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When Hezekiah came to the throne of Israel, the land was traumatized by a reign of terror instituted by his father, King Ahaz. During his reign, he promoted child sacrifice, idolatrous worship, disastrous warfare, and religious persecution. He closed the temple of the Lord and prohibited anyone from worshiping Jehovah. When he died, his 25-year-old son Prince Hezekiah became king, and things changed quickly and dramatically. Hezekiah was a true worshiper of the Lord, and he immediately reopened the temple, mobilized the priests and Levites, reestablished worship, and promoted revival.

God prepared the people for that moment, and the land recovered more quickly than anyone could have imagined. The people rejoiced when the events took place so suddenly.

There’s a verse that says, “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5). It is a faithful reminder that problems are temporary, but our blessings last forever. We persevere by faith and trust during the night, but as the dawn appears on the horizon, the sun rises quickly bringing hope and light. So don’t give up—God is preparing you to rejoice.

The best is yet to be and we can’t lose for winning!
Vance Havner

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The Resurrection of Russia

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After World War II, the world had two superpowers: the United States and the Soviet Union. When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, Russia took a backseat in world affairs. But Russia is back, inserting herself in world affairs. Ezekiel saw her rise and coming demise centuries ago. Covers Ezekiel 38–39.

In 2018, Turning Point partnered with TBN Russia to bring the Gospel to our Russian brothers and sisters worldwide. Turning Point's Russian broadcasts have a potential viewership of over 200 million people spread across 100 countries. Turning Point also started a YouTube page in 2018 that will allow Russian speakers to access Bible-based teaching at their convenience. Join us in praying that Turning Point's Russian ministry will bring many people to Christ and strengthen believers through the teaching of the Word.

There are more than 10 million Russian-speaking people currently living in the U.S.

Russian is the 5th most spoken language in the world.

Get Involved:

  • Pray for believers in Russia to be encouraged and strengthened in their faith as they face religious restrictions put in place by the government.

  • Pray for Turning Point to find additional opportunities to reach Russian speakers around the world.

  • Pray for the furtherance of the Gospel, specifically that more people will come to Christ through Turning Point's Russian television and YouTube programs.

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"Your videos are exceptional. Turning Point has done a great job. I very much hope that you all will have great success in Russia with time, and I certainly will contact my Russian family and friends and recommend that they not only watch but also spread the word."

— Natalia

In Ezekiel 38, the prophet Ezekiel reveals a ten–nation coalition that God will put into effect in the Tribulation. This prophecy aligns with Daniel's prediction years earlier in Babylon (you can learn more about that prophecy in the next lesson). The names and places that Ezekiel describes are foreign to us today, but a closer look at Scripture and history will help us translate these into modern times. Here's what we know:

Map of Russia

The Commander of the Alliance:

Gog (Ezekiel 38:1–2, 7)

Nations in the Alliance:

Magog

  • Home of Gog

  • Noah's second son (Genesis 10:2; 1 Chronicles 1:5; Revelation 20:8)

  • Modern–day "–stan" countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and perhaps Afghanistan)

Meshech and Tubal

  • The fifth and sixth sons of Noah (Genesis 10:2)

  • Many experts identify these as territories in modern Turkey

Persia

  • Changed its name to Iran in 1935

  • Iran is a fierce enemy of Israel

Ethiopia

  • Modern–day Sudan and Ethiopia

  • Founded by Cush, grandson of Noah (Genesis 10:6)

  • Sudan is one of Israel's greatest enemies

Libya

  • The same as modern–day Libya

  • Founded by Put, the grandson of Noah (Genesis 10:6)

  • Has current ties with Russia

Gomer

  • Modern Germany (theorized because the name sounds similar to "Gomer")

  • First son of Japheth, grandson of Noah (Genesis 10:2)

Togarmah

  • "From the far North" (Ezekiel 38:6); possibly modern–day Turkey

  • Third son of Gomer, great grandson of Noah (Genesis 10:3)

These are the nations that will form a coalition and march against Israel, setting the stage for this gigantic world war focused on the Holy Land. Though the northern armies of Russia and Turkey will lead the coalition, they will be joined by Iran from the east, Sudan and Libya from the south, and (possibly) Germany from the west in the form of a revived European coalition of nations. To darken the picture for Israel, Ezekiel added that the nation will have "many peoples" on its side (v. 9).

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