A Message for Christmas: Has the Prince of Peace Really Brought Peace?

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By Chaplain Eddie Donnally

As a hospital trauma unit chaplain, I see up close agony, shock and intense, heart numbing grief. Fatal heart attacks, auto accidents and suicides are daily fare. I can’t fix people, and thus far my prayers have not raised any from the dead. But I can find the courage to walk beside the wounded and bring them my calm and compassion. I often pray with the afflicted for peace.

Peace is a valuable commodity. But is it really available?

Yes, it does show up in ways that are beyond human understanding. I believe it’s available because our Savior bestowed it on his disciples and all believers today.

Isaiah 9:6: For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

The great prophet Isaiah spoke those words about Jesus some 800 years before He was born in Judea. He came into a world of chaos and turmoil not unlike our world today. While our nation has beheadings and random murders by extremists, police assassins and foreign government hackers, His land was occupied by Roman soldiers and ruled by murderers. The Romans likely invented crucifixion and used it to control those they ruled. Herod the Great was a brilliant madman King who murdered members of his own family and many rabbis. To exterminate Jesus, he ordered all male Jewish babies two and under to be slain. An angel appeared to Joseph, telling him to flee to Egypt, saving Jesus’ life. The Judeans hatred for the Romans that was to erupt into a full blown war some six decades later already seethed in the hearts of budding Zealots.

Judea, like America today, was anything but a land of peace.

This Prince of Peace told us to pray for our enemies, turn the other cheek when we are slapped and love our neighbor as ourselves. Whoa! While even his disciples expected him to wage war on Rome and the Herod family, he walked to the cross without defending Himself: His physical war against the world’s evil forces still in the future.

While he said those who stand with Him as Messiah will have opposition, even from their families, He guarantees His followers peace. John 14:27: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 16:33: “These things I have spoken unto you that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

Yes, there can be confidence in our most perplexing moments, strength in our weakest hour, and the light of Christ at the end of our darkest tunnels. The paradox that only God could orchestrate is not lost on me; a man who lived a previous life filled with chaos, turmoil and anguish now walks alongside others suddenly hurled into that same world of uncertainty and pain, and in that finds peace.

We serve a supernatural God. I often witness that supernatural peace descend to earth like the hoard of angels at Jesus’ birth. I’ve seen women fall to the floor to wail for their suddenly dead children, only to rise with eyes holding the steely glint of hope. I’ve seen men find the courage to weep openly, only to lift their chins with the determination to outlive their mourning. As surely as I see sudden death, I see peace.

No wonder the heavenly host who witnessed Jesus birth declared to the world: “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” (Luke 2:14)

Peace, the kind that invades our hearts and eases our souls no matter our circumstances, has arrived.

May you find Christ’s peace this Christmas.

 

Is ISIS Babylon Rising?

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By Rev. Eddie Donnally DMin

A study of the maps of the areas in Iraq controlled by ISIS seems to indicate they possess the ancient city of Babylon. Is it possible that the group, known for its demonic cruelty, will rebuild the city? Could they be part of the prophesied rise of the antichrist?
While there is no current evidence that either is true, there are sufficient parallels between ISIS and the ancient Babylonians and Assyrians to suggest it is possible.

Among biblical scholars there is significant agreement that Babylon will be destroyed before the second coming of Christ. While Cyrus II took control of the city in about 600 BC, there is ample historical evident to suggest it flourished for a time after that and gradually degraded. Destroying the city obviously requires its rebuilding.

Babylon is the “Land of Shinar” of Genesis 12:1 and it is widely believed that the Tower of Babel was built somewhere in the country of Iraq in a city formerly called Babylon (derived from the word “babel”), about 55 miles south of Bagdad. It should be noted that the dispersion from Babel happened in 2242 B.C., and the Babylon civilization was born eight years later in 2234 B.C.

The tower of Babel was dedicated to Marduk, a demon of untold powers according to a host of demonologists, and one referred to twice in the Bible as Merodach, “the evil king of Babylon.” Markuk was Babylon’s original and best known god.

Babylon was once ruled by King Nebuchadnezzar who was every bit as evil as ISIS head Al Bagadadi. His army lay siege to Jerusalem so long the Israelites were forced to eat their babies to survive. When his soldiers took the city, they killed King Zedekiah’s sons in front of him, and to make sure that image would be his last, gouged out his eyes before shackling him and taking him to Babylon.
Babylon took thousands of Israelites captive and kept them in slavery for some 70 years. When the city started to decay, some say because of the often flooded Euphrates River, Assyria to its north became the Hebrews chief enemy and much of the land controlled by ISIS would lie in ancient Assyria. Both were descendants of the Semitic race and both worshiped demon gods.

