God’s Plan For The Ages – 4 – Daniel 1-5 – God’s Prophetic Plan For The End Times

God’s Prophetic Plan For The End Times Laid Out In The Book Of Daniel Chapters 1-5

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Themes Of Daniel (Scofield Study Bible)

Daniel, like Ezekiel, was a Jewish captive in Babylon. He was of royal or priestly descent (1:3). His long life extended from Nebuchadnezzar to Cyrus. He was a contemporary of Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Ezra and Zerubbabel.

Consider the themes of Daniel, which are: the four beasts, the Ancient of Days, The Son of man, the desecration of the temple, the prophecy of the seventy weeks, the manifestation of the man of sin, the great tribulation, the two witnesses, the return of the Messiah, the resurrections and the judgments.

Daniel is distinctively the prophet of the “times of the Gentiles” (Luke 21:24), (See Scofield “Luke 21:24”). His vision sweeps the whole course of Gentile world-rule to its end in catastrophe, and to the setting up of the Messianic Kingdom.

Introduction to Daniel (MacArthur Study Bible)

According to Hebrew custom, the title is drawn from the prophet who, throughout the book, received revelations from God. Daniel bridges the entire 70 years of the Babylonian captivity (ca. 605–536 B.C.; cf. 1:1 and 9:1–3). Nine of the twelve chapters relate revelation through dreams/visions. Daniel was God’s mouthpiece to the Gentile and Jewish world, declaring God’s current and future plans. What Revelation is to the NT prophetically and apocalyptically, Daniel is to the OT.

The following outline comes from the Scofield Study Bible. This study of Daniel is not a verse by verse examination of scriptures. Instead, the emphasis is placed on key areas that relate to the, “God’s Plan For The Ages,” study.

Nebuchadnezzar’s vision of the statue: Daniel 2:1-13.

Daniel interprets Nebuchadnezzar’s dream/vision: “four world empires” (Daniel 2:31-35)

First world empire: Babylon (Daniel 2:36-38; 7:4)

Second world empire: Medo-Persia (Daniel 2:39; 7:5; 8:20)

Third world empire: Greece (Daniel 2:39; 7:6; 8:21)

Fourth world empire: Rome (Daniel 2:40-43; 7:6; 9:21)

Messianic Kingdom to be established on Earth (Daniel 2:44-45; Matthew 3:2 (Scofield note)

Nebuchadnezzar recognizes the deliverance to be of God (Daniel 3:26-28)

The Vision and Humbling of Nebuchadnezzar – The King’s proclamation to all nations (Daniel 4:1-3)

Nebuchadnezzar’s vision of a great tree (Daniel 4:4-18)

Daniel interprets the dream (Daniel 4:10-27)

The dream fulfilled; the king’s restoration (Daniel 4:37)

Daniel’s Experiences under Belshazzar; Belshazzar defiles the temple vessels (Daniel 5:1-4)

The handwriting on the wall (Daniel 5:5-9)

Daniel interprets the writing (Daniel 5:10-30)

The Biblical Order Of The Monarchs Of Daniel’s Time (Scofield Note, Daniel 5:18)

Nebuchadnezzar (604-562 B.C.)

Belshazzar (553-539 B.C.)

Darius the Mede (539-531 B.C.)

Cyrus (539-530 B.C.)

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God’s Plan For The Ages – 3 – Ezekiel 39 – The Nations That Will Attack Israel.

How will the alignment of nations attempt to destroy Israel?

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Consider the world events of today, as they relate to the mistreatment of Israel by the nations of the world, even by the USA. The lack of respect for “God’s chosen people” has never been greater by America than it has been during the time of the current White House Administration in the USA. Consider the description of the attacking forces of Israel in Ezekiel Chapter 39, as they are identified in the video. Consider the words of God, as they relate to His love for Israel. Dates for this post come from the Scofield Study Bible.

Deuteronomy 7:6 New Living Translation (NLT) 1451 B.C.

6 For you are a holy people, who belong to the Lord your God. Of all the people on earth, the Lord your God has chosen you to be his own special treasure.

Jeremiah 31:3 New Living Translation (NLT) 606 B.C.

Long ago the Lord said to Israel: “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.

Zechariah 2:8 New Living Translation (NLT) 519 B.C.

8 After a period of glory, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies sent me against the nations who plundered you. For he said, “Anyone who harms you harms my most precious possession.

Zechariah 14:1-3 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 487 B.C.

God Will Battle Jerusalem’s Foes.

1 Behold, a day is coming for the Lord when the spoil taken from you will be divided among you. 2 For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city will be captured, the houses plundered, the women ravished and half of the city exiled, but the rest of the people will not be cut off from the city. 3 Then the Lord will go forth and fight against those nations, as when He fights on a day of battle.

Zechariah 14:2. “All the nations” gather against Jerusalem to battle.

Consider your nation. Consider the other nations of the world. “All nations” will be gathered together to attack and try to destroy Israel. The military forces will be composed of those who were not caught up to heaven with Christ at the time of the rapture (John 14:3; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18; 1 Corinthians 15:50-53). Included in the “nations of the world,” will be the forces of the United States Of America.

Zechariah 14:3. Consider the words that God gave to the prophet Zechariah as he describes His defense of Israel.

