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Zion: The Rock - Prophecy In The News Magazine - July 2006

  1. 1. Find us on the Internet - www.prophecyinthenews.com It’s an Incredible Story! Zion, The Rock By Gary Stearman The year 2006 has witnessed impudence at the highest level from the screaming throngs of Islam. Hamas, Hezbollah and assorted mullahs, mobs have called for “Death to Israel! Death to America! Death to Zionism!” Together, these teeming hordes constitute a congealing mass of directed emotion. Behind it all is the dark and growing force of nuclear weaponry. To the Western mind, the depth of their hatred for Zion is often considered a real mystery. Certainly, the majority of political leaders don’t understand it, instead, viewing it as emotionally-based and addressable by tradi- tional diplomatic communication. This is quite simply a conceptual error. At the beginning of the year, Iranian At the beginning of the year, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad played to a President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad played fanatical audience in a keynote address. Its theme was displayed on a poster attached to a fanatical audience in a keynote ad- to the front of the lectern from which he spoke: “The World Without Zionism.” His dress. Its theme was displayed on a poster message was nothing less than a declaration of war against the “Zionist aggressors” attached to the front of the lectern from — Israel and its chief Western supporter, the United States. which he spoke: “The World Without Zion- ism.” His message was nothing less than for its rapid growth are almost inexplicable. It’s there for all to see. Anyone who cares a declaration of war against the “Zionist European Jews are good citizens who have to read about the Lord’s transactions with aggressors” — Israel and its chief Western only recently emerged from the pogroms of Abraham knows that a promise was made. supporter, the United States. His diatribe the Holocaust. Europe should have learned It gives his descendants clear title to a huge also included England. a lesson; it didn’t. tract of land, using clear-cut and unequivo- The poster displayed a color picture of the In the state of Israel, it seems almost cal boundaries: world as an hourglass, with a broken U.S. ridiculous to think that a tiny sliver of land “In the same day the LORD made a lying in its lower bulb, and a falling Israel could be considered a threat to the hundreds covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy about to assume the same position. His of thousands of square miles that make seed have I given this land, from the river intent couldn’t have been clearer. He sees up the surrounding Islamic territory. Yet, of Egypt unto the great river, the river Eu- the U.S. as mortally wounded, following Israel’s very existence is something they phrates” (Genesis 15:18). the 9-11 attack, and the continuing Islamic find intolerable. They demonize returning From the Sinai Penninsula to the Persian struggle. In his mind, Israel is headed to- Jews above all else. The depth of their fa- Gulf, Israel’s land will be the envy of the ward the same fate. natic rage raises an obvious question. world during the Kingdom Age. Though None of this comes as a surprise to they won’t admit to the accuracy and au- anyone who has kept track of events in the The Land Grant thority of the Books of Moses, it’s a sure Middle East. Radical Islam is, of course, Namely, what is it about Zionism that thing that the teachers of Islam know and only the most visible tip of the anti-Zionist the world so resolutely hates and fears? fear these words, particularly when coupled iceberg. Europe, Japan, China, Russia and The biblical answer to this question is, in with another prominent truth: a host of other countries are quietly raising one way, surprisingly straightforward and “And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear the anti-Semitic barricades. Jews are leav- easy to understand. The Lord promised thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his ing these countries in growing numbers, to Israel a generous land grant that happens name Isaac: and I will establish my cov- head for friendlier territories, Israel being to be squarely in the middle of an ancient enant with him for an everlasting covenant, foremost. battleground. This is no secret. Anyone who and with his seed after him. Globally, anti-Semitism has become reads the first book of the Bible knows all “And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: almost the norm, and practically indistin- about it. Islam, in particular, detests the land Behold, I have blessed him, and will make guishable from anti-Zionism. The reasons grant God gave to Abraham. him fruitful, and will multiply him exceed- 8 Prophecy in the News Find us on the Internet - www.prophecyinthenews.com
