Destruction of America in Bible Prophecy

“After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven. He had great authority, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor. With a mighty voice he shouted:

‘Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!’ She has become a dwelling for demons and a haunt for every unclean bird, a haunt for every unclean and detestable animal.

For all the nations have drunk the maddening wine of her adulteries. The kings of the earth committed adultery with her, and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries.’

Then I heard another voice from heaven say:

‘Come out of her, my people’, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues; for her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes.

Give back to her as she has given; pay her back double for what she has done. Pour her a double portion from her own cup. Give her as much torment and grief as the glory and luxury she gave herself.

In her heart she boasts, ‘I sit enthroned as queen. I am not a widow; I will never mourn.’ Therefore, in one day her plagues will overtake her: death, mourning and famine. She will be consumed by fire, for mighty is the Lord God who judges her.

When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her and shared her luxury see the smoke of her burning, they will weep and mourn over her. Terrified at her torment, they will stand far off and cry:

‘Woe! Woe to you, great city, you mighty city of Babylon! In one hour, your doom has come!’

The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her because no one buys their cargoes anymore – cargoes of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls; fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet cloth; every sort of citron wood, and articles of every kind made of ivory, costly wood, bronze, iron and marble; cargoes of cinnamon and spice, of incense, myrrh and frankincense, of wine and olive oil, of fine flour and wheat; cattle and sheep; horses and carriages; and human beings sold as slaves.

They will say, ‘The fruit you longed for is gone from you. All your luxury and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered.’ The merchants who sold these things and gained their wealth from her stand far off, terrified at her torment. They will weep and mourn and cry out:

‘Woe! Woe to you, great city, dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet, and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls! In one hour, such great wealth has been brought to ruin!’

Every sea captain, and all who travel by ship, the sailors, and all who earn their living from the sea, will stand far off. When they see the smoke of her burning, they will exclaim, ‘Was there ever a city like this great city? They will throw dust on their heads, and with weeping and mourning cry out:

‘Woe! Woe to you, great city, where all who had ships on the sea became rich through her wealth! In one hour, she has been brought to ruin! Rejoice over her, you heaven! Rejoice, you people of God! Rejoice, apostles and prophets! For God has judged her with the judgement she imposed on you.’

Then a mighty angel picked up a boulder the size of a large millstone and threw it into the sea, and said:

‘With such violence the great city of Babylon will be thrown down, never to be found again. The music of harpists and musicians, pipers and trumpeters, will never be heard in you again.

No worker of any trade will ever be found in you again. The sound of a millstone will never be heard in you again. The light of a lamp will never shine in you again. The voice of bridegroom and bride will never be heard in you again. Your merchants were the world’s important people. By your magic spell all the nations were led astray. In her was found blood of prophets and of God’s holy people, of all who have been slaughtered on the earth.’” (Revelation 18: 1-24)

The debate about the exact empire that is referenced as Babylon the Great has waged for centuries and only that generation that will witness its destruction will be able to understand its identity. Those with foresight can understand this identity prior to its destruction while the majority will use history as a reference to show the characteristics presented within Scripture as to the identity of Babylon the Great.

(For further reference into the topic today I recommend: America in Bible Prophecy: Wealth and Prosperity vs Heavenly Abundance; Our Corporate and Political Leaders have Become Disconnected from What is Really Happening in the True Economy; The World’s Trust in the American Democratic System is Failing; & Left or Right, Either Way Blood Will Run in 2020.)

The Revolution that is forming within our world is something that should have happened a long time ago. The oppression those in authority have exercised against the people of this world, are so egregious that they are documented within the judgment portion of Scripture. There is no denying this system is evil and has engulfed the entire world. The eyes of the masses are being opened and the control system is being shattered.

So, we believe….

We are being told by those with authority that everything is under control and that there is no need to panic. We are told that the economy is in a V-shaped recovery (due to manipulation by the Fed into monetary markets causing an illusion of recovered) while unemployment claims are only being processed at a steady pace to not flood the market with newly filed unemployment claims. If you cannot see the system is functioning at maximal capacity and that is the only reason, there are only about 1.5 million new claims per week. The prior record was about 600,000 claims and the system is working almost 3 times as much and cannot keep up. Its not that the economy is getting better. It is that we are not allowing our check and balances produce accurate data so we can see what is truly happening.

We can see this is the same approach with Coronavirus testing. The President of the United States has stated that his plan to overcome this plague is to limit testing as if we do not test, we don’t have a virus. This logic is preposterous and anyone who can believe this line of reasoning has lost your soul. We are in the middle of a pandemic and this is not going to go away because we don’t believe its true. This plague is only further evidence as to the identity of this great country.

America has a history of looking the other way to avoid our atrocities. We pinned all the Native Tribes into camps that exist today. We racially and economically segregated the black community for almost 200 years after they were granted their freedom. We have pillaged our own people to enrich our leaders while causing pain and suffering across the globe. We have been unwilling to look at what we have done prior to our judgements. What makes anyone think we will change, because now we are being punished.

There is a reason the entire world looks at the destruction of Babylon the Great and they do nothing. We now know that they are as shocked as its occupants to how quickly its demise is. They only watch as they have no clue how to intervein in a country that is being destroyed!

“This is what the Lord says: ‘See I will stir up the spirit of a destroyer against Babylon and the people of Leb Kamai. I will send foreigners to Babylon to winnow her and to devastate her land; they will oppose her on every side in the day of her disaster.

Let no the archer string his bow, nor let him put on his armor. Do not spare her young men; completely destroy her army. They will fall down slain in Babylon, fatally wounded in her streets.

For Israel and Judah have not been forsaken by their God, the Lord Almighty, though their land is full of guilt before the Holy One of Israel.

‘Flee from Babylon! Run for your lives! Do not be destroyed because of her sins. It is time for the Lord’s vengeance; he will repay her what she deserves. Babylon was a gold cup in the Lord’s hand; she made the whole earth drunk.

The nations drank her wine; therefore, they have now gone mad. Babylon will suddenly fall and be broken. Wail over her! Get balm for her pain; perhaps she can be healed.

‘We would have healed Babylon, but she cannot be healed; let us leave her and each go to our own land, for her judgement reaches to the skies, it rises as high as the heavens’

The Lord has vindicated us; come, let us tell in Zion what the Lord our God has done. Sharpen the arrows, take up the shields! The Lord has stirred up the kings of the Medes, because his purpose is to destroy Babylon.

The Lord will take vengeance, vengeance for his temple. Lift up a banner against the walls of Babylon! Reinforce the guard, station the watchmen, prepare for an ambush! The Lord will carry out his purpose, his decree against the people of Babylon.

You who live by many waters and are rich in treasures, your end has come, the time for you to be destroyed. The Lord Almighty has sworn by himself: I will surely fill you with troops, as with a swarm of locusts, and they will shout in triumph over you.

He made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding. When he thunders, the waters in heaven roar; he makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth. He sends lightning with the rain and brings out the wind from his storehouses.

Everyone is senseless and without knowledge; every goldsmith is shamed by his idols. The images he makes are a fraud; they have no breath in them. They are worthless, the objects of mockery; when judgment comes, they will perish.

He who is the Portion of Jacob is not like these, for he is the Maker of all things, including the people of his inheritance – the Lord Almighty is his name.

You are my war club, my weapon for battle – with you I shatter nations, with you I destroy kingdoms, with you I shatter horse and rider, with you I shatter chariot and driver, with you I shatter man and woman, with you I shatter old man and youth, with you I shatter young man and young woman, with you I shatter shepherd and flock, with you I shatter farmer and oxen, with you I shatter governors and officials.

Before your eyes I will repay Babylon and all who live in Babylonia for all the wrong they have done in Zion,’ declares the Lord.

‘I am against you, you destroying mountain, you who destroy the whole earth,’ declares the Lord. ‘I will stretch out my hand against you, roll you off the cliffs, and make you a burned-out mountain. No rock will be taken from you for a cornerstone, nor any stone for a foundation, for you will be desolate forever,’ declares the Lord.

