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My spirit is grieving over what is happening in America and the World. Here in the US we are watching another report from South Carolina about a horrendous murder scene where Dylann Roof, a 21 years old, took the lives of 9 innocent people. The reasoning behind it is still not fully understood, but authorities point to a young white man, involved with drugs, having issues with anger, hate, racism and according to medical professionals — one who must be dealing with mental illness.
Really? Mental Illness?
At this point, with the amount of savage murders we are experiencing in America and overseas from the radical ISIS Islamist group, do you really believe mental illness is the “root” of this violence?
Can we explain ALL the torture, beheadings, crimes and huge groups of people flocking to join ISIS armies, as being mental illness or is there something else at work here hidden deep behind the scenes? Could we really be dealing with demons?
It is hard to understand someone with mental illness plotting and performing these terrible murders, unless there is a spiritually demonic influence hiding under the guise of mental illness. If we can get past the desensitization of Hollywood Movies and begin to look at the reality of these events being demonic, we might be able to get a grip on what is happening and possibly get help for those who are being tormented and murdered.
But…. Is The Church and/or our culture really ready, willing and able to accept the reality of what The Bible says regarding demons, Hell and Satan?
Some people are beginning to realize something is happening in our world, which is more sinister than just mental illness. More and more on the news channels, I am hearing people say, “These events are “pure evil.” Well, evil belongs to the kingdom of Satan and his demons according to Scriptures.
Is Mental Illness Demonic Oppression and/or Demonic Possession.
Can we tell the difference?
Not, if we don’t believe in demons and the kingdom of Satan?
Reality or Fairytale?
There is a growing and driving force happening today in the souls (mind/will/emotions) of some people who are hearing demonic voices constantly preaching hate, anger, murder and devising horrible crimes in the realm of the imaginations of their minds. Sooner or later there comes a time, when they suddenly “loose it” or “break” and find themselves no longer listening, but actually birthing and living out some these plans in the real world, some even claiming to have no memory of saying or doing vile things.
How many times do you have to listen to someone battering and nagging you to do something over and over again, until you finally break and just do it, just to get peace. You submit. The battle is over, the decision made and now, with a calm and cool attitude, the fruit of that spiritual battle, good or evil spews forth. Notice how drained and/or calm this young man appeared. No more torment or nagging. He is relieved and free, for a time. The Assignment was carried out.
In a demonic battle, Satan has twice the victory, because he will torment a soul to kill and torture others and then, when he has accomplished his goal, the soul he uses may be executed, get locked up in prison or put in a mental institution.
Satan is hidden as all the blame is on the vessel he used, unless this is one of those times, when God gets blamed too. A double treat for Satan and his hoard who live on to target, torment and destroy more souls, especially but not only, the saints.
There can be no explanation of the root of these savage killings happening, except they are from the pit of hell and devised by Satan himself. This has his DNA all over it! Think About It!
Roof admits he shot and killed the people he’d sat with for Bible study at the historically black church, two law enforcement officials said. But, why? To start a race war. That’s what Roof told investigators, according to one of the officials.
My heart hurts at these words, “To start a race war.”
I SAY NO!!!!
In the Name of Yahshua/Jesus, I will not be a part of coming against others because of the color of skin and become a pawn in the hands of Satan. Though there are some people in the world who have an issue with different nationalities, the Church of God does not. We are family.
I am so blessed to see the people who have lost loved ones come forth to forgive this man. Surely they trust the Lord with all their spirit, soul and body to be able to do this. To let the world see the light and love of God working in their hearts — what a testimony of God’s Love, instead of more hate, more anger and more murder. May God be blessed by their forgiveness and prayers over this poor man who Satan used to rob, kill and destroy their friends and family.
And What’s More….
THESE PEOPLE ARE DOING SPIRITUAL WARFARE
AND COMING AGAINST THE PLANS OF THE ENEMY
Plans to have us destroy one another, especially those who are believers.
Notice the attack was in The Church to cause separation, division and murder in God’s House.
Satan loves to mock God and destroy His House and Family
How Do I Know That?
Satan is always trying to copy, counterfeit and pervert that which God has done and is doing.
He is not a creator, he is a destroyer.
In the Bible, God turned Israel’s enemies against themselves and Israel didn’t even have to fight, just collect the spoils. 2 Chronicles 20. (See below) The people came together fell on their faces, the King called a fast, the Prophet’s spoke, the people sang, praised and worshiped and the Lord defeated their enemies by bringing confusion into their camp. They killed each other.
