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“…and every eye will see Him…”

Part 1

Rev. 1:7 Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see/gaze upon Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will wail because of Him. Even so, Amen.

How will it be that every eye will see Jesus Christ at His Coming? What do the Scriptures tell us?

According to Zech 12:10, “they who who pierced him” will include many of the living, apparently because of their continued rejection of Jesus as Messiah up to the very instant that they see him:

Zech 12:10 “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplications; and they will look intently toward Me whom they pierced, and they will mourn over Him as one mourns over the only son, and grieve over Him as one grieves over the firstborn.”

However, Matthew 26:64 says that ones who are now among the dead – those who literally caused him to be pierced – will also see him:

Matt 26:63 And the high priest answered and said to Him, “I put You under oath by the living God: Tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God!” 64 Jesus said to him, “It is as you said. Nevertheless, I say to you, hereafter you will see/gaze upon the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

Now, “every eye” certainly did not see Jesus ascend from the Mount of Olives. Acts 1:9-10 That event was only seen by his disciples. Therein lies a clue as to their type of vision. Here are a more scriptural clues to consider:

1 John 3:2 Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not yet been manifested what we shall be; but we know that when He shall be manifested, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.

1 Cor. 13:12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.

Luke 12:2 “For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known. 3 Therefore whatever you have spoken in the dark will be heard in the light...”

2 Thes. 1:7 ...when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels... 8 ...those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ... 9 ...shall be punished with everlasting destruction apo/away from the Face of the Lord and apo/away from the glory of His power, 10 when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe...

What I see in these passages is this: when the Lord appears, “every eye will see him.” The Greek word for “see” here is “optanomai: to gaze upon, i.e. with wide-open eyes, as at something remarkable.” (Strong's G3700) In short, everyone will be awe-struck. For those of us who love Him and have prepared ourselves for this moment, our spirits will move into His Spirit, “we shall [then] be like Him,” and be caught up to Him.

But for those who have not loved Him, or have not been prepared for this sight, they will be struck with fear and shame. This is why “all the tribes of the earth will mourn/wail because of Him,” and be removed away from His Face. More on that later.

 

WilliamL

Matthew 24:15-30; Daniel 11:40-12:2; 2 Thessalonians 2; Numbers 24:24

Let's put these closely related prophecies together:

Matt 24:15 “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in a holy place... 21 then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been... 29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days...the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 ...and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.”

Dan. 11:40At the time of the end the king of the South shall attack him; and the king of the North shall come against him like a whirlwind... [41-43 enter and occupy the Holy Land; subdue Egypt, Libya, and Cush (prob. = Sudan); but not subdue or occupy Edom/Moab/Edom (= the whole or parts of the current nations of Jordan and Saudi Arabia) 44 But news from the east [towards Iraq and Iran] and the north [towards Russia and/or Turkey] shall trouble him... 45 And he shall plant the tents of his pavilion between the seas at the glorious holy mountain; but he shall come to his end, and no one will help him. 12:1 “At that time Michael shall stand up, ...And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was... 2 And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake..."

2 Thes 2:1 ...concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him... 3 that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the Son of Perdition, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called a god or that is worshiped, so that he sits as a god in the naos/holy place/sanctuary of God, showing himself that he is a god. ... 8...the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.

Beginning at Daniel 11:40, we see IN THE END TIMES a king/potentate to the south of the Holy Land, which south is currently all Islamic, attacking somehow a ruler of the North, having the descendancy of the Graeco-Roman culture. The latter ruler invades from north to south, occupying/entering (seemingly peacefully) Israel, and then forcefully invades Islamic Egypt, Libya, and southwards; but neither Jordan nor Saudi Arabia -- currently allies of America and Europe -- are troubled at all. This ruler ends up setting up his quarters on the Temple Mount; then he comes to his end around the time of the Great Tribulation and subsequent resurrection of the dead.

Now, if people can't see the fit between this passage, and what Jesus prophesied about the same period in the End Times, and what Paul prophesied about the Son of Perdition likewise setting himself up in the Holy Place on the Temple Mount, but being brought to his end at the Coming of the Lord ... then those people are else either really ignorant of the Scriptures, or else they refuse to see something that runs contrary to their beliefs about the sequence of events of the End Times.

Everything described in the above passages describes a post-trib, but pre-wrath, Second Coming:

The Abomination of Desolation is accomplished by the Son of Perdition/King of the North; followed by the Great Tribulation; followed by the Resurrection of the Dead at the Second Coming, concurrent with the demise of the Son of Perdition.

At that point of the Second Coming, nothing at all concerning the post-Rev. 7 events that take place during the Wrath of God are even hinted at, with the exception of the hint of the future invasion from out of the east. At the Second Coming, the Beast of Revelation 11, 13, 17 has not yet arrived.

 

A prophecy of Balaam directly speaks about this time:

Dan. 11:40 At the time of the end the king of the South shall attack him; and the king of the North shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, horsemen, and with many ships...

Num. 24:24 And ships shall come from the coast [lit. hand] of Kittim [lands west from the Middle East]...

 

Dan. 11:40 and he shall enter the countries, overwhelm them, and pass through. 41 He shall also enter the Glorious Land, and many shall stumble/become weak-legged...

Num. 24:24 ...and shall afflict Asshur/Assyria [area covering parts of Syria, Iraq, and southern Turkey, all now in conflict], and shall afflict Eber [the Hebrews/Jews/Israel]...

 

Dan. 11:45 ...but he shall come to his end, and no one will help him.

Num. 24:24 ...and he also shall perish for ever.

 

The Kittim in the most ancient times referred to those who became the Romans, according to the Book of Jasher, which was written in the same era as this prophecy by Balaam:

Jasher 10:16 And the children of Kittim are the Romim who dwell in the valley of Canopia by the river Tibreu.

Likewise, the "ships of Kittim" mentioned in Dan. 11:30, who "came against" Antichus IV Epiphanes and drove him out of Egypt, were Roman ships carrying a Roman envoy.

This is why I believe the King of the North will be one of the Western powers -- those having a Graeco-Roman heritage -- and not Turkey. Antiochus IV Epiphanes was of the royal bloodline of the Syrian Seleucids, but he came from Rome at the time that he 'came in peaceably, and seized the kingdom by flatteries/slickness.' (Dan. 11:21) He had been held hostage in Rome for 14 years beginning in his youth, and had become substantially Romanized. So he was the first King of the North to have the Graeco-Roman hybridization. Through his establishment of an "abomination of desolation" on the Holy Mountain (Dan. 11:31), he became the ultimate type of the Latter Day Son of Perdition.

WilliamL

The Stars Will Fall From Heaven” = Pole Reversal?

Matt. 24:29-30 “Immediately after the [Great] Tribulation…the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then the Sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven…”
Rev. 6:13 And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind.
Rev 9:1-2, 11 And I saw a star having fallen from heaven to the earth. To him was given the key to the Abyss. And he opened the [it]…[Its] king [is] the angel of the Abyss: …Abaddon [Destroyer]. Rev. 11:7 …the Beast that ascends out of the Abyss…
Rev 12:3-4, 7, 9 And there appeared…in heaven…a great red dragon… And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth… And war broke out in heaven… And the great dragon was cast out to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Many ancient peoples believed the heavenly lights to be spirits: gods and/or angels. Modern scientists believe the stars and planets to consist solely of physical matter. C. S. Lewis and other mystics and theologians have believed them to be both: physical forms, each having a single associated spirit. For when God created the stars, “He call[ed] them all by name.” Ps. 147:4; Is. 40:26 According to ancient Hebraic doctrine, those are the names of their angelic spirits; because, as in the case of Adam, when God speaks a name, a spirit is created.

In view of the passages above from Revelation 9 and 12, the “falling stars” of Matt. 24:29 can be posited to be heavenly spirits, at least in part.

In the modern night sky, one constellation of stars lords over all the others in the northern hemisphere (under which dwell the worlds most powerful and populous nations): Draco, the Dragon. It covers a vast area near both the celestial and ecliptic poles. Because the Dragon is so near the northern poles, it never dips below the horizon. Therefore, its starlight falls upon the great nations 24 hours a day. (In contrast, the brighter and more famous constellations of the Zodiac rise and set every day.)

There is another notable 24-hour constellation, this one over Earths southern hemisphere: Crux, the Cross. Thousands of years ago, it was visible briefly every day in the lower latitudes of the northern hemisphere. However, due to the precession of the equinoxes, its northernmost star fell permanently below the horizon at the latitude of Jerusalem shortly after Jesus was crucified there. (Seiss, The Gospel in the Stars, 37, 171.)

In 2 Esdras 3:18, (2 Esdras is a book of the Apocrypha formerly found in Protestant Bibles), the prophet states:

[At the time of the Exodus, God] didst bend down the heavens, and shake the earth, and move the world, and make the depths to tremble, and trouble the times [calendars and/or seasons].

These Exodus-era events are similarly mentioned in Psalm 68:8:

The earth shook, the heavens also dropped at the presence of God.

Immanuel Velikovsky, in his book Worlds in Collision, describes how a reversal of Earths poles took place during the Exodus. A pole reversal means Earth turns over: south becomes north, and north south. This has the visual effect of “the heavens dropping [down]”: the stars and constellations appear to “fall from the sky.”

Both history and science confirm that a number of pole reversals have taken place in the past. Because Earth will continue to rotate on its axis even when it is turning over, the stars will appear to fall in a swirling motion, “as a fig tree drops its late figs when shaken by a mighty wind.” (The branches of a fig tree will swirl in the wind while they cast their figs.)

Pole reversals create huge stresses on the plates of Earths crust, resulting in great earthquakes and volcanic eruptions (bringing darkened skies). This fits well with the events foretold by Rev. 6:12-14:

a great earthquake…sun becomes black…every mountain and island is moved out of its place.

The parallel passage of Luke 21:25 (cf. Matt. 24:29) adds:

and on the earth [there will be] distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring –

That is, the oceans and seas will be racked by monstrous waves.

