Russia’s Day of Destruction in Israel

From Grant R. Jeffrey’s Armageddon – Appointment With Destiny

And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal and prophesy against him, and say, Thus saith the Lord God: Behold I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: and I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armor, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet: Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.(Ezekiel 38:1­6)

God is in control of history. As the earlier chapters of this book demonstrate, some of God’s appointments with destiny for Israel and the nations have already occurred. Several additional appointments remain to be fulfilled in the future. Russia and her allies (the former republics of the USSR, Eastern Europe, and the Arabs) still await their appointment with destiny.

The Lord gave the prophet Ezekiel a prophetic warning directed to the nations of the “far north.” Ezekiel was raised near the Temple in Jerusalem and had studied to be a priest. He was among those Jewish captives from Jerusalem who were taken to Babylon when Nebuchadnezzar conquered Israel. It was he who wrote “among the captives by the river of Chebar, . . . the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God” (Ezekiel 1:1). These prophecies written in Babylon from about 593 b.c. to 570 b.c. were directed to Ezekiel’s fellow captives and to those Jews still living in Jerusalem, as well as to the generations that would follow.

Ezekiel was given an astonishingly accurate prophetic vision about the rebirth of the nation of Israel that would occur in the spring of 1948, as detailed in Continue reading

The Treacherous Trio of Ezekiel 38 Part 2: Iran

by Mary Miller, Koinonia Institute

As discussed in Part 1 of this series, the treacherous trio of Ezekiel 38 is defined as Turkey, Iran and Russia. Historically, each of these countries enjoyed grand imperial pasts. All are ambitious. All are making a move to achieve a measure of their previous success.

The focus of Part 2 of our discussion of the ill-fated “band of brothers” described in Ezekiel 38 is Iran. Biblically and historically, the geographic region of Iran has also been referred to as Elam and Persia. It is the glory of these past empires to which Iran currently aspires.

Persia Takes Shape

The region boasts one of the world’s oldest continuous major civilizations with evidence of urban occupations dating back to 4000 B.C. The Medes are credited with unifying the region into the Persian Empire in 625 B.C.

Between 550-330 B.C. the Achaemenids were the first of the Persian empires to rule over the Middle East, Greece and Central Asia. Following the conquest by Alexander the Great, rule transferred to the Seleucids, the Parthians, and the Sassanids which governed the region for more than 1,000 years.

Historically, Persia often found itself caught up in the af-fairs of other nations—invaded and occupied at varying times by Arabs, Turks, Mongols, Brits and Russians. However, Per-sia has managed to always regain its distinct national political and cultural identity.

Islamization of Persia

A major turning point came for Persia with the end of the Sassanid Empire and the Islamic conquest. This conquest came during the 8th to 10th century and led to the decline of the prevalent Zoroastrian religion in Persia. As in previous “take-overs,” the achievements of previous Persian civilizations were not lost, but were absorbed by the new Islamic polity. Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Professor of Islamic Studies at George Washing-ton University, is quoted as saying:

If the Achaemenian period is the golden age of Persia politically and the Sassanian period in administration, city planning and architecture, the first centuries of the Islamic period are without doubt the golden age of Iranian history in the do-main of the sciences, particularly medicine and mathematics. To this period belong those Persian scientists who stand among the foremost stars in the firmament of the history of science to this day.

By 1501, the Safavid dynasty established Shi’a Islam as the official religion of their united Persian state. Iran then became a Continue reading

Why Christ Must Return ?

by John MacArthur

Scripture is neither vague nor equivocal on the promise of Christ’s return. A large portion (by some accounts, as much as one-fifth) of Scripture is prophetic, and perhaps a third or more of the prophetic passages refer to the Second Coming of Christ or events related to it. It is undeniably a major theme in the prophecy of both Old and New Testaments.

And regardless of what the scoffers say, Jesus is coming (2 Peter 3:3-10). World history is barreling toward the conclusion that God ordained. It isn’t an end that will come as a result of nuclear war, environmental irresponsibility, or alien invasion; it is the one that comes by the purpose and plan of God, foretold in Scripture. Make no mistake–Christ will return!

Here are nine reasons from Scripture by which you can know that Christ is coming again.

The Promise of God Demands It
The Old Testament is full of Messianic promise–that promised is its main focus. Continue reading

Cine n-are Internet?

Cineva (“Reporteri fara frontiere”) s-a gandit sa faca o harta pe care sa arate tarile care cenzureaza inca Internetul.

Harta este insa si un monument al extraordinarei accelerari a posibilitatii de a comunica cu aproape oricine de pe fata pamantului. Sa fie si acesta un “semn” ca sfarsitul se apropie? Cum s-ar implini altfel posibilitatea de supraveghere si control a Antichristului?

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“Daniele, ce te-a apucat?! Ai intrat si tu in tabara “excentricilor”? ”

Daca aceasta va este intrebarea, raspunsul se afla probabil in continutul numelui pe care-l port: Daniel. E vina parintilor mei! Ei m-au “predestinat” la un anumit fel de viata si la un anumit fel de preocupari …

” … in anul dintai al domniei lui, eu, Daniel, am vazut din carti ca trebuiau sa treaca saptezeci de ani pentru daramaturile Ierusalimului, dupa numarul anilor, despre care vorbise Domnul catre proorocul Ieremia” (Daniel 9:2)

Intentionez sa tin acest blog ca o preocupare pentru mine si pentru toti cei ce doresc si asteapta venirea Domnului. N-am sa accept pe blog decat comentarii care sunt pertinente acestui subiect.

