LOGOS TELOS

 

 

LOGOS TELOS

 

The Word about the End Times

 

 

Compiled by ;          Bruce McKerras

 

 

This book is a series of short articles,to be used as a study guide to Bible prophesy.

In order to gain clear understanding of prophetic Scriptures, you may need to put aside previously held ideas and doctrines. Pray that God will give you knowledge and understanding of what He has planned for this time in history.

Other books by the author:

ALETHOS TELOS - The Truth About the End Times

LOGOS SOPHIA - Words of Wisdom

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LOGOS TELOS - The Word about the End Times.

1 Thessalonians 5:5 You, my friends are not in the dark...

Paul was telling the Thessalonians [and us] that we, who follow Y'hovah and study His Word, should be aware of end time events. He goes on to say in verse 6 & 7: You are all children of the Light, you do not belong to darkness and we must not sleep like other people, but keep awake and sober.

The attitude of - what will be will be, or I just leave my future in God's hands is hardly good enough. Many Bible verses say that it is possible to be informed about the future and those who are taken unawares of coming events, could be disadvantaged.

In these studies, I bring out many Bible passages that are often treated as having been fulfilled, but careful study shows they are incorrectly attributed or there is a dual or even triple future fulfilment.

My belief, and the premise of this book, is that we are, as at 2016, very close to the point where God will allow the commencement of the events leading to the end of this age. This will start with an attack on the Jewish State of Israel by a confederation of Islamic nations and entities. Prophecy clearly tells of the outcome of this attack, God will intervene and devastate much of the Middle East, including Israel. A remnant will survive in Jerusalem. Soon after this, the Land of Greater Israel will be regenerated and Y'hovah's righteous people will gather and settle there. Problems around the world of food, fuel and the economic situation will lead to the formation of a One World government, led eventually by a powerful and charismatic man. Despite making a peace treaty with New Israel, he will attack and conquer them. This starts the Great Tribulation, as described in the book of Revelation. After 3½ years, the Lord Jesus will Return and commence His Millennial reign.

One essential fact to keep in mind with prophecy is the still continuing separation of Israel and Judah. Part of Judah, [the Jews] have returned to some of the Land, but the House of Israel [Joseph, Ephraim, etc] are still scattered around the world. Only God knows their true identity. Where Jacob is used - that refers to all 12 tribes. They are prophesied to rejoin only in the latter days.[this refers to the period prior to the Return] Even the Jews acknowledge that only the two tribes of Judah and Benjamin are currently in Israel. But we know from New Testament teaching that the true people of God are Christians from every tribe, nation, race and language, be they descendants of Jacob or grafted into Israel.

In these articles, I use as my main source the Revised English Bible. It is a complete retranslation from the original Greek and Hebrew manuscripts, into modern, easily read English. The translators were careful to render passages so as to convey the intended message to us. This scholarly and exhaustive work was completed and published in 1989, including the Apocrypha. I do refer to other translations, as I am aware that most of my readers use them, especially the NIV, NET and the KJV. It surprises me how often that the REB makes a passage so much clearer and understandable than the NIV. As for the KJV, I really feel that those who hold to it are handicapping themselves. Rumour has it those translations later than the KJV were altered and added to in order to suit Church doctrines of the time. That may be, but is not the case with the REB. Certainly, some have, such as Jehovah's Witness and Mormons.

I abridge most verses and remove the Hebrew parallelisms so as to simplify and shorten the message quoted, without losing any of the meaning.

The following Bible passages and topical articles are written in short, mostly one page "sight bites" - in order to make it easier for absorption and understanding. All Scripture is in italics.

I have divided this book into sections and correct sequence as far as possible, however there is much overlap and readers need to carefully consider it all, to gain the overall picture of what the Lord has planned for our future.

Bruce McKerras

 

 

 

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My sight bites - Bruce McKerras.

 

My task is to take Bible prophecy and present it in easily read, short articles. I carefully study the words and context, then write explanations and comments, using other verses to support what is said.

As God says - at present, we are all "under the spirit of deep sleep", Isaiah 29:9-12 The vision has become for you like a sealed book...if you confuse yourself, you will stay confused.

Isaiah 6:9b-10 However hard you listen, you will never understand. However hard you look, you will never perceive. This peoples wits are dulled, they have stopped their ears and shut their eyes. They will not see or hear or understand, lest they turn and be healed.

Then at the gathering of His people, this shows that there will still be those who do not understand the Lord's Plan for Israel; Isaiah 43:8 Bring forward this people, a people who have eyes, but are blind, have ears, but are deaf.

 

Therefore, in order to gain understanding and knowledge of what God has planned for our future, it is necessary to ask in prayer, as James 1:5-6Ask in faith and wisdom willbe given to you. Revelation 1:1 .....to show His servants what must soon take place.

 

With my sight bites on prophecy, I can only suggest that you read them with an open mind, and if they fit what you already believe, well and good. But if, after careful reading of the verses, you cannot fit what is described anywhere, then:

1/ To ignore it is to pick and choose what Scripture you want to believe.

2/ To gloss over it and say: well, something like that may happen during the Tribulation, that is inadequate and may result in you being disadvantaged.

3/ When parallel verses mention the same theme, then we can gain further information by studying them.

4/ God does not want His servants "to be in the dark". When shocking and earth shattering events occur, then we should not be taken unaware and we will need to be prepared and be able to comfort our loved ones.

5/ We are warned about false teachers and with the example of Harold Camping, know that careful discernment about end times is required. His prediction was not based soundly on Scripture, therefore, be careful to listen only to those who expound God's Word.

 

2 Peter 1:19 .... you will do well to listen to the message of the prophets, it will shine like a lamp in a dark place and will illuminate your mind.

Isaiah 42:18-19 You that are deaf - hear now! You that are blind, look and see! Who is so blind but My servants, who so deaf as the messenger that I send. Who so blind as the one who has My trust, so deaf as the servant of the Lord? Reference: REB.

 

 

 

 

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Chapter One- MY THESIS

 

HOW IT WAS

 

Long ago, God, who has existed forever, formed the angelic beings, in order to serve Him in the Heavenly realms. There are a great number of angels and they have varying degrees of powers. The most powerful of these is Lucifer [light bearer]. But greater than Lucifer, God had a Son called Jesus, Mathew 3:17,  referred to in John 1:1-4 as the Word and described in Proverbs 8:22-31

It was a sad day for God when Lucifer began to aspire to take over God's kingship. Lucifer said: "I will be like the Most High." Isaiah 14:12-14. Then he convinced a third of the other angels to go with him in rebellion against God.

 

God had a dilemma. He couldn't simply wipe out those beings that He had created, because as a perfect and righteous God, to arbitrarily destroy them would not prove His just sentence against them.

What was required were witnesses - intelligent, unbiased and independent jurors to sit at this trial of Lucifer and his followers, so that the defendants could not say to God- you are unjust. Job 34:10-12

So God thought about that universe that He had created in another dimension and tidied up a suitable planet in it. He prepared a beautiful garden, and then formed a man and a woman in His likeness. They were given free will over their actions.

I am sure that God would have been quite happy had Adam and Eve continued in obedience to Him. However, I guess God knew that they wouldn't and sin came into this world.

And so, the first civilization gradually fell into worse and worse sin, until God wiped them out with a great flood, saving only one family.

Once again, the population increased and God decided that one righteous man would father a nation that would become "a light to all nations" in order to show the world His ways and be a people who would become His jurors and His friends. Isaiah 43:10-11

God showed His love for these people by rescuing them from bondage in Egypt, giving them His laws and settling them into the Promised Land. According to His plan, they divided into two Kingdoms - the House of Judah and the House of Israel. 1 Kings 12:24

Sadly, even these peoples backslid into apostasy and idolatry. So, 'God flung them out of His presence.' Jeremiah 23:39 They went into exile among the nations of the world. The House of Judah remains a visible entity, but the House of Israel is lost to our knowledge - only to be identified when all twelve tribes are gathered into the Land.

 

Into Judah, God sent His Son, Jesus, to clearly tell all who would listen how to live righteously in God's sight. In order to atone for men's sins, there had to be a sacrifice.

Jesus made that sacrifice for all those who accept Him as saviour, by His death on the Cross. He also demonstrated God's power over death and Lucifer by rising to life again.

 

Now, nearly two thousand years later, most of Judah still refuse to recognise the Messiah, but Righteous Israel - those who love God and follow in His ways - await their redemption. Soon the Promised Land will be cleared of all ungodly peoples [Jeremiah 12:14] and His people will gather in it with great joy and gladness. Isaiah 35:10.

 

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HOW IT IS - and will be soon.

It is obvious to anyone who looks at the situation in the Middle East, that there is nothing man can do that will resolve it.

God will use people's actions to achieve His purposes, as in the past, so according to Bible prophesy, at the point of attack against Israel, God will intervene with a Coronal Mass Ejection (solar flare) that will affect the world, but will particularly devastate all the Middle East region. Isaiah 30:26a, Zephaniah 3:8

It is clear, from the graphic descriptions, that this will be a terrible devastation and the result will virtually depopulate the entire Middle East. Ezekiel 30:1-5 This event is the Day of the Lord's vengeance and wrath. Isaiah 63:4, Malachi 4:1&3 The Day comes, burning like a furnace. All evildoers will be as stubble.Isaiah 66:15-16 The Lord coming in fire... many will be slain by Him. Isaiah 9:18 The land is scorched by the Lord, the people are fuel for the fire. Ezekiel 20:45-48, Malachi 4:1, Hebrews 10:27. It is also the 6th seal judgement as described in Revelation 6:12-17 & Jeremiah 4:25-29, Isaiah 2:12-22, Joel:2:1-11

 

Many prophecies tell of the final judgement of Judah. Jeremiah 7:20 I will pour out My anger on Judah, man and beast, trees and crops, they will burn unquenched. Psalm 83 describes very well how Israel's (the Jews) enemies plot against them, and what will happen to them. Jerusalem and the cities in Northern Israel will not be destroyed. A remnant of Judah will survive in Jerusalem. Zechariah 13:9

Then: Ezekiel 36:8 But you, Land of Israel, put forth your branches and yield fruit for My people, Righteous Israel, for their homecoming is near. Zechariah 8:11-13

The twelve tribes of Israel will be gathered into the Land. Isaiah 11:11-12

The Lord will then judge His people and only those righteous ones will settle in the Promised Land. Ezekiel 20:35-38 I shall make you pass under the rod...of Judgement.Isaiah 1:24-28 Once again, I shall act against you, to purge away all your impurities. God's people, righteous Israel, all true Christians, will settle and become prosperous in a blessed and fertile land.

Ezekiel 39:25-29 The Lord says: now I shall restore the fortunes of Jacob. They will forget their shame and unfaithfulness when they live oncemore safely in their homeland. When I gather them from all the lands, they will be an example to the nations of My Holiness. They will acknowledge Me as their God, when they all return to their Promised Land. I will no longer hide Myself from them, I who have poured out My Spirit upon them.

 

After some time, God will motivate the leader (Gog, of Rosh, Meshech & Tubal = modern Russia) of a Northern alliance to prepare for war and attack Israel. God will destroy the entire army with fire, earthquakes and causing them to fight each other. Ezekiel 38 & 39

Joel 2:20 I shall remove the Northern peril far from you and banish them into thedesert. Half of the army, by the Mediterranean and the other half by the Dead Sea.

The stench and foul smell from them will rise up. The Lord has done great things!

This He will do in order to: Ezekiel 39:21 ... display My glory to the nations... verse 22..

From that day forward, the Israelites will know that I am the Lord their God. Note that the Lord will make Himself known to His righteous people, and to the world, but not by His presence until His Return in glory at the commencement of His Millennial reign.

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HOW IT WILL BE

 

After the armies of the Northern alliance are destroyed, the people of Israel will send out teams to collect the dead. They will be buried in the valley of Wadi al Mawjib, East of the Dead Sea. This will take seven months, then seven years is needed to finally clear up all the debris of the army. Ezekiel 39:14-15

This tremendous defeat of a very large and well equipped modern army, will have dramatic repercussions. On top of the already huge disruptions caused by the previous worldwide devastation - food and oil shortages, economic crisis, refugee problems, etc. The world's leaders will meet and the most logical way to address all the issues, is to form a One World government. Daniel 7:23-24, Revelation 17:12-13 Initially, ten rulers will share the authority, but after a while, they will confer their power onto one man. The President of this World Alliance will be a strong leader and he will eventually take dictatorial powers over it. Daniel 11:21

Meanwhile, in Jerusalem, construction of the Third Temple will be completed. Zech. 6:15

Twelve thousand missionaries will be selected from each tribe of Israel, a total of 144,000 and they will go out in pairs to every people group in the world to preach the gospel of God's Kingdom to come. The precursor to this is in Luke 10:1-20. Isaiah 66:19, Revelation 7:3-8, Isaiah 49:6

Israel will not join the One World government, but in order to maintain peaceful relations, Israel will sign a seven year peace treaty with them. Daniel 9:27, Daniel 11:32

After 3½ years, the world leader will be assassinated, but his body will be taken over by Lucifer. Rev. 13:3-4 He will come to Israel and establish worship of himself in the Temple. Matthew 24:15 So, when you see the 'abomination of desolation' standing inthe Holy place....

Daniel 7:25 He will defy the Most High and will persecute the holy people of God. Theywill be in his power for 3½ years. Rev. 13:9-10. In Revelation 12:6, it says that there will be a place of safety for some of God's people for this time. Matthew 24:15-21, Zechariah 14:2 During this last 3½ year period, the Great Tribulation will cause terrible destruction and deaths around the world. Matthew 24:22

As told to us in Revelation, the seven trumpets and the seven bowls of God's wrath are poured upon the earth. This culminates in the Battle of Armageddon - Revelation 16:16

That is when the Lord Jesus will return to the earth in His glory and destroys those armies in His mighty power. Revelation 19:15 & Zechariah 14:3-5 Lucifer (Satan) will be chained and imprisoned and Jesus will rule the world for 1000 years. After that, Satan will be released for a short time. He will seduce the nations and will muster them for war, the countless hosts of armies from around the world. They will lay siege to God's City. Fire comes down from heaven and cremates them. Satan is thrown into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:7-10 Then will come the Great White Throne judgement of all people and angels. Revelation 20:4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chapter Two - INTRODUCTION

 

Words of Scripture

 

The Bible is a book full of information, history, genealogy, etc, and how we should live our lives. Approximately 1/3 is prophecy, of this most remains unfulfilled, awaiting the end of this age and the final wrap up of God's creation. That which has been fulfilled, proves to us the accuracy of the prophets.

 

My task, is to point out the prophecies relevant to our time and put them into short, easily read articles, with matching verses which clarify the message. The words I use are plain, understandable English, in the Scriptures and in my comments and explanations.

 

If anyone has a problem making sense of what the prophets are telling us, or it may not fit what you already believe, then it is up to you to prayerfully ask God for wisdom and understanding. In the light of what Scripture really is telling us, you must make a decision, either believe what is actually written, or remain "in the dark" about coming events.

James 1:5-6

 

As Christians our task is similar to that of Ezekiel: -

 

Ezekiel 3:16-19 I have appointed you as a watchman, you must pass on the warnings that I give you. If you do not warn the people, then I will hold you responsible.

If they are warned, but do not heed it and are taken unawares, then you will have done your duty.

 

 

Ultimate Reality

 

The question in our atheistic age is: Why does the evidence for God's existence seem so weak and ambiguous? It must be that certain knowledge has been withheld - that is, if the created world was so dominated by God, then belief in the existence and nature of God would be forced on everyone, with the resultant demand on everyone's behaviour. This would be the case if God were visible in creation making it obvious that there had to be a creator. The apparent absence of God can be explained through the nature of creation as we see it, apparently governed by impartial physical laws but which do, in fact, allow hints as to God's existence and true nature. Romans 1:19-20

Sufficient evidence is given for knowledge of God's existence and an outline of God's will but this evidence is not overwhelming: human sinfulness can make us see without seeing and hear without hearing. The ability to see the truth is dependent on readiness to listen and openness to the message.

 

Before Charles Darwin wrote his doorstopper book "Origin of the Species" people simply believed that God created all things or at least in some kind of supernatural creation.

The theory of evolution is the main stimulator of atheism, communism, and the simple loss of faith of so many. Scientists in particular, work assiduously to prove evolution, making every attempt to establish a complete fossil record - spending millions trying to replicate organic life in the laboratory, etc. Real success has eluded them despite more than a hundred years of almost desperate (sometimes fraudulent) trying. The recent, widely publicised, production of a "synthetic cell "actually used a natural cell with rearranged DNA inserted into it.

 

Nowadays an increasing number of scientists and enquiring people have turned back to at least a theory of intelligent design. A fairly general agreement, kept quiet to avoid doubt about evolution, is that the universe consists of Matter, Energy and Information. The evolutionary theory has been invented by human minds in an effort to explain the presence of a creation without the existence of a Creator. A theistic explanation is a more coherent account of reality. A quote by Bertrand Russel: "From evolution, no ultimately optimistic philosophy can be validly inferred."

 

Once having leapt that fence then, we must think about what God's ultimate plan might be for His creation. The aim of God to create God-related beings out of recalcitrant 'matter' is achieved slowly and indirectly because the quality of relationship toward which God aims cannot be achieved by a process that violates that very quality. Therefore this process, must reflect non-coercive, persuasive, painstaking love all the way from the beginning to the end. Just as sin is a by-product of the creation of free and intelligent beings, suffering and disorder are by-products of a non-coercive creative process that aims at the development of free and intelligent beings. The Bible tells us that His people are to be God's witnesses - Isaiah 43:10-12 The Lord declares: You are My witnesses, you are My servants chosen by Me, to know and put your trust in Me. I alone am your Deliverer, I have made it known, I am God, what I do, none can undo. We know that we are called to be His witnesses of the Gospel here on earth. But perhaps there is another purpose. At the final Judgement of Lucifer, as at any trial, unbiased jurors and witnesses are required to confirm the just sentence that God will pass. 5

Prophetic future

It was not the intention of God, to give us, through His prophets a clear, instantly understandable message. To have done that would have revealed His plans to all and sundry.

We can never fully ascertain God's ultimate design for His creation, although it is clear that he does want those who believe in Him and trust to His salvation, to be aware of coming events. We are told to trust Him and hold fast to our faith, but to do that in the midst of sudden and shocking events, without some idea of the outcome of such events, then it is so much more difficult for us. Therefore, because God HAS given us the information we need to know about the future, then it is a serious error to ignore it, to fail to gain some understanding or to think that a 'rapture' or death will take us away from it all.

 

It must be obvious, to anyone who reads the news, that the current world situation is nearing unsustainability, in terms of resources and population. But the flash point and the focal point of God's plan, is the Middle East. God has not, in the past 64 years, allowed Israel to be conquered and He will not allow that to happen now. Although there will be another judgement upon the Jewish people and all the Israelites they will eventually be forgiven and restored. Ezekiel 16:59-63

Many prophecies tell of God's fire judgement, this has not happened as yet, His first judgement was by flood. This coming Lord's Day of vengeance and wrath, is described as a terrible day of fire and sword. It will be a Day "when the heavens blaze" 2 Peter 3:12,

"burning like a furnace" Malachi 4:1, "raining fiery coals" Psalm 11:4-6, "fire like a whirlwind,many will be killed" Isaiah 66:15-17, "suddenly, in an instant....flames of devouring fire". Isaiah 29:5-6.

But the verse that tells us exactly how God will act on that day is Isaiah 30:26a- The moon will shine as bright as the sun and the sun will shine with 7 times its normal power.

This accurately describes a solar flare, something that does happen in a small way on a regular basis. In the past there have been larger coronal mass ejections [CME sunstrikes] but scientists warn of the possibility/probability of a massive CME, that in our modern age of communications, transport and conveniences, would have a devastating effect.

 

Now, note the second half of Isaiah 30:26b...on that Day, the Lord will bind up the broken limbs of His people and heal their wounds.

This is a wonderful promise to His people, those who love the Lord and follow in His laws, righteous Israel. Many, many prophecies tell how His people will be conveyed and gathered into the Land of Greater Israel after this Day of judgement. This Day and the gathering are quite different from that described at the return of Jesus - years later.

Isaiah 52:6-12 On that day, My people will know My Name.....go out leave Babylon, keep yourselves pure, the Lord will guard and guide you.

Ezekiel 28:25-26 When I execute judgement on all of Israel's scornful neighbours, then My people, all the Israelites, gathered from the nations, will live in peace in the Land, I shall show My holiness in them for everyone to see. [Before Jesus Returns]

Ezekiel 20:41-42 I shall accept you....after I have brought you out from the peoples where you have been dispersed, into the Land promised to your forefathers.

Reference: REB. (verses abridged)

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Latter days

 

I believe that the very existence of the State of Israel today, surely places us in the Latter Days. Therefore, correct understanding of the end times should be the aim of every Christian believer. We need not be taken unawares of coming earth shattering events. Those Christians who believe in a rapture, may find themselves unprepared to survive severe Tribulation. The Lord has called us to be His co-workers, so we should know what lies before us, to work intelligently toward the furtherance of His Kingdom. Remember that Jesus rebuked the people of His day, for not being able or willing to discern the signs of the prophetic times in which they lived.

Since 1948, we have seen an amazing restoration of the Jewish people into a portion of the Land. In Joel 3:1 When the time comes, I will reverse the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem. God says: in that time period, certain things will occur. The next prophesied event will be an attack on the State of Israel by the Islamic nations, with the tacit support of many other nations. This will trigger the destruction and depopulation of most of the Middle East. Jeremiah 12:14, Psalm 83

Joel 3:2-3I shall gather the nations into the valley of Jehoshaphat [the Lord Judges] I will judge them on behalf of My people, whom they scattered among the nations. Micah 4:11-12

[This event is not at the Return of Jesus, as described in Rev. 19:17-21 and Zechariah 14:3-4 ]

Joel 3:4-8 What are you to Me, Israel's neighbours? Do you want vengeance? I will make your deeds recoil onto your own heads. You have harmed Judah and stolen their treasures. I will rouse them and bring them home, your own people will be enslaved. Psalm 83

Joel 3:9-17 Proclaim war among the nations! Prepare your weapons, let the weakest say they are strong. The nations round about will hear the call and gather for judgement. The harvest is ripe- wield the knife, tread the grapes. [Revelation 14:17-20] The Day of the Lord's vengeance is at hand, in the Place of Decision. But the Lord is a refuge for His people, a defence for Israel. By this you will know that I am the Lord your God. Jerusalem will be holy.

Joel 3:18-21When that day comes, there will be food and water in plenty in the Land. Egypt and Edom will become desolate wastes because of the violence they did to Judah, but the Land of Israel will be inhabited forever. I shall avenge their blood and the Lord will dwell in Zion. [Ezekiel 30:2-5, Zephaniah 2:8-9, Obadiah 21]

 

It should be clear to anyone that a secular State of Israel is not God's highest ambition for His people. Currently the Jews only occupy a small portion of Greater Israel and are beset by problems, water shortages, religious schisms and threats of destruction, etc. Many, many prophecies predict a remarkable future greatness for ALL the tribes of Israel. Most Bible scholars relegate these predictions to the Millennium, as they cannot see any earlier fulfilment. They have often been influenced by the traditional "Rapture/Great Tribulation" view and a "replacement theology" that replaces Israel with the Church. But when thought is given to what so clearly must happen before Jesus Returns, then wonderful is the prospect of a righteous nation, living in peace and security in the Promised Land - after the whole area is cleared and cleansed by this great Day of the Lord's vengeance and wrath. Ezekiel 36:10-12

For the universal Church of Jesus Christ and all peoples, it is time to realize that we are now at the edge of cataclysmic events. The obvious determination and preparedness of Israel's enemies is so great, that there may be no defence adequate to cope with their attack. It will require divine intervention to avoid annihilation. If God does not defend and protect His people from their sworn enemies, then His self acclaimed title of 'the Holy One of Israel'and 'the Lord of heavens armies'will be meaningless. I refer here to Righteous Israel - of all the 12 tribes still in the world. This event will be the fulfilment of Isaiah 63:1-6, Deuteronomy 32:34-35, Revelation 6:12-17.

The assurances given concerning the protection of Righteous Israel, if not kept, would render His Word unreliable, and His character flawed. God's promises never fail; He will aid His people.

 

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What prophecy says, prophecy means

 

In order to understand end time events, it is necessary to be clear about the provable fact of the continued separation of the House of Judah (the Jews) from the House of Israel (the 10 Northern tribes). While, at present, about half of the world's Jews live in the State of Israel, they do not claim descent from tribes other than Judah, Benjamin and Levi.

 

It is God's plan that the ten Northern tribes of Israel and the Jews, be dispersed around the world and that Israel would lose its identity: Ezekiel 36. The restoration and redemption of the Lord's people, is a theme well covered by almost all the prophets. His people are true descendants of all the 12 tribes - those who love the Lord and follow His ways, true Christian people. Foreigners too will be able to join them. Galatians 3:26-29

 

Prophecy is quite clear about the eventual rejoining and gathering of all Israel into the Land promised to their forefathers. When this will happen is the question to consider. Church teaching mostly says that this will occur at the time of Jesus' return, 'when He gathers His chosen from the four corners of the earth'. Matthew 24:31. As Israelites are not specified, these people will be from every race and creed - those who have kept their faith in God and have not taken the mark of the beast.

Careful study of Scripture makes it clear that the Israelites [Amos 9:8b-12] will resettle all of the Land promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in order to fulfil God's promises to them. Jeremiah 33:14 The current inhabitants of Greater Israel face judgement and punishment in this next prophesied event - the Day of the Lord's vengeance and wrath. Isaiah 2:12-22, Ezekiel 21:6-7, Hosea 3:3-6 & 12-15

 

His people, the faithful Israelites will be saved and protected - Hosea 11:8-9. They will be a light to the nations and will prepare for the coming Kingdom of Jesus. Ezekiel 20:36-44 ...'I will state My case with you, as in the days of Egypt'. This second Exodus of the Israelites will take place in a similar way as the first. Then both verses 42 and 44 say: 'You will know that I am the Lord'. Therefore all this takes place before the return of Jesus, as then all the world will know and see His glory and presence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I did not speak in secret ........

 

 

Isaiah 45:19..........., in realms of darkness. I did not say to Jacobs people: Look for Me in the formless waste. I, the Lord, declares what is right and just.

Isaiah 45:22-25 From every corner of the earth, turn to Me and be saved. For I am God, there is none other. I swear by My life that to Me, every knee will bow and every tongue will say: In the Lord alone is victory and might. All who defy Him will stand ashamed in His presence. The descendants of Israel will be victorious and will glory in their God.

 

Isaiah 46:3-4Listen to Me, house of Jacob, all who remain of the House of Israel: You have been a load upon Me from your birth. Till you grow old, I am the Lord and when white hair comes, I shall carry you still - I have made you and will uphold you, I shall carry you away to safety.

 

Isaiah 46:8-10 Remember this and abandon hope, all you rebels. I am the Lord, I will accomplish all I please.

From the beginning, I reveal the end, from ancient times, what is yet to be.

 

Isaiah 46:12-13 Listen to Me, you stubborn of heart, for whom victory is far off: I bring My victory near, it is not far off and will not be delayed. In Zion, I will grant deliverance for Israel, My glory.

 

My comments and matching verses:

 

His people, righteous Israel, still living in every corner of the earth, can seek and find the Lord for their redemption. Through Him, they will gain victory. The Lord will uphold them and will plant them in a "place of safety". 2 Samuel 7:10

 

This is not a 'rapture'. Firstly His people, righteous Israel will gather and settle in all of the land promised to their forefathers. Then later, during the Tribulation period, the Lord's elect ones will be taken out of the way of the Anti Christ, to a far distant location on earth. Rev. 12

Take heed, all you people, the time for the Lord to act is near. In Zion, [Greater Israel] therewill be deliverance for Israel, they will display His glory.[before the Return of Jesus] Ezekiel 39:27, Isaiah 43:10-13, 1 Peter 2:9

 

Scripture does reveal to us " what is yet to be" - but it requires diligent study and careful discernment of the prophetic Word. Amos 3:7, 1 Thessalonians 5:4-6, Daniel 12:10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BIBLE PROPHECY

 

2 Peter 1:19-21 ...you will do well to attend to the messages of the prophets, their words shine like a lamp in a dark place. But first note this: no prophesy ever came about by the prophets own imagination. The prophets spoke by the Holy Spirit, as messengers of God.

 

We cannot make up our own interpretation. We must let the Bible interpret itself. Others should be able to compare Scripture for verification. With the world situation as it is now, it is possible to see how some prophecy may be fulfilled.

The Apostle Paul says that due to a believer's knowledge of prophecy, they should not be in darkness regarding things to come. This accounts for the inability of unbelievers to understand what is written, for they do not belong to the group which Paul calls the children of Light. Without faith, an unbeliever is unable to comprehend its meaning.

Because the Church and its leaders often ignore the prophetic word, they are blind to the meaning of the signs of the times. This has resulted in a turning away from the acceptance of the Word of God and multitudes are today without belief. Even true and faithful believers in God, generally have no real understanding of future events. They simply trust God to save them, which is all very well, but shows a careless attitude and treats a large portion of God's word as superfluous.

 

God has a purpose in allowing uncertainty as to the full meaning and understanding of prophecy, before its fulfilment, or else all people - despite scepticism and unbelief, would be compelled to accept the evidence of the revelation. The doubters are looking for a sign- no sign will be given them, but those who walk by faith will finally see and recognise prophecy coming to pass as predicted.

 

Earnest and sincere discussion of the prophetic word should bring spiritual stimulation and strengthen our faith. We need to know what the prophets have said, so that we can be in a position to use that information intelligently and not be surprised at what will happen.

Prophecy has not been given to men to make them prophets, but for the purpose of confirming God's word and thus enable everyone who walks by faith, to know the truth.

Reference: Howard Rand

 

Daniel 12:9 ....these words are to be kept secret and sealed until the time of the end.

Daniel 12:10 ....but the wicked will continue in wickedness and none of them will understand: only the wise leaders will understand

 

Commentaries say: The wicked are the rebellious. The wise are the teachers or leaders.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Prophecy is revealed to us

 

Daniel 12:9-10 These words are to be kept secret until the time of the end. The wicked peoples will not understand, only the wise teachers and leaders will understand.

Isaiah 46:9-10 I am God, there is none like Me. From the beginning, I reveal the end.

Isaiah 48:16Draw near to Me and hear this: from the beginning I have never spoken in secret, I will be there at the time of fulfilment.

Amos 3:7Indeed, the Lord does nothing without revealing His plan to His servants.

Revelation 1-1This is the Revelation of Jesus Christ...to show His servants what must soon take place.

Isaiah 43:9The earlier prophecies have come to pass and now I declare new things. Before they arrive, I will announce them to you.

2 Peter 1:19All this confirms for us the message of the prophets, which you will do well to study, it will shine like a lamp into a dark place, to illuminate your minds.

2 Timothy 3:16All inspired scripture has its use for teaching the truth.

Proverbs 22:3A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the uninformed don't know what will happen and suffers for it.

Ecclesiastes 8:5-7Whoever obeys His commands will come to no harm. One who is wise will know in his heart the right time and course for action. Every enterprise has its time and method, although man is greatly troubled by his ignorance of the future - who can tell him what it will bring?

Ezekiel 12:23-28The days are near when every vision will be fulfilled. No Word of Mine will be delayed, whatever I say will be done. Indeed, in your days, Judah, it will happen.

2 Timothy 4:3-4For the time will come when the people will not stand sound teaching. Each will follow their own ideas and fancies. They will stop their ears to the truth and turn aside to myths.

Isaiah 29:11The prophetic vision has become as a sealed book for you.

Isaiah 42:18-20 You that are deaf- hear now. You that are blind- look and see. Who is so blind, but My servant, so deaf as the messenger that I send? Who so blind as the one who has My trust, so deaf as the servant of the Lord? Ref: REB, NIV. Abridged.

 

Many preachers and leaders of the church avoid prophecy. Liberal teaching and the fear of preaching anything that might cause upset, means that prophecy is often ignored.

 

Because God wants His righteous people to be aware of coming events and His future plans for them, we cannot remain complacent and gloss over what He has given us in His Word. It's perfectly evident, from world events now unfolding, that we are approaching the end time of this age, therefore all who love and trust the Lord should carefully study the Bible and discern His plans for the future.

 

Isaiah 43:19 The Lord is about to do something new, in a moment it will happen. I will make a way through the desert and make streams in the wasteland.

 

This prophecy tells that the Lord will act in an instant. Then He prepares the way for His righteous people to gather and settle into New Israel.

 

 

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I shall fulfil all that I promised

 

Genesis 1:1In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

Genesis 1:27God created human beings in His own likeness, male and female He made them.

Genesis 2:15The Lord God gave them the Garden of Eden, for them to live in and look after. He said, "Do not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for then you will be doomed to die."

Genesis 3:1-19"Of course you will not die," said the serpent. [Satan] "God knows that when you eat of that tree, your eyes will be opened and you will be like God Himself. So, they both ate some of the forbidden fruit and then God cursed both them and the serpent and banished them from the garden."

Genesis 6:1-3The human race increased and spread around the earth... The Lord said, "My spirit will not remain in a human forever, being mortal, they will live a maximum of 120 years."

Genesis 6:12-21God said to Noah, the only righteous man on earth, "I am going to destroy all the wicked people of the earth. Build a ship to save yourself, your family and two of every kind of living creatures." Then a great flood covered the earth.

Genesis 8:20-22When the flood receded, Noah built an altar and offered sacrifice to the Lord. The Lord said, "Never again shall I put the earth under a curse because of mankind. As long as the earth lasts, seedtime and harvest, summer and winter, day and night - they will never cease. The rainbow shall be a sign of this covenant."

Genesis 9:1"Be fruitful and increase - fill the earth. All creatures and plants are subject to you."

Genesis 11:1-9All the people spoke the same language and they started to build a great tower in order to maintain their cohesion. The Lord said, "These people will be able to do anything that they set their minds to", so He instilled a separate language into each clan, and they dispersed over the earth.

Genesis 12:1A righteous man called Abram was called out by God, to move into the Land, now called Israel. God promised great blessings to him.

Genesis 15:5The Lord showed Abram the night sky, and said, "Your descendants will be as many as the stars in the sky."

Genesis 15:18"I give to your descendants this Land - from the Nile to the Euphrates river."

Genesis 16:1-16Abram and his wife Sarai were childless, so he lay with Hagar, Sarai's servant, and she bore a son called Ishmael. The prophesy about Ishmael is: He will be like a wild ass, his hand will be against everyone and everyone's hand will be against him, even his own kin.

Genesis 17:1-24When Abram was 99, the Lord appeared to him and said, "I am the Lord Almighty, live in My presence and be blameless. This is My covenant with you: I shall make you the father of many nations. I shall be your God and the God of your descendants. As a sign of this covenant, all males must be circumcised in every generation. You will have another son, to be called Isaac: he will be your heir. Ishmael, too, I will bless and a great nation will come from him." [The Arab peoples]

Genesis 18:17-18The Lord said, "Your new name is Abraham and a great and powerful nation will come from you. All the other nations will wish to be blessed as they are."

Genesis 18:19"For I have chosen you that you may instruct your family and posterity in the ways of the Lord, by doing what is right and just, so that I will fulfil for My people all that I have promised."

 

Reference: Revised English Bible, some verses abridged.

 

 

 

 

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Our sure foundation

I am convinced that we must prepare ourselves for the consequences of a dramatic future disruption. This is not to say that the days ahead are to be dreaded. On the contrary, if God is culminating human history in my lifetime, then I count it a privilege.

Simply stated, each of the following factors are increasing exponentially along with the problems associated with them: weapons, technology, communications, mobility, money, and population. Are we then to despair? Move to the mountains, stockpile food and guns, put Prozac in the water? I don't think so. Our only hope is that God is still out there and He is still interested in His creation.

Most of our days are spent in routine - life's treadmill. But a personal or national disaster has a way of helping us consider something more authentic. We look at the Big picture and try to change our lives in preparation, the thought of an imminent interview with the Almighty clarifies our priorities in the direction of authenticity. Authenticity might be defined as the difference between what we believe and how we live. In the challenging days ahead it isn't enough to coast along and be 'par' Christian.

 

Authentic vision: We understand that God is good and that He is love. He is a God who cares, who changes hearts, drawing all people and building His church. He works in history, bringing His plan for His creation to fruition. We realize that we are broken, empty and vulnerable, but are redeemed and forgiven in Christ. We are ambassadors and witnesses, equipped with truth and love and gifted with the Word, the Spirit and the mind of Christ. We commit to love the Lord, ourselves and one another. We look to build the Kingdom, telling others the good news, with respect.

 

Authentic values: Without values, there are no standards, no real reference point. John Calvin says the duty of a Christian is to make the invisible Kingdom visible. What then are they? Here are some: peace, service, humility, forgiveness, reconciliation, kindness, gentleness, grace, patience, self control, submission, mercy, forbearance, honesty, wisdom and unity.

 

Authentic relationships: Christ's great commandment reduces to one concept: love. This means that we cherish, nourish and protect our relationships to God, to self and to others. Love is not the road to authenticity, it is just that, Love is not just a good idea, it is the only idea. This, based on Scripture and the love of God, will survive the fire to come and will enable you to pass through the end of this age without fear.

 

Authentic lifestyle: The call of Christianity is not a call to be weird. To be a witness does not consist in engaging in propaganda or even in stirring people up, but in being a living mystery. It means to live in such a way that one's life would not make sense if God did not exist. We can't con God. He knows if we are being fully authentic in our vision, values, lifestyle and relationships, or if we are just cultural moderns addicted to progress. There is a difference. Our vision is staggeringly comprehensive. Our weapons are truth and love. Our inheritance is incorruptible. Nothing can separate us from the love of God. We are the only ones who have a sure foundation on which to stand.

Reference: Richard Swenson

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Everlasting Bliss or Eternal Doom?

 

Multitudes of people throughout the world await the Glorious Return of Jesus to reign in His majesty. Many others doubt this and would like to eliminate the possibility, because they do not want to face the consequences. Belief in the reality of Christ's Return and His Kingdom, as against disbelief, means that there are only two major categories of people in the world:- Those referred to in Scripture as "the people of God", 1 Peter 2:10 and those who do not belong to Him - John 8:47.

 

For His people still living at the Return, there will be rejoicing, praise, worship, and unending happiness. For the others it will be an opposite kind of destiny, but for both, the consequences will be eternal. The distinction between the two groups is not based on education, race, wealth, culture, or religious affiliation. It is based on our relationship with God. We are all in one category or the other. The Bible calls unrepentant sinners "evildoers". It calls forgiven sinners "saints".

 

Romans 2:9-11 There will be trouble and distress for every human who does evil, first for the Israelite, then for the Gentile. But for everyone who does what is right, there will be glory, honour and peace. God has no favourites.

 

We who are followers of Jesus Christ are to keep faithful, praying, proclaiming the Gospel, manifesting His love and mercy, living for Him and doing His will- until He comes. An attitude of faithful consistency in serving and obeying our Lord, is different from the escapist attitude of some who talk so much about the prospect of being raptured out of this wicked world at any moment. That small detail, "we shall be caught up in the air to meet Him" 1 Thess. 4:17 - thus we shall always be with the Lord. He is Returning to earth, so it is NOT heaven that His people are taken to. All this should not obscure the importance of being aware of and prepared for the trials and tribulations to come before His Millennial reign.

 

James 5:7-11You must be patient, my friends, until the Lord comes. Consider the farmer, looking for a good crop, waiting patiently for the rains to fall. You, too, must be patient and strong, for the coming of the Lord is near. My friends, do not blame your troubles on one another, or you will be judged and there at the door stands the Judge. As your example of patience, look at the prophets, who stood firm under ill treatment. See how Job stood firm and how God blessed him in the end, for the Lord is merciful and compassionate. Those who keep their faith will be happy and blessed.

1 Peter 1:5Because you have put your faith in God, you are under the protection of His power, until the salvation now in readiness is revealed at the end of this age.

Philippians 1:9-11And this is my prayer: that your love may grow ever richer in knowledge and insight of every kind, enabling you to learn by experience what things really matter. Then on the Day of Christ you will be flawless and without blame, yielding the full harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

Reference: REB. Some verses abridged.

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Be Prepared - the Scout's Motto

Most of us are probably not as interested as we should be in end times issues. Perhaps we have no intention of changing our views before the Return of Jesus, or death takes us away from it all. If it turns out that we die before Christ returns, then what is the difference? Would you really want to stand in His presence and admit you were not concerned about the truths taught in His Word? But what if you are still here during the Great Tribulation? It is clear, from the Bible, that God does want His servants to be aware of His plans and be prepared, physically and spiritually for what must come. Titus 2:13 tells us what we are waiting for: the glorious appearing of Jesus Christ. His coming will be seen by all, accompanied by a trumpet blast heard around the world. Those who say that there will be a "secret coming" before that event, a "rapture" have no Biblical justification for such a thing to happen. There will be a group, the elect, who will be taken to a place of safety, on earth, during the Tribulation three and a half year period. Revelation 12:6.

The Church will still be on earth when Jesus returns. Otherwise, we would not need to be exhorted to continue with righteous attitudes and activities until He comes. 2 Timothy 4:1-8, 1 Peter 1:13 & 4:12-13 & 5:1-4, 1 Corinthians 4:5, James 5:7-8, 1 Thess. 3:13, Philippians 1:9-11.

A Scripture passage often pointed to as a "rapture" text is 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. But that is clearly about the Return of Jesus. Paul describes those in Jerusalem 'rising to meet Him in the air'. Firstly, this is simply a meeting, as He descends, and secondly this may be an allegory, a spiritual rising, as those people say "Blessed is He who comes in the Name of Y'hovah!" Emphasis on looking for a supposed secret coming of Christ to get His church and take it to heaven before the Tribulation, contradicts with the writings of the Apostles and the early church fathers. It also contradicts the passages quoted above.

Jesus prayed; I do not ask for You to take them [Christian believers] out of the world, but that You keep them from the evil one. John 17:15

Jesus said: No one goes to heaven, except the One who came from heaven.  John 3:13

Any new believer, just reading the Bible, without the 'benefit' of church teaching and dogma, would read that Jesus promised to Return to the world in glory, accompanied by His angels - Matthew 16:27. He will come after a period of great suffering - Matt. 24:21-30. He will gatherHis chosen ones then, to live and reign with Him on earth. Matt. 24:31, 2 Thessalonians 2:1-2

It hardly seems possible for anyone to arrive at a rapture, pre, mid or post Tribulation, by independent study of the Scriptures. If this teaching is not set out clearly in the Bible, how did it originate? Investigation into the history of the rapture, indicates that it began in Scotland in the early 1800's, with the visions of Margaret McDonald and was later promoted in England by Edward Irving, J. Darby and others.

 

As we are now very close to the time when God will act on earth in order to fulfil His plans for His creation, careful study of Bible prophecy can inform us of end time events, even the timing is given to us. Don't be one who is ignorant of coming events or worse still, have an apathetic attitude. What will Jesus say to you?

1 Corinthians 1:7-9 There is indeed no single gift you lack, while you wait expectantly for our Lord, Jesus Christ to reveal himself. He will keep you firm to the end without reproach until that Day. It is God Himself who called you to share in the life of His Son and God keeps faith.

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  ISRAEL REDEEMED 

The story of Israel's redemption is not my theory, it is the major theme of almost all the prophets and Jesus himself said: "I have come to save the lost sheep of Israel".

My task, as my name in Hebrew means: keras = herald or messenger, is to point out the Scriptures that describe God's dealings with His people, Israel. In particular, His plans for the imminent future of this world. 

If you believe that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God, then it is necessary to believe ALL of what it says to us. We are told the wonderful story of our personal redemption through the atonement made for us by Jesus Christ. "All who believe in Me and call on My Name shall besaved".

We are asked to be 'salt and light'in order to help redeem others. We do good works, because once we accept the sovereignty of Christ, that is our desire. But, eternal life is a free gift to us and is the ultimate reward for those who remain firm in faith to their Creator.

The Bible speaks of 'His People, Israel'. Originally these people were only the descendants of Jacob, but they failed to obey the covenant that God had made with them. They are now scattered throughout the world and are mostly unaware of their identity. Only part of the two tribes of Judah and Benjamin [the Jews] have returned to just part of the Land, at present. As in ancient times, aliens and foreigners could join Israel and the New Testament promises redemption for all who believe and remain faithful to God.

 

The great theme of the Old Testament is the story of Israel. How they were chosen as God's people to be His witnesses [Isaiah 43:10] and a "light to the nations". Their sojourn in Egypt, their settling in the Land, their sins and dispersion - of Israel, then Judah. That story is a precursor of the final fulfilment of the many prophecies stating how His rejoined People will live in the Land in peace and security, forever. God says that He has not forgotten or rejected them. Isaiah 49:15-16, Amos 9:9. Isaiah 14:1 The Lord will again show compassion forJacoband once again make Israel His choice. He will resettle them on their own soil and alienswill join them.

 

As in any development process, there are several steps. For nearly 2000 years, the Church of Jesus Christ has tried to fulfil the Commission of preaching the gospel of the coming Kingdom of God. Seven stages or types of Churches are described in Revelation 2 & 3, and the last one, Laodicea, describes very well the general condition of today's church.

 

The final regathering and resettling of righteous Israel [all 12 tribes] into all [Ezekiel 47:13-23] of the Promised Land is a great story yet to be told. Although the Jewish people have commenced this process, they will be judged along with the Islamic nations, as it is not God's plan for Israel to be a secular state. Jeremiah 12:14-17, Zephaniah 1:4-6, Jeremiah 8:5-12, Isaiah 4:3-4

 

There are over 40 Bible passages that describe the return of His people to all the area given to Abraham, so long ago. This will be made possible by the event graphically described in many prophecies, as the Lord's Day of vengeance and wrath. Isaiah 30:26-28, Isa. 66:15-18, Ezekiel 21:3-7, Habakkuk 3:12-13, Malachi 4:1-3, Revelation 6:12-17. Isaiah 63:1-6. Those Israelites who are judged righteous, Ezekiel 20:34-38, Amos 9:10 will then enter the Land, to live there in peace and prosperity, in order to prepare for the eventual Return of Jesus. They will face further testing, such as the Gog attack and the rise of the Anti Christ, who will make a peace treaty with Israel. But, this treaty marks the start of the 70th week (7 years) of Daniel, and after 3½ years, he will invade Israel, beginning the Tribulation. The Lord Jesus will Return in His glory exactly 1260 days later.

Daniel 12:1-3, says how those who keep their faith 'will shine like the stars, forever'

 

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The Hour of trial

Revelation 3:10 Since you have kept My command to endure patiently, I will also keepyou from the hour of trial, that is coming upon the whole world, to test those who live on the earth.

This verse is paralleled by Revelation 12:14 and Zechariah 14:2b, where a group of 'elect' people are taken to a place of safety, for 1260 days - the Great Tribulation period. This is a place on the earth, a place prepared by God, a place far away, of peace and security.

 

Daniel 11:32 By plausible promises, he [the Anti Christ] will win over those [Israelites] who are ready to violate the covenant [Isaiah 28:14-15], but the people who are faithful to their God will be resolute and take action. There are 2 groups of people in this verse. Those who hold to their Covenant with God and those who are fooled by the Anti Christ. They are from the Israelite people who will have been living in the Land, ever since they settled there after the entire area is cleared of its inhabitants during the terrible Day of the Lord's vengeance and wrath. Those people who hold fast to the New Covenant and leave Jerusalem when the "Abomination of desolation" is set up, are taken to safety. The 'many'who sign and agree with this 7 year treaty with the Anti Christ, Daniel 9:27, are those who must remain in Israel.

 

Will Christian believers experience the Great Tribulation? Yes. The many millions of non Israelite followers of Jesus Christ will also be present on earth during that time of persecution. His angels will gather them at the return. Matthew 24:31

Matthew 24:21-22 For there will be great distress, such as never before. If that time of troubles were not cut short, everything would die, but for the sake of God's chosen people, those days will be shortened.

Revelation 7:14 They are those who have passed through the great ordeal, they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

These two verses make it clear that believers will be present during the Tribulation and many of them will be martyred for their faith. If some of God's people were not present at that time, there would be no need to shorten it for their sake. What God promises is eventual deliverance for His people, for some through death, but not protection from experiencing trials. 

In His prayer for the disciples, and for believers in general, Jesus did not ask for them to be taken out of this world - but that they would be protected from the evil one. John 17:15. That divine protection does not abrogate the testing of those who wish to be true followers of God. Even today, all believers are tested; some by persecution - even to the death, and others in tolerant countries, by distractions and false teachings.

2Timothy 3:1-5 Remember, the final age of this world is to be a time of turmoil! People will love nothing but self and money, they will be boastful and arrogant, disobedient to parents, devoid of gratitude, piety and natural affection. They will hate all goodness, be violent and self important. They will love their pleasures more than God, having a form of godliness, but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.

 

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Chapter Three - END TIMES

 

END TIMES - SOME F.A.Q's

 

Who are My People? - Those who are gathered into the Promised Land, soon after the Lord's Day of vengeance and wrath.

This is a difficult question and really only God knows. It does seem clear, from what the Bible tells us, that they are mostly actual descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. But, even in ancient days, aliens joined and were accepted as Israelites.

Isaiah 56:8 Yet others I will gather, to those already gathered in the Land.

John 11:52 Jesus will die, not for the Jews alone but in order to gather together the scattered children of God.

In Ephesians 2:19-22 Paul says that those true believers in Jesus Christ are no longer aliens.

The New Testament brings a new day - not only would the Israelites be a part of God's people but in this new day the Gentiles could be grafted into this people line. Therefore, all true believers in Jesus are now "My People". But, in order to fulfil the Lord's promises to the Patriarchs, their true descendants will gather first, starting with the House of Judah. Soon to join them is the House of Israel. At the Return of Jesus, those righteous Gentiles who have kept faithful, will be brought to Him. Matthew 24:31

You will know My people by their righteous lives.

John 15:16 You did not choose Me- I chose you. I appointed you to go on and bear fruit, fruit that will last.

Luke 6:44 Each tree is known by its fruit, you don't get figs or grapes from brambles or thistles.

Matthew 12:33-35 You can tell a tree by its fruit.

Matthew 7:19 Atree that does not yield sound fruit is cut down and thrown on the fire

Isaiah 3:10 Happy are the righteous, all will be well with them. They will enjoy the fruits of their deeds. Proverbs 11:30 The fruit of the righteous is the tree of life. 

When will these end time events happen?

It is very scary, but it seems likely that the prophecies that speak clearly of the Lord's Day of vengeance will be fulfilled in the near future. I agree with the idea that the tribulation will finish with the return of Jesus, during a 50th Jubilee year, probably 2030. An interesting verse in Luke 13:32 Jesus says that He will work for 2 days then will reach His goal on the third. As a day is like 1000 years to the Lord, then His goal - His Millennial reign will start exactly 2000 years after the start of His ministry. And again in Hosea 6:2 After 2 days, He will revive us. On the 3rdday we will live in His presence. So, working back, 2023 is the start of the 7 year Tribulation. We can only guess how much time is needed for the Gathering and Judgement of His people and their settlement in the Land. But, the Lord's day of vengeance and wrath may happen at any time, this crazy situation between Israel and the Muslims has gone on so long it just cannot stay like this forever.

 

How will His people gather in the Land ?

Jeremiah 30:10 Israel, do not despair, I shall bring you back safe from afar.

Ezekiel 34:11 Now I shall take a thought for My sheep and search for them.

Ezekiel 34:12 As a shepherd, I shall find and rescue my sheep, no matter where they were scattered.

Isaiah 49:22The Lord says, I shall beckon to the nations, hoist My signal to the peoples and they will bring your sons in their arms and your daughters on their shoulders.

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Jeremiah 16:15-17I will bring the Israelites back to the Land that I gave to their forefathers. I shall send for many fishermen and they will fish for them. After that, I shall send for many hunters and they will hunt them from every place. For My eyes are on all their ways, I am watching them and I see any wrongdoing. 

Isaiah 60:8-9 Who are these, that sail along like clouds, that fly like doves to their dovecotes? They are vessels assembling from the coasts and islands: they bring your children from far away, their treasure with them. The Holy One of Israel has made you glorious for His honour.

Hosea 2:14 Now I shall woo Israel and lead her into the wilderness, speak words of encouragement to her.

Psalm 68:7 God, when at the head of Your people, You marched through the barren waste - the earth trembled and rain poured down.

Psalm 68:17 There were myriads of God's chariots when the Lord came from Sinai.

Zechariah 8:8 My people, brought back to live in Jerusalem.

Zechariah 10:10 I shall lead them into Gilead and Lebanon, until there is no more room.

 

What will My people eat and drink ?

Ezekiel 36:8 You, mountains of Israel will put forth your branches and yield fruit for My people, Israel for their homecoming is near.

Ezekiel 36:9 See, I am now for you, I shall turn to you - the land will be tilled and sown.

Ezekiel 36:10 I shall settle on you many people- the whole House of Israel.

Isaiah 41:17-19 The poor and needy look for water and find none. I, the Lord will provide for their needs. I shall open springs in the hills and pools in the desert.

Ezekiel 34:14-16 There will be rich grazing on the hills of Israel. I shall strengthen the sick and give My flock their proper food.

Micah 7:14.... your flocks will graze in Bashan and Gilead as in days gone by.

Ezekiel 34:26-27 I will bless you with rain in due season. Trees will bear fruit and the soil its produce.

Psalm 81:16 You will be fed with the best flour and honey.

Joel 2:19 The Lord answered their appeal and said - I shall send you corn, new wine and oil. You will have plenty of food.

Where will My people gather ?

Ezekiel 37:21-22 I am going to take the Israelites from their places of exile among the nations. I shall assemble them on the mountains of Israel.

Amos 3:9 Make this proclamation - Assemble yourselves on the hills of Samaria, look at the tumult seething among her people.

Ezekiel 20:35-36 I shall bring you into the wilderness of the peoples, there I shall confront you and bring you to judgement. Even as I did to your forefathers in the desert of Egypt.

A leader appointed

Jeremiah 30:21 A governor will appear, one of your own number - I will bring him near and let him approach Me. Hosea 1:11

Prayer and encouragement for His people

Colossians 1:9-12 We ask God that we may receive from Him, full insight into His will, all wisdom and spiritual understanding, so that our manner of life may be worthy of the Lord and entirely pleasing to Him. We pray that we may bear fruit in active goodness of every kind, and grow in the knowledge of God... In His glorious might, may He give us ample strength to meet with fortitude and patience whatever comes: and to give joyful thanks to the Father who has made us fit to share the heritage of God's people in the Kingdom of light.

Reference: Revised English Bible, verses abridged.

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In the Last Days, Scoffers Will Come.

2 Peter 3:3-4 In the last days, scoffers will come - scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say: Where is this 'coming' He promised? Our fathers have been laid to rest, but still everything goes on as it always has done.

This is a question posed by sceptics, put so as to ridicule, by those who have not entered into the experience of believing in and trusting the Lord Jesus. We Christian believers may well ask: Why does Jesus delay His Return? We await His coming and sometimes get impatient. But we can be confident that this delay is not due to some kind of mix up. God is sovereign-when everything that needs to be accomplished before His Return is done - then He will come.

 

2 Peter 3:5-7 When they say this, they forget that God created the universe and thefirst civilisation on earth was destroyed by a great flood. Scripture says that the present heavens and earth are reserved for burning, until the Day of judgement, when the godless will be destroyed. 

Atheists, evolutionists and simply apathetic people, deny or ignore the obvious fact that something does not come out of nothing: there has to be a Creator. The reality of the Flood is proved by the geological record and ancient writings.

 

2 Peter 3:8-9 Dear friends, do not forget: in the Lord's sight, 1 day is like 1000 years. The Lord is not slow in keeping His promises, He is patient. It is not His will that any be lost, but that all should come to repentance.

2 Peter 3:10-13 The Day of the Lord will come unexpectedly. On that Day, the heavenswill dissolve with a roar and flames, then the earth and all those in it will be brought to judgement. Since this will happen, you must live holy and dedicated lives, as you look forward to the renewal of the heavens and earth, where justice will be established. 

This passage may allude to Revelation 21, at the end of the Millennium and is often thought to relate to the Return of Jesus, but careful study shows it is neither. There are many prophecies about the Day of the Lord's vengeance and wrath, yet to be fulfilled - which don't fit this Revelation 21 scenario, or the Return, therefore what Peter is prophesying about is the next event on this earth. The descriptions of the Day of the Lord, are of a soon to happen cleansing of the earth, with earthquakes and fire, which will cleanse the Holy Land and destroy His enemies. Revelation 6:12-17, Isaiah 63:1-6, Isaiah 30:26, 2Thessalonians 1:6-9, Joel 2:1-11, Deuteronomy 32:41-43, Psalm 18:7-15, Isaiah 2:12-22

This will enable the fulfilment of the many prophecies that say how Israel and Judah will rejoin and regather in all of the area promised to their forefathers, and is the beginning of events leading up to the return of Jesus Christ in His glory. NOW, we lookforward to a renewed[cleansed] heaven and earth and the establishment of justice.[In the Land of New Israel.] Isaiah 11:11-12, Zechariah 8:1-13, Ezekiel 39:25-29

2 Peter 3:17-18 So, dear friends, you have been forewarned. Take care that you donot let anyone seduce you with their errors, hold on to your faith. Grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and saviour, Jesus Christ. To him be the glory, both now and for eternity!

Reference: Revised English Bible. Verses abridged.

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Analysis of 2 Peter 3:10 The Day of the Lord will come like a thief. On that Day, theheavens will disappear with a great rushing sound, the elements will be dissolved in flames and the earth with all that is in it will be brought to judgement.

Is this verse about the Return of Jesus? No, for the following reasons:

1/ Day of the Lord - His Return is not called that in Revelation 19 or Matthew 24.

2/ Like a thief - After the 'abomination of desolation' is placed into the 3rd Temple, we are given 3 specific time periods - 3½ years, or 42 months, or 1260 days. This will allow an exact calculation of His Return, at that time.

3/ The Heavens disappear and the elements dissolve - As He will Return 'on the clouds", it is rather difficult to imagine this happening at that time.

4/ All the earth judged - Jesus will destroy the armies of the Anti Christ and He will divide the remaining nations. [the sheep and goat judgement] But the final judgement of all people, alive and dead, is at the end of the Millennium.

 

Is it the Great White Throne judgement to happen at the end of the Millennium period? No, because:

1/ Day of the Lord - not described as such in Revelation 20-21 or Daniel 7:9-10

2/Like a thief- Jesus will have reigned on earth for 1000 years.

3/ The heavens will disappear with a great rushing sound - Pushed away by a CME.

4/ The elements will be dissolved in flames - Only the Lake of Fire is mentioned in Revelation 20, not a judgement by fire of all mankind.

5/ The earth and all that is in it, judged - All those that are alive at that time, not the dead, as in Revelation 20:12. Note - the KJV says: the earth and all its works.

 

What this verse does fit, is the next prophesied event - the Day of the Lord's vengeance and wrath. Isaiah 34:5, Hebrews 10:27, Malachi 4:1, Isaiah 29:5-6, Deuteronomy 32:41-43.

1/The Day of the Lord -This is mentioned many times, always in conjunction with a terrible judgement against His enemies, by fire and sword.

2/ Like a thief - Yes, this will certainly be an unexpected event.

3/ The heavens will disappear with a great rushing sound - Paralleled by Revelation 6:14 and Isaiah 34:4 'the sky rolled up like a scroll'. A description of what will happen to the sky when a huge coronal mass ejection hits the earth.

4/ The elements [visible matter] dissolved in flames - There are many prophecies that say how the earth will be devastated: the land burnt clean, whole cities just heaps of white ash, etc.

5/ The earth and all those in it, judged - This Day will be a worldwide event. Isaiah 66: 15-17 The Lord is coming in fire, like a whirlwind, He will judge with fire. His sword will test mankind, many will be slain by Him.

Haggai 2:6-7 & 21-22 The Lord says: In a little while from now, I shall shake the heavensand the earth, I will shake all the nations, their treasure will come to Jerusalem.

Hebrews 12:26-29 [In ancient times]His voice shook the earth and now He has promised' Once again, I shall shake the earth and the heavens'. The words 'once again' point to the removal of created things, of all that is shaken, so that what cannot be shaken, may remain. The Kingdom we are given is unshakeable, let us, therefore give thanks to God for it and worship Him with reverence and awe - for our God is a devouring fire.

Reference: REB

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You, Friends, Are Not In The Dark

Isaiah 46:10From the beginning, I reveal the end. From ancient times, what is yet to be I say: My purpose stands, it will be accomplished.

Amos 3:7 Indeed, the Lord does nothing without revealing His plans to His servants, the prophets.

Habakkuk 2:3-4 There is still a vision for the appointed time: it will testify to the destined hour and will not prove false. Though it delays, wait for it, for it will surely come before long. The reckless will lack an assured future, while the righteous will live by being faithful.

1 Thessalonians 5:1-2 About dates and times, my friends, there is no need to write to you, for you know perfectly well that the Day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.

1 Thessalonians 5:3While they are saying: all is peaceful, all secure, then destruction is upon them- sudden as a woman in childbirth.

1 Thessalonians 5:4-5 But you friends, are not in the dark, that Day will not come upon you as a thief. You are children of light, we do not belong to darkness and we must not sleep like the others, but keep alert and self controlled.

1 Thessalonians 5:8 We, who belong to the daylight are armed with the breastplate of faith and love and have the hope of salvation for our helmet.

1 Thessalonians 5:9God has not destined us for retribution, but for the full attainment of salvation through Jesus Christ.

Matthew 24:32-34 Take a lesson from the fig tree, when it gives out tender shoots, you know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see all these things [Matthew 24:4-27]then you will know that the end is near, at the very door. Truly, I tell you: the present generation will live to see it all. [Ezekiel 12:25 - this means that within 70 years of 1948, God will act]

Revelation 3:3 If you do not wake up. I will come upon you like a thief and you won't know the moment of My coming.

Revelation 16:15 See: I am coming like a thief. Happy is the person who stays awake and keeps their clothes [of righteousness] at hand, so that you do not go naked for all to see.

Daniel 12:9-10 Go your way, Daniel, for these words are to be kept secret until the time of the end. Many will purify themselves and be refined, but the ungodly will continue in their wickedness and none of them will understand.

 

From all of these Bible passages, it says that if we are His servants and His friends, we should be able to understand what the prophets are saying, as a result we can be aware of end time events. We are told to "stay awake" and keep our garments of righteousness about us. 

Reference REB. 

 

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The Millennium Reign 

When Jesus Christ returns to reign for a thousand years, then those men and women who are to make up His government, will either accompany Him or be on earth, ready for Him. They must have been prepared, prior to His return, for the offices to which they have been assigned.

I would consider that only in a regathered Israel, would conditions be suitable for the selection and training of those people. 

Jeremiah chapter 29:1 The words of the Lord to the exiles of Judah and Israel.

Jeremiah 29:13-14 When you seek Me, if you search wholeheartedly you will find Me.

I shall restore your fortunes and gather you from all the places to which I have banished you. I shall resettle you in the Land from which you went into exile.

At this time, the Lord has to be searched for in faith. Those righteous Israelites who do seek and find the Lord, will be gathered and resettled in the Promised Land. Those Israelites who revolt and rebel will not set foot on the soil of Israel. Ezekiel 20:37-38 

Matthew 25:31 When the Son of Man comes in His glory, His angels with Him, He will sit on His Throne.

Matthew 25:32 With all the nations gathered before Him. He will separate them into two groups, as the sheep from the goats.

Matthew 25:33 The sheep on the right and the goats on the left.

Matthew 25:34 Then the King will say to those on the right: Come, take possession of The Kingdom. 

Those righteous and wicked nations existing on the earth at the beginning of the Millennium will be judged. Then, all of "His chosen people" will join Israel in the Land. Matthew 24:31 The Land cannot be empty at the time of His Return as the two Witnesses are there in Jerusalem, then when they ascend to Heaven an earthquake will kill 7000 people. Revelation 11:13

Before that, is the gathering and judgement of the 12 tribes of Israel, as prophesied in Ezekiel 37:21-22, Amos 3:9 and Ezekiel 20:35-36. This happens in the "wilderness of the Peoples", a place outside the Land, where the Lord separates the Israelites and allows the righteous to enter and settle in the Land of Greater Israel.

Revelation chapter 7 ... the 144,000 sealed for protection - before the Tribulation, otherwise, why need protection?

Then, after the Tribulation:

..... I saw a vast throng before the Throne, beyond counting.

..... They are those who have passed the Great ordeal.

..... The Lord will be their shepherd and God will wipe every tear from their eyes. 

 

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WHAT IS REVEALED BELONGS TO US 

This is the blessing that Moses gave to Israel.

Deuteronomy 33:1-5 The Lord came from Sinai and shone forth from Seir. He appeared from Mt Parun and with him were myriads of holy ones streaming along at His right hand. Truly He loves His people and blesses His holy ones. They sit at His feet and receive His instructions - the Law that Moses laid upon us, as a possession for the assembly of Jacob.

Then a King arose in Jeshurun when the chiefs of the people were assembled together with all the tribes of Israel. 

[This is a prophecy for the end times, when His people are brought back into the Promised Land. Sinai, Seir and Parun are all areas to the south of Israel. Jeshurun means "the upright ones" and is another name for the people of Israel.]

The promised Land -

Deuteronomy 8:7-10 ....bless the Lord for the good Land He has given Israel. Deuteronomy 11:12 It is a land which the Lord your God tends and onwhich His eye rests from one year's end to the next.

Deuteronomy 19:8-9 If the Lord your God enlarges your territory, as He promised onoath to your forefathers and gives you the whole land that He promised to them, [it will be] because you keep all the commandments that I am laying down today and carrying them out by loving the Lord and conforming to His ways.

His chosen people -

Deuteronomy 10:15 The Lord was attached to your forefathers by His love for them and He chose their descendants after them. Out of all the nations you were His chosen people, as you are to this day.

Deuteronomy 9:6 Know that it is not because of any merit of yours that the Lord yourGod is givingyou this good land to occupy: indeed, you are a stubborn people.

Restoration and prosperity -

Deuteronomy 30:1-10 ...if you take My laws to heart there among the nations to which the Lord has banished you, turn back and obey Him, then the Lord will restore your fortunes. In compassion, He will gather you from the ends of the earth: He will fetch you home - into the Land that your forefathers occupied. The Lord your God will circumcise your hearts and He will again rejoice over you as He did your forefathers.

Battle instructions -

Deuteronomy 20:1-4... The Lord your God accompanies you to fight for you against your enemies and gives you the victory.

Zechariah 9:13 Judah the bow, Ephraim the arrow - warriors against the Gentiles.

Zechariah 9:14 The Lord will appear over them, His weapon will flash like lightning....Advance with the storms of the south.

Zechariah 9:15 The Lord will shield them, they will destroy in exultation.

Zechariah 9:16 Their God will save His people, they will shine in His land like jewels.

Deuteronomy 29:29 There are things hidden and they belong to the Lord, but what is revealed belongs to us and our children forever. 

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End Times Events

2 Thessalonians 1:7-10...and give relief you who are afflicted, to us as well, when the Lord Jesusis revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in blazing fire. There He will punish those who refuse to acknowledge God and will not obey the gospel. They will suffer the penalty of eternal destruction, cut off from the Presence of the Lord when He comes to reveal His glory amongst all believers.

This is a controversial passage, because depending on how you look at the end times, you can read it as one event - that is, the judgement of the nations/wicked peoples and the Lord's Return, simultaneously or as two separate events, perhaps years apart. Careful analysis of this Bible passage and parallel scriptures shows that in fact the judgement 'in blazing fire' does occur first and His enemies 'suffer the penalty of eternal destruction'.THEN, cut off until 'the Lord comes to reveal His glory'.

 

Here are Scriptures that describe the glorious second coming of the Lord Jesus:

Zechariah 14:3-5 I shall gather the nations to make war on Jerusalem: the city will betaken...Then the Lord will go out and fight them....On that Day, His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives. Then the Lord will appear, attended by all His holy ones.

Matthew 24:30 Then will appear in heaven the sign that heralds the Son of Man... they will seeHim coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

Revelation 19:11-21 I saw heaven wide open and a white horse appeared, its Rider's name wasFaithful and True...He was robed in a garment dyed in blood....He will rule the nations with a rod of iron and carry out the wrath of God....against the Beast and the kings of the earth with their armies mustered to do battle....the rest are killed by the sword which came out of the Rider's mouth.

Jesus returns in power and glory, visible to all when He destroys the armies attacking Jerusalem. This happens at the end of the seven year Tribulation period and is the commencement of His Millennial reign. Note that He appears 'robed in a garment dyed in blood'. This means that He has carried out a judgement before His Return in glory.

Isaiah 63:3-4 I have trodden the press alone, I trod the nations in My anger, their blood spattered My garments. I resolved on a Day of vengeance, the Year for redeeming My own had come.

 

More scriptures on the event called the "Day of vengeance" or "the Day of God's wrath":

2 Samuel 22:8-16 and Psalm 18:7-15 He parted the heavens and came down. The earth shook andquaked because of His anger. Smoke and devouring fire came from Him. He swooped on the wind, covered by darkness and dense vapour. Thick clouds went before Him, with thunder, hail and glowing coals. He loosed His arrows far and wide and hurled lightning bolts round His enemies.

Habakkuk 3:12 Furiously You traverse the earth, in anger You trample down the nations.

Isaiah 66:15-16 See, the Lord is coming in fire, like a whirlwind, bringing retribution in His furious anger. The Lord will judge with fire and many will be slain by Him.

Hebrews 10:27...a terrifying expectation of judgement - a fierce fire that will consume God'senemies.

 

Although, at the Lord's Return, there will be a judgement - of the Anti Christ and his armies at Jerusalem, this isn't the same as the worldwide judgement as described above, which will happen as the next prophesied event.

Reference: REB some verses abridged 

 

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Worldwide devastation from a CME

 

Isaiah 24:1-6 Be warned, the Lord is about to strip the earth, split it and turn it upside down and scatter its inhabitants. Everyone will be affected.

The earth dries up and withers, it is desecrated by those who live in it. They have broken My Laws and violated My covenant, that is why a curse consumes the earth and its peoples suffer, their numbers dwindle, only a few are left.

[The Lords Day of vengeance and wrath strikes the earth, affecting all its inhabitants. Isaiah 63:1-6, Revelation 6:12-17, Habakkuk 3:12]

Isaiah 24:7-13 Crops fail, the people are shocked and anxious. Their cities are in chaos and their houses shuttered and locked. Nothing but desolation is left in the towns, the bridges and highways are destroyed. So it will be throughout the world,among the nations, as an olive tree is beaten and stripped.

[Cities and towns will become uninhabitable - no food, power or water and roads impassable. "Suddenly, in a single Day" is mentioned in Isaiah 10:7 & Isaiah 47:9 All the nations of the world face the sun over a 24hr period. A huge coronal mass ejection will strike all the earth in one rotation. Isaiah 30:26a, Malachi 4:1]

Isaiah 24:14-16a People from the West and the East, acclaim the Lord. In thecoasts and islands of the sea, we hear them sing- from the ends of the earth, glorifying the God of Israel.

[As Isaiah 30:26b says: 'On that Day, I will save My people'. They will praise the Lord for their salvation. Isaiah 66:8.]

Isaiah 24:16b-20But, there will be trouble for the earth on the Day that the Lord opens the window of heaven and shakes the earth's foundation. It will lurch and sway like a drunkard and whoever tries to escape will be caught, like in a trap.

[There will be worldwide earthquakes. The unrighteous will be punished- no one will escape. Jeremiah 4:23-29]

Isaiah 24:21-23 On that Day, the Lord will punish the powers in the heavens above andthe leaders on the earth below. They will be made prisoners, punished for a long time. The sun and moon will grow pale. God will reign in Jerusalem and will be revealed in His glory to the elders of His people.Reference: REB verses abridged.

The sky will be darkened for a while because of the smoke and ash clouds. The Lord's people will move to and settle in New Israel. The Glory of God will return into the rebuilt Temple. Ezekiel 43:1-9 The elders and leaders will know Him, as in ancient times, with Abraham, Moses and David, etc. Jeremiah 30:21

All this is before the Return of Jesus: at that time; He will come on the clouds with His angels, visible to all. He destroys the armies of the Anti Christ on the Great Day of the Sovereign Lord. Rev. 16:14 It is the terrifying and shocking, worldwide Lord's Day of vengeance and wrath, the next prophesied event, what is described in Isaiah 24.

Note; that there is absolutely no hint of a 'rapture' of anyone at this time. The Lords people, righteous Israel, will gather and settle in the new country of Beulah, in all that area promised to Abraham. Isaiah 62:1-5, Jeremiah 23:3-4, Ezekiel 48:1-29

The survivors of the world's peoples will organise a one world government, in order to regain control. Ten regions will be established, each led by a President. It will not be long before one of them assumes full dictatorial powers. You know the rest of the story!

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Who is it that says: BLESSED IS HE THAT COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD 

Matthew 23:39 & Luke 13:35 For I tell you, you will not see Me again until you say : "Blessedis He that comes in the name of the Lord."

Luke 18:8...when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth? 

Who are the inhabitants of Israel and Jerusalem at the time of Jesus' Return?

Zechariah 13:7-9... says how the Lord will judge Judah and the citizens of Jerusalem. Two thirds will die and the remainder will be refined, they will call on the Lord and be accepted as His people.

Ezekiel 20:30-38 The House of Israel is told how they have defiled themselves. Then, how they will be brought out of the peoples and lands where they have been dispersed to. They are judged and the righteous allowed to enter and settle in the Promised Land.

Note in v36...even as I did in Egypt- see also Ezekiel 20:9....the Lord says- how I revealed Myself to the Israelites.

So, these judgements are before the Lord's Return. 

Zechariah 14:1 A Day is coming for the Lord to act and plunder taken from you will be shared out, while you stand by.

Zech 14:2 I shall gather the nations to make war on Jerusalem- the city will be taken, houses ransacked and women raped. Half of the city will go into exile, the rest will stay.

Zech 14:3 ...then, the Lord will Return in glory. He will destroy the armies of the nations.

 

I consider that verses 1-2 are when the Anti Christ comes to Israel, 3½ years after he has made a peace treaty with them. He will set up his image in the Temple at that time. Those who go into exile are righteous Israel (the woman). Revelation 12:6 Those who remain must be further refined and tested. During this 3.5 year Tribulation period, the two witnesses will preach in Jerusalem to them. When the two witnesses are killed and taken up to heaven there is an earthquake that kills 7000 people. Revelation 11:13

 

When Jesus Returns in His glory, at the end of the Tribulation, the armies of all the nations are there, under the command of the Anti Christ. Revelation 19:19

2 Esdras 13:11-13 A stream of fire, the breath of flame poured from His mouth and fell on the enormous army advancing to attack. They were totally burned up. After that, the Man, (Jesus) came down from the mountain and summoned to Himself a peaceful company of people, some with joy on their faces, some with sorrow.

 

Psalm 68:24-26 Your procession, O God, comes into view. In front, the singers, with themusicians following. Let the assembly of Israel praise the Lord.

Psalm 68:27 There is the little tribe of Benjamin, leading them. Next, the great throngof Judah's princes and there are the princes of Zebulon and Naphtali.

