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C. R. Oliver


November 1, 2017

Exact Ezekiel
Chapters 25-28


Ezekiel turns from his message to Judah and Israel and their judgment by the Lord, to the task of a rapid firing machine gun approach to the surrounding nations that scoffed and laughed during Israel's anguish and ultimate captivity: Ammon, Moab, Edom, Philistia, Tyre and Sidon.

The Ammonites were especially expressive in their jubilance over seeing God's children taken away by Babylon. In modern parlance, they behaved like radicals do today (and with them much of the Islamic world). Perhaps, this is the reaction throughout history for those nations who will ultimately answer for their responses to the misery imposed on God's children.

Each of the nations Ezekiel tasks, beginning in Chapter 25, finds itself under Heaven's indictment. With the Lord's leadership, Ezekiel reads the indictments which spell out their particular venues; he then follows up with God's sentence. No doubt there are similarities in their heathen rage, but some are more egregious than others. In the next Chapters, for instance, Tyre and Sidon become the symbolic standard for any nation which follows their lead. They become an example, like Sodom and Gomorrah

One primary fact to keep in mind, during the study of the next chapters, is there is no need for a prophet to actually "be" in the land addressed to make effective the prophetic word. (Sometimes, in my own ministry, I have sent prophetic words and messages [some, in tongues] to locales, cities and countries, without traveling to them.) Ezekiel was familiar with each of these ensuing places while remaining in Babylon.

To the people of Ammon:

Ezekiel 25:1-7:
Then this message came to me from the LORD: 2 "Son of man, look toward the land of Ammon and prophesy against its people. 3 Give the Ammonites this message from the Sovereign LORD: Hear the word of the Sovereign LORD! Because you scoffed when My Temple was desecrated, mocked Israel in her desolation, and laughed at Judah as she went away into exile, 4 I will allow nomads from the eastern deserts to overrun your country. They will set up their camps among you and pitch their tents on your land. They will harvest all your fruit and steal your livestock. 5 And I will turn the city of Rabbah into a pasture for camels, and all the land of the Ammonites into an enclosure for sheep. Then you will know that I am the LORD.

6 "And the Sovereign LORD says: Because you clapped and stamped and cheered with glee at the destruction of My people, 7 I will lift up My fist against you. I will give you as plunder to many nations. I will cut you off from being a nation and destroy you completely. Then you will know that I am the LORD.

Warning: This is God's method of handling nations that rejoice in hilarious outbursts against His people. The atrocities, worldwide, caused by rogue people, which have been greeted with rejoicing (from those NOT HIS people) will not go unnoticed or unpunished. History will yet record how those who engage in such behavior will be obliterated and their remembrance blotted from the ages. Complete destruction is their national heritage and reward. Count on it!

Zephaniah 2:8-10:
8 "I have heard the insults of Moab and the taunts of the Ammonites,who insulted My people and made threats against their land.
9 Therefore, as surely as I live," declares the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, "surely Moab will become like Sodom, the Ammonites like Gomorrah - - a place of weeds and salt pits, a wasteland forever. The remnant of My people will plunder them; the survivors of My nation will inherit their land."
10 This is what they will get in return for their pride, for insulting and mocking the people of the LORD Almighty.

Those in the Arab world, who rejoice over the killing of Christians and the persecution of God's people, have no idea the treasury they have in store for them. Utter darkness, destruction and fire await them, along with all others who remonstrate against the Christian nations. "9/11," and every demon directed act against Christians since then, will not go unpunished! Then they will know the true God who rises to vindicate His own. (Let God arise and His enemies be scattered.)

Those who take political action against the people of God, anywhere on earth, will also feel the sting of the lictors' lash, for the Lord watches over His people and calls to righteous judgment those who speak or act against them.

Amos 1:13-15:
13 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of the children of Ammon, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have ripped up the women with child of Gilead, that they might enlarge their border:
14 But I will kindle a fire in the wall of Rabbah, and it shall devour the palaces thereof, with shouting in the day of battle, with a tempest in the day of the whirlwind:
15 And their king shall go into captivity, he and his princes together, saith the LORD. KJV

The Ammonites (descendants of Lot and his daughter) stacked their own deck of destruction. Look at their record of offenses:

1. Ammonites despised the Lord's people when they came out of Egypt (like Palestinians do today).
Judges 11:13:
13 And the king of the children of Ammon answered unto the messengers of Jephthah, Because Israel took away my land, when they came up out of Egypt, from Arnon even unto Jabbok, and unto Jordan: now therefore restore those lands again peaceably.

2. Treated the people of God with contempt:
2 Samuel 10:3-4:
3 And the princes of the children of Ammon said unto Hanun their lord, Thinkest thou that David doth honour thy father, that he hath sent comforters unto thee? hath not David rather sent his servants unto thee, to search the city, and to spy it out, and to overthrow it?
4 Wherefore Hanun took David's servants, and shaved off the one-half of their beards, and cut off their garments in the middle, even to their buttocks, and sent them away.

3. Imported their false religion and seduced Israel with them.
1 Kings 11:7:
7 Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon.

4. Always sided with the enemies of Israel:
2 Chronicles 20:1:
It came to pass after this also, that the children of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them others beside the Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to battle.

There comes a time, in the economy of God, when it is declared, "enough is enough." Ammon stepped across the line of judgment and perished. Think not O' World, that there is no judgement for errant actions; it awaits even now in the wings of history!

To the people of Moab:

Ezekiel 25:8-11:
8 "And the Sovereign LORD says: Because the people of Moab have said that Judah is just like all the other nations, 9 I will open up their eastern flank and wipe out their glorious frontier cities - Beth-jeshimoth, Baal-meon, and Kiriathaim. 10 And I will hand Moab over to nomads from the eastern deserts, just as I handed over Ammon. Yes, the Ammonites will no longer be counted among the nations. 11 And in the same way, I will bring My judgment down on the Moabites. Then they will know that I am the LORD. NLT

In Numbers 22, it is recorded that Balak, king of the Moabites, sought Balaam to curse the people of Israel. Balaam could not curse them, until Israel sinned against God. (Evil was eventually introduced in the form of sexual promiscuity. Israel fell by Balaam's seducing spirits.)

The children of Israel were constantly under the influence of their neighbors and especially susceptible to religious paganism and false gods.

Judges 10:6:
6 And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim, and Ashtaroth, and the gods of Syria, and the gods of Zidon, and the gods of Moab, and the gods of the children of Ammon, and the gods of the Philistines, and forsook the LORD, and served not Him.

