“TILL THE END OF THE WAR” . . .

Then he shall confirm a covenant with the many for one week …Assyria the work of My hands”

(Part III – The Prophetic Sequence)

 

By

Doug Krieger

 

 

The images of war are always grotesque, despicable, and revolting.  Coupled with these outrageous pics are the insipid displays of diplomatic peace posturing—a sound and furry signifying nothing and worse, prolonging the inevitable consequence of man’s incurable desire to maneuver the dominant superiority of his own culture and genius upon the barbarous and intolerable hoards who dare to challenge the present world’s order:  The American New World Order System.

 

How peculiar is this dance of diplomacy in the midst of “wars and rumors of wars” – as if degenerate humankind delights in the salving of the conscience while harvesting new killing fields—what incongruity is this?

 

“Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing” (James 3:10a), and in no greater proximity to this truth rests the present charade—the now alleged “comprehensive peace settlement” currently fabricated upon the world stage at that circular table of temporal turpitude:  The United Nations Security Council.  Its exaggerated gravitas circumnavigating the murky morass of the Middle East and the incessant Israeli-Arab-Iranian Conflict—with the surreal backdrop of “murder on an unimaginable scale” and the commemoration by Oliver Stone of that fateful 9/11 some five years previous - oh what capacity of conflict the human soul endures, compacted as it is, in a week’s time frame!

 

AT WAR WITH ISLAMIC FASCISTS

 

The unequivocal retort blasting “Islamic Fascists” was excitedly welcomed by all neo-cons, yet despised by most multi-culturists  and Moslems.  The “threat index” turned red as the world’s worst attempt to terrorize international travel—the “mass murder on an unimaginable scale”—drew the President’s ire as he arrived in Wisconsin to herald the Anglo-American/Blair-Bush alliance against the de facto Middle East’s Syrian-Iranian-Al-Qaeda Alliance of Terror and Evil.  No doubt about it; throughout the week (August 5-12, 2006) Bush railed on Syria and Iran for perpetrating the conflict, even as he extended the elusive olive branch for extended peace in the Middle East:

 

“‘Hezbollah and its Iranian and Syrian sponsors have brought an unwanted war to the people of Lebanon and Israel, and millions have suffered as a result,’ Bush said. ‘I now urge the international community to turn words into action and make every effort to bring lasting peace to the region.’” (Bush Urges World Leaders on the Mideast, By NEDRA PICKLER, The Associated Press, Saturday, August 12, 2006; 4:22 PM)

 

Not so odd that the World War III’s Newt Ginrich website fueled the Iranian-Syrian nexus of terror—especially, Iran’s hardly veiled and unmitigated support for all things Hezbollah, especially missiles bound for Haifa and other northern Israeli hamlets:

 

“Syria: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad met (August 11, 2006) with Hezbollah leaders in Damascus, prompting fears of more coordinated terrorist attacks.” (Newt.org, Winning the Future, Ref.:  The Week That Was in World War III, from Investor's Business Daily, July 21 2006)

 

Bush’s bald-faced bluster in ascribing fascism to Islam continues to define the parameters of the “War on Terror” in stark terms; hardly reminiscent of the tolerating days following the removal of foot from mouth regarding the West’s involvement in a “War of the Cross” (i.e., Crusade) against evil. 

 

You won’t hear any equivocation regarding Islam’s complicity in Bush’s on-going remarks—if there are any such moments of clarification and reconciliation akin to his multiculturalisms of yesteryear.    

 

THE MESSIANIC COMPLEX COMPLICATES

 

President Bush’s own “messianic complex” (Chosen by God to be President) may be juxtaposed to the messianic remarks of his counterpart, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran—and to think that the overweening sense of proprieties here prepares the way for global conflict somehow; well, after reading this, you better believe it does:

 

“In a videotaped meeting with Ayatollah Javadi-Amoli in Tehran, (President) Ahmadinejad discussed candidly a strange, paranormal experience he had while addressing the United Nations in New York last September.   He recounts how he found himself bathed in light throughout the speech. But this wasn’t the light directed at the podium by the U.N. and television cameras. It was, he said, a light from heaven.
 

“According to a transcript of his comments, obtained and translated by Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin, Ahmadinejad wasn’t the only one who noticed the unearthly light. One of his aides brought it to his attention.