Psalm 68:28 Summon Your power, show Your strength, O God, as you have done before.

Psalm 68:29 Kings will bring gifts to Your Temple.

Psalm 68:30 Rebuke those wild beasts, scatter those nations who make war.

Psalm 68:31 Envoys will come from Egypt and Cush in submission to God.

Reference, REB, some verses abridged. 

 

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Oh That I Had The Wings Of A Dove! 

Here are a few Bible verses to encourage those who are concerned about the future: 

James 5:8 You must be patient for the coming of the Lord is near.

Ecclesiastes 8:5 One who is wise knows in his heart the right time and method for action.

Psalm 32:6-7 So let every faithful heart pray to You in the hour of anxiety, when great floods threaten, they shall not touch them. You are a hiding place from distress.

Psalm 12:5 Now I will arise, says the Lord - for the poor are plundered and the needy groan. I shall put them in a place of safety for which they long.

Jeremiah 51:50 You that escaped the sword, go, do not linger. Remember the Lord from afar and let Jerusalem come to your mind.

 

The best description of how the Lord will rescue His righteous people is:

Psalm 107:1-32 Let them give thanks, those who were redeemed by the Lord from the power of the enemy and gathered out of the lands from east, west, north and south.

Some lost their way in desert waste lands...they were hungry and thirsty...they cried to the Lord, He rescued them from their distress and led them to a city where they lived.

Some sat in the dark, prisoners, locked up because they had defied God's commands. Their spirit was subdued by hard labour...they cried to the Lord. He saved them in their distress and brought them out of the dark. Some were fools who took to rebellious ways, their punishment was revulsion to food.They nearly died, so they cried to the Lord and He saved them from their distress. Others were at sea in ships: they saw what marvellous things the Lord has done. At His command, storm winds rose and tossed them to and fro, in peril... they cried to the Lord... the storm abated and He guided them into a safe harbour.

Psalm 107:35-42 The desert He changes into lakes and in the arid land he makes springs of water. There He gives the hungry a home, they build themselves a town to live in, and they sow fields and plant vineyards which yield a good harvest.

He blesses them and their numbers grow, their herds and flocks increase.

Tyrants lose their strength and are brought low, He brings princes into contempt, they are banished into the desert. But the poor person, He lifts clear of his troubles and gives them prosperity. The upright see it and are glad, while evildoers are reduced to silence.

Psalm 107:43 Whoever is wise, let them lay these things to heart and ponder the loving deeds of the Lord.

 

Isaiah 46:4 Till you grow old - I am the Lord, and when white hairs come, I shall carry you still. I have made you, I shall uphold you. I shall carry you away to safety.

Psalm 23:4 Even though I walk through a valley of deepest darkness, I will fear no harm, for You are with me.

Psalm 55:6-7 Oh, that I had the wings of a dove, I would escape far away to a refuge in the wilderness.

Reference: REB, (some verses abridged) 

 

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Chapter Four - THE MIDDLE EAST

 

The Israel - Palestine Question

The one State solution:

Recently, the Foreign Policy Journal, who condemns Israel for all the problems of the area, has suggested a single united, democratic state that recognises the equal rights of all and protects the rights of minorities. If the Palestinian Arab Muslims cannot form a single united government of their own, that respects the rights of their minorities - or even each other - how exactly can they form one with Israel? Also interesting is that none of Israel's neighbours are true democratic nations. So, we are back with the unworkable dilemma of attempting to get agreement on a two state solution.

 

The original two state solution was implemented in 1920, when the British set up Abdullah, as King of Transjordan, and retained what is now Israel as Mandated territory. Then in the 1940's the UN drew up a Partition Plan that gave the Jews basically only the Negev desert, Jerusalem to be an international city and the Arabs all the rest. The Jews said: Yes. The Arabs said: Jihad. The war of independence followed and the borders were determined by armed force.

 

Since then, there has been two more attempts to effect a two state solution. Neither brought anything like peace to the Land. Now, the political entities involved continue to try again the same old failed ideas. On the Palestinian side, they make it perfectly clear that it is only one state that they want, with no Jews, period. They view this time of relative peace and time wasting negotiations as simply allowing them to prepare for the next war. The Americans, and all who really try to solve this impasse, simply cannot see any other possibility of solution. David Cameron - "We desperately need a two State solution". Angela Merkel - 'It is the only reasonable solution".

 

The Bible tells us of God's plan for His people and what is in store for those who refuse to acknowledge Him.

Hosea 6:11And for you too, Judah, a harvest of reckoning will come, when I am minded to restore the fortunes of My people

Jeremiah 12:14 These are the words of the Lord about all those evil neighbours who encroach on the Land which I allotted to My people, Israel as their holding. I shall uproot them from their own soil. Also I shall uproot Judah from among them, 15/ but after I have uprooted them, I shall have pity on them again [that is, the Jews] and bring them back to the Land. 16/ IF they will learn the ways of My people [RighteousIsrael]and acknowledge My name [the Lord Jesus] as they taught My people to love idols, only then can they establish families among My people. 17/ The peoples that will not listen, I will uproot and destroy.

Isaiah 26:20-21 Go, My people, enter your rooms, withdraw for a little while until the Lord's wrath has passed. The Lord is coming from His dwelling place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their sins...

Ezekiel 21:1-17 Say to the Land of Israel: I shall draw My sword and make away with both the righteous and wicked, everyone from the Negev, northwards....

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The Core of the Conflict 

Since Egypt and Jordan have made peace treaties with Israel, why can't the Palestinians? Simply, because the very existence of Israel is not compatible with their own existence. The international community can't figure out why the peace process, two state solution, won't work. The answer is, the dispute is not so much over territory, but ideology. For Arabs, Palestinians and most Muslims, this struggle is part of a Permanent Revolution against the infidel. 

Without understanding this concept, it is impossible to know why all efforts to impose a Palestinian state alongside Israel are doomed to failure. The primary goal of Palestinian nationalism is to wipe out the State of Israel, not to recognize or permit its existence. Any form of Palestinian statehood that accepts Israeli sovereignty in what they believe is Muslim lands, stolen by the Jews, is, by their definition, heretical. This is clear in both the Hamas and PLO charters.

These organizations do not constitute a national identity, but are simply political entities developed as part of a terrorist agenda. Their struggle is not to achieve statehood alongside Israel, but to replace Israel. Palestinian identity means the struggle to "liberate Palestine from the Zionists" and it has become an international cause that has bound Muslims together, as part of Jihad, with much broader implications - a Permanent Global Islamic Revolution. Two state proposals, therefore, with Palestinian statehood as a territorial goal, means the end to the struggle to eradicate Israel. This explains why no Palestinian leader will agree to Western and Zionist interests and why making compromises is an anathema. It means the denial of the "Nakba" of 1948 and admitting that everything that they have fought for was in vain. 

Statehood means that the millions of refugees, in camps and around the world will no longer be considered "refugees". UNRWA will be out of business. Statehood means the armed struggle is over. It means that the concept of Palestinian-ism created by the PLO, accepted by much of the international community and the media, to "liberate Palestine" is finished. Statehood involves taking responsibility, ending incitement and violence, corruption and lawlessness and accepting Israel means an end the Revolution, a national betrayal and an Islamic heresy. In this context, for most Palestinians and their supporters, the "Peace Process" is just a road map to defeat. 

So called 'peace treaties' and 'road maps' are worthless. It is futile to appeal to the good will of Israel's enemies. They have no moral ethics when it comes to dialogues or diplomacy. They consider such efforts just as a sign of weakness. 

With regard to Bible prophecy, the majority of church leaders are like ostriches with their heads in the sand, while their congregations remain in a state of woeful ignorance of end time events. This state of affairs will soon come to an earth shattering end when the Lord's Day of vengeance and wrath happens. 

The world will never be the same again. 

 

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The Middle East 

Throughout recorded history, religion has always been a source of conflict - often armed, deadly conflict. 'Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction' - Pascal. 

Although deeply held religious beliefs drive conflict on every continent, currently it is militant Islam that poses the greatest threat. Islam's very militancy makes it attractive to the downtrodden and those who perceive that they are marginalized in some way. It is the one religion that is prepared to fight. Deterrence doesn't work against, say a group of Iranian mullahs, who decide that not only they, but all their countrymen, can go to heaven if they launch a nuclear weapon against 'the Great Satan'. 

The situation in the Middle East is set to explode. Yet, even with all the warning signs present, most people blissfully continue to believe that peace will at last be attainable and no one will be foolish enough to start another war. Because now, both sides are nuclear armed, the results will be catastrophic for all. Unfortunately, the facts of history and the natures of the Islamic nations, makes the likelihood of eventual conflict almost certain. 

In Muslim eschatology, Jesus will set things right at His Return. They say that He will end the 'dhimmi status' of non-Muslims in Islamic societies, not by initiating a new era of equality and harmony, but by abolishing Christianity and imposing Islam upon everyone. As the Hadith says: By Him in whose hands my soul is, surely the Son of Mary will soon descend amongst you and will judge mankind justly, He will break the Cross, kill the swine [Jews] and all will be taxed equally. 

In the 10th century, the last Imam, according to Shiíte tradition, went into 'ghaybah' or hiding and is due to reappear after a period in which the Muslims 'suffer great persecution and calamity'. Muhammad said that this 12th Imam- the Mahdi, will fill the earth with equity and justice, as it was filled with oppression and tyranny. For as long as this Imam remains hidden, the world is doomed to remain fallen. Shiítes are fixated on the end times, always looking out for the signs of the Mahdi's return. This obsession shapes their life, culture and also their politics, as attested by Ahmadinejad's speeches and the ruling mullahs documented intentions.  

So, 'destroying the world' may be the prerequisite for making it 'right'. Quote continued: 'It will be a calamity of unprecedented severity. It will be so violent that the earth with injustice and corruption will shrivel for its inhabitants'. 

It is not beyond the realms of possibility that Iran's leaders are calculating that they can hasten the coming of the Mahdi by bringing about, what they would regard as oppression of Muslims - oppression that would in reality be a defensive response to an Iranian attack. We only need to look at Bible prophecy to see how it fits to the present situation, to see how likely it is, that we are now close to the time of the end of this age. 

Reference: frontpagemag.com 

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Preach Love For All People

Christians and Muslims have been engaged in dialogue for several decades. Since 9/11 there has been a huge change in relations between Islam and the Western world, fed by the fear of a clash of civilizations and a war of religion. 

The US and UK governments decided that there was no such thing as "Islamic terrorism" and that Al Qaeda was a heretical strain of Islam. Policies therefore, sought to bring the Muslim community into the mainstream of society, so as to prevent radicalisation. Ecumenical relations were redefined to include Islam and concepts such the "Abrahamic Religions" were introduced to consolidate Islam, Judaism and Christianity into one mono-theistic system. This postmodern and liberal watering down of basic Christian theology, has caused concern among grassroots believers, who sense that their Biblical base is being eroded to accommodate other religions. 

The dangers inherent in these new approaches, is the reduction of Christian beliefs and values, to something compatible with those religions is reducing the status of Jesus. It may revive old heresies, such as Aryanism, which rejected the Trinity and the deity of Christ. Church leaders engaged in interfaith dialogue, increasingly embrace Unitarianism, that is One God and a human Jesus. The ancient heresy of Marcion is also re-emerging which preaches a gospel only of grace, thereby rejecting the wrath of God, ignoring prophecy and Israel as God's people, thereby encouraging anti Semitism. 

The Churches must preach love for all people as human beings created in God's image and for whom Christ died. They should certainly not preach fear of Islam. But neither should we be so naive as to what is happening in the Muslim world or fail to support the churches there. Since its inception, Islam has sought to stifle Christianity in its domains and this is still the case in most Muslim states and societies, today. The Church leaders must distinguish between individual Muslims and the religious/ political system of Islam. We must recognise that jihad is much more than a fringe of that religion, but is rooted in all the Islamic scriptures and commentaries. 

The dangers of this insidious giving in and change of doctrines must be recognised, This approach actually helps the Islamisation of the West. Christians should not allow themselves to be manipulated by governments, either Western or Muslim, seeking political advantage. 

The Islamic version of peace is only realised when all people submit to the rule of Islam, but the Christian vision is realised only when Christ rules the hearts of His people.

Ref: Barnabas Aid 

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The Iranian Leaders  

God's "modus operandi" is to use people - kings, armies, scientists, preachers, etc. and even you and me, as well as seemingly natural events, to carry out His purposes here on earth. We see King Cyrus called by God - My servant, Cyrus. His decree allowed the Jews to return from Babylon and rebuild Jerusalem. Earlier, the Assyrians, who captured the Northern tribes, stated in 2 Kings 18:25.... the Lord Himself said to me "Go up and destroy this Land". Even Genghis Khan said that God had told him to destroy what he did. Seems that he took great pleasure in doing it, too!! 

The President of Iran has vowed to "wipe Israel off the map" even though he knows that an attack on Israel will result in their retaliation. Iran's leaders believe that Israel must be destroyed before the 12thImam can return. This is the Mahdi, the Islamic messiah.

Jeremiah 49:34-39 I shall break Elam (Iran ) before their foes - I shall send My fierce anger upon them in disaster..... make an end to them. 

But, prophecies given thousands of years ago, must be fulfilled.

Ezekiel 20:46-47 O man, face toward the South, prophesy to the scrublands of the Negev

The Lord God says - I am about to kindle a fire in you, it will consume everything flammable. Its fiery flame will not be put out and everyone from the Negev northward will be scorched by it.

Ezekiel 21:4 It is because I intend to make away with righteous and wicked alike that My sword will be drawn against everyone from the Negev northward.

Jeremiah 21:11-14 To the Royal House of Judah... V14 I shall punish you as you deserve, says the Lord. I shall set fire to your scrubland and will consume everything round about.

Jeremiah 8:6-12 The Lord here is talking to the leaders of Judah.

V 6 I have listened to you and heard not one word of truth.

V 8 The scribes with their lying pens have falsified the Law.

V 10 Therefore I shall give your lands to new owners, for all look for ill gotten gain, your prophets and Rabbis are all frauds.

V 11 You say " All is well ", All is well? Nothing is well.

V 12 You have no sense of shame, therefore, you will be brought to the ground on the day of reckoning.

So, terrible as it may seem, it looks likely that the Lord's day of vengeance and wrath, will take place sometime in the near future. This clears the Land as in Jeremiah 12:14, I shall uproot those evil neighbours from the Land that I gave to My People, Israel, also I will uproot Judah from among them. All the neighbours of Israel are prophesied for destruction, here are examples:

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Isaiah 17:1-2 & 12-14 Damascus will cease to be a city... a heap of ruins.Listen, it is the thunder of vast forces...evening: terror, in the morning all gone.

Isaiah 15:1 On the night that Moab meets her doom.

Isaiah 33:1 & 10-12 Woe betide, you destroyer, you will be destroyed.

I shall arise, says the Lord, you will be as chaff and stubble. Whole nations will be heaps of white ash, like thorns cut down and set on fire.

 

Then, in Jeremiah 8:10 Therefore, I shall give their Land to them who shall inherit it.

"Them" must be the true descendants of Jacob - all 12 tribes of Israel, who will be gathered and judged, then will live in peace and security in Greater Israel.

Ezekiel 20:35 I shall bring you into the Wilderness of the Peoples and there I shall confront you ( House of Israel and House of Judah ) and bring you to judgement.

 

But first, this is God's judgement on the current inhabitants of the Land:

Zechariah 13:8-9 This also is the word of the Lord: it will happen throughout the Land that two thirds of the people will be struck down and die, while one third of them will be left there. Then I shall pass this third through the fire, I shall refine them as silver and gold is refined. They will invoke Me by name and I myself will answer them. I shall say "these are My people" and they will say "The Lord is my God." 

This resettlement in the Promised Land of all 12 tribes, will fulfil the promise made to Jacob in Genesis 35:12...to your descendants, I will give this Land. Not just 2 tribes, the Jews, but to all of Jacob's sons descendants. 

This inspiring prophecy will come true - Zechariah 6:15 ...men from far away will come andwork on the rebuilding of the Temple of the Lord.

It will also allow for the selection of the 144,000 righteous servants of God - 12,000 from each tribe, as in Revelation 7:4-8.

 

Those multitudes of true and righteous believers, who are not of the 12 tribes of Israel - and only God knows who are, must hold fast to the promises of Jesus our Redeemer.

They will experience the joy of His Millennial reign.

Isaiah 56:6-7 So too, the foreigners who give their allegiance to Me ....I shall give them joy in My House of prayer.... their offerings will be acceptable.

Isaiah 14:1 ...aliens will join and attach themselves to Jacobs people.

 

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IRAN'S NUCLEAR MULLAHS AND THEIR PLANS FOR THE APOCALYPSE

 

The Iranian mullahs either have or will very soon have nuclear weapons. This reality is horrifying in the context of their fantasy of annihilating Israel. The inspiration for this fantasy is the apocalyptic world vision of Khameni and his co-rulers. This vision involves the Islamic Shi-ite belief in the return of the Hidden 12th Imam, who is the awaited Mahdi of the Muslims. He is one of two eschatological figures in Islamic theology, the other being Jesus. 

Al Mahdi means "the rightly guided one" and is portrayed as coming before the end times to make the entire world Muslim. Muhammad said that the Mahdi "will fill the earth with justice as it is now filled with oppression". 

This hidden Imam is, according to Islamic tradition, due to re-appear after a period in which the Muslims suffer great persecution and calamity. It is within the realm of possibility that they are thinking thay can hasten the coming of the Imam Mahdi by bringing about an increase of what they would regard as oppression of the Muslims - "oppression" that would in reality be Israel's defensive response to an Iranian attack. The Shi-ite Muslims especially, believe that for as long as the Mahdi remains hidden, the world will stay apostate. They are fixated on the end times and are on the constant lookout for signs of his return. This obsession shapes their life, culture and politics and as can be seen by their approach to world affairs. 

The Jews are described in Islamic theology as worshippers of the "Dajjal"- the Muslim equivalent of Anti-Christ. The Mahdi will lead the Muslims to defeat the Dajjal and then kill every Jew. If a Jew seeks refuge under a stone or behind a tree, they will be able to speak to tell a Muslim, "There is a Jew behind me, come and kill him! " 

Not only are the Jews destroyed in the final war, but the Koran says they will serve as ransom for the Muslims in the fires of hell. The sins of the Muslims will weigh on them like mountains, but on the day of resurrection, these sins will be lifted and laid upon the Jews. 

Anyone who says that there is no anti-Semitism in Islam is on a par with someone who claims that Islam is a "religion of peace". 

Reference. S. Trifkovic. 

 

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Is It Reasonable To Believe In Miracles? 

If the State of Israel, by some magic, could leave the Middle East - that would satisfy a majority of Israelis, who are eager to join the Asian sphere of prosperity, or Europe. It is a concern for the Israeli authorities that so many of their valuable citizens have emigrated to Europe and America.

This population shift has reached massive proportions in the case of Palestine and Lebanon, but Iraq has seen over four million of its people leave the country. This geographic shuffling is not just demographic, but also emotional. The Middle East is also exporting its passions. Can you be a good Muslim if you don't feel like an Arab, behave like an Arab, and share the same concerns for the fate of the Palestinians? 

Muslim minorities have grown more intolerant in terms of emotions and cultural aspects as a result of this Arabization. This trend also reaches the West. The terrorist attacks in London and Madrid, were carried out by some of the people who were born there. 

Today, in demographic terms, Islam is on the rise as a religion. Psychologically and emotionally, however, what dominates the Muslim world is a sense of political and cultural humiliation and a search for dignity. Encouraged by generations of leaders who failed in their responsibilities, they look for scapegoats - 'Others' who can be denounced as the guilty parties, "Crusaders'' and Zionists for example. Iran's President negates the very right of Israel existence, as if to say - "We have been humiliated for so long, but just wait, soon they will be history". According to a recent poll, Ahmadinejad and Nasrallah [Hezbollah leader] are the two most popular leaders among Muslims. 

The culture of humiliation in the Arab-Islamic world has many causes, but the foremost is the sense of historical decline. The Islamic perception of decay can be traced back to the 17th century and was at a low point in the 19th. In the 7th century, Arab civilization and science were world renowned, now they lag far behind most peoples. In this context, their defeat in wars with Israel is seen not only as a military setback but more profoundly, as a moral judgement.

The only way the Arab regimes were able to come to terms with the impotence symbolized by their failure to eradicate Israel has been through a mixture of historical romanticism and negation. The analogy between Israel and the Crusader Kingdoms of the middle ages is that Israel is a fragile and artificial creation that can never last. A Saudi prince was asked: Why don't you help the Palestinians more? His reply was: "It would be a waste of money, as Israel will not exist twenty years from now." 

It is only fair to say that Israelis themselves have encouraged this sense of humiliation in the Arab-Islamic world. Of course most of the Israeli actions, such as roadblocks and the separation wall, are driven by that nations own sense of insecurity. In the time after the six day war, Israel's sense of achievement and relief was mingled with a feeling of superiority toward the defeated enemy. A common saying then was: "Israel has a secret weapon - the Arabs".

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In their effort to counter the sophisticated arsenals of Israel, the humiliated Palestinians sought to instil terror through the use of human bombs. It was a perfectly inhuman strategy, which only stiffened the resolution and determination of Israel citizens. In time, this policy was seen as failure and a negative propaganda tool by most. Palestinians suicide bombers are a perfect illustration of the type of violence induced by a sense of humiliation. 

The comparison between Islam and Christianity is that of Islam booming and expanding and Christianity declining and retreating. Yet, because this rise of Islam is not accompanied by any noticeable economic, social or political progress, its growing popularity as a religion does not serve to reduce the sense of humiliation among Muslims. And all too often, Islam's role in the life of Muslims is simply a set of rules, restrictions and rituals, rather than a practical advancement of their existence. In the madras', youths memorise the Koran in formal Arabic, which most of them do not understand. Under such circumstances, religion is unlikely to be connected in any positive way with the improvement of daily life. 

Iran is a youthful country, whose striving, open energy has nothing to do with the profoundly anachronistic nature of the bearded clerics who lead it. The eccentric obsessions of Iran's ruling class, such as threats against Israel, appear both as an attempt to court the Arab nations and as a desperate effort to paper over the governments growing political fragility and unpopularity. 

Comparing the numbers of Jews to Muslims, we can't help but see Israel as a tiny, vulnerable group pitted against a vast and rapidly growing adversary, spread out over dozens of nations, most of them actually or potentially are hostile to Israel. 

The main current source of concern for Israel is Iran, from its support for Hezbollah and Hamas, its verbal provocation and nuclear ambitions. To Israel, this represents an unacceptable threat to their very existence. 

Yet, hope is also present in Israel. The very creation of the country can only be seen as a triumph of hope over logic. David ben Gurion, the first leader of Israel said, "It is reasonable to believe in miracles". 

Reference: The Geopolitics of emotion. Domique Moisi 

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Do Not Keep Silent God.  

Psalm 83:1-2 Do not keep silent, God: be neither quiet nor still, for your enemies raise an uproar and those who are hostile to You carry their heads high.

Psalm 83:3-5They devise a cunning plot against Your people and conspire against those whom You treasure. "Let us wipe them out as a nation" they say, let the name of Israel be remembered no more.

Psalm 83:6-8 With one mind, they have conspired to form a league against you: the families of Edom, the Ishmaelites, Moabites and Hagar's peoples, Gebal, Ammon, Amalek, Philistia and Tyre. Asshur, too is their ally, lending aid to the descendants of Lot.

Psalm 83:9-12 Deal with them as with Sisera, as with Jabin by the wadi of Kishon, who were vanquished and fell as Midian fell and became manure on the ground. Make their princes like Oreb and Zeeb, their Kings like Zebah and Zalmunna, who said: We will seize for ourselves the territory of God's people.

Psalm 83:13-15 Scatter them, my God, like thistledown, like chaff blown before the wind As a fire raging through the forest, as flames which blaze across the hills, so pursue them with Your tempest, terrify them with Your storm winds.

Psalm 83:16-17Heap shame upon their heads, until, Lord, they seek Your name. Let them be humiliated and live in constant terror: let them suffer disgrace and perish.

Psalm 83:18So let it be known that, You, whose name is the Lord, are alone Most High over all the earth. Reference: REB verses abridged. 

 

V1: Almighty God, we ask for Your intervention. Help us, please, we pray.

V2: Your enemies are proud and confident in their strength. They threaten us from all sides.

V3: They are plotting our downfall and conspiring against Your people. Isaiah 21:6-7

V4: They say: "we can get rid of them all, never to be restored as a nation."

V5: The leaders of the enemy nations combine to attack Israel. Micah 4:11-12

V6-7: They are- the Arab nations, including Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and the Palestinians.

V8: Asshur may represent the Turkish peoples.

V9: Lord, we ask that You deal with them as You have done in ancient times.

V10: You destroyed those nations who attacked Your people at that time.Judges 8:3-10

V11-12: Then, the leaders of the enemies of Israel, said: "we will take over their Land".

V13-15: God of Israel - once again scatter the enemies of Your people: with fire and raging storms. Hebrews 10:27, Malachi 4:1, Psalm 50:3

V16: Make them ashamed of their conduct, then at last, they will acknowledge You. Obadiah 10

V17: Your enemies will suffer disgrace and humiliation. All peoples will know that You alone are the Most High Lord over all the earth. 

 

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Prophecy coming true as we watch

Events now unfolding in the Middle East are rapidly bringing closer the apocalyptic scenario as predicted in several prophetic scriptures, mainly Psalm 83, Joel 3:1-3 and Zechariah 12:1-10. As described, the Lord Himself intervenes and delivers Israel from a massive attack from the Islamic confederation. The Messiah Jesus reveals Himself personally and explicitly to the people remaining in Israel. In this incident, those Jews will receive a spirit of compassion and will mourn 'over Him whom they pierced". Zechariah 12:10-14. 

Psalm 83 begins by describing a united conspiracy against Israel. Their aim is total annihilation of the Jewish State of Israel, to occupy all the Land and to wipe out any remembrance of them. Although each of the tribal groups mentioned is a historic enemy of Israel and has fought against them on various occasions, there is no record that they ever joined in such an alliance. All of the modern nations who are descendants of the peoples mentioned in Psalm 83, are currently obsessed with an Islamic inspired determination to completely eliminate the Jewish State of Israel. 

Psalm 81:13-15O that My people would listen to Me, that Israel would walk in My ways! I would soon subdue their enemies and turn My hand against their adversaries. The haters of the Lord pretend submission to Him, but their fate will endure forever.

Verse 15 tells of a people who hate God [Y'hovah] when they think in their minds that they submit to Him. The word Islam, means submitters to god [Allah]. So when we read in Psalm 83:2 "For your enemies raise an uproar, those who hate you hold their heads high", it is saying that the enemies mentioned, are those who believe they submit to God, but in reality are full of religious pride and are in fact haters of the true God.

 

Psalm 83:18 So let it be known that You, whose name is Y'hovah are alone the Most High over all the earth.

The reason that God will be so powerfully victorious in this coming war, is to witness to all unbelievers, especially the Ishmaelite peoples, who will then recognise the true religion and Islam will be discredited. 

The writer of Psalm 83, the prophet Asaph, prays that Israel's current enemies will be just as soundly defeated as were the Midianites, etc, when their armies were scattered and their leaders executed. When this prayer is answered, Israel will be a much bigger country, including all the area given by God to Abraham. 

There will be a terrible loss of life, as well as large numbers of refugees, who will flee from all the Mid east countries, but a holy remnant will survive in Jerusalem. After the Land is cleaned and regenerated, then the rest of the true descendants of Jacob [Israel] will be motivated to emigrate to the New Israel. There, they will be an example to the world of how all should live and 144,000 of them will go out to all peoples and preach the coming Kingdom of God. Isaiah 66:19 The forerunner to this is in Luke 10:1-20. 

 

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Chapter Five - THE LAND OF ISRAEL

 

Who Will Occupy the Land? 

The question of who will inhabit Israel in the period before the Return of Jesus, is made clear by the following Bible passages:

Daniel 7:25 He [the Anti Christ] will wear down the holy ones of the Lord. He will change the feasts and the religious laws. Israel's people will be delivered into his power for 3½ years.[Those people, who stay in Israel will experience the Tribulation, as the rest of the world]

Daniel 11:21-22....a despicable man, not recognised as a king, will come unexpectedly andseize the kingdom by intrigue. He will sweep all opposition before him and will kill a leader of the covenant people. [The AC will conquer Israel, inhabited by the covenant people, that is - all Israel, not just the Jews and will kill one of their leaders.]

Daniel 11:29-35 At the appointed time, he will again invade the South, but ships ofKittim will oppose him. As he retreats, he will vent his fury against the covenant people. He will reward those who forsake their covenant with God. Troops in his command will stop the regular offering and set up 'the abomination that causes desolation'. With flattery, he will corrupt those who have violated the covenant, but the people who are faithful to their God, will be resolute and take action.

Wise leaders of the nation will guide the people, though for a time, they will be taken captive and killed. Some help will come, albeit, not entirely sincere. Those leaders may become victims, so that they may be refined and purified, ready for the end of the age. Dan 12:3 The wise leaders, who have guided the people in the true path, will shine like stars, forever.

The Anti Christ invades some unidentified nations in Southern regions, but ships of Kittim [Cyprus - in the Mediterranean, this may refer to the Western nations] will stop him. He will then occupy the Holy Land, taking control and causing many of God's people to obey him. Those who hold firm to their Covenant with God will be persecuted and some killed. This is in order to refine and purify them, ready for the Return of Jesus.

 

Zechariah 14:1-2 A Day is coming for the Lord to act and the plunder taken from youwill be shared out while you stand by. I shall gather all the nations to make war on Jerusalem, the city will be taken, the houses ransacked and the women raped. Half of the people will go into exile, but the rest will stay there.[In Israel] Daniel 9:27

Then, from verse 3, the description is of the Return of Jesus. Verses 1 & 2 must refer to the mid point of the 70th week. [7 year period] Commencing the Tribulation. 

Revelation 13:5-10 The Beast, [the AC] was given permission to continue for 42 months.[3½ years] He blasphemed against God and waged war on God's people and defeatedthem, he was given authority over the whole earth. You have ears, so hear! Those who are destined for prison, will be imprisoned, those to be killed will be killed. This calls for the endurance and faithfulness of God's people. 

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Revelation 12:13-14 The dragon [Satan, the Beast] is thrown down to earth. He pursues the Woman [righteous Israel] who gave birth to the male child. [Jesus]But she is given the wings of the mighty eagle, so that she could fly to a place in the wilderness, where she is looked after for 3½ years.

Reference. REB, NIV. Verses abridged.

 

In Zechariah 14:2 it says that half of the population will go into exile. This obviously is the Woman [righteous Israel] referred to in Revelation, where they will be kept safe until the Return. Then, in Matthew 24:31 - they will be gathered back into the Land, along with those Gentiles who have refused the mark of the Beast, to live with Christ for 1000 years. The other half of the population who remain in the Land, will suffer under the yoke of the AC. They are Christian Israelite people, who have to face testing and refinement. Daniel 11:32-33, Revelation 14:12, 2 Esdras 13:47-50, Rev. 7:14....they have passed through the greato rdeal....It is these people who will say to Jesus: "Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord". 

So, who are those living in the Land of Israel before and during the Tribulation?

They are the Lord's people, the descendants of Jacob, regathered, in order to fulfil God's promises to the Patriarchs, and to provide a 'light to the nations'. It is quite evident, from Bible study, that the next prophetic event will cause a dramatic clearance of peoples from all the Middle East area. This will enable His people, Christian Israel, to emigrate there, and live in peace and prosperity. Ezekiel 39:25-29, Isaiah 11:11-13 They will rebuild the Temple and reinstitute the Law and the ordinances. Zechariah 6:15, Ezekiel 43:1-12 

When the Anti Christ comes to Jerusalem, he will place his image in the Holy of Holies, thereby commencing the 3½ year Great Tribulation period. Only half of Israel are deemed holy and are saved out of further testing, by being taken far away to safety. Jesus warned the Israelites who will be in Jerusalem at that time - [Matthew 24:15-22] to escape the Tribulation. Perhaps it is those who refuse to agree with a treaty with the Anti-Christ, who will be taken into safety. Ecclesiastes 8:5-7 

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ALL ISRAEL WILL ONCE AGAIN LIVE IN THEIR OWN LAND

 

Deuteronomy 33:26 There is no one like the God of Jeshurun [Jeshurun, the upright one, that is: every true Christian believer] who rides on the heavens to your aid, on the clouds in His glory.

Deuteronomy 33:27 The Eternal God is your refuge, He drives out your enemies before you, commanding their destruction.

Deuteronomy33:28So, Israel will live in safety in their own Land. A prosperous and fertile Land.

Deuteronomy 33:29 Happy are you, Israel, blessed and set free. The Lord is the shield and sword that guards you. Your enemies will cower before you and you will take over their high places.

Ezekiel 28:24-26 No longer will My people, Israel, suffer the scorn of their neighbours I will gather them from every nation, to live undisturbed in their own Land, which I gave to My servant, Jacob. After I execute judgement on the wicked neighbours, you will then display My holiness for the world to see.

 

Jeremiah 32:1-15 Jeremiah is told to buy a field and seal the title deed in a jar, kept for a distant future time, when again Israel will live in the Land. [All 12 tribes]

Jeremiah 32:37-41 I shall gather My people from every land from where I have banished them. It will be a joy to Me to do them good when I plant them in this Land.

Isaiah 11:12-13 The Lord will raise a banner and assemble those from Israel and Judah, dispersed among the nations. The enmity between Israel and Judah will cease.

Isaiah 65:9 I shall give descendants to Jacob and heirs to Judah, My chosen ones, who will possess My Land. Those who serve Me will live there.

Isaiah 14:1 The Lord will show compassion and will again make Israel His choice. He will resettle them in their native soil, where aliens will join them.

Ezekiel 36:8-12 But, you, mountains of Israel- put forth your fruits, for My people, for their homecoming is near. I shall settle on you many people - the whole House of Israel, they will increase and be fruitful.

 

Psalm 126:1-3When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like people renewed in health. Our mouths were full of laughter and we sang for joy. The nations said: the Lord has done great things for them. Great things, indeed, the Lord has done for us and we rejoiced. 

Psalm 147:2 The Lord rebuilds Jerusalem and gathers the scattered Israelites.

Psalm 147:19-20 To Jacob He reveals His word, His statutes and decrees to Israel. He has not done this for other nations. [Now we have the New Covenant through Jesus and every person irrespective of race, is eligible to become the Lord's people. ] 

Reference, REB, NIV, KJV. Some verses abridged.

 

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ZION - THE PROMISED LAND 

Isaiah 49:14-23  Zion says: The Lord has forsaken me. The Lord says: Can a woman forget her child? I shall never forget you. I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands. Your dwellings are always before My eyes.

Your people will hasten back, while your enemies depart.  Look around, your children gather and come to you. They will be as ornaments in the Land.

Once the Land was desolate. Your enemies are now far away.  The children born while the Land was occupied by foreigners will now say: This place is too small for us.  Zion will say; who bore these children, when I was deserted, where did they come from?

The Lord says; I shall signal to the nations, they will carefully transport My people to their Promised Land.   Kings will be your sponsors and great people will serve and honour you. You will know that I am the Lord, none who trust in Me will be disappointed.          

Zion: The holy Land, forsaken and desolate, Jer. 22:6-7, Hosea 4:3, that is how it will be after the next prophesied event: The Lord’s Day of vengeance and wrath, an explosion of the sun, directed at the Middle East that will clear and cleanse the entire area. Currently most of the holy Land is occupied by atheists or false religion worshippers. The Jews will be judged, Zechariah 13:7-9    Ezekiel 30:1-5, Hosea 4:3, Zephaniah 1:18, 2 Peter 3:7, Rev. 6:12-17

‘the enemies depart, they are now far away’: Psalm 83 and Micah 4:11 tell us how the surrounding nations and entities all hate Israel and want to ‘wipe them off the map’. Those attackers will all be killed, mostly by their own weapons; Psalm 7:12-16, and the rest will flee. Jer. 49:4-5 & 35-37

Your people will hasten back’: A part of Judah has returned, but very few are true believers and they all face judgement. A remnant will survive in Jerusalem. Isaiah 6:13 We are told who are the Lord’s people: Romans 9:24-26, Psalm 24:3-5, Malachi 3:16-17

 ‘The Lord’s people, all those who put their trust in Him’: are gathered and transported to all the area from the Nile to the Euphrates. Isaiah 66:18b-20, Psalm 107, Jer. 23:3-4, Zechariah 9:16 On that Day their God will save them, they will sparkle like jewels in the Land.

 ‘The Promised Land’: will be regenerated and become fruitful. Joel 2:21-24, Psalm 126:1-5

Ezekiel 36:8-12 You, mountains of Israel, put forth your branches and bear fruit, for the homecoming of your people is near.  Isaiah 51:3

Isaiah 35:1-10 Let the desert be glad, let it flower and rejoice!...Be strong, My people, fear not your God comes to save you with His vengeance and retribution. Then understanding will be given to all who couldn’t see or comprehend the Prophetic Word. A highway will appear and by that road, the Lord’s redeemed people will travel into their heritage. His holy people, set free will enter Zion with shouts of praise for their Redeemer. Gladness and joy will come upon them and suffering and sorrow will be gone.

Psalm 48:11-14 The hills of Zion rejoice, Judah’s cities are glad.  Walk about the land, count the towers.  Note the fortifications and buildings, so that you can tell about them to the coming generations. For this God is our God, our guide and protector, now and forever.

Psalm 69:35-36 For God will deliver Zion and rebuild the cities of Judah. The children of those who serve Him will inherit the Land and those who love His Name will dwell there.

Isaiah 55:11-13 You will go out with joy and be led forth in peace....the Land will rejoice at your coming.   Reference:  Revised English Bible, some verses abridged. 

That all this happens before the Return of Jesus in His glory, is made clear by Isaiah 49:23,  ‘you will know that I am the Lord’’. First, His people will gather and settle in all of the holy Land. Those who serve the Lord will inherit the Land. They will fulfil prophecies and prepare for the eventual Millennial reign of Jesus.                  

 

 

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Land Will Again Be Bought and Sold in Israel 

Jeremiah 32:1-5 Jeremiah imprisoned because he prophesied that Jerusalem will fall and King Zedekiah captured and taken to Babylon.

Jer. 32:6-8 The Word of the Lord came to me: Your relative will ask you to buy his field, as you have the right of possession as his next of kin.

Jer. 32:9-15 I bought the land for 17 shekels of sliver and gave the two copies of the deed of purchase to Baruch, who sealed them into a earthenware jar, so that they would be preserved for a very long time. For the Lord says: Houses, fields and vineyards will again be bought and sold in this Land.

Jer. 32:16-25 Jeremiah's prayer, saying - what God had threatened to Israel and Judah, because of their sins - has come true and now Babylon will conquer Judea.

Jer. 32:26-36 The Lord says: I will give this city into the hands of the Babylonians, they will destroy it, because of My anger, provoked by Israel and Judah who turned their backs to Me. They set up loathsome idols and offered their children to Molech. It never entered My mind, that they should do such a horrible thing. 

Jer. 32:37-41 I shall gather them from all the lands to which I banished them, in My anger. I will bring them back to this Land and let them dwell here undisturbed. They will be My people and I will be their God. I will make an everlasting covenant with them and put a fear of Me into their hearts, so they not again turn away from Me. It will be a joy to Me to do them good and faithfully, I shall plant them here.

Jer. 32:42-44 The Lord says: As I brought upon this people great disaster, so shall I bring them all the prosperity which I promise to them. Fields will again be bought and sold in this Land, now a desolation, given over to foreigners. Title deeds will again be signed, and sealed in the territory of Benjamin, around Jerusalem, in the towns of the hill country, of the Shephelah and of the Negev. For I shall restore their fortunes, declares the Lord.

 

Jer. 33:1-5 The Word of the Lord came again to Jeremiah: If you call to me I shall answer, and tell you of great and mysterious things, that you do not know about. Jerusalem will be destroyed and the people killed because of all their wicked ways.

Jer. 33:6-9Now I shall bring healing and care for Judah and Israel, they will see lasting peace and security. I shall cleanse them of all the sins that they committed in rebellion against Me. This city will win Me renown from all the nations, when they see the prosperity that I give to it.

Jer. 33:10-13This place is now ruined, yet once more there will be shouts of joy and praise in the House of the Lord. Shepherds will once more tend their flocks in the Land.

Jer. 33:14-18 The days are coming when I shall bestow on Israel and Judah all the blessings I have promised to them. In those days, at that time, I shall give them a righteous leader, from David's line. Jerusalem will be called - The Lord our Righteousness. You will have Levitical Priests to make the Temple offerings.

Jer. 33:19-22 As I cannot change day and night, so the promise I made to David and My Priests will stand. Their descendants will increase and multiply and serve Me.

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Jer. 33:23-26 Have you seen how people say: the two families that the Lord chose, He rejected? Now, others despise My people and no longer regard them as a nation. This is what the Lord says: As I have established the fixed laws of the heavens, so I choose the descendants of Jacob and David, My servant, and will choose his line to rule over the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. In My compassion I shall restore their fortunes. Reference: REB verses abridged. 

 

Jeremiah 32:9-15 The jar with the deeds to the Land has not been found as yet. They will prove that His righteous people are the true owners . Ezekiel 37:15-27

Jeremiah 32:16-25 Both Israel and Judah are exiled because of their sins. Psalm 60:2-3

Jeremiah 32:37-41 Only Judah has returned, to only part of the Land.

Jeremiah 32:42-44 All of the Land of Greater Israel will be controlled by His people. Ezekiel 47:13-20

Jeremiah 33:1-5 Ask of the Lord: He will answer. Jerusalem- taken by the Babylonians, again by the Romans and again still to happen. Ezekiel 21:14...swing the sword of slaughter three times.

Jeremiah 33:6-13 Judah and Israel, both cleansed and prosperous in the Land. Isa. 11:11-12, Hosea 14:5-7

Jeremiah 33:14-17 Some translations say "the Branch" as their Leader. The REB says "a righteous leader from David's line". Ezekiel 34:23, Jer. 30:21, Jer. 3:15 He could be Zerubbabel - Haggai 2:23 So, it has always been assumed that Jesus is that Leader. Which He will be after His Return, but careful study of these [and other] verses referenced, shows that there will be other leaders before His Return. This is another clear proof of the regathering and settling of all Israel into the Promised Land before the commencement of the Millennium reign of Jesus.

Jeremiah 33:18-22 Priests from the tribe of Levi, will once again make offerings, in the rebuilt Temple. This fulfils the Lord's promises to David and Levi. After the Return of Jesus, then the sacrifices and all the fall feasts will be no longer required. Jer. 3:16-17 ...when you have increased and become fruitful in the Land, then, these Temple practices and offerings will no longer be required.

Jeremiah 33:23-26 The descendants of Jacob [Israel and Judah] will rule over all of Abrahams descendants. Daniel 7:27 

 

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Refuge in Zion 

Isaiah 14:1-6 The Lord will have compassion on Jacob [all 12 tribes] and will once again make Israel His choice. He will resettle them on their native soil, where aliens will join them. Nations will escort the Israelites to their homeland, they will take their captors, captive and will rule over their oppressors.

On the Day that the Lord breaks the power of the wicked, who conquered nations and persecuted peoples, His people, saved and redeemed, will exult over their enemies.

Isaiah 14:7-8 All the lands are at rest and at peace, even the trees rejoice at the destruction of the enemy. Isaiah 13:9

Isaiah 14:9-11 Sheol below greets them. The spirits of the departed meet the wicked, as they descend, saying: You, too, have become weak, like us. Your pride has been brought low, maggots and worms cover you now

Isaiah 14:12-17Bright morning star, how you have fallen from heaven, you are now cast down to earth. You thought to yourself: I will ascend to heaven, to set my throne above the stars of God and make myself like the Most High! But you are brought down to sheol, to the depths of the abyss. Those who see you say: Is this the man who shook the earth and conquered peoples?

Isaiah 14:18-26 Kings of nations lie in honour, but you are cast out, like carrion, for you have destroyed your land and killed your people. Your children shall not rise to greatness again. Babylon and Assyria are totally destroyed, never again to rise.

Isaiah 14:27 The Lord has prepared His plan, no one can frustrate it

Isaiah 14:28-31 An oracle from the Lord: Do not rejoice, all you Philistines, that the rod that struck you is broken, for from the root of the snake will spring up a viper, it will strike with venom of fire. The poor and needy, [righteous Israel] will find pasture, they will dwell in safety. But your offspring I shall destroy by famine and your remnant I shall slay by the sword. Wail at the gate, let all Philistia be stricken with panic, for fire and smoke come upon you.

Isaiah 14:32 What answer shall be given to that nations envoys? It is that the Lord has established Zion and in that land, His afflicted people will find refuge.                                                                                   Reference: REB, NIV, KJV. Some verses abridged.

 

Verses 1-11 "Once again I choose Israel", This is the second Exodus, the true descendants of Jacob will gather and settle in Greater Israel. Foreigners will join them. Ezekiel 20:34-37, Isaiah 11:11-12

This will happen after the Lord "breaks the power of His enemies". Joel 1:15 & 19, Isaiah 2:12-22, Revelation 6:12-17

Verses 12-26 Satan, cast down to earth. Ezekiel 28:11-19. Then after the Return of Jesus, sent to the abyss. Revelation 19:20, Daniel 11:45

Verses 28-31 Philistia [Palestine] will be destroyed by a fire and famine judgement. Amos 1:6-8 Jeremiah 47:4-7, Joel 3:4

Verse 32 New Israel established, His people will live in peace and security. Ezekiel 38:8b, Jeremiah 46:27, Hosea 14:4-7, Ephesians 2:13-18 45

 

Until the Spirit from on high is poured upon us.

Isaiah 32:1-2 A ruler and his ministers will reign in righteousness and justice, they will be as a refuge from a storm, like shade from a great rock in a thirsty land. Jer. 30:21

Isaiah 32:3-4 Then, those who see, will see clearly and the minds of the heedless peoplewill come to understanding and knowledge. Isaiah 29:9-11 & 17-21.

Isaiah 32:5-8 No longer will the fool be called noble or villains be considered honourable All those types will be shown for what they are. Their plans are evil and they deny justice to the poor and needy. Ezekiel 20:35-44.

But, he who is of noble mind, will make good plans and stand firm in them. 

Isaiah 32:9-14 You complacent people; listen to what I have to say: you may be carefreenow, in a little more than a year, your crops will fail. Be terrified, you without a care, you women at ease will go into mourning - for My people's Land will be forsaken and deserted, an open pasture for the animals. Psalm 60:1-5 

Isaiah 32:15-17 Until a Spirit from on high is lavished upon us. Isaiah 44:3, Eze. 39:29

Then the wilderness will become a garden land, everywhere, fertile fields. Justice and righteousness will fill the Land, peace and quiet trust will prevail forever.

Isaiah 32:18-20 Then My people will live in a tranquil country, dwelling undisturbed in peace and security. It will be cool on the slopes of the forested hills, and the towns will lie peacefully in the plains. Happy will you be tilling and sowing everywhere beside water, your herds and flocks grazing freely. Isaiah 49:9-13, Hosea 2:14-23.

Eze. 36:33-36, Amos 9:13-15. Reference: Revised English Bible. Some verses abridged. 

 

This chapter 32 of Isaiah, describes beautifully, how the Lord's Land is cleared in order for His righteous people to live there, as promised to the Patriarchs, and for them to be a "light to the nations". They will rebuild the Temple and send out 144,000 missionaries to preach the coming Kingdom of Jesus. Zechariah 6:15, Isaiah 66:19, Rev. 14:1-7

V 1-8 These verses describe how the Lord's people will live in justice and in the knowledge of truth, when they settle into the Promised Land. Jeremiah 31:27-34

V 9-14 The forthcoming, terrifying, Lord's Day of vengeance and wrath, the prophesied judgement of fire mentioned over 100 times in the Bible, that will most severely affect all the Middle East leaving it 'forsaken and deserted'. Jeremiah 9:10 This has not happened as described in the past, but it will be the result of a huge C.M.E. fireball ejected from the sun and the rest of the world will suffer severe infrastructure damage and deaths. Jeremiah 25:15-33, Isaiah 2:19-21 It quickly passes, leaving the world to recover and the Land of Israel soon regenerates. Ezekiel 36:8

V 15-20 When Righteous Israel is called out of the nations, they emigrate to the new country of Beulah, Isaiah 62:4, that is to all that Land promised to Abraham. Then the Lord will send His Spirit upon them, they will live in peace and security. Ezekiel 37:14

Note; The translation differences of verse 19, some Bible versions say the towns are 'low' or 'levelled', but the REB puts it correctly and in the right context. 

 

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PSALM 85: God our Saviour, Restore Us 

Psalm 85:1 You showed favour to Your Land and restored the fortunes of Jacob.

Psalm 85:2 You have forgiven the guilt of Your people and put their sins away.

Psalm 85:3 You have withdrawn all Your wrath and turned from Your hot anger.

 

Psalm 85:4 God our saviour, restore us - put away Your displeasure toward us.

Psalm 85:5 Will You be angry with us forever? Must Your wrath last for all generations

Psalm 85:6 Will You not give us new life, so that Your people may rejoice in You.

Psalm 85:7 Lord, show us your love and grant us your deliverance.

Psalm 85:8 I will listen to the Lord, He promises peace to His people and His loyal servants. Let them not go back to their foolish ways.

 

Psalm 85:9 Deliverance is near to those who worship Him, so that glory may dwell

in the Land.

Psalm 85:10 Love, faithfulness have come together: justice and peace have embraced.

Psalm 85:11 Faithfulness appears from earth and justice looks down from heaven.

Psalm 85:12 The Lord will grant prosperity and our Land will yield its harvests.

Psalm 85:13 Justice goes before Him and peace on the path He treads.

Reference - Revised English Bible.

 

My comments on Psalm 85 - from an end times perspective: 

Psalm 85 is a beautiful example of how God wants us to be. The first 3 verses are in the past tense because God wants us to trust Him and totally believe what it is that He will do for us- as though it was already done.

v 1 the Land of Greater Israel, deserted and damaged after this next Middle East war, is restored and made fruitful. His people, Jacob - all 12 tribes of Israel, are gathered, judged and settled in it with prosperity and peace. [ Jeremiah 12:14-17]

v 2 The sins of those who truly believe in Him and follow His Laws, are forgiven.

v 3 After the judgement, the Lord's wrath is over and He blesses His righteous people. 

v 4-7 A prayer of the exiles of Israel, for their restoration and redemption.

v 8 The Lord promises peace for His people, those who believe in Him and keep His Laws

v 9 Those who do worship the Lord, can expect deliverance from this idol worshipping and atheistic world, so that they can be an example of right living to the nations.

v 10-11 Love, faithfulness, justice and peace will be the hallmarks of this nation, Israel.

v 12 Although the Jews have achieved agricultural wonders, there is still large areas of desert and barren hills, especially where the Land is occupied by 'evil neighbours'.

v 13 The Lord will bring justice and peace to His people, in the Promised Land. 

Trusting in God, that He will fulfil His promises - Psalm 62:8, Psalm 115:9, Proverbs 3:5-6 Isaiah 8:17, Isaiah 50:10-11, Nahum 1:7, Romans 15:13 

 

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PSALM 74 HOW LONG, O GOD? 

Psalm 74:1 God, why have You cast us off? And is it forever?

Psalm 74:2 Remember Your people - redeemed to be your own tribe.

Remember Mt Zion, which You made to be Your dwelling place.

Psalm 74:3 Restore now what damage Your enemies have done to Your sanctuary.

Psalm 74:4 Your enemies shouted for victory in Your Temple.

Psalm 74:5-7 They brought it crashing down and polluted the House of your Name.

Psalm 74:8 They said to themselves: let us oppress them and they burnt every Holy place throughout the Land.

Psalm 74:9 We cannot see any sign for us, we have no prophet now.

Psalm 74:10 How long, O God will the foe utter his taunts?

Psalm 74:11 Why do you hold back Your hand?

Psalm 74:12-17 God - our King from old, whose saving acts preserve the earth. You fix the boundaries of the land and sea.

Psalm 74:18 Remember, Lord the taunts of the enemy, the scorn that a barbarous nation pours on Your Name.

Psalm 74:19 Lord, save the soul that confesses You. Do not forget the suffering of Your servants.

Psalm 74:20 The Land is a place of violence .

Psalm 74:21 Let not the oppressed be shamed, may the downtrodden praise Your name.

Psalm 74:22-23 Rise up, God, defend Your cause. Ignore no longer the ever rising clamour of those who defy You.

Reference. Revised English Bible. Some verses abridged.

 

v 1-2 The Lord's people, in exile, praying for redemption. Psalm 118:25-29

v 3-8 The Temple, twice destroyed by enemies. The Babylonians, then the Romans.

v 9-11 We have no righteous leaders. Why must we wait so long? Isaiah 8:16-17

v 12-17 You, Lord, have the power to save us. Psalm 37:39-40

v18 See how your enemies denigrate You. Isaiah 2:6

v19 Lord, remember Your righteous servants. Psalm 80:18-19

v 20-23 Your Land is oppressed and occupied. Take action, we pray, to carry out Your plans. Jeremiah 10:18, Psalm 83:13-18 

 

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Chapter Six - ALL TWELVE TRIBES OF ISRAEL

 

The time of fulfilment

Tobit, an Israelite living in Nineveh from the tribe of Naphtali, writing circa 550BC - after both the ten Northern tribes of Israel and Judah were taken into exile.

Tobit 14:4 God's Word will come true, everything spoken against Nineveh by Nahum the prophet has happened. All of His Word spoken by the prophets of Israel will happen in their due time. Not a Word will fall short. I know, I am convinced that every prophecy will be fulfilled. Our countrymen [all the Israelites] are scattered and in exile out of their good Land. The whole of the Israel territory will be laid waste and for a time the House of God will be in mourning, burnt and destroyed.

Tobit 14:5 Our God will have mercy on them [Judah] again and bring them back to the Land of Israel. They will rebuild the House of God, yet not as it was at first, not until the time of fulfilmentcomes. Then ALL the Israelites will return from exile and rebuild Jerusalem in splendour, then indeed, the Temple will be built there, as the prophets have foretold.

[The Jewish remnant under Nehemiah, built the Second Temple, but not as great as Solomon's Temple. When the 'time of fulfilment comes', then 'all the Israelites ' will build the Third temple in splendour.' Zechariah 1:16-17 This must happen before the return of Jesus, as 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4Let no one deceive you, that Day cannot come until the Adversary enthrones himself in God's Temple. Daniel 9:27 ]

Tobit 14:6-7 At the time of the end, people will renounce their idols, which led them astray, into error. In true worship of God, they will praise him in righteousness. All the Israelites who survive at that time and are firm in their loyalty to Y'hovah, will be brought together, they will come to Jerusalem to take possession of the Land of Abraham and they will live there, in peace and security, forever. Those who love God in sincerity will rejoice and sinners and wrongdoers will fade away.

''People will renounce their idols"- The dramatic event that will cause this change, will be the Lord's Day of vengeance and wrath, the next prophesied event to take place on earth. It will be a terrible fire judgement, in the form of coronal mass ejection. Isaiah 30:26

"Israelites who survive, will be brought together, to take possession of the Land.'' This is the Second Exodus, all the Lord's righteous people will gather and live in all that area promised to Abraham. They will build a great Temple and will repair and develop all of the new country of Beulah, in wealth and prosperity. Ezekiel 39:25-29, Zechariah 8:12

Haggai 2:6-9 The Lord says: In a little while, I shall shake the heavens and the earth, I shall shake all the nations and their treasure will come here. Mine is the silver and the gold and the splendour of the latter House will surpass that of the former. In this land, I will grant prosperity and peace. Amos 9:13-15

Zechariah 8:9 Take heart, all you who now hear that the temple will be rebuilt as the prophets foretold. Zechariah 6:15

Tobit 14:8-9 My children, I give you this instruction: serve the Lord in truth and do what is pleasing to Him. Teach your children to do what is right and give alms. Be mindful of your God and praise Him in sincerity. Ref: REB and Apocrypha. Some verses abridged.

 

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Identifying the Tribes of Israel 

It is God's plan that the House of Judah, i.e. the Jews, remain as an identifiable people group to fulfil the tasks assigned to them. In these present days, one task has been to replant and rebuild the Land.

But the 10 Northern tribes, that is, the House of Israel, have been lost to history.

Deuteronomy 32:26 says - I will cause the memory of them to cease among men. 

However, the Bible does give us some clues as to who they might be today.

  1. Who has received the blessings promised?

  2. Where will they eventually come from to return to the Land?

 

THE BLESSINGS -

  • To Abraham: Father of many nations, exceedingly fruitful,

  • To Isaac: numberless descendants, Land given to them.

  • To Jacob: The richness of the earth. Peoples will serve you. Curses on those who curse you, blessing on those who bless you.

  • To the 12 sons of Jacob (Israel): See in Genesis 49.

1 Chronicles 5:1-2 states that the Birthright Blessing is given to Joseph.

In Genesis 48 Jacob blesses Joseph's sons, Ephraim and Manasseh. Both were to become great nations.

Deuteronomy 33:17 The 10,000s of Ephraim and the 1000s of Manasseh will push against the nations, even to the ends of the earth. 

Only the British Commonwealth and the United States of America fulfil these prophecies. The other 8 tribes seem to be identified with the European Union nations.

Ref: The Tribes, Yair Davidy.

 

RETURN AND REJOINING IN THE LAND

There are over forty prophecies telling us of the House of Israel's return to the Promised Land in the last days, so where they will migrate from gives the clues as to where they are now.

Jeremiah 31:8-10 See, I bring them from a Northern land ... gathered from the far ends of the earth....a vast company...I am a Father to Israel and Ephraim is My eldest son.

Isaiah 49:12They are coming, some from far away, some from the North and West and others from the land of Sinim (Sinim - Hebrew: Southern land, Latin: Australi)

Hosea 11:They will follow the Lord and when He roars His sons will speed out of the West.

So, the main location of the lost ten tribes is in the Northwest and from there, spread around the world.

 

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THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL AND THE HOUSE OF JUDAH

Still separated - to be rejoined in the future.

It's an unfortunate fact that most people - Christian and secular, believe that the Jews in the land of Israel and abroad have already rejoined with the 10 lost tribes - OR the Ten Tribes are lost permanently, absorbed into the nations.

Certainly, at the time of the Assyrian conquest and captivity of the 10 tribes, many escaped to Judah. These people practised Judaism and became Jews. Note that 200,000 people from Judah were also taken at that time according to Assyrian records. Also note that some modern Jewish scholars admit that the 10 tribes are still in the world. In 1948, David Ben Gurion, was intending to declare the country of the Jews, to be the State of Judah. At the last moment he named the new country "Israel". Speculation as to the identity of the House of Israel has used up many tons of paper and ink, but most make the mistake of thinking that because some people groups have certain Jewish traditions, then they must be a lost tribe. It may be that they are Jews, or have been influenced by Judaism.

The Bible says that Israel will lose its language and identity and be scattered to the ends of the earth. But: Judah will be an object of derision and horror in the world. Jeremiah 29:18

1 Kings 12:24 The Lord says- the split between Israel and Judah is My doing.

Zechariah 11:14 Brotherhood annulled between Israel and Judah.

2 Chronicles 10:19 From that day to this, Israel is in rebellion against Judah.

Ezekiel 11:1-13 Ezekiel is talking to the leaders of Judah, delivering judgement on them for not keeping the laws of the Lord. One of the leaders fell dead at that moment.

Ezekiel 11:14-17 - all the Israelites who are left? They are your brothers and kinsmen, this wholepeople of Israel, to whom the inhabitants now in Jerusalem have said, "They are separated far from the Lord: the land has been made over to us to possess". Say, therefore.... When I sent them far away among the nations and dispersed them over the earth...I became their sanctuary.... Say, therefore..... I shall gather you from among the nations...I shall give the land of Israel to you.

Zechariah 10:6-12 Triumph to Judah, Victory to Joseph... as though I had never cast them off.Ephraim like warriors....rejoice in the Lord. I shall whistle to call them in. In far off lands, they will remember Me...Their enemies destroyed...resettled back in Lebanon and Gilead.[This describes the next prophesied event, the Lord's Day of vengeance and wrath, then all Israel are gathered into the Land]

It is no wonder that so many ignore prophecy, as when they think that Israel and Judah are a single entity, only confusion results.

So, the prophecies to Judah, Jerusalem and the Jews pertain to the House of Judah. The House of Israel, led by Ephraim (Joseph), also called by several other names in the Bible, has many prophecies telling of their blessings and final rejoining with Judah in the land. Each House has tasks appointed to it for the present days.

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Children of the Living God 

When the ten Northern tribes of Israel were deported by Assyria, the people were lost only because they lost the name of Israel. In fact, they began to multiply and be prosperous in their exile, exactly as the prophets said that they would. Hosea 10:1 Israel is like a spreading vine.....

Hosea 1:10 The Israelites will be as countless as the sands of the sea. Amos 9:9

Although Israel and then Judah was cast off and scattered by God, - Hosea 1:11 The people of Judah and of Israel will be reunited and will live together again in the Promised Land. They will choose forthemselves a leader. [Before the Return of Jesus. Jeremiah 30:21]

Hosea 2:19-23 I shall betroth you to Myself for ever, bestowing righteousness and justice, loyalty and love... will say, 'You are My people' and you will say, 'You are our God'.

Even though God did allow them to be conquered, scattering them around the world, His purpose was to sow them, so that they would increase and prosper and fulfil His promise to Abraham and the prophecies to the 12 sons of Jacob. Genesis 49 & Deut 33

Hosea 1:10 It will no longer be said of them, "You are not My people", they will be called"Children of the Living God". [that is, true Christians]

The problem, today, is that most Christians try to make the Jews fit these prophecies and that is why so many writers and teachers made themselves look foolish, like saying that Jesus would return in 1988, that being forty years after the Jewish state of Israel began. All the prophets differentiate between Judah and Israel and to say that they have already rejoined, is to ignore this clear distinction. Until their rejoining, there are many great blessings given to lost Israel and they both still face a judgement. When they rejoin in the Promised Land, then they will be reconciled and will live together in peace and prosperity.

The Jewish historian, Josephus circa 100AD, knew where the ten tribes of Israel were, so it is probable that the writers of the New Testament also knew of their location. The Apostles Peter and James, address their letters to "the scattered people of God, now living as aliens" and "Greetings to the 12 tribes, dispersed throughout the world".

When Peter refers to these peoples as "a chosen nation, a holy people, a royal priesthood,"he was not using spiritualised terminology, he was actually talking to the Israelites - lost as God planned it. He was appealing to them on the basis of their known heritage, telling them the good news that Jesus had redeemed them from their sins which brought about their dispersion 750 years earlier. All this, Peter says, is made possible by Jesus' work on the Cross. His first appearance on earth secured His rights to rule, His Return will secure the birthright, which was given to Joseph, the ruling tribe of the lost House of Israel. The work of reuniting the birthright with Jesus the King began with the apostles as they spread the gospel to these "lost sheep".

Tracing these Israelites is no longer any difficulty. The historical, archaeological, linguistic and heraldic records give all the evidence needed to link the Israelites with the Western, Caucasian nations of the world. The only way to understand why these facts are not widely known is that it is God's plan that Israel be lost and thought assimilated.

Jacob thought that his birthright son, Joseph, was lost forever in the original prophetic pattern. But the day is coming when the descendants of his sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, will be seen again, as the leaders of true Israel, in the Promised Land. 

 

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2 ESDRAS [from the Bible Apocrypha] 

The book of 2 Esdras [The Greek name for Ezra], although not part of the Bible lexicon, has some interesting information in it. Particularly in 2 Esdras 13:39-46 where it says that the ten Northern tribes of Israel, decided amongst themselves to leave Assyria and travel to distant uninhabited lands. 

In Ezra's vision, he saw a great company of people: 

2 Esdras 13:47-50 The peaceful company is the 10 tribes. They have assembled along with your people [the Jews], all those who are survivors still in the Land. When He [Jesus] destroys the army of the nations, then He will protect His people and show them many signs.

2 Esdras 13:11-13 A stream of fire, the breath of flame, poured from His mouth and fell on the enormous army advancing to attack. They were totally burned up.

After that, the Man [Jesus] came down from the mountain and summoned to Himself a peaceful company of people, some with joy on their faces, some with sorrow. [This event is at the end of the Tribulation, soon after Jesus' glorious Return]

 

2 Esdras 15:3-4 Do not be afraid of plots against you, or troubled by the unbelief of your opponents, for all unbelievers will die.

2 Esdras 15:5-6 Beware, says the Lord, for I am letting loose over all the earth terrible evils, sword, famine, death and destruction because evil men have spread their wickedness the whole world over.

2 Esdras 15:7-9 Therefore, I shall no longer keep silent, I will hear the pleas from all the innocent blood that has been shed.

2 Esdras 15:14-19 Woe to the world and all its inhabitants! Stable government will be at an end. Men driven by famine will attack their neighbours, no pity will restrain them.

 

2 Esdras 16:40 My people, listen to My words: get ready for battle and when the calamities surround you, behave as though you were strangers on earth.

2 Esdras 16:45 For all who labour, labour in vain.

2 Esdras 16:51-52 Therefore, do not imitate wickedness or her deeds. In a very short time she will be swept away from the earth and the reign of justice will begin. 

[My people, prepare yourselves, keep the faith and trust the Lord for our restoration]

 

Reference: Revised English Bible Apocrypha. Verses abridged. Clarifications in [ ] 

 

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Take heart, My children......... 

Baruch 4:21-22 .......Cry out to the Lord and He will rescue you from tyranny and from the power of your enemies. I set my hope of deliverance on the Lord, the Holy One, your everlasting Saviour has filled me with joy, for the mercies soon to be given to me.

Baruch 4:23-24 With mourning and tears you went out from Zion, but the Lord will bring you back, with gladness and joy forever. As the neighbours of Zion have now seen your captivity, so they will soon witness your deliverance, which will come to you with the great glory and radiance of the Eternal One.

Baruch 4:25-26 My children, endure in patience the wrath that the Lord has brought on you. Your enemies have pursued you, but you will soon see them destroyed, soon put your foot on his neck. My special children, you have had hardship and trials, like a flock driven off by raiders. 

Baruch 4:27-29 Take heart, My children! Cry out to the Lord, for He who afflicted you, will not forget you. Once you were resolved to go astray from your God; now with tenfold zeal you must turn back and seek Him. He who brought the disasters on you, will bring you everlasting joy when He delivers you.

Baruch 4:36-37 Jerusalem, look and see the joy that is coming to you from Y'hovah! They come: the sons from whom you were parted, from all parts of the earth, they come, assembling at the Word of the Holy One of Israel and rejoicing in the Glory of the Lord.

Baruch 5:6-9 They went away from Zion on foot, led off by their enemies: but Y'hovah is bringing them home, borne aloft in glory, as on a royal throne. All the high mountains are to be made low as the Lord commands and every ravine is to be filled and levelled, so that Israel may walk securely. The forests and every fragrant tree will give Israel shade at His command. He will lead His people, Righteous Israel, with joy, by the light of His glory and in His mercy and righteousness. Ref: Revised English Bible Apocrypha.

 

The House of Israel and the House of Judah were taken into captivity because of their sins. Scattered around the world, they still await their redemption. As a 'firstfruit' of this regathering, some people from Judah have gone back into part of the Land.

Now is the time for all Israelites to turn and seek the Lord. Then He will have compassion on them and will lead them back into the Promised Land. This second Exodus of the Israelite people, will take place soon after the Lord has dealt retribution to His enemies, on the Lord's Day of vengeance and wrath. 

This gathering does not match how His 'chosen ones', those who keep faithful during the Tribulation, are brought to Jesus at His Return, Matthew 24:31, so it is many years before that. 

 

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THE SONG OF MOSES 

Deuteronomy 32:1-43 Give ear, you heavens and earth to what I say- the words that I speak. Let my teaching fall like fine rain onto growing plants.  When I proclaim the Creator - the Lord whose ways are just and righteous, you will respond "Great is our God " 

But you are a perverted and crooked generation. Is this how you repay the Lord? You stupid people, He is the one who made you. Remember the old days, your fathers will tell of God's favour to them.

When the Most High gave each nation its heritage and laid the boundaries for each peoples, the Lord took as His share, Israel, His own people. He found them in a desert land, protected and trained them, watched over and led them to a fertile Land. They grew fat and healthy, but then forsook God, their Maker.

The Lord hid His face from them, saying: Let Me see what their end will be, for they are not to be trusted. In My anger, I shall heap disasters upon them. I had resolved to totally destroy them, but I thought that their enemies would take the credit, saying: it was us that defeated Israel. 

Israel is a people that lacks understanding - if only they realized what their end is to be! They are only defeated because I have handed them over, their enemies are just fools without a Rock like Israel. I, the Lord, have sealed up in My storehouses a reserve of punishment and vengeance for the moment when the foot of your enemies slips, for the Day of their doom is fast approaching. 

The Lord will judge His people and have compassion on His servants when He sees that their strength is gone. He will ask: Where are your false gods now? Let them help you.

See, now that I, I am the Lord your God, there is none other.

 

I swear: As I live forever, when I have sharpened My flashing sword and set My hand to judgement, then I shall punish My adversaries and wreak vengeance on My foes. My sword will devour flesh and spill the blood of the enemy princes.

V 43 Rejoice you heavens, worship Him, for He will avenge the blood of His people. He will punish those who hate Him and will cleanse the Land belonging to His people.

Reference, Revised English Bible. Some verses abridged 

 

From this passage, we see, in verse 35, that the Lord is waiting for His enemies "foot to slip" - in other words, for them to make a mistaken move and then He will act against them.

Verse 43- the NIV says: ....He will take vengeance on His enemies and make atonement for His Land and people.

A parallel passage is in Jeremiah 12:14... I shall uproot those evil neighbours who encroach on the Land which I allotted to My people, Israel, as their holding.

Psalm 125:3 The rule of the wicked will not remain over the Land allotted to the righteous.

 

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Go, tell the Israelites: .......... 

Ezekiel 20:30......... the Lord God says: Are you defiling yourselves as your forefathers did and lusting after other gods?

Ezekiel 20:31-32 You are defiling yourselves this very day with your false religions and insincere faith. Israel, I refuse to be consulted by you. You can never be like the other nations, who worship idols.

Ezekiel 20:33-36 As I live, says the Lord, I shall reign over you with a strong hand and by My wrath, I shall bring you out from the peoples and gather you from the countries where you have been dispersed.I shall bring you into the Meeting place in the desert, there I shallconfront you and bring you to judgement. Just as I did in Egypt with your forefathers, so I shall judge you. [as in the days of Egypt - by the Lord - not seen then, so this is a different occasion than at the Return of Jesus.]

Ezekiel 20:37-38 I shall make you pass under the rod [of judgement] and I will bringyou into the bond of the Covenant. All those who rebel or revolt against Me will not set foot on the soil of Israel.

Ezekiel 20:39-41 Now, you Israelites - go serve your idols. But in days to come you will be punished for it, then no more will you desecrate My holy Name. For there, in the land of Israel,the entire House of Israel will serve Me. After I have restored you to the Land of your ancestors, I shall require your offerings and gifts and then I will accept you as a fragrant incense. Isaiah 45:16-17

Ezekiel 20:42-44 When I resettle you into Eretz Israel, you will despise yourselves foryour past conduct and you will know that I am your God. Not as your wickedness deserves, but as the honour of My Holy Name demands. Isaiah 43:25

Ezekiel 20:45-48 The Word of the Lord came to me: Ezekiel, turn and face toward theSouth, prophesy to the desert of the Negev. Say to it: The Lord God says - I am about to set a fire in you and it will consume all flammable things. Its fiery flame will not be put out and all people from the South to the North will be scorched by it. All will see that it is I, Y'hovah, who has set it ablaze, not to be quenched.

Reference: REB, NIV, KJV. Some verses abridged

 

v 30-32 Judah and Israel alike are atheistic, apostate and pursue false religions and materialism. This is not their destiny. Isaiah 48:13, Isaiah 60:3, Jeremiah 5:26, Isaiah 1:25

v 33-38 After the Day of vengeance and wrath, the Lord will gather His people into the Land of Greater Israel. Isaiah 11-11-13, Isaiah 14:1-2, Isaiah 35:10

v 39-40 Do as you will for now, but judgement will come.Isaiah 41:1, Hosea 12:2 In the Land of New Israel, all the Lord's true Christian people will serve the Lord. Isaiah 26:2, Isaiah 29:22-23, Isaiah 66:20-21, 1 Peter 2:9-10 "You will know that I am your God" this phrase would be unnecessary if all of this prophecy takes place after the Return of Jesus. Therefore, this all happens before that. His people, a righteous nation, living in peace and security in the Holy Land - being "a light to the nations". Isaiah 10:20-23

v 45-48 There is no record of an event as described, having happened in the Negev area. The description is what would result from a coronal mass ejection [sunstrike] This is the Lord's Day of vengeance and wrath, which will clear all the area of Greater Israel.

Isaiah 63:1-6, Isaiah 30:26,Isaiah 21:1, Ezekiel 21:1-5, Isaiah 9:18-19, Isaiah 33:10-12, Isaiah 10:17-19, Jeremiah 9:25-26, Jeremiah 23: 19-20, Revelation 6:12-17

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ISRAEL AND JUDAH - Not Rejoined As Yet. 

The Bible has over 160 instances where in the same verse, Israel and Judah are mentioned together as different entities. It's clear that they are not to be rejoined until after the Middle East is cleared and His people are regathered, judged and settled together in the Land, Greater Israel.

Mainstream Church teaching and the world in general, say that the Jews, [Judah] now in the Land are all of the Israelites. Some teach Replacement theology, where the Church replaces the State of Israel, the Jewish people. 

Have they rejoined already? Josephus, the Jewish historian, circa 100AD, wrote that the 10 lost tribes were a great multitude, then living beyond the Euphrates River. In the Talmud, Rabbi's Akiva and Eliezer circa 200AD, discuss the question of when the ten lost tribes would return. So, only Judah was present at that time. At the establishment of the State of Israel, in 1948, the name was to have been Judah, but David Ben Gurion changed it to Israel at the last minute. 

So, we await the fulfilment of these prophecies:

Ezekiel 37:21-22 I am going to take the Israelites [12 tribes] from their places of exile among the nations. I shall assemble them from every quarter and restore them to their own soil. I shall make them a single nation in the Land and one King will be over them all. No longer will they be two nations or divided into two Kingdoms.

Jeremiah 50:4-5 In those days and at that time[after the land has been cleansed] thepeople of Israel and the people of Judah will come together and in tears go in search of their God.They will ask the way to Zion, turning towards her and saying: Come, letus join ourselves to the Lord in everlasting covenant.

Hosea 1:11 The people of Judah and Israel will be reunited and will choose forthemselves one leader. [must be before the Return of King Jesus]

Micah 7:8-10 My enemies, do not exult over me.[ Israel] Though I have fallen, I will rise again. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light. Because I have sinned against the Lord I must bear His anger until He pleads my case, gives judgement and establishes my rights. Then my enemies will see it and be shamed - those who said "where is your God ". I will see their downfall, they will be trampled like mud on the streets.

Micah 7:11-12 The day for rebuilding and extending your boundaries will come. A day when Your people will return to the Land, from every sea and every mountain.

