Sin Enslaves Us

The Sin That Brought Destruction

Jeremiah 13: 1-15

What is pride? Pride is said to be inordinate and unreasonable self-esteem, attended with insolence and rude treatment of others.

Pride then is sin because we are to love others as we love ourselves and pride is looking down on others making yourself to be better and greater than them.

Pride is the first sin that occurred because it was Lucifer who committed the first sin and not Adam! Adam committed the second recorded sin

Eze 28:16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.

Another thing we should consider in this lesson is , what is the Jewish girdle in the day of Jeremiah?

In the days of Jeremiah, the people of Judah wore loose fitting robes and much like we use a belt, the girdle would keep the robe close to the body.

It is our own “faith” that serves as our girdle to keep us close to God!

Verse 1

*****Jer 13:1 Thus saith the LORD unto me, Go and get thee a linen girdle, and put it upon thy loins, and put it not in water.
Jer 13:2 So I got a girdle according to the word of the LORD, and put it on my loins.

The linen girdle would be those that were appointed for the priests to wear.

Most others would wear a girdle of wool with the military wearing a girdle of leather.

We know that John the Baptist wore a girdle of leather because he symbolized a soldier in God’s Army!

Jeremiah was first instructed to get a new linen girdle and wear it for some time without washing it. In fact, Jeremiah was to wear this linen girdle long enough for the people to notice that he had not washed it and it became filthy.

God used all His prophets to teach His people in many ways.

Heb 1:1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,

It will be obvious before we finish this passage that this girdle will symbolize the character of the people of Judah during this age of Jeremiah.

We must know by now that God offers us the “free will” to choose based on the information that we have. By choosing idols instead of the truth of God they had buried themselves in the ways of a foreign land, so the Lord would soon place them under the control an evil nation.

They had become so corrupted that they were good for nothing!

It is these lessons that we must understand, these are great examples of the way God deals with the sin of a nation that claims to obey the Lord, such as we say we do here in America.

*****Jer 13:3 And the word of the LORD came unto me the second time, saying,
Jer 13:4 Take the girdle that thou hast got, which is upon thy loins, and arise, go to Euphrates, and hide it there in a hole of the rock.

First, God has made all those who call upon His name to be very near to Him.

Many debate the mention of the River Euphrates here but we know that it was Babylon who captured Judah, so we have no need to question the Word of God, even though this river was at least 2500 miles from Judah!

Jeremiah was used of God and Nebuchadnezzar was used of God and this King of Babylon understood these things.

Jer 39:11 Now Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon gave charge concerning Jeremiah to Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard, saying,
Jer 39:12 Take him, and look well to him, and do him no harm; but do unto him even as he shall say unto thee.

The Euphrates River represented the power of the nations North of the land God gave to Israel, just as the River Nile represented the power of Egypt.

We could say that the Prophet Isaiah also prophesied of this time of Judah.

Isa 8:7 Now therefore, behold, the Lord bringeth up upon them the waters of the river, strong and many, even the king of Assyria, and all his glory: and he shall come up over all his channels, and go over all his banks:
Isa 8:8 And he shall pass through Judah; he shall overflow and go over, he shall reach even to the neck; and the stretching out of his wings shall fill the breadth of thy land, O Immanuel.

The one thing we should understand is, it did not matter what Judah was doing, Jeremiah was to trust and obey the Lord!

We must understand, no matter what is happening in our world, we are to obey the Word of God at all times. Jehovah was not suggesting for Jeremiah to do these things. Jeremiah understood these words to be the commands of God!

The Word of God is not a book of suggestions as many believe. It is a Book of the Commands of God!

*****Jer 13:5 So I went, and hid it by Euphrates, as the LORD commanded me.
Jer 13:6 And it came to pass after many days, that the LORD said unto me, Arise, go to Euphrates, and take the girdle from thence, which I commanded thee to hide there.

We should understand that the Jews took great pride in their religious heritage but at this point in history, they had become useless to Jehovah!

The downfall of Judah had not happened over night because this is not the way Satan works. Satan will draw you away from the Lord one little step at a time until he has you within his grasp.

Even today we know that Satan cannot take us out of the hands of the Lord, but he can sure ruin a good testimony!

The nation of Judah had become worthless to the Lord. The Lord expects us all to be witnesses of the Gospel and Judah was also to be a witness for the truth of God, but they had rejected that truth again at this time.

Without this nation repenting of their wrong, they had bound the hands of God to come to their defense because the Lord cannot defend evil nor cause a blemish to His Sinless Name!

We cannot live in any manner we want to and expect the Lord to come to our defense, it simply will not happen!

When we bind the hands of God to do good, then we must realize that God must chastise us to get us back on track!

We must never stray from the truth of God, to become of no more use than a rotten belt which can no longer do what it was intended to do!

What lesson did Jeremiah learn, and Judah would soon learn?

*****Jer 13:7 Then I went to Euphrates, and digged, and took the girdle from the place where I had hid it: and, behold, the girdle was marred, it was profitable for nothing.

We must understand that when we invite the Lord Jesus Christ into our heart and He then fills us with His Holy Spirit, so we can worship Him in Spirit and in truth but then He gives us all a job to do.

Mat 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Mat 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

When we can no longer do that job because of our sin, we have become marred and useless in this work God has given us to do!

It had to be humiliating to Judah when Jeremiah preached this lesson comparing Judah to a rotten girdle!

*****Jer 13:8 Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Jer 13:9 Thus saith the LORD, After this manner will I mar the pride of Judah, and the great pride of Jerusalem.

1) When we accept the Lord Jesus into our heart then we have mended that broken relationship caused by the sin of Adam.
We must realize that the sin of Eve came from a lack of knowledge, but Adam’s sin was intentional, and he had broken his relationship with the Lord God Jehovah. God will wear His children as a girdle but also as a badge to show the world how proud He is of His children.

2) Jeremiah wore a linen girdle which meant that he was a priest who was bound to God. As Christians we are also to be priests.

1Pe_2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

3) Just as those in the day of Jeremiah would gird up their loins so they could work, then we are to gird up the loins of our mind to be of use to our Master.

1Pe_1:13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

4) Again, the girdle of a priest was worn as an ornament or a badge and we are to wear the badge of Christ, unashamedly!

Rom_13:14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

Gal_3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

We must never be ashamed of the Lord and we must never claim the Lord and then intentionally sin!

*****Jer 13:10 This evil people, which refuse to hear my words, which walk in the imagination of their heart, and walk after other gods, to serve them, and to worship them, shall even be as this girdle, which is good for nothing.

These Jews of Judah had now become firmly attached to man-made idols and they stubbornly refused to admit that they were wrong.

To the Lord they had become worthless in the work of the Lord and the Lord said that they were an evil people.

The Scriptures teach us that there is a sin unto death and I believe that this sin can become real when we destroy our fellowship with the Living God, Jehovah, the Lord Jesus Christ!

Heb 12:25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:
Heb 12:26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.

When we have refused to have fellowship with the True God of all Creation, we have placed ourselves on treacherous ground from which we will never recover!

Eph 4:17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,
Eph 4:18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:
Eph 4:19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
Eph 4:20 But ye have not so learned Christ;
Eph 4:21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:

These Jews had begun to walk as the Gentiles walked, in the vanity of their mind.

The Lord explains these things very well in verse 11.

*****Jer 13:11 For as the girdle cleaveth to the loins of a man, so have I caused to cleave unto me the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah, saith the LORD; that they might be unto me for a people, and for a name, and for a praise, and for a glory: but they would not hear.

When we reject the Lord Jesus Christ, as these Jews have rejected Jehovah(both are one and the same) they had destroyed their only reason for living.

God had preserved this nation of Israel to preserve and bring the Word of God into the future and this would certainly happen, but these people were not a part of this very important job!

Nothing we do can hinder the work of God! When we reject Him we either lose rewards that we could have had, or we will spend eternity in a Burning Hell. Yes, Hell does exist!

Only a righteous life can bring triumph over the trials and temptations of this world! Just so we know the truth, we have no righteousness ourselves we live or die by having the righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ!

Isa 11:4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
Isa 11:5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.

Next, we see that word therefore.

*****Jer 13:12 Therefore thou shalt speak unto them this word; Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Every bottle shall be filled with wine: and they shall say unto thee, Do we not certainly know that every bottle shall be filled with wine?
Jer 13:13 Then shalt thou say unto them, Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will fill all the inhabitants of this land, even the kings that sit upon David’s throne, and the priests, and the prophets, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, with drunkenness.

To understand this passage, we must understand from verses 1-11 that the people of Judah had become worthless to the Lord.

Now a wineskin has only one purpose and can be used only one time. Their purpose was to be filled with wine (or grape juice)!

God had forbidden drunkenness for the children of Israel and they knew this thing.

Isa 5:11 Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them!
Isa 5:12 And the harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine, are in their feasts: but they regard not the work of the LORD, neither consider the operation of his hands.
Isa 5:13 Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.
Isa 5:14 Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.

These children of Judah were not only represented by that worthless linen girdle, but they were also represented by these wineskins which were to be filled with the abominations of this world that were forbidden for the Jews and for the Christians.

We are to be filled with the righteousness of the Lord and nothing from this world!

1Jn_2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

These are the things that had filled the children of Judah. These are the things that fill every sinner!

Jas_1:15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

This is the formula for becoming worthless in the army of God, in fact, a traitor and deserter!

How did Christ Jesus put it?

Luk 21:34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
Luk 21:35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.

These things will always be true in this world!

What is the truth of what the Lord is saying?

*****Jer 13:14 And I will dash them one against another, even the fathers and the sons together, saith the LORD: I will not pity, nor spare, nor have mercy, but destroy them.
Jer 13:15 Hear ye, and give ear; be not proud: for the LORD hath spoken.

The most important thing we can do as Christians is to pay attention to what the Lord is saying and then obey Him!

We already understand that the Lord does not ever change. The Lord will be just as true in His wrath as He is in His Mercy!

It is the will of God that everyone be saved but He promises His wrath to those who reject His love!

We live in a world where it seems that love and natural affection have disappeared, but the Lord has and endless supply of Love, mercy, and Grace and these are the things that we better hear.

The Word of God is very clear, we are to be filled with the God the Holy Spirit who will lead us to God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ!

Sin enslaves the flesh just as all alcoholic beverages do, along with all drugs. Those who are slaves to these abominations of this world, will never know just how wonderful it is to be in the family of God!

1Co 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
1Co 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

Come to Jesus Christ who has paid the price of our freedom!

Without Jesus Christ we are just stumbling around in this dark world!

Amen

The Key To Prophecy

THE KEY TO PROPHECY

Our text:

Revelation:

Chapters 4:1-4; 6:1-4; 13:17,18; 16:16; 19:11-15; 20:1-6

Intro:

Just as you need keys to drive your car or to lock your house, you also need some keys to understand the prophecy of the Bible.

The return of the Lord Jesus Christ will happen in two phases.

1.) He will come to get His Bride, His Church.

1Th 4:13  But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
1Th 4:14  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
1Th 4:15  For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
1Th 4:16  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
1Th 4:17  [Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds], to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
1Th 4:18  Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

He will not come all the way to the ground at this time. It is called the “Rapture of the Church”.

2.) He will come to end the tribulation period and begin the Millennial Kingdom.

Rev 19:11  And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
Rev 19:12  His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
Rev 19:13  And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
Rev 19:14  And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
Rev 19:15  And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
Rev 19:16  And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

Act 1:11  Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.
Act 1:12  Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day’s journey.

I.) Post Millennialism:

This is the false view of the last things that teaches that we are now in the period before the Millennium. These that teach this say that the Kingdom of God is now being extended in the world through the preaching of the Gospel and the saving work of the Holy Spirit. That the world will eventually be Christianized. The term “postmillennialism” means Christ will return AFTER the Millennium.

They have adopted an optimistic view with respect to this present age, envisioning a golden age of progress in the church age that affects every aspect of life: economic, social, cultural, and political. This falsely teaches that the Church will be triumphant, spreading the gospel to the ends of the earth resulting in the eradication of evil. That Christian principles will rule and Christ will return to a Christianized Earth.

a.) They teach that Jesus will return literally and bodily.
b.) They teach that Christ will not come till after the Kingdom Age.
c.) They are attuned to the teaching of Charles Hodge, William Shedd, B. B. Warfield, A. A. Hodge, A. H. Strong and Daniel Whitbe a Unitarian.

They are ultra, ultra, ultra liberal.

d.) All of Whitbe’s other teachings have been discarded for their falseness.

e.) He was known world wide as a heretic. Which is to say A Nut, A Fruitcake.

f.) This one teaching is all that is left of his teachings, yet many still believe or follow this teaching because it fits there own false beliefs.

II.) A Millennialism

The “A” before millennial negates the term. This is a false belief that says there will be no future Millennium. These people do not deny the literal return of Christ but they reject a literal one thousand year reign of Christ on this earth.

According to them Revelation 20:4-6 refers to “the present reign souls of the dead believers with Christ in Heaven.

They have their own explanation for the Book of Revelation. They believe the second coming of Christ will be one single event. This event being at the end of the world the day of consummation.

They believe the resurrection of the believer will be fundamentally in this our present bodies.

They believe that Heaven will be on this earth.

a.) They teach there will be no Millennial Kingdom.
b.) They substitute the world kingdom from the world church (such as the Kingdom Hall).
c.) They teach that it is an invisible kingdom and we are living in it now. (a metaphor)
d.) Oswald Alice is behind most of this falseness.
e.) They reject the “rapture of the Church” and “the second coming of Christ to this earth”.

There are many atheist jumping on this bandwagon so they can say “I Now believe”.

III.) Pre Millennialism

There are two basic features of this belief.

1.) There is a distinction between God’s program for Israel and God’s program for the Church.
2.) That the Bible must be accepted as literal.
A.) Literal interpretation refers to understanding words and statements in their normal customary way. Because prophecies concerning Christ first coming were fulfilled, it just makes good sense to expect the prophecies concerning His second coming to be fulfilled.
B.) The term Israel always refers to the physical posterity of Jacob, nowhere does it refer to the Church. There is no new Israel, just that same nation whom God made the covenant promises.

a.) “Pre” means before, (coming before the one thousand year reign).
b.) Rapture means:

Rev 4:1  After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.
Rev 4:2  And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.

c.) Tribulation means:

Rev 6:1  And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.
Rev 6:2  And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

Rev 13:7  And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
Rev 13:8  And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

Rev 16:16  And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

d.) The Second coming means:

Rev 19:11  And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
Rev 19:12  His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
Rev 19:13  And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
Rev 19:14  And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
Rev 19:15  And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
Rev 19:16  And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

e.) The Millennial Kingdom means:

Rev 20:1  And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
Rev 20:2  And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
Rev 20:3  And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
Rev 20:4  And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
Rev 20:5  But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.

f.) Eternity means:

Rev 20:15  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Rev 21:1  And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
Rev 21:2  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Rev 21:3  And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
Rev 21:4  And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

C.) There are two Rapture beliefs:

1.) Pre-tribulation
2.) Mid-tribulation

(I believe in the Pre-Tribulation)

The Apostles believed just as I do that the Rapture was eminent and could happen at anytime. They thought it could happen in their lifetime. (Study the Epistles)

Josephus and Justin Martyr, Neither one writers of the Bible but historical writers at the time of Jesus through 100 AD, wrote the same belief that the Apostles and all disciples had at that time.

IV.) I REJECT A MILLENNIALISM BECAUSE:

A.) I Reject the Doctrine of Rome.
B.) It denies the Coming Kingdom Promises to Israel.
C.) It is a hot bed for LIBERALISM.

V.) I REJECT POST MILLENNIALISM BECAUSE:

A.) IT TAKES BIBLICAL EVENTS OUT OF ORDER.
B.) IT GIVES REDEMPTIVE POWER TO MAN RATHER THAN GOD
C.) THIS DOCTRINE IS ON THE WAY OUT

The Bible says:

2Ti 3:16  [All scripture is given by inspiration of God], and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2Ti 3:17  That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

1Jn 5:13  These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

The Bible does not give us leeway to go against what it says.

God says what He means and God means what He says.

Are you a true believer?

Isa 44:5  One shall say, I am the LORD’S; and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob; and another shall subscribe with his hand unto the LORD, and surname himself by the name of Israel.
Isa 44:6  Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.
Isa 44:7  And who, as I, shall call, and shall declare it, and set it in order for me, since I appointed the ancient people? and the things that are coming, and shall come, let them shew unto them.
Isa 44:8  Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any.

Heb 11:6  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

You will never understand prophecy without this Key!

Let’s Pray!

The Coming of The King

THE COMING OF THE KING

As we continue our study of the things that happen after the “Rapture” of the Church, we come to this passage of Zechariah 14. We will learn much about the Second Coming of Jesus from these words. When this happens “the time of Jacob’s trouble” will be coming to it’s end and the Millennial reign of Our Lord will begin.

OUR TEXT:

Zechariah 14:1-21

The coming of the King. The phrase “the day of the Lord” is used 29 times in the Bible.

Why is our King coming back?

1.) He’s coming to rid this world of sinners.

Isa 13:9  Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and [he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it].

Some think this could happen in the Church age but God never intended this to be the work of the Church. The period of “grace” is for whosoever will. The Second Coming of Christ has a sure purpose. To rid the world of sinners.

2.) He’s coming to fulfill the promises to the Israel.

Deu 30:3  That then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and [will return] and [gather thee from all the nations], whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee.

To show His compassion for the children of Israel.

3.) He is coming to restore these Israelite to their own land.

Jer 12:15  And it shall come to pass, after that I have plucked them out [I will return], and have compassion on them, and [will bring them again, every man to his heritage, and every man to his land].

The heritage of these people is Israel and Jerusalem.

4.) He is coming as King!

1Ti 6:14  That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, [until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ]:
1Ti 6:15  Which in his times he shall shew, [who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords];
1Ti 6:16  [Who only hath immortality], [dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto]; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.

THIS SECOND COMING WILL BE THE ULTIMATE FULFILLMENT OF ALL THE PROPHETS.

Nathan told King David:

2Sa 7:17 says  According to all these words, and [according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David].

God’s people of the Millenium.

2Sa 7:8 says  Now therefore so shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, [to be ruler over my people, over Israel]:

Their own land not bothered by the Devils’s followers

2Sa 7:10  Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, [that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall (the children of wickedness) afflict them any more, as beforetime],

The sinners will have been destroyed. Isa 13:9

The Throne reestablished forever

2Sa 7:16  And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: [thy throne shall be established for ever].

Notice this is “God’s covenant” and not King David’s:

This King Jesus, is also the son of Abraham to fulfill those promises

Mat 1:1 says  The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, [the son of David, the son of Abraham].

As Christians we have three things to learn from these covenants:

1.) That we who hope in Jesus Christ and follow him in the obedience of faith are descendants of Abraham and heirs of his covenant promises.

2.) That these promises to us are more spectacular than anything we will see or hear of.

3.) That these promises are sure, (rooted in God’s unchanging truthfulness [and confirmed by Christ’s coming]).

God said to Abraham:

Gen 17:7 SAYS  And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.
Gen 17:8  And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, [for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God].
Gen 17:9  And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep [my covenant] therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations.

Notice this is “God’s Covenant”  not Abraham’s.

Isa 53 tells us of: The suffering Messiah

Isa 11 tells us of: The reigning Messiah

WE KNOW THIS AS THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST!

This was all a mystery to the Prophets that foretold it and to the Angels who witness every salvation.

1Pe 1:10 says  Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:
1Pe 1:11  Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.
1Pe 1:12  Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.

Jesus said:

Luk 24:26  Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?
Luk 24:27  And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

THE NEW TESTAMENT CLEARS THESE THINGS UP:

Gabriel told Joseph these words:

Mat 1:21 SAYS  [And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins].
Mat 1:22  [Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet], saying,
Mat 1:23  [Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us]. (Isa 7:14)

Old Simeon told Mary and Joseph these words:

Luk 2:28 SAYS  Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,
Luk 2:29  Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:
*****Luk 2:30  [For mine eyes have seen thy salvation],
Luk 2:31  [Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people];
Luk 2:32  [A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel].
Luk 2:33  And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.
Luk 2:34  And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; [and for a sign which shall be spoken against];
Luk 2:35  [(Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,)] that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. (Isa 49:6)

Luke the physician wrote these words:

Luk 24:46 SAYS  And said unto them, [Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day]: (Psa 16:10)
*****Luk 24:47  And [that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem].
Luk 24:48  And ye are witnesses of these things.

Luk 1:31 SAYS  And, [behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS].
*****Luk 1:32  He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and [the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David]:
Luk 1:33  And [he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever]; and [of his kingdom there shall be no end]. (Isa 9:6-7)

LUKE WROTE TO SERVE THE LORD IS TO SERVE UNTIL DEATH:

Luk 1:68 SAYS [Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people,
Luk 1:69  And hath raised up [an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David];
Luk 1:70  As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, [which have been since the world began]:
Luk 1:71  [That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us];
Luk 1:72  To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant;
Luk 1:73  [The oath which he sware to our father Abraham],
Luk 1:74  That he would grant unto us, [that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear,
*****Luk 1:75  In holiness and righteousness before him, (all the days of our life)]. (John 10:28-29)

THE “WISE” MEN ASKED:

Mat 2:2  Saying, [Where is he that is born King of the Jews]? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. (Jer 23:5)

THE EXACT PLACE OF BIRTH, THAT WAS PROPHESIED:

Mat 2:6  And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: [for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel]. (Micah 5:2)

WHEN CHRIST SITS ON THE THRONE: He has already appointed the new judges of Israel. (The 12)

Mat 19:27  Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?
Mat 19:28  And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, [in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel].

THE SON OF DAVID, “BUT IT IS CHRIST THAT WILL SIT ON THE THRONE”:

*****Act 2:30  Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, [he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne];
Act 2:31  He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.
Act 2:32  [This Jesus hath God raised up], whereof we all are witnesses.

