Sheba and Dedan
We concluded Prophecy Update Number 31 with an exposition of Ezekiel 38:12, which has been done continuously from Ezekiel 37:1. We will now continue this exposition, beginning with Ezekiel 38:13  Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?
Verse 13 mentions three other descendants which were not mentioned previously as being among the horde that attacked Israel, namely, Sheba, Dedan, and Tarshish. Sheba and Dedan settled in the land we know as Saudi Arabia, later colonizing across the Red Sea in the horn we know today as Ethiopia. Tarshish is much harder to nail down to a specific location. The descendants of Tarshish were sea merchants who became the peoples of the Mediterranean Sea coast. The headquarters of the descendants of Tarshish is now generally accepted by most biblical authorities as a district in the south of Spain where the city of Tartessus once existed. The merchants of Tarshish scattered their descendants in village settlements along most of the coastal sections of Europe. I am persuaded that Europe represents the descendant offspring of Tarshish. It is quite possible that God may look upon the rest of Western Civilization as being the offspring (descendants) of Europe (“the young lions thereof”). The countries of the New World became the “melting pot” of Europe. It is very interesting what Saudi Arabia, Europe, and the rest of Western Civilization have to say to Gog about his attack on Israel: “Art thou come to take a spoil? Hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? To carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?” This is no more or less than the perfect description of a diplomatic protest to Gog’s actions. When the anti-Christ and his armies roar south into Israel in a blitzkrieg lightning strike, the rest of the free world will protest, protest, protest – and do nothing about it. The anti-Christ will take Jerusalem within four days of his initial strike in the north, and within three weeks most of Israel will have fled into the Negev south of Beersheva, where she will remain for some three and one-half years. Jerusalem will fall and only one-third of Israel’s population will make it safely into the Negev.
Zechariah 13:8 to 14:2  And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.  And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God. Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.  For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
Lord willing, we will continue by beginning an exposition of the remaining verses in the 38th Chapter of Ezekiel. If any significant events occur in the mid-East before next Friday, we will issue a supplemental prophecy update.
I have been absent from the web site for the past several days in northern Arkansas. The horrific events that have occurred, which involved the Trade buildings and the Pentagon, have staggered the U.S. almost to unbelief. We all expected some terrorist activity to occur within our borders, but nothing so well planned, and of such a huge magnitude.
If you want to better understand the motivation of the Islamic fundamentalists, such as Osama bin Laden, in the recent ungodly attack against thousands of innocent civilians in the World Trade Center buildings, then click into our prophecy archive above, and read Prophecy Updates 3, 13, 14, and 15. After you read these updates, it is easy to see that all the different terrorist groups are currently learning how to work together, rather than against each other. This closer coordination has led to a more sophisticated cooperation between them, and has allowed Osama bin Laden to pick the cream of the crop out of them for well planned attacks of mass destruction.
In Prophecy Update Number 3 I discussed the terrorist complex of Osama bin Laden, the Islamic Jihad, Hamas, Hisbullah, and Fatah. In Prophecy Update Number 13, I outlined meetings that were being conducted in Iran by terrorist groups at the invitation of Iran. And I showed how these meetings were causing better coordination and cooperation in the overall planning of terrorist attacks on a local and worldwide basis. I indicated that more coordinating meetings would be held more frequently, and that more and more of the terrorist leaders from all the Islamic world would attend them. In Prophecy Update Number 14 I outlined how, from the manner in which the terrorists interpret the Koran, that long lines of Islamic martyrs were being built up, and how they were more than willing to be blown to pieces for the after life promises of Allah. I then concluded this discourse in Prophecy Update Number 15.
So how does all this correlate with Biblical End Time Prophecy? Well, this inhuman act of war, against the United States, and all humanity, will be avenged. The living perpetrators of this horrible tragedy will soon be apprehended or destroyed, and justice will prevail. But how will this lead to fulfillment of prophecy? After all the television coverage trickles down to an occasional drip, and all the statements by politicians, generals, and world leaders have been recorded for posterity, only one major thing will remain pressed into our psyche – the awareness that terrorists can inflict single acts that take thousands of American lives.
After all the speeches, television interviews of security experts and advisors, all the investigations into why this happened and who is to blame, and after all the billions are spent to provide so-called air tight security, there is a factor that remains which cannot be denied – THERE IS NO WAY WE CAN COMPLETELY STOP ISLAMIC TERRORIST ATTACKS AGAINST THIS COUNTRY WITH SECURITY PRECAUTIONS. Yes, you can stop most of them, but not all of them. So how does one go about stopping all Islamic Terrorist Attacks again this country? There are only two ways they can be stopped:
Kill every Islamic Fundamentalist on this planet!
Bring peace between the Islamic nations and Israel!
Do I recommend number 1? No!
Will it be attempted? No!
Can it be done? No!
Should it be done? No!
So this leaves us with number 2 as the only sure way to prevent future Islamic terrorist attacks akin to the father of all terrorist attacks we just experienced.
Yes, we will avenge this attack, and we will see justice done, and the guilty individuals and/or sheltering nations will pay the price for this cowardly attack. But, in the final analysis, this act of inhuman horror will drive the United States to make a concerted, continuous push for peace in the Mid-East. Believe it or not, out of this waste of precious human life by these religious fanatics, there will eventually come a period of false peace to the land of the Bible. It will not occur overnight, but it will occur. The first settlements will come between Israel, Syria, and the Palestinians. Once this has been concluded the other Islamic nations will supposedly honor it, and a period of false peace will descend across the land from Morocco to Iran. But it will all be a master plan of deceit to lull the State of Israel into a false sense of security. In many of the previous Prophecy Updates I have vividly described the blitzkrieg surprise attack from the north that will abruptly end the period of false peace.
There is only one way a genuine peace that will last for a thousand years can come on this present earth. It must be brought by Jesus Christ.