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Saddam Hussein As The Beast, Our Job As Prophecy Teachers, Beast of Revelation And King Of The North, His Deadly Wound Healed, Syria As King of The North, Turkish-Syrian Relations The Turkey Question, Saddam's Capture A High Point, Iraqis Emboldened For Democracy, USA Emboldened To Implement Middle East Agenda, Iran And Syria - Possible Targets, My Prophetic Dilemma, America Hindering Endtime Countdown, Jesus' Return Not Imminent, Minimum Of Seven Years Left, Not A Pre-Tribber America's Destruction A Catalyst For Endtime Events, Babylon Destroyed By Beast And Ten Horns, Identity Of Babylon, The Oil Weapon, America's Use Them And Abuse Them Tactic, Name Change For Baghdad, New World Order, John Lennon's Imagine, True Peace Through Christ, America's Globalist Vision, Buzz Words - Freedom Liberation Democracy, The Spirit of Newness, Birth Of New Babylon, Power Of Oil, "New Babylon" Despised Hated And Destroyed, Personal Speculations, Don't Limit God, God's Plan In Motion, God Sets Up Leaders, Watch Pray Witness
Having now thoroughly discussed the political aspects of the war in Iraq, let us turn our attention to the recent capture of Saddam Hussein, and how it effects our understanding of Endtime prophecy. As some of you who have studied my articles will already know, in such commentaries as "The Seven Heads", due to the fact that the USA was unable to remove Mr. Hussein from power for more than a dozen years, in spite of military attacks, UN sanctions, no-fly zones, etc., I posed the theory that Saddam, or one of his sons, Uday or Qusay, might be the Biblical Beast of the Book of Revelation. As I explained in part two, it is God who raises up leaders; and for some time, it seemed that despite the US's best efforts to remove Saddam from power, the Lord might be keeping him in power for a very specific reason. Please note that I was by no means alone in this view. Other Bible teachers considered this possibility as well. After all, that is our job; to read the Scriptures, and then, using sound judgment and spiritual discernment, try to apply the proper interpretation to them, based upon what is occurring in the world at present. It is not an easy job.
As you may also know, it has been my belief that the Beast of the Book of Revelation, may be synonymous with the King of the North, mentioned in the prophecies of Daniel, who invades the land of Israel. As I point out in that series, in the Scriptures, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon was in fact referred to as a great power coming down from the north, in order to invade Israel. Obviously, with both Uday and Qusay Hussein now having been killed by American forces in Mosul, -- which is located near ancient Nineveh -- and with Saddam in captivity, it would definitely seem that the Hussein regime is finished. Short of a miracle, and I do mean a direct act of God, it is highly unlikely that Saddam Hussein will ever return to his position of power in Iraq. In fact, most people believe that once the United States is finished with him, and Saddam is turned over to Iraqi authorities -- assuming that Bush keeps his word on this -- he is a dead man.
Update: As I explain in my five-part series "Saddam Hussein's Execution and the Euro Dollar War", Saddam Hussein was in fact executed by hanging on December 30, 2006.
Despite the fate which was met by Saddam Hussein and his sons, nevertheless, we know from the Scriptures that when the Beast does make his appearance on the world stage at some point in the future, he will appear to fall from power in some way, only to rise again, as we see by the following verses that are found in the Book of Revelation:
"And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? . . . And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live."
Revelation 13:3-4, 14, KJV
So just when the world has assumed that the Beast has been militarily defeated, it appears from the Scriptures that he is going to astound the world and rise to power again. As I explain in the aforementioned series, this, I believe, is the proper interpretation of the Scriptures. Contrary to the popular notion, which is promoted in a number of movies, as well as in a lot of Christian evangelistic materials, I do not believe that the Beast is going to be actually wounded in the head, and then be brought back to life again, as if by a miracle, be it medical, spiritual, or otherwise. While such an amazing event might convince many ignorant people of the Beast's immortality or divinity, it would also set off a lot of alarms amongst those who know the Scriptures, and who would thus realize who he really is. Let us not forget that deception is the name of the Endtime game. In my opinion, the Beast will slyly and deceptively rise to power, and few people will realize who he really is, until it is too late.
But for the sake of argument, let us assume that Mr. Hussein is not the one whom we have been waiting for, and that the final chapter of his life is soon to be closed. If that is the case, what does that mean for us? Where does it leave us in regards to our understanding of Endtime prophecy?