  2. 2. Find us on the Internet - www.prophecyinthenews.com ingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation. “But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year” (Genesis 17:19-21). Islamic clerics passionately dismiss these words as spurious inventions of the Jews. They rely instead, on the promises delivered by Mohammed, which foresee a glorious Islamic kingdom on earth. Still, at some secret level, they must know that the Lord’s blessing upon Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the twelve tribes is still in effect, and must be fought, lest it come to pass. Thus, the first and most obvious answer to the question, “Why target Zion?” is straightforward, and easy to understand. The battle is territorial in nature. Islam is busily eradicating any and all historical claims that Israel may have to any territory in the Middle East. Zion, the Stone But their real hatred for Zion is fueled by something far deeper and more powerful. Their motives have spiritual roots that link geography with redemption. In a very real sense, Zion is a depiction of the Jewish Messiah. Jesus, Himself, is the foundation stone of everything the Jews so passionately desire. When Jacob called his sons together to receive a blessing, his words to Joseph included the following reference to his God: In the Exodus account, when Moses first struck the rock, it was referred to with “But his bow abode in strength, and the the Hebrew word rum tzur, meaning “rock wall or boulder.” And indeed, until it was arms of his hands were made strong by the fractured, the huge rock was a single, massive boulder. In recent years, it has been hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from rediscovered, standing as high as a six-story building! thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel” But today, the giant boulder is split down the middle. It stands at the source of (Gen. 49:24). an ancient, eroded river bed. This is the rock described in the second encounter, Here, we see God represented as both recorded in the book of Numbers. In Moses’ second encounter with the rock, it is shepherd and as stone. The Hebrew word called by a different name – not rum tzur, but gkx sela, a word used to describe a for “stone,” is “even” [ict], (rhymes with “fissure, cleavage or split.” “heaven”). It refers to a dressed and carved stone, such as one might see in a finished “And are built upon the foundation of the building. The same Hebrew word is used apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself be- The Desert Rock in Psalm 118:22, to indicate that the very ing the chief corner stone” (Eph. 2:19,20). Before He was seen as a cut and polished structure of the Temple is intended to honor Christ completes the structure, and brings Stone, Christ appeared as the “Rock” of and lift up the Lord. In fact, He represents it to perfect unity. But He is much more than Israel. Looking backward from our present the integrity of its structure: highest stone of the Temple. He is also its perspective, we are quite able to see how “The stone which the builders refused is foundation: Jacob’s symbolic “stone of Israel” grew become the head stone of the corner.” “Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Be- to become a clear and present reality in the This verse is a prophecy, telling the hold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, life of the twelve tribes. As we shall see, story of Christ’s first and second comings a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure the “Rock” is symbolically quite different in one short sentence. As the Stone, He is foundation: he that believeth shall not make from the Stone. the central feature of the House of David. haste” (Is. 28:16). To them, He was first manifested as the In the New Testament, Paul presents Christ Now, the even — the carved stone — is desert rock at Mount Horeb. Israel was as the capstone (the top stone), from the shown as the very foundation of Zion. Zion brought there and prepared to receive the Greek akrogoniaios, translated as “chief and the Stone are presented as one and the Law. As they drew near, the people were in corner stone:” same. Here, it becomes quite obvious that a state of angry insurrection. They doubted “Now therefore ye are no more strangers Zion is more than a mere symbol, even more that Moses would be able to deliver them and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the than a structure upon the Temple Mount. from their troubles. saints, and of the household of God; Zion is a person … the person of Christ. “And the people thirsted there for water; Find us on the Internet - www.prophecyinthenews.com Prophecy in the News 9
  3. 3. Find us on the Internet - www.prophecyinthenews.com and the people murmured against Moses, “And the LORD spake unto Moses, years, it has been rediscovered, standing and said, Wherefore is this that thou hast saying, as high as a six-story building! brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our “Take the rod, and gather thou the assem- children and our cattle with thirst? bly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, The Rock’s New Name “And Moses cried unto the LORD, say- and speak ye unto the rock before their But today, the giant boulder is split down ing, What shall I do unto this people? they eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and the middle, in the same condition as it be almost ready to stone me. thou shalt bring forth to them water out of was in the days of Moses. It stands at the “And the LORD said unto Moses, Go the rock: so thou shalt give the congrega- source of an ancient, eroded stream bed. In