A post from my friend Avner Boskey re the Scriptures vs the writings of the Rabbis, Scribes, etc.

(this picture is intentionally a composite of faces)

Avner Boskey’s most current writing is a tremendous statement of truth, worthy of reading and then quite frankly reading again.
We all appreciate:
A. Our calling as redeemed saints of God is spiritual more than political; AND
B. To this day there purposely remains a veil over Jewish eyes and that veil is only taken away in Christ, per rabbi Paul:

2 Corinthians 3:12-18
12 Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech —
13 unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away.
14 But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ.
15 But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart.
16 Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.
17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Particularly in these days,  as the Lord illuminates the saints’ awareness of Israel and His faithful and dramatic plans for His Jewish people (as well as the primarily Gentile Church) in these days, we as both Messianic Jewish and Messianic Gentile believers would do well:
A. To carefully and prayerfully align with (only) scripture and resist getting bogged down with exaggeration or theological (even historic theological) speculation; and
B. To understand exactly what Avner has so well stated in the article accessible via this link: https://davidstent.org/and-you-are-not-to-fear-what-they-fear-isaiah-812/

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The Days When Holiness Is Hated

The city names “Sodom and Gomorrah” are synonymous with sin, and also synonymous with judgment by a righteous God. To get technical, there were more cities than just those two that were totally destroyed by fire and brimstone at that particular time of judgment from heaven.

Moses cites four cities when he wrote of future events of judgment during which time a comparison-of-destruction would be observed:
Deuteronomy 29:23-26
23 ‘The whole land is brimstone, salt, and burning; it is not sown, nor does it bear, nor does any grass grow there, like the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim, which the LORD overthrew in His anger and His wrath.’
24 All nations would say, Why has the LORD done so to this land ? (“this land” being Israel in this Deuteronomy warning against future covenant breaking) What does the heat of this great anger mean?’
25 Then people would say: ‘Because they have forsaken the covenant of the LORD God of their fathers, which He made with them when He brought them out of the land of Egypt;
26 for they went and served other gods and worshiped them, gods that they did not know and that He had not given to them.

This above recitation appears in Deuteronomy 29, which is part of the covenant the Lord entered into with His people Israel, offering them blessings for obedience and warning them of curses for disobedience. The recitation about Sodom and its neighbors presented a dire warning, forward in time, to Israel and I am inclined to believe with virtually any nation that would covenant with God, walk in the blessings of covenant relationship, and then proceed to move into blasphemous living, wickedness and perversion.

America has been in covenant with God since 1620.  4’s/40’s/400’s  are a notable number in biblical prophetic context: desert years, ark/flood years, fasting days for Jesus, spies in Canaan, Moses’ days on Sinai, etc.). Our forefathers aboard the Mayflower in 1620, entered into covenant with the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. We’ve been nationally blessed while we’ve progressively blown off holy commitment to God. In 2018 I wrote a brief piece mentioning the 400-year anniversary of covenant, mentioning I would not be surprised at 2020 (then upcoming) in essence being an activation-year.

Another notable mention of Sodom appears in the final bible book of Revelation, declaring that the sin of Jerusalem, at the time of the upcoming end of this age, will sadly warrant worthy comparison:
Revelation 11:7-10
7 When they (the two holy witnesses of God) finish their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit will make war against them, overcome them, and kill them.
8 And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified (unquestionably: Jerusalem – here nicknamed Sodom).
9 Then those from the peoples, tribes, tongues, and nations (effectively all nations, obsessed at that time with sin and the rampant demonism on earth in those days) will see their dead bodies three-and-a-half days, and not allow their dead bodies to be put into graves.
10 And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them, make merry, and send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth.

Can you see where we appear to be going, as a world and as a nation, these days?

Also, to clear the spiritual air in reference to a particular verse in Ezekiel that mentions Sodom – verses that some have unwisely and vainly attempted to twist to their purposes hoping to prove homosexuality is not a sin (and the leisure of Sodom was their downfall), the verse below actually and accurately speaks of the climate of the city that, once their self-indulgence and obsession with pleasure and leisure overcame them (can we relate?), at that time their spiritual rebellion and ongoing rage against God and His laws took them (Sodom) all the way to the most abominable sins of homosexuality and sexual perversion, precipitating destructive judgment. The Ezekiel verses below does not “correct” or over-ride the Genesis account of Sodom’s homosexual sin, it in fact explains the slippery spiritual slope into degeneracy that accompanies complacency, pleasure seeking, selfishness, self-indulgence, and abandonment of the principles of God.

Ezekiel 16:49-50
49 Look, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom: She and her daughter had (here’s the progression, it began with pride and went all the way to warranting destruction for committing abomination) pride, fullness of food, and abundance of idleness; neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.
50 And they were haughty and committed abomination before Me; therefore I took them away as I saw fit.
(Reference: Leviticus 18. We’re told what the Lord, the righteous Judge, deems abominable)

The above is in complete accord with what is told to us in the New Testament book of Romans, chapter 1. God is most serious about His call to the world. Holiness is a requirement for spiritual survival and ongoing rebellion will eventually invoke judgment action by God Himself:
Romans 1:20-32
20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,
21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
22 Professing to be wise, they became fools,
23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.
24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves,
25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature.
27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting;
29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers,
30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful;
32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.

And Paul (who wrote of the magnificent grace of God available in these New Testament times), also tells all of us all of this:
1 Corinthians 6:9-11
9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites,
10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.

11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
Verse 11 describes the miraculous conversion from sinner to saint, exclusively available through the death of our Savior on the cross, for Jew (His people) and Gentile, alike. Whosoever will. Meanwhile, we find ourselves in a world that is more marked by whosoever won’t.

