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The following 9 points are taken from Derek Prince’s teaching entitled,
Take Heed That You Are Not Deceived“.

I have added supporting Scriptures beneath each of the points that he gives.

Derek believes that by observing these 9 points we can keep ourselves from being deceived in the End Times.

 

1 – Remember that it is by God’s mercy that we will not be deceived

We should humbly accept this Truth and thank Him for guarding us.

John 3:27, “John answered, ‘A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven.’ ”

 

2 – It is by cultivating humility and a Fear of the Lord that we will be kept from deception.

Derek then quotes Proverbs 9:10, The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom
and
Proverbs 1:7, The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge“.

He then states that  the fear of the Lord is THE BEGINNING, meaning it is the foundational Truth for wisdom and knowledge.

 

3 – We must base absolutely everything … every experience, every prophecy, every doctrine, etc … on the Scriptures.

Psalm 119:160 “The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever”

 

4 – We need to focus on Jesus alone, and not extra spiritual revelation because the Word says:

For it is the Spirit of prophecy who bears testimony to Jesus(Revelation 19:10)
and
But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on His own; He will speak only what He hears, and He will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify Me because it is from Me that He will receive what He will make known to you(John 16:13-14).

Don’t these 2 Scriptures show clearly that prophecy should be glorifying JESUS and not man?!

 

5 – We need to leave extra revelation with God.  If He wants to show us something, He will.  We should not be obsessed with new revelation / special revelation.

“The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law” (Deuteronomy 29:29)

 

6 – We need to be wary of fantastic sounding prophecies and new revelation.  Fantasy abounds within the charismatic prophetic circles these days, and will only get worse.  Stay within the boundaries of Scripture!
Colossians 2:18, “Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you. Such a person also goes into great detail about what they have seen; they are puffed up with idle notions by their unspiritual mind.”
7 – Keep things simple and plain.  Paul spoke of “the simplicity of the Gospel”.  It is the pride and arrogance of man that makes one want to sound wise or extra spiritual.

“For I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy; for I betrothed you to one husband, so that to Christ I might present you as a pure virgin. But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:2-3, NASB)

 

8 – Cultivate discernment!  Don’t sit in any meeting, or listen to any preacher/teacher, without checking and weighing and judging all things said against the written Word of God.

1 Corinthians 14:29, “Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others weigh what is said.”
9 – Cultivate a LOVE of the Truth.  Not just a toleration of Truth, nor an acceptance so that if it is spoken around you, you are okay with it, but cultivate a hunger and desire and love for Truth.  A strong passion and desire to read and get into God’s Word and a desire to study and know God’s Word for yourself.

“The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.” (2 Thessalonians 2:9-10)

An absolute love for the Truth will be the only way that we will be able to discern if a lie is being preached!

My ending thought:

If we LOVE the Truth, we will want to stand on the Truth and stand up for Truth NO MATTER what the consequences!  We will not go with the flow and accept what the crowd accepts to keep “unity” or to spare ourselves from being ostracized and persecuted!  We will LOVE the Truth no matter what and stand up for the Truth in the exact literal way in which it is written!

God bless you abundantly as you stand for Truth and look for the coming of our Savior and Lord!

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…for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
2 Corinthians 3:6b, NIV

This piece of Scripture has been quoted to me, more than once, when I make the statement that “I am trying to literally follow what the New Testament says to do” as I try to deal with sinning brothers, or when I defend my departing from fellow believers who are divisive or gossips or sexual immoral, or when I defend my staying away from teachers and their followers who are embracing new twists on the Gospel.

When the above Scripture is quoted to me, the insinuation is that my stand on the Word is legalistic and harsh and the ones who quote this Scripture are wishing that I would just “walk in love” or “walk in unity“.

It has been said to my face that I am “not loving as Christ loved” when I am departing from people and/or congregations.

The Veil is Torn

But is that what 2 Corinthians 3:6b really means?  Isn’t the entire Word supposed to support and uphold the same meaning and teachings throughout the whole Bible?  Now of course, I understand that the Old Covenant’s external rules and regulations have been replaced with the New Covenant’s internal rules which deal with our heart attitudes,  but does that mean that we are now free to swim around in sin without guilt or party with sinners since we all are under grace now and commanded to love?

