Summary: Israel/Jerusalem is the location of the final countdown clock (God’s timepiece) for end time events. (Our eyes should be focused there in the coming year)

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The Final Countdown Has Began Series

What To Look For in 2012 and Beyond 4 of 4

(Inspired by Jonathan Cahn’s book “The Harbinger”)

March 4, 2012 Chester FBC, Chester, IL Dr. Mike Fogerson, Speaker

A God sees Jerusalem, The Temple Mount in particular, as the “navel” of the earth according to the ancient Jewish writings found in The Book of Jubilee.

1 Israel/Jerusalem is the location of the final countdown clock (God’s timepiece) for end time events. (Our eyes should be focused there in the coming year)

a Israel is spiritually surrounded by Biblical prophecy (Armageddon, Mt. Olives, Temple Mount, etc.) in the last days & physically surrounded by advisories who seek to destroy her.

aa Iranian President: “Attack Israel this Year”

bb Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: “Iran’s Shahab 3 ballistic missiles could easily kill Israel’s population . . .Genocide is a moral obligation.”

cc Syria’s President Assad has threatened to start a regional war if the UN tells him to step down (Like they did former Egyptian president Mubark)

dd Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood “We will not recognize Israel under any circumstance . . . this is not an option . . .Muslim Brotherhood is taking legal procedures towards canceling the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel that was signed in 1979. (Show Video of Pale Horse; Rev. 6.8)

b God established Jerusalem as His dwelling place on earth.

aa “I [God] have chosen Jerusalem, that My name might be there . . . For now I have chosen and sanctified this house [the temple], that My name may be there forever; and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually . . . In this house and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen . . . I will put My name forever.” 2 Chron. 6.6; 7.16; 33.7

bb 1 Kings 11.36; Ps. 87.2, 132.13

cc Neh. 2.20 (Nehemiah told surrounding nations who wanted a piece of a restored Jerusalem that . . . Jerusalem is not up for grabs, negotiations . . . it belongs to God!

c The Middle East is always ready to erupt but at this juncture there are perfect conditions for it to explode.

2 The question of war breaking out in the Middle East is not a question of “if” but of “when.”

a When it does, I believe we’ll see the coming of a 7 year tribulation.

aa Some believe the church will be caught up/raptured before/mid/after the tribulation.

bb I’m of the mind that the rapture will happen before the tribulation . . . however, we may be around to see the last of the birth pains before the tribulation really begins.

b Jesus described the end of the age/coming of Messiah as a labor/delivery room (Matt. 24.8) and there are two facts about a woman who goes into labor.

aa First, once the birth pains stop they don’t stop until the child is born.

bb Secondly, the pains become more severe, rapid as birth approaches (one right after another.)

c We (Israel, America, Nations) are seeing the birth pains right now (War, famine, drought, natural disasters, terrorism, destruction of family, perversions, etc.)

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