In my view, what this may mean, is that perhaps we need to refocus our attention back on the original ideas which I expressed in the article "The Kings of The North And The South". It is in that article that I explain how I believe the Lord showed me verse by verse from the Scriptures, that Syria holds the highest possibility for producing the King of the North, or the Beast if you prefer. However, please note that this does not completely rule out Turkey and Iran, which also hold some possibilities for producing the Beast and the False Prophet of Revelation chapter thirteen; as I also point out in "The Seven Heads" series. Nevertheless, with the Hussein sons now dead, and Saddam in captivity, Syria does return to the forefront of Endtime prophecy in my mind, as far as being the potential place of origin of the King of the North, who will eventually wage war with Egypt, and invade Israel.
As an additional note, it might interest you to know that even though Turkey has a military alliance with the nation of Israel, in recent months, Syria and Turkey have begun to warm up to each other again, following a cold spell which resulted from their differences of opinion over the war in Iraq, as well as other issues, such as water supplies. Let us also not forget the fact that in the elections which were held in Turkey last year, Islamic fundamentalists made some important gains in certain key provinces. While the military still remains in control of Turkey, you just never know what the future might hold. The tide of Islam might some day take hold of that country again. If that were to occur, and if Turkey and Syria continue to patch up old wounds, you just never know. Under the influence of the Islamists, Turkey may in the end betray Israel, as I have long suspected that she might do; but this is just a personal speculation on my part. Time will certainly tell what road she will eventually take.
I must admit, however, that I am troubled with the idea of the Beast arising from Syria, even though that is what the Scriptures seem to indicate is going to happen. Why? Allow me to explain. With the capture of Saddam Hussein, the Bush administration has achieved a powerful psychological victory in Iraq. The Americans even admitted this; and stated that following a month of heavy casualties in November of last year, Saddam's capture was a high point for them. Of course, with the rising casualty rate for both Americans and Iraqis, I am beginning to wonder how much of that euphoria really remains. At a glance, Saddam's capture does not seem to have improved the situation by very much, if at all.
Saddam's capture was likewise a high point for the Iraqis. Many Iraqis were very hesitant to offer their open support to the Americans, because there was always the fear of "What if the Americans fail and Saddam returns to power?". With Saddam seemingly out of the way now, many of his underlings captured, and the remaining elements of his Baath Party now fragmented, the Iraqi people have become more emboldened in their march towards a democratic government; even if that government turns out to be a puppet government ruled by the Americans from afar. The recent protest in Basra was a clear sign of normal Iraqis strongly expressing their will, as well as their growing impatience with their American occupiers.
But another by-product of these recent events, may be that the Americans will become emboldened to carry out their full plans for the restructuring of the entire Middle East. As we have already discussed, an accelerated effort to turn over more power to the Iraqis by June 30th is already in motion. Whether that push is a calculated move which is being fueled by the approaching election in the United States, or whether it is due to the rising unrest and discontent in Iraq, and a concern over where it may possibly lead if it's not arrested soon, the push to transfer power is nevertheless happening as we speak. Assuming that all goes well, and some form of semi- democratic government is put in place by June 30th, in spite of the continued resistance in the so-called Sunni Triangle, then what? What will be America's next move?
Enter Syria and Iran.
From their perspective, these two nations are now in more danger than ever before. As I have stated before, for months now, the USA has been vilifying Syria and Iran, and applying increasing pressure to both countries; and if the Americans finally manage to bring Iraq under control, possibly with UN help, will it be long before they begin to carry out their plans for Iran and Syria as well? With the center piece of the puzzle under American control, that is, Iraq, how much more time will pass before the two end pieces, that is, Iran and Syria, will fall as well? The tiny nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council are already basically under the American umbrella. In fact, the Iraq operation is being managed from Qatar, and Bahrain I believe. The Saudis would be foolish to resist the USA after seeing what they are doing in Iraq. In fact, Saudi Arabia might be an eventual American target as well. Let us not forget that the 9-11 score has never been settled, as I noted earlier in this series. Once America has a firm control on the Iraqi oil flow, and is no longer so dependent on Saudi oil, who knows how she may react towards the al-Saud dynasty. What is left of that once cozy relationship may be over. Again, time will certainly tell.
