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January 2008 Issue

Church Growth Hormone
Jan 1st, 2008
Pastor Ray Baumann
Uncategorized

I used to be a Church Growth Hormone addict. For my first eight years in the ministry, I was on a daily diet of books and videos centered around the latest church fads and trends that focused on church growth. I was on the cutting edge of ministry thinking, learning more and more about marketing and the psychology of connecting people. I believed that numbers equaled success, even if that meant changing the name of the church, offering self-help programs, or implementing any other sort of method I thought would help to boost the numbers.

Like many pastors, I could be compared to a professional athlete when it comes to how we view success and how we perceive we are valued. For an athlete, the math is pretty simple; if you score goals, hit home runs, and nail the three point shot, its all about the numbers. The more successful you are in making the score, in essence, hitting your numbers, the greater your worth. For pastors, it’s the number of people that are sitting in the seats that seems to be the measure of success. This is something, however misguided it may be, that we all strive to obtain. Now, more than ever before, there are numerous books that place emphasis on the subject of church growth and there seems to be a greater desire to be a mega church. This desire then facilitates the thought pattern of, “If I grow the church, I’m doing more for God than the next guy.”

What we have seen in recent news is that many professional athletes have been taking illegal substances to build muscle and strength to improve their performance. These players will do whatever it takes to bump up the numbers that they think give them value. To these players, the end result justifies the means no matter what the side effects. Pastors around the world have come to believe that church growth equals success. Thousands have attended conference after conference, read book after book, and are even listening to audio messages regarding church growth. Just like the professional athlete on steroids, pastors have been caught taking Church Growth Hormones for growth’s sake. Many have seen the fast, “successful” results and have signed on, thus endorsing this dangerous pill. They have improved their performances on Sundays and Wednesdays to attract people. The Church Growth Hormone contains some very ugly ingredients. Let’s take a look.

The ingredients are as follows: man-centered theology, relevant messages that solve people’s problems by meeting their needs, events and programs that reach out to the community, and music that is contemporary and entertaining. For best results, remove pews, dress casual, and install a 5000 lumen projector. If taken weekly and if you follow a regimented marketing strategy, you are guaranteed growth. The side effects may include unbelievers in leadership, false converts, uncommitted members, and shallow minds.

On my own, there is no way that I could see the damaging effects of what I was participating in. To top it off, I was encouraged in this sin by many people. If anyone asked how the church was doing, what they really wanted to know was how our attendance numbers were, not how God was working or what He was doing in our congregation. My world view was filled with garbage and I was blinded. My flesh was in constant need to be validated, which was coming directly from numbers and growth instead of how God was moving. That’s right, I said flesh, and this was my first problem. It was all about me. When I took me out of the equation, my sight started becoming clearer. The Word had to become my number one reference for all things.

After some study, I actually began to be discerning. Those many books that I owned went right into the trash and I learned how to inductively study the Bible. When it came down to it, Jesus basically rewrote the hard drive of my mind. Steering away from a numbers-driven thought process, growing the church was no longer my focus. Now my focus is about training the believer.

"There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." – Proverbs 16:25


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First Temple Seal Found in Jerusalem
Jan 1st, 2008
Etgar Lefkovits
Uncategorized

A stone seal bearing the name of one of the families who acted as servants in the First Temple and then returned to Jerusalem after being exiled to Babylonia has been uncovered in an archeological excavation in Jerusalem's City of David, a prominent Israeli archeologist said Wednesday.

The 2,500-year-old black stone seal, which has the name "Temech" engraved on it, was found earlier this week amid stratified debris in the excavation under way just outside the Old City walls near the Dung Gate, said archeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar, who is leading the dig.

According to the Book of Nehemiah, the Temech family were servants of the First Temple and were sent into exile to Babylon following its destruction by the Babylonians in 586 BCE.

The family was among those who later returned to Jerusalem, the Bible recounts.

The seal, which was bought in Babylon and dates to 538-445 BCE, portrays a common and popular cultic scene, Mazar said.

The 2.1 x 1.8-cm. elliptical seal is engraved with two bearded priests standing on either side of an incense altar with their hands raised forward in a position of worship.

A crescent moon, the symbol of the chief Babylonian god Sin, appears on the top of the altar.

Under this scene are three Hebrew letters spelling Temech, Mazar said.