No, is the answer to these questions and this is the debate the Apostle Paul confronted head-on while in ministry and in his written letters.

1– What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?
2– By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?
Romans 6:1, NIV

and

14– Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?
15– What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?
16– What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God.
2 Corinthians 6, NIV

But besides my having to deal with carnal Christians’ incorrect interpretation of 2 Corinthians 3:6b, this verse recently got me thinking about how one is to LIVE by the Spirit of God vs living under a heavy-handed and condemning legalistic preaching or way of thinking.

For by white-knuckling our way through life, by seeing God as a hard task-master, and by obeying the do’s and don’ts of the New Testament without the fruit of the Spirit growing in us, we can experience condemnation and death.  The letter will indeed kill all joy and peace and even the desire to live holy as we try to obey God in our own strength!

And this is a grim, unpleasant, hard, and unhappy way to follow God.  I know, because I lived that way for the first 7 or so years of my Christian walk.

But after one is enlightened to understand that the power of the Holy Spirit can and will equip you to walk freed from sin, while cleansing you when you do slip and stumble, one can be filled with great joy and peace while patiently and steadfastly obeying God.

16– So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. …
22– But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23– gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Galatians 5, NIV

and

1– Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
2Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
3– For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.
4– When Christ, who is yourlife, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
Colossians 3, NIV

According to these above 2 passages of Scripture, if we will set our minds on the things of God and pursue those things, then we will be focusing on His love, His peace, His joy, His promises, and His love, and His character … and all other things that are “above” … rather than only focusing on the “do this and don’t do that” set of rules of the New Testament.  And as we do this,  the pleasures and the things of this Earth “will grow strangely dim”, as the great old hymn stated.  Or in other words, we will be so Heavenly focused that the Earthly temptations won’t have as strong a pull on us, as we set our hearts and affections on God alone.

So yes, of course the LETTER kills.  Rules and Regulations are condemning, for the sinful flesh fails at keeping rules and regulations and wants to rebel, even as Paul taught.

14-We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin.
15-I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.
Romans 7, NIV

BUT as we learn to live our lives led by The Spirit of God, filled with the fruit of the Spirit of God, keeping on minds on what the Spirit desires, we will see that obeying God’s commands are definitely NOT burdensome.  If we can learn to keep our minds on the glory that is to come, and learn to remember that pleasing God has great benefit in this life and also in the life that is coming, then we can joyfully carry out the commands and desires of the Lord … which is exactly what the New Testament teaches in every letter!

2-This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands.
3-In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome,
4-for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.
1 John 5, NIV

God’s ways will not be burdensome, but we will be encouraged as we grow in holiness, peace, and

We love Him
because He first loved us
1 John 4:19

joy knowing that we are pleasing the Father Who purchased us with the blood of His Son and we will grow in self-control, assurance and in joy as we continually look forward to being made more like Jesus Christ and as we look forward to seeing Him face to Face.   What a glorious day that will be!

3– We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. …
5– But if anyone obeys his word, love for God
is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him:
6– Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did. …

15– Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.
16– For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.
17– The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever. …
28– And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.
29If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him.
1 John 2, NIV

If living for God, by keeping all the commands that He has written for us, is not a joy-filled experience for you I pray that you will start to pray and seek God’s face to make it such for yourself.  Ask Him to help you sanctify your thoughts so that you can see the beauty of purity and holiness and so that you can have your mind steadfastly set on the reward that is coming to those who love purity and long for Christ’s Return.  Meditate on the promised Glory that is coming to those who love God so that the desires and thoughts of sin will have less hold on you.  By doing this you will be making sure that you have a grand entrance into the next life!
5– For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge;
6– and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness;
7– and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.
8– For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9– But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.
10– Therefore, my brothers and sisters,
make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble,
11– and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 1, NIV
Are you ready for Christ’s Return?