“The Iranian president recalled being told about it by one of his delegation: ‘When you began with the words ‘in the name of Allah,’ I saw a light coming, surrounding you and protecting you to the end.’

“Ahmadinejad agreed that he sensed the same thing.

“‘On the last day when I was speaking, one of our group told me that when I started to say ‘Bismillah Muhammad,’ he saw a green light come from around me, and I was placed inside this aura,’ he says. ‘I felt it myself. I felt that the atmosphere suddenly changed, and for those 27 or 28 minutes, all the leaders of the world did not blink. When I say they didn’t move an eyelid, I’m not exaggerating. They were looking as if a hand was holding them there, and had just opened their eyes – Alhamdulillah!’” (Babylon Forsaken Ministries, Iran, Mahdi, and Anti-Christ)

 

Ahmadinejad’s vision at the U.N. resembles his November 16, 2005 speech he gave in Teheran in which he claims to be a sort of John the Baptist who will “pave the path for the glorious reappearance of Imam Mahdi, may Allah hasten his reappearance.”

 

The Shiite 12th Imam vanished as a child in 941.  Upon his return he will reign on earth for seven years prior to bringing about a final apocalyptic judgment upon the earth.  Even so, Ahmadinejad is urging his fellow Shiites to prepare with him the Mahdi’s arrival by transforming Greater Iran into a revived Saladin-style Islamic society—eschewing the corruption and debauchery of the West.  Thus, Iran will play a pivotal role in hastening the coming of the Mahdi.

 

“‘People are anxious to know when and how will he rise; what they must do to receive this worldwide salvation,’ says Ali Lari, a cleric at the Bright Future Institute in Iran’s religious center of Qom.  ‘The timing is not clear, but the conditions are more specific,’ he adds.  ‘There is a saying:  ‘When the students are ready, the teacher will come.’” (Ibid.)

 

President Ahmadinejad is deadly serious about the imminent return of the 12th Imam—for it is he who will precipitate a global confrontation between the forces of good and those of evil—nigh the parallel of Armageddon. 

 

Iran’s enthusiasm for end times’ beliefs appeals to nearly one-fifth of their population.  Iran’s cabinet has given an apocalyptic institute (The Jamkaran Mosque east of Qom, Iran, 2004) some $17 million for eschatological studies. 

 

Ahmadinejad’s “Savior of our Times” will appear on “Judgment Day” to introduce a “government in righteousness” – filling the world with “justice and peace.”
 
Just in case you think this Islamic fundamentalism is NOT taken seriously—think again:

 

“Before the Hour comes, there will be a dusty and smoky tribulation like patches of dark night . . . Sunan Abu Dawud

 

“The Arabic word translated as ‘tribulation’ is fitnah—meaning:  Something that completely alienates the human mind and heart from justice and right.  It can also refer to war, savagery, confusion, conflict, and discord.  This hadith says that dust and smoke will be left after this tribulation.  This tribulation might be dark because why it occurs is not clear and it is unexpected.”

 

Please, can you be more specific?  Here goes:

 

“As we can see in these pictures, the tribulation like patches of dark night described in the hadith was one of the main features of the 9/11 attack.

 

“When we look at it from this angle, this hadith probably refers to the 9/11 attack against New York and Washington, DC. As we saw on television and in newspapers, large clouds of dust followed these two acts of terrorism and wrapped the areas in smoke.” (Similarities Among Prophet Solomon (pbuh), DHU’L – QARNAYN (pbuh), and the Mahdi, The Prophet Solomon web site).

 

Then the remarkable graphics are attached to the above:

 

These are the visions and beliefs of a wide swath of Islam.  People do things because they believe things—sound familiar?  It should—Hitler thought, therefore he was, and translated his affirmations into action.

 

THE PARTY OF GOD

 

The religious foe Israel has confronted in Lebanon—Hezbollah (The Party of God)-- is altogether a more tenacious enemy than the secular states and “cultural Moslems” she confronted on the Golan or, for that matter, the likes of Arafat’s minions who abounded in the Levant circa 1982.