The Bible refers to the Temech family: "These are the children of the province, that went up out of the captivity, of those that had been carried away, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away, and came again to Jerusalem and to Judah, every one unto his city." [Nehemiah 7:6]... "The Nethinim [7:46]"... The children of Temech." [7:55].

The fact that this cultic scene relates to the Babylonian chief god seemed not to have disturbed the Jews who used it on their own seal, she added.

The seal of one of the members of the Temech family was discovered just dozens of meters away from the Opel area, where the servants of the Temple, or "Nethinim," lived in the time of Nehemiah, Mazar said.

"The seal of the Temech family gives us a direct connection between archeology and the biblical sources and serves as actual evidence of a family mentioned in the Bible," she said. "One cannot help being astonished by the credibility of the biblical source as seen by the archaeological find."

The find will be announced by Mazar at the 8th annual Herzliya Conference on Sunday.

The archeologist, who rose to international prominence for her recent excavation that may have uncovered King David's palace, most recently uncovered the remnants of a wall from Nehemiah.

The dig is being sponsored by the Shalem Center, a Jerusalem research institute where Mazar serves as a senior fellow, and the City of David Foundation, which promotes Jewish settlement throughout east Jerusalem.

A stone seal bearing the name of one of the families who acted as servants in the First Temple and then returned to Jerusalem after being exiled to Babylonia has been uncovered in an archeological excavation in Jerusalem's City of David, a prominent Israeli archeologist said Wednesday.

The 2,500-year-old black stone seal, which has the name "Temech" engraved on it, was found earlier this week amid stratified debris in the excavation under way just outside the Old City walls near the Dung Gate, said archeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar, who is leading the dig.

According to the Book of Nehemiah, the Temech family were servants of the First Temple and were sent into exile to Babylon following its destruction by the Babylonians in 586 BCE.

The family was among those who later returned to Jerusalem, the Bible recounts.

The seal, which was bought in Babylon and dates to 538-445 BCE, portrays a common and popular cultic scene, Mazar said.

The 2.1 x 1.8-cm. elliptical seal is engraved with two bearded priests standing on either side of an incense altar with their hands raised forward in a position of worship.

A crescent moon, the symbol of the chief Babylonian god Sin, appears on the top of the altar.

Under this scene are three Hebrew letters spelling Temech, Mazar said.

The Bible refers to the Temech family: "These are the children of the province, that went up out of the captivity, of those that had been carried away, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away, and came again to Jerusalem and to Judah, every one unto his city." [Nehemiah 7:6]... "The Nethinim [7:46]"... The children of Temech." [7:55].

The fact that this cultic scene relates to the Babylonian chief god seemed not to have disturbed the Jews who used it on their own seal, she added.

The seal of one of the members of the Temech family was discovered just dozens of meters away from the Opel area, where the servants of the Temple, or "Nethinim," lived in the time of Nehemiah, Mazar said.

"The seal of the Temech family gives us a direct connection between archeology and the biblical sources and serves as actual evidence of a family mentioned in the Bible," she said. "One cannot help being astonished by the credibility of the biblical source as seen by the archaeological find."

The find will be announced by Mazar at the 8th annual Herzliya Conference on Sunday.

The archeologist, who rose to international prominence for her recent excavation that may have uncovered King David's palace, most recently uncovered the remnants of a wall from Nehemiah.

The dig is being sponsored by the Shalem Center, a Jerusalem research institute where Mazar serves as a senior fellow, and the City of David Foundation, which promotes Jewish settlement throughout east Jerusalem.

A stone seal bearing the name of one of the families who acted as servants in the First Temple and then returned to Jerusalem after being exiled to Babylonia has been uncovered in an archeological excavation in Jerusalem's City of David, a prominent Israeli archeologist said Wednesday.

The 2,500-year-old black stone seal, which has the name "Temech" engraved on it, was found earlier this week amid stratified debris in the excavation under way just outside the Old City walls near the Dung Gate, said archeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar, who is leading the dig.

According to the Book of Nehemiah, the Temech family were servants of the First Temple and were sent into exile to Babylon following its destruction by the Babylonians in 586 BCE.

The family was among those who later returned to Jerusalem, the Bible recounts.

The seal, which was bought in Babylon and dates to 538-445 BCE, portrays a common and popular cultic scene, Mazar said.

The 2.1 x 1.8-cm. elliptical seal is engraved with two bearded priests standing on either side of an incense altar with their hands raised forward in a position of worship.

