In 701 BC the Assyrian King Sennacherib successfully invaded most of the region around Jerusalem but God promised that he would not allow the Assyrians to enter Jerusalem.
The Assyrian Army had Jerusalem completely surrounded and the leaders were camped on the hill named “Nob” which is the hill just to the north of the Mount of Olives (Isa 10:32).
The Assyrians were ready to attack Jerusalem in the morning but God supernaturally intervened and the angel of the Lord (Christophany) took out 185,000 soldiers that night! When Israel woke up they couldn’t believe there eyes. The dead bodies of the enemy forces laid scattered all around Jerusalem.
Sennacherib the king of Assyria retreated back to the Assyrian capital city of Nineveh. Shortly thereafter he was killed by his sons. Nineveh is called Mosul today and is in northern Iraq.
For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and they that escape out of mount Zion: the zeal of the LORD of hosts shall do this. Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the king of Assyria, He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there, nor come before it with shield, nor cast a bank against it. By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and shall not come into this city, saith the LORD. For I will defend this city, to save it, for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake. 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.
2 Kings 19:31-35
I believe this story in 2 Kings 19:31-35 has an important end-time application when this same scenario is repeated and Israel finds itself held up in Jerusalem and surrounded. This time it will be the Magog invaders that have Israel’s remnant surrounded and held up in Jerusalem in the battle of Armageddon.
Israel is in serious trouble just like they were that night in 701 BC, with nowhere to turn when Jesus Christ returns to Jerusalem and stands on the Mount of Olives at the end of the Tribulation period.
As Jesus’ feet touch down, the Mount of Olives will split in two; half to the north and half to the south allowing the Jewish remnant that are hunkered down on Mount Zion to escape through the newly formed valley and flee into the mountains east of Jerusalem.
4 On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south. 5 You will flee by my mountain valley.
Just when all seems lost for the Jewish remnant in Jerusalem their Messiah comes to rescue them. Has that ever happened to you?
As the armies begin chasing Israel through the newly created valley, they experience a repeat of what happened to Pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea. The wrath of Jesus is launched in a series of war ending catastrophes putting the lights out on Antichrist and his invading armies.
That’s three times! Once at the Red Sea. Then again in 701 BC against the Assyrian army. Then against Antichrist and his armies. Jesus shows up to rescue the ones he loves!
So how many times has God showed up and rescued you? I’ve lost count!
If God is willing to split the mountain to save Israel, let’s remember that He also promised to be just as faithful to us! He’ll do the same for you because His faithfulness to the church has no end!. When it all looks grim, just look to Him!
Are Israel and the United Arab Emirates planning for a Third Jewish Temple? It sure appears so!
Construction of the UAE’s massive Abrahamic Family House may become the model for the construction of Israel’s Temple on the Temple Mount.
To be Built in 2022
Soon after the United Arab Emirates signed the peace accord with Israel they announced an interesting project regarding their intent to construct the Abrahamic Family House.
The project consists of a massive complex of three large religious structures “fostering interfaith reconciliation” between the three Abrahamic faiths of Muslim’s, Christians and Jews.
It’s possible, even likely, that the real purpose behind the project may be that God’s sovereign hand is intervening to influence the nations concerning Israel’s Temple.
The Abrahamic Family House may be the model for what can be accomplished on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. This timely project could open the door for Israel’s Temple.
Designed to be of equal size and height, the three buildings, set to open in 2022, will include an Islamic mosque (oriented toward Mecca) a Jewish synagogue (to face toward Jerusalem), and a Christian church (with an altar pointing east).
What makes this more interesting is that the Abraham Accords agreement between Israel and the UAE included the following language:
“Muslims who come in peace may visit and pray at the Al Aqsa mosque, and Jerusalem’s other holy sites should remain open for peaceful worshipers of all faiths.”
The straightforward wording about worship in Jerusalem has caused concern among Muslim observers as they feel it intentionally leaves the door open for Jews to ascend the Temple Mount to worship and pray.
The entire 35-acre rectangular plateau is referred to by Muslims and the UN as the Haram al Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) and is considered by them to be off limits to Jewish worshippers.
This of course, is despite the fact that King David purchased the sight for Israel’s Temple under the instructions of God some 3000 years ago!
Currently, If a Jew is even caught moving his lips like he is praying he can be arrested for blasphemy against Allah on the Temple Mount. Many have learned to get around that prohibition by praying into their phone as if talking to someone!
