Friday, June 20, 2014

Prophecies Will Fulfill like a Domino Effect - Part 3

Part 3 - Prophecies Will Fulfill

How is it that the world seems to have gone mad - evil abounds?  Why is all this trouble happening constantly in the Middle East?

The Holy Scriptures prophesied of these very events in the Middle East (as well as in the surrounding countries) taking place, and obediently, the prophets of God (the One, true God) wrote what the Lord spoke, thereby forewarning their people and future generations. 

Now for all the scholars out there, humor me while I cover Bible 101 [the elementary, basics].  Even if you are familiar with the following scriptures, I encourage you to refresh your memory, in order to remind you of how God is fully in control and has a perfect plan – even though many may not understand the ‘why’ of it all. 

The ‘why’ began in the Garden of Eden when the cunning serpent twisted God’s words, planted seeds of doubt in Eve’s mind and persuaded her to eat the fruit of the tree that had been forbidden by God to eat (test of obedience).

We know that Eve was indeed persuaded and then convinced Adam to disobey also.  The consequence of their disobedience was punishment by the Creator, their heavenly Father.  Sin had entered into them.  From that point on, all of mankind has been born with a sinful nature.  Adam and Eve’s bodies would die, as would and will everyone after them, for the “wages of sin is death”, just as the Lord had forewarned.

The war began in the heavenlies, with the rebellion of Lucifer, who deceived one-third of the holy angels into following him because he intended (intends) to exalt himself above the One, true living God.  In his pride, he has deceived himself, believing that he will become greater than God (Lucifer/Satan’s Creator also).

The war was on.  Lucifer and the angels that followed him left their first estate.  They fell from heaven and the war over mankind has been going on from the beginning.  We who are alive today live in a time that those before us only imagined witnessing. 

The war that began so long ago that no one is one hundred percent certain of exactly how long ago is about to peak.  The clash of the kingdoms is most obvious now, as wickedness and evil boldly and proudly strut and storm over the lands and nations, to destroy as much of God’s creation as possible.  There is much, much more to it (nephilim, giants, transhumanism etc), but only the 101 was going to be touched upon here.

Fast-forward to a little later in Genesis, to the time of Abraham and Sarah.  When God promised a son to Abraham, it seemed to be a long time coming.  Sarah suggested Abraham go in with her handmaiden, which was Abraham’s concubine Hagar, in order to fulfill the promise of a son.  (Keep in mind that both Abraham and Sarah were old.  The promise of a child to a couple so old seemed surreal.) 

Hagar bore a son called Ishmael (and from him came important members of the Arab families, which would greatly influence).  Approximately a decade later, Sarah gave birth to Isaac, who would later marry Rebekah, daughter of a Syrian from Padan Aram named Bethuel.

The time came when Rebekah, the wife of Isaac (son of Abraham) was pregnant.  She could feel the babies inside of her moving so strongly that it is written that “the children struggled together within her”.  It must have been a violent struggle, as it concerned her so greatly that she sought the Lord on the matter.

And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus (this way)? And she went to enquire of the LORD.

And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger. 
And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb.

And the first came out red, all over like a hairy garment; and they called his name Esau. And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau's heel; and his name was called Jacob: and Isaac was threescore years old when she bare them.

And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents.  And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob. [Gen 25:22-28]

Therefore, there is a family connection between Ishmael, Esau and Jacob (later re-named/called Israel).  The name Esau in Hebrew means ‘hairy’; Jacob (Yaacov) means ‘heel-holder’

The first event that took place between Isaac’s sons, Esau (firstborn of Isaac) and his brother Jacob was about to direct the course of history.  It may well have been why there was even a struggle between the two whilst they were still in Rebekah’s womb.

It began when Esau sold his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of pottage (stew) of lentils.  The Bible says he ‘despised his birthright’.  (Gen 25:29-34)  Esau was so weak after hunting that he thought he would die quickly, unless he ate.  His birthright not only included possession of the land of Caanan, but it also spoke of the covenant that God made with Abraham as to Christ, the promised holy seed.

And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint:
And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom.

