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Predestined With Free Will: Nations

Posted in Jude, Prophecy with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 6, 2019 by paulthepoke

Psalm 115:2-3 Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?” Our God is in the heavens; He does all that He pleases.

God is in control over the nations. Yet, the nations have free will to choose their destiny.

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A nation’s destiny is based on one simple foreign policy decision. How will that nation relate to God’s chosen people, Israel? And God states…

Genesis 12:3 “I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” -God

A nation’s course of history is determined by their interaction and response toward nation Israel. The Old Testament is full of examples of God’s judgment toward the enemies of Israel. Likewise, nations who show favor towards Israel are blessed.

In Psalm 2, God makes it perfectly clear who is in charge. Notice, the nations are exhibiting their free will. They are “raging” and “plotting”. Nations are gathering together under their sovereignty. Their choice is to take on the Creator, God. And the nations think they can break free from God and His will.

Psalm 2:1-3 “Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against his Anointed, saying, “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.”

God’s response to humanity’s rebellion towards Him… He laughs. He taunts. Then God explains how things are going to be. The Creator is in charge despite the creation’s free will. Note the terms wrath, terrify, and fury. God means business and He will emphatically put down the rebellion. His answer is The Lord Jesus Christ. Jerusalem is the headquarters.

Psalm 2:4-6 He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision. Then He will speak to them in His wrath, and terrify them in His fury, saying, “As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.”

It is stated that He (Jesus) will rule with a rod of iron and shatter them (the nations) like clay pots. Yes, nations can choose the destiny of their nation. Their free will and choice are no match. Nations are either with God or against Him. God will rule and Christ will be in charge.

Psalm 2:6-9 I will tell of the decree: The LORD said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you. Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”

A warning has been issued to the leaders of Earth. Use some common sense. Homage to the Son is expected.

Psalm 2:10-12 Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way, for His wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in Him.

Use your free will and choose the Son, Jesus Christ. Take safety in His provision for sin. He has you covered. Otherwise, sin will be judged. There is accountability and consequence to your free will sin. The destination is an eternal lake of fire.

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Trend Update: Putin Personally Test Fires Satan 2 Missile, October 2017

Posted in Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2017 by paulthepoke

October 27, 2017: President Vladimir Putin himself was involved in Russia’s most recent military exercise.

“The commander in chief carried out the launch of the four ballistic rockets.” -Putin’s spokesman.

Two nuclear submarines propelled three of the missiles. The fourth missile was fired from Plesetsk. Per the Russian Defense Ministry, “All training targets were successfully hit.” Results are available on YouTube.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/vladimir-putin-launches-four-ballistic-095408894.html

Satan 2Of particular note was the intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome. This was the RS-28 Sarmat nuclear missile. It is also known as the Satan 2 missile. Russia claims the Satan 2 missile can carry 12 nuclear warheads. It can travel at least 3,600 miles. The Defense Ministry states the Satan 2 can destroy entire countries the size of Great Britain and Texas. The ICBM can deliver 40 megatons of nuclear explosives. That would be 2,000 times stronger than the atomic bombs released on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II.

Cruise missiles were displayed as part of the drill from Russian bombers.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5021893/Russia-test-fires-huge-Satan-2-nuclear-missile.html#ixzz4wlCoHHXu

In Ezekiel 38-39, the prophet Ezekiel calls the leader of Magog by the name “Gog”.

Ezekiel 38:2 Son of man, set your face toward Gog, of the land of Magog…

A Russian news source identifies Scythians as Siberian Russians. Ancient historians consistently equate Scythians with Magog. Modern day Russia = Scythians = Magog per Russians.

https://sputniknews.com/photo/201708211056640585-scythians-nomadic-tribes-exposition/

https://godinanutshell.com/2017/08/04/ezekiel-38-who-is-magog/

Putin GogIs Vladimir Putin the leader “Gog”? That remains to be seen. The news item of note is the personal involvement of President Putin. This aspect of Putin’s character is consistent with Ezekiel’s Gog.

Gog will decide to get personally involved in the future invasion of Israel per the text in Ezekiel. This is a bad decision on Gog’s part. In Israel, Gog will meet his demise. And in Israel, Gog will be buried. His cemetery will be a memorial.

Ezekiel 39:11 On that day I will give to Gog a place for burial in Israel, the Valley of the Travelers, east of the sea. It will block the travelers, for there Gog and all his multitude will be buried. It will be called the Valley of Hamon-gog.

Many Bible scholars and commentators take this area to be east of the Dead Sea. Currently, this is modern day Jordan. In the future, this land will be part of God’s original land grant to nation Israel.