‘Lift up a banner in the land! Blow the trumpet among the nations! Prepare the nations for battle against her; summon against her these kingdoms: Ararat, Minni and Ashkenaz. Appoint a commander against her; send up horses like a swarm of locusts.

Prepare the nations for battle against her – the kings of the Medes, their governors and all their officials, and all the countries they rule. The land trembles and writhes, for the Lord’s purposes against Babylon stand – to lay waste the land of Babylon so that no one will live there. Babylon’s warriors have stopped fighting; they remain in their strongholds. Their strength is exhausted; they have become weaklings. Her dwellings are set on fire; the bars of her gates are broken. One courier follows another, and messenger follows messenger to announce to the king of Babylon that his entire city is captured, the river crossing seized, the marshes set on fire, and the soldiers terrified.’

This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: ‘Daughter Babylon is like a threshing floor at the time it is trampled; the time to harvest her will soon come.

“Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon has devoured us, he has thrown us into confusion, he has made us an empty jar. Like a serpent he has swallowed us and filled his stomach with our delicacies, and then he spewed us out. May the violence done to our flesh be on Babylon,’ say the inhabitants of Zion.

‘May our blood be on those who live in Babylonia,’ says Jerusalem. Therefore, this is what the Lord says: ‘See I will defend your cause and avenge you; I will dry up her sea and make her springs dry. Babylon will be heap of ruins, a haunt of jackals, an object of horror and scorn, a place where no one lives. Her people all roar like young lions, they growl like lion cubs, but while they are aroused, I will set out a feast for them and make them drunk, so that they shout with laughter – then sleep forever and not awake,’ declares the Lord. ‘I will bring them down like lambs to the slaughter, like rams and goats.

How Sheshak will be captured, the boast of the whole earth seized! How desolate Babylon will be among the nations! The sea will rise over Babylon; its roaring waves will cover her. Her towns will be desolate, a dry and desert land, a land where no one lives, though which no one travels. I will punish Bel in Babylon and make him spew out what he has swallowed. The nation will no longer stream to him. And the wall of Babylon will fall.

Come out of her, my people! Run for your lives! Run from the fierce anger of the Lord. Do not lose heart or be afraid when rumors are heard in the land; one rumor comes this year, another the next, rumors of violence in the land and of ruler against ruler. For the time will surely come when I will punish the idols of Babylon; her whole land will be disgraced, and her slain will all lie fallen within her.

Then heaven and earth and all that is in them will shout for joy over Babylon, for out of the north destroyers will attack her,’ declares the Lord.

‘Babylon must fall because of Israel’s slain, just as the slain in all the earth have fallen because of Babylon. You who have escaped the sword, leave and do not linger! Remember the Lord in a distant Land and call to him Jerusalem.

We are disgraced, for we have been insulted and shame covers our faces, because foreigners have entered the holy places of the Lord’s house. But the days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will punish her idols, and throughout her land the wounded will groan. Even if Babylon ascends to the heavens and fortifies her lofty stronghold, I will send destroyers against her,’ declares the Lord.

‘The sound of a cry comes from Babylon, the sound of great destruction from the land of the Babylonians. The Lord will destroy Babylon; he will silence her noisy din. Waves of enemies will rage like great water; the roar of her voices will resound.

A destroyer will come against Babylon; her warriors will be captured, and her bows will be broken. For the Lord is a God of retribution; he will repay in full. I will make her officials and wise men drunk, her governors, officials and warriors as well; they will sleep forever and not awake,’ declares the King, whose name is the Lord Almighty.

This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Babylon’s thick wall will be leveled, and her high gates set on fire; the peoples exhausted themselves for nothing, the nations’ labor is only fuel for the flames.’

This is the message Jeremiah the prophet gave to the staff officer Seraiah son of Neriah, the son of Mehseiah, when he went to Babylon with Zedekiah king of Judah in the fourth year of his reign. Jeremiah had written on a scroll about all the disasters that would come upon Babylon – all that had been recorded concerning Babylon. He said to Seraiah, ‘When you get to Babylon, wee that you read all these words aloud. Then say, ‘Lord, you have said you will destroy this place, so that neither people nor animals will live in it, it will be desolate forever’. When you finish reading the scroll, tie a stone to it and throw it into the Euphrates. Then say, ‘So will Babylon sink to rise no more because of the disaster I will brink on her. And her people will fall.’ The words of Jeremiah end here.” (Jeremiah 51: 1-64)

 

Clinton Kowach

06/28/2020

 

Is the Rise of China and Its Conflict with America Predicted in the Bible?

“And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

And the beast which I saw as like upon a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.

And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast; and they worshipped the beast saying, who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.

And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

If any man have an ear, let him hear. He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity; he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb and he spoke as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,

And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

And that no man might buy or sell, same he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom, let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast; for it is the number of a man; and his number is six hundred threescore and six. “(Revelation 13: 1-18)

World powers are fighting all over the earth in a struggle to show dominance on the global scene. Americans are told every day by the rise and fall of the stock market and the tweets we proclaim as truth that the economic war against China is going well and we are winning. For those who refuse to study events and true actions of the countries involved it is easy to understand that the United States of America is going to win any war that we face and that the economic war against China is just like all the others. America is used to being the bully on the block and having great economic wealth and prosperity based on its foreign conquests of countries, using their resources free of charge. The use of our economic power to cripple and control nations is something that future generations will look back upon in awe and wonder. How did so many give up their land, resources, and lives for nothing in return? What kind of system exploits labor of its own workers and the workers of other countries to enrich itself while enslaving all those around it?

All Americans are guilty of this sin as our materialistic society has caused the pain, anguish and suffering of so many across the globe. The creation of the products, we all purchase, in our thousands of stores, were created through the enslavement of individuals around the world. Our culture of corporatism and use of our banking system to control the world is something to be marveled for and will be written about in the history books.

The reason that I write of it in the tense that I do is to illustrate the severity of the situation the United States is in and what the world is about to experience. There is no other way to put it…. Our world is about to change in a very drastic way!

(For those that may not be used to Bible Prophecy symbolism I recommend you read these articles before continuing as the symbolism is very important to understand when knowing who is going to be revealed in very short order. Biblically Prophetic Beasts Are Rising! & America in Bible Prophecy: Wealth and Prosperity vs Heavenly Abundance)

Continuing with the understanding of the evolution of the Beast’s within the Book of Daniel and the depictions given we know that this beast culminates with the office of the Papacy. This is also the same beast depicted in Revelation, as the beast that rises from the sea. The curious thing about the depictions of the beasts in Revelation are the use of the dragon within the symbolism.

We know that each animal depicts a nation and as explained prior the animals are as follows: Lion is Great Britain, Eagle is United States, Bear is Russia, Leopard is Germany, and beast that is like no other is the Papacy. It is also hinted, by using this analogy, who the dragon is to depict. There is only one country that uses the dragon as their symbolism and that is China. This is very important as to see what is going to happen, we must understand who the players are prior to the battle ensuing.

We must also understand the powers that are at play considering our battles are not against flesh but against powers and principalities.

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.” (Ephesians 6: 10-20)

Our instruction is to prepare for war in a way that would never make any logical sense. This depiction of warfare and the tools used are only possible if the powers we encounter are spiritual powers. This would mean that the leaders of the events that will unfold will be spiritual leaders and not political leaders. If the final battles and beasts that are to rise are going to be fallen angels or powers of the like, then their only objective would be to gain followers to worship them and deny the salvation of the Creator. These powers have already lost and know their destiny and as an attempt to destroy God’s creation, these beings will create a society that destroys any possibility to worship Jesus Christ as the son of God who died and rose again. This is exactly what is depicted within Scripture and we understand the countries that these leaders will rise from and who they will be. All is being revealed prior to the events happening, just as promised within the book of Amos: “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.” (Amos 3: 7)

To illustrate what this means is to look behind the political and economic theater that is happening around the globe and inspect the underlining religions at play and where these religions are located. For example, Christians proclaim that the United States is a Christian nation and that our works demonstrate this belief. Continuing along with this believe we can state that the United States would be the world power associated to Christianity. The same can be shown when depicting the dominant religion within the Middle East. Regardless of their infightings between their different factions, the Middle East represents Islam. Israel as the Jewish faith, Europe as Catholic but the rest get a little more difficult. The symbolism of Russia shows a slight split personality as it is shown as part of the first beast but also Russia is illustrated within the Gog Magog alliance with Iran and Turkey (see The Coming Gog and Magog War). The only way this would be possible is if Russia is illustrated as the Eastern Orthodox Catholic Church. This would allow it to act independently in Gog and Magog while still being a part of the Roman Catholic Church that depicts Europe.

