This article by deceased Paul N.F. has a lot more spiritual significance than the words found in the article and the text of the Psalm 118.8.
This Psalm and verse gives the point of the exact middle of the Bible. You will find that there are the same number of verses and chapters before and after.
There are 504 chapters before and 594 after which if added to the one of Psalm 118 makes 1,189. what is interesting is that if you add the 594 + 594 = 1,188 which is the same number as the Psalm and verse (118.8) and the message is that of mathematical perfection to authenticate the author as the God of the Universe that is in control of everything and that His will be done.
Paul N. F. (27 July 2014)
“TRUST IN THE LORD GOD“
TRUST IN THE LORD GODBy Charles E. Spurgeon
‘lt is better to trust in the Lord, than to put confidence in man.’ Psalm 118:8Doubtless the reader has been tried with the temptation to rely upon the things
which are seen, instead of resting alone upon the invisible God. Christians often
look to man for help and counsel, and mar the noble simplicity of their reliance
upon their God.
Does this portion meet the eye of a child of God anxious about temporals, then
would we reason with him awhile. You trust in Jesus, and only in Jesus, for your
salvation, then why are you troubled? ‘Because of my great care.’ Is it not written,
‘Cast thy burden upon the Lord’? ‘Be careful for nothing, but in everything by
prayer and supplication make known your wants unto God.’ Cannot you trust God
‘Ah! I wish I could.’ If you cannot trust God for temporals, how dare you trust
Him for spirituals? Can you trust Him for your soul’s redemption, and not rely upon
Him for a few lesser mercies? Is not God enough for thy need, or is His all-sufficiency
too narrow for thy wants? Dost thou want another eye beside that of Him who sees
every secret thing? Is His heart faint? Is His arm weary? If so, seek another God;
but if He be infinite, omnipotent, faithful, true, and all-wise, why gaddest thou abroad
so much to seek another confidence?
Why dost thou rake the earth to find another foundation, when this is strong enough
to bear all the weight which thou canst ever build thereon? Christian, mix not only thy
wine with water, do not alloy thy gold of faith with the dross of human confidence.
Wait thou only upon God, and let thine expectation be from Him. Covet not Jonah’s
gourd, but rest in Jonah’s God. Let the sandy foundations of terrestrial trust be the
choice of fools, but do thou, like one who foresees the storm, build for thyself an
abiding place upon the Rock of Ages.
Yours in Christ,
Paul N. F.
In the study of Bible prophecy it is imperative to look at the nations of the world military capabilities to assess the possible role these nations will have in the end times. For example in determining who the Antichrist will be you would be very wrong if you said Fidel Castro of Cuba, no matter how much you despise this man. He would not have a nations military capability to support his role.
In looking at the first two seals of the book of Revelation we can see two men, one riding a white horse and the other riding a red horse. The first is a skilled archer and he holds a bow in his hand the second is good in personal close encounter combat and it is given a sword.
The first rider is given the command to go out and conquer militarily as the bow implies and the second is given the order to take away the peace of the world. I identify these men as the leader of the USA (white horse) and the leader of Russia.
From the text it is implied that these two are responsible for the deaths of 1/4 of the population of the world or approximately 1,782,000,000 people. This number is gigantic and hard to understand. In the war raging beteen Hamas and Israel at this time the number of casualties do not reach the 1,000 killed.
It is quite evident that to kill 1/4 of the world, weapons of mass destruction must be utilized and nuclear weapons would be the first choice. I have a hard time placing the prophecies of the bible listed in other books like Psalm 83, Ezekiel 38-39, Jeremiah 49, Ezekiel 29 and all the others falling before the time of the book of Revelation. and within the context of the first two seals. Who is the red horse rider doing war against? Where is Islam in the book of Revelation? If Islam is gone who is left.
These questions must be answered as all end times prophecies must follow a logical outcome and all must be considered in the relationship of one to the other.
I am including here a link to the nuclear power nations of the world. You can also find info on their armies and economies that form an essential part of modern day war making abilities, again think of Fidel Castro’s example.
Overall inventories are declining, primarily due to the United States and Russia continuing the drawdown of their nuclear arsenals as a result of the Treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (New START) and unilateral reductions. But the pace of reductions appears to be slowing compared with a decade ago. At the same time, all the nuclear-armed states are modernizing their remaining nuclear forces and appear determined to retain sizeable nuclear arsenals for the foreseeable future.
The USA and Russia continue to reduce their arsenals but at a slower pace than a decade ago and have extensive modernization programs underway for their remaining nuclear delivery systems, warheads, and production facilities. The nuclear arsenals of the other smaller nuclear-armed states are considerably smaller, but all are either developing or deploying new weapons or have announced their intention to do so.
Reliable information on the status of the nuclear arsenals and capabilities of the nuclear-armed states varies considerably. The USA has disclosed substantial information about its stockpile and forces, and the UK and France have also declared some information. Russia refuses to disclose the detailed breakdown of its forces counted under the New START treaty (even though it shares the information with the USA), and the US Government has stopped releasing detailed information about Russian and Chinese nuclear forces.
