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LABOR PAINS PART 3 MATTHEW 24:4-8

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LABOR PAINS
PART 3
MATTHEW 24:4-8
 

Please turn in your Bibles to Matthew chapter 24 as we continue our study on labor pains or is this the beginning of the end? And as you are turning there, listen to this true story that will help set the stage for what we will be studying this morning. The story goes like this:

A woman called "Alice the Prophetess" issued "Passports to heaven" to an estimated 100,000 Africans who joined her holy war of rebellion against the Rhodesian government.

The forty-five-year-old woman claimed she died, went to heaven, met the big black god, and then came back to earth to preach the truth. Then she whipped her followers into a frenzy by standing with her "Twelve apostles" atop ant hills, playing records of the World War II speeches of Winston Churchill. "Churchill," she said, "was the voice of God."

Before her capture by government forces, the fanatical prophetess led bloody attacks that caused the deaths of hundreds of Africans.

- Encyclopedia of 7700 illustrations, 1515

Now as ridiculous, as silly as that sounds, getting these Passports to heaven, what we are seeing in the Islam religion is no different. You see, the only sure way, the only guarantee of a Muslim achieving paradise, is to sacrifice his life in a Jihad or holy war. Now some may argue that the Koran forbids suicide or self-murder. And that is true. But, to sacrifice your life in the killing of infidels, using bombs strapped to your body or crashing planes into buildings, and the like, carries with it the highest reward, paradise!

And is does not end there. A person who is a Jihad martyr or holy war martyr is promised a palace of pearls in which are 70 mansions. Not bad, but it doesn’t end there. Inside each of these mansions are 70 houses and in each house a bed on which are 70 sheets and on each sheet a beautiful virgin. Now the flesh is being stimulated and it does not end there. You see, he is then assured that he will have the appetite and strength of 100 men for food and sex! That just tipped these young men over the edge and now I think you can see why they are so eager to die a martyrs death killing infidels! These are the things that are fed to these young boys from birth, besides killing Jews and Christians, Americans!

With that as our background, let’s read through our verses this morning in Matthew chapter 24 beginning in verse 4, and then we are going to expound on what is going on in the Middle East, for that is where, I believe, the next World War will take place!

MATTHEW 24:4-8

As I have said in previous studies, the beginning of sorrows, these labor pains take place during the first 3½ years of the 7 year tribulation period and it leads into the last 3½ years of the tribulation period, known as the Great Tribulation! And what we see is false Christ’s, false prophets, wars, civil wars, world wars, famines, diseases, earthquakes taking place.

Now some of you may be thinking we see these things today, and that is very true. But I don’t believe what we see today is what Jesus is speaking of in Matthew chapter 24, for the tribulation period has not started yet. What we are seeing is false labor pains or Braxton Hicks contractions with the ultimate outcome being the birth of the kingdom age where Jesus Christ will rule and reign for a thousand years from the throne of David!

So this morning we are going to look at these false labor pains that are occurring in the Middle East because I believe they are setting the stage for a World War out there, and we will look at that in our next study. You see, before we get to that war, we need to understand what is going on in the Middle East. And please understand that you will not get this information on CNN or other news programs, but the information is out there if you are willing to look for it. Also, I am going to give you several quotes this morning to show you it is not what I am saying, but what they have and are saying that truly points to a war in the Middle East, it is just a matter of time, and Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39 clearly show us this war that is coming.

On God’s prophetic time clock, May 14, 1948 was an alarm, for on that day, after almost 2,000 years wandering without a homeland, after some 6 million Jews were murdered by Hitler and his forces, Israel became a nation again, the Jews have returned home. It truly was a miracle. Now some see this as a non-event, and I totally disagree.

You see, in Ezekiel chapter 37, Ezekiel is given a vision of dry, dead, lifeless bones, and God asks him, "...‘Son of man, can these bones live?’" Now from a purely human perspective, of course not. But Ezekiel gives the question right back to God, for He can bring this to pass.

And as Ezekiel is watching, he sees these bones come together, with the muscles, tendons, flesh and then God breaths life into them. Now the question is, "Who does this represent? Whose bones are these?" And we don’t have to guess, for God tells us in Ezekiel 37:11-12, where we read "Then He said to me, ‘Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They indeed say, "Our bones are dry, our hope is lost, and we ourselves are cut off!" Therefore prophesy and say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.’(See also Ezekiel 37:21-22).

God is saying that He will not only bring them back to life, but He will also place them back in the land of Israel, which we see very clearly today. Now before this became a reality, back on March 1, 1944, Yasser Arafat’s uncle, Najamin el-Husseni said on Radio Berlin regarding the increased number of Jews in the land: "Arabs, rise as one man and fight for your sacred rights. Kill the Jews wherever you find them. This pleases God [Allah] and religion [and] saves your honor. God is with you."

