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Sovereign Stop - Retreat from Baghdad

Battle of Baghdad Delayed for a Bible Lesson

Sovereign Stop - Retreat from Baghdad

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March 25 (Day 84, Weakness of Church):   Unable to see in the howling sandstorm, the US armored divisions advancing on Baghdad stopped and waited today.  Attack helicopters were unable to fly, and jet fighters were unable to fly from land bases in Kuwait.  The number of sorties of carrier-based, Navy fighters in the Gulf were significantly reduced.  The blood-red hue at Sunset (reference photos) was an awesome sight as if the air had turned to blood.  Even the spiritually dead Muslims recognized it as a sign from God, and by day's end, the US military prepared to turn away from Baghdad to fight the enemy that threatened its supply lines.  The halt in the advance of all US forces moving toward Baghdad occurred on March 25th, for Sovereignty, and Day 84, for the weakness of the Church.

The intervention of the weather angels occurred before the decisive Battle of Baghdad just as in other historic battles like Waterloo and Normandy.  Before the day was over, there were even heavy thunderstorms that left the desert muddy.  Before the US and Iraqi armies clashed, a divine pause was called like a timeout in a ball game to give time for reflection in the Angelic Conflict and advance of history.  The Sovereign God had a message that was sent by a Throne Angel that appeared yesterday over Iraq.  The message was that it is the Sovereign God who determines the rise and fall of nations and the victory of armies.

Stopping the advance of armies on the roads to Baghdad was a sign of strategic failure.  The strategy must be right.  The erie red glow of the sandstorms that clouded visibility to five feet prevented the Spiritually blind from leading the Spiritually blind.  It was an example of hardness of the heart that blinds the perception, and it was an example of the Doctrine of the Shadow.  The shadow is not the reality.  Christians are told to walk in the light, not the shadow.  Those who fight shadows, whether Jonah and the castor oil plant or General Franks and the Iraqi Army, are like shadow boxers, who don't accomplish a thing.  And the swirling winds were also an example of those "who sow to the wind and reap the whirlwind" (Hosea 8:7a).

The Lord did not send the sandstorm to protect the Iraqis, He sent it for Christians who must take their battle stations in the Spiritual War.  Christian warriors must take a stand against the forces of evil just as the Throne Angel took a stand against the Battle of Baghdad and stopped the strategic advance of the US military on the roads to Baghdad.  For the Christian warrior, blood and flesh are not the enemy, but the unseen forces of evil in the Cosmic System.  The Lord has drawn those evil forces out, now, and Christians have an opportunity to advance and conquer.  What follows in the Battle of Baghdad will only be the result of Spiritual victories of Christians.  Now is the time to fight the good fight of faith and not shrink back to defeat in the struggle against the unseen enemy.

As goes the Christian, so goes the war.

Dow Up 65

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose up 65.55, or 0.8 percent, to close at 8,280.23.  The numbers mean:
Elephants, 3-26-03, 0215 GMT, PSC Elephant, 3-26-03, 0100 GMT, Ulm

Weather

No tornadoes were reported in the USA.  There were at least 9 hail reports in Missouri and Oklahoma.  All except two hail reports were at 35 N., for rest from enemies, and 97 W., for a Reduction in Force (RIF).

The scene on the weather map portrayed weather elephants over the Pacific northwest, in the Gulf of Mexico, and stretching from the Great Lakes to Texas.  There was also a weather elephant over Iraq.  An elephant represents a demon Commander, such as Baal.

Conclusion

Seven of 9 hail reports were at 35 N., for rest from enemies, and 97 W., for a RIF.  This was the case in Iraq as the US military advance was halted.  The military rested from its enemies and there was a de facto RIF, as troops stood down, unable to fight on the battlefield due to the sandstorm.  And by the end of the day, the US military prepared to turn away from Baghdad to fight the enemy that was attacking its supply lines. It had to show the Shiites in the South that the US would not leave them to the mercy of Saddam Hussein's forces.

The battlefield was generally quiet, though there were some Iraqi counterattacks, because the Lord shut it down to demonstrate His Sovereignty on March 25th, for Sovereignty.  The issue, which has been repeated numerous times, was repeated loudly and clearly for those with eyes to see or ears to hear.  The fierce sandstorm and the red glow of Sunset could be seen by anyone but the Spiritually blind.  Even the unbelieving Muslims saw it.  Scar Tissue of the Soul blinds the eyes and closes the ears.  God in His Sovereignty determines when nations rise or fall as well as victors on battlefields.  The US military was stopped today so the doctrinal issue could be perceived.  Troops were allowed to pause before their doom to consider their relationship with Almighty God, who is alone Sovereign over all Creation.  And by the end of the day, the US military decided to turn around and retreat from Baghdad to fight the enemy in the South.  The Lord saved Baghdad, for now.

It was Day 84, for the weakness of the Church, which relates to the Body of Christ.  Not all Spiritual gifts are high profile.  The Church Age is the dispensation of the ordinary believer.  The lesser Spiritual gifts may be perceived as weakness, but the weakness is an opportunity for grace.  The grace of God is sufficient for any exigency.

President Bush appears to be determined to defy the Sovereignty of God.  However, he is merely clay in the Lord's hand.

The Dow rose up 65.55, for going down (65) and grace blessing in suffering (55).  This is an anachronism.  Going up to go down doesn't seem possible, but it describes the Battle of Baghdad.  Today the US military advanced up (north) only to dismount due to the suffering of the sandstorm.  A weather elephant replaced the image of the Throne Angel over Iraq today.  The weather elephant represented the curse of Baal.

A weather elephant stretched from the Great Lakes in the region of Naphtali to Texas in the region of Reuben.  This represented the adultery of Reuben, which cost the first-born the double blessing.  It also represents President Bush's support of the Middle East peace process, which he will undoubtedly be discussing tomorrow in the Summit with Tony Blair.  Support of the peace process represents a strategic foreign policy failure because it defies the Abrahamic Covenant.

Bible Doctrine

This is Bible Doctrine.  The Sovereignty of God was broadcast loudly through the Iraq theater of operations.  It was a reminder to doctrinal believers that the US military is not invincible.  It was quickly halted and forced to stand down due to a weather angel.  This was not bad luck, or just an omen.  It was a clear demonstration of strategic failure due to ignoring the Sovereignty of God.  By the end of the day, the Lord saved Baghdad, and the US military decided to fight in the South.  Iraq will only fall when the Lord allows it, and even a military victory does not guarantee a strategic victory.  Winning the war does not mean winning the peace.  The last Gulf War was won, but the peace was lost.

Salvation


Author:  Larry Wood