Good Morning Friend,
A couple days ago I returned from Israel. I was there for several reasons:
1. Evie and I serve on the board of KATW (KIDS AROUND THE WORLD). We built two playgrounds for Palestinian kids; one in Jericho and the other in Bethlehem. It was rewarding to dedicate these playgrounds as gifts to these children.
2. Evie and I also visited with some long-time friends who live and serve in Israel.
3. While there, I preached two times . . . once at the Garden Tomb and once at the Calvary Baptist Church of East Jerusalem (where I preached last Sunday morning, just seven days ago).
We had five touring days while we were there. One of the most memorable scenes was from the top of Mount Carmel. You’ll remember that Elijah and King Ahab had a confrontation there as each of them presented their God and gods to prove Who was the one true God.
While we were at the top of the mountain, we looked over the huge plains below. One of the names of the plain is the Valley of Armageddon . . . also called the Valley of Jehoshaphat, the Valley of Jezreel, and the Plain of Esdraelon. What a view, where you can see many miles of the valley in both directions. Napoleon called it the world’s most natural battlefield.
Somewhat coincidently, I have been studying the Book of Revelation for the last several months. As I read the book, I have often paused to read . . . about the coming day when the kings of the whole world will gather for the battle on the great day of God Almighty . . .at the place in Hebrew called ARMAGEDDON (Revelation 16:14,16).
The book of Revelation, and many other prophetic books of the Old Testament, join together in speaking of this coming battle to end all battles. Again . . . what a scene. Many times in past visits to this valley, Israeli jets (war planes) have flown overhead. Quite chilling!
Historically this valley has seen many battles including these people-groups . . . the Assyrians, the Canaanites, the Egyptians, the Greeks, the Israelites, the Persians, the Philistines, and the Romans. Some have said that no place on earth has seen more battles.
As I stood there, aware of its past history and aware of the contemporary moment, I thought of future events, clearly prophesied for that valley.
About now you might be asking, Is this letter supposed to be encouraging? You might say, so far I don’t think so. But, YES IT IS ENCOURAGING . . .
• Because the accuracy of the Scriptures is affirmed.
• Because the incredible truth of past history and future “pre-written history” (yes. . .that is a good definition of
prophecy) are clearly written in the Scriptures.
• Because God is in control, even when it doesn’t appear to be so.
• Because the Scriptures help to keep us level-headed while living in uncertain times.
Founder, Senior Associate
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