use of these weapons of mass destruction in testing them means they have at least been used in the psychological aspects of potential warfare. This, in fact, is a part of hostilities between the great superpowers known as MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction). I guess they, in this manner, have been used to prevent warfare so horrific as to threaten the end of all flesh on planet earth.

Jesus told us about this possibility, didn’t He?

And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. (Revelation 24:22)

He was speaking about the Tribulation era–the last seven years of human history just before He will return in the Second Advent. That is the instant He will break through the blackness of the last moments of the war of Armageddon as described in Revelation 19:11. So, at least those of us who believe the Bible and in Jesus Christ for salvation, are assured there will not be all-out nuclear warfare that will end life on earth. From the description of some passages in Bible prophecy, however, it certainly does appear that nuclear weaponry will likely be unleashed to some degree.

For example, Zechariah the prophet foretold:

And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth. (Zechariah 14:12)

That description can, of course, mean that this is a supernatural affliction of some sort that the Lord will use against Israel’s enemies. Most who know the science of these horrific weapons in today’s nuclear arsenals, though, think Zechariah here described the effects of nuclear war on the human body. Particularly, I’ve heard it expressed, this describes almost perfectly what would be the effects of the neutron bomb–a weapon that is designed to destroy flesh and blood, but not other materials, such as buildings, etc.

Those of us of a certain age remember well all the threats of nuclear war. Those of my generation remember the old “duck and cover” television and movie theater public service announcements. These were for us kids, telling us to “duck and cover” if we heard air raid sirens or saw the bright flash of a hydrogen bomb.

We laugh at these ludicrous exhortations now. We were to jump off our bicycles and jump in a ditch or behind a garbage can when a 10-plus megaton hydrogen weapon discharged over our town!

We survived all those years of the Cold War. Our leaderships of nations who possessed those bombs were of sufficient sanity to know that there would be no winners, only losers, in such an exchange. Judging the madness surrounding this generation, we must seriously ask the question: Are today’s leaders capable of avoiding use of these civilization-ending horror weapons?

If we look at North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the answer is a resounding no, I think. But, even that paunch-bellied little tyrant must know somewhere in the back of his evil brain that he would end up melted into the glass parking lot his domain would become if he decided to launch his very limited nuclear arsenal.

On the other hand, the macho Vladimir Putin is quite another matter. He threatens nuclear war almost routinely these days. And, he has probably the most plentiful stockpile of such weaponry on earth.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has threatened the West with his country’s 5,000 nuclear warheads.

Putin has raised the specter of nuclear war for the third time in the past two months as he and Western countries such as the United States clash over the Ukraine conflict, which has been bringing to light other deep-seated animosity.

Putin made his latest comments while en route to the annual Asia-Europe Meeting in Milan, a summit of 50 nations.

“We hope that our partners will realize the recklessness of attempts to blackmail Russia, and will remember the risks that a spat between major nuclear powers means for strategic stability,” Putin told Serbian newspaper Political. (“World War 3: Vladimir Putin Threatens West with Russia’s 5,000 Nuclear Warheads,” Epoch Times, 10/20/14)

The Russian president has bragged several times recently about his arsenal of more than 5,000 nuclear weapons when talking with other leaders. He is particularly chagrined over the sanctions imposed over his treatment of Ukraine. Falling world oil prices–due in part to fracking taking place in North Dakota and other places, which are diminishing Russia’s leverage in petroleum markets in the region he wants to dominate–are also contributing to his bellicose attitude and to not-so-subtle threats these days.

The difference between days of the Cold War and these times is that there is no superpower willing to stand up to the Russian strong man, like when Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, et al, were willing to look Stalin, Khrushchev, Brezhnev, and the likes in the eye and draw lines across which no dictator dared cross. Instead, the United States draws down its nuclear arsenal while Putin flexes and struts on the stage of end times history.

Which brings us to the title of this commentary: “Rapture or WWIII.”

My own studied and prayerfully considered opinion is that while threats (rumors) of war and even hostilities like we are witnessing from ISIL, Hamas, and occasionally other volatile players around the world will continue, there will be no world-rending war this side of the Rapture of the church. When the church is taken into Heaven by Jesus Christ, madness upon planet earth will likely be more the norm, rather than the exception. We can already see that trend developing, even at this late hour as the Lord of Heaven slowly, measurably, takes His Mighty Hand off the affairs of rebellious mankind.

When the Holy Spirit removes and sin is allowed to run wild, the notion of Mutually Assured Destruction will no longer inhibit the thinking of power mad dictators.

Undoubtedly, it will be threatened, all-out, nuclear war that will bring the false man of peace to his earthly throne. Antichrist will supposedly have the answers to stop the coming holocaust. But, he, of course, will ultimately throw fuel on that conflagration.

The true Prince of Peace–the Lord Jesus Christ–will then ride to the rescue.

Nearing Midnight: Church vs. Evil

Nearing Midnight: Church vs. Evil – Terry James – http://www.raptureready.com/rap16.html

This week for the “Nearing Midnight” column, I’ve chosen to use a small portion of a chapter I wrote for a book of chapters with colleagues. It is from the book: Blood on the Altar: The Coming War between Christian Vs. Christian (Defender Publishing, 2014).

