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Turkey: New Law Requires Islamic Prayer Rooms In All Shopping Malls, Movie Theaters, And Other Public Spaces


That useful model for new Arab regimes is at it again. At this rate, they’ll begin demanding Islamic prayer rooms for the few Churches remaining in Turkey …

By Robert Spencer – “And the self-described ‘liberal Muslim’ Mustafa Akyol is just fine with these new developments, which once again manifest Turkey’s discarding of secularism and gallop toward Sharia. Akyol praises ‘the rightful focus of Erdoğan and other conservatives on matters of religious freedom.’ (Apparently Akyol, like the mainstream media, would term pro-Sharia forces to be ‘conservative,’ while simultaneously labeling those who oppose Sharia as also ‘conservative.’)

Akyol has revealed his true colors before, notably when he declared his support for the jihad flotilla that Turkey sent against Israel. The Turkish columnist Burak Bekdil has characterized the ‘liberal’ Akyol as a pro-Sharia, pro-Erdogan Islamic supremacist. But undoubtedly a sly one. Bekdil says that Akyol is working to further ‘Islamists’ global ambition to play the modern day, Muslim Trojan Horse at the gates of western civilization.’

Consistent with that, Akyol here says that an Islamic Turkey is coming and that Turkish secularism cannot be salvaged, but that Israelis shouldn’t be concerned: as long as they stop defending themselves against the Gaza jihadists and jihad flotillas, all will be well.

It would be refreshing if the many, many Americans who were taken in a few years back by Akyol’s ‘moderate’ act would reconsider now. But I am not holding my breath.” Source – Jihad Watch.

Flashback: Turkey: From Churches to Mosques, See What Happens When a Secular State is Taken Over by Islamists – “A story in today’s International Herald Tribune (read here on the New York Times website) provides an interesting insight into exactly what happens when a secular state is taken over by Islamists. The piece concerned the Hagia Sophia of Iznik, an ancient church that brought 40,000 tourists to the town south of Istanbul much to the delight of the locals. Iznik was once known as Nicaea, and it was there the first Ecumenical Council of the Christian Church met at the Hagia Sophia in the year 325. But the Islamist government of Turkey has put a damper on the prosperity of those who profited from the museum by formally converting the building into a mosque.” Read more.

Flashback: Turkey, Key US Ally, Added to List of Worst Religious Freedom Offenders – “Yes, you’ve read that right. The country that has become ‘a useful model for new Arab regimes’ has now been added to the list of worst religious freedom offenders in the world. Alongside Egypt who now vows to one day kill all Jews, this is a nation that the Obama Administration is now actively arming, a nation that now makes verbal attacks against Israel ‘a central feature’ of its political discourse. Welcome to the ‘new’ face of ‘moderate Islam’ …” Read more.

  1. iamnotashamedofthegospelofchrist
    06/11/2012 at 9:10 AM

    Ok, I’ve been reading and hearing alot about the revival of the Ottoman empire, and how this fits into prophecy. I’ve also heard lately that some in the (I believe it’s the muslim brotherhood) islamic circles is saying that Jerusalem will be the capitol of Egypt, and the center of Islam. It seems they are becoming more vocal about this. I just read from The Daily Jot how the islamic caliphate is taking shape. He lists 8 countries that have fallen to sharia. Could it be that this is the 10 nation confederacy that hands over power to the Anti-Christ?

    • JJJHS
      06/11/2012 at 5:31 PM

      @iamnot, if Egypt took control over Jerusalem, it would not be by themselves (IMO). BUT! it would be strange and would totally place an added meaning on “…….Sodom and Egypt, where our LORD was crucified”.

      your thoughts?

      • iamnotashamedofthegospelofchrist
        06/11/2012 at 6:02 PM

        Exactly, I struggled with that verse for 2 years, and finally had to put it away to wait and see. But now, it seems that the pieces are fitting very easy. That one stumped me, but I have to rethink it now. Anyone else have any thoughts?

        • iamnotashamedofthegospelofchrist
          06/11/2012 at 6:21 PM

          I have another thought in regards to Revelation 11:8. If Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood and the PA form an alliance like they were trying to do last year, that would be crystal clear. Where else would they celebrate the death of 2 witnesses for God!? I remember reading where in Gaza they were handing out treats to celebrate the deaths of Jews.

