What Will Happen to Israel’s Neighbors? – Psalm 83

I have just watched a short video by Joel Rosenberg, asking for prayers and donations to evangelize and aid Israel and her neighbors—the Palestinians, the people in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt. These are the people that Joel has a heart for and that his ministry is focused on. It is “a region,” he says, “that has been shattered and shaken in recent years by war, terrorism, and genocide; and they desperately need to hear the good news that God loves them and has a plan for them and that Jesus is the answer.”

Rosenberg said, “People in these countries are so open to hear the gospel. Muslims in these countries are curious and open to hearing the good news, many of them for the first time in their lives.”

“Along with the gospel,” Rosenberg says, “there is a need for humanitarian relief in these areas and for acts of compassion.”

Rosenberg implores believers to pray for the people of this region: Israel, the Palestinians, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt.

As I pondered what Rosenberg was saying in his video, I immediately thought of Psalm 83. There are basically the same countries in this Psalm with the exception of Saudi Arabia. And interestingly enough, some bible prophecy scholars like Bill Salus and Hal Lindsey and others, are saying that these same countries will very shortly come against Israel to try to destroy her—but Israel will instead be victorious over them.

Well, as you may know, there is quite a debate over the meaning of Psalm 83. Some scholars like Tommy Ice and also Joel Rosenberg, are saying that Psalm 83 does not contain a prophecy, but it is a lament by Asaph, complaining about the enemies that surround Israel. Ice says that the idea that the Psalm 83 war to set up the peace for the Ezekiel 38 and 39 war is just pure speculation.

I have read and heard Bill Salus’ views on this and it sounds very logical. In fact I have been believing him—that Psalm 83 is a prophecy by Asaph. But recently, after hearing Tommy Ice’s side, and also going back and reading Psalm 83 again, I am now kind of siding with him. Though Asaph was a prophet, the text doesn’t sound prophetical, rather it sounds more like an imprecatory prayer—that God would pursue them and deal with them (vv. 15-18).

So now I think that eventually God will deal with these neighbors of Israel in His own way and time. And I now refuse to declare that Psalm 83 is a prophecy that says that they will very soon be destroyed by Israel. I would rather pray for them as Joel Rosenberg has suggested we do. Perhaps if we pray, God will work to make them Israel’s friends and allies and also that many would find salvation in Christ.  What a wonderful thing that would be.

Secondly, since these neighbors of Israel are not listed among the countries in the Ezekiel 38 and 39 war (Russia, Turkey, Iran, Libya, Sudan, and Ethiopia), which will indeed come against Israel to take plunder, perhaps Israel’s neighbors will then witness how God alone destroys Israel’s enemies. Yes, and they will give God the glory! This is what I pray will happen.

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Follow His Star This Christmas – Matthew 2:1-11

Matthew 2:1-11

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, 2 “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east, and have come to worship Him.” 3 And when Herod the king heard it, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 And gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he began to inquire of them where the Christ was to be born. 5 And they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it has been written by the prophet,

6 ‘And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah,

Are by no means least among the leaders of Judah;

For out of you shall come forth a Ruler,

Who will shepherd My people Israel.'”

7 Then Herod secretly called the magi, and ascertained from them the time the star appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, “Go and make careful search for the Child; and when you have found Him, report to me, that I too may come and worship Him.” 9 And having heard the king, they went their way; and lo, the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them, until it came and stood over where the Child was. 10 And when they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 And they came into the house and saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell down and worshiped Him; and opening their treasures they presented to Him gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh. NASB

 

We know little about these magi, except that they were astrologers and were generally known to be wise men. Anyway, they came “from the east.”  And, from some unknown source, they ascertained that one who was to be “King of the Jews” was to be born, they thought, in Jerusalem.  So they (a group of them, probably many more than three) set out on their journey west to Jerusalem to find him so they could worship him. Apparently they were believers, otherwise why would they want to worship him.

Now the part in this story that puzzles me is how they knew that the star in the sky was “His star,” or that it would eventually lead them to the child. But that is just what happened. The star led them all the way to Jerusalem, and then, when they got there it must have disappeared, because they had to ask king Herod, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews” (v. 2)?