A world raging against God and His word will eventually rebel not only against the Him and His word, but will in fact eventually turn to hate God and hate His word and hate those who love God and love His word.

The agenda of humanism will eventually get us to the place, especially as a covenant-breaking nation, where the word of God will be outlawed and condemned, and anyone who would dare to speak teach or preach the word of God will be considered a lawbreaker. We are getting there. Meanwhile, saints, dare to obey God.

When a murderer breaks into a school (Nashville: March 27, 2023) and guns down innocent 9 year olds along with 3 school teachers, and when that story is then for the most part nationally media-spun to imply, accuse or condemn Christianity of in any manner warranting such violence as a result of Christian-principles inciting hatred towards people living lifestyles contradictory to holy scripture – something ought to stir deeply in the hearts of believers. And those whose hearts are stirred ought to be stirred to holiness, to prayer, to deeper conviction and consecration, and to God. Our God told us beforehand how these days would look, and how they would play out. He is not surprised.

Isaiah 60:1-2
1 Arise, shine;
For your light has come!
And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you.
2 For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,
And deep darkness the people;
But the LORD will arise over you,
And His glory will be seen upon you.

Murder has recently taken place, and sin remains sin. Meanwhile nothing anyone can do or has done justifies anyone else’s sin. It doesn’t work that way. God the Creator has the right and authority to require mankind, excuse me – peoplekind, lest I offend anyone – to live by the laws of heaven or suffer the consequences of disobedience. And those consequences can be national as well as personal. History proves it will happen that way.

If there are professing Christians who hate other people caught in sexual (or any other) sin, be sure the Lord will be dealing heavily with those Christians, as He ought. We’re to love the lost as Christ loved us when we were lost. Meanwhile the lost are still lost, and the God they are raging against is calling them to repentance, now, as He shakes heaven and earth (Hag 2:6-7).

Believers are accountable to love sinners and hate sin and there is grace for saints to walk in that distinction. That line of differentiation is only effectively established in and by the Spirit of God being active in our lives – us keeping oil in our lamps. Meanwhile, God is Judge and will judge, and the course that this world is on, along with the prophetic timeline associated with the events of this season – are clearly outlined throughout the eternal text that many love and live by, while sadly more hate and want to condemn. Psalm 2 speaks to that.

Ephesians 6:13
13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

All scripture NKJV

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‘OFFER TO GOD THANKSGIVING’ – and the current war against that powerful invitation and holy charge

Prior to our nation ‘officially’ becoming a country, our pilgrim forefathers, having safely arrived aboard the tiny Mayflower ship, bowed the knee and entered into covenant with God Almighty, asking for His divine favor, protection and guidance, declaring their intent to establish a society that would glorify God. What became known as The Mayflower Compact is a brief read. Recommended.

In 2018, around the time of Yom Kippur observance, I wrote an online article titled “National Accountability” (https://ez3728.com/?p=1154) at that time looking forward to the year 2020, mentioning that scripture confirms the holy significance of the number 4, some examples being: 4 seasons, 40 days of flood-judgment rain, 40 days spying out Canaan, 400 years wandering in the desert of Sinai, Jesus contending with Satan 40 days prior to the start of His salvation ministry.

In that article I mentioned the then upcoming year 2020 could well be significant because we’ve collectively breached and broken covenant with our God countless times. The year 2020 surely was significant. God always honors covenant, righteously addressing breached covenant. It’s part of His righteousness. Of course there’s been good works accomplished by America over its notable 400 history. But the overall trend has been worldliness, unfaithfulness, and casual Christianity, which biblically is no Christianity at all.

Prophesied throughout scripture: as society devolves (2 Tim 3), as the nations rage and cast off holiness (Ps 2), as vileness is exalted and spiritual doors swing open for wickedness (Ps 12:8), as people scoff (2 Pet 2) at the imminent return of the Lord (2 Thess 1:8-10), it should be obvious there’s a satanic assault against everything God created, mandated, established and set forth as holy: righteousness, holiness, pure love, equity, kindness, marriage between man and woman, protection of the innocent – including the unborn, etc.

Currently on the chopping block of damnation is thanksgiving, both:
A. The act and attitude; as well as
B. The holiday.
In a darkening society this sadly should not be a surprise. Thanksgiving is notably a most critical component to success and to relationship with the God of heaven and earth, the one and only God who personally intended and ordained that the act of reverential thanksgiving, among other things, was and is to supernaturally function even as a doorway to divine rescue.

Psalms 50:14-15
14 Offer to God thanksgiving,
And pay your vows to the Most High.
15 Call upon Me in the day of trouble;
I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.”

Admittedly, our now 403 year post-Mayflower covenant nation has broken and breached our vows to God time and again. And we’re suffering the current consequences of His disciplinary hand being heavy upon us. Through disobedience we’ve opened doors to demonism and societal erosion. Our raging society currently often  academically and ‘intellectually’ vilifying the holiday, stands as yet another marker of national decay. No wonder so many are tormented and troubled in their lifestyles. There is no peace in rebellion against the God of peace.

Our holy response: Observe, celebrate, be thankful in all things. This is the will of God. Saints: stand in the gap for our nation.

Colossians 3:15
15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
16 Rejoice always,
17 pray without ceasing,
18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Scripture: NKJV

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Psalm 32. Forever. For us. For now.

Today is 9/11. This psalm of David is both personal and also global, global of course including national. We first entered into covenant with God aboard the deck of the Mayflower. Legally we were not yet nationalized, but God hears praying people when they pray, and He had and has a plan for America. That covenant was in 1620. 202o therefore marked our 400th covenant year, a notable anniversary in God’s prophetic math formulas. Flood days. Years in Egypt, wanderings in the desert, spies searching out the Land, Moses on Sinai receiving the Law, Jesus encountering Satan. 4’s, 40’s, 400’s. In 2018 I wrote an article noting 2020 was upcoming, looking forward: “National Accountability”.