Zechariah 1:18-21 The four horns[ nations] that scattered Judah and Israel. [Assyria, Babylon, Rome and Islam?]

The four smiths [destroyers] have come to overthrow them. [fire, earthquakes, storms and tsunamis?]

Hosea 2:23 Israel will be My new sowing in the Land, I will love them and say to them;

"You are My people" and they will say: "You are our God".

Reference, REB, NIV, KJV. 

 

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The Second Exodus 

In over forty Bible passages, it is prophesied that the Lord will regather His people, Righteous Israel, and resettle them back into the Land. Isaiah 11:11, Isaiah 45:25

In this second exodus, the true descendants of Jacob will come from all parts of the earth and assemble in a place called "the wilderness of the people".Ezekiel 20:34-38 describes this event very well. Those judged unrighteous will not enter the Land.

The regathering of Righteous Israel into the Promised Land, must happen before Ezekiel 38:8 & 12- because the army of Gog comes to invade "a land recently recovered from war, whose people are gathered from many nations, now living in peace and prosperity". This attack by Gog, happens a few years after the Israelites [all 12 tribes] have resettled back into the Land - "in the very centre of the world - the towns restored from ruin". This must occur some time before the Return of Jesus, as then He destroys the army of the Anti Christ. Rev. 16:14 Although Persia [Iran] is mentioned as a member of Gog's host, most are from "the far recesses of the North". The current enemies of the State of Israel, the Arab nations are not included.

The reason for this, is that all the nations surrounding Israel, including Israel as well, will be devastated by the next prophesied event: the Lord's Day of vengeance and wrath. The Lord will act at the moment His enemies make the mistake of attacking Israel. Psalm 7:15

This judgement will not be in the form of a nuclear exchange, as that would pollute the Land, but what fits the many descriptions of this Day, is a huge coronal mass ejection. This will affect the entire world, but particularly the Middle East area. Zephaniah 3:8

The Land of Greater Israel will be burnt and devastated, the population killed or evacuated - THEN - Ezekiel 36:8-12 You Land of Israel, put forth your branches and bear fruit, for the homecoming of My people is near. The towns will again be inhabited and the ruined places rebuilt, more prosperous and populous than in ancient times.

This great gathering and resettling of the Lord's people will then take place. Here are some of the most important prophecies about it: Isaiah 11:11-16, Ezekiel 39:25-29, Ezekiel 20:39-44, Jeremiah 31:7-9, Hosea 14:4-7, Amos 9:8b-15, Micah 4:6-7, Isaiah 40:1-3, Isaiah 54:1-17, Jeremiah 46:27, Isaiah 60:1-9, Psalm 102:17-22, Isaiah 66:12-21, Jeremiah 30:10-24, Isaiah 14:1, Ezekiel 34:11-31, Jeremiah 33:6-16, Ezekiel 36:8-12 & 24-30,Jeremiah 3:12-15, Isaiah 52:10-12, Isaiah 49:1-13, Isaiah 27:2-6, Psalm 69:35-36

Isaiah 66:18b-19I am coming to gather peoples of every tongue, they will come to see My glory. I shall put a sign on them and some I will send out to the nationswho have never heard of Me. They will proclaim My Gospel to all peoples. [Christians]

"I shall put a sign on them and will send some out to the nations", some of them; must be the 144,000, as described in Revelation 7:3-8 & 14:1-7, Isaiah 49:6 This confirms that those who gather and settle in New Israel, soon after the Land is cleansed by the Great Day of the Lord's vengeance and wrath-they can only be the true descendants of Jacob.

Luke 10:1-12 - is a precursor of these missionaries, who will "proclaim My Gospel" to ALL the world. This is the Gospel of the coming Kingdom of God - the coming Millennium reign of Jesus. This makes these verses irrefutable proof that this second Exodus of the Israelites, must happen years before the Return of Jesus. 

 

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What if WE are Israelites? 

Careful study of Scripture shows that the Lord is a God of order and in His plan for the redemption of His creation, He chose the Israelite peoples. At this stage of history, only He knows exactly who they are. The Lord made unconditional promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, that their descendants would be "great nations, as many as the sands of the sea, to be His witnesses and be a light to the nations."

Only the House of Judah [the Jews] are known at present, the other 10 tribes are lost to general knowledge, as God planned it. All twelve tribes will experience the great awakening as foretold by the prophets. Their blindness will pass away in the spiritual light that will come upon them regarding their identity and their responsibilities as the chosen people of God. Ezekiel 37

Suppose you are an Israelite? What of it? If I am saved, what difference will it make?

The Scriptures speak of far more than the salvation of the individual. Those who accept the free gift of salvation also have the responsibility of spreading the Gospel [good news] of the coming Kingdom of God. This is being done now and will be done on a greater scale by His people when they go back into the Promised Land. Ezekiel 39:27

The Bible presents us with a great volume of information, regarding the origins and history of the various races of mankind, the division of peoples into Israelite and Gentile nations, then the way of atonement for anyone who believes in Jesus. The meaning and the outcome of present world events, then Israel's work for the period leading up to the Return of Jesus and His Millennium Kingdom.

The truth about the Lord's plan for all Israel is a thread which runs through the whole Bible, every type, promise, Covenant, and act of God, points to the final fulfilment of His planned establishment of a people who will live as He originally always intended.

Isaiah 51:1-2 Listen to Me, all you who follow after the right, all who seek the Lord: consider the Rock from which you were hewn, the quarry from which you were cut. Consider Abraham, your father and Sarah who gave you birth, when I called him, he was but one. I blessed him and made him many.

Romans 4:23-24The words "counted to Abraham as righteousness" apply not only to Abraham, but also to us: our faith, too, is to be counted- our faith in Jesus, raised to life for our justification.

When we go through Scripture and see the many prophecies about the judgement of the nations and the blessings promised to the Israelites, we see that most are for the "last days", that is, the period leading up to the end of this age and before the commencement of the Millennial Kingdom of Jesus. That is for us, now upon whom, as Paul says: the end of the age has come. It is evident that the Lord wants us to be aware of coming events, He sent prophet after prophet, telling in great detail how His plans will unfold. The signs of our times, makes their fulfilment imminent.

The Lord, in His mercy, has given us warning of world changing and shocking happenings. We need not be unaware of His plans - be ready to rejoice and praise Him for the redemption and restoration of His people. 

 

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Dry Bones can Live Again 

Isaiah 41:1 Keep silent before Me you coasts and islands; let the peoples renew their strength. Let them draw near, let them speak up. Together we go to the place of judgement.

Five steps are mentioned here by the prophet; keep silent - When ancient Israel migrated from their captivity in Assyria, they remained hidden, dispersed to the 'coasts and islands', until they regained their strength.Then, let them come near - awaken to the true gospel, evangelism from John Wycliffe to Billy Graham, etc. Let them speak - proclaim the good news around the world, the great missionary endeavours of the last 200 years.

Still to come is 'Together we go to the place of judgement'Isaiah 41:8-9 God will soon call His people back to the Land, where His people will be passed under the rod of judgement. Ezekiel 20:34-38 Then the administration of His commandments and ordinances will be restored. Ezekiel 36:27, Ezekiel 40-48

 

Jeremiah 3:8 - Israel and Judah were divorced from God and sent into captivity for their sins.

God took Ezekiel in a vision to a valley full of dry bones;

Ezekiel 37:11 These bones are the whole house of Israel [the 12 tribes] They say: our hope is gone, we are cut off. [from God]

Ezekiel 37:9-10 The Lord God says: let the winds [Gods spirit] come and breathe into the slain [spiritually dead] that they might live. They came to life and stood up; a mighty company! [of true believers in God]

Ezekiel 37:12-13 I will bring you up from your graves [our present condition] and restore you to the Land of Israel.

Isaiah 51:1-2 Listen to Me, all you who know the Law [the common Judeo-Christian Law of our countries] You who seek the Lord [Christian peoples] consider your origin, where you came from- Abraham and Sarah are your parents. I blessed them and now you are their offspring. Isaiah 49:5-6

Through Isaiah, God gives a message to Israel, identifying them as a people who have lost the knowledge of their origin and forgotten their ancestors.

The great national awakening of all Israel is symbolically represented as life from the dead, for through the Resurrection of Jesus, God demonstrates His power and by the Atonement, is enabled to do this; Ezekiel 37:14 I shall put My spirit into you and you will live. [a true Godly life] Thus you will know that I, the Lord has acted and spoken.

God is looking forward to the day when He can fulfil the great promises to His people. In over forty prophesies, we are told the story of how righteous Israel is gathered, redeemed and settled into the Promised Land. Psalm 105:7-11

And in Ezekiel 37:26-28 I shall make an everlasting covenant with Israel. My Sanctuary will be in their midst, I will be their God and they will be My people.

The Glory of the Lord will be present in the new Temple, as in ancient times. Ezekiel 43:4 The return of Jesus for His Millennial reign will come later. 

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Not One Pebble Lost 

Amos 8:11-14 The Lord says: The time is coming when there will be a famine on the Land, not of hunger, but for hearing the Word of God. People will search for the truth, but will not find it. All who swear by false gods will fall, to rise no more.

Amos 9:1-6 I saw the Lord standing by the altar - He said: break down the buildings onto the heads of the people and any who are left, I shall put to the sword. Wherever they hide, I will find them and destroy them.At the Touch of the Lord, the earth heaves, all who live there mourn. He is the One who created the heavens and the earth. [This is the Lord's Day of vengeance and wrath.]

Amos 9:7-12 Are not you Israelites like the Cushites to Me? I brought you up from Egypt. My eyes are on this sinful nation and I will judge them. Yet, I will not completely destroy Jacob's posterity. I shall give the command to sieve Israel among the nations, without one pebble falling to the ground. All the sinners among My people will die.On that Day, I shall restore David's fallen house and rebuild it as it waslong ago, so that Israel may possess what is left of Edom and all those nations who were once named as Mine. [All of Jacob's posterity, actual and grafted in, all that are judged righteous, will possess all of the Promised Land.]

Amos 9:13-15 A time is coming when the Land will prosper and be fruitful. I shall bring back My exiled people, they will restore their towns and vineyards. They will enjoy the produce of the Land. Once more, I shall plant My people in their own soil, never again to be removed from the Land that I have given them. REB [abridged]

The sequence of events is clear - firstly a dearth of good Bible teaching and preaching. Those who search for the truth, will not find it, unless their heart is right with God. Then, in Amos 9:1-8, describes the Day of the Lord's vengeance, when disaster will fall onto all the world, but particularly the area of the Middle East. The Jewish people too, will be judged. Jeremiah 12:14-17.

But the descendants of Jacob, that is all 12 tribes of Israel are still known to God. He will gather and judge them. Ezekiel 20:34-36, Isaiah 1:25, Deuteronomy 32:36.

V. 11-12 Then, "On that day, I will restore David's fallen house". The Temple will be rebuilt, Zechariah 6:15 then later: at the Return of Jesus, He will fulfil God's promise to David, that His royal line will continue forever "so that Israel may possess what is left of Edom", also the lands of other nations, depopulated by this event.

This enables the Lord's righteous people to be a 'light to the nations' and preach the good news of the coming Kingdom. It also fulfils God's promises to the Patriarchs, that their posterity will live in peace and prosperity in ALL the Land that was given to them.

The Lord will bestow on His people all those amazing blessings as promised throughout the Bible. There will be times of difficulty, and testing; as when the Anti Christ stops the offerings in the New Temple, but those who hold firm to their faith in God, will see Jesus Return in His Glory and will reign with Him. 

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The Return of the Twelve Tribes of Israel 

Here is a list of Bible verses that indicate God's people, the House of Israel and the House of Judah, will return and resettle in the Promised Land, soon after it is cleansed by the next Mideast event, the Lord's Day of vengeance and wrath. This will be at least 7 years before Jesus Christ's glorious return, as the Anti Christ will sign a peace treaty with His people, Israel at the commencement of the 70thweek of Daniel. 

Ezekiel 36 This whole chapter speaks of Israel's return and redemption.

Ezekiel 36:23 I will reveal My Holiness through you.[The Lord has not returned yet, but, His hand in Israel's gathering, etc. will be apparent.]

Ezekiel 36:36 The nations left around you will know that it was I, the Lord who has rebuilt the ruins and replanted what was desolate: I, the Lord, will do it! 

Ezekiel 36:37 Once again I shall let the Israelites pray to Me for help. 

Hosea 14:7 Israel will again live in My shadow. [not in His presence, until the Return.] 

Psalm 85:1 You have shown favour to Your Land and restored the fortunes of all Israel.

Psalm 85:11 Faithfulness comes from the earth and justice looks down from heaven. [His people are faithful as God gives justice from heaven.]

 

Jeremiah 50:4-5 In those days and at that time - Israel and Judah will come together

and in tears, go in search of their God. Come let us make a covenant with the Lord. [The Lord has yet to appear to them.]

 

Hosea 1:11 The people of Israel and Judah will be reunited and will chose for

themselves one governor.

[A leader - chosen democratically, until Jesus comes to take over the Kingdom. Jeremiah 30:21]

 

Jeremiah 3:15 I will give you leaders after My own heart. They will lead you with knowledge and understanding. [As in the days of the Judges.]

 

Jeremiah 29:13-14 When you seek Me, you will find Me- if you search wholeheartedly. I shall let you find Me, then I shall gather you from the nations and restore you to the place from which you went into exile. 

These last verses from Jeremiah, tell us - if we wish to be included in God's people - then it is up to us to pray and search His word for our own redemption. 

Reference: Revised English Bible. Some verses abridged. 

 

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THEY WILL BE MINE 

The simple point to be inferred from this whole issue of the Ten Lost Tribes is that the Jews are not all of Israel. God's purpose is to let the ten tribes which were separated in King Rehaboam's time, to become lost to the world and the two tribes of Judah to remain visible. Deuteronomy 32:26; 2 Chronicles 10:19; Jeremiah 29:18 They both have specific tasks to fulfil, during this period of dispersion. 

Perhaps one way to identify the other Israelite people, besides those Jews already known, is to look for those who fear, acknowledge and love the Creator God, live by His laws and produce the fruit of good works. James 2:24 

The Caucasian nations (people groups) have been identified by the historical, linguistic, archaeological and genetic research, as probable descendants of Israel. They are also the Christian nations, so this is another indication of Israelite identity. According to some records, at least one tribe went eastwards and I think that South Korea, because of it's amazing Christian awakening, has quite possibly, Israelite origins. 

Bible prophecy clearly says that all Israel will be gathered before Jesus returns and God's promises to the Patriarchs must be kept. Ezekiel 20:34-38 Genesis 17:6-8 

Malachi 3:16-18 Then those who feared the Lord, talked together - the Lord listened. A record was written of those who feared Him and respected His Name. They will be Mine, says the Lord of Hosts, My own possession for the Day that I appoint, I will spare them. Once more you will see the difference between those who serve God and the wicked apostate peoples. 

Malachi 4:1 The Day comes; burning like a furnace, all the arrogant evildoers will be as stubble, they will be destroyed in a fiery blaze.

Malachi 4:2-3 But you, who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings and you will break loose, like calves released from a stall.

Malachi 4:3 On the Day that I take action, you will tread down the wicked, they will be as ashes under your feet.

Malachi 4:4-6 Remember the Laws given to Moses, keep all My commandments given to Israel at Sinai. Look; I send you Elijah before the day of the Lord. He will encourage the people to return to Me and preserve the Land from the wrath of the Lord. 

Reference: Revised English Bible, some verses abridged. 

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He who scattered Israel, will gather them Jeremiah 31:10 

The House of Israel [the Northern 10 tribes] then the House of Judah [the Jewish people] were sent into exile because of their sins and the Lord 'hid His face from them'. Deut 31:17-18, Ezekiel 20:23 However, this 'hiding of His face', is neither rejection or replacement. It is their discipline and preparation for eventual rejoining, restoration into the Land that will enable their spiritual renewal. Ezekiel chapter 37, Ezekiel 11:19

It is a pretentious idea to think that the church has replaced Israel as the chosen people, there is no change to God's plan to regather the descendants of the Patriarchs, so they can finally be what He wanted them to be; 'a light to the nations', and spreading the good news of the coming Kingdom to all the world, by the 144,000 missionaries, 12,000 from each tribe. Isaiah 49:7-8, Isaiah 66:19, Revelation 14:1-7

Deuteronomy 30:3-6 The Lord will bring you back from captivity and have compassion on you. He will gather you again from all the distant parts of the earth, from there He will bring you back to your own soil. He will circumcise your hearts, so you will love and obey Him, then you may live. Isaiah 43:1-7

 

There are over 40 separate passages of prophecy that deal specifically, in great detail, with this theme of the full restoration of all Israel. They have never been fulfilled in the past - not in 515BC when a few thousand Jews returned, nor yet in our day. The State of Israel [Judah] is a 'firstfruit', as prophesied. The complete gathering of all the descendants of Jacob is as sure as the sworn testimony of God Himself. The prophets indicate when this will happen; Hosea 11:8-9

Hosea 3:4-5 For the Israelites will live for many days without a king, without sacrifice, without ephod, etc. [the Temple?] After that, they will again seek the Lord and their King, and turn with reverence to His blessings in the last days. Zech 6:15

Jeremiah 16:14-19 The time is coming...when I shall bring the Israelites back from aNorthern land and all the lands of their dispersion and I shall give them the Land of their forefathers. I will send for fishermen and hunters, who will fish and hunt them from every place. For they are not hidden from My sight...To you, the nations will come saying: we inherited a sham, lies and worthless things. Isaiah 44:9

[This is not Matt 24:31 - His angels gather ALL those who kept pure during the Trib.]

Ezekiel 20:34-36 ..I shall bring you out of the nations....I shall bring you to the Meeting placein the desert....as I did with your forefathers, I shall judge you.Amos 3:9 [This must be earlier than the Return of Jesus to Jerusalem,]

Jeremiah 31:27-34 The days are coming.. when I will plant Israel and Judah, I will watch over them to prosper them....in those days, I shall set My Law within them.

All will know Me and I will forgive their sins. [known, not by His presence, as yet.]

Ezekiel 36:22-38... All Israel regathered...I shall give you a new heart, I shall put Myspirit within you...you will prosper in the Land...The nations still left around you will know that it is I, the Lord, who has done this. [again, not by His presence] Ref, REB,NIV

This is all part of the Plan, that through New Israel, all the world will have an example of how we should all live. Jeremiah 33:6-9 I will bring Judah and Israel back to the Landand will rebuild their places. I will cleanse them.... then it will be to Me a name of joy, a praise and an honour before all the nations of the earth.

 

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ISRAEL - THE UNFAITHFUL WOMAN

 

Jeremiah 3:20 Like a woman who has been unfaithful, so you, Israel were unfaithful to Me.

Jeremiah 31:15 Lamentation is heard in Ramah, Rachel; weeping for her children,refusing to be comforted because they are no more.

Jeremiah 31:16These are the words of the Lord to her; cease your weeping. Your repentance will be rewarded, your children will return to the Land.

[Rachel is the spiritual mother of the ten Northern tribes of Israel.]

 

Galatians 4:22-25 Abraham had two sons, one to a slave woman, the other to a free woman. Ishmael born in the natural, Isaac through God's promise.The two women stand for two covenants. Hagar and her children areof the Sinai covenant and represent Jerusalem of today, for she and her children are born into slavery.

Galatians 4:26-27 But the Heavenly Jerusalem is the free woman, she is our mother.For Scripture says; Sing, barren woman, who never bore a child. For the deserted wife will have more children than she who has a husband. Isaiah 54:1

Galatians 4:28-31 Now you, my friends, like Isaac, are children of God's promise. But just as in those days, the natural born son persecuted the spiritual son, forthe son of the slave shall not share the inheritance with the son of the free woman.You see then, my friends, we are no slaves children, our mother is the freewoman.

Galatians 5:1 Christ has set us free. Stand firm- do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.

 

Revelation 12:4-5 The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that he might devour it after it was born.But when she gave birth to a male child - who is destined to rule all nations thechild was snatched up to God in heaven.

The dragon - Satan, thrown down to earth

The woman - Righteous Israel.

The male child - The Lord Jesus, crucified, resurrected and taken up to heaven.

 

Micah 5:2 But from you, Bethlehem, will come the King - one whose origins are from the ancient past. [from the tribe of Judah]

Micah 5:3 Therefore, Israel will be abandoned until she who is pregnant has given birth. Then, those of the people who survive will rejoin their brethren.

Israel abandoned - the House of Israel and the House of Judah were both conquered and taken into captivity.

She who is pregnant - Mary gives birth to Jesus. The Jews again conquered dispersed soon after His earthly ministry.

The people who survive - Those who survive the Lord's Day of vengeance.

Their brethren - Israel and Judah rejoined in Greater Israel.

Reference; Revised English Bible. Some verses abridged.  

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Promises to His People 

Jeremiah 30:1-3 Y'hovah, the God of Israel, tells Jeremiah to write His Words: The timeis coming, when I shall restore the fortunes of My people, both Judah and Israel, and bring them back to take possession of the Land which I gave to their ancestors.

Jeremiah 30:8-11 In that Day, says the Lord, I shall break the yoke of servitude offtheir necks, they will serve only Me and David, their King, raised up for them. Do not be afraid, Israel, My servants, for I shall bring you back safe from afar, all your posterity from the lands where they are now. You will be at rest once more, secure and untroubled, for I am with you, to save you. The nations will be punished and you too, will be disciplined as you deserve.

Jeremiah 30:12-17 Israel and Judah are punished for their sins by exile among the nations.Yet all who despoiled you will themselves be despoiled, I will heal your wounds.

Jeremiah 30:18-20 The Lord says: I shall restore the fortunes of all Israel and show my love for his dwellings. Cities and houses will be rebuilt where they once were. From them, praise and merrymaking will be heard. My people will increase and be honoured, their oppressors will be punished.

Jeremiah 30:21-22 A ruler will appear, one of themselves, a governor will arise fromamong them. I will bring him near and let him approach Me. Hosea 1:11

So you will be My people and I shall be your God.

 

Jeremiah 30:23-24 See what a scorching windhas gone out from the Lord. A whirlwind that sweeps around the heads of the wicked. The Lord's anger is not to be turned aside until He has fully accomplished His purpose.

Jeremiah 30:4-7 This is what the Lord says to Israel and Judah: We have heard a cry ofterror, of fear without relief, every face turns pale. How awful is that Day, there has been none like it. It is a time of anguish for Jacob, yet he will come through it safely. Ref: REB. Verses abridged.

Jeremiah 30:24b In days to come, you will understand.

 

 Verses 4-7 & 23-24 describe the Day of the Lord's vengeance and wrath, the next prophesied event, a 'scorching whirlwind - His purpose'; to punish His enemies. Jacob, [Israel] the western nations will also be badly affected, but most will survive. It will clear the way for His people, righteous Israel to gather and settle in the new country of Beulah, in all of that area given to Abraham. Isaiah 62:4

These wonderful promises to His servants, righteous Israel - their fortunes restored, brought back safely from afar, to take possession of their Land, 'secure and untroubled, cities and houses rebuilt', they will increase and be honoured. It is not hard to imagine, the 'praise and merrymaking' of His people after such amazing promises are fulfilled.

The King mentioned in Jer. 30:9 will be Jesus, after His Return. But, before the Return, 'a leader will appear, one of themselves', he will be able to approach the Lord in the same way as Moses did, so long ago.

People who are descendants of all the 12 tribes of Israel, will live in peace and prosperity in the Land of Greater Israel, after the clearance brought about by the Day of the Lord. They will send out 144,000 missionaries to proclaim the gospel of the coming Kingdom of God. Isaiah 66:19.

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I Shall Restore the Fortunes of Judah and Israel. 

Jeremiah 33:1-5 This verse tells how Jeremiah is imprisoned for his prophecy and how Judah will be conquered by the Babylonians.

Jeremiah 33:6-8 Nevertheless, I shall bring healing and care to Judah and Israel, theywill see lasting peace and security. I will restore their fortunes and rebuild them as they once were. I shall cleanse them of their sins and forgive their evil deeds.

[Soon Judah and Israel will rejoin. The Lord will forgive their sins and settle them into New Israel.] 

Jeremiah 33:9 This city will bring Me renown from all the nations, they will be filledwith awe and will tremble because of all the blessings and prosperity that I bestow on her.

[This is not fulfilled yet. Jerusalem, throughout all history, conquered, divided and is hardly a place to inspire awe and fear.]

 

Jeremiah 33:10-11 This place is in ruins and desolate.[after the Lord's Day of vengeance] Yet once again, will be heard joy, gladness and praise to the Lord. Hispeople, bringing thank offerings to the House of the Lord, saying: give thanks to GodAlmighty, for He is good, His love endures forever. [The Temple is rebuilt.]

Jeremiah 33:12-13 Once again shepherds will keep their flocks. I will fulfil My graciouspromises.[Shephelah- hills of Samaria, Negev- all the Sinai Peninsula, Benjamin and Judea - allareas currently inhabited by non Israelites.]

Jeremiah 33:14-16 The days are coming when I shall bestow on Israel and Judah all the blessings that I have promised to them. In those days, at that time, I shall make a branch come from David's line; he will lead the people in justice and righteousness.

[Jesus is a Branch of David's line, however all this will happen before His Return and Millennium reign. This may refer to Zerubabbel, Haggai 2:23, or another leader, as in Jeremiah 30:21.]

Jeremiah 33:17-22 David will never lack a successor on the throne of Israel, nor willthere ever lack a Levitical priest to present the offerings. I cannot break My covenant with David, his descendants will be innumerable.

[This promise to David has been a problem for generations of Bible scholars. But, the fact is - there HAS been a continuous line of rulers over part of Israel in exile and that is the Royal house of Ireland, Scotland and England. This line goes back to Herremon, King of Ireland, a descendant of Zarah, who married Tea Tephi, daughter of Zedekiah of the line of Pharez. Genesis 38:27-30, Ezekiel 17:22-24]

 

Ezekiel 21:25-26 You wicked ruler of Judah[Zedekiah] your fate has come upon you. Remove your crown, raise the low, and bring down the high. I will overturn, overturn, overturn, the throne and bring about such ruin as never was..

[Three over-turnings:- Judah, Ireland and Scotland.]

Jeremiah 33:23-36 Have you heard how people say: the two families of Israel, that the Lord chose, He has rejected? As the Laws of the universe are fixed, so I cannot annul My promises to the descendants of Jacob. In My compassion, I will restore their fortunes. Isaiah 14:1 Reference: REB, NIV, KJV. Some verses abridged. 

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The Days Are Near, When Every Vision Will Be Fulfilled.

Ezekiel 1,2 & 3- Ezekiel's call and commission, circa 590BC - after the captivity of Israel.

Ezekiel 2:3 & 11 Ezekiel, sent to his fellow countrymen in exile - the 10 tribes of the House of Israel.

Ezekiel 4 Israel punished for 390 years.[x7, Leviticus 26:18] Judah punished for 40 years.[x7x7, Isaiah 40:2, Leviticus 26:23&27] Ezekiel gives a demonstration of Jerusalem besieged and suffering famine. [This will happen three times, by the Babylonians, then the Romans, and again yet to occur. Ezekiel 21:14]

Ezekiel 5:1-3 The demonstration of how 1/3 of the people will be burnt up, 1/3 killed in battle, 1/3 scattered and pursued. V.4-12 A remnant will be kept safe. The Lord says: As you have disobeyed Me, I shall turn against you and judge you, as I have never done before and will never again. Because you defiled My holy place, I shall destroy you without pity.V 13-17 When My fury is spent, you will be the object of mockery and abuse, an appalling lesson tothe other nations.Ezekiel 23:32-34 [The Jews, scattered among the nations.]

Ezekiel 6:1-14 The Land of Israel made desolate. [From AD70 to 1948]

Ezekiel 7:1-27 The people judged for their sins. The Lord's face is turned from them.

Ezekiel 8:1-18 Their idolatry exposed. The Lord will not listen to their cries.

Ezekiel 9:1-11 Death and destruction. The iniquity of Israel and Judah is very great. They say: The Lord has forsaken the Land and no longer sees what we do.

Ezekiel 10:1-22 The cherubim and the glory of the Lord goes to the Temple. [the Third Temple]

Ezekiel 11:1-13 The leaders of Judah told of the soon to happen Babylonian captivity. Pelutiah fell dead and Ezekiel cried to the Lord; Are You going to make an end to all the Israelites?

Ezekiel 11:14-15 The Word of the Lord: Your brothers and blood relatives, who are the wholeHouse of Israel,[the 10 Northern tribes in exile] those of whom the Jews have said - theyare faraway from us and this Land is now in our possession.

 

Ezekiel 11:16-17 Therefore the Lord says: When I sent them far away and scattered them among the nations, it was I that protected them. I will gather them from their dispersion and give the Land of Israel to them.

Ezekiel 11:18-20 When they return, they will renounce all their evil ways. I will give them new hearts and a new spirit, so they will follow My laws. They will be My people and I will be their God. But those who rebel, will be judged and punished.

Ezekiel 12:1-2 You are living amongst a rebellious people.[the Jews] They have eyes and seenothing, ears but hear nothing, because they are rebellious.

Ezekiel 12:3-20 The Babylonian captivity and the Jewish dispersion.

Ezekiel 12:21-28 A proverb- "Days pass and visions perish". The Lord will put an end to this proverb, instead it will be said: The Days are near when every vision will be fulfilled. There will be no more false prophecies among the Israelites, for what I, the Lord, says, will be done. For it will be in your days, in your lifetime, you rebellious people, that I shall carry out all that I decree. Reference. REB. Verses abridged.

  Ezekiel 12:25 is most interesting, as it means that in the days that Judah is in possession of the Land, 'within your lifetime', that is 70 years, then the Lord will carry out what He has decreed. Therefore from 1948 + 70, it must happen by 2018.

In Ezekiel 11:14-20 He is specifically talking about the Northern 10 tribes, the House of Israel that were taken into captivity by the Assyrians. THEY will be given the Land of Israel and THEY will receive a new heart and spirit.

Ezekiel 16:59-63 says how Judah will be judged and pardoned. A remnant will rejoin with Israel.

Jeremiah 12:14-17 explains that the Land will be cleared of all evil peoples. Those of Judah who acknowledge their Messiah, will rejoin their Israelite brethren in New Israel. Isaiah 62:4

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Gleanings of the Vine

Isaiah 5:7 The vineyard of the Lord is Israel, Judah is My garden.

Jeremiah 6:9-10The Lord says: Glean like a vine the remnant of Israel, one last time, like the farmer passing his hand over the branches.

Jeremiah 5:10-11 Go along the rows of vines, make an end to them. Lop off what is not the Lord's. Faithless are Israel and Judah, both faithless to Me.

Micah 7:1 Alas, I am like the last of the summer fruit, as the gleaning of the vineyard. There are no grapes or figs, that I love so much.

Jeremiah 12:10 Many foreigners have ravaged My vineyard, they have made My Land a desolate wilderness.

Jeremiah 5:26-31For among My people, there are scoundrels, who lay snares and traps to prey on them.

2 Thessalonians 2:12All who have not believed in the truth, but have made sinfulness their choice will be brought to judgement.

 

Isaiah 27:12 On the Day that the Lord strikes down His enemies, He will beat out the grain, but you Israelites, will be gathered one by one. Matthew 24:40

Jeremiah 3:14 Come back, apostate people..I am patient with you, I shall take you - one from each town and two from each clan and bring you to Zion.

Amos 5:17 There will be wailing in every vineyard, for I shall pass through your midst, says the Lord.

Isaiah 1:25 Once again, I shall act against you, to refine away your dross and impurities.

Ezekiel 20:37-38 I shall make you pass under the Rod [of judgement] counting you as you enter. [the Land]I shall purge you of those who revolt and rebel against Me. I shall take them out of the lands where they now live, but they will not set foot on the soil of Israel. Thus you will know that I am the Lord. [before the Return]

Psalm 30:4-5 Sing to the Lord, all you loyal servants - His anger lasts but a moment, His favour, a lifetime. Weeping for a night, then rejoicing in the morning.

Isaiah 59:20 The Lord will come as a redeemer to Zion and to those in Jacob who repent of their rebellion.

 

Zephaniah 3:12-13 Only a remnant of lowly and humble people will survive. They will be righteous and nothing will make them afraid.

Isaiah 1:27The Land of Israel will be redeemed with justice and her returning people by righteousness.

1 Thessalonians 5:9 God has not destined us for retribution, but for the full attainment of salvation through Jesus Christ.

Psalm 126:1-3When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like people renewed in health. Our mouths were full of laughter and we sang aloud for joy. Then, among the nations it was said: God has done great things for them.

Great things, indeed the Lord did for us and we rejoiced.      Reference: REB, verses abridged.

 

 These verses describe how the Lord will judge His people, Israel, at the time of their regathering. Those judged righteous will enter the Promised Land.

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No Peace for the Wicked 

Isaiah 48:1-2 Hear this, you House of Jacob - called by the name of Israel and those from the line of Judah: You invoke the Name of God, but not with honesty and sincerity. Even though you call yourselves citizens of the Holy Land and lean for support on the God of Israel, whose name is Y'hovah.

[The Israelites - that is the Jews and those of the 10 lost tribes, are told that their faith in the Lord is insincere. Their worship is merely by rote and tradition. Revelation 3:14-23 - describes them as "lukewarm".]

Isaiah 48:3-6a Long ago, I announced what would first happen, I revealed it and suddenly it came about. For, as I know how intractable you are, I told you of these things, so you can't say: It was my idols doing. Admit the truth of My Words

[Prophecies about Israel's exodus from Egypt and their dispersion because of sin, came to pass.]

Isaiah 48:6b-8 From now on, I shall tell you of new things - hidden things that you did not know before. Things that I have just decided, so you can't say: I know all about that! You don't understand because your ears were stopped long ago.

[The Bible has many prophecies about the end times, but understanding is elusive.]

Isaiah 48:9-11 I know that you are a rebellious people, but for the sake of My name, I was patient. I tested you in the furnace of affliction. I will not let My name be profaned. Ezekiel 6:7-10

[Israel and Judah, tested and afflicted, throughout the centuries, by their exile]

 

Isaiah 48:12-15 Listen to Me, Israel, whom I have called: I am the Lord, the Alpha and the Omega. I created the heavens and the earth. Assemble and listen, all of you - who knows what is coming? My chosen ally will carry out My purpose against Babylon. I have called Him and He will succeed.

[God has given authority to Jesus Christ. He will carry out the judgement. Psalm 110]

 

Isaiah 48:16-19 Draw near and hear this: From the beginning, I have never spokeninsecret and when things are fulfilled, I am there. Thus says the Lord, your redeemer, I am the Holy One of Israel. I will teach you and lead you in the way you should go. If only you had obeyed My Laws, your prosperity would have been like a river and your multitudes of children, blessed.

Isaiah 48:20-21 Go out from Babylon, announce this with shouts of joy. The Lord has redeemed His servants, Jacob. Though He led them in desert places, they suffered no thirst, for them, He split the rock and streams gushed forth.

[Ancient Israel would have had it all, if only they had stayed faithful to God. But now, as we near the end of the punishments decreed, He will redeem Israel. They will ALL go back into the Land. Isaiah 40:1-3]

 

Isaiah 48:22 There is no prosperity for the wicked, says the Lord. Reference: REB verses abridged

[They will be judged and punished, in the next prophesied event.]

 

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Your Sins Are As Scarlet - They May Yet Be As White As Snow. 

Isaiah 1:2, 16-21 Give ear, you heavens and earth - for it is the Lord who speaks; I reared children, but they have rebelled against Me. Now, put away your evil deeds, learn to do good, pursue justice and protect the oppressed.

Come, let us argue this out, says the Lord. Though your sins are as scarlet, they may yet be white as snow. If you are willing to obey, you will have the best that the earth yields, but if you refuse and rebel, then the sword will devour you.

 How the faithful people have played the harlot! Your glory has turned to ashes. Your rulers are rebels, associates of thieves, taking bribes and denying people’s rights. 

Isaiah 1:24-31 This, therefore, is the Word of the Lord, the Mighty One of Israel:  Now I will get relief from My foes and avenge Myself on My enemies. Once again I shall act against you to refine you of your impurities. Rebels and sinners alike will be broken and those who forsake the Lord will perish. Your idols will turn out to be false and worthless. You will be like a tree with falling leaves, like a waterless garden. The strongest person and their works will flare up and burn with no on one to quench the fire.                                                                       

    I shall make your judges and councillors as they once were.  Then you will be called the place of the Righteous, the Faithfull people. The Land of Israel will be redeemed with justice and her returning people by righteousness. 

Reference:  Revised English Bible, some verses abridged.

 

though your sins be as scarlet” : Israel is indicted for their faithlessness. Jer.4:22, Jer. 3:10-11&25, Isaiah 59:12-14

they may yet be as white as the snow”: There is the hope that although our sins are piled high, we can be cleansed – if we are willing to obey the Lord’s commandments and Laws and have faith in Him, then He will reward us with great blessings. Psalm 40:1-5, Psalm 80:14-19, Isaiah 45:22-25, Romans 5:6-11, Titus 3:3-6

Once again I shall actif you refuse and rebel, you will die”  This refers to the Day of the Lord’s vengeance – the next prophesied event, when the Lord’s enemies are punished. Deuteronomy 32:41, Isaiah 66:15-16, Habakkuk 3:12, Malachi 4:1

 All Israel will be judged on that Day as well, 1 Peter 4:17-18, Isaiah 35:4, Jeremiah 6:9-15  The Lord’s people will be tested and refined, those who refuse to acknowledge the Lord will die. Ezekiel 20:38, Hosea 7:1, 1 Cor. 3:12-15, Romans 1:28-32

ungodly people and their works will burn to ashes”, On the Day of the Lord’s wrath, fire from the sky will destroy His enemies – a CME sunstrike. Isaiah 30:26, Malachi 4:1&3

I will give you wise leaders”: The leaders of His people, in the new nation of Beulah, Isaiah 62:1-5 – resettled in the Land, will be wise and just as in ancient Israel. Daniel 12:10, Daniel 11:33, Ezekiel 39:25-29, Isaiah 32:15-20, Jeremiah 3:15, Jeremiah 30:21 

 

 

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Look On Us With Pity, Lord God Of All. 

Ecclesiasticus 36:1-17 Look on us with pity, Lord God of all, and strike fear into every nation. Lift Your hand against the heathen and let them behold Your power. As they have seen Your holiness displayed among us, so let us see Your greatness displayed among them. Let them learn, as we ourselves have learned, that there is no god but You, O Lord. 

Renew Your signs, repeat Your miracles, with Your mighty hand and right arm. Rouse Your anger, pour out Your wrath, to destroy the adversary and wipe out the enemy. 

Remember the Day You have appointed and hasten it, to give men cause to recount Your wonders. Let burning wrath devour the survivors, and let the oppressors of Your people meet their doom. Crush the heads of hostile princes who say; No one counts but us. 

Gather the tribes of Jacob and grant them their inheritance, as You did so long ago.

Have pity on the people called by Your name - on Israel, whom You have named Your firstborn. Show mercy to the city of Your sanctuary, to the city of Jerusalem, Your dwelling place. Fill Zion with the praise of Your triumph and the Temple with Your glory. Acknowledge those You created at the beginning and fulfil the prophecies spoken in Your name. 

Reward those who look to You in trust; prove Your prophets worthy of credence.

Listen, O Lord, to the prayer of Your servants, who claim Aaron's blessing on Your people. Let all who live on the earth acknowledge that You are the Lord, the Eternal God. 

Reference, REB Apocrypha.

  

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PEACE LIKE A RIVER 

Isaiah 66:15 See; the Lord is coming in fire, His chariots like a whirlwind, bringing retribution in His furious anger. Ezekiel 20:46-47, Isaiah 33:10-12

Isaiah 66:16 The Lord will judge with fire and His sword will test mankind. Many will be slain by them. [The Lord's Day of vengeance and wrath. Isaiah 63:4-6, Revelation 14:17-19] 

Isaiah 66:17 Those who practice magic arts, witchcraft and occult, those who eatdefiled foods; they will all meet their end, for I know their deeds and thoughts. 

Isaiah 66:18 I am coming to gather peoples of every tongue, they will come to see Myglory.[His people, gathered into the Promised Land. Isaiah 11:11-12, Zechariah 8:7]

Isaiah 66:19 I shall put My seal on some of those survivors. I will send them out, they will proclaim My glory among all peoples.[The 144,000 - Revelation 4:1-7, Isaiah 49:6] 

Isaiah 66:20 From every nation, your brothers and sisters will be brought, on all kindsof transport, as an offering to the Lord, on His holy mountain in Jerusalem. Just as in the same way, you Israelites brought offerings to My Temple.

Isaiah 66:21 I will select some of My people to be priests and Levites.

Isaiah 66:22 As the new heavens and the new earth that I will make will endure beforeMe, so will your posterity and name endure.

Isaiah 66:23 Every month and every Sabbath, all mankind will come and bow downbefore Me. [The glory of the Lord in the new Temple.]

Isaiah 66:24 And they will all see the bodies of those who rebelled against Me, fortheir worm will not die, nor is the fire quenched. They will be a horror to all.

 

Isaiah 66:12-14 These are the words of the Lord; I shall make prosperity flow over Israellike a river. The wealth of nations will be yours. I will comfort you, as a mother comforts her child - in Zion, you will find peace. When you see this, your hearts will be glad, you will flourish. The Lord will make His power known among His servants, but His fury will be felt among His foes. 

 

All of this passage in the last chapter of Isaiah, speaks of events that will happen before the glorious Return of Jesus. As it says in verse 14, that the Lord's power and fury will be known, but not His presence, at this time.

Reference; R.E.B., N.I.V. K.J.V. some verses abridged. 

 

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Listen, Israel, To These Words the Lord Has Spoken To You

Jeremiah 10:1-25 Listen Israel: This is what the Lord says: Do not learn the ways of the nations or be worried by signs and portents. It is other peoples who are terrified by them.  For the gods’ of the nations are shams, just as dumb as scarecrows. Do not fear them, they can do no harm, nor can they do any good. Where can any other be found like You, Lord? You are great and mighty, fear of You is a fitting tribute for the King of the nations. One and all, the nations are stupid and foolish, making idols of materialistic things and worshipping false gods. But the Lord is God in truth, a living God, the eternal King. The earth quakes and no nation can endure His fury. You can be sure, those false gods will disappear on the Day of the Lord’s wrath.

 God made the heavens and the earth by His power, wisdom and knowledge. He controls the wind and rain. Everyone is brutish and ignorant and those who teach false doctrines, promote idolatry and divination will be discredited and will perish when the Day of Reckoning comes. Jacob’s God is not like these, for He is the creator of the universe. Israel are the people He claims as His own. Y’hovah/Y’eshuah is His Name.

 Gather up your belongings, to leave the Land you who live under siege. For this is what the Lord says: This time, I shall throw out the whole population of the Land, I shall press them and squeeze them dry.

[Zion says:] Oh! The pain of my afflictions, I am laid low and must endure it. My dwellings are destroyed and my people have gone away. Their leaders are senseless, they do not enquire of the Lord, so their flock is scattered. Listen; a rumour comes, a great uproar from the North – a great horde is ready to make Judah desolate. Pour out Your fury on those nations that do not acknowledge You, for they have swallowed Jacob and desecrated his Land.

 

I am aware, Lord, that one’s ways are not of our own choosing, nor is it within our power to determine our course in life. Correct me, Lord, but with justice, not with anger, lest I be destroyed                                                 Ref: REB,NIV. Abridged and paraphrased 

 

 Do not be worried about earthquakes and storms, etc. They are natural events, we just hear about them more, due to better news reporting. We must avoid the idols of our time:  materialism, atheism and false religions.   Luke 21:34-36

 On the Lord’s Day of vengeance, He will judge the idolaters and the godless leaders.   Isa 66:17, Jeremiah 3:23-25, Ezekiel 20:30-31, Micah 5:10-15

 ‘My people, get out, for this time the Land of Greater Israel will be cleared of all evil and apostate people’. Ezekiel 21:3, Jeremiah 12:14 The Land will become empty and desolate, then it will be regenerated, Isaiah 35:1-10, Ezekiel 36:8, and His people will gather to live there in peace and security. Isaiah 11:11-12, Zechariah 10:8-12

 “A horde assembles against Judah”  Psalm 83 – an Ishmaelite confederation. Micah 4:1

 “pour out Your fury’, the Day of the Lord’s vengeance and wrath against His enemies, those peoples and nations that do not acknowledge the Lord and hate His people.  Haggai 2:22, Isaiah 66:15-16, Zech. 3:8, 2 Peter 3:10, Revelation 6:12-17

 The Lord controls our destiny. We plead for His justice and mercy. Psalm 37:1-40 Pray for His protection on the great Day of His wrath against the nations. Prov. 3:25-26 

 

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You That Are Deaf - Hear Now. Look You Blind, And See! 

Isaiah 42:9 The earlier prophecies have come to pass, now I declare new things.

Isaiah 42:10-12 Sing a new song to the Lord, sing His praises throughout the world, you that sail the seasand you that inhabit the coasts and islands. Let the wilderness settlements rejoice in Kedar and Sela. [Greater Israel]

Isaiah 42:13-15 Long have I restrained Myself and kept silence, but now I cry out like a woman in labour.Now I shall lay waste to the hills and dry up the watercourses. The Lord will go forth as a warrior, He will raise the battle cry and triumph over Hisenemies.

Isaiah 42:16-24 You that are deaf, hear now, look you blind and see! Who is as blind as the one who hasMy trust, so deaf as the servant of the Lord? You have seen much but perceived little, your ears are open, but you hear nothing. I shall lead the blind along paths they do not know, making smooth the way, but thosewho trust in idols will be turned back in shame. It pleased the Lord to further His justice, to make His Law great. Yet, here is a people taken as spoil and plundered, all hidden away in prisons with no hopeof rescue. Who will pay heed to this? Who was it that handed Israel over? Who gave up Israel for spoil? It was the Lord, against whom they sinned for they refused obedience to His Laws.

Isaiah 42:25 So, onto Jacob He poured His wrath. The anger and fury of God's wrath burned him, yet still theydid not take it to heart.

Isaiah 43:1-8 But now, Jacob, this is the word of the Lord, of Him who created you: When you passthrough waters, I will be with you. When you walk through fire, you will not be scorched. I am the Holy One of Israel, your Deliverer. Because I love you, I will give other peoplesas ransom for your life. Have no fear, for I am with you. I shall bring your descendants from the East and West.From the North and South and the ends of the earth, everyone who bears My name, all who I have made for My glory.Lead out those who are blind - a people who have eyes, but cannot see, who have ears, butcannot hear.

Isaiah 43:9 The nations are gathered. Which of them foretold former things? Or can interpret this forus? Let them prove their case, so we can see if it is true.

 

Isaiah 43:10-13 You are My witnesses, says the Lord. You are My servants, chosen by Me, so that you may understand that I am God alone. I am the Lord and I alone am your Deliverer. What I do, no one can undo. Reference: Revised English Bible, some verses abridged

 

42:10-12 All those who love the Lord, throughout the world - get ready to praise Him for their deliverance.

42:13-15 The Lord has restrained Himself, but soon He will act in the world. Psalm 50:1-6

42:16-17 His People, righteous Israel, will be led into the Promised Land. Those judged unrighteous cannot enter. Ezekiel 20:37-38

42:18-20 The Lord's servants are unable to understand prophecy or foresee His plans for them. Jeremiah 6:10

42:22-25 His people, Israel and Judah, are scattered among the nations by the Lord, as punishment for their sins. 2 Kings 23:27

43:1-7 But now, when His people experience trouble, the Lord will protect them. All will be gathered into the Promised Land. Isaiah 11:11-13

43:9-13 The other nations are ignorant of the Lord's plans. The people of Israel are His witnesses and servants chosen by Him, so they will know God and spread the gospel of the coming Kingdom of God. Isaiah 66:19, Revelation 14:1-7

 

 

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With God, We Shall Gain the Victory 

Psalm 60:1 You have rejected and crushed us, O God. You have been angry - restore us.

Psalm 60:2 You have made the Land quake and caused it to split open. Repair it's ruins, for it is shattered.

Psalm 60:3-5 You have made Your people drunk and senseless. But, to those who fearYou, You have raised a banner to which they may escape from the bow. Save with Your right hand those whom You love.

Psalm 60:6 God has spoken from His sanctuary; I will go up and divide Sechem and thevalley of Succoth.

Psalm 60:7-8 Gilead and Manasseh are Mine. Ephraim is My helmet, Judah is My sceptre.Moab is My washbowl, on Edom I will fling My sandals. Over Philistia, I will triumph.

Psalm 60:9-11 Who will bring Me to the fortified city? To Edom. God, you have rejectedus - You no longer lead our armies. Help us against our enemies, we cannot expect help from other men.

Psalm 60:12 With God, we shall gain victory and He will tread our enemies underfoot.

Reference. REB some verses abridged 

 

v 1 A prayer for the restoration of His people. Daniel 9:15-19, Psalm 118:25-29

v 2 The Lord's Day of vengeance and wrath has damaged the Land. Isaiah 32:12-14

v 3 Your people, unaware of Your plans for them. Proverbs 22:3

v 4-5 Those who love the Lord will receive a sign, warning them to shelter from the terrible Day of fire and storms. Ecclesiastes 8:5

v 6 The Land, prepared for the homecoming of the twelve tribes of Israel. Ezekiel 36:29

v 7 Ephraim and Manasseh = the ten Northern tribes, Judah = the Jewish people.

v 8 The evil neighbours cleared out of Greater Israel. Jeremiah 12:14

v 9-11 A prayer for help against Israel's enemies. Psalm 83

v 12 The Lord will provide the victory. Ezekiel 36:36

 

 

 

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Hope For The Future

Jeremiah 31:17-20 There will be hope for your posterity, your children will return totheir own Land. I have heard Israel saying; You disciplined me severely, but I deserved it- in shame and remorse I reproach myself for the sins of my youth. Is not Ephraim still My dear son? - says the Lord, I had to punish him, but I still love him and will surely have mercy on him.[Ephraim; the leader of the 10 Northern tribes of Israel.]

 

Hope - the Hebrew word 'tikvah' meaning the hopeful expectation of things longed for. Throughout the years of Israel's and Judah's diasporas, God's people have been disciplined, those years are almost over now, and God is about to restore His people. They will experience His favour, not because they are deserving of it, but because God intends to demonstrate the limitless extent of His grace, mercy and faithfulness to His promises, which are irrevocable.

Romans 11:25-27 There is a Divine secret here, my friends, which I will share with you.This hardening of Israel [the Jews] has come upon them, only until the Gentiles have been admitted in full strength; once that has happened the whole of Israel will be saved.From Zion shall come the Deliverer, He shall remove the sins from Jacob.

In Paul's writings, it can be confusing as to who he is actually talking about. When he is talking to or about the Jews, it is often mistranslated as 'Israel'. In the same sentence, he says that righteous Gentiles [non Israelite peoples] will be admitted, Then, "the whole of Israel will be saved". This has to refer to the ten tribes of the House of Israel, plus Judah.

 

There are many Bible passages concerning the future of all Israel, that do not fit into the present era, or into the Millennium. They say that there will be a period of time in God's prophetic purpose, that is unaccounted for in the popular end times scenarios. It is a time that is better than at present, but not as good as the ultimate one. It is a time when all of God's righteous people will experience and manifest the glorious blessings that God has reserved for His ancient, covenant people. Could that time be after the fulfilment of Zechariah 12 and Psalm 83, predicting that the Lord will give Judah [the current inhabitants of Israel] an amazing victory over all those nations gathered to attack Jerusalem?

Then, in Zechariah 13 it says how Judah is cleansed and refined of their sins and impurities.

Then, at last, these prophecies of Ezekiel will come to pass; Ezekiel 37:11-14 ...these bones are the whole House of Israel. They say; our bones are dry, our hope hasgone and we are cut off. Say to them; I will bring you out of your graves[the Dispersion] and restore you to the Land of Israel. Then, I shall put My spirit intoyou and you will come to life[true spiritual life]. I will settle you on your own soil- you will know that the Lord has acted for you. [before the Return of Jesus.]

Ezekiel 37:19 The stick of Joseph, Ephraim and the other tribes of Israel - joined to that of Judah. They will be as one.

The long years of history - the Jews, a despised nation, at last in their homeland. The ten Northern tribes, lost around the world, but blessed as prophesied by the Patriarchs. It is all God's training program, preparing them for the time when they will, truly be a "light to the nations"settled and prosperous in the Promised Land. Isaiah 11:11-13, Ezekiel 20:34 Reference: REB,NIV. Some verses abridged.

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They Will Soar As On Eagles Wings 

Isaiah 40:1-2 Comfort My people, bring comfort to them, says the Lord. Speak kindly toJerusalem[Judah] and proclaim that her term of bondage is served, her penaltypaid, for she has received at the Lord's hand a double portion for all her sins.

Isaiah 40:3-5 A voice calls; Clear a road through the wilderness and a highway acrossthe desert for our God. Let the Land be levelled, then the Glory of the Lord will be seen by all mankind.

Isaiah 40:6-8 A voice says; Proclaim! All mortals are grass, they wither and fade like plants, but the Word of the Lord endures forever.

Isaiah 40:9-11 Call from the mountains, the good news. Shout to Jerusalem "Your God is here" He is coming in might, coming to rule with His powerful arm. His reward is with Him. He will tend His flock with care.

Isaiah 40:12-20 Who is like the Lord? All peoples are as nothing in His sight. No one cantell the form or likeness of God.

Isaiah 40:21-26 Do you not know, have you not heard? Since the world was founded, God sits enthroned above the earth. He reduces the great to nothing. To whom then, can you liken Me? Who is My equal? Consider the stars, He made them one by one.

 

Isaiah 40:27-28 Jacob, why do you complain? Israel, why do you say: God does not heedmy plight? Do you not know, have you not heard, Y'hovah, the Creator does not grow weary or faint and His understanding is unfathomable.

Isaiah 40:29-31 Y'hovah gives strength to the exhausted. Young men may faint, butthose who look to Him will gain new strength, they will soar as on eagles wings, run and not grow weary - march and not feel faint. Reference REB, NIV. Verses abridged. 

 

Isaiah, the prophet, commissioned to bring Israel back to the Lord. Isaiah 49:3-6

v 1-2 This is specifically for Judah, they receive a double measure seven times seven, of punishment. Leviticus 26:24-28

The House of Israel receive seven times. Leviticus 26:18, Ezekiel 4:4-6

v 3-8 A way prepared for His people, righteous Israel to enter Greater Israel.

v 9-11 This refers to the Return of Jesus, coming to commence His Millennial reign. At this time all the rest of the House of Judah will rejoin Israel.

v 12-26 The Lord is supreme, He reduces the mighty and tends His flock with care.

v 27-31 Jacob, Israel - all 12 tribes, the Lord WILL hear your plight, you will march back to your own Land, with joy and thanksgiving. He will give strength and encouragement to those who look to Him and trust in His promises. Isaiah 30:15 

 

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Chapter Seven - THE HOUSE  OF JUDAH

 

 

JEREMIAH Chapter one and two - Judah's First Judgement

 

The date of Jeremiah's ministry was approx 590 to 510BC and the date of Judah's captivity by Babylon commenced in 585BC.

 

Jeremiah 1:5 Jeremiah chosen and appointed as a prophet to the nations.

Jer. 1:8 Fear no one, for I am with you and will keep you safe.

Jer. 1:10 I give you authority over nations, to uproot and destroy and to build and

plant.

Jer.1:11-16 The disaster of the Babylonian conquest prophesied.

Jer. 1:17-19 Tell the Kings, priests and people everything that I bid you. Though they

will persecute you, they will not prevail.

 

Jer. 2:1-6 Israel, remember the days of your youth, you were holy to the Lord. What

fault, then did your forefathers find in Me? That they went so far astray.

Jer. 2:7-8 I brought you into a fertile land, but you defiled it. The priests no longer asked of the Lord, the lawyers had no knowledge of Me.

 

Jer. 2:10-13 Be horrified, you heavens - My people have committed two sins; they have

rejected Me and made for themselves cracked vessels that are useless.

Jer. 2:14-18 Is Israel a slave? Why, then are they taken as a spoil of war? The Land

laid waste and abandoned.

 

Jer. 2:19 It is your own apostasy that condemns you. See how evil it is to reject the

Lord your God.

Reference; Revised English Bible. Most verses abridged

 

My comments;

Jeremiah 1:1-8 Jeremiah was chosen by God before his birth. He was given protection throughout his life.

Jer. 1:9-10 He is given instructions to oversee the destruction of nations, also to build and plant. This last task is not recorded in Scripture, however ancient Irish records tell how he went to Ireland with the Kings daughters, thereby rejoining the lines of Pharez and Zarah. Genesis 38:27-30

Jer. 1:11-19 Jeremiah's prophecies of doom and the conquest of Judah, earned him lasting fame as anyone who predicts disaster, is known as a 'Jeremiah'.

Jer. 2:1-6 Why couldn't Israel keep the Law?

Jer. 2:7-8 They defiled My Land with their apostate ways. The Rabbi's do not enquire the right way of the Lord and My Law is forgotten.

Jer. 2:10-19 Judah judged and sent into exile in 585BC.

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THE JUDGEMENT OF THE HOUSE OF JUDAH

 

How the Lord will act in the country of Israel is set out by several prophets, the clearest is; Ezekiel 20:46-47 ...I am about to kindle a fire in the Negev....it will scorcheveryone in the Land.

This shocking and earth shattering Day of the Lord's vengeance and wrath, constitutes God's judgement on all His enemies.

Isaiah 63:1-6 Who is this, coming from Edom?......I shattered peoples in My anger.

 

The current inhabitants of Eretz Ysrael (Greater Israel) Jews, Palestinians, Jordanians, Arabs, Lebanese, Syrians, etc. are all destined for judgement in this great Day of the Lord's vengeance.

Obadiah 12-16 The Day of the Lord is at hand for all the nations....you too will drink the

cup of wrath that My people, Judah, must drink on My Holy mountain.

Ezekiel 21:4 I intend to do away with both righteous and wicked alike. My sword isdrawn against everyone from the Negev northward.

Amos 2:4-5 For crime after crime of Judah, a harvest of reckoning will come.

Ezekiel 21:10-14 My sword is sharpened to kill, even the sceptre of My Royal Son.Testing will surely come and what if the sceptre of Judah, which the sword despises, does not continue? Swing the sword three times, the great sword of slaughter. [1st time - 585BC, 2nd time 69/70AD, 3rd time- still to come.]

Isaiah 9:18-19 Wicked men have been set ablaze. The Land is scorched and the peopleare food for the fire.

Jeremiah 13:19 The towns in the Negev are besieged, no one can relieve them. Judahhas been swept clean away.

Jeremiah 21:11-14 To the Royal House of Judah....I shall punish you as you deserve. Ishall set fire to your scrubland, it will consume everything around about.

Zephaniah 1:4-6 Judah will be judged and those who have neither sought the Lord, norenquired of Him, will be wiped out.

Jeremiah 8:5-12 Judah has no remorse or repentance, they say; All is well- no nothing iswell. They will all fall on the Day of reckoning. You will be as dung spread on the ground. This wicked race would rather die than live.

Zechariah 13:8-9 It will happen throughout the Land, that 2/3 of the people will die. The 1/3 left will pass through the refining fire. They will call on Me and I will answer them....

Isaiah 4:3-4 The remnant of Judah will be called holy when the Lord cleanses Zion by aSpirit of judgement burning like fire.

Luke 19:27 As for those enemies of Mine, who did not want Me for their King, bringthem here and slaughter them.

Matthew 27:25 His blood be upon us and our children.

Matthew 21:41-43 The King will bring those criminals to justice and destroy them. Therefore the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will bear fruit.

Reference: REB. NIV, KJV. Some verves abridged

 

 

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Judgement Of Judah

 

Over the twenty centuries since the time of Jesus Christ's first coming to earth, the Jewish people have suffered terrible persecutions, pogroms and discrimination. This fulfils several prophecies - that the Jews will be a curse and a derision in the world.

Jeremiah 17:1-4 The sins of Judah is recorded on their hearts, the fire of My anger willburn forever.

Ezekiel 21:2-7 Son of man, set your face toward Jerusalem and prophesy against theLand of Israel. I shall draw My sword to cut off everyone from South to North.

I will make away with both the righteous and wicked, My sword will be drawn against everyone from the Negev northward. All courage will fail - it will surely take place.

Ezekiel 21:10-14 A sword is sharpened for the slaughter, polished to flash like lightning.

Should we rejoice in the sceptre of Judah? No, the sword condemns the Rod of My Son. Cry and wail for it falls on My people - all your rulers will be killed.

Testing will surely come - what if the sceptre of Judah, which the sword despises, does not continue? Swing the sword three times, the great sword of slaughter.

Verse 14 is highly significant, as it may foretell three judgements of the Jewish people.

1/ The Babylonian conquest in 585BC.

2/ The revolt against the Romans, Maccabees to AD 70, when millions were killed.

3/ The final gathering and judgement of the Jewish people in the Land.

 

At the trial of Jesus, the Jews said in Matthew 27:25, His blood be on us and ourchildren. In the parable of the King and his servants, Luke 19:14...his subjects hated him and said "We don't want this man to be our King."

Luke 19:27 As for those enemies of Mine that did not want Me for a King, bring them here ( into the Land ) and slaughter them in My presence.

Matthew 21:38-43 The parable of the vineyard - The wicked tenants said; This is the heir, come - let us kill him and get the inheritance. The King will bring those criminals to justice and destroy them. He will then rent the vineyard to righteous tenants.Therefore the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you ( Jews ) and given to a people who will bear fruit.

Ezekiel 16:35-62 The Lord is saying how He rescued and tended Judah, but her depraved conduct surpassed even that of her sisters, Samaria ( Israel ) and Sodom;

Therefore, you prostitute, because of your brazen excesses, I shall assemble all those around you - whom you loved. I shall bring you to trial for adultery and murder.

When I hand you over to them, they will strip you naked. They will punish you with stones and swords, burn down your houses and execute judgement in the sight of many women. You surpassed the sins of your sisters, Samaria and Sodom.

Eventual restoration in your shame and humiliation.

Jeremiah 8:3 The Lord says to the leaders of Judah; You will be as dung spread overthe ground. This wicked race would rather die than live.

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Jeremiah 18:1-10 The Potter And The Clay.

V6 House of Israel, I will remould you as a potter would a spoilt pot.

Israel, the Northern 10 tribes, are to be 'remoulded'. Ezekiel 36:25-28

Jeremiah 19:3 Proclaim to the leaders and citizens of Judah.

V11 I shall smash this people as an earthen vessel is smashed beyondrepair. There will be no room left to bury them.

Judah is judged and punished, in this next prophesied event. Isaiah 22:1-14

Psalm 69:35 for God will save Zion and rebuild the cities of Judah.

This has happened now, with the Jews doing amazing construction and agricultural achievements since 1948.

But, then...

Psalm 69:36 The children of those who serve Him will inherit the Land and those who loveHis namewill live there.

 

In the land of Israel today, 42% of the Jewish population are secular ( atheist ) 25% believe in God, but do not actively worship Him and 12% practice Judaism, 8% are the extreme ultra orthodox Haredi Jews. In all the amazing things that have happened to the Jews since 1948 - their resettlement, restored language and wars won, they still do not acknowledge God's hand in their affairs.

 

Reference; Revised English Bible, some verses abridged.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FIRE IN THE DESERT

 

There are many prophecies regarding the return of the House of Israel to the Land. [The House of Judah has already returned.] Fulfilment awaits two cleansings:-

  • Firstly the Land is to be cleansed out of "the evil neighbours" along with the apostate inhabitants of Israel. Jeremiah 12:14-17

  • Secondly, All of Israel [all 12 tribes] must be judged and passed under the rod.

Ezekiel 20:34-38.

 

The prophecies that seem to fit the clearing of the Land follow:

Ezekiel 20:46 ...utter prophesy toward the scrubland of the Negev.(some translations say "the southland" but my Revised English Bible says Negev.)

Verse 47 I am about to kindle a fire in you; anything flammable will be burned.

Its fiery flame will not be put out- everyone in the North will be scorched by it.

[This could be a coronal mass ejection - sunstrike. It does not fit a nuclear attack, with total destruction in localised areas.]

Verse 48 Everyone will see that I, the Lord have set it ablaze, not to be put out.

Ezekiel 21:4 I intend to do away with both righteous and wicked alike.

My sword is drawn against everyone from the Negev northward.

v10 My sword is sharpened to kill, even the sceptre of My Royal Son.

(The tribe of Judah holds the sceptre - the Royal line.)

v13 "Testing will surely come. And what if even the sceptre, which the Sword despises, does not continue?" declares the Sovereign Lord.

Isaiah 9:18-20 Wicked men have been set ablaze. The Land is scorched and the people are food for the fire. Manasseh and Ephraim are against Judah.

Jeremiah 8:5-6 Judah is incurable in their waywardness. No remorse or repentance.

Jeremiah 8:8-12 They say- we are wise, but their Rabbi's and scribes falsify the Law. Therefore, I will give their land to new owners. For all, high and low are out for ill gotten gain; the Rabbis and prophets are frauds. They say - "All is well"- no; nothing is well. They will all fall on the Day of reckoning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THE ROTTEN LOINCLOTH

 

Jeremiah chapter 13:1-10 - Jeremiah is instructed to buy a loincloth. He is then told to hide it near a river. After a long time, he retrieved it, but it was ruined.

 

Jer. 13:9-10 Thus, I shall ruin the enormous pride of Judah, these people with stubbornhearts, who worship other gods - they will become like that cloth, no good for anything. Hosea 8:14, Jeremiah 8:5-12

Jer. 13:11...I bound all Israel and all Judah to Me, so that they should become a source of renown and praise to Me, but they did not listen. Isaiah 31:6-7

Jer. 13:12-14 ....I shall make all who live in Jerusalem drunk....I shall show no compassion nor refrain from destroying them. Ezekiel 21:4

Jer. 13:15-16 Pay heed, be not too proud to listen, for it is the Lord who speaks.

Give glory to God, before the light that you look for turns to darkness.

Jer. 13:17 If in the depths you will not listen, then weep bitterly for the Lord's people are carried off into captivity.[Judah conquered by Babylon and again in AD70] Ezekiel 21:14

Jer. 13:18 Say to the King and the Queen mother; take a humble seat, for your crowns have fallen. Ezekiel 21:25-27

 

Jer. 13:19 The towns in the Negev are besieged, no one can relieve them. Judah has been swept clean away. [this parallels Ezekiel 20:46-47 and Isaiah 9:18-19]

Jer. 13:20 Look up and see! Those people who are coming from the North. [This is His people, righteous Israel, returning to the Land.] Isaiah 41:8-10

Jer. 13:20 Where is the flock that you were so proud of? [Israel scattered among the nations]

Jer. 13:21-22 What will you say when your leaders are missing? When you wonder why this has happened? It is because of your many sins. Isaiah 3:1-3

Jer. 13:23 Can a Nubian change his skin? No more can you,[Judah] do good, soaccustomed are you to doing evil. Isaiah 22:14

 

Jer. 13:24 I will scatter you like chaff, before the desert wind. Jeremiah 33:10

Jer. 13:25 This is your lot - I have decreed this for you, because you have forgotten Me and trusted in false gods.

Jer. 13:26 I will bare your shame for all to see. Isaiah 3:16-26

 

Jer. 13:27 For your adulteries and shameful deeds - woe to you Jerusalem. How much longer will you be unclean? Jeremiah 8:5-12

 

My comments: This is a dual prophecy about the judgement of Judah in ancient times and again, soon to happen. Then the Lord's righteous people enter the Land from the North. They will live there, in peace and security, to prepare for the Return of Jesus.

 

Reference; Revised English Bible, some verses abridged.

 

 

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Isaiah Reveals what is to be, Secrets of Things to Come Ecclesiasticus 48:24-25

Isaiah 21:2 In my vision, I see a traitor betrayed. Advance Elam, up Media, [Iran]to the siege. Do not hesitate.[Perhaps an Israeli traitor gives secret information to Iran. The Iranian military prepare their attack on Israel. Jeremiah 49:35]

Isaiah 21:3-4 I am in pain, trembling in fear. Night has become a horror to me. [Everyone is aware of this forthcoming attack by the Islamic Alliance.]

Isaiah 21:5 The princes and leaders sit down to a banquet. Rise and polish your shields. [You are unprepared, life as normal. Get up! Prepare for the attack! ]

Isaiah 21:6-7 Go, post a lookout. If he sees columns of horsemen, donkeys and camels advancing, he must be fully alert. [ Keep watch- if your enemies combine, that is, form alliances, then you know an attack is imminent. Psalm 83:1-8]

Isaiah 22:6 Elam took up the quiver, the chariots of Aram [Syria]were readied, Kir [Turkeyand Iraq]bared the shield. [Iran and their allies attack. A quiver is an arrow holder. An arrow is USA military code for a nuclear weapon.]

Isaiah 21:1 A whirlwind sweeps through the Negev, from the wilderness, a land of terror.[A coronal mass ejection sunstrike hits the Middle East region at midday, Zephaniah 2:4-9 with devastating consequences. Ezekiel 20:47-48, Isaiah 29:5-8]

Isaiah 22:1-2 Tell me, what is amiss with you? Why have you climbed up onto the roof? Why do you panicandrun out of your houses?Your city is in an uproar, your slain did not fall by the sword in battle. [This is the 40 to 60 hour period between the initial light flash of a coronal mass ejection and the arrival of the main superheated mass. Everyone is terrified. Those killed were by the heat flash, fires and earthquakes.]

Isaiah 22:3 All your commanders have fled, bravest soldiers gone in all directions. [The army has deserted.]

Isaiah 22:4 That is why I said, leave Me to weep in misery. Do not console Me for the ruin of My people. [The House of Judah, in their judgement and punishment. Jer. 8:5-12, Isa 4:3-4]

Isaiah 22:5 For the Lord has ordained a day of tumult, a day of turmoil in the valleys and mountains.[The Day of the Lord's vengeance and wrath, a worldwide devastation, is decreed]

Isaiah 21:8-9 Day and night, I watch- they come - a voice calls "fallen is Babylon, her Gods are shattered." [ Israel and most of the Middle East are virtually wiped out. Ezekiel 20:2-5]

Isaiah 21:10 O My people, crushed on the threshing floor. From the God of Israel, I have told you. [The House of Judah, judged and punished as decreed by God. Isaiah 3:8-9]

Isaiah 22:7Your fairest valleys were overrun by chariots, your cities beset by horsemen.[Severe damage to all the Land. Jeremiah 9:10]

Isaiah 22:8 The heart of Judah's defence was laid open.[Israel's defence system is destroyed]

Isaiah 22:8-11 On that day....[Desperate measures are taken to fight the fires.]

Isaiah 22:11 You did not look to the Maker of the city, or consider Him who fashioned it long ago. [The Israelis refuse to acknowledge God's Hand in their affairs or call for His help.]

Isaiah 22:12 On that Day, the Lord called for weeping and mourning.[Judah and Israel should repent in sincerity and call on the Lord. Hosea 12:2]

Isaiah 22:13 Instead there was joy and merrymaking, feasting and dancing. You said 'let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die." [Zechariah 13:7-9]

Isaiah 22:14 Here are words revealed by the Lord of Hosts - Assuredly your wickedness will never be wiped out, you will die for it. Zephaniah 1:4-6, Jeremiah 13:19, Luke 19:27

 

 

 

 

 

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THE MID EAST NEWS Your correspondent, Isaiah, son of Amoz.

Dated:- the near future.

TERRIBLE STORM IN THE NEGEV A severe electrical storm, associated with the recent CME sunspot event, has devastated Southern Israel. Isaiah 21:1

 

NUCLEAR PLANT SERIOUSLY DAMAGED Israel's nuclear facility at Dimona was put out of action by yesterday's storm, that affected a wide area. Fire fighters are attempting to contain fires and shut down the reactor. The IDF will neither confirm or deny that its stock of nuclear weapons are destroyed. Isaiah 22:8

 

ORGANIZATON OF ISLAMIC COOPERATION MOBILIZE'S Iran has called for the O.I.C. to go on full alert. Isaiah 22:6. Information received by the leaders of Iran has given them the opportunity to confront the Zionist entity. Isaiah 21:2

 

ISRAEL'S DEFENCE FORCE UNPREPARED This festival season leaves Israel's forces in disarray. Isaiah 21:3 Large numbers of troops have gone to be with their families and are unable to be contacted. Isaiah 22:3

 

SERIOUS DISRUPTION THROUGHOUT ISRAEL People are running to and fro, trying to prepare for the worst, as news of the disaster in Southern Israel comes in.

Isaiah 21:3-4, Isaiah 22:1-2

 

MESSIANIC PASTORS CALL FOR NATIONAL REPENTANCE A small number of Jesus followers have called for Israel to repent and call on God for help. Isaiah 22:12

 

CELEBRATIONS HELD Throughout Israel, there are great feasts being held. Supplies of wine and liquor are running low. Isaiah 22:13

 

Isaiah 22:5 For the Lord, has ordained a Day of tumult, a Day of trampling and turmoil in the valley of vision and clamour and cries among the mountains.

Isaiah 22:14 Here are Words revealed to me by the Lord of Hosts: Assuredly your wickedness will never be wiped out, you will die for it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DESTRUCTION IS DECREED

 

Isaiah 3:1-3 The Lord is about to strip Judah of every prop and support. All of their leaders, generals, counsellors and prophesiers.

Isaiah 3:4-7 I shall appoint inexperienced people to positions of authority. Oppression and arrogance will stalk the Land.

Isaiah 3:8-9Judah is brought low, for in word and deed, they defy the Lord. The look on their faces testifies against them. Like Sodom, they parade their sins. Woe betide them, they have earned the disaster that will strike them.

 

Isaiah 3:10-11 Happy are the righteous. All goes well with them. Woe to the wicked,disaster is upon them.

 

Isaiah 3:12 My people, those who guide you are leading you astray.

Isaiah 3:13-15 The Lord stands up to judge His people. He opens the indictment against the elders and leaders; it is you who have ruined My vineyard. You have crushed My people and oppressed the poor.

Isaiah 3:16-24 You women of Zion; I will take away your finery, instead of coifed hair,you will be bald.

Isaiah 3:25-26 Your men will fall by the sword, in battle. Judah's defences are stripped bare, all support removed.

Isaiah 4:1 On that Day, seven women will ask one man for help and support.

Isaiah 4:2 On that Day, the plants that the Lord has grown will become glorious in their beauty and the Land will be fruitful, the pride of the survivors in the Land.

[in other translations 'plant' is rendered 'Branch' and assumed to refer to Jesus, but I consider that the 'plants', nurtured by the Lord is His righteous people.]

Isaiah 4:3 Those who remain in Jerusalem, whose survival was decreed, will be called holy.

Isaiah 4:4-6When the Lord washes away the filth of Jerusalem by a spirit of judgement burning like fire, He will create a cloud by day and a flame by night over Mt Zion, to be a covering for shade and shelter.

Isaiah 10:17 The Light of Israel will become a fire, their Holy One, a flame, that in a single day will burn up and consume His enemies.

Isaiah 10:18-19 The forests and pastures will be destroyed, only a few trees will remain.