China, India and Pakistan are the only nuclear weapon states that are expanding their nuclear arsenals, while Israel appears to be waiting to see how the situation in Iran develops. There is an emerging consensus in the expert community that North Korea has produced a small number of nuclear weapons, as distinct from rudimentary nuclear explosive devices.
World nuclear forces, January 2014
|Country||Year of first nuclear test||Deployed warheadsa||Other warheads||Total Inventory|
|Total||3970||12 350||16 300|
SIPRI Yearbook 2014 (Oxford University Press: Oxford, 2014).
a ‘Deployed’ means warheads placed on missiles or located on bases with operational forces.
These are my thoughts about the conflict between Hamas and Israel that is being fought in Gaza. The intent of Hamas is voiced in their charter and it is the complete destruction of Israel.
They have taken every opportunity of peace to rebuild their armaments and fortifications to accomplish their objective destruction of Israel. The question that begs an answer is how can you make peace with an enemy that is hell bent in your destruction at any cost. The answer is simple, you can’t.
This leaves Israel with the task of utterly destroying all members of Hamas and forcing a capitulation of their society. Hitler could not be appeased he had to be killed and all Nazi elements destroyed. The same mentality can be attributed to all the evil dictators that have come into the world through the generations.
The problem with Hamas is compounded by their Satanic religion of Islam which has infested all of the middle east and has more than one billion people of the world enslaved in its reach.
The true God of the Universe Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit and God the Father is in control of creation, history and time. All the future has been seen by Him and attested by His prophets thousands of years ago, such is the case in the prophet Zephaniah as he is given the order to write about Gaza and some other cities in the news today. This prophecy is in the verge of being fulfilled as we write this article.
The following article also covers the subject very eloquently.
Why I Am Watching Israel and Gaza
By Daymond Duck
The little book of Zephaniah (3 chapters or 53 verses) begins by prophesying the destruction of Judah (the Southern Kingdom) in the days of King Nebuchadnezzar and Babylon. It moves on to prophecies about Judah and the nations as the day of the Lord (a term often applied to the Tribulation period that Zephaniah used more than any other prophet in the Bible) approaches and plays out. Then, it finishes with Judah’s restoration during the millennial reign of the Messiah.
These prophecies clearly have past fulfillment, but some writers think Zephaniah was saying those experiences would be small compared to a greater fulfillment in the future. One of Zephaniah’s more famous statements reads, “The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly. That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities (Israel has built a fence to protect her cities), and against the high towers” (Zeph. 1:14-16).
Dropping down to Zeph. 2:1, God told the Jews to gather themselves together (to assemble) and He calls Judah a “nation not desired.” Israel is clearly the apple of God’s eye, but this could mean she is a nation not desired by God at this time because she has rejected her Messiah. And it could also mean that she is a nation not desired by the nations of the world because they want to destroy her.
In Zeph. 2:2, God told the Jews He wants them to assemble “Before the decree bring forth (before the 7 year covenant is signed), before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the LORD come upon you, before the day of the LORD’S anger come upon you (to assemble before the Tribulation Period comes upon the Jews).
In Zeph. 2:3, God told the Jews and all who will humble themselves to “Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD’S anger.” He wants the Jews and everyone on earth who will humble themselves to meet before the Tribulation Period begins to seek three things: the Lord, righteousness and meekness. Those who do may be hidden (Raptured) before the Tribulation Period begins, but after it begins it will be too late.
In Zeph. 2:4, God mentions four cities: “For Gaza shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon a desolation: they shall drive out Ashdod at the noon day, and Ekron shall be rooted up.”
God said Gaza, one of the largest and most northern cities in the Gaza Strip, will be forsaken. As I write this article, IDF planes are dropping leaflets in the northern part of the Gaza Strip for a second time advising residents to forsake their homes and clear out. The first time Israel did this, thousands of residents left, but many stayed because they were told to ignore Israel’s warnings. This time, it looks like Israel’s troops will enter the city and it remains to be seen how many people will stick around.
God said Ashkelon, a Jewish city of more than 100,000 people about 8 miles north of the Gaza Strip border, will become desolate. Its closeness to Gaza makes it a frequent target of Muslim rockets. As I write this article, more than 60 rockets have been fired at Ashkelon in recent days; an Israeli teen has been seriously injured; an Israeli man has been lightly wounded; many Jews are spending the day in bomb shelters; and some have moved to safer territory.
God said Ashdod’s residents will be driven out. More than a quarter of a million people live in Ashdod and it is about 18 miles from Gaza. As I write this, the Iron Dome Missile System has shot down 5 rockets; a Patriot missile has shot down a drone; an 8-year old boy has been slightly injured while playing in his yard; fear and anxiety are spreading in Ashdod; and Hamas has rejected an Egyptian cease fire proposal.
