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The King Destroys Nations Part 1

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September 17, 2021 1:00 am

The King Destroys Nations Part 1

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September 17, 2021 1:00 am

In Ezekiel 38, we read of a coming coalition of nations on the march to destroy the tiny nation of Israel. Despite having overwhelming military superiority over Israel, this attack will be terminated by the hand of God.

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Lawrence looking to Jesus in Ezekiel 38 we read of the J coalition of nations on the margin to destroy tiny Israel, despite having an overwhelming superiority of force. This attack is terminated by the hand of God today raising scurry of how Bible prophecy come to pass the church in Chicago. This is running to win with Dr. Erwin Luzerne whose clear teaching helps us make it across the finish line elixir is the battle you will describe today the same as the battle of Armageddon. Dave, I think that the answer is no, Armageddon is a battle that takes place within the land.

This is a coalition of nations coming together, and they are destroyed by God. I did tell you that Bible scholars have puzzled over easy kill 37 and 38 because it describes in detail these nations, we can actually identify them and yet they're coming across to Israel, and God intervenes and destroys their armies God in effect comes out of heaven and does that. So this is a different battle, but the point to be made is this that God is not only a God of mercy is also a God of wrath.

I've written a book entitled the King is coming. Let me ask you a question when is the last time you heard a sermon on the doctrine of hell will in this book. I have a chapter on the doctrine of hell, why because were talking about future events. I think that you would be blessed if you had this book that you could read and reread for a gift of any amount. It can be yours. Here's what you do go to RTW RTW or if you prefer, call us at 1-888-218-9337 ask for the book that King is coming. It is truly amazing isn't it that a little sliver of land like Israel, depending on where you put the borders. Perhaps 100 miles long and depending on where you measure it the miles wide would command the attention of the world. And when God begins to wrapup history. Everything has to do with Israel. Everything has to do with the city of Jerusalem that small little postage stamp of the country. What is amazing, perhaps, is that the United States is not mentioned in prophecy. There is no evidence that the United States is directly involved at least the Bible doesn't predicted, there may be some reasons for that. First of all if you have a pre-tribulation rapture.

If two or 3 million are however a million true believers there are in the United States all go up in a rapture that would certainly destabilize the United States people would have all kinds of explanations as to what happened to these people.

Most people would be glad were gone, but at the same time, it could cause a lot of disruption. There's another reason and that is the need for oil. After all, the United States desperately needs foreign oil land that it could be that as the years progress, the United States begins to ally itself.

More specifically, with the Arab states than it does with Israel. Even in recent years it's evident that our support of Israel seems to be in decline. Another reason might be terrorism you imagine a terrorist attack and how it would take out so much of our infrastructure.

One of our leaders has said that the greatest threat the United States has is not terrorism but rather it is the collapse of the economy. A total financial meltdown. What of course could be caused by severe terrorist attacks. At any rate I'm going to be discussing today a huge battle that is going to take place in the Middle East, a coalition of nations that are going to march against Israel, and there is no evidence that the United States is involved or trying to help Israel repel the attack.

The attack will be repelled in a way that is going to give you goosebumps by the United States will not be a part of that what you to take your Bibles and turn to the book of Ezekiel and were going to begin in chapter 37. Just to give you a bit of context and after where in chapter 37 were going to spend our time in chapter 38. If you have a Bible that is there in the seat in front of you. It would be page 725 725 always important that you follow along in the word you should bring your Bibles to church every Sunday. Notice that the Scripture says in 37 verse one the hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out in the spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley. It was full of bones and he led me around among them, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley, and behold, they were very dry and he said to me, Son of Man can these bones live and I answered. Oh Lord, you know, prophesy over these bones and say to them old dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.

Thus says the Lord God to these bones. Behold, I will cause breath to enter you these are easy goals, dry bones, and as he prophesies over the bones, the sinews begin to come together and the bones begin to connect, I must hurry because we have much territory to cover in this message. But you'll notice that eventually he begins to prophesy and not only does the body come together, but something else happens and that is that it actually has life in the bones live. Fortunately, it's not up to us to try to figure out the mystery of what Ezekiel saw.

It's right here in the Scripture, the Lord says in verse 11 Son of Man, these bones are the whole house of Israel, behold, they say, our bones are dried up and our hope is lost where clean cut off is and that a picture of the Jewish nation throughout the centuries. Therefore prophesy and say to them, thus says the Lord God, behold, I will open your graves and raise you from your grades all my people. I will bring you into the land of Israel you shall know that I am the Lord when I open your graves and I raise you from my grades and verse 14. I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will raise you in your own land, and you shall know that I am the Lord. I have spoken, and I will do it, declares the Lord, the bones of the house of Israel.

