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The Temple-Sanctuary and Court of Revelation 11
 

Revelation 11:1 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod. And the angel stood, saying, “Rise, and measure the naos [lit. sanctuary] of God, and the altar, and those who worship in it. 2 But the court which is outside of the naos cast out and measure it not, for it is given unto the Gentiles; and the holy city they shall tread under foot forty-two months.

The Greek term naos does not mean a whole temple complex, for which the Greek word hieron is used. Naos refers only to a temple’s innermost holy place, its sanctuary. The word hieron is never used in Revelation. A naos is mentioned 16 times:
– 10 of them directly speak of it being “in heaven,” or are linked to a near verse that does: 11:19 (twice); 14:15, 17; 15:5, 6, 8 (twice); 16:1; 16:17 ;
– 2 of them refer to it being the Holy One Himself: 21:22 (twice);
– 2 more of them, 3:12 and 7:15, also are clearly heavenly, but you can check them out for yourself to decide.

NOT A SINGLE VERSE in Revelation speaks of a “Temple/naos on earth,” or “in Jerusalem,” or “in the holy city.” Therefore, there is no good reason to presume an earthly exception for the other two uses of naos in Rev. 11:1-2; especially since later in the chapter, verse 19 says “the naos in heaven.”
 

Questions: How could the outer court of a heavenly sanctuary be trampled by the Gentiles? And when it says “don’t measure the outer court, as it is given over to the Gentiles” – could that be the case in heaven?

Answer: Let’s read it literally: “And the court the [one] external/outside [G1855 exothen] of the sanctuary expel [G1544 ekballo (from G1537 ek/out of + G906 ballo/throw)] out [G1544 exo]…

Clearly, the exterior court of God’s sanctuary is to be cast out outside – but outside of what? Outside of heaven, that is, the realm of God’s Presence, is the reasonable answer.

The outer court of the earthly Temple in Old Testament days was the Court of the Gentiles. There, uncircumcised and unsanctified Gentiles were allowed, but no closer. In heaven, no unsanctified souls will be allowed to remain at all. Therefore, this place for the congregation of unsanctified ones cannot be allowed to remain near the heavenly sanctuary, the place of the Presence of God.

The principle behind this was explained in the blog post The Three Heavens: “In the heavens, there is no distance in terms of space, because there is neither space nor time. Distance in the heavens is determined by similarity and oppositeness. For instance, the holier the spirit, the closer its proximity to the Divine; while spirits that rebel against God are by their very nature at vast ‘distances’ (in appearance) from Him.” All summed up in these words of Jesus:

John 3:20 “…everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen…”

The souls that comprise the outer court of God’s spiritual Temple cannot remain anywhere near the heavenly sanctuary, because they are unsanctified. Therefore, they are far in spirit from God’s and the heavenly saints’ very nature. (How this collective group of unsanctified souls will temporarily be able to come into heaven at all will be explained below.)

The sense given by the three “outs” of verse 2 is that the outer court is to be expelled WAY away from the heavenly naos – and where else to but earth? This soulish congregation will therefore likely dominate the Temple Mount on earth, or part of it, which “glorious holy mountain” (Dan. 11:45) Gentiles have been “treading underfoot” since the first century, as Jesus foretold in Luke 21:24.

The same word ekballo was used to describe the event when Jesus “CAST OUT all those who bought and sold in the temple” (Matt. 21:12): it indicates a violent expulsion.
 

Question: In 2 Thessalonians 2 – if God’s naos is the heavenly sanctuary, does the Son of Perdition eject God from His naos and then set himself up as a god? How does the Son of Perdition get into the heavenly sanctuary?
Answer: 2 Thes. 2 doesn’t indicate that the naos spoken of there is in heaven, and neither do I. Those events take place on earth.

Question: The two witnesses prophesy on earth, would you agree?
Answer: Absolutely. The passage shifts in Rev. 11:2 from the heavenly to the earthly perspective. Such shifts back and forth from heavenly to earthly perspectives is common in Revelation.

 

Question: If so, the context could be seen as continuing in an earthly view. But how do we have Gentiles or ‘nations’ in heaven, where part of the holy precinct is given over to them, and not counted with the rest? If no unsanctified souls are allowed in heaven, how is it that there is an outer court to be cast out?
Answer: This scripture will help to explain the coming scenario of Rev. 11:1-2 :

Matthew 22:11 And when the king came in to see the [wedding] guests, he saw there a man which did not have on a wedding garment. 12 So he saith to him, “Friend, how did you come in here not having a wedding garment?” And he was speechless. 13 Then said the king to the servants, “Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him [Gr. ekbalete] into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Clearly, there will be some weeding out of those who ascend, but don’t belong.

