VOCI : Signs To Watch For
VOCI : Signs To Watch For
Pastor Alan Campbell talks with Pastor Eli James regarding the signs to Watch for.
Pastor Alan Campbell, U.K.
(Based upon a transcription of a sermon given at Orange Street Church)
Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.
Several times the Lord gives that same command or same word of exhortation in that passage. In point of fact were we to read on to the next chapter regarding the Garden of Gethsemane, the inner circle band of Disciples who represent the overcoming body of believers, we are told on a number of occasions that they were to watch. Watch is a word for the hour today. Maybe you are saying well what should we watch for, what should we be looking for? Very simply we should be looking for the things of which the Lord Jesus spoke in Mark 13 and the parallel passages in Matthew 24, Luke 21 which are commonly called the Lord’s Olivet Discourse.
You could put them side by side for a Harmony of the Gospels and you could see quite clearly what are referred to as the Signs of the Times. An extended prophecy, let it be said, with a beginning, middle and an ending, an extended prophecy, which came in response to the questions the disciples asked Him. “When shall be the end of these things, what shall be the sign of thy coming and the ending of the age?” And Jesus answered them, and yes it is true as many of our opponents and many of those who hold to “dominion now” theology and “kingdom now” teaching. They will say there are no signs to watch for, they were all fulfilled in AD 70, didn’t you know that, Pastor Campbell? Well I know some of them were, because we believe that prophecy can be fulfilled on a sliding scale of greater and lesser fulfilments.
There is absolutely no doubt that AD 70 marked the great and terrible day of the Lord for Jewry who, having failed to heed the preaching of John the Baptist with his waming message to repent, came under judgement by the hands of the Roman legions of Titus, their city and their temple being burned. Thus was fulfilled, as Jesus had said, that on them would come all the righteous blood that had been shed from Abel to Zachariah, whom they had slain between the altar and the porch. There is no doubt that those things happened; yes, there were famines in the Middle East at that time. We read of the church making collections and sending to the saints at that time in Jerusalem. There were wars and rumours of wars, there was fighting, there was striving all around the borders of the Roman Empire then. There were earthquakes and seismic upheavals in the sea and the ocean in and around the Aegean, the Mediterranean and the Greek islands. We know all of those things took place, persecutions, the saints thrown to the lions in the Roman arena, we even know there was terrible slaughter in Jerusalem and Judea at that time.
Butit certainly did not fulfil what Jesus said that there would never be a time like it until the time of the end. Yes it was a terrible massacre at Jerusalem but nothing like what we have witnessed down the intervening centuries in between. The Christians had already fled out of the city across the Jordan taking refuge in Pellar, having remembered the words of the Lord, when they would see those things come to pass, they were to escape; and the Lord certainly did not fulfil this prophecy in that moment in time that He would come to cut short the days for the sake of His elect.
So what are we learning? We are learning that, yes, there was a minor fulfillment in the Middle Eastern Roman Empire earlier.Then we entered into the Bible says ‘the beginning of sorrows,’ we enter into a vast scale like a platform going along of tribulation and now we are almost at the end when the signs are duplicated only with greater intensity on a world wide scale. So what we saw in one little location is now being located world wide at this present moment in time, because we are approaching our great and terrible day of the Lord.
You see John the Baptist came preaching “repent for the kingdom of God is at hand, make straight a highway for your God” and he was beheaded by Herod, an Edomite Jew. They took the Lord Jesus and with cruel hands nailed Him to the tree; they persecuted the New Testament church of God. Paul says of them, and I’d love to hear the big name television preachers preach on this, Paul says they are contrary to all men and please not God. They brought on themselves a generation, 40 years of rejecting Christ until their cup was full to the brim and the Romans came upon Jerusalem and destroyed it.
But what about ten tribed Israel, what about the Anglo-Saxon Israelites, today found located here in the Isles, Scandinavia, America, Australia, South Africa, etc? What about our great and terrible day of the Lord? For 2000 years we have had the preaching of the Gospel, even the simple message of salvation let alone the kingdom message over the last century and a half and we have wholesale rejected it. I made my way here, as you made your way through the crowds on the tube, taxis, the buses, however you came today, amongst multiplied millions who had not a clue and no time for the gospel, no time for Christ, no time for the Bible, no time for our national identity as Israel,our need to awaken and to repent.
As I looked at the terrible fires that ravaged California, as I looked at some of the natural disasters striking the USA, I continue to be amazed and wonder how these big name preachers can stand on television and say, “God has blessed us since we blessed the Israeli State in 1948!” If you are old enough to go pre-I948 and compare America then with America now, you’ll know that it is anything but blessed. So how then are we going to look at these signs, how are we going to study them today?
We have to have a plan because this concerns a conflict so dreadful and so terrible that it will bring Christ back. It is what our American friends call “We are waiting for the big one!” We are waiting for Christ to come because He said if He doesn’t come to cut short the days of affliction no flesh shall be saved.
