When They Shall Say "Peace and Safety" Then Sudden Destruction Shall Come Upon Them
Analysis of George W. Bush' Speech to the United Nations, Sept. 2002, and Alphabetics Code Confirmation of the Fulfillment of Prophecy
"...the peace of the world must never again be destroyed..."
"America stands committed to an independent and democratic Palestine, living side by side with Israel in peace and security."
"Had Saddam Hussein been appeased instead of stopped, he would have endangered the peace and stability of the world. Yet this aggression was stopped -- by the might of coalition forces and the will of the United Nations."
"...threatened international peace and security in the region..."
"The conduct of the Iraqi regime is a threat to the authority of the United Nations, and a threat to peace."
"If the Iraqi regime wishes peace, it will . . ."
"The just demands of peace and security will be met."
--- On Sun 09/15, Jim Bramlett <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Jim Bramlett [mailto: email@example.com]
"Peace and security"
Sep 15, 2002
The apostle Paul wrote: “Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, ‘PEACE AND SAFETY,’ destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all sons of the light and sons of the day” (1 Thessalonians 5:1-5, NIV)
The word “safety” above, according to Strong’s Concordance, means “security from enemies and dangers.” Thus, it can be translated “security,” and the phrase can be "PEACE AND SECURITY.”
Before the United Nations the other day, U. S. President George W. Bush made one of the most listened-to speeches in history, triggering unprecedented world interest because of imminent war in the Middle East.
Alert friend David Parker (who is posting a separate message on this) thought he heard President Bush use the phrase “PEACE AND SECURITY,” in his widely heard speech. I found the speech on the Web, did an “Edit-Find” search, and discovered the phrase was actually used three times in that one speech. One of those times was: “America stands committed to an independent and democratic Palestine, living side by side with Israel in
PEACE AND SECURITY.”
Note that the phrase was blatantly tied to Israel giving up her God-given covenant land to the Palestinians, an act which will, no doubt, trigger the sudden destruction mentioned in 1 Thessalonians 5.
The phrase was used three times in one speech before the world body politic, with the world listening! The world will be surprised at the destruction, but remember, you… “are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all sons of the light and sons of the day.”
(I did a computer word count on the speech and it came to 2,726. Does that mean anything to anyone?)
Sept. 16, 2002
Copyright © 2002 Greater Things
Word 2726 in the New Testament lexicon (words numbered according to their alphabetical sequence in the Greek NT) is
What is more interesting is the listing of Synonyms and Antonyms that Zodhiates gives for this word:
Note especially the meaning "birth pang," which fits precisely into the astute
commentary given by Jim. Also, the word "boasting," seems very relevant.
As I read Jim's comment again, I do need to clarify a point. Like Jim, I am not in favor of two states side by side, as this is sure to create ongoing dividing rifts. I wish to make it clear that I do believe that the sons of Abraham can live together in peace once they accept the gift of peace from God into their hearts through the Prince of Peace. I think he would agree.
The only qualification I would make is that the real estate that God gave to the sons of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as an inheritance forever, including Judea and Samaria, cannot be shared with the sons of Ishmael. There is plenty of real estate left for them as Arab lands are about 100 times larger than Israeli lands. History shows that there was never a Palestinian nation, culture or even language in that area. It is all a political ploy by the Arab nations, and Palestinians are their victims.
And I would say that the Jews and Arabs together can share all that land once their hearts have been changed by God.
That is logical from a human standpoint, but the permanent lease was decreed by God, so that it is not His plan for it to be shared. His revealed will supercedes human reasoning.
And according to His revealed will to the Arabs, they have right to it. Hence it becomes their God versus our God -- when in truth it is the same God and Father of us all. Yes, it is destined for the Jews. Yes, it is destined for the Arabs. Both statements are true, for it is one God we have in common, and one bond of brotherly fellowship when our hearts are changed by God. Religionism is not going to be what saves the day, but the core essence of religion is -- a mighty change of heart. That is where forgiveness is found. That is where peace if found. That is where love sprouts forth. That is where mutual understanding originates. That is where we find peace and security -- upon that unfailing rock of Jesus Christ (not the religion, but the power to transform the heart).
I do not want to debate with you but there is a fundamental flaw in what you say. God the Father of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Jesus Christ, and my Father, is not the same as Allah, the pagan moon-god of Islam, if you check the history of Allah and Islam. More correctly, Allah is Satan, or a high-ruling demon spirit. His fruit is clearly evident.
Those who judge the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob by the fruits of the Christians and Jews don't always come away with a positive image of God, because the instances of Christian and Jewish hypocrisy and wickedness in the name of religion have been many throughout history. Take for example the instance the brothers of Jacob annihilating the city of Shechem after their sister, Dinah, was raped. Examples are endless -- on both sides. Should they judge our God by our actions, they would (and do) come away with the same conclusion that you have regarding their Allah. Hence, we in the West are the "Great Satan."
No, it isn't God that is out of order, it is us. We are the ones who need to realize that God is One, and we need to become ONE as well. "That they may be one," was Jesus' plea.
Atrocities have not been committed by true followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, and God incarnate. I am not talking about religion. Atrocities are a part of Islam, whose "book" teaches such, and whose followers are trapped in a hate-filled religion, bondage and political slavery in every Islamic country. If you equate Allah with God, you have serious problems.
Likewise, atrocities have not been committed by true followers of Allah (in the purest sense). It can also be said (and documented) that atrocities are part of the Judeo-Christian "culture" (not pure doctrine), whose "book" teaches such (e.g. go into Canaan and annihilate every last man, woman, child, cow...), and whose followers are trapped in a hate-filled religion (e.g. your comment above), bondage and political slavery in every Western country (when they get caught up in the forms of religion and not in its pure essence).
If you personally knew the one true God, YHWH, incarnate in Christ, you would not compare Him with Allah. I know Him, and I can assure you they are not the same. Trust me, or trust His Word.
It's the same God up there looking down and watching over all of us children. They call him Allah, you call him YHWH... But it is the same God. Meanwhile, our understanding here on earth is what varies, not Him -- (&Her). And so long as you insist on marginalizing their God, you perpetuate the very antithesis of "love one another" that Jesus taught as the all-encompassing law. Something about "sounding brass and tinkling symbols."
My authority is the Word of God, the Bible, the only authority and revelation from God.
My authority is God himself, who is the author -- via imperfect but sincere vessels -- of the Bible . . . , and of the Koran. By going to the source, I can see Him in both of these records (as well as the corruptions that have entered both volumes by the hands of less-than-virtuous men).
I do not worship the Bible as infallible. That is idolatry. I go to God direct.
It is clear to any reader where we stand and where we differ, and readers can take their choice. I see no need for further posts.
V. See also
"Would God that ALL the Lord's People Were PROPHETS"