WATCHING PROPHECY UNFOLD
We returned home last Friday evening from our small group Bible Study. Turning on the TV I at first thought I was seeing video from 1968 – Chicago police officers lined up behind barricades, behind which were angry, screaming protestors. But, no, this is our day and our time. Obviously, what we saw in Chicago Friday (and in Ohio Saturday) is clearly only the beginning of troubles. Dr. Ben Carson said Sunday that “The Alinskyite tactics (of the protestors) will lead to escalation. (The Trump) supporters can either accept it or fight back.” Some protestors who broke up the Chicago rally were paid, according to media reports, by groups seeking to cause trouble at the Trump rally. A website has appeared calling on Trump supporters to organize to protect the candidate and his supporters, which one blog called “The Trump Militia”. A lighted match has been thrown into a nation awash in the gasoline of obviously angry Americans, on both sides of the political and cultural divides. Is any of this prophetically significant?
In Jeremiah 51 there are two prophetic references to civil unrest in the Daughter of Babylon, prior to its destruction. Jeremiah 51:38 prophesies that “Her people all roar like young lions, they growl like lion cubs”. Verse 39 describes the people of the Daughter of Babylon as being “aroused”. Even more telling is this prophecy in verse 51:49: “one rumor comes this year, another the next, rumors of violence in the land and of ruler against ruler”.
Those whose First Amendment rights are taken from them won’t like it and will most likely fight back, leading to the “violence in the land” that Jeremiah describes. The protestors on the side of Move On.Org, Black Lives Matter, Occupy Wall Street and other more liberal groups were admittedly involved in the Chicago rally cancellation. George Soros is a primary source of funding for radical groups who espouse the violent overthrow of the US. See http://humanevents.com/2011/04/02/top-10-reasons-george-soros-is-dangerous/ It won’t be their last effort to shut down those on the right with whom they disagree. We should expect to see those who are increasingly angry on both sides to increase their anger and “roar like young lions, growling like lion cubs”. These future events could likely lead, in part, to the government of the Daughter of Babylon’s persecution of God’s people, who may be blamed for the spreading violence. One significant result of a nation falling apart at the seams could be that Christians under persecution will flee the nation.
In September, 1984 God brought to America a pastor freed from Communist Romania. Pastor Dumitru Duduman spoke no English. He was an unlikely candidate to proclaim a divine message to millions of Americans who spoke no Romanian. God showed Pastor Duduman in visions what America would encounter in its future if it did not repent and turn back to Him. He saw America’s cities burning, its people shooting each other and widespread death. In his many hundreds of sermons preached across America, based on his message of coming trouble, interpreted by his English-speaking grandson, he started each by saying “It will begin with an internal revolution – started by the Communists.” His words were consistent with Jeremiah’s description of roaring young lions in the Daughter of Babylon.
Whether caused by protestors shutting down political rallies, bank closings, the collapse of the dollar, shortage of food or some other triggering event, America could quickly erupt in violence, even revolution in its streets. Americans own millions of firearms. Its government (Department of Homeland Security) recently confirmed that it is buying twobillion hollow point bullets, which are prohibited in warfare and not used in target practice. How far is America from Jeremiah’s warnings of “violence in the land and of ruler against ruler?”
But the rally cancellation in Chicago was not the only major news story last week. The Wall Street Journal revealed that the White House is planning to change its policy towards Israel in the United Nations. Since 1948, when Israel was founded, the United States has backed Israel in the Security Council. There have been several attempts by the enemies of Israel to push the powerful Security Council to adopt legislation which would have the effect of crippling or otherwise harming Israel. Those efforts have included moves to have the Security Council declare a Palestinian State. The US has vetoed every single anti-Israel resolution. According the WSJ news article, that is about to change.
Secretary of State John Kerry and President Obama have let it be known that America plans to reverse its traditional backing of Israel in the Security Council, and instead side with resolutions that legitimize the Palestinian State, take land from Israel, create a Palestinian Capitol in East Jerusalem, halt all Israeli settlements, among other critical legal matters. As part of the Administration’s drive to force Israel to bend to its will, the President has also threatened a major Presidential address and a joint statement by the Middle East Quartet (UN, US, EU and Russian Federation), all part of its “blueprint” for Israel’s future. The anti-Israeli efforts are scheduled to occur in the final months of this year before the President leaves office. Legal actions taken by the Security Council are not subject to change later, unless all five permanent members agree (US, France, United Kingdom, China and Russian Federation). That means that if the US fails to veto these resolutions designed to harm Israel, the resolutions would never be changed later due to the make-up of the Council. Under the UN Charter all member states have to comply with Security Council decisions. Israel would be dumped by the US and rendered truly vulnerable behind sharply reduced non-defensible borders.
Why should we care what happens to Israel? Well, first, God has called Israel “the people of my inheritance” (Deuteronomy 4:20). In addition, He has promised that:
“I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Genesis 12:3-NKJV).
“For thus said the Lord of hosts, after his glory sent me to the nations who plundered you, for he who touches you touches the apple of his eye” (Zechariah 2:8 ESV)
The Lord has repeatedly in His Word emphasized His love for Israel, and protected Israel in miraculous ways, after He miraculously brought it back into existence, as He promised He would. He also warned the nations of the world not to divide the land which He gave to Israel. If one doubts that God gave Israel the land one should just read the first five books of the Bible and see how many times God tells Israel that He has given its land to the nation. It started in this verse:
“Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built there an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him.” (Genesis 12:7-ESV) and “For all the land that you see I will give to you and to your offspring forever”. (Genesis 13:15-ESV).
God warns the nations of the world in His Word not to divide Israel’s land. In Joel He makes it clear what will happen to nations who do so:
“I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. Then I will enter into judgment with them there on behalf of My people and My inheritance, Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; and they have divided up My land.” (Joel 3:2-ESV)
Let me be blunt – If America betrays Israel this year by reversing its decades-old practice of vetoing anti-Israeli resolutions in the UN Security Council; if the US stabs Israel in back by backing a binding resolution forcing Israel to divide its land; then America will be the object of God’s “curse” (Genesis 12:3). Living in a cursed nation poses obvious danger. God warns “My people” in Revelation 18: that:
“Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues” (ESV)
NOTE TO READERS: I have not posted on this website recently. The primary reason is that I have been carefully watching the 2016 Presidential campaigns to determine how what is said and done may be a fulfillment of, or implicated in, Biblical prophecy. With last week’s news from Chicago and the WSJ article about Jerusalem it was clear that major prophetic events are now beginning to unfold. “Aroused lion cubs” engaged in violence in the streets of the Daughter of Babylon, even though just now commencing, will not soon be stopped. As one Chicago protestor said, ‘We shut ‘em down here, we can shut ‘em down all over.” The lead positions obtained on March 15th by Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton for their parties’ Presidential nominations will likely lead to more, not less, dissent and ultimately violence in political rallies and then in our streets.
America has had the back of Israel since the UN was formed by supporting Israel against anti-Israel resolutions in the UN Security Council. But now, for the first time in history, that appears about to end, as the White House announces plans to betray the only democratic nation in the Middle East and our best friend and ally. The second week of March may, in the future, be seen as the week in which the world changed, but not for the better. God bless.
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