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Discover the Book - Sept. 10, 2007

  • 2007 Sep 10

Apocalyptic Evangelism—Letting All the Nations Hear at the End of Days

Part 2 continued from September 9th








An event is coming and God has described it in great detail--that will strike the entire Middle East with death, destruction, earthquakes and supernatural events. That event is a Russian-Iranian led military attack on the nation of Israel


If you read Ezekiel 38-39 you will find that God is describing how Russia and Iran form a military alliance with Lebanon, Syria and a group of other Middle East countries; and then set out to destroy Israel in what Ezekiel described as the last days. 


Sit back and think, what fills the news reports these days? This past summer it was how Iran was making the mountains of Lebanon a virtual arsenal of Iranian weapons to be used in attacks against Israel. Now almost every day we hear another detail of how Russia and Iran are working together on everything from advanced missiles to atomic weapon production. 


You need to ask yourself as you look into God's Word …is it just a coincidence? Or are we watching Ezekiel 38-39 unfold before our eyes? Time will tell as God watches over His Word to fulfill it! 



  • Ah-ma-din-ejad: Wipe Israel Off Map—Aljazeera.Net (10/26/05)
  • Wipe Israel "Off The Map" Says Iranian—New York Times (10/27/05)
  • Israel Should Be Wiped Off Map, Says Iran's President—The (U.K.) Guardian (10/27/05) 


Interestingly enough, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad used the same word that God uses in Ezekiel 38 in his speech in April 2006:


“Like it or not, the Zionist regime is heading toward annihilation," Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said at the opening of a conference in support of the Palestinians. "The Zionist regime is a rotten, dried tree that will be eliminated by one storm."[3] 


Ezekiel 38:9 specifically says that God’s enemies will "come like a storm" to destroy Israel, but are destroyed by a supernatural earthquake and firestorm unleashed by God Himself.    





Just a few days after Ahmadinejad's inflammatory remarks about Israel, these headlines appeared around the world:  

  • Iran and Russia in $1 Billion Arms Deal—Aljazeera.Net (12/2/05)
  • Moscow Inks Arms Deal with TehranMoscow Times (12/5/05)
  • Russia Agrees to Sell Missiles to Iran—Associated Press (12/5/05) 


The Lens of Scripture[4]

Russia's enormous military sales to Iran, its sales of nuclear technology to Iran , and the training of more than 1,000 Iranian nuclear scientists—looks so much like chapters 38 and 39 of the Book of Ezekiel. God describes a Gog or a dictator "who would one day take over Russia, form an alliance with Iran and the radical Islamic world, and take up arms against a modern State of Israel." 


Is Ezekiel 38-39 at the end of the seven year Tribulation just before the Millennium? I don’t think so, if you read carefully the text there is quite a long period of time after this attack that doesn’t square with Armageddon and Christ's 2nd coming immediately following. [5] 


Here is one fascinating possibility: if this Russian-Iranian invasion of Israel happens before Armageddon it could happen any day now. And when God stops the Russians and Iranian armies dead in their tracks, the entire world will be amazed—but the world of Islam will be stunned, shaken to the core—and what may be the greatest opening among any people will take place. 


Is this event close at hand? Only God knows. But what is being said in the news is chilling if not prophetic! 


We don’t know when this Iranian-Russian invasion takes place, we just know that God says it will and that it will end in the catastrophic defeat of the armies of Iran and Russia. The results God says will get the attention of the entire world upon the True and Living God we know and serve. 


What lies ahead on the prophetic landscape as far as evangelism and missionary work in the Middle East? The clear word from God is that what will happen in an attack upon Israel will be a powerful message to all the world that the Lord Jesus Christ is the true and living Son of God. 

·      39:21 - “I shall set My glory among the nations; and all the nations will see My judgment”
39:22 – “the house of Israel will know that I am the Lord their God”
39:29 – “I shall have poured out My Spirit on the house of Israel”


Here is one possibility of what may happen— 

These events will not only be a judgment of Israel's enemies in keeping with Genesis 12:1-3, in which God says those who bless Israel He will bless, and those who curse Israel He will curse. The events will also be the beginning of a great spiritual awakening. God will literally and metaphorically shake people out of spiritual apathy and lethargy to realize there is a God in heaven. He will also shake people who are following false religions and turn them to Himself. Moreover, He will shake those who are followers of Christ but not serious about their faith. It should be noted that ours is the first generation in human history in which all the nations on earth will be able to watch the "War of Gog and Magog" unfold because of the emergence of television and satellite technology.[6]


Please go back with me to Revelation 7:9 and see what surrounds this event. In Revelation 8:4 God shows us what leads to all this evangelism—prayer. God asks us to pray, God collects all our prayers, God answers those prayers prayed in step with His Spirit at exactly the right time. 

