10 March 2015
A 1973 scientific study located the geographical center of the earth’s land mass in Ankara, Turkey, on the same longitude with Jerusalem. Ankara, Mount Ararat and Jerusalem are essentially equidistant one from another. A previous study published sometime between 593 and 565 B.C. during the Babylonian captivity of the Jews identifies Israel as the “center of the world” (Ezekiel 38:12). Ankara, by the way, is on the edge of the Biblical boundary of Israel. I imagine, though, God has Jerusalem on his mind, when describing this important geological location. In the grand terrestrial scale, 500 miles is well within a reasonable margin of error for human measurement.
However, Jerusalem remains the spiritual center of the earth, if not the geographical center. Control of this historic city has been for many centuries and is so today the pot of gold at the end of the political rainbow. Jews, Muslims and Christians highly regard the city of Jerusalem. and, indeed, all three religious groups live within its city limits.
Reading this morning in Ezekiel chapter 38, verses 8 and 12 captured my attention. I am mindful these words were recorded just a few years before Muhammad founded Islam.
Verse 8 perfectly describes the land of Israel, both in ancient and contemporary context.
“…a land that has recovered from war, whose people were gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate. They had been brought out from the nations, and now all of them live in safety.”
In verse 12, God prophesying the mindset of Israel’s chief enemies, these ancient words foretell how “I [the enemy of Israel] will plunder and loot and turn my hand against the resettled ruins and the people gathered from the nations, rich in livestock and goods, living at the center of the land.”
Powerful thought: “living at the center of the land”
I wish there were in the Bible words to the effect of how the United States of America come to the aid of Israel. But, they are absent. We are not mentioned in the Bible, so far as I can discover.
And so it is this morning, I confess my sins and the sins of my people, asking God to be merciful to us, to bless us with a sweeping revival, coast to coast, border to border, another “Great Awakening” such as the world has never before seen.
Is this possible? Can God overlook the blood of over 2,000,000,000 innocent babies slain in the womb, among them 57,000,000 whose blood flows through American sewers? Does not their innocent blood cry out to God for vengeance, as it did for innocent Able which cried out for vengeance? [Hebrews 12:24 AMP]
The shed blood of 2,000,000,000 aborted babies worldwide amounts to 125,000,000 gallons, comparable to nearly 1,000 times the volume of water in Lake Erie. In America alone the shed blood of 57,000,000 aborted babies can almost fill this Great Lake two times. Are you overwhelmed by the numbers?
Take comfort. About 2,000 years ago, the blood of one innocent man, about 10 pints, was shed in atonement for all the horror wreaked on earth. Once for all. Once for ever.
Is a latter day Great Awakening possible? Have you not read or heard that with God all things are possible?
Jesus Christ, Yeshua Hamashiach, is Messiah, the savior of Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus – all people. He becomes your Savior, your Redeemer through personal and divine revelation, just as it was for the Apostle Peter. He is the way, the truth and the life. Atheist activists strive to remove the Name from all public venues. They can’t. Muslim activists attack Christians and Jews, thinking to obliterate the Root and the Branches that spring from Israel. They cannot succeed.
As it is written, “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” [John 4:24]
Soli Deo Gloria