When Assyria conquered Babylon in the 8th-7th centuries BC, Assyrian scribes began to write the name of Ashur with the cuneiform signs AN.SHAR, literally “whole heaven.” The intention seems to have been to put Ashur at the head of the Babylonian pantheon. Ashur replaced Marduk as the supreme Assyrian god, hence the name Assyria, A god of war, their largest city, Assur, was named in his honor. Both deities, Christians believe, were powerful demons.

Besides massacring the enemy soldiers, Assyrians made mass deportations of the rulers (nobles, functionaries, craftsmen), so that the remaining people obeyed with humiliation (the most famous is that described in the Bible, of the Israeli to Babylon). Enemy kings were beheaded, and their heads hanged in trees and cities were destroyed. Women were made slaves. This cunning policy, the army and good administration maintained the empire for centuries. The conquered populations had to pay heavy annual tributes.

Sound familiar? They may have invented beheading, if not they at least popularized the practice. It’s also likely they crucified their enemies long before the Romans. Oh, yes, the Assyrians led the captured Hebrews back to their cities to be slaves with hooks piercing their jaws.

In 721 BC, the Assyrian army under King Sennacherib captured the Israelite capital at Samaria and took the citizens of the northern kingdom into captivity. This left the southern kingdom, Judah, ruled by Ahaz and Hezekiah, to fend for itself. Judah had tried to appease the Assyrian king, Sennacherib by becoming incorporated into their kingdom and paying a yearly tribute that once included the gold from Solomon’s Temple. Six years later Ahaz died and his son Hezekiah became king. He broke the religious idols; re-captured Philistine’s occupied lands, formed alliances with Ashkelon and Egypt, and made a stand against Assyria by refusing to pay tribute. In response, Sennacherib attacked Judah and lay siege to Jerusalem.

They knew the price of losing. An Assyrian war bulletin from a few hundred years earlier read: “I slew two hundred and sixty fighting men; I cut off their heads and made pyramids thereof. I slew one of every two. I built a wall before the great gates of the city; I flayed the chief men of the rebels, and I covered the wall with their skins. Some of them were enclosed alive in the bricks of the wall, some of them were crucified on stakes along the wall; I caused a great multitude of them to be flayed in my presence, and I covered the wall with their skins. I gathered together the heads in the form of crowns, and their pierced bodies in the form of garlands.”

To make matters worse, Sennacherib taunted the Israelites, saying, “Do not let Hezekiah deceive you or mislead you like this, and do not believe him, for no god of any nation or kingdom was able to deliver his people from my hand or from the hand of my fathers. How much less will your God deliver you from my hand? (II Chron 32).”

While Sennacherib took 46 of Judah’s cities, he did not take Jerusalem.

Another parallel is found in Leviticus 16. It tells that the Lord ordered his high priest, Aaron, to ‘place lots upon the two goats, one marked for the Lord and the other sent into the desert on the Jewish Day of Atonement. One goat is sacrificed as a sin offering. Aaron, the priest, placed both hands on the other goat’s head and confessed all the nation’s sins, then sent the “scapegoat” into the desert. So unclean was this goat, its handler had to wash his clothes and body before being allowed back into the camp. In the original Hebrew, scapegoat translates as Azazel. In apocryphal and rabbinical literature, this goat is considered the personification of the impure. Today, a goat head is the best known satanic symbol. The ancient Hebrews considered Azazel the most powerful demon of all and a type of Satan. Thus, the sins of the early Hebrews were sent back to their source.

In the book of Enoch, which is not canon Scripture, but was well respected by the Hebrews and quoted by Peter and Jude, Azazel is leader of the fallen angels of Genesis 6, who came to earth cohabitated with women and produced the Nephelim, a race of giants destroyed by God in the flood. The book of Enoch says Azazel “revealed the eternal secrets which were (preserved) in heaven.” Verses in 2 Peter 2:4 and Jude 1:6 say those fallen angels are bound in chains until the second coming of Christ. The Book of Enoch said the place they are bound is in the earth beneath Dudael, which many translators say is “Babel,” the site of the Tower of Babel in Babylon.

Yet, 2 Thessalonians 2:3, says, “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day (when Christ returns to take his church to heaven) shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition. . . .”
We know that Satan’s most personal manifestation will be the antichrist. It’s interesting that ISIS has claimed for their caliphate (government) the very same soil inhabited by the ancient demon worshiping Babylonians and their nearby cousins, the Assyrians. They also replicate their same demonic behavior, even punishing members of their own faith. And within their souls, several thousand years later, is the same deep hatred for the Jews and the same desire to capture Jerusalem.