Ezekiel 39 587 B.C. Looking Ahead. New Living Translation (NLT)

The prophecies of Ezekiel cover a period of time from B.C. 595-574. Ezekiel prophesied to all of the displaced tribes of Israel. The attackers of Israel have long had a hatred for Israel, which is only about the size of the US state of New Jersey. The size of those which will attack Israel is far greater than Israel. But they and many other nations, to include many in the USA, consider “God’s chosen people” to be the cause of the hatred that exists in the world of the middle east. In future posts, we will consider the scriptural authority for Israel to possess its land. No US President has the authority to negotiate away that which God has given to “His chosen people.” We will also discuss the term, “God’s chosen people.” It is important for God’s people to be aware of the things in the world that are taking place which affect freedom and God’s people. The liberal news programs will not provide the truth in reporting that will be found in Fox News. Do the things that are written in the prophecies of Ezekiel, Daniel and Zechariah appear to be part of today’s world events? Continue to study the books of prophecy. Reliable study Bibles include: MacArthur, Ryrie, Jeremiah and Scofield. Continue to watch news broadcasts that are not biased against Israel or God’s scriptural truth. The reality of the writings of Ezekiel 38-39 is exactly that, “real,” and is as real as a heart attack. It is important for God’s people to place in offices of leadership those who will pay more than just lip service to the support of Israel and to the truth of God’s Word. Each person’s vote is important, and should be used in accordance with God’s will. It is time for God’s people to get serious about their relationship with God. “Please read this very carefully.” If you belong to a Church that is a part of the National Council of Churches, or of the World Council of Churches, there is a good chance that you have not been taught the importance of supporting Israel. There is also a good chance that you have not been taught that same-sex marriage, abortion on demand, and men going into the restrooms of women, “are wrong and are perversions of God’s Holy Word.” If you see nothing wrong with abortion on demand, same-sex marriage, or men going into the restrooms of women, there is a good chance that you have not been born again, and do not have the Spirit of God dwelling within your spirit, influencing your decisions and actions. Consider the truth of the following two verses.

The Wisdom Of God

1 Corinthians 1:18 New Living Translation (NLT)

18 The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God.

1 Corinthians 2:14 New Living Translation (NLT)

14 But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means.

Pray for God to reveal the truth of His Word to you.

Ezekiel Chapter 39 Text

The Slaughter of Gog’s Hordes (vs 2. Consider the actions of God when He forces the un-Godly opposition forces into the battle against Israel.)

1 “Son of man, prophesy against Gog. Give him this message from the Sovereign Lord: I am your enemy, O Gog, ruler of the nations of Meshech and Tubal. 2 I will turn you around and drive you toward the mountains of Israel, bringing you from the distant north. 3 I will knock the bow from your left hand and the arrows from your right hand, and I will leave you helpless. 4 You and your army and your allies will all die on the mountains. I will feed you to the vultures and wild animals. 5 You will fall in the open fields, for I have spoken, says the Sovereign Lord. 6 And I will rain down fire on Magog and on all your allies who live safely on the coasts. Then they will know that I am the Lord.

7 “In this way, I will make known my holy name among my people of Israel. I will not let anyone bring shame on it. And the nations, too, will know that I am the Lord, the Holy One of Israel. 8 That day of judgment will come, says the Sovereign Lord. Everything will happen just as I have declared it.

9 “Then the people in the towns of Israel will go out and pick up your small and large shields, bows and arrows, javelins and spears, and they will use them for fuel. There will be enough to last them seven years! 10 They won’t need to cut wood from the fields or forests, for these weapons will give them all the fuel they need. They will plunder those who planned to plunder them, and they will rob those who planned to rob them, says the Sovereign Lord.

11 “And I will make a vast graveyard for Gog and his hordes in the Valley of the Travelers, east of the Dead Sea. It will block the way of those who travel there, and they will change the name of the place to the Valley of Gog’s Hordes. 12 It will take seven months for the people of Israel to bury the bodies and cleanse the land. 13 Everyone in Israel will help, for it will be a glorious victory for Israel when I demonstrate my glory on that day, says the Sovereign Lord.

14 “After seven months, teams of men will be appointed to search the land for skeletons to bury, so the land will be made clean again. 15 Whenever bones are found, a marker will be set up so the burial crews will take them to be buried in the Valley of Gog’s Hordes. 16 (There will be a town there named Hamonah, which means ‘horde.’) And so the land will finally be cleansed.

17 “And now, son of man, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: Call all the birds and wild animals. Say to them: Gather together for my great sacrificial feast. Come from far and near to the mountains of Israel, and there eat flesh and drink blood! 18 Eat the flesh of mighty men and drink the blood of princes as though they were rams, lambs, goats, and bulls—all fattened animals from Bashan! 19 Gorge yourselves with flesh until you are glutted; drink blood until you are drunk. This is the sacrificial feast I have prepared for you. 20 Feast at my banquet table—feast on horses and charioteers, on mighty men and all kinds of valiant warriors, says the Sovereign Lord.

21 “In this way, I will demonstrate my glory to the nations. Everyone will see the punishment I have inflicted on them and the power of my fist when I strike. 22 And from that time on the people of Israel will know that I am the Lord their God. 23 The nations will then know why Israel was sent away to exile—it was punishment for sin, for they were unfaithful to their God. Therefore, I turned away from them and let their enemies destroy them. 24 I turned my face away and punished them because of their defilement and their sins.

Restoration for God’s People

25 “So now, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will end the captivity of my people; I will have mercy on all Israel, for I jealously guard my holy reputation! 26 They will accept responsibility for their past shame and unfaithfulness after they come home to live in peace in their own land, with no one to bother them. 27 When I bring them home from the lands of their enemies, I will display my holiness among them for all the nations to see. 28 Then my people will know that I am the Lord their God, because I sent them away to exile and brought them home again. I will leave none of my people behind. 29 And I will never again turn my face from them, for I will pour out my Spirit upon the people of Israel. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!”

Commentary: MacArthur Study Bible (Everyone should own a MacArthur Study Bible)

39:1–10 I am against you. This scene of the army’s ruin adds detail to 38:18–23 such as: 1) the disarming of soldiers (v. 3); 2) their fall in death (vv. 4, 5); 3) the gorging of birds and beasts on the corpses (v. 4); 4) fire sent also on others besides the army (v. 6); and 5) burning of weapons by Israelites (vv. 9, 10).

39:9, 10 burn the weapons. There is enough equipment to provide fuel for 7 years.

39:9 seven years. A vast army (cf. “many,” 38:15) would have much weaponry, requiring 7 years to burn. Since this is likely at the end of the time of tribulation, synonymous with the battle of Armageddon (Rev. 16:16; 19:19–21), the burials would extend into the millennial kingdom.