Isaiah 10:20 On that Day, the remnant of Israel, the survivors of Jacob [all 12 tribes] will set their allegiance solely on the Lord.

Isaiah 10:21 A remnant will return, a remnant of Jacob, will return to God, their strength

Isaiah 10:22-23 Israel, though you are as the sands of the sea - only a remnant willreturn. The Lord will carry out the destruction decreed upon the whole Land.

Reference, REB, NIV, KJV, some verses abridged

 

My comments: Judah brought low, only a holy remnant saved. Hosea 12:2 Then righteous Israel will return. I am convinced that this Bible passage tells of events soon to happen, the coming Day of judgement in the Mid East and His people- a remnant of Jacob [all twelve tribes] returning to the Promised Land, before the Return of Jesus.

 

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Bring It On, Lord

 

Jeremiah 12:1-3I plead my case before You, even though I know that You are right. Why do the wicked prosper? They grow and bear fruit, Your precepts are ever on their lips, yetfar from their hearts. You know me, Lord, You see me, test my devotion to You and judge those who are unfaithful, I ask.

Jer. 12:4-6How long must the wicked desecrate Your Land? They say; "God does not see what we do". Your righteous people cannot compete with those who despise them. Even so called friends turn against us, they are untrustworthy.

Jer. 12:7-9 I have abandoned Israel and given My beloved people into the power of their enemies. They broke our covenant, so I turned My face from them.

Jer. 12:10-13 The leaders of Israel have made My pleasant Land a desolation, to Mysorrow. Evil peoples have taken over the Land from end to end,there is no peace for anyone. Whatever these people do, their harvest is a disappointment because of the Lord's anger.

Jer.12:14-17 These are the Words of the Lord about all those evil neighbours who have encroached onto the land which I allotted to My people, Israel, as their holding: I shall uproot them. Also, I shall uproot Judah from among them, but after I have uprooted them, I shall have pity on them and bring them back to the Land. IF they will learn theways of My people, THEN Judah can establish families among My people. [Those who trust in the Lord and are redeemed by Jesus.] But any nation that will not listen, I will destroy.

Reference; REB. Some verses abridged.

 

v 1-3 Lord, bring on Your judgement. Many people profess to follow You, but true Christianity is far from their hearts. Isaiah 1:18-20, Romans 10:9-10, Isaiah 48:1-2 

v 4-6 Your righteous people are persecuted and oppressed. Ezekiel 36:5, 1 Peter 1:5-6 

v 7-9 Israel and Judah taken out of the Land and dispersed. Jeremiah 7:15, Jeremiah 2:7, Ezekiel 36:16-19 

v 10-13 The atheistic, apostate and false religion followers, who mostly inhabit the Land at present, are an anathema to God. There will be no peace or fruitfulness like this. Psalm 74:20, Ezekiel 36:3-7 

v 14-17 All the evil neighbours will be removed from Greater Israel. Judah, too will be uprooted. The condition for the return of any Jews is that they acknowledge the Messiah Jesus. Isaiah 26:8-9, Jeremiah 13:11, 1 John 2:22-23, Zephaniah 1.

Any people group that refuses to listen will be destroyed. Isaiah 1:27-28, Isaiah 66:16,

Hebrews 10:26-27

 

The Land of Israel has been allotted to the Lord's people - righteous Israel. They will gather and settle there after the Land is cleared as described in verse 14.

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Swing the sword three times, terrible will be the slaughter. 

Ezekiel 21:1-7This is the Word of the Lord: Face toward Jerusalem and prophesy against the Land of Israel. Say to that Land: I am against you, I shall draw My sword and make away with both righteous and wicked among you. I intend to destroy both good and evil people, from the Negev [Southern Israel]Northward, all will know that it is I, the Lord who has acted. All courage will fail on that Day, it is coming, it will surely take place. [This will be the Day of the Lord's vengeance and wrath. There has not been any previous event, as described, in Israel. Ezekiel 20:47-48, Isaiah 33:14, Jer. 21:14. 'The righteous and wicked alike will be killed'. It will be the next prophesied event, which will clear the entire Middle East, thus enabling His people, the true Israelites, to gather in and resettle the Land of Greater Israel. Psalm 83, Revelation 6:12-17, Isaiah 2:12-22, Joel 2:1-11.

Ezekiel 21:8-13 Prophesy: A sword is sharpened and polished, ready to kill. Should werespect the sceptre of Judah? No, the sword despises it. The sword of destruction is ready for the hand of the slaughterer. Cry aloud and lament, for testing will surely come upon My people and on all Israel's leaders who are given over to be slain with My people. Mourn and wail, for what if the sceptre of Judah does not continue?

[The people currently occupying all of the Holy Land will be killed or displaced. Lament, for My people [Judah] too, will be slain. Jeremiah 12:14, Ezekiel 16:35-41.

Ezekiel 21:14-17 Prophesy: Strike your hands together, swing the sword three times. It is the instrument of slaughter, whirling around. Their courage will fail and many will stumble and fall. Lightning flashes left and right - blocking all escape routes, terrible will be the slaughter. Then, I too, will strike My hands together, My wrath will subside. I, Y'hovah have spoken. ["Swing the sword three times" Refers to the judgement and dispersion of Judah. 1/ Babylon. 2/ Rome. 3/ to come. Zech. 13:7-9, Jer. 19:11, Matt. 21:41, Luke 19:27. Is the third 'swing of the sword', the Holocaust? No, because that was just the worst of many pogroms, etc of the Jews since AD70.]

Ezekiel 21:18-24 This is a description of how God led Babylon to attack and destroy Jerusalem. The House of Judah were taken into captivity in 585BCE, because of their sins. 2 Kings 23:27.

Ezekiel 21:25-27 And you, you impious and wicked ruler of Israel [King Zedekiah of Judah. 2 Kings 25:6]your fate has come upon you. Off with your crown, it will not be as it was, the lowly will be exalted and the exalted, brought low. I will overturn, overturn, overturn it, until He comes - who is the rightful ruler, I shall install Him.

[King Zedekiah was blinded and his sons killed, then imprisoned in Babylon. That is the exalted, brought low. Then, the lowly raised - these are the kings daughters, taken to Ireland [Hibernia = Hebrews Land] by Jeremiah. Princess Tea Tephi married King Herremon of Ireland. Their royal line was 'overturned'- to Scotland, then 'overturned'- to England, now the British [Brit = covenant, ish = people] royal line now holds the sceptre, next to hand it to King Jesus. 2 Samuel 7:16.

Ezekiel 21:28-32 Prophesy to the Ammonites.......you will be fuel for the fire, remembered no more. = Modern Jordan, "still living in the place of their origin ". 'Their beliefs are a lie and for their insults against Israel', God will judge them. Deuteronomy 32:41-43, Jeremiah 12:14, Amos 1:13-15. Ref: REB, NIV. Verses abridged

 

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Chapter Eight - JUDGEMENT

 

The Time Draws Near For the Judgement 

2 Esdras 7:70 When the Most high was making the world and all that is in it, He made Adam and Eve, but first of all, He planned the judgement and what goes with it.

2 Esdras 6:18-20 A Voice from heaven spoke; The time draws near when I shall come to judge the earth's inhabitants, the time when I shall enquire into the wickedness of wrongdoers, the time when Zion's humiliation will be over, the time when a seal will be set on the age about to pass away. Then, I shall perform these signs: the books will be opened out against the vault of heaven and all will see My judgement at the same moment.

2 Esdras 6:25-28 Whoever is left after all that I have foretold, will be saved and see the salvation that I bring, with the culmination of My plans for this world. Then will the earth's inhabitants have a change of heart and wickedness will be blotted out. Faithfulness will flourish and truth, so long unfruitful, will be revealed.

2 Esdras 2:10-14 These are the words of the Lord to Ezra; Tell My people that I shall give to them the Kingdom of Jerusalem, which I once offered to Israel. I shall also withdraw the splendour of My presence from Israel and the home that was to be theirs forever, I shall give to My [righteous] people. The Tree of Life will spread it's fragrance over them, they will neither toil nor grow weary. Ask and you will receive; pray to shorten your time of waiting. Even now, the Kingdom is ready for you, be vigilant! All witness - I have cancelled evil and only good prevails; for I am the Living One, says the Lord.

2 Esdras 7:55-61 The Lord says; Those who have kept My commandments, will shine bright as the stars, but not those who, in a lifetime of iniquity, never give a thought to the sufferings in store after death. This is the thought for every person on earth to keep in mind during the battle of life - if you are defeated, you must accept the penalty and if you are victorious, great will be the reward. Moses said to the people; "Choose life and live". But they believed neither him or the prophets after him. There will be no sorrow over their damnation, but there will be joy for the salvation of those who have believed.

2 Esdras 2:24-29 Be calm, My people, your time of rest will come. Teach your children the right paths. Do not be anxious when the time of trouble and hardship comes, others will lament and be sad, but you will have happiness and plenty. My power will protect and save you.

2 Esdras 8:38-39 I shall not give thought to the death, judgement and damnation of sinners, but I shall have joy in the just, their pilgrimage through this world, their salvation and their final reward.

2 Esdras 2:42-48 I, Ezra, saw on Mount Zion a throng too vast to count, all singing hymns of praise to the Lord. In the middle stood a young man. He was taller than the others and He was setting crowns onto the heads of the others. I asked the angel; My lord, who are these and who is the young man? They are the people who acknowledged the Man, who is the Son of God and stood valiantly for Him in their mortal life. Go, tell My people of the great and wonderful acts of the Lord God that you have seen.

Reference: REB Apocrypha. Some verses abridged.

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THE FATE OF THE EVIL NEIGHBORS 

Not if, but when, the confederation of Islamic nations and entities such as Hamas and Hezbollah, attack Israel in their desperate effort to overcome the humiliation of previous failed attempts to "wipe Israel off the map "- then, the Lord will act against His enemies - the Lord's Day of vengeance and wrath. Ezekiel 20:46-47

Here is an abridged quotation of Bible verses that reveals the fates of those "evil neighbours". Jeremiah 12:14.

 

THE NATIONS

Psalm 83 Do not keep silent, O God, for your enemies have devised a plot against yourpeople. Let us wipe them out as a nation, they say- Let Israel be remembered no more.

Scatter them; make them as dung on the ground. As a fire rages through a forest, may they perish in disgrace.

Zechariah 12:1-9 This is the word of the Lord concerning Israel. I am about to make Jerusalem an intoxicating cup that sends all the surrounding nations reeling. Judah will be involved. On that day, when all the nations of the earth are against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock. All who try to move her will be cut to pieces. The armies of those nations will be struck with blindness and madness. Judah will praise Me on that day and their leaders will be as a burning torch among the sheaves. All the nations right and left will be consumed.

Zechariah 14:12-15 This is the plague that will strike the nations who fight against Jerusalem - their flesh will consume away while they are still standing on their feet. Panic will cause them to fight each other.

Isaiah 33:10-12 Now I shall arise, says the Lord. You will conceive chaff and stubble. Whole nations will be heaps of white ash, like thorns set ablaze.

Jeremiah 9:25-26 The Lord says, the time is coming when I will punish all who are circumcised only in the flesh. All those who live in the desert regions are uncircumcised in their hearts.

Ezekiel 28:26 When I execute judgement on all of Israel's scornful neighbours, then My people will live in the Land, undisturbed. then, they will know that I am the Lord. 

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Modern place names from Strong's Concordance; Elam= Persia, now Iran. Philistines = Palestinians. Tyre and Sidon = Cities in Lebanon. Damascus = Capital of Syria. Rabbah- Ammon= Amman, capital of Jordan. Gilead= The area of north western Jordan. Gad = the Israelite tribe given the Gilead area. Milcom= the high God of the Ammonites. Kedar & Tema= Sons of Ishmael, ancestors of the Arabs. Hazor = the area of Eastern Arabia, including Mecca and Medina.

IRAN

Jeremiah 49:35-39 The Lord says, I shall break the bow of Elam, their chief weapon. I will bring disaster upon them, destroy their President and officials and scatter them around the earth.

Ezekiel 32:24 Elam is buried in Sheol, with all her people- victims of the sword. Those who spread terror in the land of the living, now bear disgrace with all those in the abyss. 

PALESTINIANS

Ezekiel 25:15-17 The Lord says, because the Philistines have resorted to revenge with malice in their hearts and with ancient hostility, they seek to destroy Judah. I shall stretch out My hand against them and take mighty vengeance.

Amos 1:6-8 For crime after crime of Gaza, they will have no reprieve -I shall send fire until the last of the Philistines is dead.

Zephaniah 2:4-7 At midday Gaza will be left in ruins, I will destroy you. You will be leftwith no inhabitants. 

LEBANON

Luke 10:14 Tyre and Sidon will be judged.

Amos 1:9-10 For the sins of Tyre, I will not hold back My wrath. They ignored the brotherly alliance; therefore, I shall send fire to consume their fortresses.

Zechariah 9:3-5 The word of the Lord alights on Tyre and Sidon - I will take away your possessions and the cities will be destroyed by fire. 

SYRIA

Amos 1:3-5 For crime after crime of Damascus, I will grant them no reprieve. I shallsend fire on their fortresses.

Jeremiah 49:23-27 News comes of a disaster, confusion and anxiety reign, they try toescape, but all her soldiers die on that day.

Isaiah 17:1-14 Damascus will cease to be a city, forever desolate. Listen - it is the thunder of vast forces, at evening all is terror, before morning all is gone. Such is the fate of our adversaries.

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ARABIA

This prophecy in Jeremiah mentions King Nebuchadrezzer of Babylon attacking Kedar and Hazor. This did happen during Jeremiah's lifetime, but not to the full extent of this prophecy.

Jeremiah 49:28-33 Arise, attack Kedar and destroy the desert peoples of the East.Your possessions will be taken. A cry of terror will go up - flee quickly away and hide in remote places. Hazor will become a desolate place forever, totally uninhabited.

Isaiah 21:13-17 An oracle concerning Arabia. You, who live in Arabia and Tema, meetthe fugitives with food and water, those who flee from the sword, from the heat of the battle. Then, within a year, all of Kedar's glory will come to an end, only a few of her soldiers will be left. [This is interesting: "meet the fugitives", may mean those escaping from Jordan, down the Desert Highway or the old Kings Highway.] 

JORDAN

Ezekiel 25:1-11 Prophesy against the Ammonites - because you exulted over the Land ofIsrael with spiteful contempt, I shall give you up to be plundered by the nations. I will cut you off from other peoples and exterminate you from every country. Peoples from the East will camp on your land.

Jeremiah 49:1-8 Has Israel no heirs? Why, then do Milcom's people possess the towns of Gad? Therefore a time is coming when you will hear the battle cry. Ammon will become a desolate mound, all its towns burnt to ashes.

Ezekiel 21:28-32 A sword of slaughter will flash like lightning. The visions that you have are false, advising you to bring the sword against the unbelievers, but the time of their punishment will come later. In the land of your ancestry, I will judge you, I shall hand you over to brutal men. You will be fuel for the fire and be remembered no more.

Amos 1:13-15 For crime after crime of the Ammonites, I shall grant them no reprieve, because in their greed for land, they ripped open pregnant women in Gilead. Therefore, fire will destroy Rabbah - Ammon [Amman]with a whirlwind on that day. Their King will go into exile and his officers with him.

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EGYPT

Isaiah 19:1-10 The Lord comes riding swiftly on a cloud, He descends on Egypt and the hearts of the Egyptians melt within them. I will stir them up against each other. They will be confused, all their plans fail. Idols and spirit mediums are useless. I shall hand Egypt over to a hard master. The Nile will dry up. Fishing, agriculture and industry will all fail.

Isaiah 19:11-16 Egypt's leaders give senseless advice - the Lord has poured a spirit ofconfusion into them. The Egyptians will become weak and terror stricken.

Isaiah 19:17 Judah will bring terror to the Egyptians, even the mention of Israel will terrify them.

Isaiah 19:18 In that day there will be 5 cities who speak the ancient language and who worship the Lord. [Coptic Christians?]

Isaiah 19:19-20 Also, on that day there will be an altar and a monument to the Lord, as a witness when they cry out to Him, and He will send a deliverer to rescue them. Egypt will acknowledge and worship the Lord, He will respond to them and heal them.

Ezekiel 29:8 The Lord God says, I am bringing a sword against you. Egypt will become a desolate wasteland. For 40 years the people will be scattered among the nations. Then regathered to upper Egypt.

Ezekiel chapter 30 Alas for the day, a sword will come on Egypt, by the hand offoreigners, I shall lay waste to the land of Egypt.

Ezekiel chapter 31 The pride of Pharaoh cut down.

Ezekiel chapter 32 Many peoples will be appalled at the fate of Egypt, the cattledestroyed, the land laid waste and empty.

 

There are other prophecies which give the fates of Edom, Moab, Assyria, etc. As the modern identity of these peoples is uncertain, I have not included them. 

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THE JUDGEMENT OF GOD'S PEOPLE 

Life and business continues as usual in the Middle East, planning, building, marrying and diplomatic efforts to resolve the "Israel situation". We, as Bible students, have some idea about God's plans as given to us through His prophets. It's clear that the next major event will be a nuclear war started by Iran, but the Lord will intervene at the point of attack, with His Day of vengeance and wrath against His enemies. There won't be a winner, as such, as the entire region will be depopulated - mostly killed, some evacuated, excepting Israel, where a remnant of the Jews will remain in the Land.

After a short period, God will motivate His people, Israel, that is, all the twelve tribes, to move to the Promised Land. Millions will gather to face His Judgement and then will enter the Land in peace in security after they 'pass under the rod". Ezekiel 20:35-38

In Deuteronomy 32:36 Moses said that after Israel has sinned and been dispersed, that the Lord will judge His people and have compassion on His servants, for He will see that their strength has gone and no one is left, slave or free.

Deuteronomy 32:41 I will sharpen My sword and set My hand to judgement, then I shall punish My adversaries and take vengeance on My foes.

Hosea 12:2 The Lord has a charge to bring against Judah and is resolved to punish Jacob for his misconduct.

Ezekiel 20:35-36 I shall confront Israel and bring you to judgement. Even as I did in the Wilderness of Egypt against your forefathers, so against you I shall state My case.

Isaiah 1:25 Once again I shall act against you, to refine and purge away all your impurities.

Ezekiel 22:17-22 The Lord says, all Israelites are a debased alloy, I shall gather you in My anger and wrath into Jerusalem, where I will melt and refine you.

Hosea 7:1 When I am minded to restore the fortunes of My people their guilt will stand revealed. [ sins.

Amos 3:1You alone I have chosen of all the nations, therefore I shall punish you for your

Nahum 1:3 The Lord is longsuffering, but does not let the guilty go unpunished.

Zechariah 8:11But now I will deal differently toward the remnant of this people than as I did in the past.

Psalm 68:6 God leads the prisoners home, but the rebels must remain in the desert.

Ezekiel 20:37-38I shall make you pass under the rod, counting you as you enter. I shall purge you of those who revolt and rebel against Me. I shall take them out of the lands where they now live, but they will not set foot on the soil of Israel.

Isaiah 10:17-22 The Holy One of Israel will become as a flame which in one day will consume his thorns and briars. On that day the remnant of Israel, the survivors of Jacob, will rely only on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel. Israel, your people may be as many as the sands of the sea, but only a remnant will return (into the Land)Destruction has been decreed- righteous and just. Continued next page -

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Isaiah 51:22-23 I take from your hand My bowl of wrath, I shall hand it to your tormentors.

Ezekiel 20:40-41 On the Holy mountain of Israel, all the Israelites will serve Me. There I will accept them, after I have brought you out from the peoples and lands to which I dispersed you. I alone will have your worship and the nations will witness it.

Hosea 2:14-23But now I shall woo My people and lead them into the wilderness. I will speak words of encouragement to them. I shall betroth you to Myself forever. Israel will be My new sowing in the Land. I will say; "You are My people "and you will say; "You are our God. "

Isaiah 41:1Listen in silence to Me, you coasts and islands, together we go to the place of Judgement. v8-10 Israel My servant, summoned from the ends of the earth. Have no fear, for I am with you, I shall strengthen you and uphold you with My victorious right hand.

Psalm 30:4-5 Sing to the Lord, all you loyal servants. His anger lasts but a moment, His favour a lifetime. Weeping for a night, rejoicing comes in the morning.

Psalm 22:23-25 You that fear the Lord, praise Him, revere Him, you descendants of Jacob. The Lord listens to your cry for help. I shall fulfil My vows in the sight of those who fear you.

Isaiah 32:15-20The Land is forsaken until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high. The land will become fertile. Justice, righteousness and peace will reign in the Land and My people will dwell undisturbed in peace and security.

Acts 26:6-7Paul says: And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made by God to our fathers: unto which promise our twelve tribes, serving God day and night, hope to come.

Bible references: KJV, NIV, REB. (Some verses abridged.) 

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The Lord's Judgement on the Middle East 

Isaiah 29:1-2 Woe to you Ariel! Ariel, the city where David settled. Add year to year and carry out your festivals. Yet, I shall reduce Ariel to dire straits. There will be suffering and sorrow, when I make her My fire altar. [Ariel - sounds like the Hebrew word for 'fire altar'. Referring to Jerusalem and all Israel.] Isaiah 22:1-14

Isaiah 29:3-4I shall encircle you with My army and besiege you. You will be brought low, you will hide underground, your voice will whisper out of the earth. [His 'army', see Joel 2:1-11. The survivors, hiding in bunkers.] Zechariah 13:8-9, Isaiah 37:31-32

Isaiah 29:5-8 But, your enemies will become like dust, those ruthless hordes, like blown chaff. Suddenly, in an instant, punishment will come from the Lord Almighty, with earthquakes, thunder, storms and devouring fire. All the nations warring against Mt Zion, will fade as a dream, like one who is hungry or thirsty; then wakes to find himself empty, so it will be with all those nations attacking Israel.

[The fire judgement on the Middle east, 'in an instant', a CME sunstrike. Quite a different scenario to the description of the Battle of Armageddon, Psalm 83:13-18, Isaiah 34:5, Isaiah 30:1-5 & 16, Ezekiel 20:45-48, Zephaniah 2:4 & 12, Malachi 4:1]

 

Isaiah 29:9-10 If you confuse yourself, you will stay confused; if you blind yourself, you will stay blinded. Be drunk and stagger, but not from strong drink, for the Lord has poured on you a spirit of deep stupor, He has closed your eyes (that is the prophets) and covered your heads.(the seers) Isaiah 58:1-4

Isaiah 29:11For you the whole vision is nothing but words in a sealed book. If you hand the book to one who can read, he will answer: I cannot, it is sealed. Matthew 13:11-15

 

Isaiah 29:13-14 The Lord says: Because this people worship Me with empty words, while their hearts are far from Me and their religion is but human precept, learnt by rote, therefore I shall shock them yet again, their wisdom and intelligence will vanish.

Isaiah 29:15-16 Woe to those who hide their plans from the Lord, they say; who sees us? Can the pot say to the Potter 'He knows nothing'? Romans 9:21

Isaiah 29:17-21 In a very short time, the Land will be made prosperous again. On that Day, the deaf will hear and the blind will see and the lowly and poor will exult in the Holy One of Israel. The ruthless and evil will disappear, all who practise falsehood will be cut down. Isaiah 66:16-18

 

Isaiah 29:22-23Therefore, these are the words of the Lord, who redeemed Abraham, about the House of Jacob: [all 12 tribes of Israel] This is no time for you to be ashamed, no time to be frightened, for his descendants will praise My Name, when they see what I have done for them. They will stand in awe of the Holy God of Israel. [Righteous Israel, gathered in the Land, "in a very short time" after the Lord's day of vengeance and wrath. Ezekiel 20: 34-38, Isaiah 11:11-12]

 

Isaiah 29:24THEN, the confused will gain understanding and the obstinate will accept instruction. Deuteronomy 33:3 Reference: REB, NIV. Some verses abridged

 

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The Lord Will Laugh At the Wicked 

Psalm 37:1-2 Do not worry about or envy evildoers, for like grass, they soon wither.

Psalm 37:3-7 Trust in the Lord and do good, settle in the Land and find a good home. Commit your way to the Lord, trust Him and He will act. Wait quietly for the Lord.

Psalm 37:8-12 Be angry no more; that leads to evil. For evildoers will be destroyed and those who trust in the Lord will inherit the Land,they will enjoy great peace. The wicked plot against the righteous and grind their teeth at the sight of them, but in a little while, they will be no more, their place will be empty.

Psalm 37:13-15 The Lord will laugh at the wicked, for He sees their Day of judgement coming. They have drawn their swords to slaughter those who are honest, but they will pierce their own hearts.

Psalm 37:16-19 Better is the little which the righteous person has, than all the wealth of the wicked, for their power will be broken. The Lord watches over the upright all their days.... in famine, they will have enough.

Psalm 37:20The enemies of the Lord will perish like fuel in a furnace, they will go up in smoke.

 

Psalm 37:22Those whom the Lord has blessed will possess the Land and those who are cursed will be cut off.

Psalm 37:23-25It is the Lord who directs a person's steps, though he may fall, He will hold him firmly. I was young, but now have grown old, never have I seen the righteous forsaken.

Psalm 37:27-29If you shun evil and do good you will live at peace forever, for the Lord is a lover of justice and will not forsake His loyal servants. The lawless are banished, while the righteous will possess the Land and will live there forever.

Psalm 37:30-31The Laws of God are in the heart of the righteous and they know justice and wisdom.

Psalm 37:32-33 The wicked look to ensnare and kill the righteous, but the Lord will not leave them in their power, nor let them be condemned if brought to trial.

Psalm 37:34 Wait for the Lord and hold to His ways, He will raise you up to be masters of the Land. When the wicked are destroyed, you will be there to watch.

 

Psalm 37:37-39Observe the good person, watch those who are honest, for they leave descendants, but transgressors are wiped out, one and all - their descendants are cut off.

Psalm 37:39-40 Deliverance for the righteous comes from the Lord, their refuge in times of trouble. The Lord will help them and keep them safe from the wicked. He will save them because they seek shelter in Him.

Reference: Revised English Bible, some verses abridged

 

 This Psalm tells us very clearly, that those who put their trust in the Lord, are the ones that He will save. It is sensible to have some preparation for the coming time of troubles, but verse 5 is our best advice. Isaiah 49:10-13

 

 

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Gold and Silver Are Worthless 

Isaiah 2:6-8 The Lord has abandoned His people - the House of Jacob [the 12 tribes of Israel] They are full of superstitions from the East, and occult practices. Their lands are rich, with no end to their chariots. They have many idols and they worship what they have made.

Isaiah 2:9-18 So, mankind will be brought low, everyone will be humbled. The Lord will not forgive nor forget their sins. On the Day of the Lord's judgement, the Lord alone will be exalted, all the pride of men will be brought low. Their idols will utterly pass away.

Isaiah 2:19-22Creep into caves and try to hide from the dreaded manifestation of the Lord when He arises to strike the world with terror. On that Day, people will fling away their idols, that they have made, to the dung beetles and bats. They will panic and attempt to escape, when the Lord comes to shake the earth. Do not rely on mere mortals. What are they worth?

Isaiah 31:6-7 Israel, you have been deeply disloyal, yet, come back to your God. For on the Day of deliverance, you will spurn your idols of gold and silver, gained by the work of your hands.

 

My comments and matching verses: Israel and Judah were scattered because of their sins. Now they are following atheism and false gods. They are wealthy, but they worship materialism. [The Western nations, including the Jewish State of Israel]

On the Day of the Lord's vengeance and wrath, all people will be judged. Rev 6:12-17 Those who are arrogant and proud will be brought low. The time must come for God to restore His creation. This process will be done in several steps. Firstly a Day of Deliverance, cleansing His Land and people. Deuteronomy 32:40-43, Isaiah 63:4 Later, will come the Millennium reign of Jesus and finally the new heavens and the new earth. Revelation 21.

 

A terrifying judgement of fire will be caused by a C.M.E. sunstrike upon the earth. Isaiah 30:26-28, Ezekiel 7:1-27, Malachi 4:1. This event will mostly affect the Middle East, destroying those nations about to attack Israel. There will be no nuclear exchange, as that would cause radiation pollution in the Land.

Some of the worldwide repercussions will be oil shortages, communications disrupted, refugee problems, food shortages and economic disasters.

 

As prophesied, Righteous Israel will gather and settle in New Israel. Ezekiel 20:34-38, Isaiah 11:11-12 But the stage will be set for a One World government to be established, eventually ruled by a dictator. Daniel 8:23-26

 

Revelation 3:18 I advise you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire to make you truly rich and white robe to put on to hide the shame of your nakedness, and ointment for your eyes that you may see.

In this passage in Revelation, Jesus advises all of us to obtain the gold of His salvation, the white clothes of His righteousness and the ointment of wisdom to understand His Word.

 

 

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Chapter Nine - THE DAY OF THE LORD

 

Here are Bible passages that confirm the fact that the Day of the Lord's vengeance and wrath is some time before His glorious Return. His people, righteous Christian Israel, will then travel to the Land and live there in prosperity and peace. Eze 39:25-29

 

Isaiah 66:15 ...the Lord coming in fire [not on a cloud, in His glory, at this time],

...bringing retribution in anger [no mention of this in Rev 19:21]

Isa 66:16-17 The Lord will judge with fire and sword and test all mankind. All those unclean and wicked will die. [not just the army that will attack Jerusalem]

Isa 66:18 I will gather peoples of every tongue- they [only His people] will see My glory.

Isa 66:19 I shall put a sign on those survivors and will send them to declare My glory to all the nations. [before the Return - these are the 144,000 Rev 7 & 14, Isaiah 49:6]

Isa 66:20-21 From all the world, your fellow peoples will come, on every conveyance, like offerings to the Lord. Some will become My priests. [His people will rebuild the Temple and serve in it. 1 Peter 2:9]

Isa 66:22 As the New heavens and New earth that I am making will endure, so will your posterity endure.

Isa 66:23-24 All mankind will come to bow before Me. They will see what happened to those who rebelled against Me.[this will happen during the Millennium]

 

Jeremiah 30:3...both Israel and Judah will return to the Land.[but, first the Land is cleared and cleansed]

Jer 30:4-7 The Lord says to Israel and Judah, "How awful is that Day, a cry of terror, anguish for Jacob. [ His people will be judged and purged. Psalm 30:4-5, Eze 21:7]

Jer 30:8-9 On that Day, I will save My people. [the terrible Day of the Lord/ the Sixth Seal, a coronal mass ejection from the sun. Isaiah 30:26, Isaiah 32:15-20]

Jer 30:10-11 Do not despair, Israel, I will bring you back safely from afar.[Isa 51:3]

 

Deuteronomy 32:41-43 I will sharpen My flashing sword and take vengeance on those who hate Me. Rejoice, you heavens, He will avenge His people and cleanse their Land.. Ref: REB some verses abridged.

 

There is a wonderful logic in the promise that those people who love the Lord will live in the Promised Land and all those prophecies to His people will be fulfilled. They will settle there and be "a light to all nations" as God originally intended. [Isa 60:3 Over you, His glory will appear and nations will travel to your light]

Very soon, there will be worldwide, dramatic events, especially in the Middle East, which will completely change the area. His Christian people will go to live in all the area iof the holy Land. Isaiah 62:1-5

Ezekiel 20:34-38 ....even as I did in the wilderness of Egypt....Israel gathered, judged, cleansed and settled into the Land.

When the Lord Jesus returns, He will save those people from the attacking armies of the Anti Christ. The sudden and complete destruction of those armies as described in:

2 Esdras 13:8-11, does not match the 6th seal- Rev 6:12-17, or the many other verses describing the Lord's Day of wrath and vengeance. Amos 5:18-20, Joel 2:11

Then those Gentile people who have refused the "mark of the beast" will join them and live in the Land, [Isa 56:8] under King Jesus, for 1000 years.

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As It Was In the Days Of Noah - Signs Of This Coming Middle East Judgement 

2 Timothy 3:1-5 Remember, the final age of this world is to be a time of turmoil. People will love nothing but self and money, they will be boastful, arrogant and abusive, disobedient to parents, devoid of gratitude, piety and natural affection. They will be uncontrolled in their violence, hating all goodness, perfidious, foolhardy and self important. They will love their pleasures more than their God. While preserving the outward form of religion, they deny its power. Have nothing to do with them.

Matthew 24:4-8Jesus said: Take care that no one misleads you, for many will come in My Name, claiming to be the Messiah, fooling many people. There will be wars and rumours of wars, earthquakes and famines. Do not be alarmed, all these things are the birth pangs of the new age.

Jeremiah 10:1-2 Listen, Israel, to the Lord: Do not fall into the ways of the nations, do not be terrified by signs in the heavens, it is the nations who go in terror of these.

Isaiah 3:1-9 The Lord is about to strip Judah [the State of Israel] of every prop and stay - all their leaders and wise counsellors. I shall appoint youths - they will govern as their whim takes them. Oppression and arrogance will prevail.

Micah 4:11-12 But now, many nations are massed against you, they say: Let Zion suffer, we will gloat over her downfall. They do not know the Lord's purpose - for He has gathered them like sheaves for threshing.

Psalm 83 1-8 Do not keep silent, God, for your enemies raise an uproar. They devise a cunning plot against Your people. Let us wipe them out, so the name of Israel will be remembered no more.

Psalm 37:13-15 The Lord will laugh at the wicked, their judgement is coming. They have prepared their weapons, but their swords will pierce their own hearts.

Deuteronomy 32:34-35 All this [punishment]I have in reserve, sealed up in My storehouses, until the Day of vengeance; till the moment when their foot slips, for the day of their downfall is near, their doom is fast approaching.

Psalm 60:4-5 But to those who fear You, You have raised a banner, to which they may escape from the bow [battle] Save with Your right hand [Jesus]and respond, that those dear to You may be delivered.

Zechariah 10:6 I shall give triumph to the House of Judah [the Jews] and victory to theHouse of Joseph[Ephraim and Manasseh- UK & USA]In My compassion, I shall restore them, they will be as I had never cast them off, for I am their God and I shall answer them.

Isaiah 35:1-10Let the wilderness be glad, let the Land flower. Say to the anxious: be strong, fear not. A highway will appear and the redeemed of the Lord will return to Zion and enter with shouts of joy. Ref: REB. Some verses abridged. 

 

 Isaiah says: Israel's [Judah's] leadership will be incompetent. The surrounding [Islamic] nations will form an alliance. Then, as prophesied in Deuteronomy 32:35 - their "foot will slip", meaning they make the mistake of attacking Israel, then their doom is upon them.

Great is the promises to His people - be strong, fear not.

 

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THE LORD'S WRATH - How Will It Happen? 

This much prophesied, still to come, Lord's Day of vengeance and wrath - will happen at the same time as Israel's enemies commence their attack. A nuclear exchange in the Middle East does not fit this worldwide event as described:

Ezekiel 7:14 The trumpet has sounded, but no one goes to war, for the Lord calls forth His wrath.

Isaiah 34:5 For My sword appears in heaven, it descends in judgement.

Psalm 11:6 The Lord is in heaven, raining fiery coals onto the wicked.

Isaiah 66:15-16 See, the Lord is coming in fire, like a whirlwind. He will judge with fire, His sword will test mankind and many will be slain by Him.

Isaiah 33:10-12Now I shall arise, says the Lord, I will exalt Myself. You will be as chaff and stubble, a wind like fire will consume you. Whole nations will be heaps of white ash, like thorns cut down and set on fire.

Psalm 144:5-6 Lord, part the heavens. Make lightning flashes far and wide.

Isaiah 30:30 Then the Lord will make His voice heard in majesty...descending in fierce anger with devouring flames of fire amid storms and hail.

Jeremiah 30:23-24 See what a scorching wind has gone out from God, a sweeping whirlwind which whirls around the heads of the wicked. The Lord's fierce anger is not to be turned aside until He has fully accomplished His purposes.

In Days to come you will understand.

 

Isaiah 29:5-6 Yet, the horde of Your enemies will crumble into dust, fly away like chaff. Suddenly in an instant punishment will come from the Lord, with storms, thunder, earthquakes and great noise and a flame of devouring fire.

Isaiah 9:19 The land is scorched by the Lord, the people are like fuel for the fire.

Isaiah 10:17 The Light of Israel will become a fire, its Holy One a flame, which, in one day will burn up and consume His thorns and briars.

Isaiah 30:26 On the Day that the Lord saves His people, the sun will shine with seven times its usual brightness, like seven days in one and the moon will be as bright as the sun.

Isaiah 30:27-28 See; the Lord comes from afar, His anger blazing and His doom heavy. His lips are charged with wrath and His tongue is a devouring fire. His breath is like a torrent in spate. He sieves out the nations for destruction.

 

What these (and other) prophecies say, seems to me to be describing sunspot activity.

The usual 11 year cycle increase of sunspots, due in 2010/11, did not eventuate. It seems that the sun may be building up to a big coronal mass ejection. This can happen very rapidly and reach earth within hours, capable of causing enormous damage and deaths worldwide. All electrical and communications systems, industry, transport, you name it, could be destroyed, or at least severely damaged. Armies would be back to 1800's technology.

 

Isaiah 30:29But for you there will be songs and gladness of heart to the Lord, the Rock of Israel.

Isaiah 31:5Like a hovering bird, the Lord will be a shield over Jerusalem, sparing and rescuing her.

Psalm 60:4-5To those who fear You, You have raised a banner to which they may escape from the bow. Save with Your strong hand, so that those whom You love may be kept safe. Reference; Revised English Bible, some verses abridged

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PSALM 144 - Lord, Part the Heavens 

Psalm 144:1-2 Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for battle. My unfailing help, my strong tower and shield, in which I trust. He who subdues nations under me.

Psalm 144:3-4 Lord; what are humans, that You should care for them? They are no more than a puff of wind or a fleeting shadow.

 

Psalm 144:5-6 Lord; part the heavens and come down- touch the mountains, so that they pour forth smoke. Discharge Your lightning flashes far and wide and send Your arrows to rout Your enemies.

Psalm 144:7-8 & 11 Reach down Your hand from on high, rescue me from the mighty waters, from the power of foreigners, whose every word is worthless, every oath false.

 

Psalm 144:9-10 I shall sing a new song to You, my God - I will make music to You. God, you give victory to Kings and deliverance to Your servant, David - rescue me from the cruel sword.

 

Psalm 144:12-14 Then our sons and daughters will thrive in beauty, like healthy plants. Our barns will be filled, our sheep will increase by the thousands. Our cattle will be fat and strong. There will be no miscarriages or untimely births. No cries of distress in our streets.

Psalm 144:15 Happy is the people who are so blessed! The people whose God is the Lord.

 

My comments and matching verses:

v 1 Until the Lord Jesus returns, His people still have to fight their battles and need to be trained and equipped, but He is their strength and guide against His enemies.

v 2 In God we trust, He will give the victory. Romans 8:31

v 3-4 Our lives are short, why does the Lord care about us? Job 14:1-2

v 5 The Lord is asked to display His power in order to rescue His people from their enemies. Jeremiah 30:10, Psalm 83:13-18

v 6 This describes the Lord's Day of vengeance. Isaiah 63:1-6, Zephaniah 1:14-18

v 7-8 & 11 Lord in heaven, help Your people, threatened by many nations [mighty waters]. The clue to who these nations are is that they are foreigners who tell lies and break treaties. The Islamic code of 'Al Takeyya" means 'hide your strategy'. Muslims are allowed, even encouraged, to use whatever means necessary to defeat and kill infidels. Psalm 83:1-8.

v 10 Lord, You have given Your servants victory in the past, rescue Your people now we ask. 2 Samuel 8:14

v 12-15 His people, righteous Israel, are settled in the Land after it is cleared of all evil and apostate people in the Day of vengeance. They grow and prosper in the Promised Land. Isaiah 25:9

Reference, REB. Some verses abridged.

 

 

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I WILL MAKE YOUR ENEMIES A FOOTSTOOL 

Psalm 110:1 This is the Lord's oracle to My Lord. [Y'hovah speaking to Jesus]

Sit at My right hand and I shall make your enemies your footstool.

Psalm 110:2 The Lord extends your Kingly power, saying; from Zion, reign over Your enemies. [authority given to Jesus to judge Y'hovah's enemies.]

Psalm 110:3 You gain the homage of Your people. Clothed in holy garments, you are as a glorious youth.

Psalm 110:4 The Lord has sworn an oath - You are My High priest forever.

[verse 3&4 talk about Jesus during the Millennial period.]

 

Psalm 110:5 The Lord [Jesus] at Your right hand - He crushes Kings on the Day of His wrath.[Haggai 2:22 I shall overthrow Kings and break the power of nations.]

Psalm 110:6 In glorious majesty, He judges the nations, shattering heads throughout the world.

Isaiah 66:15-16 See; the Lord is coming in fire. His sword will test mankind.

Habakkuk 3:12 Furiously, You traverse the earth, in anger You trample down the nations.

Deuteronomy 32:42 I shall make My arrows drunk with blood. My sword will devour flesh and pour out the blood of My enemies.

Psalm 110:7 He will drink from the stream on His way, therefore He will hold His head high. [The Lord Jesus will gain strength for His task and carry it out with justice and righteousness.]

This Psalm describes how God empowers the Lord Jesus to carry out the task of delivering God's wrath and vengeance to the earth.

 

Wisdom of Solomon 18:15-16....when Your all powerful Word leapt from your Royal throne in heaven, into the midst of that doomed land, like a relentless warrior, bearing the sharp sword of Your inflexible decree. He stood and spread death everywhere.

Psalm 2:7-9 I shall announce the decree of the Lord; You are My Son, He said to Me, this day I became Your Father. Ask of Me what You will - I shall give You nations as Your domain, the earth to its farthest ends as Your possession, You will break them with a rod of iron; shatter them like an earthen pot.

 

Luke 3:15-17 The people wondered whether John the Baptist was the Messiah, but he spoke out, saying; I baptize you with water, but One is coming who will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. His winnowing fork is ready in hand, to clear His threshing floor and gather the wheat into His granary; but the chaff He will burn on a fire that can never be put out.

Hebrews 10:12-13 Christ, having offered for all time a single sacrifice, He took His seat at God's right hand, where He now waits until His enemies are made His footstool.

Hebrews 10:26-27 If we persist in sin, there remains only a terrifying judgement of fire, which will consume God's enemies. Reference: REB. 

 

 

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Nahum the prophet

Nahum 1:1-2 An oracle of the Lord against His enemies. The Lord is a jealous and avenging God. He directs His wrath against those who refuse Him.

Nahum 1:3The Lord is slow to anger and of great power. He will not let the guilty go unpunished.

Nahum 1:4-6 He causes droughts and earthquakes. Who can stand before His anger and wrath poured out like fire, rocks shatter before Him.

Nahum 1:7-8The Lord is a refuge in times of trouble - He cares for those who trust Him

Nahum 1:9-10 Why do you conspire against the Lord? He will make an end of you.

Nahum 1:11 From you, Assyria, one has come forth, a wicked counsellor - plotting evil against the Lord.

Nahum 1:14 Assyria; this is what the Lord has ordained for you. I will destroy you and your idols. Your grave is ready, for you are of no account. Isa 31:8-9

 

Nahum 1:12-13 The Lord says; Judah, though your punishment has been great, yet it will pass away and be gone. Your enemies are many, but they will be gone and the yoke laid on you will be lifted.

Nahum 1:15 Look; here is the one who brings good news, who proclaims peace. Keep your festivals, Judah and fulfil your vows. No more will your enemies invade you, they are totally destroyed.

Nahum 2:2The Lord will restore the pride of Israel [all 12 tribes], though enemies have ravaged them. Reference: REB, NIV. Some verses abridged.

 

Nahum chapters 2 & 3 describes the enemies of the Lord, portrayed by Assyria, as it was destroyed in ancient times, but also what will happen in the future to those who reject the Lord and persecute His people. 

Nahum: His name means "comfort, consolation". He lived about 660 to 610BC, so, after the Assyrian conquest of the Northern tribes of Israel, but before the Babylonian conquest of Judah in 585BC. Capernaum literally means 'the village of Nahum". 

Nahum shows God to be slow to anger, but One who by no means will clear the guilty and will bring His vengeance and retribution to pass. Nineveh was conquered by the Medes and Persians in 612BC as predicted so graphically by Nahum - squadrons of horses charging madly...troops dressed in scarlet...the palace topples down...slave girls moaning like doves...myriads of slain, heaps of corpses...all who hear of your fate clap hands, etc. 

But, chapter one particularly, must be future prophecy as well, as Paul quotes Nahum 1:15 in Romans 10:15. Nahum 1:11 says about a 'wicked counsellor' who comes from Assyria. This may refer to the Anti Christ, still to come. Then in Nahum 1:12-13 specifically says that Judah is being punished, but soon their enemies will pass away. 

Today, the persecution of the Jews still continues - pogroms, the Holocaust, anti Semitism, etc. Therefore, this prophecy is yet to be completed. The final Judgement of Judah will happen at the same time as the punishment of their enemies. Jeremiah 12:14

 

 

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Let all the earth listen;

Isaiah 34:1-3 Approach, you nations and listen - attend you peoples. Let the earth listen, all the world and all that is in it.For the Lord's anger is against all the nations and His wrath upon all their armies. He has given them over to slaughter and destruction. [Joel 2:1-11] Their slain will be flung out and their blood will cover the ground. Their dead bodies will stink. Jeremiah 25:33

Isaiah 34:4-5 All the host of heaven will fade away. The sky will roll up as a scroll.

For My sword appears in heaven and descends in judgement on Edom - on a people whom I have doomed for destruction. Jeremiah 49:7-22

 

Isaiah 34:6-17 The Lord has a sword covered in blood - the blood of lambs and goats.

For the Lord has a sacrifice in Bozrah  and a great slaughter in Edom. Their land will drink deep of their blood and be enriched by their fat. Obadiah 1-21

For the Lord has a Day of vengeance, a time for retribution, to uphold Zion's cause. Zechariah 9:14-17 Edom's rivers will be turned into pitch and its soil into brimstone. Smoke from it will rise forever, no one will ever again pass through it. The owl and raven will make it their home. All wild birds and beasts will have their place in that land. Jeremiah 9:7-22 Ref. Revised English Bible, some verses abridged. 

 

From verse 4, we get the clue that this terrible Day of the Lords vengeance is also the Sixth Seal - Rev 6:12-17 .....There was a violent earthquake; the sun turned black and the moon red as blood, stars fell to the earth, the sky vanished like a scroll being rolled up. The kings of the earth, the rich and powerful, and all men hid themselves in caves and under rocks: they called out for the earth to hide them from the One who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb. For the great Day of their vengeance has come and who can stand? Isaiah 2:12-21

Isaiah 63:1-6... the judgement on Edom and Bozrah. Edom= the ungodly nations."A people doomed for destruction". Bozrah= the sheepfold, must be cleansed to be the place of safety, to which the elect will be taken, during the Tribulation. A place "at the end of the earth" a place as far as possible from Israel. Revelation 12:13-16

 

Continuing on, in Rev 7:1-8 After that......Do not damage anything further until we have set the seal of God upon His servants.

These are the 144,000 from all the 'vast multitude', Rev 7:9, who will be assigned into the 12 tribes of Israel. They go out in pairs to spread the good news of the coming Kingdom of God. Isaiah 66:19, Luke 10:1-10 - 72+72X1000 = 144,000 This proves Christian Israel must gather into the Land soon after it is cleansed. Then in Rev 7:9-17 [again] After that-This is a description of the Millennial glories and blessings, so the Lord's Day of vengeance must be before the Return.

Isaiah 30:26 describes the sun being 7 times stronger and these passages in Isaiah 34 and Rev 6 describe the results of that event - fires and 'smoke rising forever'.

The effect of 'the sky rolled up like a scroll' ' will be what would happen if a huge coronal mass ejection was exploded out from the sun and pushed aside the magnosphere, as it struck the earth. It would cause terrible loss of life and devastation worldwide. Malachi 4:1 and about 70 other verses prophesy about this forthcoming fire judgement on all the earth's nations.

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God will judge Mankind - His People Redeemed 

Nahum 1:1-3The Lord is a jealous and avenging God, slow to anger and of great power. He will not let the guilty go unpunished.

Isaiah 5:16 The Lord is exalted by judgement and by righteousness.

Exodus 34:7 The Lord does not leave the guilty unpunished.

Hebrews 10:26-27 For if we deliberately persist in sin after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there can be no further expiation for our sins, only a terrifying expectation of judgement in a fierce fire which will consume God's enemies.

Isaiah 26:21 The Lord is coming from His dwelling place to punish the people of the earth for their sins. The sins of the guilty will be revealed.

Psalm 21:8-9 Your hand will reach all your enemies, fire will totally consume them.

Psalm 110:5-6 The Lord crushes kings on the Day of His wrath. He judges the nations.

Habakkuk 3:12 Furiously, You traverse the earth and trample the nations.

Isaiah 63:1-6Who is this coming in His strength, from Edom, Bozrah, with his garments stained red? I trampled the nations in My anger, for the Day of vengeance and the year for redeeming My own had come. [Then, much later in Revelation 19:13, Jesus Returns, to commence His Millennial reign, wearing blood stained garments.]

Ezekiel 7:2-4 The end is coming to all the earth, I shall unleash My anger upon the Land of Israel. I shall neither pity nor spare you, I shall make you suffer for your conduct. Doom is upon you - the Day is near, a Day of panic and you will know that the Lord struck you.[The current inhabitants of the Middle East will be judged. Jeremiah 14:12]

Isaiah 30: 26-28 On the Day the Lord saves His [righteous]people, the sun will shine 7 times brighter and the moon will be as bright as the sun. The Lord comes from afar, with burning anger and dense smoke. His breath is a consuming fire. He shakes the nations in a sieve of destruction. He places a bit into the mouths of the peoples.

Isaiah 30: 30-33Then, the Lord will make His voice heard in majesty and reveal His arm descending in fierce anger with devouring fire and tempests of hail. Assyria will be punished [Isaiah 31:8] The Lord will set ablaze a fire pit in Topeth. [a valley beside Jerusalem.]

 

Isaiah 30:29 But for you there will be songs, as on a feast day. Your hearts will rejoice, as you go up with music to the Mountain of the Lord, to the Rock of Israel.

Isaiah 29:17-20 In a very short time Lebanon [Greater Israel] will return to garden land On that Day, the deaf will hear and the blind will see. The lowly and poor will rejoice and exult in the Holy One of Israel, but the sinners and arrogant will cease to exist.

Isaiah 29:22-24The Lord says: This is no time for Jacob to be shamed or frightened, for his descendants will hallow My Name when they see what I have done, the work of My hand. They will regard God with awe and worship the Holy One of Israel. Then the confused will gain understanding and the obstinate will accept instruction. Ref: REB, NIV, KJV. Some verses abridged.

 

These Bible passages describing the Lord's judgement of fire on His enemies are paralleled by Revelation 6:12-17 - the Sixth Seal event. THEN: "in a very short time", for His Righteous Christian people, there will be rejoicing as they gather and settle in the Promised Land.

Isaiah 30:15 In calm detachment lies your safety, your strength in quiet trust. There is no indication that any of these events occur at the time of the Return of Jesus in His glory. Therefore it all happens before then.

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THE ARROWS OF GOD'S JUDGEMENT 

What are the 'arrows' of the Lord? In Deuteronomy 32:18 God says to the Israelites; Youforsook the Creator who begot you and ceased to care for the God who brought you to birth.

Deut. 32:23-24 Therefore, I shall heap disasters upon you and expend My arrows of hunger, plague and bitter pestilence. Wild beasts will attack and snakes will poison you. Also in Job 6:4The arrows of the Almighty have found their mark in me and my spirit has been poisoned.

 

But, it seems that there are worse kinds - arrows of fire.

Psalm 7:12-13 The enemy strings his bow, makes ready. It is against himself that he has prepared his deadly shafts - arrows tipped with fire.

Psalm 144:5-6 Lord, part the heavens, come down to us. Make lightening flashes far and wide, send Your arrows flying.

Habakkuk 3:9-11 You string Your bow and fill Your quiver with arrows. At the flash of Your arrows, the sun and moon stand still.

 

Zechariah 9:14 The Lord will appear over them, His arrows will flash like lightening.

2 Samuel 22:14-15God thundered from the heavens. He loosed arrows and sped them far and wide.

Psalm 64:7 God with His arrows shoots down evildoers. Sudden is their overthrow.

Psalm 77:17 The skies thundered and Your arrows flashed hither and thither.

Psalm 45:5 Your arrows are sharp, nations lie beneath your feet.

 

Zechariah 9:13 Judah the bow, Ephraim the arrow. [The House of Judah, the Jews and Ephraim, the leader of The House of Israel, together against the Lord's enemies.]

Zechariah 9:14 The Lord will appear over them. His arrows will flash like lightening.

 

Then, there will be peace and prosperity for His people, in the Land of New Israel, before the Return of Jesus. This fulfils many prophecies. They will show the nations the right way to live and the Lord will bless them.

Psalm 76:1-3 In Judah God is known, His dwelling in Zion. There He has broken the flashing arrows and all weapons of war. [arrows: military slang for nuclear weapons]

Reference, Revised English Bible, some verses abridged 

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The Song Of David 

The song of David at his deliverance from his enemies is also prophetic, as the events described did not happen at that time. This song is repeated in Psalm 18. 

2 Samuel 22:2-51 The Lord is my champion, the Rock in which I find shelter. My refuge, my Deliverer, who saves me from violence.

I shall call to the Lord - to whom all praises are due and He will keep me safe. Although death surrounds me, in anguish I cried to the Lord. He heard me from His Temple, my cry reached His ears. 

The earth quaked, shaking because of His anger. Smoke, devouring fire and searing heatcame out from Him as He parted the heavens and came down to the earth, flying on the back of a cherub. He swooped down on the winds with darkness and vapour as His covering. Thick clouds came from the radiance before Him and glowing coals burned brightly. God thundered from the heavens, the Most High raised His voice. He loosed arrows far and wide. At the blast of His breath, the channels of the sea and the foundations of the earth are laid bare. Revelation 6:12-17, Zephaniah 1:14-18 

He reached down from on high and rescued me from my enemies when they had become too powerful for me. They confronted me in my hour of peril, but the Lord delivered me. He brought me into liberty because he delighted in me. The Lord repaid me as my righteousness deserved. For I have kept the commandments of the Lord and not turned to wickedness. I have never failed to follow His decrees and because I was spotless in His eyes, He has rewarded me as I deserved. 

To the loyal, You show Yourself loyal - to the pure You show Yourself pure. You bring humble folk to safety and You humiliate those who are proud. You have given me the shield of Your salvation, my feet have not slipped. I strike down my foes, I set my foot on my enemies' neck and I wipe out those who hate me. Like mud on the streets, I shall trample them. You set me free from and make me a master of nations. A people that I never knew will be my subjects. Foreigners will submit to me in fear and trembling.

Therefore, Lord, I shall praise You among the nations as one who keeps faith with His anointed, with David and his descendants forever.

The Lord lives! Blessed is my Rock! Reference: REB some verses abridged.

 

 This Bible passage in Samuel 22 and Psalm 18, although written by David as a praise and thanks to the Lord - is also a prophecy. Verses 8 to 16 describe an event that did not take place in his lifetime, it describes the Lord's Day of vengeance and wrath, prophesied in many other passages. This fills in the details of how the Lord will not be seen on that Day and how 'devouring fire' will consume His enemies. Isaiah 63:1-6 and other verses, it says how the Lord will 'trample the nations'. Isaiah 30:26 gives the method of this judgement - the sun will shine with seven times its normal brightness.

A massive coronal mass ejection from the sun will result in the literal fulfilment of these prophesies.

 

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OBADIAH - The Day Of The Lord is At Hand 

Obadiah 15 The Day of the Lord is at hand for all the nations, your deeds will recoil on your own heads. [The Day of the Lord's vengeance and wrath.] 

Obadiah 16 The drink that My own people drink on My holy mountain,[the judgement of Judah] all the nations must drink it too and be as though they never were.  [The cup of God's wrath]

Obadiah 17 But on Mt Zion there will be a remnant which will be holy. They will dispossess their enemies. [The Messianic Jews will be saved. 2 Kings 19:30-31] 

Obadiah 18 Then the House of Jacob [all 12 tribes] will be a fire, the House of Joseph [The two tribes of Ephraim (Britain) and Manasseh (USA) ] will be a flame and the House of Esau [Islamic nations] will be a stubble, they will burn them up, no survivors

Obadiah 19 My people will possess the Negev, Jordan and Gaza. All the West Bank, Gilead and the Golan [Parts of Jordan and Syria. The whole of the Promised Land will be taken over.] 

Obadiah 20 Exiles from the House of Israel [the ten northern tribes] will possess the main part of the Land and exiles from the House of Judah[the Jewish people] willpossess the Southern areas

Obadiah 21 Your leaders will rule over what was Edom[Jordan, Syria and Lebanon] and the Kingdom will belong to the Lord.

 

Reference; Revised English Bible, some verses abridged. 

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VENGEANCE IS MINE SAYS THE LORD - I WILL REPAY 

The prophet Balaam: -

Numbers 24:15-19 The word of Balaam, son of Beor, whose sight is clear, the word of him who shares the knowledge of the Most High. I see a vision from the Almighty. I behold Him, but not near; a star will come from Israel. He will smite His enemies. Edom will be conquered. Israel will do valiant deeds.

[This seems to fit the Lord's judgement in His Day of vengeance and wrath]

 

Numbers 24:23-24 Alas, who are these assembling in the North? Invaders from the region of Kittim? [Kittim = Japhetic peoples] They will lay waste to Assyria and Eber[lands to the North and east of Israel] They will perish utterly.

[This may be referring to the attack by Gog's army, during the period that righteous Israel are living in the Land, before the Return of Jesus.]

 

The prophet Moses: -

Deuteronomy 32:31 The enemies of the Lord have no Rock like Israel has.

Their fruit is like that of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Deuteronomy 32:33-34 The wine [of My enemies]is like snake poison. All this, the Lordkeeps in reserve, sealed up until the Day of disaster. The Day of their downfall is near, their doom is fast approaching.Vengeance is Mine, says the Lord - I will repay.

Deuteronomy 32:41 When I have sharpened My flashing sword and set My hand to judgement, then I shall punish My adversaries and wreak vengeance on My foes. I shall make My arrows drunk with blood, My sword will devour flesh and pour out the blood of My enemies.

Deuteronomy 32:43 Rejoice with Him, you heavens, for He will avenge His people. He will punish those who hate Him and cleanse His people's Land.

Deuteronomy 33:29 Blessed are you, Israel, set free. The Lord shields and guards you. Your enemies are conquered, they will pay homage to you.

 

Deuteronomy 4:25-40 ....if you do what is wrong in the eyes of the Lord, He will scatter you among the nations. Seek the Lord and you will find Him. ..... the Lord will not forget the covenant that He made with your forefathers.

 

Psalm 68:20-21 Our God is a God who saves, to the Lord belong all who escape from death. God Himself smites His enemies, those proud sinners with their long hair.

Psalm 68:22-23 The Lord says; I shall bring them back from Bashan and the sea. So that you can bathe your feet in their blood and your dogs will lick it up.

Reference, REB, NIV, KJV. Some verses abridged.

 

 "Blessed is Israel, set free! The Lord shields and guards you."These are wonderful promises to His people. The Land will be cleansed and they will be brought out of the nations to occupy all of the Promised Land. They will seek the Lord and He will respond. He will guide and protect them as He did for their spiritual forefathers. This will all happen before the Return of Jesus.

 

 

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THE LORD'S DAY OF VENGEANCE 

There will be a great Day of vengeance against the enemies of the Lord and it seems that it may be the next dramatic happening that we will experience here on earth.

Isaiah 42:14-15 Long have I restrained Myself, kept silent and held Myself in check. Now I shall lay waste to the land and dry up the pools and rivers.

 

Isaiah 63:1-6 Who is this coming from Edom?...in power and victory...I trampled the nations in My anger, their blood stained My garments. I resolved on a Day of vengeance, the year for redeeming My own had come.

Revelation 14:14-16...there appeared a Man wearing a gold crown and with a sickle in His hand. He swept over the earth with His sickle and the earth was reaped. 

These two passages describe the Lord Jesus carrying out Y'hovah's judgement on His enemies. This must take place before His glorious Return because He is described as coming robed in a garment dyed in blood. Revelation 19:13

 

Isaiah 66:15-16 See, the Lord is coming in fire,[not on the clouds, in glory, at this time]His sword will test mankind. Many will be slain. Those who do magic and eat unclean things will all meet their end.

Micah 5:15 In anger and fury, I shall wreak vengeance on the nations who disobey Me.

Psalm 50:3 Our God is coming, a consuming fire and a raging storm.

Habakkuk 3:12 Furiously You traverse the earth, in anger You trample down the nations.

Isaiah 59:15-18 The Lord was displeased...outraged... so He put on garments of vengeance. According to their wicked deeds, He will repay.

Malachi 4:1 The Day comes, burning like a furnace, all evildoers will be stubble.

Hebrews 10:27 A terrifying judgement of fire that will consume God's enemies.

 

So, the Lord's vengeance is to be as 'a consuming fire, burning like a furnace'. This can be paralleled by Ezekiel 20:46-47...I am about to kindle a fire in the Negev, its fiery flame will scorch everyone to the North. This passage and others, could describe a coronal mass ejection from the sun. This will happen at the moment the attackers of Israel prepare to strike. Isaiah 21:2... Advance Elam, up Media to the siege! Do not hesitate! [Elam & Media = Iran] Many prophecies tell of the destruction of Israel's attackers.

 

1 Peter 4:17-18 For it is time for the judgement to begin - it is beginning with God's own

household. [ In the Land]

Jeremiah 12:14-17 These are the words of the Lord; all those evil peoples who have encroached onto the Land, which I allotted to My people, Israel as their holding, I shall uproot them. Also I shall uproot Judah, but I shall have pity on them and bring them back, IF they learn the ways [faith]of My People. The nation that will not change its ways, I shall destroy.

 

This passage clearly tells about the clearance of the Land of Israel, which will happen as a result of the Lord's Day of vengeance and wrath. Then it says that some Jews may return, provided they believe in the Lord Jesus. This infers that by then, His people, Christian Israel, will have returned and settled in the Land. Reference: R.E.Bible, some verses abridged.

 

 

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The Lord's Day of Vengeance and The Day of the Lord. 

2 Thessalonians 1:7-9 ... when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in blazing fire. Then he will mete out punishment to those who refuse to acknowledge God and who will not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will suffer the penalty of eternal destruction, cut off from the presence of God.

2 Thessalonians 1:10 When, on that great Day He comes to reveal His glory amongst His own and His majesty to all believers.                       Jesus is revealed only to all believers at this time. Revelation 14:1

 

1/ The Day of Vengeance and the wrath of God;

Isaiah 63:4 I resolved on a Day of Vengeance - the time for redeeming My own had come.

Isaiah 66:15 See, the Lord is coming in fire, His sword will test mankind.

Micah 5:15 In anger and fury, I shall wreak vengeance on the nations who disobey Me.

Habakkuk 3:12 Furiously You trample down the nations.

Malachi 4:1 The Day comes; burning like a furnace, all evildoers will be stubble.

Hebrews 10:27 A terrifying judgement of fire that will consume God's enemies.

Isaiah 30:26 On the day that the Lord saves His people, [Christian Israel] the sun will shine with seven times its usual brightness and the moon will be as bright as the sun.

Revelation 14:17-20 ..the angel with authority over fire....blood for 200 miles.

So, we see that the first event is coming in fire with the sun super hot. [a solar flare - CME]

 

2/ The Glorious Return of the Lord Jesus;

Matthew 24:29-31 As soon as this time of distress has passed [the Tribulation] the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give light, the stars will fall and all the heavenly bodies will be shaken. Then all the peoples will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. With a trumpet blast He will send His angels to gather His chosen from the fartherest corners of the world.                          These will be the 'woman' of Rev 12, from their place of safety, plus the Gentile people who have kept faithful to the Lord.

Revelation 19:11-21....the Return of Jesus and the destruction of Satan's armies, by His sword, not by fire. 

It is clear that there will be two judgements against His enemies, the first to happen soon, that being the Lord's Day of vengeance and wrath, a worldwide event, but particularly affecting the Middle East. Jeremiah 9:25-26 This will enable His people, Righteous Israel to resettle the Land. Ezekiel 20:34, Isaiah 11:11-12 

Then, the next judgement is against the armies of the Anti Christ, at the Return of Jesus. Zechariah 14:3, Revelation 19:17-21 

Note, that in Revelation 19:13 Jesus returns in a garment dyed in blood. In Isaiah 63:3 Hetramples the nations....and their blood spattered all his clothing. From this and the sequence in 2 Thessalonians, we can say that the Day of the Lord's wrath is the Sixth Seal [Revelation 6:12-17] and will be the first event of the prophesied end time happenings.

 

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Judgement Of Fire 

Malachi 4:1 The Day comes, burning like a furnace, all arrogant evildoers will be as stubble, they will be destroyed in a fiery blaze.

Psalm 11:4-6 The Lord is in heaven, raining fiery coals upon the wicked.

Hebrews 10:27...a terrifying judgement of fire, that will consume God's enemies.

2 Thessalonians 1:6-9 It is just that God should send affliction on those who afflict you, when the Lord is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in blazing fire. He will punish those who refuse to acknowledge or obey God. They will suffer the penalty of eternal destruction, cut off from the Lord. [verse 10 tells of the later Return of Jesus in His glory.]

Isaiah 30:26-30 On the Day the Lord saves His people, the sun will shine with 7 times itsnormal strength and the Lord will make His voice heard in majesty, His arm descending in fierce anger with devouring flames of fire, amid rain and hail storms.

Psalm 144:5-6 Lord part the heavens, make lightning flashes far and wide.

Isaiah 34:5 For My sword appears in the heavens, it descends in judgement.

Isaiah 66:15-17The Lord is coming in fire, like a whirlwind, He will judge with fire.His sword will test mankind, many will be slain by Him.

Isaiah 29:5-6 Yet, the horde of your enemies will crumble into dust, fly away like chaff. Suddenly, in an instant, punishment will come from the Lord, with storms, earthquakes and a flame of devouring fire.

 

Isaiah 9:18-19 The Land is scorched by the Lord, the people are fuel for the fire.

Deuteronomy 32:41-43 I will sharpen My flashing sword and take vengeance on those who hate Me. Rejoice, you heavens the Lord will avenge His people and cleanse their Land.

Isaiah 33:14 Sinners in Zion quake with terror- can any live in this devouring fire?

Jeremiah 21:14 I shall punish Judah as they deserve, I shall set fire to your scrubland.

Ezekiel 20:45-48Prophesy to the scrubland of the Negev, I am about to kindle a fire in you- it will consume everything flammable. From the Negev, northward, everyone will be scorched by it. Reference: REB, NIV. Verses abridged.

 

 All of these prophecies describe an event that cannot be reconciled with the Return of Jesus. At that time, He destroys the armies of the Anti Christ, by His sword. Zechariah 14:3, Revelation 19:15 & 21 They do not match the "sheep and goat" judgement in Matthew 25:31-46 Also, at the end of the Millennium, the armies of the nations again attack - Revelation 20:7-10, but the context of the above passages rules out their application to that event.

We see, in Deuteronomy 32, that this judgement will cleanse the Land. Many verses tell of a fire judgement upon Judah [the Jews] and the surrounding enemies, this will not be a nuclear exchange, as that would pollute the Land. "Flames of devouring fire" - "fire in the Negev"- "arrows like lightning"- "consuming fire",etc, all describe what would happen if a Coronal Mass Ejection [C.M.E.] struck the Middle East. The resulting population clearance, will allow the fulfilment of the many prophecies which say how the Lord's people, righteous Christian Israel will gather and settle there. These events will disrupt the world economy and set the stage for the One World government and the Anti Christ.

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Like the Dawn, It Covers The Earth

Joel 1:15 The day is near, the day of the Lord it comes as a mighty destruction from Almighty God.

Joel 2:1-5 Blow the trumpet in Israel, sound the alarm in Jerusalem. Let all who live in the Land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming - it is close at hand. A Day of darkness and clouds. Like the dawn, an innumerable host comes across the land, such as never was and will never be again. A fire goes before them, leaving wasteland behind. With a great noise they leap mountains and consume things to stubble.

Joel 2:6-11 At the sight of them, all the nations are in anguish. They march in line, none swerving against any defence. They rush upon cities and enter houses through the windows. The earth quakes and the sky is darkened. The Lord thunders at the head of His army, beyond number are those who obey His command. The Day of the Lord is great and dreadful, who can endure it?

Joel 1:6-12 & 19-20 This invading host destroys trees and crops. Fire has burnt the pastures and trees. All the streams have dried up.

 

The Day of the Lord, as described by Joel, is not the judgement at the Return of Jesus or the Great White Throne judgement. It is an event before then, also prophesied in Isaiah 2:12-21, Revelation 6:12-17, Ezekiel 7:2-9 and elsewhere.

Joel uses the metaphor of an army to describe how this destruction moves across the earth as it rotates - 'like the dawn'. As countries turn to face the sun, the effects of a coronal mass ejection - sunstrike will hit them. Initially, it will strike the earth as a light flash [Isa. 30:26a] within 8 minutes, then the highly charged cosmic particles will arrive 24 hours later, causing immense destruction and deaths. Fires and volcanic eruptions will result in smoke and ash clouds, covering the sky. Isaiah 29:5-6, Psalm 18:7-15 Judah [the current State of Israel] is affected - Hosea 8:14, Ezekiel 20:45-48,Isaiah 4:3-4 and all the Lord's enemies: Isaiah 22:5-14, Psalm 83:14-18, Isaiah 63:1-6 and many others, a worldwide event.

 

Psalm 83:14-18, says how He will act when His enemies 'foot will slip'. Deut. 32:35 That is they make a mistake. That mistake will be their instigating an attack against Israel.

 

Malachi 4:1-2 Surely the day of the Lord is coming, it will burn like a furnace. All the evildoers will be as stubble, they will be burned up. But for you, who revere My Name, righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. You will rejoice and prevail over the wicked on the day that I act against them. Isaiah 26:11 & 20-21.

 

THEN the many prophecies that describe the return of all Israel, Christians from every tribe [of Israel] nation and language, into the Promised Land will come to pass. The great exodus of His people will fulfil the promises that God made to the Patriarchs and they will at last be a people that will be a 'light to the nations'. They will prepare themselves and the world for the Return of Jesus. Ezekiel 35:11-30, Ezekiel 36:8-12, Deuteronomy 30:1-10, Zech. 10:6-12, Isaiah 46:27-28, Ezekiel 39:25-29

 

That Jesus is not yet present at this time, is clear from the many verses saying: 'Youwill know that I am the Lord, when'... And how it 'will be as in the days of Egypt'.

Ezekiel 39:22, Joel 2:27, Isaiah 41:20 Reference: REB, NIV. Some verses abridged

 

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Stuff Of Nightmares - the Lord's Day Of Vengeance and Wrath 

2 Esdras 15 & 16 These are the words of the Lord: I shall show sinners no pity, My sword will not spare those murderers who stain the ground with innocent blood. The Lord's anger has burst out in flame, scorching the earth to its foundations and consuming sinners like burning straw. Woe to sinners who flout My commands, I shall show them no mercy. I well know all who offend against Me, I consign them to death and destruction.

See the clouds - full of fury and tempest, their appearance is hideous. They will let loose a vast storm over the land. There will be terror and trembling throughout the world, people will shudder, stricken with panic. Huge clouds will pile up and ravage the whole land and its inhabitants and a terrible storm will sweep over all that is high and exalted, with fire and hail and flying swords.

Strong is the arm that bends the bow and sharp the arrows that He shoots. Once they are on their way, nothing will stop them until they reach the ends of the earth. Calamities are let loose and will not turn back. The fire is lighted and will not be put out. When thescorching heat bears down upon you, your strength and splendour will wither like a flower. When the Lord sends calamities, who can avert them? When His anger bursts into flame, who can extinguish it? When the lightning flashes and it thunders, who will not quake with dread? [A clear description of a CME event]

 

But you, servants of the Lord, listen and learn. This is His Word: take it to heart and do not doubt what He says. Calamities are close at hand and will not be delayed. As a woman giving birth suffers pangs, then comes the birth; similarly calamities will come and the world will groan under the pangs that beset it. My people, get ready and when these calamities surround you, behave as if you are strangers on earth.

Listen, you whom I have chosen,says the Lord: the days of harsh suffering are close at hand, but I shall rescue you from them. Have done with fears and doubts! God is your guide. As followers of My commandments and instructions, you must not let your sins weigh you down or any wickedness gain the ascendancy.

Woe to those who are entangled in their sins and overrun by their wicked deeds! They are like a field where the path is entwined with thorns and there is no way through. It is separated off in readiness for destruction by fire. Reference: REB Apocrypha

 

This passage from the prophet Ezra, describes very well how the Lord will act on the terrible Day of His vengeance and wrath. Ezekiel 21:7, Ezekiel 21:7 Jeremiah 30:4-7, Isaiah 13:6-16, Isaiah 30:26-30, Revelation 6:12-17

 

But those righteous people who trust and believe in His salvation will be saved. They are told to be prepared - that is, be aware of what will happen, so as not to be taken by surprise. There is not a rapture - 'these calamities will surround you'. THEN the Lord's righteous servants will soon gather and settle into New Israel.

Isaiah 30:29 For you there will be songs and gladness of heart, like marching to music, on the way to the Mountain of the Lord, the Rock of Israel. Isaiah 12:1-6

 

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Coronal Mass Ejection - C.M.E. 

A C.M.E. is an explosion on the sun's surface, which is similar to solar flares, but are much larger and are an event that can affect the earth quite dramatically. C.M.E.s can release huge quantities of matter and electromagnetic radiation into space. This material is a plasma, consisting primarily of electrons and protons, but also some heavier elements. When you consider that the sun consists of 99.86% of the total amount of matter of the Solar system and the earth could fit into the sun 1,000,000 times, then it's easy to see how the sun could eject an enormous mass.

C.M.E.s are caused by 'magnetic reconnection'.- Scientific jargon for a gap opening in the sun's magnetic field. These events tend to happen in 11 year cycles.

A small C.M.E. hit the earth in 1872, that destroyed telegraph lines. Another smaller one affected the Quebec area of Canada, and shut down the electric grid. Also many cases of health problems were reported.

NASA has sent into space, two satellites on the same orbit track as the earth, but one quarter of the orbital distance away from earth, in both directions, called STEREO. This allows them to view both sides of the sun, from earths front on view. Their purpose is to give warning of solar activity, which is actually difficult to detect, looking directly at the sun.

The radiation [light, and shorter waves]  comes to earth in 8 minutes. Then the main mass takes 20 to 60  hours to arrive, depending on the force of the ejection. How we are affected, of course, is whether a C.M.E. is aimed at the earth. Really, it must be very bad luck - or purposeful - for a direct hit, as there is every other direction for it to go. Isaiah 34:5, Psalm 11:10, Jer.30:23-24, Psalm 114:5-6, Isaiah 30:30

 

It is difficult to find much information about the effects of a large C.M.E. This may be because of huge variables involved in such an event.

Some results may be:

1/ Electrical transformers are grounded to earth. Thus, geomagnetically induced direct current, flowing up the ground wires, causes high temperatures and vaporises the coolants, literally frying the transformer. No more power supply for a long, long time.

2/ Satellites facing the sun will be disabled and the plasma wave will drive them to crash to earth.

