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It's been a few days, hasn't it? I've got some messages for all of you, so I hope this finds you all well.
For starters, I am doing great! Things couldn't be better! For the world... that remains to be seen.
I have been doing some research before the War began of the old testament prophecies. I found a few that intrigued me. But nothing like the impact that I experienced today.
While watching a pentagon press-conference, Ari Fleischer told the press "We have seen conditions in Iraq last week that have turned day into night." I took that moment to go back and take a look at the prophecies again.
That's where I ran into Isaiah 13. I highlighted this passage some time ago when I was doing my biblical research. Now, I understand why. Everything that has happened, in a nutshell thus far, is in that prophecy! The start of the war, the sandstorms of last week, the anti-war protests, the Iraqi death-squads that are dragging civilians out of their homes and telling them to "Fight for Saddam or die." And the impact here at home, in the U.S. of the war.
I won't spare you anything, and I'll just go ahead and copy down the passage for all of you here. I think you will find it meaningful and impacting, if not interesting all at once. This is quoted DIRECTLY from the New King James version...
ISAIAH 13: PROCLAMATION AGAINST BABYLON*
*Historial Reference: Babylon is another name for the central kingdom of the Babylonian Empire, which is centralized in the Fertile Crescent, a.k.a. Iraq
2 - Lift up a banner on the high mountain.
Raise your voice to them.
Wave your hand, that they may enter the gates of
3 - I have commanded My santified ones,
I have called My mighty ones for My anger--
Those who rejoyce in My exaltation.
4 - The noice of a multitude in the mountains,
Like that of many people!
A tumultuous noise of the kingdoms of nations gathered together!
The LORD of hosts musters
The army for battle.
5 - They come from a far country,
From the end of heaven--
The LORD and His weapons of indignation
To destroy the whole land.
[Sound familiar? From a far country to defeat Babylon... --SM21].
6 - Wail, for the day of the Lord is at hand!
It will come as destruction from the
7 - Therefore all hands will be limp,
Every man's heart will melt.
8 - And they will be afraid.
[Possible terrorism reference here? --SM21]
Pangs and sorrows will take hold of
They will be in pain as a woman in
They will be amazed at one another;
Their faces will be like flames.
9 - Behold, the day of the LORD comes,
Cruel, with both wrath and fierce anger,
To lay the land desolate;
And He will destroy its sinner from it.
10 - For the stars of heaven and their
Will not give their light;
The sun will be darkened in its going
And the moon will not cause its light to
[Remember the reports live from Iraq during those sand storms last week? When it was high-noon, and pitch black? Remember that, then read 13:10 again. --SM21]
11 -I willpunish the world for its evil,
And the wicked for their iniquity;
I will hault the arrogance of the proud,
And will lay low the haughtiet of the
[Possible reference to Saddam here? --SM21]
12 - I will make a mortal more rare than fine
A man more than the golden wedge of
[Maybe a reference to the Coallition's need for reinforcements? --SM21]
13 - Therefore I will shake the heavens,
And the earth will move out of her place,
In the wrath of the LORD of hosts
And in the day of His fierce anger.
14 - It shall be as the hunted gazelle,
And as a sheep tha no man takes up;
Every man will turn to his own people.
And everyone will flee to his own land.
[American Iraqis going back home to fight the Coallition forces - this was recent as of 2 days ago. --SM21]
15 - Everyone who is found will be thrust
And everyone who is captured will fall
by the sword.
16 - Their children also will be dashed to
pieces before their eyes;
Their houses will be plundered
And their wives ravished.
17 - Behold, I will stir up the Medes against
Who will not regard silver;
And as for gold, they will not delight in it.
18 - And their bows will dash the young men
And they will have no pity on the fruit
of the womb;
Their eye will not spare children.
[13:14 through :18 may refer to the Iraqi Death Squads that are forcing innocent civilians to fight for Saddam or die where they stand. This is happening, it has been documented, and this is real (Source of information: MSNBC) --SM21]
19 - And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms,
The beauty of the Chaldeans' pride,
Will be a when God overthrew Sodom
20 - It will never be inhabited,
Nor will it be settled from generation to
Nor will the Arabian pitch tents there,
Nor will the shepherds makde their
21 - But wild beasts of the desert will lie there,
And their houses will be full of owls;
Ostriches will dwell there,
And wild goats will caper there.
22 - The hyenas will howl in their citadels,
And jackals in thir pleasant places.
Her time is near to come,
And her days will not be prolonged.
To me, there seems to be a dreadful end to this war. A war where almost nothing will survive. If or when Saddam's regime decides to use Chemical weapons, it will poison the lands. Our soldiers may be protected, but everything else around the lands will not.
My official stance: I'm not for or against this war. Saddam Hussein said, himself, that the war will go "According to God's will." However, we do know God's will. It's in the Holy Bible.
I'm totally and completely convinced that this particular prophecy has totally come to pass, and the rest of it will be fulfiled. This may not be a long war, but I can promise you that this will be a horrible war.
If anyone was touched in any way shape or form by this, there is more. There are references to the "Day of the Lord." This is explained in the New Testament, when Jesus told the people "I am coming quickly." I'm not going to give you all of the answers today. However, I urge you to check out Mark 13:5 and through the rest of that chapter. It will explain everything about the Day of the Lord.
I urge each and every one of you to think about this passage today. If you do not believe me, you can read it for yourself in the Holy Word of God, the Bible. Let God tell you in His own words, and let Him tell you to your heart.
If there is anyone reading this now that has read the above passage, and would like to learn how to know Jesus Christ, please email me. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org - I will reply to you, personally.
I urge everyone, in whatever religion they practice, to pray for the safety of our men and women in uniform, as they fight in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Gulf War II, or whatever it's called these days. I pray for everyone, and the families of those who have sons or daughters, mothers or fathers, brothers or sisters out in the deserts of Iraq, fighting this war.
May God bless you and protect you all.