I believe this is a message the body of Christ-the true church-needs to understand in these ominous times.

The latter part of the twentieth century brought profound changes to this once more morally anchored nation. Regardless of some of the less savory facts that have been brought out in recent times concerning America’s founding, this nation has truly been an experiment in principle based upon biblical precepts.

The year 1963, with Supreme Court decisions determined to try to remove God from public schools, proved to be a pivotal point in the slide toward oblivion that is even now picking up speed. Let’s have a brief review of the early part of that stunning century.

My research in writing the book The American Apocalypse: Is the United States in Bible Prophecy? (Harvest House, 2009) took me back to God’s harsh dealing with America in the 1930s. The things Americans suffered were considered by preachers and politicians alike to be God’s wrath and judgment.

One well-known writer, John Steinbeck, even gave his famous novel on that depressed time in America the title The Grapes of Wrath. America had gone through a tremendous time of growth and relative prosperity during the “Gay Nineties.” (For the younger readers, it had nothing to do with the Clinton years, nor with homosexuality. It was the 1890s, and the term “gay” still enjoyed its proper definition.)

Despite the early 1900s bringing about World War I, the nation leaped forward, and soon the “Roaring Twenties” brought forth the flappers and boisterous, even debauched, “good times.” Reformers tried to squash the hedonism, and with the passage of the 18th Amendment instituted prohibition against alcohol manufacture, sale, and transportation. The action only increased rebellion against morality. American gangsters took over, and illegal booze, gambling, and every other type of nefarious activity permeated culture and society.

Then in 1929 came the stock market crash in the United States, and worldwide depression quickly followed. The wrath of God had fallen!

Or had it?

No, it had not. Neither had His judgment against America’s sin fallen upon the nation, thus affecting the world-not in the sense of God’s great judgment that came upon the antediluvians, the wicked, violent, even genetically corrupted earth dwellers of Noah’s day. But God’s mighty hand of correction through the Great Depression and the horrendous “Dust Bowl” era came down hard on the backside of this nation He so manifestly chose to accomplish great things for His great purposes. Those things would include, in particular: 1) developing the technologies that would spread the gospel around the entire world; and 2) acting as midwife for the birth of modern Israel on May 14, 1948, and to become the Jewish peoples’ closest ally-an ally that just happened to soon become the most materially blessed, most powerful, and most influential nation the world has ever known.

America, despite the Great Depression and war that took thousands of young American lives, came to know a standard of living and pleasures-both unsullied and debauched-like no generation of any people in history. The thing to keep in mind is that during all of that degeneration of America and the corrective measures the Lord was employing, Christianity stood firm. The church-the “born again”-faced up to those efforts to totally debauch this United States of America. The Billy Sundays-the great evangelists-were anchors in the pulpits of the nation, as were a vast number of genuine Christians in the pews across the land. Even a casual perusal of the national landscape of morality today evokes the question: Is there such resistance to evil in these troubling days?

Today, other profoundly disturbing questions to ponder are: Will God choose to again correct this special nation called America? Or, will He take His hand off to an extent, allowing the U.S. to find its own way, which is what the majority of the electorate seems to want?

I get email daily from people who fear this nation will now feel the Lord’s hand of wrath. The die is cast, as one of Shakespeare’s characters said. I don’t necessarily subscribe to that “judgment-and-wrath-are-about-to-fall” opinion, at least not in the immediate near term the way many who send the fear-filled emails believe. Nonetheless, God’s wrath is building. It will be unleashed when the “prince that shall come” confirms the covenant with Israel and Israel’s antagonists (Daniel 9:26-27).

That pouring out of God’s anger won’t happen until the church is removed. However, there is almost certainly a heavenly decision that has already been made, and is even now in the process of implementation. It is likely the decision to either take corrective measures as in God’s past dealings with America in order to get this nation back on the moral course to complete its work in His grand prophetic design, or to give rebellious masses what they more and more demonstrate they demand. They demand freedom to choose what is right in their own eyes.

God’s decision to take His hand off to some extent would be far more fearful than His again taking corrective action like world economic depression. To let the rebels do what is right in their own eyes, thus casting God away from any semblance of divine guidance, means America’s work is done. That is indeed a frightening thing to contemplate.

Much of what happens next is dependent upon the true Christian church-born-again believers. How we choose to confront evil might well determine our nation’s-even the world’s-immediate fate.

I must say that I, with reverential consideration, don’t expect immediate meltdown and correction from Almighty God. I believe with all that is within me that He has been demonstrating corrective movements over the past years and months-movements that have gone unheeded by even the majority of His people. These have chosen to bury their heads in the sands of watered-down messages that have practically no relevance to God’s message of doctrinal truth. Rather than revival, there have been false, emotional outbursts that have done disservice to the Lord who purchased each and every one who has been born again. It seems to me that the church’s work, like that of America, has almost run its course.