I often point out, concerning the turn-of-events on the Temple Mount, how Satan has used Islam to capture God’s Sanctuary, and then boldly renamed it Allah’s Noble Sanctuary! One can see the brazen power of Satan’s deceptions!
The sacred site is the former home of Solomon’s Temple that was later redesigned by Herod when Jesus taught there. Now the sight is in the hands of the enemy!
Some observers believe the wording in the Accord may be intended to restrict Islamic worship to only the Al Aqsa Mosque itself (at the south end) which would allow both Jews and Christians to ascend the Temple Mount for prayer and worship in the near future. That has Muslim’s nervous!
Most Muslim’s are keenly aware that Orthodox Jews are eager to construct the Third Temple in preparation for the coming Jewish Messiah. Some within Islam are convinced the U.A.E. knew this when it agreed to this specific wording, and they accuse the wealthy nation of pandering to Israel’s religious beliefs and selling out the interests of the Islamic world! How interesting?
For its part, Israel has grown weary of Jordan’s role in running the Temple Mount since the 1967 Six Days War. Behind the scenes during the Abraham Accord negotiations, it appeared President Trump wanted Israel to consider Saudi Arabia as a better choice for running the care and religious management of the Temple Mount.
Israel’s government is increasingly concerned over the growing influence of Turkey, which seeks to control both the Temple Mount and the Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem under the banner of its re-emerging Neo-Ottoman Empire.
The Turks have managed to infiltrate Jerusalem by funding important community projects bringing them considerable influence among the Jerusalem Muslim community. While the church sleeps, Satan not only controls the Temple Mount but is already opening doors for the revived Ottoman Caliphate’s future control of Jerusalem in the Tribulation. And it’s happening under our watch!
In light of all this, some questions must be asked: Is it possible that Israel negotiated this peace agreement, in part to fend off the advances of Turkey at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem?
If so, one has to wonder if there is a plan in place to divide the Temple Mount between Islam, Judaism, and Christianity for the purpose of “fostering interfaith reconciliation just as the U.A.E. is attempting in their own country with the Abrahamic Family House project?
Is it possible that, with its wealth and growing influence in Israel, the U.A.E. may partner with the Jewish State to facilitate, or even fund the construction of a Third Temple in fulfillment of Bible prophecy?
Is it possible that this is part of God’s plan to set up the construction of Israel’s Third Temple and we are watching it unfold?
Time will tell as to what role the unique Abrahamic Family House in the U.A.E. will have on influencing the Middle East and also how the Abraham Accords continue to unfold in these last days.
The Obama-Biden Team are at it again. This time picking another Israel hater and Soros BDS Activist as Asst. Secretary for Human Rights! (She’s all for Palestinian rights!)
Her idea of human rights is cheering the destruction of Israel.
Like all their other anti-Israel appointments, Sarah Margon meets the one requirement necessary to be in the Obama-Biden third administration. She hates the State of Israel with a passion!
When Airbnb began boycotting the homes of Jews living in those parts of Israel claimed by Islamic terrorists, the Jewish communities of the United States rallied against the dot com.
Sarah Margon however stood against the Jewish communities and with the Airbnb boycott.
“Airbnb to remove listings in Israeli settlements of occupied West Bank. Thanks @Airbnb for showing some good leadership here. Other companies should follow suit,” she tweeted.
“Airbnb is playing a role by supporting the settlement real estate infrastructure — they’re perpetuating an illegal activity,” Margon ranted. “There is no way for a company…to do business in the settlements without violating the laws of occupation.”
Notice Margon’s anti-Semitic phrases above designed from the UN playbook to belittle the Jewish State. She talks about “supporting the settlement,” “illegal activity,” “violating the laws,” and the “occupation.”
That’s the woman Team Biden picked for Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.
“Yesterday @Airbnb agreed to stop renting in the Israeli-occupied settlements,” Margon argued. “Other companies should follow @Airbnb’s lead.”
BDS now has a powerful ally within the Biden administration and the State Department.
Margon’s hatred for Israel was not surprising. The leftist extremist was heading up the Human Rights Watch office in Washington D.C. HRW has defended BDS and recently issued a report falsely accusing Israel of apartheid.
Sarah Margon may have achieved the Biden-Obama nod through her anti-Israel radical policies on social media “urging companies to pull out of the Israeli Settlements”, but her hatred for the Jewish State goes beyond her economic war.
When Peter Beinart put out his infamous, “I No Longer Believe in a Jewish State” op-ed, Margon highlighted an excerpt calling for one state and the destruction of Israel. “Peter Beinart on fire,” she cheered.
