False Sense of Safety

From Now to Armageddon

Special Prophecy Update Number 138A

September 20, 2003

From Now to Armageddon Series

Headed for a False Peace

Phase 1A

In Prophecy there are many things that involve, at best, pure speculation, based largely on the opinion of the one doing the speculating.  However, there are certain things that leave little to the imagination, and are based upon the occurrence of events in specified chronological order, with the actual time of fulfillment being the element still based on speculation.  In this series, which begins with Phase 1, I plan to cover the chronological sequence of the events that will occur from the time the false peace in the land of Israel begins until the Second Advent of Christ at the end of the battle of Armageddon.

The Scriptures are very clear that a false peace must come to Israel before the attack of the antichrist from the north.  Paul classified himself as a Pharisee of the Pharisees, a Hebrew of the Hebrews, circumcised the eighth day of the tribe of Benjamin, and he studied at the feet of the Jewish Sage Gamaliel.  So, in point, he was not ashamed of his lineage, and loved his people dearly, at one point in Scripture expressing the willingness that he himself was willing to be cursed that this people might be saved.

Romans 10:1 – Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.

Romans 9:3 – For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh:

And there is no question that Paul believed all Israel to be considered in unbelief by God.  It is for these reasons that I believe I Thessalonians 5:3 is referring primarily to Israel.  I acknowledge that it can be applied to all who are in unbelief, both Jew and Gentile, but I believe his basic intent was its application to Israel.  While I do not believe it is possible to be certain of the exact time of the coming of Jesus for the saved, we are not the children of darkness, and it should not be a complete surprise if we are “watching” for it.  And a part of “watching” for it entails watching the prophetic events being fulfilled in Israel.

I Thessalonians 5:5,6 – Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. [6] Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

Mark 13:36,37 – Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. [37] And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.

I Thessalonians 5:3,4 – For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. [4] But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

“That day” cannot come until Israel actually believes it does have “Peace and safety,” and there is no way under heaven that Israel will ever believe it does until it thinks it can control the maintenance of it.  Israel will complete their security fence, wall, and trenches around the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, and then a false peace will be forced upon the Palestinians.  Israel will confine them within this great wall enclosure, and let them have their own state on Israel’s terms.  With all the terrorist groups inside the security zone, Israel will then believe it can have “Peace and safety.”  If the terrorists should be able to penetrate the security zone, or exterior borders of Israel facing its Arab neighbors, then Israel would retaliate with air strikes again suspected terrorist zones inside the security zone.  With its own population on the safe side of the wall, it would not have to fear the reaction of terrorists within it, and it would not take long for the Palestinian Authority to finally take direct action against Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and the al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades, for the self-defense of its own population.

This would indeed lull Israel into a false sense of safety.  Israel really has little fear of an outside attack from its Islamic neighbors, having soundly defeated them in three wars in 1948, 1967, and 1973.  However, it would create a most favorable military situation for the Arab nations.  For the first time, Israel would have hostile nations both within and without.  The security fence would keep the terrorist groups from their deadly work, but I assure you that it could not stop a planned massive breakout by all the Palestinian forces.  Any military commander would tell you that an enemy without is one thing, but having one within and without is a military nightmare.

I am convinced we are headed for a “forced” false peace in Israel.  Any negotiations are going to be on terms that will be largely dictated by Israel.  In Phase 1B I will be discussing the antichrist’s mindset to this period of time when Israel truly believes it has “Peace and safety.”

Ezekiel 38:10 – Thus saith the Lord God; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought:

Special Prophecy Update Number 138B

September 21, 2003

From Now to Armageddon Series

Headed for a False Peace

Phase 1B

In Phase 1A I elaborated fully on I Thessalonians 5:3, presenting a scenario of how Israel would be led into a sense of false security by a forced peace it would place on the Palestinians by confining them behind am encircling security wall.

I Thessalonians 5:3 – For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

But it will be a false peace, which the antichrist will end by a lightning surprise jihad attack from the north.  The Scriptures which follow describe his mindset, and plan of deceit he will employ in launching the attack that causes a “sudden destruction to come upon” Israel like lightning from a southward moving tornado, which heads toward a land that believes it dwells in safety.

Ezekiel 38:8 – After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.

Israel will have the Palestinians walled in, but Israeli cities will be outside the wall, unwalled cities vulnerable to a planned Jihad from the north.  The planned Jihad will be a direct result of his own evil thoughts.