In sum, the prophecies out of Matthew 24, Luke 21, and Revelation quoted above seem to indicate that a pole reversal will immediately precede the Second Coming of Christ. The constellation of the Dragon will appear to be “cast down” from our night sky, and “the sign of the Son of Man” – the Cross – will ascend into that sky. Among the ancients, the letter t (Tau in Greek, Tav in Hebrew) meant both the Cross and the Sign. Being the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet, it also signified an end, a completion; that is, “the end/completion of the age.” Matt. 24:3 At that time, the Divine Scales of Justice – the balance-beam of the t (cross) holds those scales – signify the impending Judgment of God. Rev. 6:16-17; 11:18; 14:7

Matt. 24:29-30 Then the Sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory…[to] gather together His elect…

For anyone viewing the sky on the night of the pole reversal, the stars of Draco the Dragon will appear to “fall/be cast down to Earth.” Seemingly, Satan and many of his angels are spiritually attached to these stars, and their lights direct influence over Earths great nations will come to and end. However, at this time the constellation Cetus, the Sea Monster/Leviathan, will ascend from the lower latitudes to high in the northern sky (yet below the Cross):

Rev 13:1-2 And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns… The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority. [The similarly low-lying Scorpio the Scorpion will also ascend high in our sky, yet also below the Cross. Cf. the locust-scorpions of Rev. 9:2-10.]

After the coming of Christ and the Rapture of his elect (thats not everyone in the Church, folks), the Beast – the King Angel from the Abyss – will ascend to power over the nations. The fallen Dragon/Satan will pass over to him all the worldly authority he has accumulated over the millennia, and the final conflicts for rulership over Earth will ensue.

To repeat, the dramatic “shaking” of the heavens and the earth, and the heavenly signs, will come “immediately after the [Great] Tribulation.” Matt. 24:29, 21 Therefore, the order of End Time events is: Great Tribulation (first 5 Seals of Rev. 6); heavenly signs (6th Seal); Rapture of the Elect (concluded before Rev. 7:9); Beast Kingdom; establishment of the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth (7th Trumpet); Last Battle/Armageddon (7th bowl); Rev. 20:1-6 events.

WilliamL

Careers in the Kingdom

God doesn't change, but mankind's circumstances do. Therefore, God has made different covenants with the peoples of Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and the Church. Each covenant was tailored to fit the needs and abilities of the people in their own time, their own Age. Each covenant had unique elements, yet all of God's covenants provide similar roles for men to fill, both among the priesthood and laity.

The Bible and Jesus teach that there will come "the end of the [present Church] age," to be followed by a 1000-year Kingdom Age on Earth. The Kingdom Age will be governed under its own covenant, which will provide its own roles (jobs). Here is a summary of these, showing how the priesthood and laity jobs in the coming age compare to past such roles in both the Mosaic ('Jewish') Age and the Church Age.

Ecclesiastical Careers

High Priest Under the Mosaic Covenant, which was tailored to suit the needs of carnal men, a carnal/physical priesthood was established: Aaron, the first high priest, and thereafter the lineage of his firstborn sons. (Aaron was a firstborn himself.)

The High Priest of the Church Covenant, a covenant tailored for spiritual men, is Jesus Christ, the spiritual Firstborn of God. He continues in this position throughout the Kingdom Age.

Priesthood All of Aaron's unblemished male descendants of age became priests. They were the only ones authorized to offer the sacraments of the Mosaic Covenant.

In the Church, this role was established in Christ's Apostles, his spiritual offspring; and in their unblemished spiritual descendants.

In the Kingdom, the priesthood office is allotted to the Manchild of Revelation 12.

Aaron's descendants had authority over all Israelites; the apostolic office has authority over all the Church, both Jew and Gentile; the Manchild is to “shepherd all nations.” Rev. 12:5; 2:26-27

 

Servants of the Priesthood God gave “the Levites as a gift to Aaron and his sons...to do the service...in the Tabernacle...” Num. 8:15-19 Before entering this work, they washed their clothes; then [high priest] Aaron presented them like a wave offering before the LORD.” Num. 8:21 The Levites were accepted by God as Israel's firstborn.” Num. 8:16, 18 The job of the Levites was to serve in God's Tabernacle, but not to administer the sacraments or approach the holy things. Num. 18:2-3

In the Church Age, the corresponding role fell to the office of the deacon. Acts 6:1-6; 1 Tim. 3:8-13 This office was established to serve the Apostles, by relieving them of many details of the Church's material affairs: the same service of the Levites for their priests. (Unlike the Levites, deacons can progress to a priesthood role.)

In the Kingdom Age, the Rapture brings the “Church of the Firstborn to “the heavenly Jerusalem,” “to Jesus the Mediator [and High Priest] of the New Covenant;” there he “will shepherd them.” Heb. 12:22-24; 8:1-2; Rev. 7:17 These firstborn “come out of the Great Tribulation and wash their robes,” then “[wave] palm branches” before God. Rev. 7:14, 9 Their job/role is thenceforth to “serve [God and the Lamb] day and night in his temple.” Rev. 7:15 In sum, these people are to be the servants of the High Priest of the heavenly tabernacle. Their work is to be “before the throne” (Rev. 7:9, 15), not on or from it: they will not have the rulership authority that Christ and the Manchild have. Rev. 2:26-27; 3:21; 12:5

Governmental Careers

Leaders of Israel When the LORD descended upon Mount Sinai, he called “up...seventy of the leaders of Israel” (along with Moses, and Aaron and his sons) into his Presence. Ex. 24:1, 9 These Seventy were later more fully anointed with authority, receiving part of the Holy Spirit that God had given Moses. Num. 11:16-30 The Seventy were anointed tribal elders, but were not priests.

When the Holy Spirit descended into the “upper room” where 120 elect Israelite disciples of Christ were gathered, they came into God's Presence, and were anointed with his Spirit. Acts 1:15; 2:1f. The upper room was their 'mountain.' These later received a second anointing of the Spirit, which empowered them “to speak the word of God with boldness.” Acts 4:31 Nevertheless, most of them were never accounted to have apostolic authority: they remained as ruling elders over the Israelite Church.

Following the opening of the 6th Seal of Revelation 6 and the descent of Christ, the 144,000 Israelites are to be “sealed in their foreheads,” i.e., their 'upper rooms.' Rev. 7:3-8 “Whether in the body or out of the body, God knows” (2 Cor. 12:2-4), they will be “caught up” into the Presence for a space, then return below to lead their people. (See End Times Crib Sheet: The Rapture.) At a later date, they will receive a greater empowerment, coming to stand with the Lamb before God's throne. Rev. 14:1-5

 

Leaders of the Various Tribes Under Old Testament law, the firstborn sons of men were to be set apart to God, and receive special privileges and authority in their clans and tribes. If faithful and competent, they became tribal elders of various ranks. Ex. 13:2; Deut. 21:15-17; Gen. 25:29f.; 27; etc.

In the Church Age, the firstfruits of the Apostles' ministry often became elders/presbyters of the churches, being recognized in various levels of rulership authority. 1 Cor. 16:15

In the Kingdom Age, those who have “part in the first resurrection...shall reign with him [Christ] a thousand years.” Rev. 20:6 This “first resurrection” refers to the righteous dead who are resurrected at the 6th Seal; to the killed and quickly resurrected Two Witnesses; and to those killed/“beheaded” by the Beast, and resurrected after his defeat. All of these, along with the 144,000, are called firstborn” and “firstfruits.” Heb. 12:23; Rev. 11:7-12; 14:4; 19:20 – 20:6

Like at the Exodus, however, there is a before and after distinction at work. The Levites were taken in place of the firstborn of Israel who were born before the Tabernacle was established (Num. 3:40f.; 1:1; Ex. 40:17): they worked in the religious sphere. The firstborn afterward became tribal elders: that is, secular governmental officials.

The heavenly Tabernacle workers of Rev. 7 will be resurrected and/or raptured before men are first called to serve in that Tabernacle. The Rev. 20:4 saints will be resurrected afterward, and become Kingdom governmental officials. (The Israelite Apostles and disciples were called before the Church was established; the Gentile elders after.)

Roles of the Common People

The Ecclesia/Church in the Wilderness The great bulk of both the Israelite and the Kingdom covenanters were/will be common members of the body, without official rank. At the time of the great cry...of Egypt, such as was not like it before, nor shall be like it again,” Israel fled into the wilderness. Ex. 11:6; 12:31-34 Most of these people were mentally unprepared, and suffered because of it; yet God provided manna and water to sustain them. Even so, when forewarned by God: Behold, I come...be ready,” most were not ready, and cowered away from his Presence when he appeared. Ex. 19:9, 11; 20:18-21

At the time of the Great Tribulation, such as was not from the beginning of the world...nor shall ever be [again],” the Woman [God's people] will flee into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there...” Matt. 24:21, 16f.; Rev. 12:6 Again, most of these people will be mentally unprepared to leave the comforts of civilization. When later forewarned by God, Behold, the Bridegroom cometh,” only some of them—“those who are ready”—will be able to abide and enter into his Presence. Matt. 25:6-10 Most will not be ready, and will cower away from his Face. Rev. 6:15-17; cf. 1 Chr. 21:20

P.S. Less than two months passed between the day Israel left Egypt and the day of God's descent. I believe that the corresponding Great Tribulation period will be even shorter (yet more fearsome), because Jesus said “those days will be cut short.” Matt. 24:22

 

The Martyrs When the Israelites were in the wilderness, “Amalek...smote the hindmost of thee, even all that were feeble behind thee, when thou wast faint and weary.” Deut. 25:17-18; Ex. 17:8f.

During the Tribulation, many of God's people who are weak in the flesh and/or who are stragglers, but who remain spiritually faithful, will be martyred. Through their martyrdom, they will become sanctified, being “given white robes,” which represent their righteous act of faithfulness unto death. Rev. 6:9-11; cf. 19:8

[The raptured Virgin Church of Rev. 7 must “wash their robes”—divest themselves of their spiritual uncleanness—before coming into the Presence of God. Rev. 7:14 This was allegorically portrayed by the purifications undergone by Esther and the other virgins, prior to their coming before the king. Esth. 2]


 

WilliamL

The article The Kingdoms of Solomon and Jesus Christ  told the Hebraic Roots' historical-parable of the establishment of the Messianic Kingdom in the End Times. This article tells the Hebraic Roots' historical-parable with respect to the people of God during the End Times. This telling of events-in-sequence is far more detailed, containing very many instances of equivalent word-for-word quotes from the OT about the Exodus, and the NT about the Latter Days. The two judgment-eras of the First and the Last Trumpets/Shofars are one in both form and execution.