That’s Biden’s Assistant Secretary for Human Rights supporting the destruction of Israel.
Sarah Michelle Margon is one of a number of anti-Israel activists Biden picked including Maher Bitar, who was pictured dancing in a keffiyah in front of a banner reading, “Divest from Israel Apartheid” and is now Biden’s Senior Director for Intelligence on the National Security Council, and Hady Amr, who described being “inspired by the Palestinian intifada” and is now Biden’s point man on the conflict between Israel and the terrorists fighting to destroy the Jewish State.
Reema Dodin, Biden’s Deputy White House Legislative Director, had argued that, “suicide bombers were the last resort of a desperate people.”
When President Trump signed Executive Order 13899 on Combating Anti-Semitism at colleges, Margon
complained that it “ostensibly addresses anti-semitism. But in reality it’s a bogus initiative geared to stifle free speech & go after those who might criticize Israel.”
Margon’s hatred and hostility for the Jewish State is relentless. And it represents a sad day for America!
Filling the administration with ungodly, Israel haters is not good news for America!
When the Obama administration stood against Israel, she tweeted, “Vote affirms illegality of settlements, longstanding US policy. Thank you @POTUS.”
After HRW, Sarah Margon joined one of George Soros’ Open Society Foundations as its director of foreign policy advocacy.
The OSFs fund BDS groups and Soros, its backer, has blamed antisemitism on Jews and the “pro-Israel lobby”. “If we change that direction, then anti-Semitism also will diminish,” the extremist anti-Israel billionaire has argued.
When President Trump took out the head of ISIS and said, “he died like a dog”, Margon whined about his “aggressive language” which “can easily be used to recruit & radicalize.”
“US is illegally transferring foreign ISIS suspects from Syria to Iraq, leading to botched trials & torture,” another tweet complained.
All of this will have severe consequences for American soldiers who have come under fire from Sarah Margon before.
When Air Force pilots bombed an Afghan hospital that Taliban fighters had been using, Margon wrote a letter to Obama’s Secretary of Defense on behalf of HRW demanding a “criminal investigation” and the “possible criminal liability of US personnel.”
Our men and women in uniform who like the Israelis, had better watch out. The anti-Israel Biden administration is coming for them.
In the process, Obama 3.0 is leading America directly into the path of God’s judgment.
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The world today is like a bomb with a lighted fuse!
Conditions everywhere indicate that it is only a matter of time before the bomb is ignited. Once lit, 7-years later, the Day of the Lord will end with the traumatic events of the Battle of Armageddon on the mountains of Israel.
But when does the Battle of Gog and Magog take place? Is it different than Armageddon? If so, should we be looking for Russia to invade Israel soon?
For the last five decades, the Battle of Gog and Magog has caused a lot of confusion in the church regarding who, what, when and why the battle takes place. It is almost universally accepted that Ezekiel’s invasion of Israel will be led by Russia and could take place any day now.
So should we be looking for Russia to invade Israel soon?
I don’t think so!
In a few weeks we are going to study this controversial end-time war from Ezekiel 38 and 39. For decades, popular prophecy teachers have told us this is a preliminary invasion of Israel led by Russia that has nothing to do with the Battle of Armageddon. We’re going to explain why the Russian theory is misplaced and simply not correct.
The Prophet Ezekiel describes this end-time invasion of Israel from the north. He refers to Gog as the prince or leader of a coalition of Muslim nations who I believe is Antichrist. Ezekiel tells us that the ruler Gog is from the land of Magog which is a reference to Turkey.
So in a nutshell, I see this as Antichrist leading the Caliphate armies into Israel for the final Battle of Armageddon. In-other-words, like most prophecies in the Book of Revelation, Ezekiel’s prophecy is simply telling the Old Testament version (Amos 3:7) of the same story of the New Testament Battle of Armageddon that John tells in Revelation 14, 16, 19 and 20.
Read Ezekiel 38 and 39
So to help prepare for the May 18 class, please take the time to read and study Ezekiel 38 and 39. I recommend the MacArthur Study Bible (large print). You can also get the App.
Four Study Questions
Here are Four Study Questions to ponder about the Ezekiel War:
1. Is Ezekiel 39:11-16 describing the clean up of modern nuclear weapons? Are nuclear weapons described elsewhere specifically during the Battle of Armageddon? See Zech. 14:12-15
2. Is Ezekiel 38 and 39 a pre-Armageddon invasion of Israel that’s not mentioned anywhere else in Bible prophecy? Asked another way, is Russia prophesied anywhere else in the Bible to fulfill the requirement of Ezek. 39:8?
