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Marilyn C

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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OVERVIEW

`God.... purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, which are in heaven and which are on earth – in Him,...` (Eph. 1: 9 & 10)

Throughout God`s word we read how God gave different people understanding of His great eternal purposes. These are centred in Christ, and His rulership of God`s great kingdom.

We know that even though God made all things `good,` it was still vulnerable.  Thus sin entered and rebellion followed. Rulership from the 3rd heaven and right throughout God`s great kingdom became corrupt.

Although God gave angels and man an opportunity to rule under Him, they went their own way and were found wanting - all unworthy to rule with power and authority in God`s great kingdom.

Thus we see that it is the Son of God who enters the world, not as a dictator, but humbly, exhibiting God`s character. We see His amazing authority that was used only for righteousness, but withheld when He gave His life a sacrifice for sin.

He is the One found worthy to be given the highest position - supreme Ruler of God`s great kingdom with every realm under His dominion - the 3rd heaven, the Universal realm and the earth.  

It is Christ who sets about to restore God`s authority in every realm, a step at a time, till finally God is `all in all.`

 

Let us now look at -

- God`s great Kingdom - the 3 realms.

- How corruption entered every created realm.

- How Christ brings restoration of all authority in every realm under God.

 

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CONCLUSION

The nations today consider that they control their own affairs, and that they are the sole arbiter of their destiny. There is, however, a higher authority controlling the world systems and shaping the nations according to His Divine Will.

No empire has ever been established on earth without the sanction & authority of God. In His word, He has revealed His Time Frame for the Gentiles ruling the world, with each World Ruler prophesied. Then in contemporary times we see that God  established the Super Powers and brought them together to form the last Gentile World Government.  

In exact chronological sequence we have seen throughout history the world rulers come & go, till finally again in exact chronological sequence we see the four Super Powers arise.

Thus we can rest assured that God will complete His judgment of the Gentiles and bring in His government through Israel to bring blessings to the nations as they rule in peace under God.

 

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God`s Time Piece – Israel.

 

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God promised Israel that they would be the Rulers of the world. This would be in the millennial kingdom of God. God also said when that would be – after Israel`s `fig tree` generation.

`Now learn a parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender & put forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things , know that it is near, at the very doors. (Matt. 24: 32 & 33)
 

The fig tree represents Israel coming to Nationhood once again. After nearly two thousand years many Jewish people returned to their homeland and worked toward becoming a recognised nation again. Thus it was on the 15th of May in 1948 that Israel became a nation following the United Nations declaration.

`Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things are fulfilled.` (Matt. 24: 34)
 

The generation that is part of Israel becoming a nation in 1948, called `this generation,` will see the end of the Gentile nations ruling the world. They will have to go through much hardship & tribulation till their final deliverance by the Lord.

 

`Jesus said to the people of Israel – “ Nation will rise against nation, & kingdom against kingdom, and there will be great earthquakes in various places, & famines & pestilences; and there will be fearful sights & great signs from heaven.

But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues & prisons, and you will be brought before kings & rulers for my name`s sake....you will be betrayed....hated.....

But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near.....And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the time of the Gentiles are fulfilled.` (Luke 21: 10 – 24)

 

In 2018 Israel will celebrate their 70th anniversary as a nation & then in 2028 their 80th. After that the `fig tree generation,` would pass away, so there is only a short period of time in which the final Gentile Global Government can operate.

 

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THE GLOBAL GOVERNMENT

 

The force of Islam will not reach its full potential till after the Russian war. This is when God brings the Russian Federation, plus Iran, Ethiopia & Libya, down to the mountains of Israel and there judges them. Most of the armies are wiped out. This will bring a power vacuum to the Middle East, without the Bear of the North or Iran dominating.

It is then that this mediator of Islam arranges a peace treaty with Israel & his region, (Iraq, Syria & Jordan). Through cunning and deceit he gains power & credibility across the global scene. The other nations of Islam soon make him their leader & thus we see that he becomes the head of Islam and then the world.

It is then that he changes from a peaceful mediator to a ruthless dictator. With the force of Islam behind him, he is able to `tread down` and have power and control over `the whole earth.`   

 

`...a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong. It had huge iron teeth, it was devouring, breaking in pieces and trampling the residue with its feet.` (Dan. 7: 7)

`The fourth beast shall be a fourth kingdom on earth, which shall be different from all other kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth.` (Dan. 7: 23)

 

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The Apostle John received revelation of this final Global Government and its composite makeup under Islam.

`I, (John) saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on its horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name.

Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. And the dragon gave him his power, his throne and great authority.` (Rev. 13: 1 & 2)

 

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This is a graphic representation of the `beastly` Global Government. The final Gentile World Ruler. It depicts the Super Powers of

The Lion – The British Commonwealth & American Federation.