Then, on May 14, 1948, in Tel Aviv, David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, proclaimed the birth of the sovereign state of Israel. Interestingly enough, upon Israel’s declaration of independence, of their statehood, they were immediately attacked by seven Arab armies and out-manned 30 to 1. The goal of these Arab nations was to drive Israel into the sea, to destroy them!

What happened? IDF General Shimon Erem said back in 1948: "Twenty thousand untrained civilians, many of them speaking languages which could not be understood took on armies represented by 100 million Arabs, and prevailed. It was a miracle of God, there is no other explanation. God was keeping His Word. The key was faith. We believed God. We believed the prophets. And because of God, we prevailed. The difference is faith in God, the God of the Bible."

And not only that, but in June of 1967, after Jordan and several Arab countries initiated a war against Israel, Israel ended up defeating them and on June 7, 1967 Israel gained control of the eastern portion of Jerusalem, uniting the city once again! God’s Word has come to pass!

Now some may argue that today we have a peace process going on in the Middle East and this talk of war is just plain foolish. If you think that way you are living in a dream world. Look at the news, as jaded as it may be, and you can easily see that this is not what is taking place, they truly are preparing for war!

Some like to blame the Jews for causing all this trouble, but that is just plain silly. You see, back in November of 1947 the United Nations divided the land up as follows: 82% of the land was given to the so-called Palestinians, the Arabs, and 18% of the land was given to the Jews. The Arab world rejected that and started a war with Israel, and they lost, and they keep losing in each battle they fight against Israel.

Back in 1994 Yasser Arafat, head of the PLO or the Palestinian Liberation Organization, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in making peace in the Middle East. Who is this man and how in the world did he win the Nobel Peace Prize? Well, the first question is easy to answer, how he won the Nobel Peace Prize is still a mystery when you see that this man is nothing more than a terrorist, killing thousands of innocent people!

First of all, this head of the PLO is not a Palestinian, and the reason I can say that with such confidence is that Arafat is a Egyptian. Secondly, there is no such thing as a Palestinian people, culture, language. Then how did we come up with this Palestinian thing? Listen carefully, it was a name that was derived from the Philistines, not even a Arab people, and the Romans used the name to call the land of Israel after 70 AD when the Romans destroyed Jerusalem, and it was a derogatory name. It was a put down showing the Jews that Israel would never be revived again, but, as we have seen, they were wrong.

Now think about this for a minute. During World War II the British Army had a Palestinian Brigade made up entirely of Jewish volunteers! Then there was the Palestinian Symphony Orchestra, which again was all Jewish. In fact, even the Palestinian Post was as Jewish newspaper. So I guess there is a Palestinian State, but it is called Israel!

Dave Hunt puts things into perspective when he says, "There never was a Palestinian people, nation, language, culture or homeland. They are always Arabs who immigrated into the land of Israel with no more right to make a ‘homeland’ therein than German, French, Dutch or other immigrants to carve up America to make ‘homelands’ for themselves."

Now this man, Yasser Arafat, lets look at some of the legacy he has left so far, this man of peace:

1. HELD THE RECORD FOR THE LARGEST HIJACKING - FOUR AIRCRAFT IN A SINGLE OPERATION - WHICH HAS JUST BEEN EQUALED.

2. THE GREATEST NUMBER OF HOSTAGES AT ONE TIME - 300.

3. THE GREATEST NUMBER OF PEOPLE SHOT AT A AIRPORT.

4. THE LARGEST RANSOM COLLECTED - $5 MILLION DOLLARS PAID BY LUFTHANSA.

5. THE GREATEST VARIETY OF TARGETS - 40 CIVILIAN PASSENGER AIRCRAFT, 5 PASSENGER SHIPS, 30 EMBASSIES OR DIPLOMATIC MINISTRIES, PLUS INNUMERABLE FUEL DEPOTS AND FACTORIES.

Maybe it is just me, but why in the world do you give the Nobel Peace Prize to a known terrorist, look at his record? He should be arrested and put on trial. It is a strange world we live in where we call good evil and evil good!

Now some would like to argue that he is a changed man, I beg to disagree! You see, ever since the first peace agreement was made, violence has grown, and since last year, it has escalated to the point of several hundreds of people being killed. He is not a changed man, he just is trying to get better public relations so people will side with his cause.