on before the people, and take with thee of tion and their beasts drink. a desert that receives less than a half-inch of the elders of Israel; and thy rod, wherewith “And Moses took the rod from before the rain every ten years, the rock shows signs thou smotest the river, take in thine hand, LORD, as he commanded him. of massive, high-pressure water erosion. and go. “And Moses and Aaron gathered the con- For an enormous quantity of water to have “Behold, I will stand before thee there gregation together before the rock, and he flowed from this rock in the desert required upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must a miracle of the first magnitude. the rock, and there shall come water out of we fetch you water out of this rock? This is the rock described in the second it, that the people may drink. And Moses did “And Moses lifted up his hand, and with encounter, recorded in the book of Num- so in the sight of the elders of Israel. his rod he smote the rock twice: and the bers, above. In Moses’ second encounter “And he called the name of the place water came out abundantly, and the congre- with the rock, it is called by a different name Massah, and Meribah, because of the chid- gation drank, and their beasts also. – not tzur, but sela [gkx], a word used to ing of the children of Israel, and because “And the LORD spake unto Moses and describe a “fissure, cleavage or split.” they tempted the LORD, saying, Is the Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to Remarkably, the rock is first called a LORD among us, or not?” (Ex. 17:3-7). sanctify me in the eyes of the children of “boulder.” But then, Moses strikes the rock As we look back at this incident, we Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this and it splits right down the middle. After he see it as a sad failure of faith. Massah and congregation into the land which I have strikes it, its name is changed to sela: “fis- Meribah, meaning “proof” and “conten- given them. sure.” Thus, a visual dimension is added to tion,” are perfect descriptions of a people “This is the water of Meribah; because the the story of the rock. Once split, its entire who only believe what they can see. Their children of Israel strove with the LORD, and character is changed. motto is, “We think you’re wrong; give us he was sanctified in them” (Nu. 20:6-13). To the twelve tribes, a casual glance would proof, then we’ll believe.” In this dark historical moment, Israel have revealed that where once, it was a stand- This, of course, is the precise opposite sinned grievously, failing to credit the Lord ing monolith, now, it was fractured. This is of true faith, which believes without hav- with the power to bring them through their why Moses was instructed to speak (and ing visual proof. Nevertheless, Moses did present trouble. Despite this miserable nothing more) to the rock, to obtain water the show them the Lord’s grace, and as long failure, Moses interceded before the Tab- second time. Since it had already opened, to as the water flowed, they believed. When ernacle, and the Lord acted in grace. have struck it in its wounded condition was it stopped, they rebelled again. The rock had been struck once before. to add insult to injury. For this great object It is commonly taught that this rock at This time, the Lord asked Moses to merely lesson, Moses paid a great price. Horeb is one of the greatest symbols of speak to the rock, and the water would All he had to do was ask. We are re- Christ, who was smitten once — for all time flow. minded of the Samaritan woman who came — in order that mankind might drink of the But Moses, strained to the breaking point to draw water at the well of Jacob. Her life water of life. By grace, thousands of gallons by a people in continuous revolt, lost his there was a picture of Law and its ancient of water flowed into the desert. Based upon temper. Not once, but twice, his staff struck works, as she labored to sustain herself and census figures found at the beginning and the rock, as he demonstrated his disgust her family. end of the book of Numbers, as many as two to the people. Again, the Lord gave them Jesus presented Himself to her as the and a half million Israelites and their cattle water, but Moses had sinned and would be gracious water of life. As the Rock who were given all the water they could use. punished. The Lord now told him that he came to be smitten for all who thirst, He Later, there was rebellion in the camp, would not be allowed to bring the people offered her spiritual water that transcended and though the rebels were purged, a plague into the Promised Land. anything this world has to offer. ensued, killing thousands. Then Israel He had been told to speak to the once- “Then saith the woman of Samaria wandered in the desert again, and came to smitten rock … that it would then bring unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, Kadesh, where Miriam died. The people forth water. What a picture of Christ, askest drink of me, which am a woman of began to argue with Moses, even though smitten once for all! To strike Him after Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings he and Aaron had been reconfirmed after that would be like crucifying Him again. with the Samaritans. Korah’s