The single greatest time of evangelism may be just ahead of us, at the darkest hour of Earth’s history—the light of the Gospel shines brightest!  


Would you like to reach the entire Islamic world? You can by prayer! Praying precedes any going. Prayer precedes any impact of the +Gospel. Prayer is what God asks and then go. 


To close this conference I’d like to invite you to respond in two ways. 


Fist, if you will resolve to give yourself to prayer, to filling up your bowl in Heaven by as many prayers prompted by the Spirit of God, then I’d invite you to stand with me tonight with bowed heads and start praying for God’s Kingdom to come and His will be done on earth. 

As you continue to stand and prayerfully wait before the Lord with bowed heads I’d like to invite you to also go. 


If you have never made a public declaration of your willingness to go and do whatever the Lord wants you to do, to be His servant, His missionary all your days—anyone or any age who has felt the Lord’s tug at your heart to go for Him—I would invite you to come right now and declare that willingness to GO by kneeling here on the steps. This for anyone who has never made a public declaration of your willingness to GO. Quietly slip out and come and just kneel why all the rest of us pray for God to touch and move hearts. 


Now if you have already made that choice and have said yes to the Lord would you come and pray for and alongside of these who have come? Just to stand with tem and reaffirm your willingness to go and do whatever God wants you to do. 


Hitler said if a lie is repeated often enough and long enough, it would come to be perceived as truth. One such lie often repeated is “Islam is the fastest growing religion”. 


Despite the fact that Muslims by virtue of being poor and uneducated are much more reproductive than others, Islam as a religion is not growing but dying fast. 


More and more Muslims are discovering that the violence evinced by some of their coreligionists is not an aberration but is inspired by the teachings of the Quran and the examples set by its author. Muslims are becoming disillusioned with Islam. They find out that the mechanistic ritual of praying five times per day, reciting verses that they do not understand and indeed mean nothing, getting up at taxing hours of the morning and abstaining from food and water until the sunset are not means to becoming more spiritual but are instruments to control their mind. These enlightened Muslims no more heed to the fear mongering verses of the Quran that threaten to burn them and roast them in the fires of hell if they dare to think and question the validity of that book. 


Every day thousands of Muslim intellectuals are leaving Islam. They find Islam inconsistent with science, logics, human rights and ethics. Millions of Iranians already have left Islam. The enlightened Muslims of other nationalities are not far behind. This is the beginning of a mass exodus from Islam. It is a movement that is already in motion and nothing can stop it. 


However the exodus from Islam is not reserved to the intellectuals but also the average Muslims are finding that Islam is not the way to God but to ignorance, poverty and wars. They are leaving Islam to embrace other religions especially the Christianity. [7] 




One Arab Christian leader told Franklin Graham that based on his research with churches and ministries throughout the Islamic world, he now believes more than 1.5 million Muslims worldwide have trusted Christ since 9/11. Such numbers are difficult to verify, but the trend is clear. "More Muslims are becoming followers of Jesus Christ today than at any other time in history," a prominent Arab Christian leader told me recently, on the condition that I not mention his name or organization. "It's not something we talk much about openly, but it is very exciting and very important."[8]


Things have actually gotten so bad that recently a noted Islamic scholar was interviewed on the infamous Al Jazeera network. Perhaps it is best to listen to the truth coming from the mouth of the horse. The Internet site published an interview with Ahmad Al Qataani أحمد القطعاني An important Islamic cleric who said: 


“In every hour, 667 Muslims convert to Christianity.

Everyday, 16,000 Muslims convert to Christianity.

Ever year, 6 million Muslims convert to Christianity." [9] 


This sermon will conclude tomorrow September 11th as we look at what is really going on in the world of Islam. 















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