But what religion depicts the dragon if China is to be the dragon. Plus, we are also told that this beast would have two horns, meaning two powers at its head. If we follow that powers are religious beings, this leader would need to encompass the same religion but share its authority between two different beings. How in the world would this be possible?

Let’s start with the dominant religion in the area and we can start to see what this great mystery will be, as we know the false prophet comes from this beast. The most dominant religion in the area are Buddhism and its head is the Dalai Lama. This would mean that we must understand the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama in association to what their reincarnation belief is and who these individuals are. Understanding the Dalai Lama is the head and the Panchen Lama is the horn on the head, helps give us understanding into what is going to happen within the religion of Buddhism and how these leaders will transform once the Dalai Lama is no longer reincarnated.

Currently, there is turmoil within the Buddhist community in respect to the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama. For the first time in history, the Buddhist community has two Panchen Lamas and the Dalai Lama is threatening to not be reincarnated. This would split the Buddhist religion in two and may bring about the end of the belief pattern in general. Let me explain.

The current belief is that the Dalai Lama will die and then be reincarnated as a new being. This being would hold certain characteristics that would demonstrate that it is the true Dalai Lama. To help with this search, the Dalai Lama finds a Panchen Lama, who’s main responsibility is to find the new reincarnated Dalai Lama once the existing one dies. So, both the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama have a special relationship as the Dalai Lama finds the new Panchen Lama and the new Panchen Lama finds the new Dalai Lama. This the cycle that has been in existence since the first Dalai Lama in the 14th Century.

The reason that the current environment is unique is that there are currently two Panchen Lamas, and this is the first time this has occurred in the history of this cycle. This started with the Free Tibet movement when the current Dalai Lama was exiled from China and fled into India. This division between the Dalai Lama and the Chinese government only accelerated when the most recently Panchen Lama was chosen in 1995. On May 14th, 1995, the Dalai Lama chose the new Panchen Lama, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, to be the predecessor to the title but the search committee refused to acknowledge this. Instead they conducted a lottery and chose Gyancain Norbu to be the new Panchen Lama. Immediately after the appointment of Norbu, the first chosen Panchen Lama, Nyima, was taken into custody by the Chinese government and has never been heard from since. Reports indicate that he is alive and being trained to be presented as the true Panchen Lama and backed by the Chinese government. This would mean that there may be a soon split between the Buddhist community about the validity of the Panchen Lama. This split has led the current Dalai Lama to state that he is considering not allowing himself to be reincarnated, leaving the Buddhist faith without a new Dalai Lama.

With the understanding of the workings within the Buddhist faith and the currently strife found within its leadership, we can see the head with two horns. This is very interesting as this is the first time in the Buddhist faith that there would be two horns, or two Panchen Lamas, but also that according to Biblical prophecy, the dragon gives his power to the Antichrist. With the Dalai Lama stating that he may not be reincarnated, and his chosen successor is under Chinese control, he may opt to enlist his power unto another. The Dalai Lama stated that he would make his decision prior to his 90th birthday that is expected to happen in 2025.

This is where the pieces of the puzzle get very interesting. We understand that according to Revelation 13 that the dragon will give his power to the first beast and will cause all to worship the image of the first beast. Continuing with the understanding that Spiritual Powers are behind the actions of nations and that the dragon depicts the nation of China, we can see that China will be the global power that has control over the entire population of the world. This power will cause all to worship one religious leader who according to Scripture is the Pope. Considering the Pope and China have recently signed an agreement to allow the government of China to pick all the Catholic leaders within its country, this analogy is more believable. There are already workings behind the scenes to complete exactly what was predicted within Scripture. This agreement in connection to the social credit system that has become part of Chinese society illustrate the unfolding of the Beast System depicted within Revelation (See Mark of the Beast and the Beast System). Also the importance of the number 6 as a lucky number within Chinese culture does not hurt its association to the Mark of the Beast.

But there is one loose end that must be tied up prior to the Chinese control of the globe and that is the existence of the United States of America. Where is Scripture would there be any indication that the dragon would overcome the United States and become the world leader? To see this, we must understand that when we associate the United States to Christianity we find exactly where this is depicted:

“And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.

And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.

And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was there place found any more in heaven.

And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ; for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.

And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.

And the dragon was wroth with the woman and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” (Revelation 12 1-17)

At first glance, many will state that this depicts the current teaching of the sign that occurred in the heavens on September 23rd 2017 (see Blood Moons and the Solar Eclipse of 2017). This would be true, but we also see that the continuation of the sign demonstrates the battle that ensues on earth after the dragon is thrown down. Using the symbolism demonstrated earlier, we can see this depicts the Christian nation that is given wings of an eagle to be protected from the dragon for a short period of time. Considering the current trade war between the United States and China and the depiction of both nations in Scripture, we know what the final outcome will be. China will overcome the United States just like the dragon will overcome the saints.

“And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” (Revelation 13: 7-8)

We may not understand exactly how these events unfold but we do have the ability to see the players present within prophecy. When these players are making moves, that are depicted within prophecy, then we must take notice. How are the two beasts going to overcome the entire world, including the United States? We can only speculate but we do know that it will happen and watching the events unfold in real time, only should increase our resolve toward our belief. We are to remain strong and understand that we will be persecuted. We as Christians will lose this war on earth and we must understand that it has always been designed like this. We were designed to show our strength and faith through the overcoming of our death and persecution. That is how we show the world our God, by being willing to suffer for His cause!

“And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” (Matthew 5: 2-12)

 

Clinton Kowach

11/4/2019

 

The Coming Gog and Magog War

“And the word of the Lord came unto me: ‘Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshek and Tubal; prophecy against him and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against you Gog, chief price of Meshek and Tubal. 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. Persia, Cush and Put will be with them, all with shields and helmets, also Gomer with all its troops, and Beth Togarmah from the far north with all its troops – the many nations with you.

‘Get ready; be prepared, you and all the hordes gathered about you, and take command of them. After many days you will be called to arms, in future years you will invade a land that has recovered from war, those 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. 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.

This is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘On that day thoughts will come into your mind and you will devise an evil scheme. 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. 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. 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?’

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? 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. You will advance against my people Israel, like a cloud that covers the land. In days to come, Gog, I will bring you against my land, so that the nations may know me when I am proved holy through you before their eyes.’

This is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘You are 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. 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. In my zeal and fiery wrath, I declare that at that time there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel. The fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, 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. I will summon a sword against Gog on all my mountains, declares the Sovereign Lord. Every man’s sword will be against his brother. I will execute judgment on 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. 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.’ (Ezekiel 38 1-23)

Everywhere we look we are being inundated with the developments within the Middle East. News stories are breaking daily about the possible war brewing between Israel and Iran. Speculation is brewing that the United States is prodding Iran into displaying an action to cause war within the region, which could develop into World War 3.

This speculation is completely justified due to the aggressive sanctions placed on the Iranian regime and the most recent confiscation of the Iranian Oil Tanker by the United Kingdom. Iran has notified the world that it has breached the uranium limits present within the Iranian Nuclear Deal and Israel has made it clear that their fighter planes can attack anywhere within the Iranian homeland. Things are escalating quickly, and the alliances spoken about within the writings of the Prophet Ezekiel are becoming clearer by the day.