Ezekiel 38:10,11 – Thus saith the Lord God; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought: [11] And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates,

Based on this evil thought of the antichrist, the Lord has Ezekiel ask him this rhetorical question, which begs an obvious answer, giving assurance that the antichrist will most certainly know Israel dwells safely, because he has been instrumental in lulling them into a false sense of safety.

Ezekiel 38:14 – Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, Thus saith the Lord God; In that day when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it?

The second rider on the Red horse in Revelation is most certainly a symbol of war and bloodshed by weapons of war.  When Israel finally presents a scenario, regardless of how it is reached, such that the rest of the world sees what it believes to be peace in the Middle East, then it will be taken away by the rider on the red horse, and will not come again until Jesus returns to end the battle of Armageddon, and bring true peace to the earth for 1000 years.

Revelation 6:4 – And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.

The bloodiest and most horrific effects of the tribulation period will be felt across one-fourth of the earth, which I believe will be the known world at the time John wrote the book of Revelation. “Them” in Revelation 6:8 does refer back to three of the riders, namely, the red horse rider (sword), the black horse rider (hunger), and the pale horse rider (death), and indicates that they will be affecting one-fourth of the earth.  Several writers have declared this mean one-fourth of the world’s population, which now stands in excess of six billion, but the Greek word translated “earth” is “ges,” and is used to mean an area of the earth, not the population of the earth.  By the time the battle of Armageddon is finished, much more than one-fourth of the world’s population will have been depleted.

Revelation 6:8 – And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

In Phase 2A we will cover the character and initial attack of antichrist against Israel as the willful king of the north in Daniel 11:36.

Daniel 11:36 – And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.

Special Prophecy Update Number 138C

September 22, 2003

From Now to Armageddon Series

Initial Attack of Antichrist Against Israel

Phase 2A

In Phases 1A and 1B I exposited on “Heading for a False Peace,” the false peace itself, and how it would end with the attack of the antichrist from the north.  He is the willful king of the north, who dominates Daniel 11:36-45, and some sections of Daniel 7, as the eleventh little horn, who rises out of the revived southern flank of the ancient Roman Empire.  He will attack the saints of Israel, who were the “saints” at the time of Daniel’s writings, and will prevail against them.

Daniel 11:36 – And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvelous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.

Daniel 7:20,21 – And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows. [21] I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;

Antichrist will prevail against Israel for three and one-half prophetic years.   A “time” equals one year, “times” equals two years, and the “dividing of time” equals half a year, for a total of three and on-half prophetic years.  A prophetic year has 360 days.

Daniel 7:25 – And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

He will enter into the glorious land of Israel from the north and conquer it from Dan to Beersheba, bypassing Jordan, and then head southwest to take over Egypt and the Suez Canal. He will subdue, or being into subjection, other countries around Egypt.

Daniel 11:41,43 – He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon. [42] He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape. [43] But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.

He will drive the Israelis to Beersheba, and southward into the Negev, which extends to the Gulf of Aqabah, and makes up more than one-third of the total land area of present day Israel.  It will be a terrible slaughter, with two-thirds of the Jewish population being killed, but the remainder, some 1.7 to 1.9 million, will flee and/or fly into the vast Negev Wilderness, and will be “left therein” for some three and one-half prophetic years, which is 1260 days, or a time, times, and half a time.

Zechariah 13:8 – And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.

Revelation 12:6,14 – And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.  [14] And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.

I will continue to elaborate on antichrist’s initial attack against Israel and other countries in Phase 2B of this series.

Special Prophecy Update Number 138D

September 24, 2003

From Now to Armageddon Series

Initial Attack of Antichrist Against Israel

Phase 2B

I closed Phase 2A of this series by stating that I would continue to elaborate on antichrist’s initial attack against Israel and other countries in Phase 2B.

The King of the North from Daniel 11:36 to 45, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal in Ezekiel 38 and 39, the Assyrian in Micah 5, the beast in Revelation 17:12,13, who leads the 10 toes of Daniel 2:42, and the eleventh horn of Daniel 7:20-22, are all one and the same person, namely, the antichrist.  His attack will be sudden, and his advance to the south will be swift.  His armies will sweep southward to cover the land from Dan to Beersheba like a rapidly moving thunderstorm cloud.

Ezekiel 38:3 – And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: (See Prophecy Updates 27 & 28 in Archives)

Ezekiel 38:9 – Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.

