A Divided Kingdom

Mr. Furnish, whose Ph.D is in Islamic and World History, is a former U.S. Army veteran and college professor, now working as an editor for Praeger Publishing wrote the article below "Resurrecting Christendom" - click the link for the full article on the posting below.

I was struck by the copy of the map for world religions in the article which can be seen here:
http://www.catholic.org.sg/cn/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2007/06/14b.jpg

Islam runs right through the Bible regions of the Old and New Testaments and Russia is not specified on this map though I know people like David Hathaway, Founder and President of Eurovision Mission to Europe, Editorial Director of Prophetic Vision magazine – is an International Evangelist who has ministered worldwide for more than 50 years and particularly in Russia both before and after the Iron Curtain. Today he reaches millions through his Live-TV evangelism in Russia, Siberia, Ukraine and Europe and through his weekly worldwide Power of Faith TV broadcasts: http://www.catholic.org.sg/cn/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2007/06/14b.jpg

Russia is part of the peace keeping nations but is neither a member of the Organization of the Islamic Conference or NATO - sitting on the fence a bit there - but is part of the United Nations which more or less covers everyone! There has been some criticism of the United Nations as being part of the whole 'New World Order' plan.

It is interesting that the two countries that come up in these organisations and involve a lot of time and money are Israel and Palestine. With the lines being very clearly drawn. It is this area that is supposed to be involved in the 'End Times' as prophesied in Revelation and much talked about both in Christian and Catholic circles at the moment.

Perhaps the encouragement for a Jewish state in Palestine was part of bringing in the 'End Time' prophecies or accelerating the fulfilment of these prophecies.

Wikepedia says: The End Time, End Times, or End of Days are the eschatological writings in the three Abrahamic religions and in doomsday scenarios in various other non-Abrahamic religions. In Abrahamic religions, End times are often depicted as a time of tribulation that precedes the appearance or return of the Messiah, a person who will usher in the Kingdom of God and bring an end to suffering and evil. Various other religions also have eschatological beliefs associated with turning and redemption.

In the Old Testament, it states that at some point, the Jewish Messiah will become the anointed King of Israel. He will divide the Jews in Israel into their original tribal portions in the land. During this time, Gog, king of Magog Ezekiel 39, will attack Israel.
Magog will fight a great battle, in which many will die on both sides, but God will intervene and save the Jews. This is the battle referred to as Armageddon. God, having vanquished this final enemy once and for all, will accordingly banish all evil from human existence.

In the New Testament, Matthew 24:15-22 (King James Version) says: "When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand). Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains. Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house. Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day. For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.

Catholics may also refer to Matthew's Gospel, Chapter 24, Verse 36, in which Christ is quoted as saying:
"No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father." (NIV Version)

Some writers believe that Jesus foretold of signs which would indicate that the "end of days" was near. Some of these signs include earthquakes, natural disasters, civil problems, 'wars and rumors of wars', and other catastrophes. Of the precise time, however, it will come like a "thief in the night."

'End times' may also refer simply to the passing of a particular age or long period in the relationship between man and God.

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