GOD’S HEART IN THE LAST DAYS
What a time we live in! This generation, may soon be witnesses to the fulfillment of all history – the time when Jesus Christ, Yeshua Ha Maschiach, the very Second Person of the Trinity, God of God, makes His triumphal return to the earth to rule and reign as King of Kings! In the meantime, things are getting a bit….dicey. Our Enemy is unleashing his wicked fury on the world. As we watch these terrible plans unfold, of unprecedented persecution, wars, total control and cultural and moral failure, are we to assume that we are for a time out of God’s protection? What is God’s heart in the matter? That is what we’ll be exploring in this series.
PART I – WATCHING THE CHAOS UNFOLD
We see it all around us; the “wars and rumors of wars” talked of in Matthew 24. There is the mess in Syria. We, the US fed that monster and now as we try to disengage some we are paying the price. The Pentagon / Deep State fed the monster that was ISIS because we thought it served our purposes in the region. Then we fought the terrorists. We likely engaged / enabled false-flag gas attacks against civilians to justify staying there. In 2013, the Obama administration risked nuclear war with Russia and China over the removal of Assad – and that, partially about a natural gas pipeline. [It seems Assad didn’t want to cooperate with the international banking cartel and the Saudis.] Now we have the Turks, lined up with 80,000 troops on the border, ready to go in and decimate our former allies, the Kurds. Russia has a presence there. The Iranians use the territory to run weapons to Israel’s enemies. Israel launches bombing sorties to destroy that flow. Quite the pretty picture.
There are other crises. China is claiming the South China Sea and threatening the invasion of Taiwan and the sinking of American carriers. We are pledged to support Taiwan. Would we risk a nuclear war with China to do so? And there is Ukraine, where tensions with Russia could brew another nuclear conflict.
It does not stop there. The signs continue. Earthquakes and volcanoes and storms proliferate – increasing in frequency and intensity – like birth pangs. Technology promises to track us and mold us and herd us – and own us. In China, everyone receives a social credit score – aided by Google. The US is not far behind. Leaders in the West, including the Deep State actors in this country, have sold out their nations in the pursuit of a Globalist, New World Order. Angela Merkel of Germany says nations must give up their sovereignty. Don’t listen to the people who want to keep Germany German, who want to keep the immigrants out. We politicians know better than them, she says. Macron of France agrees. And pretty boy Trudeau sings the same tune in Canada.
Then we have the enthronement of sin in the West – and more pointedly- in America’s culture. Abortion has taken the lives of 50 to 60 million babies since Roe-v-Wade in 1973. The LGBTQ agenda has been sacralized in the last several years. Not to celebrate and promote homosexuality and its offshoots has become the prime social sin.But we go beyond wars and rumors. There is the Muslim invasion of Europe that has largely destroyed the culture of that continent. In most countries Christianity is in full retreat and Islam is robust and growing. The immigration has fed a crime wave – a rape wave – that is shaking many countries – and the authorities are cooperating in trying to shove it under the rug as they seek to import more immigrants. The Powers-That-Be, the Deep State, is trying to bring that dynamic here with the open borders concept they are selling.
That’s the picture given in Matthew 24. But it echoes well the word given in Isaiah 24. “The earth is violently broken, The earth is split open, The earth is shaken exceedingly. The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, And shall totter like a hut; Its transgression shall be heavy upon it, And it will fall, and not rise again. It shall come to pass in that day That the Lord will punish on high the host of exalted ones, And on the earth the kings of the earth. They will be gathered together, As prisoners are gathered in the pit, And will be shut up in the prison; After many days they will be punished. Then the moon will be disgraced And the sun ashamed; For the Lord of hosts will reign On Mount Zion and in Jerusalem And before His elders, gloriously.” (Isa 24:19-23)
And we saw last week the strange apostrophe given – that monument to Saudi Arabia erected on the site of 911. On the flag were etched the words of the terrorists: “There is no god but Allah, and Mohammed is the prophet.” An affront to America! An affront to God! The next day, a swarm of locusts descended on Mecca, Saudi Arabia – Islam’s holiest city.
And in the midst of the turmoil and the chaos, we find prophetic fulfilments. Israel’s Temple Institute has announced that they have found a red heifer without flaw, and thereby qualified to serve as the Temple sacrifice. It is the first in 2,000 years. A rebuilt temple is central to End Times events and the coming of Messiah. Then a snake came out of the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. This is seen as a harbinger of Messiah’s soon appearance by some Jewish commentators. And finally, we have the beginning of the fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah 47:10, concerning life in the Dead Sea. Now the Dead Sea has that name for a reason. It did not support life. But in 2016 it was discovered that pockets of fish were living there. The Prophet Isaiah wrote: “It shall be that fishermen will stand by it from En Gedi to En Eglaim; they will be places for spreading their nets. Their fish will be of the same kinds as the fish of the Great Sea, exceedingly many.”
And to all of this: We are witnesses. We are witnesses too to the prophetic fulfillments regarding Israel. Right now, we are seeing the whole world turn on Israel, setting up the fulfillment of the words of the Prophet Zechariah. “The burden of the word of the Lord against Israel. Thus says the Lord, who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him: “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it.” (Zechariah 12:1-3) We are on the very cusp of Daniel’s 70th week, what Ezekiel calls Jacob’s Trouble. “Alas! For that day is great, So that none is like it; And it is the time of Jacob’s trouble, But he shall be saved out of it.” (Isa 30:7)
So with all this trouble in the world: Where is God’s heart in all of this? It can be found in the fulfillment of ALL His promises. God has been steady, unchanging, just like His word promises. He has covenanted with Israel – and that covenant will stand! And what is that covenant? It is a sacred, solemn promise of restoration and deliverance for His people. “Thus says the LORD: ‘Behold, I will bring back the captivity of Jacob’s tents, And have mercy on his dwelling places; The city shall be built upon its own mound, And the palace shall remain according to its own plan. Then out of them shall proceed thanksgiving And the voice of those who make merry; I will multiply them, and they shall not diminish; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small.” (Ezekiel 30:18-19)
God shows His heart with the confirming words found in Ezekiel 31:1. “‘At the same time,’ says the Lord, ‘I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be My people.’”