3. If the battle takes place before the Battle of Armageddon, either before the Tribulation begins or during the first half of the Tribulation, how is it possible that God pronounces the result of the battle is the salvation of Israel? See Ezek. 39:29.
4. Is Gog, Antichrist, or is he some unknown preliminary invader (Putin?) disconnected from all other Bible prophecy? If Russia isn’t found somewhere else in Old Testament Bible prophecies than how can it fulfill Ezek. 38:17?
So the House of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day forward.
When The Beast Arrives
The most common term for the Empire of Antichrist in the book of Revelation is “beast” where it appears some 36 times. Revelation picks up the term from Daniel 7 where the prophet Daniel uses it to portray the Gentile empires that would follow Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylonian Empire.
Thus far in our studies of the Empire of Antichrist we have determined that the precise identity of the beast is the revived Ottoman Caliphate that fulfills Revelation 17:9-11 as Satan’s 8th and final empire.
What will the beast be like?
When the Caliphate returns after being dormant for 100 years, it may best be described as “ISIS on Steroids” except this time around, when the Jihad conquering begins in the Tribulation, the Ottoman Islamic State will be led by the unholy trinity of Satan, Antichrist and the False Prophet not Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self proclaimed leader of the ISIS Caliphate.
The UNHOLY TRINITY is described as follows,
13 And I saw coming out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs; 14 for they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the world, to gather them together for the war of the great day of God, the Almighty.
According to Daniel and Revelation the beast is unstoppable! Antichrist and his forces who will be powered by the enemy become so overwhelming they never experience defeat until crushed by Jesus at His Second Coming.
During the unstoppable wars in the Tribulation, the Ottoman Caliphate’s methodology will not have changed since its barbaric 500 year rule from 1453 to 1922.
The Ottoman rule began with genocide against the Romans in 1453 when they slaughtered 10’s of 1,000’s in it’s conquest of Constantinople and the Ottoman rule ended with genocide of the 1-million Armenian’s in the waning days of WWI. The Islamic Caliphate was purely satanic then and will be 7 times worse in the Tribulation!
The horrors the world will soon face is beyond comprehension as Antichrist assaults one nation after another beginning in the Middle East using hatred, enmity, rape, servitude, ethnic cleansing, jihad and genocide.
Islam is NOT the “religion of peace” as Obama/Biden and George Bush would falsely have us believe. That’s a sad attempt to cover the bloodshed commanded by the Quran.
Revelation 17 coins the religious system of Islam as the “MOTHER OF HARLOTS” which is released under the sovereignty of God to set up mankind’s judgment and fulfill Jesus’ prophecy in Mt. 24:21 of the worst period in history.
As a reminder of it’s evil nature, we see all these features prominently displayed in the genocide taking place in Africa today.
While much of the church thinks Antichrist is a man of peace who will rise from Europe, the spirit of Antichrist is already here on full display in the theatres like the Middle East and North Africa. And it’s not pretty.
On March 24, scores of people were massacred or forced to flee during an Islamic terror attack in the city of Palma, Mozambique, near a major gas plant in the Cabo Delgado province. Pictured: Internally displaced people from Palma gather in the Sports Center in the city of Pemba to receive humanitarian aid on April 2, 2021. (Photo by Alfredo Zuniga/AFP via Getty Images)
Imagine the nightmare when millions of similar events detailed below, break out daily, during the reckless reign of the Beast.
- After a mosque leaders’ wife embraced Christianity, and as a form of “retribution,” the imam ordered the rape of three Christian girls related to a local pastor…. — Morning Star News, March 11, 2021, Uganda.
- “Intercourse with a girl below the age of 16 is statutory rape in Pakistan, but in most cases a falsified conversion certificate and Islamic marriage certificate influence police to pardon kidnappers.” — Morning Star News, March 12, 2012, Pakistan.
- On March 20, a court “changed a sentence of life imprisonment to the death penalty for a Christian convicted of sending a blasphemous text message in 2011″…. Such petitions are “seen often as a service to Islam and as jihad or holy war against blasphemers.” according to the report. — Union of Catholic Asian News, March 29, 2021, Pakistan.
- “Muslims demand to make capital punishment the only penalty for blasphemy”…. The courts increasingly seem to be complying. — Union of Catholic Asian News, March 29, 2021, Pakistan.