GOD CAME TO THE GENTILES FIRST TO ESTABLISH THE CHURCH AS PROPHESIED:

*****Act 15:14  Simeon hath declared [how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name].
Act 15:15  And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written,
*****Act 15:16  After this I will return, and [will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down]; and [I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up]:

THIS WOULD BE THE TABERNACLE KING DAVID BUILT TO HOUSE THE RECOVERED ARK. THIS TABERNACLE WAS LOCATED IN JERUSALEM NEAR THE KING’S HOUSE.

ZECHARIAH TOLD OF HIS FIRST COMING:

Zec 9:9  Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, [thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass].

JESUS TOLD THE DISCIPLES THAT IT WAS GIVEN TO THEM TO KNOW THESE MYSTERIES:

*****Mat 13:11  He answered and said unto them, [Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven], but to them it is not given.
Mat 13:12  For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
Mat 13:13  Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
Mat 13:14  And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
Mat 13:15  For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
Mat 13:16  But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.

NOW ZECHARIAH TELLS OF THE SECOND COMING:

WE  MUST NOT FORGET THAT DURING THIS TIME OF THE SECOND COMING OF OUR LORD, THE CHURCH HAS ALREADY BEEN RAPTURED OUT OF THIS EARTH AND THE CHURCH IS ALREADY IN HEAVEN WITH OUR LORD. WE WILL COME BACK WITH HIM AT THIS TIME.

WHAT THE CHURCH NEEDS TO DO IS TO NOT DWELL ON THIS SECOND COMING BUT ACCEPT IT AS TRUTH AND REMEMBER THAT “TODAY IS THE DAY OF GRACE” AND THIS DAY COULD END AT ANY MOMENT. WE ALL HAVE LOVED ONES AND FRIENDS THAT ARE LOST. WE NEED TO TELL THEM ABOUT JESUS. ONLY THE TRUTH WILL DO!

*****OUR TEXT FOR TODAY:

Zec 14:1  Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.
Zec 14:2  For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
Zec 14:3  Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.
Zec 14:4  And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.
Zec 14:5  And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.
Zec 14:6  And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark:
Zec 14:7  But it shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.
Zec 14:8  And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be.

Jesus may be back in Heaven but He is not through with this world. He is coming again because He said so. To not believe this is to not to believe the word of God. When you accept the words of Salvation then you must accept the words of Damnation and Hell. To the Church, Christ will first appear in the “Clouds” to gather His Church.

1Th 4:14 says  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
1Th 4:15  For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
*****1Th 4:16  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
1Th 4:17  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

AT LEAST SEVEN YEARS LATER HE WILL COME AGAIN TO THIS EARTH!

Verse 1.)

BEHOLD! = ( God says Stop what you are doing and understand these words).

[To fix the attention upon an object; to attend; to direct or fix the mind.]

(the day of the Lord COMETH)

2Ti 3:1 says  This know also, that [in the last days perilous times] shall come.

ARE WE LIVING IN PERILOUS TIMES? ALMOST EVERYONE IN THE WORLD WOULD SAY YES.

Jesus said “TO THE CHURCH” when these times are upon you:

Luk 21:28 says  And when these things begin to come to pass, [then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh].

The Rapture could happen at any moment! The phrase the day of the Lord as I said is used 29 times in the Bible.

THIS WILL BE A DAY OF DEVASTATION:

*****1.) Jer 30:7  Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even [the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it].

*****2.) Mat 24:21  [For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be].

*****3.) Joe 1:15  Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, [and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come].

4.) Joe 2:1  Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and [sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble]: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand;

5.) Joe 2:31  [The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come].

6.) Joe 3:14  Multitudes, [multitudes in the valley of decision]: [for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision].

THE WORLD WILL SEE THAT IT IS GOD THAT IS IN CHARGE:

*****Rev 5:12  Saying with a loud voice, [Worthy is the Lamb that was slain] to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
Rev 5:13  And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.

JESUS CHRIST WILL PUT “ALL” HIS ENEMIES UNDER HIS FEET!

1Co 15:24  Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.
*****1Co 15:25  [For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet].

THE KING OF GLORY HAS ARRIVED TO DO HIS WILL ON EARTH:

Mat 6:10  Thy kingdom come. [Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven].

Just before His arrival when the forces of the Anti-Christ think they are winning, they will be dividing the spoils of Jerusalem in the streets.

Zec 13:8 says  And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, [two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein].

Verse 2.)

Again God is in charge. He has used the children of Israel again, this time to gather all their enemies in one place. It is the Lord Jesus Christ that called this meeting and it is the Lord Jesus Christ that will end this meeting.

[This is the time of Jacob’s trouble], we already know two thirds of them will die. The women will be ravished, half the city will be captured and many will be cut off from the city.

CAN YOU IMAGINE IT TAKING ALL THIS BEFORE GOD’S CHILDREN WILL CALL ON HIM. REMEMBER WHAT MOSES SAID:

Deu 30:1  And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, [and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath driven thee],
*****Deu 30:2  [And shalt return unto the LORD thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul];
Deu 30:3  That then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, [and will return and gather thee from all the nations], whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee.

YOU SEE THESE WORDS DO NOT CHANGE. IT IS THE TIME OF GRACE AND ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD, BELIEVE AND REPENT OUR SIN. THESE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL HAVE THIS ONE THING TO DO BEFORE THEY WILL BE SAVED OUT OF THIS TROUBLE.

Luk 21:24 SAYS  And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, [until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled].

YOU SEE THE TIME OF THE GENTILES IS COMING FAST TO THE END. ZECHARIAH DESCRIBES HOW THE NATIONS OF THE WORLD WILL ATTACK THE CITY OF JERUSALEM. DANIEL ALSO FORETOLD OF THIS BATTLE:

Dan 7:21  I beheld, and [the same horn made war with the saints], and prevailed against them;
Dan 7:22  Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.

THE MAN OF SIN:

2Th 2:3  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and [that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition];

THE BEAST:

Rev 13:1  And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and [saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy].
Rev 13:2  And [the beast] which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
Rev 13:3  And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.

THE ANTI-CHRIST IS LEADING THESE NATIONS AGAINST JERUSALEM:

1Jn 2:18  Little children, it is the last time: [and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come], even now are there many antichrist; whereby we know that it is the last time.

THESE ARE THE NATIONS OF THE REVIVED ROMAN EMPIRE, THESE ARE THE ISLAMIC NATIONS THAT SURROUND ISRAEL NOW. THESE ARE THE AFRICAN NATIONS INCLUDING LYBIA AND ETHIOPIA. THESE ARE PROBABLY THE RUSSIAN CONTROLLED NATIONS AND THE CHINA CONTROLLED NATIONS. THIS COULD ALSO BE AMERICA. IT DOES SAY ALL NATIONS.

Daniel 2:41-44; 7:7, 20, 24
Revelation 13:1; 17:1-7; 12-18
2 Thessalonians 2:4
Ezekiel 38:15, 16
Ezekiel 38:5, 6
Revelation 9:14-16; 16:12-14

Verse 3.)

The Battle is the Lords:

1Co 10:9 says  Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.
1Co 10:10  Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.
1Co 10:11  [Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples]: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

Most all things in the Old Testament were written to give us “examples” of how Our Lord deals with things. There are also examples of this:

*****Dan 2:34 says  Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, [which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay], [and brake them to pieces].

Most of the time when this verse is read and explained it breaks down the kingdoms of the past (The Babylonian, The Greeks, The Romans, The European Union) and the future and this is true.
 
IF WE LOOK AT WHAT THIS SAYS, WE CAN SEE THAT WHILE THIS STATUE WAS IN ONE PIECE (all the nations together) THAT STONE BROKE DOWN THIS STATUE. Well we have all the nations of the world gathered together against Israel (Jerusalem) the day of Christ second coming and [He will break them all in pieces at one time]. What is their weakness? Dirt will not mix with iron!

HOW DOES GOD DO THIS?

Eze 39:2 says  And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel:
*****Eze 39:3  And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand.
*****Eze 39:4  Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured.

Zec 12:2 says  Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.
*****Zec 12:3  And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

THE BATTLE IS TRULY THE LORDS TO WIN, FOR HE CAN NEVER LOSE!

Psa 2:2  The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,
Psa 2:3  Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
*****Psa 2:4  He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: [the Lord shall have them in derision].

THE LORD WILL LAUGH WITH SCORN AT THEIR FEEBLE ATTEMPT!

Verse 4-7.)

(His feet shall stand)

Act 1:9 says  And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
Act 1:10  And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;
*****Act 1:11  Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, [shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven].
*****Act 1:12  Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day’s journey.

The Lord Jesus Christ is not coming back to Washington, DC. He’s not coming back to Moscow, Or China nor anywhere in Europe.

NO THE THE LORD JESUS CHRIST IS COMING BACK TO THE EXACT SAME PLACE HE LEFT FROM, SIMPLY BECAUSE HE SAID HE WAS. NOT ONE WORD OF THE BIBLE WILL GO UNFULFILLED. THERE IS A GATE HE WANTS TO ENTER INTO AND HE WILL. (that Eastern Gate that has been closed for so long)

(Christ had wept over this city once):

Mat 23:37 says  O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
Mat 23:38  Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.
*****Mat 23:39  For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord

This time there will no weeping from the Lord, no it’s the World that will be weeping.

(the mount of Olives shall cleave)

Just recently we have seen the terrible devastation in Haiti. We have witnessed many times destruction in California. This day in Jerusalem there will the most devastating “earthquake” of all time. Jerusalem has had at least one earthquake before. It had to be a serious quake because it was talked about for over 200 years in the Bible. They fled this city then and they will flee again.

Even the scientist agree of a future earthquake for Jerusalem:

This was taken from a report in the year 2000:

The Earthquake In Israel’s Future:
*****Thousands of Israeli would be killed and hundreds of thousands become homeless if a earthquake struck in Israel, and [there’s a good chance that a major one will occur within the next 50 years].
This is the conclusion of a recent report presented by Israel’s Geophysical Institute which checked the country’s preparedness for the eventuality of an earthquake. The report does not state that an earthquake will strike. According to the Institute, earthquakes are impossible to predict, but due to Israel’s past history and its location near fault lines, the probability that an earthquake of at least 6.5 magnitude will occur soon is great.
To prepare for the report, the Geophysical Institute took seismic readings and checked buildings and infrastructure throughout Israel. Last year’s quakes in Turkey were taken into account along with seismic happenings in and near Eilat in recent years.
According to the report, there are four areas in Israel susceptible to earthquakes: Beit Shean, Yagur (near Haifa), the Hula Valley and the Dead Sea. Estimates of the strength and magnitude of possible earthquakes in these areas are as follows:
Beit Shean 7.1 magnitude 9,500 fatalities
Yagur 6.5 magnitude 5,100 fatalities
Hula Valley 7.0 magnitude 8,300 fatalities
Dead Sea 7.0 magnitude 8,200 fatalities
These numbers are not even close to the actual number that will die.
 
*****WE MUST NOT FORGET EVERY NATION AND EVERY ARMY OF EACH NATION WILL BE SURROUNDING ISRAEL AT THIS VERY MOMENT.

*****Rev 11:13  And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.
 
IN REALITY THERE IS A DEAD SEA FAULT LINE THAT RUNS UNDER THE DEAD SEA AND UP THE JORDAN VALLEY AND ALONG THE EASTERN SHORE OF THE SEA OF GALILEE. THERE IS ANOTHER FAULT LINE THAT RUNS EAST AND WEST FROM THE MEDITERRAINIAN. THIS ONE SPLITS IN THREE FISSURES AND ONE GOES RIGHT THROUGH THE MOUNT OF OLIVES.

How can these things to true?

Isa 22:9 says  Ye have seen also the breaches of the city of David, that they are many: and ye gathered together the waters of the lower pool.
Isa 22:10  And ye have numbered the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses have ye broken down to fortify the wall.
*****Isa 22:11  Ye made also a ditch between the two walls for the water of the old pool: [but ye have not looked unto the maker thereof, neither had respect unto him that fashioned it long ago].

REMEMBER GOD PLANNED ALL THIS BEFORE HE CREATED ANYTHING. HE WROTE IT ALL DOWN IN HIS BOOK BEFORE HAND!

REMEMBER WHAT JOHN SAW:

*****Rev 6:14  And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; [and every mountain and island were moved out of their places].
*****Rev 16:18  And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and [there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great].
Rev 16:19  And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.

IT’S GOING TO HAPPEN! THOSE MIGHTY ARMIES ARE RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF ALL OF IT AND OF COURSE JERUSALEM BUT IT IS THE LORD JESUS THAT IS IN CHARGE.

*****Why will it be so dark? We have a clue to at least one reason and there are other reasons.

Rev 7:1 says  And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.

There will be a tremendous cloud of dust because of this great earthquake, with no wind to move and it will settle over this battle ground and just like the Bible says it will be twilight.

Rev 6:12  And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; [and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood];

*****THIS IS THE EARTHQUAKE THAT WILL ALSO CAUSE THE RIVERS TO CHANGE THEIR COURSE! THE ESCAPE ROUTE FOR THOSE TRAPPED IN JERUSALEM WILL BE OPENED.

*****Rev 12:6 SAYS  And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

Eze 47:6 SAYS  And he said unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen this? Then he brought me, and caused me to return to the brink of the river.
Eze 47:7  Now when I had returned, behold, at the bank of the river were very many trees on the one side and on the other.
Eze 47:8  Then said he unto me, These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea: which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed.

THIS WILL BE A DAY THAT THIS WORLD HAS NEVER SEEN AND WILL NEVER SEE AGAIN!

*****AGAIN OUR TEXT:

Zec 14:9  And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.
Zec 14:10  All the land shall be turned as a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem: and it shall be lifted up, and inhabited in her place, from Benjamin’s gate unto the place of the first gate, unto the corner gate, and from the tower of Hananeel unto the king’s winepresses.
Zec 14:11  And men shall dwell in it, and there shall be no more utter destruction; but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited.
Zec 14:12  And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.
Zec 14:13  And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.
Zec 14:14  And Judah also shall fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the heathen round about shall be gathered together, gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abundance.
Zec 14:15  And so shall be the plague of the horse, of the mule, of the camel, and of the ass, and of all the beasts that shall be in these tents, as this plague.

Verse 9.)

*****WHAT ARE THE RESULTS OF HIS COMING?
THE LORD WILL BE KING OF THIS EARTH!

Deu 17:15 SAYS  Thou shalt in any wise set him king over thee, whom the LORD thy God shall choose: one from among thy brethren shalt thou set king over thee: thou mayest not set a stranger over thee, which is not thy brother.

ONLY A JEW CAN BE THE TRUE KING OF ISRAEL!

Psa 45:7 SAYS  Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: [therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows].
 
THIS KING IS GOD HIMSELF!

(his name one)

Back in the days of Moses, the Lord showed Himself and He had these words:

Exo 6:2  And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the LORD:
Exo 6:3  And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, [but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them].

Jehovah: This name was held by the later Jews to be so sacred that it was never pronounced except by the High Priest on the great Day of Atonement, when he entered into the most holy place. Whenever this name occurred in the sacred books they pronounced it, as they still do, “Adonai” (Lord), thus using another word in its stead.

In the days of Jeremiah, he had these words:

Jer 23:5  Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.
*****Jer 23:6  In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: [and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS].
Jer 23:7  Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that they shall no more say, The LORD liveth, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt;
Jer 23:8  But, The LORD liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own land.

In Hebrew this would be Jehovah Tsidkenu: We must remember at this time everyone that has come to know Christ as there “saviour” will be “Babes in Christ”.

They are meeting the “Saviour” for the very first time.

1Pe 2:2 says  As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
1Pe 2:3  If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
1Pe 2:4  To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,
1Pe 2:5  Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

Jerusalem is now become the “Physical” and the “Spiritual” capitol of the world that Christ is about to rebuild.

Verse 10,11.)

The City of Jerusalem will be changed:

Geba is (modern Jeba) is now six miles NE from the city. Rimmon modern (En-rimmon) is thirty-five miles SW of Jerusalem and 9 miles S.

Isa 2:2  And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
Isa 2:3  And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

THIS LARGE CITY WILL BE FULL OF PEOPLE!

And Jerusalem means: This name is in the original in the dual form, and means “possession of peace,” or “foundation of peace.”  Also “vision of peace”. Now the City of Peace!

Verse 12-15.)

(This shall be the plague)

The description of what happens to these people is not pleasant. Many believe that this could be “Nuclear” in it’s effects and it certainly can be.

But we have some facts from the Bible:

God had these words for Moses:

Exo 33:19  And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.
*****Exo 33:20  And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.

Come in His Glory:

Isa 60:1 says  Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.
*****Isa 60:2  For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and [his glory shall be seen upon thee]. (Exo 33:20)

This is Christ:

*****Heb 1:3  [Who being the brightness of his glory],(Exo 33:20) and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
Heb 1:4  Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

This is the same day:

*****Rev 18:1  And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and [the earth was lightened with his glory]. (Exo 33:20)

WHAT ELSE DO WE KNOW?

Col 1:16 SAYS  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
*****Col 1:17  And he is before all things, and by him [all things consist].

ALL THINGS CONSIST MEANS “HE IS THE GLUE THAT HOLDS IT ALL TOGETHER”!

THE BRIGHTNESS OF HIS COMING (THE SHEKINAH GLORY OF THE LORD):

*****2Th 2:8  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and [shall destroy with the brightness of his coming]: (Exo 33:20)
2Th 2:9  Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

THE WRATH OF GOD:

2Th 1:6  Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;
2Th 1:7  And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
*****2Th 1:8  [In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God], and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: (Exo 33:20)
2Th 1:9  Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;
2Th 1:10  When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.

THE WARRIOR KING:

Psa 2:8  Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
*****Psa 2:9  [Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel]. (Dan 2:34)

THIS IS THE DAY OF HIS COMING:

*****Rev 19:11  And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
Rev 19:12  His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
Rev 19:13  And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
Rev 19:14  And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
Rev 19:15  [And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God].

THE KINGDOM OF THE LORD:

Rev 11:15  And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, [The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever].

OUR PRAYER:

Mat 6:9  After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
*****Mat 6:10  Thy kingdom come. [Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven].

ARE YOU COMING WITH HIM?

FOR Just as in the days of Noah.
AND Just as in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Christ is coming to destroy all sinners this day!

*****Isa 13:9  Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: [and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it].

And all these other things will happen:

Isa 13:10  For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.
Isa 13:11  And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.
Isa 13:12  I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.
Isa 13:13  Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.

*****AGAIN OUR TEXT:

Zec 14:16  And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.
Zec 14:17  And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.
Zec 14:18  And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.
Zec 14:19  This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.
Zec 14:20  In that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses, HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD; and the pots in the LORD’S house shall be like the bowls before the altar.
Zec 14:21  Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the LORD of hosts: and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and seethe therein: and in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the LORD of hosts.
 
Verse 16-19.)

Everyone will go to church but most of them will truly want to go.

*****Isa 2:3 says  And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, [and we will walk in his paths]: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

Eze 34:25  And I will make with them a covenant of peace, and will cause the evil beasts to cease out of the land: and they shall dwell safely in the wilderness, and sleep in the woods.
Eze 34:26  And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.
Eze 34:27  And the tree of the field shall yield her fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase, and they shall be safe in their land, and shall know that I am the LORD, when I have broken the bands of their yoke, and delivered them out of the hand of those that served themselves of them.
Eze 34:28  And they shall no more be a prey to the heathen, neither shall the beast of the land devour them; but they shall dwell safely, and none shall make them afraid.

(they will be safe)

Isa 11:6  The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
Isa 11:7  And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
Isa 11:8  And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den.
Isa 11:9  [They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain]: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.

(The Feast of the Tabernacles) a time of “REJOICING”

Lev 23:33-43

Deu 16:13 says  Thou shalt observe the feast of tabernacles seven days, after that thou hast gathered in thy corn and thy wine:
Deu 16:14  And thou shalt rejoice in thy feast, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite, the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are within thy gates.
Deu 16:15  Seven days shalt thou keep a solemn feast unto the LORD thy God in the place which the LORD shall choose: [because the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all thine increase, and in all the works of thine hands, therefore thou shalt surely rejoice].

Rev 20:6  Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, [but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years].
 
(EVERYONE WILL COME)

(the Lord will smite the heathen “that come not up” to keep the feast of tabernacles).
 
*****Rev 12:5  And she brought forth a man child, [who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron]: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.

There may be no sinners left on Earth but there will be some people still in the flesh. They will need a little coaxing to be obedient to the Lord.

Once we are saved and even though we become instant Saints, we are still only one step from where we just came from. There will still be a “sanctification process”.

Sanctified means:  To Be Made holy; consecrated; set apart for sacred services.

Verse 20,21.)

GOD STILL DOES NOT CHANGE HIS WAYS!

Lev 20:26 SAYS  And [ye shall be holy unto me: for I the LORD am holy], and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine.

*****Jer 31:36 SAYS  If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, [then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever].

Rev 15:4 SAYS  Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? [for thou only art holy]: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.

*****Zec 14:20  In that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses, [HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD]; and the pots in the LORD’S house shall be like the bowls before the altar.
 
Zec 14:21  Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the LORD of hosts: and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and seethe therein: and in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the LORD of hosts.

WE WILL SEE GOD HAS NOT FORGOTTEN HIS PEOPLE:

Isa 49:14  But Zion said, The LORD hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me.
*****Isa 49:15  Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, [yet will I not forget thee].
 
GOD DOES NOT FORGET ANYTHING, BUT “PRAISE THE LORD”, HE DOES CHOOSE TO NOT REMEMBER SOME THINGS!

*****Isa 43:25  I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and [will not remember thy sins].
Isa 43:26  Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.

OH, WHAT A SAVIOUR!

Mic 7:18  Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.
Mic 7:19  He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.
Mic 7:20  Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old.

WE DON’T THANK HIM ENOUGH!

