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Syria in God’s Eyes

Jan
04
2013

The Messiah Will Return, Amos 1:1-2

The words of Amos, a sheep breeder from Tekoa, who prophesied concerning Israel in the reigns of Kings Uzziah of Judah and Jeroboam son of Joash of Israel, two years before the earthquake.

2 He proclaimed:
The Lord roars from Zion,
Shouts aloud from Jerusalem;
And the pastures of the shepherds shall languish,
And the summit of Carmel shall wither.

Amos was a sheep breeder

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Tekoa today, just south of Bethlehem and Jerusalem

Amos lived during Uzziah’s reign

Uzziah was also called Azariah, which means, “God has helped.” Uzziah, his throne name, means, “my strength is in God.” His father was assassinated in Lachish from a conspiracy that arose from his apostasy. Uzziah, at just 16 years of age became the king of Judah, around 792 B.C. He was energetic, well organized, and diversified in ability. God blessed him in all his doings, because he did what was right in God’s eyes. He did have a problem, because he never went after the removal of the heathen places of worship.

He drafted an army of over 300,000 soldiers that were distinguished as men of valor. His army was not only well outfitted with armor and weapons; they also had machines of war. He became famous because of his military accomplishments and because of God’s help.

His downfall came when he went to offer incense into the Temple of God. Eighty priests stood up to him and confronted him, and when Uzziah became angry, he was struck with leprosy, and he was placed in isolation.

Amos lived during Jeroboam’s reign

There were two Jeroboams that reigned, and the first led the split of Israel from Solomon’s son. The second Jeroboam is the one referred to here. He is the 14th king of Israel. He reigned for 41 years, but was an evil king, much like the one he was named after. The nation was very wealthy and the capital city of Samara was filled with heathen “culture” and practices. The wealthy forced the poorer land owners to live in cities, and there was great oppression against “lesser” people by the wealthy and powerful.

Messiah will roar from Jerusalem

The message Amos was told to tell the two kingdoms of Israel is that God was going to come to Jerusalem and roar like a lion! His roar was going to mean that the status quo was going to end. Oppression, selfish greed of officials, corrupt politicians and judges, the whole system was going to be stopped dead.

No longer was a blessed king going to march into the Temple to act as a High Priest. No longer will armies and warfare be used. No longer will citizens have to foot the bill of goods, services and blood for a country’s elite. God was going to take all power back, and He is going to end corruption forever.

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Six Young Male Lions by Danile Dolpire (Solent News via Rex)

Forests and meadows will wither

Of course, Amos’ big concern was animal care! Even the pastures will be withered up at God’s roar. God is going to stop the current system of weeds and briars and regenerate the pasture lands with fresh and rich pasturage.

But before that, everything must stop!

Syria Will Commit Unpardonable Atrocities, Amos 1:3

3 Thus said the Lord:
For three transgressions of Damascus,
For four, I will not revoke it:
Because they threshed Gilead
With threshing boards of iron.

Syria is just a country the size of North Dakota. It is a source of the natural resources of oil, phosphates, chrome, manganese, asphalt, iron, salt, marble, and gypsum. There are over 18 million people living in Syria and middle age is 20 years old. Since 1963 the country has had a military government. The country serves as a transit point for opiates and illegal drugs.

There are seven things God declares are an abomination to Him. Syria can be summed up as place where people live that do all seven! Proverbs 6:16-19:

16 Six things the Lord hates;
Seven are an abomination to Him:

17 A haughty bearing,
A lying tongue,
Hands that shed innocent blood,

18 A mind that hatches evil plots,
Feet quick to run to evil,

19 A false witness testifying lies,
And one who incites brothers to quarrel.[1]

God notes Syria’s violations of rights

God has set bounds for each nation and people. Each violation is noted by God. It does not matter that the people are ignorant of His ways; God freely offers to guide them into the truth if they want to learn it.

Syria has committed many violent acts against God’s land and people throughout its people. Starting from the time of Jacob, when Laban the Syrian wanted to kill Jacob and take his possessions for himself. God intervened because Jacob was following divine instructions to leave Syria. Jacob was also in an impossible situation with Laban being a very controlling and devious leader. Jacob’s only chance was to flee and get out of Laban’s jurisdiction. Ever since that day, the Syrians have tried to destroy their cousins in Israel.

When Syria oversteps their boundaries and trespasses on the land of Israel, God notes it. Syria has overstepped its bounds working in Lebanon for many years, funneling money and supplies from Iran to their army stationed in Lebanon. From Lebanon the Syrian soldiers attack Israel on a daily basis. Right now the French are there to monitor the situation, but France is a Muslim controlled country, and very much in support of Syria’s Muslim actions against Israel.