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I was excited to read of the future of some cities in Egypt, while doing a daily read in Isaiah today.
Isaiah 19: 18 reads:

On that day five cities in the land of Egypt will speak the language of Canaan (which is HEBREW) and swear loyalty to the LORD of Hosts. One of the cities will be called the City of the Sun. – HCSB(NIV, NLT, ISV AND DRB and others have the translation “The City of the SUN”)

I often google search Biblical names of places to compare the Biblical names with current names, to read the history, and to find the geography of places that I read about in the Bible, and so I was surprised to see that “THE CITY OF THE SUN” is a name still currently used for a City in Egypt.  

I found the City written about in EGYPT TODAY in an Article entitled, “A New Dawn for the City of the Sun?” The Article can be read HERE.

Photo courtesy of
Egypt Today Article entitled:
“A New Dawn for the City of
the Sun?”  July 2012
I don’t know about you as you read my post today, but this prophecy for Egypt made me very happy.  To hear that Egypt (at least some cities in Egypt?) … who are currently experiencing uprisings, a political meltdown, martyrdomcrucifixions, etc, … has a wonderful future.  A bright future where they will not only honor the Lord God of Hosts and His True Messiah, but they will even be protected by God when trouble comes their way:
 
Isaiah 19 —

19- On that day there will be an altar to the LORD in the center of the land of Egypt and a pillar to the LORD near her border.20- It will be a sign and witness to the LORD of Hosts in the land of Egypt. When they cry out to the LORD because of their oppressors, He will send them a savior and leader, and he will rescue them.21-   The LORD will make Himself known to Egypt, and Egypt will know the LORD on that day. They will offer sacrifices and offerings; they will make vows to the LORD and fulfill them. 22 – The LORD will strike Egypt, striking and healing. Then they will return to the LORD and He will hear their prayers and heal them.23- On that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria. Assyria will go to Egypt, Egypt to Assyria, and Egypt will worship with Assyria.24- On that day Israel will form a triple alliance with Egypt and Assyria–a blessing within the land. 25- The LORD of Hosts will bless them, saying, “Egypt My people, Assyria My handiwork, and Israel My inheritance are blessed.”

Yes, after a time of WRATH for Egypt (see my Article HERE in which I write of the prophecies found in Isaiah and other Bible passages which tell of the Wrath of God that will come to Egypt at the End of the Age before Egypt’s turning to the Lord and the Millennial Reign of the Lord Jesus Christ) repentance, and blessing, and even protection by the Lord Himself will be Egypt’s portion.  And as I stated earlier, this prophecy really made me happy!  For doesn’t this show, once again, the great mercy of the Lord to those who are even currently so against Him.  
 
Remember this character trait of the Lord God Almighty as you pray for your currently lost loved ones. God is rich in mercy and is willing to grant repentance even for the most rebellious of hearts!  Praise God for His rich mercy and grace!  
 
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End Notes:
What about other Bible Translations which call this City by another name?
As I went to post the Isaiah 19 Scripture verse for this post, I found that other translations of this verse call this City by another name:    

In that day there will be five cities in the land of Egypt that speak the language of Canaan and swear allegiance to the LORD of hosts. One of these will be called the City of Destruction – ESV (NASB, KJV, ASV, YLT and others have the translation “The City of DESTRUCTION”)

Apparently both names for this city,  named HELIOPOLIS, in Egypt have been used.  
Wikipedia states:

In the time of the major prophetsIsaiah made a reference to the City of the Sun as one of the five cities of Egypt that would come to speak Hebrew.  However he made a wordplay on “city of the sun” (’ir hašemeš) by writing ’ir haheres which literally means “city of destruction”.[8]These play of words were a prophetic description later reinforced by both Jeremiah and Ezekiel.[9] The Hebrew name, Beth-shemesh, whereBeth means “house” and shemesh means “Sun” was also used to describe Heliopolis by Jeremiah. He prophesied this city’s fate specifically when he declared that the king of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar, would shatter the obelisks of Heliopolis and burn the temple of the sun in fire.[10]Jeremiah’s contemporary Ezekiel, reinforced this message by saying that the “young men of Aven (or Beth-Aven) would fall by the sword”. Like Isaiah, Ezekiel also made a word play on the original Hebrew name of Heliopolis that was used in the time of Joseph, the city of On.