When I go round the country, and I do travel a lot, and over in the States and Canada to prophecy meetings and kingdom meetings, these are not entertainment meetings for Christians, we have not come together so that I can titillate your imaginations. I hope not anyhow, I hope you haven’t journeyed on a cold day through heavy traffic conditions because you are hoping that I am going to tell you something strange, something out of the ordinary, some revelations, something I thought up and you go back to your town, or wherever, and they’ll say what did he say, what did your prophecy preacher say? I am not going to tell you anything different or anything you haven’t been hearing from me before, I am going to preach the same message that John the Baptist, and the apostles were preaching; a message that says REPENT! Repent and get ready for the coming of the kingdom.
Now I know some folks may not agree with my interpretation of this but, I believe in order to put those events into some sort of sequential order, Iwant you to imagine a wheel. The centre of the wheel, the hub, we will put inside it these verses:
Ezekiel 38 is the hub of your wheel, and out from that wheel are the spokes coming, the spokes that lead out from the hub into the final conflict of the ages. Round the rim of your wheel we are going to look at other events in nature – earthquakes, plague, famine, economic collapse, what is happening to the US dollar and other things, and by doing it in that way you will have an overall picture of what is happening.
“And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy (preach or declare) against him, And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:”
Gog means huge, gigantic, colossal, Meshech and Tubal are believed, by those who know a lot better than I, to be the root words from which we derive Moscow and Tobolsk, leading cities in European and Asiatic Russia.Other students have traced them further back to two tribal groupings of that region known as the Moshi and the Tiberani. God brands this northern colossus, this huge conglomerate of peoples gathered out of the north quarters situated above the roof of the world (we will see more of that later) and He says “I am against thee.”
When I was growing up it was quite popular to preach about this and these were known as the Russian chapters of Ezekiel, there was also a book by the late Rev. Milner called by that name. Now a lot of people got hung up on Communism, and when Communism or Bolshevism seized control of Russia in 1917 they began to get quite excited about this. They preached so much about the evils ofCommunism, about Lenin and Stalin, etc., that they forgot about the ethnic roots of those particular people. If you have ever read the Britton book “Behind Communism” you would see what group of people on the face of the earth are the instigators and financiers, there would have been no revolution without the gold the Jewish bankers in New York city sent to help them.
But they became hung up on Communism and then, when Communism fell in the late 1980s, their little world fell with it.And they stopped preaching about the Russian chapters of Ezekiel, in point of fact they became the not so Russian chapters and people pointed at myself and a few others back home in Open Bible and so on who preached this message and they said, “You have to get with it, you have to move with the times, that is a wrong interpretation.” You know people don’t go back far enough, do they? When Rev. Milner wrote the book, he wrote about 1904, he wrote it not regarding Red Bolshevism, he wrote regarding the old Russian Empire which was well and truly under the control of the Tsars, the autocratic emperors, and the Russian Orthodox Church. He was identifying a land mass territory groupings of nationalities of people not necessarily a particular philosophy which under girded. So I don’t have to back down, I don’t have to withdraw what we always were taught I still believe it is true, if time proves me wrong then well and good, but I still believe it is true, and you are seeing it happen today.
Now let us go to the 4th verse.We all saw this prophecy fulfilled, people say, “show us a prophecy, Pastor Campbell.” We can show you 1917, General Allenby liberated Jerusalem with aircraft ‘as birds flying’ – Isaiah31:5, we could show you the establishment of Zionism in the land of Palestine in 1948, the ‘barrren fig tree putting forth its leaves but bearing no fruit’. But here is a more recent one, Ezekiel 38:4 – “And I will turn thee back…” Now one night you may have switched on News at Ten, there you saw the East German people tearing down the Berlin Wall with their bare hands by stones and brick at a time. Let me say there is no difference between that wall and the shameful wall that divides Palestine today, but they tore it down – people had died jumping from it, shot by the Red border guards – it was the beginning of the end, it was the beginning of the turning back. Within two months the Warsaw Pact nations, the Eastern European nations over which Red Russia had imposed its rule in 1945 bringing not liberation but its Iron Curtain down upon them, they fell like dominos. Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Bulgaria, and Romania, we watched them topple. We watched the Soviet troops get in their trucks and vehicles and go home.
The mine fields were de-mined, the barbed wire removed, and we heard that Eastern Europe was now liberated. Even right up to the Baltic nations, Latvia, Lithuania, even Estonia, where I believe that many of our own Israelitish people live and dwell even to this present time, those areas having been colonized by Sweden in the 17th century, they were liberated. The Red flag, the hammer and sickle, flew no longer; the Old Russian flag came out, and what were we told about? We were told about something new, we were told about Glasnost and Perestroika, friends, we were told that was going to happen. Russia had changed, Russia was into a new dimension, they weren’t the same type of people and there was liberation, there was freedom, everything was new.
But of course Glasnost and Perestroika didn’t mean liberation, it meant deception! Counter activity! Old style hard line Communism did disappear, there was the free market economy, you saw of course who benefited from that for a number of years, and there was definitely a transformation of Russia.We were told the Russian fleet was lying getting rusty, the Russian soldier didn’t have proper uniforms or guns or money for missiles, everything was changed. But we said it is only a temporary change. I’m on record up and down the country on tape recording, etc., saying that, and what did we say in 1990 if you’re missionary minded and you want to evangelize,do it now, throw your weight behind evangelizing what was the Iron Curtain countries, go in now. People were taking the Bible, taking Christian literature in, now was their big chance.
