Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Understanding Prophecy V

Once we have studied the relevant passages and taken time to understand what they say, and have taken time to study the history, we gain a general idea of who the primary players are in the prophecy.  As we have seen in Daniel 11, the King of the South definitely appears to be a Middle Eastern nation or consortium, and the King of the North appears to involve a European alliance, neither of which were major powers in Daniel’s day   As we saw, the northern powers defeated the southern kingdom, which later rebelled and began to try to seize power again.  This seems to be where we are in the prophecy today. 

The accuracy of the prophecy is completely dependent on the source, so it is entirely dependent on whether God is the omniscient God or not.   The fact that the prophecies have consistently predicted events far in the future with no contradictions indicates they are from God and can still be taken seriously as predictors of the future. Daniel’s next major prophecy is found in Daniel 11:13-16.   

“For the king of the north shall return, and shall set forth a multitude greater than the former, and shall certainly come after certain years with a great army and with much riches.  And in those times there shall many stand up against the king of the south: also the robbers of thy people shall exalt themselves to establish the vision; but they shall fall.  So the king of the north shall come, and cast up a mount, and take the most fenced cities: and the arms of the south shall not withstand, neither his chosen people, neither shall there be any strength to withstand.  But he that cometh against him shall do according to his own will, and none shall stand before him: and he shall stand in the glorious land, which by his hand shall be consumed.” (Daniel 11:13-16)

According to Daniel, this effort by the southern forces to seize control of the European countries will result in major war, with the Northern coalition or group invading and defeating the Southern, historically Islamic forces.  Many other groups will join with them in the effort to bring them back under control.  Ezekiel 38:2-5 Tells us more about This invasion.  “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 armour, 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.” 

Literally, God says they will be forced to form a powerful coalition and invade the Middle East in an effort to protect themselves and their culture.  Going back in history and researching the names Ezekiel lists, we find that some of those countries are in fact Islamic countries today, and are almost as desperate to stop the Jihadist movement as the European countries.  Others are more concerned with gaining power over Israel than stopping the Jihadists, according to Daniel. 

Literally, the next major event predicted in Daniel 11 is a major conflict in the Middle East as a result of the ongoing invasions of so called Islamic “refugees” and their constantly growing efforts to take over the countries where they settle.   It will involve a major number of the countries of the world, not just America or Russia.  Today, we see many countries struggling with the refugee problesm and Islamic efforts to take over the territories of the people who have attempted to help them it is no big step of faith to accept Daniel’s prophecy as again being accurate about this event.  The only real question is how long the nations of the world will continue to put up with the present situation.  Sooner or later, they will be forced to take action. 

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