2015 Second Orlando Prophecy Summit, Part 64

Bill Salus    ~    Nuclear Showdown In Iran: The Ancient Prophecy Of Elam

The major powers have been dealing with Iran in recent years about nuclear armaments.  Despite the talks, Iran is on the verge of becoming a nuclear power.  Benjamin Netanyahu, prime minister of Israel, is extremely concerned.  Ayatollah Khamenei desired to have even more potential to make more bombs.  Iran’s goal is to wipe Israel off of the map.  Iran, ironically, is recently receiving a strong impetus of Christianity through miracles, healings, visions and dreams.  Iran attacks Christianity and Christianity grows.  Ezekiel 38 depicts Magog (Russia, Persia/Iran and other allies) attacking Israel.  Persia became Iran in 1935.  Elam is in southwest Iran and accounts for one fifth of the nation.  Elam is referred to in Jeremiah 49.

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Dual Prophecies Of Iran

Judgment on Elam

Jeremiah 49

34 The word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah the prophet against Elam, in the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, saying, 35 “Thus says the Lord of hosts:

‘Behold, I will break the bow of Elam,
The foremost of their might.
36 Against Elam I will bring the four winds
From the four quarters of heaven,
And scatter them toward all those winds;
There shall be no nations where the outcasts of Elam will not go.
37 For I will cause Elam to be dismayed before their enemies
And before those who seek their life.
I will bring disaster upon them,
My fierce anger,’ says the Lord;
‘And I will send the sword after them
Until I have consumed them.
38 I will set My throne in Elam,
And will destroy from there the king and the princes,’ says theLord.

39 ‘But it shall come to pass in the latter days:
I will bring back the captives of Elam,’ says the Lord.”

The 7 “I Wills” of Elam

  1. break the bow of Elam, The foremost of their might,
  2. bring the four winds From the four quarters of heaven,
  3. scatter them toward all those winds, (worldwide)
  4. cause Elam to be dismayed before their enemies And before those who seek their life,
  5. bring  disaster upon them, My fierce anger,
  6. send the sword after them Until I have consumed them,
  7. set My throne in Elam,
  8. destroy from there the king and the princes,
  9. And, (in the latter days) bring back the captives of Elam.

Iran’s nuclear position today and their ICBM’s can be harmonized with this passage.  Elam was the son of Shem and grandson of Noah.  The Elamites were warmongers (Genesis 14:1-9) and expert archers (Isaiah 22:1-6).  Perhaps the Lord will break Iran’s (Elam) nuclear capabilities.  Benjamin Netanyahu’s two concerns are: 1)a nuclear weapon, and 2)ICBM’s.  Will God use Israel to take out their nuclear program?  There will be refugees from Elam en mass.  Is that a hint of a nuclear disaster?  Israel struck Iraq’s nuclear facility in 1981, and Syria’s nuclear facility in 2007.  Iran has nuclear sites in Syria.  This all gives more credence for Israel to attack Iran.  The world community is concerned about Iran closing the Strait of Hormuz and cutting off the worlds’ oil supply.  Other Islamic nations are concerned about Iran’s ambitions, which could start a nuclear arms race.  Furthermore, Iranian radiation is a threat to GCC water security and desalinization plant operations.

Ayatollah had a 9 point plan to eliminate Israel.  Iran is planning to strike Israel if Israel attacks them.  We are in the final hour and the Lord is accomplishing his will.

Many Iranians who previously hated Christians are becoming saved.  God is performing miracles for them.  Jesus, and not the local Imam is healing Iranians from illness.  Iran is receiving Christianity in a greater way than any other nation in the world.

Christians need to get prepared for the end times, because once apocalyptic events commence, there will be no turning back or stopping them.

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Brokenness And Suffering Lead To Spiritual Growth And Victories

Jesus’ body was broken, leading to our salvation.  A roof was broken where Jesus was speaking, so a man could be healed.  A vase was broken, so Jesus could be anointed with perfume, prior to His crucifixion and burial.  Broken pitchers allowed for lights to shine, and for Gideon’s army to defeat the enemy.  Simon Peter’s fleshly pride was broken, leading to him to become the first great leader of the Christian church.