We are told by Scripture about the coming alliance between the nations of Iran, Russia, Turkey, Libya, Sudan and Ethiopia and how this alliance will come against the land of Israel (see blog post Gog and Magog War for map). The Gog and Magog War prophecy has been one of the most noticeable prophecies within Scripture for a reason. This prophecy would not be possible without the Jews returning to their homeland, living in relative peace, gathering much wealth, and hated by its neighbors. The scenario that creates this possibility could only be possible within the modern age as none of these events came together prior to 1948.  The Jews were displaced from their homeland in 70AD when the Second Temple was destroyed, and the Romans removed the Jews from their homeland. The nations of Israel were without a geographic nation until after the atrocities of the Holocaust brought the international community together to create the nation of Israel. The nation of Israel was founded on May 14th, 1948 and with its creation, prophetic events have begun to unfold.

We are told by Jesus that the generation that witnesses the first prophetic event, in relation to His second coming, would witness all events prior to that generation passing:

“Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door. Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” (Matthew 24: 32-35)

And Scripture specifically states how long a generation will be:

“Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

You turn people back to dust, saying, ‘Return to dust, you mortals.’ A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night. Yet you sweep people away in the sleep of death – they are like the new grass of the morning: in the morning it springs up new, but by evening it is dry and withered.

We are consumed by your anger and terrified by your indignation. You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence. All our days pass away under your wrath; we finish our years with a moan.

Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures; yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away. If only we knew the power of your anger! Your wrath is as great as the fear that is your due. Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (Psalm 90: 1-12)

Through this prayer of Moses, we are told that the lifespan of man is seventy to eighty years leaving us to understand that a generation will have that same timespan. Using this analogy, we can demonstrate that the generation that witnessed the birth of Israel in 1948 would need to witness the coming of our Messiah prior to the completion of eighty years. This would mean that the seventy to eighty-year timeframe would be between 2018 and 2028. All prophecies considering the return of Jesus Christ would need to be completed within the next nine years for this timeframe to hold true and for the prophetic clock to be correct. This leaves little time left for mankind to witness the most traumatic events ever to unfold upon the earth.

The Gog and Magog War brings about the most climactic event witnessed within Scripture. We are told that this war will bring God himself to earth to demonstrate his divinity to the entire world (read blog post We are Instructed to Fear God so Why Are We Trying To Produce The War That Causes His Arrival for details).

Anyone looking upon the current world can see that we are living in unusual times. Mainstream news sources are talking about Bible Prophecy as if these prophetic events are common place. Scoffers are proclaiming that there is no God and that the Christian community has lost its mind. No one can understand the world markets as the economic models that have governed our global commerce no longer works and investors are only looking for government intervention as the indicator for market prosperity. Civilian uprisings are occurring daily, and terror attacks are removing any sense of security present within our society. War is on the horizon and we all know it!

As we witness the war of Gog and Magog unfold in the Middle East, we will see our world change forever. None of us will be able to stand during that day when our Lord demonstrates His power to the whole world:

“Son of man, prophesy against Gog and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against you, Gog, chief price of Meshek and Tubal. I will turn you around and drag you along. I will bring you from the far north and send you against the mountains of Israel. Then I will strike your bow from your left hand and make your arrows drop from your right hand. On the mountains of Israel, you will fall, you and all your troops and the nations with you. I will give you as food to all kinds of carrion birds and to the wild animals. You will fall in the open fields, for I have spoken, declares the Sovereign Lord. I will send fire on Magog and on those who live in safety in the coastlands, and they will know that I am the Lord.

I will make known my holy name among my people Israel. I will no longer let my holy name be profaned, and the nations will know that I the Lord am the Holy One in Israel. It is coming! It will surely take place, declares the Sovereign Lord. This is the day I have spoken of.

Then those who live in the towns of Israel will go out and use the weapons for fuel and burn them up – the small and large shields, the bows and arrows, the war clubs and spears. For seven years they will use them for fuel. They will not need to gather wood from the fields or cut it from the forests, because they will use the weapons for fuel. And they will plunder those who plundered them and loot those who looted them, declares the Sovereign Lord.

On that day I will give Gog a burial place in Israel, in the valley of those who travel east of the Sea. It will block the way of travelers because Gog and all his hordes will be buried there. So, it will be called the Valley of Hamon Gog. For seven months the Israelites will be burying them in order to cleanse the land. All the people of the land will bury them, and the day I display my glory will be a memorable day for them, declares the Sovereign Lord. People will be continually employed in cleansing the land. They will spread out across the land and, along with others, they will bury any bodies that are lying on the ground.

After the seven months they will carry out a more detailed search. As they go through the land, anyone who sees a human bone will leave a marker beside it until the gravediggers bury it in the Valley of Hamon Gog, near a town called Hamonah. And so, they will cleanse the land.

Son of man, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: Call out to every kind of bird and all the wild animals: ‘Assemble and come together from all around to the sacrifice I am preparing for you, the great sacrifice on the mountains of Israel. There you will eat flesh and drink blood. You will eat the flesh of mighty men and drink the blood of the princes of the earth as they were rams and lambs, goats and bulls – all of them fattened animals from Bashan. At the sacrifice I am preparing for you, you will eat fat till you are glutted and drink blood till you are drunk. At my table you will eat your fill of horses and riders, mighty men and solders of every kind,’ declares the Sovereign Lord.

I will display my glory among the nations, and all the nations will see the punishment I inflict and the hand I lay on them. From that day forward, the people of Israel will know that I am the Lord their God. And the nations will know that the people of Israel went into exile for their sin, because they were unfaithful to me. So, I hid my face from them and handed them over to their enemies, and they all fell by the sword. I dealt with them according to their uncleanness and their offenses, and I hid my face from them.

Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will now restore the fortunes of Jacob and will have compassion on all the people of Israel and will be zealous for my holy name. They will forget their shame and all the unfaithfulness they showed toward me when they lived in safety in their land with no one to make them afraid. When I have brought them back from the nations and have gathered them from the countries of their enemies, I will be proved holy though them in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am the Lord their God, for though I sent them into exile among the nations, I will gather them to their own land, not leaving any behind. I will no longer hide my face from them, for I will pour out my Spirit on the people of Israel, declares the Sovereign Lord.” (Ezekiel 39: 1-29)

 

Clinton Kowach

7/14/19

America in Bible Prophecy: Wealth and Prosperity vs Heavenly Abundance

As we look out upon the world we must remember that this world has nothing to do with our wants and desires but only the will of our God. Our society tells us that we can be anyone that we want to be, and that the entire world is open for our conquest. We are fed the illusion that everything that we need is here for our taking.

Based on what we know and understand, everything is here for our taking. With abundances and riches, wealthy individuals can purchase any item their heart desires and visit any destination they chose. Those with massive wealth can see the world as their oyster and live life with full abundance.

Those on the other side of the spectrum are struggling to live day to day, searching for basic life sustaining means. They farm barren land, search overcrowded areas for resources in hopes to sustain life for another day.

This separation between the quality of life leads many to come closer to God or farther away depending on their needs. When one has every need met and desires nothing, then it’s easy to lose sight of God and His life sustaining love. For those that search every day for resources to survive, God becomes closer as mortality is near.

This disconnect between our fellow man and our God is only heading in one direction. That direction is to a society of those that have and those that have not. Either one has abundance on this world or one hopes to have abundance in the next world. Unfortunately, there is little room for those that maintain wealth, on this spiritual plain, in the kingdom of heaven. Their hearts lack the love and understanding needed within the heavenly kingdom. That is why Jesus himself proclaimed his parable about the eye of the needle:

“Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, ‘Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?’

‘Why do you ask me about what is good?’ Jesus replied. ‘There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.’

‘Which ones?’ he inquired.

Jesus replied, ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother, and love your neighbor as yourself.’

‘All these I have kept,’ the young man said. ‘What do I still lack?’