And we were proven right! Because the big chance is now coming to an end in some of the southern republics of the Commonwealth of Independent States, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, etc. There is persecution of evangelical people, Baptist people, those of professed Christianity. I was watching the Rev. Pat Roberts and his news programme called Christian News recently and there was an interview with a Russian Baptist minister, whose church had been burned down, and he asked him why this had happened? Unlike many wishy-washy folk in Britain today, he unashamedly said we were burned down because this was a Protestant church. It will not be tolerated. You see, the Russian authorities will tolerate the Eastern Orthodox Church they have rehabilitated, they will even tolerate to an extent the Church orRome, but they will not have the evangelicals. They say we are an American based group and our money comes from the West and the West are using us for an agency for the destruction of the country. The day of openness is drawing to a close because if you read on, verse 4 reads:
Ezekiel 38: 4
“And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:”
and the clever ones in the congregation are saying “But, Pastor Campbell, that is bound to be over, nobody comes with horsemen and armour and cavalry and swords, even the Cossacks don’t come on horseback any more, it is bourid to have happened in the past, you have missed out somewhere.” Well the simple answer is, think about it, in Isaiah 31:5 the prophet clearly saw the aircraft of the Royal Flying Corps deliver Jerusalem in December 1917, but Isaiah did not write down ‘and behold, as aircraft did the Lord deliver the city’ he wrote it in the terms he understood it, so he wrote about the aircraft looking like little birds and so forth. Ezekiel could not describe our modern tanks and equipment and armaments so he described a vast invading military host in the terms that he could understand at that moment in time. God says they are coming forth, the same people who were turned back are coming forth, which we will see in part two, not for one conflict or one battle, but for two invasions which will climax in what is called the Great Battle of the Day of God Almighty.
Now some of you I know are very hung up upon the City of Jerusalem. You think that everything happened in Jerusalem and if it doesn’t happen there it is not worth talking about – well it happens in lots of places. The final conflict of the ages may well begin not with George Bush’s Road Map to Peace, but rather it will begin around the walls of the disputed Holy City, which Zechariah 12 tells us will become a cup of trembling and a burdensome stone to the nations; stay away from it Britain, don’t get involved with it! It may very well climax there when He comes, whose right it is to reign when the blessed feet touch down upon the Mount of Olives as in Zechariah 14. But in the meantime this final conflict, this battle of the day of God Almighty, this Armageddon some talk about (although I don’t like to use that phrase), this battle in the valley of Jehoshaphat will be a true World War III. It will be world wide in its ramifications, it will draw every one into it.
Now let us look at the spokes that come out from the Gog/ Magog wheel. Recently Mr.Putin and Mr.Bush have been in conflict over the placing of.a US allegedly defensive missile, a shield in Poland and in Czechoslovakia, two nations of the old Warsaw Pact. Putin has said this has gone far enough, you are now breaking a gentleman’s agreement under the time of Glasnost, you are now moving into our former territories, you are now moving right up onto the borders of Russia. Who knows, if you could get to detach the Ukraine into the European Union and who knows whether they will or not, because that nation basically breaks in two and the influence of the Roman Church has always been strong if you go right back to World War II and find them welcoming, obviously having suffered under Stalin, welcoming the Germans as liberators with the Roman Church going in there because they believed he was fulfilling the Fatima visions – watch the Ukraine.
Putin is not happy about this. Reading from a newspaper:
“Russia’s lower house of parliament voted unanimously yesterday to suspend Moscow’s participation in a key European arms control treaty. In a 418 to 0 vote members of the State Duma approved legislation under which Moscow would abandon its obligation under the conventional forces treaty of 1990. It limits the number of tanks, aircraft and other conventional weapons. President Putin announced plans to suspend participation in the meeting in July in increasing anger over USA efforts to build a missile defence system in Eastern Europe and growing Western influence in the territories of the old Soviet Union.”
Now of course you may be saying, ‘Well, you have talked about Putin, now for years he was a KGB officer, we know that, but he is not going to be president much longer.’Are you watching the news? Are you doing what Jesus said, Watching? Yes he will no longer be president because he can’t run for more than two terms; unlike his little colleague in Venezuela, he hasn’t quite got the rules changed yet. But what he can do is step down and have a puppet figure from his own party elected in his place for 4 years.Then when time is up he can rule again, he could get to be president again by 2012. So watch Putin and watch what is happening there, and please do not write this man out of the equation.
