“…All they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.” Matthew 26:52
When you think about this passage, you can’t help but look back throughout history and see nations with ambitious leaders reaching pinnacles of power through conquest of other nations, then ultimately fading into the pages of history. Assyria, Babylon, Persia, Greece and Rome quickly come to mind, and in modern times, there was France under Napaleon, Germany, first under Kaiser William, then Hitler, Austria-Hungary under the Hapsburg Dynasty, Italy under Mussolini and the Japanese under its military rulers. Even the British Empire, built up more through colonization than conquest, has all but disinigrated through the efforts of evil men wanting to establish the ultimate empire, a worldwide one.
Today, we have Russia, which Bible students know was turned back, as prophesied by Ezekiel in Chapter 38:4, when she lost her satellite countries, but is still awaiting the hooks in her jaw to bring her forward again into battle. A leopard never changes its spots, nor has Russia lost her desire for conquest. China is rapidly becoming a military and economic giant, with a seemingly great thirst for conquest. India too is becoming a giant among countries and Mid-East nations are longing for revenge. What is common amongst all these powers is a total contempt for the Western Israel nations and for the Modern Israeli State, seen as a partner of the west.
Then we have Britain and America and what can we make of them? It is clear to everyone now that over the past decade, particularly in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and elsewhere, they have become aggressor nations, with a huge price tag being paid by their soldiers and their taxpayers. The prize is oil and markets and her ambitious rulers are coveting those markets with an eye for more power and prosperity for the ruling class of corporate giants and the select group of politicians.
… Russia, with its return to centralization, China, thirsting for power and the Islam world, looking for revenge,…
So sad, because True Israel’s God given role was to be the defender against evil aggression, always the defender of righteousness. You see, despite our many faults and backsliding for the past two thousand years, it has been the Christian Anglo-Saxon world that has stood against evil nations and while often alone and overwhelmingly outnumbered, we have fought for the freedom of man’s spirit wherever it was challenged. Not so now. Going against God, as we have, will bring about His warning that we shall be scourged with rods for our backsliding, meaning that we shall pay a price for what we are now doing.
The Anglo-Saxon world has been dominant for so long that we fail to see the combined might of other nations creeping up on us. It has been so conditioned that we cannot see the forest for the trees, that is, the rot that is taking place internally. We can deny it and pretend the relative prosperity we still enjoy, as a result of our nations living far beyond our means, is a sign of our unassailable strength. We can continue to think we are doing the right thing by declaring the equality of all gods or boost political correctness in the face of all evidence to the contrary. We can continue to shut our eyes to the wisdom of the Bible or continue to water down that wisdom in an attempt to prove we are compassionate people. But, the old expression, “the jig is up” should be plainly on the lips of every Israelite and every Israelite should be on their knees praying for forgiveness.
Of course, despite those who believe there is a huge revival coming, Israelites won’t go to their knees until catastrophe strikes, that is, the scourging with rods for our backsliding and dangerous ways. It always amazed me that our Christian leaders have shut their eyes to what is going on in the world and how it is affecting our nations. Yet, as Lamentations 2: 9 tells us, “her prophets obtain no vision from the Lord” or Psalm 74: 9 says, “We do not see our symbols; there is no longer any prophet…”
In past articles, I’ve mentioned Ezekiel 7 but let’s review just three of the significant passages of this chapter.
- Verse 23 “….for the land is full of bloody crimes, and the city is full of violence.”
- Verse 12 “The time is come, the day draweth near”
- Verse 8 “Now will I shortly pour out my fury upon thee, and accomplish mine anger upon thee: and I will judge thee according to thy ways, and will recompense thee for all thine abominations.”
So, even though God said, ‘Ye are My people. Ye shall not perish from the face of the earth,’ we are in for a thumping and later in Ezekiel 38, God identifies the nations He will use as His instrument. We have to ask, “Is He making them ready now?” “Has He given them a collective power far beyond anything True Israel has encountered in its history?” “Could Russia, with its return to centralization, China, thirsting for power and the Islam world, looking for revenge, even come together in a co-operative effort, given their differing motivating factors?” “Would they be daft enough to come against the most formidable military power ever known?” “Or has God a little surprise ahead for Britain and America that could lead to an unplanned weakening of our military strength?” Certainly the three middle east wars must be sapping a great deal of military armaments that are only being replaced through more debilitating debt.
Somehow God has it all planned. All we have been provided with are signs. We could be misjudging the signs of today just as Israelites before us thought the signs were right in their day. Yet, the world today seems closer to Biblical prophesy than ever before and because our stewards have failed to stay aligned with God’s Word, they just can’t see the danger that is strewn along the road ahead.
Still, there must to be a trigger to begin the whole sordid mess, perhaps a dual one. On the one side, horrendous weather conditions and natural disasters are battering the Israel nations, particularly America, sapping huge amounts of capital and crippling some industries. Hurricane Irene looks to be the forerunner of a frightening hurricane season and one has to wonder if this is this just a small sample of God’s fury being directed our way.
Gadaffi looks like he is on the way out in Libya, Egypt is thought to be tamed, Iraq has its puppet government, other Mid-East nations are being assailed, including Syria. Like the Russians before them, the Allies are not yet successful in Afghanistan but they keep pressing on, despite the huge financial and human cost. Yet, to make the package complete, the big plum is still Iran and the NWO crowd who seem to control our destiny continue to manufacture or magnify reasons to make that country the next target. But, Iran is not like Libya, or Syria, or Iraq, but I think represents the greatest danger to True Israel since the Assyrians sent their forces to subdue our descendants twenty-seven centuries ago. If we continue our aggression to that corner of the globe, we must consider the possibility that Russia and China, who have vast interests in Iran, and other Mid-East countries seething with hate against the West, will no longer be content to remain on the sidelines? History has taught that aggressor nations invariably go one step too far and/or destruct from within. It sure looks like Britain and America are both suffering from this malady.
We have to ask ourselves, “Will an unwise intrusion into Iran be the prelude to the final conflict?” The only thing we can say for certain is that the 6 days or 6,000 years from the fall of Adam have now expired and we should be looking for the promised ending. A couple of months ago, we depicted how August 2011 was forty [a period of probation] years from the time President Nixon cut the ties between gold and the dollar and it’s interesting to witness the gyrations in the markets and the renewed signs of recession. We have to ask ourselves if what has been left of the good days is now behind us and what is in front are tribulations of even greater magnitude.
Fortunately, we who have opened our hearts to our Saviour Jesus Christ will be under His protection. This is His promise to us. A good idea, after reflecting on the dire condition of today’s world, might be to daily absorb Psalm 91, which begins with these words: “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.”
How wonderful it is to know that we are at that moment in history when the six days of labour have expired, as have the two days since Jesus’ First Advent and that the prophecies of the Apostles, the Prophets and Jesus Christ Himself are revealing themselves like never before.