This, alone, would be enough to cause the prophetic words from Ezekiel to sting those named in the subsequent verses. No wonder God moved to destroy those named in these chapters.

Applications to today's world are astounding. Modern society has chosen a path, like Israel's, in "serving not Him." Moloch-like sacrifices of children on the altar of abortion and the casting aside of prayer and the Bible cannot garner a different outcome than those imposed on Moab.

To the people of Edom:

Ezekiel 25:12-14:
12 "And the Sovereign LORD says: The people of Edom have sinned greatly by avenging themselves against the people of Judah. 13 Therefore, says the Sovereign LORD, I will raise my fist of judgment against Edom. I will wipe out their people, cattle, and flocks with the sword. I will make a wasteland of everything from Teman to Dedan. 14 By the hand of My people of Israel, I will accomplish this. They will carry out My furious vengeance, and Edom will know it is from me. I, the Sovereign LORD, have spoken!" NLT

Edom is the territory to the east of the Jordan. It takes in the mountainous terrain which is now Jordan and the West Bank. Tourists throng the area of Petra, the city of the rose-red rock, which was hewn uniquely into the high mountain area. Petra acted like a turnstile for east-west traffic. Invading armies from the west were befriended and given supplies to enhance their invasion of Israel. On the other hand, they impeded the armies of Israel by slowing their progress, limiting assistance and acting as a general barrier to them.

One must turn to the prophet Obadiah to grasp the long term judgment on the Edomites.

Obadiah 1-4:
We have heard a message from the LORD that an ambassador was sent to the nations to say, "Get ready, everyone! Let's assemble our armies and attack Edom!"

2 The LORD says, "I will cut you down to size among the nations, Edom; you will be small and despised. 3 You are proud because you live in a rock fortress and make your home high in the mountains. 'Who can ever reach us way up here?' you ask boastfully. Don't fool yourselves! 4 Though you soar as high as eagles and build your nest among the stars, I will bring you crashing down. I, the LORD, have spoken.


Just utilizing excerpts emphasizing judgment, notice the following passage and who executes that judgment: Israel! In this passage, God gives the reason these children of Esau are His target.

Obadiah 10-14:
Because of the violence you did to your close relatives in Israel. Now you will be destroyed completely and filled with shame forever. 11 For you deserted your relatives in Israel during their time of greatest need. You stood aloof, refusing to lift a finger to help when foreign invaders carried off their wealth and cast lots to divide up Jerusalem. You acted as though you were one of Israel's enemies.

12 "You shouldn't have done this! You shouldn't have gloated when they exiled your relatives to distant lands. You shouldn't have rejoiced because they were suffering such misfortune. You shouldn't have crowed over them as they suffered these disasters. 13 You shouldn't have plundered the land of Israel when they were suffering such calamity. You shouldn't have gloated over the destruction of your relatives, looting their homes and making yourselves rich at their expense. 14 You shouldn't have stood at the crossroads, killing those who tried to escape. You shouldn't have captured the survivors, handing them over to their enemies in that terrible time of trouble."

Obadiah was the first prophet to Israel (840BC) on the scene, after Samuel (1043 BC) and Elijah/Elisha (852BC). His pronouncement of judgment on the unspiritual Edomites chilled the air and gave Israel hope. Ezekiel also says Israel will vindicate itself against them. Two hundred forty-eight years after Obadiah's words, judgment was still hanging over their nation. Having gloated as the Assyrians captured Samaria and the Northern Tribes (10), they continued their namesake's attitude. The Words of the Lord will not return to Him void, they WILL come to pass!

Modern Israel should have claimed the promises of Obadiah, and the Lord, and never given away Gaza and the West Bank. They were faithless in that act, and the words of the Lord should have been their guide. Alas, all His promises are YES and AMEN!

Obadiah 15-21:
15 "The day is near when I, the LORD, will judge the godless nations! As you have done to Israel, so it will be done to you. All your evil deeds will fall back on your own heads. 16 Just as you swallowed up My people on My holy mountain, so you and the surrounding nations will swallow the punishment I pour out on you. Yes, you nations will drink and stagger and disappear from history, as though you had never even existed.

17 "But Jerusalem will become a refuge for those who escape; it will be a holy place. And the people of Israel will come back to reclaim their inheritance. 18 At that time Israel will be a raging fire, and Edom, a field of dry stubble. The fire will roar across the field, devouring everything and leaving no survivors in Edom. I, the LORD, have spoken!

19 "Then My people living in the Negev will occupy the mountains of Edom. Those living in the foothills of Judah will possess the Philistine plains and take over the fields of Ephraim and Samaria. And the people of Benjamin will occupy the land of Gilead. 20 The exiles of Israel will return to their land and occupy the Phoenician coast as far north as Zarephath. The captives from Jerusalem exiled in the north will return to their homeland and resettle the villages of the Negev. 21 Deliverers will go up to Mount Zion in Jerusalem to rule over the mountains of Edom. And the LORD himself will be king!"

Examine closely the futuristic tone of this passage. It reaches for a time beyond the present. God WILL judge the godless nations. Notice where the Deliverers will rule from: Mount Zion. Yes, the godless nations that emulate Edom will be punished like Edom!

To the people of Philistia:

Lying to the South is the Gaza strip and the ancient world of the Philistines. There, Goliath fell to the hand of David. There, Samson pulled down the stadium. (So, why would modern Israel fear the Palestinians [Philistia to the Jews, Palestine to the Greco/Romans])? Actually, Philistia was formed from a confederacy of cities: Gaza, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Gath and Ekron. (Judges13:3, I Samuel 6:17)

Ezekiel 25:15-17:
15 "And the Sovereign LORD says: The people of Philistia have acted against Judah out of revenge and long-standing contempt. 16 Therefore, says the Sovereign LORD, I will raise My fist of judgment against the land of the Philistines. I will wipe out the Kerethites and utterly destroy the people who live by the sea. 17 I will execute terrible vengeance against them to rebuke them for what they have done. And when I have inflicted My revenge, then they will know that I am the LORD."

Ezekiel now turns to the judgment pronounced against others in that sea area: Tyre and Sidon. The Lord is warning the inhabitants that surround Israel and Judah; time has eroded and there is no way around God's plan.