great rebellion. From that time forward, Moses’ anger has “Jesus answered and said unto her, If The people complained bitterly to Mo- provided all believers with a perfect picture thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is ses, for again they were without water, and of grace. The water of life flows by grace, that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou feared that they would die in the desert. not by any work of persuasion. wouldest have asked of him, and he would So Moses and Aaron interceded for the The text of the Bible further emphasizes have given thee living water. people: this truth. In the Exodus account, when “The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou “And Moses and Aaron went from the Moses first struck the rock, it was referred to hast nothing to draw with, and the well presence of the assembly unto the door of with the Hebrew word tzur [rum], meaning is deep: from whence then hast thou that the tabernacle of the congregation, and they “rock wall, cliff, bedrock or boulder.” And living water? fell upon their faces: and the glory of the indeed, until it was fractured, the huge rock “Art thou greater than our father Jacob, LORD appeared unto them. was a single, massive boulder. 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  4. 4. Find us on the Internet - www.prophecyinthenews.com himself, and his children, and his cattle? This places Moses’ prophecy “in the lat- “Butter of kine, and milk of sheep, with “Jesus answered and said unto her, ter days.” This expression is from a Hebrew fat of lambs, and rams of the breed of Whosoever drinketh of this water shall idiom that literally means, “in the latter Bashan, and goats, with the fat of kidneys of thirst again: end of days,” or “in the very last days.” wheat; and thou didst drink the pure blood “But whosoever drinketh of the water This prelude to his final, great prophecy is, of the grape. that I shall give him shall never thirst; but therefore, placed in the unmistakable time “But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou the water that I shall give him shall be in setting of the Tribulation. art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art him a well of water springing up into ever- Here, we see that latter-day Israel will be on covered with fatness; then he forsook God lasting life” (John 4:9-14). the receiving end of much evil, because they, which made him, and lightly esteemed the This, then, is the Rock. Gracious beyond themselves, have behaved in an evil manner. Rock2 of his salvation”(Deut. 32:13-15). the telling, He comes to provide Israel and Here, we are told that because of this, they Here, we have the sad story of how Je- even the world with spiritual life. But He will experience the anger of the Lord. shurun (This is the diminutive, affectionate was first seen in the arid wastes on the way The prophecy of Deuteronomy 32 — the term for Israel; think of Israel as “John” and to Horeb and in the deserts of Rephidim. Song of Moses — immediately follows this Jeshurun as “Johnny.”) reacted when given He was the column of cloud and fire, and imprecation. Its context is that of regath- generations of blessings. In the end, they the water of life: ered, latter-day Israel, once again resident became so rich that they forgot God. They “Moreover, brethren, I would not that in their Land, but living without true faith. took Him for granted and fell into laziness. ye should be ignorant, how that all our fa- They are there to be judged, and the mecha- In this section of Moses’ prophecy, the Lord thers were under the cloud, and all passed nism of that judgment is the Tribulation. is presented as the Rock of salvation. In through the sea; As we examine the Rock, note that it effect, the people forgot that He was their “And were all baptized unto Moses in the is mentioned five times. In each of these one, true salvation. cloud and in the sea; occurrences, a different aspect of the Rock Then, the prophecy documents the next “And did all eat the same spiritual is emphasized. stage in their descent. They began to wor- meat; The first reference to the Rock is found ship idols and alien gods who were really “And did all drink the same spiritual at the opening of the song. Note that it demon spirits. After a while, they com- drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock plainly states that the Lord is one and the pletely forgot that God had given them life that followed them: and that Rock was same as the Rock. Furthermore, it states in the first place. Their new gods replaced Christ” (I Cor. 10:1-4). that He is the standard of judgment; He is the Rock completely. the righteous judge: We have this sordid story given in Moses’ The Fivefold Rock of Judgment “Because I will publish the name of third reference to the Rock. Here is the next The Rock speaks with eloquence of grace the LORD: ascribe ye greatness unto our stage of their descent: and provision, of shelter and redemption. God. “They provoked him to jealousy with But that is only one side of His magnifi- “He is the Rock1, his work is perfect: for strange gods, with abominations provoked cence. The symbolic “Rock” (sometimes all his ways are judgment: a God of truth they him to anger. referred to as