Sunday, March 13, 2022

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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

9 thoughts on “Sunday, March 13, 2022

  1. Father, I look forward to the “Day of God”. Times are dark just now. I do pray for those suffering so much by losing loved ones, homes, and also are in great need. Send Your labourers into the camps & countries they escape to, and especially to those who are still in peril. David prayed for Putin so I will do the same. You do not want ANY to be lost 2 Peter 3 (NIV). You are patient, not wanting anyone to perish, but to come to repentance. Amen. P.S. We are to be “looking for and HASTENING the coming of the day of God”. Any thoughts on how to hasten the coming of the day of the Lord. (2 Peter 3: 10 – 13)?

  2. Amen Doreen, to your heart felt prayer.

    I read 2 Peter; 10-13 this AM as well, as David suggested.
    Your question is a good one, was thinking our prayers and cries to our Heavenly Father for the hurting and suffering world could hasten the coming of the Lord.

  3. Father, help Marilyn and all those in hospitals now to know that You are near. You hear their prayers and heal their diseases, and we commit them into Thy tender care.
    In total agreement with David’s prayer that You bring peace and Your Life-giving Word to Russia, Ukraine, Poland, and all the nations, in the great name of Jesus, amen

    • Amen!
      Praying in agreement with you, Rob and Doreen, for all people, in this world, and for our dear Sisters, in Christ, Marilyn and Beverlee.

      • I am agreeing in prayer also for dear Marilyn as she lies in Hospital. Dear Lord hold her cllose under the shadow of your wings. Heal her completely in the name of Jesus.
        I am am also praying for those dear people in Ukraine and for the Russian people who are caught in the middle of this war. You are a merciful God and I know that all things will work together for good in the end. Amen

  4. Amen to the prayers above. Also praying with Charlene in her prayer yesterday from the prayer map. “For the 12th day from the “Prayer Map of Canada”
    1.Pray that the Lord will put a desire in the hearts of those in business to follow God’s principles and act honourably and ethically. ( Proverbs 11:1)
    2. Pray that the Spirit of the Lord will restrain the spirit of hatred and destruction against humanity across the world,”
    I really appreciate your posting those prayers each day.

  5. For the 13th day from the “Prayer Map of Canada”
    1. Pray that, with God’s help., children and young people will be able to journey with hope towards the destiny God has for each of them.
    2. Pray for Newfoundland and Labrador.
    Pray for the leaders of the province, that God’s Spirit would influence them to act justly, serve with integrity and honour high moral standards. (1 Timothy 2: 1-4)
    Pray for the churches of the province, that they would be lighthouses beaming forth the illuminating truth of God’s Word.

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