Satan wants to confuse us and copy what God did, so we will kill each other. Selah! (Think About It)
If the enemy of our souls can turn us against each other….black against white, whatever….think about it…..We are so busy fighting each other, the enemy rages and rejoices with more and more killing, more deception and more torture and demons celebrate and enjoy the rage, while many perish because of a lack of knowledge concerning spiritual things. If we fight against ourselves in the House of God, this Nation shall fall from within.
We don’t even suspect or realize what we are really dealing with is a diabolical plan of the devil and his demons taking over and destroying the souls of men, women and our children and hurting God.
Can Satan hurt God’s Heart? Yes, how many of you have children who died before you? It is said that when a child dies, it is as if a piece of you dies. We are made in the image of God, don’t you know when one of His Children are destroyed, He feels that pain too. God is tender toward us and wishes that none would perish. That’s why Jesus came. Because God loved us so much, He gave His only begotten Son for us.
Satan’s plan is to have us destroy each other, especially the Church, by fighting amongst ourselves. In this latest attack by Dylann Roof, he really has no clue of what he did or what happened in the spirit realm, he probably thinks he did all this stuff on his own. The people forgiving him understand, it was not this man, but the demons working through him who killed their loved ones. Satan, the deceiver, is good at taking our focus off him and his deeds. He is the one working in the dark behind the scenes.
It would be good if the world could understand there are two kingdoms in the world, one is good and one is evil. You can tell who is at work by the fruit of the kingdom. Satan revolves around mistaken identity and that is why he is called the great deceiver.
In the old Wild West Days, whenever people were under attack, they would circle the wagons. Shore up all the sides and come together to defend each other and their families. They knew their enemy, they saw him and they worked together to defeat him. We need to help each other today, more than ever before in the history of our Nation.
How do we circle the wagons today, if we think the war is against each other?
Jesus died so there would be the one new man. (Eph 2:15) He brought us all together. There is no Jew, no Greek, No Gentile, No male or female, No white, red, black, tan skin that should be able to separates us if we are one with Him. (Gal 3:28)
He put us all together when He went on the cross. He died and sealed the deal with His Blood. We are the one new man.
It is up to us to come together, all the gentiles (nations), all the peoples to spread the good news, to see, expose and defeat the works and plans of the enemy and save souls for the Kingdom of Heaven.
Yes, there are people in this world who are dealing with a mental illness, however in what we are seeing in our Nation today, maybe along with the medical professionals we need some deliverance ministers to use some spiritual warfare and cast out the demonic beings Satan is using to bring division, destruction and death to God’s People, our Nation and the World.
Lord, let that which is hidden, be exposed and let Your Glory and Your Power shine through Your People. Let us not be deceived by the enemy of our souls and come against each other. Saturate us Father with Your Love, Wisdom and Discernment and bring us closer together as the family You created us to be.
Let Your Kingdom Come Lord and Come Quickly, in the Name of Jesus, The Christ of Nazareth…..Yahshua Hamashiach \o/
2 Chronicles 1-26
20 It came to pass after this also, that the children of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them other beside the Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to battle.
2 Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat, saying, There cometh a great multitude against thee from beyond the sea on this side Syria; and, behold, they be in Hazazontamar, which is Engedi.
3 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.
4 And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the Lord: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord.
5 And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the Lord, before the new court,
6 And said, O Lord God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?
7 Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever?
8 And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying,
9 If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help.
10 And now, behold, the children of Ammon and Moab and mount Seir, whom thou wouldest not let Israel invade, when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them, and destroyed them not;
11 Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit.
12 O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.
13 And all Judah stood before the Lord, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.
14 Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, came the Spirit of the Lord in the midst of the congregation;
15 And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.
16 To morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel.
17 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you.
18 And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the Lord, worshipping the Lord.
19 And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel with a loud voice on high.
20 And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.
21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth for ever.
22 And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.
23 For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another.
24 And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness, they looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped.
25 And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away the spoil of them, they found among them in abundance both riches with the dead bodies, and precious jewels, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away: and they were three days in gathering of the spoil, it was so much.
26 And on the fourth day they assembled themselves in the valley of Berachah; for there they blessed the Lord: therefore the name of the same place was called, The valley of Berachah, unto this day.
The following was a post sent out from two prayer warriors: Martin & Norma Sarvis in Jerusalem. This is not your traditional format for requesting prayer. They are requesting prayers for Netanyahu yes, but then it takes on a whole new perspective. They also included information about Israel, Purim, the reading from a historical document about Esther and sharing things regarding the celebrations included with Purim.
passed down from Norma Sarvis’ ancestors in Belarus.