Chapters 26-28:

The reader is now entering some of the most prolific chapters of the Book. Keys are found in these verses that unlock prophecy in Revelation. So profound are the precepts in these chapters, that they must be viewed as God sees events: timeless and viewing the end as well as the beginning--all at once.

Some events in these chapters are years apart, though they appear to be immediate. Every word, every aspect of their placement, punctuation and correlation are intricately woven. Therefore, it is obligatory to entertain some factors that are at play.

First, there are prophetic words directed to multiple persons, although all those persons are referred to as "King of Tyre." There are three "kings" addressed herein.

  1. The actual ancient King of the old city of Tyre, located on the shore line across from what eventually will be the New Tyre or island of wealth. The old Tyre was ruled by Hiram and his father before him. (Hiram's father built the palaces of David and also traded and brought much of the wealth of the world to King David and his son, Solomon. Hiram acted as general contractor for the Temple built by Solomon.)

  2. The second King of Tyre was like the Lord Mayor of the island community, a position afforded the high priest in their Temple. New Tyre was established after the old city was ravaged by Nebuchadnezzar; it lasted until Alexander the Great conquered it. New Tyre worshipped the Religion of Hercules and had a temple to him. It was denial of worship in this temple that caused Alexander to conquer the city in 332BC.

  3. The third King of Tyre is satan himself. The Prince of Tyre, who was the son of perdition and whose spirit was what is known as the anti-Christ of the end time, is referenced in these chapters. The son carries the DNA of his father in rebellion and pride.
Below, is a map depicting the two Tyre locations (old and new). Let this diagram act as a compass to guide you through the intertwined prophesies.

     (Taken from:

In chapter twenty-six, there are shifts between the old and the new Tyre. However, it is the attitude of both territories which permeates both scenes.

Ezekiel 26:1-2:
On February 3, during the twelfth year of King Jehoiachin's captivity, this message came to me from the LORD: 2 "Son of man, Tyre has rejoiced over the fall of Jerusalem, saying, 'Ha! She who controlled the rich trade routes to the east has been broken, and I am the heir! Because she has been destroyed, I will become wealthy!'

Almost at that very moment in time, Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon turned from his sacking of Jerusalem and set his eyes on the wealth of Tyre. The Lord put it into his heart. After all, he was in the region--why not?

He did sack and destroy much of the old city, which caused the wealthiest among the Phoenician traders to re-enforce and build on the nearby island, thereby establishing a trading point thought to be invulnerable.

The attitude expressed in the "Ha!" is similar to one who has survived his business partner and is capable of taking over all the business, an enterprise that initially involved a partnership with Solomon and a joint fleet of commercial ships. That, of course, explains the great wealth display when the Queen of Sheba visited. All sorts of items, from all over the world, were visible. Whether Apes or Gold, every asset was in abundance.

Some historians point out the power of the Phoenician Navy. Ezekiel lists some of the ships' materials in his prophecy. Far reaching in their trading abilities, they traversed beyond what is commonly viewed as the ancient world. For instance, there are Phoenician tablets in Northern Michigan dating back to 1000BC. Phoenicians probably were responsible for the removal of 500,000 tons of top grade copper during that time (Could this be the "copper as precious as gold" in Ezra 8:27?).

Could this explain the tin mines of Glastonbury in England? Were they really the destination of the Phoenician Navy in supplying the alloy used in gold production for Solomon? There are Hebrew writings in that area which date to 1000BC.

Little wonder the old city rejoiced when its business partner fell to the Babylonians. With greedy eyes, they could only imagine the increased wealth they would gain.

God passed judgment upon them. That judgment scanned 250 years and even beyond. Those who say, "look at the city of Tyre, it lasted to modern times and can be seen on current maps," are fooled, because no one knows the exact location of the old city, its timbers and building materials were cast into the sea by Alexander's causeway builders (Nothing remained-not one rock).

During Nebuchadnezzar's 13 year siege of the Old City, those wealthy enough and skilled enough to book passage went to the site of the New City (on the island). They did not experience any of the looting and murder of the old city under Babylonian forces. They prospered and felt themselves impervious when they fended off other invasion forces during the 250 year time frame. This, of course, caused them to misjudge Alexander's invasion.

Ezekiel 26:3-6:
3 "Therefore, this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am your enemy, O Tyre, and I will bring many nations against you, like the waves of the sea crashing against your shoreline. 4 They will destroy the walls of Tyre and tear down its towers. I will scrape away its soil and make it a bare rock! 5 The island of Tyre will become uninhabited. It will be a place for fishermen to spread their nets, for I have spoken, says the Sovereign LORD. Tyre will become the prey of many nations, 6 and its mainland villages will be destroyed by the sword. Then they will know that I am the LORD.

Both Old and New Tyre are addressed in these three verses. Primarily, the New Tyre and its 30,000 inhabitants is the main target. Nothing but rubble remained of the Old City, however, the haughty, greedy, pride-filled citizenry lived on in the new location. They built a 150 ft. wall around the island kingdom. They established a pagan worship central Temple, where human sacrifices were offered. The religion of Hercules was a religion of Prosperity and Privilege (including sexual immorality). Actually, Hiram, who constructed Solomon's Temple, was of the Herculean religion. Some conjecture his influence, while explaining Solomon's departure from the Lord and establishment of places for idolatry throughout Israel's high places and valleys.

Old Tyre, indeed, fulfilled the promise of verse 3, "and I will bring many nations against you, like the waves of the sea crashing against your shoreline."

In 323BC. , after Alexander's death, a faction sought to rebuild Tyre, but a rival general destroyed this effort 8 years into its revival. Afterwards, the Romans decided to rebuild it in 64BC when all of Phoenicia was annexed to Rome. It was this Tyre that Paul preached in. However, in the 7th Century AD, the Muslims sacked the city and conquered the region. They destroyed the city, and to this day, no one knows the exact location of the old city. In verse 4:

They will destroy the walls of Tyre and tear down its towers. I will scrape away its soil and make it a bare rock! 5 The island of Tyre will become uninhabited. It will be a place for fishermen to spread their nets ...

When Alexander finally penetrated the island fortress, his troops slew the citizens and enslaved those who escaped the sword. They were merciless because of the intense fighting and casualties experienced during the six months building of the causeway and took vengeance. (See the map and go to the website for an in-depth description of the events of that siege.) Because of sediment, over time, the island now is a part of the mainland and the causeway is used by fishermen to dry their nets.

(Phooey on those schools that say this was a failed prophecy and point to modern Tyre.)