Dave Hunt once wrote a book called Peace, Prosperity, and the Coming Holocaust. His basic premise was that this fallen world system, and particularly the United States and even the church, would be drawn ever deeper into believing in humanistic salvation by seeming peace and prosperity. He demonstrated, then, through historical precedent and Bible prophecy both past and yet to come, that the world of fallen man will at a future time of unprecedented evil activity on earth endure a holocaust far worse than that perpetrated by Adolf Hitler. The end will bring, he concluded, God’s wrath and judgment on an incorrigibly wicked world.

I believe America and the world can yet have another burst of so-called peace and prosperity-although I see it as highly unlikely. The “change” the country and the world are clamoring for through trust in human governmental entities rather than God’s moral governance will certainly, if not rejected, as my friend Dave Hunt wrote, swiftly bring the holocaust of the Tribulation.

Let us, the church of the Lord Jesus Christ, pray for the president-even when it seems to do no good-and for all governmental leaders, so that we might lead peaceful lives. This is commanded of us by the Lord. But, let us work to complete whatever He puts in front of us to do for the kingdom. Let us, as Oswald Chambers entitled his book of devotions, do “our utmost for His highest” while our fleeting time remains upon this fallen sphere.

Nearing Midnight: Togarmah Roots Showing

Nearing Midnight: Togarmah Roots Showing – Terry James – http://www.raptureready.com/rap16.html

Hal Lindsey (The Late, Great Planet Earth), among other prophecy scholars, through their study, find present-day Turkey to be sitting on geographical territory that comprised ancient Togarmah. We have looked, together, at this prophecy on numerous occasions. Togarmah is found in the following passages of Ezekiel’s famous prophecy:

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. (Ezekiel 38:2-8)

This, of course, is a battle that will change the complexion of the world in terms of aggression. God’s Word, through Ezekiel the prophet, foretells that all but one-sixth of these forces that attack Israel will be wiped out-by God, Himself. That will, effectively, eliminate Islam for sure. The results will, it appears, clear the way for Antichrist to rise fully to power.

Movement this prophetic region has made toward fulfillment of this, one of the most profound of the end-of-the-age prophecies found in Scripture, is nothing short of phenomenal.

I wrote the following in 2006:

Turkey was a solid citizen, in friendly standing with the west, not long ago. Secularists had control of the reins of government, despite a history of majority Islamist religionists in the region. This caused many Bible prophecy students to wonder what might happen to swing Turkey (Togarmah) into the Gog-Magog coalition configuration Ezekiel foretold.

I wrote further at the time:

Islamics of Turkey are said to be 60 percent in favor of Muslim-run government, rather than secularist-run government. The fanatic Islamics within that nation certainly must recognize weakness within western powers, made evident by the retreat in Iraq, and in more or less giving in to Iran’s nuclear development. Muslim fanatics will doubtless step up their fomenting violence and opposition against the present government officials, who looked toward Europe rather than toward the Islamic tyrants of the Middle East.

Turkey, occupying at least part of ancient Togarmah, seems to be coming into focus as yet another of the end time players in the coming Gog-Magog attack against an increasingly isolated Israel. (“Togarmah/Turkey Coming into Focus,” Nearing Midnight, www.raptureready.com, 2006)

Turkey, at the time, was in turmoil, and the beginning of this turn away from the West was in view. A report at the time framed the tenuous geopolitical quandary of Turkey and its look eastward.

[There is a question about] the deep divide that has festered within Turkish society since the foundation of the modern state. Should Turkey face eastward, toward its Muslim neighbors, or westward, toward Europe?Turkey-a democratic Muslim country with a rigidly secular state-is at a pivot point. It is trying to navigate between the forces that want to pull it closer to Islam and the institutions that safeguard its secularism. Turkey’s pro-Islamic government is constrained by rules dictating secularism established by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Turkey’s revered founder. (Sabrina Tavernise, “Allure of Islam Signals a Shift within Turkey,” New York Times, November 28, 2006)

Turkey’s secularist government-for that matter, most of its ties with Western thought-is gone in August of 2014. The schism, if there was any doubt of Turkey moving totally eastward, was made crystal clear in the rift that erupted the past week. The rip in the fabric of whatever shred of diplomatic cloth holding together Turkey and Western influence revolves around the most significant prophetic signal of our time. Israel and its position as focal point of world ire.

Israel’s defense of its people by taking it to the Hamas aggressors, in which Israel is seen as murdering innocent women and children-despite the fact that Israel is the one attacked and Hamas fires from schools, hospitals, and other centers of civilian life, is the cause of Turkey’s move. The following report more or less tells the story:

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel on Sunday of deliberately killing Palestinian mothers and warned it would “drown in the blood it sheds.”…

Addressing hundreds of thousands of supporters at his biggest rally so far ahead of the Aug. 10 election, Erdogan again likened Israel’s actions to those of Hitler, comments that have already led Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to accuse him of anti-Semitism and drawn rebuke from Washington. (:Dasha Afanasieva and Humeyra, Reuters, “Turkey’s Erdogan Lashes Out at Israel at Election Rally”)

There should be no doubt-in my view, at least-that we are witnessing yet another stark development in the setting of the end-time stage.