39:11–16 give Gog a burial place. Israelites moving E from the Mediterranean, with the sea to their backs and the Jezreel Valley before them, bury bodies. Further, people in the whole land help in the interment, which consumes 7 months. The description fits the time after Christ’s Second Advent extending into the millennial era as those who go into His kingdom do the work (cf.Rev. 20:1–10).

39:11, 16 Hamon Gog. Lit. “the multitude of Gog.” In v. 16, a city in the area will be named Hamonah, “multitude” (cf. a similar idea in Joel 3:14).

39:17–20 Speak to…bird and…beast. God’s word summons carrion birds and carnivorous animals to consume the fallen flesh as described in Rev. 19:21.

39:17, 18 My sacrificial meal. Since God describes the feast by the imagery of a sacrificial meal, the warriors who fell (v. 19) are described figuratively in words such as rams and other animals used in sacrifice.

39:21–29 I will set My glory. God vanquishes Israel’s foes to show His glory so that His enemies and Israel will all know that He is the Lord (vv. 6, 22). This is Israel’s salvation spoken of in Zech. 12:10—13:9 and Rom. 11:25–27.

39:29 poured out My Spirit. God’s provision of His Spirit at the Second Advent complements the regathering (cf. 36:27; 37:14;Joel 2:28). The Gog and Magog assault in Rev. 20:7–9 at the end of the Millennium is another assault on Jerusalem patterned after certain images of the invasion here (chaps. 38, 39), but it is a distinct event one thousand years after the millennial kingdom begins. See note on Rev. 20:8, 9.

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God’s Plan For The Ages – 31 – The 144,00 – Revelation 14:1-5

Rapture and Second Coming Of Christ

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Introduction. The first five verses of this chapter of Revelation have a significant relationship to the teaching of the first eight verses of Revelation Chapter 7. See the summary of this post to read about that correlation.

Revelation 14:1-5 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Lamb and the 144,000

1 Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father’s name written on their foreheads. 2 And I heard a voice from heaven, like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder. And I heard the sound of harpists playing their harps. 3 They sang as it were a new song before the throne, before the four living creatures, and the elders; and no one could learn that song except the hundred and forty-four thousand who were redeemed from the earth. 4 These are the ones who were not defiled with women, for they are virgins. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These were redeemed from among men, being first fruits to God and to the Lamb. 5 And in their mouth was found no deceit, for they are without fault before the throne of God.

Comments: BibleGateway.com/MacArthur Study Bible notes.

14:1 a Lamb. See note on 5:6. Mount Zion. The city of Jerusalem, where Messiah will return and plant His feet (cf. Pss. 2; 48:1, 2; Is. 24:23). one hundred and forty-four thousand.See note on 7:4. name. The counterpart to the mark of the beast. It is the stamp that will identify the 144,000 as belonging to God (see note on 13:6).
Note: 1:4 seven churches which are in Asia. Asia Minor, equivalent to modern Turkey, was composed of 7 postal districts. At the center of those districts were 7 key cities which served as central points for the dissemination of information. It is to the churches in those cities that John writes. who is and who was and who is to come. God’s eternal presence is not limited by time. He has always been present and will come in the future. the seven Spirits. There are two possible meanings: 1) a reference to Isaiah’s prophecy concerning the 7-fold ministry of the Holy Spirit (Is. 11:2); or 2) more likely, it is a reference to the lampstand with 7 lamps (a menorah) in Zechariah—also a description of the Holy Spirit (see notes on 4:5; 5:6; Zech. 4:1–10). In either case, 7 is the number of completeness, so John is identifying the fullness of the Holy Spirit.
Note: 5:6 Lamb. Hearing of a lion, John turns to see a lamb (lit. “a little, pet lamb”). God required the Jews to bring the Passover lamb into their houses for 4 days, essentially making it a pet, before it was to be violently slain (Ex. 12:3, 6). This is the true Passover Lamb, God’s Son (cf. Is. 53:7; Jer. 11:19; John 1:29). as though it had been slain. The scars from its slaughter are still clearly visible, but it is standing—it is alive. seven horns. In Scripture, horns always symbolize power, because in the animal kingdom they are used to exert power and inflict wounds in combat. Seven horns signify complete or perfect power. Unlike other defenseless lambs, this One has complete, sovereign power. seven eyes…seven Spirits. Cf. 4:5; see note on 1:4.
Note: 13:6 His name. This identifies God and summarizes all His attributes (cf. Ex. 3:13, 14). His tabernacle. This is symbolic of heaven (cf. Heb. 9:23, 24). those who dwell in heaven. The angels and glorified saints who are before the throne of God and serve Him day and night.

14:2 harps. See note on 5:8.
Note: 5:8 harp. These ancient stringed instruments not only accompanied the songs of God’s people (1 Chr. 25:6; Ps. 33:2), but also accompanied prophecy (cf. 1 Sam. 10:5). The 24 elders, representative of the redeemed church, played their harps in praise and in a symbolic indication that all the prophets had said was about to be fulfilled. bowls full of incense. These golden, wide-mouth saucers were common in the tabernacle and temple. Incense was a normal part of the OT ritual. Priests stood twice daily before the inner veil of the temple and burned incense so that the smoke would carry into the Holy of Holies and be swept into the nostrils of God. That symbolized the people’s prayers rising to Him. prayers of the saints. Specifically, these prayers represent all that the redeemed have ever prayed concerning ultimate and final redemption.