Well, as luck would have it (but we really know that this was all in God’s plan), there were some priests and scribes that knew where Christ was to be born. They told Herod,

“In Bethlehem of Judea…”

So Herod relayed the message to the magi, and off they went to Bethlehem. And the bible says in verse 9 and 10, “…and lo, the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them, until it came and stood over where the Child was. 10 And when they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.”

Now why were they so joyful when they saw the star, and what kind of star was this that led them right to Jesus? Here are a few of my thoughts on this:

  • First of all, when the star appeared again to them as it had previously, any worries or fears that they would not find Christ, suddenly disappeared. The star was there again!
  • In addition to feeling relieved and more confident in their journey, I think they felt a renewed sense of God’s presence and that their journey and mission would be completed.
  • As to what this star was, I’m not sure it was a star at all. I think it was more like the Shekinah glory of the Old Testament (Ex. 13:21), or it was the fire of God’s glory shining bright as a star.  At any rate, it had to be supernatural—the way it moved and led them to the child and then hovered over Him.

In terms of application, here is what I am excited about and what we can draw from this real story, in four points.

1. Just as the magi set out to find the child in order to worship him, we ought to do the same always, but especially on this Christmas. Let us make that our mission, to find Him and worship Him.

2.  Just as the magi followed His star, we ought to be looking for His star to lead us to Jesus. The star for us is His presence, His Spirit. We ought to look for him in the Word and in pray and be diligent to follow Him.

3.  Just as the magi took steps to find Him when they asked in Jerusalem where He could be found, we ought also to ask and seek to find Him.

4.  Do you remember when His star reappeared to the magi, which gave them so much excitement and joy? It reappeared immediately after they proceeded again on their journey (from Jerusalem to Bethlehem) to find the child Jesus. Likewise, if you continue on the journey to find Him, despite many failures and doubts along the way, His star will again appear to you, and you will experience great joy. Hence, if you are downhearted this Christmas, continue to seek Him and get back on the journey to find Him.  And lo, He will indeed enlighten your journey, the journey which will ultimately bring you to a wonderful worship experience of the Savior.

I pray that you will follow His star this Christmas and that you will then experience great joy as you worship Him.

 

 

 

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They Run To Do Evil – Proverbs 6:18

In the last days “evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived” (2 Tim. 3:13).

Prayer for Trump and Country

I recall that after the Presidential debates, I saw some of the news media run out of the debate room, as if they were eager to continue devising their next set of evil plans against Mr. Trump. And they haven’t let up. False story after false story has been reported.

Well guess what? It hasn’t let up. They are still at it. They can’t stop themselves from resisting all the president’s policies. It’s an evil that won’t go away.

I think Proverbs 6:18-19 describes well what is going on in Washington. We will take just three of those six points—things which the Lord hates.

  • “A heart that devises wicked plans.” So it is with the liberal media, and also with the entire liberal Democratic Party. They have an agenda and will stop at nothing to resist any other agenda that is not theirs. They devise all kinds of wickedness to…

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Why I Chose to Write a Book on the Rapture

 

I began writing my first book in 1992. I finished that book—Prayer A to Z: A Comprehensive Bible-Based Study of Prayer—in 2014. So it took me 22 years. But it was a big book—735 pages (in small font). It is a self-published book and I haven’t done much to market it—so it hasn’t sold very well.

Some people would probably get very discouraged, but I haven’t been. I want to keep writing books for the following reasons:

  • I have developed the disciple and the habit of writing in the morning and I want to keep it up.
  • I like writing. It keeps my mind stimulated.
  • I prefer writing a book rather than just blog articles, because it’s a bigger achievement and something I can feel good about. Also, a book allows me to expand a subject and broaden my knowledge of the subject much more than an article.
  • I feel a calling to write books; I feel God wants me to do it. I would not begin to write a book if I did not feel called by God to do it.

Well, shortly after I finished writing Prayer A to Z, I started thinking about what I would do next. I could either spend my time trying to market the book—writing articles about it, etc., or I could just continue writing—writing another book. I chose the latter because it was more appealing and because I thought that the more books I author the more people would take me seriously as a writer.  Besides, I think it is generally true that the more a person writes the better his writing will be.