Ezekiel 26:7-14:
7 "For the Sovereign LORD says: I will bring King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon - the king of kings from the north - against Tyre with his cavalry, chariots, and great army. 8 First he will destroy your mainland villages. Then he will attack you by building a siege wall, constructing a ramp, and raising a roof of shields against you. 9 He will pound your walls with battering rams and demolish your towers with sledgehammers. 10 The hooves of his cavalry will choke the city with dust, and your walls will shake as the horses gallop through your broken gates, pulling chariots behind them. 11 His horsemen will trample every street in the city. They will butcher your people, and your famous pillars will topple.

12 "They will plunder all your riches and merchandise and break down your walls. They will destroy your lovely homes and dump your stones and timbers and even your dust into the sea. 13 I will stop the music of your songs. No more will the sound of harps be heard among your people. 14 I will make your island a bare rock, a place for fishermen to spread their nets. You will never be rebuilt, for I, the LORD, have spoken! This is the word of the Sovereign LORD.

Nebuchadnezzar never conquered the island city, but it was his intention. The man who conquered him (Alexander) carried out the deed. So, there is a blending of the prophetic stream over history. The families of the old city were finally addressed in the new one! Verse 12 describes the building materials used by Alexander in building the causeway.

Ezekiel 26:15-21: 15 "This is what the Sovereign LORD says to Tyre: The whole coastline will tremble at the sound of your fall, as the screams of the wounded echo in the continuing slaughter. 16 All the seaport rulers will step down from their thrones and take off their royal robes and beautiful clothing. They will sit on the ground trembling with horror at what they have seen. 17 Then they will wail for you, singing this funeral song:

'O famous island city,
once ruler of the sea,
how you have been destroyed!
Your people, with their naval power,
once spread fear around the world.
18 Now the coastlands tremble at your fall.
The islands are dismayed as you pass away.'

19 "For the Sovereign LORD says: I will make Tyre an uninhabited ruin. You will sink beneath the terrible waves of enemy attack. Great seas will swallow you. 20 I will send you to the pit to lie there with those who descended there long ago. Your city will lie in ruins, buried beneath the earth, like those in the pit who have entered the world of the dead. Never again will you be given a position of respect here in the land of the living. 21 I will bring you to a terrible end, and you will be no more. You will be looked for, but you will never be found. I, the Sovereign LORD, have spoken!" NLT

As the heavily fortified island came to prominence, after the destruction of the Old City, the only Tyre to be addressed was the island New City. Old Tyre became known as Ushu and lost its place in history. Currently, excavation shows the old coastline buried under two feet of mud.

"I will bring you to a terrible end, and you will be no more. You will be looked for, but you will never be found. I, the Sovereign LORD, have spoken!"

Chapter 27:

This whole chapter must be read as a funeral dirge. The elements fall into three categories.

(1) Comparison of the Ship of State to the actual ships of the naval fleet. The ingredients poured into the ship building were the best and the finest--skilled persons assisted in their making. The warriors displayed their copper shields along the rail-edge of the large ships in battle array. This may have influenced the Viking crews to do the same.

(2) Those countries which traded with Tyre (and Tyre's influence of paganism possibly affected) are listed here. Look at who these countries are today, and it is evident that Tyre's footprint is there. (Note: Chapter 28 carries out this truth.)

(3) The worldwide effect of Tyre's destruction shows how formidable Tyre's reach was. The sobbing shipmen, the mercenaries, who were now un-employed, virtually ask the question: "What will we do now?" Their world had fallen apart.

Ezekiel 27:1-28:1: Then this message came to me from the LORD: 2 "Son of man, sing a funeral song for Tyre, 3 that mighty gateway to the sea, the trading center of the world. Give Tyre this message from the Sovereign LORD: You claimed, O Tyre, to be perfect in beauty. 4 You extended your boundaries into the sea. Your builders made you glorious! 5 You were like a great ship built of the finest cypress from Senir. They took a cedar from Lebanon to make a mast for you. 6 They carved oars for you from the oaks of Bashan. They made your deck of pine wood, brought from the southern coasts of Cyprus. Then they inlaid it with ivory. 7 Your sails were made of Egypt's finest linen, and they flew as a banner above you. You stood beneath blue and purple awnings made bright with dyes from the coasts of Elishah.
8 "Your oarsmen came from Sidon and Arvad; your helmsmen were skilled men from Tyre itself. 9 Wise old craftsmen from Gebal did all the caulking. Ships came with goods from every land to barter for your trade. 10 Men from distant Persia, Lydia, and Libya served in your great army. They hung their shields and helmets on your walls, giving you great honor. 11 Men from Arvad and from Helech stood on your walls as sentinels. Your towers were manned by men from Gammad. Their shields hung on your walls, perfecting your splendor.
12 "Tarshish was your agent, trading your wares in exchange for silver, iron, tin, and lead. 13 Merchants from Greece, Tubal, and Meshech brought slaves and bronze dishes. 14 From Togarmah came riding horses, chariot horses, and mules. All these things were exchanged for your manufactured goods. 15 Merchants came to you from Dedan. Numerous coastlands were your captive markets; they brought payment in ivory tusks and ebony wood.
16 "Aram sent merchants to buy your wares. They traded turquoise, purple dyes, embroidery, fine linen, and jewelry of coral and rubies. 17 Judah and Israel traded for your wares, offering wheat from Minnith, early figs, honey, oil, and balm. 18 Damascus traded for your rich variety of goods, bringing wine from Helbon and white wool from Zahar. 19 Greeks from Uzal came to trade for your merchandise. Wrought iron, cassia, and calamus were bartered for your wares. 20 Dedan traded their expensive saddle blankets with you.
21 "The Arabians and the princes of Kedar brought lambs and rams and goats in trade for your goods. 22 The merchants of Sheba and Raamah came with all kinds of spices, jewels, and gold in exchange for your wares. 23 Haran, Canneh, Eden, Sheba, Asshur, and Kilmad came with their merchandise, too. 24 They brought choice fabrics to trade - blue cloth, embroidery, and many-colored carpets bound with cords and made secure. 25 The ships of Tarshish were your ocean caravans. Your island warehouse was filled to the brim!

