I wrote this article on April 11, 2007, and as you know Iran is very near to producing an A-bomb, three times more powerful than the one's dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. However, as I study Ezekiel 38 and 39, it will NOT be used on Israel and probably not the U.S.. WHY? Ezekiel tells us in 38:11 how the Russian leader (Putin?) will think an EVIL THOUGHT......"Why nasty up the atmosphere with radiation, lets kill the Jews and take their WEALTH; gold, silver, oil, gas, minerals from the Dead Sea, etc.." My version.
DISTRESS OF NATIONS
Luke 21:25--26, vs 25b And upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; vs 26 Mens hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming to pass on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken."
I'm so glad were not going to be here during that terrible time, the 7 year Tribulation period. I Thessalonians 5:9 says (of believers) For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation (deliverance) by our Lord Jesus Christ." Revelation 3:10 says, "Because you have kept the word of my patience (been obedient), I also will keep you from the hour of testing (the 7 year Tribulation period), which shall come upon ALL the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth."
Since God cannot lie, we have this wonderful assurance that we will no longer be dwelling upon the earth and will not be subject to this terrible time of testing. Did you notice HOW this salvation will come? "by our Lord Jesus Christ." I Thessalonians 4:16-17 says, "For the Lord (Jesus Christ) Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and the trump of God, and the dead in Christ shall rise first, and then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so shall we ever be with the Lord."
I Corinthians 15:51-53 further elaborates on this earthshaking event. "Behold I show you a mystery (something not previously revealed), we shall not all sleep (in death), but we shall all be changed. vs 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye (instantaneously), at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible (sinless), and we (those who are alive at His coming) shall be changed. vs 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption (in order to be fit for Heaven, "for nothing shall enter therein that shall make a lie") and this mortal must put on immortality (everlasting life).
ON EARTH, DISTRESS OF NATIONS
Although this speaks of a future time, toward the end of the Tribulation, you can see it in its infant stages right now. In my new NEWSMAX magazine an article says "IRAN PUSHES NUCLEAR CONTROVERSY TO NEW LEVEL." I will do my best to distill the story for you. "Even as Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte was telling a congressional panel recently that Irans nuclear program was "a reason for immediate concern," the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna circulated an internal report that referred to evidence that Iran was pursuing a "nuclear weapons" program.
Further information in the article that Iran broke their "Safegurds agreement" signed in 1970 under the Non-proliferation Treaty, not to pursue the development and production of atomic (nuclear) weapons. The article also tells how they obtained the information necessary to develop and build an atomic bomb, they obtained it on the nuclear blackmarket network of Pakistani scientist A. Q. Khan, a complete how to course for for casting and machining hemispheres of enriched uranim. Documents were also discovered by the IAEA inspectors that Iran planned a "military purpose" for this program.
If Iran was a peaceful nation, there would be no problem. But she is a fundamentalist, Islamic nation and as such she is dedicated to the teachings of the Koran. Islam is a supremacist religion that teaches her disciples " to kill all infidels (those who will not "convert" to Islam at the point of a gun until the whole world is subjugated to Islam." Iran has the U.S.A. squarely in its sights. We are the GREAT SATAN because of our friendship with Israel. The Islamic mosques in our great cities are hotbeds of Islamic teaching. Islam is not a "peaceful" religion as some would have us believe. Just look at what happened in Afghanistan when one man proclaimed himself a Christian. The Afghans wanted to kill him and rioted to put him to death. Thats Sharia (Islamic) law.
It does not countenance any other religious belief. So the new governments in Afghanistan and Iraq will not be truly democratic, people will not be free at all and Islam will continue to be our implacable foe.
Remember how the Pharoah of Egypt opposed Moses leading the Children of Israel out of Egypt and to the promised land of Caanan. God sent 10 plagues upon Egypt. In the last one, all of the male babies in every household of the Egyptians died because the Egyptians didn't sprinkle the blood on the doorposts and the mantel to protect their household from the death angel. There was such a cry throughout the land of Egypt that the Egyptians urged the Children of Israel to go, plus they loaded them down with gold, silver and precious stones and Pharoah himself urged them to leave. After they left and were camped by the Red Sea, all of a sudden Pharoah was seized with regret and pursued them with his army to capture and take them back to Egypt. However God caused the waters of the Red Sea to part so His people could cross over on dry land. After Israel had passed over, Pharoah and his army followed and the Lord told Moses to stretch out his hand and "the waters returned to their strength, Pharoah and all his host drowned and there remained not so much as one of them (alive).
Thats where Islam and Russia are at today at today and Ezekiel 38 & 39 will soon be fulfilled. The Bible says, "Without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin. Jesus Christ (the lamb of God) shed his blood for your sins and mine. The old hymn asks the question, "Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?" If you want remission of all your sins, you must be washed (Your conscience must be cleansed) in the precious blood of Jesus. You can experience that cleansing by acknowledging your own sinfulness and by asking Jesus Christ to cleanse you of your sin. Romans 10:13 says, "Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Won't you call on Him today?