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The Rapture

`Prophecy Update: The Rapture of the Church       June 25, 2020               

It is my heart’s desire to encourage you this week. As the world is experiencing upheaval, Christians have a sure hope. As we engage the world, sharing our faith, occupying until He comes, faith needs to triumph over despair. The LORD gave me Psalm 27:1 to plead before Him during this time of crises.

“The LORD is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The LORD is the defense of my life, whom shall I dread?”  

Fearing a virus or the riots or people who are tearing our nation apart, is unbecoming for born- again Christians. God wants us to ask ourselves two very important questions: Whom shall I fear? Whom shall I dread? Jesus commanded us to fear not! The natural thing to do is to be afraid.

The Spirit-filled response is to plead the strength and promises of God and act in faith. Acting in faith is action; action neutralizes fear. In light of this truth, I want to talk about the rapture of the church.  The design and intent of the rapture teaching causes Christians to comfort one another. We find this truth in 1Thessalonians 4:13-18,

“But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.”

The promise of God is that one day Jesus will descend from heaven and we will meet Him in the air to be with Him forever. This comforting message is for all believers. Imagine the trumpet sounding and your body transformed instantly, supernaturally. The experience of flying through the air to meet Jesus and all of those who died in Christ will solve every problem that you currently endure.

Why is it called the rapture? The term ‘caught up’ comes from the Greek word ‘harpadzo.’ This word means ‘to seize” or “carry off by force’.  When the Bible was translated into Latin, the Latin translation used the word ‘rapiemor’ to describe ‘harpadzo’.  We get the English words ‘rapt’ and ‘rapture’ from the Latin word ‘rapio’. ‘Rapiemor’ is the past participle of ‘rapio’ and describes the way God will take us to Himself.  First Corinthians 15:51, “Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed.”

Who will be resurrected at the time of the rapture? The text states that ‘those fallen asleep in Jesus’ are those who are raised first. The ones who have fallen asleep (died) in Jesus are the church, the body of Christ, also called the bride of Christ. The church was put in the game by Jesus to carry out the Great Commission and spread the good news of the Gospel. When the church finishes the job, God will remove the church and put the nation of Israel back in the game. When those who are alive experience being forcefully changed, translated into their new bodies, the final seven-year tribulation period can proceed.

The pattern looks like this:

  1. God removes His people before the tribulation  
  2. He calls people to live through the tribulation
  3. Those left behind are judged by God.

The flood of Genesis 5-8 fits this same pattern:

  1. God raptured Enoch
  2. Then eight people went through the tribulation of God flooding the whole world
  3. God judged those left behind. The rest of the living perished.

This first judgment fits the pattern of Revelation. Enoch was the first one raptured (Genesis 5:24, Hebrews 11:5). Hebrews 11:5 describes this to us:

“By faith Enoch was taken up so that he would not see death; AND HE WAS NOT FOUND BECAUSE GOD TOOK HIM UP; for he obtained the witness that before his being taken up he was pleasing to God.”

Enoch did not see death because God supernaturally translated him from earth to heaven. He was the first, but there was a second. Elijah, likewise, was raptured in 2 Kings 2:11. Elijah had the privilege of being picked up by a flaming chariot with flaming horses. The words used by God to describe the rapture ‘went up by a whirlwind to heaven’ is the Hebrew word ‘ca`ar’ and means a storm. It is interesting that both 1Thessalonians 4 and 2Kings 2 describe the event with violent terms! Supernaturally, God will do a phenomenal work, which only He can do!

Phillip also experienced a rapture in Acts 8:39:

“When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; and the eunuch no longer saw him, but went on his way rejoicing.”

Phillip was forcefully removed, disappeared, and strangely found himself in another city. God used the strength of His power to remove Phillip and put him where He needed him!

John experienced a rapture when he found himself taken to heaven in Revelation 4:1:

“After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.”

There are two things alike comparing Rev.4:1 with 1 Thess.4:13-18: the sound of a trumpet and the going up. This is a picture of the rapture because John and the church find themselves in heaven. Revelation 4:5 describes what John sees:

“Out from the throne come flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder. And there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.”

Notice how John sees seven lamps. The seven lamps are the seven churches of Revelation 2-3! Where is the church? In heaven!

Why does God remove the church before the tribulation? This is the most important part of the rapture. God removes the church because of Israel. To understand the rapture of the church, one must understand the importance of Israel. God is using the tribulation period to confront Israel over Jesus the Messiah. God says that this is the time of Jacob’s trouble. (Jeremiah 30:7) It is clear in Daniel 12:1 that God is warning and preparing His people Israel for the tribulation:

“Now at that time Michael, the great prince who stands guard over the sons of your people, will arise. And there will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time; and at that time your people, everyone who is found written in the book, will be rescued.”

