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Dangerous Existence

Isaiah 24:17 presents a very real picture of the dangers of living after major catastrophes in areas where mankind has lived. Cities especially are filled with dangerous traps, sink holes from all the underground passageways and sewer systems. The rubble left behind is a maze of death traps. After a major disaster, the survivors have to get about to find food and shelter, but the process takes their lives, especially when they are lone survivors.

Before the Savior of the World can come with his mighty saints, the world is going to be devastated. The world socialist system is going to destroy much of the world’s production industry, and it is also going to destroy city maintenance and repair systems. The “natural” disasters of the world wide fires and earthquakes will destroy the rest that is left from the world-wide plunder of a world wide government system.

The few that survive the holocaust of this world are going to find life very precarious. There are numbers of things to be alert and aware of, in a time when a person is famished, weak, wounded and in very poor condition. As they emerge from the rubbles that held them, they will be confronted by the remains of a thousand death traps. Areas they enter will be unstable and ready to fall on them in an instant. The ground they walk on could give way at any moment to the chambers below and trap them there.

The verse begins with the terror that overcomes people that still remain alive. They will be very easily spooked and overwhelmed with fear. Anything could spell the end of their lives and they know it. They will be very careful when they move, watching for anything that might be a threat to their safety and survival. Only God will be able to help them, since living on earth has become so dangerous.

An area not mentioned in this verse is the state of animals. They too will be dangerous and in danger.

In this state of precariousness, where life is hanging on by a thread, people will finally be ready to glorify God and beg for his help, the world over. There will be a revival, but only after the world and its systems are completely trashed and destroyed. All hope of mankind being able to wage a war against God must be removed before mankind will turn to Him for help. It is amazing how stubborn mankind is when it comes to that which is right and holy. It is a shame that God has to let things get so terribly bad before He can be accepted for who He is.

Accept God today, and don’t wait to the bitter end when things will get this bad!

Link: Isaiah 24:17 in the Prophecy Guide

The “Wood” of Life

The thoughts come from the study of Revelation 22:2 in the Prophecy Guide.

This one got me thinking all day. The leaf and fruit bearing stake in heaven is commonly called the “Tree of Life.” But the word for “tree” is not used. Instead it is a stake, or piece of wood, generally prepared to be burned. In other words, it is a chopped or cut piece of wood!

Those that try to grapple with this unexpected choice of Greek words usually go to the cross, and try to say that the cross is represented in heaven, but it is alive and bearing fruit and leaves. This may be true, but it is based on human reasoning and not on any specific Scriptures that I could find.

I cannot get away with the comparison to Aaron’s rod that budded. When Moses’ and Aaron’s leadership of Israel was questioned (not a rare thing unfortunately), God decided to give Israel a clear and unmistakable sign that He had divinely appointed them. In short, the cane Moses used, not only blossomed and bore almonds, but it did so overnight. It was a cane that was several years old, and thoroughly dead, but it was fruitful from being in God’s presence.

Next, we are not told there is any soil in the New Jerusalem. Soil is something that is on earth. Trees on earth need soil to grow. However, these trees are in heaven and probably do not need soil, since all the energy they need is present in the air. They also do not need to be rooted down to survive the storms of the earth. Can you imagine having a tree that can be moved very easily? Now that would be something only Heaven could have!

Could it be that John was trying to make sure we got the message that the “Tree of Life” is just a stake that has leaves and fruit? The need of shade is a foreign concept in heaven. We would not need the protective canopy of a large tree to survive the summer days there.

If God was giving us a taste of the benefits of living in New Jerusalem, by showing what happens when a piece of wood is put in God’s presence, then if we needed the fruit of Life or healing leaves of Life for the people on earth we care for, all we have to do is get a piece of wood and collect the fruit and leaves from it.

I cannot wait to see this amazing board in heaven!

Naughty Syria

The land of Syria is a strange land. Abraham and the Israelites came from family that settled there once they left the Fertile Crescent. Isaac & Jacob’s brides’ came from family there. But as with any power, the land was hostile toward Israel during its existence, and things have not changed today. The only way Israel was kept from continually battling Syria, was when Syria was subjugated by outside power.

Syria has made incursions into Israel three times so far, crossing the boundaries God set for them and Israel, in pure violation of God’s law. This led to the breaking down of Syria until recent history.

There is no secret about the fact that Syria today is filled with the utmost hate toward Israel and the Jewish people. It wants Israel destroyed and finds rare Arab connections by joining in the fight to destroy Israel. It hosts Iran’s soldiers and helps fund them in the constant attacks on Israel property.

