A Wedding? Or a Date?

Sing, O barren woman, you who never bore a child; burst into song, shout for joy, you who were never in labor; because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband,” says the LORD. “Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in their desolate cities. “Do not be afraid; you will not suffer shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated. You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood. For your Maker is your husband– the LORD Almighty is his name– the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth. The LORD will call you back as if you were a wife deserted and distressed in spirit– a wife who married young, only to be rejected,” says your God (Isaiah 54:1-6).

“Come, I will show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife.” (Rev. 21:9.

And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely (Rev. 22:17).

This week many events are scheduled to take place. You won’t hear about most of them in the news except for perhaps a little blip here and there, or at the bottom of your TV screen in the running ticker. But in the above-the-line realm (those monumental events taking place in the unseen, heavenly realms), these are hugely significant events. These events have been slowly coming together, and were prophesied thousands of years ago. As Anne Graham Lotz spoke on the Huckabee show last evening about these things, Huckabee asked her if she were not concerned that people would accuse her of predicting the future or setting dates as we saw last spring with the false prophet who predicted the end of the world for a definite date. She said that she wasn’t concerned because this man was in direct disobedience to a statement Jesus made concerning these days, that no one would know the date or the hour. But, she went on to say that Jesus did give the very detailed and specific signs that would cause “this generation” to know that they were in the “generation” of His coming. And she was careful to acknowledge that though these “signs” have always been going on, Jesus said that in that generation, they would be like “birth pangs” meaning that they would increase in intensity and duration and would gradually happen closer and closer together. (I think it is interesting that he was speaking to a group of men about birth pains.)

Anne went on to say that her “generation”—that generation who were born at the time of the birth (re-birth) of the nation Israel, 1948, could very possibly be the generation that Jesus spoke of. I know, I know, there are many interpretations of this passage, but there can be only one interpretation of the miraculous return of the Jews to their ancient homeland, and be born literally in one day in fulfillment of prophecy “Who has ever heard of such a thing? Who has ever seen such things? Can a country be born in a day or a nation be brought forth in a moment? Yet no sooner is Zion in labor than she gives birth to her children (Isa. 66:8).

Israel was reborn on May 14, 1948 after nearly 2000 years of living in exile away from the Land. After the terrible Holocaust, the Jews of the diaspora began a lonely, yet determined journey back to that ancient Land. It was a mysterious exodus from the lands of their sojourning, as an invisible Hand seemed to lead them from all parts of the world back to an abandoned and desolate place to rebuild the ancient ruins. From those places where they could not escape, namely Russia and the Caucasus nations, God miraculously opened that door in the late 1980s when Ronald Reagan announced triumphantly “Mr. Gorbachev! Tear down that wall!” What few knew at the time was that God had been calling many Gentile believers to Germany for several years prior, with the simple instructions “lay your hands on that wall and pray for it to come down.” It came down.

The Bible has foretold a time when all the nations of the world would convene against the reborn nation of Israel. Nearly all of the Old Testament prophets wrote about it. Revelation foretells it.

Since May 14, 1948, Israel has had many enemies. She has also had a few good friends and allies. The United States and Great Britain, Chile, Canada, and a few lesser known nations have been a continual support for Israel. But for tiny Israel, really, her only ally is her God. She forgot for awhile that God would defend her, that He was her strength and shield. In 1993 she made a treaty with the nations who were her enemies—those very nations who denied her right to exist and who vowed to drive her into the Mediterranean Sea, a people group who called themselves Palestinians, but who were really Arabs—ancient foes of Israel, since there is no people group called Palestinians—Arafat declared them to be a people group called Palestinians. Since May 14, 1948, Israel has had to fight to remain in her ancient homeland, but her few allies have defended her right to be there. In 1993, at Oslo, Norway, a treaty was signed and Israel gave over her right to protect herself against her enemies, allowing the US to become her defender. She no longer could rise up to her defense without asking permission of the nations who called themselves her “protector,” and these nations, specifically the US superpower, would give the yay or nay to whether she could fight back or whether she had to withdraw from battle. But it was all in the agreement, we would protect her now, we were her allies.