During the recent hurricane Irma in Florida, many trees were broken, leading people to help one another.  In a fashion similar to snow storms up north, hurricanes allow otherwise busy neighbors to converse and get to know one another, as they often assist each other with repair and clean up jobs.  I shared my faith and invited folks to church, who I may not have even met if not for hurricane Irma.  The Lord works in ways strange to us.  Yes, there is spiritual growth and victories through brokenness.

Note – Exactly thirteen years ago in September, 2004, Hurricane Ivan was churning up the Gulf of Mexico parallel to the west coast of Florida.  I stood in line for wood at Home Depot for the windows of our house.  I had no way to get the four by eights home, since I drove our Saturn SL sedan.  (I took our sedan by faith, not by sight).  The folks next to me in line had a pick up truck and took my seven panels home for me.  Then they attended our church the following Sunday.  Again, and again, and again, the Lord works through adversity, trials and brokenness.

Blessings, Pastor Steve   <><

Lessons From Hurricane Irma

This hurricane affected all of Florida residents, with the exception of the far western panhandle.  Moments ago, I saw a very wise man on the news from Marco Island (ground zero), state that he made a huge mistake through not evacuating his residence.  A CAT #3 hurricane entered his area and destroyed his home, and it got very dicey as to life and limb with his family.  He said “never again will he attempt to ride it out.”

The following is my personal devotional from Sunday, September 10, 2017, when the hurricane struck south Florida:

Jeremiah 30:23-24  King James Version (KJV)
23 Behold, the whirlwind of the Lord goeth forth with fury, a continuing whirlwind: it shall fall with pain upon the head of the wicked.
24 The fierce anger of the Lord shall not return, until he hath done it, and until he have performed the intents of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it.

This is a vivid description of the storm of God’s wrath falling on the wicked.  We who are saved will never know such a storm of divine wrath.  In the darkness on Calvary’s hill, the terrible storm of God’s righteous and holy wrath against sin broke on our Lord Jesus.  This was the intent of the heart of the Father, His thoughts and purpose, to judge our sins in the Lamb of God.  As we remember Him and what He endured for us, may worship flow readily from our hearts and lips.  -Carl Knott

Jehovah lifted up His rod; O Christ, it fell on Thee!  Thou wast sore stricken of Thy God; there’s not one stroke for me.  -Cousin

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Is this once again the Lord’s Divine Providence in placing things together or what?  I cannot encounter a major storm without perceiving the end times judgment of man.  In hurricanes, God’s judgment is mixed with mercy.  The sweetest words I heard throughout the storm, were when my brother’s wife said:  “It came into Florida as a CAT #2.”  You hurricane veterans know that means trees and power lines will fall, yet most structures will remain in tact.  Lost souls said:  “We lucked out and dodged the bullet.”  You Christians know better.  Yes, Irma chewed up northeast Cuba which lessened its impact on Florida, but “Who” arranged for this to happen?  Every forecast had Irma’s eye wall as a CAT #4, aimed at our area.  I am humbled and grateful, because I am no better than the Christian folks in Texas, who were flooded out for over three hundred miles with irreversible damage.  I know a lot of faithful Christians living in southwest Florida, and our friends and family all over the nation who prayed, and Jehovah lessened the impact greatly.  The hurricane mysteriously lost one half of the eye wall as it entered Florida!  It basically turned into a tropical storm with a dramatic turn that rapidly weakened the former CAT #5 winds.  The outer bands of the hurricane evidently picked up cool water from the Atlantic Ocean that reduced the hot temperatures in the midst of the storm.  Thank you Jesus.  Yes, the Lord’s judgment was mixed with mercy in this case, but that will NOT be the situation in the final judgment:

James 2:13  King James Version (KJV)
13 For he shall have judgment without mercy…

What was lacking after the fact of the hurricane, was appreciation for what did not happen.  We were spared from blue tarps, roofing nails causing flat tires, calls to the insurance companies concerning structure damage, mold, illness due to stress, depression, the seemingly irreparable damage, and a lasting effect that goes on and on and on.  I will not forget to forever thank the Lord for His intervention.  I am furthermore thankful to be an American, a nation that responds to our wounded immediately.  On the way home, we saw entire streets and neighborhoods flooded out, and multiple teams from our state’s law enforcement agencies responding with convoys of specialty vehicles including boats, rolling down the interstate to render aid.  Florida Power and Light (FPL) did their usual great job, which we often take for granted.  Then there are the countless relief agencies such as the Red Cross and Salvation Army who are “Johnny on the spot.”  Florida Governor Rick Scott and President Donald Trump did a superb job as they coordinated efforts, and got a handle on the situation from the beginning.  Donald Trump will be in Fort Myers tomorrow.  One element that I have observed that I wish I had not is Christians judging one another for staying in the area, or leaving their homes, and in general for not behaving as wisely as we think we are.  There is obviously no “one size fits all” correct answer.  Each situation and person is unique, and we perceive things differently as well.  I have noticed that all of these judgmental assessments occurred AFTER the fact on Monday morning, i.e. “Monday morning quarterbacks.”  Here are the appropriate scripture passages for us when we behave thusly:

Matthew 7:1-2  King James Version (KJV)
7 Judge not, that ye be not judged.
2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

Romans 14  King James Version (KJV)
4 Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.
5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.
7 For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.
8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.
9 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.
10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.

So often we flap our gums without thinking, and we are plumb out of line.  We are cruising for a bruising on judgment day.

One final scripture that rings true, especially on this occasion:

“For his wrath will soon be kindled. Blessed are all they that take refuge in him.”
Psalms 2:12b (ASV)

Shelter from the storm can only be found in Jesus Christ.  Amen and amen.

In Christ, Pastor Steve  <><

 

Pray For Revival In America!

 

Quotable Quotations

Seeing God

Author and pastor Erwin Lutzer recounts a story about television show host Art Linkletter and a little boy who was drawing a picture of God.  Amused, Linkletter said, “You can’t do that because nobody knows what God looks like.”

“They will when I get through!” the boy declared.

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“The clearer we see God, the clearer we see ourselves.”  Erwin Lutzer

Taken from “Our Daily Bread” devotional, Saturday, September 9, 2017

The Cross Has The Final Word ~ The Newsboys

Featuring Peter Furler And Michael Tait On The Same Song.  Excellent Video:

Saturday, October 22, 2011
Quote of the Day #176 – Charles Spurgeon

A quote from Charles Spurgeon on the unmatched-supremacy of the gospel of Jesus Christ:
“Oh! down, down, down, with everything else, but up, up, up, with the cross of Christ! Down with your baptism, and your masses, and your sacraments! Down with your priestcraft, and your rituals, and your liturgies! Down with your fine music, and your pomp, and your robes, and your garments, and all your ceremonials. But up, up, up, with the doctrine of the naked cross, and the expiring Saviour. Let the voice ring throughout the whole world, “Look unto Me and live!” There is life in a look at the Crucified One!”
~Charles Spurgeon (Christ, The Glory Of His People 826.464)

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The Offense Of The Cross

Galatians 5:11  King James Version (KJV)
11 And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased.

Billy Graham has a message called “the offense of the cross.”  The Greek word for offense is “skandalon,” from which we received the word scandal.  The cross is a scandal because it condemns the world, because blood was shed there, it sets up an imperative for an ideal life and one of self denial, and finally it is an offense because it claims to be the power and salvation of God.

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When the true Gospel is preached with unction from the Holy Spirit, the results are often a revival and/or a riot.  That was what happened when the Apostle Paul preached.  Bold unapologetic preaching without compromise thrills my soul.

Blessings, Pastor Steve  <><

Revival Is Happening In England  ~  Pray For Revival In America!

We Can Discern A Physical Storming Coming…

…But Can We Observe A Spiritual Storm Brewing?

Matthew 16:3  King James Version (KJV)
3 And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?

This powerful scripture is beautifully congruent with:

Red sky at night, a sailor’s delight,

Red sky in the morning, sailor take warning.

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We like to watch the weather forecasts and plan our days accordingly.  But how many of us plan for the dark spiritual days that lie ahead?  We see the storm clouds gathering, and our Lord points out that it is time to think and prepare for that future, faithfully sharing our faith, rather than to worry about temporal things.  Let’s make sure that we put first things first!    -G. Frear

The Lord of all has shown His plan, Unto each faithful one, Who leaves behind worldly things, As soldiers for His Son.

-Author Unknown

Vice President Mike Pence, Franklin Graham, Samaritan’s Purse, Chaplains, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and Countless Volunteers Assist the Victims of Hurricane Harvey

HURRICANE HARVEY UPDATE

VP Mike Pence Rolls Up Sleeves Alongside Franklin Graham to Help Harvey Victims
Thank you for your support and prayers over the past week as Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains have been ministering at evacuation centers and homes throughout southeast Texas.

