For Unto Us A Child A Child Is Born, Unto Us A Son Is Given, Isaiah 9:6

For Unto Us A Child A Child Is Born, Unto Us A Son Is Given, Isaiah 9:6

 

 

 

 

 

JESUS: Our Reason

For Everything

Isaiah 9:6 is one of my favorite passages of the Christmas season! This remarkable verse highlights both our Lord’s First and Second comings!

The prophet Isaiah was writing about the first coming of Christ when he wrote: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given…” He penned these words more than 700 years before the birth of Christ. It is through this Son that we are made the sons of God.

In the second half of the verse, Isaiah continues his prophetic pronouncement and describes the magnificent titles of Jesus which reveal the wisdom, authority, strength, and character of Jesus in connection to His second coming and His future reign as King of the earth.

Isaiah wrote,

“…And the government will be upon His shoulder: and His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

Within a single verse, from one phrase to the next, Isaiah’s words span more than 2000 years.

Yes, Jesus was the virgin born child of Mary, but He was also the Son of God from eternity past that was given to be our Savior from sin. And this special Son who paid the price for our redemption with His own blood is destined to return a second time. This time He will return in great power and glory to rule the earth as King of Kings!

MAY THE WONDER OF THESE MESSIANIC TRUTHS BRING JOY TO YOUR HEART THIS BLESSED CHRISTMAS SEASON!

CELEBRATING HIS GLORIOUS BIRTH – ANTICIPATING HIS TRIUMPHANT RETURN!

Migdal Edar, The True Story Behind The Birthplace of Jesus.

Migdal Edar, The True Story Behind The Birthplace of Jesus.

A Christmas Prophecy

Migdol Eder:
Tower of the Flock

Tim Buck
FOTET.org

 

 

 

THOSE SHEPHERDS KNEW EXACTLY WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN THE ANGEL SAID BABY JESUS WAS WRAPPED IN SWADDLING CLOTHES AND LYING IN THE LAMB’S MANGER.

Jesus, The Lamb of God

On that first Christmas day 2000 years ago, the angel of the Lord directed the shepherds to the very place where they sacrificed baby lambs to see a baby boy wrapped in the lamb’s swaddling clothes and being presented for inspection in the stone manger, Migdal Eder.

Forget everything you’ve been told about the baby Jesus lying in a manger that looks like a soft and cozy hay bale. The manger that he was wrapped in was actually a stone feeding trough, located in a place called Migdal Eder outside of Bethlehem.

Migdal Eder, translated “Tower of the Flock” (Micah 4:8), was a look-out post located just north of Bethlehem, the city of David. What made the tower special was that the bottom portion was used as the sheep care facility that served as a manger where Jerusalem’s sacrificial lambs were birthed and inspected. More importantly, this was where Jesus was born!

“And thou, O tower of the flock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem.”
Micah 4:8 

The place Migdal Eder first appears in Genesis 35:21 where Jacob buried Rachel after she gave birth to Benjamin. In its earliest days, the tower of Migdal Eder was a military structure but in the time of Jesus it had become the Tower of the Flock where the Levitical shepherds would inspect the sacrificial lambs. Migdal Eder is the place where the spotless lambs were wrapped in swaddling clothes to be inspected for sacrifice at the Temple in Jerusalem. Inspected by shepherds. Now, back to Rachel and Benjamin.

As Rachel lay dying, she desired that her son Benjamin should be called Benoni, which means ‘son of my sorrow’, but Jacob wanted his name to be called Benjamin, which means ‘son of the right hand.’ Does this sound like anything you know from scripture? Does not Isaiah 53:3 say that Jesus was a ‘man of sorrows’ and doesn’t Ephesians 1:20 tells us that He is seated at the ‘right hand’ of God?

 

 

 

 

 

Regarding the birth of the baby Jesus, we see in Luke 2:7 that He was laid in a manger, a stone structure like the one above that Levitical shepherds would normally use to inspect the sacrificial lambs.

Mary and Joseph were not sent to a first century Holiday Inn or to the barn behind it. No, as the Spirit of God led them, they found that the only place that had room was the birthing place for the lambs to be sacrificed. Migdal Eder. Imagine that! And those swaddling clothes? Why, they were for the lambs to protect them from getting bruised so they could be sacrificed ‘without spot’ according to the Law. Jesus is the lamb ‘without spot and blemish’ (1 Peter 1:19). 

Now, let’s visit those shepherds on the hill that night.

The angel of the Lord could have appeared to anyone, to everyone, and yet he appeared to a group of people with a specialized skill set, shepherds who were trained in inspecting the sacrificial lambs in the stone manger of Migdal Eder.

The angel said “And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” The angel of the Lord directed the shepherds to the very place where the sacrificial baby lambs laid. But to their shock and joy, instead of a baby lamb they saw a baby boy wrapped in the lamb’s swaddling clothes lying in the stone manger, praise God! This is what the Christmas ‘manger scene’ should look like.