a “Stone”) also reveals Him and without iniquity, just and right is he. “They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; as the Lord of Hosts, defender of His people “They have corrupted themselves, their to gods whom they knew not, to new gods and righteous Judge. spot is not the spot of his children: they are that came newly up, whom your fathers One of the Bible’s greatest prophecies is a perverse and crooked generation. feared not. the Song of Moses. In Deuteronomy 32, he “Do ye thus requite the LORD, O foolish “Of the Rock3 that begat thee thou art prophesies Israel’s downfall and rescue in people and unwise? is not he thy father that unmindful, and hast forgotten God that the horrific days described by Jesus and the hath bought thee? hath he not made thee, formed thee” (Deut. 32:16-18). prophets as the great Tribulation, the “time and established thee?” (Deut. 32:3-6). Their memory of spiritual truth having of Jacob’s trouble.” In this prelude to his Tribulation prophe- departed, they lost any connection with re- Moses prefaces his epic prophecy with cy, Moses lays out the fundamental premise ality. At their beginning, the Patriarchs and a simple and straightforward statement to that the ways of the Lord are the basis of all the twelve tribes had been the single light the effect that Israel will fall upon very dif- judgment. Israel has been observed, tried in a world of darkness. In the end, they fell ficult times before finally coming into the and is about to be punished, because they to the false legalisms of the Pharisees, and Kingdom. It designates a very specific time have forgotten to give honor to the One who even rejected their Messiah. Presently, they period and a very specific environment. redeemed them in the first place. He asks are being recalled to their ancient Land. “Gather unto me all the elders of your the rhetorical question, “Is this how you pay Their leaders are totally secular, rejecting tribes, and your officers, that I may speak the Lord back for all that He has done for the Lord’s leading and placing their trust in these words in their ears, and call heaven you?” They are about to be judged. the world system. This is the state described and earth to record against them. The next four references to the Rock in the fourth reference to the Rock: “For I know that after my death ye will document the stages of Israel’s progressive “For they are a nation void of counsel, utterly corrupt yourselves, and turn aside fall from blessing. neither is there any understanding in them. from the way which I have commanded you; The second reference to the Rock begins “O that they were wise, that they under- and evil will befall you in the latter days; with a reminder of God’s past blessings stood this, that they would consider their because ye will do evil in the sight of the for Israel: latter end! LORD, to provoke him to anger through the “He made him ride on the high places “How should one chase a thousand, and work of your hands. of the earth, that he might eat the increase two put ten thousand to flight, except their “And Moses spake in the ears of all the of the fields; and he made him to suck Rock4 had sold them, and the LORD had congregation of Israel the words of this song, honey out of the rock, and oil out of the shut them up?” (Deut. 32:28-30). until they were ended” (Deut. 31:28-30). flinty rock; Israel’s “latter end” is their ultimate call- Find us on the Internet - www.prophecyinthenews.com Prophecy in the News 11
  5. 5. Find us on the Internet - www.prophecyinthenews.com ing to the Messianic Kingdom. Today, and ness, and helplessness, and vanity, as we system. Viewed from the worldly point of proceeding into the era of the Tribulation, have seen. view, today’s Israel doesn’t stand a chance. they are falling into a quickening series of “But four plus one (4+1=5) is significant Yet, in the end, the Lord will deliver His defeats at the hands of their Islamic foes. of Divine strength added to and made per- people, Israel, and they will become the Because of their unbelief, they have been fect in that weakness; of omnipotence com- leader of the world. sold. The Hebrew idiom communicates bined with the impotence of earth; of Divine Bullinger also wrote, “The ‘stone’ king- the idea that they have been sold into the favor uninfluenced and invincible.” dom will be the fifth kingdom, succeeding slavery of the world, and imprisoned there. Of course, this is the very heart of the and comprehending the four great world This is their present condition. Rock, as He provides for Israel, and stands powers, absorbing all earthly dominion, But thanks to the grace of God, they will for His people. when the kingdoms of this world shall never be totally defeated. Instead, they will become the kingdom of our Lord and of enter into a series of judgments that will David’s Five Smooth Stones His Anointed, and He shall reign in glory ultimately establish the Kingdom. To emphasize the truth of this observa- and in grace.” As they are being prepared for these tion, it is only necessary to look at the judgments, they are devoid both of wisdom famous episode in the life of King David. The Fifth Kingdom and freedom. As a result, God warns that When he slew the giant, Goliath, he gave The