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What Does Prophecy Have To Say About The Current World Crisis?

           “We are standing on the threshold of great and solemn events.  Many of the prophecies are about to be fulfilled in quick succession.  Every element of power is about to be set to work.  Past history will be repeated; old controversies will arouse to new life, and peril will beset God’s people on every side. Intensity is taking hold of the human family.  It is permeating everything upon the earth.’ {Testimonies to Ministers, p. 6}.

           We as  SDAs  always have our minds focused on the Vatican as if that is where the next crisis should be coming from.  That is, the rise of the Papacy–“The Mark of the Beast”, “The Sunday Law”, The “666".  Although for decades, strides have been stealthily  made in those directions, yet nothing dramatic has really materialized.  Instead, there has been a continual upheaval in the MidEast, constant tension between Jews and Arabs as to who should occupy and control the Holy Land.  The USA’s involvement in her allying with Israel has incurred the wrath of the Muslim world.  And she being the world’s super power and world police, makes her the target of the enemies of Israel.

           History proves that great nations such as ancient Babylon, and Rome were brought to their knees when they were best armed, and most independent of God.  They were brought down in the most humiliating way by cruel and heartless Barbarians.  The USA has been humiliated on September 11, 2001.  Her symbol of wealth, the World Trade Center, (WTC) and its military might (The Pentagon) has been damaged.  This has sent a shock wave of depression world wide.  In one week the Wall Street lost over one trillion dollars as a result of the crushing of the WTC.  Fear has paralyzed the civilized world while the Barbarians are rejoicing in triumph.  With the war in Afghanistan, then in Iraq and with Israel fighting Hezbollah and Hamas, on two fronts, many are concluding that these wars are of Biblical proportion .  Take heed, the end is not yet come, this is only the beginning of sorrows.

             Mark 13:7, 8 --  “And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet.  For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginning of sorrows.”

            We are very familiar with the term “the fall of Babylon” referring to the Papacy and her allied churches.  This  you will find fully explained in the book, “The Great Controversy,” pages 375-390.  But as those pages make clear, Babylon will not be completely fallen until the church and state unite in the time of the Loud Cry just prior to the falling of the seven last plagues.


           The War centered in the Mideast is not just another rumor of war, this is a prophetic war that is to bring the anger of the nations and the culmination of the international one world religio-political commercial empire of the ages symbolized by the woman Babylon of Revelation 17 and 18, and instigated by the Two Horned Beast - the USA.  Before the rise of ancient Babylon there was an empire called Assyria with its capital city, Nineveh along the River Tigres in Iran.

              “The pride of Assyria and its fall are to serve as an object lesson to the end of time...  The pride of Assyria shall be brought down, and the scepter of Egypt shall depart away." Zechariah 10:11. This is true not only of the nations that arrayed themselves against God in ancient times, but also of nations today who fail of fulfilling the divine purpose.” {Prophets & Kings, p.366}

             Assyria collapsed before the rise of ancient Babylon.  Likewise, before the rise of antitypical Babylon of Revelation chapters 17 and 18 (the Image of the Beast), {See Isaiah 14:24, 25; 30:30, 31; 31:5-9}, there will be an antitypical Assyria that will fall.  As you meditate on these unfamiliar Scriptures you will see that antitypical Assyria, the mighty USA/England and their allies are to be brought low by God’s intervention and not by the hand of some mighty nation.  God allows all of this in an endeavor to save the God-fearing citizens.  Like Nebuchadnezzar, they will be led to  acknowledge God as the Creator and Redeemer.   Now let us get our Bibles and follow as we dig deep into the mine of truth, as we make several connections in the book of Nahum


           Nahum predicts a war that involves antitypical Assyria (Nineveh was the capital of Assyria), and a barbarian that shall arise referred to prophetically as “he that dasheth in pieces”.  (See Nahum 2:1-4).  Although this prophecy was made a long time ago during the reign of king Hezekiah; what is most interesting is the time in which this prophecy will be fulfilled.  Let us observe Nahum 1:13, 15:

           Nahum 1:13, 15:     “For now will I break his yoke from off thee, and will burst thy bonds in sunder.   Behold upon the mountains the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace! O Judah, keep thy solemn feasts, perform thy vows: for the wicked shall no more pass through thee; he is utterly cut off.”

            Let us now compare verse 15 with Isaiah 52:1.

            Isaiah  52:1  “Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean.” . 

            Clearly, this prophecy of Nahum is pointing to the time of the end at the purification of God’s church when there will be no tares therein.

            Let us continue:

           Nahum 2:3, 4 -- "The shield of his mighty men is made red, the valiant men are in scarlet: the chariots shall be with flaming torches in the day of his preparation, and the fir trees shall be terribly shaken.  The chariots shall rage in the streets, they shall justle one against another in the broad ways: they shall seem like torches, they shall run like the lightnings."

           Since this prophecy meets its fulfillment in the day when the chariots are with "flaming torches"; when they run like lightning; when they jostle one against another in the highways and in the broadways, and since the automotive traffic of today completely and perfectly answers the prophet's description of it, then there is no other conclusion but that the day in which we are now living is the day in which Nahum's prophecy is to be fulfilled.