Indeed, Heliopolis was almost entirely destroyed as described in a Tour Egypt Article and elsewhere, which also shows us that God’s Words will always be fulfilled.  All of them.  Shouldn’t you therefore prepare yourself to meet the predicted returning Lord Jesus Christ?

Acts 3 —  

18- But what God predicted through the mouth of all the prophets–that His Messiah would suffer–He has fulfilled in this way.

19 – Therefore repent and turn back, so that your sins may be wiped out, that seasons of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, 

20 – and that He may send Jesus, who has been appointed for you as the Messiah. 

21- Heaven must welcome Him until the times of the restoration of all things, which God spoke about by the mouth of His holy prophets from the beginning.

22 – Moses said: The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from among your brothers. You must listen to Him in everything He will say to you.

23 – And everyone who will not listen to that Prophet will be completely cut off from the people.

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Who will be the main characters involved in the Great End Times War, called Armageddon in Revelation 16?

It is shown in Ezekiel 38 that the Lord Himself will cause Russia to come down from the North to invade Israel:

Ezekiel 38: 1 -The word of the Lord came to me: 2 -“Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal; prophesy against him 3 and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. 4 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. 5 Persia, Cush and Put will be with them, all with shields and helmets, 6 also Gomer with all its troops, and Beth Togarmah from the far north with all its troops—the many nations with you.

As seen in the map above, Gog and Magog is currently thought to be Russia, with the Biblical name of Meshech meaning Moscow.

We also see Arab Nations mentioned in this Ezekiel Passage with PERSIA being current day IRAN and with the below map showing us who current day Cush and Put are.

What we see in the Ezekiel 38 Passage above is Russia and the Arab Nations seemingly in an alliance (even as we see in Today’s News Headlines … see HERE for one example).  Daniel 11 also confirms that in the beginning the Arab Nations will be an ally WITH the North (with the North, again, being currently thought of as Russia)…

Daniel 11:
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After some years, they will become allies. The daughter of the king of the South will go to the king of the North to make an alliance, but she will not retain her power, and he and his power will not last.

… but as with all power-hungry tyrants, keeping peace with any other power-seeking ruler will be a hard thing to do as their individual desires for power and dominance will put them at odds with one another eventually, as Daniel predicts:

Daniel 11:

40 “At the time of the end the king of the South will engage him in battle, and the king of the North will storm out against him with chariots and cavalry and a great fleet of ships. He will invade many countries and sweep through them like a flood. 41 He will also invade the Beautiful Land. (The Beautiful Land is Israel / Jerusalem, as seen in Psalm 48:2.)  Many countries will fall, but Edom, Moab and the leaders of Ammon will be delivered from his hand.
42 He will extend his power over many countries; Egypt will not escape. 43 He will gain control of the treasures of gold and silver and all the riches of Egypt, with the Libyans and Nubians in submission. 44 But reports from the east and the north will alarm him, and he will set out in a great rage to destroy and annihilate many. 

It is here in Daniel 11 that we are introduced to trouble starting in the EAST.  As we will see below, Revelation 16 shows that it is the Kings (or Rulers) of the East who also desire to war against Israel and take power.

Is it interesting to you that current news shows that Russia and China have also entered into an agreement with each other for “political co-operation and border security” and that Russia and China are currently supporters of Syria (Last month Russia and China joined forces in their third double veto on the Syrian crisis to strike down a resolution that would have called for an end to the violence and threatened Damascus with sanctions.”), even as Russia is currently supporting Iran’s nuclear rights, however we know from Bible Prophecy that the King(s) of the East will also be engaged in this End Time War and it will not be on the side of Russia:

 Daniel 11:

43 He (the King of the North) will gain control of the treasures of gold and silver and all the riches of Egypt, with the Libyans and Nubians in submission. 44 But reports from the east and the north will alarm him, and he will set out in a great rage to destroy and annihilate many. 