even – the finished stone – is seen they are vulnerable to even small, inferior total credit to the Lord, not to any power twice in the prophecy of Daniel. Again, forces. of his own. this Hebrew word designates a stone that The fifth reference to the Rock brings And yet, the weapon he chose is the is cut, dressed and finished. In the context the good news. Ultimately, Israel’s enemies very symbol of God’s grace. He placed the of Daniel, the stone is not manmade, but will find themselves the object of the Lord’s fivefold Rock in his shepherd’s bag and con- shaped and polished by God, Himself. vengeance. This is the prophesied “Day of sidered himself to be completely equipped, Daniel’s prophecy, of course, lays out the Lord,” seen so often in the Old Testa- even against a colossal enemy: the sweeping history of four Gentile world ment prophets. Certainly, Israel will be “And he took his staff in his hand, and kingdoms. The four – Babylon, Medo- judged, and will experience many disasters. chose him five smooth stones out of the Persia, Greece and Rome are represented But the enemy, who looks for support in a brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag by metals of decreasing value, that form a false “rock,” will suffer complete defeat. which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling great image: “For their rock is not as our Rock5, even was in his hand: and he drew near to the “Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a our enemies themselves being judges. Philistine. great image. This great image, whose “For their vine is of the vine of Sodom, “This day will the LORD deliver thee into brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and of the fields of Gomorrah: their grapes mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take and the form thereof was terrible. are grapes of gall, their clusters are bitter: thine head from thee; and I will give the “This image’s head was of fine gold, his “Their wine is the poison of dragons, and carcases of the host of the Philistines this breast and his arms of silver, his belly and the cruel venom of asps. day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild his thighs of brass, “Is not this laid up in store with me, and beasts of the earth; that all the earth may “His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and sealed up among my treasures? know that there is a God in Israel. part of clay. “To me belongeth vengeance, and rec- “And all this assembly shall know that the “Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out ompence; their foot shall slide in due time: LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for without hands, which smote the image upon for the day of their calamity is at hand, the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake and the things that shall come upon them you into our hands. them to pieces” (Daniel 2:31-34). make haste. “And it came to pass, when the Philistine The destruction of this great image is the “For the LORD shall judge his people, arose, and came and drew nigh to meet subject of the book of Revelation, where and repent himself for his servants, when David, that David hasted, and ran toward the details of the Lord’s judgment against he seeth that their power is gone, and there the army to meet the Philistine. Mystery Babylon are given in great detail. is none shut up, or left. “And David put his hand in his bag, The Stone will smash Satan’s great system “And he shall say, Where are their gods, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and to pieces. their rock in whom they trusted? (Deut. smote the Philistine in his forehead, that And, as we have seen, Scripture presents 32:31-37). the stone sunk into his forehead; and he Him as both “foundation” and “capstone”: In the end, the gods of Israel’s enemies fell upon his face to the earth” (I Samuel “… the author and finisher of our faith” will evaporate and disappear. 17:40, 46-49). (Hebrews 12:2). The original rock struck by Moses be- Thus ended the engagement between Da- The fifth kingdom or, as it might be comes the basis of a powerful prophecy of vid and the champion of the Philistines. The called, “The Stone Kingdom,” is given bib- the end times. Moses’ song uses it five times five stones he chose are called “even,” that lical certainty. No matter how energetically to show how the Lord intends to justify His is, finished stones. In this case, they were the Gentile powers try to assert themselves, people in the latter days. Each of these five not finished by human hands, but by the their efforts are doomed. Daniel wrote an references gives a slightly different aspect hand of God. David chose them, seemingly unequivocal assertion to this effect: of the Rock’s actions. at random, from the brook, or valley, at the “Forasmuch as thou sawest that the As a footnote, it is remarkable that five is location of the battle. Arming himself with stone was cut out of the mountain without the biblical number representative of grace. these, he was the picture of God’s warrior, hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, In his 1894 book, Number in Scripture, not depending upon great weaponry, but the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; E. W. Bullinger called five the number of upon God’s grace and providence. the great God hath made known to the king “Grace.” He wrote, “If four is the number In this setting, David is typical of the what shall come to pass hereafter: and the of the world, then it represents man’s weak- larger picture of Israel against the world dream is certain, and the interpretation 12 Prophecy in the News Find us on the Internet - www.prophecyinthenews.com