It is incredible the depth of what is shared in this post. I have never seen a prayer covering like this and it makes me realize how much of a novice I am in regard to prayer. Though the post was sent out on March 2, the information contained is relevant today. Martin and Norma, not only asked for prayer for Mr. Netanyahu, but they took the time to bring forth detailed info regarding the historical Israel culture, personal insight into Mr. Netanyahu’s understanding of the responsibility upon his shoulders for his Nation, political savy as to the climate of the US Government and other noted World Leaders and Nations regarding his speech, the timing of his visit and his need to seek the Lord before he came.
I pray you will be blessed at the cultural information, the insight into Mr. Netanyahu as a leader of Israel, the focus on his speech and travel, the requests for prayer, including the one asking for Fear of the Lord to rest upon him. Plus, after the references list, note the teachings from the Torah.
I am reminded of the disciples when they asked Jesus to teach them how to pray. This is an exceptional teaching example of people bringing forth a prayer covering for Mr. Netanyahu, in which we can glean valuable insight. I am truly blessed the Lord sent this post through one of his servants to share with me (us).
I pray you will take the time to read through this post.
That it is not one (enemy) alone that stood up against us to destroy us.
But that in each generation there are those standing up against us to destroy us
SAVES US FROM THEIR HAND!
From ancient times there has been a weekly portion (Parasha) from the first five books of Moses (The Torah) and an ending (Haftarah) from the Prophets read on the Sabbath in synagogues around the world. This portion is given a Hebrew name drawn from the opening words of the Torah passage.An illustration of this practice appears to have been recorded in Luke 4:16 where Yeshua (Jesus) arrived in the synagogue in Nazareth and was asked to read the portion (Isaiah 61) from the Prophets.
We have found that in perusing these weekly readings, not only are we provided opportunity to identify in the context of God’s Word with millions of Jewish people around the world, but very often the Holy Spirit will illumine specific passages pertinent that week in our intercession for the Land and people of Israel. All texts are those of English translations of the Scriptures.
*Exodus 31:2-5.“See, I have called by name Betzalel.and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom in intelligence, in knowledge, and in all craftsmanship, to design artistic works.and I, indeed I, have appointed with him Aholiav.and in the heart of all gifted artisans [Heb: wise-hearts] I have put wisdom to make all I have commanded.”
*Exodus 31:17.“It [i.e. the Sabbath] is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever; for in six days YHVH made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He ceased work and was refreshed.”
We should be cautious about saying things like “Although God ceased work on the seventh day, it wasn’t because he was tired and in need of a rest, etc.” Of course there are mysteries here deeper than we can understand; nevertheless, this passage states clearly that on the seventh day God “ceased work and was refreshed.” The word for “refreshed” literally could be rendered “was souled”. So David could confidently speak of the LORD as One who intimately understands his weary servant’s needs so as to “restore my soul!” (Psalm 23:3).
*Exodus 32:1-5, 19. The children of Israel were a people sovereignly chosen and set-apart by God. Last week we saw how from among these people Aaron and his house were themselves chosen to minister before the LORD as His priests (Exodus 28:1). And of course, Moses was raised up from birth to oversee and lead the people. Yet it will become abundantly clear in this reading that none of these callings, choosings and positionings were because of the righteousness of the people; alas, all are under sin (Romans 3:9). That will have to be faced, acknowledged and dealt with.
*Exodus 32:11-13.“Then Moses pleaded with the LORD his God [Hebrew: ‘yearned after the face of YHVH his God’]and said, ‘LORD, why does Your wrath burn hot against Your people.Turn from Your fierce wrath and relent from this harm to Your people. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, Your servants to whom You swore by Your own self, and said to them, “I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven; and all this land that I have spoken of I give to your seed, and they shall inherit it forever.”‘”
*Exodus 33:7-11.“Moses took his tent and pitched it outside the camp, far from the camp, and called it the ‘tent of meeting’. And it came to pass that everyone who sought the LORD went out to the tent of meeting which was outside the camp.And it came to pass, when Moses entered the tent, that the pillar of cloud descended and stood at the door of the tent, and talked with Moses.So the LORD spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. And he would return to the camp, but his servant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, did not depart from the tent.”
The LORD had given instructions regarding the disposition of the Mishkan (Dwelling Place/Tabernacle) so that He might meet at appointed times with a representative of His people. But here, Moses prepares a place so that he or anyone else might choose to make his own appointed meetings with God-and God honored those times with His presence. Although His face would not be seen (vs 20), He nevertheless met face to face with those who chose to draw near. Alas, besides Moses, only Joshua (who would one day be prepared to lead Israel into Canaan) appears to have taken advantage of this wonderful opportunity.
*Exodus 33:15.“Then he said to Him, ‘If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here.”