The End Times and the Exodus

Beginning of the End Time Judgment Era 

[Note: Revelation 4-5 speak of 7 Spirits. Rev. 4:5; 5:6 This period covers God's Judgment of the elohim/powers of heaven. It is best described in Psalm 82, Is. 24:21; and Enoch 58; also Hebrews 12:26 and Rev. 12:7f. The 7 Seals cover the period of Judgment of the Church; the 7 Trumpets, the Judgment of Israel; and the 7 Bowls, the Judgment of the nations. Each period has wider effects, but these are their four primary areas of focus.]
    In Revelation 4, the End Times commence with the appearance of God in radiant splendor, sitting upon his heavenly mountain-throne.
Cf. Dan. 7:9-10. <> The Exodus era commenced with God revealing himself to Moses in fire on “the mountain of God.”  Ex.3
    In Revelation 5, the slain Lamb appears, whose blood has brought redemption for his people. Rev. 5:6-12; cf. Dan. 7:13-14 <> In Exodus 12-13, the slaying of the first Passover lambs brought redemption by their blood for God's people.  Ex. 12:3f; 13:12-15

Beginning of Tribulation

After “the abomination of desolation” of Jerusalem's “holy place,” there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world...nor ever shall be [again].” Matt. 24:15, 21 At  that time, “God...judges among the elohim/gods.” Ps. 82:1 <> After the Mosaic Passover sacrifice, there [was] a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as was not like it before, nor shall be like it again.” Ex. 11:6; 12:29-30  At that time, “against all the elohim/gods of Egypt [the LORD] executed judgment”: he killed their firstborn, thus defiling their temples. 12:12, 29; Num. 33:4 (Pharaoh's son and the Apis bull-calf were both Egyptian gods and firstborns: both were killed in their temple-houses.)
    [Note: the “holy
place on the Temple Mount is not a building: it is a sacred place. Daniel spoke of “your sanctuary, which is desolate” (Dan. 9:17), indicating that the site was sacred even while physically desolate: so it is today. “The abomination of desolation” speaks of the defilement of that spot's sacredness, because of an idolatrous image or act there. Cf. 2 Thes. 2:4.]

Flight of God's People

...then let those who are in Judea flee...” Matt. 24:16  “And the Woman fled into the wilderness...” Rev. 12:6 <> The Israelites fled “in haste” from Egypt, into the wilderness.  Ex. 12:31-33f.

The 7 Seals of Revelation:

Testing and Purification During and Soon After the Great Tribulation

1st Seal  White horse: false christs bent on conquest. “The Serpent [Satan] spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the Woman...” Rev. 6:1-2; 12:15; Matt. 24:5 <> Early in the Exodus, the god-Pharaoh and his nobles mobilized a massive army to conquer and re-enslave the Israelites. Ex. 14:5ff.; Jasher 81:8ff.

2nd Seal  Red horse: war among nations. “...the earth opened her mouth and swallowed up the flood which the Dragon [Satan] had spewed out...” Rev. 6:3-4; 12:16; Matt. 24:6-7a <> The army of Egypt was destroyed: The earth swallowed them.” Ex. 15:12

3rd Seal  Black horse: food scarcity and famine. The Woman “has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there for 1260 days.” Rev. 6:5-6; 12:6; Matt. 24:7b <> The Israelites worried about “hunger.” God provided them quail and manna. Ex. 16:2-3f.

4th Seal  Pale horse: pestilence and overall chaos, including earthquakes. Rev. 6:7-8; Matt. 24:7c-d <> The Israelites nearly stoned Moses at Meribah (Strife, Contention), where there was no water to drink. Ex. 17:1f.

5th Seal Martyrdom of some of God's people, who cry out to god to “avenge them. Rev. 6:9-11; Matt. 24:9-11 <> The sorcery-practicing Amalekites attacked and killed some of the Israelites. God swore eternal vengeance against Amalek. Ex. 17:8f.; Deut. 25:17-19; Jasher 81:52f.

...the Woman [is] given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place.” Rev. 12:14 <> Shortly before the LORD came down upon Mount Sinai, he told the Israelites: “I bore you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto myself.” Ex. 19:4

Said to the gathered-out End Time virgins: “'Behold, the Bridegroom cometh...' [Soon after,] those who were ready went in with him to the wedding.” Matt. 25:6, 10 <> “And the LORD said to Moses at Mount Sinai, 'Behold, I come to you in the thick cloud...let them [the Israelites] be ready.'” Ex. 19:9,11

6th Seal  Thick darkness, earthquake, God's trumpet sounding. Jesus descends in the clouds; most people are greatly afraid and hide themselves. Rev. 6:12-17; 1 Thes. 4:16; Matt. 24:29-30 <> Thick darkness, earthquake, God's trumpet sounding. The LORD descended upon Mount Sinai in clouds of smoke; most people cowered away from his Presence.  Ex. 19:16f.; 20:18

Christ calls his elect up to him in the clouds, unto the heavenly Mount Zion. Matt. 24:31; 1 Thes. 4:17; Heb. 12:22f. <> The LORD called the elect of Israel up to him on cloud-covered earthly Mount SinaiEx. 24:1, 9

The 144,000 of Israel are sanctified with “the seal of the living God,” and return to work on Earth. Rev. 7:2f; 9:4 <> The 70 elders of Israel were sanctified in God's Presence, then returned to work below. Ex 24:9f.

The Manchild is at this time on God's throne, i.e., in his closest Presence. Rev. 3:21; 12:5 <> Likewise, 'Moses alone came near the LORD.'  Ex. 24:2, 12-13

The Virgin Church, who is being prepared to “serve” before God, also remains in heaven. Matt. 25:1-10; 1 Thes. 4:17; Rev. 7:14-15; etc. <> Joshua, Moses' “assistant/minister; servant” also remained near God's Presence, both on Sinai and later in the provisional Tabernacle.  Ex. 24:13; 33:11

After a period of purification—they “wash their robes”—the Virgin Church begins to stand before the throne” and “serve” in the heavenly Tabernacle. [See Careers in the Kingdom: Servants of the Priesthood.] They have fully “grow[n] into a holy temple...a dwelling place of God.” “And he who sits on the throne will dwell among them.”  Rev. 7:9, 14-15; Eph. 2:21-22 <> After nearly a year of “testing” of the Israelites, and preparation of the Tabernacle, the Mosaic “Tabernacle was raised up.” “[T]he congregation drew near and stood before the LORD...and the Glory of the LORD filled the Tabernacle”—fulfilling God's promise to dwell among them.”  Ex. 20:20; 40:17, 34; 29:45-46; Lev. 9:5

7th Seal  There followed a “silence in heaven for about half an hour.” Rev. 8:1 <> In Moses' day, a lull in priestly services ensued after the Glory of God infilled the Tabernacle: they “were not able to enter” it.  Ex. 40:35

The 7 Angelic Trumpets:

Establishment of the Kingdom on Earth

All of the Exodus-era allegories for the 7 Trumpets involved seven rebellions by the Israelites against God, and his seven resulting punishments.

Preliminary Censer, altar, incense, fire from God's Tabernacle/Temple. Rev. 8:2-6 <> Ditto in Moses' day. Lev. 10:1-2

1st Trumpet  Hail and fire, mingled with blood, are thrown to Earth. Rev. 8:7 <> “[T]he fire of the LORD burned among them...”  Num. 11:1

2nd Trumpet  A corruption of the sea, bringing death. Rev. 8:8-9 <> A plague “from the sea” brought death.  Num. 11:31f.

3rd - 4th Trumpets (Speculative) Nuclear missiles bring radiation poisoning (“wormwood” = Chernobyl in Russian), and thick darkness caused by massive fires. Rev. 8:10-13 <> A pillar of cloud infected Miriam with leprosy, which mimics severe radiation poisoning.  Num. 12

5th Trumpet  Demonic locust-spirits from the Abyss, ruled over by a fallen angel, afflict but don't kill most people. Rev. 9:1-11 <> The word “grasshoppers” (a locust relative) is used. The Nephilim—offspring of fallen angels—afflicted most of the Israelites with fear, but didn't kill them.  Num. 13

6th Trumpet, Martial Section  A great army out of the east, “prepared...to slay...” Rev. 9:13f. <> The Israelites were utterly routed in battle by the Canaanites and Amalekites to their east.  Num. 14:39f.

Priestly Section The Two Witnesses prophesy, burn their enemies with fire, turn waters to blood, and smite the earth with plagues. They are accused and attacked by the Beast and others. God publicly validates their ministry by raising them from the dead; an earthquake then kills thousands. Rev. 11:3-13 <> Moses and Aaron, after having prophesied and performed similar miracles, were confronted and accused by Korah and others. The LORD then validated their ministry, killing thousands of their adversaries by earthquake, fire and plague.  Num. 16; Ex. 7-10

7th Trumpet  “The kingdom of this world...becomes the kingdom of our Lord and his Christ”: God firmly establishes who is his chosen ruler. Rev. 11:15f. <> God caused only Aaron's rod to bud, thereby firmly establishing His chosen leader over Israel.  Num. 17

[The 1260 days of Rev. 13's Mouth of the Beast is presaged in part by Korah's rebellion during the Exodus. The story in the Book of Esther about Haman and Mordecai provides a better allegorical witness, but this is not the place to explain it.]

