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Dukes of Edom (Part 2)

Babylon

The approaching wars centered in the Middle East will greatly affect the existence of modern day Iraq. Before that great battle of Armageddon, which pits the God of the universe against the accumulated forces of the power of darkness, it appears that Modern Babylon, the city and political entity, will experience a devastating war which occurs about seven years prior to the final battle at the beginning of the tribulation.It is very plausible that given the timing of other related prophecies that the devastation of physical Babylon, the land of the Chaldees will occur at or near the time of the rapture of the church.One cannot be dogmatic about this.However, it is as sure as God's Word is Truth that as these things continue to unfold we are being given enlightenment by His prophets first.Physical Babylon will be destroyed by what appears to be some form of weapon of mass destruction (WMD).

"Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will raise up against Babylon, and against them that dwell in the midst of them that rise up against me, a destroying wind;" (Jer 50:51)

Israel, God's "weapon of Indignation", may yet be the source of the destruction of literal physical Babylon Regardless of what happens in this early battle one thing remains clear.The ULTIMATE destruction of physical Babylon will come in the Day of the Lord. At the second Advent of Jesus Christ God will bring final judgment upon these major enemies off His Plan. We who are the children of God will be with Christ at the Advent having been raised (raptured) at the beginning of the tribulation.

The following scripture describes what is to be the final fate of literal Babylon in the Day of the Lord.

"The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see.Lift ye up a banner upon the high mountain, exalt the voice unto them, shake the hand, that they may go into the gates of the nobles.I have commanded my sanctified ones, I have also called my mighty ones for mine anger, even them that rejoice in my highness. The noise of a multitude in the mountains, like as of a great people; a tumultuous noise of the kingdoms of nations gathered together: the LORD of hosts mustereth the host of the battle.They come from a far country, from the end of heaven, even the LORD, and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole land. Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty. Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man's heart shall melt:And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames.Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it." (Isa 35:1-9).

In the verses above the prophet Isaiah has described the terrible Day of the Lord when Jesus Christ will return to earth, with His saints, as the nations gather in the valley of Megiddo.This is seen as the ultimate destruction of Babylon, judgment from Almighty God upon both the physical land of the Chaldeans as well as the entire fallen world society. It would be well to mention again that Babylon in scripture is seen as "a religious whore" in Revelation Chapter 17. In Revelation Chapter 18 Babylon is described as a powerful economic system represented by a "great city" that is twice fallen (New York?).In the Tribulation, prior to the establishment of His Kingdom, God’s judgments are to be poured upon the physical land around Babylon.In the broadest sense, however, it is seen as calamity brought upon the whole earth and judgment upon a world that has rejected God's provision of salvation.This judgment upon mankind is a final part of God's Plan of cleansing the Iniquity of Man and returning to that special relationship with him that existed in the garden before the fall.

Unlike the Isaiah scripture above which described Babylon in the day of the Lord, Jeremiah references what appears to be a day of destruction upon Babylon that will come prior to the day of the Lord perhaps at the "time of His visitation"(Jer 50:27), the rapture of His Church. The words "visit" and "visitation" may describe the Rapture.When Jesus returns to earth to establish His millennial kingdom He will then remain and dwell among men.At the "rapture" He visits earth to "raise the dead" and those "alive in Him" to meet Him in the clouds and forever be with the Lord (1 Thess 4:16).There is a difference between the words "establish" and "visit". "Establish" is a coming to stay while on the other hand "visit" means a very brief time.

Often scriptures can be viewed from both historic and future prophetic points of view.Often prophecy will have double meanings.When this occurs the Truth revealed in one understanding of the prophecy does not offset nor diminish Truth that is revealed in the other understanding.In light of the fact that many would see the above scripture as being historical only, attention should be drawn to the fact that verse 42 refers to the "daughter" of Babylon."The daughter" implies a prophecy to occur in the latter days. A similar dichotomy is often used in prophecy.Another example is the use of the "remnant" of Israel referring to those Jews who have come to realize Jesus Christ as their Messiah in the last days, i.e., those who will ultimately receive the fullness of the "promise to Abraham" in the Millennial Kingdom of God.