The Leopard – The European Union.

The Bear – the Russian Federation.

 

These are all dominated by Islam, with its Messiah like figure & ten Islamic nations.

 

Daniel shows us what will happen when God judges them.

`I watched then because of the sound of the pompous words, which the horn was speaking; I watched till the beast was slain and its body destroyed and given to the burning flame. As for the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away, yet their lives were prolonged for a season & a time.` (Dan. 7: 11 & 12)

Thus we see that the last Gentile World Government will be judged by God. The Super Powers of the British Commonwealth & America,  the European Union, & the Russian federation will all be given an extension of `life` but their power and authority will be taken away.

 

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THE TERRIFYING BEAST.

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Like a stone thrown into a pond and causing ripples, the Gulf war made a decisive impact throughout the Middle East and beyond. The resulting effect has caused a new alignment of nations previously considered of second class status. This is causing a remarkable shift in the balance of power. As it continues, it will forge a confederation of infinite prophetical significance, precisely foretold twenty-five centuries ago.

Increasing tensions and wars in that area have made it conspicuously obvious that the world finds itself confronting the consequences of the global march of Islam. The most sadistic and formidable confederacy ever encountered, is emerging from the obscurity, frustration and economic deprivation of centuries. Their complete ruthlessness has been shocking as vividly demonstrated in Iran, Iraq, and recently Syria.

 

Let`s now look    at Daniel`s vision in chapter 7 and assess the evidential descriptions there in relation to the contemporary scene.

Daniel`s vision –

`After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong. It had huge iron teeth, it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the residue with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns.

I was considering the horns, and there was another horn, a little one, coming up among them, before whom three of the first horns were plucked out by the roots. And there, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking pompous words.` (Dan. 7: 7 & 8)

 

A Terrifying beast –

`The fourth beast shall be a fourth kingdom on earth, which shall be different from all other kingdoms and shall devour the whole earth, trample it and break it in pieces. ` (Dan. 7: 23)

This fourth Super Power, Islam, is already on the world scene & will have its fulfilment when a Messiah like figure brings them together. It has clearly shown its `iron teeth` with great cruelty across the globe.

 

A little horn -

` The ten horns are ten kings who shall arise from this kingdom. And another shall arise after them; he shall be different from the first ones and shall subdue three kings.` (Dan. 7: 24)

Here we read of the rise of this `Messiah like figure.` He comes in quietly & subdues three nations for his power base. We are told that he is an Assyrian, (Isa. 31: 4,5, & 8) Ancient Assyria comprised the 3 nations of today – Iraq, Syria & Jordan.

 

After the conflict in those areas we will see, I believe, a mediator arise who will bring in peace. He will become the region`s leader. Through his cunning and deceit he will deceive many.

`Through his cunning he shall cause deceit to prosper under his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart. He shall destroy many in their prosperity.` (Dan. 8: 25)

 

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THE LEOPARD – The European Union.

 

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In chronological sequence the third confederacy which emerged on the contemporary world scene was actually the European Common market Bloc. It eventuated precisely according to God`s timing and purpose.

At the end of WW2, (1945) much of Europe was decimated. Cities & towns needed rebuilding. The Allies, (Britain & America) gave the European countries authority to build again. A Common market for coal & steel was established to facilitate the movement of raw materials throughout Europe without border tariffs.

This was called, the European Coal & Steel Community and was an international organisation serving to unify Western Europe & create the foundation for the modern-day developments of the European Union. The ECSC was the first organisation to be based on the principles of  supranationalism.

It was formally established by the Treaty of Paris & signed by four authorities, four heads of nations  –  France, West Germany, Italy & Benelux. (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg.)

Today we see that this Common market philosophy has brought most of the nations of Europe under one central government with one monetary system.

 

Let`s now look at Daniel`s vision in Chapter 7 and assess the evidential descriptions there in relation to the contemporary world situation.

 

Daniel`s vision.

`After this I looked, and there was another, (beast) like a leopard, which had on its back four wings of a bird. The beast also had four heads, and dominion was given to it.` (Dan. 7: 6)

 

A Leopard –

The Leopard symbol has a direct connection to Europe, as they were used on their banners and shields in wars.

 

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Four Heads –

The four heads on this beast denote a multiplicity of authority or government who have united in a common purpose. Six countries of Europe agreed to a commercial unity of purpose in a common market. However, at the time of inauguration, three of these countries, combined their representation and voting, into one entity called `Benelux.` (Belgium, Netherlands & Luxembourg.) Thus four heads -France, Germany, Italy & Benelux.