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling. Behold, your house is being left to you desolate! For I say to you, from now on you will not see Me until you say, ‘BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD!’” Matthew 23:37-39

This passage agrees with all of the prophets. A time will come when God will confront Israel over receiving the Messiah. Jesus is teaching that Israel will be set aside until the end times. When Israel becomes a nation, God will initiate a process of awakening in His people that will lead to the Messiah. Here are some verses about that:

“I will go away and return to My place Until they acknowledge their guilt and seek My face; In their affliction they will earnestly seek Me.” Hosea 5:15

“I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.” Zechariah 12:10

In both of these verses, it is clear that Messiah Jesus is the one whom they are talking about. Jesus left them in 32 AD and He will not come back until they earnestly seek Him. Two witnesses, Elijah and Moses will be preaching to the Jews at the temple in Jerusalem (Revelation 11:1-12). God will save 144,000 Jews from the 12 tribes to preach and lead a multitude of people back to the Lord. In the midst of the tribulation, God will open the eyes of the blind and redeem Israel. They will see Jesus and look on Him who they pierced. It will be a day of mourning over their messiah Jesus, the son of Abraham, the son of David! All of the promises yet fulfilled concerning Israel, and there are substantial amounts of verses that are still unfulfilled, will be fulfilled during the tribulation period.  

  • Daniel 9:24-27 records the most important prophecy regarding the history of Israel. There are 490 years (70×7) found in verse 24.
  • The 490 years breaks down into three divisions:
    • 49 years (‘seven sevens’)  verse 25.
    • 434 years (62×7) verses 25-26.
    • Seven years (“one `seven’) verse 27.

What happens during the 49 years? Ezra and others go back to Israel to rebuild Jerusalem. The time spans from the Persian Artaxerxes’ decree to rebuild Jerusalem (ca. 445 B.C.; Neh. 2:1-8), to the Messiah’s last week on earth, April 6th 32AD. This date is according to the calculations from the book: The Coming Prince by Sir Robert Anderson. Here is an amazing quote from the book:

“The statement of St. Luke is explicit and unequivocal, that our Lord’s public ministry began in the fifteenth year of Tiberius Caesar. It is equally clear that it began shortly before the Passover, The date of it can thus be fixed as between August A.D. 28 and April A.D. 29. The Passover of the crucifixion therefore was in A.D. 32, when Christ was betrayed on the night of the Paschal Supper, and put to death on the day of the Paschal Feast. If then the foregoing conclusions be well founded. we should expect to find that the period intervening between the edict of Artaxerxes and the Passion was 483 prophetic years. And accuracy as absolute as the nature of the case permits is no more than men are here entitled to demand. There can be no loose reckoning in a Divine chronology; and if God has; deigned to mark on human calendars the fulfillment of His purposes as foretold in prophecy, the strictest: scrutiny shall fail to detect miscalculation or mistake.” The examination of the prophecy shows that God is very accurate to the time of the first coming of our Lord. God is accurate and the book makes this claim:

“The Julian date of that 10th Nisan was Sunday the 6th April, A.D. 32. What then was the length of the period intervening between the issuing of the decree to rebuild Jerusalem and the public advent of “Messiah the Prince,” – between the 14th March, B.C. 445, and the 6th April, A.D. 32? THE INTERVAL CONTAINED EXACTLY AND TO THE VERY DAY 173, 880 DAYS, OR SEVEN TIMES SIXTY-NINE PROPHETIC YEARS OF 360 DAYS, the first sixty-nine weeks of Gabriel’s prophecy.”

The last seven years of the prophecy is described for us in 2Thess.2:1-12 and Revelation 6-19.      Before the antichrist rises, the church will leave in the rapture of the church. While in heaven, the church will be preparing for the return with Jesus. It includes the judgment of believers for how they served the Lord in this life. It includes the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. It also includes coming back with Jesus to set up the kingdom of God on the earth.  We have a lot to look forward too!! As our nation experiences more and more darkness, Christians shine brighter and brighter. Let us shine brightly every day!                                www.joemaggelet.com

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World Government and the Ten Toes

Prophecy Update: World Government and the Ten Toes                  6/19/2020

I have always been fascinated by the prophecy of Daniel 2. God describes world history using a statue. When King Nebuchadnezzar was sleeping, the Lord showed him what would take place in the future. Daniel 2:31 describes the dream like this:

“You, O king, were looking and behold, there was a single great statue; that statue, which was large and of extraordinary splendor, was standing in front of you, and its appearance was awesome.”

When King Nebuchadnezzar woke up, he demanded his advisors tell him the dream and the interpretation. This demand assured the king that the interpretation would be supernatural and from a god. The advisors were stunned and said:

“There is not a man on earth who could declare the matter for the king, inasmuch as no great king or ruler has ever asked anything like this of any magician, conjurer or Chaldean.” Daniel 2:10

God engineered the circumstances so He could choose Daniel to give the king what he wanted. If someone could tell you what you dreamt last night and interpret the dream, would you be impressed? Daniel responded to the king:

“However, there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will take place in the latter days. This was your dream and the visions in your mind while on your bed.” Daniel 2:28

Today, I want to focus on one part of the statue. The legs and feet of the statue represent the Roman Empire. The two legs of the statue describe the eastern and western branches of the Roman Empire.  Today, we are living in the times of the ankles, right before the rise of the ten toes. The ten toes represent the final empire on planet earth. The empire of the ten toes lasts seven years and then Jesus will set up a kingdom that will never fail. Daniel describes this in 2:44,

 “In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be left for another people; it will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, but it will itself endure forever.”