 

“In the battle against Hezbollah Israel has come up against massive resistance. The advance on the village of Bint Jbail was the deadliest day for the Israeli army so far. Rapidly wiping out the terrorists with Israel's high-tech army now appears a distant dream . . . ‘Two weeks after Israel set out to defeat Hezbollah, its military achievements are pretty limited,’ wrote columnist Yoel Marcus in the newspaper Haaretz.’” (Israel’s War Against Hezbollah, The Invisible Enemy, by Matthias Gebauer in Avivim, Israel)

 

Those Israelis with combat experience in the ‘80s and ‘90s know the difference:

 

“Master Sgt. Yusaf, a scout for the army’s Baram Brigade who spent 16 years fighting in southern Lebanon during the 1980s and 1990s and who spoke on the condition that only his first name be used, said comparing Hezbollah’s capabilities then and now ‘is like talking about the difference between men who have guns and an army.’”

(Israeli Soldiers Find a Tenacious Foe in Hezbollah, By Jonathan Finer, Washington Post Foreign Service, Tuesday, August 8, 2006; Page A01)

 

The WAR CALDRON of the Middle East reverberates throughout the world . . .

 

By the time this article is read—the present Syrophoenicia Conflict will have morphed into its amorphous and inconclusive status.  Today, August 13, 2006, we read:

 

“Israeli helicopters flew hundreds of commandos into the Hezbollah heartland and some army units reached the Litani River on Saturday (August 13, 2006) as both sides indicated they would accept a U.N. cease-fire plan to stop heavy fighting still raging in southern Lebanon.

 

“Israel will halt its war in Lebanon at 7 a.m. (midnight EDT) on Monday, said a senior Israeli government official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment publicly on the sensitive matter. Israel’s Cabinet was to endorse the U.N. cease-fire resolution on Sunday.” (Israelis Force Way to Latani River, Pledge to Accept Ceasefire, Free Internet Press)

 

This “advance” came at a horrendous price—the IDF suffered more casualties in the past 24 hours than at any time since the beginning of the present conflict (19 killed).

 

Meanwhile, the aforementioned “Comprehensive Peace Settlement” which the Israeli Cabinet allegedly plans to sign within the next 24 hrs. may rapidly unravel since Hezbollah has no intention of ending the conflict—a kind of “double speak” on both sides of the conflict persists:

 

“The big expansion of Israel troop strength prompted Hezbollah's leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, to declare the fight far from finished and likely to get worse.  (Please “Zoom” in MS view to 200%)

 

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Graphic: Strife and Power in the New Middle East

“‘We must not make a mistake, not in the resistance, the government or the people, and believe that the war has ended. The war has not ended,’ he said.  ‘Today nothing has changed and it appears tomorrow nothing will change,’ Nasrallah added in his trademark measured tones.

“Speaking a few hours before Lebanon’s Cabinet voted unanimously to accept the U.N. plan, Nasrallah said Hezbollah would abide by the cease-fire resolution but continue fighting as long as Israeli troops remained in Lebanon, calling it ‘our natural right.’” (Israel suffers highest 1-day toll of the war, By LAUREN FRAYER and SAM F. GHATTAS, Associated Press Writers)

 

In sum:  Don’t believe a word I say—watch what I do!

 

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Graphic: Strife and Power in the New Middle EastWhere this war will go, for now, is shrouded in the obscure, and the hidden agenda wrought by the Clash of Civilizations—where bureaucrats, religionists, militarists, crass materialists, and politicos jostle in the Street of the Great City for greed and power—while little people suffer the idiocy, subterfuge, and endless despair of their connivance, greed, and rage.

But, be very clear, as we pointed out in Part I and II of this “Prophetic Sequence” – the Biblical conclusion at “the end of the war” (Daniel 9:26b) negates a random selection to fit the prophetic moment. 

 

No, the culmination of endless exacerbations which envelop Israel, ancient Phoenicia (Tyre and Sidon), Damascus (Syria) and the Diaspora of Palestinian Arabs of Gaza, the stronghold of Ephraim (the territories) and the cities and villages of ancient Aroer (modern Jordan) as seen in Isaiah 17 and Zechariah 9 will EXHAUST themselves as “Damascus will cease from being a city, and it will be a ruinous heap . . . and the fortress also will cease from Ephraim; yea, the cities of Aroer are forsaken . . . the Lord will cast her (Tyre and Sidon) out; He will destroy her power in the sea and she will be devoured by fire . . . the king shall perish from Gaza, and Ashkelon shall not be inhabited” (Isaiah 17:1-3; Zechariah 9:3, 5b).