The 7 Bowls:

God's Wrath Poured Out on the Nations

Preliminary “...the Tabernacle of the testimony in heaven [is] opened.” Seven angels come out, empowered to execute God's wrath on the nations. “...the Glory of God” appears. Rev. 15:5-8 <> “...the glory of the LORD appeared...” Moses entered the Tabernacle to take “the rod [of God] from before the LORD...” God soon used it and the Israelites to smite the heathen nations.  Num. 20:6, 9

At this point in the future, the world's nations are either submitting to Christ's dominion, or, they are rebelling against him, and serving the Beast: the fallen angel—not man—that “ascends out of the Abyss.” Rev. 11:7; 17:8; 9:2-3, 11 (There may also be some fence-sitter nations for a while.) No such ruler as the Beast existed upon Earth in Moses' time; therefore, there are no clear allegories for the first five Bowls. The following are only suggested:

1st Bowl  Loathsome sores come upon the rebels that serve the Beast. Rev. 16:2 <> Fiery serpents inflicted grievous bites on rebellious Israelites.  Num. 21:4f.

2nd - 3rd Bowls  Polluted and undrinkable waters. Rev. 16:3-4 <> The Israelites were refused permission to drink the waters of Edom and Moab, two ungodly peoples.  Num. 20:14-21; Judg. 11:17-18

4th Bowl Rebellious men are “scorched with fire.” Rev. 16:7-8 <> “...fire went out from Heshbon...” Num. 21:28

5th Bowl  The throne and kingdom of the Beast are afflicted. Rev. 16:10-11 <> “Og, King of Bashan, [the last] of the remnant of the Rephaim,” was defeated and killed by the Israelites. Deut. 3:1-11  The Rephaim were the offspring of fallen angels.

6th Bowl  The Euphrates River...[is] dried up” to prepare for the invasion of the land of Canaan, and “the battle of that great day of God...” Rev. 16:12-16 <> The Jordan River was dried up to prepare for the invasion of Canaan by the Israelites, and the subsequent great battle (below). Josh. 3:13-17

7th Bowl  “[T]hunderings and lightnings...a mighty and great earthquake...great hail from heaven.” Jesus—Yeshua—and the armies of heaven descend to destroy the armies gathered together against them. The Beast and the False Prophet are captured alive, and “cast into the lake of fire.  Rev. 16:17-21; 19:11-21 <> Joshua—Yeshua—and the Israelites defeated the many armies gathered together against them on 'the day the sun stood still.' “[T]he earth trembled and shook amidst a great storm (Jasher 89:15), and great hailstones fell from heaven. The Canaanite armies were routed and slaughtered, and their kings were captured alive and “cast into” a cave.  Josh. 10

The Armageddon battle of the 7th Bowl and Revelation 19 is that of Ezekiel 38-39, the only other place God mentions using “great hailstones” in war. Ezek. 38:22  Both passages also tell about God's great feast for the birds:

Come, gather together to the supper of the great God, that you may eat the flesh of kings...[and] mighty men, [etc.]...  Rev. 19:17-19

...come, gather together...to my sacrificial meal...that you may...eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of princes, [etc.]...  Ezek. 39:17-18

This is also the time of the battle of Zechariah 14: 

Then the LORD will go forth and fight against those nations... t shall be one [unique] day that is known to the LORD...at evening it shall be light. Zech. 14:3, 7

<> Compare Joshua 10:13-14 :

So the sun...did not hasten to go down... And there has been no day like that before...for the LORD fought for Israel.

Zechariah 14 focuses on the battle for Jerusalem, while Ezekiel 38-39 focuses on the greater battle against the assembled armies gathered in the Plain of Esdraelon/Megiddo. However, both passages, as also Revelation 16:18, speak of the tremendous earthquake to take place. Ezek. 38:19-20; Zech. 14:4-5 Both also say that among the invaders, “every man's sword will be against his brother.” Ezek. 38:21; Zech. 14:13  So this is all one continuous conflict, fought over a wide area, in which the Lord personally fights. In Joshua's day, the king of Jerusalem was the leader of the assembled heathen armies: this was a foreshadowing of the Latter Day battle for Jerusalem.

WilliamL

Please note: these articles are meant to be read in reverse order, that is, from the bottommost entry (Introduction) to the topmost.

The Beast is Not a (7-headed!) Man

It is widely taught in the Church that the Beast of Revelation 13 will be a man. Revelation 13’s Beast has “7 heads and 10 horns.” There never has been, nor ever will be, such a man.

We find in Rev. 12:3 that the Devil/Satan/Dragon also has 7 heads and 10 horns. Satan is an angelic spirit. Now, we know that the Holy Spirit can inhabit many people. Also, that God took the spirit that was upon Moses and divided it among 70 elders. Num. 11:16f. Also, that Jesus addressed the many-demoned spirit Legion as “thou” and “thy” (singular), and it answered him in the singular, saying “my,” not “our.” Mark. 5:7-10 Therefore, we can justifiably conclude this: the 7-headed Beast is a collective spirit, not a man.
 

The Beast’s 7 Heads

Rev. 17:8-10 tells us that in John’s time, the 7-headed Beast “was, and is not [present], and will ascend out of the Abyss and go to perdition… The 7 heads are 7 mountains…and are 7 kings. Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come. And when he comes, he must remain a short time.”

Jeremiah 51:24-26 and Daniel 2:34-35, 44-45 tell us that speaking prophetically, mountains can represent great kingdoms or empires. Daniel 7:3-7 speaks of “four great beasts [that come] up from the sea.” Verse 17 tells us, “Those great beasts…are four kings.” Verse 23 tells us, “The fourth beast” (and presumably the other three also) “shall be a fourth kingdom on earth…” Therefore, speaking prophetically, beasts and kings can represent powerful spirits that rule over kingdoms or empires on Earth. Daniel 11 shows that the same spirit-king can serially possess, or at least control, a long lineage of human kings throughout the duration of an empire.

Clearly, then, the 7 mountains/kings/Beast’s heads of Rev. 17 represent powerful spirits over earthly empires. (The “one [that] is” in John’s day was obviously the spiritual king over the Roman Empire.) It is also evident that the Beast itself, which possesses ALL of these 7 heads, must be an even greater spirit than they, being the origin of them all.

Who IS the Beast?

We saw above that “the Beast will ascend out of the Abyss.” Rev. 17:8; 11:7 So then, we need to discover WHO is presently in the Abyss, and WHY. These questions have been answered by Jude, Peter, Enoch, and also in Hebrew and Greek mythology:

Jude 6 The angels who did not keep their place of authority, but left their habitation, [God] has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day.

2 Peter 2:4 …God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to Tartarus, and delivered them into chains of darkness [or, pits of gloom], to be reserved for judgment…

Tartarus is a term from Greek mythology, referring to the lowest pit (abyss) of Hades/Hell, wherein the Titans – very powerful but rebellious spirits/“gods” of old – anciently had been cast down by the “good” gods, that is, the biblical archangels.

The Book of Enoch, quoted in Jude 14-15, provides more details. Briefly, angelic Watchers (cf. Jer. 4:16; Dan. 4:13, 17, 23) – “the sons of God” (Gen. 6:2) – became enamored by the beauty of human women, and came down (“left their habitation,” Jude 6) to have God-forbidden intercourse with them. Genesis 6:1-2 quotes Enoch 7:1-2. [Verse numbers for Enoch are taken from the Laurence translation. The Charles translation often varies in chapter and verse.] These angels and their hybrid progeny, that latter being the Nephilim/giants of Gen. 6:4 etc., soon corrupted mankind with sorcery, the arts of harlotry, and the arts of war. After “all flesh had corrupted their way” (Gen. 6:12), God decreed the Flood “to destroy from under heaven all flesh” except for Noah’s family. Gen. 6:17 At that time, God sent archangels to bind the rebellious Watchers, and to seal them into great pits rent in the earth:

Enoch 87:5; 10:15, 9 [They] cast them into the cavities of the earth. …“Bind them for 70 generations underneath the earth, even to the day of judgmentand in the great day of judgment let [them] be cast into the fire.

So, these are the ones who are in the Abyss/Tartarus. Enoch tells us that they had two primary leaders:

Enoch 9:5-6 “You have seen what Azazel has done, how he has taught every species of iniquity upon Earth… Semhazai has also taught sorcery…” 10:12 “All the earth has been corrupted by the effects of the teaching of Azazel. To him therefore ascribe the whole crime.”

The Abyss

Genesis 7:11 tells us that at the Flood, “all the fountains of the great deep were broken up.” The Book of Jasher 6:11 records that “the Lord caused the whole earth to shake, and the sun darkened, and the foundations of the world raged, and the whole earth was moved violently…” The Talmud, Sanhedrin 108b, records that “seven days before the Deluge, the Holy One changed the primeval order, and the sun rose in the west and set in the east”: that is, Earth turned over, physically reversing its poles. (See the article, “The Stars Will Fall from Heaven” = Pole Reversal?)

During these catastrophic events, great chasms were torn open in the earth’s surface, into which the rebellious angels were cast. Some people theorize that the great oceanic trenches, to over seven miles in depth, are remnants of these fissures. Africa’s Great Rift Valley is another such fissure; a branch of which extends northward through the Dead Sea, the Jordan River Valley, and beyond.

Mosaic Law and Jewish Lore about Azazel

Leviticus 16 provides much of the Mosaic Law for Yom Kippur/the Day of Atonement, the holiest day of the year in the Israelite religious calendar. In verses 8, 10, and 26, the word usually translated in English as “scapegoat” is Azazel: the passages in Hebrew literally read “to/for Azazel.” “[A]ll the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions concerning all their sins, put…on the head of the goat” sent to/for Azazel. Lev. 16:21 – see Enoch 10:12 above.

[T]he goat designated for Azazel was given to the kohen [priest] assigned to lead it away into the wilderness. And when this kohen came to the designated ravine…he pushed the goat into the ravine.” The Rabbinical Assembly, Machzor for Rosh Hashanh and Yom Kippur, 611. This act at the ravine, which is not included in the instructions of Leviticus 16, clearly was a custom that was added to commemorate Azazel’s being cast into the Abyss at the time of the Flood.