  6. 6. Find us on the Internet - www.prophecyinthenews.com thereof sure” (Daniel 2:45). “For it is the day of the LORD’s ven- the mount of Olives, which is before Jeru- Anyone who reads this may be sure that it geance, and the year of recompences for salem on the east, and the mount of Olives is only a matter of time until it is completely the controversy of Zion” (Is. 34:8). shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the fulfilled. To think otherwise is to doubt the As we have seen, the Lord is the desert east and toward the west, and there shall be veracity of Scripture. Rock, who supplied living water for the a very great valley; and half of the mountain twelve tribes. He is the Stone, refused by shall remove toward the north, and half of Zion: Place, Person and Concept the builders of Israel, but who will one it toward the south. Taking this view of Israel in history and day become Chief Cornerstone. He is the “And it shall be in that day, that living prophecy, we have the answer to our origi- foundation of Zion, a Stone tried, tested and waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half nal question: “Why target Zion?” precious. He is Zion! of them toward the former sea, and half of Zion is a place. It is Jerusalem. Think of Remarkably, Zion, itself, is a rock that them toward the hinder sea: in summer and it as the bull’s-eye on a target. It is literally will be split one day! When Messiah’s feet in winter shall it be” (Zech. 14:4,8). the focus of world power. touch down at His second coming, a re-en- As we have written before, the word Zion Today, every force on earth covets it. In actment of the desert rock experience will [iuhm] is a Hebrew word that can mean sign- the near future, those forces will be brought be played out on a massive scale. Zion shall post, marker, note, or landmark. Above all, there to battle. But, if they have any illu- be split allowing living waters to gush forth, it represents a concept. It is expressed in one sions of winning this great prize, they are that life may flow from there to cover the brief sentence, found in Psalm 146:10: only dreaming: entire world in the healing that takes place “The LORD shall reign for ever, even thy “It shall even be as when an hungry man during the Kingdom Age: God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise dreameth, and, behold, he eateth; but he “And his feet shall stand in that day upon ye the LORD.” u awaketh, and his soul is empty: or as when a thirsty man dreameth, and, behold, he drinketh; but he awaketh, and, behold, he is faint, and his soul hath appetite: so shall the multitude of all the nations be, that fight Watch Our TV Program on Google.com against mount Zion” (Is. 29:8). In fact, the Tribulation Period will be marked by a number of battles fought in and around Jerusalem, as the Antichrist establishes his headquarters there. The heart of Zion — the Temple Mount — lies in the heart of Jerusalem. This is the place from which this man of sin will falsely declare himself to be God. As can be seen in the following verse, Zion lies at the center of Jerusalem: “Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously” (Isaiah 24:23). These and many other similar declara- tions of Zion are not hidden. They are pub- lished and proclaimed from the rooftops. Everybody … and especially the mullahs Our weekly television program is now available for viewing on the famous and clerics of Islam … know all about them. Google.com search engine. Go to Google.com. Click on “more ...” Then find and But they have convinced themselves that click on “Video” in the second column. When the search dialog box appears, the coming battle for supremacy will go type our four familiar words: their way. Theirs is the ultimate delusion. Zion will ultimately be possessed by the Lord, Himself: Prophecy in the News “For thus hath the LORD spoken unto me, Like as the lion and the young lion roar- ... using a capital P and a capital N, and a single space between the words. ing on his prey, when a multitude of shep- Click “Search” and our programs will appear. You can download ... or watch herds is called forth against him, he will not the program immediately on Google’s media player. It will appear when you be afraid of their voice, nor abase himself click on one of our icons. for the noise of them: so shall the LORD of hosts come down to fight for mount Zion, No matter where you are, you can watch our and for the hill thereof” (Is. 31:4). weekly TV program on the worldwide Internet. The day of the Lord is coming. Today, there is a raging debate about who will con- trol the Holy Mountain. Soon, the conflict will be settled once and for all: Visit our website at PITN.TV Find us on the Internet - www.prophecyinthenews.com Prophecy in the News 13

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