  2. 06/11/2012 at 12:02 PM

    Will Israel fall to the caliphate in prophecy?

  3. ICA
    06/11/2012 at 12:43 PM

    iamnotashamed – “Could it be that this is the 10 nation confederacy that hands over power to the Anti-Christ?”

    Some, if not all, will definitely be part of the 10 nation coalition. I’d also include Turkey and Iran.

    Columnist, “Will Israel fall to the caliphate in prophecy?”

    It will almost seem that Israel will fall to the Caliphate/Neo-Ottoman Caliphate, but before she does the Messiah will deliver her.

    • JJJHS
      06/11/2012 at 5:38 PM

      According to Joel (R not the prophet), Turkey must play the central part in this anti-christ collusion. Too ICA, do you believe what Rabbi Keduri said before he died? He was one said to have met the Messiah before he died in a few visions/dreams. He gave the name of Jesus in acronym form of a verse but this note/verse was not to be opened until a year after he died. Keduri said that Jesus would soon come after A. Sharon died.

  4. Willard
    06/11/2012 at 1:10 PM

    ICA – I fully agree and I would also add Afghanistan and Pakistan and you than have the ancient empire of Alexander Greece and his four generals the North and the South including the Islamic Balkans also ruled by one of his generals.

    http://gaialab.asu.edu/DAAHL/GML.php

  5. iamnotashamedofthegospelofchrist
    06/11/2012 at 3:42 PM

    Thank you! I’ve been trying to put the pieces together for a couple of years, and finally all the pieces are beginning to come together. Thank you again. Continuing my prayers for knowledge, wisdom and guidance for all.

  6. FX
    06/13/2012 at 12:12 PM

    Bonjour ICA !

    It will almost seem that Israel will fall to the Caliphate/Neo-Ottoman Caliphate, but before she does the Messiah will deliver her

    Isn’t the antichrist supposed to reign for 3,5 years in Jerusalem before he is destroyed by the Messiah?

    Daniel 11:41 says: “He will also invade the Beautiful Land”.

    Zechariah 14:2: “I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to fight against it; the city will be captured, the houses ransacked, and the women raped. Half of the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city”.

    Revelation 11:1-2:”I was given a reed like a measuring rod and was told, “Go and measure the temple of God and the altar, and count the worshipers there. But exclude the outer court; do not measure it, because it has been given to the Gentiles. They will trample on the holy city for 42 months”.

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

    Thanks for your insights!

    Blessings,

    FX

  7. ICA
    06/13/2012 at 12:44 PM

    FX, “Isn’t the antichrist supposed to reign for 3,5 years in Jerusalem before he is destroyed by the Messiah?”

    This is how I currently view it as well — 3.5 prophetic years (1260 days / 42 months / time, times and the dividing of time). We’ll have to see if we’re wrong in that interpretation as far as the time frame is concerned.

    For Revelation 11, however, I view John’s description of the temple not as one made of stone, but rather in terms of how the Temple is now defined for us in the New Testament. In John 14:1-3, Jesus said that in His Father’s house were many mansions or rooms. When we look at the word translated as mansions or rooms (monē) in John 14:2 we can see that it means, simply enough, “a staying, abiding, dwelling, abode; to make an (one’s) abode; metaph. of God the Holy Spirit indwelling believers”. The body of believers (all of us) are being built together into a spiritual Temple:

    1 Peter 2:5, “And now God is building you, as living stones, into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are God’s holy priests, who offer the spiritual sacrifices that please him because of Jesus Christ.” (NLT)

    The Temple, as in any building, is a collection of individual rooms built together as one single structure. As believers in Christ we are ourselves a dwelling place individually according to 1 Corinthians 6:19, and individually we are the many rooms within the Father’s house who are being built together to form His Temple. The Temple of Revelation 11 is a perfect description of one that is not made of stone, but one that is made of living stones — His people.

    The “outer court”, however, is not part of the temple proper and is not measured because it is given over to those who trample upon the “holy city” for 42 months. In Rev. 21:2 we read, “And I John saw the holy city … prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” The “Holy City” is the Ekklesia, and the “holy city” being trampled for 42 months may in fact be referring to the people of God.

    2 Thess 2:3-4,8 says, “Don’t be fooled by what they say. For that day [the day of the Lord] will not come until there is a great rebellion against God and the man of lawlessness is revealed — the one who brings destruction … He will position himself ["eis" -- in, toward, against] — the temple of God, claiming that he himself is God … And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming.”