At any rate, that is where my personal dilemma arises. You see; as long as the United States is entrenched in Iraq as it currently is; guaranteeing the survival of Israel; and successfully moving full-speed-ahead with its hegemonic agenda in the Middle East; and is not being challenged by anyone; it is difficult for me to see how an Islamic Beast, as well as an Islamic False Prophet, could possibly rise to power, and thus fulfill the final prophecies of the Endtime, which includes the invasion of Israel. At this current time, the local environment in the Middle East isn't conducive for such Earth-shaking events; and unless America is stopped by someone, it won't be for a long time to come. In short, the presence of the American military in Iraq and neighboring nations, seems to be retarding the final Endtime countdown; at least the way in which I personally understand it.
In fact, upon pondering this present situation further, in my mind, it forces me to consider the possibility that the Return of Jesus Christ may not be as imminent as we would like to think. For those of you who are familiar with my work, you will already know that unlike a lot of popular Bible teachers, I have never been a "at-any-moment" kind of preacher. Ever since I began this ministry, I have always maintained that until certain events occur in the Middle East, primary of which is the signing of the Holy Covenant between the King of the North and the King of the South, as per the prophecies of Daniel, we have at least a minimum of seven years to go until the glorious Return of Jesus Christ. I am simply not convinced that the Lord's Return is going to occur at any moment, as that would be totally contrary to my current understanding of Endtime prophecy.
As I point out in my series "The Great Tribulation and the Rapture", I do not adhere to the "Pre-Tribulation Rapture" theory. I believe that many of us, including the saved Jews of Israel, will go through the Great Tribulation, and will come out on the other side as victors, at the Return of Jesus Christ, as per the following verses:
"Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other."
Matthew 24:29-31, KJV
So what I am saying now, is that taking into consideration the current developments in the Middle East, with the Bush Administration's aggressive restructuring plan in operation, it seems that these final events of the Endtime, which will culminate with the Battle of Armageddon, and the Return of Jesus Christ, may not be quite as close as we had hoped for. I am no longer a young man; and I have already been waiting for the Return of Jesus Christ for over thirty-two years. My only hope now, is that that Blessed Event will still occur during my lifetime.
It is for the reasons which I have just explained to you, that for some time now, I have been seriously contemplating the thought, that the only way in which the final prophecies of the Endtime can come to fruition sooner, at least as I currently understand them, would be if the USA were suddenly neutralized; either through her complete destruction by one of her enemies, or perhaps a group of enemies, or as a result of her own internal corruption, similar to what occurred with the Roman Empire. Of course, I realize that my suggesting this will be pleasing to those of you who view the United States as being Babylon the Great, which will be destroyed by the Beast and Ten Horns, or world powers, which will temporarily give their power to the Beast, as we see here:
"And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast . . . And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire."
Revelation 17:12-13, 16 KJV
Please understand that I am not saying that I believe that the United States of America is Babylon the Great. At this point in time, I honestly do not know with one hundred per cent certainty who Babylon is. I offer my own speculations regarding the mysterious woman who sits upon many waters in the article "Revelation's Babylon the Great", but they are by no means written in stone; I could be wrong. What I am saying, is that I simply don't see how these key Endtime prophecies can be fulfilled in the Middle East, as long as the United States retains its dominant military and economic position in the world. As long as America is able to protect Israel, the Islamic forces simply cannot make their move against Israel, and expect to survive. American and Israeli forces would be very quick to squash them. Their might is primitive compared to the combined technological might of Israel and the United States. Just look how quickly Baghdad fell once the Americans initiated their illegal attack.
Of course, what I have just stated is under the assumption that I am correct in my belief that the Beast and the False Prophet will be of Islamic origin. I could be wrong. Maybe I am missing a part of the puzzle. After all, I am by no means infallible, as certain religious leaders and teachers like to claim for themselves.
Returning to the theme of the possible identity of Babylon the Great, while I have already written the aforementioned article where I discuss this issue, these recent events in the Middle East are forcing me to consider more seriously another possibility which I mention in that article. Allow me to explain.