Now, how come folks with no wedding garment can make it into the heavenly wedding in the first place? How come Jesus will cast out (ekballo) his unprofitable servant? Matt. 25:30 How come Satan and his angels have to be cast (ballo) from heaven? Rev. 12:7-10

In heaven, no unsanctified souls or spirits will be allowed to remain. Clearly some do get in, then are cast out. This gets us into some deep mystical issues, such as “the eye single” that Jesus spoke about. Matt. 6:22 When Jesus appears in the clouds, to be “seen by every eye” (Rev. 1:17; 6:16 = 6th Seal) every eye of both the living and the dead (Matt. 26:63-64) – that seeing shall be with spiritual sight. Such spiritual sight will freak most people out, and they will “hide themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains, and say to the mountains and rocks, ‘Fall on us, and hide us from the [All-Seeing] Face’…” Just like they essentially did at the First Shofar at Mount Sinai: “when the people saw, they removed, and stood afar off.” Ex. 20:18

Now, there are some people who are spiritually adept, shall we say, who will be able to withstand this spiritual opening, and who will go in, believing themselves to be chosen and worthy. But their souls will not have born the fruits of the Spirit which comprise heavenly “fine linen” garments – “for the fine linen is the RIGHTEOUS ACTS of the saints.” Rev. 19:8 Without such garments/works of righteousness – chiefly including saving faith in the cleansing blood of Jesus, which faith then matures fruits/works via the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:22; 1 Cor. 12:4-11) – they will not be found worthy to stand in the presence of the host of heaven:

Luke 21:36 “…pray always that you may be accounted worthy…to stand before the Son of Man.”

Rev. 7:14 “These are the ones who…washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 Therefore they are before the throne of God…”

Faith without the works of the Holy Spirit is garmentless,” to paraphrase James 2:26.

Many of this group in the outer court of the Gentiles will be unsanctified professing believers in Jesus. There is a great body of those who believe that they are saved and are going to heaven, merely because they have voiced a sinner’s prayer, and maybe had some spiritual experience. But again, these will not have the white wedding garments required to be a part of the celebration, because their mere belief-of-the-lips never matured any Spirit-begotten fruit.

 

Finally, let us now turn this whole debate upon its head, and consider the proposed alternative. If this is a physical temple and court, as so many believe, then how could John – because that is whom the angel is addressing – bodily pick up the court and cast/throw it? And yet the Gentiles in it remain alive to “tread the holy city underfoot”? That whole scenario is patently absurd.

The only sense in which a temple court filled with a vast number of people (souls) could be expelled would be in the spiritual sense. And for this we have clear precedence, with scriptures that speak about Satan and his angels being cast out of heaven, and the spiritual ruler of Tyre being “cast…out of the [heavenly] mountain of God.” Ezek. 28:16, 14

 

WilliamL

The Son of Perdition Is a Patsy

When Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested on November 22, 1963, he asked the police what he was being charged with. They told him the murder of President Kennedy. He then said, “So Iʼm the patsy.” A few days later, he was dead and despised.

Whether or not one believes Oswald shot Kennedy, what he said was true: Kennedy was dead, and Kennedyʼs enemies had a patsy to take the blame.

Judas was also patsy. When he threw the blood-money for Jesusʼ betrayal into the holy naos/sanctuary of the Temple (Matt. 27:5) – coins with pagan gods idolized upon them – he committed the Abomination of Desolation for that age. Jesus called him “the Son of Perdition.” John 17:12; 6:70-71 After Judas had been so used by Satan and apostate Jews to effect the death of Jesus, he was then disdained by his masters like the dumb fool he was. And, like Oswald, he became dead and despised soon afterward

The Son of Perdition for our age, a.k.a. the King of the North, will similarly be used as a patsy. He will invade the Middle East, seemingly from the north through Syria, then occupy Israel and subdue Islamic North Africa. Dan. 11:40-43 This Satan-deluded god-man will bring his forces from Europe by means of “ships of Chittim.” Num. 24:23-24 His invasion will inflame the rest of the world, particularly the peoples of Islamic and Jewish Middle East, but also peoples “from the east” – probably Iran and/or China, “and from the north” – Syriaʼs ally Russia. Dan. 11:44 “He shall [then] plant the tents of his pavilion between the seas at the glorious holy mountain [that is, the Temple Mount: this will be the Abomination of Desolation for our age], but shall come to his end, and no one will help him.” Dan. 11:45

Like Judas, this patsy will quickly end up dead and despised, because his usefulness to Satan will be over. Satanʼs sole plan for him is to cause world-ending chaos, that is, the Great Tribulation. Dan. 12:1; Matt. 24:15, 21 This will cause the collapse of the current worldʼs political system, and set the stage for “a New World Order,” that is, the Beast Kingdom – in which kingdom the Son of Perdition will have no part at all.

Jesus, in his appearance in the clouds to be “seen by every eye” (Rev. 1:17; 6:16 = Sixth Seal), will gather his Elect to himself, even while shepherding the earthly Remnant of Jacob into the “place prepared of [Greek apo: lit. away from] God, that they should feed her there 1260 days.” Matt. 24:31; Rev. 12:6 This Remnant will “have the testimony of Jesus.” Rev. 12:17 But not having prepared themselves for his Coming, they wonʼt be able to ascend to him. Among the Remnant will be the sealed and sanctified 144,000, who will shepherd them during the 1260 days.

As for the Son of Perdition, “…the Lord shall consume [him] with the spirit of his mouth, and shall bring [him] to naught with the brightness of his coming.” 2 Thes. 2:8

The “door” into the heavens will then be quickly “shut” (Matt. 25:10), along with every Spirit-opened eye, leaving forlorn virgins pleading to be allowed in. (“I do not see/perceive [Greek: oida] you,” Jesus will tell them. Matt. 25:11-12) Sometime thereafter, “the Beast that ascends out of the Abyss” (Rev. 11:7), having been released at the Fifth angelic Trumpet (Rev. 9:1-2, 11-12), will proceed to fulfill the “strong delusion” ordained by God. 2 Thes. 2:11 The little horn/Mouth of the Beast will utter his blasphemies against God, deceive the world, and persecute the earthly saints for 1260 days. Dan. 7:8, 25; Rev. 13:5-7

By this time the Son of Perdition, the patsy used by Western apostate Christianity to fully betray its once great heritage –

this deluded god-man, who commits the Abomination of Desolation, which brings to pass the chaos of the Great Tribulation –

he will have become no more than a hiss and a byword of history. Just like Judas, the only other son of perdition, who was used by apostate Judaism to fully betray their own once great heritage. John 17:12

Instead of being the great operator and insider heʼd been duped into believing himself to be, the Son of Perdition will turn out to be just another dumb-fool patsy. Like Judas. Like Oswald.

