Focus Verse: My dwelling place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my people. (27)
This phrase is repeated over and over again in the Old Testament as God makes His desire known. He wants Israel to be one people united under Him and faithful to Him, and He wants to be their God. God’s desire hasn’t changed much from what it was so many long years ago. He still wants all of us to be His people. He wants to be our God.
Focus Verse: You will advance against my people Israel like a cloud that covers the land. In days to come, Gog, I will bring you against my land, so that the nations may know me when I am proved holy through you before their eyes. (16)
God tells Ezekiel that an all-out attack is going to take place against Israel. This isn’t that far-fetched because Israel is not the most-liked nation in the world. Even after the horror of the Holocaust, there are many who still wish to see the Jewish people annihilated. There are many more who don’t even think Israel deserves to be in existence. At the same time, it is hard to believe that after World War I, World War II, Vietnam, and even the recent Middle East wars, our progressive, peace-hungry world will once again be plunged into the misery and mayhem of another world war that is fueled by nothing but hate and insatiable sin.
Focus Verse: It is coming! It will surely take place, declares the Sovereign Lord. This is the day I have spoken of. (8)
We don’t know when it will happen, but the Bible clearly tells us that it will take place. In the last days, a world alliance will gather against Israel and wage war to destroy her. However, God’s people should not fear because in those days when Israel is attacked, God’s hot anger will be aroused and in His zeal and fiery wrath, He will take up His own sword and defend His people. Then all nations will see and know God is the Lord. The destruction from this war will be so great that it will take seven months to bury the dead.
2 Peter 2
Focus Verse: If he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others. (5)
It is hard to imagine that our fast-paced, modern, tech-enlightened world will one day be destroyed. But the same God Who sent disobedient angels to hell, brought the flood on the entire ancient world, and burned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes, will one day bring judgment on our wonderful world. All those who would not/do not/will not acknowledge Him and turn from their depraved conduct will be destroyed. But all those who have been made righteous through the blood of Jesus the Christ, will be protected and saved – just as Noah and his family were.