Let us suppose for a moment that America is successful and achieves her objectives in Iraq. Let us also suppose that under American guidance and control, Baghdad arises to the status of a prominent world trade center; particularly as a result of the Iraqi oil reserves, which the Americans are doing their best to control and manipulate at this current time. As I have said before, whoever controls the oil, has their hands around the industrialized world's throat; and I strongly suspect that the United States of America has every intention of using the oil reserves as a weapon to force its will upon the world. If you doubt my word, consider the fact that until just recently, the United States was refusing to offer business opportunities in Iraq to the four countries which strongly opposed the Iraq invasion; that is, Russia, China, Germany and France. As I noted earlier, only now that the situation is becoming rough, and out of control in Iraq, and America is in need of help, has she begun to soften her stance.
But don't think for a minute that America is really being humble by petitioning the UN for help. She is merely playing the same old game of politics, and relying upon her tactic of "use them and abuse them", and Kofi Annan obviously knows this. Personally, I am not the least bit surprised by the pressure tactics being employed by the hawks who manipulate President Bush; with his consent of course. Once again, Bush is revealing what a unilateralist he has been all along. What world sympathy the USA may have garnered following the 9-11 attacks, has surely eroded since then, as a result of Bush's wayward and stubborn policies; and as I said earlier, this is why he is now finding it difficult to solicit help from other nations in rebuilding Iraq. They know that America is empire building, and they are not too keen to be a part of it.
But returning to my main point, what would you think, if by God's Design, Baghdad were to eventually return to the former glory which Babylon had achieved several millennia ago, under King Nabopolassar and his son Nebuchadnezzar? What might this tell us? Taking this speculation a step further, what if, to everyone's surprise, Baghdad were to undergo a name change? This has happened untold times before throughout history, and even during our modern day, hasn't it? Have you ever heard of Byzantium? How about Constantinople? And Istanbul? If you are familiar with the history of western Asia, then you will have already realized that they are one and the same place.
Now, you might be asking yourself, "Why would anyone want to change the name of Baghdad?" Here is my personal theory; and it is just a theory. Ever since the first President Bush, we have become familiar with the term "New World Order". Some people, such as we Christians, cringe upon hearing the term, while others are rather delighted, and eagerly look forward to this promised utopian world. In fact, did you know that in an initiative which was sponsored by the United Nations, on John Lennon's fiftieth birthday in October of 1990, the song "Imagine" was not only played at the United Nations, but was in fact aired by more than a thousand radio stations in over fifty nations around the world? Not only that, but at the end of the Summer Olympics in 1996, American artist Stevie Wonder performed the final song at the event. It was likewise "Imagine", and millions of people were mesmerized by it, and its promise of a godless world filled with peace.
So while John Lennon may have become strongly disliked by many American Christians following his controversial "more popular than Jesus Christ" remark several decades ago, it is obvious that many other people, including many individuals in very high places in the world's governments, appreciated the message of worldwide peace, unity and brotherhood, which is contained in the lyrics of Lennon's song. Is it possible that some day "Imagine" might even become the international anthem for the New World Order? They certainly seem to be preparing people for such a possibility, don't they?
As I explain in the in-depth series "John Lennon's Imagine and Secular Humanism", it isn't the desire for peace, unity and brotherhood that is wrong; it is the fact that Lennon apparently believed that such a world could be obtained by removing God from the equation. That is where Lennon erred; not only on a personal level, but by foolishly leading an entire generation astray. Even today, several decades after his death, there are people who not only strongly defend Lennon, and his song "Imagine", but who view him as if he were some kind of a saint, or perhaps even a messiah. The reason why I know this, is because I personally have been the recipient of some of their hate mail quite a few times as a result of my "Lennon" series. We simply cannot obtain true lasting peace, without the Spirit of the true Prince of Peace and Messiah, Jesus Christ, ruling in our hearts, minds and lives. Human love will eventually fail. Only God's Love, through Christ, can truly prevail.
But returning to the Bushes, Bush Senior, Bush Junior, and other globalists just like them, obviously believe in this vision of a New World Order. Not only do they believe in it, but they are energetically working towards bringing the NWO into existence, the American way. They realize that someone has to obviously head such a One World Government, and they have every intention of being the ones to do it. Russia and China have already aired their objections to the American vision, but the USA has no intentions of turning back from the road it has now chosen. These globalists are convinced that this is their destiny.
