➲ "It's not God that is changing..." Dr. Swaim's latest in the series, "What In This World Is God Doing?"
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The Blessed Hope
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Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is reported today (February 16, 2010) to have said (www.onenewsnow.com) that the prophecy in Ezekiel, Chapter 37, has been fulfilled. (Please take time to read it.) I'm glad to know that he, evidently, takes Bible prophecy literally, and has knowledge of it.
If it is, as he says, that this prophecy has been fulfilled, then it follows that Israel is in her land to stay, and will never lose it again. Amos 9:15 makes that clear. It only takes one prophecy to establish a fact, but when many others say the same, the prophecy is doubly certain. Ezekiel 28:25, 26 is just one more passage, of many, to verify that our position is correct.
However, we need to realize that it is when they are returned to the land by the hand of God, that this truth will be realized. I would submit to you, that such a return has not yet happened. This is not to say that God is not in their presence there now, but that it is not the direct fulfillment of Bible prophecy.
The Prime Minister does not seem to recognize Ezekiel 37:14 as a reference to the Holy Spirit (note the commentary of Jan Markell, founder and director of Olive Tree Ministries, within the cited article), but in some kind of a generic sense, as in a new attitude. Since Israel, nationally, continues in unbelief toward their Messiah, it is not possible that their current presence in the Land fulfills prophecy; that the Holy Spirit has now come upon them.
The current possession of her land is only "the same kind of thing," as is prophesied: It is not the final fulfillment. Zechariah 14:-3 makes this clear. With other prophecies, we know that the Anti-Christ will secure Israel and guarantee her safety and protection for seven years. But in the midst of that time period, he will break that treaty, and come against her in great wrath. That is when Isaiah's portrait, in 1:8, will be realized. Her only resource then will be her God. He will deliver her. He will protect her. He will bring back her sons (Zephaniah 3:20)—not one will be left behind. He will purge them (Ezekiel 20:37, 38), and will permanently establish them in the land. Finally, they will know Who Jesus is!! (Ezekiel 20:42). (Please read Ezekiel 20. It will give you a great overview of Israel's history, and future.)
Dr. Swaim is a native North Carolinian, where he now resides. He was saved as a young lad in Calvary Baptist Church, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and immediately became a student of the Word of God. Among his most influential teachers were the late Drs. W. Herbert Brown, and Elmer Piper, two of his childhood pastors. Others included, first of all, his late godly mother, who, beside her own testimony, equipped him with a Scofield Reference Bible, and fed him a spiritual diet of radio preachers. Prominent among them were the late Drs. Oliver B. Green, M. R. DeHaan and Charles Fuller.
Following high school, he enlisted in the U. S. Army, and trained as a helicopter mechanic. In November of 1959, he married Marnie Faye Jordan, his wife now of over 50 years. After six years of military service, he answered the call to preach, and enrolled in Piedmont Bible (now, Baptist) College, in his hometown of Winston-Salem. In the early part of 1971, he entered his first pastorate, graduating from college in the Spring with a Th.B degree. He pastored churches in North Carolina and Virginia until 1998, and being also involved in additional areas of service, including music, radio, print, and addiction recovery ministries. During this time frame, he earned his Master and Doctor Degrees, from the Andersonville Baptist Seminary,in Camilla, Georgia. (now, Andersonville Theological Seminary)
Though not now pastoring a church, due to some physical restrictions, he is an an active member of the Green Valley Baptist Church, Walkertown, North Carolina, where Brother Wayne Dunn is the fine Pastor. Pastor Wayne often calls upon Dr. Swaim to preach, and fill the pulpit in his absence, as well as being elected now as Teacher of the Auditorium Bible Class.
Several years ago, Dr. Swaim was diagnosed with a cancer on one vocal chord. Through much prayer, and appropriate medical procedures, he is now cancer free. To God be the glory, with many thanks also to the VA Hospital in Durham, North Carolina, for their great work.
Thank you, and may our Lord Jesus make this web site ministry a blessing to you,
Dr. O. Wilburn Swaim Th.D