Genesis 15:18 On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your offspring I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates…

 

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Trend Update: Purim 2017

Posted in Persia/Elam/Iran, Purim, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 8, 2017 by paulthepoke

Esther 9:20-22 Then Mordecai recorded these events, and he sent letters to all the Jews who were in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus, both near and far, obliging them to celebrate the fourteenth day of the month Adar, and the fifteenth day of the same month, annually, because on those days the Jews rid themselves of their enemies, and it was a month which was turned for them from sorrow into gladness and from mourning into a holiday; that they should make them days of feasting and rejoicing and sending portions of food to one another and gifts to the poor.

This is the decree for the celebration of the holiday Purim. The celebration is to take place in the Hebrew month of Adar on the 14th and 15th day. In the Gregorian year of 2017, that starts on Saturday, March 11th and ends the next day on March 12. Scripture tells us the holiday is to be celebrated every year.

The setting of the story is in the book of Esther. The events of the story took place from 483-473 BC. The location is Susa of the Persian Empire. This would be modern day Iran.

Esther is a unique book in the Bible in that God’s name is not written or used. Even though God’s name is not seen, it is obvious who is in control of the events of the narrative. The book is a practical example of the Abrahamic Covenant.

Genesis 12:3 “And I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”

I will bless those who bless you…The outline of the story goes like this. King Ahasuerus and his kingdom are ultimately blessed. He marries a beautiful Jewish lady, Esther, who becomes queen. Esther’s uncle Mordecai, a Jew, becomes a trusted voice to the king. The king follows the counsel of his Jewish subjects. King Ahasuerus treated them well and positioned them in places of authority and favor. His kingdom was blessed.

…the one who curses you I will curse…Haman is the villain of the story. He is hostile to the Jewish people. Haman developed a plot to murder all the Jews. His plot is exposed. Haman is ultimately hanged to death at the hands of his own devices.

Esther was a woman of great courage and this is celebrated in the book. Even though she was the queen, she played within the laws of the Persians. She knew death was a possibility.

Esther 4:11 “All the king’s servants and the people of the king’s provinces know that for any man or woman who comes to the king to the inner court who is not summoned, he has but one law, that he be put to death, unless the king holds out to him the golden scepter so that he may live. And I have not been summoned to come to the king for these thirty days.”

Despite the risks, Esther pressed forward on behalf of her people.

Esther 5:2 When the king saw Esther the queen standing in the court, she obtained favor in his sight; and the king extended to Esther the golden scepter which was in his hand. So Esther came near and touched the top of the scepter.

Because of her guile and bravery, the Jewish holiday of Purim is celebrated with joy, gladness, food, and charitable giving.

Trend Update: Temple Mount, Iranian Mock Invasion, November 2015

Posted in Persia/Elam/Iran, Prophecy, Temple, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 25, 2015 by paulthepoke

Zechariah 12:3 On that day I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples. All who lift it will surely hurt themselves. And all the nations of the earth will gather against it.

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This weekend (November 21, 2015), Iran has been practicing for an invasion of Jerusalem. Their intent is to capture the Temple Mount.

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Iran/Report-Thousands-of-Iranian-soldiers-stage-mock-siege-of-Temple-Mount-434845

http://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/1.687468

Genesis 12:3 “And I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”

Numbers 24:9 “He couches, he lies down as a lion, and as a lion, who dares rouse him? Blessed is everyone who blesses you, and cursed is everyone who curses you.”

Iran’s potential actions would constitute…a curse.

https://paulthepoke.com/2015/01/28/trend-update-iran-elam-and-israel-january-2015/

https://paulthepoke.com/2015/08/12/trend-update-russia-magogisrael-ezekiel-38-39-august-2015/

In sports, it is hard to win on the road. Iran would be the road team. Israel is the home team. Israel is coached by God. Israel is heavily favored and has the home field advantage. Lay the points and go big on the home team coached by God.

Trend Update: Russia (Magog)/Israel, Ezekiel 38-39, August 2015

Posted in Ezekiel 38-39, Persia/Elam/Iran, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 12, 2015 by paulthepoke

Ezekiel 38:2 “Son of man, set your face toward Gog of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him…”

Magog was a son of Japheth. Genesis 10:2 The sons of Japheth were Gomer and Magog and Madai and Javan and Tubal and Meshech and Tiras. Japheth was the son of Noah. The sons of Japheth were born after the flood (Genesis 10:1).

