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Marilyn C

CONCLUSION

In the next couple of years, I believe we will see peace in Iraq. A Peace negotiator will arise and bring the different factions together by his skilful cunning, deceit and intrigue.

It is then that Russia & its Federation take the opportunity to come down through Syria to the mountains of Israel. They seek to take over this wealthy country with its warm  ports available year round, its gas and oil reserves. Iran, Libya and Ethiopia joins the Russian Federation, as God`s word tells us. The allies, Britain and America and Saudi Arabia all go to challenge this great army but God intervenes and causes the elements  fire, great hailstones and brimstone to rain down upon the Russian Federation and the armies of Iran, Libya and Ethiopia. In their terror men will kill each other by sword. Most of their armies will be annihilated.

This will leave a power vacuum to be exploited, in the Middle East.

The great nations of the world will demand cessation of all conflict. Then into this situation will step the Peace Negotiator, a seemingly benevolent leader who will convince everyone that he can bring peace between the Arabs and Israel. As confirmation of his capabilities, he will cite the successful transformation of the previously volatile Middle East. Further, he will negotiate and conclude a seven year peace treaty with the nation of Israel.

The tribulation will have begun!

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THE PEACE NEGOTIATOR

The Middle East has again come into focus on the world stage. There seems no solution to the violent fightings and clashes of many groups. However the reality is that this kingdom is divided, and the Sunni and Shi-ites will not have peace until their long awaited `Messiah` figure comes and joins them together.

God`s word says that it would be a `divided kingdom` partly strong, and partly weak.

` Whereas you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter`s clay and partly of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; ........the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly fragile.` (Dan. 2: 41 & 42)

The leader of this Federation is described in great detail in God`s word. He is a royal person, with strong features; he is quite deceitful with cunning; he comes in peaceably and seizes power by intrigue.  

`...a king (royal person) shall arise, having fierce features, who understands sinister schemes.....Through his cunning he shall cause deceit to prosper under his hand...`(Dan. 8: 23 - 25)   

` ...he shall come in peaceably, and seize the kingdom by intrigue.` (11: 21)

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There is a person of that description who is even now seeking to negotiate peace with the different groups. His name is Ali Hatem Al-Suleiman. He is one of the most prominent leaders of the Sunni Awakening.

In 2006 Ali Hatem entered a strategic alliance with US forces, (against ISIS) which, in combination with the surge in US troops that began in 2007, succeeded in re-establishing a modicum of security in Iraq.

Since then though, the Shi-ite Iraq Government have excluded the Sunni from the police, army and jobs. Thus there is still unrest in Iraq. Ali Hatem desires stability for Iraq through Political means and not through fighting.

He was brought up in cosmopolitan Bagdad and has often spoken publicly of the need for tolerance. He is a crown Prince with ties to royal families across the Arab Gulf and the elite of neighbouring Jordan. His tribe, the Dulaim, is one of the largest tribes in Iraq and is a powerful social, political and economic force. Note Babylon is in its region.  

He has a talent for speeches and his title of crown Prince inspire respect and loyalty. He travels to Qatar and the United Arab Emirates to rally Gulf Arabs to his cause.

Someone to watch!

 

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THE `SUNNI AND SHI-ITE` STRUGGLE                        

Although the various nations gained independence from foreign powers, they still struggled with internal difficulties; the main one being - the Sunni and Shi-ite groups. Wherever they met there were clashes and wars.

The Iraq / Iran war in the `80`s lasted for 8 years without either side winning. This was basically a Sunni (Iraq) / Shi-ite (Iran) clash. Saddam Hussein (Sunni) the Prime minister of Iraq borrowed heavily to finance the war and thus came into great debt. He looked with eager eye upon his neighbour, Kuwait, and eventually invaded it taking the great oil wealth of that nation.

He had a catch cry - “Oil is wealth and this wealth is for Islam.`

The War in the Gulf in 1990 saw the cooperation of many countries eject Saddam`s military from Kuwait. Saddam however was not removed from office and he continued to inspire Islamic hope of welding the Arab race identity with Moslem religious fervour.

Saddam also wanted to duplicate the glory and power of king Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon. At enormous expense and effort he rebuilt much of the ruins of the ancient city of Babylon to its former pattern and glory.

In 2003, however, after the invasion by the United States and its allies, the Saddam Hussein`s government was removed from power and multi-party parliamentary elections were held. The city of Babylon was ransacked and much was destroyed, however the United Nations has now declared it a Heritage Site, and is aiding the Iraq government to again rebuild the ancient city.  

Although the American presence ended in 2011 conflicts continued. Fighters from the Syrian war spilled over into Iraq. Out of this came the most destructive group known as ISIL or ISIS, (a Sunni rebel group). They took over large parts of the north and west of Iraq but have since been largely defeated, mainly by the Kurdish fighters, and only retain a small territory.

