Sunday, January 8, 2017

The Land of Shinar

So I said to the angel who talked with me, “Where are they carrying the basket?” And he said to me, “To build a house for it in the land of Shinar; when it is ready, the basket will be set there on its base.”                          Zechariah 5:10-11  NKJV

It should come as no surprise to most that much has been made of the news recently of the decision by the United States to not veto a resolution put forward in the United Nations to condemn Israel for building settlements on land supposedly subject to negotiation concerning ownership.  This is, of course, the land that was captured by Israel as a result of the 1967 Six Day War, including the eastern part of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount.  As part of the “peace process”, the world apparently believes that until an agreement can be negotiated between Israel and the Palestinians, no new construction of homes or settlements should be started by Israel.  Rather than using its permanent veto power to defeat this resolution as it has always done in the past, the current administration allowed it to pass.

The fallout of this betrayal of Israel has been swift and vocal, with just this past week the US House of Representatives passing a motion condemning the UN resolution as “one sided” and a stumbling block to the peace process by allowing the Palestinian leadership to “impose” a solution outside of the negotiating process.  The House resolution was not the only reaction to the situation, however, and it is the conversations concerning other actions against the UN which have followed that have caught not only my attention, but others as well who study the end times and the one world government of which the Bible has so much to say.

One of the first subjects of conversation that followed the passing of the UN resolution to condemn Israel concerned the defunding of that body by the United States.  Many are unaware that although it is supposedly a “world” organization, the United States contributes more than 22 percent of the United Nations budget.  Consider what would happen to all of us if our income suddenly dropped by a quarter and you can imagine the hurt that would put on the UN.  The calls for defunding are coming from both parties in our government, and bills are already being drafted for consideration which would immediately stop our contribution to the UN.

Another aspect of this controversy is found in the calls from many for the US to withdraw as a member of the UN entirely.  Of the adjectives which have figured prominently in the news since the anti-Israel resolution was passed, the one which I personally have seen used the most is “corrupt”.  Although created after the Second World War with good intentions, what has slowly evolved over the years is an institution which has abandoned the goals it originally set in favor of what many are calling “greed, corruption, and outright hostility”.  While many may remember the oil-for-food scandal during the Iraq War, it has escaped most peoples notice that in the past year, the UN adopted 20 resolutions which reflected negatively on the nation of Israel and only three others against all other nations of the world combined.  Many believe, and I agree, this cannot be seen as anything less that bias against the nation of Israel.

There is one more suggestion, however, which immediately raised red flags in my mind when I read it and that is the call for the incoming administration to expel the UN from its headquarters in New York, and send it on its way to find another country to call home.  It is this possibility which captured my attention as most who have studied the end times understands that the center of the coming world government and the headquarters of the anti-Christ will be located on the plains of Shinar, in the country known by us as Iraq but formerly known as Babylonia.  Is it possible that the new government of the US could expel the UN, only to see them relocate to Iraq?

By now it seems common knowledge that Saddam Hussein spent an extraordinary amount of time and money rebuilding the city of Babylon before the Gulf War.  In late 2014 the UN committed to fund even more rebuilding to not only repair damage from the war, but do even more.  In 2009 the US completed construction of a new embassy in Baghdad which at 104 acres in size is the largest in the world.  Costing 750 million dollars, it is also the most expensive.  It has been said that it compares in size to the Vatican City in Rome, and has led many to question exactly why the US not only spent this amount of money to construct, but build an embassy this large in this part of the world.

While asking that question, some have speculated that whatever the reason, it would certainly make a perfect seat of power for the coming world leader when he attempts to consolidate his power using the “land of Shinar” as his base of operations.  Is it possible that we are seeing the steps towards the future consolidation of power to Babylon beginning to occur?  The Bible makes it clear that the future world government will rule from there so it should come as no surprise that we might see glimpses of that before the Lord returns for His bride.  The Bible also makes it clear what the end result of all of this will be.

Therefore I will shake the heavens, And the earth will move out of her place, In the wrath of the LORD of hosts And in the day of His fierce anger. It shall be as the hunted gazelle, And as a sheep that no man takes up; Every man will turn to his own people, And everyone will flee to his own land. Everyone who is found will be thrust through, And everyone who is captured will fall by the sword. Their children also will be dashed to pieces before their eyes; Their houses will be plundered And their wives ravished. “Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, Who will not regard silver; And as for gold, they will not delight in it. Also their bows will dash the young men to pieces, And they will have no pity on the fruit of the womb; Their eye will not spare children. And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, The beauty of the Chaldeans’ pride, Will be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.   Isaiah 13:13-19  NKJV

I personally believe 2017 is going to be a very eventful year for those who choose to watch.  Yet the key to understanding the times is using the Word of God as a light to show us the way.  If you are reading this today and have never made the decision to allow Jesus Christ to come into your heart, and accept the free gift of eternal life He has offered you, I urge you to do so right now. You can do that by simply praying this prayer and accepting the gift of eternal life God has offered all of us by the death and resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ.

Dear Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner and I believe You died for my sins. Right now, I turn from my sins and open the door of my heart and life to you. I confess You as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you for saving me. Amen.

Keep watching.