 

Far more stringent measures are encapsulated within these texts—measures which allow the reader to envision the extremities of fallen man—for to foresee the inevitability of these matters does not condemn the Almighty’s oversight; it demonstrates that He Who knows our end will prevail openly upon the unscrupulous powers of darkness and the princes of wickedness who assail His creation. 

 

Indeed, in measure we are all victims of this cosmic tragedy played out upon this piece of infinitesimal dirt whirling through this unfathomable universe.   Yet, amidst the finite, the Infinite cries out in love to His lost creatures—if they will but hear and heed His supplications.

 

Israel, before the nations of the earth, was chosen as a “light to the Gentiles,” established, scattered, and now regathered.  Now, at the close of this age, the final drama will play itself out, regardless of her foes, her incapacities to arise to the occasion, or her critics who gather to observe her apostasies and ultimate accord with the Willful King.

 

Hiding behind her wall, removing upwards of 70,000 Israeli settlers from the West Bank, appears moribund, given the “rocket wars” which make these finest of barriers utterly obsolete.  Indeed, Israel’s much vaunted “Give us the tools and we’ll do the job” has been radically challenged by Hezbollah’s patron, the “Prince of Persia” – who, I hasten to add, has little truck at this time with the likes of those who identify with the materialism of the West:  Sheba and Dedan (Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States).

 

THE NEXT STEP     

 

The likelihood of this conflict’s spread abides—perhaps immediate, but certainly, its inexorable march to the sea of world despair is indistinguishable from reality.  Rocket scientists need not apply.  The willful King of the West awaits his greatest hour . . .

 

“And I looked, and behold, a white horse.  He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer” (for it is all in the “name of peace” that he wages war; making his world “safe for democracy” and establishing peace on the earth—a comprehensive one, at that) (Revelation 6:2).

 

Yes, “till the end of the war” desolations are determined . . . then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week” (Daniel 9:26b-27a).

 

It is the War on Terror—the war that Israel has faced throughout her entire regathering—now the same war, like the Tar-Baby (separating out its defamations of our black brethren) of Uncle Remus fame affords a “sticky situation” that only aggravates every attempt to resolve it!  A Gordian Knot that awaits the world’s foremost power to slice through its complicated past—yea, its centuries of irresolution—cutting to the chase in a display of leadership and uncanny brilliance whereby “the many” will sue for a lasting peace—peace, because the nations (so it would appear) are so ready for a comprehensive resolve of this incomprehensible entanglement!

 

ISRAEL EXHAUSTED

 

“In that day (the day of Syria’s demise) it shall come to pass that the glory of Jacob will wane (i.e., fade) and the fatness of his flesh grow lean.  It shall be as when the harvester gathers the grain, and reaps the heads with his arm; it shall be as he who gathers heads of grain in the Valley of Rephaim.  Yet gleaning grapes will be left in it, like the shaking of an olive tree, two or three olives at the top of the uppermost bough, four or five in its most fruitful branches,’ Says the Lord God of Israel” (Isaiah 17:4-6).

 

The poetic descript is one wherein the olive tree, Israel, is depleted of her strength; Jacob’s glory (not “Israel’s glory”) has faded . . . and, as the residual of her image unveils, her coloration is gaunt and depleted compared to her original vitality.  The robust is replaced by the retiring; the exuberant by the exhausted.  In a phrase:  Humbled and vulnerable.

 

Verses 4-6 (Isaiah 9) seem to imply a stunning reversal in the fortunes of the Israeli nation and the reduction thereof to a small remnant, do they not?  Perhaps these verses are a reference to the Gog-Magog War, and or the Tribulation to be visited upon Israel by Antichrist.  Appropriately, these verses are subsequent to the prophecy of Damascus’ destruction in Verse 1, which implies the subsequence of this stunning reversal to that Destruction.  This is in keeping with the trend of current events in the Mid-East, in my opinion, as well as with the harmony required by other Bible prophecies.” (M. W., Washington, D.C., August, 2006)

 

Not necessarily do these Scriptures point toward Israel’s ultimate frustration with the Beast; however, as already stated, they do present themselves immediately following “the end of the war” which war is altogether definitive as the initial fork of the trident leading up to the 70th Week of Daniel—to read too much into its content is unnecessary.

 

Jacob recoils and Syria and her immediate collaborators will realize a spiritual dimension heretofore prophetically unfulfilled. 