14:3 new song. The song of redemption, which is being sung by all the redeemed saints in one gigantic choir. They are rejoicing over the accomplishment of God’s entire redemptive work before Christ’s return (cf. Pss. 33:1–3; 40:3; 96:1; 144:9, 10; 149; Luke 15:10; see note on 5:9). the four living creatures, and the elders. See notes on 4:4, 6.
Note: 4:4 twenty-four elders. Their joint rule with Christ, their white garments (19:7, 8), and their golden crowns (2:10) all seem to indicate that these 24 represent the redeemed (vv. 9–11; 5:5–14;7:11–17; 11:16–18; 14:3; 19:4). The question is which redeemed? Not Israel, since the nation is not yet saved, glorified, and coronated. That is still to come at this point in the events of the end. Their resurrection and glory will come at the end of the 7 year tribulation time (cf. Dan. 12:1–3). Tribulation saints aren’t yet saved (7:9, 10). Only one group will be complete and glorified at that point—the church. Here elders represent the church, which sings the song of redemption (5:8–10). They are the overcomers who have their crowns and live in the place prepared for them, where they have gone with Jesus (cf. John 14:1–4).
Note: 4:6 sea of glass. There is no sea in heaven (21:1), but the crystal pavement that serves as the floor of God’s throne stretches out like a great, glistening sea (cf. Ex. 24:10; Ezek. 1:22). four living creatures. Lit. “four living ones or beings.” These are the cherubim (sing., cherub), those angels frequently referred to in the OT in connection with God’s presence, power, and holiness. Although John’s description is not identical to Ezekiel’s, they are obviously both referring to the same supernatural and indescribable beings (Pss. 80:1; 99:1; see notes on Ezek. 1:4–25; 10:15). full of eyes. Although not omniscient—an attribute reserved for God alone—these angels have a comprehensive knowledge and perception. Nothing escapes their scrutiny (cf. v. 8).
Note: 5:9 new song. Cf. 15:3. The OT is filled with references to a new song that flows from a heart that has experienced God’s redemption or deliverance (cf. 14:3; Pss. 33:3; 96:1; 144:9). This new song anticipates the final, glorious redemption that God is about to begin. redeemed us to God by Your blood. The sacrificial death of Christ on behalf of sinners made Him worthy to take the scroll (cf. 1 Cor. 6:20; 7:23; 2 Cor. 5:21; Gal. 3:3; 1 Pet. 1:18, 19; 2 Pet. 2:1).

14:4 not defiled with women. An illustration of God’s ability to keep believers remarkably pure in the midst of great difficulty. This phrase indicates that the 144,000 Jewish evangelists will have not only resisted the perverse system of Antichrist, but they will have also resisted all temptations to illicit sex. Cf. 2 Cor. 11:2.follow the Lamb. This indicates partisanship for Jesus Christ. The victorious 144,000 are unwaveringly loyal to Him, whatever the cost (cf. Matt. 16:24; Mark 10:21; Luke 9:23; John 10:27;12:26; 14:15). firstfruits. Like the OT firstfruits offerings, these men will be set apart for special service to God (cf. Deut. 26:1–11). Some see firstfruits as the first large group of redeemed Israel (see note on 11:13), saved much earlier, and representative of more converts to follow (cf. Rom. 16:5; 1 Cor. 16:15), the first fruits of a redeemed Israel (Rom. 11:1–5, 11–15,25–27).

14:5 no deceit. The 144,000 speak God’s truth accurately and precisely, with no exaggeration or understatement (cf. Zeph. 3:13). without fault. Not sinless, but sanctified (see Eph. 1:4;5:27; Col. 1:22).

14:2–5. The 144,000 sing a new song of worship and redemption. The four beasts and elders are the same as in chapter 4. That the 144,000 were virgins and not defiled with women may indicate either (literally) celibacy and sexual purity (cf. 1 Cor. 7:25–38) or (figuratively) moral and religious purity (refusal to submit to the false religious system of the False Prophet). They follow the Lamb and reign with Him. As the firstfruits of the redeemed, they are the first to be saved during the Tribulation period (following the Rapture of the church—cf.7:1–4). A characteristic of the redeemed is that they are without guile or falsehood (cf. 21:27; 22:15; Zeph. 3:13; John 1:47). This may refer to their rejection of the false claims of the Antichrist concerning himself (cf. Rom. 1:25; 2 Thess. 2:4, 11). That they are without fault or blemish means that they are ethically blameless (cf. Eph. 1:4; 5:27; Phil. 2:15; Col. 1:22; 1 Pet. 1:19;Jude 24).

The following narrative is from Bible.org, by Dr. John F. Walvoord, deceased.

The chapter begins with the unusual phrase used several previous times: “And I looked, and, lo.” This expression, which could also be translated “And I saw, and, behold,” introduces the vision of the Lamb standing on Mount Zion accompanied by 144,000. The expositors are faced with a number of important decisions in the understanding of this passage among which is the meaning of Mount Zion. J. B. Smith joins with Bengel and Hengstenberg in interpreting Mount Zion as the figurative expression referring to heaven, finding a similar usage in Hebrews 12:22.252 Smith holds that the expression “mount Sion” always refers to the heavenly Jerusalem whereas “Sion” without “mount” always refers to the earthly city, a rather arbitrary conclusion.

To interpret this as a heavenly city, however, involves numerous problems which Smith and others do not take into consideration. If this group is the same as the 144,000 of chapter 7, they are specifically said to be sealed and kept safely through the tribulation. In this case, they move on into the millennial earth without going to the third heaven, since this is the meaning of the seal (cf. 7:3).

Further, the argument that the 144,000 must be in heaven as they hear the song before the throne may be disputed. There is no statement to the effect that they hear the song, only the declaration that they alone can learn it. The reasons for making Mount Zion a heavenly city in this passage are therefore lacking a sure foundation. Preferable is the view that this is a prophetic vision of the ultimate triumph of the Lamb following His second coming, when He joins the 144,000 on Mount Zion at the beginning of His millennial reign.

The determination of the place of this action is also correlated with the question whether the 144,000 in chapter 14 are the same group as in chapter 7. Walter Scott expresses the opinion without giving any substantiation that the 144,000 of chapter 14 are of the tribe of Judah and therefore to be distinguished from the 144,000 in chapter 7.253 There is no evidence whatever in the passage that this group is limited to Judah, and it would be most strange to have two groups of exactly 144,000 in the end time, especially when 12,000 of those in chapter 7 are also of the tribe of Judah. The preferable view, therefore, seems to be that the 144,000 in this chapter are the same as in chapter 7. In their first mention they are seen at the beginning of the great tribulation. In their second mention in chapter 14, they are seen still intact, preserved by God through the fearful days of persecution and standing triumphantly with the Lamb on Mount Zion at the beginning of the millennial reign.