The message of the Church should be “repent, for the Kingdom of God, and the upcoming return of Messiah, is at hand.”

PSALM 32. David, confronted by the prophet Nathan (2 Sam 11-12), sins, is busted, repents, then writes his own experience of denial, suffering God’s purposeful correction, repentance, forgiveness, and restoration all the way to proclamation of God’s goodness and even restoration to the place of prophet – declaring a word for us all.

Our Lord’s holiness, and His lovingly relentless intent that we would, per His standards, be holy too (so that we might walk close to Him in holy intimacy – Amos 3:1-3) is an eternal truth. This is particularly necessary and so very critical in these troublesome times, as we’re told by Isaiah in 60:1-3). His rod as well as His staff comforts us.

Psalms 32
The Joy of Forgiveness
A Psalm of David. A Contemplation.
1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven,
Whose sin is covered.
2 Blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity,
And in whose spirit there is no deceit.
3 When I kept silent, my bones grew old
Through my groaning all the day long.
(The divinity of the troubling):
4 For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me;
My vitality was turned into the drought of summer.
5 I acknowledged my sin to You,
And my iniquity I have not hidden.
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,”
(Immediate forgiveness):
And You forgave the iniquity of my sin.
(David preaches the exemplary opportunity of forgiveness for all):
6 For this cause everyone who is godly shall pray to You
In a time when You may be found;
Surely in a flood of great waters
They shall not come near him.
(His prayer to God):
7 You are my hiding place;
You shall preserve me from trouble;
You shall surround me with songs of deliverance.
(David prophesies, speaking for His God. Our God):
8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will guide you with My eye.
(The Option: bit and bridle or eye contact intimacy and guidance)
9 Do not be like the horse or like the mule,
Which have no understanding,
Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle,
Else they will not come near you.
(Life truth – understanding not all trouble is a result of our own sin):
10 Many sorrows shall be to the wicked;
(There is always mercy for the ones trusting and obeying):
But he who trusts in the LORD, mercy shall surround him.
(Reserved for the saints):
11 Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you righteous;
And shout for joy, all you upright in heart!

PSALM 33 follows. Also particularly timely.

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Ephesians Podcast – Session 04. Called for the Outpouring Of Glory

Fully qualified by the cross, we’re now called to the place of voluntary surrender – so that the work of the Holy Spirit IN and THROUGH us can maximize our potential to participate in the global work of glory prophesied for these final days prior to our Lord’s glorious and dramatic return.

From the link below (8.13.22 podcast) you can access the Podbean podcast and then poke around that site to locate all prior podcasts. Podbean is both a free app as well as a website from which you can access all of the EZ3728 podcasts.



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Rain is a powerful component of our great God’s Creation Plan.
We can’t live without. It represents Outpouring, Growth, Judgment, and more.

One of my favorite invitations and admonitions is Zechariah 10:1, that tells/invites/charges us to:

Zechariah 10:1
1 Ask the LORD for rain
In the time of the latter rain.
The LORD will make flashing clouds;
He will give them showers of rain,
Grass in the field for everyone.

Those concluding chapters in young (Hebrew: “naar”) Zechariah’s book inarguably/prophetically point to a mighty outpouring by God upon His faithful servants who are both aware of the timing of the plans of God, and walk in the sensitivity, hunger, and confidence to ask for that great final outpouring prior to our Lord’s return.

Meanwhile, the old video below presents itself fresh w the presence of God, as this saint of the Lord sings of the Flood Judgment, reminding us even now that our God means what He says and says what He means in regards to holiness, righteousness, and judgment to come. A solid message always, particularly now.

And for us: Zech 10:1

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Innocent Blood, like the blood of the unborn, for instance

June 24,2022 marks a good day for America. We’re clearly not out of the woods of impending divine judgement, abortion “rights” are still under the control of the government, but now it’s the individual states that can determine their laws, and in fact their own fates as states. The Supreme Court of the country has rightly ruled this to be an individual state matter, not a federal matter. Perhaps there can be some redemption in this. And meanwhile, pray for peace as we can be confident satan is dissatisfied with any assault on his ways of death, so he will work to stir up riots and destruction, threats and violence. His ways are never new. 

The scriptures make it clear how our God stands on the shedding of innocent blood:

2 Kings 24:1-4
1 In his days Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up, and Jehoiakim became his vassal for three years. Then he turned and rebelled against him.

2 And the LORD sent against him raiding bands of Chaldeans, bands of Syrians, bands of Moabites, and bands of the people of Ammon; He sent them against Judah to destroy it, according to the word of the LORD which He had spoken by His servants the prophets.

3 Surely at the commandment of the LORD this came upon Judah, to remove them from His sight because of the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he had done,

4 and also because of the innocent blood that he had shed; for he had filled Jerusalem with innocent blood, which the LORD would not pardon.

scripture is NKJV

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Avner’s Post. Good stuff.

Darkness on the face of the deep

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Book of Daniel Notes – session 08 from 2021 – posted 3.13.22


They’re being posted now, March 2022, as they are timely and pertain to some additional current communications. I hope and believe they will assist/inform readers as to how to see what is occurring on earth in these days, and how to pray. And how to stand strong in our God. He has the plan. It’s His world. Ps 2 – the nations indeed will be raging more and more until His triumphant and in fact violent return.

