Great Mideast Crisis
According to Holy Scripture the Arab Nations around Israel will attack Israel and God will ultimately come to Israel’s defense. This prophecy is stated in Zechariah 12. There has never been a fulfillment of this portion of Scripture and the events in the Middle East appear to be setting the stage for this great event. Below are first five verses of Zechariah 12 but you should read Zechariah chapters 12-14.
1 The burden of the word of the Lord for Israel, saith the Lord, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.
2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.
3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.
4 In that day, saith the Lord, I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness: and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the people with blindness. 5 And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, The inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be my strength in the Lord of hosts their God. Zech 12:1-5 (KJV)
Yes, God will come to the aid of National Israel. This apparently will be related to the end-time prophecies of the Seven years of Daniel’s Seventieth Week (Daniel 9:27).
This event may be the match that ignites the final fire of the World. According to God’s Word Israel is the center of the World. Israel while still in a state of unbelief regarding her Messiah, Jesus, will be delivered by the true God of Israel.
For your benefit read all of Zechariah 12, 13, and 14. All these chapters have a prophetic message. Part refer to the first coming of Jesus Christ, but most refer to his second coming and his rescue of national Israel.
Notice carefully Zechariah 14.
2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. 3 Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.
4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. Zechariah 14:2-4 (KJV)
Notice verse 4 which clearly refers to Jesus’ return to Mount Olives from which he initially ascended to Heaven. Acts 1:11 clearly states that he will return to the same place.
9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. 10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; 11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. Acts 1:9-11 (KJV)
Our World is in rebellion against God. And God’s chosen people, Israel is their target of anger against God. Why does Satan attack mankind? Satan hates God and since he cannot attack God directly he attack man who is made in the Image of God.
We are not sure when the campaign of Armageddon will begin but this attack by the Arab nations may be the event that sets off all other World events of destruction.
12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. 13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. 15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. 16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon. Rev 16:12-16 (KJV)
The kings of the east are thought by most biblical scholars to be China and possibly Japan. As you will note from the context, this gathering against Israel will be demonic inspired and directed by Satan.
The Campaign of Armageddon is the final act of Satan in his war against God. Satan will gather all his forces to the Mideast for a final battle. The reason I use the word “campaign” is because I was informed that this event would be a series of battles, not just one.
What can we do in regard to this issue. The Apostle John states what we can do, live holy and dedicated lives. 15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
Will God protect us? The answer is “yes” and “no”. God has already protected us in that He has given us eternal life forever. Will He keep us from death? Maybe! But under most circumstances we are all going to ultimately die a physical death. Will we be raptured? This is a question that has been vigorous debate in the Christian community. The concept of a pre-tribulational rapture has only been taught in Christendom since approximately 1830. The Early Church Fathers knew nothing of a Pre-Tribulation rapture. All of the Rapture viewpoints hold that God will not send His children through His wrath. However, the real question is, “When will the wrath of God begin?” For years I failed to understand that God had given the basic timing of this event. For years I had overlooked the passage without recognizing its importance. I had studied the book of Revelation for years and yet my eyes were not open.
It is my judgment that Revelation 6:16,17 clearly states when God’s wrath begins:
16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: 17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? Rev 6:16-17 (KJV)
This event is recorded at end the Sixth Seal. Therefore, I believe that the wrath of God is contained in the Seventh Seal. The Seventh Seal contain the Seven Trumpets of God’s wrath, and the Seven Bowls (vials) come out of the Seventh Trumpet. So all of God’s wrath is in the Seventh Seal. As I have previously speculated If the seven seals are somewhat parallel with the seven years of Daniel’s Seventieth Week, then the Seventh Seal with be somewhere near the end of Daniel’s Seventieth Week.
Thus I believe that God’s wrath will be poured out during the last part of Daniel’s Seventieth Week. All of the wrath and destruction prior to this time is the wrath of man, the Anti-Christ, and Satan. The children of God will probably be raptured immediately prior to the opening of the Seventh Seal of God’s wrath. The rapture of believers if probably like two sides of one coin: 1) side one will be the rapture of believers, and 2) side two will be the wrath of God of the Seventh Seal.
But remember things may hurt us, but nothing can harm us because God is in us, with us, and for us.
5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 6 So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” Heb 13:5-6 (NKJV)
So you are killed or die, that will just take you into the immediate presence of God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. Phil 1:21 (KJV)
8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. 2 Cor 5:8 (KJV)
May God bless your today and forever!
Rev. Thomas L. Clark – Phil. 3:14