 

“In that day men will look to their Maker and turn their eyes to the Holy One of Israel.  They will not look to the altars, the work of their hands, and they will have no regard for the Asherah poles and the incense altars their fingers have made” (Isaiah 17:7-8).

 

Immediately concluding the exasperations of the Syrophoenicia maelstrom THREE PRONOUNCEMENTS are forecast—simultaneous, going hand in hand as it were . . . for where the Light shines in a dark place, how great is that darkness when so contrasted, for both are seen . . .

 

(1)  The Diminishing of Israel and the Demise of Damascus et al

(2)  The Recognition “in that day” that “a man will look to his Maker and

          his eyes will have respect for the Holy One of Israel”

 

(3)   “Then he will confirm the covenant with the many” – the commencement of Daniel’s 70th Week.

 

This is an extraordinary sequence of events that connotes worldwide spiritual ramifications for the common man . . . the recognition of God’s presence, His hand in the affairs of humankind.  As Antichrist commences to make His fallacious move upon his white horse of peace, we witness “another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people—saying with a loud voice, ‘Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.’” (Revelation 14:6-7)

 

Yes, prior to Babylon’s colossal fall (Revelation 14:8) announced by the Second Angel; and preceding the “wrath of God” to be poured out upon “anyone (who) worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand” (Revelation 14:9-11, 17-20), there is the gracious response to the testimony of the Two Witnesses wherein John beheld:

 

“Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud sat One like the son of Man, having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle.  And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, ‘Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come for You to reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.’  So He who sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped” (Revelation 14:14-16).

 

Brethren, this is not only RAPTURE (for it most certainly is announced prior to the “Wrath of God” in Revelation 14:17-20) but this definitely is REVIVAL!

 

And, with revival there is always the reaping of a great harvest of souls for the glory of the Almighty.

 

Isaiah’s observation witnessed a man – a man representing many a man – who after war and waning will turn his gaze to his Maker; will in reverence and awe turn to the Holy One of Israel.  This will not be superficial—for “he will not look to the altars, the work of his hands.”  Repentance will be in the air and in the soul of a man, for he will turn to his Maker, not to what he has made but to the One who made him!  Not to Canaanite deities, wooden images and incense altars, but to the Maker who knows the deepest yearnings of the human soul.

 

“In that day his strong cities will be as a forsaken bough and an uppermost branch, which they left because of the children of Israel; and there will be desolations, because you have forgotten the God of your salvation, and have not been mindful of the Rock of your stronghold, therefore you will plant pleasant plants and set out foreign seedlings; In the day you will make your plant to grow, and in the morning you will make your seed to flourish; but the harvest will be a heap of ruins in the day of grief and desperate sorrow” (Isaiah 17:9-11).

 

There is no confusion here.  Ancient Assyria did not fulfill these utterances made by Isaiah . . . but those aforementioned who will have endured untold desolations, even at the hands of Israel, because even they have “forgotten the God of your (their) salvation” – yes, even they “have not been mindful of the rock of your stronghold.”  These are the antecedents of an ancient people who will turn to the Almighty—whose prophetic reflections demand a present occurrence.

 

“This is another passage (Isaiah 17:9-11) that’s problematic for those who try to consign the whole prophecy to history.  There is simply no reason to believe that the Assyrians turned to God following their conquest of Aram and Israel.  And far from abandoning their cities because of the Israelites, it was the Israelites who were defeated and dispersed.  The yet future Jewish attack on Damascus causing the destruction and abandonment of Syrian cities, and the eventual return of the survivors to their God is a much more likely fulfillment.  And it could happen soon.” (Jack Kelley, Isaiah 17, An Oracle Concerning Damascus, A Bible Study – 8/2/2006).

 

I concur with Mr. Kelley and affirm that the Gentiles shall spiritually benefit from this ensuing conflict—what mystery of salvation is this!  Surely we are altogether baffled by it.  Isn’t the Rock of your Stronghold – our real defense the only defense that really counts?  Don’t think He will not have mercy upon the Syrians and the Palestinians—dear friend . . . remember these words, remember them for they speak of the “God of your salvation” . . .

 

“I was found by those who did not seek Me; I was made manifest to those who did not ask for Me” (Romans 10:21 & Isaiah 65:1).