Revelation 16 shows that the “Kings of the East” are indeed characters engaged in the Great End Times War, known also as Armageddon, as seen in the below Passage:

Revelation 16:
12
The sixth angel 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. 13 Then I saw three evil 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. 14 They are spirits of demons performing miraculous 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.  … 16 Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.

To me, the stage does seem to be getting “set” as these key players are making agreements and currently standing up for each other against the other Nations of the World.  By their current support of each other and their current disdain for Israel (see Russia’s accused disdain HERE and China’s HERE) they seem to be playing straight into God’s Hands … or actually God seems to be leading them by the nose straight into His plan:  His plan of His Wrath being poured upon the Earth.  

The Wrath of God is coming people!  It may be closer than some are ready for. But you can prepare yourself and save yourself from the Wrath of God which is coming … even Today!  Won’t you please get yourself ready, Today!?!

Hebrews 3:
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So, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you hear his voice,  8 do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the desert … 12 See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. 
Other interesting facts seen in the above Passages: 

In Revelation 16 we see that:

1 – The River Euphrates will be dried up, so that people from the East can march over it.  See my article HERE which shows the Euphrates has already been drying up at a quick pace, and we see

2 – Demons will be possessing the Rulers, Kings, Presidents of the World in the End!  Terrifying times indeed!

The Nation of Israel will have returned to its homeland

Ezekiel 38 tells the time when this Last Day war would be taking place:

Ezekiel 38: 8 After many days you will be called to arms. In future years you will invade a
land that has recovered from war, whose 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.

We can see that the Ezekiel Prophecies, therefore, are not ones that were fulfilled in years gone by before Israel once again became a Nation.

Another thing found in the above Passages is:

  God brings Glory to His Name through this Terrible War called Armageddon

Ezekiel 38: 16 You will advance against my people Israel like a cloud that covers the land. In days to come, O Gog, I will bring you against my land, so that the nations may know me when I show myself holy through you before their eyes.

And

Ezekiel 39: 7 “‘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. 8 It is coming! It will surely take place, declares the Sovereign Lord. This is the day I have spoken of.

The are at least three ways that I can think of, why such a devastating war will bring glory to God:

1 – Glory to God could come when the war involving all these countries finally takes place and many in the world and/or in Israel might start to believe in the Lord God Almighty of the Bible Who foretold of this coming war, for Bible Prophecy shows that God is alive and knows and handles the future, and Bible Prophecy shows that the God of the Bible interacts with man by foretelling future events.

2 – Glory to God will also come when God shows Himself strong on behalf of Israel and saves such a tiny country from being destroyed by larger countries who have gathered together to destroy her.

3 – And finally, Glory to God will come when Christ sets up rule on Earth and all the peoples of the Earth will be forced to confess, “Jesus is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Romans 14:11, Philippians 2:10 and ISAIAH 45:23!)

The Above Bible Passages Also Show That The Bride of Christ is Separate and Distinct from The Elect of God, who is Israel

Revelation 19 shows that just before the finale of Armageddon, the Wedding Feast of the Bride takes place in Heaven:

Revelation 19:
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Then the angel said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!’” And he added, “These are the true words of God.” 

… and this Feast takes place BEFORE Christ finally returns to Earth to conquer those waring in the Armageddon war and to set up His Throne on Earth.

Revelation 19:9 Then the angel said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!’” And he added, “These are the true words of God.” … 11 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. 12 His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. 13He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. 14 The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. 15Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. 

Again, the Church is seen RETURNING WITH Christ here and they have finished their Wedding Feast, therefore the CHURCH has been taken BEFORE the Wrath of God comes upon the Earth.

From Revelation 19 we see that the conclusion of the Ezekiel 38 & 39 War of Armageddon, takes place WHEN Christ Returns to the Earth, as Revelation continues to read:

17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair, “Come, gather together for the great supper of God, 18 so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and mighty men, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, small and great.” 19 Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against the rider on the horse and his army.