           Now, in view of the truth that we are living in such a period as described by Nahum, together with the fact that preparations for Nahum's war are made during a time of such lightning-like travel, the evidence clearly stands out that Nahum's prophecy is to meet its fulfillment in our day, and that the "Assyria" here in prophecy, therefore, is not ancient Assyria, but another widespread power that exists "in the time of the end" (Dan. 12:9, 10) the time in which its yoke is removed from God's people. 

           Nahum 2:1 -- "He that dasheth in pieces is come up before thy face: keep the munition, watch the way, make thy loins strong, fortify thy power mightily."

           It is plain to see that the one who dashes in pieces, and who comes before Assyria's face is the one who forces Assyria to prepare, to militarize herself mightily.  Her forced military preparations, agitated by him that dashes in pieces, starts Assyria on her downfall.

            Now, to find out what happens to the one who dashes in pieces -- he who compels Assyria to prepare mightily, we shall read--

           Nahum 2:5 -- "He shall recount his worthies: they shall stumble in their walk; they shall make haste to the wall thereof, and the defence shall be prepared."

           His worthies (his mighty generals) stumble in their walk; that is, they make a mistake as they march on in hope of victory.  In view of their disastrous blunder, and in view of the fact that "he that dasheth in pieces" is mentioned no more in Nahum's book, it is evident that by his stumbling he loses the war.  Nevertheless, according to the verses that follow in Nahum's chapters, the fall of Assyria is certain.

           Moreover, since this antitypical Assyria's fall liberates God's people, and since from then on the wicked no longer pass through their midst, the time and the events are solidly clinched: All these predictions come to pass in the time of the purification of the church, in the Judgment day of the living, during the great and dreadful day of the Lord.”


          Isaiah 14:24, 25.  “The LORD of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, [so] shall it stand:  That I will break the Assyrian in my land, and upon my mountains tread him under foot: then shall his yoke depart from off them, and his burden depart from off their shoulders.”

           Isaiah 30:30, 31 -- “And the Lord shall cause his glorious voice to be heard, and shall shew the lighting down of his arm, with the indignation of his anger, and with the flame of a devouring fire, with scattering, and tempest, and hailstones.  For through the voice of the Lord shall the Assyrian be beaten down, which smote with a rod.”

            Isaiah 31:4-9 -- “For thus hath the LORD spoken unto me, Like as the lion and the young lion roaring on his prey, when a multitude of shepherds is called forth against him, [he] will not be afraid of their voice, nor abase himself for the noise of them: so shall the LORD of hosts come down to fight for mount Zion, and for the hill thereof.  As birds flying, so will the LORD of hosts defend Jerusalem; defending also he will deliver [it; and] passing over he will preserve it.  Turn ye unto [him from] whom the children of Israel have deeply revolted.  For in that day every man shall cast away his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which your own hands have made unto you [for] a sin.  Then shall the Assyrian fall with the sword, not of a mighty man; and the sword, not of a mean man, shall devour him: but he shall flee from the sword, and his young men shall be discomfited.  And he shall pass over to his strong hold for fear, and his princes shall be afraid of the ensign, saith the LORD, whose fire [is] in Zion, and his furnace in Jerusalem.” 

           Nahum makes clear that in this conflict God interposes against Assyria, and that as a result she is unable to withstand him who "dasheth in pieces."  Having set Himself to humble her, He therefore strengthens the arms of her enemy.  Accordingly, Assyria falls, not because she is  weak and small nor because she is out-numbered and out-matched, but because God's purpose determines her downfall.  In other words, the coalition which may have the greater resources and man-power, and which from the human point of view may seem sure to win, is in this case sure to lose out finally.

           Their safety, however, does not depend on fear and armament, nor on the man we elect for president, but on God, on Him Who holds the earth in space, and Who still rules the affairs of mankind.  From the dawn of history till today the great nations that have fallen, fell when they were best armed and most independent of God.  This should be a great lesson to all, but who realizes it? 

           Such is the ironic pattern of history.  Always has God visited judgment upon enlightened nations or peoples who have become so self-righteous and self-sufficient that their lights have gone out and their works become wicked and hypocritical.  Ever has He punished them by the sword of the unenlightened and outright wicked barbarian.  This He does for two  reasons: first, that they might see the folly of professing themselves to be a righteous people, when they are in fact worse than barbarians; and second, that while these hypocritical ones are thereby led to repent, their conquerors may thereby be led to see that their victory is not of  their own strength.  Thus both victor and vanquished are brought to a place where they  may surrender to God and give glory to Him.

           Having now been made aware of these prophecies, it is for us to observe the developments of the present war of America and her allies against the terrorists, which, if not now, will sooner or later evolve into a bloody World War in the Holy Land with Israel at the Epicenter.

            It must also be noted that the fall of Assyria is dependent upon a mighty revival and reformation among God’s people, and their casting away their idols of silver and gold.

What prophecy are the Jews fulfilling in their returning to Palestine since 1948?