Friday, February 20, 2009


A tennis qualifier from Israel in a tournament in Dubai was stopped from coming into the country. A tennis match in Sweden featuring a Jew was played in an empty stadium due to fears of rioting from demonstrators. In Turkey, where the Jews and people from other races used to live in harmony is now broken apart as Jews are frequently being harassed. One restaurant even put up a sign saying, "No Jews allowed but dogs welcome!"

Lately, the Turkish government, usually quite friendly to Israel, began to link itself more with Iran. And Iran is always thinking of how to destroy the Jewish nation. Now, with Iran, Syria and Turkey getting closer together, we are coming to a scenario of a prophecy predicted thousands of years ago in Ezekiel that a group of nations would align themselves to fight Israel. Strangely, when Ezekiel prophesied that, there was no nation of Israel, large part of the Jewish people were exiled in Babylon (modern Iraq) and it is unthinkable to have think of Israel being a powerful nation.

(Ezek 38:7-9) "'Get ready; be prepared, you and all the hordes (many nations - see vv 1-6) gathered about you, and take command of them. After many days you will be called to arms. In future years you will invade a land that has recovered from war, whose people were gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate. They had been brought out from the nations, and now all of them live in safety. You and all your troops and the many nations with you will go up, advancing like a storm; you will be like a cloud covering the land.

From these verses we understand that Israel would become a nation again and they would live in safety before the attack.

Jesus said the same thing when He prophesied that Jerusalem would be cornered and attacked.

(Mat 24:7-9) Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains. Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me...

(Luke 21:20) "When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near.

When Jesus spoke during His time, the Romans are the world’s only superpower and Israel/Jerusalem was under their absolute control.

Ezekiel (2,700 years ago) and Jesus (2,000 years ago) were speaking of the end-time war between many nations and Israel. Israel must be a powerful nation to have so many countries declaring war on them. Therefore, the prophecies are not about any other times except for today’s world. With the rise of anti-Jews picking up momentum, and Turkey, Iran (ancient Persia) and Syria ganging up, the race towards that predicted war is fast taking shape. The Bible tells us that a nation from the north would lead the fight (many people think it’s Russia).

As Christians, we must not be anti-Jewish. In fact, we must not be anti-any race. God loves everyone the same. All we do is to reach out to all regardless of race with the gospel of Christ. We cannot stop this future war that is coming but we can stop some from perishing into eternity without God. Time is running out!

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