Many people think that when Israel became a nation in 1948. At that period of time. That's when the bones started to come together but their dry bone Israel today does not recognize Jesus to be the Messiah. For one thing. For another thing, many of the Jewish people have left their faith and even many of them have become atheistic and very unbelieving, so the nation is there as a nation that is a heap of dry bones. But God says I am going to give you life and I will even put my spirit within you, and later on in this chapter, God says I'm going to cleanse you, and I'm going to give you a new heart is a reference to the time when Jesus Christ comes when the nation Israel shall look on him whom they have pierced, and they shall believe a whole host of Israelites will believe on Jesus and if you're wondering about the millennial kingdom. Just know that I am dedicating a message in this series to the millennium and what happens there. So here's this prophecy of the restoration of Israel with a new spirit a new understanding of God and the fulfillment of the prophecies that go back even to the time of Abraham else in that context that we read in chapter 38, an amazing invasion of Israel. This has never happened historically in fact the Scripture says that it will happen in the latter times in the latter days. So let's look at it very quickly. Chapter 38 the word of the Lord came to me. Now this is amazing because easy kill is writing 2600 years ago and he has intelligence because he's plugged into God and he's going to say some things that are just amazing. And now there's some evidence that we are seeing the fulfillment of this prophecy, the word of the Lord came to me, Son of Man is set your face toward dog on the land of Magog, the chief princes of Misha and tubal, and prophesy against him and says, thus says the Lord God, behold, I am against you old dog chief friends of Misha and tubal.

I will turn you about and put hooks into your jaws.

I will bring you out all of your army of horses and horsemen, all of them clothed in full armor, a great host of them with buckler and shield wielding swords. Persia crush and put our with them all with shield and with Helmut Gomer and all of his hordes, Beth, Tamara, from the uttermost parts of the north with its wards. Many peoples are with you. Well it's time for us to stop here and take a breath. What is this all about when it comes to interpreting this passage you have to understand that he is using is using names that are very ancient and today we have different names for these geographical location, you say well how do you connect them. While there are scholars that have looked at these names connected them with the table of nations in the book of Genesis and so far as we know the interpretation that I am giving you is accurate and the first country that we have to look at if you were to look at a map. The first country that you would want to look at in this context is Russia when it speaks about dog that really is to a ruler's talking to a ruler and that when it speaks about Magog. If we identify that ruler as the Russian ruler, and I'll give you some evidence for that in a moment. Magog would refer to those countries that are south of Russia. The countries that became part of the Soviet Union or were a part of the Soviet Union, the Muslim countries that are in that region you still pastor Victor why do you believe that this is Russia. Notice that three times God says I'm going to bring you out from the bar north, verse six, from the uttermost parts of the north verse 15 you will come from the uttermost parts of the north, you and many people with you. You'll notice that in chapter 39 same battle verse two of the uttermost parts of the north.

Now if you were to look at Jerusalem and go straight north toward the North Pole you'd be drawing a line that goes right past Moscow.

I don't think that there's any other country that fits that description. Furthermore, Russia has been the greatest seat of atheism and Russia has had a great deal of impact. And Russia is going to want to take its borders now and expand them to re-create the Russian Empire. Maybe you're aware that Putin said on one occasion that the dismemberment of the Soviet Union was one of the greatest geopolitical disasters that is ever happened there will be within Russia.

The desire to re-create a union and this union is going to go against Israel. Now you have to understand it is difficult to put all this together but when we talk about Antichrist which is the next message in this series. Antichrist will have a European coalition of Western nations, and so you can see the world lining itself up, you have Antichrist who has in his hip pocket. The Western nations you see Russia now and it is going to align itself with Arab nations, you know people always say how close are we to the Lord's return. I don't know. Maybe it's still 50 years or 100 years, but if there are any signs any quote signs one would be Russia's entity.

Its desire to connect with Arab nations. Now let's look at the text and let's find out what some of these other nations are. You have Russia and dead then and its satellite countries. The former Islamic countries and then you have Mischa and tubal. Best identification is turkey and also Gomer over here and Beth told Dharma would also be a reference to areas of turkey. If this identification is correct a couple of things follow. First of all, always expect in the days ahead that Russia is going to have closer and closer ties with Turkey. Turkey is a secular Islamic state. Some of us have been there and we see it.

Secularism also in the recent year or two. It is taken at very fundamentalist stick turn toward a more rigorous Islam, but expect Turkey to be aligned with Russia. They are going to continue in their alliances and then you have the country of Persia, Persia, is a ran Persia is modern day air ran but we all know and it's listed there.

Of course, in verse five we know that a ran we know what a ran things as president wanting to exterminate the Jews and saying that the Holocaust didn't happen.

All of these things have been said by Hmong. Oh boy, I knew that I would probably messed that one up, dinner Chad I got that, dinner Chad.

He said that you know the Holocaust didn't happen what they want to do is to align themselves with those nations that are opposed to Israel and wipe Israel off the map. Isn't it interesting that Russia has trained more than a thousand nuclear scientists, Iranians, and Russia has helped them build a nuclear power plant billions in arms deals expect that to continue.

