Israel, Iran, War, Damascus and US

Well we made it through the weekend and there is no war in the Middle East to drag the rest of the nations into.  Many political leaders said the time for Israel to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities was before the fuel rods were put in the reactor.  This event happened this weekend and Iran has an active nuclear reactor producing plutonium.

The Obama administration is comforting Israel that it will be a year before Iran can place a gun to their heads in the form of a nuclear bomb.  It is the hope of the Obama administration they can force a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians within the year it takes Iran to build a bomb.  They think doing so will change the politics of annihilation coming from Israel’s neighbors into some kind of hippie love fest style of acceptance of the Jewish nation from those who seek her destruction.

There are those out there that advocate that Damascus has a date with destiny.  In Isaiah there is a prophecy concerning one of the longest continually inhabited cities becoming a heap of ruble. 

An oracle concerning Damascus: “See, Damascus will no longer be a city but will become a heap of ruins.[1]

It is speculated that a war between Israel and Iran would drag Israel’s other enemies into this conflict.  Syria is known to have weapons of mass destruction in its arsenal.  Many ponder if this will be the time when Damascus becomes a heap of rubble.  Israel has told its neighbors that any use of a weapon of mass destruction would result in them retaliating with nukes.  All it would take is one chemical weapon being launched on Israel by any one of her enemies and most likely Damascus will be seen as the ultimate source of Israel’s grief. 

But I have to ponder, what will be worse, the fate of Damascus or our United States who has forced Israel into such a compromised position she finds herself in today.  To make the fate of our nation more treacherous, this administration wants to hold Israel in a state of constant duress as Iran gets closer to its goal day by day.

In the end Damascus may become a heap of rubble in our time, but what will happen to us whose government has, for what ever purpose, let Israel’s enemies set the day for her execution much like Haman from the book of Ester.

We are not simply watching the possible events that lead to war.  We are watching spiritual warfare unfold as it unfolded before concerning the demise of those whom God calls His people.

We are on the precipice of not only something shaking the Middle East, the entire world is teetering over the edge just waiting for that one event to change everything in our political, financial and spiritual conditions.  Something has to trigger our elusive New World Order into a full fledged in your face oppression.  Something has to give rise to our acceptance of the man of sin.  We may be watching this trigger come to pass even here and now.

I understand the United States is not exempt from the same destruction that faces Damascus.  We have turned our backs on Israel and are holding the cup of trembling.  We are candidate number one who will be cut to pieces because of this burden.  I do not know whose destruction will come first.  If us, we may go out glowing too.

As for me I have made a declaration of what I will do when the day comes I hear Damascus has become a heap of rubble.  I don’t care if I am in the middle of a grocery isle, I am going to fall down on my knees and worship God out loud because His ancient word is being fulfilled in our day.  For we are living in those days.

[1] Isaiah 17:1

The Mystery of God (Part 2)

In the Mystery of God (Part 1) we answered four questions about the mystery of God.

  1. If it is to finally be finished, when was it started?
  2. Who knows about this so called mystery of God?
  3. What is this mystery of God?
  4. Does this mystery of God impact us?

We discovered that this mystery was ordained before the world began.  This mystery was revealed to the prophets and Paul mentions it.  We learned this mystery does impact us because it is the completion of the gospel of God.

I am going to give more scriptural support for the conclusion that the mystery of God being accomplished in Revelation 10 is our gospel.  The understanding of this mystery being finished at the last of the seven trumpets has some very interesting implications for the debate over a pre- trib rapture.

Paul declares he was a minister of the mysteries of God.  Again this answers the question of who knows about this mystery. 

Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.[1]

Paul not only was one who new of such mystery and was willing to be accountable to it, he charges deacons to hold this mystery of the faith (our gospel) with a pure conscience.  So our church leadership should know what it is.

Likewise must the deacons be grave, not double-tongue, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;  Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.[2]

Paul lets us know that not only was he preacher of this mystery.  What did Paul preach, but our gospel.  He was also in chains because of this mystery (gospel).  Paul asked for prayer that he may declare this mystery (gospel) with out fear.

Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains.  Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.[3]

There is one source were we can find all the hidden treasures of wisdom and knowledge and this place is found in another mystery.  Paul wants believers to have a complete understanding of the mystery of Christ (who is our gospel) which is were we find all hidden treasures.

My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.[4]

Paul again declares he is in chains but this time he doesn’t call it the mystery of the gospel but of Christ.  Again he wants prayer that he may boldly the mystery of Christ (our gospel) as he should.

And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.  Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.[5]

Paul teaches us that Christ is the mystery of godliness (our gospel).  Our gospel is a mystery about God imputing us righteousness and our being dead to sin through the cross.

Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.[6]

Paul uses the example of marriage to describe to us the mystery of our being united to Christ (our gospel).  Our gospel is a profound mystery.

“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”  This is a profound mystery–but I am talking about Christ and the church.[7]

Tomorrow we will look at more scriptural support for the conclusion that the mystery of God that is accomplished in the days of the last trumpet.  Until then what implications do you think this has on the pre-trib rapture position?

[1] 1 Corinthians 4:1

[2] 1 Timothy 3:8-9

[3] Ephesians 6:19-20

[4] Colossians 2:2-3

[5] Colossians 4:3-4

[6] 1 Timothy 3:16

[7] Ephesians 5:31-32

The mystery of God (Part 1)

There is a future day when without delay the mystery of God will be finished.

But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.[1]

Something takes place in the book of Revelation when the seventh angel is about to sound his trumpet.  Something is said by the seven thunders and John was not allowed to write it down.

And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.[2]

What ever was said by the seven thunders prompted an angel to sware by God there will be no more delay.  But no more delay for what?

And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:[3]

This is when it is announced the mystery of God will be accomplished.  For some reason we can not hear what the seven thunders spoke but we can know that what ever was said, it has made it so the mystery of God will be completed without any more delay.

There are some questions that need to be asked here.

  1. If it is to finally be finished, when was it started?
  2. Who knows about this so called mystery of God?
  3. What is this mystery of God?
  4. Does this mystery of God impact us?

The scripture in Revelation gives us a hint that the prophets had this mystery declared to them.  So we need to look at what the prophets knew or look to one who could tell us what this mystery is these servants knew.

Paul sounds like the kind of guy who would know about this mystery.  He too says it was ordained before the world.  This answers the question of when the mystery of God was started. 

Of course Paul speaking of the mystery answers the second question of who knew about this mystery of God.  He could give insight to what the prophets knew.

Paul also answers the third question when he alludes that the mystery does impact us.  Paul says this mystery is unto our glory.

But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:[4]

The only question left to be answered is, what is this mystery?  It was ordained before the world for our glory and spoken of by the prophets.  Is there anything in scripture that we can find ordained before the word began for our glory?  Why yes there is, it is called the gospel.

We have a promise of salvation before the world began, a lamb that was slain before the foundation of the world, an inheritance prepared before the foundation of the world and our names written in the Lambs book of life before the world began, we hope.  It is our gospel that in every way was prepared in advance for us before time began and announced to the prophets. 

God during the blast of the seventh trumpet will without delay accomplish His gospel.

[1] Revelation 10:7

[2] Revelation 10:4

[3] Revelation 10:6

[4] 1 Corinthians 2:7