And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright.
And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me? [Gen 25:29-32]

Esau’s life (the lust of the eyes and the lust of the flesh) meant more than his birthright in that moment of desperate hunger, and Jacob’s mess bowl of pottage would satisfy his flesh.  Therefore, he agreed to give Jacob his birthright, so that he could eat and live.  (For this reason, Esau was also called ‘Edom’, which means ‘red’).

When Isaac got older, he summoned Esau and told him to go get (fresh) venison out in the field and to prepare him a meal of some savory meat before he died.  He planned to give Esau his blessing afterward.  Rebekah overheard this and ran to tell Jacob and said that when she prepared the meat the way Isaac liked it, Jacob was to take it to his father and receive the blessing rather than Esau.

Jacob protested, in fear that Isaac would discover the deception.  Since Isaac could not see well, he would stretch his hands out to touch his son.  Esau was hairy; Jacob was not.  Rebekah used the skin of goats to cover Jacob’s hands and neck.  
Isaac did reach out his hands to make sure that it was Esau that he was blessing because he recognized Jacob’s voice.  When he felt the ‘hair’, he was convinced that it was Esau, so Jacob received Isaac’s best blessing.
When Esau discovered what had happened, he wept and begged his father for a blessing. 
 And Isaac his father answered and said unto him, Behold, thy dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above;
And by your sword shall you live, and shall serve thy brother; and it shall come to pass when you shall have the dominion, that you shall break his yoke from off thy neck.

And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob.  [Gen 27:39-41]

Esau had told this to his mother and she arranged for Jacob to be sent away in order to escape Esau’s anger (hatred/revenge).

Esau (Edom) and Jacob (later called Israel) represented a constant struggle between two nations [Gen 25:23] and the desire for Israel (Jacob) to be destroyed.  Edom and the land of Petra became part of today’s country of Jordan. 

Rameses III kept records, which reveal that the Edomites refused to allow the Israelites to use any of their roads on the way to Canaan [Num 20:17-21].  Moses’ brother, Aaron, died on Mount Hor, which is situated near the border of Edom.

Israel (Jacob) and Edom (Esau) remained hostile and hateful toward one another and warfare often occurred as a result.  The first Israelite king to conquer Edom was King David, but during King Joram’s reign, Edom rebelled and crowned their own king. 

Some years later, Edom was once again conquered by Amaziah.  It was only when Ahaz ruled that Edom was once again independent.  However, the Babylonians conquered Edom in the sixth century.

Nomadic tribes overran it, until the Edomites moved into the south of Judah, below Hebron.  Idumea is what the area became called and there is controversy and studies done on that also, but again, this very briefly encapsulates one viewpoint of history.  John Hycanus conquered Idumea in 135 BC and converted the people to Judaism.

It is said that King Herod was of Edomite heritage, having come from Idumea. Ezekiel and especially Obadiah, prophets of God, foretold of Edom’s destruction.

Edom was lost, having merged into Jordan and many of the Edomites dispersed throughout other nations, including Turkey (Turks being considered the ‘hairest’ people), into countries surrounding Israel (Arabia, Syria, Egypt etc, and into what is known as Europe today.

Note also that history records that ten tribes of Israel were ‘lost’, having dispersed in so many directions that no one is certain to this day who or where they are, although there is much speculation and conjecture.  Books have been written on the history and genealogies of the earliest tribes/clans born into this world.

Let’s take a look at what some of the Biblical commentators wrote, in order to understand Edom, which is mentioned by many of God’s ancient prophets, such as Ezekiel, Amos, Isaiah, Joel and Obadiah. 

The comments below are in reference to ‘Edom’ (Esau) and Obadiah’s vision.

Matthew PooleThe destruction of Edom, Oba 1:1-2, for their pride, Oba 1:3-9, and for their unnatural behaviour in Jacob's distress, Oba 1:10-16. The salvation and victories of Jacob, Oba 1:17-21. 

The vision, which the prophet Obadiah received immediately from the Lord; so prophets are called seers, 1Sa 9:9; Amo 7:12; and their prophecy is vision, Is 1:1; Joe 2:28. 

