The Berean Expositor
Volume 39 - Page 234 of 234
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words that have been unconsciously repeated by Arab leaders and reported in our
newspapers in our time. Then, we ask, is it accidental that TEN NATIONS of the
Middle East are immediately enumerated?
Edom, Ishmaelites, Moab, Hagarenes, Gebal, Ammon, Amalek, Philistines with Tyre,
Assur and Lot (Psa. 83: 6-8).
"The great powers outside the limits of the prophetic earth naturally play their part and
exert a great influence, but just as the reference to the new heavens and new earth in
Isaiah is localized, and our attention is focused upon `Jerusalem' (Isa. 65: 17, 18), or
Millennial blessings are peculiarly associated in the first place as with `all My holy
mountain', before the earth is full of the knowledge of the Lord (Isa. 11: 9), so the doings
of the nations in the limited zone of the prophetic earth preceded and anticipate the wider
activities and judgments that follow."
We make no pretence to being "prophets" and can only be guided by what is written,
realizing that much is still "sealed"; nevertheless in 1952/3 we wrote:
"Two items of peculiar interest are OIL and THE SUEZ CANAL, the oil fields of Iran
and Iraq (Persia and Mesopotamia, so including Babylon) and the canal which passes
through Egypt. It may well be that a `corner' in oil and a command of the Suez Canal
will make the rest of the world say of the last dictator:
`Who is able to make war with him?' (Rev. 13: 4)."
(Prophetic Earth37).