Rom 6:17  But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
Rom 6:18  [Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness].
 
IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS!

Joh 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Joh 14:7  If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

Rev 1:18  I am he that liveth, (DEATH COULD NOT CLAIM HIM) and was dead;

(THE GRAVE COULD NOT HOLD HIM)

“and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death”

(HELL COULD NOT CONDEMN HIM).
 
THE BATTLE IS THE LORD’S! WE NEED ONLY SUPPLY OUR FAITH IN HIM!

LET’S PRAY!

The Cleansing of Israel

THE CLEANSING OF ISRAEL

READING TODAY FROM: Zechariah 13:1-9

We have been studying about some things that happen after the “rapture” of the Church. In Ezekiel the Temple and the River that will flow from it. In Daniel the world kingdoms past and future and the times of Christ coming, past and future. In our last lesson we saw the redeeming, the saving of Israel by Christ our Lord and how they finally turn back to God and even the leaders knew the people had returned to the Lord and they could see the power of God through his children. These are things that the Bible says will happen at the end of the tribulation period and in the Millennial Kingdom. The “second coming of Christ”!

Today we see the the “Cleansing of Israel”.

Before we can come to know our Lord as “Saviour” we must first realize that we are sinners. We have no righteousness on our own. In fact the Bible says:

Isa 64:6  But we are all as an unclean thing, and [all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags]; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

We know as being unrighteous we could not possibly stand before a “Righteous God”. Every sinner needs a cleansing before God will accept us into His beloved family.

THERE IS ONLY ONE “CLEANSING” RECOGNIZED OF GOD:

Rev 1:5 SAYS  And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. [Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood],
Rev 1:6  And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

WE WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND THIS UNTIL WE SEE JESUS:

Php 4:7 SAYS  [And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding], shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

PRAISE GOD FOR HIS MERCY AND GRACE!

There are basically two views of mankind:

1.) That mankind is basically good, that man is good in his heart but will sometimes do bad things and need teaching and understanding to make them perfect.

THIS IS THE HUMANISTIC POINT OF VIEW!
I IMMEDIATELY ASK MYSELF WHO IS THIS PERFECT TEACHER HERE ON THIS EARTH?

2.) The Bible teaches that we are born in sin. Human nature is basically evil. We may do some good things on occasion but we are sinners until we “REPENT” an place our “FAITH” in JESUS CHRIST.

Many get confused of “repentance”.

Mat 21:28 says  But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard.
Mat 21:29  He answered and said, I will not: [but afterward he repented], and went.
Mat 21:30  And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.

In these words of Jesus we can see to “repent” is to be obedient to the father and to go NOT in our own way but to go to where He directed us to go.

If you are a soldier marching and your leader says to you “about face” you immediately turn in the opposite direction, you have then repented your direction.

THE HOPE OF ISRAEL WAS NOT THAT THEY WOULD GET BETTER IN TIME. NO, THEY HAVE KNOWN ALL ALONG THAT GOD WOULD HAVE TO SEND THEM A SAVIOUR, THEY CALLED HIM “THE MESSIAH.”

LET’S BEGIN OUR READING:

Zec 13:1  In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.
Zec 13:2  And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will cut off the names of the idols out of the land, and they shall no more be remembered: and also I will cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to pass out of the land.
Zec 13:3  And it shall come to pass, that when any shall yet prophesy, then his father and his mother that begat him shall say unto him, Thou shalt not live; for thou speakest lies in the name of the LORD: and his father and his mother that begat him shall thrust him through when he prophesieth.
Zec 13:4  And it shall come to pass in that day, that the prophets shall be ashamed every one of his vision, when he hath prophesied; neither shall they wear a rough garment to deceive:
Zec 13:5  But he shall say, I am no prophet, I am an husbandman; for man taught me to keep cattle from my youth.

There has never been a shortage of false prophets. Not only in Israel but even in America and in all the World. In fact we can see as time gets closer to the end that Satan has even stepped up his false doctrine and the use of his false prophets. The true men of God have always had to try to rebuke these fakes and try to correct their false words.

1.) They teach “works” for salvation.
2.) They “deny” Jesus.
3.) They “deny” the blood.
4.) They “deny” the virgin birth.
5.) They “deny” the cross.
6.) They use other writings that they say are equal to the Holy Bible.

There are no writings that are equal to the Bible!

1Jn 2:22 says  [Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ]? He is antichrist, [that denieth the Father and the Son].

IN OTHER WORDS TO DENY JESUS IS TO DENY THE ALMIGHTY GOD!

THESE ARE THE ONES THAT ARE EASY TO SEE. THERE ARE SO MANY FALSE DOCTRINES IN THE WORLD NOW THAT THE WORLD IS CONFUSED TO THE TRUTH.

1Co 14:33 says  [For God is not the author of confusion], [but of peace, as in all churches of the saints].

GOD HAS MADE SALVATION SIMPLE:

2Co 11:3 SAYS  But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, [so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ].

IF SALVATION COULD BE BOUGHT, THEN IT WOULD NOT BE WORTH HAVING. THERE IS NOTHING IN THIS WORLD THAT YOU CAN TAKE WITH YOU WHEN IT COMES YOUR TIME TO DIE AND EVERYONE WILL DIE.

RELIGION IS SATAN’S BUSINESS AND HE CAMOUFLAGES IT IN ANY WAY THAT HE CAN USE TO DECEIVE GOD’S CHILDREN.

(in that day)

What day does Zechariah refer to at least 16 times just in his last three chapters?

Isa 13:6 says  Howl ye; [for the day of the LORD is at hand]; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.
Isa 13:7  Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man’s heart shall melt:

THAT DAY IS SOON COMING. “WE CALL IT THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST”. THIS IS NOT THE TIME OF THE RAPTURE BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT CHRIST WILL NOT COME ALL THE WAY TO THE EARTH ON THAT DAY.

1Th 4:16 SAYS  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
1Th 4:17  Then we which are alive and remain [shall be caught up together with them in the clouds], [to meet the Lord in the air]: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

NO THIS IS THE DAY OF WRATH PROMISED BEFORE TIME BEGAN!

Job 21:30  That the wicked is reserved to the day of destruction? [they shall be brought forth to the day of wrath].

Rev 6:17 says  [For the great day of his wrath is come]; and who shall be able to stand?

THIS IS THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST!

(shall be a fountain)

We saw the great mourning in Zec 12:10 they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and [they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn].

We will now see the joy of the Lord Psa 30:5 says  For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, [but joy cometh in the morning].

WHAT A JOY IT WILL BE WHEN WE ENTER INTO ETERNAL LIFE KNOWING THERE WILL BE NO MORE TEARS!

Rev 21:4 SAYS  And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

IT IS THE HOLY SPIRIT THAT BRINGS CONVICTION. WHEN YOU ACCEPT THE LORD JESUS INTO YOUR HEART AS YOUR SAVIOUR, “THE HOLY SPIRIT” IMMEDIATLEY MOVES IN AND YOU ARE SEALED AS A CHILD OF GOD.

Eph 1:13  In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, [ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise],
Eph 1:14  Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

That word “earnest”  means the Holy Spirit is our down payment until the day we meet Jesus in the clouds, the day we meet Him in the air. That is the actual day He redeems what He purchased with His blood.

YOU CAN SEE IN THESE WORDS OF ZECHARIAH HOW THE HOLY SPIRIT HAS BEGUN HIS WORK ON THESE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL. THAT FOUNTAIN OF THE LORD WILL BREAK FORTH, WIDE AND FREE AND UNSTOPPABLE.

1Co 10:4 SAYS  And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

THEY WILL AGAIN DRINK OF THIS SPIRITUAL ROCK BUT THIS TIME THEY WILL BELIEVE!

THE FOUNTAIN OF THE LORD IS FOR CLEANSING FROM SIN. THE SIN OF REJECTING GOD.

1Jn 3:4 SAYS  Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
1Jn 3:5  And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.

JEREMIAH WROTE ABOUT THIS NEW COVENANT WITH THE LORD MANY YEARS EARLIER!

Jer 31:31  Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
Jer 31:32  Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:
Jer 31:33  But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

THIS IS THE COVENANT OF GRACE THAT HAD BEEN WITH THE CHURCH UNTIL THE CHURCH WAS RECALLED. SO THERE IS STILL A GREAT HOPE FOR THIS BELOVED PEOPLE OF GOD.

Rom 11:26 SAYS  And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
Rom 11:27  [For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins].

ONLY THROUGH THE WORK OF GOD’S LAMB CAN ANY BE SAVED!

Joh 1:29 SAYS  The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, [Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world].

JESUS CHRIST IS THAT FOUNTAIN!

Rev 22:17 SAYS  And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

THAT CLEANSING FOUNTAIN THAT OPENED AND GUSHED FORTH FROM
THE CROSS!

The fountain opened is the pierced side of Jesus Christ, for thence came there out
blood and water—precious blood, the price of our redemption. Those who now look to
Christ pierced are saved—but this Israel does not see and will not until His Second
Coming.

1Pe 1:18 SAYS  Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
1Pe 1:19  [But with the precious blood of Christ], as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

Israel, at the end of the age, will pass through a period of fiery trial for purification, after which they will find Christ to be the Lamb slain for the putting away of sin. Their sin and uncleanness finally put away, they shall be restored to Jehovah’s favor.

1Jn 1:7 SAYS  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

Verse 2)

WHAT DOES TRUE REDEMPTION BRING?

In {that day of the Lord} the names of all idols will be destroyed. The Hebrew word (atsab) is used here and it denotes the work of man’s hands, the results of man’s labor.

Eze 14:5  That I may take the house of Israel in their own heart, because they are all estranged from me through their idols.
Eze 14:6  Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations.

Hos 4:12  My people ask counsel at their stocks, and their staff declareth unto them: for the spirit of whoredoms hath caused them to err, and they have gone a whoring from under their God.

WHERE DID THESE JEWS LEARN OF THESE THINGS?

(also I will cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to pass out of the land)

IT HAS BEEN THESE FALSE PROPHETS ALL THE TIME THAT HAVE BROUGHT THE DOWNFALL OF THESE PEOPLE. AND IN THIS SAME PHRASE WE SEE THESE PROPHETS WERE ASSOCIATED WITH THESE EVIL SPIRITS. THESE SAME EVIL SPIRITS ARE STILL AROUND IN 2011 AND THEY STILL INFLUENCE THE FALSE PROPHETS OF OUR DAY.

*****BUT THIS DAY OF THE LORD BRINGS A CLEANSING AND AN AWAKENING FOR GOD’S PEOPLE. WHEN YOU ARE FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT YOU CAN SEE THE LIGHT OF OUR GLORIOUS LORD JESUS CHRIST.

1Co 12:2 SAYS  Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.
1Co 12:3  Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.

THIS DAY THE PROPHECY OF HOSEA WILL BE FULFILLED:

Hos 2:19 says  And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies.
Hos 2:20  [I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the LORD].

Verse 3-5)

HOW DO THESE FALSE PROPHETS PASS OUT OF THE LAND?

They are recognized for what they are by their own parents.

2Co 5:16 says  Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.
2Co 5:17  [Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new].

Those that live will be so ashamed they will dress so they will not be noticed as a prophet of any sort. This is a reference to a true prophet such as John the Baptist or Elijah.

2Ki 1:8 says  And they answered him, He was an hairy man, and girt with a girdle of leather about his loins. And he said, It is Elijah the Tishbite.

If asked about what they used to do, they will deny ever being prophets and say they are just regular working people and go back to doing work that they once knew.

LET’S COMPARE THIS TO WHAT HAPPENED TO PAUL IN EPHESUS

Act 19:17 says  And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.
Act 19:18  [And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds].
Act 19:19  [Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men]: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.
Act 19:20  So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.

THE APOSTLE PETER WROTE:

1Pe 3:12  For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
1Pe 3:13  And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?
1Pe 3:14  But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;
1Pe 3:15  But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
1Pe 3:16  Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.

NOTICE HOW GOD’S WORD WILL STILL WORK IN ANY AGE, EVEN THIS TIME AT THE END OF THE TRIBULATION PERIOD.

AGAIN OUR TEXT:

Zec 13:6  And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.
Zec 13:7  Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.
Zec 13:8  And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.
Zec 13:9  And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.

Verse 6)

(What are these wounds in your hands)

THERE CAN BE MANY REASONS FOR THESE WOUNDS!

1.) There is a practice of self-mutilation practiced in many false religions. In these last days of the tribulation and the second coming of Jesus these wounds will be noticed and questioned by the followers of Christ.

Proof:

1Ki 18:28  And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them.

2.) The Hebrew word “ahab” is used for the word friends here. The Strong’s dictionary explains this word as having affection (sexually or other wise). We know that sex has been a part of a lot of false religions. Even the Muslim claim the 70 virgins in heaven.

Proof:

friends=ahab
???    ???  ‘a^hab  ‘a^he^b (aw-hab’, aw-habe’)
A primitive root; to have affection for (sexually or otherwise): – (be-) love (-d, -ly, -r), like, friend.

Jer 22:20  Go up to Lebanon, and cry; and lift up thy voice in Bashan, and cry from the passages: [for all thy lovers are destroyed].

Eze 16:33  [They give gifts to all whores]: but [thou givest thy gifts to all thy lovers, and hirest them, that they may come unto thee on every side for thy whoredom].

3.) There can also be a third reason for these wounds. These false prophets and those that worship anything that is not God, who are now ashamed of their so called visions and have taught a false religion but now are in  jeopardy of their own lives even from their own parents, and will have injuries and scars where they have had to defend their own lives from people that have grown tired of their lies.

When you are being beaten, you will have a tendancy to hold up your hands and arms in front of your face for protection. They will be asked, well what are these wounds we see on you. They will say friends and family have caused these wounds.

2Pe 1:16 says  For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eye witnesses of his majesty.

THESE PEOPLE WILL JUST NOT BE DECEIVED ANYMORE BY ANYTHING THAT IS NOT THE TRUTH OF GOD!

Remember Jesus was also wounded in the house of His friends. It was the Jews who crucified Jesus. He had the nail scared hands to prove it.

And one shall say unto him, What are those wounds in thy hands? – The words are simple; the meaning different , according as they are united with what immediately precedes, or the main subject, Him whom they pierced, for whom they were to mourn, and, on their mourning, to be cleansed, and of whom it is said in the next verse, “Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd.” Jerome and others  explain it of the punishment inflicted by parents. “These wounds and bruises I received, condemned by the judgment of my parents, and of those who did not hate but loved me. And so will truth prevail dissipating falsehood, that he too, who was punished for his own fault, will own that he suffered rightly.”
But wounds of chastisement are not inflicted on the hands, and the punishment of false prophecy was not such wounds, but death. Wounds in the hands were no punishment, which parents would inflict. They were the special punishment of the cross , after sustaining which, One only lived. The most literal interpretation, then, of the wounds in the hands harmonizes with the piercing before, and the smiting of the Good Shepherd which follows, of whom David too prophesied, “They pierced My Hands and My Feet” Psa_22:16.  “What are those wounds on Thy hands? How long, think you, and how and by whom will this be said to Him? For ever and ever, unceasingly, and with unspeakable admiration it will be said, both by God the Father, “to whom He was obedient unto death, the death of the Cross” Phi_2:8 : it will be said also both by the holy “angels” who “desire to look into” Him 1Pe_1:12, and by people whom He has redeemed. O great miracle, wonderful spectacle, especially in the Lord of all, to bear wounds in the midst of His Hands! And He shall say; “With these I was wounded in the house of those who loved Me.” O great sacrilege, sacrilegious homicide, that such wounds were inflicted in the house of those who loved. He will not say, ‘with these I was wounded by those who loved Me,’ but ‘in the house of those who loved Me.’ For they who inflicted them, loved Him not.

Verse 7)

(smite the shepherd)

Jesus Christ Himself repeated this verse His last night before that fake trial. The night before He was crucified.

Mar 14:26  And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.
Mar 14:27  And Jesus saith unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered.
Mar 14:28  [But after that I am risen], I will go before you into Galilee.

Notice He also mentioned His resurrection. Now God does not often repeat Himself but we can also find this in Matthew:

Mat 26:30  And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.
Mat 26:31  Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.
Mat 26:32  [But after I am risen again], I will go before you into Galilee.

THIS HAPPENED JUST AFTER THE LORD’S SUPPER AND PROBABLY AT THE GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE. THE BLOOD FLOWED FROM THE PORES OF HIS SKIN THAT NIGHT AS HE BORE THE BURDEN OF MY SIN AND YOUR SIN AND THE SIN OF THE WORLD.

THE DIFFERENCE WE SEE IN ZECHARIAH IS, THAT IT IS THE FATHER THAT SENDS THE SWORD.

GOD THE FATHER SENT HIS SON, THE LORD JESUS CHRIST TO DIE FOR OUR SINS AND FOR ALL SINS. WHEN HE NEXT COMES THERE WILL BE NO SMITING OF THE SHEPHERD. NO, HE WILL HAVE THE SWORD IN “HIS” HANDS.

WE KNOW THAT THE DISCIPLES SCATTERED WHEN THAT MOB TOOK OUR LORD. BUT AFTER THESE WORDS:

Mat 27:25  Then answered all the people, and said, [His blood be on us, and on our children].

IN 70 AD THE WHOLE NATION OF ISRAEL WAS AGAIN SCATTERED AND MAY HAVE STARTED REGATHERING ON MAY 14, 1948 WHEN ISRAEL AGAIN BECAME A NATION. THE JEWS HAD SMITEN THEIR SHEPHERD ON THAT CROSS AT CALVARY. PRAISE GOD FOR PROVIDING OUR PATH TO SALVATION THROUGH THE GUSHING FORTH OF THAT BLOOD IN HIS VEINS, ON THAT DAY.

WE ARE ALL BLIND IF WE CANNOT SEE THAT GOD IS AGAIN REGATHERING HIS PEOPLE AND WE ARE IN THOSE END TIMES NOW. HE’S COMING AGAIN AND IT WILL NOT BE VERY LONG!

(upon the little ones)

IF WE GO BACK TO THE DAYS OF MOSES WE WILL FIND A SIMILIAR SCRIPTURE PASSAGE. MOSES HAD SENT OUT 12 SPIES AND WE KNOW THE STORY. GOD MADE THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL ROAM IN THE WILDERNESS UNTIL THAT GENERATION DIED OUT AND ONLY THE “LITTLE ONES” WERE ALLOWED TO GO INTO THE PROMISE LAND.

Num 14:28 SAYS  Say unto them, As truly as I live, saith the LORD, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you:
Num 14:29  Your carcases shall fall in this wilderness; and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward, which have murmured against me,
Num 14:30  Doubtless ye shall not come into the land, concerning which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun.
Num 14:31  But your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, them will I bring in, and they shall know the land which ye have despised.
Num 14:32  But as for you, your carcases, they shall fall in this wilderness.

COMPARE THAT TO ZECHARIAH 13:7,8 ONLY A REMNANT WILL SURVIVE, BUT GOD SAID HIS HAND WOULD BE PROTECTING THE LITTLE ONES. WE CAN SEE THAT ONLY A THIRD OF THOSE PRESENT THAT DAY IN JERUSALEM WILL BE ALIVE. THE “TIME OF JACOB’S TROUBLE” WILL BE A VERY BAD TIME.

Verse 9)

THIS IS NOT ABOUT THE CHURCH. AN INDIVIDUAL SAINT OF GOD IS TRIED IN THE FIRE AS THE POTTER MOLDS THEM AND MAKES THEM.

IN VERSE NINE WE SEE THE REMNANT OF THE WHOLE NATION OF ISRAEL. THIS IS THE NEW COVENANT THAT GOD PROMISED THESE PEOPLE.

THERE WILL BE NO PHYSICAL DELIVERANCE UNTIL THERE HAS BEEN A SPIRITUAL CONVERSION!
EVEN IN THE CHURCH AGE THERE IS NO PHYSICAL DELIVERANCE WITHOUT A SPIRITUAL DILIVERANCE. YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN. GOD DOES NOT CHANGE NO MATTER WHO HE IS DEALING WITH AT THE TIME. HE IS STILL NO RESPECTOR OF PERSONS.

A MESSAGE TO GOD’S PEOPLE IS THAT WE ALSO NEED THAT DAILY CLEANSING. THAT CAN ONLY HAPPEN THROUGH DAILY PRAYER AND REPENTANCE. IF WE ARE NOT TALKING TO OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN DAILY THEN HOW CAN WE SAY WE LOVE HIM.

IT WILL BE A GREAT DAY IN ISRAEL THAT DAY WHEN THEY REALIZE THE LOVE OF GOD AGAIN! WE DON’T HAVE TO WAIT,AND NEITHER DO THEY OR ANYONE ELSE.

TODAY IS THE DAY OF SALVATION!

Psa 51:7 SAYS  Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Psa 51:10 SAYS  Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

LET’S PRAY!

The Redemption of Israel

THE REDEMPTION OF ISRAEL

OUR TEXT FOR TODAY:

Zechariah 12:1-14

We continue this day with the “Prophecy” of Israel just after the Rapture of the Church and the end of the age of “Grace” to the Gentiles. There will be a New Covenant of “Grace” this time it is aimed at Israel.

Eze 11:19 And I will give them one heart, and [I will put a new spirit within you]; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh:

Eze 11:20 That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.

Eze 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and [a new spirit will I put within you]: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

Eze 36:27 And [I will put my spirit within you], and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

Eze 36:28 And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.

Heb 8:7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.

Heb 8:8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:

If the Holy Spirit of God dwells within you then you are gloriously saved! Zechariah chapter 12 begins with the words “the burden of the word of the Lord”.

Zec 12:1 [The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel];

So what is a “burden”?

The Bible describes a burden in these ways:

1.) A “load” of any kind.

Exo 23:5 If thou see [the ass of him that hateth thee lying under his burden], and wouldest forbear to help him, thou shalt surely help with him.

2.) A severe “task”.