3/ Telecommunications, internet and radio will be wiped out.

4/ Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis.

5/ Extreme weather events. Powerful storms.

6/ High temperatures and radiation pulses. Forest fires - anyone caught in the open may be killed. Those with heart pacemakers will die. Temperatures above 50oC will melt bitumen. Roads may catch fire, houses with flat roofs, too.

7/ Most vehicles will need extensive repairs. The best advice - get a manual diesel car.

 

Isaiah 30:26 The moon will shine as brightly as the sun and the sun will be seven times brighter, like seven days light in one, on the day when the Lord binds up the broken limbs of His people and heals the wounds inflicted on them.

The sun seven times stronger [hotter] . Ambient temp. 25o X 7= 175o C. Approximately the temperature required to cook food. But the Lord promises to save and protect His people, those Christians who call out to Him. Joel 2:32, Acts 2:21

 

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Excerpts from a novel - Solar Flare by Larry Burkett. Published 1995 

The solar winds striking earth carried billions of tons of supercharged electrical particles. The sheer mass of this flare ripped through the magnetic shield that normally protected Earth, bending and displacing the magnetosphere until it collapsed. At ground level where the force field was more protective, the consequences of this flare were delayed but not avoided. The first to go were the power grids. As the charged particles hit the power lines, the surge of electricity tripped the breakers off line. Inside the power stations themselves, operators worked frantically to get the grids back on line, but their electronic monitors flashed and burnt as the massive overload destroyed all electronic devices in its path. Perhaps the flare in 1872 was of a similar magnitude, but then there was not anywhere the same amount of electrical equipment around. This time, generators burned out, transformers exploded, radio and television station transmitters flashed and burned. Domestic appliances, anything plugged into the supply grid, were destroyed with a smell of acrid smoke. Vehicle electronics were disabled, making most modern cars useless. The scene from space would have appeared like a planet dying, as the lights flashed then went out, across the world, as the earth rotated to face the sun. 

The city was in ruins. It was like a scene from Beirut in the seventies. Torched and abandoned vehicles were still smoking. Many buildings were burned out, and shops smashed and looted. Armed individuals and groups roamed the streets, making it very difficult for those holed up in their homes to escape to the countryside. It was a unique event in history. Man had transformed the planet into an industrialized society, with modern communications, transport and conveniences and now, in a span of little more than a week, all that was just history. Electricity, perhaps mans greatest tool, was cancelled on planet earth and along with it mankind's modern way of life.

 

My comments:

The Lord will use this means of judgement to destroy His enemies and to bring mankind to a place where everyone must recognize His omnipotence, although not all will give Him due reverence. His enemies will be that alliance of nations and entities who, at the moment of their attack against Israel, will be mostly wiped out by this Lord's Day of vengeance and wrath - His Judgement of fire, earthquakes and volcanoes . 

Some prophecies that describe a coronal mass ejection are - Isaiah 30:26-30, Isaiah 66:15-16, Hebrews 10:27, Isaiah 29:5-6, Malachi 4:1, Deuteronomy 32:41-43, Psalm 144:5-6 

Prophecies against the attacking nations - Psalm 144:7-8 Rescue me from the power ofaliens, whose every word is worthless, every oath is false.The Islamic code of Al Takayya, means they can use any means of deceit against non Muslims. Psalm 83, Zechariah 12:1-9, Isaiah 33:10-12, Zephaniah 2:4-7.....at midday, Gaza will be destroyed. 

But the Lord's righteous people have these promises -

Isaiah 30:26...on that Day, I shall save My people.

Ezekiel 28:25-26 When I execute Judgement on all of Israel's scornful neighbours, then My people, all the [Christian] Israelites, gathered from the nations, will live in the Land, undisturbed.

Isaiah 63:4 I resolved on a Day of vengeance; the year for redeeming My own had come.

Isaiah 52:6-12 On that Day, My people will know My Name....Go out, leave Babylon, keep yourselves pure, the Lord will guard and guide you. [back into the Land] 

 

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Solar flares - Coronal Mass Ejections

The sun - our life sustainer, emits a continuous stream of heat in the form of charged particles, otherwise known as the solar wind. The sun is actually a pulsating star and this creates a variable energy output. This variation in energy has not been so great as to cause serious problems on earth, although ice ages and heat waves have been felt in the past.

Because the sun, and all the solar system rotates around its centre of gravity every 11.1 years, this spin orbit coupling means that the solar plasma [liquid surface] circulates with it, producing an 11.1 year solar cycle. Due to planetary pull at alignments plus an acceleration and deceleration process, there is a time of increased solar flare activity,  in 2011/12, numbered as Solar cycle 24. In the past this has been evidenced by aurora displays, and research indicates slightly warmer temperatures are due to solar flares. Because, in Solar Cycle 24, there have been very few flares, we have experienced exceptionally cold winters over the past few years.

In September of 1859, the entire earth was engulfed in a cloud of super charged gas and a blood red aurora erupted from the poles to the tropics. Around the world, telegraph systems failed, switch gear burst into flames and operators were electrocuted. Compasses and other instruments reeled as if struck by a massive magnetic fist. Another, much smaller CME, struck Quebec in 1989, damaging their electricity grid.

All satellite operators are ready to shut down their services as soon as a CME is reported, as are communications, airlines, electricity suppliers, etc, in the hope of saving their equipment. [and staff!!!]

Sunspots, recorded up to 37,000 km in diameter, appear as dark spots on the surface of the sun. There is a strong magnetic field within each sunspot and they flare out in conjunction with another sunspot, so the ejection has North/ South polarity. In other words it is a mass with a magnetic field, the same as our planet. In conjunction with increased magnetic activity, more ultra violet energy is emitted, therefore the sun shines brighter and is hotter. Reference; various sources

As we read in Isaiah 30:26-28 ...the Lord Himself comes from afar, His anger blazing and His doom heavy, His tongue a devouring fire. He sieves out the nations for destruction. The sun will shine with seven times its normal brightness, like seven days in one....

This description, along with many other prophecies, can only be explained literally by a CME. In no way does it fit the judgement on the armies of the Anti Christ that Jesus destroys by the sword of His Word, at the Return.

This enormous solar flare will be something 'the like has never been known, nor will be in the ages to come' Joel 2:2.

Jeremiah 51:52-57 A time is coming when I shall punish the idols and godless peoples of Babylon [a metaphor for all peoples who deny God] Sounds of great destruction come from their land, the advancing wave booms and roars, like mighty waters. For the Lord, a God of retribution, will repay in full. Jeremiah 25:30-33,

Isaiah 5:24-30, Isaiah 24:19-20, 2 Peter 3:7

 

 

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Given a Sign To Escape

Deuteronomy 32:34-35 All this [punishment]I have in reserve, sealed up in My storehouses until the Day of punishment and vengeance, until the moment when My enemies foot slips [make a mistake]Their doom is fast approaching.

Psalm 37:13-15 The wicked plot against the righteous, but the Lord will laugh at them, as He sees their Day of judgement coming. Their own swords will kill them.

1 Thessalonians 5:3When they say: all is peaceful, sudden destruction will come. There will be no escape.

Isaiah 24:1 Be warned, the Lord is about to strip the earth and scatter its inhabitants.

 

Psalm 68:1-2 May God arise and His enemies be scattered, they perish at His presence.

Zephaniah 3:8 Wait for Me, says the Lord, for the day that I will accuse the whole earth. In My burning anger, I will pour My wrath upon the nations.

Isaiah 63:4 I resolved on a Day of vengeance, the year to redeem My own had come.

Isaiah 52:10 The Lord has bared His Holy arm, the whole world will see the deliverance brought by our God.

Micah 1:3 Even now, the Lord is leaving His dwelling place.

Psalm 18:9-15 He parted the heavens and came down, He made darkness his covering.

Malachi 4:1 The Day comes, burning like a furnace, all evildoers will be stubble.

Zechariah 3:9 In a single Day I shall wipe away the guilt of this Land.

Isaiah 10:17 The Holy One of Israel will become a fire, which in one day, will consume His enemies.

Isaiah 29:5-8 Suddenly, in an instant, your enemies will scatter like chaff.

Isaiah 66:15-16 The Lord will judge and test mankind with fire, many will be slain by Him

Isaiah 33:3-4 At the crack of thunder peoples flee, nations are scattered at His roar.

Jeremiah 30:23-24See what a scorching wind goes out from the Lord, sweeping around the heads of the wicked. The Lord's anger is not to be turned aside until He has fully accomplished His purposes. You will understand in the latter days.

 

Isaiah 30:26 On the day the Lord saves His people, the sun will shine 7 times brighter.

Isaiah 17:1-14 Damascus will cease to be a city, forever desolate... On that day, Jacob's glory will wane, his prosperity will waste away......On that Day, all will look to their Maker...On that day strong cities will be deserted, because you have forgotten the God who delivered you.... Listen: it is the thunder of vast forces- at the Lord's rebuke the nations flee. At the evening, all is terror, before morning, all is gone. Such is the fate of those who despoil us.

Isaiah 29:20-23 The arrogant and ruthless will be no more, therefore the Lord says; This is no time for Jacob [All Israel] to be shamed, for his descendants will regard Israel's God with awe and will praise Him for their deliverance.

 

Psalm 60:4-5 But to those who fear you, You have raised a banner, to which they may escape from the bow. [ His people given a sign to get away from danger.]

2 Peter 2:9 God knows how to rescue the godly from their trials.

Ecclesiastes 8:5b One who is wise knows in his heart the right time and method to take action. Reference: REB. Some verses abridged.

 

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The Lord Will Appear Over Them ..... 

Zechariah 9:14-17 ...His arrow will flash like lightning. The Lord will sound the trumpet and advance with the storm winds of the south. He will protect the sons of Zion, they will prevail [over their enemies] and exult as if drunk with wine. On that Day, the Lord will save his own people, like a flock, for they are precious to Him and they will adorn His Land. They will live in plenty and prosperity.

Zechariah 10:1-3 Ask the Lord for rain, He who makes the storm clouds, and He will give it at the right time. Do not rely on divination. Your leaders do not give good counsel or guide the people properly. They will be punished.

Zechariah 10:4-7The Lord will care for His flock. From Judah will come strong leaders, they will prevail, because the Lord is with them. I shall give triumph to the House of Judah and victory to the House of Joseph [Ephraim and Manasseh] I shall restore them, in My compassion, it will be as though I never cast them off. So, the Ephraimite's will be like warriors, they will rejoice in the Lord.

 

Zechariah 10:8-10 I shall whistle to call them in, for I have delivered them and they will be as many as they used to be. I dispersed them among the nations, but yet, in far off lands, they will remember their God and will return. I will bring them home and lead them into [New] Israel until the Land is full.

Zechariah 10:11-12My people will pass through Egypt - the Nile will dry up. Assyria will be brought low. But the strength of Israel is in the Lord, they will march proudly in His Name. This is the Word of the Lord. Reference: REB. Verses abridged. 

 

This passage of Scripture from the prophet Zechariah, is another example of how God exacts punishment on His enemies- lightning and storms - that describes a CME (sunstrike). "On that Day, God will save His own people". His people: true believers in God and all who accept the atoning sacrifice of Jesus, they must rely and trust in the Lord for their redemption and sustenance. 

Wait for the whistle! Though scattered in far off lands, righteous Christian Israel, will remember their God and will go to live in the Land, their inheritance - marching proudly in the Name of Y'hovah. Isaiah 35:10 

This regathering cannot be the same event as when the Lord Jesus, sends out His angels to gather His chosen ones at the Return. Matthew 24:31. Therefore, it happens before then, soon after the Lord's Day of vengeance and wrath. This is in order for all the Lord's true believers, living in the new country of Beulah, to be a "light to the nations" and to prepare for the Return of Jesus. Isaiah 62:1-5 

 

 

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Chapter Ten - THE RETURN OF ALL ISRAEL

 

 

ISRAEL AND JUDAH REJOINED AND RESTORED 

Most Christians have been taught for years that the church has replaced Israel as the chosen nation, taking over her mission in the world. This is true, in that rather than an ethnic group being the Israel of God, it is all true believers in God and His Son that have become Israelites. Galatians 3:26-29, Galatians 6:16

The Bible tells how the House of Israel [the Northern ten tribes] and subsequently, the House of Judah [the Jews] were taken into exile because of their sins. The Lord hid His face from them. Deuteronomy 31:17-18, Deuteronomy 32:20, Micah 3:4 

However this 'hiding of His face'is neither rejection nor replacement. Actually, the very purpose of the exile is to prepare for the full restoration of ALL Israel. Exile is always understood as a discipline, for a set period of time. When Moses mentions the exile, he then gives the promise of the restoration. Deuteronomy 30:1-14 These promises were given to all the people of Israel. The ten lost tribes, having lost their identity as God planned it, having now become Christian peoples, will rejoin with their brother; Judah. 

The prophets consistently and carefully distinguish between the two 'Houses'. This separation and eventual restoration is the major theme of all the prophecy. Israel [that is the ten tribes] is scattered among the nations, as many 'as the sands of the sea'and they think of themselves as Gentiles, but God says 'not a pebble will be lost'. Amos 9:9. They will surely return, to Judah and to the Land. Micah 4:6-7  But those who revolt and rebel, will not enter the holy Land. Ezekiel 20:37-38

God's promises to all Israel are absolute and unconditional. There are over forty separate passages in Bible prophecy which deal specifically, and in great detail, with this great story of the gathering and settling of His people, righteous Christian Israel into all the area given to Abraham, so long ago. Genesis 13:14-17. 

These Bible texts cannot be ignored or spiritualized if one wishes to seriously interpret scripture. They have never been fulfilled in the past, not in 515BC when a few thousand Jews came back to a small portion of the Land, nor yet in our day. The establishment of the Jewish state of Israel in 1948 is a 'firstfruit' sign of what is to come. The Prophets tell how Judah will return first, and their return is a concrete proof of how God has not and will not cast off His people - ALL of the Israelites, which includes the ten Northern tribes, still in the world, to be gathered after this soon to happen Lord's Day of vengeance and wrath. 

The prophet Jeremiah says: Israel is holy to the Lord, the firstfruits of His harvest. This image of the firstfruits relates to the symbolic meaning of Israel's holy days and the harvest seasons, as set out in Leviticus 23. The Plan of God will be realised through the 'great nation'as promised to the Patriarch's, then the full harvest will follow. There is nothing racist about this Plan, it is a matter for God to use those who He has determined and prepared for His purposes, thus fulfilling His promises. As God Himself declares: This restoration of all Israel will be a vindication of His holy Name. Ezekiel 39:27.

 

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WHEN DOES RIGHTEOUS ISRAEL GATHER IN THE LAND? 

We know that Judah, the Jews, have returned to the Land of Israel, but they face judgement in the Lord's Day of vengeance and wrath. Jeremiah 12:14-17 & Isaiah 22:1-14 describe very well God's judgement of the current inhabitants of the Land. Many prophecies refer to the coming gathering, judgement and settling of His people, righteous Christian Israel, that is people from every tribe, race and language, into the Promised Land. The question is: will this happen soon after this Day of the Lord, or after Jesus returns?

 

These Bible quotes prove my contention that all Israel will be living in the Land before the Tribulation and will greet Jesus at His glorious Return with the shout; "Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord!"

Zechariah 9:13 Judah and Ephraim ready for war. [The Lord's Day of vengeance and wrath]

Zech. 9:14 The Lord will appear over them, His arrow like lightning[appear over, not with them. Arrows like lightning are a graphic description of coronal mass ejections]

Zech. 9: 15 ...Protection in the battle..... exulting over the enemy.[the same as all the wars fought by the IDF so far]

Zech. 9:16 On that Day, the Lord will save His people, like a flock in the Land. [a remnant saved in Jerusalem. Isaiah 4:3-4 Those who are left in Judah will be called holy]

Isaiah 32- The Land forsaken and deserted. [after this fire judgement]

Isaiah 32:15-20 Until a Spirit from on high is lavished upon us. Justice andrighteousness will then dwell in the Land, and then My people will live in a tranquil country. Despite damage to houses and property you will have ample food and shelter.

[God's Spirit will come upon His people, not his presence, as yet.]

 

Isaiah 35:1-10 Let the wilderness be glad, let the Land flower. Say to the anxious - be strong, fear not. A highway will appear, the redeemed of the Lord will return to Zion and enter with shouts of joy. Ezekiel 20:42

[ His people, set free, gathered and redeemed, come back to a restored Land.]

Isaiah 65:9-18 My chosen ones will take possession of the Land, flocks will range over

Sharon, they will belong to My people who seek Me.

[ My people: Christians who seek Me? The Lord can't be actually present as yet.]

Hosea 14:7 Israel will again dwell in My shadow- they will grow and flourish. [As in the first Exodus]

Isaiah 66:14-18 The Lord will make His power known among His servants and His wrath felt among His enemies. [ By His great deeds and wrath, not His presence.]

They will proclaim the Gospel. [Proof that the 2nd Exodus happens before Jesus Returns.]

Jeremiah 31:3 From afar, He appeared to them, I will maintain My care for you.

Isaiah 49:22-23 The nations will bring My people back to the Land. You will know that I am the Lord. None who look to Me will be disappointed.

 

None of these Scriptures say that Jesus will be reigning at this time. The gathering of His people before His Return is for them to recover and fulfil God's plans for them. They will "be a light to the nations", spreading the Gospel of His salvation to all the world. Isaiah 66:19                 Reference: Revised English Bible, some verses abridged.

 

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SHOW US MIRACLES AS IN THE DAYS OF EGYPT   Micah 7:15 

Isaiah 43:19-21 I am about to do something new, can you see it? I am making roads in the desert and streams in the wasteland, for My people that I chose and they will praise Me.

2 Samuel 7:10 I shall assign a place for My people, I will settle them there, never to be disturbed again.

Micah 4:6 I shall gather and restore the lost as a remnant.

Isaiah 40:11 He tends His flock like a shepherd. He carries the lambs and gently leads those who have young.

Isaiah 58:11 The Lord will guide you always, He will satisfy your needs in a sun scorched land, strengthen you like a never failing spring.

Ezekiel 34:25-31 I shall make a covenant with My people to ensure peace and prosperity...... they are the flock that I feed and I am your God.

Isaiah 49:9-11 I said to the prisoners - go free. There will be pastures on every hill, they will not hunger or thirst, the heat of the sun will not distress them for the One who loves them will guide them.

Isaiah 51:3 The Lord will surely comfort Zion. The deserts will become as Eden, like the garden of the Lord. There will be joy and gladness, thanksgiving and songs of praise.

Jeremiah 3:15 I will give you leaders after My own heart, they will lead you with knowledge and understanding.

 

Zechariah 8:9-15 Take heart, all you who now hear the promise that the Temple is to be rebuilt.Before now, this was not possible, because of enemies, for I had turned every man against his neighbour. But, I do not feel the same now toward My people as I did in the past. For they will sow in safety, rains will come, fruit and crops will be abundant.

 

To the nations, you, House of Judah and House of Israel were an object of cursing; now you will be a blessing. COURAGE, DO NOT LOSE HEART.

Bible references- KJV, NIV, REB. Some verses abridged. 

 

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THE GATHERING OF GOD'S PEOPLE 

After the cleansing of the Land, My people, Israel, that is all the twelve tribes of Jacob are prophesied to be gathered and judged at a location called the "Wilderness of the Peoples", or "the Desert of the Nations". 

There are dozens of prophecies about Israel's return; some belong to the time of Nehemiah, others to the Jewish return, now fulfilled. But most belong to the time of Israel's final regathering, judgement and resettlement in the Promised Land.

Those currently in the Land, who are left after the Lord's Day of vengeance, will be judged first:

Isaiah 4:3-6 The remnant of Judah left in Zion will be called holy, when the Lord cleanses Zion by a spirit of judgement burning like fire. Then His glory will provide a refuge and shelter.

Zechariah 12:7 The Lord will set free Judah first, for their greater glory. 

Then those from all twelve tribes dispersed throughout the world will be gathered in the Land to be passed under the rod of judgement and the righteous allowed to enter and settle. Not for your sake, but for the honour of My Name, says the Lord. Ezekiel 20.

 

Here is scriptures pertaining to the regathering of "My People."

Isaiah 11:11-12 On that day the Lord will exert His power a second time to recover the remnant of His people from the four corners of the earth.He will hoist a standard for the nations and gather those dispersed from Israel and Judah.The enmity between Israel and Judah will cease.

Isaiah 54:7 For a passing moment, I forsook you, but with tender affection I will bring you home again.

Isaiah 40:1-3I will comfort My people, your term of bondage is served- the penalty paid. Clear a road through the desert, make a way in the wilderness.

Isaiah 49:10-12 They will neither hunger nor thirst; I will love and guide them. My people, are coming from every direction.

 

Isaiah 60:1-22 Arise, shine Jerusalem for the glory of the Lord has dawned. Look, your children are assembling, coming back to you. Vessels are coming, bringing your children from far away,their treasure with them. At the appointed time, I the Lord will bring this to pass.

Jeremiah 3:14 Come back, apostate Israel - I won't be angry forever. I shall take you, one from each city and two from each clan and bring you to Zion.

Jeremiah 16:14-16You Israelites will be brought back to the soil that I gave to your forefathers. I shall send fishermen and hunters to find you. You are not hidden from My sight.

Jeremiah 31:8-9 My people that escaped the sword have found favour in the wilderness. Gathered from the far ends of the earth - the blind and the lame and the women in labour. A vast company. I shall comfort them and be their escort.I am a father to Israel and Ephraim is My eldest son. There will be great rejoicing.

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Ezekiel 37:21-22 I shall take the Israelites from among the nations, gather you from every land and bring you to your homeland. I will appoint a King over them all - no longer two nations. (Israel and Judah)

Hosea 8:8,10,13Israel is swallowed up among the nations, like a wild ass that goes its own way. I will now round them up. Their guilt will be remembered and their sins punished.

Micah 2:12 I shall assemble you, the whole House of Jacob, the remnant of Israel - Like sheep in a pen, the Lord leading them.

Micah 7:11Your boundaries will be extended on the day God's people return, from every sea and every mountain.

Zechariah 8:7-8This is the word of the Lord; I am about to rescue My people from the countries to the East and West. They will be My people and I shall be their God in faithfulness and peace.

Zechariah 10:8-12 I shall whistle to call them in, those yet in far off lands, they will remember Me.I shall lead them into Gilead and Lebanon - there will not be room enough for all of them. Israel will march proudly in His name.

Psalm 68:8-10 When You marched through the desert with your people, the earth shook and the sky poured rain. The Land was restored and Your people settled.

 

Psalm 107 Give thanks to the Lord all you redeemed and gathered out of all the lands of the earth. [Note: this means Christians]

Some wandered in the wastelands, they cried to the Lord. He led them to a city where they could live.

Some were prisoners - they had rebelled against God, they cried to the Lord. He saved them from distress.

Some were fools who took to rebellious ways, their punishment was a revulsion of food, they nearly starved, they cried to the Lord - He saved them.

Others in ships at sea, the storms tossed them about, they cried to the Lord, the storms ceased and He guided them to safe harbour. The desert blooms, they build and plant, flocks and herds increase. Whoever is wise, let him think on things to heart and ponder the loving deeds of the Lord.

Ezekiel 39:25-29 Now I shall show compassion and will restore the fortunes of all Israel. They will forget their shame and unfaithfulness when they live once more in their homeland, undisturbed. When I gather them from the lands of their enemies, I shall make them exemplify My Holiness for many nations to see. I will pour My spirit upon them.

 

However, this may be how the Lord really feels about Israel at the moment:

Isaiah 41:14 Have no fear, Jacob you worm - Israel you maggot.

 

We know from New Testament teaching that the: "chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light". 1 Peter 2:9, are now every true Christian believer.

(Scriptures taken from KJV, NIV & REB)

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SCATTERED AMONG THE NATIONS 

Ancient Israel did not do as the Lord had commanded them. They worshipped idols and rebelled against His Laws. Ezekiel 12:2 So the Lord sent them into exile - Ezekiel 12:3 Before this happened, the Israelites had split into two kingdoms - the House of Israel, which was taken into captivity by Assyria, and the House of Judah, captured by Babylon. 

What happened to them and the Holy Land?

Ezekiel 6:8 Among the nations, there will be those of you who have survived the sword and are scattered in foreign lands.

Ezekiel 6:9 They will remember Me while in exile and they will loath themselves for the evil they have done.

Ezekiel 6:10 You will know that My threats were not in vain.

Ezekiel 6:11 Cry in pain, because of your wickedness, people of Israel. You will die by sword, famine and plague.[Black Death, civil wars, world wars, etc]

Ezekiel 6:12 So, I will spend My wrath upon them.

Ezekiel 6:14 Your land will become a desolation.[Travellers in the 1800's were amazed at the awful conditions in Palestine]

 

In Ezekiel chapter 11, after the House of Israel had been exiled, Ezekiel is prophesying to the leaders of Judah. In verses 1 to 13, he says that Judah will be conquered. Then in verse 15, he says about their brothers and kinsmen [the House of Israel] to whom the inhabitants of Jerusalem say: They are separated far from the Lord, the land has beenmade over to us to possess.

Ezekiel 11:16 Say therefore, When I dispersed them over the earth, I became their sanctuary in the countries where they have gone.

Ezekiel 11:17 Say therefore, I shall gather you from among the nations and I shall give the Land of Israel to you.[Judah has come back, but not Israel as yet]

Ezekiel 11:18 They will abolish all idols and vile practices. [Not done yet]

Ezekiel 11:19 I will give them a new heart and a new spirit[Wait for it! ]

Ezekiel 11:20 They will keep My laws and I will be their God.[Great will be the Day]

 

Ezekiel 20:39 Go you Israelites and serve your idols! But in days to come I will punish you.

Ezekiel 20:40 On My holy mountain in the Land, the whole [12 tribes] of Israel will serve Me.

Ezekiel 20:41 I will accept you, when I have brought you out of all the places where you were sent.

Ezekiel 20:42 I will bring you into the Land which I promised to your forefathers.

Ezekiel 20:43 You will remember your past and will hate yourselves for it.

Ezekiel 20:44 You will know that I am the Lord when I deal with you, not as you really deserve, but as the honour of My holy Name demands.

 

But now, as we approach the end times, the next prophesied event - the Lord's Day of vengeance and wrath will be the judgement of Judah, as in Zechariah 12:7 The Lord will free Judah first, for their greater glory. Also a worldwide punishment of His enemies. Isaiah 66:15-17

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Ezekiel 20:46-47 O man, turn toward the South, prophesy to the desert of the Negev. The Lord God says: I am about to kindle a fire in you. Its fiery flame will not be put out; everyone to the North will be scorched by it. [the Lord's Day of vengeance and wrath]

 

Isaiah 63:4 I resolved on a Day of vengeance, the year for redeeming My own has come.

Isaiah 63:6I stamped on peoples in My anger and their blood poured out on the ground. 

This event will depopulate most of the Middle East, leaving the way for His people; Israel [ Israelites, now Christians scattered around the world] to gather in the Land.

Ezekiel 20:34 By My strong arm and outpoured wrath, I shall bring you out from the peoples and gather you from the lands where you were dispersed.

Ezekiel 20:35 I shall confront you and bring you to judgement.

 

Who are the Israelites? Certainly, most must be ethnic descendants of the Patriarchs', as in:

Amos 9:8-9 I shall not totally destroy Jacob's posterity. I will shake Israel among the nations and not one pebble will fall to the ground.

Isaiah 14:1 The Lord will again show compassion for Jacob [the twelve tribes of Israel] and will once again make Israel His choice. He will resettle them on their native soil and aliens will join them.  Christians are deemed to be descendants of the Patriarchs, Gal. 3:26-29, Romans 9:6-8

 

All those who love the Lord have the wonderful promises of the New Testament:

Acts 2:39 This promise is to you and your children, to all who are far away, to everyone whom the Lord may call.

Luke 12:32 Have no fear, little flock, for your Father has chosen to give you the Kingdom.

Luke 12:33-34 Sell your possessions, give to charity. Provide for yourselves treasure in Heaven.

Luke 12:35-36 Be ready for action. Be like a servant, ready to let your Master in as soon as He knocks.

Luke 12:37 Happy are those servants whom the Master finds awake when He comes. Truly, I tell you, He will seat you at the table and wait on you.

Luke 12:38 If it is midnight or before dawn and you are still awake, then great will be your reward.

Luke 12:39 Remember, if the householder had known when a thief would come, he would have stopped him.

Luke 12:40 So, be ready for the Son of Man will come when you least expect Him. The Lord's Day of wrath, not the Return to come later.

 

Reference; Revised English Bible, some verses abridged. 

 

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Return of the Israelites 

Jeremiah 30:23-24 See what a scorching wind has gone out from the Lord, a sweeping whirlwind, coming down onto the heads of the wicked. The Lord's anger will not be turned aside, it will accomplish His purposes. In days to come, you will understand. [This is the Lord's Day of vengeance and wrath, the next prophesied event, the Sixth Seal, of Revelation 6:12-17] 

Jeremiah 31:1-6 At that time, I shall be the God of all the families of Israel and they will be My people, a people that have escaped the sword and found favour in the wilderness. From afar God has appeared to Israel. He loves and cares for them and will build them up again. Once again, they will be happy and the Land will be fruitful. They will worship God in Jerusalem. Ezekiel 20:34-36

[The great story of the redemption of all righteous Israel. God's Christian people will live in the new country of Beulah, Isaiah 62:1-5 in peace and prosperity. They will build the 3rd Temple and worship as in ancient days. Zechariah 6:15, Ezekiel 40 to 48]

Jeremiah 31:7-9 The Lord says: be joyful for Jacob's sake, sing praises and say- God has saved His people, He has preserved a remnant of Israel. See how He brings them from all parts of the earth, among them the blind and the lame, women and children. A vast company, they come with weeping and prayer, God will comfort and escort them. He will lead them by streams of water, on smooth paths, for He is the Father to Israel and Ephraim is His eldest son. Isaiah 11:11-13, Isaiah 62:10-12

[Israel and Judah, scattered around the world. Their remnant-"a vast company". So, if the remnant could be several million, then it must be that the Israelites are now 100s of millions. Zechariah 8:4-13, Isaiah 49:19-20]

Jeremiah 31:10-14 Listen to the Word of the Lord, you nations, make it known to people far away. He who scattered Israel, will gather them again and will watch over them as a shepherd watches over his flock. For God has redeemed Jacob [the 12 tribes] and delivered them from their enemies. His righteous people will come with great joy into a Land of plenty and peace. Ezekiel 36:8-12, Amos 9:14-15

[The Israelites enemies will be defeated, then they will be gathered and settled into Greater Israel, all that area promised to Abraham, so long ago. Ezekiel 47:13-23]

Jeremiah 31:15-20 Rachel weeps for her children. [Rachel is the mother of Jacob/ Israel] Shed no more tears, for they will leave the nations and return to their own Land. God has disciplined Ephraim, like an unruly bull calf. After Ephraim strayed, he repented and now in shame and remorse, reproaches himself for the sins of his youth. God says: Ephraim is still My dear son, in whom I delight, I still remember him and have compassion for him. Hosea 11:8-9

[Bull in Hebrew= aegel, became Angle, then Anglo-Saxon. Saxon= Isaac's sons. Ephraim, the British peoples, ( Hebrew - Brit-ish means Covenant people) was the leader of the 10 tribes finally exiled in 719BC. They are now the Christian peoples of the Western nations]

Jeremiah 31:21-22 Set up signs to mark your way, the path for your return. Come back virgin Israel to your towns. How long will you wander, My wayward child? Isaiah 63:17-19

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Jeremiah 31:23-25 The Lord says: When I bring My people back from exile,theywill live in all the Land and be satisfied. Once more will these words be heard in the Land; God bless you, the home of righteousness, the holy mountain.Ezekiel 39:27

'the Holy mountain' -the Temple mount. The 3rd Temple will be built and the ordinances reinstated, until the Return of Jesus. Ezekiel 40-48

Jeremiah 31:26-28 The days are coming, says the Lord, when I will plant Israel andJudah then increase their people and livestock. In the past My intent was to uproot and inflict disaster upon them, now I shall watch over them, to build and plant. Micah 7:11-12

The sins of the forefathers are expiated by the Israelites long exile. Isaiah 27:7-9

Jeremiah 31:29-30 It will no longer be said that children will suffer for their parent'ssins. Only those who sin will be punished for it. Ezekiel 18:20

Jeremiah 31:31-34 The days are coming when I shall establish a new covenant with Israel and Judah. It will not be like the one that I made with their forefathers, when I took them out of Egypt, that covenant they broke, though I was patient with them. This will be the new Covenant that I will make with the whole House of Israel, in the latter days; I shall set My Law within them, in their hearts, all of them will know and obey Me. I will forgive and forget their wrongdoing. Ezekiel 37:26

Jeremiah 31:35-37 The Lord says: As the sun and stars are set in their courses, as the wind and the sea roars- only if this fixed order changes, then, no more could Israel ever cease to be a nation before Me.Micah 7:19-20, Isaiah 14:1-2

Jeremiah 31:39-40 The days are coming when Jerusalem will be rebuilt in My honour. It will be holy to Me, never again to be demolished. Micah 7:11, Jeremiah 30:18       Ref: REB verses abridged.

 

 This passage from the book of the prophet Jeremiah, tells the story of how the Lord will punish the unrighteous by a fire judgement, then how His people, Israelites; now Christians from Israel or grafted in, will once again live in the Land that He promised to their ancestors.

The Lord will make a new covenant with them, in order for Israel to fulfil its destiny to be "a light to the nations", and to spread to gospel of the coming Kingdom of God. This will be carried out by the 144,000 as described in Revelation. The precursor to this is in Luke 10:1-20; the 72 sent out then, will become 72 + 72 x 1000= 144,000. Isaiah 46:6, Isaiah 66:19

The Lord's true Christians will live in peace and security for several years, in the new country of Beulah, all of that area promised to Abraham so long ago. Ezekiel 34:24-31, Joel 2:23-27

When they are settled and prosperous, the Lord will motivate a Northern confederation to come and attack Beulah, Ezekiel 38:8, Ezekiel 39:1-2. They will be totally wiped out by the Lord, Ezekiel 38:21-22, Ezekiel 39:3-5, Joel 2:20. This is in order to display His glory and power to all the nations. Ezekiel 38:23, Ezekiel 39:21

Meanwhile, the rest of the world will slowly recover from the terrible fires and earthquakes of the Day of the Lord's wrath and they will form a One World Government, initially led by ten Presidents, but another leader comes and takes dictatorial powers. He makes a seven year peace treaty with Beulah, that not all the Israelites agree with. Daniel 9:27, Daniel 11:32 This marks the commencement of the final seven years of this age. At the middle of this time, the World Dictator comes to Jerusalem and forcibly places his image in the Temple. Daniel 11:31 This triggers the 3½ year Great Tribulation, the trumpet and bowl judgements. Those Beulahites who refused any dealings with the 'beast' - Revelation 13:1-5, are taken to a place of safety. Revelation 12:14 After that, will come the culmination of this age - the Return of Jesus, He will destroy the armies mustered for battle in Armageddon. Revelation 16:16, Revelation 19:19-21, Zechariah 14:3-5 Then, He reigns on earth for 1000 years. Zechariah 14:6-11 Great will be that time!

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A Remnant Will Return to Israel 

Isaiah 10:17-19 The Light of Israel will become a fire, its Holy One a flame which in one day will burn up and consume His thorns and briars. The splendour of his forests and fields it will completely destroy, as suddenly as someone falling in a fit. Only a very few trees will be left.

Isaiah 10:21 On that Day the remnant of Israel, the survivors of Jacob will rely no more on foreign help, but without wavering, will truly rely on the Lord - the Holy One of Israel. A remnant of Jacob will return, to their Mighty God.

Isaiah 10:22-23 Israel, your people may be as many as the sands of the sea, but only a remnant will return. Destruction has been decreed, overwhelming and righteous. The Lord will carry out the destruction upon the whole Land.

Isaiah 10:24-26 Therefore, says the Lord, My people, dwellers in Zion, do not be afraid of foreigners, though they oppressed you. Very soon My anger against you will end and My wrath will be directed at them, as I have done in times past.

Isaiah 10:27 On that Day, the burden they laid on you will be removed, the yoke broken.

 

Ezekiel 34:11-13For the Lord God says: "Now I will take thought for My sheep [John 10:16] and search for them. As a shepherd gathers his flock when they are lost, so I shall rescue them from all the places that they were scattered in a Day of cloud and darkness. I shall lead them out from the nations and gather them from all the places where they were scattered and bring them home to their own country."

Ezekiel 34:14-16 The pasture for My people is the Land of Israel.They will thrive and find rest there. I shall search for the lost, bandage the injured, strengthen the sick and give My flock the proper food.

Ezekiel 34:17-22 Now, I shall judge between the fat sheep and the lean. You rams and goats have taken the best pastures and muddied the drinking water. Therefore I will save My flock and they will be ravaged no more.

Ezekiel 34:23-29 I shall set over them My servant David he will care for them and will be their God. I shall make a covenant with them to ensure peace and prosperity. The Land will bear great crops of fruit and produce. When I rescue them from the power of their enemies, then they will know that I am the Lord.

Ezekiel 34:30-31 Then they will know that I am with them and they are My people. You are My flock, that I feed and I am your God.

 

Jeremiah 33:6-8 Now, I shall bring healing and care for Judah and Israel and let them see lasting peace and security. I will restore their fortunes and rebuild them as they once were. I shall cleanse them of all wickedness and sin that they have committed and forgive all the evil deeds of rebellion against Me.

Jeremiah 33:9 This city will bring Me renown and praise, when the nations hear of the good things that I bestow on her. They will be in awe and trembling at this.

Jeremiah 33:14-16The days are coming, says the Lord, when I shall bestow on Judah and Israel all the blessings I have promised them. In those days and at that time, I shall make a righteous descendant spring from David's line; he will maintain law and justice in the Land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will be undisturbed. This is the name it will be called: The Lord our Righteousness.

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Hosea 6:1-3 Come, let us return to the Lord. He has wounded us, but He will heal us. After two days, He will revive us, on the third day He will raise us to live in His presence. Let us strive to know the Lord, whose coming is as sure as the sunrise. He will come to us like the spring rains that water the earth.

 

1 Corinthians 2:7-9 I speak God's hidden wisdom, His secret purpose framed from the very beginning to bring us to our destined glory. None of the powers that rule the world know that wisdom. Scripture tells us of things beyond our seeing, beyond our hearing, beyond our imagining - all prepared by God for those who love Him.

 

Isaiah 10 - In one Day, the Lord will destroy His enemies. This will be the Lord's Day of vengeance and wrath, and is also the Sixth Seal of Revelation. The Land of Greater Israel will be cleansed and burnt off. On that Day, His righteous people will trust completely in the Lord. They will re settle into the Land.

Ezekiel 34 - His people found and rescued from wherever they are after the 'Day of cloud and darkness" - another description of the Lord's Day of vengeance and wrath. They are brought home to their own country, Israel. All of His people, no matter what their health or age, will thrive and find rest. First, they will be judged and those priests and leaders who have led their flock astray will not enter the Land. When His people are rescued - then they will know that "I am with them and you are My people". This must be before the return of Jesus.

Jeremiah 33 - Judah and Israel are healed, cleansed and forgiven, living in peace and security. Jerusalem will become a city that will be admired and respected worldwide. The Lord says, "I will keep My promises to Israel and Judah. A leader from David's line will appear "- it may be Zerubabbel, (Haggai 2:23), Eventually it will be Jesus as King.

Hosea 6 - His people have been punished, but are now to be restored. Near the end of the two days [two thousand years] there will be revival, His people will come back into the Land, and then on the third day [during the 1000 year Millennium] they will live in His presence. [After the Lord Jesus Returns in His glory.] Luke 13:32 

 

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EZEKIEL Chapter 36 My People, Your Homecoming Is Near.

Ezekiel 36:1 O man, prophesy to the mountains of Israel...

Ezekiel 36:2 This is what the Sovereign Lord says; The enemy has boasted over you, saying; the ancient heights are ours. [Palestinians live in Judea and Samaria today.]

Ezekiel 36:3-4 Therefore, say, You mountains of Israel, you were tramped down when you were occupied by other nations. The Lord will now speak to the desolate

Land, plundered and despised by the surrounding nations.[The House of Judah has returned, reclaimed the coastal area and Jerusalem but the hill country remains in foreign hands.]

Ezekiel 36:5 The Lord says; in My burning zeal, I have spoken out against the rest of the nations, especially Edom, for with glee and malice they seized My Land as spoil. [Turkey is part of Edom as they had possession for 400 years?]

Ezekiel 36:6-7 Therefore, prophesy over the hill country of Israel - because you have suffered the scorn of the nations, I swear with uplifted hand, that those nations will in turn suffer scorn. [The evil neighbours who encroached on the Land, are uprooted. Jeremiah 12:14]

 

Ezekiel 36:8 But you, mountains of Israel, yield your fruit for My people, Israel for

their homecoming is near.[After the "evil neighbours" have gone, then My people, Israel can return.]

Ezekiel 36:9 See, now I will look on you with favour, you will be fruitful.[The barren hills, as they are now, will again be fertile.]

Ezekiel 36:10 I shall settle on you the whole 12 tribes of Israel,towns inhabited and ruins rebuilt. [ All Israel regathered into all the Promised Land.]

Ezekiel 36:11 Many people and animals will settle on the Land. You will be more prosperous that in days of old.

Ezekiel 36:12 My people, Israel will tread your paths again, you will be their inheritance Never again to be deprived of children.

Ezekiel 36:13-15 It is said that this Land devours its inhabitants. But never again will this happen. Your nation will always have heirs. No longer will you suffer the scorn of foreigners.

Ezekiel 36:16-19 When the Israelites were living in the Land, they defiled it with their ways and deeds, they were unclean in My sight. I poured out My fury on them, for their idolatry. They were sentenced as they deserved, scattered through the countries.

Ezekiel 36:20 But wherever they went, they profaned My holy Name, because it was said "These are the Lord's people and He has exiled them from His Land"

Ezekiel 36:21-23 I have concern for My holy Name which the Israelite have profaned. So, you Israelites, it is not for your sake that I am acting, but for the sake of My holy Name. I shall show the holiness of My great Name. The nations will see when I reveal My holiness through you and all will know that I am the Lord. Reference: REB.

 

Note, that Ezekiel lived and prophesied AFTER the Northern tribes were exiled. Everyone will see the Lord's hand in the gathering and settling of His people in the Promised Land. This is the second Exodus and the Return of Jesus comes later.

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ISRAEL GATHERED, PURIFIED & PROSPEROUS IN THE LAND 

Ezekiel 36:24I shall take you from among the nations, gather you from every land,and bring you back to your homeland.

Ezekiel 36:25 I will purify you from everything that defiles you.

Ezekiel 36:26 You will have a new heart and a new spirit within you.

Ezekiel 36:27 I shall put My spirit within you and you will desire to only follow My Laws.

Ezekiel 36:28 Then you will live in the Land that I gave to your forefathers. You will be My people and I will be your God.

Ezekiel 36:29Having saved you from all that defiles you, I shall command the Land to beplentiful.

Ezekiel 36:30 The trees will bear abundant fruit and the soil will yield heavy crops - never again will you suffer famine.

Ezekiel 36:31 You will recall your wicked conduct and evil deeds and will hate yourselves for them.

Ezekiel 36:32 I assure you that it is not for your sake that I am acting, so feel the shame and disgrace of your ways, people of Israel.[It is for the sake of My holy Name, that you have profaned, says the Lord.]

Ezekiel 36:33 The Lord says; when I have cleansed you of all your wrongdoings, you will settle in the towns and the ruined places will be rebuilt.

Ezekiel 36:34-35 The Land, now desolate will be ploughed and sown- no longer a wasteland.

[The Land is deserted and desolate after the Lord's Day of vengeance and wrath.]

Ezekiel 36:36 The nations still left around you will know that it is I, the Lord who has done this. [Some will survive in the nations around Israel.]

Ezekiel 36:37 The Lord God says; once again, I will let the Israelites pray to Me for help. They will become many,as flocks of sheep in the Land.

Ezekiel 36:38 As Jerusalem has flocks of sheep at festival times, so will the towns of Israel be filled with flocks of people. Then, they will know that I am the Lord. 

 

In the last three verses of Ezekiel chapter 36, it is made clear that Jesus is not yet present in His glory when righteous Israel is settled into the Promised Land.

This prophesy cannot be construed as having been fulfilled by the Jews, currently inhabiting the Land, and they also face judgement for their apostasy in the forthcoming Day of the Lord.

v 24- More than half of the world's Jews still remain among the nations.

v 25- Not purified - about half of the Israelis are atheists.

v 26-27 - No real sign of any Spirit of the Lord in Israel at present.

v 28- The State of Israel occupies only a portion of the area promised.

v 29-30 The Jews have achieved agricultural wonders, but a lot of desert remains.

v 31-32 Shame and remorse? Not noticeable, anywhere among the Jews.

v 33- Cleansed of all your wrongdoings - not happened as yet.

v 35 The nations still left. The prophesied destruction of the 'evil neighbours' will not

leave very many people, but they will be made aware of the Lord's judgement.

 

 

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But, You, Land of Israel, Yield Your Fruit For the Homecoming of My People Is Near. 

Ezekiel chapter 36:1-38

This is what the Lord says about the Land of Israel: Israel, you were trampled down when you were occupied by other nations. I will now speak to the Land, plundered and despised by the surrounding nations.

In My burning zeal, I have spoken out against the rest of the nations, especially Edom, for with glee and malice they seized My Land as spoil. Therefore, because Israel has suffered the scorn of the nations, I swear that those nations will in turn suffer scorn.

But you, Land of Israel, bring forth your branches and yield your fruit for My people, [Righteous Christian Israel], for their homecoming is near. See how I will look on you with favour, you will be fruitful. I shall settle on you many people, the whole twelve tribes of Israel, the towns inhabited and the Land prosperous. My people, will live there again, never again to leave. No longer will they suffer the scorn of foreigners.

When ancient Israel was living in the Land, they defiled it by their idolatry. I sentenced them to exile around the world. But I have concern for My Holy Name, so you Israelites, it is not for your sake that I am acting - I shall show My Holiness through you and all the nations will know that I am the Lord.

I shall take you out of the world, gather you from every land and bring you back to your homeland.I will purify you of everything that defiles you. You will have a new heart and I will put My spirit within you and you will desire to only follow My Laws.

Then you will live in the Land that I had given to your forefathers. You will be My people and I will be your God. Having saved you from all that defiles you, I shall command the Land to be plentiful, trees will bear abundant fruit and the soil will produce heavy crops. Never again will you suffer famine.

You will recall your wicked conduct and evil deeds and will hate yourself for them. Feel the shame and disgrace of your old ways, people of Israel.

The Lord says: when I have cleansed you of all your wrongdoings, you will settle in the Land and the ruined places will be rebuilt. The Land will be ploughed and sown, no longer a wasteland, rain will come in due season.

The nations still left around you will know that it is I, the Lord who has done this.

The Lord says; once again, I will let the Israelites pray to Me for help. They will become many, as flocks of sheep in the Land. As Jerusalem has flocks of sheep at festival time, so will the towns of Israel be filled with flocks of people. Ezekiel 34:11

Then they will know that I am their God. This proves it all happens before the glorious Return of Jesus.                                                        Reference: REB verses abridged. 

 

The prophet Ezekiel, who was commissioned to prophesy specifically to the House of Israel, [Ezekiel 2:3] wrote chapter 36, giving the story of how God will, in His burning zeal, clear the "evil neighbours" [Jeremiah 12: 14] out of Greater Israel. Then, His people, righteous Israelites, all the Christian peoples of the world, will gather and settle in the Land. They will receive God's Spirit and will live in the Land with great prosperity. This is in order for them to be a "light to the nations" and to prepare for the Return of Jesus.

 

 

 

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At The Appointed Time, I Shall Bring This Swiftly To Pass 

Isaiah 60:1-22 Arise! Shine, Jerusalem, for your light has come – over you the glory of the Lord has dawned. Though darkness covers the earth, on you the Lord shines. Over you His glory will appear. Nations and kings will come to your light. Look – your sons and daughters are coming from afar, all assembling in the Land. You will rejoice at the sight. The wealth of nations will be yours. Droves of camels laden with treasure will come and flocks of sheep will cover the Land, acceptable offerings for My altar and to enhance the splendour of My Temple.

Who are these that sail along like clouds? They are vessels assembling from the coasts and islands bringing your children from far away, their treasures with them, for the honour of the Holy One of Israel. In My wrath, I struck you down, now in My favour I show you pity. Foreigners and kings will work for you.

For the nation that refuses to serve you will perish, there will be widespread devastation among such nations. The glory of Lebanon shall come to you, to adorn My holy sanctuary. All who reviled you shall pay you homage, calling Jerusalem “The City of the Lord”. I shall give My Land and people everlasting renown. You will receive the best gifts from kings and the nations. Then you will acknowledge that your Redeemer is the Mighty One of Israel. For copper you shall have gold, for iron, silver. You will live in peace and righteousness will rule over you. No more will havoc and ruin be within your borders. Your walls will be deliverance and your gates, praise.

The sun and moon will no longer be your light, for the Lord will be your everlasting light. Your days of mourning will be ended. The Lord’s people, all of them righteous, will possess the Land forever. They are My own planting, the work of My hands for My adornment. The few will become a great nation.

At the appointed time, I, the Lord, will bring this swiftly to pass.  Psalm 102:12-22, Isaiah 49:8

                                                                                                      Ref. REB. Some verses abridged.

 

‘At the Appointed time’: God has appointed times for His celebrations and actions. Acts 17:31 In Leviticus 23:24, He decreed that His people should observe the first day of the seventh month, as Yom Teruah; the day of Trumpet sounding. That day is Tishri 1 - the first of the fall feasts, usually coming in September. There was no explanation given by God for this reminder and the only time it has had significance was when Ezra read the Torah to the returned Jews. Nehemiah 8:1-6

But it seems probable that God has in mind a more dramatic fulfilment for this Day. There is coming a Day of vengeance and wrath, the Lord’s judgement/punishment of the nations, described many times as a Day of trumpet sounds and great noise heard around the world.

 ‘darkness covers the earth’:It may be months before the smoke and ash from thewidespread devastation’ of this disastrous fire from the sky  clears. Jeremiah 4:23-27

However, this may also be allegorized: the darkness being people’s separation from God and the Lord our everlasting Light, those who enjoy the Lord’s favour.

The Lord’s people, all of them righteous Christians, assembling from the coasts and islands’, Isaiah 49:8-11, Ezekiel 20:34. They travel on every type of transport to the new country of Beulah. Isaiah 62:1-5, Isaiah 66:20

‘Over you, His Glory will appear’, His Glory, not his presence. Then you will acknowledge your Redeemer’. The Return of Jesus for His Millennium reign will come later.

The wealth of nations will be yours’, This happened before; at the first Exodus, the Israelites took treasure from the Egyptians.  Exodus 11:2

‘The splendour of My Temple’, One of the first projects of the new inhabitants of Beulah, will be to build the third Temple. The Temple mount will have been cleared and cleansed by the fires and earthquakes of the Lord’s punishment. 

 

 

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From Every Nation, They Will Come 

Isaiah,the prophet, commissioned by God, to restore the survivors of Israel. Isaiah 49:5-6 

Isaiah 66:15-16 See: the Lord is coming in fire, His chariots are like a whirlwind, bringing retribution with His furious anger and His rebuke with flaming fire. The Lord will judge with fire and sword, He will test all mankind and many will be killed by Him.

The Lord's Day of vengeance and wrath - the next prophetic event. This fire judgement upon all the earth, will be by a coronal mass ejection from the sun. It will affect all the earth, but will particularly devastate the Middle East. Isaiah 63:1-6, Revelation 6:12-17, Jeremiah 12:14, Psalm 18:7-15, Isaiah 24:1-6, Malachi 4:1

Isaiah 66:17:18a All those who practice magic rites and divination, those who eat unclean foods - all will meet their end, for I know their thoughts and deeds.

Witchcraft, occultism, false religion, disobedience to God's Laws, etc., all who do these things will die. Isaiah 48:22, Jeremiah 30:23-24, Revelation 22:15, Micah 5:12

Isaiah 66:18b-19 I am going to gather people of every tongue, they will come to see My glory. I shall put a sign on them and some of these survivors I will send out to the nations, to proclaim My Gospel among them. They will go to distant places that have not heard of My glory.

Irrefutable proof that this happens years before the Return of Jesus. The Lord's people, righteous Christian Israelites, are gathered from all parts of the earth and assigned to one of the tribes. 12,000 are selected from each of the twelve tribes and sent out to proclaim the good news of the coming Kingdom of Jesus. Revelation 7:3-8 & 14:1-7, Isaiah 43:10

Isaiah 66:20-21 From every nation, your countrymen will be brought, on every kind of conveyance, coming as an offering to the Lord on His holy mountain. They will come to Jerusalem, just as the ancient Israelites brought their grain offerings. The Lord will select some of them to be His priests.

Soon after the Lord's Day of vengeance, all the Christian Israelite peoples, those who have lost their Israelite identity and including those grafted in, will be motivated to emigrate to the new nation of Beulah, Isaiah 62:1-5. Ezekiel 36:10-12, Ezekiel 39:25-29, Isaiah 11:11-12, Jeremiah 30:10-14. They will live there in great prosperity and peace for many years, until the Anti Christ comes to power. He will break his treaty of peace with Israel and take control of the country, placing his image in the Temple. This will start the 3½ year Tribulation period. An 'elect' group will be taken to a place of safety during this time. Zechariah 14:2b, Revelation 12:14. Then Jesus Christ will Return in His glory to reign for 1000 years.

Isaiah 66:22-23 As the new heavens and earth, which I am making will endure before Me, so will your name and descendants endure. Every new moon and Sabbath, all mankind will come to bow before Me.

This will happen after the Millennium. Isaiah 54:9-10, Revelation 21:1-4

Isaiah 66:24 As they go out, they will see the bodies of those who rebelled against Me, where the devouring worm never dies and the fire is not quenched. All mankind will view them with horror. Zechariah 14:12                  Reference: REB, NIV. Verses abridged. 

 

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Proclaim This Message Toward the North Jeremiah 3:12 

Jeremiah 3:11 The Lord said, Apostate Israel is more righteous than faithless Judah.

Jeremiah 3:12-13 Come back, apostate people, for I am patient with you and My love is unfailing. I shall not keep My anger forever. Only acknowledge your wrongdoing and your disobedience to My commands.

Jeremiah 3:14-15I shall take you, one from each city and two from each clan and bring you to Zion. [Isaiah 27:12]There I will give you shepherds after My own heart and they will lead you with knowledge and understanding. [Jeremiah30:21]

Jeremiah 3:16-17In those days, whenyou have increased and become fruitful in the Land no one will speak of or remember the Ark of the Covenant. At that time, Jerusalem will be called the Throne of the Lord, all nations will gather there to honour the Lord. No longer will they follow their evil and stubborn hearts.

Jeremiah 3:18In those days, Judah will be united with Israel and togetherthey will come from a Northern land into the Land that I gave their forefathers. [Isaiah 11:11-12]

Jeremiah 3:19-20 I had said; How gladly I would treat you like sons and give you a desirable Land. You would call Me 'Father', I thought, and not cease to follow Me. But, like a woman unfaithful to her husband, so you, Israel were unfaithful to Me.

Jeremiah 3:21Weeping is heard from the barren heights, Israel's people pleading for mercy, because they have forgotten the Lord and His ways. [Amos 5:17]

Jeremiah 3:22Come back, apostate people and I will heal you. Here we are - coming to You, for You are the Lord, our God. [Isaiah 59:20] [us.

Jeremiah 3:23 Surely, those idols on the hilltops are useless, only the Lord is salvation for

Jeremiah 3:24-25 From our early days, false gods have consumed the fruits of our fathers labours, their livestock and children. In our shame, let disgrace cover us, for we have sinned against the Lord our God and not obeyed Him.

Jeremiah 4:1 Israel, come back to the Lord - banish your loathsome idols and go astray no more. [Jeremiah 29:13-14]

Jeremiah 4:2 If you swear 'by the life of the Lord' in truth, justice and uprightness - then the nations will pray to be blessed like you

Reference. REB,NIV,KJV. Some verses abridged 

 

 Note that in verse 16, it is only after His people, Israel have increased and become fruitful in the Land, that the Ark is eventually superseded by the Lord's presence in Jerusalem. It does seem that the Ark, now hidden, will be found and placed in the rebuilt Temple. Zechariah 6:15

Verse 18 states that Israel and Judah will unite and re-enter the Land from the North. Only a remnant of the present Jewish population will remain in the Land after the Day of vengeance and the Israelites are now all the Christian peoples. Zechariah 13:8-9

Verse 21 is the same time as Ezekiel 20:34-38...I shall bring you out of the peoples...gather you, make you pass under the Rod of judgement and purge you of those who rebel against Me, they will come from where they live, but will not set foot in the Promised Land.

 

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Awake, Awake Zion, Put On Your Strength 

Isaiah 52:1-2Jerusalem, Holy city, put on your splendid garments, for the heathen and unclean will never again enter you. Arise, captive city - shake off the dust and loosen your bonds.

Isaiah 52:3-6 The Lord says: You were sold, but no price was paid and without payment, you will be redeemed. My people were captives in Egypt, then Assyria, but now, what do I find? My people in exile and My name reviled constantly. But on the Day that I save My people, they will know My name and know that it is I, the Lord, who speaks. Here I am!

Isaiah 52:7-9 The bringer of good news announces deliverance, proclaiming to Zion - Your Lord has become King! You who keep watch, raise your voices and shout with joy, for you will see the Lord return to Zion. The Lord has comforted His people and redeemed Jerusalem.

Isaiah 52:10 The Lord has bared His holy arm and all the world will see the deliverance of His people. 

Isaiah 52:11-12 Go out, leave Babylon behind, touch nothing unclean - keep pure, you that carry the holy vessels. But you will not flee in urgent haste or leave like fugitives, for the Lord will go before you and He will be your rearguard.

Isaiah 52:13 My servant will achieve success, He will be honoured and exalted. 

Isaiah 52:14 The time was when many despised you, My people, just as My servant [Jesus] is despised and rejected. [Christian believers] So He will cover many nations and what they were not told, they will then understand.

Reference: REB, NIV. Some verses abridged  

v 1-6 Jerusalem, cleansed and made holy. His people, righteous Israel, redeemed and saved. Isaiah 51:11 Note- "captives in Assyria", that is the ten Northern tribes.

v 7-9 'You who keep watch, will see the Lord return to Zion': This shows that HisChristian  people are there, in the Land, before the Return of Jesus.

v 10 "The Lord has bared His holy arm":  Shown His strength, that will be on the Lord's Day of vengeance and wrath. Isaiah 63:4 , Deuteronomy 32:40-42

v 11-12 His people - leave your homes, the Lord will guide you. [In the same way as He did for ancient Israel. 1 Corinthians 10:4] Do not bring anything that will defile you. You will travel to the Promised Land in style and march with joy and thanksgiving. Isaiah 30:29, Jeremiah 31:8-9, Isaiah 40:29-31

"You that carry the Holy vessels" The Temple will be rebuilt, the Ark and all the Temple treasures will be placed in it. Ezekiel 43:4-5, Ezekiel 43:12, Isaiah 60:7

v 13-14 Those peoples who have not received the gospel will be told the truth. By the 144,000 missionaries.

 

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The Earth is My Footstool 

Isaiah 66:1-2 & 5 These are the words of the Lord: The heavens are My throne and the earth is My footstool. All this is My own making and belongs to Me. Those who revere My word are oppressed and afflicted. Hear the word of the Lord, you that revere His word: Your kinsmen hate you because you follow My ways. They say: "Let the Lord show His glory. We do not believe in God". 2 Peter 3:3-4 But they will be put to shame. Amos 9:10

Isaiah 66:3-4 & 6 People have adopted loathsome practices, so I shall bring to them that which they fear. No one listened to Me and they chose what displeased Me.

The noise and distress you hear is the Lord, dealing retribution to His foes.

Jeremiah 50:22 This is the Great Day of the Lord's vengeance and wrath, the next prophesied event - the judgement of the nations. Hab.3:12

Isaiah 66:7-9 Zion has been born a son, before any labour pains. Who has heard of such a thing? Can a nation be born in a single day?Shall I bring to the point of birth and not deliver? I, the Lord, will deliver her children.

Isaiah 66:10-14 Rejoice with Jerusalem, all you who love her, for you will be comforted and shall delight in her abundance.Obadiah 19-21

These are the words of the Lord; I shall make prosperity flow over her, like a river and the wealth of the nations will come to her. I will comfort and uphold you. My people will be glad and will flourish like the grass in springtime. The Lord will make His power known among His servants and His indignation felt among His enemies. Reference: REB some verses abridged 

 

'The earth is My footstool". The Lord is the Maker and owner of all things. Those Christian people who love him and keep His commandments are 'oppressed and afflicted', this is the situation in many parts of the world today.

'Let the Lord show His glory'. Scoffers say; Where is your Lord, nothing changes. 2 Peter 3:3-4 'But they will be put to shame'.

'Can a nation be born on a single day?' This passage has been quoted extensively, as being fulfilled by the Jewish State of Israel. It cannot apply to them, as it took at least 50 years for Israel to become a country, with many 'labour pains'. To say that the country of Israel was born in one day, the day it was declared and ratified by the UN, is a dishonest statement. But other prophecies, yet to be fulfilled, about how righteous Israelites; the Lord's Christian people, will go to live in the Promised Land, confirm that the 'Lord will deliver the children of Zion'. This will be the great Second Exodus of all the Israelites.

'The wealth of the nations will come to Zion'. The precursor to this was at the first Exodus, when the Israelites took treasure from the Egyptians.

'The Lord will make His power known among His servants and His indignation felt among His enemies'. This is not the glorious Return, He is not seen at this time. His righteous people will know His deliverance and the godless will know their punishment. It is the many prophesied judgement of fire, described in Isaiah 30:26 as a coronal mass ejection that destroys His enemies, but on that same Day; He saves His people.

 

 

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Raise a Standard - Call To Assemble in Israel 

Isaiah 13:1-8 Babylon - an oracle. [Prophecy against foreign nations]

Raise a flag, sound the call to battle. I have commanded My holy ones to carry out My judgement, all My troops, eager for the victory. Listen to the noise of their gathering, they come, prepared with the weapons of the Lord's wrath. Wail, for the Day of the Lord is near, devastation from the Almighty. Because of this, all courage will melt away and terror and fear will grip everyone. Joel 2:1-11, Isaiah 24:1

Isaiah 13:9-16 The Day of the Lord is coming, that cruel Day of wrath and fierce anger, to reduce the earth to desolation and to destroy all the wicked there. The sun, moon and stars will be darkened when God punishes the world for its sins. The heavens will tremble and the earth will be shaken to its foundations.

Humans will be scarcer than gold, at the wrath of the Lord, on that Day of His blazing anger. Like sheep with no shepherd, people will rush back to their native lands, those who are caught will be killed. Isaiah 66:15-16 

Isaiah 13:17-22 Is fulfilled prophecy - Ancient Babylon was destroyed by the Medes, it has never been rebuilt as an inhabited city. Isaiah chapter 47

 

Isaiah 29:20-23 The arrogant and ruthless will be no more, therefore the Lord says: This is no time for Jacob [Christian Israelite people] to be shamed, for his descendants will regard Israel's God with awe and will praise Him for their deliverance.Habakkuk 3:12-14

Isaiah 11:11-16On that Day, the Lord will exert His power a second time, to recover the remnant of His people from all parts of the world, He will raise a standard for the nations. The scattered people of Judah and Ephraim will assemble and the ancient hostility between them, will cease. They will take over all the area that was promised to Abraham. The Lord will make a road for them to travel into the Land, as He did for the ancient Israelites. Isaiah 49:8-13, Revelation 18:4

The Lord's people, righteous Christian Israel, are gathered and settled into the Land. Ezekiel 34:11-31

Isaiah 12:1-6On the Day of our deliverance, we will say: We praise You, Lord. You were angry with us, now Your anger has abated and you comfort us. The Lord is our deliverer, our refuge and defence. On that day, we will say with joy: Give thanks to God, make known what He has done among the peoples. Cry out, you dwellers in Zion, for the Holy one of Israel is among you in His majesty. Psalm 100:1-5

The glory of God will reside in the 3rd Temple, His people will rejoice and praise Him. Ezekiel 43:2

Reference REB,NIV. Some verses abridged. 

 

Isaiah 13:1-16 is about the coming Day of the Lord's vengeance and wrath. This is the next prophesied event, which will clear the entire Middle East area, enabling Greater Israel to be resettled by the Lord's righteous Christian peoples. Verse 10 says how it will be dark on that Day - this will be caused by the smoke and ash clouds resulting from a massive coronal mass ejection from the sun. Isaiah 30:26-28, Jeremiah 30:23-24, Malachi 4:1, Isaiah 66:15-16, Ezekiel 20:46-48, Revelation 6:12-17

THEN, His people, Righteous Christian people from every race, nation and language, have the wonderful promises of redemption and restoration. They will live in peace and security in all that area promised to Abraham.

That all this will take place before Jesus returns, is evident by the way His people gather - not by the angels, as in Matthew 24:31 - but by travelling along 'a highway', by every conveyance. Isaiah 66:20. Also how the Lord gives them a sign and motivates them to move to New Israel.

 

 

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Listen to Me, you Coasts and Islands

'Coasts and islands', refers to the Western nations, now the Christian peoples.

Jeremiah 10:1-25 Listen Israelites: This is what the Lord says: Do not learn the ways of the nations or be worried by signs and portents. It is other peoples who are terrified by them.  For the gods’ of the nations are shams, just as dumb as scarecrows. Do not fear them, they can do no harm, nor can they do any good. Where can any other be found like You, Lord? You are great and mighty, fear of You is a fitting tribute for the King of the nations. One and all, the nations are stupid and foolish, making idols of materialistic things and worshipping false gods. But the Lord is God in truth, a living God, the eternal King. The earth quakes and no nation can endure His fury. You can be sure, those false gods will disappear on the Day of the Lord’s wrath.

 God made the heavens and the earth by His power, wisdom and knowledge. He controls the wind and rain. Everyone is brutish and ignorant and those who teach false doctrines, promote idolatry and divination will be discredited and will perish when the Day of Reckoning comes. Jacob’s God is not like these, for He is the creator of the universe. Israel are the people He claims as His own. Y’hovah/Y’eshuah is His Name.

 Gather up your belongings, to leave the holy Land you who live under siege. For this is what the Lord says: This time, I shall throw out the whole population of the Land, I shall press them and squeeze them dry. [Zion says:] Oh! The pain of my afflictions, I am laid low and must endure it. My dwellings are destroyed and my people have gone away. Their leaders are senseless, they do not enquire of the Lord, so their flock is scattered. Listen; a rumour comes, a great uproar from the North – a great horde is ready to make Judah desolate. Pour out Your fury on those nations that do not acknowledge You, for they have swallowed Jacob and desecrated his Land. 

I am aware, Lord, that one’s ways are not of our own choosing, nor is it within our power to determine our course in life. Correct me, Lord, but with justice, not with anger, lest I be destroyed.                              Ref: REB,NIV. Abridged and paraphrased

 

 

 Do not be worried about earthquakes and storms, etc. They are natural events, we just hear about them more, due to better news reporting. We must avoid the idols of our time:  materialism, atheism and false religions.   Luke 21:34-36

 On the Lord’s Day of vengeance, He will judge the idolaters and the godless leaders.   Isa 66:17, Jeremiah 3:23-25, Ezekiel 20:30-31, Micah 5:10-15

 ‘My people, get out, for this time the Land of Greater Israel will be cleared of all evil and apostate people’. Ezekiel 21:3, Jeremiah 12:14 The Land will become empty and desolate, then it will be regenerated, Isaiah 35:1-10, Ezekiel 36:8, and the Lord's Christian people will gather to live there in peace and prosperity. Isaiah 11:11-12, Zechariah 10:8-12

 “A horde assembles against Judah”  Psalm 83 – an Ishmaelite confederation. Micah 4:1

 “pour out Your fury’, the Day of the Lord’s vengeance and wrath against His enemies, those peoples and nations that do not acknowledge the Lord and hate His people.  Haggai 2:22, Isaiah 66:15-16, Zech. 3:8, 2 Peter 3:10, Revelation 6:12-17

 The Lord controls our destiny. We plead for His justice and mercy. Psalm 37:1-40

Pray for His protection on the great Day of His wrath against the nations. Acts 2:21, Prov. 3:25=26                                                         

     

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Victory Comes From Y'hovah 

Isaiah 54:1 Sing, barren woman, who never bore a child, Shout for joy, you who havenever been in labour, for the deserted wife will have more children that she who has a husband.

This verse refers to the Israelites - the 10 Northern tribes, then Judah, divorced and exiled from God for their sins, but now 'a vast multitude', of Christian believers. Isaiah 50:1, Jeremiah 3:8-9, Malachi 2:10-11, Ezekiel 36:10-11

Isaiah 54:2-3 Enlarge your space, spread out right and left, your descendants will dispossess nations and will inhabit cities now desolate.

The Israelites - Christians people will be brought into the Land of Greater Israel, will take over neighbouring areas and will live in their abandoned houses. Zechariah 10:8-10, Micah 7:11, Ezekiel 36:24-28, Amos 9:12, Zephaniah 3:19-20]

Isaiah 54:4-6 Fear not, you will not be put to shame or disgrace. It is time to forget the shame of your younger days and the reproach of your casting off, for your husband is your Maker, His name is Y'hovah. The Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer, He acknowledges you as his possession again, once cast off and heartbroken.

His people, Righteous Christian Israel, can look forward to their redemption and restoration. Amos 9:13-15, Jeremiah 31:31-34, Isaiah 14:1-2]

 

Isaiah 54:7-8 For a passing moment, I forsook you, but with tender affection, I shall bring you home again. In an upsurge of anger, I hid My face from you, but now, I shall give you never failing love, says the Lord, your Redeemer.

'a passing moment' - 1000s of years of Israel's exile (a thousand years is as a day to God) His people are soon to be brought into their heritage. Isaiah 11:11-12, Zephaniah 3:17, Micah 3:6-8.

Isaiah 54:9-10 This to Me, is like when I swore to never again flood the earth, so now I swear to you - to never again be angry or rebuke you. My love will never fail and My covenant of peace will never be shaken.

Wonderful promises of blessings to His people, all those who love and serve Him. Micah 7:19, Hosea 14:4-7, Ezekiel 37:26-27.

Isaiah 54:11-12 Storm battered city, distressed and desolate, now I shall rebuild you with the finest materials.

Jerusalem - and all Israel- rebuilt and regenerated after the damage caused by the Lord's Day of vengeance and wrath. Joel 1:19-20, Amos 9:11, Ezekiel 36:8-12.

Isaiah 54:13-17 Your children will be instructed by the Lord, they will enjoy great prosperity. They will have nothing to fear. If anyone tries to attack you, they will die [Ezekiel 38 & 39 & Joel 2:20] No weapon will prevail against you and any accuser will be refuted. These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the Lord, their victory comes from Me. Reference; REB, some verses abridged. 

 

His Righteous Christian people, living in peace and security, in all of the Promised Land, will fulfil all the promises made to the Patriarchs. They will be 'a light to the nations ' and will send out 144,000 missionaries to spread the gospel of the coming Kingdom of Jesus Christ. Isaiah 66:19, and Luke 10:17 - is a precursor of them.

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SUFFERING AND SORROW WILL FLEE AWAY 

This old world staggers along, from disaster to crisis, wars, earthquakes, storms, droughts, you name it. But God's plans will soon come to fruition. The shocking and earth shattering Day of the Lord's vengeance and wrath will set the scene for a sequence of events, culminating in the Lord Jesus' glorious Return. This event will constitute the Lord's judgement on Judah [the current inhabitants of Israel] and all the surrounding nations. THEN, the Land of Greater Israel will be regenerated and His people, Righteous Christian Israelites will come to live there, in peace and security. They will rebuild the Temple and prepare for the eventual Return of Jesus. 

The nations:

Ezekiel 36:7 Therefore, says the Lord, the nations round about Israel will endure rebuke.                                                                              The coming disaster, resulting in the judgement of 'the evil neighbours'. Jeremiah 12:14

The Jews:

Jeremiah 7:20 I will pour out My anger on Judah, on man and beast, trees and crops - it will be unquenched.                                                 The Land is virtually wiped bare. Joel 1:19-20

 

So, that must happen in the time period before this:

Ezekiel 36:8 But you, mountains of Israel, put forth your branches and yield fruit for My people, Israel, for their homecoming is near.               My people, Righteous Christian Israel, gathered, judged and settled in all of the Promised Land. Ezekiel 20:34-35, Ezekiel 34:11-31

Ezekiel 16:52 It is you, Judah, that must bear the humiliation - for your sins have pleaded your sisters cause, your conduct is so much more abominable than theirs, that they appear innocent in comparison. Now you must bear your shame.

Ezekiel 16:53 I shall restore the fortunes of your sisters, Sodom and Samaria, [The 10 northern tribes of Israel] and yours, [the House of Judah] too at the same time.

Ezekiel 16:55 When your sisters become what they were of old, then your daughters will be restored likewise.

Ezekiel 16:63 You [Judah]will remember your conduct and be so ashamed and humiliated that you will never open your mouth again, once I have pardoned you.

 

Isaiah 40:1-2 Comfort My people, their term of bondage served - penalty paid.

Isaiah 40:3 Clear a road through the desert for the Lord, level the ground.

Isaiah 43:19 I am about to do something new. Through the wilderness I will make a way.

Micah 2:12-13 Ishall assemble you, the whole House of Israel [now every Cristian believer] herded like sheep.

Micah 4:6 I shall gather and restore the lost as a remnant, turned into a mighty nation.

 

Hosea 2:14-23But now, I shall woo My people and lead them into the wilderness. I shall speak words of encouragement to them. I shall betroth you to Myself forever. Israel will be My new sowing in the Land. I say- you are My people and they will say- you are our God. 2 Peter 2:9-10

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Isaiah 32:14 Houses are forsaken and streets deserted - the Land is a waste to the delight of the donkeys and flocks. 

Isaiah 32:15 Until the Spirit from on High is poured upon us, and then the wilderness will become garden land.

Isaiah 32:16-18 Justice and righteousness will prevail throughout the Land. My people will live peacefully, in secure homes.

Isaiah 32:19-20 Despite damage to vegetation and buildings, you will be blessed with ample water, crops and grazing land.

Isaiah 35:1-2 Let the wilderness be glad, the desert rejoice and flower. The Land will again show the glory of Lebanon, Carmel and Sharon, these will see the glory of the Lord. 

Isaiah 35:3-4Strengthen yourselves, say to those with fearful hearts- be strong. For your God comes to save you, with His vengeance and retribution. [Against your enemies; the Gog/Magog attack. Joel 2:20]

Isaiah 35:5-7Then the blind will see, the deaf hear, all disabilities cured. Water will flow in the desert, where jackals once roamed.

Isaiah 35:8-9 A highway will appear - called the way of Holiness. No unclean person will pass on it. Wicked fools cannot trespass on it. No dangerous beast will come there. But, by that way the Lord's redeemed will return.

Isaiah 35:10 The Lord's people, set free will come back and enter the Land with shouts of joy and triumph. Gladness and joy will come upon them and all suffering and sorrow will flee away.

Reference: Revised English Bible, some verses abridged 

 

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Chapter Eleven - HIS PEOPLE 

 

Go, My People, Withdraw For a Little While 

Isaiah 26:20-21.....until the Lord's wrath has passed. The Lord is coming to punish the wicked and apostate peoples of the earth.

Isaiah 27:1 On that Day, the Lord will punish with His powerful sword Leviathan, that twisting serpent.

Isaiah 27:2-5 On that Day, sing of the fruitful vineyard - I the Lord am its keeper. I tend it constantly, but I get no fruit from it. If only it were briars and thorns, then I would not hesitate to destroy it. But if they [Christians] come to Me for refuge, I will let them make peace with Me.

Isaiah 27:6 In time to come, Jacobs posterity will prosper and Israel will flourish. They will fill the whole earth with fruit. 

Isaiah27:7-9 Has the Lord struck Israel, as He has killed their enemies? The atonement for Jacob's guilt is made by their sojourn in exile. All the idol worshipping altars and sacred poles are destroyed.

Isaiah 27:10 The fortified settlement is abandoned. Animals graze there and the trees are dead, good only for firewood.

Isaiah 27:11 For this is a people without understanding, so their Maker will not show them favour. 

Isaiah 27:12-13In that day, the Lord will thresh the grain from the Euphrates to the river of Egypt and you, Israelites will be gathered one by one. On that Day, a great trumpet will sound and those who were exiled in Assyria and Egypt will come to worship the Lord in Jerusalem.

Reference: REB, NIV some verses abridged 

 

v 20-21 All righteous Christian people, who love the Lord, need to prepare for a time, soon after the Lord's Day of vengeance, when the Call comes to gather into the Promised Land. Isaiah 11:11-12, Hosea 2:14-23

v 1 The Lord's Day of wrath and vengeance against His enemies, who are led by Satan allegorised as a serpent. Isaiah 30:27-28, Malachi 4:1

v 2-5 The Lord's vineyard; Israelies. If they believe in and trust God, He will save them.

v 6 Israel- that is all the true believers, those who are judged righteous and settled into the Land, will be a light to the nations. Isaiah 60:3

v 7-9 The sins of the forefathers are expiated by the exile. Isaiah 10:27

v 10 The Land, cleared and swept clean after the Day of vengeance. Psalm 60:2 Isaiah 32:12-14

v 11 This refers to the current inhabitants of the Land. Jeremiah 12:14

v 12 On that day, all the area of Greater Israel will be judged. A remnant will be saved. But then the exiles from Assyria [the 10 Northern tribes] and Egypt [Judah] will regather in the Land, along with all those grafted in.  Ezekiel 20:3, Galatians 3:26-29

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KEEP IN MIND WHAT THE PROPHETS TAUGHT. 

2 Esdras 1:22-23 These are the words of the Lord Almighty: When you were in the wilderness, suffering thirst by the stream of bitter water and cursing me, I did not send fire on you for your blasphemies, instead I cast a log into the stream and made the water sweet.

2 Esdras 1:24 What shall I do to you, O Jacob? You, Judah, would not obey me. I will turn to other nations and will give them my name, and they will keep my statutes. [Jesus' message of atonement to all who will accept it]

2 Esdras 1:25-26 Because you have forsaken me, I also will forsake you. When you implore me for mercy, I will show you none. When you pray to me, I will not listen to you; for you have defiled your hands with blood, and your feet are swift to commit murder.

2 Esdras 1:27 It is not that you had forsaken me; you have forsaken yourselves, says the Lord.

2 Esdras 1:28-29 Thus says the Lord Almighty: Have I not pleaded you as a father pleads his sons or a mother her daughters or a nurse her children, so that you should be my people and I should be your God, and that you should be my children and I should be your father?

2 Esdras 1:30 I gathered you as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings. But now, what am I to do with you? I shall cast you out from my presence.

2 Esdras 1:31 When you offer me sacrifice, I shall turn from you; for I have rejected your feasts, and new moons, and circumcisions of the flesh.

2 Esdras 1:32 I sent you my servants the prophets, but you have taken and killed them and mutilated their bodies; for their murder I shall call you to account, says the Lord.

2 Esdras 1:33-34 Thus says the Lord Almighty: Your house is forsaken; I will drive you out as the wind drives straw; and your sons will have no children, because with you they have neglected my commandments and have done what is evil in my sight. 

2 Esdras 1:35-36 I will give your houses to a people yet to come, a people who will trust me, though they have not known me, who will do my bidding, though I gave them no signs. They have seen no prophets, yet will keep in mind what the prophets taught of old.

2 Esdras 1:37 I call to witness the gratitude of the people that is to come, whose children rejoice with gladness; though they do not see me with bodily eyes, yet with the spirit they will believe the things I have said.

2 Esdras 1:38-40 And now, father Ezra, look with pride and see the people coming from the east; to them I will give as leaders Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and Hosea and Amos and Micah and Joel and Obadiah and Jonah and Nahum and Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi, who is also called the messenger of the Lord.

Revised English Bible Apocrypha, abridged.

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The Answer To Your Question 

2 Esdras 13:22-24.....as to who will survive the last days, is this; the very person from whom judgement will come, will protect those exposed to danger, if they have good deeds and faith laid up to their credit with God Most High. Be assured that those who survive are more blessed than those who die.

2 Esdras 9:1-2 Watch carefully - when you see that some signs predicted have passed. Then you will understand that the time has come for the Most High to judge the world that He has created.

2 Esdras 9:3-6 When the world experiences earthquakes, plots among the nations, unstable government and panic of the rulers, then you will know it is the time of the end, marked by the manifestation of the Lord's power.

2 Esdras 9:7-8 All who come safely through and escape destruction, thanks to their good deeds or the faith they have shown, will survive the dangers I have foretold and witness the salvation I shall bring to My Land, the place that I have set apart for all eternity for My own.

2 Esdras 9:10-13 All who in their lifetime failed to acknowledge Me, in spite of the benefits I brought them, all who disdained My Law while freedom was still theirs, who scornfully dismissed the idea of penitence while the way was still open - all these must learn the truth through torments after their death, Do not ask what will happen to the godless, but know the just will be saved; the world is theirs and for their sake it exists.

2 Esdras 12:46-49 Take courage, Israel, lay aside your grief. The Most High bears you in mind, the Mighty God has not forgotten you forever. I have not abandoned you, nor shall I leave you. Pray for Zion, in her desolation and beg for mercy for the sanctuary, now fallen low. Go to your homes for the present and soon I shall come back to you.            Reference, Revised English Bible Apocrypha 

 

Romans 9:22-23 But if it is indeed God's purpose to display His retribution and make His power known, can it be that He has with great patience tolerated vessels made for destruction, precisely in order to make known His glory unto vessels that are to be objects of His mercy - prepared from the first for glory. 

 

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Everyone Whose Name Is Entered In The Book Of Life 

Back in the early 90's, my son and I built a small hut, hidden two hours hike into the rugged forest country of New Zealand. We had planned it as a hunting base, but my main motive was for it to be an end times hideaway. It is still there (built of corrugated aluminium sheets) because my nephew followed my directions - and Google Earth, and picked up the 7mm semi automatic rifle that I had kept there. I now know what foolishness this thinking is, as I am just now beginning to realize what great and terrible events are about to hit the unaware and complacent people of this world. 

When you read prophecies like Zephaniah 1:14-16, Isaiah 13:9-12 and Revelation 6:12-17, then you know that any attempt to avoid or hide from God's judgement is futile.

Jeremiah 23:24 Can anyone hide in some secret place and I not see them? Do I not fill all the heavens and the earth?

 

THIS is our promise;

Daniel 12:1 At that time will appear Michael, the great Captain who stands guarding your fellow countrymen and there will be a time of anguish, such as has never been known.

But at that moment your people [Righteous Christian Israelites] will be delivered. Everyone whose name is entered in the Book. [of Life]

 

1 Peter 4:17-19The time has come for the Judgement to begin; it is beginning with God's own household and if it is starting with us, how will it end for those who refuse to obey the Gospel of God? Scripture says; it is hard enough for the righteous to be saved - what then will become of the sinful?

So let those who suffer according to God's will entrust their souls to Him, while continuing to do good. Their Maker will not fail them.

 

Isaiah 30:18 The Lord is waiting to show you His favour, He yearns to have pity on you, for the Lord is full of justice. Happy are you who wait on Him.

 

Romans 12:11-13 With unflagging zeal, aglow with the Spirit, serve the Lord. Let hope keep you joyful; in trouble stand firm; persist in prayer, contribute to the needs of God's people and practise hospitality.

 

Colossians 1:11-12In His glorious might may He give you ample strength to meet with fortitude and patience whatever comes and to give joyful thanks to the Father, who has made you fit to share in the heritage of His people in His Kingdom of light.

Reference: REB

 

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On The Day The Lord Saves His People ... 

Isaiah 30:26 ......the sun will shine with seven times its usual strength, like seven days in one and the moon will be as bright as the sun.

Isaiah 63:4 I resolved on a Day of vengeance, the year for redeeming My own had come.

These verses, along with many others, tell us that His people - Righteous Christian Israel, will be protected and redeemed on the same Day that the Lord takes vengeance on His enemies. A graphic description of the Day of vengeance is in Psalm 18:7-15 ...He parted the heavens and came down....He flew on the back of a cherub.....He made darkness His covering. Thick clouds came from the radiance before Him...He hurled forth lightning shafts. Verses 10-11 describe the Lord's mode of transport and that He won't actually be seen then - "dense vapour His canopy ". Whereas, at His glorious Return, all the world will see.

 

This Day of the Lord's vengeance and wrath is described in Isaiah as Day of 7 times stronger sunshine, must be an explosion flash, a Coronal mass ejection which will actually microwave the earth's crust. What will happen then is earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions, resulting in plenty of smoke and ash clouds. [Isaiah 30:27-28] It is perfectly obvious that what is prophesied at this Day of vengeance is not the same as at His Return, when He destroys the armies of the Anti Christ with the sword from His mouth.

 

We know that the Return of Jesus comes at the end of the Tribulation and the last "week": seven years, of Daniel. Therefore that great event is still some time away, a possible/ probable date for it is 2029/30, as that is exactly 2000 years from the commencement of Jesus' ministry on earth. Isaiah 60:2a

 

The wonderful promises that the Lord has made to His people - gathered, redeemed and settled in the Land of Greater Israel must be fulfilled; Zechariah 9:16-17

Hosea 14:5-7 I shall be as dew to Israel, that they may flower like the lily... put out fresh shoots...fair and fragrant as the olive tree. Israel will again live in My shadow, [not His presence, as yet] they will grow and flourish.

2 Esdras 1:35-36I will give your [Mid East peoples] houses to a people yet to come, a people who will trust Me, though they had not known Me, who will do My bidding. I gave them no signs, they have seen no prophets, yet will keep in mind what the prophets taught of old.

Ezekiel 36:8-12 But you, mountains of Israel - put forth your branches and bear fruit, for My people, Israelites, for their homecoming is near. I shall settle in you many people- the whole House of Israel, they will increase and be fruitful.

 

 

151

The Pride of Jacob, Whom He Loves  

Isaiah 26:1-19  On that DayJudah will say: “we have a strong city “                  

        Open the gates; let a righteous nation enter, a nation that keeps faith. Matthew 21:43    Lord, those who put their trust in You are untroubled. Trust in the Lord forever, for He is an eternal Rock. The path of the righteous is smooth and level.  Lord we desire Your Laws and we wait for the dawn when they will prevail on the earth – then all peoples will know true justice. Though You show grace to the wicked, they do not learn righteousness and continue on in their evil ways. Lord, Your hand is lifted high in Your zeal for your people. The wicked do not see it, so let them be humiliated. Let the fire reserved for Your enemies consume them. Those who dwell in high places will be brought down to dust. The oppressed and poor will tread them down. Malachi 4:3

Lord, You establish peace for us, all we have is Your doing. Our forefathers worshipped other gods, but You alone do we honour. They are now dead, You punished them and wiped out all memory of them. Lord, You have enlarged the Nation. You have gained glory by extending the borders of the Land. In our distress, Lord we sought You out. You rebuked us and we cried out in pain because we have not done as You required of us. But your dead will live again, they will awake and shout for joy!  Revelation 20:4

 Isaiah 26:20-21  Go, My people, enter your rooms and close the door behind you. Hide yourselves until the Lord’s wrath has passed by. The Lord is coming from His dwelling place to punish the people of the earth for their sins. The sins of the guilty will be revealed.

Psalm 47:2-4  How awesome is the Lord Most High - great King over all the earth. He subdues nations under us, peoples under our feet. He chooses for us our heritage, the pride of Jacob whom He loves.                             Reference, Revised English Bible. Some verses abridged.

 

On that Day’ – That Day will be the great and terrible Day of the Lord’s vengeance and wrath, a worldwide devastation, but which will particularly affect the Middle East area. Rev. 6:12-17, Isaiah 30:25-28, Ezekiel 30:1-5, Isaiah 17:1, Jeremiah 49:2, 2 Peter 3:7 & 10

‘Judah will say: We have a strong city’ - The Israeli Defence Force is strong and well prepared for conventional warfare. But what will happen, will take them by surprise and destruction will overtake them. Isaiah 22:1-14, Isaiah 9:18-19, Jeremiah 9:10-11+22+ 25-26

Let the fire reserved for Your enemies consume them’. – God promised to never again flood the earth, but in Deuteronomy 32:22+34-35+43 I have a fire reserved in My storehouse awaiting the Day of punishment and vengeance, for the Day My enemies make a mistake, that will be the Day of their doom. I will punish all who hate Me and cleanse My peoples Land.  Jesus said: the world ‘will be as in the days of Noah’, and now most peoples are, once again, in a similar God denying situation. Isaiah 66:15-16, Isaiah 34:1-5, Jeremiah 25:30-31, Ezekiel 20:47-48, Hebrews 10:27, Psalm 11:4-6

‘Hide yourselves until the Lord’s wrath has passed by’. – A clear instruction from the Lord.

‘Open the gates, let a righteous people enter’ - The Lord’s people, all the righteous Christian Israelites, be they true descendants of Jacob or grafted in by faith, will enter their heritage soon after all the holy Land is cleared and cleansed by the fire of His judgement/punishment. All true Christian believers, all those ‘who desire His Laws and look forward to the time they will prevail upon the earth’, will gather and go to live in all of the Promised Land. Ezekiel 20:34-38, Isaiah 62:1-5, Psalm 69:35-36, Jer. 31:9-10, Ezekiel 36:8, Rev. 7:9 This will be the fulfilment of God’s promises to the Patriarchs, Ezekiel 20:42 and they will, at last, live as God originally intended His people to be. Ezekiel 39:27, Isaiah 42:6

‘Lord, You have enlarged the Nation’. – Isaiah 49:20 says how the large numbers of people who will emigrate to all of the holy Land, say: Make room for us to live here, this place is too small!  Micah 7:11  The Lord will ‘establish peace’, Zech. 8:7-12, Psalm 67:1-2, and the new nation of Beulah, Isaiah 62:1-5, will grow and prosper. Joel 2:18-27, Isa. 66:12-13, Hos.14:4-7                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                

 

 

152

The Lord Says: Here I Am! 

Ezekiel 7:2-9 The Lord God says to the Land of Israel; The end is coming, it will affect all the earth. First, I shall unleash My anger upon you. I shall call you to account for all your sins and abominations that are in your midst. I will not pity nor spare you. Disasters are coming, one after the other, doom is upon you, dwellers in the Land- the Day is near - a Day of panic and you will know that it is I, the Lord who has struck you. Isaiah 63:1-6, Isaiah 66:15-16, Psalm 50:3, Malachi 4:1, Hebrews 10:27, Joel 2:1-5

Ezekiel 14:21-23There is no hope for Jerusalem when I inflict My four punishments upon her, yet some survivors will be left in her- both men and women. Look at them as they come out, they will be a consolation for the disaster I have brought to her. When you look upon their conduct and actions, you will realise that I acted with just cause. Isaiah 22:1-14 Zephaniah 3:11-13

Ezekiel 16:59-63 The Lord says; I shall treat you as you deserve, because you violated an oath and broke our covenant. But I shall remember you as in the days of your youth and will establish an everlasting covenant with you. Once I have pardoned you, [Judah] you will be so ashamed and humiliated when you remember all your past conduct that you will never again open your mouth. Zechariah 12:5

 

This prophecy is about the end of the world as we know it. The Day of the Lord's vengeance and wrath, will change our way of life. Those 'dwellers in the Land', that is in Greater Israel, face severe punishments for their sins and abominations. THEN, the rest of all the Israelites will join the Jewish remnant in all the Land of New Israel, to prepare for the Return of Jesus. Ezekiel 20:34-38, Ezekiel 36:8-12, Isaiah 11:11-12.

 

Isaiah 65:1-2 I was ready to respond, but no one asked - I said; Here I am, to a nation who would not call out to Me. All day long, I hold out My hands, appealing to those rebellious people, but they went their own, evil way and pursued their own devices.

Isaiah 65:3-7They were a people who provoked Me by sacrificing to idols and eating unclean things. Such people are an anathema to Me. Your record lies before Me, I shall fully repay your iniquities, both yours and your forefathers.

Isaiah 65:8-9The Lord says; as there is juice in a bunch of grapes, so I shall act for the sake of My servants. I shall leave a remnant, giving descendants to Jacob and heirs to Judah. My chosen ones will possess the Land. Those who serve Me will live there. Sheep and cattle will graze there, they will belong to My people - those who seek Me. Isaiah 41:19-21 Micah 4:6 Ezekiel 39:25-29

Isaiah 65:11-12 But you who forsake the Lord, I shall destine you for the sword, because when I called, you did not answer, you chose what displeased Me.

Isaiah 65:13-16 The Lord says; My servants will eat, drink and rejoice, while you are put to shame. You will cry in anguish, but My Righteous people, I will call by another name. All their troubles are forgotten, out of sight. Ref: REB. Some verses abridged. 

 

Isaiah 65:8-16 The Lord's righteous Christian people will live in the new nation of Beulah, to be established in all of the holy Land. Then, Isaiah 65:17-25 describes the joys and blessings of the Millennium reign of Jesus, to come later.

Ancient Israel disobeyed the Lord and failed to follow His commands. Now, modern Israel [the Jews] fail to acknowledge how God has supported them. Also, the modern House of Israel [the western nations] are mostly atheistic or apostate. The Lord is going to judge both Judah and Israel, leaving only a remnant. V9 'My chosen people, those who seek Me, will possess the Promised Land.' [Before the Return of Jesus.] V 13 "My servants will live in peace and security, while your enemies are shamed". [Judged and punished, by the Lord's Day of wrath. .]

153

ISRAEL WILL FLOURISH AND BLOSSOM AGAIN 

Hosea 12:6 Turn back, with God's help; maintain loyalty and justice, wait constantly for your God.

Hosea 10:12 Sow justice and reap loyalty, break up your fallow ground. It is time to seek the Lord, till He comes and rains justice on you.

Hosea 12:9 I have been the Lord your God since your days in Egypt. I shall make you live in tents again, as in the days of the Tent of Meeting.

Hosea 11:9 How can I hand you over, Ephraim? How can I surrender you, Israel?

How can I make you like a vanished people? A change of heart moves Me, tenderness kindles within Me.

 

Hosea 14:1 Return, Israel to the Lord your God, your sins have been your downfall.

Hosea 14:2 Confess to the Lord, ask His forgiveness. So that we may offer our praise as a sacrifice.

Hosea 14:3 Other nations cannot save us, we will never again rely on what our hand has made. For in You the fatherless find mercy.

Hosea 14:4 I will heal My peoples apostasy and will love them freely, for My anger has turned away them.

Hosea 14:5-6 I will be like the dew to Israel, that they may flower and grow in splendour like an olive or cedar tree.

Hosea 14:7 Israel will again live in My shadow, they will flourish and blossom like a fruitful vine.

Hosea 14:8 What further dealings has Ephraim with idols? I declare and affirm that I am the tree that shelters you, Your prosperity comes from Me.

Hosea 14: 9 Let the wise consider these things - let the discerning understand them.The ways of the Lord are straight and the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious will stumble.

 

Verses from the Revised English Bible. Some verses abridged

 

 The Lord tells His righteous Christian people to be patient, keeping His Laws and commandments. Then He will redeem them, they will live in tents again during the second Exodus. He will be 'as the dew to the Israel'ites, They will prosper under His shadow. Not yet His presence until the Return of Jesus, many years later. 

 

154

Lord, Our Hope Is In You - Save Us When Trouble Comes

Isaiah 33:1 Woe betide you destroyer, yourself destroyed. After all your betrayals, you too will be betrayed. Isaiah 21:2

Isaiah 33:2 Lord, show us Your favour, our hope is in You. Save us when trouble comes. Psalm 74:19, Isaiah 26:16-21

Isaiah 33:3-4 At the crack of thunder, peoples flee - nations are scattered at Your roar. They are stripped of spoil, as by a swarm of locusts. Isaiah 10:17-19

Isaiah 33:5-6 The Lord is supreme, for He dwells on high. He will fill Zion with justice and righteousness. Your peoples strength is in Your unchanging stability, their deliverance is in wisdom and knowledge, their treasure is the fear of the Lord.

 

Isaiah 33:7 Listen, brave men cry aloud for help. Those seeking peace are thwarted.

Isaiah 33:8 The roads are deserted, no one moves, treaties are flouted. Ezekiel 36:3-4, Psalm 144:7-8

Isaiah 33:9 The land is dry. Lebanon, Sharon, Bashan and Gilead are stripped bare. Ezekiel 36:34, Joel 1:19-20

 

Isaiah 33:10-12 Now, I shall arise and exalt Myself, says the Lord. Psalm 74:22-23

You will conceive chaff and bring forth stubble, a wind like fire will devour you. Whole nations will be as heaps of white ash, like thorns set ablaze. Hebrews 10:27

Isaiah 33:13 You who are far away, hear what I have done. You who are near, acknowledge My power. Deuteronomy 30:1-10

Isaiah 33:14 The sinners in Zion are terrified, the godless are seized with trembling. They ask; How can we live with this consuming fire? Zephaniah 1:4-6, Isaiah 22:1-14

Isaiah 33:15-16Those who live righteously and speak the truth, who do not take bribes, rejecting all evil - they will dwell securely with ample food and water. Psalm 85:12  All the true Christian believers.

 

Isaiah 33:17 Your eyes will see a King in his glory and view a Land that stretches into the distance. Numbers 24:15-19

Isaiah 33:18-19 You will call to mind what you once feared. Where are they now? Those barbarous people whose speech you could not understand. Psalm 58:10-11, Psalm 37:8-15

Isaiah 33:20 Look upon Zion, Jerusalem, city of sacred festivals. A secure abode, never again to be moved. Amos 9:13-15

Isaiah 33:21 There the Lord will be in His majesty, a peaceful place. A place of broad rivers, but no ships will sail there.

Isaiah 33:22 The Lord is our judge and lawgiver. He is our King who will save us. Zech. 8:7-8

Isaiah 33:23 Now, your rigging hangs loose, the mast is not secure and your sails are not set. Luke 12:35-36. But, at that time, all will take a share in the spoils. Zechariah 9:17

Isaiah 33:24 No one living in Zion will get sick and the sins of the people will be pardoned. Psalm 126:1-3 Reference: REB some verses abridged

 Verse 5 says 'the Lord dwells on high'. So, before the Return, we see in verses 3-4 & 10-11, the nations, and in V14- Judah's judgement and punishment. V15-16 say His true righteous people will live prosperously in the Land, then V17-22 speaks of the Return of Jesus and His reign during the Millennium.

155

A Voice Will Say; 'This Is The Way, Follow It 

Isaiah 30:1-14 The Lord says; woe to Israel, a race of rebels who refuse His Laws. They ask for preachers to 'give us smooth words and illusions'.

Isaiah 30:15 These are the words of the Lord; In calm detachment lies your safety, your strength in quiet trust.

Isaiah 30:16-17 But you would have none of it, therefore you will be put to flight.

Isaiah 30:18 Yet the Lord is waiting to show you His favour and compassion, for He is a God of justice. Happy are all who wait for Him! [Luke 12:37]

Isaiah 30:19-22 People of Zion, weep no more. The Lord will answer you when you call for help. He gives you adversity and affliction now, but your teachers will no longer be hidden from you, you will see them with your own eyes. If you stray from the right path, you will hear a voice behind you saying- 'this is the Way, follow it'. You will loath your images and will treat your idols [sorcery, false religions, materialism, etc] like filth. [Hosea 14:8 & Ezekiel 11:18]

Isaiah 30:23-24 The Lord will give rain and the Land will produce rich crops. Your livestock will prosper. [Isaiah 41:17-19, Ezekiel 34:14-16]

 

Isaiah 30:25-26 On the Day of slaughter, when fortresses fall, streams of water will flow from every hill. The moon will shine like the sun and sunlight will be seven times stronger, as 7 days in one, on the Day the Lord heals the wounds of His people. [Isaiah 63:4]

Isaiah 30:27-28 See the Lord Himself comes from afar, with anger and wrath, in dense clouds of smoke. His breath is a rushing torrent, He shakes the nations in a sieve of destruction. [Ezekiel 30:2-3, Habakkuk 3:12]

 

Isaiah 30:29 But for you there will be songs and gladness of heart as you march to music, on the way to the Mountain of the Lord. [Zechariah 10:10-12, Psalm 68:7-12]

Isaiah 30:30-33The Lord will make His voice heard in majesty and reveal His arm descending in fierce anger, with devouring flames, thunder and hail. [Hebrews 10:27]

For at His voice, Assyria's strength fails, His punishing Rod strikes them down. A fire pit is prepared by Jerusalem, ready for the Lord to set it ablaze with His breath, like a stream of burning sulphur.

Reference, REB some verses abridged 

 

Verse 10 is appropriate for our days, as false visions and prosperity theology etc. are promulgated everywhere.

Verse 19-24 Are for the period after His people, all Israel, are resettled in the Land. They will have God given leaders and teachers to guide them until Jesus Returns.

Verse 25-28 & 30 The Lord's Day of vengeance and wrath, the fire judgement on His enemies - the Day His people are healed and redeemed.

Verse 29 Then all the Lord's Christian people gather into the Promised Land. 

 

156

My People, Mark My Teaching PSALM 77 & 78 

Psalm 78:1-2 My people; mark My teaching - I shall tell you a meaningful story, explain the riddle of things past.

Psalm 78:3-6 God laid on Jacob a solemn charge, a rule in the Land - to teach their descendants of the wonders that the Lord did for them.

Psalm 78:7 They were charged to put their trust in God and keep His commandments.

Psalm 78:8 Not to do as their forefathers did; a disobedient and rebellious generation.

 

Psalm 78:9 The Ephramites, mighty warriors, turned tail in the hour of battle. They had not kept God's covenant and had forgotten the wonders He had done for them.

Psalm 77:1-2 I cried aloud to God. In the day of my distress I sought the Lord.

Psalm 77:5 My thoughts went back to times long past.

Psalm 77:7-8 Will the Lord always reject me? Will His promises ever be fulfilled?

Psalm 77:10 Has the right hand of the Most High grown weak?

Psalm 77:14 You are a God who works miracles; show us your power.

Psalm 77:15 With Your strong arm You rescued Your people, the descendants of Jacob and Joseph.

 

Psalm 78:65-66 Then the Lord awoke, as a sleeper wakes. He struck His foes and drove them back, bringing shame upon them.

 

Psalm 77:17-18 The clouds poured down rain, the skies thundered. Your arrows flashed around the world.

Psalm 77:20 The Lord shepherded His people like a flock and guided them with a skillful hand.

Reference; Revised English Bible. Some verses abridged 

 

Psalm 78:1-8 Jacob, that is all Israel, are told of their responsibility, that the Lord has placed upon them. He saved them from Egypt and gave them the Promised Land, but ancient Israel failed to maintain their faith in their God. So, now modern Righteous Israel- true Christian peoples, must not do as our forefathers did.

Psalm 78:9 Ephraim, Joseph's son, one of the 10 tribes taken into Assyrian captivity. Because of their faithlessness, God no longer helped them in battle.

Psalm 77:1-14 A prayer of the Israelites, asking God to once again display His power.

Psalm 77:15 The Lord rescues His people, Christian Israelites. Written in past tense, because His people must trust and believe His promises as though they are already fulfilled.

Psalm 77:17-18 & Psalm 78:65-66 This describes the Lord's Day of vengeance. Isaiah 63:4, Psalm 110:6, Ezekiel 30:3, Joel 2:1, Habakkuk 3:12

Psalm 77:20 His Christian people, from every tribe, race, nation and language, are brought safely to the Land. Isaiah 35:1-10

 

 

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ISAIAH chapter 61 - Gladness Instead Of Mourning 

Jesua said at His First Advent:

Isaiah 61:1-2a The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me. He has sent me to announce good news to the humble, to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and to proclaim a year of the Lords favour,

Still to happen:

Isaiah 61:2b-3...and a Day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, to give them garlands instead of ashes, oil of gladness, instead of mourners tears and a garment of splendour for the distressed. They will be called trees of righteousness, planted by the Lord for His adornment.

Isaiah 61:4-7 Buildings long in ruin and desolate will be restored and rebuilt. Foreigners will serve you, caring for your flocks and vines, but you will be called priests of the Lord and the wealth of the nations will be yours. Because My people have received insults and shame in double measure, they will receive in their own Land, wealth in double measure.

Isaiah 61:8-9For I, the Lord love justice and hate injustice, I shall give My people a sure reward and make an everlasting Covenant with them. Their posterity will be renowned among the nations, they will be seen as a people blessed by the Lord.

Isaiah 61:10-11 Let us rejoice in the Lord with all our hearts.From Him has come victory and deliverance. His people, robed in beauty are like a garden full of flowers. The Lord will make His victory and renown known to the nationsReference: REB, NIV, KJV. Some verses abridged.

 Isaiah 61:1-2a, was quoted by Jesus at the commencement of His ministry;...a year of the Lord's favour'. This denotes a Jubilee year and we can expect His Return to also be a Jubilee year.

He stopped in mid sentence and then said: Today, in your hearing, this prophecy has come true. Therefore, the rest of this chapter is unfulfilled prophecy. So, we look for the sequence of events to unfold as written, commencing with;

'a Day of vengeance of our God'- The next prophesied event. Not the Return of Jesus in His glory, but His punishment to the nations, triggered by an attack on Israel. This is prophesied and described comprehensively throughout the Bible as a terrible fire judgement that will affect the whole world. Isa. 63:1-6, Isa. 30:26, Revelation 6:12-17

'comfort all who mourn'- All who love the Lord and follow in His Laws, those who mourn His death on the cross. Zechariah 12:9-10

'trees of righteousness, planted in their own Land' - His Christian people, gathered and settled in His holy Land, into all of that area promised to the Patriarchs, the new country of Beulah. Ezekiel 20:34-36, Isaiah 26:15, Isaiah 62:1-5

'buildings rebuilt and the land restored' - After the devastation caused by a CME sunstrike, The Lord will regenerate the Land, Ezekiel 36:8 but buildings must be rebuilt, including the new Temple. Isaiah 65:21, Zechariah 6:15

'foreigners will serve you' - Isaiah 60:10...foreigners will rebuild your walls...

'wealth of the nations will be yours' - Zechariah 14:14 The same as what happened at the first Exodus. Exodus 11:2

'make a Covenant with them' - Ezekiel 34:25, Isaiah 54:10

'from Him has come victory and deliverance' - Psalm 91:14-16, Psalm 44:4-7

'known to the nations' - Ezekiel 39:21, Isaiah 40:5

158

Happy Are They Who Give Their Allegiance To The Lord. 

Isaiah 56:1 These are the words of the Lord; Maintain justice and do what is right, for My deliverance is close at hand and My victory will soon be revealed.

Isaiah 56:2 Happy is the person who follows these precepts and holds fast to them, who keeps the Sabbaths unprofained and his hand from all wrongdoing.

Isaiah 56:3 The foreigner who has given his allegiance to the Lord must not say; The Lord will exclude me from His people. The eunuch must not say: I am naught but a barren tree.

Isaiah 56:4-5The eunuch's who keep My Sabbaths and choose to do My will, holding fast to the covenant, will receive from Me something better than children - a memorial and a name within My Temple. I shall give them everlasting renown.

 

Isaiah 56:6 So too, with the foreigners who give their allegiance to Me, to minister to Me and love My name and become My servants. All who keep My Sabbaths holy and hold fast to My covenant;

Isaiah 56:7 These I shall bring to My holy Mountain and give them joy in My House of prayer. Their offerings and sacrifices will be acceptable on My altar, for My House will be called a House of prayer for all nations.

 

Isaiah 56:8 This is the word of the Lord, who gathers those driven out of Israel; I shall add to those who have already been gathered. 

This Bible passage, written by the prophet Isaiah, gives a wonderful promise to every person - regardless of race, colour or gender. The promise of the Lord, to give them: "Joy in My House of prayer". REvelation 7:9

In verse 8, it seems that this will happen after the true descendants of Jacob [Israel] have gathered into the Land. Ezekiel 20:34-35 & Jeremiah 30:10

Also as in verse 7, the Temple will need to have been rebuilt by then.

 

Isaiah 66:18-21...I am coming to gather peoples of every tongue. They will come to see My glory. I shall put a sign on them and will send them to preach the Gospel to all the peoples that have not heard of Me. From every nation and by every means, My righteous people will come to My Holy mountain, Jerusalem, just as in ancient days, the Israelites brought their offerings to Me. Some of them, I shall take to be priests and Temple Levites.

Some of these are the 144,000 as mentioned in Revelation. Must be before the Return of Jesus, as they preach the Gospel [good news] of the coming Kingdom. Matthew 24:14

 

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YOURS WILL BE THE JOY 

2 Esdras 8:50 In the last days, the inhabitants of the world will be punished for their arrogant lives, by prolonged suffering.

2 Esdras 8:51 But you, direct your thoughts to yourselves and look to the glory awaiting you and those like you.

2 Esdras 8:52 For all of you, paradise lies open- the tree of life is planted, the age to come is prepared and rich abundance is in store. The City is already built, rest from toil is assured. Goodness and wisdom are brought to perfection.

2 Esdras 8:53 From you, the root of evil has been cut off. For you, disease is at an end and death abolished.

2 Esdras 8:54 All sorrows are at an end and the treasure of immortality is revealed.

2 Esdras 8:55-56 Regarding the lost- when they had their freedom, they used it to despise the Most High, to treat His Laws with contempt and to go their own way.

2 Esdras 8:57 What is more, they trampled on the godly.

2 Esdras 8:58 There is no God, they said - knowing full well that they must die.

2 Esdras 8:59-60 Yours then, will be the joys that I have prepared, theirs the thirst and torments. It is not that the Most High has wanted any person to be destroyed, but those people have brought dishonour onto their Creators name and shown ingratitude to the One who put life within their reach.

2 Esdras 8:61-62 That is why My judgement is now close at hand, but I have not made this known to all - only to you and a few like you.

Reference; Revised English Bible Apocrypha, some verses abridged. 

 

Esdras = the Greek form of the Jewish name Ezra. Ezra was a prophet who returned to Jerusalem with Nehemiah and the exiles from Babylon, circa BC515. 

The Book of Ezra in the Bible Old Testament, is basically an account of this Return of the Jews at that time. It gives details of events and people, but it has no prophetic statements in it. 

So, for whatever reason, the early Church placed the two other books written by this Ezra - which contain his prophetic writings, into the Apocrypha. We can now, with modern translations, obtain the benefit of Ezra's prophecies and the writings of other early Israelite authors. 

 

160

TAKE HEART, YOU SEEKERS AFTER GOD 

Psalm 69:32-36 Take heart, you seekers after God - the Lord listens to the poor and humble. Let sky and earth praise Him, for God will deliver Zion. Those who serve Him and love His name will inherit it.          All the true Christian peoples.

Psalm 102:17-22 You, Lord are enthroned forever. You will arise and have mercy on Zion. The appointed time has come. All the Land is dear to your servants. The nations will revere You, when You build Zion again to show Your glory. The Lord surveys the earth from His sanctuary on high. He sets free His people, they praise Him, in Jerusalem.          [before the Return of the Lord Jesus]

Psalm 80:14-17 God of Hosts- turn to us, we pray, look down and see the vine You planted. May those who cut it down perish. Let Your hand rest on the One at Your right side, made strong for Your service.

Psalm 80:18-19 Lord restore us, that we may be saved. Give us new life, we will turn to You and call you by Your name.

Psalm 98:1-3 Sing a new song to the Lord, for His marvellous deeds. He has remembered his love for Jacob, His faithfulness for Israel. To the ends of the earth, make His victory known, to all the nations.

 

Revelation 18:4 A voice from heaven - Come out from her [the Babylon type nations] My people, lest you have any part in her sins and you share in her plagues.

Jeremiah 30:3 The time is coming when I shall restore the fortunes of My people, both [Christian] Israel and [Messainac] Judah, they will take possession of the Land I gave to their ancestors.

Jeremiah 30:4-7 This is what the Lord says to Israel and Judah; A cry of terror, every face turns pale. How awful is that Day [the Day of the Lord's vengeance. Isaiah 63:4]

A time of trouble for Jacob [all 12 tribes] yet he will come through it safely.

 

Psalm 11:4-6 The Lord is in heaven, raining fiery coals onto the wicked.

Psalm 60:4-5 Your people- given a sign to escape from the battle.

Isaiah 26:20 Go, My people, enter your rooms and shut the doors after you. Withdraw for a little while, until the Lord's wrath has passed.

 

Jeremiah 30:10 Do not be afraid, do not despair, Israel, My servant - for I shall bring you back safely from afar, from where your posterity are captive in foreign lands.

For I am with you, to save you. I shall judge and punish the nations, but you, Israel, I shall discipline only as you deserve.

Isaiah 44:21 Israel, remember you are My servant, I fashioned you - I will not forget you.

Isaiah 44:22 I have swept away your transgressions like a mist. Turn back to Me, for I have redeemed you.

 

Psalm 58:10-11The righteous will rejoice at the sight of vengeance done. It will be said- there is, after all reward for the righteous, there is after all, a God who dispenses justice on earth.                                                             Reference, Revised English Bible, some verses abridged.

 

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OUR MAKER WILL NOT FAIL US 

1 Peter 4:7 The end of all things is upon us, therefore to help you pray, you must lead self controlled and sober lives.

1 Peter 4:8 Above all, love each other, because love cancels out a host of sins.

1 Peter 4:9 Be hospitable to one another, without grumbling.

1 Peter 4:10 Each one should use whatever gifts that they have received from God to serve others.

1 Peter 4:11 Use your gifts and strength to glorify God through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and power for ever.

 

1 Peter 4:12 Dear friends, do not be surprised by the fiery ordeal that has come to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.

1 Peter 4:13 But rejoice, that you participate in the suffering of Christ, then when His glory is revealed, your joy will be great.

1 Peter 4:14 If you are reviled for being a Christian, count yourself happy, for the Spirit of God rests upon you.

1 Peter 4:15 If you do suffer, it must not be for any criminal deed.

1 Peter 4:16 However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.

 

1 Peter 4:17 For it is time for judgement to begin; it is beginning with God's own household.

1 Peter 4:18 Scripture says; If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the impious and sinful?

 

1 Peter 4:19 So let those who suffer according to God's will, entrust their souls to Him, while continuing to do good; their Maker will not fail them. 

Reference: Revised English Bible, some verses abridged.

 

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HIS PEOPLE - LIKE JEWELS IN HIS CROWN 

Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice with all your heart, Daughter of Zion. Your King is coming, mounted on a donkeys colt. He has won the victory.

[The first coming of the Lord Jesus. ]

 

Zechariah 9:10 He will banish all weapons of war and proclaim peace to the nations. His Rule will extend over all the earth.                             After the Return, His Millennial rule.

Zechariah 9:11-12 As for My covenant people, I will free the captives. On this Day, I shall restore a double portion to you.                           Israelites restored and blessed.

 

Zechariah 9:13 Judah and Ephraim, the sons of Zion - I have made you like a warriors sword, prepared for battle against the Gentiles.

Must be before His second coming, as weapons are prepared for battle.

Judah = the Jews. Ephraim = the United States of America and the British Commonwealth.

Zechariah 9:14 The Lord will appear over them. Before His Glorious return.

His arrow will flash like lightning.   A coronal mass ejection, sunstrike.

The Lord will sound the trumpet and advance with the storm winds of the South.  The Lord's Day of vengeance and wrath. Ezekiel 20:47-48

Zechariah 9:15 His troops will be protected, they will exult and destroy the enemy.  A great Day of battle, the evil neighbours of Israel destroyed.

Zechariah 9:16 On that Day, the Lord will save His people, like a flock. They will sparkle in His Land, like jewels in His crown.

After this event, all of His Christian people will go to live in the holy Land.]

Zechariah 9:17 What wealth is theirs! What beauty! Plenty of good food and wine for all His people.  

 

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Travel Arrangements For His People Your travel agent : Isaiah ben Amoz.

Your guide : Elijah ben Tishre

Isaiah, the Lord's servant - his task is to restore the twelve tribes of Jacob, and bring back the survivors of Israel, so that My salvation may reach all the earth. Isaiah 49:5-6

Arise and shine, Jerusalem, your sons and daughters are coming from afar - sailing along like clouds, vessels from the coasts and islands, returning your children from distant places, to the honour of the Lord, for He has given you glory. Isaiah 60:1-9

The remnant of Judah left in Zion will be called holy, when the Lord cleanses the Land by a spirit of judgement burning like fire. Then His glory will provide a refuge and shelter. Isaiah 4:3-6 On that day, a remnant of Israel, the survivors of Jacob willreturn to the Lord, their strength. Isaiah 10:20-21.

On that day, the Lord will exert His power a second time to recover the remnant of His people from the four corners of the earth. He will hoist a standard for the nations and gather those dispersed from Judah and Israel. Enmity will cease. Isaiah 11:11-13

Listen, in silence, you coasts and islands, together we go to the place of judgement. Israel, My servants summoned from the ends of the earth, the furtherest corners. Have no fear, you will be strengthened and helped, upheld by My Right hand. Isaiah 41:1-10

I shall give descendants to Israel and Judah, heirs to my chosen people, they will take possession of My Land. Those who forsake the Lord are destined for the sword. Isaiah 65:9-12

Comfort My people, their term of bondage is served, their penalty paid. Clear a road through the desert for the Lord - level the ground. Isaiah 40:1-3

Go out, clear a road for My people, hoist a signal, see your deliverance comes. Isaiah 62:10

I am about to do something new, can you see it? I shall make a way through the desert and I shall provide water so that My people may drink. They will praise Me. Isaiah 43:19-21

For a passing moment, I forsook you, but with tender affection, I shall bring you home again. I swear that My covenant of peace will never be shaken. Isaiah 54:7-10

The Lord's people, set free, will come back in triumph. Gladness and joy will come upon them and suffering and sorrow will flee away. Isaiah 51:11, Isaiah 35:10

They are coming from far away. My people, not forgotten, they are inscribed onto the palms of My hands. All of them are assembling, flooding back to the Land. So many that the place is too cramped. The nations will bear your sons and daughters in their arms. None who look to Me will be disappointed. Isaiah 49:8-23

You will go out with joy, be led forth in peace. The Land and trees will be joyful and thriving. Isaiah 55:12-13 I, the Lord will provide for their needs.Isaiah 41:17

But he who makes Me his refuge will possess the Land. Peace for all, both far and near, I shall heal Israel, says the Lord. Isaiah 57:13 & 19

A spirit from on high is sent upon us. Justice and righteousness in the Land, his people are living happy and peaceful.Isaiah 32:15-16 [The Holy Spirit is sent, before Jesus Returns]

I am the Lord, for My sake, I will wipe out your transgressions. Israel, never forget Me. Isaiah 44:22 You are My witnesses, My servants, chosen by Me. Trust Me and know that I am your God. Isaiah 43:10-11 The Lord's new Covenant with Israel Isaiah 59:21

Buildings will be restored- rebuilt on ancient foundations. If you keep the Sabbath, then you will find joy in the Lord and the Land of your father, Jacob, will be yours to enjoy. Isaiah 58:12-14. Others will serve you, but you will become priests of the Lord, and will enjoy the wealth of the nations.   Priests of the Lord: Isaiah 66:21, people from every nation and language: Revelation 5:9-10

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Chapter Twelve - RESTORATION

 

Restoration And Recovery For His People 

This time of recovery and restoration is the period after the Sixth Seal, Middle East devastation and before the Return of the Lord Jesus.

Acts 3:19-24 Repent, therefore and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out. Then the Lord may grant you a time of recovery. All the prophets speak of this time.

2 Samuel 7:10-11 I shall place My people, Israelites, in their own Land and give them peace.

Jeremiah 33:6 & 25 I shall restore the fortunes of the Land. My people will live there. They will shout: "Praise the Lord of hosts, for the Lord is good, His love endures forever".

Deuteronomy 30:1-10...the Lord will again rejoice in you, as He did over your forefathers.

Isaiah 14:1-2The Lord will show compassion for Jacob & settle them on their native soil.

Isaiah 32:15-20 A spirit from on high will fall upon them. Happy are His people, living in peace and security.

Isaiah 40:1-2 Comfort My people - their term of bondage is served, the penalty paid.

Isaiah 49:8 I have destined you to be a light to all peoples. On the day of your deliverance, I came to your aid and restored the Land.

Isaiah 58:11-12The Lord will be your guide constantly. He will satisfy your needs and you will be called; the restorer of ruins.

Jeremiah 31:2-3 & 28 A people that escaped from the sword, found favour, from afar, He appeared to them. I shall watch over them, to build and plant.

 

Jeremiah 4:1-2 Israel, come back to Me, then the nations will pray to be blessed like you.

Jeremiah 23:3-4 I will bring My sheep back to the Land. I will appoint shepherds to tend them.

Ezekiel 34:27 When I rescue My people, they will know that I am the Lord.

Ezekiel 36:8-18 I will settle My people in the Land, Thus they will acknowledge Me as Lord.

Ezekiel 38:8 The Land restored from ruin. My people, gathered and settled there.

Ezekiel 39:27 They will exemplify My holiness for all peoples to see.

Hosea 2:23 Israel will be My new sowing in the Land. I will say; You are My people and you will say; You are our God.

 

Psalm 12:1-5 The Lord will arise, for His people are oppressed. They will live in safety.

Psalm 29:11 The Lord will give strength to His people and bless them with peace.

Psalm 37:9 For evildoers will be destroyed, while those who trust in the Lord will enjoy prosperity in the Land.

Psalm 69:35-36 God will deliver Zion, His people will possess it and settle there. Those who serve Him and love His Name, will live there.

Psalm 80:19 Restore us, O God, grant us new life and we shall invoke You by name.

Psalm 85:1-3 Lord, You have blessed Your Land.... and turned Your anger away from us.

Psalm 107:1-3 Let those redeemed by the Lord, give thanks, His people, gathered from around the world.

Psalm 147:14 The Lord has brought peace and plenty to His Land.

Reference: REB. Some verses abridged.

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A Time of Recovery For His People 

Acts 3:17-18 Now, my friends, I know that you acted in ignorance as did your leaders, but this is how God fulfilled what He had told us through the prophets - that the Messiah would suffer. Isaiah 53:3-9 Paul is talking to the Jews.

Acts 3:19-20 Repent, therefore, and turn to God, so that your sins will be wiped out. Then the Lord may grant you a time of recovery and send the Messiah appointed for you - that is Jesus.         The "time of recovery" will be the period of several years between the regathering of His people, righteous Christian Israelites into the Land, and the Return of Jesus.

Acts 3:21 He must be received into heaven until the time comes for the universal restoration, of which we have been told from the beginning. Jesus waits for His glorious Return and Millennial rule.

Acts 3:22-23 Moses said "the Lord will raise up for you a prophet like me, from amongst yourselves. Listen to everything he says to you, for anyone who does not listen to that prophet, must be cut off from the people. " Deuteronomy 18:15-19

Acts 3:24-26 All the prophets, from Samuel have predicted this time. You are the heirs of the prophets and of the Covenant, which God made with your forefathers, when He said to Abraham - in your descendants all the families on earth will receive blessing. God sent His servant first, to you Jews, to bring you blessings and to turn you from your wicked ways.

 

Micah 7:9 Because I have sinned against the Lord, I must bear His anger, until He brings me into the light.

Micah 7:10 My enemies will be confounded, they will be as mud in the streets.

Micah 7:11 There will be a Day of rebuilding and extending boundaries.

Micah 7:12 A Day that Your people will return from around the world.

Micah 7:13 The earth's inhabitants will be as their deeds deserve.

Micah 7:14 The Lord will shepherd His flock, as in days gone by.

Micah 7:15 Show us miracles, as in the days of Egypt.

Micah 7:16 Let the nations see and realize their impotence.

Micah 7:17 Let them come trembling, they will be in fear and awe of Your power.

Micah 7:18 Who is a God like our Y'hovah? You forgive the sins of the remnant of Your people and do not keep angry forever. To be merciful is Your delight.

Micah 7:19 Once more You will show us compassion and wash away our guilt.

Micah 7:20 You will show faithfulness to Jacob, as You swore to our fathers.

 

Zephaniah 2:3 Seek the Lord, all you who live humbly - obeying His Laws. It may be that you will be sheltered on the Day of the Lord's anger. 

Psalm 60:1-5 In Your anger, You have rejected and crushed us; restore us, we pray. The Land is barren and damaged; repair it, we ask. Your people have been punished. But to those who fear You, You have raised a banner to which they may escape from the battle. Save with Your strong right hand, deliver those whom You love.  Acts 2:21

Reference: REB,NIV. Some verses abridged.

 

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Restoration Of All Israel 

Ezekiel 37:1-10 The prophesy of the valley of dry bones.

Ezekiel 37:11-14....these bones are the whole people of Israel, they say; our bones are dry, our hope is gone.... The Lord says; My people, I shall bring you up from your graves and restore you to the Land of Israel. You will know that I am the Lord when I do this. I will put My spirit in you and settle you on your own soil.

The Israelites were punished by God for their sins by dispersion into other lands. That is why they cry 'our hope is gone, we are cut off', they have lost their Israelite identity, and become spiritually dead. Note that the bones, which metaphorically represent all twelve tribes of Israel, are displayed in an open field, showing that their exile is not an actual captivity. Ezekiel's task is to bring the good news to them, to revive their hope and faith, that they are still God's people, He hasn't broken His covenant with them, He still loves them and the time will come when He will restore them into the Promised Land.

The restoration of the whole House of Israel, that we now know is represented by every Christian believer, Galatians 3:26-29, must happen before the Millennial time and the war of Gog and Magog in order for the Temple to be rebuilt and the 144,000 to be selected. The spiritual death of the children of Israel will not last much longer. Through the prophet Elijah [Malachi 4:5], God will awaken them to their divine destiny. The long exile will be over; they will establish their own politically independent State in all of the Holy Land. Isaiah 62:1-5  The first stage of this has been done, in part of the Land by the Jewish people, but they too, have not yet received a renewal of God's Spirit. The 'dry bones' prophecy of Ezekiel does not mean physical resurrection of the dead, but is a symbolic vision, similar to other Biblical allegories. It means the end of exile and the beginning of restoration. Ezekiel 11:19, Ezekiel 36:24-28 & 38

Ezekiel 37:15-28... I am taking the leaf of Israel and joining it to the leaf of Judah;they will be as one in My hand. I shall assemble them from every quarter and restore them to their own soil....

The prophecy of the 'dry bones' continues on to the "two leaf" prophecy. This is the time when the House of Judah rejoins with the House of Israel, separated since King Rehoboam's time. It is only when the both Houses reject their apostasy and sins, that they will be ready to become one nation again, a nation of priests and a light to the world. Still, this is not the final redemption, but a preliminary one, to enable their regathering and settlement into the Land of Greater Israel. Final redemption of the whole House of Israel will follow the destruction of the armies of Gog, who is motivated to attack because Beulah will be so wealthy and prosperous.   

Ezekiel 38 & 39 The attack on Beulah by the armies of Gog and their destruction.  Joel 2:20

Ezekiel 38:8...you will invade a land restored from ruin....the Israelites, brought out from the nations, living in peace and prosperity.             After the disaster of the Lord's Day of vengeance, a day of terrible fire from the sun, and before the Return of Jesus.

Ezekiel 39:21-29....from that Day forward the Israelites will know that I am the Lord their God...I have dealt out to them what their sins deserved... now I shall restore all of them, leaving none behind and make them exemplify My Holiness for many nations to see. No longer will I hide My face from them, I who have poured out My spirit on My people. This is the Word of the Lord. Reference: REB. Some verses abridged.

 

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God of Israel - Give Power and Strength To Your People - Psalm 68:1-35 

Psalm68:1-4 May God arise and His enemies be scattered. You disperse them like smoke. The wicked perish at the presence of God, but the righteous are joyful.

Sing the praises of God, extol Him who reigns in Heaven.

Psalm 68:5-6 He is a father to the fatherless and friendless. He leads the prisoners to safety, but the rebels remain in the desert.

Psalm 68:7-10 God of Israel, You lead Your people through the desert, then rain poured from the heavens, plenteous rain to restore Your Land. There Your people settled, in Your goodness, You provide for the poor.

Psalm 68:11-12 The Lord speaks the word and great is the company of women who proclaim it. Kings and armies flee in haste, while their spoil is divided among Your people.

Psalm 68:15-16  The mountains of Bashan [Golan/Syria] gaze in envy at the mountain where the Lord will dwell forever.

Psalm 68:17-18 There were thousands of chariots when the Lord came from Sinai to His sanctuary. When You came to Your dwelling place, You brought the captives and received tribute.

Psalm 68:19-23 The Lord our saviour bears our burdens, only through Him can we escape death. Surely God will smite those proud sinners. The Lord says; I will bring My enemies from Bashan and the depths of the sea. Their blood will pour out.

Psalm 68:24-27 Your procession came into view, into the Sanctuary - singers, then musicians. Praise God in the great congregation, the assembly of Israel. There is Benjamin in the lead, then Judah, Zebulon and Naphtali.

Psalm 68:28-31 God, set Your might to work, for Your honour rebuke those wild beasts of nations who delight in war. Egypt and Cush will submit to God.

Palm 68:32-35 Give praise to God all you peoples of the world. Awesome is God in His sanctuary. He is Israel's God and He gives power and strength to His people.            Reference; Revised English Bible, verses abridged.

 

 Some parts of this prophecy have been partially fulfilled, but most remain for completion at the end times. This Psalm tells the story of God's judgement on His enemies how the Land is restored and His Christian people, now the 12 tribes of Israel are settled permanently there.

Points to note are:

Verse 2 - God will destroy His enemies "like smoke and melt like wax"

Verse 6 - He leads His people to safety while the rebels remain in the desert. This did happen at the Exodus, but Ezekiel 20:34-36 describes the second Exodus.

Verse 8-9 Heavy rain to restore the Land. This did not happen at the 1st Exodus, but will be necessary at the next, in order to regenerate the Land.

Verse 10 Your people - Righteous Israel, settled and provided for in the Promised Land.

Verse 11 The REB says it is the women who proclaim the good news.

Verse 17 Thousands of chariots? This will be all the vehicles left in the Mid East after the Lord's Day of vengeance.

Verse 19-20 Only by believing and trusting in the Lord, can we be saved.

Verse 24-27 All the twelve tribes of Israel praise the Lord in a great congregation.

 

 

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Every Realm Will Serve and Obey His Holy People 

Amos 9:13-15 The time is surely coming, says the Lord, when the one who plows shall overtake the one who reaps, and the treader of grapes, the one who sows the seed; the mountains shall drip sweet wine, all the hills shall flow with it. I will restore the fortunes of My Israelite people, and they shall rebuild the ruined cities and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and drink their wine, and they shall make gardens and eat their fruit. I will plant them upon their Land and they shall never again be plucked up out of the Land I have given them. 

That text promises restoration for a devastated land and a dispersed people and it does so in a beautiful description of overflowing fertility in field and vineyard along with an unqualified pledge of "never again" to be dispossessed. 

Such hopes and promises are called eschatological, but that term should not be understood from its later, Church doctrine in which this material world is replaced by a spiritual one.  This prophecy refers to the earthly world here below, regenerated and again like the garden of Eden.  

In ancient Hebrew texts eschatological language refers to a divinely established Utopia (Greek- good place) in which, God puts an end to this world of injustice and unrighteousness on earth and replaces it with a world of justice and righteousness on earth. It does not repeal creation by cosmic destruction, but destroys evil by cosmic transformation. The eschatological Kingdom is the covenantal kingdom, brought to its ultimate perfection and ideal consummation, here on earth. So, how will Y'hovah, as God of justice and righteousness treat the Gentiles in establishing this utopian Kingdom on earth? 

Micah 4:1-2 In days to come, the Lord's House will tower above the hills. The nations will stream toward it, saying; Let us go to the House of Jacob's God, that He may teach us His ways, for instruction comes from Zion. [and in Isaiah 2:2-4]

Zechariah 8:20 Nations and dwellers in many cities will come to Jerusalem to entreat the favour of the Lord. 

Those warlike and idol worshipping peoples will be converted to Y'hovah, as a God of justice and peace. They will not become Israelites, but all will live together under God. This will be the situation after Jesus Returns, during His Millennium rule.

Daniel 7:27The Kingly power, sovereignty and greatness of all the Kingdoms under heaven will be given to the Holy people of the Most High. Their Kingly power will last forever and every realm will serve and obey them.   Al the true righteous Christians. Rev. 5:9-10

 

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Fulfilment of the Promise 

Zechariah 9:14-17 The Lord will appear over them [His Christian people] He will protect them and they will prevail against their enemies. On that day, their God will save them, for they are His precious flock.

Joel 3:1-2 When that time comes, on that Day, when I reverse the fortunes of My people - I shall judge the nations, for they have scattered the Israelites, My own people and shared out My Land.

Isaiah 30:26-28On the Day the Lord heals His people, the sun will shine with seven times its normal brightness, as seven days in one and the moon will be as bright as the sun. Then the Lord will sieve the nations for destruction.   By a massive sun explosion.

Isaiah 31:4-5The Lord will come to Mount Zion, like a hovering bird, He will shield and protect Jerusalem, sparing and rescuing her.

Isaiah 25:9 On that Day the people will say: See, this is our God, we have waited for Him and He will deliver us. Let us rejoice and exult in His deliverance.

Ezekiel 28:24-25 No longer will the Israelites suffer the scorn of their neighbours. The Lord says: When I gather the Israelites from the peoples amongst whom they are dispersed, I shall show My Holiness in them for all the nations to see. They will live on their own soil, that I had given to My servant, Jacob.

Jeremiah 33:6-8 Now I shall bring healing and care for Judah and Israel, they will see lasting peace and security. I shall cleanse them of all their sins that they committed in rebellion against Me.

Nahum 1:15 There on the mountains is the one who proclaims the good news. Fulfil your vows, Judah, never again will the wicked overrun you. They are totally destroyed.

Psalm 50:1-6 The Lord has spoken and summoned all of His people in the world for judgement. Gather to Me, My loyal servants, all who by sacrifice have made a covenant with Me.

Isaiah 65:9I shall give descendants to Jacob [all Israel] and to Judah, heirs who will possess My Land. My chosen ones will inherit it and those who serve Me will live there. Reference: REB, NIV,KJV. Verses abridged

 

These verses say how the Lord will act "on the Day He saves His people". This will all occur years before the Return of Jesus, before the rise of the anti-Christ and the tribulation. Zechariah says: how both Judah, the Jews, and Israel, the Christian nations, will prevail over their enemies. They will be protected, for they are His "precious flock". Joel says: The Lord will judge the nations for their past actions against Israel. Isaiah says: There will be a C.M.E. event. [Coronal Mass Ejection - from the sun] The Lord will protect Zion - like a hovering bird. His people will rejoice. Isaiah 32:15-20 Ezekiel says: The neighbours of Israel will be judged and punished. After that, His people, Righteous Christian Israel, will gather and settle in the Land. They will be a "light to the nations". Jeremiah says: Judah and Israel will be cleansed of their sins and will join together to live in peace and security in the Land. Nahum says: As in Malachi 4:5, Elijah will proclaim the good news. Keep faithful and the Lord will protect His people. Isaiah says: My chosen people will inherit the Land. Psalm 50: The Lord will gather His loyal servants. Paul says: Acts 26:6-7 This is the hope, based on the Promise made to our forefathers.... the 12 tribes pray intensely to see that fulfilment.

 

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My People Were Like Lost Sheep 

Jeremiah 46:27 But Jacob, My servant Israel, do not be afraid, from afar I shall bring you back safe and your children from the lands where they are captives. Jacob will be at rest once more, secure and untroubled.

Jeremiah 46:28 Do not be afraid, Jacob, My servant, for I am with you. I shall make an end of all the nations amongst whom I have dispersed you; but of you I will not make an end. I shall discipline you as you deserve - not wholly unpunished.

 

Jeremiah 48:2 Moab is no more, in Heshbon, they plot her downfall. Also you will be cut down O Madman, the sword will pursue you.                In Hebrew, madman can be translated as Mahomet - very significant. The rest of chapter 48 is judgement on Moab and Ammon - seems to be historical, but modern Jordanian Arab Muslim peoples inhabit those areas today. v6 Yet after this, I will restore the fortunes of Moab & Ammon

Jeremiah 49:7-22 The destruction of Edom:  You will not escape punishment, for by My life, says the Lord, Bozrah will become a desolation forever. Edom will be an object of horror. No one will live there again. Look; an eagle with outspread wings will swoop down against Bozrah. On that Day, Edom's warriors will lose heart for battle.

Jeremiah 49:23 The destruction of Damascus [Syria] v27 I shall kindle a fire in Damascus. Isaiah 17:1

Jeremiah 49:28 Come, attack Kedar and Hazor [Arabia] They will become a haunt of jackals, desolate forever and no one will live there.

Jeremiah 49:34-39 The word of the Lord concerning Elam[Iran] I shall break the bow of Elam, the chief weapon of their might. [nuclear missiles] I will vent My fierce anger on them in disaster, until I make an end to them. Yet in days to come, I shall restore the fortunes of Elam.

Jeremiah 50:1-3 The word of the Lord about Babylon, land of the Chaldeans [Iraq] you will be a desolate wasteland, all men and beasts have fled and gone.

 

Jeremiah 50:4-7 In those days and at that time, the people of Israel and Judah will come together and in tears, go in search of the Lord their God. They will go to Zion, saying: "Come let us join ourselves to the Lord in an everlasting covenant." My people were like lost sheep, wandering far from their sheepfold. [This has to be before the Return of Jesus.] Their enemies devoured them without guilt, because they had sinned against the Lord.

Jeremiah 50:14 Marshal your forces and encircle Babylon, you whose bows are ready strung, shoot ather - spare not your arrows.                 

Jeremiah 50:17-18 Israel is a scattered flock, chased by lions, first by Assyria, then Babylon chewed their bones. Therefore, I shall punish Babylon as I did Assyria.        In these end times, Babylon and Assyria is an allegory for all the heathen nations.

 

Jeremiah 50:19-20 But I shall bring the Israelites back to their own pasture, on Ephraim's hills and in Gilead, they will eat their fill. In those days, says the Lord, when that time comes, a search will be made for Israel's guilt, but there will be none, for those whom I leave as a remnant, I shall pardon.

Reference: REB, NIV, KJV some verses abridged. 

 

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THIS WILL BE A SIGN FOR YOU 

2 Kings 19:25 Have you not heard? Long ago I did it all. I planned it, now I have brought it about - your defences have crashed into rubble.

2 Kings 19:26 The people, shorn of strength are put to shame and are as grass dried up by the East wind.

2 Kings 19:27 I know all your doings - your goings out and coming in.

2 Kings 19:28 Your rage and arrogance against Me has come to My ears, so I put a ring in your nose and sent you back where you came from.

2 Kings 19:29 This will be a sign for you; this year you will eat the leavings of the grain, the next, that which is self sown, but on the third year you will sow and reap, plant vines and eat fruit.

2 Kings 19:30 The survivors left in Judah will strike fresh root below ground and will yield fruit above ground.

2 Kings 19:31 For a remnant will arise out of Jerusalem, survivors from Mt Zion. The zeal of the Lord will perform this. 

 

This prophecy in the book of 2 Kings, was spoken by Isaiah, during the reign of King

Hezekiah. Soon after, the Assyrians came down against Judah;

The Assyrian came down like a wolf on the fold,

his cohorts all gleaming in scarlet and gold.....

The Destruction of Sennacherib, by Lord Byron.

The angel of the Lord struck down 185,000 Assyrian troops and saved Judah at that time.

 

Approximately 90 years later, Babylonian troops attacked three times, eventually destroying most of Jerusalem and deporting most of the House of Judah. [the Jews] The House of Israel - the ten Northern tribes had been conquered and deported 135 years earlier. 

So, this seems to be a prophecy that was partially fulfilled then, but seems like a probable dual prophecy, with significance for our time.

 

As in verse 29; His Christian people, gathered into all of the holy Land, will survive for two years on food provided by the Lord, then sufficient crops are established for their own supply. 

Verse 30-31 ; The Jewish remnant remaining in the Land after it is cleansed, will thrive and prosper. Obadiah 17

Reference; Revised English Bible. Some verses abridged. 

 

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O God, our help in ages past,our hope in years to come.

Our shelter from the stormy blast and our eternal home. Hymn by Isaac Watts

 

2 Esdras 16:74-76 Listen, you whom I have chosen; The days of harsh suffering are close at hand, but I will rescue you from them. Have done with fears and doubts, God is your guide. As followers of My commandments, do not let sin weigh you down.

Isaiah 41:8-10 Israel, My servant, summoned from the ends of the earth. Have no fear, I am with you, I shall strengthen and uphold you with My victorious right hand.

Psalm 22:23-25 You that fear the Lord, praise Him, revere Him you descendants of Jacob, the Lord listens to your cry for help. I shall fulfil My vows in the sight of those who fear you.

Jeremiah 30:4-7 The Lord says to Israel and Judah; A Day of terror is coming, a time of trouble for Jacob, but he will come through it safely.

Daniel 12:1 .....there will be a terrible time of anguish. But at that moment your people will be delivered. Everyone whose name is written in the Book of life.     Every true Christian believer.

Malachi 3:16 A record was written of all those who fear the Lord and revere His name.

Isaiah 35:3-4 Strengthen yourselves, say to those with fearful hearts - Be strong, for your Lord comes to save you, with His vengeance and retribution. [against enemies]

Psalm 60:4-5 To those who fear You, You have raised a banner to which they may escape from the bow. Save with Your strong hand, so that those whom You love may be kept safe.

Isaiah 35:10 The Lord's people, set free will come back and enter the Land with shouts of joy and triumph. All suffering and sorrow will flee away.

Psalm 30:4 Sing to the Lord, all you loyal servants. His anger lasts but a moment, His favour, a lifetime. Weeping for a night - rejoicing in the morning.

Psalm 69:35-36 For God will save Zion and rebuild the cities of Judah. The children of those who serve Him will inherit the Land and those who love His name will live there.

Isaiah 51:3 The Lord will surely comfort Zion. The deserts will become as Eden, the garden of the Lord. There will be joy, gladness, thanksgiving and songs of praise.

Isaiah 46:4 Till you grow old - I am the Lord, I have made you, I will uphold you, I shall carry you away to safety.

Isaiah 3:10 Happy are the righteous, all will be well with them. They will enjoy the fruits of their deeds.

John 14:1-2 Set your troubled hearts at rest. Trust in God always, trust in Me also, I am going to prepare a place for you.

 

Wisdom of Solomon 19:7-9 Your servants looked to the cloud overshadowing them and are at peace, like horses at pasture, like skipping lambs. They praise You, by whose Hand they are rescued. You are their unfailing Helper. 

 

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The Blessings To His People - Before the Return Of Jesus 

Jeremiah 33:14 The days are coming, says the Lord, when I shall bestow on Judah and Israel all the blessings I have promised to them.

Isaiah 30:18 The Lord is waiting to show you His favour. He yearns to have pity on you, for the Lord is full of justice. Happy are you who wait on Him.

Isaiah 54:4-10... For a passing moment I forsook you, but with tender affection I shall bring you home again....My covenant promising peace will not be shaken.

Hosea 2:14-23 But now I shall woo her and restore her vineyards. I shall betroth her to Myself, making her faithful, they will know the Lord. Israel will be My new sowing in the Land, I will show love to Israel and Judah and say to them 'You are My people'. They will say: 'You are our God'.

Hosea 14:4-7 I shall heal My peoples apostasy and love them freely, for My anger is turned away from them. I shall be as dew to Israel that they may flower and put forth shoots. I am the tree that shelters you; your prosperity comes from Me.

Isaiah 52:6 On that Day My people will know My Name and know that it is the Lord who speaks, here I am.

Ezekiel 34:22-31Therefore, I shall save My flock and they will be ravaged no more....You are the flock that I feed and I am your God.

Zechariah 8:13-15 To the nations, you Judah and Israel have been as a curse, now I shall save you and you will become a blessing. Courage! Do not lose heart.

Isaiah 46:4 Till you grow old, I am the Lord and when white hairs come, I will carry you still. I have made you and I shall uphold you. I shall carry you away to safety.

Romans 8:18 For I consider that the sufferings of the present times are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed to us.

John 14:1-2 Set you troubled hearts at rest. Trust in God always, trust also in Me. I am going to prepare a place for you. The place prepared is all of the holy Land, where the Lord's people, every Christian believer now deemed to be Israelites by faith, Galatians 3:26-29, will go to live.

 

2 Esdras 1:35-40 I shall hand over your [Mid East peoples] homes to a people yet to come, a people who will trust Me, though they have not known Me, who will do My bidding, though I gave them no signs; who never saw the prophets, yet will keep in mind what the prophets taught. I vow that this people yet to come shall have My favour; their little ones will jump for joy and though they have not seen Me with their eyes, they will perceive by the spirit and believe in what I have said.

2 Esdras 2:12-28 The tree of life will spread its fragrance over them, they will neither toil nor grow weary. Ask and you will receive, pray that your short time of waiting may be cut shorter. Even now the Kingdom is ready for you; be vigilant! I shall send My servants, Jeremiah and Isaiah to help you. As they prophesied, I have set you apart to be My people. I have made ready for you a Land of plenty. There I shall fill your children with joy, look after the widow, defend the fatherless, give to the poor, care for the weak and helpless, watch over the disabled and bring the blind to the vision of My radiance. Be calm, My people, your time of rest will come. Do not be anxious when the time of trouble comes, for you will have happiness and plenty.

Reference: REB and Apocrypha, some verses abridged

 

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THE BOOK OF ZEPHANIAH - AN END TIMES STORY  

Zephaniah 1:2-13 The Lord will consume and get rid of humans and all living things from the Land. The wicked will be brought to their knees. Ezekiel 20:47-48 & 30:1-5, Jer. 30:23-24

Judah will be judged and those who have neither sought the Lord nor enquired of Him will be cut off. Ezekiel 21:3, Isaiah 22:14, Zechariah 13:8-9, Jeremiah 12:14

Be silent before the Lord, for the Day of vengeance is near. The Lord has prepared a sacrifice and set apart those He has invited. Isaiah 66:15-16, Malachi 4:1, Rev. 6:12-17

I shall punish all you leaders and officers on the Day of the Lord’s sacrifice. Cry and wail, you merchants and dealers, all who fill their lord’s house with violence and fraud, you will be destroyed on that Day of distress, desolation, darkness and death.  Jeremiah 13:19-27.

I shall search for all those complacent people, those who say the Lord will do nothing. They will build and plant, but all will be destroyed.  Jeremiah 12:4+12-17, 2 Peter 3:3-4

Zephaniah 1:14-18 The Great Day of the Lord’s wrath is near, a Day of destruction and battle cries. Great distress will come on the peoples who have sinned against the Lord; their blood will pour out on the ground. Their wealth will not save them, for He will make a sudden and terrible end to all who live in the Land. Isaiah 2:12-22, Habakkuk 3:12-14, Joel 2:1-11

Zephaniah 2:1-15 Humble yourselves, you shameful nation, before the Day arrives, before the burning anger of the Lord comes upon you. Jeremiah 6:8, Jer. 8:5-12, Matthew 21:41-43

Seek the Lord, all you who live humbly, obeying His laws. It may be that you will be sheltered on the Day of the Lord’s anger. Isaiah 31:5, Micah 5:1, Revelation 6:12-17.

Gaza will be deserted, woe to all you Philistines, at midday I shall crush you – your land will belong to the survivors of Judah. Amos 1:6-8, Ezekiel 25:15-17, Obadiah 19-21.

I have heard the insults of the Ammonites, those who revile against My people. Moab and Ammon will become a wasteland for evermore and the remnant of My people who survive will dispossess them. Ezekiel 25:1-11, Jeremiah 9:25-26. Because, they [the Ammonites: Jordanians] have insulted My people and encroached on their Land, I will bring terror upon them. Jer. 12:14, Amos 1:13-15, Ezekiel 21:28-32, Jeremiah 49:1-27.

You Cushites will be slain by the Sword of the Lord. Psalm 83, Jer. 49:28-33. [Cush, a son of Ham; the African peoples] Syria and Iraq will be devastated, becoming a wasteland, all who pass by will scoff at her fate. Isaiah 17:1, Isaiah 33:10-12, Nahum 3:18-19. Then the nations of the coasts and islands will worship the Lord. Isaiah 49:1-6, Isaiah 66:18b-21

Zephaniah 3:1-8  Woe betide that tyrant city, filthy and foul. [Jerusalem] She heeded no warning and refused to trust the Lord. Her leaders were as wolves and lions. Her prophets are treacherous men and her Rabbis do violence to the Law. Ezekiel 14:21-23, Jeremiah 8:8

Yet every day, the Lord dispenses justice, but the evildoer knows no shame. Matt 23:25

I have wiped out this arrogant people, their cities are abandoned. Jer. 9:10-11, Ezekiel 21:4, Isaiah 21:14

I said surely they will fear Me and accept correction, that they would escape destruction, but no, they eagerly continued in their evil ways. Isaiah 22:11, Ezekiel 16:59

Therefore, says the Lord, wait for the Day when I accuse you. I will gather nations in order to pour My wrath upon them. The whole earth will know the fire of My jealousy.  Hab. 3:12, Jeremiah 8:3, Hebrews 10:27, Romans 1:18                 

Zephaniah 3:9-20 Then I shall restore pure lips to all peoples. So that everyone may call on the Name of the Lord and serve Him with one accord. Hosea 2:14-23, Isaiah 52:6.

My worshippers, from distant places will bring their offering to Me. Isaiah 66:20-21

On that Day, Jerusalem, you will not be shamed because I will have rid you of your proud and arrogant citizens. Isaiah 65:11-12, Isaiah 65:1-7

Only a remnant of lowly and humble people will survive. They will be righteous and nothing will make them afraid.All the Christian peoples. Isaiah 51:1-8, Malachi 3:17

Shout for joy, Israel, your punishment is over, your enemies defeated.  Isaiah 35:1-10

         The Lord is now in your midst, He will show His love for you. Isaiah 41:8-10, Psalm 118.

When that time comes, I will deal with your oppressors. I shall gather you and bring you all home. Ezekiel 34:11-16, Isaiah 65:8-9, Jeremiah 16:14-16

You will have honour and praise among all the peoples when I restore your fortunes before your eyes.  It is the Lord who speaks.   Jeremiah 33:6-9, 2 Esdras 1:35-40, 2 Esdras 2:12-28.                

                           Ref: Revised English Bible. Verses abridged.                                     

 

‘God has Kept His Treasure’: Zephaniah’s name in Hebrew = God hides in order to protect, also means God is a vigilant watch keeper. Zephaniah was a prophet at the time of King Josiah, circa 620 BCE, 100 years after the exile of the House of Israel. God will keep His people safe. 2 Peter 2:10,  Jer. 31:36, Isaiah 49:15-16, Matt. 13:44

‘The Great Day of the Lord’s vengeance and wrath is near’: This is the next prophesied event that we can expect to happen. It will be an earth directed blast of fire from the sun, as Isaiah 30:26a, 2 Peter 3:7 and Malachi 4:1 informs us.  It will literally fulfill all the graphic prophesies about that Day. The results of that terrible Day will be: ‘a sudden and terrible end to all who live in the holy Land, Palestinians, Arabs, Africans and the proud and arrogant citizens of Judah will all die by this sword of the Lord’s judgement’.  Jeremiah 11:16, Ezekiel 21:3, Ezekiel 30:1-5 ‘The whole earth will know the fire of My wrath’, a worldwide devastation, that will destroy most of our modern infrastructure and kill millions. Jer. 25:33, Isaiah 34:6, 2 Peter 3:10, Rev. 6:12-17

When that time comes, I will deal with your enemies’ : It is foolish to speculate about another conventional war or a nuclear exchange in the Middle East, as the prophetic truth confirms how the Lord Himself will instigate His fiery wrath against those attackers of Israel. Psalm 83, Psalm 18:7-15, Isaiah 22:1-14, Jeremiah 49:35-37

But those who live humbly, obeying His Laws, may be sheltered on that Day’. Nahum 1:7, Psalm 50:3-6, Daniel 12:1 Then: ‘I will gather you and bring you all home’. Psalm 107, Hosea 2:23, Zech. 10:8-10 This will be the great Second Exodus of the Lord’s people, this time every Christian believer will go into a regenerated Land; all of that area promised to Abraham, Genesis 15:18 but never as yet fully owned by His people. Their right of ownership will be proven when the title deed buried by Jeremiah 32:14, is found.

‘Then the nations of the coasts and islands will worship the Lord’ : This makes it clear that all Israel is far more than just the Jews. Isaiah 49:12 They are coming from far away, some from the North and the West and some from the South. The true, righteous Christian Israelites are now mostly living on islands or in countries with extensive coastlines and in places to the North, West and South of the holy Land. Those nations and peoples are the ones with a Christian heritage, but have fallen away in the latter years, although many remain faithful and it will only be those righteous people; ‘My worshippers in distant places’, who will go to live in the new nation of Beulah. Isaiah 62:1-5, Isaiah 60:21-22, Ezekiel 36, Jeremiah 33, Amos 9:13-15, Acts 26:6-7

‘The Lord is now in your midst’. In the same way as He was for the ancient Israelites. 1 Cor. 10:11  This is confirmed by Ezekiel 43:4 – it will be the Shekinah Glory that will enter the new Temple and also the Lord will ‘reveal Himself to the elders and leaders’, in a cloud, like He did for Moses and David. Jer. 30:21, Isaiah 24:23, Acts 7:37-38

 

All this is prophesied to happen before the end of this age: The world changer of the Sixth Seal devastation, the regeneration and resettlement of all the holy Land, the establishment of a One World Government, the attack by a Northern confederation led by Gog, a seven year treaty signed between Beulah and the Leader of the OWG, then at the mid-point; the Great Tribulation starts and 3½ years later, comes the culmination, the Lord Jesus Returns for His Millennial reign.                                                                                                                                                        

     

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Habakkuk the Prophet           

Habakkuk 3:1-19 Lord God, I know Your fame, I am in awe of what You have done. You make Yourself known and in your wrath You do not forget mercy. God comes from Paran, His splendour covers the sky and earth. As bright as the dawn, rays of light flash from His hand and thereby His might is veiled. Plague and pestilence go before and after Him. The earth shakes and nations panic. The mountains are broken and flattened. The dwellings of Cushan and Midian are destroyed.

    What is the cause of Your anger, O God? You arm Your weapons and the earth and sea shake with fear. The sun and moon stand still. Furiously You traverse the earth, and trample the nations. You come to deliver Your people and save Your anointed ones. You shatter the house of the wicked, laying bare its foundations. With his own weapon You kill their leaders and warriors, swept away by a whirlwind, as they prepare to attack. I tremble at Your advance, but I long for the Day of calamity to come upon our enemies. Although the fig tree has not yet budded and the grape vine bears no fruit and the Land does not prosper, even so, I shall exult in the Lord. God Almighty is my strength, He makes me sure footed and confident.  Nahum 1:15    Ref: Revised English Bible. Some verses abridged.

 

Chapter three of the Book of Habakkuk, describes how the Lord will act to punish His enemies and protect His people.

‘as they are about to devour their victims – prepare to attack’. Verse 14 is an interesting description of the method and timing of the Lord’s Day of vengeance. “swept away by a whirlwind” and with ‘arrows of light flashing’. This fits with a coronal mass ejection, sunstrike event, which will occur at the exact moment that His enemies commence their attack. Confirmed by Deuteronomy 32:31-35...My reserve of punishment, stored up for My Day of vengeance, till the moment that their foot slips, [make a mistake] for their doom is fast approaching. And Isaiah 30:26…the sun will shine with seven times its normal strength..  Malachi 4:1+3, 2 Peter 3:7

‘as bright as the dawn’…Joel 2:2…like the dawn spreading across the mountains… As the earth rotates and nations face the sun, they will be struck with the fire and devastation described in Joel 2:1-11 and detailed in over 100 other prophesies. Jeremiah 25:32

‘With his own weapons, You kill the enemy, as they prepare to attack’. This will literally happen if the powerful Electro Magnetic Pulse of a CME strikes an armed nuke missile and the microwave penetration will explode ammunition and rockets stored underground. Deut. 32:22, Jer. 49:35, Haggai 2:21-22, Hosea 2:8, Psalm 37:15

Note that: “His might is veiled” The Lord will not be seen at this time. Psalm 18:7-19, Rom. 1:18

Furiously, You trample the nations’. This will be the fulfilment of Isaiah 63:1-6, Isaiah 2:12-21, Zechariah 2:13, Zech. 14:13-15, Malachi 4:1, Hebrews 10:27, Rev. 6:12-17.

‘The dwellings of Cushan and Midian are destroyed’. Cushan and Midian: North Africa and Arabia. Ezekiel 30:1-5, Zephaniah 2:5&12, Isaiah 19:1-10

Punishment, trampling, fierce fire, etc. This cannot be construed as the same event as the Return of Jesus., described quite differently in Matthew 24:30, Rev. 19:11-13 

But, this is also the Day of deliverance for His people: ‘The Lord does not forget mercy and saves His anointed people’. We look forward with great anticipation to the great Day of the Lord’s vengeance and wrath, when He will fulfill His promises to His people. 1 Cor. 2:9

 Judah ‘the fig tree’, the Jewish people,  does not yet acknowledge the Messiah, and Israel ‘the vine’ still must come into their true destiny. When these happen, the Land and His Christian people will prosper. Ezekiel 36:8-12, Joel 2:21-24, Amos 9:13-15

 That will be the wonderful time when the Lords righteous people gather and live together in peace in New Israel. Ezekiel 39:25-29, Isa 11:11-12, Isa 40:1-3, Jer. 3:14, Micah 2:12, Zech. 8:7, Psalm 68:7-10. They will proclaim the coming Kingdom of Jesus. Isa. 49:6, Isa. 66:19, Rev. 7:9                                                                                 

 

 

 

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The Prophet Hosea......Hosea Means Salvation. Circa 753 - 725BC 

Hosea 1:1-5 This is the Lord's message given by Hosea. Take to yourself an adulterous wife, because the Land is guilty of unfaithfulness to God. Gomer conceived and bore Hosea a son. Call him Jezreel, for soon I will punish Israel in the valley of Jezreel.

Israel conquered by Assyria in 722BC. 2 Kings 17:5-6

Hosea 1:6-7 Next, she bore a daughter. Call her Lo-ruhamah, for I will no longer show love for Israel, but Judah, I will love and save by My power.

185,000 Assyrian troops were killed when they attacked Judah. 2 Kings 19:35

Hosea 1:8-10 Next she bore a son. Call him Lo-ammi, for you are not My people and I amnot your God. Yet the Israelites will be as countless as the sands of the sea and it will no longer be said of them "You are not My people" for they will be called "Children of the Living God".

The Israelites, Judah and Israel, multiply greatly during their exile and when their punishment is over, they will be redeemed and reinstated as His people, joined by Christians from evert nation and language.  Deut. 30:1-14, Rev 5_9-10

Hosea 1:11 & 2:1 The people of Judah and Israel will be reunited, they will choose forthemselves a leader. They will spring up from the Land, for great will be the Day of Jezreel. You are to say to your kinsmen: "You are God's people, you are loved".

All the Lord's righteous Christian people go to live in the Promised Land. Jeremiah 30:21, Ezekiel 37:15-28

Hosea 2:2-13 The punishment of Judah and Israel is by their exile and of the Land: by desolation. Isaiah 40:1-2

Hosea 2:14-15 But now, I shall woo them, I shall lead My people into the wilderness andspeak words of encouragement to them. There, I shall restore the Land to them and they will respond to Me, as in the days of their youth, when Israel came out of Egypt.

God's people, righteous Christian Israel, will receive encouragement and directions, for the second Exodus in the same way as ancient Israel did in their Exodus. Isaiah 55:11-13

Hosea 2:16-20 On that Day, My people will call Me "my Husband". Never again will they invoke the names of other gods. Then, I shall make a Covenant with Israel, with the wild creatures and all weapons of war will be abolished, so that My people can live without fear. I will betroth you to Me in love, righteousness, loyalty and justice. You will be faithful and you will know the Lord. Ezekiel 16:60

[The Lord will make a New Covenant with His people, then they will 'know the Lord'. All this proves that this takes place before the Return of Jesus. Ezekiel 36:22-38]

Hosea 2:21-23 In that Day, I will respond, says the Lord. The heavens and the earth will answer with produce and fruit. Israel will be My new sowing in the Land, and I will show love for My people. They will say "You are our God".

[Righteous Christian Israelites, gathered and settled in peace and prosperity into all the Land promised to the Patriarchs. Isaiah 54:4-6, Ezekiel 38:8 & 39:25-29]

 

Hosea 3:1-3 Hosea marries Gomer.

Hosea 3:4-5 So the Israelites will live a long time without a king, without sacrifice and the sacred items, but after that, they will again seek the Lord and David, their King. They will turn in reverence to the Lord and seek His blessings in the latter days.

The Israelites still in exile, will seek and turn to God, becoming Christian believers, in the 'latter days'. This is the period leading up to the end of the age. Before the Return of Jesus. Daniel 10:14

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Hosea 4 & 5 Israel and Judah conquered and sent into exile. Jeremiah 16:12-13

Hosea 6:1-3 Come, let us return to the Lord, He has wounded us, but He will heal us. After two days, He will revive us, on the third day, He will raise us to live in His presence. Let us strive to know the Lord, whose coming is as sure as the sunrise. He will come to us, like the refreshing spring rain.

"After two days, He will revive us". Scripture says one day is like a 1000 years to the Lord, so after 2000 years we will be revived, after that, on the next Day we will live in His presence - the Millennium reign of Jesus. Luke 13:32]

Hosea 6:4-11a How shall I deal with you, Israel and Judah? Your loyalty is like themorning mist. Your behaviour is outrageous, therefore My judgement comes upon you. For I require loyalty, not sacrifice - acknowledgement of the Lord. Israel has brought defilement upon herself and for you, too, Judah, a harvest of reckoning will come.   Zechariah 13:8-9

Hosea 6:11b, 7 & 8:1-13 When I am minded to restore the fortunes of My people and to heal the Israelites, then their guilt will stand revealed. They did not keep faith, their leaders do not call to Me. Israel is like a senseless pigeon, calling for help from the nations. Though I strengthen them, they plot evil against Me. Because they did not trust Me, I shall now round them up, soon they will have to abandon their self reliance.

All of those gathered will be judged before being settled into the holy Landl. Isaiah 59:1-4, Jeremiah 12:14-17, Ezekiel 20:37-38

Hosea 8:14 Judah and Israel have forgotten their Maker. They have built towns and fortifications, but fire shall devour them.

The Lord's judgement of fire will destroy military power and make towns uninhabitable. Zephaniah 3:6, Isaiah 22:3

Hosea 9:1-9 Do not rejoice Israel, or exult like other peoples, for you have been unfaithful to your God. The Days of punishment and vengeance have come. Let Israel know this. Because of your great guilt and enmity, your prophets are fools, your seers are crazy. They are corrupt and God will punish them for their sins.

The Israelites, both the Western nations and the Jews, are unfaithful to the Lord. Their religious leaders are fools and corrupt, they will be punished. Jeremiah 8:5-12

Hosea 9:10-11 I found Israel, like grapes in the desert.[Israel-the vine] You were like good figs [Judah - the fig tree] But they resorted to idol worship, so their honour will fly away like a bird, woe betide them. I will reject them, they will be as wanderers among the nations. Isaiah 5:7

The Israelites, taken out of Egypt and nurtured by the Lord, sinned and broke their Covenant with Him. They were exiled from the Land. Only part of Judah have returned to part of the Land, as a firstfruit. Zechariah 12:7

Hosea 10:1-11 Israel is like a spreading vine, the more her prosperity, the more her apostasy.                                                                       The prosperous Western nations, continue to slide further into atheism and away from God's Laws. Ezekiel 20:39 

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Hosea 10:12 Sow righteousness and reap loyalty. Break up your fallow ground. It is time to seek the Lord, until He comes and showers deliverance upon you.

It is time to turn again to the Lord, to renew our allegiance to Him and to obey His commands. True Christianity. Isaiah 55:6-7

Hosea 10:13-15 Because you have trusted in your own strength, the tumult of war will come upon your people and your armies will be devastated. This will happen to you, Bethel, because of your great wickedness, swiftly as a passing dawn, your king will be swept away.

Those who trust in their own strength - their military will be destroyed. Bethel = House of God , the Land of Israel. Their leaders gone in an instant. Isaiah 24:21-23 

Hosea 11:1-4 When Israel was a youth, I loved her. I called her out of Egypt, but the more I called, the further they went from Me. They were unaware that it was the Lord who nurtured them. [The Israelites were a chosen people, their ignorance caused their downfall. Acts 3:17, Ezekiel 20:39]

Hosea 11:5-7 Back they will go into exile, for they refuse to repent. They will face wars and tribulations, as they call to false gods to serve them.

Both Israel and Judah were exiled from the Land. Innumerable wars, disasters, famines, plagues, etc. have been their lot until now. Deut. 29:22-28, Isaiah 48:9-11

Hosea 11:8-9 How can I surrender you, Israel? How can I make you like a people nowextinct? A change of heart moves Me - I will not let loose My fury and destroy them, for I am the Lord, not a mortal, the Holy One among you. I shall not come to you in My wrath.

The Lord's great promise of the eventual restoration of His people, joined by foreigners. Isaiah 56:1-8, Jeremiah 31:31-34]

Hosea 11:10-11 They will follow the Lord when He calls, His people will come quickly, from all parts of the earth and I shall settle them in their own Land. Isaiah 14:1-2

His people, called by the Lord, will respond. They gather and settle into all of the holy Land.

Hosea 11:12 The sins of Israel surround Me and Judah is unruly against their true God, they are still loyal to the idols they count as holy.

But now, His people continue to sin and worship idols, such as materialism.  Jeremiah 12:10-13

Hosea 12:1-5 The Lord has a charge to bring against Israel and Judah, He will punish them for their misdeeds. Jacob received His favour at Bethel.

Israel and Judah and all the Lord's people will be judged. 1 Cor. 3:13-15, Ezekiel 20:35-36 They have the promise of the blessing.

Hosea 12:6-9 Turn back and with God's help, maintain loyalty and justice and wait for your God always. Israel says: I have become rich, but with all my wealth, will the guilt of sin be found in me? Yet I have been the Lord your God from the days of Egypt. I shall make you live in tents again, as in ancient days.

The western nations, now rich and complacent, must turn back to Y'hovah wholeheartedly. He has always been watching His people and they will return to their own Land in the same way as their ancestors did. Isaiah 35:1-10, Isaiah 44:2-23

 

Hosea 12:10 It was I, the Lord, who spoke to the prophets, I gave them many visions, I declared My thoughts to them.

The Lord's plans for His people ARE revealed in His Word. Isaiah 46:10, Amos 3:7

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Hosea 12:11-14 In Gilead there is idolatry.... God will punish the Israelites for their idolatry. Jeremiah 12:7-9

Hosea 13:1-3 Ephraim was a prince and a leader, but he was guilty of idolatry, so he suffered death. Yet even now they sin more and more. They make idols and worship calf images, therefore they will be like the morning mist, like smoke from a chimney.

Ephraim the leader of the 10 Northern tribes. "suffered death" that is; spiritual death]

Hosea 13:4-6But since your days in Egypt, I have been your God and saviour. I cared for you in the desert, fed you until satisfied. But you became proud and forgot Me.  Isaiah 2:6-8

Hosea 13:7-16 So now, I shall bring harm to you. Where is your king now? In My wrath, I took him away. The sins of Ephraim are recorded, he is without good sense, he did not present himself at the proper time. I will ransom him from the power of death. Where, O death is your destruction?The Lord's wrath, but then His promise of restoration. Isaiah 54:4-6 

Hosea 14:1-3 Return, Israel to your God, for your iniquity has been your downfall. Come back to the Lord with prayer and confession, asking for forgiveness. We will fulfil our vows to You. Only You can save us and we will never again make gods from our own hands.                        Righteous Israel WILL return to their God, becoming Christians. They WILL live in peace and prosperity in their own Land, the new nation of Beulah. Isaiah 62:1-5, Isaiah 54:13-17, Jeremiah 33:6-8]

Hosea 14:7-8 Israel will again dwell in My shadow, they will prosper, their fame willspread around the world. They will have no more interest in idols, for the Lord is their shelter and strength.

His people will again dwell in God's shadow, as in ancient days. They will prepare for the Return of Jesus. Ezekiel 28:25-26 

Hosea 14:9 Who is wise? They will realise the truth of these things. Those with discernment will understand the plans of the Lord and the righteous will walk in His ways. But the rebellious will stumble and fall. Isaiah 32:3-4

Reference: REB, NIV, KJV. Verses abridged.

 

Who seeks understanding? THEY will realize the truth and know God's plans. His plan to exile His people, for them to undergo His training program and to fulfil the tasks ordained for them. Then to gather them back and give them His blessings.

For Judah: To keep the Torah, to maintain a visible identity of His people in the world and to be the firstfruits back into the Promised Land.

For Israel: To fulfil the prophecies given to Jacob's sons, to be salt and light among the nations. (to spread the Christian message)

Both Israel and Judah have yet to complete the punishment decreed for their sins. Ezekiel 4:4-6 It was increased by 7 times for Israel and 7X7 for Judah. Leviticus 26:18-28

They will be motivated to move back into their true heritage, the Land of Greater Israel, soon after this next prophesied event - the Lord's day of vengeance and wrath. Many millions will emigrate, of every race and tongue, all those who love and serve Y'hovah, all true righteous Christian people. They will prepare themselves and the world for the eventual Return of Jesus.

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HAGGAI the Prophet 

In verses 1 to 9 of the Book of Haggai, the Jews who have returned to the Land, from their exile in Babylon, are told that the time has come to rebuild the Lord's Temple. 

Haggai 1:10-11 It is your fault that the heavens withhold their rain and the earth it's produce. Because you have neglected the Lord's House.

Haggai 1:13...so Haggai, the Lord's messenger, said to the people: I am with you, says the Lord.

Haggai 2:4-5 Now, Zerubabbel, take heart, says the Lord - take heart, Joshua the High priest, take heart, you people. Begin the work, for I am with you and My spirit remains among you. Do not be afraid.[start building the 2nd Temple] 

Haggai 2:6-8 For these are the words of the Lord; In a little while, I shall shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the land. I shall shake all the nations and their treasure will come here. Mine is the silver and the gold.

Haggai 2:9 The splendour of the latter Temple will surpass that of the former. In this place I will grant prosperity and peace.

These 2 verses are unfulfilled prophesy, as at that time, the shaking did not happen, the treasure of the nations did not come and the 2nd Temple did not exceed the splendour of the 1st, therefore verse 9 applies to the 3rd Temple, yet to come.

 

Haggai 2:10-14 On the 24th day of the 9th month......The Lord says that whatever offering that this people and nation [Judah] make here, is defiled in My sight.

Haggai 2:18 On the 24th day of the 9th month....The day the foundations of the Temple were laid.

Haggai 2:19 Will your crops fail? Not so, from this day I shall bless you. 

Haggai 2:20-22 On the 24th day of the 9th month.....This is the word of the Lord; Tell Zerubbabel, the governor of Judah; I shall shake the heavens and the earth; I shall overthrow Kings, break the power of heathen realms and destroy armies.

Haggai 2:23 On that Day, says the Lord, I will take you, Zerubbabel, My servant and wear you like a signet ring for it is you whom I have chosen.   

 

This book of Haggai, the prophet, tells how the Jews who had returned from Babylon were motivated to rebuild the Temple. The shaking and overthrowing mentioned, describes very well the Day of the Lord's vengeance and wrath, which will happen when an attack is launched upon Israel. 

What is most interesting, is the date, repeated three times; the 24th day of the 9th month. Which is the day before the Jewish festival of Erev Chanukka (1st candle) 

 

 

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Micah - the Prophet 

Micah 1:1-4 Listen all you peoples, let the earth and all who are in it give heed, so that the Lord may bear witness among you. Even now He is leaving His dwelling place. He comes down and walks on the heights of the earth. At His touch, the mountains melt like wax and valleys are split apart.

Micah 1:5-7All this is because of Jacob's [all 12 tribes] sins. What is the crime of Israel? It is their Land that they polluted. What is the crime of Judah? It is Jerusalem that they desecrated. I shall reduce Samaria and Judea to ruin. All the idols smashed and burnt.

Micah 1:5-16 That is why I mourn, Israel has suffered a deadly blow and now Judah will suffer. Disaster has come to Jerusalem, Judah, too, will go into exile.

Micah 2:1-6 Woe to those who plan iniquity, they know that they can do it - they defraud a man of his possessions. Therefore, the Lord plans disaster for this people. Your Land will be divided amongst peoples who will taunt you.

Micah 2:7-11 House of Jacob [all Israel] can one ask, is the Lord's patience truly at an end? The Lord does good to those who are righteous, but My people have acted like an enemy, so they must go away from this Land that they have defiled.

Micah 2:12-13 I will surely gather you, bring together the remnant of Israel, like sheep into a sheepfold. One who opens the way will go before them, they will break through the gate, with the Lord at their head.

Micah 3:1-4I said: Listen you leaders of Israel, surely it is for you to know what is right, yet you hate good and love evil. You take no care for My people. If you call to the Lord, He will not answer, He will hide His face from you, because of the evil that you have done.

Micah 3:5-7 Y'hovah says: Those false prophets who lead My people astray, those who promise prosperity for their reward, they will be shamed and disgraced, for I do not speak to them.

Micah 3:8-12 But, I [Micah]am full of strength and justice- to declare to the Israelites their crimes. Hear this, you leaders who despise justice, you think that the Lord is with you and no disasters can happen. Therefore, because of you, Zion will become a ploughed field, Jerusalem ruined and the Temple mount as a rough wasteland.

Micah 4:1-5 In days to come, the Lord's Temple will be re established, higher than all the mountains. People will gather towards it, saying: let us go to the Temple of Israel's God, that we may learn the right way to live. The Lord will judge the peoples with righteousness, they will not go to war anymore. All will live in peace, on their own property. We will be loyal forever to our God.

Micah 4:6-8 In that day, I will gather those who are lost, I shall assemble the dispersed and those I have afflicted. I shall restore the remnant and turn them into a mighty nation. I will be their King in Jerusalem forever. The promises made to Zion will be fulfilled and all your lands restored to you

Micah 4:9-10 Why are you now in distress? You have no king or prophet now and you must go to Babylon. There the Lord will protect you and save you from your enemies.

Micah 4:11-12 Now many nations are massed against you, they say: let her suffer outrage, we will gloat over Zion. They do not know the Lord's purpose, for He has gathered them like sheaves to the threshing floor.

Micah 4:13 Start your threshing, people of Zion, for I shall give you supernatural strength and you will crush many peoples. Their wealth is to be given to the Lord.

Micah 5:1Now, withdraw behind your walls, you people of a walled city. The siege is pressed against you. Israel's ruler is struck on the cheek with a rod.

Micah 5:2-4 But, you, Bethlehem, from you will come Israel's King. His origin is from the ancient past. Therefore Israel will be abandoned until she who is pregnant gives birth. Then, those of the people who survive will rejoin their brethren. Continued next page - 183

 

Your King will rise up and lead you with the strength and majesty of God. His people will enjoy security, for His power will reach to the ends of the earth.

THEN THERE WILL BE PEACE.

 

 

Micah 5:5-9 When the Assyrians invade our Land and capture Israel, then we will raise against them a group of leaders, who will rule Assyria with their drawn swords. Those of Israel, dispersed amongst the nations will be like dew from the Lord, like a lion among sheep. Your hand will be raised over your foes, they will be destroyed.

Micah 5:10-15 In that day, declares the Lord, I shall destroy your armies, your cities and your strongholds, your witchcraft, your idols and the works of your hands. In anger and fury, I shall wreak vengeance on all the nations who disobey Me.

Micah 6:1-5 Hear what the Lord is saying, let the Land hear His accusation against His people. He will argue His case against Israel. My people, what have I done to you? How have I burdened you. Answer Me. It was I who brought you out of slavery in Egypt, I gave you good leaders, then. Remember how Balaam, the prophet blessed you and how I cared for you in the desert.

Micah 6:6-12 I have told you mortals what is good, to act justly, to be loyal and to walk humbly with your God. The Lord is calling to this people, those who fear His Name - that is wisdom. Should He forget your transgressions? Your rich people act with violence and the truth is nowhere to be found.

Micah 6:13-16 Now, I shall inflict severe punishment upon you because of your sins. You will eat, but not be satisfied. Come to labour, but not bring forth, sow, but not reap, tread grapes, but not drink the wine. You have followed the sins of your ancestors. Therefore, I shall bring you to ruin and you will endure the insults of the nations.

Micah 7:1-4 What misery is mine, I am like the last gleanings of the crop. Those who revere the Lord have gone from the Land, no honest person can be found. All who remain are bent on doing evil, any goodness remaining is twisted like a thornbush.

The day of their punishment has come and now confusion seizes them.

Micah 7:5-7 Do not trust anyone, for your enemies may be members of your own household. But I shall watch and hope in the Lord, I will wait for Him. He will hear me.

Micah 7:8-10 My enemies, do not exult over me. Though I have fallen, I shall rise again. Because I have sinned against the Lord, I must bear His anger until He pleads my case and establishes my right. He will bring me into the light, I will see His justice. When my enemies see it, they will be confounded, those that said: where is your God? I will exult over them, they will be trampled like mud in the streets.

Micah 7:11-13 That will be a Day for rebuilding and extending boundaries. A Day when we will return to the Land from every place on earth. The rest of the earth will become a waste because of the deeds of its inhabitants.

Micah 7:14-15 Lord, shepherd your people with your strong arm, the flock that is Your own. [Christian peoples] They will live apart, in a fertile place, in Bashan and Gilead as in times past.

Show us miracles as in the days of our sojourn and escape from Egypt.

Micah 7:16-17 Let the nations see and be ashamed and powerless. Let them be silenced as they come trembling from their strongholds. Let them approach with awe and fear.

Micah 7:18-20 Who is God like You? You forgive the sins of the remnant of Your people, You are not angry forever, for to be merciful is Your delight. Once more, You will show compassion and remove our guilt. You will be true to Israel and will keep Your promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Reference: REB, NIV, KJV. Some verses abridged.

 

 

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MID EAST NEWS Micah ben Moresheth

 

The book of the prophet Micah is not written in chronological order. This is evident by how chapter 4 starts by describing the Millennium Kingdom, then says how Judah must go to Babylon. Isaiah 28:10 says how Scripture is a little here and a little there, like putting together a jigsaw puzzle.

Here is a list of all the verses of Micah, in a possible sequence:

 

LISTEN, ALL YOU PEOPLES. Micah 1:2

BABYLONIANS CONQUER JERUSALEM. Micah 2:3-4, Micah 1:12, Micah 3:12

THE LAND DESECRATED AND JERUSALEM DESTROYED. Micah 3:12, Micah 1:6-7

JUDAH TAKEN TO BABYLON. Micah 4:9-10, Micah 1:9 & 16, Micah 2:10

ALL OF THE ISRAELITES NOW DISPERSED AMONG THE NATIONS. Micah 5:5b-9

OTHER NATIONS TAKE POSSESSION OF ISRAEL AND JUDAH. Micah 2:4

 

THE LORD'S PEOPLE MUST BEAR THEIR PUNISHMENT. Micah 7:9

THE ISRAELITES HAVE TURNED FROM THE LORD. Micah 6:6-16, Micah 7:3

THE CRIME RATE IS INCREASING. Micah 2:1-2, Micah 2:8-10

LEADERS OF THE ISRAELITE NATIONS ARE APOSTATE. Micah 3:1-3 & 9-11

CHURCH LEADERS CANNOT PROVIDE GOOD GUIDEANCE. Micah 3:5-7

 

NOW, MANY NATIONS ARE MASSED AGAINST ISRAEL. Micah 4:11-12, Micah 5:1

THEY WILL BE CRUSHED AND DESTROYED. Micah 4:13, Micah 7:4 & 10

EARTHQUAKES AND FIRES, WORLDWIDE. Micah 1:3-4, Micah 5:10-15

 

ALL WHO TRUST IN THE LORD WILL BE SAVED. Micah 7:7

THE SURVIVORS OF THE OTHER NATIONS, HUMILIATED. Micah 7:16-17

 

ALL THE DESCENDANTS OF JACOB, ASSEMBLED. Micah 2:12, Micah 4:6-7, Micah 7:12

THE ISRAELIES, be they true descendants or grafted in Christian people, ARE JUDGED. Micah 6:1-5

THE MERCY AND COMPASSION OF GOD TO HIS PEOPLE. Micah 7:18-19

THE LORD'S PEOPLE MARCH INTO THE PROMISED LAND. Micah 2:13

THE LAND OF GREATER ISRAEL, all the area from the Nile to the Euphrates.  Micah 7:11

HIS PEOPLE LIVE IN NEW ISRAEL IN PEACE AND PROSPERITY. Micah 7:14-15

GOD KEEPS HIS PROMISES TO HIS LAND AND PEOPLE. Micah 4:8. Micah 7:20

 

THE MILLINNIUM KINGDOM OF JESUS, ESTABLISHED. Micah 4:1, Micah 5:2-4

MANY PEOPLES TRAVEL TO JERUSALEM. Micah 4:2

EVERYONE WILL LIVE AT PEACE, LOYAL TO THE LORD. Micah 4:4-5

 

THEN THERE WILL BE PEACE. Micah 5:5a

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chapter Fourteen - THE THIRD TEMPLE

 

 

The Third Temple - Beit HaMikdesh

Ezekiel 40,41 & 42 Ezekiel measures the Temple and its precincts.

Ezekiel 43 to 48 Details of the Temple furnishings and the Land divisions, etc.

 

Haggai 2:6-9 In a little while, I shall shake the heavens, the earth, the sea and all the nations. I will fill this House with their treasures. This latter House will be greater than former. In this place, I shall grant prosperity and peace.

The Second Temple was not greater than Solomon's Temple.

Zechariah 1:16-17 These are the words of the Lord; I have returned to Jerusalem with compassion, My House is to be rebuilt there. My cities will again brim with prosperity, once again the Lord will comfort Zion and make Jerusalem the city of His choice.

2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 The Return of Jesus cannot come until the man doomed to destruction is revealed and enthrones himself in God's Temple, claiming to be God.

What could be clearer than that? The Temple must be rebuilt before the Tribulation.

Daniel 9:27....He will put a stop to the sacrifices and offerings, then will set up an abomination in the Holy place.

 

Malachi 3:1 I am about to send My messenger to clear a path before Me. Suddenly, the Lord, whom you seek, will come into His Temple. The messenger of the Covenant, whom you desire, will come to you. The Return of Jesus, into the rebuilt Third Temple.

Reference REB, NIV some verses abridged

 

Jewish Midrash sources say that the messenger is the Messiah ben Joseph, who will be the leader of the ten tribes of Israel when they return to the Land and he will instigate the rebuilding of the Temple. Jeremiah 30:21 Further on, it is mentioned again in Haggai 2:21, the shaking and overthrowing of kings and how the Lord will break the power of the heathen realms. As we see in: Haggai 2:6-9 this happens before the rebuilding and therefore, the regathering of His people.

The Lord will use the next prophesied event, the Day of the Lord's vengeance and wrath, a terrible judgement by fire, centred on the Middle East, to 'break the power of the heathen realms''. This will enable His people, righteous Israel to settle into the Land of Greater Israel and build the Temple.

It is not possible, at present for the Jewish State of Israel to build anything on the Temple mount.

1/ They have handed control of the area to the Muslims.

2/ Any move to start construction would trigger a war.

3/ Orthodox Jews, especially Ultra Orthodox, are forbidden or dare not go onto the Mount, for fear of stepping onto the place of the Holy of Holies.

4/ Atheist Jews [half the population] are not interested or don't want a Temple.

 

Zechariah 6:15 Men from far away will come and work on the rebuilding of the Lord's Temple. This will come about if you listen to and obey your God.

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Plant Your People In Your Holy Land 

2 Maccabees 2:4-8 It is recorded that, in obedience to a divine command, Jeremiah the prophet gave orders for the Tent of Meeting and the Ark of the Covenant to come with him to the mountain, from the top of which Moses looked over the Promised Land. [Mt Nebo - in present day Jordan] Arriving at the mountain, Jeremiah found a cave dwelling into which he carried the Tent, the Ark and the Altar of incense; he then blocked up the entrance. Some of his companions went to mark out the way, but were unable to find it. Jeremiah learnt of this and took them to task. 'This place is to remain unknown', he said 'until God finally gathers His people together and shows them His favour.' The Lord will then bring these things to light once more and His glory will appear together with the cloud - as it was revealed in the time of Moses and also when Solomon prayed that the Temple be consecrated. Ezekiel 43:2

2 Maccabees 1:27-29 Bring together those of our people who are dispersed, set free those who are enslaved among the heathen, look favourably on those who are despised and detested; so that the heathen will know that You are our God. Punish with torments our arrogant and insolent oppressors and as promised by Moses, plant Your people in Your Holy Land.

 

1 Maccabees 2:49-64 The speech of Mattathias:

Arrogance now stands secure and gives judgement against us, these are days of calamity and raging fury. Now, my people, be zealous for the Law and, if necessary, give your lives for the covenant God made with your forefathers. If you keep in mind the deeds that they did in their generations, then great glory and everlasting fame will be yours. Abraham proved faithful under trial, and won credit as a righteous man. Joseph kept God's commandments and he became the overlord of Egypt. Joshua kept the Law; he became a judge in Israel. Caleb bore witness before the people and his reward was a share in the Land. David was a man of loyalty and he was granted the throne of an everlasting kingdom. Daniel was a man of integrity; he was rescued from the lion's jaws. 

So, bear in mind how, in the history of the generations, no one who trusts in God ever lack strength. Do not fear a wicked man's strength- his success will turn to filth and worms. Today, he may be high in honour, but tomorrow, not a trace of him will be found - he will have returned to the dust and his schemes will have come to nothing. 

But you, my people, draw your courage and strength from the Law, for through it glory will be yours. Reference: Revised English Bible - Apocrypha

When God's people, righteous Israel, are gathered into the Promised Land - that is after it has been cleared and cleansed by the Lord's Day of vengeance/sixth seal judgement, then they will rebuild the Temple. Zechariah 6:15 How amazing it will be to place the Ark in it and see the glory of God there. The 12,000 missionaries from each tribe will be dedicated there and sent out to teach the gospel of the Kingdom of God to the nations. Matthew 24:14, Revelation 14:1-7

Several years later, the Lord Jesus will return and commence His Millennium reign.

 

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The Temple Will Be Rebuilt 

Zechariah 8:2 Again, the word of the Lord came to me; I am very jealous for Zion, I am burning with jealousy for her.                                   The Lord will redeem His Land and people.

Zechariah 8:3 This is what the Lord says; I will return to Zion and dwell in Jerusalem, it will be called the City of Faithfulness and the Temple mount will be called the Holy Mountain.

 

Zechariah 8:4-5 This is what the Lord Almighty says; Once again old people and children will inhabit the streets of Jerusalem.

Zechariah 8:6 This is what the Lord Almighty says; Even if this may seem impossible to the remnant of this nation, will it be impossible for Me?

Zechariah 8:7-8 These are the words of the Lord of Hosts; I am about to rescue My people from countries in the East and West and bring them back to live in Jerusalem. They will be My people and I shall be their God, in faithfulness and justice.

The Land cleansed, His Christian  people are gathered, judged and settled in the Land.]

 

Zechariah 8:9 These are the words of the Lord of Hosts; Take heart, all you who now hear that the Temple is to be rebuilt as the prophets foretold.  Zechariah 6:15

Zechariah 8:10Before that time, there was no hiring of man or beast, because of your enemies, for I had set every man against his neighbour.

Zechariah 8:11 But, I do not feel the same toward the remnant of this people as I did in former days, says the Lord of Hosts.

Zechariah 8:12 For they will sow in safety, I will give them rain and the Land will yield it's produce. This is the inheritance of My people.

 

Zech 8:13 To the nations you, House of Judah and House of Israel, have become as a curse; now I shall save you - you will become proverbial as a blessing. Courage, do not lose heart!    The Lord's Christian people will become an example to the nations.

Zechariah 8:14-15 These are the words of the Lord; Just as I determined to bring disaster on you when your forefathers made Me angry, so I have resolved to do good again to Jerusalem and Judah. Do not be afraid.

Zechariah 8:16-17 This is what you must do; speak the truth to each other and administer true justice in your courts. Do not plot evil and do not love perjury, for all these I hate. This is the word of the Lord.

 

Zechariah 8:19 These are the words of the Lord; Keep the fasts of the 4th, 5th, 7th and 10th months. They will be festivals of joy for Judah. Love truth and peace.

Zechariah 8:20-22 These are the words of the Lord; In future, nations and peoples will come to Jerusalem to entreat the favour of the Lord.

Zechariah 8:23 These are the words of the Lord; In those days, 10 people from every nation will take hold of a Jew and say; Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.                                               Reference; REB, NIV, KJV. Some verses abridged.

 

 

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A study of Jeremiah 3:14-18 

Jeremiah 3:14 Come back, apostate people, says the Lord, for I am patient with you and I shall take you, one from each city and two from each clan and bring you to Zion.

Not the same as what the Jews experienced, so it is something still to happen.

 

Jeremiah 3:15 There I shall give you shepherds after My own heart, they will lead you with knowledge and understanding. Jer. 30:21

No mention of King Jesus as yet, see Jeremiah 30:21

 

Jeremiah 3:16In those days, when you have increased and become fruitful in the Land, says the Lord, no one will speak any more of the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord, no one will think of it or resort to it, that will be done no more.

'when you have increased greatly in the Land' THEN the Lord Jesus will return and His glory will supersede that of the Ark, so then it will be redundant. A great museum piece!

 

Jeremiah 3:17 At that time Jerusalem will be called the Throne of the Lord and all nations will gather there to honour the Lord's name; never again will they follow their evil and stubborn hearts.

This refers to the Millennium period, after Jesus defeats the Antichrist.

 

Jeremiah 3:18In those days Judah will be united with Israel and together they will come from a Northern land into the Land I gave their forefathers as their holding.

'In those days' the same as verse 16, obviously they have to enter and settle into the Land before they can 'increase and become fruitful'

 

As is typical of a lot of Bible passages, it is possible to read this to suit what you already believe about the end times. If you hold to the view that His people, that is, righteous Israel only come into the Land at the same time as the Return of Jesus, then, yes - maybe the Ark will never be seen again. 

However, if they regather and become fruitful in the Land, soon after this next prophesied event, the Day of the Lord's vengeance and wrath - as seems logical from this passage and many others, then the Ark will have a place in the new Temple. God's great Plan for the redemption of mankind as told to us in the Bible, has many mysteries and symbols, the Ark is one of them. Perhaps it is needed when the Lord confirms His New Covenant to His Christian people. 

 

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The Ark of the Covenant 

If the Temple in Jerusalem is to be literally rebuilt in the future, then the close connection between the Temple and the Ark means that the Ark will be present then.

Revelation 11:1-2...go and measure the Temple of God and the altar...for 42 months the Gentiles will trample the Holy city underfoot.

Matthew 24:15 So when you see the 'abomination of desolation' of which Daniel spoke, standing in the Holy place... Daniel 9:27...he will put a stop to the sacrifice and offerings

Isaiah 60:13 the glory of Lebanon will come to you, to adorn His holy sanctuary, to honour the place where I stand.

Ezekiel 43:1-12...the Glory of the Lord came into the Temple by the East gate.

 

These, and other, texts make it clear that the Temple will exist again on the Temple mount, complete with reinstated rituals, until the return of Jesus and His Millennial reign. The original purpose for building a Temple was to house the Ark. This implies that that which is housed is greater than that which houses it. If so, then the return of the Ark is necessary to the rebuilt Temple. 

It might be argued that since the Presence of God had departed from the Ark/Temple, then the Ark no longer retains its sanctity, and is no longer necessary. But, the Temple continued to have its spiritual significance for long after that happened. Along this line, it may also be argued that the consummating nature of Christ's atonement for sin ended the need for the Ark's mercy seat. Yet it is apparent that the temple had sanctity for Jesus during His life and continued to do so for the early Church. If the Ark truly awaits rediscovery, perhaps hidden under the Temple Mount, or at Mt Nebo, then that day will see the building of the Third Temple.

 

Haggai 2:6-9 These are the words of the Lord; In a little while from now, I shall shake the heavens, the earth and the sea. I shall shake all the nations and the treasure of all nations will come here and I shall fill this House with splendour. Mine is the silver and the gold - the splendour of this latter House will surpass that of the former. In this place I shall grant prosperity and peace.

Jeremiah 3:18 In those days Judah will be reunited with Israel, together they will come from the North into the Land that I gave to their forefathers.

Jeremiah 3:16-17In those days, when you have increased and become fruitful in the Land, says the Lord, no one will speak any more of the Ark of the Covenant, remember it or resort to it. At that time, Jerusalem will be called the Throne of the Lord, and all the nations will gather to honour the Lord's name.

 

"When you have increased and become fruitful" refers to the time after Judah and Israel have rejoined and gathered into the Land of Greater Israel. Some time after that, the Lord Jesus will return and commence His Millennial reign. THEN the Ark will no longer be required.

 

 

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Chapter Fifteen - GOG AND MAGOG 

 

 

What Are Gog and Magog? 

Historically, Magog was a grandson of Noah. Genesis 10:2. The descendants of Magog settled to the north of Israel, in Asia. They are described as skilled warriors by Ezekiel. Gog, from Magog will be the leader of a great army from Northern regions, that will attack Israel in the latter days. Ezekiel 38 & 39, Revelation 20:7-8. 

While these two instances both mention Gog, a close study of Scripture shows that they do not refer to the same people and events. The first attack, described in Ezekiel 38 & 39, cannot occur during the Millennium, and is quite different from the attack by the Anti Christ at the time of the Return of Jesus. [Armageddon] Therefore, it must happen before then. The strongest evidence for when Gog attacks, is when Israel is at peace and have laid down their defences. Ezekiel 38:8 & 11. The Jewish State of Israel is currently threatened with war on all sides, but after the next event in the Middle East, as described in Psalm 83 and many other prophecies, then when His people, Righteous Israel, settle into the Land - the Lord promises their peace and security. According to Ezekiel and in Joel 2:20, Gog will be destroyed on the mountains of Israel. The slaughter will be so great, it will take seven months to bury the dead. Ezekiel 39:11-12. 

Gog and Magog are mentioned again at the end of the Millennium. This use of their names is to show that these armies demonstrate the same rebellion and antagonism against God, as those in Ezekiel. It is the same as calling someone a name to portray another character similar to their actions. This final, last ditch attack on the Lord and His people, by Satan, results his being thrown into the lake of fire and his army from around the world, being instantly cremated. 

An interesting aspect of the attack and destruction of Gog and his army against New Israel is the burning of the weapons for fuel, enough for 7 years. Rifle stocks and many other items, such as mortar bases are made of lignostone - a compressed wood/plastic composite.

This is lighter than steel and cheaper than aluminium. It burns better than coal.

 

Also this 7 year period, gives us the clue that Gog's attack will happen at least at the commencement of the 70th "week" of Daniel, but because of the Tribulation, etc, of that time, it seems logical that it will be some years before that. 

 

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Wars - What Wars?

There is a lot of talk about World War 3, Gog/Magog War, Armageddon, etc. The actual fact is - they are not wars at all! They are all events where God uses seemingly natural occurrences, such as earthquakes, hailstorms, plagues and sun strikes to destroy enemy armies. The exception is when Jesus uses the sword of His Word at His Return.

 

The so called next Mid East war or World War 3

Psalm 83:13-15 Scatter Your enemies, O God, like thistledown, like chaff before the wind, like a fire raging through the forested hills. Pursue them with Your tempest, terrify them with Your storm winds.

2 Samuel 22:9-16 The earth quaked, shaking because of the Lord's anger. Smoke and devouring fire issued from Him. He parted the heavens and came down, thick darkness His covering. God thundered from heaven, lightning shafts flashed.

Psalm 50:3 The Lord is coming, a consuming fire, around Him a great storm rages.

Zechariah 9:14 The Lord will appear over them, His arrows flashing like lightning.

Isaiah 29:6 Suddenly, in an instant, punishment will come from the Lord, with fire, etc.

Habakkuk 3:14 With his own weapon, You pierced his head, as they stormed out to fight

Joel 1:15 The Day of the Lord is near, it comes, a mighty destruction from the Almighty

Revelation 6:12-17 The Lamb broke the 6th seal, there was a violent earthquake ..terrible signs in the heavens. The great Day of the Lord's wrath has come and who can stand?

Isaiah 30:26 The sun will shine 7 times brighteron the Day the Lord saves His people.

The Gog, Magog attack

Ezekiel 38:19-22 I shall bring them to judgement with pestilence and bloodshed. I shall pour torrential rain and hailstorms as well as fire and brimstone on them all. In My anger, there will be a great earthquake in Israel that day. Terror will strike the hearts of Gog's armies and his men will turn their swords against one another.

Joel 2:20 I shall remove the Northern peril far from you and banish them into the desert. The stench and foul smell of them will rise up.

Armageddon - at the Return of Jesus

Revelation 19:15-21 Out of His mouth came a sharp sword to smite the nations.

Zechariah 14:12-15 The Lord will strike with plague all the nations who warred against Israel

Daniel 11:45 The Anti Christ will camp between the sea and Jerusalem and there, he will meet his end, with no one to help him.

End of the Millennium

Revelation 20:7-10 When the 1000 years has ended, Satan will seduce the nations. They lay siege to God's city. But fire will come down from heaven and consume them.

Reference: REB. Verses abridged.

What God requires of His people, is trust and faith that He will deliver and protect them. They must be prepared to take advantage of any situation, but with fervent prayer for the Lord's deliverance, trusting in His provision for them.

Isaiah 30:15 In calm detachment lies your safety, your strength in quiet trust.

Psalm 37:3-5 Trust in the Lord and do good, settle in the Land, find good pasture. Commit your ways to the Lord, trust in Him and He will act.

Isaiah 25:9 On that day, the people will say: See, this is our God, we waited for Him, and He has delivered us. This is the Lord whom we have trusted, we will rejoice.

Jeremiah 39:18 I shall keep you safe, you will not be killed, because you trusted in Me.

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The War of Gog From Magog

Ezekiel 38 & 39 refers to an alliance of Northern peoples, formed to invade Israel, sometime during these latter days. Scholars differ as to who these peoples/nations are, but no reference is made to Israel's present immediate neighbours - the Arab/ Islamic nations and entities, such as Hamas. The reason why they are not included in this alliance, is the fact that they will have already suffered an earlier massive defeat, in the next prophesied event, the Lord's Day of vengeance and wrath.

The passage in Ezekiel 38:11-13 describes Israel as:

1/ A people dwelling securely - not the case at present.

2/ A nation at peace - all of the nations surrounding are outright or potential enemies. Saudi Arabia still has a declaration of war against Israel in its books.

3/ Dwelling without walls - in modern terms: undefended borders.

4/ An extremely wealthy nation - not true of Jewish Israel.

This shows that His people, Righteous Israel, will come to the Land soon after the Psalm 83 clearance.

 

Ezekiel 38 & 39 are both describing the same event, an attack upon Israel, by a leader known as Gog, from the land of Magog. He is mentioned again in Revelation 20:8-9 which uses Ezekiel's prophecy to portray a final attack against Israel. The result of this final battle is that all are destroyed by fire and Satan is finally judged. Some differences are:

1/ The first battle involves only a few nations, the last will be every nation.

2/ There is no mention of Satan in Ezekiel, but in Revelation, he is the primary character.

3/ The Ezekiel battle says the dead will be gathered and buried for 7 months. The armies at the end of the Millennium are cremated instantly, by fire from heaven.

4/ The battle in Ezekiel is used by God to display His power. In Revelation, Israel has been faithful to God for 1000 years. Those in Revelation 20:7-10 who are rebellious are killed without any further opportunity for repentance.

 

Ezekiel 38:1-2 The Lord says to me, prophesy against Gog, in the land of Magog the King of Rosh, Mesech and Tubal.[places identified as within the Russian sphere]

Ezekiel 38:3-6Say: I am against you, Gog, I shall lead you out - you and your whole army, fully equipped. With you will come the men of Persia [Iran], Cush and Put [Africa],Gomer [Turkey]and Beth Togarmah from the far reaches of the North.

Ezekiel 38:7-8 Be prepared, keep ready, for in future years you will invade a land that has recovered from war, whose people were gathered from many nations into the mountains of Israel - long desolate. The Israelites brought out from their dispersion now live in their Promised Land, in peace and security. ["recovered from war", or devastation, must refer to this next M.E. event.] Then, His people, righteous Israel, gather and settle into Greater Israel. "Mountains of Israel" are Judea and Samaria which are currently inhabited by Palestinians. These two verses are clear proof that all 12 tribes of Israel will come back to the Land before the Return of Jesus.]

Ezekiel 38:9 You will advance like a storm, like a cloud covering the land.

Ezekiel 38:10-11 Your plan is to conquer these people, living quietly and undefended, You say: I will plunder and destroy these people, who have been gathered out of the nations, now becoming rich and living in the centre of the world.

Ezekiel 38:13 Other nations will ask: Is it for plunder that you have come? 

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Ezekiel 38:14-16 Therefore, says the Lord, when My people are living in their Land, undisturbed, will you not take notice of it? You will come and many nations with you, a mighty army. In the last days, I shall bring you against My Land, so that the nations may know Me, when I show My strength, at your expense.

Ezekiel 38:17-20 God says: When My servants prophesied, it was you Gog, that I will bring against Israel. On that Day, as you attack My people, in My anger, I swear that there will be a great earthquake in Israel.

Ezekiel 38:21-23Universal terror will come upon Gog's armies - they will fight each other. I will execute judgement on them with plagues and bloodshed, rain, hail, fire and brimstone will kill them. By this, I shall make Myself known to many nations. They will know that I am the Lord.

Ezekiel 39:1-2 The Lord God says: I am against you, Gog, I will take you from the North and bring you to Israel.

Ezekiel 39:3-8 I shall strike down your weapons, you and your allies will all fall in Israel. Wild beasts and birds will eat their fill of you. I shall send fire on your land of Magog and those who live undisturbed on the coasts and islands. Then they will know that I, the Lord, am holy in Israel. It is coming, it will happen, says the Lord.

Ezekiel 39:9-10 Those people living in Israel will gather the weapons to use for fuel, enough for seven years. They will plunder those who came to plunder them.

Ezekiel 39:11-16When Gog's army is dead, their place of burial will be the Valley of Abarim [Also called the Arnon, now Wadi Mujib] east of the Dead Sea. The Israelites will take seven months to cleanse the land, they will carefully search for and bury all the remains.

Ezekiel 39:17-20 Call all the beasts and birds to this great sacrifice, they will be filled.

Ezekiel 39:21-24 I shall display My glory among the nations, they will see My judgement. Israel will know that I am their God and all will know that they were exiled for being unfaithful to Me. They were punished as they deserved, and I hid Myself.

Ezekiel 39:25-29The Lord God says: Now I shall restore the fortunes of all Israel, they will forget their shame, when they live once more in their homeland, free from terror. My people will be a light to many nations. They will acknowledge that I am their Redeemer for they are all brought back from exile. No longer will I hide Myself from them, I who have poured out My spirit upon them.

The second chapter of Joel up to verse 28, is a sequence of events.

Verse 1- 11 is the Day of the Lord's vengeance/ M.E. war/ sixth seal.

v 12-17 A call for the repentance of His people. V 18-19 They gather into the Land.

v 20 The Gog and Magog attack. V 21-26 People of Zion, rejoice, I shall recompense you.

v 27 You will display My holiness for many nations to see.This verse parallels Ezekiel 39:28 It is by His deeds that He is known, not by His presence, until His Return, after the Tribulation, therefore, all the above happens before that.

 

Joel 2:18-20 Then, the Lord showed His ardent love for His Land and was moved with compassion for His people. He answered their appeal and gave them food in plenty. I shall expose you to the danger of attack no longer. I shall remove the Northern peril far from you, into the desert areas. The leading troops will be near the Dead Sea and the rearguard by the Mediterranean. Their rotting stench will rise up! The Lord has done great things!

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Chapter Sixteen - THE TRIBULATION

Know and Understand This

Daniel 9:24 Seventy sevens are decreed for your people and your holy city - to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, vision and prophecy ratified and the Most Holy place anointed.

Daniel 9:25-27Know and understand this: From the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem, until the Anointed One, the ruler comes - there will be seven sevens and sixty two sevens. It will be rebuilt with streets and drains, but in troubled times. After the 62 sevens, the Anointed One will be cut off and will have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come, will destroy the city and sanctuary. The end will come like a flood. War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed. He will confirm a covenant with the many for one 'seven'. In the middle of the seven, he will put an end to the sacrifice and offering. In the Temple, he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out upon him. Ref. REB, NIV, KJV.

Verse 24 - The Angel Gabriel's message for the end of this age:

1/ To complete and finalize the transgressions of the wicked peoples. [Time of the Gentiles]

2/ To make an end to disobedience against God.[Punishment to His enemies]

3/ To make reconciliation for iniquity. [Forgiveness for His people]

4/ To usher in the age of Righteousness. [The Israelites; 'a light to the nations']

5/ To fulfil prophesy.[The promises to the Patriarchs and to Israel]

6/ To sanctify the Temple. [The Third Temple, built by the people of New Israel]

Verse 25: 70 times 7 = 490 prophetic years of 360 days. The first 7 'weeks' = 49 years, starts from the commandment to rebuild Jerusalem in the 20th year of the reign of Artaxerxes. This was in 445BC. Jerusalem's walls, streets, etc were built 'even in troublous times', in approx. 48/49 years.

Verse 26 Then another 62 'weeks' = 434 years, plus the 49, makes a total of 483 prophetic years until 'Messiah, the Prince, is cut off'. Careful calculation of 360 day years, multiplied by 483, brings the date to April 33AD, the date of the Crucifixion.

'There shall be nothing for Him', means that at that time He did not receive the Millennium Kingdom. 'The people of the ruler to come, will destroy Jerusalem, including the Temple', refers to the Roman destruction in 69/70AD. This gives us the clue as to the origin of the Anti Christ, who will lead a restored Roman Empire.

Then, there has been a gap of nearly 2000 years, till the present day.

The end period: the 70th of the 7 'weeks' = 7 years will be made up of 2 periods of 1260 days each. It will be the closing time of this age, 'the end shall be with a flood'. Flood is better translated as - overflowing. 2 Thessalonians 2:8

Verse 27 The Anti Christ will make a 7 year treaty withthe 'many'. That is, the people of Israel, all 12 tribes, living in their own Land. There will be a faithful remnant who will oppose this agreement, so this treaty is made with many, but not all of His people, Israel. Daniel 11:32-33, Isaiah 28:15. The Anti Christ will break this after 1260 days, which will commence the Great Tribulation. He sets up his own image in the Temple, then after the final 1260 days, he will meet his end. Daniel 11:45, Revelation 19:20.

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There Was a Time 

2 Esdras 9:18-22.......before the world had been created for men to live in, and I was planning it for the sake of those who now exist. No one then disputed My plan, for no one existed. I supplied the earth with unfailing food and a Law not to be questioned; but those whom I had created, turned to corrupt ways of life. I looked at My world and there it lay spoilt and it was in danger from men's wicked plans. I saw this and I was hard put to spare any at all, but I saved for Myself one grape out of a cluster, one tree out of a large forest. So then, let it be; destruction for the many who are born in vain and salvation for My grape and My tree, which have cost Me much labour to bring to perfection. 

2 Esdras 9:30-37 Hear Me, Israel, listen to My words you descendants of Jacob; this is My Law which I am sowing among you to bear fruit and bring you everlasting glory. But our fathers, though they received the Law, did not observe it; they disobeyed its commandments. Not that the fruit of the Law perished - that was impossible, for it was given by God, rather those who received it perished, because they failed to keep safe the seed that had been sown in them. Now, the usual way is that when seed is planted or a ship on the sea, or food in a jar, then if the seed or the ship, or the contents of the jar be destroyed, what held or contained them does not perish along with them. But with sinners it is different, destruction will come upon them, the recipients of the Law- the vessel that held the Law. The Law itself is not destroyed; it survives in all its glory. 

2 Esdras 9:7-9 All who come safely through and escape destruction, thanks to their good deeds or the faith they have shown, will survive the dangers I have foretold and witness the salvation I shall bring to My Land, the territory that I have set apart for all eternity for My own. Then those who have neglected My ways will be taken by surprise; their utter contempt for My ways will bring them lasting torment. 

2 Esdras 10:13-14 The days are coming when the earth will be under an empire more terrible than any before. It will be ruled by twelve kings, one after another, the second to come to power will have the longest reign of all the twelve.

2 Esdras 10:32-34 Then the Messiah, whom the Most High has kept back until the end of the days- He is from the line of David, will come and address those rulers, taxing them openly with their sins, their crimes and their defiance. First, He will bring them alive to judgement, then after convicting them, He will destroy them. But He will be merciful to the rest of My people, all who have survived in My Land, He will set them free and give them joy, until the final Day of judgement comes.

Reference: REB Apocrypha

 

v 34.."all of My people, who have survived in My Land."and v 7, My people, all who survived, "will witness the salvation that I shall bring to My Land".

This clearly shows that His people, righteous Israel will regather and live in the Land before the Return of Jesus. Some will face the Tribulation 3½ years before the Millennium.

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THE RAPTURE - When Will It Happen? 

1 Thessalonians 4:15 This is a word from the Lord; those of His people who are still alive when the Lord comes, will have no advantage over those who have died.

1Thessalonians 4:16-17 ...when God's trumpet sounds and Jesus descends from heaven, firstly the Christian dead will rise, then we who are still alive will join them.  Thus, we shall always be with the Lord. [on the earth]

Zechariah 14:4-5 On that Day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives.....the Lord will appear, attended by all His holy ones.

 

Scripture reads clearly - the so-called rapture will occur when Jesus Christ returns at the end of the Great Tribulation. A passage that explains what happens to the armies of the nations and with His righteous people is in 2 Esdras 13:11-13 A stream of fire poured from His mouth and fell on the huge army advancing to attack. They were totally burned up. After that, the Man [Jesus] came down from the mount and summoned to Himself a peaceful company of people... 

The doctrine that His "church" people are simply waiting to be whisked away into heaven tends to produce a carefree and careless attitude in those awaiting Christ's Return. Tragically, millions are now being set up to "simply believe in Jesus and don't worry about anything else". This is short-sighted, irresponsible thinking. Many verses show that Christianity involves active effort, at the very least "watch and pray always". 

Many of the Bible's greatest prophecies culminate in the Return of Jesus. This will be the most wonderful event that the world has seen, but what precedes it will be very different - terrible wars and tribulations will engulf every society. It will take great trust and faith in God's power to hold steady until the end.

 

Luke 18:8 When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?

God wants you to rely on Him, to trust Him completely. In the near future , when others are gripped by fear, uncertainty and confusion and have no idea of where to turn to for answers, God does not want His people to agonise over what may happen next. 

Luke 21:18-19 Not a hair of your head will be lost. By standing firm you will win yourselves life.

Revelation 13:10 ..... this calls for the endurance and faithfulness of God's people.

 

Matthew 24:30-31 And then shall appear.... the son of Man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. He shall send His angels with the sound of the great trumpet, and they shall gather His elect from the four corners of the earth.

 

Daniel 7:27 The kingly power and sovereignty of all the kingdoms under heaven will be given to the Holy people of the Most High. Their power will last forever and every realm will serve and obey them. Reference; Revised English Bible, some verses abridged

 

 

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The Place Of Safety

Many of the Bible's prophecies lead to and culminate in the Return of Jesus Christ. The establishment of His Kingdom will be a most wonderful event, but what precedes that is something vastly different. Humanity is facing a time such as has never been before. The Bible tells us of a place where a chosen group of God's people will be kept safe during the worst part of the difficult times ahead. 

When does it happen? During the last 3½ year, 42 month, 1260 day: the Great Tribulation period.

Daniel 8:23-26 In the last days, when sin is most prevalent, a powerful leader will arise. He will succeed in whatever he does, and will take control of the mighty nations and God's holy people. By cunning and deceit, his plans will come about and cause great harm to many when they least expect it. He will challenge even the Prince of Princes, but then will be broken, but not by human hand. This prophecy tells of events to happen in the distant future.

Revelation 12:13 ... the dragon [Satan]thrown down to earth...

Revelation 13:2-8 ...the dragon conferred his great authority onto the beast, who had received a death blow, but was healed. The whole world worshipped them. The beast was allowed to wage war on God's people for 3½ years.

Daniel 9:27 This world leader makes a 7 year treaty with many in Israel, [by that time inhabited by God's holy people] but he breaks it at the midpoint, commencing the 3½ year Tribulation.

 

Who goes to the place of safety? They are the 'Woman' who gave birth to the male child, ½ of Israel - those who did not agree with this treaty, all in the Land living humbly, obeying My Laws. Daniel 11:32-35 By plausible promises he will win over those who are ready to violate their Covenant, but the people who are faithful to their God will take action.

Revelation 12:13-17When the dragon saw that he had been thrown down to the earth, he went in pursuit of the 'woman'. She was given the wings of a mighty eagle, so she could fly to her place out of reach of him. The earth swallowed up the flood [army] sent after her. He then commenced to persecute the rest of God's people.

Zechariah 14:2b Half of the city will go into exile, the remainder will stay there.

Revelation 3:10 Because you have kept My command to stand firm, I will keep you from the ordeal that is to fall upon the whole world to test its inhabitants.

Zephaniah 2:3Seek the Lord, all in the Land, who live humbly, obeying His Laws; it may be that you will find shelter in the Day of the Lord's anger.

 

Where is the place of safety? It is a place far away from the clutches of 'the beast', a place where the Lord's righteous people will be kept in peace, with all they need.

2 Samuel 7:10 I shall assign a place for My people, Israel...they will have peace.

Isaiah 24:16a From the ends of the earth, we hear singing, giving homage to His nation.

 

In Daniel 11:41 Describes how the world dictator conquers many lands, including Israel. But Edom, Moab and part of Ammon will 'escape his clutches'. This means that what is now Southern Jordan, won't be taken over. He will conquer Northwest Jordan - the area once called Gilead and Bashan, part of ancient Israel. 

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Jeremiah 49:17-18 Edom will become an object of horror, no one will live there.

Jeremiah 49:2 I shall make Amman a desolate mound, all its villages burnt to ashes.

Ezekiel 35:1-15 Hill country of Seir, the whole of Edom, you will be desolate.

Zephaniah 2:8-10....Moab shall become like Sodom, Ammon like Gomorrah, a mass of weeds, a wasteland forever.

Jeremiah 48:9 Moab will be totally ruined, no one will live there.

 

These verses make it clear that this next Mid East event - the Day of the Lord's vengeance and wrath, will depopulate and despoil, in particular the area east of the Dead sea. That land will become uninhabitable. That is the reason it is ignored by the One World leader. 

So, it is not Petra or ancient Bozrah, in Southern Jordan, where His people are flown to, it is a place at the 'end of the earth', a pleasant, fertile place well away from the terrible happenings of the Great Tribulation. 

Micah 2:12-13 I will surely assemble the remnant of Israel, I will bring them together like sheep in Bozrah, (a sheepfold) as a flock in their own pasture, the place will throng with a multitude of people. Their leader opens the gate and they stream out, with God showing the way. 

The great prophecy in Isaiah 63:1-6 says how the Lord will cleanse this 'sheepfold' some time before His people are transported to there.

Isaiah 34:6-8 The Lord has a sword covered in blood, for He has a sacrifice in Bozrah, a great slaughter in Edom. That land will drink deep of blood. For the Lord has a Day of vengeance, the Champion of Zion has a time of retribution.

 

Tumultuous events will soon engulf every nation, affecting the lives of all humans on earth. Even for the strong, it will take great trust, real faith in God's power to avoid panic and hold steady, believing in His promises. Therefore, Jesus asks this all important question, directed to every person living in the time just before He Returns.

Luke 18:8 When the Son of Man comes, shall He find faith on the earth?

 

God wants you to rely on Him, to trust Him completely in everything, you really have no choice if you hope to please Him. In the near future, when others are gripped by fear, uncertainty and confusion, with no idea of where to turn for answers, God does not want His people to worry or agonize over what will happen next. God promises to provide for your every need if you believe in Him, trust Him and do not doubt His deliverance. 

Luke 21:18-19 By standing firm, you will win yourselves life, not a hair of your head will be lost

Revelation 13:10b This calls for the endurance and faithfulness of God's people.

Psalm 31:1-5 In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence and His children shall have a place of refuge. Psalm 27:5 He will hide me in His shelter in the day of trouble.

Psalm 32:6-8 So let every faithful heart pray to You when great floods threaten. You are our hiding place from distress. You guard and save us. Guide us the way to go.

 

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Chapter Seventeen - TESTING AND TRUSTING 

 

Our Test of Faith 

Ezekiel 39:21-24 I shall display My glory among the nations, all will see the judgement that I execute, [upon Gog and his army] From that day forward the Israelites will know that I am Y'hovah, their God, and the nations will know that the Israelites went into exile because of their sins. I hid My face from them, their enemies were able to kill and enslave them as My punishment.

Ezekiel 39:25-27 The Lord says: Now I shall restore the fortunes of Jacob [now, every Christian believer, including Messainac Jews] and show them My compassion for the sake of My holy Name.

They will forget their shame and unfaithfulness to Me, when they live once more in their homeland, undisturbed and free from terror. When I bring them back from where they are now scattered around the world, I shall show Myself holy through them for many nations to see.

Ezekiel 39:28-29 They will know that I am the Lord, their God, because having sent them into exile, I bring them together again in their homeland and leave none behind No longer shall I hide My face from them, I, who have poured out My spirit upon them.

 

This Scripture passage is most interesting - it is only from the day that God destroys Gog and his army, that the Israelites are fully aware of their redeemer and protector. All twelve tribes of Israel regather and settle in Greater Israel after this next event in the Middle East, the Lords Day of vengeance and wrath, which depopulates the entire area, except for a remnant of Jews left in Jerusalem.

This is clear from what it says in Ezekiel -

Ezekiel 38:8 [Gog will] ...invade a land that has recovered from disaster, where the Israelites, brought out from many nations are now living in safety and undisturbed.

[The KJV says: .......brought back from the sword]

 

Ezekiel 38:10-12You will say: I will invade a rich land, of peaceful and unsuspecting people, without any defences. I will plunder and loot the settlements, which were ruined, now rebuilt. Its people, now gathered from around the world are rich in livestock and goods and making their home in the very centre of the world.

 

Ezekiel 39:27 ...."I will show Myself holy through them". 

This verse proves that Jesus will not yet have returned in His glory, for all the world to see.

The Lord's people, Righteous Israel, are motivated to emigrate to the new nation of Beulah, soon after the Land of Greater Israel is cleared and cleansed, then regenerated. Ezekiel 36:30

But because they will not necessarily see the Hand of God in this move, it is a test of faith for them. Elijah will be their guide and he "will reconcile the families [Judah and Israel] to avoid "the Lord striking the Land with a curse". Malachi 4:6 Ref: REB, NIV verses abridged.

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Those Who Fear the Lord Will Live 

Ecclesiasticus 34:13-17 ......for their trust is in Him who can keep them safe. Fear the Lord and have nothing else to fear; he whose trust in Him will never be daunted. How happy is he who fears the Lord! He knows where to look for support. The Lord keeps watch over those who love Him, He is their strong shield and support, a shelter from scorching wind and noonday heat, a safeguard against stumbling, a help against falling. He raises the spirits and makes the eyes sparkle; He gives healing, life and blessing.

Ecclesiasticus 35:17-20 The prayer of the humble pierces the clouds. Be patient, it will reach its goal. Do not desist until the Most High intervenes, giving the just their rights and seeing justice done. The Lord will not be slow, neither will He be patient with the wicked, until He breaks the bones of the merciless and sends retribution on the heathen; until He blots out the insolent, one and all, and shatters the power of the unjust. He will give all peoples their just desserts, measuring their actions by their intentions, then He gives His people their rights and gladdens them with His mercy. When affliction comes, mercy is as timely as rain clouds in a time of drought. [Bible Apocrypha]

Galatians 3:6-9 Look at Abraham; he put his faith in God, and that faith was counted to him as righteousness. You may take it then, it is those who trust and have faith who are Abraham's children. Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles through faith, declared the Gospel to Abraham beforehand: "In you all nations shall find blessing". Thus it is those with faith in God who share the blessing with faithful Abraham.

Psalm 112:1-10 Happy is he who fears the Lord, who finds deep delight in obeying His commandments. His descendants will be powerful in the Land, a blessed generation of upright people. His house will be full of wealth, his righteousness will stand sure forever. He is compassionate and gracious, he orders his affairs with equity. Nothing will ever shake him, his goodness will be remembered for all time. News of misfortune will have no terrors for him because his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. He has great confidence, he has no fears, and in the end he will see the downfall of his enemies. He gives to the needy, in honour, he carries his head high. The wicked see it with rising anger and grind their teeth in despair; the hopes of the wicked will come to nothing.

Psalm 5:11-12 But let all who take refuge in you rejoice. Let them forever shout for joy. Shelter those who love your Name, that they may exult in You. For You, Lord will bless the righteous; You will surround them with favour as with a shield. 

John 14:1 Set your troubled hearts at rest. Trust in God always, trust also in Me, I am going to prepare a place for you. The holy Land.

 

Reference: Revised English Bible 

 

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YOU SERVANTS OF THE LORD - PREPARE FOR THE TEST 

2 Esdras 16:35-36 But you, servants of the Lord, listen and learn. Do not doubt what the Lord says.

2 Esdras 16:37-39 Calamities are close at hand.....Disaster will not defer its coming and the world will groan in pain.

2 Esdras 16:40 My people, get ready for battle and when calamities surround you, behave as though you were strangers on the earth.

2 Esdras 16:41-43 Those who buy, sell, build or plant must not expect to benefit from it.

2 Esdras 16:44-45 Those who marry must not expect children. For all who labour, labour in vain.

2 Esdras 16:46-52 The indignation of justice toward wickedness, will accuse them to their faces, when the Lord arises to expose every sin on the earth. Therefore, do not imitate wickedness or her deeds. A very short time she will be swept away and the reign of justice over us will begin.

2 Esdras 16:53-54 Sinners cannot deny their wrongdoing. Everything that people do is known to the Lord, He knows their inmost thoughts.

2 Esdras 16:55-62 God made the heavens and the earth. By His word He created all things. He created man, gave him breath, understanding and the Spirit of God.

2 Esdras 16:63 He knows your plans. Woe to the sinners who try to hide their sins!

2 Esdras 16:64-66 The Lord will call all to account. Your wicked deeds will accuse you on the Day of Judgement.

2 Esdras 16:67 God is the Judge - fear Him. Have done with wickedness. Then God will set you free from all distress.

 

2 Esdras 16:68 A fire is being kindled and a great horde will descend upon you, you will be seized and compelled to eat food sacrificed to idols.

2 Esdras 16:69 Those who give in to them will be derided and humiliated.

 

2 Esdras 16:70-73 In every place there will be violent attacks on those who fear the Lord. Your enemies will be like maniacs, destroying without mercy all who still fear the Lord. Plundering and ejecting them from their homes.

 

2 Esdras 16:74 Listen, you whom I have chosen; the Days of harsh suffering are close at hand, but I shall rescue you from them.

2 Esdras 16:75-76 Have done with fears and doubts, God is your guide. As followers of My commandments, do not let any sin weigh you down.

2 Esdras 16:77-78 Woe to those who are entangled in their wicked deeds. They are like a field covered in brambles, to be separated off in readiness for destruction by fire.

Reference: Revised English Bible Apocrypha, verses abridged. 

 

 

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Face Your Enemies, For the Lord Is With You 

2 Chronicles 20:13-30 As all the people of Judah stood before the Lord, there in the midst of the assembly, the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jachaziel - a Levite.

He said: Pay attention! King Jehoshapat and all you inhabitants of Jerusalem, this is the Word of the Lord to you: Do not fear or be dismayed by this great horde [the armies of Ammon, Moab and Edom] for the battle is in the Lord's hands, not yours. Go out tomorrow east of Jeruel and you will see them. Stand firm and wait and you will see the deliverance that the Lord will give to you. Don't worry, face them, for the Lord is with you. Jehoshapat and all the people fell down before the Lord in obeisance to Him and then praised God with a mighty voice. Early next morning, as the army went to go out, the King spoke, saying: Hear me, Judah: hold firmly to your faith in the Lord and you will be upheld, have faith and you will succeed. He appointed men to sing and praise as they all marched out, singing - Give thanks to the Lord, for His love endures forever! 

As soon as this praise was heard, the Lord misled the enemy who were invading Judah. The Ammonites and the Moabites set themselves to annihilate the men of Edom and when they had killed all of them, they savagely attacked one another. When the men of Judah came up to the enemy, they were all lying dead upon the ground. Jehoshapat and his men spent 3 days collecting the vast amount of booty. They returned to Jerusalem in triumph and went to the Temple to give thanks. The dread of the Lord fell upon all the surrounding countries after this and Judah enjoyed peace for the rest of Jehoshapat's reign.