The Bible and ancient historians point to the fact the land of Magog is modern day Russia. See attached post.

https://paulthepoke.com/2015/01/07/trend-update-russia-magogisrael-ezekiel-38-39-january-2015/

Ezekiel 38:5 Persia, Ethiopia and Put with them, all of them with shield and helmet…

Russia will be joined by several countries with their future invasion of Israel (Ezekiel 38-39). Chief among those countries is Persia. This is modern day Iran. The country was known as Persia until the name change in the 20th century.

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The Hebrew name for Persia is Parac. Per Strong’s Concordance, it is defined as the following: pure or splendid.

The empire Persia; encompassed the territory from India on the east to Egypt and Thrace on the west, and included, besides portions of Europe and Africa, the whole of western Asia between the Black Sea, the Caucasus, the Caspian and the Jaxartes on the north, the Arabian desert, the Persian Gulf and the Indian Ocean on the south.

Persia proper was bounded on the west by Susiana or Elam, on the north by Media, on the south by the Persian Gulf and on the east by Carmania.

Biblical Persia and Elam make up modern day (August 2015) Iran.

https://paulthepoke.com/2015/01/28/trend-update-iran-elam-and-israel-january-2015/

This ancient prophecy from 2,500 years ago appears to be trending into shape. With the recent nuclear deal between Iran and the United Nations, things are happening quickly.

Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani recently (August 2015) took a trip to Moscow to visit with senior Russian leaders including Vladimir Putin. General Soleimani was in violation of UN sanctions prohibiting him from leaving Iran. It appears military arms shipments from Russia to Iran were discussed.

http://nypost.com/2015/08/06/irans-terrorist-general-violated-un-travel-ban-with-visit-to-russia/

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/08/08/iran-confirms-trip-by-quds-force-commander-to-moscow-to-discuss-arms-shipments/

Also in August 2015, two Russian war ships docked in an Iranian port to prepare for war training. Russia and Iran have begun construction on multiple nuclear power plants. Iran has also purchased advanced missile defense systems.

“The Russian warship visit combined with North Korea scoping out war game sites in Russia suggest a new Axis of Evil is taking shape with Russia the lynchpin between Iran and North Korea,” Michael Rubin, former Pentagon adviser.

http://freebeacon.com/national-security/russian-warships-dock-in-iran-for-war-training/

Genesis 12:3a And I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse…

This still applies.

Isaiah 10:21-23 Jewish and Gentile Remnants

Posted in Isaiah, Prophecy with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 17, 2013 by paulthepoke

Isaiah 10:21 A remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob, to the mighty God.

God always sets aside a group of core believers that is called the remnant. There are examples of the remnant in both the Old and New Testaments. Two examples include 2 Kings 19:31 and Romans 11:4-5. Notice, it is God who achieves and chooses this remnant. There are many examples noted throughout the Bible of God choosing a remnant. The chosen people in this verse is specific and will come from the line of Jacob, nation Israel.

Gibbowr is the Hebrew for “mighty”. It could also be translated strong or brave. Some scholars think this term is Messianic in nature and hints at the return of Christ or their Davidic King (NET Bible).

Isaiah 10:22 For though your people, O Israel, may be like the sand of the sea, only a remnant within them will return; a destruction is determined, overflowing with righteousness.

The positive is there will be a group of people preserved. The negative is the majority will be judiciously removed. There is a reminder of the promise God made to Abraham imbedded in the verse. The promise to Abraham is noted in Genesis 22:17 …indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of their enemies.   See also Genesis 15:5.

In Romans 9:27 the Apostle Paul quotes Isaiah 10:22. The context of the passages in Romans is Israel will not be cast away. A remnant of Israel will be preserved. God is not through with nation Israel. Paul’s message is directed to Gentiles Romans 11:13 But I am speaking to you who are Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle of Gentiles…

It is also a reminder to the gentiles that God is saving a remnant of gentiles as well. Romans 11:5 In the same way then, there has also come to be at the present time a remnant according to God’s gracious choice. Gentiles are a grafted branch in the place of a natural broken branch (Israel) of the olive tree, God’s family (Romans 11). 

Isaiah 10:23 For a complete destruction, one that is decreed, the Lord GOD of hosts will execute in the midst of the whole land.

In Romans 9:28 the Apostle Paul quotes Isaiah 10:23. Judgment will be thorough and swift.

The verses regarding nation Israel were not prophetically fulfilled during the writing of the Apostle Paul and they have not been fulfilled as of November 2013. God has not finished his work with Israel to date. These difficult events are yet to come. A remnant of Israel will be preserved.

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