The King of the Abyss

At the opening of Revelation 6's 6th seal, a Latter Day “great earthquake…[causes] every mountain and island [to] move out of its place.” Rev. 6:12, 14  Sometime thereafter, “a star having fallen from heaven to the earth…[will be] given the key to the Abyss. And he [shall] open the Abyss,” releasing its demonic spirits. Rev. 9:1-2f. This “fallen star” is either Satan or one of his host, recently “cast out [of heaven] to the earth” by Michael and his host.  Rev. 12:7-9

Rev. 9:11 tells us that there is a “king over them [the Abyss’s demons], the angel of the Abyss, whose name is…Abaddon/Apollyon [Destroyer].” From the evidence shown above, this fallen angel must be Azazel, whose evils led to the destruction of the Noahic world. This is the Beast whose spirit has underlain the 7 great beasts/kings/kingdoms of subsequent ages. Even as his spirit was before, and will be again, underlain by that of Satan the Dragon:

Enoch 53:5-6 …the host of Azazel…became ministers of Satan, and seduced those who dwell upon earth.

Rev. 13:2 The Dragon [will give] him [the Beast] his power, his throne, and great authority.

Rev. 17:8 tells us “the Beast will ascend out of the Abyss, and go to perdition.” Rev. 13:1 says the Beast “rises up out of the sea.” As we saw above, there are remnants of ancient fissures in the earth, both on land and under the sea. The False Prophet, who “performs great signs” and “speaks like a dragon” – attributes of powerful sorcery – “comes up out of the earth.” Rev. 13:11, 13 This beast is most likely Semhazai, the earthly progenitor of sorcery.

After being allowed by the Lord to deceive the nations, the Beast and False Prophet are defeated by Christ and “cast alive into the lake of fire.” Rev. 19:20 This fulfills “the judgment of the Great Day” prophesied for them in Jude 6, 2 Peter 2:4, and Enoch 15:9, all quoted above.

The Mouth(-piece) of the Beast

So. The Beast and the False Prophet are rebellious fallen angels, not men. However, the Beast will be

given a MOUTH speaking great things and blasphemies…against God…and he [will be] given authority for 42 months [= 1260 days]. … It [will be] granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them.  Rev. 13:5-7

This mouth/spokesman is the “little horn” of the “dreadful fourth beast” of Daniel 7:7f., having

eyes like the eyes of a man, and a MOUTH speaking pompous words…against the Most High, [and he] shall persecute the saints of the Most High, …and [they] shall be given into his hand for a time and times and half a time [= 1260 days].” Dan. 7:8, 25

This “horn” is the spokesman/mouthpiece of the Beast: he is either a man or a Nephil, that is, an angel-man hybrid; or, quite possibly, he is a descendant of a Nephil. If the latter, we could see the ultimate blossoming of the whole “Holy Blood, Holy Grail” hoax, the “blood-lineage of Jesus” lie.

The Mouth = Little Horn will rule for only 3½ times = 1260 days, up to the 7th Trumpet. The Beast, which is a spirit, will outlive him, and not meet his final doom until the Judgment of the 7th Bowl, coming at the Battle of Armageddon.

 

If interested, you can go online to find the Midrash of Shemhazai and Azazel.

 

 

 

WilliamL

Please note: these articles are meant to be read in reverse order, that is, from the bottommost entry (Introduction) to the topmost.

This one contains some "strong meat," even for me.

The Great Tribulation and the Great Deception

Jesus has told us that the Great Tribulation will be preceded by the Abomination of Desolation, and end with the heavenly signs (stars falling, sun darkened, etc.), which announce his coming in the clouds for his elect. Matt. 24:15-31

Revelation 12 and Daniel 11:45 - 12:2 also prophesy about this period. Exodus 11-19 (telling of Israel’s Exodus from Egypt in 1507 B.C.), in a ‘type and shadow of things to come,’ does also. Here are excerpts from these four passages:

Matthew 24:15-16 “Therefore when you see the Abomination of Desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the [lit. a] Holy Place…then let those who are in Judea flee…”

The Holy Place is on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. The flight of God’s people is also found in Rev. 12:6f.: “…the Woman fled into the wilderness…”

Daniel 11:45 - 12:1 “[The King of the North] shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between [the] seas at the glorious holy mountain… At that time your people shall escape.”

The glorious holy mountain” is, again, the Temple Mount. The King of the North’s setting up his headquarters there is either itself the Abomination of Desolation, or soon precedes it.

Exodus 12:23, 29, 33 …the Destroyer…[of] the LORD struck…the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne… [Then the Israelites fled] out of the land in haste.

Pharaoh was worshiped as the god Osiris, and his firstborn son as the god Horus. The Destroyer killed Horus in the temple-palace of Egypt, thus defiling/desolating it.
 

To summarize: in all three passages, 1) a desolator/destroyer comes to a world-revered temple site, 2) causing it to be defiled. 3) The righteous then flee, as a period of ultimate crisis begins:

Matt. 24:21 “…then there will be [the] Great Tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.”

Dan. 12:1 “And [then] there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that time.”

Ex. 11:6 “And there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as was not like it before, nor shall be like it again.”

Resurrections DURING the Great Tribulation

From this point on, things get complicated. Elsewhere I have outlined the remaining End Time events in their order. Here I will focus solely on events having to do with the resurrections of both the righteous and the unrighteous dead.

Rev. 12:1, 5 [John saw in a vision that] a Woman [the Ecclesia/Church/God’s people] bore a Manchild who [is] to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her child [will be] caught up to God, and to his throne. 1

Immediately after this (12:5), “the Woman flees into the wilderness.” Then Michael, his angels, and the Overcomers fight against and cast Satan and his angels out of heaven. Rev. 12:7-11

Dan. 12:1-2 “At that time Michael shall stand up…there shall be a time of trouble such as never was…your people shall escape… And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt.”

Daniel is specific about a limited resurrection of the dead taking place, but gives no details about its timing.

Matt. 24:24 “[During the Great Tribulation], there shall be awakened [Greek, egerthesontai] false christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.”

Other than in Matt. 24:11 and 24, the Greek word egerthesontai is used in the Bible in only one other place, 1 Cor. 15:52: “the dead egerthesontai/shall be raised.” Its root, egeiro, means “to waken/arouse (from sleep or death).” Strong’s #G1453 In many places, the New Testament uses egeiro in its various forms to refer to the resurrection of Christ and others. 1 Corinthians 15:52 is a prophecy about the resurrection of the dead in the Latter Days.

Ex. 13:19 And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him [when the Israelites fled out of Egypt]…
Book of Jasher 80:62 And Moses hastened…to the river of Egypt, and brought up from thence
the coffin of Joseph and took it with him. The children of Israel also brought up…each man the coffins of his tribe.

Matt. 27:52 [Immediately after the death of Jesus], the graves were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were awakened…

Awakened [from death-sleep]” = egerthesan, another form of egeiro. These most righteous of the saints had their spirits enter into and awaken their dead bodies, but their bodies did not “come out of the graves [until] after His resurrection.” Matt. 27:53

So. 1) Right after the “great cry” in Egypt began, many of Israel’s dead, including the 12 Patriarchs, were ‘awakened/raised from the dead,’ in type.

2) Right after “women…bewailed and lamented” at the crucifixion (Luke 23:27), and “Jesus cried out with a loud voice” (Matt. 27:50), the elect of the saints were awakened from death, and soon after arose from their graves.

3) Right after Rev. 12’s “Woman…with child cries, travailing in birth” (12:1-2), the Manchild(ren) will be born/awakened into immortal bodies, and sometime thereafter will be caught up to heaven.

Immediately after the above awakenings, the Israelite Church fled out of Egypt; the Apostolic Church hid, then went to Galilee; and the Last Days Church will “flee into the wilderness.”

God Empowers His Chosen Rulers

After 40 days in the wilderness (the biblical period of trial and testing), the Israelites were attacked by the Israelite-hating Amalekites. Then –

Ex. 17:9-10, 13, 16 Moses…went up to the top of the hill…with the rod of God in his hand. … So Joshua/Yeshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. … Because a hand was lifted up to the throne of the LORD

Jasher 81:53 [Amalek] brought with him…magicians and conjurers…

Magicians and conjurers of the Old Testament correspond to “false christs and false prophets…showing great signs and wonders” in the End Times. Matt. 24:24

Acts 1:3, 9, 11-12; 7:55 Forty days [after his resurrection, Jesus] was taken up…into heaven…from the Mount of Olives…[to] stand at the right hand of God.

Psalm 110:1-2; 2:9 The LORD said unto my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.” The LORD shall send the rod of your strength out of Zion. ... “You shall break them with a rod of iron.”

At his Ascension, Jesus/Yeshua received power “at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to him.” 2 Peter 3:22

Rev. 2:26-27 “He who overcomes…to him will give power over the nations: ‘He shall rule them with a rod of iron…as I also have received from my Father.”

Rev. 12:5 [The Woman] brought forth a Manchild, who [is] to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. 1

Rev.Thereafter, Satan and his angelic host, the enemy/“accuser of our brethren…[is] cast down…overcome…by the blood of the Lamb and by the Word [Rod] of their testimony…” 12:10-11

So. 1) Moses ascended in type to the throne of God, holding the rod of God, thereby overcoming his people’s enemies.

2) Jesus likewise, in actuality, in his day.

3) The Manchildren likewise in the End Times.

All at the end of the tribulation periods of their peoples.

The Great Deception

As I’ve shown in other articles, the Latter Day event corresponding to Amalek’s attack upon Israel is the similar killing of God’s people in the Great Tribulation, during the Fifth Seal:

Rev. 6:9 …Fifth Seal: I saw under the altar the souls of those slain for the word of God, and for the testimony they held.

Matt. 24:9-12 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. …and many false prophets shall be awakened [from sleep or death: egerthesontai] and will deceive many [with great signs and wonders, vs. 24]; and…lawlessness will abound…”

Dan. 12:2 “And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake [from death]…to everlasting contempt.”

Jasher 81:53 Amalek brought with him…magicians and conjurers…

Daniel 12:2 says flatly that evil dead will be resurrected during the “time of trouble” = the Great Tribulation, so there is no reason to assume that Matthew 24:11 and 24’s egerthesontai means anything differently. So what are the implications of this?