The best manuscripts indicate that the expression “having his Father’s name written in their foreheads” should be “having his name, and the name of his Father, written on their foreheads.” By this expression they are clearly identified as belonging to both the Father and the Son. In chapter 7, the seal is mentioned as simply being the seal of God, whereas here we have more detail. There is no good ground for imagining that the seal here is a later development and dissimilar to the earlier seal. J. B. Smith offers this view on the theory that in chapter 7 the 144,000 are not Christians and do not become Christians until chapter 14.254 There is little to support this conclusion. The difference in the two descriptions is that one is general and the other specific. As Seiss points out, their identification with the Father is their mark of being saved Jews; their identification with the Lamb reveals their salvation through faith in Christ; their position on Mount Zion a place of security, blessing, and glory in the earthly Jerusalem in the millennial kingdom.255

In verse 2, a new facet of the vision is given to John and he records hearing a voice from heaven. The voice is described in most majestic terms as being similar to the sound (Gr.,pho„ne„) of many waters and comparable to the sound of a great thunder. John also hears the voice of harpers harping with their harps (lyres). In verse 3 they are described as singing a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. This scene seems reminiscent of chapters 4 and 5 though the expression “from heaven” is not in some manuscripts. The preponderance of evidence seems to indicate that this is indeed a heavenly scene which John is seeing “in the Spirit” while his body is on earth. If the 144,000 are on earth in Zion, who then are the company in heaven? Though the natural questions concerning their identity are not clearly answered in the text, the heavenly group are probably the martyred saints of the tribulation, in contrast to the 144,000 who are on earth and do not suffer martyrdom. Both groups, however, experience the trials of the great tribulation and therefore are alone worthy to enter into the song of redemption recounting their victory over their enemies and praising God for His grace which has numbered them among the redeemed.

Chronologically, the song John hears is their hymn of praise in heaven during the time of the great tribulation, but the same song is echoed by the 144,000 who stand triumphantly on Mount Zion after the tribulation. As is true of the rest of the vision in this chapter, the chronological order is not maintained, but rather different subjects are brought into view pertaining to the general theme of the ultimate triumph of God. There seems to be a definite connection between the new song that is sung and the ascription of praise (7:10) in which the martyred dead cry out to God, “Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.” Different in character but also a new song is that of the twenty-four elders in 5:9-10. In chapter 14, the song is sung before the four living creatures and the elders; in chapter 5 the elders themselves sing the song. In the reference to the 144,000 as redeemed from the earth, the thought seems to be that both those in heaven and on earth have been redeemed, that is, purchased by the blood of Christ and delivered from their enemies, one group through martyrdom, the other group by divine preservation through the tribulation.

Returning to the subject of the 144,000 in verse 4, John describes them as “not defiled with women, for they are virgins.” This description is not explained in the context but has been taken variously as referring to necessary abstinence from marriage in the critical days of the tribulation when a normal marital life for a person true to God is impossible, or as referring to spiritual purity, that is, they are not defiled by love of the world or compromise with evil, but keep themselves pure in a world situation which is morally filthy. In like manner Israel is referred to frequently in the Bible as “the virgin the daughter of Zion” (2 Kings 19:21; Isa. 37:22), as the “virgin daughter of Zion” (Lam. 2:13), and as the “virgin of Israel” (Jer. 18:13; 31:4, 21; Amos 5:2). In the New Testament also, the term “virgin” is used of both men and women as in 2 Corinthians 11:2 in reference to the church as a bride.

The possibility that their virgin character signifies their spiritual purity primarily is indicated in the next statement describing them as those “which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth.” Here again it is obviously in the earthly scene, as the 144,000 of Israel do not ever go to heaven during their natural lifetime. The third statement also introduced by “these,” as the two previous affirmations, repeats the thought that these are redeemed from among men as the firstfruits to God and to the Lamb. Again the word for redeemed is a form of agorazo„, as in verse 3, meaning “to purchase.” In what sense is this company “firstfruits” (Gr., aparche„)? The term “firstfruits” seems to refer to the beginning of a great harvest, here to the beginning of the millennial kingdom. The 144,000 are the godly nucleus of Israel which is the token of the redemption of the nation and the glory of Israel which is to unfold in the kingdom.

The description of the 144,000 closes with the statement that they are without guile and without fault. In saying that they have no guile (Gr., pseudos), the thought is that there is no falsehood or especially no false religion in them (cf. use of the word pseudos in Rom. 1:25; Rev. 21:27; 22:15). This large number has been kept utterly clean from the false religion of the great tribulation. They are also described as without fault, that is, blameless and without stain, in contrast to those who are apostates, described as “faults” or “blemishes” using the same root (Gr., amo„sos) as in 2 Peter 2:13. How important this makes the life and testimony of any believer who seeks to emulate these who in this most trying time are found in no compromise with error and no defilement of their purity. Christians in the present age are exhorted to be “without blame before him” (Eph. 1:4), “without blemish” (Eph. 5:27; 1 Peter 1:19), “unblameable” (Col. 1:22), “without spot” (Heb. 9:14), and “faultless” (Jude 24). All of this is in the sight of God, though the expression in verse 5 “before the throne of God” is not in the best manuscripts.