Psalm 2
1 Why do the nations rage,
And the people plot a vain thing?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves,
And the rulers take counsel together,
Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying,
3 “Let us break Their bonds in pieces
And cast away Their cords from us.”
4 He who sits in the heavens shall laugh;
The Lord shall hold them in derision.
5 Then He shall speak to them in His wrath,
And distress them in His deep displeasure:
6 “Yet I have set My King
On My holy hill of Zion.”
7 “I will declare the decree:
The LORD has said to Me,
You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.
8 Ask of Me, and I will give You
The nations for Your inheritance,
And the ends of the earth for Your possession.
9 You shall break them with a rod of iron;
You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.'”
10 Now therefore, be wise, O kings;
Be instructed, you judges of the earth.
11 Serve the LORD with fear,
And rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son, lest He be angry,
And you perish in the way,
When His wrath is kindled but a little.
Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him. 

Below are my teaching notes, so please pardon some perhaps funky capitalizations, exclamation points, text color changes, etc. They were primarily intended for my own usage while speaking and teaching, and secondarily as follow-along writing for that teaching, which later was published as a podcast.

Daniel Session 08 – CHAPTER 2 MOSTLY as it relates and introduces us to Critical Chapter 7

Here’s the 2021 podcast link (and once you are on the www.podbean.com site if you like you can locate, download and/or listen to the entire series if you like). Podbean also offers a free downloadable app for iOS and Android.   https://ez3728.podbean.com/mf/play/yisiph/Hebrews_Session_08_-_0320217hbqt.mp3

This is the third time I’ve taught the book of Daniel. I have never encountered more spiritual resistance to my teaching of any book of scripture, ever – and more so this time – because, I believe, the timeliness of this revelation can be life-changing in taking us into a place of deeper understanding, and more importantly, deeper resolve to be intimate w the Lord and His purposes. Our understanding of the things of God, and our increased intimacy w the Lord are two components of our faith that our adversary dreads, and therefore will resist.

Week Three of THIS series I taught on Daniel Chapter 02 – Daniel FIRST REVEALING and then INTERPRETING a troubling dream of the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar.

The DREAM centers around a magnificent yet frightening (Hebrew: “yare” – “awesome”) statue that Daniel interprets to be a revelation to the king about the empires that will follow afterward, and includes the then-current empire of Babylon, represented by the golden head.

WEEKS AGO – as I was preparing for that CHAPTER 2 teaching, I managed to get SIDETRACKED/BACKTRACKED – PRIORITY/FOCUS-SHIFTED by some commentary writings, and I presented to you WHAT MOST BIBLE TEACHERS typically offer as being the generally accepted as most accurate interpretation of the LEGS, FEET and TOES of the STATUE – and that most popular interpretation was and remains CONTRARY to what I HAVE AND DO believe to be accurate. So I not only want to go back and address the STATUE DREAM INTERPRETATION again, but I know that this teaching, positioned prior to addressing CHAPTER 7 – will actually provide for us a clearer view of the entire book of Daniel, as well as a clearer picture of God’s end-of-age revelation to us all.

This week as I prepared for chapter 7 teaching, I went back into my own notes from 2018 and
– I am seeing THE SAME THING HAPPENED TO ME when I got to chapter 7 in 2018, and AT THAT TIME I purposely went back to chapter 2 AS WELL!!!!! I believe these two chapters are clearly most effectively – and in fact likely INTENDED TO BE taught together.

Chapter 2 is PROPHETIC
Chapter 3 is Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego and their test of faith
Chapter 4 is God dealing w Nebuchadnezzar – and his “divine parking lot” experience and testimony.
Chapter 5 is about the handwriting on the wall – the collapse of the kingdom of Babylon, as the Medes-Persians invaded the empire and the first of the EMPIRE-TRANSITIONS occurred.
Chapter 6 is Daniel in the lion’s den – God rescuing the prophet and convincing the king of the Medes-Persians, re the sovereignty of the God of Israel.
Chapter 7 continues the PROPHETIC MESSAGE

HERE’S WHAT I WROTE/TAUGHT IN 2018 – about this same conundrum:
“IMPORTANT AS WE GET INTO CHAPTER SEVEN – there’s something we need to circle back to from WEEK ONE (MY TEACHING IN 2018 WERE TWO HOUR SESSIONS – INFO OVERLOAD) “so that we don’t miss this most critical point of revelation – it may have gotten cloudy in some of my earlier accounting of commentary by some folks – AND it will become more and more critical in this study to understand what I believe to be a very accurate point of view regarding WHO and WHICH NATIONS will be leading the charge against God, and Israel, in the final days of this age.” THAT was in my 2018 NOTES!!!
“A critical comment from David Pawson coordinates with a strong conviction by Joel Richardson – and something I am at this inclined to agree with – which I further think is not only CRITICAL to the accurate understanding of what is truly being revealed to us by our great God in these scriptures, and is critical to clarify and understand virtually all eschatological scriptures.”

ALL THAT IS BACKSTORY for the PROPHETIC STORY OF PERFECTLY-COORDINATED CHAPTERS 2 and 7 – that work in concert to take a praying audience into understanding of the purposes and plans of God. That praying audience would be the saints.

BACK TO RIGHT NOW – 7/10/2021 [the original date for these notes]
I want to backtrack into Nebuchadnezzar’s STATUE and re-address the legs and the feet.
In my earlier discussion of these “STATUE-BODY” components, we discussed them, BUT they need to be brought into more prominent light and clarity.

It requires somewhat of a DIRECTIONAL SHIFT from what most of us may have come to either ASSUME or ACCEPT regarding the fourth kingdom or the fourth beast – a creature that we’re told will play a huge role in the times just prior to the return of our Lord. Beast #4 may be off your radar right now, but we’ll see this evening Beast #4 was clearly on Daniel’s radar.