Are you getting excited yet? Here are some articles that address the Roman Empire.

The Prominence of the “Eastern Leg” in Bible Prophecy

English archaeologist and classical historicist Warrick Ball, in his well researched and scholarly book, ROME IN THE EAST (2016), writes,

“From its inception in 27 BC to its final collapse in May 1453, Rome was the longest-lived empire in history, with 164 emperors (including sole empresses) from Augustus to Constantine…In short, it was the world’s most successful empire.”  (Pre-Tribe Research Center)  The fall of Constantinople to the Muslims in 1453 was a tragedy for Russia. The reason has to do with the Roman Empire that this next article will explain.

The Byzantine History of Putin’s Russian Empire. In Vancouver in 2010 and in Sochi in 2014, however, Russia’s Olympic hockey jerseys prominently featured a two-headed eagle exactly where Canada’s jerseys highlighted the maple leaf. This two-headed eagle is not a modern invention. It is “Byzantine.” (TheConversation.com)

“The eagle was, if we travel 1,800 years back in time, the imperial symbol of the Byzantine Empire. It is still at the core of Orthodox Christianity — Greek, Russian, Ukrainian, Romanian — throughout the world.” So why would Russian athletes want to wear Byzantine eagles on the crests of their uniforms? Simply put: Moscow wants to be the third Rome. When Constantinople was conquered after 11 centuries as the Roman capital, by Ottoman Turks under the leadership of Mehmed II in 1453, Russia had become a central part of the Byzantine alliance. The Russian tsar — a derivative of the Latin Caesar, or imperial ruler — assumed, or presumed, the role of the imperial head of the Roman empire.”

Fast forward to 1918. The first World War is winding down and the Czar of Russia (Caesar) and the Kaiser (Caesar) of Germany were falling. One is falling to communism and the other to the combined armies of the western branch of the Roman Empire. Byzantium matters. The Eastern branch of the Roman Empire is rising in Russia today and will attack Israel! It matters if we want to associate Russia today with imperial Russia at its zenith. It matters if we are going to see a one-world government rise.

The Western branch of the Roman Empire, led by the United States in 1918, tried to establish the New World Order through the League of Nations. It is important to notice that the 20th century was by and large the attempt to bring in the One World government of the Ten Toes.

Let’s take a brief look at the historical developments of the two legs of the Roman Empire.

The Last Act. “The chief mark of Rome was its resolute will to conquer. Will Durant, in his remarkable volumes, The History of Civilization, tells us that the Roman senate sometimes deliberately began wars in order to acquire further wealth for Rome or to quiet unrest among the plebeians and slaves at home. The Roman legions became synonymous with peace so that men boasted of what they called the Pax Romana, a peace of conquest by military might which kept everything stable and quiet throughout the Empire. Rome would stamp its image upon the entire Western world. The Roman Empire was soon divided into two portions, corresponding to the two legs of iron of this image. One division was in the West, centered in Rome; the other was in the East, with Constantinople its capital, and became the Byzantine Empire which colonized toward the north, into Russia, and into the east, to Persia, Iran and Iraq, and spread Byzantine culture all through the area.”

“In the West the empire centered on Rome. It first mastered the whole of the Mediterranean area and Western Europe and even after the fall of Rome itself continued to dominate as the kingdoms of Europe, the monarchies of France, of Germany, Spain, Great Britain and Portugal. These, in turn, began to reach into the western hemisphere after Christopher Columbus discovered the New World. The interesting thing now is that every single nation of this western hemisphere was begun by one of the nations of the Roman Empire. So we have the whole of the Western world as an extension of this mighty fourth kingdom which Daniel saw was to dominate the earth. It is stamped with the Roman image from that day to this. It is still Roman, and only recently has ceased to colonize, and thus dominate, major parts of the earth. Vast military power is characteristic of the fourth kingdom throughout its duration.” (Ray Stedman Authentic Christianity)

Since 1918, the world began a process that will eventually bring in the ten toes, the final ungodly world government. Ray Stedman continued to say about the Roman Empire,

“The legs were made of solid iron, but Daniel saw that the feet of the image were made of mingled iron and clay. What is the symbolism of this? The clay is obviously the opposite of iron. Iron symbolized an imperialistic attitude or form of government, the power and might of imperialism seeking to dominate and to rule by brute force and strength. Clay, on the other hand, is weak, pliable, easily molded. Most Bible scholars are right in identifying this as the principle of democracy.”