This week there were several screaming headlines about the Syrians firing missiles at Israel and about Israel having to strike a Syrian military vehicle that entered the security zone between the two countries. Even though Syria is mired in a bloody civil war where thousands are dying, they still have the determination to attack Israel at the same time, and in fact hope to heal their country by getting all factions united on the one thing they agree on, attacking Israel! The hope is that instead of using all the weapons on each other they will unite their firepower and strike Israel again.

God will not revoke His Holy justice

God cannot turn a blind eye to the horrific atrocities built into the Syrian mind. They are bent on killing each other and most especially anyone who is Jewish. This kind of people cannot be reformed. No one can change their heart and murderous bent.

Syria will pulverize those of Gilead

Syria is going to mow down the Jewish people living in the Golan Heights with threshers. These machines are huge today, and they go through cutting grain stalks and beating it till it separates into straw and grain. I doubt the separation parts will be functional on these Syrian threshers, but the pulverizing will work quite well on humans. It is a frightening thing to be standing in front of an oncoming thresher today!

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Diagram of a Modern Thresher[i]

But some would say we do not have such things happening today! We have the United Nations which was put in place to end all such holocausts and mass genocides. The fact is, since the beginning of the United Nations, holocausts against whole races of people have stepped up and been kept going like never before! People are under harsh dictatorships like never before in history! The dictators today make the ancient kings look soft and mild in comparison.

For example, who can forget Tiananmen Square when on Jun 4, 1989, when the Chinese Army simply mowed down the protesters with tanks, crushing thousands of people as if they were trash? No one knows how many actually died, because the Chinese government blocked all press and documentation of the event, claiming they never fired on the people. However, there are photographs and documentation of the Chinese Army firing on citizens starting outside Beijing, and leaving a path of death and destruction as they fought their way to the Square, then crushed and murdered everyone present. Sadly, it is the Arab press that has the horrific photos, and they like to keep showing them! It is interesting that they seem to want to learn from it how bring massive death to Jewish people.

Lately the news leaking out of the closed country of Syria is that there are hundreds being massacred every day there for protesting the king and his policies. If an army has no qualms with mowing down thousands of their own people each month, what would they do to the people they are taught to hate with a vengeance from birth? Are they just practicing efficient techniques so they can do what they really want to do, that of whole-sale massacre of Jews in a whole region? God says they are just warming up today. They are planning a Holocaust of Jews and Christians of their own.

The bloodshed among the Arab countries goes on all the time. It is estimated that 175,000 were killed in the little country of Lebanon from the 1970’s to 1990. The bloodshed in Syria is even harder to guess in recent years.

But has Syria ever done this? Have they ever run threshing equipment over the Israelites? They have and it is in their blood as something they like, so they will do it again soon.

II Kings 13:7: Neither did he leave of the people to Jehoahaz but fifty horsemen, and ten chariots, and ten thousand footmen; for the king of Syria had destroyed them, and had made them like the dust by threshing.[2]

Messiah Will End Syrian Power, Amos 1:4

4 I will send down fire upon the palace of Hazael,
And it shall devour the fortresses of Ben-hadad.

Citadels & Army basses will burn down

God will send fire against all the military bases of Syria! They are all going to be eliminated and all their weapons, ridding them from the face of the earth. This would include the vast amount of equipment that Sadam Hussein moved into Syria before our military takeover of Iraq.

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A map of known military bases in Syria

Syria’s military and government will be annihilated

Syrians Will Be Exiled, Amos 1:5

5 I will break the gate bars of Damascus,
And wipe out the inhabitants from the Vale of Aven
And the sceptered ruler of Beth-eden;
And the people of Aram shall be exiled to Kir
—said the Lord.

Syrian security areas will be broken up

Literally, all the dead bolts in Syria will be broken open! There will not be any locks that are not broken in Syria, every secured place will be opened and cleared. There will not be any weapon stores or chemical weapon stores, or even any hidden valuables. Everything will be revealed and publically assessable.

Aven’s citizens will die

Those who dwell in the Valley of Aven will be cut away from humanity; they will die.

Officials will die

The royal families will be executed. They will no longer plaque the land or be available to reinstall as leaders ever again.

Remaining Aramaic People will be assigned

There has been much discussion about the place they are exiled to, but there is a real possibility it is a type of work, not a place. They will become the tar workers for the Millennial Kingdom. Most of the current infrastructure of the world today will be broken up and destroyed. There will be some great building, and first and foremost will be the building of Zion, a word Arabs hate. The new Temple will be raised; the camping facilities to house the world population three times a year will be put in place. Flat, straight roads will be made from all areas on earth for quick and easy passage to Zion. There will be a need of tar and asphalt as glue and binder, as it has always been needed. Those left in Syria will be the tar workers of the new Kingdom, and frankly will be glad of the chance to live and serve God. Instead of fighting Israel and all Jews as a matter of life, those few left will be servants of Israel, much as the Gibeonites were servants in the days of Joshua.

Concluding Thoughts

1. The Almighty Son of God, Messiah, is going to return soon, but when He comes, He will not be a lamb, and no one will be able to harm Him in any way. As Christians we must spread the word of His imminent return and live ready to be raptured at any moment.

2. God’s roar is a signal to His people that help has arrived; and to everyone else, it is the end of all the things they love and hold dear, if they can survive the decimation of many things. As Christians we must learn to love what God loves and hate what God hates. What we see today is only temporary. Forming attachments to them is sin and it keeps us from obeying and following our Savior.

3. Nothing today will be worth saving. Even pasturage has to wither completely away and become sterile. As Christians, understanding the laws of cleanliness in God’s eyes is the only way to understand God’s attitude toward the world’s crooked and perverse ways.

4. God will not let mankind determine their own laws and governments ever again. As Christians we have to hold the line on what is right according to God and the law of the land. Letting organizations tell us what we should do is not following God. God’s Word sets the standards and unless we learn what it says and how things should be, we will always accept what we feel is expedient or a good compromise. God never accepts compromise for what is right and as His representatives, neither can we.

5. Syria in particular will completely be cleared of all government officials and the cities will be slaughtered. Supporting them in any way is wrong and makes us party to the evil conducted in that country every day. Joining with the wild Muslim takeover of the country is also wrong. As Christians we must pray for the Christians in the country whose lives are always in jeopardy as well as for the Jews who are there, that they may be saved and come to the light of the Gospel.

6. Syria is going to attack the Golan of Israel and pulverize any Jewish people and Jewish evidence of existence. Jewish people there now would do well to flee the area in obedience to God’s Word, and Israel’s only chance of existence is to secure the area and keep all settlements out of it as a military buffer area between the two countries. This takeover may happen a couple more times.

7. Syrian people can be spared and their hope for survival is by getting out of their corrupt country before God comes in anger to them. Many live in Brazil today and there is a large population in the United States today. Those who have left may have left due to the persecution so many groups receive in their homeland. These pilgrims may be ready to hear and follow the truth. Reaching them with the Gospel is important, and frankly their only hope of survival both today and in the future.


[1] Jewish Publication Society, Tanakh: The Holy Scriptures (Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 1985), Pr 6:16–19.

[2] The Holy Bible: King James Version, Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version. (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009), 2 Ki 13:7.


[i] Rice Knowledge Bank, www.knoledgebank.irri.org, page: “Combine components” visited Nov 10, 2012.

Previously Wild with the Prey

Sep
28
2012

It’s been a while since I blogged about my daily Bible Study! I have learned much and really enjoy these times each day.

Today’s study was the finishing up of Isaiah 11: 6 where the famous statements about wolves being with sheep and lions with cows is made.

However, what seems to be missed in normal commentating from the English translations and interpretations is the precise Hebrew wording of the verse.

The much tamed wolf will temporarily join the young male lambs of the flock. The Hebrew term is to sojourn, or be dependent on the hospitality of strangers. The wolf, in other words, is going to be dependent on the young male rams, and will have to follow the rules of the farmer to be able to pasture. The wolf will be a guest of the rams being raised for sacrifice or eating. Perhaps the wolf will provide the necessary missing element in sheep, by exercising them and playing with them, and helping them stay away from situations they are not safe to enter. As such, wolves would be welcome to a flock, in the same way dogs are used to help herd sheep today.

The next phrase is also a bit different. The panther will recline or repose with the young male kid goats. The point is they do are not raised together, they will join the young bucks when they are resting. Young bucks are not in need of exercise or being herded away from dangerous situations like sheep. They do not need to be kept from embankments (sheep slip and roll onto their backs and if not found die), be kept away from thickets (where their wool entangles with the branches and so traps a sheep), or tend to be lazy and in need of exercise. The idea presented is that in the heat of the day, when the male kids are taking their afternoon nap, and seeking shade, the panther may join them and be accepted temporarily.

The third phrase is about the lion and calf. This is a young male calf that is being fattened up for sacrifice or eating, and somewhat confined, but given lots of food. Young male lions (who can jump just about any kind of fence) will join the young ox and share the food.