BUT BEFORE WE GO THERE – the entirety of the Word points to WAY MORE THAN TEN NATIONS (no matter which nations you might think will be “leading the charge” against Israel and the Jewish people, in the final battle to take place in Jerusalem:
Zechariah 12:1-3
1 The burden of the word of the LORD against Israel. Thus says the LORD, who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him:
2 “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem.
3 And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though (NIV and NASB do NOT contain “though” – declaring w more certainty “ALL”) all nations of the earth are gathered against it.

Joel 3:1-2
1 “For behold, in those days and at that time,
When I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem,
2 I will also gather all nations,
And bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat;
And I will enter into judgment with them there
On account of My people, My heritage Israel,
Whom they have scattered among the nations;
They have also divided up My land.

ANS: Everything – as we keep our eyes on the work happening on earth in these days, and also because we are called to be LEARNING HOW TO READ AND UNDERSTAND the entire word of God. AND HOW TO PRAY.
The Word of God is purposeful in all that it says.

The spectacular nature of God’s plan is critical for us to understand so that we might pray w knowledge and understanding. And the more we know of God’s plans, the more amazed we will be w the glory of those plans as they unfold.

DANIEL is told this at the conclusion of his account – written to us (1 Peter 1:10-11):
Daniel 12:4
4 “But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”
WE HAVE HISTORY TO CONFIRM and ALSO TO REVEAL, as things progress on our watch.

BACK TO Daniel 2 – It has to do with WHAT “EMPIRE” is prophetically represented by the statue’s LEGS and FEET, and that gets more critical when we look into the FOURTH BEAST OF CHAPTER SEVEN – which we will get to shortly – although not today – but let’s read ONE OR TWO VERSES for our understanding this morning:
Daniel 7:7
7 “After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong. It had huge iron teeth; it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the residue with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns.

AND THEN: Daniel 7:21-23
21 “I was watching; and the same horn was making war against the saints, and prevailing against them,
22 until the Ancient of Days came, and a judgment was made in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came for the saints to possess the kingdom.
23 “Thus he said:
‘The fourth beast shall be
A fourth kingdom on earth,
(a) Which shall be different from all other kingdoms,
(b) And shall devour the whole earth,
(c) Trample it and break it in pieces.

“…I am more inclined than ever to ascribe the MIXED FEET AS DESCRIBING an ISLAMIC/ARAB CONFEDERATION OF PEOPLES.

For the most part, the Western Church has been taught, and has accepted without much question, the idea that the fourth beast, and the legs and feet of Nebuchadnezzar’s statue, point to a revived Roman Empire. There is SOME argument to favor a revived Roman Empire. I accepted that for many years. But I don’t any more. And in understanding this a little more clearly, digger deeper into scripture, AND with what is happening on earth in the past 100 years including right now, inclines me to see things through a different lens, and in fact allows me to focus my prayer and all that I do to be better in line w what I believe God is doing in these times. I appreciate you might be of different opinion re that.”

DANIEL 2 – getting into the meat of the dream (we covered the dream occurring, the call and then the threat of the king, and the revelation-to-Daniel, etc. earlier)

(THIS IS AFTER the prophet Daniel identified Nebuchadnezzar as the head of gold):

Daniel 2
39 But after you shall arise another kingdom (#2) inferior to yours; then another, a third kingdom (#3) of bronze, which shall rule over all the earth.
40 And the fourth (#4) kingdom shall be as strong as iron, inasmuch as iron breaks in pieces and shatters everything; and like iron that crushes, that kingdom will break in pieces and crush all the others.
41 Whereas you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; yet the strength of the iron shall be in it, just as you saw the iron mixed (NOTE: ARAMAIC WORD OF MIXED: “ARAB” – the mixed people group) with ceramic clay.
42 And as the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly fragile.
43 As you saw iron mixed (“ARAB”) with ceramic clay, they will mingle with the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay.
44 And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.
45 Inasmuch as you saw that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold—the great God has made known to the king what will come to pass after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation is sure.”

DAVID PAWSON – beloved and respected bible commentator (he went home to be w Jesus in 2021) held to TWO THEORIES RE THE FOURTH KINGDOM – BTW Pawson was prior to Joel Richardson writing THE MIDEAST BEAST and agreeing w Pawson.

PAWSON THEORY #1 (most popular in the church world): “After that came the empire of Rome, and how symbolic it was: legs marching, trampling, crushing, and Rome marched through the world and extended the empire greater than ever before—such is the meaning”.

BEFORE WE CONTINUE W PAWSON’S THEORY #2 (RE ANOTHER INTERPRETATION) – let’s read some history from another commentator – Geoffrey King – who believes the two legs DO NOT represent the Roman Empire:
Geoffrey King (supporting THEORY #2) question THEORY #1 (revived Rome):
“….in A.D. 364 the Roman Empire split in two. There was the Eastern Empire with its capital in Constantinople and the Western Empire with its capital in Rome…..If you want to make two parts of the Roman Empire to be represented by the two legs, you are in difficulty because the Western Empire lasted only a few hundred years – (AUG 24, 410 – the Visigoths sacked Rome). The Eastern Empire lasted until 1453 (– until it was over-run by the Muslims.) You have to make this image stand on one leg for most of the time!”


Page 94 – “The Islamic Anti-Christ” – also by Joel Richardson – addresses 8 Beast empires (the eighth coming out of the seventh) also discussed in Rev 17:9-11.
All ruled the Middle East.
All defeated, overcame, and replace their predecessor.
All ruled in Jerusalem.
Six (and at the time of John on Patmos during REV) were done, and one – Rome – was currently in place)
1. Egyptian
2. Assyrian
3. Babylonian
4. Persian
5. Greek
6. Roman – clearly A beast empire “is” (per Rev 17) during the days of John and Revelation
7. BIG QUESTION: Which “empire” took out the longer lasting Eastern Roman Empire? – Because THAT Empire, who is #7, will also be the empire from which Empire 8 will emerge.