So anyway, I chose to write a book proving the pre-Tribulation rapture, just because it is something I feel very strongly about and something that is not talked about or written about enough. This book, Biblical Evidence of a Pre-Tribulation Rapture, along with another book, The Coming Millennial Kingdom, which I wrote at the same time, has taken me only 2 ½ years. I really like the books and I think my writing has improved.

I’ve already started on another book, which I’m really excited about. Its title will be After the Rapture. I’ll write more on that another time.

 

 

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Super Moon: Let the Moon Praise Him

 The Super moon just coming up through the tree in Minnesota.

 

Psalm 148:3

Praise Him, sun and moon;

Praise Him, all stars of light!

 

Zooming in on the super moon.

 

The moon rising above the trees.

 

The moon rises while its still light.

 

The super moon in black and white.

 

What a a beautiful moon!

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The Coming Millennial Kingdom: A Book Summary

 

Surprise! Here is another book I just finish. Actually, I wrote it at the same time as I wrote Biblical Evidence of a Pre-Tribulation Rapture. This book is a bit shorter than the other book, consisting of an introduction and nine chapters.

 

INTRODUCTION

Here I explain that for a proper study of the millennium it is important to use the correct method of study, which is the literal method, as opposed to the allegorical method. I then proceed to give a short history of how the church has viewed the millennium through the centuries: at first they held to a pre-millennial view, using the literal method of study; then, as they began to distrust the literal method, three different views arose: the spiritual view, the post-millennial view, and the a-millennial view. This sadly is the view that is most predominate today—and of course is why this study is so necessary.

 

CHAPTER ONE: A HISTORICAL VIEW OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD

In this chapter we look at nine phases of the kingdom of God, from Eden to the church.

  1. The Kingdom Of God from Eden to the Flood
  2. The Kingdom Of God under Human Government
  3. The Kingdom Of God under the Patriarchs
  4. The Kingdom Of God under the Judges
  5. The Kingdom Of God under the Kings
  6. The Kingdom Of God under the Prophets
  7. The Kingdom Of God during a Time of Silence
  8. The Kingdom Of God at the Time of Christ
  9. The Kingdom Of God during the Time of the Church

As I mentioned at the beginning of this chapter,

Notice that because of sin in the world and because of Satan’s kingdom, God’s kingdom program is very incomplete and is mainly in the spiritual realm; however, it is progressive and follows a perfect plan, leading to His more perfect kingdom—the millennial kingdom.

 

CHAPTER TWO: THE KING COMES TO THE EARTH

 This chapter is kind of a prelude to the millennium study, discussing five major events that will take place from now until the millennium begins.

  • The Rapture of the Church
  • The Tribulation
  • The Second Coming
  • The Gathering of all People that will Go into the Millennial Kingdom
  • The Judgement of the Nations

 

CHAPTER THREE: SETTING UP THE MILLENNIAL KINGDOM

In this chapter I discuss five points of setup.

  • The government
  • Enlarging the borders of Israel (Ezek. 47:13-20)
  • The Redistribution of the land of Israel (Ezek. 48:1-29)
  • The rebuilding of the Temple (with all its measurements, Ezek. 40:1-43:17) and the city of Jerusalem
  • Setting up a new system of worship (Ezek. 43:9-46:17)

The entire setup very probably may be miraculously achieved in 45 days, according to Daniel 12:12.

The next five chapters have to do with five purposes of the millennial kingdom.

CHAPTER FOUR: THE EARTH RESTORED

 The first purpose is to restore harmony to God’s creation. Here I write about ten restored conditions on the earth.

  • Peace and justice restored.
  • Joy and gladness will come to all nations.
  • Holiness. Christ will rid the world of all idols.
  • Protection and comfort. By God’s power the wicked are overcome.
  • A manifestation of God’s glory—through the earth’s beauty.
  • Full knowledge. All the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord.
  • Removal of the curse—on the ground, the atmosphere, and the animals.
  • Long life, hearth and healing. People will live as long as they lived before the flood.
  • Economic prosperity.
  • Unified worship.

 

CHAPTER FIVE: A PERFECT GOVERNMENT

As I write in the beginning of this chapter,

In the millennium harmony will indeed come to the earth, but not without God’s firm control. All the ideal conditions on the earth will be brought about by God, under the rule of His perfect government—a government which He intends to display to the world, so that all will see His righteousness and justice.