Daniel 11:40 – And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.  (See Prophecy Updates 46 and 85A in Archives)

Micah 5:5 – And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men. (See Prophecy Updates 67 to 69 in Archives)

Revelation 17:12,13 – And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. [13] These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.

Daniel 2:42 – And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.

Daniel 7:20-22 – And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows. [21] I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; [22] Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.  (See Prophecy Update 54 in Archives)

The antichrist will lead a coalition of nine Arab nations that will attack the northern border of Israel, and one which will attack Israel from within its internal border with the newly created Palestinian state.  The loss of life among the Israelis will be staggering, with only one-third of the population, about 1.7 to 1.9 million, being able to make it to the safety of the Negev war contingency area of evacuation.  They will remain there for some three and one half years then, as Daniel indicated in 7:22, they will pass through God’s judgment, and possess the old land grant promised to Abraham.  They will again be God’s people, and he will be their God.

Zechariah 13;8,9 – And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. [9] And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God.

The ten horns on Daniel’s fourth beast, on the first and second beasts of Revelation, the dragon of Revelation, and the ten toes of Daniel’s statue, all represent ten Arab nations that will attack Israel, and pin them down in the Negev wilderness for three and on-half prophetic years.

The next Update in this series will cover the fall of the city of Jerusalem, and associated events.

Special Prophecy Update Number 138E

September 25, 2003

From Now to Armageddon Series

The Fall of Jerusalem

Phase 3

The city of Jerusalem has fallen to many foreign troops throughout the centuries of its existence.  The Messiah prophesied it would fall to the Romans, and remain in Gentile hands for the period of time known as the “times of the Gentiles.”  The prophecy referred solely to the city and its temple mount, and how long both would remain under Gentile control.

Luke 21:24 – And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

Jerusalem did indeed fall to the Roman Army of Titus in 70 A.D., but Gentile military control, “the times of the Gentiles”, was ended for it in June of 1967, when it was taken from Jordan by the armies of Israel.  However, the Scriptures indicate it will again fall to the antichrist for a period of some 42 prophetic months, or 1260 days, after which it will be retaken at the end of the final battle of Armageddon by the power of the returning Messiah.

Revelation 11:2 – But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.

The actual conquest of Jerusalem will be sheer horror for its Jewish inhabitants, and many will be led away for torture and slaughter, but the Lord gives the assurance that a remnant will escape, and will not be permanently cut off from the city, but will one day come back to drive out those who drove them out.  Jerusalem, which sets in the midst of the land of Israel, will be the place where the conquering armies divide the spoil.  The slaughter of two-thirds of the population will include the citizens of Jerusalem, but some of them in the city will escape and become a part of the one-third that makes it into the Negev.  They will return 42 months later as the residue (remnant) of Jerusalemites that retake their city, and God shall be their God, and they will be his people, for a thousand years on this present earth.

Zechariah 13:8 to 14:2 – And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. [9] And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God. [1] Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. [2] For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall NOT be cut off from the city.

There are several different words translated as “cut-off.”  This one is “karath,” which means, “utterly cut off, cut off forever.”  It is telling the Jewish inhabitants of the city they will NOT be cut off forever, but will return, when God beings them back some 42 months later, from the Negev, as a conquering people led by the power of their God.  Israel is indeed going to be put through fiery testing like refined gold and silver, but when its testing is finished it will take Jerusalem by the power of its God, the returned Son of God, their Messiah.

Zechariah 12:8,9 – In that day shall the Lord defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the Lord before them. [9] And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

Revelation 16:16 – And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

This will be the time when “the fullness of the Gentiles” iniquities finally runs over the brim of the tolerance of God, and he turns back to Israel when they see the light of his Son coming in glory.

Romans 11:25 – For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

Luke 21:27 – And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

From Now to Armageddon Series Phase 4-9

SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 140A

October 4, 2003

From Now to Armageddon Series

In the Negev Wilderness Protected by God

Phase 4

Only one third of Israel’s Jewish population will make it into the Negev wilderness, where they will remain for the last 1260 days of the tribulation period.  They will come out at the battle of Armageddon, retake Jerusalem, and go as far north as Hamath in Syria, as far west as the River of Egypt and the Mediterranean Sea coast, and as far east as the Euphrates River.  About 1.7 to 1.9 million will go the Negev, some 70% will fly, and the other 30% will go by surface transportation or on foot.  This will leave one third of the woman Israel “therein” the present borders south of Beersheba, and the antichrist in control of the rest of the land from Dan to Beersheba.

Zechariah 13:8 – And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.