Russia says that it is willing to defend air ran sir ran as part of the coalition, then you have three countries that are really in Africa today, you have costs which is Ethiopia and of the Sudan and put which is Libya. Now I have to tell you that ancient Ethiopia when it's mentioned in the Scriptures, Kush, Ethiopia was really what we call today the Sudan was south of Egypt and so you have these countries becoming part of the coalition. If you asked the question well if the troops are coming from the north, there are ways that these countries can participate. There are many theories as to how that might happen, I shall not go into those today because we don't know for sure, but they are a part of this coalition and a soda Sudan today.

By the way strong Muslim country and tie Christian very deeply so. So, these countries are going to ally themselves against Israel. Now you say what about Saudi Arabia.

We certainly expect Saudi Arabia to be a part of this would but you know it's interesting. Most scholars believe there in verse 13 of the chapter were looking at Sheba and D Dan that this best identification is Saudi Arabia and that Saudi Arabia gives a mild protest and says are you going to get the spoil, etc. Saudi Arabia, the Muslim country has oftentimes been allies with the West. So it is possible that it will, it will join the Western coalition that belongs to those that are under the thumb and the heel of Antichrist because it is not listed in this coalition.

Now with that background, why are they doing this well versus 11 and 12 tell us they want to destroy to seize the spoil to carry the plunder to turn your hand against the waste places that are now inhabited want to destroy the people who were gathered together from the nations etc. etc. what they want to do is finally crush Israel and they are going to come together in the hordes now if you asked the question were nuclear weapons. In this all comment on the weapons issue in just a few moments but notice that the Bible says that you will come from the uttermost parts of the north verse 15 and you and many people with you, all of them riding on horses. A great host a mighty army written. Of course, in the language that Ezekiel would've understood that may be symbolic, but nonetheless this group of armies comes together. If we read the text correctly were talking about millions of people of soldiers coming against Israel to finally over run the place to finally crush the place and do everything that this coalition has always wanted to do and it's hatred of the Jews and to finally take care of the issue. Now you see will pastoral visit when would this happen while you know scholars differ on that point. I always say that when it comes to prophecy we might not be accurate in terms of the timeline we do the best we can to fit this in with this and asked where would this make more sense but we wish that there'd be a whole book just devoted to the sequence and there isn't the book of Revelation helps us, but we need to insert these events within it. But let me say that it's a time when Israel is at peace. You know my friend. That's what I've written the book entitled the King is coming. I describe certain events and perhaps the sequence might be wrong.

As I mentioned in the sermon, but at the same time we know that these events will actually happen in the good news is that those who have trusted Jesus Christ as Savior, are exempt from his wrath, but as for those who haven't the time is devastating and it turns out to be eternal. But let me ask you this question. Are you personally as a Christian going to stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

The answers yes I have a chapter in the book on that as well because I want to prepare us for the future for a gift of any amount.

This book can be yours. Here's what you do go to RTW now RTW offer is of course all one word RTW or if you prefer, call us at 1-888-218-9337 now when you contact us. Thanks in advance for helping us your gifts enable us to continue with this ministry and have the ministry of running to win, expand, go to RTW or call us at 1-888-218-9337 nine. Now for another chance for you to ask pastor loves her question about the Bible or the Christian life. Christians do not all agree on what day God has set aside for corporate worship.

Jim is asking today's question. Could you please give me Scripture explaining why you worship on Sunday and not on the Sabbath on worship on Sunday and people tell me yes we live under grace. But the other nine commandments should not be broken. Jim very good question and it is deserving of a much longer answer couple of things to think about. It is true that in the New Testament the commandments are all repeated and these commandments have their own force in the New Testament, but it is interesting that the Sabbath day is not repeated in the New Testament. What we find is first of all, that the early church did worship on Sunday in commemoration of the resurrection of Jesus.

And so the Bible talks about the first day of the week. The first day the week. You can read that. Of course for yourself. Secondly, under grace the Sabbath of the Old Testament is really given an entirely different meaning.

In fact, there seems to be very little connection between the Old Testament Sabbath and what we call today's Sunday, for example, in some of his writings, like in the book of Colossians. The apostle Paul talks about those who observe certain days, etc. etc. in Romans, Paul speaks about those who regard one day above another.

Others regard every day alike in the nieces let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.

That's Romans chapter 14. Clearly if it was God's intention that we observe the Sabbath. This would've been a repeated theme in the New Testament, and it's not there so continue to study the matter. There are those, of course, who differ but my conviction is that when we worship God on Sunday, we are representing his grace in the new covenant some wise counsel from Dr. Erwin looks or thank you Dr. lutes. If you'd like to hear your question answered.

Go to our and click on ask pastor lutes or or call us at 1-888-218-9337 that's 1-888-218-9337 you can write to us at running to win 1635 N. LaSalle Boulevard Chicago, IL 60614 Ezekiel prophesies. One day, many nations will come to destroy Israel, led by a nation from the north. Despite their apparent power, God will dramatically neutralize or attempt this great battle will prepare Israel for the climactic events leading to the return of Jesus to the year next time I'm running to win more about how the king will destroy the nations that seek to annihilate his chosen people. Thanks for listening to our series on the return of Christ. This is Dave McAllister running to win is sponsored by the teacher

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