The Kurdish people (mainly Sunni) now desire their own sovereignty and are seeking a place at the negotiating table when Iraq gets divided up.

Another Sunni group, the Arab Sunni are also seeking a region for themselves. They have been down trodden by the Iraq (Shi-ite) government that has relied on Iran`s forces (Shi-ite).

Thus we see that there are different groups - Kurds, Sunnis and Shi-ites, all seeking their part of Iraq. Something has to give, someone needs to bring peace to this war torn area of the Middle East.

 

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THE LINE IN THE SAND

Over a period of centuries the Western area of the Roman Empire was overrun by various groups. The Eastern region, around the Middle East held power till the 15th century when the Turks took control. Their empire was called the Ottoman Empire after its founder.

It was not a World Ruler, but ruled over a large area of the Mediterranean. The Ottoman rulers claimed caliphate authority, meaning that they were an Islamic steward over territory under their leadership. They came to be viewed as the de facto leaders and representatives of the Islamic world.    

In World War 1 (1914 - 1918) the Turks joined with Germany and eventually were defeated. The empire was then broken up into parts by the Allies. The British and the French made a secret agreement with each other, prior to the end of the war, to divide up the Middle East. The Arabs who fought on their side were promised an Arab homeland.

 However, once the war was ended, Britain took the land at the beginning of the rivers - Euphrates and Tigris, while the French had the upper region. They in effect had `drawn a line in the sand` and took control of their different regions - Iraq and Syria.

This agreement is seen by many as the turning point in Western and Arab relationships. The borders that were created are often termed `artificial` borders in the Middle East without any regard to ethnic or sectarian characteristics which has resulted in endless conflict.   

 

Turkey became a republic and constitutionally abolished the institution of the caliphate, (Islamic rule).

The Kurds, were not given a homeland but were included in the territories of Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran.

 

Then over the years the different regions gained independence.

Iraq and Egypt - 1920`s.

Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Cyprus and Israel - 1940`s.

Kuwait - 1950`s.

Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Oman - 1970`s.

 

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ROME - ISLAM

The fourth World Empire, the Roman Empire became one of the largest empires in world history. It was the most powerful economic, cultural, political and military force in the world of its time. It came to power in 27 BC and ruled for many centuries over the area of the Mediterranean Sea.

Its main religion was an Imperial cult, worship of the Emperor; however it gave room for many other religions even Judaism for a time. Christianity emerged as a supposed Jewish religious sect and spread out across the Empire. Then about the 7th century AD another main religion arose - Islam.

Its founder was a man called Mohammed who believed that God gave him revelations. These became known as the `Quran.` In Mecca, (where he was born) Mohammed preached to the people, imploring them to abandon polytheism (many gods) and to worship one God.

Over time Mohammed was able to unite the tribes of Arabia (Middle East) into a single religious polity. The religion spread out across the Mediterranean as far as Spain.

After Mohammed died, disagreement broke out over who would succeed him as leader of the Muslim community. From here the two main denominations of Islam started.

 

The Sunni Muslims - meaning people of the tradition, (of Mohammed). They believe that the first four caliphs (leaders) were the rightful successors to Mohammed. They believe that a Caliph should be elected by the community.

 

The Shi-ite Muslims - believe that Mohammed appointed his son-in-law as leader and that the Caliph (leader) should be elected by God.

 

 

Over time this religion spread across the Mediterranean . The Roman Empire was eventually overrun by various groups and there has not been a World Ruler since.

 

 

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THE FIVE WORLD RULERS

After God judged mankind at Babel the people were scattered, North, South & East. They became different ethnic groups, nations speaking different languages according to Noah`s three sons. Shem`s sons settled in Arabia and to the east, Ham`s sons settled in Africa to the South and Japheth`s sons settled in Europe to the north.

Over time many nations developed around the Middle East. The most powerful nations however, were Assyria in the north and Egypt, in the south. Although they were powerful and mighty nations, they never became World Rulers.  As Israel became a great nation they learnt to rule under God and were of great renown amid the other nations. Over time however, Israel turned from God and thus came under God`s chastisement. World Rulership was then passed on to the Gentiles for a set time. 

Thus the great power of the Babylonians arose and dominated the Middle East. They conquered Israel, who then went into exile to Babylon. Now God knew which World Rulers would emerge and in which order. He actually revealed who they were to the king of Babylon, by a pictorial representation - a Great Image.

The Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar, had a dream, but no one could interpret it. Finally Daniel, after asking God, was able to tell the king what the dream was & its interpretation. The king had seen a vision of a Middle Eastern man with head of gold, arms & chest of silver, thighs of brass, legs of iron and feet of iron and clay. (Dan. 2: 28 - 45)

Daniel told the king that this great image represented the different world rulers to come. We know from history that - the first was the Babylonian Empire, the next the Medes and Persians, followed by the Greeks and then the Romans. These have all come to pass, however there is still the final Gentile World Ruler to come.

 

Head - Babylonian Empire.