 

CHAPTER SIX: COVENANTS WITH ISRAEL FULFILLED

Again, as I write from this chapter:

This third purpose is particularly important; for God made certain eternal covenants with Israel that have not yet been fulfilled, and can only be fulfilled in the millennial kingdom. Yes, the millennial kingdom is absolutely necessary in order to fulfill these covenants—covenants which must be fulfilled in order to establish that God does not lie, but that He will indeed keep all of His promises to Israel.

Here six versions of the Abrahamic covenant are given, along with its tributary covenants—the Davidic covenant, the Palestinian Covenant, and the New Covenant. Also, a nifty table is included showing the provisions of the Abrahamic covenant, with it promises: individual promises, its national promises, and its universal promises.

CHAPTER SEVEN: CHRIST’S CHARACTER DISPLAYED

As I write in this chapter,

All that will be in the millennial kingdom will have its origin in Jesus Christ. He is the one who will reverse the curse on the earth.  He is the one who will bring health, long life, and peace to the earth.  And through the entire renewal process His glory and majesty will be revealed as He brings to all humanity a mighty display of supernatural power.

Therefore, in the coming millennium Jesus Christ will be our primary focus. And it will be altogether proper for all humanity to not only view Him as our suffering Savior, but also in His exaltation and glory, which is the fruit of His suffering.

In this grand chapter we will examine many of His names and titles which will be uses and displayed in the millennium.

CHAPTER EIGHT: THE FINAL TEST

 

This chapter describes the final purpose of the millennium: to bring man a test. As I write,

Yes, even when Satan is cast out (with all his demons) and all external temptation is removed, unregenerate man will still remain in his sins; for his sins are locked inside his heart. And even when the glorious character of Christ be marvelously displayed and when all see His perfect government in place so that the world is at peace, and when the harmony of His creation is perfectly restored, and even when His eternal covenants with Israel are fulfilled; yes, when all these things are in place for all to see His glory, it will make no difference in the heart of the unregenerate man.  His heart will remain sinful and corrupt.  Thus it will be confirmed in the millennium that no outside force or circumstance will be able to change the heart of man, that man must repent of his sins and choose to trust God to save him; and unless he does repent and believe, he must be judged as a sinner.

 

CHAPTER NINE: LAST THINGS

In this last chapter, the final events after the millennium are examined.

  • THE GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT
  • THE BOOK OF LIFE
  • THE BOOKS
  • THE LAKE OF FIRE

 

 

 

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BIBLICAL EVIDENCE OF A PRE-TRIBULATION RAPTURE: A Chapter by Chapter Book Summary

 

Here is my self-published book, which just came out a month ago. Anyone can buy it now at Lulu.com, and it will soon be available at Amazon.com and a few other stores.  You will find my description of the book at Lulu.com, but I thought I would give you a little more in this post—a chapter by chapter summary.

 

INTRODUCTION

In the introduction I spell out the great importance of prophecy—that all scripture, including prophecy, is profitable (2 Tim. 3:16-17). I said that since one-third of the bible is prophecy, at least one-third of our bible reading ought to be on prophecy. Also, for preachers, at least one-third of their sermons ought to be on prophecy. (I didn’t include this in into, but if you read the bible through, omitting nothing, you will accomplish the task; also, if preachers preached through the bible, say every five years, they will also accomplish the task of covering prophecy. But it is sad that so many preachers skip around and so often skip the prophecy sections.)

The book is organized into four parts.

 

PART ONE: LAYING THE GROUNDWORK

The following four chapters lay the groundwork for this study of the rapture, and will show that it must be pre-Tribulation.

CHAPTER ONE: KEY PASSAGES THAT DESCRIBE THE RAPTURE

There are three well-known and key rapture passages: John 14:1-3, 1 Corinthians 15:51-52, and 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17. These passages are briefly commented on.

CHAPTER TWO & THREE: A LOOK AT THE RAPTURE FROM THE BOOK OF DANIEL

In these chapters my study is exclusively on Daniel 9, beginning with Daniel’s prayer (9:3-19), and then focusing on God’s answer through the angel Gabriel (9:22-27). It is in verses 24 through 27 that God shows us a timeline of 70 weeks of years (490 years) where He deals with His people, the Jews, especially in the seventieth week, which is the seven year Tribulation.

