Believer, As This World Spirals Down Into 'Gross Darkness' - Pray The LORD Press Thee On To Higher Ground

The farther down into gross darkness [Isaiah 60:2] this world spirals, the further up the believer should go - press on the upward way believer...
I'm pressing on the upward way,
New heights I'm gaining every day;
Still praying as I'm onward bound,
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.

Lord, lift me up and let me stand,
By faith, on Heaven's table land,
A higher plane than I have found;
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.

My heart has no desire to stay
Where doubts arise and fears dismay;
Though some may dwell where those abound,
My prayer, my aim, is higher ground.

I want to live above the world,
Though Satans darts at me are hurled;
For faith has caught the joyful sound,
The song of saints on higher ground.

I want to scale the utmost height
And catch a gleam of glory bright;
But still I'll pray till Heav'n I've found,
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.

Johnson Oatman, Jr., 1898
Psalms 18:31-33 'For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God? It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect. He maketh my feet like hinds' feet, and setteth me upon my high places'


Cyrus said...


Jesus said the evil end of the age would be as in the "days of Noah" and "days of Lot."

In both of those Biblical examples, evil society had passed beyond the point of no return and God intervened, saving only a remnant.

Ironically, today "days of Lot" sodomites have usurped and perverted God's "days of Noah" rainbow sign, God's promise that He would never again destroy by water.

Bible prophecy says God will destroy by fire.

The Gog/Magog third world invasion and destruction of all Christian lands is happening now at this evil end of the age. Both Ezekiel 38/39 and Rev 20:9 tell us God will intervene with fire.

There was a prophetic 1973 French book about the invasion and destruction of Europe by third worlders. The title of that book, "The Camp of the Saints", was taken from the Revelation Gog/Magog verse, Rev 20:9.



tom m. said...


re: "Gog Magog third world invasion"

Have to oppose this viewpoint/eschatology, Cyrus, that is so prevalent these days...as being a massive hoax. What is playing out on the world stage today 2016 is absolutely not the biblically foretold Gog-Magog scenario - that is impossible, but is in fact an incredibly elaborate hoax to deceive the entire world into believing it is. This very subject has been the topic of many posts on this blog so rather than go over it again these two quotes from just one of them gives a brief but basic overview as to (1) the design of the hoax and (2) the correct interpretation of Rev. 20:9 and Ez. 38-39 Gog Magog (and links to other posts for the fuller picture...for any interested):
From: Hagee; Fake Gog-Magog WWIII

"...one thing is certain - and that is that a massive worldwide deception is on the way...in terms of middle east warfare, ultimately finalizing in a fake Gog-Magog WWIII, prearranged to result in Israeli victory, allowing for a claim of divine-deliverance, to then be interpreted-to-the-world as evidence of the god-given right to rule the planet and mankind [link].

-- The real Gog-Magog takes place at the end of the thousand year period known commonly as the millennial kingdom [Rev. 20:7-8]. Ezekiel's chapter 38-39 Gog-Magog and the Revelation's chapter 20 Gog-Magog are one and the same. This is almost universally denied though because the scheme as described above is not possible unless it is made into two separate events. Note 2: This can only be done by purposely ignoring the chronology of Ezekiel. These chapters of Ezekiel are absolutely chronological. To correctly interpret Ezekiel this chronology must not be overlooked. Ezekiel 38-39 can in no way happen before Ezekiel 36-37, which is the restoration of the nation of Israel by the LORD God: cleansing them, giving them a "new heart", and putting his Spirit within them, unto obedience; Ezekiel 36:25-28; 37:14,23-24. This has absolutely not happened yet, and will not happen, until after the tribulation, the time of Jacob's trouble; Jer. 30:7 (Israel returning to the land in 1948 and Jerusalem in 1967 was not at all the restoration promised by God, but was accomplished by their own political machinations - without God at all [1John 2:22]). Ezekiel 38-39 then, can occur at the end of the thousand-year millennium only, "after many days", when Satan is loosed for a time from the bottomless pit where he has been held for that thousand years [Ezekiel 38:8; Rev. 20:7], to lead Gog-Magog [Ezekiel 38:9; Rev. 20:8], only to be "devoured" [Rev. 20:9;], that God may magnify and sanctify Himself before all the millennial world [Ezekiel 38:23; 39:6].

Compare: Hal Lindsey - Gog hoax

see all: Gog-Magog hoax

2Timothy 2:15

Cyrus said...


The evil impostors who call themselves "jews" are Gog/Magog who is fostering the current invasion and destruction of all Christians nations worldwide. I know it is happening I live on one of the front lines.

The "jews" who now occupy God's ancient holy land are Rev 2:9 & Rev 3:9 "synagogue of satan." They are NOT Israelites. They are descendants of Edomites who lost a war against Israel in the 2nd century BC, then "converted" en masse so they could continue to live within the Kingdom of Israel. These Edomite-jews began to usurp and destroy the Kingdom of Israel. Herod [who was an Edomite-jew, NOT an Israelite] allied with Rome to conquer Jerusalem in 37BC. Rome declared Herod king of Judea. Herod proceeded to murder all the Israelite Hasmonean royal heirs. Herod also totally destroyed the second temple [the one Cyrus decreed built after the Babylonian captivity.] Herod even removed the foundation stones to rebuild Herod's third temple. Herod tried to murder God's Temple made without hands, Jesus Christ, when he murdered the babes of Bethlehem.