The Destruction of New Tyre:

26 "But look! Your oarsmen are rowing your ship of state into a hurricane! Your mighty vessel flounders in the heavy eastern gale. You are shipwrecked in the heart of the sea!
27 Everything is lost - your riches and wares, your sailors and helmsmen, your ship builders, merchants, and warriors. On that day of vast ruin, everyone on board sinks into the depths of the sea.
28 "Your cities by the sea tremble as your helmsmen cry out in terror. 29 All the oarsmen abandon their ships; the sailors and helmsmen come to stand on the shore. 30 They weep bitterly as they throw dust on their heads and roll in ashes. 31 They shave their heads in grief because of you and dress themselves in sackcloth. They weep for you with bitter anguish and deep mourning. 32 As they wail and mourn, they sing this sad funeral song: 'Was there ever such a city as Tyre, now silent at the bottom of the sea? 33 The merchandise you traded satisfied the needs of many nations. Kings at the ends of the earth were enriched by your trade. 34 Now you are a wrecked ship, broken at the bottom of the sea. All your merchandise and your crew have passed away with you. 35 All who live along the coastlands are appalled at your terrible fate. Their kings are filled with horror and look on with twisted faces. 36 The merchants of the nations shake their heads at the sight of you, for you have come to a horrible end and will be no more.' "

Chapter 28: The real King of Tyre:

Message to the King of Tyre
It is interesting to notice, in these Scriptures, that the King of Tyre was in the Garden of Eden. Yes, his identity is revealed. This three part chapter addresses the false spirit, who has a following which displays his character and will-satan, the real King of Tyre, has a son the Prince of Tyre, with his father's antichrist spirit. The Prince of Tyre is the human King of Tyre on the island, who, like a puppet, gives his father a voice.

Message to Sidon
Next, is a message to Sidon. Sidon was a co-hart of Tyre and deserved to be judged.

Message to Israel
Finally, there is a message to Israel, who suffered, and is now promised vindication in the form of a blessing.

Beginning with an address to the real power behind Tyre's throne, the heavy hand of the Lord is revealed against satan. The prince of Tyre, satan's mouthpiece, is condemned.

Ezekiel 28:1-19: Then this message came to me from the LORD: 2 "Son of man, give the prince of Tyre this message from the Sovereign LORD: In your great pride you claim, 'I am a god! I sit on a divine throne in the heart of the sea.' But you are only a man and not a god, though you boast that you are like a god. 3 You regard yourself as wiser than Daniel and think no secret is hidden from you. 4 With your wisdom and understanding you have amassed great wealth - gold and silver for your treasuries. 5 Yes, your wisdom has made you very rich, and your riches have made you very proud.

6 "Therefore, this is what the Sovereign LORD says: Because you think you are as wise as a god, 7 I will bring against you an enemy army, the terror of the nations. They will suddenly draw their swords against your marvelous wisdom and defile your splendor! 8 They will bring you down to the pit, and you will die there on your island home in the heart of the sea, pierced with many wounds. 9 Will you then boast, 'I am a god!' to those who kill you? To them you will be no god but merely a man! 10 You will die like an outcast at the hands of foreigners. I, the Sovereign LORD, have spoken!"

11 Then this further message came to me from the LORD: 12 "Son of man, weep for the king of Tyre. Give him this message from the Sovereign LORD: You were the perfection of wisdom and beauty. 13 You were in Eden, the garden of God. Your clothing was adorned with every precious stone - red carnelian, chrysolite, white moonstone, beryl, onyx, jasper, sapphire, turquoise, and emerald - all beautifully crafted for you and set in the finest gold. They were given to you on the day you were created. 14 I ordained and anointed you as the mighty angelic guardian. You had access to the holy mountain of God and walked among the stones of fire.

15 "You were blameless in all you did from the day you were created until the day evil was found in you. 16 Your great wealth filled you with violence, and you sinned. So I banished you from the mountain of God. I expelled you, O mighty guardian, from your place among the stones of fire. 17 Your heart was filled with pride because of all your beauty. You corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor. So I threw you to the earth and exposed you to the curious gaze of kings. 18 You defiled your sanctuaries with your many sins and your dishonest trade. So I brought fire from within you, and it consumed you. I let it burn you to ashes on the ground in the sight of all who were watching. 19 All who knew you are appalled at your fate. You have come to a terrible end, and you are no more."

The real King of Tyre found a body (the human King of Tyre) that would embody him. Who mighty that apply to today?


Ezekiel 28:20-24:
20 Then another message came to me from the LORD: 21 "Son of man, look toward the city of Sidon and prophesy against it. 22 Give the people of Sidon this message from the Sovereign LORD: I am your enemy, O Sidon, and I will reveal My glory by what happens to you. When I bring judgment against you and reveal My holiness among you, everyone watching will know that I am the LORD. 23 I will send a plague against you, and blood will be spilled in your streets. The attack will come from every direction, and your people will lie slaughtered within your walls. Then everyone will know that I am the LORD. 24 No longer will Israel's scornful neighbors prick and tear at her like thorns and briers. For then they will know that I am the Sovereign LORD

A Blessing to Israel:

Ezekiel 28:25-26:
25 "This is what the Sovereign LORD says: The people of Israel will again live in their own land, the land I gave My servant Jacob. For I will gather them from the distant lands where I have scattered them. I will reveal to the nations of the world My holiness among My people. 26 They will live safely in Israel and build their homes and plant their vineyards. And when I punish the neighboring nations that treated them with contempt, they will know that I am the LORD their God."

This is an end-time prophetic word, and it will come to pass, even though millenniums have passed. It will come to pass just like the example of Tyre, who escaped the Assyrians and outfoxed Nebuchadnezzar by moving to the island, but finally succumbed to Alexander and those who followed him.

Next month, in chapter 29, the Lord will reveal how Nebuchadnezzar was rewarded for his obedience and how Egypt was given to him for payment.

Historians say that some of the residents of New Tyre escaped during the early part of the Alexandrian invasion, and they formed the city of Carthage that also was judged later on.

(I am indebted to Rev. Jim Haddock of Michigan who supplied me the bulk of his work on Ezekiel 26-28. His decade's long research yielded the most of the eye-opening historical facts contained in this newsletter.)

Feel free to contact him by email: He is a brother that any study group or conference can readily gain from his study and work-especially Revelation.)

Until Next month,

Dr. Cosby R. Oliver, PhD.

Prayer Focus:

From Brian Mason:

"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." St. John 8:32
Authorised King James Version

Faith is a living faith based on the absolute truth of God. However, without faith there is no believing, no expectancy, no supernatural interventions by God. "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." Hebrews 11:6. These days are crying out for aggressive Christianity, that which says, it shall be done.

