The time for the Lord to uphold His holy name through the nation of Israel draws near! The world is about to receive this powerful wakeup call and be given the golden opportunity to offer their adoration to the covenant keeping God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob. The promise keeping God whose great love caused Him to send His only begotten son Jesus Christ as an offering for mankind’s sins.
The stage is presently being set for this main event described in Ezekiel 39:7. Prophecies are readying for their fulfillment, and spiritual showdowns throughout the globe are taking place NOW in preparation! The God of the Bible is currently challenging all of His god competitors to prove their worthiness of worship. The Lord is flushing them out and forcing them to disprove His multiple biblically declared claims, like in Isaiah 46:9-10, to be the one and only true God!
Miracles, healings, dreams, visions, personal encounters and biblical prophecies are a few of the supernatural methods being employed to authenticate His superiority. Moreover, the Lord is not doing all the above to show off, rather to show up and share His love for the lost. The Lord is not constrained to prove Himself before the god imposters; rather He is compelled to prevent people from perishing in these last days. It is His love that always drives His actions!
“He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” (1 John 4:8)
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, (Jesus Christ) that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
SPIRITUAL SHOWDOWNS WERE PREDICTED TO HAPPEN
Zephaniah the prophet foretold of the coming of these spiritual showdowns.
“LORD will be awesome to them, For He will reduce to nothing all the gods of the earth; People shall worship Him, Each one from his place, Indeed all the shores of the nations.” (Zephaniah 2:11)
This verse, written about 625 B.C., introduces two prophecies. First, it declares that someday, the God, (capital G), of the Bible will eliminate all the false gods, (small g), presently worshipped within the world. Second, this one true God will rightfully receive His due praise throughout the entire earth. This global adoration takes place when Christ returns and rules over the earth in His millennial reign, which means that the removal of the false gods must take place sometime prior.
The Hebrew word used for “reduce to nothing” can be translated as, famished, starved, emaciated or made lean.(i) There are two primary ways through which the Lord can accomplish this spectacular feat. One method is that He can overrun the pagan deities and the other is that He can overshadow them. He appears to be utilizing both techniques.
To overrun is to decisively defeat and occupy the territory of an enemy. In this process the competing god is overpowered, overthrown and proven unfit for further worship.
To overshadow is to tower tall above an object, which results in the casting of a shadow over it. In this example, it is the ability of the greater God to prove His prominence and superiority over the stature of the lesser god. To overshadow does not require the overrunning of an idol, rather it is accomplished by making the false god fail in a final choice comparison. It causes the devotee to question the object of his or her devotion. It deflects adulation away from the lying idol by alluring admiration to the obvious greater God.
As the Lord steps up His current campaign to overpower and overshadow all the false gods, followers of Hinduism, Buddhism and other mostly passive religions will have to deal with major theological differences between Christianity and their respective religions. One by one, the pagan deities will succumb to the supremacy of the Lord, and when He upholds His holy name through the nation of Israel in Ezekiel 39:7, everyone dwelling upon the earth at that time will be forced to focus on His sovereign power!
With this in mind, the Zephaniah 2:11 prophecies could be paraphrased to read as follows;
“The Lord will be awesome to them, For He will famish the false gods, which will evidence that they were all incompetent and unworthy of any worship. Instead, people will praise the one true God that overpowers and overshadows all the others.”
In my NOW Prophecies book and DVD, I explain how spiritual showdowns are currently underway. However, it is the fulfillment of Zephaniah 2:11 that officially commences the final elimination process of all the false gods. Thus, it is important to understand the context and timing of the fulfillment of Zephaniah 2:8-11. This prophecy appears to connect with the toppling of Jordan, identified as Moab and Ammon, for its participation in the Psalm 83 prophecy. The primary god worshipped in Jordan that stands to be adversely affected is Allah.
Among the plethora of pagan deities, Scriptures point out that two of the most prominent ones will be overrun. They are Satan and Allah. Revelation 12:7-9 states that Michael the Archangel and his heavenly armies will win a war against Satan and his fallen angels. This defeat casts Satan and his cohorts down from heaven to the earth. This is followed a few years later by the prophecy in Revelation 20:1-2, which informs that an angel eventually overpowers Satan and binds him in chains for 1000 years in the bottomless pit.