 

This passage demonstrates how the Lord helps His people, in this case, Judah, when they were faithful to the Lord and trusted in His protection. It also gives us the right response to that help and deliverance. 

In the future, His people, righteous Christian Israel, will again pray for God's help and guidance as they gather and settle in New Israel. Then, a few years later, when Gog and his armies attack, He will again confuse their minds, causing them to kill one another.  Ezekiel 38:21. 

 

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Stand By the Truths You Have Learned 

2 Timothy 3:1-4 Remember, the final age of this world is to be a time of turmoil! People will love nothing but self and money, they will be boastful, arrogant and abusive. Disobedient to parents, devoid of gratitude, piety and natural affection. They will be uncontrolled in their violence, hating all goodness, perfidious, foolhardy and self important. They will love their pleasures more than their God.

2 Timothy 3:5 While preserving the outward form of religion, actually, they deny its power. Have nothing to do with them.

2 Timothy 3:12-13 Persecution will indeed come to everyone who wants to lead a godly life as a follower of Christ Jesus, while evil doers and imposters will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.

2 Timothy 3:14-15 But for your part, stand by the truths you have learned and are assured of, because you are familiar with the Holy scriptures which have the power to make you wise and lead you into salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 All inspired scripture has its use for teaching the truth, refuting error and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be capable and equipped for good works of every kind.

2 Timothy 4:1-2 Before God and before Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, I charge you solemnly by His coming appearing and Millennial reign - to proclaim the gospel, press it home, in season and out of season, use argument, reproof and encouragement with all the patience that teaching requires.

2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time will come when people will not stand sound teaching, but each will follow his own ideas and will gather crowds to hear whatever they fancy. They will stop their ears to the truth and turn aside to myths.

2 Timothy 4:5 But, you must keep your head whatever happens; put up with hardship, work to spread the gospel and discharge all the duties of your calling.

 

Isaiah 29:10 The prophetic vision has become as a sealed book for you.

Isaiah 29:13-14 Because this people worship Me with empty words, while their hearts are far from Me, therefore I shall shock this people again. Wisdom will vanish.

Isaiah 29:17-21 In a very short time, the Land will be regenerated. On that day the deaf will hear and the blind will see. The humble will rejoice in the Lord, but the cruel and arrogant will cease to exist.

Isaiah 29:22-24The Lord says; This is not the time for Jacob to be concerned, for his descendants will honour My name when they see what I have done in their midst. The confused will gain understanding and the obstinate, accept instruction.

 

Jeremiah 9:23-24 These are the words of the Lord; Let not the wise boast of their wisdom, nor the brave of their bravery. Let not the wealthy boast of their wealth, but if anyone must boast, let them boast of this - that they understand and acknowledge Me. For I am the Lord, I show unfailing love. I do justice and right on the earth. In this I take pleasure.

Reference: REB, NIV. Some verses abridged.

 

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A Fire Blazes in Zion

Isaiah 31:1 Woe betide those who go down to Egypt for help, who rely on the strength of horses and chariots, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel or seek guidance of the Lord.

Isaiah 31:2 Yet He too, in His wisdom can bring trouble, He does not take back His threats. He will rise up against wrongdoers and against all who go to the help of evildoers.

Isaiah 31:3 The Egyptians are mortals, not gods, their horses are flesh, not spirit. When the Lord stretches out His hand, the helper will stumble and the one who is helped will fall - both will perish together.

Isaiah 31:4-5 The Lord says; As a lion growls over its prey and is not frightened off by the clamour of the shepherds, so the Lord Almighty will come down and do battle on the heights of Mount Zion. Like a hovering bird, the Lord will shield and deliver Jerusalem.

Isaiah 31:6-7 Israelites, you have been deeply disloyal, yet come back to Him - for on that Day every one of you will reject the idols and repent of your sins.

Isaiah 31:8-9 Assyria will fall, but not by any act of mortal man. They will be helpless from terror and their warriors will be captured and put to forced labour. This is the Word of the Lord, whose fire blazes in Zion.

Reference; Revised English Bible, some verses abridged. 

 

v 1 Do not rely on your own or other's strength. Trust in the Lord! Psalm 22:23-25 Deuteronomy 30:1-10, Isaiah 30:15

v 2-3 The Lord will, Himself punish evildoers and those who refuse to seek Him. Isaiah 66:15-16, 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9

v 4 The Lord will come down and destroy His enemies. Zechariah 9:14-15, Jeremiah 30:4-7, Isaiah 30:26

v 5 Jerusalem will be protected. Isaiah 26:20, Daniel 12:1, Psalm 69:35-36

v 6-7 Israel, your sins are as scarlet, yet they may be white as snow. Micah 6:8, 1 Peter 4:7-19

v 8-9 The Lord will defeat your enemies, they will be terrified. Psalm 58:10-11 

 

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OUR UNFAILING HELPER 

The Wisdom of Solomon, chapter 17

Great are Your judgements and hard to expound and this is why uninstructed souls go astray. The heathen imagine that they can lord it over Your holy nation, but they are prisoners of darkness, fugitives from eternal providence. They think that their secret sins will escape detection - they are in darkness, afraid and terrified by apparitions. The tricks of the sorcerer's fail them, and their boasted wisdom is put to shame. For those who profess to drive out fear are themselves sick with dread. Wickedness proves a cowardly thing when condemned by an inner witness and the grip of conscience gives way to forebodings of disaster. Fear is nothing but an abandonment of the aid that reason affords, and hope, defeated by this loss of support, capitulates in ignorance of the cause by which their torment comes. These people are overspread with heavy darkness, a fit image of the doom that awaits them. 

Chapter 18

For Your holy ones, there shines a great light. You provide the light of Your Law to be their guide. Your enemies deserve to lose that light, for they have kept Your people imprisoned and under subjection. Your people, through whom the imperishable light of the Law is given to the world. All things are now in silence- the night is nearly over. Suddenly, Your all powerful Word leaps from His Royal throne into the midst of the doomed Land, like a relentless warrior, bearing the sharp sword of Your inflexible decree; with His head touching the heavens and His feet on the earth, He stands and spreads death everywhere. The godless fling themselves to the ground, beset by nightmare phantoms, who teach them why it is that they are suffering, so that they should not perish still ignorant of why they perished. 

Chapter 19;

All creation with all its elements is refashioned in subservience to Your command, in order that Your servants might be preserved unscathed. They look to the cloud overshadowing them and are at peace, like horses at pasture, like skipping lambs. They praise You, by whose hand they are rescued. In everything, O Lord, You have made Your people great and glorious and in every time and place You have been their unfailing helper.

Reference, Revised English Bible Apocrypha, abridged. 

 

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You Will Go Out With Joy 

Isaiah 55:1-3 Come for water, all who are thirsty, though you have no money, buy food, but without any cost. Why spend your money on what fails to satisfy? Listen to Me and you will fare well, hear Me and your soul shall live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, to love and care for you, as I did for David.

Isaiah 55:4-5 I appointed David as a witness and a leader of peoples. You, in turn will summon nations unknown to you, because the Holy one of Israel has given you power and glory.

Isaiah 55:6-7 Seek the Lord while He may be found, abandon your wicked ways and return to the Lord, your God, He will take pity and freely pardon you.

Isaiah 55:8-11 For My thoughts are not your thoughts and My ways are high above your ways. As the rain comes down from heaven, it does not return without watering the earth - so it is with My word, it will not return empty, it will succeed in the task for which it was sent.

Isaiah 55:12-13 You will go out with joy and be led forth in peace. The Land will rejoice at your coming. Good trees will grow in the place of scrub and briars. This will glorify God and be a permanent sign of His renown.

 

Acts 3:19-20 Repent, therefore, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out. Then the Lord may grant you a time of recovery, and send the Messiah appointed for you, that is Jesus.

Reference: REB, NIV. Some verses abridged. 

 

V 1-3 "Come for water": i.e. study His word. "Buy food": i.e. obey His commands. Do not waste time and effort on worldly things. Revelation 3:18

V 4-5 As David was, so you, My people: Righteous Christian Israelites, will be a light to the nations.

Isaiah 60:3

V 6-7 Now is our only opportunity to get right with God. Jude 1:17, Ezekiel 18:30-32

V 11-13 After the Land is cleared, Jeremiah 12:14-17, the trees and fields will be regenerated. Ezekiel 36:8-10 His people, righteous Israel, will regather and settle there in peace and prosperity. Zechariah 8:7-8

Acts 3:19-21 If we turn to God, He will cleanse us. Then "a time of refreshing"- that is His Christian believers living in all of the holy Land, in preparation for His glorious Return.

 

 

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Those Who Trust In The Lord Will Soar As On Eagles Wings 

Isaiah 41:8-10 But you, Israel My servant - Jacob whom I have chosen, the descendants of My friend Abraham. I have summoned you from the ends of the earth and called you My servants. Have no fear, for I am with you - I am your God. I shall strengthen you with My victorious right hand.

Isaiah 41:11-12 Now, all who defy you will be put to shame. They will be as nothing and will vanish.

Isaiah 41:13-14 For I, the Lord your God will help you. Have no fear Jacob, you worm, Israel, you maggot - your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.

Isaiah 41:15-16 See; I shall make of you a sharp threshing sledge. You will thresh and winnow the Land and the wind will carry them away. Then you will rejoice in the Lord.

 

Isaiah 41:17-18 The poor and needy look for water and find none. The Lord will not forsake them, He will open up springs in the hills and pools in the desert.

Isaiah 41:19-20 All kinds of trees will flourish in the Land, so that everyone may see and understand that the Lord Himself has created this.

Isaiah 40:27-28 Jacob, why do you complain? You Israel, why do you say; my cause goes unheeded by my God? Do you not know, have you not heard - the Lord does not grow weary or faint and His understanding cannot be fathomed.

Isaiah 40:29-31 The Lord gives strength to the weary and those who trust in Him will soar as on eagles wings, they will run and not feel faint, march on and not be tired.

Reference: REB some verses abridged. 

 

41:8-10 The Israelites, now peoples from every tribe, race and language, called out of the nations after the Lord's Day of vengeance. They will be helped and strengthened by their God. Deuteronomy 31:6

41:11-12 Any who oppose them will be defeated. Micah 7:10

41:13-14 The Lord has a sense of humour! Israel is unworthy, but God will fulfil His promises to them. Micah 7:19-20

41:15-16 They will be empowered by God to cleanse the Land. Once again it will be all habitable and fertile. Ezekiel 36:8-11

41:17-18 "The poor and needy" A description of His people, when they first enter the Land. Psalm 72:12-14

41:19-20 The Land will flourish. All will acknowledge the Lord's hand in this. Malachi 3:12

40:27-28 Be patient, Israel, God is in control. Psalm 37:5, Jeremiah 23:24

40:29-31 Put your trust in the Lord, He will help and strengthen you.

2 Corinthians 6:1-2 

 

 

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Chapter Eighteen - PRAYERS AND TEACHING

 

PRAYERS FOR THE EXILES OF ISRAEL

2 Chronicles 6:36-39 Should Your people sin against You [and who is free of sin?] and should You, in Your anger give them over to enemies, who exile them to lands far and near then, if they have a change of heart and turn to You, saying: We have sinned - then if in the land of their exile, they pray wholeheartedly to their God, looking toward the Land which You gave to their forefathers, from heaven- hear their supplications and maintain their cause. Forgive Your people their sins against You, let Your priests be clothed with salvation and Your loyal servants rejoice in prosperity.

Baruch 3:1-8 Lord almighty, God of Israel, to you the soul in anguish and the fainting spirit cry out. Hear and have mercy, Lord, for we have sinned against you. You are enthroned forever; we are forever passing away. Now Lord almighty, God of Israel, hear the prayer of the men of Israel and of the sons of those who sinned against you. They did not heed the voice of the Lord their God, and so we are in the grip of adversity. Do not call to mind the misdeeds of our forefathers but remember at this time your power and your name, for you are the Lord our God, and we shall praise you, Lord. It is for this that you have put into our hearts the fear of you; to make us call on your name. And we shall praise you in our exile for we have renounced all the wrong doing of our forefathers who sinned against you. Today we are exiled in the lands where you have scattered us to be punished for all the sins of our forefathers, who rebelled against the Lord our God.

Baruch 4: 21-37 Take heart My children. Cry out to God; He will rescue you from the power of your enemies. With mourning and tears, I watched you go, but God will give you back to me, with gladness and joy forever. My children, endure in patience the wrath God has brought on you, but soon you will see your enemies destroyed- soon put your foot on their neck. They that rejoiced at your downfall, will grieve at their own desolation. Jerusalem - look Eastwards and see the joy that is coming to you from God. They come, the sons from whom you were parted, from East and West, they come. Assembling at the word of the Holy one and rejoicing in the Glory of God.

 

Daniel 9:15-19 Now, Lord our God, who brought your people out of Egypt by Your strong hand winning for Yourself a Name that lives on to this day, we have sinned, we have done wrong. Lord by all Your saving deeds, we beg that Your anger and wrath depart from Jerusalem - Your holy city. Listen, our God, to your servants prayer and supplication. For Your own sake, Lord, look favourably on Your Land which lies desolate.

God, incline Your ear and open Your eyes, look upon Your Land and Your people, who bear Your name. Lord hear, Lord forgive, Lord listen and act, for Your own sake, do not delay, we implore you.

Psalm 118:25-29 Lord deliver us, we pray. Lord grant us Your prosperity.

Blessed is He who enters in the name of the Lord, from the Temple of God.

The Lord has given us light. You are our God and we praise You.

It is good to give thanks to the Lord, for His love endures forever.

2 Maccabees 1:27-29 Bring together those of Your people who are dispersed, set free those exiled among the heathen. Look favourably on those despised, let the nations know that You are our God. Punish our arrogant and insolent oppressors and, as promised by Moses, plant Your people in Your holy Land.

Isaiah 25:9 On the Day of their deliverance, the people will say; See - this is our God, we have waited for Him and He will deliver us. This is the Lord for whom we have waited. Let us rejoice and exult in His deliverance. Reference: Revised English Bible and Apocrypha.

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REMEMBER KEILAH 

Keilah, Hebrew for citadel. This was a town in the territory of Judah. Tel Qaylah site is 12km Northwest of Hebron, currently under Palestinian control. 

1 Samuel 23:1 The Philistines attacked Keilah and were looting it.

1 Samuel 23:2 David asked the Lord whether he should help the people of Keilah. The Lord answered; 'Yes, relieve Keilah.' 

1 Samuel 23:3 But David's men said; 'we are fugitives here in Judah, how can we fight at Keilah?'

1 Samuel 23:4 David consulted the Lord again; The Lord said; 'go at once, I shall give the Philistines into your hand.'

1 Samuel 23:5 David and his men marched to Keilah and heavily defeated the Philistines.

 

1 Samuel 23:6 When Abiathar, son of the priest, who was killed by Saul, came to David at Keilah, he brought the Priests ephod (breastplate) with him.

1 Samuel 23:7-8 Saul was informed of David's presence in Keilah. Now he is in a trap, Saul said and mobilised his army to march on Keilah.

1 Samuel 23:9-10 When David heard of this impending attack on him, he got the ephod and prayed to the Lord God of Israel.

1 Samuel 23:11 David asked the Lord; Will Saul come as I have heard? The Lord answered; He will come.

1 Samuel 23:12 Then David asked the Lord; Will the citizens of Keilah surrender me to Saul? The Lord answered; 'They will.'

1 Samuel 23:13 At once David left with his 600 men and moved to various places. When Saul was told that David had left Keilah, he called off the operation.

 

What is interesting about this Bible passage is how David seems to discuss his situation in a conversational way with the Lord. Perhaps in the future, the leaders of righteous Israel, living in the Land before the Return of Jesus, will again be able to do this. Jeremiah 30:21

 

Reference: Revised English Bible, verses abridged. 

 

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AZARIAH THE PROPHET

 

2 Chronicles 15:1-2 The Spirit of God came upon Azariah, son of Oded. He went to King Asa of Judah and said; Hear me, the Lord is with you when you are with Him, if you seek Him, He will be found. But if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.

 

2 Chronicles 15:3 For a long time, Israel has been without the true God, without a priest to interpret the law and without the Law.

2 Chronicles 15:4 But when, in their distress, they turned to the Lord- their God of Israel, He let himself be found by them.

2 Chronicles 15:5-6 At that time, all the lands experienced much trouble, there was ruin on every side, everyone was harassed with all kinds of distress.

2 Chronicles15:7 But now, you must be strong and not let your courage fail for your works will be rewarded.

 

2 Chronicles 15:8-12 King Asa then suppressed all idol worship and repaired the altar in front of the Temple. The people of Judah assembled, along with many who had left the Kingdom of Israel, because they saw that the Lord was with King Asa. They sacrificed 700 oxen and 7000 sheep to the Lord. They made a covenant to seek the guidance of the Lord.

2 Chronicles 15:13 Anyone, young or old, male or female, who refused to look to the Lord, were to be put to death.

 

2 Chronicles 15:14-15 Then, all Judah rejoiced, because they had bound themselves by oath to serve the Lord and He had let Himself be found by them. The Lord gave them security on every side.

 

Note that although many people from the Northern ten tribes had moved to Judah, that by verse 15, the population is referred to as "all Judah". Those who put themselves under the authority of the King of Judah, became Jews. 

I consider that verses 3 to 7 are dual prophecies, also for our time. 

What we get from this passage is the promise of God, that if we wholeheartedly seek Him, He will let Himself be found and will give His people safety and security. 

Jeremiah 29:13-14 When you seek Me, if you search wholeheartedly, you will find Me. I shall restore your fortunes and gather you from all the places to which I have banished you. I shall settle you in the Land from which you went into exile.

Reference: Revised English Bible, some verses abridged

 

 

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The Wisdom of Elihu the Buzite 

Job 31:2-4 What is the lot [for mankind] prescribed by God above? Is it not disaster for the wrongdoer? God Himself sees my ways and takes account of every step.

Job 31:5-6 I swear - I have had no dealings with falsehood. I have taken an oath, never to let my eyes linger on a girl. Let God weigh me in the scales of justice and He will know that I am blameless.

 

Job 34:10-11 But listen to me, you people of good sense. Far be it from God to do evil. For He requites everyone according to their actions and sees that each gets the reward their conduct deserves.

Job 34:31-32 Suppose you were to say to God; I have overstepped the mark, but I will do no more wrong. I am contemptible, grant me guidance. Will He, at those words forgive your rejection of Him?

Job 35:9-12 People cry out under the weight of oppression and call for help against the power of their oppressors. But none of them asks; Where is God, my maker who gives protection and grants knowledge. So, when they cry out, He does not answer because they are proud and wicked, All to no purpose, the Almighty takes no notice.

Job 36:13-14 The proud rage against Him and refuse to ask Him for help when caught in troubles, so they die in their prime - short lived as male prostitutes.

Job 36:15 Those who suffer He rescues through suffering and teaches them by the discipline of affliction.

Job 37:19-20 Teach us, then what to say to God, for all is dark and we cannot marshal our thoughts. Should He be told what it is I want to speak? Surely I would be swallowed up.

 

Job 37:21 Now, no one can look at the sun, bright as it is in the skies after the wind has swept them clean.

Job 37:22 Out of the North, He comes in golden splendour and awesome majesty.

Job 37:23 The Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power, yet in His great righteousness, He does not pervert justice.

Job 37:24 Therefore, mortals pay Him reverence and all who are wise fear Him.

Reference: REB,NIV,KJV some verses abridged

 

The Book of Job teaches us a lot about how God interacts with His creation. In chapter 31, Job protests his innocence, then the discourse of Elihu says that God requites everyone according to their deeds.

 

Job 37:21-22 may allude to the Lord's Day of vengeance, a sunstrike. Isaiah 30:26 

 

 

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Let Me Remind You........ 

1 Corinthians 10:1-33........my friends, that our ancestors were all under the cloud and all of them passed through the Red sea, so they all received baptism into the fellowship of Moses in cloud and sea. They all ate and drank the same supernatural food and water, for they were nourished and guided by that supernatural Rock that accompanied their travels. That Rock was Jesus Christ. Yet, most of them were not accepted by God, for the wilderness was strewn with their corpses.

These events happened as warnings to us not to set our hearts on evil things, as they did. Do not be idolaters, like some of them - as scripture says:The people sat down to feast, then indulged in pagan revelry. Exodus 32:6.

Let us not commit fornication, some of them did and 23,000 died in one day.

Let us not put the Lord to the test, as some of them did; they were killed by snakes.

Do not grumble, as some of them did; they were killed by the destroying Angel. 

All these things that happened to them were symbolic and were recorded as a warning for us, upon whom the end of the age has come. If you think you are standing firm, take care or you may fall.

So far, you have faced no trial beyond human endurance - God keeps faith and will not let you be tested beyond your powers, but when the test comes, He will at the same time, provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. 

So then, my dear friends, have nothing to do with idolatry. I appeal to you as sensible people, form your own judgement on what I say. You may eat or drink, or do anything else, provided it is all done to the glory of God. Give no offence to Jews or Greeks, or to the church of God.

For my part, I always try to be considerate to everyone, not seeking my own good, but the good of the many, so that they may be saved.

Follow my example, as I follow Christ's.

 

Psalm 39:7-13 Now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You. Deliver me from all who do me wrong and make me no longer the butt of fools.

I was silent, I would not open my mouth, because it is Your doing. I am overcome by Your rebuke. Mankind is but a breath of wind, their wealth and desires melt away. 

Hear my prayer, Lord, listen to my cry for help. For I find shelter with You, I am but a passing guest, as my forefathers were. Look on me with favour, that I may rejoice again, before I depart and cease to be.

Reference: Revised English Bible, abridged. 

 

 

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From The Rising Of the Sun To Its Setting

Psalm 50:1-3 .........The Lord has spoken and summoned the world. From the rising of the sun to its setting, He shines out from Zion,perfect in beauty. The Lord is coming and will not keep silent. Consuming fire runs ahead and round Him a great storm rages.

The fire judgement and punishment of the nations, a CME strikes the earth - every part as it rotates to face the sun. It is the Day of the Lord's vengeance and wrath, the next prophesied event.

Psalm 50:4-6 The heavens and the earth are summoned to the judgement of His people.Gather to Me, My loyal servants, those, who by sacrifice have made a Covenant with Me. The heavens will proclaim His justice, for the Lord Himself is the Judge.

His loyal servants, righteous Christian Israelites, gathered into the Land]

Psalm 50:7-8 Listen, My people and I shall speak: I shall bear witness against you. Israel- I am your God. Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you.         They are judged and rebuked for their sins. 

Psalm 50:9-13 I need take no animal of yours, for all living creatures are Mine. I know every bird on the hills and all the life of the fields is in My care. If I were hungry, I would not tell you, the world and everything that is in it is Mine - I do not need to eat flesh or blood.

Animal sacrifices are not required, but thanksgiving offerings will be. Zechariah 14:21

Psalm 50:14-15 Offer to the Lord your sacrifice of thanksgiving and fulfil your vows to Him. Then, if you call on Me in times of trouble, I will come to your rescue and you will honour Me.

God tells us what is required of us: be thankful, keep His Laws and trust Him for our salvation.  Micah 6:8, Zechariah 8:16-17

Psalm 50:16-20 The Lord's word to a wicked person is this: What right have you to recite My statues and embrace My Covenant? For you hate correction and you decry My Word. You make thieves and adulterers your friends and you speak lies.

You always talk against your brother, imputing faults to your own kin.

These people who have God's Laws, but do not obey them, are His enemies. Verse 20 refers to people who are Israelite, but don't know it. Those that are against the Jews - anti Semites. 

Psalm 50:21-22 You do these things because you think that I am like yourself. But Ishall rebuke you and accuse you to your face. You who forget the Lord, think on this, lest I tear you to pieces, with no one to save you.

Bad mistake to think that God approves of your wrong actions, or inactions, as the case may be. He is the Maker, we are His creation, if we turn out faulty and useless to Him, then what can we expect?

Psalm 50:23 Those who offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving, who honour Me and follow My ways, I shall show My salvation.

Faithful Cnristian believers, who follow God's Laws and give Him thanks for His provision, they will receive His salvation.

 

 

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We Give Thanks To You, Y'hovah 

Psalm 75:1-10 We give thanks to you, Y'hovah, Your name is near to us. Men tell of Your wonderful deeds. You say: I shall seize the appointed time and then judge mankind with equity. When the earth, with its people are shaken, it is I who holds the pillars firm.

To the arrogant, I say: boast no more, and to the wicked: do not vaunt yourself against heaven. No other power can raise anyone up, for God is supreme, He decides.

In the hand of the Lord is a cup of rich wine. He pours it out and all the ungodly on earth must drink it.

As for me, I shall declare praise to the God of Jacob forever. He will break the strength of the wicked and the righteous will be raised up.

 

Psalm 76:1-12 In Judah, God is known. His name is great in Israel, where He dwells.

There, He has broken the flashing arrows and all the weapons of war.

Lord, You are awesome and majestic. At Your rebuke warriors and horse's lie still, they sleep their last sleep. Who can stand in Your presence? From heaven, You pronounced judgement to save the afflicted of the Land. The survivors of Your wrath will bring You praise.

Make vows to the Lord your God and keep them. Let the peoples all around bring tribute, for He is feared by all the earth's rulers.

Reference: REB. Verses abridged 

 

From Psalm 75, we are told that 'at the appointed time' Psalm 102:13, Daniel 8:19, the Lord will judge everyone and punish the godless. But the righteous will be 'raisedup'. Zechariah 10:9, Isaiah 14:1, 1 Peter 2:9 

Psalm 76 is a prophecy of the results of this judgement Isaiah 4:3-6, Ezekiel 28:26, and the raising up of His people, Righteous Christian Israel. In the holy Land, the Lord is known. He will dwell in the Third Temple at Jerusalem. Ezekiel 43:4, Zechariah 1:16-17

His people's enemies are destroyed and all weapons of war, broken. [flashing arrows = nuclear weapons] Isaiah 2:4

Other peoples bring tribute to them, living in peace and security in the holy Land ,in the new country of Beulah. Isaiah 62:1-5, Psalm 72:10, Isaiah 16:1, Zech. 8:12

 

The prophecies in Psalm 75:1 and in Zechariah 1:16, say how the Lord will come back to Israel - with compassion, and how He will be known there. As in Ezekiel 39:29, Joel 2:29, Acts 2:17, the Lord "pours out His spirit" upon His people. That all these events happen before the Return of Jesus, for His Millennial reign, is proved by the passage in Ezekiel 46:12, where the ruler of Beulahl makes offerings in the new Temple.

Isaiah 2:5 Come, people of Jacob, let us walk in the Light of the Lord. Become true righteous Christians.

Joel 2:27 You will know that I am present in Israel, that I and no other am the Lord your God and My people will never again be put to shame.

Ezekiel 37:14 Then I shall put My Spirit into you....and settle you in your own soil, you will know, that I, the Lord has spoken and acted.

 

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The Lord Does Not Abandon Those Who Seek Him 

Psalm 9:1-2 I will praise You, Lord with my whole heart. I shall rejoice and exult in You.

Psalm 9:3-4 You have upheld my rights, as a righteous Judge. My enemies turn back, they fall and perish.

Psalm 9:5 You have rebuked the nations and overwhelmed the ungodly.

Psalm 9:6-7 The enemy are finished, even memory of them is lost. The Eternal Lord has established His throne for the Judgement.

Psalm 9:8-9 He it is who will judge the peoples with justice, He is a tower of strength for the oppressed.

Psalm 9:10 Those who acknowledge You will trust in You, for You do not abandon those who seek Y'hovah.

Psalm 9:11-12 Proclaim His deeds, for the Lord does not ignore the cry of the afflicted.

Psalm 9:13-14 Show us favour, Lord, raise us from the gates of death, so we may praise You.

Psalm 9:15-17 The nations are trapped in a pit of their own making. The Lord will make Himself known. All the nations who are heedless of the Living God, depart to Hell.

Psalm 9:18-20 The hopes of the poor and needy will be realized, for the Lord will arise and judge the nations - they will know that they are but mortal.

 

Psalm 10:1 Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?

Psalm 10:2The arrogant wicked pursue the afflicted - may their schemes be their downfall.

Psalm 10:3-6 The wicked boast of their plans, they revile the Lord and don't consider Him. Their ways are always devious, they scoff at their adversaries and because nothing happens, they think it never will.

Psalm 10:7-11The wicked person is full of deceit and violence. They catch innocent people and murder them secretly. He says to himself- "God has forgotten, He sees nothing".

Psalm 10:12-14 Arise, Lord, set Your hand to the task. Do not forget the afflicted. The wicked reject You and say that You will not call them to account. You see that they love mischief and trouble. Their victims commit themselves to You, the helper of the fatherless.

Psalm 10:15-16 Break the power of the wicked and evil peoples, call them to account. The Lord is King forever and the evil neighbours have gone from Your Land. 

Psalm 10:17-18 You hear, O God, the lament of the humble, encourage them and answer their prayer. Bring redress, so that no one will again inspire terror.

Reference: REB,NIV. Some verses abridged

 

These two Psalms tell us that the Lord will act when His righteous people pray to Him for deliverance from the plans of their evil neighbours. Jeremiah 12:14-22

Isaiah 59:18-20 According to their deeds, the Lord will repay. He will come as a Redeemer to Jacob and all who repent of their sins. Deuteronomy 32:41-43

 

Note in Psalm 10:16, how the Land is cleared of all unrighteous peoples. This allows His people, the righteous Christian Israelites to gather and live there. Ezekiel 28:25-26

 

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The Lord Is a Shield To All Who Take Refuge In Him 

Psalm 18:1-6 I love You, Lord my strength, my God the Rock in which I find shelter. I shall call to the Lord to whom all praise is due, then I shall be made safe from my enemies. Death was upon me, so in anguish I cried to the Lord; He heard me.

Psalm 18:7-15 He parted the heavens and came down. The earth shook and quaked because of His anger. Smoke went up from His nostrils, devouring fire from His mouth. He swooped on the wings of the wind and made darkness and dense vapour His covering. Thick clouds covered the radiance before Him, with thunder, hail and glowing coals. He loosed His arrows far and wide and hurled lightning bolts round His enemies. The valleys of the sea were exposed, the earth's foundations laid bare at the Lord's rebuke.

 

Psalm 18:16-19 He reached down from on high and drew me up out of the mighty waters, He delivered me from my strong enemies. They attacked me in my hour of peril, but the Lord was my support. He brought me into a safe place because He delighted in me.

Psalm 18:20-24 The Lord dealt with me according to my righteousness, for the cleanness of my hands, He rewarded me. For I have kept to the ways of the Lord and not turned to wickedness. I have kept His laws and followed His decrees.

Psalm 18:25-29 Lord, you brighten my darkness. With Your help I can be strong to face my enemies.

Psalm 18:30-37The way of the Lord is perfect, He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him. God is our Rock, who gives us strength. He trains my hand for battle. You give me Your shield of victory. Your right hand sustains me and my feet will not slip.

Psalm 18:38-42 I strike down my enemies and they rise no more. They cry, but their gods do not save them. I shall beat them fine as dust, like mud in the street.

Psalm 18:43-45 You deliver me from the attacks of the nations. A people I never knew will be my subjects. They obey me and come in trembling out of their strongholds.

 

Psalm 18:46 The Lord lives! Blessed be my Rock and saviour.

Psalm 18:47-50 You are the God who grants me vengeance, subduing nations under my feet. You deliver me from violent men, therefore I will praise You among the nations. You keep faith with Your anointed, to David and his descendants forever.

 

 This Psalm, written by David, applies to him personally, but also to the whole nation of Israel. Only the first six verses can be attributed to his times, the rest is end times prophecy.

V 7-15 The Lord's Day of vengeance / the next Mid East war / the Sixth Seal worldwide disaster.

V 16-19 The Lord will save and protect His righteous people. They are resettled in the Promised Land.

V 20-27 Those who are faithful and obey His laws, are rewarded.

V 28-42 His people are made strong for battle and are victorious.

V 43-50 A descendant of David, the Lord Jesus will eventually rule the nations.

 

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My Words Will Never Fail You 

Isaiah 59:1-8 The Lord's arm is not too short to save nor His ear too dull to hear. It is your iniquities that makes a barrier between you and your God. Your hands are stained with blood....all tell lies, they conceive mischief and bring forth wickedness....they are strangers to the path of peace and there is no real justice

Isaiah 59:9-19 That is why justice is far removed from us, we grope like blind people. Our sins bear witness against us, we have broken faith with our God. There was no justice and God was displeased. In His righteous salvation, He took on vengeance and in His mighty retribution, He will repay all according to their deeds.

His glory will come swiftly, as the Spirit moves, then He will be revered from the East to the West. 

 

The world is in a fallen state, people search for the truth, but are unable to find it.

The Lord is displeased - He will act to 'repay all according to their deeds'. Nahum 1:1-2, Psalm 37:9, Isaiah 63:1-6 - The Lord's Day of vengeance and wrath, a worldwide judgement on all the earth. This is the next prophesied event, which will dramatically change the current world situation and enable the Lord's righteous Christian people to gather and settle in all of the holy Land. A one world government will be formed, leading to all the events foretold for the latter days and then, at last the Return of Jesus, to reign for 1000 years.

 

Isaiah 59:20-21 The Lord will come as a Redeemer to Zion and to those of Jacob who repent of their rebellion. This, says the Lord is My Covenant, which I make with them: My spirit which rests on you and My words in your mouth, will never fail you, from generation to generation of your descendants, for evermore.

 

 The Lord will redeem 'those of Jacob' - the Israelite people, who 'repent of their rebellion'. Then there is an amazing promise of redemption for them and all who have believed in God and accepted the atoning sacrifice of Jesus. Isaiah 56:1-8

1 Peter 4:17-18, Hosea 14:1-2, Acts 3:19-24, Psalm 29:11, Hosea 2:23

 

Deuteronomy 32:31-43 The enemies of the Lord have no Rock like Israel has. Their fruit is like that of Sodom and Gomorrah, their wine is like snake poison. Vengeance and retribution is kept in reserve, sealed up until the Day of disaster. The Day of their downfall is near, their doom is fast approaching. Vengeance is Mine, says the Lord, I will repay. When I have sharpened My flashing sword and set My hand to judgement, then I shall punish My adversaries and wreak vengeance on My foes. I shall make My arrows drunk with blood, My sword will devour flesh and pour out the blood of My enemies.

Rejoice with Him, you heavens, for He will avenge His people. He will punish those who hate Him and cleanse His people's Land.

Deuteronomy 33:29 Blessed are you Israelites, set free. The Lord shields and guards you.Your enemies are conquered, they will pay homage to you.

Reference: REB. verses abridged.

 

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Have You Understood All This? 

After explaining to His disciples the parables of the Kingdom of Heaven, Jesus asked them; Have you understood all this? Matthew 13:51 and they answered - Yes.

It was a simple sounding question, but actually He was asking the most profound question of the ages. Jesus was asking if they knew that, in God's eyes there are two and only two - classes of people in the world.  1/  Those that accept God and His Laws - wheat, buried treasure, pearls and good fish - and 2/ the children of the evil one, tares, weeds and worthless fish.

 

Matthew 13:37 He replied; The sower of the good seed is the Son of Man.

Matthew 13:38 The field is the world, the good seed stands for the children of the Kingdom and the weeds, the children of the evil one.

Matthew 13:39 The enemy who sowed the weeds is the devil The harvest is the end of time and the reapers are angels.

Matthew 13:40-42 As the weeds are gathered up and burnt at the end of the age, the Son of Man will rid His Kingdom of every cause of sin and all whose deeds are evil. These will be thrown into the blazing furnace, where there will be much wailing and sorrow.

 

Matthew 13:43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the Kingdom of their Father If you have ears, then hear.

 

Just a speculation, but the Lord gave four parables about who will and who will not inherit the Kingdom:

1/ The wheat and the weeds - Messianic Jews and apostate Jews.

2/ The buried treasure - The Christians who are also the House of Israel.

3/ A pearl of great value - A person who dedicates their life to the Lord.

4/ The good and worthless fish - Gentile peoples, believers and unbelievers.

 

Luke 6:20 Blessed are you who are in need; the Kingdom of God is yours. 

 

 

There are two kinds of people - those who say to God "Thy will be done" and those to whom God says, "all right, then, have it your way". C.S. Lewis

 

 

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Chapter Nineteen - END TIMES EVENTS

The Sixth Seal

Revelation 1:1-2 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him so that He might show His servants what must soon take place. Happy is the one who reads aloud this prophecy and happy those who listen and take to heart what is written, for the time of fulfilment is near.

THE SCROLL

Rev. 5:1-14The Lamb of God [Jesus Christ] is the only one worthy to reveal God's plan to mankind. By His atoning death, the Lord Jesus purchased people and will make them to be a Kingdom and priests to serve God. He will reign and those who are His own will reign with Him.

Rev. 6 The 'Lamb' broke the first five seals - this must have been done in ancient times as history proves these prophecies have already commenced, as in Zechariah 6 and with the persecution of Christians.

Zechariah 1:8-11, 6:1-8. These are parallel verses about the four horsemen who range over the earth. They were released in ancient times and given power over a quarter of the earth's people. This is actually close to the number of people killed by wars, famines, disease, etc, since then and still to come, before the Return.

Matthew 24:6-8 There will be wars, famines and earthquakes in many places.

THE FIFTH SEAL tells of those saints who have been killed for their faith, throughout the ages. They wait for the completion of their numbers, now and up to the end. Therefore, the first five seals have been opened. The world and all its people are now suffering under these curses. But it gets worse, for the next event must be:

THE SIXTH SEAL

Revelation 6:12-17 A great earthquake, the sun is darkened, the moon red, stars fall to the earth, the sky will be like a scroll rolled up. People will hide in caves from the wrath of the Lord.

Isaiah 2:12-21 On that Day, the Lord will arise and strike the world with terror. People will hide in caves to escape the dread presence of the Lord.

Isaiah 34:1-5 The Lord's judgement descends on the people doomed for destruction, for the Lord's anger is against all the nations. The sky is rolled up like a scroll.

Joel 2:1-11 The Day of the Lord is coming - a Day of darkness, the earth shakes, a vast andcountless host appears, the like has never been known, nor will be again. Their appearing is a devouring fire,the flame of their passing leaves a desolate wasteland.

Isaiah 13:9-13 See, the Day of the Lord is coming, a cruel day, with wrath and fierce anger - tomake the land desolate and destroy the sinners within it. The sun and moon will be darkened as I punish the world for its evil. The heavens will tremble and the earth will shake.

Isaiah 30:26-28 On the Day that the Lord saves His people, the sun will shine with seven times its usual brightness. The Lord will come from afar, His anger blazing and His doom heavy, His breath a devouring fire. Reference: REB some verses abridged

None of these prophecies can be related to the Return of Jesus in His glory, or the sheep and goat judgement. The Trumpet and Bowl punishments come later, during the Great Tribulation, in the 3½ years before the Return.

Revelation 7:1-8 After that, [the 6th seal] the four angels hold back further destruction until God's seal is set onto the 144,000 servants of God. Isaiah 66:19

So, we see that before God's seal is set on His servants, those Israelites who go out to preach the coming Kingdom of God, a terrible cleansing will take place to prepare for the return of His people, righteous Israel, to the Promised Land.

Isaiah 30:26 -This can only be caused by a coronal mass ejection [sunstrike] hitting the earth. Ambient temperature; say 25o Celsius x 7= 175o, approximately the heat required to cook food. This will result in extensive deaths and destruction. Fires will destroy cities and forests, resulting in huge smoke clouds, covering and darkening the earth. Isaiah 33:10-12, Psalm 18:7-15

But, the promise to those who trust in the Lord and keep His Laws is:- Everyone who calls on the Lord will be saved. Joel 2:32, Acts 2:21

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Connecting The Dots 

The first step to connecting the end times dots is to have all the events yet to happen listed. Then, line them up correctly and logically.

1/ Lets work back from the main event, the one that we all agree on - the return of Jesus in His glory to reign for 1000 years. At that time, Jesus destroys the armies of the Anti-Christ, imprisons Satan and then gathers His elect to Him. Matthew 24:31

2/ Before the Return, the Anti-Christ [Satan] is allowed power over 'the Holy ones of the Most High' Daniel 7:25 for 3½ years. This is also the period of the Great Tribulation. Matthew 24:21.

3/ The Anti Christ comes to Jerusalem and takes control of Israel. Daniel 11:31-34. God's Holy people are tested by this difficult time. Revelation 13:10, Matthew 24:22

4/ Zechariah 14:1-2 also describes this time and says that half of the population will be taken to a place of safety. Rev. 3:10. Who are the 'Holy ones'and who is 'taken to a place of safety'? Rev.. 12:6 & 14 The 'Woman', who gave birth to the Ruler [Jesus] is looked after in safety for 1260 days. She is righteous Christian Israel. The Holy ones of Rev 12:17 are those Israelites who must face further testing and refinement. Revelation 13:9-10 Therefore, those in Israel at the time of the AC, are all the Israelites. [At present in Israel, the Jews who are 48% atheists, only about 15,000 are Messianic believers and 20% Arab Muslim population.]

5/ Just before Zechariah 14, is Zechariah 13:7-9...throughout the Land 2/3 will die, the remaining 1/3 will be refined by fire and the remnant will acknowledge the Lord. This is the fire judgement of the Middle East, as prophesied. Ezekiel 5:1-3, Isaiah 33:14, Deuteronomy 32:41-43.

 

But, there are some dots missing between 4 & 5, because there is only a remnant left in the Land after the fulfilment of Psalm 83, Ezekiel 20:45-48, Isaiah 22:14, etc. The Land of Greater Israel must be repopulated, for there to be Israelites [that is ALL 12 tribes] living there before the Return. So, the line of dots as I see it is:-

A/ This next Mid east event, the Lord's Day of vengeance and wrath, which clears the entire region, excepting for a small number of Jews in Jerusalem. Jer. 12:14, Ezekiel 21:1-7, Ezekiel 14:21-23, Zechariah 12:11-14

B/ The Land is regenerated. Isaiah 32:15-20, Isaiah 43:19-21, Ezekiel 36:8-12

C/ The descendants of Jacob, [the 12 tribes of Israel] gathered - Isaiah 11:11-12, Jeremiah 16:14-16, Micah 2:12, judged- Ezekiel 34:20, Ezekiel 20:34-36, and settled in Israel. Deuteronomy 15:18-21, Ezekiel 39:25-29, Micah 7:11-12. And many other prophecies.

D/They select leaders. Jeremiah 3:15, Jeremiah 30:21, Hosea 1:11

E/ They live in peace and prosperity for several years. Isaiah 51:3, Psalm 107:35-38

F/ They rebuild the Temple. Zechariah 8:9-15, Zechariah 6:15, Ezekiel 43:12

G/ A huge army from the North advances to attack. Ezekiel 38:8-12

H/ That army [Gog from Magog] is totally destroyed. Ezekiel 38:21-23, Joel 2:20

I/ The Lord reveals His glory and the Israelites acknowledge their redeemer. Ezekiel 39:21-24

J/ 'Many' of the Israelites agree to a peace treaty with the Leader of the One world government. Daniel 9:27a. Daniel 11:32 By plausible promises, he will win over thosewho are ready to violate their Covenant [with God]....some will remain faithful.......

K/ This 7 year treaty is broken at the midpoint, commencing the Tribulation. Dan 9:27b

L/ Exactly 1260 days later, Jesus Returns and commences His reign. Daniel 12:7

There are more details and the timing is not clear, but this seems to be the basic end times prophetic sequence.

 

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JOEL 2:18-27 The Lord Is With Us - Who Can Be Against Us? 

Joel 2:18 Then the Lord showed His ardent love for His Land and had compassion for His people.

The Land is cleared and cleansed and His people gathered and settled in it. Ezekiel 20:34-36

Joel 2:19 He answered their appeal and said; I will send you plenty of food. You will no longer suffer the reproach of other nations. [As in verses 22-26] 

Joel 2:20 I shall remove the Northern peril far from you and banish them into the desert. The vanguard will go into the Dead Sea and the rearguard will go into the Mediterranean Sea. The rotting smell of the dead  army will rise up.

Very interesting! Ezekiel 38:14-16 says that; a mighty army from the North [Gog, from Magog] will attack My people, Israel, when they are settled and undisturbed. So that the nations may know Me and prove My holiness.

Joel 2:21 Earth, fear not, the Lord has done great things.

Joel 2:22 Fear not, you beasts in the field, the grass will be green. The trees and vines will bear their fruit.

Joel 2:23-27 People of Zion rejoice, be glad in the Lord. He gives you rain and crops in due season. You will have food in plenty. I shall recompense you for the years of drought and famine. My people will never again be put to shame.

You will know that I am with you, in Israel and that I am the Lord your God. 

This passage is a clear sequence of events, as it starts with - Then the Lord.. and then verse 28 starts - After this.....

Both the verses in Joel 2:27 and Ezekiel 38:16, also Jeremiah 50:4 Hosea 14:7, Jeremiah 29:13-14, Ezekiel 36:23, Ezekiel 20:42 show that Jesus is not actually present in the Land, as He will be during the Millennium. His glorious Return will prove His presence and glory to all the peoples of the earth, so these events are before then. God will be present in the same way as He was with ancient Israel.

 

So, the complete sequence of events as I figure it from Bible prophecy is:

  1. The Mid east nuclear war, started by Iran, but God will intervene at the last minute, with a C.M.E. which will depopulate the entire Middle East region [Isaiah 30:26] excepting for a small Jewish remnant left in Jerusalem. Isaiah 4:3-4, Isaiah 31:5

  2. After an undetermined period of time, God will arrange for the ethnic descendants of the 12 tribes of Israel to assemble on the hills of Samaria. Amos 3:9  This now includes every Christian believer. Galatians 3;26-29

  3. There, He will confront and judge them. The righteous will stay in the Land, but the ones judged unrighteous will not enter. Ezekiel 20:38

  4. His people, Israel, will settle and become prosperous in a blessed Land. Jeremiah 16:14-16

  5. After a few years, a Northern confederation [Gog's army] will attack them, but will be super-naturally destroyed by God. Ezekiel 38:21-22

  6. Because of this defeat and bad economic conditions, the rest of the world will accept a One World government of 10 regions, eventually to be led by one strong leader. Daniel 8:23-26

  7. He will sign a 7 year peace treaty with Israel, which will mark the commencement of the 70th week spoken of by Daniel. The Tribulation commences after 3½ years. Daniel 9:27

  8. The Lord Jesus will return and destroy the army of the nations commanded by the Anti-Christ He will then reign in Israel for 1000 years. Revelation 19:11-16, Rev 20:1-8

  9. At the end of that time, a resurgent Gog's army will again attack Israel. They are totally burned up and then will be God's Great white Throne judgements on all people and angels.

Reference: Revised English Bible. Some verses abridged.

 

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Five Thousand Nine Hundred and Eighty Six Years and Counting.

God's 7000 year plan for the earth's inhabitants is now approaching the 6000 year point. There were 4000 years from Adam (BC 3970) to the commencement of Jesus' ministry. As Bible scholars are generally agreed that the Crucifixion took place in AD 33, then His time on earth of teaching, healing and preparing His disciples started in AD 29/30, 3½ years before the 1st April 33AD.

 

Luke 13:32 Listen, today and tomorrow, I shall be driving out demons and working cures and on the third day, I shall attain My goal.

This must be a prophecy, as in the next verse Jesus says;

Luke 13:33 However, I must go on My way this day, tomorrow and the next, then meet My death in Jerusalem.

A matching prophecy is in Hosea 6:2 After two days He will revive us, on the third, He will restore us, that we may live in His presence. So, there are two "days" that the people of the world must wait until the Lord Jesus comes into His Kingdom and restores us. Just before that, His people are 'revived ' by returning to the Land of New Israel.

In Psalm 90:4 and 2 Peter 3:8 A thousand years are as one day in the Lord's sight.

Therefore, the 'days' referred to in Luke 13:32 and Hosea 6:2 must be heavenly days and therefore: 1000 year earth periods.

 

As to where Jesus is now, we can't know what is happening in the heavenly realms, but, there are many instances of Jesus appearing to people who cry out to Him and who is it that does those miraculous healings? He appeared to Paul on the Damascus road.

John 5:17 My Father is always at work, to this very day and I too am working.

John 14:23 Anyone who loves Me will heed what I say.... we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.

Matthew 28:20 ... observe all that I have commanded you. I will be with you always, to the end of time.

Matthew 24:42 Keep awake, then, for you do not know what day the Lord shall come.

Mark 13:32 No one knows the day or the hour......

 

We have five possible ways of discerning the year when the Lord will appear in His glory and commence His Millennial reign.

  1. Two thousand years from AD29/30, the commencement of Jesus' ministry.

  2. The 7th year of the Sabbath year cycle falls on 2029/30

  3. 2030 is also the 40th Jubilee year from AD 70, the Roman conquest of Judah.

4. Ezekiel 4:6..40 year exile for Judah. Multiplied by 7x7 - Leviticus 26:23 & 27 and Isaiah 40:2. Equals 1960 years. From 70AD + 1960 = 2030 The Return of their King.

5. Logic: The world staggers on in its apostate and wicked ways. The many prophesied events still to occur before His Return must take place, so 14 years from 2016 seems a quite likely timeframe.

Isaiah 46:10 and Amos 3:7 both state that the Lord reveals His plans to His servants. It follows, therefore, that we, as His servants, by diligently searching His word, can find out and be warned of terrible coming events, to happen before the Return.

Daniel 12:9-10 .. the words kept secret until the time of the end....none of the wicked will understand, only the wise leaders will understand.

 

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Israel Redeemed 2014 ? Judah Redeemed 2030? 

Ezekiel 4:4-5 Next, lie on your left side, putting the weight of Israel's punishment on it, I ordain that you bear their punishment for 390 days, allowing one day for each year of their punishment.

Ezekiel 4:6 When you have completed these days, lie down again, this time on your right side, and bear Judah's punishment, I ordain for you 40 days, one day for each year.

This passage in Ezekiel has puzzled many people. Here is an explanation of it. The days ordained - 390 for Israel and 40 for Judah, each represent a year of their exile from the Land. But, because they still did not obey the Lord or keep their Covenant with Him, He multiplied the punishment by 7 for Israel - Leviticus 26:18 and for Judah 7 times 7. Leviticus 26:23&27, Isaiah 40:2...for the sins of Judah, double measure.

 

ISRAEL

The 390 day/years served by Ezekiel, multiplied by 7 = 2,730 years total exile. The Northern ten tribes of Israel were conquered by Assyria in 722BC, but their final deportation may have happened in 718/717 BC, after Sargon 2, [reigned from 721-705BC] defeated the Philistines, then he returned to Assyria with all his captives.  From there, they 'scattered among the nations', Deut 4:27-28, Ezekiel 34:5-6

Jeremiah 31:8-9 I shall bring the Israelites from the far ends of the earth...

 

JUDAH

The 40 day/years served by Ezekiel - multiplied by 7 times 7 = 1,960 years total exile. In 70AD, the Romans exiled the Jewish people, they scattered around the world. 1960 + 70 = 2030 when Judah returns in full to the Land, with King Jesus. 

Although some of the Jewish people have returned to a part of the Land, the prophecy in Jeremiah 12:14-17 says that they will be uprooted, along with the "evil neighbours", and only allowed back when they acknowledge Jesus as Messiah.

Luke 21:22-23 This is the time of retribution, when all that stands written is to be fulfilled...there will be great distress in the Land and a terrible judgement on this people. [the Jews, conquered by the Romans in 70AD]

Luke 21:24 They will fall by the sword and be carried captive into all countries and Jerusalem [the Land] will be trampled underfoot by Gentiles, until the day of the Gentiles has run its course. [The end of this age. The ten lost tribes are also referred to as gentiles]

Luke 21:27-28 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud, with power and great glory. When this happens, stand up- hold your heads high, because your liberation is near. [Judah rejoins Israel at the Return of Jesus, in 2030]

Isaiah 40:9-11 Proclaim to Judah: your God is here. Here is the Lord, coming to rule with His powerful arm. He will care for His flock. [The Return of Jesus in glory.]

Joel 3:1-2 When that time comes, on that Day when I reverse the fortunes of Judah, I shall gather all the nations together and bring them to the valley of Judgement. [Armageddon] There I will judge them concerning My people, Israel whom they scattered around the world and divided up My Land. Reference: REB verses abridged.

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The Time Is Coming 

We are living in very interesting times. Worldwide, there are natural and manmade events that cause terrible disasters and loss of life. 

Matthew 24:6 The time is coming when you hear of wars and rumours of wars. See that you are not alarmed. There will be wars, famines and earthquakes in many places. All these things are the birth pangs of the new age

Jeremiah 9:25-26 The time is coming, declares the Lord, when I will punish all who are circumcised only in the flesh - Egypt, Judah, Edom, Ammon and Moab and all who live in the desert areas. For all these nations are really uncircumcised, even the whole House of Israel is uncircumcised in heart.

Ezekiel 20:45-48 ....prophesy to the scrubland of the Negev; I am about to kindle a fire in you, it will consume anything flammable. From the Negev northward, everyone will be scorched by it.

Ezekiel 21:1-4 ...prophesy against the Land of Israel; I shall draw My sword and cut off from you both the righteous and wicked alike, everyone from the Negev northward.

Jeremiah 13:19-21 The Negev is besieged ...Judah is swept clean away.

 

Look! See those coming from the North, the flock that was entrusted to you. What will you say when the Lord sets over you those who were your allies?

Isaiah 9:18-19 Wicked men have been set ablaze. The Land is scorched and the people are food for the fire.

Jeremiah 21:14 Ishall punish you [Judah] as you deserve, says the Lord. I shall set fire to your scrubland; it will consume everything round about

Jeremiah 30:3The time is coming when I shall restore the fortunes of My people, both Judah and Israel and bring them back to take possession of the Land which I gave to their ancestors.

Jeremiah 30:4-7 This is what the Lord has said to Judah and Israel; cries of fear are heard - of terror, not peace. How awful that Day will be, none will be like it. It will be a time of trouble for Jacob [now, every true Christian is deemed to be Israelite] but he will come through it safely.

Jeremiah 30:10 Israel, do not despair, for I shall bring your posterity back from afar to live in peace and security. V22 So you will be My people and I will be your God.

 

Then to reiterate His judgement:

Jeremiah 30:23-24 See what a scorching wind has gone out from the Lord; a sweeping whirl wind which whirls around the heads of the wicked. The Lord's fierce anger is not to be turned aside until His purposes are accomplished.  The lord's Day of wrath; a CME sunstrike.L

In days to come, you will understand. 

Note in Jeremiah 9, the inclusion of Judah [the Jewish people] as being uncircumcised in their hearts, as well as the rest of the Israelites. Therefore all will face judgement before being allowed to re enter the Promised Land. Ezekiel 20:35-38

 

Ezekiel 20:39 ....in days to come, I shall punish you for your disobedience to Me.

Ezekiel 20:42 You will know I am the Lord, when I bring you home to the soil of Israel.   Before the Return of Jesus.

 

 

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Escape all these things? 

KJV Luke 21:34-36 Take heed, yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with the surfeit and cares of this life, so that the Day comes upon you unawares. For as a snare, it will come on all those that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch, ye, therefore and pray always that you may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass and so stand before the Son of Man.

NIV Be careful or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation and the anxieties and that Day will close on you unexpectedly, like a trap. For it will come upon all those who live on the face of the whole earth. Be always on the watch and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.

NET Be on your guard, so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and the worries of this life and that Day close down on you like a trap. For it will overtake all who live on the face of the earth. But stay alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that must happen and to stand before the Son of Man.

REB Be on your guard, do not let your minds be dulled by dissipation and worldly cares, so that the great Day catches you suddenly, like a trap. For that Day will come upon everyone, the whole world over. Be on the alert, praying at all times for the strength to pass through all that is coming and to stand in the presence of the Son of Man.

 

 This interesting Bible passage requires careful examination. It is obvious that it refers to the great Day of the Lord's vengeance and wrath - the next prophesied event, then eventually, how we will stand in the Presence of Jesus.

We are informed that ALL who live on the earth will experience this coming Day. Only those who are 'accounted worthy'or 'have the strength', will 'pass safely through'or 'escape all these things', 'that shall come to pass' or 'that must happen'.

So, this great Day of vengeance and wrath, will happen and judging by the current world situation, especially in the Middle East, that may be quite soon.

This Day 'will come upon everyone on earth', so it is incorrect to say that it is possible to 'escape all these things'. We will not be 'raptured', or taken to a 'place of safety' on that Day. We are told to pray for strength and stay alert during this terrifying time. Before it happens, in the short time that we have left of the present dispensation, we 'must not let worldly cares weighus down', so that the Day does not catch us without fore warning and unprepared. If you know what is coming, you are not shocked and terrified, you make preparations, you stay calm, trusting in God to keep you safe. Isaiah 30:15 Therefore the REB gives the correct translation.

 

To recap: many prophesies speak of this great and terrible Day of the Lord's vengeance and wrath, which will come suddenly and unexpectedly upon the whole world. What best fits the descriptions?

Nuclear explosions? No, because even a large bomb only destroys up to a certain radius.

Comet strike? Possible, as that would cause worldwide effects. This will happen during the

Tribulation period. Revelation 8:8-11.

Coronal mass ejection? Yes, a massive CME fits all the prophecies and does not leave radiation.

Isaiah 30:26a....the sun will shine with seven times its usual brightness, like seven days in one.....

No other explanation that a CME can be inferred from that prophecy. But then;

Isaiah 30:26b... on the Day the Lord heals His people....

The promise is given that on this Day, the Lord will save and protect His righteous people:

Joel 3:16 The Lord roars from Zion and thunders from Jerusalem, so that the heaven and the earth shudder, but He is a refuge for His people, a defence for Israel.

Read Psalm 107 for encouragement.

 

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Guide me, O Thou great Y'hovah,pilgrim through this barren Land.

I am weak, but Thou art mighty, hold me with thy powerful hand.

 

Hosea 2:14-23But now I shall woo her, [the Israelites, all the Christian people] lead her into the wilderness and speak words of encouragement to her. I shall break the weapons of war and bestow righteousness, justice, loyalty and love on them. The Land will prosper and they will be My new sowing in the Land [The holy Land, all the area promised to their forefathers.] I shall say to them: 'you are My people' and they will respond, saying: 'You are our God'. [Lead into the wilderness, not what happens at the Return of Jesus.]

Psalm 85:9 Deliverance is near for those who worship Him, so that His glory may dwell in our Land. [Be ready to move - those who worship the Lord.]

Isaiah 62:10 Go out, clear a road for My people, hoist a signal, see your deliverance.

Isaiah 11:11-16 The Lord will raise a banner - the enmity between Judah and Israel will cease.    Meet your brother and sister Israelites.

Ezekiel 34:11-16 Now I will search for My sheep and rescue them from where they were scattered on the Day of cloud and darkness. [After the Day of the Lord's vengeance and wrath.] I shall lead them out from all the different nations and gather them home. They will be ravaged no more.

Isaiah 66:20-21 From every nation, they will come, on every mode of transport.

Isaiah 49:8-13 In the time of My favour, I answered you, you are destined to be a light to the nations and to restore the Land. The Lord said to His people: go free. There will be plenty of pasture, they will neither hunger or thirst, the sun will not scorch them. The Lord will have pity and comfort for His people. [Wonderful promises for His Christian people]

Micah 4:6 I shall gather and restore the lost as a remnant, they will be turned into a mighty nation.    Not the present State of Israel.

Isaiah 48:20-21 My people, go out from Babylon, [foreign countries] proclaim the news to the ends of the earth: The Lord has redeemed His servant, Jacob [all Israelites] Though He led them through desert places, they suffered no thirst, He made water flow for them from the rock. [The Second Exodus, similar to the first, led by Jesus. 1 Cor. 10:4]

Isaiah 43:19-21 I am about to do something new... through the desert, I will make a way.

Isaiah 40:1-3 The term of bondage for My people is over: clear a way through the desert

Isaiah 35:1-10 Let the desert be glad, the Land will rejoice. Brace yourselves, My people, say to the anxious: Be strong! Fear not, your God comes to save you. A highway will appear in the desert and by that way, the Lord's people will return and enter Zion, with shouts of triumph. Great will be that Day!

Isaiah 55:11-13You will go out with joy and be led forth in peace. The Land will rejoice at your coming.

Psalm 68:7-10 The God of Israel goes before His people, marching through the barren wastes - the earth trembled and rain poured down.     Bring an umbrella!

Psalm 77:20 You guided Your people like a flock, shepherded by Moses and Aaron.     In the same way as Jesus did with ancient Israel.

Isaiah 42:16 Without fail, I shall lead the blind, give light and make straight the road.

Isaiah 30:21 If you stray from the road, whether right or left, you will hear a voice in your ears, saying: 'This is the way, follow it'.

Jeremiah 32:41 It will be a joy to Me to do them good. Psalm 147:1-6

Psalm 126:1-3When the Lord restored the fortunes of Israel, we were like people renewed in health, we sang for joy. Great things, indeed He has done for us, and we rejoiced.         Praise the Lord for redemption and salvation!

Ref: REB, Some verses abridged.

 

 

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Long have I restrained Myself..........

Isaiah 42:14-15.......I kept silence and held Myself in check. I shall lay waste to mountain and hill, dry up the trees and fields. I shall dry up the rivers and empty the lakes.

The Lord is about to act once again in His creation - The Lord's day of vengeance and wrath - the next prophesied, worldwide event. The first of a series of judgements and punishments to His enemies and blessings to His Righteous Christian people, Isaiah 44:1-3 - leading to the culmination of this age - the Return of Jesus.

 

Isaiah 42:13 The Lord will go forth as a warrior; He will shout His battle cry and will triumph over His enemies.

Isaiah 42:16-17 I will guide the blind along unfamiliar paths and will make the way smooth for them. But those who do not trust Me, they will be put to shame.

This is the regathering and settling of all the Christian peoples into the Land of Beulah.

Isaiah 42:10-12 Sing a new song to the Lord - throughout the world, you on the seas and you that inhabit the coasts and islands. Let all people give glory to God!

Isaiah42:18-20 Hear now: you deaf people, you My servants that are blind: look and see! Who is so blind as My servants? So deaf as the messengers that I send? You have seen much, but perceived little. Your ears are open but you hear nothing.

The Lord's servants - those who love Him and obey His Laws, fail to see or listen to the truths that are prophesied about these end times. Why is this?

Isaiah 29:9-12If you confuse yourselves, you will stay confused. For the Lord has poured on you a spirit of deep stupor, the prophetic vision of it all has become like the words in a sealed book.

How can we really understand what the prophets are telling us?

2 Peter 1:19 We have the word of the prophets, you do well to pay attention to it, as a light shining in a dark place and when the day dawns, it will illuminate your minds.

Isaiah 29:22-24 This is no time for Jacob [Righteous Israel] to be afraid, when they see what I will do for them, they will regard their God with awe. The confused will gain understanding and the obstinate will accept instruction.

So, it may not be until after the Lord has acted against His enemies, that His people will finally realize and understand His plans and purposes for them. Psalm 60:1-5

Zechariah 10:6-12 I shall give triumph and victory to Judah and Joseph and in My compassion, I shall restore them as though I had never cast them off. My people will see and be glad, for I will deliver them. I will whistle to call them in and they will be as many as they used to be. Though dispersed among the nations and yet in far off lands, they will remember Me. I shall bring them home from wherever they are and will lead them into Greater Israel, until there is no more room.

The Israelites's strength will be in the Lord, they will march proudly in His name.

Ref: REB, some verses abridged

 

The Lord's righteous Christian people, gathered and settled  into their heritage, soon after He judges and punishes His enemies. Jeremiah 12:14-17, Ezekiel 20:34-38, Isaiah 11:11-12

Unfortunately these events will come as a surprise to the secular world and to many Bible believers. Why should you be shocked and taken unawares by them?

 

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He who gathers the exiles of Israel

Isaiah 56:8 The Sovereign Lord declares, He who gathers the exiles of Israel: I will gather still others to them beside those already gathered. [NIV trans.]

Isaiah 56:8 This is the Word of the Lord, who gathers those driven out of Israel: I shall add to those already gathered. [REB trans.]

John 10:16 I have other sheep, those that are not of this sheepfold, I must bring them also. They, too will listen to My voice and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.

These verses, in Isaiah and John, explain how all the true Christian Israelites will be brought back to their own Land. They will be gathered and settled, then later, at the Return of Jesus, all the Lord's people, including the resurrected saints, will enjoy the Millennium. Matthew 24:31

 

Deuteronomy 30:1-10 When all these things have happened to you, if there among the nations where I have banished you - then you turn back to Me - then, I your God, will restore your fortunes. In My compassion, I will gather you from the ends of the earth and bring you home to the Land of your forefathers. I will give you a new heart, so that you will love and obey Me. You will become more numerous and prosperous than of old.

Ezekiel 34:11-31 ....I shall search for My sheep [the lost sheep of Israel: Matthew 15:24] and rescue them from where they have been scattered on the Day of cloud and darkness. [the Day of the Lord's vengeance and wrath] I will gather them and bring them back to their own country. I will judge them and separate the wicked from the righteous. They will live in peace and plenty, then they will know that, I their God, am with them and they are My People.[Before the Return of Jesus.]

Isaiah 10:20-21 On that Day, the survivors of Jacob will rely entirely on the Lord. A remnant will return, Israel - your people are like the sands of the sea, but only a remnant will come back into the Land. For the Lord has decreed judgement upon the whole earth. [All the world will be affected by a massive fires, storms and earthquakes of the Lord's Day of wrath.]

Isaiah 11:11-13 On that day, the Lord will exert His power a second time to recover the remnant of His people from all places of the earth. There will be no enmity between Israel and Judah. [The Second Exodus. Israel and Judah rejoined.]

Isaiah 14:1-2 The Lord will show compassion for Jacob and will once again make Israelites His choice. He will settle them in their heritage. Foreigners will join them as captives and help rebuild the cities. Isaiah 60:10

 

After the next prophesied event, the Lord's Day of vengeance and wrath, which will take place when the enemies of the State of Israel commence their attack, then 'in avery short time'the Land of Greater Israel will be regenerated.

Ezekiel 36:8 But you, Land of Israel, will put forth your branches and yield your fruit, for My people, Israel, as their homecoming is near.

 

It is clear, from all the verses above, that at this second stage of the regathering of His people back to the Land, [first stage - Judah in 1948] they will be Abrahams children by faith, that is: Christian believers, Isaiah 51:1-2,  scattered around the world. Who exactly they all are, only God knows, but He will motivate them to emigrate to New Israel. Everyone will be assigned to one of the twelve tribes and the 144,000 will be selected to go out and proclaim the coming Kingdom of Jesus.

Later, at the Return of Jesus, He will send His angels to gather His people and all those who have not taken the mark of the beast. This is the third and final gathering.

 

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Let us rejoice in His deliverance 

Isaiah 24:18b-23 The windows of the sky above are opened and earth's foundations shake, it is convulsed and reels wildly. The earth lurches like a drunkard because the sins of its inhabitants weigh heavily upon it.

On that Day the Lord will punish in heaven the host of heaven and on earth, the rulers of the earth. They are put in a prison, punished over many years.

The moon will grow pale and the sun will hide its face in shame, for the Lord reigns on Mount Zion, in Jerusalem. He is revealed in His glory to the elders of His people.

 

He is not revealed to all the world, as yet, so this must be before the Return.

This passage describes the Lord's Day of vengeance and wrath. On that Day - the rulers and the sinners on earth will be punished. The sun and moon are darkened because of fires and volcanic eruptions caused by a CME sunstrike, that will affect the whole world. But note that in Isaiah 30:26, it is also the Day that He saves His people, now we see that He reveals His glory to the leaders of Righteous Israel, who gather into the Land soon after this judgement. 2 Thessalonians 1:10

 

Isaiah 25:1-5 Y'hovah, you are my God, I shall praise Your Name, for You have done great things, long planned and sure. You have turned cities into heaps of ruin and made destruction over the land. For this many a cruel nation now treat You with awe. You have subdued the ruthless enemy, their war cries die away.

Truly You have been a refuge for the poor and needy in their distress, their shelter from the tempest and shade from the heat.

This next prophesied event: the Lord's Day of vengeance and wrath, will not destroy all of His enemies and sinners, but they will know that punishment has come upon them for their misdeeds. The poor and needy, is a metaphor for His people, Righteous Christian Israel, until they are brought back and settled into Greater Israel. They are promised protection from the heat flash and storms of this CME that the Lord will use to punish His enemies.

 

Isaiah 25:9 On that Day, the people will say: See - this is our God, we have waited for Him and He will deliver us. This is the God for whom we have waited, let us rejoice and exult in His deliverance.

Deuteronomy 32:43 Rejoice with Him, you heavens, all bow down before the Lord. For He will avenge the blood of His people and take vengeance on is enemies. He will punish those who hate Him and cleanse His peoples Land. Ref: REB verses abridged. 

 

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Scripture Index:-

Book: Page:

Genesis

Chapter 1-18 12

Numbers

24:15-24 112

 

Deuteronomy

10:15 24

19:8-9 24

29:29 24

30:1-10 24

32:1-43 56

32:36-41 97

32:31-43 102+112

33:26-29 42

 

1 Samuel

23:1- 13 227

2 Samuel

7:10-11 165

22:2-51 110

 

1 Kings

12:24 50

2 Kings

19:25-31 172

 

1 Chronicles

5:1-2 51

6:36-39 226

16:13 35

2 Chronicles

15:1-15 228

20:13-30 204

 

Job

31:2-6 229

Chaptrs.34-37 229

Psalms

2:7-9 105

5:11-12 202

18:7-15 25

22:23-25 97

32:6-7 28

37:1-40 99

37:3-5 192

37:13-15 102

47:2-4 152

48:11-14 43

58:10-11 161

60:1-5 166

60:1-12 77

68:24-31 27

68:1-35 168

69:32-36 161

69:35-36 43+165

74:1-23 48

76:1-3 109

77:1-20 157

78:1-9 157

80:14-19 161

81:13-15 39

83:1-18 102+ 38

83:1-18 39+ 92

85:1-13 47

105:1-5 55

107:1-43 127+ 28

110:1-7 105

112:1-10 202

126:1-3 43

144:1-15 104

147:2&19-20 42

 

Isaiah

1:1-31 72

2:6-22 100

3:1-9 102

3:1-26 88

4:1-6 88

4:3-6 126

6:9-10 1

10:17-27 88+ 132

11:11-13 164

11:11-16 142

12:1-6 142

13:1-22 142

14:1-32 45

17:1-14 93+34+ 121

19:1-20 94+ 95

21:1-10 86

21:13-17 94

22:1-14 86

24:1-23 26

26:1-21 152

26:20-21 29

27:1-12 147

29:5-6 103

29:10-24 205

29:1-24 98

29:10-24 210

29:20-23 121

30:26-33 108

30:1-30 156

31:1-9 206

32:1-20 145

32:1-20 46

33:1-12 34

33:1-24 155

34:1-17 107

35:1-10 102+ 145

40:27-31 209

40:1-31 79

41:8-20 209

41:1-10 164

41:1 61

42:9-25 76

42:18-20 11

43:1-13 76

43:10-12 5+ 164

45:19-25 9

46:3-13 9

48:1-21 71

49:14-23 43

49:1-13 143

51:1-2 60+ 61

51:11 164

52:1-14 140

54:1-17 144

55:1-13 208

56:1-8 159

58:12-14 164

60:1-22 137

60:8-9 19

61:1-11 158

62:10-12 164

63:1-6 108+ 129

65:1-16 153

66:1-14 141

65:9-12 164

66:12-24 74

66:15-16 25

66:15-24 101+ 138

66:18-21 59+ 159

 

Jeremiah

1:5-19 80

2:1-19 80

3:11-25 139

3:14-18 189

8:6-12 33

8:5-12 84

9:23-26 93+ 202

10:1-25 75

12:1-17 89

12:14-17 113

12:14-17 29

13:11-27 85

16:14-19 18+ 65

18:1-10 83

19:3-11 83

21:11-14 33

29:17-24 63+ 108

30:3-10 161

30:3-11 101

30:23-24 130

30:1-24 67

30:26-33 108

31:1-40 65+ 130

31:17-20 78

31:15-16 66

32:1-44 44

33:6-16 132

33:1-36 44+ 68

46:27-28 171

48:2-6 171

49:1-8 94

49:7-39 171

49:35-39 93

50:1-20 171

 

Ezekiel

Chapters. 1-12 69

6:8-14 128

7:2-9 108+ 153

11:1-17 52

11:16-20 128

14:21-23 153

16:52-63 82+ 145

20:34-47 128

20:30-48 57+ 115

20:34-46 70+ 84

21:1-32 90

21:4-13 82+ 84

21:25-32 68

25:15-17 93

28:24-26 42+ 170

29:8-16 95

34:11-3 132

36:1-23 42+ 134

36:24-37 135

Chpt. 36 136

37:11-13 61

37:1-28 58+ 167

Chpts.38-39 191-193

38:8 195

38:19-22 192

39:21-29 167+ 201

Daniel

9:24-27 226+ 196

11:21-35 40

12:1-3 150

12:9-10 240

 

Hosea

Book of Hosea 181

2:19-23 53+ 145

3:4-5 65

6:1-3 133

8:8-14 126+ 199

14:1-9 154

 

Joel

2:1-11 116

2:1-27 194

3:1-21 7

 

Amos

1:3-10 93

1:13-15 94

8:1-14 62

9:1-15 62

9:13-15 169

 

Obadiah

15-21 111

 

Micah

Book of Micah

183-185

2:12-13 200

4:1-12 102+ 169

5:2-3 66

7:8-13 58

7:9-20 166

Nahum

1:1-15 106

Habakkuk

3:1-19 177

Zephaniah

Book of Zephaniah

175

1:4-6 81

Haggai

Book of Haggai 182

2:6-9 190

Zechariah

1:8-21 58

6:1-12 34

8:2-23 188

8:9-15 125

9:13-16 24+ 124

9:9-17 109+ 163

10:1-12 52+ 122

12:1-9 92

13:7-9 34

14:1-3 27+ 40

 

Malachi

3:16-18 64

4:1-6 64+ 116

 

Matthew

21:38-43 82

24:4-8 102

24:29-31 17+ 114

24:32-34 22

25:31-34 23

27:25 81

 

Luke

12:32-40 129

13:32-35 27

18:8 200

John

14:1 174

Acts

3:17-26 166

3:19-24 165+ 208

 

Romans

2:9-11 14

4:23-24 60

8:18 174

9:14-33 149+ 214

11:25-27 28

12:11-13 150

1 Corinthians

2:7-9 133

Galatians

4:22-31 66

Ephesians

2:19-22 18

Philippians

1:9-11 14

Colossians

1:9-12 19

 

1 Thessalonians

4:15-17 198

5:1-9 1+ 22

2 Thessalonians

1:6-9 115

1:7-10 25+ 114

2:3-4 186

 

2 Timothy

3:1-5 17+ 102

3:1-16 205

4:1-5 205

 

Hebrews

10:12-27 105

James

5:7-11 14

 

1 Peter

1:5 14

4:7-19 150+ 162

2 Peter

2:9 55

3:3-18 20-21

 

Revelation

3:10 17

7:3-8 59

12:4-5 66

12:13-17 40+ 199

13:5-10 40

14:1-7 59

19:11-21 25

 

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