WilliamL

The Three Earthquakes of Revelation

Some people believe and teach that the the Seals, Trumpets and Bowls of Revelation all take place concurrently. Others teach that only the Trumpets and Bowls are concurrent, and are part of the Seventh Seal. There are many reasons why neither of these things is possible, when all of the other scriptures, particularly the Old Testament prophecies, are taken into account. I will mention just one item here: the three earthquakes of Revelation.

As I show in the blog post The Exodus and the End Times, all the significant events of the Exodus were types and shadows of the Day of the LORD. Therefore, it is noteworthy that three different large earthquakes also took place during the Exodus era. Here are the Exodus-era types, and their Day of the LORD fulfillments:

1) The Exodus, at Mount Sinai: Thick darkness, earthquake, God’s trumpet/shofar sounding. The LORD descended upon Mount Sinai in clouds of smoke; most people cowered away from his Presence. But those who were ready went up into his Presence. Ex. 19:16f.; 20:18

1) 6th Seal: Thick darkness, earthquake, God’s trumpet/shofar sounding. Jesus descends in the clouds; most people are greatly afraid and hide themselves. But those who are ready go up into his Presence. Rev. 6:12-17; 1 Thes. 4:16; Matt. 24:29-30

2) During the Exodus sojourn in the wilderness: Moses and Aaron, after having prophesied and performed similar miracles as the Two Witnesses of Relation 11, 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

2) 6th Trumpet, 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

3) After the Exodus, in Canaan: 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

3) 7th Bowl: “[T]hunderings and lightnings…a mighty and great earthquakegreat 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
 

All the events of the Exodus which foreshadow events of the End Times were sequential in time. There are no scriptures that prove the events of the End Times will not likewise be sequential. On the contrary, the three examples above show that each of these End Time earthquakes will take place under completely different circumstances.

Addenda: For “those who dwell upon the earth” (Rev. 3:10; 6:10; 11:10; 13:8, 12, 14 (2); 14:6; 17:8), the Seals-Trumpets-Bowls, and likewise the three earthquakes, will occur separately and sequentially over time. But for the ones in the heavenly realms of Everywhen, the Seals-Trumpets-Bowls (and all other events of history) are eternally everywhen. This is the realm in which God dwells, and into which prophets visit during their visions of the future. Because all events – past-present-future – already exist there. (And don’t ask me to explain that!)

In this one sense only are those correct who speak of the Trumpets and Bowls being simultaneous. But for “those who dwell upon the earth” in time, the Seals, Trumpets, and Bowls will occur separately and sequentially over a period of many years.

WilliamL

Matthew 24:4-31 Is a Two-Part Prophecy

Chapters 24 and 25 of Matthew consist of many End Time topics addressed by Jesus, including Signs of the End of the Age, the Fig Tree, Wise and Evil Servants, Wise and Foolish Virgins, and others.

For three decades, I unwittingly assumed that the prophesied events of Matthew 24:4-31 will all occur in one continuous sequence. Then came a head-slapping-duh moment, when I realized that verses 4-14 contain one topic-with-sequence, and verses 15-31 contain a second topic-with-sequence. That is to say, two separate but closely-related prophecies are to be found here:

1) Matthew 24:4-14 contains a general overview of the events of the Great Tribulation. It has long been recognized that:

the “many” false christs (:5) are the White Horse of Revelation 6’s 1st Seal;

– “wars and rumors of wars” (:6) are the 2nd Seal’s Red Horse;

– “famines” (:7) are the 3rd Seal’s Black Horse;

– “pestilence and earthquakes” (:7) are the 4th Seal’s Pale Horse;

and the hatred and murder of the saints, instigated by false prophets (:9-12), cause the martyrdom foretold by the 5th Seal.

2) Beginning in Mathew 24:15, Jesus shifts to a different topic-with-sequence:

how the Great Tribulation will begin (:15);

how the saints should respond (:16-26);

how the Great Tribulation will end (:27-29);

and how Christ will return (:30-31).

When Jesus speaks in Matthew 24:23-24 of “false christs and false prophets” coming forth, he is speaking of the same ones earlier mentioned in verses 5 and 11: he thereby ties his two narratives together into a greater whole. Jesus first focuses only upon the Great Tribulation (= the birth-pangs); then second, outlines the main pre-Tribulation event (the Abomination of Desolation), the mid-Tribulation events (deceptions, trials, and testings), and the post-Tribulation events (the Second Coming). The first prophecy of 24:4-14 describes neither the AD nor the Second Coming. And the second prophecy of 24:15-31 skips over the details about the GT provided by the first prophecy.