“The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous run into it, and is safe.” 
Proverbs 18:10

When the Bible tells us that the ‘name of the LORD’ is a ‘strong tower’, it’s the same word ‘migdal’ pointing to the well known actual tower where Benjamin was born. The word ‘migdal’ shows up again in Nehemiah 3:1, connecting it to the ‘sheep gate’ where the sacrificial lambs would be led through on their journey to the Temple in Jerusalem. During Passover, thousands of lambs were brought in from the fields by the Levitical shepherds from the Tower of the Flock through the Sheep Gate to be sacrificed by the Levitical priests on the alter at the Temple.

“And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.”
Luke 2:15-18

Now you see, when Jesus is called a lamb in scripture, it is not poetic, it is literal.

Jesus is the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world
John 1:29

As such, the Son of God was born at Migdal Eder, wrapped in the very same swaddling clothes used for lambs, and placed in the protective stone manger to be presented for inspection by the Levitical shepherds. That’s why the angel of the Lord called shepherds, to inspect the baby Jesus according to the Law of Moses. How do I know that Jesus was born at Migdal Eder? The prophet Micah confirms this:

“But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.”
Micah 5:2

The word ‘Ephratah’ here means the ‘place where Rachel died’, which is also the place where Benjamin was born, by the tower of Migdal Eder. Micah is telling us that the Savior Jesus, would be born at the very place where Benjamin was born, at Migdal Eder.  Now you know the rest of the Christmas story about baby Jesus who is the ‘Lamb of God.’ 

Although the world is rocking and reeling today and its very foundations are crumbling at the center, God’s eternal throne is still as solid and secure as ever. God is sovereign, and the Lamb is still Savior, and everything is under perfect control.

Whereas Jesus was referred to as a Lamb once in the Old Testament (Isa. 53:7), twice in the Gospels (John 1:29, 36), and once in the Epistles (1 Peter 1:19), He is referred to as the Lamb twenty-eight times in the Book of Revelation. We have to conclude as they rejoiced in heaven,

Then I looked, and I heard the voices of many angels around the throne and the living creatures and the elders; and the number of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice,

“Worthy is the Lamb that was slaughtered to receive power, wealth, wisdom, might, honor, glory, and blessing.”
Revelation 5:11-12

Muslim Demographics and the Great Delusion: Will Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38 Cause Islam to Disappear in the End Times!

Muslim Demographics and the Great Delusion: Will Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38 Cause Islam to Disappear in the End Times!

 

 

 

As some conjecture…

Will Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38 Cause Islam to Disappear in the End Times?

Tim Buck
FOTET.org

The purpose of this article is to address what has in recent years become a widely held prophecy theory regarding Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38-39. The theory, popularized by Bill Salus in his book Isralestine, holds that the Bible predicts two specific invasions before the Tribulation Period begins that change the demographics of the end times.

The Christian church and the rest of the non-Muslim world is about to have a head-on clash with a very real demographic giant. Recognizing the epic proportions of this coming clash, some people (like myself) are shouting from the rooftops to prepare for the massive challenge ahead. Others, however, seem to be determined to lull the church back to sleep. “Don’t worry,” they say, “The giant will suffer a massive heart attack before he even arrives at the battle lines. Go back to sleep.”

Present demographic realities make it clear that as the church continues to slow down its growth globally, the religion of Islam is simply outpacing us. An acknowledgment of demographic trends today and understanding the Islamic connection to end-times prophecy make it clear that Islam represents the single greatest challenge the Christian church will face before the return of Jesus. But the church is largely asleep to the danger of this reality, assisted by a new theory.

One of the more successful false teachings to invade Bible prophecy over the last decade is rooted in a false interpretation of the Scriptures, and a poor understanding of global demographics. The giant in the room is Islam and to remove it, the teaching says that through two end-time wars, before the start of the Tribulation, the religion of Islam will be wiped off the face of the earth and pave the way for Antichrist to rise from Europe. Hmmm.

The two wars used to try to prove their “Islam is dead” theory is a supposed war in Psalms 83 and the battle of Gog and Magog in Ezekiel 38-39. Most scholars reject the view that Psalm 83 is even an actual prophecy but is simply a national prayer of lament. It is also abundantly clear that the Battle of Gog and Magog is simply telling the Old Testament story of the Battle of Armageddon that takes place at the end of the Tribulation and ends in Israel’s salvation.

The “Islam is dead” theory is a recent invention to discredit the Islamic end-time paradigm which correctly believes the religion of Islam will give rise to Antichrist. Driving the movement is also the need to find support for the outdated and unsupportive, “revived Roman empire” theory.

