Friday, February 3, 2012

The Coming Elamite Revival: Hope for the Iranians

And I will set my throne in Elam, and will destroy from thence the king and the princes, saith the LORD. But it shall come to pass in the latter days, that I will bring again the captivity of Elam, saith the LORD.
Jeremiah 49:38-39

It is so easy for us to hope that those who are troubling us would be judged and destroyed forever.  God does judge and He has and will destroy.  However, God's ways are not like our ways.  Isaiah may have caught this sentiment best when he penned, "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:9)"  Whenever God deals with a people He always has redemption in mind.  Is that not why we call Him Father?  Fathers correct their erring children in love in the hopes that meaningful change will follow.  This is Jeremiah's message to the Elamites, a fierce warrior like people using terror to impose their way.  His overall aim is to rid Elam of its violent actions and establish peace in the land.  How merciful considering who Elam is.

Elam was a region south of Persia.  On today's maps it is a large portion of Southeastern Iran, the very land threatening world peace through radical ideology and false religion.  However, God seems to see them as the kid raised in the tough neighborhood who has hidden potential.  Maybe this is why He promised revival!  The history of Elam is interwoven with constant warfare.  Look at the map.  From Hammurabi's domination, Assyrian overthrow, Neo-Babylonian invasion, Grecian domination, it is easy to see that this was and is a rough community to live in.  

The Elamite skirmishers were know for their expertise with the bow and this is borne out three times, at least, in scripture.  The prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel all mention this fact.  Archers tend to fight from a distance rather than engage in close, hand to hand combat.  This is exactly the situation that the world finds itself in currently.  Iran is threatening the entire world with its production of indirect fire weapons systems like missiles with a growing threat that those weapons will soon carry weapons of mass destruction.  Also, Iran controls a large part of the terrorist activity in the world.  What a threat! Ezekiel accurately described this very situation as well saying that Elam, "caused their terror in the land of the living (from Ezekiel 32:24)."  It is a land of terrorism and terror tactics.  

Elam's day of retribution is nearly here.  Coupled with the belief that robbing the world of peace will allow a messiah-like figure to arise and radical hatred for Israel and the West, Elam has the world on the brink of a new world war today.  It appears from Jeremiah's prophecy that this will cause a series of battles with Elam that will eventually lead to complete destruction.  Notice the words of Jeremiah 49:37, "For I will cause Elam to be dismayed before their enemies, and before them that seek their life: and I will bring evil upon them, even my fierce anger, saith the LORD; and I will send the sword after them, till I have consumed them..." To seek and to follow after takes time.  It appears that God will turn the world against Elam continually with a series of battles until the land is completely subdued.  Persia near Elam, is among those who are devastated in the Ezekiel 38-39 war as well.  In Jeremiah's day Persia and Elam were separate nations but are both a part of Iran today.

Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will break the bow of Elam, the chief of their might.
Jeremiah 49:35

However, that is not the end of the story for Elam as many would wish.  Now comes redemption.  God allowed Elamites to be the first witnesses of the power of the gospel and the descent of His Spirit's presence.  Notice who is in the crowd in Acts 2:9, "Elamites."  Elam had a complex government that revolved around lords and overlords and it is still a land with a  complex government.  Jeremiah sees this system tossed as the reign of Messiah Yeshua begins.  The rule of Christ the Prince of Peace will extend over Elam to bring peace and promise.  They were among the first to see a move of the Holy Spirit and they will see another move of His presence in Christ's Kingdom.  Hear Jeremiah 49:38, "And I will set my throne in Elam, and will destroy from thence the king and the princes, saith the LORD."  While a future series of wars will scatter them, God promises to bring them home, bless them, and restore them.  "But it shall come to pass in the latter days, that I will bring again the captivity of Elam, saith the LORD (Jeremiah 49:39)."  This is grace!  Grace gives even to the most undeserving a place in the Kingdom of Christ.  Grace is the very heart of the Gospel. It is not only extended to Elam, but is is also directed to you through the atoning death of Jesus!  

