69 million page views

A Closer Look at Ezekiel - Footstool Commentaries III

Reader comment on item: Tour d'Horizon: ISIS, Iran, Turkey, and the Palestinians
in response to reader comment: False Prophet

Submitted by M. Tovey (United States), Feb 9, 2015 at 15:51

Thank you for the astute demonstration of how important it is that the handling of eschatological themes in scriptures requires the prophetic wisdom of the Proverbs and the discerning understanding of the Psalms to reach the conclusion that all prophecy drives the believer to: wait for the LORD's timing and all will be revealed in its due time. That having been noticed, are we to infer that any human understanding of one version or another of Scriptural pronouncements will occur as humanly ordained; or do we not instead, look for the LORD's understanding that we are to await His enactments of His will in each and every instance and be prepared to give an account to the furtherance of His Gospel and not those of every other man or woman, this reader included.

Perceptions can be an intrigue in the prophetic realm as well. To call anyone a prophet that has not been subjected to the Biblical litmus test of the Old Testament, in which a near term fulfilment of prophecy is the validation of the expectation of the far term in the future, is misleading. If it was not fulfilled in the lifetime of the first proclamation, the second proclamation is likely cause for doubt.

In our case of point, Hal Lindsay is not, by any Biblical labeling, a prophet. For all of the prognostications that might be laid at his feet, in this reader's experience, he had not claimed any Biblical proclamation to be his own. Identify any that he did and then it can be deliberated, Following that, his musings of Meshech and Tubal are not unique to him; there were such hypothecations going back to the eighteen hundreds, their failings being that Israel was not yet regathered.

Interpretation is another matter; that all mortal humans can subject themselves or be subjected to a personal reading of scripture which has no power of the Holy Spirit to validate the authenticity of a declaration thought to be of God; but the fruit thereof becomes its own accuser as it fails for a lack of true vision. Any mortal can fail or fall from grace dependent upon what the circumstances are. Apocalyptic declarations are rife with this type of false information. But if the common message to be declared in conjunction with the Revelation, that Jesus Christ is LORD and is the propitiation of the sinner's sin debt, to be remediated by the blood of the cross, then all one need to is accept the WORD of the LORD by faith and let it be its own proof. Hal Lindsay has done that.

But let us return to the premise that Russia may not be not Gog; that in the time of Ezekiel, Russia did not exist in the form or fashion we see today; but then again, neither Iran nor Turkey as we know them today were extant. Is it not within the realm of prophetic mysteries that Ezekiel saw those formations in the same way that Yeshua did? When the disciples queried Yeshua about the fortunes of Israel and the second temple, one can be decidedly sure any who later survived and saw its destruction were still amazed at how Yeshua could have known. And further, if the scripture is fully read and fully understood, there would be no need to postulate what Yeshua thinks about people today – the Holy Bible clearly tells us what He has forecasted and how His followers should be believing.

Skipping over those who have clearly violated the trust of people searching for a true relationship with their Savior, those you have cited have been revealed for their shame of falling from grace, supposing that they did believe at the first. But more to the point, if any follow a personage that is NOTCHRIST, then there is the first order of business, to get our own house in order before attempting to preach to others they have a dirty house. One cannot make any other than Yeshua HaMashiach and His Holy Spirit their true source of any scriptural reading, especially in tinkering with anything prophetic without acknowledging the source and the basis of reliability for fulfillment.

So, why would one consider that Russia could be the entity of Ezekiel's forecasting? How about the Abrahamic covenant; blessing those that bless and cursing those that have cursed the Children of the Eternal Sovereign, the apple of His eye? Tell if there be any nation that have had any participation in the holocaust of any Jewish era before, during and after the Diaspora that is not to be judged and the prophecies of those will tell the judgment is already made and merely awaiting the timing of its fulfillment. This is central to all prophetic contemplations and where all should seek the true Source in the Name of HaShem. All other lesser contemplations are humanist and will suffer the judgment of inserting any doubt in the sure WORD of faith.

That being said, this reader awaits the pleasure of Him who is Redeemer of His people of Israel and those whose lives were grafted into the family of the Kingdom of God through the Son and His Holy Spirit. Baruch HaShem Adonai.

Submitting....

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

Follow Daniel Pipes

Facebook   Twitter   RSS   Join Mailing List

All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: © 1968-2024 Daniel Pipes. daniel.pipes@gmail.com and @DanielPipes

Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum.Daniel J. Pipes

(The MEF is a publicly supported, nonprofit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tax-ID 23-774-9796, approved Apr. 27, 1998.

For more information, view our IRS letter of determination.)