ALLAH IS LOSING HIS AKBAR (His claim to the greatest god).
Allah, on the other hand, is already finding it difficult to maintain stability within his religion of Islam. The infighting in the Middle East between the Shia’s and Sunnis is causing places like Syria, Iraq and Yemen to implode. As a result, many Muslims are beginning to question Allah’s Akbar.
Future Muslim defeats in the wars of Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38 will serve devastating blows to Allah. In Psalm 83:9-11, the IDF appears to be empowered militarily to defeat the surrounding Arab nations and terrorist groups. Subsequently, in Ezekiel 38:18-39:6, the LORD supernaturally defeats the outer ring of nations identified in Ezekiel 38:1-5. These appear to be two distinctly different prophetic events involving two separate predominately Muslim coalitions.
Ultimately, Allah will be overrun, but presently this pagan god is being overshadowed. The Lord is accomplishing amazing things in several Muslim countries causing many to willingly forfeit their faith in Islam. Allah’s appeal is fading fast. Neither can he control the growing chaos within his religion, nor can he match up with the supernatural miracles, healings, visions and dreams being outsourced from the Lord. Christ is standing tall and casting His shadow over Allah who is steadily shrinking small!
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Disillusioned Muslims are abandoning Allah and converting to Christianity in record numbers. This is taking place in Iran, Saudi Arabia, the Syrian refugee camps, and other repressed places throughout the Muslim world.
Iran is a perfect example of this. Christianity is burgeoning in Iran and as a result the government is aggressively clamping down on it. Nationwide, Bibles are being confiscated, home churches are being shut down and Christians are being thrown in jail for their faith. The Iranian government is even targeting those with dual citizenship to make sure they are not promoting political dissidence or spreading Christianity.
In many cases the Christians are being beaten to a pulp and given no medical treatment or legal representation. The intentions of the thrashings are that the Christians will die from organ failures or other related causes. I know about this mistreatment from personal sources involved in the underground church of Iran. Over the past couple of years the repression has increased dramatically. This Christian persecution intensified during the nuclear negotiation process between Iran and the P5+1, (Russia, China, USA, UK, France plus Germany). The deal was negotiated on July 14, 2015, but the beatings still continue to be severe.
Why are these Iranians and so many other Muslims worldwide renouncing Islam and converting to Christianity? The fact is, Islam is not working for many Muslims, but Jesus Christ is! I mean, He really is, literally not figuratively! In my upcoming book entitled, The NOW Prophecies, you will discover how Christ is personally proactively interacting with many of these disillusioned Muslims.
Christ is frequently visiting the repressed areas of the world. He is blatantly disregarding the decrees of despotic governments and is entering into dangerous countries where missionaries can scarcely go. People are experiencing supernatural encounters on an intimate level with the Lord. The Lord is making His move now, which implies that time is short and the harvest field is ripe.
As a religion Islam is guilty of overpromising, but under delivering. Many Muslims are losing hope and looking outside of Islam for religious truth and the way to live a truly fulfilling life. Jesus realizes this and since He is the way, the truth and the life according to John 14:6, He is seizing the opportunity to reach out to them in their times of despair.
Christ knows that He is the good news that they are looking for, but His emissaries, i.e. Christian missionaries, are being severely restricted by tyrannical governments from traveling into the places where they are desperately needed. Do any of you want to walk into the headquarters of the ISIS terrorist group as a Christian evangelist?
Jesus realizes this is not a tour of duty at the top of a missionaries list, yet somehow the good news about God’s love for the oppressed has to be communicated to them. So, Christ is using every means available to Him to transmit the message of His love to the lost. Supernatural acts, like miracles, dreams, visions and healings are being utilized alongside the technological resources of satellite television and the Internet to reach the oppressed. It is spiritual warfare at an unprecedented level.
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(i) Hebrew word for “reduced” is razah and translations were taken from the New American Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries and Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries.