END TIMES SERIES Part 3
Now that we’ve established a basic understanding of the value and importance of biblical prophecy, let’s look at some specifics and their possible meaning and impact for us. Let me begin by stating how difficult it may be to hear or believe what you are about to read and encounter. As with many aspects of life we often feel we may be in the dark and therefore what we see or may experience is ‘foreign’ to our current nature and understanding.
Take heart. Our venture together is to find relief in our response to cope with and survive the unexpected unfolding of that we may have thought to be impossible.
From this point forward the events and consequences we’ll be addressing or describing focus on the ‘how and why’ of our responses. Irrespective of agreement or not, my goal is to share with readers an awareness of major ‘can’t miss’ last days events and their consequences. The timings, sequences and specifics may be debated but understanding what is ‘hidden in plain view’ will help every reader better grasp the enormity and impact our world in the years ahead will endure and go through.
As mentioned earlier there is currently a flurry of political, economic and religious activities taking place in and around Israel as we move closer to a culminating end of human activity on this planet.
First, it’s important to note that Israel is:
1. God’s chosen people (from whom the savior of mankind came and will come back again) and,
2. Israel is God’s ‘timepiece’ as it relates to the unfolding of mankind’s spiritual connection to His Holy Trinity, as well as to each other. For this reason, the situation soon to involve Israel will affect and have repercussions for each of us. Having foreknowledge of prophesied events allows us to better react to what is happening and what we can do to better prepare for the consequential fallout. Remember every prophecy in the bible has so far come true. There’s little or no reason to doubt the unfilled balance of scriptural prophecy will not also come to pass as described.
The events surrounding the end times are varied in timing, intensity, severity, length, who they affect and why; often making the entire period and its characters somewhat confusing or unrecognizable for many readers. Most people are unfamiliar with, and in all honesty, uninterested in ‘eschatology’ (the study of prophetic ‘end times/last days’). And yet fulfillment of prophecy is occurring in our lifetime more robustly than it has for any previous generation in the last two-thousand years.
God has given us free will to choose and embrace the opportunity to believe in Him and His words, and to accept His offer of forgiveness and eternal life. However, there are two caveats; first, one must accept and believe Jesus is the Christ/Messiah, and second, belief and trust in Him by inviting His Holy Spirit to abide within us as counsel of His moral and ethical commands for our lives in guiding our actions and responses.
I have no idea where you are on your spiritual or worldly journey. Therefore, I will be sharing events you won’t be able to miss.
Each event in the end times has enormous and dire consequences, with all kinds of crazy and unbelievable ways, means, and results. It’s important that we understand the fundamental reasons these events will be taking place. The ‘end times’ or ‘last days’ are coming for three reasons;
1. As a final opportunity for earth’s inhabitants to become aware of, believe in, and follow Jesus Christ as savior and redeemer through spiritual ‘Repentance and Forgiveness.’
2. A final ‘soul harvest’ of believers in God’s Holy Trinity.
3. To evict evil from the world once and for all, prior to Jesus Christ’s return to establish His millennial kingdom.
Wrapped up in these broad initiatives are the events, purposes, and actions of the ‘Tribulation’ period. Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let’s look at current major elements we should be aware of. Referring to the list in Part 2 of this series, I’d like to focus for a minute on prophetic numbers- 13,14,15, and 17. These four prophesies focus on the middle east region including and surrounding Syria, (Israel’s next door/common border neighbor) and its prelude to the coming ‘Ezekiel war’ described in the bible book of Ezekiel, chapters 36-39. This war may initiate a culmination of daily life as we know it, as it becomes a launching pad of specific ‘last days’ prophesies.
(The prophet Ezekiel lived, c.622 BCE - c.570 BCE.)
As mentioned, the variety of events, characters and consequences, as well as their effects and fallout are expansive and at times a little difficult to follow. For this reason, I’ll be sharing ‘big picture’ notable events to start. As we venture farther down the road, I’ll try to express more narrowly so the puzzle picture fills in. We will be working with this larger scope in order to insert specific events and characters as we proceed.
So, let’s get started. The four prophesies cited above from our Part 2 list (13,14,15,17) pertain to the fall, destruction and making uninhabitable the capitol of Damascus, Syria. These actions are the prelude to and will serve as a catalyst for the eventual Syrian occupation by Russia, Turkey and Iran in preparation for an armed invasion of Israeli controlled territory. The countries conjoined to initiate and participate in this coming conflict against Israel described by Ezekiel are led by these three (Russia, Turkey and Iran).
Do you see any connection to what’s going on today in Syria? We are watching Syria being invaded by Turkey, who is now allied with Russia, Iran and Syria’s president Assad. Remember, Syria and Israel have a common south/north border. Not to get too detailed, but Russia’s economy is rooted in a single industry; energy (gas and oil). Russia would like to get control of mid-east oil and gas reserves. Iran and Syria would like to eliminate Israel for religious and proto-ethnic reasons. Turkey has a combination of nationalist, economic, ethnic, and religious motives as well. And finally, Syria’s president Assad has been waiting for this kind of cooperative military assistance for years.
The Ezekiel prophesy tells us who the players and participants will be. He describes how this (primarily Muslim/Islamic) coalition will control Syria in order to build a military presence within striking distance of the border with Israel. There is trouble ahead for not only these countries but for the entire region and the world at large in the run up to the exacting result of the coming Ezekiel war.
Join me for Part 4 when we will look at this war and its aftermath.
Whether you believe me or not, believe this:
1 Corinthians 15:3-4 and Romans 10:9-10 & 17
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