Kiryat Ekron is a Jewish city of slightly more than 10,000 people. It is named after the Biblical city of Ekron and it is located about the same distance from Gaza as is Ashdod. I have read of sirens sounding in Ekron and the surrounding area, but no injuries.
I can’t predict how things will play out, but a best case scenario could be another temporary suspension of hostilities. And a worst case scenario could be that this conflict spreads into a war with Israel’s neighbors (Psa. 83), including Syria (Isa. 17) and Egypt (Isa. 19), or even the Russian/Islamic invasion of Israel (Ezek. 38-39). One more thing, based on the Jewish Talmud (not the Bible) some are saying a Tetrad of blood moons are an omen of war for Israel. It is a debatable issue, but no one can deny that the first blood moon in the current Tetrad occurred on April 15, 2014 (the Feast of Passover) and the next one will occur on October 8, 2014 (the Feast of Tabernacles). Between these first two blood moons in this Tetrad war is raging.
[Last minute update: Israel is attacking the Gaza Strip from one end to the other by land, sea and air. It is too early to say that Gaza will be forsaken at this time; and Ashdod, Ashkelon and Ekron are still inhabited; but God is in control, His Word must eventually be fulfilled, war rarely goes exactly as planned and, if God allows it, I plan to keep watching Israel and Gaza.
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The world is presently involved with very urgent matters and one of the most pressing is the recalcitrant position that Iran has taken with its nuclear program.
Their position and pursuit of building a nuclear bomb arsenal will result in a complete destruction of a part of Iran called Elam. This part of Iran holds the nuclear reactor Bushehr which is involved in the negotiations.
The prophet Jeremiah on chapter 49 wrote about the fate of this territory in the end times and Mr. Salus book presents an excellent argument for the interpretation that this is a prophecy awaiting fulfillment in the near future. I am half way through this excellent book by this very good author of books and prophecy lectures.
As these words are written the war between Israel and Hamas is going full throttle with the prospect of an escalating conflict. There seems to be no intermediary that could put an end to this conflict and the belligerents are at each others throat trying to kill each other.
Simultaneous to this crisis an airline Boeing 777 was shot down in Eastern Ukraine by a Russian SA 15 rocket. This event has placed the world on edge and as a consequence it has affected the flights going into Israel by all independent carriers except El Al. This will put economic pressure into Israel in an unacceptable way.
The Bible foresaw these events that are leading to several prophecies being fulfilled, among them the Psalm 83 prophecy and others that are covered by pastor JD Farag of Kaneohe church in Hawaii.
Mr. Bill Salus has also written an excellent book on the subject titled Psalm 83 the missing prophecy revealed. This book is a must read for all who are seeing the situation in the middle east deteriorating by the minute.
There are so many Nations in turmoil and discord that it is a wonder that a bigger conflagration has not erupted already that would engulf the whole world.
It is pathetic that so many people are oblivious and uncaring to everything that is happening in the believe that it is happening over there why should we worry? Well it will affect you no matter where you are living on this planet.
The two videos below see’s Mr. Gary Stearman interviewing Mr. Tom Horn the author of several outstanding books including the one Blood on the Altar.
The subjects covered are of the utmost importance to all humans but specially to those who are Christians.
The one world church that will exist during the Tribulation and will be headed by the False Prophet, the identity of this person, fallen angels, human chimeras, and the supernatural are all covered.
Each of these themes is a book to be written by itself and it takes a brilliant Christian author like Tom Horn to document it and relate it to the Bible as the prophetic scriptures are making today’s newspaper headlines.
The supernatural is infringing in the natural world of today at a vertiginous pace and so is the true God Jesus Christ through His people.
The middle east is heating up by the day. In the news below it shows Israel moving into a ground offensive in Gaza. Its proxy ally Iran collapsed the talks on nuclear issues with the six world powers and ISIS is doing their thing in Iraq.
Israeli soldiers ride on a military vehicle near the Israel-Gaza Border, Thursday, July 17, 2014. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu later Thursday instructed the military to begin a ground offensive in Gaza , an official statement said.
JERUSALEM, July 17 (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday instructed the military to begin a ground offensive in Gaza, an official statement from his office said.
witnesses and Gaza residents reported heavy artillery and naval shelling and helicopter fire along the Gaza border.
“The prime minister and defence minister have instructed theto begin a ground operation tonight in order to hit the terror tunnels from Gaza into Israel,” the statement said.
Israel and Palestinian militants in the densely populated enclave have been fighting a cross border war for ten days.
The Israeli military says Gaza militants have fired more than 1,300 rockets into Israel, and Palestinian health officials say 233 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli air and naval strikes. One Israeli civilian has been killed by fire from Gaza.
A statement from the Israeli military said the operation will include “infantry, armoured corps, engineer corps, artillery and intelligence combined with aerial and naval support.”
Before dawn on Thursday, about a dozen Palestinian fighters tunnelled under the border, emerging near an Israeli community. At least one was killed when Israeli aircraft bombed the group, the military said.