About 30% of the Israeli population lives east of the coastal plain from Tel Aviv to Haifa.  They will go into the Negev via land routes.

Revelation 12:6 – And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

About 70% of the Israeli population lives on the coastal plain from Tel Aviv to Haifa.  They will be taken into the Negev via a massive airlift.

Revelation 12:14 – And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.

Time, and times and half a time = 1 yr + 2 yrs + ½ yr = 3 and ½ prophetic years = 1260 days

The 1260 days are finished when Armageddon ends with the Second Advent of the Messiah, at which time Israel again becomes the people of their God.  God will extend his grace to the one-third that were driven into the Negev wilderness by the sword of antichrist, and will give them a promised rest and peace of a thousand years.  In the same city that he declared them to be spiritually desolate when they crucified his Son, and said they were no longer his children, there he will declare them to be restored as his children.  His Son will reign and rule over them, and all the earth under the heavens, for a thousand years.

Zechariah 13:9 – And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God.

Jeremiah 30:22 to 31:2 – And ye shall be my people, and I will be your God. [23] Behold, the whirlwind of the Lord goeth forth with fury, a continuing whirlwind: it shall fall with pain upon the head of the wicked. [24] The fierce anger of the Lord shall not return, until he have done it, and until he have performed the intents of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it. [1] At the same time, saith the Lord, will I be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be my people. [2] Thus saith the Lord, The people which were left of the sword found grace in the wilderness; even Israel, when I went to cause him to rest.

Hosea 1:10,11 – Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God. [11] Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel be gathered together, and appoint themselves one head, and they shall come up out of the land: for great shall be the day of Jezreel.

Daniel 7:14,27  – And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed. [27] And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.

Luke 1:30-33 – And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. [31] And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. [32] He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: [33] And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 140B

October 6, 2003

From Now to Armageddon Series

Composition of the Confined Woman Israel

Phase 5

The latest horrific homicide bombing in Haifa is another nail driven into the resolve of the woman Israel to continue her building of a long security fence between herself and the Palestinians.  All of this will make it much easier for Israel to justify continuing the fence, and will eventually bring in the “forced” false peace on the Palestinians, which must precede the attack of the antichrist that breaks it, and results in his driving one-third of the woman Israel into the Negev wilderness.

I have covered the driving of the woman Israel into the Negev wilderness, and discussed many things associated with some of the things that will happen to her from the time of the initial attack against her, until she roars out some three and one-half prophetic years later.  Israel will be confined there, but protected by God’s preparing it for them, for a time, times, and half a time.  They will be given into the antichrist’s hand in the sense that he will have them confined to the Negev wilderness, much as they were for 40 years under Moses.  So what will be the composition of the one-third, or 1.7 to 1.9 million Israelis, that made it safely into the Negev?

Daniel 7:25 – And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

The woman in Revelation 12 represents the entire one-third that survived the attack.  She herself represents a remnant of Israel.

Zechariah 13:8 – And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.

Revelation 12:5,6 – And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. [6] And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

The seed of the woman Israel, through Judah, David, Zerubbabel, and Heli, the Father of the virgin Mary, is the man child, Jesus Christ.  He is her seed and he has a spiritual seed. He has a seed made up of 144,000 born again Jews, which are a part of the 1.7 to 1.9 million.  His seed consists of a believing remnant of 144,000 that live among a much larger remnant of unbelieving Israelis.

Revelation 12:17 – And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.  [17] And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

The remnant of her seed, Jesus Christ, are 144,000 born again Israelites, who were sealed in that condition to survive physical death, so that they could be a part of the one-third in the wilderness, for the purpose of giving the testimony of Jesus Christ to unbelieving Israelites.

Revelation 7:4 – And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.

And, among the 144,000, will be the two witnesses.  They will proclaim a message of repentance to Israel in sackcloth, urging them to repent of their sins and their rejection of their Messiah, and to put their faith in him alone to be saved by grace through faith.  It will be basically the same message Paul preached to both Jew and Gentile.

Revelation 11:3 – And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.

Acts 20:20,21 – And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house, [21] Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

So, in the Negev wilderness, for 1260 days, there will be 1.7 to 1.9 million Israelites.  Among them will be 144,000 believing Israelites, and among them will be the two witnesses of God.

In Phase 6 I will attempt to elaborate on the interactions between these residents, what will happen to them while they are there, and what the final effect will be on all of them by the end of Armageddon.

SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 140C

October 6, 2003

From Now to Armageddon Series

Jihad Setup – Homicide Bomber & Syrian Air Strike

See Prophecy Updates 74D, 79D, and 92A in Archives

A Woman, Her Seed’s Remnant, and Two Witnesses

Phase 6

Earlier this week, in Prophecy Update 139C, I described how Palestinian terrorist groups had helped Israel welcome in the Feast of Trumpets, the Jewish New Year, by killing three Israelis, one of which was a baby.  On Saturday they again helped Israel bring in another of its many feasts, the most Holy Day of Atonement, this time with a female homicide bomber in Haifa, who left some 19 dead, and about 60 wounded by her disregard for human life.  Several babies were among the dead and injured.  This will only result in Israel being more determined to quickly finish its security wall to being in a “forced” false peace it thinks it can maintain.  And this false peace will be broken by a lightening, surprise attack from the north that will drive a remnant of Israel into the Negev.

Before this false peace is put in place there will be many secret meetings held between Syria and selected other Islamic nations to discuss and plan for such an attack.  Yesterday’s air strike against an Islamic Jihad terror camp inside the borders of Syria, has set the stage for what I predicted in Prophecy Updates 74D, 79D, and 92A in our Prophecy Archives.  Please consult these updates for what I expect to happen in the next four years between Israel and Syria, which will lead to a Jihad before 2008.  I do not expect this Israeli air attack to produce a Jihad in the near future, but it is establishing a pattern, which will eventually cause the king of the south (Israel), to push against the king of the north (Syria).  And, much to the great surprise of the mighty king of the south, he will see the king of the north, backed by 10 Arab nations, push into his glorious holy land all the way to Beersheba.

Daniel 11:40,41 – And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over. [41] He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.

Phase 5 ended with the woman of Revelation 12 in the Negev wilderness. She represents a large remnant of between 1.7 to 1.9 million Israelis that survived the attack of Zechariah 13:8.  And about 92% of them will not believe that Christ is their Messiah.

Zechariah 13:8 – And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.

Revelation 12:6 – And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

Her seed was Jesus Christ, the Messiah, and his seed is made up of 144,000 believing Jews, which make up the other 8%. They were sealed as his followers, before the attack, from suffering physical death during the attack, so that they might witness to the 92% of unbelievers during the 1260 days the woman will be confined in the Negev wilderness.  They have the testimony of Jesus Christ and keep his commandments, and among them are the two witnesses.

Revelation 7:4 – And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.

Revelation 12:17 – And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Revelation 11:3 – And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.

The resurrection of the two witnesses occurs just before the blowing of the seventh trumpet, and marks the close of the second woe.  The seventh trumpet is the third woe, and is followed by the seven vials of God’s wrath.

Revelation 11:11,12 – And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. [12] And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.

The two witnesses will go to Jerusalem knowing they are going to be killed by the antichrist, and then resurrected from the dead after three and one-half days.  They will have so informed the Woman Israel, and the remnant of her seed, the 144,000.  When the 144,000 see what they predicted come to pass, they will give glory to God, and be raptured shortly thereafter on the sounding of the seventh trumpet.  A lost person does not give glory to God.

Revelation 11:13 – And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.

They will be caught out at the same time as all the saved, on the blowing of the seventh trumpet, and the saved in the kingdoms of this world will be separated from them, and all will be in the place of the heavenly kingdom.  It is the place of Christ’s judgment seat, and there all the saved will be judged before the vials of God’s wrath are poured out on those who destroy the morality of earth.

Revelation 11:15 – And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

Revelation 11:18 – And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.

SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 140D

October 7, 2003

From Now to Armageddon Series

The Rapture

Phase 7

I have already exposited on the resurrection of the two witnesses, which occurs prior to the seventh trumpet. A great earthquake follows their resurrection to end the second woe.  The great earthquake will be immediately followed by the rapture of the 144,000 sealed Israelites, along with all the saved, at the trumpet’s sound, prior to the pouring out of God’s seven vials of wrath.  At this time, with all the saved of all the ages safely in heaven, God will pour out his wrath on those left behind, and all the kingdoms of this world become his, bought back by the blood of the Lamb.  The mystery of God, introduced by Paul, will be finished when the seventh angel sounds.

I Corinthians 15:51 – Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

Revelation 10:7 – But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

I Corinthians 15:52 – In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

I Thessalonians 4:16,17 – For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

Revelation 11:15 – And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

The 24 Elders represent Old and New Testament saints, chosen by God for their faithfulness, probably 12 from the Old Testament, and 12 from the New Testament.  It is the time of Christ’s judgment seat for the saved of the two Testaments.

