by Stan Coffey

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Jerusalem During The Tribulation (11 of 17)
Stan Coffey
Daniel 7:23, Zechariah 12:2-4, 14:2-4

We're thinking about Jerusalem, the center of world destiny. You may have wondered with all the news of Kosovo and Yugoslavia what has happened in the Middle East. Well, things in the Middle East have come to a standstill as far as the peace process is concerned. They actually came to a stand still before the bombing in Kosovo began. The reason was, they've come to that point in the peace process where they must make a decision about who will control Jerusalem, who will have access to Jerusalem. Of course, Yasir Arafat has said on several occasions that Jerusalem must be the capital of a Palestinian state. At the present time, as we have studied, Jerusalem is under the control of Israel. June 6, 1967 Israel won a great victory. They took control of the city of Jerusalem and so for the first time in 2500 years there was the Israeli flag raised in the city of Jerusalem and Jerusalem claimed as the spiritual, political capital of Israel, the nation of Israel.

Right now that peace process has stymied because of Jerusalem. Now, last week we looked at the first part of this lesson and we saw how that at the beginning of the tribulation time there will be a great war. This war will be an Islamic coalition. Israel is surrounded by Islamic neighbors who are opposed, who are sworn enemies of Israel who would like to drive out every Jew from Israel and every Jew from Jerusalem. There will be that Great War. I believe it will be helped by the former Soviet Union. Many of the republics in the former Soviet Union are Islamic. Of course, Islamic countries like Iran are constantly purchasing weapons on the black market from the Soviet Union. They are arming themselves for a mighty conflict. I believe that just after the rapture of the church the first crisis the world is going to face is the war of Gog and Magog in Ezekiel 38 and ...

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