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 the half of the city
shall go forth into captivity and the residue of the people shall not be cut off
from the city. Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those
nations, as when He fought in the day of battle.
[Also read Luke 21:24-28]
The Middle East Conflict now
taking place has many people feeing deeply concerned. Someone shared with
me a telephone call they received from a person somewhat disturbed. I will
say this, I don't know if this conflict is the war we read about in the Bible,
but I won't say it is not. I won't say this is the beginning of World War
III, but I won't say it is not. I will not stand up here in the pulpit and
tell you I have all the answers, because I don't. I believe there is
something more important we need to focus on. It is not whether there is
going to be a full-blown nuclear war in the Middle East, but how do you stand
with God. If someone dropped a bomb on Pleasant Run Baptist Church this
morning and everyone was killed, how would we stand before God? Some of us
would be saved individuals going to a better place, while others would be lost
I don't want to give you a
bad news sermon today. Rather I want to give you a sermon of courage,
child of God. I want you to find strength in the Lord no matter how this
conflict turns out. Being on the Winner's side means being on the side of
those who trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.
The book of Zachariah says:
"There will be all nations gathered against Jerusalem, then there will be the
day of the Lord." The day of the Lord, which the prophets speak of, is
a future event that's going to take place -- the coming of the Lord. You
need to know that Jesus is certainly coming back. The Bible says, "In
an hour that no man knoweth not ..." Even Jesus Himself doesn't know
the hour. God will tell His Son to "go get My children." Then in
that hour He will step out unannounced and the world will see Him. Jesus
is certainly coming back for His bride.
What happens in the Middle
East people might say points toward the end of time as we know it. I'm not
going to preach that today, but the Bible does tell us to "watch for the signs."
There will be a day when all nations gather against Jerusalem, and in that day
Jerusalem will be Ground Zero. Everything will focus on what happens there
in that small area. It is important that you watch Israel. Always
pay attention to what is happening there. In Luke 21:9 God says: "But
when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified; for these things
must come to pass, but the end is not by and by." [Commotions -- that could
be my house; yours, too.] "Be not terrified." Wow! They're
having war but don't be terrified for these things must first come to pass.
As far back as history goes , nations have been having wars. I guess it is
the same as saying "They've always been 'duking it out'."
Luke 21:10-12 says: "Nation
shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. Great earthquakes
in divers places, famines, fearful sights, great signs shall there be from
Heaven. Before these things, they shall lay their hand on you, and
persecute you and deliver you up to the synagogues and into prisons, being
brought before kings and rulers in my name's sake." There have been
more earthquakes in the past ten years than any other time in history. We
are living in the times that Luke spoke of right now. You need to know
You need to know also that
somewhere in the world right now someone is being arrested because they secretly
worship the Lord Jesus Christ. There is coming a time when Christians
around the globe will face persecution; if not you then your children or
grandchildren. How will you answer your adversary? There is only one
way to answer and that is "Yes" to Jesus and "No" to the world. "And ye
shall be hated among all men for My name's sake." But there will not
be one hair on your head harmed. Even they shoot me, I will not perish
because I'm secure in Jesus. People may kill my body, but they cannot
touch my soul.
All the Middle East countries
hate Israel. [They hate American, too; by the way.] We are one of
the few nations to lay claim to being a friend to Israel. Why should we
stay a friend to Israel? In Genesis 12:3 is the account of God making His
covenant promise to Abraham, the Father to Israel. The verse says: "I
will bless them that bless thee; curse them that curseth thee." If
America is a friend of Israel God will bless America. That is what the
Scripture says, not what Jr Fields says.
There is going to be a day
when all the nations will march against Jerusalem. Then the desolation
begins. I don't want to be around when God pours out His wrath. Luke
21: 24: "And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away
captive onto all nations; and Jerusalem shall be trodden down by the Gentiles
until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled." This could be the time
when Revelation speaks of seven years as the time of uncertainty -- the times of
two three and one half year periods and then the tribulation. I believe
the church will be gone. I believe Jesus will rapture His church out
before this period. I don't believe Jesus will let His children go through
The Bible says to watch for
the signs. I say, "Watch Jerusalem." We don't know the hour.
The wars and rumors of war -- we are there already. pestilence and famines
-- we are there already. We are living in those days; if we only knew how
close then every church would be filled to running over this morning.
Jesus Christ is coming back! Did you hear me? I said, "Jesus Christ
is coming back." I'm excited about that! When you see these things
coming to pass, look up.
21:27-28: " And then shall they see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power
and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up
and lift your heads for your redemption draweth nigh."
Bro. Jr Fields........July 23, 2006.
Sermon edited by Mary King