Exo 2:11 And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and [looked on their burdens]: and he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren.

3.) A difficult duty, requiring effort.

Exo 18:22 And let them judge the people at all seasons: and it shall be, that every great matter they shall bring unto thee, but every small matter they shall judge: so shall it be easier for thyself, [and they shall bear the burden with thee].

4.) A prophecy of a disastrous nature.

Isa 13:1 [The burden of Babylon], which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see.

Isa 17:1 [The burden of Damascus]. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.

Hab 1:1 [The burden which Habakkuk the prophet did see].

HOW DID ZECHARIAH SEE THE WORD BURDEN?

I BELIEVE AFTER TODAY WE CAN SEE THAT HE USED THE SAME HEBREW WORD AS ISAIAH DID (massa) AND PROPHESIED DESTRUCTION TO THE ARMIES OF THE ANTICHRIST.

What Zechariah describes is:

1.) A GREAT DAY OF BATTLE

2.) A GREAT DAY OF SALVATION

3.) A GREAT DAY OF SMITING (To kill; to destroy the life of by beating or by weapons of any kind)

4.) AND THE GREAT DAY OF CHRIST

IN OTHER WORDS JUDGEMENT, DELIVERANCE AND BLESSINGS.

The Millennial Kingdom will be a time of “Spiritual” and “Physical” restoring for the children of Israel and for the land surrounding and including Jerusalem.

1.) The Earth will be remade like the old “Garden of Eden” from the book of Genesis:

Isa 11:6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.

Isa 11:7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.

Isa 11:8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den.

Isa 11:9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: [for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea].

2.) There will be no death at this time [until the end of this 1000 years]:

Isa 65:19 And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.

Isa 65:20 There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed.

I BELIEVE THAT SINCE IT IS A MILLENNIUM(1000 years) THEN EVEN THE RECORD OF METHUSALAH MAY FALL. HE LIVED 969 YEARS. I ALSO BELIEVE GOD WAITED TILL THE DEATH OF METHUSALAH BEFORE HE SENT THE FLOOD.

3.) The Lord Jesus Christ will reign Supreme:

Isa 2:2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.

Isa 2:3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

Isa 2:4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

4.) The Nation of Israel will be converted and others also will come to the Lord:

Isa 2:3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and [we will walk in his paths]: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

Isa 2:4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

Isa 2:5 O house of Jacob, come ye, and [let us walk in the light of the LORD].

Eze 47:22 And it shall come to pass, that ye shall divide it by lot for an inheritance unto you, and to the strangers that sojourn among you, [which shall beget children among you]: and they shall be unto you as born in the country among the children of Israel; they shall have inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel.

5.) All creation will sigh with relief!:

Rom 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

Rom 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

It will be a “glorious” time:

Rev 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; [and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years].

**********Let’s take a quick look at why this is taking place.

Before the fall of man, Adam was just a ball of clay:

Gen 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

The Bible says man was made in the Image of God:

Gen 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

Gen 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

Now that probably means more like having a spirit and a soul and being able to think and love rather than physical appearance. “Remember Jesus came to Earth [in the physical image of man] or in the flesh”.

Php 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

Php 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and [took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men]:

Php 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

God is a spirit and of course you cannot see a spirit:

Joh 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

The “soul” of man was separated from God in the fall of Adam, because of “sin”.

Rom 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

THEREFORE IT REQUIRES A NEW BIRTH, WHICH COMES BY FAITH IN THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST.

Joh 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Joh 3:4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?

Joh 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

Joh 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

Joh 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

Rom 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

1Co 15:1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

1Co 15:2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

1Co 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

1Co 15:4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

GOD GAVE THE BREATH OF LIFE SO HE THEREFORE CLAIMS IT UPON THE DEATH OF THE FLESH!

Ecc 12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

ALL SOULS BELONG TO GOD!

Eze 18:4 Behold, [all souls are mine]; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.

BUT!

Eze 18:21 says But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, [he shall surely live, he shall not die].

This is called “repenting”!

Mat 21:29 He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went.

OUR FAITH IN THE WORK OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH! YOU SEE IT IS JESUS CHRIST THAT DID ALL THE WORK AND WE HAVE ONLY HAVE TO BELIEVE, REPENT, AND PRAY TO GOD TO BE BORN AGAIN. IF NOT WE WILL COME UP SHORT!

Heb 4:1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.

Heb 4:2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.

Heb 4:3 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: [although the works were finished from the foundation of the world].

**********OUR TEXT FOR TODAY

Zec 12:1 The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.

Zec 12:2 Behold, [I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about], when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.

Zec 12:3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

(a cup of trembling)

Zechariah mentions Jerusalem 52 times. In this battle at the end of the tribulation period there will be three forces brought together.

1.) The military forces of the nations of this Earth.

2.) Satan himself.

3.) The “awesome” power of God.

THE TRUTH OF GOD IS AT STAKE, IF SATAN CAN DESTROY THE JEWS IN THE TRIBULATION THEN HE MAKES GOD A LIAR AND THE BIBLE WOULD BE ALL FALSE WRITINGS.

**********BUT I HAVE READ THE END OF THE BOOK AND WE ARE ON THE WINNING SIDE!

Rev 22:6 says And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.

WE CAN BE THANKFUL THAT THE CHURCH WILL MISS THE TRIBULATION THAT THESE JEWS MUST GO THROUGH AND “MANY WILL DIE.”

Zec 13:8 And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, [two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein].

Zec 13:9 And [I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them]: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.

**********THAT PHRASE “CUP OF TREMBLING”

cup = In a scriptural sense, are sufferings and afflictions; that which is to be received or endured.

1.) That cup is Jerusalem.

2.) The people to drink of that cup are those armies of the Anti-Christ surrounding Jerusalem to destroy her.

3.) [What’s in that cup is the fury of God].

Psa 75:8 says For in the hand of the LORD there is a cup, and the wine is red; it is full of mixture; and he poureth out of the same: [but the dregs thereof, all the wicked of the earth shall wring them out, and drink them].

dregs = The sediment of liquor; lees; grounds; feculence; any foreign matter of liquor that subsides to the bottom of a vessel The Waste or worthless matter; dross; sweepings; refuse. [Hence, the most vile and despicable part of men; as the dregs of society].

trembling = Shaking, as with fear, cold or weakness; quaking; shivering.

Isa 51:22 says Thus saith thy Lord the LORD, and thy God that pleadeth the cause of his people, [Behold, I have taken out of thine hand the cup of trembling, even the dregs of the cup of my fury]; (thou shalt no more drink it again):

Isa 51:23 [But I will put it into the hand of them that afflict thee]; which have said to thy soul, Bow down, that we may go over: and thou hast laid thy body as the ground, and as the street, to them that went over.

Rev 14:10 says [The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation]; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

Zec 2:7 Deliver thyself, O Zion, that dwellest with the daughter of Babylon.

Zec 2:8 For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: [for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye].

Zec 2:9 For, behold, [I will shake mine hand upon them], and they shall be a spoil to their servants: and ye shall know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me.

(Jerusalem a burdensome stone)

Remember the words of Daniel:

Dan 2:45 Forasmuch [as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands], and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.

**********GOD SAYS THOUGH ALL THE PEOPLE OF THE EARTH BE GATHERED AGAINST JERUSALEM, THAT STONE WILL BREAK THEM IN PIECES!

*****WE MUST REMEMBER THIS IS A LEAGUE OF NATIONS LED BY THE ANTI-CHRIST, BUT THEY CHOSE TO BE USED OF HIM AND ARE IN LEAGUE WITH HIM. THEY ARE IN MUTUAL CONSENT WITH HIM AT THIS TIME.

GOD SAYS HE WILL GIVE THEM A BURDEN THAT THEY CANNOT BEAR.

AGAIN OUR TEXT:

Zec 12:4 In that day, saith the LORD, I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness: and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the people with blindness.

Zec 12:5 And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, The inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be my strength in the LORD of hosts their God.

Zec 12:6 In that day will I make the governors of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem.

Zec 12:7 The LORD also shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify themselves against Judah.

Zec 12:8 In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them.

Zec 12:9 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

Verse 4) (every horse with astonishment)(rider in madness)(people with blindness)

THE LORD WILL NEUTRALIZE THE ENEMY WAR MACHINE:

WE MUST NOT FORGET AT THE VERY MOMENT THE LORD SETS HIS FOOT BACK ON THIS EARTH, THERE WILL BE A GREAT EARTHQUAKE. THE EARTHQUAKE IN HAITI WAS IN THE NEWS FOR SEVERAL DAYS AND WE HAVE SEEN THE PANIC THERE. THERE IS NO EARTHQUAKE LIKE THE ONE THAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN KING JESUS ARRIVES.

Isa 29:6 Thou shalt be visited of the LORD of hosts with thunder, and with earthquake, and great noise, with storm and tempest, and the flame of devouring fire.

Isa 29:7 And the multitude of all the nations that fight against Ariel, even all that fight against her and her munition, and that distress her, [shall be as a dream of a night vision].

Rev 16:18 says And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and [there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great].

Rev 16:19 And [the great city was divided into three parts], and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.

Dan 7:21 says I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;

Dan 7:22 Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.

THAT MIGHTY MILITARY WAR MACHINE WILL JUST ABOUT ANIHILATE ITSELF. THIS EARTHQUAKE IS GREATER THAN ANY THAT HAS EVER BEEN SEEN ON EARTH YET JERUSALEM WILL BE SAVED.

Verse 5-6)

Dan 11:32 And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: [but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits].

These people would just have seen the destructive force of the Lord Jesus Christ as He set foot on the Mount of Olives. The armies of the Anti-Christ are in total disarray. The Children of Israel know they are witnessing the hand of God and most important, “THEY NOW BELIEVE”.

THE LEADERS KNOW THAT BEFORE THEM ARE THE PEOPLE OF GOD AND THEY DO NOT NEED ANY OUTSIDE HELP, THERE STRENGTH IS IN THE LORD.

They will be like a hearth. When wood is placed in the hearth it will be burned up.

Verse 7)

God will save the ones that are least protected first. Not the leaders or those armed for war but the innocent and the ones nearest the battle. The Lord always has his eyes on the meek, the poor, the humble and the innocent!

Verse 8)

When David was but a teenager, he loaded his sling and killed the giant Goliath. [God says that the most feeble of the inhabitants of Jerusalem will be such a warrior as David]. Remember Jesus Christ Himself was a descendant of the house of David through Mary His mother and Joseph. These Jews will show the strength of God because their strength comes from God.

Verse 9)

2Ki 19:35 says And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.

With our Lord leading the assault against these nations what this angel did to these Assyrians will be only a small comparison to what He will do at that time, in that day.

AGAIN OUR TEXT:

Zec 12:10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.

Zec 12:11 In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon.

Zec 12:12 And the land shall mourn, every family apart; the family of the house of David apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Nathan apart, and their wives apart;

Zec 12:13 The family of the house of Levi apart, and their wives apart; the family of Shimei apart, and their wives apart;

Zec 12:14 All the families that remain, every family apart, and their wives apart.

(verse10)

Joe 2:28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:

Joe 2:29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.

YOU SEE ONCE THIS PEOPLE OF ISRAEL “BELIEVED” AND TURNED TO THE LORD THEY WERE SAVED. THAT’S WHAT SALVATION IS ALL ABOUT. THE VERY MOMENT YOU BELIEVE WITH ALL YOUR HEART AND CALL ON THE LORD IN PRAYER, AT THAT VERY MOMENT YOU ARE SAVED.

THE SPIRIT OF “GRACE”, THE SAME GRACE POORED OUT ON THE CHURCH, THEY WERE PRAYING, IN THEIR CLOSETS AND IN MASSIVE GROUP PRAYER. THEY WERE PRAYING TO THE ONE THAT WAS PIERCED. THEY REMEMBERED THE CROSS OF JESUS AND WHY HE HAD FIRST COME.

Mat 27:25 SAYS Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.

THEY REMEMBERED THIS DAY AND THEY NOW REPENTED AND THEY WERE GLORIOUSLY SAVED. THEY HAD FELT THE TUG OF THE HOLY SPIRIT!

Joh 16:8 SAYS And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

Joh 16:9 Of sin, because they believe not on me;

THEY HAD FINALLY LOOKED TO THE SAVIOUR!

Isa 45:22 SAYS Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.

THEY HAD REMEMBERED THE WORDS OF MOSES AND THE PROPHETS AND DAVID!

Luk 24:44 SAYS And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.

EVEN THE APOSTLE PAUL HAD WRITTEN:

Rom 11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

Rom 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:

Rom 11:27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.

THEY TRULY MOURNED REALIZING WHAT THEY HAD BEEN DOING WRONG ALL THESE YEARS FOR JESUS CHRIST IS THE ONLY BEGOTTON SON AND THE FIRSTBORN OF US ALL!

Joh 1:18 SAYS No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

Col 1:15 SAYS Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

Col 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

Col 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

NOT ONLY WILL THESE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL SEE THE LORD BUT THE WHOLE WORLD WILL SEE HIM!

Rev 1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; [and every eye shall see him], and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

Verse12)

WE SEE THE HOUSE OF NATHAN MENTIONED:

Jer 22:28 SAYS Is this man Coniah a despised broken idol? is he a vessel wherein is no pleasure? wherefore are they cast out, he and his seed, and are cast into a land which they know not?

Jer 22:29 O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD.

Jer 22:30 Thus saith the LORD, Write ye this man childless, a man that shall not prosper in his days: for no man of his seed shall prosper, sitting upon the throne of David, and ruling any more in Judah.

IT IS PROPHESIED THAT A KING IN THE LINE OF DAVID WOULD SIT ON THE THRONE. WE READ THAT GOD HIMSELF HAD FORBIDDEN THE LINE OF SOLOMON BECAUSE OF CONIAH.

THEN THE LINE TO THE THRONE HAD TO COME FROM THE LINE OF NATHAN. WE KNOW THAT IT WAS MARY THE MOTHER OF JESUS WHO COMES FROM THAT LINE OF NATHAN AND JOSEPH WHO HAD COME FROM THE LINE OF SOLOMON.

LUKE 3:23-38 (HELI IS JOSEPH’S FATHER IN LAW).

Rev 5:6 SAYS And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and [in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain], having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

Rev 5:9 SAYS And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

THESE ARE NOT THINGS THAT GOD DOES TO MAKE US FEEL BAD THOUGH IT SHOULD.[EVEN OUR SOLDIERS WEAR THE PURPLE HEART PROUDLY]! OUR LORD, OUR SAVIOUR, SHOWS US THESE THINGS TO SHOW US HOW MUCH HE REALLY LOVES US. HE WANTS US TO KNOW THAT HE WILLINGLY PAID THE DEBT OF ALL OUR SIN, AND [HE PROUDLY WEARS THE STRIPES AND THE SCARS FOR THE BATTLE HE FOUGHT SO THAT WE CAN BE WITH HIM IN HEAVEN AND BE WITH HIM FOREVER, THROUGHOUT ETERNITY].

THE WHOLE WORLD WILL SEE THAT THE LORD JESUS CHRIST CANNOT BE SET ASIDE. THE WORK HE DID ON THE CROSS HAD REAL MEANING.

Act 4:11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.

Act 4:12 [Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved].

THERE IS NO OTHER NAME UNDER HEAVEN WHEREBY YOU CAN BE SAVED EXCEPT THE NAME OF JESUS.

THE BIBLE IS ALL ABOUT JESUS FROM COVER TO COVER.

2Co 6:2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

THERE IS NO BETTER TIME THAN TODAY TO BE SAVED!

LET’S PRAY!

Israel Delivered

THE DELIVERANCE OF ISRAEL

This lesson deals with the restoring of Israel just after the Great Tribulation period. Last lesson we talked about some things during the tribulation period. Just as sure as you believe in your salvation you need to believe the entire word of God. The signs we see as Christians are signs of the “Second Coming” of Christ.

“THE CHURCH WILL ALREADY BE WITH THE LORD WHEN HE COMES THE SECOND TIME TO THIS EARTH!

OUR TEXT FOR TODAY:

Zechariah 9:9-11; 10:1-12

Today we meet “Zechariah” another of the “Prophets” of God. This one of the Books called the “Minor” prophets. We will also see these books are only smaller books and not “Minor” in their importance. We know the rules for God’s prophets. Every prophecy had to be fulfilled. Every word from God’s Bible will come true. A lot of it already has, some is still fulfilled daily and we know of the exciting times ahead for the child of God and after the “Tribulation Period” there will also be exciting times for the children of Israel.

Amo 3:7 says  Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.

SURELY GOD WILL DO NOTHING UNLESS HE REVEALS IT TO US!

Mat 5:17 SAYS  Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: [I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil].

JESUS CHRIST TELLS US WHEN HE COMES AGAIN HE WILL FULFILL ALL REMAINING PROPHECY!

Mat 11:13 SAYS  For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.

(The Prophecy of His first coming up until John the Baptist)

1Pe 1:10 says  Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:

THE APOSTLE PETER SAID THESE PROPHETS EVEN PROPHESIED ABOUT GRACE EVEN THOUGH THEY COULD NOT UNDERSTAND IT’S MEANING.

The Angels also do not understand the “Grace of God”.

1Pe 1:12  Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, [but unto us they did minister the things], which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; [which things the angels desire to look into].

The Angels will never know the abiding peace of Jesus Christ and the “presence” of the Holy Ghost within them.

Only a sinner can be redeemed!

1Pe 1:18  Forasmuch as ye know [that ye were not redeemed] with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
1Pe 1:19  [But with the precious blood of Christ], as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
1Pe 1:20  Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
1Pe 1:21  [Who by him do believe in God], that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

*****THAT’S WHY IT IS CALLED FAITH AND IT IS STILL THROUGH THE BLOOD!

Rev 10:7 SAYS  But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, [(the mystery of God should be finished), as he hath declared to his servants the prophets].

GOD SAYS IN THE DAYS OF THE VOICE OF THE SEVENTH ANGEL THERE WILL BE NO MORE MYSTERIES, ALL WILL BE KNOWN AND ALL THAT HE HAD ALREADY TOLD TO HIS PROPHETS WHO WROTE IT ALL DOWN FOR US TO KNOW!

*****Zechariah is another of God’s prophets that came from the Priestly line, which makes him a descendant of Aaron. It is interesting to note that during the time of Zechariah, [that Confucius was also writing in in China]. THE WORLD SEEMS TO HONOR THE WORDS OF CONFUCIUS BUT MOST OF THE WORLD BELIEVES ZECHARIAH’S WORDS ARE FALSE. We know that Confucius made no prophesies of the future at all. All he wrote was poems and so called words of wisdom.

The time of Zechariah was about 521-486 BC. Haggai another of God’s prophets was also busy at this time.

Zechariah tells us of the Millennial Kingdom:

Zec 8:2 says  Thus saith the LORD of hosts; I was jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I was jealous for her with great fury.
Zec 8:3  Thus saith the LORD; [I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the LORD of hosts the holy mountain].
Zec 8:4  Thus saith the LORD of hosts; There shall yet old men and old women dwell in the streets of Jerusalem, and every man with his staff in his hand for very age.
Zec 8:5  And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof.
Zec 8:6  Thus saith the LORD of hosts; [If it be marvellous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in these days, should it also be marvellous in mine eyes? saith the LORD of hosts].

Again Zechariah repeats to us some of the words of Isaiah and Jeremiah, and Ezekiel:

Zec 14:5  And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: [and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee].

(Another proof of the Rapture before the tribulation period. You cannot “come” with the Lord from Heaven unless you are “WITH THE LORD” in Heaven!

Zec 14:6 says  And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark:
Zec 14:7  [But it shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD], not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.
Zec 14:8  And it shall be in that day, [that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem]; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be.
Zec 14:9  [And the LORD shall be king over all the earth]: [in that day shall there be one LORD], and his name one.
Zec 14:10  [All the land shall be turned as a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem]: and it shall be lifted up, and inhabited in her place, from Benjamin’s gate unto the place of the first gate, unto the corner gate, and from the tower of Hananeel unto the king’s winepresses.
Zec 14:11  And men shall dwell in it, and [there shall be no more utter destruction]; but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited.

*****NOW IF YOU ARE A SAINT THEN YOU HAVE TO BE IN HEAVEN TO COME BACK WITH THE LORD AT THIS TIME SO WE CAN KNOW THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH WILL HAPPEN BEFORE THE TRIBULATION PERIOD. YOU KNOW, ACCORDING TO THE ROMAN CATHOLICS IT TAKES SOME POPE AND SOME OTHER GROUP OF PEOPLE TO DECIDE WHEN ONE BECOMES A SAINT. I’M GLAD THE THE BIBLE TRULY TEACHES THAT ONCE I ACCEPT THE LORD JESUS AS MY SAVIOUR AND INVITE HIM INTO MY HEART, I IMMEDIATELY BECOME A SAINT OF GOD.

DIDN’T NEED NO POPE TO OK IT!

*****The Apostle Paul traveled around and met and left “Saints” every where he traveled:

Php 4:21  Salute every [saint in Christ Jesus]. The brethren which are with me greet you.
Php 4:22  [All the saints salute you], chiefly they that are of Caesar’s household.
Php 4:23  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen

Sainthood comes only by the “GRACE” of God AND ONLY THROUGH THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST!

ZECHARIAH REFERED TO THE COMING MESSIAH WITH MANY WORDS AND TITLES:

1.) MY SERVANT:

Zec 3:8  Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth [my servant] the BRANCH

2.) THE BRANCH:

Zec 3:8  Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant [the BRANCH].

Zec 6:12  And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is [The BRANCH]; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD:

3.) THE KING AND THE LOWLY KING:

Zec 9:9  Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, [thy King] cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

4.) THE KING-PRIEST:

Zec 6:13  Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and [shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne]: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.

5.) THE BETRAYED ONE:

Zec 11:12  And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. [So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver].
Zec 11:13  And the LORD said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. [And I took the thirty pieces of silver], and cast them to the potter in the house of the LORD.