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In summary:

There is a great example of the sovereignty of God that is shown in opening verses of the 14th Chapter of Revelation, as they are related to the opening verses of Revelation Chapter 7. In Revelation 7:1-8, we see 144,000 Jews who were sealed by God to be His servants. In verses one and three of the 14th chapter we see the same 144,000 servants of God still alive on earth, which means that they were protected by God to survive the atrocities of the Anti-Christ, as well as any other sources of genocide, that will take place during the Tribulation. In the 14th chapter, verse 3, those Jews were said to be “redeemed” from the earth; the NASB says they were “purchased” from the earth. God was responsible for that redemption, or purchase, of those former unbelieving Jews. Those same Jews had been left behind when the rapture of the church took place. These Jews had not been believers in Christ, but, we see that God “chose” them to be His servants , also known as missionaries, and that He chose them for service and for salvation. It was “God’s choice,” with nothing else, or nobody else, being involved in the process. The born again believers in Christ had been saved “from” the tribulation (Revelation 3:10). The 144,000 Jewish missionaries were saved “through” the tribulation. It was God’s sovereign election that “caught up” (1 Thes 4:16-17) the saints who would miss the tribulation, and would go directly to the Presence of God. It was also God’s sovereign election that sealed and protected the 144,000 Jewish missionaries (from the twelve tribes of Israel, Rev 7:4), who will share the message of Christ “during the tribulation.” It is important to understand that once the rapture of the church takes place, there will be no one left on earth who has the Presence of the Holy Spirit dwelling within their spirit and influencing them with righteousness. As it has been said, “all Hell will breakout throughout the whole world.” The tribulation will not be confined to the Nation of Israel. The great apostasy that is mentioned in 2 Thessalonians 2:3 will the apostasy of all apostasies. Because of the removal of born again believers from the Earth, there will be a rebellion of mankind toward God and an abandonment to lawlessness. The Anti-Christ will not be the only enemy of God; there will also be other purveyors of lawlessness who will be wreaking havoc to promote their evil desires. Consider the condition that our world would be today if there were no one living on earth who had been born again, having the Presence of God’s Holy Spirit dwelling within their spirit and influencing their daily life. Consider the condition of a world where none of its citizenry, nor of its leaders, would be born again believers in Christ. It will be by the presence and witness of the 144,000 Jewish missionaries, who will be situated throughout the four corners of the earth during the Tribulation, that there will be dispersed Jews who will be born again and come to know Jesus as their Messiah, and then be uprooted from their lands by God, and be taken to Israel (Ezek 36:24-28/Matt 24:31/John 3:3).

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God’s Plan For The Ages – 30 – Yeshua Jesus And The Day Of Atonement/Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur – Day Of Atonement (Jonathan Bernis)

The following link has information from a Jewish site that discusses The Day Of Atonement, also known as Yom Kippur.

http://www.chabad.org/holidays/JewishNewYear/template_cdo/aid/4687/jewish/Yom-Kippur.htm

Yom Kippur begins at sundown on Tuesday 11 October, 2016, and continues until sundown on Wednesday October 12.

Consider the following verses of scripture that relate to The Day Of Atonement/Yom Kippur.

The Day of Atonement – Leviticus 23:26-32 – Observed by the Israelites – Fulfilled in Christ (Romans 11:26, see below).

26 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 27 “Also the tenth day of this seventh month shall be the Day of Atonement. It shall be a holy convocation for you; you shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. 28 And you shall do no work on that same day, for it is the Day of Atonement, to make atonement for you before the Lord your God. 29 For any person who is not afflicted in soul on that same day shall be cut off from his people. 30 And any person who does any work on that same day, that person I will destroy from among his people. 31 You shall do no manner of work; it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. 32 It shall be to you a sabbath of solemn rest, and you shall afflict your souls; on the ninth day of the month at evening, from evening to evening, you shall celebrate your sabbath.”

BibleGateway.com/MacArthur Study Bible note.

23:26–32 Day of Atonement. The annual Day of Atonement pointed to the forgiveness and cleansing of sin for the priests, the nation, and the tabernacle

The Day Of Atonement – Hebrews 9:28 – Jesus will bear the sins of those whom know Him as Lord and Savior.

Hebrews 9:28 New King James Version (NKJV)

28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.

BibleGateway.com/MacArthur Study Bible note:

9:28 to bear the sins of many. See note on Is. 53:12 (cf. 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Pet. 2:24). eagerly wait. See note on Phil. 3:20. second time. On the Day of Atonement, the people eagerly waited for the High-Priest to come back out of the Holy of Holies. When he appeared, they knew that the sacrifice on their behalf had been accepted by God. In the same way, when Christ appears at His second coming, it will be confirmation that the Father has been fully satisfied with the Son’s sacrifice on behalf of believers. At that point salvation will be consummated (cf. 1 Pet. 1:3–5). apart from sin. See notes on 2:17, 18; 4:15. This phrase testifies to the completed work of Christ in removing sins by His sacrifice at His first coming. No such burden will be upon Him in His second coming.

The Day Of Atonement – Fulfilled In Christ – The Substitutionary Sacrifice By Christ – Romans 11:26

Romans 11:26 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

26 And so all Israel shall be saved, as it is written: “There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob.

BibleGateway.com/MacArthur Study Bible note:

11:26 all Israel. All the elect Jewish people alive at the end of the Tribulation, not the believing remnant of Jews within the church during this church age (see notes on vv. 5, 17). Since the remnant has already embraced the truth of the gospel (see note on v. 25), it could not be in view here, since it no longer needs the salvation this verse promises. The Deliverer will come out of Zion. See Pss. 14:7; 53:6; Is. 46:13. The Lord Jesus Christ’s millennial rule will be associated with Mt. Zion (see notes on Ps. 110:2; Heb. 12:22). Zion. See note on 9:33.

Psalm 14:7 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

7 Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! When the Lord bringeth back His people from captivity, Jacob shall rejoice and Israel shall be glad.

Isaiah 46:13 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

13 I bring near My righteousness; it shall not be far off, and My salvation shall not tarry; and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel My glory.

