Friday, March 13, 2020

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Today’s Reading: Ezekiel 38-40

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You can see one of the main entrances to what was the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The three closed arches were once open for the public to go in and out from the Temple courtyard. The religion that calls itself Islam now controls the Temple Mount. One wonders, when considering today’s reading of prophecies yet to be fulfilled, what will become of this ancient Jewish centre of the worship of the true God.

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Key Verse: Ezekiel 38:18

“And it will come to pass at the same time, when Gog comes against the land of Israel,” says the Lord God, “that My fury will show in My face.”

 

It seems obvious that the prophecies of today’s reading are yet in the future. The geographical and political indications are that Gog, Rosh, Meshek and Tubal are the lands north of Israel. That could be a combination of modern Syria, Turkey, Ukraine, and Russia. Russia has demonstrated its willingness to move its armies into Ukraine a little while back, seizing the region of Crimea. Now its military is on the borders of Israel in Syria. Could this be an indicator of what is to come with these powers continuing to move south, eventually attacking the modern state of Israel? Whatever the intentions of the nations mentioned in Ezekiel’s prophecy, it should be clear to Bible readers that God will come down on the side of His ancient people, Israel. Vladimir Putin, leader of Russia, said in an interview that he reads the Bible as he travels from place to place. God only knows if he has read Ezekiel 38 and 39, or perhaps he has read Revelation 20:7-15. Prophecy, yet to be fulfilled, is much more difficult to understand because we can’t read about it in history, as is the case of so much already-fulfilled prophecy. We should be very careful lest we be carried away with speculation. Chapter 40 is filled with amazing word pictures which underline the importance of our worship of God.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, I know from Scripture that You are for individual people and families, but I read today that You will be against certain national entities in the future. I pray for Vladimir Putin as an individual and for his family. I pray for the leaders of Ukraine, and, in particular, for the people of Crimea. Bring peace and, most of all, Your Message of eternal salvation to these precious people. God, Your Word tells us that You: “So loved the world that [You] gave [Your] only begotten Son” (John 3:16). His Name is Jesus, and it’s in His Name I pray. Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

As the leader of the Crossroads Ministries in the past, I was excited to place two television series on national TV networks in the USSR (Russia and 14 other republics). They were 13 episodes of The Crossroads Creation Series and 22 episodes of Kingdom Adventure (a production for children). These releases were a first for these officially atheistic states. A missions group led by Hannu Hauka of Finland did the voice translations into the Russian language. Crossroads was recently involved in an outreach mission to precious orphans in Ukraine. These involvements touch my heart deeply as I hear the current newscasts and as I read about the future in tomorrow’s headlines here in Ezekiel. In today’s reading, we discover the time it would take to cleanse the land after the battle (mentioned three times in verses 12 to16). As a young student, I worked for a summer at Atomic Energy of Canada. Many people were employed in “cleansing” the reactor in Building 100, where there had been a serious spill of radioactive material. The cleansing of the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan after the nuclear bombing resembled the efforts which will be made by Israel to cleanse the land. I can’t help but wonder if a form of atomic weapons will be used in the battle described in our reading.

Yours for “Holy conduct and godliness” (Read 2 Peter 3:10-13 which looks like a nuclear holocaust),

David

28 thoughts on “Friday, March 13, 2020

  1. Praise You God for answering our prayers and revealing to us the true nature of Your greatness. Holy Spirit flow and breathe through us that we might be sanctified in Your goodness. Humble before you, we give up our pride and arrogance that we may forgive others as You have forgiven us. The greatest blessing is that we grasp the beauty of Your sacrifice for us. Because of Your undying love for us, however unworthy we may be, we are free! Thank You Jesus!! Thank You Jesus!! God bless you, fellow saints in the Lord.

    And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,[a] for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 ESV

    Holy Spirit – Francesca Battistelli
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zEiiZi2DKk

  2. Dear Lord God, please forgive us for our pride, our arrogance, our willful blindness, and our rebellion against You. Help us turn to You, the only wise God. We need You, and we ask that You will bring many into Your kingdom today. Bless every one of Your children today with Your presence, so we can be the light You made us to be. In Jesus’s great name, amen

  3. Dear Beverlee, thank you for your comforting words yesterday concerning my brother Vinal. I was out all yesterday pm but I receive your words joyfully and agree with you. Amen. The Lord gave me the verse that the battle is the Lord’s and I am trying to step back and let Him work along with our prayers. Am so appreciative of your agreement in prayer too Blessed, Eleanor M. Teresa, Luisa. Eraine and any others. Agree with you in all others needing prayer at this time. Also praying for our country and the world during this pandemic and all areas affected but most of all that people will believe that there is a living God in heaven who is Sovereign and knows how to get our attention and turn to Him. Please keep my brother in prayer. God bless you saints!

  4. Thank you Beverlee, Luisa, Teresa, Eraine & everyone else for your prayers for Eva & myself. This means so much to me. I am praying for all of you, your families & anyone else associated with you. I am also praying for Ravi. Lord, may you heal Ravi from the dreaded cancer which many of us will most likely face one day also. In Jesus’s Amen.
    Thank you Lord for these amazing brothers & sisters, in Jesus’s name. Amen.

  5. Sorry I missed you Maria. I pray for your cousin Eva and her battle with cancer that the Lord will heal her and bring her through; also for your knee and ankle that you will have a good recovery in agreement with others’ prayers, in Jesus Name. Amen. Trust you will not be too uncomfortable with the cast as well.

  6. Saints, I got word this afternoon that I can go and visit my brother so would you please pray that his heart will be touched and be willing to pray with me. Thank you so much and God bless you.

    • Ger, I am praying that your brother will listen to about our Lord & Saviour; praying that he will accept Jesus into his heart as Lord & Saviour. God bless you Ger & your brother.

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