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Israel would eventually be worshiped all over the whole planet earth. The Bible's prophecies on this matter were written during an era when each nation had its own gods and goddesses. The Ammonites worshipped Molech, and sacrificed their children as part of that worship. The people of Phoenicia and Canaan bowed down to Baal and Ashtoreth. The nation of Moab served their god Chemosh. The Philistines prostrated themselves before Dagon. The Greeks in Ephesus shouted praise to their goddess Artemis. The Egyptians, Greeks and Romans all worshipped whole pantheons of gods, including Zeus, Mercury, deified emperors and pharaohs, and many, many others. But the people of Israel worshipped the unseen Creator of the universe, who revealed himself to Abraham and Abraham's offspring by the name Yahweh or Jehovah -- the Hebrew tetragrammaton or word of four letters, YHWH. How many people today still worship Molech, Chemosh or Dagon? A better question might be, How many have even heard of these long-lost 'gods'? The names of Zeus and Mercury are still recognized today as gods of classical antiquity, but how many cities throughout the world can boast of temples where throngs of people assemble to pray to these Greek and Roman deities? But the God of Abraham has worshipers today in Jewish synagogues throughout the earth. Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox churches devoted to this same God are found on every continent. And a billion Muslims spread across the earth identify Allah of the Koran with the God of Abraham. Did the God of Abraham win worshipers worldwide because the nations sponsoring other gods ceased to exist? At first glance, that might seem to be explain why Molech, Chemosh and Dagon find few faithful adherents today. Ammon, Phoenicia and Moab are no longer on the map. But, wait! Israel, too, ceased to exist as a nation some two thousand years ago, and wasn't re-established until very recently in 1948. Yet the God of Israel survived and gained worshipers

throughout the earth. Moreover, Egypt still exists as a nation, but the gods of the pharaohs and the pyramids are long gone. The vast majority of Egyptians today worship the God of Abraham. Greece and Rome are still on the map, but the Greeks worship the God of Abraham, and Rome has become synonymous with the Catholic faith that elevates the God of Abraham and his Messiah or Christ. Is it mere coincidence, then, that the God of Israel has worshipers everywhere, while the gods of Israel's ancient neighbors have faded into oblivion? No, this is exactly what the Bible prophesied would occur. The Old Testament was written over a period of hundreds of years in the Hebrew language, and it was completed long before the third century B.C., when it was translated into Greek in Alexandria, Egypt. Contained within that Old Testament, while the pantheon of pagan gods were still actively worshiped, were these ancient prophecies about the God of Abraham: "All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee." (Psalm 22:27) "All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name." (Psalm 66:4) "That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations." (Psalm 67:2) "God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him." (Psalm 67:7) "All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name." (Psalm 86:9) "O LORD ...the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit. Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no gods." (Jeremiah 16:19-20)

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