The Russians have also developed a highly powered new weapon, a weapon of mass destruction, but one that does not carry with it all the dangers of the nuclear age. We had what we called for many years MAD Mutually Assured Destruction; they had weapons, we had weapons and for whatever reason, conspiratorial or otherwise, neither side would have fired those weapons because the other side would fire back; they would wipe each other out. But listen, “The chief of the General Staff of the Russian Army was proud to announce on September 10th the successful development of a new Russian weapon.” As reported Russia has produced the world’s most reliable and powerful weapon. “It doesn’t threaten anyone,” he said, “Our nation has developed a weapon that will ensure peace on earth.” We have all heard that before! During the next ten days Russian television and internet sites gave further details. Quoting the Deputy Chief of Staff, he said “The test of the vacuum implosion bomb shows that it equals the force of a comparable atomic bomb but had produced no radiation or ecological pollution.” The new bomb, four times more powerful than the American version tests in 2001 and a much smaller device than anything produced thus far, is exploded in the air creating intense heat and shock, the temperature of the epicentre is twice that of its American version. The area affected is 20 times greater, but an army would be able to enter the area soon after the explosion and the weapon does not contravene any international agreement and is actually known as the Mother and Father of all bombs!
You see what the prophet spoke of when he said of them coming in with all their military equipment. If you dropped the traditional bombs, you couldn’t do that, remember Hiroshima, Nagasaki, the contamination, the new bomb does not have that drawback.
Now what about this to go with it? Twenty strategic bomber aircraft are being sent on long range flights beyond Russian territory over the Atlantic, the Pacific and the Arctic oceans. On the 17th August Mr. Putin announced that 14 strategic bombers took to the air from seven airfields around the country along with support aircraft. From today he said these patrols will be carried out regularly. In announcing the resumption of round the clock flights by long range bombers with nuclear capabilities, he pointed out that other nations (in other words America) had continued their long term mission since the Cold War and having failed to live up to their obligations the Russians were going back doing what they have always done so well.
There’s a lot of quietness, you see, these people who were telling me for years Russia is dead, finished, Pastor Campbell, are not so vocal now; the Bible is more up to date than tomorrow’s newspaper headlines!
Now the Russians recently staged joint military operations for the second year running with the Red Chinese and others. These were held under the auspices of an organization, The Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which is an alliance and has been formed, allegedly, at first for economics in 2001. China is a member, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan; and you know who has got observer status? Mr.Ahmadinejad; the Iranians are observers at it. You know who was refused, the USA asked several years ago to send their observers to SCO Summits and the request was turned down, but Iran, Pakistan (would you believe?) and Mongolia are allowed to do so. So 60,000 troops, the bulk of them from Russia and China, and a few from these other countries, took part in joint exercises in the Ural Mountains.
What were they doing that for? Just to keep their soldiers occupied? Just for fun? No! They were training, they had got their new weapons, they resumed their old flights, they are not finished. You are about to come to the key part of the prophecy which says not only will He turn them back but He is bringing them forth! I want to show you one more thing which will have relevance in the second part of this sermon.
Russia is claiming control of the Arctic Circle; did you know that? You’ve all heard of global warming, well we don’t necessarily believe that global warming is all that it is made out to be. You know there were people growing grapes in Yorkshire in 1066, you don’t think Greenland was called Greenland because it was always covered with snow; it was up there where the Vikings went and so on, and I believe there are all sorts of reasons other than what you have been told. The government likes to control you through all this greenhouse carry-on.
But there is a certain manifestation of what is going on out there. So a blatant move is on the radar, Russian scientists have spent six weeks in the Arctic. They claim that a 1200 mile underwater formation, the Lomonosov Ridge, is geographically linked to the Siberian continental platform. The towering mountain range is one of three submarine ridges that separate the Arctic and four basins.
When I was at school we learnt about this North West Passage; about getting frozen up there, and all sorts of things – it’s melting! It’s warming! There is going to be a way through and the Russians are right in from day one. The United Nations argue that nobody can claim jurisdiction over that area, but the Russians have already done so.They actually went down there and they planted their flag in the Arctic Ocean, at the base on the sea bed as is, and then claimed jurisdiction. Why would they have claimed it? Well it is not too hard to discover; the area has tens of billions of tons of gas and oil, it is loaded up with diamonds, gold, tin, manganese, nickel, lead and plutonium. The Daily Mail states that Putin wants a strong Russia, and Western dependence on oil and gas is part of his strategy. That is why the submarines went down, that is why the Russian flag was put above the Arctic Circle because God is putting hooks in their jaws to bring them forth to the final conflict of the ages, and those hooks for a large part are economic hooks. The future war I believe will be to do with resources, who controls the oil, the gas and all this wealth, even who controls the water.
In part two I am going to show you who the House of Togarmah is and why they are in the news currently. Persia, Ethiopia, Libya. I’m going to show you, not only is there a Muslim backed invasion southward upon what people are pleased to call the Holy Land or Palestine, but that there is a second invasion for which Russia is positioning herself, which will be against an area called “the land of unwalled villages”.
Again let us look at Ezekiel 38. In part one I had explained to you the meanings of the words Gog and Magog, Meshech and Tubal with Moscow and Tobolsk.We have seen how the prophecy in verse 4 had spoken of the coming down of the BerlinWall, the turning back of the hosts of Red Bolshevism, the collapse or transformation of the Warsaw Pact, the Old Soviet Union, how Glasnost Perestroika, the so-called spur of openness, had been little better than a spirit of deception. But that we had been given a short measure of time in which to take the Gospel in, to reach any of our own people who lay in the heart of that territory.Then we showed how in verse 4 also that God would bring this Soviet host forth again with all her weapons of invasion.