Christians who speak and write about prophecy practically never mention that the evil dead shall rise in the End Times: they focus solely on the resurrection and ascension of the righteous. Therefore, when the evil dead do arise, and, like those resurrected shortly after the crucifixion, “appear unto many” (Matt. 27:53) – many people probably will accept that they are the righteous! In addition, these evil ones will have power to “…show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.” Matt. 24:24 Who else will be involved in this Great Deception?

2 Thes. 2:8-11 And then the Lawless One will be revealed, whom the Lord will…destroy with the brightness of his coming. [The Lawless One comes] with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish… And for this reason God will send them a strong delusion, that they should believe the lie…

So there will be lawlessness abounding, the Lawless One and the newly-resurrected evil dead showing great signs and wonders (as did Amalek’s sorcerers), all the while teaching false doctrines: is it any wonder that “even the elect” might be “deceived?” The Lawless One may well claim that he raised the dead himself, and some of those arisen ones will agree…

What To Do?

During the time of the Exodus, the prevailing world power, the Kingdom of Egypt, collapsed in 7 days. (Abib 14-21.) On Abib 14, God’s people hastily left Egypt for the wilderness. At about the same time, Amalek left Edom, moving towards Egypt. After crossing paths and losing a battle with Israel (although killing many), Amalek invaded and occupied Egypt, brutally plundering it. (The full story and historical evidence is provided in Velikovsky’s Ages in Chaos.)

Like with the Kingdom of Egypt, early in the Great Tribulation the prevailing world power, presumably still the United States government, will rapidly collapse. This fall may be the one foretold in Daniel 11:45 and/or Isaiah 17:4ff.. Many Native American and other non-biblical prophecies describe this time. But also, early in the Tribulation, God will call out his people into the wilderness, and provide for them there. Rev. 12:6, 14 But believers must be ready to depart promptly, and not drag their feet: “Remember Lot’s wife.” Luke 17:28-32 Those who delay will be trapped in a devastated and invaded land, like the Egyptians were. Those who do leave, but are stragglers, will likewise suffer greatly, as they did when Israel came out of Egypt:

Deut. 25:17-18 Amalek…smote the hindmost of thee, even all that were feeble behind thee, when thou wast faint and weary.

God WILL protect and provide for his people, and carry them upon “two wings of a great eagle…to [their] place.” Rev. 12:14 Just as he did during the Exodus: “I bore you on eagles’ wings, and brought you to myself.” Ex. 19:4

Luke 21:34-36 “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that day [of Great Tribulation] come on you unexpectedly. For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the earth. Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man” –

who will appear “immediately after the Tribulation,” when he will come in the clouds for his elect. Matt. 24:29-31

Rev. 7:9, 14 After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude…standing before the throne [of God] and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes… “These are the ones coming out of the Great Tribulation…”

Note

1. This birth of a ruling Manchild is often incorrectly presumed to refer to the birth of Jesus Christ. Promoters of this belief quote Psalm 2, which says the LORD’s “Anointed One/Messiah,” the LORD’s “Son,” “shall break (or, rule) them [the nations] with a rod of iron.” Ps. 2:2, 7, 9 This psalm truly does refer to Jesus Christ.

However, Jesus states in Revelation 2:26-27 that this same authority over the nations will hereafter also be granted to Overcomers from Christ’s Church:

And he who overcomes, and keeps my works unto the end, to him will I give authority over the nations: He shall rule them with a rod of iron…’ – as I also have received from my Father.”

In Rev. 4:1-2, John is taken up into heaven, and “show[n]…things which must take place after this”: that is, after that point in time. Everything John was shown thereafter was to come in the future, including the vision of the events seen in Rev. 12. Therefore, the birth of the Manchild of Rev. 12 cannot refer to Christ. It must refer to the Overcomers, as verses 10-11 specifically state:

“…the accuser [= Satan, verse 9] of our brethren…has been cast down [from heaven, 8-9]. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony…”

WilliamL

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End Times Crib Sheet

A summary of the Kingdoms article, showing the essential Second Coming events in sequence. Additions are in {brackets}.

Events at the time Solomon came into his kingdom presage End Time events when Christ comes into his Kingdom.

Solomon was a type and foreshadower of Jesus. Both men were literally Princes of Peace. Gods promises to David about Solomon–to establish his throne forever, he to be Davids seed, he to build the house of the LORD, he to be Gods son–apply equally and ultimately to Jesus Christ.

 

The Great Tribulation of the End Times and the Seals of Revelation 6

In the days of David and Solomon, “Satan stood up against Israel…” <> In the Latter Days, “The Dragon [Satan] stood before the Woman [Church]…”

1st Seal: King David, due to a Satan-inspired pride of power, mustered his whole army. <> In Revelation 6, the White Horse sets out to conquer: rising up of self-exalting false christs.

2nd - 4th Seals: David was confronted with “famine, sword, and plague;” <> the same as the 3rd, 2nd, and 4th Seals of Rev. 6.

5th Seal: Innocent Israelites were killed in Davids day; <> martyrs are slain in the Latter Days.

6th Seal: In Davids day, the Angel of the LORD appeared to David and others, “standing between earth and heaven.” People fell on their faces and hid themselves, greatly afraid. God then cut short their period of tribulation. <> In the Latter Days, Christ appears “in the clouds.” People see his face; many hide themselves, greatly afraid. The Great Tribulation is cut short.

 

The Rapture(s)

David and his elders–the elect of Israel–were called to “go up” onto holy Mount Moriah. {After being sanctified “from heaven by fire,” they returned to work below. 1 Chr. 21:26} <> The 144,000–the elect Israel–are “caught up” to the heavenly Mount Zion. {After receiving “the seal of the living God,” they return to work below. Rev. 7:2f.; 9:1-4}

{David and the others found Ornan up on Mount Moriah; he had been “threshing wheat” in the presence of the Angel of the LORD. 1 Chr. 21:20-21 <> The Manchild of Rev. 12 has been “caught up” and has begun its (their) work some time before the Rapture of the elect. Rev. 12:5, 10-11}

Davids servants took up a virgin to his palace in Jerusalem. <> The Lords angelic servants take up the Virgin Church to the Fathers house in heavenly Jerusalem.

David “gathered together all the leaders of Israel,” and ordered their service on Earth before God. <> The Lord “gathers together his elect,” and orders their service in heaven before God.

 

The Era of Revelations Trumpets and the Beast

Adonijah exalted himself to be king over all Israel: this in direct defiance of King David and his court. <> The Beast of Revelation 13, via his “Mouth(piece),” exalts himself to be ruler over all nations: he openly defies God and his heavenly host.

Adonijahs chief supporters were a renegade earthly priest, Abiathar, and a power-wielding strongman, Joab. <> The Beasts chief supporters are a renegade heavenly priest, Satan, and the power-wielding False Prophet.

A trumpet was blown, Solomon was loudly proclaimed king, the earth shook. <> The 7th Trumpet is blown, Christ is loudly proclaimed King, an earthquake folows.

 

The Era of Revelations Bowls and the Judgment of the Beast

After a period of time, Adonijah rose up once more. Solomon sentenced him and his strongman to death, and banished his rebellious allied priest. <> At the 6th and 7th Bowls, the Beast attempts his final usurpation. Christ sentences him and his strongman False Prophet to the second death, and banishes the renegade heavenly priest Satan to the Abyss.

 

The Millennial Temple

His kingdom then fully secured, Solomon built a great temple in Jerusalem. <> His Kingdom fully secured, Christ establishes a great temple in Jerusalem.

(For some reason, the last line's typesetting glitched when copied over.)

 

WilliamL

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The Kingdoms of Solomon and Jesus Christ

When Prince Solomon was made King of Israel in 1031 BC, and began to sit on the royal throne in Jerusalem, it was a type and foreshadowing of the accession of Jesus Christ over the “Kingdom of this World.”  Revelation 11:15
      One of Christ's titles is “Prince of Peace.”   Isaiah 9:6  Solomon's name came from the Hebrew word for peace, Shalom: therefore Solomon was also literally Prince [of] Peace, and a type of the Messiah/Christ.  1 Chronicles 22:9
    God clearly revealed this relationship between the two men by promises he made to David about his son Solomon. These promises apply equally to Jesus:

I will set up your seed after you, who will be of your sons [both Solomon and Jesus were physical descendants of David]; and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build me a house, and I will establish his throne forever. I will be his father, and he shall be my son...  1 Chronicles 17:11-13

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Just prior to and soon after Solomon came to the throne, a series of troubles took place in Israel. Like so many other Old Testament events, these also were “a shadow of...things to come”: they allegorically portray the period leading up to and soon following the accession of Jesus Christ to his Kingdom.  Hebrews 10:1  These Latter Day events are extensively described in the Book of Revelation, and to a lesser degree in Matthew 24 and elsewhere

Here, then, are the primary events and main players of the End Times, as foretold in the life of Solomon.
 

The Great Tribulation of the End Times and the Seals of Revelation 6


And Satan stood up against Israel...”  1 Chr. 21:1
'And the Dragon (Satan) stood before the Woman (Church)...'  Rev. 12:4

A period of tribulation began in Solomon's day, near the very end of his father David's rule. The troubles began when King David was moved to number all of his warriors throughout the tribes of Israel and Judah. David's motive for this act is unclear; however, pride of power and/or preparation for war are standard reasons to call for the mustering of one's forces.  2 Samuel 24:1-9; 1 Chr. 21:1-5  

David's action foreshadowed the opening of the 1st Seal of Revelation 6:1-2:

     ...behold, a white horse...went forth overcoming, and to overcome.

Jesus prophesied about this in Matthew 24:3-5, concerning 'signs of the end of the age':

     For many will come in my name, saying, 'I am the Christ [Anointed One],” and will deceive many.

In sum: prideful men will mobilize their forces to impose their self-exaltation over others. [Note: Many such egoic national leaders are currently centralizing their power. However, Jesus has not yet opened the Seal that will release them to go forth in great conquests.]

