Surrounding Nations

Gepubliceerd Saturday, March 12, 2011 in Weblogs · Weblogs Bart

Jerusalem, March 7, 2011.Our neighbors are in such chaos… The genie is out of the bottle. The surrounding Muslim nations do not know where to turn. Who will follow Lebanon, Jordan, Yemen, Saudi-Arabia, Oman and Egypt? Who is the mastermind behind all these revolts? Who orchestrates this? Is it a spontaneous revolt, or is there a plan hidden behind these massive actions?

We read in Psalms 2: Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against his Anointed (Psalms 2:1,2).

Could it be that the spiritual powers are waking up the sleeping Muslim nations and prepare them for the great battle against Israel the Apple of God’s Eye? Against God’s Anointed? Old, arrogant leaders, who – rolling in luxury – only care about their personal wellbeing, are replaced by fresh, young Muslim blood. The surrounding Muslim countries will be shaken. The revolution started in Lebanon, where the Hezbollah terrorists took over. That set the tone. Meanwhile many countries have followed suit. After Libya other countries will surely follow.
We read in Psalm 83:

O God, do not keep silent; be not quiet, O God, be not still. See how your enemies are astir, how your foes rear their heads. With cunning they conspire against your people; they plot against those you cherish. “Come,” they say, “let us destroy them as a nation, that the name of Israel be remembered no more.” With one mind they plot together; they form an alliance against you–

Psalms 83:1-5

An alliance is declared in this Psalm to wipe God’s cherished one, read Israel, off the map. “Let us destroy this nation”. That’s clear language. I am convinced that this is what’s happening right now. The surrounding nations are being prepared to destroy the Apple of God’s Eye. “The name of Israel shall be remembered no more”. Politicians have no clue what’s going on. Not disturbed by any divine insight they still crow that the present revolution in these Muslim countries will lead to “democratic reforms”. President Obama even dared to proclaim that these developments “will ultimately benefit Israel”. You think he believes it himself?

The contrary is true. Not only will these developments negatively impact their own people, but also Israel and the rest of the western nations. We are witnessing spiritual warfare. This war is aimed at Israel and in the deepest sense against the God of Israel: “with one mind they plot together, they form an alliance against You”.

But the outcome is set. The prophets have spoken about this time.

In Joel it says: Proclaim this among the nations: Consecrate for war; stir up the mighty men. Let all the men of war draw near; let them come up. Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears; let the weak say, “I am a warrior.” Hasten and come, all you surrounding nations, and gather yourselves there. Bring down your warriors, O LORD. Let the nations stir themselves up and come up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; for there I will sit to judge all the surrounding nations.

Joel 3:9-12

It is remarkable that the surrounding nations are mentioned, meaning those surrounding Israel. Just as in Psalms 83 the surrounding nations are specifically mentioned. Satan has little time left. He is getting nervous. He ties himself in knots to thwart God’s restoration plan with Israel and with the world. He lets no chance go to waste to prevent the return of Messiah. Satan knows that his time is almost up. He himself hides behind this huge Islamic revolt. He is the mastermind who pulls the strings.

At least that’s what he thinks. When you continue to read in Joel, it says:

The LORD roars from Zion, and utters his voice from Jerusalem, and the heavens and the earth quake. But the LORD is a refuge to his people, a stronghold to the people of Israel. “So you shall know that I am the LORD your God, who dwells in Zion, my holy mountain. And Jerusalem shall be holy, and strangers shall never again pass through it….”Egypt shall become a desolation and Edom a desolate wilderness…

Joel 3:16,17,19

The Lord will roar and utter his voice. Heaven and earth will quake…
The surrounding nations must brace themselves. God Himself will intervene. God is a refuge for His Jewish people; He is a stronghold to Israel. You don’t have to doubt these prophetic words. We live in critical days. Right now the church needs to wake up from her sleep. This is the time that watchmen take their position. The political leaders have no spiritual insight. It’s the spiritual leaders who can make the distinction. They will have to take their position in this spiritual warfare. Peter already warned us:

This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets… (2 Peter 3:1,2)

Strangely enough we have fooled each other by saying that we could close the Old Testament. After all, aren’t we living in the ‘New Covenant’? What a sad mistake. If you want to know what time it is on God’s timetable, you cannot escape reading the prophets!
So don’t hesitate any longer, do not keep silent any longer. Stand in the breach for Israel. Subject yourself to God’s command in Isaiah 62: for Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet.

See you on the walls of Jerusalem.


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