 

I hope this understanding will be helpful to some of you. I’m sure that many already know it. And I’m sure that many will reject it, because they already have fixed their eschatologies upon the events of verses 4-31 being in one continuous sequence. Misconceptions such as “the Tribulation” being followed by “the Great Tribulation” are one result of such thinking.

 

 

 

 

WilliamL

Revelation 12

1) When does this happen?   2) Who is the woman?   3) Where is the wilderness?   4) What do clothed with the sun, moon under her feet, and crown of 12 stars mean?

5) What is meant by a thousand two hundred and threescore days?

1) When. Jesus told John,

Rev. 1:19 Write the things which you have seen [past], and the things which are [present], and the things which will take place after these [future].

“The things seen” (by John up to that point) are told in Rev. 1:9-20. “The things which are” – that is, that were taking place at the time of John’s visions – are told in Rev. 2-3, when Jesus tells each of the 7 churches, “I know your works.” Then, beginning in Rev. 4:1, we find:

Rev. 4:1 After this I looked and beheld a door standing open in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me, saying, Come up here, and I will show thee things which must take place after these [things].

Everything John was shown from Rev. 4:1 onward is future from – “after” – his day. This includes everything in chapter 12. The birth and ascent of the Manchild that John saw in Rev. 12:5 are future; although the birth and ascent of Jesus was of the same pattern and type. Jesus himself tells us who the Manchild shall be:

Rev. 2:26-27 The one overcoming, and the one keeping my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: and he shall shepherd/pastor them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to pieces: as I also have received from my Father.

Rev. 12:5 She bore a Manchild, who is about to shepherd/pastor all nations with a rod of iron.

Rev. 12:7-11 then reveals that this Manchild, a collective body, the elect-of-the-elect overcomers, will participate in the casting down of Satan and his angels out of heaven:

Rev. 12:7 And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the Dragon [Satan]… 11 And they overcame him [Satan] by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their souls unto death.

The “they” of verse 11 cannot refer to any non-human angels, only to men, that is, to those ascended overcomers of the Manchild(ren) cleansed and empowered by the blood of Jesus.

These events take place “at the time of the end” (Dan. 11:40), the “time Michael shall stand up” (Dan. 12:1; Rev. 12:7), just prior to and during “a time of trouble such as never was” (Dan. 12:1; Matt. 24:21), that is, the Great Tribulation.

 

2) Who is the Woman? Like the Manchild, the Woman-with-child is a mystical body. Not the Church, which is a Virgin Bride. And not the race of Israel, which is flesh-and-blood.

Western left-brain Protestant Christianity has largely ignored any concept of the Feminine Divine, even though the Adamic race was “made in Elohim’s image, male and female.” Gen. 1:27 Catholicism has carnalized the Feminine Divine into the person of Mary. Only mystical Judaism, and to some extent mystical Christianity, have spoken of the Feminine Divine.

Hebraic teachings of old say that one of the attributes of the One God is the emotional desire to form, gestate, bring forth and nurture living creatures. This tradition also says that when Adam and Eve were driven out of God’s garden into the earthly wilderness, this Divine Feminine either went with them or regularly visited them, in order to nurture her children as any mother would. The most well-known name for her is the Shekhinah, the feminine Presence/form of the Divine.

This mystical Woman/mother – emotionally bound to the nurturing of her children, and to their upbringing in wisdom, righteousness, and maturity – is spoken of in Ezekiel:

Ezek. 19:2, 10-13 What is thy mother? A lioness: she lay down among lions, she nourished her whelps among young lions. … Thy mother is like a vine in thy blood [the place of the soul, Lev. 17:11], planted by the waters: she was fruitful and full of branches by reason of many waters. And she had strong rods for the scepters of them that bore rule, and her stature was exalted among the thick branches, and she appeared in her height with the multitude of her branches. But she was plucked up in fury, she was cast down to the ground, and the east wind dried up her fruit: her strong rods were broken and withered; the fire consumed them. And now she is planted in the wilderness, in a dry and thirsty ground.

In Revelation 12’s account of the End Times, the Woman again goes “into the wilderness” when her offspring are driven out once more. Rev. 12:6, 14-17; Luke 21:36

 

3) Where is the wilderness? The wilderness is always a place apart from the comforts and security of civilization, wherein God tries and tests his people. There he separates and rejects the rebels, and teaches the obedient his torah/doctrine/Way. The wilderness is an unpopulated or sparsely populated place, generally a desert and/or mountainous region.

In our land, many visionaries have foreseen it to be the Intermountain West, which is just such a place.

 

4) Clothed with the sun…

Rev. 1:16 …his [Jesus’] countenance was like the sun shining in its strength.

John 1:4, 9 In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. …the true Light, which gives light to every man…

Gal. 3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on [been clothed with] Christ.

Rom. 13:12 …let us put on the armor of light.

 

4) the moon under her feet… The moon is symbolic of the types and shadows of the Mosaic Law. All of the Old Testament feast days derive their times from the position of the moon.

Under her feet”: the symbolism appears to be twofold. First, the Mosaic Law represents an earthly level of spirituality. Second, it represents a foundation/basis for upper levels of wisdom and sanctification. Although the Shekhinah is heavily involved in the earthly affairs of her children, she is still Divine, and therefore stands in authority over all created things.

