A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

TL COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART (21)

The Lord’s Great Victory Over the Nations

38 The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of[a] Meshek and Tubal; prophesy against him and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against you, Gog, chief prince of[b] Meshek and Tubal. I will turn you around, put hooks in your jaws and bring you out with your whole army—your horses, your horsemen fully armed, and a great horde with large and small shields, all of them brandishing their swords. Persia, Cush[c] and Put will be with them, all with shields and helmets, also Gomer with all its troops, and Beth Togarmah from the far north with all its troops—the many nations with you.

“‘Get ready; be prepared, you and all the hordes 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.

10 “‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: On that day thoughts will come into your mind and you will devise an evil scheme. 11 You will say, “I will invade a land of unwalled villages; I will attack a peaceful and unsuspecting people—all of them living without walls and without gates and bars. 12 I will plunder and loot and turn my hand against the resettled ruins and the people gathered from the nations, rich in livestock and goods, living at the center of the land.[d] 13 Sheba and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish and all her villages[e] will say to you, “Have you come to plunder? Have you gathered your hordes to loot, to carry off silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods and to seize much plunder?”’

14 “Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say to Gog: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: In that day, when my people Israel are living in safety, will you not take notice of it? 15 You will come from your place in the far north, you and many nations with you, all of them riding on horses, a great horde, a mighty army. 16 You will advance against my people Israel like a cloud that covers the land. In days to come, Gog, I will bring you against my land, so that the nations may know me when I am proved holy through you before their eyes.

17 “‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: You are the one I spoke of in former days by my servants the prophets of Israel. At that time they prophesied for years that I would bring you against them. 18 This is what will happen in that day: When Gog attacks the land of Israel, my hot anger will be aroused, declares the Sovereign Lord. 19 In my zeal and fiery wrath I declare that at that time there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel. 20 The fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the beasts of the field, every creature that moves along the ground, and all the people on the face of the earth will tremble at my presence. The mountains will be overturned, the cliffs will crumble and every wall will fall to the ground. 21 I will summon a sword against Gog on all my mountains, declares the Sovereign Lord. Every man’s sword will be against his brother. 22 I will execute judgment on him with plague and bloodshed; I will pour down torrents of rain, hailstones and burning sulfur on him and on his troops and on the many nations with him. 23 And so I will show my greatness and my holiness, and I will make myself known in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am the Lord.’

39 “Son of man, prophesy against Gog and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against you, Gog, chief prince of[f] Meshek and Tubal. I will turn you around and drag you along. I will bring you from the far north and send you against the mountains of Israel. Then I will strike your bow from your left hand and make your arrows drop from your right hand. On the mountains of Israel you will fall, you and all your troops and the nations with you. I will give you as food to all kinds of carrion birds and to the wild animals. You will fall in the open field, for I have spoken, declares the Sovereign Lord. I will send fire on Magog and on those who live in safety in the coastlands, and they will know that I am the Lord.

“‘I will make known my holy name among my people Israel. I will no longer let my holy name be profaned, and the nations will know that I the Lord am the Holy One in Israel. It is coming! It will surely take place, declares the Sovereign Lord. This is the day I have spoken of.

“‘Then those who live in the towns of Israel will go out and use the weapons for fuel and burn them up—the small and large shields, the bows and arrows, the war clubs and spears. For seven years they will use them for fuel. 10 They will not need to gather wood from the fields or cut it from the forests, because they will use the weapons for fuel. And they will plunder those who plundered them and loot those who looted them, declares the Sovereign Lord.

11 “‘On that day I will give Gog a burial place in Israel, in the valley of those who travel east of the Sea. It will block the way of travelers, because Gog and all his hordes will be buried there. So it will be called the Valley of Hamon Gog.[g]

12 “‘For seven months the Israelites will be burying them in order to cleanse the land. 13 All the people of the land will bury them, and the day I display my glory will be a memorable day for them, declares the Sovereign Lord. 14 People will be continually employed in cleansing the land. They will spread out across the land and, along with others, they will bury any bodies that are lying on the ground.

“‘After the seven months they will carry out a more detailed search. 15 As they go through the land, anyone who sees a human bone will leave a marker beside it until the gravediggers bury it in the Valley of Hamon Gog, 16 near a town called Hamonah.[h] And so they will cleanse the land.’

17 “Son of man, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: Call out to every kind of bird and all the wild animals: ‘Assemble and come together from all around to the sacrifice I am preparing for you, the great sacrifice on the mountains of Israel. There you will eat flesh and drink blood. 18 You will eat the flesh of mighty men and drink the blood of the princes of the earth as if they were rams and lambs, goats and bulls—all of them fattened animals from Bashan. 19 At the sacrifice I am preparing for you, you will eat fat till you are glutted and drink blood till you are drunk. 20 At my table you will eat your fill of horses and riders, mighty men and soldiers of every kind,’ declares the Sovereign Lord.