A crescent moon, the symbol of the chief Babylonian god Sin, appears on the top of the altar.

Under this scene are three Hebrew letters spelling Temech, Mazar said.

The Bible refers to the Temech family: "These are the children of the province, that went up out of the captivity, of those that had been carried away, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away, and came again to Jerusalem and to Judah, every one unto his city." [Nehemiah 7:6]... "The Nethinim [7:46]"... The children of Temech." [7:55].

The fact that this cultic scene relates to the Babylonian chief god seemed not to have disturbed the Jews who used it on their own seal, she added.

The seal of one of the members of the Temech family was discovered just dozens of meters away from the Opel area, where the servants of the Temple, or "Nethinim," lived in the time of Nehemiah, Mazar said.

"The seal of the Temech family gives us a direct connection between archeology and the biblical sources and serves as actual evidence of a family mentioned in the Bible," she said. "One cannot help being astonished by the credibility of the biblical source as seen by the archaeological find."

The find will be announced by Mazar at the 8th annual Herzliya Conference on Sunday.

The archeologist, who rose to international prominence for her recent excavation that may have uncovered King David's palace, most recently uncovered the remnants of a wall from Nehemiah.

The dig is being sponsored by the Shalem Center, a Jerusalem research institute where Mazar serves as a senior fellow, and the City of David Foundation, which promotes Jewish settlement throughout east Jerusalem.

A stone seal bearing the name of one of the families who acted as servants in the First Temple and then returned to Jerusalem after being exiled to Babylonia has been uncovered in an archeological excavation in Jerusalem's City of David, a prominent Israeli archeologist said Wednesday.

The 2,500-year-old black stone seal, which has the name "Temech" engraved on it, was found earlier this week amid stratified debris in the excavation under way just outside the Old City walls near the Dung Gate, said archeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar, who is leading the dig.

According to the Book of Nehemiah, the Temech family were servants of the First Temple and were sent into exile to Babylon following its destruction by the Babylonians in 586 BCE.

The family was among those who later returned to Jerusalem, the Bible recounts.

The seal, which was bought in Babylon and dates to 538-445 BCE, portrays a common and popular cultic scene, Mazar said.

The 2.1 x 1.8-cm. elliptical seal is engraved with two bearded priests standing on either side of an incense altar with their hands raised forward in a position of worship.

A crescent moon, the symbol of the chief Babylonian god Sin, appears on the top of the altar.

Under this scene are three Hebrew letters spelling Temech, Mazar said.

The Bible refers to the Temech family: "These are the children of the province, that went up out of the captivity, of those that had been carried away, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away, and came again to Jerusalem and to Judah, every one unto his city." [Nehemiah 7:6]... "The Nethinim [7:46]"... The children of Temech." [7:55].

The fact that this cultic scene relates to the Babylonian chief god seemed not to have disturbed the Jews who used it on their own seal, she added.

The seal of one of the members of the Temech family was discovered just dozens of meters away from the Opel area, where the servants of the Temple, or "Nethinim," lived in the time of Nehemiah, Mazar said.

"The seal of the Temech family gives us a direct connection between archeology and the biblical sources and serves as actual evidence of a family mentioned in the Bible," she said. "One cannot help being astonished by the credibility of the biblical source as seen by the archaeological find."

The find will be announced by Mazar at the 8th annual Herzliya Conference on Sunday.

The archeologist, who rose to international prominence for her recent excavation that may have uncovered King David's palace, most recently uncovered the remnants of a wall from Nehemiah.

The dig is being sponsored by the Shalem Center, a Jerusalem research institute where Mazar serves as a senior fellow, and the City of David Foundation, which promotes Jewish settlement throughout east Jerusalem.

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God Would Produce Christ's Beauty in Our Lives
Jan 1st, 2008
A W Tozer
Uncategorized

“And be renewed in the spirit of your mind: .. put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” Ephesians 4:23, 24

God is faithful – He is never going to be done with us in shaping us and fashioning us as dear children of God until the day that we will see Him face to face!

Truly, in that gracious day, our rejoicing will not be in the personal knowledge that He saved us from hell, but in the joyful knowledge that He was able to renew us, bringing the old self to an end, and creating within us the new man and the new self in which can be reproduced the beauty of the Son of God!

In the light of that provision, I think it is true that no Christian is where he ought to be spiritually until that beauty of the Lord Jesus Christ is being reproduced in daily Christian life.