History: In 395 A.D. the Roman Empire divided in two. East and West. Eastern became the Byzantine Roman Empire. Ottoman Turks conquered Constantinople in 1453, and continued until 1909, and in fact it was not until 1923 that the Islamic caliphate was abolished (by a Muslim leader Ataturk, w Western-culture leanings, he determined the Caliphate was “TOO RADICAL”.

The revival and return of the Caliphate was/is therefore awaited – it’s clearly having its own birth pains in our season.
Notable is that the Ezekiel nation list (chapter 38) – this is a companion prophecy to an end-time gathering of nations against Israel) focuses on Turkey – the birthplace of Gentile Christianity (and the season of the Gentiles, and also the centerpiece of the Turkish Ottoman Empire and core to the Islamic Caliphate.

“Mideast Beast”:
“…..this is a perfect description of the global Islamic community, which from its beginnings has been divided between the two sects of Sunni and Sh’a Muslims. It is also a perfect fulfillment of the ancient prophecy declared over Ishmael, the father of the Arab (remember: Aramaic for “mixed”) people, who would forever be in conflict with other men and even his own brothers (Gen 16:12)”

Genesis 16:12
12 He shall be a wild man;
His hand shall be against every man,
And every man’s hand against him.
And he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.”

Now what do the feet mean? (first Pawson mentions the possibility of a European alliance – pointing to a lead-role by a revived Roman Empire and an alliance of nations that for the most have their roots in a ROMANIC CULTURE. But then he (wisely) says this (having written this years ago, before much of what is now occurring throughout the whole world, began it spread):

Pawson: “But there is another possibility….

“When Rome fell, it fell first in the West, but not in the East until a thousand years after Christ. Who took over from Rome? In the area of the world in which God’s purposes are worked out, the area that covers Babylon and Jerusalem, who took over? The answer is the Muslims took over; the Arab world took over. When you think in that direction, a new thought occurs: could it be that the Arabs descended from Abraham could be those who present the final challenge to the God of Israel? And could it be that we should look for ten nations of Arabs uniting together against God’s people and therefore against God, and presenting the final challenge to the world? An uneasy federation of countries, some of which would be the (LEG# 1) iron of dictatorship and (LEG#2) some the clay of democracy, but joined together in a federation to establish world power –could that be also? That again is human opinion.” (PAWSON WASN’T THAT SURE WHEN HE WROTE THAT, YEARS AGO. I BELIEVE WE CAN BE MORE SURE, NOW)

The concept of ARAB (Aramaic: “MIXED”) nations (and the religion of Islam being the fourth “KINGDOM” is presented by David Pawson, and that flies in the face of the classical, convenient and questionably Euro-centered WESTERN LENS OF INTERPRETATION that has proclaimed that a REVIVED ROMAN EMPIRE will be the fourth “RESISTANT COMPONENT” – the fourth empire, the fourth beast of further scripture.

Suggestion: read Joel Richardson/ I’ve mentioned him before:

Richardson says re Nebuchadnezzar’s dream (Mideast Beast, page 65)
“The dream was not intended to reveal the future of America or Europe. Instead the dream was simply showing Nebuchadnezzar those kingdoms that would succeed his own. Let’s briefly review the history of the region”…..(and then he does exactly that).

Richardson contends (and I agree – and here’s the picture again, for convenience):
1. Head of gold – Babylon (most all agree)
2. Chest and arms of silver – Medes-Persians (most all agree)
3. Belly and thighs of Bronze – Greece (most all agree)
4. Legs of iron – Islamic Caliphate.

GOOD QUESTION THEN: WHY is there NO ROMAN EMPIRE portrayed in the Nebuchadnezzar dream statue?
According to Joel Richardson, the Roman Empire for the most part failed to overlay the region of the world dominated by Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylonian rule, while all the others did, AND also the Caliphate state then, in rising up and taking out the eastern Roman Empire, did likewise.

This map contrasts the position of the Roman Empire (westward, primarily) to the other Empires (Babylon, Mede/Persian, then Greek that functionally OVERLAY each other in their positioning. That is notable when looking into Daniel 7’s vision and, per this study, considering the elimination of Rome as a prophetic participant nation empire in the plan of God (although it is definitely not out of the question that many more nations, if not even all nations, will be joining together in the final conflict, per scripture).

Page 67-68 Richardson: (the dream)….”is a Babylon-centered prophecy”.
“There are actually FIVE pieces of the statue:
1. HEAD: Gold
2. BREAST: Silver
3. BELLY: Brass/Bronze
4. LEGS: Iron (Pawson and Richardson – the historical Caliphate empire)
5. FEET: Part Iron, Part Clay (Richardson – the revived Caliphate empire)

Daniel 9:26 -the verse often used to argue in favor of revived Roman empire in last days.
The Arabs who hated the Jews comprised most of the army that attacked and destroyed Jerusalem.

at the beginning of the first century, Emperor Augustus made a series of sweeping reforms that led to dramatic changes in the ethnic make-up of the Roman armies. After Augustus’s reforms in AD 15, the only portion of the Roman army that continued to consist largely of Italians from Rome proper was the Praetorian Guard, an elite military unit whose job was to specifically guard the emperor and the tents of the generals. The remainder of the army was increasingly composed of anything but Italian soldiers. Instead, they were known as “provincials,” citizens who lived in the provinces—the outer fringes of the Empire, away from the capital of Rome. The “provincialization” of the army was true for all of the Roman legions of this time period, but it was most clearly and markedly the case for the Eastern legions that were used to attack Jerusalem.