As I have already explained earlier in this series, that is one of the motivations behind their invasion of Iraq, right? Mr. Bush, and similar-thinking men like him, want to totally reshape the arena of the Middle East, based upon America's will and social values; including the democratic way. In the process of restructuring the Middle East, they will not only take control of Iraqi oil, but they will also end up with a powerful American base of operations there, from where they can continue to threaten, and dictate their demands, to the rest of the nations in that area. But as always, they need to cloak their true intentions under a different guise; and as I pointed out earlier, that is where buzz words such as freedom, liberation and democracy enter the picture. After all, who could possibly be against such things, right? Sadly, a little too late, the Iraqis are suddenly realizing that what they were promised, and what they are actually going to get, is not the same thing; and that is why they are quickly growing weary of the American presence, and have begun to rise up in protest, such as through the recent protests in Basra.
In short, the Americans have promised, and have repeatedly emphasized to the people of Iraq, that they are there to free them from tyranny, and to give Iraq a new beginning; and it is from this central idea of newness, that other things have already sprung. For example, do you recall what was one of the first things that the Americans did after taking over Baghdad? It made worldwide headlines. With the help of some of the Iraqis, they tore down a huge statue of Saddam Hussein situated in downtown Baghdad. That was one powerful, symbolic gesture of the new beginning which the United States wants to bring to Iraq. Of course, it was also a powerful message to Saddam Hussein -- who was still in hiding at the time -- to the insurgents, and to anyone else who might be opposed to America's actions in Iraq.
So beginning with that statue, and to this very day, with the help of the Iraqis, all signs of Saddam's former grip on that country are slowly being removed by the Americans. But that isn't all. Have you heard of the latest development in the "Erase All Memories Of Saddam Hussein" campaign? In case you haven't heard, all national currency with Saddam's image on it is being replaced. There was a photograph in one of my news bundles the other day where they showed bundles of the old currency stacked up in the Central Bank of Baghdad. So you see, it is another sign of a new beginning. The plan is to keep pushing the idea of a new beginning for the people of Iraq, which will ultimately culminate in a new government. Never mind that their new government will not be as freely elected as had been promised to, and expected by, the Iraqis.
That thorny issue aside, in the name of the spirit of newness that has been repeatedly promoted, is it possible that as yet another symbolic sign that Iraq has become a new nation, that someone might propose the idea of changing the name of their capital city to something else? How about "New Babylon"? Of course, this is not really a novel idea on my part; others have proposed it before me; but until now, I had never really given it any serious consideration. Perhaps it is just a wild theory and will never happen; but what if it does? If we take that theory, and extend it further, we arrive at some rather interesting possibilities, don't we? Of course, I am referring to one commonly-held belief which suggests that Baghdad, Iraq might possibly be symbolic of the Biblical Babylon the Great. While I don't believe that Baghdad currently fulfills that role, being as she by no means has the status which we find attributed to the Babylon the Great described for us in the pages of the Book of Revelation, with American help, that could possibly change with time.
Don't forget that oil is a powerful weapon which can bring nations to their knees if wielded in a wise fashion. Due to man's own foolishness in not developing other alternatives, the industrialized world would come to a serious standstill in a relatively short period of time, perhaps six to twelve months, if a sufficiently large percentage of its oil supply were to be cut off. After all, national reserves can only last for so long. Without oil, there are no lubricants for machines, vehicles of any kind, etc. Without oil, a lot of clothes could not be made. Without oil, millions of plastic items would cease to be produced. Without oil, there is no gasoline, no diesel, no jet fuel, etc. Many of the world's weapons of war would be useless toys. The point is, the "New Babylon" does possess a weapon which it could use to catapult itself to world prominence; particularly if other oil-producing nations were to begin faltering in their own supplies for some reason.
If the Americans do retain their grip on Iraq, and thus on this "New Babylon", even if it is through Iraqi surrogates who will do America's bidding, is it possible that "New Babylon" will slowly grow in strength and prominence, until she reaches a point where she is confident enough to begin making demands on the surrounding Arab/Muslim nations? Will she perhaps even oppress them, to the point that they will begin to hate her very presence in the Middle East, just as some of them had previously loathed Saddam Hussein? Will they begin to hate "New Babylon" the whore?
Allow me to also remind you that when America arrives bearing gifts, those gifts include some things which strict Muslims consider offensive, as well as contrary to Islamic law, such as drinking alcoholic beverages, the emancipation of women, sexual immorality, etc. Is it possible that "New Babylon's" spiritual degradation, and negative influence on neighboring Muslim countries, will cause her to be despised by them, to the point that they will wish to see her destroyed? Taking this thought even further, is it possible that a leader will arise, who will possess sufficient power, and charisma, so that he will be able to convince ten of these countries to temporarily join him, in order to bring "New Babylon" to her knees via nuclear fire, exactly as John seems to describe it in the Book of Revelation?
