What will pull Russia to lead a group of nations to attack Israel? Ezekiel’s prophecy found in 38:3 – 6 stating: “I will turn you around, put hooks in your jaws and bring you out with your whole army.” You may wonder: What would God use to pull them to attack Israel?

Large reservoirs of natural gas and oil have been discovered, both in Israel and off the Mediterranean coast. In fact, they are discovering more and more almost yearly. It is estimated that they have located 6.7 trillion c.f. of natural gas and 1.4 billion barrels of oil. The discovery in the Eastern Mediterranean is estimated to be the largest find in the world. This discovery makes Israel’s energy available for years and also allows them to export gas to European nations which would make them competing against Russia’s gas and oil exports. Russia could never become a superpower if it could not sell its gas and oil. Up to 70% of their income comes from gas, oil and related products. You reduce a huge portion of their exports and they could go into bankruptcy.

I have shared that we are getting close to a peace agreement between Israel and Palestine. We are told that is to happen by May 2014. Three and one-half years into that agreement is what we believe Christ told us would happen in Matthew 24:10 – 14 – “At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand— then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.” Verses 24:17 – 18 – “For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again. If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.”

We are told that Christians will be hated by non-Christians, wickedness will increase and false prophets will deceive many. Jews living in Judea or the West Bank, about 365,000 will be killed if they do not flee. Can we not see what is happening in the world today? I have no proof when the Tribulation time will occur. However, the signs say that it is possible to happen shortly. I am concerned about those who are non-believers and unchurched. We know that the Gospel will have been preached to the entire world before the end. That has happened. There will be one last chance. The Bible says we will be able to know that God stopped the onslaught. If people realize there really is a God will they not accept Christ as their Savior? Will they realize what God has planned for those who are the elect?

Isaiah 65:17 – 25 – ““See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I will create, for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight and its people a joy. I will rejoice over Jerusalem and take delight in my people; the sound of weeping and of crying will be heard in it no more. Never again will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not live out his years; the one who dies at a hundred will be thought a mere child; the one who fails to reach a hundred will be considered accursed. They will build houses and dwell in them; they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit. No longer will they build houses and others live in them, or plant and others eat. For as the days of a tree, so will be the days of my people; my chosen ones will long enjoy the work of their hands. They will not labor in vain, nor will they bear children doomed to misfortune; for they will be a people blessed by the Lord, they and their descendants with them. Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear. The wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox, and dust will be the serpent’s food. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain,” says the Lord.”

Christ wants us to get the “good news” to everyone. We can only imagine what eternity with God and Christians will be like. There is nothing on this earth that is comparable. Yet, there are people who are evil and hearts that will never change.

Every day we have those who continually try to deceive us into thinking it is all about ourselves. No matter how much fame, power or wealth we can accumulate while on earth, what God has planned for believers in Christ for the future is far greater than what we can ever gain in this world. The big question is: How do you get people to accept God’s promises?

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