I heard a preacher state that the Great Supper of God (Revelation 19:17) is taking place at the same time that the Marriage Feast of the Lamb is taking place (Revelation 19:9) but I don’t see that here.  I see that when Christ Returns to the Earth and destroys His enemies with the “Word of His Mouth” it is THEN than that the Great Supper of God takes place, where:

Ezekiel 39:
12“‘For seven months the house of Israel will be burying them in order to cleanse the land.
13All the people of the land will bury them, and the day I am glorified will be a memorable day for them, declares the Sovereign Lord.
  … 17 “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. 18 You will eat the flesh of mighty men and drink the blood of the princes of the earth as if they were rams and lambs, goats and bulls—all of them fattened animals from Bashan. 19 At the sacrifice I am preparing for you, (this is why Revelation 19:17 calls it the great supper of God) you will eat fat till you are glutted and drink blood till you are drunk. 20 At my table you will eat your fill of horses and riders, mighty men and soldiers of every kind,’ declares the Sovereign Lord.

Again, Revelation 19 shows that this End Time War … Armageddon … is the war where the Lord Jesus Christ Returns with all His Holy Ones, therefore the Holy Ones (which is Christ’s Holy Church) have been raptured and they are in Heaven with Christ, enjoying the Wedding Feast:
11 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. 12 His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. 13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God.
14 The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.”He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: king of kings and lord of lords. 17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair, “Come, gather together for the great supper of God, 18 so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and mighty men, of
horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, small and great.” 19 Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against the rider on the horse and his army. 20 But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur.  21 The rest of them were killed with the sword that came out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh.
So We See That Armageddon Has Nothing To Do With Christians.
We Won’t Be Here
Christians must remember that this coming End Times War, called Armageddon, AND the Wrath of God is FOR ISRAEL.  It is because of Israel’s sin of rejecting God and His Messiah, that Israel is being punished:
Ezekiel 39:
 23And 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. 24 I dealt with them according to their uncleanness and their offenses, and I hid my face from them
All of this is confirmed by the prophet Jeremiah:
Jeremiah 30:
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This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord:
2 “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Write in a book all the words I have spoken to you.
3 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 forefathers to possess,’ says the Lord.” …  7 How awful that day will be!  None will be like it.  It will be a time of trouble for Jacob,  but he will be saved out of it.  8 “‘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. 9 Instead, they will serve the Lord their God and David their king, whom I will raise up for them. ‘Though I completely destroy all the nations among which I scatter you, I will not completely destroy you. I will discipline you but only with justice; I will not let you go entirely unpunished.’…  24 The fierce anger of the Lord will not turn back until he fully accomplishes the purposes of his heart. In days to come you will understand this.
God has not called CHRISTIANS to suffer under His wrath, for we are saved from wrath and cleansed by the Blood of Messiah.  The End Times Great Tribulation and Armageddon War takes place in Israel and it is because of Israel’s sin!

1 Thessalonians 5:9
For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 5:9
 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!
Revelation 3:10
 Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth.
 Praise God today for His love and mercy shown to us by saving us through Jesus Christ’s dying in our place!!!  And whether you are a Jew or non-Jew reading this Post, you CAN BE SAVED from the Wrath of God which is to come upon the entire Earth!  Simply repent of your sins now and place your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as the One Who took your place for the punishment for your sins!
Acts 2:
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When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Nuclear War Could Be How The Final War Will Be Fought

The end of Ezekiel 38 shows that it will be by hailstones and burning sulfur that Russia, Persia, and the Kings of the East will be destroyed:

Ezekiel 38:
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I will summon a sword against Gog on all my mountains, declares the Sovereign Lord. Every man’s sword will be against his brother.
22 I will execute judgment upon 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.
23 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.

We are given further enlightenment of this passage of Scripture by Peter, who prophecies the following:

2 Peter 3: 7 By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. …  10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. 11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat.