Aggressive Christianity means knowing and acting upon the absolute truth of the Word of God as contained in the Bible. This comes through knowing of and manifesting the life of the Lord Jesus Christ which is the inheritance of the Lord Jesus Christ. "Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light." Colossians 1:12. This alone should be seen as the normal Christian life. Instead there is a watered-down version seen today and this has led to compromise and even the denial of absolute truth. Our Lord Jesus is the one who says "All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth." St. Matthew 28:18. It is He who longs that each one who belongs to Him should be filled with faith and the Holy Ghost. He confirms this through that amazing promise "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father." St. John 14:12. Our Lord returned to the Father at His Ascension. He is in the place of power. He exercises His power now not only in heaven, but also on earth for He has power on earth too. Have you fully grasped this? Should you have not then asked the Holy Ghost for His revelation of this absolute truth? When this absolute truth is applied by faith through your prayer life, what an open door there is to you when you only believe Him!

The time is ripe for men and women to become aggressive Christians. There is a call for the out- maneuvering of the strategy of hell which has entrenched itself in what is seen as main-stream Christianity. The Global South Anglicans, known as GAFCON have brought into the open the strategy of hell in exposing the denial of the absolute truth of the Word of God. This is because of some Anglican Provinces in their stance towards LGBT. These Anglican Provinces have embraced the LGBT agenda including its stance on gay marriage. The Churches' stance in theory may appear Biblical but in practice contradicts the Word of God. However, what GAFCON lacks is the aggressive Christianity which is a life which is so filled with the Holy Ghost and fire which can fulfil through intercessory prayer the promises contained in the Word of God; these promises which when applied shall bring forth the greater works. Promises which shall see the stronghold of Lucifer in the political correct Anglicans of many of the western Anglican Provinces destroyed. Promises which when taken hold of bring into faith and doctrine that which is based on absolute truth in the final authority of the Bible on all matters. You are invited to join me in taking hold of and applying the promises of God to see a restoration of absolute truth both in belief and practice.

Reverend Brian Mason
Bible College Wales
Rhos on Sea

Missions Report:

This month we feature adventures of Brother Vaughn Lowman, a mechanic and maintenance dept. leader for the Police Dept., Raleigh, NC. A servant who uses his own resources and is not dependent on offerings or church sponsorship.

This lengthy report will be worth the reading, as it proves how the Lord will use any willing soul who yields to the Spirit AND that the Lord has His elect apart from standard missionary divisions of churches and denominations.

It has been my contention for several years that more missionary work is happening outside the corporate church than has been dreamed of. God has enlisted dedicated souls who will follow the Spirit's prompting and go to places near and far that need something more than standard fare. How blessed are the one's who leave their home and go to a place they have no clue of what they will encounter and just do what the early Disciples did at the command of Jesus---they meet people in strange ways that guide them and or shelter them. Vaughn has been in many countries in this same way---some places where hostility would hinder a larger venue.

Vaughn Lowman

I would like to share briefly about how the Lord has been using me the past few years, from encouragement by the Olivers. I am humbled and honored that Brother Oliver asked me to share some about this unique way He sends for His Kingdom and Glory. Oh yes, if you read to the end--a special note is there.

My story:

How I got started? Basically the Holy Spirit attracted / drew / caught my attention to visit George Warnock and the fellowship there in Sept. 2013, but started me planning a few months earlier. At least in or before July 2013, as at that time He asked me if I would go to Alaska for one Soul while on this trip? He also said to plan the trip for a month time period. (Note I was and am still working full time). I am thankful He provides Very Specific Details for key things, but also allows flowing during and on each trip. The Flow of the Spirit has increased on each trip and more reliance on Him increases for each one. Another note as I near the time to leave usually a month or so before the trip my Faith and Focus and Confidence increase greatly.

Basically all the trips start with the Spirit drawing me into thoughts about a place as I pray or am seeking the Lord. There is no set time He reveals or opens me up for this, but impresses me in the way He talks to me to FOCUS on something... then as I focus and concentrate and usually pray in the Spirit He reveals more for the trip. Usually info comes over several times as He opens up more and more details over time. He gives a specific theme and scriptures for each trip. Also, stretches out the faith in each one.

A lot of the trips have been using a map and focusing on where the Holy Spirit is pointing. It is like the Spirit zooms in to a country, then city or area. Two of the trips He spoke to go to the Heart of the City, Cranbrook, BC , and Country - Uruguay. The Lord always opens up divine appointments on the trip to and from the countries, besides what opens up in the country. There have been several meetings in airports and on flights in addition to ones in the countries to share the Word of God. He even told me to use certain airlines at times. Also, certain areas to stop at hotels or places to stay. A note here on the Denmark trip August, 2016 He surprised me by paying for two different hotels I had not prepaid for. What a blessing that was, and for the recent Botswana and Zimbabwe trip May and June of 2017 He provided even more.

After some close to home travels in the southeast US. The Lord inspired me to "extend my borders" by starting to travel overseas. As a beginner at this, but being led and directed by the Holy Spirit He would show and tell me cities or areas to go to and specific dates to leave or for lengths of time to be at a certain location. Sometimes, He would give Scriptures or insight about the country or people. I was to go by faith, depending on His continued direction and divine connections.

Each trip has been a stretch of faith to grow and rely on Him more. Another item is that He sends me by myself, many people question going by myself? People call them missionary trips, but I have always said Ministry trips. Each trip is unique and the tasks given are different for each one. Similarities for most have been prayer walking for hours and miles, intercession, prophesying and just sharing Truths I have been taught or what the Holy Spirit reveals.

Most have been for about 2 weeks, but the most recent in Africa was for 2 months. Of course there have been tests along the way too. Oh, a lot of times people in airports or planes have been divine appointments too. So here we go.

The first trip was to Wanaka, New Zealand, a small town on the southern island. It was a really beautiful place to see. Prayer walking was the direction to go, going to a certain side of the town area each day for hours and miles. Each day I met people along the way and shared or asked questions about Jesus or the culture, or family or prayed with them. The first Sunday I was there, while at a church service, I was invited to another church that evening. I went there and the Pastor had a vision and word for me. He mentioned an island called East Timor or Timor Leste, which I did not know where it was at that time. I found out and God later sent me there.