6.) THE PIERCED ONE:

Zec 12:10  And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and [they shall look upon me whom they have pierced], and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.

7.) THE FOUNTAIN:

Zec 13:1  In that day there shall be [a fountain] opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.

8.) THE GOD-MAN:

Zec 6:12  And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, [Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH]; and he shall grow up out of his place, and [he shall build the temple of the LORD]:

Zec 13:7  Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, [and against the man that is my fellow], saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.

9.) THE SMITTEN ONE:

Zec 13:7  Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: [smite the shepherd], and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.

THE EXPRESSION THE LORD OF HOST IS USED 52 TIMES IN ZECHARIAH: (The Lord of the Armies of Heaven, The Lord of Hosts, The Lord of the Saints)

This is first found in Samuel(Note: this not the first verse we see this term but this verse says “His Name”).

2Sa 6:2 says  And David arose, and went with all the people that were with him from Baale of Judah, to bring up from thence the ark of God, [(whose name) is called by the name of the LORD of hosts] that dwelleth between the cherubims.

THE CITY OF JERUSALEM IS MENTIONED 41 TIMES IN THE BOOK OF ZECHARIAH.(The city of peace.)

*****WE CAN SEE HOW MUCH OF THE WORD OF GOD TO ZECHARIAH HAS ALREADY BEEN FULFILLED SO WE SHOULD PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT ELSE HE HAD TO SAY.

ZECHARIAH WROTE THESE THINGS ABOUT 500 YEARS BEFORE THE FIRST COMING OF OUR LORD.

OUR TEXT FOR TODAY:

Zec 9:9  Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, [thy King cometh unto thee]: [he is just], [and having salvation]; [lowly], and [riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass].
Zec 9:10  And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the heathen: and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth.
Zec 9:11  As for thee also, by the blood of thy covenant I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water.

Verse 9.)

We know that that there were many people that believed that this was the Coming of the Messiah to rule this Earth but that time was not yet. They were saying some of the right things because Our Lord did come to save.

Psa 118:25 says  {Save now}, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity.

Thy King:

Jesus Christ is the King of the Jews but first He is King of Glory!

Psa 24:1 says The earth is the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
Psa 24:2  For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.
Psa 24:3  Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place?
*****Psa 24:4  He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.
*****Psa 24:5  He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

HE CAME TO SAVE THE ENTIRE WORLD FIRST!

Zep 2:1  [Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, (O nation not desired)];
Zep 2:2  [Before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the LORD come upon you, (before the day of the LORD’S anger come upon you)].
Zep 2:3  [Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: (it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD’S anger)].

This is another passage that talks about the Christian missing the day of the Lord’s anger. WE KNOW WHAT THE RULERS OF ISRAEL DID, AND WHAT THE WORLD DOES NOW.

Psa 2:2  The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed,

(HE IS JUST)

Rom 3:26  To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

(HE BRINGS SALVATION)

Rom 3:25 SAYS  Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation [through faith in his blood], to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

(HE IS LOWLY)

Mat 11:28 SAYS  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Mat 11:29  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; [for I am meek and lowly in heart]: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Mat 11:30  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

(RIDING ON THE FOAL OF AN ASS)

This scripture was fulfilled and documented in all of the Gospels:

Matt 21:5-7
Mark 11:7
Luke 19: 30-35
John 12:14-16

*****GOD DOES NOT ALWAYS REPEAT HIMSELF SO THIS IS AN IMPORTANT DAY IN THE BIBLE!

Dan 9:26 SAYS  And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, [but not for himself]:

NO, HE WAS NOT CUT OFF FOR HIMSELF, HE DIED FOR ME AND FOR YOU!

“HE SAID COME ON SATAN TAKE YOUR BEST SHOT”!

Joh 14:30 SAYS  Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.

Joh 12:31 SAYS  Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.
Joh 12:32 [ And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me].

THIS WAS A FULFILLMENT OF A PROPHECY OF DANIEL AND OTHER PROPHETS.

Verse 10.)

THE COUNTDOWN TO GRACE HAD JUST BEGUN! THE NEXT VERSE (9:10) IS THE BEGINNING OF THE FULFILLMENT OF THE MILLENNIAL KINGDOM.

IT HAS BEEN ALMOST 2000 YEARS. IF WE BELIEVE THE DATE OF 32AD AND WE KNOW IT IS ONLY 2010 WE KNOW HOW MUCH TIME IS PAST. NOW SAYING THAT, THERE ARE THOSE THAT BELIEVE THIS NEXT VERSE CAN BE TAKEN LITERALY:

2Pe 3:8 SAYS  But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, [that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day].
2Pe 3:9  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
2Pe 3:10  But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

I PERSONALLY DO NOT BELIEVE ONE DAY TO THE LORD IS AN ABSOLUTE ONE THOUSAND YEARS BUT I DO BELIEVE [WE ARE STILL IN THAT TIME FRAME BETWEEN THE CROSS AND THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH THAT WE CALL “GRACE”].

HE’S COMING AND I BELIEVE IT WILL BE SOON BUT TO IMAGINE THAT WE KNOW AN EXACT DATE WOULD MAKE US FOOLISH.

TODAY IS THE DAY OF SALVATION AND CHRIST COULD COME AT ANY TIME!

Zec 14:7  [But it shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD]

JESUS CAME IN PEACE THIS DAY IN JERUSALEM. THE NEXT TIME HE COMES “HE WILL CAUSE PEACE TO HAPPEN” IN THIS WORLD WITH A ROD OF IRON.

*****Verse 10, 11.)

JESUS CHRIST WILL TAKE IT OWN HIS OWN TO RECYCLE THE WEAPONS OF WAR INTO FARMING MACHINERY AND THEN HE WILL “SPEAK” PEACE TO ALL THOSE THAT REMAIN ON EARTH AT THAT TIME.

Isa 2:4 SAYS  And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

THERE BE IMMEDIATE ACCEPTANCE OF THE WORD OF GOD:

Eze 12:28 SAYS  Therefore say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; [There shall none of my words be prolonged any more, but the word which I have spoken shall be done], saith the Lord GOD.

THAT CHILD OF BETHLEHEM, IS NOW A KING:

Isa 9:6  For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called [Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace].

OF A UNITED KINGDOM:

Jer 30:3  For, lo, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, saith the LORD: and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, [and they shall possess it].

OF A UNIVERSAL KINGDOM:

Zec 9:10  And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the heathen: [and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth].

Verse 11.)

A DAY OF REMPTION FROM THE PITS OF HELL:(Still by the Blood)

Zec 9:11  As for thee also, [(by the blood of thy covenant) (I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water)].

*****AGAIN OUR TEXT:

Zec 10:1  Ask ye of the LORD rain in the time of the latter rain; so the LORD shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field.
Zec 10:2  For the idols have spoken vanity, and the diviners have seen a lie, and have told false dreams; they comfort in vain: therefore they went their way as a flock, they were troubled, because there was no shepherd.
Zec 10:3  Mine anger was kindled against the shepherds, and I punished the goats: for the LORD of hosts hath visited his flock the house of Judah, and hath made them as his goodly horse in the battle.
Zec 10:4  Out of him came forth the corner, out of him the nail, out of him the battle bow, out of him every oppressor together.
Zec 10:5  And they shall be as mighty men, which tread down their enemies in the mire of the streets in the battle: [and they shall fight], [because the LORD is with them], and the riders on horses shall be confounded.

What is always the first thing that comes from God when we repent? “BLESSINGS”!

Heb 6:7 SAYS  For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs [meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God]:

WE ALREADY KNOW THAT THE EARTH WILL BE RESTORED TO A LAVISH GARDEN.

Isa 51:3  For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and [he will make her wilderness like Eden], and [her desert like the garden of the LORD]; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.

Eze 36:35  And they shall say, [This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden]; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are become fenced, and are inhabited.
Eze 36:36  Then the heathen that are left round about you shall know that I the LORD build the ruined places, and plant that that was desolate: I the LORD have spoken it, and I will do it.

AND THERE WILL ALSO BE A SPIRITUAL RESTORATION:

Isa 61:11  For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; [so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations].

(Verse 2,3)

What is”vanity”? Nothingness; Emptiness; want of substance to satisfy desire; uncertainty; inanity. Emptiness; untruth.

What do we see?

Idols cannot speak at all!
Diviners cannot see anything!

Psa 135:15 says  The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.
Psa 135:16  They have mouths, but they speak not; eyes have they, but they see not;
Psa 135:17  They have ears, but they hear not; neither is there any breath in their mouths.
Psa 135:18  [They that make them are like unto them: so is every one that trusteth in them].

In the days of Jeremiah and Ezekiel, there were false prophets in Israel who contradicted almost every word that God’s prophets spoke. They tickled the ears of those in leadership and those who were rich. They told the people to trust in what they said. Ain’t it strange how we see this happening again in our days? NO, it’s not really strange, it’s the fulfillment of God’s word!

*****You know a king never wants to hear that he has to follow a God or anyone else. The rich never like to be told they are making the wrong decisions. These false prophets took advantage of these men while they had the opportunity. A lot of these Idols were the same ones the enemy worshipped.

You know if not for “oil” the Muslim Religion may not even exist in our day!

*****TO THEIR SHAME THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL LISTENED TO THIS FALSE PROPHECY AND THE TRUE PROPHETS OF GOD WERE MURDERED!

Lam 4:13 SAYS  For the sins of her prophets, and the iniquities of her priests, [that have shed the blood of the just in the midst of her],
Lam 4:14  [They have wandered as blind men in the streets, they have polluted themselves] with blood, so that men could not touch their garments.

JUDGEMENT IS COMING ON ALL MEN THAT HAVE LED GOD’S CHILDREN ASTRAY!

BUT WHAT DO WE SEE. EVEN WHEN THE HAND OF GOD FALLS UPON THEM, THEY STILL PRAY TO FALSE GOD’S!

Rev 6:15  And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
Rev 6:16  [And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb]:
Rev 6:17  For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS WATCH THE NEWS WHEN THINGS ARE QUIETER AND YOU WILL SEE “THE GREEN MOVEMENT”, WHICH IS THE RELIGION AND WORSHIP OF “GAIA” OR AS WE KNOW HER, “MOTHER EARTH”. THESE PEOPLE WILL ACCEPT ANY RELIGION EXCEPT CHRISTIANITY. AND THAT IS FOR ONE REASON ONLY. WE CAN READ ABOUT IT IN THE BOOK OF GENESIS.

Gen 1:26 SAYS  And God said, [Let us make man in our image, after our likeness]: and [let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth].

THE ENVIRONMENT WE LIVE IN CANNOT SAVE US AND IT CANNOT PROTECT ANYONE FROM THE WRATH OF GOD, WHO CREATED EVERYTHING!

EVERY IDOL NO MATTER THE TYPE HAS ONE THING IN COMMON.

**********IT WAS MADE BY MAN!

NOW THIS EARTH IS NOT MANMADE BUT GOD ALSO SAYS THESE WORDS:

Rom 1:25  Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and [worshipped and served the creature] more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

*********THE “CREATURE” IS EVERYTHING THAT WAS CREATED OF GOD!

Creature = That which is created; every being besides the Creator, or every thing not self-existent. The sun, moon and stars; the earth, animals, plants, light, darkness, air, water, &c., are the creatures of God.

Most educated men can see the foolishness of the worship of man-made items but they sometimes miss this form of Idolatry.

*****There is still only one way to Heaven and ONE WAY to avoid the “WRATH OF GOD”!

Joh 14:6 SAYS  Jesus saith unto him, [I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me].
Joh 14:7  If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

AND JESUS CHRIST SAID:

Joh 10:7 SAYS  Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, [I am the door of the sheep].

Joh 10:11 SAYS  [I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep].

Joh 10:14 SAYS  [I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine].

DO YOU KNOW THE FATHER, THE SHEPHERD, THE KING OF GLORY? IF YOU KNOW HIM THEN HE KNOWS YOU! TODAY IS A GOOD DAY TO KNOW FOR SURE.

(the goodly horse)

*****WHEN THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL COME BACK TO THE LORD DURING HIS MILLENNIAL REIGN, THEY WILL BE THAT GOODLY HORSE.

(verse 4)

(Out of Judah came that corner stone)

Christ crucified is the Rock:

(1) Smitten that the Spirit of life may flow from Him to all who will drink.

Exo 17:6  Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.

1Co 10:4  And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

Joh 4:13  Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
Joh 4:14  But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

Joh 7:37  In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
Joh 7:38  He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
Joh 7:39  (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

(2) To the Church the foundation and chief corner Stone.

Eph 2:20  And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
Eph 2:21  In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
Eph 2:22  In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

(3) To the Jews at His first coming a “stumbling stone”.

Rom 9:32  Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone;
Rom 9:33  As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

1Co 1:23  But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
1Co 1:24  But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

(4) to Israel at His second coming the “headstone of the corner”.

Zec 10:4  Out of him came forth the corner,

(5) To the Gentile world-power the smiting “stone cut out without hands”.

Dan 2:34  Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.

(6) In the divine purpose, the Stone which, after the destruction of Gentile world-power, is to grow and fill the earth.

Dan 2:35  Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: [and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth].

(7) To unbelievers the crushing Stone of judgment.

Mat 21:44  And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.

(out of him the nail) When you hang your coat on a nail, you are at home or in a place you are safe.

Ezr 9:8  And now for a little space grace hath been shewed from the LORD our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and [to give us a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving in our bondage].

Isa 22:23  And [I will fasten him as a nail in a sure place]; and he shall be for a glorious throne to his father’s house.

(out of him the battle bow)

Gen 49:24  But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel:)

(out of him every oppressor together)

Rev 19:15  And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
Rev 19:16  And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

(Verse 5)

WHAT CAME OUT OF JUDAH?

JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD!

WHO DOES CHRIST BRING WITH HIM?

THE ARMIES OF GOD!

Rev 19:11  And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
Rev 19:12  His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
Rev 19:13  And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
Rev 19:14  [And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean].

ARE YOU IN THIS ARMY OF GOD? YOU CAN BE IF YOU BELIEVE AND REPENT YOUR WAY AND FOLLOW HIS WAY!

AGAIN OUR TEXT:

Zec 10:6  And I will strengthen the house of Judah, and I will save the house of Joseph, and I will bring them again to place them; for I have mercy upon them: and they shall be as though I had not cast them off: for I am the LORD their God, and will hear them.
Zec 10:7  And they of Ephraim shall be like a mighty man, and their heart shall rejoice as through wine: yea, their children shall see it, and be glad; their heart shall rejoice in the LORD.
Zec 10:8  I will hiss for them, and gather them; for I have redeemed them: and they shall increase as they have increased.
Zec 10:9  And I will sow them among the people: and they shall remember me in far countries; and they shall live with their children, and turn again.
Zec 10:10  I will bring them again also out of the land of Egypt, and gather them out of Assyria; and I will bring them into the land of Gilead and Lebanon; and place shall not be found for them.
Zec 10:11  And he shall pass through the sea with affliction, and shall smite the waves in the sea, and all the deeps of the river shall dry up: and the pride of Assyria shall be brought down, and the sceptre of Egypt shall depart away.
Zec 10:12  And I will strengthen them in the LORD; and they shall walk up and down in his name, saith the LORD.

(Verse 6-12)

THE DELIVERANCE OF ISRAEL:

We have an obligation to believe the word of God. If we do not believe these things about the Children of Israel then how can we say we believe in our “Salvation”. The Bible says:

Rom 11:25 says  For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
Rom 11:26  And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, [There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob]:
Rom 11:27  For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.

King David wrote a song for this occasion, it goes something like this:

Psa 14:1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
Psa 14:2  The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.
Psa 14:3  They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
Psa 14:4  Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the LORD.
Psa 14:5  There were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the righteous.
Psa 14:6  Ye have shamed the counsel of the poor, because the LORD is his refuge.
Psa 14:7  Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! [when the LORD bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad].

Isa 59:20 says  And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD.
Isa 59:21  As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; [My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever].

Israel, so named from the grandson of Abraham, was chosen for a fourfold mission:

(1) To witness to the unity of God in the midst of universal idolatry:

Deu 6:4  Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:
Deu 6:5  And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

Isa 43:10  Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.
Isa 43:11  I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.
Isa 43:12  I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God.

(2) To illustrate to the nations the blessedness of serving the true God.

Deu 33:26  There is none like unto the God of Jeshurun, who rideth upon the heaven in thy help, and in his excellency on the sky.
Deu 33:27  The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.
Deu 33:28  Israel then shall dwell in safety alone: the fountain of Jacob shall be upon a land of corn and wine; also his heavens shall drop down dew.
Deu 33:29  Happy art thou, O Israel: who is like unto thee, O people saved by the LORD, the shield of thy help, and who is the sword of thy excellency! and thine enemies shall be found liars unto thee; and thou shalt tread upon their high places.

Psa 144:15  Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD.

(3) To receive, preserve, and transmit the Scripture

Deu 4:5  Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the LORD my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it.
Deu 4:6  Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.
Deu 4:7  For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the LORD our God is in all things that we call upon him for?
Deu 4:8  And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?

Rom 3:1  What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision?
Rom 3:2  Much every way: chiefly, [because that unto them were committed the oracles of God].

(4) To produce, as to His humanity, the Messiah:

Gen 3:15  And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

Gen 12:3  And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

Gen 22:8  And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.

Gen 22:18  And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.

Gen 49:10  The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

Isa 7:14  Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Isa 9:6  For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Isa 9:7  Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
Isa 9:8  The Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it hath lighted upon Israel.

Mat 1:1  The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

Rom 1:3  Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;
Rom 1:4  And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:

Joh 4:25  The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.
Joh 4:26  Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.

Joh 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

According to the prophets, Israel, regathered from all nations, restored to her own land and converted, [is yet to have her greatest earthly exaltation and glory].

***** THERE IS ONLY ONE SIN THAT PUTS PEOPLE IN HELL!

THE SIN OF UNBELIEF.

THESE WORDS ARE THE WORDS OF JESUS CHRIST

Joh 16:8 SAYS  And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
Joh 16:9  [Of sin, because they believe not on me];

JESUS CHRIST DIED ON THE CROSS AND PAID FOR EVERY OTHER SIN THAT HAS BEEN AND WILL BE COMMITTED ON THIS EARTH!

TO REJECT THE WORD OF GOD IS TO REJECT LIFE ETERNAL!

BELIEVE IT OR NOT, THERE WILL A GREAT REJOICING IN THE WORLD THE DAY THE SAVIOUR RETURNS AND TAKES OVER THIS EARTH.

GOD DOES NOT FORGET HIS PEOPLE. 

RIGHT NOW WE OF THE CHURCH MAY APPEAR WEAK AND POWERLESS IN THIS LOST AND DYING WORLD BUT WE CAN NEVER UNDER ESTIMATE THE POWER OF THE LIVING GOD AND OUR SAVIOUR. OUR WEAKNESS CAN BE TURNED TO GREAT STRENGTH THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT.

JESUS IS COMING SOON AND WE WILL BE GOING HOME.

LET’S PRAY!

The Man Of Sin, Anti-Christ

The Prophecy Of The Man Of Sin, The Anti-Christ

The Bible prophesies of a man of sin that will stand up as a World leader in the end times. In fact we know that Satan reads the Bible but the Lord said He will come as a thief in the night. It is more than likely that Satan has had a man ready to step up as this Anti-Christ ever since Jesus Christ ascended back to Heaven. In the Book Of Revelation we first see this man of sin as the Beast.

Rev 13:1  And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw [a beast rise up out of the sea], having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

The term “sea” means here from the population of the world.

1Jn 2:18  Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.

The Apostle John wrote what we should already know. An Anti-Christ will come but there are many that are on this Earth now.

Let’s see what else the Bible says about this evil man.

1.) The Anti-Christ will be an “intellectual” genius.

Dan 8:23  And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, [a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up].
Dan 8:24  And [his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power]: and [he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people].
Dan 8:25  And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and [by peace shall destroy many]: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.

I didn’t include it but look at verse 27:

Dan 8:27  And I Daniel fainted, and was sick certain days; afterward I rose up, and did the king’s business; and I was astonished at the vision, but none understood it.

We can see that Daniel who saw this vision was very sick for certain days. We know that Daniel had been in the Lion’s den and had witnessed some really awful things. This vision would have to be pretty vile to make Daniel sick. God does not waste words in things that He tells us.

2.) The Anti-Christ will be an “oratorical” genius.

Dan 11:36  And the king shall do according to his will; and [he shall exalt himself], and magnify himself above every god, and [shall speak marvellous things] against the God of gods, and [shall prosper] till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.

3.) The Anti-Christ will be a “political” genius.

Dan 7:24  And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and [another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings].
Dan 7:25  And [he shall speak great words] against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and [think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time].

Rev 17:10  And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.
Rev 17:11  And [the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth], and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
Rev 17:12  And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; [but receive power as kings one hour with the beast].
Rev 17:13  [These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast].
Rev 17:14  These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. 

4.) The Anti-Christ will be a “monetary” genius.

Dan 11:41  He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.
Dan 11:42  He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape.
Dan 11:43  [But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things] of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.
Dan 11:44  But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.

5.) The Anti-Christ will be a genius of “False Worship”.

Rev 13:4  And [they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast]: and [they worshipped the beast], saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
Rev 13:5  And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
Rev 13:6  And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
Rev 13:7  And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
Rev 13:8  And [all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him], whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

Notice the ones not worshipping him. Those that are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

6.) The Anti-Christ will be a “military” genius.

Rev 6:2  And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

We cannot get confused here. This rider was given a crown. NO ONE, would give Jesus Christ a crown, he would already have it. That bow means he comes to kill and rule.

7.) The Anti-Christ will briefly rule the World.

Rev 13:4  And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
Rev 13:5  And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
Rev 13:6  And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
Rev 13:7  And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and [power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations].
Rev 13:8  And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
Rev 13:9  If any man have an ear, let him hear.