Gill’s Exposition:

Thus saith the Lord God concerning Edom; by the mouth of this prophet, who was divinely inspired by him; for Obadiah said not what follows of himself but in the name of the Lord; and is a proof of the divine authority of this book.

The subject matter of which is Edom or Idumea, as in the Septuagint version; a neighbouring country to the Jews, and very troublesome to them, being their implacable enemies, though their brethren; and were a type of the enemies of the Christian church, those false brethren, the antichristian states; and particularly the head of them, the Romish antichrist, whose picture is here drawn and whose destruction is prophesied of, under the name of Edom.

For what has been literally fulfilled in Idumea will; be mystically accomplished in antichrist. The Jews generally understand, by Edom, Rome, and the Christians in general; which, if applied only to the antichristians [sic], is not amiss; and an ambassador is sent among the heathen: 

either by the Lord, as Jeremiah the prophet, or according to some; an angel, as others; or an impulse upon the minds of the Chaldeans stirring them up to war against the Edomites: or else by Nebuchadnezzar to the nations in alliance with him, to join him in his expedition against them; or a herald sent by him to his own people, to summon them together to this war, and to encourage them in it:

Arise ye, and let us rise up in battle against her; come up from all parts, join together, and invade the land of Idumea, and give battle to the inhabitants of it, and destroy them; so the kings of the earth will stir up one another to hate the whore of Rome, and make her desolate, Revelation 17:16.

I will leave it there, but if you would like to read the commentaries for yourself, see biblehub.

Throughout the Bible is what is referred to as ‘types’ and ‘shadows’.  Type is a word that is taken from the Greek when Paul wrote:

These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come.  [1Cor 10:11]

Tupos’ (examples) translated is literally the word type (to model, pattern, mold, to denote a resemblance).  Many things written in the Old Testament are types – personal (a person’s life); historical (a historical event that foreshadows a New Testament truth) and ritual (a ritual (a religious or solemn ceremony) prescribed by Old Testament law illustrates a truth in the NT).

A ‘shadow’ shows the basic form of an object, but the shadow points to the object itself. Jesus is the object upon which many prophecies in the Old Testament point to; they are merely shadows pointing to Jesus/Y’shua.

Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.[Col2:16,17]

The story of Esau and Jacob is a shadow of things to come, and the two men are a type.  Esau was more concerned about the world and himself (pride).

The ‘spirit of Esau/Edom’ is rampant today, and in actuality is the ‘spirit of antichrist’.  He cared not for his inheritance when it came to the pleasing his flesh, but he said begged to be (insisted upon being) blessed.

He had great pride, but also great hatred for Jacob. Esau (Edom) had revenge in his heart; he plotted to murder his brother and warred against him (stubborn, wicked, hard-heart (as a stone)– a condition of the heart).

Jacob, although he was a trickster and deceived (sinned), he cared about the God of his father, and he would do anything to get his ‘blessing’ and ‘inheritance’.  Later on, he even wrestled with an angel, refusing to go until God ‘blessed’ him.  

We see the ‘Edomite spirit’ or ‘spirit of antichrist’ (pride, revenge, hatred, war, murder, unforgiveness) keenly displayed in the clashes taking place in the East, not only in Iraq, but in many countries, in various forms.  Edomites (antichrists) are rampant globally.  The Edomite spirit has risen up strongly, even infiltrating the ‘church’ and seen in many who call themselves ‘Christian’, as well as in every other belief system in the world.

There is also the ‘spirit of Jezebel’, that great Whore of Babylon.  Indeed, we are witnessing Bible prophecies being fulfilled.  It shall spread globally – we all know this, and if not, then one best quickly learn and become aware of these things.  As stated, my Bible 101 was quick and most brief, as well as a light skimming over of history and events.  As with anything, these subjects and topics go very deep.

Look at the excerpts from an article posted in the News section of the Cutting Edge. The excerpts alone will astound you when you come to understand that the article was written in 2006, when Saddam Hussein was still alive.  Please read it and consider it for yourself.  I will include the link at the end of the excerpts, so that you may read the entire article at your leisure.

Excerpt – “Once again, this verse contains the End of the Age language used so commonly for this period of time, to describe God's furious judgments pouring down upon a wicked world.