Could it be they represent Satan’s end time effort to be manifested on earth as the antichrist? Could rebuilding Babylon be a good start?

 

http://doctrinesofdemons.com/2711-2/

A Coming Tsunami of Fire: Will You Be Swept Away?

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Lying prostrate on the floor of a small church surrounded by Christians praying very recently, God gave me an end-time vision. I’ve since learned others have received similar visions.

I saw a great number of Christians gathered under a huge, well-formed tree next to a body of water that reminded me of Psalms One. They seemed content, talking and fellowshipping with each other. Then the calm water receded without their noticing. A huge tsunami, taller than any building, formed and rolled toward the unassuming Christians. The tsunami was water, but the water was red and on fire. It was not the fire of the Holy Spirit but the enemy, Satan. At first, a few Christians noticed it coming and then more. Finally, all started praying, and a shiny blue bridge stretching upward appeared at their feet. Amazingly, only a few decided to take the bridge to the higher ground. Most were swept away and consumed by the fire.

A few days after the vision, the Lord showed me Isaiah 43:2, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned, the flames shall not set you ablaze; for I am the Lord your God, the Holy one of Israel, your Savior.” There is hope.

Jesus is the holy one of Israel, the Messiah. He loved Jerusalem so much; he wept over the city. According to the Apostle Paul, in Romans II, Gentile Christians are grafted into the Jewish nation. As Americans, we see the fertile lands of relationship with the Jewish state drying up literally and figuratively. The drought in California corresponds with the drought of support of Israel by many of our nation’s leaders.The persecution of Christians around the world and the receding religious freedoms here in America are met with the same apathy God showed me in the vision. The unparalleled wholesale brutality we see in many nations is Satan’s end- time-attack against Christ and his followers. The attacks are only starting. The tsunami is on its way.

I had a lack of understanding how God’s promise of the “latter rain” and spiritual outpouring “on all flesh,” promised in the last days in Joel 2 could be reconciled with II Thessalonians 2:3, “Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition.”

I believe the falling away are the Christians in my vision who are content with the status quo. While the Holy Spirit will fall on all flesh, not all will receive it. Those who seek the bridge to higher ground are those who will seek and thus receive the end-time outpouring. I came to understand the forces of good and evil are polarizing. Many are content with speaking Christianize and fellowshipping with others like them. Yet, some sense the coming tsunami and seeing the leading of the Holy Spirit to higher ground.

God told Abraham and nation Israel in Genesis 12:2-3 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great. And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you.”

I fear for America. And though my vision indicates those who do not move to higher ground, deepen their relationship with Christ, publically walk out their faith and join in corporate prayer, will be overcome by Satan’s tsunami. Of course, knowing Christ as Savior guarantees us eternal life and at 71, I am thankful for that. Yet, I am dedicated to advancing the Kingdom of God here on earth until my days here end.

In the vision, the group of Christians eventually came together for mass, corporate prayer, something that biblically has swung the very hinges of history. God has provided a bridge above the Satan’s tsunami. I urge you to join in prayer for the protection of Israel, the safety of this nation and godly wisdom for both countries leaders.

Take a stand in the voting booth for our nation’s religious freedoms. Pray for and support groups who seek life for unborn babies, do battle in the courts for our religious liberty and seek to defeat secular humanism and moral relevancy. Ask God to give us spiritual eyes to recognize evil in its various disguises. Give due to the many brave men and women who died to give us religious freedom. As to corporations who overtly back secular humanistic causes, vote with our feet.

An article on CNN’s website following modifications to the Indiana and Ohio religious liberty law proudly proclaimed “Now Who’s the Moral Majority.” Are they really?

Isaiah’s end time prophecy in 5:20-21 says “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes And clever in their own sight!” The preceding verse tells us. “And let the counsel of the Holy one of Israel (Jesus) draw near and come that we may know it.”
Ephesians 4 27 tells us (ISV) “and do not give the devil an opportunity to work.” I believe that means in us and also in our world. But, remember it was Jesus who came to destroy the works of the devil. (I John 3:8)

Speak up. Stand up. But first pray, seeking the Spirit’s wisdom and leading.

Lastly, the Bible is God’s living Word and speaks to us afresh each time we read it. God recently showed me a verse I knew He meant for me during this time. Psalms 144 1-2 “Praise be to the Lord, my Rock. Who trains my hands for war and my fingers for battle.”
My fingers typed the words you read. I pray you consider them. Writing is a way I make war and do battle. I urge you to seek God and learn during this time of worldly tesing, how and in what specific battle He is calling you to fight.