Yom in Hebrew means “day.” Kipporah in Hebrew means “to cover.” Yom Kippur, which is also known as The Day Of Atonement, is the highest of the Jewish holy days. Ever since the beginning of Rosh Hashanah (October 2), Jews around the world have been preparing themselves for Yom Kippur. During this ten-day period of time, Jews have been involved in a practice that is known as Teshuvah, which involves repentance. Such repentance involves personal relationships, and relationships with God. Tashlich is also a matter of practice, which relates to the teaching of Micah 7:19, “He will again have compassion on us, and will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.” Jews will say prayers and cast bread, or other items of food, upon a body of water. I think that all of us have heard of the saying, “cast you bread upon the waters.” During these “Ten Days Of Awe,” (from the beginning of Rosh Hashanah until the end of Yom Kippur) also known as “Ten Days Of Repentance,” Jews are trusting that they will be found worthy of having their names written in a “heavenly book of life,” whereby they will have one more year of life. A cordial greeting that Jews have for other Jews is, Leshanah tovah tikateiv veteichateim: (lit: “may you be inscribed and sealed for a good year”); this is a traditional greeting on the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah).

The following article that discusses the Jewish Feast of Yom Kippur, is provided by ReformJudaism.org. This ministry is a Jewish ministry, as opposed to being a Messianic Jewish ministry.

Yom Kippur means “Day of Atonement” and refers to the annual Jewish observance of fasting, prayer and repentance. Part of the High Holy Days, which also includes Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur is considered to be the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. In three separate passages in the Torah, the Jewish people are told, “the tenth day of the seventh month is the Day of Atonement. It shall be a sacred occasion for you: You shall practice self-denial.”(Leviticus 23:27). Fasting is seen as fulfilling this biblical commandment. The Yom Kippur fast also enables us to put aside our physical desires to concentrate on our spiritual needs through prayer, repentance and self-improvement.

Yom Kippur is the moment in Jewish time when we dedicate our mind, body, and soul to reconciliation with God, our fellow human beings, and ourselves. We are commanded to turn to those whom we have wronged first, acknowledging our sins and the pain we might have caused. At the same time, we must be willing to forgive and to let go of certain offenses and the feelings of resentment they provoked in us. On this journey we are both seekers and givers of pardon. Only then can we turn to God and ask for forgiveness: “And for all these, God of forgiveness, forgive us, pardon us, and grant us atonement.”

Comments by this writer:

The Day Of Atonement dealt with “covering one’s sin,” or making atonement, or covering” sin. See Leviticus 17:11.

Leviticus 17:11 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.

The Romans destroyed the Temple in Jerusalem in 70 A.D., which prevented future animal sacrifices from taking place. Because animal sacrifices could no longer take place, there was no way for the totality of the Law to be followed. (James 2:10).

10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law and yet offend on one point, he is guilty of all.

Leviticus 16 goes into great detail of the Day Of Atonement. vs 1-5 (Preparation of the High Priest); vs 6-10 (Identification of the Sacrifices); vs 11-14 (Atonement for the Priest); vs 15-19 (Atonement for the Tabernacle); vs 20-28 (Atonement for the People); vs 29-34 (Purpose for the Day Of Atonement).

Whereas the annual Day of Atonement showed that God would cover sins, the blood sacrifice of Jesus removes sins from those who are born again. The blood of Jesus does not cover, or remove, the sins of anyone who has not been born again. Consider the following verses that discuss the removal of sin through Christ.

John 1:29 21st Century King James Version (KJ21) – Yeshua Jesus removes sin; He does not cover it.

29 The next day John saw Jesus coming unto him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who taketh away the sin of the world!

John 3:16 21st Century King James Version (KJ21) – Anyone who has a belief, or trust, in Yeshua Jesus as Savior and Lord, “has” everlasting life.

16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 3:17 21st Century King James Version (KJ21) – There is no choosing of God for anyone to be condemned to Hell.

17 For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

John 3:18 21st Century King James Version (KJ21) Belief in Yesus Jesus versus unbelief: The result is that of not being condemned to Hell, as opposed to being condemned to Hell.

18 “He that believeth in Him is not condemned; but He that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Romans 8:1 21st Century King James Version (KJ21) Those who are “in Christ” (i.e., born again) are not condemned to Hell. Their lives are influenced by the inner Presence of God’s Holy Spirit, Who dwells within the Spirit of every born again believer in Christ.

1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

To say that someone is “in Christ” is to say that such a person’s spirit literally dwells within the Spirit of Christ, God The Son, Yeshua Jesus. That person’s spirit also dwells within the Spirit of God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. At the same time, the Spirit of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, dwells within the spirits of everyone who has ever been born again. To continue that thought, every born again believer in Christ has dwelling within their spirit, the spirit of every other person, who has ever been born again.

John 14:8-11 21st Century King James Version (KJ21) (The following verses show the indwelling of God the Son in God the Father, and that Yeshua Jesus “is” God.)

8 Philip said unto Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us.”
9 Jesus said unto him, “Have I been so long a time with you, and yet hast thou not known Me, Philip? He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, ‘Show us the Father’?
10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of Myself; but the Father that dwelleth in Me, He doeth the works.
11 Believe Me that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me; or else believe Me for the very works’ sake.

John 14:16-17 21st Century King James Version (KJ21) (The following verses show that “The Helper,” Who is the Holy Spirit, will come into the spirit of every born again believer in Christ, and will remain…forever.)

16 And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever”
17 even the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him. But ye know Him, for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

John 14:20 21st Century King James Version (KJ21) (The following verse shows that the Spirit of Jesus, God the Son, dwells within the Spirit of God the Father; that the spirit of the believer dwells in the Spirit of Jesus, God the Son; that the Spirit of Jesus, God the Son, dwells within the spirit of the believer in Christ.)

20 At that day ye shall know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.

John 14:26 21st Century King James Version (KJ21) (The following verse shows that the Holy Spirit, who dwells within the spirit of every born again believer, will teach born again believers the things that Jesus personally taught His disciples when He was with them.)

26 But the Comforter, who is the Holy Ghost whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

John 16:8 New King James Version (NKJV) (The following verse shows the teaching of the Holy Spirit which will flow through every born again believer in Christ to unbelievers.)