This verse may also apply to the last judgment upon this poor land, when God brings the Medes against the land of Babylon. The modern day descendants of the Medes may be the Kurds, who are right now caught in the middle of this conflict, but who are very eager to destroy Iraq in revenge for the terrible atrocities inflicted upon them by Saddam Hussein. 

Easton's Illustrated Dictionary lists the Medes as part of the Assyrian Empire, which covers the area of today's Iraq, Syria, Lebanon.

This area borders on the mountainous border of Iran (Persia). NOTE: Take a look at the map we print, below, which shows the population dispersion in this very area.

Remember, the army that destroyed Babylon in Daniel 5 was a combined army from Medo-Persia (Kurds-Iran).

If the Kurds are going to be turned at the very end of the age against the now hapless Iraqi citizens after their destruction by American-led forces, then the description of this destruction in the following verses makes a lot of sense.

Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, who have no regard for silver and do not delight in gold [and thus cannot be bribed]. Their bows will cut down the young men [of Babylon]; and they will have no pity on the fruit of the womb, their eyes will not spare children.

And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldeans' pride, shall be like Sodom and Gomorrah when God overthrew them. [Babylon] shall never be inhabited or dwelt in from generation to generation; neither shall the Arab pitch his tent there, nor shall the shepherds make their sheepfolds there.

But wild beasts of the desert will lie down there, and the people's houses will be full of dolefully howling creatures; and ostriches will dwell there, and wild goats [like demons] will dance there. And wolves and howling creatures will cry and answer in the deserted castles, and jackals in the pleasant palaces. And [Babylon's] time has nearly come, and her days will not be prolonged.   [Isaiah 13:17-22]

As the world enters into the Tribulation period, the emphasis will be on Israel and Antichrist. Little attention will be paid to the annihilation of the few survivors of Iraq, as the Kurds may finish God's judgment. However, for this type of judgment to occur in Iraq today, at the hands of the Kurds (Medes), that people will have to split from the current nation of Iraq and form their own country, with their own military.”

Excerpt – “In light of this Bible prophecy in Isaiah 13, noted above, that at the End of the Age, the Medes (Kurds) would wreak God's final judgment upon the people of Babylon (Iraq), I find it very interesting that a Kurdish state has arisen in Iraq -- not in Iran or Turkey -- but in Iraq (Ancient Babylon). Now that they are an independent state, they can begin to gain power and be in a position where they could strike southward, exacting the kind of disastrous annihilating judgment which God pronounces in Isaiah 13:17-22.

If the Sunnis and Shi'ites in Iraq exhaust each other in sectarian warfare, the Kurds might find themselves in position to take revenge against Saddam's attempted genocide against them, and the many other attempted genocides carried out against the Kurds by Sunnis and Shi'ites in centuries past.
Once again, we see another instance in which a prophecy about 2,500 years old is uniquely coming true today, in a fashion one can only call "divinely miraculous". The End of the Age is truly drawing near.”  Cutting Edge Ministries – 2006 article here

Let’s return to the current events of the day.  Here's a summary of the main developments in Iraq:

Islamist insurgents from the Isis group have launched an attack on Iraq's main oil refinery at Baiji. There are unconfirmed reports that the group control 75% of the facility. Video from the area showed black smoke billowing from the refinery and convoys of heavily armed militants celebrating nearby.

There is mounting concern for foreign workers caught up in the crisis, amid reports of more kidnappings. India has dispatched an envoy to help evacuate its nationals after reports that 40 construction workers are being held in Mosul. Turkey says it is looking into a separate report that 60 construction workers, including 15 Turks, have been abducted. A thousand Chinese workers are also reported to be stranded in northern Iraq.

Saudi Arabia has warned of all-out civil war in Iraq. The comments came after Iraqi accused Saudi Arabia of promoting "genocide" by backing Sunni militants.

Several senior Iraqi generals have been sacked in the wake of sweeping gains by jihadist militants from the the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. More than a week after insurgents launched their lightning assault, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki dismissed several senior officers, including the commander for the northern province of Nineveh, the first to fall.