    1 Cor 3:17, “If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.”

  8. FX
    06/13/2012 at 1:31 PM

    Interesting insights, thanks!

    Let’s see the time frame…Talking about timing, did you see this video (I posted in another thread): http://119ministries.com/daniel-unsealed

    What is revealed here is very interesting…I guess we’ll have to wait and see what happens next, this year (which could well be pivotal) and early next year.

    Blessings,

    FX

  9. 06/13/2012 at 3:04 PM

    Very interesting. But the most important thing is that you are saved.

  10. 06/13/2012 at 3:43 PM

    ICA :
    FX, “Isn’t the antichrist supposed to reign for 3,5 years in Jerusalem before he is destroyed by the Messiah?”

    This is how I currently view it as well — 3.5 prophetic years (1260 days / 42 months / time, times and the dividing of time). We’ll have to see if we’re wrong in that interpretation as far as the time frame is concerned.

    For Revelation 11, however, I view John’s description of the temple not as one made of stone, but rather in terms of how the Temple is now defined for us in the New Testament…

    So to answer FX’s question and be unambiguous, your point is (I think) that the 3.5 years is against the spiritual temple made up of believers within the Beast’s domain, and though Dan 11 says “He will also enter the Beautiful Land, and many countries will fall… He will pitch the tents of his royal pavilion between the seas and the beautiful Holy Mountain; yet he will come to his end, and no one will help him.” and that Zech says “I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to fight against it; the city will be captured, the houses ransacked, and the women raped. Half of the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city”, this is likely a relatively short period of time at the end of the 3.5 years?

    If this is true, how are we to interpret Ez 38:14-15, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “On that day when My people Israel are living securely, will you not know it? 15 You will come from your place out of the remote parts of the north, you and many peoples with you…”, i.e., Gog invades Israel?

    And then:

    Ez 39:25-28, Therefore thus says the Lord God, “Now I will restore the fortunes of Jacob and have mercy on the whole house of Israel; and I will be jealous for My holy name. 26 They will forget their disgrace and all their treachery which they perpetrated against Me, when they live securely on their own land with no one to make them afraid. 27 When I bring them back from the peoples and gather them from the lands of their enemies, then I shall be sanctified through them in the sight of the many nations. 28 Then they will know that I am the Lord their God because I made them go into exile among the nations, and then gathered them again to their own land; and I will leave none of them there any longer.

    Which though out of order with the events of Ez 38-39 seems to take place between the time of Gog’s invasion in Ez 38:11 and his destruction in Ez 38:18, the point being, it seems some time is implied to empty Israel of Jews and send them back among “the nations”? (Let’s say, 3 months minimum, for starters).

    So I guess I would like to hear your overall thoughts on the notion that the Gog & Magog war (assuming as I do, you do and J. Richardson does, is one and the same as Armageddon and the Psm 83 war [if it exists]) results in Israel being emptied of Jews (for the most part) prior to Jesus returning to destroy Gog and free Jerusalem? Do you subscribe to this view and if not, why not?

    BTW, I watched the latest Stakelbeck episode with Koenig and Salus and although interesting overall, it was a bit humorous to me to see their somewhat different takes on how it ends (not unlike us here!) but trying to play nice in front of the cameras. Especially Salus — though they never got to “Armageddon”, we know that he sees 3 different wars: Psm 83, Gog & Magog (not Antichrist) and then Armageddon.

  11. ICA
    06/13/2012 at 6:00 PM

    Kurt J., “So to answer FX’s question and be unambiguous, your point is (I think) that the 3.5 years is against the spiritual temple made up of believers within the Beast’s domain”

    I see both — an all out “war” against physical Israel in accordance to the prophecies of Daniel, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Zechariah and others, and during this time a parallel all out war against spiritual Israel whom we have been grafted into (one could argue that it has already begun), a war that is waged in particular throughout the Beast’s kingdom – the Muslim world – against those who hold fast to the faith of Jesus, and not the faith of the man Mohammed. In the end, however, “all Israel will be saved, as it is written: ‘The Deliverer will come out of Zion, And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob'” (Rom 11:26).