When President Woodrow Wilson wrote 14 points to build the ‘League of Nations’ called the ‘Treaty of Versailles’ the United States voted against joining the newly formed One World government. The League of Nations was plagued by failure after failure. The most blaring failure manifested itself in the rise of Nazi Germany and World War II.

The League of Nations (1919-1946). “Born with the will of the victors of the First World War to avoid a repeat of a devastating war, the League of Nations objective was to maintain universal peace within the framework of the fundamental principles of the Pact accepted by its Members: to develop cooperation among nations and to guarantee them peace and security.” (UNOG Library Registry, Records and Archive Unit)

This should alert you to the end time prophecy of 1 Thessalonians 5:3, “While they are saying, “Peace and safety!” then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape.”

The League of Nations failed and spawned a new organization: The United Nations.

By every measure, the United Nations is a dismal failure. The failure of the United Nations is leading to a new global government that will be led by the Antichrist. Here are a few articles that illustrate the need for the final government on earth.

It’s Time for the ‘Great Reset’ of Capitalism. “Covid-19 lockdowns may be gradually easing, but anxiety about the world’s social and economic prospects is only intensifying. To achieve a better outcome, the world must act jointly and swiftly to revamp all aspects of our societies and economies, from education to social contracts to working conditions. Every country, from the United States to China, must participate, and every industry, from oil and gas to tech, must be transformed. In short, we need a “Great Reset” of capitalism.” (Private Equity News)

The Rise of Strategic Corruption. “Countries have found ways to transform graft into a weapon on the international stage. Graft is nothing new; it may be the second-oldest profession. What is new, however, is the transformation of corruption into an instrument of national strategy. In recent years, a number of countries—China and Russia, in particular—have found ways to take the kind of corruption that was previously a mere feature of their own political systems and transform it into a weapon on the global stage. Countries have done this before, but never on the scale seen today.” (ForeignAffairs.com)

The Great Reset. “There is an urgent need for global stakeholders to cooperate in simultaneously managing the direct consequences of the COVID-19 crisis. To improve the state of the world, the World Economic Forum is starting The Great Reset initiative. The Covid-19 crisis, and the political, economic and social disruptions it has caused, is fundamentally changing the traditional context for decision-making. The inconsistencies, inadequacies and contradictions of multiple systems –from health and financial to energy and education – are more exposed than ever amidst a global context of concern for lives, livelihoods and the planet. Drawing from the vision and vast expertise of the leaders engaged across the Forum’s communities, the Great Reset initiative has a set of dimensions to build a new social contract that honours the dignity of every human being.” (World Economic Forum)

The time is ripe for world government to rise. The nature of the Roman Empire necessitates colonizing the whole world into Satan’s final kingdom.  That which the globalists desired from the turn of the 20th century is right before them. Who is standing in their way? — Christians and Israel! They see God giving all of the land back to Israel, so they are in full panic. Here is an article from the UN website that describes their panic:

Rights experts call for global opposition to Israel’s annexation plans. “Nearly 50 independent human rights experts are calling for the international community to oppose Israel’s plan to annex significant parts of the occupied Palestinian West Bank beginning as early as next month.” (UN News)

Zechariah 12:1-2, describes perfectly the day in which we live.

“The burden of the word of the LORD concerning Israel. Thus declares the LORD who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him,

“Behold, I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that causes reeling to all the peoples around; and when the siege is against Jerusalem, it will also be against Judah.”

Notice that this is the burden of the Lord. God Himself wants Israel to rise so He can bring 144,000 Jewish evangelists to the world. God Himself wants to bring the two witnesses to Jerusalem and rebuild the temple. God Himself wants to bring His church home for the marriage supper of the Lamb. God Himself want to play out the final seven-year tribulation so that He can usher in His final kingdom! God Himself wrote Daniel 2, 7, and 9, telling us of the final seven-year kingdom and it ends in victory for us.

Are you ready for the rapture? I am ready to meet the Lord in the air, and forever we will be with the Lord—-comfort one another with these words.

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Dividing Israel

Prophecy Update: Dividing Israel Leads to Gaining Israel                  6/11/20

God has made clear in His Word that the end times will include war over the land of Israel. This has certainly been the case since 1948.

In today’s update, I want to tackle the thorny problem America has been to all of the enemies of Israel. In the Muslim world, the United States is referred to as the “great Satan” and Israel is the “little Satan”.  This is common talk and belief in the Middle East. If the United States did not protect Israel, the enemies believe that they could conquer Israel in a matter of days.

Islamic nations are divided over what to do about Israel. Turkey and Iran are very clear on their desire to destroy Israel.  The leaders Egypt and Saudi Arabia have strangely changed course over Israel.  They want to be pro-Israel.  However, the citizens in the street think differently. On the streets of the major capitals of the Islamic nations, the people want blood! They want Israel destroyed.  |They say, “Come let us wipe them out as a nation, that the name of Israel will be remembered no more!” The United States has to be out of the way so that God can get great glory when He saves Israel!