8.) The Anti-Christ is a “Vile Person”.

Dan 11:21  [And in his estate shall stand up a vile person], to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.

9.) The Anti-Christ may be “homosexual”.

Dan 11:37  Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, [nor the desire of women], nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.

10.) The Anti-Christ could be from a small Middle East country.

Dan 11:23  And after the league made with him he shall work deceitfully: [for he shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people].

11.) The Anti-Christ will come from a “Religious” family but it does not say “Christian”.

Dan 11:37  [Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers], nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.

12.) The Anti-Christ will be filled with “pride”.

Dan 11:37  Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: [for he shall magnify himself above all].

13.) The Anti-Christ will be “demoniacally”charged.

2Th 2:3  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and [that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition];
2Th 2:4  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, [shewing himself that he is God].
2Th 2:5  Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
2Th 2:6  And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
2Th 2:7  For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
2Th 2:8  And [then shall that Wicked be revealed], whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
2Th 2:9  Even him, [whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders],

14.) The Anti-Christ is a master of “deceit”.

2Th 2:10  And [with all deceivableness] of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
2Th 2:11  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
2Th 2:12  That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

15.) The Anti-Christ will thrive for 3 and 1/2 years.

Rev 13:5  And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; [and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months].

16.) The Anti-Christ will profane the “Rebuilt Temple”.

Mat 24:15  When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, [stand in the holy place], (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
Mat 24:16  Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
Mat 24:17  Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
Mat 24:18  Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
Mat 24:19  And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
Mat 24:20  But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
Mat 24:21  For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
Mat 24:22  And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.

Dan 9:24  Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
Dan 9:25  Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
Dan 9:26  And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
Dan 9:27  And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week [he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate].

Dan 12:10  Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.
Dan 12:11  [And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up], there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.

Note: Matthew 24:22 says no flesh saved. This is after the Rapture of the Church. If you wait till this time you will have waited to long!

17.) The Anti-Christ will start the worst war that has ever been recorded!

Rev 16:16  And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

18.) The Anti-Christ will provoke the “Wrath of God”.

Rev 19:10  And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
Rev 19:11  And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
Rev 19:12  His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
Rev 19:13  And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
Rev 19:14  And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
Rev 19:15  And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and [he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God].

19.) The Anti-Christ will try one more time to attack Jesus.

Rev 19:19  And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together [to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army].

20.) The Anti-Christ will be the first one that is THROWN into the Lake Of Fire.

Rev 19:20  And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

You can miss all of this if you accept the Lord Jesus Christ as your “Savour” during the Church Age before the Rapture.

Let’s Pray!

The Tribulation Period

THE TERRORS OF THE TRIBULATION

OUR MAIN TEXT FOR TODAY: Daniel 11:36-12:3, 10-13

We have been learning what will happen to the children of Israel after the Rapture of the Church.

Deu 32:21 says  They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation.

That “foolish nation” is the Church and when the Rapture happens, I believe Israel will see the truth of God’s Word. They will then turn to the Lord and so we have these words of Moses.

MOSES SAID TO THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL THESE WORDS:

Deu 4:26  I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that ye shall soon utterly perish from off the land whereunto ye go over Jordan to possess it; ye shall not prolong your days upon it, but shall utterly be destroyed.
Deu 4:27  And the LORD shall scatter you among the nations, and ye shall be left few in number among the heathen, whither the LORD shall lead you.
Deu 4:28  And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men’s hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.
Deu 4:29  But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.
Deu 4:30  [When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, [even in the latter days], if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice;
Deu 4:31  (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.

WE HAVE ALSO BEEN LEARNING ABOUT THE THINGS OF THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST. THESE THINGS HAPPEN AFTER THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH:

Deu 30:3  That then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and [will return] and gather thee from all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee.

*****That word terror we see so much of today (as terrorist):

The dictionary says: Extreme fear; violent dread; fright; fear that agitate the body and mind.
We hear that word “Terrorist” almost everyday. A terrorist is someone that causes these things to happen.

I SUBMIT TO YOU THAT THE ANTI-CHRIST IS THE WORST TERRORIST OF THEM ALL!

Eze 28:19  All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: [thou shalt be a terror], and never shalt thou be any more.

2Th 2:3 SAYS  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, [and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition];

Son of perdition meaning: He will suffer Entire loss or ruin; utter destruction, The utter loss of the soul or of final happiness in a future state; future misery or eternal death.

The impenitent(one who will not repent) sinner is condemned to final perdition.

We have been talking about that missing week from the book of Daniel. That seven year tribulation period that the children of Israel will go through. There will also be many Gentiles but [all those] that have rejected Christ will not survive these seven years.

2Th 2:10 says  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness (in them that perish); [because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved].
2Th 2:11  [And for this cause] God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
2Th 2:12  [That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness].

*****WHEN WE REJECT THE TRUTH, WE SEAL OUR OWN PERDITION!

Now there will probably be some that did not get a chance to hear the word of God and reject the tug of the Holy Ghost.

Eze 47:22 says  And it shall come to pass, that ye shall divide it by lot for an inheritance unto you, [and to the strangers that sojourn among you, which shall beget children among you]: and they shall be unto you as born in the country among the children of Israel; they shall have inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel.

The strangers of the Bible are those that are not of the children of Israel!

WILL SOME OF THESE BE SAVED? I BELIEVE THEY WILL.

Rev 7:14 SAYS  And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, [These are they which came out of great tribulation], and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

*****WE WILL SEE THAT THE GREAT TRIBULATION IS THE LAST HALF OF THOSE TRIBULATION YEARS. THESE PEOPLE WILL SEE THE WORST OF THE WORST OF THOSE SEVEN YEARS AND MOST WILL DIE A TRAGIC DEATH BEFORE GETTING TO HEAVEN.

Rev 13:16 SAYS  And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
Rev 13:17  [And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name].

They would not be able to get food or meet their minimum needs to survive!

TO REJECT THIS MARK WOULD MEAN INSTANT DEATH!

Rev 6:9 says  And when he had opened the fifth seal, [I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God], and for the testimony which they held:
Rev 6:10  And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, [dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth]?

The last resurrection of Saints at the end of the tribulation period:

Rev 20:4  And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: [and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years].

NOW WE MUST KEEP IN MIND THAT AS A TEACHER I CANNOT INTERPRET THE SCRIPTURE BUT WE MUST ACCEPT GOD’S WORD AS HE INTENDED IT AND WROTE IT FOR US AND WE MUST TRY TO MAKE SENSE OF THE WORD:

2Pe 1:20  Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
2Pe 1:21  For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

BUT WE MUST STUDY:

2Ti 2:15  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

OUR TEXT FOR TODAY:

Dan 11:36  [And the king shall do according to his will]; and [he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god], and [shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods], and [shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished]: for that that is determined shall be done.
Dan 11:37  [Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers], [nor the desire of women], [nor regard any god]: for [he shall magnify himself above all].
Dan 11:38  [But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces]: and [a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things].
Dan 11:39  [Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain.]

*****IF WE GET WHAT IS TAUGHT IN DANIEL, EZEKIEL, ZECHARIAH AND WHAT THE OTHER PROPHETS ARE SAYING WE WILL BETTER UNDERSTAND WHAT JESUS SAID IN THE GOSPELS ABOUT THE END TIMES AND ALSO UNDERSTAND THE BOOK OF REVELATION.

*****1.) WHO IS THIS KING?

Dan 11:3 SAYS  And a mighty king shall stand up, that shall rule with great dominion, and do according to his will.

*****This is a man, but a ruler(king), BUT he is a sovereign ruler and makes his own rules according to his own thoughts.

Dan 11:16 says  But he that cometh against him shall do according to his own will, and [none shall stand before him]: and he shall stand in the glorious land, which by his hand shall be consumed.

He will seek no one’s council!

*****He shall exalt himself:

Dan 7:25 says  And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until [a time and times and the dividing of time].

3 and 1/2 years.

2Th 2:4 says  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

Rev 13:5 says  And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.

YOU SEE GOD KNOWS WHO IS BEHIND THIS MAN OF SIN!

Isa 14:12 SAYS  How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
Isa 14:13  [For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
Isa 14:14  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High].
Isa 14:15  Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

*****He shall magnify himself above every god: (We know that there is only one Living God but all other religions have what they call a god little g-o-d). Some say Allah or use other terms.

Rev 13:6  And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, [and them that dwell in heaven].

(The Saints, The Angels, The Lord God Himself.)

To describe what this means:

Deu 10:17 says  [For the LORD your God is God of gods], and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward:

HE WILL EXALT HIMSELF ABOVE GOD!

Daniel verse 35 says [to the time of the end].
Daniel verse 40 says [at the time of the end].

*****THIS IS NOT SOME MAN THAT HAS ALREADY RULED ON THIS EARTH THOUGH HE MAY BE ALIVE TODAY. ALL THOSE GREEK GENERALS AND ROMAN RULERS WORSHIPPED THEIR OWN gODS AND TRIED TO MAKE EVERY ONE ELSE DO SO. INCLUDING NEBUCHADNEZZAR.(remember the golden image). IN FACT IF SATAN DOES NOT KNOW WHEN THE END WILL BE, “HE HAS PROBABLY HAD SOMEONE PREPARED IN EVERY LIFETIME SINCE JESUS WENT BACK TO HEAVEN”.

Dan 10:14 SAYS  [Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days].
Dan 10:15  And when he had spoken such words unto me, I set my face toward the ground, and I became dumb.
Dan 10:16  And, behold, one like the similitude of the sons of men touched my lips: then I opened my mouth, and spake, and said unto him that stood before me, O my lord, by the vision [my sorrows are turned upon me, and I have retained no strength].

*****THIS TRIBULATION PERIOD WILL BE SO BAD, THAT THE VISION OF IT MADE DANIEL SICK AND WE KNOW SOME THE THINGS DANIEL HAD ALREADY WITNESSED. (the lions den, the fiery furnace of his three friends, the brutal murder of war.)

*****(shall speak against the God of gods):

Let’s go back to the Garden of Eden for a moment:

Gen 3:1  Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
Gen 3:2  And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
Gen 3:3  But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
Gen 3:4  And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
Gen 3:5  For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

*****WHAT WE SEE IS SATAN CONVINCING EVE THAT GOD IS A LIAR.
*****WE SEE THAT SATAN IS CONVINCING EVE THAT MANKIND, (man or woman) CAN BECOME gODS THEM SELVES.
*****WE SEE THAT SATAN IS TELLING EVE THAT MAYBE GOD IS NOT IN CONTROL OF EVERYTHING, MAYBE HE IS NOT THE SOVEREIGN GOD HE CLAIMS TO BE.

*********THESE ARE SOME OF THE SAME THINGS THIS ANTICHRIST WILL BE SAYING AS HE BLASPHEMES OUR LORD.

*****(He shall prosper until the [indignation] be accomplished).

Dan 8:12 says  And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and [it practiced, and prospered].

Isa 10:25 says  For [yet a very little while], and the indignation shall cease, and mine anger in their destruction.

Dan 9:27 says  And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week   [he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate].

Indignation means: Anger or extreme anger, mingled with contempt, disgust or abhorrence. This is absolute hate of God and “it will include God’s people”.

Dan 7:25  And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand [until a time and times and the dividing of time].

This will probably be the first three and one half years of the tribulation period. These next two scriptures refer to the last three and one half years.

Dan 12:7 says  And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever [that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished].

Rev 12:6  And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

*****IF WE GO BACK TO ONE OF THE SERMONS OF JESUS WHEN HE FIRST BEGAN HIS MINISTRY WE WILL SEE:

Luk 4:17 SAYS  And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
Luk 4:18  The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
Luk 4:19  To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
Luk 4:20  And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
Luk 4:21  And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.

NOW IF WE GO BACK TO THAT SCRIPTURE IN THE BOOK OF ISAIAH WE CAN SEE:

Isa 61:1  The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
Isa 61:2  To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, [and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;

JESUS DELIBERATELY LEFT OFF SPEAKING THAT LAST PHRASE(day of vengeance)

YOU SEE THIS WAS REFERING TO HIS SECOND COMING AND AS WE READ DOWN TO Isa 61:11 we can see the reference to the Millennial Kingdom:

Isa 61:11 SAYS  For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.

*****Verse 37 (Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers):

Verse 36 told us this man was not going to regard any god at all. Some say this statement means this man could be a Jew. Some say this man could be a Muslim, some say he is an Atheist but we know one thing for sure, we know who he will serve.

*****LET’S GO BACK TO THE TIME OF THE TEMPTATION OF JESUS:

Mat 4:9 SAYS  And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
Mat 4:10  Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, [Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve].

Nowhere in the Bible is Satan called a god except to say he is the god of “this” world:

2Co 4:3 says  But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
2Co 4:4  In whom [the god of this world] hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

PRACTICALLY EVERY ONE ON THE FACE OF THIS EARTH WORSHIPS SOME TYPE OF gOD. THIS MAN IS A ONE OF A KIND BUT THIS IS NOT TO SAY THERE ARE NOT ALREADY THOSE THAT WORSHIP SATAN HERE ON EARTH BECAUSE WE KNOW IT IS TRUE.

The Apostle Paul wrote:

1Co 1:20  Where is the wise? where is the scribe? [where is the disputer of this world]? [hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world]?
1Co 1:21  For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom(not very smart) knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
1Co 1:22  For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
1Co 1:23  But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;

Php 3:17  Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.
Php 3:18  (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the [enemies] of the cross of Christ:
Php 3:19  [Whose end is destruction], whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)

Eph 2:2  Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, [the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience]:
Eph 2:3  Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; [and were (by nature) the children of wrath, even as others].

Eph 6:12  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, [against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places].

The Apostle John wrote:

The words of Jesus.

Joh 12:31 (1) Now is the judgment of this world:(2) now shall the prince of this world be cast out.

Joh 14:30  Hereafter I will not talk much with you: (3)for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.
Joh 14:31  [But] (4) that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.

Words of John.

Joh 12:40  He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.

1Jn 5:19  And we know that we are of God, and [the whole world lieth in wickedness].

**********THIS MAN COMES FROM THESE THAT ARE IN THE WORLD.
**********THIS MAN WORSHIPS HIS FATHER SATAN AND IS CONTROLLED BY HIM.

*****nor the desire of women:

THIS PHRASE COULD MEAN SO MANY THINGS.

1.) Will the Anti-Christ be gay?
2.) Does this mean the the Jewish women that have a desire to be the one that is mother to the Messiah. (we know that Mary has fulfilled that already.)
3.) There is another option also:

Gen 3:5 says  For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

Does this mean that this man knows that there are women in this world that have a desire to rule the world both physically and spiritually. Satan convinced Eve that even she could be a god.

*****IT CAN SIMPLY MEAN THAT JUST VERSE 36 SAYS THIS MAN WILL RULE WITHOUT ANY INFLUENCE EVEN FROM A WIFE OR A MOTHER OR ANY WOMAN ON THE EARTH. IN FACT HE WILL NOT BE LED  BY ANY HUMAN BEING. HE IS HIS OWN COUNCIL.

2Ti 3:1  This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2Ti 3:2  For [men shall be lovers of their own selves], covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
2Ti 3:3  [Without natural affection], trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
2Ti 3:4  Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
2Ti 3:5  [Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof]: from such turn away.

THIS IS A DESCRIPTION OF THE ANTI-CHRIST. HE HAS NO AFFECTION FOR ANYONE BUT HIMSELF! THE WORLD THAT IS LEFT AFTER THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH WILL BE FILLED WITH A LOT OF THESE PEOPLE BECAUSE WE HAVE THESE WORDS OF THE APOSTLE PAUL:

Rom 1:28  And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
Rom 1:29  Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
Rom 1:30  Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
Rom 1:31  Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
Rom 1:32  Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

THEY WILL GET ALONG REAL WELL WITH THIS MAN OF SIN!

*****Nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.

MOST ALL PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD BELIEVE IN SOME KIND OF HIGHER FORCE TO GO TO WHEN THEY ARE IN NEED. THIS ANTICHRIST WILL HAVE NO RELIGION AT ALL. “HE IS HIS OWN RELIGION”.

THE WORLD IS NOT BOTHERED BY IMMORALIY IN IT’S LEADERS. PRESIDENTS, GOVERNORS, PRIME MINISTERS AND EVERY OTHER LEADERSHIP POSITION ARE CAUGHT DAILY DOING THINGS THAT ARE IMMORAL. THEY DO NOT REGARD THEIR FAMILY RELATIONSHIP AS IMPORTANT. THEY DON’T EVEN OBEY THE LAWS THEY HELP TO WRITE. THEY DO EVERY THING THEY CAN TO AVOID PAYING THE TAXES THEY IMPOSE ON OTHERS. THEY HAVE NO REGARD FOR THE AVERAGE MAN AND HIS BELIEFS. THEY VOTE THEIR OWN HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN FOR FREE AND A RETIREMENT, THEN HAGGLE FOR YEARS A MEANS TO DO THE SAME FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

OUR WORLD ACCEPTS THESE PEOPLE TO LEAD US NOW. WE CAN SEE THEM CONTINUOUSLY VOTED INTO OFFICE IN AMERICA, SO WE CAN SAY THAT AMERICA IS READY FOR THESE TYPE OF PEOPLE AND THE WORLD IS TOO. “IT’S IN THE NEWS EVERY DAY”.

Eze 28:5 SAYS  By thy great wisdom and by thy traffick hast thou increased thy riches, and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches:
Eze 28:6  Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God;

*****Verse 38: (But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces)

THERE HAVE BEEN MANY MEN THAT HAVE TRIED TO DOMINATE THIS WORLD WITH MILITARY POWER. (Alexander the Great, The Roman Caesars, Hitler, Napoleon, many, many more. Up until the time of the Anti-Christ none have ever succeeded. This man of sin will use military might and the power of Satan to succeed where others have failed. We already know he will be his own counselor and he will be his own General.

BUT REMEMBER WHAT SATAN TOLD JESUS:

Luk 4:6 says  And the devil said unto him, [All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; (and to whomsoever I will I give it)].
Luk 4:7  [If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine].

REMEMBER:

Eph 2:2 SAYS  the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

Eph 6:12 SAYS  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

THEY ARE ACTIVE IN OUR WORLD RIGHT NOW! REMEMBER WHAT GABRIEL TOLD DANIEL. THIS IS A POWERFUL ANGEL SAYING SOMEONE WITHSTOOD HIM. THIS COULD ONLY BE SATAN.

Dan 10:13 SAYS  [But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days]: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.

*****SATAN HAS POWERS THAT HE WILL GIVE TO THIS ANTI-CHRIST.

*****(and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things). AND Verse 39.

IF THIS EVIL MAN BASICALLY WORSHIPS HIS MILITARY MIGHT THEN HE WILL USE ALL HIS GOLD, AND SILVER AND OTHER RICHES TO PURCHASE AND CONTROL ALL WEAPONS OF DESTRUCTION TO BE EVEN STRONGER. WE KNOW HE WILL BE POWERFUL IF WE JUST LOOK AT SOME OF THE BATTLES HE WINS.

**********OUR TEXT:

Dan 11:40  And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.
Dan 11:41  He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.
Dan 11:42  He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape.
Dan 11:43  But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.
Dan 11:44  But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.
Dan 11:45  And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.

*****HIS CONFLICT:

HE WILL BE SO POWERFUL NONE WILL TEST THAT POWER!

(Verse 40-45)

Dan 11:21  And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: [but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries].

Remember how Absalom tried to take the kingdom away from David. It caused David to flee at first.

*****DURING THE FIRST HALF (3 and one years) THIS MAN WILL GAIN CONTROL OF THE WORLD THROUGH POLITICAL MANUEVERING BUT IN THE LAST HALF OF THE TRIBULATION PERIOD THIS EVIL MAN WILL RULE BY WAR AND THE STRENGTH OF WAR MACHINES(the god of forces).

Rev 13:7 SAYS  And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
Rev 13:8  And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

THESE SAINTS MENTION HERE ARE BECAUSE OF THE PREACHING OF THE 144,000 AND ALSO THE TWO WITNESSES THAT ARE KILLED AT THE END OF THE FIRST THREE AND ONE HALF YEARS. “THE CHURCH IS ALREADY WITH THE LORD”.

Dan 7:21 SAYS  I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;
Dan 7:22  Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.

THE SECOND COMING IS AT THE END OF THE TRIBULATION PERIOD.

Notice Jordan is spared but not Egypt, Libya nor Ethiopia. During this time, news that he does not like will cause him to go forth with great fury.

ISRAEL WILL REBEL AND TURN TO GOD FOR HELP:

Deu 30:1  And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath driven thee,
Deu 30:2  And shalt return unto the LORD thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul;
Deu 30:3  That then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and [will return] and gather thee from all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee.

Between the Dead Sea and the Mediterranean lies Jerusalem and Mount Zion. This is his headquarters.

2Th 2:4 says  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; [so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God].

Mat 24:15 says  When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
Mat 24:16  Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
Mat 24:17  Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
Mat 24:18  Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
Mat 24:19  And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!

Rev 14:12 SAYS  Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
Rev 14:13  And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, [Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth]: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.

Dan 11:45 says  And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas [in the glorious holy mountain]; [yet he shall come to his end], and none shall help him.

**********OUR TEXT:

Dan 12:1  And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and [there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time]: and [at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book].
Dan 12:2  And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
Dan 12:3  And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

WHAT BOOK?

Psa 69:28 SAYS  Let them be blotted out of [the book of the living], [and not be written with the righteous].

(This is the book of the White Throne judgement)

Rev 21:27  And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but [they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life].

(You have to have your name in this book)

Jer 30:7 SAYS  Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even [the time of Jacob’s trouble]; but [he shall be saved out of it].
Jer 30:8  For it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him:
Jer 30:9  But they shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them.

Dan 9:27 SAYS  And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

Isa 26:20 SAYS  Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.

