The Church is offensive and offensive. Read more…
In the last essay we saw that today’s events are driven in large part by a cosmic spiritual war between God and Satan. If there is indeed such a spiritual war of cosmic proportions raging in our midst, one would expect to see some evidence of that conflict. More precisely, since God’s current offensive is pressed through The Church, evidence of this war should be most evident within The Church itself or through interactions between The Church and the world.
A Consuming Fire
One must understand the nature of something to find evidence about it.
God wages war as a consuming fire:
God is a consuming fire (Deu 4:24, 9:3, Isa 33:10-14, Heb 12:29)
Every war, but especially God’s spiritual war, rages like a forest fire. A forest fire burns furiously until extinguished or all the fuel is spent. Wars burn furiously and uncontrollably until all the fuel is spent. Read more…
In the previous posts we examined the importance of accurately understanding ancient history. We have seen the dual nature of that conflict: Spiritual as well as worldly. In the last two essays we examined the spiritual conflict in depth.
In this essay we will examine the conflict from the world’s perspective. From the worldly perspective, the Middle East conflict has two fundamental root causes:
o Squatters’ rights
o Family feuds.
Let us examine each briefly. Read more…
In the previous post we examined the importance of accurately understanding ancient history. We have seen the dual nature of the conflict: Spiritual as well as worldly. Lastly we have concluded that The Bible provides a more reliable account of ancient history.
In this post we will examine in more depth the nature and root cause of the spiritual conflict sweeping the Middle East and the world from a Biblical perspective. Let us then start with an examination of the Biblical root cause of our very existence: The Creator God. Read more…
Every fall people flock to corn mazes and hay mazes that spring up throughout the countryside. Famers create these mazes by cutting labyrinthine paths in corn that stands taller than a man, or by constructing labyrinthine walls of hay bales higher than a man.
Upon entering the maze no one can see where they have been, where they are, or where they’re going. Navigating one’s way out of such mazes is challenging and time-consuming. While in these mazes, do we know where we are? Kind of, but not really.
However, if we had an accurate map of the maze and an accurate record of where we’ve been, we could know exactlywhere we are and where we’re going. We could even plan and reliably follow a route to get out of the maze.
It is the same with history. If we want to know what the future might hold – though we cannot see the future clearly – it is necessary to know where we started, where we’ve been, and where we are. We can then make some reasonable projections of the future based on that knowledge. However, the more accurately and the farther out into the future we wish to make our projections, the farther back in time we must look to maintain reasonable accuracy of prediction. Read more…
The previous post on this topic, The Middle East: History, has demonstrated that based on history alone the state of Israel is the rightful owner of all the land contested by the Arabs and Jews.
But there is a significant difference between rightful and legal ownership. One could be the rightful owner of a piece of real estate, yet still not legally own it. Read more…
This is the seventh in a series of essays examining the Middle East situation from a Biblical perspective.
In the beginning the LORD God  created the Heavens and the Earth.
Therefore He owns the Heavens and the Earth and everything in them: The stars, seas and everything in them, mountains and lands and everything in them, all wild and domestic animals, and all cities and all people.
For every beast of the forest is mine, the cattle on a thousand hills. I know all the birds of the hills, and all that moves in the field is mine. (Psa 50:10-11)
Behold, all souls are mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is mine: the soul who sins shall die. (Eze 18:4)
As owner He has the right and the authority to do whatever He chooses to do with His possessions. As Creator He has the power to implement His will. Nothing and no one can stop Him from doing so. Read more…