 

4) on her head a crown/stephanos of 12 stars. In the New Testament, a stephanos invariably symbolizes the honors and authority achieved through overcoming, through gaining the victory:

1 Thes. 2:19 …our…crown/stephanos of rejoicing…

2 Tim. 4:8 …the crown/stephanos of righteousness…

James 1:12 …the crown/stephanos of life…

1 Pet. 5:4 …the crown/stephanos of glory.

This type of victory only became possible after the advent of Christ (and His victory over sin and death), through the reception of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, the 12 stars in the stephanos represent Apostolic ability and authority to overcome the world, pride, and the flesh.

The other New Testament word for crown, diadema, refers to regal authority-by-descent. The Book of Revelation says that only Christ, Satan, and the Beast wear diadems. The Beast will receive his crowns and throne from Satan. Rev. 13:1-2 Satan gained his from Adam, to whom it was originally authorized (Gen. 1:26, 28), prior to Adam submitting himself to the serpent’s word. Christ overcame Satan’s lies and temptations, thereby earning back regal authority over Earth. (Only Christ is able to wear both stephanos and diadema.)

 

5) What is meant by 1260 days? 1260 literal days.

While there have been day-for-a-year fulfillments of this period in type, these are now past. The 1260 days/42 months/3½ times take place during the period of the 7 Trumpets, the Mouth of the Beast (Rev. 13:5) = Daniel’s Little Horn (Dan. 7:25), and the Two Witnesses (Rev. 11:3). Jeremiah 30:7 calls it “the time of Jacob’s trouble.” (This is “the remnant of Jacob” spoken of in many Old Testament prophecies.)

When Christ appears in the clouds to take up the elect/chosen of his Church, “every eye shall see him.” (Rev. 1:7 See the articles under that title.) At that time, all of earthly Israel will see their true Messiah. Many of them will undergo 1260 days of wilderness trials in order to become either submissive and sanctified, or else purged and separated. They will be shepherded by the 144,000 Israelites “sealed upon their foreheads” (Rev. 7:3; 14:1) at the heavenly appearance of Jesus. The 1260 days will conclude at the 7th Trumpet, and then Christ’s reign will be proclaimed “in heaven,” and he will begin to establish his earthly kingdom. Rev. 11:3, 7-18

Daniel 7:25-27 [During the 1260 days:] And he [the Little Horn] shall speak pompous words against the Most High, and shall afflict the [Israelite] 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 half a time [= 1260 days]. But the heavenly court shall have been seated, and [after the 7th Trumpet is blown] they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end. And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms 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.

Micah 5:8-9 And [then] the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many peoples like a lion among the beasts of the forest, like a young lion among the flocks of sheep: who, if he passes through, both treads down, and tears in pieces, and none can deliver. Thine hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be cut off.

 

WilliamL

Index and Summaries of Blog Posts 1-14

This summary of the first 14 posts will allow readers to more easily find topics of interest to them.

1. Introduction: Hebraic Roots Pre-Wrath

A brief explanation of this blog’s primary focus: End Times prophecy as viewed from the long-ignored Hebraic perspective. https://www.worthychristianforums.com/blogs/entry/839-introduction-hebraic-roots-pre-wrath/

2. The Last Shofar: the Latter Horn of Redemption

Provides the Hebraic background of, and explanation for, Paul’s use of the term “the Last Trumpet” in 1 Corinthians 15:51; then explains its connection to Paul’s often-ignored Rapture prophecy in Hebrews 12:18-28. https://www.worthychristianforums.com/blogs/entry/840-the-last-shofar-the-latter-horn-of-redemption/

3. The Kingdoms of Solomon and Jesus Christ

Shows that all the primary events of the latter days of King David, up through the early years of King Solomon, allegorically portray the sequence of events of the End Times, up to the establishment of Christ’s own kingdom-reign from Jerusalem. https://www.worthychristianforums.com/blogs/entry/842-the-kingdoms-of-solomon-and-jesus-christ/

4. End Times Crib Sheet

A summary outline of the above article, with a few key additions. Good for copying to use as a concise, one-page reference sheet for the order of End Time events.   https://www.worthychristianforums.com/blogs/entry/843-end-times-crib-sheet/

5. The Great Tribulation and the Great Deception

Some “strong meat,” quoting passages from many Old and New Testament prophecies and Hebraic allegories, that reveals much not commonly understood about the Abomination of Desolation, Great Tribulation, the Manchild, the Lawless One, and resurrections of the righteous and unrighteous dead.

https://www.worthychristianforums.com/blogs/entry/861-the-great-tribulation-and-the-great-deception/

6. The Beast Is Not a (7-Headed!) Man

Provides background Hebraic information, of which the Gentile Church’s members are generally ignorant, that reveals exactly what and who the Beast of Revelation 11, 13, 17 is (and is not!).

https://www.worthychristianforums.com/blogs/entry/877-the-beast-is-not-a-7-headed-man/

7. The End Times and the Exodus

A second Hebraic allegorical witness (to #3 above) that reveals the precise order of events for the End Times. Shows how all of the major events of the Exodus era, up through Joshua’s conquest of Canaan, allegorically portray, often using the very same words and phrases, the precise order of events from the Abomination of Desolation up through the Battle of Armageddon.

https://www.worthychristianforums.com/blogs/entry/881-the-end-times-and-the-exodus/

8. Careers in the Kingdom

Provides a basic description of Kingdom- (Millennial-) Age ecclesiastical, governmental, and commoner employments and responsibilities, and shows how these roles are both similar to and different from such roles in the Mosaic/‘Jewish’ and Church Ages.

https://www.worthychristianforums.com/blogs/entry/902-careers-in-the-kingdom/

9. “The Stars Will Fall From Heaven” = Pole Reversal?