Maliki has broadcast a joint appeal for national unity a move that may help him win US. help against rampant Islamists threatening Baghdad. Just hours after Maliki's Shia allies had angrily vowed to boycott any cooperation with the biggest Sunni party and his government had accused Sunni neighbour Saudi Arabia of backing "genocide", the premier's visibly uncomfortable televised appearance may reflect US impatience with its Baghdad protege.

The White House has hinted at hesitancy on US military intervention in Iraq, as senior Democrats expressed growing caution about the risks of being sucked back in to conflict in the country. Amid signs that Barack Obama is treading warily over calls for air strikes against the advance of a Sunni Muslim insurgency, administration spokesman Jay Carney said the president would "continue to consult with his national security team in the days to come," and said that there will also be further consultations with members of Congress, including some closed briefings later this week

More than 1,000 Chinese workers have been stranded in northern Iraq amid heavy fighting between Iraqi security forces and Islamic militants,Jonathan Kaiman reports from Beijing. 
Iraq Special Forces evacuate refinery

Oil production in the south has so far remained unaffected as militant Islamists roam the northern and central region. Nonetheless, giant oil companies Exxon Mobil (NYSE: XOM), BP (NYSE: BP) and PetroChina have begun evacuating staff from southern Iraq. International Business Times-IBT
The BBC's Paul Wood has a vivid report from Jalula, north-east of Baghdad as it came under fire by Isis fighters spreading panic among Kurdish peshmerga troops.
ISIL reportedly takes 60 construction workers hostage, including 15 Turkish nationals –the number of total Turkish captives reach nearly 100. There is growing concern in India about 40 missing constructions workers in Mosul, and a group of 46 nurses working at a hospital in Tikrit, writes Maseeh Rahman in Dehli.

Sunni militants have taken control of most of Iraq's largest oil refinery, located in Baiji in northern Iraq, an official at the refinery told Reuters.
This video shows supporters of ISIS, who are parading by in Iraqi army vehicles, heading towards the oil refinery in Bajii, just north of Baghdad.  

Notice in the video the number of supporters in the cheering crowd that are wearing numbered soccer shirts, similar to those who were seen executed in a propaganda video released by the terrorist group, ISIS.

India's foreign ministry has confirmed that 40 Indian citizens working for a Turkish construction company near the Iraqi town of Mosul have been kidnapped.  Ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin confirmed the kidnapping and said the Indian government has been unable to contact the workers.
Iraq's chief military spokesman, Lt. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi, claims government forces have repelled the attack on the Beiji oil refinery, AP reports.

Al-Moussawi said 40 attackers were killed in fighting there overnight and on Wednesday morning.
There was no independent confirmation of his claims, AP notes. 

Another military spokesman, Gen. Qassim Atta, flatly denied that the Baiji refinery had fallen to the militants, the New York Times reports.
In a televised statement he said: “Baiji is now under control of our security forces, completely."

The oil company ExxonMobil has carried out a "major evacuation'' of staff from Iraq, while BP had evacuated 20% of its staff, Reuters reports citing the head of Iraq's state-run South Oil company, Dhiya Jaffar.

Speaking to the Guardian ambassador Lukman Faily acknowledged that the air strikes and other US military support he seeks – which President Obama has yet to decide to authorise – grow more complicated as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) digs deeper into Iraqi cities.

Shia militias are decamping from Syria to fight in Iraq, according to the Wall Street Journal.
For the latest developments constantly being added live, see

UPDATE: (Thursday, June 19, 2014) – New York Post

Hamas Training Youth for Terrorism

Excerpts - "The Hamas government in Gaza celebrated the graduation on Tuesday of some 13,000 high school students who spent the last six days learning how to be terrorists.

The Hamas-run training camps, for teens in grades 10-12, provide weapons training, first aid, self-defense and “security awareness” classes on identifying Israeli spies, The Times of Israel reported.

About 13,000 teens enrolled over the past week at nearly a dozen sites across the Gaza Strip for the six-day program, called Futuwwa, with trainers from Hamas‘ military wing, the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades."

"Interior Minister Fathi Hammad said the training was in preparation for an impending war with Israel.
“This generation is a sapling from God on earth. It will harvest the enemies of God and be the pride of all nations,” he said, The Times reported."     
Source:  Washingtontimes

So, Hammad says that they are only training teens from grades 10-12?  A picture tells a thousand words.  Consider these...