Pentru orice comunicari directe, va rog sa-mi scrieti la adresa: danbranzai@yahoo.com

Cine spunea ca numai “xxx-istii” se ocupa de profetii? Iata si un evanghelic (crestin-baptist-pentecostal) care o face. Am invatat-o de la alti “crestin-baptisti-pentecostali” evanghelici dinaintea mea.

De ce sa studiem profetiile? Nu cumva abuzurile si interpretarile gresite din trecut ne-au dovedit ca este mai bine sa-L lasam pe Dumnezeu sa faca ce vrea El, fara sa-I cerem sa ne anunte si pe noi din timp? Nu este suficient sa ne preocupam ca sa fim intotdeauna gata?

Intrebarile de mai sus sunt pertinente si justificate. Atunci ? …

Iata cateva motive care m-au determinat sa nu neglijez profetiile:

1. Aproape 30% din textul Bibliei este continut profetic

Cine neglijeaza profetiile neglijeaza a treia parte a Scripturii. Exista de cinci ori mai multe profetii despre cea de a doua venire a Domnului decat au fost despre cea dintai venire a Lui. Poporul de atunci “umbla in intunerec” si cand a “rasarit Lumina” n-au fost pregatiti pentru ea. Dumnezeu vrea sa umblam “in lumina Lui”.

2. Domnul Isus i-a mustrat pe cei care nu intelegeau semnele profetice

Isus le-a zis: “Cand se insereaza, voi ziceti: “Are sa fie vreme frumoasa, caci cerul este rosu.” Si dimineata, ziceti: “Astazi are sa fie furtuna, caci cerul este ros-posomorat.” Fatarnicilor, fata cerului stiti s-o deosebiti, si semnele vremurilor nu le puteti deosebi? (Matei 16:2-3)

3. Apostolii ne-au incurajat sa studiem profetiile

Si avem cuvantul proorociei facut si mai tare; la care bine faceti ca luati aminte, ca la o lumina care straluceste intr-un loc intunecos, pana se va crapa de ziua si va rasari luceafarul de dimineata in inimile voastre. Fiindca mai intai de toate, sa stiti ca nici o proorocie din Scriptura nu se talcuieste singura. Caci nici o proorocie n-a fost adusa prin voia omului, ci oamenii au vorbit de la Dumnezeu, manati de Duhul Sfant. (2 Petru 1:19-21)

4. Cunoasterea “mai dinainte” iti intareste credinta si-ti mareste bucuria anticiparii

“Si v-am spus aceste lucruri acum, inainte ca sa se intample, pentru ca atunci cand se vor intampla, sa credeti” (Ioan 14:29).

“Spune-ne cand se vor intampla aceste lucruri, si care va fi semnul cand se vor implini toate aceste lucruri?”
Isus a inceput atunci sa le spuna: “Bagati de seama sa nu va insele cineva. Fiindca vor veni multi in Numele Meu, si vor zice: “Eu sunt Hristosul!” Si vor insela pe multi. Cand veti auzi despre razboaie si vesti de razboaie, sa nu va spaimantati, caci lucrurile acestea trebuie sa se intample. Dar inca nu va fi sfarsitul. … Caci se vor scula Hristosi mincinosi si prooroci mincinosi. Ei vor face semne si minuni, ca sa insele, daca ar fi cu putinta, si pe cei alesi. Paziti-va, iata ca vi le-am spus toate dinainte.”(Marcu 13:4-23)

5. Cunoasterea “mai dinainte” ne face veghetori si harnici in aducerea altora la Christos

“Inainte de toate, sa stiti ca in zilele din urma vor veni batjocoritori plini de batjocuri, care vor trai dupa poftele lor si vor zice: “Unde este fagaduinta venirii Lui? Caci de cand au adormit parintii nostri, toate raman asa cum erau de la inceputul zidirii!” … Deci, fiindca toate aceste lucruri au sa se strice, ce fel de oameni ar trebui sa fiti voi, printr-o purtare sfanta si evlavioasa, asteptand si grabind venirea zilei lui Dumnezeu, in care cerurile aprinse vor pieri, si trupurile ceresti se vor topi de caldura focului? Dar noi, dupa fagaduinta Lui, asteptam ceruri noi si un pamant nou, in care va locui neprihanirea. De aceea, prea iubitilor, fiindca asteptati aceste lucruri, siliti-va sa fiti gasiti inaintea Lui fara prihana, fara vina, si in pace. … Sa credeti ca indelunga rabdare a Domnului nostru este mantuire” (2 Petru 3:3-4, 11-15)

6.  Cunoasterea “mai dinainte” ne relaxeaza si ne detaseaza in circumstante de criza.

Un crestin care cunoaste profetiile este ca un cititor care a citit ultimul capitl al cartii. El stie deja rezultatul final si poate discerne intre ceea ce este important si ceea ce este doar aparent important.

De multe ori, citirea profetiilor seamana cu lecturarea “ziarului de maine”. Sigur ca ma intereseaza viitoarul! El este materia prima din care va fi facut prezentul!

Lectura placuta si mai ales … profitabila.

Daniel Branzai

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