Several passages of scripture teach that Israel will be alone.  Joel 3:1-3 says,

“For behold, in those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. And I will enter into judgment with them there, on behalf of my people and my heritage Israel, because they have scattered them among the nations and have divided up my land, and have cast lots for my people, and have traded a boy for a prostitute, and have sold a girl for wine and have drunk it.”

Notice how God says that one day all nations will be judged for how they treated Israel.

While Jews are in America, here is a great warning:

“and the remnant of Jacob shall be among the nations, in the midst of many peoples, like a lion among the beasts of the forest, like a young lion among the flocks of sheep, which, when it goes through, treads down and tears in pieces, and there is none to deliver.”  Micah 5:8

Listen up New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Cleveland, God may soon make His people Israel into a lion in the streets of American cities. The judgment of God is coming for these anti-Semitic people and cities! The heat is turning up for Israel and the United States simultaneously. As for the tensions in the Middle East, God has thrown the enemies of Israel into turmoil.

‘Saudis, Palestinians Clash On Twitter Over Status Of Palestinian Cause, Normalization With Israel.’ “The tension between Saudis and Palestinians was evident mainly on Twitter, where Saudi and Palestinian users traded insults and accusations. Many Saudis tweeted under the hashtag #PalestineIsNotMyCause and #TheZionistEnemy[is our]Brother, accusing the Palestinians of ingratitude towards Saudi Arabia and stating that it’s time they took responsibility for their own fate.” As the Saudis and others in the Middle East feud, the UN, EU, and New World Order side with the Palestinians.

Despite Israeli strikes, Iranian forces massing on Syrian border. “Tens of thousands of Iranian-linked militiamen have been integrated into Syrian army – with many of them now stationed near Israeli border. Multiple drones reportedly belonging to the Israeli Air Force (IAF) carried out a new series of airstrikes against Iranian-backed militias in the area of Deir Ez-Zur in eastern Syria over the weekend. The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that a total of 8 airstrikes targeted the Afghan Liwa Fatemiyoun militia which was transferred to Syria on orders of Qassem Soleimani, the assassinated commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.”

“According to Iranian analyst Mostafa Najafi, a staggering 53,000 Iranian-backed militia members have merged into the army of dictator Bashar al-Assad and are still present along the border with Israel wearing Syrian army uniforms.” Israel is preparing for war and the New World Order is hoping that Israel will be destroyed.

Iran prepares to confront Israel in Syria via Hezbollah. “Iran may be preparing for conflict with Israel in Syria and no longer will accept Israeli airstrikes on its warehouses without a response, a report over the weekend suggested. Veteran journalist Elijah Magnier wrote on the website Medium about whether the “great Middle Eastern war will begin in the Levant” and cited Syria as a potential flashpoint.”

ICC Prosecutor: Israel war crimes probe can go on despite Oslo Accords. Not only are armies massing on Israel border but the New World Order minions at the International Criminal Court are making their play to curse Israel. Several news organizations made clear that the UN and EU oppose President Donald Trump’s stand on Iran. They want the Iran deal to go forward without any preconditions. Weakening and attacking Israel is the never-ending position taken by the UN and EU.   

“I have heard the taunting of Moab and the revilings of the sons of Ammon, with which they have taunted My people and become arrogant against their territory. “Therefore, as I live,” declares the LORD of hosts, The God of Israel, Surely Moab will be like Sodom and the sons of Ammon like Gomorrah—A place possessed by nettles and salt pits, and a perpetual desolation. The remnant of My people will plunder them and the remainder of My nation will inherit them.”  Zephaniah 2:8-9

Moab and Ammon are in Jordan. Jordan is threatening war with Israel.

“The oracle concerning Damascus. “Behold, Damascus is about to be removed from being a city and will become a fallen ruin.” Isaiah 17:1

These two passages show us that God is going to do some destroying of His own. The next few stories paint how dire the situation is in the Middle East:

Syrian currency collapse throws country into uncertainty.   “The Syrian regime thought it was finally out of the woods in its almost decade-long civil war. But the regime is gutted and weak. It has no finances and is fighting internally with family feuds within the Assad ruling clan. This means it is like a house of cards: very fragile. Russia can’t save the regime from everything. This illustrates that even when the conflict seems to be winding down – and Russia, Iran and Turkey increasingly work to partition Syria and drive the US out – unforeseen new crises emerge.”

US wants Gantz to agree to annexation this summer.  “Foreign Ministry concerned Germany will downgrade ties over annexation; Jordanian Ambassador: Is a one-state solution what you want? The US wants Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz to agree to extend Israeli law to parts of the West Bank before it gives Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a green light to move forward with it, and it would have to take place this summer, The Jerusalem Post has learned.”