I admit that there is necessarily a question of degree in this kind of transformation of life and character.

Certainly there has never been a time in our human existence when we could look into our own being, and say: “Well, thank God, I see it is finished now. The Lord has signed the portrait. I see Jesus in myself!”

Nobody will say that – nobody!

Even though a person has become like Christ, he will not know it, because humility and meekness are also a part of the transformation of true godliness!

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Home to Rome
Jan 1st, 2008
Roger Oakland
Uncategorized

Over the past number of years I have been writing articles and producing radio programs in an attempt to urge evangelical Christians to wake up and see the light. Many Bible-believing Christians who were once concerned about false teaching and apostasy seem to have lost their passion for the truth and have little discernment. Instead of standing firm against unbiblical ideas and experiences, they now are promoting them.

While we have been able to document that the Emerging Church Movement is clearly another road to the Roman Catholic Church, it seems fewer professing Christians are concerned. Darkness has crept over the church the same way an avalanche sweeps down a mountain. Every day more and more unsuspecting victims are being swept up and buried.

In an attempt to sound another alarm, I am going to present a number of statements taken from a book titled The Road to Rome: Modern Journeys to the Catholic Church. The book is authored by sixteen different contributors who have converted to Roman Catholicism. The editor is Dwight Longenecker, a former evangelical Protestant. According to his biography:

“Dwight Longenecker was brought up in an evangelical home in the USA and attended the fundamentalist Bob Jones University. He came to England in 1979 to study theology at Oxford and went on to be ordained into the Anglican ministry—serving as a curate, a chaplain at Cambridge and a country parson on the Isle of Wight. He and his wife were received into the Catholic Church in 1995 and he now works as a District Organizer for the St. Barnabas Society, and as a freelance writer and broadcaster.”

On the back cover the following statement is made explaining what the book is about:

“This collection of conversion stories relates how former Baptists, Presbyterians, Salvation Army officers, Plymouth Brethren, New Age believers and Evangelical Anglicans all made their way along the Path to Rome.”

A second statement provides more information regarding the purpose for publishing the book. Quoting again from the back cover:

“By introducing some of the new wave converts, The Path to Rome gives a glimpse of a possible future for the church. As we enter the third millennium, Catholicism, Evangelicalism and Orthodoxy will continue to converge. From this book a vision emerges in which old cultural, national and doctrinal controversies become increasingly irrelevant. Then as the age of Reform draws to a close and the millennium of division gives way to a “Second Spring,” the Church may once more speak with a united voice.”

This idea that a “Second Spring” (or as some call it, a “Second Pentecost”) is about to dawn is fascinating in light of Bible prophecy. Is it a grand delusion that will overtake the world in the name of Christ? Why aren’t more people paying attention?

A New Kind of Christianity

It is amazing to see the progress made in the past few years as the vast majority of churches that were once evangelical move towards an ecumenical unity with Rome. There was a time when evangelical Christians were sensitive to what makes Roman Catholicism, Roman Catholicism. Not so today. The Emerging Church Movement, along with the idea that Christian unity must happen at any cost, has opened the door for a global ecumenical movement that has no biblical boundaries.

A statement by Dwight Longenecker, a convert to Catholicism who was brought up in an evangelical home and is now the editor of The Path to Rome: Modern Journeys to the Roman Catholic Church, will help summarize what has happened over the past few decades:

“While Evangelicalism and Catholicism have been traditional enemies, there are many signs on both sides of the Atlantic that a significant shift is happening in both communities. Old boundaries are dissolving, old prejudices dying out and old doctrinal disputes seem increasingly irrelevant. Together Evangelicals and Catholics are recognizing a shared social concern.”

Further, this book provides a glimpse of what lies ahead as the pope’s New Evangelization program continues. We can expect many more unsuspecting victims will be drawn into an ecumenical web by Emerging Church evangelists who are paving a mystical path to Rome, perhaps without knowing it.

One more quote from The Path to Rome will show how the facts support what I am saying. Longenecker writes:

“Evangelicals are becoming more “catholic”. In Britain Christianity magazine, a trendy Evangelical publication, explores Ignatian spirituality, Benedictine retreats, pilgrimages, liturgy and Gregorian chant. At the same time, Evangelical leaders are less shy about asking “catholic” techniques of prayer and worship. In America, churches where candles and set liturgy would—even ten years ago—be unheard of, are celebrating Lent and Advent with crosses, candles, ashes and liturgies borrowed from Catholics and Anglicans.”