    Kurt J., “… this is likely a relatively short period of time at the end of the 3.5 years? If this is true, how are we to interpret Ez 38:14-15, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “On that day when My people Israel are living securely, will you not know it? 15 You will come from your place out of the remote parts of the north, you and many peoples with you…”, i.e., Gog invades Israel?

    And then:

    Ez 39:25-28, Therefore thus says the Lord God, “Now I will restore the fortunes of Jacob and have mercy on the whole house of Israel; and I will be jealous for My holy name. 26 They will forget their disgrace and all their treachery which they perpetrated against Me, when they live securely on their own land with no one to make them afraid. 27 When I bring them back from the peoples and gather them from the lands of their enemies, then I shall be sanctified through them in the sight of the many nations. 28 Then they will know that I am the Lord their God because I made them go into exile among the nations, and then gathered them again to their own land; and I will leave none of them there any longer.”

    Though I could be wrong, I view the portion of chapter 38 you quoted as referring to the days that we are seeing right now and have seen for some time. Israel has prospered and grown immensely since its birth in 1948. Sure, there are certain areas that are under constant watch due to terror attacks from Islamic militants (just as there are in the United States), but overall Israel has been, and is, a safe place to visit. The defensive wall now separating Israel from the Palestinians has even reduced suicide bombings by 90%, so much so that Israel has been able to reduce the amount of soldiers required on security deployments. Although there is a wall that separates Israel from the Palestinians, Israeli cities and villages are themselves unwalled. They do not have large barriers built up around them as in days of old. In fact, I’d be much more at ease visiting virtually any city in Israel than I would visiting many cities in America today.

    “According to a study conducted by the University of Haifa’s Center for the Study of Crime, Law & Society, Israel’s murder rate is one of the world’s lowest, which shows the murder rate in Israel is declining. The murder rate per 100,000 residents has remained virtually unchanged over the past 28 years, and has declined during the past few years. The study says that the crime rates have to be examined in relation to the population size. From this perspective, the research shows that the number of murders per 100,000 people was 2.35 in 1980 and 2.29 in 2006. This data is low compared to other countries. For instance, in Russia, the number of murders per 100,000 people was 18 in 2004, and in the United States, the number of murders per 100,000 people was 7.5 during the same year.” (The Jerusalem Post, June 26, 2008).

    Kurt J., “Which though out of order with the events of Ez 38-39 seems to take place between the time of Gog’s invasion in Ez 38:11 and his destruction in Ez 38:18, the point being, it seems some time is implied to empty Israel of Jews and send them back among “the nations”? (Let’s say, 3 months minimum, for starters).”

    I view Chapter 38 as an overall view of Gog-Magog, from its beginning up until it’s end, what we could call Armageddon. This war could last for a large portion, or the full duration, of Daniel’s and John’s 1260 days / 42 months / time, times and half a time.

    I never really fully agreed with the idea that Israel would be nearly “emptied” of Jews during Gog-Magog. I don’t necessarily view Ezekiel 39 as a continuation of 38 per se, but rather more of a repeat of how Gog-Magog ends, which is to say, as a close-up view of Armageddon and its aftermath with a few additional focal points added in, such as referring back to why the Jewish people have suffered greatly throughout the centuries and could have been destroyed during this final battle of the ages (cf. Ezek 39:23-24) had it not been for Messianic intervention. It will be a very difficult time for Israel once Gog-Magog begins its fulfillment, but once all is said and done they will be delivered and restored in full, not by their might, but by the Almighty Himself — the Holy One in Israel (cf Ezek 39:25-29).

  12. 06/13/2012 at 6:35 PM

    Thanks for the explanation, ICA. Two problems/questions come to mind, at least right off the bat:

    1. The Zech 14 passage seems to indicate Jerusalem being taken captive with many killed, and the Ez 39 verses seem to corroborate that. Another Isaiah passage that I could find (if I wasn’t taking a quick break at work) seems to indicate that during Jacob’s Trouble 2/3 of all Jews will perish; maybe its not Isaiah, but I remember the percentage. So it seems that Israel will be “re-emptied” prior to Messiah’s return.

    2. I agree with your notion that Ez 39 is a close-up of Ez 38; they are certainly not strictly chronological, but repopulation of Ez 39 seems to be associated with Gog-Magog of 38-39 and not the “alia” of the last two centuries; you don’t seem to agree with that.

    When you get the chance, I would like to see your answers more fully developed, i.e., with references.

    Interesting discussion.

