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Discover the Book - June 3, 2010

  • 2010 Jun 03



God's Chosen People: Jerusalem, Armageddon and World War III


The God who recorded the beginning, that no one but Him witnessed in Genesis; is also the God gives us the ending, that no one but Him could have ever written, in Revelation.


Isn't it amazing that God devotes 1/4th or 25% of the Bible to the indivisible union that the world's destiny has with God's Chosen People of Promise, Israel, Jerusalem, and the Jews?

God Keeps His Promises

To Israel Literally


When God makes a promise, He keeps it. We cling to Him keeping His Word, like "I will never leave you nor forsake you", and I will come again for you". As we open to Ezekiel 36 always remember the purpose of prophecy is for God to authenticate His identity. Prophecy is the proof that God is God alone!


God promised to make His chosen people of destiny a source of fear for the whole world when they get back to the Promised Land in unbelief. God declared that in the last days before the Messiah's second coming, Jerusalem would become "a cup of trembling…a burdensome stone for all people" (Zechariah 12:2,3).


Zechariah 12:2-3 "I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. 3 On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves."


We already saw in Ezekiel 36-39 says God will restore Israel in the last days, for the sake of HIS NAME (36:20-21; 39:7, 25).


God goes on to say that He will allow a vast coalition to come against Israel, and describes them over 3,000 years ago in terms that we can understand today. Turn with me to Psalm 83:6-8. These verses have never been fulfilled according to nearly every commentator of all eschatological views. These verses may give us an outline of that next war as a coalition of:


    * Saudi Arabia

    * Jordan

    * Palaestinian

    * Lebanon

    * Iraq/Syria

    * But not Egypt


They will attack Israel and seek to take over Jerusalem.


All Arabs tried in 1948 to stop the rebirth; all tried in 1967 to wipe out Israel; only some joined in 1973; but this time Egypt will sit out most likely because of the Aswan High Dam. The largest military target in the region would send a wall of water down the Nile Valley that would kill millions of Egyptians. So the biggest army bordering Israel sits out, so that leaves the Syria/Iraq alliance.


What happens? It appears from Isaiah 17 that Damascus is melted in a whirlwind (Isaiah 17:17 and Psalm 83:13 both have whirlwinds, the effect of an atomic blast).


He also says in Jeremiah 49 that Damascus burns.


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