Jesus answered, ‘If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.’

When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth. Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again, I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.’

When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, ‘Who then can be saved?’ Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’

Peter answered him, ‘We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?’ Jesus said to them, ‘Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much as will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.’” (Matthew 19: 16-29)

We as wealthy Americans can try to twist this message in any way that we chose but the fact of the matter is that we live in the wealthiest nation of the world, possess goods others dream of, and our abundance well surpasses the average human on Earth. We are subject to this teaching, if we like it or not.

How many are willing to give up everything to follow our Lord today? How many truly are willing to give up our lifestyle for a life of poverty and endless desires?  Who among you is willing to become less so that you can become more? We must ask ourselves these questions as we may find out the answer sooner then we think.

Many Bible Prophecy teachers are presenting numerous theories about where the United States I located within Bible Prophecy. The reason that these are all theories is that the United States is never actually mentioned within Scripture. Considering the United State is the leading world power and dictates numerous international policies, it would make sense that this nation would be found within the Prophetic Word. This lack of its presence has led many to believe that the Empire of the United States will not be present within the End times. The only way to really understand this is to look within Scripture and see if we are given any hints as to what may come of this great nation.

Reviewing the modern “Trump Prophecies” is laughable and its review are not even going to be entertained. Using Scripture to determine the outcome of God’s plan is the correct course of action and the use of any modern man prophecies will only lead to deceit and disillusion. We must be careful about what we entertain as we have been warned about these false teachers and their misinterpretation and use of Scripture.

One teaching that is being presented depicts the United States as the protector of Israel during the time of the end and a place of refuge for Jews to go when destruction is coming to their homeland. This belief is being used by referencing the 12th chapter of Revelation:

“A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and 10 horns and seven crowns on its heads. Its tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that I might devour her child the moment he was born.

She gave birth to a son, a male child, who ‘will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.” And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne. The woman fled into the wilderness to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1260 days.

Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angles fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down – that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angles with him.

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: ‘Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.’

When the dragon saw that he had been hurled to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the wilderness, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent’s reach. Then from his mouth the serpent spewed water like a river, to overtake the woman and sweep her away with the torrent. But the earth helped the woman by opening its mouth and swallowing the river that the dragon had spewed out of his mouth.

Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring – those who keep God’s commandments and hold fast their testimony about Jesus.” (Revelation 12: 1-17)

This passage has been referenced to the astrological alignment seen in the heavens on September 23, 2017, so it would make sense that the same verses would be used to determine the outcome of those events. From the imagery used we are given a story about the battle in heaven between God and Satan and how Satan is ultimately thrown down to Earth. Understanding that his judgment is nigh, Satan then causes his wrath to be brought upon the Jewish nation and then the Christian nation.  This is where the imagery of the Eagle’s wings is used to show that Israel is brought into the nation of the United States (Eagle to symbolize the United States) and they are protected for three and a half years.  Unfortunately, this interpretation is a stretch when looking at the overall picture of Jacob’s trouble. Understanding that the Tribulation is referenced as Jacob’s trouble, we can see that removing the Jews from Israel and taking them to the United States would mean that God and the Jews are abandoning their Abrahamic Covenant about the promised land.  This would not bring glory to God or show His power to the world, but it would bring power and glory to the United States.  If this would be true, then the United States would need to be referenced in great light during the Prophetic Word and unfortunately it is not.  Plus, the use of the term “wilderness” is referenced numerous times within Scripture, always indicating some uninhabited area in the Middle East. Instead of believing the United States is the wilderness, we should look to the prophet Isaiah for further explanation about this wilderness:

“The desert and parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy. The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon, they will see the glory of the Lord, the splendor of our God.

Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; say to those with fearful hearts, ‘Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance with divine retribution he will come to save you.’

Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy. Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert. The burning sand will become a pool, the thirsty ground bubbling springs. In the haunts where jackals once lay, grass and reeds and papyrus will grow.

And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness; it will be for those who walk on that Way. The unclean will not journey on it; wicked fools will not go about on it. No lion will be there, nor any ravenous beast; they will not be found there. But only the redeemed will walk there, and those the Lord has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.” (Isaiah 35: 1-10)

And the Eagle’s Wings:

“’To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?’ says the Holy One. Life up your eyes and look to the heavens: who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.

Why do you complain, Jacob? Why do you say, Israel, ‘My way is hidden from the Lord; my cause is disregarded by my God’?

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40: 25-31)

By using Scripture to interpret Scripture we can see that depicting the United States as the Eagle’s Wings in this reference is a stretch and not correct in depicting the role of this great nation. Fortunately, there are better references within Scripture as to the fate of the greatest nations the world has ever known.

Some also state that the United States is referenced as the “Young Lions of Tarshish” stating that the lion is referencing Great Britain and its young lions are the United States, Canada and Australia. Even when evaluating this interpretation, we are given no indication that the United States will be the protector of Israel.  Instead we are shown that they only talk about its invasion and ask the invader why they are doing this action:

“Thus saith the Lord God; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought: And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages, I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates,

To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.

Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? Has thou gathered thy company to take a prey? To carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?

Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, thus saith the Lord God; in that day when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it?

And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company and a mighty army: And thou shalt come up against thy people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.” (Ezekiel 38: 10-16)

Scripture does not state that the “Young Lions” come to defend Israel or to protect Israel in any way. Instead God himself talks about how he will be the defender of Israel and its protector:

“Thus, saith the Lord God; Art thou he of whom I have spoken in old time by my servants the prophets of Israel, which prophesied in those days many years that I would bring thee against them?

And it shall come to pass that the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord God, that my fury shall come up in my face. For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoke, surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel;

So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the bests of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake in my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.” (Ezekiel 38: 17-20)

In no way can an interpretation depict the United States as the protector of Israel when reviewing this Scripture. God makes it very clear that He will be the one who comes down to show the world his glory and to defend Israel.

Considering the prior locations within Scripture cannot depict the United States we must look at the interpretation that most closely represents the United States and its possible End Time destiny.

When looking for the United States in Bible Prophecy we must look for a nation depicted with characteristics present within our society. We know that our country will not be referenced by name but once we understand to look for a detailed description of our nation, then we can see clearly where the United States is referenced in Bible Prophecy:

“One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, ‘Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits by many waters. With her the kings of the earth committed adultery, and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries.’

Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries. The name written on her forehead was a mystery:

Babylon the great the mother of prostitutes and of the abominations of the earth.

I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of God’s holy people, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus.

When I saw her, I was greatly astonished. Then the angel said to me: ‘Why are you astonished? I will explain to you the mystery of the woman and of the beast she rides, which has the seven heads and ten horns. The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and yet will come up out of the Abyss and go to its destruction. The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because it once was, now is not, and yet will come.

‘This calls for a mind with wisdom. The seven heads are seven hills on which the woman sits. They are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for only a little while. The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction.

The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast. They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the beast. They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings – and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.’

Then the angel said to me, ‘The waters you saw, where the prostitute sits, are people, multitudes, nations, and languages. The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire. For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish his purpose by agreeing to hand over to the beast their royal authority, until God’s words are fulfilled. The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.’’’ (Revelation 17: 1-18)

“After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven. He had great authority, and earth was illuminated by his splendor. With a mighty voice he shouted:

‘Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!’ She has become a dwelling for demons and a haunt for every impure spirit, a haunt for every unclean bird, a haunt for every unclean and detestable animal. For all the nations have drunk the maddening wine of her adulteries. The kings of the earth committed adultery with her, and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries.’

Then I heard another voice from heaven say: ‘Come out of her, my people,’ so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues; for her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes. Give back to her as she has given; pay her back double for what she has done. Pour her a double portion from her own cup. Give her as much torment and grief as the glory and luxury she gave herself. In her heart she boasts, ‘I sit enthroned as queen. I am not a widow; I will never mourn.’ Therefor in one day her plagues will overtake her: death, mourning and famine. She will be consumed by fire, for mighty is the Lord God who judges her.

