About Jesus Steve Sweetman
Ezekiel 38:12 states that Gog of Magog will "plunder
and loot" Israel. For many good reasons most conservative Bible teachers who hold
to the Futurist view of prophecy believe that Gog is a political leader,
and Magog is Russia. So I ask, "what does
have that Russia
would want to "plunder and loot" her for, and does she have
With this question in mind, I point out two of many end
time blessings prophesied to Israel
in Deuteronomy 33. Verse 13
speaks of a blessing that would be found in "deep waters that lie
below". Verse 19 speaks
of "treasures hidden in the sand". What I'm about to say
is somewhat speculative and interpretative, but might provide the answer
to our question concerning why
It's been well publicized that
has recently discovered oil shale within her borders. Oil shale is
not crude oil as is found in
Oil and natural gas are two of the most sought after
commodities in the world today. It's not hard to imagine a natural
gas pipeline heading north from Israel
into Europe or Russia. Russia
is struggling to get back on her financial feet since the break-up of
the Soviet Union
in the 1980's.
Ezekiel 38:5 lists other nations who join
Whether this scenario comes true or not, and it is a
scenario, is something to think about.
We must not hide our heads in the sand when it comes to world
events and Biblical prophecy. Jesus
specifically commanded us in Luke 21:36 to "watch and pray",
and His command is in the context of end time events.
We are told to watch world events to see how they correlate with
Biblical prophecy. As we
watch, we pray. We pray for
Jesus' return. We pray for
the peace of
Are you watching world events unfold with an eye towards
Biblical prophecy? Do you
have your newspaper on your desk alongside your Bible? Are
you praying as you watch the cable news channels? How
many prayer meetings have you attended recently that were specifically
dedicated to pray that this age would come to an end?
We pray for all sorts of things in our prayer meetings.
We pray that Bob finds a job, Sue gets a raise, Nick's house
sells, Zack's business picks up, and on it goes.
We too often pray as if life will go on forever and we
need as much out of this life as we can get.
You can read scores of different shapes and sizes of
prayers in the Bible, but there's one simple little prayer that wraps up
the pages of the Bible that many of us miss.
I suggest we imitate the apostle John.
In Revelation 22:20
he prayed, "come Lord
Jesus". Just three
words. That's it.
It's short, simple, but when prayed from the heart is important
and powerful. May this
prayer be found on our lips today as we watch the events of the world
unfold before our eyes as the Bible predicted.