I explain that since the 490 years are decreed for Israel, there must be a large gap of time (over 2000 years) between the 69th and 70th week for the church—a time period where God temporarily is not dealing with Israel but with the church.  I explain that as soon as the church is raptured, God begins again to deal with Israel for seven more years (in the Tribulation). This passage I think explains why the rapture must be pre-Tribulation more than any other—because the 70 weeks (including the 70th week of Tribulation) is decreed only for Israel; thus the church must be out of the picture—it will be raptured.

CHAPTER FOUR: ISRAEL AND THE CHURCH

In this chapter I explain how Israel and the church are two separate and distinct groups of which God has a program for each one. This fact I explain is important to show that the 70th week is meant only for Israel.  I also found it necessary to point out the error of replacement theology—the belief that the church has replaced Israel and will be the recipient of all the blessings that were originally promised to Israel.

 

PART TWO: GETTING THE BIG PICTURE

In this section, consisting of four chapters, we take a break in our rapture study to view the big picture of the kingdom of God. I thought this would add more significance to our view of the rapture—to see it in the context of the entire kingdom of God.

CHAPTER FIVE: THE KINGDOM OF GOD: PHASES 1-10

In this chapter the history of the kingdom of God is in view in ten phases, from Eden to the Tribulation.

CHAPTER SIX: THE MILLENNIAL KINGDOM OF GOD

This is kind of an overview of the millennium and shows how possibly the millennium will be set up—the government, the millennial temple, etc.

CHAPTER SEVEN: FIVE GREAT PURPOSES OF THE MILLENNIAL KINGDOM

In this chapter I have searched the bible prophecy books to get the details of what the millennial kingdom will be like. Five great purposes of the millennium were discovered:

  1. To restore harmony to His creation
  2. To demonstrate God’s perfect government on the earth
  3. To fulfill God’s eternal covenants with Israel
  4. To display the character and glory of Christ
  5. To provide a final test for man

 CHAPTER EIGHT: THE ETERNAL KINGDOM OF GOD

In this short chapter of seven pages just the highlights of the eternal kingdom are in view—mostly from the last chapter of the book of Revelation.

 

PART THREE: TWO PHASES OF HIS COMING

In this section, three chapters are allocated to examine all the verses that apply to His coming (70 passages), and a determination is made for each passage as to whether it applies to the first phase (the rapture) or to the second phase (His glorious appearing after the Tribulation). Then at the end of the three chapter study, we draw out certain distinctive characteristics of each phase (shown on a chart).

CHAPTER NINE: EXAMINING THE VERSES, PART 1

Daniel 7:13-14 through Colossians 3:4 are in view—40 passage in all.

CHAPTER TEN: EXAMINING THE VERSES, PART 2

1 Thessalonians 1:10 through Hebrews 10:37 are in view—16 passages.

CHAPTER ELEVEN: EXAMINING THE VERSES, PART 3

James 5:7-9 through Revelation 22:7, 12, 20 are in view—14 passages.

I provide this chart to show all the verses in each phase (notice there is also a column for verses that I thought belonged in both phases).

 

CHAPTER TWELVE: THE CHARACTERISTICS OF EACH PHASE OF HIS COMING

In this chapter I surprisingly came up with 16 characteristics of the first phase and also 16 characteristics of the second phase. Here are my findings in this chart.

 

PART FOUR: WHY THE RAPTURE MUST COME BEFORE THE TRIBULATION

In this last section there are only two chapters.

CHAPTER THIRTEEN: 19 REASONS THE PRE-TRIBULATION RAPTURE IS THE CORRECT VIEW

After all my study on this subject, in this chapter are my conclusions. I will not give away my finding here, but they will of course negate all other theories.

CHAPTER FOURTEEN: AN EXAMINATION OF FOUR OTHER THEORIES: A REBUTTAL

In this final chapter I present four other rapture theories: the partial rapture theory, the mid-Tribulation rapture theory, the pre-wrath rapture theory, and the post-Tribulation rapture theory. In each of these theories I was diligent to present all of their point, and after each point I offer my rebuttal. I am happy to find that I had no trouble rebutting each of their points, and so I now feel more confident than ever that the church will be raptured before the Tribulation!

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