Now, in order to make one more attempt to sound a wake-up call for those who are interested, here is a final statement proving that the “path to Rome” is real and inevitable:

“It is hoped that this collection (book) may play a part in helping Catholics understand why others want to join the Catholic Church, and help Evangelicals and other Protestants understand the call of the Catholic Church to unity.”

Then continuing with these words that are prophetic in light of the apostasy prophesied in the Bible:

“But at the grass roots level the Spirit may be doing a new, and even a greater creative work—bringing a new church out of the chaos of division. If a new Pentecost is germinating, it will produce a church unfettered by the old denominational, national, doctrinal and historical prejudices. The building of this new Church may be part of the “second spring” which Newman prophesied; a Second Spring in which old differences of the second millennium are buried once and for all, and a newly unified Church emerges ready for the challenge of the third millennium.”

When the Emerging Church finishes emerging, it will have merged with Rome, and the great delusion will have been accomplished.

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Lukewarm Laodicea
Jan 1st, 2008
Art Sadlier
Uncategorized

Evangelical churches are being radically altered. Many Pastors are no longer teaching the Bible. Skits, dramatizations, stories, lessons from the latest book or tepid, empty, watered down preaching have replaced the “thus saith the Lord” of Scripture. Some Pastors are faithfully declaring the Word of God, but their numbers are growing fewer.

The agenda of the Emerging Church is an all-out effort to re-invent Christianity. These men claim that in order to be relevant to the present generation, the method of presenting the message must change.

Faithfulness to the Word of God is lost, sound teaching (doctrine) is lost and a whole generation of believers are being cut loose from the solid anchor of God’s Word. The Word is so watered down that its meaning and power and blessing is lost. Instead of worshipping in spirit and in truth, worshipping with the five senses becomes the method.

In his book “Church Re-Imagined”, Pastor Doug Pagitt says:

“At Solomon’s Porch, sermons are not primarily about extracting truth from the Bible to apply to people’s lives. In many ways the sermon is less a lecture or motivational speech than it is an act of poetry – of putting words around people’s experiences to allow them to find deeper connection in their lives … So our sermons are not lessons that precisely define belief so much as they are stories that welcome our hopes and ideas and participation.”

“To move beyond the passive approach to faith, we’ve tried to create a community that’s more like a potluck; people eat and they also bring something for others. Our belief is built when all of us engage our hopes, dreams, ideas and understandings with the story of God as it unfolds through history and through us.”

Instead of “thus saith the Lord”, the feelings, experiences and ideas of the individual become the source of truth. In that environment the Spirit of God is grieved and a whole generation is soon far from the truth and far from God.

The Emerging Church is sweeping over the Evangelical Church like a dark cloud which will bring it back to Rome. When the reality of a submissive walk with God is lost, Laodicea looks for something new.

To you who truly know Christ as your Saviour and Lord, I urge you to come out of lukewarm Laodicea before God spews it out of His mouth into the tribulation period. Come out of the Emerging Church and its near cousin the Purpose Driven Church.

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The Conflict of the Ages
Jan 1st, 2008
Art Sadlier
Uncategorized

When God created the heaven and the earth, it was the beginning of something that did not exist before. It was the beginning of our earth, our universe, material physical things and the beginning of beings, other than God. Prior to the beginning of all of these new things that God created there was only God, nothing else.

If you believe the first verse of the Bible, you will have no trouble believing everything else God says in His Word. You will have no problem believing Exodus 20:11, “For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is”. You will believe that everything, other than God Himself, was made by God in six literal 24 hour days. See Gen. 1: 5, 8, 13, 19, 23.

When you diminish what God says, you diminish His power, including His power to save.

Among the persons God created was the most powerful and most beautiful being of all of God’s creation, a being called Lucifer. Lucifer means “Shining One”; he was created to be “the anointed cherub that covereth”, Ezek. 28:14. In that exalted position, he evidently hovered over the throne of God, guarding the Holiness of God. He dwelt closer to God than any other. In his close proximity to God he reflected God’s glory throughout heaven, hence his name, Lucifer, “Shining One”.

As Lucifer beheld the Glory of God at close range, he saw how the angels worshipped Him and how he ruled over all of creation. In that situation as he beheld God’s Glory and Majesty, an evil desire came into his heart, the first sin to enter God’s creation.