Children grow up fast these days!
These teens have just captured an Israeli soldier
Anyone remember Hitler?
Does the Training of Youth Sound Familiar to You?

It should!  A couple of years ago, I wrote an article about Obama and his 'Youth Brigade'. It is actually called the "Civilian Youth Army".  Here is an excerpt from the article I wrote in March, 2012.

"We have all come to see that war is at the doorstep.  Back in 2008, it was not so evident.  We can trust the Lord to alert us, when and if we look to Him for answers.  Only Yhwh/God knows the end from the beginning.

Few people are aware of the Civilian Youth Army that is being trained.  Here are two short videos (3 min or less) to reveal to you what is happening.  The second video may be offensive to some viewers, as it parallels the American children being trained with the German children that were trained for Hitler.

Viewer discretion advisory has been posted on YouTube. You will have to agree by clicking Continue on second video.

Rebel’s Seize Iraq’s Top Oil Refinery

ExcerptIraq begged for US airstrikes against the Islamist rebels threatening to topple the government on Wednesday as rampaging ­jihadis at least briefly captured the crisis-torn nation’s largest oil refinery.

“We have a request from the Iraqi government for air power,” Gen. Martin Demp­sey, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate hearing.
He stopped short of saying the United States would launch manned air or drone strikes against the militant Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, but added, “It is in our national-security interest to counter [ISIS] wherever we find them.”

Excerpt The request for military muscle came as the extremists fought their way into the refinery in the northern city of Baiji, reportedly capturing 75 percent of the facility, which produces about half of Iraq’s domestic oil and gasoline.

“The militants have managed to break into the refinery. Now they are in control of the production units, administration building and four watchtowers,” an official, speaking from inside the complex, told Reuters. “This is 75 percent of the refinery.”

RETREATBut a military spokesman claimed later that the refinery was back under government control, and that the ISIS fighters were in retreat.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki struck an optimistic tone, vowing to teach the attackers a “lesson’’ — even though many of his American-trained soldiers had abandoned their posts amid the ­jihadis’ savage assault.”

The Wall Street Journal reported that the Obama administration would like to see a new government in Iraq without al-Maliki. Such a government would include Sunnis and Kurds in an attempt to unify the country.”  NYPost

China, India, Turkey, United States are some of the countries that had citizens working at the Bajii oil refinery, north of Baghdad. 

Did you notice what the Obama administration was quoted as saying, regarding a ‘new government’ in Iraq, which would include “Kurds” and Sunnis?  
Do you remember the Cutting Edge article written eight (8) years ago?  Cutting Edge Ministries – 2006 article here  Interesting how it is all unfolding according to scripture, isn’t it?  What an astounding, mind-boggling time we are in.

Anonymous – Cyber Attacks Loom Over KSA, UAE, Qatar Oil Firms on Friday, June 20, 2014

Excerpts:  A Middle East-based group of hackers has issued a threat warning of cyber attacks against oil, gas and energy companies in the Middle East, security firm Symantec has revealed.
The threat, made by Anonymous, a politically- motivated group of hacktivists, states that they are planning to attack before, during, and after June 20, 2014.
This is due to Anonymous disagreeing with the US dollar being used as the currency to buy and sell oil, Symantec said. According to the security firm, governments that may be attacked include those in Saudi Arabia Kuwait and Qatar.
Some of the possible company targets include Kuwait Oil Company, Petroleum Development Oman, Qatar Petroleum, Saudi Aramco, ADNOC, ENOC and Bahrain Petroleum Company.”
“Anonymous stated that the countries they are going to attack are the US, Canada, England, Israel, China, Italy, France, Russia and Germany. They are also targeting countries like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar. All the top oil and gas companies in the Middle East are listed by the hacktivists.”
Closing Thoughts

I will end this with what God Himself revealed (in part) about these end times, through John the Revelator.  The Creator of all is calling out yet still to those who see what is going on in this world, despise it, yet do not know what to do or who to turn to.