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Because of David's prideful mustering of his troops, the LORD decreed a punishment. He gave David a choice of “famine...the sword...or...plague.”  1 Chr. 21:10-12; 2 Sam. 24:11-13
    In the Latter Days, there will be no choice: sword/”wars”; famine/ "a quart of wheat for a day's wages"; and pestilences”/ “death” result from the opening of the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Seals of Revelation 6:3-8; also foretold in Matthew 24:6-7. This Divine unleashing of punishments will stem from the arrogant folly of earthly rulers.

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David's sin resulted in the deaths of a multitude of innocent Israelites:

seventy thousand...died. ... Then David spoke to the LORD...and said, “Surely I have sinned, and I have done wickedly; but these sheep, what have they done?”  2 Sam. 24:15, 17

In the Latter Days, innocents will likewise be killed. 5th Seal:

I saw under the altar the souls of those slain for the Word of God, and for the testimony which they held.  Rev. 6:9
Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for my name's sake.  Matt. 24:9

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After David confessed his sin and responsibility for the deaths, the LORD commanded him to “go up” and build an altar to God on Mount Moriah. The site of the altar was to become that of the altar in the famous Temple built by Solomon in Jerusalem.  2 Sam. 24:18f.; 1 Chr. 21:18f.; 22:1

At that time,

David lifted his eyes and saw the Angel of the LORD standing between Earth and heaven, having in his hand a drawn sword stretched out over Jerusalem.  1 Chr.

21:16

Out of respect and fear, David and his elders “fell on their faces”; others “hid themselves.” However, the LORD “relented of the destruction” and told the angel to desist from inflicting more tribulation: “It is enough, now restrain your hand.”  1 Chr. 21:15-20

Very comparable events will take place in the End Times:

Immediately after the [Great] Tribulation of those days [“for the elect's sake he has shortened the days,” Mark 13:20], the Sun will be darkened, and the Moon will not give its light, [and] the stars will fall from heaven... Matt. 24:29

These same signs are listed in Revelation 6:12-13, and identify this time as the 6th Seal:

...the sun [will] bec[o]me black...the Moon bec[o]me like blood, and the stars f[a]ll...

Rev. 6:15-17 proceeds to describe the great fear of men at that day, who hide themselves” because they see the face of the Lord. Likewise Matthew 24:30:

[T]hen all the tribes of the Earth will mourn; and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with  power and great glory.

The Rapture

Like the Angel of the LORD that men saw and feared and hid from in David's time, Christ will remain “in the clouds,” that is, “between earth and heaven.” David was called to go up” in his day upon Mt. Moriah; the elect of God

shall be caught up...in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air.  1 Thessalonians 4:17

...[and shall] come to Mount Zion...in heaven.  Hebrews 12:22-23

This catching up (harpazo, rapture) of the Latter Day elect was foreshadowed in David's and Solomon's time in another way. The next-mentioned event in 1 Kings says that David's

servants...brought to the king...a virgin.  1:2-3

This act foreshadows Matthew 24:31:

He [the Lord] will send his angels/servants...and they will gather together his elect...

These elect include Matthew 25's spiritual virgins: those who are taken in to the Bridegroom/Jesus at his Coming in the clouds.

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Revelation 7:9-17, describing events after the opening of the 6th Seal and before the 7th, tell of this “great multitude” of elect virgins who “come out of the Great Tribulation,”

standing before the throne...of God, [where they] serve him day and night in his Temple.  ...for the Lamb [Christ] who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them...

These Latter Day heavenly events were foreshadowed by the next-mentioned events in 1 Chronicles 22:2f. The chronicler describes how David began to assemble the plans and materials for the fabulous Jerusalem Temple: over a trillion dollars (in today's value) worth of gold and silver, not to mention gemstones, marble slabs, etc. Detailed plans for the Temple and its operation were provided to David by the Holy Spirit.  1 Chr. 28:11-19  The King

gathered together all the leaders of Israel, with the priests and the Levites,

and established them in their orders of service – priestly sacrifice, musicians, gatekeepers, etc. – before the LORD.  1 Chr. 23:2f.

In essence, David planned and provided for the spiritual functions of the Temple. This foreshadowed the gathering to and organization of the service in the heavenly (spiritual) Temple of Rev. 7:9-17, shown above. However, the building of the physical Temple in Jerusalem was to be carried out later by Solomon, as we will see below.

The Era of Revelation's Trumpets and the Beast

At this time in David's and Solomon's era, Solomon the son had not yet become king. The very next event in 1 Kings 1:5 tells how Adonijah, a half-brother of Prince Solomon,

exalted himself, saying, “I will be king.”

Supported by Joab, the commander of the army, and Abiathar, a leading priest, Adonijah gathered those faithful to him – most of Israel's leaders – to proclaim him king. This was in direct defiance of the sitting king, David; his appointed heir, Solomon; Nathan the prophet, Zadok the other leading priest, and “David's mighty men.”  1 Kings 1:8-10

Adonijah's attempt to usurp the kingdom was a foreshadowing of the Latter Day events described in Revelation 13 and most of Daniel 7. A man described as a “little horn” and “a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies” (Dan. 7:8, 25; Rev. 13:5; cf. Ex. 4:16)who is but a puppet-ruler of a demonic spirit called the Beast, the “king [and]...angel of the Abyss/Bottomless Pit” (Rev. 9:11; 11:7; 13:1; 17:3, 8; etc.)begins to

[exalt himself] against God, to blaspheme his name, his tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven.  Rev. 13:6; cf. Dan. 7:25

Like Adonijah, this usurper will defy and attempt to overthrow the true King of Heaven, the Father, and his appointed-to-be-king and Son, Jesus Christ. (Like Solomon, not yet ruling.) And, like Adonijah, the Beast will be supported by a renegade leading priest, Satan, and a power-wielding strongman, the False Prophet. The latter will “exercise all the power of the Beast,” requiring all people to worship him.  Rev. 12:9; 13:2, 4, 11f.; 16:13; 19:20

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Adonijah's rebellion quickly collapsed after King David commanded Zadok and Nathan to blow the trumpet” and loudly and publicly proclaim Solomon to be King:

the people rejoiced with great joy, so that the earth shook with the sound of them.

The here-to-fore Prince Solomon was thereafter established before all the people as King Solomon.  1 Kings 1:32f.

In the End Times, the Little Horn/Mouth of the Beast will likewise have only a short period of glory: 1260 days = 3½ times = 42 months. At the blowing of the 7th Trumpet, “they shall take away his dominion,” and

great voices in heaven [will proclaim], “The Kingdom of this World has become the Kingdom of Our Lord and His Christ...” [A]nd there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake.   Dan. 7:25-27; Rev. 13:5; 11:15, 19

The here-to-fore Prince of Peace is here established over Earth as the King of Peace.

The Era of Revelation's Bowls and the Judgment of the Beast

The accession of Solomon to the throne muted Adonijah's rebellion for a while, but did not end it. Some time later, the usurper resurfaced, this time attempting to verbally seduce the Queen-Mother, Bathsheba, so as to obtain the virgin (Abishag) earlier taken up to the palace of King David. However, King Solomon quickly intervened and sentenced Adonijah to death. At that time, he also sentenced the military man Joab to death, and banished the rebel priest Abiathar, saying “I will not put you to death at this time.” “Thus the kingdom was established in the hand of Solomon.”  1 Kings 2:13-46

In the Latter Days, after a period of time that ends with the 6th and 7th Bowls of Revelation 16, the Beast and his allies will again attempt to usurp power. The 'Queen-Mother' of this era is representative of the land and people of Israel (Jerusalem in particular), with whom the LORD anciently entered into a marriage covenant. Jesus Christ, God's Son, was born of this maternal line.  Isaiah 54:5-6; Jeremiah 3; Ezekiel 16; etc.  “The Beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies” will invade and attempt to conquer Israel and Jerusalem. This effort to secure the heart of Christ's earthly kingdom is seemingly meant to precede an assault upon the heavens, wherein dwells the Virgin.  Rev. 19:19; 16:12f.; Zechariah 14; Joel 3; Ezek. 38-39; Is. 14:12-15; etc.

Like Solomon, Christ will quickly intervene and quash the rebellion against his kingdom. The Beast and his enforcer, the False Prophet, will both be

cast...into the lake of fire...[the place of] the second [spiritual] death.  Rev. 19:20; 20:14

Satan, the rebellious former heavenly priest, will be banished to the Abyss. However, he is later to also be sentenced to the second death, fulfilling the foreshadowing of Abiathar 'not being put to death at this time.'  Rev. 20:1-3, 10

The Millennial Temple

The Book of 1 Chronicles skips over the history of events from the virgin being taken up through the death of Adonijah. Instead, it focuses on King David's preparation for building the Jerusalem Temple. As we saw above, David's work was that of spiritual organization, corresponding to the LORD's heavenly Temple of Revelation 7. The elect of the Church are –

living stones...being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.  1 Peter 2:5

[Y]ou are...being fitted together...into a holy temple in the Lord...a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.  Eph. 2:19-22

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1 Chronicles closes with mention of a day of great celebration wherein all the people “made Solomon son of David king the second time.  29:22  In 2 Chronicles, the next series of events concerns Solomon's preparation for and construction of the physical Temple in Jerusalem.