 

Dominion was given to it –

Each of the foundation countries were defeated and powerless at the conclusion of WW2. However authority as independent nations was granted by favour of the allies. Many other countries desire to join the European Union and are working towards being eligible.

 

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THE BEAR – The Soviet Union.

 

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After World War 1, (1917) the next great Super Power arose. It devoured country after country, incorporating them into one monolithic dominion, behind the `iron curtain.` It was called, the Soviet Union. (Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, the Slovac nations & all the ...stan`s)

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

In 1991, however there was an uprising in the Soviet Union and the former Soviet peoples then 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.

 

Let`s now look at Daniel`s vision in Chapter 7 and assess the evidential descriptions there in relation to the contemporary world situation.

 

Daniel`s vision.

`And suddenly another beast, a second, 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)

 

A Bear –

It is well documented that the bear is the national symbol of the Soviets. It was not by accident that this was the emblem chosen for the Moscow Olympics in 1979. A friendly and loveable little bear as portrayed on the poster, however the reality is quite different.

 

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Arise, devour much flesh –

The Soviets devoured country after country into its great monolithic power block. Then with Perestroika, restructuring, it became a confederacy of nations. The prophet Ezekiel was shown this.

Frequently God gives revelation of the future through one of His prophets, then confirms or continues the prediction through another.

So we see that the prophet Ezekiel (38 & 39) enlarges our concept of a monolithic power as he contemplates a mighty confederacy of independent nations. He specifies their geographical position relative to the nation of Israel – the `uttermost or extreme parts of the North.` (Ez. 38: 6, 15 & 39: 2) There is only one super power that occupies this position – the former Soviet Union & now Russia & its confederacy of nations.

 

Three ribs in its mouth –

Metaphorically these `ribs` represent 3 nations who have not previously been incorporated within the Bear. These will join the big move into the Middle East, as predicted by the prophet Ezekiel. In this predicted military confederacy, Ezekiel records exactly 3 such countries.

Thus when the great bear arises, it will be brought by God to the mountains of Israel where it will be judged. Along with it will come other 3 nations – Persia, (Iran) Ethiopia and Libya. Note these three nations are allied with Russia today. (Ez. 38: 5)

 

 

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THE LION WITH EAGLE`S WINGS – The British Empire & America.

 

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The first Great Super Power to arise in the end times is the British Empire. It eventually controlled about one-fourth of the world. It was ruled by a monarch (king/queen) and had as its symbol `a lion.` This symbol is still on the Royal Coat of Arms to day.

 

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This great power conquered country after country establishing its government in their lands. Then in the middle of last century a remarkable change happened. H.M. Queen Elizabeth 2 as Head of the Commonwealth, broadcasted –

The Commonwealth bears no resemblance to the empires of the past. It is an entirely new conception built on the highest qualities of the Spirit of Man: Friendship, loyalty and the desire for freedom and peace.`

Here we see a transformation. Until then the British Empire had been imperialistically conquering, dominating & colonising. Suddenly there is a remarkable change to the higher qualities of the spirit of man. In political language it meant, co-existing in freedom, peace and equality with its former dominions. The British Empire thus became a Commonwealth of nations.

The American Eagle, who also originally came from the `mother lion,` will continue to be a dominant and integral part of this powerful confederacy.

 

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Let`s now look at Daniel`s vision in Chapter 7 and assess the evidential descriptions there in relation to the contemporary world situation.
 

Daniel`s vision.

`And four great beasts came up from the sea, each different from the other. The first was like a lion, and had eagle`s wings. I watched till its wings were plucked off, and it was made to stand on two feet like a man, and a man`s heart was given to it.`(Dan. 7: 3 & 4)

 

Lion with eagle`s wings –

The Lion is a symbol of Royal Sovereignty and the eagle is a symbol of Imperial power. This is the initial clue to the identity of this first contemporary super power to emerge. A sovereign Monarchy which exercised imperialistic power over a substantial area of the world – An empire ruled by a monarch.

 

Wings plucked off –

There is a fascinating double reference in this.

- The empire lost it capacity for imperialistic expansion. (Commonwealth of nations)

- Part of the empire became a separate nation with the eagle as its emblem. (America)

 

Stand up like a man with a spirit of man –

Here we see transformation. The beast had been imperialistically conquering, dominating & colonising, when suddenly there is a change. There is now a desire for the higher qualities of the spirit of man – freedom, peace and equality. An empire becomes a Commonwealth of nations co-existing together peaceable.

I submit that this first super power to emerge was the Great British Empire, currently, of course the British Commonwealth of Nations. The American Eagle, who originally came from the `lion` will continue to be a dominant and integral part of this powerful confederacy.

 

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