Shows how passages from Matt. 24, Luke 21, and Rev. 6, 9, and 12, about the stars falling from heaven in the era of the Second Coming, seem to indicate the reversal of Earth’s poles. Evidence for such pole reversals in the past is presented in comparison. https://www.worthychristianforums.com/blogs/entry/929-%E2%80%9Cthe-stars-will-fall-from-heaven%E2%80%9D-pole-reversal/

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

Shows how these prophecies outline the political-military-religious events from before the Abomination of Desolation up through the demise of the Son of Perdition at the Coming of Christ in the clouds of heaven.

https://www.worthychristianforums.com/blogs/entry/948-mt-2415f-dan-11-12-2-thes-2-num-2424/

11. “…and every eye will see Him…” Part 1

An introduction to the prophecy of Revelation 1:7, and parallel Old and New Testament prophecies: the primary implications of “every eye will see” Christ when He comes in the clouds.

https://www.worthychristianforums.com/blogs/entry/961-%E2%80%9C%E2%80%A6and-every-eye-will-see-him%E2%80%A6%E2%80%9D-part-1/

12. “…and every eye will see Him…” Part 2

A broader look at the implications of this event, especially for those of a carnal nature. Also, how this event was directly presaged by the LORD’s descent upon Mount Sinai during the Exodus.

https://www.worthychristianforums.com/blogs/entry/975-every-eye-will-see-him-part-2/

13. “…and every eye will see Him…” Part 3

An expanded view of how this event was presaged at Mount Sinai, especially concerning those of a soulish nature. Beginning of an understanding about ascents toward the LORD.

https://www.worthychristianforums.com/blogs/entry/995-every-eye-will-see-him-part-3/

14. “…and every eye will see Him…” Part 4

A concluding look at the ascents of those of spiritual and light natures, both at earthly Mount Sinai and at the Coming of Christ upon heavenly Mount Zion.

https://www.worthychristianforums.com/blogs/entry/1015-every-eye-will-see-him-part-4/

 

WilliamL

The Three Heavens

The Three Heavens

There is a lot of misunderstanding about the three heavens/worlds above this material world. They are not places, as we generally understand that word: they are spiritual states of consciousness.

The New Jerusalem is a state of collective consciousness, that of the Bride of Christ. The Bride of Christ is the spiritual union of all born-from-above believers. Every description about heavenly Jerusalem’s layout and adornment – gates and foundations, gemstones and gold, etc. – represent different attributes of spirituality such as truth, holiness, and devotion, each with its own infinity of varieties and degrees.

In the heavens, there is no distance in terms of space, because there is neither space nor time. Distance in the heavens is determined by similarity and oppositeness. For instance, the holier the spirit, the closer its proximity to the Divine; while spirits that rebel against God are by their very nature at vast “distances” (in appearance) from Him. Spirits that have an especial love for children are drawn closer to other spirits like themselves, and appear more alike in form, than are spirits that are especially gifted in doctrine.

There are an infinity of types of heavenly societies, each with its own collective appearance. “For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ…having…differing gifts…” Rom. 12:4-6 Every societal countenance/appearance corresponds to the unique love/agape of that society.

The three heavens in order consist of:

1 (lowest): Soul (Hebr. nephesh/Grk. psuche). “The soul of the flesh is in the blood." Gen. 9:4; Lev. 17:11 Soul/nephesh is the level of developmental consciousness of the seed of Israel, and corresponds to the laver section of the Temple: the water of the washing of repentance. The lowest heaven pertains to all those who keep YHWH's Covenant of 10 Commandments, given to Israel at Mount Sinai – with plenty of grace applied, of course.

2 (middle): Spirit (ruach/pneuma.) The Church is a spiritual/pneumatikos body. This corresponds to the Holy Place of the Temple, the place of the 7 Spirits/7 Lights of the Menorah, and the Word of Truth/the Table of Showbread. This level pertains to those who have true faith in Jesus, and are led by the Holy Spirit – again, with grace applied.

3 (highest): Breath (neshamah/emphusao). This is the level of the “revealed sons of God” (Rom. 8:19), and corresponds to the Most Holy Place of the Temple. This highest heaven pertains to ones able to dwell closest to the Light of the Presence/Face of God (Luke 1:19; Rev. 6:16, etc.), who do not observe Him from afar off, nor turn away their faces out of shame because of unwashed (unrepented) sins.

Again, all of these things are forms and degrees of spiritual consciousness.

In the Temple, the level of the altar of fleshly sacrifice is that of all persons who live according to the desires of the flesh. One must sacrifice one’s carnal desires; only then can one be washed in the laver of water baptism, in order to enter into the two chambers of the Holy Sanctuary. The altar is the level of our material world, which must be purified by fire.

In sum, the heavens represent degrees of holiness: soul, spirit, and very breath. The flesh must be purified by the soul [taught via the Sinai Covenant], the soul must be purified by the Spirit [brought via the Last Supper Covenant], and the spirit must be purified by the emanated breath-light of the Holy One, when the Lord appears in the light of his glory.

If you keep these things in mind, you will not get caught up in the apparent-only “material” descriptions of the New Jerusalem.

 

WilliamL

Part 4

When the Holy One reveals His Presence to those upon earth, both past (at Mount Sinai) and future (from heavenly Mount Zion), those of fleshly and soulish natures cannot enter within the sphere of the Presence, which manifests as a mass of clouds having the Light of God at its center.