Here the word “presence” is literally “Face”. Psalm 44:3 says, “It was not by our sword that we took the land, nor did our arm bring us the victory; it was your right hand, your arm, and the Light of Your Face, for You loved us!”
*Exodus 33:13, 18.“Now therefore, I pray, if I have found grace in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You and that I may find grace in Your sight. And consider that this nation is Your people..Please, show me Your glory.”
*Exodus 33:21-22.“And the LORD said, ‘Here is a place by Me, and you shall stand on the rock. So it shall be, while My glory passes by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock, and will cover you with My hand while I pass by.
*Exodus 34:6-7.“YHVH, YHVH-Elohim, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in loving kindnesss and truth (Hebrew: chesed v’emet), keeping loving kindness for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin.”
[The Torah and Haftarah portions for next week 8-14 March 2015 consist of three parts. A “double reading”: I.VaYakhel-“And He Assembled”: TORAH: Exodus 35:1-38:20; II. P’kudei-“Accountings Of”: TORAH: Exodus 38:21-40:38. III. Shabbat Parah: TORAH: Numbers 19:1-22. HAFTARAH: Ezekiel 36:16-38.]
Life is certainly getting complicated. Here are two articles that are extremely relevant to The Church, our families, you and I. May The Lord intercede for us and our Nation.
Please watch the video below, which is related to the following article and check out the second article, from Charisma Magazines Michael Brown.
Here what happened in Washington state:
The Obama administration is solidly behind the move to open locker room doors to some members of the opposite sex.
- President Obama signed the U.N. Declaration on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity;
- The White House hosted the first-ever meeting with transgender activists;
- The Department of State made it easier for transsexuals to change the sex indicated on passports;
- The U.S. Justice Department sided with a transsexual individual in an employment discrimination suit against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives;
- The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled for the first time last year that “gender identity or expression” in the workplace is protected under federal civil rights law;
- The Office of Personnel Management inserted “gender identity” for the first time into its federal workplace anti-discrimination policy;
- The American Psychiatric Association removed “gender identity disorder” from its list of mental health ailments in late 2012, a move some regarded as a lifting of the social stigma attached to transsexual behavior.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/10/major-u-s-city-demands-oversight-of-sermons/#5WcdheGklaX4mMBJ.99
Pastors of Houston, Shout It From the Rooftops This Sunday
The Word of the Lord for the Hebrew Year 5775
“This day is designated by God’s word as an appointed time. It begins on the First day of seventh Hebraic month according to Leviticus 23:23-25. As most people understand the beginning of the year to be January 1st that date is based upon the Gregorian calendar, but according to God’s word the New Year or the Head of the year begins on the first date of Tishri based on the Hebrew calendar.”
The last several weeks have been filled with things happening in the natural and in the spirit. We are all reading and watching things swirling around Israel and their surrounding neighbors with Hamas, ISIS and our United States. The enemy of our souls and the arrogant evil of the flesh of men and women seems to have escalated to a new level.
Rick Joyner recently shared two dreams he experienced. One was of Heaven and the second he has referred to as “The Gates of Hell are Open.” I watched him sharing his thoughts regarding the second dream and found myself uneasy with his words. I admire Rick and much of the work the Lord has done through him in prophetically equipping and training people to rise up and take their place in the Army of the Lord. There is no doubt he is calling us to wake up, one of the duties of the Prophets.
I struggled to put my finger on what I was bothering me so, I held back releasing the link to you regarding his dream. I sense you and I already know the seriousness of the hour we are living in and this is not a time for us to let fear reign. This is the time we were called and created for. Maybe this is that, which was spoken of. The time when age, sex, race, denomination, political status, none of this matters. What matters is that we rise up in unity and one accord into the place of authority and power the Lord gave us a long time ago.
I pray the Lord will continue to move through Rick and gird him up with strength, peace and insight through the Holy Spirit for strategic plans to defeat what he saw and whatever is coming against us.
And according to the Bible, we know there are wars and hard times coming, we just don’t know when all these things are going to happen. We are told to look for the signs, but no matter, if we hold fast to our faith, The Lord is with us and He is All Powerful, All Knowing and, He is Everywhere. He is the One True God, The Creator of Everything!
If these are the times mentioned where our Lord will be coming back soon, then so be it! (Selah)
If this is the time, in preparation of His coming where we need to rise up, walk on water and in power to stop evil and bring forth the Glory of His Church and be witnesses of Him to save lost souls, then so be it! (Selah)
This is not a time to be fearful, but a time to be watchful and prepare yourself to be ready for whatever God wants to do through you.
Fear immobilizes, Faith energizes.