Rev 12:16 SAYS  And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.
Rev 12:17  And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Zep 1:14 SAYS  The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.
Zep 1:15  That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness,
Zep 1:16  A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers.

Psa 102:13 says  Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, [the “set” time, is come].
Psa 102:14  [For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour the dust thereof].

(Is this The wailing wall?)

Psa 102:15  So the heathen shall fear the name of the LORD, and [all the kings of the earth thy glory].
Psa 102:16  When the LORD shall build up Zion, [he shall appear in his glory].
Psa 102:17  He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.
Psa 102:18  This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the LORD.

(during the Millennial kingdom)

Verse:2,3:

There are two resurrections mentioned here. (this not the Rapture which has already occurred before this period)

1.)There will be a resurrection of those that became saints during the tribulation period.

Rev 20:4  And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
Rev 20:5  But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection
Rev 20:6  Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

2.) Then at the end of the Millennial kingdom comes the white throne judgement.

Rev 20:7  And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,

Rev 20:11  And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
Rev 20:12  And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
Rev 20:13  And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
Rev 20:14  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
Rev 20:15  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

THESE ARE THE UNBELIEVERS FROM ALL GENERATIONS SINCE ADAM AND EVE.

AGAIN OUR TEXT:

Dan 12:10  Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.
Dan 12:11  And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.
Dan 12:12  Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.
Dan 12:13  But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.

(Many shall be purified, made white and tried)

I BELIEVE THIS REFERS TO THE CHURCH AGE THAT BEGAN WITH CHRIST AND WILL END WITH THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH. “THE PERIOD WE CALL GRACE”.

Rom 4:16  [Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace]; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,
Rom 4:17  (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

(but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.)

2Ti 3:13  But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

Jer 8:8 SAYS  How do ye say, We are wise, and the law of the LORD is with us? Lo, certainly in vain made he it; the pen of the scribes is in vain.
Jer 8:9  The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: lo, they have rejected the word of the LORD; and [what wisdom is in them]?

WHAT IS TRUE WISDOM?

Rom 8:1  [There is therefore now (no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus), who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Rom 8:2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death].

Verses 12,13:

Dan 11:31  And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.

Mat 10:22  And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

Dan 12:9  And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.

Isa 57:2  He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness.

Rev 6:11  And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

Mat 13:39  The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.

*****THESE NUMBERS SHOW A DIFFERENCE OF 45 DAYS THAT SOMETHING WILL HAPPEN?

Dan 8:13  Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot?
Dan 8:14  And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.

DANIEL ALSO SAYS IT WILL TAKE 2300 DAYS TO CLEANSE THE SANCTUARY?

EZEKIEL SPEAKS OF THIS CLEANSING:

Eze 43:18  And he said unto me, Son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD; These are the ordinances of the altar in the day when they shall make it, to offer burnt offerings thereon, and to sprinkle blood thereon.
Eze 43:19  And thou shalt give to the priests the Levites that be of the seed of Zadok, which approach unto me, to minister unto me, saith the Lord GOD, a young bullock for a sin offering.
Eze 43:20  And thou shalt take of the blood thereof, and put it on the four horns of it, and on the four corners of the settle, and upon the border round about: thus shalt thou cleanse and purge it.

WE KNOW OF A TIME FOR JUDGING: (is this those 45 days)

Mat 19:28  And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
Mat 19:29  And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
Mat 19:30  But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.

AND IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE TRIBULATION:

Mat 24:29  Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

Mat 25:32  And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
Mat 25:33  And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
Mat 25:34  Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

DANIEL WAS ABOUT NINETY YEARS OLD AND GOD TOLD HIM HE COULD REST BUT THE REST THAT IS COMING FOR THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL HAS NOT YET COME!

Heb 4:9 SAYS  There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
Heb 4:10  For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.

GOD WILL THEN REBUILD THIS EARTH AS IN THE DAYS OF ADAM AND EVE IN PREPARATION FOR HIS MILLENNIAL REIGN:

LET’S PRAY!

The Time Of Christ Coming

THE TIME OF CHRIST COMING

OUR TEXT FOR TODAY:

Daniel 9:1,2,20-27

INTRO:

Mat 24:23 SAYS  Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
Mat 24:24  For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
Mat 24:25  Behold, I have told you before.
Mat 24:26  Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
Mat 24:27  For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

**********CHRIST IS COMING BACK!

**********IF YOU ARE ONE OF HIS CHILDREN YOU KNOW THIS TO BE TRUE!

**********HE IS FIRST COMING TO GET HIS BRIDE! (As a thief)

Rev 3:3 SAYS  Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.

1Th 4:16 says  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
1Th 4:17  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

**********HE WILL NEXT COME TO SET UP HIS KINGDOM!

Mat 24:27 SAYS  For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Rev 19:11 SAYS  And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
Rev 19:12  His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
Rev 19:13  And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

**********THIS CHAPTER IN DANIEL IS ONE OF THE GREATEST PROPHETIC CHAPTERS IN THE BIBLE!

GOD SAYS:

Isa 46:8  Remember this, and shew yourselves men: bring it again to mind, O ye transgressors.
Isa 46:9  Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,
Isa 46:10  Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:
Isa 46:11  Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.
Isa 46:12  Hearken unto me, ye stouthearted, that are far from righteousness:
Isa 46:13  I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall not tarry: and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory.

IN THIS CHAPTER OF DANIEL THE WHOLE WORLD WAS TOLD THE TIME OF CHRIST FIRST COMING AND SOME ABOUT HIS SECOND COMING.

OUR TEXT:

Dan 9:1  In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, which was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans;
Dan 9:2  In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.

As Daniel always did, he gives us a time line. God knows that His Word will be questioned so he includes dates that can be proven. The first year of Darius rule of the Chaldean can be proven by history.

Then Daniel shows us why we need to study God’s word.

Note: [Daniel knew the words of Jeremiah, he studied God’s Word].

Jer 25:11 says  And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.
Jer 25:12  And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are accomplished, that I will punish the king of Babylon, and that nation, saith the LORD, for their iniquity, and the land of the Chaldeans, and will make it perpetual desolations.

YOU SEE NEBUCHADNEZZAR HAD CAPTURED THESE PEOPLE IN 605 BC. THE TIME OF DARIUS WAS 536BC. THE SEVENTY YEARS HAD PASSED JUST AS GOD HAD SAID.

Jer 29:10 SAYS  For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place.
Jer 29:11  For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

NO DOUBT THAT DANIEL WOULD HAVE ALSO STUDIED THE BOOK OF ISAIAH:

Isa 44:28  That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid.

DANIEL WAS SEEING THE FULFILLMENT OF GOD’S WORD RIGHT BEFORE HIS EYES. IF WE WOULD JUST BELIEVE WHAT GOD SAYS WE CAN ALSO SEE THE FULFILLMENT OF GOD’S WORD BEFORE OUR OWN EYES.

IN THE WORDS OF JESUS TO THE PHARISEES AND SADDUCEES:

Mat 16:1 SAYS  The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven.
Mat 16:2  He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red.
Mat 16:3  And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. [O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; (but can ye not discern the signs of the times)?]

**********IF WE JUST TRUST GOD AND THE WORD HE GIVES US, WE WILL FIND IT EASIER TO LIVE IN THIS WORLD AND NOT FALL INTO THE TRAPS THAT ARE SETUP BY THE ATHIEST AND THE EVOLUTIONIST AND ALL NON-BELIEVERS.

IF WE WERE AS EAGER TO READ GOD’S WORD AS WE ARE TO SATISFY THIS FLESH WE LIVE IN, “WE WOULD FIND PEACE IN THE THINGS OF GOD”!

IT IS BELIEVED THAT EZRA WROTE THE BOOKS OF KINGS AND THE CHRONICLES, HE VERIFIES THE FULFILLMENT OF GOD’S WORD. EZRA WAS A GREAT PRIEST AND ANOTHER MAN USED IN THE WILL OF GOD.

2Ch 36:20  And them that had escaped from the sword carried he away to Babylon; where they were servants to him and his sons until the reign of the kingdom of Persia:
2Ch 36:21  To fulfil the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her sabbaths: for as long as she lay desolate she kept sabbath, [to fulfil threescore and ten years].

OUR TEXT:

Dan 9:20  And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and [confessing my sin and the sin of my people] Israel, and [presenting my supplication before the LORD my God (for the holy mountain of my God)];
Dan 9:21  Yea, [whiles I was speaking in prayer], [even the man Gabriel, (whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning), (being caused to fly swiftly)], [touched me about the time of the evening oblation].
Dan 9:22  And [he informed me, and talked with me], and said, O Daniel, [I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding].
Dan 9:23  [At the beginning of thy supplications (the commandment came forth)], and I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision.

There is a verse in the Book of Isaiah that prophesies what happened to Daniel.

*****Isa 65:24 says  And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.

*****Jas 5:16 says  Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

*****THE MOST IMPORTANT TOOL WE HAVE ON THIS EARTH IS OUR PRAYER TO OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN.

Psa 73:28 SAYS  But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.

*****DANIEL HAD SPENT HIS ENTIRE LIFE IN CAPTIVITY YET HE NEVER FORGOT TO CALL ON GOD. DANIEL HAD ALREADY SEEN GOD ANSWER HIS PRAYERS, BUT NEVER LIKE THIS TIME.

Heb 1:13 SAYS  But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?
Heb 1:14  Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?

THE NAME GABRIEL MENS “CHAMPION OF GOD” OR “GOD IS MY STRENGTH”.

*****WE SEE GABRIEL IN THE BIBLE WHEN GOD WANTS THINGS CLEARLY UNDERSTOOD:

1.) Here to Daniel.

verse 21

2.) To Zacharias.

Luk 1:18  And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years.
Luk 1:19  And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, ‘that stand in the presence of God]; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.

2.) To Mary the mother of Jesus.

Luk 1:26  And in the sixth month [the angel Gabriel was sent from God] unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,
Luk 1:27  To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.

Daniel had seen visions of a man talking to him but now, HE SAW A MAN BEFORE HIM. HE SAW HIM FLYING WITH GREAT SPEED, HE ACTUALLY TOUCHED HIM, HE THEN SPOKE TO HIM.

Gabriel came so Daniel and we who know Christ can have skill and understanding of God’s word. God tells us what we need to know at all times in our life. If God wanted the future to remain a mystery, “ALL HE HAD TO DO WAS JUST NOT TELL US ANYTHING”.

Pro 15:29 SAYS  The LORD is far from the wicked: [but he heareth the prayer of the righteous].

Joh 9:31 SAYS  Now we know that God heareth not sinners: [but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth].

PRAYER IS OUR GREATEST FORM OF WORSHIP. “ONE ON ONE WITH GOD” AND “GROUP PRAYER”. LET’S STAY IN TOUCH WITH GOD AND NOT TO FORGET, WE MUST PRAY IN THE NAME OF JESUS.

Joh 14:13 SAYS  And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
Joh 14:14  [If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it].

AGAIN OUR TEXT:

Dan 9:24  (Seventy [weeks] are determined) upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
Dan 9:25  Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
Dan 9:26  And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
Dan 9:27  And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

1.)(Seventy [weeks] are determined):

THE BEST WAY TO SEE THIS MEANING IS BY USING THE BIBLE ITSELF!

We know that the seventh day is the Sabbath.

Exo 20:8  Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Exo 20:9  Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:

We know that the seventh year is a Sabbath.

Lev 25:3  Six years thou shalt sow thy field, and six years thou shalt prune thy vineyard, and gather in the fruit thereof;
Lev 25:4  But in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of rest unto the land, a sabbath for the LORD: thou shalt neither sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard.

We know that seven Sabbath years there was a Jubilee in the Fiftieth year.

Lev 25:8  And thou shalt number seven sabbaths of years unto thee, seven times seven years; and the space of the seven sabbaths of years shall be unto thee forty and nine years.
Lev 25:9  Then shalt thou cause the trumpet of the jubile to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month, in the day of atonement shall ye make the trumpet sound throughout all your land.
Lev 25:10  And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubile unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family.

Now to get a better understanding of what Gabriel told Daniel lets go back to Jacob and Rachel:

Gen 29:26  And Laban said, It must not be so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn.
Gen 29:27  [Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years].
Gen 29:28  And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week: and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.

This way of counting years was not new to the children of Israel: JACOB HAD TO SPEND SEVEN YEARS APIECE FOR THOSE TWO WIVES.

Num 14:33  And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcases be wasted in the wilderness.
Num 14:34  After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise.

GOD NEVER LET THEM FORGET THEIR DAYS OF WANDERING IN THE WILDERNESS.

DANIEL KNEW EXACTLY WHAT GABRIEL WAS TALKING ABOUT. REMEMBER GABRIEL CAME TO GIVE SKILL AND UNDERSTANDING.

*****WEEKS MEANT SEVEN YEARS!

*****SEVENTY WEEKS MEANT 490 YEARS!

THERE ARE MANY THINGS THAT WILL BE ACCOMPLISHED DURING THIS TIME BY THE MESSIAH AND OUR LORD:

1.) To finish the transgression:

Isa 59:12 says  For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us: for our transgressions are with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them;
Isa 59:13  In transgressing and lying against the LORD, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.

2.) To make an end of sins:

Eze 36:26 says  A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
Eze 36:27  And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

Eze 37:23 says  Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwellingplaces, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God.

Isa 27:9 says  By this therefore shall the iniquity of Jacob be purged; and this is all the fruit to take away his sin; when he maketh all the stones of the altar as chalkstones that are beaten in sunder, the groves and images shall not stand up. 

3.) To make reconciliation for iniquity:

Jer 50:20  In those days, and in that time, saith the LORD, the iniquity of Israel shall be sought for, and there shall be none; and the sins of Judah, and they shall not be found: for I will pardon them whom I reserve.

Isa 53:6  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

4.) To bring in everlasting righteousness:

Jer 31:31 SAYS  Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
Jer 31:32  Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:
Jer 31:33  But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Jer 31:34  And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

Heb 9:28 SAYS  So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

5.) To seal up the vision and prophecy:

Luk 24:44 SAYS  And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.

Mat 5:18 SAYS  For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

6.) To anoint the most Holy:

Luk 4:18 SAYS  The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
Luk 4:19  To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

Act 10:38 SAYS  How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

Joh 1:41 SAYS  He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.

AND AT HIS SECOND COMING:

Rev 17:14  These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

Rev 19:16  And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

Isa 59:20  And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD.

Zec 13:1  In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.

*******NOW GABRIEL STARTED BREAKING DOWN THESE WEEKS:

(from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem) unto (the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: (the street shall be built again), (and the wall), even in troublous times).

WE KNOW WHEN THAT TIME BEGAN FROM THE WORD OF NEHEMIAH:

Neh 2:1 says  And it came to pass in the month Nisan, in the twentieth year of Artaxerxes the king, that wine was before him: and I took up the wine, and gave it unto the king. Now I had not been beforetime sad in his presence.
Neh 2:2  Wherefore the king said unto me, Why is thy countenance sad, seeing thou art not sick? this is nothing else but sorrow of heart. Then I was very sore afraid,
Neh 2:3  And said unto the king, Let the king live for ever: why should not my countenance be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers’ sepulchres, lieth waste, and the gates thereof are consumed with fire?
Neh 2:4  Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request? So I prayed to the God of heaven.
Neh 2:5  And I said unto the king, If it please the king, and if thy servant have found favour in thy sight, that thou wouldest send me unto Judah, unto the city of my fathers’ sepulchres, that I may build it.
Neh 2:6  And the king said unto me, (the queen also sitting by him,) For how long shall thy journey be? and when wilt thou return? So it pleased the king to send me; and I set him a time.

*****THE MONTH OF NISAN(March) 445BC and the end of the Old Testament, (Book of Malachi) was 396BC. (49 years or seven weeks).

*****THE SIXTY TWO WEEKS:

When we add these two together we have 483 years.

I have attached the sheet we got from Bro Hill when he preached a few weeks ago. This will give you an idea how all this breaks down.

                          “THE PARAMETERS OF THE END TIMES”

Daniel 9:24-27

I.) The People (24)
              thy people=The Jews
II.) The Period (24)
               seventy weeks= a week of years not days; so 70 periods of 7 years = 490 years
III.) The Purpose
     A.) Sinfulness will be eradicated (24a.)
     B.) Righteousness will be established (24b.)
IV.) The Precision (25-26)
          ** The prophecy of the 70 weeks is divided
                * 69 weeks or 483 years
                * 1 week or 7 years
          ** The first 69 weeks begins with the issuing of a decree by King Artaxerxes (Neh 2:6) to rebuild Jerusalem on March 14, 445 BC
          ** The first phase is completed on Palm Sunday – April 6, 32 AD
          ** So, from March 14, 445 BC until April 6, 32 AD, 483 years would elapse
          ** But from 445 BC Until 32 AD there is only a total of 477 years (445 + 32 = 477)
          ** The problem is the difference between the Jewish year which is 360 days and our year of 365 days.
          ** We must therefore convert the years into days.
          ** The computation for the Jewish years converted into days:
                69 x 7 periods of 360 days, or
                69 x (7 x 360)
                69 x 2520 = 173,880 days
          ** The computation for Julian calendar (should be the same total)
               445 – date of Artaxerxes decree
                  32 – date of Palm Sunday
               445 + 32 = 477 years
                             * first, we subtract one year since 1 BC and 1 AD are the same year 477-1=476
                             * next 476 x 365 days/year = 173,740 days, which is still short of 173,880 days
                             * there is a leap year every four years, 119 leap year days in 476 years
                                173,740 + 119 = 173,859 (closer)
                             * The days between March 14 – and April 6 equals 24 days
                                 173,859 + 24 = 173,883 (3 days too many)
                             * Sir Robert Anderson discovered our Julean calendar is actually 1/128th too long
                                476 years x 1/128th = 3 days (which must be subtracted )
                                 173,859 – 3 = 178,880

Jesus told His mother that day in Cana “mine hour is not yet come”

I BELIEVE HE WAS REFERING TO HIS SECOND COMING.

V.) The Parenthesis (25-26)
       
     AFTER 69 WEEKS OR 483 YEARS (173,880 days) THE COUNTDOWN STOPPED. WHY?

Joh 1:11  He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
Joh 1:12  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Joh 1:13  Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
 
THIS LEAVES 7 YEARS TO BE FULFILLED. THE BIBLE CALLS THIS THE TIME OF JACOB’S TROUBLE.

Jer 30:7  (Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble); [but he shall be saved out of it].

THE CHURCH CALLS IT THE SEVEN YEARS OF TRIBULATION!

**********NOW TO CONTINUE ON WITH THE LESSON

*****THE MESSIAH WOULD BE CUT OFF:

ON THE 8TH DAY OF NISAN 32AD THIS HAPPENED.

Joh 12:12  On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,
Joh 12:13  Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.
Joh 12:14  And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written,
Joh 12:15  Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass’s colt.
Joh 12:16  These things understood not his disciples at the first: but when Jesus was glorified, then remembered they that these things were written of him, and that they had done these things unto him.

WE KNOW THIS WAS WHEN JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD WAS CRUCIFIED.

*****”BUT NOT FOR HIMSELF”:

Jesus Christ did not go to the cross for Himself.

JESUS CHRIST WENT TO THAT CROSS FOR ME.
HE WENT FOR YOU.
HE WENT FOR EVERYONE THAT WILL EVER LIVE ON THIS PLANET, WE CALL EARTH.

*****THE PEOPLE OF THE PRINCE:

WHO ARE THE PEOPLE OF THE PRINCE:

Joh 8:44  Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
Joh 8:45  And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.
Joh 8:46  Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?
Joh 8:47  He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.

*****THAT SHALL COME AND DESTROY THE CITY AND THE SANCTUARY:

WE KNOW THAT THIS HAPPENED IN 70AD.

DAN 9:27 IS NOT YET BEEN FULFILLED

THE EVIL PRINCE THAT WILL COME WILL MAKE A COVENANT WITH ISRAEL. WE KNOW HIM AS THE ANTICHRIST.

Mat 24:13  But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
Mat 24:14  And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
Mat 24:15 SAYS  When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

Mar 13:14  But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:
Mar 13:15  And let him that is on the housetop not go down into the house, neither enter therein, to take any thing out of his house:
Mar 13:16  And let him that is in the field not turn back again for to take up his garment.
Mar 13:17  But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
Mar 13:18  And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter.
Mar 13:19 SAYS  For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.

THE RAPTURE WILL HAPPEN FIRST, “THEN WE READ”:

2Th 2:1  Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
2Th 2:2  That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
2Th 2:3  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
2Th 2:4  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
2Th 2:5  Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?

WHEN?

Luk 21:20  And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.
Luk 21:21  Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.
Luk 21:22 SAYS  For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.

WE ARE TO PATIENTLY WAIT:

2Th 3:5 SAYS  And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.

WHY?

IN THE WORDS OF JESUS

Luk 21:19 SAYS  In your patience possess ye your souls.

THERE ARE SEVEN YEARS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN FULFILLED BUT THEY WILL BE!

WHAT ELSE DO WE KNOW?

1.) THE CHURCH WILL NOT SEE THE WRATH OF GOD!

Rom 5:8  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Rom 5:9  Much more then, being now justified by his blood, [we shall be saved from wrath through him].
Rom 5:10  For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

1Th 5:9  For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
1Th 5:10  Who died for us, that, [whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him].

WHEN IS CHRIST COMING?

Deu 30:1  And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath driven thee,
Deu 30:2  And shalt return unto the LORD thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul;
Deu 30:3  That then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and [will return and gather thee from all the nations], whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee.

THESE PROPHECIES DEAL WITH THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL. GOD LAID OUT THE CONDITIONS OF HIS RETURNING IN THE DAYS OF MOSES.

*****A CHILD OF GOD HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE FULFILLMENT OF THESE PROPHECIES.

GOD SAID NOT TO WORRY ABOUT THE FUTURE!
GOD SAID TO WATCH FOR THE SIGNS!