If you've already read my article on Babylon the Great, then you will already know that some of the ideas I have proposed here, run contrary to some of the views which I express in that article. Please understand that none of this is written in stone; and I am not definitively saying that this is what is going to happen. I am merely posing some theories, based upon what we see occurring in Iraq at this current time. As I have told my readers before, until the Endtime prophecies actually play themselves out, we honestly don't know. We can theorize all we want; and offer our personal speculations; but when these events described by the Apostle John actually occur, then we will finally know without a doubt which is the correct interpretation. Everything will be made plain to us in God's perfect time.
By exercising a degree of speculation here, I am not throwing out everything that I said in the aforementioned article; I'm merely leaving open the window of possibilities. As you may recall, I offered several different possibilities in my other article, and I then informed you which of them seemed to make the most sense to me, based upon my understanding of God's Word. What I am doing now, is showing you how one of those other possibilities, that is, Baghdad possibly being Babylon, might have more relevance now, given the developing situation in Iraq. We simply cannot put God, or His Word, in a box, and say "This is it. There are no other choices or possibilities". So, maybe Jerusalem really is the spiritual Babylon as I suggest in that article; or maybe I was off the mark and the real Endtime Babylon will be Baghdad, with the possible new name of "New Babylon". Or maybe it is neither one of them. As I point out in that article, some people are convinced that it is New York City, while others are convinced that it is Rome. In different ways, all four of these cities partially fit the Biblical description of Babylon the Great; but in reality, none of them fulfill every single requirement; at least not at this time, in my view.
So that is it. That is an up-to-the-minute update regarding my current views on the war in Iraq, the capture of Saddam Hussein, and the possible identity of the mysterious Babylon the Great of the Book of Revelation. I hope that you enjoyed it, and that you have learned something from it. God remains in absolute control, as He always has been. Regardless of what man may do, or not do, God's Plan for humanity will be fulfilled. Each piece of the puzzle will fall into its proper place in God's time. As I stated earlier, whether they be good or evil, whether they be just or unjust, whether they be righteous or unrighteous, it is God who sets up leaders, and it is God who places desires in their hearts, in order that they might fulfill His Divine Will. As the Scriptures state:
"The kingOs heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will."
Proverbs 21:1, KJV
And please remember that just because a leader is permitted to come to power, does not necessarily mean that he is good. God allowed a Pharaoh to come to power in Egypt who knew not Joseph. He was an evil ruler who afflicted the children of Israel; yet all of these events occurred by Divine Will. God hardened Pharaoh's heart time and time again, in order that His Might could eventually be manifested through the Plagues and the Hebrew's liberation from bondage. In similar fashion, we may not like or agree with what Bush has done, but we must recognize that God has apparently allowed it for some reason. Only time will reveal God's reasons for allowing the capture of Saddam Hussein, and the fall of his Baathist regime. As I have speculated here, perhaps from the ashes of tyranny, will arise the "New Babylon". We shall see.
So as Christians, what is our place in all of this? Simply put, it is our responsibility, as Jesus said, to be alert, to pray, and to watch for the day of our Redemption, when the Lord will return in the clouds of heaven, with great power and glory, in order to call His children home. If we are watching and praying, and not falling asleep, or being deceived by the lies of the world, then by God's Grace, we will hopefully begin to see, and to understand, when these things begin to happen before our very eyes. It is also our responsibility to remain faithful witnesses of the truth to others for as long as we can. As the final events of the Endtime begin to unfold upon the Earth, we cannot cower in fear, and hide our lights under a bushel. As I point out in "Are You A Burning Ember For The Lord?", it is our duty to shine brightly, as spiritual darkness overcomes this tired, old, sin-laden world. As Jesus said:
"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."
Matthew 5:16, KJV
"And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come."
Matthew 24:14, KJV
"Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels."
Mark 8:38, KJV
My prayer, as it has always been, is that the Lord's Return will occur in my lifetime; and I am sure that your prayer is the same. May God bless you with the truth; and I know that He will, if you truly seek it, and desire it, with all your heart. I pray that this series has been a blessing, as well as an enlightenment, to many.