You want your destiny? Rise up and get ready to take it. Take time to draw closer to God and listen for His Instruction. Turn your ear to Heaven and Hear. Draw back from the voice of the World shouting and seeking to clog your ears and steal your spiritual vision.
You and I were born for such a time as this and to come together. Let us walk in Power and in the Word. It is written:
No Weapon Formed Against You Shall Prosper and I am hearing,
“But, She Will”
Our weapons of warfare are not carnal to the pulling down of strongholds, principalities and powers.
The Lord will use America’s Prayers and Power to defeat evil in the spirit and in the natural.
I am posting the Rick Joyner link below, because of the following article from Tim Sheets, “Great Revival Fire Will Now Begin To Burn.” I pray your spirit will not bow to the spirit of fear and hopelessness. God is not dead. He is on the Throne and He is beginning to Roar through His Saints, not as a lamb, but as the Lion of Judah. Behold He Is Coming…….
Great Revival Fire Will Now Begin To Burn
10:00AM EDT 9/23/2014
“They will move forward in My power. They will manifest their rights as sons and daughters of God ruling and reigning with Me. As intended, My heirs are stepping from the shadows of cultural bondage. They shall now display disdain of enemy princes, mights, thrones, dominions and rulers of darkness. No longer will they compromise in shared rule; no longer settling for cohabitation, no longer accepting shared occupancy.
“Passive appeasement has now been replaced with backbones of steel, lips set on fire with Holy ingots, and a shout of the King is in their voice indeed. Jericho’s shout decree is in their mouth. Determined faith shall now be seen in My faithful ones as they march to remove demon philosophies and doctrines of devils from the land. No shared rule,” says the Lord.
“Because your cries have come before Me, because you have pursued My Presence,” says the Lord, “because your worship has become sweet savor—the Lord of angel armies decrees over His remnant people, you shall now begin reality church—no more acting, no more actors, no more pretending. Real church, real disciples, real Christianity, real worship, real power, real glory, real miracles, real healings. It is ordained reality church.
“I am now removing arrows shot into My royal priesthood. Arrows of betrayal, arrows of Jezebel, arrows of Absalom, arrows of deceit and gossip borne by lying spirits, arrows shot by those bound by religious demons. I Your God am removing arrows. You will be free. You will be healed. You will be restored, and you will be on fire with My Presence for I have said ‘I will make My ministers a flame of fire.’ It is ordained, your place of pain shall now be gain, and where you reign you will rise and rule with Me.
I thought you might like to know the following information. My spirit caught the “Live
Stream coming forth in October From Jerusalem regarding the “Feast of Tabernacles.” Blessings, bon
Sunday Pastor Limus spoke about the “Shemitah.” Here is some information about the Shemitah. A book is also available from Jonathan Kahn who wrote the book, Harbinger. Blessings, bon
Sunday Pastor Limus spoke about the “Shemitah.” Here is some information about the Shemitah. A book is also available from Jonathan Kahn who wrote the book, Harbinger. Blessings, bon
Now that Syria has become a player in the War in the Middle East,
there is Bible prophecy concerning the city of Damascus in Isaiah 17.
In the Last Days, Damascus will become a ruinous heap.
How far away in time is that?
Attached is an article that may prove interesting:
In the last days, the Bible tells us, a horrible series of events will take place in the lands of Israel and Syria. One of these events is the disappearance of Damascus as one of the premiere cities in the world. The oldest continuously inhabited city on the planet, Damascus has witnessed at least five thousand years of human history, and some historians believe the city actually dates back to the seventh millennium bc. In fact, Paul was on the road to Damascus when Christ first appeared to Him, an event that transformed not only his life, but the course of human history.
In the very near future, Damascus will once again play a major role in human events. The prophet Isaiah provides us with God’s commentary on a future conflict between Damascus and Israel, and in so doing, He reveals certain prophecies that have been partially fulfilled in the past. However, the ultimate fulfillment of Isaiah 17 remains in the future. The current existence of Damascus, which will one day cease to be a city, as well as the historical absence of the coalition of nations prophesied to attack Israel and be destroyed by God, is proof that Isaiah 17 prophesies events yet future.
This is what God revealed to the prophet Isaiah:
“This message came to me concerning Damascus: â€˜Look, Damascus will disappear! It will become a heap of ruins. The cities of Aroer will be deserted. Sheep will graze in the streets and lie down unafraid. There will be no one to chase them away. The fortified cities of Israel will also be destroyed, and the power of Damascus will end. The few left in Aram will share the fate of Israel’s departed glory,’ says the Lord Almighty” (Isaiah 17:1-3, NLT).
These opening verses paint a bleak picture. The city of Damascus will become a heap of ruins, utterly destroyed. Few, if any, buildings will be left standing. The once great city will be devoid of human life and will become home to all manner of wildlife in the absence of humans to chase them away.