Remember the handshake, the promise, the peace, the signing of the contract on the White House lawn with the Israeli prime minister, a contract for peace? It is totally meaningless, as well as all the other things he has said and signed. Now that may seem harsh, unchristian, no, it is just the truth! You see, you need to look at the facts and you will see how clever this man, Yasser Arafat really is. Yasser Arafat, early in 1994, said in a speech at a Johannesburg Mosque:

This agreement [between the PLO and Israel], I am not considering it more than the agreement which had been signed between our prophet Mohammed and Kuraish." You see, after signing this "peace treaty" with his own tribe, the Kuraish, Mohammed broke it on a pre-text, killed the Kuraish leaders and conquered Mecca. So what Arafat is saying is that the PLO’s agreement with Israel is only a step toward her conquest and it is intended to be broken! In fact, Arafat has said on several occasions, "The goal of our struggle is the end of Israel, there can be no compromise." Is anyone listening to what he is saying. This is the winner of the Nobel Peace prize! With those qualifications, if Hitler was alive today, he would also qualify for the Nobel Peace prize! Go figure?

And now it seems that Yasser Arafat is not moving quickly enough to destroy Israel and the leading Palestinian militant group, Hamas, is warning the PLO not to compromise with Israel. They said, "The only way to settle the Palestinian case is by Jihad (Islamic holy war)." Also, "We call for resistance of the occupation of Palestine on every place in the land. Israel should be annihilated as is written in the holy Koran, and this will be confirmed in the coming days, God willing. Their tyranny, corruption and stubbornness will be their end, God willing." This was said back in July of 2000! It is not land for peace, it is the destruction of Israel that they want!

The question is, can Yasser Arafat, can the Hamas, can the Muslims mount their forces and destroy Israel! I don’t believe they can destroy Israel, God won’t let that happen, but they can surely attack Israel. Saddam Hussein is mobilizing seven million volunteers into 21 army divisions to "liberate" Jerusalem from the Zionists. You see, Yasser Arafat has reached an agreement with Saddam Hussein to provide the entire Palestinian leadership with asylum in Baghdad when the serious fighting with the Israeli army takes place. I guess it is okay for his fellow brethren to die, but not for him and his leadership!

Interestingly enough, this land of Israel, Jerusalem, is mentioned some 677 times in the Old Testament, the city of David 44 times, and Zion 153 times! And yet in the Koran it is never mentioned once. And still the Muslims claim Jerusalem to be its capital the capital of Palestine and it is now holy to the Islamic faith. Go figure?

Also, keep in mind that Israel is not very big, about the size of New Jersey, and it is surrounded on 3 sides by Muslim enemies, and on the fourth side by the Mediterranean Sea. And think about this for a minute. From Amman, the capital of Jordan, it takes attack aircraft 3 minutes to reach and bomb Jerusalem, another 3 minutes to attack and bomb Tel Aviv, and another 5 minutes to fly back to Amman, a total of 11 minutes, which is equivalent to the scramble time in the U.S. Air Force.

Also, it takes only 20 minutes to drive from the Allenby bridge on the Jordan River up to Jerusalem. And it doesn’t matter if it is a private car, or a military vehicle such as a armored personal carrier.

Missiles fired from Syria can hit virtually any target inside Israel with absolute authority, and unlike Saddam’s missiles which carry warheads of 250 kgs, Syria’s missiles carry the full payload of 1,250 kgs, and instead of 6 minutes to reach Israel from Iraqi bases, Syrian missiles can reach Israel in just 2 minutes. Also, they have over 1,000 improved Scud and Frog missiles.

Also, North Korea is helping Iran to develop nuclear missiles and helping to train pilots to fly nuclear bombers. So far Iran has two nuclear warheads, both 40 kilotons or twice as powerful as the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima.

Also, Saddam Hussein has huge stock piles of biological weapons. Before the 1990 invasion of Kuwait, it was known that Iraq had 6,000 liters of Anthrax, 8,425 liters of Botulinum toxin, 2,200 liters of Aflatoxin (which causes live cancer), and a quantity of Clostridium Perfringens (which causes gangrene). Also, Iraq has built its aerial bombs, 50 of which are armed with Anthrax. They have seven tons of VX nerve agent as well as Sarin and mustard gas!

So please understand that it is not "if" there is a war, "if" they invade Israel, but "when."

You see, the Arabs own or occupy 99.9% of the land in the Middle East and thus, that means Israel is only occupying one-tenth of one percent of the land, that is what the Arabs are fighting for. They are not interested in any land, but the destruction of the Jews!

And as many people today want to see peace, please understand that true peace will not come until the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ comes. It is as Isaiah tells us, "For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this."Isaiah 9:6-7. Now in the Islamic world, they will not be ushering in a time of peace, but of war, of violence, as we are seeing today, especially against the Jews and Christians, the infidels!

In the Islamic oral tradition, known as the Hadith and is accepted just as much as the Koran, listen to what one professor says in regards to Arab and Israeli relationships. Professor Moshe Sharon says as he quotes out of the Hadith:

"Islamic tradition describing the conditions for the ‘final hour,’ for the day of judgement and for the establishment of the ideal (Islamic) divine order. According to this tradition, attributed to the prophet Mohammed, himself, the ‘hour’ will not come before the Muslims fight a final battle with the Jews and annihilates them. In the course of war, the Jews will hide from their Muslim pursuers behind rocks and trees. On that day, Allah will give mouths to the rocks and to the trees and they will call out: ‘Muslim, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.’"

