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The End: It's obvious

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Submitted by Michael S (United States), Jul 7, 2014 at 14:30

Hello, Lujack

There is a necessary delay between the time I post these replies, and when I receive notice that my replies have been posted on the blog. This may lead to some duplication and awkwardness, for which I apologize. Concerning your comments above,

1. Whether or when the Jews (or anyone) rebuild the Temple. Has little to do with today's events. If they chose to embark on this good and noble venture, it would be simply another spark in the Muslim Arab book, "1001 excuses for madness and excesses against Israel". Daniel 2, Daniel 7 and Zechariah 14 do not mention the Temple, so I don't think it has a major role to play, one way or another, in those "End-Time" prophecies. Neither is it mentioned in Eze 38-39, which talks about a more imminent war against Turkey.

2. Russia is never mentioned in the Bible, and has no significant role in Biblical prophecies.

3. Psalm 83, as far as I can see, does not prognosticate any future war: It is about Israel in the days of the psalmist. Here is how it begins:

Pss.83
[1] Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.
[2] For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head.
[3] They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones.
[4] They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.
[5] For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:
[6] The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes;
[7] Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre;

Edom, the Ishmaelites, Moab, the Hagarenes, Gebal, Ammon, Amalek, the Philistines and the Tyrians -- all these existed during the time of the ancient Kingdom of Judah; and all have subsequently been wiped off the face of the earth. All were also, at one time or another, conspired against and made war with Israel during the time of ancient Judah. There is no reason to try to assign esoteric associations to these places, and turn them into "End Time prophecies".

The heart of your "prophecies", is that they claim to have an inside line on events shortly to come. People like Hal Lindsay have made good money, selling books about these things; otherwise, they are of no profit to anyone.

I hope the readers can understand, that what I have been posting is not of this nature: What has happened in the Middle East, what is happening today, and what will happen in the near future, are plain as day when put in the framework of scripture; and the scriptures offer no surprises in this regard:

What has already happened:

a. The colonial powers (Ten Horns) became the greatest collective empire in history. Their power collapsed as a result of WWII, when the US turned the tide of the war and defeated the three horns Germany, Italy and Japan. The US thereafter has been the paramount power in the world, the likes of thich the world never knew before. As Revelation says, "Who is like the Beast (the US)? Who can make war against her?"

b. Those same colonial powers made war against God's people Israel, attempting to wipe the Jews off the face of the earth. Countries like the US and UK herded them into the stall, and the Germans killed them: It was a collective effort.

c. "Babylon the Great Harlot", which Martin Luther, probably correctly, identified as the Pope, had its glory days between the time of HIldebrand and the French Revolution -- from 1015-85 until 1789. There was continual tension between the Papacy and the countries of Europe during those days, culminating in the French mobs storming churches, turning them into insane "temples of reason", killing priests and marching on Rome. As Revelation said, they "hated the Whore, and stripped her naked". Those days are past, long past.

What is happening now:

a. Turkey has not yet made war with Israel: though its Gaza Flotilla was an act of war, Israel did not respond in kind. Neither have the Iranians aligned themselves with the Turks. With events in the area swirling and changing as they are, though, I would not be surprised to see this happen at any time.

b. Israel's near enemies are in a pathetic state. I long, for the sake of all involved, for Isaiah 19 to come to pass. It's not clear, exactly, when this will happen; though it certainly has not happened yet.

c. The conspiriacy of the world against Israel, spoken of as turning into an invasion in Zech 14, is clearly evident. Just look at the voting results in the UN General Assembly, and resolutions coming out of places like the UNHRC. Only the US has consistently stood with Israel in these matters. When the US withdraws this support, as it certainly will in near future, the stage will be set for turning Israel into another Kossovo, Afghanistan, Iraq or Libya: all in the name of promoting "world peace". That is Zech 14, and that will culminate in a horrible nuclear exchange.

d. People are buying and selling, girls are interested in boys and boys are interested in girls -- life goes on as usual, and will right up to the end; while people blaspheme God. That's not prophecy; it's the daily news.

The future:

It's obvious: Nuclear war. Has there ever been real doubt of this?

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