8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

John 1:9 King James 2000 Bible (This verse shows that the light of Christ calls/invites everyone to Him, through the work of the Holy Spirit.)

9 That was the true Light, that lights every man that comes into the world.

1 Corinthians 2:14 New Living Translation (NLT) (The following verse shows that anyone who has not been born again has no understanding of spiritual matters.)

14 But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means.

The Day Of Atonement was fulfilled in Jesus, through His substitutionary death, per 2 Corinthians 5:21. Notice that Yeshua Jesus did not become a sinner; instead, he became “sin” so that He could pay “the sin debt” for those who would know Him as Savior and Lord. Notice that as born again believers in Christ, our spirits become as righteous as the Spirit of God.

21 “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

From BibleGateway.com/The Reformation Study Bible

5:21 An important summary of the gospel message. The verse explains how God imputed our sin to Christ. God as judge assigned the responsibility of our sin to Christ, making it possible for Him to be punished justly for that sin (Is. 53:6; 1 Pet. 2:24). The verse shows that Christ was our substitute, accepting the penalty of sin in our place. See “The Sinlessness of Jesus” at Heb. 4:15.

5:21 We might become the righteousness of God. Not only did God impute our sin to Christ, He also imputed Christ’s perfect righteousness to us (that is, He counted it as belonging to us). This imputation is the basis for the progressive realization of God’s righteousness in our moral character. Our thoughts and deeds are sanctified in increasing measure until we receive perfect righteousness in heaven.

In summary:

Yom Kippur / יום כפור
Yom Kippur (Hebrew: יוֹם כִּפּוּר or יום הכיפורים), Also known as Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year for the Jews. Its central themes are atonement and repentance. Jews traditionally observe this holy day with a 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer, often spending most of the day in synagogue services. Yom Kippur completes the annual period known in Judaism as the High Holy Days (or sometimes “the Days of Awe”). The fulfillment of Yom Kippur is found in Yeshua Jesus.

Closing

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God’s Plan For The Ages – 29 – Yeshua Jesus And The Feast Of Trumpets/Rosh Hashanah

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Rosh Hashanah will begin at Sundown on Sunday, October 2, and will continue thru Sundown on Tuesday, October 4. The meaning of the feast is “Head of the Year,” and is the first day of the Jewish year (5777), and is the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, as celebrated by Jews. The central observance of Rosh Hashanah is the blowing of the shofar, the ram’s horn, which also represents the trumpet blast of a people’s coronation of their king. Altogether, there will be 100 shofar blasts over the course of a Rosh Hashanah service. Consider the mental depression that many people experience during the New Year’s Day of January 1, as opposed to the celebration of the New Year that Jews celebrate. Rosh Hashanah is described in Leviticus 23:23-25, Numbers 29:1-6; its fulfillment is in Christ and is shown in Matthew 24:31, which is known as Israel’s “Regathering By Christ.” That regathering by Christ occurs following His second coming to physically stand on earth on the mount of Olives (See Matthew 24:29-30, Zechariah 14:1-5, and Revelation 19:11-21, which discuss the second coming of Christ to earth at the Battle Of Armageddon.)

The Feast of Trumpets

(Leviticus 23:23-25) KJV

23 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 24 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation. 25 Ye shall do no servile work therein: but ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD.

The Feast of Trumpets

(Numbers 29:1-6) KJV

1 And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, ye shall have an holy convocation; ye shall do no servile work: it is a day of blowing the trumpets unto you. 2 And ye shall offer a burnt offering for a sweet savour unto the LORD; one young bullock, one ram, and seven lambs of the first year without blemish: 3 And their meat offering shall be of flour mingled with oil, three tenth deals for a bullock, and two tenth deals for a ram, 4 And one tenth deal for one lamb, throughout the seven lambs: 5 And one kid of the goats for a sin offering, to make an atonement for you: 6 Beside the burnt offering of the month, and his meat offering, and the daily burnt offering, and his meat offering, and their drink offerings, according unto their manner, for a sweet savour, a sacrifice made by fire unto the LORD.

The Regathering Of Israel By Christ

(Matthew 24:31) KJV)

31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

The Second Coming of Christ-After The Tribulation (The catching up of the church will have already taken place: John 14:2-3; 1 Corinthians 15:50-53; 1 Thessalonaians 4:13-18)

(Matthew 24:29-30) KJV

29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

The Second Coming Of Christ – To Battle The Nations/Gentiles Attacking Jerusalem

(Zechariah 14:1-5) KJV

1 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. 2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. 3 Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. 4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. 5 And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.

The Second Coming Of Christ – To Battle The Nations/Gentiles Attacking Jerusalem

(Revelation 19:11-21) KJV

11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

Defeat of the Beast and False Prophet

17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; 18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.
19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.
20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. 21 And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.

Nations/Gentiles Preparing For Battle Of Armageddon

(Revelation 16:13-20) KJV

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

The Seventh Bowl of Wrath/The Cities Of The Nations Fall

17 And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. 18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. 19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. 20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. 21 And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.

Order of events:

The Catching Up Of The Church: Christ takes His believers to Heaven to the Beyma Judgment/Judgment Seat Of Christ, where they receive rewards (2 Corinthians 5:10). As the Bride of Christ, those caught up await the Marriage of The Lamb (Revelation 19:6-10), which precedes their return to Earth with Christ (Revelation 19:14; Zechariah 14:5). The church is caught up as the bride of Christ; never again is the name, “Church,” seen in Scripture. Consider how the raptured saints are identified: “…and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with Thee”(Zachariah 14:5). “And the armies which were in Heaven followed Him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, clean and white” (Revelation 19:14). Those who rule and reign with Christ for 1000 years (millennium) are called priests of God and of Christ (Revelation 20:1-6).

The Tribulation: Follows the catching up of the church.

The Second Coming Of Christ: Christ returns to earth, where He stands on the Mount of Olives (The caught up believers accompany Christ).

See the following linked information that discusses Rosh Hashanah, by chabad.org, which is a Jewish site.

http://www.chabad.org/

Closing

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