What can I possibly do about it anyway?” you reason in protest. Others may think, “…if God is so loving, why doesn’t He put a stop to all this murder and hatred? What kind of God lets this stuff go on for thousands of years?  It’s messed up! I don’t want any part of a ‘god’ like that.”

Yes, it is difficult to understand something when you only have fragments of information. You have to read the Bible, know history to understand.  The other parts, the Lord Himself will help you understand, albeit, His way and not man's way.  His ways are far above ours, as is His thoughts far above.  

Others might think, “I know I need God, but man, I’ve messed up so much, there’s no fixing it...and besides, I still got issues, man – stuff I can’t let go of.  God doesn’t need me.  Besides, you don’t know what I’ve done…”

Still others: "You don't know what I've been through...if you did you wouldn't be saying 'God has a plan for your life'...yeah right...and you expect me to forgive? Why did God just stand by and watch it happen?"

Yet others think, “What do I need any God for? I’ve lived a clean life – never got in trouble, don’t do drugs, drink or smoke.  I am intelligent, well-educated, successful, dependable, stable, trustworthy, loyal...and I'm healthy.  I love my family, have a good job, law-abiding, pay my taxes, help the poor, elderly and widowed.  I don't steal, cheat, fornicate, commit adultery, gamble, lie... What do I need to be saved from?”

If you are reading this, it’s no coincidence.  It does not matter if you are angry at God, do not understand His ways or even if you hate God.  It does not matter if you have messed up ‘royally’ in this life, or whether you have been involved in the occult, witchcraft, murder (including abortion), lying, cheating, fornication, adultery, abuse (either others or yourself) – name your sin.  It does not matter.  Jesus Christ of Nazareth died for all of it.

If you have had tragic things happen to you or those you love, it is easy to place blame at the feet of God who you cannot see.  It would seem of no comfort to you to hear that God loves you because in your mind and heart, unforgiveness, pain, hurt, confusion and anger has hardened your heart and blinded you to certain realities regarding spiritual entities that work (and have worked) in the physical realm for millenia.

It will seem foolishness to you to hear that we are in a bloody war, one that is happening around us in ways that eyes cannot see and most don't comprehend.  This is magnified by a fallen world and the sin that lies hidden in our nature since the Garden of Eden.  Choices - people make choices and very often the wrong ones.  Consequences - many can and do often suffer the consequences of just one person's actions. 

Yet, this you should know, for it is true.

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.
[Eph 6:12]

It goes on to say that we must put on the armor of God, but to those who do not know God or Jesus, His only begotten Son, they are unarmed and unprotected - prey for the dark side and the 'god of forces'. 

    He wants to heal your broken heart, draw you close to His bosom with silent understanding to comfort you.  When the time is right, He will urge you to forgive, so that you may be forgiven.  Otherwise, if we do not forgive, we too shall not be forgiven, for ALL have fallen short of the glory of God...that is: A L L

You see, every one of us experience tragedy in this life, some more than others, that's true.  However, pain is pain, sorrow is sorrow, grief is grief.  It matters not if tragedy has happened once or a hundred times, these things will be felt and remembered by all who experience it (so, all of us).

    But we have a Savior, who has been there Himself. He doesn't just sympathize or empathized with us; He LIVED it - first-hand.

He was not good-looking, so that people would be drawn by His looks - rather, those who loved Him were drawn to Him because of His Spirit (still at truth to this day).

Below is holy scripture.  The emphasis on words, emboldening or underscore, are mine, as are the definitions of the words I want to bring attention to.

For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he has no form
(honor, position) nor comeliness (pleasing in appearance; fair, comely, attractive) and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. 

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him
(ashamed of Him); he was despised, and we esteemed him not (no admiration or regard of respect).

Surely he has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken
(wounded), smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes (whipped, flogged) we are healed. 

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth. 

He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off (crucified, slaughtered) out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.  [Is 53:2-8]

Yes, He's been through it. He chose to offer up His life to pay the price for what we have done wrong, for He was sinless...the perfect Lamb.  That is something that most of us have a hard time comprehending; that is, someone who walked on this earth and never sinned.  Yet, it is true.