‘When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her and shared her luxury see the smoke of her burning, they will weep and mourn over her. Terrified at her torment, they will stand far off and cry:

‘Woe! Woe to you, great city, you mighty city of Babylon! In one hour your doom has come! The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her because no one buys their cargoes anymore – cargoes of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls; fine linen, purple silk and scarlet cloth; every sort of citron wood, and articles of every kind made of ivory, costly wood, bronze, iron and marble; cargoes of cinnamon and spice, of incense, myrrh and frankincense, of wine and olive oil, of fine flour and wheat; cattle and sheep; horses and carriages; and human beings sold as slaves.

They will say, ‘The fruit you longed for is gone from you. All your luxury and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered.’ The merchants who sold these things and gained their wealth from her will stand far off, terrified at her torment. They will weep and mourn and cry out:

‘Woe! Woe to you, great city, dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet, and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls! In one hour such great wealth has been brought to ruin! Every sea captain, and all who travel by ship, the sailors, and all who earn their living from the sea, will stand far off. When they see the smoke of her burning, they will exclaim, ‘Was there ever a city like this great city?’ They will throw dust on their heads, and with weeping and mourning cry out:

‘Woe! Woe to you, great city, where all who had ships on the sea became rich through her wealth! In one hour she has been brought to ruin!’ ‘Rejoice over her, you heavens! Rejoice, you people of God! Rejoice, apostles and prophets! For God has judged her with the judgment she imposed on you.’

Then a mighty angel picked up a boulder the size of a large millstone and threw it into the sea and said: ‘With such violence the great city of Babylon will be thrown down, never to be found again. The music from harpists and musicians, pipers and trumpeters, will never be heard in you again. No worker of any trade will ever be found in you again. The sound of a millstone will never be heard in you again. The light of a lamp will never shine in you again. The voice of the bridegroom and bride will never be heard in you again. Your merchants were the world’s important people. By your magic spell all the nations were led astray. In her was found the blood of prophets and of God’s holy people, of all who have been slaughtered on the earth.’” (Revelation 18: 1-24)

Looking at these chapters within the Book of Revelation, we can see the depiction of the nation of Babylon the Great and the Beast that she rides upon. A previous study has been completed as to who the Beast is referencing, and it’s recommended to review that teaching named “Biblically Prophetic Beasts Are Rising!”

By looking at the characteristics of the nation Babylon the Great, we can see the exact characteristics of the United States of America. We are the largest purchaser of international goods within the world, we live is exuberant luxury and privilege, we pride ourselves in our musicians, tradesman, and our CEO’s are regarded as the world’s important people. Most importantly the United States has exported its capitalistic culture to the world, as well as, is the largest exporter of pornographic products in the world. Riding upon the beast only helps explain this connection, when we understand the Beast is the Catholic Church with the Pope at its head. We are told every day that the United States was founded on Christian fundamentals and the Christian Church association and history with the Catholic Church only interprets why the harlot rides on the beast.

We can try to interpret the Scripture any way that our hearts choose to justify our personal beliefs or agendas. Many have tried this through the ages and even more continue to do that today.  We must hold true to what Scripture depicts and what God has told his Church.  If we do this, then we can understand we can look at Scripture without preconceived notions or agendas.  We can see what God is trying to warn us about during this time.

Through God’s love we are given this information beforehand so that we may understand what is happening to our world. God does this on purpose so that we may not be deceived as the majority will want to hear what makes them feel happy instead of what is true. This is an individual choice and something every one of us must understand.  Will we choose earthly wealth and prosperity, or will we choose heavenly abundance?  The time to make this decision may be closer than any of us realize!

“Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.

All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

You heard me say, ‘I am going away, and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me, but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me. Come now; let us leave.” (John 14: 23-31)

 

Clinton Kowach

06/12/19

A Prophecy against Damascus

“A Prophecy against Damascus: ‘See, Damascus will no longer be a city but will become a heap of ruins. The cities of Aroer will be deserted and left to flocks, which will lie down, with no one to make them afraid. The fortified city will disappear from Ephraim, and royal power from Damascus; the remnant of Aram will be like the glory of the Israelites,’ declares the Lord Almighty.

In that day the glory of Jacob will fade; the fat of his body will waste away. It will be as when reapers harvest the standing grain, gathering the grain in their arms – as when someone gleans heads of grain in the Valley of Raphaim. Yet some gleanings will remain, as when an olive tree is beaten, leaving two or three olives on the topmost branches, four or five on the fruitful boughs,’ declares the Lord, the God of Israel.

In that day people will look to their Maker and turn their eyes to the Holy One of Israel. They will not look to the alters, the works of their hands, and they will have no regard for the Asherah poles and the incense alters their fingers have made.

In that day their strong cities, which they left because of the Israelites, will be like places abandoned to thickets and undergrowth. And all will be desolation.

You have forgotten God your Savior; you have not remembered the Rock, your fortress. Therefore, though you set out the finest plants and plant imported vines, though on the day you set them out, you make them grow, and on the morning when you plant them, you bring them to bud, yet the harvest will be as nothing in the day of disease and incurable pain.

Woe to the many nations that rage – they rage like the raging sea! Woe to the peoples who roar – they roar like the roaring of great waters! Although the people roar like the roar of surging waters, when he rebukes them they flee far away, driven before the wind like chaff on the hills, like tumbleweed before the gale.

In the evening, sudden terror! Before the morning, they are gone! This is the portion of those who loot us, the lot of those who plunder us.” (Isaiah 17: 1-14)

The darkness that is about to fall upon mankind is one that we have been warned about for generations.  We have been told that there would be a day that the world would be so engulfed with war and terror that no one would be able to recognize this world.  Unfortunately, it appears the warnings we are given long ago are pointing to our current time.  We are witnessing the unfolding darkness that will bring upon global terror.

The rumors going around about war ships being deployed to the Middle East and Venezuela, combined with the recent escalation between Gaza and Israel, show that we are heading toward a military escalation that could change the landscape of our world.   Syria has threated to regain the Golan Heights at any cost while the United States gives Israel its full support to annex this territory. Iran is threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz, while the trade war between China and the United States has global markets in a panic. We even have tensions between Canada and the Philippines about Canada’s illegal trash dumping on Philippine soil.  President Duarte has threated war against Canada within the week due to this crisis.  This list only scratches the surface to the tensions around the world and still many refuse to believe that we are in the prophesied time spoken about in Scripture.

Those that do believe are believing a lie. They refuse to study Scripture for themselves and accept the teachings provided to them from their leaders.  Those same leaders who enrich themselves on the teaching of tithing and have no care for the wellbeing of their congregation.

Why won’t people wake up?  Why has laziness corrupted so many that they refuse to find the truth about the most important time in the history of mankind?  The thought of those being lead directly into eternal damnation saddens my soul, but this must happen. We were all warned, and many chose not to listen.

The Pre-Tribulation Rapture, the teaching that Israel will win any war against them, the 3 days of darkness, the flat Earth, the prosperity gospel, and the teaching that America will be blessed during the end times are but a few of the false teachings being taught to the masses today. So many people want to be known as prophets or watchman that false doctrine is spreading like wildfire. Those without a foundation in Scripture are being led astray by so many teachings. We were all warned to study as the time may come when we will need that knowledge, the knowledge provided within Scripture about what is to come.  We were given time, but few took advantage of the head start our God provided.  We squandered that time and now the prophetic time is upon us.