  13. iamnotashamedofthegospelofchrist
    06/13/2012 at 7:19 PM

    I agree with ICA, especially in light of all that’s unfolding. I’ve recently subscribed to the fact that Psalms 81, Zechariah, and Ezekiel 38 all tell of armageddon. They give us different pieces of the alignments, and signs of what is happening. That said, I believe that Ezekial 37 tells of Israel’s rebirth, and it say’s I will put my sanctuary with them forever. So this tells me that Israel proper will be in tact at the end. Jerusalem however is another story, this is where the abomination is and will increase until Jesus returns to rescue it and the world.Maybe I’m just dense, but I don’t see another exodus for the Jews, all the books I’ve read from a jewish perspective all say these prophecies regarding Israel are fulfilled, that all that remains is the Gog Magog war. Of course they differ on who the messiah will be. One interesting book to read is by Rabbi Menachem Kohen called Prophecies for the era of muslim terror. A Torah perspective on world events. Revelation expands on Daniel’s beasts, and the alignments of nations who will come against Christ. I don’t really take anyone’s research or references as solid proof. The Bible and the Holy Spirit continue to guide my understanding. I’m so glad to have found this site, with everyone and their writings. It truly has helped me with difficult passages. And it will be interesting to see how things unfold. I think we won’t have to wait too long if things continue at the rate they are going. Thanks Kurt for your discussion. I’ll revisit some of the passages again. “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.”
    Oh and FX I did watch the video you reccomended and found it very interesting. I will be watching the rest of those videos that go along with that. Thanks.

  14. FX
    06/14/2012 at 2:35 AM

    Bonjour “I’m not ashamed…”

    “Oh and FX I did watch the video you reccomended and found it very interesting. I will be watching the rest of those videos that go along with that. Thanks”

    Glad you liked the video! Its perspective is very interesting, to say the least! For those who haven’t watched it yet, it’s highly recommended!!!

    The unfolding of the second half of 2012 should give us an indication about what is to come next. Up until now, things have been relatively calm…We are in June, just in the middle of the year…and funny enough, the next two “big things” to watch are just a few days away (almost right at middle of the month!).

    Both events pertain to elections, happen on the same day, and take place in countries that used to be ancient Bible Kingdoms. Interesting, isn’t it? Coincidence?!

    The first event takes place in Egypt. The second in Greece. The people there will decide whom they choose to lead their countries.

    If we see Mohammed Morsi (Muslim Brotherhood) leading in Egypt and the Syriza party (extreme left) leading in Greece, then the second half of 2012 will be very interesting!

    Let’s see what happens!

    Shalom shalom!

    FX

    • iamnotashamedofthegospelofchrist
      06/14/2012 at 8:05 AM

      Yes, FX, I will be watching those elections very close. Also Syria.

  15. ICA
    06/14/2012 at 12:23 PM

    Kurt J., “When you get the chance, I would like to see your answers more fully developed, i.e., with references.”

    One question that should be asked is, is Jacob’s Trouble confined to just Gog-Magog-Armageddon-Great Tribulation? The fact of the matter, I believe, is that the time of Jacob’s Trouble has been going on for nearly 2000 years, a time that will soon culminate with the battle of the ages.

    I think the portion of Scripture you’re referring to is Zechariah 13:7-9, which speaks about 2/3 being “cut off” from the land. The general consensus seems to be that this is referring to the Great Tribulation, from the beginning of Gog-Magog until the end of Gog-Magog (Armageddon). Maybe that’s correct and there’s something I’m missing, but then again, considering the fact that Jesus affirmed fulfillment of verse 7 with Himself suggests to me that this particular prophecy was referring to the time of Christ, right up until now.

    Zechariah 13:7-9, “‘Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, Against the Man who is My Companion,’ Says the LORD of hosts. ‘Strike the Shepherd, And the sheep will be scattered; Then I will turn My hand against the little ones. And it shall come to pass in all the land,’ Says the LORD, ‘[That] two-thirds in it shall be cut off [and] die, But [one]-third shall be left in it: I will bring the [one]-third through the fire, Will refine them as silver is refined, And test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, And I will answer them. I will say, ‘This [is] My people'; And each one will say, ‘The LORD [is] my God.'”

    Matthew 26:31, “Then Jesus said to them, ‘All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night, for it is written: ‘I will strike the Shepherd, And the sheep of the flock will be scattered.'”