At such times, the third of the four types of people to see the event are those having the primary nature of the spirit [Hebr. ruach; Grk. pneuma]. In the Exodus-era prophetic picture, these were represented by Joshua. He was the only Spirit-level man of that soulish and carnal era. Whereas the priests and elders were called to ascend before God yet still remain “afar off,” Joshua the attendant of Moses was called to ascend upon the mountain itself:

Ex. 24:12 Then the LORD said to Moses, Come up to me on the mountain and be there... 13 So Moses rose up, and his attendant Joshua: and Moses [and Joshua] ascended into the mountain of God. 14 And he said unto the elders, Wait here for us, until we come back to you. 15 Then Moses [and Joshua] ascended into the mountain, and the cloud covered/enclosed/clothed the mountain.

The cloud” here speaks of the outer covering – that is, the outer veil – of the Presence of God. In the Mosaic Tabernacle and Solomon's Temple, this was represented by the Holy Place (front chamber) of the sanctuary. When Moses and Joshua were enclosed within the cloud, they came into the Presence, from which the Adamic race had been cut off (with a limited few exceptions, e.g. Enoch) since the fall of Adam and Eve. This second-level ascent is a prophetic picture of the End Time Rapture of the Spirit-filled Church:

Rev. 1:7 Behold, He is coming with the clouds

Luke 21:27 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

1 Thes. 4:16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven... 17 Then we…shall be caught up…in clouds, into a meeting of the Lord in air. And so always with the Lord we shall be.

To “always be with the Lord” is to eternally be clothed with = dwell within the Holy Presence. In the Exodus-era's prophetic picture of this, even though Joshua by necessity had to later descend from earthly Mount Sinai, Scripture tells us –

Ex. 33:11 …[Moses'] assistant Joshua…did not depart from the tabernacle.

The same is said of the Spirit-infilled believers caught up/Raptured to heaven in the End Times:

Rev. 7:14 …the ones coming out of the Great Tribulation… 9 …clothed in white robes… 15 …[are to] serve Him [God] day and night in His [heavenly] sanctuary.

 

The fourth type of people are those called into the very Light of the Holy Presence. In the Exodus-era's prophetic picture, Moses alone represented this type:

Ex. 24:2 Moses alone shall come near the LORD… 17 The sight of the Glory of the LORD was like a consuming fire on the top of the mountain... 18 So Moses went into the center of the cloud and ascended into the mountain…

Ex. 33:11 And the LORD spoke to Moses face to face, like one speaks to his friend.

Because of Moses' closeness to the Light of the Face of God,

Ex. 34:29 …the skin of [Moses'] face shone while he talked with Him. [And for sometimes afterwards. 34:30-35]

In the Mosaic Tabernacle and Solomon's Temple, the Most Holy Place (innermost chamber) of the sanctuary was the only place a man could approach near unto the Glory/Light of the Presence. The two chambers of the sanctuary represent the middle and highest of the three heavens (2 Cor. 12:2), requiring respectively greater levels of sanctity to enter.

In the Seventh Millennium, apparently no man will be able to approach God face-to-face except for Jesus, the High Priest of the Melchizedek (heavenly) priesthood. All views of the Glory of the Father will be, as Ezekiel once described it, an “appearance of the likeness of the Glory of YHWH.” Ezek. 1:28 (Even Moses was only able to see “the form/similitude of the LORD.” Num. 12:8; cf. Ex.33:20) Not until the Eighth Millennium, when the old, sin-corrupted heavens and earth have “passed away,” and sanctified “new heavens and a new earth” have been created (Rev. 21:1; Is. 65:17; 66:22), will mankind be permitted to

Rev. 22:4 …see/gaze upon His Face; and His Name shall be upon their foreheads.


 

WilliamL

Part 3

The Lord chose to scatter a multitude of prophetic pieces of the End Time jigsaw puzzle-picture throughout the Bible. Most people try to assemble all of the scattered pieces into one complete scene without ever having any picture on a box cover to guide them.

The Exodus story provides a guiding picture. Every basic theme and event of the End Times is in that biblical picture story, but people refuse to look at it. Instead, they work from distorted pictures formed in their minds out of presumptions about how they think things will be, or from what others have told them. And so they end up trying to jam puzzle pieces together that weren't made to fit the way they think they should.

To retrace a bit:

Ex. 19:17-18 And Moses brought forth [all] the people out of the camp to meet with God; and they stood at the nether part of...Mount Sinai...

Heb. 12:22 But you have come to Mount Zion

Ex. 20:18 ... the people...fell back and stood afar off... Deut. 18:16 ...saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not.

Heb. 12:25 See that you do not...turn away from Him who speaks from heaven...

Four types of people came to earthly Mount Sinai and saw and heard God. The same four types shall see and hear God reveal Himself from heavenly Mount Zion. As we have seen, the first type, people having the primary nature of the flesh, i.e. the heathen, will always flee and hide in fear from the Presence of the Holy One.

The second type are people having the primary nature of the soul [Hebr. nephesh; Grk. psuche/“psyche”]:

Lev. 17:11; Gen. 9:4 The soul of the flesh is in the blood.