According to these verses, the cities of Aroer, which are located on the northern bank of the Arnon River just east of the Dead Sea, will also be deserted. However, the passage doesn’t say they will be destroyed in the same manner as Damascus, just that they will be deserted. It may be that people simply flee these cities out of fear.
In addition, many of the fortified cities in northern Israel will also be destroyed. The few who remain in Aram, thirty-eight miles south southeast of Damascus, will share the fate of these northern Israeli cities.
“In that day the glory of Israel will be very dim, for poverty will stalk the land. Israel will be abandoned like the grain fields in the valley of Rephaim after the harvest. Only a few of its people will be left, like the stray olives left on the tree after the harvest. Only two or three remain in the highest branches, four or five out on the tips of the limbs. Yes, Israel will be stripped bare of people,’ says the Lord, the God of Israel” (Isaiah 17:4-6, NLT).
The breadth and scope of destruction is clearly illustrated as God describes the Israeli landscape as stripped bare of people. Only a small fraction of people either choose to stay in the land or else survive what is a massive holocaust, leaving only a few inhabitants who struggle in poverty.
“Then at last the people will think of their Creator and have respect for the Holy One of Israel. They will no longer ask their idols for help or worship what their own hands have made. They will never again bow down to their Asherah poles or burn incense on the altars they built” (Isaiah 17:7-8, NLT).
As a result of this event, the people of Israel will once again turn to God Almighty. Currently, the nation of Israel is predominantly secular in nature. Other biblical passages infer that this will change as the prophesied rebuilding of the Temple in the last days indicates a spiritual resurgence among the Jews of Israel. Nevertheless, this passage clearly indicates the people of Israel will turn away from all false idols and gods.
Knowing that this will happen, we must ask: Why does it happen? The answer is found in the verses that follow:
“Their largest cities will be as deserted as overgrown thickets. They will become like the cities the Amorites abandoned when the Israelites came here so long ago. Why? Because you have turned from the God who can save youâ€”the Rock who can hide you. You may plant the finest imported grapevines, and they may grow so well that they blossom on the very morning you plant them, but you will never pick any grapes from them. Your only harvest will be a load of grief and incurable pain” (Isaiah 17:9-11, NLT).
The devastation that overshadows Israel will come about because Israel has “turned from the God who can save them.” All the hard work performed prior to this event will be lost. Those who have been distracted by the things of this world will be disappointed, for they have forgotten God, and by putting faith in the things of this world, they will ultimately be disappointed. Their only harvest will be “a load of grief and incurable pain.” This grief will be brought to a climax when, in the midst of their suffering, the nation of Israel faces an imminent invasion:
“Look! The armies rush forward like waves thundering toward the shore. But though they roar like breakers on a beach, God will silence them. They will flee like chaff scattered by the wind or like dust whirling before a storm. In the evening Israel waits in terror, but by dawn its enemies are dead. This is the just reward of those who plunder and destroy the people of God” (Isaiah 17:12-14, NLT).
While Syria and Israel lie in ruin, the enemies of Israel will view her suffering as an opportunity to invade, their ultimate goal to destroy her forever. However, God has a different plan in mind, and He will destroy these invaders Himself. A more in-depth illustration of this attack is foreseen in Psalms 83:
“O God, don’t sit idly by, silent and inactive! Don’t you hear the tumult of your enemies? Don’t you see what your arrogant enemies are doing? They devise crafty schemes against your people, laying plans against your precious ones. â€˜Come,’ they say, â€˜let us wipe out Israel as a nation. We will destroy the very memory of its existence.’ This was their unanimous decision.
They signed a treaty as allies against youâ€”these Edomites and Ishmaelites, Moabites and Hagrites, Gebalites, Ammonites, and Amalekites, and people from Philistia and Tyre. Assyria has joined them, too, and is allied with the descendants of Lot. Do to them as you did to the Midianites or as you did to Sisera and Jabin at the Kishon River. They were destroyed at Endor, and their decaying corpses fertilized the soil. Let their mighty nobles die as Oreb and Zeeb did. Let all their princes die like Zebah and Zalmunna, for they said, â€˜Let us seize for our own use these pasturelands of God!’
O my God, blow them away like whirling dust, like chaff before the wind! As a fire roars through a forest and as a flame sets mountains ablaze, chase them with your fierce storms; terrify them with your tempests. Utterly disgrace them until they submit to your name, O Lord. Let them be ashamed and terrified forever. Make them failures in everything they do, until they learn that you alone are called the Lord, that you alone are the Most High, supreme over all the earth” (Psalms 83, NLT).