    The prophecy that Jesus quoted then states that when the Shepherd is killed (the Messiah, cf John 10:11, “I am the good shepherd”) that those who stumble will be scattered, and “in all the land … two-thirds in it shall be cut off [and] die”.

    cf Matthew 23:26-29, “‘Assuredly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under [her] wings, but you were not willing! See! Your house is left to you desolate; for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed [is] He who comes in the name of the LORD!”’

    The number of Jews living in the world today is estimated to be anywhere from 14 to 18 million, or roughly 0.2% of the world’s population. But even this is just a fraction of what the Jewish population could have been had it not been for the persecution they’ve suffered throughout the centuries since their rejection of Messiah. The same goes for the number of Jews living in the land of Israel today. Though many have been regathered into Israel since 1948 and she has once again flourished, it is only a fraction of what it could have been.

    War is coming again. But so is the Shepherd. “Alas! For that day [is] great, So that none [is] like it; And it [is] the time of Jacob’s trouble, But he shall be saved out of it” (Jer 30:7).

  16. 06/14/2012 at 3:30 PM

    ICA:

    One question that should be asked is, is Jacob’s Trouble confined to just Gog-Magog-Armageddon-Great Tribulation? The fact of the matter, I believe, is that the time of Jacob’s Trouble has been going on for nearly 2000 years, a time that will soon culminate with the battle of the ages.

    See, I am with you there. This goes hand in glove (IMO) with the notion that Abomination of Desolation began with the broad, Jewish rejection of Messiah and continues up until today, punctuated with numerous historical exclamation points such as the destruction of the temple and the building of the Dome of the Rock mosque. However you don’t get too many futurists promoting this; they tend to get called “historicists” by the same. While I guess I’m not a historicist, I do see a whole lot in the bible called future by futurists that happened already.

    What I also see in the world today is a chess board with the pieces nearly in place for the prophesied “check mate”; while I suppose it could take 3 1/2 or 7 years to develop, it could easily happen in considerably less time.

    ICA:

    I think the portion of Scripture you’re referring to is Zechariah 13:7-9, which speaks about 2/3 being “cut off” from the land.

    Yes, thank you, that was it. And I agree again with your interpretation of it being fulfilled by Jesus and the immediate repercussions.

    So then, do you think Ezek 39:25-29 has already happened, or is there a future draining of Jews from Israel ala Bickle, Lifsey and I suppose Richardson?

  17. ICA
    06/14/2012 at 4:27 PM

    Kurt J., “So then, do you think Ezek 39:25-29 has already happened, or is there a future draining of Jews from Israel ala Bickle, Lifsey and I suppose Richardson?”

    The future will be difficult, there is no doubt, Israel will be invaded and we may even witness a location or two in Israel that may experience a WMD attack of some sort, and witness half of the residents of Jerusalem being expelled from the city. Perhaps some may flee the country entirely, others may just flee to another area of Israel. But I don’t see 2/3 of the Jewish population in Israel being eliminated.

    As for Ezekiel 39:25-29, I view it as fulfilled in part, but not in full. What began in 1948 will end with the return of Christ. It is more of a parenthetical reference to the past 2000 years of Jacob’s Trouble, for “the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity; because they were unfaithful to Me, therefore I hid My face from them. I gave them into the hand of their enemies, and they all fell by the sword” (Ezek 39:23). But they will be restored completely when the Deliverer comes to Zion. “Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: ‘Now I will bring back the captives of Jacob, and have mercy on the whole house of Israel; and I will be jealous for My holy name” (Ezek 39:25). When it seems like all hope is lost, “He will deliver us from the Assyrian when he invades our land and marches into our borders. The remnant of Jacob will be in the midst of many peoples like dew from the LORD, like showers on the grass, which do not wait for man or linger for mankind. The remnant of Jacob will be among the nations, in the midst of many peoples, like a lion among the beasts of the forest, like a young lion among flocks of sheep, which mauls and mangles as it goes, and no one can rescue. Your hand will be lifted up in triumph over your enemies, and all your foes will be destroyed” (Micah 5:6b-9). There are still more Jews who live outside of Israel than inside. But when their enemies are destroyed, I believe they’ll all yearn for their King, and their home. “Then the nations shall know that [I am] the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.” (Ezek 39:7b).

  1. 06/12/2012 at 4:05 PM

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