The irony of history is... Edom was the enemy of Israel throughout the OT and NT. Edomites allied with Babylon to destroy Jerusalem and the first temple; then they occupied part of the holy land while Israelites were in the Babylonian captivity. Edomite-jews allied with Rome to usurp Jerusalem, disinherit Israelites, destroy the second temple and Jesus Christ God's Temple made without hands. So this current end of the age Edomite-jew occupation of God's holy land is the third and last. As Jesus said in Luke 19:27... "bring them hither..." The true descendants of ancient Israelites [most of whom were scattered in the diaspora at the time of Christ - see James 1:1] became Christians millennia ago, just as Jesus said they would.


Cyrus said...


Ezekiel 38-39 then, can occur at the end of the thousand-year millennium only, "after many days", when Satan is loosed for a time from the bottomless pit where he has been held for that thousand years [Ezekiel 38:8; Rev. 20:7], to lead Gog-Magog [Ezekiel 38:9; Rev. 20:8], only to be "devoured" [Rev. 20:9;], that God may magnify and sanctify Himself before all the millennial world [Ezekiel 38:23; 39:6].


I read your previous Gog/Magog article. I thought I read that you believe [as I do] that Ezekiel 38/39 and Rev 20:9 are the same event [OT/NT giving us a double witness.] In Ezekiel 38/39 God says He sent Gog against His own people [ie, Christians] because of their rebellious sins. God uses Gog as He used Pharaoh, to manifest Himself to His people and the entire world. God is manifest via His fire from heaven that destroys Gog/Magog, the satanic red dragon of Rev 12 who is making war against God's remnant [Rev 20's camp of the saints.] Then the resurrection of the dead and the new heaven and new earth.

The national resurrection of all 12 tribes of Christian-Israel in Ezekiel 37 and the Rev 20 millennium reign of God's people with Christ both come before the Gog/Magog event. This was the church age when God's people [the true descendants of ancient Israelites who had been scattered into Europe and Asia since the 8th century BC] embraced Christianity and Christ ruled in Christian nations. All that was destroyed when satan was released and now Gog/Magog's satanic heathen hordes have invaded and are destroying all [former] Christian nations. We are now very close to the second coming of Christ. As Daniel 12:7 says... when the power of God's holy people is totally broken, all will the finished. We are there.


tom m. said...


Your eschatology is a complete confusion of scripture. What you have here is just another distorted amillennialism - claiming for instance that the Rev. 20 1000 yr. period is now past, that this was "church age" - the "national resurrection of Christian-Israel", so on and so forth -- all fulfilling Rev. 20 -- which all means that the 2nd coming is near. All of which could not possibly be more incorrect...that is totally false.

Your interpretations show no understanding of the difference between the nation of Israel and the NT church, i.e. the body of Christ. Any attempt to interpret scripture without this distinction can only result in compounded error. Error upon error...upon error...in other words.

Gog Magog - no we are not there. Not even close. The second coming is not yet near. The pre-trib rapture of the bride the body of Christ, then the tribulation/judgment of the world, ending in Armageddon - all comes first. Then the 1000 yr. - which has not 'already' happened, then the last attack Gog Magog - Rev. 20:7-8 - against the millennial saints of God.

Jews today are talmudic Christ-denying. As for the synagogue of Satan, the false Jews - edomite or khazar or seed of the serpent [John 8:44] - the LORD will deal with all of this in the tribulation. He will separate the elect remnant of Israel out [Isaiah 65:9], open their eyes and bring them to repentance, and bring them through - Ezekiel 20:33-44. The rest will see His wrath.

Where we are now is shown in this post: 10 kings shall arise. What is explained there is that before the coming Antichrist global-kingdom can arise, the existing governmental systems of this world must first be completely destroyed. - This is exactly "where we are" now on the prophetic timeclock.

It is evident that you are adamant as to your views. You are entitled to them, wrong as they are, but there's no point in debating as clearly you are convinced of them. You've had your say so best to leave off here as any more will be of little profit...

Job 34:32 'That which I see not teach thou me..."

Anonymous said...

Tom -

Unfortunately, I have not ever received any eschatological teaching in the church and am profoundly ignorant on the topic. Would you mind explaining how your view of pre-trib rapture is different from the Left Behind series? Thanks so much!!!

tom m. said...

to Anon (directly above),

Anon, if you have no eschatology, you need to get some. First thing to do is forget about "Left Behind"...completely - like it does not exist. The Left Behind series is a fictionalized, sensationalized, total distortion of the biblical doctrine of the imminent return of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Next thing is to take responsibility upon yourself to learn, not to depend on 'the church'. Isaiah 28:9-10 says this:

'Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little'

These scriptures instruct us. How shall one be taught knowledge, and understand doctrine? Two things primarily - if a person has a sincere desire to know truth, he shall need to be (1) 'weaned from the milk, drawn from the breast' - which basically is saying assuming the responsibility to teach yourself (by the Holy Ghost of course), as opposed to, for example, being taught by 'the church'. Must be weaned.

and (2) the only way to do that is to go straight to the scriptures yourself (KJV a must) and dig in. Precept upon precept, line upon line is the only way correct doctrine can ever be learned. This takes work. It takes study and more study. There is no other way.

Want to learn eschatology? Here are some links from posts on this blog dealing with pre-trib doctrine that would be a good starting point. Skim reading over them will not do. Have to study, look up the scriptures, go precept upon precept, line upon line - and learn it firsthand:

L. Sperry Chafer - Rapture, 2nd coming

DeHaan - Imminency of the rapture

H. Smith - The rapture

also: Not wrath but rapture

see all: Return of Jesus Christ

Whom shall he teach knowledge?

Psalms 119:18