So how do we know that Psalms 83 describes the same scene envisioned in Isaiah 17? Let’s compare the two. Here’s how the intentions of Israel’s enemies are described:
Plunder & Destruction
“This is the just reward of those who plunder and destroy the people of God”
(Isaiah 17:14, NLT).
“They devise crafty schemes against your people, laying plans against your precious ones. â€˜Come,’ they say, â€˜let us wipe out Israel as a nation. We will destroy the very memory of its existence.’ This was their unanimous decision”
(Psalms 83:3-5, NLT).
“For they said, â€˜Let us seize for our own use these pasturelands of God!'”
(Psalms 83:12, NLT).
Here’s how the fate of Israel’s enemies is described:
“They will flee like chaff scattered by the wind or like dust whirling before a storm”
(Isaiah 17:13, NLT).
“O my God, blow them away like whirling dust, like chaff before the wind!”
(Psalms 83:13, NLT).
From the description of their fate alone, it is reasonable to conclude that the armies of Isaiah 17:12 are the same nations that sign a treaty against the Lord in Psalms 83:5-8. Below is a list of those nations and their modern geographical equivalents:
Edomites = Jordan / Parts of the West Bank
Ishmaelites = The Arab people
Moabites = Jordan / Parts of the West Bank
Hagrites = Jordan / The Arab people
Gebalites = Lebanon
Ammonites = Jordan
Amalekites = Southern Israel / Gaza
Philistia = Gaza
Tyre = Lebanon
Assyria = Syria / Parts of Turkey and Iraq
The Descendants of Lot = Jordan
By studying the geographical history of these ancient people and places, we can uncover which nations they currently compose. According to Psalms 83, in the aftermath of the destruction of northern Israel and Damascus, Israel will be invaded by armies from Jordan, the West Bank, Lebanon, Syria, and Gaza. All of these locations are heavily populated by the enemies of Israel today.
An Expanding War?
But are the nations cited in Psalms 83 the only nations involved in this attack? It’s quite possible that additional conspirators are named in the book of Ezekiel. Isaiah 17 and Psalms 83 might well foreshadow the war of Gog and Magog.
In Ezekiel 38-39, an enormous coalition of nations, “a vast and awesome horde”â€”will roll down on Israel “like a storm and cover the land like a cloud” (38:9, NLT). This prophesied future war in Ezekiel has many similarities to Isaiah 17:12-14. Both prophets foresee a time when enemy armies rush toward Israel while she awaits unprepared. Both prophets foresee God’s instantaneous destruction of Israel’s enemies. And in both scenarios, the marching armies intend to plunder and destroy the people of Israel:
“You will say, Israel is an unprotected land filled with unwalled villages! I will march against her and destroy these people who live in such confidence!'” (Ezekiel 38:11, NLT).
“But Sheba and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish will ask, â€˜Who are you to rob them of silver and gold? Who are you to drive away their cattle and seize their goods and make them poor?'” (Ezekiel 38:13, NLT).
Plunder & Destruction
“This is the just reward of those who plunder and destroy the people of God” (Isaiah 17:14, NLT). Could the events predicted in Isaiah 17 and Psalms 83 be a catalyst for the war of Gog and Magog prophesied in Ezekiel 38-39? Although it is not a certainty, the possibility cannot be completely ruled out.
Looking at today’s geopolitical landscape, it’s not difficult to envision the scenario outlined in Isaiah 17 and Psalms 83. Syria has been adamant in its demand that Israel surrender the Golan Heights, threatening war if Israel fails to comply. Meanwhile, the summer 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah has apparently convinced leaders in Damascus that Syria can be victorious in a conflict with Israel by simply overwhelming the tiny nation with rocket attacks. From a greater perspective, it has convinced the entire Islamic world that Israel isn’t the militarily invincible nation it once thought.
Syria’s rocket technology is far more advanced than that deployed by Hezbollah, and Syria is known to possess chemical weapons, including the highly lethal VX and Sarin gases. If Syria miscalculates and attacks Israel with these weapons, the Israeli response will be swift and devastating. Israel is armed with nuclear weapons, and if its survival is put in question, it will not hesitate to use them.
If this happens, a mortally wounded Israel will become an irresistible target for her enemies. The surrounding Muslim nations will see an opportunity to destroy her, while Russia will see an opportunity to seize the upper hand in the oil-rich Middle East.
Today, the most virulent enemies of Israel reside in the very places named in Psalms 83–Hamas in Gaza, the Palestinians in the West Bank and Jordan, Hezbollah in Lebanon, and the Syria leadership and its Axis of Evil partners in the city of Damascus.