United States Involvement

Serious students of bible prophecy have often debated where, or if, the United States is mentioned in the thousands of prophetic verses of scripture pertaining to "the latter days".As a current major player in the Mid-east, the United States is certainly "involved" politically and economically.We should act to ensure that our nation does not waiver in our support of Israel.As long as the United States is supportive of Israel we may well continue to prosper.However, the scripture is clear that there will come a time when ALL nations will gather against Israel. It would appear that our country is solidly behind Israel now (2003). Let us pray that our leaders never turn on Israel.I would only caution that WAR inevitably brings unexpected politics, and, certainly, the imminent rapture of the church will change the political strength of the New World population that will so rapidly be devoured by the antichrist(Please refer to Message #5: "The Antichrist: Who is He?").

It further should be understood that our nation is to be "weakened" or "pruned" as a world power. It is my belief that Christians should support the war to against terror because God has told us to resist evil.It is the right thing to do to resist evil in all its forms. Some of the most diabolical plans ever devised are unfolding as the nations scurry to fulfill their roles in the closing of history.God's Plan in the Middle East is not dependent, however, on the United States of America, although He may choose to use us in his purpose.More likely, however, He will control the last days series of wars with Israel being the "weapon of God's indignation".It is believed by many who study prophecy that the United States will be reduced as a power in the "latter days", forcing the whole world against Israel and preparing the political vacuum required to elevate the status of the "little horn" (antichrist).

Pruning of America

The conspicuous absence of mention of the United States in scriptures pertaining to the last days may yet have been explained in Chapter 18 of Isaiah. Most of the Book of Isaiah leading up to this prophecy as well as much of Ezekiel pertains to a series of wars that come to pass in close succession and appear to happen just prior to or perhaps as the Tribulation begins.Among these wars there is a particular prophecy concerning a "far away" nation that is to be "pruned".In order to receive a correct interpretation of any prophecy one has to resolve ALL stipulations that pertain to the prophecy.In light of the fact that America is not mentioned in scripture directly, and, it appears that only America fulfills all the stipulations found in this prophecy. I submit that the following scripture can only pertain to the United States of America.

"Woe to the land shadowing with wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia: That sendeth ambassadors by the sea, even in vessels of bulrushes upon the waters, saying, Go, ye swift messengers, to a nation scattered and peeled, to a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden down, whose land the rivers have spoiled!All ye inhabitants of the world, and dwellers on the earth, see ye, when he lifteth up an ensign on the mountains; and when he bloweth a trumpet, hear ye.For so the LORD said unto me, I will take my rest, and I will consider in my dwelling place like a clear heat upon herbs, and like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.For afore the harvest, when the bud is perfect, and the sour grape is ripening in the flower, he shall both cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks, and take away and cut down the branches.They shall be left together unto the fowls of the mountains, and to the beasts of the earth: and the fowls shall summer upon them, and all the beasts of the earth shall winter upon them.In that time shall the present be brought unto the LORD of hosts of a people scattered and peeled, and from a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden under." (Isa 18:1-7)

A WOE is proclaimed on this nation.The United States has the outspread wings of an eagle(shadowed) as a symbol used on currency as well as the presidential seal.From the area of Israel where all reference points in scripture originate this nation is seen as being far away "beyond" the rivers of Ethiopia; so far that they bring ambassadors and messengers over the ocean.

The United States is "scattered" with Alaska and Hawaii being separate from the mainland. This stipulation alone tends toward only a very few possibilities as to who this nation refers to. The word "peeled" means "polished" which seems to fit also as we are rather refined in our endeavors.Certainly, we have been strong(terrible)from the time God chose to make us a nation until now.