UAE Daily Reports On Iran’s Military Headquarters In Damascus, Including A Control Room Monitoring Iran’s Drones, Among Them Drones Watching U.S. Base.  “A report in the English-language UAE daily The National provides information about the Glass House, a building near the Damascus international airport that serves as the command and control headquarters of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) in Syria. This is the hub from which the IRGC’s Quds Force has orchestrated Iran’s military efforts in the country.”

This Glass House serves as an object lesson on how God works. Israel could have taken this building out many times. We know that in the future Russia, Iran, Turkey, Syria, and several other nations will attack Israel from the Syrian Golan Heights. The timing is in the Lord’s hands. A report written in November of 2019 had this to say: “The report notes that, in November 2019, an Israeli airstrike damaged the top two floors of the Glass House, but did not destroy the building completely. Israel’s restraint, it speculates, may stem from understandings it has with Syria and Hizbullah, as part of which it refrains from causing extensive casualties in Syria.”

This restraint will disappear when it is time to destroy Damascus as promised from the LORD in Isaiah 17. The article went on to explain who worked in the building. “According to the report, the building houses the commands of the various pro-Iranian militias in Syria (Iranian, Afghan, Iraqi, Lebanese, Palestinian and Pakistani), and is the venue for meetings between their top brass. It also contains a well-equipped hospital which treats militiamen wounded in action, extensive intelligence departments, and a control room monitoring live feed from Iran’s fleet of drones in Syria, including drones deployed above a U.S. airbase in the northeast of the country.”

The Glass House needs to be destroyed and quick. Here is why I say this. The article makes clear what this place means: “Security around the site is predictably tight. One Fatimiyoun fighter who has attended several meetings described being search four times on their way in – guns and cell phones are strictly prohibited. ‘The Glass Building is one of the most important places in Syria and Damascus,’ they told The National through an encrypted messaging application.” Iran is not content to just attack Israel, they want to attack the United States.

Pro-Iran Lebanese Political Analyst Anis Al-Naqqash: Iran Can Help Venezuela; Missiles From Caracas Can Hit U.S. Cities And Oil Rigs; Israel Will Be Destroyed, Perhaps In Less Than 5 Years.  “Lebanese political analyst Anis Al-Naqqash said in a May 30, 2020 interview on NBN TV (Lebanon) that America can’t do anything against Iran. He explained that prior to the recent arrival of Iranian oil tankers in Venezuela, the Venezuelan government had tested powerful surface-to-surface and anti-ship missiles, which he said surprised the Americans. He elaborated that Iran could help Venezuela with weapons and technical assistance in the same way that it has helped Gaza and the Houthis in Yemen, and he pointed out that missiles with a range of 2,500 kilometers can reach from Venezuela to American oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico and American cities. The War To Liberate Palestine And End The Zionist Entity [Will Take Place] In Less Than A Decade… We Will Annihilate The Most Important Entity In West Asia And The Middle East… The US Will Not Be Able To Save It. People see a picture in its three dimensions, but I see it in all four dimensions, including the ones from the future. This is why I conclude that the strategic circumstances that provided protection for Israel begun to collapse. The United States, which is the leader of this global system that supports Israel will be paralyzed in this war. Let me tell you something more honestly. What stops the resistance today from starting and winning a war against the Zionist entity are not the Israeli capabilities but the central position of the U.S. This central position [of the U.S.] delays the war, because we know for sure that it will become easier for us in the near future, once [the U.S.] collapses and is unable to intervene in the war.”

The Iranians and her allies are counting on the collapse of the United States. They have put their hope in the Democratic Party to destroy her from within. The coalition of pro-socialist groups attacking the Unites States currently is connected to the communist Islamic alliance, which is called by analysts, the Red Green Alliance. As America deals with the current eruption of lawlessness, Israel plans to take more of her land!

Trump’s Plan Inspires Israelis to Expand Israel to Inside PA Controlled Regions of Judea-Samaria.  “Car windshields throughout Judea and Samaria were plastered with flyers calling for a strategy against Trump’s Deal of the Century. The organization behind the movement, ‘It’s All Ours’ is distributing leaflets with the title ‘Take the struggle to the streets against the division of our land. But at the end of the letter, the message featured a call to action including protesting, building and to double the size of the Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria with no differentiation between areas A, B and C. Area A is currently controlled by the Palestinian Authority and according to the law, Israelis are not even allowed to enter that area let alone settle it. A call for Jewish Israelis to build new towns in that jurisdiction is unprecedented and is likely to enrage the violently anti-semitic Palestinian Authority.”

The political situation is volatile, but God is in control. It is His plan that I want you to focus on. God is going to give His land back to His people Israel; this will be the catalyst for the rise of Antichrist. We live in very exciting times.  Remember to consider it all joy as we encounter these trials, the Lord be with you!         Joemaggelet.com

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The American Hour

Prophecy Update: The American Hour                       6/4/2020

“If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” Psalm 11:3

David is lamenting the rise of wicked people who wish harm to the righteous. It is a fitting Psalm for the day in which we live. God gives the answer to the righteous in the Bible. His answer is to pursue Him, longing for righteousness. Do you long for a righteous church? Do you yearn for a culture that exalts righteousness and rejects evil? This weekend saw an explosion of violence in America. The Lord gives us a truth that I hope the church will heed.