Now, for those who have lived what you believe is a sinless life, then you are deceived and only fooling yourself.  Every single person on this earth has done wrong in one form or other.  If you believe you are sinless, are you holier than God, our Creator?  Are you holier than Jesus the Christ?

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; [Rom 3:23]

Tread carefully therefore because it is also written (and it's always in HIS way and in HIS timing).

But he gives more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resists the proud, but gives grace unto the humble. [Jam 4:6]

Oh, you don’t believe in a Creator?  You believe in evolution?  The complexity of just the body of a person, with all its intricacies, functions, marvels and perfect order, not to mention the capabilities of the mind that surpass the senses, would most certainly be very convincing evidence for an intellectual and deep thinker like you, would it not?

For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?  God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That you might be justified in your sayings, and might overcome when you are judged.  [Rom3:2-4]

As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understands, there is none that seeks after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that does good, no, not one.

Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:
Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways:
And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes.
Now we know that what things soever the law says, it says to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God [Rom 3:11-19]

Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; (worth repeating* - bonita)

Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
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; [Rom3:22-25]

Every single person on this earth has ‘messed up’ at one time and we ALL fall short of His glory (holiness, purity, righteousness).  He is calling out to those who will listen; to those who can lay down pride; to those who are willing to hear the truth, at any cost).

Come back to the Creator (heavenly Father) through His Son Jesus Christ. Separate yourself from the unclean, the vile, the unholy and be washed clean and wrung by fuller's soap (cleansing power) of His blood, purged in hyssop, refined in fires and given a white robe of righteousness (His righteousness) and become the ‘son’ or daughter you were born to be.

Every thing that may abide the fire, ye shall make it go through the fire, and it shall be clean: nevertheless it shall be purified with the water of separation: and all that abides not the fire ye shall make go through the water. 

[Num 13:23]

Yes, there's a cost to the walk - don't let anyone tell you any different.  True that Jesus/Y'shua paid the price with His very life, undoubtedly and irrevocably true.  But if we are going to choose to follow Him as King and Lord, it's not going to be easy, but it is so worth it.  This world will hate us, but this world as we know it, is only temporary.  This war of all-time wars is about to climax, as the strongest onslaught against mankind and God Himself comes down, but the victory belongs to the Lord of the battles.  It was all foretold.  Hallelujah.

There is a very real adversary (enemy) and very real enemies of the cross (both physically and spiritually), who would like nothing better than to drag all of mankind with them into hell and then finally, into the lake of fire, known as the second death, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  Think about it.

If it’s real (and it is), then you must consider and ask yourself if this temporal life and all that it offers, is worth an eternity of such beauty and greatness that none can begin to imagine. No material thing will be of any comfort to you once this physical body dies. It will all mean nothing.  But to those of us who know Jesus Christ have much to look forward to. No more tears, no more sorrow, no more sickness…

And if that is not real (oh, but it is), then what have you got to lose?  I assure you that you have nothing to lose, but everything to gain!  Any sincere request to God that He prove Himself real to you will be answered.  Guaranteed!  It will be answered in a way that you will know that ‘only God’ could have…

It’s a dare – a challenge!  You shall not be disappointed, unless of course, you’re playing.  God does see the heart.  He can handle any dare, any challenge, any thing…nothing is impossible to Him, and nothing is impossible to those of us who believe in Him.  I warn you though; there is only ONE way back to God, our Creator and that is through His only begotten Son, who offered up His life and poured out His blood, paying the penalty for the sins of all.  There are no shortcuts!

Jesus said unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. [Jn 14:6]

I will end with an excerpt from the Word of God that speaks of the end times.  After reading it, think of all the news reports and what is seen happening around us.  Then, consider the time and hour we are in now. 

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.
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.

And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.
And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.

And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see you hurt not the oil and the wine.

And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.  [Rev 6:1-8]

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:
And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, do You not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?

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.

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;
And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casts her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.  [Rev 6:1-13]

It is a wake-up call for all!  It is time for all of us to consider all things carefully.  It is a time of serious choices.  Choose wisely, but in order to do so, one must seek the counsel of the wisest; that being Christ Jesus, Lord and Savior.

For His glory


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