Add to this the passage from Zechariah 14 which tells:

Zechariah 14:

12 This is the plague with which the Lord will strike all the nations that fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will
rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths. 13On that day men will be stricken by the Lord with great panic. Each man will seize the hand of another, and they will attack each other. 14Judah too will fight at Jerusalem. The wealth of all the surrounding nations will be collected—great quantities of gold and silver and clothing.
15A similar plague will strike the horses and mules, the camels and donkeys, and all the animals in those camps.

It is going to be a terrible time!  A terrifying time!  A time of great calamity and war.

Won’t you save yourself NOW before it is too late?  Won’t you save yourself and repent of your sins, before the Wrath of God is unleashed on the Earth?

2 Peter 3:
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Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness. 14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.

In conclusion, it seems that even the Jews are thinking about the Coming War foretold by Ezekiel, as seen in this current News Article found HERE.

I pray this Blog, and this particular Post, encourages you to live today as though Christ will be returning for you tonight!   Blessings and peace to all my readers and may we each have the wisdom to repent and prepare ourselves in holiness for the Rapture of the Church and to be saved from the coming Armageddon War!

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Big Shock …. Iran has been hiding a 2nd uranium enrichment plant.  {See Story below.}

Have the authorities NEVER dealt with bullies or liars, EVER, in their entire lives?

Hasn’t everyone who has ever lived 20 years or longer  come up against an individual who  has a track record of lying or bullying?!

But I guess everyone in the current  UN and the US administration,  and perhaps all the other larger “powers” of the world, have never come across a bully or a liar, ever, in their entire human existence and so are taken by great surprise that Iran has a 2nd plant, which they didn’t disclose.  Oh, such shock and horror.  You mean a dictatorship actually didn’t tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, to the wonderful, forthright, upright powers of the UN and other world leaders?  Quite shocking indeed.

Just keep reading the Bible, Christians.    At least WE won’t be in the dark about the coming days!

2 Peter 3 —

7 By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.

8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.

9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.

11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

AP Iranian President Ahmadinejad

This is a rush transcript from “On the Record,” September 25, 2009. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated. GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: There is disturbing news tonight about Iran’s nuclear program. Iran now admits it has been building, hiding a second uranium enrichment plant. As soon as this news broke, President Obama and the leaders of France and Great Britain blasted Iran for building the site. And the blasting — that was not well received by the Iranian president. He immediately fired back, insisting it is not a secret site, and threatens that the United States and its allies will regret accusing Iran of hiding a nuclear facility. Former U.S. Ambassador the United Nations John Bolton joins us live. That we’ll regret accusing them? What does that mean? JOHN BOLTON, FORMER AMBASSADOR TO THE U.N.: Well, I think he feels in a very strong position. I think he believes he can defeat any sanctions in the Security Council, if the president proceeds with them. Or even if sanctions are adopted by the Council, that they’ll be just as weak as the last three sets (ph). So I think he’s feeling pretty good this week.

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VAN SUSTEREN: Well, have the sanctions that have been imposed so far and the ones likely to be imposed or possibly imposed — do they have any bite to them, any impact?

BOLTON: Well, they certainly have some impact on the institutions or the individuals who are specifically named by the sanctions committee, but those are sort of additional transaction costs for Iran. But the test of sanctions should be, Do they dissuade Iran from continuing its pursuit of nuclear weapons? And the answer on the three sets we have now is unquestionably no.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right, as long as we’re talking — and I mean, we – – the world is talking, they’re building! What’s sort of the timetable? I mean, how — I mean, they want to keep us talking forever so that they can build. How long are we going to be able — or how long are they going to be able to keep us talking?

BOLTON: Well, they’ve succeed so far for nearly seven years keeping the Europeans talking. And as you say, during that time, there’s no question they used it to continue to make progress on the nuclear program. That’s why people who say, What does it hurt to engage in negotiations, don’t understand that, in fact, it can hurt a lot. I think we’re very close to the point where the Israelis are going to make a decision on the possible use of military force that’ll take these negotiations out of the picture.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right, today when we listened to President Obama and others, it was, like, Oh, shock, horror, you know, this is — you know, now we know Iran is doing that. But it turns out that we were on to this a little earlier, is that right?