 

And again:

 

“I will call them My people, who were not My people, and her beloved, who was not beloved.  And it shall come to pass in the place where it was said to them, ‘You are not My people,’ There they shall be called sons of the living God.’” (Romans 9:25-26)

 

So, as He said to Moses, He says to us during this day:

 

“‘I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.’  So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy.  For the Scripture says to the Pharaoh, ‘For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth.’  Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens” (Romans 9:15-19).

 

Then, what of “a man” who on that day turns to his Maker, from the works of his own hands:

 

“O man, who are you to reply against God?  Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, ‘Why have you made me like this?’  Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor?  What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, and that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory, even us whom He called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles? . . . And it shall come to pass in the place where it was said to them, ‘You are not My people,’ There they shall be called sons of the living God.’” (Romans 9:20-24, 26).

 

There can be no greater astonishment than this . . . for after such “desolation” there is abundance of mercy to those who sought to destroy the “apple of His eye” – friend, trying to second guess God’s intentions in all this is folly.  The God of Abraham is about to thrust in His sickle to reap the harvest of the earth . . . and from a most unlikely source!

 

We conclude Part III knowing that the Oracle of Damascus, though she is laid waste, yet will her desolation reach to the Almighty, to the “God of your salvation” – the “Rock of your Refuge!”  When man’s extremity is reached, when all his hope is dried up—then, as Hagar cried out . . . and to this day is her anguish heard in the land of the patriarchs . . .

 

“Now the Angel of the Lord found her (Hagar) by a spring of water in the wilderness, by the spring on the way to Shur . . . Then the Angel of the Lord said to her, ‘I will multiply your descendants exceedingly, so that they shall not be counted for multitude’ . . . Then she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, YOU-ARE-THE-GOD-WHO-SEES; for she said, ‘Have I also here seen Him who sees me?’” (Genesis 16:7-8, 10, 13).

 

“And the water in the skin (container) was used up, and she placed the boy (Ishmael) under one of the shrubs.  Then she went and sat down across from him at a distance of about a bowshot; for she said to herself, ‘Let me not see the death of the boy.’  So she sat opposite him, and lifted her voice and wept.

 

“And God heard the voice of the lad.  Then the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said to her, ‘What ails you, Hagar?  Fear not, for God has heard the voice of the lad where he is.  Arise, lift up the lad and hold him with your hand, for I will make him a great nation.’  Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water.  And she went and filled the skin with water, and gave the lad a drink.  So God was with the lad” (Genesis 21:15-20a).

 

Yes, when all the water of our skin is dried up, then, and then only, will we see the One who sees us!  It is there, in our wilderness, our desolation, our rejection—at the periphery of our strength—that He comes and we can never forget, for our eyes have seen Him Who sees us in such a condition.  May God open our eyes, as He will open the eyes of the children of Hagar on that day that the realization of this mutual revelation of Who He is will slake our thirst, will quench the drought, the desert of our existence, and bring us to His oasis of refreshment because we have seen Him Who sees us!

 

“In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian will come into Egypt and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians will serve with the Assyrians.  In that day Israel will be one of three with Egypt and Assyria—a blessing in the midst of the land, whom the Lord of hosts shall bless, saying, “Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria THE WORK OF MY HANDS, and Israel My inheritance” (Isaiah 19:23-25).

 

No, these metaphors are far more than spiritual lessons to enliven the inner life of the saints—though they most certainly are that.  They extend into the prophetic, into the final panoply of prophetic possibility and final fulfillment.  We are beyond the stage of “fast approaching” – we not only hear the hoof beats of the first horse of the Apocalypse with his promise of “peace in our time—even a comprehensive peace,” but fast on his hoofs is seen the Red Horse of War, and ultimately, the full Quartet of famine and death—the final unveiling—for that is the true sense of Apocalypse.

 

Yet, in this unveiling of man’s inhumanity to man; of wickedness personified—we, at the very same time, are beginning to SEE THE ONE, WHO SEES US!

 

We affirm this prophetic sequence to be the pure sense of the Scripture, unedited, without prejudice—if you would:  AS IS!  Yes, there is much more, and we shall pursue these happenings, as this series goes beyond the Oracle of Damascus, the unveiling of Assyria, the Waning of Jacob, and comes to the Gog-Magog conflagration and the Treaty with Death and Agreement with Sheol. 

 

Blessings as always, in Messiah’s Name!