The chaplains were joined by Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence on Thursday in Rockport. They met with Franklin Graham, prayed for the people of Texas and lent a helping hand after one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history.

We thank you again for the prayers and support you have already given as chaplains have shared the love and compassion of Christ in Texas.

PHOTOS: Chaplains Offer Hope to Texas Evacuees and Residents
Since the hurricane swept over the Gulf Coast, Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains have been there to offer emotional and spiritual care to people who are suffering.

These photos will give you a glimpse into the powerful ministry God is orchestrating throughout Texas.

Franklin Graham addressing a group of people outside a damaged church in Rockport, Texas.  “We need Christian men and women willing to come to south Texas to help us. There’s so much need down here,” he said.

Chaplains Deliver Desperately Needed Hope to Southeast Texas
By BGEA   •   August 30, 2017

Crisis-trained chaplains with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team arrived in Texas not long after Hurricane Harvey hit. Chaplains are now ministering in Victoria, Dallas, Houston and Rockport, Texas, with more sites to be added.

Franklin Graham visited some of the hardest-hit areas of Texas on Thursday. He paused to pray with a Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplain who has been ministering to residents

Chaplains are delivering emotional and spiritual care alongside Samaritan’s Purse volunteers in Victoria, which is located between Corpus Christi and Houston. Help send chaplains into disaster zones to offer hope in crisis.

The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team shares the hope of Christ during times of crisis. “We see this as an opportunity to demonstrate God’s love and care for people, for them to know that God hasn’t forgotten them,” said Jack Munday, international director of the RRT.

Vice President Mike Pence, along with his wife and second lady Karen Pence, and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, visited families impacted by the disaster.

Gov. Abbott also signed a proclamation declaring Sunday (Sept. 3) a day of prayer in Texas. “As we gather today here at this church, it’s important that we remember that the greatest power that exists is the power of God and the way that God can touch and move all of our lives,” he said.

Franklin Graham spent time with Texas residents and the chaplains who have been ministering to them.

Flood rescues after Harvey have been intense and ongoing as floodwaters recede.

An estimated 30,000 to 40,000 homes have been destroyed in the Houston area alone.

Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplain David Barlow shares a smile with firefighters in Victoria.  (see photo above) Often, first responders are deeply affected by the work they’re called to do in times of crisis. Continue to pray for these men and women on duty across Texas.

With Samaritan’s Purse volunteers working in the background, chaplains take a moment to pray with a homeowner affected by Harvey in Victoria, Texas.  (see above)

A week after Hurricane Harvey crashed into Texas, more than 1 million residents are displaced.

Police and emergency personnel are working around the clock to rescue flood victims. Large pockets of land are still underwater across the state.

A 9-year-old reads from the Bible (picture above) as a chaplain listens inside a home. Officials say thousands of people are still stranded in their flooded homes and officials are asking residents to be patient as they wait to be rescued.

Chaplains circle up to pray while visiting the home of residents affected by Hurricane Harvey.  (picture above)

Though they’ve been displaced twice from hurricanes, this family remained joyful in the hope of Christ. “But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you.” —Psalm 5:11, ESV

Hurricane Harvey, now a tropical storm, has set a record for total rainfall from a single tropical cyclone in the continental United States, according to the National Weather Service. Two weather stations in the Lone Star State have reported total rainfall over 48 inches.

On Wednesday, the tropical storm continued to pound the Gulf Coast with torrential rains, flooding and strong winds. The full force of the storm’s impact has begun shifting to western Louisiana.

Rapid Response Team chaplain Mike Mattingly comforts and prays for Felix Cavazos, a victim of Hurricane Harvey.

Hundreds of chaplains are standing by to deploy in multiple sites across Texas. Will you keep the people of Texas in your prayers?

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After installing the above article, it was learned that President Donald Trump declared Sunday, September 3, 2017, to be a National Day of Prayer for the victims of Hurricane Harvey.  How timely, how appropriate and how refreshing.  What a beautiful contrast to the previous administration who ignored the One True God of the universe, through cancelling the National Day of Prayer and annually holding Ramadan in the White House.  May the Lord bless Donald Trump.

Pray For Revival In America!