Events happening in the Middle East were foretold long ago in the Bible – Whether you Believe or disbelieve, Christ is coming – be prepared.
No other nation on earth has been scattered throughout the world as prophesied, persecuted and taunted as prophesied and returned after 2,ooo years to become a nation
But this is only part of the story – they are surrounded by Arab nations who have been trying to ‘wipe them off the face of the earth’ as prophesied. God knew the Arab hatred of the Jews would be perpetual and empowered the returned Jews to have firepower over their enemies as a witness that He is in control. The seemingly miraculous victories of Israel in all their wars since 1948 were because God allowed the Jews to win. They are the ‘2 witnesses’ of Revelation 11 – ‘in sackcloth’/ mourning because of the holocaust but with power over their enemies to call ‘fire from heaven’ – although at present they witness in disbelief because they don’t recognise Jesus.
The destiny of both the Jews and Arabs form a last day witness so the world can watch and know that Jesus is about to return. It is not by chance there is oil in the Middle East and many nations have gathered and battles are raging. Nor is it by chance that refugees have flooded Europe. The Bible foretold the rise of Islam with its 2 divisions (Shia and Sunni) and the spirit of Anti-Semitism in Germany. It foretold the common goal of Hitler and the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem to wipe out the Jews, the spirit which continues in the Anti-Semitism of Arab Extremists, and the call for a ‘holy war’ against Israel. The Bible foretold the demise of Saddam Hussein – another ‘type’ of the King of Babylon who fell as a star from the heights to the depths. The entire political scene is foretold in the Bible, it culminates when Israel’s witness finishes, and they are attacked and lose at a high cost. This is the time Jesus returns and a New World Order begins.
For all these dramatic events to unfold exactly as the Bible foretold is far beyond chance. We were told about them so we could know what it about to happen, understand God’s purpose, and decide if we wish to remain part of the ‘Kingdoms of Men’ or be part of the ‘Kingdom of God’.
Set out below are highlights from the prophesies referred to
“Then the Lord will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other.” Deut. 28:64
You will become a thing of horror, a byword and an object of ridicule among all the peoples where the LORD will drive you. Deut. 28:37
BACK IN LAND
“I will bring you back to the land of Israel.” Ezekiel 37:12
RE-BIRTH OF NATION
“Who has ever heard of such things? Who has ever seen things like this? Can a country be born in a day or a nation be brought forth in a moment?” Isaiah 66:8
THE LAST DAYS
The return of Jews to Israel was triggered by Hitler’s Nazi regime and their desire to wipe them off the face of the earth – God knew this would happen.
The Nazis and Arabs were united in their hatred of the Jews. Hitler befriended the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem who also wanted the Jews destroyed. Part of Hitler’s SS army included Muslims. The coming together of these two entities and the continuing spirit of Anti-Semitisim found in Islamic Extremists was foretold in Revelation 13 –
The dragon stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast coming out of the sea.
The dragon = Satan/the spirit of deception (Rev 12:9 & 20:2)
This beast rose out of the SEA – out of the nations (Rev 17:15)
|It had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on its horns, and on each head a blasphemous name. The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion.
|A conglomerate beast with the elements of all the beasts of Daniel 7 but now with 7 heads and 10 crowned horns who have come against God’s witnesses – the Jews – further explained in Revelation 17 – See –
The Promised Land – LAND OF 7 & 10
Israel was the land built on 7 nations – See Deut 7:1 – “SEVEN NATIONS greater and mightier than yourselves”.
In Bible symbology a nation = mountain or hill. Israel became the harlot (see Ezekiel 16) situated on 7 hills (nations) – “And he overthrew seven nations in Canaan, giving their land to his people as their inheritance.” Acts 13:19
Seven hills is a double symbol – it can mean the land of 7 and also the 7 foreign powers who have rule/d over it. (See Rev. 17:9)
10 CROWNED horns on the beast = The days of the 10 toe kings – The Arab nations given land by the partitioning of the Ottoman Empire at end of 1st WW – a ‘beast’ created by many nations of ‘the sea’.
The Promised land from Euphrates to Nile was a land of 10 nations
You will be the father of many nations. No longer will you be called Abram ; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations. Gen 17:4 (This included descendants of Ishmael and Esau)
“To your descendants I give this land, from the Wadi of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates— the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites.” Gen. 15:18
Note: The promise of redemption was through one descendant – Jesus – Gal 3:16
Israel could have had the entire promised land, but failed to convert them to God (thus making them Israelites) – so they became the land of Israel surrounded by ‘pricking thorns’
‘Know with certainty that the LORD your God will not continue to drive these nations out from before you; but they will be a snare and a trap to you, and a whip on your sides and thorns in your eyes’ Josh 23:13
When Jesus returns the situation changes –
‘No longer will the people of Israel have malicious neighbours round about who are painful briers and sharp thorns. Ezek 28:24
|The dragon/satan gave the beast his power and his THRONE and great authority.