BOLTON: It’s true according to the administration’s own background briefings after the announcement, which means that everything the president’s been saying about his extended hand to Ahmadinejad and how much he wants to negotiate has to be in context of yet another incident in 20 years of Iran lying about this program. There is not a shred of evidence that you can commit any commitment that Iran makes about its nuclear program, so even if you get to the table and negotiate with them, why do you think they’ll live up to whatever they agree to?

VAN SUSTEREN: Well, why was he willing to say those — make those statements, do you think — I realize you can’t get in his head, but make those statements that he wants to talk to them, or we’re going to have this meeting her on October 1st with a number of nations but — why — why would he — why would he or why would anyone else (INAUDIBLE) doing this if they all know that — and have known for months that they’re building a second nuclear weapons plant?

BOLTON: I have to believe that it’s because he thinks that his ability to negotiate will find a way through this problem, and it’s not the George Bush approach of trying to isolate Iran, that he thinks he can carry it through. In fact, much of what he is doing is built on the mistakes of the Bush administration, which has allowed the European negotiations to go on for so long.

VAN SUSTEREN: So what happens on October 1st? All the nations are supposed to get together for the — the Security Council nations plus Germany and talk to Iran.

BOLTON: I think there are two possibilities. One is that Iran comes in and says, Well, of course, we’ll negotiate about the nuclear program. No problem. It’s entirely peaceful. Then we’re into six months, nine months of negotiation. Once the State Department gets a chance to sit across the table from Iran, it’ll be very hard to get up from that chair.

But second, even if Iran comes in and says, Of course we’re not going to talk about our nuclear program, and the president goes to the Security Council, it is far from certain he can even get another resolution. Today, Russian president Medvedev said, and I quote, “We will consider sanctions.” Now, let’s be clear. That’s what the Russians have said consistently for three years. They’ve never ruled out sanctions. They’ve always said they’d consider them. The problem is, when you get to the point of drafting the resolution, they did very weak and watered down.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right, this really matters to Europe and it really matters to us, not so much, I guess, to Europe, except for that they’re our allies. But it even more importantly matters to Israel. And I — and you touched on it a second ago, but how long can Israel be patient and sort of watch this talking game?

BOLTON: Well, this is extremely important because if the Iranians have an alternative site for uranium enrichment at Qom, which is what they were trying to build here, it’s at least possible that there are further alternative sites that we have not yet confirmed. And this raises the hardest possible question for Israel, that it could attack the Iranian enrichment facility at Natanz and completely destroy it, but still not stop Iran’s progress toward nuclear weapons. So what’s particularly risky here is that the military option itself may now be a lot harder to accomplish.

VAN SUSTEREN: If we were aware of this, you know, we had some inkling (INAUDIBLE) happens, what’s wrong with our intelligence? Do we not have boots on the ground? You know, what happened to sort of getting the old- fashioned intelligence so we can find out really what they have and even find out earlier?

BOLTON: Well, I think our intelligence inside Iran is very weak. We do have — we rely on information from other intelligence services. But I think the basic point is we should acknowledge there’s a lot we don’t know about the Iranian nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. That shouldn’t make us more comfortable, it should make us more nervous. And yet today, the administration again defended the famous 2007 National Intelligence Estimate that said there’s no nuclear weapons program, and yet that’s the entire rationale why we’re concerned about this site at Qom, that it’s an alternative location to do enrichment up to weapons-grade uranium.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right, so what would you do?

BOLTON: Well, I think, at this point, we have exhausted the diplomatic option. I don’t think there’s any chance that sanctions will shift Iranian behavior. I think you have two very unattractive options. One is regime change in Iran, which cannot be turned on and off like a light switch. That’s a matter of a couple years, at least. Or other alternative is the use of military force against the assets in the nuclear program we now know about.

I think that is the decision Israel is confronting as we speak. I think there’s zero chance Obama will do it. I think this now rests with Israel.

VAN SUSTEREN: Ambassador, thank you, sir.

BOLTON: Thank you.

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