We looked at this like the spokes of a wheel, we looked at the clash with the Americans over placing missile defences in Eastern Europe, we looked at the new Russian 24-hour flights which have been resumed with stealth bombers, etc. We looked at their activities with Red China, with the Shanghai Cooperation Group, and we left it where Putin had sent off his forces and placed the Russian flag on the Arctic Ocean sea bed. We looked at the ice cap that is melting and showed how the Russians were staking their claim and how that was fulfilling the prophecies. So now let us look at who will be in alliance with any current or coming Gog and Magog invasion.
Ezekiel 38:Verse 5, 6
Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; (with whom, with Gog Magog) all of them with shield and helmet: 6 Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.
So now we are going to look at some of those groupings and of course it doesn’t take a great genius to see Persia; until 1935 when the then Shah changed the name from Persia to Iran that was the name it had gone by for thousands of years, we know of the great Medo-Persian Empire was the second empire in the series of visions of metal that King Nebuchadnezzar saw and the series of wild beasts that Daniel the prophet saw. We know it was a vast empire and today, of course, we know that in 1978 the then Ayatollah Khomeini seized control of Persia/lran and made it the international headquarters for Islamic terrorism. Now I am not saying that the Arab people or the Muslim people have not been badly hurt; far from it. But he used it and I believe he too was planted by international powers and he took over Persia/lran and it became a base for this, with their oil wells, and they funded other groups world wide like Hezbollah, etc.
Now of course the Iranians are not Arabs, they are Muslim of the Shiite variety, but they are not Arabs. But, nonetheless, out they have come, and whether the Americans or the Israelis decide to bomb them, and that bombing results in such a spirit of hatred that they join this Northern Confederacy, or whether they are allowed to build up, to develop their mighty armaments of war and come with it, well I’m not that good that I can see that, but my Bible says Persia is with Gog Magog and I believe it.
I’m going to take it a bit further; Iran is not merely the bit that you would see on a map. I want you to imagine you are Ezekiel and you are seeing it in terms of those days. The then Medo-Persian Empire embraced modern day Turkey, Iraq and Iran was its head and it ran right through Afghanistan into Pakistan and all of those areas today are in turmoil. The Persia of prophecy is in upheaval and turmoil.
I can’t help but say this when I look at some of those people. I believe that when they were under Medo-Persian rule, Parthians passed through the area, also the armies of Alexander the Great and the Grecian Empire passed through it, and seed was left behind and the lighter skinned and blue eyed people in those territories, I believe, could even be of a certain type of Israelite lineage.
Then we are told also would be coming, not only Persia but Libya and Ethiopia with them. Now Libya is not just the little country of Libya run by Colonel Gaddafi which the Italians used to call Tripolitania and where the allied armies fought Rommel during the War. L.ibya is all of North Africa, Libya, Tunisia which we hear little about, Algeria,which is under a military style dictatorship and where they have fought with the militant Muslims for years right across into Morocco. That whole band or strip of territory to the south of the Mediterranean is part of this alliance and conglomerate. It is interesting to note at this particular moment in time that the leaders of the European Union are trying to woo those countries; they’ve got Malta in and they’ve got Cyprus in, and now they are making overtures. Because, you see, if you look at a map of the old Roman Empire, it did not just embrace Europe but also those southern areas, south of Europe, North Africa was in it.
Then we have another country described; we have got Ethiopia. Now most of you think of just a little country, that you and I grew up knowing as Abyssinia, the land of the people of bumt faces, old Haile Selassie, trouble with Mussolini and all that, going back to the 1930s. But the Ethiopia of those days was more than that, when Ezekiel at Jerusalem looking south, the Ethiopia he is looking down to in the Dark Continent and he is seeing, I believe, all the countries of (dare I use the phrase?) Black Africa, negro Africa, Equatorial Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, all those territories south of the Sahara Desert going right down to where, it is true to say at the moment, the southern tip of Africa, presently occupied by the ANC, is actually cut off by five rivers, and performs a separate prophetic destiny. But all that territory that lies in between is the Ethiopia of the prophecy and it is in turmoil today. We have them slaughtering each other on the streets of Mogadishu in what was Somalia, you have strife in the Democratic Republic of Congo, nothing could be worse misnamed than the democratic republic; you have Chad, you have the Darfur region, it is all absolutely in turmoil through war, famine, sickness and disease and it is amazing that no matter how many Band Aids or Live Aids, or what ever they are willing to run for, you’ll never feed all of the hungry; they still keep coming. There is no effort at population control; my friends, I fear, and you see war and famine and disease go hand in hand together. Once they broke the bands from off their necks, they broke the controlling spirit within the British Empire and cast us out of Kenya and all these places and said “We want our freedom.” It’s all in Psalm 2:
1) Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
2) The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,
3) Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. 4) He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.
5) Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.
God said you’ve got it but, look what you have got with it!