We read about that situation in Isa. 14:14, “I will be like the most High”. He desired to be like God, to replace God. “I will exalt my throne above the stars (angels) of God”. In that moment the conflict of the ages was born. There was now a ruler of God’s creation and one who aspired to replace Him, war had broken out.

Satan had made his boast, that he could and would rule the Kingdom in place of God. God, in His sovereignty, allows this war to go on, that it might fully run its course, to prove to all of creation that Lucifer’s boast was false. To prove he could not rule the Kingdom nor be worshipped as God is worshipped.

Satan (Lucifer) proceeded to convince Adam to join him in his rebellion against God. Every man and woman of Adam’s seed has entered into that war as enemies of God, Rom. 8:7.

Every man and woman faces two possibilities:

One to carry on that war to the grave and spend eternity in the lake of fire with Satan and his fallen angels.

Two to surrender unconditionally, Luke 13:3, to be translated “into the Kingdom of His dear Son”. To change sides as in Col. 1:13. That is the gospel message.

This war between God and Satan has been raging for some 6,000 years. The Bible contains the record of the warfare and we see the evidence of it all around us in our world. Scripture tells us that this war will come to a dramatic, decisive conclusion. The book of Revelation tells us that at the mid-tribulation point Satan will be cast down out of heaven, Rev. 12:7-9. At the end of the tribulation period Satan will be cast down into the pit, Rev. 20:1, 2.

God’s Word tells us that Satan will make one last great attempt to defeat God. Satan actually seems to believe that he can defeat God. Satan knows that Christ has promised to return to earth to rule on the Throne of David in Jerusalem over a redeemed Israel, dwelling in peace and safety in the Promised Land. Luke 1:31-33

Satan can read the Bible and he knows if that happens he is defeated in his ambition to replace God. He will make one last attempt to establish his kingdom.

This war of the ages is now heading to its great climactic conclusion. According to Scripture, this final conflict centers on the Jew, the land of Israel and the Temple Mount. If Satan can annihilate the Jews or drive them out of the Promised Land, he will be victorious in frustrating the purposes of God. Satan also requires possession of the Temple Mount in order to have a temple in which to be worshipped in the very same place where God has been worshipped in the past. He will then have replaced God.

We are heading toward the final hour of the present age of grace in which we live.

Are we seeing the stage being set for this final battle to unfold?

We are seeing the beginning stages of this battle already underway. Today the whole world is fanatically committed to moving Israel off her land.

Paul tells us that Satan is the god of this world in 2 Cor. 4:4. Luke tells us that Satan has, by the permissive will of God, power and authority over the nations of this world. Today we see Satan exercising his power over nations to accomplish his purposes regarding the Jew, the Land and the Temple Mount.

I want to review the positions and actions of the nations today as they relate to Satan’s work in them and through them. The following review will show that these nations and groups are being positioned to fulfill their end-time roles.

Russia has, in recent months, returned to the world stage as a military and economic power of reckoning. She is entering into a military alliance with Iran and other mid-east countries. This looks like preparations for the war of Ezekiel 38 & 39. She has pledged protection to Syria and Iran from Israeli attack. She has stationed a naval fleet in the Mediterranean Sea, which is based at Tartus in Syria. She has plainly stated her intention to be more involved in the Middle East. These are stage setting moves.

Iran is persisting in her development of nuclear weapons and has acquired solid fuel missiles with a range sufficient to reach Israel. Iran is also arming both Hamas and Hezbollah, preparing them for war with Israel. President Amahdinejad persists in his bold determination to, in his own words, “annihilate Israel”. This is without question the end-time scenario, ready to be set in motion.

Pakistan is the only Islamic state with nuclear weapons and missile systems to deliver them. Pakistan has become unstable in recent months. The possibility of a radical Islamic takeover is very real. Al-Qaeda is apparently working to bring such a takeover to fruition. If this situation should occur, Israel would be in great jeopardy.

Lebanon is in a state of political turmoil, which is bringing Hezbollah closer to her goal of taking over Lebanon. This would then be an Iranian/Syrian base for all-out war against Israel.

Hamas in the Gaza Strip has repeatedly stated that they will never accept Israel’s presence in the mid-east. Recently they sent a letter of request to the UN asking that the motion of 1947, granting Israel territory in Palestine be rescinded. They stated in the letter, that the land of Palestine from the river to the sea is Islamic land and there is no room for Jews in it. Hamas has also stated that they intend to overthrow Fatah in the West Bank, If Israel concedes the West Bank to the Fatah Palestinians, it will fall into the hands of Hamas where it will be used as a base to attack Israel, as happened in Gaza.