The four corners of the world are about to be involved with a series of Middle Eastern wars--some may even call this WWIII.  The fact that the signs of this warfare are screaming at us means that God, ever patient, is extending you the same grace that will fall on Elam. Please accept His plan of redemption for you.  Hurry!  Do it quickly!  World events are pointing to the return of the LORD!  Jesus Christ is Soon2Come!

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Almost Burnt Through!

God is the LORD, which hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar.
Psalm 118:27

Dedicated to my friend, Michali

That is odd!  Why would the writer of this Psalm mention tying a sacrifice to the altar?  Let's review the  sacrifices commonly offered briefly.  First comes the burnt offering that was cut up and burnt as the name implies.  Next comes the peace offering--also cut up and burnt.  Then the sin offering was cut up and burnt.  The trespass offering was partially burnt and partially eaten.  The daily sacrifice was killed and burnt daily.  Other offerings dealt with grain, oil, wine,and frankincense.  Nothing here is alive when it is offered so why does it have to be bound?  Why would you tie a dead, cut up sacrifice to an altar?  It is not like it is going to jump off of the altar or something!

All of the offerings were symbolic of one event, and the future offerings of the Millennial Temple are memorials looking back to that same event.  It was the voluntary sacrifice of Jesus Christ at the cross of Calvary.  His atoning death meets our every need.  In Christ, the LORD has given us light.  He has shone on us the light of grace and mercy.  However, He has also held back the wrath of God on our sins in patience.  There will be a time when God's patience will wear thin!  There is a time when the light is dimmed and darkness invades!  This is the message of the tied sacrifice.

The brazen altar represents the atonement of Christ and is tied to the message of the cross.  All that believers possess is brought about by the grace that was shown at that cross.  Not only that, grace was shown to the entire world.  Remember the taunts at the foot of the cross where Jesus was bound by nails? "If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross."  (Matthew 27:41)"  That would have been a bad day had Jesus done that!  In Matthew 26:53 we read, "Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?"  Had he came down there would have been immediate judgment!  His being bound reminds us of the commitment of His love for us,  fallen mankind!

The power of the message of the cross, the very message of God's grace in Christ's atoning death, has gone out into all of the world.  It is the power of God to save!  GOD truly has given light.  Today, you can choose to accept that gift freely even now.  Those horns on the brazen altar also remind us of that the message and power of God's salvation is extended to the whole world--whosoever will can be saved by God's power.  There were 4 horns on that altar facing four directions.  Horns are symbolic of power and four represents creation or the world.  The power of God can reach the the uttermost part of creation and save the vilest of sinners!  Even the dimensions of the brazen altar speak that message.  It was 5 x 5 x 4 cubits.  Five is symbolic of grace while four signifies the world.  The message of the altar is grace upon grace for the world.  Furthermore, brass is the metal that represents judgment.  Christ took the judgement for sin--your judgment for your sin--at the cross.

The rope was not to hold the sacrifice to the altar.  The rope was symbolic of the sacrifice holding back the wrath of God for sin.  Jesus was nailed to the cross to hold back God's wrath.  Literally, the weight of the world's sin, your sin, was upon Him. He was/is all that was/is holding back the wrath of God.  What will eventually happen to a rope on fire, however?  It will burn thin then break.  There is a day coming, and coming soon, when the rope will break and the wrath of God will erupt against those who have rejected the sacrifice of Christ.  Christ will come down with that heavenly host He mentioned.  It is inevitable.  When that day comes, God's justice will be the attribute of God for the day.  What day?  The Day of the Lord--and it is ever nearer.  Where will that leave you?  Have you accepted Christ's sacrifice as your own?  Have you placed your hands on the Lamb of God and transferred your sin to Him at the cross, or will the rope break and the wrath of God issue forth against you?  If you are lost and undone, don't delay.  Call on Jesus to save--quickly--as He is Soon2Come!  

Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.
Jude 1:14c-15

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Fools for Jesus: Science Says Conservatives are "Dumb"

Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.  And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.
1 Corinthians 3:18-20

Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi Reich Minister of Propaganda,  was a master at spin.  He understood well that in order to destroy an unwanted people group justifiably, you needed first to victimize and vilify them.  Using the media, Jews were made out to be ignorant, warmongering, sub-human, stupid, bloodthirsty, greedy, and a clear liability to humanity.  Posters and magazines like Der Sturmer (The Storm) plastered this anti-Semitic propaganda everywhere.  As an example, the front page of Der Sturmer always highlighted the sentence, "Die Jude sind unser ungluck"--The Jew is our calamity.  No matter where a German went they were reminded that the Jews were the cause for all of their problems.  After all Goebbels clearly stated, "Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play."

Furthermore, Goebbels often stated that the repetition of a theme would eventually bring about a common belief that the theme, no matter how originally offensive, could be made acceptable to the masses.  Let's put it in his words:  “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

The First Amendment of the American Constitution granted the press freedom to print whatever it wished.  The hope was that a free press would assist in keeping  America's citizens educated, informed, and that it would assist in preventing injustice from the government to the street. Yet, with this freedom comes the great responsibility to maintain its free and unhindered use to assist and build up the people and not to become a tool of wealthy, opinionated, individuals with hidden agendas and motives.  In short, a free press was to be a deterrent to  tyranny.  Interestingly enough, it is becoming obvious to all that America's press is less than free and in control of those purposefully using media-bias to persuade the masses much as Goebbels envisioned.  Many are becoming so fearful of a knowledgeable public that current steps are being taken to squelch this freedom. Consider the following article as proof that we are becoming a less free nation.  U.S. ranks 47th in media freedom, org says - CBS News

It is also obvious to anyone looking that the media is becoming quite anti-Christian in its reporting.  Also, being run by a clear liberal majority, it is also being used to victimize anyone with a Judeo-Christian belief system or conservative values and beliefs.  As with Nazi control of the media, the best place to start is to make the targeted group look "dumb", dangerous, and a serious threat.  "Now that is silly!  That is not happening in America!", some may say.  Is it?  Consider this news article found running on many news sites today.  Remember, Goebbels said, "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. "

Notice the last article?  It is from Discover Magazine.  The Nazis also used faulty science to make their foolishness more palatable and acceptable.  The lie of a branch of science called eugenics was used to make the Nazi sub-human accusations sound legitimate.  It is not surprising, then, to see a magazine like Discover linking conservatism to bad genes--this is just another old Nazi trick.  Next, they will be running adds to find modern day versions of Josef Mengele.   Also notice that the article vilifies anyone who seeks to call homosexuality a sin--that is the true "prejudice" they are discussing.  The message is that smart people know "gay is OK".  

With the flood of recent events such as the passing of the NDAA bill, the senate bill to illegalize live streaming, the rise of the TSA and other paramilitary groups, and a whole host of other warning signs, expect persecution soon.  It even seems that there is a push to victimize believers amongst those in our military though the average soldier volunteered to defend our rights and not rob us of them.  Church-Burning Video Used to Promote Atheist Event at Ft. Bragg | FOX News & Commentary: Todd Starnes

My friends, I am urging you to look around.  This nation has changed and many seem to be working overtime to subvert it.  However, there needs to be no fear.  It is time to fall on our knees before God and repent!  It is time to humbly seek His direction and guidance once again.  We need Christ to bring renewal and revival!  These are just more signs along the road that is leading to the last great confrontation of good and evil.  We were warned centuries ago that the last days would be perilous times.  It is time to buckle down, witness to family and friends, and prepare our hearts!  Jesus Christ is Soon2Come!

If Judeo-Christian values makes you dumb, Thank GOD I am an idiot! 
"We are fools for Christ's sake, but ye are wise in Christ;" 
1 Corinthians 4:10a

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