Now here is a prophecy that is little talked about in Ezekiel 20:45-48
Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, set thy face toward the south, (so he is in Jerusalem, he’s dropping the word southward into Africa) and drop thy word toward the south, and prophesy against the forest of the south field; (If a tree represents a nation, a forest is a whole group of nations, the Organization of African Unity you’ve all heard of it, how many little African nations have sprung up, how many little tribal entities) And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee, and every dry tree: the flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein. And all flesh shall see that I the LORD have kindled it: it shall not be quenched.
If you go south to north and you look at what was once beautiful Rhodesia and see what Robert Mugabe has done to Zimbabwe, he has truly made it a ruin; a country that could have fed the whole of Africa is now a basket case! If we move north to the countries I have mentioned, they are ravaged by an AIDS plague, it is not just an epidemic, it is a pandemic, thousands are dying. Every programme is AIDS orphans, it is not under control, they all tum to black magic and Voodoo and such nonsense, it is not under control. There is war, civil war, tribal war, military coup; you know they have no money for food, but they have money for armaments, to slay each other. In the wake of the sickness and the military conflict comes the hunger, the famine, the bad weather, everything is destroyed. It is exactly as Ezekiel was shown. God Almighty said to Ezekiel, look down, look from Jerusalem upon the trees of the southem forest, he could see the nations down there, and he could see them in turmoil. These people will be so driven in their extremity, when the money system collapses and their hatred of the Israel nations is so great that they will gladly come allied to Libya, and Persia.
Then there is another one of interest, it has been in the news of late; we are told the House of Togarmah and all his bands – who is the House of Togarmah? The House of Togarmah isTurkey. Turkey the wild card in the Middle East scenario, Turkey whose people also, though they are Muslims, are not Arabs, they are Turkoman people.They came out of central Asia initially. Revelation.9 tells you the story, we will look at it in a moment, of their rise to power when the Kurdish Caliph of Baghdad invited Togrul Bey and Alp Arslen, The Valliant Lion, to come and help him in 1057 and how they spread right across what was .Asia Minor establishing the Turkish or Ottoman Empire. So much so their former President Suleiman Demerol said Turkey has a sphere of influence stretching from the Adriatic to the Great Wall of China. Because we are not just talking about Beth-Togarmah, the House of Togarmah, we are talking about all those “Stan” States that go right through the Caucasus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan; they are all Turko-mongoloid people and they go right to the borders, as he rightly said, of the Great Wall of China. So much so that the Muslim inhabitants of the Zing Zang province in the Western part of Red China are a thorn in their flesh. And that band of nations, every one of them whether they left the Soviet Union or not, they are all corning to the Great Day of God Almighty.
You see, people are waiting to see if Turkey will gain admission to the European Union or not, she has got powerful votes; there are hundreds of thousands of Turks living in Germany. But the Germans are not as foolish as the British, so they never gave them citizenship, they are just guest workers, they can send them all home tomorrow, they have no vote. But if they get into the European Union every Turk in Germany will have a vote. The leadership, Merkel and her following, will not be too happy about it, nor will the Church authorities who seek to create a Europe which is Romanist from the Atlantic Ocean to the Ural Mountains of Russia.
Furthermore, the modern Turkey, for all of its secularism, is the successor of the Turkish-Ottoman Empire. It left many tens of thousands of Turkish people both by race and religion and speech behind when that Empire collapsed between 1917 and 1924. Now you have created Muslim Bosnia. Mr.Azerbayervitch, who was the firsthead of state there, had served in the Muslim legions of the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, raised on Hitler’s behalf in World War II.You have got Kosovo – Muslim, Albania after decades of Marxist atheist rule – Muslim, Macedonia – Muslim, tens of thousands of them in Bulgaria. Europe is filling up with Muslim peoples and God Almighty says the House of Togarmah/Turkey will be with Gog Magog in this end time battle.
When the Sultan was overturned in 1922 by Kemal Ataturk, the Sultan ceased to be king and ceased in 1924 to be Caliph, and that meant that Islam had no rightly guiding leader (if you want to call him that). As Rome had the Pope, so they had the Caliph. When he was removed as Caliph that meant that any Imam, any Mullah in Islam, who then wanted to start his own holy war, his own jihad, or uprising, issue his own fatwa, he could do it. He didn’t depend on the Sultan of Turkey any more, but what have you seen recently is Turkey coming forth again. Turkey has one of the strongest most powerful armies in the whole Middle East. It has never really been tested, Turkey wasn’t daft enough to get into World War II. It stayed out of it, a mighty armed force, a sleeping giant, so to speak; and we are told that in 2006 they had the 18th strongest economy in the world, larger than any other Muslim country, even greater than Saudi Arabia and they have had a 5-7% growth rate ever since. Do not leave Turkey out of it!
So the PKK, the terrorist group from Kurdistan, began to make incursions and the Turks said this had better stop or we will invade Northern Iraq, and that would have upset all the American’s careful planning. Of course it would suit the other people because nobody wants a Kurdistan working independently. The Kurds were divided amongst Syria, Iran, Iraq and Turkey at the end of World War I. They have got a kind of semi-autonomous state in Northern Iraq but the others do not want that. So if Turkey invaded there, the whole apple cart would be upset.