These are people who belong, either by heritage or by choice, to the blood/soul lineage of Israel: all who have cleaved to Israel's God by accepting His Covenant of Ten Commandments, which was established with Israel at Mount Sinai. These are people who live moral lives with their neighbors upon the earth, not corrupting their flesh and souls with God-forbidden desires and lusts. But these are not people who have been infilled by the Holy Spirit, and have thereafter lived their lives being guided by the very Spirit of Christ. Rom. 8:9; 2 Cor. 3:17

When soulish people meet God, they do not flee; but neither are they able to fully enter into his Presence. They are convinced, but not fully transformed. They are honored by God, but he does not accept them up into the cloud. Rather, he selects them for offices of earthly service, that is, as elders and priests over matters concerning flesh and blood. The 70 elders of Israel and the Levitical priesthood typified those called into such offices:

Ex. 24:1 And He said unto Moses, “Ascend unto the LORD, you, and [Levitical priests] Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel; and worship from afar off. 10 ...and they saw the God of Israel... 14 And [Moses] said to the elders, “Wait here for us until we come back to you.” [!]

Rev. 7:2 [END TIMES] Then I saw another angel... 3 saying, “Do not harm the earth…until we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.” 4 ...One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed.

Zech. 12:10 [END TIMES] “And I will pour out upon the house of David and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplications, and they will look intently toward [not away from] me whom they pierced.” … 12 And the land shall mourn, every family by itself...”

The heathen will flee and hide away from the Face of God; but the Israelite servants of God will look toward him, and

Matt 26:64 “...see/gaze upon the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

The faithful to YHWH, but (formerly) blinded-to-Christ elders and religious leaders of Israel, will see God having Christ at his right hand, and will realize that this is the fulfillment of Psalm 110's prophecy about their Messiah:

Ps. 110:1 YHWH said unto my Lord, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool.”

They will repent, and God will pour out his grace upon them, and seal them for His service upon earth.

WilliamL

Part 2

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.

Luke 12:2 For there is nothing covered that shall not be revealed, nor hidden that shall not be known.

In order for every eye to see Jesus, they will have to be facing Him. But what if He is facing back at you. And you know that He sees you too! And not only that – you're butt-naked in His sight, body and soul and spirit, you know you are! What will you do in the revealing Light of His Glory, when it is exposing your nakedness to everyone better than any TSA body scanner ever could hope for? Why, you will, if you have not prepared yourself for this moment,

Is. 2:10 Enter into the rock, and hide in the dust,
From the terror of the LORD
And the glory of His majesty.

11 The lofty looks of man shall be humbled,
The haughtiness of men shall be bowed down,
And the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.

Rev. 6:15 And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, 16 and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the Face of Him who sits on the throne and from the Wrath of the Lamb!"
 

So a brief review: Jesus and the Father appear in heaven, and “every eye” sees them, worldwide, living and dead. Everyone is awestruck. Everyone realizes HE sees THEM too, and SEES EVERYTHING ABOUT THEM:

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 12:2For 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...”

John 3:20 “For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.”

The heathen “tribes of the earth” – that is, flesh-level people, not spirit-level Christians – will be too scared and ashamed to continue standing in the Presence, and they will flee from His Face. For those who are able to stand in that Light, however, it will be different – but more on that later.

Where and when did something very much like this happen before? It happened at Mount Sinai, about seven weeks after the Exodus of the Israelite people out of Egypt:

Ex. 20:18 Now all the people witnessed the thunderings, the lightning flashes, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they fell back and stood afar off. … So the people stood afar off, but Moses drew near the thick darkness where God was.

With this background in mind, we can come now to a prophecy of the Rapture that is often ignored, yet sums up everything so far discussed: Hebrews 12:18-28.

18 For you have not come to the mountain [Sinai] that may be touched and that burned with fire, and to blackness and darkness and tempest, 19 and to a sound of a trumpet and a voice of words, so that those who heard it begged that the word should not be spoken to them anymore. ... 22 [RAPTURE:] But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, 23 to a general assembly and a church of the firstborn having been registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men having been perfected/fulfilled, 24 [and] to Jesus, Mediator of a new covenant... 25 See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven...

Some will turn away from Him, others will move toward Him, just as at Sinai. Some will wail and flee, others will rejoice and ascend:

Matt. 24:30 “...then all the tribes of the earth will mourn/wail, and they will see/gaze upon the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”

Mark. 13:27 “And then He will send His angels, and gather together His elect from the four winds, from the farthest part of earth to the farthest part of heaven.”

John 3:21 …he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”

WilliamL

“…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 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. 11:40 “At the time of the end the king of the south shall attack him [the king of the north]; 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, and Ammon (= the whole or parts of the modern countries 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, that is, one out of the historical Graeco-Roman culture. The northern ruler invades from north to south, enters and occupies (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 returns to Israel and sets up his headquarters 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; immediately followed by the Great Tribulation; immediately 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-Revelation 7 events that take place during the time of the Wrath of God are even hinted at (with the exception of a hint of a 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 same period right before the Second Coming:

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 northwest of 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 [the region covering parts of Syria, northern 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.

 

    According to the Book of Jasher, which was written in the same era as this prophecy by Balaam, the Kittim were the tribe who became the Romans:

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

Likewise, the "ships of Kittim" mentioned in Dan. 11:30, who came against Antichus IV Epiphanes in 168 B.C. 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 (1 Macc. 1:10) 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 Jerusalem's Temple Mount (Dan. 11:31), he became the preeminent 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

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

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

End Times Crib Sheet

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

 

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

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

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

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

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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