Mat 6:34  Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. [Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof].

LET’S PRAY!

The Preview of World Empires

THE PREVIEW OF WORLD EMPIRES

Today we begin a short study of the Book of Daniel. The Preview of World Empires. We can see some history of the world really up unto this day in which we live. We know these words are true because we can read it from other sources than the Bible. So we do not question history but there are many from the past and from today that question Daniel and the things he wrote. So let’s first talk about some of these things.

Sir Isaac Newton said “to reject the Book of Daniel is to reject the Christian Religion”.

Most any unbeliever will say that the Book of Daniel could not have been written before these things happened. As far back as the 3rd century this was said. This is only another attempt to discredit the Holy Word of God. Daniel was a prophet of God and God had a rule for a true prophet.

Deu 18:19 says  And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.
Deu 18:20  But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.
Deu 18:21  And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken?

Now listen to this next verse.

Deu 18:22 says  When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, [if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken], but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.

In other words if a so called prophet says he is from God and the things he says do not come true then “God DIDN’T SEND THAT PROPHET”.

It may be hard to believe but among the sacred writings of the world’s religions you cannot find written prophecy.

1.) The “Hindu Vedas”: has only majic, myths, legends, parables  and humor,[but no prophecy].

2.) Buddhists: revere three books that set forth their doctrine [but no prophecy].

3.) Confusion: his wisdom lies in five books called the “Five Classics” and then four more assembled by his disciples later [but no prophecy of future things].

4.) Taoist: Turn to “The Way and Virtue” written in 3BC. It only has mysticism, poetry, and paradox.

A paradox is: A proposition contrary to received opinion, or seemingly absurd, yet could be true in fact.

[But IT HAS NO PROPHESY OF FUTURE EVENTS].

5.) Islam and the Muslim “revere” Mohammed as the greatest prophet who ever lived and as the last word of Allah [but he made no future predictions].

The “Hadith” is a collection of so called incidents in his life. His likes and dislikes, his laws and his traditions that are added to the Koran.

IN ALL THESE SO CALLED SACRED WRITINGS YOU WILL NOT FIND ANY PREDICTIVE PROPHECY.

“ONLY THE HOLY WORD OF GOD, OUR BIBLE, WILL YOU FIND THE TRUTH AND TRUE PROPHETS”

2Ti 3:16 SAYS  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2Ti 3:17  That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

2Pe 1:20 SAYS  Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
2Pe 1:21  For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

ONLY GOD CAN PREWRITE HISTORY 100% ACCURATELY!

The Lord will not allow the words of his prophets to idly fall to the ground.

1Sa 3:19  And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him, [and did let none of his words fall to the ground.]

God does not teach any foolish thing.

Rom 3:3 says  For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?
Rom 3:4  God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged. 

*****THERE ARE THOSE THAT SAY THE BOOK OF DANIEL IS SO ACCURATE THAT IT HAD TO BE WRITTEN AFTER ALL THESE THINGS HAPPENED, INCLUDING THE DESTRUCTION OF THE TEMPLE IN 70 AD.

The proof that this is wrong is the Septuagint that was compiled and translated by 70 Jewish translators. They began their work in 289BC and [it contained the completed work of Daniel].

Most of us have heard of Flavius Josephus, a Jewish historian, but not a believer in God. He wrote of a record of an event in 332 BC. “Alexander the Great had visited the Temple and offered a sacrifice to God. He treated the High Priest with such respect that they, the Priests, showed him the Book of Daniel and the place where the Bible says the Greeks would destroy the rule of the Persians.

Dan 8:3 SAYS  Then I lifted up mine eyes, and saw, and, behold, there stood before the river a ram which had two horns: and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last.
Dan 8:4  I saw the ram pushing westward, and northward, and southward; so that no beasts might stand before him, neither was there any that could deliver out of his hand; but he did according to his will, and became great.
Dan 8:5  And as I was considering, behold, an he goat came from the west on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes.
Dan 8:6  And he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing before the river, and ran unto him in the fury of his power.
Dan 8:7  And I saw him come close unto the ram, and he was moved with choler against him, and smote the ram, and brake his two horns: and there was no power in the ram to stand before him, but he cast him down to the ground, and stamped upon him: and there was none that could deliver the ram out of his hand.

*****WE KNOW THE HISTORY OF WHAT HAPPENED NEXT.

WHAT IS THE GREATEST TEST OF THE BOOK OF DANIEL?

THE WORDS OF JESUS!

Mat 24:15 SAYS  When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

AND AGAIN

Mar 13:14 SAYS  But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:

*****JESUS CHRIST ACKNOWLEDGED THE BOOK OF DANIEL!

Ezekiel mentions Daniel three times:
The Apostle Paul tells us the some of the same things:

2Th 2:3 says  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
2Th 2:4  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

Dan 7:8 says I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.

Dan 9:27  And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

Dan 11:36  And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.

The Book of Hebrews says in the Hall of fame of Faith:

Heb 11:33  Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, [stopped the mouths of lions],

That was Daniel who was thrown in the lions den. (Daniel 6:16-24)

THE BOOK OF DANIEL WAS NEVER CHALLENGED BY THE ANCIENT RABBIS, IT IS ONLY CHALLENGED BY MODERN DAY “KNOW IT ALLS” WHO REFUSE TO BELIEVE THE WORD OF GOD.

2Ti 3:16 SAYS  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

OUR TEXT FOR TODAY:

Dan 2:27  Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king;
Dan 2:28  [But there is a God in heaven] (that revealeth secrets), and (maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days). Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these;
Dan 2:29  As for thee, O king, thy thoughts came into thy mind upon thy bed, what should come to pass hereafter: and he that revealeth secrets maketh known to thee what shall come to pass.
Dan 2:30  But as for me, [this secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living], but for their sakes that shall make known the interpretation to the king, and that thou mightest know the thoughts of thy heart.

THE KINGS DREAM:

You see Nebuchadnezzar believed that his dreams were messages from his gods. That’s (little g o d). Remember he was a pagan king. While believing this he believed a true priest of those false gods would be able to tell him about those dreams.

He called on the wrong people to get his answers, IT IS ONLY THE TRUE GOD THAT HAS ALL THE ANSWERS!

1.) He first called on the magicians:

THE DICTIONARY SAYS, THIS IS ONE WHO PRACTICES THE BLACK ARTS OR THE DARK ARTS, A HORORSCOPIST.

THIS IS SOMEONE THAT SAYS THEY CAN PREDICT THE COMING OF A FUTURE EVENT.

THE DICTIONARY ALSO SAYS OF DARKNESS, IT IS A STATE OF BEING INTELLECTUALLY CLOUDED, IGNORANT, IN WICKEDNESS AND SIN.

WE CALL THIS THE OCCULT IN OUR DAY: SOMEONE WHO CLAIMS TO UNCOVER HIDDEN MYSTERIES THAT THE NATURAL MAN CANNOT KNOW OR DO.

Pro 4:19 SAYS  The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.

WHEN WE ARE SAVED THE BIBLE SAYS:

Col 1:13  Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

2.) He next called the astrologers:

ONE WHO PRACTICES ENCHANTMENT.

THESE ARE PERSONS WHO SAY THEY CAN PREDICT THE FUTURE OF ANYONE BY STUDYING THE HEAVENLY BODIES. (The Stars, Moons, Suns, etc.)

GOD SAYS:

Isa 47:12  Stand now with thine enchantments, and with the multitude of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth; if so be thou shalt be able to profit, if so be thou mayest prevail.
Isa 47:13  Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee.

GOD SAYS IF YOU BELIEVE IN THAT JUNK THEN LET THEM SAVE YOU.

Isa 47:14  Behold, they shall be as stubble; [the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame]: there shall not be a coal to warm at, nor fire to sit before it.

3.) He next called the sorcerers:

ONE WHO SAY THEY CAN WHISPER A SPELL. A CONJURER, AN ENCHANTER. A PERSON WHO SAYS THEY HAVE SUPERNATURAL POWERS TO PERFORM THINGS THAT NO ONE ELSE CAN DO.

HE IS TRULY AN IMPOSTER! HE IS A FAKE! THIS PERSON TRULY WORSHIPS ANYTHING THAT IS NOT GOD.

We read of one in the New Testament:

Act 8:9  But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, [giving out that himself was some great one]:
Act 8:10  To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, [This man is the great power of God].
Act 8:11  And to him they had regard, [because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries].

We see that they can fool most everyone they meet. Some even thought they had the power of the one true God.

BUT THEY ARE FAKES!

GOD SAYS IN THE END TIMES THAT THE NATIONS HAVE BEEN DECEIVED BY SORCERIES:

Rev 18:23  And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for [by thy sorceries were all nations deceived].

WE GET THE WORD PHARMACY FROM THE GREEK WORD (PHARMAKIA, WHICH IS ALSO THE ENGLISH WORD SORCERIES). WE CAN SEE THE INFLUENCE DRUGS ARE HAVING WORLD WIDE RIGHT NOW IN OUR TIME.

THESE INCLUDE THE ILLEGAL DRUGS THAT IN MOST CASES NOT ONLY SUPPLY THE GREED OF EVIL MEN BUT FINANCE MOST THE TERRORISM THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. BUT IT ALSO INCLUDES THE SO CALLED LEGAL DRUGS THAT ARE GIVEN OUT TO EVERYONE THAT HAS SERIOUS AILMENTS. IT IS MY BELIEF THAT SURGICAL OPERATIONS HAVE GOTTEN SO EXPENSIVE THAT THE INSURANCE COMPANIES WOULD RATHER BUY YOU DRUGS TO EASE YOUR PAIN FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE THAN TRY TO OPERATE FOR THE CURE.

ESPECIALLY FOR OUR OLDER FOLKS WHO ARE CAUGHT UP IN THE MIDDLE OF MEDICARE AND INSURANCE THAT JUST ROB THEM OF THEIR RETIREMENT.

4.) He next called the Chaldeans:

THESE WERE SOMETIMES KNOWN AS THE “MAGI” . THESE WERE SUPPOSEDLY THE WISEST MEN IN BABYLON. THEY WERE FAMILIAR WITH ALL MATTERS OF THE OCCULT, ASTROLOGERS AND SORCERIES. THESE WERE THE ORIENTAL SCIENTIST OF THEIR DAY. THE WIZARDS.

HERE ARE THE WORDS OF THEIR TRUTH:

Dan 2:10  The Chaldeans answered before the king, and said, [There is not a man upon the earth that can shew the king’s matter]: therefore there is no king, lord, nor ruler, that asked such things at any magician, or astrologer, or Chaldean.

YOU SEE NONE OF THESE “FAKES” CAN TELL YOU ANYTHING UNLESS YOU GIVE THEM YOUR LIFE STORY!

*****WE KNOW WHAT DANIEL SAID:

(Vs 28) There is a God!

ONLY GOD KNOWS ALL THINGS, EVEN THE THINGS WE DREAM AND CANNOT REMEMBER OURSELVES.

Psa 139:2 SAYS  Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.

Psa 139:4 SAYS  For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.

Psa 139:16 SAYS  Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

Daniel went to the Lord in prayer but he was not alone. He had help from his brothers.

GROUP PRAYER IS POWERFUL. FROM MY OWN EXPERIENCE I CAN TELL YOU IT IS A HUMBLING THING TO KNOW YOUR NAME IS BEING SHOUTED ALL OVER HEAVEN.

DANIEL KNEW ALSO:

GOD NEVER FORSAKES HIS OWN PEOPLE WHEN THEY PRAY! “GOD ONLY” HAS ALL THE ANSWERS!

The Apostle Paul said:

1Ti 1:17  Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, [the only wise God,] be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Jude the halfbrother of Jesus said:

Jud 1:25  [To the only wise God our Saviour], be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

James the other halfbrother of Our Lord said:

Jas 5:16  Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. [The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much].

Preacher Sam, my Pastor, just preached:

1.) We should pray that God’s Word spreads freely in this world.
2.) We should pray for protection of the Church.
3.) We should pray for the perseverance of the Saints.

[Text Preacher Sam used:

2Th 3:1  Finally, brethren, pray for us, [that the word of the Lord may have free course], and be glorified, even as it is with you:
2Th 3:2  And [that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men]: for all men have not faith.
2Th 3:3  But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.
2Th 3:4  And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, [that ye both do and will do the things which we command you.
2Th 3:5  And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ].

*****GOD HAD REVEALED TO NEBUCHADNEZZAR THE COMING WORLD POWERS.

********** “BUT IT TOOK A MAN OF GOD TO POINT THEM OUT TO HIM.”

GOD HAS A PLACE FOR EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US TO SERVE. WE NEED TO FOLLOW THE LEAD OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN OUR OWN LIVES TO BE WHERE GOD’S WILL IS FOR US.

OUT TEXT:

Dan 2:31  Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible.
Dan 2:32  This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass,
Dan 2:33  His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.
Dan 2:34  [Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.
Dan 2:35  Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.]

*********What we witness in these verses is prophecy that has been fulfilled [that we can see with our own eyes] through world history. Up until the rule of Babylon there had never been a dominant world power.

Daniel tells us about Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, Rome, and then leads us into the time of Christ in the Millennial Kingdom.

Daniel tells this king something that he could not have made up, something that Only God Could Know. Remember if Daniel got this wrong then he would also die. Can you imagine standing before the world ruler with “this” story.

*****BUT GOD KNOWS ALL THE TRUTH!

OUR TEXT:

Dan 2:36  This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king.
Dan 2:37  Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory.
Dan 2:38  And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold.
Dan 2:39  And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth.
Dan 2:40  And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.
Dan 2:41  And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.
Dan 2:42  And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.
Dan 2:43  And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.
Dan 2:44  And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
Dan 2:45  Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.

*****THIS IMAGE DESCRIBED BY DANIEL BEGAN THE WORLD GOVERNMENTS IN THE TIME OF THE GENTILES.

Luk 21:24 SAYS  And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, [until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled].

**********WE KNOW THAT THE BEGINNING OF THAT FULFILLMENT WILL BE THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH.

2Th 2:7  For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: [only he who now letteth will let], until he be taken out of the way.

**********WE KNOW THAT IT IS THE HOLY GHOST FILLED CHURCH THAT HOLDS BACK THE EVIL IN THIS WORLD. WE CAN SEE THAT WE HAVE NOT BEEN DOING OUR PART VERY WELL. BUT EACH CHILD OF GOD IS FILLED WITH THE HOLY GHOST AND WHEN THE RAPTURE OCCURS, BECAUSE HE WILL NOT LEAVE US HE WILL GO BACK TO HEAVEN WITH US. The Holy Ghost will go back to doing what He did before the Church age, as in the Old Testament.

*****LEAVING THIS EARTH IN THE HANDS OF THE DEVIL UNTIL THE LORD COMES.

2Th 2:8  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
2Th 2:9  Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
2Th 2:10  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; [because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved].

WHY DO THESE PERISH? BECAUSE THEY HEARD OF THE LORD AND THEY FELT THE PULL OF THE HOLY GHOST BUT THEY RECEIVED NOT THE TRUTH. THEY WOULD NOT ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST AS THEIR LORD IN THE TIME OF GRACE. ALL THOSE THAT DO THIS WILL NOT GET ANOTHER CHANCE DURING THE TRIBULATION PERIOD NOR IN THE MILLENNIAL KINGDOM.

*****UNTIL THE LORD COMES, GOD SAYS.

1Co 4:5  Therefore judge nothing before the time, [until the Lord come], who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.

*****THE LORD WILL COME BACK TO THIS EARTH AT THE END OF THE TRIBULATION PERIOD!

1.) THAT FIRST IMAGE WAS THE HEAD OF GOLD:

Daniel explicitly told Nebuchadnezzar that he was the “head of Gold” in the dream.  Since Daniel identified the other parts of the image as representing kingdoms, it is evident that the head of gold symbolized Nebuchadnezzar’s kingdom, Babylon. The head of gold fitly represented Babylon.

Isa 14:4 SAYS  That thou shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say, How hath the oppressor ceased! [the golden city ceased]!

Jer 51:7 SAYS  [Babylon hath been a golden cup in the LORD’S hand], that made all the earth drunken: the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad.

Surrounded by massive fortified walls, the city lay on both sides of the Euphrates river, which watered its gardens and supported its commerce.

Jer 51:8 SAYS  Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: howl for her; take balm for her pain, if so be she may be healed.

Nebuchadnezzar II, also known as Nebuchadnezzar the Great, was the fearsome, vainglorious ruler of Babylon from 630 – 562 BC. Called the ‘destroyer of nations’, he reduced Judea and Jerusalem to rubble and sent the Jews into exile. His portrayal in various historical texts, most memorably the Old Testament, paints the picture of a marauding, mighty king who would stop at nothing to heap his beloved Babylon in glory. He built his nation into a cultural centre for the Near East, lavishing it in glory with his fine buildings, palaces and, of course, Hanging Gardens. His reign inspired his people to victory over some of the most powerful nations of the time; effectively ruling the Middle East.

*****And his mystique would be reprised 2,500 years later, when the Saddam Hussein used Nebuchadnezzar’s glory to rally his people into heinous ethnic cleansing and impossible wars.

2.) HIS BREAST AND HIS ARMS OF SILVER:

The Breast of silver is the same as the Bear and the Ram of chapter seven.

Nevertheless, “another kingdom” inferior to Nebuchadnezzar’s kingdom, represented by the breast and arms of silver, would conquer and supplant the golden kingdom.  Darius, by a masterful maneuver of turning aside the waters the Euphrates, led his Medo-Persian forces through the riverbed to take Babylon by complete surprise in 539 B.C.

Daniel spoke these words to King Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon.  Babylon fell in 539 B.C when the Medes and the Persians conquered the kingdom.  The Medo-Persian Empire lasted until Alexander the Great defeated them in battle in 331 B.C.

3.) HIS BELLY AND HIS THIGHS BRASS:

The Belly of Brass is the same as the Leopard and the Goat.

The next power, the one that uprooted and succeeded the Persians was that of Macedonia, represented by the image’s midsection of brass.  Alexander, was a  young military genius who conquered the Mediterranean world, but who could not conquer his appetite, in a lightning campaign defeated the Persians in several battles, finally completely routing them at the Battle of Arbela in 331 B.C.

4.) HIS LEGS OF IRON:

The Legs of Iron is same as Terrible Beast with 10 horns

Unmistakably the fourth kingdom,” strong as iron,” represented by the “legs of iron,” was Rome.  Rome conquered swiftly, ruthlessly, and with crushing force.  She began to replace the Hellenistic, or Greek, empire by a decisive battle at Pydna, 168 BC, and by 30 BC, with the subjugation of Egypt, she completed her control of the Mediterranean world.

5.) HIS FEET PART IRON AND PART CLAY:

Daniel, under divine inspiration, foretold that the mighty empire of Rome would suffer division?  But when he came to the feet and toes in his explanation, Daniel predicted, “The kingdom shall be divided”   Did Daniel’s prediction come to pass? History records clearly that it did.

During the fourth and fifth centuries AD the empire of Rome in the west became divided as several distinct barbarian kingdoms with her midst gained independent power.  These kingdoms, which later developed into the nations of Europe today, have ever remained divided.

Daniel declared that “they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.”  Down through the centuries many powerful men have attempted to overthrow that prophecy and unite Europe. Charlemagne, Charles V, Napoleon, Kaiser Wilhelm, and Hitler all tried and failed.  Attempts to bring an intermingling between these kingdoms, especially through the practice of intermarriage among royal families, also failed just as Daniel predicted in verse 43.  The five fateful words, “they will not hold together” have accurately portrayed the sweep of European history from the disintegration of the Roman empire till today.

*****God’s Word has clearly proved true.

BUT WE KNOW THEY ARE GATHERING AGAIN IN WHAT IS CALLED THE EUROPEAN UNION.

The European Union is rapidly fulfilling prophecy in becoming the prophesied revived Roman Empire, the final worldly kingdom of human history. According to prophecy, this kingdom will give rise to an ecumenical and apostate religion, a global government, and a global economy. Out of this kingdom will arise the most evil dictator ever known to man – the Antichrist.

Rev 17:12 SAYS  And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
Rev 17:13  These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.

*****HOW CAN WE NOT BELIEVE GOD’S HOLY BIBLE!

6.) THERE IS ONE MORE KINGDOM MENTIONED BY DANIEL:

VERSE 44 SAYS  And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.

THIS IS THE KINGDOM WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THE PAST FEW WEEKS. THE MILLENNIAL KINGDOM OF OUR LORD JESUS.

Rev 20:4 SAYS  And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 

WHAT WE CAN SEE FROM THESE LESSONS IS THAT IT IS GOD THAT IS IN CONTROL OF THIS WORLD.

HE CREATED IT. HE SUSTAINS IT. AND HE CONTROLS IT. HE HAS NOT HIDDEN ANYTHING CONCERNING SALVATION FROM US AND ALL HE ASK US TO DO IS “BELIEVE”.

WE HAVE TO ADMIT THAT THERE IS NOTHING THAT WE OR THIS WORLD CAN DO TO SAVE OUR SOULS FROM HELL. IT IS ONLY GOD, WHO SENT THE LORD JESUS TO PROVIDE THAT MEANS OF SALVATION.

NEBUCHADNEZZAR WAS AS EVIL A RULER THAT WAS IN THE BIBLE, BUT WE CAN SEE THAT AS TIME HAS PASSED MOST GOVERNMENTS HAVE GOTTEN EVEN WORSE. IN FACT THE BIBLE SAYS:

2Ti 3:13 SAYS  But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

THIS EARTH GAINED IN A PHYSICAL SENSE BUT SPIRITUALLY THIS WORLD IS GOING TO HELL. ONLY THE RETURN OF JESUS WILL BRING PEACE TO THIS EARTH BUT UNTIL THEN WE STILL HAVE A PURPOSE AS THE CHURCH OF THE LIVING GOD.

Mat 5:16 SAYS  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

LET’S PRAY!