We now have historical records telling us re TACITUS:

Publius Cornelius Tacitus was both a senator and a historian of the Roman Empire who wrote extensively concerning the specific period that we are now examining. The surviving portions of his two major works—the Annals and the Histories—have become vital sources of information from this period. Speaking of the Roman attack of Jerusalem, Tacitus detailed the specific legions and the peoples that primarily composed the attacking army: “Titus Caesar … found in Judaea three legions, the 5th, the 10th, and the 15th … To these he added the 12th from Syria, and some men belonging to the 18th and 3rd, whom he had withdrawn from Alexandria. This force was accompanied … by a strong contingent of Arabs, who hated the Jews with the usual hatred of neighbors.”

Later, Josephus also detailed the specific number of Arab soldiers who joined forces with the invading armies: “Malchus also, the king of Arabia, sent a thousand horsemen, besides five thousand footmen, the greatest part of which were archers; so that the whole army, including the auxiliaries sent by the kings, as well horsemen and footmen, when all were united together, amounted to sixty thousand.”

(Jay Sekulow emailed this week [2021]):
This heartbreaking situation is really getting out of control. In fact, we just warned the U.N. that if no action is taken, it is turning a blind eye to “genocide.”
Defenseless Christians in Nigeria live in constant fear of deadly violence and unthinkable devastation. Christian children aren’t safe going to school.
One Christian teen, Leah Sharibu, was abducted in 2018 by the Islamic militia, Boko Haram, which threatened to murder or enslave her because she refused to renounce her Christian faith. 18-year-old Leah Sharibu just spent her 4th birthday in captivity, and gave birth to a SECOND CHILD of her captors.
Enough is enough. We have dramatically expanded our efforts to defend persecuted Christians in Nigeria. In fact, ACLJ Senior Counsel for Global Affairs Mike Pompeo, who placed Nigeria on a U.S. persecution watchlist when he was Secretary of State and credited our work for helping him make that determination, is directly working with us.
Jordan recently delivered an oral intervention to the U.N. And we also just made our 18th U.N. submission demanding action to save Leah and protect Nigeria’s Christians.
Pray for Leah’s safe return to her family, as well as for those babies currently in the clutches of evil, and pray for all of Nigeria’s persecuted Christians.
Be their voice. Take action with us.

Let’s read just a LITTLE from Ezekiel and then read what Joel Richardson tells us – which clearly aligns with what David Pawson theorizes re the “ARAB” (mixed people) component of the end-times warring army campaign.

AS I OFTEN SAY: Don’t get stuck on the mysterious name “GOG” – it appears no place except in scripture, in Ezekiel re end-of-this-age (which we are studying) and then again in Revelation re the end of the 1,000 year millennial reign. BOTH TIMES the terminology is God’s title for the demonic leadership of TWO DIFFERENT rebellions.

Ezekiel 38:1 – 39:9
1 Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
2 “Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog (likely Syria – there’s purpose in that conclusion), the prince of Rosh (Hebrew for “head” so perhaps a leader-title), Meshech, and Tubal (both are in Turkey), and prophesy against him,
3 and say, “Thus says the Lord God: ‘Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal.
4 I will turn you around (so we see Who is instigating things – it is God and His timing for this conflict and the settlement of all events of rebellion) put hooks into your jaws, and lead you out, with all your army, horses, and horsemen, all splendidly clothed, a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords.
5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya are with them, all of them with shield and helmet;
6 Gomer (central Turkey) and all its troops; the house of Togarmah (south eastern Turkey, near Syria) from the far north and all its troops—many people are with you.

Do you see a common thread here? Either GEOGRAPHICAL OR SPIRITUAL? Yes to both. These are the nations currently surrounding Israel. These are Muslim nations. These are nations that have chronically and consistently been the enemies of Israel since the beginning.

7 “Prepare yourself and be ready, you and all your companies that are gathered about you; and be a guard for them.
8 After many days you will be visited. In the latter years you will come into the land of those brought back from the sword and gathered from many people on the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate; they were brought out of the nations, and now all of them dwell safely.
9 You will ascend, coming like a storm, covering the land like a cloud, you and all your troops and many peoples with you.”
10 “Thus says the Lord God: ‘On that day it shall come to pass that thoughts will arise in your mind, and you will make an evil plan:
11 You will say, “I will go up against a land of unwalled villages; I will go to a peaceful people, who dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates’—
12 to take plunder and to take booty, to stretch out your hand against the waste places that are again inhabited, and against a people gathered from the nations, who have acquired livestock and goods, who dwell in the midst of the land.
(ADDITIONAL NATIONS JOINING THE ASSAULT – and of course there are even verses that point to most if not EVERY nation coming against Israel in the final battle):
13 Sheba (Ethiopia), Dedan (Saudi Arabia), the merchants of Tarshish (Lebanon), and all their young lions will say to you, ‘Have you come to take plunder? Have you gathered your army to take booty, to carry away silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods, to take great plunder?’ ” ’

Turkey, Persia (Iran), Ethiopia, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Shinar (Iraq – mentioned in Zechariah), and then there’s catch-all phrases like “other nations with you”.

Meanwhile Israel is situated squarely within the growing land mass of Islam.

“THE ISLAMIC ANTI-CHRIST page 92: Joel Richardson says re the nations of Ezekiel’s prophecy:
“Thus in the final assessment, five of the eight nations mentioned by Ezekiel occupy modern Turkey and possibly some of the southern Russian regions near the Caucasus Mountains, as well as some of the Turkic nations of central Asia. Obviously, the Lord directed Ezekiel to significantly highlight Turkey”.