So far, Syria has not made much headway, and in fact has lost property in their endeavors. Israel knows that any day now, there will be a major attack from Syria and a drive to reduce Israel’s already precariously small borders.

Of course, Syria has no need of Israel’s land, nor does Israel pose any threat to Syria’s existence. If anything, Israel is a great aide because it causes a distraction for the many warring factions in Syria, so that the kings can live royally.

But, Amos 1:3 warns that Syria is going to come with bull dozers and completely scar and destroy all the land of Gilead. Any Israeli towns and villages will be destroyed and they will not have any concern about preserving the life of any Jewish people in their attack.

In other words, Syria’s plans to destroy Israel and take the northern part of the land of Jordan will be carried out. God will note it and when He comes in His Ultimate and Full Rage, God will first roar against Damascus and then destroy the nation and people.

So, although Syria poses a very real and immediate danger to Israel, and will at least partially accomplish its plans against Israel, God will have the final say, and Syria will have no standing before God. The people are corrupt and hate God to such a point there is nothing to redeem or salvage from this heathen land. And the story ends very well, at last Israel will be freed from one more outrageous neighbor, with which there can be no peace, as long as they exist.

So while Syria may think they are winning, they will loose everything in the end and very rightfully so.

Take a look at the future of Syria! God wants His followers to know the facts and how the story will end, so they can remain faithful then things look to be going horribly wrong!

See Amos 1:3 in the Prophecy Guide.

The Dry Roar

Our daily studies have taken us to the book of Amos. Today we worked on Amos 1:2. The verse talks about how God is going to come to mount Zion and roar like a lion in Jerusalem, and against all the enemies that Israel has, which makes up most of the world.

But this roar from God is not just noise. It is so powerful that it blows away the countryside homes and dries up the pastures for the farm animals. God’s roar is so powerful it brings about immediate changes to the geography of the area. In other words, no one, not even a deaf person, can be ignorant of God’s roar.

By why does God let these very desirable homes and choice pastures just blow away? Isn’t that destructive? Isn’t that harmful? Isn’t that going backwards in civilization? What good can come from destroying the creature comforts that have been built up over time?

First, God’s own people are not innocent. They have made deals with their enemies and sought to befriend those who seek to destroy them. God had told them to completely clear the land of those that serve other gods. Israel never did obey that rule, and instead intermarried with the heathens around them, and has always absorbed their heathen cultures and customs. When God comes to town and roars, it is because He is incredibly angry and it is time to finally put any and all who compromise with the devil and his people to death.

Second, there’s been so much bloodshed in and around Jerusalem, that the whole area needs a thorough purging. Add to this the diseases and corruptions from immorality and unethical behavior, and you have soil that is extremely polluted. The only way to clean the whole mess up is to literally blast away all human residences, and destroy all plant life in the area. Even the animals and insects need to fast so that their systems can be purified and cleansed.

Third, everyone in the world needs to understand that God is present, and that he will not tolerate even the least transgression from His laws which were created for the benefit and health of mankind. Refusing to learn and follow God’s instructions, is a sure way to be locked into a life of corruption and misery. God’s roar signals that man’s freedoms are finally curbed. No longer will it be permitted for people to act criminally, immorally, depraved, or even improperly and so continue the effects of sin and disease.

Oh yes, we get riled up and then we roar, but when we roar bad things happen! People get hurt and disease spreads. When God roars, things cleanup, and get moved back into proper position, and what is right and proper becomes established.

To see this study and how it relates in subject matter, timeline, and just plain facts, see Amos 1:2 in the Prophecy Guide.

Babies will play with Vipers!

Isaiah 11:8 is a very potent verse about the millennial kingdom under Christ Jesus. Things will be different where people live. There will be two areas where humans are not able to go, because the creatures there are so vile and evil, but in the rest of the world, the wild animals will be tame, or not tolerated.

In this verse, little babies will be safe by a snake hole. The previously venomous snake will actually play with a baby and cause it to giggle and be entertained.

The second part of the couplet says a toddler will swipe his hands over the light shining on a viper and will not be hurt. This is a very powerful statement. During the day, snakes sun themselves, and when something warm intercepts that heat source, they will strike at it to eat it or make it leave. A child will be able to toddle to a snake and cast its shadow on it, and even run its hands on it and not be harmed.

Click to see more in the Prophecy Guide on Isaiah 11:8.