Her foes are patient. They have been quietly biding their time, making preparations for their move to finally drive these Jews into the Sea. Some have been more vocal about their goals than others, and among these nations there are differences of opinions on religious and political issues, but they are steadfast in the one thing that they all agree upon—the existence of Israel as a Jewish nation. On this one thing—they are all in one hundred percent agreement. Israel must not be allowed to exist.

Israel’s foes have yet to be able to conquer her militarily, and so they have been quietly on the move to conquer her politically.

Politically speaking, our current president speaks with a forked tongue. With one side of his mouth he speaks of Israel as our friend. With the other side, he agrees with Israel’s enemies that Israel must give up the Land to her enemies and on May 19, 2011, 63 years after the historic and miraculous rebirth of the Nation of Israel, our President announced that Israel must return to the pre-1967 borders and give up all that she legally won and purchased from the Arabs 44 years prior. The event he spoke of was the 6-day war when Israel was attacked by all her surrounding enemies and she won—that was in the days when God was her Military Commander, before the Oslo treaty when she forfeited her security to the US.

The headline of May 19, 2011 in One Jerusalem, a secular news agency read:

Obama Sides With Arab World Against Israel [05.19.2011]

He made this historic speech at the very moment when Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu (his name means Son of My Right Hand, Gift of God in Hebrew), was flying to the US to announce that Israel would never return to the pre-1967 borders nor would she give up Jerusalem. Obama made this speech knowing that Netanyahu was coming to make his speech. Netanyahu publicly rebuked Obama—it is no secret that they are not allies—the following day when he arrived, and then Obama promptly left the country on a European tour promoting this proposal to the world, while Netanyahu made an historic speech to a specially convened joint session of our government, the only time a foreign dignitary has addressed the joint sessions of congress—traditionally reserved for the President of the United States during the State of the Union Address. During that historic address, Netanyahu, declared Israel’s right to exist and her determination to never return to the indefensible pre-1967 borders nor give up Jerusalem. He was, for that hour, a Prophet, an Elijah, a Moses, declaring what had been foretold for thousands of years, that Israel would not be defeated. He was magnificent. He received over 30 standing ovations. It was a monumental week. It was the week when our country betrayed Israel publicly.

At the same time, President of the so-called Palestinians, Mahmoud Abbas, announced that Palestine was going to the UN in September 2011, for the World Summit, to announce that they were going to declare unilaterally, that Palestine is a nation with rights to sit in the UN Assembly, recognized by the world as a nation.

It is now September. The UN World Summit convenes this week. Netanyahu will address the assembly, as will Israel’s arch-enemy Ahmadinejad of Iran, as will Abbas, when he makes his bid for his proposed Nation of Palestine on September 23.

It was expected and anticipated that the US would veto the proposal, along with Canada and a few other nations; however a new gauntlet has been thrown down—this one cannot be ignored. Saudi Arabia who essentially calls the shots for the US in these matters and who has traditionally accepted the US decisions concerning Israel, and who controls the oil cartels which control our country, has made the unbelievable announcement that if the US vetoes the Palestinian bid for statehood, it risks ending the “special relationship” it has with Saudi Arabia and the US will become “toxic” to the Arab world.

Saudi official warns American veto of Palestinian state will ‘end special relationship’ and make the US ‘toxic’ in the Arab world (New York Times 9/16/11)

This week, in the heavenly realms, all the nations of the world will be gathered together in New York City to stand against Israel. This is historic, of monumental significance. Even if the Palestinian bid for statehood fails to pass, the entire Arab world has made its views known and prophecy is being fulfilled in our “generation.”

So what are we to do?

What does a bride do when preparing for her wedding, as opposed to a girlfriend preparing for her date? She spends every second of every waking hour thinking of her bridegroom, of her dress, waiting with breathless anticipation for the coming wedding. She “makes herself ready.”

Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready (Rev. 19:7).

We are not preparing for a date; we are preparing for a wedding! Are we ready? Or will we be caught without our wedding garments?

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