But don’t you think this was strange, that Turkeyl ost eight soldiers, kidnapped or captured by Kurdish terrorists and held, and the Turks said we are going in to rescue them, and the whole world from America downwards is screaming “Don’t do it! We’ll even not pass a resolution in Congress about the Armenian massacres, don’t do it!” And yet two Israeli soldiers were captured by the Hezbollah a year ago exactly, the Israelis went in with fire and bomb and bullet and slaughtered thousands of people in South Lebanon and flattened their towns and villages and bombed the refugees from the air. Not only did nobody say to not do it, but they had a cheer group on side with Mr.Blair and President Bush saying go ahead and bomb them, we’ll supply the weaponry. Maybe I don’t think straight, but I think it strange that they can do it and the Turks cannot. But, you see, all these people have got their own little grievances that have grown over the years and so there is every reason why they would come.
Now let me show you something else I promised to do. I said in Part one, this is not just about the Middle East; one of the major hooks in the jaws of Gog-Magog is resources. Yes, it is true that those Stan States are full of gas and with the oil pipelines which also pass through Turkey, certainly those are reasons for bringing Gog-Magog down to battle. But I also showed you how Russia was staking its claim to the North quarters, to the Arctic Circle, because it was full of oil, gas and gold and diamonds and all sorts of other materials. So I want you to go down this chapter that we have been in.
Ezekiel 38: 10-12
Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, (now if something also came to pass, that is something new, isn’t it?, that is something additional, that is something we have not looked at before; while all the first nine verses are happening then it will also come to pass, an addition) that at the same time (while all this is going on) shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought: And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates, (To do what?) To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, (nations of regathered Israel) which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.
This is a second invasion, it is not downwards, it is a second invasion that goes up and over, it goes across the top of the Arctic Circle and it comes down on the very region, the disputed territories, the vast empty spaces of Canada, friends. Now Canada is not as well populated by any means as the USA, you’ve Vancouver over there, Toronto over there and some cities likeCalgary and Edmonton and a few others, but there are vast spaces without inhabitant. But full of resources, and they are coming in to invade that. I have a little book at home from the 1960s called “The Land of Unwalled Villages” written by the late Mr. Hallewell of the B.I. group in Toronto. It shows quite clearly from the research done by historians on the Native American Indians that the Indians called Canada, Canada, which meant the land of undefended settlements.. Tell me, does God Almighty get it spot on? Doesn’t He declare a thing before it happens, so that when it happens, you know it was the truth? Of course He does. Canada has a small army, small reserves, small defences, and is open to an attack over the Polar region by the hosts of Gog-Magog.What are they coming to do? They are coming to take a spoil and a prey, they are coming to take the resources, the mineral wealth that is there, and they are coming to invade a territory full of cattle, gold and precious things of a people who have been gathered out of the nations.
The people of North America, the Canadians, the people ofthe United States, are representatively gathered one of a city and two of a family of all the Israel nations. I say all because we are not just talking British Israel, many, the vast majorities, are Anglo people from England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. But they also came from Germany. Do you know the US nearly ended up speaking German in the days of George Washington? Just one vote of Congress stopped it. They had corne out of Scandinavia, and Holland, they had come out of all the nations where the tribes were. All 13 are representatively gathered in the North American
Continent, at ease in the land of unwalled villages, just waiting like ripe prey for the Gog-Magog invasion.
“But I thought it was all about Palestine, Pastor Campbell.” Well, if ever the Jews did you a favour, they built a wall. Now they tell me it’s just a fence you know, the Jews will tell you it is a fence. They have built a solid wall, as big a wall, a longer wall, and more shameful a wall than that Berlin ever had, to divide the land of Palestine. Thus they have parted the land, and the poor Palestinian people have to drive miles on a detour to get to school, to work, and hospitals. The wall runs through their very fields, through their back gardens, divides mother from son and grandchildren, breaks up families and communities. It is the Jews’ own answer to the BerlinWall; they are very good at making things answer. In the Gaza Strip, I think they must think they are creating their own Warsaw Ghetto in there, for it is like a vast prison. They keep saying “Oh we gave them their independence.” Not if you can’t fly into it, walk into it, drive into it or sail into it; it is a giant prison camp and they can turn off the gas and electricity and let people die in hospitals and so on. Don’t let anybody ever tell you that Palestine is a land of unwalled villages, it is so well divided.
Yet there is Canada – land of unwalled villages answering all the description. It is going to be attacked. You are going to see this terrible conflict of the ages. Where does it break out? Well, it may well have its trigger spot in the MiddleEast.
Zechariah 12:1-3 says:
The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD,which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him. Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves (or get involved) with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it. (Don’t get involved!)
Do you know why, in Isaiah, God says He took the cup out of your hands?