And folks, this same quote appears frequently on handbills issued by the Hamas terrorists organization in territories administered by Israel as a rallying cry to kill the Jews.

And just listen to these quotes from Yasser Arafat and see if they are worthy of a Nobel Peace prize winner. He said:

YASSER ARAFAT:
  • "The goal of our struggle is the end of Israel, and there can be no compromise." March 1970 The Washington Post.
  • "Peace for us means the destruction of Israel." February 1980 El Mundo, Caracas, Venezuela.
  • "The victory march will continue until the Palestinian flag files in Jerusalem and in all of Palestine." December 1980 - Speech at the University of Beirut.
  • "We still have before us the task of completing the comprehensive withdrawal from all the occupied territories, at the forefront of which is Holy Jerusalem, the capital city of our independent state." December 1993 - "Voice of Palestine" - Algiers.
  • "The Jihad (Muslim holy war) will continue..-You have to understand our main battle is Jerusalem...It is not their capital. It is our capital." May1994 - Speech in Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • "I will never give my hand to the annulment of one paragraph of the Palestinian National Charter." (It calls for the destruction of the Jews!) August 1994 - Radio Monte Carlo.
  • "Jerusalem is the capital of the Palestinian state, whether they like it or not. If they don’t like it, let them drink out of the Sea of Gaza." October 1994 - Speech in Gaza.
  • "In order to obtain the goal of returning to Palestine, all of us sometimes have to grit our teeth (a reference to the peace process). But it is forbidden that this harm the continued struggle against the Zionist enemy...The speedy retreat of Israel from the occupied territories is only the first stage in establishment of a Palestinian state with its capital in Jerusalem. Only a state like that can then continue the struggle to remove the enemy from all Palestinian lands." November 1994 - The Jerusalem Post.
  • "I say once more that Israel shall remain the principle enemy of the Palestinian people not only now but also in the future." May 1995 - Speech in Gaza.
  • "All of us are willing to be martyrs along the way, until our flag flies over Jerusalem, the capital of Palestine. Let no one think they can scare us with weapons, for we have mightier weapons - the weapon of faith, the weapon of martyrdom, the weapon of Jihad." June 1995 - Parade Magazine.
  • "We will continue this long jihad, this difficult jihad...via deaths, via sacrifices. August 1995 - The Jerusalem Post.
  • "By Allah I swear...that the Palestinian people are prepared to sacrifice the last boy and the last girl so that the Palestinian flag will be flown over the walls, the churches, and the mosques of Jerusalem." September 1995 - The Jerusalem Post.
  • "To whomever of the believers gives his life and money for Allah, to kill and be killed, as it is written in the Torah, New Testament and the Koran, Allah has promised them heaven." (God, not Allah promises us heaven through Jesus not giving money or being put to death!) September 24th, 1996 - Speech in Gaza.

As you look at all that has been said this morning and the past few weeks, I think you can easily see that the stage is being set, the players are being placed into position, for this war in the Middle East to start. Can it happen in our lifetime? I believe so, I believe we are that close, and, of course, only time will tell. And as I said last week, there is only some 70 years left of our oil supply. Thus, for Islam to gain the world, they have to do so while they have the petrodollar, the petroleum reserves. So I do believe we are close.

Next week we will conclude our study by looking at this war, who are the players, and I believe you will see this all tie together and you will clearly see how this will usher us into the beginning of sorrows, the start of the tribulation period and on into the Great Tribulation.

And please do not leave here this morning hating Muslims. You can hate the sin, the violence, the murder, the deception that is being done in the name of Allah, but don’t hate the sinner, love the sinner into the kingdom of God. Jesus said in John 17:3, "And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent."That should be our desire, to share the love of Jesus Christ with not only Muslims, but also with all who don’t know Him, for it is only in Him that a person can find eternal life, for there is only one true God and His name is not Allah!

Anyone who is worshiping any other god is buying a false ticket to heaven. And it does not matter how sincere they are, if that sincerity is not based in truth, then it is a lie. For those who don’t know where to look for the truth, Jesus tells us in John 17:17 "Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth." Thus, look to God’s Word for the truths you need to obtain that eternal life, for they will point to Jesus!

You see, it is as Paul told Timothy, that it is God "who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time." I Timothy 2:4-6. Point people to Jesus, the only one who can forgive our sins and restore us back to the Father! That is the ticket you need to receive, you see, it can’t be bought by you, for it was already purchased by the blood of Jesus! All you need to do is receive Jesus into your life as Lord and Savior, ask Him to forgive you of your sins and He will!

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