Shepherding Wild and Domestic Animals

Isaiah 11:7 has a very interesting meaning. Bears and Cows with young will be shepherded together. They will spend their time together and raise their young together.

This may be the missing element we have in the dairy herds today. Cows are easily spooked and a whole dairy can loose significant amounts of milk if the cows sense something is wrong.

With sheep, we have goats to keep the sheep calm and happy. But with cows, they don’t have any protector today except the shepherd, who is not usually present in a comforting way.

What if the purpose of the bear was to be able to defend the cows and calves, and so are equipped to do so? Perhaps the bear does not want to be a lonely creature, that reacts violently even to humans and is seen as an absolute threat to the farmer today.

When God changes the climate and atmosphere back to where it supports life better, the bear may not be in such a hungry wild state, that it could be herded with calving cows and serve as their protector, keeping other animals away during this precarious time.

The last phrase is the most telling. The lion will eat the silage that plow oxen eat. Instead of seeking meat, they will eat high protein cattle feed! This means that not only their natures will be changed, but their nutritional needs and digestive system will return to its previous function on handling vegetation.

Sorry farmer! The dream of having lions pulling plows is not part of the picture! But, how about an animal that stands by your plow ox and protects him, keeping him from being picked on by other animals? How about an animal that loves to comb and clean your oxen’s hide? How about an animal that loves the oxen that likes to play with them, and keep them active and happy? Wouldn’t that be a big asset to a farm?

Now offer the same kind of care and concern to the mother cow. Let her hide be licked with the bear’s tongue. Let her ears be scratched with the smaller claws of a friendly bear.  Let the bugs be kept at bay by a bear! Also have a bear to make sure the calf does not stray too far from its mother, and is kept from dangerous areas. What farmer would not mind feeding an extra animal that offers all that to his cows? Fencing would probably not be needed after a while. Vet bills would become a thing almost of the past. Farmers would be able to sleep better at night and spend less time fussing over trivial matters during the day.

So what are we waiting for? If you are waiting for the government to force this to happen, you will never survive as a farmer, because the government simply cannot figure out the problem of predation today. They want to think that the wildest and most dangerous animal is actually a harmless creature forced to be evil. As long and officials live in a dream world, they will never be of benefit. God, however, created all animals and knows their true nature and what the reasons were each was created. He can easily change things back to His plan. All He needs is for those created in His image (mankind) to turn and embrace Him completely. The rest will follow. But just as we cannot remove the wild and dangerous nature from the wild animals, we cannot change the heart of ungodly politicians. Both need to be removed from society for it to prosper in this day and age!

To see more on this verse and how it fits into prophecy: Isaiah 11:7 in the Prophecy Guide.

Previously Wild with the Prey

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

Mount Olivet Split

We are reviewing and reworking Zechariah 14 and today had the fourth verse!

What a hidden gem! Christ is going to touch down and stand on the Mount of Olives. At that point the mountain will split into two halves and create a wide open valley.

I always thought their would be a little gorge or rift, and that it would be scary going in the little space, requiring a great deal of faith.

Not so, the Mount will break apart and plow open a large, clean, fresh space for God’s remnant of holy Israelites to enter.

The southern half of the mountain will flatten and fill in the area as it moves toward the Negev. The northern half of Olivet will flatten and fill in the area heading toward the north.

So what will this mean? It means the Arab sections will be completely destroyed just east of the Temple Mount. Only God knows how much of the mountain will be moved, but if the whole elevated portion of the mount just east of the temple platform is included, the sweeping movement will pulverize all the Arab quarters from Bethlehem to Ramallah.

This will leave a clean area, free of graves, and other pollution going back 5,000 years! God’s holy remnant of Israelites will have that vast open area to swarm into, and await the saving work of their Messiah.

But isn’t the destruction of the Arab lands a horrible thing? Frankly, the Arabs in the region are there only to force the Israelites out of their land and to see that no Jewish person survives. They are so bent on destroying Israel, they cannot be reasoned with, any more than Moses could reason with the Egyptian Pharaoh, before the Jewish people were given the land around Jerusalem.

The only way to gain peace in Israel is for every Arab to be removed permanently from the full land of Israel which is a vast area laid out by God, the Creator. The Israelites have never obeyed God in removing these heathen peoples, so God will have to step in and do it Himself. Obviously, God is extending every chance for the Arab to convert, but the majority of Arabs have hardened their hearts to hate God and His people.

Take a peak at all the neat features we have on the verse in our new Prophecy Guide: Zechariah 14:4