Thus saith thy Lord the LORD, and thy God that pleadeth the cause of his people, Behold, I have taken out of thine hand the cup of trembling, even the dregs of the cup of my fury; thou shalt no more drink it again:
He says, look I took the cup of trembling out of your hands, you drunkards of Ephraim, I took the cup. Britain had the cup from 1917 to 1948. God says I took that cup, wrenched it from your hands and put it in the hands of other people who hate you and despise you and have said lie down in the street that I might walk over you. That is what happened when we pulled out in response to the Stern Gang, etc. God took the cup from our hands and gave it, even as Ezekiel had declared, to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Edomite Jew element of those who would say “Get you hence far from the land unto us is it given in possession.” And there has been nothing but trouble ever since; and if we had any sense we would keep ourselves well out of it.
Tony Blair is setting up his tent in the Middle East now – if he does as much damage there as he did here, it will do no good. It may well break out there; certainly it will climax there for it is there the Lord returns in Zechariah chapter 14, the fight against those nations is when He fights in the Day of Battle when His feet stand upon the Mount of Olives. But in between it becomes world wide in its ramifications.
I could go to Malaysia, there’s rioting on the streets, I could come up to unrest in Thailand, Muslim terrorism and also unrest in the Government overthrown by the army now there are fresh elections, I could go into what they call Miramar, which would be Burma, and don’t you think that is all political or about human rights, that is about drugs, that’s the centre of the Golden Triangle of the big drug dealers. I could go through the natural events and terrible storm that has just hit Bangladesh, I could go over into Pakistan and that is an interesting country, ethnically and in every other way by its makeup. You’ve got the Musharaf faction, this woman full of corruption, Benasir Bhutto, (NB: Benasir Bhutto has, since this sermon, been assassinated) terrible unrest there, she was put out for her double dealing, and her money making schemes, but you see the Americans feel she would be a better hand to keep a hold of the nuclear weapons and do their bidding.
We come across into Afghanistan, into Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Lebanon, Palestine and Egypt; no matter which way I look there is turmoil! God said “I did that!” If you have ever played chess, you have to put the pieces on the board. God is doing exactly that, in Joel 3:9-14:
Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up: Beat your ploughshares into swords, (the opposite of the Kingdom) and your pruning hooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong. (All these little backwood nations flexing their muscles tweaking Britain’s lion’s tale) Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O LORD. Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about. Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great.Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: (Why?) for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.
God has put the players in place; we are almost ready for the final match to begin.
You know what the good news is? We know who will win! Jesus wins it all, or He doesn’t win at all. The outcome is His return to the Mount of Olives, where He destroys the heathen, and the wicked are as ashes under the soles of your feet, for He ushers in and inaugurates righteous government from His shoulders, and we play our part in that, not just for the millennium, but for the ages to come.
I do not have space this time to look at all the natural disasters world wide, but they are happening; you see them every day; an earthquake in Chile, Peru, Paraguay, volcanoes and earthquakes in Indonesia. We see seismic activities in unprecedented levels, even as Paul says in Romans “the very creation is on tiptoe crying out longing to be delivered.”
And you watch the dollar, there are those who would deliberately destroy the dollar currency at this time because the ancient model of the secret societies is “order out of chaos”. If you go back to the time in Turkey of Kemal Ataturk, he was a young Turk and he was a member of the Grand Orient Masonic Lodge. These people say order out of chaos, if you create enough chaos, and I know that from back home in Ulster, people will eventually cry out for peace and they will accept anything.
Now, they have built a Super Highway right up from Mexico through America into Canada, that will be handy for Gog-Magog to come down on, and they want to merge the three currencies into one. You watch, this drop in dollar crisis is part of a conspiracy, but at the same time Saddam Hussein was about to go off the use of the dollar for oil. As soon as Saddam Hussein said we are not going to use the dollar any more, he was invaded. Mr.Ahmadinejad, he’s threatening to do the same thing, they get rid of the dollars. Wait and see what happens to Iran because if these nations once do this and stop dealing oil prices in dollars, down it will go, and all the currency reserves and stocks that are currently held by the Oriental nations – China and Japan, it is all going to come crashing down. Will that be the chaos that will bring forth Gog-Magog? Is that the chaos that the One Worlders look to, to establish their financial system? But ultimately what they look for will be the seeds of their own undoing.
I’m not a prophet, I cannot predict that, but I can see the scenario that is coming together. But through the doom and gloom I can see Jesus coming back; you see we were told ”A noble man went into a far country and left His servants in charge and told them to watch. Christ returned to the Sanctuary at the time of His ascension, He has gone to a far country or Heaven if you want to call it that. It is from thence He is coming, He is coming back and He wants to know what you are doing. Have you been sleeping on the job; have you not given forth the news of the Kingdom; are you watchmen and watchwomen? People say “I have no time for that, I have no time for Jesus.” You know this kind of attitude really annoys me, my friends.
God doesn’t want illiterate Christians.God wants you to search the Scriptures, He wants you to keep your Bible open when you watch CNN, or News at Ten, etc. He wants you to be reading the signs of the times. I know the newspapers do not always tell the truth but there is a certain amount of truth that comes through, a certain amount that you can match to prophecy in God’s word and link them together by watching, then you start living on the tiptoe of expectancy knowing that He is coming soon and He is bringing His reward with Him.