These events at the time of Solomon's full accession to the throne foreshadow a second celebration of Christ's coming into his Kingdom, after he has completely defeated the Beast and the kings of the earth. Soon thereafter, worship of the LORD will again be established, by the reigning Lord and King Yeshua/Jesus, in a great physical Millennial [1000-year] Temple in Jerusalem:

It shall come to pass that those who are left of all the nations that came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of Hosts...  Zech. 14:16

I will make a covenant of peace with them [“the children of Israel”]...and I will set my sanctuary in their midst forever more.  Ezek. 37:26, 21

Now it shall come to pass in the Latter Days, that...[m]any nations will come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house [temple] of the God of Jacob”...[in] Jerusalem. ... Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.  Isaiah 2:2-4; Micah 4:1-3

 

WilliamL

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The Last Shofar: The Latter Horn of Redemption

There is an ancient Hebrew prophecy about the horns of the ram that Abraham offered to God “for a burnt offering instead of his son” Isaac. Gen. 22:13 The Mosaic-era Book of Jasher records this about the event:

that was the ram which the Lord God had created in the earth in the day that he made earth and heaven. For the Lord had prepared this ram from that day, to be a burnt offering instead of Isaac… And Abraham sprinkled some of the blood of the ram upon the altar, and he exclaimed and said, “…may this be considered this day as the blood of my son before the Lord.” …and the service was accepted before the Lord… Jasher 23:70-71, 75

The blood of the ram that was slain became accepted by God in redemption for the soul of Abraham’s son Isaac. Heb. 9:22

This event was one of the many Old Testament living allegories about Yeshua’s mission, and God’s plan of salvation through it. Here are similar testimonies about Yeshua and his mission:

He was led as a lamb to the slaughter… And the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:7, 6

the lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Rev. 13:8

you…have redeemed us to God by your blood Rev. 5:9

Now, the prophecy about the former ram says that Abraham cut off its two horns, and made trumpet-horns – shofars – from them. These horns were cut off from the crown of the head of the Ram of Redemption. The legend says that the lesser of these two Redemption-shofars was blown first, when the LORD descended before his gathered people on Mount Sinai, early in the Exodus:

Then it came to pass on the third day…that there were thunderings and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet [Hebrew, shofar] exceeding loud…and the whole mount quaked greatly. And the LORD came down upon Mount Sinai… Exodus 19:16, 18, 20

This event culminated the initial period of testing and redemption of Israel, begun 52 days earlier on Passover. On that first Feast of Passover, all Israelite households sacrificed a male lamb at the same time. God accounted this blood-sacrifice as redemption for the nation of Israel’s sins, and immediately brought them out of their Egyptian bondage. But he identified the sacrifice with Himself:

“…you [Israel] shall remember that you were a slave in Egypt, and YHWH your God redeemed you from there.” Ex. 24:28

Now, according to the prophecy, the greater of the two ram’s/Redeemer’s horns will blown last, at the End of this World-Age. It shall announce the Judgment of God, the Kingdom of the Messiah, the Gathering of Israel, the Resurrection of the dead, and the Redemption of Earth from sin and evil. Perkei Rabbi Eliezer 31; Rosh Hashanah 11b Therefore, it is the Last, Shofar.

Paul’s Prophecy about the Last Trumpet/Shofar

The Apostle Paul, before his conversion, was a rabbinical scholar “brought up at the feet of” the famous rabbi Gamaliel. Acts 5:34; 22:3 Paul undoubtedly learned this legend in his studies. Also, because those days were filled with messianic expectations (Luke 3:15), the prophecy would have been publicly known and discussed.

These things lead us to Paul’s famous prophecy in 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 about the resurrection of the dead:

We shall not all sleep [in death], but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye, at the Last Trumpet. For the trumpet shall sound, and the dead

will be raised incorruptible, and we  shall be changed. [Note: New Testament Greek has no separate term to distinguish a ram’s horn/shofar from a metal horn.]

Paul later gave more details about this event:

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ shall rise first.

Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air. 1 Thes. 4:16-17

Now, some people claim that this Last Trumpet, blown to announce the Lord’s descent (as did the trumpet-shofar on Mount Sinai at the LORD's earlier descent), is the Seventh angel-blown Trumpet of Revelation 11:15. However, there is no evidence in any of Paul’s epistles that he ever had any knowledge of the contents of the Book of Revelation. Also, Paul mentions THE Last (not Seventh) Trumpet in 1 Cor. 15 without explanation, clearly presuming that his audience understood what he meant. (Paul was not shy about explaining new teachings.) The ancient prophecy of the first and last shofars had undoubtedly been passed on to the Corinthian Church by Paul and other Jewish elders, because the Church in those days was expecting the Lord’s Coming soon.

The Added Witness of Hebrews 12:18-28

Paul gave a third prophecy that strongly indicates the Last Shofar legend to be the one alluded to in 1 Cor. 15 and 1 Thes. 4. In Hebrews 12:18-28, Paul directly relates and compares the ancient gathering of Israel unto earthly Mount Sinai to the End Time gathering of the Church unto heavenly Mount Zion:

For you are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire [= Sinai], and to blackness and darkness and tempest, and the sound of a trumpet [the shofar of Ex. 19:16, 19]…but you are come to [heavenly] Mount Zion, and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn having been registered in heaven, to God the judge of all, to the spirits of just men having been made perfect, [and] to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant… Heb. 12:18-19, 22-24

Notice the direct contrast between 1) the earthly Mount Sinai at the assembling of carnal Israel on Earth, and 2) the heavenly Mount Zion at the assembling of the sanctified Church in heaven. (Paul makes the same contrast in Galatians 4:21-31.) This direct comparison between

lower versus upper mountains;

carnal (first) versus sanctifying (second/new) covenants;

Old Covenant mediator Moses (Gal. 3:19) versus New Covenant mediator Jesus;

first versus latter trumpets,

is continued in verses 25-26:

See that you do not refuse him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused him who spoke on earth […all the people…said to Moses, “You speak with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us…” Ex. 20:18-19], much more shall we not escape if we turn away from him who speaks from heaven [Jesus: 1 Thes. 4:16 above] – whose voice then shook the earth, but now…“[will] shake not only the earth, but also heaven.” (See Haggai 2:6; 3:21)

This latter-day “turning away” from God’s Presence is described in Rev. 6:15-16:

And the kings of the earth and the great men and the rich men and the commanders and the mighty men and every slave and free man hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, and said, “…hide us from the Face of the one sitting on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb.”

Isaiah 2:10-21 also speaks of this time. Verse 19:

They shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, from the terror of the LORD and the glory of His majesty, when He arises to shake the earth mightily.

And also Rev. 1:7:

Behold, He [Jesus] is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn/wail because of Him.

which brings us, conclusively, to Jesus’ words in Matthew 24:30:

then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

At Mount Sinai, most of God’s called-out assembly, Israel, “stood afar off” (Ex.20:18) – “turned away,” as Paul puts it – from the Lord’s Presence amid the fearsome atmospheric and earthly disturbances.

Paul says even greater disturbances will take place at the Last Shofar, when the Lord comes again. Thus, God’s called out assembly, the Church, must be ready to overcome their natural-born fear of the signs and the Face, and not turn away.

Those whose overcome and are ready will go up to be with the Lord upon the heavenly Mount Zion, even as Moses, Joshua, Aaron, and the 70 elders went up into the Presence on Mount Sinai. “Those who are ready” (Matt. 25:10; cf. Ex. 19:11) will go in with the Bridegroom at his coming, immediately following the heavenly and earthly cataclysms and “great sound of a trumpet [shofar]” of the Sixth Seal = Matt. 24:29-31 = 1 Thes 4:16-17 = Heb. 12:25-28 = Isaiah 2:10-21 = Rev. 1:7.

Those who are not ready, both of the worldly and among Israel and the Church, won’t go up, and will enter into the times of God’s wrath. That wrath begins after the Sixth Seal is opened – “the great day of his wrath is come,” Rev. 6:16 – and extends throughout the Seven angelic Trumpets (the Judgment of Israel), and finally the Seven Bowls (the Judgment of the Nations.)

 

[ Note: the Judgment of 1) the heavenly elohim shall take place first, before the judgments of 2) the Church, 3) Israel, and 4) the nations. That first judgment is spoken of in Rev. 12:7-9, Psalm 82, and Isaiah 24:21, and also by its foreshadowing in Ex. 12:12 and Num. 33:4.]

 

WilliamL

Introduction

By the mouth of two or three witnesses may every word be established.”  Matt. 18:16; 2 Cor. 13:1; Deut. 19:15; etc.

Most Christians know that the story of the First Coming of Christ was revealed in “types and shadows”–allegories– in the Old Testament. One such allegory was Abraham offering up in sacrifice his “only son” Isaac, at or near the place Jesus was later crucified. Another example is the whole Mosaic Passover symbolism of a slain lamb.

God staged these and other OT stories to portray the sacrificial Crucifixion of Jesus Christ, God´s “only begotten son.” “Christ our Passover [Lamb] was sacrificed for us.” Gen. 22; Ex. 12; 1 Cor. 5:7 

What few Christians realize is the extent to which God likewise used Old Testament allegory to reveal and prophesy about the Second Coming of Christ.

Now, according to Divine Law, there must be at least two witnesses to establish a matter. In this blog you will find a series of articles/witnesses, all rooted in biblical and other ancient Hebraic sources, that are in agreement. They establish, in quite a bit of detail, the true order of events of the End Times. All the Old Testament allegories about the Second Coming unequivocably agree: they all portray the doctrine known as Post-Trib, Pre-Wrath, 6th Seal.

Gentile Church Versus Hebrew Prophecy

God revealed His foreknowledge about the First and Second Comings by means of His people, the Hebrews, the children of Israel. Yet most of Israel “were blinded” (Rom. 11:7) as to the identity of Yeshua being their Messiah, and to the allegorical meaning of their own history. Only to Paul did the Lord reveal deep understanding of these allegories. And only to John did the Lord provide His extensive Revelation of the Latter Days.

By the end of the first century A.D., the Church had become a predominantly Gentile institution in both membership and culture. Lacking a Hebraic background, its leaders began to view OT history as only history, and OT prophecy as being opaque, because these Gentiles had little understanding in the subtleties of the Hebrew language–they read the Scriptures in Greek–and next to no knowledge of Jewish lore.

Henceforward, the Church became ever more cut off from the Hebraic roots of “the faith which was once delivered to the [Hebrew/Israelite] saints.” Jude 3 By the mid-fourth century A.D., Gentile Church leaders had banned the observance of the Hebrew Sabbath and Feast Days, although all of these contain prophetic significance. Separated from its Hebraic roots, the Gentile Church had regressed until even the prophetic mysteries that Paul taught had become opaque–and about the meaning of the Revelation they were clueless.

Now, once again viewed through Hebraic lenses, the Hebraic prophecies are able to be understood as originally intended.

I highly recommend that readers print out and carefully study out the posts to follow. These are complex teachings, not easily grasped by a surface reading. The fourth post, the Crib Sheet, is the shortest  and simplest.

 

 

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