The three phrases strongly imply the fulfillment of the first orders given to mankind. Humans were to have dominion over all the created animals. They were to control even the wild animals, and set boundaries for everything. Wolves will be tolerated as long as they are helpful and serve a purpose among the young rams. Panthers and leopards will be permitted to rest briefly with the male kid goats. Young lions will be allowed to share the food of young male cows being fattened for market.

The safety factor will be such that teenage boys will be able to competently herd and control the domesticated animals and the wild ones. The townsmen will not be called together to hunt down these vile predators as they have had to be hunted throughout mankind’s history, upon the suggestion or sighting of one in an area.

The ridiculous anti farming and anti human government rules today of protecting these evil animals is outrageous. They cannot be permitted to roam freely and under protected status. The only place they can be permitted is in zoos or in completely wild and uninhabited places (an African safari?).

Today wolves are dangerous not only to sheep, but to humans as well. They are a dangerous pack animal, that if left to multiply will fulfill the prophecy of the animals turning on humans and killing them in numbers. Of course, the more we protect wolves, panthers and lions, the more humans are being killed on a daily basis even in towns and cities. The higher their numbers go, even congested city citizens will find themselves in great danger.

So today, farmers are spending a great deal of money on fencing and patrols and all kinds of methods to try to keep wild animals away from their precious stock of domesticated animals. No matter how much the government thinks they have the power to have them co-exist with their predators as they think this verse states, they do not! Only the Messiah can bring about the changes necessary, and He can only do it will an iron fist (rod of iron). Oh, and the first thing to go will be every government official of any kind to be replaced by only those who are actually qualified! What a different day that will be!

See the verse in the Prophecy Guide: Isaiah 11:6 commentary

God’s Servants on the Lowly

Oct
13
2011

Today’s study was on Joel 2:29 where God promises in the Millennium to pour out His Spirit on the slaves and girl servants. He had just said His Spirit would be poured out on all creatures, and to make things clear, He further delineates that even the slaves including girl servants would be given His Spirit! Wow! No one exempt.

To see this verse click on the next link: Joel 2:29 in Prophecy.

To get the extent of this change in society, the first term used is slave. These are people who are owned by other people. They are people who have to do the work normal people consider beneath their dignity. Common tasks that must be done, or things that a person does not want to have to do, are done by slaves, or servants. But there is another broad category that the Bible includes in this group. What we correctly label as public servants. Those who work in government are slaves of the people. It is interesting that most civil servants consider themselves masters of citizens, but in fact, they are nothing more than public slaves, there to do the bidding of any citizen. An citizen can take action against a public “official” and see that they suffer for poor service, wrong-doing, or incompetence. Private servants only answer to their master.

The second group mentioned is girl slaves. These are young females that are expected to serve their owners. Because they are girls, they are not expected to do a whole lot, as is expected of men, or even boys. Thus they are relegated to simple household tasks, and often not thought of very much. They pretty much serve the servants.

So what does that mean? God is saying that there is no person that will be too “low” not to have His Spirit! Even the lowliest girl or slave will be given the Holy Spirit. They will be able to grow spiritually and understand the things of God. They will not be spiritually blind, unless they insist on ignoring the Spirit of God.

Can you imagine a society in which God’s Spirit is in all citizens? We came close in some cities when this country was organized as the United States. The Moravians, and Baptists, had exclusive cities with only church members in it where God’s Spirit was prevalent. These societies had little crime, and could grow mightily spiritually. They spun off many other such towns, and were incredibly missionary minded. People loved doing business with such people and often would join, wanting to be more like them.

In contrast you had Presbyterian and Roman Societies. These hated anyone who was saved and sought to execute them. They hurled endless hatred toward those that sought to understand the Scriptures and many good solid people died under their torments. These societies were evil and filled with hatred and ill-will. They looked upon society as worthless chattel, and sought to extract all they could from citizens. Rome took everything of gold and value and sent it to the Vatican. So, not only did you have the whole government economy extracting wealth from the citizen, you had Catholicism doing it as well. It is frankly amazing that citizens can survive under these religions at all. But then again, if you look at those that live under these conditions, they are rarely rich people. They are generally extremely poor, and lowly people.

When Christ takes control of this world, all such non-sense will be ended. No longer will religious groups exist to extract all they can from people, and government will not be oppressive and all about taxing and regulating. Instead, even the youngest and most menial will have God’s Spirit directing and leading them. There will be true repentance and humility in all, and a willingness to serve others.  What a day that will be!