21 “I will display my glory among the nations, and all the nations will see the punishment I inflict and the hand I lay on them. 22 From that day forward the people of Israel will know that I am the Lord their God. 23 And the nations will know that the people of Israel went into exile for their sin, because they were unfaithful to me. So I hid my face from them and handed them over to their enemies, and they all fell by the sword. 24 I dealt with them according to their uncleanness and their offenses, and I hid my face from them.

25 “Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will now restore the fortunes of Jacob[i] and will have compassion on all the people of Israel, and I will be zealous for my holy name. 26 They will forget their shame and all the unfaithfulness they showed toward me when they lived in safety in their land with no one to make them afraid. 27 When I have brought them back from the nations and have gathered them from the countries of their enemies, I will be proved holy through them in the sight of many nations. 28 Then they will know that I am the Lord their God, for though I sent them into exile among the nations, I will gather them to their own land, not leaving any behind. 29 I will no longer hide my face from them, for I will pour out my Spirit on the people of Israel, declares the Sovereign Lord.”  – Ezekiel 38 & 39

Some denominations focus on prophecy more than others.  In our little Southern Baptist church, we didn’t do many studies about future events or prophecy.  I’ve been in some churches that only talk about prophecy.  Each one is different and I’m not saying one is better than the other.  I enjoy studying prophecy under someone with real knowledge on the subject because I want to be wise and watch for signs of the times.

One of the few things that stuck in my head from a prophecy Bible study I was a part of several years ago was a verse that declared that the BEAR would come down from the NORTH.  I know enough to know that the bear refers to Russia and Israel is located directly south of Russia.  The hook in the jaw is like a bridle on a horse.  God’s going to be in control of what happens and when.  He will literally guide it as a bridle on a horse.

I understand why people just shrug their shoulders and say it’s all just too complicated to follow – but we need to try to understand prophecy because we need to see the pieces fall together as God says they will – every time I see a new piece fit into place, my faith gets stronger, doesn’t yours???  It’s like WOW – this is really going to happen!  If we stay true to the very end…  we shall be with the LORD…  FOREVER!  Amen!!!

It’s my prayer that as you read this Scripture, you will visualize all of these countries and get an idea of how things will happen – and also that it will take some of the fear from your heart – I especially like the part about how GOD IS IN CONTROL of all of it.  I really REALLY like that part.

gog_magog_warPart of the confusion stems from the fact that the names of these countries has changed from the time the passage was written.  I found this map that helps clarify that just a bit.

Is it just me, or are we hearing about Russia and Putin more now than ever in the news?  It seemed like we didn’t hear much about them for the longest time, but suddenly it’s all about them.  And China – good land of the livin’, that’s Trump’s broken record, and for good reason.  Will these two form an alliance against the tiny but blessed nation of Israel?  I’m not a prophet, but it sure seems to me that the stage is set for a Russian invasion of Israel.  I’ve even heard some say that Putin could very well be the anti-Christ.  I’m just reporting what I hear preached.

Our next President needs to know why it’s important to back Israel…  jus’ sayin’…

Statistically speaking – 1/3 die in nuclear fire and earthquakes… then 1/3 die of pestilence and famine and the Christian hunt… which means beheadings by sword.  Then the Lord comes back to take His own home with Him at the last trumpet.

I'LL BE ON JESUS' SIDE

TIME IS SHORT…  JESUS IS COMING FOR HIS OWN VERY SOON!!!  🙂

 

EASTER

TL 3-27 EASTER

Tomb, thou shalt not hold Him longer;
Death is strong, but Life is stronger;
Stronger than the dark, the light;
Stronger than the wrong, the right…
– Phillips Brooks, “An Easter Carol”

JOY

HALLELUJAH!!!  Herein lies the HOPE of every Christian on earth!  Jesus was raised from the dead by God and now sits at His right hand.  When He ascended into Heaven, He left His precious Holy Spirit to help us navigate this tricky life.  That’s the GOOD NEWS of Christianity – but guess what?  The news gets better…  that same Jesus that died for our sins, was buried and raised by God the Father will one day soon be told to come back to earth to snatch His own so we can live eternally in Heaven with Him!

What a surprise we got today when we found EASTER SNOW on the ground.  I had to write a new poem!