Next was Bermuda. This was a very short trip for a week, but included meetings with a few believers in New Jersey before going to Bermuda. There I prayed with one young man to receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit who was from India. In Bermuda I did more prayer walking with specific direction where to turn left, right or go straight. I had unique meetings with a few people. This trip was about trying to help an orphanage. I was not able to find one before going or after I came there. So I questioned God what was He trying to reveal? He questioned me about "Spiritual Orphans"? Wow, what does a Spiritual Orphan look like and what is needed? Do they have a Father, Mother or Family?

Next was USA and Canadian border in Maine. The assignment was to pray against invasion for that area of USA. A question I had if I was sent here who was going to the other areas (3 corners) around USA? I prayed they would fulfill their tasks too. The Holy Spirit also led me to anoint and pray at a sign at the city limits 3 times for protection there. I also had a divine appointment at the hotel I was staying at with the owners. We had a special time of prayer for wisdom for finances. Oh, God healed me from a vertebrae being out of place in my neck there too.

Next was Ranong, Thailand. This city was along the southwestern coast. He instructed me to take a Bible to bury in the sand at the coast of the place I was staying. I did some prayer walking and shared with a few locals. But mostly talked and shared with a young lady at the facility several days. Also, of note on the airplane from California to Thailand a young lady sat beside me that had many questions about Jesus and the Word, as she had started going back to church and reading the Bible. We had several hours of sweet fellowship.

Next was Uruguay. (See: special section about this, with pictures)

Next was East Timor, (from the word from the New Zealand Pastor). God had set the time to leave March 10th and what to do for the main part of the trip. The Spirit said to ride through the island for 7 days. And for the west side to a place called Fatululic to release Isaiah 44:21 - God has not forgotten them. A divine appointment occurred here way out on the border where the road basically was disappearing to a grassy path. But God had a young man there that spoke fluent English. I shared and He translated to his family and neighbors, God has not forgotten them. We had a wonderful time of fellowship and they shared some food and let me see inside their hut.

There were divine meetings each night I stopped. God even provided unknown places to stay. One place, Vincento, helped with a vehicle issue and I gave him 10 dollars to help his family. He cried and was very happy and thankful for the gift. I drove to the other end of the island and stopped for fuel and to eat then had a divine appointment with several teenagers who had finished school for the day and were coming to catch the bus where I was taking a break, as the roads were very rugged and rough. Nazi, Nikki, Tetos and several others were very open to hear about Jesus and the Bible. I left them, but not before asking for the anointing, Truth and wisdom for their lives. Another appointment was in Laclubar where I was trying to find a place to spend the night, never did have to sleep in the truck. I had a precious time with a group of people that a young boy said could help find the place to stay. There were many young kids that came near me to touch or see a "white person" I felt odd? They surrounded me and adults were there too. We talked about the Lord and the area. Another part of this trip was meeting a missionary family sent there via Mozambique from Argentina. I spent a couple of days after the driving part with them and the church they were helping. I met its Pastor and several people and had more fellowship and prayers and much more.

Next was Denmark, the assignment was to go to all 4 borders, which included going to the remote island, Bornholm, on the East side. A unique experience occurred at each side, there were rainbows and double rainbows at each border. Each had prayer walking for hours and miles daily, and divine appointments with people, Abeno, a young man that I wanted to meet, but had only talked by email was one and two others as well: Keari& Ingabor. One other matter of note, as I was at the north border guest house they suggested to go to the very tip of the country where the seas met. I was interested to go if I had time, but the Holy Spirit said, "that was NOT my assignment." Mine was to prayer walk in the town, so I obeyed the Lord and stayed in town and prayed for who was assigned to that to complete it. Oh a big surprise on this trip was God paid for 2 hotels unexpectedly, what a blessing. I told the hotel people I had not prepaid for these like a couple others. They said it was paid for, so I thanked the Lord.

Next was Botswana and Zimbabwe. This May and June. First was Botswana. Before I went, an inspirational thought occurred "7 weeks and 7 years?" It was several months before the understanding came about this and only came a few weeks before the trip. ** I was also inspired to visit Molepolole for 1 month, a village about an hour by bus west of the capital Gaborone. The Lord used a prayer friend to lead me to this village. The Lord did not let me reserve places to stay, other than the guest house in the capital when I first entered the country. The couple there were Christians and were extremely helpful and we quickly became close friends. They were used by God to let me stay at one of their relatives place for that month. It was a tremendous blessing and convenient location for travel in the village. As I started walking through the village I thought of getting a bicycle due to the size of the village, but God would not let me get one. After looking at a couple and praying more He said, "Know My Environment!" What did He mean by that, "know My environment?"

As I observed the people in the village most walked, road a bus or used a taxi. The taxis were quite reasonable .40 for miles if needed due to picking up and dropping off people all along their way. The Lord opened connections immediately, from ladies at Pie City restaurant, which all 4 invited me to their churches and the manager to her home to meet her family. To people on the street that were curious why I was there? This opened more invitations to churches and peoples homes to share the word, pray with them or share about each others culture. A note here was that being out among the publicans and sinners was more important than being used in a church. I went to different areas of the village most days. There seemed to be a divine attraction with people. There was a deep hunger for knowing more truth of God's word. They see signs and miracles regularly, but the hunger was for learning and understanding more of the Word. So there were many days of hours spent sharing, listening, praying, fellowshipping and even meals. There were enough invitations I had to pray where and which one to go to next. What a challenge to have? I can say the Holy Spirit planned things very well.

An awesome privilege was to lead Bennie to the Lord, a young man of 32 that had studied many religions and even read the Bible. Jesus' light shined in so powerfully and we are still in contact today. He helped teach me the language along with his friend Max that practiced black magic. He took me through more areas of the village I might not have gone myself. We hung out together many days especially at Isaac's brothers little store where many people came regularly. I was blessed to buy Bennie a pair of shoes, and Mojeh his friend a Bible. One day Mooki came and stopped drinking, unknown to me at that time, but he invited me to his house and told me then, I don't know what I even said that caused that? I had a great meeting with his family and sharing and singing the Word. Visiting the churches was nice as they love to praise the Lord. I was given opportunity to share at a couple for a few brief moments, but I knew my emphasis was to be out with the people. A really big test was given too. Having a good and clean conscience constantly.
Oh, to share the 7 weeks and 7 years meaning, basically God was giving me 7 years of training in 7 weeks. Wow! (Time to move onto Zimbabwe, though people wanted me to stay or come back.)