As of this writing, the conditions are ripe for the fulfillment of Isaiah 17 and Psalms 83, paving the way for the Rapture of the church and the beginning of the Tribulation. In light of such developments, we should zealously preach the gospel of Christ to all who will listen, for the hour is late, and the return of Christ is near.
Britt Gillette is founder of BrittGillette.Com, a website examining the relationship between Bible prophecy and emerging trends in technology. For more information or to sign up for his email alerts, please visit http://www.brittgillette.com.
Merva sent me a note from some of her prayer groups who have missionaries over in the front lies dealing with ISIS. I felt led to share it with you so that we will all know the seriousness of seeking the Lord for His Protection for not only Christians, but the general populace as well. The Word I hear in my spirit is “extermination.” Let this NOT BE!
Father God I thank You for raising up Your Intercessors and Your Warriors to come forth as a mighty army as never seen before. Let not the plans of the enemy slip by the spiritual lines of Your Church. In the Name of Yahshua I speak a hedge up of holiness and righteousness before the face of the enemy of our souls and I release the Word of the Lord that No weapon formed against us shall prosper. Let the enemy feel the Hand of the Lord and His Army and cease and desist in the evil they are seeking to spread across the World.
I speak Life and Light against that which is Dark and Death. In the Name of Yahshua/Jesus. Thank You Father God.
All Church-Members & Non Members at Alexandria Covenant Church
Message from: Cheri Timm
Alexandria Covenant Church Family
Sharing an email we received here at church from one of our members.
On Sat, Sep 13, 2014 at 11:43 AM, Grace Fellowship <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
We recently received these two emails from missionary friends, one yesterday and one this morning. I pass it on so that people can pray specifically for our brothers and sisters.
This is so sad. A friend from Ohio just got a text message from her brother asking her to shower him and his parish in prayer. He is part of a mission team and ISIS has taken over the town they are in today. He said ISIS is systematically going house to house to all the Christians and asking the children to denounce Jesus. He said so far not one child has. And so far all have consequently been killed. But not the parents. The UN has withdrawn and the missionaries on their own. They are determined to stick it out for the sake of the families – even if it means their own deaths. He is very afraid, has no idea how to even begin ministering to these families who have seen their children martyred. Yet he says he knows God has called him for some reason to be his voice and hands at this place at this time. Even so, he is begging prayers for his courage to live out his vocation in such dire circumstances. And like the children accept martyrdom if he is called to do so. She asked me to ask everyone we know to please pray for them. These brave parents instilled such a fervent faith in their children that they chose martyrdom. Please surround them in their loss with your prayers for hope and perseverance. She was able to talk to her brother briefly by phone. She didn’t say it but I believe she believes it will be their last conversation. Pray for her too. She said he just kept asking her to help him know what to do and do it. She told him to tell the families we ARE praying for them and they are not alone or forgotten — no matter what. Her e mail broke my heart. Please keep all in your prayers.Thanks
This came this morning…
Just a few minutes ago I received the following text message on my phone from Sean Malone who leads Crisis Relief International (CRI). We then spoke briefly on the phone and I assured him that we would share this urgent prayer need with all of our contacts.
“We lost the city of Queragosh (Qaraqosh). It fell to ISIS and they are beheading children systematically. This is the city we have been smuggling food too. ISIS has pushed back Peshmerga (Kurdish forces) and is within 10 minutes of where our CRI team is working. Thousands more fled into the city of Erbil last night. The UN evacuated it’s staff in Erbil. Our team is unmoved and will stay. Prayer cover needed!”
Please pray sincerely for the deliverance of the people of Northern Iraq from the terrible advancement of ISIS and its extreme Islamic goals for mass conversion or death for Christians across this region.
May I plead with you not to ignore this email. Do not forward it before you have prayed through it. Then send it to as many people as possible. Send it to friends and Christians you may know. Send it to your prayer group. Send it to your pastor and phone him/her to pray on Sunday during the service – making a special time of prayer for this. We need to stand in the gap for our fellow Christians.
“And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercifully and to walk humbly with your God.” -Micah 6:8
We Pray: Let the One Holy Christian Church cry out to God Almighty this prayer of the Saints and Martyrs from Revelation 6 “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?”
Lord, we find this Word from the Lord to be our strength and our salvation because it speaks of God’s final word over and above all evil, hatred, suffering, persecution and death.
The killing and murder of innocent Christians, whose blood is spilled for Christ’s sake will not be spilled in vain. O Lord, You will indeed avenge the blood of those who are martyred for the sake of Your holy name. And so, indeed we do pray with the whole Church, come quickly Lord Jesus!
Alexandria Covenant Church