Chest and Arms - Medes and Persians.

Thighs - Grecian Empire.

Legs - Roman Empire.

Feet and Toes - The Divided Empire.

 

Looking at this great image, we see that it is standing before the king in Babylon. Thus each of the first four World Rulers have ruled over this area, the Middle East, and the Final World Ruler will also.

 

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GOVERNMENT OF MAN.

In the beginning God gave man dominion over the earth but when Adam disobeyed God, he forfeited that to Satan who held sway over him. Judgment however, was in the hands of God and we see that when He punished Cain, and also the people in the time of Noah by the flood.

Then after the flood, God establishes human government – the government of man by man. The highest function of government is the judicial taking of life. All other governmental powers are implied in that. Man was then responsible to govern the world for  God.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

` Surely for your lifeblood I will demand a reckoning; from the hand of every beast I will require it, and from the hand of man. From the hand of every man`s brother I will require the life of man. Whoever sheds man`s blood, by man his blood shall be shed.`(Gen. 9: 5 & 6)

 

As mankind multiplied after the flood they decided to move to the land of Shinar, (in Iraq). There they built a tower, thinking they could establish a world empire that would be independent of God. This would mean power and control by a few, `lording it over` others.

`Now the whole earth had one language  and one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and dwelt there. Then they said to one another, “Come let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.: They had brick for stone and they had asphalt for mortar.

And they said, “Come let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”  (Gen. 11: 1 - 4)

 

 In judgment God sent a confusion of tongues and scattered them. Thus the name of the tower was called Babel, meaning confusion.

`So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth and they ceased from building the city. Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.` (Gen. 11: 8 & 9)

 

This tower was man`s first attempt to govern without God.

 

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OVERVIEW
 

God has given man the responsibility to govern, and man will be made accountable as to how he does that. As nations formed God made His own nation, Israel, to rule righteously over the other nations of the world. However Israel turned away from God and so God has given the Gentiles (other nations) opportunity to rule for a set time.

Over the centuries we have seen Gentile empires come and go. And amazingly God in His wisdom has revealed to us who the Gentile World Rulers would be.

God presents this information of Five Gentile World Ruling Empires, in the form of a great image of a man. King Nebuchadnezzar of the Babylonian Empire saw this great image in a vision, but he needed the interpretation. This was given by God to the prophet Daniel.

As we look at this great image, representing Gentile World Rulership, we see that it is standing in the Middle East. Amazingly, this area has again come into world focus right on God`s schedule. The final Gentile World Ruler will emerge from this area, as God`s word reveals. Then after God judges it, He will bring in His righteous Rulership through His nation of Israel.

 

Let`s look at -

- What God has said concerning this Great Image and the Middle East.

- What man has tried to do in the Middle East, especially in contemporary times.

- Who brings peace in the Middle East, before and after the Russian War.

 

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THE AFTERMATH

This amazing victory by the Lord against the enemies of God`s people and his land of Israel has some far reaching consequences.

 

Israel

Israel repents and turns again to God. (Joel 2: 12 - 19) They begin their sacrifices after they have cleansed the land by burying the bodies from the Russian war.

` For seven months the house of Israel will be burying them, in order to cleanse the land.` (Ez. 39: 12)  

 

The Nations

The nations of the world call for a cessation of all conflict. They cry for “peace and safety,” in the Middle East. Then into this arena steps a peace negotiator who miraculously brings about a peace-treaty with Israel.

 

`A king shall arise, having fierce features...through his cunning he shall cause deceit to prosper under his hand...` (Dan. 8: 23 - 25)

`...he shall confirm a covenant with many for one `week,` (7 years)...` (Dan. 9: 27)

However.....`when they say, “Peace and Safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labour pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.` (1 Thess. 5: 3)

 

The Tribulation will have begun.

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GOD`S JUDGMENT

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The War

The Prophet Joel foretells of this invasion by Russia and many other countries, against Israel. As they come down towards Israel from the north, they go through many villages destroying all in their path. Eventually they come to the mountains of Israel looking to invade God`s land and plunder it. (Joel 2: 6 - 9) 

Joel graphically describes all the modern implements of a mechanised army in action. He depicts tanks, armoured carriers, guns, flame throwers and masses of planes.

`....like the morning clouds spread over the mountains, a people come, great and strong.....a fire devours before them...their appearance in like the appearance of horses; like swift steed, so they run.

With a noise like chariots over mountains they leap, like the noise of a flaming fire that devours the stubble, like strong people set in battle array.` (Joel 2: 2 - 5)

 

God`s Intervention

However, God will be `zealous for His land, and pity for His people.` (v. 18) He will remove the northern army far from them.

`I will remove far from you the northern army, and will drive him away into a barren and desolate land. With his face towards the eastern sea and his back towards the western sea; his stench will come up, and his foul odour will rise, because he has done monstrous things.` (Joel 2: 20)

 

God then invokes the elements in a series of judgmental catastrophes which completely annihilates the Russian Army.