The “Rome is coming back” theory is falsely rooted in a misinterpretation of Daniel’s fourth empire that is discussed in both Daniel chapters two and seven. A more careful analyses of these two chapters reveals that the fourth empire that Daniel talks about points to the Islamic Caliphate not the ancient Roman empire. For numerous reasons outlined in chapter two of my book, The Empire of Antichrist, the ancient Roman empire simply does not meet the requirements of the text describing Daniel’s fourth empire. However, the historic Islamic empire meets all the textual requirements perfectly.

According to the theory, Salus postulates that the two wars of Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38-39 are pre-tribulation battles that wipe out 100% of the world’s Muslim population. He theorizes that as a result of these two wars, the world’s Muslim’s will simply vanish before the Tribulation begins, perhaps even quite soon.

He refers to the Psalm 83 battle as the removal of the “inner circle” of Muslim nations around Israel today. The “Inner Circle” map overlays the ancient names of Psalm 83 (in red) with their supposed modern-day counterparts map. Then he refers to his map of Ezekiel 38 as the removal of the “Outer Ring” of Muslim nations around Israel. And WAHLAH, there you have it… the Muslim’s are gone! Now you see ‘em… now you don’t!

 

 

 

 

To rescue the revival of the Roman empire idea, unfortunately, multiple modern prophecy writers have grabbed onto this theory like a rescue line to a drowning swimmer. If you don’t believe the theory is widely taught, consider a sampling of comments made by popular prophecy teachers as they do their best to articulate the view:

“There is no need whatsoever to warn the Bride of Christ [the church] about some non-existent Islamic (sic) myth … Islam will not exist by the time the 70th Week begins.” – Sean Osborne

“The war of Psalm 83 followed by the war of Ezekiel 38 will result in the annihilation of nearly all the armies of the Muslim nations of the Middle East … The Middle East will be reduced to ashes! … There are two wars that are indicated most likely before or just at the beginning of the Tribulation… In my opinion, those wars are going to pretty well wipe out the Muslims in the Middle East.” – David Reagan

“Islam is just another system that will be wiped out before the Antichrist instills (sic) his system … The Gog-Magog Battle of Ezekiel 38-39 that will soon end the Islamic threat before the Antichrist even comes on the scene. Islam’s days are numbered well before the Antichrist’s empire.” – Nathan Jones

The problem with the comments of these good men is they fail to recognize the actual demographics of the Muslim world. Apparently they believe that most of the world’s Muslims live in the Middle East. The truth, however, is that the vast majority of Muslims live outside of the Middle East. In fact, almost half of all Muslims globally live in the four countries of Indonesia, Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. Indonesia has a Muslim population of 276 million, Pakistan has 225 million, India has 300 million and Bangladesh has 153 million. Yet neither Psalm 83 nor Ezekiel 38-39, the two passages that this view claims will soon “wipe out” Muslims and Islam globally, include these nations.

The large majority of the World’s Muslims live outside of the Middle East. For example, today there are more Muslims in either France (3.5 million) or Germany (5.5 million) than in Lebanon (2.5 million).

This is where Bible prophecy and fantasy collide with the harsh realities of demographics. If we listed every nation suggested as part of Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38-39, this would still represent less than one-third of the world’s Muslim population.

So let’s test the demographics of this theory. If every soldier and every active-duty member of the nations suggested as being part of the supposed Psalm 83 invasion and Ezekiel 38-39 were gone, it would approximately represent 
31,213,730 soldiers, less than 2 percent of the total 1.8 billion Muslims of the world. So because a mere 2 percent of the Muslims of the world are defeated, somehow this means that the other 1.6 billion Muslims no longer exist?

Let’s take this scenario one step further. Let’s imagine that not just the active-duty soldiers but every single person in every one of these nations was removed from the picture, leaving not a single survivor, man, woman, or child, from Russian to Sudan, something no one is suggesting will occur, how would this change things? Would Islam be “wiped out” as they claim? Far from it. In fact, there would still remain well over a billion Muslims worldwide. Islam would continue to have more adherents than Protestant Christianity globally. Muslims would continue to be a vast and vibrant force worldwide.

As we can see, even if all the nations suggested within the Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38-39 wars were wiped out, there would still remain more than two-thirds of all Muslims in the world and the four largest Muslim nations would be untouched. Any suggestion that Islam will disappear from earth before the rise of Antichrist and the 7-year Tribulation is a fantasy.

No amount of denial, prophetic manipulation, or wishful thinking will make Islam go away. It’s not going to happen. It’s time for the church to wake up to the reality that Europe is dead not Islam. It takes the European Union five years to decide on the most mundane matters. The overwhelming biblical evidence is that Muslim’s are deceived by Satan today and are already positioned to participate in the great clash of the Tribulation aimed at destroying the non-Muslim world and Israel.