“The LORD tests the righteous and the wicked, and the one who loves violence His soul hates.” Psalm 11:5

The LORD has tested the righteous in our country. God commands that we are with each other and the church has obeyed the state in staying away from each other. Simple acts of love, hugging each other, holding hands while praying are being avoided.  State and church officials have told the sheep of Jesus to separate!  I believe that Acts 4:29-31 gives us the prayer for this day.

“And now, Lord, take note of their threats, and grant that Your bond-servants may speak Your word with all confidence, while You extend Your hand to heal, and signs and wonders take place through the name of Your holy servant Jesus. And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness.”

God’s answer is to pray, speak His WORD with boldness, and trust that the Holy Spirit will move! In Peter’s day, God was judging Israel and He removed His hand of protection from the nation. It is the same today in America; God has removed His hand of protection from the country. The church is in the same place as the early chapters of Acts. In China, the church sent her members out to lay hands on the sick with coronavirus to pray for their healing. Wow! That is a church alive and healthy. That is a church acting in faith, not fear. The power of prayer, the WORD, and the Holy Spirit, infects the Chinese church. This infection spreads truth, life, salvation, and hope.

In the outbreak of protests and violence, there is no social distancing.  Did any governors, doctors, mayors, or politicians condemn these people for not social distancing? The answer is NO! No one is acting in fear over the lack of social distancing for protestors, no one is threatening to arrest them for not social distancing, no one is saying they are spreading some virus.

Many years ago I read, “The American Hour” by Os Guinness. Written in 1989, it explores the crises of cultural authority in the United States. Guinness insights were tremendous in 1989 and even more important now.  Guinness writes,

“First, the character and strength of a culture resides in the power of its beliefs, ideals, and traditions to exert a double influence in society, disciplining as well as inspiring and empowering renunciations as well as release. Second is that this cultural authority is strongest when it is unconscious, unquestioned, and covers the whole of social life, addressing ordinary citizens no less than leaders, the concerns of private life as much as public life. Third in the cluster is that the deepest source and agency of this cultural authority lies in its faiths. Fourth is that a crisis of cultural authority occurs when a cultures faiths lose their inner compelling power, either because a rival faith challenges them or because in changing circumstances, they fail to command a continuing assent from their own adherents. Fifth is that such a crises does not occur suddenly or through any single event but as a long and profound shift in the foundations of a culture. Sixth is that the eventual decline or death of a culture is a stage beyond the crises of cultural authority.”  (page 28-29)

Christians believe that cultural authority comes from the Word of God. God has given us direction on how to conduct ourselves as a nation. Blessed is the nation whose Lord is the God of the Bible! Exalting unrighteousness in a nation will lead to judgment. We see the judgment of God in our nation and Psalm 11:3 gives us one of those judgments — the foundations are destroyed. Businesses destroyed by quarantine and violence reflect how the hand of God is against the nation. God is testing the righteous! Here are some articles about what is happening:

“Trump vows to use military if governors don’t deploy National Guard to stop riots.” World Net Daily “I am mobilizing all federal resources, civilian and military to stop the rioting and looting, to end the destruction and arson, and to protect the rights of law-abiding Americans, including your Second Amendment rights. POTUS said he has strongly recommended that every United States governor deploy the National Guard “in sufficient numbers that we dominate the streets,” warning that if the state or city does not take action, Trump will deploy the United States military and “quickly solve the problem for them.”

The riots are spreading across the United States. It was an interesting weekend. We had NASA blasting off a rocket with two astronauts. I haven’t seen that in a long time. Imagine how our nation used to take pride in accomplishments like this, not anymore. The virus gave way to a wave of lawlessness across the nation. Destroyers hijacked legitimate protests. Here is how one article saw it:

“These RIOTS are the attempted communist uprising against America, and all those who are complicit in the treason must be arrested and prosecuted.” Natural News “Our sources are now confirming that a guard station outside the White House was torched last night by “rioters.” They’re really communist-led terrorist cells who are probing the White House as part of a sophisticated operation to overrun the property and attempt to assassinate President Trump. We are also learning that the tech giants — Twitter, Facebook, Amazon, YouTube, etc. — are all-in with the Antifa terrorists, and some platforms are allowing Antifa terror cells to use their online messaging to coordinate acts of terrorism on U.S. soil.”

I have been studying for years how our nation changed. A fundamental shift in American thinking happened in the 1930’s. We moved from a biblical view of life to a humanist view. The results of that shift caused a nation adrift in relativism. I memorized Os Guinness’s observation in 1991, “’Just say NO’ is America’s most urgently needed slogan at the very moment in our history when ‘Why Not?’ is America’s most unanswerable question.”