`”And it will come to pass at the same time, when Gog comes against the land of Israel,” says the Lord God, “that my fury will show in my face. For in my jealously and in the fire of my wrath I have spoken: .....

I will call for a sword against Gog throughout my mountains....every man`s sword will be against his brother.

And I will bring him to judgment with pestilence and bloodshed; I will rain down on him, on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, flooding rain, great hailstones, fire and brimstone.”` (Ez. 38: 18, 19, 21 & 22)

 

The world will stand amazed and in awe of this awesome event. God says -

`Thus I will magnify myself and sanctify myself, and I will be known in the eyes of many nations. Then they will know that I am the Lord.` (Ez. 38: 23)

 

 

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THE GREAT ARMY

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God tells us that a great company of people will gather at the north of Israel preparing for war. God says to the Prince of Rosh -
 

` I will turn you around, put hooks in your jaws, and lead you out, with all your army, horses, and horsemen, all splendidly clothed, a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords.` (Ez. 38: 4)

 

The Commander in Chief - Rosh, Russia (`with all your army` v. 4)

 

The Commonwealth of Independent States.

21 republics. Former republics of the U.S.S.R. which have become Sovereign states in full cooperation with Russia. (` a great company,` v.4)

 

The Slavic Nations.

Once behind the `iron Curtain` have gained independence but retained the same philosophy and ambitions.

(Yugoslavia, Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Latvia, Ukraine, Belarus, also Turkey, (`Gomer ....and the house of Togarmah....many people with you.` v.6)

 

Three Separate Nations - Iran, (Ancient Persia) Libya, and Ethiopia.


 

Russia will be the `Commander-in-Chief` to the others and will lead them forth to battle.

`Prepare yourself (Rosh) & be ready, you and all your companies that are gathered about you; be a guard for them.` (Ez. 38: 7)

 

Together they make ` an evil plan` to go up against ` a land of unwalled villages,` against those on the outskirts of Israel. Why? `To take plunder ...and booty,..`.  (Ez. 38: 10 - 12)

 

The World`s Response.

`Sheba and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish and all their young lions will say to you, “Have you come to take plunder?” (Ez. 38: 13)
 

Tarshish is universally accepted by scholars as referring to Great Britain. This then, is a composite Allied force from Britain, America and other Commonwealth nations. They cooperate together against aggression, just as they have in previous world wars.

Sheba and Dedan are the ancient names of the nomadic peoples who now populate the countries of Arabia. Note that the European nations are conspicuous by their absence.

However we see that it is God who intervenes and brings judgment upon the Russian Federation before the Allies can move against Russia.

 

 

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GOD`S HOOKS

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Russia has continued to show its `bear like` behavior, aggressively controlling any uprising in its Federation. This we have seen in Georgia, the Ukraine and the Crimea. The world news is quite aware of the `bear` and its motives -

In 2011 the media declared -

With Russia`s $650 billion rearmament plan, the bear sharpens its teeth.”

The graying bear is getting a make-over. Russia`s military is launching its biggest rearmament effort since Soviet times. Analysts say Russia, while already the world`s fifth-largest military spender, needs conventional forces to reduce its overreliance on its aging Soviet-era nuclear missile deterrent.

 

God brings the Russian Federation closer to Israel.

 In 2016 we have seen the Russians enter the fray in Syria, just north of Israel. They brought sensitive and long-range radars, which can detect the presence of Israel Air Force planes in the area.

 

Then in 2017 we are seeing the build-up of Iranian military in Syria. Iran and Russia are partners in this `northern front.` Israel has warned that a ceasefire by Moscow (in the Syrian war) is enabling Iran and its terror proxy Hezbollah, to amass fighters and weapons near the Jewish state`s northern border in preparation for a FUTURE WAR.

 

In 2018 & 19 I believe we will see the dividing up of Syria and Iraq. This will be -

- An Alawite State

- A Sunni State

- A Shi`ite State

- A Kurdish State.

This will bring about a period of peace in the Middle East, and it will be in this interim that Russia, its Federation and its allies - Iran, Ethiopia and Libya, get drawn down, by God to the mountains of Israel.

 

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THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

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In 1991 there was an uprising in the U.S.S.R. The K.G.B. (Police) seized power.

However the Russian President (Boris Yeltsin) assumed command and denounced the coup. The elite troops changed sides and the course of history was changed.

The monolithic Soviet Bear had disintegrated and the President of Russia had taken control. The former Soviet peoples now separated into their different countries. This change was called by the Russians `Perestroika,` meaning restructuring. Elections were held but they were not free, as each country still retains the same philosophy, (Communism) ideology and militaristic ambitions.

The Russian Republic became the dominant force in the Confederacy of nations from the Slovac countries of Eastern Europe to the various republics along Russia`s southern border.

