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Today's Devotion: It Only Takes One

In 1952, songwriters Al Hoffman and Dick Manning composed a song that was popularized by the legendary singer, Pearl Bailey: “Takes Two to Tango.” Since then, the phrase “it takes two to tango” has become a metaphor for the necessity of cooperation between two or more parties.

In relationships, divisions and arguments take two parties. But it only takes one of the parties to stop the destructive “dance” and initiate a reconciliation. The apostle Paul highlighted that responsibility when he wrote, “as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men” (Romans 12:18). Joseph took on that responsibility in Egypt when he decided it was time to heal the rift between himself and his brothers. He revealed his identity to them and assured them that there were no hard feelings for what they had done to him twenty years earlier. Their tearful reconciliation proved that it only takes one person to build the bridge that can bring warring parties together.

Are you involved in a destructive “dance”? Can you be the one to “live peaceably” and reach out for reconciliation? It only takes one.

Forgiveness is to be set loose from sins.
G. Campbell Morgan

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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.

Impact Story

"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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