Good Sunday morning friends. What an exciting time to be alive. Sure, we know America has no hope of rebounding morally outside of repentance and revival, which seems unlikely. Of course, we must keep in mind that the Bible was not written in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, New York or especially Hollywood. It was written in a Holy Land, and that Word of God points to one place in a tiny strip of land on the shores of the Mediterranean. It is a Holy place, a Holy land, a Promised land. This week a major leap took place leading toward fulfilling the prophecies of the last days before the Rapture, Tribulation, and return of Jesus Christ in power and glory as conquering King, the Lion of the tribe of Judah. God used a leader this week who some can rightfully say is unrighteous and questionable in personal practice, to make the declaration that Jerusalem is the rightful capital of Israel. How does that happen? Let’s talk about that…
As we have shared in recent posts, my personal studies have been in Ezra lately. There was a return to Jerusalem from the land of bondage by the Israelites. There were a line of Kings of Syria in that process who were moved somehow to support the effort and others who hindered the work. In chapter 7 of Ezra we read of a pagan king named Artaxerxes who made a decision which seemed like political suicide. He allowed Ezra, and later Nehemiah, go back to their homeland to rebuild the city of David where Solomon’s temple once stood. Why would a pagan king who was not Jewish nor converted to full faith in the God of Heaven allow such a thing that went totally against the political grain? Verse 27 and 28 give us the explanation as Ezra prays a prayer of praise, “Blessed be the Lord God of our fathers, which hath put such a thing as this in the king’s heart, to beautify the house of the Lord which is in Jerusalem: And hath extended mercy unto me before the king, and his counsellers, and before all the king’s mighty princes. And I was strengthened as the hand of the Lord my God was upon me, and I gathered together out of Israel chief men to go up with me.” That is how events like ones of this past week happen. It is in God’s hand to put such things in king’s heart.
What should this awaken God’s people to? Let us look at Ezra’s experience. First of all, Praise the Lord that we are in living in such a time as this. Pray that the Lord will continue to influence political figures to continue this path. Put our hand to the plow and work to reach the lost world around us through Personal outreach, and Pocket-book offerings to Bible-believing missionaries around the globe. Partner with others who will fulfill the Great Commission in the last days we are living in. The cooperation between Russia and Iran (Ezek 38-39, Daniel 7), the destruction that has been occurring in Damascus and all of Syria (Is 17), and so many other world powers aligning against Israel do nothing but prove the promises and prophecies of the Word of God are true.
If God can point the heart of a world leader who lives on the fringe of belief, will you who have given your heart to the Lord allow Him to point yours in these confirmed last days? You know what, I believe I’ll just keep believing.
God Bless You,
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