 

CIS - Commonwealth of Independent States -

 Russia, Ukraine, Byelorussia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan 

Others Republics - Georgia, Estonia, Lithuania, Molova,

The Slavic Nations -Yugoslavia, Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Latvia, Ukraine, Belarus,  

 

This change in the Bear of the North was foretold by the prophet Ezekiel. He predicted that there would be a confederacy of nations in the North.

           `Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog,  

                           the prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal

                                   and prophesy against him……

                           a great company….from the far north….

                                    many people are with  you…`

                                                                                  (Ez. 38: 1 - 7)

 

Thus we see that the monolithic great bear has separated into various countries, but Russia, the leader of this Federation, still has the same `evil plans.`

 

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THE INVASION AVERTED
 

Most of the Soviet Union`s coast lines were ice bound in winter and thus it looked longingly towards the countries of the Mediterranean Sea, especially Israel. There they would have `warm` water ports all year round for its shipping.

As far back as 1982 the Soviet Union had planned to invade Israel. This was exposed by the Israeli army.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the State of Israel reports, -

"During the operation "Peace for Galilee", as the Israeli forces advanced through Lebanon in July 1982, they made an amazing discovery. Around the Village of Saida, the largest secret military base in the world was uncovered.

It consisted of miles of steel reinforced bunkers tunneled out of the hillside. Inside was crammed massive quantities of Soviet made arms and ammuni­tion. It exceeded by far the highest previous intelligence esti­mates.

 

I.D.F. units gathered 4170 tons (some 1,500 truckloads) of ammunition;

- hundreds of combat-vehicles;

- tanks and ar­moured carriers;

- thousands of weapons,

- artillery and rocket launchers,

- plus other sophisticated devices.

 

Secret documents and maps found in the Com­mand Post clearly revealed that the Soviets planned invasion of the Middle East on the 4th August 1982. The I.D.F. averted this Soviet invasion by just a few weeks"

 

This was a great intervention by God. Now the Russian war will not start until, and only until God says so, when He puts `…hooks into (his) jaws.` (Ez. 38: 4) And that day is fast approaching as we can see.

 

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THE NORTHERN BEAR

Russia was once part of the great monolithic structure, the Soviet Union. The word `Soviet,` means council, and denotes a method of republican government. This huge Union, the USSR, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics  came into being after the First World War (1917) when the revolutionaries forced the Tsar to abdicate.

It stretched from one sea (the Baltic, in the West) to the other, (the Bering sea in the East). It devoured country after country into one monolithic dominion, behind the `iron curtain.`

Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Yugoslavia, Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Latvia, Belarus, Armenia, Estonian, Latvia, Lithuania, Belorussia, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenia, Uzbekistan, Tajikstan, Kyrgystan

The Soviet Union tried to portray its self as a `cuddly bear,` as seen in this Olympic poster,  however in reality, the Soviet Union was a `ferocious bear.`

                                                 

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The Prophet Daniel was given a vision of this monolithic `beastly` power, the Soviet Union.
 

                                 `And suddenly another beast,

                                               like a bear.

                                   It was raised up on one side,

                  and had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth.

                                           And they said to it,

                                    “Arise, devour much flesh!”

                                                                                    (Dan. 7: 5)

 

The Soviet communists have had a very bloody history. A history of wars, of confrontations and invasions. They have executed an estimate of 40 million people in their prisons and concentration camps.

When the `bear` begins to move with the `three ribs` (three outside nations) then that will be the sign of the coming war.

 

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THE RUSSIAN WAR

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God is dealing with nations, bringing them together so that their evil motives can be seen and judged.

The first nation on God`s agenda is Russia, its Federation and the three nations that join it. They have in modern times, continually sought to annihilate God`s nation of Israel. Thus they will be dealt with by God, exposed for their evil intent and then judged.

The world can only look on awe-struck.

 

So let`s look at -

- Russia from the Soviet era to its Federation.

- The planned invasion of Israel that gets thwarted.

- How God brings the Russian Federation down towards Israel and who are the three nations that join them.

- The actual war and how God judges them.

- And then the aftermath, for Israel and the Nations.

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CONCLUSION 

The colossal program of the majestic eternal purposes, which the Lord Jesus Christ brings into effect,  surpasses anything else anywhere in the whole realm of knowledge.

Christ`s rulership in every realm is established, as well as the complete restoration and His rightful possession of all things. Every group have been carefully prepared and are an integral part of God`s overall eternal purposes -

 

In the 3rd heaven Jesus Christ`s Throne, (seat of power) ruling with His Body, throughout every realm in God`s great kingdom.

`To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with me on my throne, as I also overcame and sat down with my Father on His throne.` (Rev. 3: 21)

 

In the Universal realm, the Old Testament saints in the New Jerusalem ruling under Christ over the earth.

`...he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.....God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.` (Heb. 11: 10 & 16)

 

On the earth, Israel ruling over the nations under Christ`s authority.