A LOVELY EASTER SNOWAnd here’s an old poem about the cutest little Easter bonnet ever!  EASTER BONNET

There is not one negative fact for me to report, therefore, I have no reason to be anything but positive!  God is love…  God sent Christ to be love incarnate…  Christ willingly gave His very life because He loves us… God raised Christ from the grave and He LIVES!!!  That same Jesus IS coming from the eastern sky one day soon to take us home forever.  So, make an Easter bonnet from a paper plate, a strand of ribbon and assorted baubles.  Apply a bit of lipstick and blush (coordinating colors with your Sunday best, of course) – and BE JOYOUS!  The outward appearance is not the most important part – but the JOY of the LORD flowing from within is essential.  😉EGGS OF LIFEI asked a pastor once what the difference is between happiness and joy.  He said that happiness is dependent on external conditions or situations and joy is not.  For example, if it’s payday and the sun is shining and I haven’t had problems with my co-workers, I could very well be happy, but not necessarily filled with joy.  A deeper, more meaningful and constant state of mind and spirit is joy – the JOY of the LORD from God’s Holy Spirit, to be precise.  Whether skies are sunny or stormy, this deep settled peace and joy from Him keep me floating on faith.  Sails of grace, mercy, love and hope on God’s vessel are enough.  Just enough.  That knowledge makes me joyful.

The joyful news that He is risen does not change the contemporary world.  Still before us lie work, discipline, sacrifice.  But the fact of Easter gives us the spiritual power to do the work, accept the discipline, and make the sacrifice.   – Henry Knox Sherrill

Spiritual power…  indeed.  Let’s take that power from God with us into the world.  HALLELUJAH!!!  🙂

 

 

MATTHEW 10:7 ON 10/7

 TL MATTHEW 10 7 ON 10 7

As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’  – Matthew 10:7

It’s our message every day.  It’s what we say!  Have you ever thought about it… ???  Every day we are closer to the time when Jesus will come back to earth and snatch His own from here and take us home!  If you consciously remind yourself of that truth every morning, you will be more likely to proclaim it to others.

WE ARE ONE DAY CLOSER

There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.  –  Acts 4:12

I was reminded recently that not everyone is ready for the second coming of Christ.  Every soul is not going to be in the ark of safety when God tells His Son, Jesus to come to earth and gather His own.  For them it will not be a happy time.  We need to pray that everyone – loved ones, acquaintances, strangers and yes, even enemies – are given another opportunity to accept the matchless gift that only Christ can give.  He suffered and died on Calvary – it’s the only sacrifice necessary – and acceptable to the Father.  If you will believe – you will receive eternal life in heaven.  You may think you’re too far gone – but no, you are not.

If you truly love your fellow-man, you must warn him of the danger of losing eternal life. Tell everyone you can reach the glorious story of Jesus, that they may be saved in time. The world is full of people who need salvation. It is our job to find them and deliver the message.  – Corrie Ten Boom

You don’t have to fix yourself before you bow before Jesus.  Come just as you are – and let Him fix you.  Some other well-meaning Christian folk may try to help – but just keep leaning on Christ and listen to His voice.  He will lead you in the way you should go.  When He fixes you, it’s forever and it’s done right the first time.

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People in our busy world often argue that we have said that Christ is returning for His own for many years now and it hasn’t happened yet.  He wants everyone to accept Him and He is waiting so that no one would be denied the opportunity.  But the Bible tells us that He will come again in the twinkling of an eye – it will be super fast and you won’t have time to ask Him into your heart and life when it happens.  I used to think a twinkling was the same thing as a blink – but no – a twinkling is much, much faster!  I hope you will accept Christ into your heart and life today.  🙂

 

INDEPENDENCE DAY IN THE BAHAMAS

TL 7-10 INDEPENDENCE DAY IN THE BAHAMAS

ROGER WILCO

As tempting as it would be to go to the Bahamas and help them celebrate their independence, there is another trip that sounds even better to me.  It’s a trip that will be the ultimate independence for me and millions of Christians all over the world.

It’s known in Christian circles as the rapture. Interesting word, since it is not referenced in the Bible. Nonetheless, it will happen – so whatever you want to call it – Jesus Christ will come back to earth for His own! We hold on to this hope. We watch the signs come to pass and we know every day we are closer than we were. I’m not an expert on prophecy, but I know enough to know that everything is coming together and we will be snatched from this earth soon.

The first time Jesus came to earth, it was as a tiny baby. When He comes again it will be as King of kings and Lord of Lords! So many people have told me they think they will have enough time to pray a quick prayer and be included in the rapture – but that’s not true. The Scripture tells us that we will be taken in the twinkling of an eye – that’s less time than a blink! It’s definitely a “be there or be square” kind of situation!

I write this blog for two reasons. First, I want to serve as an encouragement to my brothers and sisters in Christ. Second, I want those who do not know Christ as their personal Savior to consider becoming a Christian so that they can be a part of this wonderful rapture of the church!

For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words. – 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18

I pray you will seriously consider Christ today.