Again, I did not have a specified time or length of time to go to Zimbabwe until on the trip. He clarified that and on the way I went. The guest house was a small and nice one & the owner was very helpful with information about Victoria Falls. The economy is very bad in Zimb. and many ask for help. God allowed me to meet several people the first couple days I was there and was invited to homes & churches. I was able to go to homes, but the enemy stopped me going to churches. Extra prayer time was spent then for Zimb. One special request was by the tourist Policeman Lolani's wife to go to meet and pray for her dad out in the bush country, a couple hours ride to Jambezi. We planned a time and she took several of her family to visit. He was making an ax when we arrived there and we spent several hours fellowshipping, even neighbors came unexpectedly. Of course the Holy Spirit was working... They even cooked some elephant meat that park rangers had to shoot. It tasted ok to me. A relative named Ronica was interested in learning English better, so I gave her my Bible. She was so excited. I then met with Abel and Ben. Abel had a home church & was inspired to reach out to drug addicts. I thank the Lord for the many opportunities to meet His people or share Him with them.

A Ministry friend from Alabama told me a few years ago as I was starting on this journey that this was a "Door Opener" gifting / ministry. That I would not necessarily see a lot of fruit on the trips, but God would work more after I was gone. Hallelujah that He is doing the work...

As a brief comment to end for now, I pray for all the people and countries I have been sent & thank any of you who have prayed for me or even just others you know that are sent. May Christ lift you up and give you anointing to follow him.

Oh, my next trip for June 2018 is a "secret mission", I recall David going on a secret mission...

Missionary Journal for East Timor:

The Lord directed me to go there and drive through the country for 7 days and He would direct my path. I knew no one in that country, so it was all by faith and His leadership.

First, I was directed to leave Dili.

The road and bridge to Fatotulic was not a highway, but was better than later on.
The path to Fatotulic

A family I met and released a Word from Isaiah 44:21. Mark, in the black shirt, spoke fluent English amazing way out in this remote place to find him.
Next, some of Mark's relatives

A missionary family I discovered. I spent a couple of days with them. A real ministry team teaching the Word.
Missionary church and Pastor & his wife with a Minister from Singapore (Church inside picture)
Service where my testimony was received.

Hotel I shared with Vincento for a few hours
Missionary and church they were helping

The men all sit on one side with the ladies on the other.

Missionary Journal for Botswana:

Then I was sent by the Lord to minister in Botswana. These are the places the Lord led me to:

The first is a Friday night church meeting I was invited to after just arriving in Botswana. IT was being started by a young Minister God sent to Gabarone, the Capital of Botswana. This is a parking lot.
The second,from an invitation by a young person named Emmanuel to this church called No Weapon International. It had been started a few years ago and met outside with a roof and some screening covering some of the sides

I was invited by the Leader to share for a few minutes. Their services usually lasted from 9-2. Here are the Minister Mothusi and me.

Missionary Journal for Wanaka, New Zealand:

I was sent by the Lord to Wanaka, New Zealand in November of 2014. This was a beautifully picturesque area. This was my 1st overseas trip, I did not have much insight before going other than to go and things would open up. Mostly did prayer walking. The Lord gave two visions while there, one was of a young girl looking out around a corner to the world. Interpretation was New Zealand was like a teenage girl looking out into the world, but God said she is not ready (mature) enough to go. Second was about a black bird similar to a crow flying around in the area, meaning was about New Zealand and atheism in the country.

As I was having morning devotions I noticed the mountain with what appears to be a persons head with their mount open. Could this be like a stone crying out??

Then, a view from above town. It seemed like that was a common place. I ended up on a hill looking over the town to pray.

Missionary Journal for Ranong, Thailand:

Then I was sent by the Lord to Ranong, Thailand in September of 2015 These are the places the Lord led me to:

The first is Tong the young lady at the hotel lodge place that spoke good English and was quite helpful. We had several days of talking and sharing. We did not talk much about the Lord, but became friends while there.

Next is the coast where I planted a Bible

Then, we have O the manager of the hotel lodge.

Missionary Journal for Uruguay Dec. 2015:

This was a difficult one to go on, as my mom just had had a very bad stroke 3 weeks earlier. I had this trip planned for a few months, but my mom's condition caused extra praying to still go or not? There was good support and stability in-house for her & she said to go. God gave me release to go as well.

It was a short trip for about 10 days. Most of the trip was like being in a prayer closet while ministering in the Capital. Warfare and prophetic praying & interceding, with few walking times was my forte. However, my main emphasis was to go the "HEART" of the country and release the Word of the Lord & pray & intercede. As the Holy Spirit guided me before and during these trips, He had me look at a map of Uruguay and to my surprise there was a area called Centenario, which was basically in the middle of the country. How awesome, the center of the country with an area called Centenario.

I took the bus from the Capital to a town about 1-2 miles walk to Centenario and to the park the Holy Spirit had directed me to. Before I went to the park, I encountered a man and woman named Horacio and Sylvana, I felt impressed to meet with them after he was off work and I had finished at the park& what the Lord wanted done. This was a divine appointment, for Horacio introduced me to his daughters, Denise and Aileen. They invited me for dinner & fellowship. They spoke good English and we talked much & read the scriptures. The young girls especially were interested for the 2-3 hours of sharing. The youngest, Aileen, did the scripture reading for us. We even shared the tradition in many South American countries of hot herbal tea being passed around to the adults from one cup and one metal tube to drink from. This was like they were including me into their family. What a special time. Horacio insisted for me to spend the night and talk more in the morning. I did.

Then I went back to the Capital. Just a few blocks from where I was staying was a major city intersection with a large 50 foot tall cross. The Holy Spirit directed me to walk around it 7 times and pray about the meanings of each number as I walked around it. Example pray about God's meaning of the number 1 the first time around, then number 2 the second, 3 the third, etc..

After doing this, I sat on a bench in the park by the road and was just watching people. A word about a "Ministry friend" had been given before I went, it was said that I would meet a man with a big hand. I was waiting for this meeting. Noting most people are shorter than I am I wondered how this would be? Then, an older man, probably in his 60's but average size, came up to me--giving out flyers for an orphanage, but his physical hand was not big. But his Spiritual hand I felt was big, as he was reaching out for the orphans. I was glad to give him some help for the kids.

What a lesson to learn how God can use and show you through others much more than physical attributes. I was thankful He arranged the meeting. Uruguay needs much prayer as the country is noted as being the most liberal of all of South America.

Centenario area sign
Horacio and me

The Cross in Montevideo


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