God says to king David - `Your house and your kingdom shall be established for ever before Me. Your throne shall be established for ever.` (2 Sam. 7: 16)

 

 The whole panorama of God`s eternal purposes can take our breath away, for the magnitude is beyond our comprehension. However, our hearts rejoice and give praise that our Lord and Saviour will finally be visibly acclaimed as the supreme ruler in all of God`s great kingdom.

`...far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but in the one to come. `(Eph. 1: 20 & 21)

Finally, we bow before the Father who purposed in Himself -

`that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times, He might gather together in one all things, (in unity and harmony) in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth - in Christ.` (Eph. 1: 10)

 

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Christ`s Rule in the New Heavens and New Earth.

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When the New Jerusalem comes down to its appointed setting in the Universal realm, then the Lord Jesus Christ will be the supreme ruler in all of God`s great kingdom, from the third heaven, then down in the New Jerusalem and the earth. He then delivers the great kingdom, His rule to God the Father that God may be all in all.

`Then comes the end, when He (Christ Jesus) delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.....Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.` (1 Cor. 15: 24 & 28)

 

The 3rd Heaven 

The Lord Jesus Christ will be invested with all power and authority over every ruler in every realm. The Body of Christ will share this throne with the Head – Christ. 

`To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with me on my throne, as I also overcame and sat down with my Father on His throne.` (Rev. 3: 21)

 

The Universal Heavens 

Out of the third heaven into the Universal realm will come the city, the New Jerusalem, with its residents, the just men and women. These are the ones who `looked for a city whose Builder and Maker is God.`  They believed for more than just an earthly inheritance.

`These (Old testament saints) all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, they were assured of them, embraced them, confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.....they desire a better, that is a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.` (Heb.11: 13 - 16)

 

The Atmospheric Heavens 

There will be nations that continue upon the earth into eternity.

`And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honour into it.` (Rev. 21: 24)

Israel was promised by God that they would rule over these nations. (Gen. 12: 2,  Isa. 66: 22)

 

 

 

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Christ`s Rule through the Old Testament saints in the New Jerusalem.

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After the Great White Throne judgment, God makes all things new - the New Heavens and New Earth.  We know that Christ`s rule in the 3rd heaven with His Body, has been restored earlier, so next is His rule to be established in the universal realm. The government of this realm has been prepared in the general assembly awaiting its place in God`s great kingdom. (Heb. 12: 22) 

Thus in God`s appointed time the New Jerusalem will come down out of heaven from God. It`s glory, of the Lord, is compared to a bride.

`....prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.` (Rev. 21: 2)

Bride – Heb. `Kallah` meaning as if perfect, from primary root – to complete, make perfect. 

The city is a community of people that God has `made perfect.` They believed God`s promise that He would build a city for them.

These are the `just, righteous,` Old Testament men and women who believed that God would take them to this city. They awaited in the General assembly in heaven, (Heb. 12: 23) till God`s appointed time. So when the New Jerusalem descends they are given new bodies and are the residents of this palatial city.

`...he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.....God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.` (Heb. 11: 10 & 16)

The City - God dwelling with His people.

The whole city is described as a `cube,` (four square) which is symbolic of the Holy of Holies in which God spoke to Israel. Thus the city, the community of Old Testament saints is the place where God dwells by His Spirit and speaks to and through His people out to the nations of the world. (Tabernacle – means to dwell)

Upon the city is God`s glory that shines brighter than the sun, with the city like a crystal reflecting this. Its purpose is to bring forth Christ`s rule through the Old Testament saints, over the earth in eternity.

Christ the King.  

 `And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God & of the lamb shall be in it,....`(Rev. 22: 3)

The word, `throne,` represents the rule  & authority of God.  We know that God`s eternal throne is in the highest heavens whereas this `throne,` in the New Jerusalem is just above the earth in the universal heavens. It is God & the Lamb`s rule & authority through the Old Testament righteous saints, in Israel and out to the nations of the world.

 

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Christ bringing all Rule under His Authority - in the Millennium. (1,000 years)

 

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The Lord Jesus Christ, the supreme Ruler of all God`s great kingdom will put down all rule and authority in the tribulation and then on into the millennium. This period of time is for Israel to learn rulership under the Lord and to show that mankind is still rebellious even after Satan is locked up. His final release is to give the nations a final opportunity as to whom they will serve. Most choose Satan.

 

`For He (Christ) must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet.` (1 Cor. 15: 25)

 

After the tribulation the kingdoms of the world will have come under the Lord`s authority. The nations are dealt with as to how they treated the Lord`s brethren, Israel. Those who looked after the Jews during the tribulation will go into the millennium, (1,000 years) to learn of God through Israel`s rulership. (Matt.25: 31 - 46)

Israel Ruling the Nations during the Millennium.