OF NOTE TO US IS THAT TURKEY is where the Gentile church was fundamentally birthed – the seven churches of the book of Revelation are all there. The failure of that church, the backslid nature of that geographic region, inclines itself to a national fulfillment of this warning to every saint:
Matthew 12:43-45
43 “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none.
44 Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order.
45 Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this wicked generation.”

In light of Matt 12:45 you can imagine the dark void that the “withdrawal” of Christianity has created within the region of Turkey.
“The other three nations mentioned – Libya, Sudan, and Iran – together with Turkey form a perfect circle around Israel finds herself surrounded on all four sides by the Islamic nations of the Antichrist’s empire”.

16 You will come up against My people Israel like a cloud, to cover the land. It will be in the latter days that I will bring you against My land, so that the nations may know Me, when I am hallowed in you, O Gog, before their eyes.”
17 Thus says the Lord God: “Are you he of whom I have spoken in former days by My servants the prophets of Israel, who prophesied for years in those days that I would bring you against them?

18 “And it will come to pass at the same time, when Gog comes against the land of Israel,” says the Lord God, “that My fury will show in My face.
19 For in My jealousy and in the fire of My wrath I have spoken: ‘Surely in that day there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel,

21 I will call for a sword against Gog throughout all My mountains,” says the Lord God. “Every man’s sword will be against his brother.
22 And I will bring him to judgment with pestilence and bloodshed (re Zech 12-14); I will rain down on him, on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, flooding rain, great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.
23 Thus I will magnify Myself and sanctify Myself, and I will be known in the eyes of many nations. Then they shall know that I am the Lord.” ’

The LEGS and FEET of Nebuchadnezzar’s statue MIGHT to some small degree, be equated to ROME and even to the rest of the nations who have joined forces for the final battle INITIATED BY GOD.

7 “After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong. It had huge iron teeth; it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the residue with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns.

The DIFFERENCE between the first three kingdoms and the fourth beast kingdom is that all the others are Geo-Political, inspired and satanically motivated.
The FINAL KINGDOM was, is and will be a SPIRITUAL DEMONIC KINGDOM, overtly and blatantly religious in nature, comprised of the MIXED (ARAB) PEOPLES and then joined up w other (perhaps even all) nations:

Zechariah 12:1-3
The burden of the word of the LORD against Israel. Thus says the LORD, who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him:
2 “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem.
3 And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it.

Hebrews 10:24-25
24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works,
25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

2 Peter 3:10-13
10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.
11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,
12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat?
13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

There is way more to this ongoing story.
1. God loves the Muslim people. Their roots are from Abraham and there were and remain promises to them because of that bloodline. So we pray for those people, pray they will encounter, in biblical truth and accuracy, their one and only Messiah, Jesus – which will require a supernatural revelation to divorce them from the counterfeit presentation of “Jesus” from the quran.
2. The scriptures (above and elsewhere) containing blanket statements like “all nations” points to a worldwide confederacy of hatred and animosity towards Israel (which is yet another reason we are told to pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
Psalms 122:6
6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May they prosper who love you.

That peace will only finally come when the Prince of Peace is welcomed in, by His Jewish people.

Here’s a sobering image comparo: The illustrated beasts of Daniel’s vision, compared to the recently installed statue outside the United Nations in New York City:

All scripture NKJV

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Who is supposed to get dismayed? And when is the big Dismay?

The prophet Jeremiah ministered to the Jewish people during some seriously tough times. I’d recommend anyone/everyone read at least the first 9 chapters of this prophetic book.

By Chapter 10 things were still heating up and would shortly be tougher still. The Jews were facing imminent invasion and captivity, not because God was unable to protect His people, but instead because His covenant people had:
(a.) refused to hear and
(b.) refused to heed the word of the Lord.

Jeremiah 10:2
2 Thus says the LORD:
“Do not learn the way of the Gentiles;
Do not be dismayed at the signs of heaven,
For the Gentiles are dismayed at them.

Unpacking Jer 10:2
First, our God admonishes/advises the people of God to not learn the way of the Gentiles, for all sorts of reasons revealed throughout scripture. We are not meant to fit in. We’re in fact divinely purposed to be visible lights in a world we’re assured will be growing darker, particularly in the times in which we are living. (re Isa 60:1-2)

Second, our God tells/advises the people of God to not be dismayed by the signs of heaven.

At the end of that one verse we’re told that Dismay will be the reaction of the Gentiles – the ones unaware or ignorant of the word of the Lord and the plans that the Lord has revealed to “whosoever will” himself/herself purpose to hear, open, read and then tremble at the word of God – all of which will be fulfilled, no matter who might choose to speak, preach, teach, sing, prophesy or proclaim otherwise – by the end of chapter 14 the Lord, via Jeremiah, addresses all those futile scenarios.

Meanwhile, Someone else later mentions signs of heaven. Jesus.

Luke 21:25-28
(Signs in the heavens)
25 “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring;
(Dismay, failing hearts, fear – a fulfillment of the Haggai 2:6-7 God-shaking work that’s also spoken of in Hebrews 2:27 – a work timed to occur towards the conclusion of the age, just prior to our Savior’s return – the intent being to get the attention of the Gentiles, as well as the full attention of the saints).
26 men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
(Below we’re told “Then” meaning: “At that time” – so we’d do well to ditch the biblically unsupported teachings re these words in Luke 21 having been fulfilled as a result of the 70AD temple destruction…
27 Then (at that time) they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
(So what are the people of God, on earth in those days, to do instead of succumbing to dismay and panic, the result be failing hearts?)
28 Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”


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