The Destruction of Damascus is being talked about by many “teachers” due to the recent events unfolding in the Middle East.  They are teaching that the city’s destruction will be a sign that will provide validity to their timeline of the end. The truth is that yes, the city of Damascus will be destroyed, and this prophecy is very important but so many refuse to continue reading the prophecy given by the prophet Isaiah.  Further in the chapter it also talks about the destruction of Israel along with the destruction of Damascus. When we understand both sides receive massive destruction is brings light into the false teaching that Israel will win any future conflicts due to their covenant with God. This is against what Jesus specifically stated would happen during the end of the age:

“When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city. For this is the time of punishment in fulfillment of all that has been written.” (Luke 21: 20-22)

The End of the Age is not a time of celebration or triumph for the nation of Israel but a time of punishment, a time of judgment upon an unholy people. Israel has been warned throughout its entire history to not turn away from God and God has repeatedly punished them for their evil ways.  The modern land of Israel is no different as we are told about Jacob’s trouble and the destruction that will come.  During this destruction, Israel is punished but God stops short of destroying his people:

“This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: ‘This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says; ‘Write in a book all the words I have spoken to you. The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will bring my people Israel and Judah back from captivity and restore them to the land I gave their ancestors to possess,’ says the Lord.’

These are the words the Lord spoke concerning Israel and Judah: ‘This is what the Lord says: ‘Cries of fear are heard -terror, not peace. Ask and see: Can a man bear children? Then why do I see every strong man with his hands on his stomach like a woman in labor, every face turned deathly pale? How awful that day will be! No other will be like it. It will be a time for trouble of Jacob, but he will be saved out of it.

‘In that day,’ declares the Lord Almighty, ‘I will break the yoke off their necks and will tear off their bonds; no longer will foreigners enslave them. Instead, they will serve the Lord their God and David their king, whom I will raise up for them.

‘So do not be afraid, Jacob my servant; do not be dismayed, Israel; declares the Lord. ‘I will surely save you out of a distant place, your descendants from the land of their exile. Jacob will again have peace and security, and no one will make them afraid. I am with you and will save you,’ declares the Lord.

‘Though I completely destroy all the nations among which I scatter you, I will not completely destroy you. I will discipline you but only in due measure; I will not let you go entirely unpunished.’ (Jeremiah 30: 1-11)

Our world is headed full steam into the greatest climax that mankind has ever witnessed. Our generation will witness prophecy unfolding as we are the ones chosen to witness God in all his glory. The time is short, and we must understand that every human and nation will be judged.  No one will be exempt from what is coming, and we must be ready to endure trials that few within mankind have witnessed.

“So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel – let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house. Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak.

How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now – and never to be equaled again.

‘If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.’” (Matthew 24: 15-22)

Clinton Kowach

5/6/19

We Are Instructed To Fear God So Why Are We Trying To Produce The War That Causes His Arrival?

“These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: ‘Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.

‘Do not get any gold or silver or copper to take with you in your belts – no bag for the journey or extra shirt or sandals or a staff, for the worker is worth his keep. Whatever town or village you enter, search there for some worthy person and stay at their house until you leave. As you enter the home, give your greeting. If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you. If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet. Truly I tell you, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on that day of judgment than for that town.

‘I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in the synagogues. On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of the Father speaking through you.

‘Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. Truly I tell you, you will not finish going through the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.

‘The student is not above the teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for students to be like their teachers, and servants like their masters. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebul, how much more the members of his household!

‘So do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

‘Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.

‘Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I do not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn ‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law, a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’

‘Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever does not take up their cross and follows me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.

‘Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciples, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.’” (Matthew 10: 5-42)

The instruction that Jesus gave to his disciples as they began their ministry is no different than the instruction needed by the modern saints. Jesus was very specific as to what would happen then and how they must conduct themselves. They were to be welcomed by few but persecuted by many. Above all else, the disciples were instructed to not fear anyone or anything except God himself!

We live in a society where we fear nothing. The citizens of the modern world have all our needs fulfilled and technology is unlocking wonders mankind has only dreamed of. We long for nothing as we have everything we could ever think of, and this is just the general public. The wealthy among us rule the land, pursuing their own desires and using the masses as pawns in their game of financial conquest. They play games with the lives of those below them and see the masses as an asset to be used for their delight. The loss of life is viewed as collateral damage and as long as the ends justify the means, a few casualties can be overlooked. Besides, this world has been built upon the sacrifice of many to enrich the few.

We see this being played out on the world scene like no other time in history. All the world’s armies are gathering in the Middle East while economic war is crashing currencies all around the globe. We as Americans are told that we will endure a little heartache but we will be victorious in the end, all while people are suffering all over the world. The worth of modern human life depends on the amount of assets one accumulates.

This lack of fear by our rulers has caused the world to see prophetic events unfolding within the Middle East. All over the world, people are proclaiming that the prophecies revealed within the Bible are being played out in real time.  Seeing these events unfold is truly amazing but the most staggering fact is the amount of arrogance portrayed by the followers of Christ. The world is watching Christians longing for war against Israel as this would bring about the coming of their Messiah. This belief is true according to Scripture but the fact that these same Christians are not afraid of what this truly means is horrifying.

We were told by the prophet Ezekiel that the armies of Gog and Magog would join forces and invade the Holy Land. We are being taught that this would be a glorious thing as Israel will destroy these armies as they are God’s chosen people and he has promised to protect them.  Besides we are in the last days so it would make sense that God would protect his people without witnessing their destruction.  The only problem is this is not what Scripture tells us:

“Jerusalem staggers, Judah is falling; their words and deeds are against the Lord, defying his glorious presence. The look on their faces testifies against them; they parade their sin like Sodom; they do not hide it. Woe to them! They have brought disaster upon themselves.

Tell the righteous it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds. Woe to the wicked! Disaster is upon them! They will be paid back for what their hands have done.

Youths oppress my people, women rule over them. My people, your guides lead you astray; they turn you from the path.

The Lord takes his place in court; he rises to judge the people. The Lord enters into judgment against the elders and leaders for his people: ‘It is you who have ruined my vineyard; the plunder from the poor is in your houses. What do you mean by crushing my people and grinding the faces of the poor?’ declares the Lord, the Lord Almighty.

The Lord says, ‘The women of Zion are haughty, walking along with outstretched necks, flirting with their eyes, strutting along with swaying hips, with ornaments jingling on their ankles. Therefore the Lord will bring sores on the heads of the women of Zion; the Lord will make their scalps bald.’

In that day the Lord will snatch away their finery: the bangles and headbands and crescent necklaces, the earrings and bracelets and veils, the headdresses and anklets and sashes, the perfume bottles and charms, the signet rings and nose rings, the fine robes and capes and cloaks, the purses and mirrors, and the linen garments and tiaras and shawls.

Instead of fragrance there will be a stench; instead of a sash, a rope; instead of well-dressed hair, baldness; instead of fine clothing, sackcloth; instead of beauty, branding. Your men will fall by the sword, your warriors in battle. The gates of Zion will lament and mourn; destitute, she will sit on the ground. (Isaiah 3: 8-26)

The destruction of the Jewish people and their symbolic capital of Jerusalem are depicted in detail within the book of Isaiah.  The prophet depicts the judgment of Israel and describes how they will be overcome in battle and will be brought to ruin. This is completely contradictory to what is being taught within the Christian Church today.  Modern Christians are being taught that God will miraculously protect Israel and Gog and Magog will be destroyed.  This is partially true:

‘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? 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 might army. You will advance against my people Israel like a cloud that covers the land. In days to come, Gog, I will bring you against my land, so that the nations may know me when I am proved holy through you before their eyes.

‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: You are 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. 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. In my zeal and fiery wrath I declare that at that time there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel. The fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, 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. I will summon a sword against Gog on all my mountains, declares the Sovereign Lord. Every man’s sword will be against his brother. I will execute judgment on 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. 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.’ (Ezekiel 38: 14-23)

There is no miraculous protection that comes over Israel during the Gog/Magog war. The armies of Gog are allowed to overcome the land like a cloud and the armies will advance against the state of Israel. This gives the illustration that the land of Israel will be overcome prior to the appearance of God Himself!  The part that no one is explaining is that there will be a massive earthquake followed by the arrival of the Sovereign Lord!

Finally when God has had enough He comes down to earth to issue judgment. We are told about His judgment and we should all be afraid of the prospect of His revealing to the world!  The arrival of our Lord is also explained by the prophet Malachi:

“‘I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,’ says the Lord Almighty.