The Lord then reveals Himself to the leaders of Judah and the house of David, who are grief stricken to think their nation, Israel, killed their Messiah. (Zech. 12: 10) Christ then sets up the Davidic kingdom of Israel ruling under His Lordship. A man called David is anointed as king and priests are also brought to office. (Jer. 30: 9,  & Isa. 66: 21) The Lord then returns to rule from His throne in the third heaven. (Ps. 47: 5)

God`s glory will be over Jerusalem as a covering, and the knowledge of His glory will go out to the nations. They will come up to Jerusalem to learn the ways of the Lord and to worship in the temple. (Micah 4: 1 & 2)

The Nations Learning of God`s Ways during the Millennium.

The nations will not learn war any more, and people will live longer. Fresh living water will flow out from under the temple in Jerusalem which will cleanse the rivers and seas that were contaminated by blood in the tribulation. Fruit trees will grow along this river flowing out and their fruit will be good for food, plus their leaves for medicine. (Ez. 47: 12)

Amid such blessings from God to the nations, however, there will still be those who rebel and disobey. They will be dealt with by the Lord with His `rod of iron.`

`And it shall be that whichever of the families of the earth do not come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, on them there will be no rain....they shall receive the plague with which the Lord strikes the nations who do not go up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.`  (Zech. 14: 17 & 18)

Finally after Satan is released for a short time at the end of the millennium, he gathers the rebellious against Jerusalem. God sends fire down from heaven which devours them. (Rev. 20: 7 - 9) Death is the last enemy to be overcome and finally it is the time of the Great White Throne Judgment.

 

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Christ and His Body on His Throne.

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Jesus Christ is visibly crowned.

No angel or man had ever been found worthy to rule with power and authority, seated on the throne, in the angelic realm. It is there that the glorified Son of God is declared worthy to hold this highest of positions within God`s great kingdom and bring the judgments upon the earth.

`Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?” And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look at it.....

Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.` (Rev. 5: 2 & 3, 5)

With Christ, will be the believers in the Body of Christ who have been promised rulership with Christ on His throne.

`To Him who overcomes I will grant to sit with me on my throne, as I overcame and sat down with my Father on His throne.` (Rev. 3: 21)

 

Judging Fallen Angels & the World System.

 

The Lord Jesus Christ, the supreme Ruler of all God`s great kingdom, together with the Body of Christ, then begins to bring judgment upon Satan and his demons, and the world system.

 

`Do you not know that you shall judge angels...you shall judge the world system.`(1 Cor. 6: 2 & 3)

 

Judgment then comes upon Satan and his fallen angels in the universal area. Michael and his angels will have the authority from the Lord to carry out this task. Satan & his fallen angels will be cast to the earth, and therefore will have less authority & power.

`And war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail. Nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer.......he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.` (Rev. 12: 7 - 9))

Babylon, the world`s Political, economic & religious system will also be judged. (Rev. 14: 7 & 8) At the end of the tribulation, Christ comes forth from heaven with His mighty angels and deals with the world`s armies, the anti-Christ and the false prophet. Satan and his demons are cast into the bottomless pit for a thousand years. (Rev. 19: 19 - 21,  20: 1 - 3)

`...the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him...` (Matt. 25: 31)

The kingdoms of the world will have then come under the Lord`s authority.

 

 

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God sends Jesus for His Mature Body.

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When Jesus Christ ascended to the Father`s right hand He was placed far above all, and made Head of the Body.

`God the Father....gave Him to be head over all things to the Church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.` (Eph. 1: 23)

 

Jesus Christ, Head of the Body.

Christ then sends His Holy Spirit to impart His divine nature within them. (2 Peter 1: 2 - 4) Over time the Lord builds and matures His Body till finally by the Holy Spirit it is brought to the unity of the faith, a perfect (mature) man.

` ...till we all come to the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.`  (Eph. 4: 13)

This then is the appointed time for God to send Jesus to connect with His body and together go to the 3rd heaven.

`God...may send Jesus Christ...whom heaven must receive until the restoration of all things, of which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.` (Acts 3: 20 & 21)

 

The Mature Body of Christ caught up.

The first realm of God`s rulership to be restored, is in the third heaven, the angelic realm where Lucifer was cast out. There has been no visible rulership since then. God the Father has appointed His Son to be the Kingpriest, the visible supreme ruler in that realm.

Thus we see that God the Father sends Jesus with those of the Body who had previously died. He descends to the clouds and then draws the completed, mature Body of Christ to Himself.

`God will bring with Him, (Jesus) those who sleep in Jesus.....the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.` (1 Thess. 4: 14 - 17)

The word `meet,` Gk. `apantesis,` is used in connection to escorting a person to their destination.

Thus the completed Body of Christ goes with the Lord Jesus Christ to the third heaven where He will be coroneted as supreme ruler in all of God`s great kingdom, the first visible rulership to be restored in all of God`s great kingdom.  

 

 

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Christ, the Worthy Sacrifice.