- “That night, our village was attacked…. I was at home with my four children. We tried to escape to the woods, but they took my eldest son and beheaded him. We couldn’t do anything because we would be killed too.” — Save the Children, March 16, 2021, Mozambique.
- “In one of the worst attacks last year, the jihadists turned a village soccer field into an execution ground where they beheaded more than 50 people in three days of savage violence.” — Barnabas Fund, March 30, 2021, Mozambique.
So Why Study the Empire of Antichrist? What Difference Does it Make? 3 Reasons Why!
Why it is Beneficial to study the meanings behind the 7 “beast images” and the Empire of Antichrist and the various heads and 10 horns found throughout Scripture?
We offer at least three reasons why it is beneficial to study the meanings and discover the proper interpretations of the main players in the end times and their geo-political trends for today.
First, these images give Bible-studying Christians an ability to accurately determine the “season” of the age in which we are living in right now.
For example, were Jews to study Daniel and accept the book of Revelation also as inspired Scripture, they would not be so blind to the coming holocaust of the Tribulation spoken about so vividly in Daniel.
The Jewish people are living on the verge of imminent disaster but an understanding of what the Word says of the last days may be all it takes for some to accept Jesus as their Messiah.
And an understanding of these topics better prepares the Christian to identify the “prophetic season.”
Second, a proper understanding of the beasts provides a bulwark against deception.
God’s clash with Antichrist and the beast is the major theme in the Book of Revelation and the beast’s blasphemous religious system led by the Quran and the enforcement of Sharia is its driving force.
Believers around the world need to wake up to the fact that Islam is also the most dangerous threat to the church today. One only needs to travel to the Middle East and North Africa to see for themselves. Where are all the Christians? Where are Christianity’s historic cultural sights? The slaughter is increasing!
The Last Days are characterized as deceptive and as a trap, and expressly so the last-day ruler and the Dragon (Satan). This time is truly treacherous. Our enemy is the father of lies and deception (John 8:44).
“The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie.”
2 Thessalonians 2:9
We are convinced that those deception times are already upon us today. Is Christendom ready? Are you?
And Third, not only is Turkey and the 10 kings relevant to our time today, but also Satan’s 7 Empires.
The visions of the world’s 7 empires apply to us today. How so?
All 7 of them, along with the 10 kings, will be in existence and on the world scene during the Last Days when Christ returns. That means they are here now and already rising to their destiny to become part of the beast. The prophet Daniel says that it will be,
“In the time of those kings, that the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed”
This gives us all the more reason to sit up and be “on watch” of the movements surrounding Turkey, Syria. Iraq, Iran and Israel and the rapidly developing events of the Middle East before it becomes the “missile-east” in the Tribulation!
These are the days when our generation should be plugged in and watching as never before. Knowing and understanding the aspects of the Beast Empire gives believers stability in the last days.
God knew the relevance of Turkey, and how the accompanying geo-political events surrounding it’s rise would become front and center before the Rapture.
And the Lord knew the church would need discernment for interpreting the developing events to avoid confusion. So the Lord graciously gave us His prophetic Word to point us in the right direction.
Those who aren’t paying attention miss this connection and walk blindly through the end times and therefore will find themselves more vulnerable to deception.
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What is the Image of the Beast Described in Revelation 13:15?
Few prophecies generate more wild speculation than the image of the beast that speaks!
The interpretation of the image that speaks and how it speaks is one of the topics we will decode this Tuesday related to the Empire of Antichrist.
Prior verses note that the False Prophet will be able to perform false miracles to deceive people (Revelation 13:13–14). Then the False Prophet oversees the construction of something that speaks and is identified as the Image of the Beast.
Is it possible to know what this image is? Not only does the image speak but it commands people to bow down and worship it. If people refuse to bow down and worship the Image they will be killed.
Telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. 15 He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.
The mandatory death sentence to those who refuse to bow and worship the image is a clear parallel to Nebuchadnezzar’s ruling in Daniel 3 that whoever refused to bow down and worship his image must be killed.
At that time, Daniel’s three friends refused to worship the image and were thrown into a white-hot furnace, but God delivered them (Daniel 3). Similarly, a remnant of faithful believers will refuse to bow down and worship the Image of the Beast in the Tribulation will be killed.
Nebuchadnezzar’s Image and the enforcement of mandatory worship in Daniel 3 is a picture that foreshadows the False Prophet’s image in Revelation 13:15.
They go together. Daniel 3 lays the foundation for helping us interpret and better understand Revelation 13:15.