But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine then like gold and silver. Then the Lord will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness, and the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem will be acceptable to the Lord, as in days gone by, as in former years.

‘So I will come to put you on trial. I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers and perjurers, against those who defraud laborers of their wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, and deprive the foreigners among you of justice, but do not fear me,’ says the Lord Almighty.” (Malachi 3: 1-5)

The Lord’s arrival was also described by the prophet Amos:

“This is what the Sovereign Lord showed me: a basket of ripe fruit. ‘What do you see, Amos?’ he asked. ‘A basket of ripe fruit,’ I answered. Then the Lord said to me, ‘The time is ripe for my people Israel; I will spare them no longer.’

‘In that day,’ declares the Sovereign Lord, ‘the songs in the temple will turn to wailing. Many, many bodies – flung everywhere! Silence!’

Here this, you who trample the needy and do away with the poor of the land, saying, ‘When will the New Moon be over that we may sell grain, and the Sabbath be ended that we may market wheat?’ – skimping on the measure, boosting the price and cheating with dishonest scales, buying the poor with silver and the needy for a pair of sandals, selling even the sweepings with the wheat.

The Lord has sworn by himself, the Pride of Jacob: ‘I will never forget anything they have done. Will not the land tremble for this, and all who live in it mourn? The whole land will rise like the Nile; it will be stirred up and then sink like the river of Egypt. ‘

‘In that day,’ declares the Sovereign Lord, ‘I will make the sun go down at noon and darken the earth in broad daylight. I will turn your religious festivals into mourning and all your singing into weeping. I will make all of you wear sackcloth and shave your heads. I will make that time like mourning for an only son and the end of it like a bitter day.’

‘The days are coming,’ declares the Sovereign Lord, ‘when I will send a famine through the land – not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord. People will stagger from sea to sea and wander from north to east, searching for the word of the Lord, but they will not find it. ‘In that day the lovely young women and strong young men will faint because of thirst. (Amos 8: 1-13)

It’s easy to see that the coming of our Lord is not something that the wicked will want to witness. The judgment of mankind will come swiftly and without pity in the eyes of the Lord. Considering we are all guilty of sin and deserve death, we should hope and pray that we are worthy enough to know him: “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)

The Old Testament prophets are also very clear that there will be a massive earthquake that will shake the foundation of this earth.  The arrival of our Lord will bring about a sign that will cause anyone who does not already fear the Lord to run into the mountains hiding themselves. This earthquake is also depicted three different times in the book of Revelation:

“I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. The heavens receded like a scroll being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.

Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and everyone else, both slave and free, hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. They called to the mountains and rocks, ‘Fall on us and hid us form the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can withstand it?” (Revelation 6: 12-17)

And:

“Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them. Their bodies will lie in the public square of the great city – which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt – where also their Lord was crucified. For three and a half days some from every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial. The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth.

But after the three and a half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and terror struck those who saw them. Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, ‘Come up here.’ And they went up to heaven in a cloud, while their enemies looked on.

At that very hour there was a severe earthquake and a tenth of the city collapsed. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the survivors were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven. The second woe has passed; the third woe is coming soon.” (Revelation 11: 7-14)

And:

“The sixth angle poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the East. Then I saw three impure spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet. They are demonic spirits that perform signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty.

‘Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed.’

Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.

The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and out of the temple came a loud voice from the throne, saying, ‘It is done!’ Then there came flashes of lightening, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever occurred since mankind has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake. The great city split into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed. God remembered Babylon the Great and gave her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of his wrath. Every island fled away and the mountains could not be found. From the sky huge hailstones, each weighing about a hundred pounds, fell on people. And they cursed God on account of the plagues of hail, because the plague was so terrible.” (Revelation 16: 12-21)

First of all, by comparing these earthquake depictions side by side, it can be seen that they are in fact the same earthquake and not three different earthquakes.  This combined with the depictions presented by the Old Testament prophets it can be seen that this earthquake is a pivotal point in the prophetic word.  In fact, it is the most important single event in human history as it depicts the arrival of God Himself!

Secondly, understanding how these events happen, it can be seen that the seven seals, trumpets, and bowls happen simultaneously and not independent from each other.  This causes the concurrent timeline being taught to the church to not be correct. Understanding and seeing that these events will happen simultaneously brings a whole new perspective upon the end-time analysis.

Finally, the church is excited that they will be taken from this earth prior to any of these events happening.  But we are still here and we can see the armies gathering and prophecy being fulfilled. They continue to reference 1 Thessalonians to justify their Rapture stance, but we are instructed to define Scripture with Scripture, and when doing so we can see where the reference to a thief tells us exactly when God’s Wrath occurs:

“But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all children of light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5: 4-11)

We are specifically told that God’s wrath will begin when the great earthquake happens, which means that God’s wrath occurs when He comes to earth to implement it! The Scripture depicts it without hesitation as the reference to a thief is given in both scenarios. This would mean that for those that endure until the end, they will be protected from God’s Wrath by the testament of Jesus Christ!

Jesus instructed his disciples that if they acknowledged him in the site of man, that he would acknowledge them in the site of His Father.  This is when that event happens.  God himself will come down to judge mankind and to enact His wrath and at that time Jesus will present those who he knows. We must all pray and hope that when that day comes, and it will come, that our Savior Jesus Christ will acknowledge us in the sight of His Father!

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the ones who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ (Matthew 7: 21-23)

 

Clinton Kowach

10/4/18

 

Gog and Magog War

Are we witnessing Bible prophecy being fulfilled in our lifetime?  Are these events just random or are they predetermined to happen precisely as God depicted?  If prophetic events are predetermined to be fulfilled, then through the Holy Scripture, we should be able to foresee events prior to their inception?  Is the interaction between Russia and Ukraine the tipping point in a prophetic storm?

The war in Ukraine is not a normal war.  It may be the beginning of WW3.  Russia is set to invade, the US is doing joint exercises in Poland, Saudi Arabia is purchasing weapons, Russia is dealing to Syria, and don’t forget about Iran and North Korea.  Now that Russian supporters in Ukraine are distributing anti-Semitic pamphlets, is the world is about ready to witness another holocaust?  Tensions are rising not only on the Russian/European front but here in the US.  FEMA has gathered enough ammo and coffins to start and end a major war on the home front.  Besides the fall of America, are we are witnessing the beginnings of the prophesized war in Ezekiel 38-3?

“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal.  I will turn you around, put hooks in your jaws and bring you out from your whole army – your horses, your horsemen fully armed, and a great horde with large and small shields, all of them brandishing their swords.  Persia, Cush and Put will be with them, all with shields and helmets, also Gomer with all its troops, and Beth Togarmah from the far north with all its troops – the many nations with you.” (Ezekiel 38: 3-6)

Russia is set to devour Europe but God has other plans.  They will be pulled into the conflict in the Middle East.  The most likely catalyst will be the conflict in Syria.  God will use Russia/Syria to destroy most of the Middle East (Isaiah 10: 12), finally coming against Israel.  When Russia invades Israel, there will be the earthquake spoken of in Revelation (Revelation 16:18).  Every mountain shall be moved.  The Russian troops will be destroyed and men will be employed to bury them.

“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.  In my Zeal and fiery wrath I declare that at the time there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel.  The fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the beast 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.” (Ezekiel 38: 18-20)

This action will be for God to demonstrate to the world that he is the one true God and the God of Israel.  There is no doubt about who he is, when this event happens.  “I will make known my holy name among my people Israel.  I will no longer let my holy name be profaned, and the nations will know that I the Lord and the holy one in Israel.  It is coming!  It will surely take place, declares the Sovereign Lord.  This is the day I have spoken of.” (Ezekiel 39: 7-8)

“On that day, I will give Gog a burial place in Israel, in the valley of those who travel east toward the Sea.  It will block the way of travelers, because Gog and all his hordes will be buried there.  So it will be called the Valley of Hamon Gog.” (Ezekiel 39: 11)1