 

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From Heaven to Earth He came,

Into the midst of rebellion, conflict and the devastation of this sin-ravaged world, stepped the Son of God. He came from the angelic realm where myriads and myriads of angelic beings bowed before Him and did His bidding. He was King of Heaven.  The angels rejoiced at creation when He made all things `good,` and are amazed that He would humble Himself to become a man.

`......things which angels desire to look into.` (1 Peter 1: 12) 

So, did the Son of God, the King of heaven, come with all His power and authority to wield a lash for mankind so they would bow before Him? Did He come to `lord it over,` people, demanding that He is to be obeyed? No!

Revealing God`s heart,

The Son of God came to reveal the Father`s heart, the character of God, to mankind.

`For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son...` (John 3: 16) 

Christ Jesus is the expressed image of the Father manifest in human form. Thus He came into the world and walked amongst people, showing His compassion, loving-kindness, graciousness, goodness, holiness, faithfulness, and righteousness. (etc) 

He paid the price of sin.

Christ Jesus revealed His authority over nature, over sin, sickness, disease & death. However although He could have called a legion of angels to help Him, He laid down His own life as a sacrifice for the sins of the world.

`For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.` (John 3: 16)

Satan thought that if he just killed Jesus then that would be the end of Him.  (1 Cor. 2: 7 & 8) However He didn`t realise that Christ`s death, would give way to His resurrection and then ascension into heaven, to the right hand of the Father.

`...when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.` (Heb. 1: 3)

 

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Lucifer, the Unworthy Ruler.

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The third heaven is the first realm in God`s great kingdom to be populated. God created the angelic beings and they resided in the third heaven. The most beautiful and powerful angel was Lucifer. He was given authority as a king over a whole order of angels.  He had a very special position near God. He was the anointed cherub, the son of the morning that led the worship in heaven.

Lucifer, ruler in the 3rd heaven.

`You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; you were on the holy mountain of God; you walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. You were perfect in all your ways from the day you were created.` (Ez. 28: 14)

`You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty....every precious stone was your covering....The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes was prepared for you on the day you were created.` (Isa. 14: 12 & 13)

These descriptions far transcend any earthly king and by the law of double reference reveal the original power and beauty of this greatest angel ever created by God. However Lucifer aspired to ascend into the highest heaven, `the sides of the north,` (hidden quarters), the abode of the eternal God.

`..you have said in your heart; “I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God, I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.”` (Isa. 14: 13 & 14)

Lucifer, cast down to the Universal realm.

So by divine decree, because of his pride, Lucifer was cast out of the third heaven, being found unworthy to rule there.  

`By the abundance of your trading you became filled with violence within and you sinned; therefore I cast you as a profane thing out of the mountain of God;....` (Ez. 28: 16)

Lucifer then usurped the area of Principalities and Powers in the universal realm and operates and rules there as the Prince of the Power of the air. (Eph. 2: 2)

Satan holds sway over the World.

Having usurped power and authority in the universal realm, Lucifer, now called Satan (& the devil) puts his sights on the earth and deceives man, eventually obtaining sway over the kingdoms of the world.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

`Again, the devil ...showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give you if you fall down and worship me.` (Matt. 4: 8 & 9)

Thus we see from the 3rd heaven through the universal realm and finally on the earth there has been corruption. Rulership is in rebellion against God and the effects are disastrous - pain, suffering, sickness, disease and death. Seemingly incurable.

 

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God`s Great Kingdom - The 3 Realms.

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God`s Throne.

God`s rule, is above all created realms. His throne, the symbol of His authority is established in the heaven of heavens, (ie the highest heaven).  It is unchangeable and unalterable. 

`The Lord`s throne is in heaven.` (Ps. 11: 4)

`Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of your kingdom.` (Ps. 45: 6)

`O sing praises to the Lord, to Him who rides on the heaven of heavens, which were of old! ` (Ps. 68: 33)

 

Realms in God`s Kingdom.

When God created the heavens and the earth, He established different realms with positions of authority – the third heaven, the Universe & the earth. These are all within God`s great kingdom rule and were established by the Lord Jesus Christ,

`For by Him, (Christ) all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.` (Col. 1: 16)

God is not the author of confusion; everything He does is ordered and controlled. The divine pattern of the heavenlies will survive time, into eternity. It will not be changed, only those which exercise authority in each realm.

There is a descending order of authority instituted – heaven and earth, involving thrones, dominions, principalities and powers.

 

The Third Heaven.

In this realm there are authority positions established, which will be filled in God`s timing. This is the realm of `thrones` and the `dominions` associated with them. It will be the `seat of authority` throughout the created order. Angels reside here and do God`s bidding.

The Universal Realm.

Here is the visible realm of planets and stars. And then in the invisible realm God has ordained authority positions over areas of principalities and powers. These have yet to be filled also.

The Earth and the Atmosphere.

The earth is just one of trillions of planets, yet God in His wisdom has created man to populate this earth that He has made habitable. Authorities will also be allocated by God to rule over the kingdoms of the world.

 

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