Fatah Palestinians have indicated they want to be reconciled with Hamas. In such a scenario, any concessions Israel makes to the Palestinians would again allow the same situation in which Hamas would have greater access to fire missiles into Israel.

The Arab World has made it clear that the preconditions for negotiating with Israel involves four Israeli concessions: 1- the surrender of the Golan Heights 2 – the surrender of the territories of Judea and Samaria 3 – the surrender of East Jerusalem and the Temple Mount and 4 – the right of all Palestinian refugees to return to Israel.

The above surrenders, in the democratic state of Israel would effectively mean the end of Israel as a homeland for Jews.

The EU claims to be the Revived Roman Empire, as undoubtedly it is. They have now adopted a new constitution which will centralize power. They have also mandated the office of a permanent President, who will have wide ranging powers. It would seem that through this office anti-Christ will ascend to rule the world. Rev. 13:7. The stage is set in Europe for the end-time events to begin to unfold.

Syria is demanding the return of the Golan Heights. At the same time she is preparing for war with Israel. Last July an accident in Syria revealed that Syria had been loading chemical warheads into missiles, when a fire broke out killing some 25 Syrians and Iranians. The war scenario continues to ratchet up.

The USA has turned against Israel by demanding Israel give up her divinely promised land. The US has committed $550 million to help establish a Palestinian State in the West Bank. President Bush has been arm twisting Israel to make all kinds of concessions to the Palestinians.

The World’s Nations have pledged $7 billion to establish a Palestinian state on Israel’s land. Tony Blair has been appointed to assist the Palestinians in organizing their new state. All of the World’s Nations are demanding a Palestinian State.

China in the last 50 years has awakened from millennia of slumber. Today China, with over 20% of the world’s population, is rapidly becoming a super-power, both economically and militarily. China is, for the first time in history, prepared to fulfill her last day’s role. Rev. 16:12

Israel is surrendering, in unbelief and disobedience, the promise of God to the will of her enemies. The following commentary is by Joseph Farah of Worldnetdaily.


Israeli leadership, if that term is not an oxymoron, has determined to let the Muslims have the Temple Mount, the holiest place in Judaism. It has determined to partition Jerusalem. And it has determined to cut further into the current land of Israel in handing over Judea and Samaria permanently to the Muslims.

You need to understand the mindset of the Israeli political elite. Christians tend to glamorize these folks. In fact, they are very similar to our own politicians here in America – those who are selling out our own birthright our own unique heritage as a godly people and nation.

The worst fear of the Israeli political elite has always been – since 1967 when the Jews captured the Temple Mount – the rebuilding of the Temple. Most of them see it as nothing more than silly superstition that has the potential to engulf the world in war.

That’s why Moshe Dayan quickly put the Temple Mount under the authority of the Muslims immediately after it was captured, and that’s why Ehud Olmert and the rest of them will attempt to give it away permanently in a treaty.

The Israeli political leadership went so far in its desire to rid themselves of this troublesome Temple Mount they probably broke their own laws in allowing the Muslims to excavate in and around it. They would do almost anything to undermine the nascent hopes of observant Jews that their Temple might actually be rebuilt.

What a strange time for Israel to lie down before its enemies. Not only is the Jewish state worried, rightfully, about two potential nuclear threats – one from Iran and the other from a chaotic Pakistan – but there are a multitude of conventional threats as well.

Hezbollah has acquired a small number of missiles capable of targeting Tel Aviv’s international airport. This, according to sources, is what Hezbollah’s Hassan Nasrallah is referring to in recent speeches when he warns of a “colossal surprise” they have in store in the next conflict with Israel.

As Israel prepares to turn over most of Judea and Samaria to the so-called Palestinians, Hamas – also supported by Iran and Syria – is preparing to stage a takeover of the West Bank similar to the coup it staged in the Gaza Strip.

Israel is now turning away in unbelief and disobedience as they did at Kadesh Barnea 3,500 years ago. The Lord will fulfill His purposes for Israel, even though unbelieving Jews will be excluded.

Today, as the end-time scenario is about to play out, all of the nations of the world are heading for the judgment of God for violating God’s Word and God’s will.

“I will also gather all nations, and bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with (judge) them there for my people and for my heritage, Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.” Joel 3:2

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