Revelation 11:16-18 – And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, [17] Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned. [18] And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.

For a complete exposition of verse 18, and all the events associated with the rapture, please see Prophecy Updates 73D, 74A, 76, and 82A in our Prophecy Archives.

Just as the way into the Holy of Holies, where God dwelt, was opened to all who would receive his Son as Messiah when Christ paid the price for their sins on the cross, so will the temple be open in heaven after the judgment to all those who did.  His death and the rapture were both marked by an earthquake.

Matthew 27:50,51 – Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. [51] And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;

Revelation 11:19 – And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.

In Phase 8, I will elaborate on the period of time from the rapture on the seventh trumpet to the end of what is called the final battle of Armageddon.

SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 141A

October 11, 2003

From Now to Armageddon Series

From the Rapture to Armageddon

Phase 8

I covered the events before, during, and after the rapture in Phase 7.  Shortly before the rapture, the antichrist will return to Jerusalem from Egypt.  Upon arresting the two witnesses, he will sit on the temple (hieron) mount in his own human body temple (naos), attempting to prove to himself and all mankind that is God.  (See Prophecy Update 52 in our Prophecy Archives)

2 Thessalonians 2:4 – Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple (naos) of God, shewing himself that he is God.

Daniel 11:45 – And he shall plant the tabernacles (ohel) of his palace (appeden) between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.

Ohel = tents = the millions of tents of his vast army.

Appeden = Portable command post for royalty

(See Prophecy Updates 51 and 52)

His end was prophesied in Daniel 11:36, and it will be completed by the indignation described in Daniel 12:1.  It will be accomplished by the power of God, which is the reason none can “help him.”

Daniel 11:36 – And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.

Daniel 12:1 – And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

When he claims to be God on the temple mount, sitting in a sinful temple body of flesh, after having killed the two witnesses, he will watch them ascend into heaven, a great earthquake will occur, then the seventh trumpet will sound, the rapture of all the saved will occur, and then all hell will break loose as the vials of wrath are poured out on the earth.  The “time of trouble” will be when God’s vials of wrath empty out.

Matthew 24:21 – For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

Revelation 16:1 – And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.

The “indignation” predicted in Daniel 11:36 will make it such that “none shall help him” in Daniel 11:45, because it will be God conducting the indignation described in Daniel 12:1, and the indignation will be completed in Revelation 19:19-21, when the antichrist, false prophet, and his armies are destroyed.

Revelation 19:19-21 – And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. [20] And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. [21] And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.

In Phase 9 I will elaborate on Armageddon, and many events associated with it.

SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 141B

October 12, 2003

From Now to Armageddon Series

The Battle of Armageddon

Phase 9

I closed Phase 8 with the antichrist sitting on the temple mount in Jerusalem claiming to be God.  He had killed the two witnesses, watched them resurrected to ascend to heaven, and gone through the earthquake that followed.

Daniel 11:45 – And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.

It is at his point, that he, as Satan incarnate in a sinful temple (naos) of flesh, sends out the call for all nations to come to Jerusalem and join him in the final destruction of God’s chosen people, the remnant of Israel confined in the Negev wilderness.  It is a spiritual demonic call from the vocal cords of the Satanic trinity, Satan the father, antichrist the son, and the false prophet as the unholy spirit.

Revelation 16:13-16 – And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. [14] For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. [15] Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. [16] And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

It is the time of which the Prophet Joel spoke in his vivid description of God’s great final battle that ends the age of the Gentiles.  And Joel closes his description of it with God’ promise to Israel that when Armageddon is over, he will be the one who has brought them through it, and will again be their God.

Joes 3:9-17 – Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up: [10] Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong. [11] Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O Lord. [12] Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about. [13] Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great. [14] Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision. [15] The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. [16] The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the Lord will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel. [17] So shall ye know that I am the Lord your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more.

The Assyrian of Micah 5:6 will be destroyed to close the battle of Armageddon, and Israel will drive north into Syria, and east to the Euphrates River to claim the old Abrahamic Land Grant for a thousand years, and peace will exist over all the earth.  (See Prophecy Updates 62 to 69 in our Prophecy Archives)

Micah 5:6 – And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof: thus shall he deliver us from the Assyrian, when he cometh into our land, and when he treadeth within our borders.

Micah 4:3-5 – And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. [4] But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the Lord of hosts hath spoken it. [5] For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever.

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