The term "meted out" means "measured".Anyone ever having flown cross-country in an airplane can readily see our nation has been fully surveyed and platted and the rivers and roads traverse every mile. When he (Uncle Sam) lifts up a sign to the nations and when this nation officially speaks (bloweth a trumpet) the nations (mountains in prophecy) listen!! I think people certainly listen when America speaks, indeed, the world looks to us for guidance.

The next verses declare a "detrimental happening"(woe).God gives two examples of pruning both of which are detrimental to the survival of a plant; yet, neither will completely destroy the plant. This nation is "pruned" and there is great damage done to it, yet it appears that it will remain as a nation.

Finally, the last verse suggests a time frame in which the pruning will occur.The Lord of Hosts(God) will bring this people into His presence at the time of this "pruning.I suggest that this passage refers to the rapture when Christians will be brought into His presence to forever be with the Lord.Remember, the rapture will happen at the beginning of the tribulation, which reinforces this scenario. This may also explain why Israel will be left to face the nations of the world alone except for the guidance of God almighty.Israel is currently being forced into that ominous position of having to defend itself from the world.It seems America may not be around to help defend her much longer as the political structure in our own country evolves; and, Israel will be faced with making the tough decisions that will in their own eyes ensure their existence: The total destruction of those that will otherwise destroy them.

This message is not intended to suggest that we not act to try to correct past failed foreign policy. Our salvation as individuals does not depend on our military might, nor does it demand that we stop resisting evil or cower beneath the onslaught of terrorism, dictators and fundamental Islam. The ultimate worth of our nation is in how each of us responds to the call of Jesus Christ in our lives.Like all nations we also wax "worse and worse"(2 Tim 3:13) as the end of this age draws nigh. We need to accept that incredible gift that God wants us to have in the form of His son. Accept Him who has full control of the passage of nations as well as the destiny of each and every one who freely accepts that gift.

Day of the Lord

"Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will raise up against Babylon, and against them that dwell in the midst of them that rise up against me, a destroying wind;" (Jer 50:51)

The "Day of the Lord" marks the end of this dispensation, or age, and refers to the time from the advent of Jesus Christ through His 1000-year reign on earth."The Day of the Lord" is also referred to as day seven in God's Plan for the redemption of mankind."A day to the Lord is as a thousand years."(2Peter 3:8). God's cleansing of the earth and His Plan for the redemption of mankind is, therefore, in the final stages prior to the establishment of Christ's kingdom on earth.In the Day of the Lord His Plan to bring mankind back in His presence is nearly complete.The evil seed within man has now been purged, preparing his bride to accept a continued relationship with Him that will involve the healing of the nations during the Millennium and then an eternity in His service. The Dukes of Edom and the Palestinians, indeed, all who never come to know the God of Israel will be omitted from God's kingdom.The teachings of Islam do not prepare the way to God!All "religions" lead man away from Christ and His salvation so, too, does a "relationship" with the Son of God based on His saving Grace lead a man back into the presence of the Godhead.

It is incumbent upon all Americans, and even more so those who call themselves by His Name, to recognize that we are in spiritual warfare; and, that Islam is a religion of Satan.It is not for us to be "politically correct" and to shy away from this fact.It is, however, correct for us to be true to the Word of God, which is the Sword of His Spirit. The Dukes of Edom will come to know that the God of Israel and the God of the Bride of Christ is the One True God, the Lord of Hosts is His Name.The ultimate elimination of the bad seed from the lineage of Edom (Esau), indeed, the cleansing of mankind, is seen below in the prophet Zechariah's description of the Day of The Lord.

"Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark:But it shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be.And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.All the land shall be turned as a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem: and it shall be lifted up, and inhabited in her place, from Benjamin's gate unto the place of the first gate, unto the corner gate, and from the tower of Hananeel unto the king's winepresses.And men shall dwell in it, and there shall be no more utter destruction; but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited. And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour. And Judah also shall fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the heathen round about shall be gathered together, gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abundance.And so shall be the plague of the horse, of the mule, of the camel, and of the ass, and of all the beasts that shall be in these tents, as this plague.And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.In that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses, HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD; and the pots in the LORD's house shall be like the bowls before the altar.Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the LORD of hosts: and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and seethe therein and in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the LORD of hosts."(Zech 14:1-21)

"Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, for the violence against the children of Judah, because they have shed innocent blood in their land.But Judah shall dwell for ever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation.For I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed: for the LORD dwelleth in Zion."(Joel 3:19-21)

The Fall of Satan

Satan on throne

Satan is the promoter of that age-old hatred between the twin brothers and their succeeding generations just as he is the cause of all of the turmoil in this world. The destiny of God's chief adversary is seen in the following scripture.

"How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof, that opened not the house of his prisoners? All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, every one in his own house.But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcass trodden under feet. Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial, because thou hast destroyed thy land, and slain thy people: the seed of evildoers shall never be renowned. Prepare slaughter for his children for the iniquity of their fathers; that they do not rise, nor possess the land, nor fill the face of the world with cities.For I will rise up against them, saith the LORD of hosts, and cut off from Babylon the name, and remnant, and son, and nephew, saith the LORD. Rejoice not thou, whole Palestina, because the rod of him that smote thee is broken: for out of the serpent's root shall come forth a cockatrice, and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent.And the firstborn of the poor shall feed, and the needy shall lie down in safety: and I will kill thy root with famine, and he shall slay thy remnant.Howl, O gate; cry, O city; thou, whole Palestina, art dissolved: for there shall come from the north a smoke, and none shall be alone in his appointed times. What shall one then answer the messengers of the nation? That the LORD hath founded Zion, and the poor of his people shall trust in it."(Isa 14:12-32)

The Fall of Lucifer (Isa 14) is seen as the time when Satan will be cast to earth and will indwell the Man of Sin, the antichrist. The antichrist will arise to lead the nations of the world during this time of "wars and rumors of wars" (tribulation).The nations will gather to that great battle known as Armageddon where the antichrist will be destroyed by the "brightness of His Coming". (2 Thess 2:8).The conclusion then will be the establishment of the Millennial Kingdom of God. Note that verse 21 says that the Canaanite will no longer dwell in the house of God (New Jerusalem).

Conclusion

God's ultimate solution to terror imparted by Palestinian hate groups is described in terms such as "dissolve", "melt away" and "consume". No longer will the Islamic devils disrupt the lives of God's Chosen people with their homicide bombings, mass murders and satanic acts of terror. Israel, God's weapon of Indignation, will be the instrument at God’s disposal to carry out much of His judgment upon the Dukes of Edom. Ultimately, however, God will use the Rod of Iron spirited by His Son, Jesus Christ, to destroy Satan and his associates at Christ's Second Coming (Advent).

"And there shall be no more a pricking brier unto the house of Israel, nor any grieving thorn of all that are round about them, that despised them; and they shall know that I am the Lord GOD.Thus saith the Lord GOD; When I shall have gathered the house of Israel from the people among whom they are scattered, and shall be sanctified in them in the sight of the heathen, then shall they dwell in their land that I have given to my servant Jacob.And they shall dwell safely therein, and shall build houses, and plant vineyards; yea, they shall dwell with confidence, when I have executed judgments upon all those that despise them round about them; and they shall know that I am the LORD their God." (Ezk 28:24-26)

There will come a time in the very near future when the re-gathering of the nation of Israel will be completed in God's Plan. The fulfillment of His promise to Abraham and his descendents, Isaac and Jacob had it's beginning in 1948 when Israel was re-established as a nation. It continued toward fulfillment in 1967 with the six-day war as Jerusalem was reoccupied by Israel for the first time since before Roman control.The final re-gathering and complete fulfillment of the promise of the birthright will be realized in the Kingdom of God on earth during the Millennium. (Please refer to Message #13: "The Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ")

New Jerusalem descending on the land of ancient Palestine

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