Pergamum temple of Zeus reconstructed in Germany
|Satan morphs through the Bible. Rev 2:13 tells us the throne of Satan had been in Pergamum – “I know where you live—where Satan has his THRONE.” It was equated with the temple of Zeus
The temple of Zeus was taken from Pergamum and reconstructed in Germany at the end of the 19th Century. It was the inspiration for Hitler’s podium Zeppelinfeld (see Nazi party rally grounds – Wiki- It was one of Albert Speer‘s first works for the Nazi Party and was based upon the Pergamon Altar.)
The deceptive spirit of ‘Satan’, once in Pergamum persecuting God’s witness Antipas, was now in Nazi Germany persecuting God’s witnesses the Jews.
|One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was filled with wonder and followed the beast. People worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, “Who is like the beast? Who can wage war against it?”||This is the overview of the beast which is the 7th head.
The Nazi ‘beast’ seemed to be fatally wounded after WW11. It was the spirit of Anti-Semitism. This spirit has made a disturbing comeback amongst Islamic extremists.
It was Anti-Semitism which united Nazi Germany and Muslims near the end of WW11. Hitler’s Waffen-SS 13th division was largely Muslim – seen here at prayer during their training at Neuhammer in November 1943
The spirit of Nazi Germany to exterminate Jews is rekindled by the spirit of radical Islam. Thus the wounded head revived in a new guise.
|5The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise its authority for forty-two months.||Throughout the Bible literal periods happen first as a pointer to the ‘type’ or representative periods which follow. The 42 month witness of ‘The Beast’ is the antitype of the 42 month witness of ‘The Lamb’. Hitler tried for 42 months to exterminate the Jews, this work continues and the literal 42 months adds to the representative periods of 3.5 years throughout Revelation.
Below: Hitler and the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem1941 – the same aim -eradicate the Jews.
|6It opened its mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. 7It was given power to wage war against God’s holy people and to conquer them. And it was given authority over (among) every tribe, people, language and nation. 8All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world. Whoever has ears, let them hear.||Hitler killed 6,000,000 Jews – God’s holy people – His witnesses. He was the power who received the fatal wound, yet a new head rises with the same ideals. The head with the ‘healed fatal wound’ embracing the ideals of Hitler to exterminate the Jews, is extreme Islam.|
|10“If anyone is to go into captivity,
into captivity they will go.
If anyone is to be killedc with the sword,
with the sword they will be killed.”
This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of God’s people.
|“Into captivity” – a reference to Jerusalem going into captivity a final time before Jesus returns. The quotes below refer to this and are generally poorly translated –
Luke 21:24 They will fall by the edge of the sword and be led captive among all nations, be captive to the nations
Zech 14:2 Half of the city will go into exile, go into captivity but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city.
|Then I saw a second beast, coming out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon.||2nd Beast – Islam – comes out of the earth – originates in the Promised Land
2 horns – Shia and Sunnies
‘Spoke like a dragon’ – Dragon is satan the deceiver as v14 says ‘it deceived the inhabitants of the earth’
|It exercised all the authority of the first beast in its presence, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed.||Nazi Anti-Semitism received a fatal wound at the end of WW 11. Islam extremists have revived the spirit of Anti-Semitism|
|And it performed great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth in full view of the people. 14Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth.||Radical Islam claims to have the backing of Allah
2 Thes 2:9 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.
Radical Islam claim to have ‘fire from heaven’ – they have called for a ‘Holy War’ in fulfilment of Joel 3:9
Proclaim this among the nations: “Prepare for a holy war! (sanctify war) Call out the warriors! Joel 3:9 NET Bible
|It ordered them to set up an image in honour of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be slain.
||WORSHIP OR BE KILLED
Copying the language of the image of Babylon– “Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace.” Dan 3:6 –
All German citizens had to salute Hitler by law
In a similar manner of ‘Worship or Be Killed’ – extreme Islamists believe those who refuse to convert to Islam should be killed.
|It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, 17so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.||Depicting an extreme regime which forces all to comply or be killed.|
|This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666.||The number of humanity – See – 666 – Counting the Number of the Beast|
ARAB HATRED OF ISRAEL PROPHECIED
God’s prophets proclaimed the perpetual Arab hatred of the Jews.