Ruth Graham, wife of Billy Graham said when I was in college, “If God does not judge America, He will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.” 

In 2016, Ben Carson had this to say during the election cycle: 

“Want to understand Hillary Clinton? Read Saul Alinsky.Washington Examiner. “When Ben Carson, in his speech at the Republican National Convention, drew attention to Hillary Clinton’s tribute to the radical community organizer Saul Alinsky (1909-72), no eyebrows ascended. But when Carson went on to invoke Alinsky’s admiration of Lucifer, and tie Clinton to that community organizer, the guffaws began in earnest. “So are we willing,” Carson asked, “to elect someone as president who has as their role model somebody who acknowledges Lucifer? Alinsky’s most famous book, the 1971 Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals, includes a dedication to “the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom — Lucifer. In 1969, she wrote “‘There Is Only the Fight …’: An Analysis of the Alinsky Model,” a 92-page senior thesis at Wellesley College on the elder radical’s tactics. At the Clintons’ request, the thesis was embargoed until after they left the White House.”

Hillary Clinton is like countless others who have adopted a Marxist/Leninist philosophy to life and politics. Marxist/Leninist thought invaded the church through the Liberation Theology movement.

“If you want to destroy the constitutional republic, have a cultural revolution, put away the guns and the bullets, remember Marcuse said, go after the morality of existing culture. That means you destroy the family, you destroy the American male, you destroy a patriarchal society, replace it with a matriarchal society, bring in feminism, bring in the sexual liberation movement, and a coalition of victims so at the end of the day the Frankfurt School said this. This is key. “The source of all suffering and oppression is Christianity and capitalism.” Standing in The Gap “But effectively, put another way, their goal was to flip on its head, the Marxist, the Atheist, was to flip on its head what we term to be a Judeo Christian worldview. God, God as creator, man as creation, sin entering the world and a need for redemption in Jesus Christ. If you can take and flip that entire thing on its head, and cut away the moral underpinning that you were so carefully saying, then in fact you will destroy the institutions of society that God has established and that were the corners of our nation.”

The churches of America have been duped.  Many do not teach the Bible. This has caused a crisis and God is judging America for it. Here is what was said on Fox News this week:

“Tucker Carlson: Our leaders have dithered and lied about the riots as the nation goes up in flames.” Fox News “The nation went up in flames this weekend. No one in charge stood up to save America. Our leaders dithered. They cowered. They openly sided with the destroyers. In many cases, they egged them on. This is how nations collapse. When no one in authority keeps

the order, and when someone in our professional class encourage violence, American citizens are forced to defend themselves. They have no choice. No one else is going to defend them — they know that now. The worst people in our society have taken control. They did nothing to build this country. Now, they are tearing it down. They are rushing us toward mass suicide.”

The big cities are where the terrorists strike most, what happens when they target small towns?

Guns, Police & Fear: How Antifa is Changing the Face of America. Clarion Project “Reports on the ground indicate that intelligence given to President Trump – that Antifa has used the unrest over the killing of Geroge Floyd by a policeman to instigate a violent insurrection – is correct. Antifa is an extremist movement that demands nothing less than the destruction of America and its democratic system of government.”

The article lists 10 things they want to accomplish. Here are four of them:

“Liberation by any means necessary. We will destroy state, military, police, military corporations, and all those who run the American plantation. Those who are oppressed will determine revolutionary justice. There will be no government, no person or group will have power over another.” 

This is a truly frightening vision for America, they are serious! Here is another thing to keep in mind:

‘America has Officially Entered a Civil War it won’t Recover from’ Hidden Rabbis Warn. Breaking Israel News. “Rabbi Weingarten noted that as the time to implement the Peace Plan, it becomes clear that Israel will be forced to divide the land in direct contravention of Biblical law. “And now, the American government wants Israel to walk away from the land that God told us to protect, the land that we finally returned to after 2,000 years,” Rabb Weingarten said. “God forbid, if the US forces us to do that, will there be another measure for measure teaching them what it means to leave their land? I can’t imagine it but who could have imagined the coronavirus and then these riots?”

When I read the Peace Plan, it was clear to me that it would lead to Israel gaining all of the land of Judea and Samaria. The Peace Plan makes it impossible for the Palestinians to accept – they would have to give up terrorism, teaching children that Israel stole the land, terror from Hamas, Hezbollah, and Islamic Jihad. I thought then, and I think now, that the Arabs and Muslims will never agree to what is in the deal. God said that He would give the land to His people the Jews. That will happen. Let us pray that America does not sin another sin against God and divide the land of Israel for the sake of a false peace with a people bent on killing Jews!

Back to our verse in Psalm 11:5, “The LORD tests the righteous and the wicked.” As righteous people, please pray and seek the Lord this week.  Join me in praying for the peace of Jerusalem and the revival of America. I think when it gets darkest, Jesus’s light shines even brighter. Are you praying for a great revival in America? Here is a promise from God:

“If My people who are called by My name shall humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 

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