Far too many Christians have chosen to ignore the looming danger and rising threat and are sitting back and daydreaming about the time when Islam will go away. Instead we need a more aggressive approach, like David took toward the giant, of reaching Muslim’s with the Gospel of Christ and warning our fellow believers of the danger closing in.

Then it happened when Goliath the Philistine rose and came and drew near to meet David, that David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him.

You know the rest of the story.

The Beast Is Rising: Erdogan’s Quest For Shariah Alliance!

The Beast Is Rising: Erdogan’s Quest For Shariah Alliance!

 

 

 

 

Erdogan’s Quest for a New Sharia-Based Alliance

The Beast in Revelation appears in the two chapters of Revelation 13 and 17. Both chapters give us a symbolic picture of the final empire of Antichrist as a Beast. Our class in January is concerned about the Beast in chapter 17.

When we talk about the Beast we are referring to the coming Islamic Empire to be revived in the last days with the Caliphate headquartered in Turkey. For 500 years until WW1, the Ottoman Empire reined over the religion of Islam from Istanbul, Turkey. Today, Turkey’s President Erdogan is pushing the envelope to reestablish the caliphate once again, just as prophesied.

Erdogan’s Islamist ambitions are seeking an international role in post-U.S. Afghanistan in alliance with the Taliban, Qatar, Pakistan and Malaysia.

Biden has weakened himself and the country so badly that we’ve been reduced to the point of being blackmailed by NATO’s only Islamist member. Turkey’s Defense Minister Hulusi Akar has made it clear: “If the U.S. is to be in the Middle East, it must cooperate with Turkey.”

Afghanistan is not Erdogan’s only pro-sharia ambition after the U.S. withdrawal… Turkey ramped up its drone attacks on Yazidis in Iraq’s Sinjar district….. “The Turkish drone strikes increasingly threaten to undercut refugee repatriation inside Iraq and create space for the Islamic State to regroup, as the most effective Kurdish groups fighting ISIS are Sinjar’s grassroots Kurdish and Yazidi militias,” warned Michael Rubin in the Washington Examiner.

Erdogan’s Islamist, neo-Ottoman ambitions are now taking a pro-sharia turn. That is bad news for the region to Turkey’s south and east. Worse, it is a slow-fuse time bomb for the West.

 

 

 

 

Turkish President Erdoğan’s Islamist ambitions are seeking an international role in post-U.S. Afghanistan in alliance with the Taliban, Qatar, Pakistan and Malaysia. 

 

Final Judgment For the Saved and Lost! Where Will You Spend Eternity?

Final Judgment For the Saved and Lost! Where Will You Spend Eternity?

 

 

 

 

Final Judgment

Tim Buck
FOTET.org

It is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.
Hebrews 9:27

The Bible talks about 4 judgments. The first is the Judgment Seat of Christ (2 Cor. 5:10) for Church believers (Body of Christ) that occurs in heaven after the Rapture. The second and third judgments are for the Old Testament saints (Daniel 12:2-3) and believers who have died in the Tribulation period (Rev. 20:4). Both of these judgments occur on earth after Christ’s Second Coming at the end of the Tribulation. The first three judgments are all for believers.

God’s judgment for unbelievers is a lot different than the judgment of His children. It’s called the Great White Throne Judgment. This final judgment of the unsaved occurs in the blackness of space after the Millennial Kingdom, after the destruction of the universe and before the creation of the new heavens and new earth (Rev. 20:11-15).

Here I want to focus on the Great White Throne Judgment where all mankind who has ever rejected Christ will appear. Close your eyes and picture it for a moment. The Millennium is now over, Satan and his armies have been cast into the Lake of Fire, that Jesus said was prepared for the devil and his angels (Mt. 25:41).

Now things take a sharp turn…God speaks and planet earth spontaneously combusts and vaporizes. In the aftermath… the residents of Hell for the past 6,000 years find themselves, not free, not dead, but now standing before a great white throne.

What they see is frightening as Jesus stands before them in His robe as judge with the books of man’s deeds in His hands. Instead of receiving a glorified body like the body all believers will receive, they’ve been resurrected into a body suited for tormenting day and night that will never die.

And here they stand in the blackness of the uncreated world…  on nothing. Standing and facing God. No friends to help them here. The books of judgement from Cain to Hitler to the last sinner who rejected Jesus are now opened, and the lifetime of deeds of every unsaved person is read and man is judged according to what’s written in the books! No excuses at this throne… it’s all written down and read out loud. As judgment is past, each and every one is cast into the Lake of Fire (Rev. 21:15).

From this point forward, God creates a new heaven and a new earth wherein dwells righteousness and beauty beyond our imagination (Rev. 21).

Which judgment will you find yourself in after you die? It’s a sobering thought and only you can change the outcome!  It’s up to you and you can make that eternal decision today.