Concerning Edom – “You harboured an ancient hostility and delivered the Israelites over to the sword…at the time of their final punishment” Ezekiel 35:5
10 Nations who want to “wipe out the name of Israel” – This prophecy applies to the ‘habitations’ of the nations listed, meaning the area they once occupied – the Arabs surrounding Israel today – the days of the 10 toe kings of the Daniel 2 image and the 10 horns of the beast of Revelation and Daniel 7-
See how your enemies growl, how your foes rear their heads. With cunning they conspire against your people; they plot against those you cherish. “Come,” they say, “let us destroy them as a nation, so that Israel’s name is remembered no more.” With one mind they plot together; they form an alliance against you— THE HABITITATIONS of Edom and the Ishmaelites,of Moab and the Hagrites, Gegal, Ammon and Amalek, Philistia, with the people of Tyre. Even Assyria has joined them to reinforce Lot’s descendants. Psalm 83:2-8 10 NATIONS 10 HORNS OF BEAST
ISRAEL – GOD’S EMPOWERED WITNESSES
Revelation 11 opens with God’s 2 witnesses Israel and Judah back in the Land of Israel. They were scattered throughout the world, but in 1948 they became a nation again. After the holocaust they were the ‘valley of dry bones’ of Ezekiel 37. They are described as 2 ‘sticks’ – they will become fully united under Jesus –
These bones are the people of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’ Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel…I am going to take the stick of Joseph—which is in Ephraim’s hand—and of the Israelite tribes associated with him, and join it to Judah’s stick. I will make them into a single stick of wood, and they will become one in my hand…I will take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them back into their own land. I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. There will be one king over all of them and they will never again be two nations or be divided into two kingdoms. Ezek 37:11-22
Revelation 11 shows how Israel, back in the Land, are God’s empowered witnesses. Although vastly outnumbered by Arabs, they have won every battle waged against them – a sign for the world to see that God’s plan is unfolding exactly as promised – (compare corresponding colours for similar ideas)
|I was given a reed like a measuring rod and was told, “Go and measure the temple of God and the altar, with its worshipers. 2But exclude the outer court; do not measure it, because it has been given to the Gentiles. They will trample on the holy city for 42 months. 3And I will appoint my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.”4They are “the two olive trees” and the two lampstands, and “they stand before the Lord of the earth.”||Israel are back in the Land – God is measuring His temple – In this case it’s His 2 witnesses (Israel and Judah) who are in mourning from the holocaust. Each group was appointed to be an olive tree and a lampstand in the temple – God is measuring them to see how they have shaped up
Examples of Olive Tree/Lampstand
Israel and Judah – Olive Tree in Temple
“What is my beloved doing in my temple as she, with many others, works out her evil schemes?…The Lord called you a thriving olive tree with fruit beautiful in form. But with the roar of a mighty storm he will set it on fire…The Lord Almighty, who planted you, has decreed disaster for you, because the people of both Israel and Judah have done evil and aroused my anger by burning incense to Baal. Jer 11:15-17
Israel the Light (lampstand) –
I will also make You a light to the nations
|I will empower my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.”||God empowers His 2 witnesses in sackcloth – in mourning from the holocaust|
|4They are “the two olive trees” and the two lampstands, and “they stand before the Lord of the earth.”||The olive tree fed the lampstand to give it light. They were symbols in the temple. Israel stood before the Lord of the earth and were supposed to be the light- they failed but still God empowers them as witnesses in sackcloth… they prophesy in the manner of Moses and Elijah who also both stood before the Lord of the earth. Ex 3:5. 1 Kings 17:1|
|5If anyone tries to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies. This is how anyone who wants to harm them must die.||The 2 witnesses of Revelation 11 command fire from God on their enemies at present – the survival of Israel surrounded by Arab hatred is a modern day miracle on the scale of Moses and Elijah|
In Revelation another scene unfolds – The rise and fall of Saddam Hussein which paved the way for the Arab uprising in Syria and Iraq. Revelation 8 uses symbolic language to describe Saddams attack on Kuwait and destruction of the Marshes. Chapter 9 describes the demise of Saddam and rise of the powers which he had restrained while alive, but were released after his death
| I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth.
||Symbolic language for a fallen ruler. Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon was described in similar language in Isaiah 14:12
How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn!
You have been cast down to the earth,
you who once laid low the nations!
There is a parallel with Saddam Hussein, also the ruler of Babylon who likened himself to Nebuchadnezzar (see pictured coin) – they were both fallen stars of Babylon.
|The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss. 2When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss. 3And out of the smoke locusts came down on the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth.||Saddams actions unleashed ‘locusts’ from the Abyss.|
|V 14 “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.”||In life, Saddam restrained the powers ‘bound at the Euphrates’ – since his death the restraint is gone and the area is in turmoil.|
The voice of radical Islam has gone out to the world calling for a Holy War. It is one of the final signs before the second coming of Jesus.
Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare for war! (Consecrate war – Holy War – Jihad) Rouse the warriors! Let all the fighting men draw near and attack. Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears. Let the weakling say, “I am strong!” Come quickly, all you nations from every side, and assemble there. Joel 3:9-11 God will soon judge the world. Now is the opportunity to be part of the ‘Kingdoms of Men’ –
‘Is not this great Babylon that I have built for the house of my kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?’ Dan 4:30
Or the ‘Kingdom of God’
‘He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.’ Micah 6:8
For a fuller expansion of these ideas see
‘Revelation – The Time is at Hand’ alsowritten.wordpress.com